White House accused of cover-up amid whistleblower scandal

first_imgMaguire, who was grilled for three hours during Thursday’s House hearing, stood by how he handled the whistleblower complaint.“My integrity has never been questioned until now,” Maguire said Thursday.But Democrats including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are now accusing the White House of a cover-up.Pelosi said Thursday Maguire “broke the law” by not turning the complaint over to Congress.While Democrats are convinced of an alleged Trump administration cover-up, Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President Mike Pence are reportedly outraged at their latest attempt to “reverse the 2016 presidential election.”As of now, the identity of the whistleblower. and the current status of the impeachment investigation remain unknown.This story is developing. Tensions amongst Democrat and Republican lawmakers are at an ultimate high in the wake of the whistleblower scandal.This week Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry after news broke of a whistleblower complaint regarding a phone call between President Trump and the Ukrainian president.The complaint alleges that Trump abused his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the upcoming 2020 election, and the White House took steps to cover it up.President Trump confirmed the phone call but denied any wrongdoing in the matter slamming Democrats for creating another “Witch Hunt.”On Wednesday, the White House released the full, unredacted transcript of the conversation.Following the release of the documents, the Department of Justice found that President Trump did not break the law.On Thursday, the Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testified before a congressional intelligence committee about the recently released whistleblower complaint.Related content:WATCH Live: DNI Testifying On Capitol Hill, Whistleblower Complaint Herelast_img read more

Fulham vs Southampton: Preview, team news, predicted line-ups and more

first_imgIs another miracle on the cards? Anything can happen when Claudio Ranieri is about and Fulham fans will be hoping his time there is more comparable to Leicester City than to Greece.He will take charge of his first Fulham game when they host Southampton on Saturday after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic in the Craven Cottage hotseat two weeks ago. Mark Hughes’ Southampton have won just one league game this season Joe Bryan is back in contention for Fulham Claudio Ranieri starts his survival mission with Fulham against Southampton on Saturday 3 3center_img Rock-bottom Fulham are in desperate need of points and a win could kickstart their season and spell the end for Saints boss Mark Hughes.The Welshman could be sacked if his struggling side lose in west London – Southampton are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.What the managers are sayingClaudio Ranieri (Fulham): “I am [a] Tinkerman but I tinker clever.“It’s important to maintain the same line-up for some matches but you never know, I want everybody available and then I can choose.”Mark Hughes (Southampton): “There will always be speculation and I call it noise. Once a manager departs after a lot of noise that noise switches to someone else and all the negative stats come out. 3 Southampton: Top scorer Danny Ings is a major doubt after suffering a knock in the 1-1 draw with Watford before the international break, while Ryan Betrand is serving a one-match ban.But Moi Elyounoussi and Mario Lemina should be available after recovering from hamstring and thigh injuries, respectively.Predicted line-upsFulham: Rico; Fosu-Mensah, Odoi, Mawson, Sessegnon; Seri, Johansen, Cairney; Schurrle, Mitrovic, Vietto.Southampton: McCarthy; Soares, Yoshida, Hoedt, Targett; Armstrong, Lemina, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Gabbiadini, Austin. “A little bit of the noise is around me at the moment which is the nature of the role that I have. It will go away with a few good results. It becomes a little bit predictable and you understand how it works.“After 20 years of doing this job, it’s nothing I haven’t seen and dealt with before. It’s part of the job and doesn’t faze me.”Team newsFulham: Kevin McDonald remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has also been ruled out with an unspecified issue.But left-back Joe Bryan should be fit enough to return to the squad following his own hamstring problem.last_img read more

Caulker is tipped to join Palace

first_imgQPR have lost out to Crystal Palace in the battle to sign Cardiff City and England defender Steven Caulker, the Daily Mirror say.  West London Sport recently revealed that Rangers were targeting Caulker and subsequently that they were in talks with him after meeting the £8m release clause in his contract.QPR are keen to sign CaulkerRangers were then widely touted as the favourites to sign him, with boss Harry Redknapp said to be increasingly confident of completing the transfer despite apparent interest from a number of other clubs, including Liverpool.However, it is now claimed that Palace manager Tony Pulis has persuaded Caulker, 22, to move to Selhurst Park in a club-record deal.The Hounslow-born player has reportedly been offered £42,000 a week by Palace – supposedly more than QPR are willing to pay him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Red Bluff’s Renfroe set course record in Oroville 4,000-meter

first_imgOroville >> In perhaps one of its first true tests of the season, the Paradise boys cross country team edged Red Bluff and host Las Plumas at the annual LP cross country 4,000-meter invitational Friday morning at the Thermalito Forebay in Oroville. The girls race was a different story. Led by Naomi Renfroe’s course record at 15:31.99, the Red Bluff girls cross country team beat Paradise 22-35. Joining Renfroe in the record books — though listed second — is LP’s Kaitlyn Morgado, who finished …last_img

Citro wins, most struggle

first_imgIt was a tough afternoon for most of the girl golfers at Beau Pre but 2018’s top golfer, Molly Citro, found a way to win as she lead all golfers with an 82 to win her third round of the season, Tuesday afternoon in McKinleyville.As a team McKinleyville won its fourth round of the season, shooting a collective score of 427, 23 strokes better than second place Arcata (450). McKinleyville has won every team round this season expect for one at Baywood on Sept 13., which Citro did not compete in.Ci …last_img

Fitch upgrades SA’s ratings outlook

first_img19 January 2011International credit ratings agency Fitch Ratings has revised South Africa’s outlook from negative to stable, citing improved economic growth prospects, increased spending in key areas by companies like Eskom and Transnet, and a narrowing current account deficit.At the same time, the agency has affirmed South Africa’s long-term foreign currency issuer default ratings (IDR) at “BBB+”, its long-term local IDR at “A”, and its short-term foreign currency IDR at “F2”. The agency has also affirmed the country ceiling at “A”.“South Africa’s post-global crisis adjustment process has been smoother than originally thought, and the economy is emerging from the global recession with its credit fundamentals roughly in line with or slightly better than rated peers,” Fitch Sovereign Group director Veronica Kalema said in a statement this week.After falling to 1.7% in 2009, Fitch expects South Africa’s real gross domestic product (GDP) growth to have recovered to 2.8% in 2010 – a slightly faster recovery than originally projected by the government – while medium-term budget deficits and debt ratios have also been revised downwards.Eskom investment ‘critical’Spending by key state-owned infrastructure companies Eskom and Transnet will continue to provide a stimulus to the economy, Fitch says, adding that the ability of local capital markets to finance wider deficits with relative ease emphasises a key rating strength of South Africa.The public debt ratio is projected to stabilise at 41% of GDP in the 2012/13 financial year, in line with the median for the “BBB” category.Due to lower-than-requested tariff increases sanctioned by the country’s utility regulator, the government increased the Eskom guarantee facility to R350-billion (13.4% of 2010 GDP) from R176-billion.Fitch estimates the debt of the broader public sector to reach just below 60% of GDP in 2013/14 as the guarantee is drawn down.“The facility is chiefly to enable the company to borrow at reduced cost to complete two major power stations,” Fitch said. “The risk of the government being called to pay out on Eskom’s guarantee facility is, in Fitch’s opinion, fairly low.“Investment by Eskom is critical to easing structural constraints on higher growth potential and is positive for creditworthiness.”Monetary policy supporting recoveryAccording to Fitch, monetary policy is supporting South Africa’s economic recovery – following a significant fall in inflation to close to the lower band of the inflation target owing to a strong currency and lower global inflation, interest rates in this economic cycle have been cut by 650 basis points to 5.5%.Imbalances in the country’s economy continue to improve, as the current account deficit narrowed to around 4% of GDP in 2009, and is expected by Fitch to remain around this level for 2010.South Africas deficit has been more than covered by strong portfolio inflows – mainly equities in 2009 and then debt in 2010 – owing to strong emerging-market investor sentiment. Consequently, the currency has strengthened since March 2009.Fitch adds that portfolio debt inflows during 2010 came increasingly from pension funds, and so should be less volatile in the event of a reversal in emerging-markets investor sentiment.“Under the New Growth Path, the government is taking a new approach by involving dialogue with all major stakeholders to collectively address the challenge of high youth unemployment and raise growth,” Fitch said. “Success in this area will be important for the ratings.“Structural issues in the areas of energy and transport infrastructure and labour markets continue to weigh on the ratings and, if not successfully addressed, will be become more negative for the ratings over time.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Welcome To The Post-Operating System World

first_imgTags:#App Economy#desktop#smartphones#tablets 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The days of the desktop wars are waning, and not because desktop hardware sales are still shrinking. Now we are seeing a new type of competition coming to the fore: app wars.But thanks to the rise of the smartphone, consumer attention is now firmly riveted on the application layer, not the operating system layer, so that is where business will need to be fought for. It won’t be as hard-fought as the desktop wars, if only because there won’t be multi-million dollar marketing budgets being used to lob fear, uncertainty and doubt at the latest version of Windows, OS X or Linux. In fact, it may not be a war at all for most applications, but rather a war fought on a different battlefield altogether. What An App-Centric World Looks LikeThe approach of a typical user could be highlighted by a recent day I had, when I had to manage to get my kids to the dentist, my cat to the vet and still put in time here at ReadWrite, my consultancy and in class preparation for the new semester.This is by no means a typical day for me, but it was certainly the most mobile in a while, and so really hammered home how I depend on apps—far more than I depend on operating systems.To write articles, I was using iA Writer (on my iMac, Macbook and iPad when I could not find a Wi-Fi cloud). Hootsuite was managing my social media accounts. Feedly was pulling in the news. Skype to talk to my colleagues. Gmail to do the mail.All of this was done while hopping from machine to machine—and the only thing I really cared about was the apps. The platforms being used (in this case OS X and iOS) mattered not one whit.At this point, you could argue that since I happened to be firmly ensconced in Apple land, then platforms do matter. To some degree that is true: because I like iA Writer as a Markdown tool, I am sort of tied to the Apple platforms.But I could have just as easily used Office 365 if I wanted to live in Windows world, or be completely platform agnostic and used Google Docs. Since Markdown is way more useful to me than those rich document tools, I probably could have used Dillinger on any device.This is the nature of the app wars: for every app I find that really works for me on a given operating system, you can probably find an app that will work just as well on another platform or all of the platforms, if the app is a Web-based service.I can count on one hand the number of apps that I don’t want to give up that have no good cross-platform equivalent. Eventually, that number will dwindle to zero, and on that day—for me—the desktop wars will end.On The Silicon BattlefieldYou may already be in that position. If you are, it’s kind of a nice place to be, with the capability to hop between devices and use the apps you want and have your creations and information at your disposal wherever there’s a connection to the Internet.See also Windows 8 Still In Awkward AdolescenceFor operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple, it’s a bit of a nightmare. Especially for Microsoft, since Windows default position of dominant computing device operating system for so many years meant that it hasn’t had to worry about apps being developed for Windows. But when you hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touting Flipboard, Facebook and NFL Fantasy Football as native apps for Windows 8.1, you know there’s trouble.Apple has a similar problem in the mobile sector: for every service that has an iOS and Android version, it has a tougher time justifying the features and prices of its mobile devices. Because the operating system doesn’t matter as much as the apps do.See also Nokia Performing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool and Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can BuyNokia has realized that if the operating system is no longer what consumers care about, then by God Nokia is going to differentiate on what they can. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is certainly a strong example of how such differentiation will look.This will be the coming trend on all platforms, be it desktop, tablet or smartphone. The apps will be the great equalizer, nullifying the importance of the operating systems. Sure, there will be cool differences between the operating systems that will draw some customers in, no matter what. But it will be the apps that they use that will be the true heart of customer loyalty.Therefore, a renewed push on hardware will begin to dominate the marketing campaigns. Better cameras, lighter devices, faster processors—because you will want the best device to run your apps, whether native or Web-based.The desktop wars were fought with applications. The app wars will be fought with hardware.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffittlast_img read more

England athletes to stay at hotels instead of village

first_imgEngland have committed participation in the Commonwealth Games but the first batch of athletes who would land in Delhi on Friday would put up at hotels instead of the Games’ Village as it would be “several days” before their living quarters are ready.English men’s hockey team and the lawn bowling squad are among the 22-strong group of athletes, who flew from Heathrow on Thursday night.But England chef de mission Craig Hunter said it would be some days before they move in to the Games Village, which has been dubbed “filthy and uninhabitable” by visiting international delegates.”We will set up our athletes in local hotels,” Hunter was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.”We don’t want to move them in one day and then have to move them again. We want them to get over their jet lag and then move in when it’s ready,” he added.Jason Lee, head coach of the hockey squad, said the travelling athletes are calm despite the furore over whether Delhi would be ready in time for the October 3 to 14 event given the troubled build-up.”The feeling in the group varies from mostly very calm and collected to a couple who have some outstanding concerns but nothing that is going to stop them from getting on the plane,” he said.last_img read more

LeBrons Finals Record Isnt Really A Disappointment

YEAROPPONENTCHANCE TO WIN VIDEO: LeBron’s supporting cast is playing better than Curry’s LeBron James62.3392-0.3 Source: ESPN’s Basketball Power Index LeBron James is in the NBA Finals for a sixth-consecutive season, and fairly or unfairly, his 2-4 record in the finals will be held up next to Michael Jordan’s 6-0 record and the marks set by other MVPs as evidence of some failing on his part. Jordan got his six, Bill Russell went 11-1, and Kobe Bryant managed a 5-2 record in the finals, but the count-the-rings argument breaks down for a simple reason: LeBron’s teams simply weren’t expected to win many of those series.In fact, LeBron never played for a team that entered the finals with more than a 2-in-3 chance of winning, according to ESPN’s BPI, and he had less than a 33 percent chance to win in three of his finals losses – with the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Spurs in 2007 and the Warriors in 2015, and with the Miami Heat against the Spurs in 2014. And in a few of those six seasons, it was a minor miracle that LeBron’s teams made the finals at all given the relative weakness of his supporting cast and team’s odds of advancing throughout the playoffs. 2013San Antonio Spurs66 2014San Antonio Spurs31 Magic Johnson94.0455+1.0 2016Golden State Warriors25 Wilt Chamberlain63.6612-1.6 Shaquille O’Neal63.6604+0.4 By that measure, LeBron’s teams have already made about 2.5 more finals appearances than would be expected given their pre-playoff BPI chances in 11 playoff appearances. But understandably, few are eager to praise one of the greatest players of all time for simply making the finals.This tension between crusty old ring count and more sober statistical outlooks is nothing new, but to reconcile the two we need a tool that goes back further than ESPN’s BPI. Elo ratings, a staple of FiveThirtyEight, are the perfect vehicle by which to investigate further.We pulled the Elo ratings for each team to make the NBA Finals before the series began, accounted for home-court advantage and projected each team’s pre-finals chance of winning. We then compared LeBron to other NBA MVPs who appeared in five or more finals – 10 other all-time greats meet this standard.So how does LeBron stack up?Even after accounting for the pre-finals expectations, it’s not surprising that LeBron’s finals record pales in comparison to Russell’s — 11 titles in 12 finals appearances from 1957 to 1969 — and Jordan’s. Even after accounting for dominance by Russell’s Celtics and Jordan’s Bulls, both players still won about two more titles than expected, given their team’s pre-finals chance to win. Bob Cousy75.5796+0.5 Larry Bird53.0613+0.0 Bill Russell128.672%11+2.4 MVP winners to appear in 5+ NBA Finals Michael Jordan64.0666+2.0 Kobe Bryant74.8695+0.2 Unlike Jordan, who entered the finals with at least a 65 percent chance to win four times, LeBron rarely played for a team that was a prohibitive finals favorite. Meanwhile, he is now about to enter his fifth Finals as an underdog, at least using Elo, something Jordan faced once in his career — when the Bulls had a 46 percent chance to beat the Jazz in 1998. When the Cavs lost last year’s finals with an injury-depleted roster, LeBron had one of the greatest statistical series by a player in NBA history. Not only was he the first player to lead both teams in points, rebounds and assists per game in an NBA Finals, but he nearly single-handedly won Games 2 and 3 for the Cavs.Nonetheless, LeBron and the Cavs again find themselves as big underdogs in this year’s finals. A loss will only continue the narrative of his flopping on the biggest stage, but accounting for his team’s pre-finals expectations, a fifth finals loss would only be about 0.6 more than he should have, given preseries expectations for all seven series.On the other hand, if the Cavs upset the Warriors – which would be the second-biggest upset by any MVP on this list — LeBron will actually have 0.4 more titles than expected, and his three titles in seven finals appearances would have been harder to achieve than Kobe’s five titles in the same number of trips. Or to translate that to sports cliché: LeBron would still have a losing record in the finals, but he’d have earned his rings the hard way. What may be surprising, however, is that LeBron’s teams have won about as many titles as expected (0.3 fewer than expected, to be exact) because his teams simply were not supposed to win many of those series. LeBron had by far the lowest expected series win percentage of any of the stars (39 percent), which is a result of the strength of his teams relative to that of the opponents he’s faced. This brings us to an important point: Because this is based on pre-finals projections, the impressiveness of those aforementioned miracle runs to the finals (such as the 2007 Cavaliers) doesn’t show up in the ledger. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar105.1516+0.9 2012Oklahoma City Thunder51 2011Dallas Mavericks63 2007San Antonio Spurs13% PLAYERFINALS APPEARANCESEXP. WINSEXP. WIN PERCENTAGEACTUAL WINSWINS ABOVE EXP. 2015Golden State Warriors28 LeBron James’s chances to win the NBA Finals Tim Duncan64.1685+0.9 read more

Sam Querrey Beats Novak Djokovic In A Very OldFashioned Upset

Pete Sampras9193–5695– Mats Wilander5492–150– PLAYERWINSWIN PERCENTAGEWINSWIN PERCENTAGE Boris Becker7387–267– Record in first three rounds of Grand Slam events Bjorn Borg60100%–18100%– Rafael Nadal9995–33100– Jimmy Connors9298–37100– Andy Murray9298–——– Roger Federer14597–6598– Ivan Lendl9799–49100– Novak Djokovic entered his third-round match at Wimbledon on Friday against California-born Sam Querrey as the prohibitive favorite — not just to win, but to win in straight sets. Djokovic had won 30 straight Grand Slam matches, 86 straight matches in “the first week” of Slams — an imprecise phrase meaning the first three rounds, even though the fourth round sometimes starts in the first week — and an astonishing 73 consecutive sets in the first weeks of Slams.But on Saturday, Djokovic exited the match — one day, many rain delays and plot twists and inexplicable misses later — as a surprise loser.Just how big a surprise was it? It depends on what standard you hold Djokovic to. He and his rivals — fellow Big Four members Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray — have set an astonishingly high bar for consistency in what we’ll call “should-win matches,” as top-five players in the first week of Slams. Each member of the Big Four has won between 95 and 98 percent of should-win matches. If one of them has entered a major when healthy enough to play, that player has been almost a sure thing to advance to the fourth round.1This doesn’t count withdrawals before matches, such as Nadal’s before his third-round match at the French Open in May.But not all prior men’s tennis stars were nearly so consistent. They had off weeks or struggled at particular tournaments or faced tougher early opponents, back when draws were more open. Pete Sampras, who is tied for second all-time with Nadal as a winner of 14 Grand Slam titles, lost 7 percent of his should-win matches. So did Sampras’s top rival, Andre Agassi. If Djokovic wants help coming to terms with his loss, he can turn to his coach, Boris Becker, who lost 13 percent of his should-win matches. Becker’s contemporaries John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg all lost should-win matches more often than has Nadal, the least consistent of the Big Four early in majors. Andre Agassi7593–2392– AS TOP-FIVE PLAYERAS NO. 1 PLAYER John McEnroe5793–29100– Novak Djokovic10797–4798– Note: Andy Murray has never been ranked No. 1Source: tennisabstract.com Stefan Edberg8191–1292– Djokovic isn’t just a top-five player: He’s the world No. 1. And the world’s best player really should win should-win matches. The loss to Querrey was Djokovic’s first in a should-win match as No. 1. Nadal has never lost one. Federer lost one: to Gustavo Kuerten in the third round of the 2004 French Open. Kuerten was a three-time French Open champ. Querrey has never reached the quarterfinal of a Grand Slam.But again, these things used to happen more often. Sampras lost three should-wins as a No. 1. Agassi lost two. Becker lost only one — but he played only three. (He was No. 1 for only 12 weeks.)Other factors beyond the numbers might make more sense of Querrey’s win. His great serving, the rain delays, health problems that Djokovic alluded to after the match: All of these probably played a role in the upset. To topple any of the Big Four usually requires lots of things going right for the underdog. read more