FBIs first blows Trump campaign boss charged aide flips into Russia witness

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Russia investigation struck its first blows against Donald Trump’s presidency in a one-two punch Monday: his former campaign manager was arrested on numerous charges, and a lower-level adviser has admitted to communicating with intermediaries of the Putin government about stolen emails, has pleaded guilty to lying about it, and is now co-operating with authorities.The day began with ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort surrendering to authorities as he and another senior campaign aide were slapped with a dozen criminal charges, including conspiracy against the United States; money-laundering; failing to register as a foreign agent; and lying to police.The president seized on the fact that most of the alleged crimes occurred before he announced his presidential run in 2015: “Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign,” he tweeted. “Why aren’t Crooked Hillary (Clinton) & the (Democrats) the focus?????”A moment later, the next shoe dropped.A subsequent announcement from special investigator Robert Mueller’s office was about events that indeed occurred during the campaign, that did pertain to contacts with Russia, and specifically involved conversations about high-ranking officials and illicitly obtained Hillary Clinton emails.The office announced that a foreign-policy campaign adviser to Trump was arrested three months ago, confessed this month as part of a plea deal, and is now co-operating with federal authorities as part of the expanding probe.“Special counsel Mueller appears to have a co-operating witness,” tweeted former New York prosecutor Preet Bharara, recently fired by Trump.“That is significant. Time will tell how significant.”That witness is George Papadopoulos.He has pleaded guilty to lying to police about events from the spring of 2016. They involved communications with a Russian professor with high-ranking ties to the Putin government, and with a woman he described in an email as “(Vladimir) Putin’s niece.”Papadopoulos held meetings in Europe and repeatedly communicated with these people. Some of the communications involved setting up a Trump visit to Moscow in the hope of improving U.S.-Russia relations.But some involved more shadowy political co-operation.Papadopoulos said the professor offered to deliver dirt collected by Russians on Clinton in the form of emails — several months before sites like Wikileaks began mass-releasing emails that upended the American election.According to the settlement sheet released Monday, Papadopoulos said: “(The Russians) have dirt on her,” and “the Russians had emails of Clinton,” and “they have thousands of emails.”It is unclear from the settlement document what emails he was referring to — whether they might be unreleased messages from Clinton’s time at the State Department, other personal emails, or the ones ultimately released months later by Wikileaks, belonging to the Democratic party and to Clinton campaign chair John Podesta.The 14-page statement concludes with a cryptic line that portends potential storms ahead: “Following his arrest (on July 27, 2017), defendant Papadopoulos met with the government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions.”Legal observers believe he might now try to flip Trump’s former campaign chair. Manafort and fellow senior campaign aide Richard Gates were hauled in by the FBI early Monday after being charged with 12 crimes.Those two have pleaded not guilty.Manafort is accused of allegedly laundering $18 million into the U.S., from work on behalf of the pro-Russia faction in Ukrainian politics, and of using more than three dozen shell companies to avoid paying taxes on this money, based in Cyprus and elsewhere.He allegedly used the proceeds to fund a lavish lifestyle that included purchases of more than $1 million in antique rugs, and more than $1 million in clothing at stores in New York and Beverly Hills.Manafort also worked as an unregistered lobbyist for a foreign power through 2014, authorities allege. It is illegal to work in the U.S. as a lobbyist for foreign interests without filing disclosure forms.Furthermore, he and his co-defendant conspired in November 2016 and February 2017 to lie to federal investigators, according to the indictment sheet.The 31-page indictment sheet appears to suggest one way federal investigators can exert pressure on Manafort to talk. It concludes by stating that if Manafort is convicted on these charges, he could be forced to forfeit his assets — which include four houses, and one life-insurance policy.Manafort was released on bail, and placed under house arrest, for $10 million.The White House played down the developments as a non-event.A spokeswoman for Trump noted that the allegations against Manafort date back years. As for the low-level aide, she said Papadopoulos’ legal troubles don’t involve political collusion with Russia, but stem from his lying to police.Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: ”It has to do with his failure to tell the truth. That doesn’t have anything to do with the campaign or the campaign’s activities.” She called Papadopoulos a low-level volunteer acting on his own.In recent days, Trump and his supporters have launched a pre-emptive strike on the special prosecutor. They have aggressively pushed for prosecutors to shift the focus of the Russia investigation onto Hillary Clinton, and cast aspersions on Mueller.That was reflected in the tone of coverage from friendly news outlets. Fox News covered Monday’s developments less extensively than other cable outlets, and took a shot at Robert Mueller in a segment Monday titled: “Credibility In Question.”Democrats warned the president to leave the prosecutor alone.”The president must not, under any circumstances, in any way, interfere,” said Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer. ”If he does, Congress must respond swiftly, unequivocally, and in a bipartisan way to ensure that the investigation continues and the truth, the whole truth, comes out.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly said Manafort and Gates had pleaded guilty.last_img read more

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Auto shop owner says police investigated Bruce McArthur since October

first_imgTORONTO – The owner of an auto parts shop says police had been investigating alleged murderer Bruce McArthur since early October, when they first came looking for a vehicle he sold.McArthur was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last week in the deaths of two missing men from Toronto’s gay community, Andrew Kinsman and Selim Esen, and police believe there are more victims.Investigators may have been on McArthur’s tail as many as three months ago, according to Dominic Vetere, owner of Dom’s Auto Parts in Courtice, Ont., just east of Toronto.He said police first came to his shop on Oct. 3 when they were canvassing auto parts businesses to try and find McArthur’s vehicle, a Dodge Caravan.“They said it was a high-profile case, but they didn’t tell us that it was related to these missing gentlemen in particular,” said Vetere.He said he only connected the dots when police announced McArthur’s arrest last week.Vetere said two plainclothes officers asked him to run a vehicle identification number to track down the van, and they were “excited” when they found it intact.Vetere said police towed away the vehicle, and many more visits followed.He said officers interviewed his staff and copied surveillance video that showed a man who appeared to be McArthur visiting the shop.Vetere said officers told him they found blood in the vehicle in the weeks following.“It was a trace amount of blood,” said Vetere. “None of us even noticed it, even the dismantler didn’t notice it.”Vetere said police are fortunate the van was sold to his shop, since a scrap shop would’ve disposed of it immediately, and many others don’t bother recording vehicle identification numbers.Many in Toronto’s gay community have expressed frustration with how police have handled the investigation into the disappearances of several men from the city’s gay village, including Kinsman and Esen.Others who live, work or spend time in the area have expressed relief that an arrest has been made, but said they’re angry police didn’t heed their concerns about a possible serial killer earlier.Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has defended his force’s handling of the case, saying officers worked with the evidence they had at the time.When reached by The Canadian Press on Sunday, police declined to comment on the specifics of the case.last_img read more

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UP govt may undergo reshuffle after polls

first_imgLucknow: With four Uttar Pradesh ministers fighting the ongoing Lok Sabha polls and standing “bright chances” to win their seats, the Adityanath government may have to undertake its first Cabinet reshuffle soon after the elections are over.The four state ministers in the poll fray include Rita Bahuguna Joshi from Allahabad, S P Singh Baghel from Agra , Satyadev Pachauri from Kanpur and Mukut Bihari from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituencies. “The names of ministers were zeroed in on for fielding, seeing their track record, utility and effectiveness in respective areas, dedication towards the party, communication with party workers and their overall performance, the names of ministers were zeroed in on,” state BJP spokesperson Hero Bajpai said. “They all stand bright chances of winning their respective seats,” he added. Asked recently if any Cabinet reshuffle is on cards, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said, “First let the elections get over.” Also Read – Fear of dengue outbreak in Patna The whole election process will be completed by May 27 after counting of votes on May 23, said an Election Commission official. Among the four state ministers fielded so far in the ongoing polls, the name of Cooperative Minister Mukut Bihari figured in the BJP latest poll list. Bihari has been fielded from Ambedkarnagar parliamentary constituency which goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase. The BJP had earlier named Minister for Animal Husbandry, Minor Irrigation and Fisheries Baghel in its first list as its candidate for the reserved Lok Sabha seat of Agra. Agra had gone to polls on April 18 in the second phase of elections. Also Read – J&K won’t remain UT forever, says ShahTwo others, Minister for Women, Family, Mother and Child Welfare Department Joshi and Minister for Khadi Village Industries, Sericulture, Textile, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Export Promotion departments Pachauri have been fielded from Allahabad and Kanpur Lok Sabha seats. Joshi, who is presently also the tourism minister in the UP Cabinet had contested the 2014 General Elections from Lucknow parliamentary constituency on a Congress ticket and lost to the BJP’s Rajnath Singh.last_img read more

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GM Marcel Desjardins pressing a lot of the right buttons with Redblacks

EDMONTON — It’s been a meteoric rise for general manager Marcel Desjardins and the Ottawa Redblacks.In their fifth year of operation, the Redblacks will face the Calgary Stampeders on Sunday in the Grey Cup game. It will mark the Redblacks’ third championship appearance in four seasons and they’ll chase a second title win after upsetting the Stampeders 39-33 in overtime in 2016.That ended Ottawa’s 40-year Grey Cup drought, a heady accomplishment for a franchise that posted a 2-16 record in 2014, its first year of operation. Desjardins has been the GM since the team started play.“Look, you hope for those type of things and you try to make decisions to lead to that,” Desjardins said. “But could we have envisioned that it would play out this way?“No, I don’t think realistically anybody could.”Desjardins has even fast-tracked his original plan from when he became Redblacks GM on Jan. 29, 2013.“We knew the first year was going to be difficult but we’d try to be competitive,” Desjardins said. “Our second year we wanted to try to get into the playoffs and have a chance to get to the Grey Cup.“By the third year, hopefully we’d in the game. That was kind of the initial plan.”Ottawa made its first Grey Cup appearance in 2015 after finishing atop the East Division with a 12-6 record. After losing 26-20 to Edmonton, the Redblacks captured their first CFL title the following year against Calgary.The Redblacks are the third pro football team to play in Ottawa. The Rough Riders, a founding member of the CFL in 1958, were founded in 1876 and captured nine Grey Cups before folding in 1996.The Renegades began operation in 2002 but were suspended indefinitely by the CFL after four seasons due to financial instability. Following decades of mismanagement in the city, even drafting a deceased player and questionable decisions by out-of-town ownership, Ottawa 67’s owner Jeff Hunt headed up a local ownership group that revitalized Lansdowne Park and brought the CFL back to the Canadian capital with the Redblacks.Desjardins, a native of Burlington, Ont., grew up a Rough Riders fan. He’s very well aware of Ottawa’s checkered football past and couldn’t be happier having had a hand in helping reverse those fortunes.“There were many struggles there and I feel great to be a part of a group that’s been able to do what we’ve done in Ottawa,” Desjardins said. “I’m happy for our owners, who deserve it because they were working at it even before we were hired.“There’s a lot of gratification in all those things. We just need to keep it going.”Desjardins is enjoying much more success in his second GM stint than he did in his first. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired Desjardins on Nov. 5, 2007, less than 15 months after hiring him following four-plus seasons as an assistant to then-Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp.Desjardins joined Hamilton at a difficult time. The CFL implemented a $4.05-million salary cap for 2007, forcing many GMs to make hard roster decisions.One that didn’t work out well for Desjardins was dealing receiver D.J. Flick and offensive lineman Wayne Smith to Saskatchewan for quarterback Rocky Butler and a 2007 second-round draft pick after Flick refused to take a pay cut.Hamilton released Butler the following year while Flick prospered for the Roughriders, finishing tied for the most TD receptions in the CFL (10).Hamilton also signed quarterback Casey Printers to a three-year, $1.5-million deal on Sept. 6, 2007. But the ’04 CFL MVP struggled mightily and was released Feb. 19, 2009.“I went from no cap in ’06 and they were spending to the nth degree and then having to come in the next year and slash a lot of money,” Desjardins said.Desjardins didn’t inherit any cap issues in Ottawa. He started fiscally from scratch and has had total control in managing the Redblacks’ football operations.He’s also shown a Midas touch when it comes to quarterbacks.He signed Henry Burris as a free agent in 2014 and the veteran promptly led Ottawa to consecutive Grey Cup appearances (2015-16) and the franchise’s first title.Burris retired following the ’16 Grey Cup, but Desjardins had his successor — Trevor Harris — already on the roster. Harris had a playoff-record six TD passes in leading Ottawa past Hamilton 46-27 in last weekend’s East Division final.“Henry gave us instant credibility, instant leadership, all of the elements a new team needs,” Desjardins said. “And that was one of the reasons why we wanted to have him in Ottawa, let alone his ability to be a leader on the field.”Desjardins was looking ahead when he signed Harris as a free agent prior to the ’16 season. It’s one of many lessons Desjardins learned during two stints working under Popp, now GM of the Toronto Argonauts.“Just being very proactive on the personnel side of things,” Desjardins said. “One of the things Jim kind of instilled in me was we always had to have the answer before we needed the answer.“Going from Henry to Trevor was that same kind of scenario. We knew the time would come, we didn’t know how quickly but we wanted to make sure because if we don’t have Trevor, what are we going to have?”Another decision Desjardins got right was hiring head coach Rick Campbell. The son of Hugh Campbell — who led Edmonton to a record five straight Grey Cups (1978-82) as head coach — has been a model of consistency, on and off the field.After Ottawa’s inaugural season, Campbell has a 39-31-2 regular-season record.In 2015, Campbell followed in his legendary father’s footsteps as the CFL’s coach of the year and was a finalist again this year. Hugh Campbell captured the honour in ’79.“The biggest thing for me being an expansion team was having somebody who’s going to be even-keeled throughout,” Desjardins said. “That first year, coach Campbell was the same guy day to day that he is today.“That to me was the difference, the deciding factor, that we were going to be with somebody who was going to keep us on a steady stream regardless of what happened. Rick is the same genuine guy today that he was when we had those multiple interviews way back when.”Like all other GMs, Desjardins heads into an uncertain off-season. The CFL and its players will begin talks on a new collective bargaining agreement that’s set to expire in May.The expectation is few, if any, free agents will sign before a new CBA is reached.Still, Desjardins believes his team is well placed to remain a contender in the East Division.“I think we have a very good chance of continuing to be that team,” he said. “But until those other factors that I don’t have a lot of control over get kind of resolved, it’s kind of hard to say.”Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press read more

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Ohio State mens basketball downs UNC Asheville 9072

The Ohio State men’s basketball team was off and running Saturday, getting out in transition whenever it could. Eventually, the Buckeyes ran away with the game too. The No. 7-ranked Buckeyes (8-1) turned aggressive team defense into easy transition scores against UNC Asheville (3-7), defeating the Bulldogs, 90-72, at the Schottenstein Center. “We watched film on (Asheville) over the past couple days, and we noticed that they didn’t stop the ball particularly well,” said sophomore forward Sam Thompson, who led OSU in scoring with a career-high 18 points. “We knew that if we could get stops we could get up the floor. We definitely tried to capitalize on that.” OSU dashed and darted for 26 points in transition and 25 points off of turnovers. Many of the Buckeyes’ fast breaks ended with easy buckets in the paint, where OSU enjoyed a 50-28 advantage against the Bulldogs. OSU not only seemed to be fast, but also efficient. Led by its two point guards, junior Aaron Craft and sophomore Shannon Scott, the Buckeyes dished a out season-high 25 assists. In 46 minutes of play, Craft and Scott combined for 17 assists and just one turnover. “They found the right guys,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “They kept it simple and guys were finishing strong. That was definitely good basketball for us.” Matta said he is unsure how much the Buckeyes will look to push the tempo going forward, especially when they reach Big Ten play. The players, however, think this style of offense suits OSU’s strengths. “I really like this style and I think that it fits well for this team,” said junior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored 17 points on 7-10 shooting. “We have a lot of athletes on this team. Just getting out and going allows us to be on the top of our game.” When Craft and Scott are on the floor, OSU seems to have two ball handlers that can initiate a fast break and find open players on the run. Many times that player is Thompson, an elite athlete that seems to throw down a highlight-worthy dunk in every game. On Saturday, he chose to finish with a windmill slam off a full-court outlet pass from junior forward Deshaun Thomas. “I just wanted to do something to get some energy in the gym, pick the guys up, pick the crowd up,” Thompson said of the dunk, which sparked an eruption of applause in the Schott. “He’s always a threat in transition just in the terms of what he’s capable of doing,” said Matta of Thompson. “The speed that he has gets him down the floor as quick as anyone I’ve seen.” Matta might be hesitant to use a similar up-tempo attack in the future because it seemed to have an adverse effect on the team’s defense at times. Asheville shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half, and Bulldogs sophomore guard Keith Hornsby scored a career-high 26 points. “That can’t happen,” Matta said. “We’ve got to stick to our principles defensively.” Hornsby’s father is Grammy award-winning artist Bruce Hornsby, and Matta said he and the elder Hornsby exchanged text messages prior to Saturday’s game. “The funny thing is we were talking last night, texting, and he said ‘please let my son score,’” Matta said. “I think we did a very, very good job of that.” OSU hosts Winthrop on Tuesday, the team’s last test before the showdown with No. 9 Kansas next Saturday. Opening tip against Winthrop is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

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Islamic schools accused of sex discrimination after segregating boys and girls at

Two Islamic schools have been reported to the Government for segregating boys and girls on their premises.The Avecinna Academy and The Wisdom Academy in Birmingham  were flagged up for ‘sex discrimination’ by education watchdog Ofsted.Avecinna was found to be practicing segregation across year groups including during break times while Wisdom was said to be “failing to prepare students for life in modern Britain”.Ofsted inspectors said in their reports that the mixed sex schools were in breach of the Equality Act 2010.At Avecinna an independent school for up to 100 pupils aged 11 to 17 boys and girls were found being taught on separate floors of the building.The Ofsted report reads: “The school operates a policy of segregation by sex. Boys and girls are taught on separate floors of the building in all year groups.“Boys and girls have their breaks at the same time but have separate playgrounds and are not allowed to mix during break times. When pupils visit places, they do so together. However boys sit at the front of the coach and girls sit at the back.”Inspectors found that the segregation constituted a breach in the law. The report states: “Ofsted’s view is that the policy of segregation by sex creates a detriment to girls (who are denied the choice to socialise with boys in lessons and during break times and miss out on the educational benefits of doing so) and a detriment to boys (for the same reasons). Avecinna Academy Birmingham, where inspectors found girls were separated from boys at break time “In key stage 3, boys and girls are not segregated as they move about the corridors or during break times and lunchtimes.”Both schools have been reported to the Secretary of State with the suggestion that further inspections are commissioned.Overall inspectors rated both providers as ‘good’, finding that “pupils are safe, well-taught and achieve well” at Avecinna, located on Garrison Lane. At Wisdom the report found: “Pupils achieve well in this school.”A spokesman for Ofsted said: “We have been working with the Department for Education (DfE) about the next steps for these and other independent schools that we inspected last term and are in similar positions regarding the segregation of pupils.“We are clear that this is unlawful practice by these schools and that the DfE as the regulator is responsible for ensuring they comply or cease to operate.”Department for Education guidance states that education providers should not generally separate pupils along lines such as sex, race or faith while at school.Exceptions include girls or boys suffering a disadvantaging related to their sex or each group’s participation in an activity being disproportionately low.A spokesperson said: “The department has issued guidance to schools on segregation in mixed schools and where inspection shows that an independent school has segregation that does not accord with this guidance, the department will work with the school so they comply with the Equality Act.” At The Wisdom Academy segregation was also found to be disadvantaging pupils in breach of the equality law. The primary school, run by a trust called the United Children’s Foundation was criticised for failing to prepare students for life in modern Britain.The inspectors found: “The school operates a policy of segregation by sex in all key stage 3 lessons. This segregation is for religious reasons only, rather than for genuine educational reasons and accordingly it is not possible for the ‘positive action’ exception, under section 158 of the Equality Act 2010, to apply.“The segregation policy causes the following detriment to pupils: a denial of choice offered to the opposite sex. For example, boys cannot choose, in lessons, to interact with girls, and vice versa and therefore they miss out on the educational benefits of doing so, including preparing them for life in modern Britain. 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. Avecinna headteacher Mohammed Dahir said: “As you are already well aware the issue surrounding the compliance of the Equality Act 2010 is a matter raised by Ofsted with many schools.“Our school is in direct contact with Ofsted and the Department for Education. We have from July 2018 taken steps to make sure that the school is in line with DFE regulations.” “Given this detriment the policy constitutes direct discrimination contrary to the Equality Act 2010. The Secretary of State for Education has been clear that schools which engage in unlawfully discriminatory sex segregation should be given time to make their practice lawful.“Therefore the school’s breach of the Equality Act 2010 in respect of segregation has not been taken into account when determining inspection judgements.” Avecinna Academy Birmingham, where inspectors found girls were separated from boys at break time read more

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Belfast police appeal for information after man shot in buttock

first_imgPOLICE IN WEST Belfast are appealing for information from the public after a shooting incident this afternoon.The shooting took place in the New Barnsley Gardens area at 2.30pm. Police said it is believed two men shot a 19-year-old man “in the buttock”. He has been taken to hospital for treatment for his injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.It is believed that the two masked men, who were both wearing dark clothing, made off in the direction of Vere Foster Walk.Detective Chief Inspector Alana Little said police “need the community’s assistance with this incident”.Anyone with information is asked to contact Grosvenor Road Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”Read: Three men each shot twice in the leg in west Belfast>Read: Crossbow shot through window in Belfast>last_img read more

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Angry Birds Rio landing March 22nd

first_img20th Century Fox and Rovio Mobile have teamed up in a unique partnership to launch the next sequel in the Angry Birds mobile game franchise. In conjunction with the studio’s release of RIO, which launches on April 15th, Rovio will launch the mobile game tie-in Angry Birds Rio on March 22nd.The launch date for the game was finally announced by “Head Eagle” Peter Vesterbacka, CEO of Rovio Mobile, during the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. Angry Birds Rio is expected to offer 45 new levels for fans of the franchise and takes the birds off their native island for the first time after being kidnapped by smugglers. After escaping the smugglers, the Angry Birds go on to help their friends Blu and Jewel, two rare macaws, who both star in the upcoming RIO movie. Additional levels for the game are expected through application updates.While the Angry Birds won’t have any starring role in the RIO movie, the characters from the game are expected to be featured in an upcoming holiday-themed animation film titled, Angry Birds Seasons. That is also the name of a previously released version of Angry Birds which offers levels based on holidays. So far, the game offers levels for Christmas and Halloween. According to Vesterbacka, we can look forward to more holiday levels for the birds including a soon to be released St. Patrick’s Day update to the mobile game. No specific launch date was announced for the update, but it is expected to be released, “well before” St. Patrick’s Day.As more holidays appear on the calendar, chances are we will see additional updates to Angry Birds Seasons to eventually cover them all. Considering the eggs featured in the game, an Easter update seems inevitable.Read more at Daily Blam and the press release (PDF).last_img read more

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iTunes Match beta released to devs confirms music streaming as a feature

first_imgUpdate: It seems it was too good to be true. AllThingsD spoke to Apple today which refuted the claim that iTunes Match would offer both streaming and downloading. An Apple spokesperson said that any music you want to access from your cloud-based “locker” will still need to be stored on the Apple device in which you’re using to listen to music. But what about the video below that shows a song being streamed and downloaded? Apple said that what appears to be a “stream” is really a “simultaneous listen and download — users can hear the song while their machine ingests it.” So, although Apple was still vague about the specifics, what’s more likely the case is that the file will sit on your device in a temporary cache. Perhaps it was an issue with music licensing after all.We’ve already heard word about Apple’s iOS 5 being tested by developers before its fall release, but we haven’t heard much about iCloud since Steve Jobs first announced it back in June at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference. We’ve been waiting patiently to hear more news about iTunes in the Cloud, after all, the company is behind both Amazon and Google in that area. Today, we’re finally hearing news that Apple has released a developer version of iTunes Match, which included an exciting bit of information: iCloud will support both cloud streaming and cloud downloading of music.Yes, both Google Music Beta and Amazon Cloud Player offer cloud-based streaming, but neither of those are as widely used as iTunes which is the largest digital music retailer on Earth. Apple conveniently neglected to tell us that iCloud will feature streaming when it was first announced at WWDC, which made us all think that we’d have no streaming capabilities at launch.We know that Apple was waiting to get permission from the major music labels before launching its service, but neither Amazon nor Google did, so perhaps Apple decided they should just go with it as well. With Apple’s music-centric fall event, which is rumored to see the announcement of the iPhone 5 in addition to new iPods, said to be held on September 7, releasing iTunes Match to developers a few weeks ahead is a good plan.So, how does iTunes Match work? iTunes Match scans your existing iTunes music library and allows you to access your entire library from five different iTunes-connected Macs or iOS devices. So, if you have the majority of your music on your computer at home, but you’d like to listen to your tunes while you’re at the office, you no longer have to bring in jump drives, or send yourself files to listen to while you’re away from home. iTunes Match will cost you $25 a year, but you can access everything in your iTunes library. You can even access the stuff you didn’t buy from iTunes, so songs you’ve burned from a CD, or albums you’ve downloaded from other places, are kosher.The one plus of having your files matched in the iTunes system is that those files will be accessible at 256 kbps. So, if you happened to burn a scratchy CD back in college, you’ll be able to listen to that at a very high bit rate, making that album sound as good as the day you borrowed it from your roommate. If it’s not in the iTunes system, your files will still be uploaded to the iCloud.It is important to note that the maximum size of an iTunes library that iTunes Match can handle is about 250GB, or 25,000 songs. Still, 250GB of storage for only $25 a year is a pretty good deal.Check out the video below from Insanely Great Mac to see iTunes Match in action.via MacRumorslast_img read more

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Its official Google hands off App Inventor to MIT

first_imgIt is vital that education walk hand in hand with technology. In a world where the push for user friendliness is key, there should still be a heavy focus on teaching the tools needed to create. Graphic design, engineering, and software programming. about a year ago, Google sought to sew these two concepts together with the App Inventor project. When Google decided that they needed to put “more wood behind fewer arrows”  App Inventor was placed on the chopping block. Fortunately, the desire to use app inventor as an educational tool combined with a desire to support users that are still actively participating in the project was so great that Google reached out for help. Now, it seems, app inventor will be bequeathed to MIT for continues use by their Media Lab.App Inventor is not a go-to resource for making apps for Android. In fact, when you build an app in App Inventor, what comes out the other end is often much larger and slower than if you were to write the app from scratch. It has been called the “Dreamweaver of app building”, a reference that is really only relevant to web designers who has seen the bloated web pages that come out of Dreamweaver.App inventor was also fairly limited, in terms of just how creative you could be in your app. It was great for soundboards and other basic media access apps, but the limitations of the program and the general lack of direction offered by the tutorials made it difficult to take seriously. MIT hopes to change that.The transition has begun, as Google emailed all current participants of the app inventor program to announce the change. For starters, the url will simply be appinventorbeta.com, and will direct to app inventor as it exists on MIT servers from now on. Google assures users in the email that their existing projects and data are safe, and that this configuration will continue until the end of 2011. At that time, you will be asked to pull your data from the project and use the open source app inventor application that will be coming soon.So, what happens next? The MIT Media Lab team will be steering the good ship app inventor now, and are focused on using it as both an educational tool but also in expanding the possibilities within the program itself. This will mean new features, better demos, and probably some really great concepts using app inventor coming as a result of this handoff.If you have never checked out app inventor, creating an account is a simple as attaching it to your Gmail account when you login, just like nearly every other Google service, so check it out!last_img read more

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33 year old male charged with five firearm related charges – Kew

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Wednesday, 08th October 2014 11:08AM – After a thorough investigation by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, charges have been laid against a 33-year-old male relating to an incident, which took place on Sunday, 05th October 2014 in the Kew Town area. The 33 year old male will be taken before the Chief Magistrate in the Magistrate’s Court later this week on charges of Discharging Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Discharging Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with intent to endanger life and Possession of Ammunition with intent to endanger life.The 33 year old male will not be entering a plea until the day of his Sufficiency Hearing in the Supreme Court. The Chief Magistrate will schedule the date for that Sufficiency Hearing later this week. Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction YOUNG MAN FOUND DEAD, KEW TOWN AGAIN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:kewtown, magistrate’s court, possession of fireaRM, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine divisionlast_img read more

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Medical Examiner identifies woman hit killed by Amtrak train

first_imgThe Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday identified the woman killed Wednesday night when she was hit by an Amtrak train near Woodland.Amanda Duarte, 24, of Vancouver was walking on the south side of the bridge near Lancaster Road around 8:20 p.m. when she was hit.Duarte was possibly fishing with a man on the bridge, said Sgt. Fred Neiman, with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. The man jumped off the bridge into the water and was uninjured, Neiman said.The area around the bridge has no-trespassing signs to warn of high-speed trains. It has a long history of fatalities, according to Battalion Chief Tim Dawdy of Clark County Fire & Rescue.last_img read more

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In small town Alaska conflicts of interest a tricky subject

first_imgWrangell’s Assembly meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at chambers in City Hall. (Photo courtesy of KSTK)Running a small town can be tricky: everyone knows everyone and conflicts of interest easily arise as people move from public service to public employment – and back again. Wrangell’s city manager’s recent decision to hire a sitting Assembly member raised eyebrows.Listen nowRolland Howell was recently tapped to be the director of Public Works. The job pays $80,000 a year and has good benefits. But here’s the thing: when Howell applied he was an elected member of the Assembly.What’s that mean? Well, the city manager hires senior city employees. And they serve at the pleasure of the Assembly.Imagine being interviewed by one of your employees for a job where they’d be your boss.City Manager Lisa Von Bargen understands the weird optics. But she checked with the city’s attorney.“There was nothing that precluded him as a seated assembly member at that time from applying,” Von Bargen said.Those in the know say this type of thing happens all the time.“When it comes especially to small communities across Alaska we have community members who are wearing multiple hats,” said Nils Andreassen, the executive director of the Alaska Municipal League, which advises local governments on sticky issues like these.“I think a good best practice is just be be upfront about what that conflict of interest is,” Andreassen said.The move didn’t sit right with one Assembly member. David Powell voted against the deal.“I consider Mr. Howell a friend, but this is not about him being a friend or him getting a job. It’s about our code,” Powell said.So what does Wrangell’s code say? An elected official can take a city job if he or she receives a waiver from the Assembly – and then resigns. That’s what happened. The vote was 4 to 1 with only Powell against.Other assembly members defended the move.“The point of the waiver process as well is that it puts it in front of the community in an open forum, a public forum so we can have that discussion and make a judgement call,” Assemblywoman Julie Decker said.Local governments like Wrangell write their own rules. They can be as strict or lax as they want. That’s because Alaska is a home rule state, where the state has little influence on how a city governs itself. In fact, until this year, Wrangell’s rule was a lot stricter.“We’ve had multiple occasions where good assembly members had to step down from serving on the assembly because their grandson wanted to work at the movie theater, or their daughter wanted to be a lifeguard at the pool, where we can’t even get enough lifeguards to apply,” Decker said.But the city’s policy against nepotism was loosened after a mayor’s son-in-law brought up the issue. He’d had a job offer with parks and recreation retracted due to his relationship with the mayor. That’s when the Assembly changed some rules.Wrangell’s school district made a similar move this year, though with less public scrutiny.Georgianna Buhler served as the School Board president. She left her seat to apply for and be hired as the district’s business manager.The district says this hire didn’t conflict with its own rules. It seems the city’s deal wasn’t unusual in a town of 2,000-plus people.last_img read more

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Trump Says He Wants Skilled Migrants But Creates New Hurdles

first_imgAPIn this Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 photo, Akash Negi poses for a picture near his office in New York. Donald Trump says he wants more “merit-based” immigrants as opposed to those who arrive due to family ties, but his administration has taken steps to make life difficult for those skilled immigrants already in the U.S. Negi moved to the United States after his father got a diplomatic visa as part of a job at the United Nations, but his legal residency doesn’t include a work permit. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)It may be a while before President Donald Trump gets another chance at creating a new, “merit-based” immigration system, a keystone of his four-part plan that Congress rejected last month. In the meantime, his administration is busy making it harder, not easier, for skilled migrants to come work in the United States.The State Department has ended an Obama-era program to grant visas to foreign entrepreneurs who want to start companies in the United States. It is more aggressively scrutinizing visas to skilled workers from other countries. And it is contemplating ending a provision that allows spouses of those skilled workers to be employed in the U.S.The administration and its backers contend it’s trying to fix flaws in the existing, employer-centric skilled immigration system while advocating for a complete overhaul of America’s immigration system.“The stuff that they’re actually doing is not so much restricting skilled immigration as enforcing the law,” said Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports reducing immigration. “They’re rolling back some of the extralegal measures that other administrations have taken.”A primary avenue for skilled immigrants to enter the United States is the H1B visa for specialty workers, which is heavily used by the technology industry. About 85,000 visas are issued annually in a lottery system. Some critics argue they are a way for companies to avoid hiring U.S. citizens; Trump himself has said H1B recipients shouldn’t even be considered skilled.In 2016, two technology workers sued Disney, alleging 250 U.S. employees were laid off and many were forced to train replacements who were hired on H1B visas. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit, saying Disney was following existing immigration laws.The Trump administration has increased its scrutiny of H1B applications, requiring renewals be submitted in person and asking for additional proof the workers are needed and are being paid top tier.“This increase reflects our commitment to protecting the integrity of the immigration system,” said Joanne Fereirra, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She added that 92.5 percent of the visas are still approved, only two percentage points lower than under the Obama administration in 2016.Still, businesses have noticed a change.“We’ve got employees that are going through the process, who have gone through such a level of scrutiny and interrogatory that is unprecedented,” said Dean Garfield, president of the Information Technology Industry Council, which advocates for H1B visas and has had one of its own workers have to move back overseas because of delays in approving the requisite visa.The extra time with H1B visas is only part of the administration’s changes to skilled, work-based immigration.Last year, Trump signed an executive order that directed all government agencies to “rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad” to ensure the maximum number of U.S. citizens have jobs. The order also called for shifting H1Bs from lower-paid workers to higher-paid ones who truly have skills that can’t be obtained from the native workforce.The administration also stopped an Obama administration program that was about to start last year to provide visas to let international entrepreneurs who start companies in the United States live in the country for renewable, 30-month stints.In December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released its new regulatory agenda which included further, unspecified changes to the H1B program. The administration also indicated it will roll back the STEM OPT program expanded by President Barack Obama that lets international science and technology students work legally in the U.S. for up to three years.Meanwhile, the State Department said last week it is seeking to further enhance vetting of potential immigrants and visitors by requiring all U.S. visa applicants to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers — information that was previously sought only from applicants identified for extra scrutiny. The department estimates 710,000 immigrant visa applicants and 14 million non-immigrant visa applicants will be affected annually.Akash Negi, 26, graduated last month with a master’s in sciences and analytics from Pennsylvania’s Harrisburg University of Science and Technology that he earned while working as a big data analyst at JP Morgan Chase. Negi moved to the United States after his father got a diplomatic visa as part of a job at the United Nations, but his legal residency doesn’t include a work permit.He was able to work while a student but is waiting for his STEM OPT visa to remain employed, and is concerned Trump will gut the program.Negi noted he understands Trump’s stated goals of protecting U.S. workers but says he’s going about it incorrectly.“Any country wants to protect its own citizens, but you don’t just end the program when you don’t have your own population trained,” Negi said.The Trump administration has also signaled it may end another Obama-era program that allowed spouses of H1B visa holders to work legally in the U.S. Many of these people have been in the U.S. for years, sometimes long enough to have children who are now U.S. citizens, yet can face a decades-long wait for a green card. The prospect of being unable to work is a shock to them.“I would like to make my own living. I am qualified and skilled,” said Anushri Maru, 35, a business analyst in Houston, adding she’s baffled her new home doesn’t want her talents. “I’m not sure they understand that we are skilled immigrants.” Sharelast_img read more

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Astronomers discover new substellar companion to the Pleiades member star

first_img Citation: Astronomers discover new substellar companion to the Pleiades member star (2016, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-astronomers-substellar-companion-pleiades-member.html Explore further Due to its proximity, the well-known Pleiades cluster is frequently observed and studied by amateur and professional astronomers. The cluster, located some 440 light years away, is about 120 million years old, which makes it one of the nearest young open clusters. It is also a great target for searching new low-mass substellar objects such as brown dwarfs.From 2011 to 2015, an international team of researchers led by Mihoko Konishi of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan conducted a series of observations of the cluster’s member star, designated Pleiades HII 3441, looking for planetary-mass and substellar companions. These observations were part of the Strategic Explorations of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru (SEEDS) survey, which uses adaptive optics assisted high contrast imaging for studying planets and disks, including primordial systems, transitional systems and mature systems. The survey utilizes the 8.2 Subaru Telescope located on Mauna Kea, Hawaii.The newly detected object was named Pleiades HII 3441B. According to the study, it was found southeast of the primary star with a projected separation of about 66 AU.”A companion candidate was detected southeast of the primary star, and subsequently confirmed as a companion object to the primary star. (…) The projected separation and position angle are 0.′′49 ± 0.′′02 (66 ± 2 AU) and 136.4° ± 3.2°, respectively. These values were derived by averaging all observations,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The mass of Pleiades HII 3441B was calculated to be approximately 68 Jupiter masses and its temperature was estimated to be 2,700 K. Moreover, the team found that there is no methane absorption in the atmosphere of this substellar companion. They emphasized that methane is considered to condense below 1,300 K.The object was classified an M7-type brown dwarf, due to the fact that its mass is below the hydrogen-burning limit (72 Jupiter masses). Its spectral type was deducted from the photometry-derived temperature. However, as the researchers noted, Pleiades HII 3441B is “close to the boundary between the stellar and substellar regime.”The scientists have also taken into account the possibility that the object is another faint Pleiades member along the same line of sight; it cannot be ruled out completely as the observations could not detect the orbital motion.According to the researchers, their study provides an important input for the determination of the initial mass function in Pleiades, and might help us understand the formation mechanisms in the cluster. Substellar multiplicity in Pleiades is also discussed in the paper, with the aim to estimate the general fraction of substellar companions in star clusters. However, as the team noted, further studies are needed in order to get comprehensive answers.”A much larger survey of the Pleiades would be needed to draw general conclusion on the multiplicity differences between open clusters and field star populations,” the astronomers concluded. © 2016 Phys.org Scientists detect radio emission from a nearby brown dwarf Final Pleiades HII 3441 images. (Left) reduced HS -band image taken in the 2011 observation. (Middle) reduced HL-band image taken in the 2011 observation. (Right) reduced H-band image taken in the 2014 observation. All images were analyzed using standard ADI. Pleiades HII 3441B can be seen southeast of the primary star. There is no methane absorption in Pleiades HII 3441B when left and middle panels are compared. Credit: Konishi et al., 2016. More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1608.01780.pdf An international team of astronomers has found a new substellar mass companion to one of the stars in the Pleiades open cluster. The discovery could contribute to our understanding of stellar and substellar multiplicity as well as formation mechanisms in this cluster. A study detailing the new findings was published Aug. 5 on the arXiv pre-print server. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Facebook Unveils Updated Surround 360 Cameras

first_img Facebook this week unveiled new cameras aimed at filmmakers who want to experiment with creating 360-degree movies.Unlike the previous Surround 360 camera reference design that the company announced last year, the new x24 and x6 cameras are actual physical models that you can buy or rent — if you’re a filmmaker with a big budget, that is. (Facebook didn’t announce the cameras’ exact prices, but said that it will offer them to select studios and filmmakers later this year). The cameras’ main innovation is that they can record scenes in high enough detail that Facebook’s image processing software can let viewers move around the image, so that someone watching the movie with a virtual reality headset doesn’t feel like he or she is stuck in one place during each scene.To enable viewers to move around, the cameras’ sensors capture the full RGB and depth information for every pixel. Their depth-estimation algorithms then produce full-resolution point clouds, which allows for movement with six degrees of freedom (forward/backward, up/down, left/right, pitch, roll and yaw) that you might be familiar with if you’ve played a first-person shooter video game.To approximate how 360-degree films shot with the x24 and x6 will look, Facebook offered a brief demo of a short film called Together at its f8 developers conference here. Instead of requiring viewers to don VR headsets, the film was projected on to a giant 360-degree screen, perhaps in a harbinger of things to come for your local cineplex.In a brief scene of two people dancing, I observed as the “camera” smoothly panned around the dancers. The resolution was clear enough and the movement natural enough that I even forgot I was watching a 360-degree film, which I suppose is the point.Each of the new cameras are actually an array composed of several synchronized camera lenses (24 for the x24 and six for the x6). Compare that to the original Facebook Surround 360 camera, announced last year, which is an open-source reference design featuring 17 synchronized cameras that you must build yourself. It was reported to cost at least $25,000 to build. How Success Happens Listen Now This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. April 20, 2017last_img read more

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Medicare proposes coverage change on short hospital stays

first_imgWednesday’s proposal from Medicare would allow for case-by-case exceptions. Based on a doctor’s judgment, certain short hospital stays could be covered under inpatient payment rules.The current policy — known as the “two-midnight rule”– has been on the books since 2013, but isn’t being enforced because of the controversy surrounding it. A congressional moratorium that prevents Medicare from carrying out the policy expires Sept. 30.Medicare’s original concern was that hospitals could potentially use the differences in payment rules to game the system.AARP, the seniors lobby, was analyzing the new proposal.Reaction from the American Hospital Association was mixed. While welcoming the flexibility on short hospital stays as “a good first step,” the trade group said it is disappointed that the proposal maintains certain payment cuts.The new policy would not take effect until November, following a public comment period.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare proposed Wednesday to ease a coverage policy on short hospital stays that has been criticized because it can result in higher costs for seniors.Under Medicare, coverage for inpatient and outpatient care is determined under very different payment rules. In some cases, a hospital admission classified as inpatient can result in lower bills for beneficiaries.The problem has come when patients are admitted for short observation stays. Medicare policy generally required a hospitalization to span at least two midnights to qualify as an inpatient case. 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breaches Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology How do cataracts affect your vision? Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitylast_img read more

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He was really up front with me saying he wants m

first_img“He was really up front with me, saying he wants me to step up into that cornerback role and just come into next year being prepared to make something happen and be a bigger role on defense,” he said.At 6-feet and 200 pounds, Bethel has good size for the position and is not lacking for athleticism, but even though he has the physical attributes, it is a big jump to go from special teams star to lock-down cornerback. He knows he still needs to improve in certain aspects of his game, including footwork, playing man-to-man coverage and locating the ball, but that’s what the offseason is for.“I believe in my ability,” Bethel said. “When I’m in practice, I make a lot of plays. I do stuff that I know if I have to play in the game, I’ll be ready for it.“So I’m looking forward to it and making something happen.”As a senior in college a couple years ago, Bethel recorded 87 tackles, one sack and four interceptions while being named the Big South Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He’s already made his mark at the professional level, but now it’s time for him to take another step forward. Both he and the team want it to happen. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “They’ve been wanting me to grow as a corner, and as the season’s gone on I feel like that’s really been happening,” he said. “So coming out next year, I’m looking forward to moving more toward the role of being a cornerback.” 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Justin Bethel made his first Pro Bowl due to his excellence on special teams, but the 23-year-old is hoping to make an impact in other areas of the game.Selected in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft out of Presbyterian as a cornerback, Bethel has spent little time playing his natural position during his first two NFL seasons. But as he heads into the offseason, that is supposed to change. As a guest on the Big Red Rage Thursday, Bethel said head coach Bruce Arians issued a challenge when they met at the end of the season. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Torrential rain in Kokkinotrimithia area snow on Troodos Update

first_imgPolice urge motorists to be alert as torrential rain in various areas limits visibility while some roads leading to Troodos are open only to vehicles with four-wheel drive or with snow chains.Due to torrential rain in the area of Kokkinotrimithia in the Nicosia district, visibility in the Nicosia-Kokkinotrimithia-Akaki motorway is restricted, police said. Visibility is also “dangerously restricted” in the road network of the area in question, police said.In the mountainous areas, the roads from Platres to Troodos, Karvounas to Troodos and Prodromos to Troodos are open only to vehicles with four-wheel drive or with snow chains, due to  snowfall. Snow reached 70 centimetres in Troodos’ Olympus area, and 45 cm in the Troodos square.The following roads are open to all vehicles but are slippery:Prodromos-PedoulasPedoulas – Pinewood – KakopetriaProdromos – LemithouProdromos – Trooditissa – PlatresPolice urged drivers to be particularly careful when in areas where water has accumulated on the tarmac as there is a risk of vehicles slipping.Earlier on Saturday police had urged motorists in the Paphos and Limassol areas to be alert as there were very strong winds and torrential rain in the motorway area between the two towns.In the Paphos district, the road between Galataria and Salamiou remains closed due to the overflow of Xeros river, as well as the road to the bridge of Tzielefos, from Ayios Nicolaos to Pera Vasa.The public is urged to check the police phone app, social media and http://www.cypruspolicenews.com/ for any updates concerning the road network before any road trip.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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