‘Europe for Dummies’: Macron’s cabinet picks are an overture to Brussels and Berlin

The government named by Emmanuel Macron, France’s new heart-on-his-sleeve Europhile president, once again pointedly emphasised the pride of place the European project will receive in his new administration.

The government named by Emmanuel Macron, France’s new heart-on-his-sleeve Europhile president, once again pointedly emphasised the pride of place the European project will receive in his new administration.

The Boy Band Project To Guest On The Jimmy Star Show With Ron Russell Wednesday May 31st, 2017

The Boy Band Project will be a guest on The Jimmy Star Show with Ron Russell live radio/tv show Wednesday May 31st, 2017 from 3-5 pm ET | 12-2 pm PT at w4cy.com Radio | Visit www.jimmystarshow.com.

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Greek police fire tear gas as anti-austerity protest turns violent

Greek police fired tear gas Thursday as a thousands-strong demonstration in Athens against new austerity cuts turned violent with some hooded youths throwing Molotov cocktails.Police said more than 10,000 people took part in the protest outside parliam…

Greek police fired tear gas Thursday as a thousands-strong demonstration in Athens against new austerity cuts turned violent with some hooded youths throwing Molotov cocktails.

Police said more than 10,000 people took part in the protest outside parliament in the heart of the Greek capital just as the chamber was set to debate the new pension cuts and lower tax breaks -- applicable in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The parliament is set to pass the bill in a vote expected around midnight which Athens hopes will help it gain a pledge of debt relief and loan disbursements by the country's EU-IMF creditors this month.

Live television images showed hooded youngsters lobbing firebombs at the police in the central Syntagma Square and throwing projectiles.

On Wednesday, at least 18,000 people demonstrated in Athens and the second city Thessaloniki in union-sponsored protests against the bill.

Athens hopes that the disbursement of 7 billion euros from existing bailout loans will be approved by a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on May 22.

Colombia government sees peace setback in court ruling

Colombia’s government and FARC rebel force warned that a court ruling on their recent peace accord threatens to disrupt efforts to seal an end to a half-century civil war.Upholding a challenge by the political opposition, the Constitutional Court on We…

Colombia's government and FARC rebel force warned that a court ruling on their recent peace accord threatens to disrupt efforts to seal an end to a half-century civil war.

Upholding a challenge by the political opposition, the Constitutional Court on Wednesday overruled two clauses of a legislative act passed in December to fast-track the peace deal.

"The government respects the court's decision but we do not agree with it," Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo told reporters on Thursday.

"We consider that this decision poses a difficulty on the path to implementing the peace."

The peace deal itself was signed in November following modifications after voters narrowly rejected it in a referendum.

Critics say the deal is too soft on FARC members, who may get reduced sentences for crimes committed during the conflict.

The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are disarming and preparing to transform into a political group under the deal.

Their leader Rodrigo Londono said on Twitter its members, who are assembled in disarmament zones, were gathering for discussions.

Analysts say the rejection of the fast-track procedure means the peace drive must be debated article by article, laying it open to amendments by lawmakers opposed to it.

The president of the Constitutional Court, Luis Guillermo Guerrero, said however that the ruling would not affect key parts of the accord that have already been passed into law.

Those include a law allowing amnesties and pardons for FARC members accused of certain "political" crimes.

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Our minds appreciate structure and our brains need organizational methods to appropriately store and access concepts and everyday data.

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@Sweden Twitter account blocking 14k users is a threat to free speech, activists tell RT

The Swedish public and activists are outraged over the blocking of some 14,000 Twitter users by the country’s official account over alleged hate speech. Those blacklisted included top Israeli politicians and Noam Chomsky. Read Full Articl…

Preview The Swedish public and activists are outraged over the blocking of some 14,000 Twitter users by the country's official account over alleged hate speech. Those blacklisted included top Israeli politicians and Noam Chomsky.
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Brazilian president Temer refuses to resign amid corruption probe

Preview President Michel Temer of Brazil has refused to resign, after the country’s Supreme Court authorized a criminal investigation into allegations he paid hush money to the former speaker of the house and arranged bribes.
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Preview President Michel Temer of Brazil has refused to resign, after the country’s Supreme Court authorized a criminal investigation into allegations he paid hush money to the former speaker of the house and arranged bribes.
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Mosquito Max Announces Mosquito Barrier Protection Service for Properties in San Antonio, TX

Mosquito Max has announced its offer of professional mosquito barrier protection services for households and businesses in and near San Antonio, Texas. More information and discount coupons can be found at www.mosquito-max.com.

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Rising seas set to double coastal flooding by 2050: study

Rising sea levels driven by global warming are on track to dramatically boost the frequency of coastal flooding worldwide by mid-century, especially in tropical regions, researchers said Thursday.A 10-to-20 centimetre (four-to-eight inch) jump in the g…

Rising sea levels driven by global warming are on track to dramatically boost the frequency of coastal flooding worldwide by mid-century, especially in tropical regions, researchers said Thursday.

A 10-to-20 centimetre (four-to-eight inch) jump in the global ocean watermark by 2050 -- a conservative forecast -- would double flood risk in high-latitude regions, they reported in the journal Scientific Reports.

Major cities along the North American seaboard such as Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, along with the European Atlantic coast, would be highly exposed, they found.

But it would only take half as big a jump in ocean levels to double the number of serious flooding incidents in the tropics, including along highly populated river deltas in Asia and Africa.

Even at the low end of this sea rise spectrum, Mumbai, Kochi and Abidjan and many other cities would be significantly affected.

"We are 95 percent confident that an added 5-to-10 centimetres will more than double the frequency of flooding in the topics," lead author Sean Vitousek, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, told AFP.

Small island states, already vulnerable to flooding, would fare even worse, he added.

"An increase in flooding frequency with climate change will challenge the very existence and sustainability of these coastal communities across the globe."

Coastal flooding is caused by severe storms, and is made worse when large waves, storm surge and high tides converge.

Hurricane Sandy in the United States (2012), which caused tens of billions or dollars in damage, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (2013), which left more than 7,000 dead or missing, both saw devastating flooding.

Rising seas -- caused by the expansion of warming ocean water and runoff from melting ice sheets and glaciers -- is also a contributing factor.

- Sea level 'wild card' -

But up to now, global estimates of future coastal flooding have not adequately taken into account the role of waves, Vitousek said.

"Most of the data used in earlier studies comes from tidal gauge stations, which are in harbours and protected areas," he explained. "They record extreme tide and storm surges, but not waves."

To make up for the lack of observational data, Vitousek and his colleagues used computer modelling and a statistical method called extreme value theory.

"We asked the question: with waves factored in, how much sea level rise will it take to double the frequency of flooding?"

Not much, it turned out.

Sea levels are currently rising by three to four millimetres (0.10 to 0.15 inches) a year, but the pace has picked up by about 30 percent over the last decade.

It could accelerate even more as continent-sized ice blocs near the poles continue to shed mass, especially in Antarctica, which Vitousek described as the sea level "wild card."

If oceans go up 25 centimetres by mid-century, "flood levels that occur every 50 years in the tropics would be happening every year or more," he said.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts global average sea level will rise by as much as 2.5 metres (98 inches) by 2100.

Global average temperatures have increased by one degree Celsius (1.6 degrees Fahrenheit) since the mid-19th century, with most of that happening in the last 70 years.

The 196-nation Paris Agreement, inked in 2015, calls for capping global warming at well under 2C (3.6F), a goal described by climate scientists as extremely daunting.

Genealogy Gift Experiences – spend a day with a genealogist

Family History Gifts were inspired to create their Getting Started With Your Family Tree Gift Experience in 2010 by a customer who required one-to-one help with navigating the vast choice of established and emerging genealogy websites.

Family History Gifts were inspired to create their Getting Started With Your Family Tree Gift Experience in 2010 by a customer who required one-to-one help with navigating the vast choice of established and emerging genealogy websites.

River District Alliance Wins Cultural Achievement Award

The River District Alliance (RDA), a non-profit entity representing downtown Fort Myers merchants, organizations, and attractions has won the 2017 Award for Cultural Achievement at the annual Chrysalis Award ceremony hosted by The Greater Fort Myers…

The River District Alliance (RDA), a non-profit entity representing downtown Fort Myers merchants, organizations, and attractions has won the 2017 Award for Cultural Achievement at the annual Chrysalis Award ceremony hosted by The Greater Fort Myers...

New Compensation Survey Launched for Microsoft Dynamics Partners

Registration is now open for the 2017 Microsoft Dynamics Compensation Survey from D.G. McDermott Associates. The survey provides unbiased, third party data to compare salary and bonuses for Microsoft Dynamics sales and consulting professionals.

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LeBron ties record with 11th All-NBA pick, Harden unanimous

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James matched a record with his 11th All-NBA First Team selection while Houston guard James Harden was a unanimous choice, the NBA announced Thursday.Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi …

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James matched a record with his 11th All-NBA First Team selection while Houston guard James Harden was a unanimous choice, the NBA announced Thursday.

Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans center Anthony Davis were other selections to the select squad, chosen in a global media vote.

None of the Golden State Warriors roster were included in the first team.

James joined Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone as the only players in NBA history to make the First Team 11 times.

Harden was selected to the First Team on all 100 ballots while Westbrook, who joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple double for a full season, and James, who set career highs in rebounds and assists and led the league in minutes played, were chosen on 99 ballots with Leonard on 96.

Davis had the narrowest call with 45 First Team votes to 43 for Utah's Rudy Gobert, edging him 343-339 in total points with five for first team votes, three for second and one for third team selections.

Harden made the First team for the third time in four years while Davis, Westbrook and Leonard each made their second appearance on the list.

Harden averaged career highs of 29.1 points, 11.2 assists and 8.1 rebounds a game, leading the NBA in assists and finishing second in scoring to propel the Rockets to the NBA's third-best record at 55-27. Harden led the NBA by making 746 free throws and hit 262 3-pointers, third in the league.

James, in his 14th NBA campaign, ranked eighth in the NBA with 26.4 points a game and averaged career highs of 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds.

The All-NBA Second Team included Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas, Gobert and two members of the Warriors, guard Stephen Curry and forward Kevin Durant.

The All-NBA Third Team consisted of Chicago forward Jimmy Butler and Golden State forward Draymond Green, center DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan and Washington guard John Wall.

Other NBA awards, including Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year, will be revealed June 26 at the new NBA Awards Show in New York.

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Firm Partners with Intacct and Alta Vista Technology to Tap Into Growing Market for Cloud-based Financial Applications and Expand into New Vertical Industries

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Emilygrene Corp. Merges With Air Tight Heat Rite HVAC Installation And Services

Clean energy installer Emilygrene Corp. announces they have merged with Victorville based HVAC contractor Air Tight Heat Rite to provide HVAC installation and maintenance services throughout the Southern California area.

Clean energy installer Emilygrene Corp. announces they have merged with Victorville based HVAC contractor Air Tight Heat Rite to provide HVAC installation and maintenance services throughout the Southern California area.

Spatially Introduces Product-Market-Location Fit, New Key Metric to Evaluate and Compare Business A

Product-Market-Location Fit (PML Fit) provides small to medium sized businesses with a customized and highly accurate gauge of the size and demographics of its current or prospective market.

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AxessPointe Community Health Centers, Inc. and Family & Community Services, Inc. Partner Together

The current Family & Community Services, Inc. (F&CS) building at 143 Gougler Ave. has been under construction since last fall. The site currently holds behavioral health and addiction services offered by F&CS.

The current Family & Community Services, Inc. (F&CS) building at 143 Gougler Ave. has been under construction since last fall. The site currently holds behavioral health and addiction services offered by F&CS.

How ‘dark genius’ Ailes reshaped US television news

Championed by conservatives as a visionary, reviled by liberals as a menace, Fox News founder Roger Ailes re-shaped US television news and helped to craft a conservative populism that ultimately gave rise to Donald Trump.The titles of just two Ailes bi…

Championed by conservatives as a visionary, reviled by liberals as a menace, Fox News founder Roger Ailes re-shaped US television news and helped to craft a conservative populism that ultimately gave rise to Donald Trump.

The titles of just two Ailes biographies, "The Loudest Voice in the Room" and "Dark Genius" hint to the outsized and controversial nature of his legacy after a five-decade career in television and politics.

When Fox News was created in 1996, Australian-born tycoon Rupert Murdoch provided the money and Ailes the vision. A broadcast entrepreneur, it was Ailes who understood perfectly how to blend entertainment with conservative politics.

"Either this man is crazy or he has the biggest set of balls I've ever seen," Murdoch is widely quoted as having said of first meeting Ailes.

With the slogan "fair and balanced," Fox presented itself as a potent counterweight to perceived liberal bias of mainstream US media, and quickly rode the wave of anger over Bill Clinton's affair with a White House intern.

Under Republican president George W. Bush, it championed patriotism, and the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Under Barack Obama, it became a soap box for right-wing Republicans, giving extensive air to the myth that America's first black president was not born in the United States and denying that human activity played a role in climate change.

While Ailes was forced out last year in a blaze of sexual harassment allegations, which he denied, Fox News today is the most watched cable news network in America, a powerhouse of the right and the bete noire of Democratic coastal elites.

"Ailes, apart from a few presidents and maybe a scattered number of other people, was one of the most important figures in American political history in the last half century," says David Greenberg, professor of history, journalism and media studies at Rutgers University.

"He really did as much as anyone to redefine the Republican Party as a party of cultural populism ... making resentment of the media, resentment of elites, resentment of liberals who were soft on crime and soft on national security central to what the Republican Party was about," Greenberg told AFP.

- 'Trump logical conclusion' -

Born into a blue collar family in Ohio, he began his career in daytime television, learning the art of manufacturing good entertainment before moving into politics, becoming an advisor to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

"With Ailes, you have this rare convergence of someone who is equally savvy in media style as they are in understanding the narratives and themes of American politics," says Reece Peck, an assistant professor at College of Staten Island who is writing a book about Fox News. "Usually you only have one or the other," he told AFP.

But liberals rubbish the idea that Fox was a sincere counterpoint to a mainstream liberal media, accusing the channel of running a ruthlessly partisan operation.

"Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," Anita Dunn, communications director in the Obama White House, told CNN in 2009.

A Pew Research survey from 2012 found that while CNN and MSNBC were watched by a more mixed audience, 60 percent of Fox News viewers called themselves conservative.

"Avowedly partisan and ideological news has made it possible for a lot of Americans to opt out of the common discourse and the common fund of information about politics that governed a political life for so long," said Greenberg.

But if Fox was reluctant to embrace Trump during the antagonistic Republican presidential primary, the channel jumped on board after he clinched the nomination. If nothing else, its audience was a captive Trump market.

The marriage of politics and entertainment that Ailes orchestrated at Fox became an effective tool for political communication, and one that Trump also deftly put to use in his once improbable bid for the White House.

"Trump is kind of the logical conclusion of a long-term trend of entertainment-izing of American politics. And Ailes had a major role in creating that kind of political culture," says Peck, an assistant professor of media culture.

It was a role that Murdoch recognized in paying tribute to his friend Thursday.

"A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last 30 years," said the Fox News Channel executive chairman. "Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have."

Cavaliers again flirt with historic playoff start

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of making their second consecutive 10-0 start to the NBA playoffs when they face the Boston Celtics on Friday.The defending NBA champions ripped the Celtics 117-104 in Wednesday’s start of their…

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of making their second consecutive 10-0 start to the NBA playoffs when they face the Boston Celtics on Friday.

The defending NBA champions ripped the Celtics 117-104 in Wednesday's start of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series with game two Friday in Boston.

"We did a good job of coming out, throwing the first punch," said Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.

Cleveland swept past Indiana and Toronto in the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best in NBA history, with another road triumph.

"I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense and see what happens," James said. "The energy and effort and mindset was where it needed to be starting on the road, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals."

James scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made seven assists against the Celtics in game one, giving him 35 or more in five consecutive games and at least 30 in seven as he raises his game the nearer he gets to reaching a seventh consecutive NBA Finals.

"He's playing at a high level right now and that's the reason why we're riding him so much," Lue said. "He's really setting the tone for us in these playoffs. We're just kind of riding it.

"When LeBron is playing at this level, other guys just have to be solid and I think we've got a good chance of winning the game. Let's see if we can just keep this up."

- NBA record 11-0 playoff start near -

Cleveland could become the first team to make 10-0 playoff starts in consecutive seasons. Golden State is off to a 10-0 start in the Western Conference, the Warriors two games from their third consecutive NBA Finals and a possible third consecutive meeting with the Cavaliers there.

The record NBA playoff start of 11-0 was accomplished twice by the Los Angeles Lakers, in 2001 when they dropped only one game on the way to the title and in 1989 when they reached the final only to be swept by Detroit.

One secret to Cleveland's success has been to take advantage of the rest during breaks between rounds but practice as if every game is a must-win situation.

"We put in a lot of work," James said. "We've been on the practice court or in the weight room training as if we were playing. There's no way you can substitute a game. But the work that we put in this week, we just tried to be as up to speed as possible when the game did come."

- Cavs 'will be better for Friday' -

The Celtics rotated defenders on James to no avail, unable to wear him down, and barely able to slow him down.

"It's not an individual matchup for me, no matter who's in front of me. My mind is always racing on how I can make this the best possession at that particular time," James said.

"I know how many guys I'm going to see throughout the course of a game. The only thing on my mind is how we can execute the best way and get a bucket, either if I can get myself a shot or if I can drive, get my shooters a shot, or if I can get a double-team in the paint or get to the free throw line."

That group effort has allowed guard Kyrie Irving and forward Kevin Love to take their share of the load off James and play swarming support defense against top rival scorers, forcing shots from players unaccustomed to carrying the task of point production.

"We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game and we felt like we did a good job of doing that," Love said. "We felt like we could have played better and there are some things we'll look at that will be better for Friday."

Palestinians taking Trump efforts seriously: minister

The Palestinians are taking seriously Donald Trump’s efforts to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a minister said Thursday, ahead of the US president’s visit to the West Bank next week.Foreign minister Riyad al-Malki was speaking in Muscat …

The Palestinians are taking seriously Donald Trump's efforts to help resolve the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a minister said Thursday, ahead of the US president's visit to the West Bank next week.

Foreign minister Riyad al-Malki was speaking in Muscat where he was accompanying Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas as part of a regional tour prior to the Arab-Islamic-American summit in Riyadh on Sunday.

"Abu Mazen stressed Trump's seriousness in settling the Palestinian issue" after they met in Washington this month, said the minister, referring to Abbas by his Arabic nickname.

"The US president assured him he will be able to find a settlement within one year," he added.

Trump hosted Abbas at the White House on May 3, pledging to help end the decades-old conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians.

"It is something that I think is, frankly, maybe not as difficult as people have thought over the years," the US president said at the time.

Trump's visit to Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday is expected to last a few hours.

It will be part of his first trip abroad since his inauguration in January.

The tour, which begins on Saturday in Saudi Arabia, will take him to Israel and the West Bank and then to the Vatican.

Finland stun US to reach world hockey championships semis

Russia and Finland clinched the first two semi-final places at the ice hockey world championships on Thursday with the mighty United States condemned to the role of fall guys.Finland stunned the US 2-0 in Cologne, a victory which came out of the blue a…

Russia and Finland clinched the first two semi-final places at the ice hockey world championships on Thursday with the mighty United States condemned to the role of fall guys.

Finland stunned the US 2-0 in Cologne, a victory which came out of the blue after the Scandinavians suffered three group stage defeats.

But indiscipline hurt the Americans with twelve penalty minutes to Finland's four and they conceded the opener during a power play as Colorado Rapids star Mikko Rantanen hit the target.

Finland then doubled their lead in the third period through Joonas Kemppainen.

Russia made easy work of the Czech Republic 3-0 in Paris thanks to strikes from Dmitri Orlov, a great individual play from Nikita Koutcherov and Chicago Blackhawks star Artemi Panarine who consolidated his position as the tournament's top scorer.

Canada take on Germany and Sweden face the Swiss in Paris later Thursday in the two other quarter-finals.

Rams stadium opening delayed by one year

The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday that the opening of the team’s new 70,000-seat stadium had been delayed by roughly one year following a winter of record rainfall.The NFL franchise’s proposed new venue in Inglewood — which is also part of Los A…

The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday that the opening of the team's new 70,000-seat stadium had been delayed by roughly one year following a winter of record rainfall.

The NFL franchise's proposed new venue in Inglewood -- which is also part of Los Angeles's 2024 Olympics bid -- had been due to open in 2019.

But a statement from the Rams said record-breaking rain in Los Angeles in recent months had set back construction at the 300-acre (121-hectare) site.

"Despite bringing drought relief to the region, the rain fell during the mass excavation period of construction when no other work could proceed in wet conditions," a statement said.

"As a result, we experienced significant delays and lost the better part of two months from early January into the beginning of March.

"In the best interest of the project, we have decided to move the opening date to summer of 2020."

The Rams, who returned to Los Angeles last year after a two-decade stay in St. Louis, played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum last season.

The delay means the team will remain at the Coliseum for three more seasons.

It also means that the Los Angeles Chargers, who moved from San Diego this year, will have to stay at their temporary home of the Stubhub Center in Carson for an additional season. The Chargers are due to share the new Los Angeles Stadium when it is completed.

The $2.6 billion (2.3 billion euros) complex is due to host the Super Bowl in 2021 while the Los Angeles 2024 Olympics campaign has slated the venue to stage the opening ceremony if the city's bid is successful.

MLB investigating homophobic slur by Toronto’s Pillar

Major League Baseball is investigating Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding what appeared to be a homophobic slur screamed after striking out against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.Pillar struck out to end the seventh inning in Wedne…

Major League Baseball is investigating Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar regarding what appeared to be a homophobic slur screamed after striking out against Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte.

Pillar struck out to end the seventh inning in Wednesday's 8-4 loss at Atlanta and claimed that he was quick pitched by Motte, yelling the slur at the mound in a confrontation that caused both teams to empty the benches.

After the game, Pillar, a 28-year-old American, apologized for his actions.

"It was immature. It was stupid. It was uncalled for," Pillar said after game. "It's part of the game. It's just, I'm a competitive guy and heat of the moment.

"Obviously, I'm going to do whatever I've got to do to reach out and apologize and let him know he didn't do anything wrong. It was all me."

The Blue Jays suspended shortstop Yunel Escobar for three games after he wrote a homophobic slur in Spanish in black makeup under his eyes in 2012.

Escobar was ordered to undergo sensitivity training and his three-game salary was donated to the "You Can Play" project, which works to ensure athletes are treated the same regardless of sexual orientation.

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Improve My Tomorrow Coaching Has Impressive Testimonials

It can be tough for those in the real estate agent or loan originator fields to increase their business. After all, you have a lot of competition out there, and you need to be able to prove your worth for your clients.

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Tax Attorney Jennifer Han Joins Royse Law Firm

“We are excited to welcome Attorney Jennifer Han to our team,” said Roger Royse, founder of Royse Law Firm. “Jennifer has a strong background in tax law.” Han will practice in Royse Law Firm’s Menlo Park office. Jennifer Han received her LL.M.

"We are excited to welcome Attorney Jennifer Han to our team," said Roger Royse, founder of Royse Law Firm. "Jennifer has a strong background in tax law." Han will practice in Royse Law Firm's Menlo Park office. Jennifer Han received her LL.M.

Hitsfu Launches Clairvoyance, Data Science for Apps

Hitsfu Corp., a provider of data science as a service (DSaaS) for mobile game and app developers, announced today the launch of their flagship product, Clairvoyance®. Clairvoyance replaces data analysts with AI to enable outcome-driven decision making.

Hitsfu Corp., a provider of data science as a service (DSaaS) for mobile game and app developers, announced today the launch of their flagship product, Clairvoyance®. Clairvoyance replaces data analysts with AI to enable outcome-driven decision making.

Boko Haram traps starving people in Nigeria, UN warns

Two million people are teetering on the brink of famine in northeastern Nigeria but efforts to reach some are being thwarted by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN’s food agency said Thursday.More than 20 million people across Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia an…

Two million people are teetering on the brink of famine in northeastern Nigeria but efforts to reach some are being thwarted by Boko Haram jihadists, the UN's food agency said Thursday.

More than 20 million people across Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, are in areas hit by drought and are experiencing famine or are at high risk of famine in "the biggest crisis we have seen in the past 50 years", said Denise Brown, emergency coordinator for the UN's World Food Programme.

"While they are all in difficulty, northeastern Nigeria is one that has got under our skin at WFP," she added.

Around 1.8 million people in the area are classified "as being on the edge of the (famine) cliff", she said, and WFP is managing to provide support of some sort to 1.2 million of them -- though it desperately needs more funds.

"But there are several hundred thousand people who are up in three areas in Nigeria on the borders with Niger and Chad that we just can't get to because of the active conflict," she said, putting the figure at around 600,000 people.

Boko Haram launched an uprising in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and began eyeing border areas in neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon. The conflict in the area of Lake Chad has left 20,000 people dead since then.

- Funding gap hits children -

"We've seen hundreds of thousands of people displaced from border areas in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and millions from Nigeria. The epicentre may be northeastern Nigeria but it's become a very big regional challenge," Brown said.

The World Food Programme said it needed $230 million (207 million euros) between now and October to stave off a famine in Nigeria.

Brown admitted the Rome-based food agency had not been prepared for a crisis on this scale there.

"It's a middle-income country, it's the richest country in Africa. We didn't think we'd have to apply our emergency capabilities here".

"The first time we went up there was a year ago. We were not prepared for the level of human suffering that we saw," she said.

It was local communities, "some of the poorest people on the planet", that worked as "first responders" when the crisis hit.

The agency's famine-prevention programme targets as standard all children from six to 23 months, making sure they are screened with the help of UNICEF and given special food.

But in Nigeria it was not just babies and toddlers at risk.

"When we saw the level of malnutrition in older children, we expanded that to all children under five-years old, but because of the lack of resources we've had to scale it back again," she said.

The cut to food aid also comes as the country hits the "lean season", a period of the year when families naturally have less to eat.

WADA announces independent testing

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced the creation of a new independent testing body on Thursday but admitted it could not compel sports federations to come under its authority.WADA President Craig Reedie told the agency’s Foundation Board meeting the…

The World Anti-Doping Agency announced the creation of a new independent testing body on Thursday but admitted it could not compel sports federations to come under its authority.

WADA President Craig Reedie told the agency's Foundation Board meeting the independent testing body would operate under Swiss jurisdiction.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has backed the plan for an independent testing authority (ITA) and said it would be operational in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Valerie Fourneyron, chairman of WADA's Medical Committee, headed a working group to study the creation of the new testing agency. He said it was a "piece of the puzzle" in the fight against drugs.

The body would "allow greater efficiency to ensure that tests improve," Fourneyron said.

However, Fourneyron conceded that international sports federations could choose whether or not to come under the jurisdiction of the testing body.

"It is not legally possible to force them to join," Fourneyron said.

It means that powerful sports federations which already have their own testing regimes may choose not to join.

Fourneyron said the ITA's board of directors would comprise five members -- a chairman, an IOC representative, a representative from an international federation, an athlete and a doping expert.

A WADA representative will sit on the ITA board but purely in an advisory capacity without voting rights.

The director general of the agency would be appointed by the board of directors and funding would be provided by the IOC.

"This is the action time and IOC is committed to provide financial support," IOC vice-president Ugur Erdener told the meeting.

Forest bought by controversial Greek Marinakis

Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.The 49-year-old — who heads up a consortium with compatri…

Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis who is accused of match-fixing in Greece where he is the owner of giants Olympiakos bought two-time European Cup winners Nottingham Forest on Thursday.

The 49-year-old -- who heads up a consortium with compatriot Socrates Kominakis -- has also been accused in the past of being involved in the bombing of a bakery owned by a referee although no action was taken.

Despite the accusations Marinakis has passed the English Football League's owner's and directors' test bringing the curtain down on the troubled five year tenure of Kuwiati Fawaz Al Hasawi, but UEFA is still monitoring the Greek case and awaiting the outcome.

"All these years, a lot has been said but nothing came out in reality," Marinakis told the BBC.

"All of it has been dismissed and we have been clear from all of this.

"Now there is a last case remaining - there are about 80 persons involved.

"I can tell you again that I have nothing to do with it because I know very well what I have done and how I have achieved victories.

"Of course I cannot stop our opponents talking or bad-mouthing."

Marinakis, under whose aegis Olympiakos have won seven league titles since he became owner in 2010, says Forest deserve to be in the Premier League but accepts that it may take time -- they only avoided relegation to the third tier League One on the last day of the season.

"We have a long-term plan and within this long-term plan we want to bring Nottingham to where it belongs," said Marinakis, who was educated in England from the age of 15.

"And of course Nottingham belongs in the Premier League. And Nottingham belongs to the elite of the Premier League.

"Furthermore the supporters of Nottingham have been tired all these years, they didn't have such good times.

"But they remained loyal and for us that's very important.

"The potential is huge.

"The potential of this team is that when it will be very well organised, when it will achieve victories again, when it will have a better position in the Championship, when it will have a better position and we can look seriously at the Premier League, then we will be there to stay."

Marinakis has also placed his faith in present manager Mark Warburton who will endeavour to spark the revival and begin the process of a return to the Premier League which they have not played in since being relegated in 1999.

Durham Sustain Ability Launches Carbon Accounting Solution for Durham Region Businesses

Durham Sustain Ability (DSA) today announced the implementation of Verisae, the Durham Partners in Project Green solution to measure, manage and reduce the environmental impact of member businesses across Durham Region.

Durham Sustain Ability (DSA) today announced the implementation of Verisae, the Durham Partners in Project Green solution to measure, manage and reduce the environmental impact of member businesses across Durham Region.

Molotov cocktails & tear gas: Protesters & police clash in Athens before austerity vote (WATCH LIVE)

Protesters clashed with riot police in Athens amid anti-austerity protests, as demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at the police, who fired teargas and pepper spray. Read Full Article at RT.com

Preview Protesters clashed with riot police in Athens amid anti-austerity protests, as demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at the police, who fired teargas and pepper spray.
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Cannes Day 2: ‘Loveless’ in Moscow, ‘Wonderstruck’ in New York

The race for the Palme d’Or opened Thursday with tales of runaway children by US director Todd Haynes and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev: one enchanting but contrived, the other a kick in the gut.

The race for the Palme d’Or opened Thursday with tales of runaway children by US director Todd Haynes and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev: one enchanting but contrived, the other a kick in the gut.

US Treasury’s Mnuchin opposes breakup of banks

The Trump administration does not support a return to the Depression-era rule requiring a separation of retail and investment banking, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday.It would be “a huge mistake” to break up the banks, Mnuchin told a Se…

The Trump administration does not support a return to the Depression-era rule requiring a separation of retail and investment banking, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday.

It would be "a huge mistake" to break up the banks, Mnuchin told a Senate committee, but there were some aspects of the Glass-Steagall law, enacted in 1933 and repealed in 1999, that could be revived in fresh regulation.

"The integration of commercial banking and investment banks has gone on for a long period of time," Mnuchin said at a hearing.

"That's not what caused the problems during the (2008) financial crisis. And if we did go back to a full separation, you would have an enormous impact on liquidity and lending."

The remarks came during a sharp exchange with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, an outspoken critic of large banks, who has supported breaking up JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and other giants.

Warren pressed Mnuchin on what she called the administration's "reversal" on banking regulation and whether it resulted from meetings between Trump, Mnuchin and "big banks, CEOs and lobbyists."

"What do you think Glass-Steagall was if it wasn't separating commercial banking from investment banking?" Warren pressed.

Mnuchin said he supports "a 21st Century Glass-Steagall," but did not explain what that would mean for banking regulation.

However, Trump has floated the possibility of a return to some form of Glass-Steagall, without offering specific plans, creating speculation about how banking policy will evolve.

"I'm looking at that right now," Trump told Bloomberg News on May 1. "There's some people that want to go back to the old system, right? So we're going to look at that."

The 2016 Republican platform also referenced the old law, saying, "We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment."

Mnuchin said the administration's current stance is not a reversal.

"If we had supported a full Glass-Steagall, we would have said at the time that we believed in Glass-Steagall, not a 21st Century Glass- Steagall," he said. "We were very clear in differentiating it."

Mnuchin said implementing the new version of banking regulation was "a complicated question," and offered to meet with Warren to discuss her ideas.

He also apologized for not knowing that Warren has since 2013 introduced a bill called the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act." The bill would reinstate some rules to prevent banks from engaging in risky behavior and make large "too big to fail" banks "smaller and safer" to prevent the need for a government bailout.

Former motorcycling world champion Hayden ‘extremely critical’

Former world motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden was in “extremely critical” condition on Thursday following a serious bicycle accident which left him with brain damage, as his fiancée and mother kept a vigil at his bedside.

The 35-year-old American was hit by a car while training south of the Italian seaside resort of Rimini on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries.

“Nicky Hayden?s clinical condition remains extremely critical,” said a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

“The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena?s Bufalini Hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage.”

Hayden, nicknamed the “Kentucky Kid”, won the 2006 MotoGP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season.

His Honda team said that as well as having his fiancée Jackie by his side, Hayden has now been joined by his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived in Italy from the United States earlier Thursday.

Hayden won just three grands prix in MotoGP — all in 2005-06 — but he famously took the world title that season after fighting it out with Valentino Rossi.

Nine-time world champion Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend’s French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden.

“Nicky is one of the best friends I have had in the paddock,” said the Italian, who lost the 2006 title to his friend by just five points.

“We were teammates in his rookie year in 2003, when he was a young guy making his debut in his first European experience.

“After a few years we fought for the title down to the last race in Valencia and, unfortunately for me, he won and became MotoGP world champion. After the race we shook hands and hugged.”

Rossi and Hayden later became teammates at Ducati.

Wednesday’s accident in Italy came just under a month after veteran Italian professional cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed after being hit by a van while out on a training ride on roads near his home.

Former world motorcycling champion Nicky Hayden was in "extremely critical" condition on Thursday following a serious bicycle accident which left him with brain damage, as his fiancée and mother kept a vigil at his bedside.

The 35-year-old American was hit by a car while training south of the Italian seaside resort of Rimini on Wednesday and was rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries.

"Nicky Hayden?s clinical condition remains extremely critical," said a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

"The young man, who is still in the intensive care unit of Cesena?s Bufalini Hospital, has suffered a serious polytrauma with subsequent serious cerebral damage."

Hayden, nicknamed the "Kentucky Kid", won the 2006 MotoGP world title before moving to the Superbike World Championship for the 2016 season.

His Honda team said that as well as having his fiancée Jackie by his side, Hayden has now been joined by his brother Tommy and mother Rose who arrived in Italy from the United States earlier Thursday.

Hayden won just three grands prix in MotoGP -- all in 2005-06 -- but he famously took the world title that season after fighting it out with Valentino Rossi.

Nine-time world champion Rossi took time out from preparing for this weekend's French MotoGP at Le Mans to pay tribute to Hayden.

"Nicky is one of the best friends I have had in the paddock," said the Italian, who lost the 2006 title to his friend by just five points.

"We were teammates in his rookie year in 2003, when he was a young guy making his debut in his first European experience.

"After a few years we fought for the title down to the last race in Valencia and, unfortunately for me, he won and became MotoGP world champion. After the race we shook hands and hugged."

Rossi and Hayden later became teammates at Ducati.

Wednesday's accident in Italy came just under a month after veteran Italian professional cyclist Michele Scarponi was killed after being hit by a van while out on a training ride on roads near his home.

#1917LIVE: Leon Trotsky urges world’s proletariat to unite against bourgeoisie in Twitter Q&A

Preview Leon Trotsky is a Marxist reformer destined to become a key figure in Vladimir Lenin’s circle. Although initially a Menshevik, his return from exile and reunion with the Bolshevik leader will cement his role as a key figure of the Russian Revolution.
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Preview Leon Trotsky is a Marxist reformer destined to become a key figure in Vladimir Lenin’s circle. Although initially a Menshevik, his return from exile and reunion with the Bolshevik leader will cement his role as a key figure of the Russian Revolution.
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Protester jailed over anti-Kremlin rally

A Russian court on Thursday jailed a demonstrator for eight months for allegedly attacking police during a major anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow. Yury Kuliya was sent to prison after being detained over the March 26 protest that saw thousands of people …

A Russian court on Thursday jailed a demonstrator for eight months for allegedly attacking police during a major anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow.

Yury Kuliya was sent to prison after being detained over the March 26 protest that saw thousands of people take to the streets of the capital as part of the biggest wave of protests against President Vladimir Putin's elite in years.

Russian news agencies reported the authorities dropped a more serious charge that Kuliya threatened the lives of law enforcement officials.

Kuliya was the first to be sentenced of four demonstrators facing lengthy jail terms for allegedly assaulting police at the anti-corruption protests called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Over 1,000 people were initially detained at the unsanctioned Moscow rally in March, with many serving short sentences of around two weeks.

Russian authorities have previously been accused of going after demonstrators on trumped up charges in a bid to shut down protests against Putin's rule.

Several dozen people were handed harsh jail terms slammed by rights activists after police cracked down on a huge 2012 rally against Putin's return for a third term as president.

Anti-graft campaigner Navalny has announced he intends to stand for president in an election next year that Putin is expected to compete in and win.

Venezuela opposition leader says blocked from US trip

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from traveling to New York to discuss his country’s deadly political crisis with United Nations officials.”I have not been able to trave…

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from traveling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials.

"I have not been able to travel. I will not be able to attend the meeting with the (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights," Capriles said in a video posted online.

"I am outside the migration zone without my passport" at Maiquetia airport near Caracas, he said. "They robbed my passport, for that is how I would describe it, in the migration zone."

Capriles, the 44-year old leader of the center-right Justice First party, is the most prominent opponent of socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The opposition has accused the government of violently repressing protests by Venezuelans demanding early elections to remove Maduro from power.

Capriles had intended to brief the high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on deadly violence in Venezuela that has left 43 people dead.

"I have been informed that my passport has been canceled," he said. "My passport is valid until 2020. What they want is for me not to go to the United Nations."

Capriles said he would head back to the capital to take part in the latest anti-government demonstration, a planned march to the interior ministry.

Clashes erupted across the country in April 1 during protests in anger at Maduro's handling of an economic and political crisis.

Protesters blame Maduro for shortages of food and medicine. They are demanding early elections and accuse him of trying to cling to power.

Elected in 2013, Maduro has accused the opposition of plotting a coup against him with US backing.

The government and the opposition have accused each other of sending armed groups to sow violence in the protests.

Police have fired tear gas and protesters have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails in near-daily clashes.

The United States convened a meeting on Wednesday of the UN Security Council. It warned that Venezuela's crisis was worsening and could escalate into a civil conflict like that of Syria.

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez responded on Twitter by repeating Maduro's allegation that the United States was out to topple his government.

Maduro's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said Wednesday the government was sending troops to the western region of Tachira to quell violence there.

Brazil’s political mess: what we know

Brazil’s President Michel Temer is teetering in the wake of corruption allegations, with many asking whether he can survive. Here’s what we know and what might happen next:- The secret tape -Temer had until now managed to stay above the fray in the “Ca…

Brazil's President Michel Temer is teetering in the wake of corruption allegations, with many asking whether he can survive. Here's what we know and what might happen next:

- The secret tape -

Temer had until now managed to stay above the fray in the "Car Wash" corruption probe into embezzlement and bribery, which is already ensnaring many of Brazil's biggest political names.

But the wave of accusations caught up with him late Wednesday when O Globo, the country's most powerful newspaper, reported the existence of a secretly recorded conversation in which Temer authorizes payment of hush money to a jailed politician.

The conversation was with Joesley Batista, an executive from JBS, the meat packing giant which hit world headlines recently when police accused it of doctoring bad meat and bribing health inspectors.

Batista allegedly discusses making payments to Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of the lower house, who is in prison after having been convicted of taking millions of dollars in bribes. Cunha would be paid to keep quiet about other "Car Wash" activities.

Temer admits to meeting Batista but says hush money was never discussed.

- Will Temer fall? -

Temer is a master of the Brazilian capital's political maze.

He came to power last year automatically because he was vice president when the president, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached for masking the government budget hole. Cunha, also from Temer's PMDB party, led the impeachment drive.

During his one year in power, he has brushed aside his unpopularity as an unelected president, relying on solid support in Congress from a broad center-right coalition. The left, which calls his replacement of Rousseff a coup, has been marginalized.

But there were already signs Thursday that Temer's seemingly solid legislative base is shaking.

Coalitions often have little ideological common ground in Brazil. In addition, many lawmakers themselves are running scared from the corruption scandal -- a third of senators are under investigation in the "Car Wash" probe -- and will now look out for their own survival.

"Resignation is the easiest way to resolve this," said Senator Ana Amelia, from the PP, who had supported Rousseff's impeachment last year.

Crucially, a source in the PSDB, the main partner with Temer's PMDB, says that if the Globo report is confirmed they will quit the government.

By midday Thursday, three requests by lawmakers for the impeachment of Temer had been filed. The leftist Workers' Party of Rousseff scents the chance for revenge.

- And if he does go? -

Having taken over in an emergency capacity, Temer is not due to stay in office longer than January 1, 2019, when the winner of scheduled October 2018 elections takes over.

If he resigned or was pushed out in impeachment proceedings, lower house speaker Rodrigo Maia -- one of the many legislators being investigated in the "Car Wash" probe -- would initially take over.

Thirty days later, Congress would then hold indirect elections for a new president to serve out the rest of that term.

Impeachment would be a more drawn-out process, with first the lower house, then the Senate holding a series of votes that could end in forcing the president out.

There has long been popular pressure for direct, snap elections. However, this would require Congress to amend the constitution first.

- Is Temer toast? -

Temer might still manage to hold on. The contents of the reported recordings have not been published yet and the wily politician may still cut enough deals with allies to keep their loyalty.

But the mood in Brasilia is getting ugly, meaning that even if Temer does somehow survive, his political brand will be damaged.

That would mean more anger in the streets, like a recent attempt to organize a general strike, which ended with violent clashes in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

And in Congress, Temer would struggle all the more to get lawmakers to back his already unpopular austerity reforms, especially a bid to raise the minimum retirement age.

Given that Temer's main promise on taking power last year was to stabilize Brazil and ease it out of a two-year recession, his future looks dim.