FBI rubbishes Trump’s wiretap accusation

first_imgOn Saturday morning, during one of his frequent weekend visit to his Palm Beach County estate, Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump confounded the country again with a flurry of tweets.Within five minutes Trump sent out five tweets accusing his predecessor, President Barack Obama of orchestrating the wire-tapping of the phones at Trump Tower during last year’s presidential campaign. Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, is the location of Trump’s personal residence,   the site of his main campaign office during the elections, and his transitional office following his presidential victory last November.Trump’s accusations were found extremely consternating because no president has the right to order wiretapping of the phone, or any other electronic surveillance, of any private American resident, including presidential candidates.A law, passed by Congress in 1978, created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under this Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), entertains applications made by agencies with the United States Government for approval of electronic surveillance, physical search, and certain other forms of investigative actions of private residents and entities for foreign intelligence purposes.Subsequent to Trump’s surprising tweets, several people, including JamesTapper, former Director of National Intelligence; James Comey, Director of the FBI, and Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for President Obama denied any application was made to the FISC for the surveillance or tapping of phones in Trump Tower.Some reports are suggesting that the FBI could on its own accord have had a warrant approved by FISC to conduct electronic surveillance into alleged relations between of members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government. However, since Saturday, FBI director Comey has denied the FBI conducted any such surveillance. Comey has requested the US Department of Justice to issue a statement refuting Trumps’s allegations of President Obama authorizing any wire-tapping of Trump’s campaign offices.Hours after Trump made his allegations, President Obama’s spokesman, Lewis, said via a statement, “A cardinal rule of the Obama Administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice.”South Florida’s Marco Rubio, US Republican senator, appearing on a Sunday morning talk show said he had no knowledge what Trump was referring to in making the wire-tapping allegations, and urged the White House to explain this.Several Trump administration representatives also appeared on Sunday talk shows, but were unable to explain Trump’s allegations. In fact, White House press secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement that Trump is requesting Congress to investigate if the Obama administration had ordered surveillance of Trump’s campaign office.This is not the first time, Trump has accused Obama of interfering in this administration. In a recent interview, Trump accused Obama of being responsible for leaks to the media from within the White House. He also accused Obama of responsibility for orchestrating protest rallies against the administration, and particularly protests at town-hall meetings held by Republican congressional representatives and senators.Some commentators regard Trump’s turn against the former president as contrary to his praise of Obama for his advice and cooperation during the transition period after Trump was elected.last_img read more

Oliver, Volier come to town in Frenemy

first_imgAudrey Reid After its South Florida stint, Frenemy will move on to Central Florida for two production dates. The play, a Whirlwind Entertainment production ends its successful two-month run in Jamaica on August 27. Jamaican theater giants Old sparring partners Oliver Samuels and Volier ‘Maffy’ Johnson reunite for the play Frenemy, which is scheduled for three shows in South Florida over the Labor Day Weekend. Tickets are now on sale for both Miramar and Coral Springs staging of Frenemy on jamaicanshoppingclub.com Frenemy, which also features Audrey Reid, Lakeisha Ellison (who alternates with Reid) and Dennis Titus, plays at the Miramar Cultural Center on September 2 and the Coral Springs Cultural Center on September 3. Reid is also a theater veteran. She got her start in roots (low-budget, slapstick productions) plays in the 1980s. Her breakout role was in the 1997 movie, Dancehall Queen, in which she plays Marcia, a street vendor who rises to fame as a dancehall starlet. Johnson’s first appearance in a major theatrical role, was as the handcart man in the 1972 Jamaican hit movie, “The Harder They Come.” Samuels and Johnson are two of Jamaican theater’s giants. They have appeared in countless plays and movies, but made a big splash during the 1980s, appearing on the Jamaican television comedy Oliver AtLarge. In one memorable episode, Samuels appeared as a con pastor with Johnson as his sidekick named Maffy.last_img read more

Pilot of small aircraft killed Guyana crash

first_imgLocator map showing Guyana where there was a plane crash the morning of 30/07/2011 The pilot of the Air Services Cessna aircraft that went missing early Sunday is dead.On Sunday afternoon, shortly after locating the missing aircraft, members of the Guyana Defence Force discovered the lifeless body of the pilot Imran Khan.The pilot was the only person onboard the aircraft that went down in the jungle.According to reports Khan was operating the flight between the villages of Chi-Chi and Mahdia in Region Eight when the all contact was lost with air traffic controllers.However shortly afterwards, another aircraft operating in the same area managed to pinpoint the location based on a signal from the emergency locator transmitter.The GDF Special Forces team will remain on the ground throughout Sunday night in the vicinity of the crash site  and move the body out of the area early Monday.This is the second fatal accident involving a domestic aircraft in one month.Last month a Roraima Airways pilot lost his life  when his small aircraft went down just after take off and earlier this month another crash  involving a Wings Aviation aircraft left its pilot nursing several serious injuries .Investigations into both incidents are ongoing.last_img read more

Bankie Banx picks up the pieces of his Anguilla Dune Preserve

first_imgDemolished by IrmaTwo weeks ago, the Dune Preserve met its match in Hurricane Irma which demolished the seaside location. Banx and his family are recovering from the damage caused by the Category 5 monster which demolished the island, a British Territory that is only 35 square miles with a population of 15,000 people. Devastating scenes The Dune Preserve, popular tourist destination in Anguilla, wrecked by Hurricane Irma. By Howard CampbellSince he opened The Dune Preserve in 1994, singer/musician Bankie Banx has endured the powerful force of Mother Nature. The popular Anguilla tourist spot has felt the brunt of hurricanes Louis (1995), Lenny (1999) and Omar (2007). John McKendrick, Anguilla’s attorney general, said the island sustained “huge devastation.” Up to 90 percent of the homes on the island were damaged, fallen trees blocked roads, cell phone service was interrupted and electricity was cut. Fundraising campaignThe 64-year-old artist has launched a fundraising campaign through GoFundMe.com, which he said has been going well. The Dune Preserve is one of the Caribbean’s most intimate hotspots; high-profile acts like Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer, Toots and The Maytals, Culture, Freddie McGregor and Buju Banton have performed there.It has been named Best Beach Bar three straight years by CNN World Travel. It has also hosted the eclectic Moonsplash Music Festival since 1995. That event has featured a number of reggae acts including Black Uhuru, The Wailers, Inner Circle, keyboardist David Bryan of rock band Bon Jovi and folk singer Alana Davis.center_img Dune Preserve not sparedThe Dune Preserve was not spared. “All the beach facilities have been demolished. That includes the beach bar, beach stage, beach gazebos and restaurant. The roof of our boutique flew off and the Moonsplash stage andbackstage is also destroyed. Two thirds of my personal residence on the Dune has been partially damaged and needs to be secured before I canmove on,” Banx told Caribbean National Weekly. March 2018 MoonsplashThe 28th Moonsplash is scheduled for March 15-18 with Banx’ son Omari, Christopher Martin and Romain Virgo among the headliners.For Banx and his team, it is wait-and-see if the show goes on. “We will be able to have the event up and ready in March if the hotel industry in the island is back on stream and if regular international flights are resumed,” he said.last_img read more

Dominica Opens Embassy In United Arab Emirates

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – The Commonwealth of Dominica has established a new embassy in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – becoming the first Dominican mission to the country, but also to the Middle East.Speaking during the opening ceremony, earlier this week, Dominican Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, said the embassy also comes to service a ‘small but dynamic’ community of Dominican economic citizens, which is growing via the island’s world-leading Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme.The government of Dominica has appointed Hubert John Charles as the Ambassador to the UAE.Prior to his new appointment, Charles served as the Dominican Ambassador to the United States and as the Permanent Representative of Dominica at the Organisation of American States.“Thanks to the Citizenship by Investment Programme, Dominica already has a small but dynamic population, resident in the UAE and contributing to the dynamism of its service sector and to sustainable development at home,” said Skerrit.He added that the new Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will serve as “a crucial link between what is in effect the Dominican diaspora, here, in the UAE and the homeland.”“As a result of the success and good reputation of the CBI Programme, investors’ trust in both, Dominica and its Programme remains unshaken. Dominica grants successful CBI applicants valuable citizenship benefits like family security, visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel to 140 destinations and growing business opportunities.”Middle Eastern families and single individuals can obtain Dominican citizenship upon making an investment into the island’s economy, but only if they pass all the due diligence checks. Applicants choose from either making a minimum US$100,000 contribution to the Economic Diversification Fund or an investment worth at least US$200,000 in pre-approved real estate, comprising a selection of luxury hotels.With a growing number of economic citizens from the UAE, the Prime Minister said that his administration will assist its new citizens.The Dominican Embassy in Abu Dhabi will provide consular services to Dominican nationals, issuance of documentation, emergency notices, tourism advice and other services.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Unstoppable Federer, Tearful Cilic

first_imgRoger Federer have won a-record 8th Wimbledon title by defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic, 6-3 6-1 6-4, at the All England Club.The 35-year-old Swiss, who did not drop a single set all tournament, dispatched 7th seed Marin Cilic in 1hr and 41 minutes to claim his 19th Grand Slam title, becoming the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the open era.#19 tastes great pic.twitter.com/3Hv3lM5Rk9— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) July 16, 2017“This tournament I’ve played, not dropping a set and holding the trophy – it’s magical. It’s too much really,”“It’s cruel sometimes but [Marin] fought well and he’s a hero. Congrats on a wonderful tournament.” said the 19th time Grand Slam Champion.“I’ll be gone again for the next six months if it keeps working out this fantastic when I come back!”– @rogerfederer #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/XsReiwReBI— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 16, 201728-year-old Marin Cilic, struggled to match Federer’s brilliance and broke into tears during the game after suffering an injury on his left foot. An injury that required extended medical break, with the fans hoping not to witness the first Wimbledon final retirement in men’s singles since 1911.The Croatia’s only victory over Roger Federer was en route winning his only Grand Slam title at the US Open three years ago.“I never give up in a match. I gave it my best – it’s all I can do,” Cilic said.It was an amazing journey on this year’s @Wimbledon! Congratulations to @rogerfederer and a HUGE #ThankYou to my #TeamCilic! #NeverGiveUp pic.twitter.com/eVhRf9OySm— Marin Cilic (@cilic_marin) July 16, 2017He continued: “It was tough emotionally because I know how much went into the preparation in the past few months.”“It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.” RelatedWimbledon: Nadal Crashes Out, Murray and Federer Progress into Quarter FinalsJuly 11, 2017In “Sports”Wimbledon Roundup: Murray Crashes Out, Djokovic Retires As Federer Marches OnJuly 13, 2017In “Sports”Ageless Federer To Face Cilic In Wimbledon Open Final After Berdych WinJuly 14, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

2018 CHAN Qualifier: Nigeria’s Ambassador to Benin Welcomes The Super Eagles

first_imgThe home based Super Eagles of Nigeria have been welcomed to the Republic of Benin by Nigeria’s ambassador to the tiny West African Nation, as the CHAN Eagles prepare to face Benin in a 2018 CHAN Qualifier.Nigeria’s ambassador to Benin, Amb. Kayode Oguntuase, paid a courtesy visit to the team on Friday night, following the team’s arrival at the Benin Royal Hotel.Nigeria is seeking to make its 3rd appearance in the Championship for African Nations (CHAN), following Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the first two editions before winning bronze in 2014 and getting knocked out in the group stage in 2016.The 2018 CHAN would take place in Kenya From January 11 to February 2.Relatedlast_img

The Jockey Club submits plans for Kempton Park sell-off

first_img Related Articles Nick Bannister named as new chairman of Haydock Racecourse January 17, 2020 Share COVID-19 concerns see Grand National called off  March 17, 2020 Historic UK racecourse Kempton Park (Surrey) could be closed down by The Jockey Club as the racing group looks to secure approximately £500 million from its property in order to fund future racing projects.Yesterday Jockey Club governance in partnership with Redrow Plc submitted planning process proposals to Spelthorne Borough Council who had recently issued a ‘call for sites’ to address local housing needs.Issuing a corporate update, Jockey Club governance stated that potential funds raised would be used to fund programs and projects for the long term benefit of UK racing. This includes a purpose-built all-weather racecourse in Newmarket as Britain’s busiest racing training centre.Jockey Club governance informed that racing will continue at Kempton until at least 2021, with the redevelopment only proceeding if more than £100 million is raised from the sale and the all-weather circuit should it be given the go-ahead.Roger Weatherby, Senior Steward of The Jockey Club, commented on the group plans for Kempton:“We must show leadership with the assets we have and, where merited, take tough decisions to help our sport to keep moving forwards. The decision to submit our estate at Kempton Park for consideration in the Local Plan is unique and has not been taken lightly. Our Board of Stewards are horsemen and, having carefully considered what we can achieve in the long-run from doing so, are unanimously of the view that British Racing is better served by us doing so.“If changes take place at Kempton Park in the future we will act to secure and invest in the Jumps programme nationally. We will work with the British Horseracing Authority to seek to run some races, including the King George VI Chase, at Sandown Park. We plan to transform Sandown Park’s facilities, utilise the latest advances in track technology and help bring a focus on it as London’s premier dual-code racecourse right on the doorstep of millions of people, unlocking what we see as its great potential.”Kempton, which opened in 1878, has hosted the prestigious King George VI Chase since its first running in 1937. Should the proposal go ahead, Kempton’s famous King George VI fixture will be moved to Sandown, located six miles away. Share StumbleUpon Jockey Club donates 10,000 Grand National tickets to NHS April 3, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Betting Gods sponsors Betting on Football 2017 at Chelsea FC

first_imgShare Submit SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share 10bet announce Drogba as brand ambassador September 13, 2019 David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 Betting Gods has been confirmed as a sponsor for this year’s Betting on Football Conference at Stamford Bridge (3-5 May), organised by SBC Events.Darren Moore, Betting GodsThe betting organisation, which gives its members access to expert betting tips across a range of sports, has secured the partnership to broaden its involvement in the football betting industry and to promote its expanded football tipster section to prospective customers.More than 800 senior executives from operators, service providers, suppliers, affiliates, football clubs and marketing agencies are expected to attend the conference devoted to betting and football, to discuss latest trends and industry insight for the sports betting industry’s largest market.Darren Moore, Director of Betting Gods Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be so involved with this event. SBC Events hosts some brilliant conferences and we are honoured to have secured this key partnership with them and look forward to growing a strong business partnership together, while also expanding and enhancing the Betting Gods branding to the wider sports betting and football industries.”Andrew McCarron, SBC Managing Director, commented: “It’s great news that Betting Gods is bringing its tipping expertise into the football arena and we’re very happy that Darren and his team has chosen to support Betting on Football to publicise the expansion. The conference is attracting CEOs from all around the world, so it provides a perfect platform for brands to communicate with key decision makers.”Betting on Football 2017 will be the fourth incarnation of the largest international football and betting trade conference, which was recently voted into the top 10 best industry conferences by international gambling industry website CalvinAyre.com.last_img read more

SBC Bookies’ Corner – UK 2017 – Entering the Final Leg…

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 As Britain hits polling stations this Thursday 8 June, SBC details bookmaker opinion on what has been a short but intriguing General Election campaign. On first sight, the UK 2017 election was viewed as a Conservative Party ‘Whitewash’, however a number of blunders has handed the initiative to the opposition.Can Labour do the impossible, has Theresa underestimated her position and opposition, will this Election have any deep impact on the UK political landscape…SBC gets the full bookmaker lowdown!________________________________Matthew Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Coming into the final week of campaigning, Does PM Theresa May’s Snap Election call still seem a wise decision? Has PM May underestimated her direct opposition? Matthew Shaddick (Head of Politics Ladbrokes): In hindsight, it’s easy to say it was a risky call – Labour and Corbyn’s ratings were at an incredible low and, with a half-decent campaign, there was a lot more room for them to go up rather than down.  Corbyn has done a lot better than expected but polling (on average) still seems to be pointing toward an increased Tory majority.Also, there was some risk in not doing it. If the economy slows down and brexit talks run into trouble, she could have been left in a much more vulnerable position by 2020. At the time, I thought it made sense, so I’m not going to aftertime now.SBC: Will the 2017 UK General Election change the UK political landscape and electoral map, or was this simply wishful thinking by the Conservative Government?  Alistair Gill – Kindred GroupAlistair Gill (Sportsbook Commercial Relations – Kindred Group): What we are seeing in this election is very much in line with the pattern followed in both the French and US election (the 2 latest and our biggest 2 political events ever). The pattern is a clear favourite against a huge underdog with significantly higher odds. However, punters are very keen to chase the value offered by the underdog and in the French, US and so far UK election, although there is significantly more Turnover generated by the favourite, the number of bets placed is higher on the underdog and the liability we have has been huge on Trump, Le Pen and Labour.This election will be interesting in terms of punter knowledge and behavior, as in the US election the underdog, in fact, won and cost us a 7 figure sum, showing Number of Bets to be the key identifier, ahead of Turnover, where as in the French election Macron came through and Kindred saw a 6 figure win, suggesting that Turnover is the key data point. Already over a week out we have a 6 figure liability on labour and the betting pattern seems to be mirroring what we have seen previously.On the ‘Outright’ markets 65% of Turnover generated is backing Conservatives, however, notably, in the same ‘Outright’ market 60% of bets placed have been on Labour, suggesting that the election might not be the landslide Theresa May was hoping for.Tim Reynolds – Sun BetsSBC: From a bookmaker perspective, how important is the final week of campaigning? What do you look for in candidates that can make a difference to political betting markets? Tim Reynolds (Head of PR Sun Bets): I think the thing about the final week of campaigning is that the public are tuned in and willing to engage with politics. Often we have months of campaigning ahead of an election or referendum, and it’s been proven that for much of this the man in the street isn’t actively listening. Conversely in the final week Joe Public makes his mind up, and therefore as bookmakers we place special emphasis on this final push of the campaigning period. Candidates make a massive difference to the betting and never more so than in the final week- where a Diane Abbott-esque gaff will impact most on the deliberating public. Equally strong local candidates like Stephen Lloyd in Eastbourne (a cracking bet at 13/8 by the way!) can positively influence local constituency betting in the final days.It’s hard for us bookies to be tuned into the local issues that affect each of the 650 seats so we’re always extra vigilant when we see a run of “local” money for a local candidate. We also actively look to find seats geographically close to each other and have a similar makeup- for example, if we see big money for Brexity Clacton to ‘go Tory’ we will trim the price of Harwich and North Essex to follow suit. Forget national polls and even Ashcroft constituency polls, there’s nothing like local money to give us a steer on how a seat is headed!Joe Lee – Paddy PowerSBC: From an industry perspective, is a Corbyn UK General Election victory a bigger upset than Donald Trump winning the US Presidency in 2016? Joe Lee  (Senior Trader – Paddy Power): There are certainly similarities to Corbyn and Trump – at a basic level, they were each massive outsiders in a two-horse race.And, interestingly, we’re seeing a very similar flow of money for Labour and Corbyn to that which we saw for Trump – and Le Pen in France. The mindset of punters now is clearly similar to during the US Presidential Election – more than 80% of bets in the last week have been for some form of Labour/Corbyn outcome.However, while both Trump and Corbyn entered their respective races at big prices, we’re not comparing like for like, really – Trump was 100/1 when he initially confirmed he would see the Republican nomination.Corbyn for PM was only ever as big as 10/1 – and had to deal with a scenario where somebody else, assuming they were in a dominant position, was able to decide when to call an election.Trump, at least, knew what he was getting himself into, allowing him some ‘preparation time’. Consider all that, from where he started, Trump is absolutely the political upset for the ages. Submit Sharelast_img read more