NC State QB Ryan Finley Was Asked A Ridiculous Question At The Combine

first_img Regardless of his answer, NFL teams will be getting an experienced college player in Finley.The former Wolfpack quarterback completed 64.5-percent of his passes for 10,501 yards, 60 touchdowns and 7.7 yards per attempt in three years as a starter. He earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2018.But Finley is hardly the first quarterback to experience seriously awkward moments at the NFL combine.One player said he found himself in a staring contest with someone asking him questions, while another lamented being “bashed” for his poor plays. a group of nfl coaches and scouts at the nfl combineINDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 01: A group of coaches and scouts from various NFL teams observe the action during day two of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)The 2019 NFL Combine had plenty of highlights, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all was the stream of strange questions that NFL teams asked the prospects. The latest report of weird and ridiculous questioning comes courtesy of NC State quarterback Ryan Finley.According to NFL radio personality Ross Tucker, Finley revealed that he was asked one particularly strange question at the combine. He was asked if he would rather come in first in the 100-meter dash, or finish second in a marathon.While Tucker didn’t mention in his Twitter post what Finley’s answer was, a good portion of the responses to the question said they’d prefer to win the 100-meter dash. Given that Vince Lombardi famously said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” one would think that Finley would also prefer to win the dash.Strangest question NC State QB Ryan Finley got at the Combine?”Would you rather come in first in a 100M dash or 2nd in a marathon?”What would you have said?— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) March 7, 2019last_img read more

Home Bar Hack: How to Make French Press Cocktails

first_img Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 8 Best Rums for Piña Coladas Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Whiskey Sour Easy 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Master You might be procrastinating on getting the cocktail shaker you deserve, or perhaps you just want to try a new approach to cocktail making. Either way, French press cocktails are about to transform the way you tend your home bar.This trend has been percolating for quite some time as seasoned mixologists have developed air-tight methods for creating hot and cold drinks. Hot cocktail lovers can enjoy a simpler technique that yields more complex flavors while cold/room temperature cocktails can get a better infusion process. Either way, you’ll be able to yield multiple drinks, maybe even enough for a dinner party, depending on the size of your press. While some insist on buying a new French press specifically for cocktails, your everyday press will work just fine if you wash it well and regularly.Hot French Press CocktailsSay goodbye to boring hot toddies, making drinks directly in mugs, and ill-advised attempts to put hot water in a metal cocktail shaker (it’s okay, we won’t tell anyone). Hot French press cocktails undergo a rapid infusion that you have complete control over. Kevin Denton, national mixologist for Pernod Ricard, broke down the best way to achieve optimal infusions, according to Food52. You’re going to want to use a brown spirit with roughly a 2:5 ratio to water. You can also work with sweet alcohol like brandy, vermouth, or another fortified wine at a 1:2 ratio to your chosen liquor. Heat your water and alcohol separately, letting the latter get to about 190° F. Place your infusion ingredients (fruit slices/peels, spices, tea, rose petals, etc.) at the bottom of the press. Add the alcohol first and let it cool to the point where the ethanol doesn’t burn your nostrils. Then, add the water, stir, and steep.While your cocktail is steeping, don’t forget to prep your glass/mug by warming it with hot water or even by popping it in the microwave. You can steep for the standard four minutes or adjust the time as you get more comfortable with the process/adventurous with your infusions. Plunge and serve immediately for the best result.Now that you have the basics down, here’s a hot recipe to get you started:Hot BoulevardierJ. Fergus, The Manual, Los Angeles5 oz water2 oz rye whiskey1 oz sweet red vermouth1 orange1 tsp lemon juice1 tsp tarragon4 dashes Angostura bitters2 rosemary sprigsMethod: Heat whiskey, Campari, and vermouth on medium heat for two minutes. Peel all of the skin off the orange and place into a French press. Add bitters, tarragon, and lemon juice to the press. Stir in heated spirits. Boil water and let cool for one minute. Stir in water. Let mixture steep for seven minutes. Plunge and pour into warmed coupe glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig. Serves 2.Regular/Cold French Press CocktailsThese cocktails won’t pack as flavorful a punch as their warmer kin, but they definitely offer a new twist on your favorite drinks. Simply add your infusion ingredients to the French press (muddling optional), pour in your alcohol and mixer, stir, and steep. More pungent ingredients work well here because it’s easier for their flavors to transfer to the mixture. You can steep for as little as one minute or as long as a day.Some recipes still call for a shaker if you want a cold drink neat, but you can work around this. Before you plunge, lift the lid without removing the top and place a few ice cubes/crushed ice on the spiral grate. Depending on your press and finesse, you can also spin the plunger as you press down. If you don’t mind some dilution, you can also add the ice directly to the mix during the steeping process.And a cold recipe to add to your chill:Moscow MuleFrench press version, orig. Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta4 oz vodka4 oz club soda3 oz simple syrup*1 ½ limes2 tsp finely grated, peeled gingerCandied gingerMethod: Cut limes into quarter wedges. Squeeze four wedges into French press. Place squeezed wedges and grated ginger into press. Stir in simple syrup and vodka. Infuse for five minutes. Plunge and pour over ice into highball glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with remaining wedges and candied ginger. Serves 2.*Simple syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar into saucepan. Stir until sugar dissolves. Cool. 10 Best Gins Under $20: Just Add Tonic last_img read more

The Elaine Bryan Foundation Invites Applications for Scholarships

first_imgThe Dr. Elaine Bryan Foundation is inviting applications from tertiary and high school students for scholarships to the Global Education Consultants Group (GECG) – Microsoft summer mentorship programme.The Foundation will be awarding 10 scholarships to the programme, which will see students visiting the Microsoft Office in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.The scholarships will cover the cost of the programme, and includes meals and materials used.“All is required of the students is to write a short essay, just a page long, just so I can see who they helped before and I can see what their strengths are, how proud they are of being Jamaican. Talk about their plans to give back to Jamaica and that sort of thing. A group of us will look at the application and determine which one we will give funding to,” head of the Foundation, Dr. Elaine Bryan, said in a recent interview with JIS News.Interested applicants may download application forms hereEmail application along with essay to zion.briggs@elainebryanfoundation.org.The deadline for submissions is June 17, 2017last_img read more

Port of Portland Says Yes to Propane

first_imgPress Release, September 03, 2014; Image: JCWC zoom With private investment conservatively estimated at more than half a billion dollars, a new propane export facility in Portland, U.S.A.  could prove to be a massive boom for the local economy in coming years. It would represent one of the largest single private capital investments in the city’s history, Port of Portland claims in its release.The Port announced that Pembina Pipeline Corporation has entered into an agreement to develop a rail-served propane export facility that could be up and running by early 2018. Pembina is planning to construct and operate the facility on land adjacent to the east end of the Port’s marine Terminal 6 in Rivergate Industrial District.Based in Calgary, Alberta, Pembina is one of Canada’s leading providers of transportation and logistics for the North American energy sector.“Signing an agreement with the Port of Portland is a tremendous start to making this project real. It marks the beginning of consulting with government and stakeholders,” said Mick Dilger, Pembina’s President and CEO.Upon completion, the propane export facility would receive approximately 37,000 barrels of propane per day. It is anticipated that most of the propane would be exported to Asian markets, where the cleaner burning propane will be utilized for various residential and industrial purposes.“We have been extremely discerning when considering recent energy sector cargo opportunities, and after saying ‘no’ to coal and ‘not now’ to crude by rail, we are confident that we are saying ‘yes’ to the right partner at the right time,” said Bill Wyatt, executive director for the Port of Portland.“Propane has an excellent track record as a clean and safe alternative fuel, and I am impressed by the level of experience, expertise and commitment to safety that Pembina brings to the table.”It is estimated that the project will generate between 600-800 temporary construction jobs and approximately 35 to 40 new, permanent positions to operate the terminal.last_img read more

StoltNielsen Wraps Up Jo Tankers Purchase

first_imgImage Courtesy: Jo TankersOslo-listed bulk liquid chemicals transporter Stolt-Nielsen Limited has completed the acquisition of the chemical tanker operations of Jo Tankers, a week after it received unconditional Competition Authority approvals for the purchase.The company has now finalized the USD 575 million acquisition, which includes 13 chemical tankers and a 50% share in a joint venture with eight chemical tanker newbuildings.The chemical tanker fleet consists of eight all stainless steel ships, ranging from 19,000 dwt to 38,000 dwt, and five ships with a combination of stainless steel and coated tanks, all of around 37,000 dwt.Six of the 13 ships have been on time charter to Stolt Tankers for the last five years.The newbuildings included in the transaction consist of eight all stainless steel ships of 33,000 dwt on order from New Times Shipbuilding in China, the first of which was delivered in early July 2016.“The acquired ships would satisfy the tonnage-replacement needs of the Stolt Tankers’ fleet for the next several years,” Stolt-Nielsen earlier said.last_img read more

Didnt join Bollywood to make films with stars

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Tigmanshu Dhulia has a solid clarity of what he wants to do: make films which have his trademark style and never chase stars to get his dream on celluloid. The director, who has helmed mid-budget but critically acclaimed films like Paan Singh Tomar and Saheb Biwi aur Gangster series, has learnt over the years on how to avoid the pressure of having a star to headline his film. “I don’t want to sound pompous but I want my films to be a ‘Tigmanshu Dhulia Film.’ Whether it’s a hit or a flop, doesn’t matter. I came to this industry to make films, not to make films with stars. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”Now I’ve learnt to not approach those producers with those kind of scripts where they will ask me to get a star. I don’t fall into that trap anymore,” said Tigmanshu. The pressure on a director to get a star on board can be quite daunting. Tigmanshu first hand experienced this while making his upcoming directorial, Milan Talkies, which earlier had several names attached to it, from Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to Imran Khan. Though conceptualised around 2011, Tigmanshu had to cross several roadblocks to finally make the film. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary”Earlier UTV was supposed to do it but I had a fallout with them because they weren’t releasing Paan Singh Tomar. There was a gap then and Ekta pushed really hard. I’ll give it up to her.” “Despite actors saying yes and no, dillydallying about it, she held on to it. But they needed a star. I requested her let me make it with whoever because otherwise this will never get made and she did.” The filmmaker is now ready to release Milan Talkies on March 15, featuring Ali Fazal.last_img read more

Morocco FIFA Club World Cup Referees Announced

Rabat – FIFA has announced on Monday the list of referees who will officiate at the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup set to take place in Morocco between 10 and 20 December.The list includes referees from Australia, Colombia, Ivory Coast, Guatemala, Portugal and Tahiti, with Ivory Coast’s Noumandiez Doue the oldest at 44, and Walter Alexander Lopez from Guatemala the youngest at 34.Cities of Marrakech and Rabat will be hosting the FIFA Club World Cup games.

Northern Gateway executive Janet Holder remembered as passionate advocate

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Janet Holder, the woman who spearheaded the Northern Gateway pipeline in British Columbia, has died following a long battle with leukemia. She was 58.“Janet will be dearly missed by everyone at Enbridge,” said Al Monaco, president of the Calgary-based company behind the project.“In addition to Janet’s many personal and professional achievements, she exemplified our values of integrity and respect. She had a passion to serve and mentor others, and an amazing way of connecting with people.”Holder, who grew up in Prince George, returned to the city in 2011 when she was named Enbridge’s vice-president for western access. She headed the team overseeing the project that would see Alberta crude flow to Kitimat, B.C., for shipment to Asia.A year later, Enbridge (TSX:ENB) opened a new office in Prince George.“We want to be part of the community,” Holder said at the time about the controversial project often criticized over concerns about increased tanker traffic and potential oil spills off the B.C. coast.Holder retired at the end of 2014, saying she wanted to “take a step back and focus on my family and my personal health.”In her last year of high school, Holder followed her parents, Merv and Mabel, to Bathurst, N.B., where her father worked on building a sawmill financed by Prince George businessmen.Her parents returned to Prince George over a year later but Holder stayed behind and completed an engineering degree and a masters degree in business administration.Holder joined Enbridge in 1992 and was president of gas distribution from 2008 to 2011.“Janet taught many of us the importance of being positive and supportive of each other, no matter how big the challenge,” Monaco said.“Janet’s memory and legacy will live on at Enbridge, and for us personally, for many years to come.” (Prince George Citizen) by Mark Nielsen, Prince George Citizen, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2015 12:05 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2015 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Northern Gateway executive Janet Holder remembered as passionate advocate read more

4 more suspects plead not guilty in Jamaican lottery scam

by Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2017 3:29 pm MDT Last Updated May 2, 2017 at 4:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 4 more suspects plead not guilty in Jamaican lottery scam FILE – This April 2017 file photo provided by the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department in Bismarck, N.D., shows Kazrae Gray. Gray is one of eight people who were extradited from Jamaica to face charges in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam that victimized dozens of Americans. Gray pleaded not guilty in federal court Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Bismarck, N.D. (Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department via AP, File) BISMARCK, N.D. – Four more Jamaicans charged in the U.S. in what authorities say is a multimillion-dollar lottery scam pleaded not guilty in federal court in North Dakota on Tuesday.Jason Jahalal, Kazrae Gray, Dahlia Hunter and Xanu Morgan all waived detention hearings and will remain in custody pending further court proceedings, according to court documents. No immediate trial date was set for any of the suspects.They were among eight suspects extradited from Jamaica to Bismarck last week to face charges in what authorities say is a scam that bilked at least 90 mostly elderly Americans out of more than $5.7 million. The four others pleaded not guilty last week.A total of 15 people are facing charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering. Each count carries a potential maximum sentence of either 20 or 30 years in prison, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Clare Hochhalter, who is leading the prosecution.The suspects are accused of calling victims, persuading them to send money, and wiring the money to bank accounts in Jamaica. Authorities have dubbed the case “Operation Hard Copy,” a reference to lists of prospective victims’ contact information used by scammers.The alleged mastermind, Lavrick Willocks, pleaded not guilty in January. Among the remaining defendants, one is awaiting trial in Rhode Island, one is in custody in Jamaica awaiting extradition to the U.S., and four are still fugitives.Sanjay Williams, who authorities say was a cohort of Willock’s in Jamaica and ran a separate scam, was convicted by a U.S. jury in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.The investigation has been ongoing for more than five years and involves the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs.___Follow Blake Nicholson on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/NicholsonBlake read more

Car output remains steady despite August dip

Provisional output data released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Commenting on the new data, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘Changes to plant schedules resulted in a disappointing but temporary dip in new car production. Despite the decline, year-to-date output remains on par with last year’s level boosted by a strong third quarter total. We are still expecting full year production to reach 1.65million units’CV output down 20.3 percent on August last year SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘CV production over the year-to-date remains virtually the same as that for the same period last year. Trends over the past three and six months show the sector is holding 2002’s positive outcome, up 10.2 and 1.8 per cent respectively. Strong domestic demand helps UK plants balance the effect of weaker demand in continental Europe. Rigid and artic production held up well despite the 1,300 plus loss of ERF and Seddon Atkinson volumes. 2002’s LCV growth spot has faded somewhat in recent months, especially in August as holidays and some refocusing made a mark. We think full year volumes will hit 195,000 units.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Production figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that: Year-to-date down 0.4 per cent on the same period in 2002CV output volume in August 2003 fell 20.3 per cent on August 2002 Car production in the last three months climbed 9.5 per centOutput over the year-to-date slipped 0.3 per cent read more

September car production best in five years

Provisional data released today by the Office for National Statistics shows that: Rolling year-to-September reaches 208,433 up 20,332 from September 2003 CV production soars 27 per cent in September Output for export rises 45 per cent and 27.5 per cent over year-to-date Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive said, ‘ Commercial vehicle assembly is still growing. September is one of a number of key months in the annual production calendar, with this September’s increase well above the 14.4 per cent growth average so far this year. Annual volumes are now on track to top 210,000 units and with strong demand in Europe, it may go even higher.’DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Car production up 1.2 per cent in the highest September since 1999 Output for home market increased 2.1 per cent, but exports still driving growth SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan, commented, ‘September car production figures reflect positive results, achieving the highest output levels in five years. It is particularly encouraging to see output for the home market rise, although the focus remains export based and seven out of 10 cars are destined for markets outside the UK. Year-to-date output remains up and we expect the full year total to be on a par with last year.’Strong export drive lifts CV output read more

Choléra en Haïti lépidémie a fait 2500 morts

first_imgCholéra en Haïti : l’épidémie a fait 2.500 mortsD’après les derniers chiffres communiqués par le ministère haïtien de la Santé, l’épidémie de choléra aurait fait plus de 2.500 morts.Depuis mi-octobre, date officielle du début de l’épidémie de choléra en Haïti, la maladie aurait fait plus de 2.500 morts, et cela d’après les chiffres officiels communiqués par le ministère de la Santé haïtien. Au total, ce sont également près de 150.000 personnes qui auraient été diagnostiquées comme souffrant du choléra, ce chiffre ayant été arrêté au mardi 14 décembre.Une annonce qui intervient quelques jours après qu’un célèbre épidémiologiste français a révélé que l’épidémie ne serait pas due aux conditions sanitaires déplorables après plusieurs événements climatiques difficiles, mais proviendrait plutôt d’un camp de Casques Bleus népalais (voir notre article).Aujourd’hui, l’épidémie de choléra aurait surtout touché la région de l’Artibonite qui compte à elle seule 807 décès des suites de la maladie tandis que la capitale du pays en compte 235, explique l’AFP. L’Organisation panaméricaine de la santé s’attend à plus de 400.000 cas d’individus touchés par le choléra dans l’année à venir. Le 20 décembre 2010 à 11:08 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Chine une lionne donne naissance à deux tigrons et un lionceau

first_imgChine : une lionne donne naissance à deux tigrons et un lionceauUne lionne a donné naissance en décembre dernier à deux tigrons et un lionceau dans la même portée en Chine. Cette étrange naissance constitue une première mondiale et proviendrait de… deux accouplements différents.Bien qu’ils se rencontrent rarement dans la nature, les lions et les tigres ont toujours été étroitement liés et peuvent même se reproduire entre eux, donnant ainsi naissance à des petits hybrides : un ligre pour un croisement tigresse-lion ou un tigron pour un croisement lionne-tigre. Mais si ce genre de naissance est déjà rare, c’est un évènement encore plus étonnant qui s’est produit en décembre dernier au zoo de Changzhou en Chine. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mary, une lionne du zoo a donné naissance à deux tigrons… et un lionceau. Selon la télévision chinoise, cette portée métissée serait due à deux accouplements successifs avec un lion d’une part et avec un tigre d’autre part. Malheureusement, ces progénitures croisées s’avèrent dans la plupart des cas stériles et meurent parfois rapidement. D’ailleurs, l’un des deux tigrons est décédé un peu après sa naissance. Considérée comme une espèce en voie de disparition, les lions asiatiques se font de plus en plus rares tandis que toutes les espèces de tigres figurent sur la liste des animaux en danger critique. Le 2 mars 2012 à 17:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Back to School Deal Save on Refurbished Chromebooks

first_imgStay on target HP Chromebook 11″ 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished)Small, lightweight, and portable. If you need a notebook computer that packs easily — but doesn’t skimp on performance — then this is the one you want. It features a lightning fast processor, 4 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal file storage, and a beautiful HD display. Plus it boasts an 11-hour battery life so it’ll last all day.Buy it now for only $139.99 and save 30 percent off the MSRP. Like this deal? Check out Vault — you’ll get four premium tools, including NordVPN and Dashlane, to supercharge your online security. Try it free for 14 days now!Prices subject to change. HP Chromebook 14 14.4” 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished) – $99.99See Deal HP Chromebook 14 14.4” 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished)Need a Chromebook with a bigger display? Then check out this one from HP that boasts a comparatively large 14.4 inch screen. It offers all the power and performance that you’d expect from a recognized brand like HP, which makes it the perfect solution for all your mobile computing needs.Save $200 off the regular price of this model and buy it today for only $99.99. HP Chromebook 11″ 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished) – $139.99See Deal Lenovo N22 11.6″ Chromebook 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished) – $99.99See Deal Lenovo N22 11.6″ Chromebook 16GB Black (Certified Refurbished)The Lenovo N22 has the specs needed to keep you productive all day long. It features a powerful processor, an impressively long 14-hour battery life, 16 GB of on-board file storage and, with 2 GB of RAM, offers enough memory to run super smooth. Whether you need it for school or work, the N22 will surely last as long as you need it to.Purchase it now for just $99.99 and save 60 percent over buying brand new. This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook 11.6” 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished) – $104.99See Deal Chromebooks, at one time, were considered an underwhelming alternative to the PC laptop. But those days are long gone. Today, Chromebooks are celebrated for their versatility, speed, and long battery lives. Need a portable computer for back to school that doesn’t break the bank? Then select one of these certified refurbished models and save up to 73 percent.Lenovo Thinkpad 11e Chromebook 11.6” 16GB Silver (Certified Refurbished)AdChoices广告If you are looking for a laptop computer that works as hard as you, then your search is over. The Thinkpad 11e from Lenovo is tough, rugged, and long-lasting, so it’s perfect for life on the road. It features a super fast 6th Gen Intel Core processor, 16 GB of internal storage, and battery that offers 12 hours of continuous usage in between charges.Score savings of 73 percent off retail and get it now for only $104.99. Acer 11″ 16GB C720 Chromebook (Certified Refurbished)This Chromebook is perfect for school, work, and everything in between. It features an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a battery that’ll last 8.5 hours on a single charge. Just slip it easily into your bag so you have portable computing power anywhere you go.Purchase today for just $89.99 and save 55 percent off retail. Acer 11″ 16GB C720 Chromebook (Certified Refurbished) – $89.99See Deallast_img read more

Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward 2020 presidential run

first_img Posted: December 31, 2018 AP December 31, 2018 AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates.“No matter what our differences, most of us want the same thing,” the 69-year-old Massachusetts Democrat said in a video that highlights her family’s history in Oklahoma. “To be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules and take care of the people we love. That’s what I’m fighting for and that’s why today I’m launching an exploratory committee for president.”Elizabeth Warren has formed an exploratory committee ahead of the 2020 presidential election, becoming the first Democrat with a national profile to take concrete steps towards a run.Warren burst onto the national scene a decade ago during the financial crisis with calls for greater consumer protections. She quickly became one of the party’s more prominent liberals even as she sometimes fought with Obama administration officials over their response to the market turmoil.Now, as a likely presidential contender, she is making an appeal to the party’s base. Her video notes the economic challenges facing people of color along with images of a women’s march and Warren’s participation at an LGBT event.In an email to supporters, Warren said she’d more formally announce a campaign plan early in 2019.Warren is the most prominent Democrat yet to make a move toward a presidential bid and has long been a favorite target of President Donald Trump.In mid-December, former Obama housing chief Julian Castro also announced a presidential exploratory committee, which legally allows potential candidates to begin raising money. Outgoing Maryland Rep. John Delaney is the only Democrat so far to have formally announced a presidential campaign.But that’s likely to change quickly in the new year as other leading Democrats take steps toward White House runs.Warren enters a Democratic field that’s shaping up as the most crowded in decades, with many of her Senate colleagues openly weighing their own campaigns, as well as governors, mayors and other prominent citizens. One of her most significant competitors could be Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who is eyeing another presidential run harnessing the same populist rhetoric.She must also move past a widely panned October release of a DNA test meant to bolster her claim to Native American heritage. The move was intended to rebut Trump’s taunts of Warren as “Pocahontas.” Instead, her use of a genetic test to prove ethnicity spurred controversy that seemed to blunt any argument she sought to make. There was no direct mention of it in the video released Monday.Warren has the benefit of higher name recognition than many others in the Democratic mix for 2020, thanks to her years as a prominent critic of Wall Street who originally conceived of what became the government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.She now faces an arduous battle to raise money and capture Democratic primary voters’ attention before Iowa casts its first vote in more than a year. She has an advantage in the $12.5 million left over from her 2018 re-election campaign that she could use for a presidential run.Warren’s campaign is likely to revolve around the same theme she’s woven into speeches and policy proposals in recent years: battling special interests, paying mind to the nexus between racial and economic inequities.“America’s middle class is under attack,” Warren said in the video. “How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice.”___ Elizabeth Warren makes big move toward 2020 presidential runlast_img read more

Antonio Banderas joins other celebrities for Miami Fashion Week

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Antonio Banderas was named honorary president of Miami Fashion Week.Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna, Tyra Banks and other top celebrities were on the red carpet event Saturday night at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, in Miami.Banderas spoke about his role earlier in the week. “Just to come over here and just to try and bring a little bit of spotlight to the Miami Fashion Week with my presence, which is a presence you have to understand is very humble,” he said. “I need to tiptoe into this universe.”The fashion week festivities end Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Iglesias Nadal host South Beach opening of Spanish restaurant TATEL

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – An acclaimed Spanish restaurant had its grand opening in South Florida, Monday night.Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias and tennis star Rafael Nadal hosted the opening of TATEL Miami at the Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, along Collins Avenue, near Lincoln Road. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Backed up by Enrique Iglesias, Rafael Nadal & Pau Gasol, #TatelMiami is all set to open today! Located at the Ritz Carlton in South Beach. 🍽 pic.twitter.com/PdJqPmaMnA— EnriqueIglesiasINDIA (@EiTeamIndia) March 20, 2017This is just the second location for TATEL, and the first in the U.S.People got to take pictures with Iglesias and Nadal, as well as try menu items for the first time. The restaurant serves a mix of traditional Spanish cuisine with modern variations on classic dishes. last_img read more

Photo of teen shading woman in wheelchair with umbrella goes viral

first_img(WSVN) – A picture of a Texas teen lending some shade to a woman in a wheelchair has gone viral.According to Fox 25, Louis Jordan was picking his mom up from work when he saw an elderly woman sitting in the extreme Houston heat.“It was unbearably hot. I wouldn’t want to be out there in the sun,” Jordan told KTRK. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Jordan ran back to his car to grab his umbrella and returned to where the woman, Michelle, was sitting waiting to catch a bus. He said they ended up waiting for about an hour and 45 minutes.The picture was taken by Jordan’s mother, who said her son’s act of kindness comes as no surprise. She said last year, Jordan rescued his grandmother, who was trapped in four feet of water during Hurricane Harvey.Now, every time Jordan sees Michelle, he grabs his umbrella and sits with her at the bus stop while she waits for her ride.“We laugh, joke. She’s in a book club,” Jordan told KTRK. “Come to find out, she likes pork chops.” last_img read more

Judge Orders Paul Manafort Detained Amid Witness Tampering Allegations

first_imgUpdated at 12:31 p.m. ETA federal judge ordered Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to jail on Friday following allegations by prosecutors that he tampered with witnesses in his case.“You’ve abused the trust placed in you six months ago,” said Judge Amy Berman Jackson. “I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.”But Berman Jackson said she could not turn a blind eye to the charges that Manafort had attempted to contact witnesses in his case after he was on bail. The judge said Manafort had not committed physical violence but rather had harmed the community.“The harm in this case is the harm to the administration of justice, the harm to the integrity of the justice system,” Berman Jackson said.Manafort was led out of the courtroom by security officers; he was not handcuffed. As he approached the courtroom door, he waved to his wife, Kathleen, who nodded to him. Friends hugged Kathleen Manafort as her husband was taken out of court. Jury tampering allegationsManafort, along with a Russian associate, is accused of asking future witnesses in the case to lie to the jury. Prosecutors say he and Konstantin Kilimnik contacted European witnesses to ask them to tell jurors in Manafort’s trial that lobbying work they did together was confined only to Europe and did not take place inside the United States. Manafort is facing charges that include alleged money laundering, tax evasion, conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent. Manafort has pleaded not guilty in his D.C. case, and another federal case brought against him in the Eastern District of Virginia. In light of the witness tampering accusations, the special counsel’s office earlier asked a federal judge to consider revoking Manafort’s bail and ordering him into custody ahead of his trial this autumn.His lawyer, Richard Westling, had asked the judge to lay out a clear order listing people Manafort should avoid and to send him home under the bail conditions he had negotiated with the special counsel’s office.Berman Jackson said she could not agree because there could be no guarantee that Manafort would not reach out to others. “This is not middle school,” she said. “I can’t take his cellphone.”Manafort’s lawyers also requested the judge let him go while they appeal, but she declined.Ordering Manafort into custody compounds the legal pressure he is facing and represents another step down from the position he once enjoyed as Trump’s campaign boss and, before that, a longtime influence-broker.Counsel to dictators Manafort spent decades as a powerful insider; he told a congressional hearing in 1989 that “the technical term for what we do and what law firms, associations and professional groups do is lobbying,” adding, “some people might term it influence peddling.”Manafort was testifying about his role in a scandal at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration. It wasn’t the only time that Manafort’s business practices have come under scrutiny.His lobbying firm — Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (the Stone was Roger Stone, who is also reportedly under investigation by the special counsel) — was included in a 1992 report by the Center for Public Integrity titled “The Torturers’ Lobby.”It cited the group’s work on behalf of repressive governments in Nigeria and Kenya, the UNITA rebels in Angola, and a group with ties to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.Riva Levinson was hired by Manafort in the 1980s, becoming, she says, his “Third World traveler of choice.” During her job interview in the summer of 1985, she promised Manafort “there was no place I wouldn’t go. And Paul took full advantage, and there was no place he wouldn’t send me.”That included Somalia, where Manafort’s firm was trying to sign a contract with dictator Siad Barre, accused of human rights abuses. Levinson recounted the episode in her book Choosing The Hero.“I asked Paul if he wanted this guy as our client,” Levinson said. “Paul’s response to me at the time is, ‘Riva, we all know he’s a bad guy; but he’s our bad guy.’ ”In the early 2000s, Manafort was hired as a political consultant for future Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort defended his work for Yanukovych in a 2017 interview on CNN:“You will see if you do any fact-checking that I was the person that negotiated the framework which is based upon which Ukraine is now a part of Europe. That was my role. That’s what I did, and when it was completed, I left.”Prosecutors say that Manafort’s work for Ukraine also had a clandestine aspect; according to one indictment, Manafort recruited a number of European political figures to advocate on behalf of Yanukovych and Ukraine, apparently independently. Actually, their work was being coordinated by Manafort and underwritten by the Ukrainian government.Longtime RepublicanManafort’s political skills in the United States were of more interest to Trump. He helped Gerald Ford secure the 1976 nomination and later worked for Ronald Reagan. He was hired by Scott Reed, then-presidential nominee Bob Dole’s campaign manager, to help run the 1996 Republican National Convention. In an interview with NPR after Manafort signed on with Trump in 2016, Reed noted Manafort has an apartment at Trump Tower in New York.But more importantly, he and Trump were peers.“He’s the one person in the room that calls him Donald,” Reed said. “It’s not ‘Mr. Trump.’ It’s ‘Donald.’ ‘Come on, Donald; we’ve got to do the right thing here.’ And I think that’s an important part of managing a campaign — to be able to have that type of relationship with the candidate of trust and, you know, knowledge.”Trump had previously hired Manafort back in the ’80s to lobby on gambling and real estate issues. Even though Levinson had her disagreements with Manafort, she called him a master strategist.“He can hover above all of the moving parts, and intuitively he understands how to put them together,” she said. “And he taught me how to not get distracted from the clutter.”Within the famously disorganized Trump campaign, not getting distracted by the clutter was an invaluable skill. But Manafort’s tenure at Trump campaign was short-lived. He was ousted by Trump in mid-August, after a little more than two months on the job as chairman, when reports of his involvement with Yanukovych and the possibility that he received an illegal payment from Yanukovych’s party drew intense media scrutiny.“My father just didn’t want to have the distraction looming over the campaign,” said Eric Trump, the then-candidate’s son, in a Fox News interview. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Abstract is beautiful

first_imgArtist Puneet Kaushik presents his latest series of works titled Daraar – Beneath the Faultline at India Art Fair from January 29 to February 1. The works reflect no longer something remote, but abstractions of life itself. Kaushik’s bodies of work are aesthetic and material dimensions of extractions, accumulation, territorialisation, condensations and fractures underlying the visible reality of urban life. They are neo-expressionist, collages of kaleidoscope materials and techniques – wire mesh, paint, bead work, carpet craft, line drawings and organic dyes that bring to the surface histories of tension that exist just beneath the ordinariness of everyday lived humanity.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Known for using methodologies and traditional techniques incorporating tribal and folk art like the works are of steel wire mesh, woven hibiscus and coffee stains on paper, natural dyes, tufting the carpet technique, dabkha and bead work.In his works, Puneet has been successfully driven by a single idea or concept, injecting an element of exploration, with materials offering their own guiding agency; and in this respect he marks a posture of difference. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe guiding concept behind the majority of the works has been around the idea of Identity, the dealing with the self. The beauty and the ugliness within the surface; the superficial and the deeper self, textured and layered by different circumstances where it is rare to be in a position to penetrate into the real self.Puneet has been intrigued by age-old traditional techniques like knitting, crochet and embroidery, rooted deep in our cultures as a means of talking about the self. For example, the traditional Tibetan technique using a process of embroidery where two or more beads are stitched in one go was normally done not only to enhance the jewellery or crown but also to thicken the surface in order to protect and keep one warm.When: January 29 to February 1Where: Booth S-5, India Art Fair, NSIC Exhibition Groundslast_img read more