New Delhi: A court here on Friday extended, till Monday, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s CBI custody in the INX media case. Additional Solicitor General K.M. Natrajan, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation, sought five more days custody of Chidambaram, whose present remand ended on Friday, saying that extensive interrogation of the accused was conducted and he was confronted with documents and witnesses but further time was required to continue the investigation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Chidambaram’s counsel opposed the remand application but both sides were apprised that if the remand order is challenged in the apex court, it would only be taken up there on Monday. In view of the submissions, the judge extended Chidambaram’s CBI custody till Monday. The CBI had, in 2017, registered a case alleging financial irregularities, to the tune of Rs 305 crore, in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media in 2007 when Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. Following the FIR filed by the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case of money laundering against him.
HALIFAX — Five men with prostate cancer sit in a tight circle, speaking of the sadness that overcame them when treatments led to impotency, a lack of bladder control and bouts of anxiety.They’re sharing their experiences at the end of an innovative 28-day program that has dealt with some very sensitive issues.“I was depressed before … and this program brought me out of it,” Dane Berringer says during a recent gathering at Dalhousie University in Halifax.The new Patient Empowerment Program (PEP) is part of a broader effort by the health system to help the roughly 23,000 men diagnosed annually with prostate cancer.Developed by Dalhousie University researcher Gabriela Ilie and radiation oncologist Dr. Rob Rutledge, the program includes, among other things, pelvic exercises to reduce incontinence and counselling that teaches men how intimacy goes deeper than sex.While surgery, radiation and hormone treatments can lead to a cure, those treatments can leave wounds.For Berringer, the surgery caused nerve damage near his prostate, a walnut-sized gland above the genitals. The injury has limited the 60-year-old educator’s ability to have erections — a common side effect that often leads to feelings of guilt, loss and inadequacy.However, time spent with his wife in couples’ therapy has helped him accept “there’s more to life than penetrational sex.”When men lose sexual and urinary functions, many are left to cope on their own, according to Prostate Cancer Canada.“There is currently an unmet need in our health care system to identify and understand sexuality issues related to prostate cancer … both for heterosexual men and the LGBTQ community,” Stuart Edmonds, director of research at the non-profit group, said an email.Rutledge, who practises at the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre in Halifax, says it’s a “silent epidemic.”He says too many men turn inward and develop mental illnesses related to their distress.A recent survey of more that 400 prostate cancer patients in the Maritimes found 19 per cent suffered from depression and anxiety. Over 70 per cent reported challenges with sex and intimacy.Ilie says many men associate intercourse with how they connect to their partners. When impotency sets in, they lose “a navigation system.”“Men aren’t like women,” says Ilie. “They don’t go outward and seek advice. They go inward … It becomes crucial therefore to find tools that … bring their feelings to the surface.”Aside from couples counselling, the PEP program also teaches men how to find alternative forms of intimacy.“There’s 65 different ways they can connect (with their partners),” says Rutledge. “Go on a date with your partners, plan something. … Ask for a hug sometimes.”As well, a buddy system encourages the men in the group to keep in touch on a weekly basis.Mel Bartlett, 61, says daily exercises and better eating habits helped him lose ten pounds, and special pelvic exercises helped end urinary incontinence.“My prostate cancer is gone, but I’m not cured of the consequences … and the treatment of it,” says the retired actuary.“What this has done has treated the patient wholistically. It’s tied all the pieces together.”Meditation is also part of the program.When the men gathered at the beginning and end of the program, they were given small monitors to measure their progress in learning to quiet their minds.Ross MacDonald, a pastor at Grace Chapel, says the program has helped him cope with the emotional pain that comes with erectile dysfunction and the “hot flashes” caused by hormone therapy.“There’s a grieving that comes in terms of losing that aspect of our relationship,” he says.“(However), the fact that I’m exercising, I’m eating well, I’m meditating and practising quiet … It’s all been very helpful for me, but I know the depression is there.”Preliminary results from PEP program have been encouraging.After four weeks, the average weight and blood pressure readings for the men went down. Strength levels — measured by hand grips — “significantly improved,” Ilie says.“On average, our men reported fewer concerns about feeling a burden to others, feeling alone, having relationship difficulties, feeling sad (and) feeling angry.”Concerns about intimacy and bodily changes caused by medication were also reduced.The key to the program, says Berringer, is the close contact of the group.“If you just say, ‘Here’s an exercise system, go do it,’ you won’t recreate this,” he says. “The human aspect is what they’re seeing here.”— Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement For over 165 years, Kiehl’s has always focused its efforts on the betterment of local communities by targeting philanthropic endeavors on the needs and concerns of its citizens. Over Kiehl’s long history of charitable giving, the company has supported three key causes: children’s wellbeing, environmental issues, and HIV/AIDS research. Since 2006, Kiehl’s has raised over $2.5M for children’s causes worldwide.Maintaining our mission of giving back to the community, Kiehl’s launched in 2014 charitable programs to help organizations across Canada helping children and youth.In 2017, Kiehl’s is happy to be working with Grammy nominated singers, musicians and songwriters Tegan and Sara. Tegan and Sara began their career at a very young age and received the many awards including Group of the year at The 2014 JUNO Awards.Through this year’s program, Kiehl’s will be supporting the Tegan and Sara foundation.Created in 2016, the Tegan and Sara Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQ women and girls around the world. The foundation’s initial focus will be on improving economic opportunity, access to health services, and media representation for LGBTQ women.Theory of Change: We activate and unite influencers, fans and service providers to break down the cultural and institutional barriers that keep lesbian and queer women down, recognizing we are stronger together.Program Areas: Our initial work addresses economics, representation and health – three areas where LGBTQ girls and women face the biggest challenges.On the importance of the partnership, Tegan and Sara explain their long term relationship with the brand, “We have been enjoying using Kiehl’s products personally for over a decade, so it is with great excitement that we announce our partnership between The Tegan and Sara Foundation and Kiehl’s Canada. We created the Tegan and Sara Foundation to support LGBTQ. We want to ensure that girls and women live an empowered life, have equal opportunity, and the tools to succeed based on their gender and orientation. We have worked closely with Kiehl’s to design this national program, and we look forward to sharing ‘Kiehl’s Pride with Tegan and Sara.’” Tegan Quin and Sara Quin“We want to help support counseling and mentorship services for LGBTQ youth with the Tegan and Sara foundation ; it was a natural mix for Kiehl’s to give back to the community and help youth feel more comfortable in their skin,” says Alexandre Ratté, General Manager at Kiehl’s Canada “Staying true to our longstanding mission of supporting local initiatives, Kiehl’s and the Tegan and Sara Foundation will help ensure the LGBTQ girls and women have a happy upbringing, thanks to the power of music.”Customers and fans across the country are invited to participate in the Tegan and Sara Foundation partnership through the following initiatives:Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cleansers: a limited edition of the customer favourites; Ultra Facial Cleanser and the Oil Free Ultra Facial Cleanser featuring an original illustration by Tegan and Sara on the label will be available at Kiehl’s stores nationwide in January, with 100% of net profits donated to the Tegan and Sara foundation*Performance: Throughout the winter, Kiehl’s will host a secret performance with Tegan and Sara in Canada. Customers and fans will be invited to visit Kiehl’s stores to participate in an exclusive contest throughout the month of January. Then, winners will be surprised with an exclusive invitation to the special event. This unique experience is our way of giving back to those who help us support the Tegan and Sara foundation.*Through this campaign, our objective is to raise $50,000 for the Tegan and Sara foundation in Canada. Facebook
Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN NewsIt’s an important day in the Northwest Territories for politics.For the first time in three decades, there will be a new Dene national chief elected on Wednesday.APTN reporter Charlotte Morritt-Jacobs is in West Point First Nation for the 48th annual Dene National Assembly.email@example.com
WASHINGTON – To hear Chrystia Freeland tell it, NAFTA and steel are like apples and oranges.Canada’s foreign minister is in Washington this week to avert an economic storm that could see Canada sideswiped by crippling U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum — if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest threat not to extend an exemption for Canada and Mexico which is due to expire Friday.That is on top of the around-the-clock effort by Canada, the United States and Mexico to get a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement — in time for the current iteration of the U.S. Congress, and ahead of what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Freeland emerged Tuesday from a meeting with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer with the threat of both problems still hovering in the oppressive Washington humidity.She insisted the steel issue remains separate from the renegotiation of NAFTA, a deal that Trump has repeatedly blasted and threatened to rip up.“Canada has said from the outset, this is in our view entirely separate from the NAFTA negotiation,” she said after her two-hour, face-to-face meeting inside the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the site of intensive NAFTA talks over the last several weeks.American trade analysts say there’s an obvious connection, but Freeland may be downplaying it in an attempt to bargain effectively.“Everything in Trump world is linked, ultimately,” Eric Miller of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said in an interview Tuesday.“In that context Minister Freeland is making a big push for aluminum and steel exemptions,” he added.“The Trump administration could well say we feel we have made enough progress on NAFTA in order to give an exemption to Canada and Mexico.”If Trump follows through with the tariff threat, then it will have been in Freeland’s interest to separate steel from NAFTA to increase the ability to move forward with an agreement on the continental pact later, said Miller.Freeland and Lighthizer continued their discussion later in the day by telephone, and she planned to return to Ottawa on Wednesday morning.Dan Ujczo, an American trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, said the main focus on Freeland’s trip has to be securing the steel and aluminum exemption by Friday because NAFTA’s not getting through Congress this year anyway.Many people inside the Washington beltway are betting on Trump offering up a 30-day extension to the exemption, following a past pattern of threats and then, extension. But Ujczo said betting on that this time would be folly.He said Trump has to follow through, otherwise his broader trade agenda with China might suffer.“That leverage from the tariffs only works if you actually demonstrate a willingness to pull the trigger,” he said Tuesday.“The president is deploying that strategy with China. I believe that he may do the same with North America and Europe unless they come to the table with an offer.”In the past, Freeland has said Canada wouldn’t take NAFTA’s demise lightly, and she warned Tuesday that there will be consequences as well if Canada loses its steel and aluminum exemption.“Our government always is very ready and very prepared to respond appropriately to every action. We are always prepared and ready to defend our workers and our industry,” she said.“Canadian steel workers should absolutely know that the government of Canada has their back … We are very clear in making the point, which I think frankly is common sense, that in no way could Canadian steel and aluminum pose a national security threat to the United States.”Mexico was not at Tuesday’s meeting.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been talking by phone with Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in recent days, despite dwindling hope of reaching a deal on updating NAFTA.Trudeau telephoned U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday to discuss the continental trade agreement and the potential steel and aluminum tariffs, but the Prime Minister’s Office offered no additional details of the call.The rules surrounding autos remain a major NAFTA sticking point, which has left stakeholders and observers alike skeptical that Freeland will be able to accomplish anything substantial during her visit.Freeland said that was a major topic of the conversation with Lighthizer, and remains key to cracking a complex negotiation.“There is definitely a path forward and we are making progress,” Freeland said.“The intense engagements we had both at the ministerial and official level for the past several weeks is evidence of how hard everyone is working on this.”
Kolkata: Howrah City Police have nabbed seven persons and seized many weapons on Monday night from two separate places.Two cases have been initiated at the Nischinda police station and Chatterjeehat police station in this regard. According to the police, on Tuesday night sleuths from Nischinda police station got a tip-off about a few persons, who were seen roaming suspiciously in the area. The police approached them, these persons tried to escape from the area on a yellow taxi and a private car. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBut, before they could give a slip to the police, sleuths surrounded them. All of them were immediately detained. During frisking of their vehicles, police found like one sword, bamboo sticks, one dagger, one country-made shooter firearm and two live ammunition mark 8 mm. All six of them immediately arrested under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity), 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity), and 25 (possessing of fire arms) and 27 of the Arms Act (punishment for using arms). Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIn another case on Monday, sleuths from Chatterjeehat police station arrested a person identified as Saniar Hossain Khan alias Lalu from Dumurjala Ring Road area and seized one firearm loaded with one round of live ammunition. It is suspected that he might have been targeting someone over some issues. He has been booked under IPC sections of 25(i)(a) Arms Act (manufactures, sells, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale any arms or ammunition) and 27 Arms Act (punishment for using arms).
Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort blocks a defender during a game against Penn State at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior quarterback Braxton Miller and senior running back Carlos Hyde were the offensive stars for Ohio State (8-0, 4-0) once again in the Buckeyes’ 63-14 win against Penn State (4-3, 1-2). However, five players who, on paper, appear to have made less of a dent in the win, also played a crucial role in OSU’s 686-yard offensive performance against the Nittany Lions. So well, in fact, that even a former Buckeye was impressed.Miller (252 passing yards, 68 rushing yards) and Hyde (147 rushing yards) accounted for 467 yards, or 68.1 percent, of OSU’s total offense in the victory.But in order to achieve that success, they needed effective blocking from the offensive line.The starting five offensive linemen — redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort, senior left guard Andrew Norwell, redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley, redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall and sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker — were praised by their coaches and teammates following Saturday’s win.“I see an offensive line that’s one of the best in the country,” coach Urban Meyer said during a post-game press conference. “I’ll take my offensive line anywhere. Those guys are playing very well.”That offensive line led an effort that amassed 32 first downs, averaged 8.9 yard gains per offensive play and converted seven of 10 third downs.“Offensive line did a hell of a job,” Miller said of the unit’s performance Saturday.Miller said the offensive line was “aggressive throughout the week of practice,” and offensive line coach Ed Warinner said the way OSU’s offensive linemen have practiced has led to their success this season.“When you practice the same way — high level — your fundamentals get better, your technique, your understanding and just the whole cohesiveness up front,” Warinner said.Through its first eight games, the OSU offense ranks eighth in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total offense with an average of 517.3 yards per game and fifth nationally with a average 47.3 points scored per game.That offensive success has been a team effort, Warinner said.“(The offense) has the ability to horizontally stretch the field in the run game, and we do it in the pass game, and then vertically stretch you and so we’re putting defenses in a bind,” Warinner said. “They don’t know exactly where to try to load their defense. When you have good players at a lot of positions playing at a high level, which we do right now at receiver, quarterback, running back, O-line, tight end … we can be explosive. We are an explosive outfit right now.”The OSU rushing offense ranks ninth nationally with an average of 295.6 rushing yards per game. Miller said the offensive line’s ability to block on the perimeter has played a key role in OSU’s success running the ball, much like Hall did on a Miller scramble early in the game where he leveled a Penn State defender.“Getting guys the ball on the outside frees up the inside,” Miller said.Warinner said OSU’s success as a rushing offense has been a “credit to a lot of people.”“Running the football is important to us as a program, as a team,” Warinner said. “So that makes it important to the running backs, the O-line and all perimeter guys as well. And then we have the ability to run the ball outside as well as inside and we’re throwing the ball well so we’re just keeping people off-balance.”Norwell said the offensive linemen have “great chemistry” with one another.“We’re all on the same page,” Norwell said. “Coach Meyer knows how many reps we need to get in practice, and we just went hard every play.”One reason for that chemistry might be the experience the offensive linemen have with playing with one another. Mewhort and Norwell are both third-year starters on the offensive line. Hall came into the season with 18 career starts, while Linsley is also a second-year starter.Warinner said he thinks the experience of the offensive line has helped that unit play as well as they have this season.“That it’s helped us a lot, because we can lean on those guys when we need to and they can be productive when they need to,” Warinner said.Warinner said Decker, the only new starter on the offensive line, has fit in well.“His talent level is really high,” Warinner said. “Experience and confidence were the two things he lacked. Now that he’s played eight games and played well these last three or four games, his confidence level is high along with talent level.”Mewhort, Norwell, Linsley, Hall and Decker have each started all eight games for the Buckeyes this season, but with the result of Saturday’s game well in hand by the middle of the third quarter, OSU was able to get playing time for many of its backups, including the offensive line. Warinner said there were 11 offensive linemen in total who received playing time for the OSU offense Saturday.Current OSU coaches and players are not the only Buckeyes impressed by the play of OSU’s offensive line this season. Orlando Pace, who played left tackle at OSU from 1994-96 and was honored on the field during Saturday’s game for being selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, said the OSU offensive line plays “really well together as a unit.”“Those guys, they do a great job in protecting Braxton, and they run the ball well,” Pace said at halftime Saturday.Pace said he expects Mewhort to follow in his footsteps from being an OSU left tackle to playing in the NFL, in which Pace played for 13 seasons.“You’re definitely going to see him play on Sundays,” Pace said. “He moves well, footwork and hand placement and all those things, I think he’ll be fine.”OSU will be looking for another impressive effort from its offensive line when it plays Purdue (1-6, 0-3) Saturday at noon in West Lafayette, Ind.
It’s not quite a Retina Display, but at 1920×1200 pixels the Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes pretty close to the pixel density of the new iPad. It’s also up for pre-order for about $50 less.Under the hood of the A700 you’ll find a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC and 1GB of RAM powering Acer’s ever-so-slightly-tweaked version of Ice Cream Sandwich. 32GB of internal storage comes standard, and that HD-friendly display gets paired with 5.1 channel Dolby Mobile 3 audio. There’s also an HDMI output so that you can easily watch on a bigger screen.Need more room for your HD content? No worries. Acer’s also included a microSD expansion slot that can handle cards up to 64GB.The A700 features a pair of cameras — 5MP on the back and 1MP on the front — as well as 802.11 b/g/n/ Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR support. A 9800mAh battery pack provides enough juice to watch around 10 hours of HD video. Apart from coming very close to the iPad’s PPI, the A700 also nearly matches in thinness and weight, at just under 1.5 pounds and 10.9mm thick.Acer includes a handful of apps to give you a productivity boost right out of the box. In addition to Polaris Office 3.5, you’ll also find geek favorite Evernote preinstalled. Acer Print is also on board, providing hassle-free printing to almost 90% of the printers on the market (according to Acer).You can plunk down your $449.99 right now if you’d like to pre-order the Iconia Tab A700, and you can choose either silver or black.More at Engadget
Facebook met un point d’honneur à CameraLors d’une mise à jour, Facebook a décidé de remplacer le nom de son application Camera par Camera•.L’application Facebook, Camera change de nom et devient Camera•. Lors de la mise à jour vers la version 1.0.2, la firme a en effet décidé, certainement pour se distinguer d’autres applications, d’ajouter un point dans le nom de son application. Par ailleurs, elle offre une meilleure fiabilité pour le chargement de photo dans les albums ainsi que de meilleures performances et l’apparition d’une rubrique d’aide.Après le rachat pour un milliard de dollars de l’application d’Instagram, Facebook avait dévoilé sa propre application photo. L’application, réservée aux terminaux iOS, avait plutôt étonné, car elle ressemblait en beaucoup de points à Instagram. Facebook avait alors expliqué que le développement de Camera• était antérieur au rachat.Le 13 juin 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambert
The English Premier League manager wants his team to get out of the 11th position and start climbing in the 2018-2019 seasonEverton Football Club is currently sitting in the 11th position with 12 points.The club has been able to beat three English Premier League rivals while drawing with other three and losing twice.And its manager Marco Silva believes his team can do more, although he also admitted being enjoying time at the club.“Am I enjoying it? Of course. I am really happy. Believe me!” he told The Liverpool Echo.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Normally I can adapt fast and easy to the position wherever I am. But I am really happy, here. I know what I want, I know what the club wants but I don’t like to lose my focus if we win 3-0 or if the result wasn’t the best.”“It’s not easy to see big differences between the two. It’s my way and the players know that as well,” he added.“Inside Finch Farm, I am a little bit different with them. In some moments they can see a little bit more from the coach.”“I am happier with them sometimes, but I am really enjoying it here at the club,” he concluded.
Recommended for you Long Bay High taking 180 students, will be ready says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 04 Jan 2015 – It is back to school, back to work for thousands this morning in a brand new year as we transitioned from 2015 to 2016 over the weekend. While most will feel the excitement of newness despite heading back to their same physical environments, it will be different for at least 200 students and the faculty and staff of the new Long Bay High School. The institution, which represents a new era in education says Education officials, will receive its first formers at the school as the phase one roll out of LBHS begins. This morning students were picked up across the island from the various bus locations to support the children coming from Blue Hills, Five Cays, Glass Shack, The Bight, Chalk Sound, Kew Town and other eastern communities for an 8 am arrival at school. Principal of the school is former Education Minister, Dr Carlton Mills and so anticipation and expectations are high. During a ribbon cutting ceremony in November, Minister of Education and Deputy Premier Hon. Akierra Misick led her ministerial colleagues in breaking ground on the construction of phase two which was won by Jamalco; the contractor who designed and built the phase one of the LBHS. Long Bay High School launches as a first form only high school today, but will eventually be a full high school – going from form one to five by 2017. Premier to Open New Salt Cay Clinic Related Items:long bay hills high school, open Cabinet ‘ok’ with spending on upgrades and capital works Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Federal Bureau of Investigation AGENCY Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and falsifying campaign finance records *The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. Updated: 10:22 PM FacebookTwitter 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 (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal charges that they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from groceries to golf trips and lied about it in federal filings, prosecutors said.Hunter, a Republican, and his wife Margaret Hunter were named in a 48-page indictment filed in San Diego federal court.The indictment alleges the money was taken between 2009 and 2016. It says the couple concealed the misuse by falsifying campaign finance records, claiming the expenses as campaign-related.FILE – In this April 7, 2011 file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)“Throughout the relevant period, the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned,” the indictment said. “They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a 7-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 in ‘overdraft’ and ‘insufficient funds’ bank fees.”Asked for comment about the indictment, a representative for Hunter sent an Aug. 6 letter from Hunter’s attorney, Gregory A. Vega, to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein asking him to postpone the indictment.Vega contended that there was a “rush to indict” after a two-year grand jury investigation.There was “politically motivated” pressure to wrap up the investigation in order to tarnish Hunter before the general election after he handily won a June primary, Vega contended.Hunter, 41, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, won a fifth term in 2016 representing a heavily Republican San Diego-area district. His father represented the area for many years in Congress.The House Ethics panel had investigated allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter’s children.The panel said in March that it was delaying the inquiry at the request of the Justice Department.His lawyers said in 2017 that Hunter and his wife repaid the campaign about $60,000.Hunter’s office said at the time that one of the charges he repaid was a $600 fee for flying a pet bunny with his family. There was no intent to stick donors with the cost, Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said at the time. The congressman used airline miles to pay for his family’s travel and there was an assumption that bringing along the rabbit would not incur an extra charge, Kasper told The Associated Press.When Hunter found out his campaign had paid for the rabbit’s transport, he paid back the money as part of more than $60,000 in other questionable charges, Kasper said.Kasper pointed to the rabbit expense as an example of overreach by the congressional ethics office.FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers the House oath to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., as his wife, Margaret, looks on during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)_____________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s campaign and his Attorney have issued the following statement in response to the indictments:Prosecutors in Hunter case attended Hillary Clinton fundraiser prior to pushing for prosecution of first Rep. to endorse TrumpThe U.S. Department of Justice has been requested to recuse two Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the investigation of US Rep Duncan L. Hunter. The request was made in a letter to Brian A. Benezkowski, Assistant Attorney General.The request was made by Gregory A. Vega, the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of California, a Democrat.“I do not write this letter lightly, states Mr. Vega, who then goes on to detail the attendance at then candidate Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign in La Jolla, California by First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily W. Allen.“Questions must be asked, including why were they in attendance having not made contributions, why were they at the event during work hours and did not take annual leave to attend? Even if there are benign explanations, it is only logical to conclude that they attended primarily because they wanted to be at an intimate event with candidate Clinton, show their support for her candidacy and have an opportunity to meet her”, stated Vega, noting that the event required $1000.00 contributions and that the two prosecutors were accorded VIP treatment in having pictures taken with candidate Clinton, which required $2700.00 contributions.“Their subsequent conduct calls into question the impartiality of the investigation of Congressman Hunter and at a minimum creates the appearance of a conflict of interest”, continues Vega.The fund-raiser occurred August 27, 2015 in San Diego, Ca. according to Mr. Vega who states further, “Within months of the fund-raiser, on February 24, 2016, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter became the first sitting member of Congress to publicly endorse the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for President. The investigation of Congressman Hunter by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California began shortly after his public endorsement of candidate Trump. Even more troubling than an investigation having begun is the fact that within weeks of Alana Robinson becoming the Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of California on January 5, 2017, and one month after President Trump’s inauguration, federal search warrants were executed on Congressman Hunter’s home, Congressional office, storage locker and the offices of his campaign treasurer during the week of February 22, 2017. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen and Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson were intimately involved in the decision to seek the execution of the search warrants.”Vega continues:“The United States Attorney’s Manual provides that when a United States Attorney becomes aware of an actual or apparent conflict of interest that could require a recusal and the “CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS OR THERE IS AN APPEARANCE OF A LOSS OF IMPARTIALITY’, the United States Attorney must notify the General Counsel of the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys. USAM 3-1.140.”“Here the appearance of the loss of impartiality cannot be clearer”, Vega states.“The former Acting U.S. Attorney and the Assistant U.S. Attorney actively investigating Congressman Hunter both attended a fundraiser for candidate Clinton during working hours and shortly thereafter were involved in initiating an investigation of the first Congressman to endorse candidate Trump. These facts alone warrant recusal”, continued Vega, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of CaliforniaVega continues, warning that a late indictment of Hunter which is being pushed by Robinson and Allen with only 3 months to go before the election and almost two years since they seized his records “reflects a loss of impartiality and appears to be an effort to de-rail Congressman Hunter’s re-election in the November 6, 2018 election.”To date, no recusals have taken place.________________________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s Attorney letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can be read here.The official press release from Office of the United States Attorney Southern District of California details the charges and can be read below.U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret E. Hunter, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that they converted more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filed false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission.A 48-page indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford. The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theater tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives. The Hunters also spent tens of thousands of dollars on smaller purchases, including fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities and expensive meals.To conceal their personal spending, the Hunters mischaracterized the purchases in FEC filings as “campaign travel,” “dinner with volunteers/contributors,” “toy drives,” “teacher/parent and supporter events,” “gift cards” for charitable donations, and “gift basket items,” among other false descriptions. Family dental bills paid with campaign funds were characterized as a charitable contribution to “Smiles for Life.” Theater tickets were mischaracterized as “holiday gift certificates.” Tickets for the family to see Riverdance at the San Diego Civic Theater became “San Diego Civic Center for Republican Women Federated/Fundraising.” And to disguise their children’s tuition payments to Christian Unified Schools in El Cajon, the Hunters provided a number of conflicting explanations, including that the payments were charitable contributions.The Hunters’ improper use of campaign funds for personal expenses occurred despite numerous warnings about the prohibition against using campaign funds for personal expenses and repeated inquiries from Duncan Hunter’s campaign treasurer about questionable purchases. According to the indictment, the Hunters knew that many of their desired purchases could be made only by using campaign funds, since they did not otherwise have sufficient personal funds to pay for their purchases. The criminal investigation began in June of 2016, two months after the Federal Election Commission and the San Diego Union-Tribune questioned some of Hunter’s campaign expenses as potentially personal.“The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “Elected representatives should jealously guard the public’s trust, not abuse their positions for personal gain. Today’s indictment is a reminder that no one is above the law.”The Hunters are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. They are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States, Wire Fraud, Falsification of Records and Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions.This case was investigated by the San Diego Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Phillip Halpern, Emily Allen and Mark Conover. The United States Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, Election Crimes Branch for their assistance in this matter.DEFENDANTS Case Number 18cr3677 Duncan D. Hunter Age: 41 Alpine, CAMargaret E. Hunter Age: 43 Alpine, CA AP August 21, 2018 Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 371Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1343Falsification of Records – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1519Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions – Title 52 U.S.C., Secs. 30109(d) and 30114(b)Aiding and Abetting – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 2 AP, SUMMARY OF CHARGES Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter Posted: August 21, 2018
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowRep. Eastman becomes first Alaska House member to be censuredAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauRepresentative David Eastman became the first member of the Alaska House to be censured on Wednesday.Murkowski, Sullivan diverge in statements on Comey firingLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Murkowski sees “serious cause for concern” in timing of President Trump’s dismissal of the FBI director. Sullivan sees “questions” there, and in the conduct of the Obama White House.Verdict looms in Sockeye Fire trialCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageA half-dozen jurors are set to decide whether an Anchorage couple started a costly Willow wildfire in 2015, known as the Sockeye Fire.Walker tells Assembly he expects revenues in fiscal planZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageDuring a short trip to Anchorage, the governor used a brief window to tell the body he’s optimistic lawmaker’s will deliver a fiscal plan this session.Return to sender: Juneau pot business blocked from mailing tax paymentsJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauAlaska tax officials have set up a system to tax licensed marijuana businesses. Due to Alaska’s geography actually getting the revenue to the state isn’t always easy.Arctic representatives kick off Arctic Conference in FairbanksRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageSecretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to Fairbanks today, accompanied by both of Alaska’s U.S. Senators. Tillerson is preparing to meet with his counterparts from seven other Arctic nations tomorrow morning. That’s when the U.S. will formally hand over the two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Council to Finland.After high-level Arctic talks, the party moves to AnchorageZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs delegates, dignitaries, and stakeholders wind-down high level council meetings, the Anchorage Museum is hosting North By North, a first-time festival focused on issues specific to the Circumpolar North.Experts outline benefits of boosting Arctic broadband; but some cite cultural ‘concern’Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksParticipants in the Arctic Broadband Forum held this week at the University of Alaska Fairbanks got an update on the progress of a project that promises to bring high-speed internet to remote northern Alaskan communities.Ask a Climatologist: Alaska wins the daylight prizeAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska is once again the land of the midnight sun. If you live in Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow), the sun won’t set again until August 2.
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Stay on target Apple’s iMac is a fantastic all-in-one computer, but there’s always room for improvement. One particular feature that the company seems keen on tweaking is its sound system.Like most all-in-ones (and TVs, for that matter) on the market, the iMac doesn’t pack an especially large amount low-end thump. Based on a new patent that was granted yesterday, Apple has a pretty good idea how to go about changing that.They’re looking at packing a subwoofer into future iMac models. It’s pretty clear that such a tweak would bring a more full-bodied audio experience. That’s not the only motivation Apple has for cranking up the bass, however. The sub would do double duty as a cooling device.AdChoices广告If you’ve ever placed your hand near the port on a subwoofer cabinet then you’re well aware that pounding bass can move a good amount of air. Apple plans to stick the sub near the iMac’s internal power supply and direct the air it moves over those heat-producing components.There’s more to it, naturally. The patent also talks about embedded control circuitry that could “supply inaudible signals to the speaker that enhance airflow.” Those signals, it notes, would be triggered by current temperatures or even predictions about pending spikes.Apple’s speaker-driven cooling system could also reduce the overall amount of noise the iMac produces. Cooling fans are a bit of a nuisance, what with all the whirring and humming. A subwoofer, on the other hand, could move air by pumping out sub-audible frequencies.As for when you’ll see an iMac with built-in subs, that’s anybody’s guess at this point. The patent application was submitted way back in 2014, so Apple could be on the verge of making this a reality. Then again… Apple has a ton of patents in their portfolio that have never found their way into retail products.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Apple Brings Contactless Student IDs to More UniversitiesCelebrate World Emoji Day With Diverse New Characters
People with supportive spouses may experience more personal growth, happiness, psychological well-being, and better relationships, a study suggests. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US found that people with supportive spouses were more likely to take on potentially rewarding challenges. “We found support for the idea that the choices people make at these specific decision points — such as pursuing a work opportunity or seeking out new friends — matter a lot for their long-term well-being,” said Brooke Feeney, lead author of the study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe researchers brought 163 married couples into the lab and gave one member of each couple a choice: either solve a simple puzzle, or they were given an opportunity to compete for a prize by giving a speech. They then recorded the couples’ interactions as they decided whether to take on the challenge.Participants with more encouraging partners were substantially more likely to decide to compete for the prize, while those with partners who discouraged them or expressed a lack of confidence more often chose the simple puzzle.
Two others, a 19 and a 29-year-old, were taken into custody by Cancun police when they were discovered in Colonia Los García in Supermanzana 225 with 57 doses of cocaine and crack, while, in that same community, another alleged drug dealer was captured with 96 doses of cocaine, crack and marijuana. Cancun, Q.R. — A series of Cancun surveillance operations over the weekend has resulted in seven being arrested and more than 260 bags of drugs being removed from streets. The 16-year-old was found carrying 13 bags of marijuana in the Los García neighborhood in Supermanzana 225. A second arrest also involved a Colombian man, 35, who was found circulating with a bag of marijuana from a motorcycle on Paseos Kabah. Members of the Quintana Roo Police force made the arrests in different parts of the city through neighborhood surveillance operations. The seven were taken into custody in five different incidences. One of the detained was a 16-year-old minor of Colombian origin. Several others were arrested when police found two alleged drug dealers carrying 96 doses of varying drugs that included cocaine, crack, crystal and mota along the Cancun-Playa del Carmen highway. In total, Cancun police arrested seven and seized 263 bags of drugs. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Wyndham introduces Ramada Encore brand to New ZealandWyndham Hotel Group today announced the introduction of a new brand – Ramada ENCORE – to New Zealand, reflecting the hospitality giant’s intent to broaden its portfolio in the country.The soon-to-be Ramada ENCORE Christchurch Colombo Street is being developed under a franchise agreement with Lepdon Holdings and is slated to be completed in late 2017. Once finished, it will bring Wyndham’s portfolio in New Zealand to nine hotels and resorts spanning 446 rooms.Located in the Christchurch CBD, the $15 million development is ideally located near heritage attractions, the historic Canterbury Museum and the Arts Centre. Tourism hot spots like the Cardboard Cathedral, Re:START (the temporary shopping mall built from shipping containers), the Town Hall, funky restaurants and bars are all within walking distance.Christchurch is the nation’s heritage heart and the gateway to the South Island. A range of unforgettable experiences are available inside a two-hour drive, including hiking, mountain bike riding, rafting, surfing, golfing, bungee jumping, skiing and whale, dolphin and seal watching.The city’s tourism revenue grew five per cent to NZD $2.2 billion in the year ending January 2017 and the result made Christchurch the nation’s second largest tourism market, even ahead of booming Queenstown.Wyndham Hotel Group South East Asia and Pacific Rim President and Managing Director, Barry Robinson, said this development signifies the company’s desire to have a diverse presence in all New Zealand’s major cities.“Wyndham Hotel Group has achieved outstanding portfolio growth in New Zealand in the past two years, going from five hotels and resorts to nine existing or planned properties, with more on the way,” he said.“Ramada ENCORE is a unique brand, different from any other lifestyle brand in New Zealand. It appeals to international and savvy domestic travellers alike through its modern features such as vibrant social spaces, contemporary bathrooms, wooden floors and bright colours. Ramada ENCORE will be the perfect fit for this trendy part of the city.”The hotel’s facilities include meeting rooms, a gym and a restaurant. Managing Director of franchisee Lepdon Holdings, Erin Hindmarsh, said the hotel will have a positive impact on Christchurch, including the employment of at least 12 staff once operational.“This will be a significant development for Christchurch that will not just benefit travellers, but also those working in the food and beverage industry,” she said.“This announcement today – and the involvement of a global hospitality giant like Wyndham – is a sign of confidence in the long-term future of tourism in Christchurch.”Throughout South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, Wyndham Hotel Group currently has more than 100 hotels operating under its Ramada, Ramada ENCORE, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Wyndham Garden®, Days Inn®, TRYP by Wyndham® and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® brands. Wyndham Hotel GroupSource = Wyndham
Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) India Chapter recently concluded its 4th Update & Outlook Meeting with the Ministry of Tourism for its members. Held at The Claridges, New Delhi, the meeting was addressed by Vinod Zutshi, Secretary and Suman Billa, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism.Zutshi provided an exhaustive update on the progressive strides made by the Ministry to build on FTAs to India. FTAs in Q1 2016 were 10% higher than the previous year with forex earnings growing by 15.9% for the same period.As a game changer for Indian tourism, 300,000 Electronic Tourist Visas (eTVs) were issued in Q1 2016, much higher than the number last year. An average of 100,000 eTV arrivals is further expected every month. The eTV policy and procedure has undergone several reforms on an inter-ministerial platform. These include new dimensions which would cover eMedical Visa, increase in permissible stay from 30 to 60 days, eTV for MICE and eTV for Business Travellers.The events calendar for the current financial year that was shared with the membership was dotted with significant events related to tourism arrivals and infrastructure- the proposed Investor Summit in September, 2016 will be followed by the Buddhist Conclave in October. WTM will herald India as a Partner Country in 2016. 2017 will commence with The Global Travel Mart followed by the 1st DRV Convention in India and India will forge a partnership with ITB Berlin for 2018. A Visit India year might also be considered in the near future.
Expedia group, in association with CAPA India, the region’s aviation advisory, research and knowledge practice, developed the latest ‘The inflecion point for India outbound travel’ report. It reveals that India has a huge latent market for leisure travel owing to the burgeoning middle class, rising disposable incomes, higher need and awareness around travel being pushed by millennials.The findings also reveal that India contributes to only 4.8 million leisure outbound trips. However, it is expected that by 2025, India will account for 13.9 million leisure departures, leading to 19.4 million Indian visitor arrivals overseas, with a major contribution from tier-II and III cities.Some measures like introduction of more non-stop connecting flights, delivering value for money and simplifying the visa registration processes are a few key steps which can encourage the outbound leisure market to reach its true potential in India, shared Simon Fiquet, General Manager, Southeast Asia and India, Expedia said.The report suggests that India has a promising potential, as only 30% of the total departures from India account for leisure travelling, which stands too small as compared to a global average of 53%The research indicates that there is significant and rapidly rising interest in overseas holidays from India. Also, the market is far more diverse and includes sophisticated segments with an ability and willingness to spend than most destinations realise. Similarly, there will be large numbers of first time travellers entering the international holiday market every year.“India comprises multiple and varied markets. This points to the need for airlines, tourism boards and travel companies to invest much more in understanding the Indian travel landscape, and to pursue a more segmented approach to product development and marketing in order to grow volumes,” said Binit Somaia, Director, South Asia, CAPA – Center for Aviation.