UFC’s Conor McGregor pleads guilty to Barclays incident

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSteve Marcus/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — UFC star Conor McGregor pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct three months after his arrest following a melee in the loading dock of Barclays Center.The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office agreed to drop the felony charge that McGregor, 29, had faced for throwing a dolly at a bus full of other MMA fighters, three of whom were injured.In exchange for his plea, the judge imposed a sentence of community service and anger management. He had already paid for the damage to the bus.“I just want to say I’m thankful to the DA and the judge for allowing me to move forward,” McGregor said. “I want to say to my friends, my family, my fans — thank you for the support.”    McGregor was ordered to stay away from the three UFC stars injured by broken glass for the next two years.Cian Cowley, a fighter who trains with McGregor, was also charged in the attack.Last year, McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather, losing by technical knockout in the 10th round. He hasn’t fought for UFC since November 2016.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by July 26, 2018 /Sports News – National UFC’s Conor McGregor pleads guilty to Barclays incidentcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

BYU opens WCC play by walloping Loyola Marymount, 63-38

first_imgJanuary 4, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU opens WCC play by walloping Loyola Marymount, 63-38 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailYoeli Childs scored 19 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds as BYU opened West Coast Conference play by walloping Loyola Marymount, 63-38.The Cougars recorded their sixth straight win by limiting the Lions to just 19 points in each half. Associated Press Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/WCClast_img

US Navy, Coast Guard searching for downed helicopter

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy, Coast Guard searching for downed helicopter off Hawaii View post tag: Molokai US Navy, Coast Guard searching for downed helicopter off Hawaii October 17, 2017 The US Navy and Coast Guard have sent aircraft and vessel crews in response to reports of a crashed helicopter of the coast of Molokai, Hawaii, October 16.According to the coast guard, the downed helicopter is a privately owned Robinson R44 helicopter with two people aboard.Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Response Coordination Center received a call from the Honolulu International Airport control tower at 7:26 p.m., reporting they had lost communications with the helicopter.The helicopter was reported to have left Honolulu today on a day trip to Molokai and was on its way back.Units taking part in search efforts include HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station BarbersPoint, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ahi (WPB 87364) and a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter aircrew from Navy Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 37.The coast guard said the aircrews located debris along with chemlights in the water. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: US Coast Guard Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Government publishes response to pasty tax U-turn

first_imgHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has published a document of the responses it received during the consultation period on its proposals to add 20% VAT on hot takeaway food.An official statement from David Gauke, the Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, said the HMRC has published a summary of responses to the consultation – VAT: Addressing Borderline Anomalies.Included is a section named ’Catering – hot takeaway food and premises’, which details the 218 responses that were received on this measure.This included 110 individuals who lobbied against the addition of VAT to hot takeaway products. Sixty-four responses were from businesses, including bakers and supermarkets, while 11 were received from trade bodies.It detailed the objections made against of the taxing of products which were sold freshly-baked out of the oven , and the “difficulties for businesses to operate the ‘ambient temperature test’”.Other products that will be exempt from the 20% tax, include Eccles cakes, mince pies and croissants. Freshly baked bread will also remain zero-rated and under the Government’s revised proposal, there is no longer any need to provide a definition of freshly-baked bread.It added that some respondents had suggested “alternative approaches” for achieving the objective, by adding VAT to food which is actively kept hot, or defining hot in terms of the hot holding requirements in Food Hygiene Regulations.The official HMRC response was that: “Under the new tests food that is cooling naturally, such as Cornish pasties and sausage rolls, will continue to be zero-rated.”It added that 20% tax will be added to food, which is:provided hot for the purposes of allowing it to be eaten hot (the existing criterion), orcooked, heated or reheated to order – for example toasted sandwiches; orkept hot, or where the natural cooling process is delayed – this would include instances where businesses kept food hot in hot cabinets, hot plates, heat lamps, etc. or where heat is applied in order to slow the cooling process (Cornish pasties and sausage rolls would therefore be zero-rated where they are cooling naturally in the racks, but not when they are stored in heated cabinets); orprovided in heat retaining packaging or other packaging specifically designed for hot food – where the use of such packaging is a clear indicator that food is being kept hot (for example foil-lined takeaway packaging); oradvertised, marketed or promoted in any way that indicates that it is supplied as hot.Changes to the VAT rules will be enacted through a new schedule, which will be introduced at the Report Stage to the Financial Bill.Catherine McKinnell. shadow treasury minister, said: “The government backed down on the pasty tax – they had to because that was the only move they could make – but they left behind them a legacy of arrogant disregard for ordinary people that will not quickly be forgotten. My only hope now is that the U-turn that has been made will be made properly.”Cornish pastiesAs a result of the government U-turn, Stephen Gilbert, Liberal Democrat MP for St Austell and Newquay, said in a Commons debate: “People in Cornwall are relieved that this coalition government took soundings, listened and, at the end of the day, delivered a result that will protect an iconic and important Cornish industry.”It is estimated that the measure will safeguard about 13,000 jobs in Cornwall, put hundreds of millions of pounds into the local economy, and guarantee the production of the 180 million Cornish pasties that are made in the county every year.”last_img read more

Inside View: with Samantha Edwards

first_imgSamantha Edwards, multimedia reporter on British Baker, has interviewed the likes of Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, Hummingbird Bakery founder Tarek Malouf, and the winner of the first The Great British Bake Off, Edd Kimber.last_img

Watch Dean Ween Perform ‘The Mollusk’ With Claypool Lennon Delirium

first_imgLast night, the Claypool Lennon Delirium tore the roof off The Fillmore in Philadelphia, just one night after Yoko Ono made her appearance with the psychedelic rock band. The night’s setlist featured plenty of tracks from their debut release Monolith of Phobos, including both “Cricket & The Genie” movements, “Breath of a Salesman”, “Mr. Wright”, “Captain Lariat”, “Boomerang Baby”, and the title track itself. After a full tour with the new band, Les and Sean have slowly introduced more and more covers to their setlists, like The Beatles‘ “Tomorrow Never Knows”, King Krimson‘s “Thela Hun Ginjeet” and “In The Court of the King Crimson”, Yes‘s “Heart of the Sunrise”, Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine”, and Claypool Frog Brigade‘s “Cosmic Highway”, all of which were played at last night’s live-streamed show. The evening also saw a double-Primus encore, with “Too Many Puppies” and “Southbound Pachyderm”, which included a “Pure Imagination” nod to Gene Wilder, to close a fantastic set. Additionally, with Dean Ween (or “Steve Ween”) in attendance, the Claypool Lennon Delirium introduced another cover, “The Mollusk”, the title track from Ween‘s 1997 release, about half-way through the night. While Les Claypool and Dean Ween have certainly played together before, most recently with Les joining The Dean Ween Group for “The Mollusk” during their opening set at The Capitol Theatre earlier this summer, this was the live debut for the reverse collaboration. Thanks to YouTube user Ross Marinaro, you can relive this glorious moment in the video below:For a different, balcony perspective, watch the below video, courtesy of 215music:Lennon Claypool Delirium 8/31/16 Setlist:Thela Hun Ginjeet (King Crimson cover)Cricket and the Genie (Movement I, The Delirium)Cricket and the Genie (Movement II, Oratio Di Cricket)Breath of a SalesmanThe Monolith of PhobosHeart of the Sunrise (Yes cover)Cosmic Highway (The Les Claypool Frog Brigade cover)Boomerang BabyThe Mollusk (Ween cover, with Dean Ween, live debut)Mr. WrightIn The Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson cover)Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd cover)Captain Lariat)Tomorrow Never Knows (The Beatles cover)Encore:Too Many Puppies (Primus cover)Southbound Pachyderm (Primus cover, with “Pure Imagination” tease/end)[photo via @ryanpurcell5]last_img read more

Learning life in the lab

first_imgHigh school students from Chelsea tried their hands at a little genetic engineering last Thursday, in a lab exercise at Harvard’s Science Center that first coaxed bacteria to produce a red fluorescent protein, and then harvested the material.The group of about 15 students carefully followed steps outlined on the blackboard by research assistant Alia Qatarneh. In the process, they completed the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program, an eight-lab biotechnology course supported by the Harvard Life Sciences Outreach Program and funded by the Amgen Foundation.“For over a decade, the Outreach Program has shared the technology of our teaching labs [with area schools] through class visits to campus,” said Robert Lue, outreach program director and professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology. “The Amgen program gives us another way to package technology with curriculum in a manner that brings it to the schools. The bidirectional combination of approaches maximizes the beneficial impact of Harvard’s resources in the life sciences.”The course is made available to high schools around the state. The Outreach Program provides instructions for eight labs and lends the schools kits that include $20,000 in chemicals and equipment that many schools couldn’t otherwise afford, such as centrifuges, hot water baths, and thermal cyclers (also known as PCR machines, for polymerase chain reaction) that amplify DNA.“The class would not be happening at Chelsea High School without this program,” said Melissa Puopolo, a science teacher at the school.“I don’t have a centrifuge,” she said. Having access to “the equipment is huge; the PCR machine is really expensive.”The biotech outreach effort has proven popular, according to Tara Bennett, the program manager. In its first two years, it has served 5,000 students in 50 schools across the state, from Yarmouth on Cape Cod to Lee along the New York state border. What that means, however, is that the kits can be loaned out for just three weeks at a time. Because Chelsea had to return the kit before finishing the final lab, the students traveled to Harvard to complete it.“It is a tight schedule,” Bennett said. “These are big-ticket items whose cost is preventing teachers from introducing students to the [biotechnology] equipment.”The processes used in Thursday’s lab are standard in biotechnology, Bennett said, and can be used to get bacteria to produce biological products such as the red fluorescent protein — which is used to tag other molecules so scientists can track them — or important therapeutic substances such as insulin.Chelsea High School students Bahiya Nasuuna (left) and Jolena Gonzalez perform lab work with RFP-expressing bacteria inside Harvard’s Science Center.The students learn that science is sometimes messy and that experiments don’t always turn out as planned. In the labs, Puopolo said, students get hands-on experience that could give them a leg up in college or even help them land a biotech job out of high school.“They can say … ‘I can work with DNA or pour gels,’ ” Puopolo said. “There are so many jobs in biotech in the area.”Neris Yanes, a junior at Chelsea High, said she liked the lab work because it allowed her to participate rather than just listen. Bahiya Nasuuna, a senior, enjoyed the clear steps outlined in the lab and said science may be in her future.“Science is my favorite subject. I definitely want to pursue it in college,” Nasuuna said.last_img read more

Shia LaBoeuf Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 At a court appearance in July, LaBeouf looked a world away from his disheveled appearance after the June 26 incident—we hope he’s on the road to recovery. This was not LaBeouf’s first controversial brush with Broadway. The film star noisily exited the Great White Way revival of Orphans last year. Cabaret View Comments Related Shows Shia LaBeouf has pled guilty to disorderly conduct at his eventful night out at Broadway’s Cabaret in June, which resulted with him being led out of Studio 54 in handcuffs. According to TMZ, the judge has ordered the star to obey all laws for the next six months and complete a further three months of outpatient alcohol rehab. If he does so, the case will be removed from his record.last_img read more

New Roach

first_imgA new cockroach species from Turkey has been recorded for the first time in Georgia, according to University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist Dan Suiter.Suiter, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia, was alerted to the new cockroach by Howard Carter of Countryside Pest Control. Carter collected the cockroach in a trap while inspecting a site in Spalding County, Georgia, for pests.“About a year ago, Howard brought me a sticky card with a bunch of different cockroaches on it and wanted to know what this one was,” said Suiter, who specializes in home and structural pests. “I wasn’t sure, and neither was Orkin’s national technical director, who was on hand when Howard brought the sample in.”The experts thought that the cockroach was the native woods cockroach, the ones that typically are attracted to lights, Suiter said. “It looked like those, but then it didn’t,” he said. “We finally determined that it was the Turkestan cockroach, Blatta lateralis.”The male of this species is gold-colored and about an inch and a quarter in length. The female is wingless and cherry-colored with two white streaks where the wings would otherwise be.In 2017, Suiter sent a specimen of the cockroach to the UGA Museum of Natural History where Richard Hoebeke, an associate curator for arthropods at the museum, confirmed and documented the species.“The significance of finding this cockroach in Georgia is that it’s known to primarily be in the Southwestern United States,” Suiter said. “It’s invasive and it’s been found in the U.S., but it’s never been documented in Georgia until now.”The Turkestan cockroach may be new to Georgians, but across the Southwest U.S., it is well established. “People in the Southwest view this species of cockroach the way Southerners view the Palmetto bug,” he said. “They hate it.”This year, Suiter equipped Carter with 10 cockroach traps to determine whether the Turkestan cockroach was still in the area.Carter and his 11-year-old grandson, Bryce Sammons, set the traps and waited.“I think he’s a future entomologist. He really enjoyed setting the traps, and he’s been taking bugs he finds to Dan for a few years,” Carter said.Two days after placing the traps, Carter returned to Suiter with 50 Turkestan cockroaches. Suiter sent 20 specimens to the UGA museum, where they will be cataloged and entered into the museum’s collection.“By now they are probably in other locations and they just haven’t been reported,” he said. “And, to an untrained eye, they just look like any other cockroach.”So, what’s the difference between the Turkestan cockroach and other cockroaches Georgians are accustomed to seeing scurry across the kitchen floor? Not much, Suiter said.“They have a similar biology as an American or smokybrown cockroach. American cockroaches, Periplaneta americana, are from Africa and the smokybrown cockroach, Periplaneta fuliginosa, is from Japan,” he said. “None of these cockroach pests are native to the U.S., including the German cockroach, Blattella germanica (the one found in kitchens), which is from Southeast Asia.”Having been in the pest control business since 1986, Carter says the key to controlling pests is to have a watchful eye and keep your home or office clutter-free.“You should really pay attention to what you see in your home,” he said. “Don’t create problems. If you have clutter, you are going to have problems with insects and rodents; it’s a given.”When it comes to controlling cockroaches, no matter what their country of origin, Suiter refers people to UGA Extension Bulletin 1412, “Management of Pest Insects in and Around the Home.” This publication can be found at extension.uga.edu/publications. For a more extensive pest control manual, Suiter recommends UGA Extension Special Bulletin 48, the home and garden edition of the Georgia Pest Management Handbook.Visit the UGA Structural Pest Management program website for more information.last_img read more

Correa Returns to Colombia Following Restoration of Relations

first_imgBy Dialogo December 17, 2010 I am surprised by the help from the Ecuadorans but very grateful. It is a great help to our victims may God truly bless the Ecuadoran people and both governments so that may continue on the right and good path that will give peace and tranquility to us Colombians and to the whole world. May God bless them. Chao. On 15 December, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, his ambassador-designate Raúl Vallejo, and Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño made their first visit to Colombia following the restoration of relations, broken off in 2008 due to a Colombian military operation on Ecuadorean territory. The visit, which focused on the delivery of aid for victims of the rains in Colombia, provided the occasion for both presidents to declare their readiness to approve the respective ambassadors. “The names have already been officially presented. In diplomatic protocol, approval has to be given. We don’t see any problem, at least on the Ecuadorean side,” Correa said in the area of La Victoria, near Cali (in southwestern Colombia), where he personally delivered the aid packets. Two weeks ago, the Colombian government nominated Fernando Arboleda, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, as its ambassador to Ecuador. Santos affirmed that on his return to Bogotá, he would grant approval to the designated Ecuadorean ambassador, Raúl Vallejo, a former education minister. “Then things will be completely normalized,” he said. Correa arrived in Cali, where he met Santos, in the morning. Together, the two presidents flew over La Victoria and then spoke with its inhabitants. Wearing jeans and an orange vest, Correa declared, “We only want to make ourselves present and give a fraternal embrace to the Colombian people. We’ve brought some supplies, and we’ll send more subsequently. It’s a small amount of aid, despite our efforts, for the magnitude of what’s happened.” The rains in Colombia have left nearly 280 dead and have affected two million people so far this year, according to the latest official figures. In La Victoria, Correa delivered seven tons of humanitarian aid. “Count on your Ecuadorean brothers, without doubting for an instant. We have a shared past, a present that very much unites us, and it’s now time to look for a future together,” he insisted. Santos responded by thanking “the Ecuadorean people” once again for the aid. “We’re reestablishing relations the way things should be, because we are brother peoples,” he added. The aid brought by Correa goes beyond the humanitarian framework of solidarity and represents his administration’s first direct diplomatic gesture toward Colombia subsequent to the bilateral tensions. This is Correa’s second visit to Colombia since the rupture of relations. On 7 August, when bilateral ties had been restored at the chargé d’affaires level, the Ecuadorean president attended Santos’s inauguration in Bogotá. Correa and Santos fully reestablished relations on 26 November, on the sidelines of the meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) in Georgetown. Ecuador broke off ties with Colombia as a consequence of the 1 March 2008 Colombian military operation against a base of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a Marxist guerrilla group, on Ecuadorean soil, in which twenty-five people died, including rebel leader Raúl Reyes. Ties were reestablished at the chargé d’affaires level in November 2009.last_img read more

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