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Gun used in Fredericton killings is legally obtainable suspect had licence

Gun used in Fredericton killings is legally obtainable suspect had licence

first_imgFREDERICTON – A New Brunswick man charged with killing four people in one of the deadliest shootings in the province’s history had a firearms licence and allegedly used a gun that can be legally obtained in Canada, police said Monday as they urged the public to be patient during the ongoing investigation.Matthew Vincent Raymond, 48, was charged with four counts of first-degree murder after a shooting Friday at a Fredericton apartment complex that left two civilians and two police officers dead.Police said the long gun investigators believe was used in the attack is commonly available for purchase, and is not a prohibited or restricted weapon.“It’s a firearm that can be purchased here in Canada and the suspect does have a licence,” Deputy Chief Martin Gaudet told reporters at a news conference outside the Fredericton Police Department, where a memorial with flowers, cards and teddy bears has been set up.“It’s a shouldered weapon — a long gun.”Residents of the New Brunswick capital appeared emotional Monday as they dropped off items at the memorial and signed a book of condolences at city hall.The shooting deaths of four people — Bobbie Lee Wright, Donnie Robichaud, and responding officers Const. Robb Costello and Const. Sara Burns — has deeply shaken this usually placid city.Police Chief Leanne Fitch acknowledged that people want answers about what happened, but she stressed that the police investigation is “very much active and is focused on finding facts.”“I understand that there is a desire to find out what happened. We all want to know that,” Fitch said. “But you have to understand that some of that will only be released through the court process.”Fitch did confirm, however, that one of the officers who responded to the shooting on the city’s north side was wearing a camera, although she wouldn’t say which one.“One of our officers was wearing a body-worn video at the time of the call,” she said. “There was a body cam video and that is part of the evidence that our investigators are looking at.”Gaudet added that the body camera evidence was downloaded and provided to the RCMP as part of its homicide investigation.Fitch also confirmed that police officers in Fredericton are equipped with body armour and carbine rifles.Robichaud’s wife, Melissa Robichaud, has said in multiple media interviews that her husband, from whom she was separated, had previously been a member of the Bacchus motorcycle club, but left the club about a year ago.“We are aware of that information that has been shared publicly as well,” Fitch said. “At this time, we are just working through the investigative process. Again we’re not going to speculate on any connections or motives there.”Nancy Slade, home for a visit from Petawawa, Ont., came to lay sunflowers outside police headquarters with her six-year-old daughter, Molly, and three-year-old son, Dane.Slade, the daughter of a Fredericton police officer who was friends with Costello, said she wants her kids to understand the sacrifice made by officers.“It’s just not supposed to happen here,” she said, her voice catching. “It’s never happened here, so it’s just really hard.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his son Hadrien went Sunday to police headquarters to lay flowers at the memorial and offer words of solidarity.At Fredericton City Hall on Monday, a steady trickle of visitors arrived to sign books of condolences for the fallen police constables.Many left in tears after seeing the simple display, which featured photos of the officers set next to two candles and a bouquet of white flowers.Jane Abernathy, who lives in Fredericton, said she felt compelled to show her respect.“Such a senseless tragedy, we never want this to happen again,” she said. “It was the least I could do, to sign my name.”Thousands of people turned out to a public event Monday evening to express their grief and show support for their city.Jessica Millier said she organized Hands Across the City as a way to bring people together.People, holding hands, were lined across the walking bridge that spans the St. John River and along the walking trails that hug the shorelines on the north and south sides of the city.“My city is hurt, and they’re grieving, and they’re hurt deeply,” said Fredericton Mayor Mike O’Brien.“This is a collective grief, a collective mourning and we will collectively heal,” he said.Meanwhile, a Fredericton business owner who knew alleged shooter described him as a “lonely person” who spent much of his time cycling and playing first-person shooter video games.Brendan Doyle, the former owner of the recently closed Read’s Newsstand & Cafe in Fredericton, said he also asked Raymond to stop frequenting his coffee shop after he allegedly expressed Islamophobic views and shared his dislike for Syrian refugees with patrons.“He’d been coming in on almost daily for a coffee since 2010 and often stayed for an hour or two on the patio in the evenings,” Doyle said in a Facebook message Sunday evening to The Canadian Press.“While in the cafe, Matt also looked at magazines about bikes and about guns,” Doyle said. “He expressed an interest in owning the various high-end bikes in the magazines, but his interest in guns seemed to be related to his video games.”He said Raymond had been coming in almost daily for coffee from 2010 up until 2017, when Doyle asked him to find coffee somewhere else.“His discussions with fellow customers and staff turned more political around the same time we had an influx of Syrian refugees into the city,” Doyle said.“I saw him one weekend in front of city hall with a sandwich board sign that said ‘No Sharia,’ and other anti-Islamic sentiments.”He said he spoke to Raymond to determine how extreme his views were.“I determined he was ignorant and misinformed,” Doyle said. “He really just seemed to be parroting the talking points from some videos he’s seen.”Raymond previously worked at an Atlantic Superstore grocery on the city’s south side, the company confirmed Monday.“I can confirm only that he is a former employee with Atlantic Superstore. He was an employee a number of years ago,” said spokesman Mark Boudreau.Raymond is set to appear in court on Aug. 27.Fredericton police have announced that a regimental funeral “to celebrate the lives of our fallen members” will be held on Saturday at the University of New Brunswick.An obituary for Burns said the 43-year-old mother of three boys fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer three years ago, after more than 14 years as a stay-at-home mom.“Not a day would go by when she didn’t say aloud, for everyone to hear, ‘I love my job,’” the obituary published on the McAdam’s Funeral Home and Crematorium website said.An obituary for Robichaud said he is survived by a wife and three children, and there will be no visitation or funeral, in keeping with his wishes.Also Monday, the province’s Court of Queen’s Bench issued a publication ban on certain court documents in the case, hours after media reported their contents.— With Kevin Bissett in Fredericton and Keith Doucette and Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

Saputo misses expectations as Q2 profit falls despite higher revenues

Saputo misses expectations as Q2 profit falls despite higher revenues

first_imgSaputo Inc. reported a lower profit in a challenge-filled quarter, the company’s CEO said, sending the company’s shares falling.The Montreal-based company’s net income fell $22.1 million or 11.9 per cent to $163.1 million for the second quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018. That amounts to 42 cents per share compared to 48 cents per share for the same quarter the previous year.Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters Eikon expected a net profit of about $178.6 million or 44 cents per share.The company’s shares fell $1.38 or 3.44 per cent to $38.73 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The earnings “reflect the challenges we anticipated,” said Lino Saputo, chief executive officer, during a conference call with analysts Thursday.Saputo faced depressed dairy markets, increased warehousing and logistical costs, increased competition and other challenges during the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2018, he said.The company focused on initiatives to mitigate these factors, like gearing up efforts to integrate its recent acquisitions, Saputo said, highlighting the benefits of Shepherd Gourmet, which it acquired in mid-June, and Motchevere, which it acquired in late 2017.Saputo’s revenue increased mostly due to the contributions of recent acquisitions, rising about $536 million or 18.6 per cent to $3.42 billion in the quarter.The company recently announced an agreement to acquire the activities of F&A Dairy Products Inc., a manufacturer of natural cheeses, earlier this month and expects the transaction to close by the end of this year.Saputo said the manufacturer will continue to make acquisitions and act as a consolidator in the dairy market, pointing to several unnamed acquisition targets that he said would get the company into a new geographical area or give it a new platform somewhere it already operates.“We’re extremely excited about the fact that the pipeline remains full,” he said.Saputo also expressed surprise at some aspects of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada-Agreement announced about a month ago. The deal will grant an expanded 3.6 per cent market access to the domestic dairy market and eliminate two milk price classes, including the controversial Class 7.Saputo expected the Class 7 elimination, but was surprised to see the amount of access Canada has granted the U.S. into its market through the USMCA and other trade agreements.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX: SAP)last_img read more

Moroccans to Perform Rain Prayers on Friday

Moroccans to Perform Rain Prayers on Friday

Rabat – In line with orders of King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, rain prayer (Salatul-Istisqaa) will be performed on Friday in all the regions, provinces and prefectures of the kingdom.The rain prayer is made in accordance with the tradition of the Prophet Sidna Mohammed, peace and prayer be upon Him.A release of the ministry of Habous and Islamic affairs announced that HM the King decided that the rain prayers will be performed nationwide to pray the Almighty to bestow His beneficial rains on His creatures.The Prophet (PBUH) made it a custom for the people to perform this prayer whenever a country affected by drought and seeks the mercy and grace of Allah (God) to send abundant rain. Morocco’s agricultural sector depends heavily on seasonal rainfall. Rain has been very scarce this year, which could cause a steep decline in agricultural production and have a detrimental effect on Morocco’s national economy. read more

Morocco’s Atlas Lions’ Defense Best in Africa: FIFA

Morocco’s Atlas Lions’ Defense Best in Africa: FIFA

Rabat – The Moroccan football team’s excellent performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifying games are still making international headlines. Nearly eight months after the qualifying games, FIFA said that the best defensive record came from Morocco.On Friday, FIFA published a list of the teams that boasted the best records in the qualifying games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.Unsurprisingly, the Atlas Lions made the list of the  “defensive heroes hoping for [a] Russian repeat” published by FIFA. FIFA commended the Moroccan team’s near-miraculous defensive records that secured its ticket for the much-awaited World Cup tournament, which will kick off June 14.FIFA has named Morocco’s Munir Mohand Mohamedi as one of the best goalkeepers in Africa. FIFA also ranked Moroccan football team captain Mehdi Benatia the best defender on the continent.Moreover, Morocco emerged as the team with the best defense in the world. While it scored 11 goals in 6 games, the national team did not concede a single goal.When the tournament begins on June 14, Morocco will play against its first game against Iran on June 15. Morocco’s second game will be against Portugal on June 20 and the third against Spain on June 25.2018 is the fifth time Morocco qualified for the World Cup after Mexico 1970, Mexico 1986, United States 1994, and France 1998. In Mexico 1986, Morocco became the first African and Arab team to qualify to the second round of the World Cup after they came out as first in their group, comprised of England, Poland, and Portugal.Morocco is determined to achieve good results in the 2018 World Cup.  Herve Renard, coach of the Moroccan team, said in an interview with sports outlet Goal in April, that it will be very disappointing if his team leaves the World Cup in the first round of the competition.In another interview with France 24, the Frenchman said that he will raise the Moroccan flag as hard as he can during the tournament and commended the “magnificent” Atlas Lions members, especially Benatia.Renard is set to unveil the final list of Moroccan players who will take part in the tournament in the early days of June.The team will also play a set of friendly games before going to Russia. The three friendlies will be against Ukraine, Slovakia, and Estonia.The Atlas Lions will play against Ukraine on May 31 at the Geneva stadium in Switzerland. The second friendly match will be against Slovakia on June 4, and the final friendly game will be against Estonia on June 9. read more

California newspaper sale ends 122 years of family ownership

California newspaper sale ends 122 years of family ownership

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — After 122 years of family ownership, the Bakersfield Californian has been sold to a Canadian publisher, the newspaper announced.The Harrell-Fritts family said in a message to readers on Sunday that Sound News Media, a new company run by publisher Steven Malkowich, has purchased the Californian and its corporate entity, TBC Media.Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The sale, which includes the newspaper’s digital properties, is set to close June 30.The daily paper, held by the family since 1897, serves the city of Bakersfield north of Los Angeles and the surrounding San Joaquin Valley.“We are honoured to have been a steward of the newspaper in Kern County, and have loved being part of this vibrant community and providing it with a relevant and reliable news source,” the family statement said.Malkowich, the executive vice-president at Canada’s Alberta Newspaper Group, also owns two other small California newspapers — the Antelope Valley Press and the Lodi News-Sentinel.Rumours about the Californian possibly being sold have circulated for years following staffing cuts and other changes, according to KGET-TV in Bakersfield.Last year, the paper moved to an industrial park from the historic building it had occupied in downtown Bakersfield since 1926. It marked the latest in a number of changes since Alfred Harrell, the son of a California pioneer, purchased The Daily Californian for $1,000 in 1897.Harrell died in 1976 at the age of 83.His wife, Virginia McKamy Harrell, served for eight years as publisher after his death. Their only child, Bernice Harrell Chipman, served as the next president, according to KGET, and Chipman’s only living child, Berenice Fritts Koerber, succeeded her from 1967-88.Harrell’s great-granddaughter, Virginia “Ginger” Moorhouse,” has served as the paper’s president since 1989.___Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.comThe Associated Press read more

UN envoy voices concern at mosque fire and calls on Israel to

UN envoy voices concern at mosque fire and calls on Israel to

6 May 2010A senior United Nations official today called on Israel to curb extremist settlers following a report that a blaze earlier this week in a mosque in a Palestinian village on the occupied West Bank was probably the result of arson. “There have been a number of attacks upon mosques in recent months, as well as violence against Palestinian property and individuals by extremist settlers,” Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Robert Serry said, voicing deep concern at a fire service report that Tuesday’s blaze in a mosque in Lubban al Sharqiya was probably started deliberately.“I condemn these attacks. It is vital that the Israeli Government impose the rule of law and that those responsible for such crimes are brought to justice,” he added in a statement.“Extremists from either side must not be allowed to set the agenda and undermine the vital efforts to renew negotiations.”Proximity talks, or indirect negotiations, between Israel and the Palestinians are due to begin shortly following a 16-month halt to meetings between the two sides after Israel launched an offensive against Gaza at the end of 2008 with the stated aim of trying to halt rocket attacks against it.Last week Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak to discuss prospects for progress on the Middle East peace process and he voiced the hope that proximity talks would begin shortly. read more

Hungarian laboratory the likely source of iodine outbreak UN agency says

Hungarian laboratory the likely source of iodine outbreak UN agency says

17 November 2011A Hungarian laboratory is the most likely source of the outbreak of a radioactive particle recently detected in the atmosphere above parts of Europe, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported today. “Very low levels” of iodine-131 were measured above the Czech Republic and other European countries earlier this month, and the IAEA said last week that the radiation did not pose a health risk to the public. Today it reported it had received information from the Hungarian Atomic Energy Authority that the most probable source is the Institute of Isotopes in Budapest, which produces radio-isotopes for health care, research and industrial applications. The Hungarian authorities said the release of iodine-131 occurred between 8 September and yesterday, and the cause is under investigation. Iodine-131 is a short-lived radio-isotope with a radioactive decay half-life of about eight days, and IAEA stressed today that the levels detected in the atmosphere are extremely low. “If any member of the public were to breathe iodine for a whole year at the levels measured in European countries, then they would receive a dose in the grange of 0.01 microsieverts for the year,” the agency stated in a press release. “To put this into perspective, the average annual background radiation dose rate is 2,400 microsieverts per year.” read more

As World Summit opens UN agencies call for attention to their areas

As World Summit opens UN agencies call for attention to their areas

As a record number of world leaders convene at United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 2005 World Summit today, the UN’s specialized agencies are making sure that their concerns enter into the discussions on reaching development goals and reforming the Organization that will dominate the session.In a publication on mobilizing resources to reduce hunger, issued for the occasion by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Rome-based food agency called on the international community to honour commitments of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to cut world hunger in half by 2015. “It is unacceptable that 843 million people in developing and transition countries continue to be hungry and that more than 1 billion have to live on less than $1 a day,” it said, urging governments and private sector corporations to “adequately fund actions and initiatives that reduce hunger through rural development and reduction of rural poverty, while at the same time strengthening direct access to food by the most vulnerable.” Unfortunately, says FAO, the rate at which hunger is being reduced is painfully slow, slower than required to meet the 2015 target. It asks that a larger share of new development funding be allocated to agriculture and rural development than in past decades. On the environmental front, a number of organizations have joined together through the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP) to release a publication titled: “Investing in Environmental Wealth for Poverty Reduction” for the Summit.The partnership, which includes the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), organizations such as the World Conservation Union and government agencies, today meets to plan how the environment can be mainstreamed in national poverty reduction strategies to better achieve the MDGs.The PEP report, whose lead author was the renowned environmental economist Professor David Pearce who tragically died last week, outlines the challenges of bringing the value of the environment onto centre stage. “It is clear from this report, and from a series of other studies published throughout the year, that the environment is something like the red ribbon running through the Millennium Development Goals,” said Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director. “It is not a luxury good, only affordable when all other problems have been solved,” he added. The report estimates that, to reach poverty reduction targets, an annual global investment in environmental assets of $60 billion to $90 billion will be needed over the next 10 to 15 years. At least $80 billion per annum more is needed to tackle global climate change to stabilize greenhouse gases over the next 50 years. In the sphere of education, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) released a statement including new data on school enrolment and what it calls a lack of progress in meeting the MDG commitment of getting 100 million children, 57 per cent of whom are girls currently not in school, enrolled into educational programs by 2015.The statement alerts world leaders to the fact that the first target – to get as many girls as boys into school by 2005 – has been missed, and that no mention of this is made in the latest draft outcome document prepared ahead of the Summit.“That the 2005 target has been missed with no frank and open acknowledgement in the draft outcome document and with no clear plans to redress the situation is disturbing,” the statement says. “Efforts to eliminate gender disparities in education must continue and, indeed, must be strengthened.”In a similar vein, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointed out that national water and sanitation plans were still leaving women out of the equation, as it hosted a meeting of Women Leaders for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH).“Unsafe water, inadequate sanitation and poor hygiene habits play a major role in child mortality,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann Veneman. “Bringing basic services to Africa’s women and girls could transform their lives and boost child survival in the region.” read more

Shaw sees BlueSky video rollout as growth engine for its fixedline services

Shaw sees BlueSky video rollout as growth engine for its fixedline services

CALGARY – Shaw Communications says the rollout of a new generation of cable services has gotten off to a strong start, and helped the company to deliver its first growth in video subscribers in nearly seven years.The Calgary-based company (TSX:SJR.B) — which lost significant video market share to Vancouver-based Telus in recent years — said one factor for the revival was the launch of its voice-powered BlueSky TV product across the entire Shaw cable network in April.“Over time, we believe this platform — through our partnership with Comcast — will become the digital hub for the home,” chief executive Brad Shaw told a conference call with analysts Wednesday.Shaw says it gained 12,000 cable video subscriptions during the quarter ended May 31 — nearly one-third of the 38,000 subscriptions added overall by its consumer division, which includes Internet and satellite video services as well.However, analysts said that a significant reason for the gains in cable video subscribers during Shaw’s fiscal third quarter ended May 31 was less “churn” as the company retained customers with price-competitive video and Internet packages.Shaw president Jay Mehr said that stabilizing the subscriber base was part of a three-stage plan that also included the rollout of its new WideOpen Internet service and the BlueSky launch during the quarter.“What I hope you see during the quarter is a plan coming to life — step by step,” Mehr said.But he cautioned that “it’s hard out there. There are competitive responses and things are happening back and forth.”In the wireless market, where Shaw is a newcomer competing with entrenched national providers Telus, Rogers and Bell, its Freedom Mobile unit added about 20,000 subscribers during the quarter. Freedom, formerly named Wind Mobile, was acquired by Shaw last year,Analyst Drew McReynolds of RBC Dominion Securities said in a note to clients that wireless subscriber growth during the quarter was in line with his estimates but below the analysis consensus estimate of 28,000 net additions.However, McReynolds said Freedom’s revenue was much stronger than either RBC or consensus estimates.Overall, Shaw’s third-quarter revenue for the quarter was $1.31 billion, up 2.8 per cent from last year. Net income was down 81 per cent to $133 million or 27 cents per share, mostly because of gains Shaw received last year from asset sales.Net income from continuing operations was $164 million, up from $74 million in the third quarter of 2016.Shaw stock was virtually unchanged at midmorning, trading at $30.27. Shaw sees BlueSky video rollout as growth engine for its fixed-line services by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 28, 2017 10:06 am MDT Last Updated Jun 28, 2017 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Cadburys launches diet Dairy Milk as lower sugar bar marks first recipe

Cadburys launches diet Dairy Milk as lower sugar bar marks first recipe

Cadbury Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Credit: Jacob King/PA Cadbury’s has launched a diet Dairy Milk chocolate bar in the first recipe change since 1905, with lower sugar Jelly Babies and Oreos to follow. A new version of the classic bar containing 30 per cent less sugar will go on sale on Wednesday as part of industry efforts to respond to the obesity crisis.Cadbury owner Mondelez International has described the new bar as the “most significant innovation in the brand’s history”. The news comes as the brand is planning similar sugar reduction plans for other sweet treats, such as the Oreo chocolate bar and Jelly Babies.The new Dairy Milk bar sits alongside the original on shelves and offers consumers greater choice and help to manage their sugar intake, the company said. The firm announced the new bar last year, the month after the Government unveiled the second phase of proposals to halve childhood obesity by 2030. But whilst the sugar content has dropped from 56g per 100g in the original bar to 39g per 100g in the new version, the calorie content remains similar between the two bars.A team of 20 scientists, nutritionists and chocolatiers worked for three years at the firm’s Reading and Bournville facilities to cut sugar without adding any artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives.“It was not an easy process,” a spokeswoman for the company said.Some of the sugar has been replaced with fibre to maintain the original’s structure and texture, but Mondelez has described the taste of the new bar as “incredibly similar”. read more

Ukrainian group supplies transformers to Kazakhmys operations

Ukrainian group supplies transformers to Kazakhmys operations

first_imgThe largest Ukrainian manufacture of mining equipment, Mining Machines, which unites the engineering assets of System Capital Management (SCM), has supplied 12 KTPV-type transformer substations of various capacities to Kazakh copper mining giant Kazakhmys. The substations were made at Donetsk Energy Plant, which is part of Mining Machines.Substations with the capacity of 400 and 630 kilovolt-amperes will operate at unspecified mines of Kazakhmys. The equipment has wheel pairs and power meters. “Kazakhstan is one of the important sales markets for us. For many years Mining Machines has been building mutually beneficial relations with leading Kazakh corporations. In 2012, the group made two fans for Kazakhmys,” Marketing and Sales Director Ihor Fomenko was quoted as saying. UMBH Ukrainian Machine Building Holding Limited (UMBH) registered in Cyprus is the holding company of Mining Machines Group.Mining Machines has also recently bought the Svet Shakhtyora machine building plant located in Kharkiv. This acquisition will enhance competitive advantages of the company and increase export operations of the plant. Svet Shakhtyora will focus on production of chain-and-flight conveyors and plough units. This will help to strengthen technological and engineering areas  of the plant, which has been successfully producing this equipment for many  years. This will enable Mining Machines to offer clients longwall complexes. “As Mining Machines has got sales departments in Russia, Kazakhstan and Vietnam and pursues a new policy for entering the new markets, Svet Shakhtyora will be able to increase export operations,” says Igor Fomenko, Sales and Marketing Director of Mining Machines.last_img read more

US justice department to publish redacted version of Mueller report into Russian

US justice department to publish redacted version of Mueller report into Russian

first_img THE US DEPARTMENT of Justice is set to release a redacted report on the Mueller investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential elections on Thursday. Last month, US Attorney General William P. Barr announced that the investigation – which took 22 months to complete – had finished and had cleared Trump campaign of any collusion with Russia. In a letter at the time, Barr said the report “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russian government” – a claim refuted by many who insisted the report should be published in full. The report could feature allegations that Trump tried to obstruct the investigation, although Barr has said there is not sufficient evidence to establish he committed such a crime. Ahead of the 400-page report’s release, Trump and the White House have criticised Mueller’s investigation once again, claiming it involved the FBI “spying” on the president’s 2016 election campaign. “The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax,” Trump tweeted Monday. US justice department to publish ‘redacted’ version of Mueller report into Russian collusion on Thursday ‘The report could feature allegations that Trump tried to obstruct the investigation.’ By Conor McCrave Image: Shutterstock/Michael Candelori https://jrnl.ie/4593473 Share54 Tweet Email1 Image: Shutterstock/Michael Candelori The Mueller Report, which was written by 18 Angry Democrats who also happen to be Trump Haters (and Clinton Supporters), should have focused on the people who SPIED on my 2016 Campaign, and others who fabricated the whole Russia Hoax. That is, never forget, the crime…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019 21 Comments center_img Short URL Apr 15th 2019, 10:46 PM Monday 15 Apr 2019, 10:46 PM 8,733 Views Barr, however, said Mueller found no evidence of criminal conspiracy by Trump’s campaign to collude with the Russian government to skew the 2016 election in Trump’s favor over Democrat Hillary Clinton.But court cases arising from the investigation – Mueller charged 34 people, including six former Trump aides and 26 Russians — have detailed multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians.Barr also said in his summary there was not enough evidence to charge Trump with obstruction of justice.But he acknowledged, in a detail that set off new speculation, that Mueller himself elected not to rule either way on that point.Barr quoted Mueller as saying: “While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Even so, Trump declared it “a complete and total exoneration” of him.The attorney general has stressed he will release a version that blacks out intelligence information and secret material from the investigation of grand jury convened by Mueller.With reporting from © AFP, 2019 Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Des fourmis zombies contrôlées par des champignons

Des fourmis zombies contrôlées par des champignons

first_imgDes fourmis “zombies” contrôlées par des champignonsQuatre nouvelles espèces de champignons s’attaquant à des fourmis ont été découvertes dans la forêt humide du Brésil. Celles-ci infectent leurs victimes, prennent le contrôle de leurs esprits et s’en servent pour disséminer leurs spores.Des champignons capables de décimer des colonies entières de fourmis. C’est l’impressionnante découverte qu’ont fait des chercheurs au cours d’une expédition dans la forêt de Minas Gerais au sud-est du Brésil. Appartenant à quatre espèces distinctes du genre Ophiocordyceps, ces champignons infectent les fourmis, les transforment en “zombies” et se servent de leurs victimes pour se propager. Un procédé assez redoutable dont les détails sont publiés en ligne dans la revue PLoS One. Si cette famille de champignon parasite était déjà connue, les quatre nouvelles espèces semblent s’attaquer tout particulièrement aux fourmis charpentières, répandues dans la forêt humide amazonienne. De même, chaque espèce semble s’attaquer à une espèce précise de fourmis charpentières et selon des techniques différentes. “Ce sont des organismes fabuleusement complexes”, a expliqué au Guardian le Dr David Hugues, entomologiste de l’Université de Pennsylvanie aux Etats-unis. Leur cycle de vie est en effet assez impressionnant. Les champignons infectent les fourmis grâce à des spores qui usent d’enzymes pour pénétrer dans le corps de l’insecte avec lequel elles sont en contact et où le champignon peut croître. En libérant des substances chimiques, le parasite prend ensuite le contrôle de l’esprit de la fourmi qui se met à errer et finit par planter ses mandibules dans une feuille avant de mourir. “Le champignon manipule de manière précise les fourmis infectées pour les faire mourir à l’endroit où le parasite veut être, en leur faisant faire un long voyage dans les dernières heures de leur existence”, a expliqué le Dr Hugues. Une fois la fourmi morte, le champignon germe pour s’extraire du cadavre et propager de nouveaux spores.D’autres champignons parasites encore inconnusÀ lire aussiLa dracunculose, quand un ver parasite pénètre et se développe dans le corps humainPour l’instant, les chercheurs ne savent pas encore comment le parasite parvient à transformer la fourmi en zombie. Mais ils ont quelques indices sur les substances chimiques libérées pendant le processus qui fascine les chercheurs : “Il y a de la beauté dans la chose, que ce soient les molécules en action qui prennent le contrôle de la fourmi ou que ce soient les spores qui tentent une stratégie puis une autre pour trouver un hôte dans la forêt”, a précisé l’entomologiste américain avant d’indiquer qu’il devait exister bien d’autres espèces. Dans les environs de Cairns en Australie, les chercheurs ont en effet découvert six autres sortes de ces champignons parasites.Découvrez ces fourmis en images sur Maxisciences. Le 8 mars 2011 à 11:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Woman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating App

Woman Unknowingly Bragged About Poaching Deer to Game Warden on Dating App

first_img All’s fair in love and wildlife conservation.When Oklahoma game warden Cannon Harrison matched with a local woman on dating app Bumble, he probably didn’t expect their first date to be in court.The 24-year-old connected with his potential mate in December, when she messaged him to say hello. (Bumble requires female users to make first contact.)Striking up a conversation, Harrison asked how she was doing.Great, she said, having just shot a “bigo buck” (that’s “big ol’ buck” in Oklahoma-ese).“Pretty happy about it,” she wrote.Harrison told the Washington Post that he initially thought this was a prank.While his dating profile says nothing about his job, many in rural McIntosh County, where he’s worked since 2017, recognize him as the game warden.“Honestly, the first thing I thought was that it was someone who was messing with me because they knew who I was,” he told the Post. “It seemed too good to be true.”Game warden Cannon Harrison didn’t find love, but he found a criminal (via Oklahoma Game Wardens/Cannon Harrison)But he played along, saluting her catch and asking if she “got em with a bow.” The season in which licensed Oklahoma residents can hunt deer with rifles ended in early December; crossbow hunting, however, remains legal through mid-January.“Well we don’t need to talk about that,” the woman responded—a dead giveaway that she’d not been following the rules.Still, Harrison pushed, inquiring whether she’d been spotlighting, the illegal practice of figuratively freezing an animal with a bright light (i.e. the deer-in-headlights effect).“Yeahhhh,” she wrote, before telling the game warden her general location and sending a trio of incriminating photos: one of her holding the deer by its antlers, and two graphic images of its bloody, decapitated body.The next morning, game wardens showed up at her home.She has since pleaded guilty to hunting deer out of season and possessing game that was taken illegally, according to the Post. She will not face jail time.Wildlife conservation officials on Sunday shared the story on the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook group, with the hashtag #DateNight.“As game wardens our personal lives are often blurred into our professional lives. This is often the case when it comes to social media, personal cell phones, and now dating apps,” the post said. “Thanks to Warden Harrison for sharing this entertaining case.”More on Geek.com:Watch: Drone Helps Rescue Deer From Frozen LakePencil-Sized AI Device to Protect Wildlife From Poachers‘Badass’ Bobcat Named Mr. Murderbritches Released Into the WildGeek’s Guide to Online Dating Stay on target Video Call Bumble Matches Without Exchanging NumbersMatch App’s Dating Coaches Are Here to Ease Your Nerves last_img read more

Israels Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes on the Moons Surface

Israels Beresheet Spacecraft Crashes on the Moons Surface

first_imgStay on target Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft crashed on the moon’s surface after experiencing difficulties during its landing process.On Thursday, April 11, around 3:25 p.m., Beresheet tried to make a gentle touchdown on the moon’s surface, however, the spacecraft experienced some communication and technical problems in the process, BBC News reported.While @NASA regrets the end of the @TeamSpaceIL mission without a successful lunar landing, we congratulate SpaceIL, Israel Aerospace Industries and the state of Israel on the accomplishment of sending the first privately funded mission into lunar orbit. https://t.co/XwHpN5M8Pu pic.twitter.com/cfMtP4srDr— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) April 11, 2019SpaceIL broke the news on its livestream of the landing attempt, and it’s unknown what caused Beresheet to malfunction when it was close to the moon, CNBC noted. “We have a failure of the spacecraft … we have not landed successfully,” SpaceIL said in the livestream.Don’t stop believing! We came close but unfortunately didn’t succeed with the landing process. More updates to follow.#SpaceIL #Beresheet pic.twitter.com/QnLAwEdKRv— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 11, 2019If the Beresheet mission went well, Israel would have been the fourth nation to land on the moon’s surface. Previously, only government space agencies from China, the former Soviet Union, and the U.S. have achieved successful moon landings.Hey @GalGadot, from one Wonder Woman to another, got any tips?#Beresheet #IsraelToTheMoon #SpaceIL pic.twitter.com/I06S79PToi— Israel To The Moon (@TeamSpaceIL) April 11, 2019Despite this major hiccup, Israel’s Beresheet mission still had some positive accomplishments: On April 4, Israel became the seventh nation to orbit the moon, and Beresheet managed to capture some amazing photos of the far side of the moon.Beresheet’s mission partners, Space IL and Israel Aerospace Industries have not provided additional updates on the situation yet.More on Geek.com: Watch: Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft Is Preparing to Land on the MoonIsrael’s Beresheet Lander Takes Stunning Photos of the Far Side of the MoonIsrael Just Became the Seventh Nation to Successfully Orbit the Moon Rare Harvest Moon Will Light Up Night Sky on Friday the 13thIndia Finds Lost Vikram Lander on Moon’s Surface last_img read more

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers up following Paul Heyman announcement WWE wins the

WWE RAW Ratings Viewers up following Paul Heyman announcement WWE wins the

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? The RAW Ratings are in for July 1, 2019.This week’s edition, which took place in Dallas, Texas, drew an average of 2.496 million viewers on Monday night according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that averaged 2.276 million viewers.WWE came in at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographics, up from the No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 positions last week.The second hour drew the strongest audience (2.676 million viewers).Hourly Breakdowns and Demographics for WWE RAWHour 1: 2.468 (up from 2.386 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 2.676 (up from 2.315 million viewers last week)Hour 3: 2.345 (up from 2.126 million viewers last week)This week’s RAW, headlined by Ricochet vs. AJ Styles, averaged a 0.79 rating among adults 18-49. This is up from last week’s 0.73 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWEVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 89.14%0:05Remaining Time -0:44 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE 2018.05.08 Tenacious D Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Now Playing Up Next Twitter Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonightlast_img read more

NIB NHIP will soon be seen as one entity

NIB NHIP will soon be seen as one entity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) and the National Insurance Board (NIB) will soon be seen as one entity, at least when it comes to collections. The government at last week’s Cabinet sitting accepted the recommendation from the Minister of Health and Human Services, the Hon. Porsha Stubbs-Smith to merge the compliance and collections of NHIP and NIB. The process is expected to increase compliance and produce efficiency in the collection of outstanding funds. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img

A man robbed of Rs 20 lakh in Visakhapatnam

A man robbed of Rs 20 lakh in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: In a broad daylight on Wednesday, a man was robbed of Rs. 20 lakh at Gajuwaka. According to the police, Srinivas, working as a cashier in a transport company was on his way to a bank on a two-wheeler to deposit the amount when two persons attacked him and decamped with the amount. They took away cash from him at knifepoint. The police are investigating.last_img

Nach Baliye 9 Anita Hassanandani–Rohit Reddy emerging as the strongest couple

Nach Baliye 9 Anita Hassanandani–Rohit Reddy emerging as the strongest couple

first_imgPRWe are yet to recover from the latest episode of Nach Baliye 9. The concept for this week was ‘Hum, Tum Aur Woh’. While every contestant had their unique interpretation of ‘woh’, fans’ favourite jodi Anita H Reddy and Rohit Reddy’s performance was the one that astonished us.The duo, who after receiving a phenomenal response in the first week had to skip a performance owing to Rohit’s ill-health, bounced back and how! They mesmerised everyone with their power-packed act and won everyone’s hearts again.Having not received a single ounce of criticism yet and garnering praises from audience and judges alike; the duo seems to be the front-runners towards winning the trophy.The couple performed without music, enacting the role of people who are hard of hearing and voice-less. Contestants, judges and audience alike were left astonished. Govinda even went on to say that a dance performance without music isn’t a performance until everyone was left stunned and surprised by their very unique twist of ‘woh’.Post their performance, the couple went on to get a well-deserved Hi5, Govinda praised the couple and their choreographer for thinking out of the box and using voice as their ‘woh’. Judge Ahmed Khan, while praising Rohit, informed Govinda that in spite of Rohit being a non-dancer, non-actor, who’s never faced the camera, he did not just dance but danced without music and without missing a beat.What Rohit and Anita, who are both non-dancers, have done is truly commendable. They have raised the standard of the reality dance show and are a jodi to be reckoned with.last_img read more