Trump ‘offered pardon’ to Assange if he denied Russia leak, court hears

first_imgAssange’s defence cited a statement from Robinson in which she said that Rohrabacher had been to see Assange and said “on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange… said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC leaks”.District Judge Vanessa Baraitser said the evidence was admissable.Robinson did not respond to emailed and telephone requests from AFP for comment.US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia hacked into the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during Trump’s campaign against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.WikiLeaks later published the emails, which proved politically damaging to Clinton, before the November 2016 vote.Australian national Assange, 48, is facing 18 counts in the US — 17 of them under the Espionage Act.None of them is related to the DNC hack and instead concern WikiLeaks’s publication of diplomatic and defence cables about US campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.Trump has played down Russia’s involvement in the DNC leak, including when he appeared to side with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agency’s assessment of what happened.”I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today,” Trump said during a joint press appearance with Putin during their July 2018 summit in Helsinki.The extradition hearing is set to start at Woolwich Crown Court, which is next to the high-security Belmarsh prison where he is being held.The hearing is expected to last all week, before being adjourned for three months, to resume on May 18. Assange appeared at the administrative hearing via videolink, wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and a brown jumper over a white shirt.He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth. He sat and held a pile of papers throughout the hearing.Topics : “The president barely knows Dana Rohrabacher other than he’s an ex-congressman. He’s never spoken to him on this subject or almost any subject. It is a complete fabrication and a total lie,” Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.”This is probably another never-ending hoax and total lie” by the Democratic Party, she said, a day after Trump controversially pardoned or issued other forms of clemency to 11 people including a former governor jailed for corruption, and other high-profile white-collar criminals.The revelation came at a case management hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court before Monday’s formal start of Washington’s extradition request for him to face espionage charges.If found guilty in the United States, he could be jailed for 175 years. US President Donald Trump promised to pardon WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange if he denied Russia leaked emails of his 2016 election rival’s campaign, a London court was told on Wednesday.Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson said in a document that Trump relayed the offer through former US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the UK’s domestic Press Association news agency reported.The White House quickly issued a denial that Trump had dangled a pardon in exchange for help in the Russia controversy, which has cast a shadow over his first term in office.last_img read more

Jamie Carragher fears for Liverpool’s high line against pacey Arsenal attack

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 20 Aug 2019 2:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link159Shares Comment Jamie Carragher fears for Liverpool’s high line against pacey Arsenal attack Advertisement Carragher believes the pace of Aubameyang could be problematic for Liverpool (Getty)‘I said after the Norwich game, if they were playing a top team they may not have won. Considering they won 4-1, it’s a big thing to say I suppose, but the quality Arsenal have, if Liverpool get caught in those positions and don’t run back, they’re going to have major problems within that game.‘You think about on the counter-attack as well, Liverpool playing higher up on the pitch on Saturday. And listen of course Liverpool are going to cause big problems the other way, I have no doubt about that, but the chances, the shots on goal that they’re allowing at this moment, better quality teams, better quality strikers, are going to make Liverpool pay.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenalcenter_img The former Liverpool defender believes his old club need to improve at the back (Picture: Getty)Jamie Carragher says he is concerned by Liverpool’s defensive performances so far this season and fears their high line could be exploited by the pace and clinicalness of Arsenal’s attack.The two teams are the only sides left in the Premier League who still have 100% records but that will have to change when they meet at Anfield on Saturday.Partly due to Alisson Becker’s injury, Liverpool’s defence has looked more vulnerable this season and they are yet to keep a clean sheet, with Carragher worried that trend could continue when Arsenal come visiting. An error from Adrian gifted Southampton a late goal at the weekend (Picture: Getty)Speaking on Monday Night Football, Carragher explained: ‘What Liverpool have done this season, we’re talking about them playing a high line, I’m not necessarily sure it’s a higher line, but it looks to me as if they’re trying to play offside. They caught players offside more than anyone in the Premier League this season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I don’t like it and I think they’ve been lucky and fortunate at different times this season to get away with it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked if Arsenal’s pace is a danger going into Saturday’s clash, Carragher continued: ‘Well that’s what you think, you think [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, [Alexandre] Lacazette, [Nicolas] Pepe maybe coming on also.‘When I say Liverpool have got away with it, the quality they’ve played against hasn’t been top class. Advertisementlast_img read more

UK roundup: TPR, Pensions Act, RetailLink Pensions Plan, L&G

first_imgThe proportion of schemes operating without a SIP fell from 14% to 3% from 2013.In other news, the Pensions Bill, the national Bill that will see the implementation of the single-tier state pension, has been finalised and become law.Receiving Royal Ascent, the Pensions Act 2014, as it will now be called, creates a flat-rate first-pillar pension for those who have contributed to the state for 10 years, although, to receive the full payment, contributions must be for 35 years.It also legislates for the end of contracting out, a system whereby DB schemes could contract out members from the second state pension (S2P) and provide it from within the scheme.The previous tiered system was criticised for disadvantaging self-employed citizens and women who take career breaks.The law also includes legislation to allow government to implement a charge cap on DC schemes, and create a pot-follows-member system from stranded DC pots.Steve Webb, minister for pensions, said the new state pension would provide clarity and confidence to people about retirement income they receive.And finally, the RetailLink Management Limited Pension Plan has begun its winding up process by agreeing a £35m insurance contract with Legal & General (L&G), covering liabilities for nearly 100 deferred and current pensioners.The agreement with L&G incorporated a deferred premium option, which allows the trustees to fully insure the remaining members, staggering a £9m premium payment over the next four years.The sponsor, Enterprise Inns, said after the four years, L&G will issue insurance policies to the members, and the scheme will be wound up. Research conducted by The Pensions Regulator has revealed a growing trend in defined benefit (DB) and hybrid schemes fully integrating risk management and the employer covenant.In the regulator’s annual governance survey, data showed the proportion of schemes fully integrating this rose to 60% from 47%.It also found the proportion of defined contribution (DC) schemes not adhering to the legal requirement to maintain a statement of investment principle as high.A fifth of schemes have gone over the maximum three-year period, while 14% have never reviewed their SIP.last_img read more

Why head to the country when you can have a mini-farm in Coorparoo?

first_img“They haven’t taken the character out of this one, it’s still got a lot of the traditional forms of character, but it is also mixed with modern elements.” MOST VIEWED: Queensland’s most viewed property at 22 Hethorn St, Coorparoo.IT’S not often you find a property with a chicken coop and vegetable garden just 7.5km from the city. New luxurious bathrooms feature Italian tiles, Brodware tapware and under floor heating.“I always say that Queenslanders love their Queenslanders, and this is an indication of that.“They really do love the traditional Queenslanders still — they’re hard to come by. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: Brisbane’s hottest listing of 2018 has sold RELATED: Bidders line up to buy smart home that can change a light bulb “Blocks around 800sq m to 900sq m is something that you see more often, but something of 1240sq m is very rarely available,” Ms Becke said.center_img The dedicated library and home office comes with fully customised with built-in designer cabinetry and bench-seating.Ms Becke said there was so much to love about this home, and it had potential to be a home that stayed in a family for generations to come.“It’s got everything, brand new fencing, garaging, landscaping — it’s just a beautiful home,” she said. This home is just 7.5km from Brisbane’s CBD and comes with a substantial organic vegetable garden and chicken coop.Well that’s among a plethora of standout features on offer a Queensland’s most viewed listing this week and the second most viewed in Australia. Belle Property agent Amanda Becke, who is marketing 22 Hethorn St, Coorparoo, said homes on blocks of this size (1240sq m) did not come on to the market very often. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoRelax in the entertaining cabana, or get fit in the 15m heated lap pool.“I haven’t sold a property before with a chicken coop in it, and a vegetable garden.”“She (the owner) grows her own organic vegetables, so that’s a really nice thing to enjoy with children of today’s era. “As well as the children being able to collect fresh eggs and fresh produce straight out of your garden, I think it’s lovely.” Even the laundry offers an opulent space.Ms Becke said other standout features included the 15m heated pool, underfloor heating and the beautiful designer elements from the tapware to the luxurious wallpaper.last_img read more

Atlantis hails Wuhan-built tidal power project in China

first_imgSimec Atlantis through its partnership with ITPEnergised has worked with The China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and China Three Gorges (CTG) to develop CTG’s first SG500kW tidal stream turbine. The turbine has a rotor diameter of 18 meters, built at CSIC facility in Wuhan. Studies estimate that tidal stream energy in China could supply more than 8.2GW to the country’s grid. China is actively seeking out further renewable investment opportunities. Atlantis’s MeyGen project has provided the operational experience and performance data to export its expertise and technology to the world. Atlantis also highlighted this project as all the more impressive given the extraordinary circumstances of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Over the past two years, Atlantis has expanded its global portfolio of tidal projects; from Normandy, France to Indonesia. center_img Tim Cornelius, chief executive of Simec Atlantis Energy, said: “MeyGen has demonstrated the true potential of tidal energy and has de-risked the market to the extent that we are now exporting knowhow and equipment internationally, with China the latest market to open in Asia.” More recently, Atlantis struck a deal to supply tidal generation equipment and construction services for Japan‘s tidal demo project. “The fast execution, from concept design to installation, represents a phenomenal feat of engineering that bodes well for a rapid future roll-out of tidal power in China, which in turn will have material cost reduction implications globally. The structure stands between the islands of Putuoshan and Huludao in the Zhoushan archipelago in China in the last week.last_img read more

Multiple Blasts Rock Northeastern Nigeria

first_imgAt least 17 people were killed in three blasts across the city of Damaturu in northeastern Nigerian on Wednesday by unidentified bombers according to the stateAccording to the National Emergency Management Agency the three dawn explosions went off in a small food store, a mosque and a settlement outside the city.In another incident, Boko Haram militia attacked a military base in northeastern Yobe State, 100 of the insurgents were killed in the failed attack leaving seven soldiers dead and nine injures.last_img read more

Kevin Long joins Barnsley on one-month loan from Burnley

first_imgBarnsley have signed Burnley defender Kevin Long for an initial month on loan. Long, 25, due to return to Burnley on December 19, is expected to go straight into head coach Lee Johnson’s starting line-up at Oldham on Saturday alongside Aidy White, who was signed on loan from Rotherham this week until January. “I’m itching to play,” Long told Barnsley’s official website. “I jumped at the opportunity to come out and play. “The gaffer here is a genuine guy and I know one or two of the lads here. It’s a good fit for me. “Even if I didn’t know anyone here it’s still a big club with good training facilities, it was kind of an easy choice.” Irishman Long, who progressed through the academy at Turf Moor, has yet to feature for Burnley this season and made only two senior appearances in the previous campaign. Under-pressure Johnson has moved to increase his options in a squad lacking confidence as he bids to halt Barnsley’s slide down the table following eight straight league defeats. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

WWE Wrestling WWE RAW: The Undertaker comes BACK to confront Shawn Michaels

first_imgThe Columbus, OH audience were at the top of their voice as they gave Taker another welcome as he stood face to face with the HBK for one more time. Chants of “one more match” erupted, only for Michaels to remind the fans that he had retired a long time back. New Delhi: The Undertaker on Tuesday made a surprising return to WWE Monday Night RAW to answer Shawn Michael’s unanswered questions. Michaels, who was making his long-time advertised return to RAW predicted Triple H to win the much much-awaited match against the Undertaker at the Super Show-Down. Michaels and the Undertaker’s confrontation teased a near-future return of the ‘heartbreak kid’.ALSO READ: Delhi airport may get more traffic volume than London airport by 2020 The Deadman with his usual charm asked Michaels whether it was fear that kept him out from the ring, adding that he would be happy to bury him one more time but only after dumping Triple H at the Super Show-Down on October 6.ALSO READ: Anti-BJP slogans mid flight leave BJP Tamil Nadu chief angryMeanwhile, WWE Raw’s viewership has witnessed a major fallout after Summerslam and the sporting entertainment organisation will hope to find back its full-strength audience. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, WWE Wrestling News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Wisconsin gets no love in polls

first_imgDuring a weekend which saw plenty of heartbreak over losses against inferior opponents, historical collapses in Major League Baseball, top fantasy football players getting hurt and records broken (Dan Marino and Vikings fans weren’t too pleased with Favre’s milestone touchdown pass), there was one steady eddy — Bret Bielema’s Wisconsin Badgers.Bielema, who innocently decided to go with a different look by forgetting his socks at home, was once again able to get the end result, even if the means weren’t all that satisfying.The Badgers defeated the Spartans 37-34 behind another Heisman-esque performance from their rumbling tailback who could probably carry the ball on every down the entire game. P.J. Hill crashed through the Spartans’ ranks 34 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns.The latest version of “how to get off of blocks and make tackles” didn’t go particularly well for the defense, yet it is Wisconsin that is 5-0 and on the nation’s longest winning streak.On the flip side, Oklahoma could do no wrong.Every week Oklahoma annihilated its opponent by 69, 38, 51 and 41 points. Quarterback Sam Bradford looked like a sniper, singlehandedly picking apart the North Texas, Miami, Utah State and Tulsa secondaries, respectively. Indeed, everything was grand. Oklahoma was surely making its case to play in the national championship game. This past Saturday played out in much the same way until the Sooners put away the weapons and Camo and brought out tuxedoes, white gloves and cocktails to serve the Colorado Buffaloes’ every need.Colorado, a good team stuck in bad times, wanted a win. That’s exactly what it got. The Buffaloes didn’t really storm back, as much as the Sooners gave back, but they did score 20 unanswered points to turn a 24-7 second half deficit into a 27-24 win.Now Bradford and Oklahoma are left to consider why they were so serviceable.Beyond just Oklahoma’s second half problem or even the difficulties any team anywhere has faced this season is the underlying question — isn’t a 73-10 win the same as a 17-13 win? And why doesn’t Wisconsin get credit for being greedy (winning)?It’s one thing to question how good UW can be if its defense can’t make big plays, force turnovers or stop any sort of designed play to the outside, but its quite another to think that since this team isn’t winning by 45 like Oklahoma or Florida was, it should be overlooked.Last year the team got no respect because it played and won against a weak compilation of teams. This year, the team isn’t winning by enough points against better competition. Only two schools (USC and Texas) since 2004 have won more games than Wisconsin. Under Bielema, the Badgers are 17-1. Yet the revealing facts don’t seem to impress anyone in the polls. “I think out of the teams in the top 10, we’re the most disrespected just because we don’t go out there and blow every team out,” said tight end Travis Beckum, reiterating the lack of love for a mundane school like Wisconsin.Aside from Week 1 when it moved up from No. 7 to No. 5 after Texas failed to impress and Michigan lost to Appalachian State, Wisconsin dropped in the polls every week (between Week 3 and 4 they remained No. 9 but received fewer votes) up until this past upset special poll.Even now, however, its 1,271 votes are the fewest given to the fifth-ranked team in the country all season. On top of that, Wisconsin is a mere 68 points ahead of No. 6 South Florida.The Bulls are coming off of an unimpressive win at home over the West Virginia Mountaineers. If you want to talk about domination, WVU controlled the clock for 34:38, had 167 more yards and scored just as many offensive touchdowns, but its turnovers, many of which were mental mistakes, gave the ballgame to USF.West Virginia, with its backup quarterback in, had the ball, down only eight points, near the end of the game. How is what South Florida did impressive enough to push it all the way to No. 6 in the rankings, close to Wisconsin who won against a pretty good team in Michigan State? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.While close games don’t go unnoticed by pollsters, Wisconsin is one of the few teams talked about as “not being deserving of its ranking.””We’re winning, and we’re going down in the polls,” Beckum said. “They don’t really give us credit, and that’s something I’ve noticed since our first game.”The only way to change voters’ mindset, according to Beckum, is to win by 100.But then, just as we all witnessed last Saturday, maybe that mindset will take all the fun out of games. Then the Badgers may be enticed into playing the role of giver rather than taker, just like Oklahoma, and find themselves on the losing end. So expect Bielema to stick to the game plan with or without his socks.Wins stack up, no matter how close the final score.Kevin Hagstrom is a senior double majoring in economics and journalism. He can be reached for comment at read more

Point guard Joseph prepares to fill void left by NBA-bound Ennis

first_img Published on April 14, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Every morning Kaleb Joseph wakes up at 5:45 a.m., heads to the gym and makes 500 3-pointers before class. It’s a routine Joseph started when he saw coaches questioning his shooting ability in an article. He takes 25 shots from each spot, and if he misses two in a row he sprints the length of the court. Three in a row and he has to start the 25 over. “I want to go into next year proving I’m a more than capable 3-point shooter,” Joseph said.Now that Tyler Ennis is heading to the NBA, Joseph, a senior at Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Mass.), will likely be thrust into Syracuse’s starting point guard role as a freshman. Joseph’s wanted to start for the Orange ever since he was a kid, so he’s preparing to ensure his dream unfolds as planned.“A great opportunity opened up,” Joseph said, “It didn’t really change what I planned on doing when I came to Syracuse, but it makes everything a little bit easier.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoseph’s morning routine never wavers. He wants to make sure he’s completely comfortable knocking down open 3s next season — something Ennis did in stretches, but was unable to do consistently throughout the season.“It’s just about repetition,” Joseph’s high school teammate Idris Taqqee said. “He makes sure that he’s doing those things. I believe that he’s a good shooter.”Joseph said Syracuse could have made a deeper run in the NCAA Tournament if it hit more shots — particularly 3-pointers. He added that the team became easy to guard because it couldn’t keep the defense honest.That predictability, he said, eventually cost the Orange. Joseph watched the Tournament with some of his friends, and said he was devastated when SU lost.“I was pissed,” Joseph said. “You brag about your team. If anybody asks you who’s winning the whole thing, you have to say Syracuse. It sucks.”At the same time, Joseph said, it’s a good opportunity for him next year. He loved the sense of urgency and swagger Syracuse played with when it started 25-0, but said that urgency went away toward the end of the season.Now the players know what getting bounced early feels like, and Joseph feels as though that will help them in the long run. Joseph believes next year’s team can make a deep run in the dance, even with Ennis gone. He had a feeling Ennis would leave, so when he found out on Twitter he wasn’t too shocked. “I didn’t really talk to him about anything,” Joseph said. “I think anybody in that position would go. If you’re a lottery pick, what is the sense of coming back? “You can’t get any higher by coming back. I just put myself in his shoes. If any athlete puts themselves in his shoes, I think they’d be lying if they said they wouldn’t make the same decision.”Joseph knows more pressure will be on him now that Ennis is gone, but that’s exactly the way he wants it. There may be some bumps in the road, but he said he’s ready for the challenge. Said Joseph: “I think it’s a great opportunity for all the guards on the team, including myself.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more