Ferguson had to undergo a brain surgery

first_imgShocking news arrived this evening as Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone an emergency surgery as he has had problems with a brain haemorrhage and he is currently in the hospital recovering from it.The Manchester United legend retired back in 2013 after he had been in charge of the club for 27 years straight and he won numerous trophies including Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup – however, now he has had health struggles and everyone hopes that he will recover as soon as possible.His former club confirmed this information, according to ESPN:harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Sir Alex Ferguson has undergone surgery today for a brain haemorrhage. The procedure has gone very well but he needs a period of intensive care to aid his recovery. His family request privacy in this matter. Everyone at Manchester United sends our very best wishes.”Sir Alex Ferguson’s former player, Michael Carrick, also tweeted to support his former gaffer:“Absolutely devastated to hear about Sir Alex being unwell in hospital. All my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.”last_img read more

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Gender Affairs and the MOE to host two workshops aimed at violence

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Government is joining efforts with Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to eliminate violence against women. The Department of Social Development and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs will host two workshops aimed at awareness of the convention for violence against women. One workshop is set for Dillion Hall on December 4th in Grand Turk at and on December 5th on Providenciales at the Social Services Conference room both at 9:00am. last_img

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Four arrested for guns and ganja

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, March 21, 2017 – Nassau – Police say four other men are locked up for a string of incidents also from the weekend.  On Friday around 6pm Police were called to Fleming Street where a man was reported as firing of a gun in the area; officer say they saw when the man tried to get rid of the gun and then attempted to escape on foot.The gun, a 9mm Taurus pistol and 12 live rounds of ammunition was found and that man was captured and arrested.Around 3pm Saturday, two men on Crooked Island Street were arrested after a search of them turned up marijuana.  Later that same night in a separate matter on McCullough Corner, a man was arrested after a search revealed that he had marijuana too; he was said to have been acting suspiciously.  Seventy packets of the illicit drugs were found.#MagneticMediaNews#fourarrestedforgunsandganja#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja Related Items:#CrookedIslandmenarrestedforganja, #fourarrestedforgunsandganja, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Local Entrepreneurs Display Talents Tomorrow For Lemonade Day

first_imgJohna Beech, President of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce: “When you are cruising out and about on Saturday and you see a kid with a lemonade stand, stop by and buy one or two cups.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享For the past seven years, local Chambers of Commerce have been helping young residents learn the basics of entrepreneurship through Lemonade Day. This year’s event is scheduled June 9. Local children have participated in the Chambers’ building and finance workshops, learning how to create a product and a store and how to use the proceeds. Andrew Heuiser, Events & Programs Coordinator for the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce: “Lemonade Day is an education program for youth in the community and they learn how to start up their own business , run it, and make profits, and do what they want to with those.” Lemonade Day is a free, experimental learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.  Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some. Lemonade stands will be popping up on Saturday in front of many established local businesses in the Soldotna-Kenai area.last_img read more

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Fry Adds Digital Reprint Services

first_imgPrinting, production and distribution company Fry Communications has added digital reprint services to its portfolio of services.Using the same PDFs publishers provide for printing their issues, Fry says it can print four-color or single color reprints, ranging from single sheets to 32-page stitched booklets. The reprints can be printed on coated or uncoated stocks from 45-pounf text weight to 110-pound cover stock.Fry—which traditionally offers print, premedia, distribution, direct mail and fulfillment services— also will offer in-house design services to publishers who need redesign of reformatting of article of section reprints, the company says.last_img

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Thirtymillionpage backup of humanity headed to moon aboard Israeli lander

first_img A 23rd-century tourist guide to the galaxy The top layers of the archive disc can be viewed with an optical microscope. Arch Mission Foundation/Bruce Ha On Thursday night, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carried an Israeli-made spacecraft named Beresheet beyond the grasp of Earth’s gravity and sent it on its way to the surface of the moon. On board Beresheet is a specially designed disc encoded with a 30-million-page archive of human civilization built to last billions of years into the future. The backup for humanity has been dubbed “The Lunar Library” by its creator, the Arch Mission Foundation (AMF).   “The idea is to place enough backups in enough places around the solar system, on an ongoing basis, that our precious knowledge and biological heritage can never be lost,” the nonprofit’s co-founder Nova Spivack told me via email.The AMF also placed a small test archive on Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster that was launched in the direction of Mars aboard the first Falcon Heavy demonstration mission last year. That archive consisted of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy encoded in a disc made of quartz silica glass made to last millions of years as the Roadster orbits the sun. The AMF has also placed a solid-state copy of Wikipedia on board a cubesat from SpaceChain in low-Earth orbit.graphic-1-space-ilThe little lander Beresheet hopes to make history in multiple ways this year. SpaceIL Part of the motivation for the far-out project is to leave a copy of humanity’s knowledge not just in the cloud, but far beyond the clouds, should the impacts of climate change or a potential nuclear war do us or the planet in at some point in the future. “While I am optimistic that humanity will rise to the challenge and develop a multinational  planetary defense initiative to mitigate these planetary risks, it is also prudent to have a plan B,” Spivack said. “Instead of one backup in one place our strategy is ‘many copies, many places’ — and we plan to send updates on a regular basis.”The AMF has already signed on to an additional planned moon mission, with startup Astrobotic, to send another Lunar Library installment to the moon in the next few years. There are also plans in the works to send archives to Mars, LaGrange points around Earth and deep underground caves on our planet. “The interplanetary network of backup locations we have started may even help to enable an interplanetary Internet. As we become a spacefaring civilization, we are going to need ways to move big data around the solar system, and protect it in transit, and at each location,” Spivack said. 17 Photos Tags Share your voice Sci-Techcenter_img 8 Space Comments The disc aboard Beresheet is about the size and thickness of a DVD, but consists of 25 stacked thin nickel films that AMF insists can resist radiation, extreme temperatures and other harsh conditions found in space for billions of years. There is, of course, no way to test how long it will last, but if it survives as long as hoped, the disc may even be around longer than the moon itself. The top four layers are actually filled with 60,000 pages of tiny analog images that can be viewed with optical microscope technology that’s been around for centuries. The images include a sort of users’ guide explaining human language, the contents of the disc and how to access the deeper layers containing compressed digital data. The digitized layers include a full copy of Wikipedia, more than 25,000 books and data for understanding over 5,000 languages. But if humans — or perhaps someone else — is ever going to get a chance to use the Lunar Library, it has to first get to the surface of the moon. Beresheet is now just beginning a long, complicated journey that will involve a handful of swings around Earth to increase the size of its orbit before jumping into orbit around the moon and eventually attempting a landing.The first window of opportunity to land comes on April 11.  So if all works out, Wikipedia will touch down on the moon almost exactly 50 years after man first showed up there. Any aliens who come across it in the future will surely be baffled by a few choice entries, like “moon-landing conspiracy theories,” “flat Earth” or “Tide pod challenge.” But at least they’ll help illustrate why we needed a backup.  last_img read more

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Toyota isnt stopping at opening its patents will sell hybrid tech to

first_imgEnlarge ImageToyota has spent the last 20 years honing the Prius’ Hybrid Synergy Drive tech into what it is today, and now other carmakers can buy that tech for their own products. Toyota Toyota recently did something pretty unexpected. It announced that it would allow royalty-free use of thousands of its gasoline-electric hybrid patents, patents it has jealously guarded in the past. It did this to extend the life of hybrid technology in an increasingly electric world, but that’s not where its plans end.According to a report published Friday by Reuters, Toyota has plans to not only act as a manufacturer of whole cars and trucks but also as a Tier 2 supplier. That means that it will supply hybrid components and even entire hybrid drivetrains to rivals. Why would it do that? Well, in short, to save some cash on electrification.See, Toyota has been lagging behind other companies in the development of fully electric vehicles. Catching up to the likes of Nissan and GM will require substantial amounts of cash for development of its own technology, but even more money will be needed to build a manufacturing infrastructure to support EV production.”We anticipate that there will probably be very few automakers who use our patents to develop their own hybrids from scratch, so by using our system and our components, and offering our support, we can work together to develop these cars,” said Shigeki Terashi, executive vice president for Toyota, in a statement to Reuters. Toyota didn’t immediately reply to a request for further comment.If Toyota can sell hybrid stuff to other car companies who want or need help in bringing down their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) numbers and can’t afford to spend the capital necessary to develop their own systems, then it won’t have to dig quite so deeply into its own pockets.Toyota is already equipping other manufacturers’ vehicles with its hybrid tech. The (decidedly lackluster) Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive tech, for example. Toyota will also supply hybrid tech to Suzuki, and the hot-rod hybrid Jimny that could likely result from that hookup will haunt our dreams forever. 2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid: A tougher looking electrified crossover Post a comment 62 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Patents Suzuki Subaru Toyota Share your voicecenter_img 0 More From Roadshow Auto Tech Hybrids Car Industry Toyota 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_img read more

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Discord Slack for gamers tops 250 million registered users

first_img Share your voice Culture Gaming 0 Post a commentcenter_img Many gamers these days like to play online with friends. Discord helps them do that. Getty Images You may never have heard of Discord, but you might soon. The chat app built initially for gamers has been steadily expanding outside that world as it’s increasingly used by YouTube personalities, podcasters, hackers and more. Overall, the company says it counts more than 250 million registered users, or basically the same number of people who’ve signed up to play the cultural phenom Fortnight. More than 56 million people log in each month on the app, which marks its fourth anniversary Monday. “As Discord has grown, it’s gone mainstream,” the company said in a statement. direct-message-screenDiscord is praised for its sleek design, similar to business chat software Slack. Discord While it’s true the 165-person company has become popular outside of gaming, its most popular “servers” (or, chat rooms) are typically gaming related. The top server is for Fortnite, followed by a similar battle game Spellbreak, then Fortnite competitor PUBG. Microsoft’s world building game Minecraft, Supercell’s strategy game Clash Royale and Ubisoft’s Rainbow 6 military survival game are also popular. Its good-natured gaming roots and slick design have made it popular among gamers looking to easily chat with friends or organize a gaming session from across town or on another side of the world. It’s often called “Slack for gamers,” a reference to the similarly designed business software that’s expected to hold an initial public offering this year. But Discord has a darker side. White supremacists and hackers have gravitated to the platform, in part because of its ease of use and insufficient bureaucracy to track and punish them. That’s different from companies like Facebook and Twitter, which have employee bases many times larger than Discord’s and have taken a harder line, even using computer programs to identify and then excise bad actors from their communities.  Still, San Francisco-based Discord is pushing forward. It’s launched a game sales service to compete with the likes of Fortnite maker Epic and Valve’s popular “Steam” store. The company declined to say how many games it’s sold through that effort.  Tagslast_img read more

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Teslas Models S and X wont be seeing big changes anytime soon

first_img Tesla Electric Cars Car Industry Enlarge ImageThe Model S looks an awful lot now like it did when it debuted in 2012, but that’s not a bad thing. Tim Stevens/Roadshow Most manufacturers would be freaking out about the future if it had models in its lineup that were mostly the same now as they were when they debuted seven years ago. Not Tesla, though. Despite many minor changes and a few technical updates, the Model S of 2019 is not wildly different from the one that debuted way back in 2012. That has led people to wonder if the Model S and its slightly newer sibling, Model X, will be getting a redo anytime soon.The answer to that, according to the Big T’s CEO Elon Musk, is no. The recent mechanical refresh to S and X that we saw a few months ago is the extent of what we can expect for the future. On the one hand, that sounds crazy, but on the other, it’s not like either model looks especially dated. Now playing: Watch this: There is no “refreshed” Model X or Model S coming, only a series of minor ongoing changes. Most significant change in past few years was to use high efficiency Model 3 rear drive unit as S/X front drive unit. That went into production 3 months ago.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 9, 2019 2 Musk’s decision makes sense from a business standpoint, too. Why would a company that is so resource-hungry as it is divert funding and personnel away from new models like Y or the Tesla truck to retool relatively low-volume flagship models?Now, Models S and X will continue to get minor updates, both in hardware and of course through software, but Musk also states that we shouldn’t expect even an interior re-do, despite the move away from the S and X’s more traditional interior layout to the more minimal style used on 3 and Y.In the long-term, it’s not clear how S and X fit into Tesla’s grand plans with all the robotaxis and semi-trucks and God knows what else Elon is cooking up. In the meantime though, they won’t be going anywhere, and if our own Tim Stevens’ recent review of the current Model S is anything to go by, that’s not a bad thing.Tesla didn’t had no further comment beyond Musk’s tweets. Comments 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice More From Roadshow Tesla Model S Long Range pulls further ahead of the EV… 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tesla’s Model X gets artsy Tags 8:35 30 Photos Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

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GreyOrange Butler robots selected by Japans home furnishing chain to handle logistics

first_imgA “Nao” humanoid robot, by Aldebaran Robotics that offers basic service information, moves during a presentation at a branch of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (MUFG) in Tokyo April 13, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileGreyOrange has been awarded the contract to supply robotics solutions to the Nitori Holdings Group, Japan’s furniture and home furnishing chain with over 400 stores.The robotics system will be deployed at Home Logistics which is a logistics subsidiary of Nitori Holdings, operating 34 distribution bases and an efficient logistics network for product delivery to stores and e-commerce customers across the country. The Butler robots will be provided by GROUND Inc, the exclusive provider of GreyOrange Butler in Japan.GreyOrange is a multinational technology company that designs, manufactures and deploys advanced robotics systems for automation at warehouses, distribution and fulfilment centres. Recognised as one of the world’s Top 50 Robotics Companies and Top 10 for Industrial Robotics in warehouses, GreyOrange, headquartered in Singapore, specialises in the design, manufacture and deployment of advanced robotic systems for distribution and fulfilment centres.Manabu Matsuura, Corporate Officer of Nitori Holdings and CEO of Home Logistics said “We were impressed to find that the GreyOrange Butler is an entirely new robotics concept for warehouse automation unlike automated storage and retrieval systems. Also, Butler satisfies our corporate philosophy that we always pursue ideal workplaces for everyone. For example, we have been an early adopter of technology solutions and were the first user in Japan to leverage robotic storage systems in our warehouses last year.”The GreyOrange Butler system will be installed at the Home Logistics Osaka distribution centre, to handle automated inventory storage (putaway) and picking.The Butler software adapts in real-time to changing inventory profiles and order fulfilment patterns, resulting in high productivity and accuracy. This system will be capable of delivering a far higher throughput.Nalin Advani, CEO – APAC, GreyOrange said: “Japan has one of the world’s most mature distribution infrastructure and it is the fourth largest e-commerce market. Over 75 percent of consumers regularly shop online and e-commerce is forecasted to grow to $200 billion by 2020. We are honoured to work with Nitori Group, including Home Logistics, to deploy our Butlers. The Nitori Group is far-sighted in anticipating the challenges of warehouse operations and addressing it with robotics. We are also excited to be selected for the Japan market where specifications for technology are among the most demanding in the world.”last_img read more

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Bringing Infosys board founders on the same page doable says cochairman

first_imgInfosys Co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan. REUTERS/Vijay MathurInfosys co-chairman Ravi Venkatesan on Tuesday said his priority is to get promoters and management working together as “one Infosys” and not operating in different pockets, according to a PTI report.The report said that Venkatesan’s comments assume significance in the wake of a recent public spat between some promoters and the top management of India’s second largest IT firm with a turnover of over $10 billion.Venkatesan said that bringing promoters and management together is “doable” and he spends four to five days in a week on this despite being only a non-executive co-chairman.”I agree, there is a lot of work to do… I tell people, I am a non-executive co-chairman, but when I think about this task of getting everybody working as one… I spend four to five days in a week,” he told PTI.Venkatesan was replying to a query that there must be a lot of work left for him to achieve the goal of “one Infosys”.He said that his priority would be to get the promoters and management working together, under one roof as “one Infosys”. If the company can create this spirit and feeling of oneness, everything will fall in place, Venkatesan said.Asked how big is the task to bring the board and founders together, Venkatesan said, “I don’t know how to measure oneness, but a lot of it is still left… Yes, but it is doable.”Asked if his quest to meet the goal of “one Infosys” will get hampered and cause alarm to CEO Vishal Sikka, going by founder N R Narayana Murthy’s comment on regretting quitting the company in 2014, Venkatesan said it won’t lead to fresh set of challenges, for Murthy was still incredibly passionate about Infosys and the company takes his positive suggestions on board. “Just because you have differences of views on compensation and other sundry issues, that doesn’t change the fundamentals. So, when a man like that speaks, we obviously pay a lot of attention to it and try and see what is the merit in the idea and embrace it. So, I would not put too much stock on these comments, but the question should be better addressed to him directly,” he said.Murthy has been vocal by raising the issue of corporate governance, questioning the severenace package given to former Infosys chief financial officer Rajiv Bansal and the pay hike of top executive personnel including CEO Vishal Sikka.Venkatesan said Sikka was Murthy’s pick and he drove a lot of positive changes in the first two years of his stint by talking about various new things but stressing mainly on employees’ innovative skills.”Sikka has completed three years, but for the first couple of years I think things were quite good. After all, Vishal was hired by Murthyji. He was his pick. Vishal drove a lot of positive changes. He said we must show – even Indians can innovate and every employee has to innovate. So, these ideas were appreciated by employees, clients, and also by Murthy, I believe,” he said.last_img read more

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Paytm to take longer than expected to return profits amid surging losses

first_imgMobile payments company Paytm is likely to take longer than previously thought to turn around as competition heats up, a report says. The losses of the company’s parent One97 Communications are likely to double in the short-term, topping Rs 2,100 crore in fiscal 2020 ending on March 31, 2020, a media report said quoting a consultant.The losses in the current fiscal, FY19, are estimated at Rs 870 crore, according to the report prepared by the Corporate Professionals Capital. The company may turn around in FY21 notching up a profit of about Rs 200 crore, the report says.Mint suggests that 97Communications may achieve a profit of over Rs 8,500 crore by the financial year 2025-26. Sources attribute the increasing losses to the company’s aggressive expansion strategy as large corporate houses are entering the mobile payment field.Amazon and Walmart have announced their intent to enter the UPI payment scenario, apart from a clutch of banks and other financial institutions. Google Pay is also threatening to heat up the competition.A source told Mint that the company may tone down its expansion-oriented strategy to rein in the losses. “The company is now planning to significantly scale down its cash-burning online businesses or selling stakes in them and augment its offline business ventures,” the report cites the source as saying. Paytm hopes that its new hire Raghu Chakravarthi from online grocery retailer BigBasket will help its online-to-offline business strategy.The company’s net cash flow is expected to remain negative at Rs 1,400 crore in the next financial year, rising from the current year’s Rs 580 crore. Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought an undisclosed stake in One97 in August for $356 million helping Paytm remain liquid.One97 has launched 25 subsidiaries and five associate firms, including Paytm Payments Bank Ltd, LogiNext Solutions, SoCoMo Technologies and QorQL in a space of 12 months. Eight of the company’s subsidiaries suffered significant losses during the financial year that ended on March 31, 2018.The digital payments service has remained the company’s mainstay while its online retail business has been bleeding money. Paytm still leads the pack in digital payments, according to estimates.Paytm Mall, the company’s online retail business, suffered Rs 1,787 crore loss against revenue of Rs 775 crore during FY18, according to the company’s regulatory filings.One97 Communications’ took in total losses of about Rs 1,600 crore during the FY18, almost against Rs 900 crore in the previous year.Financial experts say the mounting losses and negative cash inflows have made it crucial for One97 Communications to enhance its working capital limit.A recent report said Paytm had pledged all its current assets and mutual fund investments to be able to borrow Rs 1,400 crore from private lender ICICI Bank.last_img read more

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WATCH NASA Video Shows Hurricane Harvey Ready To Take Texas

first_imgA brief video released by NASA on Thursday night shows Hurricane Harvey’s churning  toward central Texas, where it is projected to make landfall in between Friday night and Saturday morning.Cameras aboard the International Space Station recorded the footage on Thursday evening. Sharelast_img

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Emails Point To Manafort Offer To Brief Russian On Campaign

first_imgMatt Rourke, File, APIn this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. Emails obtained by The Associated Press shed new light on the activities of a firm run by Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. They show it directly orchestrated a covert Washington lobbying operation on behalf of Ukraine’s ruling political party, attempting to sway American public opinion in favor of the country’s pro-Russian government. Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, never disclosed their work as foreign agents as required under federal law.WASHINGTON (AP) — In the middle of Donald Trump’s presidential run, then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort said he was willing to provide “private briefings” about the campaign to a Russian billionaire the U.S. government considers close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Manafort’s offer was memorialized in an email exchange with a former employee of his political consulting firm in July 2016. It was first reported by The Washington Post, which said portions of Manafort’s emails were read to reporters.Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni confirmed to The Associated Press that the email exchanges were legitimate but said no briefings ever occurred. The email involved an offer for Oleg Deripaska, a wealthy Russian who made his money in the aluminum business.The July 7, 2016, email came a little over a week before the Republican National Convention, while Manafort was leading the Trump campaign’s day-to-day operations. It also occurred about a month after Manafort attended a meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.That meeting was brokered by Donald Trump Jr., who was told in emails that the meeting was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s campaign.The Manafort email exchange regarding Deripaska is one of thousands of pages of material turned over to congressional committees by the Trump campaign. It is also in the possession of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between Trump associates and Russians looking to interfere in the presidential campaign. Mueller is also probing Manafort’s taxes and his foreign banking as part of an investigation related to his consulting work in Ukraine.Manafort has denied any wrongdoing, saying his work in Ukraine was open and appropriate. He has also denied any involvement in any efforts to undermine the U.S. election on behalf of Russia. Deripaska has denied any involvement with the Trump campaign and said he is willing to testify before congressional committees investigating Russian election interference to defend his reputation and his name.According to the Post, Manafort wrote the email to a former employee, Konstantin Kilimnik, who had worked for years with him on political consulting in Ukraine. Manafort asked Kilimnik to pass the offer to Deripaska.“If he needs private briefings we can accommodate,” Manafort wrote — referring to Deripaska — in the email, according to the Post.In a statement, Maloni dismissed the correspondence as “innocuous.” He said the exchange was part of an effort on Manafort’s part to collect money from clients who owed him money. The Post reported that several email exchanges between Manafort and Kilimnik discussed money that Manafort said he was owed by former clients in Eastern Europe.“It is no secret Mr. Manafort was owed money by past clients after his work ended in 2014,” Maloni said in the statement.The email is the first to indicate that Manafort was attempting to reach Deripaska while he was working on the Trump campaign, but it’s unclear whether the offer ever reached Deripaska or his representatives. The Post reported that according to documents detailed to its reporters, there was no evidence Deripaska received the offer.Attorneys for Deripaska in New York and Washington did not respond to phone messages or emails Wednesday evening. Kilimnik did not immediately respond to an email Wednesday evening. A phone number previously used by him was not accepting calls.The Post quoted Vera Kurochkina, a spokeswoman for one of Deripaska’s companies, who said inquiries about the emails “veer into manufactured questions so grossly false and insinuating that I am concerned even responding to these fake connotations provides them the patina of reality.” She also dismissed the email exchanges, the Post said, as scheming by “consultants in the notorious ‘Beltway bandit’ industry.”The Associated Press reported in March that before signing with Trump’s campaign, Manafort secretly worked for Deripaska and proposed plans for political consulting work in Eastern Europe that he said could “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”In a 2005 memo to Deripaska, Manafort laid out the details of the proposal that were subsequently spelled out the following year as part of a $10 million contract, according to interviews with people familiar with payments to Manafort and business records obtained by the AP. It’s unclear how much of the work was carried out. The AP previously reported that Manafort and Deripaska maintained a business relationship until at least 2009. The two later had a falling-out laid bare in 2014 in a Cayman Islands court.The AP cited U.S. diplomatic cables from 2006 describing Deripaska as “among the 2-3 oligarchs Putin turns to on a regular basis” and “a more-or-less permanent fixture on Putin’s trips abroad.” Deripaska has also sworn in a New York state court document that he has been granted “a diplomatic passport from Russia, and on occasion I have represented the government in countries outside Russia.”Deripaska sued the AP for defamation over the story in May in U.S. District Court in Washington, alleging the story was inaccurate and hurt his career by falsely accusing him of criminal activity. Deripaska’s lawyers complained to the AP at the time that the article “suggests that Mr. Deripaska has been involved with Mr. Manafort more recently,” and the lawsuit said, “Mr. Deripaska severed relations with Mr. Manafort many years ago.” The AP has said it stands by the accuracy of its story, and has asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.Manafort has previously said he worked for Deripaska to advance his business interests but denied his work was meant to advance Russia’s interests.The Post reported that Kilimnik and Manafort at times referred to Deripaska as “OVD” in the emails. That shorthand is consistent with how Manafort and other employees at his former consulting business referred to the billionaire in other documents obtained by the AP, including the 2005 proposal that referred to a plan to “greatly benefit the Putin Government.”According to other emails obtained by the AP that are in the hands of Mueller and congressional committees, Manafort had previously shut down efforts to have Trump meet with Russians during the campaign.In mid-May 2016, a Trump campaign aide wrote to Manafort that “Russia has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite some time,” noting that representatives from the country had been reaching out to him.Manafort responded to his deputy, Rick Gates, that the meetings were a nonstarter. “We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips,” he wrote, referring to Trump. The two decided that the communication should come from a person in the campaign who responds to “all mail of non-importance” so as not to send a message. ___ Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

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Full Show Industrial Plants And Water Pollution And Writer William T Vollmann

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /50:43 center_img X On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A caravan of migrants traveling through Texas border cities is arriving in Houston today. The group’s been speaking to residents about the state’s so-called sanctuary cities law. News 88.7’s Al Ortiz will bring us the latest. And a recent report outlined what it called “Houston’s Dangerous Apartment Epidemic.” News 88.7’s Allison Lee has more on how the city’s responding.Also this hour: Over a 21-month period from January 2016 to September 2017, Texas industrial facilities released pollution at levels beyond what federal law allows on more than 900 different occasions — more than any other state. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas, called Troubled Waters. We learn more about the report and how the Clean Water Act can be improved to prevent such pollution.Then: Writer William T. Vollmann is taking on a vast, complicated, and emotionally charged subject in his latest work: climate change and fossil fuels. He’s dubbed his forthcoming two-volume series on those subjects Carbon Ideologies, and he tells Michael Hagerty more about what he discovered.And we learn more about Sam Houston State University’s National Book Awards Festival. We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Sharelast_img read more

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White Oak Music Hall And Neighbors Reach Settlement Over Noise Complaint Suit

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Share 00:00 /00:00 Xcenter_img Florian MartinWhite Oak Music Hall. Photo Florian Martin | Houston Public Media.White Oak Music Hall and neighbors in the Near Northside reached a settlement over noise complaints.  Neighbors sued the venue in late 2016 for making too much noise.The settlement stipulates that White Oak Music Hall follow certain noise restrictions for their outdoor performances.  The venue is installing real time sound monitoring that neighbors will be able to watch through a webcam.  If the venue breaks the agreement, the hall could be fined up to $15,000. The plaintiffs’ attorney Cris Feldman said the venue also has to comply with other rules, like stricter limitations on how late bands can play outdoors on school nights. “White Oak has to cut off on 9:30. No shows on STAR nights, STAR testing nights,” said Feldman, “That has been an issue in the past.” In a statement, Johnny So, Managing Partner of White Oak Music Hall said he is glad the issue has been resolved. “We think it is the quintessential definition of a compromise, with both groups agreeing on a middle-ground that addresses the plaintiffs’ concerns regarding outdoor event frequency, outdoor event volume, and even such things as school testing schedules.”@WhiteOakMH and Near Northside neighbors have reached a settlement on a noise complaint lawsuit. The settlement establishes a private sound ordinance that includes sound monitoring paid for by White Oak. @HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/N8nCFNXOGo— Elizabeth Trovall (@elizTrovall) April 24, 2018last_img read more

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UPDATE Authorities Arrest Man Who Escaped from Houston Courtroom

first_imgHarris County District Attorney’s OfficeTerry Dewayne Rodgers.The UT Police at Houston took Terry Dewayne Rodgers into custody around 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday after he had escaped from a courtroom in downtown Houston on Monday.UT Police at Houston serves the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. According to a tweet from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, “preliminary indications” are that Rodgers “was seeking medical services at a UT System facility.”Rodgers, who had recently been arrested for possession of the controlled substance ecstasy, escaped Monday from the 351st State District Court, located in downtown Houston.Rodgers had been conditionally free on bond on a charge of Assault of a Family Member. Sharelast_img read more

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Substance of Maryland AG Frosh Interview Cause For Concern

first_imgNext week:An update on some of the businesses adversely impacted by the April uprising. Possible Hate Crime in Baltimore County Resolved?For several days in August a Black woman named Tee Jackson and her family, who reside in the Rosedale community of Baltimore County, were harassed and threatened by a Confederate flag wielding 18-year old White male named Michael Brandon Herold and his father, 47-year old Harry Anthony Herold.In wake of the tragic murders in Charleston, South Carolina of, “the Charleston Nine,” in June at the hand of Dylann Roof, another young White male obsessed with the Confederacy, among other things, the threats of the Herolds were taken very seriously by Jackson and her family.Yet, when she initially reached out to all four of the local Baltimore television news outlets (2, 11, 13 and 45), they declined to send news crews to investigate the story.It wasn’t until after Tee Jackson and her daughter Shandre Stephens appeared on First Edition to tell their story, (August 18) that the television news outlets showed up at their house to report on their plight the next day.Subsequently, a violent altercation took place between Michael Brandon Herold, who declared he would, “kill those f-ing niggers,” and neighbors of the Jacksons.Ultimately, Harry Anthony Herold was arrested (August 26) by Baltimore County Police on three separate arrest warrants (including first degree assault and witness intimidation) and is being held without bail. His son, Michael Brandon Herold was also arrested (August 27) on a bail revocation warrant and is also currently being held without bail. Sean YoesMaryland Attorney General Brian Frosh recently laid out what he called a “distillation” of current laws prohibiting racial profiling in law enforcement, viewed by some as a positive step in the effort to reform law enforcement.During an interview on August 26 on First Edition, which airs on WEAA 88.9 in Baltimore, Frosh was pressed further on the new guidelines.Asked about the state’s capacity to enforce racial profiling complaints Frosh said, “We don’t have the ability to enforce them.”As for the the function of the Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division Frosh said, “We don’t have the direct authority to bring civil rights litigation…we don’t have the authority to go out and sue people for violating the civil rights of other people.”The case of Teleta Dashiell, a Black woman who lives in Somerset County, Maryland raises questions about police accountability, alleged misconduct and racial sensitivity in Maryland law enforcement. In 2009, Dashiell was sought for her testimony in a case being investigated by John Maiello, a White Maryland State Police Sgt. During a subsequent phone conversation between Dashiell and Maiello, the state trooper was recorded saying to another person (after he believed he had hung up the phone with Dashiell) referring to her as a, “God-danged nigger.”Although the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Dashiell, sued the Maryland State Police and the case went before the Maryland Court of Appeals earlier this year, the attorney general, who took office this January, was unaware of the Dashiell case, and seemed flabbergasted by the comments of the state trooper. “Oh my God…this was a state police officer?” Frosh asked.Attorney General Frosh was also unfamiliar with the case of Kelvin Sewell, a former homicide detective with the Baltimore City Police Department, who was hired as the first Black police chief of Pocomoke City, Maryland located on the state’s southern Eastern Shore in 2010.Despite presiding over historic drops in crime in the city of about 4,000 — with a racial composition roughly half Black and half White — Sewell was fired allegedly for “incompetence” by Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison this past June.Sewell’s firing, which most of the city’s Black residents and some of its White residents believe is racially motivated, has triggered — or unearthed — a deep fissure in this town almost entirely along racial lines. Former Chief Sewell’s firing is being investigated by the United States Department of Justice.The Sewell scenario has also precipitated several alleged incidents of political misconduct. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland filed two complaints against Pocomoke City officials for violations of the Maryland Open Meetings Act alleging, “secret meetings,” which excluded Diane Downing,  Pocomoke City’s only elected Black official, and led to Sewell’s firing.The ACLU complaints were directed specifically to the Maryland Open Meetings Compliance Board, which is advised by the Attorney General’s office.last_img read more

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YouTubes Cleanup Efforts Are Driving Business Opportunities for Creators Says Product Chief

first_img YouTube Rings in Era of Ad-Supported Originals By Making ‘Cobra Kai’ Free to Watch Silicon Valleywood: Content Creators Discuss if Storytelling is Driven by Data Google tapped Mohan to head YouTube’s product and design in 2015. Previously, he was SVP of display and video ads at Google, after joining the internet giant in 2008 with Google’s $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick.As for what YouTube’s biggest business challenges are at this point, Mohan stayed on message — citing the need to “let our creators grow in every sense of the term.”“Whether you call it a challenge or opportunity, the conversation always goes back to: What is the magic of YouTube?” he said. “It’s building these awesome opportunities for the new creative economy. These creators are almost new companies in some sense.” Related Mohan continued, “The way I really think about that is, it’s a continual effort to remove — as quickly as possible — any content that violates our guidelines, raising up reliable sources, and reducing the impressions of borderline content which maybe we shouldn’t be recommending as much.”YouTube has been focused since its inception on “creating opportunities for creators,” Mohan claimed. The platform has introduced new products to help creators grow their audiences, such as YouTube Stories (short, mobile-only videos that expire after seven days), scheduled video premieres, and virtual-reality features. To scale those audiences into businesses, YouTube has been providing new monetization tools, including the introduction last year of Channel Memberships and a way for channel owners to sell merchandise.And new this year, YouTube plans to roll out programs and tools for creators to support and raise money for causes. “YouTubers have shared that they want to use YouTube to generate funds and contribute resources for things that are important to them,” Mohan said. “My job as chief product officer is to find ways to make that simpler and easier.”In addition to Mohan’s Thursday keynote at VidCon, YouTube will stage other events at the July 10-13 convention in Anaheim. It’s hosting screenings of and cast panels for two YouTube originals — season 4 of murder-mystery competition series “Escape the Night” with Joey Graceffa and comedy “Liza On Demand” season 2 starring Liza Koshy. At VidCon, YouTube also is hosting meetups for diverse creators, including Latino, Asian, black, and LGBTQ creators.On July 11, it’s reprising YouTube OnStage, a live entertainment showcase in its third year, headlined by Meghan Trainor (who recently passed 10 million subscribers on her YouTube channel) along with performances from others including comedy duo Rhett & Link of “Good Mythical Morning”; “America’s Got Talent” finalist Sofie Dossi; and DJ Earworm.“The core of the event is kind of like the YouTube platform coming to life,” said Mohan. “I see fans fly in from around the world to see their favorite creators for a few minutes.” YouTube continues to make headlines for objectionable content and misinformation hosted on the world’s biggest video platform. And it’s been criticized for not doing enough to combat the problems.Neal Mohan, YouTube’s chief product officer, is responsible for all of the service’s products, which reach more than 2 billion users each month. This week, he’s heading to the 10th annual VidCon creator/fan confab in the U.S., where the exec is set to deliver a keynote focused on YouTube’s efforts to empower creators with new ways to help them build communities and ultimately make money.A big part of that mission, Mohan said, is to refine and enforce policies that keep the bad stuff off YouTube — so that the good stuff can thrive.“What underpins everything [about YouTube’s mission to support creators] is our responsibility as a global platform, to make sure our platform is safe for everyone,” he said in an interview with Variety.center_img ALL NEW! HOT LIPS 2 11 lipstick shades inspired by 11 incredible icons Ad by Charlotte Tilbury See More AdChoices But life on YouTube isn’t a nonstop party. Alongside its creator-centered initiatives, YouTube has spent considerable time trying to clean up the platform.Last month, it added a way for users to remove suggestions from channels they don’t want to watch. It also specifically banned videos that promote the idea that one group is superior to others, including neo-Nazi content, and said it will widen efforts to limit recommendations of “borderline content and harmful misinformation” outside the U.S. In addition, it has taken steps to reduce the risk children will be targeted by predators on the service, including banning young kids from live-streaming without adult supervision and blocking the ability to leave comments on nearly all videos with minors.“We are continuously working on our community guidelines,” Mohan said. He maintained that changes YouTube has put in place have involved “months of work” including consulting with third parties across the world.At Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has proposed a plan for users to appeal content decisions through an independent body. The Facebook Oversight Board would be comprised of 40 outside participants to make “decisions would be transparent and binding” — a kind of Supreme Court to rule on individual cases when questions come up about what should stay and what should get removed.Could that work for YouTube? Mohan said the Google-owned video platform remains focused on establishing a workable set of community guidelines with clear and efficient enforcement. “We have always worked with third parties and external organizations,” he said. “You need a combination of incredibly well-trained raters, as well as technology.”Meanwhile, Mohan declined to comment on a report last month in the Wall Street Journal last month that Google execs were debating the idea of moving all videos for children to the separate YouTube Kids app. The FTC is said to be investigating YouTube for possible violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which prohibits collecting data on kids 13 and under. YouTube hasn’t denied the WSJ story; a rep said in a statement: “We consider lots of ideas for improving YouTube and some remain just that — ideas. Others, we develop and launch, like our restrictions to minors live streaming or updated hate speech policy.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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