Man Utd defender Smalling still struggling to make Roma debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Chris Smalling is still struggling to make his Roma debut.TMW says Roma are waiting on the fitness of Smalling ahead of their Europa League opener against Istanbul Basaksehir.He returned to training after missing the Serie A fixture against Sassuolo, but is still a doubt for Thursday’s fixture.Smalling is yet to feature for Roma since moving on loan, after he was an unused substitute for the derby clash with Lazio.The defender is on-loan to the end of this season. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
NWWBallersEmeka Egbuka is coming off of a big performance at the All-American Combine.The four-star high school sophomore’s recruitment was already off to a fast start. Now, he is getting a ton of attention by many national football powers.Egbuka, a native of Steilacoom, Washington, is open to turning his attention away from only West Coast programs.He’s starting to hear from schools from SEC country, as well as powers in the Midwest.While he doesn’t have rankings from every recruiting site yet, 247 has him at No. 38 in the class of 2021. He is the No. 2 ‘athlete,’ and No. 3 recruit in Washington.Egbuka is also a high level baseball player, and Florida State has told him he would have the opportunity to play both sports.Emeka Egbuka recently outlined a few big visits he plans to make in the next few months.He will get out to the Midwest to see Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State, and down to UCLA. From 247Sports:“I’ve been talking a lot with Michigan and Notre Dame and in March, I’m going to the Midwest to do a three-school visit of Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan,” said Egbuka. “And I’ve been talking a lot with UCLA and I’ll be going down to UCLA in February.”He also mentions Auburn, Stanford, and Washington specifically, and programs like Arizona State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wisconsin come up as programs that he has interest in.As a 2021 recruit, there is plenty of time to whittle things down, but it is clear that Egbuka is going to be a coveted player over the next few years.[247Sports]
OTTAWA — At a time when Canada is attracting more students from around the world, there are concerns qualified applicants from certain countries are getting turned away because of its visa process.Most students have been coming to Canada in recent years from India and China. Fazley Siddiq, a University of New Brunswick professor who served as dean of the business department, said visas have been a headache for applicants from countries like Pakistan and Nigeria.“It’s frustrating for the students, it’s frustrating for universities,” Siddiq said.“The security checks were so stringent that no one could make it. Or at least, in my experience, very few were given visas.”He added that the issue has been of particular concern in Atlantic Canada, where some universities are desperate for international students and “bend over backwards” to attract them.Siddiq said the situation has improved for applicants from Nigeria, but those from Pakistan have continued to see more refusals — in some years eight Pakistanis received acceptance letters from his department but none could get a visa.Canada wants to draw in more international students as a way to diversify classrooms and increase the economic benefits they bring, which already amount to billions of dollars each year. The economic impacts of foreign students rival Canada’s exports of auto parts, aircraft and lumber.Pakistan’s High Commission in Ottawa has urged federal government officials to address what its spokesman calls a “very high” visa rejection rate for the Asian country’s students.“Canadian universities are popular among Pakistani students, but due to visa difficulties increasing numbers of students is turning towards other countries,” Nadeem Kiani said in an email.“Consequently, Canadian universities are losing both high-quality students and revenue.”For example, Kiani pointed to numbers in government documents obtained through access-to-information law that show 2015 student permit applications from Pakistan had a success rate of about 32 per cent. The student-permit success rate for applicants from India that year was more than 68 per cent, say the data.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the approval rate for visas for Pakistani nationals has gone up under the Liberal government.Hussen also said the government will soon announce an expansion to a program — known as the student direct stream — to include applicants from Pakistan. The program, which already covers applicants from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam, is designed to speed up the processing of student visas.A spokesman for Hussen said all applications are assessed in a fair manner, based on the merits of the case and in accordance with Canadian law.“You can’t compare one country to another,” Hussen said in an interview. “Each country has its own country conditions, economic circumstances, people have different travel history.”The application decisions are made by visa officers. Therefore, a key to helping more students receive permits, Hussen said, is connecting the schools directly to visa offices and embassies to explain the government’s criteria.It’s also important for applicants to demonstrate they can support themselves financially while in Canada, he said.Denise Amyot, the head of Colleges and Institutes Canada, said it’s often difficult for students from emerging economies to show that they have financial means to pay for their stays.More collaboration between visa offices and post-secondary institutions is also important to ensure applications are complete, she said.“(The visa officers) don’t have a lot of time when they examine an application, so as soon as there’s a doubt they could reject it,” Amyot said.“That’s we need to ensure as much as possible that all the info is there and it’s clear, and that there’s integrity to whatever information is there.”—With files from Teresa WrightAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press
Companies in this article: (TSX:ACO, TSX:BDI)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A second Canadian company is going to Paradise to help rebuild the community nearly destroyed by last November’s devastating northern California wildfires.Calgary-based Atco Ltd. says it has a nine-month, $70-million contract to provide workforce housing and camp support services for ECC Constructors while it remediates the environment and removes debris in Paradise and the surrounding Butte County.Atco’s Structures division is to provide 390 temporary modular rental structures that will serve as dormitory, kitchen, laundry and recreation facilities.Its Frontec division will provide services that include food, housekeeping, waste management and security.Last month, Calgary-based Black Diamond Group Ltd. said its U.S. business unit had won a $20-million contract to rent portable housing units with 1,584 beds, also under a nine-month contract, at Paradise.Only about 1,500 of Paradise’s 27,000 residents were able to continue living in the few surviving houses after the fire that started in the tinder dry Sierra Nevada foothills destroyed nearly 15,000 homes and killed 85 people in November.“This project represents one of the largest workforce accommodation facilities ever supplied for disaster relief efforts in the United States and is a testament to the strength and skill of our team in the region,” said Frontec president Jim Landon in a news release.
24 September 2010The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are assisting the Indian Government in rushing relief supplies to millions of people who have been uprooted from their homes in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Uttarakhand by heavy floods. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners are assisting the Indian Government in rushing relief supplies to millions of people who have been uprooted from their homes in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Uttarakhand by heavy floods.The agency has supplied tarpaulin sheets, jerry cans, water purification tablets and mosquito nets, among other items, to more than 8,000 displaced families in Uttar Pradesh. It has also pre-positioned its supplies in 10 high-risk districts to help 10,000 families. Nearly 1.7 million people in Uttar Pradesh have been affected by heavy rainfall and floods in the major rivers of the state, UNICEF noted in a news release. The state Government there has set up 276 relief posts to distribute food and health supplies.Meanwhile, the breach of support embankments of the Gandhak River has resulted in the flooding of 35 villages in Gopalganj and Siwan districts in Bihar. UNICEF sent supplies to Gopalganj, including 282 bags of bleaching powder, 208,000 water purifying tablets, 5,000 oral rehydration salt sachets, 1,000 hygiene kits and soap, following a request by the state Government. In Uttarakhand, close to half a million people in 369 villages across the state have been affected. A number of roads including national highways have been damaged or blocked due to landslides. The central government has rushed in relief to the affected areas and deployed battalions from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, Gopalgunj in Bihar and Rampur in Uttar Pradesh.
30 March 2011A senior United Nations official has voiced “significant concern” at conflicts involving at least four separate militia groups in areas of Southern Sudan, which earlier this year voted to secede and become a separate nation. “While the Government of Southern Sudan has a responsibility to address a security threat within its territory, we urge it to do so in accordance with international humanitarian law,” UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) Regional Coordinator for Southern Sudan David Gressly told a news conference yesterday in Juba, the capital, referring to the violence in the Upper Nile region.“I am pleased to report that we have gained access to many of those areas in northern Jonglei State where the movement of our personnel and humanitarian agencies had recently been curtailed by these ongoing operations,” he added of the conflicts affecting Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states.Mr. Gressly said the core issue that has led to the fighting relates to the incomplete process of the re-integration of forces following two decades of civil war between North and South Sudan that killed some 2 million people and drove an estimated 4.5 million others from their homes.The war ended when the two sides signed a 2005 peace accord which culminated with the South voting for independence in a referendum of self-determination in January.“The ongoing violence in the greater Upper Nile region continues to be a source of significant concern for the mission,” Mr. Gressly said. “Pockets of conflict involving at least four separate militia groups dot the maps of Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states, and the SPLA (Southern Sudan’s army) has launched offensives aimed at containing those groups.”Referring to continuing inter-communal violence in Western Equatoria state between Dinka Atuot and Beli tribesmen, he noted that UNMIS military contingents have provided “a strong response” with ongoing patrols to deter violence and support humanitarian relief efforts. UNMIS is also looking actively at mediation support options through the Government and state governments concerned.Mr. Gressly reported that as of a week ago some 261,000 southerners had moved back to the country’s 10 southern states since the end of October last year, but the flow had decreased significantly in recent weeks, apparently due to the exhaustion of Government funds to assist returnees.He paid tribute to “one of the good success stories” of UNMIS, “the outstanding de-mining work” by the Mine Action Office, most recently clearing more than 5.6 million square metres of land with their implementing partners. “Over 18,000 kilometres of road have been surveyed and then cleared of any mines that have been found. So the bulk of all of the roads in Southern Sudan have been cleared. What remains is a great deal of work to clear unexploded ordnance,” he said, calling the clearance of landmines freshly laid by militias in a pattern that can take out convoys of vehicles in northern Jonglei state “the next big challenge.”
A Hamilton police officer has been charged for falsely signing administrative documents.42- year-old Darren Smith, an 18 year member of the force, has been suspended from duty and is scheduled to appear in court on July 18.He is charged with forged documents x2 and use of forge documents x2.Hamilton police say the incidents happened between November 30, 2017 and July 22, 2018.
According to the ICTY, Miroslav Deronjic, a former politician, admitted, in a plea agreement, to one count of “persecution on political, racial and religious grounds as a crime against humanity.”Mr. Deronjic, 49, a former ranking member of the Serbian Democratic Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and a commander of the local forces in the city of Bratunac, was arrested 7 July 2002 and charged with six counts of crimes against humanity and the violations of the laws of war.According to the ICTY, the indictment claimed that “on the evening of 8 May 1992 Miroslav Deronjic gave the order to attack the village of Glogova and burn it down.”The ICTY said that forces under Mr. Deronjic’s control “entered the village on foot and took control of the village.”The Bosnian Muslim villagers, who previously had been disarmed, offered no resistance. The attacking forces then allegedly set fire to Bosnian Muslim houses, buildings and the mosque. The Bosnian Muslim portion of the village of Glogova was razed to the ground. Miroslav Deronjic was present during the attack on Glogova,” it said.No date for sentencing was announced.
JLR has confirmed it will invest £355 million in a new facility to manufacture all-new, advanced technology, low-emission engines in the UK.The announcement of the investment by JLR, a subsidiary of India’s Tata Motors, was marked by a visit to the company’s Solihull vehicle production plant by Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills.The new advanced engine facility will be built at a business park near Wolverhampton in the UK’s Midlands.“Today’s announcement that Jaguar Land Rover will build a new low-emission engine plant in the West Midlands is excellent news for UK automotive and comes as SMMT meets high profile politicians to promote investment led growth,” said SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt. “Government now needs to build on this momentum, working closely with the Automotive Council to help deliver growth in automotive manufacturing and the supply chain.”“As part of our long-term strategy for the JLR business, we will design, engineer and manufacture a new family of advanced engines,” said Dr Ralf Speth, Chief Executive Officer, JLR. “This is a major commitment for our company and we will produce these advanced, highly-efficient engines for future Jaguar and Land Rover models at a new facility in the UK.”“As we invest £1.5 billion a year for the next five years on new product developments, expanding our engine range will help us realise the full global potential of the Jaguar and Land Rover brands. The all-new family of 4 cylinder engines will increase JLR’s capability to offer high performance engines with class-leading levels of refinement, whilst ensuring continued significant reductions in vehicle emissions.”“I would like to pay tribute to the strong support we have received for this project from our key partners,” said Mike Wright, Executive Director, JLR. “The constructive and collaborative support we have received from the Government, our trade union colleagues, Local Authorities, local MPs, and of course our employees has been crucial in enabling us to reach this very significant decision.”The engine manufacturing facility is expected to create up to 750 highly-skilled engineering and manufacturing posts at JLR, along with thousands more highly-skilled manufacturing jobs in the supply chain and the wider UK economy.Jaguar Land Rover employs more than 19,000 people directly in the UK and supports up to 140,000 jobs in total through the supply chain, dealer network and wider economy.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
U.S. hurdler Lolo Jones, on the brink of tears, called “heartbreaking” criticism she has received after failing to win a medal in the London Olympics.Jones appeared on NBC’s “Today” on Wednesday and was asked about a recent story in The New York Times that said her stardom had more to do with marketing than her accomplishments on the track.“They just ripped me to shreds, and I just thought that that was crazy,” Jones said.She finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles Tuesday, 0.10 seconds behind bronze medalist Kellie Wells. Jones was leading the final when in Beijing four years ago when she hit the ninth of 10 hurdles and wound up seventh.“Putting your heart out there, obviously, it opens you up to a lot of negativity,” Jones said.The Times article said Jones has “received far greater publicity than any other American track and field athlete competing in the London Games. This was based not on achievement but on her exotic beauty and on a sad and cynical marketing campaign.”Jones is backed by big-name sponsors and has appeared on magazine covers, including a recent issue of “Time.” Her charisma and childhood narrative — her family once lived in a church basement in Iowa — only add to her story.She has no Olympic or world outdoor championship medals, but in her interview Wednesday she defended her record and her dedication to her sport.“I work six days a week every day for four years for a 12-second race, and the fact that they just tore me apart, it was just heartbreaking,” Jones said. “I am the American record holder indoors. I have two world indoor titles and just because I don’t boast about these things, I don’t think I should be ripped apart by media.“So, I mean, I laid it out there, I fought hard for my country, and I think it’s just a shame that I have to deal with so much backlash when I’m already so brokenhearted as it is.”
← Previous Story IHF Super Globe 2011 in Qatar Next Story → Your Opinion: “Gyor will win Women’s EHF CL” Aalborg handballJonas Larholm Danish champion from 2010, AaB will change his name to Aalborg, but that isn’t important for one of the best Swedish player, left back, Jonas Larholm (29), who decided to stays in the club and signs a new, two years contract.– I just thought about to stay in Aalborg. I feel great here, ambitions are still very high and looking forward to another two seasons – said Swedish star, who came in AaB from F.C Barcelona in 2008.He was an important part of the Swedish squad, which won fourth place at the WC 2011.
A SECOND OPINION poll in rapid succession has shown that public support for Fine Gael is now on a downward spiral, and that the party has now been overtaken by Fianna Fáil.The figures are startling: Fine Gael, who almost won an overall majority in 2011, have now crashed to 25 per cent in the polls. Satisfaction with the government is at a miserable 18 per cent, and Enda Kenny has sunk to a satisfaction rating of 29 per cent.The party faithful may well feel that they are being hammered for making difficult decisions during an unprecedented recession.Electoral pledgesBut Fine Gael needs to realise that they are also making bad choices – and those choices are losing them vital support. At a time of unprecedented economic crisis in Ireland, Enda Kenny’s big idea for the country has been to propose the legalisation of abortion.In doing so he is dragging Fine Gael into a kamikaze mission which will permanently crash and burn the party for many motivated and highly engaged voters. Fine Gael explicitly promised supporters in Election 2011 that they would not legislate for abortion, and voters remember electoral pledges.The party’s strategists will be frantically reviewing these polls, which show that Fine Gael could lose almost 40 seats if the decline continues.In order to pull back from a course of self-destruction, they will need to identify exactly what factors are losing the party votes. And the evidence shows that one of those factors is abortion.Commenting on one recent poll, Damian Loscher of Ipsos MRBI listed abortion proposals as one cause for a fall in support for Fine Gael amongst key voters.That revelation came on the heels of a finding in an earlier poll by Behaviour and Attitudes which showed that support for abortion propositions was highest among Labour party supporters, but lowest among Fine Gael voters at just 42 per cent. Kenny is not listening to his base on the issue of the sanctity of human life. And that brings us to the crux of this matter.On this issue, Enda Kenny is letting Labour be the tail that wags the dog.Labour is calling the shotsLabour is pushing hard for this government to legalise abortion. Despite the serious and persistent misgivings of many Fine Gael TDs and Senators, the Taoiseach is allowing Labour to call the shots on an issue that not only divides the nation, but has the potential to split Kenny’s party in two. It appears that the pilot has lost control of the plane.Ceding that control to Labour (which has also crashed in the polls) means Enda Kenny is dragging Fine Gael into an unnecessary political and cultural conflict. Younger and more outspoken Fine Gael TDs and Senators are opposed to the legalisation of abortion. Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton has publicly expressed serious concern on an almost weekly basis on the issue.Meanwhile, voters have become energised and motivated in response to Fine Gael’s proposal to legalise abortion in Ireland.Within just three weeks, some 32,000 voters have signed a pledge never to vote for Fine Gael again if the party introduces abortion. More than a 1,000 people are continuing to sign every day – and these are votes that Fine Gael cannot afford to lose.Enda Kenny should look to the man whose party has now overtaken him in the polls. Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin, last week told TheJournal.ie that his party ‘had issues’ with the inclusion of suicide as a ground for abortion.Abortion a major concernMartin, unlike Kenny, has experience of being burned by misreading the Irish electorate on this issue. During the first referendum on the Lisbon treaty, abortion became a major concern for voters. The government at the time misread the signs and underestimated just how widespread those concerns were.The country voted No to Lisbon. Research undertaken by Millward Brown showed that 66 per cent of No voters were either somewhat or very concerned about the potential for the EU to interfere in Ireland’s pro-life laws. The electorate did not want abortion legalised in Ireland.Now a Fine Gael-led government is looking at a proposal to legalise abortion on suicide grounds. John Bruton, the former Fine Gael leader – and a former Taoiseach – has publicly opposed the proposal; a public relations nightmare for Enda Kenny at a time when the party is already sinking fast.Perhaps Bruton can see that the numbers for Fine Gael are going to get worse if they continue on this course of self-destruction. Enda Kenny needs to pull back from this kamikaze mission on abortion, or face the consequences within his own party.Niamh Ui Bhriain is a spokesperson for the Life Institute.
Those wacky kids in the Star Wars universe had it figured out a long, long time ago. If IBM’s recent predictions are any indication, we may finally be catching up. The company this week issued its yearly “Five in Five” list, which outlines bold technology predictions for the next five years. At the top of the list: holographic phones. The phones will beam holographic, 3D images of, one assumes, the person calling you. Also on the list, batteries that breathe air and cities that are powered by the heat of their own servers.“All this demonstrates a real culture of innovation at IBM and willingness to devote itself to solving some of the world’s biggest problems,” IBM VP Josephine Chang told Bloomberg in an interview. Bold, sure, but a company that spent $5.8 billion (about 6.1 percent of its revenue) on research and development is allowed to dream big, right?To put things into perspective a bit, it’s worth noting that the company was a bit off with its 2006 predictions (though it does have a year to go, I suppose), predicting such things as instantaneous speech translation ala Star Trek.
PINECREST, FLA. (WSVN) – A group of South Florida officers and firefighters participated in the fourth annual Live Like Bella Ride.The Miami Police officers and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue firefighters embarked on a 300-mile bike ride from Pinecrest to Orlando, Wednesday morning.The event was created by the Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation in memory of Bella Rodriguez-Torres, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013 at the age of 10.The foundation helps children battling cancer by funding pediatric cancer research and providing support to families with children in treatment as well as those who have lost children to cancer with funeral expenses.The group wore purple socks embellished with Bella’s name during the ride in her honor.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Share Michael Stravato for The Texas TribuneWater remains on a street below the Barker Reservoir dam in Houston on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.The devastating hit Houston took from Hurricane Harvey has exacerbated — and highlighted — the enormous financial jam facing the National Flood Insurance Program.Thanks to the recent onslaught of hurricanes hitting Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, there has never been a greater need for the program. But that need has also set off a new round of calls to dramatically overhaul a program that hasn’t been able to sustain itself without major subsidies from the U.S. Treasury. Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Olson‘s Sugar Land-based district suffered some of the most intensive flooding in the state. He said he is open to some changes, but not if it risks payouts on Harvey claims his constituents are filing. He is quick to underscore the desperation in his suburban Houston district and doesn’t want changes to make things worse.“It should be part of the package but not a do-all, end-all,” Olson said of any potential overhaul.Established in 1968 to help homeowners living in flood-prone areas that private insurers wouldn’t cover, the program has never been on steady financial footing, and continued construction in low-lying areas — as well as more frequent and powerful storms attributed to climate change — have put the NFIP deeply in the red.As a result, Congress repeatedly finds itself re-authorizing new money to support the program. Even before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the program was set to expire on Sept. 30, and no new insurance policies can be written until it’s re-authorized again. Few home insurance policies cover flood damage, and nearly all U.S. flood insurance policies are issued through the program. To quality for national flood insurance, a home must be in a community that has agreed to adopt and enforce various policies to reduce flooding risk. The program has more than 584,000 active policies in Texas, more than any state but Florida. It’s hard to find a member of Congress who will call for an outright abolition of the program, which would likely destabilize real estate markets and property tax bases in those areas. So the aim among some legislators is to pass laws that will encourage homeowners to move into the private market.One option is to raise the premiums for government insurance to help sustain the program, discourage new construction in high-risk areas and hope that as rates rise, more private companies will enter the flood insurance market.The fear of many lawmakers who represent these homeowners is that a substantial rise in rates will be more than some homeowners can afford. The issue had the potential to become a crisis as congressional insiders worried that re-authorizing the program could get tangled up in fights over raising the debt ceiling and funding the government. But to the surprise of nearly everyone, President Trump cut a deal with Democratic leaders to re-authorize the program for the short-term and push all of those big decisions into December. Now, activists and member of Congress who want to overhaul the flood insurance program have an opportunity to make their case over the next couple of months.They argue that government-subsidized insurance encourages more people to build in flood-prone areas — which then forces the government to rebuild their homes after every flood at taxpayer expense.“We keep rebuilding areas that are at a very expensive cost to taxpayers,” said U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen.Those advocating an overhaul include taxpayer watchdogs, environmentalists, insurance companies and members of Congress who oppose bailing out areas that allowed building in flood-prone areas. They’re pushing for legislation that requires better flood plain mapping that takes climate change into account, stricter building regulations requiring measures like elevating homes and buildings to reduce flood risk, and setting sustainable insurance rates that won’t shock the market.A powerful trifecta of interests groups comprised of bankers, real estate agents and home construction companies have fought these efforts. Back in 2012, former President Obama signed into law a major Congressional overhaul of the flood insurance program. Among the changes: eliminating subsidies for homes that are repeatedly damaged by flooding. But some homeowners and their representatives in Congress protested the steep price increase. In early 2014, Congress and Obama reversed course, passing into law a cap that would limit premium increases and mostly unwound the 2012 efforts. Now, many House members are pushing to let the private market take over the job of insuring properties in flood zones.Gonzalez serves on the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, which oversees flood insurance. A former attorney, he is no fan of what he describes as the program’s drawn-out claims process. “I think government shouldn’t, probably, be in the business of insurance,” he said.U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas and chair of the House Financial Services Committee is a key player in this debate. He has pushed for reauthorization of the program, but wants to raise the premiums for government-sponsored policies to encourage homeowners to seek private insurance. “As unfortunately the NFIP faces an uncertain future, we must ensure people have more affordable flood insurance options as they begin to rebuild,” he said last week. The first stab at changes came last week, when two Floridians in Congress, U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, a Democrat and Dennis Ross, a Republican, attached legislation to an unrelated bill that would allow mortgage lenders to accept homeowners’ use of private flood insurance instead of government insurance.The Castor-Ross measure passed the U.S. House, but the Senate quickly axed it out of the bill. That drew a rebuke from Hensarling, who said the Senate was “letting an opportunity slip through its fingers to give flood victims and homeowners better and more affordable flood insurance options.” Supporters of the legislation in the House say they are undeterred, believing it’s the most popular proposal for changing the program and will inevitably pass.For now, no one on Capitol Hill seems inclined to increase the misery of those affected in Houston by drastically changing the flood insurance program for those who are currently filing claims. And the Florida and Texas delegations have vowed to combine their legislative firepower to protect their constituencies — members from both parties say protecting the program is a key priority.“We’ve got to fix it because it’s going bankrupt,” said Olson, the congressman from Sugar Land. “People depend on it.”
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (right), leaves U.S. District Court after pleading not guilty to federal charges, including “conspiracy against the United States,” on Monday in Washington, D.C.The first charges have been filed in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election, and the court documents help make clearer the timeline of Russia-related events that took place during the presidential campaign.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, indicted on 12 counts unrelated to his work on the campaign, is the big name. But the guilty plea of an obscure foreign policy adviser named George Papadopoulos has proven more revealing when it comes to alleged connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Court documents filed Monday add new information to a timeline of events that now involves multiple known contacts between people associated with the Trump campaign and Russian actors.The order and nature of events during the spring and summer of 2016 became increasingly relevant in June, with revelations about a meeting between Russian nationals, Donald Trump Jr., then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.Here’s a timeline of key Russia-related 2016 events:2006-2016: According to a 12-count indictment unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, “from approximately 2006 through at least 2016, Manafort and Gates laundered money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships and bank accounts.” Paul Manafort served on the Trump campaign from March 2016 through August 2016, serving as campaign chairman from May until August. Richard Gates is a former business partner of Manafort’s who followed him to the Trump campaign as his deputy. After Manafort was ousted from the campaign, Gates moved to the Republican National Committee to work out legal agreements with Trump’s campaign and ultimately served on Trump’s inaugural committee.“Early March” 2016: According to Justice Department documents, George Papadopoulos learns he will be a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign.March 14, 2016: Papadopoulos, while traveling in Italy, meets a London-based professor. Per a special counsel filing, “initially, the professor seemed uninterested” in him. “However, after defendant Papadopoulos informed the professor about joining the campaign, the professor appeared to take great interest” in him. The professor had “claimed to have substantial connections with Russian government officials,” which according to the filing, Papadopoulos thought would help his standing as a foreign policy adviser for the campaign. (Editor’s note: Many of the dates pertaining to Papadopoulos are described as “on or about” that date in the legal documents. We have omitted that caveat for clarity. See the original Justice Department language here.)March 19, 2016: Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta reportedly receives a phishing email, which led to the theft of thousands of his emails going back years, including embarrassing campaign correspondence. Those emails were then posted by Wikileaks in batches beginning in early October and continuing right through the election. The US intelligence community concluded Russia’s intelligence agency, the GRU, was responsible for the hacking.March 21, 2016: Trump cites Papadopoulos as a foreign policy adviser in Washington Post editorial board meeting. Carter Page is also mentioned. Trump told the Post:“Well, I hadn’t thought of doing it, but if you want I can give you some of the names… Walid Phares, who you probably know, PhD, adviser to the House of Representatives caucus, and counter-terrorism expert; Carter Page, PhD; George Papadopoulos, he’s an energy and oil consultant, excellent guy; the Honorable Joe Schmitz, [former] inspector general at the Department of Defense; [retired] Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg; and I have quite a few more. But that’s a group of some of the people that we are dealing with. We have many other people in different aspects of what we do, but that’s a representative group.”March 24, 2016: Papadopoulos meets in London with the professor, who brought with him a female Russian national introduced to him “as a relative of Russian President Vladimir Putin with connections to senior Russian government officials.” Papadopoulos then emails a “campaign supervisor” not named in court filings as well as “several members of the Campaign’s foreign policy team,” recounting his meeting with the professor, the woman whom Papadopoulos described as Putin’s niece (the filings note he later learned she was not actually related to Putin). Papadopoulos said the topic of the discussion was “to arrange a meeting between us and the Russian leadership to discuss US-Russian ties under President Trump.”March 28, 2016: Trump brings on Manafort to manage delegate operations for the campaign.March 31: According to court filings, Papadopoulos attended a “national security meeting” in Washington, D.C., with then-candidate Trump and other foreign policy advisers for the campaign. Per the filings, when Papadopoulos introduced himself to the group, he said he had connections that could help arrange a meeting between Trump and President Putin. April 18, 2016: Around this day, Papadopoulos is introduced by email to a person in Moscow who was said to have connections to the Russian Foreign Ministry. According to court filings, Papadopoulos and this individual have multiple conversations over Skype and email about “setting ‘the groundwork’ for a ‘potential’ meeting” between the campaign and Russian officials.April 25, 2016: Papadopoulos emails an unnamed senior policy adviser to the campaign, saying, “The Russian government has an open invitation by Putin for Mr. Trump to met when he is ready . The advantage of being in London is that these governments tend to speak a bit more openly in ‘neutral’ cities.”April 26, 2016: Papadopoulos meets with the professor in London. The professor tells Papadopoulos that he had just returned from a trip to Moscow, where he met with high-level government officials and learned that the Russians had obtained “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. “They have thousands of emails,” the professor said, according to Papadopoulos’ statements to the FBI.April 27, 2016: In a major foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Trump indicates a willingness to work with Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin.“I believe an easing of tensions, and improved relations with Russia from a position of strength only, is possible, absolutely possible,” he said. “Common sense says this cycle, this horrible cycle of hostility must end and ideally will end soon. Good for both countries. Some say the Russians won’t be reasonable. I intend to find out.”Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the U.S., was sitting in the front row, according to a report by Radio Free Europe.On this same day, Papadopoulos separately emails a “senior policy advisor” and a “high-ranking” campaign official, both unnamed in legal filings. He told the adviser he had “some interesting messages coming in from Moscow about a trip when the time is right.” He told the campaign official that he had been receiving “a lot of calls” about Putin wanting to host Trump and his team.May 18, 2016: James Clapper, then the director of national intelligence, warns of some indications of cyberattacks against the 2016 presidential election. In a cyber-event at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C., Clapper said “as the campaigns intensify we’ll probably have more of it.”June 2, 2016: In early June, as the primaries in both parties were winding down, Clinton turned her fire to Trump in what was widely considered one of the strongest moments of her campaign.“Now I will leave it to psychiatrists to explain his affection for tyrants,” Clinton said in San Diego, Calif. “I just wonder how anyone could be so wrong about who America’s real friends are. Because it matters. If you don’t know exactly who you’re dealing with, men like Putin will eat your lunch.”June 3, 2016: Music promoter Rob Goldstone emails Trump Jr. about setting up a meeting with a Russian government-connected lawyer, among other people, to discuss incriminating information about Clinton. Goldstone works with Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian billionaire developer Aras Agalarov. The Agalarovs already knew the future American president through connections established when Trump Sr. held the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.“The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump…”Trump Jr. was traveling at the time, but it took him just 20 minutes to reply: “if it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.”June 7, 2016: The 2016 primary season essentially concludes with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their parties’ presumptive nominees. At his primary night victory speech, Trump previews an upcoming attack in the form of a “major speech” he says he’s planning to give in the next few days.“I am going to give a major speech on, probably Monday of next week, and we are going to be discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons,” Trump said. “I think you are going to find it very informative and very, very interesting.”Just hours before, Rob Goldstone had finalized plans for the meeting between Trump Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya and others.June 9, 2016: Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, meet in Trump Tower with Veselnitskaya, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and another Russian-American present to represent the interests of the Agalarovs.While the meeting was represented to include damaging information about Hillary Clinton, it instead focused on the Magnitsky Act.“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Veselnitskaya told MSNBC.Donald Trump Jr. later told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the meeting was “literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”That afternoon, Donald Trump tweets for the first time about Hillary Clinton’s emails.How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://t.co/gECLNtQizQ— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016June 14, 2016: News breaks of two separate Russian breaches into the Democratic National Committee’s computer network. The hacks were perpetrated by Russian groups that have become known as Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear, identified by Washington, D.C., computer security company CrowdStrike. The hackers had been monitoring the DNC’s computer network for a year.June 22, 2016: In a speech in New York, Trump speculates that foreign adversaries may have hacked Clinton’s emails.“So they probably now have a blackmail file over someone who wants to be president of the United States,” he said. “This fact alone disqualifies her from the presidency.”July 5, 2016: FBI Director James Comey recommends no charges against Clinton for her handling of classified emails while she was secretary of state. Comey did, however, raise questions about her judgment, and described Clinton and her staff as being “extremely careless.” On July 2, Clinton told investigators her use of the private server was for convenience, not to avoid proper record-keeping.July 7, 2016: Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser, gives a Russia-friendly speech in Moscow. This leads FBI investigators to obtain a secret warrant to monitor Page’s communications.July 18, 2016: Just before the Republican National Convention, the Trump campaign worked behind the scenes to change the GOP’s platform on Ukraine. The campaign announced that they would not call for the U.S. to give weapons to the Ukraine to fight Russian and rebel forces.July 21, 2016: The GOP convention concludes with Trump giving an ominous speech accepting the Republican nomination. Trump spoke about the country’s struggles with terrorism, crime and immigration, and vows to put “America first.”“This is the legacy of Hillary Clinton: death, destruction, terrorism and weakness,” he said.July 22, 2016: WikiLeaks publishes a first batch of almost 20,000 DNC emails, many of them discussing how to undermine Sen. Bernie Sander’s campaign. WikiLeaks officials stated that the emails come from the accounts of “seven key figures in the DNC.”The timing here is important, as the emails are published less than a week before the start of the Democratic National Convention, when candidates typically receive a polling boost.July 23, 2016: Trump continues pushing his theory of a “rigged” election process, in a tweet about the newly released emails.“Leaked e-mails of DNC show plans to destroy Bernie Sanders,” he says. “Mock his heritage and much more. On-line from Wikileakes, really vicious. RIGGED” July 24, 2016: Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns in the wake of the DNC email hacking scandal. After Schultz’s abrupt resignation, Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge was named the chair of the Democratic convention and Donna Brazile, former Al Gore campaign manager and Bill Clinton adviser, temporarily takes control of the Democratic Party through the election.July 27, 2016: At a news conference, Trump has an overt message for Russia, in relation to Hillary Clinton’s emails.“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” he said. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”Clinton’s campaign reacted predictably, with outrage, saying Trump was encouraging espionage by a foreign government.Also during the summer, according to the Daily Beast and CNN, the head of Cambridge Analytics, a data firm that did work for the Trump campaign, reaches out to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and offered to help organize and release Hillary Clinton’s missing 33,000 missing emails. Assange later confirmed on Twitter that a contact was made, but said the offer was rejected.I can confirm an approach by Cambridge Analytica [prior to November last year] and can confirm that it was rejected by WikiLeaks.— Julian Assange 🔹 (@JulianAssange) October 25, 2017Analytica is financially backed by billionaire Trump supporter Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah. Clinton said she deleted 33,000 personal emails from her time as secretary of state. To this date they have been the subject of much interest, including from Trump, who still mentions them regularly.Aug. 4, 2016: Obama CIA Director John Brennan confronts his Russian counterpart about Russia’s interference, as he later recounted in congressional testimony in May 2017. “[I] told him if you go down this road, it’s going to have serious consequences, not only for the bilateral relationship, but for our ability to work with Russia on any issue, because it is an assault on our democracy,” Brennan said on Meet the Press in July 2017. Brennan’s statements also followed attacks that the Obama administration faltered on deflecting Russian interference in the 2016 elections.Aug. 15, 2016: According to legal filings on Papadopoulos, after weeks of back and forth about a possible “off the record” trip to Moscow, a campaign supervisor writes in an email, ” ‘I would encourage you” and another foreign policy adviser to the Campaign to ‘make the trip , if it is feasible.’ ” The trip did not take place.Aug. 19, 2016: Manafort resigns from the Trump campaign amid reports of suspicious payments for work he did for Russian linked elements in Ukraine. This marks the second shakeup of Trump senior campaign staff.Aug. 21, 2016: Roger Stone cryptically cryptically tweets, “Trust me, it will soon the Podesta’s time in the barrel, #Crooked Hillary” (his Twitter account was suspended in late October 2017.) Podesta was among the primary targets of hacks to the Democratic National Committee computer network; his emails were released by WikiLeaks starting Oct. 7. Sept. 8, 2016: Then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., meets with Kislyak in his Senate Office. This would be reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by NPR in March 2017, the same day that Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., questioned Sessions about the meeting during Sessions’ confirmation hearing to be attorney general. Sessions maintains that he never met with Russians or intermediaries “about the Trump campaign,” even though he was a top surrogate for the campaign at the time. Sessions did ultimately recuse himself from the Russia investigation.Jan. 27, 2017: Papadopoulos sits for an interview with the FBI, during which he “made material false statements and material omissions,” according to court filings released Oct. 30.Oct. 5, 2017: Papadopoulos pleads guilty to making false statements to FBI agents.Copyright 2017 NPR. 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Netflix is going deeper into hock — announcing plans to offer $1.5 billion in debt notes — money it needs as it continues to dial up spending on original TV shows and movies.[UPDATE: On Monday evening, Netflix priced the debt offering at $1.9 billion, a substantial increase from the initial plan.]In announcing the planned debt financing Monday, Netflix included the standard boilerplate that it expects to use the net proceeds “for general corporate purposes,” but the company has been clear that it’s plowing capital into content. The financial instrument Netflix is using is to as referred as “junk bonds” in the industry, carrying a higher yield and higher degree of risk than investment-grade bonds.Netflix reported booming first-quarter 2018 results last week, exceeding subscriber-growth estimates both in the U.S. and abroad, to hit 125 million total streaming customers at the end of the period. The company reiterated that it expects content spending to be $7.5 billion to $8 billion for 2018 on a profit/loss basis, in line with its previous estimates. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Netflix also told investors it will “continue to raise debt as needed to fund our increase in original content.” Netflix had $2.6 billion in cash and equivalents as of March 31, along with $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $3.44 billion in long-term content payment obligations.“Our debt levels are quite modest as a percentage of our enterprise value, and we believe the debt is lower cost of capital compared to equity,” Netflix said in its April 16 quarterly shareholder letter.The latest proposed debt offering is the fifth time in a little more than three years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through bonds. That included $1.6 billion last fall, $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) in new debt financing a year ago, $1 billion in the fall of 2016 and $1.5 billion in February 2015. In addition, last summer Netflix took out a line of credit to borrow up to $750 million.Pictured above: “Stranger Things,” one of Netflix’s most popular originals
Graphene has excellent conductivity and mechanical strength, when in its 2D form—getting it to maintain both attributes when using it to make 3D products, however has been problematic. In this new effort, the researchers report on a new technique they developed for creating grahene fiber that offers higher thermal and electrical conductivity and better strength than other methods.Prior research has shown that it is possible to make graphene fibers by creating graphene oxide (GO) sheets in a liquid solution using a wet-spinning method—the graphene fibers are created using a reduction of the GO fibers technique. Unfortunately, the material that is created does not have enough of the positive attributes of 2D graphene to make it useful. In this new effort, the researchers take the same approach, but go one step further—they weave sheets the same size as others have produced, then weave some more that are smaller, then they weave the two layers together—this allows for filling in the “voids” (defects that occur during the process) in the larger materials, which results in the creation of a final product that has better electrical properties (35.8 percent), better thermal properties (31.6 percent) and higher tensile strength (from 940 megapascals on average to 1080 MPa.)The researchers believe their process paves the way for the creation of real world useful materials made with graphene such as those that could be used in managing heat in electronics in high power applications , or by allowing for the creation of composite materials with superior attributes, energy storage and new or better sensors and/or membranes. They also plan to continue their work with the process, hoping to better understand the structure of the fiber they create and hopefully to refine it even further to allow for the creation of a material that retains even more of 2D graphene’s positive attributes. More information: Highly thermally conductive and mechanically strong graphene fibers Science 4 September 2015: Vol. 349 no. 6252 pp. 1083-1087 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa6502ABSTRACTGraphene, a single layer of carbon atoms bonded in a hexagonal lattice, is the thinnest, strongest, and stiffest known material and an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. However, these superior properties have yet to be realized for graphene-derived macroscopic structures such as graphene fibers. We report the fabrication of graphene fibers with high thermal and electrical conductivity and enhanced mechanical strength. The inner fiber structure consists of large-sized graphene sheets forming a highly ordered arrangement intercalated with small-sized graphene sheets filling the space and microvoids. The graphene fibers exhibit a submicrometer crystallite domain size through high-temperature treatment, achieving an enhanced thermal conductivity up to 1290 watts per meter per kelvin. The tensile strength of the graphene fiber reaches 1080 megapascals. Journal information: Science Citation: Layering technique allows for creating graphene fiber that maintains conductivity and strength (2015, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-layering-technique-graphene-fiber-strength.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Graphene made superconductive by doping with lithium atoms Explore further Schematics of the “intercalated” structure of the GO fibers and graphene fibers: (1) GO fiber with optimized LGGO and SMGO loadings; (2) optimized graphene fiber with a highly ordered and compact structure with 30 wt % SMGOs filling into the microvoids; (3) graphene fiber from pure LGGOs showing a highly ordered but less dense structure; and (4) graphene fiber from pure SMGOs showing a random sheet alignment. Credit: Science 4 September 2015: Vol. 349 no. 6252 pp. 1083-1087 DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa6502 (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has found a way to create a graphene fiber that is stronger and maintains conductive properties better than prior efforts. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their technique and suggests possible uses for the resultant material. © 2015 Phys.org