TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Peterborough sign Brighton defender Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePeterborough United have signed defenders Ben White and Daniel Lafferty on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United respectively.Both players have joined the League One side until the end of the campaign.White, 21, spent last term on loan with Newport County and has featured for the Seagulls’ Under-21 side in 2018-19.Seagulls boss Chris Hughton said, “This move is one which allows Ben to play regular first-team football at a good level for his development. At this stage of his career it’s important that he continues to gain as much match experience as possible.“He’s someone who we’ve had around the first-team squad for the first half of the campaign, but with competition for places increased with the return of Dan Burn from Wigan, this gives him the chance to go out and play regular football at a level higher than he experienced last season.”
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)Apparently wide receiver Devin Funchess is not the only recent Michigan football player who can throw down. After seeing Funchess’ impressive dunk on Instagram on Sunday, quarterback Devin Gardner decided to make one of his own.Gardner’s dunks are definitely impressive, especially for someone who focuses on another sport, but we’ll have to award this impromptu Wolverine dunk contest to Funchess. That vertical leaping ability is sure to impress NFL scouts in the coming weeks during the combine and other draft preparation events.
Redshirt sophomore safety Wayne Davis announced his intentions to transfer from Ohio State to continue his collegiate career elsewhere via Twitter on Thursday.New Chapter #GodsPlan pic.twitter.com/O7KYcQeDi7— Wayne Davis Jr (@Waynedavis1_) May 10, 2018Davis had three years of eligibility remaining, but did not see meaningful time at Ohio State, and looked to be remaining on the sidelines for the upcoming season.A consensus four-star recruit out of high school, Davis redshirted the 2016 season, but appeared in only two games for a total of 10 snaps last season. He was listed as the 335th prospect in the 2016 class, the 33rd cornerback and No. 7 prospect in the state of Virginia, according to 247Sports composite rankings.Following Davis’ transfer, Ohio State is now down to 85 scholarships, the mandated number the NCAA requires from any college team.Davis was unlikely to see playing time given the depth of safeties at Ohio State. Junior safety Jordan Fuller, who has already been announced as a probable starter, will likely be paired up with either sophomore Isaiah Pryor, sophomore Brendan White or redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint for the 2018 season.
Following the amazing display the Spaniard put in on Tuesday, when he scored three of the six goals for his team in the game against Argentina, the Blues’ fans have shared their opinion as they quite often do via the media.Real Madrid’s forward scored a hat trick in the eventual 6-1 win over Argentina and supporters have urged management to prepare the 70 million he is rated at and just sign him.Isco started on the right side and finished by taking the ball home after completing his treble in the 74th minute of the huge win.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Spaniard has been struggling in Real under Zinedine Zidane this season as more often than rarely was he out of the starting squad. Despite this fact, he has still managed to score seven goals and provide the assists for seven others in his 40 appearances across all competitions Madrid are participating in.Some of the fans comments following the game were the invitation “come to Chelsea and replace Cesc Fabregas” and the simple “Chelsea need to sign Isco” among many others, according to Football Fancast.
Homer Electric Association joined firefighters Monday to inspect the transmission line corridor north of the highway, planning further fire risk mitigation this week before the line is turned back on. Crews have remained busy with mop-up and suppression repair along 18 miles of firebreak north of the Sterling Highway and along the East Fork Moose River, where they kept mopping-up hot spots and burning out green pockets of black spruce. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on July 5th, 2019 at 06:33 amThe Swan Lake Fire is estimated at 77,732 acres with roughly 454 crew members and is currently at 14% containment, according to Jonathan Ashford, a spokesman for the Alaska Incident Management Team there was no fly over measurement taken on Tuesday. Firelines east of the Sterling community have remained strong as hot, dry weather tested firefighters’ work. Hot, dry weather combined with dry black spruce stands will challenge firefighters all week. The Alaska Black Team is approaching the end of their assignment. Type 2 Incident Management Team Northwest 13 shadowed the Alaska Team on Tuesday in preparation of assuming command of the fire Wednesday morning. Ashford: “There’s a lot that goes into that, but one that will remain in place is there has been a lot of communication over the last couple days. We have been discussing what has been happening, and what the goals are. The Refuge and other agencies involved have been a part of those discussions.” Ashford: “You won’t see as much work along the highway while crews continue to work on that southwest corner as we try to complete containment line that heads up towards the East Fork Moose River.” Smoke and haze conditions on the Kenai Peninsula were moderate Monday. Smoke remains a concern. For smoke forecasts from Alaska wildfires, visit UAFSMOKE at http://smoke.alaska.edu. The Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area partially re-opened Monday to public use at Lower and Upper Ohmer Lakes, Lower Ohmer Campground, Upper and Lower Skilak Lake Campgrounds, and Upper Ohmer Lake Cabin. Skilak Lake Road, along with Jim’s, Upper and Lower Skilak landings remain open. Contact the Refuge Visitor Center at 907-260-2820
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享These dry, windy conditions further dried out fuels yesterday and there was a marked increase in fire activity in several areas of the Swan Lake Fire. There was substantial growth in the Thurman Creek drainage, and in the Mystery Creek and Dike Creek drainages, according to the Division of Forestry. Large columns of smoke from these drainages were visible from Cooper Landing yesterday and are expected tobe visible today. After the cold front passes temperatures will drop but conditions will still be very dry. Smokeyconditions are expected to continue in Cooper Landing over the the weekend. This closure includes closures for the public use cabins at East and West Swan Lake, Trout, Romig and Juneau cabins. Aircraft will continue to drop water on an area of heat north of Upper Jean Lake and in an area northwest of Fuller Lakes. Aircraft working in these areas will be visible from the road and motorists are asked to be alert for vehicles stopped along the highway and be aware that dangerous conditions can exist when traffic flow is disrupted by vehicle stopping to view suppression operations. These conditions are forecast to last throughout the weekend, prompting Refuge Managers to close the Fuller Lakes and Skyline Trails. The Chugach National Forest has implemented a closure on Resurrection Pass trail from the junction of Devil’s Pass south to the Sterling Highway. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
About 525 personnel, primarily pilots and maintainers, attached to three units previously assigned to Tyndall AFB will be reporting to work at Eglin AFB, located about 70 miles west on the Florida Panhandle, over the next four months. The personnel are assigned to the 43rd Fighter Squadron, which trains F-22 pilots; the 372nd Training Squadron’s Detachment 4, which provides F-22 maintenance training; and the 2nd Fighter Squadron, which flies the T-38 Talon and provides air-to-air combat training. But officials are contemplating moving a total of 800 personnel through next summer to Eglin as part of the transition triggered after Hurricane Michael devastated Tyndall last month. The three units are expected to remain at Eglin for the foreseeable future.It’s not yet clear what the ultimate impact will be for Eglin’s host community, reports the Panama City News Herald. Some of the personnel moving to Eglin may opt to remain in the Panama City area, Eglin spokesman Andy Bourland said. Installation officials are talking to local school districts and real estate agents about the potential impacts resulting from hundreds of additional families moving to the area.Last week, six F-22 Raptors from Tyndall AFB’s 325th Fighter Wing arrived at Eglin, the first of 31 of Tyndall’s stealth fighters expected to move there.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Schultze Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals (Glaxo), Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (DRL) and Aurobindo Pharma are expected to post a growth of 13 percent to 20 percent in their December quarter revenues, brokerage firm Angel Broking said in a note on Tuesday.Shares of the three companies were trading in the red at around 1:05 pm, while the S&P BSE Sensex was down 320 points, or 1.33 percent, at 23,967.86.GlaxoThe Indian arm of British drug company GlaxoSmithKline Plc is expected to post sales of Rs 730 crore for the December quarter, an increase of about 13 percent from Rs 646.2 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal, led by price hike and volume growth, said Angel Broking. Operating margin is likely to be around 18 percent while adjusted net profit is pegged at Rs 102.70 crore, up 55 percent from Rs 66.1 crore in the year-ago period.The company will be declaring its December quarter results on 10 February.DRLDr Reddy’s Labs is likely to report a topline of Rs 4,420 crore for the third quarter ended December 2015, as against Rs 3,843 crore in the corresponding period last year, a growth of 15 percent, driven by both domestic and US sales. Operating margin is expected to be around 27 percent, up from 23 percent, year-over-year. The adjusted net profit is expected at Rs 746 crore, up 30 percent from Rs 574 crore, year-over-year.The Hyderabad-based company will be declaring its December quarter results on 9 February.Aurobindo PharmaThe company’s third quarter revenues are estimated at around Rs 3,800 crore, an increase of 20.9 percent over the year-ago period revenues. The operating margin is expected to come at 53.1 percent, up from 51 percent in the third quarter of FY2015, the Angel Broking report highlighted. Aurobindo Pharma’s adjusted net profit is likely to come at Rs 613.4 crore, as against Rs 399 crore in the third quarter of FY2015, an increase of 53.7 percent. The company will be declaring its third quarter results on 10 February.Glaxo was trading at Rs 3,260, down 0.94 percent, DRL at Rs 3,010, down 1.96 percent and Aurobindo Pharma at Rs 729.35, with a loss of 2.30 percent.On 5 February, Lupin Pharma reported its quarterly net profit at Rs 530 crore, down 11.82 percent from Rs 601 crore in the year-ago period, while net sales inched 6 percent higher to Rs 3,358 crore, from Rs 3, 145 crore in the third quarter of last fiscal.
Saudi bans hiring of foreigners in 12 sectorsSTRINGER/AFP/Getty ImagesIn a move that would adversely affect many Indians in Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s ministry of labor and social development imposed restrictions on foreign workers from working in 12 sectors there. Dr Ali Al-Ghafees, the minister of Labour and Social Development, issued a ministerial decision banning foreigners from working in 12 sectors from early September 2018, reports Financial Express. The latest move is part of a drive is to encourage companies in the kingdom to employ more Saudi citizens and reduce unemployment.The new rule would affect a large number of Indians and other foreigners who are employed in shops and showrooms in Saudi Arabia. According to the Financial Express report, these are the 12 job sectors banned for foreign workers:• Sectors including car and motorbike showrooms, readymade clothes stores, home and office furniture stores, home appliances and kitchen utensils stores etc will be restricted to hiring foreigners from 11, September 2018.• Electronics stores, watches and clocks stores, and optics stores will be restricted for the hiring of expatriates from November 9, 2018.• Medical equipment and supplies stores, building material stores, auto spare parts stores, carpet selling stores, sweet shops will be restricted for hiring foreigners from January 7, 2019.
Liquor ban imposed in Mathura Budweiser’s parent company has a $7 billion beer market, making it the second-largest brewery seller contributing about 17.5 percent in the market share. Facebook/ BudweiserBudweiser has been banned in Delhi for three years over allegations of tax evasion. The decision was taken after the state government completed a thorough investigation of beer maker SABMiller.The investigation put forward observations where the company was found guilty of using duplicate barcodes on the bottles allowing the company to pay lower levies. AB InBev has denied all the allegations and claimed that it would appeal against the ban, Reuters reported.The order also called for the sealing of two Ab InBev warehouses in Delhi which was completed on Tuesday. The company has been barred from selling fresh stock in the market. [Representational image]Creative Commons.AB InBev countered the government’s decision by stating that the allegations were related to SABMiller prior to its takeover and claimed for a fair hearing after allowing the company to present its views in full cooperation with the excise appellate process.An investigation brought out observations that there were bottles with the same barcode at a bar. However, the brewer argued the allegations quoting technical and clerical error in the barcode system. The government stated that it was reasonable to believe that the barcode tampering was a way of selling non-duty paid liquor. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:43Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:43?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close
.Authorities may defer secondary school certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations for the mayoral by-elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation expected to be held in late February 2018.The election commission’s acting secretary, Helal Uddin Ahmed, held a meeting with the representatives of the Dhaka Education Board and of Madrasa and Technical education boards at the commission secretariat on Tuesday to the end.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the representatives of the education boards said they have given their consent for deferment of the two papers of the SSC and equivalent exams scheduled to be held on 24 and 25 February to facilitate holding of the by-polls.SSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 were scheduled to begin on 2 February and continue until 26 February.The officials said the authorities will defer the exams once the commission announces the schedule for the civic polls.The EC’s acting secretary said the commission is mulling announcing the election schedule in the second week of January and holding the by-polls in the third week of February.The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November.Apart from holding by-polls to the mayoral post, the commission has also decided that elections will be held to the councillor posts and six special councillor posts reserved for woman for the 18 new DNCC wards and to the same number of councillor and special councillor posts for the 18 new Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) wards the same day.
.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will bring out a procession with black flags in the capital on next Saturday, protesting against the authorities’ denial of a public rally planned for Thursday.BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the fresh programme at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters, as part of its ongoing demonstration against the incarceration of former prime minister Khaleda Zia.The party earlier announced that it would hold a public rally in the capital on Thursday demanding unconditional release of its chairperson Khaleda.The fifth special judge’s court of Akhtaruzzaman on 8 February convicted Khaleda in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, sentencing her to five years in jail.The authorities have kept her in the abandoned central jail at the Nazimuddin Road in the capital.
.A pair of minor twin sisters drowned in a pond in Farakkabad area in sadar upazial on Saturday noon.The deceased are Adifa Akhter and Sadia Akhter, both aged one and half years and daughters of Manik Mizi of the same area.Victim’s uncle Sohag Mizi said the victims were playing in the yard around 12:30 pm and unfortunately one slipped into the pond.In a bid to save her, another sister jumped off and both of them drowned in the pond.Later, the family members found them floating in the pond and took them to Chandpur General Hospital where doctor Nur-e-Alam declared them dead around 3:00pm.
Good Friday morning!We hope that your day is a PAWFECT TEN. 🐶 #WinterOlympics #BestOfUS pic.twitter.com/pX21JiY552— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018 Share 1218 drones assemble into a snowboarder then morph into the Olympic rings. Amazing.#WinterOlympics#OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/6LUwVHxaBM— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 9, 2018 .@TeamUSA entering the #OpeningCeremony from @shaunwhite’s point of view! #BestOfUS pic.twitter.com/vdBWCMIVBp— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018 IntroductionsSouth Korea’s President Moon Jae-in entered the stadium, followed by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.Parade of athletesBy tradition, Greece, the home of the original Olympics, enters first; the host country enters last. In this case, South Korea’s athletes entered alongside their counterparts from North Korea, walking beneath a flag of unity, bearing the shape of the Korean Peninsula.Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesBy tradition, Greece, the home of the original Olympics, enters first.The other 89 nations entered according to the Korean alphabet – a situation that has led to confusion among some viewers in the past, as they wonder at the order.The U.S. team entered after all the countries whose names begin with “M” — so, after Malta and Mongolia and before Bermuda and Belgium. The Americans were the 26th delegation to enter the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.Other notable entries include the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, who will enter as the 55th delegation.The U.S. flag-bearerErin Hamlin shocked many when she won bronze at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi – the first time an American singles luger had ever won a medal.Now she’s a two-time world champion — and in her fourth Winter Games, Hamlin led the U.S. team into the Olympic Park in Pyeongchang Friday night.Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesFlag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States leads the team in the Parade of Athletes.While she’s comfortable streaking down the track at 90 miles an hour, Hamlin earlier said she was more worried about Friday’s ceremony.“I slide. That’s what I do,” Hamlin told the media in Pyeongchang after being selected. “Put me at the top of the track, that’s my happy place. Walking out in front of a lot of people and even more watching from home, hoping to not trip over my own feet or drop the flag is going to be way more nerve-wracking.”A native of Remsen, New York, she says she’s retiring after these games.🇺🇸🇺🇸The coolest thing I’ve ever done!!! Walking into opening ceremonies chanting USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! @TeamUSA #TeamUSA #PyeongChang2018 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/QwbzPlY7Ja— Sam McGuffie (@sam_mcguffie) February 9, 2018 Kim Yuna looked like an angel tonight, as she lit the Olympic cauldron. 💖💖 #OpeningCeremony pic.twitter.com/Plz6jgHzQe— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) February 9, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. – / 14The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics started at 8 p.m. in South Korea and at 6 a.m. ET in the U.S. — with 2,900 athletes from 92 countries gathering to compete for 102 medals in Pyeongchang.The U.S. Olympic team was led into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium by flag-bearer Erin Hamlin.The Winter Games run from Feb. 9-25. The Paralympics will use many of the same facilities, with 670 athletes competing from March 9-18.The ceremony beginsThe themes of the ceremony are harmony and convergence, and passion and peace.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesDancers perform “The Land of Peace.” The themes of the ceremony are harmony and convergence, and passion and peace.The ceremony began with the type of spectacle we’ve learned to look forward to at the Olympics, with artful projections on the floor and a large troupe of costumed dancers. The action revolved around five children, local actors who live in Pyeongchang’s Gangwon Province.The organizers explain: “The number five comes from the five Olympic Rings, and the names of the children’s characters come from the Five Elements — fire, water, wood, metal, and earth — which are believed to make up the universe.”The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium’s pentagon shape also includes a combination of different geometrical shapes — circle, square, and triangle — representing heaven, earth, and mankind, the organizers say.The shape also means there will be five different entrances to the stage.
Share Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty ImagesRussian politician Alexander Torshin, standing next to then-Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, attends a ceremony at the Kremlin in 2011. Torshin is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and says he met Donald Trump through the group in 2015.Updated at 10:25 p.m. ETA prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle Association, and documented efforts in real time over six years to leverage those connections and gain access deeper into American politics, NPR has learned.Russian politician Alexander Torshin claimed his ties to the National Rifle Association provided him access to Donald Trump — and the opportunity to serve as a foreign election observer in the United States during the 2012 election.Torshin is a prolific Twitter user, logging nearly 150,000 tweets, mostly in Russian, since his account was created in 2011. Previously obscured by language and by sheer volume of tweets, Torshin has written numerous times about his connections with the NRA, of which he’s a known paid lifetime member. NPR has translated a selection of those posts that document Torshin’s relationship to the group.These revelations come amid news that the FBI is investigating whether Torshin, the deputy governor of the Bank of Russia, illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to assist the Trump campaign in 2016, McClatchy reported in January.In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Senate intelligence committee, the NRA denied any wrongdoing and suggested the FBI is investigating Torshin, not the NRA. Neither the NRA nor Torshin responded to inquiries from NPR.Investigations by Congress and the Department of Justice have revealed that the Russian government has sought to sharpen political divisions among American citizens by amplifying controversial social issues. Investigators have expressed concern about Russian links to the NRA, one of the most politically polarizing organizations in the U.S.Torshin is a former Russian senator and served as the deputy speaker of Russia’s parliament for more than a decade. Known as a Putin ally, he also spent time on Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee, a state body that includes the director of Russia’s internal security service and the ministers of defense, interior and foreign affairs.15 лет я езжу в США с официальными делегациями,а чаще – частным порядком. За это время я НИ РАЗУ НЕ СЛЫШАЛ НИ ОДНОГО ПЛОХОГО СЛОВА О РОССИИ! pic.twitter.com/NKfwX7E2se— А.П. Торшин (@torshin_ru) November 13, 2016Translation of November 2016 tweet: “For 15 years, I’ve traveled to the US with official delegations, and more often – privately. In this time, I NEVER HEARD ONE BAD WORD ABOUT RUSSIA!”Torshin’s use of NRA connections to open doors, and his 2015 claim to know Trump through the organization, raise new questions about the group’s connections with Russian officials — at a time when the organization is being roundly criticized by its opponents, and at times the president himself, for opposition to gun control.The president has also defended the group in recent days as the gun debate has reemerged in the wake of a Florida school shooting, including a tweet calling the group’s leaders “Great American Patriots.”The NRA has been a key part of Trump’s conservative base. After a meeting with lawmakers in which Trump angered many conservatives for entertaining proposals for gun control, the president tweeted that he had another meeting with NRA leaders in the Oval Office on Thursday night.Good (Great) meeting in the Oval Office tonight with the NRA!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018On his verified Twitter account, Torshin talked about how he knew Donald Trump through the NRA, citing a connection at the group’s 2015 convention. Responding to a tweet about comedian Larry David accusing Trump of being a racist, Torshin said he knew the businessman through the NRA, and defended him.@aavst Комик и должен смешить людей! Правильно? Вот он и старается! Знаю Д.Трампа (по NRA). Приличный человек.— А.П. Торшин (@torshin_ru) November 8, 2015Translation of November 2015 tweet: “A comedian should make people laugh! Right? So he is trying! I know D. Trump (through NRA). A decent person.”“I saw him in Nashville” in April 2015, Torshin added later, the date and site of the NRA’s 2015 convention. Trump gave a speech at that convention, the outlines of which would become familiar as his stump speech throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. The White House did not respond to repeated requests for comment by NPR, but denied Trump has ever met Torshin to Bloomberg News in 2017.Among his tens of thousands of tweets, Torshin also documented his attendance at every NRA convention between 2012 and 2016, only some of which have been previously reported.Torshin’s attendance at the NRA convention in 2016 is where he reportedly met with Donald Trump, Jr.Torshin had made repeated attempts to meet with Donald Trump himself at that convention during the presidential election year, but there is no evidence of this occurring. A conservative activist with ties to Torshin aide Maria Butina reached out to the Trump campaign in 2016, saying that Russia was “quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the U.S.” and would try to use the NRA convention to make “first contact,” the New York Times reported.“Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump,” the activist, Paul Erickson wrote. “He wants to extend an invitation to Mr. Trump to visit him in the Kremlin before the election.” Erickson has business ties to Butina, having started an LLC with her in South Dakota.Torshin has used his repeated trips to NRA conventions to cultivate relationships with top NRA officials. And his Twitter account documents that he has personally met with every person who has been president of the NRA since 2012.On Twitter, Torshin portrayed these meetings as more than merely casual encounters. In 2017, he tweeted that he was bringing a gift to then-NRA President Allan Cors, and suggested he was familiar with Cors’ hobbies.Купил в подарок Президенту NRA Алану Корсу. Танки – его любимая тема! pic.twitter.com/aLdCJImQEO— А.П. Торшин (@torshin_ru) January 15, 2017Translation of January 2017 tweet: “Bought a gift for NRA President Allan Cors. Tanks are his favorite topic!”Cors is the founder of the Virginia Museum of Military Vehicles, according to its website.In a public DropBox album that Torshin linked to from his Twitter account, he’s seen meeting with former NRA president Jim Porter, as well as former NRA president David Keene.His tweets suggest a longtime relationship with Keene, who repeatedly appears in photos as Torshin documents his visits, suggesting that their meeting was not merely coincidental. Keene did not respond to a request for comment.Torshin has also met the current president of the NRA, Pete Brownell. Brownell was part of an NRA delegation that visited Moscow in 2015.These relationships that he cultivated appeared to open another door. Torshin came to the United States in 2012 as an international election observer, and watched as ballots were cast during the Obama-Romney presidential contest in Tennessee. This was possible, he wrote, due to his NRA links.@satcraft @kononenkome Я был на последних выборах Обамы! Карточка NRA мне как наблюдателю от России открывала доступ на любые участки.— А.П. Торшин (@torshin_ru) January 20, 2015Translation of January 2015 tweet: “I was there at Obama’s last election! The NRA card, to me as an observer from Russia, opened access to any [polling] station.”“Tennessee resident Kline Preston requested Mr. Torshin to be an international observer in November 2012,” Adam Ghassemi, a spokesman for the Tennessee Secretary of State, told NPR. The Washington Post reported last year that Preston, a Tennessee lawyer, was the one who originally introduced Torshin to former NRA president David Keene back in 2011.The heat is on the Russian politician, who was alleged by Spanish police to have directed financial transactions for the Russian mob. Not only is the FBI reportedly investigating him — the bureau declined to comment for this story — but lawmakers involved in congressional investigations have also expressed interest in Torshin.Both the Senate and House intelligence committees are currently engaged in investigations into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.Wyden, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the Senate intelligence committee, has demanded the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network hand over documents related to Torshin and the NRA.“The NRA and its related entities do not accept funds from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections,” NRA General Counsel John Frazer wrote in response to a request from Wyden to turn over documents related to transactions between the NRA and Russian citizens. “NRA political decisions are made by NRA officers and executive staff, all of whom are United States citizens. No foreign nationals are consulted in any way on these decisions.”Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, told NPR this week that the committee’s members have asked relevant witnesses about the NRA through the course of their investigation.“I can’t go into what we’ve been able to learn thus far on that issue. I can tell you it’s one of deep concern to me and to other members of the committee, that we get to the bottom of these allegations that the Russians may have sought to funnel money through the NRA,” Schiff said. “It would be negligent of us not to investigate.”Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of research firm Fusion GPS, alluded to Torshin and the NRA during his closed-door testimony before the House intelligence committee in November.“It appears the Russians, you know, infiltrated the NRA. And there is more than one explanation for why,” Simpson told lawmakers. “But I would say broadly speaking, it appears that the Russian operation was designed to infiltrate conservative organizations. And they targeted various conservative organizations, religious and otherwise, and they seem to have made a very concerted effort to get in with the NRA.”Not only are congressional investigators interested in the NRA’s relationship with Russia, but this inquiry comes as the NRA is receiving additional pressure from groups hoping to pass additional gun restrictions into law, and as dozens of American companies have cut ties with the NRA in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., shooting last month.“These revelations suggest that for years the NRA courted a top Putin ally who is now reportedly attracting scrutiny from the FBI,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety, told NPR. “NRA leaders still haven’t explained their close relationship with Russian officials in Putin’s orbit. Until they do, people will continue to wonder what the NRA is hiding.”NPR’s Alina Selyukh and Audrey McNamara contributed to this story.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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Block began his career at EMI Music/EMI Records in the press and marketing departments. He currently serves as a Co-Chair for the Asbury Park Music in Film Festival. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Amazon Music today announced that it has hired Adam Block as Global Head of Music Catalog, a new position. Block, who for many years was president of Sony’s Legacy Recordings, will report to the Ryan Redington, director of Amazon Music.According to the announcement, Block will drive the catalog music strategy for the division, while continuing to build partnerships with labels and artists to expand and enhance their legacies in the streaming era. He will be based in the company’s New York office.Block served in several roles during his 26-year career at Sony Music Entertainment, most recently as president of its Legacy catalog label. As president, he established strategies for the management and marketing of Sony’s vast catalog of audio and visual assets, while working closely with artists, managers, and estates. He also orchestrated digital content and campaigns; oversaw the creation of an online community celebrating classic R&B and Hip Hop (“Certified”); and co-produced projects for film and television. Popular on Variety