Russia Trump wades more forcefully into feud with sanctions support for UK

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration waded more forcefully Thursday into Russia’s dispute with the western world, imposing sanctions to punish election meddling and computer attacks on key infrastructure, and expressing solidarity with allies following a brazen chemical attack on British soil.The U.S. froze American assets held by 19 Russians, as well as transactions with those individuals, in response to recently revealed propaganda efforts during the 2016 election, as well as cyberattacks that targeted energy, nuclear, water and aviation facilities, and other infrastructure.Washington also brushed aside ambiguity about whether it would support the U.K.: in a joint statement with France and Germany, all four countries condemned what they called the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.The U.K. had thoroughly briefed its allies on known details of the attack, and the countries all share the assessment that there is no plausible alternative explanation to Russia being the culprit, Thursday’s statement declared.“It certainly looks like the Russians were behind it,” said President Donald Trump, who has generally been reluctant to criticize Russia.“(It’s) something that should never, ever happen. And we’re taking it very seriously, as, I think, are many others.”His administration slapped financial sanctions against many of the same individuals recently charged in the Robert Mueller probe. Mueller alleged that Russians set up a disinformation unit that spread propaganda and violated American election laws in 2016.It described other ominous activity as well.Since at least March 2016, the U.S. says, Russian government cyber-actors have targeted U.S. government entities and critical infrastructure through a variety of penetration methods, including hoax emails.A senior U.S. national-security official, briefing journalists on condition of anonymity, called it “a multi-stage attack campaign” against “the systems that run our factories, and our grid.” The attacks are ongoing, he continued, but all the known penetrated systems have been protected.“This is a series of actions (we’re taking against Russia),” said the official.“We’re going to continue those actions to increase pressure on Russia until they change their behaviour, and become responsible members of the international community.”The Russians responded with frustration and professed disbelief. They have already warned that any action against them will be met with a reaction, including booting out foreign journalists in their own state-run networks.Britain says blame for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury lies with the Russian state. Prime Minister Theresa May has expelled 23 Russian diplomats, severed high-level contacts with Moscow and vowed to take both open and covert actions against Russian dirty money and “hostile state activity.”Russia has dismissed the nerve-attack accusations as pure speculation; Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would “certainly” expel some British diplomats soon in retaliation.On Thursday, one Russian lawmaker suggested the attack could have been staged by anyone — even the U.S., or a NATO partner.“The Americans had access not only to the technology, but had access to its development,” Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted Alexei Chepa, the deputy chairman of a parliamentary foreign affairs committee, as saying.“In all likelihood, their NATO partners from Britain also had this access.”In addition to the election meddling and infrastructure attacks, the U.S. cited the Feb. 15 NotPetya cyberattack, attributed to the Russian military, as another reason for its decision to impose sanctions.The U.S. called the Feb. 15 incident the most destructive and costly cyberattack in history, resulting in billions in damage across several continents, as well as disruptions to global shipping, trade, and the production of medicines.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.K. will also have Canada’s support.“We offer our close friend and NATO ally … our sympathy regarding the despicable poisoning,” Trudeau said.“Canada is unwavering in its commitment to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom can count on Canada’s full support in efforts to hold Russia to account for this unacceptable and unlawful behaviour.”Despite Thursday’s actions, meanwhile, U.S. Democrats continued to insist the president remains bizarrely reticent when it comes to Russia. The White House insisted Trump has been tough, an assertion questioned by the opposition party.They noted that most of the people punished Thursday had been previously charged in the Mueller probe — which Trump keeps criticizing.“(U.S.) Treasury will finally punish Russian individuals who, for the most part, were already indicted or subject to sanctions,” tweeted Adam Schiff, a Democrat on the House intelligence committee.“This from the president who said he was tougher on Russia than Obama. These sanctions will send a message to Russia, just not the one we want to send.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Tesla to pay off 920M in bonds with company cash

Tesla Inc. will pay off $920 million worth of bonds when they come due on Friday, using up about one quarter of the cash available for capital spending and future debt payments.The electric car and solar panel company and debt holders had the option of converting the bonds to stock if the price hit an average of $359.87 over several trading periods ahead of Friday’s maturity date.But that didn’t happen. Shares haven’t closed that high since Dec. 14, and they have traded around $300 during the time the debt could be converted.Tesla says in its annual report that intends to pay the debt in cash. The company had $3.7 billion at the end of last year.The payment won’t reduce the cash to a troublesome level, at least not yet, but Tesla has billions more in debt due in the coming years, said Morningstar analyst David Whiston. “They’ll clearly have to generate more cash,” he said.Whiston said the company may need more cash generated from another new model to retire debt that comes due during the next four years. Tesla has planned to start building its Model Y small SUV in high volumes by the end of next year.A Tesla spokesman declined comment on the payment, deferring to the company’s earnings release that said the company has “sufficient cash on hand to comfortably settle in cash our convertible bond that will mature in March 2019.”Tesla has been adding cash since production and sales of its Model 3 midsize sedan grew during the second half of last year. The company’s fourth-quarter investment letter says the cash balance increased by $718 million from October through December.Tesla had about $11 billion in debt at the end of 2018, including $566 million worth of notes that come due in November and a $1.1 billion credit line that’s due in June of 2020. There also are $1.38 billion notes that mature in March of 2021 and another $978 million due in March of 2022.Whiston said the company may have to raise more capital by selling shares, or it could refinance the debt.The Associated Press read more

Role of social innovation highlighted at UN forum focusing on Latin America

The United Nations development chief today stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills. “The region is on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but the effects of the global economic crisis – combined with the food crisis – threaten to jeopardize the gains,” Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), said, referring to the set of globally agreed targets to halve poverty, hunger, illiteracy and other problems, all by 2015. “For this reason, social policies play a key role to promote human development, and the region shows several good examples, particularly through conditional cash transfer programmes,” she told the Third Forum for Social Strategic Thinking in Latin America, a two-day meeting which began at UN Headquarters in New York today. As forecasted by a UN report released last November, the global economic crisis has increased the number of the poor in Latin America by 9 million in 2010 and has added another 2.5 million individuals to the ranks of the unemployed in the region. Governments in the region have reacted quickly, UNDP noted in a news release, with many having strengthened job security plans and social programmes as a means to mitigate the negative effects of the crisis. Conditional cash transfer programmes have played a substantial role in the design of such social policies, the agency pointed out, citing Oportunidades (Opportunities) in Mexico, Bolsa Familia (Family Grant) in Brazil and Familias en Acción (Families in Action) in Colombia, which along with other programmes, are reaching over 22 million households in 17 countries in the region. The Forum, convened to discuss social policy innovations to respond to the economic crisis, was opened by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, a pioneer in the field of microcredit, and includes the participation of over 35 ministers and officials in charge of social affairs from 17 Latin America nations. “The financial crisis can be seen as an opportunity,” said Mr. Yunus. “This is the moment to redesign social programmes, stimulating social businesses and self-employment for the poor, particularly women. “Human beings have unlimited capacity. All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them. If you ask me how to fight poverty, I’d sum it up like this: credit,” he stated. 22 February 2010The United Nations development chief today stressed the need for good social policies to help Latin America deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, which threatens to undo the progress achieved in the region in fighting poverty and other socio-economic ills. read more

Economist Jack Mintz says Liberals should take time on infrastructure spending

OTTAWA — A noted economist says the incoming Liberal government should slow its grand plan for billions in new infrastructure spending to make sure the money provides the most economic bang.Jack Mintz says the infrastructure program should emphasize what he calls “productivity enhancing infrastructure,” such as roads, highways, rail lines and ports that can shorten commutes for workers in cities and more easily move products to foreign markets.A federal government that stressed that type of spending, as opposed to “social infrastructure” as the Liberals have promised as well, would stimulate long-term economic growth, Mintz said.“That’s where the emphasis should be,” he said at a Monday news conference on Parliament Hill. “Let’s move people, let’s move goods and have a stronger economy as a result.”The Liberals have vowed to boost infrastructure spending by almost $17 billion over the next four years, financing the effort through three years of deficits. The majority of the new spending, $10.05 billion, is planned to happen in the next two years, with $6.9 billion earmarked for the last two years of the Liberal mandate.The promise was a cornerstone of the Liberal campaign that won the party a majority government in last month’s federal election.The $10-million lifetime tax bill: Welcome to Trudeau’s new tax rateCanada’s weak economic growth could get boost from Trudeau’s stimulus, economists sayBut despite what prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau said on the campaign trail, the country isn’t in a recession, Mintz said, which means the Liberals should take their time and slow the spending spree.“We can take time,” Mintz said. “We don’t need infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy. We need infrastructure spending to grow the economy and I think we should make the right choices and take our time and do it properly.“That would be a far better strategy to achieve, I think, what could be a really important growth strategy for the country in the next several years.”Mintz said that idea should be one of the key conclusions from a series of three research papers released Monday by the University of Calgary’s school of public policy. The papers look at the state of the country’s infrastructure and how the federal government should help pay for its renewal.The studies argue the federal government should get out of the business of funding small infrastructure projects directly and instead give more money directly to cities through provinces to spend on their infrastructure needs.The researchers found that since 2002, more than half of the 8,000 projects that received matching funds from the federal government cost less than $1 million. About 1,000 of those projects were below $100,000 in value.These small projects carry extra administrative costs that would be better directed to larger endeavours that may take more time to break ground, the researchers said. The papers also argue for giving block funding to provinces — and cities by extension — with some strings attached to make sure money is spent where it’s needed most.The outgoing Conservatives were criticized for spending more money from its key infrastructure programs on projects in Tory-friendly ridings. That funding often came with a requirement for signs labelling the projects as part of the Conservative economic action plan.Mintz said the federal government should not direct this block funding to specific projects and should create an arm’s-length agency to evaluate projects for their economic benefits. The current model could lead to political interference, with governments choosing projects that produce the most votes.The group also argued that cities overseeing the majority of infrastructure in the country should charge user fees to pay for their upkeep. read more

UN Mission in DR of Congo pays tribute to latest two of

The United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has paid tribute to two soldiers whose deaths in March brought the toll for peacekeepers in the country to 27.The mission, known as MONUC, identified the two men as Corp. Anibal Dos Santos of Uruguay, killed in a road accident in Uvira on 19 March and Pvt. Mothapo Alpheus Seakalala of South Africa, killed on Tuesday by unidentified gunmen in Kavumu, 30 kilometres north of Bukavu.Both joined MONUC in November 2003, four years after the Security Council set up the mission.”The peacekeepers to whom we give honour and praise today came from diverse backgrounds and corners of the globe and from different cultures just to say ‘no’ to war and fulfil one common mission: the restoration of peace by means of weapons such as: negotiation, diplomacy and, in case of failure, every other necessary means to protect civilians,” MONUC chief William Lacy Swing said on Wednesday.The ceremony gave MONUC members an opportunity to reflect on why they were in the DRC and to remember the 3 million Congolese who died in conflicts and the millions more who were displaced, he said.MONUC Force Commander Gen. Samaila Iliya said he hoped the investigation into the death of Private Seakalala would bring out the facts about the attack on him. read more

Wynne says Ontario Liberals need to be ready for an election at

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Ontario’s decade-old Liberal government is looking to develop new policies this weekend in advance of an election that could come as soon as next spring, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Friday.About 500 Liberals will hold a provincial council meeting in Hamilton, their first get-together since Wynne took over as premier last January.“My message is going to be that we are ready to take the next steps as a party, and in a minority situation that means we have to be ready for an election at any point,” Wynne told The Canadian Press.“There’s a lot of good work that’s been done over the last 10 years, but now we have to take that (party) renewal that’s happened over the last nine months and translate it into our vision for the future.”Wynne had threatened earlier this month to call an election if the opposition parties wouldn’t allow any bills to pass in the legislature.This week, the Tories started co-operating on a number of non-partisan bills, saying they want to “clear the decks” so the Liberals can get onto major economic initiatives, if they have any to introduce.“What we’re doing is calling their bluff,” said Progressive Conservative Rod Jackson. “They don’t have any plan.”The Liberals launched a website Friday to get public input to help develop new policy proposals, which prompted the Opposition to claim the government is out of ideas, especially on ways to improve the economy and create jobs.“We’re seeing a desperate, pathetic government that is grasping at ideas because they don’t have anything to hang on to,” added Jackson.The New Democrats called the Liberals’ attempts to engage the public on policy development little more than window dressing and political games.“Kathleen Wynne is more concerned about the interests of her political party than really dealing with the issues,” said NDP house leader Gilles Bisson.“This is nothing more than an attempt on the part of the Liberals to be seen as doing something where they’ve not done it before.”But Wynne defended the public outreach as a good practice for all politicians.“My belief, honestly, is that whether it’s in the run up to a platform development or whether it’s between elections, I think it’s critically important that politicians, governments (and) parties stay in touch with their constituencies,” she said.“We’ll reach out beyond party members and invite people … to give us input because I think it’s really important whether people are Liberals or not, there can be good ideas.”The Conservatives insisted Wynne does not have a plan to turn Ontario’s economy around.“She’s been premier for nine months and a senior cabinet minister for 10 years,” said Jackson. “If she doesn’t have the answer now, I don’t have any confidence she will have it in six months.”The Liberals should be taking action now to reverse their green energy policies that sent electricity prices soaring and do more to reduce unemployment levels, especially among young people, added Bisson.“They’ve been in power and had the ability to effect some of the decisions to curb youth unemployment, and what they’re doing is more consultations, more roundtables, more white papers,” he said. “What people want is action.”Wynne also said the Liberals will eliminate Ontario’s $9.2 deficit within four years as promised without cutting programs and services.“We face some real challenges, but I don’t believe that just cutting and slashing and austerity is the way to go,” she said.“I don’t think that’s how we’re going to realize our aspirations as a province, and so investing in Ontario’s strengths is a critical part of our strategy.” by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2013 11:31 am MDT Wynne says Ontario Liberals need to be ready for an election at any time read more

So What Happens If Alabama AndOr Clemson Lose

blythe (Blythe Terrell, general editor): OK, so the conference championships are this weekend. The real test of our new College Football Playoff model is IMMINENT.natesilver (Nate Silver, editor-in-chief): Well, it’s not much of a test, since the scenarios are either pretty obvious or the model’s like all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.andrewflowers (Andrew Flowers, quantitative editor): Yeah, if Alabama and Clemson cruise to win their conference titles, this is an open-and-shut case: They both get into the playoff, alongside Oklahoma and the Big Ten winner. But if one or both lose, all hell will break loose.natesilver: Probably where the model most disagrees with the conventional wisdom is in thinking Clemson might still have a pretty good shot — even with a loss.andrewflowers: Exactly, @natesilver. That makes the ACC championship the most interesting game to watch. If Clemson loses, the playoff committee has a difficult job. Will UNC get in? Or could Stanford take their place if they win the Pac-12?Or will Clemson sneak in despite losing?!blythe: Part of me hopes it gets exciting (since I’ve got no team in the game). I want something weird to happen. And part of the model is trying to predict how the committee members will think, right?natesilver: Yeah, the whole point of the model is that it’s trying to replicate human thinking. So since everyone else is all ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ about what happens if Clemson or Alabama loses, maybe that means it’s right in some sense!What it can do, though, is think an extra step or two ahead. For instance, it recognized that Stanford still had an outside path to making it into the playoff even after Stanford’s second loss to Oregon a few weeks ago. Why? Because it knew that Stanford could potentially beat Notre Dame, then win the Pac-12 — and that might look pretty good to the committee.Likewise, it recognized that a Big 12 team that got hot was likely to leapfrog Notre Dame — and it turned out that Oklahoma did exactly that, even before Notre Dame lost to Stanford.blythe: Stanford sneaking in would make SOMEONE here happy (@allison)allison (Allison McCann, visual journalist): AND WE DID BEAT NOTRE DAME!blythe: Oh, yeah, what ever happened to the Irish?andrewflowers: I get emails from Notre Dame fans asking for their playoff odds if they had beaten Stanford.blythe: Everyone is on a quest for hope, Andrew.natesilver: If there were a six-team playoff, like there should be, Notre Dame would be a bubble team right now. But maybe let’s get back to the cases at hand?allison: Stanford is sitting with a 13 percent chance of making the playoff, but they almost certainly need a big-time loss from someone else this weekend, right?andrewflowers: That’s right @allison — Alabama and/or Clemson need to lose for the Cardinal to get in.blythe: So, the Big Ten winner gets in. And Oklahoma is a lock. That’s where we stand, right? Those are the two knowns?natesilver: And that Alabama and Clemson are locks if they win. So there could be no drama at all, if the favorites win out.blythe: Right. So the interesting scenarios …allison: Yeah, forget favorites. Give us all the drama.blythe: If Clemson loses and Alabama wins, then what?allison: Does that make Ohio State next in line? (It’s NOT Stanford, which is garbage.)andrewflowers: Our model is high on Clemson even if they lose; they have the highest odds to get in, at 42 percent (assuming Alabama wins). But the Pac-12 game really matters here. If Stanford beats USC, they might get in.allison: I am completely unashamed of my favoritism here. Stanford could be more likely than Ohio State to make it in if they win that conference title! THAT’S WHAT ANDREW WROTE!natesilver: Yeah, let’s unpack a few things here. First, the model thinks that four teams have a credible case — Stanford, Clemson, UNC and Ohio State. It likes Stanford’s chances a little better than UNC and Ohio State — if Stanford wins. And it puts Clemson right up there with Stanford, in defiance of the conventional wisdom I guess.But when I think through the politics of the committee’s decision, I like Stanford’s chances a little better than the model does.allison: Because of Condi???andrewflowers: Think of it like this: if Clemson loses, they can point out they’ve played a more challenging schedule than UNC, and had a signature win over Notre Dame, too. And, relative to Stanford, they’d have fewer losses despite not winning their conference. It’s a tough call for the committee.But the ultimate nightmare is if Clemson and Stanford lose. Will that pave the way for Ohio State to sneak in? Don’t sleep on the Buckeyes!natesilver: @allison: I think the committee starts from the premise that it doesn’t have much respect for UNC and thinks they’d get demolished if they were in the playoff. So it wants to find an excuse to leave them out. But it has trouble taking Clemson over UNC when UNC just beat Clemson. How about Ohio State? Maybe, but they’re not a conference champion either — and frankly, if you’re going to take a one-loss nonchampion, Clemson’s resume is at least as good as Ohio State’s. That leaves Stanford. They’re a politically correct choice, having won their conference title and having played a much better schedule than UNC.allison: And because of Condi ;-).Okay fine, Andrew, I’ll go with you and consider losses from both Clemson and Stanford. You’ve written that our model consistently likes the Buckeyes more than the committee — why?andrewflowers: Would the committee really pick UNC over Ohio State if the Tar Heels beat Clemson and Stanford also loses? That to me is the existential question. Lots of $$$ is involved in these selections. I don’t mean to sound too conspiratorial, but with Ohio State’s national football fanbase, it’d be awfully tempting to pick them.blythe: Let’s look at another scenario. What if the Tide get rolled and the Tigers beat the Tar Heels? Then you have Florida as the SEC champ over ‘Bama. What does that do? Could a two-loss Gators team show up in the playoff?andrewflowers: Um, no.natesilver: Ohio State’s a fascinating case, @allison. Because, remember, the model’s job is to replicate human thinking. And it thinks humans should really like Ohio State for some pretty basic reasons. One-loss power conference team. Defending national champion. (That’s factored in implicitly in way the model uses Elo ratings, which carry over slightly from season to season.) Coming off a HUGE win against Michigan. Only loss was against another very good team, Michigan State.But the narrative that developed around Ohio State was poor. I actually thought the Ezekiel Elliott comments after the Michigan State loss might have hurt them — it made it seem like they had blown their chance instead of reminding voters that this was a very good football team that had a chance to redeem itself against UM.blythe: That Florida State loss was pretty brutal. So no Florida. But how does that change the picture? A ‘Bama loss and Clemson win?andrewflowers: A ‘Bama loss is less of a headache than a Clemson one. Sorry Florida fans, but if you win, the SEC is getting shut out. Stanford is in pole position to make it if they win the Pac-12; and if they slip up, then Ohio State is waiting in the wings.To be specific — Stanford has a 61 percent shot at the playoff if Alabama loses, Clemson wins and the Cardinal beat USC.blythe: But ‘Bama is pretty unlikely to lose, right?natesilver: Florida would have to DEMOLISH Alabama. If they win 42-3 or something … and Stanford loses … and the committee decides it really prefers conference champions after all, they might get a look.andrewflowers: Very unlikely, @blythe. They’re 78 percent favorites.natesilver: And having seen a bunch of Florida over the past few weeks … I’m not taking the 22 percent side of that bet.blythe: OK, so the final scenario: If ‘Bama and Clemson both lose, then what? MAXIMUM CHAOS!andrewflowers: In this nightmare scenario, Stanford is a great bet if they win the Pac-12 (62 percent). But, honestly, it gets messy real fast. Five teams possibly competing for two spots.natesilver: Here’s something interesting, though. According to the model, Ohio State would rather have Alabama lose and Clemson win than both Alabama and Clemson lose.andrewflowers: But don’t count out just-beaten Clemson, either: They’re right with the Cardinal at 59 percent. And that’s right, @natesilver — Buckeye fans should be rooting hard for Clemson.blythe: This seems like the real ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ situation.natesilver: They should be rooting for Clemson only if Alabama loses. If Alabama wins, though, they need Clemson to lose to have any shot at all. It’s like some weird prisoner’s dilemma.blythe: As college football should be.natesilver: But the thinking here is that if both Alabama and Clemson lose, the committee would resolve its UNC-Clemson “problem” by letting both teams in. Especially if Stanford loses, too.andrewflowers: One last thing: We’d be remiss without mentioning how @natesilver rigged the model to favor Michigan State. The Spartans are obviously in if they beat undefeated Iowa; and vice versa for the Hawkeyes. Zzzzz…natesilver: Ha! The main question is how far Sparty will move up into the top four with a win.Excuse me — WHEN they win. Weirdly, it might be best for them to stay at No. 4 — because most computer rankings think No. 1 Clemson isn’t as strong as No. 2 Alabama or No. 3 Oklahoma.andrewflowers: BTW, a strong Michigan State win makes Ohio State look good. Another thing for Buckeye fans to root for.allison: Should I [Stanford fans] be rooting for a Michigan State or Iowa? What’s my prisoner’s dilemma here?natesilver: Yeah, that could help Ohio State a bunch. Historically, the times when we’ve seen two teams from the same conference rank in the coaches poll or AP top four is when the second team’s only loss came to the team ranked ahead of it. Which works for Ohio State is Sparty wins, but not if it’s Iowa instead.So you should be rooting for Iowa, @allison, because it makes Ohio State’s case weaker.blythe: So basically, the likeliest situation is that ‘Bama and Clemson win their conference titles and everything is very boring (or great, depending on your team preference) with Oklahoma, Iowa/Michigan State, Clemson and ‘Bama. But we’ll see if UNC or Florida makes it interesting on Saturday.andrewflowers: Should be fun! Read more: All The Wild Scenarios That Could End The College Football Season That’s the big question going into this Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection. Our staff college football fans sat down to talk through the scenarios on Slack. The transcript below has been lightly edited. read more

Ohio State mens tennis looking for revenge against No 1 Oklahoma

Redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan (pictured) and the OSU men’s tennis team are scheduled to play host to No. 1 Oklahoma on March 6 in Columbus, where they hope to defend their over 200-game home win streak.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorOn March 7, 2014, the then-undefeated Ohio State’s men’s tennis team traveled to Oklahoma and walked away with its first loss of the season.Now just 364 days later, the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners (12-1) are set to travel to Columbus on Friday afternoon and the No. 8 Buckeyes (12-3) are looking for revenge.“It’s always good to beat a No. 1 team, but revenge for me is the main thing,” OSU redshirt-senior Hunter Callahan said. “They beat us pretty bad … so I think we want to get them back a little bit.”With the players looking for payback against the nation’s top team, coach Ty Tucker said he is just excited for the opportunity to play the Sooners.“It’s an unbelievable opportunity for guys in college athletics to get the chance to play the No. 1 team in the country in your home building in any sport,” he said. “These are the things you look forward to.”The last time the Buckeyes had the opportunity to play a top-ranked team at home was when they took on Illinois on April 5, 2003. The Buckeyes lost that match, but haven’t tasted defeat in Columbus since.OSU has made Columbus a hostile environment for visiting teams during its 200-match home winning streak, but Tucker said he expects a fight from Oklahoma.“They’ve got great players all across the board … It would be a huge effort for our guys to come up with a victory, but anything’s possible at home,” he said.The Sooners have three players ranked inside the top 20 and won the ITA Indoor Championship in February, but Callahan said the Buckeyes know what they need to do.“You just got to do what you have to do against an Oklahoma,” Callahan said. “In the end, you always have to beat them no matter if they’re No. 70, or if they are No. 1.”Tucker said the players are “pretty jacked up to play.”The match is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. on Friday at the Varsity Tennis Center. read more

FBI director to testify on Trumps Russian ties as well as his

first_img Image: Alex Brandon/PA Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Alex Brandon/PA Mar 20th 2017, 7:50 AM Monday 20 Mar 2017, 7:50 AM By AFP Short URL FBI director to testify on Trump’s Russian ties as well as his wiretap allegations Political commentators have said the stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher. 26 Comments THE DIRECTORS OF the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress today on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama.Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security Agency will speak publicly for the first time about two issues that have riveted the American public for weeks and further divided the country’s two ever-at-odds political parties.The stakes for the tycoon-turned-world-leader could hardly be higher.Comey will testify before the House Intelligence Committee at a hearing aimed at probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election campaign. Rogers is also scheduled to testify.Trump and his entourage’s possible ties with the Russia of President Vladimir Putin have been the subject of much speculation since before he was elected on 8 November.US intelligence agencies in January took the extraordinary step of stating publicly that they had concluded that hackers working for Russia broke into the email accounts of senior Democrats and released embarrassing ones with the aim of helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton. Source: Stephan Savoia/PAEven since then, the question of whether Trump and company were or are somehow in cahoots with Russia has dominated the national conversation.A congressional panel so far has found no evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia, its chairman said on Sunday.Based on “everything I have up to this morning, no evidence of collusion,” Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News.“Was there a physical wiretap of Trump Tower? No, but there never was, and the information we got on Friday continues to lead us in that direction,” Nunes stressed.Moscow has denied involvement in the hacks, and Trump has denounced the tumult over alleged Russia connections as a “total witch hunt”.Today’s hearing is also expected to address a second explosive issue: Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that the Obama administration wiretapped his phone at Trump Tower in New York during the campaign.Trump on 4 March tweeted that Obama had “tapped” his phone, a charge that has consumed political debate in the US capital. ’Obsessed with an unsubstantiated claim’Several congressional panels have launched investigations into Russia’s alleged interference, including the House and Senate intelligence committees, which have jurisdiction over the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies, and the House and Senate judiciary committees.The FBI is also probing Russian interference in the election.The question remains whether the agency has opened a criminal investigation into possible ties between Trump campaign aides and Russian officials. The US has been gripped by the accusations. Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesToday’s hearing promises to be a very public showdown between the FBI and lawmakers, with the national security world certain to watch whether Comey drops a political bombshell.Members of Congress have expressed frustration over what they call the lack of cooperation from the FBI about Russia and Trump’s wiretap claim, which Obama and an array of other officials have flatly denied.The issue of wiretapping first surfaced last month, when Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it was revealed he had misled top officials over his contacts with the Russian ambassador to Washington to discuss sanctions Obama had just announced against Russia over the election hacking.Around the same time, The New York Times reported that US intelligence had intercepted calls showing that members of Trump’s campaign had repeated contacts with top Russian intelligence officials in the year preceding the election.Nunes has said that the intelligence committee probe focuses in part on who revealed that Flynn had unreported private contacts with the Russians over the sanctions issue.Adding to the intrigue, Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related inquiries after it was learned that he had met twice with the Russian ambassador in the months before Trump took office, and had failed to disclose this during his confirmation hearing when asked a question about such contacts and speaking under oath.‘Trump’s credibility takes a hit’Domestically, the controversy over the wiretapping claim has pulled attention away from Trump’s effort to push through other key items on his agenda, including the planned repeal of Obama’s healthcare law, tax reform and his controversial travel ban.Critics say it has also debased the already coarse tone of political debate in Washington and eroded the president’s credibility at home and abroad. Trump Tower in New York. The president claimed Barack Obama had his offices wiretapped. Source: DPA/PA ImagesSome of the fallout has been international in scope: The White House was forced to retract a charge repeated last week by its spokesman Sean Spicer suggesting that Britain’s intelligence services aided the Obama administration in the alleged wiretap. That claim has strained relations with America’s closest ally.Still, as recently as Friday, Trump repeated the claim in an aside during a White House press conference with Angela Merkel.“As far as wiretapping, I guess, by this past administration, at least we have something in common, perhaps,” Trump told the German chancellor, referring to a WikiLeaks report in 2015 that the US had monitored calls involving Merkel and her top aides for years.© – AFP 2017Read: ‘I am not guilty’ – Women who face death penalty over Kim Jong-Nam murder appear in court >Read: Media frenzy and armed special forces as Kim Jong-Nam’s son reportedly visits body > Share5 Tweet Email 13,294 Views last_img read more

President not happy with talks

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cypriot President Demetris Christofias said  that he is not pleased with the progress achieved so far in the ongoing peace talks he is engaged in, with the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community Mehmet Ali Talat. The President stressed however that he is not disappointed and will continue his efforts to reunite Cyprus as there is no other option to achieve this objective except through dialogue. Christofias said he remained committed to working for a political settlement of a bizonal bicommunal federation with political equality as defined by the UN.last_img

WSP hosts bump stock buyback program

first_imgAs a national ban approaches, Washington State Patrol has begun buying back bump stocks at locations throughout the state, including Vancouver.The WSP office in Vancouver, 11018 N.E. 51st Circle, hosted buyback events Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As of 1 p.m. Monday, the office had collected 24 bump stocks, Trooper Will Finn said.A national ban on the equipment takes effect March 26. After that date, those found in possession of bump stocks could face a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine under federal law, Finn said.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Thursday to create $150,000 in funding for the program, enough to buy back 1,000 bump stocks. Participants are allowed to bring in up to five bump stocks, and at least one person in Vancouver brought in four, Finn said.The buyback program allows state residents to turn in bump stocks, operable or inoperable, and receive a $150 voucher per device. Residents can also turn in the devices to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or other law enforcement agencies and obtain a written receipt for a voucher. The receipt must then be taken to a WSP office during a buyback event.Once vouchers are processed, a check will be mailed. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be handed out after funding for the program is exhausted.last_img read more

Bangladesh is not a oneparty state Gowher Rizvi tells Al Jazeera

first_imgIn a recent ‘Head to Head’ interview with Al Jazeera English, to be aired 2 March, Gowher Rizvi, advisor to the Bangladesh prime minister, spoke on Awami League landslide victory in the parliamentary polls, the arrest of photojournalist Shahidul Alam, enforced disappearances, the Rohingya refugee crisis and more.Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s international affairs advisor Gowher Rizvi told Al Jazeera English’s Mehdi Hasan that Bangladesh “is not a one-party state” despite its recent landslide victory, where its ruling coalition secured 96% of parliamentary seats.In a press release, Al Jazeera English said Rizvi asserted that Hasina had won her fourth term in office in an election where “39 political parties contested.” He said “free and fair elections took place,” adding “Give me one good reason why the opposition should have been voted into power? They did not have a manifesto, they were ambivalent, whether they were going to an election or not.”With regards to the government accusing the opposition of crimes which in some instances they could not have committed as the individuals named were in fact dead, Rizvi admitted that “it is embarrassing” but added that “when such charges are made it is embarrassing, but one knows that in police investigation, in many societies, especially in developing countries, often have these shortcomings.”Human rights groups have criticised Bangladesh of attempting to suppress the media and silence its critics through controversial laws such as the Information and Communication Technology Act (ICT) and the new Digital Security Act, Al Jazeera said in their press release.Speaking about the arrest of award-winning photographer Shahidul Alam who was arrested in August 2018 following an interview on Al Jazeera, Rizvi said he was a “very close friend” but stated that he “was not arrested for appearing on Al Jazeera and making a comment. He was arrested for spreading disinformation which was inciting violence.”Bangladesh is not a one-party state, Gowher Rizvi tells Al Jazeera. Photo: CollectedRizvi added that when the photographer was arrested he ensured that he “was given medical treatment”, which prompted the presenter, Mehdi Hasan to ask “why did he need medical treatment?”Rizvi said “I cannot deny it [that Alam was beaten by police] because I do not know what happened.”Previously prime minister Sheikh Hasina had described Shahidul Alam as “mentally sick”. Gowher Rizvi disagreed with this and said he has “no idea” why she said this.“I don’t know what she had in her mind,” he said.There have also been allegations against law enforcement authorities of abducting and detaining hundreds of opposition activists, reports Al Jazeera.When asked about the issue of ‘enforced disappearances’, Rizvi responded, “I fear you are mistaken. The government does not need to disappear people. Government has authority to arrest people if they feel somebody has done something wrong.”However, he did accept it is “deplorable” if it is taking place and that the government “will investigate”.Mehdi Hasan also discussed the issue of the Rohingya refugees, who have been fleeing neighbouring Myanmar, with more than 1 million residing in Bangladesh.Asked why Bangladesh wanted to send Rohingyas back to Myanmar, when Rizvi has described the situation as “ethnic cleansing”, he said that they “will only send them when the conditions are safe.”Presenter Mehdi Hasan referred to “terror and panic” in a refugee camp in November when refugees feared being repatriated against their will.Rizvi argued that there was “never, ever a question of any forcible repatriation.”Asked if Aung San Suu Kyi should face an international tribunal for “her role in denying and covering it up”, Rizvi said that “whoever is involved should be faced with the International Court of Justice.”A case would be “against the entire government or any member of government that aided and abetted in this process,” he added.This episode will be available online: interview will be broadcast on 2 March 02:00 (Bangladesh Standard Time) and repeated on 2 March at 18:00, 3 March at 07:00 and 4 March at 12:00.last_img read more

BCL factional clash leaves teen dead

first_imgMap of ChattogramA teenager was stabbed to death in a clash between two groups of the ruling party Awami League’s student front, the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), at Chattogram’s Omar Gani MES College on Monday, reports UNB. Police identified the deceased as Sheikh Zakir Hossain Sunny, 18, son of late Abdul Mannan of village Kolapara under Dhormopasha upazila in Sunamganj district. Sunny was stabbed to death at Zakir Hossain Road under Khulshi thana (near the MES College) as a sequel to the feud between a junior and a senior group of BCL at the Omar Gani MES College Chhatra League. M Alauddin Talukder, ASI of Chattogram Medical College Hospital police outpost, informed that once his body was recovered, seriously injured Zakir Hossain Sunny was rushed to the emergency department where the attending physicians declared him dead. MES College sources said there had been an altercation between senior and junior groupings of the college Chhatra League on Sunday. Today (Monday) Sunny was called out from his residence apparently to reach some sort of mutual understanding over Sunday’s incident. But Sunny was stabbed soon after he arrived at the college campus. Meanwhile, Poritran Talukder, CMP senior assistant commissioner (Baejid Zone), confirmed that a college student named Zakir Hossain Sunny was killed. Drive is on to arrest those involved with the incident, he added.last_img read more

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first_imgThe 38th edition of IHGF-Delhi Autumn Fair 2014 will be flagged off on 14 October in the Capital at India Expo Centre and Mart. Being organised by Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the event will witness about 2700 exhibitors from across the country and their products spread over 15 halls covering approx. 1,90,000 sq. mtrs space.According to Lekhraj Maheshwari, Chairman, EPCH, more than 4,000 buyers are expected to source their requirement at this fair. Countries like USA, UK, Japan, France, Italy, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, China, Australia are expected to send buyers to this fair. However, buyers from Latin American region particularly Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Panama, Chile, Central Asia, Africa  and middle east will also be sourcing their requirement. The products on display include a huge variety of handicrafts, gifts and lifestyle products, from a cross section of handmade manufacturers from India.When: 14 – 18 October Where: India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noidalast_img read more

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This first-of-its-kind partnership brings together an emerging area of medicine with QuantiaMD’s dynamic clinical exchange to rapidly drive awareness, education and training around the cardiac implications of oncology treatments.ICOS was founded in 2009 by Dr. Carlo Cipolla (European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy) and Daniel Lenihan (while at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas) with a goal of eliminating cardiac disease as a barrier to optimal cancer therapy. Previously thought to be a relatively rare phenomenon, studies done by Cipolla and Lenihan suggest that as high as 20-30 percent of patients receiving certain classes of anticancer therapies may have some level of cardiac side effects. Cancer therapeutics, both radiation therapy and chemotherapy, are known to have important effects on the cardiovascular system. Many of these long-term consequences did not become clinically evident until overall cancer survival improved enough for the effects to be realized.ICOS is leveraging QuantiaMD’s extensive physician membership, and its breakthrough media and communications platform, to engage clinicians via mobile devices and the web. QuantiaMD and ICOS are producing a series of concise, interactive patient cases and other resources, which QuantiaMD will distribute broadly to engage and educate all relevant clinicians. In addition, QuantiaMD’s leading technology platform is enabling new and effective ways of collaborating across this global group of oncologists and cardiologists from top centers such Vanderbilt, MD Anderson and Memorial Sloan Kettering. Presentations, including audio and PowerPoint from the 6th Annual Meeting, will be placed on QuantiaMD as soon as available, and previous proceedings of the Annual Meeting are already available.Cardiac side effects, such as heart failure, can prevent patients from continuing to receive optimal cancer treatments, as well as impact long-term survival. “Many cardiac side effects can be more effectively managed, and, in some cases, prevented, with currently available therapies,” said Lenihan. “Much more investigation is needed, but it is critical that we raise the awareness among oncologists and cardiologists to ensure optimal management of these patients.”There are no currently established medical guidelines for the care of adults who have survived cancer therapy, particularly as it relates to heart disease, and, specifically heart failure. Lenihan is using QuantiaMD’s secure Clinical Discussion feature to draft and refine the first set of clinical guidelines on this important topic, soliciting input from members of many professional societies including the Heart Failure Society of America, American College of Cardiology, European Society of Medical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the European Society of Cardiology. In addition, ICOS will leverage QuantiaMD to disseminate important new data being released during its annual meeting as well as help to support clinical trial centers become more connected in the future.“Traditional web approaches have not adequately expressed or augmented the dynamism of medical practice and research,” said Eric Schultz, chairman and CEO of QuantiaMD. “With ICOS, we hope to set a new paradigm for how physicians learn and collaborate within a secure environment in critical areas of patient care.”For more information: www.cardioncology.comlast_img read more

Travellers stranded in the midst of Egypt crisis

first_imgThe Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australians to avoid travelling to Egypt as political turmoil left people stranded at Cairo airport over the weekend. Tourists who travelled to the airport faced mass traffic on the roads and further delays in airport queues after staff walked off the job to join in anti-government protests, The Herald Sun reported. A US retiree Dorothy Reddy told the source she was in the passport inspection line for up to two hours and advanced by just under three metres. “We came Friday, for a 12-day cruise on the River Nile,” Ms Reddy said.”It took hours to reach the hotel. “Now they’ve cancelled everything and they are trying to get us out of here.”The only thing I saw were the Pyramids – from my hotel window [and] I think we’re flying to Amsterdam… Or anywhere. As long as we leave this place.” Despite the delays the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australians in Egypt to leave “if it is safe to do so”. According to the department’s statement, the situation in which the Egyptian army is patrolling the streets to intimidate possible arson and looting attacks could last for some time. “Australians in Egypt should pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety and security risks,” the statement read. “We continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks against a range of targets, including places frequented by foreigners.” Following the departments recommendations, tourists in Egypt looking to stay in the loop have faced difficulties accessing outlets with reports of disruptions to communication networks including mobile phones and the internet. Travellers faced further turmoil overnight with the 4.00pm to 8.00am curfew introduced by the Egyptian government which forced many stranded to take shelter in the airport. According to the source an airport worker cautioned travellers to leave before nightfall because “it will be night soon and you do not want to be outside when night falls”. “It’s very dangerous,” he warned. Two young Australian women are among those stranded at Cairo Airport and they told Ninemsn that they fear for their lives. 22 year old Cassie who is travelling with her 19 year old sister Michelle said that she never felt so desperate in her life. “There are people out the front of the airport with machine guns killing people,” Cassie said. “They are fighting over the smallest things — like water.“There’s no police, no military.” Prime Minister Julia Gillard said up to 870 Australians are registered to be in Egypt but the reality is that there could be thousands.While the US and Iraqi governments have begun organising evacuation plans for their nationals, Australia, Britain, France and China still have no plans for emergency removal. The Australian department has however advised travellers requiring emergency assistance in Egypt to contact the Embassy on +202 2575 0444 or the Consular Emergency Centre on +61 1300 555 135. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

FHFA Credit Suisse Reach 885M Agreement

first_img Credit Suisse FHFA RMBS Settlements 2014-03-21 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and Credit Suisse announced a nearly $900 million settlement to resolve alleged violations of securities laws in connection with private-label mortgage-backed securities (MBS) purchased by the GSEs during 2005-2007.According to separate releases from both FHFA and Credit Suisse, the bank will pay approximately $234 million to Fannie Mae and approximately $651 to Freddie Mac—$885 total.The settlement—the ninth out of 18 suits filed against banks by the FHFA in 2011—closes all claims against Credit Suisse in two lawsuits: FHFA v. Credit Suisse, et al. and FHFA v. Ally Financial Inc., et al.The cases revolved around a total $16.6 billion of residential MBS for which FHFA alleged Credit Suisse failed to conduct “adequate and reasonable due diligence.”“During the time period in which the Certificates were issued—approximately 2005 through 2007—Credit Suisse’s involvement in the mortgage-backed securitization market was rapidly expanding,” the agency said in its 2011 complaint. “The push to securitize large volumes of mortgage loans contributed to the absence of controls needed to prevent the inclusion of untrue statements of material facts and omissions of material facts.”Though Credit Suisse has agreed to pay to resolve what it calls its “largest mortgage-related investor litigation,” the settlement includes no admission of liability or any wrongdoing on the part of the bank: “To the contrary, the Credit Suisse Defendants vigorously deny the allegations in the Credit Suisse and Ally Actions.”Credit Suisse also announced its 2013 Annual Report will now include a charge of $275 million Swiss Francs (CHF)—about $311.6 million U.S. dollars—after tax. Adjusting its preliminary financial results, the bank’s reported fourth-quarter net loss comes to $8 million CHF.The latest settlement serves as another feather in the cap of FHFA, which has acted as Fannie and Fannie’s conservator since 2008. In 2013 alone, the agency pulled in nearly $8 billion through settlements with JPMorgan Chase, UBS Americas, and others. March 21, 2014 456 Views center_img Share FHFA, Credit Suisse Reach $885M Agreementlast_img read more

Picassos works of clay at the Cyprus Museum

first_imgPossibly unknown to some but Picasso, besides his timeless paintings, also created a lot of ceramic work in his time. Now his clay pieces are coming to Cyprus as the Department of Antiquities announces the organisation of the exhibition Picasso at the Cyprus Museum. Works in Clay starting this June and lasting until the end of summer.At the age of 65, Pablo Picasso developed a passion for ceramic art, which became one of his main forms of expression until the end of his life. In fact, the famous artist’s systematic engagement with ceramics began in 1946 in Vallauris, while on vacation there.The ancient art of pottery, the malleability and durability of clay as raw material, the unpredictable end result, the combination of arts (painting, sculpture, pottery), the usability and transformation of clay objects were all elements that fascinated Picasso. Since 1946 and until 1971, Picasso created an enormous number of original ceramic works, which exceed 3,500 in number.In his ceramic works, the artist uses various shapes, motifs, textures and themes from antiquity and mythology, without copying them, however. Instead, he created a whole new reality. From his preparatory sketches to his final works, one can distinguish influences from the pottery art of ancient cultures, particularly those of the Mediterranean region.Organised by the Department of Antiquities as part of the Picasso Mediterranée programme and led by the National Picasso Museum in Paris Picasso at the Cyprus Museum. Works in Clay presents a small but representative part of Picasso’s ceramic creations, with original and unique works. At the same time, the exhibition includes Cypriot antiquities, grouped in such a way as to highlight specific themes, shapes and motifs of antiquity, whose echoes archaeologists discern in Picasso’s works. The visitor is invited to reflect on and sense possible points of encounter and dialogue, but also common characteristics and traits, many of which could have developed randomly.“Indeed, was Picasso aware of Cypriot antiquities? What is certain is that the artist never visited Cyprus,” the organisers said. His work, however, entitled Faces of a Woman, which was the spark for this exhibition, was inspired by a Cypriot clay composite vessel of the Early Bronze Age (circa 2000 BC), which is exhibited at the Louvre Museum, while similar ones are part of the Cyprus Museum collection.The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue in Greek and English. Picasso at the Cyprus Museum – Works in ClayPicasso’s ceramic creations exhibition organized by the Department of Antiquities, as part of the Picasso Mediterranée programme and led by the National Picasso Museum in Paris. June 12-September 8. Cyprus Museum, Nicosia. Tel: 22-865854You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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