Accused Russian agent Maria Butina to remain jailed, judge says

first_imgObtained by ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A federal judge denied Maria Butina’s motion for bond review at a hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C. on Monday, ruling that the alleged Russian agent will remain in jail pending trial.Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, the federal district court judge overseeing Butina’s case, said she “cannot imagine a scenario where it is not possible” that Butina would flee the country if allowed to leave the Alexandria, Virginia, jail where she’s being held.The judge said she was unmoved by three videos Butina’s defense attorney sent her that very morning – one of which depicted Butina and conservative political operative Paul Erickson singing “Beauty and the Beast” – and noted that Butina could immediately jump into a car with diplomatic tags and be whisked away to Russia, which does not have an extradition treaty with the United States, making her unreachable to U.S. authorities.“Risk of flight,” she said, “is the court’s primary concern.”Butina, a 29-year-old Russian gun rights activist, was arrested in July and stands accused of developing a covert influence operation in the United States. She has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent.Driscoll had hoped the court would agree to release his client from jail on Monday but instead walked away with a scolding from the judge in the form of a pending gag order prohibiting him from continuing to discuss the case with the media.Judge Chutkan appeared at first sympathetic to Driscoll’s arguments that the government had smeared Butina’s character with its assertion that she offered sex for access to a political organization. The judge even said she was “dismayed” when she learned that the government’s headline-making claim would have to walk back, noting that the claim must have caused Butina’s family no small amount of concern.But she ultimately applauded prosecutors for correcting the record and merely cautioned them to be more careful going forward, while Driscoll landed squarely in the judge’s crosshairs.She decided that Driscoll had “overstepped” and “crossed the line” in his recent interviews with the media, saying that he continued to give interviews “in defiance” of her earlier warnings to mind local rules.Butina is scheduled to be back in court on Nov. 13, and the public might not her from Driscoll until then.“Not today,” Driscoll said as he walked away from reporters assembled outside the courthouse.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Identification and phenotypic plasticity of Pseudanabaena catenata from the Svalbard archipelago

first_imgA filamentous benthic cyanobacteria, strain USMAC16, was isolated from the High Arctic Svalbard archipelago, Norway, and a combination of morphological, ultrastructural and molecular characterisation (16S rRNA gene sequence) used to identify to species level. Cell dimensions, thylakoid arrangement and apical cell shape are consistent with the Pseudanabaena genus description. The molecular characterisation of P. catenata gave 100% similarity with Pseudanabaena catenata SAG 1464-1, originally reported from Germany. Strain USMAC16 was cultured under a range of temperature and photoperiod conditions, in solid and liquid media, and harvested at exponential phase to examine its phenotypic plasticity. Under different culture conditions, we observed considerable variations in cell dimensions. The longest cell (5.91±0.13 μm) was observed at 15°C under 12:12 light:dark, and the widest cell (3.24±0.06 μm) at 4°C under 12:12 light: dark in liquid media. The study provides baseline data documenting the morphological variation of P. catenata in response to changing temperature regimes.last_img read more

Blues march forward to Varsity

first_imgAt this stage the flood gates were creaking and soon after the restart they burst open in spectacular fashion. Flanker Peter Wright snapped up some loose ball at the breakdown and charged his way to the line, only to be caught metres short. The support from hooker Dan Rosen was exemplary and after a bruising hand off he crashed over for the second score.A petty sin binning for Oxford number 8 Tony Jackson did not ease the pressure on Trinity and some quick ball spun wide by the Oxford backs allowed full back Tim Catling to waltz in for the third try. Trinity tried their best to find a way back into the match with captain Joe Burns injecting some much needed urgency from scrum half. They found their way into the Oxford twenty-two and had replacement Luke Mantel held a certain try scoring pass, the game’s closing stages may have been very different. As it was, the physical prowess and perhaps superior fitness of the Oxford side began to tell as Trinity appeared to become more and more deflated as the half wore on. On his return from the sin bin, Tony Jackson rumbled over for two scores and Tim Catling also got a second as the misery was piled on Trinity.Steve Hill, Oxford’s Director of rugby, was understandably delighted with the performance, but played down any comparisons with the Cambridge scoreline. “The dominance of the forwards was very pleasing and we showed great patience in wearing down the opposition.“Cambridge were fielding a weakened side and we mustn’t get carried away with this result.”For an experimental side the result was fantastic, if a little unexpected, and the conclusions drawn will be positive. At this early stage there’s no doubting which is the happier of the two varsity camps. On a day of sensational rugby world cup upsets it seemed only the Oxford blues could follow script as they stormed to a comfortable 34-0 win over Trinity College Dublin. Earlier in the week Trinity had secured an excellent 16 point victory over varsity rivals Cambridge, running in 5 tries in the process. Thus this fixture provided Oxford a golden opportunity to gauge ability and perhaps gain a psychological advantage over the light blues. Oxford certainly seemed aware of this prospect as a very physical blues side strode out onto the Iffley pitch with real purpose. Trinity, the middlemen in this sizing up of varsity sides, also appeared determined and some explosive hits in the opening moments dispelled any illusions that this was a gentle pre-season run around.At these early stages in the season Oxford are seeking out several different combinations and seven changes were made to the starting line-up that faced Kanto Gakuin of Japan. Strong running back Euan Sadden moved into outside centre from the wing and, most notably, Joe Roff returned to the side not at last year’s position of centre, but at fly-half. Although just an experiment to test the cover for regular fly-half Craig McMahon, Roff appeared as comfortable at fly half as he did on the wing for Australia. Floating out some delightful miss passes and linking up well with centre Sadden, Roff may have made McMahon sit a little uneasy on the bench. Roff wasn’t the only playmaker however, with strings being pulled from all corners of the midfield. Inside centre Tom Gregory slotted in well at first receiver when Roff was tied up and scrum half Toby Henry took responsibility for the play on several occasions. It was his incisive snipe down the blindside that freed up winger Chris Haw to stroll over for the first score on 8 mins.Oxford continued to press for the remainder of the half. The physical dominance of the blues pack securing the vast majority of possession and probing kicks from Roff and Henry keeping Trinity pegged back. Despite the quick recycling of ball and some strong breaks from Sadden, Oxford failed to add to their lead before half time. Trinity had to consider themselves lucky to go in only one score behind having only sustained one real period of pressure in the opposition half, the attacks thwarted by some excellent drift defence.last_img read more

Steve Kimock & J.M. Kimock Release Gorgeous Collaborative Track, “Invocations 1” [Listen]

first_imgSteve Kimock has released a new studio track with his son, John Morgan Kimock. The multi-generational collaboration, which takes on a nostalgic, airy, and bright feel, is titled “Invocations 1”. The song features banjoist Patrick Biondo (Cabinet), guitarist Justin Mazer (Starbird, Ryan Montbleau), and bassist Josh Weinstein (Kat Wright).Sparked from William Allaudin Mathieu’s Streaming Wisdom, a solo piano piece recorded in 1981, John Morgan Kimock explaind:My dad would play it [“Streaming Wisdom”] in the mornings on one of my trips out West, when we were waking up from foggy studio nights banging our heads against the wall. It took us in the direction that inspired some of the material from Satellite City. We wanted to collaborate with Allaudin [W.A. Mathieu] somehow, so we asked permission to sample some bits in hopes of one day working on something in person. He happened to live right down the street so it wasn’t hard to ask.This father/son duo have been playing music together and on the road for decades, but this single marks another level of collaboration following their Satellite City release. “It’s a patchwork quilt of a tune spanning a couple generations of musicians, which is really special for me to have been a part of,” said John.“Invocations I” pays homage to the past while looking towards a future filled with hope. “What a great way to start the year, here’s that new music I’ve been waiting for,” Steve Kimock added.The track finds “Streaming Wisdom” repurposed, with additional layers added in by Kimock and company, weaving a complex musical tapestry that’s captivating and dynamic. The new tune, “Invocations 1”, was produced, mixed, and mastered by John Morgan Kimock, with additional recording and production from Jason Reed.You can listen to the track on iTunes and Amazon, or stream it below on Spotify:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>TOUR DATES (appearances by both Steve Kimock & John Kimock)*Feb 12-14: Steve Kimock & Friends Sweetwater Music Hall – Mill Valley, CA*Mar 30: Steve Kimock & Friends 10 Mile Ride – Frisco, CO*Feb 21-23: Maximum Love Vibes featuring Steve Kimock, Jerry Joseph, Dave Schools, John Kimock, Sitzmark @ Alyeska Resort – Girdwood, AK*May 4-5 Voodoo Dead Republic NOLA – New Orleans, LAlast_img read more

Money making November moves

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: Details As you are juggle finding just the right gifts and planning the perfect holiday get together, there is one more item that should be on your to-do list…your finances.According to, this is the best month to take inventory of your finances and make moves to ensure you are financially stronger heading into 2019.Here are just a few things to check off your list before year-end.Do a budget check: Take a few minutes to see where you stand. Did you meet your goals? If you fell short somewhere, what happened? Is it time for a different strategy or more relevant goals to meet future needs? Let’s face it, life can often get in the way of the best laid plans. Now is the time to evaluate where you are now and what your needs are moving forward. Making adjustments is not a sign of “failing” or that “budgeting doesn’t work”. Making a course correction is just a normal part of life. We adapt and move forward.Check your benefits:  Review your 401(k), flexible spending accounts, health savings accounts etc. Flexible spending accounts are “use it or lose it”. Make sure the money you’ve already paid for health care coverage, is not being left on the table. That’s your money. Find out deadlines, file those receipts and get reimbursed. If you have extra money to put toward retirement and haven’t reached the maximum 401(k) contribution of  $18,500 for the year, the deadline to do so is Dec. 31. If your employer offers a company match, that’s free money. Don’t forget about your HSAs. A family can contribute up to $6,900 and an individual can contribute up to $3,450 for 2018. Unlike FSAs, unused HSA funds rollover and can be used at anytime for eligible medical expenses. Maximize it while you can.Schedule those medical appointments: According to Consumer Reports, November is the slowest month for doctors. It’s a good time to get those check-ups and procedures you’ve been putting off. Another bonus is that this late in the year, if you haven’t already met your deductible, you are likely close to doing so. Time it right and that can be a savings of at least a few hundred dollars.Give to those less fortunate: It’s not only the perfect season to spread good cheer, but that charitable donation could double as a tax deduction. Don’t forget to save your receipts.Get a jump on tax season: Take a few moments to gather all relevant receipts for tax time and store in one place. Hopefully you’ve been doing this all along but if not, don’t worry there’s still time. Thinking about the year and starting now will ensure nothing slips through the cracks.last_img read more

Indonesia drafts ‘umrah’ protocols as Saudi Arabia plans to reopen to pilgrims

first_imgHe added the ministry was drafting a regulation stipulating technical instructions to be obeyed by Indonesian congregations when participating in the ritual. The regulation would, among other provisions, prevent the elderly from taking part in the pilgrimage given that they are more susceptible to succumbing to disease.The policy would also regulate cost and determine whether people with congenital diseases or comorbidities would be allowed to visit.Read also: Indonesia prepares 3 scenarios for haj amid pandemicNoer said whether Saudi Arabia would include Indonesia on the list of countries allowed to send umrah pilgrims would depend on coronavirus cases in the country. “We hope that when umrah is allowed again at 100 percent [capacity], Indonesia is in a position in which the number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing,” he said, urging people to be patient.Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims residing inside the country to go on the pilgrimage starting Oct. 4, following a seven-month pause due to coronavirus concerns, Reuters reported. The Middle Eastern country would also allow visitors from specific countries deemed safe starting Nov. 1.Saudi Arabian authorities recorded that 19 million people participated in umrah last year. Official data show that the haj and umrah earn the kingdom about US$12 billion a year.As of Tuesday, Saudi Arabia has confirmed 330,798 COVID-19 cases and 4,542 deaths, as cases in the Gulf region topped 800,000. (syk)Topics : The Religious Affairs Ministry is preparing health protocols and a regulation for Indonesians going on umrah (minor haj) to Saudi Arabia as the Middle Eastern country plans to reopen to international worshippers.Noer Alya Fitra, an official from the ministry overseeing haj registration, said the ministry was working with the Health Ministry while waiting for more information from Saudi Arabia.“We will [adjust] the health protocols with the guideline issued by the Saudi Arabian government,” Noer said on Wednesday as quoted by read more

Amundi confirms interest in buying Pioneer from UniCredit

first_imgAmundi, the French asset manager, has confirmed it is interested in taking over Pioneer Investments from its parent, the Italian banking and financial services group UniCredit.Amundi issued a statement following what it termed “rumours” in Italian newspaper Il Messaggero about the submission of a non-binding offer for the purchase of Pioneer by Amundi.The French asset manager said: “Amundi confirms its interest in Pioneer, consistent with the growth strategy presented at the time of its IPO.”However, it also said it denied the Pioneer valuation levels attributed to it. Reports have put the valuation at €4bn.“Amundi re-iterates that its acquisition policy adheres to strict financial criteria – in particular, a return on investment greater than 10% over a three-year horizon,” the firm said.UniCredit is selling assets to bolster its capital.The Italian group has said it would unveil the result of its group-wide strategic review at a London Capital Markets Day on 13 December.Other parties interested in buying Pioneer, according to news reports, are Poste Italiane, Australian group Macquarie and the UK’s Aberdeen Asset Management.At the end of July, UniCredit said it had ended talks with Spain’s Santander banking group about plans for a merger between Pioneer Investments and Santander Asset Management, even though an agreement was signed last November.It said a listing of Pioneer was possible.last_img read more

Former Married at First Sight star Davina Rankin buys family home in Brisbane

first_img Inside music star’s $30m ‘Iron Man’ pad The pair have now bought a home in Lota, a coastal post-war suburb in Brisbane’s east. They snapped the cottage up just 10 days into its marketing. Set on 605sqm, the 1950s home with timber floors has three bedrooms. It has a renovated kitchen and bathroom. The couple have quickly started on the nursery.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago It sold after just 10 days on the market.Naturally, Rankin took to Instagram to update her 327,000 followers on the ­recent purchase.“And here we are, sitting out the front of our very own Queenslander cottage, with our little baby girl on the way,” Rankin captioned.The property is Rankin’s first house purchase. Lota’s median price for three-bedroom homes is $530,000, based on 21 houses sold over the past year. Married At First Sight star Davina Rankin with Jaxon Manuel. Picture: Nigel HallettThe former Married At First Sight villain Davina Rankin and her partner Jaxon Manuel have secured a family home together.It is in suburban Brisbane, ­secured at $542,000 just ahead of the birth of their first child. MORE: Cherry-Evans offloads former Curl Curl homecenter_img Stylish interiors.The Instagram model was on the MAFS 2018 season when she cheated on her Maroubra-based tradie ‘‘husband’’ Ryan Gallagher hooking up instead with the Bondi-based entrepreneur Dean Wells. Following the show she moved on, and began dating Manuel, co-owner of the cafe chain Pineapple Express Cafe, early last year. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29last_img read more

EnQuest gives up on production re-start at UK fields

first_imgCost-saving measures  In light of recent developments in the oil market, oil and gas company EnQuest has decided not to re-start production at the Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields located offshore the UK. Thistle platform. Source: RMTEnQuest was in October 2019 forced to evacuate workers from its Thistle platform following an inspection relating to a support element on a redundant subsea storage tank. During the same month, a small fire broke out on the Heather platform and two workers were injured. Production at Heather had been shut down for maintenance prior to the incident.EnQuest said in November 2019 that single compressor operations had impacted production at Heather.Production has been shut down at both platforms ever since. EnQuest previously planned to restore production at both platforms in the first half of 2020.In an update on Thursday EnQuest said it had reviewed each of its assets and related spending plans in light of the current lower oil price environment.EnQuest’s updated working assumption is not to re-start production at the Heather and Thistle/Deveron fields. Total combined production from these fields in 2019 was c.6,000 Boepd. At the same time, the company is implementing a material operating cost and capital expenditure reduction program. This action will significantly lower EnQuest’s cost base, with group free cash flow breakeven targeted at c.$38/Boe in 2020 and $35/Boe in 2021, the company explained.For 2020, the company is targeting base operating expenditure savings of c.$150 million, which would lower operating costs by c.30% to c.$375 million.In 2021, the group is targeting unit operating expenditures of c.$15/Boe. These savings are driven primarily by cost savings at Heather and Thistle/Deveron, but also through the removal of non-critical and discretionary operating expenditures and support costs.The company’s 2020 cash capital expenditure is also expected to be reduced by c.$80 million to c.$150 million. The majority of the group’s 2020 program relates to the recently concluded drilling program at Magnus and the two-well program now underway at Kraken, with approximately $50 million of 2020 cash capital expenditure relating to the phasing of cash payments into 2020.The group’s 2021 capital expenditure program is expected to reduce further, although production is also likely to be impacted as a result.The group retains significant liquidity with cash and available facilities of $268.2 million at February 28, 2019.EnQuest Chief Executive, Amjad Bseisu, said: “Over the last few years, EnQuest has made significant progress in strengthening the business with our three world-class assets in Kraken, Magnus and PM8/Seligi, and a materially reduced debt position.“Given the prevailing low oil price environment, we are taking decisive action to reduce operating and capital expenditure in 2020 and beyond, with a view to targeting cash flow breakeven of c.$35/Boe in 2021. While these actions have reduced our production expectations, free cash flow has improved and with no senior credit facility amortizations due in 2020 and long-dated bond maturities, we are positioning ourselves to manage through the current low oil price environment.”It is also worth mentioning that offshore accommodation specialist, Prosafe, has recently been awarded a contract to provide accommodation in support of the redundant subsea tank removal and safe re-habitation of the Thistle Alpha platform in the UK North Sea.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Fer sets sights on World Cup

first_imgMidfielder Leroy Fer hopes an impressive debut season for Norwich could help to earn a place in Holland’s World Cup squad. Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, Fer said: “It is far too early to talk about the World Cup, but playing in Brazil against the best players of the world is a once-in-a-lifetime chance. “I will do everything to be part of that, but I can only do it in one way – give everything at Norwich and take all chances I get for the Oranje with both hands.” Fer, whose last senior call-up came as a substitute against Turkey in September 2009, continued: “It is really fantastic that I am here again. “The first months at Norwich City gave me a good feeling, and the experience here in England is fantastic. Fortunately I could adapt quickly. I now also want to show that I have developed myself with Holland.” Fer produced an impressive display in Norwich’s 3-1 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday at Carrow Road, in a match where the home side fought back in the second half only to be undone on the break as the Blues struck twice in the final five minutes. Norwich’s club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel may not have been on the scoresheet, but worked hard as the lone striker, and it was his knockdown which set up Anthony Pilkington for the equaliser. Van Wolfswinkel – who like Fer has been in and around the Dutch set-up – has yet to add a killer touch in front of goal, with his debut strike against Everton on the opening day his only scoring contribution since an £8.5million summer move from Sporting Lisbon. However, Canaries manager Hughton, whose side are in the bottom three following four defeats from the opening seven Barclays Premier League games, is in no doubt that statistic will soon be chalked off. “Nobody can fault his work-rate. Would he be disappointed he hasn’t got the goals he would have liked? Yes, he’s a striker that’s used to scoring goals and sometimes it takes time,” Hughton said on BBC Radio Norfolk. “First and foremost you want to make sure he is doing a good job for the team, which he is, and I am quite sure that if he continues in that vein the goals will come.” The 23-year-old – nicknamed ‘the bouncer’ for his combative approach – has been called for international duty by Louis van Gaal following injuries to Jonathan de Guzman and Stijn Schaars. Fer – signed by Norwich from FC Twente – intends to make the most of the opportunity as Holland prepare for their last two World Cup qualifiers against Hungary and Turkey, already safely through to Brazil as runaway winners of Group D. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more