28 10 19

first_imgAaron Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka insists he sees his future at Crystal Palace.Looking to the next challenge, away to league champions Manchester City, Wan-Bissaka is upbeat.“It’s the same as other games, it makes no difference to me. I just play my game, put the effort in and work hard. I know I’ll learn something from [playing versus Leroy Sane et al], to help me in the future. They’re smart players, we’ve got to be smart as well. We’ll look to gamble, as they look to take their chances.”Asked about 2019, Wan-Bissaka sees his future at Palace. “My aim is to keep my position, and to keep improving.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea defender: Hudson-Odoi deal brilliant newsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new deal.Cundy claims it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.” last_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd veteran Mata: I can never forget Liverpool victoryby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United veteran Juan Mata admits he’s never forgotten the times they have beaten Liverpool.Mata has now been at United for the better part of his career, which has involved many games against their arch rivals.And while they have endured disappointment in those years, they have also known great joy against Liverpool.One of those occasions for United fans was the game against the Reds in 2015, when Mata scored two goals and propelled them to a famous win at Anfield under then manager Louis Van Gaal.Mata told the Manchester Evening News: “If you speak with United fans they remember always the Liverpool-United games and I was lucky to win that game [in 2015] and score the two goals. “But specifically that goal [scissor kick]. “And whether I want it or not, I cannot forget that day! Because it’s very special for me.” last_img read more

28 10 19

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists Keita close to top formby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists it wont be long until Naby Keita hits his full stride.The Guinea international put in an impressive cameo in last Sunday’s draw with Manchester United and is expected to start against Genk on Wednesday.Asked when fans can expect to see the 24-year-old’s best form, the manager replied: “Soon.”I don’t know when he will start but Naby is one-and-a-half or two weeks in full training roundabout. And he looks good in training, really good.”They all look good in training, that’s why we made the changes that we made [at Old Trafford] because we really knew they can have an impact in that game. I was really happy.That was the best news of the whole day – not the result, not the goal we scored, which was nice – but that these three guys, very important players for us, in a moment when it’s not easy to have rhythm or get rhythm when you don’t play that much, can perform like this in a game.”In training I see it a lot, so that was the best news. It will not be long anymore.” last_img read more

27 10 19

first_img2017 recruiting rankings as of May 24.LSU landed its fifth commitment in the last five days Tuesday afternoon in three-star offensive tackle Shaahdiq Charles, who announced his decision on Twitter. With Charles’ pledge, the Tigers jumped Alabama and Miami on its way to the No. 3 recruiting class in the country – and No. 1 in the SEC – according to 247 Sports.LSU has always recruited well, so this momentum comes as no surprise. But the 2017 recruiting cycle is far from over. A lot can change before next February.last_img

24 10 19

first_img The NMIA is owned by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and is operated by the NMIA Airports Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAJ. The Enterprise Team for the Privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) will serve for another 20 months.This follows Cabinet’s approval of the extension of the team’s tenure from July 2017 to March 10, 2019.This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, during Wednesday’s (Aug. 2) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House.The NMIA is owned by the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) and is operated by the NMIA Airports Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAJ.The Government is seeking a private sector partner to operate, finance, and develop the NMIA under a long-term concession agreement.The selected party is expected to complete the modernisation of the airport, which is the second largest in Jamaica, behind Sangster International in Montego Bay.The Enterprise Team, which was set up to examine the operations of the airport, recommended the divestment in light of the significant State funding and resources being expended to run the airport.Senator Reid informed that new air services agreements have been secured with South Africa, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Republic of Seychelles, Italy and Portugal.Meanwhile, a new chairman and additional members have been appointed to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) with effect from July 24, 2017 to April 24, 2019.They are: Jackie Lechler – Chair; Kevin Richards; Nigel Logan; and Gerald Johnson.The FSC was created pursuant to the Financial Services Commission Act to oversee the regulation of Jamaica’s insurance, pension and securities industries. The Enterprise Team for the Privatisation of the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) will serve for another 20 months.center_img Story Highlightslast_img read more

13 10 19

first_img“The museum is a gem of Tumbler Ridge.  It’s something people from all over the world come to see.”Our calls for comment from the District of Tumbler Ridge have not been returned.The Peace Region Paleontology Research Center and Museum opened in 2003.The March 12, 2018, District of Taylor Committee Meeting included a presentation from the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. “Our goal and our desire and hope is the museum will reopen.  That we will find funding to provide the same amazing service to people and tourism possibilities.”The board decided in early March to let go all staff as current funding would only last them until the end of 2018 if they closed the museum.This letter was given to staff of the museum.Council and the Museum Board held a meeting on March 12 to discuss the grant-in-aid further, but as of now, the Museum remains closed.The board is now working to find alternative funding through grants or corporate donations.  Schembri says the Museum is a big part of Tumbler Ridge. During the meeting, Councillor Will Howe said,“We had a roundtable discussion where all of them were allowed to come down and explain how this works.  To me, that was the opportunity for the museum board to come down and explain to us why they need the two hundred thousand dollars. To me, until we get that done, I don’t fully understand it, and I’m not to spend the $200,000.”Here is video from the March 5, Council meeting where they discuss the grant-in-aid.In July of 2017, Councillor Caisley requested a notice of motion that said: “THAT the District of Tumbler Ridge informs the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Council is suspending funding their institution through the Grant in Aid or Fee for Service Policy until conditions are met.”According to the Council on March 5, 2018, a letter was sent to the Museum Board in July 2017 asking for more information about their budget, and according to Council, the letter had not been answered.Jerrilyn Schembri, Vice President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, says as far as she knows, the board has complied with everything Council has asked of them.Schembri says the Museum has been idled.center_img TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. – The Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, The Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre and Dinosaur Discovery Gallery has been closed for what the group hopes is only a short period.In March, the District of Tumbler Ridge denied the groups request for a grant-in-aid of $200,000.  On March 8, the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation gave notice to all the staff that the Museum would close do to the District of Tumbler Ridge denying their grant request.According to the video from March 5, 2018, Tumbler Ridge Council Meeting, Council had requested more information from the Museum Foundation, but the Museum at the time of the meeting had not replied.last_img read more

28 09 19

The Ohio State football team prepares to run onto the field prior to the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe idea that “records don’t matter” when it comes to Ohio State and Michigan has been reiterated throughout the week by the Buckeyes. Redshirt senior center Pat Elflein knows all too well how much of a dogfight the matchups between the Buckeyes and the Spartans are.Since 2011, the Buckeyes are just 2-3 against Michigan State — the worst mark OSU has against any team throughout the past five years. During that time, the Scarlet and Gray have never played in Spartan Stadium as a top-five team.That is, until Saturday. Elflein, among others, said the 3-7 record for Mark Dantonio’s team is nothing if not a ruse. A hot topic for OSU coach Urban Meyer this week has been how important competing for a Big Ten title — something OSU might not do this season — is for making a playoff case. Meyer, of course, deflected the question, and said he had not discussed the issue with his team.“Just want to beat Michigan State, man,” he said. “It means a lot.”Looking back through the past five years, that statement has been easier said than done.2011: Michigan State 10 – Ohio State 7In the wake of TattooGate, the Buckeyes lost long-time coach Jim Tressel and multiple players. In Luke Fickell’s interim head coaching stint, OSU came into the game against the Spartans at 3-1, with a loss to the University of Miami. The Buckeyes were simply outclassed in Ohio Stadium, as they failed to average more than a yard rushing on 39 attempts. Even with three forced turnovers, just 178 yards of offense and 82 yards of penalties suffocated OSU. OSU finished the year 6-7 without any real notable wins, except for a 33-29 victory over Wisconsin, who went on to win the Big Ten title. Next year, Meyer became the head coach for OSU, much to the excitement of Buckeye fans.2012: Ohio State 17 – Michigan State 16Meyer’s tenure started with a bang. After jumping out to a 4-0 start, the Buckeyes traveled to their first away game of the season. The Spartans proved to be a tough draw.It took a 314 total-yard performance from Braxton Miller to do it, and a 63-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith to seal the deal. It was Michigan State’s second loss of the season.The Buckeyes never had a game as close as this one for the rest of the 2012 campaign, and OSU finished the year with a perfect 12-0 record. Due to ramifications from NCAA actions taken against the team after TattooGate, OSU was not bowl eligible.2013: Michigan State 34 – Ohio State 24 (Big Ten championship)After facing Michigan State for the two previous years in the regular season, the Buckeyes had to wait until the Big Ten title game to get a chance at Dantonio’s team. OSU was pushed to the limit for the second straight week after a 42-41 slugfest in the week prior with Michigan.The Buckeyes luck ran out, and Meyer suffered his first loss as OSU’s coach.Connor Cook torched the Scarlet and Gray defense with 304 yards and three touchdowns, while Jeremy Langfield pounded the ball up the middle against a relatively stout OSU rush defense. A late Langford touchdown run put Michigan State up by 10, and the Spartans never looked back.Defensive shortcomings mixed with a lack of an OSU passing game (eight completions for 101 yards) gave the Spartans the Big Ten title. The Buckeyes had to wait until early November of 2014 to get redemption.2014: Ohio State 49 – Michigan State 37The injury of Braxton Miller before the 2014 season began was supposed to doom the Buckeyes. That was until a little-known redshirt freshman quarterback by the name of J.T. Barrett trotted onto the field for OSU.Barrett, who had led the team to a 7-1 mark when OSU traveled to East Lansing, played one of his best games of his short career to that point. Piling up 300 yards through the air with three touchdowns, paired with a 154-yard, two touchdown performance for Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes walked away from Spartan Stadium one win richer.The win was an upset, with OSU coming into the game at No. 14 and Michigan State at No. 8. A good showing against the Spartans helped propel the Buckeyes into Big Ten and eventually national championship contention.2015: Michigan State 17 – Ohio State 14With repeat title hopes on their mind, the Buckeyes struggled to find continuity at the quarterback position. Swapping between Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped the team win a national championship following an injury to Barrett against Michigan in 2014, Meyer could not decide who should have led the team.With the decision made for Barrett to start, OSU’s offense floundered. Elliott touched the ball just 12 times, and Barrett threw for just 46 yards. Two turnovers for the Buckeye defense still wasn’t enough to bring home a win. Tyler O’Connor, Michigan State’s starting quarterback for this season, replaced an injured Connor Cook and managed the game to the best of his abilities. A game-winning field goal by Michael Geiger is an image most OSU fans have yet to let go, especially the windmill celebration the kicker did down the sideline after nailing the kick to top OSU.2016With title hopes on the line again for OSU, and Michigan State looking to save face following a disappointing season so far, fans in attendance should be ready for some fireworks in Spartan Stadium. OSU’s run game should dictate the pace of play, while the Silver Bullets might be able to grab a few turnovers. read more

28 09 19

Johnnie Dixon (1) is lifted into the air by A.J. Alexander (88) after Dixon’s touchdown during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Rutgers on Oct. 1. The Buckeyes won 58-0. Credit: Mason Swires | Former Assistant Photo EditorOhio State will be without redshirt sophomore tight end A.J. Alexander in the fall after the backup injured his knee, which required surgery and will cause him to miss the 2017 season, a team spokesman confirmed to The Lantern on Friday.The news was first reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch.The tight end was injured after spring practice had concluded and has already undergone surgery, according to the spokesman.Alexander played in all 13 games for Ohio State last season, catching four passes for 27 yards.During spring practice, Alexander saw an increased role in the offense while redshirt senior tight end Marcus Baugh rehabilitated after undergoing shoulder surgery.Ohio State’s three redshirt sophomore tight ends – Luke Farrell, Jake Hausmann and Kierre Hawkins – will likely take larger roles in the offense given the void Alexander leaves. read more

18 09 19

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp expects a tough game against Arsenal and highlighted strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette as the main threatThe unbeaten Premier League leaders will welcome Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday hoping to maintain their six-point advantage over Tottenham with a ninth straight league win.On Thursday, Gunners manager Unai Emery revealed he believes Liverpool can remain unbeaten for the entire season – just like when his club’s “Invincibles” managed to do so in the 2003/04 campaign.And Klopp dismissed the suggestion that Emery could be trying to pile the pressure on Liverpool by saying that.“That is not how I know Unai Emery,” said Klopp, according to Sky Sports.“I don’t think they will have the white flag and say ‘no chance’. It will be a really tough game tomorrow night, because they are good.“That is all I am interested in and all the rest is a nice little game, where people respond to your questions and you make stories of the answers.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We are focused on ourselves and that is all.”The German reckons Liverpool cannot afford a similar performance to the one they did at the Emirates Stadium last month, which ended in a 1-1 draw.“Play much better than we did at Arsenal, for example – that would be a good idea,” replied Klopp on what Liverpool could do better this time around.“Because, especially defending wise, we weren’t as good as we can be, or we were after that. I think it was a period where we didn’t do too well.“They are strong, good with the ball and very lively. Their counter-attacks are crazy quick – (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang and (Alexandre) Lacazette are an outstanding striker couple up front. It will be difficult.”The Liverpool and Arsenal match will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.last_img read more

17 09 19

first_imgHundreds attended the 119th Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Rosecrans May 27, 2019 Allie Wagner Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Allie Wagner, Hundreds in attendance this morning for the 119th Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Rosecrans to honor our fallen soldiers @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD pic.twitter.com/MiLf9Z0e5P— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) May 27, 2019 Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. They have set up a memorial called Arlington West in front of the @USSMidwayMuseum with 288 markers to honor those who have died. @KUSINews @KUSI_GMSD #memorialday pic.twitter.com/UPpmnPWvkt— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) May 27, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – It is one of San Diego’s largest and most celebrated memorials dedicated to America’s veterans and today Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery hosted its annual Memorial Day celebration.The celebration is hosted by war veterans organizations, their auxiliaries, and patriotic groups.They’ve conducted the Memorial Day services at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery om San Diego for over 100 years.KUSI’s Allie Wagner has more on this story. Posted: May 27, 2019last_img read more

14 09 19

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Senate is expected to bring forward a bill dealing with Alaska Permanent Fund dividends. The bill is expected to be introduced Monday and scheduled for an initial hearing. Governor Mike Dunleavy is adamant that a longstanding dividend calculation should be followed. Others say the formula is outdated and unsustainable. Governor Dunleavy held a Facebook Live Town Hall on Friday to discuss a variety of issues and topics relating to the ongoing Special Session. The topics included the lack of progress on a number of outstanding items such as the budget, education funding and a full PFD. Governor Dunleavy: “The operating budget, PFD, the crime bill is out of the way, and there is discussion on the capital budget as well. We are hoping that the Legislature can come to terms amongst themselves on these very important items soon. Then we can get moving onto talk many other issues that we ask Alaskans have to tackle.”center_img Senate President Cathy Giessel said last week she couldn’t say what the final amount settled on would be, since bills are subject to amendment on the Senate floor. The House and Senate have remained divided on how to deal with the dividend which resulted in the need for a special session. Now halfway through and a resolution still has not been reached between the two bodies.last_img read more

11 09 19

first_imgDear Residents of Wilmington,You might be asking yourself: “There are so many candidates to pick for selectmen, who do I choose?”For me the choice is clear. I have known this man for 8 years. During that time I have watched him dedicate his life to service.As a teacher he helps mentor students to excel in their vocation of choice.As a coach he has united teams to play together as ONE to win.As a father/husband I have seen him love unconditionally.As a neighbor I have always been greeted with a smile and time to chat as him and his family were walking around the block.As a community member I have seen him give back by volunteering with Special Olympics.And over the last three years I have watched him maintain integrity, compassion, and leadership as a selectmen.We need a candidate that seeks service over status! Observing Greg Bendels service to our community leaves me and hopefully you with one clear choice at the polls.Vote BENDEL for community!See you at the polls,Amanda MunsieLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedA VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Greg BendelIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell Endorses Greg Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Shawsheen Tech School Committee’s Robert Peterson Sr. Endorses Bendel For SelectmanIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

5 09 19

first_imgMahika SharmaTwitterActress Mahika Sharma, known for tv shows like Ramayana and FIR,opened up about receiving vulgar messages on Holi for working with adult film star Danny D.Mahika said that sheis paying the price of working with adult star Danny D in the upcoming Bollywood movie “The Modern Culture”.Mahika spoke about an incident she faced on Holi this year. While talking she shared, “Social media is platform I feel which needs more safety. One should be asked for government identity before creating an account. So we can be more secured. I usually get messages from strangers asking me my rates for night. Not only me, I find such stupid comments on many actresses or models too. But this time I faced a real bad experience. Someone messaged me “Danny D ki pichkari se khelogi.. Indian k b try karo..”Mahika has also urged people to be sure about women safety during Holi. She said, “Boys will touch but don’t allow it in that way! You will have people touching you. It’s a given. Although I cannot deny that it can and has been unsafe for women with boys thinking it’s a free for all in the name of Holi, you have to remember that you are  in power here. If you don’t want to be touched or it crosses your boundaries – tell them to back off!”Mahika Sharma had also earned the tittle of Miss Teen Northeast, India.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgU.S. president Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin shook hands at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit dinner in Vietnam on Friday, even though the White House said there would be no formal meeting.Trump and Putin smiled and stood next to each other for the traditional group photograph. Then they parted to sit at different parts of the table.The White House said earlier that no formal meeting was planned because of scheduling conflicts on both sides, though it was possible they would bump into each other.”In terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters minutes before landing in Danang.The main meeting of leaders from APEC countries is on Saturday in the Vietnamese resort city of Danang. Trump is on the fourth leg of a 12-day tour of Asia.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgBangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) conducts a drive in Kamrangirchar to free Buriganga river on Wednesday, 6 February, 2019. Photo: UNBBangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) demolished 290 more illegal structures along the Buriganga river on Thursday, the third and final day of the second phase drive.With this, a total of 1,199 establishments were pulled down from the banks of the river in two phases of the drive.The BIWTA started the drive on the third day around 10:30am which continued till 4:00pm in Kamalbagh and Loharpool Chata Masjid area in Kamrangirchar.In the first-phase drive on 29-31 January, the authorities dismantled some 444 illegal establishments while the second-phase drive started on 5 February.The three-day third-phase drive will begin on 12 February.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgVitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins. File PhotoThe national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign, which was earlier postponed, is being observed across the country today (Saturday), aiming to feed vitamin A plus capsules to all children aged between six and 59 months, reports UNB.Under the campaign, about 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue coloured vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.5 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red coloured high-power capsules.They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 120,000 permanent and 20,000 mobile health centres across the country.Mobile health centres has been set up at bus stands, railway stations, launch terminals, airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centres and kheyaghats which will remain open from 8:00am to 4:00pm to make sure that all children are fed the capsules.The children of the remote areas of 240 unions in 42 upazilas of 12 districts will be fed the capsules in the next four days of the campaign day through conducting a search programme.last_img read more

3 09 19

first_imgDestroyed eggs. File PhotoSix policemen have been withdrawn for destroying more than 35,000 eggs in Boraigram upazila of Natore allegedly after the egg trader refused to pay them bribe, reports news agency UNB.Bogura highway police superintendent Jahangir Hossain said that the decision was taken on Friday following a complaint lodged by victim egg vendor Biplob Kumar Saha.The SP, however, did not disclosed identities of the policemen.The accused policemen were closed to Bogura region of highway police.Shahidullah, a police official, was asked to submit a report within three working days after investigating the incident.According to Biplob Kumar Saha, a pick-up van carrying 35,100 eggs plunged into a ditch by the Bonpara highway as one of its tyre punctured in Agran Sutirpar area on Thursday morning.A team of highway police demanded Tk 20,000 as bribe to salvage the pickup.As he denied paying them the bribe, they cut off the rope of the pickup van which tied up the crates of eggs with it, destroying the eggs.last_img read more

2 09 19

first_imgAP Photo/Ron EdmondsPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his pick for FBI director — a former Justice Department official who served as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personal lawyer during the George Washington Bridge lane-closing investigation.Trump’s early morning two-sentence tweet that he intends to nominate lawyer Christopher Wray came one day before the FBI director that Trump fired last month, James Comey, was to testify in public on Capitol Hill for the first time since his dismissal.Trump called Wray “a man of impeccable credentials” and offered no more information about the selection, ending the tweet by saying, “Details to follow.”Wray served in a leadership role in the George W. Bush Justice Department, rising to head the criminal division and overseeing investigations into corporate fraud, during the time when Comey was deputy attorney general. Wray took charge of a task force of prosecutors and FBI agents created to investigate the Enron scandal.With a strong law enforcement background, Wray is a traditional choice for the job. Trump had entertained current and former politicians for the role, including former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman. Though favored by Trump, Lieberman would have faced a challenging confirmation process; he pulled his name from consideration.Comey, during his appearance before the Senate intelligence committee, is expected to describe his encounters with Trump in the weeks before his firing May 9. Comey could offer new details regarding discussions with Trump about the federal investigation into Russia’s election meddling and possible coordination with the Trump campaign.Associated PressThe White House and its allies have been looking for ways to offset that potentially damaging testimony and have been working on strategies aimed at undermining Comey’s credibility.Wray works in private practice for the King & Spalding law firm. He represented Republican Christie in the lane-closing investigation, in which two former Christie aides were convicted of plotting to close bridge lanes to punish a Democratic mayor who wouldn’t endorse Christie.Christie and Wray met when Christie was the top federal prosecutor in New Jersey in the Bush administration. Christie said at a news conference last week that he worked together with Wray “a lot.”“I have the utmost confidence in Chris. He’s an outstanding lawyer. He has absolute integrity and honesty, and I think that the president certainly would not be making a mistake if he asked Chris Wray to be FBI director,” Christie said.Christie, who has informally advised Trump, was not charged in the bridge case.One of the questions hanging over Christie was about a dozen text messages he exchanged with a former staffer during legislative testimony by officials from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which manages the bridge, in 2013.It’s not known what was in those messages and a judge rejected defense attorneys’ attempt to subpoena the phone last summer. After that ruling, Christie’s office revealed that Wray had the phone.Christie had previously said he “gave it to the government” a while earlier, but the U.S. attorney’s office said it never had the phone.The law firm that Christie’s administration hired to review the scandal said it “returned” the phone after reviewing its contents in response to a government subpoena. Sharelast_img read more

2 09 19

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08 X Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot.Sylvester Turner is tentatively reversing course on his plans for the City’s revenue cap and now says it is not likely that a proposition to repeal the cap will be included on the November ballot, as he intended.The November ballot will already include a proposition on the City’s pension obligation bonds, which amount to $1 billion.The approval of that proposition, which was included in the final version of the bill that the Texas Legislature approved this year regarding the Mayor’s pension reform plan, is the last step for the pension reform to become a reality.“Do I want to run the risk of losing the reforms that we’ve made to our pension system that have been hurting this city for seventeen years? No,” Turner said during the customary press conference held after the City Council’s meeting.The November ballot will also include bonds for general improvements in Houston which would be in the hundreds of millions.Bob Stein, a Political Science professor at Rice University, says Turner’s change of mind is wise because “…you put that in front of voters and they’re gonna have a hard time swallowing it and, if you added to that the revenue cap repeal, I think you would get people voting against all three.”Houstonians approved the revenue cap in 2005 and eliminating it could mean a property tax increase.Turner has supported repealing the cap, or at least changing it, since he was campaigning for Mayor back in 2015 because he contends it holds down the City’s budget and limits the ability to provide services. Sharelast_img read more