Knives coming out Trump fans float idea of firing investigator Mueller

first_imgWASHINGTON – High-profile supporters of Donald Trump have begun attacking the independent investigator looking into the Russia affair, raising the question of whether the president could indeed attempt to fire him.The sound of sharpening knives echoed everwhere Monday.Several Trump-supporting media figures called for Robert Mueller to be fired; a Trump friend said the president was actually considering it; a Trump lawyer wouldn’t rule it out; a conservative newspaper suggested Mueller faces a conflict of interest; and a top Trump surrogate accused him of partisan bias.A Trump friend who was spotted visiting the White House on Monday later told a PBS interviewer that the president was indeed mulling over firing Mueller. Online news mogul Chris Ruddy said: “I think he’s weighing that option… I personally think it would be a very significant mistake.”Others sounded more enthusiastic about dropping the axe. Newt Gingrich, who is close to Trump, tweeted: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring. Check (political donation) reports. Time to rethink.”Gingrich is correct that there is a certain partisan tilt to the team of top-notch investigators being assembled by the ex-FBI director: Jeannie Rhee, Michael Dreeben, Andrew Weissmann and James Quarles are renowned in their fields and have made repeated donations to Democrats.Firebrand pundit Ann Coulter urged the government to fire Mueller. She said the counsel was now pointless, as it’s become clear Trump wasn’t an initial target of the Russia investigation, which may now be expanding into new areas.Another talk-radio Trump booster, Laura Ingraham, who was rumoured to have been considered for a White House position, directed her followers to a story in a conservative newspaper that suggests Mueller might be tainted.The piece in the Washington Examiner points out his years-long friendship with a key witness, whose testimony will be especially important if the probe morphs into an obstruction-of-justice investigation into the president. That witness: James Comey, who replaced Mueller as FBI director.A senior political writer for the newspaper sounded the alarm in a piece titled, “Is Robert Mueller conflicted in Trump probe?” It put the question to five lawyers who shared their assessments, anonymously. Two called the friendship with Comey improper, but manageable; two called it serious; one called it a non-issue.This apparent effort to lay the groundwork for Mueller’s firing raises a key question: Could the president do it?The answer is yes.So says someone who helped craft the special-counsel law. Neal Katyal spelled out three ways to thwart this kind of criminal probe in a Washington Post piece titled, “Trump or Congress can still block Robert Mueller. I know. I wrote the rules.”He explained how reforms were prompted by the never-ending, ever-expanding probe into Bill Clinton, which began with an examination of land trades in Arkansas and ended in an impeachment and national drama over Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress.The government let the old independent-counsel law expire in 1999 — at that point even Clinton’s tormentor, investigator Kenneth Starr, suggested the law needed to change. Policy-makers created new limits on the investigator’s power and placed it under the accountability of the government.Enter the current law.“First, most simply, Trump could order Mueller fired,” Katyal said. He said the president could ask his attorney general or, because Jeff Sessions has recused himself, ask his deputy attorney general, a civil servant, Rod Rosenstein, to do it. He said Trump could even order the special-counsel regulations repealed and fire Mueller himself.“Either of those actions was unthinkable to us back in 1999 … At the same time, after Trump’s firing of … Comey … many things once thought beyond the realm of possibility look less so now.”Second, he said Congress could muck up Mueller’s investigation. It could give immunity to witnesses at public hearings, increasing the chance that subsequent court cases collapse as prosecutors struggle to prove they didn’t get any help from the exempted testimony.Third, he said, Rosenstein could also re-define the scope and powers of the investigation.A writer on the legal blog Lawfare said the president could even argue that the counsel is impeding his constitutional power over foreign affairs. In fact, Trump has already argued that all these controversies are hampering his ability to repair relations with Russia.On the other hand, it would cause a political storm, said the writer.“Such an action would incur a severe political cost,” wrote Josh Blackman, associate professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston. “The termination of Mueller would amount to an admission of guilt and obstruction of justice. The fallout from the firing of Mueller would likely be as explosive as (Richard Nixon’s) firing of special counsel Archibald Cox in 1973.”One of Trump’s lawyers refused to rule out a firing.Asked about it on ABC this weekend, Jay Sekulow said that if there were a serious basis for it, the president would be allowed: “Whether he would do it is ultimately a decision the president makes.”A poll last month by Harvard-Harris suggested 75 per cent of Americans wanted a special prosecutor. That appeared to include Gingrich, who until recently expressed support for Mueller’s appointment on the grounds that it would alleviate pressure in the Russia affair.Given that kind of support, a Democratic lawmaker, Ted Lieu, taunted the White House over the Mueller-firing chatter: “Double dare exists. But is there such a thing as an ‘infinite dare’? If so, I infinite dare (Trump) to fire the special counsel,” he tweeted.last_img read more

AMAZING RACE FIFTH ESTATE AMONG CANADIAN SCREEN AWARD NONFICTION WINNERS

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TORONTO — CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards.Each program landed four trophies at Tuesday’s Toronto gala, which honoured non-fiction programming in about 50 categories.“The Amazing Race Canada” won in categories including the Golden Screen Award for TV reality show and best direction in a reality/competition series. “The Fifth Estate” took awards including best news or information series as well as best writing in a documentary for the segment “The Truth Smugglers.”The gala was one of several set for this week leading into Sunday’s CBC broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards, which honour homegrown talent in film, TV and digital media.The show will air from the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.Other programs with multiple wins included CBC’s documentary “Equus: Story of the Horse,” “CBC News: The National” and TSN’s 2017 Grey Cup coverage. Each took three awards.“CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme” was named best national newscast, while Dawna Friesen of “Global National” took best national news anchor.“Gord Downie’s Secret Path in Concert,” which aired on CBC, won best variety or entertainment special as well as a nod for best sound.Best documentary program went to HBO Canada’s “You Are Here: A Come From Away Story,” about how Gander, N.L., welcomed thousands of stranded airline passengers and crew members following the 9/11 attacks. The doc also won an award for picture editing.The CBC true crime series “The Detectives” netted two honours, including best factual series.Also getting two awards was CBC’s comedy/reality series “Still Standing,” including a hosting nod for Jonny Harris.The Canadian Screen Awards have a total of 135 categories.The CBC series “Anne with an E” and “Schitt’s Creek” are the leading nominees with 15 nominations apiece.THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Co-hosts Emma Hunter and Jonny Harris present the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday, March 11, 2018. CTV’s reality series “The Amazing Race Canada” and CBC’s investigative documentary program “The Fifth Estate” won big on the first night of the 2019 Canadian Screen Awards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young Login/Register With: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fast Food Restaurants Booming in Morocco

Rabat – Fast food restaurants are booming and spreading throughout Morocco. The net income of the fast food industry in Morocco has grown at an exponential rate over the years.The big international fast-food chains operating in the country saw an unprecedented growth in profits in 2013, according to figures by the Moroccan Office of Industrial and Commercial property. McDonalds, one of the biggest fast food chains in the world, is by far the most popular international fast food restaurant in Morocco.The 34 stores the chain owns throughout the country recorded revenues of MAD 864.4 million in 2013. It was followed by Pizza Hut with MAD 157.5 million, and the leading chicken chain KFC with MAD 104.6 million.The two new comers to the Moroccan fast food market, Burger King and Attazaj managed to make profits estimated at MAD 53.52 million and 11.53 million respectively.According to the figures, the industry invested approximately MAD 561.3 million for the purchase and importation of raw materials.McDonalds, for example, imports 50 percent of its products. The international chain imports its famous fried potatoes from Egypt, pickled cucumbers and cheese from France and meat from Spain and Argentina.Burger King, which owns seven stores in Morocco, is importing 99% of its ingredients from abroad. KFC and Pizza Hut however, are purchasing their materials from the local market, especially from Agadir and the surroundings. read more

Canada pleased by US decision to scrap border tax proposal Freeland

OTTAWA — Canadian officials are praising a U.S. decision to drop a contentious border tax proposal, suggesting its death signals an open-mindedness in the Trump administration on open borders and free trade.Canada is pleased to see the decision, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday, noting on Twitter that both economies prosper together.From the moment the border adjustment tax was floated early this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Freeland and other Canadians vocalized concerns to key U.S. officials, added Freeland’s spokesperson Adam Austen.“We are very pleased with today’s announcement in favour of open trade and open borders,” he said.A border adjustment tax system had been contemplated in order to pay for lower U.S. tax rates overall without blowing a hole in the American budget.U.S. officials said Thursday they’re “confident” such a system is no longer needed to reduce broader tax rates.The remarks came in a joint statement from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, White House economics aide Gary Cohn, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady.“While we have debated the pro-growth benefits of border adjustability, we appreciate that there are many unknowns associated with it and have decided to set this policy aside in order to advance tax reform,” it said.Canadian government insiders seemed deeply relieved to see discussion about the border adjustment tax come to an end, suggesting the tax threatened to be more harmful to Canada’s trade with the United States than NAFTA renegotiations or protectionist measures on steel or in other areas.The federal government lobbied hard against it, and insiders say Thursday’s decision to ditch the border adjustment tax vindicates their efforts.Since Trump’s inauguration in January, a swath of Canadian officials including cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries have made 175 visits to the U.S. to meet with senior U.S. officials, Austen said Thursday, noting about 300 individual contacts have been engaged — including U.S. cabinet members, members of Congress and governors.“These figures will continue to grow as Canadian senior officials embark on additional outreach to the United States in the coming weeks,” he said.The first round of NAFTA talks starts Aug. 16 in Washington.During a March visit to Washington, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said he found a lot of opposition to the idea of a border tax because it would not be in the interests of Canada and the United States in the energy market.Critics of the idea warned it would have provoked a trade war, international sanctions and hiked the cost of American imports.–With files from The Associated PressFollow @kkirkup on Twitter read more

UNP claims JO leaders staying over at five star hotels

He said there was no violence as expected by the joint opposition nor was there chaos in the city. (Colombo Gazette) He said that the street protest organised by the joint opposition was a total failure. He also said that those who organised the protest were staying at five star hotels while their supporters were sleeping on the street.Bandara said that by morning the joint opposition supporters will realise who they had taken to the streets to support.The Deputy Minister also said that the Police ensured the security of the city was maintained during the protest. Nalin Bandara said that most of the protesters had gathered outside Lake House after the failed street protest walk, and were staying overnight.The Deputy Minister said the protest was organised to overthrow the Government but the attempt had failed. The United National Party (UNP) claims the leaders of the Joint Opposition (JO) have booked rooms at five star hotels in Colombo to stay overnight while their supporters stay on the streets following today’s protest.Deputy Minister and UNP Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara told reporters that JO VIPs are staying over at the Hilton, Taj Samudra hotel and Shangri-la Hotel Colombo tonight. “One hotel booked was the Taj Samudra hotel suite room number 757,” he said. read more

US stocks fade late as dip in oil drags down energy companies

US stocks fade late as dip in oil drags down energy companies; Fed stays course on rates NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is slumping at the close as oil falls to its lowest level in nearly six years.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 195 points, or 1.1 per cent, to close at 17,191 Wednesday, near its low point for the day. The Standard & Poor’s 500 slid 27 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 2,002. Energy companies fell the most in the index, losing 4 per cent.U.S. crude dipped $1.78 to close at $44.45 a barrel, its lowest level since March of 2009, after the Energy Department reported that inventories rose to their highest levels ever recorded.Investors weighed the latest policy statement from the Federal Reserve. The central bank reiterated Wednesday it would remain “patient” in raising rates, and it outlined a brighter view of the economy. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 28, 2015 2:15 pm MDT read more

We Searched For The Hottest Takes Of The NBA Finals

Embed Code FiveThirtyEight As a show that hinges on the hot takes of the sports world, Hot Takedown this week does a retrospective dive into the many takes that defined this NBA Finals: from “the Warriors will sweep” to “the Warriors dynasty is over,” and every narrative in between. We ask ourselves what role analytics plays in driving this “narrative whiplash” and how the era of player empowerment factors into these discussions.The Women’s World Cup is in full swing, and the U.S. women are off to an exhilarating start, but there’s a lot of tournament left. We dig into why our model no longer favors France and which matchups we are most looking forward to.Finally, Sara kicks off our latest edition of “Get Off My Field” with a thoughtful rant advocating for a return of the glowing puck in hockey.What we’re looking at this week:This thoughtful interview on the role of basketball analytics with Jalen Rose from The New Yorker.Our Women’s World Cup Predictions!The NHL’s glowing puck may have just been ahead of its time. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed read more

Freshmen to play big role for OSU mens hockey in 201516 season

Trial by fire.  Those three words personify the Ohio State hockey team more than any other as it gets set to begin its 2015-16 campaign this week.The departure of 10 players — eight by graduation, one leaving the program and another signing a contract into the American Hockey League with Rockford — opened the door for 10 freshmen to kickstart their collegiate careers.Senior captain and defenseman Craig Dalrymple said he realizes that with only three seniors on this year’s team, it’s imperative that he and the other upperclassmen get the new guys up to speed as quickly as possible. “It’s just about getting to know them,” Dalrymple said. “You’ve got to bring all 10 of those guys into your team as fast as you can whether that’s creating relationships on the ice and off the ice. Hopefully they have the want to buy into this program as well.”Once they do buy in, they have to adapt to a whole new level of play.“This is a whole new animal,” Dalrymple said. “The college hockey game is a whole lot faster. There’s a lot less games (than in junior hockey), so the energy in the games are amped up twice as much. It’s going to take one, maybe two weekends to get them all into it. The sooner we can get everyone into it as a team, the better we’re going to do right off the hop, which will benefit us in the long run.”Senior captain and forward Anthony Greco has played in 89 games over the past three seasons. He’s been through enough ups and downs with the program to be able to lead the young team in the right direction.“It’s funny, because you’re sort of able to see the way you acted as a freshman, and now you’re an older guy and you have a grasp on the way you should be dealing with everything,” Greco said chuckling. “You don’t want to change the way they play the game. You want them to play their game but make sure that they’re team first.”So far, so good after the first weekend.OSU defeated Brock University 4-0 in an exhibition contest on Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. The game saw a goal and two assists chipped in by the freshman class.Freshman forward Freddy Gerard popped home the first of the four goals on the night for OSU at the 9:21 mark of the first period. Sophomore Matthew Weis and freshman Tommy Parran assisted on the goal.Mason Jobst contributed the other assist by a freshman on sophomore Luke Stork’s goal with 3:41 remaining in the second period. His classmate Christian Lampasso assisted on the goal as well after setting Stork up in the slot area with a feed from behind the net.   It was a game thoroughly dominated by the Scarlet and Gray, as the Buckeyes outshot the visiting Badgers 43-15.Junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins split time in the dual shutout effort. Frey started and made nine saves, while Tomkins had cleanup duty, stopping all six shots sent his way.Although the regular season hasn’t officially started yet, Gerard says that this year’s freshman class is already a tight-knit group.“There’s a lot of chemistry going on,” Gerard said. “We’re a really close freshman class. We’re all brothers already. We’ve been here for two months now and we’ve all been working hard as a team.”That chemistry will be needed in full force right off the bat for the Buckeyes.With arguably the toughest nonconference schedule in the nation, OSU is scheduled to take on No. 16 Bowling Green and No. 11 Miami (Ohio) in a home-and-home series to begin the year. The Buckeyes are then set to travel to play defending national champion and seventh-ranked Providence. Following a late November weekend series at No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha, the Buckeyes face off against No. 1 Boston College in the Florida College Classic in late December.For OSU coach Steve Rohlik, it doesn’t matter if his team is playing the No. 1 team every weekend. He expects his players to bring their “A” game every time they hit the ice.“My expectations are to go out and to be the hardest team to play against and give everything we’ve got every night,” Rohlik said. “I’m trying to instill that into these young guys and hopefully the culture with our older guys brings that. Where that leads us? I’m not sure.”What is sure is that the questions surrounding this team will soon be answered.Puck drop between OSU and Bowling Green is set for 7 p.m. on Friday at the Schottenstein Center. Members of the OSU Mens Ice Hockey team during the Buckeyes 4-0 shut out on Oct. 3 at Value City Arena. Credit: Kaley Rentz / Asst. Sports Director read more

HC Metalurg rewards WEAREHANDBALL best

handballHC Metalurgrakometwearehandball ← Previous Story Beach Handball Champions Cup to start in Gran Canaria Next Story → Chekhovski Medvedi wins Russian Super Cup HC Metalurg joined the social project #wearehandball, which had for aim to show how many of us, handball fans, are out there. The global action lasted until the 5th of September. HC Metalurg called for their fans to upload handball photos with that hashtag, which will show the emotions and love for our sport.Among other things, HC Metalurg announced that they will reward the best photos posted on facebook, instagram and twitter. The winner of the competition (photo) wins tickets for all the Metalurg matches in the Champions League season to come, while the other won Metalurg merchandise. read more

LAfrique de lEst connaît la pire sécheresse depuis 60 ans

first_imgL’Afrique de l’Est connaît la pire sécheresse depuis 60 ansL’ONU se mobilise depuis la mi-juillet pour tenter de palier la terrible sécheresse qui sévit cette année dans 5 pays de l’est du continent africain, entraînant son cortège de misère, de famine et d’exodes.  Après l’arrivée d’une première aide de l’ONU en Somalie le 13 juillet dernier, le directeur du Fonds des Nations unies pour l’enfance (UNICEF), visitant dimanche des camps de ressortissants de ce pays réfugiés au Kenya, a appelé la communauté internationale à intensifier son soutien à 5 pays d’Afrique orientale, souffrant d’un dramatique déficit de précipitations en cet été 2011 : la Somalie, le Kenya, l’Éthiopie, l’Ouganda et Djibouti.Près de 10 millions de personnes, dont 2 millions d’enfants, y souffrent de malnutrition, et 500.000 de ces enfants seraient en danger de mort. Selon les estimations, 22,5 millions d’euros seraient nécessaires pour les trois prochains mois, en attendant les pluies espérées pour l’automne.Déjà touchés par 20 ans de guerre civile, plus de 400.000 somaliens ont quitté leurs terres pour se masser autour de la capitale, Mogadiscio, où le prix du sac de maïs est passé de 5 à 45 euros. Selon le Haut Commissariat aux Réfugiés (HCR), chaque jour, 1.300  autres viennent rejoindre les 380.000 réfugiés du camp de Dadaab, au Kenya, normalement d’une capacité d’accueil de 90.000 personnes. Une sécheresse favorable aux épidémiesÀ lire aussiLe Kilimandjaro, un volcan dormant caché dans la plus haute montagne d’AfriqueVendredi, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) a fait savoir que plusieurs cas de de diarrhées sanglantes avaient été recensés en Ethiopie, ainsi que dans plusieurs autres pays touchés par la sécheresse. De graves symptômes qui révèlent la présence d’une épidémie de choléra capable de s’étendre. “Au total, 8,8 millions de personnes sont exposées au paludisme et cinq millions au choléra (en Ethiopie)”, a ainsi déclaré le porte-parole de l’OMS, Tarik Jasarevic cité par le Point.fr. Véritable fléau, la sécheresse aggrave en effet le risque de propagation des maladies infectieuses comme le choléra, la polio ou encore la rougeole.     Le 18 juillet 2011 à 13:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Lyon deux ingénieurs de lIRSN contaminés par un gaz radioactif

first_imgLyon : deux ingénieurs de l’IRSN contaminés par un gaz radioactif ?D’après la préfecture de Lyon, deux ingénieurs de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) auraient été exposés à un gaz radioactif lors d’une intervention de routine mercredi. Des tests vont être réalisés pour confirmer la contamination.C’est lors d’une intervention menée dans la cave d’un radiologue à la retraite que la contamination aurait eu lieu. Mercredi, la préfecture du Rhône a en effet annoncé que deux ingénieurs de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) avaient peut-être été contaminés par du gaz radioactif lors d’une opération conduite à Lyon.À lire aussiNe paniquez pas mais votre avocat est radioactif, révèle une étude L’intervention consistait en fait à récupérer l’ancien matériel radiologique du professionnel afin de le détruire. Mais des poussières radioactives de radium se seraient échappés du matériel en question et auraient potentiellement contaminé les deux hommes descendus dans la cave. Bien que ceux-ci portaient une combinaison et un masque, ils ont été immédiatement évacués afin de subir des tests et de confirmer ou non la contamination.   Pour l’heure, aucune trace de radioactivité n’a été détectée dans l’immeuble mis à part dans la cave et dans l’entrée des lieux selon la préfecture. Les pompiers sont tout de même restés sur les lieux de l’incident tout l’après-midi et ont procédé à une évacuation temporaire de tous les habitants. Le 29 février 2012 à 20:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Caldara curious to learn from Ronaldo

Caldara curious to learn from Ronaldo

first_imgNew Juventus signing Mattia Caldara says he is ‘very excited and curious’ about learning from Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli at Juventus.The defender also stressed that he made the right decision by giving everything to the Atalanta, confessing ‘I wasn’t ready’ to leave Atalanta.“It’s a very important time for me, I’m aware of it,” he began at his official unveiling on Friday as quoted in Football Italia.“I know I’m at a great team, I’ll have to show why I deserve to be here every day. I’m also very excited and curious to see how Cristiano Ronaldo trains and understand how he can stay at these levels for so long.“Continassa? This is a training complex of the highest level, with perfect pitches and structure, as well as a great gym.“Mentality? It’s enough to see how Chiellini and Barzagli work to understand the winning mentality of this team.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I could’ve joined a year ago, but I always gave everything for the Atalanta shirt. I think Perin is right when he says that the Juve train passes only once in a lifetime.“My lawyer, family and I decided to wait, I wasn’t ready. It’s a big change, especially in terms of mentality, so it was the best choice for everyone.“Nesta and Chiellini? My idol has always been Nesta, that’s why I chose the No 13. Over the years, I’ve also learned to value Chiellini. I have his poster in the room.“Playing with him fills me with pride, and he’s already helping me a lot in training. There’s a lot of competition here, there are some good players in my position, but it makes me want to give more and improve myself.“I’m happy to be here, and I’ll need [that motivation] to get higher and higher. From Chiellini, I have to learn how he marks his man. He’s unique for that.“As for Barzagli, I admire how he reads the ball, both in possession and not so.”last_img read more

Hoax message about clone accounts making rounds on Facebook

Hoax message about clone accounts making rounds on Facebook

first_img(WSVN) – Experts are urging Facebook users to watch out for a hoax message that is making rounds on the social media site.Some users are being duped into thinking that their accounts have been cloned due to a viral message that says the sender got a duplicate friend request from the recipient.The message then tells the receiver to forward it to their friends.This prompts everyone else who receives it to believe their accounts may have also been cloned.Experts urge people who get these messages to just delete them.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

HSBC whistleblower Herve Falciani sentenced to 5 years in prison

first_imgHerve Falciani, an ex-employee of HSBC’s Geneva private bank who leaked information on clients and their tax situation, has been sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated industrial espionage, the bank said on Friday.HSBC said it welcomed the ruling on Falciani, a 43-year old French citizen who had been on trial in Switzerland.HSBC’s Swiss unit has been in the spotlight since 2008, when Falciani, a former IT employee there, fled Geneva with files that were leaked to the media and were alleged to show evidence of tax evasion by clients. French newspaper Le Monde has said it identified more than 106,000 clients.Falciani, who is based in France, did not attend his trial and stayed out of Switzerland while it was going on.He may not serve any time in a Swiss prison since France typically does not extradite its own citizens, and there are no legal proceedings against him in France.Falciani’s lawyer — Marc Henzelin — did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.last_img read more

Mysterious white light spotted in NASAs Mars image triggers alien debate

first_imgNASA/ET DATA BASENASA’s Curiosity Rover has been exploring the Martian surface since 2012, and in this period, the rover has spotted several stunning images of the Red Planet which gave more insights about this cosmic neighbor’s geology. Now, an image taken by Curiosity Rover has emerged as the hottest debating point among conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts.In this image, a disc-shaped orb which is white in color can be seen floating above the surface of Mars. Even though NASA has not revealed anything regarding the real cause of light, experts revealed that the Curiosity Rover had captured similar illuminations in the past.As adamant conspiracy theorists started circulating these images claiming it as a proof of alien existence, a NASA spokesman recently issued a statement to Daily Mail, and put forward a seemingly bizarre explanation that is too tough for anyone’s conscience to digest.”One possibility is that the light is the glint from a rock surface reflecting the sun. When these images were taken each day, the sun was in the same direction as the bright spot, west-northwest from the rover, and relatively low in the sky,” said the spokesperson in the statement.The United States space agency also added that similar reflections were spotted in the past when the sun gets aligned at various positions in the sky. NASA also suggested that the white bright light could be the result of cosmic rays striking the camera’s detector.However, self-proclaimed alien researcher Scott C Waring assured that the white light spotted in the video is nothing but an alien UFO.”The white UFO was seen in the most recent photo taken by the NASA rover. The UFO in the distance is watching the Mars rover…studying this primitive device. I wonder if this is the closest they have come to the rover, or have they actually physically touched it in any way. I have seen many white glowing lights on Mars, but never one hovering and never one the shape of disk. This is new to me. I need to dig deeper into the photos to see if its been caught in any other photos. I would love to see this closer and at a different angle,” wrote Waring on his website.last_img read more

Saudiled air strikes kill 68 Yemenis UN

Saudiled air strikes kill 68 Yemenis UN

first_imgYemeni men inspect the damage made by a Saudi-led airstrike on a bridge between the area of Abbas and Harad in the northern province of Hajjah, on December 25, 2017. AFPSixty-eight Yemeni civilians were killed in two separate air raids by the Saudi-led Arab coalition in one day, the UN humanitarian Coordinator in Yemen Jamie McGoldrick said on Thursday.The first air strike on Tuesday hit a “crowded popular market” in Taez province, killing 54 civilians including eight children, and wounding 32 others, he said in a statement.The second raid was in the Red Sea province of Hodeida and killed 14 people from the same family, the statement said.“I remain deeply disturbed by mounting civilian casualties caused by escalated and indiscriminate attacks throughout Yemen,” McGoldrick said.In addition to the casualties from Tuesday’s two air raids, another 41 civilians were killed and 43 wounded over the previous 10 days of fighting, he said.The Arab coalition intensified its air campaign targeting the Iran-backed Huthi rebels after December 19 when Saudi air defences intercepted a ballistic missile the insurgents fired at the Saudi capital Riyadh.“These incidents prove the complete disregard for human life that all parties, including the Saudi-led coalition, continue to show in this absurd war that has only resulted in the destruction of the country and the incommensurate suffering of its people,” McGoldrick said on Thursday.He said civilians “are being punished as part of a futile military campaign by both sides”.“I remind all parties to the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition, of their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to spare civilians and civilian infrastructure and to always distinguish between civilian and military objects,” he said.The UN official said the conflict in Yemen has no military solution and could be resolved only through negotiations.The Arab coalition intervened in support of the internationally recognised government in March 2015 after the Shiite Huthis took over the capital Sanaa and much of Yemen.But despite the coalition’s superior firepower, the rebels still control the capital and much of the north.More than 8,750 people have been killed since the coalition intervened, according to the World Health Organization.last_img read more

Ershad responding to calls opening eyes

Ershad responding to calls opening eyes

first_imgJatiya Party chairman HM Ershad. File PhotoJatiya Party acting chairman GM Quader on Tuesday said the health condition of his brother HM Ershad, now undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH), remained mostly unchanged, but he is responding to calls and could open his eyes.”There’s no marked change in Palli Bandhu’s (Ershad’s) health condition. He’s responding to the calls of relatives and doctors amid drowsiness. Doctors are considering it as a positive sign,” he said.GM Quader was speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Party chairman’s Banani office around 1:00pm.Contradicting health minister Zahid Malik, he said Ershad was not put on life support as he was given only oxygen support for his respiratory problem.After vising Ershad at the CMH, the health minister on Monday evening said the Jatiya Party chairman had been put on life support as his condition turned critical.GM Quader said his brother was given oxygen for two hours under pressure and then he was taking oxygen normally.The Jatiya Party acting chairman said doctors are still conducting various medical tests on Ershad.He urged all, including the media, not get confused with any other information rather than given by their party’s press briefing or ISPR about Ershad’s health condition. “If we don’t come up with any latest information, you should think his condition remains unchanged.”Jatiya Party secretary general Moshiur Rahman Ranga urged their party leaders and activists not to give any post on the social media, including Facebook, with misleading and fictitious information about Ershad’s health condition.Ershad, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, was admitted to the CMH on June 26 as his condition deteriorated.The former military ruler has been suffering from various old age complications, including low haemoglobin and liver problem, high bilirubin and serious knee pain.last_img read more

Babul Supriyos tweet showing video of theme song under EC scanner

Babul Supriyos tweet showing video of theme song under EC scanner

first_imgKolkata: A tweet made by BJP’s Asansol Lok Sabha candidate Babul Supriyo is now under the scanner of the Election Commission where he is seen recording the party’s theme song and checking the audio after recording.”With immense pleasure, I want to give you all a sneak-peek of the BJP campaign song recording. Giving my voice to Amit Chakraborty’s lyrics was such a delightful experience. I hope you love what we created,” Supriyo tweeted, uploading a portion of the video. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter being served a showcause notice by the EC in this regard, the singer-turned-politician had replied that he himself didn’t bring the song in the fore but it was the media that had done so. The EC had showcaused him after it seemed that he had promoted the song without media certification, on the electronic media and social media platforms. “Babul Supriyo has sent a reply and it is still under consideration of the Commission,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bengal Sanjoy Basu said. Supriyo had reportedly not taken the nod of the commission before releasing the song. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA senior EC official said that Asansol Mayor Jiten Tewari’s reply to his showcause notice is also being examined by the commission. The EC had showcaused Tewari for allegedly promising contracts to the councillors if they could provide lead for Trinamool Congress candidate Moon Moon Sen’s victory from the Asansol seat. Meanwhile, the Bengal CEO’s office on Friday assured facilities of ramps, drinking water, medical kit, proper lighting arrangement, help desks, proper signage, toilets etc. for facilitating differently-able voters. Basu further informed that strict vigil of the EC, coupled with help from the state administration, has led to the seizure of 98 guns, 295 rounds of ammunition, 61 bombs, 2,087 litres of illicit liquor, 356 litres of country spirit and cash worth Rs 70,31,595.last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, June 20. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. 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Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram . 19:14Road busy but moving in LongportBrownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. Travel time is 11 minutes. 19:11Burglars break into house and steal car keys – before taking BMWThe break-in took place early this morning. More here.18:36Road reopens after resurfacing following diesel spillageThe road was due to be closed until midnight after 400 litres of diesel spilled onto it last week. More here.18:14Michael Gove eliminated from Conservartive leadership race Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt will battle to become the next prime minister after Michael Gove was eliminated from the Tory leadership contest in the final round of voting by MPs. 17:52Accident on M6 One lane closed and slow traffic due to accident on M6 Southbound between Keele Services and J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent).Lane three (of three) is closed. Keele Services is located between J16 and J15. 17:27Broken down vehicle on M6One lane closed and queueing traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound between J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) and Stafford Services. In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed. Stafford Services is located between J15 and J14. 16:57Heavy traffic on A500Heavy traffic on A500 Queensway Northbound between A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout) and A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes.16:24Heavy traffic on Waterloo RoadHeavy traffic on Waterloo Road from Cobridge Traffic Lights towards Hanley Town centre (Vale Place).15:20A34 busy in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).15:19Chell Street busy in HanleyA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). 13:10M6 slip-road closedM6 Southbound lane closed on slip road from the services due to broken down lorry at Sandbach Services. Traffic is coping well. The lorry has broken down as it has come out of to services to rejoin the motorway. 12:37A34 Trent Vale Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 12:13Smallthorne trafficMoorland Road / Ford Green Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane (Smallthorne Roundabout). 11:39Newcastle Road, Trent ValeSlow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 11:39Porthill Road busyA527 Porthill Road busy but moving at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).10:32Longport busy Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall.10:20Virgin Trains West CoastDelays of up to 15 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stoke-on-Trent and Rugeley Trent Valley due to signalling problem.09:37Busy road closed for resurfacing after crash spilled 400 litres of diesel (Image: Alsager Fire Station)A busy road near the Staffordshire and Cheshire border is closed for resurfacing just over a week after a major diesel spill.Linley Lane, in Alsager, was due to be resurfaced at the weekend following an incident on June 11 but the wet weather meant the work had to be delayed. Full story.09:15Bucknall Road slowUsual slow traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre.08:45A34 busy A34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).08:27Check your latest weather forecastIf you want the latest weather for your area then our widget can help you find out the up-to-date predictions.08:27Victoria Road congestion Usual congestion on A50 Victoria Road at A5007 City Road. 08:19Smallthorne roundaboutsHeavy traffic on A5272 Hanley Road / High Lane around Moorland Road (Smallthorne Roundabouts). 07:48Leek Road busy in both directions A52 Leek Road in both directions busy but moving at A50 Lichfield Street (Joiners Square).07:44Biddulph Road busy A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout.07:43Heavy traffic on A50 Heavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).07:43Werrington Road busyA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights). 07:08A50 eastboundQueuing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). 06:47Virgin Trains West Coast delaysDelays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Southbound between Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe due to signalling problem.06:47A500 moving well through roadworks Traffic moving well on A500 D Road Through The Roadworks Southbound before A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout).last_img read more