OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is calling for an ethics investigation into allegations that the Prime Minister’s Office pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal prosecution.If, as Justin Trudeau insists, the allegations are not true, Singh said the prime minister should have nothing to fear from an independent investigation by the federal ethics commissioner.“All this cries out for some serious investigation,” the NDP leader said in a telephone interview from Burnaby, B.C., where he’s campaigning for a seat in the House of Commons in a Feb. 25 byelection.“And given the prime minister’s response, if he truly wants to clear this up and believes there’s been no wrongdoing, he should welcome an investigation from the ethics commissioner. … Tell us what happened, be transparent, invite the ethics commissioner to investigate and tell us that this is not the case or, if it is the case, then there’s a serious reckoning that needs to happen.”Singh’s call comes in the wake of an explosive report Thursday in The Globe and Mail alleging that Wilson-Raybould was demoted in a cabinet shuffle early last month because she refused to succumb to pressure from prime ministerial aides to intervene in the case of SNC-Lavalin, a Quebec engineering and construction giant that has been charged with bribery and corruption in a bid to secure government business in Libya.The newspaper alleged that PMO aides leaned heavily on Wilson-Raybould to persuade the federal director of public prosecutions to negotiate a “remediation agreement” with SNC-Lavalin as a way of holding it to account for wrongdoing by some of its executives, rather than pursuing a criminal prosecution that could financially hobble the company.Singh said the timeline of events is suspicious.SNC-Lavalin was charged in 2015 by the RCMP and openly called for a remediation agreement to avoid damaging the company, a major employer in Quebec. After lobbying by the company of government officials, including those in the PMO, the government included in its 2018 budget a Criminal Code amendment to allow such agreements to be negotiated in cases of corporate crime, as is done in the United States and the United Kingdom.Last October, Kathleen Roussel, the director of public prosecutions informed SNC-Lavalin that negotiating a remediation agreement would be inappropriate in this particular case. Three months later, Wilson-Raybould was moved to the veterans affairs post, a move widely seen as a demotion.“It cuts to the heart of our democracy,” Singh said, adding that it appears a corporation that has in the past made illegal donations to the Liberal party, among others, was able to influence the government to the point of changing the law and pressuring the attorney general to interfere with a decision of the public prosecutor.“At the end of the day, Canadians deserve to have a government on their side, on the side of justice, not on the side of a multinational corporation.”Singh said the allegations suggest there may have been possible violations of three sections of the federal Conflict of Interest Act: the prohibitions against public office holders giving preferential treatment to any individual or organization, using insider information to improperly further a person’s private interests or seeking to influence a decision to further another person’s private interests.On the day Wilson-Raybould was shuffled out of her twin role as justice minister and attorney general, she penned an unprecedented, lengthy missive defending her performance in the job. Among other things, she wrote that “it is a pillar of our democracy that our system of justice be free from even the perception of political interference” and that, as attorney general, she believed she must be “always willing to speak truth to power.”She has refused to comment on the alleged pressure from PMO to help SNC-Lavalin avoid a criminal trial, telling the Globe and Mail that the matter is “between me and the government as the government’s previous lawyer.”That left her successor at Justice, David Lametti, to fend off opposition charges Thursday of political interference in the justice system. Lametti said neither he nor Wilson-Raybould were ever directed or pressured to intervene with the director of public prosecutions to drop the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould’s father, Bill Wilson, said in a Facebook post Thursday that his daughter’s cabinet demotion “makes sense now — ugly political sense.” He predicted “history will prove that she did the right thing.”The attorney general is legally allowed to give directives to the public prosecutor on general issues and on individual cases, provided the directives are in writing and published in the Canada Gazette, the federal register.The fact that such directives must be done publicly is intended to constrain a justice minister from doing anything overtly political.Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsThis year marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II taking of the throne.To commemorate the occasion, Canada will be giving 60,000 Canadians the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal.Gov.-Gen. David Johnston presented some of the medals at a ceremony in Ottawa. Prime Minister Stephen Harper also attended.Roberta Jamieson, CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation and Clem Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, were among those receiving the honour.The medals are presented in recognition of their dedication to their Queen and Country.
Prior to puck-drop, the Flyers will be raising their 2017-2018 NPHL Championship banner.Game time is 8:30 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers will be taking on the Grande Prairie Athletics this Saturday.Last Saturday, the Flyers played a tight exhibition game as they went on to beat the Dawson Creek Canucks 6-5.The Flyers are looking for another win as they host the Athletics this Saturday at the North Peace Arena.
The RCMP would like to advise the public that these types of incidents are occurring locally.Investigations into these incidents are on-going.If you have any information on counterfeit currency, you are being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Recently, the Grande Prairie RCMP have been responding to several incidents where counterfeit Canadian currency is being used at multiple businesses in the area.According to RCMP, they have approximately 20 reported incidents where paper dollar bills where counterfeit bills, in a variety of denominations, have been used to pay for goods at local businesses.Police say the suspects will fold the bill in half with the transparent side down in an effort to hide the abnormalities of the currency.
WASHINGTON — A payment processor run by a prominent political donor will pay $110 million to settle U.S. charges the company knowingly processed transactions for merchants engaging in frauds.The Federal Trade Commission announced this week that Allied Wallet, its chief executive Ahmad “Andy” Khawaja and two other senior company officers had agreed to settle charges they participated in numerous scams.The federal probe stemmed from a 2018 investigation by The Associated Press that showed Khawaja’s company had helped pornographers, shady debt collectors and offshore gamblers access the international banking system, often by using dummy foreign corporations and fake websites.Khawaja, Allied Wallet and top executives have contributed at least $6 million to Democratic and Republican candidates and groups. Those donations helped earn Khawaja an Oval Office visit with President Donald Trump.The Associated Press
“With more than 6 per cent of Uruguay’s GDP and almost 20 per cent of total exports related to livestock production, every effort should be made to eradicate this disease with no borders,” said Myrna Alexander, World Bank Director for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, in a statement issued today. “The Bank is signalling its commitment to support this effort.” The Project, to be implemented over a period of two years, will provide technical and financial support to the Government of Uruguay to help contain and mitigate the impact of the outbreak. “With support from the Project, we are confident that Uruguay will rapidly regain the Foot and Mouth Disease-free status (without vaccination) it enjoyed from May 1996 to April 2001,” said Michael Carroll, the World Bank task manager for the Project. The loan will also support training, education and awareness programmes to increase the information about disease prevention to producers and the public.The $18.5 million, fixed-spread loan has a 15-year maturity, including a 5-year grace period.
OSU redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (5) runs with the ball during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 21 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorOhio State’s 17-14 loss at home to Michigan State on Saturday not only ended its nation-leading 23-game winning streak but also ended its three-week stint as the No. 3 team in the College Football Playoff rankings.On Tuesday, the CFP committee released its fourth of six sets of rankings, which featured the 10-1 Buckeyes dropping from the third spot to No. 8.Two Big Ten teams now sit in front of OSU in the rankings: the team that ruined its perfect record, Michigan State (No. 5), and undefeated Iowa (No. 4). Iowa has already clinched the Big Ten West Division and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game. Michigan State can lock the East division up with a win over Penn State on Saturday, but if the Spartans get upset, the winner of the OSU vs. Michigan game will earn the trip to Indianapolis to face off with the Hawkeyes.The other undefeated team, Clemson, remained in the top spot for the fourth time in as many polls. One-loss Alabama stood strong in the No. 2 spot for the third straight week. Rounding out the top four with Iowa was No. 3 Oklahoma, which springboarded Notre Dame, Iowa and Oklahoma State from last week’s No. 7 ranking for one of the tentative playoff spots.After topping Wisconsin 13-7 on the road, No. 16 Northwestern knocked the Badgers out of the top 25 and trimmed the number of Big Ten schools appearing in the rankings to five.Two more sets of rankings are set to be announced: one on Dec. 1, followed by the final top 25 and bowl selections on Dec. 6, the day after conference championships conclude.The entire top 25 of the fourth set of CFP rankings can be found below: Clemson Alabama Oklahoma Iowa Michigan State Notre Dame Baylor Ohio State Stanford Michigan Oklahoma State Florida Florida State North Carolina Navy Northwestern Oregon Ole Miss TCU Washington State Mississippi State UCLA Utah ToledoTemple
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEYEWITNESS: Forked tongue…December 7, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Fixing…September 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS”Gov’t being “very stupid” in its response to rice, sugar woes – TeixeiraNovember 4, 2015In “Politics” …AND SUGARThe Leader of the Opposition predicts that, the way things are going, the entire sugar industry will soon be shuttered. But that was always on the cards, wasn’t it? Right now, the Opposition Leader’s being very generous to suggest that the collapse is being triggered because of the vicious infighting for turf between the PNC’s Jordan and the AFC’s Holder.Jordan’s backed the SPU – part of NICIL — which he controls. But who exactly is Holder backing??In fact, it surfaced sometime ago that Holder wasn’t even nominated by the AFC to be the Minister of Agriculture. He is Granger’s man, and that’s who he’s backing!! As we knew from the beginning – before the infamous Valentine’s Day “Accord” — Granger insisted the sugar industry should be sold off. So the struggle is actually between Tweedledum and Tweedledee as to who should read the last rites over an institution which, via its workers, has defied the PNC since that strike in 1964 — the “troubles”, according to Granger!!He must also be chafing that his soldiers and GNS had to be commandeered to cut cane in 1976 when sugar workers struck for GAWU to be recognised. He obviously believes revenge is best served cold! The PNC and Granger can talk all they want about “rationalising” the industry, but until they explain why they threw Granger’s own CoI recommendations into the garbage, they cannot be given any benefit of the doubt about their intentions.That CoI – which included their Chairman of GuySuCo, Clive Thomas – recommended that the industry be subsidised and brought to a point of sale within three years – which would’ve been this year. Under that scenario, the entity would have been able to transition to a viable future not only its operations, but also the workers. As it is right now, from the latter’s standpoint, they’ll now lose corn and husk.A bond for over $30 billion has been floated to maintain the operations of the four closed estates – at least their field components – to make them attractive to prospective buyers. Well…duh!!…why wasn’t a bond raised to bring the entire GuySuCo operation to a point of sale?? The Govt would not have been subsidising anything. This nonsense about “subsidising” GuySuCo is also being exposed, as NDIA will demand billions annually to keep the canals going – something GuySuCo had done “for free”.So what’s going on? GuySuCo is now a political football between two supremely incompetent ministers, who’ll be allowed to fiddle while sugar burns to the ground. Granger couldn’t care less, since the squabble takes the focus away from his initial callous declaration.And the AFC, which thought they’d made Granger change his mind in 2015? They’ve been dumped like bagasse!!…AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLESOnce again, the scab’s been torn off the sore that lies at the heart of the scorn of the Indigenous Peoples of this land by Guyana’s elite. Your Eyewitness, of course, is talking about that poor Amerindian boy who was humiliated by the staff and fellow pupils of Mae’s, which brands itself as catering to the children of that elite. Well, we hope all those Amerindians who adorn this Government know exactly how that Georgetown elite feels about them and their culture.Let’s face it: the incident had nothing to do about the boy not being “properly” covered up. The elite that Mae’s caters to overwhelmingly DOMINATED the just concluded Carnival events, in which so much skin was exposed; the boy’s outfit was verily puritanical!! Maybe the boy should’ve “wined down” into the school – to show “real” Guyanese culture??Wouldn’t have helped. The scorn wasn’t for the outfit; it was for what it represents.An alternative authenticity that’s rejected because the governing elite still considers Amerindians as literally “beyond the pale”.…AND POLITICAL CHARGESThe CCJ has upheld the right of AGs to bring charges of “public misfeasance in public officials” as a tort – to allow the state to recoup gains in real estate “giveaways’.So why the CRIMINAL charges here?? Spite and bile against the PPP.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has sharply rejected suggestions that a controversial Financial Transactions Tax, championed as a way of making the banks pay for their past excesses, contravenes EU law.The commission “carried out a very thorough legal analysis” before submitting its FTT proposals,” EU Tax Commissioner Algirdas Semeta said in a tweet.“The FTT is legally sound and is fully in line with EU treaties” and international tax legislation, Semeta said.Press reports said an opinion drawn up by lawyers for the European Council — the EU’s political arm comprising member countries — had found that the FTT would discriminate and disadvantage those who do not adopt it.€30-35 billionThe commission believes the FTT, championed by France and Germany, would raise €30-35 billion annually via a levy on trade in shares, bonds and derivatives.The tax would apply to any transaction, anywhere in the world, carried out by a financial entity which is based in one of the 11 EU member states which have so far agreed to implement it.But the council’s lawyers said that this was a step too far, exceeding the tax jurisdiction of those EU states.It “is not compatible” with the current EU treaty “as it infringes on the tax competences” of non-participating states, the opinion said.‘Likely to lead to distortion of competition’In addition, the FTT “is discriminatory and likely to lead to distortion of competition to the detriment” to those who do not sign up, it added.For example, such discrimination could punish Britain, a financial powerhouse which bitterly opposes the FTT and refuses to join.As the FTT currently stands, in a trade between a French and British bank, France would tax both entities.Meanwhile in a trade with Germany, which backs the plan, France would tax only its bank and Berlin the German counterparty, meaning that France would earn twice the tax on a trade with a non-FTT country such as the UK.Emer Traynor, Semeta’s spokeswoman, said the Commission “strongly disagrees” with the Council’s legal opinion, charging that it looked at only one part of the FTT and “not the tax as a whole.”“In any case, this opinion is one of many which have been fed into the discussions … it certainly doesn’t imply any necessary slowdown” in work on the proposal, she said.The commission legal service will, however, analyse the opinion “in further detail”, she added.France and Germany have led efforts to introduce the FTT, winning backing from Austria, Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.The UK , where London is home to one of the world’s largest financial centres, sees the FTT as infringing on its right to tax, a sovereign power not to be shared with Brussels.The 11 member states in favour were authorised to go ahead with the planned levy under what is known as “enhanced cooperation”, a rare procedure enabling a minimum third of EU nations to work together without the rest when there is no general agreement.Read: 11 EU nations get go-ahead for ‘Robin Hood tax’, Ireland not among them >Read: 10 EU states to bring in financial transaction tax legislation >© -AFP
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 12, 2016 – The TCI public libraries will be closed this Friday and Saturday due to a workshop and staff meeting being held. Libraries will reopen on Monday at 8am. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
KUSI Newsroom, Posted: October 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State University is seeing record high graduation rates in all seven of it’s colleges. University President, Adela De La Torre told us all about the school’s success on Good Morning San Diego.The SDSU news center reported:SDSU has received recognition over many years for its steady success in narrowing the achievement gap. A comprehensive analysis of 2003-2013 data by the Education Trust found that SDSU was one of only 26 universities in the nation to have increased six-year graduation rates for all students while also closing the gap between six-year graduation rates for underrepresented students and white students.The Education Trust report recognized SDSU for cutting the achievement gap in half while simultaneously increasing the population of underrepresented minority students enrolled at the undergraduate level. Since then, SDSU has continued to implement programs and policies aimed at eliminating the achievement gap.SDSU’s full report can be read here. October 19, 2018 SDSU President Adela de la Torre on record high graduation rates Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University, sdsu FacebookTwitter
A Washougal teenager was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for trying to rob an 86-year-old woman in her home and burglarizing a second woman’s home, both last year.Nikita Zimin, 19, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted robbery, residential burglary and attempted residential burglary. Zimin had used a ruse that his car ran out of gas to enter the 86-year-old woman’s home in Washougal on Jan. 5, 2010. He then demanded the woman give him money, and when she didn’t comply, he pushed her to the ground, said Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata. Ikata said the woman may have hit a table when she was thrown to the ground; court records indicate she was taken to a local hospital for severe facial bruising and bleeding. She now lives at an assisted living facility.Zimin also admitted in court Thursday to burglarizing the Vancouver home of a second elderly woman and stealing $10 on March 24, 2010, and then trying to burglarize the home again Sept. 15 of that year, Ikata said. He knew both women because he mowed their lawns, Ikata said.Zimin was initially charged with several aggravating factors, including the fact that at least one of the victims was classified as a vulnerable adult. The deputy prosecutor said he and defense attorney Therese Lavallee reached the plea deal as a way to avoid putting both women through a trial.
The Juneau Assembly is working on amending child care permit regulations in an effort to increase child care availability in Juneau.Download Audio:The Juneau Lands and Resources committee met Monday evening to push forward an amendment to the city’s land use code that would allow child care providers to care for more children. (Photo by Lakeidra Chavis/KTOO)On Monday evening, the city’s Land and Resources committee forwarded an amendment that would change part of the land use code, allowing at-home child care facilities to take in 12 children instead of eight.The Association for the Education of Young Children, or AEYC, provides resources and advocates quality child care in the Southeast. Coordinator Nikki Love says the organization is in full support of the amendment.“There’s enough licensed care for 1 in 4, or 1 in 5 children, under the age of 5, so the need is really high,” Love said.In the past few years waitlists have increased but remain at a steady rate, according to Love.“We’d like to see a decrease in barriers to child care facilities and businesses in town since there is such a great need for child care, and changing the zoning would help open the door to potential businesses,” she said.The amendment also provides a clear definition of child care home-facilities, requires at home providers to have sufficient parking and if state fencing requirements apply, the city may require the fence to meet neighborhood aesthetics.If passed, the amendment would not affect any child care facilities currently operating.The amendment is a part of a larger comprehensive plan to fix the child care crisis Juneau.Gold Creek Child Development Director Gretchen Boone says she’s in favor of the permitting — the more childcare, the better.Boone says the waitlist at Gold Creek has 75 children on it — the highest she’s ever seen it despite working at the facility for nearly two decades.“Having more child care out there would benefit the entire community. There are families on our waitlist who have been on our waitlist for over a year and will probably never obtain space with us,” Boone said.Lisa White, former owner of Little Bear Daycare, says she also had long waitlists.“Usually by the time I would get back to some names they had long since found a place, but sometimes it would a year or two,” White said.White cites over-regulation as the reason she closed her child care center in 2007. Nearly finished with the re-licensing process she called it quits as a child care provider in Juneau after 17 years, a profession that she cherished.While speaking about the lack of childcare in Juneau, White got emotional. She looks forward to the situation improving for Juneau’s families.“It’s just going to keep getting worse unless they do something about it. There are all these families — they need this, and they don’t need this years from now, they need it years ago,” White said.The amendment was forwarded on to the full assembly, and will be considered at a future meeting.
Karimnagar: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the greatest leaders the country had produced, and he had won the hearts of the people from Kanyakumari to Kashmir with his better services to the nation, stated Karimnagar MP and BJP official spokesperson Bandi Sanjay Kumar.BJP leaders paid rich tributes by garlanding the photo of Vajpayee on his first death anniversary, at BJP office in Karimnagar on Friday. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar said the former Prime Minister Atalji, who won the Bharat Ratna and best Parliamentarian awards, led his life giving much importance to moral values. In the meeting that was held in 1980, Atalji, who had given a wonderful speech stating that ‘darkness will go, sun will rise and flower will blossom one day’ had come into reality with the BJP coming to power two consecutive times with bumper majority, he said. Also Read – Car mechanic held in Hyderabad for killing Class 10 girl in Jadcherla Advertise With Us ‘Atalji was committed to nationalism and had given slogan of one nation, one people and one act opposing Article 370 during his period. Following his footsteps, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been implementing various schemes with the slogan of ‘Sab ka sath and sabka vikas’ for the betterment of all sections of people.’ The youth of present generation must learn much from such great personalities, Sanjay Kumar advised. Advertise With Us BJP leaders B Satyanarayana, B Mahendar Reddy, K Shivaramaiah, K Murali Krishna, D Srinivas, G Satish, M Parusharam, B Praveen Rao, G Ramesh, A Prakash, Ram Gopal Reddy, Ramana Reddy, N Srinivas, Yashoda, Anitha, Swapna, Naveen Kumar, Anoof Kumar, Rama Krishna and Md Majeed, Md Jamal, Barbeer Singh, Kiran Reddy and Bal Reddy were present along with others.
Music composer Khayyam passed away in Mumbai on Monday due to a cardiac arrest. Spokesperson of Khayyam Trust Pritam Sharma said in a statement, “Veteran music composer Khayyam Saab is no more. He breathed his last at Sujoy Hospital, Juhu, Mumbai at 9:30 PM on 19/08/2019. He was admitted there since last few days for age related illness.” He was honoured with the National Film Award for his work in Umrao Jaan. He also won a Filmfare Award for Umrao Jaan and Kabhi Kabhi. He was bestowed with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2007. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us The Government of India honoured him with Padma Bhushan in 2011. Tributes began pouring in soon after the news of Khayyam’s death came out. Several artistes from the Indian film industry took to social media remembering the music maestro.Mahan sangeetkar Aur bahut nek dil insan Khayyam sahab aaj humare bich nahi rahe. Ye sunkar mujhe itna dukh hua hai jo main bayaa’n nahi kar sakti.Khayyam sahab ke saath sangeet ke ek yug ka anth hua hai.Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun. pic.twitter.com/8d1iAM2BPd— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 19, 2019
The final day of competition will feature the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, and the 400 free relay. Print Friendly Version The University of Louisville stands in second place after three days of racing at the 2019 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The Cardinals had two gold and a pair of silvers Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. NC State took the lead with 968.5 points with Louisville following with 817 ahead of Virginia (724), FSU (600.5), Virginia Tech (579.5), Duke (507), Notre Dame (479), Georgia Tech (396), Pitt (371), North Carolina (312), Miami (161) and Boston College (111). In the 100 backstroke, sophomore Nick Albiero, swimming his second event of the session, stalked the leader and touched in 44.88 to win silver and put up an NCAA A-Cut. Mitchell Whyte touched fourth fourth place in the A-Final with a time 45.38 just ahead of teammate Nikkos Sofianidis, who was sixth with a time of 46.09. The event was won by Coleman Stewart of NC State, who touched in 44.44 for an A-Cut. In the 100 fly FSU’s Kanoa Kaleoaloha won gold with a time of 44.93, the fastest time in the country to date. Nick Albiero touched fourth in the A-final for the Cardinals. Teammate Nikkos Sofianidis went 46.61 in the B-final and freshman Mitchell Whyte won the C-final with a 46.48. In the 200 free, Louisville freshman Bartosz Piszczorowicz won his first individual ACC championship with a 1:33.51. Cardinal senior Zach Harting swam an excellent back half and moved from fifth at the 150 mark, nearly touching out his teammate, who won by one-hundreth of a second. Colton Paulson checked in seventh in the A-final with a 1:34.52. Andrej Barna won the B-final with a time of 1:34.56 and Sam Steele finished fourth in the B-final with a time of 1:35.15. Marcelo Acosta touched second in the C-final, posting a 1:35.56 to wrap up scoring for UofL. The Cards won silver in the 400 medley relay with Nick Albiero (45.55), Evgenii Somov (51.90), Zach Harting (44.80) and an anchor of 41.50 by Andrej Barna combining for a 3:0375. NC State took gold with a time of 3:03.26. 2019 ACC Men’s Friday Finals results Story Links Louisville sophomore Evgenii Somov successfully defended his title the 100 breast, winning gold in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 51.90. The 400 Individual Medley was won by Virginia’s Brendan Casey, who went 3:39.93. UofL’s Daniel Sos swam a 3:42.96 in the A-final to touch fourth. Jarrett Jones went from 7th to third in the B-final in a great back half of swimming. clocking a 3:45.58.
The week’s rumor round up in filled with some interesting little details from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as well as a very juicy rumor about General Organa. Let’s get into it!Star Wars: Episode VIIIAn interesting new rumor was found on the IMDB forums about Luke and Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII. Serious warning for Episode VIII spoilers.The user Mr_Ghostface_Lives says that at least as far as Episode VIII and IX go, Luke is not revealed to be Rey’s father in those films. He claims that even The Force Awakens makes it clear there’s no relation there and Luke is for sure not Rey’s father. I don’t expect any minds to be changed by this one, but there you have it.Additionally, Mr_Ghostface_Lives says that General Organa is finally going to pull out some Force powers when she’s attacked early on in the film. The rumor according to Latino Review is that Laura Dern’s character takes command when Leia is gravely injured. The IMDB post says that Leia survives the attack only by using the Force. This is one of those rumors that really can come from anywhere or could be fabricated based on other more confirmed rumors, but it’s certainly interesting nonetheless. I know I would be very happy to see Leia use the Force.Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryMakingStarWars.net was able to grab yet another possible character name for upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This time it’s Forest Whitaker’s armored mystery man, who up until this point was only known as Eel Leader. Here’s the report:While digging on “Galen” I came across a new name for Forest Whitaker’s character. Most of the codes for Whitaker were things like Eel Leader in the past. Now we have learned that people are calling him “Castro.” Forest Whitaker’s character appears to be named “Castro” in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but until it’s confirmed, it very well could be another coded name. Personally, this one sounds like a code name to me. Perhaps during one of the script revisions his code name was changed to bring a little more clarity to his role. Either way it’s certainly an interesting choice for the character. Jason was also able to get more confirmation on Mads Mikkelsen’s character with more indication that his name is indeed “Galen”.Kyber crystals are those things inside lightsabers that focus energy and give the blades color. Turns out they also exist in a much bigger form and are key to the Death Star’s superlaser. The last few years of Star Wars canon have given us a lot on Kyber crystals, and it looks like we might see some in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. MakingStarWars.net has heard reports of crates on set containing the crystals and some Imperial scientists who may be working with them.We speculate that the crystals are being mined for synthesis by the scientists. The Death Troopers are there to protect the valuable crystals. Perhaps the Empire has had some problems with getting that crystal to focus properly? Is the mountain simply a mine or a secret research facility? It is all pretty fascinating. I’m really into Sheev Palpatine’s mad scientist adventures so the idea that he’s sending the galaxy’s best scientists on a Manhattan Project-type quest to acquire Kyber crystals for sinister reasons is, well, dope. In all likelihood this is something that probably will only be mentioned in a briefing once in the film, but these types of throwbacks to Star Wars lore are what’s going to make the Star Wars Stories feel a little closer to galaxy we know and love.Veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director Simon Crane has been tapped to join the Rogue One reshoots, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR was also able to confirm that Bourne-series writer Tony Gilroy will be working on new script pages for the lengthy reshoots in a role that’s probably taking over for originally reported Christopher McQuarrie.Interesting that Disney would bring on a second unit director with so much stunt experience for just a few cockpit talking shots. Hmm.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has primarily approved the report of the Chief Electoral Officer of Bengal stating that less than 30 percent of the total booths in the state are ‘sensitive’, thereby ruling out the demand of BJP that all 78,000 booths in the state should be declared so.As per reports of the CEO’s office, 18,461 booths in the state have been identified as vulnerable, which is around 25 percent of the total number of booths. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources in the EC, South 24-Parganas, with 2,357 vulnerable pockets, is the most sensitive district in the state. Eight other districts including North 24 Parganas, Murshidabad, Malda, East Midnapore, North Dinajpur, Birbhum, West Burdwan and Kolkata are also under the scanner of the Election Commission. “This will be reviewed and the final deployment of Central Forces will be made on the basis of vulnerability,” said a senior official in the CEO’s office. Moreover, the Election Commission’s preliminary report to the expenditure observers has also revealed that there are no ‘expenditure sensitive’ constituencies in Bengal. The report assumes significance as the EC has identified more than 110 Lok Sabha constituencies across the country as “expenditure sensitive” or prone to influence through money in the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the report, all parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu and over half of the seats in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka and Telangana have been identified as “expenditure sensitive”. 116 of 175 Assembly constituencies and 16 of 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh are expenditure sensitive. A number of Lok Sabha seats in Telangana, Bihar, Karnataka and two LS seats in Jharkhand are under EC watch. A good number of constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Haryana will also be closely monitored by the Election Commission. Sources in the CEO’s office stated that Bengal doesn’t have a history of exorbitant expenses in the election. In the last two major elections- the Lok Sabha election in 2014 and the Assembly polls in 2016, there was hardly any major seizure after the MCC (Model Code of Conduct) came into force. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the seizure was a little over Rs 7 crore, of which Rs 4 crore was released after verification. In Kolkata, the seizure was around Rs 5 lakh but the entire money was returned after verification. “There was a seizure of Rs 3 crore in absolute terms, which is very low considering the vastness of Bengal. The expense per constituency was also within limit and over 90 percent candidates submitted their return after the election. There was no case of bribery or illegal money transaction and so the state has been designated as non-expenditure sensitive,” the source maintained. It may be mentioned that expenditure sensitivity is determined by the past history of a constituency. The Commissioner of Police or the Superintendent of the district identifies a constituency as ‘expenditure sensitive’, meaning that it is prone to high expenditure and corrupt practices. The local administration, in consultation with the expenditure observer, also looks into the literacy, economic development or the number of complaints during the last election. On the basis of the report, the commission makes special arrangement for these constituencies.
As one of Hollywood’s first showmen, Charlie Chaplin was always in the public eye. Born into poverty, he went from the workhouses of London to the glamour of the big screen. His legendary persona of “The Tramp” with bowler hat, little mustache and walking stick is etched into people’s memories forever. So it’s no surprise to learn that when he died at the age of 88 in 1977, his body was caught up in a scenario filled with his trademark comedy and pathos. The setting was the area of Corsier-sur-Vevey by Lake Geneva, Switzerland, where the Chaplins had their family home.Charlie Chaplin as “the Tramp”His passing happened on Christmas Day, so perhaps widow Lady Oona and their children thought things couldn’t get any worse. Sadly they did, though not in the way anyone expected. A call came through from the police in March 1978 that added a strange new dimension to the Chaplin story.Oona received the alarming news that Charlie’s body had been dug up from the local cemetery. The reasons for this became clear when a follow-up call was taken from those responsible. Nefarious characters were demanding a ransom of hundreds of thousands of dollars for the return of the comedian’s remains.Corsier-sur-Vevey by Lake Geneva. Photo by Domaine du Manoir de Ban CC BY-SA 4.0However, there was a fly in the ointment. The family wasn’t going to play ball. As the BBC mentions in a reproduction of its coverage at the time, Oona believed “Charlie would have thought it rather ridiculous.” The thieves told her they were going to come after the kids. Still no dice.This led to a standoff which lasted weeks. Media speculation was rife, with one report quoted by the BBC claiming “it had been dug up because Sir Charles was a Jew buried in a gentile cemetery.”Chaplin with his wife Oona and six of their children in 1961.Meanwhile, the man who’d brought audiences classics such as Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1940) was lying in his displaced coffin beneath a cornfield. He’d been buried there by two mechanics, Roman Wardas from Poland and Bulgarian Gantscho Ganev.Police attempted to lure the culprits with fake ransom deliveries but these didn’t take. By May they were so determined that every public phone in the locality had a man on it. This paid off and Wardas and Ganev were tracked down and arrested.Chaplin in Modern Times, 1936.It was Wardas, the younger man, who’d devised the scheme in the midst of financial troubles. The judge handed down a sentence of four and a half years hard labor. Ganev the accomplice received eighteen months suspended. The terrible plot, so to speak, caused misery for the Chaplins and their famous father was laid to rest again, this time with a layer of concrete over him to guard against opportunists.Charlie Chaplin quotesThat being said, the saga ended with a degree of warmth rather than recriminations. According to an Independent interview with son Eugene mentioned in Smithsonian Magazine, “both graverobbers wrote letters to his mother, who was ready to let bygones be bygones. The wife of the nicer one wrote and said ‘We’re so sorry’. My mother wrote back and said: ‘Look, all is forgiven.’”Chaplin (right) receiving his Honorary Academy Award from Jack Lemmon in 1972. It was the first time he had been to the United States in 20 years.Then in 2014, the tale received the ultimate accolade in the form of a film adaptation. Xavier Beauvois’ comedy The Price Of Fame presented a heavily fictionalized account of the affair, with Eugene and Dolores Chaplin putting in appearances.Wardas had reportedly been inspired by a similar case. Body snatching is a long-established criminal enterprise. As covered by Mental Floss in 2009, an audacious plan to steal the body of Abraham Lincoln was intercepted.Charles and Oona Chaplin graves in Corsier-sur-Vevey. Photo by Philoum CC BY-SA 3.0After the foiling “Lincoln’s remains were re-buried in the same mausoleum at Oak Ridge, but instead of being inside the sarcophagus, they were secretly hidden in a shallow grave in the basement of the tomb—a fact that was known only to a handful of people for decades.”Read another story from us: Hollywood’s First Scandal: Fatty Arbuckle and the Party that Ended his CareerEventually, Lincoln was properly laid to rest and, like Chaplin, a payload of concrete sealed the deal. Steve Palace is a writer, journalist, and comedian from the UK. Sites he contributes to include The Vintage News, Art Knews Magazine, and The Hollywood News. His short fiction has been published as part of the Iris Wildthyme range from Obverse Books.
Steph Curry is everything Westbrook isn’tGame 2 of Golden State’s second round matchup against the Pelicans saw Steph Curry return to game action for the first time since suffering an MCL injury on March 23. Despite being a league MVP and multiple time champion, he was fine coming off the bench and blended into the lineup with an efficient 28 points on 15 shots.Today, Colin pointed out that Curry is everything Russell Westbrook, who is currently sitting at home after getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row, isn’t.The contrasts are endless, and all favor Steph. For example, Westbrook has repeatedly said he doesn’t recruit free agents and drove Kevin Durant away. Curry actively recruited Kevin Durant to cement his super team and has sacrificed stats to allow KD to fit in. In a shooter’s league, Curry is arguably the best shooter in the history of the NBA, but is always efficient. Westbrook is an inefficient volume gunner. And on, and on.Westbrook fans will disagree and say Colin is picking on him, but just ask Kevin Durant who he’d rather play with. Hint: It’s not Russell Westbrook. It’s never gonna happen for Toronto against LeBronFacing a gassed LeBron, and a Cleveland team that barely made it out of the first round, the Raptors had every conceivable advantage heading into Game 1. Toronto was rested, at home, led by double digits late…and they still lost.Colin has said it before, but it’s never been clearer that Toronto will never be able to beat Cleveland in the playoffs with LeBron around. Anyone, including Drake, that thinks differently is delusional, and probably from Toronto. Just like the asteroid destroyed the dinosaurs. LeBron is the asteroid and the Raptors are going to soon be extinct from the playoffs, again. Well, in Drake’s case it may be Kendrick Perkins that wipes him out.Also:– Big Ben is still the Steelers’ futureGuests:Nick Wright – Host of First Thing’s First joins the show talking Barkley vs. Draymond; and why Game 5 is devastating for the Raptors.Stephen Jackson – NBA champion with the Spurs is in-studio discussing the Kawhi Leonard/Spurs situation;Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio discussing the Raptors Game 1 choke job against the Cavs, and why the Raptors are just Indiana North.