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Geology: Another Catastrophic Rethink


first_imgAmphitheater-shaped canyons are common throughout the West – and even on Mars.  Geologists had them pretty well figured out.  Water seeps out the bottom of a wall, weakening the face of a cliff.  Gradually, material collapses and leaves a large alcove that continues to recede headward.  That idea is now questioned by a new theory that says catastrophic flooding produces these canyons suddenly.    Space.com has a summary of a paper published in Science this week that re-evaluated a classic case, Box Canyon in Idaho.  The new theory is that sudden flooding, perhaps from melting ice sheets to the north, released a torrent of water that cut the canyon at one time.  The article estimated the complete canyon, cut into solid basalt, was eroded in 35 to 160 days at most.  The flood theory explains unusual features, like scour marks on the walls and large boulders sitting out in the middle of nowhere, that were difficult to explain with the old theory.    An idea of the size of this “megaflood” was given in the article.  Michael Lamb, geomorphologist at UC Berkeley, said, “Imagine forcing a quarter of the flow in the Mississippi through a chute 32 times as narrow and 1,000 times as steep as the Mississippi River channel.”  800 to 2,800 metric tons of water could have blasted through the channel at 22 miles per hour.    Space.com reported this article because of its implications for Mars research.  If megafloods also formed the amphitheater-shaped canyons on the red planet, perhaps calm water did not exist for long periods – a blow for those hoping life would have time to exist.Another old-age paradigm has had to shift under new investigation.  These kinds of canyons are very common in the arid southwest, like in the Grand Canyon.  Where did the water come from in the desert?  In the aftermath of a worldwide flood, such phenomena would be expected, but not in a place where geologists feel huge seas of Sahara-like sand ruled for millions of years.    Access Research Network also reported on this paradigm-shifting theory.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Dear Nintendo: Give Me Super Mario On My iPhone Already


first_imgTags:#Android#iOS#mobile#Nintendo#video games Dear Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, I write to you not as a know-it-all tech analysis pontificator or even a hardcore gamer. I’m just a guy who spent his childhood Saturday afternoons hunting for 8-bit Warp Whistles and Tanooki Suits in Super Mario Bros 3 for Nintendo. And I have a simple idea. As you know, Nintendo hasn’t been doing so well lately. Your recently-revealed plans to bring smartphone-style apps to the Wii U represent a step in the right direction. If you want Nintendo to truly thrive in age of mobile computing, however, I’d suggest a willingness to go even further: bring Super Mario to my iPhone.That is to say, Nintendo should let casual gamers like me have the option of downloading old NES and Super Nintendo games to our iOS and Android devices. Mario. Zelda. Kirby. Metroid. Charge us a few bucks for them. We’ll pay. And you’ll have our undivided attention on the devices to which we’re already glued. Those of us who are semi-serious enough to consider buying stand-alone gaming consoles would be even more likely to do so. Just delight us. You see, competition for our collective attention span has never been more fierce. Now’s your chance to grab a chunk of it. The Wii Is 7, And Nintendo Is StrugglingOne year ago, your company posted its first-ever operating loss,  shedding $458 million due to lackluster hardware and game sales. Nintendo was fortunate enough to return to profitability this year, but sales of the new Wii U and 3DS consoles haven’t been nearly as high as anticipated. It’s a sharp contrast from 2006 when the first Wii launched. Much to my delight, my brother gave me one for Christmas only after hunting one down for weeks by going from store to store. Demand was huge and business was booming, you’ll recall. These days, finding a Wii U is easy. The problem is that fewer of us want them.Over time, sales of the original Wii naturally declined, as they will for the Wii U. Seemingly, the best conventional hope you have of driving those numbers north lies in slashing the price (which won’t help profits) and releasing must-have games for the console and hoping that they’re good — and well-publicized — enough to pique the interest of everyday consumers, whose attention is now firmly fixated elsewhere. Shortly after the original Wii’s hugely successful launch, another sought-after piece of hardware was unveiled. When Steve Jobs first held up the iPhone on stage in 2007, it marked the beginning of a revolution in personal computing and a shift in how casual gamers discover and play video games. Many of the very same people enthralled by the mainstream appeal of the Wii were now unboxing iPhones and downloading Angry Birds. Apple has since sold more than 500 million iOS devices, a number that only continues to grow alongside similarly impressive figures from Android. Bring Mario And Luigi Into The Smartphone AgeAs the the mobile age has unfolded, Mario and Luigi have been nowhere to be found, remaining stubbornly locked up in your company’s proprietary hardware. Unless one jailbreaks the device and downloads an emulator, playing classic NES and Super Nintendo games on iOS is out the question. It’s unfortunate for consumers and it seems like a huge missed opportunity for Nintendo. Since I bought my first iPhone in 2008, I’ve had this discussion with more people than I can count. If only you could buy the original Mario games, the Legend of Zelda and other NES classics on iOS, it would be so awesome. Yes, the other person and I always agree, we would pay for that. The more games, the more money we’d plunk down. It’s not just gamers and geeks, either. People who have absolutely no discernible interest in video games generally still harbor a nostalgic attachment to the side scrolling adventures they grew up playing.  Take Super Mario Brothers 3, which was released in the U.S. in 1990. Like most kids I knew at the time, I was positively addicted to that game. To this day, it remains the highest-grossing non-bundled video game in history. The only way to buy it now is by downloading it to the Wii or Wii U via Nintendo’s online marketplace. That’s great if you have a Wii, but not everyone is going to buy a gaming console, even one as mainstream-friendly as the Wii or Wii U.Indeed, the original Wii has sold just shy of 100 million units since its launch. That’s less than one-fifth of the number of iOS devices in the world. Meanwhile, Android is on track to hit 1 billion activations later this year.  That’s a lot of potential customers, and Nintendo is ignoring them. Make It A Hardware Play I know what you’re going to say, Mr. Iwata. We’re Nintendo. That’s just not how we do things. If people want to play our games, they have to use our hardware. End of story. I’m not proposing that Nintendo abandon its gaming hardware business or even open up its new games to alternative platforms. But the mobile ecosystems of today are too massive to sanely ignore. A company like Nintendo could find a healthy new revenue stream by making already-popular titles available in these enormous marketplaces, where millions — and before long, billions — of potential customers are waiting. Another obvious (and totally fair) objection is that these old school games aren’t made for touch screens. And it’s true. Playing Zelda on an iPhone could be a potentially annoying experience. Here’s where another opportunity exists for Nintendo: Design a sleek, fold-out smartphone case that doubles as a vintage NES gamepad that works with Nintendo-developed apps. For tablets, sell us something similar that fits the form factor and makes gameplay a pleasure. Make it an attachable accessory or a wireless Nintendo-branded controller. Either way, we’ll happily give you our money for it. Rake In New Cash — Maybe Even Console BuyersWill mobile games and smartphone-compatible hardware rake in as much as $300 consoles and $50 games? Probably not. But such a strategy could add a potentially healthy revenue stream that could help supplement what Nintendo brings in from its own hardware sales without cannibalizing them.In fact, by tapping into these ecosystems and making a play for our attention spans, Nintendo could reel in new customers, giving them a taste for its characters and gameplay (or reigniting their love of the Mushroom Kingdom). Such a move would represent a bold departure from Nintendo’s well-established strategy of tying games exclusively to its own hardware, but it only has to be as radical as Nintendo wants. Start with a few NES titles for iOS and if the results are strong, expand to other titles and platforms. If not, let these iOS games bring in a few extra bucks while you focus on recapturing the living room. Bold, yes. But as plenty of other industries have learned, the proliferation of mobile devices has upended the way things used to be. Thriving sometimes requires rethinking old paradigms. Besides, if Super Mario Brothers 3 wouldn’t skyrocket to the top of the App Store charts over night, I’d be totally shocked.   Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces john paul titlowlast_img read more


Bulls add to Heat woes at home with 105-89 win


first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Tyler Johnson scored 15 points for Miami, which got 14 from Justise Winslow and 13 apiece from Bam Adebayo and Wayne Ellington. The Heat shot 38 percent, including 12 of 42 from 3-point range.The Heat fell to 11-14 at home — and the Bulls, who snapped a four-game slide, moved to 7-20 on the road. Portis had 15 points in the fourth, while Miami’s entire roster managed 21 in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoth teams were without key pieces.Miami — which will be without Derrick Jones until mid-March at least and isn’t planning to have point guard Goran Dragic back until at least the All-Star break — held out Dwyane Wade with right knee soreness, with the belief that it isn’t terribly serious. Chicago was without Zach LaVine because of a sprained right ankle, making that determination after he tested it out and experienced pain before the game. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Celtics overcome Kyrie Irving’s absence to rout Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Bobby Portis scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Wayne Selden added 20 and the Chicago Bulls ran away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 105-89 on Wednesday night.Lauri Markkanen had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who finished January with a 2-13 record — the franchise’s second-worst mark ever in that month. Kris Dunn scored 14 and Robin Lopez added 13 for Chicago, which shot 51 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat: Miami won the season series 2-1. The Heat have swept the Bulls only twice in 31 seasons. … Hassan Whiteside got a technical foul in the third quarter for pulling himself up on the rim after a dunk. He argued that Markkanen was in his landing vicinity, to no avail. … Josh Richardson scored 12 points.WADE DEALWade was announced Wednesday as an ambassador for BallerTV, a site streaming live amateur sports such as high school basketball. Wade — who has used it to follow his son’s games — said part of the appeal for him is that students do much of the announcing and camera-operating. “They get a chance to get a camera from BallerTV and go do this themselves. It helps youth get to their dreams. I liked that,” Wade said.BIG DIFFERENCEThe temperature at tip-off in Miami was 68 degrees, a bit cool for South Florida. Factor in the wind chill in polar-vortex-stricken Chicago, and the air there at game time felt like minus-34 — a mere 102-degree difference between the two cities.UP NEXTBulls: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Bulls led by 10 after the first quarter, took a two-point lead into halftime and then found themselves trailing by six early in the third. But they answered with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes, and led by three when Dion Waiters tried a 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the tie.It missed, and with that the Bulls were off and running.Chicago finished the quarter on a 7-0 run, taking a 78-68 lead into the fourth. Miami never got closer than seven again.TIP-INSBulls: Carmelo Anthony still appears on Chicago’s roster. The official reason for him not playing is listed as “trade pending.” … Chicago has reached 100 points in 14 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since the 1991-92 season. … Selden added eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more


Uttar Pradesh PSC recruiting 430 Food Safety Officers


first_imgUttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has invited job applications for the post of Food Safety Officer. Interested and eligible candidates have to apply before August 16, 2014.Vacancy details:Name of posts: Food Safety OfficerNumber of posts: 430 postsName of department: Food Safety and Drug Administration DepartmentPay Scale: Rs. 9,300 – Rs. 34,800 (Grade Pay Rs 4,200)Eligibility criteria:The candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in Food Technology or Dairy Technology or Biotechnology or Oil Technology or Agricultural Science or Veterinary Sciences or Bio-Chemistry or Microbiology or postgraduate degree in Chemistry or degree in Medicine from a recognised university, or any other equivalent/ recognised qualification notified by the Central Government. The age of the candidates has to be between 21 and 40 years.Application fee:General candidates: Rs 115Other Backward Class (OBC): Rs 115Scheduled Caste (SC): Rs 55Scheduled Tribe (ST): Rs 55Handicapped (PH): Rs 15The fee has to be paid through e-challan which can be deposited in State Bank of India or Punjab National Bank. Candidates can also make the payment through i-collect.How to apply:Interested and eligible candidates are required to apply online through the official website of the commission: http://uppsc.up.nic.in/View_Advertisement.aspx?ID=706&flag=HImportant dates:Opening date for registration: July 14, 2014Last date for receipt of examination fees in the bank: August 11, 2014Closing date for registration: August 16, 2014last_img read more


Referees Trends of the Game Breakfast


first_imgTouch Football Australia’s (TFA) Director of Referees, Greg West, hosted the event, teaching the crowd some new things about the referee discipline. The breakfast covered topics including teamwork, score line positions and outcomes, as well as rules and interpretations. Federation of International Touch (FIT) World Cup referees, David Baggio and Luke McKenzie, spoke to the referees on different occasions at the breakfast, using video examples from  2011 Youth Trans Tasman and Elite Eight Series games. A question and answer session was also held at the end of the breakfast, with Baggio and McKenzie being asked about how they got into refereeing, how long it took to progress through the levels of refereeing. They were also asked what training they take part in and what advice they have for referees from rural areas. Both McKenzie and Baggio spoke about how important it is to use opportunities like the National Youth Championships to make contacts, not only with the referee panel members, but with referees from around the country. Both also spoke of the friendships they’ve made throughout the years whilst refereeing at events.last_img read more


The Nationals Yankees Dodgers And Cubs Cant Possibly Be This Mediocre …


The 2018 MLB season may not even be a month old, but it’s never too early to start overanalyzing how teams have looked so far. That’s especially true this season, when many of the clubs slated to be favorites going into the year have stumbled a bit coming out of the gate. Most of these teams will probably be fine in the end — seriously, it is still very early to know anything about how the season will play out — but just the same, it’s worth checking on which aspects of their struggles should disappear in due time and which might be cause for real anxiety.Washington Nationals (10-12)What’s gone wrong: For a team supposedly built around pitching, Washington currently ranks fifth-to-last in the National League in adjusted ERA — though it hasn’t been the fault of the Max Scherzer-led starting rotation. No, the blame rests with a bullpen that collectively boasts a 5.78 ERA and has performed even worse in clutch situations. (Witness the Nats’ epic meltdown against the Mets last Wednesday.) Some bad early-season defense isn’t helping either, and despite Bryce Harper’s raw feats of power, the offense isn’t hitting enough to make up for the 4.6 runs Washington is allowing per game.Cause for concern? Maybe. The Nats’ bullpen and defense were nothing special last season, either — they ranked 19th and 17th, respectively, in wins above replacement.1Averaging together the versions of WAR found at Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs. Closer Sean Doolittle has been fine so far, however, and setup men Ryan Madson and Brandon Kintzler are not as bad as they’ve looked in the early going. This lineup should get on track, too, when Daniel Murphy and Adam Eaton return from injury — or when Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman break out of their April slumps. (We’ve seen Zimmerman hit poorly before, but he rebounded last season and has been hitting the ball hard in 2018, despite his bad results so far.)New York Yankees (11-9)What’s gone wrong: For all their immense hype going into the season, the Yankees have been pretty “meh” starting out, scoring only 13 more runs than they’ve allowed (113 vs. 100). Prized new left fielder Giancarlo Stanton is striking out constantly, particularly in front of the home fans at Yankee Stadium, while the team’s pitching has been average at best. They’re wasting a great start to the season by shortstop Didi Gregorius; he’s looked like an MVP over the past three weeks, but the Yankees barely have a .500 record to show for it.Cause for concern? Probably not. Although Stanton is pressing at the plate like some batters have been known to do in the pressure-packed New York media market, swinging at more pitches overall and whiffing on fastballs over the plate especially, he’s simply too good a hitter to not adjust eventually. (The ball he smoked at home on Friday might be a sign of things to come.) Likewise, scuffling starters Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray should be better than the 7.22 ERA they’ve combined for so far, and a bullpen that ranked second in MLB in WAR last year is due for an improvement. Regression to the mean can work both ways, of course — Gregorius probably hasn’t fully made the leap to MVP level, for instance — but the Yankees should also benefit from better luck going forward: According to BaseRuns, which smooths out differences in the timing of offensive and defensive events, New York has been baseball’s fifth-best team so far, despite its record.Los Angeles Dodgers (10-10)What’s gone wrong: For one thing, Los Angeles’s offense is down this year, dropping from second in the NL last year to sixth in 2018, according to adjusted on-base plus slugging percentage. The Dodgers miss the production of third baseman Justin Turner, who fractured his wrist in spring training and has missed the entire season, and many of their other top hitters (Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Yasiel Puig, the now-injured Logan Forsythe, etc.) are off to subpar starts. But an even bigger problem has been L.A.’s bullpen, which ranks 22nd in WAR a year after finishing fifth. Closer Kenley Jansen, usually the best reliever on the planet, sports a 6.23 ERA, and he’s already blown twice as many saves this year as he did all of last season.2Granted, Jansen only blew one save last season. But it was in 42 chances! This year, he’s blown two in five tries.Cause for concern? Sort of. The Dodgers’ hitting issues should sort themselves out eventually — they’re still projected by FanGraphs to score the fourth-most runs per game in the NL over the entire season, and they ought to be even better than that once Turner comes back in May. The bullpen question may be longer-lasting, however, given Jansen’s struggles. Although he brushed off early concerns about his performance (and he recorded a pair of scoreless innings over the weekend), there were questions about Jansen’s velocity in the spring, which have only amplified a month into the season. According to BrooksBaseball.com, Jansen’s sinker is averaging only 93.6 mph this April, compared with 95.7 mph last April and 94.9 two Aprils ago. We know that unexplained changes in velocity may indicate the kind of injury or mechanical problem that leads to cold streaks or prolonged absences, and we also know how important Jansen was to the Dodgers’ bullpen last year (he accounted for 48 percent of their relief WAR by himself). If Jansen suffers a down season, it would seriously affect L.A.’s chances of returning to the World Series.Chicago Cubs (10-9)What’s gone wrong: The Cubs are scoring plenty and they’ve already enjoyed a few memorable moments in 2018 so far, including this ridiculous eighth-inning comeback against the Braves the Saturday before last. But their starting pitching and defense — i.e., the twin cornerstones of Chicago’s 2016 World Series run — have been surprisingly mediocre thus far. Although veteran lefty Jon Lester has basically been his usual solid self, none of the other rotation members have lived up to their previous track records, from club mainstay Kyle Hendricks to newcomers Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood and second-year Cub Jose Quintana. And if Cub pitchers used to generate easily fieldable balls in play, that’s no longer the case: The team is below average in defensive efficiency and ordinary in various other fielding metrics. (When even Jason Heyward is showing up as a negative in the field, your defense has problems.)Cause for concern? Defensively, not really. Heyward may have lost a step in the field — which is worth keeping an eye on — but Chicago started slow on defense last season, too. They eventually managed to finish near the top of the advanced-metric leaderboards when all was said and done. But there might be real cause for concern in the subpar performance of the Cubs’ rotation, even after taking defense out of the equation. Chicago’s starters rank seventh-worst in fielding-independent pitching so far this season, continuing a three-year slide from fourth-best in 2016 to 10th-best last year, and now 24th-best in 2018. The optimist’s case is that this group is too talented to keep pitching so poorly — and walking so many batters, specifically — but the Cubs will have a hard time fending off the Cardinals and Brewers in the NL Central (much less reclaiming their superteam status) if they don’t start getting a lot more out of their rotation soon. read more


Redknapp on Englands World Cup hopes Were going to win it


first_imgHarry Redknapp is feeling very optimistic over England’s World Cup prospects due to the fact that there are no “outstanding teams” at the tournamentThe Three Lions secured a convincing 2-0 win against Costa Rica on Thursday at Elland Road with Marcus Rashford scoring a spectacular 25-yard strike to open the scoring before substitute Danny Welbeck sealed the victory by heading in the second goal.Despite the upcoming World Cup featuring the likes of Spain, Brazil and champions Germany, Redknapp is certain that this summer’s tournament holds no clear winner and feels that even the young and inexperienced England squad may be able to capitalise on this and secure an unexpected title.“We’re going to win it, let’s go for it,” said Redknapp, according to talkSPORT.“Don’t start talking about getting out of the group and all that, let’s have a go!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.“There are no outstanding teams in this year – it’s wide open.“I couldn’t pick a winner; Brazil, Spain, Germany…I don’t think any of them are where they have been in the past.“So why can’t we do a miracle?“It’s happened before, it can happen again.”England will begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18.last_img read more


Remarks by DPM Hon Philip Brave Davis at the Straw Vendors Appreciation


first_img Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppSalutation….It is said that, “yesterday is already a dream and tomorrow is only a vision. But if today is well lived it makes every yesterday a reflection of satisfaction coupled with happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”A very good afternoon to each of you as we celebrate the 2nd Annual Straw Vendors Appreciation Day!As Minister with responsibility for the Straw Market Authority, I am proud of my association with such a powerful and influential group of proud Bahamians.I do not know of any other single group of Bahamians who love their job so much. When addressing the concerns of the Straw Market Authority, I am reminded that our lives are filled with simple joys and blessings and one of the greatest joys in life is to have a job that you love. That would be the job of our vendors.It is truly a splendid thing to create beautiful work that brings joy to others. People just love beautiful things!Recently, I presented gifts to the president of New Zealand and his wife on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. These gifts were indigenous Bahamian items made in this Straw Market by a Bahamian straw vendor and a wood carver. I beamed with pride while presenting.Vendors ought to be happy and know how privilege they are to be working in an environment that is always full of excitement… especially as so many countries are so unsettled and full of turmoil.Honourees, the joy that you have given to others through your craft is coming back to you today. We love you, respect and appreciate you for all that you have done and continue to do.Brotherly love is a fruit in season at all times and within reach of every hand. I admonish you to create a peaceful work environment, showing love to neighbouring vendors and visitors. If only we could learn to love like God… for God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.I have charged the Straw Market Authority to work with straw vendors ensuring that 90% Bahamian made products be sold from the markets in the near future, with the ultimate goal of 100%. In achieving this feat, you will cause there to be an increase in the amount of straw practitioners and crafts people, the net result being more jobs created for Bahamians.Joy come from simple and natural things: a clean environment together with honesty, integrity, respect and good manners should all be practiced to become normal and natural characteristics.Today as we recognize some vendors for their stability and service to the straw and wood carving industry, it is truly our sincere way of showing gratitude and giving thanks for what you have done and continue to do; bringing them into clear focus.When we celebrate the years behind us, they become strength and joy for the years ahead.I challenge each of you to make the remainder of 2014, and all of 2015 a new beginning of something great in your life. Continue to create a positive culture within the various straw markets that visitors are anxious to experience. All vendors are encouraged to get involved and strive to get all visitors to our shores to purchase goods from our straw markets. In doing so, please adhere to the rules of the Straw Authority.Another realistic goal should be to raise your standard in the ensuing year. I guarantee you that it can easily be achieved. You must never be happy to settle for mediocrity.You are encouraged to be vibrant, energized, visualize, improve your product, become motivated and invigorated.To all vendors, I say that you are privileged to occupy a booth. You are renting space that others are appealing for daily. Therefore, create your own ideal space, with thoughtfulness and cleanliness being of paramount importance.Having a well organized booth within your boundary gives you the freedom to decorate tastefully and present your products creatively.“A space for everything and everything in its place.” Decorate with purpose, to keep your space beautiful and clean.Vendors, even when you are complaining about business affairs, dress appropriately. Take personal pride and care in how you present yourself to the world. Your craft is your life insurance, control your destiny.To the Board of Directors, Management and staff, I commend you for having had a very productive year. The Straw Market Authority’s new secret ingredient is self-sufficiency. By developing a cohesive team spirit you have become more spontaneous and flexible in your business relationship with vendors.Once again I say congratulations to all honourees. Good Morning…Enjoy your day! Related Items:bahamas, phillip brave davis, staw vendors Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegationlast_img read more


Rep Duncan D Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and


first_imgFederal 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 center_img 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, 2018last_img read more


SB Player Spotlight on Taylor Roby


first_img The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode three features redshirt freshman Taylor Roby.  Episode 3:  Taylor RobyThe Roby FileNumber: 8Full name: Taylor RobyClass: Redshirt freshmanPosition: RHPBats/Throws: R/RHometown: Mt. Washington, Ky.High School: Bullitt EastTravel Team: Louisville SluggersMajor: Exercise ScienceFun Fact: Was named Metro Louisville Softball Player of the Year and met Peyton Manning at the Kentuckiana Sports Awards Banquet.   Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img