Pasadena Congressman Named An Impeachment Manager in Senate Trial of President Trump

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) via FacebookOn Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi named Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena) an impeachment manager in the Senate trial of Donald Trump.“The House of Representatives was compelled by our duty to Constitution and country to hold President Trump accountable for his wrongdoing. President Trump abused the power of his office by pressing a foreign government to interfere in our elections, while withholding a highly sought-after White House meeting and vital military aid to an ally at war with Russia. When he was caught, President Trump obstructed – in an unprecedented and sweeping fashion – the House impeachment inquiry,” Schiff said in a prepared statement.The charges stem from a phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In that call, Trump asks for “a favor” regarding an Internet server reportedly containing missing emails authored by 2016 Democratic nominee and former Trump opponent Hillary Clinton and an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter.At the time, Trump was withholding nearly $400 million in congressionally approved military aid to Ukraine, which is presently at war with Russia.Ironically, Joe Rogan who Schiff defeated in 2000, served as an impeachment manager in the Clinton impeachment.Schiff represents Pasadena, Glendale and Burbank.Trump’s impeachment was almost a foregone conclusion from the time he was sworn in. Less than a month into his term, he was under investigation for colluding with Russian President Vladimir Putin to turn the 2016 election in his direction.“I am humbled by the responsibility of serving as the lead House Manager in the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, and thank Speaker Pelosi for the trust she has placed in me and our team. It is a solemn responsibility and one that I will undertake with the seriousness that the task requires,” Schiff said in the statement.Trump is the third US president to be impeached. Andrew Johnson of Tennessee and Bill Clinton of Arkansas were also impeached but neither was removed from office.In 1973, three articles of impeachment were drafted against President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress. Nixon resigned before a formal vote on the House floor after being told there were enough votes to remove him from office. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newscenter_img Top of the News Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Government Pasadena Congressman Named An Impeachment Manager in Senate Trial of President Trump Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 12:48 pm Business News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 8 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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Zack Greinke cruises as Dodgers beat Arizona Diamondbacks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PHOENIX — Zack Greinke threw eight sharp innings, Yasiel Puig and Scott Van Slyke homered and the Dodgers added to their mastery of Arizona with a 7-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Friday night.Los Angeles improved to 8-1 against Arizona this season, and the Dodgers are 15-19 against everybody else.Greinke (7-1), in his longest outing of the season, allowed two or fewer runs for the 21st consecutive game, the longest such streak in the majors since at least 1914. He gave up five hits, struck out six, walked two and had an RBI double.Puig had three hits and drove in two runs. He and Van Slyke hit solo homers off Wade Miley (3-4) as the Diamondbacks fell to 4-16 at Chase Field. The bottom of the Los Angeles order accounted for two runs in the fourth. Van Slyke led off with a double, then scored on A.J. Ellis’ single. Greinke followed with an RBI double to the gap in left-center. They were the first RBIs of the season for Ellis and Greinke.Van Slyke hit Miley’s first pitch in the sixth high off the batter’s eye in center field, far above the 407-foot sign and it was 4-0.Los Angeles got two runs off reliever Randall Delgado in the seventh. Puig singled and scored when Hanley Ramirez doubled. Matt Kemp brought Ramirez home with a fielder’s choice.The Dodgers added an unearned run in the eighth when shortstop Chris Owings, trying to nab speedy Dee Gordon for a double play, threw the ball 10 rows into the seats above the Los Angeles dugout.Gordon scored from first on Puig’s double.In the ninth, umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled that Miguel Montero had beaten out an infield hit but the Dodgers challenged and the call was reversed on review.Also …The Dodgers have won 15 of the last 19 games against the Diamondbacks. … Puig has 33 RBIs. … Miley has allowed 10 home runs, most of any Arizona starter. … The Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt struck out three times. … Arizona’s 17-year-old minor league pitcher Argeny Hiciano has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance. … The Dodgers send LHP Clayton Kershaw (2-0, 1.74 ERA) to the mound Saturday, while Arizona’s Chase Anderson (1-0, 1.69) makes his second major-league start, first at home.center_img Van Slyke is 7 for 16 in his career against Miley with four home runs, three this year.Puig extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games.Brian Wilson, who entered the game with a 10.22 ERA, pitched the ninth to complete the shutout.The Diamondbacks have not led in any of their six home games against Los Angeles, two of them in Sydney, Australia, to open the season. Miley gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.Puig got the Dodgers going with a drive into the right-field seats on a 2-2 pitch from Miley with one out in third. It was his eighth home run of the season.last_img read more

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Telus showcasing home of the future in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Telus is bringing a hint of technology that could be found in homes of the future to the Energetic City this weekend.The Telus Future Home is a showcase of the company’s PureFibre ™ technology, which is being rolled out  in stages to customers in the Fort St. John and Charlie Lake areas. The home demonstrates innovative concepts in communications technology that could change the way we live and interact.The home has several technology features, some that are currently available and others that are purely demonstrative, including:Facial recognition software with a biometric security system that allows keyless entry to the home.A smart fridge and smart cooktop that can plan meals, provide step-by-step cooking instructions, and calculate the nutritional value of a meal.A home office with an interactive touch table allowing you to virtually connect to your doctor’s office and a home gym that brings the trainer, virtually to you.Home monitoring sensors and cameras that can remotely check on the home’s occupants, as well as even plants with a smartphone.A health monitor which conducts full body medical assessments, review vitals, and share key information with their medical professionals from the comfort of home.A home entertainment system that features 4K Ultra HD Optik TV displayed on a 78” Samsung Curved UHD TV.- Advertisement -Telus recently announced that it is investing $18 million in Fort St. John and a further $10 million in Dawson Creek to connect local homes and businesses in the region to their PureFibre ™ network.Acting Mayor Gord Klassen and Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer both made announcements praising the infrastructure upgrades that Telus are making in the North Peace, saying that not only does the improved internet connectivity provide a quality of life increase for residents, it is also a huge boost for medical and education facilities in the city. Klassen said that the city is excited about the possibilities that the fibre optic internet can bring to area schools for kids to learn. He also says that area businesses stand to benefit immensely from the improved reliability and bandwidth that the faster internet will bring to the area.The Telus Future Home is open to the public between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. until Sunday. The home is set up in the Petron Cellular parking lot, located at 11315 Alaska Rd. South, before heading to Dawson Creek next Thursday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Is SETI Morphing Its Mission?

first_imgLook at the mission statement at the website of the SETI Institute: “The mission of the SETI Institute is to explore, understand and explain the origin, nature, and prevalence of life in the universe.”  What happened to the aliens?  The word “intelligence” is not found in their mission statement.  It sounds indistinguishable from the mission of Astrobiology (which does not care whether the life is intelligent).  A look at the dozen activity boxes on the home page only reveals two or three that seem clearly relevant to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.    Further indications that the SETI Institute is morphing its mission into a bigger tent can be seen in the News links: a report on the Leonid meteor shower (this is about planetary science, not SETI); an interview about the ethics of space exploration (that’s human space exploration, not Star Wars); an interview with a young scientist studying extremophiles in salt ponds on earth (that’s regular biology); and an airship-based investigation of climate change (that’s political science – 11/26/2009).  Only at the bottom of the column is there one clear article about SETI.    For some reason, Space.com dropped its link to weekly news articles from the SETI Institute.  These used to be clearly noted on the top title bar.  “SETI Thursday” is gone.  The last two articles did not deal with SETI: Sept. 2009 dealt with the institute’s “Adopt a Scientist” program, and Oct. 2009 was a review of the movie 2012..  The link Space.com/SETI only lists previous articles.    The SETI project has long been lampooned in some quarters (notably the Senate; 04/17/2006 and 11/18/2005 commentaries) but supported with almost religious fervor in others (09/24/2005, 06/03/2006).  Carl Sagan used to promote the search as the noblest ambition of the human species.  It’s not clear why Space.com and the SETI Institute appear to be downplaying SETI at this time.Who knows; perhaps the economy has affected funding and, like a private company, they feel the need to diversify.  Perhaps Paul Allen is re-evaluating his charitable contributions (10/12/2007).  Perhaps the public is losing interest in SETI after 50 years of failure to find anybody out there.  Or perhaps SETI advocates are smarting from accusations that they are using intelligent-design methods inconsistent with their Darwinian world view (see 12/03/2005 and this Brett Miller cartoon).  Astrobiology is a bigger, warmer tent.  The life can be microbes on planet Xircon Z589 and an astrobiologist will be happy.    That was not, however, the mission of SETI.  Jimmy Carter wrote on the Voyager record that “We hope, someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations.”  SETI scientists don’t want to join a community of slime (do they?); they want to talk with sentient beings like ourselves.  Has SETI become impolitic again?  For the time being, discretion seems to be calling the SETI Institute to de-emphasize its raison d’etre and pretend to be regular scientists – studying earth life, meteors, climate, extrasolar planets, and normal astronomy.    If their mission has changed, so should their acronym: SETL, the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life.  Or SET: the Search for Extra-Terrestrial whatever.  Or SE: the Search for Extra whatever.  Or just S: Search.  You don’t need radio telescopes for that.  Google is free – and you’ll find lots of aliens.(Visited 81 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A monkey first in South Africa

first_imgThe unique colobus monkey is a big hitwith visitors at the wild life park. Parrots are just some of the 27 exotic birdspecies found at Mystic Monkey’s andFeathers Zoo. A mother and baby white rhino spottedduring a game drive at Genius Loci. Zuba, a cub born to one of the lions at theGame Ranch.(Images: Genius Loci)Khanyi MagubaneBoasting one of South Africa’s largest collections of primate species, the Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park is not a typical zoo in the city.Its animals live unconstrained and are able to move around freely in their natural habitat.Based at the Genius Loci Game Ranch in the Limpopo province, the wildlife park is home to 33 primate species and it has a large collection of chimpanzees, and it also has 27 different types of exotic birds and rarely seen animals such as lemurs and sloths.Some of the birds found in the wildlife park include variations of toucan, cockatoo, macaw and eclectus birds.History made at the parkThe unique wildlife park recently made headlines after it welcomed its second baby monkey on 13 July, born to an exotic Angolan colobus monkey Kiki.The first colobus monkey(Colobus guereza) to be born in South Africa was Essie, to her Angolan mother Zeta in April.Zani Olivier, the wild park’s marketing manager, says they are excited by the arrival of the two babies. “We are very excited, because these two baby monkeys born here, are the only ones of their type in South Africa.”As Olivier explains, when the colobus monkey is born, its fur is first white in colour, which then darkens to a grey and after three months, the young animal starts developing the black and white fur, this she says, makes them very unique.The name colobus is derived from the Greek word meaning, mutilated, as unlike other species of monkeys, the colobus monkey doesn’t have thumbs on its feet or hands.Other interesting features of the colobus monkey are its behavioural patterns.According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), of all African monkeys, the colobus is the only monkey rarely seen on the ground, as it usually suspends itself on a tree.Its movement is usually swinging from tree to tree and it can swing up to 50 feet (15m).“They leap up and then drop downward, falling with outstretched arms and legs to grab the next branch. Their mantle hair and tails are believed to act as a parachute during these long leaps,” reads AWF’s website.Colobus monkeys prefer to live in groups of about five to 10 animals, usually consisting of a dominant male, several females, and their offspring.Essie and the yet to be named newborn monkey, are siblings from the same father Lacoste, a monkey of Angolan origin.Lacoste, Zeta and Kiki were bought from their previous owner in the Czech Republic, although all three were born in Angola.The wild life park was started six years ago when the owner of the Genius Loci, Christa Saayman, started collecting different exotic monkeys and birds as a hobby.However, as her collection grew, Saayman decided to apply for a Nature Conservation Board (NCB) permit to have the animal collection classified as a zoo.The NCB regulates permits for the capture, hosting or hunting of animals, fishing, as well as the growing, exporting or picking of plants and trade in endangered species in South Africa.Healing for animalsOne of the services that they offer at the wild life park is an animal therapy centre.Olivier, Genius Loci’s marketing manager and animal specialist, administers the therapy to those who’ve had traumatic experiences, who suffer from depression, anxiety, anger, neuroticism or even insomnia.During animal therapy, Olivier works on stimulating the endorphin levels, which stimulate the “feel good” hormone serotonin.Adults and kids are encouraged to engage with animals for the therapy to work.Animals used during therapy are horses, monkey, lion and cheetah cubs, birds, cats and dogs.The animal therapy sessions have attracted clients from around the world, and sessions are now offered on a weekend, weekly, or monthly packages.Included in the therapy package are spa treatments at the famous Mangwanani African Spa, which are thought to have a healing element.In addition to the spa treatments, patients who attend the animal therapy sessions are treated to healthy food for the duration of their stay, are encouraged to get plenty of rest and have scheduled contact time with the animals on a therapeutic level.According to Emthunzini (a Zulu word meaning “in the shade”), a non-profit organisation that helps abused children and traumatised animals; animal therapy can have far reaching on humans.“Children who haven’t spoken for years due to trauma have uttered their first words to horses and dolphins.“Those who have been so abused that they are scared to be touched by a human have shown their first sign of emotions and love to animals,” reads their website.According to the organisation, animal assisted therapy has been proven to work for both children and adults in South Africa and other parts of the world.Do you have any comments or queries about this article: Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected]uthafrica.comUseful linksGenius loci Game RanchEmthunzini African Wildlife Foundationlast_img read more

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Oprah’s girls get 100% matric pass

first_imgThe first group of 72 girls to matriculate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls have achieved a 100% pass rate.(Image: panoramio.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy  +27 16 366 9000RELATED ARTICLES • A hefty boost for conservation • Alice Walker to explore Biko ties • Tackling SA’s education challenges • Education goes mobile with Vodacom • South Africa prioritises quality education Wilma den HartighThe first group of 72 girls to matriculate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls have excelled in their national senior certificate exams, achieving a 100% pass rate and 188 distinctions.This is a major accomplishment for the relatively new school, which opened its doors in 2007.All the pupils from the Academy’s pioneer matric class will be attending university or enrolling for another form of tertiary education. Some pupils are pursuing admission to colleges or universities in the US.The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, a girls-only boarding school in Henley on Klip in the south of Johannesburg, was founded by Winfrey, an internationally renowned talk show host and philanthropist.She established the school as part of her dream to provide educational and leadership opportunities tor academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa.The Academy is making a significant contribution by providing a world class education to the country’s young girls.Teachers at the school share Winfrey’s vision of giving girls the opportunities they need to become future leaders in South Africa and the continent.Since starting with grade seven and eight classes, the Academy has added a new high school grade each year. At the end of 2011, the school expected to have more than 300 girls enrolled from grades seven to twelve.Bursaries and scholarshipsIn a media release, the Academy says that several pupils have been awarded full scholarships that cover university fees and residence.Sharlotte Mkansi received a scholarship from the Department of Mining and Energy and will be studying geology and environmental science at the University of Pretoria.Nonhlahla Kgwedi was awarded the Gallagher Scholarship for a degree in medicine at the University of Cape Town.The Anglo-Coal Scholarship went to Magnolia van Wyk for a BA in accounting sciences at University of Cape Town. Juliet Mantso will be studying medicine at Stellenbosch University.Accounting firm Ernst & Young awarded six scholarships to pupils to cover tuition and residence fees. The company will also provide the recipients with employment on completion of their degrees.Some learners were awarded merit scholarships from universities, based on their Grade 11 results.Sue Norval, the director of university guidance for South African universities, helped pupils from the Academy with the paperwork, admission forms and scholarship applications.Wendy Chang, director of university guidance for the US, assisted pupils who were applying for tertiary institutions based in that country.Innovative curriculum designThe Academy’s approach to learning is distinctive as it encourages pupils to be critical thinkers and nurtures their curiousity about the world.The curriculum includes mathematics, natural science and technology, arts and culture, social economic and management sciences, life orientation and leadership, and languages.Citizenship is an important value and pupils give back to the community through painting schools, reading to disadvantaged children and visiting old age homes.This initiative teaches the girls how to be sensitive to the needs of others.Education South Africa, a monthly educational publication distributed nationwide, featured the Academy in 2011. School head Anne van Zyl said in an interview that ‘servant leadership’ is an important value of the school.“The girls can serve the school from within, in the residences or by leading co-curricular activities such as the computer club, peace group, the library, and community service groups,” Van Zyl said.Recognition in high placesIn 2007, former president Nelson Mandela praised Winfrey for her initiative in establishing the school and investing in the education of South African children.Former US president, Bill Clinton featured the Academy in his 2007 book: Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World, as an example of how to give back to the world.last_img read more

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Options on how to treat livestock sales due to adverse weather conditions

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA with Holbrook & ManterThis article is a follow up to last month’s Crop Insurance Deferral  Considerations as we now turn our attention to options available should farmers find themselves in the unfortunate situation of having to sell livestock due to extreme weather conditions.Livestock sold due to weather related conditionsFarmers forced to sell livestock early to floods, drought, or other adverse weather conditions have two options:1.They may elect to include income from the sale of the additional livestock in the following tax year, or 2. Deem the forced sale as an involuntary conversion.For option one, as prescribed by Internal Revenue Code Section 451, the following conditions are required:The farmer uses cash method of accounting,The farmer can establish that the sale would have occurred but for the weather-related event, andThe weather event resulted in designation of that area (where the livestock resided or where the feed is normally obtained) as eligible for federal assistance. The designation can be made by the President, the Department of Agriculture, or other federal departments or agencies.For example, if Daniel, a cash method taxpayer, usually sells 500 head of cattle in a normal year. As a result of a severe drought, he sells 750 head during the current year at $1,000 per head and realizes $750,000 of income from his sale. The area was declared a disaster area by a federal agency and ruled eligible for federal disaster assistance. Daniel can defer $250,000 ($1,000 x 250 head) of income to the following year, which is the portion of the original $750,000 (750 head) that exceeded the normal number of cattle sold (500 head). Option two: Involuntary Conversion RulesThis one is perhaps the better solution. Under Code Section 1033, the sale of livestock (other than poultry) held for draft, breeding, or dairy animals due adverse weather-related conditions (droughts, floods and other weather related conditions designated as eligible for federal assistance) in excess of the number of livestock that normally would have sold can be treated as an involuntary conversion. To meet the involuntary conversion requirements, the farmer must replace the livestock within four years (the replacement period) after the end of the first year in which any part of the gain from the conversion is realized.This provision provides a much greater deferral opportunity over the one year deferral under Code Section 451, as explained above. In an involuntary conversion, the excess gain that was to be recognized on the sale reduces the basis of the replacement livestock. This procedure defers the gain until the replacement livestock is ultimately sold, which could be perhaps spread over several years. In most instances, the involuntary conversion election will be the most advantageous.The farmer has options when the involuntary election is made. No gain is recognized in the year of sale and the farmer has until the end of the replacement period to determine which of the following is most advantageous:Report the sale and gain in the year the event occurred on an amended return,Report the gain in the year after it occurred, orDefer the gain by reducing the basis of the replacement livestock.If the farmer cannot reinvest the proceeds from the sale in similar property or property related in the use of livestock, the code allows for the farmer to reinvest in other farm property to avoid recognition of the gain.Finally, livestock destroyed by disease, or are sold or exchanged because of disease can be treated as an involuntary conversion, but the replacement period is only two years.Over the course of your farming careers, you are bound to be hit with these situations. Know the tax ramifications and potential solutions can be a useful planning tool.As always, consult with your CPA about your concerns. If you don’t have a CPA relationship, we invite you to contact our firm. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.comlast_img read more

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