England vs Barbarians confirmed to go ahead before final Six Nations match

first_imgWednesday Sep 2, 2020 England vs Barbarians confirmed to go ahead before final Six Nations match The RFU has confirmed that England will play their rescheduled fixture against the Barbarians on Sunday, 25 October. The match takes place on the weekend before Eddie Jones’ squad will travel to Italy to play their rearranged final game of the Six Nations. ADVERTISEMENTSafety is a top priority as Twickenham will have fans allowed in based on social distancing (subject to change). Subject to obtaining the relevant license and approvals including those from public health authorities, spectator numbers will be up to 20,000; less than 25 per cent of the stadium’s total 82,000 capacity.Attendees can only buy tickets seated together for people in a single household, including their support bubble; this includes any transferred tickets.Tickets will initially be available to those with an existing booking from the postponed fixture, followed by a priority booking window for First XV members on 7 September.Any remaining tickets will be available for public sale from 8 September via EnglandRugby.com/tickets.  Hospitality can be purchased via EnglandRugby.com/hospitality.RFU CEO Bill Sweeney said: “We continue to work closely with government and the local authority on the return of sports fans to the stadium.  The numbers of fans able to attend, given social distancing requirements, will be significantly lower than normal and subject to final agreement from government.“Local resident and spectator safety is our top priority and numerous measures are being implemented for the events that either adhere to or exceed the guidance provided by the government and the Sports Ground Safety Authority. A test event will be held to put into practice our operational plans and demonstrate that Twickenham Stadium is well prepared.”ADVERTISEMENTNumerous safety measures will be put in place, including:above normal staffing levels for the crowd size in order to manage social distancing and safety measures;mandatory use of face coverings by spectators except when in assigned seats or eating or drinking;all tickets for the match will be digital and, with the exception of accompanied children and those with accessibility requirements attending with a companion, each mobile ticket will need to be on a separate device;one way systems to manage crowd movement;assigned entry gates to minimise the build-up of queues;extensive queue lanes outside the stadium, on Rugby Road and Whitton Road to manage socially distanced queues;hand sanitisers will be provided throughout the stadium;external toilet provision will be the same as an 82,000 capacity match, despite the reduced spectator numbers; andthe cleaning and waste collection regime will be significantly increased.The Metropolitan Police is supportive of the plans in place to manage the return of fans to the stadium.REWATCH THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS PLAYED, IN 2019 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House K / Yoshichika Takagi

first_img “COPY” House K / Yoshichika TakagiSave this projectSaveHouse K / Yoshichika TakagiSave this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoHouses•Sapporo, Japan Japan Houses CopySave this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoRecommended ProductsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsText description provided by the architects. For this residential housing project, the client desired an open space within an indoor environment. But at the same time, one of the other conditions was that it should reveal the house shape on the exterior. This was on account of the client’s wishes, as they liked the village feeling of being surrounded by other residential houses, but the actual site was in the regular residential area surrounded by manufactured houses.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoConsidering the cold climate in Hokkaido, it didn’t seem to be the most appropriate solution to make a wide open interior space as outdoors, yet, keeping the house shape on the exterior. We tried to see if we could design a space that would be ‘indoor’ (which was closed in terms of the thermal environment) but would give a feeling of being ‘outdoors’ as a backdrop within the building.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoThe given condition of making an open indoor space led directly to the idea of making house-shaped indoor rooms. If these house shapes were scattered, it would give a village-like view.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoThe shape of a house is a code for dividing space indoors and outdoors, and a village is a code that implies outdoors. By using these codes, we thought that an interweaved scenery of indoor and outdoor would be made possible.Save this picture!Floor PlanAfter some trials, it seemed that a set of more than 3 house shapes would give a village feeling, which would potentially create a relationship between indoor and outdoor. If we could cover these entirely with a bigger house shape, this would function as an indoor space in terms of thermal environment.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoEventually, we managed to create a interweaved scenery between ‘indoors’ and ‘outdoors’ by placing 6 house-shaped profiles within one large exterior that envelops the entire place. One of the six house shapes was made into an outdoor terrace. Indoors, there would be a village-like view using the help of the code for outdoors, inside the building. This kind of control functions to blur the definition of ‘indoors’ and ‘outdoors’, and this is where interweaving takes place.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoAs a container, we made those big house shapes as interior, but when people actually live there and use the space, the feeling of the interior switches between an indoor space to an outdoor space. It would only be then that this idea of an interweaved living space would be expressed and perceived.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoProject gallerySee allShow lessNature & Environment Learning Centre / Bureau SLASelected Projects3 Architects Win President’s Designer of the Year Award in SingaporeArchitecture News Share Area:  226 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778895/house-k-yoshichika-takagi Clipboard CopyAbout this officeYoshichika TakagiOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSapporoOn InstagramJapanPublished on December 21, 2015Cite: “House K / Yoshichika Takagi” 20 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?日本 K 住宅 / Yoshichika Takagi是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Projectscenter_img Year:  “COPY” ArchDaily House K / Yoshichika Takagi Photographs:  Seiya Miyamoto+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778895/house-k-yoshichika-takagi Clipboard 2009 Architects: Yoshichika Takagi Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Big Issue Foundation adds three-tap donations to fundraising materials

Tagged with: contactless mobile QR Codes thyngs Good Thyngs let charities turn anything into a cashless mobile donation point (8 February 2018)Norwich hospital charity introduces cashless donations for visitors (3 October 2017)Thyngs adds PayPal as option for mobile giving (8 August 2017) Working with cashless donations provider Thyngs, The Big Issue Foundation is adding three-tap mobile donation functionality to its website, fundraising appeals, direct marketing campaigns and collecting tins. The Foundation is using Thyngs‘ free Good Thyngs platform which makes it easy for charities to turn almost anything into a cashless donation point. Wherever the Foundation’s unique QR code appears, supporters can simply scan it, and then quickly choose an amount and donate using Apple Pay, Google Pay, or card. Gift Aid is added too if selected.Over 60 organisations are using Good Thyngs which has so far generated an average donation value of £15, with 77% of donors adding Gift Aid to increase the value of their donations even further.How the Foundation will use ThyngsThe Big Issue Foundation is planning to incorporate the technology into an appeal launching at the end of April and a new direct marketing campaign scheduled for May. It will also be including it on collecting buckets and tins at its Sleep Outs in October and November, and its flagship fundraising event The Big Night Walk in 2019.Emma Cheung, Head of Individual Giving and Donor Support at The Big Issue Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be one of the charities using Good Thyngs. We love how the product makes it so easy to get up and running at no cost and can be added to such a wide range of fundraising materials. In an increasingly cashless world, it also allows us to provide the quick and painless experience that our donors want, using the technology they already have in their pocket.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Howard Lake | 20 April 2018 | News  338 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Big Issue Foundation adds three-tap donations to fundraising materials  339 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

#FarmersProvide Provides $10k to Gleaners

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News #FarmersProvide Provides $10k to Gleaners Facebook Twitter #FarmersProvide Provides $10k to Gleaners SHARE In celebration of National Ag Week 2018, Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFoF) donated $10,000 worth of meals to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. IFoF agreed to donate one meal, up to $10,000, each time someone posted to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #FarmersProvide.“Farmers in Indiana and across the country play a vital role in providing the food that we rely on to feed our families,” said Jeanette Merritt, chair of the IFOF operations committee and director of checkoff programs at Indiana Pork. “But for many Hoosiers, hunger is a real problem they face every day. We’re thrilled to be able to help feed some of Indiana’s hungry with the help of Gleaners and everyone who participated in our Ag Day social media campaign.”Merritt presented the $10,000 check to John Elliott, President/CEO of Gleaners, in a presentation on Monday to kick off National Ag Week.IFoF is made up of many agriculture organizations in Indiana that have rallied around the group’s mission to raise the awareness of Indiana’s quality farmers and quality foods. SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 20, 2018 Facebook Twitter Previous articleEskenazi Health, Indiana Grown Expand Locally Sourced Food OfferingsNext articleHouse Democrats Want to Review Farm Bill Draft Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Internet censorship stepped up in anticipation of next year’s presidential election

first_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more Internet censorship is being stepped up in preparation for next year’s presidential election, Reporters Without Borders said today. Online journalist Massoud Heydari was given a three-month jail sentence two days ago for allegedly getting his facts wrong while, two days before that, the conservative news website Entekhab (www.tiknews.info) was blocked for the fifth time in two years.“Government censorship of the Iranian media has been increasing for some months and even the conservative media are being targeted,” the press freedom organisation said. “President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is tolerating criticism less and less in the run-up to the 2009 presidential election. We urge the authorities to restore access to Entekhab and to stop harassing outspoken journalists.”A Tehran court sentenced Heydari on 28 July to three months and one day in prison and a fine of 15 million rials (slightly more than 1,000 euros) for publishing “false information” in several articles on the website of the news agency ILNA which elicited complaints from the ministries of labour and health and Tehran’s Amir Kabir University.A news agency that support’s Iran’s reformers, ILNA was created by Heydari in 2002. It has given a great deal of coverage to the crackdowns on women’s movements, students and workers. Heydari resigned as its editor when it was banned by the authorities on 3 July 2007. to go further News Receive email alerts News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa News IranMiddle East – North Africa Entekhab, the news website that was blocked yet again on 26 July, criticises President Ahmadinejad from a conservative position and is known to have strong support in conservative and religious circles.Its editor, Mostafa Faghihi, was summoned before a court last week and accused of publishing “false information” and “insulting what is sacred.” On 6 July, he published an article quoting Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Mohtashami, a former interior minister and follower of Ayatollah Khomeiny, as saying there was no difference between the “sect” led by Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah (President Ahmadinejad’s spiritual mentor) and the Taliban or “the ignorant ones of Islam’s beginnings.” Faghihi said: “Whenever an article critical of Ayatollah Mohammad Taghi Mesbah is published, it is filtered and no one will explain to us why.”Iran is ranked 166th out of 169 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index and is on the organisation’s list of “Internet Enemies.” March 18, 2021 Find out more July 31, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Internet censorship stepped up in anticipation of next year’s presidential election RSF_en Newslast_img read more

Two Tibetan documentary filmmakers held for past six months in Tibet

first_img News Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dhondup Wangchen (picture), who made a documentary about Tibet, and Jigme Gyatso, his friend and camera assistant. They have been unjustly detained since March 2008 for filming interviews with Tibetans, above all in the Amdo region of Tibet Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on the Chinese authorities to release Dhondup Wangchen, who made a documentary about Tibet, and Jigme Gyatso, his friend and camera assistant. They have been unjustly detained since March 2008 for filming interviews with Tibetans, above all in the Amdo region of Tibet”The case of Wangchen and Gyatso is a tragic example of what happens when Tibetans take the risk of trying to interview people about the situation in the province,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Chinese government decided to reopen Tibet to foreign tourists, and now it must show clemency towards those who have been detained solely because of what they or others said.”Wangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, told Reporters Without Borders that she still does not know exactly why they are being held. A resident of the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, Tso said her husband was reticent about the purpose of his proposed long trip when he set off for Tibet in October 2007. After losing touch, she was told at the end of March that Wangchen and Gyatso were arrested on 23 March in the Siling area.The film produced from what Wangchen and Gyatso filmed is a 25-minute documentary entitled Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com). It shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Olympic Games and Chinese legislation. Wangchen managed to send his videocassettes out of Tibet before he and Gyatso were arrested. Neither of their families has had any news of them for the past five and a half months.Wangchen was born in the Amdo region in 1974. A Buddhist monk, Gyatso is from the Kham region.Tso told Reporters Without Borders that her husband has always been “a very active man who has always wanted to do something for Tibet.” Before his arrest, Wangchen said: “It is very difficult for Tibetans to go to Beijing and express themselves freely. This is why we decided to show the real feelings of the Tibetan people in a documentary.”Screened for foreign journalists in Beijing during the Olympic Games, the documentary shows Tibetans expressing their disillusionment with the erosion and marginalisation of the Tibetan language and culture, the destruction of the nomadic lifestyle by forced resettlement, the lack of religious freedom and attacks on the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese government’s broken promises before the Olympic Games to improve the situation in Tibet.In Dharamsala, Tso has to take care not only of her four children but also her husband’s parents. “I get up in the night to bake bread which I myself then sell,” she said. “I feel the pressure mentally more than physically (…) I have to cope with a lot of difficulties but the biggest problem is the fact that my husband is in prison.”Tso said her husband was aware of the risks he was running when he made the documentary. “Yes, he knew,” she said. “But that does not mean he does not love his family and his parents. He did it for the Tibetan people and Tibet.”Ngawang Choephel, a Tibetan ethnomusicologist and documentary filmmaker, was released on “medical grounds” from Chengdu prison in China in 2002 after being held for six years. He had been given an 18-year-sentence on charges of subversion, spying and counter-revolutionary activities. ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Tibetan documentary filmmakers held for past six months in Tibetlast_img read more

Former Irish soldier to be tried on Fermanagh gun charges

first_img WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A former Irish soldier and his co-accused, due to stand trial accused of being dissident republican gunmen, claim an alleged murder bid on a trainee police officer was a prank.The 28-year-old ex soldier, Gerard James McManus, from Fernhill in Letterkenny and 35-year-old Kevin Barry Nolan, from Main Street in Blacklion, deny attempted murder.The men were returned for trial to Belfast Crown Court.The men were detained by undercover police, during a shooting incident in the border town of Garrison in Co Fermanagh on November 21 2009.Both are also charged with possession of a gun with intent to endanger life, while McManus of Letterkenny also faces a further charge of using a gun to resist arrest.But the pair say they only meant to scare the young policeman and that they were put up to “the prank” by a police agent.Having heard legal arguement the judge remanded both men back into custody after granting them each legal aid certificates for two counsel Former Irish soldier to be tried on Fermanagh gun charges Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – August 24, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+center_img Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleCity of Culture Company enters rail debate with calls for airport platformNext articleAnother suspicious fire in Inishowen News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

No Bar In Registering Generic URLs As Trademark: SCOTUS Permits Registration Of ‘Booking.Com’ Trademark [Read Judgment]

first_imgForeign/InternationalNo Bar In Registering Generic URLs As Trademark: SCOTUS Permits Registration Of ‘Booking.Com’ Trademark [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 July 2020 3:54 AMShare This – x”Because “Booking.com” is not a generic name to consumers, it is not generic.”The Supreme Court of the United States has held that there is no bar in registering generic URLs as trademarks. The majority (8:1) held that a term styled “generic.com” is a generic name for a class of goods or services only if the term has that meaning to consumers. Booking.com is a digital travel company that provides hotel reservations and other services under the brand “Booking.com”…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court of the United States has held that there is no bar in registering generic URLs as trademarks. The majority (8:1) held that a term styled “generic.com” is a generic name for a class of goods or services only if the term has that meaning to consumers. Booking.com is a digital travel company that provides hotel reservations and other services under the brand “Booking.com” U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) refused registration of “Booking.com” stating that it is a generic name for online hotel-reservation services. A generic name—the name of a class of products or services—is ineligible for federal trademark registration. In this case, Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B. V. , the PTO challenged the orders of District Court and Court of Appeals finding that “booking.com” unlike the term “booking” standing alone—is not generic.  The court observed that “Booking.com” is not a generic name to consumers and thus it is not generic. Justice Ginsburg, authored the opinion of the Court and observed: “Whether “Booking.com” is generic turns on whether that term, taken as a whole, signifies to consumers the class of online hotel-reservation services. Thus, if “Booking.com” were generic, we might expect consumers to understand Travelocity—another such service—to be a “Booking.com.” We might similarly expect that a consumer, searching for a trusted source of online hotel-reservation services, could ask a frequent traveler to name her favorite “Booking.com” provider. Consumers do not in fact perceive the term “Booking.com” that way.” The Court, however, clarified that, whether any given “generic.com” term is generic depends on whether consumers in fact perceive that term as the name of a class or, instead, as a term capable of distinguishing among members of the class. The PTO contention was that, as a rule, combining a generic term with “.com” yields a generic composite. The Court said that adopting such a rule would largely disallow registration of “generic.com” terms and open the door to cancellation of scores of currently registered marks.  The sole dissenting Judge dissented with the Court’s opinion opining that granting trademark protection to “generic.com” marks threatens serious anti competitive consequences in the online marketplace.  He said:The term “Booking.com” refers to an internet dissenting booking service, which is the generic product that respondent and its competitors sell. No more and no less. The same is true of “generic.com” terms more generally. By making such terms eligible for trademark protection, I fear that today’s decision will lead to a proliferation of “generic.com” marks, granting their owners a monopoly over a zone of useful, easy-to-remember domains. This result would tend to inhibit, rather than to promote, free competition in online commerce. I respectfully dissent. Case name: Patent and Trademark Office v. Booking.com B. V.Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Large earthquake rocks Anchorage, Alaska, causing ‘major infrastructure damage’

first_imgTo the Great people of Alaska. You have been hit hard by a “big one.” Please follow the directions of the highly trained professionals who are there to help you. Your Federal Government will spare no expense. God Bless you ALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2018Melody Blankenship, the business director at ABC affiliate KYUR-TV, said that there was “this sudden shaking then all of a sudden this really loud roaring noise.”“It got to the point where we got into the doorway and it just didn’t stop,” Blankenship said.She said that they felt an aftershock “not even five minutes later.” She said that Friday’s earthquake was “the strongest” she’s felt in the past 35 years that she has lived in Alaska.Dr. Lucy Jones, the founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society and a former scientist at the USGS, told ABC News that “it’s a quite significant earthquake.”She said that the quake in Alaska was about the same size as the 1989 World Series earthquake in San Francisco, which caused landslides and widespread damage, and those in Alaska “would have felt the same sort of shaking.”One Twitter user posted a video from a local grocery store showing how shelved food was thrown onto the floor.Pipes broken pic.twitter.com/a60pf39JyH— Chase (@Chase_AK) November 30, 2018A student in Alaska posted a video on Twitter showing the lights in her art classroom shaking, and cupboards appear to have been opened due to the shocks.“Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking,” the student, Alyson Petrie, wrote.Earthquake just happened right now i ’m actually shaking pic.twitter.com/PoZGOlJGWS— Alyson Petrie (@AlysonPetrie7) November 30, 2018The Anchorage School District posted a message to parents on their Twitter account.“We hope that everyone is safe after the earthquake. We are assessing building safety and damages now. We will update the community as new information comes in. In the meantime, parents and guardians, when you feel it is safe to do so, please pick your children up from school,” the school district wrote.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. NOAA(NEW YORK) — A massive earthquake, — registering 7.0 magnitude according to the U.S. Geological Survey — rocked Anchorage, Alaska Friday, sending debris crashing to the ground, damaging buildings and causing “major infrastructure damage,” officials said.The quake happened about 7.5 miles north of the city, the USGS reported, and officials said residents there should brace for aftershocks. A tsunami warning was issued but later canceled.Those caught in the tremor described ferocious shaking that “just didn’t stop.” It was not immediately clear if there were injuries, but Anchorage police said damage was extensive.“There is major infrastructure damage across Anchorage. Many homes and buildings are damaged,” the department said in a bulletin. “Many roads and bridges are closed. Stay off the roads if you don’t need to drive. Seek a safe shelter. Check on your surroundings and loved ones.”Dr. Owen Ala, 40, an orthopedic surgeon who was operating on a hand fracture at the time of the quake, said the quake sounded “almost like a freight train is coming through.”A lifelong Alaskan, Ala said that he’s lived through a number of earthquakes before but this was the largest one yet.“It definitely felt the strongest, not just by a little bit. It was by far the strongest that any of us had felt,” he said.“This one you could barely stand up,” he said, noting how he and his team were “holding on to the patient to make sure they don’t fall off the table.”Chugach Electric, which provides power to the area, said that 21,000 customers were without electricity.We currently have 21,000 members without power, and will restore as quickly and safely as possible. We have all crews called in and working. If you see a downed power line or any associated hazard, do not approach it. Report through our customer service line at 563-7366.— Chugach Electric (@chugachelectric) November 30, 2018The state’s former governor, Sarah Palin, tweeted that her family’s home sustained damage.She posted a message that started with the prayer hands emoji, and went on to write “Our family is intact – house is not… I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.” for Alaska. Our family is intact – house is not… I imagine that’s the case for many, many others. So thankful to be safe; praying for our state following the earthquake.— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) November 30, 2018And President Donald Trump tweeted his support.last_img read more

Judge to rule on unsealing records in defamation case against Ghislaine Maxwell

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy JAMES HILL, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As Ghislaine Maxwell sits in a federal detention center in Brooklyn, New York, facing allegations that she conspired with the late Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse three minor girls, a federal judge in Manhattan is set to announce her decision Thursday morning whether to make public a batch of sealed court documents from a civil lawsuit against Maxwell that settled three years ago.The court filings in the case — a civil defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell in 2015 — are said to contain the names of hundreds of people, some famous and some not, who socialized, traveled or worked with Epstein over the span of more than a decade. The late financier has previously been linked to a coterie of high-profile business leaders, scientists, royalty and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump.Attorneys for Maxwell had asked the judge — prior to Maxwell’s arrest — to keep the records under seal, arguing that public interest in the documents is outweighed by privacy considerations and the potential impact a release of the documents could have on the criminal investigation targeting alleged accomplices of Epstein.“The sealed testimony or summaries may inappropriately influence potential witnesses or alleged victims,” Maxwell’s attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca wrote last month.Among the records now being considered for release is a 418-page transcript of one of Maxwell’s multi-hour depositions in the case, which Maxwell’s attorneys argue were given under an expectation of confidentiality that had been agreed to by both sides in the dispute, according to Maxwell’s court filing.“This series of pleadings concerns [Giuffre’s] attempt to compel Ms. Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life,” Pagliuca wrote. “The subject matter of these [documents] is extremely personal, confidential, and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”Giuffre’s attorneys have argued for near-total disclosure of the sealed records and have characterized Maxwell’s objections as a “blatant attempt to stall the unsealing process by creating unjustified obstacles … that will ensure the documents in this case, which are clearly subject to a presumption of public access, never see the light of day,” according to a filing last month by Giuffre’s lawyer, Sigrid McCawley.McCawley contended that Maxwell’s arguments in favor of continued sealing are “especially jarring in light of the public’s interest in this litigation, which involved voluminous documents and testimony about Jeffrey Epstein’s transcontinental sex-trafficking operation and documents concerning various public agencies’ utter failure to protect and bring justice to his victims.”The sealed records currently under review by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska also contain the identities of people who provided information in the case under an expectation of confidentiality, plus the names of alleged victims and individuals accused of enabling Epstein or participating in the abuse.Earlier this year, notification letters were sent to two “John Does,” anonymous individuals whose names are among several dozen that appear in just the first batch of hundreds of sealed and redacted documents, according to court records. Neither of the “John Does” filed any objections to the potential unsealing of the records.Maxwell, 58, is the daughter of the late British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell, who died in 1991 in what was ruled an accidental drowning incident off the coast of the Canary Islands. She met Epstein in New York following her father’s death, and the two were closely linked for more than a decade.In unsealed excerpts from her depositions in the case, Maxwell derided Giuffre as an “absolute liar.” She has also denied allegations from Giuffre and other women who contend in court filings that Maxwell recruited and trained girls and young women for Epstein and facilitated their abuse.Federal prosecutors have alleged in Maxwell’s criminal case that she made false statements during her depositions in the Giuffre case, leading to two perjury charges in the indictment against her.Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her and is scheduled for trial next year.Among the records now under consideration by Preska are documents from June 2016 associated with an effort by Giuffre’s lawyers to get court approval for additional witness depositions beyond the 10 that had been allotted to each side. In a series of court filings surrounding the request, redactions conceal the name of one of the proposed witnesses and the descriptions of the information sought from that person.But a review by ABC News of the unredacted portions of the records, coupled with a transcript of a hearing that took place nine months later, reveal that Giuffre’s lawyers were then seeking court approval to depose former President Clinton about his prior relationship with Epstein.“All of the people Ms. Giuffre seeks to depose have discoverable and important information regarding the elements of Ms. Giuffre’s claims,” attorney McCawley wrote in a filing seeking the additional depositions.While there have been no allegations of wrong-doing on the part of Clinton, Giuffre’s claim that she met the former president at a dinner with Epstein and Maxwell on Epstein’s private Caribbean island, Little St. James, emerged as a critical and contentious issue in the litigation.Maxwell had argued in court filings that Giuffre’s claim was a fabrication that shattered her credibility. Flight logs kept by Epstein’s pilots showed that Clinton had traveled extensively on Epstein’s private jet to destinations in Africa, Asia and Europe in 2002 and 2003, but none of the available records showed the former president on a trip to Epstein’s island.“This is utter nonsense and nothing more than a transparent ploy by [Giuffre] to increase media exposure for her sensational stories through deposition side-show. This witness has nothing relevant to add,” Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger wrote in opposition to the proposed deposition.According to that filing by Maxwell’s lawyer, Giuffre’s legal team initiated informal discussions with attorneys for the then-unnamed witness on June 9, 2016.Giuffre’s lawyers did contact Clinton’s attorneys about a potential deposition, a person familiar with the situation told ABC News. Clinton’s lawyer responded that it would not be helpful to Giuffre, the person said, because the president was never on the island. For whatever reason, her lawyers dropped the matter, the person said.But according to a publicly-available transcript of a hearing in the case — Giuffre’s lawyers continued to pursue the court’s permission to take Clinton’s deposition until their request was ultimately denied by the judge, in a still sealed ruling in late June 2016Giuffre’s lawyers pressed the Clinton issue with the judge at a hearing in March 2017, six weeks before the trial was scheduled to begin. According to the transcript, Giuffre’s legal team was then seeking to prevent Maxwell’s side from presenting testimony at trial suggesting that Clinton hadn’t been on Epstein’s island, arguing it would be “inherently unfair” to Giuffre because they had not been permitted to question Clinton.“You did not allow us to depose him because you said it was irrelevant,” McCawley argued before U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet. “So now we’re in a position where at trial they want to put forth that information against my client, and I don’t have an under-oath statement from that individual saying whether or not he actually was.”“What we know is [Clinton] flew with Jeffrey Epstein at the same time 19 different times internationally and nationally, but we don’t have him with respect to this particular allegation under oath,” she added. “So we would say it would be highly prejudicial for them to be able to introduce evidence saying he wasn’t there or that they have some proof or some expert saying he wasn’t there when, in fact, we weren’t able to ask him directly, the person who is at issue, under oath, whether or not he did, in fact, go there.”Maxwell’s attorneys, according to the transcript, told the court Maxwell was prepared to take the stand and testify that Clinton was never on the island.But because the trial never occurred, Giuffre’s motion to exclude testimony about Clinton was left unresolved. More information about the debate over the issue may eventually become public as additional documents from the case are unsealed.Following Epstein’s arrest last July, a spokesperson for Clinton, Angel Ureña, said in a statement that the former president “knows nothing” about Epstein’s crimes.“He’s not spoken to Epstein in well over a decade,” the statement adds, “and has never been to Little St. James Island, Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico, or his residence in Florida.”Giuffre, now a 36-year old mother living in Australia, alleges she was sexually abused as a teenager by Epstein and Maxwell between 2000 and 2002. She also claims to have been directed to have sex with some of their prominent friends, including Britain’s Prince Andrew. Both the Prince and Maxwell have denied Giuffre’s allegations.Giuffre filed the action against Maxwell in September 2015, alleging that the former British socialite defamed her when her publicist issued a statement referring to Giuffre’s allegations as “obvious lies.”Previously unsealed records from the case have already generated headlines around the world after a federal appeals court ordered the release of more than 2,000 pages of documents last August, a month after Epstein’s arrest by federal authorities in New York. The Miami Herald spear-headed the legal challenge to make the filings public.Included in that collection were excerpts from Giuffre’s depositions naming several prominent men she alleges Epstein and Maxwell directed her to have sex with, including Prince Andrew, attorney Alan Dershowitz, former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. All of those men, and others accused by Giuffre, have denied the allegations.“The documents and exhibits should be carefully examined for the vivid, detailed and tragic story they tell in the face of cursory, bumper-sticker-like statements by those accused,” Giuffre’s attorney McCawley wrote in a statement on the day of the document’s release. “Virginia Roberts Giuffre is a survivor and a woman to be believed. She believes a reckoning of inevitable accountability has begun.”The morning after that first set of documents was made public, Epstein was found unresponsive in his jail cell in Manhattan, where he was being held pending trial on charges of child sex-trafficking and conspiracy. The cause of death was determined by the New York City medical examiner as suicide by hanging, though that ruling has been challenged by a forensic pathologist hired by Epstein’s brother, the sole-surviving heir to an estate valued at more than $600 million.Following those initial disclosures, a federal appeals court ordered the review of thousands more sealed court filings to determine which records should be made public. Preska was selected to oversee the process because Sweet, the original trial court judge, died last year at the age of 96. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more