Source: Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen to Be Released from Prison

first_imgPresident Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is about to be a free man.Cohen is set to be released from federal prison on Thursday, due to the risk of coronavirus on inmates. He is expected to serve the rest of his sentence at home, according to a source.He has been held at FCI Otisville in New York, after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress.The 53-year-old began serving his sentence a year ago and was scheduled to be released from prison in November 2021.Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons earlier this year to increase home confinement and release eligible high-risk inmates.The Bureau of Prisons has placed Cohen on furlough as it continues to process his move to home confinement, the source familiar with the matter said. The agency has the authority to release inmates on furlough for up to 30 days.A federal judge had previously denied Cohen’s attempt for an early release to home confinement, saying in a ruling earlier this month that it “appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”However, the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him into home confinement without a judicial order.Other high-profile inmates have also been released from the federal prison system amid the pandemic.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on home confinement last week.Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump, was temporarily freed from a federal jail in New York City.last_img read more

Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leads NBA All-Star balloting

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Under a new All-Star Game format that replaces the traditional matchup between the Eastern Conference and the Western Conference, the team rosters will be chosen by two captains from the pool of starters and reserves.The captains will be the All-Star starter from each conference who receives the most fan votes in his conference, but they can choose their players without respect to conference affiliation.The All-Star Game starters will be revealed on January 18.For the second consecutive year, NBA players and basketball media will join fans in selecting the starters.Fan balloting accounts for 50 percent of the vote, while all current players and a media panel will account for 25 percent each.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo, 23, has enjoyed a stellar start to the 2017-18 campaign. He is the league’s second in scoring, averaging 29.1 points per game, and ranks in the top 20 in blocks, steals and rebounds.Four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads among East guards with 802,834 votes — putting him third overall in the voting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant leads with 767,402 votes and teammate Stephen Curry is next with 735,115 — putting them fourth and fifth overall.The 67th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Let the Games begin? Why Kim Jong Un might be interested OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo celebrates with Khris Middleton (22) after making a basket and being fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is the leading vote-getter in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star voting released on Thursday.Greece’s Antetokounmpo, who earned his first All-Star nod last season, received 863,416 votes to edge the Cleveland Cavaliers’ four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James (856,080) by 7,336 votes for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and overall after the first 12 days of fan voting.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Aurora farmer slapped with burglary charge

first_imgDoodnauth Mohanlall, 22, of Aurora Village, Essequibo Coast, was slapped with a burglary charge and appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court.The man pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on the night of May 18, 2016 he broke and entered the dwelling place of Arjun Bisnauth and stole two wristwatches valued $30,000 and $3000.He pleaded not guilty to the charge and told the court he did not steal the items. He also told the court he lives at Aurora Estate with his mother and brother and gave his profession as farmer.There were no objections to bail by Police Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack and as such it was set at $30,000.The case will continue on June 2.last_img

GDF awaits report from Venezuelan officials – Brigadier Phillips

first_imgBorder shooting incidentThe Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said it was currently awaiting a report from officials of the BolivarianBrigadier Mark PhillipsRepublic of Venezuela, who were recently dispatched to carry out an investigation into allegations that soldiers from the Spanish-speaking nation had opened fire on a group of Guyanese in the Cuyuni River.Army Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Mark Phillips on Tuesday informed Guyana Times that the Venezuelans recently dispatched their team to the border to carry out an investigation into the incident, which took place at the border. He said the officials there would have to report to their high command.Late last month, Phillips confirmed that three mining officers of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) came under fire from the National Bolivarian Armed Forces while travelling in a boat in the Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).Venezuelan soldiers said they thought the occupants of the boat were smuggling contraband and fuel. While there were no injuries sustained during the shooting incident, the Guyana Government has strongly condemned the attack and demonstrated this by sending a strongly worded letter (Note Verbale) to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry. It conveyed the Government of Guyana’s “grave concern over this incident and called on the Venezuelan Government to desist from such provocative and dangerous actions on Guyana’s borders”.Police sources in Eteringbang had told Guyana Times that shots were fired; however, none of the mining officers nor the captain of the boat were injured in the shooting incident.The source said the officers were carrying out inspections and monitoring of gold mining camps in the Cuyuni when the Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on them.The officers, the source added, were forced to seek cover by lying flat in the boat as the captain sought to get the attention of the Venezuelan troops with whom he was said to be familiar.After the frightful incident, the GGMC officers proceeded to file a Police report at the Eteringbang outpost.Government said last week that it was preparing to engage the United Nations) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon after it received the preliminary report on the shooting incident.“This matter will be brought to the attention of Secretary General of the United Nations in his capacity as Good Officer under the Geneva Agreement, and members of the UN and its Security Council will also be notified,” a statement from Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday stated.Also, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it has dispatched a Note Verbale to the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry, conveying the Government of Guyana’s “grave concern” over this incident.The note also called on the Venezuelan Government to “desist from such provocative and dangerous actions on the Guyana border”, adding that such actions could only lead to a destabilisation of relations.last_img read more

Those peanuts add up to some real big money

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals To help public officials focus on savings and efficiency, Citizens Against Government Waste and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association prepare the annual California Piglet Book that lists scores of spending and budget items that could be eliminated or reduced while doing no harm to the public good. This year’s recently released publication shows that millions of dollars in the state budget are lost to waste and fraud. From payroll and pension abuse to tens of millions of dollars for a pretend railroad, the California Piglet Book exposes areas in the state budget where wasteful spending can be eliminated. A prime example of California’s long line of information technology boondoggles is the Franchise Tax Board’s entry into the tax preparation business. As a pilot program, ReadyReturn competes with the private sector and prepared returns for 11,500 taxpayers in the 2004 tax filing season. In addition to the conflict of interest in having the tax collector also serve as the tax preparer, the program presents a myriad of accountability problems. FTB has created a new government program, at significant taxpayer expense, even though FTB’s Web site links visitors to at least nine private-sector tax preparation companies offering their services to tax filers for free. ReadyReturn should be returned to sender with a cancellation notice. While we hope that common sense will descend upon our state policy leaders so that programs like ReadyReturn – and hundreds of others that waste the public’s money – will be eliminated or reduced, we suffer no delusions about the scope of the task. After all, it is hard to expect economy and efficiency from the California Legislature while it continues to employ elevator operators to operate the self-service elevators in the Capitol building. By rejecting Proposition 76, state spending limits, on the November special election ballot, California voters ignored the elephant in the room. But the giant pachyderm – the ongoing structural budget deficit – remains. Although the state’s economy has improved under the guidance of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, it has not improved enough to permanently bail the state out of the hole created by the reckless spending of his predecessor, the recalled Gray Davis, who colluded with the Legislature to run up massive deficits that at one time approached $40 billion. While voters did not approve Proposition 76, which would have imposed a modest limit on the growth of state outlays, it would be a mistake to interpret this as an endorsement of continued irresponsible spending. A more realistic conclusion would be that voters were asked to make judgments on a number of controversial and complex – or not clearly defined – issues, and they expressed their displeasure by saying no to all eight measures that appeared on the ballot. However, if Californians are to avoid a significant tax increase to make ends meet, they must be more vocal than ever in insisting that state and local governments make better use of the funds already provided. This means that there can be zero tolerance of frivolous or wasteful spending. We have heard from politicians who respond that saving a few million dollars of unnecessary spending is hardly worth it because the savings amount to “peanuts.” Well, state officials and taxpayers had better start looking for boxcar loads of peanuts, because the elephant in the room is getting hungry. Jon Coupal is president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Tom Schatz is president of Citizens Against Government Waste. The “2005 California Piglet Book” is available online at and local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgAll glammed up girls at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonTHERE was no shortage of glamour at this year’s Royal & Prior Prom at An Grianan Hotel, Burt…including loads of attention for the Best Dressed Man.Pictures: Clive Wasson PhotographyTory Stewart and Dillon O’Loughlan at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonGirls and their dates at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson  Who’s best dressed- Sameed Arshad and Lucy Morrow at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Kirsty McKinney, Naomi Wasson, Julie Moore and Jenny Mooney at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Liam Boyle and Tracy Neely at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Lyndsey Tinney, Amy Lowery, Helen Roulston, Jessica Goudie, Megan Clay and Hazel Alexander at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson  Timmy Doherty and Karen Buchanann at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Nicole Parke and Luke Johnston at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Julie Moore, Head Girl and Gary Stewart at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive Wasson Mark Magee and Naomi Wasson at the Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe’s Prom in An Grianan Hotel Burt. Photo Clive WassonPICTURE SPECIAL: THE ROYAL & PRIOR PROM was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURTformaPromRaphoeRoyal And Priorlast_img read more


first_imgNicole Gibson who had the charges against her struck out.A young woman who operated a text-a-getaway driver service for burglars was the victim of other gang members, a court has been told.Nicole Gibson, 21, offered criminals her services to help them make a clean getaway after robberies across Co Donegal in February 2012. She helped move a range of stolen goods including a motorbike and copper wire worth thousands of euro in her own car.Gibson, a trainee hairdresser from Raphoe, even hooked up a trailer to her car to transport the goods to a scrap metal yard.Gibson appeared in court again today after a court ordered a probation on her.A previous sitting of Letterkenny District Court heard Gibson was charged with three different incidents including break-ins at a school and private housesShe responded to the requests in removing stolen goods on three occasions which were before the courts, including a robbery at Royal & Prior school in Raphoe.“She would be at home and would get a text message to pick people up,” said Garda Eoin Waters.In the case of the school, she had hooked up a trailer to her car to make off with garden equipment stolen from the premises including an expensive Kawasaki quad.On two other occasions – in Manorcunningham and St Johnston – she collected criminals and thousands of euro worth of copper stolen from houses under construction in the area.Garda Waters revealed that €3,300 worth of copper was stolen in the incidents – and €700 worth of damage done to the properties.Gibson, whose address in court was given as Meadow Hill, Raphoe, but who now lives at The Green, Convoy, would then distribute the cash from the sold metals to the thieves.“The copper was sold to a scrapyard in Derry,” said Garda Waters.The tools from the school heist were later recovered by the PSNI, he said.Gardai had launched an investigation into the thefts which took place in February 2012.Assistance from the public had identified that Gibson’s getaway car had been seen in the areas around the time of the thefts which took place over a period of six days. When she was questioned she admitted her role in the crimes.At the time Judge Paul Kelly described the incidents as “extremely serious”.Pleading for leniency solicitor for the accused, Kieran Dillon said his client was the victim of other gang members.“She was used by other people and is still in recovery from a very serious incident when she was younger. She fell under their spell and became involved in things she regrets. She had a very good upbringing up until this time,” he said.The court heard that Gibson has not come to Garda attention since the robberies and now wanted to go onto third level education and become a social worker.Judge Paul Kelly said he had read the probation report and it spoke very favourably of Ms Gibson and the unlikely event of her reoffending.He struck out all matters against Ms Gibson and remarked that he was aware that she had paid a sum of compensation.WOMAN WHO OPERATED TEXT-A-GETAWAY SERVICE WAS ‘UNDER GANG’S SPELL’ was last modified: April 28th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalGardaLETETRKENNYNicole GibsonRaphoerobberiestextlast_img read more

Your Body Knows Its Allies at Gut Level

first_imgHow come your body doesn’t fight its good bacteria?  It sounds like a question only a scientist or a kid would ask, but think about it.  Your body jumps to arms to fight off pathogens, but lets millions of bacteria live in the intestines.  These bacteria help you digest your food, but are not “you.”  What is it that keeps these invaders from alerting the cops?  Do they carry a green card or something?  Sort of; their employers do.    Margaret McFall-Ngai discussed this concept in a Nature essay Jan. 111 (see also EurekAlert Jan. 9).  It was known that the pancreas has dendritic cells that put the immune system at ease by placing antigens of friendly allies on cell surfaces.  A similar but different signalling mechanism is at work in the intestine.  Stromal cells from lymph nodes train the immune system’s police, the T cells, to tolerate the intruders as good guys.  The EurekAlert article ends with this quote from Shannon Turley, co-author of a study in Nature Immunology:“Our study points to a previously unknown mechanism of immune system tolerance,” Turley explains.  “When you think of the conditions in the small intestine, with so many millions of bacteria cells and so much opportunity for dendritic cells to stimulate an immune attack, it’s remarkable that intestinal tissue is so rarely the target of an immune attack.  Our findings demonstrate that the immune system has features that remain to be discovered.”1Margaret McFall-Ngai, “Adaptive Immunity: Care for the community,” Nature 445, 153 (11 January 2007) | doi:10.1038/445153a.When you say grace for a meal, you can now mean it from the gut.  In the ancient near east, the bowels were considered the seat of the emotions.  Talk to your stromal cells, T cells and bacterial allies like Paul did to Philemon, “Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.”  (Works best when you send down regular donations of healthy provisions.)(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Do Nature’s Editors Want Another French Revolution?

first_imgBy glorifying the French Revolution without mentioning its atrocities, Nature’s editors give a terrible message about terrorism.It’s called the Reign of Terror: a year of rampant beheadings by government-santioned mob rule in France in the years 1793-1794.  Under dictator Maximilien Robespierre, a prototype of totalitarian dictators to come in the 20th century, the Revolutionary Tribunal ordered 2,400 individuals guillotined.  Another 30,000 died in the revolution.  “Softness to traitors will destroy us all,” Robespierre said, motivated by radical atheistic ideals of the Enlightenment.  He is famous for justifying this reign of terror with the proverb, “You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.” Ironically, when he called for another purge in 1794, his fellows had enough and added his skull to the pile of eggshells.Many historians see the French Revolution as an attempted follow-up to the American Revolution that went horribly wrong. Though the revolutionaries proclaimed “Liberty – Equality – Fraternity” as their ideals, those ideals were denied the many who lost their heads. The French Revolution paved the way for a new dictator, Napoleon.  The contrasts between the American and French revolutions are many. Why, then, would Nature whitewash the latter?It is no coincidence that the eighteenth-century French writer, intellectual and activist Voltaire, a leading Enlightenment figure, was both an outspoken and irreverent satirist of religion and a leading proponent of the natural sciences as the successor to religion and philosophical reasoning as the main route to knowledge. The Enlightenment culminated in the French Revolution, and the resulting 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, which explicitly protected free speech, including the right to freely criticize religious views.The occasion for this editorial was last week’s terror attack on 17 French citizens by Muslim extremists.  Perhaps that’s the reason for the reference to the French Revolution. But by not mentioning the bloodbath that followed, Nature’s editors put themselves in the untenable position of rationalizing anti-terrorism with terrorism.Throughout the editorial, freedom of speech is exalted, including satire.  Many would agree.  But their favorite target for satire is “fundamentalism” and religion of all sorts, as opposed to science. This gave them another opportunity to glorify the French Revolution:Fundamentalists throughout history have sought to subjugate freedoms, including freedom of expression and thought. More than 200 years ago, France rejected them with a “Non!” that echoed across the world. It has done so again.The editors let Islam off the hook, fail to mention anti-Semitism, and essentially lump all religions together:The terrorists who murdered 17 people, including 8 staff members of the French weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, falsely claimed to act in the name of Islam. On the contrary, the perpetrators represent a fanaticism that would stifle freedoms and science in the Arab and Islamic world, and beyond.Satire, wit and mockery remain surprisingly effective ways to voice dissent, and to highlight the absurdities, hypocrisy, injustice and oppression of authoritarian regimes and religious obscurantism.The killing also attacked other symbols of the Republic, including a kosher supermarket — one symbol of a multicultural society — and the police. One of the officers killed, Ahmed Merabet, was Muslim, and his brother aptly remarked that the killers were “false Muslims” and that Merabet had been “proud to represent the French police and to defend the values of the Republic — liberty, equality, fraternity”.What’s another movement Nature’s editors point to as a good example?Those rights are increasingly being eroded, however — ironically, often in political overreactions to terrorism — including through anti-terrorism laws that roll back civil liberties, increasingly invasive surveillance states and government oppression of legitimate dissent such as the Occupy movement.There was one passing moment of self-reflection in the editorial:But the right to criticize, and even to mock, religion, fanaticism, superstition and indeed science is not only rightly protected by law in France, but is enshrined there, as in many countries, as a fundamental human right.In that spirit, our commentary will do just that.Well, thank you Nature!  You have just acknowledged our fundamental human right to criticize, mock, and satirize science.  We hope you laugh at this funny cartoon:How’s that, Nature?  You are the guys who have made a superstitious, dogmatic religion out of the Cult of Charlie and his theory of evillusion.Nature’s  editorial is really ugly: glorifying the French Revolution without mentioning the Reign of Terror, letting Islam off the hook by claiming that the terrorists were not true Muslims, failing to differentiate between Christians who teach “love your enemies” and Muslims who attack them, treating science as superior to religion without mentioning where science’s own ethics come from, whitewashing science as a “main route to knowledge” but ignoring its own tendencies to obscurantism, glorifying the Occupy Movement’s bums who broke laws and left filth in their wake for no focused reason, and calling the kosher supermarket a “symbol of a multicultural society” without calling attention to the anti-Semitism of the terrorists. Nature proclaims the French Revolution’s ideals that paved the way for Napoleon, when it was the American Revolution with its declaration that rights come from our Creator that produced the greatest source of freedom the world has ever seen.Apparently, Nature’s solution to Islamic terror would be to send bums to “Occupy ISIS” and have them draw cartoons mocking Mohammed as they crap in the street.  Good luck.  Eggheads would roll, but it’s not clear anyone would like the omelettes.As far as “enlightenment” goes, listen to Dennis Prager, a Jew, describe which is more rational: atheism or belief in God.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

’50 000 to volunteer for 2010′

first_img24 August 2009With an average 1 500 applications a day pouring in from around the world, the organisers expect the volunteer applications for the 2010 Fifa World Cup to break the 50 000 mark by the 31 August deadline – surpassing the 48 167 received for Germany 2006.Over 47 000 applications have been processed since South Africa’s 2010 volunteer programme opened on 20 July.“We can see how excited people from all around the world are about 2010 in the number of applications we are receiving from volunteer hopefuls,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordaan said in Pretoria this week.“They are eager to be part of this World Cup that will showcase Africa’s capabilities to the world.”“Face of the World Cup”Jordaan stressed the importance of the volunteers to the success of the football spectacular, referring to them as “the face of the World Cup” and “the first and last point of contact for the many visitors expected during the tournament”.Johannesburg is leading the pack, with 11 969 volunteer applications for the Ellis Park and Soccer City venues, followed by Pretoria with 6 176 applications, Nelson Mandela Bay (greater Port Elizabeth) with 4 752, Cape Town with 4 356, and Durban with 3 971.Specific skills neededDespite the high number of applications, the LOC is encouraging those who want to apply to still do so, as volunteers with specific skills, including those with driver’s licenses wishing to work as transport volunteers, are needed.Volunteers can apply through, while those without internet access, or those who want more information about the programme and how to apply, can call the toll-free volunteer hotline on 0800 52 52 52.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more