A look at how the SNCLavalin report could impact Liberals electoral fortunes

first_imgJoanna Smith, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog woke up a sleepy summer pre-election period Wednesday with a report that found Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by putting undue pressure on former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to end the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin. The report landed with just weeks to go before the start of the Oct. 21 federal election campaign. Here are some of the ways it could hamstring Liberal aspirations:Friends turned rivalsWilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott, two prominent former Liberals with intimate knowledge of the SNC-Lavalin affair, are seeking re-election as Independent candidates in their respective ridings of Vancouver Granville, in British Columbia, and Markham—Stouffville, in Ontario. Having been ousted from the Liberal caucus after resigning from cabinet, their campaigns in two important electoral battlegrounds are likely to get an outsized amount of public attention — and they’ve already made it clear they’re no longer supporters of the prime minister.Cloudy waysThe Liberals came to power on a promise to do politics differently. It was a message that resonated after nearly a decade of Conservative rule under former prime minister Stephen Harper, who was accused of centralizing too much power in the Prime Minister’s Office and running roughshod over Parliament. Trudeau has been travelling the country this summer talking about how the Liberals plan to invest in Canadians, while warning that voting for Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer would risk returning to the days of Harper. The ethics commissioner’s report, which tells a story of a prime minister who exceeded the accepted bounds of the influence of the office, risks undermining that message.Ghost of an ethics violation pastIt’s not the first time Trudeau has been scolded for an ethical lapse. In 2017, Mary Dawson, the former ethics commissioner, found Trudeau had contravened four sections of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and his family went on vacation to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. Trudeau apologized and said he would ask the commissioner to clear all his personal vacations in advance going forward. Then last year, Trudeau had to pay a $100 fine after failing to disclose a pair of sunglasses he had received as a gift from Wade MacLauchlan, then the premier of P.E.I., within 30 days. All of it “shows a pattern,” said Scheer — a pattern the Conservative leader will no doubt be illustrating during the campaign.Gerald ButtsThe longtime close friend of Trudeau was a central figure in the SNC-Lavalin scandal; Wilson-Raybould named him as one of the PMO officials who was urging her to halt criminal proceedings against the Montreal engineering firm. Butts denied the allegations, but resigned as Trudeau’s principal secretary, saying he did not want to distract from the government’s agenda. Earlier this summer, media reports emerged that Butts had quietly returned to the Liberal fold to help with the campaign. With a renewed focus on the controversy, will his presence be an asset, or a liability?QuebecTrudeau and his team insisted their sole motivation in lobbying for a remediation agreement for SNC-Lavalin was a desire to protect jobs. Many of those jobs are in Quebec, which is home to Trudeau’s riding of Papineau and where Liberals currently hold 40 of the province’s 78 seats. Michael Wernick, who retired as clerk of the Privy Council over the affair, had raised the 2018 Quebec election in his conversation with Wilson-Raybould, although he testified he was not motivated by partisanship. While Liberals could be seen as championing the interests of Quebecers, that sort of support can play very differently in other parts of the country.— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

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UN food agency panel suggests trade restrictions on sawfish and European eel

30 May 2007The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today announced that an expert panel it convened is supporting trade restrictions on sawfish and the European eel. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) today announced that an expert panel it convened is supporting trade restrictions on sawfish and the European eel.The proposals have been submitted to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in a bid to protect stocks in the wild.Once a species is listed by CITES, its trade can be banned completely in extreme cases or, in other situations, permitted only if exporters can certify that the species was legally harvested and that trading it will not be detrimental to its survival in the wild, the agency said in a news release. The Convention was established to conserve species whose status is being directly impacted by trade. It is not designed to protect species that are endangered for other reasons.CITES members will be ruling on proposals to list a number of species when they gather in The Hague next week for the Convention’s annual conference of parties. read more

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Ban stresses role of business in advancing sustainable development agenda

16 December 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the critical role that businesses play in advancing sustainable development, and called for a surge in public-private partnerships ahead of a major United Nations conference on the issue next June. “We need you. More than ever before, we need to develop a long-term vision for our planet,” Mr. Ban said in remarks prepared for the UN Global Compact Board luncheon, held in New York. “A vision that not only relies on political will, but one that recognizes the critical role that business can and must play in advancing and ensuring sustainable development around the world,” he added. A growing number of businesses have signed up to the Global Compact since it was set up in 2000, pledging to align their business practices to 10 universally accepted principles concerning human rights, labour, environmental sustainability and the fight against corruption. The Compact is the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative with 6,000 companies in 135 countries. The international community will gather at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil next June to chart a course towards a more sustainable and equitable world.“In Rio, business cannot and must not be sidelined – it is a central partner, alongside governments, civil society and others,” noted Mr. Ban. “If sustainable development is to become a reality, we need to unleash a wave of public-private partnership on a much bigger scale,” he added.Addressing participants earlier in the day at the board’s last meeting for this year, Mr. Ban highlighted the Global Compact’s growth and evolution over the years, while also stressing the need to take the initiative to the next level. “The initiative has matured. Today the challenge goes beyond having companies build the ten principles into their strategies and operations. We also want them to focus on the Compact’s second objective and become an active partner in the UN’s broader mission. “Much of the Compact’s work focuses on forging public-private partnerships to address critical issues – from women’s empowerment to children’s rights to sustainable energy,” he noted.Rio+20, he added, is a major opportunity for the Compact to bring such a partnership agenda to full scale. “For you as board members, this means intensifying efforts in the coming months. By the time we meet in Rio, I hope that this board will reconstitute itself as a Global Compact partnership board, with the capacity to provide guidance on the rapidly evolving sustainable development agenda.“We all know that corporate sustainability, as advanced by the Global Compact, is a critical building block to a more sustainable future,” he stated. “Public-private partnerships have the potential to deliver truly transformational, systemic change. Many of the solutions and innovations already exist. At Rio, let us fully utilize this historic opportunity.”. read more

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Former Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort picked up by Indianapolis Colts

Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort (74) prepares to block a defender during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State offensive lineman Jack Mewhort was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 59th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.Mewhort was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes and a 2013 ESPN first-team All-American, as well as an Associated Press third-team All-American.Named as a team captain during his senior season, Mewhort led an offensive rushing attack that ranked fifth in the country with 308.6 yards per game. The Buckeye offense broke school records for points scored in a season with 637 and touchdowns with 87 behind Mewhort and the rest of the line.As a junior, Mewhort started all 12 games in an undefeated season for the Buckeyes. He missed just 10 offensive snaps from scrimmage in 2012, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors.Mewhort started all 13 games during his sophomore season and played in 10 games as a true freshman in 2010.He graduated from OSU with a degree in consumer and family resource financial services May 4.Mewhort was the first selection of the Colts in the 2014 draft and the fourth OSU player taken behind linebacker Ryan Shazier (Steelers), cornerback Bradley Roby (Broncos), and running back Carlos Hyde (49ers).The Colts are scheduled to begin their season against Roby and the Denver Broncos Sept. 7 at 8:30 p.m. read more

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How A Weekend Of Upsets Changed The College Football Playoff

MAKES PLAYOFFWINS NAT’L TITLE AuburnSEC<1-10<1-2 FloridaSEC<1—<1— USCPac-122+2<1— TEAMCONFERENCEPROBCHANGEPROBCHANGE TennesseeSEC<1—<1— Washington St.Pac-124—<1— Oklahoma St.Big 123—<1— WashingtonPac-1232-205-5 West VirginiaBig 126+2<1— ColoradoPac-1210+2<1— UtahPac-122+2<1— AlabamaSEC90%+438%+7 Western MichiganMAC<1—<1— We’d said Louisville needed help to squeeze back into the playoff picture, and this past weekend provided it. If the Cardinals win out (the biggest obstacle to which is Houston, on the road, this Thursday night), they’d be slightly better than 50-50 to make the CFP. And Michigan’s loss only ratchets up the pressure surrounding “The Game” against Ohio State on Nov. 26: Provided each team beats its next foe (both Michigan and Ohio State are very likely to beat Indiana and Michigan State, respectively), the winner of the two rivals’ annual clash will be practically guaranteed to make the CFP — while the loser’s chances will be slim at best.All of these shake-ups will lead to a few weeks of extra anxiety for the coaches involved. But from a fan’s perspective, they took a relatively tidy (read: potentially boring) playoff picture and made it far more chaotic, a good recipe for an exciting climax to the season.Check out our college football predictions. MichiganBig Ten36-2012-7 Penn StateBig Ten8+6<1— OklahomaBig 1215+72+2 Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » 2016 College Football Playoff predictions update (Nov. 16) ClemsonACC70-914-3 Ohio StateBig Ten56+1817+7 LouisvilleACC40+129+3 NebraskaBig Ten<1—<1— The big beneficiaries of that were Ohio State, which tacked 18 percentage points onto its CFP probability, and Louisville, which picked up 12 points — as well as the Big Ten’s less-heralded contenders (Wisconsin and Penn State) and whoever wins the Big 12 (probably Oklahoma), who now has a Hail Mary’s chance to make the playoff. Changes in FiveThirtyEight’s CFP prediction model are since last week.Source: ESPN Stats & InfoRMATION GROUP After one of the wildest upset weekends in history — three of the AP poll’s top four teams all lost on Saturday — you knew the college football landscape was due for some bulldozing. That applied to both the College Football Playoff committee’s rankings, which landed Tuesday night, and FiveThirtyEight’s CFP prediction model, which uses those rankings to simulate the rest of the season and project who will be left standing when the committee makes its final decision. Each leaves us with a cloudier view of the playoff picture now than we had a week ago.On the committee side, Washington dropped out of the rankings’ all-important top four (the Huskies fell to No. 6 after falling to USC), Clemson slid from second to fourth after its loss to Pitt, and Ohio State vaulted from No. 5 to No. 2. At the same time, Michigan stayed at No. 3 despite losing to Iowa, and Alabama strengthened its grip on No. 1 — so three of the top four from last week’s rankings remained in those coveted positions. But now slots 2 through 6 in the rankings are all occupied by one-loss teams, with six more two-loss teams directly behind them. Aside from the Crimson Tide’s ongoing dominance, there’s not much to feel confident about going into the final few weeks of the regular season.That point is underscored by our CFP prediction model. Alabama remained relatively steady, and now has a 90 percent probability of making the playoff; at this point, the Tide would likely get in even if they lost a game (whether to Auburn in the season finale, or perhaps even the SEC championship). But the weekend also took identical 20-percentage-point tolls on Michigan and Washington’s CFP probabilities, and lopped 9 points off of Clemson’s as well. WisconsinBig Ten24+92+1 read more

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Metso to supply rotary railcar unloader systems to Pilbara Infrastructure

first_imgMetso will supply two twin-cell rotary railcar unloader systems to Pilbara Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (FMG – reported in detail in IM’s April issue) for its Anderson Point site in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The value of the order is approximately €39 million. Both deliveries will be completed in Q4, 2009. Each unloader system consists of a train indexer, train locks and a twin-cell rotary railcar unloader.  The order also comprises engineering, design and start-up assistance of the unloader systems. The unloader systems are capable of unloading trains at a rate of 80 wagons per hour each. This translates into an unloading rate of approximately 10,800 t/h per system. Metso’s solution will be used at Anderson Point to unload trains from iron ore coming from both FMG’s Cloudbreak and Christmas Creek mines.last_img read more

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Man 84 dies in road crash after collision with oncoming vehicle

first_imgAN 84-YEAR-OLD MAN has died following a crash in Monaghan.A second driver, a 37-year-old woman, was uninjured in the incident.The man was critically injured when his car left the road, hit a ditch, and then collided with an oncoming vehicle.He was rushed to Cavan General Hospital but died later that afternoon.Garrdai are appealing for any witnesses to contact Monaghan Garda Station on 04777200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.It brings the number of people killed in collisions yesterday to five.Three women and a 10-year-old child died in an unrelated incident in Mullingar yesterday.last_img

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The Many Lives of Missy and The Master

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Despite its deep roots in traditional science fiction and drama, Doctor Who actually takes many of its cues from American buddy comedies of yore.By pairing childhood frenemies the Doctor and the Master—two contrasting personalities—the show creates a particular on-screen dynamic: good vs. evil, light vs. dark, clever vs. cleverer.Both renegade aliens mad with power, the two Time Lords use their gift—the ability to travel through space and time—in very different ways.Driven insane at a young age after looking into the Untempered Schism on Gallifrey, the Master, hell bent on controlling the universe and making the Doctor suffer, flees his home planet in a stolen TARDIS.“The pleasure of seeing the human race exterminated, Doctor,” Roger Delgado’s Master said in the 1972 episode “The Sea Devils.” “The human race of which you are so fond. Believe me that’ll be a reward in itself.”IncarnationsFirst portrayed by Delgado in 1971’s “Terror of the Autons,” the character arrives on Earth to wreak havoc but finds himself stranded on the planet, where he becomes a recurring pain in the Doctor’s arse.Just like the show’s regenerating titular character, the Master has been played by multiple actors over nearly five decades. Delgado (pictured) originated the part, which he reprised in many Third Doctor serials until his death in 1973. Peter Pratt took over in late 1976, and was succeeded by Geoffrey Beevers (1981) and Anthony Ainley (1981-89).Gordon Tipple and Eric Roberts stepped into the role for the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie, playing “the old Master” and “the Master,” respectively. Since the program’s reboot in 2005, the mischievous Time Lord has been personified by Derek Jacobi and John Simm.In 2007, camouflaged as a human named Yana, the Master returns to his true identity (in the form of Jacobi). But when he is fatally wounded, the Master crawls into the Doctor’s TARDIS and regenerates into a younger body (Simm). Transported back to earth, he takes on the alias of “Harold Saxon,” Minister of Defence of Great Britain—soon to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.During a two-part special broadcast on Christmas 2009 and New Year’s 2010, the Master gets revenge on Gallifrean Lord President Rassilon, who he blames for his troubles, but manages to send Rassilon, Gallifrey, and himself “back into [the] hell” of the final day of the Time War.The botched resurrection leads to a welcome surprise gender-bending twist: Michelle Gomez appeared in the eighth series as Missy (pictured), a mysterious “woman in the shop” who brings Clara and the Eleventh Doctor together. She is later unveiled as a new, female incarnation of the Master: “Well, couldn’t very well keep calling myself ‘The Master,’ now could I?” she groans in “Dark Water.”Gomez decked out in Missy’s steampunk Mary Poppins costume, and a sly smile recently confirmed her return to the show’s 10th season, scheduled for April 15.TARDISWhile the Doctor’s TARDIS is stuck in the shape of a 1960s London police box, his counterpart’s ship has shape-shifted into dozens of disguises. These disguises include a horsebox, a white cupboard, a red rocket, a grandfather clock, a police box, a plant, a column, a fireplace, and a Concord.last_img read more

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River Maiden coffee shop reborn after loss of old space

first_imgRiver Maiden Artisan Coffee has got its sequel.The pop culture-loving coffee shop opened a brand new location at 5301 E. Mill Plain Blvd. last week, nearly a year after losing its original space down the road.“We feel amazing and so grateful,” said Melissa Layman, who co-owns the shop with Aaron Flies. “Can’t stop smiling. Even though we’re exhausted, we can’t stop smiling.”River Maiden had been without a home since last summer after its previous landlord, Highland Square LLC, moved to find a tenant who would sign a 10-year lease. That commitment was too long for Layman and Flies.With its future in doubt, River Maiden closed last June. A drive-thru opened last July while they searched for a new location.The new, 2,500-square-foot space officially opened last week. It is a former Bank of America branch that could have an operational drive-thru and commercial kitchen by summer.Plus, the shop’s penchant for remixing quotes from popular 1980s movies was on display with new T-shirts saying “Nobody Puts River Maiden in a Corner.”last_img read more

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Citizen group promoting safe walkways

first_imgCitizen group promoting safe walkways February 12, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 12, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A new group is promoting the right of people to walk in safety in San Diego and is asking all property owners to require motorized scooter and bike rental companies to cease and desist placing their vehicles on sidewalks adjacent their properties.The group, Safe Walkways, is made up of San Diego residents concerned about the threat to pedestrian safety posed by the misuse of motorized rental scooters.The group said they recently started submitting their proposals to address the safety crisis that has badly affected the lives of people Downtown and at the Beaches.Jonathan Freeman stopped by Good Morning San Diego to discuss the group. “Our proposals also make it possible for the public to easily report misplaced scooters to all the companies, not just one or two. Misplacement has become a severe problem for many pedestrians, especially the disabled, and scooter companies appear not to understand basic requirements of the ADA. Our proposals will rectify that problem, prevent underage users driving motorized vehicles and help pedestrians obtain redress if needed,” said Freeman.If you want more information on the Safe Walkways campaign click here.center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:04 AM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Strictly Business Downside for falling gas prices

first_img We love those lower gas prices, right? We drive away from the pump with a few more dollars for groceries, movies, maybe even our savings accounts to backstop our flat wages.But — and there is always a “but” with even the best of news — when do falling gas prices become too much of a good thing?That’s becoming a hot topic from Wall Street to Clark County. The chatter on Wall Street is that crude prices can’t go much lower than last week’s $80 per barrel before something has to give in order to keep the oil company profits flowing. And that “something” might just be a slowdown in production out of the Bakken oil fields.Analysts say that a barrel price below $75 per gallon should trigger a cut in production. But who cuts back first — domestic producers or Middle East giants? No one knows.Today’s price issues don’t affect the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver, now grinding its way through a state environmental review process. But if prices remain low and production from the Bakken oil fields slows for a sustained period, the terminal’s developers could make less than they’d expected. After all, when you’re moving up to 15.1 million gallons of oil per day — 360,000 barrels of 42 gallons each — a few dollars difference in price adds up to big bucks. Gordon Oliver, Columbian’s business editorlast_img read more

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Jeff Goldblums Long Road To His No 1 Jazz Album The Capitol

first_img Jeff Goldblum Dishes On His No. 1 Jazz Album jeff-goldblums-long-road-his-no-1-jazz-album-capitol-studio-sessions Email Facebook News Jeff Goldblum’s Long Road To His No. 1 Jazz Album, ‘The Capitol Studio Sessions’ The famed actor launches his lifetime love of jazz piano to the next level and to the top of the chartsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2018 – 5:21 pm Believe it or not, Jeff Goldblum has a chart-topping album. The well-known actor’s music recording debut, The Capitol Studios Sessions, has hit No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart.Recorded live over two nights, the album sees Goldblum spiking the well of jazz standards from the likes of Hancock to Mingus with stage banter full of his signature pseudo-suave quirk, strangeness and charm. The result is both musical and comical enough for Rolling Stone to draw a favorable comparison to Tom Waits’ classic live album, Nighthawks At The Diner.But Goldblum is not merely acting as if he were a jazz pianist here. The 66-year-old has actually been playing since he was a teenager, as he revealed in a recent interview.”I’d ‘play for company’ when my parents’ friends came over and I remember locking myself in a room one afternoon and getting the Yellow Pages and turning to cocktail lounges around Pittsburgh and I went from A to Z,” Goldblum told Rolling Stone, admitting he’d been trying to sneak into clubs as a teen to play piano.Even as his acting career took off, his love of jazz never subsided. When famed writer/director Woody Allen suggested through a friend he kick up a regular gig, Goldblum began playing a residency at L.A.’s Rockwell with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra (named facetiously after a friend of Goldblum’s mom from his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa.). Eventually, a GRAMMY-winning producer made a career-changing suggestion that led to recording an album.”Larry Klein, this terrific producer, saw the Rockwell show and said, ‘Gee, I think what you guys are doing is a little bit unique. It reminds me of another time when jazz was substantial and progressive and had an interesting kind of integrity to it but it was accessible and fun and the centerpiece of some social [activity]. I think we should recreate a live atmosphere like this and do it over a couple of nights.’ It was all very spontaneous,” recalls Goldblum.The Capitol Studios Sessions features guest vocal appearances from Haley Reinhart, Imelda May and Sarah Silverman. Despite his success as an actor and the perception of actors making the jump to music, Goldblum’s passion for music and appreciation of his fans’ support remains earnest.”If you love something, it doesn’t really matter what people think as much because you’re not really relying on that,” says Goldblum. “But I’m gratified to see when people experience the band or come up to me after [the show]. It’s very happy-making for me. They get a kick out of it and I like that.”From Punk Rocker To Motivational Speaker: The Surprising Evolution Of AngstRead more Twitter last_img read more

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The shocking reason why Angelina Jolie is not dating anyone after Brad

first_imgAngelina Jolie poses with her fiance Brad Pitt as they arrive for the world premiere of his film World War Z in London June 2, 2013.REUTERS/Neil HallAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have ended their decade long affair almost two and a half years ago. Ever since then, a number of celebrities were allegedly linked with these two Hollywood heartthrobs but both Jolie and Pitt have remained single. The mother of six children is focusing on her work and her philanthropic work and choosing to dedicate her time with her kids, rather than finding a boyfriend to date.Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt shocked everyone when the reports surfaced in late-2016 that they both are parting their ways for good. At first, several speculated that these two will get back together but even after almost three years, these two are stick with their decision to end their marriage. As of now, neither of these two have found love again, despite several absurd rumors that suggested that Angelina wants to date Keanu Reeves or Brad Pitt is secretly dating Jennifer Aniston.As per an alleged report by HollywoodLife, Angelina Jolie is single and feels complete because of her work and her children. The alleged insider stated that the Tomb Raider movie actress is not dating anyone because it is her decision to stay that way.”She’s very happy again and doesn’t feel that a romantic relationship is something she needs in her life to feel complete or happy. It’s not about her not being able to move on for Brad, he has nothing to do with her decision, not to date, she just really has no interest right now. That could change of course, but right now her focus is solely on her work and her kids, her plate is very full,” the insider added. UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in MosulUNHCRWell, earlier this year, a court judge has already made Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt legally single. Their divorce is not yet finalized yet and it looks like both Angelina and Brad are reportedly waiting to finalize the divorce proceedings before moving on in the respective dating lives.”She trusts her instincts and relies heavily on her intuition so if she meets someone and she feels that spark and feels drawn to get to know them further than she’ll explore that.”As of now, neither Angelina Jolie nor Brad Pitt are publicly dating anyone. All the reports about them dating other celebrities have nothing but fabricated pieces.last_img read more

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US Geological Survey Finds More Untapped Oil in Part of Permian Basin

first_img X Listen 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Eric KounceA pumpjack located south of Midland, Texas.There’s more recoverable oil in a part of West Texas than scientists previously thought.A new report from the U.S. Geological Survey is just the latest sign that the nation’s top oilfield will continue to attract drillers.Add it to the list of reasons people keep talking about “Permania” in the Permian Basin.10 years ago, in just one part of that sprawling oilfield, the U.S.G.S. identified 530 million barrels of oil that drillers could get their hands on, if they wanted.   Now, that number for the Spraberry Formation is up to 4.2 billion barrels.That doesn’t mean there’s suddenly more oil under the ground. It just means people know more about how to find it.“With horizontal drilling and fracking of these wells, industry can successfully extract more of the resource,” says Dr. Stephanie Gaswirth, the survey’s task chief for the Permian Basin.She led a study of another part of the region last year that found a much bigger twenty billion barrels of oil. She says if companies keep getting better at drilling, we could see more of the same.“As the technology continues to improve, there are definitely resources out there that wouldn’t have been considered productive, without those technologies that we now have.”Drillers are continuing to lust over West Texas. Rig counts are up, companies are turning profits even with low oil prices, and the Basin’s accounting for a larger share of nationwide oil production. Sharelast_img read more

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Is DACA Really Dead What the National Guard Move Is All About

first_imgOn this new episode of Politics 101, Jay Aiyer and  special guest Jerónimo Cortina– sans Brandon Rottinghaus–discuss last week’s hottest political events and answer questions from the audience. Sharelast_img

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DC Stylist Offers Tips to Avoid Winter Hair Loss Breakage

first_imgAs the cold air sets in and the official start of Winter is only days away, area hair stylists have charted an increase in the number of Black clients experiencing hair loss and breakage. While climate-sensitive Black hair is not uncommon, many women are unaware of home remedies and precautions that ward off damage.Anacostia stylist Katrina Dennis, told the AFRO that while many Black women have turned to natural hair styles, they often mistake ‘natural’ for ‘low-maintenance’ – a mistake that often lends itself to increased shedding and splintering.“A lot of African-American women fall in love with the concept of wash and go, or the added resilience of their hair once they go chemical free; however, in some cases, natural styles require even more care,” Dennis said. “The idea, for instance that sleep bonnets, or satin pillow cases are no longer needed, has forced a lot of ladies into my shop with heavy breakage.”Dennis recommends several tips for avoiding winter hair damage, including: ensuring hair is completely dry after washing; if wearing hair weaves or extensions, be sure to adhere to regular grooming in between stylings; and protect your ends when out in cold, wet weather to keep them from splitting and breaking.“Sometimes with extensions and sew-ins, women forget to manage their hair beneath it, resulting in dry scalps, sores, and generally unhealthy hair,” Dennis told the AFRO. “Change extensions often to give hair a rest and in the interim, give your hair hot oil treatments or hair masques to strengthen it.”The average scalp has 100,000 hairs. Each follicle produces a single hair that grows at a rate of half an inch per month. After growing for two to six years, hair rests awhile before falling out. It’s soon replaced with a new hair, and the cycle begins again. At any given time, 85 percent of hair is growing, and the remainder is resting. Nearly 70 percent of Black women have reported some irregular hair loss, caused, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by stress, grooming techniques, and medications – including birth control pills.Davia Hurley, one of Dennis’ clients said she found that her scalp had dried out and was actually matting beneath a sew-in that she had worn, unchanged for more than 8 months. A college athlete, Hurley said the neglect forced Dennis to cut the extensions out, leaving bald patches and a rash.“Davia’s case is pretty common in D.C., where women leave synthetic hair in too long. Because the kinds of hair used could include horse, dog, cat, hairs or those from unknown sources, it is unwise to ignore irritation,” Dennis said. “I cut all of it out, but had to send her to a dermatologist.”Hurley’s hair is now worn in a short, cropped afro. “It was gross, is the only way to explain it,” Hurley told the AFRO. “Because it was getting cold outside last year, I decided to just leave it in. My hair looked great to the eye, but was a funky, nasty mess underneath the synthetic hair. Proper grooming is essential.”last_img read more

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Latest Xbox 360 update includes agreement to never sue Microsoft

first_imgIn September Sony decided to take steps to ensure if it ever failed at securing PSN again, gamers couldn’t take them to court over it, or start a class action lawsuit against them. The solution was simple, really: put a clause in the terms and conditions of a PSN update and have gamers agree to it when they update.This week sees Microsoft roll out the latest Xbox 360 dashboard update, and they have decided to do exactly the same thing so as to avoid being taken to court.In Section 18 of the new Xbox Live Terms of Use document, Microsoft has included two sub-sections relating to taking action against the company when something goes wrong. The first is section 18.1.4, which has you agree to give up your right to resolve a dispute in court, or become a member of a class action lawsuit against the company. Section 18.1.6 reinforces the fact that you cannot be part of a class action and must resolve disputes as an individual and through arbitration.As with the Sony terms, you can opt out of the new dispute resolution rules by contacting Microsoft within 30 days of signing the terms — something you have to do to carry on using your 360 with the updated dashboard. If you wish to opt out, this is the address to use:Microsoft Corporation, ATTN: LCA ARBITRATION, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399Anyone outside of the U.S. should not be subjected to the same agreement, but it’s worth checking exactly what Microsoft has added to the terms of service for the country you reside in.More at Kotaku and the Xbox Live Terms of Uselast_img read more

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Brazil police want court OK to question Lula on Petrobras

first_imgRelated posts:Brazil police arrest Lula aide in widening corruption probe Lula’s bridge to nowhere hints at global reach of Brazil graft Brazil billionaire Andre Esteves arrested in Petrobras probe The professor at the heart of Brazil’s market meltdown BRASÍLIA, Brazil — Brazilian police have asked the Supreme Court for permission to question former presidentLuiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who they say may have benefited from the corruption scandal roiling state oil giant Petrobras.The Supreme Court, which handles all cases involving federal politicians, is mired deep in the fallout from the Petrobras kickback and political payoff scandal that cost the company more than $2 billion in 2014.“In his capacity as chief executive of the country,” Lula “could have benefited from the scheme at Petrobras, obtaining benefits for himself, his Workers’ Party, or even his government, under the support of his party base which was supported by illegal business,” the police said in their request to the Supreme Court Thursday.When asked by reporters about the matter, Lula — currently in Argentina — said he had not yet been told about it.“I do not know how it was communicated to you and I have not been informed,” he said, according to a video on O Globo‘s news website.No concrete proofLula’s name has been mentioned in the testimony of some defendants in exchange for a reduction of their sentencing, but they also said there was no proof of the ex-president’s involvement.Those collaborating with prosecutors “do not have concrete proof of president Lula’s direct participation,” the document said.Some of Brazil’s most senior government officials and private sector executives, as well as a growing list of political figures, are among the dozens already tainted by the growing scandal.A former top aide to Lula was charged last Friday along with the former treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party.Their arrests brought the investigation closer to Lula and his successor, President Dilma Rousseff, who was chairwoman of Petrobras during the main period of the corruption scheme but who has not been accused of involvement.Read more coverage of Brazil and the Petrobras scandal Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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Indonesia sentences people smuggler to 7 years

first_imgA panel of three judges concluded that Mahmood, also known as Billu, organized the voyage and conspired with an international syndicate that smuggled asylum seekers from Indonesia to Australia.The judges said each asylum seeker paid the people smugglers up to $5,150 to get to Australia.Last year, the court sentenced an Afghan man, Dawood Amiri, 20, to six years in prison and ordered him to pay $79,000. His interrogation led police to arrest Billu almost a year after the deadly voyage.Prosecutors, who had requested a 10-year sentence, said the defendant knew that the boat was overloaded but did nothing to stop it from sailing. He was among the survivors and had organized three previous trips to Australia.The judges also ordered him to pay $66,200 or face an additional six months in prison.The number of asylum seekers from Iran, Afghanistan, Myanmar and elsewhere reaching Australia in Indonesian fishing boats has soared in recent years, and tougher steps taken by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to block them have become an irritant in relations with Indonesia.Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has criticized an Australia policy of turning back boats with asylum seekers as a violation of Indonesian sovereignty. Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 0 Comments   Share   Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Tuesday’s verdict came days after Australia apologized for incidents in which its border patrol boats entered Indonesian waters without permission, which had prompted Indonesia to demand that Australia suspend such operations against boats carrying asylum seekers.Indonesia has long been a transit point for people fleeing war-ravaged countries on their way to Australia.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – An Indonesian court sentenced a Pakistani man to seven years in jail Tuesday for attempting to smuggle asylum seekers to Australia on a rickety boat that sank, killing about 90 people.Javaid Mahmood, 55, was the second person found guilty by the East Jakarta District Court in connection with the overloaded fishing boat that capsized on its way to Christmas Island in June 2012. Another 110 people on the boat were rescued.last_img read more

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