WASHINGTON – Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared “victory” for getting changes that benefited them in the tax overhaul.What do all these American special-interest groups have in common? They were among those that booked meetings, retreats and conferences at hotels and golf resorts owned by President Donald Trump.While it’s impossible to draw a direct link between where groups seeking to influence the Trump administration hold their events and what they received, one thing is certain: Never before in American history have such groups had the opportunity to hold an event at a property owned by the president, paying for event space, rooms and food with money that ultimately heads into the president’s pockets.An Associated Press analysis of the special interests that visited Trump properties in the first year of his presidency found several instances that at least created the appearance of “pay for play.” And lobbying experts say as long as the president fails to divest from his businesses and can still profit from such bookings, special interests will take full advantage.“The name of the game is to have your message heard, and frankly, if you’re helping put money in the family pocket, that’s a good way of getting heard. And it’s legal,” said Bob Schneider, a former lobbyist who worked in Washington for 25 years.“If I were still doing that business, I would run to the Trump Hotel and have every event I could there,” Schneider said, “because I can’t imagine anyone believing that Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t tell his dad what’s going on with the business.”Before taking office, Trump made a series of promises to draw a “red line” between his businesses and his administration. They included setting up a trust to hold his assets (which he can still access at any time), handing day-to-day management responsibilities to his two oldest sons and hiring an ethics lawyer to vet business deals. He also pledged to always act “beyond reproach” and never give “even the appearance of a conflict.”In the first year of the Trump presidency, the watchdog group Public Citizen counted at least 19 interest groups that held events at Trump properties, including those representing miners, oil drillers, hedge fund operators, insurers, funeral home directors and commercial real estate investors.But it’s difficult to know exactly how many such meetings were held and how much money those groups spent because, unlike political organizations or campaigns, interest groups are not required to reveal their expenditures at private facilities.And the Trump Organization declined to even discuss such meetings.Several special-interest groups contacted by the AP repeatedly said price, location and availability — not trying to influence public policy — were their primary reasons for booking with Trump.Government ethics watchdogs say that while these actions may be legal, they can cause the public to question some of the Trump administration’s decisions.“There’s a pretty big difference from lobbying and giving business to the president, which essentially means actually enriching the president,” said Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.“When you have these kinds of business relationships, it creates the risk that the president is instead going to be motivated by what’s in his financial interest instead of what’s in the best interest of the American people.”A look at several special interests that met at Trump properties, their lobbying priorities, and the real-world results:___BANKERSHedge fund managers, bankers and payday lenders have been opening their wallets at Trump properties.In March, the Palm Beach Hedge Fund Association, members of an industry that Trump once said were “getting away with murder” with tax breaks, held a meet-and-greet gathering at his Mar-a-Lago club in town.A few days later, executives from dozens of banks converged for a three-day conference at the Trump National Doral Miami that was sponsored by a trade magazine. Its panel discussions included one titled “The Trump presidency and what it means for banking.”Next up, a payday lending group will be heading to the Doral in April for its annual conference.Trump administration goals often align with business groups, but those groups have nevertheless notched significant concessions from lawmakers and regulators in recent months.Federal regulators recently announced they would reconsider rules requiring payday lenders to make sure potential borrowers can pay back loans. And a law passed late last year will make it harder for consumers to join together to sue their banks.Also, the tax overhaul left open a loophole for hedge fund operators to claim much of their income as “carried interest” taxed at lower rates than ordinary income. But after Senate questioning, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week that he plans to close the loophole.Money manager Tom Brown, who spoke at the Doral event for bankers, said he didn’t believe attendees saw it as an opportunity to curry favour with the Trump administration.For its part, the Community Financial Services Association, a payday lending group, said it first held an annual meeting at the Doral 16 years ago and added, “We look forward to returning.” A board member of the Palm Beach hedge fund group, Jonathan Beaton, said it was a just a social club, not a lobbying organization.“No one is trying to get to Trump or change policy,” he said.___VAPING VICTORYIn July, a Washington-based trade association for the vaping and e-cigarette industry held its annual two-day conference at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The keynote speaker was Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican who had just written the Food and Drug Administration asking that it rein in a 2016 rule requiring e-cigarette makers get federal approval to sell the products, something the association says stunts innovation and places heavy costs on small businesses.Ten days later, the FDA announced that, as part of its efforts to strike the “appropriate balance” between regulation and innovation, manufacturers of e-cigarettes and cigars already on the market would have another four years before they would be required to get agency approval. The delay also applies to regulations on flavoured vaping products, which studies show to be especially appealing to young people.Tony Abboud, executive director of the Vapor Technology Association, said in a statement that it was “overly simplistic” to suggest the July event at Trump’s hotel had anything to do with the FDA delay. He said the venue was selected based on budget and proximity to Capitol Hill.___SWEET SUCCESSThe lobbying group that represents “Big Candy” interests such as Mars and Hershey’s held two events at Trump properties in the past two years — at the Doral in Miami in March 2017 and in 2016 at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.The group appears to have found receptive ears in the administration.In September, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb proposed delaying Obama-era rules that would have imposed new labeling standards on candy. An official at the lobbying group, the National Confectioners Association, wrote Gottlieb a congratulatory letter, saying that the delay to January 2020 would “significantly reduce the burden” on the industry.Christopher Gindlesperger, a spokesman for the group, said the Miami event was booked in 2014, a year before Trump entered the presidential race, and the Washington event in 2015 before Trump became president. He added the group’s use of Trump properties was based on its event needs only, adding that its choice of venues is “completely unrelated to our advocacy efforts.”___TITLE INSURERSA trade association for the title insurance industry has spent more than half a million dollars each year over a decade lobbying Congress and the White House. But never before has it had the opportunity to host an event at a property owned by a U.S. president.In October, the American Land Title Association held a three-day annual conference at Trump National Doral Miami, with rooms advertised to members at the rate of $279 a night.Two months later, ALTA wrote about a “significant victory” on its blog. The insurers sell more policies when people buy and sell more homes, but the initial versions of both the Senate and House versions of the tax overhaul would have hurt business by forcing home sellers to hold on to properties longer to claim tax-free capital gains on sales.The final law cut out those restrictions. Meanwhile, Trump said last month that he would look into another priority for the group, loosening rules on consumer lending.Representatives for ALTA did not respond to multiple requests for comment.___TRAIN TRAININGWhat do rules about training programs for railroad workers have to do with a dinner of sweet corn bisque, saffron paella and roasted rockfish accompanied by Trump wine from his Virginia vineyard and Trump Signature coffee?Well, maybe nothing, but it’s worth watching.The backstory is that the National Railroad Construction and Management Association doesn’t like a 2008 Transportation Department rule requiring what it considers excessive training for railroad workers. It has spent years trying to repeal it, spending $120,000 last year alone on lobbying on this issue and others.The Federal Railroad Administration had been authorized by Congress in 2008 to enact training rules, but a final rule had been repeatedly delayed.In March 2017, the association held a lavish dinner at the Trump International Hotel Washington down the street from the White House. “I am drinking Trump coffee,” enthused one guest, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, who posted a photo of the menu on his Instagram account.The next day U.S. railroad executives and lobbyists fanned out to Capitol offices for their annual “Railroad Day” lobbying rounds.In December, the Federal Railroad Administration announced a proposal to delay implementation of its training rules for another year.The association did not respond to repeated requests for comment.___THE POP-INIn at least once instance, Trump himself stopped by during a corporation’s event at the president’s exclusive Mar-a-Lago club.It came in December during the Christmas party for Oxbow Carbon LLC, a Florida-based energy company owned by William Koch, a longtime dues-paying member of Mar-a-Lago and brother of billionaires and conservative activists Charles and David Koch.Oxbow’s main product, petroleum coke, a fuel used in oil refining and often stored in bulk, could be affected by the Trump administration’s push to ease air and water pollution regulations.Oxbow spokesman Brad Goldstein said no business was discussed during Trump’s visit to the party and stressed that Koch has long held events at Trump’s club.“This was an event to reward Oxbow employees and the president was just visiting as he has in the past,” Goldstein said. “It had nothing to do with public policy.”___This story has been corrected to reflect that the National Confectioners Association has met twice at Trump properties in the past two years, not in the past year. The most recent was March 2017 at the Trump National Doral Miami. The group also did not schedule another event at the Trump Washington hotel in September.___Associated Press writer Bernard Condon in New York contributed to this report.
New Delhi: Bollywood actor and BJP candidate from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat Sunny Deol took out a roadshow on Thursday in Hari Nagar under West Delhi constituency in support of party nominee and sitting MP Parvesh Singh Verma. Hundreds of people lined up along the road to catch a glimpse of the actor who reached the venue almost three-and-half-hours late. Sporting an olive green shirt and blue jeans Deol started the roadshow around 5.30 pm from Hari Nagar bus depot, which passed through Jail Road in Tilak Nagar before culminating at Raja Garden. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehicles He started the road show atop a truck, which carried a hand pump, and few metres from the bus depot. Later climbed atop a Range Rover along with Verma and BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa. Flower petals were showered and people were busy taking snaps of the actor-turned-politician as his cavalcade passed though the area. Songs from the movie ‘Border’ — starring Deol — and his dialogues from the film ‘Gadar’ were played in the backdrop. People carrying cutouts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Verma and Deol were seen walking in the crowd. In the Sikh dominated seat, Deol greeted the crowd by ‘Jo bole so nihaal’. There was massive traffic jam on both the carriageways of Jail road because of the roadshow while in Rajouri Garden, a vehicle carrying mediapersons and Verma supporters was stopped by police for playing loudspeaker after 10 pm and they were dispersed. read more
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The Latest on Ethiopian Airlines crash (all times local):11:05 a.m.Ethiopian Airlines says the investigation in France has begun into the flight data and voice recorders of the plane that crashed on Sunday, killing all 157 on board.The airline says in a Twitter post that an Ethiopian delegation led by the chief investigator of its accident investigation bureau has arrived at the facilities of the French air accident investigation authority.The French agency has said it was unclear whether the data could be retrieved. It shared a photo of the data recorder, which appeared intact though the edge appeared somewhat mangled.___10:30 a.m.The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff, The New York Times reports.Friday’s report cites “a person who reviewed air traffic communications” from Sunday’s flight saying controllers noticed the plane was moving up and down by hundreds of feet, with its speed appearing unusually fast.An airline spokesman has said the pilot was given permission to return. But the plane crashed minutes later outside Addis Ababa, killing all 157 on board.French authorities now have the plane’s flight data and voice recorders for analysis.In Ethiopia, officials have started taking DNA samples from victims’ family members to assist in identifying remains.Countries including the United States have grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8.The Associated Press read more
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban applauded the two African countries “for their commitment to settle the differences between them in a peaceful and negotiated manner.”The Gambia and Ghana signed a Joint Communiqué today in Sirte, Libya, where an African Union (AU) summit has also been taking place.Mr. Ban said in the statement that “he trusts that the Joint Communiqué will strengthen the existing fraternal and cordial bilateral relationship between Ghana and the Gambia.”He also expressed appreciation for what he described as “the immense contribution” of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), “which worked preventively and in partnership with the UN to resolve the problem between the two countries.”Last year the UN and ECOWAS set up a joint fact-finding team to look into the deaths of the Ghanaians. 2 July 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the agreement reached by the Gambia and Ghana to end tensions that emerged after the deaths and disappearances of Ghanaian nationals on Gambian territory in 2005. read more
Aiming to help defuse the current crisis in the Middle East, a three-person team dispatched by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the region held talks today with key Arab countries in Cairo.The Secretary-General’s Special Political Adviser, Vijay Nambiar, who leads the team, and UN senior officials Alvaro de Soto and Terje Roed-Larsen, had meetings on the fringes of the Arab League meeting in Cairo with Oman, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and a representative of the Office of the Palestinian President.The discussions focused on the escalating hostilities in the Middle East – specifically Lebanon, Gaza and Israel, according to UN sources. The delegation carried with it Mr. Annan’s “urgent message” of the need to defuse the present crisis and the obvious need for restraint from all parties, the sources said, adding that on Gaza, Lebanon and Israel, they stressed the urgent need to protect civilian life and infrastructure. On Gaza, the team raised its extreme concerns about the deepening humanitarian and security crisis, according to the UN sources. It called for the release of the captured Israeli soldier and an end to the firing of rockets into Israel. The UN sources said that on Lebanon, there is a growing consensus on the need for protecting civilians and civilian infrastructure as well as realizing all applicable Security Council resolutions – the basis for de-escalation, as far as all parties are concerned – and addressing the issue of abductees and related questions, which is a prerequisite for de-escalation. read more
Looking back on his 10 years as head of the United Nations, Secretary-General, Kofi Annan today spoke of the continuing need for reforming the world body, efforts to build partnerships between the UN and other organizations, and the myriad challenges that lie ahead, particularly in bringing peace to strife-torn Darfur.“When I became Secretary-General [in December 1996]? I felt the Organization needed to be reformed and brought in line with today’s requirements, and so I embarked on a very early reform at the beginning, trying to improve the management, administrative and financial processes of the organization,” he told the International Women’s Forum.Describing this as a process and “not an event,” Mr. Annan also stressed his belief that if the UN was going to help people, it had to focus on inequality, and that was the reason for proposing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of eight targets that aim to reduce poverty, hunger and other social ills by 2015.“We needed to focus on inequality – inequality within States and between States, and that we had to really come together to fight abject poverty, and that’s what led to my report ‘We the Peoples’ and the adoption of the Millennium Development Goals by the? General Assembly in the year 2000.”As he prepares to step down at the end of this year, Mr. Annan voiced satisfaction that Member States accept that the UN’s work rests on three major pillars. peace and security; economic and social development; and human rights and the rule of law.He also pointed to such challenges as HIV/AIDS, bird flu and environmental degradation, saying that individual governments alone couldn’t deal with such problems and that was why he had sought to develop partnerships between the UN and other organizations to improve the world body’s efforts to counter these threats.“As an international community we needed to find ways of dealing with this, and the only way I could think of is that we needed to work in partnership with all the stakeholders – civil society, governments, international organizations, private sector and foundations, and so I can say that today the UN has become a partnership organization, reaching out and working with others.”However, while pointing to UN achievements, Mr. Annan also admitted that “many challenges remain,” particularly how best to stop the bloodshed in Sudan’s strife-torn Darfur region.“Darfur is still a challenge,” he said, acknowledging that despite the recent agreement in Ethiopia to put an eventual UN-African Union force into the troubled region, the “challenge will be in its implementation.”“The expectation is that the Sudanese will work with the international community to get it done, and so we will be pressing ahead on that,” he went on, noting that “everybody is looking at how we handle Darfur.”Mr. Annan also stressed that the UN is made up of Member States, a fact often forgotten particularly by those criticizing the world body.“When people talk of the UN, what is the UN? There are two UNs – the UN that is of Member States who sit in the Security Council and the General Assembly and give mandates to the Secretariat – the Secretary-General and the Secretariat. And there is a Secretariat which carries out these mandates,” he said.“But the way the media covers it if anything goes wrong, ‘It’s the UN.’ They talk and write about the UN as if it’s some satellite out there which their governments and others have nothing to do with. But the UN is their government and mine,” he said. read more
In place of an annual “rounds-based” system that saw countries submit their proposals during a set funding period, the Fund says that additional money will now be invested in health programs that are “poised to achieve the quickest impact.”“The Global Fund has taken a big step forward in implementing the new funding model,” said the Board’s Chair, Simon Bland, according to a release from the Fund, which is the world’s main financier of programmes to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.“This new funding model will make our grants even more effective and capable of achieving real impact,” he added.One important change will be more flexible timing for grant applications, the Fund said. Instead of having to apply at one set time, implementers “will be able to better align the submission of grant proposals with their own national planning cycles.”Created in 2002 to scale up resources to treat HIV, AIDS, TB and malaria, the Global Fund is a public-private partnership and international financing institution that has already approved funding of $22.9 billion for more than 1,000 programs in 151 countries. It has also helped various aid programmes provide AIDS treatment for 3.6 million people, anti-tuberculosis treatment for 9.3 million people and 270 million insecticide-treated nets for the prevention of malaria.While the Board adopted the framework for the new funding model in September, it also decided today on additional aspects, including a transition to the new funding model starting in 2013.“A new funding model is designed to significantly improve the way the Global Fund invests in health programs, with a process that is more predictable and reliable, and also more flexible, so that it can achieve a higher success rate in all grants and more effectively save the lives of people affected by the three diseases,” according to the Fund.A need for change emerged in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, the Fund said, noting that “the international financial crisis accelerated concerns that the Global Fund needed to invest for impact, and move away from a relatively passive role in shaping demand.”“The Board,” it added, “decided to make changes to ensure that it directs the organization’s investments toward those people most in need, and toward those interventions that can help the most people.”The Fund said that the former rounds-based system had been “highly successful” in the years following the Fund’s creation, crediting it with “spurring partnerships across sectors in many countries to identify and quantify their own needs in preventing and treating AIDS, TB and malaria.”Under the new funding approach, special consideration will be given to countries applying with programmes that are, among other things, underfunded over the 2013-2014 period, or at risk of service interruptions, the Fund said. There will also be a focus on programmes that are “in a position to achieve rapid impact.”“The new funding model will change the way implementers apply for financing, get approval of their proposals and then manage their grants,” the Fund said. “Once fully developed, it will encourage the development of robust national strategic plans in each country, and strive for more simplicity and efficiency.”Separately today, the Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Michel Sidibé, congratulated Mark Dybul on his appointment as the Fund’s Executive Director.“Mark inspires confidence,” Mr. Sidibé said. “I fully trust that he will lead the Global Fund to new heights by strengthening partnerships and delivering results on the ground. His appointment marks a new era for the Global Fund and UNAIDS is looking forward to a strong and dynamic collaboration in the coming years.”According to UNAIDS, Dr. Dybul served as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief during the presidency of George W. Bush. He currently serves as Co-Director of the Global Health Law Programme at Georgetown’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and Senior Advisor to the President at Georgetown University. read more
The Brock University Ancillary Services marketing team was recognized by Ontario University Athletics (OUA) on Wednesday, May 15.The fifth annual OUA CHAMP Awards (Celebrating and Honouring Achievements in Marketing and Promotions) were held in Kingston, where Brock University won awards for Best Social Media Account and Photo of the Year.Over the past athletic season, the Brock Badgers Instagram account had a 61 per cent increase in followers, which Ancillary Services Marketing Manager Kate Dudley said was a testament to increasing school spirit on campus.“Our goal as it relates to social media is to enhance and elevate the Brock Badgers brand by producing content that engages both students and the greater community,” said Dudley. “We are inspired daily by the stories and accomplishments of our teams, students-athletes and fans, which makes our job fun.”The #WeAreBadgers hashtag was introduced this year and sparked 357 per cent growth in engagements numbers (likes, comments, shares) over the previous year.“We owe a big thank you to all of the Badgers fans, alumni, media outlets and community members for their continued support,” Dudley said.Also honoured was Stephen Leithwood, Ancillary Services Communications Officer, who received the award for Photo of the Year. It captured the celebratory bronze medal win at the OUA Women’s Fencing Championships that was hosted at Brock University in February.Complete list of 2019 OUA Honour Award winnersMale Athlete of the Year – Jace Kotsopoulos, Guelph Gryphons; Kadre Gray, Laurentian VoyageursFemale Athlete of the Year – Theanna Vernon, Ryerson RamsMale Team of the Year – Carleton Ravens, BasketballFemale Team of the Year – Guelph Gryphons, Hockey; McMaster Marauders, BasketballMale Coach of the Year – Dave Smart, Carleton RavensFemale Coach of the Year – Rachel Flanagan, Guelph GryphonsJohn McManus Award – Rick Osborne, Laurier Golden HawksJ.P. Loosemore Award – Chuck Mathies, Western MustangsMedia Member of Distinction – Rob MasseyBest G1 Championship – 108th Queen’s Cup, Queen’s GaelsBest G2 Championship – Forsyth Cup, Queen’s GaelsBest G3 Championship – Badminton, Ontario Tech RidgebacksPhoto of the Year – Stephen Leithwood, Brock Badgers, FencingBest Fan Support Group – #BleedBlue, Toronto Varsity BluesBest Mascot – True Blue, Toronto Varsity BluesBest Social Media Account – Brock Badgers (Instagram)Best Webcast Production – Rams Live, Ryerson RamsBest Video Feature – The Journey To, Ryerson Rams read more
Friday’s GamesNHLCalgary 4 Los Angeles 1St. Louis 3 Colorado 2 (OT)Florida 3 Buffalo 2 (OT)Washington 6 New Jersey 3Anaheim 2 Carolina 1 (OT)—AHLBelleville 4 Utica 2Cleveland 4 Syracuse 3 (OT)Grand Rapids 4 San Antonio 3Providence 2 Charlotte 1Rochester 1 WB/Scranton 0Lehigh Valley 3 Laval 2 (OT)Texas 4 Milwaukee 1Colorado 3 Iowa 2 (SO)San Diego 2 Manitoba 1Stockton 4 Ontario 2 —NBABoston 128 Cleveland 95Detroit 107 Chicago 88Philadelphia 123 Washington 98Utah 119 Charlotte 111Memphis 131 Brooklyn 125 (2OT)Houston 136 San Antonio 105Miami 106 New Orleans 101Oklahoma City 124 Atlanta 109Orlando 99 Phoenix 85L.A. Lakers 114 Dallas 103Denver 113 Portland 112—The Canadian Press read more
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) shake hands following the Ohio State-Penn State game on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorAt nearly the halfway point in the season, Ohio State has proved itself to be one of the best teams in the country, coming in third overall in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 Poll with a 5-0 record.The Buckeyes have wins against two teams that were ranked at the time of defeat, including a road win against No. 9 Penn State that took a 12-point comeback with eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.But even after the comeback victory, a win in Arlington, Texas, against TCU and dominant victories at home, head coach Urban Meyer said on Monday that it still feels like Ohio State hasn’t reached its full potential.“Not even close to where we are,” Meyer said. “There is a tremendous ceiling on this, and we haven’t gotten close to it.”Regardless of whether Meyer thinks Ohio State has not peaked as a team, the team finds itself in the driver’s seat of the Big Ten East, with the supposed toughest matchup on the schedule out of the way.With four teams coming up in the next four weeks that the Buckeyes are expected to defeat, there are areas of the field that they will need to fix before heading to East Lansing, Michigan, to play No. 20 Michigan State.Against the Nittany Lions, redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley had the best game of his career, tallying 461 yards — the program record for all-purpose yards in a game. A Penn State record for a quarterback, 175 of those yards were on the ground.“We had the quarterback that was performing one of his best games in his career, some was scramble, some was direct run,” Meyer said. “When you have that kind of player, that’s a hard thing to defend.”The Penn State matchup also highlighted a problem that has plagued the Buckeyes all season: big plays.Ohio State has given up six plays of more than 50 yards through the first five games, four of which have been running plays. Two came against the Nittany Lions: a 51-yard run by McSorley and a 93-yard touchdown from McSorley to redshirt freshman wide receiver KJ Hamler.The 93-yard play tied the longest play Ohio State has given up in program history: a 93-yard run from two weeks ago by TCU junior running back Darius Anderson.Meyer said some of the big plays can be attributed to new players on the defensive side, but improvements still need to be made.“The answer is you have to play better,” Meyer said. “We have some new players, but it’s Week 6.”It is Week 6, and Ohio State is 5-0. The key for the offense has been redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who earned his third Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award of the season with his performance in Happy Valley on Saturday.Haskins is up to 1,464 yards and 19 passing touchdowns with only two interceptions, completing 70.8 percent of his throws.But for the first three quarters against Penn State, Haskins was something he had not been in any game this season: flustered.Haskins completed 15-of-29 passes for 132 yards, a touchdown and an interception before erupting for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to come back and defeat the Nittany Lions.Meyer complimented the offense’s performance in the final quarter, and said, after the game on Saturday, the first-half performance was “awful.”“The fourth quarter on offense was perfect. Not perfect, but well done,” Meyer said. “They did a very good job with what they were doing, which was basically pressuring us 80 percent of the time, and we didn’t handle it well. We ended handling it well the second half.”With Indiana and Minnesota home games coming up, followed by a trip to Purdue before a bye week, Ohio State has an opportunity to fix the mistakes the Nittany Lions exploited.But, as Meyer said, the important thing is the record.“We’re 5-0,” Meyer said. “And we haven’t played close to our best game.” read more
Credit: Paul Springett/Alamy Baroness Warsi, who made history as Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet member, said the veil has no purpose in British Islam. However, she is opposed to an outright ban, saying that as a civil libertarian she does not want the government to dictate what women wear. British Muslim communities must “lead the charge” against the face veil, according to Baroness Warsi, who said the covering has “no place in the landscape”. Baroness Warsi is opposed to an outright ban on the face veil Speaking at the Hay Festival, Baroness Warsi said: “I have an issue with the veil because I don’t think it’s a British manifestation. “The veil was used in pre-Islamic days by well-to-do women who went to the market and didn’t want to hang out with the plebs. It was used in Saudi Arabia… read more
International Mining is very proud and excited to announce our new Insight Series of video interviews conducted in collaboration with the major suppliers of mining technologies and innovations in our industry.IM Editor, Paul Moore, in each case has interviewed a key manager or executive in person in numerous different locations worldwide, covering the latest industry developments. Already 12 interviews have been completed or are underway with four global mining technology companies, and negotiations are underway for many more. These are markedly different from the webinars and podcasts that have been carried out before, as IM has worked completely in partnership with the OEM or services provider to produce and formulate the content and flow of the final film.The intention is that the interviews will coincide where possible with the relevant IM print and PDF issue; or in some cases with a special bylined article by the company concerned. Our first interview posted online is with FLSmidth VP Sales, Liam MacNamara, on the subject of Mine Tailings Management, and it ties in with our March issue Paste Supplement, which will be distributed at the Paste 2018 conference in Perth from April 11-13.This kind of content has been available in other sectors for several years, including the construction press, but it is not something we believe has been done well in the mining press to date. We are committed to changing that, and giving mining publishing the digital content that we feel it has long been missing. Watch this space for multiple new interviews that will appear on our site in the coming weeks and months. Each will be advertised on Twitter, LinkedIn, im-mining.com and other media as they are available. read more
https://jrnl.ie/3274854 By Rónán Duffy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 6:11 AM Source: Reece Smyth/Twitter Share4 Tweet Email3 Mar 8th 2017, 6:11 AM Source: Reece Smyth/Twitter Smyth (centre) at the Gala Dinner for 1848 Tricolour Celebration. Prior to O’Malley being appointed and after the departure of former ambassador Dan Rooney, there was a two-year gap when the US didn’t have an official ambassador to Ireland.While it is hoped within the embassy that such a gap would not be repeated, there has been no movement on the announcement of a replacement.When an announcement is made it will be made directly by the White House with the US Foreign Relations Committee then voting on whether to confirm the appointment. Image: Twitter/USAmbIreland Short URL Donald Trump is yet to select an Irish ambassador but a Texan is keeping the seat warm Reece Smyth is acting as chargé d’affaires in the US Embassy. 14 Comments Smyth (centre) at the Gala Dinner for 1848 Tricolour Celebration. Image: Twitter/USAmbIreland Really enjoyed visiting the beautiful county of Waterford and look forward to returning soon to explore some more. pic.twitter.com/OeNb2dgh6X— Reece Smyth (@USAmbIreland) March 7, 2017 THERE’S NO IMMEDIATE sign that the Trump administration is about to appoint a full-time ambassador to Ireland.The role is currently being held on an interim basis by Texas diplomat Reece Smyth who first arrived in Dublin in September last year.Smyth is now chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland after the departure of former Ambassador Kevin O’Malley in January.The position fulfills the role of ambassador in the absence of a permanent appointee.O’Malley was appointed by the Obama administration and departed his role here on the same day Donald Trump was sworn in over in Washington.O’Malley told TheJournal.ie prior to that date that he wouldn’t see Trump getting sworn in as he’d be “over the Atlantic”. Enjoyed #Waterford hospitality at the Gala Dinner for 1848 Tricolour Celebration, honoured to participate. Thank you for a wonderful evening pic.twitter.com/F4aEdLJUFt— Reece Smyth (@USAmbIreland) March 7, 2017 Ambassadorial appointments are usually political in nature and often go to business people or politicians loyal to a given administration.In the case of in interim appointments they usually come from the US State Department, as is the case with Smyth.Smyth originally arrived in Dublin to take up the role of deputy chief of mission last September having come from an assignment in Beirut.Before that he served as a US representative in Nato and also has previous deployments in Macedonia, Bosnia and Pakistan.Smyth is originally from Dayton, Ohio, but grew up in Houston, Texas.Read: Anger as ambassador hits out at claims Ireland will leave the EU >Read: British ambassador to EU criticises ‘muddled thinking’ in Brexit negotiations following resignation > 12,875 Views read more
The four candidates vying for New Democracy’s leadership appeared to have reached a truce on Wednesday after a bout of infighting raised doubts about whether the vote, whose first round is due on November 22, would even take place.Current leader Evangelos Meimarakis, ex-minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tziztikostas and former minister Adonis Georgiadis met in Parliament on Wednesday after efforts by the latter to ease the rising tension within the party.“Ahead of the vote on November 22, the four candidates for the leadership of New Democracy send a clear message of party unity, transparency as far as the process is concerned and a pledge to follow the party’s charter faithfully,” the four men said in a statement.“Our only opposition is [Prime Minister Alexis] Tsipras, his government and the country’s problems,” they added.The meeting was deemed necessary after an outburst by Meimarakis a day earlier. He withdrew his representative from the party’s electoral committee after disagreeing with the way that the panel had decided on which IT company should handle the November 22 ballot.The division this move caused led to some conservative MPs suggesting that next month’s vote should be postponed and a party congress be held instead.However, tempers seemed to be under control on Wednesday and after a discussion with his rivals, Meimarakis appeared to set aside his concerns about the procedure.However, it appears that the prospect of a live televised debate between the four candidates is now out of the question.Meimarakis and Tzitizkostas have indicated an unwillingness to take part in such an event.The meeting of the four candidates took place before a gathering of the party’s parliamentary group. Afterward, Meimarakis confirmed his MPs would vote against the omnibus bill submitted to Parliament on Monday.The ballot on the legislation needed to help unlock another 2 billion euros in bailout funds is due on Friday.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram read more
L’atmosphère n’a pas tellement changé depuis la Terre primitive Selon une équipe de scientifiques, l’analyse des premières roches terrestres révèle que l’atmosphère de la Terre primitive était proche de sa composition actuelle. Cette découverte pourrait permettre de revoir les théories sur l’apparition de la vie.L’atmosphère primitive de la Terre n’était pas qu’une « soupe » de méthane, de monoxyde de carbone, d’hydrogène sulfuré et d’ammoniac affirment des chercheurs du New York Center for Astrobiology dans la revue Nature. Cette découverte est contraire à ce que pensait la majorité des spécialistes et l’étude indique que l’atmosphère contenait déjà des composants riches en oxygène comme de l’eau, du dioxyde de carbone et du dioxyde de souffre. “Nous pouvons maintenant dire avec certitude que de nombreux scientifiques étudient les origines de la vie sur Terre avec tout simplement la mauvaise formule”, a déclaré Bruce Watson, professeur de sciences et un des auteurs de l’article. En effet, cette découverte va mettre à mal beaucoup d’hypothèses sur l’apparition de la vie sur Terre puisque la majorité des biologistes travaillaient sur une atmosphère dominée par le méthane.À lire aussiLe mystère de l’eau disparue de la planète Vénus enfin résoluPour reconstituer l’atmosphère primitive, les chercheurs ont analysé les premiers minerais terrestres et tout particulièrement le zircon, un minéral du groupe des silicates. En effet, certains zircons sont presque aussi vieux que la Terre elle-même. Les scientifiques ont donc calculé les niveaux d’oxydation des magmas qui ont formé les zircons en recréant de la lave en laboratoire à différents niveaux d’oxydation.”La plupart des scientifiques affirment que le dégazage du magma est la principale source de gaz atmosphérique”, explique Bruce Watson. “Pour comprendre la nature de l’atmosphère, nous avions besoin de déterminer quelles espèces de gaz étaient dans ces magmas”. Les résultats indiquent que l’atmosphère, 500 millions d’années après la formation de la Terre, était proche de celle actuelle, fortement oxydée. La présence d’éléments riches en oxygène, qui ne sont pas considérés comme favorables à l’apparition de mécanismes biologiques, redonne du crédit aux théories qui considèrent que les premières molécules biologiques ont été apportées sur notre planète par des comètes et des météorites, rapporte Sciences et Avenir.Le 24 décembre 2011 à 20:25 • Maxime Lambert read more
Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend an NYCC press junket for Robert Kirkman’s new comic at Image’s Skybound imprint, Oblivion Song. We discussed the first three issues of the book and more!Oblivion Song pairs Robert Kirkman with co-creator and Italian artist Lorenzo de Felici in his first American comic. They’re joined by colorist Annalisa Leoni and letterer Rus Wooton.Okay, here’s the synopsis via Image: “A decade ago 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole… won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else? Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?”The artwork is absolutely stunning. Lorenzo’s linework is gorgeously enhanced by Annalisa’s colors that bounce back and forth between our world and the world of Oblivion. This will be an ongoing series, and we were promised a good twist once we get about six issues in. Unlike The Walking Dead, the question of why these events happen to play a critical role in the story. The team also confirmed the first nine issues are already in the can so this comic will be shipping on time. I also confirmed with Robert Kirkman that choosing Philly was because of its status as one of our oldest cities, a former capital of our nation, and that too many stories take place in New York and LA which is absolutely true. He did attempt to say that Lorenzo was an Eagles fan though, which you just don’t do in New York. While Lorenzo is not actually familiar with the Eagles, he does love It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Kirkman noted his script to make sure there wouldn’t be too many It’s Always Sunny references in the background.Oblivion Song will be available everywhere Image Comics are sold March 7th. In the meantime, check out all these exciting preview pages!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. read more
WWE 205 Live Results – 9/10/19 (Kushida debuts, 6-man tag team main event match) Facebook Pinterest NXT UK Results – 9/11/19 (NXT UK Tag Team Championships rematch, Tegan Nox in action) WhatsApp NXT UK, 205 Live and WWE NXT will all air today and tonight on the WWE Network.Kicking things off on Wednesday is two new episodes of NXT UK beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 CT. Advertised for the first episode is Trent Seven vs. Joe Coffey and both Killer Kelly and James Drake in action. Set for the second episode is Eddie Dennis vs. Dave Mastiff, along with the latest involving Zack Gibson and James Drake.205 Live returns at 7:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 CT featuring Cedric Alexander vs. Tony Nese and WWE Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy vs. Gran Metalik.WWE NXT closes out the night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 CT featuring Ricochet defending the NXT North American Championship against a mystery opponent, EC3 vs. Bobby Fish, Mia Yim vs. Reina Gonzalez and Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan vs. The Mighty. Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ Twitter read more
WASHINGTON — The ambitious scope of Elizabeth Warren’s push to rethink how America tackles issues such as health care, technology and education has energized her presidential campaign — and spurred questions about how she would deliver on her promises.At the heart of Warren’s raft of policy proposals is a 2% fee on fortunes greater than $50 million, a wealth tax designed to target the nation’s top 0.1% of households. Warren projects the levy would raise $2.75 trillion over 10 years, enough theoretical money to pay for a universal child care plan, free tuition at public colleges and universities, and student loan debt forgiveness for an estimated 42 million Americans — with revenue left over.But interviews with a dozen economists and tax experts from across the political spectrum point to divisions about how much money a wealth tax would raise.Some of those who laud the principles behind Warren’s wealth tax questioned whether the IRS could collect the tax as effectively as the campaign projects. That skepticism illustrates the challenge Warren would face in trying to execute on an idea she has called a top early priority if she’s elected.Eric Toder, co-director of the nonpartisan Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, said a wealth tax “could raise a substantial amount of money.” But he said “there’s reason to question” the Warren campaign’s estimates, “or to think they might be on the high side.” read more
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in her winding-up speech of the 18th session of 10th parliament on Thursday. Photo: Focus Bangla Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said people will not cast their vote for the party to see the resurgence of unrest.”At least the country’s people will no longer cast their vote in favour of BNP and they can’t as they don’t want to see the resurgence of unrest,” she said in her winding-up speech of the 18th session of 10th parliament, reports UNB. In her 32-minute speech, Hasina, also the ruling Bangladesh Awami League president, said as long as Awami League remains in power, her government will continue to ensure development and welfare of the country’s people so that Bangladesh could be built in light with the liberation war spirit.She said people now realise that the country sees massive development when AL is in power and this development will continue.She took a swipe at the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami for “unleashing attacks on AL men, including herself, firing openly and resorting to bomb blasts”.”Why will people vote for those who have such virtues? How do they dream of going to power again? BNP became champions in corruption for five times and they played with the fate of people,” she said.The prime minister apprehended that if BNP returns to power, they will make the lives of common people miserable. “I’ve faith in people. At least those who have conscience will never cast their vote for BNP. So, dreaming of returning to power or talking tall talks won’t work. People want peace and development.”Referring to the Opposition Leader’s concern about ‘enforced disappearance’, she said there is no doubt that it is the duty of the government to ensure the security of common people.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that many people are allegedly being disappeared and many of them also return. “But, the news items of those who return don’t get the due coverage.”Citing an estimate of 2009, she said some 275,000 British citizens went missing and 20,000 of them remained untraced. “The situation is even worse in the United States.”She said such incidents could take place in a country like Bangladesh having a population of over 16 crore.In an oblique reference to Farhad Mazhar, Hasina said an allegation was then raised that that man was disappeared, but he was found wondering at the New Market in Khulna. “What kind of mistake was from ours in that case? Such instances are also there.”Responding to the opposition leader’s concern over the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and Rampal coal-based power Plant, the Prime Minister said an agreement has already been signed with Russia under which they will take back the nuclear wastes and there is nothing to worry over that.She noted that the coal-based power plant also exist in cities and towns of Germany, saying, “Had there been any risk or possibility of causing harm to the environment, we wouldn’t have moved ahead with the Rampal Plant. By the grace of Almighty Allah, there’ll be no harm.”Hasina said there are some people who always say ‘no’ in any case and it is their business to earn some money by doing so. “Such mindset will exist, but we can’t stop development of the country paying heed to their words. We’ll have to ensure electricity for people as we’ve already generated over 15,800 MW of power.”Without mentioning his name, she blasted BNP leader Moudud Ahmed for his threat to dethrone the government. “He has already come down to earth. Then how can he bring down others to the earth?” she added.Referring to the signing of the MoU between Myanmar and Bangladesh, the prime minister said Bangladesh is now in such a position where it is getting support from the whole world and it will become a peaceful country in South Asia. read more
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