Questions raised about McCain’s choice of Palin, aides insist “thorough vetting” process

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Questions raised about McCain’s choice of Palin, aides insist “thorough vetting” process

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Various questions have been raised about the choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Senator John McCain’s choice for Republican vice presidential running mate. There have been doubts over how thoroughly McCain had examined Palin’s background before announcing that he had selected her to be his running mate on August 29. McCain’s advisers insist that Palin was “thoroughly vetted,” a process that would have included a review of all financial and legal records as well as a criminal background check.

Palin is the Republican Party’s first female candidate for Vice President. In 1984, Geraldine Ferraro was Walter Mondale’s running mate on the Democratic Party ticket.

Yesterday, Palin and her husband issued a statement saying that their 17-year-old unmarried daughter Bristol is five months pregnant and that she intends to marry the father of the baby. The statement came after media speculation and internet rumours that Palin’s 4-month-old son, Trig, was in fact her grandson, and that the mother is Bristol.

Senator Barack Obama, McCain’s opponent in the 2008 election, was asked to comment on Palin’s family situation:

“Let me be as clear as possible… I think people’s families are off-limits, and people’s children are especially off-limits. This shouldn’t be part of our politics. It has no relevance to Governor Palin’s performance as governor or her potential performance as a vice president,” said Obama.

Obama further told reporters to “back off these kinds of stories” and noted that he was born to an 18-year-old mother himself. Obama became annoyed when asked about a news report that quoted an unnamed senior McCain campaign aide saying that Obama’s name appears in liberal blogs speculating about Trig’s parentage. “I am offended by that statement… There is no evidence at all that any of this involved us.”

“We don’t go after people’s families; we don’t get them involved in the politics. It’s not appropriate, and it’s not relevant,” Obama added. “Our people were not involved in any way in this, and they will not be. And if I ever thought that there was somebody in my campaign that was involved in something like that, they’d be fired.”

The McCain campaign said that Senator McCain was aware of Bristol Palin’s pregnancy before he asked her mother to join him on the ticket. McCain reportedly did not see the pregnancy as a detriment to Governor Palin’s selection as the vice presidential candidate.

McCain told reporters that he was satisfied with his campaign’s vetting process: “The vetting process was completely thorough and I’m grateful for the results.”

Governor Palin has hired a private lawyer in a legislative ethics investigation in Alaska into whether she abused her power in dismissing the state’s public safety commissioner, Walter Monegan. The investigation is checking into whether Palin dismissed Monegan for his reluctance to fire Palin’s former brother-in-law, Mike Wooten.

There is no sign that Palin’s formal nomination this week at the Republican National Convention was in jeopardy. The controversy adds anxiety to Republicans who are worried that Democrats would use the selection of Palin to question McCain’s judgment. Republicans were quick to note that Palin has “more executive experience” in elected office than does Obama and have gone on the offensive.

McCain’s choice of Palin came as a shock to some, after it was expected that McCain would choose Joe Lieberman, Tim Pawlenty, or Tom Ridge for the vice presidential nomination. McCain had reportedly met Palin only twice before her selection, and had his first face-to-face interview with her on August 28. McCain offered Palin the vice presidential spot just moments after their meeting concluded. The two appeared at a campaign rally event the following morning in Dayton, Ohio.

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G20 Summit plans to inject US$5tn into economy before 2011

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G20 Summit plans to inject US$5tn into economy before 2011

Friday, April 3, 2009

The G20 Summit held in London, England concluded Thursday with an injection into the economy of US$5 trillion by the end of 2010.

Global trade would be supported by $250 billion (169.5 billion pounds). “We are going to act decisively to kickstart international trade. We will ensure availability of at least $250 billion over the next two years,” said Gordon Brown Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The International Monetary Fund IMF will have access to $750bn in resources of which $250bn will support special drawing rights.

Developing countries received $100bn which will be dispensed via Multilateral development banks. Towards this end, the IMF will sell off gold reserves.

China will support the IMF fund by $40bn, the European Union by $100bn, and Japan by $100bn.

There will be increased regulation on banking and credit ratings agencies. There was a commitment to clamp down on hedge funds, tax havens and toxic assets. To restore consumer confidence in the financial sector, a new Financial Stability Board will be initiated internationally. There would be new policies implemented to control pay and bonuses paid to the heads of banks and corporations.

The G20 leaders were adverse to protectionism and rallied to support international trade and investment.

The Leaders’ statement said, “We reaffirm the commitment made in Washington: to refrain from raising new barriers to investment or to trade in goods and services, imposing new export restrictions, or implementing World Trade Organization (WTO) inconsistent measures to stimulate exports.”

Eoin O’Malley, senior adviser on international trade at BusinessEurope, said “The measure also needs to be part of wider package to avoid protectionism and conclude the Doha round which will stimulate trade growth. The key point now is to move forward with Doha. The key now is implementation. G20 governments must act quickly to provide this finance to companies that need it urgently.”

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

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Commonwealth Bank of Australia CEO apologies for financial planning scandal

Published on July 12th, 2017.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ian Narev, the CEO of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, this morning “unreservedly” apologised to clients who lost money in a scandal involving the bank’s financial planning services arm.

Last week, a Senate enquiry found financial advisers from the Commonwealth Bank had made high-risk investments of clients’ money without the clients’ permission, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars lost. The Senate enquiry called for a Royal Commission into the bank, and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Mr Narev stated the bank’s performance in providing financial advice was “unacceptable”, and the bank was launching a scheme to compensate clients who lost money due to the planners’ actions.

In a statement Mr Narev said, “Poor advice provided by some of our advisers between 2003 and 2012 caused financial loss and distress and I am truly sorry for that. […] There have been changes in management, structure and culture. We have also invested in new systems, implemented new processes, enhanced adviser supervision and improved training.”

An investigation by Fairfax Media instigated the Senate inquiry into the Commonwealth Bank’s financial planning division and ASIC.

Whistleblower Jeff Morris, who reported the misconduct of the bank to ASIC six years ago, said in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald that neither the bank nor ASIC should be in control of the compensation program.

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Do I Need To See A Regular Dentist Before Seeing A Cosmetic Dentist?}

Published on July 10th, 2017.

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Do I Need To See A Regular Dentist Before Seeing A Cosmetic Dentist?

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Amy Nutt

Depending upon how frequently you have visited your regular dentist in the recent past, it may be advisable to pay them a visit concerning any type of work done. There may be certain circumstances that your regular dentist would need to handle prior to having any procedure purely done for cosmetic purposes.

Many people may also be surprised to find that their regular dentist may also be very capable of handling the procedures that they thought they would have to visit a cosmetic dentist for, and at a potentially more reasonable price.

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If it’s been a long time since you’ve seen your regular dentist you should, at the very least, schedule a check up and cleaning prior to scheduling an appointment for any type of cosmetic procedure.

You may have cavities, cracks, excess build up of plaque or even the beginning stages of gum disease without even being aware. These are things that should be examined and taken care of before any purely cosmetic procedure is scheduled.

This step will also serve as a time and money saver because it’s very likely that if you schedule your appointment with a cosmetic dentist first and end up suffering from one of these problems, that they will revert you back to your regular dentist to have them taken care of before scheduling any kind of procedure anyway.

Discuss your plans with your regular dentist while on your check up appointment.

Many dentists today, even those who base the majority of their business in general dentistry, are trained and very capable in many of the procedures that are considered cosmetic.

If you’re sought after procedure happens to be whitening discolored teeth, repairing broken teeth, replacing missing teeth – really anything that doesn’t involve the straightening of teeth, your regular dentist may very well be able to take care of the problem for you.

It also wouldn’t hurt to consult your regular dentist regarding the straightening of crooked teeth even if he or another doctor in the office doesn’t specifically perform that type of work, because they may be able to refer you to an exceptionally qualified orthodontic specialist that can do the work for you. This can eliminate the headache of trying to seek out a practitioner that you can trust on your own

If you happen to be one of the few adults that still sees their regular dentist twice yearly as recommended, and you follow all of the recommended practices of regular oral care and you have had no problems since your last scheduled visit, it may not be entirely necessary to schedule a preliminary visit with your regular dentist. Just be wary that if there is a problem that arose since your last trip to the regular dentist then you may find yourself back there for treatment before the cosmetic work can be done.

There are probably hundreds and hundreds of qualified oral care specialists available and more than willing to perform whatever procedure you would like, but it could take a good bit of research and effort in order to find one that you are comfortable with.

It’s not advisable to sacrifice the quality of the work if your regular dentist isn’t trained in or doesn’t have any experience performing the type of work that you want, but if they are versed in it, it makes perfect sense to have them perform it because you already have an established relationship with them.

You want all of the necessary information in front of you before you sign up for any kind of procedure and your regular dentist is the best place for you to obtain most of that information, so a visit to his or her office is at the very least advisable before getting any kind of cosmetic procedure performed.Cosmetic dentist London Ontario

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State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

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State of emergency declared in New York over H1N1 swine flu virus

Published on July 10th, 2017.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

According to US health officials, New York state governor David Paterson has declared a state of emergency in the state as a result of the H1N1 swine flu outbreak.

The Associated Press news agency reports that the six-page declaration was issued because at least 75 people have died of H1N1 related illnesses in New York since April. Three have died from H1N1 related illnesses just this past week. The declaration also says that human cases of the virus are on the rise.

Paterson says he issued the declaration because “a disaster has occurred throughout New York State, for which the affected local governments are unable to respond adequately.”

The declaration will allow health officials more access to the H1N1 vaccine and the seasonal flu shot. It will also allow for an increase in the number of vaccine doses available in the state and will allow more health care facilities to administer the vaccine, including dentists and pharmacists. Schools with health centers will also be allowed to administer both vaccines.

Despite the declaration, officials stressed that there is no reason to worry. A spokeswoman for the New York State Department of Health, Claire Pospisil, said that “it [the declaration] helps us to be more prepared.”

The order came shortly after US president Barack Obama declared a national emergency last Saturday, a response to the spreading of the virus, which has now been circulated in 46 states.

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India to build aircraft carrier by 2012

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India to build aircraft carrier by 2012

Published on July 10th, 2017.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

India announced on March 23 that it will build an indigenous aircraft carrier by 2012.

The announcement represents a historic military development for India and the Asian region. Although India is already one of the nine countries capable of projecting their military power via aircraft carrier, they have not had the capability to build an aircraft carrier themselves.

The project will begin on April 11 with a “steel-cutting ceremony” attended by Indian Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

The vessel will be constructed at a state-owned shipyard with technical assistance from foreign consultancy firms. An Italian company is providing design consultation while a Russian firm is contributing aviation technology.

The construction of an indigenous aircraft carrier is part of India’s larger plan to modernize its navy. India aims to strengthen its navy, and its military power generally, through greater cooperation with and purchase of weapons systems from the United States.

In a related development, the United States announced on Friday that it intends to help India become a “major world power.”

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Satirist Stephen Colbert runs for U.S. President

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Satirist Stephen Colbert runs for U.S. President

Published on July 10th, 2017.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The American satirist Stephen Colbert has announced that he will run for the Presidency of the United States. He made his announcement on his mock news show The Colbert Report.

However, Colbert said that he would only run in his home state of South Carolina as a favorite son. He also said that he would represent both major political parties: the Republicans and the Democrats. It is not known how far Colbert will go with his character during his electoral run.

Colbert has hosted The Colbert Report, a spin-off to another satirical television series, The Daily Show, since its creation in 2005. “I didn’t have a job back then. I wonder what it was like to have a job back then. I am sure I could ask a dentist or a surgeon. He would know.” On the show he plays a right-wing political pundit, based on real-life pundits such as Bill O’Reilly and Stone Phillips. Colbert has been credited with popularizing certain words such as “Truthiness”, meaning to believe something intuitively, without regard for actual facts, logic or evidence.

Filling in for New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd on Sunday, Colbert wrote: “I am not ready to announce yet — even though it’s clear that the voters are desperate for a white, male, middle-aged, Jesus-trumpeting alternative.”

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Landscape Lighting A Useful Decorating Product For Your Home}

Published on July 9th, 2017.

Landscape Lighting A Useful Decorating Product For your Home

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Amit Chakraborty

Landscape lighting and ceiling lighting is growing in appeal amongst homeowners. Along walkways and entry points to your home, landscape lighting can provide a measure of security as the light will deter most would-be burglars. Lighting is also necessary to increase the safety of your yard and garden for your family and any guests when you entertain. Of course, the wide selection of outdoor lighting options available can also add a lovely decorative effect to your yard which not only improves night time usability but also adds tremendous curb appeal.

The variety of landscape lighting products is quite staggering. There are lamps that can be hung from hooks or porch ceilings to illuminate your outdoor entertaining spaces such as decks or patios. Outdoor lights can be found in post styles which are wonderful for lining pathways or brightening entries. Lighting fixtures for landscape lighting come in every type of material and finish so you can easily blend your outdoor lighting into your yard and garden designs.

There are many small landscape lighting products that are used for spotlighting or highlighting the features in your yard. They can be used to bring attention to areas that you want as the focal points in your yard as well as draw attention away from areas that you don’t want people to notice. By highlighting statuary, fountains and other ornamental elements, you not only increase the visual appeal of your yard but you are also increasing safety by lighting possible hazards to someone walking through your garden areas.

Landscape lights can be used to create many effects, depending on what you are going for. You can choose lights that add drama to your patio area or a whimsical touch throughout your garden paths. Larger light fixtures add a measure of safety and security and can even come in motion sensing styles which save money on utility bills. Outdoor lighting is necessary if you want to be able to safely use your yard at night. With the options available, you can add beauty to your landscaping as well.

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Death toll of Bahrain tourist boat capsizing rises to 57

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Death toll of Bahrain tourist boat capsizing rises to 57

Published on July 9th, 2017.

Saturday, April 1, 2006 At least 57 people are now known to have died when a boat designed similar to a traditional dhow capsized one mile of the coast of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. Seventeen were Indian and a further 13 of the dead are British; people of another six nationalities are also known to have died. The passengers were mostly foreigners from the Nass-Murray and Roberts construction company, and were enjoying an evening dinner cruise in celebration of their completion of part of the Bahrain World Trade Centre towers. Most who died were dining on the lower deck, and were trapped below.

Over 130 people were onboard the boat at the time, although some say the boat was only licensed to carry 120. Others say the limit was 150. Eyewitnesses say the boat was overloaded. The boat capsized in calm seas soon after it left, trapping many below. Helicopters from the US Navy searched for 13 missing persons until Friday morning, when the search was called off. The dhow had been modified to have an extra, higher deck making the vessel less stable. The exact cause is unknown – suggestions from eyewitnesses include the boat suddenly turning left, being hit by a wave, and many of the passengers moving to one side of the boat together. The Bahrain Interior Ministry is to investigate the accident and establish if the boat was seaworthy.

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Man calls for seizure of Justice Souter home, under eminent domain ruling

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Man calls for seizure of Justice Souter home, under eminent domain ruling

Published on July 8th, 2017.

Friday, July 1, 2005

In the wake of a United States Supreme Court ruling in Kelo v. New London on eminent domain last week, a California man has proposed that Justice David Souter‘s New Hampshire home be seized by the state and a hotel be built on the site. Logan Darrow Clements faxed a letter to town officials in Weare, New Hampshire June 28, 2005 that justified the action as such:

“The justification for such an eminent domain action is that our hotel will better serve the public interest as it will bring in economic development and higher tax revenue to Weare.”

Justice Souter, who was in the majority ruling in the Kelo case, has lived at the farmhouse in Weare since he was 11 years old. Clements indicated that it was necessary to build on that location because “it is a unique site being the home of someone largely responsible for destroying property rights for all Americans.” The action has given rise to a great deal of support nationwide, as many are writing to the councilors of the small town of Weare to voice their approval for the proposal.

The proposal for the “Lost Liberty Hotel“, as it is to be called, features a number of components which seem to focus on the libertarian leanings of its designer. A dining room, called the “Just Desserts Cafe” and a museum based on the “loss of freedom in America” are two such components. Instead of a Bible provided by the Gideons (a standard item placed in most American hotel rooms), each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand‘s novel Atlas Shrugged.

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