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‘Mosaic of obstruction’ building around Trump, GOP

first_imgWe have also learned that Trump has demanded political/personal loyalty from not one but three key individuals in the investigation — former FBI director James Comey, former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe (Trump asked whom he voted for and tried to fire him) and now, we learn, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.Trump reportedly asked Rosenstein whether he was part of Trump’s team — at the very time Rosenstein is overseeing the Russia investigation. Moreover, Trump had a meltdown when he learned Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the Russia probe. Trump demanded to know who would be his “Roy Cohn” at the Justice Department. He has never stopped searching for one.All of these attempts to extract promises to act as Trump’s political protector rather than to follow their oaths of office seem to be powerful evidence of Trump’s “corrupt intent.”Taking a step back, the Nunes lunacy concerning release of the memo may well do more harm to Republicans and implicate both the White House and Nunes himself.Constitutional lawyer Laurence H. Tribe says, “Both the President’s release of the memo despite the warning of FBI Director (Christopher) Wray and the actions of Nunes in concocting a phony smear of Rosenstein seem to me to be important parts of an ongoing conspiracy to obstruct justice.”Ethics guru Norm Eisen agrees. The New York Times reports that the former spokesman for the Trump legal team, Mark Corallo, plans to tell the special counsel about a conference call with Trump and Hope Hicks in which she promised the incriminating emails concerning the Trump Tower meeting with Russians in June 2016 would never get out.(Hicks has herself been interviewed and is in legal peril if she did not tell the truth.) Hicks’s counsel denies the claim. If she said this, her actions might evidence a plan to destroy evidence or impede the investigation.Moreover, she may have given Trump confidence to cook up a phony explanation for the meeting. Corallo seems to have been the only honest man in sight.According to the report, he cut short the conversation, informed the lawyers, wrote down notes and also told Stephen Bannon about the call. Then he quit.In other words, he seems to have everything humanly possible to leave investigators a brightly lit trail of possible evidence. Categories: Editorial, OpinionRepublican antics concerning the memo drafted by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., threaten to damage our national security, the FBI and the entire congressional oversight process.Meanwhile, President Donald Trump faces a constant drip-drip-drip of new revelations giving heft to a possible obstruction-of-justice charge. “Dissemination of false information to target prosecutors and investigators (Rosenstein and others here) can be part of the mosaic of obstruction,” he says.“And while Nunes has speech and debate immunity, that may not extend to colluding far from the floor of Congress, at the White House, to help the president interfere with the Mueller investigation.”Eisen, together with Noah Bookbinder, Caroline Fredrickson and Kristin Amerling, has now released a handy guide to the entire scheme to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller III and the investigation.The authors find that a multitude of allegations thrown around by Trump and his lackeys — each easily debunked — do not show Mueller to be compromised.However, they write:“Collectively, they amount to one of the most sustained smear campaigns against honest government officials since Senator Joe McCarthy’s attacks of the 1950s.“We address them collectively in this report because a pattern has emerged of the President and/or his enablers making wild allegations, dominating a media cycle, then pivoting away as the falsity of the claims emerge. “Rather than defending the spurious attacks, after a short interval, a new and baseless charge is launched, and the vicious cycle is repeated.“We think the pattern is highly relevant to the credibility of each new charge relating to the (special counsel)-the latest coming in the form of the Nunes memo-and that it is important for a rebuttal of them all to be on the record.”Trump and Nunes can create a cloud of confusion and feed the Fox News state TV programming beast, but Trump has left himself wide open (with a slew of witnesses) to a charge of obstruction.Nunes is making Trump’s predicament worse in that regard; he’s inadvertently demonstrating the lengths to which Republicans, and not only Trump, will go to protect Trump from legal and political peril.This is unlikely to end well for Nunes, Trump or the GOP.Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Washington Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

PCR tests remain gold standard, but many factors affect results

first_img“PCR tests show the best results within the first three days of the onset of symptoms – if patients show any symptoms at all – because that’s when the viral load is believed to be at the highest level,” said Maria Lucia Inge Lusida, a professor of clinical microbiology at Airlangga University (Unair).”The longer the period between symptom onset and the administration of the test, the lesser the viral load becomes and the higher the chances are for negative results,” added Inge, who leads the university’s Institute of Tropical Diseases.The PCR testing process also requires well-trained personnel, and the scarcity of such medical professionals has been cited as a reason for Indonesia’s low testing rate.Aryati, a clinical pathology professor from Unair who chairs the Indonesian Association of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Specialists (PDS PatKLIn), said the testing work required great attention to detail, from taking the samples properly to pipetting materials and processing the tests.”Without caution, there could be contamination,” she said.The machine settings and the reagents used can also affect test results. Different machines target different sets of genes that belong to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and some genes degrade more quickly than others, causing variations in detectability over time, Aryati said. She added that some genes were found in other strains of the virus as well.The BIN and experts have highlighted the cycle threshold, or CT value. PCR tests amplify samples’ genetic matter in cycles to bring indicators of the virus to a detectable threshold. A lower CT value means fewer cycles were required to identify the virus, suggesting a higher viral load.PCR machines in Indonesia set varying limits on the cycles, ranging between 31 and 45, but many in the country are set at a cutoff of 40 cycles, according to experts.If the virus is not identified within the specified number of cycles, the test result is negative. If the virus is found within the cycle limit, the result is positive.”The BIN has set the limit higher than other institutions, as seen through the CT value of its real-time PCR. The lower threshold is 35, but to avoid misdetection of asymptomatic cases, the BIN has increased the limit to 40,” Wawan of the BIN said.Aryati, however, said results from different PCR settings, including CT cutoffs, could not be compared so easily. She said that if the CT value was set at 31 in a device with a maximum of 31.5, then if the same sample were tested using a device with a maximum of 40 or 45, the CT value should be around 39 or 44 respectively, a similar proximity to the maximum threshold.A low CT value, which could indicate a high viral load, is associated with a person being more infectious and vice versa. Some studies of viral cultures have found that CT values higher than 34 or 35 were much less likely to be cultured, meaning they were no longer likely to be infectious.Read also: Use antigen tests for screening but with cautionNoting that the complexity of PCR tests could affect public trust in test results, experts have urged people to leave the interpretation to medical professionals and have emphasized that PCR tests remain the gold standard in detecting the virus despite the possibilities of false negatives and positives.Inge said that while they were not perfect, PCR tests were the best means of detecting the virus for now.”There needs to be routine quality control of labs […] There are many new labs, and without such control, we won’t know their performance,” she said.The head of the Health Ministry’s research and development body, Slamet, did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.Topics : “There are some factors that can affect differences in swab test [results]. They include the machine’s condition, the time of the test, the patient’s condition and testing kit quality,” the agency’s spokesperson Wawan Hari Purwanto said in a statement.Read also: No PCR tests: What you need to know about new discharge criteriaExperts told The Jakarta Post it would only be fair to compare test results if samples were taken at the same time and were sent to different labs that had the same PCR settings.Indonesia operates some 263 labs for COVID-19 testing, and they have a variety of machines and testing kits. But even before samples reach labs, certain variations can affect results, including when and how samples are taken, transported and stored. While recent reports have called the reliability of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests into question, experts agree that they remain the best tests for COVID-19 but acknowledge that various factors affect results.Recently, the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), whose significant involvement in the country’s pandemic response has raised questions and criticism from civil society organizations, rejected a report by Tempo magazine that its PCR tests were inaccurate.The BIN, which has received Rp 5.57 trillion of the COVID-19 response budget, said false positives and negatives were found in other countries as well and that several factors affected test results among different labs.last_img read more

EC offering grant for pilot stage of pension tracking service

first_imgA spokeswoman for the European Commission told IPE that it took on board the outcome of the TTYPE project’s work in deciding to pursue the cross-border ETS.Although the commission is offering initial support to those wishing to set up an ETS, it is not taking responsibility for its implementation or running, according to the spokeswoman.The funding is to help stakeholders with implementing the pilot stage of the ETS only. The call for proposals is therefore aimed at stakeholders “who would take full ownership of the ETS and have a long-term strategy for its full roll-out”.Only one proposal will receive a financial grant from the EU. This is not allowed to exceed 80% of the total “eligible costs of the action”, with applicants needing to guarantee financing the remainder from other sources.The total budget earmarked for the EU’s contribution is estimated at €2.5m. Funding can be for activities such as “actions aiming at the creation and improving of networks”, digital infrastructure development, conferences and seminars, and/or analytical studies, according to the commission’s document.The TTYPE consortium had calculated that, after deducting membership fees of €3m, around €17m would be needed in the first five years to cover the costs of developing, connecting, and running the ETS.Case for ETS ‘reinforced’The European Commission proposed the establishment of an ETS for pensions in a white paper in 2012. In its call for proposals document it said that developments since then, such as the IORP II Directive, had “reinforced” the case for cross-border tracking services.According to the document, the pilot stage of the ETS should cover at least five EU member states or other countries deemed eligible, and “offer functionality that allows users to find their former supplementary pension funds in the participating countries”.It should be designed in a way that would allow it to be subsequently rolled out to more countries and with more functionality, and the strategy should focus on making the ETS financially self-sustainable after full roll-out.Where possible, the ETS should include information on statutory and/or personal pensions, although the main focus should be on occupational pensions, the commission said.Information provided by the ETS should be compatible with the pension information provisions of the Supplementary Pension Rights Directives and the IORP II Directive “and offer pension providers a cost-effective tool for fulfilling their information duties”.The call for proposals can be found here. The European Commission is taking applications for providers interested in setting up a European tracking service for pensions.Launched last month, the call for proposals delivers on a commitment made by the Commission last year to offer initial support to stakeholders looking to set up a European Tracking Service (ETS).Applications can be submitted until the end of May.In June last year a consortium of European pension providers presented a business plan for a cross-border ETS, called Track and Trace Your Pension in Europe (TTYPE). The providers said such a service would take six years to break even and so would initially be reliant on grants from the commission.last_img read more

When Stokehouse’s executive chef isn’t thinking about the menu he’s dreaming about an island home

first_imgStokehouse executive chef Richard Ousby loves his home at Stafford but wouldn’t mind living in an island home.WHETHER it’s a renovated cottage or a brick and tile house, Queenslanders love their real estate and talking about their homes. Stokehouse executive chef Richard Ousby talks about his. FIRST HOME “We love space so our dream home would be out west with big sweeping verandas with large rattan chairs placed along it to sit and sip a cuppa and watch the sun fall into the evening.’’ FANTASY HOME “The first house we brought was in Stafford in 2011, it was $395,000, We negotiated the price unseen after my wife Kristy’s parents had been hunting for us. We were living in Sydney at the time and were planning our return home. We turned up to sign the purchase documents and see it for the first time. We loved the layout, the style and character of Queenslander-style houses and this one had it in spades.’’ RENO YOU NEED TO SEE TO BELIEVE “We are still in our first house at Stafford and just love it.’’ QUEENSLAND DREAM HOMEcenter_img “I was just in Port Douglas and I saw an island I would not mind getting my hands on.’’ More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago CURRENT HOMElast_img read more

Indiana State Police veteran to lead Scott County Sheriff’s Department

first_imgScottsburg, In. — Indiana State Police Sgt. Jerry Goodin, a 27 year veteran of the Indiana State Police, is embarking on a new career as the Scott County Sheriff.A native of Austin, Jerry Goodin began his career with the Indiana State Police in 1991while assigned to the Lowell District.  Appointed to patrol duties in the Lowell area, Goodin was also part of a criminal interdiction team, working alongside Gary City Police Department officers before transferring to his home post in Sellersburg.In Sellersburg, Goodin was assigned patrol duties and later as an undercover officer before being promoted to Squad Sergeant.  During his time at Sellersburg, he was chosen as a co-recipient of the 1999 Problem Oriented State Police Officer of the Year award, and in 2004, was promoted to serve as the Sellersburg Post Public Information Officer.  While in the Public Information Office, he received the Life-Saving Award, the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal, and numerous other commendations.  Goodin has appeared on national news shows, TV documentaries, and countless local outlets, discussing Indiana State Police cases, natural disaster responses, and other police-related topics.Always an advocate for enhanced police/community relations, Goodin has appeared at state and national conferences, discussing police problems and trends, and teaching various safety classes.  In 2009 he conducted a weeks-long civilian senior citizens academy, educating senior citizens on the capabilities of the Indiana State Police.  In 2006 he also participated in the Indiana police response to Hurricane Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi.Goodin and his family reside in Scott County where he was recently elected as Sheriff.  He will assume office on January 1, 2019.last_img read more

Ireland ease to victory

first_imgClark McAllister scored twice as Ireland defeated Belgium 34-0 at Carlisle Grounds in Bray on Saturday. James Kelly opened the scoring for the Wolfhounds but failed to convert his own try before Ireland captain Casey Dunne crossed. Kelly converted that effort but missed from the tee after McAllister’s first try of the game. Anthony Leifi’s score then put the hosts 18-0 up at half-time. After the break, McAllister added his second with Kelly adding the extras before Rob Armstrong went over in the corner. Kelly again missed the conversion but it was of little consequence as Belgium were unable to break the Irish line, with the hosts finishing off with a try by prop Curtis Stewart, which Kelly converted. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

’08 loss still haunts UW

first_imgWisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien will try and lead the Badgers to a win over Michigan after UW dropped last season\’s game.[/media-credit]In many ways, Saturday’s game between Wisconsin and Michigan is the biggest game of the year for the Badgers, one that players have had circled on the calendar since the beginning.One of those players in particular is senior captain and defensive end O’Brien Schofield, who mentioned the importance of the game following UW’s 31-28 win at Indiana.Head coach Bret Bielema was not surprised when told the Michigan game has been on Schofield’s radar for a while, especially after the result against the Wolverines a year ago.“To be in the situation we were at half(time) and to finish that game out the way it did, leaves a very bad taste, and then we all know what happened after that,” Bielema said. “We’ve battled our tails off to get to where we are right now, and Michigan is the next opportunity. And to have them here for senior day, I’m sure it is special for OB.”Schofield is one of 22 seniors who will be honored at Camp Randall Stadium before Saturday’s 11 a.m. kickoff. As a fifth-year senior Schofield also is one of 12 players remaining from the Barry Alvarez era.The other 11 fifth-year guys are: defensive lineman Dan Cascone, tight end Garrett Graham, defensive back William Hartmann, defensive lineman Jordan Hein, wide receiver Richard Kirtley, linebacker Jaevery McFadden, defensive back Prince Moody, quarterback Dustin Sherer, defensive lineman Jeff Stehle, wide receiver Elijah Theus and long snapper Drew Woodward.“This fifth-year senior class is a little bit unusual from the standpoint when these guys came in, I was on staff, but I didn’t know, and they didn’t know, that I was going to be the head coach,” Bielema said. “And so they were brought in with the idea of playing for Coach Alvarez.”On the field, Wisconsin hopes to avenge last year’s 27-25 loss in Ann Arbor, one that started the Badgers on a four-game losing streak to open the Big Ten season.And while the Wolverines are just 1-5 in the conference and 5-5 overall, the importance of the game is no less than it usually is when the two teams square off.“I’m excited; Michigan was one of my top choices before choosing Wisconsin,” wide receiver Nick Toon said of the game. “It’s always kind of a big game for me. I’ve got some friends on the Michigan side, so it’s a bit of a rivalry game for me.”After last week’s 123-yard performance at Indiana, Toon hopes to continue such success in the Badgers’ final home game against the Wolverines.Toon also is one player in particular who hopes for some redemption from last year’s game, in which he dropped what could have been his first career touchdown when he laid out for a ball that he believes he could have caught more easily had he run through it.“Obviously, you know, we should have won that game,” Toon said. “We didn’t come out and do what we needed to do in the second half to win the game, but hopefully that tough loss can carry over as positive energy for us in this game this week.”One of the biggest challenges for the UW offense will be defensive end Brandon Graham, who wreaked havoc in the Badgers’ backfield last year, especially in the second half.Graham ranks fifth in the Big Ten with 6.5 sacks and is second behind Schofield with 17 tackles for loss.“He definitely stands out on the field,” quarterback Scott Tolzien said. “The guy makes plays, he disrupts stuff, you know, it will be a little bit of a priority for us in the game plan. But I feel confident if everyone stays focused and is on their assignments that we can contain him.”On the other side of the ball, the key of course is Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier.The Wolverines’ freshman is 10th in the Big Ten in both passing yards per game and total offense with 163.6 and 188.2 yards per game, respectively.According to Bielema, Forcier is a guy the Badgers are very familiar with.“Tate Forcier, he came to our camp. I remember him being out there,” Bielema said. “When I watched him, I was like ‘this kid has got some ability.’ … I think he can make plays both with his feet, with his arm, and then all just mentally he’s one of those kind of guys.”last_img read more

Star signings likely to line out for Man Utd this weekend.

first_imgShaw was a €35-million summer signing from Southampton.He has recovered from a hamstring injury suffered in pre-season.Louis van Gaal is also set to hand debuts to deadline day signings Daley Blind and Falcao when QPR visit Old Trafford on Sunday.last_img

Chelsea seek win

first_imgThey’re away to West Brom.In contrast, title rivals Manchester City would maintain a 100-percent start with a victory at Everton.Everton manager Roberto Martinez says they have to be at their best Watford play Southampton in today’s other game.last_img

Amelco launches FinXpress Bitcoin product

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Amelco continues international expansion with Colorado licence July 2, 2020 Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 Cloudbet elevates UFC 250 offering with in-play markets June 5, 2020 Submit Share Sports betting software and trading services provider, Amelco, will now allow its customers to wager bets on the fluctuations of cryptocurrency through the launch of its new Bitcoin betting product, FinXpress.The new product has been developed in order to complement Amelco’s already existing betting features, set to be operable as an extension to the singular platform used by sportsbooks. Users will be able to wager bets on the short-term fluctuations of the currency.Commenting on the launch, Amelco’s Head of Global Financial Products, Justin Head, said:“We are very excited to be launching FinXpress, an entirely new type of side-bet that will keep punters entertained during betting lulls.“Compulsive viewing and engaging, it is user-friendly and has no hidden extras – simply offering broker-free betting fun on the volatility of cryptocurrency.“The best part is that Bitcoin never sleeps, so punters can have a simple, affordable bet whenever they fancy, with the chance to know if they’ve won in as short as a minute.”Punters will also be able to wager bets on other financial markers, including currency, oil, and gold. Amelco has expressed that its new product will offer “a completely new way to bet on the financial markets”.last_img read more