BidX1 raises more than £11m and hits 90% success rate at July auction

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Revolt fizzles as Trump easily wins Electoral College vote

first_img WASHINGTON (AP) – So much for an Electoral College revolt.Despite weeks of lobbying and a day of protests, President-elect Donald Trump won all but two of the Electoral College votes he claimed on Election Day, ensuring he will become America’s 45th president.There were more protest votes among Democratic electors – five – than there were among Republicans.All 538 electors met in state capitals across the country Monday to cast their votes. Trump’s polarizing victory in November and the fact that Democrat Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes had stirred an intense lobbying effort. But the endeavor produced more noise than results.With all states reporting, Trump finished with 304 votes and Clinton had 227. It takes 270 Electoral College votes to win the presidency. Texas put Trump over the top, despite two Republican electors casting protest votes.“We did it!” Trump tweeted Monday evening. “Thank you to all of my great supporters, we just officially won the election (despite all of the distorted and inaccurate media).”He later issued a statement saying: “With this historic step we can look forward to the bright future ahead. I will work hard to unite our country and be the President of all Americans.”Befitting an election filled with acrimony, thousands of protesters converged on state capitals Monday, urging Republican electors to abandon their party’s winning candidate.More than 200 demonstrators braved freezing temperatures at Pennsylvania’s capitol, chanting, “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!” and “No treason, no Trump!”In Madison, Wisconsin, protesters shouted, cried and sang “Silent Night.” In Augusta, Maine, they banged on drums and held signs that said, “Don’t let Putin Pick Our President,” referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin.Among the Republican electors in Texas who cast protest votes, one voted for Ohio Gov. John Kasich; the other voted for former Texas Rep. Ron Paul.Clinton lost four electors in Washington state – three voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and one voted for Native American tribal leader Faith Spotted Eagle. She also lost an elector in Hawaii to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Clinton beat Sanders in the Democratic primaries.Several Democratic electors in other states tried to vote for protest candidates but they either changed their votes to Clinton or were replaced.The Electoral College has 538 members, with the number allocated to each state based on how many representatives it has in the House plus one for each senator. The District of Columbia gets three, despite the fact that the home to Congress has no vote in Congress.There is no constitutional provision or federal law that requires electors to vote for the candidate who won their state – though some states require their electors to vote for the winning candidate.In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, elector Charlie Buckels reached out to Trump’s opponents after the New York businessman got all of the state’s eight votes.“For those of you who wished it had gone another way, I thank you for being here,” said Buckels, the state GOP finance chairman. “I thank you for your passion for our country.”A joint session of Congress is scheduled for Jan. 6 to certify the results of the Electoral College vote, with Vice President Joe Biden presiding as president of the Senate. Once the result is certified, Trump will be sworn in on Jan. 20. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Revolt fizzles as Trump easily wins Electoral College vote Author: AP center_img Published: December 20, 2016 5:11 AM EST SHARElast_img read more

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Legal privilege safeguard strengthened in snooping bill

first_imgLast-minute amendments made to the Investigatory Powers Bill will help to protect legally privileged communications from being inappropriately accessed by the state, the Law Society said today.The changes, which strengthen the requirement to destroy legally privileged material caught by electronic surveillance, followed a campaign by professional bodies including the Society.In the third reading of the bill, the deputy leader of the Lords, Conservative peer Earl Howe (Frederick Curzon), introduced amendments to clause 56 of the bill, which covers ‘additional safeguards for items subject to legal privilege’.  These include strengthening the wording of a clause covering the destruction of material found to be legally privileged, replacing the words ‘the Investigatory Powers Commissioner may’ with ‘unless the Investigatory Powers Commissioner considers [a public interest test applies] the commissioner must’.Law Society president Robert Bourns said that while the protections are ‘not as comprehensive as the legal community felt was appropriate’, the amendment ‘is a significant improvement from where the bill started’. Bourns described legal professional privilege as the heart of the solicitor-client relationship.‘With the number of inadvertent and deliberate moves to weaken the protection of legal professional privilege we have seen this year, the Law Society will remain vigilant to ensure that this core principle of our justice system is maintained.’The bill is expected to receive royal assent in this parliament.last_img read more

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Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands adds Merceneries mode in free update

first_img Credit: Ubisoft A brand new free game mode has been added to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and is available to play now. The new Mercenaries mode is a PvPvE scenario where 8 players compete against each other in order to get extracted from the combat zone, the first on out wins.At the beginning of the match, the extraction point is unknown and players will have no ranged weapons, gear or items. Players will need to locate and activate radio transmitters to shrink the possible extract zone on the map. In the meantime, players will fight to be the first to gain intel on transmitter locations while looting gear, weapons and money. After the first player has activated three transmitters, the chopper will head to the extraction point and once landed, the location will be revealed to everyone. The first player to fill their extraction gauge and board the chopper wins.You can view the Mercenaries trailer below:Key features:Looting for Gear: Players start the game just with a melee weapon and will need to find the best gear, weapons and consumables to fight the Unidad forces and enemy players. If a player dies, they will lose all of the loot gathered and start at square one when they respawn.Armour: Mercenaries mode will feature a new health and armour system. Based on the gear players pick up, an armour bar will appear. This bar will absorb a percentage of damage based on the penetration capability of the opponent’s weapon.Health: If players are hit by a weapon that deals penetration damage, they will bleed and gradually lose a percentage of their health. If they are injured, they will be able to loot three different types of healing items to get back into fighting shape: medkits, bandages and syringes.Destructible Doors: Destructible doors can be opened with CQC, behind which players may find intel, loot, or cover to aid them in their fight. Players will need to think tactically about when to use this as opponents will be able to hear the breaking doors if they are close by.View some Mercanries screenshots in our gallery below: Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoft Credit: Ubisoftlast_img read more

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Beres Hammond’s “Never Ending” lands at Number One on …

first_imgJamaica’s legendary crooner Beres Hammond, OJ, is back at number one just one week after his new album was released on the VP Records label. Hammond’s new album, “Never Ending,” debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Chart and was also number one on iTunes in the US, UK and Japan, within the first hour of its release. Hammond, 63, last week participated in a whirlwind promotional tour, that included media and consumer events in Jamaica, Florida and New York. Highlights included a live radio simulcast/unveiling hosted by the RJRGleaner Group, in store meet and greet events at VP Records retail outlets in Miramar, Florida and Jamaica, New York and a Today at Apple appearance at the SoHo, New York location, where Hammond was interviewed by journalist Rob Kenner of Mass Appeal.  Hundreds of fans got to meet the singer and receive autographed copies of the CD and LP.  “Never Ending” is Hammond’s third #1 album on the Billboard reggae chart. It was preceded by “A Moment in Time,” released in 2008 and “One Love, One Life,” released in 2012.  Over the span of his three-decade career, the legendary singer has obtained 8 Top 10 hits on the Billboard Reggae Chart, including “In Control,” “Love From A Distance,” “A Day in the Life,” “Music is Life”’ and “The Ultimate Collection: Beres Hammond.” A forthcoming video for “Land of Sunshine” will be released in the coming months.  “Beres Hammond continues to make music that is timeless and the ‘Never Ending’ album is no different,” said Christopher Chin, CEO of VP Records. “We are delighted that the album has debuted at number one in the U.S. and even more excited to share this great music with the world.”last_img read more

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Yet another radio station shut down in Gambia

first_imgA fourth radio station in Gambia was shut down late on Sunday by authorities, media sources said.According to six plain clothes security agents who arrived at Paradise FM slightly before 23:00 GMT, the order to stop broadcasting was from the ministry of information, sources said.They however did not provide any official documents or give a reason for the closure.Several hours prior, the station had spoken at length to an opposition spokesperson, Halifa Sallah, as well as to a ruling party spokesperson, Yankuba Colley.The tiny West African nation has been thrown into a political turmoil after the country’s long-serving President Yahya Jammeh lost December presidential election.Jammeh rejected the results saying he would not cede power to opponent Adama Barrow and filing a court challenge in a case that will be heard on January 10.Three other radio stations have been ordered off air in similar circumstances so far in January, with only one of them – Afri Radio – later allowed to continue broadcasts on the condition it plays only music.last_img read more

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Zimbabwe accuses mobile phone operator Econet of money laundering

first_imgZimbabwe vice president’s wife arrested for suspected fraud, money laundering Zanzibar launches anti-money laundering law Talk Africa:Mobile money securitycenter_img Zimbabwean police have issued a warrant against the largest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless to hand over a list of its mobile money transactions and subscribers because authorities suspect it of involvement in money laundering, according to the warrant.President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government has already suspended some of Econet’s mobile money transactions. Authorities last month also halted all trade on the local stock exchange.In the search warrant issued on Friday night and seen by Reuters, police accused Econet of creating fictitious mobile money and converting it to cash to facilitate purchasing foreign currency on the black market and taking the money out of Zimbabwe.The central bank has made similar accusations before, which Econet has denied.A senior Econet official, who declined to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the media, said the government Econet would challenge the move in court.A spokesman for the company said he could not immediately comment.The police ordered Econet to provide a list of all subscribers, mobile money transactions and financial statements covering Jan. 2 to June 30 this year “for the purpose of investigating or detecting a case of money laundering.”Police spokesman Andrew Phiri declined to comment.Zimbabwe has alarmed investors with its decision to suspend the stock exchange.Mnangagwa’s ruling ZANU-PF party has asked the government to de-list Old Mutual’s local unit from the Zimbabwe stock exchange, accusing it of fanning the foreign currency black market.The Zimbabwe dollar, which was brought back last year without any foreign or gold reserves, is in freefall, fuelling inflation to more than 700%.Relatedlast_img read more

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Baltic Exchange Launches New Ship Operating Expenses Assessment

first_img“The Baltic Operating Expense Index is intended to providetransparency to the fluctuations in running costs. Daily operating costs areone of the variables used by shipping investors to calculate the profitabilityand residual value of their assets. We already provide independent freight,sale & purchase and recycling assessments. With the addition of operationalexpenses assessments, shipping investors now have a complete toolkit to managetheir risk and aide their decision process.” Sea News, September 12 The Baltic Exchange has launched a new assessment to trackthe cost of operating vessels. Initially covering a range of dry bulk vessels,the service will also be expanded to tankers and other sectors. Baltic Exchange ChiefExecutive Mark Jackson said: Each panel member will submit four numbers, expressed in USDper day. Three will be combined to produce the BOI: Handysize:38,200mt dwt at draft 10.538m SSW, built in “first class competitive yard”,47,125cbm grain, LOA 180m, beam 29.8m, 5 holds, 5 hatches, 4 x 30mt cranes. Notice classed, not scrubber fitted, 5 years old & special survey passed. The assessments will be available on www.balticexchange.comto subscribers to Baltic Exchange market information services. Supramax: 58,328mt dwt on 12.80m draft SSW built in “first class competitive yard”. LOA189.99m, Beam 32.26m, 72,360 cbm grain, 5 holds/hatches, 4 x 30mt cranes with 4x 12cbm grabs. Not ice classed, not scrubber fitted, 5 years old & specialsurvey passed. The Baltic Operating Expense Index (BOI) will be publishedquarterly and based on assessments from three leading independent third-partyship management companies: Anglo-Eastern, Columbia Shipmanagement and FleetManagement. Collectively they manage a fleet of over 1,800 vessels. Additionalcompanies are expected to join the panel in the future and a residual pricecalculation added later this year.center_img The vessels initially assessed are: The fourth, an assessment of a five year Drydock cost, willbe amortised over five years to give a USD/day price, but published separatelyand will not contribute to BOI. Panamax: 82,500mt dwt built in “first class competitive yard”, 97,000cbm grain, LOA 229m,draft 14.43m. Not ice classed, not scrubber fitted, 5 years old & specialsurvey passed. Assessments will be provided quarterly. Q4 2018 and Q1 andQ2 2019 assessments are available following a recent trial. Q3 2019 assessmentswill be published on 17 October. Crew (USD per day, including all fees)Technical ((USD per day, including all fees)Insurance (USD per day, including all fees andrebates) Capesize: 180,000mt dwt built in “first class competitive yard”, 199,000cbm grain, LOA 290m,beam 45m, draft 18.2m SSW. Not ice classed, not scrubber fitted, 5 years old& special survey passed. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

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2017 Regional Baseball Preview: Medina Bees

first_img Tony Bogan is a 2010 graduate of Shaker Heights High School. He covers high school sports in and around the Cleveland area, and has done part-time college basketball play-by-play for Cuyahoga Community College. Related Topics Tony Bogancenter_img Medina is making their fifth regional appearance overall and first since 2011. The Bees come into the Regional with a record of 18-12, but are officially 15-15, as they had to forfeit three games earlier in the season. They finished up conference play in a tie for third place at 7-6. Regardless of record, the Bees have been playing really well as of late, winning nine of their last ten games, the lone loss being to Solon in the Greater Cleveland Conference championship.“This team has put in many hours of work in the weight room, batting cage and on the field.” said Medina head coach Nick Kaplack.“Our goal midseason was to make it to regionals. We had the pieces and parts, but we just had to get them working together.” said Kaplack. “We play a really tough schedule. Five of the eight teams in the Greater Cleveland Conference made it to the district final and three of them are in the regionals.” he added.Kaplack also credited his seniors for emerging at different capacities in the game.Medina has a couple of familiar opponents in this regional, the first being Avon, who they will play against on Thursday. They lost to them 4-3 on April 21st.UPDATEBB: The Regional Semifinal game for today has been postponed until tomorrow. Time to TBA. Stay tuned. @Medinabaseball— Medina Athletics (@medinaathletics) May 25, 2017Should they get past Avon on Thursday, they have a potential rematch in the wings with Strongsville, a team that they have played three times already, winning the most recent one, 7-6, on May 8th.Medina pulled off a rare feat to get to regionals, defeating all three of the top seeds to win the Barberton District.Medina has a few of offensive standouts, the first being senior catcher Trace Peterson. The Lake Erie College commit is batting .493 on the season, with seven doubles, two triples, four home runs, and 4o RBI.Junior Hunter Havekost is hitting .406 with five doubles, a triple, 15 RBI, and recently set a school record with 38 runs scored.Senior Cade Pipoly is hitting .407 with eleven doubles, two triples, 19 RBI and seven stolen bases. He also excels on the mound as well, posting a 3-1 record, a .95 ERA, two saves and seventeen strikeouts.Two other pitchers to watch out for are senior Chris Fryer, who has a 5-1 record and an ERA of 2.08. He has one save on the year and leads the team with 36 strikeouts and two complete games.Senior pitcher John Curtis, who also played quarterback for the Bees, is 3-2 with a 2.26 ERA and 27 strikeouts to go with two complete games.**Check out our preview of the Avon Eagles here.**last_img read more

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Webb given more time to pay debt to U.S. government

first_imgEMBATTLED former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb has been given more time to pay on debts owed to the United States government stemming from an asset forfeiture agreement.As part of a plea with U.S. authorities in the much publicised FIFA corruption case Webb was expected to complete another US$1.7 million repayment to authorities by the end of this month.The majority of the amount, around US$1.43 million was deposited into the U.S. government’s Seized Asset Deposit Fund last June, leaving another US$270 000 outstanding.The amounts have been garnered from the sale of Webb’s properties in Georgia. However, according to documents presented in court earlier this week the former CONCACAF boss’ attorney pointed to two failed deals as responsible for a further payment delay.“While Mr Webb’s realtor located serious buyers for three of these four properties in Georgia last year, only one of these properties remains in sale negotiations,” Webb’s attorney Ernie Gao told the court.“Sale negotiations for the other two properties fell through in December 2017, due to certain unforeseen circumstances; one buyer was unable to obtain bank financing to fund the purchase, while the sale of the other property could not close after conditions were discovered that needed to be modified.”The prosecution did not object to giving Webb until July 23 to complete the payment. As part of his November 2015 guilty plea in the FIFA investigation, Webb agreed to forfeit a total of US$6.7 million in cash assets and property, which included a 9,851-square-foot home in Loganville, Georgia.His sentencing date is currently set for March 7. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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