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  • Roma set to appoint Claudio Ranieri after sacking Eusebio Di Francesco

    first_imgSerie A Roma Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Ranieri, who was sacked by Fulham last month after just over three months in charge, has previously managed the Serie A club between 2009 and 2011.The Giallorossi are fifth in the Serie A table, but after a strong run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, where they were beaten by Liverpool, they fell in the last 16 after extra-time drama in Portugal. They also suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat to Lazio in last Saturday’s Rome derby and were thumped 7-1 by Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia last month.“On behalf of myself and everyone at AS Roma, I’d like to thank Eusebio for his work and his commitment,” said the Roma president, Jim Pallotta. “Since returning to the club, Eusebio has always acted professionally and put the club’s needs ahead of his own. We all wish him well for the future.” Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Roma are set to appoint Claudio Ranieri as the new manager of the club after announcing the departure of Eusebio Di Francesco. The shock arrival of the former Fulham manager is expected to be formally announced shortly, with the club acting swiftly to sack Di Francesco on Thursday afternoon after their Champions League exit at Porto on Wednesday night. Claudio Ranieri Reuse this content Share on WhatsAppcenter_img news Porto score VAR penalty in extra time to send Roma out of Champions League Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Read more Topics European club football Roma went out on Wednesday after Porto converted a VAR-assisted penalty three minutes from the end of extra-time. The decision, along with the subsequent rejection of a last-gasp penalty appeal, condemned the Italian side to a 3-1 defeat on the night, 4-3 on aggregate.Pallotta later railed at the decisions on social media. “Last year we asked for VAR in the Champions League because we got screwed in the semi-final and tonight they’ve got VAR and we still get robbed,” he said. “Patrik Schick was clearly clipped in the box, VAR shows it, and nothing is given. I’m tired of this shit. I give up.” Share on Facebooklast_img read more

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  • Mourinho hints at Alexis move

    first_imgTransfers Mourinho hints at Alexis move: You fight for fantastic opportunities Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 09:13 1/14/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images Transfers Manchester United José Mourinho A. Sánchez Manchester United v Stoke City Arsenal Manchester City Premier League The Arsenal star appears to be in the middle of a Manchester-based transfer tug-of-war, with the Portuguese boss hinting at a possible swoop Jose Mourinho hinted at a Manchester United move for Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, insisting that you must “fight” when a “fantastic opportunity” arises in the transfer market.Sanchez is in the final six months of his contract at Arsenal and had been expected to move to United’s local rivals Manchester City, after he nearly joined Pep Guardiola’s men at the start of the season.Goal has learned that the Chilean’s family are in London and sources close to the player believe that a January move is close to happening . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Manchester United have reportedly emerged as genuine rivals to City, whose main attraction to Sanchez is understood to be the presence of Guardiola, the coach who signed him for Barcelona.Mourinho’s side are said to have presented Arsenal with a bigger offer than City, and although Mourinho claims it was not in the club’s plans to sign players in January, he acknowledged that fantastic opportunities are worth pursuing whenever they present themselves.”Let’s say we have three targets in the summer – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player,” Mourinho told reporters.”If in the winter you do one of the three, then in the summer you do three minus one. If we do something now, we don’t do it in the summer again.”Our plan was not to have new players in January. We build a squad with this idea and I share this philosophy with [executive vice-chairman] Mr. [Ed] Woodward and the owners.”But if there is a fantastic opportunity on the table, you fight for that fantastic opportunity. If it happens, it happens.”Nevertheless, Mourinho does not think that any signing will bridge the gap between United and City in terms of points in the Premier League this season, with Guardiola’s side 15 clear ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday.”At this stage, I don’t think it’s about the market,” said Mourinho, whose United host Stoke City on Monday. “There are lots of already strong teams in the Premier League, not like in other leagues where it is difficult for the top sides to lose points, and there is a very important difference of points between first and second.”City have a very comfortable advantage and they can sit on that. It is the sort of lead that gives a lot of tranquility and takes away the pressure from the guy that comes behind you. I have been in that situation.”I don’t think any of the teams near the top – Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and ourselves – are thinking they can spend money this January to close the gap.”It’s not about transfers. It’s about keeping on winning, getting the maximum number of points from the remaining games and seeing what happens.”Mourinho’s Man United take on Stoke on Monday in the Premier League.last_img read more

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  • Carnival Magics Passenger Medevaced off Key West

    first_imgImage Courtesy: USCGThe United States Coast Guard medevaced a 41-year-old passenger from the cruise ship Carnival Magic while the vessel was some 100 miles southwest of Key West.Watchstanders with the Seventh Coast Guard District Command Center received a call from the cruise ship, owned by Miami-based cruise ship company Carnival Cruise Line, stating that one of their passengers was suffering chest pains and needed to be medevaced.The watch standers directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist the man who reportedly suffered symptoms of a heart attack.The helicopter crew hoisted the patient, took him to the air station to awaiting EMS personnel and transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital.last_img read more

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  • Five federal cabinet ministers invited to attend roundtable on murdered missing Indigenous

    first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA—Five federal cabinet ministers have been invited to attend a planned Feb. 27 roundtable in Ottawa to discuss the high number of murdered and missing Indigenous women across the country.Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Health Minister Rona Ambrose and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney were sent letters last December asking them to attend the roundtable.The one-day meeting is expected to be chaired by the premier of the Northwest Territories, Bob McLeod. Premiers or their representatives from the other provinces and territories are also expected to attend the roundtable.The letter said the idea for the roundtable was born last summer during a meeting in Charlottetown between the premiers and the leaders of Aboriginal organizations.“There is no question that all Canadians and all governments are concerned with the high rates of violence against Indigenous—First Nations, Metis and Inuit—women and girls,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by APTN National News.The Dec. 19, 2014, dated invitations to the ministers were signed by the heads of six Aboriginal organizations including the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Women of the Metis Nation and Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.Leitch and Ambrose’s offices have acknowledged receiving the invitation. Both said their ministers would soon respond.Valcourt’s office refused to answer any questions on the issue, referring queries to the Leitch’s office. Valcourt has blamed First Nations men for their lack of respect for women on reserve as one of the reasons a national inquiry into the nearly 1200 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls won’t solve anything.MacKay and Blaney’s offices did not respond to request for comment from APTN National News as of this article’s posting.The Harper government has resisted calls for a national inquiry.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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  • Security Council deplores Egyptian diplomats murder in Iraq

    In a statement read out in a formal meeting by its President for the month, Adamantios Vassilakis (Greece), the Council emphasized that there could be no justification for such terrorist acts, and underlined the need to bring the perpetrators to justice.The Council also reaffirmed its unwavering support for the Iraqi people in their political transition as well as for Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity. It called upon the international community to stand by the Iraqis in their pursuit of peace, stability and democracy, Ambassador Vassilakis said.Council members welcomed Egypt’s continued commitment in that regard, and recognized Egypt’s important role and that of other neighbouring countries in supporting the political process, helping control transit across Iraq’s borders and extending other support to the Iraqi people.Also today, Ashraf Qazi, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in Iraq, deplored the murder as “a barbaric crime that violated every tenet of Islam and of civilized behaviour.”Mr. Qazi had received the Egyptian envoy only a few days prior to his kidnapping last weekend.Yesterday, Mr. Annan called on the Iraqi authorities to “do everything possible” to apprehend those responsible and bring them to justice. read more

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  • UN says renewed violence affects thousands of civilians in eastern DR of

    The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said it sent a team last week to four towns in Rutshuru Territory, about 120 kilometres north-east of Goma, to assess the population’s situation after the fighting between Government forces and an alliance of DRC Mayi-Mayi militia and members of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR).The team found 65,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), and MONUC’s humanitarian section started talks with relief agencies to provide needed aid, as well as facilitate the IDPs’ return home and their reintegration.Another MONUC team visited an IDP camp of 1,300 people where two dozen of them had fallen ill from drinking water from a polluted river nearby. The camp is located 12 kilometres north-west of Beni, the mission said, adding that it was making arrangements for safe drinking water to be made available.Meanwhile, MONUC was gearing up to start inoculating the children among the 1.3 million people in the virtually inaccessible northern Sankuru district of Eastern Kasaï Province against measles and polio. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) would add Vitamin A supplements during the vaccination campaign, MONUC said. read more

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  • Sudan UN condemns reported killing of deminers by Ugandan rebels

    The two men, employees of the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action, were driving along the Juba-Nimule road in a three-vehicle convoy when they were stopped by three men, ordered out of the vehicle, and killed. The two following vehicles turned around and took refuge in the Sudanese Armed Forces camp farther south.The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, Jan Pronk, expressed his outrage at the “cowardly” killings and urged a speedy investigation into the circumstances of the attack, to identify the perpetrators, and to bring them to justice.The slain workers were under the employ of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), and were assigned with clearing vital roads of mines in the area to ensure the safety of returnees, and the use of the roads by the UN and its partners, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said. Preliminary reports indicate that two armed Sudanese Army soldiers were also wounded during the interchange.Mr. Pronk also called on the Sudanese Government and the Government of South Sudan to exert every effort to ensure the safety and security of all humanitarian workers, and to expedite joint action to contain small armed groups still active in South Sudan, including the LRA.Security continues to be an issue of concern in South Sudan with banditry and looting in the area, said UNMIS which has been reporting a growing tension there since the middle of September. On 25 October, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Anto·nio Guterres told reporters that the security situation in the country had deteriorated sharply, with aid workers increasingly the focus of attacks, seriously hampering humanitarian workers. UNMIS also reported on 19 October the continued extortion and forced conscription of returnees by local militias in the war-torn country. read more

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  • Domtar under pressure as it cant put through second round of paper

    Domtar under pressure as it can’t put through second round of paper price hikes AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 24, 2014 8:17 am MDT MONTREAL – Increased imports to North America are limiting Domtar’s ability to push through higher paper prices, the Montreal-based company’s chief executive said Thursday.“That creates a slightly more competitive environment so we don’t have that expectation (of price increases) at this point,” said Domtar CEO John Williams.Domtar successfully increased prices by at least US$40 per ton or about four per cent to US$1,010 last November. But North America’s largest supplier of office paper couldn’t follow that up with a further US$70 hike in March.Although prices for some specialty grades were increased, customers rejected attempts for general hikes, Williams told analysts after Domtar released its second-quarter results.Domtar (TSX:UFS) widely missed analyst expectations as it swung to a US$40-million profit despite higher costs.Reporting in U.S. dollars, it earned 61 cents per share for the period ended June 30, compared with a loss of 69 cents per share or $46 million in the second quarter of 2013.Excluding one-time litigation, closure and impairment charges, Domtar’s adjusted earnings in the same quarter last year were $16 million or 24 cents per share. There were no one-time costs in the second quarter of 2014.Sales increased 5.3 per cent to $1.38 billion, compared with $1.31 billion last year, as revenue from personal care products more than doubled to $234 million. Pulp and paper sales were down four per cent to $1.16 billion.Domtar shares closed at C$41.55, down $3.39 or nearly eight per cent in Thursday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Analyst Leon Aghazarian of National Bank Financial cut his target price 15 per cent to $55 on the “disappointing results.”“We don’t expect a price increase in the foreseeable future and as such we reduce our estimates accordingly,” Aghazarian wrote in a report.The company’s results were affected in the quarter by 51,000 tonnes of lack-of-order downtime, which resulted in higher costs.Domtar said it will continue to balance output with demand and Williams told analysts he doesn’t expect plant closures will be needed unless demand craters and it loses market share.Paper demand is continually falling as people increasingly turn to digital communication.Williams said the company is prepared to take action if demand falls precipitously over time.Closure isn’t the only option.Domtar has previously spent US$135 million to convert mills in Plymouth and Marlboro from copier paper grades to fluff, for incontience products, and specialty papers.“We’re also looking to do the best we can to maintain an earnings stream from the facilities.”Domtar was expected to post 82 cents per share in adjusted earnings and 86 cents per share in net earnings on $1.43 billion of revenues in the quarter, according to analysts polled by Thomson Reuters.Higher raw material costs at its personal care segment, which includes adult diapers, also negatively affected results.“Despite improved year-over-year results, our financial performance compared to the first quarter was negatively impacted by higher scheduled maintenance and higher unit costs resulting from lack of order downtime in our paper system.”The pulp and paper segment’s operating income increased to $69 million from $16 million a year ago, while personal care profit was $14 million, up from $10 million in the prior year.Williams said the integration of Spain’s adult diaper maker Indas, acquired last year for about $565 million including debt, is progressing well and in line with expectations. He said Domtar’s capacity expansion plan for the segment continues to ramp up while new products are in the process of being launched.Domtar expects paper volumes will decline with market demand, while global softwood pulp market are expected to remain balanced.The diaper producer is adding some seven machines around the world that will increase production and improve results towards the end of the year. Input costs are expected to stay relatively stable for the second half of 2014.Paul Quinn of RBC Capital Markets said the results were negative, as adjusted pre-tax operating income (EBITDA) was $175 million, compared to $195 million forecast by analysts.At the end of the quarter, Domtar had $1.347 billion of net debt, while free cash flow in the quarter was $80 million.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter read more

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  • VA Secretary McDonald says MyVA initiative intended to refocus agency on customer

    VA Secretary McDonald says “MyVA” initiative intended to refocus agency on customer service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press Posted Nov 10, 2014 2:18 pm MDT WASHINGTON – On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department announced a reorganization Monday designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its maze-like websites.VA Secretary Robert McDonald called the restructuring the largest in the department’s history and said it will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans.“As VA moves forward, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metric: the outcomes we provide for veterans,” McDonald said. The VA’s mission is to care for veterans, “so we must become more focused on veterans’ needs,” he said.The VA has been under intense scrutiny since a whistleblower reported this spring that dozens of veterans may have died while awaiting treatment at the Phoenix VA hospital, and that appointment records were manipulated to hide the delays. A report by the department’s inspector general said workers falsified waitlists while their supervisors looked the other way or even directed it, resulting in chronic delays for veterans seeking care and bonuses for managers who appeared to meet on-time goals.The inspector general’s office identified 40 patients who died while awaiting appointments in Phoenix, but said officials could not “conclusively assert” that the delays caused the deaths.As part of the restructuring announced Monday, the VA will hire a chief customer service officer and simplify the way it is organized to deliver health care and other services, McDonald said. For instance, the department will create a single customer service structure with a limited number of regional divisions that will apply to all aspects of the agency, from health care to benefits, loan centres and even cemetery plots. The VA now has nine separate regional structures of varying size and at least a dozen websites, many with their own user names and passwords.Eventually, McDonald would like all veterans to have one user name and password for all VA services. McDonald hopes to complete the reorganization within a year.Veterans also should be able to communicate with officials in a single region to solve problems, McDonald said. Under the current structure, a veteran may live in one VA region for health care, another region for mortgage services and a third for veterans’ benefits.The reorganization, to be known as “MyVA,” is designed to provide veterans with “a seamless, integrated and responsive customer service experience — whether they arrive at VA digitally, by phone or in person,” McDonald said.McDonald, a former CEO of consumer-goods giant Procter & Gamble, has been pushing to refocus the VA on customer service since taking over the troubled agency in July, following a scandal over long patient wait times for veterans seeking health care and widespread falsification of records by VA employees and managers to cover up the delays.McDonald has been urging VA employees to refer to veterans as customers and to refer to him as “Bob,” rather than “Secretary.” He also has given out his cellphone number to reporters and veterans alike and urged them to call him with questions and suggestions.Some members of Congress have disputed the inspector general’s report on the Phoenix deaths and suggested that language casting doubt on the link between the delays and patient deaths was inserted at the suggestion of top VA officials in Washington. The IG’s office and the VA have denied that claim.Three high-ranking officials at the Phoenix facility have been placed on leave while they appeal a department decision to fire them. Four other high-ranking executives around the country were targeted for removal, but only one was fired. Two officials retired and a third was granted an extension for more time to respond to the VA’s decision.The scandal led to the ouster of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and to a new law making it easier for veterans to get VA-paid care from local doctors. The law also shortens and streamlines the appeals process for employees who are fired.McDonald told the CBS News program “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the VA is considering disciplinary action against more than 1,000 employees. “We’re talking about people who violated our values,” he said.McDonald’s comment about 1,000 employees facing discipline is one of several numbers regarding employee discipline the VA secretary has offered in recent days. At a news conference last Thursday, McDonald said the VA has proposed disciplinary action — up to and including firing — against more than 40 employees nationwide since June. Those cases are all related to the wait-time scandal and manipulation of records to hide delays.At an appearance Friday at the National Press Club, McDonald said the VA has taken or is considering disciplinary action against 5,600 employees over the past year, although aides later clarified that most of those actions were not related to the health-care scandal.“We are very serious about making sure that we hold people accountable,” McDonald said.___Follow Matthew Daly on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MatthewDalyWDC read more

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  • In business and politics Trump stokes internal rivalries

    by Julie Pace And Jeff Horwitz, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2016 1:56 am MDT Last Updated May 31, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.That one of those managers was his wife, Ivana Trump, didn’t earn her any slack.“His tactic there, as our success surpassed the Castle’s in 1987, was to shove the Plaza’s performance in Ivana’s face, like a mirror, holding it up for her to see the reflection of a less than successful manager,” John O’Donnell, Ivana Trump’s rival in the casino wars, wrote in a 1991 book.Trump’s penchant for encouraging rivalries is now roiling his presidential campaign just as he’s captured the GOP nomination, creating deep uncertainty among Republicans about his preparedness for a complex and costly general election campaign. The tensions boiled over last week with the abrupt ouster of political director Rick Wiley, who left the campaign after just six weeks.Wiley found himself caught between Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, one of the businessman’s original campaign staffers, and Paul Manafort, a veteran Republican hand who was brought in to bolster the operation in March. While Wiley was originally hired by Lewandowski, he aligned himself with Manafort’s vision of a more robust and expensive campaign operation — a vision Trump does not appear to have fully bought into. He also was seen as being unwilling to fill top jobs in battleground states with people close to Lewandowski, according to people familiar with the decision.Wiley did not respond to requests to discuss his tenure with the Trump campaign. Trump aides would not make the candidate available for an interview, but they did not dispute the notion that the real estate mogul encourages internal competition.“Of course there’s competition because you want the best,” Lewandowski said. “That’s the type of mindset you have to have in the federal government.”Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide who was fired last year, put the dynamic more bluntly: “He loves playing people against each other.” Still, Nunberg said he appreciated the competitive environment, crediting it with keeping staffers creative and committed to the organization.But for other Trump aides, the businessman’s cutthroat style led to mistrust and paranoia“You can’t trust the other guy’s people,” said Stuart Jolly, who resigned as Trump’s campaign field director after Manafort and Wiley were given more power. Jolly confirmed Friday that he is joining the pro-Trump group Great America PAC as its political director.Some current and former Trump advisers blamed the businessman for withholding information about staff changes from his team, sometimes leaving them to learn about internal developments in the media. Some have taken to shopping negative stories about their rivals to the press in a bid to undercut each other in the eyes of the boss — even if the stories reflect poorly on Trump.Even more concerning for Trump as he eyes a likely faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton is the uncertainty the internal friction has created about the direction of the campaign. People close to the campaign say there are major questions about battleground state hiring, voter targeting efforts and super PAC fundraising.Those close to the campaign insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the campaign publicly.Trump turned his fondness for competition into ratings gold with his television show “The Apprentice,” where rival teams battled against each other to impress the boss. Those who failed were unceremoniously fired — a made-for-television version of events that sometimes played out in Trump’s real businesses.In 1985 and 1986, Trump acquired full control of two Atlantic City casinos in quick succession. Ivana Trump was put in charge of one, named Trump Castle, while the other — Trump Plaza — was overseen by casino managers hired away from gambling titan Steve Wynn.Castle and Plaza managers were expected to compete over everything from casino entertainers to which property bought more copies of Trump’s autobiography, “The Art of the Deal.”The most heated competition of all: which casino could draw the high-rolling gamblers who would wager thousands of dollars per hand. By 1987, the larger and more luxurious Plaza was successfully wooing this small but elite set, aided by top-tier prize fights in the Atlantic City Convention Center next door.Instead of allowing the Plaza to establish itself as the unrivaled venue for high-rollers in Atlantic City, however, Trump underwrote Ivana’s campaign to compete for them.“If we presented a $100,000 player with a gold Rolex watch, the Castle gave him two,” O’Donnell wrote in his book book “Trumped! The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump — His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall.” In a 1997 interview, Trump said “the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true,” using an expletive to describe his former executive as a loser.When Plaza managers pleaded to Trump that the competition between his two casinos was ill advised, Trump mocked them.“What are you worried about Ivana for,” he told one executive, according to O’Donnell’s book. “She’s just a woman. She can’t take the business.”The competition described by O’Donnell led to an ill-advised, $70 million addition to Trump Castle, dubbed “The Crystal Tower,” and continued even after Trump sent Ivana back to New York and three of the Plaza’s top executives died in a helicopter crash.Within weeks of the accident, Trump’s Castle team launched a surprise raid on Trump’s other casino: It’s top executive leased office space directly above the Plaza’s marketing department, offering the Plaza team raises of up to 30 per cent to defect.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC and Jeff Horwitz at http://twitter.com/JeffHorwitz In business and politics, Trump stokes internal rivalries FILE – In this March 15, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at his primary election night event at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., as campaign manager Corey Lewandowski listens at left. Trump’s penchant for encouraging rivalries and pitting even those closest to him against each other is roiling his Republican presidential campaign as he plunges into the general election. The tensions boiled over last week with the abrupt ouster of political director Rick Wiley, who left the campaign after just six weeks. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) read more

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  • Artifically intelligent judge developed which can predict court verdicts with 79 per

    first_imgTo develop the algorithm, the team allowed an artificially intelligent computer to scan the published judgements from 584 cases relating to torture and degrading treatment, fair trials and privacy.They computer learned that certain phrases, facts, or circumstances occurred more frequently when there was a violation of the human rights act. After analysing hundreds of cases the computer was able to predict a verdict with 79 per cent accuracy.“Previous studies have predicted outcomes based on the nature of the crime, or the policy position of each judge, so this is the first time judgements have been predicted using analysis of text prepared by the court,” said co-author, Dr Vasileios Lampos, UCL Computer Science.“We expect this sort of tool would improve efficiencies of high level, in demand courts, but to become a reality, we need to test it against more articles and the case data submitted to the court.“Ideally, we’d test and refine our algorithm using the applications made to the court rather than the published judgements, but without access to that data we rely on the court-published summaries of these submissions.The team found that judgements by the European Court of Human Rights are often based on non-legal facts rather than directly legal arguments, suggesting that judges are often swayed by moral considerations father than simply sticking strictly to the legal framework.Co-author Dr Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis, a law lecturer from the University of Sheffield, said: “The study, which is the first of its kind, corroborates the findings of other empirical work on the determinants of reasoning performed by high level courts.”It should be further pursued and refined, through the systematic examination of more data.”The research was published in the journal Computer Science. A computer ‘judge’ has been developed which can correctly predict verdicts of the European Court of Human Rights with 79 per cent accuracy.Computer scientists at University College London and the University of Sheffield developed an algorithm which can not only weigh up legal evidence, but also moral considerations.As early as the 1960s experts predicted that computers would one day be able to predict the outcomes of judicial decisions.But the new method is the first to predict the outcomes of court cases by automatically analysing case text using a machine learning algorithm.“We don’t see AI replacing judges or lawyers, but we think they’d find it useful for rapidly identifying patterns in cases that lead to certain outcomes,” said  Dr Nikolaos Aletras, who led the study at UCL Computer Science.“It could also be a valuable tool for highlighting which cases are most likely to be violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.” The European Court of Human Rights  The European Court of Human Rights  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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  • Sarah Montague I was incandescent with rage over Today pay gap

    first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague has said she was “incandescent with rage” and “felt a sap” when she learned she was paid far less than her Today programme co-stars.The broadcaster has now left Today to become the lead presenter of the radio station’s World At One, and she wrote in The Sunday Times that she negotiated a better salary by using “the pay of previous presenters as a guide”.Montague swapped her Today role with Martha Kearney, who was revealed last year to be earning between £200,000 and £249,999.Writing in the newspaper, Montague said she “hadn’t clocked just how professionally damaging it would feel” to know she was earning less than her Today colleagues.Montague, who was a key member of the hosting team for 17 years, revealed she was paid £133,000, and that it “was a very good wage for a job that I loved”. Montague, who began her BBC career in 1997 as a presenter on the BBC news channel and has since worked on Newsnight, BBC Breakfast and been a regular presenter of Hardtalk for 20 years, said she also learned that “the true situation was far worse”.”Apart from John Humphrys, I was the only Today programme presenter not on a full staff contract,” she wrote.Montague said she was told to “set up a company” when she joined the BBC, and has not taken in any benefits or accrued any pension. “Because of that, the pay gap will last my lifetime,” she added.Montague said she is looking forward to concentrating on her new job, but that it is “uncomfortable being in the spotlight” in her current situation.She said “light, perhaps even total transparency” is needed in order for “organisations such as the BBC to restore trust among staff and ensure the accountability of those setting pay.”Last year, the BBC published a list of its top earners, setting out the pay for staff on more than £150,000, revealing a sizeable gap in the earnings of its most well-known male and female presenters and actors.center_img After initially thinking she might feel good for “taking less of the licence fee than others”, Montague said she “felt a sap” for “subsidising other people’s lifestyles”.She wrote that even with her work on BBC World’s Hardtalk and other Radio 4 programmes, she did not reach the minimum £150,000 level to be included on the BBC’s pay report.”I had long suspected that I was paid much less than my colleagues but until the pay disclosures I had no idea of the scale of that difference,” Montague, 52, wrote.”Some years ago I was even assured by a manager that I was not the lowest paid on the programme.” Salaries revealed by the BBC in July last year showed Today programme host John Humphrys was earning £600,000 to £649,000 for the morning news programme.Nick Robinson is on £250,000 to £299,000, Mishal Husain is in the £200,000 to £249,000 pay bracket, and Justin Webb earned between £150,000 and £199,999.last_img read more

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  • Play Real Instruments in Rock Band with the Midi Pro Adapter

    first_imgMost of us have dreamt of putting our Rock Band skills to use playing in a real concert for thousands of cheering fans, but have no talent for a real guitar or an actual drum set. If you, on the other hand, know how to play the guitar pretty well but the orange button on your Rock Band guitar controller is a little out of reach, the Midi Pro Adapter from Mad Catz will give you a way to plug in your actual instruments to your XBox 360 or PlayStation 3 and get your game on with a controller you’re more familiar with. For $40 retail, the Midi Pro Adapter will allow you to plug in your real instruments, have them recognized as controllers, and automatically map different actions to the directional pas or the controller buttons. You can tweak the settings manually if you want, or just start band practice with the default configuration and see where it goes.last_img read more

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  • Jose Mourinho doesnt think United has a title shot

    first_imgThe Portuguese manager gave a press conference in which he used excuses that hint at a possible Manchester United season with no titles.It looks like Jose Mourinho might be preparing the fans and the media for yet another failed season for Manchester United, he has used the same off the field tactics he usually applies when his team doesn’t look like it’s going to do well throughout the season.Head to MUTV from 17:00 BST for all the latest updates from the boss!Subscribe now: https://t.co/6AHyuUHY1D pic.twitter.com/Tpr1cdYXva— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2018The Manchester United boss has already stated that he doesn’t think Paul Pogba will be able to offer the Red Devils the same level of performance he has given in the World Cup with France, and now that it appears the club won’t get to sign the players Mourinho has requested during this transfer window, he hinted at yet another failing Premier League season for Manchester United.#MUTV is the place to be for all the latest #MUTOUR news!harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Switch over at 18:00 BST to watch a live #MUFC training session: https://t.co/sqK2absopX pic.twitter.com/Ao5YPaTTqC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 24, 2018“If you look to the players that Chelsea and Liverpool have in the pre-season, especially these two teams, also Arsenal, if you compare, you see the difference of the situation. Manchester City and Tottenham are in a similar situation as we, are but you can see that some other clubs are in a difficult situation. Our first match of the season is against Leicester and the second one is against Brighton and, if I look to Leicester, if I’m not wrong, only Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy were in the World Cup in the final phase, because Kasper Schmeichel was back sooner.Jose Mourinho hints Manchester United are not good enough to win the Premier League title | @DiscoMirrorhttps://t.co/h8EYaKbxbO pic.twitter.com/j5EsqWBNXN— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) July 24, 2018“So I think a team working for six weeks minimum, with all the players except one defender and one striker, that can join in the last weekend and probably be available, is clear it’s a much better situation for them,” said Mourinho during a press conference in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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  • Wijnaldum is full of praise for Milner

    first_imgThe Liverpool footballer believes his teammate Milner is just a “manager in the form of a player” within the team’s dressing room.For Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum, a key part of the team’s success in the 2018-2019 English Premier League season has been teammate James Milner.According to him, the player has been operating in different positions in the squad, making 26 appearances so far this season.“It’s not only his quality that he has shown this season but also the way he treats everyone, the way he tries to help the team,” Wijnaldum told the club’s official website.“Even if he’s not training or playing, he always tries to help the team stay sharp and be aware of everything that can happen.”“He is a manager in the form of a player!” he explained.“He was quite unlucky when he got injured [in December] but even then before games he came into the dressing room and spoke with the players, trying to keep them sharp.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“So he was always involved, even when he was not in the 18,” he continued.“He was still part of the team.”“He would try to help the players on training days and everything,” he added.“He has a big impact on how we perform right now.”Liverpool is currently sitting in the first position in the table with 60 points, four ahead of second-place Manchester City.The Red have won 19 matches, draw 3 and have only lost one game in the season.last_img read more

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  • Advocacy group walks to show support for asylum seekers at USMexico border

    first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A few hundred people make their way down to the US Mexico border on the San Diego side.It was supposed to be a peaceful walk to show support for members of the Central American migrant Caravan. But authorities have confirmed 32 people were arrested during the demonstration.RELATED STORY: Border Patrol arrests 32 at San Diego demonstrationThe message was loud and clear at border field State Park Monday as more than 200 people show up in support of the migrants who are on the other side of the border waiting to seek Asylum.“We’re all here called by our different faiths to demand that the people in the migrant caravan be treated with respect,” said Kathryn Johnson, Policy Advocacy Coordinator for American Friends Service Committee.The demonstration was organized by the non profit on International Human Rights Day.Participants made their way to the border.The walk the border which is about a mile away. They were hoping to get as close to the border wall or fence as they could to pray for the Central Americans in Mexico  waiting to seek asylum into the United States.Right now, an estimated 3000 to 5,000 asylum seekers are staying in shelters that are already at capacity, thousands are in makeshift shelters and tents out on the streets of Tijuana waiting for their turn at the port of entry.The first Caravan arrived about a month ago.And Since then, things have turned dangerous.Nearly a thousand migrants in large groups rushed the border 2 weeks ago causing a complete shutdown of the San Ysidro Port of entry.Trying to illegally get in at multiple points, some men involved in the migrant Caravan became violent toward Mexican police and border patrol agents by throwing rocks. Border patrol agents used tear gas to disperse the crowd.More recently, desperate families have tried to get across the border illegally putting their own children at risk of injury.Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Kevin McAleenan, Says they are working to process asylum-seekers who have no documents at the ports of entry.And to give you an idea, Right now, CBP is processing about 300 a day along the Southwest border. Updated: 9:54 AM Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Advocacy group walks to show support for asylum seekers at US-Mexico bordercenter_img Posted: December 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom December 10, 2018last_img read more

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  • Driver crashes into people and police car on Ocean Beach Pier

    first_img KUSI Newsroom June 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 18, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A young man and a young woman suffered minor injuries Tuesday morning when they were struck on the Ocean Beach Pier by a hit- and-run driver who also sideswiped a police cruiser as he sped off, police said.The bizarre series of events began around 1:25 a.m. in the 5000 block of Niagara Avenue, according to San Diego police.A man drove his vehicle onto the Ocean Beach Pier and struck a 21-year- old man and a 24-year-old woman who were fishing on the pier, Sgt. Joe Ruvido said.A patrol officer in the area attempted to stop the vehicle, but the motorist sped away and sideswiped an unoccupied police car as he fled the scene, Ruvido said.The victims were treated for minor injuries at the scene and no officers were injured, the sergeant said.The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his mid-20s with a beard and a heavy build. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt.His vehicle was described as a black 2005 Acura hatchback with a cracked windshield, lowered suspension and custom wheels.Anyone with information regarding the location of the vehicle was asked to call San Diego police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580- 8477. Driver crashes into people and police car on Ocean Beach Pierlast_img read more

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  • People Were Afraid Of Him — Killers Death Leaves Hope For New

    first_imgEdward Harold Bell in a 1978 booking photo and a more recent TDCJ mugshot. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img 00:00 /10:19 Edward Harold Bell died in a Texas prison on Saturday, leaving many questions about eleven unsolved murders he at one point claimed to have committed.Bell reportedly collapsed Saturday in the Wallace Pack Unit near Navasota, northwest of Houston. The incident, like all in-custody deaths, is being investigated. Bell was 82.Photos of eleven young women murdered in and around Galveston in the 1970s. Former homicide detective Fred Paige has a theory about who killed them.In the 1970s, young girls started disappearing in and around Galveston, often in pairs. Many of their bodies would turn up in swamps, marshes and bodies of water in places like Clear Lake and Texas City.Back in 2017, Houston Matters brought listeners the story of efforts to solve those cases by Houston Chronicle investigative journalist Lise Olsen and former Galveston homicide detective Fred Paige.Michael HagertyLise Olsen and Fred Paige.They theorized that Bell could have been the man behind those murders. Among other circumstantial evidence, Bell had access to some of the areas where crimes were committed or where bodies were discovered. And witnesses saw two of the victims get into a van matching the description of one Bell owned before they were never seen again alive.But, most notably, Paige stumbled across a confession letter Ed Bell wrote back in the 1990s. It included names of some of the girls who were killed and details about them.“The first time I saw that letter I basically said, ‘He’s your guy. This is our guy right here,’” Paige said in 2017.But investigators still apparently lack the proverbial smoking gun evidence to connect him — or anyone else — to the cases.Later in 2017, Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty interviewed Ed Bell in prison where he was serving a 70-year sentence for the murder of a Pasadena man named Larry Dickens.During that interview, Bell no longer wanted to take credit for those eleven unsolved murders, or as he called them in his confession letter, “the eleven who went to heaven.”Michael HagertyEdward Harold Bell speaks to Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty from prison in 2017.Bell said he made it all up for a specific purpose.“I was going to let the state kill me,” he said. “I was — not outwardly, but inwardly — suicidal at that time.”When news of his death began to get out over the weekend, Olsen started receiving messages from family members of the victims, many of whom are convinced Ed Bell killed their daughters, nieces, or friends. Some said they were glad he could no longer be paroled — and many of them played active roles in preventing that by testifying before the parole board.Olsen said, while Bell can never be prosecuted now, she hopes this development helps move the cases forward — that either Bell left some more information behind in his cell, or told a fellow prisoner some information, or that his death will lead people to come forward with new information.“People were afraid of him,” she said. “And there were some people who would never talk to me because they were afraid of him — they were afraid that he might get out.”The murders and the efforts by Paige and Olsen were featured in a true crime documentary series called The Eleven, which aired in 2017.In the audio above, Lise Olsen updates Michael Hagerty on what’s known about the circumstances of Bell’s death, what family members of victims have said, and where the cases go from here.aetv.comA screen capture from “The Eleven,” a true crime documentary series about the unsolved murders of young women around Galveston in the 1970s. Xlast_img read more

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  • Jellyfish protein could be used to power nanodevices

    first_imgAequorea victoria. Image credit: Sierra Blakely/Wikipedia. (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in Sweden have been liquidizing thousands of specimens of a common North American jellyfish to extract a protein that could be used in microscopic fuel cells. Explore further New technique allows simultaneous tracking of gene expression and movement Citation: Jellyfish protein could be used to power nanodevices (2010, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-jellyfish-protein-power-nanodevices.htmlcenter_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com The jellyfish (Aequorea Victoria) contain a green fluorescent protein (GFP) that makes them glow in the dark, and a research team led by Zackary Chiragwandi from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been extracting the protein and using it to create a bio fuel cell. When a droplet of the protein is placed onto aluminum electrodes and then exposed to ultraviolet light an electric current is generated at a nanoscale suitable for powering “nanodevices”.Nanodevices are devices measured in nanometers, where one nanometer is a billionth of one meter. Their use in medicine is in its infancy, and one of the chief difficulties in working with nanoscale devices is powering them.Chiragwandi has also used his fuel cell with light-emitting enzymes derived from fireflies and sea pansies (Renilla reniformis) that create their own light source, making the fuel cell completely self-contained. In other research, methods have been developed to grow artificial green fluorescent protein in the laboratory using bacteria, and if successful this would create the GFP without the need to harvest and liquefy large numbers of jellyfish.Other light-powered cells, such as Grätzel cells (which mimic plant photosynthesis), use elements such as titanium oxide, which make them a much more expensive option for powering nanodevices. Since the jellyfish protein fuel cells can also generate their own light, no outside source of light is needed, making the process simpler and more efficient.Chiragwandi says the fuel cells could be used to independently power nanodevices operating in the human body for applications such as fighting or imaging tumors, medical diagnosis, communication devices, or perhaps even reversing blindness. If scaled up they could also be used like thin films to make cheaper solar cells. The technology could become available within one or two years. 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.last_img read more

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  • Firefox 67 Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protection

    first_imgFirefox 67: Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protection by Martin Brinkmann on February 05, 2019 in Firefox – 24 commentsMozilla plans to launch cryptomining and fingerprinting protection in Firefox 67 to improve user privacy.Cryptomining and fingerprinting protection block JavaScript cryptominers and certain attempts by websites to fingerprint the user.The organization revealed in 2018 that it had plans to improve privacy in Firefox. Mozilla added content blocking options to Firefox 63 — an update of the browser’s tracking protection functionality — and that it wanted to add more protective features to future versions of Firefox.If things go as planned, Firefox 67 will feature options to block JavaScript cryptominers and certain fingerprinting attempts.Cryptominers use the resources of the connecting device to mine cryptocurrency; this leads to an increase in CPU activity and power consumption. Depending on how the miner is configured, it may slow down the entire system and all operations on it as well.Fingerprinting protection is not a new feature. Fingerprinting refers to techniques to create user profiles for tracking using information provided by the connecting browser and device, and certain scripts if permitted to run. Mozilla introduced a preference to block some fingerprinting methods in Firefox 41.First signs of an integration in Firefox’s main user interface showed up in May 2018. Mozilla showcased extensions to the content blocking functionality back then that included options to block analytics, fingerprinting, crypto-mining, and social tracking.Only two of those, fingerprinting and cryptomining protections, will find their way into Firefox 67. The options are displayed when users click on the site information icon next to the site URL, and when they launch the privacy options in the Firefox settings.Select custom on the settings page under content blocking to display the new options. It is not clear yet if these options will be enabled by default or if users need to enable them manually in Firefox 57.Just check cryptominers and fingerprinters there to block these on all sites. You may still add exceptions if you want some sites to use the functionality. It is possible that the blocking may block some site functionality from executing correctly.Firefox 67’s release date is May 14, 2019.Closing WordsThe introduction of additional protective features is a long overdue step considering Mozilla’s stance in regards to privacy. It remains to be seen if the options are enabled by default or turned off; it would not be of much use to the bulk of users if the latter is the case.Mozilla is still facing quite the dilemma when it comes to user privacy and content blocking: adding full content blocking options to Firefox would set it apart from Google Chrome. It would improve user privacy, speed up the loading of sites, and be beneficial to security as well. Mozilla’s survival depends on its deals with search engine companies, on the other hand. It is doubtful that Google and others would pay Mozilla a premium for being the default search engine if the Firefox browser would block advertisement by default.Now You: What should Mozilla do in your opinion in regards to content blocking and privacy? (via Sören)SummaryArticle NameFirefox 67: Cryptomining and Fingerprinting protectionDescriptionMozilla plans to launch cryptomining and fingerprinting protection in Firefox 67 to improve user privacy.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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