Show Discussion US News Share this article East High School in Denver (Screenshot via Google Maps) LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON ‘I Didn’t Do Anything Wrong’: Fired Cheerleading Coach Defends Teaching Methods By Janita Kan November 18, 2017 Updated: November 18, 2017 A former school cheerleading coach has defended his coaching techniques after leaked videos of girls screaming in pain while being forced into the splits have gone viral.Ozell Williams, who taught at East High School in Denver, was subsequently fired for his coaching methods—but he denied that he had done anything amiss.“What am I hiding from? What am I hiding for? I didn’t do anything wrong,” Williams told CBS4 during a 4-hour-long interview.He said prior to the stretches, he had explained to the students that being able to perform the splits was necessary as a cheerleader, but the exercises to hold the splits for 30 seconds were voluntary. He added that none of the students declined to participate.“Split stretches hurt, so therefore, they knew that this is going to hurt,” Williams told the news station. “I also explain what type of pain will come with it. “I told them it was going to be painful because this is a split stretch—this is no joke. So splits, they hurt, yes, they hurt. I told them that in advance, like over and over again, like ‘It will hurt.’”“We made a vow to hold each other to stay in that split stretch. If they didn’t want to do it, all they had to was say ‘no.’ No one intimidated them into doing the split,” he said.Williams said the videos looked bad as they were taken out of context and apologized for the videos being leaked without context, CBS4 reported.“That part of the video looks bad, and I apologize for that,” Williams said.District Superintendent Tom Boasberg criticized Williams for his techniques, calling them “dangerous and unacceptable.”“What happened was wrong. Under no circumstances should a young person be in a situation where they are suffering physical or emotional harm. Under no circumstances should a young person be forced to continue any activity beyond the point where they have expressed their desire to stop,” Boasberg said at a press conference on Aug. 25.The Denver District Attorney office said in a statement on Oct. 14 that it will not be filing criminal charges in connection with the cheerleading incident but did not approve of the technique.“The message should be clear that this type of technique has no place in high school cheerleading coaching. The bad judgment of the coach, however, does not constitute a prosecutable crime,” the statement said.East High School principal Andy Mendelsberg retired and the athletic director resigned over the incident, according to the statement. Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Share
A space object considered “potentially hazardous” by NASA, about half the size of the asteroid that allegedly wiped out the dinosaurs, is going to zoom past Earth tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 16.Named Phaethon after the Greek god who nearly destroyed the world, the giant rock careening through space is “a potentially hazardous asteroid whose path misses Earth’s orbit by only 2 million miles,” says NASA.But astronomers disagree over what Phaethon actually is.According to NASA, it’s technically defined as an asteroid, in fact, the first ever to be discovered by satellite. But it’s also the parent object that produced a unique meteor shower called the Geminids, something asteroids are incapable of producing. Other theories say that it’s a dead comet or a rock comet.“So what it comes down to is that the Geminid parent object is a mystery,” says NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center’s fact sheet. An incompletely defined space object that NASA says is “potentially hazardous” will zoom past Earth on Dec. 16. (NASA / modified by Tom Ozimek / Epoch Times) US News LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON The force of the explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteor is said to have been about 400 – 600 kilotones of TNT, so about 30 times greater than Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, according to National Geographic.Hubert Foy of Space Safety Magazine estimates that if a meteor the size of the Chelyabinsk one were to strike a populated city, the devastation would be horrific.“The blast waves and sonic boom could have instantly destroy[ed] roughly 9,000 of 13,000 buildings, killed and injured around 5 million of the 8 million people in New York City. That would be a natural disaster of epic proportion, and the Russian meteor event demonstrates that such a disaster is real and it could one day occur in any city on Earth.”Russian astronomers are keeping a close eye on Phaethon’s orbit. Scientists from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University have published a video which tracks the asteroid’s travel path.NASA also monitors objects that could come perilously close to Earth through its Near Earth Object Program. New PHAs are being discovered every month and still, there are tens of thousands of uncharted PHAs of significant size, according to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project. Best estimates are that there are 10,000 to 20,000 PHAs larger than 328 feet. Whatever Phaethon technically is, NASA says it will pass a safe distance away from Earth. In fact, the agency is quick to point out that none of the PHAs on NASA’s threat watch list, called the Sentry Risk Chart, are currently worrisome, according to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.But that assurance may not be much consolation, says Alex Filippenko, astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, in an interview with Discovery.“The kinds of asteroids that can extinguish much of the life on Earth and most of the species, come around every 100 million years or so. And it’s not a periodic phenomenon, it doesn’t happen every 100 million years. It could happen at any time. Just on average, roughly every 100 million years. So it’s not a question of if it will happen, it’s a question of when it will happen.”But according to CBS News space consultant Bill Harwood, there is almost no situation in any foreseeable future where asteroid 3200 Phaethon will collide with the planet Earth.“Any body that’s bigger than about 500 feet across and its orbit carries it within about 4.6 million miles of Earth at any point in its orbit is classified as a ‘potentially hazardous’ object,” he explained.“Meaning over millennia—lots and lots of time—gravitational interactions with the outer planets, you know, other objects in the solar system might perturb the orbit enough that it could actually impact the Earth.”“Now in the case of this asteroid, that’s not the case,” he concluded. “They think this asteroid—and its orbit is very well known—will never get closer than about 1.8 million miles of the Earth.”Even at 6.4 million miles, 3200 Phaethon should be visible to people with access to small telescopes when it makes its closest approach on Dec. 16, according to Michael Mendillo, a professor of astronomy at Boston University. A view of the Geminid meteor shower in the National Park of El Teide on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife on Dec. 13, 2012. (Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty Images)Benefit of Near ApproachCitizens of Earth—enjoy your light show! The coming of 3200 Phaethon heralds the arrival of the Geminids meteor shower, which will light up the night skies in mid-December, peaking on the night of Dec. 13 and the morning of Dec. 14 with about 120 objects per hour, according to Space.com.Most meteor showers are caused by comets—basically, ice-balls with rocks and dust stuck to it. The Gemenid shower is unusual because it comes from an asteroid.The Gemenid shower is also unusual because it is extremely recent—in astronomical terms.The first recorded observation of the shower was in 1833 from a riverboat on the Mississippi River, Space.com reports.According to NASA’s Bill Cook, it is likely that 3200 Phaethon collided with another chunk of rock a few centuries ago, and over time, Jupiter’s gravitational field pulled the resulting debris into the path of Earth’s orbit.Not all scientists are certain that 3200 Phaethon collided with another orbiting object hundreds of years ago. A paper published in 2013 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters says that, based on three years of observations from NASA’s STEREO spacecraft, when 3200 Phaethon gets close to the Sun, the heat or solar wind breaks off portions of the rock. An artist’s illustration of an asteroid breaking apart in space. A new study suggests this might be the fate of the asteroid 3200 Phaethon. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)Slowly Disintegrating3200 Phaethon gets closer to the Sun than any other named orbiting body, sometimes coming as close as 17 million miles—half the distance from the Sun to the planet Mercury. Its surface temperature reaches 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Sky and Telescope.Scientists discovered in 2013 that 3200 Phaethon has a tail like a comet—but comet tails are produced by ice turning to gas. 3200 Phaethon’s tail seems to be dust pulled off by the Sun’s heat and gravitational field.If 3200 Phaethon is composed of carbonaceous materials—compounds containing a lot of water and carbon—the compounds might get brittle in the extreme heat and break apart when tugged one way by the Sun and another way by momentum.“Phaethon may be a breakup in slow motion,” Paul Wiegert, an astronomer at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, said at the Division of Planetary Sciences meeting in Pasadena, California.Chris Jasurek from NTD contributed to this article. But one thing astronomers do agree on is that the object will be making a “near” approach on Dec. 16, passing within 6.4 million miles of Earth. That’s 27 times the distance from the Earth to the moon. Phaethon is expected to come even closer in 2093—to within 1.8 million miles.The object “measures 5 km wide, about half the size of the asteroid or comet that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago,” writes Dr. Tony Phillips, production editor of NASA Science.For NASA to classify a space rock as “hazardous”, it must not only have the potential to make close approaches to Earth, but cause serious damage in the event of impact.A meteor that didn’t make landfall but merely exploded in the atmosphere 18.6 miles (30 km) above Russia’s Chelyabinsk region in 2013, caused over 1,000 injuries and extensive damage to property, reports NTD. Massive, 3-Mile-Wide ‘Potentially Hazardous Asteroid’ will Skim past Earth Tomorrow By Tom Ozimek December 15, 2017 Updated: December 15, 2017 This NASA graphic shows the orbits of all the known Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs), numbering over 1,400 as of early 2013. (NASA/modified by Tom Ozimek/Epoch Times) And while you’re here …We have a small favor to ask of you. More people are reading The Epoch Times than ever, but ad revenues are declining across the industry. If you can, please share this article on Facebook. It takes less than a minute. Thank you very much! Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM Share this article Share Show Discussion
In May, a Harvard-Harris survey found that two-thirds of Americans believe the mainstream media publishes fake news—a sentiment held by voters across party lines.“Much of the media is now just another part of the partisan divide in the country with Republicans not trusting the ‘mainstream’ media and Democrats seeing them as reflecting their beliefs,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn of the survey’s finding. “Every major institution from the presidency to the courts is now seen as operating in a partisan fashion in one direction or the other.”About 80 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents, and 53 percent of Democrats believe media outlets are publishing false information. The degree of uncertainty was even higher for online sources, with 84 percent of voters who said they experienced difficulty knowing who to believe in.It’s not the first time Trump has gone after CNN. Earlier this year, he retweeted an edited video of his days at the WWE, showing him body-slamming a person with the CNN logo superimposed over their head. Then, he termed CNN as “fraud news” or “FNN.” Trump Retweets Photo of ‘CNN’ Squished Under His Foot By Jack Phillips December 25, 2017 Updated: December 25, 2017 Show Discussion Melania Trump’s First Year as First Lady #FraudNewsCNN #FNN pic.twitter.com/WYUnHjjUjg— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! pic.twitter.com/mYtV5GNdLl— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 25, 2017 On Christmas Eve, President Donald Trump retweeted an edited photo of him sitting in a car while on the phone. On the bottom of his shoe, the “CNN” logo can be seen, squashed.The photo was originally posted by “oregon4TRUMP” as part of a reply to one of Trump’s tweets about his first-year achievements. US News Thank you President TRUMP!! pic.twitter.com/LKdkT0FL99— oregon4TRUMP (@shawgerald4) December 23, 2017 Share LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON President Donald Trump departs the White House en route to Florida on Dec. 22, 2017. Trump has signed an Executive Order declaring a national emergency over severe human rights abuses and corruption around the world. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times) “So many things accomplished by the Trump Administration, perhaps more than any other President in first year,” Trump had tweeted Saturday, Dec. 23. “Sadly, will never be reported correctly by the Fake News Media!” Then, the “oregon4Trump” account posted the image in response to that message.Later, Trump wrote that the “fake news” media outlets have refused to “talk about how big and how strong” his voter base is.“They show Fake Polls just like they report Fake News. Despite only negative reporting, we are doing well – nobody is going to beat us. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he wrote.Later, he pilloried media outlets once again.“The Tax Cut/Reform Bill, including Massive Alaska Drilling and the Repeal of the highly unpopular Individual Mandate, brought it all together as to what an incredible year we had. Don’t let the Fake News convince you otherwise…and our insider Polls are strong!” the president tweeted.On Christmas Day, Trump posted a video of he and his wife. QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Share this article
Three in four Americans who viewed President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech last night approved of the address, according to a CBS poll.The president received top marks across the board for the content of the speech, which included proposals for comprehensive immigration reform, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure investment, lowering prescription drug costs, and battling the opioid epidemic, among others.The vast majority of the viewers approved of Trump’s plans, with 91 percent favoring his infrastructure proposal, 75 percent approving of the ideas for handling national security, and 72 percent favoring the immigration reform plan. President Donald J. Trump (C) stands at the podium as Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (R) look on during his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress inside the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 30, 2018. (REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool)Trump supporters made up roughly half of the audience surveyed, with 32 percent identifying as a Trump opponent and 32 describing themselves as “something in between.”The president listed his accomplishments during the first year, including a booming stock market, historic low unemployment numbers, the passage of the tax cut bill, and a near-total recapture of land formerly held by the ISIS terrorist group. Two out of three viewers said that the speech made them feel proud, while roughly one in three said they felt safer after hearing Trump speak. Eighty-four percent gave the president at least some credit for the booming economy. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Jan. 30, 2018. This is the first State of the Union address given by President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Among the proposals, Trump spent the most time detailing his “four pillars” plan for immigration reform. The president offered a 12-year path to citizenship for 1.8 million people who were brought to the country illegally as children. In exchange, Trump’s plan demands to fund the southern border wall, end the visa lottery program in favor of a merit-based system, and limit chain migration by allowing only spouses and minor children of citizens to apply for naturalization.“It is time to reform these outdated immigration rules, and finally bring our immigration system into the 21st century,” Trump said. “These four pillars represent a down-the-middle compromise and one that will create a safe, modern, and lawful immigration system.”The CBS poll surveyed 1,178 State of the Union watchers and has a 3.1 percent margin of error.From NTD.tv QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Share Recommended Video: Year One: Thank You, Mr. President U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. on Jan. 30, 2018. This is the first State of the Union address given by U.S. President Donald Trump and his second joint-session address to Congress. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Trump Presidency 75% of Viewers Approve of Trump’s Maiden State of the Union Speech By Ivan Pentchoukov January 31, 2018 Updated: January 31, 2018 Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Show Discussion
Share this article Recommended Video: President Trump’s First State of the Union Address Steel and Aluminum Makers Restart Plants After Trump’s Tariff Announcement By Ivan Pentchoukov March 8, 2018 Updated: March 8, 2018 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2018 Trump’s proposed tariffs closely match the recommendation in a report submitted to the president by the Department of Commerce on Feb. 16. The department recommended a 24 percent global tariff on steel and a 7.7 percent global tariff on aluminum.The report found that the “quantities and circumstances of steel and aluminum imports threaten to impair the national security.”Steel and aluminum prices rose recently based on increased domestic demand and the president’s promise of broad tariffs, according to the Journal. As a result, several companies expanded U.S. production well before Trump’s announcement last week.Alcoa Corp. intends to reopen part of an idle smelter in southern Indiana in the spring. Big River Steel sped up production last year at a sheet mill in Osceola, Arkansas.From NTD.tv QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Follow Ivan on Twitter: @ivanpentchoukov Trump Presidency American steel and aluminum makers are rebooting stalled plants and calling back hundreds of workers with the expectation that President Donald Trump’s proposed tariffs will soon be enacted.United States Steel Corp. announced on Wednesday that it would fire up its blast furnace in Illinois and call back 500 workers, Wall Street Journal reported. Last week, Century Aluminum Co. said that it will restart smelting in Kentucky for the first time since 2015.“Our Granite City Works facility and employees…have suffered too long from the unending waves of unfairly traded steel products that have flooded U.S. markets,” U.S. Steel Chief Executive David Burritt told the Journal.United States Steel Corp. was forced to idle furnaces and lay off hundreds of workers after cheap imports flooded into the country and pushed down prices.Trump said he plans to a impose broad tariffs, 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on imported aluminum, though a final announcement is still pending. The president campaigned on a promise to bring back American jobs and put U.S. interests first when it comes to international trade.Trump said early on Thursday morning that he will hold an afternoon meeting at the White House related to the tariffs. “Looking forward to 3:30 P.M. meeting today at the White House. We have to protect & build our Steel and Aluminum Industries while at the same time showing great flexibility and cooperation toward those that are real friends and treat us fairly on both trade and the military,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Share Laborers fill orders of machine grade steel to be shipped throughout the Pacific Northwest at the Pacific Machinery Tool Steel Company in Portland, Oregon, on March 6, 2018. (Natalie Behring/Getty Images) Show Discussion
Share Officials are waiting for an autopsy from the Pierce County Medical Examiner as well as more investigative work to determine what happened.Detectives told KOMO that there’s no indication that other people were involved in the deaths.Lawler said that police haven’t responded to the home in the past, but he noted that the husband might have had possible mental health problems.Kay Elizabeth Bartlett, 56, who lives nearby, said that nothing appeared unusual.“I don’t understand what could be so bad that somebody felt that they had to end their family, their legacy, their hope—and the hopes of their relatives,” she told The News Tribune.“My neighbor walked over, sobbing in tears,” she added to Q13 Fox. “She said he bludgeoned those babies.”“It was just so sad to see that someone felt the need to destroy their family and themselves,” said Bartlett.Neighbors said the family was relatively new to the area.“What would pose someone to feel that they had to end their whole family’s life, their legacy?” asked Bartlett. “Their legacy, what happened to that legacy?” Show Discussion Share this article LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON 2 Toddlers, 2 Adults Found Dead in Washington Home: ‘Homicidal Violence’ Blamed By Jack Phillips June 29, 2018 Updated: June 29, 2018 (Mark Makela/Getty Images) US News Watch Next:Why is Falun Gong Persecuted?Although it’s freely practiced in over 70 countries, doing this in China can lead to unlawful arrest, imprisonment, torture, or even death. QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Police in Washington state said that two toddlers and two adults were found dead in a Lakewood home.Lakewood Police said they found the bodies of a 36-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man as well as their two young girls when they went to the apartment on Wednesday evening, The Associated Press reported. They performed a welfare check, finding the scene.A relative of the woman as well as a Child Protective Services worker requested that police perform the welfare check. A CPS worker told KOMO News that the family missed a scheduled appointment that day.Officials said the bodies were in the apartment for at least one week before the officers found them, AP reported.According to KOMO News, the case appears to be a murder-suicide. “This appears to be a tragic case of family violence involving a possible murder-suicide scenario,” Lt. Chris Lawler of the Lakewood police said.The children, he added, appeared to have died from “homicidal violence.” But it’s not clear what role each parent played.
A source close to the family says Ali Abdelaziz recently tried to clear up his more than $50k in 11 yrs of outstanding back child support by offering to pay his son he ditched in 2006 $10k. The lowball offer came with a caveat that his mother who raised him not get a dime of it.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) July 15, 2018 A Bout to Bank OnMcGregor was guaranteed $30 million last year in his ballyhooed boxing match against Mayweather, and UFC head Dana White openly wondered if his star attraction would ever return to the cage.But at the conference White predicted at least 2.5 million pay-per-view buys for the most anticipated main event of the year. UFC’s McGregor Offers Khabib Whisky And Calls His Manager ‘Terrorist Snitch’ By Tom Ozimek September 21, 2018 Updated: September 21, 2018 Share FYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA does his homework when preparing for war.— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) September 20, 2018 “A source close to the family says Ali Abdelaziz recently tried to clear up his more than $50k in 11 yrs of outstanding back child support by offering to pay his son he ditched in 2006 $10k,” Russell said. “The lowball offer came with a caveat that his mother who raised him not get a dime of it.” LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen click to watch video Conor McGregor offered whiskey to Khabib Nurmagomedov and called his manager a “terrorist snitch” during a promotional UFC press conference that was, unsurprisingly, profanity-laden and wild.McGregor sipped his own brand of whiskey at the Sept. 20 presser, held at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, and boasted he would make quick work of Nurmagomedov to reclaim the UFC lightweight title.“I believe one,” McGregor said when asked how many rounds it would take to dispatch Nurmagomedov, whom he called a “rat.”“He’s got a glass jaw,” McGregor said. Conor McGregor during a press conference for UFC 229 at Radio City Music Hall, on Sept. 20, 2018. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)McGregor also dismissed the undefeated Nurmagomedov’s wrestling skills. “You’re going to be wrestling my knuckle out of your orbital bone,” said McGregor, a legendary striker. Khabib Nurmagomedov, undefeated in the ring, poses for a picture during a news conference in New York, on Sept. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)‘He Would Be In a Box’The 30-year-old Irishman also repeatedly referenced the infamous April incident when he threw a metal dolly through the window of a bus carrying Nurmagomedov and other UFC fighters, leading to his arrest and eventual guilty plea for disorderly conduct. “We were just looking at the streams and this press conference beat the highest rated MayMac [Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather] the press tour…“It’s going to be the biggest pay-per-view we’ve ever done. We’re trending at 2.5 million pay-per-views. It’s one of the biggest ever. Not just the UFC, but ever,” said White.The fight will take place in the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6. Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM US News Share this article McGregor was charged with multiple counts of assault and criminal mischief, but entered the plea as part of a deal worked out with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, The Telegraph reported, which saw him serve no time in jail and be left with no criminal record.“I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said in a brief statement outside the courthouse in July. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans—thank you for your support.”McGregor struck a far less measured tone at the press conference on Sept. 20.“I just thank the Lord Jesus Christ that man did not … step foot off that bus,” McGregor said, pointing to Nurmagomedov.“Because if that bus door would have opened, this man would be dead right now,” he added.“He would be in a box and I would be in a cell.” Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor face off during a press conference for UFC 229 in New York, on Sept. 20, 2018. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)‘He Thinks Whiskey Is Going to Help Him?’McGregor owns a 21-3 record in UFC and is a former champion at featherweight and lightweight, and is the +125 underdog, according to Oddshark.Nurmagomedov is undefeated in 26 bouts, and is the -155 favorite.The Russian was the calmer of the two during the press conference, never raising his voice or getting out of his chair as McGregor tore into him and his family between plugs for his whiskey.McGregor’s new branded booze will be sponsoring the fight.“It’s on the canvas. Like his blood will be on the canvas,” McGregor said.“This is my third fight in the last nine months. I’m 26-0, I’ve never lost a round,” said Nurmagomedov, who is also 30.“I don’t know what this guy is talking about. I don’t understand what he’s going to do,” said Nurmagomedov, who defeated Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision in April to claim the title.“He thinks whiskey is going to help him?” asked the known non-drinker, who declined McGregor’s offer of a glass of the spirit. “I don’t understand.” Nurmagomedov speaks at the Sept. 20 press conference for UFC 229. (Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports)‘You Terrorist Snitch!’McGregor also attacked Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz.During the staredown at the end of the presser, it appeared that Abdelaziz said something that McGregor found objectionable.“Shut your mouth, Ali Abdelaziz,” McGregor said.“You terrorist snitch! I know a lot about you as well, you madman. I know a lot about you as well!” McGregor shouted. Conor McGregor participates in a news conference in New York, on Sept. 20, 2018. McGregor is returning to UFC after a two-year absence. He fights undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)“You keep your mouth shut kid! How’s Noah? How’s Noah? Yeah, shut your mouth! Never speak about me, ever in your life! Watch yourself around me, ‘cuz you’ll be out of here quick.”After the conference, MMA journalist Mike Russel tweeted his take on McGregor’s cryptic reference: “FYI, Noah is the son Ali abandoned in Colorado when he started as an informant for the NYPD and who he is $50k behind in child support for. @TheNotoriousMMA [McGregor] does his homework when preparing for war.” Show Discussion
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share Hackers Stole Details of 29 Million Users in Facebook Breach By Reuters October 12, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018 US News Share this article Facebook Inc said on Oct. 12, attackers stole names and contact details of 29 million users in the mass security breach disclosed by the social media network late last month.The breach, Facebook’s worst ever, has exacerbated concerns among users, lawmakers, and investors that the company is not doing enough to safeguard data, particularly in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.Still, hackers neither accessed personal messages nor financial data and did not use Facebook logins to access other websites, all of which would have been a cause for greater concern.Facebook originally had said in late September hackers stole digital login codes to take over nearly 50 million user accounts.On Friday, the company revealed that stolen data on 14 million users included birth dates, employers, education, and lists of friends. For 15 million users, it was restricted to just name and contact details.All of those could help a fraudster pose as Facebook, the employer or a friend. They could then craft a more sophisticated email aimed at tricking users into providing login information on a fake page or into clicking on an attachment that would infect their computers. Facebook said it will send customized messages in the coming days to affected users to explain what information the attackers accessed and how they can protect themselves, including from suspicious emails, text messages or calls.A company executive said on a conference call that Facebook will not provide country-by-country breakdowns of the affected users.The hackers used an automated program to move from account to account and harvest the data quickly.“We’re cooperating with the FBI, which is actively investigating and asked us not to discuss who may be behind this attack,” Facebook said on a blog post.The social network in late September did not confirm if information had actually been stolen.“There’s not much more that Facebook can do,” said Michael Pachter, an analyst with Wedbush Securities. “The stolen data is likely to be used by the hackers, so this problem is likely to persist for quite some time.”Facebook’s latest vulnerability has existed since July 2017, but the company first identified it in mid-September after spotting a fairly large increase in use of its “view as” feature. It determined that it was an attack on Sept. 25.“Within two days, we closed the vulnerability, stopped the attack and secured people’s accounts by restoring the access tokens for people who were potentially exposed,” Facebook said.The “view as” feature allows users to check their privacy settings by giving them a glimpse of what their profile looks like to others.But a trio of errors in Facebook’s software enabled someone accessing the feature to post and browse from Facebook accounts of other users.Facebook did not rule out the possibility of smaller-scale attacks and said it would continue to investigate.Facebook shares fell 2.6 percent after the breach was announced last month and they were down 0.5 percent following the updated disclosures on Friday. Show Discussion Figurines are seen in front of the Facebook logo in this illustration taken on March 20, 2018. (Reuters/Dado Ruvic)
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share US News Share this article This April 13, 2014, file photo shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) headquarters building in Washington. Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday, March 18, 2016, to file their tax returns, while millions of other Americans seek more time, a six-month extension. The filing deadline was delayed three days beyond the traditional April 15 deadline, because Friday was a legal holiday in the District of Columbia. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File) The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) discovered that it had issued a $980,000 refund check to a Florida man who had claimed $18,000 in income in 2016.A federal forfeiture complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Tampa over the incident, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Feb. 14.Ramon Christopher Blanchett, 29, of Tampa, submitted tax papers in 2017, saying he was a “free-lancer,” including W-2 forms from jobs at nursing homes and a restaurant. Florida Man Who Claimed $18,000 in Income Gets $980,000 in IRS Refund Check: Reports By Jack Phillips February 14, 2019 Updated: February 14, 2019 The newspaper reported that he earned $17,098 in wages at one job, and the other job earned him $1,399 in wages.But one of the forms stated that $1 million in federal income tax was withheld from Blanchett.The U.S. Treasury then sent him a refund check for $980,000 due to the $1 million figure, the Tampa Bay Times reported.Blanchett used the cash to open up a money market account and bought himself a Lexus, the complaint said.“Based on Blanchett’s submission of the (tax return), falsely representing that $1 million in taxes had been withheld, the U.S. Treasury issued check No. 4038088544305, made payable to Blanchett, for $980,000,” the complaint said.Blanchett said the money was inherited from his deceased father after he opened the bank account, according to the court document.Later, an IRS special agent took control of the Lexus luxury car and got back $900,000 from the man, said the report. U.S. 1040 Individual Income Tax forms are seen in New York March 18, 2013. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)The U.S. Attorney’s office in Tampa is still looking to get back $809 that Blanchett received when he canceled the car insurance on his Lexus, and officials said the cash is the “proceeds of wire fraud.”He hasn’t been charged with a federal crime, but officials said he has a criminal record, the Tampa Bay Times noted.The IRS and other financial firms wouldn’t comment on the matter, and Blanchett has not issued a statement on the incident.Tax Season StartsFollowing the government shutdown, IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig assured taxpayers late last month that “the IRS will be doing everything it can to have a smooth filing season.”When the agency reopened, tax season officially started Jan. 28.“I am extremely proud of the entire IRS workforce,” Rettig in the statement. “The dedicated IRS employees have worked tirelessly to successfully implement the biggest tax law changes in 30 years and launch tax season for the nation. Although we face various near- and longer-term challenges, our employees are committed to doing everything we can to help taxpayers and get refunds out quickly.”Socialist IRS Employee Supports Targeting Conservative GroupsMonths ago, Thomas Sheehy, a tax examiner at the IRS, was caught on camera expressing support for the idea of the agency targeting conservative groups.Sheehy, who is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America in Austin, said he gets great benefits from the job. Thomas Sheehy, tax examiner at the Internal Revenue Service and member of the Austin chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Courtesy of Project Veritas)Sheehy said former IRS Commissioner John Koskinen “got a lot of flak for giving increased scrutiny to these Tea Party groups,” according to a Project Veritas video.“Conservatives got really mad at him,” he said. “He was so cool though because he deleted all the emails so they couldn’t hold any evidence against him.”“You should give increased scrutiny to those groups because a lot of them are just [expletive] fronts for, like, Koch brothers,” he said. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on April 6, 2017. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)Sheehy said that he can’t target conservatives himself.“Unfortunately, I’m not allowed by the bylaws in my union to go against the constitution,” he said and added, “They prevent us from doing anything interesting.” Show Discussion
Portia Ravenelle and Cheryl Freeman spent a day together sighseeing with their partners. (Cheryl Freeman via CNN) Police Confirm That a Woman Who Died After 8 Days in a Dominican Republic ICU Was a Missing New York Tourist By Wire Service Content April 12, 2019 Updated: April 12, 2019 LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Share US News Show Discussion Body found in Dominican Republic confirmed as missing NY tourist https://t.co/kBrdBRsc8m pic.twitter.com/mc6VvZJRnk— New York Post (@nypost) April 10, 2019 Ravenelle repeatedly asked Moore if he was sure they had enough gas to make it to the airport, Freeman said. She kept checking to make sure their phones were charged enough to use the GPS, Freeman said.The two were due back in New York on March 27, but airport surveillance shows they never made it into the airport building.Police now believe an accident caused them to drive off the freeway and into the ocean. Authorities said there was no evidence of foul play.The Case is Still OpenThe case has not been closed, and Durán Mejia said there are still many unanswered questions around the circumstances of the accident.The car the pair were in still must be examined, he said.Traffic police investigators are conducting a review of the area around of the accident site, Durán Mejia said. No police report was filed with respect to the location and there is no indication the pair’s vehicle hit another vehicle there, he said.Autopsies of both bodies are underway, with results expected next week, Durán Mejia said. Share this article Authorities have confirmed that the body of a woman found in the Dominican Republic is indeed one of the two American tourists who had been missing for two weeks.Portia Ravenelle was identified using fingerprints, National Police Col. Frank Félix Durán Mejia said.The National Police believe the car Ravenelle, 52, and Orlando Moore, 40, were in plunged into the ocean in the early hours of March 27, not long after the pair left for the airport to catch a flight home to New York.Detectives spoke to fishermen who said they heard a loud noise coming from about 11.8 miles (19 kilometers) away from the freeway of Las Americas, Santo Domingo Este early that morning, the National Police said in a news release on Tuesday. Portia Ravenelle, left, went sightseeing with Canadians Carter Warrington, center, and Cheryl Freeman, right. (Cheryl Freeman via CNN)The fishermen said they found a woman who was seriously injured and not carrying any identification, the news release said. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital with severe trauma and contusions to the head, hospital spokesman Dario Mañon said. Ravenelle died on April 4, before she was in a condition in which hospital officials could take her photo and share it with the media, he said.Mañon told CNN that no family or friends had called the hospital looking for Ravenelle.The fishermen also reported seeing a vehicle at the bottom of the sea, but because of rough conditions, divers have not been able to identify the vehicle, Durán Mejia said.Moore’s Body Yet to be IdentifiedPolice are still working to identify the body they believe is Moore’s, but they say they are sure both bodies of the missing pair have been found.On March 31, the body of a man fitting the description of Moore was found at sea near Sans Souci, Durán Mejia said.Authorities are hoping Moore’s brother can identify him by photographs of his tattoos. One tattoo, authorities said, is a right arm tattoo that reads “Milan.” Cheryl Freeman shared just a day of vacation bliss in the Dominican Republic with Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle. (Cheryl Freeman via CNN)Moore’s friend Francesca Figueroa told CNN she confirmed to the police on Tuesday that Moore has a tattoo with his daughter’s name, “Milan,” on his arm.“Everybody is devastated. Everybody is devastated,” Figueroa said. “His daughter is devastated, everybody is devastated, as I am, as my husband, as the mayor, as everybody in this town is because he’s well known in this town. You go on the corner, and everybody knows Orlando.”What Might Have HappenedMoore and Ravenelle were friends who worked together and decided to take a trip to the Dominican Republic, Figueroa said. They arrived in the country March 24.Cheryl Freeman said she and her boyfriend spent time with Moore and Ravenelle while on vacation in the resort town of Samana. Freeman said Moore and Ravenelle had a 2 a.m. flight and were driving a rental car to the airport.