ExPM Brian Mulroney says daughters inexperience shouldnt be held against her

first_imgAJAX, Ont. – While consistently dismissing critics who accuse her of cashing in on her family name, Caroline Mulroney has recruited her famous father to shore up support as she fights to seize the reins of Ontario’s Opposition.Former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney denied Monday that he was brought in to add clout to his daughter’s campaign as she falls behind in the polls with only days to go before the Progressive Conservatives choose a new leader.The former politician said he has been stumping for his daughter for weeks at fundraisers and other events, and said her bid for the leadership has been gaining momentum.“I’m here because I’m her father, that’s all,” he told reporters after a lunchtime event in Ajax, Ont., east of Toronto — one of three such events he is scheduled to speak at this week while his daughter campaigns in other parts of the province.He pushed back against suggestions that Caroline Mulroney, a Toronto lawyer and businesswoman, isn’t qualified for the job, saying he was also criticized as too green during his campaign to lead the federal party in 1983.“That’s goofy stuff. I had no political experience and look what happened: I won the two largest back to back majorities since Sir John A. MacDonald,” he said.Polls had him lagging in third place days before he won the leadership, he said. “I won that and I feel the same way about Caroline. She’s growing and the others are drawing anaemic crowds with very little enthusiasm that I can see,” he said.Former Tory legislator Christine Elliott, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford and parental rights activist Tanya Granic Allen are also vying to replace former Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown, who resigned in late January amid allegations of sexual misconduct.Brown has repeatedly denied the allegations and briefly campaigned to reclaim his job before dropping out of the race.While Mulroney appears to be bringing out the big guns in the last stretch of the campaign, having her father in the spotlight could send mixed messages, said Genevieve Tellier, a political science expert at the University of Ottawa.Mulroney has so far positioned herself as a fresh face outside of the political establishment and having her father there instead reinforces her connection to the old guard, Tellier said.It could also undermine her efforts to establish herself as a leader in her own right, Tellier said. The fact that the two are appearing separately rather than together suggests Mulroney is trying to strike a balance, she said.Mulroney’s camp said she is grateful for her father’s support as she crisscrosses the province meeting party members.“Most know him as a lifelong conservative whose commitment to public service continues,” said spokeswoman Melissa Lantsman. “He’s someone she turns to for advice and she’s grateful for his support.”While the 43-year-old mother of four has faced the most scrutiny over her high-profile family connections, two of her rivals also have ties to well-known politicians.Elliott’s late husband Jim Flaherty was a former provincial Tory legislator and went on to become the federal minister of finance under former prime minister Stephen Harper. Ford’s late brother, Rob Ford, was the mayor of Toronto until 2014.Mulroney’s family may have been more of a focus because she was relatively unknown before launching her bid for the leadership, while the other two candidates were already public figures, Tellier said.Even Brian Mulroney had been in the public eye before he became leader of what was then called the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, because he had made an unsuccessful bid for the job a few years earlier, she said.“He was not somebody coming out of the blue,” Tellier said.The son of another famous Tory could also be running under the party’s banner in the spring election. Mike Harris Jr., son of Ontario’s former Progressive Conservative premier Mike Harris, told the radio station 570News he plans to seek the party nomination in Waterloo, Ont., a riding currently held by the New Democrats.The Ontario Tories announce their new leader March 10.last_img read more

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Liberals mortgage help for firsttime buyers lands Sept 2 weeks before vote

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals say a new program to help new buyers pay for their first home will kick in on Labour Day.The program that will help cover some mortgage costs will be available starting Sept. 2, only weeks before the October federal election.The government’s plan will see it pick up five per cent of a mortgage on existing homes for households that earn under $120,000 a year, on a mortgage of no more than $480,000.It plans to cover up to 10 per cent to spur construction for new homes.There isn’t any interest on the federal money.A buyer will have to repay it if they sell their house, or after 25 years of living in the home.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Resignation of GuineaBissaus Prime Minister sparks Security Council concern

In a statement to the press on behalf of the 15-member panel, Ambassador Dumisani S. Kumalo of South Africa, which holds the rotating Council presidency this month, expressed particular concern at the conflict between the Government and the National Assembly.The press statement followed a briefing to the Council by Shola Omoregie, the Secretary-General’s Representative in Guinea-Bissau, on the latest developments in the country, which has been beset by persistent political and personal divisions among its key stakeholders.Prime Minister Aristides Gomes resigned from his post yesterday after his Government lost a no-confidence vote in the National Assembly last week.Today’s Council statement “expressed serious concern at the drug and human trafficking, and organized crime,” and urged the Government to do all it can to tackle these problems, as well as the proliferation of small arms.The statement added that the international community must provide Guinea-Bissau with the necessary help to strengthen its security institutions and to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the legislature.It also welcomed the communiqué issued earlier this week in Lisbon, Portugal, by the International Contact Group on Guinea-Bissau, and backed the efforts of that group, as well as the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), to alleviate the country’s humanitarian suffering.In his most recent report on the work of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that regional international support for Guinea-Bissau was ebbing, partly because of the inability to carry out necessary reforms of public administration and the security sector.This meant critical donor aid was at risk and the Council press statement stressed the need for international financial institutions to maintain their engagement.UNOGBIS was set up in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, emerge from the devastation of a civil war and various coups in which thousands of people were killed, wounded or forced from their homes. 29 March 2007The Security Council voiced alarm today about the political and social tensions in the small, impoverished West African nation of Guinea-Bissau after the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, and called on Government and legislative leaders to resolve their differences through dialogue. read more

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Falling pound appears to give UK service companies a lift

LONDON — A closely watched survey shows that the falling pound has helped Britain’s service companies pick up new business.In their joint survey, financial information company IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply said Monday that an increase in new work lifted business activity growth to its highest since October 2018.The sector’s purchasing managers’ index rose to 51.4 points in July from 50.2 the previous month, taking the index further above the 50-level that marks no change in output.The survey found respondents saw an export boon from the weak pound.The pound has fallen sharply in recent weeks amid growing talk within the British government that the country will leave the European Union on the Brexit date of Oct. 31, with or without a withdrawal agreement.The Associated Press read more

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Annual UN health forum adopts resolution calling for support to control SARS

In the resolution and in the debate that preceded its adoption, SARS was clearly recognized by the World Health Assembly (WHA) – the WHO’s annual meeting – as a serious threat to the stability and growth of economies, the livelihood of populations, and the functioning of health systems as well as a cause of great human suffering.The resolution, which, according to WHO, recognizes SARS as the first severe infectious disease to emerge in the twenty-first century, also urges countries to promptly and transparently provide requested information to the UN agency. Countries are further asked to request its support when control measures are ineffective in halting the spread of disease.The Assembly also considered a report on the emergence and spread of SARS and on the international response to date. Lessons learned in the ongoing response to SARS were considered relevant to improved preparedness for the next new disease, the next influenza pandemic, and a possible act of bio-terrorism, WHO said.The resolution acknowledges the need for WHO to continue updating the list of areas with recent local transmission of SARS, but to do so in a way that minimizes socio-economic consequences.As of today, a cumulative total of 8,221 probable SARS cases with 735 deaths have been reported from 28 countries. read more

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Microcredit and microfinance are important poverty reduction tools Annan

“Observance of the International Year of Microcredit provides a significant opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of microcredit and microfinance in the eradication of poverty, share good practices and further enhance programmes that support sustainable pro-poor financial sectors around the world,” Mr. Annan says of the year, to be observed in 2005.”Expanding outreach can contribute to achieving the goals of the major conferences and summits as well as the Millennium Development Goals, particularly targets related to halving the proportion of the people living in extreme poverty by 2015, and promoting gender equality and empowerment of women,” he adds.The General Assembly had requested a report on the implementation of the first UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006) and a draft programme of action for the International Year of Microcredit.Mr. Annan recommended that the Assembly invite the World Bank, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the UN Capital Development Fund and relevant organizations of the UN system to establish a working group to prepare recommendations for stimulating sustainable, pro-poor financial sectors.On the implementation of the Decade for Poverty Eradication, the Secretary-General said that progress had been patchy and uneven, noting that “while there has been progress in faster growing developing countries on many fronts, the poorer developing countries, where economic and social development is most needed still lag behind.” Some fresh developments and results did point toward progress, he added, stating that those efforts were worthy of concerted support at the regional and international levels. “If these efforts can be sustained and leveraged, the political and social environment that emerges will provide a sound and stable basis for economic and social development that will contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals,” he added. read more

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As UN aid is distributed in Indonesia tsunami official focuses on warning

Deputy Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery Eric Schwartz, who yesterday completed a three-day mission to Aceh in Sumatra, said the signs of progress in the region following the devastating 2004 tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people are “unmistakable”, but he warned that this week’s tragedy in Java highlighted the importance of being prepared for such disasters.“Enthusiasm for progress in Aceh…is tempered by the tragic deaths resulting from the tsunami that struck central and southern Java last Monday. I express most sincere condolences to the people and the Government of Indonesia.”“This tragedy only underscores the crucial importance of stronger efforts to put in place comprehensive early warning and disaster preparedness systems throughout the tsunami-affected region – and in all disaster-prone areas around the world,” he said, adding that Indonesia’s Government had taken steps to address these issues, although with thousands of kilometres of coast, the challenges are formidable.The death toll in the disaster has now risen to more than 500, with nearly 400 injured and close to 300 still missing. Rescue workers are assisting the injured and continuing their search for survivors, but hopes of finding any more are dimming. In West Java, which was the worst hit part of the island in Monday’s disaster, local Indonesia authorities have reported a total of 37,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs), although reports from a UN assessment team that was immediately despatched to the area indicate that many of these people may quickly return to their homes, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) said.“Emergency food rations are now being distributed to the victims who need it most,” said Tony Banbury, WFP’s Regional Director for Asia. “Close and quick cooperation between the Indonesian Government, the World Food Programme and the local Red Cross ensured food was one thing the victims of yet another natural disaster in Indonesia did not have to worry about,” he added.Ten metric tonnes of WFP food aid – micronutrient-enriched noodles and biscuits – have arrived so far, and are already being distributed to IDPs in and around the resort town of Pandangaran by the local Red Cross, while WFP dispatched another shipment of approximately 10 metric tonnes of the same commodities today. In Pandangaran, which is near the epicentre of the offshore earthquake that caused the tsunami, 16 IDP camps have been set up, as well as eight public kitchens managed by the local Red Cross and other non-governmental organizations.Six truckloads of emergency aid from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have also reached the affected areas, including 200 tarpaulins for shelter, 5 large tents, 5,000 jerry cans to carry safe water, 1,000 hygiene kits and basic emergency health kits with essential medical supplies, the agency said. read more

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Turner Broadcasting parent of CNN TBS TNT to cut about 1475 jobs

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Turner Broadcasting, the parent of the CNN, TBS and TNT networks, is eliminating about 1,475 jobs, or about 10 per cent of its total employees.Monday’s announcement follows an offer of voluntary buyouts to 600 veteran employees in August, part of an overall cost-cutting effort at the Atlanta-based broadcasting company founded by Ted Turner.Turner said Monday that the restructuring includes cutting jobs, eliminating unfilled positions and voluntary departures.The eliminations will affect 18 different locations and will come from its news, entertainment, sports, and business units as well as corporate positions. A spokesman said Turner is eliminating 975 jobs in Atlanta, where it is based. That will reduce its workforce in that city to about 5,500.The company also plans to add about 150 new positions in areas of investment and growth.Turner’s CNN division has struggled in recent years to find a programming strategy that will allow it to get and keep viewers as it competes with cable news rivals Fox News and MSNBC. And TNT and TBS, which once relied heavily on reruns of old broadcast shows to fill their schedules, are under increased pressure to create more original programming.Turner Broadcasting System, which also owns The Cartoon Network, HLN, TruTV and Turner Classic Movies, is a unit of New York-based Time Warner Inc., the company behind HBO and Warner Bros. studios.Shares of Time Warner fell 90 cents to close at $73.82 Monday, and were unchanged in after-hours trading. Turner Broadcasting, parent of CNN, TBS, TNT, to cut about 1,475 jobs, or 10 per cent of staff by The Associated Press Posted Oct 6, 2014 2:54 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Randy Moss Says His Time With 49ers Is Over

Wide receiver Randy Moss said his time with the San Francisco 49ers has come to an end.“Wished we could’ve finished the job!! Thanks for the opportunity an good luck in the future 9ers,” Moss tweeted Saturday evening.There was no specific reason of given for why the 49ers did not wish to retain the services of the future Hall of Famer, but comments made by Moss before the Super Bowl may have added to the organizations decision to go their separate ways.Moss said then that he was dissatisfied with his role on the team.“I don’t like my role. I don’t,” Moss said. “I like to be out there playing football.”San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke gave a slight hint during the NFL Combine that the team had already reached a conclusion about Moss not returning to the team for the 2013 season.“We’re certainly happy that he was in [in San Francisco],” Baalke responded when he was asked about Moss’ future with the team. “Is he going to return this? I don’t know that yet.”Apparently, the 36-year-old Moss, who signed a one-year deal with the 49ers last March after returning from a one-year retirement, received word that he will not be back.Moss played in all 16 games and 28 receptions for 434 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season, making two starts. In the 49ers Super Bowl loss to the Ravens, he caught two passes for 41 yards.Despite Moss and the San Francisco parting ways, he told some of his 49ers teammates that he still can play at a high level, according to CBSSports.com.Moss had become a fixture in the 49ers locker room, even for starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick.“He was great to me,” Kaapernick said in an interview with the NFL Network on Feb. 28. “He made sure I knew what the defense was doing. He was someone that helped me a great deal and I hope he’s back with us.”Now that it is clear that Moss will not return, he will hit the free agent market on March 12, with the hopes of finding a suitor.Moss will be looking to add to his 982 catches for 15,292 yards and 156 touchdowns, but hopefully with a Super Bowl contender. read more

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Prison security questioned as police find getaway car after murderer escapes during

first_imgPolice said the getaway car was parked in the Adlam Crescent area of Fazakerley from around noon on Tuesday with at least one man inside, before travelling to Aintree University Hospital where it was seen parked from around 1.25pm.It was found in the Adlam Crescent area at 8pm last night.At about 3.05pm, Walmsley escaped from his guards outside the Aintree hospital as they were leaving following the medical appointment.As they were getting into a car, two men threatened the prison officers and demanded they release him, before escaping in the gold-coloured Volvo. An entrance to Aintree University Hospital, close to where Shaun Colin Walmsley fled after two armed men ambushed the car he was inCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Police located the gold getaway car The Aintree University Hospital building in the Fazakerley area of Liverpool Police hunting a convicted murderer who was sprung from prison during a scheduled hospital visit have found the getaway car used in the escape.Shaun Walmsley, from Liverpool, escaped when two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at Aintree University Hospital during a visit from the city’s HMP Walton on Tuesday afternoon.The three fled in a gold-coloured Volvo with the reg plate MW02 XHE.Detectives have found the car in the Fazakerley area of Liverpool and it is being forensically examined. Detectives are advising the public not to approach Walmsley if they see him.He is described as white, 6ft tall, slim build with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing dark bottoms and a dark jacket.The man who was believed to be armed with a gun during the escape is described as having his face covered and was wearing white shoes, grey tracksuit bottoms with a stripe down each side, a grey hoody and a dark coat.The second man, who was believed to be armed with a knife, is described as having his face covered and was wearing a green coat, dark Nike trainers and grey tracksuit bottoms. 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. Hospital in Liverpool after the escape He also said his understanding is that the two prison officers and Walmsley turned up to the hospital appointment in a taxi, but that he is waiting for confirmation.”The issues are; how it has been allowed to happen, why there were only two guards for a category A prisoner, and why he was not in a secure vehicle, if that was the case?” he added.”Why is it the case he has been able to communicate with people outside, exactly when he was attending a hospital appointment – these are questions that all need to be asked.”For the people of this city it is an unacceptable breach and lapse of security and we are lucky that the officers were not challenged and the firearm was not discharged in that situation.” How it has been allowed to happen, why there were only two guards for a category A prisoner, and why he was not in a secure vehicle, if that was the case?Joe Anderson, Liverpool Mayor Labour’s Liverpool Mayor, Joe Anderson, said he is “angry and incredibly shocked” by the “serious security breach”, and is waiting for a full briefing into what happened.He said: “We have to call for an inquiry into what has gone on and what has happened – I am going to write to the Home Secretary.”He added: “This is somebody who is a convicted murderer who could well be in my city or anywhere else. We don’t know whether he has got out to be part of any drug disputes in the city.”Mr Anderson said it is a “tense time” in the city of Liverpool following recent murders and that to him it looks like Walmsley has been able to plan the escape well in advance. HM Prison Liverpool, where murderer Shaun Colin Walmsley was being heldCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Police located the gold getaway carCredit:PA A police car is parked outside Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool after the escapeCredit:Peter Byrne/PA Detective Superintendent Natalie Perischine, of Merseyside Police, said: “Following inquiries today we have managed to locate the last registered owner of the Volvo and he sold the car in a private transaction about two months ago.”The car was not re-registered. For the last two months that car has been stored somewhere, it could have been on a street, or in a garage, but someone may have seen it.”It is a very distinctive gold Volvo with silver alloys and we don’t believe that the offenders have used cloned plates.”So if you have seen this car parked up on your street, or being driven in your area, please contact us as information you have could help us identify those involved in the incident yesterday.”She added: “As I have previously stated, Shaun Walmsley and the two others involved in the incident yesterday are dangerous individuals and we will be relentless in our pursuit of them.”We have put significant resources into this investigation to put Walmsley back behind bars and officers and staff are working hard with other forces, the National Crime Agency and other forces and agencies on the continent in a bid to trace him.” The mayor of Liverpool has called for an “immediate inquiry” and Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotheram has written to the Home Secretary to demand an explanation as to what happened. The Aintree University Hospital building in the Fazakerley area of LiverpoolCredit:Dave Thompson/PA HM Prison Liverpool where murderer Shaun Colin Walmsley was being held An entrance to Aintree University Hospital, close to where Shaun Colin Walmsley fled after two armed men ambushed the car he was inlast_img read more

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A black dress with a Greek signature shines on the Red Carpet

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In what was one of the most political and emotionally charged awards shows of the season, the 2018 Golden Globes made history for becoming a platform for the Hollywood elite to make a statement about sexual harassment and gender equality in the industry. It was a rare image to see all the major stars of cinema and television, make an appearance on the red carpet wearing black, with most men sporting the ‘Time’s Up’ pin. What is even rarer, though, was to see a Greek signature on one of the black dresses that stood out. Worn by Alison Brie, who was nominated for her performance at the Netflix show ‘Glow’, the long, wavy strapless dress, which incorporated a pair of trousers – which accentuated the feminist tone of the event – was a creation of Athens based designer Vassilis Zoulias. Speaking to the Greek edition of Marie Claire magazine, Zoulias shared the backstory that led his name being the answer to the stereotypical question: “Who are you wearing?”It all started when Zoulias met Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, the famous pair of fashion photographers, at the wedding of a mutual Greek American friend, for which he had designed the dress. When the designer expressed his wish to have one of his collections photographed by the pair, they invited him to their studio in New York. When he did, his creations gained the attention of Christina Ehrlich, deemed by ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ as one of “the 25 Most Powerful Stylists in Hollywood”, who happened to stop by the studio on that day. A handful of her clients graced the Golden Globe red carpet on Monday, most notably Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig (whose film ‘Lady Bird’ won the best motion picture (musical/ comedy) award), Allison Williams, Laura Dern (who also wore a Vassilis Zoulias creation at another event) and of course, Brie, who was voted ‘Best Dressed’ by the popular magazine ‘UsWeekly’. Posting the photo of the actress in the Zoulias creation on her own instagram account, Ehrlich commented: “She wears the pants!”last_img read more

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STEM Education Doesnt Come Cheap From Sony

first_img Start saving: Sony’s Koov STEM learning toy is on sale now, and it’s not cheap.Pre-order the all-in-one coding, robotics, and design kit—expected for release on March 25—for $519.99.A big investment, yes. But your money goes a long way: The initial offering, aimed at educators, comes with more than 300 pieces and 30-plus hours of content to support science, technology, engineering, arts, and match curricula.Sony anticipates students across the country will begin to “unlock their creativity” using Koov. Construct colorful 3D robots and learn the coding skills necessary to bring them to life.“If they can imagine it, they can build it,” the product website said.One year after releasing Koov in Japan, Sony is taking its crowdfunded toy to the market.A modular system that helps creators of all ages (but mostly children) bring their imagination to life, Koov echoes Lego Mindstorms’ programmable robotics construction set. Which, like Sony’s new merchandise, is relatively simple to use, but can produce incredibly complex designs.Seven types of translucent blocks can be assembled into any shape, which is controlled like a robot. Sony’s Scratch-like drag-and-drop coding system makes it easy for kids to learn and create; Koov automates finished instructions for the digital blocks to follow.Toy bricks are nearly as old as time itself; one of the first references to alphabet nursery blocks was made by English philosopher John Locke in 1693. But advances in technology have brought us far from the “rational toys” intended to teach children about gravity, physics, and spatial relationships.The educator kit is available now for $520 (via Sony Global Education)This is Sony’s first offering under the Global Education branch’s STEM101 curriculum, developed as an “innovative way” to teach various subjects in primary schools around the world.“As rapid changes in technology and the climate give rise to an increasingly complicated modern society, more and more problems are turning into truly global issues,” Sony Global Education said in its 2016 introduction of Koov. “These problems demand solutions, and knowledge alone cannot solve them.“Rather, the ability to utilize one’s knowledge to work through a problem and come up with a solution is what is key, perhaps more so than ever,” the company added.Koov connects to iOS (9 and above, iPad mini 4 and up, iPad Pro, iPad Air) and MacOS (10.9 or newer) via Bluetooth, or direct USB for Windows 7/8.1/10 64bit users. Chromebook compatibility is coming soon.Sign up online to receive the latest news and special offers from Koov. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. NASA Invites U.S. Students to Name Mars 2020 RoverLego’s New Boost Coding Kits Let You Build and Control R2-D2 center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Weather Eye October has been a wet one

first_imgToday, we transition from a cold, upper-level trough of low pressure to a warmer ridge of high pressure. It won’t stay dry for too long as rain will follow this brief dry spell. Freezing levels will be higher during the weekend and into next week, so much of the snow that fell below 6,000-8,000 feet will melt. After all, it is early in the season.And you thought it was dry? Yes, we had a good stretch of dry weather in August and September, and even into the first part of October. But recent rains have pushed rainfall totals well over what is usually expected for the entire month, and the month isn’t over yet.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 3.5 inches of rain fell in Vancouver in October, and with more storms heading our way, it could be at 5 inches by 11:59 p.m. on Halloween. This month might end up being the wettest October in at least 15 years or so.Snowfall amounts were decent at the higher ski areas, with 18 to 24 inches. It has been said that if ski areas can open by Thanksgiving, that is a good year. Thanksgiving comes early this year, on Nov. 22, so we will see if we can get a few more episodes of snow in the Cascades by then.The hurricane season in the Caribbean wasn’t as robust as forecast, but a late-season hurricane, Sandy, hit Jamaica on Wednesday, with winds gusts of 80 mph. Sandy might meander northward and bring inclement weather to the East Coast by next week.last_img read more

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Alaska lawmakers reject Wasilla as site for special session

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska lawmakers have rejected Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s location of his hometown of Wasilla for a special session that starts next month. When asked what happens if lawmakers actually convene in Juneau instead of Wasilla, Dunleavy’s spokesman Matt Shuckerow said: “We’re going to wait and see what happens. We hope that they think better of this and choose to come meet in Wasilla.” “The majority of legislators in both bodies considers it our right to determine the location and venue best equipped to conduct business on the governor’s special session call, while providing the most access to as many Alaskans possible,” the statement said.“Instead of convening in Wasilla, legislative leadership is attempting to retreat back to Juneau,” Dunleavy said in a statement, adding that state law gives a governor the authority to set the location for a special session. “This move to negate the special session in Wasilla has no legal basis.” The Alaska Legislature will instead convene in Juneau on July 8 and then hold a majority of its meetings in Anchorage, House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, an independent from Dillingham, and Senate President Cathy Giessel, an Anchorage Republican, said in a joint statement. However, some lawmakers saw the Wasilla location as a means of intimidation or cited security or logistical concerns at his preferred site, Wasilla Middle School. The sole topic for the special session is to determine the amount of this year’s oil fund check to residents, a politically divisive issue that has been simmering for years and is nearing a boiling point. The checks have been smaller for the past three years as political leaders struggling with a budget deficit strayed from a formula in state law for calculating them.If the law is followed as Dunleavy wants, this year’s check will be about $3,000. The House, controlled by a bipartisan majority composed largely of Democrats, rejected a full payout during the first special session of the year, in Juneau, while the Republican–led Senate was more closely divided in not advancing a full payout. “The fact that legislative leadership plans to run away from the Mat–Su Valley back to their hiding places in Juneau is extremely illuminating,” said House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt, an Anchorage Republican. “The legislative leadership has already tried to have these conversations on the budget, PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend), and education in the dark back rooms of far–away Alaska; they haven’t found answers. Now, we should be having these conversations in full view of the public.” Edgmon and Giessel said funding the check was important, but the agenda for the special session should have also addressed long–term stability of the program. They also faulted the call for the session not including the capital budget, which needs to be finalized by the end of July.center_img They said Alaska private sector businesses could be hurt if Alaska has to forfeit nearly $1 billion in federal highway and aviation projects because matching dollars would not be available if the capital budget isn’t approved. Edgmon cited security concerns about the Wasilla location, earlier saying he received threatening phone calls and “angry, vitriolic” emails from people upset with lawmakers not approving the higher amount. He said many emails have come from the Matanuska–Susitna region. Lawmakers from the region, the Matanuska–Sustina Borough, or the Mat–Su Valley as it’s known, touted the fact that unlike Juneau, Wasilla is on the state’s road system. Juneau is accessible by only plane or boats, but a majority of the state’s residents could drive to Wasilla. The Legislature fell one short of the 40 needed to call itself into session and set its own agenda. However, Edgmon and Giessel urged the governor to expand the call of the session to include both of those items. Dunleavy had called the session for Wasilla, home to his conservative base. Dunleavy said a change of location for the second special session this year would be good for lawmakers, who have not completed their work in five months in Juneau. A 30–day special legislative session in Wasilla could cost $1.3 million, according to estimates released last week by the Legislative Affairs Agency. It estimates a 30–day special session in Juneau that includes House and Senate Finance committee meetings in Anchorage could cost around $855,000.last_img read more

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VIDEO Britney Spears has a surprisingly lethal jumper is not unattractive

first_imgEverybody knows Britney Spears can sing and dance, but it’s a well kept secret that she also has some game. Spears took some time off from making hits to post a video to her Twitter account of her burying some jumpers in the L.A. sunshine while not wearing a ton of clothing.After hitting a couple of shots, she ended up goofing around with her sister, who’s name is something. Who knew Brit had a silky J?Your move, Christina Aguilera.Perfect day to shoot some hoops ?? pic.twitter.com/WBIrG0o1tV— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 8, 2017 Advertisementlast_img

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Officials announce construction of new Cancun military base

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — The mayor of Cancun along with other government officials celebrate the announcement of a new military facility for the city.The new military base will be located in the municipality of Benito Juárez that borders the continental zone of Isla Mujeres.The construction of the new Military Police Brigade and the Military Housing Unit was announced by the Secretary of National Defense, Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda and state governor, Carlos Joaquín González, and was celebrated with Municipal President, Remberto Estrada Barba.The land for the new base called Arco Norte, was donated by the state government to the federation. Remberto Estrada stressed that the transfer of land and the construction of the base is proof of the commitment that all three levels of government have to gain security, which continues to be one of the main demands of the people.“It’s about strengthening capacities to fight criminal groups, reduce crime and restore peace and security to the population,” he said.He stressed that there are more than 3,000 troops that will be incorporated into these facilities once they are built, and that they will join forces with the existing security of the region. Many of the military members will be relocated along with their families in the brigade.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Latest Potential Cosby jurors claim hardship

first_imgThe Latest: Potential Cosby jurors claim hardship, want off by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2018 5:38 am PDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bill Cosby arrives for jury selection in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Corey Perrine) center_img NORRISTOWN, Pa. – The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial (all times local):5 p.m.A new group of potential jurors summoned to Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial is proving more opinionated and less willing to serve than the panel that produced seven jurors over the last two days.Two-thirds of the 119 people brought in for group questioning Tuesday afternoon said they’ve already formed an opinion about Cosby’s guilt or innocence. A little more than half of Monday’s panel said they had already made up their minds.All but about 20 people in Tuesday’s group begged off the case, saying it’d be a hardship to serve.Seven jurors have been picked for the retrial. Eleven slots remain to be filled.The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___12:50 p.m.Seven jurors have been picked in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.Prosecutors and the defence chose a half-dozen jurors in rapid succession Tuesday after only choosing one juror Monday. Five of the jurors are white and two are black. The panel so far has four men and three women.All of the jurors seated Tuesday say they’ve read media reports about Cosby’s case but haven’t formed an opinion about his guilt or innocence and can serve as fair and impartial jurors.The Cosby jury will consist of 12 jurors and six alternates.The 80-year-old comedian is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___11 a.m.Two more jurors have been picked in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.Both women say they’ve read media reports about Cosby’s case and the #MeToo anti-sexual assault movement. But they say they haven’t formed an opinion and can serve as fair and impartial jurors.They were picked Tuesday, the second day of jury selection. Cosby’s lawyers are upset because prosecutors have blocked two white men from serving on the jury, including one who said he thought many of the women coming forward in the #MeToo movement are “jumping on the bandwagon.”Cosby’s lawyers have also used two strikes, both to block white women from serving.Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home. He’s pleaded not guilty. His first trial ended in a hung jury.___8:50 a.m.The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial has delivered two major victories to the comedian’s legal defence.Judge Steven O’Neill ruled Tuesday that a woman who says his accuser was out for money can testify. He also ruled that the jury can hear the amount of the settlement that Cosby reached with his accuser.Cosby’s defence has laid out their plan to portray the accuser as a greedy liar who framed the comedian to get rich.His accuser’s attorney says that the woman, Marguerite Jackson, is “not telling the truth.”O’Neill previously helped prosecutor’s case by allowing five additional accusers to testify against Cosby.Jury selection in the case is continuing Tuesday.___8:30 a.m.Comedian Bill Cosby has arrived for the second day of jury selection in his retrial on sexual assault charges.A woman walking into the suburban Philadelphia courthouse with Cosby Tuesday said they are looking for fair and impartial jurors. Only one juror was chosen Monday during the first day of jury selection.The 80-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting a former Temple University athletics administrator at his home in 2004.The judge last June declared a mistrial after more than 52 hours of jury deliberations over six days. One juror said the panel was split 10-2 in favour of conviction, while another said the group was more evenly divided.The male juror seated Monday indicated he had no knowledge of the case and wouldn’t let what he’s heard about the #MeToo movement influence his ability to be impartial.___12:20 a.m.One juror has been picked and key rulings are on the way in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial.Judge Steven O’Neill says he will reveal his decisions on lingering issues in the case before jury selection resumes on Tuesday in suburban Philadelphia.O’Neill is expected to rule if Cosby’s lawyers can call a witness who says accuser Andrea Constand talked about framing a celebrity so she could sue and get money.Marguerite Jackson’s testimony is crucial to the defence’s plan to portray Constand as a greedy liar.Just one juror was seated as jury selection began on Monday. The young man said he had no knowledge of Cosby’s case.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.last_img read more

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first_imgPictured: Workshopper David cuts sheet metal to make fins (the part of the bell that catches the air). Seminar WeekSeminar Week (the first week of the workshop) is devoted to acclimating participants to Arcosanti and Arcology Theory.Roger Tomalty instructs the workshop about the geography and prehistory of the land surrounding Arcosanti.Ceramics Department Manager Ed Werman, explains the process of making siltcast bells to the group. November 16, 2001November WorkshopArcosanti’s Italian Project brings two Roma Tre (Roma, Italia) students and threeAccademia di Architettura Mendrisio (Switzerland) students for the November workshop.Marta Daponte and Carlo Tralongo, of Roma Tre, will participate in the 5-week workshop program while Efrem Cappelletti,Philip Holzborn and Fabio Cella, of Mendrisio, will continue at Arcosanti for a 6 month internship.For Italian Project information contact: Antonio Fragiacomo or Linda Roby.[Photos by: Jennifer Thornton] The Workshop also spent a morning in the Foundry learning how to make and assemble componentsof bronze Soleri Windbells.center_img Pictured: drilling holes in rods (part of the bell assembly). Frugal SoupThe workshop also joined Paolo Soleri, and residents at Frugal Soup – a once-a-month, simple lunch consisting ofsoup and bread, dedicated to exploring and acknowledging world hunger.last_img read more

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ScienceInsider "Such scientists are causing us huge damages with their irresponsible statements and we will be forced to sue them … to make up for the damages" Elegantly garbed and complemented by a shiny Tiffany & Co ring Simona Halep glistened alongside the WorldNo 1 trophy The affable Romanian was certainly photogenic during a glitzy ceremony in Singapore last October to celebrate finishing 2017 the WTA’s top-ranked player The elephant in the room however hung over like a dark cloud and undoubtedly dampened the festivities for the newly-minted No 1 Halep soon had to answer questions peppered from journalists about her inability to win tournaments and failure to break through at Grand Slams — as highlighted by her astonishing meltdown during the French Open earlier that year to an inspired Jelena Ostapenko Even though she had reached an admirable achievement everyone knows that winning majors ultimately matters in tennis It’s nice to be known as a No 1 but being a Grand Slam champion is far more important for legacy purposes Simona Halep Artwork by Rajan Gaikwad For Halep 2018 is as a defining year and one where she has to break her frustrating drought If she continues to fall short at majors Halep would be painted as an underachiever and a player unable to handle the lights when they shone brightest She had another golden opportunity in January’s Australian Open but fell short in a titanic struggle to Caroline Wozniacki who instead broke through for her maiden Slam There was no meltdown from Halep on this occasion and she was universally praised for a lion-hearted effort Still truth be told the 26-year-old had failed another chance to win a coveted major and she was starting to compile an unwelcome finals record at Grand Slams — an unflattering 0-3 Even though her consistency was to be admired Halep had played in more Grand Slam finals without winning than any other active female player and the pressure intensified for the French Open — where she had been a finalist twice before Once again she did the hard yards and stormed through to the final but the moment of truth was still ahead There would be no consolation prize; Halep just had to defeat Sloane Stephens at Roland Garros Perhaps it’s slightly hyperbolic but it certainly felt like Halep’s career was at a crossroad and another defeat would undoubtedly have been a major setback for her career Halep was staring down the barrel of another defeat at a set and break down and one couldn’t blame her if she was already thinking of her concession speech — a grim place she had been before However summoning the strength of a champion Halep raised her game and stunningly flipped the match around to lose just three more games for the remainder There were no mental demons on this occasion Impressively Halep turned the momentum around through a change of tactics including lengthening rallies and cutting back errors She had refuted the doubters and played her best when it mattered most Finally overcoming all the heartbreak Halep had become a Grand Slam champion and now it genuinely feels something special is ahead For so many the breakthrough is the hardest — think Roger Federer pre-Wimbledon 2003 or Steve Waugh before the 1989 Ashes — but once the barrier has been broken much success often follows For Halep she doesn’t have long to regroup with Wimbledon — the biggest tournament of them all — awaiting and she has been seeded No 1 for the women’s draw However the vagaries of playing on grass means Wimbledon can be sometimes akin to a crapshoot — heightened by women’s tennis being particularly open since Serena Williams went on maternity leave early 2017 Williams is back but still slowly rediscovering her best and some question whether the American legend can remain the redoubtable force of yesteryear Those question marks provide an opening for a player to take the throne and Halep is in the prime position considering her consistency of the past 12 months Even though she prefers clay and the hard courts Halep has had success at the All England Club reaching the semi-finals in 2014 and the quarters last year She has triumphed on grass before – in Den Bosch in 2013 The diminutive player who stands 5 foot 6 faces the daunting challenge of backing up her success in Paris Since 1974 in women’s tennis only Martina Navratilova Steffi Graf and Serena Williams have done the French Open-Wimbledon double in the same year If Halep does well at Wimbledon her standing will be elevated several notches Intriguingly it will be fascinating to see how Halep responds to having overcome such a mountain Will she still have the same requisite hunger or will she suffer an infamous ‘hangover’ which has tripped up many before Having displayed so much poise during that memorable French Open finale Simona Halep is on top of the world and it’s a heady place that one feels she’s thoroughly enjoying Undoubtedly that’s an ominous warning to her rivals at Wimbledon He deplored the situation where many youthstook great risk to travel out of the country for greener pastures through illegal means and end up dying“ Omole said Mayor Luigi Brugnaro reportedly set the order whilst speaking at a conference in RiminiA white van crashed into crowds on Las Ramblas – a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the Catalonian city – injuring a further 130 people But at least one activist group” he said" he said Beach Patrol Capt so far the athletes have had to put with theft However said she confronted the friend on social media "I have five broken ribs over a few weeks in 2012 But after he ended the affair citing cultural differences Mudhar and her family launched into the attacks which included threats of rape against his sisters and mother and also to blow up their home and cars the local daily ‘Swindon Advertiser’ reported Prosecutor Sue Cavender told the court that after 2015 she was made subject to a harassment warning by the police and a civil injunction brought by the family which prevented her from contacting them the report said In another incident a parcel of beef was put through the door of the family home which being Hindus they found very upsetting the prosecution said In victim impact statements the man’s two sisters said they had suffered great stress for many years because of the harassment and one of them claimed that Mudhar even got another child to bully her six-year-old son at school as part of her campaign of abuse Mudhar and Dogra had both pleaded guilty to harassment but avoided time behind bars as they were handed down two-year suspended jail sentences which refers to a deferred custodial sentence on strict conditions She also faces a six-month curfew during which her movements will be curtailed She has also been directed to complete 100 hours of unpaid community service attend rehabilitation days and pay 750 pounds towards legal costs The judge also imposed a restraining order banning Mudhar and Dogra from contacting the family going to the roads they live on or the temple they visit "I hope this sentence draws a line in the sand and there will be no repetition You have been warned both of you" the judge said Mudhar’s lawyer highlighted her difficult childhood during which her mother treated her harshly and Dogra’s lawyer said that he became involved after he felt the victims had racially abused his mother the complaint said PDPIn the past 30 years according to Heitkamp’s office The VHP and the RSS have demanded an ordinance to acquire land for constructing the temple in Ayodhya" the Congress MP said The researchers including adults will be swept up in the currents of the Southern Ocean soon; however Karen Smith which attracted 500 entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn Read next: Meet the New Female Artists of Wikipedia The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right nowSkipper: Now5 billion They always create many chances and score so much but A statement by the Media 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her body is reacting and how her tennis level is and we will take a decision regarding Australia Asthana has been accused of receiving a bribe from an accused probed by him in a case linked to meat exporter Moin QureshiThe CBI registered the case — FIR RC 13(A) of 2018 — on the basis of a complaint from Satish Sana who was facing a probe in the 2017 case allegedly involving meat exporter Moin Qureshi Sana alleged the officer had helped him to get a clean chit The CBI has also arrested Manoj Prasad believed to be a middleman when he returned from Dubai on 16 October However the agency has maintained silence on the issue Gujarat-cadre IPS officer Asthana is heading the special investigating team (SIT) handling crucial cases such as AgustaWestland chopper scam and loan fraud by business tycoon Vijay Mallya The team is also probing the Moin Qureshi case With inputs from agencies IDEAS Alex Massie is Scotland editor of the Spectator magazine Rugby an old English joke tells us is a hooligans game played by gentlemen whereas soccer is a gentlemans game played by hooligans Like many such waspish observations theres sufficient truth in the quip for it to sting Rugby after all takes its very name from one of the great English boarding schools at which it was developed and later in the nineteenth century codified If the sport has spread across the world since then it retains at least in its birthplace an air of upper-class privilege Such initial appearances can be misleading however As the rugby world gathers in England this month for the eighth edition of the sports quadrennial World Cup the game has arguably never been in ruder health As many as seven of the 20 competing nations have less than fanciful hopes of ultimate triumph and the tournament is likely to set new records in terms of both attendance and revenue Next year the abbreviated seven-a-side version of rugby will make its debut at the Olympics adding weight to the suspicion that at long last rugby is poised to break-out from its long-established heartlands and become a truly global game And why wouldnt it Rugby at its best offers a thrilling spectacle combining ferocious intensity with high-class athleticism French rugby it was once said was divided between those rugby men who were piano players and those who were piano shifters but in truth all rugby teams demand a balance be struck between the artistic and the muscular; it is the combination of high-skilled artistry and high-powered physical confrontation that gives the game its peculiar edge and its special advantage That in fact is why Victorian schoolmasters thought it a laboratory for growing character Rugby a sport in which the individual must sacrifice himself to the collective effort was a crucible within which a muscular form of Christian virtue could be developed Stout-hearted upstanding young men would then appreciate the values and priorities that would be needed to build and then keep the British Empire Or so went the theory Like cricket the British took rugby with them across the world New Zealand Australia and South Africa became strongholds of the game; frontier lands on the far edge of the world found in rugby a sport that perfectly expressed the kind of rugged hard-working societies they imagined themselves to be But rugby spread elsewhere too First to France then latterly to countries such as Argentina Italy and Romania If the contenders for glory at this tournament are still the traditional southern hemisphere powers plus England Wales Ireland and France this is also a worldwide festival of rugby From the south seas of the Pacific Tonga Fiji and Samoa to Japan and Uruguay and Georgia rugby has never been more international And the North Americans will be present too The USA Eagles and Canada have never quite fulfilled their promise but the rugby world appreciates only too well that if rugby could ever capture the hearts and minds of even a few million Americans the USA might easily become a powerful player at the upper echelons of the sports hierarchy Certainly the game has never been more popular in the US Last year the New Zealand All Blacks so named for the imposing black uniforms which on their own frequently appear to induce a sense of dread amongst their opponents played the US at Chicagos Soldier Field The game was a sell-out and though the Eagles were badly beaten it offered a hint of rugbys rich prospects in the US Moreover with American parents increasingly concerned by the potential for long-term damage caused by playing too much American football there is at least in theory an opportunity for rugby to spread its wings in north America Even a modest uptick in interest could pay a remarkable dividend The game after all is well-suited to the US Like American football it is simultaneously simple and complicated The goal advancing the ball over your opponents "try line" is understood in a second; the complexities of the sports rules and the skill required to master its many different positions make mastering rugby a different matter But at least at a high school or amateur level rugby remains a game for everyone of almost any different size or shape Somewhere there will be a place on the rugby field for you Rugby at any level is an incubator for collective endeavour The pleasure of a stand-out individual performance is considerable but the true satisfaction comes from the communal expense of effort Forwards win possession for backs and backs win ground for forwards and the pair enjoy a symbiotic mutually reinforcing relationship Each are essential just as every player is called to do his shift in defence Every rugby player must hurl his body into the fray on behalf of his team-mates This suffering when it works its greatest magic creates a bond of mutual obligation The members of a rugby team may grow old but their memories increasingly sepia-tinted endure forever No man is left behind Perhaps that sounds sentimental or overly romantic But it is the currency of rugby nonetheless Not for nothing do rugby people talk of "the rugby family" acknowledging that it stretches to all corners of the globe There are few other sports in which Tonga could meet France on remotely equal terms yet four years ago at the last World Cup Tonga defeated the French in one of the sports most glorious and memorable upsets In other places South Wales the Scottish Borders southwest France for instance rugby is the means by which any number of small towns define their place in the world Here as in the farmlands of South Africa or the sheep stations of New Zealand rugby is both working-class and classless The playing fields of the English private schools are many miles both figuratively and literally from these places but the values of community work and mutual support still apply Rugby above all is a game for hard men with big hearts A game of courage and artistry in equal measure No wonder that at its best it is soaked in a kind of sweat-stained poetry The intensity can be brutal but it is coupled with a kind of artistry that can reach awe-inspiring heights A game in short for warrior poets A game that reveals character as surely as it builds it A game for all Read More: 5 Reasons Why You Should Pause American Football and Watch the Rugby World Cup Read More: Multicultural New Zealand Has Melded Spirit and Skill To Create the Perfect Rugby Squad Contact us at editors@timecom IDEAS TIME Ideas hosts the world’s leading voices providing commentary on events in news society and culture We welcome outside contributions Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of TIME editorsLionel Messi the highest-paid soccer player in the world might be in some serious financial trouble Messi and his father have been accused of tax fraud in Spain and if they in an unlikely case are convicted the pair could face up to six years in prison and nearly $32 million in fines Messi in Motion: All eyes on Argentina’s Star Striker Lionel Messi during the 2014 World Cup match between Argentina and Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 15th 2014 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil Gustavo Basso—NurPhoto/Corbis Argentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Switzerland’s Admir Mehmedi and Johan Djourou during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo Brazil on July 1 2014 Kai Pfaffenbach—Reuters Argentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Iran’s Javad Nekounam during their 2014 World Cup Group F soccer match at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte Brazil on June 21 2014 Kai Pfaffenbach—Reuters Argentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia on July 5 2014 Damir Sagolj—Reuters Argentina’s Lionel Messi fights for the ball with Nigel de Jong of the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo Brazil on July 9 2014 Ricardo Moares—Reuters Argentina’s Lionel Messi escapes from Switzerland’s Valon Behrami (L) and Gelson Fernandes (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2014 round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo Brazil on July 1 2014 BALLESTEROSEPA Argentina’s Lionel Messi runs with the ball during the Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre on June 25 2014 Adrian Dennis—AFP/Getty Images Lionel Messi (10) carries the ball through the midfiel during the Round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup between Argentina and Switzerland on July 1st in Sao Paulo Brazil Gustavo Basso—NurPhoto/Corbis Argentina’s Lionel Messi chases the ball with Belgium’s Axel Witsel during their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia on July 5 2014 David Gray—Reuters Argentina’s Lionel Messi vies for the ball during a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on July 5 2014 Adrian 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