The letter proposes a solution in which gas producers commit to manage their production on a voluntary basis when needed to balance supply with system capacity, resulting in no net loss to provincial royalty revenues while honouring existing sales commitments.The letter is signed by CEOs of companies producing about two billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, including Jupiter Resources Ltd., Bellatrix Exploration Ltd., Peyto Exploration & Development Corp., Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd., Paramount Resources Ltd. and Bonavista Energy Corp.The new United Conservative Party government created the position of associate minister of natural gas when elected and, in early July, announced a one-time tax relief program for shallow gas wells and pipelines that is expected to deliver about $23 million in support for producers.“It is imperative that the government of Alberta intercedes as the viability of the Alberta natural gas sector is in jeopardy and, on our current trajectory, the consequences will be dire for the many Albertans that rely upon the natural gas sector directly and indirectly to support their communities,” the letter sent late Tuesday reads.The Canadian Press CALGARY — The CEOs of nine Alberta natural gas producers have released an open letter to Premier Jason Kenney asking him to show “bold leadership” in supporting a plan to restrict production to boost low gas prices.The letter warns that the viability of the natural gas sector is in jeopardy and the province faces a high likelihood of corporate failures, job losses and falling investment levels if the situation is allowed to continue.The CEOs say their gas price problems have developed over many years but point specifically to what they call failed federal regulation of TC Energy Corp.’s Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. gas pipeline system in Western Canada.
Rabat – Israel’s national anthem has been played for the first time at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in the United Arab Emirates.The Israeli anthem was played during the presentation of the gold medal to Israeli judoka, Sagi Muki, for his victory in judo in the under 81 kilogram category.The Israeli judo team was participating for the first in the tournament with its flag and anthem. “I’m so happy, I managed to use this opportunity, so that everyone could hear the anthem for the first time here in Abu Dhabi,” Muki said to an Israeli television channel after he had sung along with the anthem.In July, the International Judo Federation (IJF), warned the organizers of the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam that they might cancel the competition if Abu Dhabi did not allow all athletes, including Israelis, to compete with their flag and anthem. The Israeli minister of sports and culture, Miri Regev, who was standing next to the podium, could not hold back her tears. It was her first time to attend an event in the Middle East.For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to his Facebook page to thank Muki for the pride and honor that he brought to Israel, emphasizing that the national anthem was played in Abu Dhabi.At the 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam, Israeli athletes wore neutral kimonos without the initials SRI that designate Israel in sports competitions. The three letters were replaced by IJF, standing for International Judo Federation.The United Arab Emirates does not recognize Israel as a state and does not have diplomatic ties with it.
Between 11pm and midnight on 3 May, the Mission’s temporary operating base in Leer town in the former Unity State came under small-arms attack from the direction of the nearby Government-held town. According to the Mission, peacekeepers’ quick defensive action secured the safety of all of the internally displaced people who had sought UN protection adjacent to the base.“The members of the Security Council recalled that individuals who, directly or indirectly, engage in attacks against United Nations missions, international security presence, or other peacekeeping operations, or humanitarian personnel, may be designated for targeted sanctions,” said a statement issued overnight by the 15-member body.Further in the statement, the Council members expressed appreciation for the actions taken by UNMISS peacekeepers to repel the 3 May attack, further condemned the continued violence committed by all parties, including the ongoing military offensives, and called for removal of all obstacles to the delivery of lifesaving humanitarian assistance.Earlier this week, the UN human rights chief urged the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc in the Upper Nile region.Despite the August 2015 peace agreement, South Sudan slipped back into conflict due to renewed clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing former First Vice-President Riek Machar. Violence has caused a spike in the number of displaced people.
Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell answers questions at women’s basketball media day Oct. 10. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorWhen a team has a player as talented and accomplished as Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, there is only so much a coach can contribute. Head coach Kevin McGuff said the prolific scorer has worked to improve her defense this offseason. But he believes Mitchell’s experience traversing the world with USA Basketball will benefit her as much as any specific on-court improvements.Mitchell, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, won a gold medal with the Women’s Under-23 National Team in the Four Nations Tournament in Tokyo, Japan, in mid-August. Then, she was invited to the 2017 USA Women’s National Team Training Camp, which was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Mitchell was one of just five college players among the 30 invitees.“It kind of broadened her horizons a little bit and I think any time you get new experiences and have success with it like she did, you can only come out of there with more confidence,” McGuff said during Ohio State women’s basketball media day Tuesday.Ohio State counted on Mitchell to be its primary source of offense last year, and will rely on her offensive prowess again this season. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Big Ten with 22.9 points per game, led the team with 115 3-pointers made and assisted a team-high 137 buckets last season. Mitchell has made the most 3s in Big Ten history.But with so many skilled players at the training camp and on the Under-23 National Team, Mitchell learned to take a step back on offense.“When you go and you play on a USA basketball team, you have to play with so many great players, it’s certainly a different role than what you would have here,” McGuff said. “I just think that was really good for her and what it would mean for us this year, and really good for her and what it means for her future as she moves on to play professional basketball next year.”Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell pulls up for a shot in the second half against Wisconsin at the Schottenstein Center on Jan. 19. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing editor for ContentMitchell said she spent more time playing off the ball than she usually does for Ohio State and learned how to play in different positions on offense, rather than just dominating the ball. The score-first guard said she now feels more comfortable playing with Buckeye guards Linnae Harper, Sierra Calhoun and Asia Doss when they have the ball on offense.Mitchell was able to play with 25 WNBA players at the training camp, but she spent more time learning from the coaching staff.“I did get a chance to talk to [four-time Olympic gold-medal winner] Sue Bird and all those vets, but I really picked [USA Women’s National Team and South Carolina head coach] Dawn Staley’s brain because she had been through it, she know what it’s like,” Mitchell said. “So her being around, being our coach throughout the course of the three days, she helped me a lot in regard to what guards need to see even before it happens, how to play, how to pick things apart, and how to be a good teammate.”Just a little more than a week into training camp, McGuff has already witnessed Mitchell’s progress.“She’s playing fast as ever, because that’s what we expect of her,” McGuff said. “At the same time, kind of maybe even has a little better feel for when to slow down and execute and make sure everybody else is where they’re supposed to be and make sure everybody else is involved.”Mitchell said USA Basketball placed an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball and she brought the intensity on that side of the court to the Buckeyes. McGuff, Mitchell and other players said improved defense would be key to Ohio State’s season when they spoke at media day Tuesday afternoon.Mitchell was joined by Harper on the Under-23 National Team. Harper, who was named Big Ten Sixth Player of the Year last season, was a late addition to the team as the redshirt senior replaced South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson, who missed the Four Nations Tournament with a groin strain.“Linnae is playing really hard, still one of the best defensive players and rebounding perimeter players in the country, something that they emphasize with her at USA Basketball,” McGuff said. “So that probably just kind of extenuated on the positives that she already has.”Mitchell and Harper will be able to showcase the improvements they made in the offseason when Ohio State opens the season against Stanford at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. John Arena as part of Countdown to Columbus.
The rats who drank fizzy drinks also showed signs of fat accumulating around their organs, a symptom of chronic obesity.Levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin were “significantly higher” after the rats had had a carbonated drink.Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the Mail on Sunday: “The Department of Health must now curb the use of any chemicals that impinge on health and that should include carbon dioxide if this effect is replicated in further studies.”Subsequent tests on human volunteers found that those who drank sparkling water at breakfast had ghrelin levels six times higher than those who had still water.Gavin Partington, director-general of the British Soft Drinks Association, said the study was “bad science” because the outcomes for humans may not be the same as those for rats. “There is no body of scientific evidence that carbon dioxide contained in soft drinks – or even beer – causes increased hunger or obesity,” he said. The experiment used fizzy drinks 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. Fizzy water could be a cause of obesity, according to a new study. Academics at Birzeit University in the Palestinian West Bank found that rats who were given fizzy drinks including zero-calorie versions put on weight, while those who drank flat liquid did not. They said that the carbon dioxide in the drinks encouraged the rats to eat on average 20 per cent more.
No one can deny that crowd-funding service Kickstarter is turning into a huge success. You only have to look at the recent Double Fine Kickstarter to see that. It has managed to raise over $2 million with 18 days still left to go.Success usually breeds competition, but Kickstarter’s latest competition doesn’t intend to steal away projects from the site. Instead, this new crowd-funding service, going by the name of Offbeatr, aims to cater for a totally different type of project. Offbeatr is Kickstarter, but for adult projects only.At the moment Offbeatr is invite-only and wants anyone working in the adult industry, or has an idea for an adult project, to get in touch. When it launches we can expect to see projects ranging from adult movies and games to books, photo sets, and probably even new products for use in the bedroom.While many may find such a service off-putting, the adult industry generates a significant amount of revenue, but also requires major investment if you intend to make a movie, for example. Having a new way of raising cash, while at the same time rewarding those who invest, could work really well for adult projects. Offbeatr is just one example of how the Kickstarter model can be re-used for specific industries and projects. I have to wonder if more of these services will pop up in the future. For example, we could get different crowd-funding services for technology, sports, and games to name but a few areas. These more focused sites would attract like-minded people and potentially increase the chance of popular ideas getting the money they need.More at Offbeatr, via TechCrunch
Alisson 6Our Rating ReadersRating ReadersRating Sadio Mane 6Our Rating Was sloppy at the back on the odd occasion in the first half, but also threatenend going forward with a couple of positive runs. ReadersRating YourRating ReadersRating ReadersRating ◆ Fabinho 7Our Rating Feb 19th 2019, 10:01 PM ◆ 5 ReadersRating YourRating 5 ◆ 5 Looked a bit off the boil and faded out of the game like the rest of the Liverpool side, after missing one or two half chances in the first period. https://the42.ie/4501146 Naby Keita 6Our Rating ◆ YourRating ◆ Andrew Robertson 6Our Rating Had one or two nice touches but didn’t impact the game in the way midfielders at this level are expected to. Had one superb ball to Salah in the first half and made a couple of timely interceptions to stem the visitors’ attacks, but couldn’t offer the creativity required to unlock Bayern ultimately. Looked a little nervy with the ball to feet in the first half and made one or two errors as a result. Was otherwise rarely tested by Bayern, who managed just one shot on target. 5 Did very well given that centre-back is not his primary position, with Liverpool not being made to suffer despite star defender Virgil van Dijk’s absence. Jordan Henderson 6Our Rating Trent Alexander Arnold 6Our Rating Mohamed Salah 5Our Rating YourRating YourRating Joel Matip 7Our Rating 5 5 YourRating Share6 Tweet Email1 A quiet game in attack. He was a doubt before the match and his underwhelming performance suggests he wasn’t 100% fit. Tuesday 19 Feb 2019, 10:12 PM ReadersRating ◆ YourRating By The42 Team Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ◆ Not someone who has always excelled at Liverpool, but barely put a foot wrong this evening, though he was aided by a rather conservative, defence-minded Bayern display. 5 ◆ Subs: Divock Origi and James Milner weren’t on long enough to rate. ◆ ReadersRating ReadersRating YourRating Looked lively, especially in the first half, and appeared the most likely of the Liverpool attackers to score, but was wasteful with his finishing ultimately. Player ratings: How Liverpool fared against Bayern Munich The Reds ultimately failed to unlock their opponents’ stubborn defence. Georginio Wijnaldum 5Our Rating ReadersRating 33,355 Views Got forward well and produced one excellent cross for Mane in the second half, but his delivery was disappointing at times too. 5 YourRating ◆ Worked hard and made a few gut-bursting runs before being replaced by James Milner with 15 minutes remaining. Roberto Firmino 5Our Rating YourRating ◆ 5 YourRating ReadersRating 5 38 Comments Short URL 5
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed his thoughts about the team’s 1-0 win over Nantes on Saturday.French forward Kylian Mbappe scored just after the hour mark to hand the champions their 15th league win of the season.“We lacked precision, which is unusual for us. In spite of everything, it was a good match, we controlled it.” Tuchel said according to the club’s official website.“It was tight, but we had a lot of chances, and showed a lot of patience and confidence. I’m very happy. This first half of the season has been extraordinary. We won our opening games and continued winning.”Thiago Silva also spoke about the win, saying:How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“I think it was a good match despite everything. We created a lot of chances that we didn’t manage to put away. If we had scored earlier, the game would surely have been different. Nantes sat deep and played on the counter-attack.”“Defensively, we were solid. We have worked very well in this first half of the season. Everyone should be congratulated for the work they have done so far. We have to keep going like that as that will enable us to go far.”The match winner, Mbappe also has this to say:“It was the last game of a long year with a lot of matches. We were tired, but we wanted to pick up one last win to go off on holiday with a sense of mission accomplished, round off a great year and a great first half to the season. We’re now going to rest and recharge our batteries. My goal? It’s not the most beautiful, but it’s important because it gave us the win.”
Southampton manager Mark Hughes has criticised the decision-making of referee Simon Hooper after his side’s controversial 1-1 draw with Watford at St Mary’s on Saturday.The Saints were 1-0 up thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini’s first-half goal when Charlie Austin thought he had doubled their advantage with a deflected strike midway through the second half.However, Mr. Hooper wrongly chalked it off after consulting his assistant on the sideline.“We should not be a test bed for new referees because unfortunately the likes of ourselves, Watford, will always get the referees who are learning their trade,” Hughes revealed to Sky.“There is no way that the referee today was going to be given the Manchester derby for proper reasons. But it is still just as important to us, so where do we go with it?“The only thing we can console ourselves with is they have held their hands up and said they made a mistake.Hasenhuttl wants Saints to be aggressive against Watford Obinna Echi – April 22, 2019 Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has demanded more urgency and aggressiveness from his players when they play Watford on Tuesday night.The Saints were dispatched by Ayoze Perez hat-trick…“But it is two points that we dearly needed and the consequences of a poor performance from them all, I have to say, then we have not got the points we deserved from the performance.”“And unfortunately that has cost us, in my view, the game because clearly at that point we have got into what we believe is a 2-0 situation where we are leading the game and there is about a quarter of an hour left.“At that point at 2-0, we would clearly have just seen the game out and won the game. As it was, it got chalked off and emotionally we have maybe exerted a little bit of energy and then all of a sudden Watford are encouraged and it changes the game.“So all we ask of the officials and all we ever ask from myself as managers, coaches, players, is that they get the match-defining moments, the ones that have a direct bearing on the result, right.“And unfortunately today they did not.”
KEY LARGO, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of five spinner dolphins found in distress off the Florida Keys, Saturday.Rescuers with the Florida Keys-based Dolphins Plus Marine Mammal Responder found four of the marine mammals stranded about 20 miles north of Islamorada, in Florida Bay. A fifth was discovered in the bay, just off Lower Matecumbe Key.Officials said all the dolphins showed signs of dehydration and were taken to Dolphins Plus’ facility for treatment.A photo captured the animals on the back of a boat wrapped in towels.Officials believe Hurricane Hermine may have pushed them up from their normal deep water habitats to shallow waters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
STP Set For 2018 U.S. Tour stone-temple-pilots-announce-2018-us-tour-dates The 2018 tour will support the band’s new, as-yet untitled, album with new lead singer Jeff GuttBrian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 4, 2017 – 6:26 pm Wasting no time in fully welcoming new lead singer Jeff Gutt into the fold, Stone Temple Pilots announced this week that they will be hitting the road next spring for a 14-date U.S. tour.All tickets for the headlining tour will include a digital download link for Stone Temple Pilots’ brand-new album. Although neither the title nor the official released date for the album have been announced at this point, STP co-founder/guitarist Dean DeLeo isn’t shy about sharing other details about the new music he and his band have in the works.”[The record] goes from acoustic-based, beautiful things to really hard-hitting, heavy moments. … So this record is just like any other STP record in that regard,” DeLeo told Billboard, after first revealing, “If there wasn’t new music I don’t know that we’d really have a leg to stand on, but we’re sitting on 14 new songs right now.”New frontman Jeff Gutt, a former finalist on FOX’s “The X Factor,” was announced as STP’s new permanent lead singer in an elaborate unveiling event last month at LA’s Troubadour club packed with industry insiders and longtime fans.In an effort to track down the right candidate to fill the massive shoes left first by the passing of Stone Temple Pilots’ co-founding lead singer Scott Weiland in 2015, and then by the passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, who had worked as STP’s interim lead singer from 2013 to 2015, this past May, the band posted an open call-out online that received over 15,000 responses. They formally auditioned at least 30 potential singers before finally settling on Gutt.”The guy’s through and through a great singer, and he’s a good dude, which was definitely one of the boxes that had to be checked off,” says DeLeo of his new bandmate. “The guy wrote melodies to, like, seven songs in an afternoon, right on the spot riffin’ ’em out. It was impressive.”STP’s 2018 tour will kick off on March 2 in Santa Clarita, Calif., before wrapping up on May 20 with a headlining appearance at Rock On The Range.Dave Matthews, Trey Anastasio Band To Perform Hurricane Relief ConcertRead more Email News Twitter Stone Temple Pilots Announce 2018 U.S. Tour Dates Facebook
Anchorage police are investigating the death of a pedestrian struck on the Seward Highway just south of Potter Marsh.Download AudioJust before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Police took a call from the driver of a semi. The driver reported possibly striking a pedestrian near the highway truck scales.Police found a critically injured woman along the roadway.62-year-old Gwen Truax was transported to a hospital, where she later died.No citations have been issued and police are continuing to investigate the collision.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioPermanent Fund bill stalls in House Finance CommitteeAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauSince the Senate passed the bill last week that would draw money from the Permanent Fund to pay for state government, two things have happened. One is that many Alaskans have raised concerns with the part of the bill that would cut Permanent Fund dividends in half,( from $2,000 to $1,000). The other is that the bill was sent to the House, where it’s having a harder time moving. In fact, it might not even get out of the Finance Committee.Third major ratings agency downgrades Alaska creditRachel Waldholz, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFitch Ratings announced Tuesday that it is lowering the state’s long term credit rating from AAA — its highest rating — to AA+, citing the state’s massive budget gap.Murkowski puts riders in spending bill; Dems decry ‘poison pills’Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageU.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski had a chance to flex some legislative muscle today. As chair of an Appropriations subcommittee, Murkowski writes the legislation that sends money to several agencies and tells them how to spend it. Democrats say her bill is loaded with riders that gut environmental protection.Obama’s opioid addiction treatment plan could result in millions for Alaskan treatmentsAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAlaska could receive up to $4 million in federal funding to increase access to opioid addiction treatment options.AVCP reports near bankruptcy to board of directorsAdrian Wagner, KYUK – BethelThe Association of Village Council Presidents has confirmed near bankruptcy, authorless financial investments, and three pending audits.Police release name of moose attack victimAssociated PressAnchorage police have released the name of the man critically injured last week in a suspected moose attack.64 years later, closure sought for Colony Glacier plane crashZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMountaineers, morticians, and a forensic anthropologist are scouring the surface of a glacier as they hunt for the remains of a military plane that crashed 64 years ago.Anchorage Fire Department: Dangerous fire conditionsAssociated PressThe Anchorage Fire Department is warning of dangerous fire conditions.Voices of Sitkans mourning Orlando shooting victims Emily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaA crowd of more than 50 Sitkans gathered in Totem Square Monday night, to honor the 49 victims of Sunday’s shooting at Pulse, an Orlando nightclub.Bear gets head stuck in can, officials jump to aidDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksState officials came to the aid of a bear with a can stuck on its head along the Alaska Highway.
Patancheru: The agreement valid for three years signed between Asian Paints workers and the management in local industrial estate was ‘historic’, said the association general secretary Narsimha Reddy on Wednesday. Reddy is also the district INTUC president.Addressing a meeting in the estate, he said the agreement was reached during the day in the Joint Labour Commissioner’s office in Hyderabad paving the way for wage increase for workers. Workers with 33 years seniority would now get an increase of Rs.14,662 in the first year of the agreement, Rs.15,182 in the second year and Rs.15,901 in the third year.In the case of junior workers, the wage in the first year would be Rs.9709, Rs.17,403 in the second year, and Rs.11,159 in the third year. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us According to Reddy, in ex-gratia the increased amount in 2019 would be Rs.5,800, in 2020 Rs.63,850, and in 2021 Rs.67,850. In TA each technician would get an additional Rs.150. A retired worker would receive 21 days gratuity, Rs 2 lakh medical insurance, 1.30 paise VDA (as existing), advance of Rs 60,000, vehicle purchase assistance of Rs 40,000, welfare amount Rs 6,600, gift amount of Rs 3,800. Reddy stated that the agreement was possible only through the efforts of INTUC all-India president Sanjiva Reddy. He thanked the workers for backing the TU in signing of the agreement.
Domestic e-commerce major Flipkart has initiated several steps to retain and attract female talent, including extension of maternity leave to 24 weeks.Under the current labour laws, companies can give a maternity leave of up to 12 weeks.In addition, the female employees will be given flexible working hours for four months after joining back.The Bengaluru-based Flipkart is probably the first online retailer to introduce such measures to create an attractive work environment for female employees.”Flipkart aspires to be a change catalyst in society which has its age-old conditioning of gender biases. As an e-commerce leader, which has pioneered change in India, we also want to be a catalyst for a change in the way our society works and that’s one of the bigger community causes that we want to contribute to,” Deepali Tamhane, senior director of product management at Flipkart, told The Times of India.Recently, several companies such as Vodafone and Accenture have also taken measures to improve “maternity benefits”. HCL Technologies, Godrej and Hindustan Unilever (HUL) are among the few companies that give maternity leave of more than 24 weeks for all their employees. Recently, HUL has made new recruits, who are eligible for maternity benefits.By initiating more women-centric measures, Flipkart wants to boost the “gender diversity” in the company, as it sees increasing number of women purchasing goods online.Flipkart seeks to make sure that its employee count and leadership team matches the “diversity of its customers.””Being inclusive can prove to be a competitive advantage for us. To maintain a leadership position, we would have to attract diverse talent that represents our customer base,” said Tamhane.Other benefits offered by the company include transport reimbursement, counselling on parenting, child care support and insurance coverage. It has also partnered with hospitals to provide enhanced maternity benefits.”While providing renewed maternity benefits is a commendable step towards retaining women employees, reintegrating them back to the workforce is fundamental. It is crucial to ensure that performance management systems are fair and do not penalize women for maternity breaks,” said Shachi Irde, executive director, Catalyst India Women’s Research Center.
.Michael Flynn and other advisers to Donald Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the 2016 presidential race, current and former US officials familiar with the exchanges told Reuters.The previously undisclosed interactions form part of the record now being reviewed by FBI and congressional investigators probing Russian interference in the US presidential election and contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.Six of the previously undisclosed contacts described to Reuters were phone calls between Kislyak and Trump advisers, including Flynn, Trump’s first national security adviser, three current and former officials said.Conversations between Flynn and Kislyak accelerated after the 8 November vote as the two discussed establishing a back channel for communication between Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin that could bypass the US national security bureaucracy, which both sides considered hostile to improved relations, four current US officials said.In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.The people who described the contacts to Reuters said they had seen no evidence of wrongdoing or collusion between the campaign and Russia in the communications reviewed so far. But the disclosure could increase the pressure on Trump and his aides to provide the FBI and Congress with a full account of interactions with Russian officials and others with links to the Kremlin during and immediately after the 2016 election.The White House did not respond to requests for comment. Flynn’s lawyer declined to comment. In Moscow, a Russian foreign ministry official declined to comment on the contacts and referred Reuters to the Trump administration.Separately, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Washington said: “We do not comment on our daily contacts with the local interlocutors.”The 18 calls and electronic messages took place between April and November 2016 as hackers engaged in what US intelligence concluded in January was part of a Kremlin campaign to discredit the vote and influence the outcome of the election in favour of Trump over his Democratic challenger, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.Those discussions focused on mending US-Russian economic relations strained by sanctions imposed on Moscow, cooperating in fighting Islamic State in Syria and containing a more assertive China, the sources said.Members of the Senate and House intelligence committees have gone to the CIA and the National Security Agency to review transcripts and other documents related to contacts between Trump campaign advisers and associates and Russian officials and others with links to Putin, people with knowledge of those investigations told Reuters.The US justice department said on Wednesday it had appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Mueller will now take charge of the FBI investigation that began last July. Trump and his aides have repeatedly denied any collusion with Russia.’IT’S RARE’In addition to the six phone calls involving Kislyak, the communications described to Reuters involved another 12 calls, emails or text messages between Russian officials or people considered to be close to Putin and Trump campaign advisers.One of those contacts was by Viktor Medvedchuk, a Ukrainian oligarch and politician, according to one person with detailed knowledge of the exchange and two others familiar with the issue.It was not clear with whom Medvedchuk was in contact within the Trump campaign but the themes included US-Russia cooperation, the sources said. Putin is godfather to Medvedchuk’s daughter.Medvedchuk denied having any contact with anyone in the Trump campaign.”I am not acquainted with any of Donald Trump’s close associates, therefore no such conversation could have taken place,” he said in an email to Reuters.In the conversations during the campaign, Russian officials emphasised a pragmatic, business-style approach and stressed to Trump associates that they could make deals by focusing on common economic and other interests and leaving contentious issues aside, the sources said.Veterans of previous election campaigns said some contact with foreign officials during a campaign was not unusual, but the number of interactions between Trump aides and Russian officials and others with links to Putin was exceptional.“It’s rare to have that many phone calls to foreign officials, especially to a country we consider an adversary or a hostile power,” Richard Armitage, a Republican and former deputy secretary of state, told Reuters.FLYNN FIREDBeyond Medvedchuk and Kislyak, the identities of the other Putin-linked participants in the contacts remain classified and the names of Trump advisers other than Flynn have been “masked” in intelligence reports on the contacts because of legal protections on their privacy as American citizens. However, officials can request that they be revealed for intelligence purposes.US and allied intelligence and law enforcement agencies routinely monitor communications and movements of Russian officials.After vice president Mike Pence and others had denied in January that Trump campaign representatives had any contact with Russian officials, the White House later confirmed that Kislyak had met twice with then-Senator Jeff Sessions, who later became attorney general.Kislyak also attended an event in April where Trump said he would seek better relations with Russia. senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, also attended that event in Washington. In addition, Kislyak met with two other Trump campaign advisers in July on the sidelines of the Republican convention.Trump fired Flynn in February after it became clear that he had falsely characterised the nature of phone conversations with Kislyak in late December – after the 8 November election and just after the Obama administration announced new sanctions on Russia. Flynn offered to testify to Congress in return for immunity from prosecution but his offer was turned down by the House intelligence committee.
Bill Belichick press conferences after a win can seem like a hostage standoff after a win, but yesterday’s meeting with the media after the Patriots’ crushing, walk off loss on the Miami Miracle was it’s own special kind of awkward. Shockingly, Bill wasn’t feeling chatty, but the best part was the 30-seconds of uncomfortable silence and stewing in the middle when he just stares down reporters until they shrink in their sport coats. Who wants to ask the nice man a question?In all honestly, he acts like the most devastating regular season loss in recent NFL history was like losing the final preseason game. Just below the surface, you can sense he’s stewing with pure raging anger over his decision to put Gronk in the game on defense.Here’s the 30 seconds of silence that feels like an hour.
Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals host the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.It’s the fifth time the Cards have qualified for the postseason since relocating to the Valley in 1988. Today’s Trivia Tuesday will take you down memory lane — how well do you remember the Cardinals’ playoff history?You’ve got five minutes on the clock … good luck! Comments Share Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
A travel technology deal has been struck that will enable an airline to provide access to copious hotel data, involving the services of a leading global distribution system (GDS) provider.Holiday bookings site Lastminute.com has added Aer Lingus to its white label and affiliate Partner Network, with Sabre’s hotel inventory providing the basis for the airline’s new provision.Lastminute.com’s Partner Network was founded last year, creating a network of clients to whom Sabre’s complete hotel inventory is wholesaled. As many as 40,000 hotels from Sabre’s GDS are linked into by the Lastminute.com service, now allowing Aer Lingus customers access to sophisticated booking opportunities. But under the deal, Lastminute.com’s customised white label hotel solution constructed for Aer Lingus will allow for an even wider booking scope, providing for the sale of a portfolio of 80,000 worldwide hotels inventory through the airline’s website.Also providing access to a further 40,000 merchant rate properties from Lastminute.com and medhotels.com and Travelocity, the Lastminute.com service has already lured in social network WAYN.com and frenchconnections.co.uk.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedUnited codeshare helps Aer Lingus break AmericaAer Lingus has ramped up its stateside assault, striking up a new codeshare agreement with United Airlines.Aer Lingus luggage rules explained: how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceHow many cabin bags can you take on an Aer Lingus flight? What’s the airline’s hold luggage allowance? Don’t get caught out, check our complete guide to Aer Lingus baggage restrictions, plus our best tips on how to make the most of your baggage allowance.Aer Lingus links Belfast and southern EuropeThe new routes would serve to enhance choice for travellers across Ireland.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 12, 2018 11:49 am PDT Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 at 3:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This combination photo shows television personality Khloe Kardashian at the NBCUniversal Network 2017 Upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 15, 2017, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson at the NBA basketball team media day in Independence, Ohio, on Sept. 25, 2017. Various outlets have reported that the 33-year-old reality star has given birth to a baby girl, but her reps have not commented. Kardashian was expecting the baby with Thompson. The birth comes amid a torrent of tabloid speculation about the couple after surveillance video showed the basketball star with other women. There has been no comment from either Kardashian or Thompson on the matter. (AP Photo) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Khloe Kardashian is finally a mother after giving birth to a daughter with Cleveland Cavaliers player Tristan Thompson.The Cavaliers said Thursday they have excused Thompson from practice for the birth of his daughter. Kardashian’s representatives have not commented on the birth, which was first reported by TMZ.The birth comes amid a torrent of tabloid speculation about the couple after surveillance video showed the basketball star making out with other women. There has been no comment from either Kardashian or Thompson about the video.It is Thompson’s second child and the first for Kardashian.The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star has long talked about her desire to be a mother. Khloe Kardashian gives birth to a girl