Lance Thomas Says He Did Not Break Rules at

The way former Duke star Lance Thomas sees it is different from how the NCAA did. He says he did not violate NCAA rules when he purchased nearly $100,000 in diamond jewelry during his college career. The NCAA is investigating.Thomas also indicated a willingness to speak with the NCAA about the purchase, which spawned a lawsuit by a New York jeweler and an inquiry by Duke and the NCAA of whether Thomas violated rules pertaining to improper benefits for college athletes.”I’m still working on that, but I’ll eventually speak to them,” Thomas said.Thomas has settled the lawsuit which claimed he owed nearly $68,000 to Rafaello & Co. for a purchase made during Duke’s 2009-10 national championship season. However, he said some legal details still must be worked out, after which he expects to be more willing to meet with the NCAA and comment publicly in more detail about the matter.”I do feel bad that was something that was just lingering around the university,” Thomas said. ”But everything’s going to get taken care of the right way and I hope the coaching staff and the whole university knows that those were the best four years of my life.””Everything will come out,” he added. ”But it will come out on the better end, hopefully.”The lawsuit, filed in January in Austin, Texas, said Thomas owed $67,800 for five pieces of jewelry he purchased at a cost of $97,800. The invoice, dated Dec. 21, 2009, indicates that Thomas made a $30,000 down payment and agreed to pay the balance in 15 days.Thomas started 39 games at forward for Duke in 2009-2010, his senior season, including the 61-59 victory over Butler in the NCAA championship game.The NCAA has declined to comment on the settlement and what it might mean in terms of investigating the matter. NCAA rules require student-athletes and personnel at member schools to cooperate with the organization’s inquiries, but there’s nothing to compel people who aren’t affiliated with those schools to do so.Thomas wasn’t drafted by an NBA team when he left Duke. Thomas was playing last season for the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League when the suit was filed. He was later called up to New Orleans, for whom he appeared in 42 games, averaging 4 points and 3 rebounds in about 15 minutes per game last season.Rafaello & Co., which also does business as A+A Diamonds Ltd., promotes itself as a jeweler that caters to professional athletes and other celebrities. On its website, the jeweler says its customers include actor Jamie Foxx, singer Alicia Keys and New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.The firm filed a similar lawsuit against Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant last year, asserting that he owed $240,000 for jewelry he purchased between January and May 2010. The purchases occurred after Bryant had left Oklahoma State and was waiting for the NFL draft. read more

Administration Misses Opportunity to Close Guantánamo Prison McCain Says

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Obama administration’s failure to complete a detailed plan for closing the military prison at Guantánamo Bay has cost it a prime opportunity for gaining Congress’ assent to transfer detainees to a U.S. facility, John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said this week.McCain, who supports closing Guantánamo, intended to include language in the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill permitting the detention facility’s closure if the White House submitted a proposal that passed congressional muster. But despite its promise months ago, the administration failed to deliver a closure plan before conferees finished putting together the conference report for the annual defense policy bill, which was unveiled on Tuesday.If conferees had been able to see the plan and agreed with it “we would’ve put into the bill,” McCain said. “If the administration complains about the provisions on Guantánamo, it’s their fault because they never came forward with a plan, that we probably could’ve supported, to get rid of this issue,” he said, reported Defense One.“We acted as we had to, without any plan or blueprint from the administration,” McCain added.Instead, the bill returns to a stricter standard that would freeze the remaining population at Guantánamo for at least the next year. The legislation would prohibit the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing the detainees.In place of McCain’s initial plan for providing a pathway to closure, the final version of the authorization bill would require DOD to submit a plan within 90 days on the current and future detention of individuals, including a “specific facility or facilities that are intended to be used” for holding detainees, reported CQ.“The conferees expect that discussion to include an explanation of the department’s plan for the disposition of all detainees held at Guantanamo, on a case-by-case basis, and the costs associated with each element of that plan,” according to the conference report.A senior administration official said the White House strongly opposes language in the defense authorization bill that would “impede efforts to close” the Guantanamo detention center and said its closure plan will be ready soon.last_img read more

Seattles Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit

first_img Twitter Seattle’s MoPOP To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit seattles-museum-pop-culture-host-pearl-jam-exhibit The band and its fan collective the Ten Club helped make this the best retrospective ever, gathering together more than 200 Pearl Jam artifactsPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 8, 2018 – 1:00 pm Right after Pearl Jam’s The Home Shows at Seattle’s Safeco Field on Aug. 8 and 10, which will raise awareness and funds for the city’s homeless, Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture will open the exhibit Pearl Jam: Home And Away on Aug. 11.Pearl Jam’s MoPOP career-spanning showcase will feature more than 200 of the band’s artifacts across 28 years, adding to the efforts made at the PJ20 anniversary with original lyrics, instruments, stage sets, posters, and other art and memorabilia.”This exhibition will give an intimate first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future,” said MoPOP Senior Curator Jacob McMurray. “From their beginnings as one of the originators of the ‘Seattle Sound’ and the grunge phenomenon, to their sustained global impact as one of the most popular and respected bands in the world, Pearl Jam’s story is still unfolding as they continue to sell out shows worldwide and use their stage to further social and political consciousness.” News Email Have you heard the good news about our newest exhibition coming August 11? https://t.co/sgdVNndzpO— MoPOP Seattle (@MoPOPSeattle) May 8, 2018center_img Seattle’s Museum Of Pop Culture To Host Pearl Jam Exhibit https://twitter.com/MoPOPSeattle/status/993909193064173569 The exhibition was organized as a collaboration between MoPOP, the band and their longtime official fan club, the Ten Club, and will remain open through early 2019.This achievement adds to another of Pearl Jam’s accomplishments this year, as guitarist Mike McCready will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his long-term support of MusiCares and addiction recovery on May 10 at the Showbox in Seattle at the MusiCares Concert For Recovery. The concert’s featured performers include Barrett Martin, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan and Slash, Mike Ness, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith, and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook last_img read more

YouTube 4K Content Goes Live on Comcasts Xfinity X1 SetTops

first_imgWhat’s more, broadcast and cable networks have been slow to adopt 4K. This means that online services like YouTube have quickly become the biggest source of 4K videos on cable boxes. In addition to YouTube, Comcast’s X1 is also streaming movies and TV shows in 4K resolution from Netflix and Amazon. Popular on Variety Comcast television subscribers can now enjoy YouTube in ultra-high definition: The Google-owned video service is now serving up 4K videos on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 set-top boxes, the cable company announced Monday.X1 owners who also happen to have a X1 voice remote can get access to a curated selection of 4K content by asking the set-top for “4K videos on YouTube.” They obviously also need a 4K-capable TV set to truly enjoy those videos.Comcast first brought a YouTube app to its platform in 2017. Since then, YouTube has become one of the most popular voice search requests on the X1, the company said Monday.Adding 4K content to the X1 YouTube app may seem like a minor feature update, but it’s notable for 2 reasons: First, cable companies used to resist serving up over-the-top video content on their set-top boxes, for the fear of devaluing paid TV networks. But over time, most of them realized that customers who bought streaming devices to fill the gap were more prone to cut the cord altogether.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

Uber Error Charges Riders 100 Times More Than the Original Price

first_img An error in Uber’s systems on Wednesday led to people being charged 100 times what their ride should have cost. One user was charged $2,053 dollars on a ride that should have cost $20.53.The problems first surfaced in Washington, D.C. and San Diego but have since been reported as far afield as Paris. Similar issues have been reported for the UberEats service. Some customers received alerts from their banks about the charges or had their credit cards put on hold.Uber says the issue has been resolved and apologized for the problems caused, reports the Washington Post: “We understand that this has been frustrating. There was a known issue that caused your authorization hold to be very high. Our team has already fixed this issue. Thank you so much for your patience.”The inflated fares will be corrected to the right amount, so customers don’t need to call their bank to dispute the charges. However, the charges will continue to appear on credit card or bank statements “temporarily.”However, customers aren’t happy about the charges or about Uber’s lackluster customer service response:S/o to @Uber for the $1,400 charge on my account and shit for customer service. A phone number would be easier than Twitter don’t you think @Uber @Uber @Uber— Ceej (@cjlaiche) July 17, 2019Trying to find a number to call @Uber to dispute a charge of $1027. Apparently there is a “blue icon” in the app to contact 24/7 support but here I can’t see the icon nor can I a find a number to call @uber. Please look into this matter ASAP! #uber pic.twitter.com/sDSNiFiwx3— Parth Khadilkar (@ParthKhadilkar1) July 17, 2019WTF @Uber @Uber_Support a 1791.00 pending charge? How can a company this big not have an actually help desk number to call someone? pic.twitter.com/IfjlVpHUjR— Philip Cronin (@chitownphil) July 18, 2019  2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals July 18, 2019 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more