Missouri considers trimming impeachment after Greitens’ case

first_img(AP) – The Missouri Senate is backing an effort that would make it harder to impeach and remove top officials, less than a year after the governor resigned while facing potential impeachment.The proposed constitutional amendment would abolish the grounds for which House members had been weighing whether to impeach former Republican Gov. Eric Greitens.It would limit the criteria to “corruption and crime in office.” Had that been in place last year, House members could not have pursued impeachment for allegations of sexual misconduct and campaign finance violations that occurred before Greitens took office in January 2017. Greitens resigned June 1, before a House investigatory committee could vote on impeachment.The measure, which already has received initial Senate approval, needs another vote to go to the House.last_img read more

Bayern’s Gotze apologises for sharing joke with Barcelona goalkeeper

first_imgBayern Munich suffered a heart-breaking 0-3 loss against Barcelona in UCL semis on ThursdayBayern Munich striker Mario Gotze has apologised for his behaviour after his German club’s 0-3 loss to Barcelona in the first leg of the European Champions League semi-final on Thursday at the Camp Nou Stadium in the Spanish city.Germany’s World Cup hero, Gotze was seen sharing a joke with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the final whistle in the first leg of the semi-final. It caused an uproar among Bayern fans, who felt the former did not care much about the heart-breaking loss.However, the 22-year-old on Thursday insisted he was equally hurt after the debacle and has apologised for sending a wrong signal to the fans.”There have been reports in the press that I was joking around and having fun with my friend Marc-Andre ter Stegen after the game,” a statement on Gotze’s official website read.”People who think I do not care about the defeat are completely wrong. I was at least as disappointed as my teammates and the fans.”If things looked different, I would like to apologise for that. I would like to make it clear that I always give my all for the team.”I want to achieve success with the club and I always behave respectful toward fans, Bayern and opponents,” the release added.The former Borussia Dortmund star has faced severe criticism from fans following some mediocre performances in the recent past.last_img read more

India seeded No.1 in Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania

first_imgIndia have been seeded No.1 in the Davis Cup Group 1 Asia/Oceania zone despite their tennis team losing their World Group Playoff against the Czech Republic here last weekend.Uzbekistan have been seeded second in the zone and the two countries will get first round byes, to be held in March, in the 2016 season. The draws for next year will be announced on Wednesday in Santiago on the conclusion of the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Annual General Meeting (AGM).The other teams in Group 1 Asia/Oceania zone, apart from India and Uzbekistan, are China, South Korea, New Zealand and Pakistan. World No.21 India and No.25 Uzbekistan were also the two seeded teams of the zone in 2015.The Anand Amritraj-led Indian team lost their World Group Playoff to World No.1 Czech Republic 1-3 at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) complex on Sunday, following which they will remain in Group 1. A win would have elevated India to the elite 16 nations of the World Group.Meanwhile, current season’s finalists Great Britain and Belgium head the seedings of the 2016 World Group as No.1 and No.2. According to Davis Cup regulations, the two finalists are seeded No.1 and 2 in the World Group for the following year and will be drawn in opposite halves.Belgium will host Great Britain in the Davis Cup final to be held from November 27 to 29.Davis Cup is the World Cup of tennis. With 126 nations participating in it, the competition is 115 years old, having been founded in 1900.last_img read more

Zinedine Zidane defends “unique” Cristiano Ronaldo after inconsistent start

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said there was nothing wrong with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese marked his longest run without scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu with a near anonymous display in a 3-0 win over Leganes on Sunday.A Gareth Bale double and a second half strike from Alvaro Morata sealed the win that kept Real top of La Liga but Zidane faced further questions about the form of Ronaldo, who has not scored in five home games, his longest run without a goal in front of Real’s fans since joining the club in 2009.Ronaldo’s last goal at the Bernabeu came against Sporting Lisbon on Sept. 14. His only goal there in the league was against Osasuna on Sept. 10. (Champions League: Real Madrid cruise to 5-1 win over Legia Warsaw)Ronaldo has scored seven goals in the league and Champions League this term and made amends for his worst start to a season since joining Real by hitting a hat-trick in last week’s 4-2 win away to Alaves.The 31-year-old missed a series of chances against Legia Warsaw on Wednesday, however, and failed to hit the target once against Leganes. He was also seen venting his fury at Bale for not passing to him in the second half.”Nothing is up with Cristiano, we always want him to score and at Alaves he scored three and that’s that,” said Zidane. (Luka Modric extends Real Madrid contract until 2020)”He always wants to score but it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t once in a while. I think he’s playing well, working hard for the team. He obviously always wants to score, but I think he’s relaxed about it.”advertisementSpanish media reports claim Ronaldo, Real’s all-time top scorer, is to sign a new and improved contract until 2021 with the European champions next week.Despite the player’s current inconsistency, Zidane expressed his delight at the possibility of Ronaldo extending his stay at the club. (Champions League: Real Madrid salvage draw in 3-3 thriller at Legia Warsaw)”I’m happy because he’s the type of player who deserves to finish his career at Real Madrid,” said Zidane, who saw out his playing days at the Bernabeu and was infamously sent off for France in the 2006 World Cup final in his last ever game.”He’s unique. His dream is to retire here, wearing this great white shirt, just like I did.”last_img read more

India and England spinners like chalk and cheese: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer captain Sourav Ganguly was impressed with the way Indian spinners have succeeded in asserting pressure on England batsmen in the series. Spinners have put India in a commanding position in the Mohali Test after the hosts posted 417 in their first innings in reply to England’s 283.India rode on solid fifties from their lower-order batsmen — Ravindra Jadeja (90), Ravichandran Ashwin (72) and Jayant Yadav (55) — to take a handy 134-run lead.Ashwin then picked up three wickets and Jayant took one to leave England reeling at 78/4, still trailing India by 56 runs at close of play on the third day.”It’s the quality of the spinners from the two sides. There’s a massive difference with the way Ashwin bowls, Jadeja bowls and Jayant Yadav bowls and Adil Rashid. It’s like chalk and cheese. There are hardly any loose deliveries (from Indians),” Ganguly told India Today.Ganguly further said India have bowled extremely well against the left-handed English batsmen.”What India has done very well in this series after the first Test, they have bowled off-spinners to the left handers. So on a pitch which is turning, shot selection and playing shots been a huge problem. Alastair Cook’s game has changed with those two off-spinners. The sweep shot hasn’t been there and the freedom has gone. India have really capitalised five or six left-hand batsmen of this English team,” he added.”Pressure when Indian spinners bowl and pressure when Adil Rashid or Gareth Batty bowl is too much of a difference.”ON INDIA LOWER ORDERadvertisement”They (Ashwin and Jadeja) are all-rounders in any case, including Jayant Yadav because he has looked very good in these two Test matches. His batting technique has looked pretty solid. I think they are quite capable players especially in these conditions.””With the ball seaming and bouncing, Ashwin has proved it, Jadeja has struggled at times and Jayant Yadav hasn’t played much. With time we’ll find out how good they are in difficult conditions but against this team they have been outstanding.””I think these two hours in the morning not only sealed the Test matches but also the series.” (Lower-middle order contribution vital for India, says Jadeja)ON MOEEN ALI”I am really surprised and only Alastair Cook can answer the reason why the way he has used Moeen Ali in this series. I can’t imagine Moeen Ali bowling 10, 12, 13 overs in a Test match on pitches which turn square. Whether he’s injured or he has lost confidence in him or he’s looking at this England team as a batsman, I can’t answer that question. But it surprises me the way he has been used. Cook got to find a way to get Mooen Ali back on track. Get his spinners going in these conditions otherwise they’ll lose the next two Test matches as well.””They played well in Rajkot but since then it has been a downward slide. Fast bowlers will not pick 20 wickets in India. He got to be aware the last series he won, he had Swann and Panesar getting the wickets for him. He’s got to find a way to get Moeen Ali back into the attack.”ON MATCH RESULT”Two hours look pretty long tomorrow on the fourth-day pitch. I am expecting the match to finish by tomorrow. Maybe tea, maybe closer to end of day’s play unless somebody steps up and score a big hundred. Joe Root is still there which I think is a blessing for England. He might get a hundred and elongate this defeat but it’s only a matter of time.”last_img read more

Takale finishes 2nd in Thailand Rally

first_imgNew Delhi, June 18 (PTI) Sanjay Takale overcame a wrong selection of tyres to finish a creditable second in the 4×4 Open class in round 1 of the Thailand Pre-Rally Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, bordering Cambodia. Takale had come with hard-knobbed tyres, suited for muddy terrains, but had soft gravel roads to contend with. However, he managed to keep his Isuzu DMax utility vehicle under control despite struggling for grip. The Pune rally driver drove for Delo Sport with experienced Thanyaphat Meenil as his navigator. Choice of tyre made us pay early. Even though I struggled to find grip with hard and knobbed tyres, sometimes no grip on soft gravel terrain, we managed to put up a great show to finish second overall, said Takale. Isuzu driver Wichawat Chotrawee, who had no. 1 navigator Chupong Chaiwan of Thailand by his side,won the 4×4 Open class ahead of Takale. Takale was up against a Toyota driver, whose car had gravel tyres that suited the soft and fast terrain of Huay Bong. A total of 37 cars competed over nine special stages that comprised three stages going thrice over for a total distance of 72.48 km. Our team came fitted with mud tyres of hard compound, but I still managed to keep my car clean on the fast lines and beat my teammate, who was seeded ahead of me, added Takale. The two-day rally was the precursor to the four-round Thailand National Rally Championship 2018 that opens in the first week of July. PTI Corr ATATadvertisementlast_img read more

Australia Cleans Sweeps Youth Divisions

first_imgAustralia has taken a clean sweep of the Youth divisions for the first time ever at the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series, after winning the 18’s Boys division in the final game of the event. The 18’s Boys decider was the final game of the series and the only live game of the Youth divisions on day three of the event. The Australian side prevailed by two touchdowns over New Zealand in the 18’s Boys division, 8-6, to win their series 2-1. The other three divisions, 18’s Girls and 20’s Girls and Boys, all also won their games on day three, to take their respective divisions 3-0. Stay tuned to the website for the full story. Related LinksAussies Win Youth Divisionslast_img read more

Capacity-Building in Climate Action for Public and Private Sectors

first_imgStory Highlights The Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is targeting public and private sector stakeholders for capacity development in climate action. The Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation is targeting public and private sector stakeholders for capacity development in climate action.“We want to place on record, the need for significant capacity-building if we are going to move forward,” said Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Una May Gordon.She was speaking at the Division’s inaugural Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) workshop with key partners and stakeholders on Tuesday (January 29), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St. Andrew.The CBIT workshops are in keeping with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change transparency requirements.The Paris accord, to which Jamaica is party, is an agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and financing, starting in the year 2020.Ms. Gordon said the Division will start engagement with the private sector stakeholders in two weeks.“There is a need to strengthen both the public and private sector in MRV-related systems and these are all part of the transparency framework,” she noted.Stakeholders will meet with local agencies and international consultants to register their input on climate change activities.Discussions from the consultations will shape the project proposal to be submitted to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an international funding organisation on environmental issues, for review and approval.The project is aimed at developing and implementing a platform to centralise and manage climate change-related information from different institutions and creating the national MRV system.The project will also test the viability of blockchain technology to monitor progress towards implementing the country’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to a minimal global temperature increase.If successful, Jamaica will deploy the technology to test other possible NDC support activities such as facilitating clean energy trading, enhancing climate finance flows, and improving carbon emissions trading.The Climate Change Division’s initial project concept was approved by the GEF to be pursued and is funded through the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to the amount of US$1.3 million.It is the first CBIT project to be implemented by a multilateral development bank. She was speaking at the Division’s inaugural Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT) workshop with key partners and stakeholders on Tuesday (January 29), at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, St. Andrew. “We want to place on record, the need for significant capacity-building if we are going to move forward,” said Principal Director of the Climate Change Division, Una May Gordon.last_img read more

Rupee rises 27 paise to 7185 against USD in early trade

first_imgMumbai: The rupee appreciated by 27 paise to 71.85 against the US dollar in early trade on Thursday as gains in domestic equity market enthused investors. At the interbank foreign exchange the rupee opened at 71.87, then gained further ground and touched a high of 71.85, registering a rise of 27 paise over its previous close. Rupee had settled at 72.12 against the US dollar on Wednesday. The domestic unit however could not hold on to the gains and was trading at 71.93 against the dollar at 0955 hrs. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Forex traders said higher opening in domestic equities supported the rupee. Domestic bourses opened on a positive note on Thursday with benchmark indices Sensex trading 119.07 points higher at 36,843.81 and Nifty up 40.95 points at 10,885.60. Market participants, however, said sustained foreign fund outflows and rising crude prices weighed on local currency. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) remained net sellers in the capital market, pulling out Rs 1,738.49 crore on Wednesay, according to provisional exchange data. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, rose 0.07 per cent to trade at USD 60.74 per barrel. Moreover, strengthening of the American currency vis-a-vis other currencies overseas also dragged the rupee down. The dollar index, which gauges the greenback’s strength against a basket of six currencies, rose 0.03 per cent to 98.48. The 10-year government bond yield was at 6.58 per cent in morning trade. Meanwhile, on the global front, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that China has taken advantage of the US and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Trump said China will make a deal, if they want. “If they don’t want to make a deal, that’s fine.But I can tell you: They’re having one of the worst — I guess, the worst on record, and they want to make a deal. And if I were them, I’d want to make a deal, too. But we’ll see what happens,” he said.last_img read more

No Strike Writers Guild Reaches LastMinute Deal

first_imgThe writers’ strike is officially off the table. After weeks of worry over whether the Writers Guild of America would strike after negotiations soured with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, both groups were able to reach an agreement in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The deal was made just hours before the previous contract expired. Had the expiration arrived without a new contract in place, the new strike immediately would have kicked into motion. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Rollover kills Sask Aboriginal officer

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn Aboriginal member of the Prince Albert, Sask., police service was killed this past weekend when his car rolled.Const. Tim Ballantyne, 27, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. Sunday.He was off duty when his car left the road in icy conditions just south of the city.Ballantyne was a five-year veteran of the Prince Albert police force.He was originally from Deschambeault Lake, Sask.last_img

SLFPSLPP talks to continue despite differences of opinion

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) have decided to continue talks despite differences of opinion.Both sides met today and discussed working together at the next election. They later agreed to meet again for more talks on June 17.The SLFP was represented at the talks today by SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara, MP Thilanga Sumathipala and Professor Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa. The SLPP was represented by Professor G.L. Peiris and MP Dullas Alahapperuma.Both sides have already held several rounds of talks but have failed to reach a final agreement. read more

Warm weather helps farmers push through harvest after snow rain delay

REGINA – Unseasonably warm weather has given some Prairie farmers a second chance to finish a harvest that was delayed because of snow.“We’re done!” said Murray Taks, who farms near Crossfield, Alta., northeast of Calgary.“We got done about 10 days ago and then we went and helped a neighbour out and he just got done (Monday).”It’s a big change from October when fields were saturated and combines were halted across Saskatchewan and Alberta because of rain and snow.At the time, Taks said he hadn’t been out in the field for at least 10 days. He only had half of about 2,400 hectares of crop off — mostly wheat and barley — but his canola was still out and it was wet.Some neighbours weren’t even that far along, he said in mid-October.But Taks said Tuesday that Mother Nature finally stepped in and gave farmers 10 days of what they needed — some warm, dry winds.“I think pretty well everybody’s wrapped up. There might be the odd one that has a little bit (left), but the neighbours all got together and helped each other out. I think everybody’s in good shape now.”Taks said the days were long, with combines lighting up the fields well after dark.He’s feeling better now though.“I can sleep again for a while,” he laughed.“It’s a big relief because … I don’t think you’ll ever see another November like this that’ll give you a second chance like that to get it done.”The Alberta crop report said that about 81 per cent of crops had been harvested as of Nov. 6.In Saskatchewan, the last weekly crop report issued at the end of October said 82 per cent of the crop had been combined — well below the five-year average of 99 per cent.Shannon Friesen, a crop specialist with Saskatchewan Agriculture, said the warmer weather could push that number closer to 90 per cent when a final report is released Nov. 24 to capture any additional harvest progress and summarize the crop year.“Things have been much slower than normal, but we’re just thankful that we can actually be out in the field now,” Friesen said Tuesday.She said the northeast grain belt, around Melfort and Tisdale, is still pretty wet so equipment can’t get in.Don Williams, who farms in Lanigan, Sask., started harvesting Aug. 22, but didn’t finished until last Wednesday. He had three neighbours show up and ask for help Saturday morning and was combining at a neighbour’s place on Tuesday.“It’s just beautiful harvest weather in November. It’s unbelievable actually,” said Williams.Williams says this is only the third time in his 33 years of farming that he’s harvested in November.It was slow and painful, he said.Only about one-third of the crop was dry, so he’s dried about 130,000 bushels of grain so far and has another 60,000 to go. It costs about $1,200 every other day to fuel the grain dryer and that’s been going for a month, he said.Williams said the damp weather also pushed down the crop, making it tougher to get off. That can damage the equipment.“We’re having to basically shave the ground to get the grain off … We put a few rocks through the combine and lots of propane through the grain dryer now.” Warm weather helps farmers push through harvest after snow, rain delay by Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 15, 2016 2:21 pm MDT Last Updated Nov 15, 2016 at 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Brock researcher heads major conference of augmented reality stars

Kevin Kee, Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, is organizing Canada’s largest augmented reality conference in Toronto in October.Augmented reality (AR) has so conditioned the way we use information that we barely bother distinguishing it from, well, real reality. Those yellow first-down lines on TV football games have been with us forever, no?In the past five years or so, AR has mushroomed from being a clever visual toy to a serious industry that is changing other industries – everything from software development to marketing.The technology lets us add virtual 3D content to a real environment, layering digital information atop traditional media products. Never mind TV football, AR lets us see how couches or toasters will look in our own houses without having to take them home.To keep up with the ever-changing technology, AR’s media-savvy practitioners and groupies flock to conventions, and this autumn Brock University professor Kevin Kee is organizing Canada’s largest such gathering.The Ontario Augmented Reality Network (OARN) conference on Oct. 5 at the Toronto Reference Library will draw some of the world’s biggest AR superstars. Futurists, including WIRED magazine contributing editor Bruce Sterling, a sci-fi author and AR guru, will be joined by speakers Gene Becker, principal instigator of Samsung’s mobile and service user experience design group, and by Helen Papagiannis, one of Canada’s leading AR designers and consultants.Kee, the Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, says augmented reality is a perfect space for fusing the potential of research with the power of industry. Gatherings like the one in Toronto, he says, “are what will flush out the up-and-comers who will become the Microsofts of augmented reality.”Kee is an associate professor of Brock’s departments of History and of Digital Humanities. A former project director of history and new media at the National Film Board of Canada, Kee does research using computing to express culture in innovative ways. Last year, his Brock team developed a GPS-guided interactive tour of War of 1812 sites that became an iTunes app.He says AR is revolutionizing the way we absorb information.“In the next few years, we’re going to be able to wear glasses or contact lenses that display relevant information about the world around us,” Kee said. “But it’s not just that. AR is augmenting the real world with computing. It’s limitless – you can make AR whatever you want.”Visit the conference website read more

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017 Here Is What They Do And

first_img Share Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump speaks about the Republican tax bill after signing it into law in the Oval Office on Dec. 22. Trump has signed 96 laws this year.When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his “legislative approvals” were off the charts. “No. 1 in the history of our country,” he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.The actual number of law Trump signed this year is 96. His claim of historic achievement isn’t accurate, either.In sheer numbers of bills signed into law in a president’s first year in office (Jan. 20-Dec. 31), Trump is behind his six most recent predecessors.NPR/Congress.govNumber of laws signed by each president between their Inauguration Day and Dec. 31 of that year.During the tax bill signing, Trump went on to boast that he had exceeded even former President Harry Truman.“Harry Truman had more legislative approvals than any other president and — a record long held,” Trump said. “And we beat him on legislative approvals, for which I get no credit.”.@TrumanLibrary what was Truman’s # here? https://t.co/wxi0olZYn1— Kelly Gannon (@K_Gannon) December 22, 2017One reason he may not be getting credit is that, according to a rough estimate from the Truman Library, Trump isn’t even close to Truman’s record.In any case, tallying laws signed is not necessarily a good way to measure accomplishment.Political scientists say a far better — though more subjective — measure is significance, because not all bills are created equally. For instance, “S. 810: A bill to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes” isn’t in the same realm of significance as “H.R. 3364: Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.”NPR analyzed all 96 laws signed by Trump this year, categorizing them. More than three dozen modify or extend existing law, 16 repeal rules and regulations using a process known as the Congressional Review Act, a dozen commemorate or honor people and organizations by doing things like renaming federal buildings, and seven provide temporary government funding or one-time disaster relief funds.“This tax bill is a big deal,” said John Frendreis, professor of political science at Loyola University Chicago. “But I don’t think anybody would regard anything else that has come down the line as a significant legislative achievement.”The 96 Laws President Trump Has SignedTakes action needed every year/basic maintenance governing (2)H.R. 244: “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017”H.R. 2810: “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018”Implements new policy (3)S. 1094: “Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017”H.R.3364: “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act”H.R. 1: “An Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018” (This is the GOP tax bill.)Temporarily funds government, provides one-time disaster relief (7)H.J.Res. 99: “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2017, and for other purposes” H.R. 601: “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017”H.R. 3732: “Emergency Aid to American Survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Jose Overseas Act”H.R. 3823: “Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017”H.R. 2266: “Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017”H.J.Res. 123: “Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2018, and for other purposes”H.R. 1370: Continuing Appropriations Act, Department of Defense Missile Defeat and Defense Enhancements Appropriations Act, CHIP and Public Health Funding Extension Act, 2018Repeals rules and regulations (16)These resolutions were passed through a previously obscure process known as the Congressional Review Act, which requires only a simple majority for passage in the Senate. Because these measures can’t be filibustered in the Senate, they’ve been an easy way for Republicans, even with only a narrow Senate majority, to reverse Obama-era regulations that hadn’t yet taken effect.H.J.Res. 67: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by qualified State political subdivisions for non-governmental employees”H.J.Res. 43: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule submitted by Secretary of Health and Human Services relating to compliance with title X requirements by project recipients in selecting subrecipients”H.J.Res. 69: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the final rule of the Department of the Interior relating to ‘Non-Subsistence Take of Wildlife, and Public Participation and Closure Procedures, on National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska’ “H.J.Res. 83: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to ‘Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness’”S.J.Res. 34: “A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to ‘Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services’ “H.J.Res. 42: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to drug testing of unemployment compensation applicants”H.J.Res. 57: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and State plans under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965”H.J.Res. 58: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation issues”H.J.Res. 37: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Defense, the General Services Administration, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration relating to the Federal Acquisition Regulation”H.J.Res. 44: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior relating to Bureau of Land Management regulations that establish the procedures used to prepare, revise, or amend land use plans pursuant to the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976”H.J.Res. 40: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Social Security Administration relating to Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007”H.J.Res. 38: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule”H.J.Res. 41: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of a rule submitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission relating to ‘Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers’ “S. 496: “A bill to repeal the rule issued by the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration entitled ‘Metropolitan Planning Organization Coordination and Planning Area Reform.’ “H.J.Res. 66: “Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees.”H.J.Res. 111: “Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection relating to “Arbitration Agreements.” Encourages an agency or the president to try something new (13)H.R. 321: “Inspiring the Next Space Pioneers, Innovators, Researchers, and Explorers (INSPIRE) Women Act”H.R. 255: “Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act”H.R. 534: “U.S. Wants to Compete for a World Expo Act”H.R. 274: “Modernizing Government Travel Act”H.R. 366: “DHS SAVE Act”S. 327: “Fair Access to Investment Research Act of 2017”S. 810: “A bill to facilitate construction of a bridge on certain property in Christian County, Missouri, and for other purposes”S. 1141: “Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017”H.R. 1117: “To require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report regarding certain plans regarding assistance to applicants and grantees during the response to an emergency or disaster”S. 190: “Power And Security Systems (PASS) Act”S. 920: “National Clinical Care Commission Act”H.R. 194: “Federal Agency Mail Management Act of 2017”H.R. 1545: “VA Prescription Data Accountability Act 2017”Reauthorizes or modifies existing programs/law (37)H.R. 353: “Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017”S. 442: “National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017”S. 419: “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2017”S. 583: “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act of 2017”H.R. 72: “GAO Access and Oversight Act of 2017”H.R. 657: “Follow the Rules Act”S.1083: “A bill to amend section 1214 of title 5, United States Code, to provide for stays during a period that the Merit Systems Protection Board lacks a quorum”H.R.3218: “Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017”H.R.1238: “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”H.R.3298: “Wounded Officers Recovery Act of 2017”H.R. 374: “To remove the sunset provision of section 203 of Public Law 105-384, and for other purposes”H.R. 510: “Rapid DNA Act of 2017”H.R. 2430: “FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017”H.R. 339: “Northern Mariana Islands Economic Expansion Act”H.J.Res. 76: “Granting the consent and approval of Congress for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the State of Maryland, and the District of Columbia to enter into a compact relating to the establishment of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission”H.R. 2288: “Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017”S. 1866: “Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria Education Relief Act of 2017”S. 652: “Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017”S. 544: “A bill to amend the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 to modify the termination date for the Veterans Choice Program, and for other purposes”S.114: “VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017”H.R. 3819: “Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2017”S. 585: “Dr. Chris Kirkpatrick Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017”H.R. 1329: “Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017”H.R. 1616: “Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act of 2017”S. 504: “Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017”S. 782: “PROTECT Our Children Act of 2017”H.R. 304: “Protecting Patient Access to Emergency Medications Act of 2017”H.R. 3031: “TSP Modernization Act of 2017”H.R. 3243: “FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017”H.R. 3949: “VALOR Act”H.R. 4374: “To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to authorize additional emergency uses for medical products to reduce deaths and severity of injuries caused by agents of war, and for other purposes”H.R. 228: “Indian Employment, Training and Related Services Consolidation Act of 2017”S. 371: “Department of State Authorities Act, Fiscal Year 2017, Improvements Act”S. 1266: “Enhancing Veteran Care Act”H.R. 624: “Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act of 2017”S. 178: “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act”H.R. 1679: “FEMA Accountability, Modernization and Transparency Act of 2017”Names something/sites a memorial/encourages flag flying/makes a statement (12)S.J. Res. 1: “A joint resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members of the Armed Forces who served on active duty in support of Operation Desert Storm or Operation Desert Shield”H.R. 1362: “To name the Department of Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinic in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the Faleomavaega Eni Fa’aua’a Hunkin VA Clinic”H.R. 609: “To designate the Department of Veterans Affairs health care center in Center Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the ‘Abie Abraham VA Clinic’”S. 305: “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017”H.R. 375: “To designate the Federal building and United States courthouse located at 719 Church Street in Nashville, Tennessee, as the ‘Fred D. Thompson Federal Building and United States Courthouse’”H.R. 873: “Global War on Terrorism War Memorial Act”H.R.2210: “To designate the community living center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Butler Township, Butler County, Pennsylvania, as the ‘Sergeant Joseph George Kusick VA Community Living Center’”S.J.Res. 49: “A joint resolution condemning the violence and domestic terrorist attack that took place during events between August 11 and August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, recognizing the first responders who lost their lives while monitoring the events, offering deepest condolences to the families and friends of those individuals who were killed and deepest sympathies and support to those individuals who were injured by the violence, expressing support for the Charlottesville community, rejecting White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, and urging the President and the President’s Cabinet to use all available resources to address the threats posed by those groups.”S. 1616: “Bob Dole Congressional Gold Medal Act”H.R. 2519: “The American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act”H.R. 2989: “Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission Act”S. 1617: “Javier Vega, Jr. Memorial Act of 2017”Relates to personnel (6)S.J.Res. 30: “A joint resolution providing for the reappointment of Steve Case as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution”S.J.Res. 36: “A joint resolution providing for the appointment of Roger W. Ferguson as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution”S.J.Res. 35: “A joint resolution providing for the appointment of Michael Govan as a citizen regent of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution”H.R. 1228: “To provide for the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance to replace members whose terms expire during 2017, and for other purposes”S. 84: “A bill to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as Secretary of Defense within seven years of relief from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the Armed Forces”H.R. 3110: “Financial Stability Oversight Council Insurance Member Continuity Act”Legislative links and text via GovTrack.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Hawaiian Airlines restructures in Australia

first_imgHawaiian Airlines restructures in AustraliaHawaiian Airlines today confirmed it would restructure its business in Australia moving to an in-house commercial business model in line with growth in Australian operations.“We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank our GSA partner World Aviation Systems for their services and dedicated representation over many years.  Their contribution to building Hawaiian Airlines’ presence in the market has been considerable,” said Gai Tyrrell, Regional Director Australia & New Zealand.“Our business has now matured and evolved in both Australia and New Zealand and it is appropriate to scale up our commercial resources in line with our operating presence and future plans,” she added.Hawaiian Airlines will continue to outsource Reservations Services. A tender process will be undertaken shortly.Hawaiian has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation.Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland.Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Fly Hawaiian AirlinesSource = Hawaiian Airlineslast_img read more

For 27 years Mudgees winemakers and gourmet prod

first_imgFor 27 years, Mudgee‘s winemakers and gourmet producers have showcased their wares beside Sydney harbour at Balmoral Beach in a tasty prelude to the annual Mudgee Wine + Food Festival, this year held between 9 September and 2 October.Mudgee Wine + Food Festival at Balmoral Beach gave Sydney locals and media alike a taste of the gourmet region, around a 3.5-hour drive from Sydney. Blind Wine Tasting kicked off the festivities in the VIP Media Area, encouraging guests to use all their senses to determine what wine they were drinking, often with amusing discussion ensuing (a Gewürztraminer proved a particularly tough pick for LATTE).While nibbling on High Valley Cheese’s dairy delights, guests sampled wines, including the organic Spanish reds of Vinifera and the sparkling shiraz of Walter Wines. Jayne Bentivoglio of Rylstone Olive Press showed that there’s much more to olive oil with an organoleptic tasting of Rylstone’s award-winning, complex range, while Mudgee Brewing Company awed guests with its contradictory Black IPA (Indian Pale Ale) seasonal brew.The afternoon finished with a tasting of the sweet treats of Honey Haven, including a certified organic honey and the company’s gourmet range, featuring honeys enhanced with the likes of lavender, ginger, cinnamon or strawberry.This year’s Mudgee Wine + Food Festival will give visitors the opportunity to experience all of these foodie favourites and more during a month-long celebration of the region’s bounty. Flavours of Mudgee, a closed-street party in the heart of the town, is back again, taking place on Saturday 23 September, as is Go Grazing, a hedonist’s delight, involving a roaming experience of two courses and matching wines from some of Mudgee’s finest producers.last_img read more

No navtex has been cancelled spokesman says

first_imgNo navigational warning, issued by Cyprus, has been cancelled, government spokesman Prodromos Prodromou said on Thursday, as Ankara issued one disputing the Republic’s rights.A navtex, which Ankara has issued, Prodromou said, is contrary to existing international rules and regulations governing shipping and aims at specific activities in Cyprus’ maritime area.The Republic’s services are doing what needs to be done, taking all measures, he added.“It is one thing to talk about illegal moves – and when these occur we take measures – and it is another matter to see Turkish moves, which do not comply with international norms, when it comes to shipping,” he said.Earlier on, commander of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Commodore Costas Fitiris, told CNA that Turkey issued a counter-navtex in response to one issued by the Republic for a Cypriot naval exercise west of Paphos, in international and territorial waters.“Our area of responsibility is based on international regulations and international law,” he said, and extends from the sea area of Paphos to Kyrenia and Apostolos Andrea and this is internationally recognized.For this reason, said Fitiris, all countries holding exercises or other activities around Cyprus should consult with the government’s departments.“For obvious reasons, Turkey, in violation of international law and regulations of international organisations, tries with illegal and provocative warnings and actions to take over the jurisdiction of the issuance of navtex in areas under the jurisdiction of the Republic of Cyprus “.You May LikeFood PreventThis Is What Can Happen To Your Body When You Eat Oatmeal DailyFood PreventUndoSoGoodlyMan Bought $100 Cabin and Made His Whole Neighborhood JealousSoGoodlyUndoDailymix.infoSmallest Professional Athletes of All TimeDailymix.infoUndo Widowers threaten legal action over pensionsUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Chris Pratt reminisced about his very first celebrity sighting in Los Angeles which was none other than N’Sync pop star Lance Bass The moment which happened 15 years ago on Pratt’s first trip to LA was particularly poignant because the N’Sync song Bye Bye Bye started to play in the bar where the Parks and Recreation star spotted Bass On seeing Bass the 35-year-old actor who is currently promoting his latest film Jurassic World remarked that he knew he had finally made it to the City of Angels Contact us at editors@timecomLast year Naomi Osaka commanded the world’s attention when she bested the US Open’s defending champion Angelique Kerber in a stunning upset in the very first round This year the 20-year-old upstart has a shot at claiming the title herself as she challenges six-time champion Serena Williams in a historic final on Saturday In what Osaka termed her “dream match” against her idol Saturday’s game pits tennis’ rising star against one of the game’s ultimate greats if Williams wins she would tie Margaret Court for the overall record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles The two have competed only once before and it’s the newcomer who holds the upper hand As Serena herself put it Osaka is “a really good talented player Very dangerous" Ahead of Saturday’s face off here’s what to know about the new kid on the block Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates a match point in the WTA final over Daria Kasatkina of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open on March 18 2018 in Indian Wells California Harry How—Getty Images A first for Japan For her country Osaka has already succeeded in a major milestone: She is the first Japanese woman to reach the final of any Grand Slam And she’s currently her country’s top-ranked player Yet in Japan where racial homogeneity is prized and ethnic background comprises a big part of cultural belonging Osaka is considered hafu or half Japanese Born to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father Osaka grew up in New York She holds dual American and Japanese passports but plays under Japan’s flag Some hafu like Miss Universe Japan Ariana Miyamoto have spoken publicly about the discrimination the term can confer “I wonder how a hafu can represent Japan” one Facebook user wrote of Miyamoto according to Al Jazeera America’s translation For her part Osaka has spoken repeatedly about being proud to represent Japan as well as Haiti But in a 2016 USA Today interview she also noted “When I go to Japan people are confused From my name they dont expect to see a black girl" On the court Osaka has largely been embraced as one of her country’s rising stars Off court she says she’s still trying to learn the language “I can understand way more Japanese than I can speak” she said ‘Like no one ever was’ In her press conferences which for now are English only Osaka has earned a reputation for her youthful candor and nerdy sense of humor In response to a reporter asking about her ambitions she said "to be the very best like no one ever was" After an awkward pause she clarified "Im sorry; thats the Pokémon theme song But yeah to be the very best and go as far as I can go" At Indian Wells this year where Osaka stunned her higher-ranked opponents and claimed victory after searing past the world’s number one Simona Halep in the semis and besting Daria Kasatkina in the finals she proved herself no longer just the underdog She then proceeded to give what she described as “the worst acceptance speech of all time" “Hello hi I amokay never mind” it began before a litany of thank you’s petered out into giggles But don’t let her soft-spoken persona or goofy interviews fool you On court Osaka brings the heat uncorking both ferocious power and an aggressive baseline game Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during day two of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on Aug 7 2018 in Montreal Quebec Minas Panagiotakis—Getty Images WWSD Earlier this year Osaka reveled a four-word mantra keeps her steady through tough matches: “What would Serena do” Her idolization of the 23 Grand Slam-winning titan is well-known "Shes the main reason why I started playing tennis" Osaka told the New York Times When the two played in Miami in March six months after Serena nearly died giving birth Osaka won Then she Instagrammed a photo of her shaking hands with her idol captioned only “Omg” After Osaka cleared the US Open semis on Thursday and it became clear she was not only headed to her first Grand Slam final but was also about to face her hero once more she was asked if she had anything to say to Serena Her message “I love you” Correction: Sept 7 This post has been updated to remove an incorrect reference to the history of US Open final competitors Write to Laignee Barron at LaigneeBarron@timeinccom Eric Trumps views have effectively been echoed by his father, Dublin can help with advice on everything from buildings. 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