Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPeople’s Television celebrated five years in operation yesterday; the company, which is located in the Bight was started by Peter Stubbs and his family in November 2008 hosted a customer appreciation day with drinks, goodies, t shirts, caps, other giveaways and the launch of its Christmas pay early and win campaign. During On Your Mind TV talk show, host reverend Rev Dr Conrad Howard presented plaques and mugs of appreciation on behalf of the television station to individuals like Bishop Bryant Cox… Pastor Courtney Misick host of Talk Dat… Paula Arthur, host of the Average Joe Show and Sam Nagar of Rock of Jesus Ministry. I was also honoured to have been remembered; Magnetic Media TV morning show Turquoise Morning airs on PTV8 weekdays at 7am.
July 1, 2019 AP, Ed Lenderman 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A federal judge ruled Monday that prosecutors can introduce evidence of Rep. Duncan D. Hunter’s alleged extramarital affairs in a case in which the Republican congressman is charged with misusing more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.U.S. District Judge Thomas Whelan said prosecutors can submit evidence alleging that Hunter, R-Alpine, used campaign funds to maintain multiple extramarital affairs. The allegation was raised in a motion filed last week by federal prosecutors. Hunter’s attorneys argued the evidence would be prejudicial and bias the jury against the congressman.Whelan did not immediately rule on Hunter’s request for dismissal of the case, with the congressman alleging political bias by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Hunter filed a motion last week claiming that U.S. Attorneys Alana Robinson and Emily Allen, who are prosecuting the case, are biased against him – – noting that they attended a 2015 presidential campaign fundraiser in La Jolla for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.While Hunter declined to comment, his father — former longtime Rep. Duncan L. Hunter — suggested the U.S. Department of Justice should investigate the conduct of Robinson and Allen for violating the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from using taxpayer dollars for political or electoral purposes.According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Robinson and Allen were at the fundraiser on official business. The elder Hunter argued that a Secret Service email, obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that’s not the case.“We have the email that came from the Secret Service that came with the FOIA request and the Secret Service email plainly says that they actually came to get a photo opp with their candidate, Hillary Clinton,” he said. “That’s a violation of the Hatch Act. That taints this entire investigation and this entire indictment and so there should be an investigation and we hope that it takes place.”In addition to allegedly using campaign funds for affairs, Hunter, who represents the state’s 50th Congressional District, is accused of using campaign funds to pay for expenses like hotel rooms, vacations and theater tickets.Hunter has repeatedly maintained his innocence and the insistence that he is being smeared despite his wife, Margaret Hunter, pleading guilty earlier this month to using campaign funds for personal expenses. Margaret Hunter also agreed to work with prosecutors on the case and could eventually testify against her husband.If convicted, Margaret Hunter faces up to five years in federal custody and fines of up to $250,000.Hunter’s case is expected to go to trial in September. He faces multiple charges including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsifying records.Hunter was re-elected last November with 51.7% of the vote in his district despite being indicted three months before the election. He was first elected in 2008, succeeding his father, who held the congressional seat for 28 years. Posted: July 1, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter FacebookTwitter Updated: 4:24 PM Judge allows details on affairs at U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter’s trial AP, Ed Lenderman,
Lawmakers want to crack down on surprise phone, internet bills. Getty Images Have you been surprised by the charges on your monthly phone or internet bills? Lawmakers want to get rid of those hidden fees.Sen. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, and Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, last week introduced the Truth-in-Billing, Remedies and User Empowerment over Fees (‘TRUE Fees’) Act. If passed, the bill will require phone, cable and internet companies to include all charges in the prices they advertise for services as well as provide consumers solutions when they’re wrongfully charged.”For too long customers have been surprised each month to find that their cable, phone and internet bills are much higher than the advertised price. The TRUE Fees Act would put an end to these advertising practices that only confuse consumers about the true costs,” Markey said in a release. “If phone, cable and internet companies won’t be fully transparent with consumers, then Congress should act.”Hidden phone and internet fees aren’t rare experiences for consumers. AT&T in June quietly doubled its administrative fee from 76 cents to $1.99, which could help the company rake in $800 million more in revenue. These “below the line” charges aren’t considered to be part of the regular service fee customers pay each month. Instead, they’re generally listed with local and state taxes at the bottom of a bill, though the fees aren’t required by the government.This bill would also allow customers to end their contract early without a penalty if the provider increases prices, prevent providers from increasing equipment fees unless the equipment is improved, and prohibit forced arbitration clauses for wrongful billing errors. Lawmakers who backed the bill include House Reps. Mark Takano, Eleanor Norton, Tim Ryan, Earl Blumenauer, Jamie Raskin, Joe Courtney, Donald Beyer, Janice Schakowsky and Mike Thompson, along with Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Amy Klobuchar, Ben Cardin, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden and Tina Smith. Share your voice Tags Politics Mobile 2 Comments
Nobel laureates, global citizens demand UN intervention to resolve Roginhya crisisTwelve Nobel laureates, including Muhammad Yunus, and 17 other globally renowned citizens, have demanded immediate intervention of the UN Security Council to end the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.In an open letter addressed to the council president and members, they called for taking “decisive actions” to stop the violence against innocent civilians and bring permanent peace in Rakhine.”The human tragedy and crimes against humanity unfolding in the Arakan region of Myanmar need your immediate intervention. This is one of the decisive moments when bold and decisive actions are needed promptly when it is still possible to get it resolved,” they observed.They called for taking immediate steps to stop the outflow of refugees. They also demanded building camps within Myanmar for the returning refugees to facilitate their rehabilitation with the UN financing and supervision.Around 370,000 Rohingya people have fled to Bangladesh during the past two weeks, according to UN estimate.The Nobel laureates and eminent citizens wrote: “We call on UNSC to intervene immediately by using all available means. We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people.”The signatories insisted on immediate implementation of the recommendations made by the Kofi Annan commission.They recalled that some of them denounced the previous spate of violence late last year and wrote to the UN to intervene.However, they regretted, the situation has not improved.”We request you to take immediate action for cessation of indiscriminate military attack on innocent civilians that is forcing them to leave their home and flee country to turn into stateless people,” they said.The Annan Commission, mostly comprised of Myanmar citizens, recommended providing citizenship to the Rohingyas, allowing them freedom of movement, rights and equality before the law, ensuring communal representation, facilitating UN assistance in ensuring safety and security of returning people.The Nobel laureates and reported citizens also insisted that a bold change in approach is needed by the United Nations and the international community if there is to be an end to the cycle of violence against the Rohingyas.The signatories include Nobel laureaytes Máiread Maguire, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams, Oscar Arias, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Malala Yousafzai, Sir Richard J Roberts and Elizabeth Blackburn, former Malaysian foreign minister Syed Hamid Albar, former Italian foreign minister Emma Bonino, former prime minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Thai foreign minister Kasit Piromya, and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader addresses a party programme at the Dhaka University campus on Thursday. Photo: Focus BanglaRoad transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday compared information minister Hasanul Haque Inu’s remarks criticising the Awami League, with the ‘explosion of a bomb’.Inu, president of AL’s alliance partner Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), on Wednesday told a Kushtia rally that the AL would not be able to return to power in a thousand years without the help of other parties.In a rebuttal, Quader, general secretary of the AL, said it has been seen how JSD did in the electoral contests without the support of the AL.”Inu might have exploded the bomb, out of grievances, which can be discussed in the party and alliance forum.. We’ve nothing to worry about” Quader said, addressing a party programme at the Dhaka University campus on Thursday.He added, “Inu is fully aware of the possible results if JSD contests elections without the Awami League.”The JSD leader was elected member of parliament on an AL ticket in the 2008 general elections after forming an electoral alliance with the AL.At a JSD rally in Kushtia on Wednesday, Inu criticised AL leaders for their conflicting relations with JSD in his constituency and said JSD and parties such as the Jatiya Party of former military leader HM Ershad were the key components for making the AL a contender for power.Despite showing his reaction, Quader said he would not make too many remarks in a public forum.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his wife Emine Erdogan greeting supporters gathered above a balcony at the headquarters of the AK Party in Ankara, on 24 June. Photo: AFPTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning sweeping new powers in a decisive election victory, as his main rival accepted the outcome despite complaints over an unequal campaign that alarmed the EU.A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last 15 years declared winner of Sunday’s presidential poll without needing a second round and take his ruling party-led alliance to an overall majority in parliament.Erdogan vowed to “rapidly” implement the new presidential system approved in an April 2017 referendum that opponents fear will give him autocratic powers and keep him in office for two five-year mandates to 2028.The new system puts Erdogan at the top, giving him the power to appoint cabinet ministers and dispensing with the office of prime minister.The president, 64, declared victory in Istanbul before returning to Ankara to deliver a triumphant speech at 3:00 am to tens of thousands of supporters from the balcony of the headquarters of his Justice and Development Party (AKP).“Turkey has given a lesson in democracy to the entire world,” he added, pointing to a turnout of 88 per cent.‘One-man regime’His main rival Muharrem Ince of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), who had challenged Erdogan with an energetic campaign, broke an uncharacteristic overnight silence to concede defeat Monday.“I accept these election results,” Ince said, adding that Erdogan should represent all of Turkey’s 80 million people and be “president for us all”.Ince expressed alarm over the powers Erdogan assumes under the new government system which he described as “a one-man regime”.The White House urged Turkey to “take steps to strengthen democracy” but spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also announced that president Donald Trump would likely call Erdogan “to reaffirm our strong bond.”As with other US allies and NATO, Turkey’s relations with Washington have been strained by Erdogan’s insistence on going his own way, especially on relations with Russia and on policy in Syria.International election monitors said the election allowed voters a “genuine choice” but decried the lack of “equal” conditions for candidates to campaign.The EU issued a notably chilly statement that did not congratulate Erdogan or mention him by name and asserted that campaign conditions were “not equal”.German chancellor Angela Merkel meanwhile said she looked forward to working with Turkey, especially with “a stable and pluralist Turkey in which democratic participation and rights are reinforced.”Berlin’s ties with Erdogan have been fraught but Merkel noted Turkey’s importance in solving Europe’s migrant problem and “a longstanding friendship”.‘Great authority’In contrast, congratulations for Erdogan flooded in from Turkey’s partners in the Islamic world and allies who also have tetchy relations with the West, such as Russian President Vladimir Putin who praised Erdogan’s “great political authority”.The Kremlin statement even noted the “mass support of the course conducted under his leadership”.Others congratulating Erdogan included Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban and Hamas chief Ismail Haniya.Erdogan has transformed Turkey first as prime minister from 2003 to 2014 and then as president, giving Islam a greater role in public life and giving the country a much more assertive profile on the international stage.But critics accuse him of ruling with an iron grip, especially after a failed coup in July 2016 which was followed by a state of emergency that has seen tens of thousands of people arrested.The poll outcome relieved investors who had feared a prolonged period of uncertainty if the election went to a second round, but the Turkish lira pared initial sharp gains against the dollar.‘Biggest injustice’According to results published by the state news agency Anadolu, Erdogan won 52.6 per cent of the vote, with Ince on 30.6 per cent.Erdogan, who enjoys sky-high support in parts of the Anatolian heart of the country, improved on his 51.8 per cent score from 2014.The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) candidate Selahattin Demirtas came third with 8.4 per cent, a performance all the more remarkable given he has been jailed on charges of links to Kurdish militants since November 2016.With Turkey holding parliamentary and presidential elections on the same day for the first time, Erdogan was also able to enjoy an overall majority in parliament with the help of his allies from the right-wing Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).The AKP won 295 seats in the 600 MP chamber but the MHP did far better than expected, winning 49 seats and giving their alliance a clear majority, according to results published by Anadolu.The HDP easily broke through the 10 per cent minimum vote threshold to pick up 67 seats, sparking wild celebrations in its Kurdish-majority stronghold of Diyarbakir.In a tweet, Demirtas hailed a “great victory” despite suffering “the biggest injustice of the campaign”.
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Tsinghua University in China has, according to a report in Newscientist, found a way to mimic, if only in a small way, the shape shifting robot in the Terminator movies. The team has published their findings in the journal Advanced Materials. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Shape shifting liquid metal able to propel itself through liquids (w/ video) (2015, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-shifting-liquid-metal-propel-liquids.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers develop a way to cause static self-assembly using magnets and ferrofluids © 2015 Phys.org Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 More information: Self-Fueled Biomimetic Liquid Metal Mollusk, Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438AbstractA liquid metal motor that can “eat” aluminum food and then move spontaneously and swiftly in various solution configurations and structured channels for more than 1 h is discovered. Such biomimetic mollusk is highly shape self-adaptive by closely conforming to the geometrical space it voyages in. The first ever self-fueled pump is illustrated as one of its typical practical utilizations.via Newscientist PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 Journal information: Advanced Materials As part of an effort to better understand the properties of liquid metals, the researchers were working with gallium—after adding a little bit of indium and tin they discovered that if a bit of aluminum was affixed to a single drop of the alloy (to serve as fuel) and the result was dropped into a container of sodium hydroxide (or even salt water) the drop would propel itself around the container for approximately one hour. In subsequent tests they found that if the container was shaped with channels, the drop could be made to follow a pre-designated path. What’s more, they noted that if the drop encountered a part of the channel that was slimmer than it was, it could squeeze through.Surprised by the movement of the drop, the researchers took a closer look—analysis revealed that when the drop was placed in the solution, a charge imbalance occurred between the front and back of the drop, causing a pressure differential. They also found that as the aluminum reacted with the saltwater, tiny bubbles were formed which also served to push the drop forward (so long as the aluminum bit was on the back end.)The experiments by the team build on prior work by them and others (as part of an effort to make “soft” robots) that showed that with some liquid metals, an electric charge can cause both an expansion and change of shape to a drop. The researchers note that if both techniques were used, the result could be drops that not only move themselves through liquids, but change shape according to predetermined needs. They suggest their findings could conceivably pave the way for drops that are used to deliver materials via pipes or even through blood vessels. Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 Interestingly, the researchers also noted that if the drop were forced to remain in place in the solution it would cause the liquid around it to move, in essence serving as a pump.