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first_imgAll photographs in Media Club South Africa’s free photo library may be downloaded and republished free of charge in print publications – newspapers, magazines, books and the like – and on internet sites, subject to the following conditions:1. In all cases, credit for the photograph must be given to both the photographer and the copyright owner, as indicated in the photograph caption. In most cases the copyright owner will be Media Club South Africa. This credit must appear alongside the image in both print and online publications, and must include a hyperlink to Media Club South Africa ( Where the photographer’s name is not provided by the Media Club South Africa photo library, it may be omitted. Credit for the photograph would in this case simply be Media Club South Africa or other relevant copyright owner, as indicated below the photo thumbnail.3. Media Club South Africa photographs may not be used for any promotional, advertising or merchandising use, and may not be sold.4. The photographs may not be materially altered. They may be cropped, deep-etched and colour corrected, provided that their editorial integrity is not compromised, but may not, under any circumstances, otherwise be rotated, altered, changed or tampered with, either manually or electronically, without the express written permission of Media Club South Africa.5. In order to make use of this service free of charge, you must:5.1 Acknowledge that all copyright in the photographs from the Media Club photo library rests in Media Club South Africa (or the copyright owner specified under the thumbnail image) and is never sold or assigned. 5.2 Acknowledge Media Club South Africa (or any copyright owner other than Media Club South Africa, as indicated) as the copyright owner and source of the photograph in a clearly legible manner alongside each photograph.5.3 Acknowledge that Media Club South Africa photographs may not be used for any promotional, advertising or merchandising use.5.4 Acknowledge that the photographs may not be materially altered, not may their editorial integrity be compromised.5.5 Agree that 650 Euros/£500.00/US$1 000.00 is a reasonable penalty, payable by you to Media Club South Africa (or any copyright owner other than Media Club South Africa) in lieu of damages, for each use of a photograph not in accordance with or permitted by this agreement. You must further agree to make payment of each penalty on demand by Media Club South Africa.If you have additional queries about the image library, email Mary Alexander at read more

Paralympic dream team

first_imgTeam South Africa is ready to take on the world at the 14th Paralympic Games in London. Sascoc president Gideon Sam praised the Paralympic team for consistently performing to a high standard. Converse sneakers and all – the ensemble to be worn by the Olympic and Paralympic athletes at their respective opening ceremonies.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Madira Sehlapelo  Coordinator: operations and events,  Sascoc  +27 11 483 3788 RELATED ARTICLES • SA Olympic team announced • Running into the history books • Carrying the hopes of a nation • Running is in her blood • Olympic countdown beginsJanine ErasmusTeam South Africa for the 14th Paralympic Games has been announced in Johannesburg – the 61-strong squad will cover seven disciplines, including athletics, cycling, rowing, equestrian, swimming and wheelchair tennis and basketball.Making the announcement, South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam urged the team to stay focused and keep their attention on the work at hand.He praised the team for its consistently stellar performance over the years.“The Olympic team may have been subject to criticism now and then, but our Paralympians have always done us proud. They’ve brought glory to the country time and again,” he said.Sam said that the 66 athletes of Team SA at the 2008 Beijing games brought back 30 medals, of which 21 were gold – this placed them sixth on the overall medals table.“In 2012 we have a squad of the same, if not higher, quality,” he said, “so there’ll be no sleepless nights for me.”The minister of sport and recreation, Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen were also in attendance.Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola sent his best wishes to the sport stars. “Their inclusion in the team is a testament to their excellence on the sporting field.”The London Paralympics gets underway on 29 August and ends on 9 September.Making a fashion statementAlso at the team announcement, the designer kit to be worn by the Olympic and Paralympic teams at their respective opening ceremonies, was unveiled.Durban designer Leigh Schubert’s chic creation was chosen as the winner by the nation, out of a line-up of six finalists who were presented to the public for their consideration a few months ago. The public, who also voted for Chukuru the rhino as the official team mascot, were asked to vote for their favourite opening ceremony ensemble.Familiar facesThe formidable Team SA includes familiar names such as swimmer Natalie du Toit, sprinter Oscar Pistorius and wheelchair racing superstar Ernst van Dyk.There are 25 athletes, 10 swimmers, six cyclists, four equestrians, one rower, 11 wheelchair basketball players and four wheelchair tennis players. The Chef de Mission is Pieter Badenhorst, and managers, coaches and other support staff make up the rest of the squad.Andy Scott, former CEO of the National Paralympic Committee – which has since been incorporated into Sascoc – and a Paralympic swimmer himself, said that in all, South Africa boasts 139 Paralympic medals.“Our athletes have brought 63 gold, 37 silver and 39 bronze medals back to this Rainbow Nation,” he said to the applause of the audience, adding that stars such as javelin champion Zanele Situ, Pistorius and Du Toit have done exceptionally well in putting South Africa ahead of other nations in this field.Sam said that it was now the Paralympic team’s turn to grab the limelight. He also thanked the sponsors for their support, saying that their loyalty has been repaid by the many medals won by South Africa’s para-athletes.The full Team SA for the 2012 London Paralympics:Athletics Tshepo Bhebe, Dyan Buis, Andrea Dalle Ave, Pieter du Preez, Charl du Toit, Arnu Fourie, Ilse Hayes, Hilton Langenhoven, Anrune Liebenberg, Michael Louwrens, Teboho Mokgalagadi, Jan Nehro (guide: Duane Fortuin), Zandile Nhlapo, Jonathan Ntutu, Oscar Pistorius, Anika Pretorius, Samkelo Radebe, Casper Schutte, Union Sekailwe, Zanele Situ, Zivan Smith, Marius Stander, Duane Strydom, Fanie van der Merwe, Chenelle van Zyl Manager: Dion Bishop. Coaches: Suzanne Ferreira, Zelda Hansen, Hennie Koekemoer, Karin le Roux, Ampie Louw. Team Assistant: Neels Matthyser. Helper: Illse du PreezCycling Roxy Burns, Madre Carinus, Stuart McCreadie, Jaco Nel, Ernst van Dyk, Gerhard Viljoen. Manager: Mike Burns. Coach: Ricky Kulsen, Mechanic: Pieter JansenEquestrian Anthony Dawson, Philipa Johnson, Marion Milne, Wendy Moller Manager: Tracey Cumming. Coach: Chris Haazen. Vet: Sheelagh Higgerty. Grooms: Enoch Cele, Anton Chimbuanda, Elizabeth Newsome, Teri SmithRowing Sandra Khumalo Manager/coach: Marco GaleoneSwimming Renette Bloem, Charl Bouwer, Natalie du Toit, Emily Gray, Achmat Hassiem, Hendri Herbst, Marike Naude, Kevin Paul, Shireen Sapiro, Tadhg Slattery Manager: Queeneth Ndlovu. Coach: Karoly Toros. Coach/Tapper: Karin Hugo. Tapper/Helper: Eeden MeyerWheelchair basketball Justin Govender, Siphamandla Gumbi, Stuart Jellows, Kyle Louw, Luvuyo Mbande, Gift Mooketsi, Richard Nortje, Kobus Oeschger, Marius Papenfus, Marcus Retief, Jaco Velloen Manager: Willie Riechert. Coach: Patrick Fick. Assistant coach: Shadrack Moepeng. Technical coach: Franck BelenWheelchair tennis Evans Maripa, Sydwell Mathonsi, Kgothatso Montjane, Lucas Sithole Manager/coach: Holger Losch. Assistant coach: Khotso MatshegoGeneral team management Chef de Mission: Pieter Badenhorst Project manager: Vinesh Maharaj Manager (logistics): Clifford Cobers Logistics: Madira Sehlapelo Manager (athletes services): Chantelle Jardim Athlete services: Dumisani Mtwa Chief medical officer: Wayne Derman Chief physiotherapist: Grace Hughes Doctor: Paul Maphoto Physiotherapists: Given Baloyi, Edwin Bodha, Greshne Davids, Shantal Edwards, Dan Ntseke, Evah Ramashala Classifier: Tarina van der Stocktlast_img read more

Trade Aid Not a Solution

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Leaders of farm groups on Thursday showed they have President Donald Trump’s back as he offered them another $16 billion in federal aid in lieu of anticipated higher exports to China.In response to the new Market Facilitation Program rolled out Thursday, farm groups offered praise to the Trump administration for helping offset export losses, but reiterated that a second consecutive year of trade aid is insufficient to make up for potentially years of lost trade revenue.Farm groups praised the $16 billion in aid, though it is unclear exactly how much farmers will be paid individually. Payments will be based on all planted commodities in a county, yet USDA will only pay crop farmers based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total planted acres in 2019. The new MFP payments will be limited to the total amount of eligible acreage a farmer planted in 2018.The payment rates will vary in every county, but USDA is not releasing those payment rates at this time. Payments will be broken down into as many as three tranches. The first set of payments could go out as early as July or August after farmers have provided Farm Service Agency with their crop-reporting data, which is due July 15.American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who stood by Trump during an event Thursday at the White House, called the latest round of aid “a welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs.”“We thank the president for living up to his commitment to stand by our farmers and ranchers,” Duvall said. “While farmers and ranchers would rather earn their income from the marketplace, they have been suffering during the agricultural downturn and trade war. This aid package will help us weather the storm as the administration works to correct unfair trade practices that have hurt the U.S. economy for too long.”However, Duvall added that a “real, long-term solution to our challenges in agriculture is good outcomes to current negotiations with China, Japan and the European Union, as well as congressional approval of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. America’s farmers and ranchers need fair and open access to markets.”National Farmers Union was pleased USDA is covering a broader range of commodities than it did in the first MFP. At the same time, NFU noted that basing payments on 2019 planted acres “fails to help those who have faced or are facing impossible planting conditions.”NFU President Roger Johnson said: “Ultimately, this package is only a short-term fix for a very long-term problem. Farmers rely on markets to make a living. Our ongoing trade wars have destroyed our reputation as a reliable supplier and have left family farmers with swelling grain stores and empty pockets. The very least we can do is provide our country’s struggling food producers with the certainty of a longer-term plan that also addresses the persistent and pernicious problem of oversupply.”Davie Stephens, president of the American Soybean Association and farmer from Clinton, Kentucky, said soybean farmers appreciate that President Trump understands their plight and has looked for ways to ease the burden.“But, farmers are resolute that the only real solution is to take away the tariffs that have hemorrhaged our sales and landed our relationship with China on life support,” Stephens said.Stephens added that the soybean industry needs open trade access. “The key word from today’s announcement is ‘facilitation.’ Trade assistance will only facilitate soy growers’ ability to farm, not make their losses whole or tariff woes disappear long term. Trade assistance will only help in the short term.”Though the payment program will be based on a new county formula for crops, National Corn Growers Association called on USDA to update MFP to consider its view that corn farmers lost an average of 20 cents a bushel from trade from over the past year. The spread recently has widened to closer to 40 cents a bushel, NCGA stated.NCGA is also encouraging additional actions the administration could take to open markets and provide more certainty to corn farmers, including stopping Renewable Fuel Standard waivers to big oil refiners and restoring waived ethanol gallons as well as resolving trade disputes and tariffs.Ben Scholz, president of the National Association of Wheat Growers and Lavon, Texas, farmer, said wheat growers appreciate the new mitigation program, but it does not make farmers whole.“The U.S. exports 50% of its wheat, which means we need a long-term solution,” Scholz said. “This includes getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) across the finish line, completing negotiations with China and supporting our WTO case, and closing a trade deal with Japan.”Scholz said NAWG will work with the Trump administration and USDA on “a relief strategy to ensure that the program works best for wheat farmers.”Mike Tate, chairman of the National Cotton Council and an Alabama farmer, said this round of assistance, like the first one initiated in 2018, will help partially mitigate the impacts of retaliatory tariffs being placed on U.S. raw cotton to China. He said the cotton industry will look to the administration for other avenues of assistance.“While our industry is very thankful for this assistance, we strongly encourage the administration to engage in constructive dialogue with China to address unfair trade practices and barriers,” Tate said. “China traditionally has been U.S. cotton’s top export destination. Resolution of the current trade tensions remains our top priority.”Under last year’s MFP, commodity export groups received $200 million for trade promotion programs.Tom Nassif, president and CEO of Western Growers, said his group was disappointed USDA had cut the trade program in half for commodity export groups, “despite the fact that it was massively oversubscribed during the last round of trade assistance. As a silver lining, we see this situation as an opportunity to open up new markets for American agricultural products in other parts of the world.”Nassif added that the current aid package remains “insufficient to make the industry whole.“Indeed, it will take American farmers many years, if ever, to recover from the lost trade revenues and, more importantly, lost markets that have resulted from the continuation of trade disruptions with China.”The dairy package will provide farmers a payment based on recent production. National Milk Producers Federation President and CEO Jim Mulhern said the industry knows USDA is concerned about the damage being done to dairy farmers and called on the first tranche of payments to be “a large segment of the payment” to producers.“We appreciate USDA’s concern for dairy’s needs, and we look forward to working with USDA, Congress and the White House as the department further develops its plans,” Mulhern said.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/KD)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Era Of The Check-In Is Over, And Foursquare Is Moving On

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit There was a moment of laughter when ReadWrite editor-in-chief Owen Thomas asked Foursquare founder and CEO Dennis Crowley the question that was on everyone’s mind at Tuesday night’s ReadWriteMix event in San Francisco: “Is Foursquare still a thing?”Crowley has big plans for his company, which include fragmenting its signature check-in app into two pieces. At ReadWriteMix, he told the crowd that the future of Foursquare isn’t the check-in. Instead, it’s two completely separate activities that now live in two different Foursquare-made apps.Soon Foursquare will no longer be an app dominated by a check-in button. Indeed, it won’t even have one. Instead, the company is turning its flagship application into a Yelp-like location recommendation service that learns your behavior and sends you notifications on your phone it thinks you might find helpful.See Also: Why Foursquare Is Breaking Up With The Check-InFor instance, if I regularly eat at burrito places in San Francisco, and I have Foursquare location service turned on, it will monitor those locations and learn where I go. Then, when I visit San Diego, Foursquare will send me a push notification for a burrito restaurant I might like.The check-in will live in Swarm, Foursquare’s new social app—but that’s not the main focus of the app, either. Instead, Swarm is meant to help you find nearby friends and make plans, thanks to the ambient location services knowing where you are at all times. If you have that turned on, your friends can tell which neighborhood you’re in.See Also: Why Swarm Won’t Save FoursquareSocial networking isn’t the future for Foursquare. Its robust places database rivals Google’s, and, with over 65,000 apps using Foursquare’s places API, the amount of location data the company has is huge.Crowley said that people regularly ask him how to leverage that location data, including small businesses, journalists, and city officials. For instance, urban planners look at check-in data as they build out cities and suburban areas, he said.The Potential Of Empowering BusinessThis radical change to Foursquare’s product comes at a time when the business finally seems to be hitting its stride.“In the first two quarters of this year, we’ll make more money than we did all of last year,” he said.Each check-in on Foursquare—soon, on Swarm—contributes to what Crowley calls “venue polygons.” These location shapes define a specific business or place, and can be used to create markers for geofences that will be able to tell when you’ve entered a specific location.At this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, many people expected Apple to talk about iBeacon, its Bluetooth-powered product that can alert shoppers to deals or recommendations, as well as allow people to make payments from their smartphones, when they enter a place of business, or even a particular section of a store. Apple didn’t announce any information about iBeacon this week, but at ReadWriteMix, Crowley talked about Foursquare’s potential to provide businesses with similar options.Where iBeacon depends on Bluetooth transmitters which can transmit data to a smartphone, Crowley says Foursquare has the capabilities to map places purely through its software and data, without draining people’s smartphone batteries. And it also won’t require small-business owners to place new devices in their stores.See Also: Foursquare Execs Depart Amid The Company’s Big Strategic Shift“We think about this: How can we do what iBeacon is doing, but do it without having to ask people to install stuff in their store?” he said.The hardware can be cumbersome, and it’s still not widely adopted. If Foursquare can offer similar capabilities by leveraging smartphone location data and partnering with different businesses, people might soon be able to step into a store, read a suggestion, and make a purchase, all from the palm of their hand—and the business wouldn’t have to do much at all. Of course, Crowley’s vision for a Foursquare that tracks your ambient location data and knows where you are at all times brings up serious privacy concerns. As more people become wary of sharing private data with both friends and social networks, the question becomes whether people want or need a service that is all-knowing, and all-tracking. “Our intent is to make these magical pieces of software that teach you about the world,” Crowley said. On both Foursquare and Swarm, you can turn the ambient location sharing off—but, of course, that takes away from some of the benefits you get by downloading them in the first place. Like any other social network, if you want to use Foursquare or Swarm for convenience, you’ll have to trust your data to the company. For some, it’s worth it. But others will never be convinced that allowing both Foursquare and friends to know where they are at all times is a good idea.Just before the end of the event, Crowley told the audience he wants their feedback, and it’s important to the company to better understand how people use Foursquare, and learn what problems they perceive. “If anyone thinks we’re doing something we shouldn’t, I hope you call us out on it,” he said. Image via Selena Larson for ReadWrite The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos selena larson Tags:#ambient location#ambient location apps#Dennis Crowley#events#Foursquare#Foursquare swarm#local search#Location#location apps#Location-Based Services#ReadWrite Mix#ReadWriteMix#Swarm#Swarm app center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

750M Powerball Jackpot drawing today

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Will there finally be a winner tonight? Powerball winning number were just announced.Here are the drawing number for 03.27.2019: 16-20-27-44-62-(12)More on the Powerball: $750M Powerball Jackpot drawing today KUSI Newsroom, March 27, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 27, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Trending FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing

first_img 14 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The top 3 upgrades in MacOS Catalina 0 4:39 Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? In a statement, Zoom said the local web server is a workaround for Apple’s Safari 12 web browser, introduced last September.”Zoom installs a local web server on Mac devices running the Zoom client,” the statement reads. “This is a workaround to an architecture change introduced in Safari 12 that requires a user to accept launching Zoom before every meeting. The local web server automatically accepts the peripheral access on behalf of the user to avoid this extra click before joining a meeting. We feel that this is a legitimate solution to a poor user experience, enabling our users to have seamless, one-click-to-join meetings, which is our key product differentiator.”In regard to a potential denial of service attack, Zoom says it has no record of such a weakness being exploited, and says it fixed that security flaw in May. Along with the likes of Slack, Uber and Pinterest, Zoom is one of many tech companies to go public in 2019. It raised $356 million upon its April 18 IPO, with its shares trading as high as $66 on that day. The stock has risen since, currently sitting at around $90.70. Post a comment Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Enlarge ImageZoom says the flaw was born out of a workaround for Safari 12. Sarah Tew/CNET Your computer’s webcam has always been a gateway for potential security intrusion, which is why people like Mark Zuckerberg and ex-FBI head James Comey put tape over theirs. On Monday, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh gave Mac users another reason to fret over their webcams — there’s a security flaw in the Zoom video-conferencing app.Zoom is most notable for its click-to-join feature, through which clicking on a browser link takes you directly to a video meeting in Zoom’s app. But Leitschuh in a Medium post explained that he months ago discovered Zoom achieves this in insecure ways, allowing websites to join you to a call as well as activating your webcam without your permission.He added that this would allow any webpage to denial-of-service a Mac by repeatedly joining you to an invalid call. Uninstalling the Zoom app from your Mac isn’t enough to fix the problem, either. Zoom achieves its click-to-join function by installing a web server on your computer — which can reinstall Zoom without your permission.”If you’ve ever installed the Zoom client and then uninstalled it, you still have a localhost web server on your machine that will happily re-install the Zoom client for you,” Leitschuh writes, “without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage. This re-install ‘feature’ continues to work to this day.”1-mrgy9jojkkjsrp-xjsyomwHere’s the first setting you should change in Zoom. Jonathan Leitschuh/Medium For those of you who have the Zoom app installed on your Mac, Leitschuh, in his Medium post, lists directions to neutralize the local server in his Medium post. You should also activate the Turn off my video setting when joining a meeting, as seen above.The researcher said he contacted Zoom on March 26, giving the company a public disclosure deadline of 90 days. He said Zoom patched the issue, disabling the ability of a webpage to automatically turn on your webcam, but still this partial fix regressed on July 7, allowing webcams to once again be turned on without permission. reading • Your Mac could be hijacked through major security flaw in Zoom conferencing app Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier • See All Share your voice Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Tags Computers Security Apple Mac Pro: Expensive, sleek and definitely not for grating cheeselast_img read more

Court takes charges into cognizance over assaulting woman by policemen

first_imgA Jhenaidah court on Tuesday took cognizance of the charges against eight police personnel over assaulting woman, demanding extortion and giving threat to evict a family from their land, reports UNB.The court also ordered Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) to investigate the incident and submit its report within 30 days.Golam Sheikh of Hamdampur village of Shailkupa upazila filed a complaint petition with the court of Shailkupa judicial magistrate Kazi Ashrafuzzaman against sub-inspector Ilias Mollah of Kochua investigation centre and seven others police personnel.Later, the court took the cognizance of the charges and ordered PBI to look into the matter.The court also ordered the authorities concern to ensure the security to the defendants.According to the court statement, the accused police personnel went to the ancestral home of Golam Sheikh and tried to evict them.The accused also assaulted the wife of Golam Sheikh while she was trying to protest the cops.The police personnel also carried out vandalism at the home and demanded extortion of Tk 100,000 from them.last_img read more

Disaster Relief Bill Should Finally Bring 4 Billion To Texas Woman Accuses

first_imgTuesday, June 4, 2019Top afternoon stories:Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.An aerial view of the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Aug. 31, 2017.Disaster Relief Bill Should Finally Bring $4 Billion To TexasThe U.S. House of Representatives passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill Monday evening, which President Donald Trump is expected to sign. A key provision of the bill is a White House “shot clock,” implemented by Texas Senator John Cornyn, which would require the Office of Management and Budget to release more than $4 billion in disaster aid owed to Texas within a 90-day window. After Congress approved more than $16 billion in disaster relief funds in early 2018, efforts by Texas representatives to secure the state’s share have been frustrated by bureaucratic hurdles in OMB and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Houston Democrat, and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, a Friendswood Republican, recently introduced a bill with similar language to Cornyn’s provision demanding that HUD release the long overdue $4 billion to Houston-area districts still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.John L. Mone/APCardinal Daniel Dinardo.Woman Accuses Cardinal DiNardo Of Dismissing Sex Abuse CaseA Texas woman has accused Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of dismissing a sex abuse case that involved a local highly-ranked clergy member.Laura Pontikes’ first report to the archdiocese about Monsignor Frank Rossi drawing her into a relationship that entailed sexual encounters had occurred in April 2016, according to The Associated Press. In December of that year, Pontikes met with DiNardo in Houston to talk to him about the relationship and says the cardinal declared her a “victim” of the priest.Pontikes says she was assured Rossi would never be a pastor or counsel women again, but subsequently found out that DiNardo had allowed the priest to take a new job as pastor in east Texas.The archdiocese acknowledged an inappropriate physical relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual and didn’t include sexual intercourse. In a written statement to AP, it defended its handling of the case, saying Rossi was immediately placed on leave and went for counseling after Pontikes reported him.Rossi’s alleged sexual relationship with Pontikes is now the subject of a criminal investigation in Houston.AP Photo/James MacPhersonA protest encampment along the route of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota in 2017.Pipeline Protesters Could Face 20 Years In PrisonProtesters could face up to 20 years in prison for interfering with oil and gas pipelines under a new proposal from the Trump Administration.The plan, if approved by Congress, would go beyond a similar crackdown Texas lawmakers approved during the recent state legislative session.It’s already against federal law to damage or destroy certain pipelines or pipeline facilities, namely those that are used in interstate or international commerce. But a proposal to Congress from the U.S. Department of Transportation would also make it illegal to vandalize or disrupt pipelines.The possible 20-year sentence is tougher than the 10 years protesters could soon face under a Texas bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.The Trump Administration’s pitch to Congress is part of a much broader proposal aimed at enhancing pipeline safety across the country. Sharelast_img read more