LIVE: AG Barr Testifies Before Senate Judiciary Committee

first_imgAttorney General Bill Barr is talking about the Mueller report this morning in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.Democrats have accused Barr of misrepresenting key findings in the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the redacted version of the report was released. Meantime, a letter Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote to Attorney General Bill Barr is criticizing him for the way he summed up the 22-month Russia investigation. The Washington Post reported yesterday that it has viewed the letter Mueller wrote to Barr in late March. In it, he complains that Barr’s four-page memo to Congress “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance” of his team’s work. Barr had announced that Mueller found no evidence of conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian agents. Barr also said Mueller did not reach a judgment on obstruction of justice, and that he decided to clear Trump of that charge. Mueller’s letter says that Barr’s characterization caused public confusion about critical aspects of the investigation. It made a request, that Barr release the introductions and executive summaries. Barr is scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee today to answer questions about how he handled the Mueller report.last_img read more

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Bahamas Parliament to be dissolved ahead of upcoming election

first_imgPrime Minister Perry Christie on Sunday announced that Parliament will be dissolved on April 11 ahead of the upcoming general election.Christie who made the announcement in a statement also encouraged voters to register before the dissolution of Parliament.“For general information, especially for the benefit of all those persons who would like to vote in the forthcoming General Election but have not yet registered to do so, it is my intention to cause the present Parliament to be dissolved on Tuesday, the 11th April, and to cause writs of election to be issued the same day.”“I would therefore encourage all my fellow Bahamians to play their part in our democracy by registering to vote if they have not already done so, and to do so without further delay.”As of March 20, 11,698 people had registered to vote in the election – this is 18 per cent less than the 172,000 on the 2012 voter registry.Christie has not yet disclosed the date   – however last week, it was confirmed that foreign observers, including those from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), have been invited to monitor the polls that will be held sometime next month.The decision to call a general election is made by the prime minister, who advises the governor-general to dissolve parliament.A general election was last held on May 8, 2012last_img read more

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Rockies double Leafs 4-2 in Kootenay Conference match up

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs two-game road swing through the East Kootenay concluded on a sour note Saturday night in Invermere.Colby Sherlock scored the game winner four minutes into the third period to snap a 2-2 tie sparking the Columbia Valley Rockies to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs.The short-staffed Leafs, playing the weekend with only 15 players, opened the trip through the Eddie Mountain Division of the Kootenay Conference with a 5-0 victory Friday over Golden Rockets.The loss, the eighth in the past 11 games, drops Nelson to 13-12-0-0-1 on the season.Nelson, struggling through the month of November with a 2-7 record, sits third in Murdoch Division standings, one point ahead of Grand Forks Border Bruins.Saturday, the Leafs went toe-to-toe against the Rockies. Michael Cardinal scored a short-handed goal to give the Rockies the lead in the second period.But Tyler Garcia answered for the Leafs less than a minute later as the power play ran out.Nick Hoobanoff restored the Rockies lead midway through the frame.Once again the Leafs answered, this time Samuel Weber with this second goal in as many games late in the period.However, the Leafs ran out of gas in the third as Columbia Valley stormed Patrick Ostermann in the Nelson nets with 18 shots.Sherlock potted the game winner before Doan Smith added some insurance later in the period to secure the victory.Cardinal was the Game Star for the Rockies while Ostermann earned the praise of the selection committee as he faced 41 shots in the Leaf nets.Nelson managed 30 shots, but only five in the third period, against Rockies netminder Giovanni Sambrielaz.The Leafs face rival Castlegar Rebels Wednesday in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7 p.m.Nelson remains on the road Friday for a game in the Bavarian City against the defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters before returning home Saturday to face the Columbia Valley Rockies at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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Local laser company leads the way

first_img11 November 2002A South African company that pipped overseas firms for a contract to produce high-tech laser systems for the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Nasa) made its breakthrough after being discovered on the Internet.According to a report in Business Day, the company, Scientific Development and Integration, produces laser systems bought by Nasa for trace gas detection in the upper atmosphere – a contract it won after Nasa came across the company’s web site.The company is also participating in a project that will see the large-scale manufacture of a new generation fighter aircraft. According to Business Day, the US aircraft manufacturer was in South Africa earlier this year to test a laser system developed by Scientific Development and Integration for inspecting the parts used to make the aircraft.“A similar system exists in Canada, but the US aircraft manufacturer found our system to be at least five times more efficient than the Canadian laser”, director Lourens Botha told Business Day.If adopted, the home-grown laser system could be installed not only at the US aircraft manufacturing plant, but also on aircraft carriers and at maintenance facilities worldwide.Besides Nasa, the company’s pulsed infrared lasers have been supplied to major international aerospace players including the Chinese Space Agency, Daussalt Aviation, BAE Systems and Airbus.Established in 1997 by four former Atomic Energy Corporation scientists, Scientific Development and Integration specialises in laser technology and the separation and enrichment of isotopes, and is developing a number of commercial and other applications for both.Business Day reports that a US computer firm is testing one of Scientific Development and Integration’s laser systems for the annealing of silicon wafers.The company’s laser isotope separation project will, according to the Scientific Development and Integration web site, “create economic quantities of C12 and C13, for use in the CVD diamond, abrasive diamond and medical businesses’.Together with the Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), the company is also sponsoring an environmental monitoring project at the University of Natal, Durban, and aims ultimately to develop a prototype modulated diode laser system for online monitoring of industrial pollution.And the company believes it has come up with a ground-breaking technique for treating Glaucoma, an eye disease particularly prevalent in developing countries, using a portable diode laser system. “The prototype system is presently undergoing clinical trials at local Universities, and should be ready for the market towards the end of 2002′, the company says on its web site.Scientific Development and Integration qualified for funding through the Department of Trade and Industry’s support programme for industrial innovation in 1998 and 2001, and was recently highlighted as a prime example of SA’s capabilities in the aerospace sector by Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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She Leads Africa boosts women in the business ecosystem

first_imgShe Leads Africa was set up to show that many African women were leading in business and in their communities. The initiative runs various programmes to build the profile of women in business across the continent.Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of the She Leads Africa network, set up to change negative perceptions of African women. (Image supplied)Melissa JavanTwo women who wanted to see fellow African women leading in business are now reaping the fruit of the initiative they started. Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei are the founders of She Leads Africa (SLA), a community of about 300,000 women.She Leads Africa is a digital media company with a purpose, they say. “It’s very important to us that we focus on not only reach but also on impact.“Our recent Slay Festival in Lagos had more than 1,400 people come out for a day of innovation, culture and technology. It had 81 million social media impressions,” the women say.They partnered with BBC Africa to host a Twitter chat for #SheHiveLondon and the broadcaster live streamed SLA’s SheHiveLondon event.“We have also provided more than $50,000 (R661,458) in grant money to women entrepreneurs and provided training to 1,000 young entrepreneurs on business strategy, digital marketing and finance.”Belo-Osagie and Osei started SLA in 2014, when both had full time jobs. It now has a staff of nine people, two of whom are in South Africa.Watch Anjola Ogunsanwo explain the lessons she learned at the Slay Festival:Their missionSLA is a community that helps young African women achieve their professional dreams, reads its website. “With engaging online content and pan-African events, (the) vision is to become the #1 destination for smart and ambitious young women.”An SLA event, #SheHiveJoburg, was held in Maboneng, Johannesburg, from 9-12 February. It comprised a series of workshops. Successful entrepreneurs gave insight into their journeys and provided training and mentorship to young professional women.“Start thinking of yourself as a brand.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017Entrepreneur Tip from @SheLeadsAfrica. If you don’t like networking. Get a friend who is a connector to help you connect to your network.— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017“As much as we are in a digital age, your brand offline still matters.” – @sheilaafari, founder of Sheila Afari PR#SheHiveJoburg— She Leads Africa (@SheLeadsAfrica) February 12, 2017We’re not going to create generational wealth with one income stream. @sheilaafari #SheHiveJoburg @SheLeadsAfrica pic.twitter.com/6Teoj1Yyyh— Wasebukhosini ? (@KINGAya_) February 12, 2017Besides sharing inspiring stories of African women, SLA shares guides on its site, such as 7 Cs for great communication; SLA’s career strategy guide; Holding on to your business, your day job and your sanity; and Starting a business: the very first step.Watch Osei talk about how we should portray African women as individuals:Women breaking stereotypesLebohang Monyatsi from Vryburg in the North West, is one of the South African women who features on the SLA website. She is the first South African woman in a wheelchair to be a runway model, and has also represented South Africa in wheelchair basketball.Lebohang Monyatsi challenges people who believe that differently-abled people such as herself are only good for office work and sport. “I intend on making people see that we are capable of doing other things.” (Image: She Leads Africa)“The main goal is to break the stereotypes associated with people with disabilities in the fashion and entertainment industry, and to pave the way for those to follow and succeed me,” she said.One of Monyatsi’s achievements is modelling for the Maboneng Fashion Week. “My goals as a model are to do international modelling, to inspire and be a role model, especially to those who think it’s not possible,” she told SLA.Other South African SLA womenMaphano Mohapi encourages youth to let their voices be heard and to break stereotypes. (Image: She Leads Africa)Several other South African women feature on the SLA website.Ronelle Steenekamp’s start-up RSA Consulting designs learning programmes for employees, advises organisations about learning and development projects and helps companies carry out more effective learning interventions.Her motto is “Pray then slay”. “Before pursuing interests, goals and objectives, I pray. Thereafter I boldly pursue with positive energy and confidence; that’s the slaying part,” Steenekamp says.Vuyi Zondi is a management consultant by profession with experience in strategy consulting to optimise business performance. She is also the founder of Corium Naturals, which sells products such as shea butter and African black soap.Running a business is not smooth going at all times, says Zondi. “But what I learn from one, I can transfer to the other.”Her advice is to do your research and read up from credible sources. “Reach out to the suppliers of raw materials, because they have a wealth of knowledge and guidance. Become a sponge, always soaking in new knowledge.”Lauren Jacobs is in the church with her husband, and is committed to speaking out about issues such as domestic violence. She is also the author of three books. One of Jacobs’ achievements was teaching women in Ghana during a church outreach trip.Her advice to aspiring authors is to forget about writing perfectly. “Forget perfection; embrace what you have to give. Write and write, challenge yourself. Do not copy another writer – we don’t need another Stephen King or Chimamanda Adichie. They are great but we need you.”Social work graduate Maphano Mohapi is a nail technician and makeup artist with a spa business of her own.In 2004, she was in an accident that left her unable to walk. This personal challenge gave Mohapi a new lease on life.She told SLA that after graduating from university, it was difficult to find a job because of her disability. This led to her starting her own business.Her advice is that people should not give up on their dreams. “Remember you have only one life to live. Getting a second chance in my life moulded me into a strong, beautiful black woman I am today,” Mohapi says.How She Leads Africa startedIn 2014, when they started SLA, Belo-Osagie and Osei said they wanted to see if they could find women interested in opportunities, and the response they got blew them away. “We launched our first pitch competition in May 2014 and within six weeks we had nearly 400 applications from more than 25 countries,” they say.“We knew that there was a desire from young woman across the continent to see this movement grow and it’s been exciting building that over the past two years.”Their aim is to work with African women across the continent and in the diaspora. “To date, we’ve hosted our SheHive bootcamps in cities across three continents and have members from more than 30 countries.”Other highlightsMembers of the She Leads Africa team. (Image supplied)In 2014 and 2015, SLA hosted pitch competitions in which entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to showcase their businesses before investors. Then, in 2016, SLA launched its Accelerator programme. The six-month long programme is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs.Participants receive access to business coaching, private sessions with investors and at the end pitch their business for cash and prizes.In 2016, the SLA top entrepreneur was Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct. The company produces premium organic fruits and vegetables hydroponically. Adelaja walked away with a 2-million naira (R83 000) investment.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

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DeWine announces H2Ohio water quality initiative

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentGov. Mike DeWine has outlined his H2Ohio water quality initiative, which he introduced as part of his proposed budget for the 2020-2021 biennium.“Water is vital to everyone, yet communities throughout the state face real and different challenges, such as algae blooms, failing septic tanks, nutrient pollution and threats of lead contamination,” DeWine said. “We cannot continue to lurch from water crisis to water crisis. I am proposing an H2Ohio initiative that would allow us to invest in targeted, long-term solutions to ensure safe and clean water across the state of Ohio.”DeWine’s proposal would create a special H2Ohio Fund that would be used to protect Ohio’s water quality over 10 years and could amount to approximately $900 million. OFBF Executive Vice President Adam Sharp said, “The governor’s approach to water quality is refreshing for Ohio agriculture. The H2Ohio initiative and its extensive resources shows an understanding of the complexities that come with this issue. This funding is a great example of how this governor is fully committed to work with farmers throughout the state toward the common goal of clean water. We look forward to working with the administration as the initiative moves forward.”How funds would be usedH2Ohio funding would be used for water programs across the state, including for Lake Erie and other rivers, lakes, and waterways in Ohio, for efforts such as:Prevention and land-based management programs, such as funding efforts to minimize the introduction of nutrients and other runoff into Ohio waterways, additional staffing at soil and water conservation districts, and more aggressive action to address failing septic systems and other water treatment needs across Ohio.Water-based restoration programs, such as the creation of more wetlands in targeted areas to naturally filter out nutrients and sediment and utilizing emerging technologies to minimize water quality problems and treat polluted water.Science, research, and measurement, such as supporting ongoing research and data collection to advise on metrics and measurable goals, and to stay updated on and utilize new prevention and treatment technologies.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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Relentless Ceres rules Asean zonals of AFC Cup

first_imgCeres players broke down in tears as the referee blew the final whistle as Ceres’ campaign in the second tier continental competition that started in Hanoi last February rolled on with another memorable win in front of the Negrense faithful.With the victory, Ceres advanced to the inter-zonal semifinals where it will meet Istiklol of Tajikistan in another two-leg affair. The first leg is slated Aug. 22 in Dushanbe, while the return leg is set Sept. 9 at Panaad.“My players gave everything,” said coach Risto Vidakovic.DREAM STARTCONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANEnergized by the home crowd, the Busmen got off to a dream start when Porteria bundled home a cross from Iain Ramsay in the second minute.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games LATEST STORIES After dropping the first leg, 1-2, at Jalan Besar Stadium last Wednesday, the Busmen returned to the comforts of home needing just a 1-0 victory.But they did just that and more as they put in a disciplined performance on defense , while relying on their class and quality up front.CLEAN SHEETFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRoland Muller kept a clean sheet for the first time in six matches as the Ceres backline proved equal to every Home United attack.Twice, Muller was rescued by the crossbar, including one on Stipe Plazibat’s strike with 10 minutes remaining. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side The Busmen could have wrapped up the tie as early as the first half, but Fernando Rodriguez missed a 13th minute penalty and also wasted a glorious one on one chance minutes later.Just four minutes before the break, Ott gave the Busmen breathing room with an inch-perfect free kick that sailed into the top corner, beating the experienced Singapore international Hassan Sunny to make it 2-0.“It wasn’t easy when you miss so many chances because when that happens, you usually lose,” said Vidakovic. “It was very hard for the players to stand up again. We could have finished the game in the first half.”INSPIRED FORMSchrock was in inspired form, putting challenges and pressing when the Busmen didn’t have possession. He showed vision and lovely feet as he instigated quick transition plays that allowed the Busmen to put Home on their heels.“It was a very important game and I’m just honored to be given a starting place,” said Schrock, who was added to the roster for the zonal finals.“I had to prove that I deserve to start because my teammates have been sacrificing the past six months to get us to this stage (of the competition).”Schrock summed up the Busmen’s performance: “We left it all out there, the heart and the sweat. We put in the performance of our life in this final. We deserve to make history for the club, the country and Southeast Asia.” CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – Ceres Negros delivered another performance to remember when it mattered to oust Home United, 3-2, on aggregate and claim the AFC Cup Asean zonal title before a huge crowd at Panaad Stadium here.The Busmen leaned on goals from OJ Porteria and Manny Ott in the first half, while Stephan Schrock provided the flash of inspiration at midfield as the Bacolod-based club made history by becoming the first team to claim the regional crown.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoSilva says Everton didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield Utd

first_imgSilva says Everton didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says they didn’t deserve defeat to Sheffield United.A Yerry Mina own goal and a late Lys Mousset strike condemned Everton to defeat at Goodison Park.Silva said: “It was a tough game for us. Of course we didn’t deserve the result but when you make mistakes like we did this afternoon you don’t get what you deserve.”For the second goal it should have been easy for our defenders to clear the ball. The second half was bad – not good enough. We need to show more and try new things.”Some individual performances were not at the level we expect, but that’s part of the game. The key moment for me was the mistake we made in the first goal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Photo: Louisville Fan Makes The “L” Signal In The Middle Of A Huge Kentucky Crowd At A Bar

first_imgLouisville fan throws up the L while standing with Kentucky fans.Nashville, Tenn., is currently serving as a second home for thousands of Kentucky fans who have descended upon the city to watch the Wildcats in the SEC Tournament. Bridgestone Arena is full of blue-and-white clad Kentucky supporters. Many of the bars and restaurants surrounding the arena are packed with Wildcats’ fans, too. There’s at least one Louisville fan in the area, though. This Kentucky rival threw up an “L” signal while ESPN’s cameras showcased a bar full of Wildcats’ fans. @CardChronicle I guess a little turnabout is fair play. pic.twitter.com/Gb3MLGlamx— Christopher S. Jones (@ThrowinUpLs) March 15, 2015Well done, Louisville fan. Perhaps we’ll get Kentucky-Louisville Part Two in the NCAA Tournament.last_img

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