Food company chairman gets 2 years in prison in fraud case

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – A former food company executive who admitted feeding inside information to an influential Las Vegas gambler linked to golfer Phil Mickelson was sentenced on Thursday to two years in prison by a judge who said he was motivated by a desire to seem powerful rather than by greed.“This was a crime that enhanced his status as a peacock,” U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel said, ordering Dallas-based Dean Foods Co.’s ex-chairman Thomas Davis to pay nearly $9 million in restitution and to forfeit nearly $1 million for a conspiracy that ran from at least 2008 through 2014.The judge said Davis, 68, “paraded through Dallas as a peacock … when he was a phoney, a fraud and a crook.”“This was not a crime of greed,” the judge said, adding, “It’s a real shame.”Davis had a good upbringing and served in the U.S. Navy before attending Harvard Business School, the judge noted. Afterward, Davis earned more than $1 million annually before getting $10 million when the investment bank where he worked was bought.The judge acknowledged Davis was a pivotal co-operator who testified at trial against gambler William “Billy” Walters. Mickelson had to repay $1 million in stock profits after receiving a tip from Walters but wasn’t charged.Walters was convicted last spring of making more than $40 million through illegal trading and was sentenced to five years in prison. His lawyer said the prosecution hung on a witness’ lies.The judge criticized Davis for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission and going on a $10,000 gambling junket just days after pleading guilty even though he knew he would owe restitution and a forfeiture amount at sentencing. Davis, who must surrender on Jan. 9, apologized.The judge also criticized Davis for misappropriating $100,000 in 2011 from a Dallas-based charity he oversaw to cover gambling debts he accumulated during a trip to a Las Vegas casino.Prosecutors said in court papers the thrice-married Davis had lived a lavish lifestyle that included luxury travel, fancy cars, membership in private clubs and gambling trips on which he spent tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars.Davis spent so much money that he eventually sought and obtained from Walters two loans totalling more than $800,000, which were “essentially forgiven” in return for the inside information he regularly provided to Walters, prosecutors said.The government also said Davis made revelations from the witness stand that prosecutors had not heard before, including the frequency with which he used escort services.Assistant U.S. Attorney Brooke Cucinella told the judge that Davis was a “committed” co-operator who provided information that was “incredibly devastating at trial.”Defence attorney Benjamin Naftalis called his client’s co-operation “extraordinary and crucial.”“He was the key and star witness of the trial,” he said.Davis, addressing the judge, said he was a changed man and was “grateful for my newfound humility.”last_img read more

Paris police bracing for more violent protests

first_imgPARIS — Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, Paris’ police chief says armoured vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital on Saturday.Michel Delpuech told RTL radio on Friday security services intend to deploy the same numbers and strength as last weekend, with about 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles again in Paris.Delpuech said the biggest difference will be the deployment of more groups of patrol officers to catch vandals who roamed streets around the Champs Elysees last weekend, causing damage and pillaging.A sixth “yellow vest” protester was killed this week, hit by a truck at a protest roadblock. Despite calls from authorities urging protesters to stop the protests, the movement rocking the country has showed no signs of abating.The Associated Presslast_img read more

UAE Suspends Airstrikes Against Islamic State Following Pilot Capture

Rabat – U.S. officials said that the United Arab Emirates, a key member of the US-led coalition against the so-called the Islamic State (IS), has suspended its attacks following the downing of a Jordanian F16 warplane and the capture of its pilot in December, who was later burned alive.“I can confirm that UAE suspended airstrikes shortly after the Jordanian pilot’s went down,” an official told the news agencies AFP and Reuters.According to the New York Times, the UAE cited fears for its pilots’ safety in case of downed planes shortly after Jordanian pilot, Muaz al-Kasasbeh, was captured in late December in IS stronghold of Raqqa in Northern Syria. The United Arab Emirates reportedly wants rescue aircrafts closer if a plane goes down. The Emirati officials warned they would not rejoin the anti-IS coalition if rescue aircrafts were not deployed.According to Al Jazeera, the Emirati pilots will not resume fighting until the Ospreys aircrafts, rescue aircrafts that take off and land like helicopters but fly like planes, are deployed in northern Iraq close to the battlegrounds.The UAE stopped flying combat missions but has remained involved in noncombat roles. “But let me be clear that UAE continues to be an important and valuable partner that is contributing to the coalition,” the official spoke on the condition of anonymity.Morocco is also part of the US-led coalition to fight the terror group. Moroccan F16s had reportedly undertaken around 20 missions against the Islamic State.A source familiar with the issue cited by Telquel Magazine said that in addition to Moroccan F16s, the Moroccan pilots will also pilot Emirati military planes. read more

May could face call for government of national unity in UK

LONDON — A British lawmaker says the U.K. may have to try a government of national unity if Prime Minister Theresa May cannot break the impasse over the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan’s comments came a day after Parliament rejected May’s divorce deal for a third time, rebuffing the prime minister’s plea to “put aside self and party.”The House of Commons will vote Monday on a variety of alternatives in an attempt to find an idea that can command a majority, but May’s government is considering a fourth vote on her deal.Morgan told the BBC that a cross-party coalition might be the only way to break the deadlock if Parliament were to agree on an alternative and May refused to accept it.The Associated Press read more

New UN agricultural study to help reduce poverty among small farmers

Entitled “Farming Systems and Poverty: Improving livelihoods in a changing world,” the study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Bank says governments and institutions intent on helping farmers in developing countries must first understand the world in which they live and the many choices they have to make each day.Detailed analyses were conducted on 20 of the world’s 70 farming systems, which together support nearly two billion farmers and their families, about 80 per cent of the agricultural population of the developing world.According to FAO, in some systems, farmers may escape poverty principally by intensifying or diversifying their production. In others, increasing rural non-farm employment offers the best pathway out of poverty, while in some of the poorest systems, many farm families will inevitably abandon their farms and seek better lives in the cities.The feasibility and attractiveness of these different options depends not so much on which province, state or even country the farmers live in, but rather upon the nature of the farming system in which they live, the UN agency says.The emphasis on poverty reduction calls for increased attention to support farm level diversification and growth of off-farm income to supplement intensification of existing production patterns, FAO says.”The farming systems approach will help [the World Bank and other development agencies] set their priorities for investment in food security, poverty reduction and economic growth by funding broad-based agricultural development that reaches and benefits the poorest and hungriest small-scale farm families,” says John Dixon, FAO senior farming systems officer and one of the co-authors of the report. read more

Weather existing socioeconomic factors compounded Colombian landslide tragedy – UN agency

“The weather was not the only cause of the tragedy, many other socio-economic factors, including deforestation, came into play,” Clare Nullis, a spokesperson for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), told the media at a regular press briefing at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). March is typically a rainy month in the country, but the quantities of rainfall seen in the past week have been exceptional, she explained, adding that the municipality of Mocoa, hardest-hit by the landslides, saw 129 millimetres of rainfall within 24 hours on 31 March. Of that amount, 80 per cent of the precipitation fell in just three hours, explaining the size of the tragedy. According to a Flash Update by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (in Spanish), as of 2 April 254 people have been confirmed to have perished in the disaster, 262 have been injured and 441 are missing. The casualty figures are approximate and are expected to rise. Furthermore, as of 3 April, more than 500 municipalities are at the of risk of landslides in the country, and of those 182 had orange to red alerts, noted Ms. Nullis. She added that while the national meteorological service is very strong and well-equipped, it faced considerable challenges. “There are more than 700,000 rivers and bodies of water, and it is impossible to have monitoring stations at each one of them,” said the WMO spokesperson. Further, clarifying that the cause of the disaster was not El Niño, crediting a senior official at the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, she said that climate variability and climate change would continue to produce rain and drought, and that prevention is the most important. She also informed the briefing that in the short-term, Colombian Meteorological Agency weather forecasts indicate that there would be no or very light rainfall in the affected areas till 6 April. The long-term predictions for the season were for above average rainfall in the area. read more

Scottish island which is home to six people gets its first road

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The road will give 24 hour access and is also vital for a new renewable energy scheme which will start producing electricity in a few months.The new road stretches from the Canna bridge to a church on the island. Alongside the track, the trust wants to create a trail to link the sites of interest on Sanday together. These include the bridge itself, the shrine, machair and sand dunes, bird colonies, St Edward’s Church, Sanday lighthouse and local archaeology.Canna is just over four miles long and one mile wide. The tidal island of Sanday is much smaller.Canna and Sanday, 23 miles out into the Atlantic, have no mains electricity and currently rely on diesel generators. They  attract 10,000 visitors each year Fifteen people live full time across the two islands of Canna and Sanday.  The bridge can take vehicles, but until now there has been no road on Sanday.Liz Holden, secretary of the ICCDT, said the islands’ mothballed school was also on Sanday. It is hoped that children will again be taught there.”This road will transform life on Sanday,” she said. “No ordinary vehicles could use the old track because of the clearance needed and only get around along the foreshore when the tide is out.” The new road on the Isle of Sanday The new road on the Isle of Sanday The original track would often be submerged under water at high tide The original track would often be submerged under water at high tide A Scottish island inhabited by only six people has got its first road.The 10ft-wide, mile and a half long route has been constructed on Sanday, in the Inner Hebrides, which is connected by a bridge to the neighbouring Isle of Canna.Only islanders’ and contractors’ vehicles are allowed on the islands. The road – which is does not have tarmac – is a replacement to a rough shoreline track that was covered by water at high tide.The Isle of Canna Community Development Trust (ICCDT) helped with a crowdfunding campaign to raise more than £31,400 to pay for the construction of the road.The National Trust for Scotland, which owns the two islands, also contributed to the cost. read more

Column The Troika created a social experiment – and Ireland was the

first_imgThis January the tables were turned on the Troika; the committee that had so closely scrutinised the budgetary reforms of countries like Ireland, Cyprus, Greece and Portugal was examined itself. The resulting report acknowledges the challenges the Troika faced in critical situations, but it also highlights the problems that the EU-ECB-IMF consortium has now created. Although there will ultimately be no sanctions, today in Strasbourg MEPs voted to endorse the report’s findings.Here, independent MEP Nessa Childers, running for re-election in Dublin, argues that the report proves Ireland was at the receiving end of a disastrous social experiment …THE HIGH-PROFILE report into the workings of the Troika has now concluded and today was approved by MEPs in Strasbourg. Sadly, however, the people of this country will not find it so easy to draw a line under austerity.When Irish voters went to the polls in October 2009, for a second time, a lot had changed since the first Lisbon Treaty outing 16 months earlier.The nation had officially entered recession and was experiencing a catastrophic financial meltdown. Jobs were toppling, mortgage arrears were spiralling and forced emigration was once again an everyday feature of everyday Irish life. Meanwhile, we were tragically familiar with the likes of Nama and bank guarantee schemes.In two years, the country around us had transformed and the electorate, understandably, was scared. We were threatened with the onset of further grief should the constitutional amendment to accommodate the Treaty be denied for a second time.But we didn’t have to be told twice, and within two weeks of voting, Mary McAleese had made Lisbon law, allowing for the Treaty to be gifted to grateful European Union officials on 1 December, 2009.Perhaps, when lo and behold three-and-a-half years ago the Troika arrived on Irish soil because we said that was OK via Article 143 of the Lisbon Treaty, the politicians-of-the-day expected contribution and friendly assistance – a resulting collaborative effort to help the struggling people of this nation. How wrong that assumption would have been, however. The Troika was never ‘involved’ in Irish financial affairs – it has only dominated them in the same way a schoolyard bully always dictates how the game is played.Long-standing social problemsWith the benefit of hindsight, we can now see the serious, long-standing social problems that have emerged because of the actions of the EU-ECB-IMF triumvirate.Indeed, we need only look around us: poverty; sub-standard educational and health services; an inefficient social welfare system; mass negative equity, and emigration – all a lasting legacy of poor banking regulation and the austerity agenda implemented by the Troika.And let’s not forget the real faces of austerity: the elderly lady who, once again, won’t be turning on her heating; the young mother going without dinner so that her children can eat; the 25-year-old graduate who finished top of his class but can’t find a job in a bar or restaurant.Certainly, the consortium’s focus never considered the lives of these ordinary, hard-working people striving to provide a decent living for their families. Cost-cutting achieved by any means, that’s what the Troika wanted – and it is what it got.At least now, there are some quiet mutterings of regret among the European Union ascendancy.The Employment And Social Affairs Committee report, which I have followed closely from its inception, was voted through today in Strasbourg. It shows the impact of adjustment programmes and examines how austerity was implemented in Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Cyprus.Overseen by Othmar Karas of Austria and France’s Liem Hoang Ngoc, the words ‘too little too late’ will undoubtedly spring to mind for the millions of people in those four countries. For them, this retroactive move cannot undo the unaccountable Troika’s dealings with their bailed-out governments.This was an experimentDon’t be fooled by governmental spin either; we are not yet free from our economic shackles. Though the markets may agree that Ireland is looking gradually more stable, the lingering Troika insists on hanging around, this time assuming the shady role of ‘observer’. Then there is the further €2 bn of cuts to come out of Budget ‘15 in October. Indeed, we will only exit the bailout programme when the likes of spiralling youth unemployment and the gap between rich and poor finally comes to a halt. In short, Ireland is facing years more of austerity to come.Admittedly, I am bitterly disappointed that the report did not clearly state these enforced measures were a breach of the EU’s Charter Of Fundamental Rights – because that’s what they were – but at least the findings prove that the Troika was undemocratic and totally lacking in transparency.I believe that Ireland’s future is so much more uncertain because we allowed a foreign grouping, and one that had no understanding of this nation and its people, to meddle in Irish affairs.This was a social experiment – and Ireland was the unlucky lab rat. And so we are branded by bailout … and it may take years for the scars to fade.Read: Fundamental social rights were violated by Troika programmes says EU committeeRead: Paying unguaranteed bondholders was unfair, admits former IMF chiefColumn: This “Ireland as a success story” rhetoric is based on empty spinlast_img read more

That was beautiful work McGregor ringside as Michael Conlan delivers first professional

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Frank Franklin IIChants of ‘Olé Olé and republican songs swept through the venue where there was barely standing room as Irish fight fans stayed on their feet.Ibarra’s entrance was bizarrely subtle. He entered the ring to a few boos and a nondescript rap song. Conlan had a promo video play before his arrival with traditional music and republican ballads accompanying his ring walk as Conor McGregor carried the tricolour to the ring.UFC star McGregor was a vocal presence at ringside, offering encouragement to his fellow Irish fighter throughout the bout.Conlan waltzed through the first two rounds, threatening a premature finish at the end of the second as a clearly overwhelmed Ibarra tired.Esteves rightly stepped in during the third to halt the bout after Conlan put together a number of combinations as Ibarra lay on on the ropes.“This is the real deal”, said Conlan after the fight. “I hope to Ireland’s greatest fighter… I was telling people all week I’d stop him in the third round… What an atmosphere, what a night”McGregor, enthusiastic at ringside hailed his colleague, stating:  “Tonight is Michael Conlan’s night… tonight is St Patrick’s night and the Irish are in town.“That was beautiful work… he got the win and the win was the most important thing.”New York snowstorms disrupt Conlan’s final preparations for professional debutUnbeaten Jamie Conlan wins WBC International super-flyweight title with gutsy performance 44,594 Views Image: Frank Franklin II 28 Comments ‘That was beautiful work’: McGregor ringside as Michael Conlan delivers first professional win It was a third-round stoppage for the Belfast boxer against Tim Ibarra. Image: Frank Franklin IIcenter_img Saturday 18 Mar 2017, 2:51 AM Short URL MICHAEL CONLAN HAS made a victorious debut at Madison Square Garden’s Theater Arena, recording a third-round stoppage over American Tim Ibarra.Referee Benjy Esteves Jr stepped in at 59 seconds of the third round as Conlan teed off on his 26-year-old opponent, who did not offer any defence when trapped on the ropes.The Belfast native attracted a sizeable crowd to the famous fight venue’s Theater with a 5,102 sell-out crowd present.A bubbling atmosphere built up in the Garden Theater despite the fact that there was not much Irish interest in the undercard other than Monaghan native Larry Gleeson recording a points win after injuring his hand early on in his welterweight bout against Gabriel Solario.A Top Rank promotional video set the scene for Conlan’s entrance with highlights of some of the US promotional giants’ greatest contemporary fighters, such as Manny Pacquiao and Vasyl Lomachenko, broadcast to the arena along with footage of greats like Muhammad Ali,  ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas Hearns. Share Tweet Email1 By Ciarán Gallagher Mar 18th 2017, 2:51 AM last_img read more

Météorologie un laser pour faire tomber la pluie

first_imgMétéorologie : un laser pour faire tomber la pluieSuisse – Les chercheurs de l’université de Genève (Unige) sont parvenus à déclencher une pluie de fines gouttelettes d’eau grâce à la technologie laser. Une avancée scientifique qui pourrait permettre, dans l’avenir, de stimuler les précipitations dans les régions victimes de la sécheresse.Selon le communiqué de l’université de Genève, ces gouttelettes seraient cependant trop petites pour être à l’origine d’une véritable pluie, même si elles sont visibles à l’œil nu. Le laser déclenche la condensation de la vapeur d’eau, à l’origine de gouttes d’eau qui resteraient en suspension dans l’air.  Les conditions météorologiques pourraient ainsi être modifiées de manière locale. Le laser atteint pour le moment une puissance de 1.000 centrales électriques. Les chercheurs vont désormais tenter d’obtenir de meilleurs résultats, notamment au niveau de la taille des gouttelettes et de la durée du phénomène en augmentant la puissance du rayon laser.  Ils envisagent également d’utiliser cette technologie dans le but de capter l’énergie de la foudre. Cette expérience a fait l’objet d’une publication dans l’édition en ligne de la revue Nature Photonics datée du 2 mai.Le 5 mai 2010 à 15:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Découverte de gènes impliqués dans la prééclampsie

first_imgDécouverte de gènes impliqués dans la pré-éclampsie Des scientifiques ont fait savoir qu’ils avaient découvert des erreurs génétiques pouvant augmenter le risque de pré-éclampsie chez les femmes enceintes, cette affection grave et potentiellement mortelle.Près de 4 femmes sur 100 développent des problèmes d’hypertension artérielle durant la grossesse ou des problèmes de reins symptomatiques de la pré-éclampsie. D’origine inconnue, cette affection grave peut provoquer des fausses couches, des accouchements prématurés ou encore la mort de la mère suite à des crises de convulsions importantes. Aujourd’hui, des chercheurs sont parvenus à identifier des erreurs génétiques sur l’ADN capables d’expliquer certains cas de pré-éclampsie.À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ? Expliquée dans le journal PloS Medicine, cette découverte pourrait permettre aux médecins de déterminer si certaines femmes ont plus de risques que d’autres de développer l’infection et ainsi mettre au point un suivi médical plus approprié. Pour parvenir à ce résultat, les chercheurs américains ont étudié l’ADN de 300 femmes enceintes ayant développé des problèmes de santé durant leur grossesse. Soixante d’entre elles, a priori en bonne santé ont été hospitalisées après avoir développé une pré-éclampsie sévère. L’analyse ADN a révélé que quarante de ces femmes partageaient les mêmes erreurs génétiques. D’après l’étude, les gènes mis en cause ont été identifiés comme jouant un rôle dans la régulation de la réponse immunitaire. Un processus qui pourrait expliquer leur lien potentiel avec la pré-éclampsie, selon les chercheurs. En effet, ceux-ci avaient déjà constaté que les femmes ayant développé des lupus ou d’autres maladies auto-immunes présentaient un risque accru de pré-éclampsie. Bien qu’elle nécessite davantage de recherches, cette découverte pourrait alors permettre d’ouvrir la voie à de nouveaux traitements pour soigner cette affection qui conduit parfois à des complications à long-terme. Le 23 mars 2011 à 19:42 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Cantwell: GOP health bill hurts veterans

first_imgU.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell,D-Wash., disavowed a House-approved bill that would slash Medicaid funding and adversely impact military veterans.“We’re worried that the Trump administration and Congress may break their promise to make sure that veterans are protected and they get access to health care. We do not want to see cuts to Medicaid that would cut veterans off of health care access in Washington and in Oregon,” said Cantwell during a Saturday morning press conference in Vancouver.The American Health Care Act, or Trumpcare, passed the House of Representatives last month with 217 to 213 votes. The vote came before the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office could complete its review of the bill. In its review of the original legislation in March, however, it projected Medicaid spending would be cut by $880 billion and 24 million Americans would lose health care coverage.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, voted against her party’s bill, saying changes made to the original bill didn’t go far enough. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, was the only member of Washington’s House delegation who voted in favor of the bill.It’s unclear whether the Senate vote will happen before the Fourth of July recess.Cantwell dubbed the bill a “broken promise.” Trump said during campaign speeches and stated on Twitter that he would not make cuts to Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security.About 60 percent of veterans get health care outside of the Veterans Health Administration, including about 50,000 veterans in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area, Cantwell said. Her press conference was held at SeaMar’s medical clinic on Delaware Lane in Vancouver. Eighty percent of SeaMar’s patients use Medicaid.last_img read more

Caribbean Billions hidden in Swiss accounts List revealed in Expose

first_img Beaches Resort Turks and Caicos confirms indefinite closure in 2021 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Feb 2015 – There is more news from the wire which lends insight into why Labour Party Leader in the UK, Ed Miliband may be calling for greater transparency in the financial services sector of the British OTs. A report leaked reveals that Billions of dollars are being stashed in a Swiss bank by Caribbean & Latin American firms and the Turks and Caicos makes the list. Admittedly not with the billions which country’s like Cayman and the Bahamas appear to have allegedly funneled to Switzerland, but with at least one million dollars representing a reported 11 individuals who are not Turks and Caicos Islands citizens. The report comes from a consortium of journalists which reveals the information from an HSBC of Switzerland whistle blower. Already the article is inciting action; Venezuela is calling for an investigation as $14.8 billion dollars is reportedly hidden for over 1,100 of its citizens. Social Media on the job, what a study reveals Related Items:billions, caribbean, e miliband, swiss account Recommended for you Beaches Resort does not owe TCI Gov’t; both sides want multi-million dollar dispute resolved Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

We Carnival to debut this weekend

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 31 Jul 2015 – The first ever ‘We Carnival’ is set to kick off this weekend in the TCI… while there is resistance to its Sunday event along Grace Bay Road by the Church community who said it is anti any mass secular function on the ‘holy’ day… residents anticipate the inaugural festivity. Pastors talk tough on more direct dealing with social woes Related Items:We Carnival Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp WE CARNIVAL COMING TO TCI DESIGNERS DESIREDlast_img read more

Clark County marijuana rules may wait until January

first_imgResidents wondering where recreational marijuana can be grown, processed and procured in Clark County may have to wait until January for answers.At a county work session Wednesday, Clark County commissioners received preliminary information on the effects of Initiative 502, the voter-approved measure that allows Washington residents over the age of 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana.The state intends to issue licenses on Dec. 1 of this year to folks looking to grow, process and sell the newly legal drug.Clark County, however, issued a six-month moratorium on the new industry on Aug. 13 as it plans for how to zone the new businesses.“We still have this dilemma, or this contradiction, or this problem that marijuana is illegal under federal law,” the county’s senior policy analyst, Axel Swanson, told commissioners. Swanson added that his understanding is the federal government still believes there could be legal “consequences” to agencies that assist in establishing an illicit activity under federal law.“(County employees) could be subject to arrest and prosecution by the federal government (if they permit it),” Commissioner Tom Mielke said. “That’s our concern here.”The balance between state and federal law has been a guiding light for commissioners in determining county zoning law on marijuana.In July, the commissioners voted 2-1 to issue a one-year ban on zoning for collective medical marijuana gardens — a separate state law that allows for medical marijuana growers to pool resources and establish gardens where as many as 10 patients can grow up to 45 plants.Mielke voted in favor of the ban, along with Commissioner David Madore. Commissioner Steve Stuart voted against the ban.The county’s goal is to establish a more robust policy on medical marijuana in the coming year, but the principles Madore and Mielke both cited for banning the gardens at all were the fact that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.last_img read more

China releases Nobel laureate Liu with terminal cancer

first_imgThis file handout picture received from the family taken on 14 Marc, 2005 shows 2010 Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo in Guangzhou in southern China. Photo: AFPChina’s Nobel peace prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has been transferred on parole from prison to a hospital for terminal cancer treatment, his lawyer said Monday, but concerned supporters called for his unconditional release.Liu, who has about three years of his 11-year sentence to serve, was diagnosed with late-stage liver cancer on May 23 and granted medical parole days later, lawyer Mo Shaoping told AFP.The 61-year-old democracy campaigner was being treated at a hospital in the northeastern city of Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, where he was imprisoned.The Liaoning Prison Administrative Bureau confirmed Liu’s parole, saying in a statement he was being treated by “eight renowned Chinese oncologists” at China Medical University No 1 Hospital.While it confirmed he was being treated for liver cancer, it did not say whether it was terminal.“He has no special plans. He is just receiving medical treatment for his illness,” Mo said.The writer was sentenced in 2009 for “subversion” after spearheading a bold petition for democratic reforms. He was awarded the Nobel prize while in jail a year later and was represented by an empty chair at the ceremony in Oslo.Supporters demanded that Liu be granted the best medical care and criticised his treatment so far.While the Nobel Committee said it was “delighted” to learn that Liu was finally freed, it “strongly regrets that it took serious illness before Chinese authorities were willing to release him from jail”.“Chinese authorities carry a heavy responsibility if Liu Xiaobo, because of his imprisonment, has been denied necessary medical treatment,” it said in a statement.The committee called for his unconditional release and said he should be offered the best possible treatment in China or abroad.Patrick Poon, China researcher at rights group Amnesty International, urged authorities to ensure Liu has access to his family.Poon also called for Liu and “all others imprisoned solely for exercising their human rights” to be immediately and unconditionally released.“Adding injury to insult, Liu Xiaobo has been diagnosed with a grave illness in prison, where he should never have been put in the first place,” Poon said.Bold petition -Asked about Liu’s parole, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular news briefing: “I am not aware of the situation you’re talking about.”Liu is one of only three people to have won the Nobel award while jailed by their own government.China strongly condemned the prize as foreign interference in its internal affairs.Diplomatic ties and trade talks between Beijing and Oslo were frozen, with China halting Norwegian salmon imports. Relations were only normalised last December.The international community has for years been calling for Liu’s release.Liu was arrested in 2008 after co-writing Charter 08, a bold petition that called for the protection of basic human rights and reform of China’s one-party Communist system.Charter 08, which was posted online, specifically demands the abolition of subversion as a criminal offence.Liu’s wife Liu Xia has been under house arrest since 2010. She suffered a heart attack in 2014, when she was diagnosed with depression after years of detention, a rights group said at the time.She could not be reached for comment on Monday and an automated message said her phone was no longer in service.Tiananmen role -Liu is also known for his efforts to help negotiate the safe exit from Tiananmen Square of thousands of student demonstrators on the night of June 3-4, 1989 when the military bloodily suppressed six weeks of protests in the heart of Beijing.He was arrested immediately after the crackdown and released without charge in early 1991.Liu was rearrested and served three years in a labour camp from 1996-1999 for seeking the release of those jailed in the Tiananmen protests and for opposing the official verdict that their actions amounted to a counter-revolutionary rebellion.Liu, who holds a doctorate in Chinese literature, was once a professor at Beijing Normal University, but was banned from teaching at state institutions after his involvement in the 1989 demonstrations.He was also banned from publishing in China but many of his writings advocating greater democracy and respect for human rights appeared in Hong Kong and overseas Chinese publications.Some of these articles served as evidence in his most recent trial.Liu was a leading member of the Independent China PEN Centre, a grouping of Chinese writers. PEN Hong Kong called for his unconditional release.“At a time when China wants to have a greater international role, it is only fitting that it should show humanity and compassion towards a man who has never committed any violent crime, but has dedicated his life to literature and free expression,” it said on its website.last_img read more

Mayor Pleads With Public To Come Forward With Information On Death Of

first_imgEd MayberryMayor Sylvester Turner appeals to the public information about the murder of 11-year old Josue Flores.Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is making an appeal for anyone with information about the murder of 11-year-old Josue Flores to come forward.“I want to make a personal appeal,” Turner said in a press conference on Monday. “If you have any information of any of the person who may have committed this crime, I am personally asking for people in this city or people with that information, to make that information readily available to the police.”  Sixth-grader Josue Flores was stabbed to death while walking home from his school north of downtown Houston last Tuesday.“I don’t want this particular crime to continue to linger, and I don’t want it to destroy communities or destroy our city,” Turner said. “I just believe that there is somebody out there that knows something about the person that committed this crime. I’m asking you to think about this family and to think about this community and to think about this city.” Houston police dropped a murder charge against Che Calhoun after investigators were able to confirm he was in Pearland when the crime was committed.Residents in North Houston say they’re upset the killer is still at large.Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The reward has been increased to $15,000. Sharelast_img read more

Different Regard Classic Styles For the Modern Gentleman

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore EditorBusiness Name: Different RegardWhat: A men’s clothing and accessories boutique (that also sells some women’s garments) located in the historic Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. The current location opened in 2011.Owners: Steven White and Dominick DavisAddress: 825 N. Charles StreetHours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.Phone: 410.225.3777Steven White is co-owner of Different Regard, a men’s clothing boutique in Mt. Vernon. (Photo by Sean Yoes)From the website: “Since inception, DifferentRegard has aimed to provide the modern gentleman a classic style with a modern edge. We are a Maryland made clothing brand that designs luxurious well-tailored garments created in-house for those who have an uncompromising vision of style and quality. We design for the professional, personal, and social lifestyle. We believe your clothing helps promotes your lifestyle growth. We create not just fashion-forward clothing, but a lifestyle and attitude.”last_img read more

We Never Knew We Needed Gundam Barbie This Badly Until Now

first_img ‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting…Casio G-SHOCK Unveils ‘Akira’-Inspired ‘Neo Tokyo̵… You’ve never seen Barbie like this before. Did you know the popular doll was actually an otaku all along? This amazing concept, created by model maker Akira Tange, is called “Gundam Shojo,” and it was created for the Japanese Wonder Festival event celebrating action figures. It didn’t end up being used in the festival, but it’s far too cool not to share, and way too amazing to not become a real product you can buy in the future. That’s just criminal!Barbie rocks some icy gray hair beneath her Gundam helmet, and is kitted out with form-fitting armor that makes her look half-human, half giant robot. It’s an awesome setup, and she’s painted red, yellow, and blue like that of the RX-78 Gundam. She’s wielding an enormous rifle as well as a shield too, so you know she means serious business. Her mask can be removed as you please as well, and she looks absolutely amazing! This is truly some excellent work. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target 〈お知らせ〉#タンゲ・アキラ 氏が7月29日のワンフェスでカスタム創作品『ガ〇ダム少女』を展示するそうです。卓番は「6-22-05」(完成品工房アトリエ)。ぜひ、お立ち寄りください。— おおこしたかのぶ (@octopus_catcher) July 8, 2018Tange also posed Barbie in some immaculate ways that you can check out in the Twitter post, which honestly just makes us want her more. This should be real, dang it!This is the first time we’ve seen anything like an attempted Barbie and Gundam crossover. Unfortunately, the real Barbie brand doesn’t cover much in the realm of tech, gaming, and anime, except for that super sweet Game Developer Barbie we saw not long ago. But with Gundam’s wild popularity, it’s a bit hard to understand why not.If you’re a Barbie and Gundam fan (and you can absolutely be both, don’t let anyone tell you can’t!) which Gundam design would you most ideally want to see next? How about Duo Maxwell’s Deathscythe from Gundam Wing? Now that would be pretty sweet. Imagine a Wing Gundam version next, too. The possibilities are endless.last_img read more

FlyNano electric sea plane takes first test flight

first_img“When the FlyNano concept was presented last year at the Aero 2011 trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, it was envisioned to be primarily powered with a combustion engine,” said the Finnish aeronautics firm by the same name, FlyNano.“ However, the development of electric motors and batteries has been immense during the past year and the demand for electric powerlines has been increasing continuously.”The cruising speed is around 140 km/h (87 miles per hour). The rudder is controlled by pedals. “Elevons” (ailerons + elevators) and throttle are controlled intuitively by a stick with the right hand. The designers say their electric sea plane is quiet, and power-train vibration is reduced.FlyNano’s goal is to start production and deliver the first 35 planes to dealers by the end of 2013. The FlyNano plane has an ex-factory price listed on the company site as 32,000 euro ($40,000). Transport and storage trailer charges are extra.A promotional portion of text on the site tells prospective customers that, “If you’ve ever had a pilot’s licence you’ll fly Nano right out of the box.” For the rest, knowledge of simple rules of the air will be required, says the team. The FlyNano FAQ page, however, directly answers the question of whether customers need a pilot’s license to fly the plane. According to the European Aviation Safety Association regulation. FlyNano is below the necessary weight of 70kg, which means that national authorities decide on the classification. “Nevertheless a good understanding of water plane operation, rules and aviation safety is requested.” The company adds that “We will clear the situation in several countries around the world within the following months.”FlyNano does not have a windshield, but in keeping with the company’s philosophy of “feel the wind,” the recommended gear includes helmet or at least goggles and drysuit/wetsuit or similar clothing. FlyNano has stated that due to advances in batteries and electric motors, they ditched combustion models. The carbon fiber-bodied aircraft is now electric. Citation: FlyNano electric sea plane takes first test flight (2012, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The 70 kilo single person plane ( — A single-seat carbon-fiber airplane designed for water operations and proposed as a “fun flyer” has taken its first test flight at Finland’s Lake Hepari. The June test flight comes after more than a year since its introduction at an air show in Germany in 2011. The earlier FlyNano was showcased as a single-occupant petrol/electric microlight amphibious aircraft. The new FlyNano has undergone key changes to advance its readiness for takeoff. Gone are the petrol-engine models. The new engine, propeller, controller and batteries combine to produce a stronger model than the earlier structure. center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more