What makes chickens happy University of Guelph researchers try to find out

first_imgNEW YORK — How do you measure a chicken’s happiness? Is it in the way it runs for food? How much time it spends preening?To size up what might make chickens happy in their brief lives, researchers at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, are putting 16 breeds through physical fitness and behavioural tests. They’re watching how well birds scramble over a barrier for food, how skittish they seem and whether they play with a fake worm.Chickens can’t say how they feel, but playing with a fake worm may be a sign of happiness.“We have to infer when an animal is happy or content or experiencing pleasure based on their behaviour,” said Stephanie Torrey, one of the researchers.In recent years, the animal welfare world has moved beyond looking at how to minimize suffering to exploring whether animals can also enjoy their lives, Torrey said.Such measures may be considered irrelevant by companies but underscore a broader lack of consensus around the welfare of chickens, which are sometimes slaughtered as soon as five weeks after hatching.Animal welfare advocates say cruelty begins with birds that have been bred to have breasts so big they can barely walk. They say today’s chickens are genetic monstrosities crippled by pain and that the industry needs to switch breeds.Many in the industry say there’s no problem and that chickens may not move around a lot because they’re sedentary. Even if they were to agree to change breeds, it’s not clear what the alternatives should look like.The two sides disagree about the cause and frequency of health issues among broilers chickens. Tyson and Sanderson Farms, for example, acknowledge that chicken breasts have ballooned over the years, but they say they’re not seeing widespread problems as a result.“If they can’t move and get to the feed trough, they’re not going to survive,” said Mike Cockrell, chief financial officer for Sanderson Farms.John Glisson of the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association says broiler chickens are “couch potatoes” and that some people may mistake the birds’ laziness for a medical issue. He said trying to assess welfare is tricky beyond established industry measures, like whether a chicken dies from disease before it’s slaughtered.The industry says changing breeds is unnecessary, and that switching to broiler chickens that don’t grow as big or as fast would mean using up more water and other resources. Chicken prices at the supermarket would be higher too.Still, animal welfare is becoming a bigger public relations concern, and companies say they’re always looking for ways to take better care of their chickens.Tyson recently ran a trial that let chickens pick from pens with varying levels of light to determine which they prefer. Perdue is testing giving its conventional birds as much light and space as its organic birds, which are the same breed.The Humane Society of the United States says stepping up living conditions helps, but it believes the bigger problem is breeding that has resulted in disfigured chickens. It says chickens have been genetically manipulated to have massive breasts their legs cannot support.“It is crazy for anyone to have to remind the industry that birds naturally walk,” said Josh Balk, the Humane Society’s vice-president of farm animal protection.Balk said the study in Canada will provide important information on what type of chickens might suffer less.University of Guelph researchers are also tracking chicken traits like weight, growth rate and meat quality they hope will be useful to the industry. Aviagen and Tyson-owned Cobb, which supply breeds to chicken producers, are providing birds for the study, including breeds that are widely used.The companies say they already track health and welfare, but that they’re interested in the research.The Guelph study is being funded by the Global Animal Partnership, which certifies corporate animal welfare standards. In 2016, it launched a campaign to get companies to switch to “slower growing” breeds. Since then, it has acknowledged that chicken welfare is more complicated than just growth rate.It’s now pushing for a “better” chicken, and hopes the study will help define what that entails.Only a small percentage of chickens in the U.S. are GAP-certified, and spelling out new requirements for breeds risks making certification even rarer.Anne Malleau, the group’s executive director, notes some of the researchers’ tests may seem far out. But she said providing “enrichments” — such as places where chickens can rest or perch — was also seen as a fringe idea before becoming more accepted.GAP was founded a decade ago with funding from Whole Foods, which still pays Malleau’s and another staffer’s salaries.Back in Guelph, researchers note that chicken traits can make for marketable imagery. That includes behaviours like their willingness to engage with a fake worm — which they note may be misinterpreted as “playing” and happiness.“The jury’s still out whether domestic chickens, with their comparatively smaller brains, have the capacity to play,” Torrey said.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi___The Associated Press Health & Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Candice Choi, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Stars To Take Part In Bloomberg Tradebook Charity Day Today

first_imgBloomberg Tradebook’s annual Charity Day, now in its fifth year, will bring together employees and celebrity guests on October 27th to raise funds in support of charitable causes around the globe.New and returning celebrity ambassadors will join Michael R. Bloomberg, Bloomberg Tradebook’s President and CEO, Glenn Lesko, and Bloomberg employees on the trading desk in New York, London and Hong Kong, with net trading commissions from the day being donated to the more than 15 charities involved. This year, Charity Day will support a range of causes such as youth development, medical research, environmental conservation and community outreach.“Philanthropy and public service are core values of our company,” said Founder of Bloomberg LP, Michael R. Bloomberg. “We’re proud to welcome new and returning celebrity ambassadors for our fifth annual Charity Day and encouraged to see the positive impact the event has had in our communities around the world.”Charity Day is an opportunity for Bloomberg Tradebook and the financial community to support worthy charitable causes by donating the day’s trading commissions. Since its inception in 2012, Charity Day has raised nearly $4 million in trading commissions earned through futures, equities, options and FX trading. In addition to the events in New York, London and Hong Kong, Bloomberg’s Sao Paulo office celebrated Charity Day on Monday, joining BVSA (Socio-Environmental Investment Exchange) to ring the bell in support of several educational and social projects in Brazil.“As we celebrate our fifth Charity Day, we continue to receive immense support from the industry around our philanthropic endeavors,” said Glenn Lesko, CEO and President of Bloomberg Tradebook. “We’re excited to engage our employees and clients in Bloomberg’s strong tradition of giving back, raising money and awareness around several important causes.”Michael R. Bloomberg and Tradebook CEO and President Glenn Lesko will be joined in New York by:Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation – Musician and philanthropist, Jon Bon JoviVictor Cruz Foundation – NY Giants wide receiver, Victor CruzChild Mind Institute – Television personality, Donny DeutschBoomer Esiason Foundation – Former NFL quarterback, Boomer EsiasonJumpstart – Actress, Rene GoldsberryJoyful Heart Foundation – NY Giants linebacker, Mark HerzlichEndometriosis Foundation of America – Author, Executive Producer & Host of Top Chef, Padma LakshmiGod’s Love We Deliver and UNICEF – Actor, Kyle MaclachlanCity in the Community Foundation – New York City FC Sporting director, Claudio ReynaHappy Hearts Fund – Model, Anne VyalitsynaIn the London office, Bloomberg Tradebook welcomes the following charities and their ambassadors:Blue Marine Foundation – Singer-songwriter, James BluntHaven House Children’s Hospice – Singer and television presenter, Rochelle HumesThe Prince’s Trust – Football manager, Gareth SouthgatePlace2Be – Model and actress, Suki WaterhouseSupporting Charity Day in Hong Kong will be:Asia Society – Model and actress, Coco ChiangThe Nature Conservancy – Model, Danielle GrahamThe Nature Conservancy – Producer and activist, Sean Lee DaviesOrbis – Actress and singer, Gigi LeungKELY Support Group – Comedian, Vivek MahbubaniThe Nature Conservancy – Model, Sofia WakabayashiBloomberg and its global agency brokerage business, Bloomberg Tradebook, are involved in numerous philanthropic causes year round. In 2015, more than 9,800 employees volunteered more than 86,800 hours with 300 charities in 56 cities around the world. The company’s philanthropy and engagement program supports causes and efforts that strengthen communities and improve quality of life worldwide.To see highlights from previous Charity Day events, please visit www.bloombergtradebook.com/charity-day/last_img read more

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Chris Tucker Partners With Prostate Cancer Foundation During National Minority Health Month

first_imgThe Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) announced today that actor, comedian and humanitarian Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) will join its National Minority Health Month initiative as a spokesperson to raise awareness about the significant disparities that exist between men of African descent and other ethnicities as well as raise awareness about risk factors associated with the disease.CHRIS TUCKER PARTNERS WITH THE PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATIONThe PCF, along with Tucker, is encouraging men to “Know the Numbers” by visiting pcf.org/knowthenumbers to view and download a series of important stats and vital information every man of African descent should know.Each year, three million men in the U.S. battle prostate cancer – one in nine will be diagnosed. African-American men are 74% more likely to develop prostate cancer in their early 50s and 2.4 times more likely to die of the disease. There are a number of factors contributing to this issue including access to quality medical care, issues of physician mistrust and genetic predisposition. Data also shows that black men are less likely to be advised about cancer screenings and less likely to undergo surgery or chemotherapy.“It was shocking for me to learn that African-American men have the highest death rate and shortest survival of any racial and ethnic group in the U.S. for most cancers and that prostate cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer among veterans,” said Chris Tucker. “It’s imperative that the black community understand the risks and do as much as possible to increase their chances of surviving or even better, preventing the disease by making certain lifestyle changes.”This is one of the most important problems PCF is addressing in global oncology,” said Jonathan Simons, MD, PCF’s President and CEO. “PCF is devoted to tackling these alarming disparities. We are doubling down on cutting-edge research and forging new partnerships to solve the most lethalforms of prostate cancer and to identify causes of why African-American men are disproportionally impacted by aggressive disease.”The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $745 million and provided funding to more than 2,000 research programs at nearly 200 cancer centers and universities. The PCF global research enterprise now extends to 19 countries. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds for transformational cancer research. Its efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer. For more information, visit www.pcf.org.last_img read more

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World Cup Crib Notes Day 10

After thrashing Portugal 4-0 in its first game, Germany has seen its probability of winning the World Cup steadily rise, to 13.4 percent from 10.7 percent. That increase is more than any team’s since the tournament began, except the Netherlands’. The Germans face Ghana in the second game of the day.Argentina vs. Iran: 12 p.m. EDTGermany vs. Ghana: 3 p.m. EDTNigeria vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina: 6 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe odds are stacked in favor of Germany (71 percent to Ghana’s 10 percent) in our Game to Watch, so Ghana will need an unlikely win or draw against if it has any hope of seeing the knockout stage of the tournament. Germany is sitting pretty atop Group G with a 97.9 percent chance of advancing.Despite the apparent mismatch, Germany and Ghana still had the highest harmonic mean between the Soccer Power Index (SPI) scores of any two teams playing each other Saturday (82.0, compared with Argentina vs. Iran at 78.4 and Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Nigeria at 76.9). Both Germany and Ghana are powerful defensively, but it’s Germany’s offense — the strongest in the tournament, according to ESPN’s SPI — that poses the biggest threat to Ghana.Ghana outplayed the U.S. on Monday, controlling 60 percent of the possession and outshooting (both on goal and otherwise) the Americans in a game that probably should have ended in its favor. But of its 21 shots, only one managed to find the back of the net. So, if Ghana hopes to dig itself out of the hole it’s in in Group G, it must score against Germany. Its best hopes lie in the Ayew brothers — Andre scored in the 82nd minute against the U.S., and his younger brother, Jordan, has scored 16 goals for Sochaux in the top French league this season.Ghana has a 89 percent chance of being eliminated from the Cup, but a win or draw against Germany and an unfavorable outcome for the Americans against Portugal on Sunday could drastically change the dynamics of Group G.YESTERDAYIn Costa Rica’s 1-0 victory over Italy, the losers had the advantage in possession, with 731 touches to Costa Rica’s 508. But Costa Rica had 91 touches in the attacking third compared with Italy’s 83, and it created nine chances to Italy’s six. The Italians’ 83 touches in the attacking third were their fewest in a match in the past five World Cups.Italy’s offensive futility was reflected in other stats as well. Of its 10 shots, only two were in the attacking penalty area, which ties for its fewest in a World Cup match since the 1966 tournament (as far back as ESPN Stats & Info’s data set goes). The team was called offside 11 times, tied for the most in a World Cup match since 2002.Costa Rica also shut down two of Italy’s biggest stars. Andrea Pirlo completed one of four passes in the attacking third; he was 12 for 12 on such passes in Italy’s first match, against England. Mario Balotelli had 24 touches, the fewest of any Italian starter, including seven in the second half. That tied for the fewest of anyone on the pitch.The victory advanced Costa Rica to the knockout stage for the first time since 1990 (it was eliminated in the group stage in 2002 and 2006 and didn’t qualify in the other years) and eliminated England in the process. It is the first time since 1958 that England has failed to reach the knockout round.In the match between Switzerland and France, Switzerland had more overall touches, 636 to 532, but France more than doubled the Swiss in the attacking penalty area, 23 to 10. Led by Karim Benzema, whose match-high seven touches in the penalty area gave him a tournament-high 16, France is averaging 25.5 penalty-area touches per match (the best in the tournament).France scored in the 17th and 18th minutes with two of its first three touches in the attacking penalty area — the quickest back-to-back goals in French World Cup history. The first goal was France’s 100th at the World Cup, making it the fifth team to reach that milestone. Benzema had a goal and two assists, giving him a hand in five of France’s eight goals in the tournament (three goals, two assists). He created six chances Friday, the most by a player in a match to that point in the tournament. The two teams combined for 29 chances, the most in a match this tournament. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHGermany and Ghana have had significant relations since Ghana gained its independence from Britain in 1957. One of the most striking examples is their plan for economic development cooperation, which they updated in 2012. The plan includes facets of cultural and academic exchange, but the most tangible aspect is aid. The plan itself doesn’t provide data on Germany’s aid to Ghana, but AidData shows that Ghana received $2.5 billion in aid from Germany between 1973 and 2011 for 1,100 projects, including water supply improvements and forestry development. Most of the aid (about $611 million) has been aimed at debt alleviation, but that mostly ended in 2006. By 2011, a majority of the German aid was geared toward government, civil society and agriculture.  — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Been the Americas’ World CupThe Reducer: World Cup Winners and Losers read more

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Juventus ready to sell Miralem Pjanic

first_imgJuventus are now prepared to sell star midfielder Miralem Pjanic this summer with both Barcelona and Manchester City interested, claims Yahoo SportThe Serie A champions have decided to part with Pjanic this summer in a bid to bolster their finances following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €112m arrival from Real Madrid earlier this month.Pjanic is believed to have an asking price of around €80m and has been strongly linked with a departure from the Old Lady lately with City believed to be the frontrunners for his services after missing out on Jorginho to Premier League rivals Chelsea.While satisfied with his midfield options, City boss Pep Guardiola may still be interested in launching a bid for a player of the calibre of Pjanic.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Bosnia international is not the only one set to leave Turin due to Ronaldo’s arrival with Juventus looking to offload a number of high profile players in order to balance their books once more.Gonzalo Higuain and Daniele Rugani have both been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, while Barcelona have also been linked with a move for Pjanic.The La Liga champions are still looking to bolster their midfield options for the new season due to the departure of club legend Andres Iniesta and Paulinho.And it appears that Barcelona are ready to rival the big-spending City for the signature of Pjanic, who scored five goals and made eight assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season.last_img read more

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Today giants Barcelona and Real Madrid fell in La Liga

first_imgIn the first shock of a very busy football Wednesday, FC Barcelona crashed at Leganes and Real Madrid did even worst against Sevilla FC.What a day for giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga, they both lost their respective midweek match this Wednesday in their visit to different stadiums. Both the Catalan club and Los Blancos reached this point in the competition tied with 13 points and both had complicated visits to Leganes and Sevilla, respectively. The Catalan club played earlier and they even got ahead in the scoreboard with a beautiful Coutinho volley, but the second half was a complete disaster in which Gerard Pique committed several mistakes in the span of just a couple of minutes. The first one he made was after only six minutes of the second half, he failed to cover the space where a cross was sent by Jonathan Gonzalez that El Zhar quickly responded to with a poor defensive coverage by Thomas Vermaelen. Not even a minute had passed when Pique was committing another mistake and literally gifted the ball to Oscar Rodriguez for the shocking second goal scored by Leganes. This was a horror show for the Catalan club, who were losing their opportunity of getting ahead in La Liga table just minutes before the match between Sevilla and Real Madrid started. Lionel Messi’s absence was one of the biggest news of this match, the Catalan club lost a match as the leader of the competition against the last place for the first time ever.⏰ Full time in Butarque⚽ Leganés 2-1 FC Barcelona👟 El Zhar & Óscar / Coutinho🔵🔴 #LeganésBarça pic.twitter.com/niS73hE81Z— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 26, 2018Sevilla responded accordingly vs Real Madrid.But things weren’t going to get any easier for Real Madrid either, as they were visiting Sevilla FC at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and were in for a truly horrible night when they realized what life is without Cristiano Ronaldo playing on their side. The first half was more than enough for them to get a beating by the Andalusian side, Andre Silva scored a brace before the 20th minute of the match, and French striker Wissam Ben Yedder scored the third goal before halftime. The biggest flop for Real Madrid on this match was Marcelo, who once again proved that he is one of the worst defenders Los Blancos have and he cannot react well under pressure. But Sevilla was the squad that needed to take all the credit this Wednesday, they really needed a night like the one they got today against one of La Liga’s leaders. All Real Madrid players were eager to play the second half, they came back to the pitch early and were adamant about not committing any more mistakes like the ones they made during the first half. All Sevilla needed was to protect the advantage they already had, but it wasn’t going to be easy because Real Madrid came into the field completely focused for the second half.⚽️ 17′ – Andre Silva 🔥⚽️ 21′ – Andre Silva 🔥#SevillaFCRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/BCOkjOVye5James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) September 26, 2018But despite having a long 45 minutes to get back in the game, Real Madrid was never able to concentrate and Sevilla was able to manage the result for the remains of this match with the support of their supporters at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. And thus, this Wednesday will be remembered by Real Madrid and Barcelona for a long time, as the day in which both Spanish giants lost their respective matches and lost the chance to take the lead in La Liga. But the worst part about all this, is that Real Madrid is the squad that has the least chances of recovering from this massive blow because they will have to play against Atletico Madrid next weekend. Barcelona on their part, play at home as well but against Athletic Club and they may have a better opportunity to take La Liga’s lead this early in the competition. But both squads proved today that they are not as invincible as everybody thought they actually were, any club in La Liga can defeat them this season considering how poor they played this Wednesday. This turns the domestic competition in Spain into a more exciting tournament, because now things are more balanced than during previous years.2⃣⏱ | 3-0 | Comienza la segunda parte. 📱 https://t.co/w82EoEpWRh💻 https://t.co/Kyw2Cdgtua#RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/ge1PmiOaCo— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) September 26, 2018Which club played the worst this Wednesday in La Liga, Real Madrid or Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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KPBSD Passes Budget For FY2020

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We look forward to community participation in the process, especially as the State and Borough deal with economic issues that directly impact school funding.” Residents have asked the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly to “step up” and help lessen the impact to local schools by funding to the max at the borough level. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce: “The truth of the matter is for the educators out there, it’s simple math. You’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit from the state, we’re (the borough) going to take about a $20 million dollar hit from the state, that’s $40 million dollars. There is no way that we can fund you to the cap, and even if we did it’s not going to make a real big difference, you’re going to take a $20 million dollar hit. The Kenai Peninsula School District will look different next year.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has passed a ‘status quo’ budget for the FY20. The budget was passed at the School Board’s Monday night meeting. Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget in February for the state. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. The school district faces a $22.4 million dollar reduction in state funding under the current budget proposal.center_img The total budget of $145,387,469, which includes general fund revenue, full funding from the borough, and $52 million in local and state funding. State funding reductions directly link to how much the borough can fund education for the school district, which results in an even further reduction to education funding to KPBSD, according to Dusek. The mayor and his administration are scheduled to present a final budget to the borough assembly by early May. According to Pierce, regardless of how and when the state finalizes its budget, “the borough administration has taken proactive steps to prepare for fiscal uncertainty”.last_img read more

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Trump To Russians Comey Was A Nut Job And Firing Him Relieved

first_img Share During his meeting with Russian officials last week, President Donald Trump said recently fired FBI Director James Comey was a “nut job” whose ouster relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a report Friday in The New York Times.The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey.Separately, The Washington Post reported Friday that the FBI investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was moving closer to the White House. Law enforcement officials now consider a senior Trump adviser a “person of interest” in the probe, the Post reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The report did not name the adviser.The developments were a blow to White House efforts to tamp down interest in the Russia investigation as Trump and his staff boarded Air Force One for Saudi Arabia, first stop on his first foreign trip as president. The details of his comments to the Russians would seem to bolster theories that Trump fired Comey in an effort to choke off the Russia investigation.Earlier this week, the Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to take over the federal investigation in an effort to re-establish independence from the White House.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Congress Friday he stands by a memo he wrote bluntly criticizing Comey. But he made clear it was not his intention for Trump or other White House officials to use the document to justify firing Comey, which is what they have done.In closed-door meetings with lawmakers on Thursday and Friday, Rosenstein said he wrote the memo after Trump told him one day before the May 9 firing that he wanted to dismiss Comey. Rosenstein said that though he was personally fond of Comey, “I thought it was appropriate to seek a new leader.”The Justice Department on Friday issued the text of Rosenstein’s opening remarks for the briefings on Capitol Hill. That was two days after Rosenstein named Mueller as a special counsel to investigate possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.Trump has said he plans to nominate a new FBI director soon, and that had been expected before his departure. However the White House said there would be no announcement Friday.The appointment of Mueller as special counsel has drawn generally favorable comments from Democrats and from some Republicans as well. But lawmakers at both congressional sessions expressed frustration that Rosenstein would say little in answer to their questions about his actions — or others’ — before Comey’s firing.“There was considerable frustration in the room,” said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a member of the Armed Services Committee. “This renewed my confidence that we should not have confidence in this administration. I don’t think (Rosenstein) did a lot to bolster our confidence in him today.”The White House has struggled since Comey’s firing to explain the chain of events that led to it and who exactly made the decision. Trump has insisted at times that the decision was his alone, but he also has pointed — as recently as Thursday — to the “very strong” recommendation from Rosenstein.Rosenstein made it abundantly clear to the lawmakers that he drafted his memo only after Trump told him of his plans to dismiss the FBI director.“My memorandum is not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination,” he said. But he added, “I wrote it. I believe it. I stand by it.”The memo focuses on Comey’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director’s decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures. Rosenstein denounced that as “profoundly wrong and unfair.”House members and senators said Rosenstein in his briefings steered clear of specifics in answering questions about his appointment of Mueller but made clear the former FBI director, will have wide latitude to pursue the investigation, potentially including criminal charges.Trump has reacted furiously to the appointment. However, at a combative news conference Thursday, he fell short in trying to resolve questions about investigations into his campaign and his first four months in office.Asked point-blank if he’d done anything that might merit prosecution or even impeachment, Trump said no — and then added of the lingering allegations and questions: “I think it’s totally ridiculous. Everybody thinks so.”The appointment of the special counsel indicates other believe that’s still open to question.On Capitol Hill, Rosenstein said that he and Attorney General Jeff Sessions had “discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI” in one of their first meetings, and that he believed Comey had damaged the credibility of the bureau and the Justice Department through the Clinton case. Sessions has recused himself from the Trump-Russia probe, citing his close involvement in the Trump campaign last year.Rosenstein denied media reports from last week that Comey had asked him for additional resources for his investigation before Trump fired him.last_img read more

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A Tribute to Phyllis Hyman

first_imgRecording artist Shang will perform late singer Phyllis Hyman’s hits at a “Tribute to Phyllis Hyman” at the Howard Theatre on May 16 at 7 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.thehowardtheatre.com.last_img

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Three large assemblies adorned the Earth Harp Stag

first_imgThree large assemblies adorned the Earth Harp Stage, two of which could be seen during the NBC Pregame Show! February 4, 2015The Arcosanti Vaults and Colly Garden inspired the décor for the NFL Tailgate Party at Super Bowl 49: two large Barrel Vaults accented with 10 foot high fiber-glassed/paper mache bells that captured the look and color of special assemblies, Italian Cypresses and several actual Soleri originals.[photo by Roger Tomalty, text by Mary Hoadley]Abel Alday, Doug Couvert, Mary Hoadley, Scott Riley, Corey Rosen and Roger Tomalty assembled the Soleri Studios display. 10,000 NFL supporters were expected to attend.[the following photos in this report are by Scott Riley, text by Mary Hoadley]last_img

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Jørgen Madsen Lindemann Modern Times Group MTG h

first_imgJørgen Madsen LindemannModern Times Group (MTG) has acquired exclusive Nordic broadcast and online rights to top-flight football from Spain’s La Liga and Italy’s Serie A until 2018.At the same time, the European broadcaster has extended its exclusive rights to France’s Ligue 1 in Denmark and Norway until 2018 and has taken the rights to air the French league in Finland and Sweden from the beginning of next season.Earlier this month MTG announced it had won exclusive broadcast and online rights to English Premier League football in Sweden, Denmark and Finland from 2016-2019.MTG also holds the rights to UEFA Champions League football across the Nordic region until 2018.“La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 are amongst the leading and most watched football leagues in the world, so we are thrilled to add and extend these key premium rights to our international portfolio,” said MTG president and CEO, Jørgen Madsen Lindemann.“We are the clear number one when it comes to not just football but sports coverage in the Nordics, and we will now be making even more exciting live content available to viewers on multiple platforms and screens.”MTG acquired the Spanish, Italian and French league rights from international sports media company, MP & Silva.last_img read more

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Google has updated Google Earth VR allowing users

first_imgGoogle has updated Google Earth VR, allowing users to search and type for a location or address in order to “quickly visit anywhere in the world”.Google has also added 27 new ‘hand-picked locations’ to help users discover “some of the world’s most incredible places” – including Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany and Table Mountain in South Africa.At the same it is now brining Earth VR to Oculus Rift with support for Oculus Touch controllers.The news comes a day after BBC Worldwide announced it had partnered with Google to offer a raft of BBC content on the relaunched Google Earth service.last_img

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