SCHOOL children at the Whittle Cup got the opportunity to see the World Cup yesterday and ask questions about the upcoming international extravaganza at the end of the year.More than 150 kids took part in the tournament and had the opportunity to view the famous trophy up close. In just over 130 days, England and Wales will be celebrating the exciting Rugby League World Cup 2013 tournament as it kicks off with ‘the greatest show rugby league has ever seen.’ The Opening Ceremony Double Header, taking place in the iconic Millennium Stadium, Cardiff will be one to watch and will undoubtedly set the tone for the tournament on October 26. Aside from the thousands of fans and players that will be there to watch the drama unfold as England and Australia go head to head in the opening match, there will be one special guest in particular; The Rugby League World Cup Trophy. Since the precious piece of silverware landed safely on our shores in autumn last year, it’s been on one continuous exciting journey around the UK, France and Ireland and been seen by more than two million people. Armed, simply with silent charm and an elegant stance, it’s been steadily inspiring a generation of existing fans and helping bring new admirers into our sport by going where no trophy has ever gone before. From high profile outings to 10 Downing Street to visit Prime Minister David Cameron, to the all-important visits to local primary and secondary schools engaging with RLWC2013 Education Programme across the UK, the tour is extensive and varied and will not stop until the day it is rightfully claimed by the winning nation on the day of RLWC2013 Final. Other tour highlights so far include a sneak peek into BBC’s Radio 2 breakfast show with leading DJ Chris Evans and the Radio 2 team and behind the scenes moments unveiling the Rugby League fan in Manchester United stars Rooney, Ferdinand and Giggs. “The Trophy is extremely special and attracts attention everywhere we go. From small children to grandparents, celebrities from other sports and notable personalities, we’re extremely privileged to accompany such a masterpiece on its tour leading up unto RLWC2013,” said Trophy Tour Manager Graham Clay. “We’re seeing the excitement for the tournament build along the way too which is pretty exciting for everyone.” Highlighting one of the values of the tournament was Union Fan Adam Peel, Cambridge; “I still can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to stand next to something so precious to such a high profile tournament. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do it again and when it culminates its tour on the pitch at Old Trafford, it’ll be amazing to know that– I’ve had my photo with it and I was there.” Aside from the ‘A list’ glamour, it’s transcended generations by visiting schools and community clubs across the four nations that play a part in the tournament, been at the home of every Super League club and with plenty more exciting events to come make sure you don’t miss your chance to see it. All the trophy tour dates are available on the trophy tour site, so make sure you and your family don’t miss out, after all it’s not every day you get to see and touch a World Cup Trophy. With it being the only one of its kind and the one that the winning nations before have taken home to celebrate their victory, you’ll be touching a piece of valuable history. Rugby League World Cup 2013 is taking place from 26 October – 30 November and all tickets for the fixtures are available to buy now from www.rlwc2013.com With 55% of tickets priced £20 or less, it’s a great opportunity to invite your friends and family along to witness history being made right here on your door step. Don’t miss your opportunity to be there for the next biggest sporting event in the UK.
SAINTS face Castleford Tigers tonight in Round 4 of the First Utility Super League.Once again we will have a whole host of entertainment both on and off the field to bring you the ultimate matchnight experience:Turnstiles open 6.30pmClub Face Painters – These will be operating in the Typhoo and the Hattons Solicitors Family Stands, as well as the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6:30pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free! Inflatables – We have a range of inflatables in the South West concourse close to the Karalius’ Bar kiosk and in the North Stand concourse for our Junior fans to enjoy! Frankfurters! – A new range will be on sale in several kiosks around the concourse. Members Meal Deal – Crisps, Sweet Bag and Cup of Tea just £5. Simply present your Membership Card at the kiosk on Saints matchdays.Boots – Your favourite furry mascot Boots will be in attendance in all the concourse areas from 6:30pm onwards so look out for him and say hello!Players – We will have members of the first-team squad down in the concourses to meet fans and sign autographs – these will be in the South-West concourse area at around 6:45pm, North Stand concourse 7:00pm and the South East concourse 7:15pm Look out for the life-size players cut-outs in the South West & North Stand to mark the spot where they will be!Cheerleaders – Will be performing on the pitch at 7.35pm.Half Time – Kicking competition in association with ODs Designer Clothing.Friday’s match is sponsored by AJ Gallagher with the match ball supported by Pet Identity Insurance.You can find out more about our match partners here.Team NewsKeiron Cunningham has named his 19-man squad for the match with Morgan Knowles, Theo Fages and Greg Richards all returning. You can find out more here.TicketsTickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park or by calling 01744 455 052. Price details are here.There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, McLoughlin and Harvey East and Totally Wicked North Stands.If you require a Solarking South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints SuperstoreThe Saints Superstore will be open until kick-off and for an hour afterwards.Members get 15 per cent off all souvenirs in March. Simply input your membership number at checkout at the Saints Superstore or take your Membership Card into the Saints Superstore. The fifth edition of our fantastic match programme ‘Strength in Numbers’ will be on sale.It features an exclusive interview with Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook as well we a look back at recent events at Langtree Park. There’s also the latest news and views from around the club and our community teams. Stickers are Mark Percival and Joe Greenwood.Today’s programme is available on the concourse as well as in the Saints Superstore and is sponsored by FTW Training.TravelIf you haven’t planned your trip to Langtree Park, then take a look at our Travel Section for the best ways of getting to the stadium.Matchday Car Parking details are here.OD’s Crossbar ChallengeThe half time crossbar game returns with participants having the chance to win £100 in ODs vouchers. If you want to take part email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
The store supervisor, Luke Bennett said the store was extremely busy, but these supplies are always good to have on hand, especially during the winter months.He also said he isn’t surprised by the halt in buying, but most people that were coming in were not locals. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since Friday, stores like Stevens Ace Hardware have not been selling as many hurricane supplies as they were earlier in the week.They still have a lot of supplies left over after ordering more to keep up with high demand.- Advertisement –
According to the event’s Facebook page it is $30 per 2-person team and $40 to register the day of the event. Food donations are also accepted as a team fee.Registration begins on March, 17 at noon and bag tossing begins at 1 p.m. at Liberty Tavern. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Happening on Saturday, Liberty Tavern is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day cornhole tournament and food drive benefiting NourishNC.The event will feature live music, food trucks, raffle prizes, grand prizes for the cornhole champions and more.- Advertisement –
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of using a fake Facebook account to lure his ex-girlfriend to McRae Street and then stab her multiple times is now behind bars.According to jail records, Rolandy Beatty, 25, of Wilmington, was arrested around 3:00 p.m.- Advertisement – On Tuesday night, Wilmington Police say Beatty lured his ex-girlfriend to the 900 block of McRae Street around 6:30 p.m.When she saw Beatty waiting for her, he then allegedly stabbed her repeatedly, took her phone, and then left.The victim went to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in serious condition.Related Article: WPD looking for driver who hit gas pumpBeatty is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill causing serious injuries.
Advertisement Expectant parents in Japan who can’t wait to show the world what their baby will look like can now buy a 3D model of the foetus to pass around their friends. The nine-centimetre resin model of the white foetus, encased in a transparent block in the shape of the mother’s body, is fashioned by a 3D printer after an MRI scan. “As it is only once in a lifetime that you are pregnant with that child, we received requests for these kind of models from pregnant women who… do not want to forget the feelings and experience of that time,” said Tomohiro Kinoshita of FASOTEC, the company offering the service. The “Shape of an Angel”, which costs 100,000 yen ($1,200), comes with a miniature version that could be a nice adornment to a mobile phone, he added. Many young women in Japan have decorations attached to their cellphone strap.The company said the ideal time for a scan is around eight or nine months into the pregnancy.For those who would like a less pricey version, the company will start offering a 3D model of the face of the foetus at 50,000 yen in December. It will use ultrasound images taken at a medical clinic in Tokyo that has forged a tie-up with the company. FASOTEC, originally a supplier of devices including 3D printers, uses a layering technique to build up three-dimensional structures. The technique has been touted as a solution to localised manufacture on a small scale.Credit: GulfToday
Advertisement Telkom is showcasing its latest innovation at the MyBroadband conference taking place at Gallagher Estate. This innovation is part of Telkom’s investment in its network transformation programme and aggressive mobile rollout plan.The company is demonstrating the results of its technical trials into high speed fixed internet over a 100Mbps GPON based line, as well as showing mobile broadband over 200Mbps LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation air interface.[related-posts] – Advertisement – These types of speeds would offer superb quality for most customers. By aggregating two carriers (40MHz) of its 60MHz spectrum, Telkom is able to offer over 200Mbps on the air interface per sector.These are the highest speeds ever achieved on these platforms in South Africa and Telkom is the first local telecoms player to achieve these speeds, true to its roadmap to improve headline speeds and work towards achieving bandwidth abundance.There has been a surge in the demand for interactive content internationally and South Africa is following suit. This includes connected home type applications such as content and CCTV, and business applications such as video conferencing and superior voice over internet. Video content will be the key driver of the move away from linear content.As part of its trial, Telkom is testing different types of content, including, streaming, pay-per-view and trickle-feed from various content providers such as iTunes on AppleTV, Boxxee, YouTube, DStv Boxoffice online, DStv Catchup and Samsung SmartHub. Telkom’s strategy is to create platforms that will enable innovations such as Internet Protocol TV to be realised in South Africa.“Our introduction of high speed access is a roadmap designed to leapfrog South Africa to bandwidth abundance, together with high quality internet,” says Dr Brian Armstrong, Group Chief Operating Officer at Telkom. “While these speeds are impressive, Telkom business and residential customers would be able to access much of the interactive content that such speeds open up anyway, however this offers a glimpse into the future of broadband in South Africa.”Current download speeds of Telkom’s LTE typically range from 20Mbps to 50Mbps, although top speeds can go as high as 90Mbps. Upload speeds range from 5Mps to 10Mbps with top speeds of 25Mbps. This translates to speeds at least double those of typical 3G networks.The technological advantages of LTE make it a complementary enabler to xDSL for future broadband access, particularly for developing economies like South Africa. Wireless broadband and LTE in particular, could play a crucial role in the roll-out of the last mile in rural areas as part of the National Broadband Plan.Telkom’s LTE network performs particularly well because it was purpose built on the 2300 MHz spectrum on an all-IP network. Unlike some of the country’s other mobile operators that have had to ‘refarm’ some of their existing spectrum, the deployment of LTE is on a dedicated frequency and different to that which existing mobile technologies such as voice are deployed.With the unique qualities of fixed and wireless mobile broadband Telkom has taken a holistic approach to providing broadband services, with 2G for basic access via feature phones, 3G for smartphones, LTE for high speed and quality mobile broadband services, and fixed for reliable high-bandwidth services.Supply of international fibre bandwidth around Africa has grown by over 300 times in the 15 year period before 2009 and a further 20 times in the last three years.LTE Advanced is expected to become commercially available by mid-2014.
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CHELTENHAM SATURDAY: Simon Nott reports from day two of the November Meeting at Cheltenham direct from the Star Sports pitch. It was 1-0 to the punters on Friday but the November meeting is a game of three halves !12:40 JCB Triumph Trial Juvenile Hurdle (Grade 2)What a difference a day makes. Saturday had the feel of a proper festival, if not quite THE Festival. It’s probably never going to be again either. Back when the ring was the ring and the only place to bet all the punting and excitement was condensed into one frenetic area. Now you can find a bookmaker around almost every corner, the feel of Tatts has been diluted terribly.Business was steady in the first but there was little of the magic. That was particularly sad given the market was very lively. Jolly Never Adapt was a huge drifter from around 5/4 very early to 3/1, ominous given the connections. Jane Williams’ Montestrel was steadily backed while Cracker Factory plummeted from 7/1 into 3/1.Quel Destin was also supported from 5/1 into 10/3. If the books did it right they had the best book in the world. Ben looked furrowed, ‘I’ve got the worst book in the world’. Quel Destin won the race, head of on course Jamie screamed it home having backed it at 5/1. In the age old manner the staff had a lean-up their fancy. ‘I’ve copped the most undeserved grand ever’ smiled Ben, magic or not it was game on and we were rolling.1:15 mallardjewellers.com Novices’ ChaseBen was loathe to go Evens about The World’s End despite being in front and the firms around him popping their heads over the parapet going ‘Levels you Devils’. He had to follow suit when the potential deluge on the Jolly didn’t materialise.We didn’t have Paul and Ian on the Pickwick-Bevan joint behind, them having moved to pastures new, Michelle and I we’re missing the banter, especially during the lull, which was surely before the storm. It was, an even £5000 cash came in off the floor, just before 11/10 started popping up around us. At the off we had the jolly a loser for £5500.It was a case of ‘come on all of you’ bar the jolly, it was nice to hear commentator Ian Bartlett gleefully informing racegoers that the favourite was struggling. Aye Aye Ibis Du Rheu winning at 11/2 was a tonic for the betting ring, AKA the good guys. With the winnings safely in the hod, a 15-runner handicap to follow Ben decided it was a great time to nip off to the box and entertain some clients.1:50 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase (Grade 3)It didn’t stop the punters coming in though. Jamie laid £7000 – £1000 Vicente to a cash punter, early in the betting when Singlefarmpayment was around 5/1 favourite.The jolly started to drift touching 6/1 with us, a punter came in to us for a bet with the fractions and that was the end of that. Don’t know your fractions? CLICK HERE, learn them, come racing and snap up the value.There were no more lumps but the punters would not be denied Vicente which lost just shy of £10,000 in the book with the jolly still a loser too but just the two to get beaten.Without wishing to substantiate the common belief that bookies always moan. 9/1 winner Rock The Kasbah was the smallest cop in the book – though I doubt that will raise a lump in the throat of many readers. On we charged to the next huge handicap.2:25 BetVictor Gold Cup Handicap Chase (Grade 3)Punters were keen to get involved, My gloomy intro to this blog was starting to look a little premature despite the competitive nature of the race. Ben hopped back on the stool and battle recommenced. The call went up from the lower rails pitch, ‘send more till rolls’, that’s always a good sign. I scampered down there as quickly as I could, then took twice as long again gently elbowing through the punters pushing to get on.The old boys and Lofty at the helm were too busy to munch branded Caramels favoured by men of a certain age today. It didn’t mean they were winning though. Lofty managed to tell me they lost a couple of grand in the last heat between bets being called rattatat machine gun like by Ricky and Tony. I left them to it unencumbered by till rolls making a hasty retreat back to Ben in Tattersalls.The horses were going down by the time I got back to the pitch. There hadn’t been any lumps but the combined weight of money meant that the bogie was Mr Whitaker losing almost five-figures.Swings and roundabouts again, winner Baron Alco was only an 8/1 chance but copped really well in the book getting more than our whack considering the price. There was no time or inclination to count it though, on to the next.3:00 Regulatory Finance Solutions Handicap Hurdle (Listed)The sun shone down, so much so that we dished out a few leftover Star Sports sunglasses but the punters held back.The jolly First Assignment was backed from 9/4 into 6/4 but no lumps were forthcoming. We took the bets as they came, £2.50 each way thick and fast, ‘small fish are sweeter’ was one of the cleaner of my old boss Jack Lynn’s sayings. They might well be but the hod takes a lot of filling with them. At the off the book didn’t look too clever with Boyhood the worst in the book, the jolly runner up in those stakes.Then right in the hole, at the bottom price 6/4 a punter came in with a lump to make the jolly one of the worst losers of the day. You know the rest, in it hosed, the most of the day’s winnings wiped out, gamble landed.3:30 BetVictor Intermediate Handicap HurdleNo time to get despondent, the penultimate was a competitive looking handicap with Speedo Boy opening 3/1 favourite in places.Christmas in April and Lygon Rock were the two the punters wanted to be on, both losers at the off. Speedo Boy was a small drifter but still went off jolly at 4/1. The chants of ‘Speedo Speedo’ from a vocal gaggle of the sockless (yes I know, at Cheltenham in November) told the story, but not all of it, we copped nicely on the race. There wasn’t a staff lean-up but the punters just left us out. It made up slightly for the disaster in the previous race so into the last with renewed vigour.4:00 Karndean Mares’ Standard Open NH Flat Race (Listed)Royal Illusion opened at 5/4 so had the potential to totally ruin the day should a lumper punter decide to wade in and it oblige.What we didn’t need was a punter coming in for a sizeable bet and legging it before the money was counted and found to be slightly light. Of course the Betting Ring Manager was called but you could do without the hassle. At the off the jolly and Mrs Hyde were both bad losers, The Glancing Queen’s 16/1 victory ensured a good winning day and no dispute to close the day. Aye Aye! We’re back tomorrowSIMON NOTT Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
AddThis Share MEDIA ADVISORY CONTACT: Lia Unrau PHONE: (713) 831-4793 FORMER RICE PHYSICIST AVAILABLE TO TALK ON ATOMIC BOMB A developer of the atomic bomb, Hugh T. Richards, former physicist from Rice University, is available to comment on the 50th anniversary of the first explosion of the atomicbomb, which he witnessed on July 16, 1945, in New Mexico. Richards, author of Through Los Alamos, 1945: Memoirs of a Nuclear Physicist, (Arlington Place Press, 1993) began nuclear research on the bomb while at Rice from 1939-1942 and went on to work with physicists Richard Feynman, Enrico Fermi and Hans Bethe on the development of the bomb while at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico from 1943-45. Richards, a research associate in the physics department at Rice, undertook a government contract in 1942 to measure energy spectra of fast neutrons. Richards used his photographic emulsion method to measure the spectra of neurons from the fission of uranium-235. Richards’ work at Los Alamos included studies of fast neutron fission cross sections and measuring the number of neutrons emitted per fission. By 1945, his work shifted to preparing for the first atomic bomb test, code named “Trinity.” Richards was in charge of the group assigned to measure the space and time relations of theslow moving neutrons emitted. The group created a cellophane “catcher camera,” which successfullymeasured the neutrons emitted.“Every day was a challenge,” Richards said of his work at Los Alamos. “Some hoped it [making the bomb] wasn’t possible (I was probably among those), but we didn’t have much time for reflection,it was full-steam ahead.” Richards writes in his memoirs, “Euphoria was my first reaction after the years of hard work and increasing tension: The long war would soon be over. I realized that the explosion signaled irreversible changes in the world. …Over the past scores of years I believe a case can be made that the explosion has made world waran obsolete way of settling disputes.” Richards can be reached for comment at (608) 262-3092, office,or (608) 238-1914, home. ###
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US Federal Agencies Hacked 31,000 Times in 2016 By Petr Svab March 10, 2017 Updated: October 5, 2018 Federal agencies faced almost 31,000 “cyber incidents” in fiscal 2016 that led to “compromise of information or system functionality,” the Office of Management and Budget stated in its annual cyber security report to the Congress.“Sixteen of these incidents met the threshold for a major incident, a designation that triggers a series of mandatory steps for agencies, including reporting certain information to Congress,” the report stated.Major IncidentsDepartment of Commerce – In December 2015, the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters experienced a major power outage, which resulted in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many systems. “There were no reports of data breaches during the outage, indicating there were no external or internal threats, and no Controlled Unclassified Information was compromised,” the report stated.Department of Health and Human Services – The department reported one major incident in 2016, which involved the potential compromise of personally identifiable information. The department reported the incident in September 2016. The report didn’t provide details about the hack.Related CoverageWikileaks: CIA Hackers Have 22,000 ‘Possible Targets’ and ‘Attack Machines’ in US Department of Housing and Urban Development – The HUD department reported two major incidents in 2016. The first was uncovered in August, when a member of the public notified the agency that personally identifiable information, including Social Security numbers, were accessible via Google search. The second incident included two separate instances in September involving public HUD websites displaying personally identifiable information related to HUD-assisted public housing. “HUD is working to provide affected individuals with credit monitoring solutions,” the report stated.Department of the Treasury – Treasury reported two major incidents in FY 2016. It detected one incident in January 2016 at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Treasury determined that an attacker was attempting to fraudulently generate PIN numbers for electronic tax filing based on taxpayer information stolen from non-IRS sources. “Treasury offered affected individuals an identity protection PIN to protect against fraudulent returns in 2017,” the report stated.Treasury detected another incident in September 2016, when a retiring Office of the Comptroller of the Currency employee downloaded a large volume of files to two thumb drives. “Treasury has indicated that there is no evidence that the individual disclosed information, as the agency had previously encrypted the data,” the report stated.Related CoverageAssange: We’ll Work With Tech Firms to Defeat CIA HackingFederal Deposit Insurance Corporation – The agency reported 10 major incidents in 2016, which generally stemmed from employees taking personally identifiable information or other sensitive information on removable media “in an unauthorized fashion,” the report stated. In response to these incidents, the agency put in practice a measure that would prevent users, with some exceptions, from downloading data to removable media. The agency is also offering credit monitoring to affected people.Major incidents are defined as “any incident that is likely to result in demonstrable harm to the national security interests, foreign relations, or economy of the United States or to the public confidence, civil liberties, or public health and safety of the American people,” the report stated.On the other hand, “Federal agencies made considerable progress in strengthening their defenses and enhancing their workforces to combat cyber threats,” the report stated. The progress includes expanded use of ID cards to access Federal networks and employing “strong antiphishing and malware capabilities.” Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab (ThomasTrutschel/Photothek via Getty Images) Share Show Discussion Share this article
Attorney General Loretta Lynch, left, with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at the Justice Department in Washington, announcing that the U.S. government is seeking the forfeiture of more than $1 billion in assets that federal officials say were misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Share this article Former AG Lynch Used Alias for Emails About Controversial Clinton Meeting By Matthew Little August 8, 2017 Updated: August 8, 2017 Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch used an alias for official emails as attorney general, including emails about her controversial meeting with former President Bill Clinton aboard her Justice Department jet as it was parked on the tarmac in Phoenix.Watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice obtained 413 pages of Justice Department documents through a request made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Among the documents were emails that revealed Lynch used the alias “Elizabeth Carlisle.” Lynch is not the first senior federal official to use an email alias, a practice that was seen elsewhere in the Obama administration due to spam and security concerns, said officials defending the practice.Vice News obtained documents from the Department of Justice in February 2016 that revealed Lynch’s predecessor, Eric Holder, used the alias “Lew Alcindor.” That is the former name of retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Vice obtained the documents through an FOIA suit. The revelation that Holder used an alias for official business raised concerns about email practices in the Obama administration, and whether it would be possible to obtain all such communications subject to the FOIA. Among the topics Lynch used her alias email for were messages to help craft responses to media requests about her unusual meeting with Bill Clinton. The meeting took place as Lynch’s department wrestled with what to do about the ongoing investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email scandal.Lynch later claimed that she and the former president did not discuss his wife’s potential prosecution or anything related to the FBI’s investigation. Lynch did seem to take a personal interest in the investigation, however, going out of her way to tell former head of the FBI, James Comey, to refer to the Clinton email scandal as a “matter” rather than an “investigation.” Comey revealed the conversation during his testimony before Congress on June 8.He said the request left him feeling “queasy.”Another Obama-era appointment to use an email alias was former IRS official Lois Lerner. Lerner was appointed Director of Exempt Organizations in 2006 and led 900 employees in an effort to target conservative groups in a fashion that made it impossible for them to take part in the 2012 election. The Department of Justice—under Holder at the time—investigated the practice but decided not to prosecute. Lerner resigned over the controversy. Former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)In Lynch’s case, her attorney, Robert Raben, told The Daily Caller that Justice Department staffers who process FOIA requests are aware of the alias and that the agency had acknowledged its use as far back as February 2016.Lynch has denied any serious wrongdoing in the 30-minute meeting with former President Clinton, and says they discussed grandchildren and other matters. Clinton boarded her plane uninvited, reportedly, and Lynch says she regrets having allowed the meeting. Show Discussion LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON US Share
Emergency personnel monitor the damaged engine of Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, which diverted to the Philadelphia International Airport this morning after the airline crew reported damage to one of the aircraft’s engines, on a runway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S. April 17, 2018. (Reuters/Mark Makela) Show Discussion The pilot who safely landed a stricken Southwest Airlines flight on Tuesday got her first flying experience in the U.S. Navy, touching down F-18 fighter jets at 150 miles per hour on aircraft carriers.Tammie Jo Shults, 56, may have drawn on her Navy skills when one of the two engines on her Boeing 737-700 blew and broke apart at 32,000 feet on Tuesday, forcing her to implement a rapid descent toward Philadelphia International Airport.The explosion killed one passenger and nearly sucked another out of a shattered window.One of the first female fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy, Shults calmly told air traffic control that part of her plane was missing, and she would need ambulances on the runway.“So we have a part of the aircraft missing so we’re going to need to slow down a bit,” Shults told a controller.Many of the 144 passengers sang her praise on social media after Shults thanked them for their bravery as they left the plane. “The pilot Tammy Jo was so amazing! She landed us safely in Philly,” said Amanda Bourman on Instagram.Passengers identified Shults as the pilot. Southwest Airlines declined to name the crew of flight 1380 and Shults was not immediately available for comment.Authorities said the crew did what they were trained to do.“They’re in the simulator and practice emergency descents..and losing an engine… They did the job that professional airline pilots are trained to do,” National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters.“God Sent His Angels”Shults might never have become a pilot if she had not been so determined to fly from a young age.She is quoted on fighter plane blog F-16.net saying she tried to attend an aviation career day at high school but was told they did not accept girls.A native of New Mexico, she never lost the urge to fly and, after studying medicine in Kansas, applied to the Air Force. It would not let her take the test to become a pilot, but the U.S. Navy did.She was one of the first female F-18 pilots and became an instructor before she left the Navy in 1993 and joined Southwest, according to the blog.A Christian, who is married to a fellow pilot and has two children, Shults said that sitting in the captain’s chair gave her “the opportunity to witness for Christ on almost every flight.”Bourman was among passengers who said they had been saved by divine intervention.“God sent his angels to watch over us,” she said. LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share this article Share ‘Angels’ and Training Help Former Fighter Pilot Save Southwest Flight By Reuters April 18, 2018 Updated: April 18, 2018 US News
QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video US News There’s just a massive plume of smoke by #LAX pic.twitter.com/pQGkRi18tl— Nathaniel (@FiveXT) September 17, 2018 El Segundo police said the flare-off poses no threat to the nearby community, ABC7 reported.Other details about the flare off are not clear.According to Chevron, the oil refinery in El Segundo “provides jobs for more than 1,100 Chevron employees and 500 contractors, covers approximately 1,000 acres, has more than 1,100 miles of pipelines, and is capable of refining 290 thousand barrels of crude oil per day.” A scheduled flare-off at a Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo, California, on Sept. 17, sent up a dark plume of smoke that was visible for miles across Los Angeles. (Amit Nayar via Storyful)It adds: “Transportation fuels–gasoline, jet and diesel–are the primary products refined from the crude oil. We are responsible caretakers of our land and the environment, we operate our own electricity, steam, and water treatment facilities, and even maintain one of the only two remaining preserves in the world for the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly.”The facility is the largest oil refinery on the U.S. West Coast, producing more than 274,000 barrels of crude oil each day.El Segundo is a city located in Los Angeles County, California with a population 16,654. Show Discussion Large plume of smoke in El Segundo is a controlled burn-off at the Chevron refinery. It can be seen several miles away. The smoke is definitely catching people’s attention. pic.twitter.com/HxpR5fhXw1— Kandiss Crone (@KandissCroneTV) September 17, 2018 Video: Fire at Chevron Oil Refinery in El Segundo Creates Smoke Plume Seen for Miles By Jack Phillips September 17, 2018 Updated: September 17, 2018 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A flare-off at the Chevron oil refinery in El Segundo, California, was seen for miles on Sept. 17.El Segundo fire officials responded to the Chevron refinery at around 7:30 a.m. local time, the Los Angeles Times reported.The department then realized that it was a controlled burn, said El Segundo Fire Department Battalion Chief Breck Slover. He said the refinery lost power and initiated the flare-off for safety reasons.“It’s a common occurrence, but this happened to be a pretty big one,” he told the LA Times.A number of people across Los Angeles, including the airport, said they could see it. Share this article Share
Grand Jury Indicts New Mexico Compound Suspects on Firearm, Conspiracy Charges By Petr Svab September 12, 2018 Updated: October 5, 2018 Jany Leveille (L to R) next to her defense lawyer, Kelly Golightley, defendant Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his defense lawyer, Tom Clark, at a hearing in Taos County District Court in Taos County, N.M., on Aug. 29, 2018. (Eddie Moore/Pool via Reuters) Crime and Incidents LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON A federal grand jury in New Mexico has returned indictments on firearms and conspiracy charges against five people arrested after authorities allegedly found 11 hungry children and the body of another boy at a makeshift compound last month.Local sheriff’s officers raided the compound in Amalia, Taos County in New Mexico on Aug. 3, and found a semi-automatic rifle, several guns, and plentiful ammunition.The indictment alleges that the defendants, all of them Muslim, “engaged in firearms and tactical training as part of their common plan to prepare for violent attacks on government, military, educational, and financial institutions,” the Justice Department said in a Sept. 11 release.The charges stem from a charge of illegal firearm possession on one of the adults, Jany Leveille, 35, an illegal alien from Haiti. The others are charged with one federal count each of conspiracy to provide a person unlawfully in the United States with firearms and ammunition.The defendants kept their 11 children, who ranged in age from 1 to 15, at the compound in squalid conditions. Law enforcement found the children hungry and wearing rags. Another child, a handicapped 3-year-old boy, died at the site. The compound where 11 children were taken into protective custody after a raid by authorities near Amalia, N.M., Aug. 10, 2018. (Andrew Hay/Reuters) In an affidavit, the FBI said Leveille’s 13-year-old son told agents Leveille’s husband, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, another defendant, was “trying to put an army together” to conduct “jihad” against non-believers, according to federal court documents.The boy said he watched Leveille and her husband perform supposed “exorcism” rituals over the three-year-old boy, including one during which the boy choked and his heart stopped.He said his mother and others at the compound told him not to talk to anyone about the 3-year-old ever being at the compound because they would “all go to jail.”The defendants previously faced state child abuse charges, but those were dismissed on procedural grounds. Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos said in a statement that he planned to refile the charges to a grand jury on Sept. 27.Defense lawyers have said that the five adults were exercising their constitutional rights to practice their religion and own firearms and that the group is being discriminated against because they are black and Muslim.Based on court documents and sources familiar with the matter, Leveille acted as a religious leader for the group and convinced the others to move into the desert. Jany Leveille (L to R) and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj talk to defense lawyer Kelly Golightly during a hearing in Taos District Court in Taos County, N.M., on Aug. 29, 2018. (Eddie Moore/Pool via Reuters)The FBI started to monitor the group after they obtained a letter the agents believe was penned by Leveille or her husband. It was addressed to Ibn Wahhaj’s brother, Muhammad.“Take all your money out of the bank and bring your guns,” stated the letter. “Allah says he will protect you always, so follow, until he makes you die as a martyr as you wanted and the only way is by joining the righteous (us).”All the defendants and the children are relatives of prominent Brooklyn imam Siraj Wahhaj, 68, including his son, Ibn Wahhaj, 40; his daughters, Hujrah, 38, and Subhanah, 35; his son-in-law, Lucas Morton, 40; and daughter-in-law, Leveille.Leveille used to work at the imam’s mosque, Masjid Al-Taqwa, as a secretary, according to a 2010 Patch article.The defendants face five years in prison for the conspiracy charges. Leveille faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for the firearm possession charge with deportation upon completion of her sentence.Reuters contributed to this report. Follow Petr on Twitter: @petrsvab Show Discussion Share Share this article
4 Dead, 1 Injured in Shooting at Toddler’s Birthday Party in Taft, Texas By Jack Phillips October 14, 2018 Updated: October 14, 2018 Share Sgt. Nathan Brandley, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, provides details on the fatal shooting in Taft. Via @callerdotcom pic.twitter.com/ZP0M0wosLH— Meagan Falcon (@meaganfalcon) October 14, 2018 QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video “Four adult males were found dead on scene,” Brandley added to the paper. “The fifth male was HALO-Flighted to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline.”It is unclear what prompted the shooting. Other details were not released by police.The shooting took place at 5:15 p.m. on the 500 block of Wilburn Street. A shooting in Taft, Texas, left four dead on Oct. 13, 2018. (Carl Ballou/Shutterstock) A shooting at a toddler’s birthday party in Taft, Texas, left four dead and one injured, and police said they are searching for two suspects.Two families gathered together for a party in the town located about 12 miles from Corpus Christi after 5 p.m. local time on Saturday, Oct. 13, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times newspaper. An altercation took place, leading to a shooting. Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON The shooters opened fire, killing four men who were at the party. Another man was injured, the paper reported. “The Texas Rangers notified the department of the incident and as of right now this is an ongoing investigation,” Sgt. Nathan Brandley, the spokesman for the Texas Department of Safety, told Fox News. “We are urging residents to contact DPS if they know any information on the shooting.”The names of the suspects in the case or the people who were killed were not released by officials and were not disclosed in media reports. Show Discussion US News
Her husband, Ryan Peskey, is considered a “person of interest” in the case, he told the station. He recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan. Peskey said he’s being considered by authorities because he didn’t answer the phone when authorities called to inform him that his wife died.Ryan said he was sleeping when officials called him about her death, adding that she and the children were traveling to North Carolina to visit friends when she died.Fox2 in St. Louis reported the crash occurred in Boonville, Missouri, on Dec. 13, and her body was discovered in the driver’s seat at 10:30 p.m. This is an exemplar photo of a car similar to the one Melissa Peskey was driving on eastbound I-70, in Mid-Missouri on Dec. 13.We are NOT looking for this car, but it may be helpful to anyone traveling on I-70 last Thursday and may have seen something.https://t.co/RZ1l7Zvf7t pic.twitter.com/0U5KiiLAQi— MSHP Troop F (@MSHPTrooperF) December 19, 2018 Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video An autopsy was performed, showing her cause of death was from the gunshots, the Fox affiliate station reported.It’s not clear whether Peskey was targeted or shot during a random attack, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls reported. “Currently, there is not any evidence, nor an indication that the public is in danger,” Sgt. Scott White said.This week, the Missouri Highway Patrol posted a photo of an SUV that resembles the one Peskey was driving. Share (Mark Makela/Getty Images) Mom, 40, Found Dead at Crash Scene Was Shot, Officials Say; Her 2 Children Survive By Jack Phillips December 21, 2018 Updated: December 21, 2018 A 40-year-old mother whose vehicle was found crashed along Interstate 70 in Missouri is being investigated as a homicide, said officials this week, according to reports.Melissa Peskey, of South Dakota, was found shot. Officials believe someone opened fire from outside the vehicle, and they also believe that’s how she died, not from the impact of the accident, reported KELO-TV.Peskey’s two children, ages 11 and 5, survived. They were in the vehicle with their mother during the incident, according to the report. “This is an exemplar photo of a car similar to the one Melissa Peskey was driving on eastbound I-70, in Mid-Missouri on Dec. 13,” the highway patrol wrote on Twitter. “We are NOT looking for this car, but it may be helpful to anyone traveling on I-70 last Thursday and may have seen something.”According to KELO, the two children are in foster care in Missouri, and her husband said he appeared in front of a judge this week to request his children be brought to Sioux Falls.A GoFundMe page was set up for Ryan and his two kids, saying, “Ryan recently came home from a deployment to Afghanistan in November. This past Thursday evening he was informed of his wife’s passing due to a car accident she was involved in with their 2 children ages 5 and 11. The accident occurred down in Missouri and Ryan has made several trips already to Missouri. Due to the timing of this tragic accident, Christmas presents and the holidays will be a very difficult time for Ryan and his 2 young children. Any donations will help defray costs for funeral arrangements and provide Christmas presents for the children.”As of Dec. 20, the fundraiser has already raised more than $10,000 of its $13,000 goal.The Argus Leader reported that Melissa Peskey was a realtor for a Keller Williams affiliate in South Dakota.Those with information about the death of Melissa Peskey can call the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 573-751-1000. US News Show Discussion
US News “If there is any of those symptoms, whether you think it’s just a migraine or flu, push to have as much blood work and testing done as you can,” her mother, Tasha Dipietro-Anderson, told WSBT. “If we would have known what it could have led to, would have probably tried to do more.”https://www.facebook.com/donate/378689849379216/379611115953756/A donation page set up on Facebook to help with medical treatment raised $12,000 as messages of supported poured in, many from locals who knew her.“Your daughter was a sweetheart to my special needs son, when he went to her school,” wrote one person. “I never really got to talk to her, but one time. It was very brief. I am so heartbroken and sad for you, and your family.”Dipietro-Anderson told donors, “I just want to tell everyone about who you are helping. She loved her family and animals. She was the sweetest little girl. She wanted to be a veterinarian. She was so alive and colorful and unique. She was the purest soul I have ever met.”“It’s been hard on everybody in the family. It’s just hard losing a child at age 10,” the girl’s father, Richard Anderson, said, reported WPDF. Follow Simon on Twitter: @SPVeazey LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON (Shutterstock) An Indiana family has been telling of their shock at how quickly bacterial meningitis took hold and killed their 10-year-old daughter.Abbigayle Dipietro complained of an earache on Saturday, Feb. 2, but was sent home from the ER when doctors found no sign of infection.On Sunday night, she started vomiting and on Monday she started having seizures. On Tuesday evening, her brain activity ceased and on Wednesday, Feb. 6, she died.Her distraught parents are now warning other parents to watch out for the tell-tale signs and said that they want their daughter’s organs to be used for donations.“I wanted something good to come out of it, so we donated her organs,” her mother Tasha Dipietro-Anderson told WNDU, “I’m hoping that they can find recipients for everything.” Share The family lives in Elkhart, a small city in Indiana with a population of 50,000, just south of Michigan.The school she attended has sought to inform other parents, and to reassure them that bacterial meningitis is not contagious.Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz told Goshen News, “It’s always very serious, but some bacteria are more contagious than others. The particular type of bacteria she had is not very contagious, so we don’t have to worry about other students being in contact with her or sitting next to her on the bus or things like that.”https://www.facebook.com/donate/378689849379216/379581389290062/Mertz explained that the bacteria from some minor childhood infection “just by chance,” would have been “absorbed into her bloodstream.” “Then it goes to the coverings of the brain, the meninges. … It’s just by chance.”But the family said that they wish that they had known what to look out for and are encouraging other parents to educate themselves.https://www.facebook.com/donate/378689849379216/379610569287144/“I mean even if you just take five minutes to kind of look into what the symptoms are of different meningitis, just to kind of educate yourself a little bit so that when your child has any of those symptoms, you know you push to have something done,” she said. Abbigayle Dipietro, 10, dies from bacterial meningitis https://t.co/4adErJDCWj pic.twitter.com/nWU7Wmofaq— David Cantu (@duckm4st3r) February 10, 2019 10-Year-Old Girl Killed by Meningitis in Indiana By Simon Veazey February 11, 2019 Updated: February 11, 2019 Share this article Show Discussion
Share Lewis and Clark County prosecutors had taken the death penalty off the table early in the process. Family members had requested prosecutors seek a life sentence without parole, county attorney Leo Gallagher said.“He has been in system his whole life,” Gallagher said. “He had loving, caring parents who did everything they could and were supportive of him even though he had harmed them and harmed their neighbors, did everything they could to try to salvage him.” Kaleb David Taylor has admitted to killing his parents in their home near Helena. https://t.co/4box0BXJH7 pic.twitter.com/WCasohIM5C— Independent Record (@helenaironline) July 25, 2018 Montana Man Gets 2 Life Sentences for Killing Parents By The Associated Press March 16, 2019 Updated: March 16, 2019 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Kaleb Taylor did offer an apology in court.“I made a mistake and took two people’s lives,” Taylor said. The married couple killed in an apparent double homicide near Helena Monday has been identified as David Muncie Taylor, 61, and Charla Rae Taylor, 64. https://t.co/qG11ntv6TE pic.twitter.com/KNYqSozGvr— Independent Record (@helenaironline) March 21, 2018 Kaleb David Taylor was sentenced Friday after he pleaded guilty last July to deliberate homicide in the deaths of his parents, David and Charla Taylor. https://t.co/3yek3NI2zx— NBC Montana (@NBCMontana) March 16, 2019 Kaleb David Taylor, the man accused of killing his parents, Charla and David Taylor, earlier this week, admitted to the murder, authorities say. #mtcrime #BREAKING https://t.co/dELT6hFtnG pic.twitter.com/MxcbQibUMc— Independent Record (@helenaironline) March 21, 2018 US News Judge Mike Menahan said in court that Taylor will spend the rest of his life behind bars because he is “unfit for civilized society.”“There is no reasonable prospect that you can be rehabilitated,” Menahan told Taylor. HELENA, Mont.—A 22-year-old Montana man who was convicted of killing his parents has been sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.Kaleb David Taylor was sentenced Friday, March 15, after he pleaded guilty last July to deliberate homicide in the deaths of David and Charla Taylor, the Independent Record reported.David and Charla Taylor were killed in their home north of Helena in March 2018. Show Discussion Taylor was convicted for stealing from a neighbor and his parents in 2015.“They were rewarded with one of the most brutal nights of violence this community has ever seen,” Gallagher said.David and Charla Taylor were likely attacked simultaneously while they were in bed, Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Pandis had testified. Share this article 3D render of a courtroom. (3drenderings/iStock)
President Donald Trump said that he and Jeffrey Epstein had “a falling out” many years ago and had not spoken since.Trump spoke about his relationship with the financier, who was charged with sex trafficking on July 8, while in the Oval Office on Tuesday.“I knew him like anybody in Palm Beach knew him,” Trump said. “People in Palm Beach knew him, he was a fixture in Palm Beach.”The president then said that he and Epstein parted ways a number of years ago. Trump was accused by a woman who wasn’t named during the 2016 presidential campaign of rape during a party thrown by Epstein when she was 13 years old in 1994.Anti-Trump journalists attempted to help bolster the claim but came away believing it wasn’t true. “The facts speak less to a scandal and more, perhaps, to an attempt at a smear,” wrote one.The suit was dropped after the election.Trump said during the campaign that Clinton might have a connection to Epstein, saying: “Nice guy—uh, got a lot of problems coming up, in my opinion, with the famous island, with Jeffrey Epstein. A lot of problems.” Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieber Share this article President Trump on Jeffrey Epstein: “I had a falling out with him a long time ago, I don’t think I’ve spoken to him for 15 years. I wasn’t a fan…I was not a fan of his…I feel very badly actually for Secretary Acosta.” pic.twitter.com/vtIOCUhH8s— CSPAN (@cspan) July 9, 2019 US News Share President Donald Trump boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on June 26, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) “I had a falling out with him a long time ago. I don’t think I’ve spoken with him for 15 years,” Trump said. “I wasn’t a fan. I was not a fan of his, that I can tell you.”Trump reportedly spent time with Epstein off-and-on throughout the the late 1990s and 2000s. In 2002, Trump said, according to the anti-Trump New York magazine, that Epstein was a “terrific guy.”“He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life,” Trump reportedly added.Court documents obtained by the right-leaning Daily Caller website showed Trump banned Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago resort in an unspecified year after Epstein allegedly sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club. The Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan, 11, 2018. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein (C) appears in court where he pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges in West Palm Beach, Florida, on July 30, 2008. (Uma Sanghvi/Palm Beach Post via Reuters)Epstein’s brother Mark said in a court deposition that Trump flew on one of his planes from Florida to New York sometime in the late ’90s. “I think he wanted a ride back to New York, ” Mark Epstein said. The documents note that former president Bill Clinton was on Epstein’s airplane at least 10 times.In 2009, attorney Brad Edwards, who represented a number of girls who said they were victims of Epstein, served Trump with a subpoena to get him to testify in a case against Epstein.Edwards said recently that he served a number of subpoenas to powerful people connected to Epstein and Trump was “the only person who picked up the phone and said ‘let’s just talk, I’ll give you as much time as you want, I’ll tell you what you need to know,’ and was very helpful in the information that he gave, and gave no indication whatsoever that he was involved in anything untoward.” Trump: ‘I Had a Falling Out’ With Jeffrey Epstein ’15 Years Ago’ By Zachary Stieber July 9, 2019 Updated: July 9, 2019 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion