Their lips were moving: Oil company CEOs testified before Congress last week. “Trying not to giggle was the hardest part,” said one oil billionaire. “When Bob said that he didn’t think we were gouging the public, I about split a gut.” But it doesn’t seem like the oil execs fooled everyone. “I am really annoyed at them old oil boys,” said one anonymous Texas congressman. “I’m thinking very seriously of lowering the amount of their tax break next year.” Overheard in the Oval Office: Bush: “We do not torture.” Cheney: “Not so fast.” VP asks for torture exemption: Vice President Dick Cheney has been pressing Congress to exempt the CIA from strict “no torture” restrictions. “America does not torture nor believes that other countries should torture,” said one of the fun-loving VP’s aides, “but we shouldn’t be kept from doing it when we do.” Not yet learning from his mistakes: Soon to be ex-Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens felt he hadn’t yet acted like a complete ass by disparaging quarterback Donovan McNabb (the team’s most popular player) and ripping into Andy Reid (the most successful coach in Philadelphia sports history). So he decided to try and finish the job by getting into a fistfight with team favorite Hugh Douglas. Next up for Terrell: Kicking the bejeezus out of Dakota Fanning. Dodgers looking for good GM and manager: Couldn’t I have written that every day for the last 10 years? Ooh la la riots: With what’s tantamount to a Frenchman-vs.-Frenchman war, France has been thrown into complete chaos by the country’s infighting. “It’s not our differences that are prolonging the hostilities,” said one cowering French official, citing the rich wartime history of France, “it’s the battle over which side should surrender first.” Special election repercussions: Not one to let an overwhelming defeat sway him from his goal of turning California around, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger immediately announced plans for the next special election. “The voters of California elected me to change the status quo,” said the formerly popular actor but now unpopular governor, “and I will now go directly to those same voters and ask them to take away the roadblock to a better California … me. This can’t wait until the next election. There’s too much that has to be undone, and I will not be able to undo until I am no longer in control.” Another reason for another election: “I still had money left,” said one miffed campaign donor. “I’m calling on the governor to demand another special election so I can spend it.” Defending Saddam not especially healthy job: Insurgents seem to be taking Shakespeare a bit too seriously as a second Hussein defense lawyer was killed. “I think I left the refrigerator running,” said Sandy Eyem Outahere, another attorney on the Saddam team as he scurried out of the courtroom. So interesting when the attorneys get the death sentence before the client. Um, didn’t the horse already leave the barn?: With the indictment of “Scooter” Libby, assistant to Vice President Cheney, which followed a number of other questionable actions by some in the administration, the White House staff was made to take an ethics refresher course last week. The briefings apparently center on how to deal with classified documents. Subjects to be covered will include: Don’t lie, but if you must, don’t tell a reporter who will give you up. Down at the Kansas cee-ment pond: The Kansas State Board of Education voted 6 to 4 in favor of a proposal to teach Intelligent Design along with evolution as a scientific explanation of how life began. Those who voted in the minority vehemently opposed the decision. “What better proof that we derived from monkeys than to consider this vote,” shrugged one apelike board member. Next up for Kansas: the teaching of storks bringing babies alongside so-called doctorin’. Tom Cruise fires sister: In what the handsome, but unbalanced actor felt was an inability to show him as completely and utterly crazy, Cruise replaced his sister, Lee Anne DeVette, as his publicist. “With the behavior I provided her, she should have at least been able to get me committed,” said Cruise. “But look. I’m walking around free with no protection for the public. That’s just plain nuts. But you try and tell that to my sister.” The word “hypocrisy” to sue Congress for overuse: The same Republicans in Congress who impeached former president Bill Clinton when he perjured himself, then cried foul when “Scooter” Libby was indicted for lying to a grand jury about leaking classified information, are now demanding an inquiry into who leaked classified intelligence pertaining to secret CIA prisons. Lawyers from the firm of Hypocrisy, Duplicity and Sham said they will immediately ask for an injunction. “Legislators don’t seem to care who or what they use to get their way,” said attorney Arnold Sham. “These words are exhausted.” Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” and can be heard on Los Angeles’ KTLK AM 1150, Saturdays 1-4 p.m. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Assistant manager Mark Bowen says Mark Hughes is “very disappointed” to have lost his job as QPR boss.Bowen took charge for Rangers’ 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, where Harry Redknapp watched from the stands.Hughes believed he should have been given more time to improve results, but he was fired on Friday morning.“I’ve spoken to him and he’s obviously very disappointed. But that’s football and he knows it is a results-driven business,” said Bowen.New manager Redknapp is expected to appoint his own backroom team, leaving Bowen and others brought in by Hughes facing an uncertain future.Bowen added: “At the moment no-one has said anything to me, but I’m still employed by the club.“I played under Harry earlier in my younger days, but he will have his own ideas.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ray Maota Pupils at N’wa Mhinga attended their first day of the 2013 schooling calendar on 9 January. Nedbank managing executive Ciko Thomas, and the minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, spoke on the importance of a good education and helping those pupils that are disadvantaged so they can also achieve their best. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nkosinathi Msiza Nedbank: Communications +27 71 670 3560 RELATED ARTICLES • Class of 2012 does it better • Kids Week nurtures young lives • Nurturing the children • Schools lead way in recyclingThe commencement of the public schooling calendar can be stressful, with some parents having to dig deep to make sure their children look great for their first day at school.For some poor families, help was at hand on 9 January when Gauteng schools opened their doors for the first term of 2013. Nedbank, in association with the Department of Basic Education, handed over school uniforms, shoes, stationery, books and bags to learners at N’wa Mhinga Primary School in Saulsville, Pretoria as part of the financial institution’s Back to School Campaign.Initiated in 2011, the campaign aims to help those less privileged across the country with basic learning resources – and ultimately make children’s first day at school memorable. It runs through the month of January only.This year Nedbank is investing R2.5-million (US$291 123) towards the campaign that will benefit 2 000 disadvantaged pupils. In Gauteng, pupils from N’wa Mhinga, Dominican Convent School, and Thuto Ke Matla Comprehensive School will benefit.The pupils were selected through the assistance and guidance of the principals and teachers who work with them on a daily basis. Children in the Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal will receive their new school uniforms, shoes and bags on 15 January on 17 January respectively.Ciko Thomas, Nedbank’s managing executive, said: “Allow me to congratulate the Class of 2012 and the Department of Basic Education on the excellent matric results.“We believe the matric results are good indication of how we as business and society support as well as prepare our youth to plan and embrace their future – as tomorrow’s leaders of our nation and the South African economy.”Thomas added that Nedbank, by the end of 2013, would have invested R6.5-million ($756 921) towards these basic learning resources, benefiting over 6 000 primary and high school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said: “We appreciate the support from Nedbank as they help in areas were the department cannot.“To the teachers, I believe we need to protect teaching time and not be doing personal business during school hours; and to the parents you should motivate and support your children.”N’wa Mhinga Primary School principal Elizabeth Maluleka thanked Nedbank and the department of basic education for making sure less privileged pupils receive good education without impediments. The campaignThe Back to School Campaign forms part of Nedbank’s Fundisa holistic programme which follows a two pillar education intervention model.The first pillar focuses on education across an individual’s life stages, starting from early childhood development right through to tertiary education. The second enables a holistic support for beneficiary schools through infrastructure development; teacher training; building leadership capacity; and, providing classroom based support.Kone Gugushe, divisional executive for corporate social responsibility at Nedbank, said: “Education is one of our corporate social responsibility’s focus area and we are determined to enable as many pupils as we can to focus on their studies rather than on school resources.“The Back to School Campaign ensures that even those pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds have an equal opportunity at being the best they can be.” How to contributeMembers of the public can join the fight to equip disadvantaged pupils through: * dropping off uniforms, shoes, stationery and bags at their nearest Nedbank branch;* Donating a minimum of R100 ($11) to Nedbank Savings Account 2001120915 and use “Back to School” as the reference; or* SMS-ing “school” to 40017 to donate R20 ($2). The public can also follow the campaign on social networks Twitter and Facebook. The no fee schoolN’wa Mhinga was founded in 1931 at Marabastad in Pretoria but it moved to Atteridgeville also in Pretoria in 1941 during the forced removals of the apartheid regime.The school has an enrolment of 578 pupils and offers Grade R to Grade 4. It is a no fee school and uses Xitsonga as the language of instruction. In addition, the school has a feeding scheme were pupils are given breakfast and lunch.All pupils attending no-fee schools are exempt from paying fees, although at N’wa Mhinga parents have agreed to pay R100 ($11) a year.
Although it was announced on December 1, the rescheduled launch of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Version 2.5 guidelines for the Energy Star for Homes program didn’t generate widespread coverage online. So we’ll look at some highlights here.Originally set to take effect on January 1, 2010, the v2.5 guidelines are now scheduled for implementation on April 1. Single-family homes permitted before then are eligible to qualify for an Energy Star label under the current guidelines, Version 2, until July 1, 2011.Note that the July 1, 2011, qualification deadline using v2 guidelines – aimed at new single-family homes that are at least 15% more energy efficient than comparable homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code – is the same as it was when the EPA announced the original implementation schedule for v2.5. All homes both permitted and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2011 (between January 1 and December 31, 2011, under the original schedule) must be qualified using the new, v2.5 guidelines, the EPA says.The reconfigured implementation schedule also means that condos and apartments in multifamily buildings that are permitted before April 1, 2011, will be eligible for qualification under the current, v2 guidelines until January 1, 2012.Version 3 still on trackOne thing that doesn’t seem to have changed – at least not yet – is the EPA’s scheduled implementation, set for January 1, 2012, of the guidelines for Version 3. That will be the final stage of the progression, although v3 will be subject to periodic updates, based on program-partner input and evolving standards, with an appropriate adoption schedule for each update. (Click here for links to v2.5 and v3 program documents and scheduling details.)The EPA also clarified a few key terms and issues: “Completion date,” for example, is the date of the final field inspection (not the Energy Star inspection) for the home; the Energy Star rater may define the “permit date” for a project as either the date that the permit was issued or the date of the contract on the home; and Energy Star uses the term “single-family homes” to include detached homes, townhouses, row houses, duplexes, and triplexes.In addition, the EPA modified the treatment of basements as it relates to ”Benchmark Home Size” (a reference point based on average home sizes for a specified number of bedrooms) and the “Size Adjustment Factor” (a system for accommodating homes whose square footage deviates significantly from benchmark sizes) in both v2.5 and v3 of the guidelines: “Bedrooms and floor area in basements shall not be counted for the purpose of determining a home’s Benchmark Home Size and Size Adjustment Factor if at least half of the basement’s wall area is below grade.” The EPA also adds that, “as a result of this policy, a home has zero applicable bedrooms with regard to the Benchmark Home Size determination, then the Benchmark Home Size for one bedroom shall be used.”To read an earlier report on changes to the Energy Star Homes specification, read Raising the Bar for Energy Star Homes.
The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected the appeal filed by Lt Col Prasad Purohit against the special court order rejecting his bail in Malegaon blasts 2008.A division bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar Joshi was hearing the appeal filed by Lt Col Purohit seeking for bail after the NIA filed its supplementary chargesheet dropping charges of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against him.The Bench reserved the order on February 17 and said the appeal is dismissed on merits and that trial court should not be influenced by this order.On September 26, 2016, Special Judge S D Tekale at the City Civil and Sessions Court rejected his plea by that “prima facie” there is evidence and a case against the Col. The court said, “Considering all the facts as well as peculiar circumstances of the case, nature and gravity of the offence coupled with restrictions imposed by provisions of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), he is not entitled to be granted bail on this ground,” the judge said.He has charges of murder, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons, promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc, and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony on him. He is also being charges with relevant sections under The Arms Act, The Indian Explosive Substance Act, and UAPA
It’s hard to be Roger Federer. When he wins, he has to answer gamut of questions and when he loses he grilled. And when he walks through a first round match at The Championships, there are still many more questions from the media to be answered.On Tuesday, as Londoners enjoyed bright sunshine and the swirling winds forced people to pull out their woollens, Federer did not have too many problems.The six-time champion took his time to check out newcomer Mikhail Kukushkin from Kazakhstan before forcing a 7-6( 7/2), 6-4, 6-2 victory in the first round.Since the time Federer landed in London last week, he has been repeatedly asked how he feels about going for Pete Sampras’s record of seven titles at the Wimbledon. On Tuesday, Federer answered some of those questions he served well and handled the tough conditions find his feet on Centre Court.Playing on the big stage for the first time, Kukushkin was composed and even had some of the fans cheering for him. Federer didn’t mind it really as he has seen so many of these journeymen in his career.A third seeding for Federer here is something unusual. And even as people fuss over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Federer was happy to put away Kukushkin, with his potent serve again catching the eye. Proof of it came through the 12 aces he rifled in.”It’s nice to win in straight sets. I thought I played a really good match. Tough conditions as it was windy out there,” said Federer. As one who has seen the highs and lows at Wimbledon, Federer knows it is best to get past the first round as quickly as possible.advertisementAndy Roddick got past Andreas Beck of Germany 6-4, 7-6, 7-3. Like Federer, Roddick also spoke of how it felt good to get past the first round.”There’s always anxiety before you play your first round.You saw last night with Andy Murray and then he found his groove. It’s just a matter of getting through,” said Roddick.Novak Djokovic made a highly impressive start to his bid for a first Wimbledon title with a crushing 6-4 6-1 6-1 win over Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday.The Serbian second seed, who has only lost one match all year, overpowered Frenchman Chardy with a superb display of grasscourt tennis as the evening shadows slowly made their way across breezy Centre Court.Djokovic, wearing a strap below his left knee, broke the world number 54 twice early in the second set to storm to a 4-1 lead. The third set was largely repeat of the second as Djokovic broke the 24-year-old’s first service game to take an early lead.On Monday, Andy Murray swept the last 15 games after an uncertain start to beat Daniel Gimeno- Traver 4-6, 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.Playing under the roof because of rain, the fourthseeded Murray broke for the first time in the seventh game of the second set and didn’t lose another game.- With inputs from agencies For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Keeping Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next season looks an obvious decision but the Formula One champions need to consider their long term options, team boss Toto Wolff said after the Finn shone in Sunday’s British Grand Prix.”It is almost a no-brainer,” he told reporters at Silverstone.”I would just like to set the puzzle together and it’s not only about 2018. I think that is logical. I think it’s about looking forward and what happens in 2019 and 2020, the risk and opportunities,” added the Austrian.”That’s why after Budapest, hopefully a good race again, I’m going to contemplate on a beach about what’s right and wrong for the team.”Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton won Sunday’s race, a record-equalling fifth victory in Britain and his fourth in a row at Silverstone, to slash Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead to a single point.The Briton has also won five times in Hungary, the last race before the August break.Bottas has proved an ideal replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg since he joined in January on a one-year deal and Hamilton, out of contract at the end of 2018, has emphasised how well they get on.After Rosberg’s sudden decision to quit last December, Mercedes will want a clear indication of Hamilton’s intentions while also keeping themselves open to any top talent that might become available.Ferrari’s Vettel is out of contract at the end of this year and there has been talk of Mercedes lining him up for 2019. There has also been speculation that Hamilton could seek to see out his career at Ferrari.Wolff recognised that the Italian team was one every racer dreamed of driving for, but added that Hamilton had the fastest car at present, while the dynamic in the team was “the best”.”So all of the talk outside has no relevance to me. Zero,” he said.Bottas has triumphed in two races that Hamilton was in no position to win, denying Vettel important points and also proving a loyal team player.On Sunday he started ninth thanks to a five-place penalty but fought back to anchor the team’s second one-two of the season and pass Vettel, who dropped to seventh after a late puncture.While Ferrari have relied on Vettel, winner of three races, for the bulk of their points, the Mercedes drivers have been more equally matched. Bottas is third overall and 22 points behind Hamilton.
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