Indian Origin DJ Trying to Defraud Health Services Jailed in The UK

first_imgDJ of an Indian origin was sentenced to jail for about 3 months in the United Kingdom for being found guilty of contempt of court for unnecessarily exaggerating the effect of his relatively minor injuries to defraud the National Health Service of over 837,000 pounds.Read it at The Tecake Related Itemslast_img

F2 shoots for clincher

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “But our imports wanted it more. They were very hungry to win against a very strong and talented team like Petron,” De Jesus said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated F2 Logistics snapped Petron’s 17-game winning run in the PSL Grand Prix on Tuesday night for first strike in their best-of-three series for the championship.Coach Ramil de Jesus had just one question after that: “Can we sustain this?”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tigresses on cusp of first title shot in eight years SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He also put a thrilling 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-23 win two nights ago into perspective: “We know this (Game 1 win) is worthless if we don’t finish the job.”The Cargo Movers have two shots to complete their job, starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at FilOil Flying V Centre as the Blaze Spikers will come into the match claiming that all pressure in sweeping the tournament is now off and that they can focus on the goal they set out to do right from the start—win it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“There is no distraction (of sweeping the tournament) this time,” said Shaq Delos Reyes, the Petron coach. “We have no choice but to fight back, point after point, set after set.”“We came into the match with a mindset that we have nothing to lose,” F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said after getting a combined 45 points from imports Lindsay Stalzer and Maria Jose Perez. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View commentslast_img read more

Watch: Ibrahimovic scores first MLS hat-trick as LA Galaxy beat Orlando City

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first MLS hat trick during a 24-minute stretch of the second half, lifting the LA Galaxy to a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Orlando City on Sunday night in Carson, Calif.Ibrahimovic now has 15 goals over 17 appearances for the Galaxy, scoring multiple goals five times since joining the club in late March.Giovani dos Santos also scored on an assist from Ibrahimovic and added an assist of his own for LA (10-7-5, 35 points). The Galaxy are unbeaten in their past nine matches and now sit in third place in the Western Conference.Cristian Higuita and Dom Dwyer scored for Orlando City, who also benefited from an own goal. The Lions (7-14-1, 22 points) held a one-goal lead on three separate occasions.Orlando City has lost three straight and is 1-12-0 over its past 13 matches. The Lions have conceded four or more goals in four separate matches during that stretch.Ibrahimovic finished with an impressive seven shots on goal, three more than in any of his previous MLS appearances.He scored his first goal of the night just two minutes into the second half, when he met dos Santos’ early cross from the left with a thundering header that beat goalkeeper Earl Edwards Jr. to the top right corner, tying the game at 2-2.Dwyer gave Orlando the lead back seven minutes later when he headed in Mohamed El-Munir’s cross from the left, but Ibrahimovic leveled the score again in the 67th minute.The first MLS hat trick for @Ibra_official. League Soccer (@MLS) July 30, 2018This time, Ibrahimovic’s header freed teammate Ola Kamara down the right. Kamara returned the favor with a perfect cross, and Ibrahimovic sent a diving header beyond Edwards to make it 3-3.The Swedish superstar then put LA ahead for the first time all evening in the 71st minute, reaching a poor defensive clearance and smashing a half volley with his second touch inside the left post.Higuita gave Orlando the lead in the 18th minute, finishing between goalkeeper David Bingham and the near post after playing some exceptional combinations with Sacha Kljestan to work free.The Galaxy leveled through dos Santos 21 minutes later, when he took Ibrahimovic’s layoff pass and drove a low finish inside the left post.Orlando regained the lead a minute before halftime when Kljestan’s cross deflected off Galaxy defender Michael Ciani and across the goal line to make it 2-1.(With AP inputs)last_img read more

CMA CGM Sets Up Singapore Navigation and Port Ops Centrer

first_imgzoom French container shipping specialist CMA CGM opened a Navigation and Port Operations Center in APL’s corporate headquarters in Singapore on January 11. Designed to be CMA CGM’s third navigation command center to its combined fleet of more than 500 container vessels, the new Singapore outpost is dedicated to serving the Asian time zone.The two other centers – located in CMA CGM’s corporate headquarters in Marseille, France, and its regional office in Miami in the United States – take charge of the European and Americas time zones respectively.Based on live analytics of the vessels’ operating speeds, ocean currents, weather forecasts and high traffic areas, each centers’ team is able to assess, anticipate and mitigate any navigation-related risks to CMA CGM’s vessel operations.Guidance and alerts are provided to deck officers on how vessel routes, speeds and fuel consumption can be optimised across the company’s fleet, while ensuring the safety of its crews and vessels globally, CMA CGM said.last_img read more

Stars Slam British Prime Minister Over Syrian Refugee Policy

first_imgTop British celebrities have today criticised the UK Government for failing to resettle more refugees from Syria.The stars, including British Oscar winner Emma Thompson, Michael Palin, Dame Vivienne Westwood, Vanessa Redgrave and musician Sting, have written an open letter to David Cameron in support of a joint Refugee Council, Amnesty International and Oxfam call for Britain to do more to help Syria’s refugees find safety in the UK.On 29 January 2014, the Government announced it was setting up a special resettlement scheme for Syrian refugees following considerable public pressure. However, one year on, the latest figures show that just 90 people have arrived.Meanwhile, the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding Syria and the surrounding region continues to worsen, with the number of refugees swelling to over 3.7 million; many of whom are struggling to survive in the region’s severe winter conditions.As Syria’s refugees struggle to survive snow and freezing temperatures in makeshift shelters, the stars’ letter says they are ‘ashamed’ of the size of Britain’s resettlement scheme, issuing a stern reminder to David Cameron that helping those in need chimes with Britain’s most cherished values.The celebrities say in their letter:“In a climate where children are sent to work in order to help their parents survive, where young girls are sold off as child brides and where torture victims are unable to rebuild their lives, every resettlement place countries like Britain provide is a lifeline.“Resettling ‘several hundred people’ just isn’t good enough for a global leader. This issue isn’t about migration statistics or party politics, it’s about people. It’s about the values that we in Britain hold dear; compassion and humanity.“Your choice is simple, yet historic. You are in a position to offer some of the most vulnerable people in the world safety in Britain. You can offer hope. You can offer a future.”The UN’s Refugee Agency UNHCR is calling on governments from around the world to offer 100,000 resettlement places for Syria’s refugees in 2015/2016.So far, the British Government has said it anticipates resettling just ‘several hundred people’ over a three year period and has resisted calls to resettle more people. Other countries, including Germany and the USA, have promised to resettle thousands. In early January, Canada announced it would open its doors to 10,000 Syrian refugees.Refugee Council Chief Executive Maurice Wren said: “The Syrian crisis presents us with one of the greatest refugee crises of our time and, arguably, one of the greatest moral questions of our time.“The UK’s commitment to the relief effort has been laudable but it’s not enough. The question is, does David Cameron want to go down in history as the Prime Minister who rationed his compassion to a few hundred people when there was the opportunity to offer safety to so many more?”Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen added: “The UK often prides itself on its history of offering sanctuary to refugees but this government can’t hold its head high when it comes to the most vulnerable refugees from the conflict in Syria. Millions are living in extremely precarious conditions in neighbouring countries. Given the numbers, it is shocking that the UK has only taken in 90 refugees since it agreed to a resettlement programme a year ago.

”The international community must urgently step up its efforts to take the pressure off Syria’s neighbours and resettle the most vulnerable of these refugees for whom protection here could literally be a matter of life or death.”Oxfam Chief Executive Mark Goldring said: “This is about Britain standing side by side with a region in crisis and offering to improve the lives of some the most desperate Syrian refugees. Our aid contribution has been highly generous, but we can no longer continue to treat this problem solely at arms length. For some refugees, life in camps or makeshift shelters is not just hard, it is impossible. A year ago we promised to reach out to these most vulnerable people, but so far Britain has not done enough to live up to that promise.”The celebrities’ letter follows a call made by over 30 leading aid and refugee agencies for the British Government to resettle up to 10,000 refugees from Syria by the end of 2015.Source:Refugee Councillast_img read more

Isle of Wight ferry crashes with yachts and runs aground due to

The smaller vessel, which was carrying three people, also suffered from engine failure after the collision. ferry The Ferry runs hit two small yachts and witnesses said they heard people screaming for helpCredit:@IanPretty1 A ferry has collided with at least two yachts in the Isle of Wight while trying to berth at the entrance of Cowes Harbour during heavy fog.A spokesman from HM Coastguard said they received reports of the incident, involving the Red Funnel ferry, just after 8am on Sunday. A member of the public also rang 999 reporting that they could hear cries for help from the within Cowes Harbour – but the coastguard has confirmed that nobody is in the water or missing. A spokesman for the coastguard said: “We made contact with person who was heard crying for help and he is safe and well. He was onboard his own vessel and calling out to try and alert the master of the ferry.”Janice Woodford, 55, whose house backs onto the East Cowes Esplanade, watched the incident unfold through the fog this morning.She said: “I think the ferry came to a stop just after 8am this morning in the fog. My neighbour heard someone shouting ‘help me’.”There are a number of yachts out there in the water.”We have had three incidents like this in the last month or so – and they’ve all been when it was foggy.”In September, two people were injured when another 4,000-tonne Red Funnel car ferry crashed into their 31ft yacht. That same month, a Red Funnel ferry accidentally ploughed into a vicar’s £80,000 catamaran and several other yachts due to ‘extremely thick fog’.A spokesman for HM Coastguards said: “We are currently carrying out an extensive search of the area with Cowes RNLI lifeboat, Calshot RNLI lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Teams from Bembridge, Needles and Ventnor.”A Coastguard search and rescue helicopter was searching the area but due to the low visibility in the area had to turn back. The search is ongoing and we have no further information at this stage.”The ferry with 56 persons onboard remains grounded at the entrance at Cowes. Those persons onboard are safe and well. “A Red Funnel spokesman said: “Cowes Harbour has now reopened and Red Funnel’s Red Jet Southampton-West Cowes service will resume shortly.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Armed Forces announces Court Martial Verdict

first_imgBy Alh. Saikou B. NyassiThe defence headquarters of The Gambia on Thursday, 2 April, 2015 issued a press release announcing the verdict of the trial by Court Martial of six persons on treason and other charges. The press release was broadcast by GRTS.The media were not allowed to cover the trial and some relatives have complained to Foroyaa that not all relatives were allowed to attend.According to the release, there were fourteen counts altogether. Four counts – counts 6, 7, 8, and 9 – were struck out and sentences were imposed on the remaining ten counts. Each of the six were given multiple sentences for the counts on which they were found guilty. They were sentenced as follows:Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Jarju: Discharged on count 1 but sentenced on six counts, the highest being death sentenceCaptain Abdoulie Jobe: Discharged on count 1 but sentenced on six counts, the highest being life imprisonmentCaptain Buba K. Bojang: Discharged on count 1 but sentenced on six counts, the highest sentence being life imprisonmentLieutenant Amadou Sowe: Sentenced to life imprisonment on two countsLieutenant Buba Sanneh: Sentenced on seven counts, the highest being death sentencePrivate Modou Njie: Sentenced to death on two counts and to life imprisonment on one countThe release notes that the Court Martial was convened in accordance with regulation 103 of the Gambia Armed Forces Regulations for disciplinary acts, Cap 19:01 Laws of the Gambia, 2009.A five member court comprised the president and four other members who are senior officers of the Gambia Armed Forces, namely, Colonel Momodou Sowe President of the Court Martial, Lieutenant Colonel Yoro M. A. Jallow member, Lt Colonel Sait Njie member, Major Momodou E. Dibba member and Lieutenant Commander Momodou Badjie member.A judge advocate was appointed from the Judiciary in the person of Justice Emmanuel A. Amadi, a high court judge.The court sat from 5th February to the 30th March, 2O15.THE ACCUSEDThe following persons who are officers and soldiers of the Gambia Armed Forces were charged before the court and they are, Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Jarju 1st accused person, Captain Abdoulie Jobe 2nd accused person, Captain Buba K. Bojang 3rd accused person, Captain Amadou Sowe 4th accused person, Lieutenant Buba Sanneh 5th accused person, Private Njie Modou 6th accused person.THE CHARGESThe charges range from treason to security offences contrary to the Criminal Code and the Gambia Armed Forces Act, and they are as follows:Count 1 treason, contrary to section 35 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume 3 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 2 treason, contrary to section 35 (1) (g) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume 3 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 3 treason, contrary to section 35 (1) (d) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume 3 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 4 concealment of treason, contrary to section 36 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01 Volume 3 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 5, concealment of treason, contrary to section 36 (b) of the Criminal Code Cap 10:01, Volume 3 Revised Laws of the Gambia, 2009.Count 6, Offences related to mutiny contrary to section 47 (b) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of the Gambia, 2009.Count 7, offences related to mutiny, contrary to section 47 (b) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01, Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2OO9.Count 8, offences related to mutiny contrary to section 47 (d) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:O1 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 9, mutiny contrary to section 45 of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 10, offences relating to security, contrary to section 38 of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 11, aiding and abetting, contrary section 35 (1) (a) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revise Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 12, desertion, contrary to section 53 (1) (a) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 13 behaving before the enemy in such a manner as to show cowardice contrary to section 36 (1) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.Count 14, improperly forsaking a position from cowardice, contrary to section 37 (g) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Volume 5 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.REPRESENTATIONThe prosecution was led by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mr. H. Barkun with Miss O. Danso, State Counsel, Mr. A. Bah, State Counsel, and assisted by Lieutenant Colonel Bahoreh Jaiteh, provo martial and legal officer of the Gambia Armed Forces. The accused persons were represented by lawyers sent by the National Agency for Legal Aid. They were Mr. U. Achibo with Mrs. H. Achibo and Mr. Sidney O. Kennedy, representing the first and second accused persons.Mrs. N. Bogye with Sir Charles Thomas represented the 3rd to 6th accused persons. The above defence counsels for the accused persons were assisted by three senior defence officers from the Gambia Armed Forces, namely Lieutenant Commander Alieu Sanneh, Major Ousman Bah, Lieutenant Navy Fara Jobe.THE PROCEEDINGSDuring the sittings of the court, the proceedings were open to both the public and family members. However given the sensitive nature of the case, which borders around National Security and Defence, the categories and ranks of the persons involved, access to the proceedings were restricted to the media. This is in accordance with the provisions of the Gambia Armed Forces Act, Regulation 113 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009.JUDGMENTCounts 6, 7, 8 and 9 were struck out by the court as they are offences related to mutiny under sections 45, 47 (b) and 47 (d) of the Gambia Armed Forces Act Cap 19:01 Revised Laws of The Gambia, 2009 which the court considered as inappropriate in the court.The conclusion of the Court Martial on 30 th March 2015, in terms of judgment, was as follows:First accused Lieutenant Colonel Sarjo Jarju: Count 1 discharged on this count, Count 2 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 3 sentenced to death, Count 4 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 5 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 10, 20 years imprisonment, Count 11, 10 years imprisonment.Second accused, Captain Abdoulie Jobe: Count 1 discharged on this count, Count 2 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 3 sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, Count 4 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Count 5 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Count 10, 20 years imprisonment, Count 11, 10 years imprisonment.Third accused. Captain Buba K. Bojang: Count 1 discharged on this count, Count 2 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 3 sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, Count 4 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Count 5 sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Count 10, 20 years imprisonment, Count 11, 10 years imprisonment.Fourth accused, Lieutenant Amadou Sowe: Count 13 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 14 sentenced to life imprisonment.Fifth accused, Lieutenant Buba Sanneh: Count 1 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 2 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 3 sentenced to death, Count 4 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 5 sentenced to life imprisonment, Count 10, 20 years imprisonment, Count 11, 10 years imprisonment.Sixth accused Private Njie Modou: Count 1 sentenced to death, Count 2 sentenced to death, Count 12 sentenced to life imprisonment.The above sentences run concurrently.The judgment, findings, conclusion and sentences by the Court Martial are recommendations which are subjected to confirmation by the convening authority as provided in the Gambia Armed Forces Act.]]>last_img read more

On Defense Over Russia Trump Could Get Another Boost From House Intel

first_imgChip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesHouse intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., leaves the committee’s secure meeting rooms at the U.S. Capitol on February 6, 2018, followed by Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.The White House could look for another political booster shot on Thursday if its allies on the House intelligence committee give more detail about how they cleared President Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russia’s attack on the 2016 presidential election.Intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is poised to release more details from the classified report in which Republicans conclude there is no evidence Trump or his aides conspired with the wave of Russian “active measures” that continue to be directed against the West.Intelligence committee members are scheduled to meet behind closed doors on Thursday to review the final version of the Republicans’ report and then set in motion the process by which the intelligence community is likely to declassify it.The committee’s GOP majority could release unclassified sections of the document. Nunes has previewed the findings once already and Trump hailed the clean bill of health he got from the panel’s Republicans.THE HOUSE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE HAS, AFTER A 14 MONTH LONG IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION OR COORDINATION BETWEEN THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN AND RUSSIA TO INFLUENCE THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2018The president could tout the panel’s findings once more on Thursday amid a week that has underscored how difficult it has been for him to shake allegations he may have a secret relationship with powerful Russians or be subject to some kind of clandestine influence.The latest flare-up is over Trump’s phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader has begun a new term after an election not considered free or fair. Trump offered Putin “congratulations” and did not broach the issue of Russia’s interference in U.S. elections or Russia’s poisoning attack against two people in the United Kingdom.Trump’s advisers recommended that he not congratulate Putin, according to the Washington Post, but he did it anyway. White House officials made clear the leak of that detail enraged Trump and that whoever was responsible could be fired or even prosecuted.Trump’s geniality with Putin followed an earlier data point for critics who argue there’s something going on behind the scenes.White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to fault Russia for what is considered its sham election that reinstalled Putin. Opponents called that a major break with past practices by the United States to advocate for freedom and democracy.“Does the president of the United States even agree with the message that political and economic freedom are things that we are supposed to promote?” asked Rep. Adam Smith, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.Other critics went even further. The Russians “may have something on him personally,” former CIA Director John Brennan said of Trump on MSNBC.The comments may have been a reference to the thesis of the infamous, unverified dossier about Trump compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele during the 2016 campaign. NPR has not detailed the material in the dossier but generally it describes a concerted effort by Russian leaders and the Trump campaign to align their efforts.The American political research operative who commissioned the dossier, Glenn Simpson, told members of Congress that Steele believed Trump was being blackmailed, which is why Steele sought to give the material in the dossier to the FBI.Republicans point out that Steele and Simpson aren’t neutral actors; although Steele couldn’t vote in the U.S. election, he told American officials he personally opposed Trump. And Simpson hired Steele and did other work as part of a political operation using Democratic money.The provenance and reliability of the dossier have become one of the hottest points of controversy in the Russia imbroglio.The Democratic minority on the House intelligence committee said in a memo last month the FBI has verified some of the things it contains, but those details are classified.If Republicans release more on Thursday from their report about the attack on the 2016 election, that will give them and the White House another opening to respond and debunk Steele’s dossier.More broadly, Trump and Sanders scoff at the accusations about being too close to Putin or the United States generally being soft on Russia.They and other administration officials point out the range of areas in which Washington is trying to check Russia around the world — from the government in Venezuela to the supply of anti-tank weapons to anti-Russian forces in Ukraine.The United States and Russia must talk with each other, as Trump and Putin did, Sanders said — but the president is acting in America’s interests.“We’re going to continue to do that, while also continuing to be tough on a number of things, including sanctions on Russia, rebuilding our own military, and exporting energy — things that we know are not great for Russia,” Sanders said.Trump followed up with his own defense of sustaining ties with the Russians.…..They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race. Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2018The womenThe timing of House intelligence committee Republicans’ update on Thursday is important for another reason: Three women are in the headlines this week as they pursue lawsuits related to what they call past sexual contact with Trump, both wanted and unwanted.Two women — pornographic actress Stormy Daniels and onetime Playboy model Karen McDougal — say they had consensual relationships with Trump more than 10 years ago. The third, Summer Zervos, accuses Trump of kissing her and touching her without her consent. Trump denies the allegations.McDougal and Daniels both have TV interviews scheduled over the coming week; McDougal on Thursday evening and Daniels on Sunday.The unverified Steele dossier also contains lascivious allegations about Trump. NPR has not detailed them but they became notorious after BuzzFeed News posted an unexpurgated copy of the dossier online in early 2017.So the degree to which House Republicans’ update on Thursday might seek to debunk the salacious Steele allegations could provide new ammunition as the White House defends itself against charges from the three women now in the public eye.Trump v. the special counselThe White House has been on offense against the Justice Department and its special counsel, Robert Mueller, since the firing last week of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.Trump and his allies have pointed to McCabe’s dismissal as evidence that what they call “biased” investigators and attorneys are conspiring against the president out of partisan animus.That has led to concerns from Democrats that the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions might make Mueller their next target. Senate intelligence committee ranking member Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., and others want their colleagues in Congress to pass legislation explicitly protecting Mueller.House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., don’t agree. Both said on Tuesday all the other goings-on with McCabe and the Justice Department aren’t connected to Mueller.They also said they have no doubt that Mueller would be able to stay in his job and accordingly no law is needed to bar Trump from firing the special counsel without cause.“The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely,” Ryan said. “I am confident that he’ll be able to do that. I have received assurances that his firing is not even under consideration.”But no handshake agreement between Trump and Republican leaders would stop any attempt by the president to shake up the Justice Department or get rid of Mueller before Congress could respond — for example, with impeachment proceedings. The only recourse would be congressional action afterward.That prompted one of Trump’s Republican antagonists, retiring Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, to urge the president not to “go there.”We are begging the president not to fire the special counsel. Don’t create a constitutional crisis. Congress cannot preempt such a firing. Our only constitutional remedy is after the fact, through impeachment. No one wants that outcome. Mr. President, please don’t go there.— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) March 20, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

Excite Holidays makes key staff changes

first_imgExcite Holidays has announced today, two key appointments to its international leadership team, which follow suit to its continued global expansion.Director of sales and marketing Joe Karbo, will now be relocating to Excite Holidays’ European headquarters in Athens to take up his new role as head of distribution.This new and exciting role will see him responsible for all international sales channels, he will be leading the way in instilling Excite Holidays commitment to innovation and service excellence in the international market.Working closely with head of sales (Europe), Adrian Marpole, he will also be responsible for increasing the company market share throughout the UK and across the European continent.Heading up sales, marketing and customer service teams at Excite Holidays’ Sydney head office will be Joana Bonto.Joana has been a key member of the Excite Holidays family for three years as the head of HR and her extensive market experience, dedication and achievements have seen her rise quickly into the international leadership team.Excite Holidays chief executive officer George Papaioannou, said that the two staff members have proven themselves to be committed to the Excite Holidays mission.“Both Joe and Joana have proven themselves to be committed to our mission of empowering travel agents with the largest selection of competitive travel products and, as a company, we are confident that these changes will yield extremely positive results for Excite Holidays, both here in Australia and throughout our global network,” Mr Papaioannou said.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wiseman Joe Karbo and Joana Bontolast_img read more

STUBA explores beautiful Japan

first_imgSTUBA explores beautiful Japan Source = Stuba explores beautiful JapanWith thousand years of civilised culture, and magnificent history, Japan is one of the most popular places to visit for those interested in history.Japan has two dominant religious traditions: Shinto (神道) is the ancient animist religion of traditional Japan, and Buddhismofficially arrived in 552 CE. For much of its history, the two faiths were not clearly differentiated, but there was a schism when Buddhism lost favor with the fall of the Shogun and the subsequent modernization of the country in the late 19th century. Today, the two faiths are clearly separated, most Buddhist elements have long since been removed from most Shinto shrines, and the ceremonies are clearly separated.Karaoke (カラオケ) was invented in Japan and can be found in virtually every Japanese city. Pronounced kah-rah-oh-keh it is abbreviated from the words “Empty orchestra” in Japanese – many natives won’t have any idea what you’re talking about if you use the English keh-ree-oh-kee. Most karaoke places occupy several floors of a building. You and your friends have a room to yourself – no strangers involved – and the standard hourly rate often includes all-you-can-drink booze, with refills ordered through a phone on the wall or through the karaoke machine itself. The major chains all have good English-language song selections. Old folks prefer singing enka ballads at small neighborhood bars.The most important holiday in Japan is New Year’s (お正月 Oshōgatsu), which pretty much shuts down the country from December 30 to January 3. Japanese head home to their families (which means massive transport congestion), eat festive foods and head out to the neighborhood temple at the stroke of midnight to wish in the New YearThe longest holiday is Golden Week (27 April to 6 May, but varies slightly), when there are four public holidays within a week and everybody goes on extended vacation. Trains are crowded and flight and hotel prices are jacked up to multiples of normal prices, so it can be a bad time to travel in Japan, but the weeks immediately before or after Golden Week are excellent times.Spring is one of the best times of year to be in Japan. The temperatures are warm but not hot, there’s not too much rain, and March-April brings the justly famous cherry blossoms (sakura) and is a time of revelry and festivals. For the southern half of the country, cherry blossom season typically starts towards the end of March and peaks in early April. The northern half has its season in mid to late April, up to Hokkaido which is in early May. For all of your hotel needs, head to Stuba. The best accommodation world wide at the most competitive rates.last_img read more