first_imgCAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) – Wednesdays mean giving back for the folks down at the Lazy Pirate and tonight’s event supporting the people in Puerto Rico did not disappoint.The Lazy Pirate down on Carolina Beach worked alongside Wilmington Response to hold the fundraising event. One hundred percent of profits as well as proceeds from the raffle and silent auction will fund supplies and the shipping of aid items to the people in western Puerto Rico.- Advertisement – The bar and restaurant has several employees who have family on the island now dealing with the after effects of hurricane Maria.“Honestly it’s overwhelming you see this much of the community come together and you know I’ve done this before and never have I seen this many people pull together. We’ve got a lot of people from Puerto Rico that work here, a lot of people that have volunteered their times and their talents,” says Nick Hiteshew with Wilmington Response. “We’ve got an artist that volunteered.”Each Wednesday, the bar and restaurant hosts a 501 (c) 3 non profit to help benefit.last_img read more

first_img Volunteers were instructed to keep trash separate from recyclable items.One of the organizers, Anna Grubbs, says that if people don’t keep areas like Greenfield Lake clean, there can be negative consequences.“There’s a lot of different impacts that we’ve seen in the area, more with fisheries and ocean with microplastics and everything getting into our food source and contaminating food sources because of trash,” said Grubbs. “It can definitely affect the animals here as well, there are plenty of animals here at Greenfield Lake.”Related Article: 10 tons of trash left behind on Virginia Beach after partyCape Fear River Watch picks a different location around Wilmington on the second Saturday of each month to gather trash and recyclables to keep our community clean. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than fifty people gathered at Greenfield Lake Saturday morning to help Cape Fear River Watch clean up trash that has been littered around the Wilmington landmark.People were able to pick up garbage along the shore, as well as take kayaks, canoes, and paddle-boats out on the lake to sweep the water.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img Monday, it’s members of the Army. Tuesday is the day for Marines. Wednesday is for the Navy. Members and veterans of the Air Force get a free sandwich Thursday. Friday will honor the Coast Guard.On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. any active duty or veteran from any branch can get a free sandwich. In honor of National Vietnam War Veterans Day Thursday, March 29, Mission BBQ will honor Vietnam veterans with a free sandwich. (Photo: Mission BBQ) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It is Armed Forces Week and a national barbecue chain is honoring each branch of the military, each on a different day.Mission BBQ, which has a location on South College Road in Wilmington, is giving a free sandwich to active duty members and veterans of a different branch every day.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgMoped driver dies in crash on Antoinette Drive (Photo: Kevin Dumas/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man has died after crashing his moped on Friday afternoon near Monkey Junction.The NC Highway Patrol says it happened around 1:00 p.m. on Antoinette Drive.- Advertisement – Troopers say the moped driver hit a spot of loose gravel, then ran into the ditch. His body landed in a homeowner’s yard on a brick flowerbed.Neighbors performed CPR.EMS took the moped driver to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.Related Article: Driver dies days after head-on crash in Pender CountyTroopers believe speed was a factor.No word yet on the man’s identity.last_img

first_img He shared his experiences and what he learned while serving, and said he is humbled to be recognized at Moores Creek.“We live in the greatest country in the world because of our veterans,” Marm said. “I’m just quite honored to be here and to be recognized.”This was Marm’s first time at the battlefield, he said he is impressed not only with the turnout of the event, but the facility itself. 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 Settings CURRIE, NC (WWAY) — Moores Creek National Battlefield extended their table to the public this weekend to hear a medal of honor recipient speak.Retired Colonel Joseph Marm served in the US Army during the Vietnam War, and spoke on the first major battle — the battle of Ia Drang.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_imgCOLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A pastor from a church in Currie has been charged with two counts of felony death by vehicle and driving while impaired in a crash that killed a Columbus County teacher and her husband.Gordon Lee Griffen, 57, turned himself in on Tuesday, according to the NC Highway Patrol.- Advertisement – On Friday night, Griffen was allegedly driving in the wrong lane on NC 905 when he hit another vehicle head-on.South Columbus High School teacher Jolena Joy Long Timmons, 51, and her husband, Donald Timmons, 41, were in that vehicle and were both killed in the crash.Griffen was injured and treated at the hospital.Related Article: Wilmington oral surgeon charged for allegedly sexually abusing patientsHe was placed under a $200,000 bond.Griffen is pastor at Moore’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, according to the church’s website. The church posted about the accident on Facebook over the weekend.“As we go throughout today and everyday going forward, please keep Pastor Gordon Griffin in your prayers during his recovery period from the accident that occurred late Friday afternoon. Also, please keep the Timmons Family in deep and consistent prayer as they prepare to have funeral services for Mr. & Mrs. Timmons who lost their lives in the accident. May the healing angels cover Tiffany and Adrian who remain in the hospital. God is able and he will cover both families during this time of bereavement and recovery,” the post reads.Funeral services for Jolena and Donald Timmons will be held on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in the South Columbus High School auditorium.Donald and Jolena Timmons (Photo: Inman Ward Funeral Home)last_img read more

first_imgEdward Snowden at Ted 2014 Advertisement Edward Snowden joined Twitter and guess who he decided to follow first: the NSA.The former US National Security Agency contractor, opened his Twitter account with a joke on Tuesday asking “Can you hear me now?”He wrote, in a short message that electrified the social network and made reference to his revelations about the agency’s spying on phone calls.Can you hear me now?— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) September 29, 2015 – Advertisement – As of now, he is only following the NSA, but has amassed over 800k followers.Among those who welcomed Snowden on Twitter was was Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist who revealed Verizon’s role in the NSA’s bulk domestic phone records program after meeting the former contractor in Hong Kong and obtaining the documents.Snowden was prodded to join Twitter by Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist and television host, during an interview on his “Star Talk” radio show. The interview unfolded “via robotic telepresence from Moscow.”Via TOIlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement BringCom Incorporated, a leading provider of connectivity solutions to developing countries, announced that it has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Datanet.Com, LLC.Established in 1999, Datanet is a network service provider operating in Uganda and Kenya and offering corporate network connectivity as well as secure and reliable wholesale access services.Datanet was the first company in the East African region to enroll in the MEF Services Interconnect program (MEF-SI) with the aim of establishing standardized Carrier Ethernet access services and networks. It also launched EP-LAN service over its Carrier Ethernet network between Uganda and Kenya powering multi-branch interconnectivities/operations and LAN extensions. More recently, the company announced its access network MEF CE 2.0 E-Access certification. – Advertisement – Datanet brings into the East African region MEF standardized/certified access circuits and services as well as standardized ENNI interconnections to expand further the global reach of standardized Carrier Ethernet services.“Datanet’s acquisition reflects BringCom’s strategy to expand its pan-African Carrier Ethernet network and international global connectivity services”, said Fabrice Langreney, President and CEO of BringCom.“BringCom’s investment in the region allows us to increase our ability to competitively service the stringent requirements of customers with challenging telecommunications applications.”Datanet will be renamed BringCom Uganda once the transaction is completed. BringCom is committed to providing affordable and reliable international connectivity services to corporations and government agencies in Africa and the Middle East.last_img read more

first_img(Photo Courtesy: San Francisco Chronicle) Advertisement According to a new report by the global provider of market intelligence on the technology industries, TrendForce, the global smartphone production volume for 2019 is expected to be 1.41 billion units, a decrease of 3.3% compared with 2018—due to weaker overall demand outlook and other unfavorable factors.The report claims the lack of breakthrough features/specs has made consumers less active than before with respect to replacing their existing devices.The market intelligence provider also stated that global smartphone production may reach 5% due to the uncertainty and fallout from the ongoing trade war between U.S. and China. – Advertisement – With all this going astray, Samsung would remain the market leader—with a market share of 20%, while Huawei is expected to surpass Apple with a market share of 16% and 13% respectively to become the world’s second largest smartphone maker. Apple would then take the third place.Huawei is likely become the only company to post positive growth in smartphone production, amongst the 3 giants. Samsung’s output is predicted to shrink 8% on-year to 293 million units, with Apple’s production likely to fall 15% to 189 million.According to NDTV news, Strategy Analytics—predicted global smartphone shipments to come to 1.43 billion this year, down 0.6% from a year earlier. Forecasting a market share of 20.3% for Samsung, 16.1% for Huawei and 14.4% for Apple.The difference with the results gathered by TrendForce is slightly not less nor much.[related-posts]last_img read more

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first_imgYou know what we were saying about the weather….Well it’s not just the rain on the horizon.With overnight ground temperatures expected to fall to as low as -5C next Tuesday, the team at Prestbury Park are getting ready to put down frost covers on all vulnerable areas, including the take-offs and landings. Very testing times for the Cheltenham executive.And if even colder weather comes into the equation, the entire course will be covered.Snow isn’t unprecedented at Cheltenham of course, remember The Thinker winning the Gold Cup in 1987? – the race was run in a snow flurry.Anyway, whatever the weather gods throw at Cheltenham NORMAL SERVICE WILL NOT BE THREATENED – SO PLEASE DO NOT ADJUST YOUR SET.What you can tune into now are the Star Sports excellent Cheltenham Preview Videos – with our esteemed panel of Luke Tarr – Head of PR Star Sports, Claude Duval – The Punters Pal (The Sun), Tom Lee – Channel 4 Racing and Bill Esdaile – Racing Editor, City AM.Eight preview videos are now online. More ‘mark your card’ than ‘test card’ so give them a watch CLICK HERElast_img read more

first_imgToday, I went to the South Bank, with well known pirate, of London betting-shops and dog-tracks, Jerry ‘Warfumstaw’ Croxford, and his two children Tommy and Georgie, to watch my very good friend, Long John Silver, who is appearing in Treasure Island ( . And what an excellent show it was too, Blog!I spoke with LJS afterwards, and contrary to popular belief: He did NOT die during any part of the island robbery, and would like me to confirm; that he is, in fact, alive and well, and now running a recently bailed out bank, in the City of London.Blog, do you think, if myself and Jerry were stranded on a desert island, with a treasure map, that we would manage to find the gold? Hmm… DO YOU THINK WE MIGHT, JUST ABOUT, PUT OUR MINDS TO IT, AND FIND AN EDGE?In other news:A Treasure Map for The Punters: Head West from Marylebone. 93 miles. After two and a half hours, you will reach a town; Cheltenham. Find racecourse. Enter betting-ring by any means. When looking across a morass of bookmakers, you will see one. Front row. Third from left. Approach him. He will know who you are. Bring a big bag of cash. Tell him you want to have £5,000 on every favourite all week. Give him the cash. X MARKS THE SPOT.Over and out, B xlast_img read more


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first_imgTwo matches remain in the Cricket World Cup and it’s long odds against we are going to see anything as dramatic as India v New Zealand. If we are, strap yourselves in.Sure, the weather played its part but like everyone else I thought the target of 239 set by New Zealand was fairly modest and not high enough to trouble India.What I didn’t count on was New Zealand’s explosive bowling on Wednesday which saw India’s top three all score just one run each. Incredible scenes.India staged a terrific fightback though causing dramatic volatility in the betting markets and just after 2pm they needed 81 runs from 53 balls with six wickets down. The crowd believed it was on. were 2/7 New Zealand and 3/1 India at this point.A superb partnership between Jadeja and Dhoni soared past 100 and suddenly India needed 37 from the last three overs. New Zealand were still 4/9 to hang on.A pivotal catch from Williamson claimed Jadeja with just 13 balls to go immediately sending the Black Caps back to 1/8.And then a six from Dhoni – who was then run out with the very next ball!The tail-enders were faced with a big ask, and it was over when Chahal edged behind. From looking like going to the wire – the game rather fizzled out and New Zealand had done enough. So now it’s New Zealand in the final at Lord’s awaiting England or Australia.That’s bad news for me as I went for England v India at the outset so work to be done again.Deep breath and on to Edgbaston on Thursday for England v Australia. What a match in store and the betting says all you need to know. England are narrow favourites with home advantage but the Aussies beat England in the group stages. No disrespect to New Zealand but both teams will now fancy their chances of going all the way, however there’s a massive semi-final standing in the way first.For all there’s been plenty of positives to take out of the World Cup, one thing I keep hammering on about is the start time. I mentioned on the radio today that 10.30am is too early, we saw it again at Old Trafford with India losing early wickets – there’s just too much moisture still about and even pushing back to 11am would make all the difference in my opinion and try and stop the weather having such a major say.As for Thursday, it is what it is and it will be interesting to see how England cope with the left-armers of Australia, it’s a very tough match to call as the format means it’s a game of just the smallest margins.Hopefully England will get off to a flyer and I’m sure if they win the toss they will bat first and try and make a stand.I want to be under 11.5 match sixes with in what presumably will be a close, edgy encounter with not too much gung-ho play.For top batsmen Jos Buttler (5/1) and Glenn Maxwell (11/2) are a couple of value alternatives against the more obvious. Both have it in them to put a decent score on the board.It’s hard to look beyond Mitchell Starc to be the top Aussie wicket taker at 9/4 and for England Chris Woakes appeals at 7/2 at his home ground and after his excellent performance against India.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK UNDER 11.5 MATCH SIXES 7.5pts at 5/6 with starsports.betBACK JOS BUTTLER TOP ENGLAND BATSMAN 3pts at 5/1 with starsports.betBACK GLENN MAXWELL TOP AUSTRALIA BATSMAN 3pts at 11/2 with starsports.betBACK CHRIS WOAKES TOP ENGLAND WICKET TAKER 5pts at 7/2 with starsports.betBACK MICTHELL STARC TOP AUSTRALIA WICKET TAKER 2.5pts at 9/4 with starsports.betPROFIT/LOSS SINCE JAN 1 2017: PROFIT 164.73 points(excluding Cricket World Cup ante-post)last_img read more

first_img schematic shows a trioxacarcin C molecule, whose structure was revealed for the first time through a new process developed by the Rice lab of synthetic organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou. Trioxacarcins are found in bacteria but synthetic versions are needed to study them for their potential as medications. Trioxacarcins have anti-cancer properties. (Credit: Nicolaou Group/Rice University) Share1Editor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice scientists synthesize anti-cancer agentTrioxacarcin molecules bind to the DNA of targeted cells and prevent them from replicating HOUSTON – (March 10, 2016) – A team led by Rice University synthetic organic chemist K.C. Nicolaou has developed a new process for the synthesis of a series of potent anti-cancer agents originally found in bacteria.The Nicolaou lab finds ways to replicate rare, naturally occurring compounds in larger amounts so they can be studied by biologists and clinicians as potential new medications. It also seeks to fine-tune the molecular structures of these compounds through analog design and synthesis to improve their disease-fighting properties and lessen their side effects.Such is the case with their synthesis of trioxacarcins, reported this month in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“Not only does this synthesis render these valuable molecules readily available for biological investigation, but it also allows the previously unknown full structural elucidation of one of them,” Nicolaou said. “The newly developed synthetic technologies will allow us to construct variations for biological evaluation as part of a program to optimize their pharmacological profiles.”At present, there are no drugs based on trioxacarcins, which damage DNA through a novel mechanism, Nicolaou said.Trioxacarcins were discovered in the fermentation broth of the bacterial strain Streptomyces bottropensis. They disrupt the replication of cancer cells by binding and chemically modifying their genetic material.“These molecules are endowed with powerful anti-tumor properties,” Nicolaou said. “They are not as potent as shishijimicin, which we also synthesized recently, but they are more powerful than taxol, the widely used anti-cancer drug. Our objective is to make it more powerful through fine-tuning its structure.”He said his lab is working with a biotechnology partner to pair these cytotoxic compounds (called payloads) to cancer cell-targeting antibodies through chemical linkers. The process produces so-called antibody-drug conjugates as drugs to treat cancer patients. “It’s one of the latest frontiers in personalized targeting chemotherapies,” said Nicolaou, who earlier this year won the prestigious Wolf Prize in Chemistry.Co-authors are Rice postdoctoral research associates Quan Cai, Shugao Zhu and Bo Qin and former visiting student Hongbao Sun.The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, the Welch Foundation and Rice University supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:K.C. Nicolaou Group: http://nicolaou.rice.eduRice University Department of Chemistry: for download: Nicolaou (Credit: Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more

first_img Baraniuk (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for happiest students and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line.  Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005 ShareEditor’s note: A link to high-resolution image for download appears at the end of this release. David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduBaraniuk named National Academy of Inventors fellow HOUSTON – (Dec. 13, 2016) – Richard Baraniuk, Rice University’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.  He is one of 175 academic inventors named this year, and is now among 757 fellows representing 229 research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutes.According to the organization, its fellows have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation to create or facilitate inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Combined, they are named inventors on more than 26,000 U.S. patents.Baraniuk is an early contributor to the field of compressive sensing, which enables new kinds of digital cameras and medical imaging devices. Recently, he and his colleagues introduced the FlatCam, a thin, lens-less camera platform that may enable flexible, foldable, wearable and even disposable cameras. Earlier, Baraniuk was co-inventor of the single-pixel camera that, unlike cameras with millions of picture elements (pixels), used one pixel and compressive sensing to gather light into a coherent image.He is also a pioneer in education. He founded Rice-based Connexions in 1999 to bring textbooks and other learning materials to the Internet. From that effort came OpenStax, which provides high-quality, peer-reviewed, college-level textbooks to students worldwide, either as free downloads or low-cost printed publications. More than 1.5 million college students have used OpenStax’ 25 textbooks, which will save them an estimated $70 million this academic year alone. Through OpenStax, Baraniuk is developing a software platform for textbooks that deliver personalized lessons.This year’s fellows will be inducted next April at the academy’s annual conference in Boston.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Richard G. Baraniuk web site: for download: AddThislast_img read more

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJeff  Baker Institute paper: Houston, Harris County law enforcement leaders favor drug policy reform HOUSTON – (Dec. 12, 2017) – Houston and Harris County law enforcement leaders support the need for drug policy reforms in the United States, according to experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.Credit: UniversityA new paper, “Houston-Area Law Enforcement Leaders Favor Drug Policy Reform,” authored by William Martin, director of the Baker Institute’s Drug Policy Program, comprises excerpts from interviews that Dean Becker, a contributing expert to the Drug Policy Program, conducted with former Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland (2010-2016), current Chief Art Acevedo, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and District Attorney Kim Ogg, along with additional comments by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Rodney Ellis.“These interviews document a notable congruence of opinion among Houston-area law enforcement leaders regarding U.S. drug policy — federal, state and local — and the need for reform,” Martin wrote. He cited several examples:“Most of us who are law enforcement executives believe that the war on drugs, the 1980s drug policies, was a miserable failure,” McClelland said in an interview. “There’s no doubt about that. … Most police chiefs understand that when it comes to marijuana use, we cannot criminalize such a large population of society that engage in casual marijuana use. You just can’t continue to do that. We understand that. We do.”Gonzalez stressed openness to reform by police. “We’ve been misguided in law enforcement for some time,” he said. “We try to find a law enforcement solution to things that simply don’t have a law enforcement solution. Three of those are poverty, mental illness and drug use/addiction.”Ogg said, “No evidence shows that aggressive prosecution of possession of marijuana, simple possession, has ever made us safer.” She was elected Harris County district attorney in 2016 after running on a platform whose most notable plank was a pledge to change the way misdemeanor marijuana offensives are dealt with in the county.Acevedo said, “When you see all these police chiefs here, the constables and the leader of the chiefs of police here in Harris County, what you’re seeing is unity. What some may characterize as being soft on crime, we’re trying to be smart on crime, focusing on what’s important to the people of this community, which is life, limb and their property.”Since 2000, Becker has interviewed more than 1,000 people for his Drug Truth Network broadcasts that originate on Houston’s KPFT-FM radio and are carried on 70-plus stations throughout the country. Extensive archives of these interviews in both audio and transcript forms are available on the Drug Policy Program’s website. In 2014, with assistance from the Baker Institute and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Becker published “To End the War on Drugs,” a topical arrangement of about 100 of these interviews.-30-For more information or to schedule an interview with Martin, contact Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.Related materials:Issue brief: bio: the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at or on the institute’s blog, read more

first_img Share this article An editor with The Huffington Post is now being investigated by the FBI after jokingly tweeting about destroying ballots cast for President-elect Donald Trump, the editor  said.Nick Baumann tweeted on Oct. 31, days before Election Day that “i love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots (sic).”On Nov. 4, he said he received a phone call from the FBI. He thought it was a prank call and didn’t call back. About a month later, the FBI agent tried again.“The reason I’m calling is—I can’t give you too many details over the phone—we recently received some complaints regarding some online postings that were made. I don’t know if you know what that’s in reference to, but would you be willing to sit down with us for a couple minutes tomorrow morning, by chance?” the agent asked him, according to Baumann’s article.@lachlan i love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) October 31, 2016“I know this may sound ridiculous,” the federal agent added, “but when we receive complaints, we have to follow them up, no matter what,” Baumann quoted him as saying. He clarified his comment later, saying it was reference to an earlier joke made by another user on Twitter that was apparently taken seriously by several right-leaning websites. It’s worth noting that Baumann didn’t work for a polling station when he crafted the joke tweet.@NickBaumann @lachlan @thedailybeast too late. You’ve been reported— holly jones (@hollyjones2012) November 1, 2016“It’s crucially important that the agency charged with investigating terrorism be able to tell the difference between what is a joke and what’s not. An agency that is using people’s tweets—and retweets—as evidence in terror trials should probably understand how Twitter works,” he argued.The investigation is still ongoing, Baumann added.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share US Show Discussion Huffington Post Editor Says FBI Is Investigating Him Over Joke Tweet By Jack Phillips December 7, 2016 Updated: December 7, 2016last_img read more

first_img Show Discussion The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington, D.C., on March 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Share this article US The IRS is delaying tax refunds for more than 40 million low-income families this year as the agency steps up efforts to fight identity theft and fraud.The delays will affect families claiming the earned income tax credit and the additional child tax credit. These tax breaks are geared to benefit the working poor, and many families claim both.“For most of these people it’s the biggest check they are going to get all year,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We are sensitive to that.”The tax filing season starts Jan. 23. But a new law requires the IRS to delay tax refunds for people claiming these credits until Feb. 15. Processing times will delay most of the refunds until the end of February, Koskinen said.The delay is designed to give the agency more time to screen the returns for fraud. The IRS estimates that it issued $3.1 billion in fraudulent tax refunds to identity thieves in 2014. The year before, the agency says, it paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds. Over those two years, the IRS says it blocked nearly $47 billion in fraudulent refunds.The earned income tax credit is one of the federal government’s largest anti-poverty programs. It has also been plagued by billions in improper payments each year, including overpayments, underpayments and fraud. In 2014, about 29 million families received more than $72 billion in earned income credits.“The EITC is a pro-work success,” said Chuck Marr, director of federal tax policy at the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “It encourages work, it rewards work, and it has long enjoyed bipartisan support for those reasons.”Eager to get refunds, about half of H&R Block’s customers who claim the EITC file their returns by early February, said Bill Cobb, president and CEO of the tax giant.The tax preparer is offering interest-free loans to taxpayers affected by the delay, Cobb said.The additional child tax credit also targets low-income families.Most families with children are eligible for the standard $1,000-a-child tax credit. The additional child tax credit is for low-income families who don’t owe enough in federal income tax to claim the full credit.For example, if you only owe $500 in federal income tax, you can use the $1,000 child tax credit to reduce your tax liability to zero. But you don’t get the other $500.The additional child tax credit enables eligible families to claim the rest of the credit in the form of a tax refund.In 2014, more than 20 million families claimed $27 billion in these credits.This year, the IRS expects to process more than 153 million tax returns. More than 70 percent of taxpayers are expected to get refunds. In most cases, the IRS says it can issue refunds within three weeks of receiving a return.The delayed refunds are part of a broader effort by the IRS to fight identity theft and fraud on refunds, which has mushroomed into a multibillion industry.Two years ago, the IRS started partnering with the major tax-preparation services and with state tax agencies to combat identity theft.“All of the players in the industry are sharing information against the common enemy, which is organized crime,” Cobb said.Koskinen said the agency is making progress.Last year, the number of people reporting to the IRS that their identities were stolen dropped by 50 percent, to 275,000 taxpayers, Kosinen said.However, a new report by an agency watchdog says stepped up screening by the IRS is also delaying legitimate refunds, forcing taxpayers to spend weeks or months proving their identity to the tax agency.Last year, about 1.2 million legitimate refunds — worth $9 billion — were delayed an average of more than 30 days, according to a report released Tuesday by Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate. Olson runs an independent office within the IRS.Koskinen said the IRS has had to get more aggressive in screening tax returns because the crooks have become increasingly sophisticated.“We’re talking about international organized crime syndicates,” Koskinen said. center_img IRS to Delay Tax Refunds for Millions of Low-Income Families By The Associated Press January 10, 2017 Updated: January 10, 2017 Share  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   last_img read more

first_img Share this article Videos: Hurricane Irma Begins to Hit Puerto Rico As video shows Irma destroying a camera St MaartenBy NTD Television September 6, 2017 Updated: September 6, 2017 Show Discussion Video footage shows that Hurricane Irma is starting to hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday.Going forward, the hurricane is forecast to slam Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands this afternoon, the National Hurricane Center said.Puerto Rico’s governor said that 700 people are in 150 shelters throughout the U.S. island territory.Several people uploaded clips of the winds on social media. Share A member of the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) monitors the trajectory of Hurricane Irma in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Sept. 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas)  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US Irma slammed islands in the Caribbean on Wednesday morning with catastrophic winds topping out at 185 mph.The astonishing force of Hurricane Irma was recorded on footage from a camera on Maho Beach on the Island of St Maarten.The deafening sound of the wind is captured on the video, along with the destruction the storm has caused to the surrounding area.Toward the end of the video, the camera is apparently broken by the hurricane’s force.Irma is expected to become the second powerful storm to thrash the U.S. mainland in as many weeks, but its precise trajectory remains uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people, bringing record-setting rainfall causing catastrophic flooding when it hit Texas late last month. The damage caused is estimated to be as high as $180 billion.Another video on YouTube showed the aftermath of Irma on St. Maarten. A house with its roof torn off appears as the camera pans to reveal the damage.Another YouTube user uploaded a video showing similar damage with part of the roof torn from a multi-story house.The NHC said Irma ranks as one of the five most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in the past 80 years and the strongest Atlantic basin storm ever outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.President Donald Trump approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, mobilizing federal disaster relief efforts, according to the White House.Authorities in the Florida Keys called for a mandatory evacuation of visitors to start at sunrise on Wednesday, and public schools throughout South Florida were ordered closed, some as early as Wednesday.Residents of low-lying areas in densely populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground by Wednesday, three days before Irma was expected to make landfall in Florida, as a precaution against coastal storm surges.Irma may be the most devastating storm in U.S. history, according to research firm Barclays, CNBC reported.“Given the potential magnitude of this storm as well as the potential to impact a highly populated area, we think Irma’s insured damage in Florida could be the largest ever in the US perhaps equivalent to Hurricane Katrina,” wrote Barclays’s Jay Gelb on Tuesday.The storm damage could cost $125 billion-$130 billion, Gelb added, citing catastrophe modelers AIR Worldwide and Karen Clark and Co. That places it in a category with historic hurricanes not seen since the Miami hurricane in 1926.From last_img read more

first_img  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   US News Man Arrested in Utah Shooting of Student From China: Police By Reuters October 31, 2017 Updated: January 3, 2019 Share this article (L): Austin Boutain, 24; (R): Kathleen Elizabeth Rose Boutain, 23 (Salt Lake City Police Department/Handout via REUTERS) center_img Share A 24-year-old man accused of killing a University of Utah student from China and who is also suspected in a homicide last week in Colorado, was arrested in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, police said.Austin Boutain was taken into custody without incident at a public library, said Detective Keith Horrocks of the Salt Lake City Police Department.Boutain and his wife, Kathleen Boutain, 23, are also wanted in an investigation of a homicide in Golden, Colorado, according to police there.The victim of Monday night’s murder in Utah was identified as ChenWei Guo, 23, who was parked near Red Butte Canyon when he was shot dead during what investigators believe was a failed carjacking attempt. Chenwei Guo (Facebook)The Salt Lake Tribune newspaper, citing police, reported that the couple was camping in the mountains just outside the city and that Kathleen Boutain had gone to the university campus to report that her husband had assaulted her. Guo was killed shortly afterward, the newspaper reported. Kathleen Boutain was being treated for minor injuries and held in jail on unrelated charges following her arrest on Monday night, University of Utah Police Chief Dale Brophy said.Police in Golden said they found the body of a 63-year-old man last week after being asked by Utah police to conduct a welfare check at a trailer park.That death is being investigated as a homicide and the Boutains are suspects, the Golden Police Department said in a statement.Classes were canceled on Tuesday at the University of Utah, where officials remembered Guo as “extraordinarily outgoing, creative, smart and extremely engaged.”A pre-computer science student and peer adviser in the school’s International Student and Scholar Services Office, Guo also was an interpreter and technology supporter at the Salt Lake City-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to a social media profile.By Barbara Goldberg Show Discussionlast_img read more