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Jamal Khashoggi Allegedly Recorded His Torture Murder on Apple Watch

Rabat – The disappearance Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is still making international headlines.Turkish newspaper Sabah reported that Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing for more than a week now, recorded his murder and torture through an Apple Watch.Quoting the newspaper, the Independent reported that the watch had synced with the journalist’s phone, which he left with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, outside Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A footage taken by camera surveillance outside the consulate shows the journalist entering the consulate on October 2, but no video showed him leaving.In an interview with CBS, US President Donald Trump promised “severe punishment” if Saudi Arabia is involved in the alleged murder of the journalist.Turkish officials believe that the journalist was killed by a “hit squad.” Saudi Arabia denied its involvement in the disappearance of the journalist.Saudi Arabia is under international pressure with many foreign officials and businssemen expected to boycott an international business summit scheduled to take place in the coming days in Saudi Arabia.BBC said that the US and UK are considering to boycott the conference as well amid the disappearance of the journalist.BBC also quoted diplomatic sources who said that “the US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox might not attend the event, which is being hosted by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda.”Khashoggi was known for his vocal criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions towards Qatar, Canada, and the war in Yemen, as well as his crackdown against dissenting voices in Saudi Arabia.In March, the Saudi journalist questioned the freedom of the press in Saudi Arabia and criticized the Saudi Crown Prince for his crackdown on dissent.The self-exiled Saudi journalist said, “Now nobody will dare to speak and criticize the reform … It would be much better for him to allow a breathing space for critics, for Saudi intellectuals, Saudi writers, Saudi media to debate.” read more

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Security Council commends democratic progress in GuineaBissau

Video of Council meeting [08mins] “The Council expresses its satisfaction regarding progress made by national authorities towards restoring constitutional order,” especially the completion of the first phase of the transitional process by installing a new National Popular Assembly and a new Government, the Council President for June, Ambassador Lauro L. Baja of the Philippines, said in a statement read in an open meeting. The transitional process was scheduled to end with presidential elections to be held by March 2005, he said. “The Security Council expresses, nonetheless, its concern with the fragility of the democratization process in Guinea-Bissau, due mainly to the country’s deep-rooted structural problems, including the weakness of State institutions and structures, as well as persistent economic and social crisis,” he said. The Government had committed itself to paying all salary arrears, especially those of the military, which, otherwise, could be a potentially destabilizing factor, he said. The Council also commended the work of the UN Peace-Building Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) and other UN offices in the country for contributing to the political normalization of Guinea-Bissau. read more

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Ohio State mens soccer coach John Bluem Buckeyes out of the conference

Ohio State men’s soccer came up short in a game coach John Bluem called a “must win,” and the players heard about it after the match. OSU fell to Michigan State, 2-1, on Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The loss drops OSU to 4-7-1 on the season, and 0-3 in Big Ten play. The loss effectively erased OSU from Big Ten Conference title contention, Bluem said. “We’re out of the conference picture completely,” Bluem said. “(We have) no chance.” The Buckeyes returned home for their contest with the Spartans a week after losing a 3-2 heartbreaker in the final seconds of overtime at Michigan. Bluem said that he was “extremely disappointed” with his team’s effort in its first game in a week. “It’s a group of players that’s just failing to realize what it takes,” Bluem said. “Nobody wants to work hard. We have guys that just make silly mistakes. To me, they don’t care.” OSU played with purpose in the first half and was clearly the more aggressive side. The Buckeyes outshot MSU, 10-4, and held a 5-0 advantage on corner kicks. They could not, however, find the back of the net. Then everything unraveled at the seams for the Buckeyes midway through the second half, as MSU scored twice in a matter of minutes. “After halftime, we just lost it completely,” Bluem said. “They gave up out there.” OSU was able to score in the 81st minute, when sophomore midfielder Yianni Sarris hammered home a volley for his first goal of the season. “It is obviously a good feeling to score a goal, especially my first one here at Ohio State,” Sarris said. “I wish I could have found it sooner or that it started a comeback today.” The score seemed to give OSU a much-needed spark, but despite several attempts to find an equalizer, it was too little, too late for the Buckeyes. “It’s really unfortunate,” senior midfielder Austin McAnena said. “We need to concentrate for all 90 minutes, I think that was the problem today.” McAnena said, however, that the team didn’t lack motivation, as his coach suggested. “I think we are all motivated to play,” McAnena said. “We love to come out here and play. We want to work hard and win every game. So maybe it just didn’t pan out like we wanted it to.” With his senior season coming to a close, and a conference championship seemingly out of reach, McAnena said he still has something play for. “We just have to turn it around,” McAnena said. “Win the next three games in the Big Ten, that’s what we have to look forward to.” With a chance at Big Ten success fading away, Bluem said his players be fighting for wins and the opportunity to remain on the team. “If they don’t want to do the things that’s required to play on a team like this,” Bluem said, “then we are going to get rid of them and we are going to find new players.” OSU is scheduled to take a break from conference play this Wednesday night when they host Bowling Green. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State downs Ashland 11080 in opening exhibition

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper guards the in-bounds pass during the Buckeyes’ 110-80 exhibition win against Ashland on Oct. 29. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorLed by 28-point performances from guard Kelsey Mitchell and forward Stephanie Mavunga, Ohio State proved to be too much for defending Division II national champion Ashland as the Buckeyes defeated the Eagles 110-80 Sunday afternoon in their first exhibition game of the season.Though Ashland stayed within striking distance early as it trailed 30-24 after the first quarter, Ohio State pulled ahead with a nine-point advantage in the second quarter and a 12-point lead in the third quarter.“We started off pretty slow in terms of transition defense,” redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun said. “But then after that, I feel like we kind of settled down and started getting more stops and buckling down defensively, getting more rebounds, defensive rebounds, and pushing the ball more, playing at our pace.”Mavunga, the tallest player on either team at 6-foot-3, put up 28 points and came down with 23 rebounds. Mavunga averaged a double-double last season, but her career high is 16 boards. She picked up 11 rebounds in just the first quarter.“She was a beast on the boards,” Calhoun said. “Finishing the ball well. I feel like she ran the floor really well considering she didn’t have any subs for her.”All five Buckeye starters — Mavunga and guards Asia Doss, Sierra Calhoun, Linnae Harper and Mitchell — scored double-digit points as the home team’s bench contributed just six points. Mitchell made 11 of her 18 shots and added five assists.The efficient Buckeyes shot 52 percent from the floor, compared to Ashland hitting just 37 percent of its shots. The difference was even more pronounced from beyond the arc as Ohio State nailed 10-of-28 3-pointers while the Eagles drained just 5-of-21 triples.Though Harper stands just 5-foot-8, she took advantage of Ashland’s smaller lineup and added 14 rebounds to her 17 points. Last season, Harper finished with seven double-doubles.“[Harper is] not a little one, for sure,” Mavunga said. “She has a really big presence when it comes to rebounding, defensive end, getting steals, all that stuff.”Ashland forward/centers Laina Snyder and Julie Worley powered the Eagles as they led their team with 21 and 16 points, respectively. They were the only two players to score double-digits.“I like playing [Ashland] because they’re well organized and they execute things,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “So they really make us defend and do some things that we’re going to see once the regular season starts.”Injuries hold two players out of actionOhio State, which has just nine players on scholarship, was short-handed than it will be this season as two key players sat out with injuries.Senior forward Alexa Hart missed the game due to a right ankle sprain and wore a boot as she watched on the bench. Sitting next to her for much of the game was redshirt junior forward Makayla Waterman who missed the game due to a sore knee. “I think we’re close [to them returning],” McGuff said. “But until it actually happens, we’ll see.”McGuff said he hopes to have Hart back for the season opener, but is “not sure yet” if she will return by then. Both forwards are expected to play expanded roles with the graduation of forward Shayla Cooper and forward Tori McCoy transferring to Marquette.Due to the absence of Hart and Waterman, redshirt junior guard Chelsea Mitchell and walk-on freshman forward Savitha Jayaraman played expanded minutes. Mitchell played 15 minutes and finished with two points, while Jayaraman played her first career minutes at Ohio State and drained two free throws for her first two collegiate points.Further along this offseason than last yearLast season, Ohio State played just one opponent in an exhibition game before beginning the season: Ashland. And unlike this year, the teams played a close game as the Buckeyes came out with an unimpressive 88-79 victory.Mavunga attributed the easier victory to a better preparation for the Eagles. But also said she feels the team is further along at this point than it was last year, something Calhoun agreed with. “I feel like we’re a little better than what we expected to be,” Calhoun said. “We’re gelling really well. We don’t really have any other new players. So I feel like we all know where each other wants the ball.”The Buckeyes did not add any freshmen or transfers to its roster. Walk-ons guard Karli Cronin and Jayaraman are the only new players and are not expected to play expansive roles. McGuff also said he believes Ohio State is further along than it was at this point last season, but said that is be expected due to the team’s core returning. What’s next?Ohio State will be back in action for its second and final exhibition game Sunday as it plays host to Urbana at 1 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. Mavunga said McGuff addressed the team after the win and rattled off three areas he wants to see improvement in the second exhibition: transition defense, winning 50-50 balls and continuing to push the pace on offense.McGuff called the transition “spotty at times and really good at times.” Ashland led Ohio State 20-19 in transition points and came down with 21 offensive rebounds compared to the Buckeyes’ 17 offensive boards. The Buckeyes open the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena. read more

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Jurecki takes Cup trophy to Kielce

After a thrilling final, Polish Cup of 2014 goes to Vive Targi Kielce. Polish champions won their 11. Cup after beating Orlen Wisła Płock 33:32. The very first goal was scored by Kielce but Wisła responded immediately; during the first minutes the teams played very equally and it was a pretty good forecast for the rest of the game. Kielce defence soon started having problems, especially with brilliant Kamil Syprzak, who was not stopped until the very end. What is more, Wisła was backed by good defence and the saves of their goalie Marin Šego. It let Płock pushed ahead a bit, not for long though. A few minutes later it was Kielce that were one the lead; both teams kept surging back and forth. Finally, Wisła made use of Kielce average play and reached 3 goal distance. However, when it might have seemed that Płock were taking a revenge against the defending champions, in the last minutes Kielce reduced the gap and equalized at 16:16. Right before the break Płock got back the position of the leader and they took one goal lead to the dressing room (16:17).In the second half, it was Kielce that had the better start – they not only reduced the gap again but also took the lead. They could not enjoy it for long as this half started resembling the previous one and neither Kielce nor Płock were able to take the upper hand. Better start of Kielce turned into worse continuation; problems both in attack and defence made their play look a bit poor while Wisła stayed strong in defence and Syprzak again was not disturbed much by the defenders. However, in the last minutes Kielce, equalized again; the extra time was in the air when, with nearly 10 seconds to go, the result was 32:32. The last action has made Michał Jurecki the Kielce hero of the day, as he managed to hit the net in the last second which gave Kielce the Polish Cup. The third place was taken by Azoty Puławy after winning against Chrobry Głogów 26:22.TEXT: MARTYNA USNARSKA PolandPolish HandballVive Targi KielceWisla Plock ← Previous Story RK Vardar win SEHA GAZPROM SSL! Next Story → Miljan Pusica to Orlen Wisla Plock! read more

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Video Can you help Cute slightly boisterous dogs seek good homes

first_imgRelated: Two in five Dublin dog-owners aren’t cleaning up after their petAlso: Grumpy cat meets grumpy the dwarf THEY MAY GET a little restless after stress-inducing photoshoots, but the DSPCA is assuring TheJournal.ie that these three shelter dogs are, for the most part, perfectly polite and well-behaved.Rocky, who has been in the care of the charity for six months, along with Ruby and ‘MJ’ — who lost a leg in a road traffic accident — were on hand at Merrion Square today for a ‘clean up after your pet’ awareness campaign.The DSPCA‘s Natasha Eames says they generally have anything up to sixty dogs in their care at their Rathfarnham headquarters.There’s an ongoing appeal for suitable potential owners to come forward, while at the moment, there’s a special campaign to find a new home for Rocky, the enthusiastic ‘Boxer Cross’ featured here.He may have a tendency to interrupt interviews, but he’s otherwise “great with kids,” and Natasha says she has “no idea” why he’s not running around someone’s back garden by now.Instead of, for instance, trying to distract her from talking to us…(Youtube: TheJournal.ie)More details of the animals featured, and other shelter pets can be found at the DSPCA website.last_img read more

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260yearold map shows plans for avenue to Dublin Castle

first_img Short URL Feb 25th 2017, 8:30 PM Saturday 25 Feb 2017, 8:30 PM To open a new street on the west side of the said little square. Fifty-one feet wide, in a direct line over Essex Bridge to Capel Street, which said direct line will extend above half an English mile in length, northerly and the South End of the direct line or avenue, will be terminated by Bermingham Tower and another gate which maybe built on that canace piece of ground between the buildings of the upper castle yard and the Treasury Office, answerable to the present gate of said upper yard, with a handsome colonnade or a plazza betwixt said two gates, for the guards.The building of  the avenue which was completed between 1758-1762 was mainly in accordance with the 1757 plan, though a different architect was responsible.Pictures: New online archive gives public access to Dublin’s visual history By Gráinne Ní Aodha Share Tweet Email2 260-year-old map shows plans for avenue to Dublin Castle Dublin City Council published archived photos and pictures of old documents – this map is the oldest of them. ‘A handsome colonnade’Based on the list of problems above, they list these three solutions, two of which are: THE OLDEST OF Dublin city’s archived photos and materials include a map from 1757 planning to build an avenue to Dublin Castle.Dublin City Council published an online archive this week of images of Ireland from the past 100 years, as well as photographs of memorabilia that they have in their possession.Among the oldest pieces in their possession are 260-year-old maps proposing changes to the city centre.The plans (shown in the grey bits of road on the map below) were to open a principal avenue to Dublin Castle.This would be the beginning of a new avenue named Parliament Street.Plans started in 1757 Source: Dublin City Library and ArchiveThe polemic map where the plans originate (above) is attributed to George Semple, who was the architect of Essex Bridge, which is now called Grattan Bridge.This map was distributed to members of House of Commons and Dublin City Assembly, and led directly to an Act of Parliament in 1758 to establish the Wide Street Commissioners.In the panel on the left-hand side of the map, it lists the problems Semple felt need fixing: 23,092 Views That the passage from the Castle from Essek Bridhe (a very great thoroughfare) is extremely crooked and narrow, not being more than 18 feet broad, at the end of Copper-Alley on the Blind Quay. That at the North End of Ormond [Quay], the passage for the public is not more than 21 feet in breadth, but at the Head of King’s Inn Quay and about the North End of the Old Bridge (a very dangerous and great thoroughfare) it is only about 15 or 18 feet broad. To open and make a small square before the Castle extending from the left side of Salutation Alley to the west side of Cork Hill. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article That the Royal Palace or Castle is of a very difficult access and most totally concealed by means of the old Cork House on Cork Hill. 14 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3254917 last_img read more

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The Euro subs who could become MEPs without being elected

first_img On the Local and European election campaign trail today in Lismullen, Walterstown and Old Garlow Cross. The day couldn’t be better for it. 😀13 days to polling day on 24th May…. #LE19 #EUelections2019 pic.twitter.com/QsioiYF1JU— Darren O Rourke (@orourke_darren) May 11, 2019 Mary Hanafin is number one on Barry Andrews’ replacement list. Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie 21,134 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 14th 2019, 6:10 AM By Rónán Duffy Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie https://jrnl.ie/4632096 16 Comments Mary Hanafin is number one on Barry Andrews’ replacement list. Share16 Tweet Email2 Tuesday 14 May 2019, 6:10 AM Source: Darren O Rourke/Twitter Elsewhere in MNW other notable names can be seen on Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s replacement list. TDs Thomas Pringle and Catherine Connolly are listed as Flanagan’s subs while Fine Gael has Senators Gabrielle McFadden and Frank Feighan on its replacement list. THE POTENTIAL REPLACEMENTS for the MEP candidates running in next week’s election include other candidates, former ministers and several spouses.In total, there are 59 candidates running for 13 seats across three constituencies in the Republic of Ireland.As part of the nominations process, candidates are required to submit a list of replacements should they resign from office or even die during their term.An example of this occurred in 2011 when Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party was elected to the Dáil and had to resign his Dublin MEP seat. His seat was taken by Paul Murphy, who was the first replacement on the Socialist Party’s replacement list in Dublin.Parties who are running a number of candidates in a constituency can submit a replacement list that applies to each of their candidates.So who is on the replacement lists in the three constituencies? Here are some notable names.DublinIn the capital, Barry Andrews’ three replacements are the Fianna Fáilers who he competed against to be the party’s nominee in Dublin. Namely, Mary Hanafin, Tiernan Brady and Conor Lenihan.For Fine Gael, candidates Mark Durkan and Frances Fitzgerald both feature on the replacement list should one not be elected. Also on the Fine Gael list are two members of the Oireachtas, Alan Farrell TD and Senator Neale Richmond.Sinn Féin’s list for Lynn Boylan includes two current members of the Oireachtas, Senators Máire Devine and Fintan Warfield as well as former Dublin mayor Míchéal MacDonncha.Labour has two substitutes for Alex White, including Hannah Deasy, the communications director of the Institute of International and European Affairs. The Green Party’s list for candidate Ciarán Cuffe has five people, and includes sitting councillors such as Roderic O’Gorman and David Healy.Clare Daly of Independents 4 Change has five people including Micheál Kelliher, who is the first Deaf person to run for election in Ireland.For Gary Gannon and the Social Democrats, Councillor Cian O’Callaghan is the first person on a replacement list that also contains journalist Philip O’Connor, who had sought to run for the party.Senator Alice-Mary Higgins has three other Senators on her replacement list (Lynn Ruane, Frances Black and John Dolan) as well as Maynooth University academic Rory Hearne.Gemma O’Doherty’s replacement would be former MEP Kathy Sinnott, who is also listed as a replacement for Theresa Heaney and Liam Minehan in Ireland South.Speaking of…Ireland SouthIn this constituency Fianna Fáil have two candidates, Malcolm Byrne and Billy Kelleher.They both feature on the party’s replacement list along with two members of the Oireachtas, John McGuinness TD and Senator Ned O’Sullivan.For Fine Gael, TDs Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and Dara Murphy could also be co-opted to the European Parliament after both being listed as replacements.There are three substitutes for Labour’s Sheila Nunan, including UCC law lecturer Declan Walsh. Former mayor of Kilkenny Malcolm Noonan is on the replacement list for Green Party candidate Grace O’Sullivan.Independent Paddy Fitzgerald has listed two subs, William Fitzgerald and Patrick Fitzgerald.He is one of numerous candidates to list relations as their replacement.Midlands North-WestOne such example is Peter Casey, who lists his wife Helen Casey as his first replacement.As a presidential candidate last year, Casey said he would nominate his wife to be on the Council of State and he has now nominated her to take his place as an MEP should he step down.TheJournal.ie has asked each candidate whether or not they will guarantee to sit their entire term or whether they may, for example, stand in Dáil elections when they happen.Casey has previously expressed an interest in running for the Dáil.Another candidate who may have general election intentions is Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy, who was elected to an MEP seat in 2014 and is seeking reelection.Should he be elected and subsequently step down, Darren O’Rourke is top of his replacement list.O’Rourke is a councillor who is running in the local elections and has been campaigning alongside Carthy. 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Paratici Juventus have discussed Pogba return

first_imgJuventus sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed they’ve discussed re-signing Paul Pogba many timesThe 25-year-old midfielder’s future at Manchester United continues to be clouded in doubt amid a fractured relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.Pogba has been persistently linked with a move to Barcelona since the summer along with a return to Juventus.The French World Cup winner enjoyed a successful four-year spell at Turin before completing a then-world record transfer of £89m to United in 2016.But Pogba’s performances at Old Trafford have failed to live up to his price tag with things between himself and Mourinho appearing to not be improving.Now Paratici revealed Juventus remains fond of Pogba and have contemplated a reunion with their former star.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“A return? We have already discussed this many times,” said Paratici, according to talkSPORT.“He’s a great player we’ve had before and are fond of, but now he plays for Manchester United.“We are exploring the market, the president and Pavel Nedved, with the help of coach [Massimiliano] Allegri.“To improve the team we are always careful. We still have great players and we enjoy them. It will not be easy to always have so many strong ones.”Pogba managed 34 goals and 43 assists in 178 appearances for Juventus in all competitions.last_img read more

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Ponzi Scheme in Florida Linked To TCI

first_img Turks and Caicos named in Cayman Islands fraud investigation FSC secures membership world organization Related Items:financial services commission, joseph laurel, kevin higgins Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA Florida based Ponzi scheme has been found to have links in the Turks and Caicos and the Financial Service Commission is being commended for its help in the SEC investigation. MM today spoke with Managing Director of the FSC Kevin Higgins about the case. Assets have now been frozen for the company named as Abatement Corp, which has about a million dollars in bank accounts here in the TCI, despite its principal Joseph Laurer being deceased. Laurer allegedly raised $4.6 million from investors and as the US Security Exchange Commission, SEC put it, he “falsely promised investors safe, guaranteed returns while engaging in an offering fraud and Ponzi scheme from November 2004 until Laurer’s death on May 15, 2014. Mr Higgins said while he could not say whether companies here were guilty of any wrong doing in setting up Abatement Corp, he could say that the country has a far better reputation for international cooperation now than it did four years ago. The FSC said local companies were forthcoming with the requisite information to help the US investigation, left to be determined with some reviews is whether local companies are adhering to the law. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nigueal Streete to take reigns of FSC with Higgins departure Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Carter Park disturbance prompts SWAT callout

first_imgVancouver police arrested a man in the Carter Park neighborhood after bringing the regional SWAT team and an armored vehicle to a domestic disturbance involving weapons. At 1:14 p.m. police responded to 3244 Olive St. where the husband allegedly had a 210 shotgun and a rifle with scope on it, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian. Cmdr. Dave King said police brought a Bearcat, armored vehicle, the SWAT team and negotiators based on the situation. The man came out of the house without issue. “We just brought enough stuff that we might need and we didn’t need it,” King said.The man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence assault and domestic violence felony harassment. According to Clark County property records, the home is owned by Sean and Chanel Giffiths.Domestic violence detectives are investigating this incident.last_img read more

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Former North Miami Beach mayor arrested for fraud grand theft

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A former mayor of North Miami Beach is now in serious trouble with the law.Miami-Dade County officials say 57-year-old Myron Rosner obtained $150,000 from Dr. David Rosenbaum to develop a small parcel of vacant land in North Miami.Officials said, after failure to gain additional investors, Rosner used the money for himself instead of returning it back to Rosenbaum.Investigators discovered the transaction while examining his finances.Rosner is currently on probation after pleading guilty to a 2012 case for campaign finance violations.Rosner is now being charged with four counts, including grand theft and securities fraud.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly January 28 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioLawmakers Scrap Bill Addressing Pot LegalizationZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageLaw-makers in Juneau have scrapped a bill that attempted to address the first phase of full marijuana legalization in Alaska. Anchorage Republican Gabrielle LeDoux co-chairs the joint Judiciary committee and at a hearing today said they won’t move the senate or house versions of the bill.Anchorage Assembly Bans Marijuana From Public Use Zachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban public consumption of marijuana.State To Appeal Education Funding Lawsuit Ruling Leila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe State of Alaska announced today that it will appeal a final ruling by Superior Court Judge William Carey in favor of the Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s long-held argument that the state’s required local contribution for public education violates Alaska’s Constitution.The state also will ask for a stay on Judge Carey’s ruling while the appeal is considered by the Alaska Supreme Court.Murkowski Swings at Obama’s Arctic Wilderness Plan But Misses Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCSen. Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday failed to land her first counterpunch at the Obama administration’s new Arctic conservation policies.With Greater Numbers, Democrats Hope For More Leverage Over Medicaid Expansion Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauHouse Democrats plan to use their increase in numbers as leverage when pushing for Medicaid expansion.Donlin Gold Closes Camp During Permitting Ben Matheson, KYUK – BethelDonlin Gold is shuttering its camp at the site of its gold deposit near Crooked Creek.Sugar Creates Genetic Trouble For Coastal Alaska Natives Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe idea that traditional diets are best for coastal Alaska Native people is being further confirmed by the discovery of a gene deficiency that doesn’t allow their systems to process sugar.Project Homeless Connect Brings Services, Information To Anchorage’s HomelessAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageMore than 1,000 Anchorage residents experience homelessness every year. Though Anchorage has dozens of agencies to help people, reaching them all is difficult. In comes Project Homeless Connect. The yearly, volunteer-run, donation-funded event brings services providers together to connect people with information and some immediate help.Scattered Services Make Homelessness In Haines Hard To Grasp Emily Files, KHNS – HainesIt’s hard to get a true sense of how big of a problem homelessness is in Haines. There is no shelter or centralized service tasked with responding to homelessness. Right now, a patchwork of local organizations helps out people in need. But even they aren’t sure how large the problem is and what the solution should be.last_img read more

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Morocco jails protest leaders for up to 20 years

first_imgMoroccan activist and the leader of the protest movement Nasser Zefzafi gives a speech during a demonstration in the northern town of Al-Hoceima, seven months after a fishmonger was crushed to death inside a garbage truck as he tried to retrieve fish confiscated by the police, in Al-Hoceima, Morocco on 18 May. Photo: ReutersLeaders of a Moroccan protest movement were sentenced to up to 20 years in prison late Tuesday over their roles in demonstrations that rocked the north of the country in 2016.The figurehead of the Al-Hirak al-Shaabi, or “Popular Movement”, Nasser Zefzafi, as well as other leaders Nabil Ahmjiq, Ouassim Boustati and Samir Ighid were jailed for “plotting to undermine the security of the state” over protests in the Rif region, which demanded jobs, development and an end to graft.A total of 53 people were sentenced on Tuesday after a near nine-month trial, with penalties ranging from a year in prison and a fine of 5,000 dirhams (around 450 euros, $520) to 20 years in jail, according to the Casablanca Court of Appeal judgement, which was read out in the absence of the defendants.Journalist Hamid el Mahdaoui, who faces a charge of “not denouncing” attempts to undermine state security and was tried alongside the Hirak protesters, will have a separate hearing on Thursday.Family and friends of the accused cried out in shock when the heaviest sentences were read out in the court, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.A few demonstrators yelled slogans like “Long live the Rif” or “We are Zefzafi”.Defence lawyers, who refused to plead in solidarity with the demonstrators citing “judicial bias”, intend to appeal after consulting with their clients.“These are very harsh sentences. The state has failed the test of respecting human rights and essential freedoms, just like the independence of the judiciary,” said one of the defence lawyers, Souad Brahma.Like most of his co-defendants, Zefzafi boycotted the final days of the trial and refused to give a statement in the last hours of the process.The unemployed 39-year-old became a figurehead in the demonstrations for his talent for oratory. He was arrested in May 2017 after allegedly interrupting a preacher at a mosque to call for further protests.Northern Morocco was rocked by months of protests after the death in October 2016 of a fisherman who was crushed in a rubbish truck as he tried to retrieve swordfish confiscated by authorities because they were caught out of season.The protests demanding justice for 31-year-old Mouhcine Fikri quickly snowballed into a wider social movement led by Al-Hirak.The demonstrations were largely peaceful but flashpoints of violence and a crackdown by security forces left scores wounded on both sides.More than 400 people are believed to have been detained since May 2017 and dozens sentenced to prison over the unrest in cases that have prompted alarm and criticism from rights groups.The Rif has long had a tense relationship with the central authorities in Rabat, and was at the heart of Arab Spring-inspired protests in Morocco in February 2011.King Mohammed VI relinquished some of his near-absolute control through constitutional reforms following those protests.last_img read more

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Can Fictional Comic Creators Save the Day in Twelfth Doctor Tale

first_img Year two of the Twelfth Doctor’s comic adventures concludes with this week’s finale of the “Invasion of the Mindmorphs.”The Doctor has whisked away comic creators Sonny and Val on a grand tour of the universe.But their trip of a lifetime takes a dark turn when the trio land on a planet controlled by Mindmorphs—floating intelligences who want to steal their consciousness.The “bullies and tyrants,” as the Doctor calls them, arrived three months earlier, demanding to be given a seat at the Zarma Forum table among the Council of Cosmic Thinkers. When they were refused, the Mindmorphs launched an invasion.Titan ComicsNow, it’s up to the Doctor and his “secret weapons”—the fictional creative writer-artist team of Sonny Robinson and Val Kent.“The Mindmorphs may be one of the most intelligent races in the universe. But they’re dull, pragmatic, and take no joy in life,” the Doctor explains to the doubtful partners.“You two delight in creation. Your imaginations soar with the words you write and the pictures you draw. You inspire, educate, and entertain, all at the same time,” he adds (allowing writer Robbie Morrison to remind readers of the real comic heroes).In Titan Comics’ “Invasion of the Mindmorphs” Part 2, Morrison and artist Rachael Stott explore the power of ingenuity—and the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver.Titan ComicsThe 29-page issue, released on Wednesday, comes with three new covers and is available in print and digital forms for $3.99, respectively.For those who prefer to collect en masse, volume five of the Twelfth Doctor’s adventures (issues six through 10) launched in December; all 117 pages are on sale in softcover/hardcover or digital editions.Get your live-action Doctor Who fix next month, when season 10 premieres on April 15. The 12-episode arc—which promises the return of some famous villains and the introduction of many new ones—marks the end for star Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat, who will depart the sci-fi favorite after this year’s Christmas special.For more Whovian wonders check out our Doctor Who gift guide. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Flying Sports Car Could Be the Smallest in the World

first_imgFlying cars, such as Mendiola’s model, could help ease urban commutes in the future. In major metropolis areas worldwide, including Manila and New York City, traffic congestion is one of the top issues for residents. If people were allowed to fly these “car-like drones,” they might be able to get to places in a shorter period of time. Until then, it will be interesting to see what other flying cars pop up, as people continue to reimagine how technology can make our lives (and commutes) easier. Stay on target Futuristic vehicles are not new, but one man’s small “flying sports car” is the latest tech innovation to dominate social media feeds.According to Tech Insider, Kyxz Mendiola, a Filipino inventor, invested millions of his own pesos to develop and build this high-tech ride over the past six years. Dubbed “Koncepto Millenya,” this flying sports car uses a combination of drone and computer technology to work. With 16 motors, 16 propellers, and 16 onboard computers, the vehicle can propel itself skyward, fly in the sky, and land smoothly. More on Geek.com:center_img Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350 $150,000 Hoverbike Now Available for PreordersWatch: This ‘Robot Cowboy’ is Helping Make Cattle Herding SaferDrone Fleets Could Aid Forest Searches for Lost Hikerslast_img read more

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Researchers conduct comprehensive study of the merging galaxy cluster MACS J041751154

first_img Galaxy clusters generally form as a result of mergers and grow by accreting sub-clusters. These processes provide an excellent opportunity to study matter in conditions which cannot be explored in laboratories on Earth. In particular, merging galaxy clusters could help us better understand physics of shock and cold fronts seen in diffuse intra-cluster medium, the cosmic ray acceleration in clusters, and the self-interaction properties of dark matter.At a redshift of 0.44, MACS J0417.5-1154 (MACS0417 for short) is a complex merging galaxy cluster hosting a steep-spectrum megaparsec-scale radio halo. It belongs to the dissociative class of mergers, where one of its substructures has had its gas content detached after the pericentric passage.Recently, a group of researchers led by Mahadev Pandge of the Dayanand Science College in India, has decided to conduct a multi-wavelength analysis MACS0417. The scientists analyzed optical data from NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and Subaru telescope in Hawaii, as well as X-ray data obtained with NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory. The study also includes radio data acquired by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India and observations with Caltech 10.4m Submillimeter Observatory in Hawaii at 2.1 mm wavelength.”In this paper, we present a detailed, multi−wavelength analysis of MACS0417 by combining the existing Chandra X-ray observations with Subaru and Hubble Space Telescope optical archival observations,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The study found that MACS0417 is a very massive system, consisting of a main cluster and a subcluster, with an estimated mass of about 1.38 quadrillion solar masses. The mass of the main cluster was calculated to be approximately 1.15 quadrillion solar masses, while the subcluster turned out to be about six times less massive (196 trillion solar masses).Optical imagery MACS0417 allowed the researchers to investigate its first brightest cluster galaxy (BCG). They found that it showcases an interesting filamentary substructure, which is atypical for normal BCGs. This could be also indicative of an ongoing merger.The scientists underlined that MACS0417 is classified as a dissociative merger due to the fact that its main cluster has retained gaseous content. However, the study shows that the subcluster seems to have had its gas content disrupted due to the merger.Furthermore, the research identified a surface brightness edge in MACS0417, near the location of the radio halo. The edge is located towards east-south direction, approximately 831,000 light years from the cluster’s center. The researchers noted that this sharp emission edge is a cold front.”The overall structure, surface brightness profile, temperature and metal abundance values point towards the presence of a sloshing induced cold front in this system,” the paper reads.The findings allowed the team to classify MACS0417 as one of the exceptionally rare cool-core clusters hosting an ultra steep spectrum radio halo. More information: M.B. Pandge et al. A combined X-ray, optical and radio view of the merging galaxy cluster MACS J0417.5-1154. arXiv:1810.12071 [astro-ph.CO]. arxiv.org/abs/1810.12071 © 2018 Science X Network Explore further Researchers reveal insights into the nature of an extremely massive galaxy cluster Citation: Researchers conduct comprehensive study of the merging galaxy cluster MACS J0417.5-1154 (2018, November 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-comprehensive-merging-galaxy-cluster-macs.html An international team of scientists has carried out a comprehensive multi-wavelength study of one the merging galaxy clusters known as MACS J0417.5-1154. The research, available in a paper published November 1 on arXiv.org, provides new insights into the nature of this peculiar cluster. The combined V, RC and I images of the merging galaxy cluster MACS0417 observed with SuprimeCam mounted on the Subaru telescope. Credit: Pandge et al., 2018. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Reviving the lost era of Patteda anchu

first_imgIndian handloom takes pride in surviving the vagaries of time and sticking to its originality. Patteda anchu sari weavers from Karnataka have kept alive one such ancient weave from 10th century.Named after the pattern (border and checks), the sari was specifically designed for women working in farms. This coarse 20’s count sari is made in cotton and has specific colour palette that includes shades like yellow, red, pink and green.They are inspired by nature and cultural events influenced by local lives of the weavers at the ancient handloom hub of Gajendragarh, Karnataka. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Hemlata Jain, a designer, and researcher, is doing her bit to revive the journey of Patteda anchu using natural dyes. She has been developing ways to make it more eco-friendly and easily accessible.Elaborating on what makes it worth reviving, Jain said, “The community has a custom of offering Patteda anchu saree to their goddess before the marriage, which then is worn by the bride. The piece has its own uniqueness in terms of fabric, design, and pattern. Each saree takes almost 45 days to weave, has exclusive patterns and style and can be worn from both the sides. The major identity of the saree is the thickness of its border and a single colour line over it.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe revival story of art started in 2013 with one weaver and today, there are almost 45 weavers associated with the ‘Punarjeevana’ initiative of Dr Hemlata Jain.To talk more about Jain’s efforts in the field, Jaya Jaitly, Founder of Dastkari Haat Samiti, organised a 7-day workshop cum exhibition, at Dastkari Haat Studio, Lodi Road, New Delhi.Talking about the exhibition, Jaya Jaitly, President of Dastkari Haat Samiti said, “This is a non-profit initiative to highlight our country’s rich culture and heritage. Visitors will get an opportunity to witness the ancient craft back in trend with vibrant colours put together.” The 7-day exhibition (September 6 -12) touched upon the important aspects of natural dyes and how they can enhance the color yield and color-fastness extensively.Jain has always emphasized on dye more than the saree because Patteda anchu is already in the market. “I have developed a new process of color fastness using a natural mordant that is lodhra. It improves color fastness and is also very sustainable for the environment. Lodhra is an Ayurvedic ingredient used extensively in India from older days. But lodhra leaves which are available in abundance were never used but burnt down. After extensive research and a pilot study, I was able to achieve zero waste during dyeing, good color fastness using lodhra leaves which were thrown away as waste,” said Jain.She is really positive about this Indian art and is looking forward to taking it beyond the boundaries.last_img read more

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Cyclist taken to hospital after collision with pedestrian

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA cyclist has been taken to hospital after a collision with a pedestrian on a busy Stoke-on-Trent street this morning. Paramedics and police were called to High Lane in Burslem, near High Lane Oatcakes, at 8.02am today (Wednesday February 27). The cyclist, a woman, was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution,  West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed. A spokesman said:  “We were called to High Lane in Burslem to a collision involving a pedestrian and a bicycle.  They collided and the cyclist came off her bike. “When we arrived she was in the road so we got her out of the road and she is being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.” Read MoreWanted: Do you recognise anyone from these CCTV images? Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more

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Ireland to exit bailout program without backstop

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement “We will exit the bailout in a strong position,” Kenny told lawmakers in Dublin.Ireland sabotaged its own credit rating by deciding, in 2008, to insure the nation’s banks against losses incurred in a collapsing property market. That commitment ultimately cost taxpayers more than 65 billion euros, a bill the state couldn’t finance. But Ireland’s reputation has steadily recovered as, under EU-IMF scrutiny, the government has slashed spending, hiked taxes and exceeded a series of deficit-reduction targets.Reflecting his cautious outlook, Finance Minister Michael Noonan initially had said he wanted Ireland to take a precautionary credit line of potentially 10 billion euros to ensure the success of any bailout exit. Both the European Central Bank and IMF had said Ireland would be wise to secure one.But Noonan told an emergency Cabinet meeting Thursday that such aid would come with unattractively restrictive conditions, so Ireland should make do without it. He and other government leaders said taking out EU-IMF insurance would create the impression that Ireland was still subject to foreign aid.In Brussels, the EU figure most associated with Ireland’s bailout, Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn, said Ireland’s decision would “send a very clear signal to markets and international lenders that the adjustment effort undertaken in Ireland … has paid off.” Ireland has already resumed limited auctions of bonds over the past year at relatively affordable prices. The yields on Irish bonds have even fallen below those of Spain and Italy.Economists said Ireland’s decision to forego EU-IMF insurance was better news for Ireland than for the eurozone, whose 17 members still must find a way to guide Greece, Portugal and Cyprus back into the markets.“The region has missed the opportunity to establish a precedent for how (bailout) program exit is managed,” said Malcolm Barr, an analyst at JP Morgan Chase in London.“The fact that the Irish authorities remained distrustful of the strings attached to a credit line, even given the sense that they have been a good performer, does not send a very positive signal about intra-European cooperation,” he said.(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Top holiday drink recipes DUBLIN (AP) – Ireland will exit its international bailout agreement next month without the safety net of a precautionary credit line, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announced Thursday in a sign that the Irish are confident they won’t suffer a beating in the bond markets.Thursday’s decision means Ireland will be the first of the eurozone’s four bailout recipients to wean itself off of emergency aid from the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The move comes three years after Ireland was forced to take 67.5 billion euros ($91 billion) in loans to avoid bankruptcy. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like Kenny said would-be buyers of new Irish bonds should be reassured that the country has built up more than 20 billion euros ($27 billion) in emergency reserves.And he said the government next month would unveil a medium-term plan to spur economic growth while continuing to rein in the national debt.“It will be an economic plan based on enterprise, not speculation. Never again will our country’s fortunes be sacrificed to speculation, greed and short-term gain,” Kenny said in reference to the previous Irish government’s decade-long stoking of a runaway property market and weak regulation of banks.The Finance Department in a statement said the treasury’s reserves would be sufficient to fund Ireland through 2014 if, in a worst-case scenario, global investors again dumped Irish debt securities as happened in 2009 and 2010.It said Ireland expected to post a 2013 deficit of 4.8 percent of economic output, better than the EU-IMF goal of 5.1 percent. Ireland posted an EU-record deficit in 2010 of 34 percent, reflecting that year’s gargantuan bank-rescue costs.The reserves mean Ireland’s treasury does not need to rush into the bond markets next month, but can sell securities gradually through 2014 and pause in the event of any new short-term crises of confidence in the eurozone. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Top Stories last_img read more

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