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    Laporta poses for the interview. Joan Laporta (Barcelona, ​​58 years old), president of FC Barcelona between 2003 and 2010, aspires to lead the Barça club again from Sunday. He had already tried in 2015, when he faced the candidacy of Josep Maria Bartomeu, then endorsed by the triplet of Luis Enrique’s team. Optimistic, seductive and charismatic, the lawyer is committed to recovering the club’s economy, a company that he claims to have achieved in his first stage at the Camp Nou. Ask. You, who have been a good center forward, are you playing central in these elections? Answer. Midfielder game. I don’t know how to play defense. P. How Busquets? R. Like Xavi [risas]… P. Do you have the feeling that you are competing against Victor Font [apuesta por Xavi como mánager general] and Toni Freixa, but also before Carles Tusquets, president of the management committee? A three...
    Letitia James, the New York State attorney general, will have wide-ranging subpoena powers to request documents and call witnesses to examine sexual assault allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D). The independent inquiry, which is likely to be months from now, may also scrutinize not just the sexual harassment accusations made by two former aides last week but “potential claims from other women as well,” according to a report. A lawyer who specializes in employment law and sexual harassment cases, Nina Pirrotti, believes, “The end game is that a report that found him culpable would bring pressure to bear on him personally, on his regime, on the Legislature to act.” But the harassment accusations could be even more damaging for Andrew Cuomo’s family, who has advanced protections for women in the workplace. Gov. Cuomo’s 17-year-old daughter raises awareness over sexual assault by selling T-shirts that read, “my having a good a– does not give you a right...
    Savannah Rychcik March 1, 2021 0 Comments House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is speaking out about the women who have come forward accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) of sexual harassment. “The women who have come forward with serious and credible charges against Governor Cuomo deserve to be heard and to be treated with dignity,” Pelosi said in a statement to Fox News. She added, “The independent investigation must have due process and respect for everyone involved.” Former aide Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of trying to kiss her and telling her he wanted to play strip poker. The New York Times reported on Saturday, another one of his former aides, Charlotte Bennett, said Cuomo asked her about her sex life and other questions about relationships she had with other men. In a statement the governor released on Sunday, he apologized for his “insensitive” interactions, as IJR reported. “I now...
    Bradley Cortright February 28, 2021 0 Comments New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is facing allegations of sexual harassment from two former aides and calls for an independent investigation into them. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked if President Joe Biden believes Cuomo’s denial or the women who have leveled the accusations.  “President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect, and with dignity,” Psaki said. “There should be an independent review looking into these allegations.”  When asked if Biden believes that the “essence” of the allegations are true, Psaki said, “He believes that every woman that comes forward should be treated with dignity and respect. They should be able to tell their story.” She reiterated her belief that there should be an independent review of the allegations. Watch the video below:...
    CNN’s Dana Bash asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki Sunday about the serious allegations of sexual harassment against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. A second former aide to Cuomo came forward alleging he sexually harassed her in a New York Times report Saturday. Charlotte Bennett’s account followed that of another former Cuomo aide, Lindsey Boylan. Bash asked Psaki about the harassment allegations against the governor — awkwardly referring to him as “Governor Chris Cuomo” before correcting a minute later — and whether President Joe Biden believes Bennett or Cuomo. “President Biden has been consistent that he believes that every woman should be heard, should be treated with respect and dignity. Charlotte should be treated with respect and dignity, and so should Lindsey,” Psaki said. She told Bash Biden would support an “independent review looking into these allegations.” “It was hard to read that story as a woman, and that process...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ERIC TUCKER and MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s nominee for attorney general, vowed on Monday to prioritize civil rights, combat extremist attacks and ensure the Justice Department remains politically independent. A federal appeals court judge who was snubbed by Republicans for a seat on the Supreme Court in 2016, Garland appeared Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee and is widely expected to sail through his confirmation process with bipartisan support. “The attorney general represents the public interest, particularly and specifically as defined by the Constitution and the statutes of the United States,” Garland said. “I do not plan to be interfered with by anyone.” Garland will inherit a Justice Department that endured a tumultuous era under Trump — rife with political drama and controversial decisions — and that faced abundant criticism from Democrats over what they saw as the politicizing of...
    A driver uses the Uber app to drop off a passenger in London.Chris J. Ratcliffe | Bloomberg via Getty Images LONDON — Uber lost a crucial legal fight in the U.K. on Friday, as the country's Supreme Court upheld a ruling that its drivers should be classified as workers rather than independent contractors. The verdict concludes an almost five-year legal battle between Uber and a group of former drivers who claim they were workers entitled to employment rights like a minimum wage, holiday pay and rest breaks. This is a breaking news story, please check back later for more.Related Tags Breaking News: Europe Breaking News: Technology Autos Transportation Jobs
    An idea that looks like a dystopian novel. In the United States, Nevada Governor Steve Sissolak plans to sell land to innovative companies. In fact, its purpose is to revive the local economy, leaving full powers to companies. According to an article in Las Vegas Review-Journal Discovered by International mail, Large technology companies can form some kind of local government on the land sold to them. If the idea is successful, they can tax and set up courts. To allow this concession, the companies involved would have to pay $ 250 million for the unbuilt land and then invest $ 1 billion over 10 years. This land will be over 20,000 hectares. By comparison, Paris covers an area of ​​10,500 hectares. Economy centered on cryptocurrency The purpose is clear: to succeed in attracting new businesses to help the local economy thrive and create tens of thousands of...
    A proposed bill would allow tech companies to create their own governments in Nevada. Companies could create separate local governments, called “Innovation Zones,” that would have the authority of a county – meaning they can impose taxes, build schools, create court systems, and provide government services, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak said that the proposed bill is meant to attract tech companies like Blockchain in order to boost the state’s economy. Sisolak first introduced the concept during a Jan. 19 State of the State address. The legislation would allow the state to avoid using publicly funded incentives like tax abatements to attract businesses. Traditional governments are “inadequate alone to provide the flexibility and resources conducive to making the State a leader in attracting and retaining new forms and types of businesses and fostering economic development in emerging technologies and innovative industries,” a draft of...
    Former Republican Congresswoman Mia Love called out the GOP as a “party in crisis” for its very public schism over Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose very public condemnation and vote to impeach Donald Trump has incensed the die-hard MAGA faction inside the House caucus. Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room on Wednesday evening, Love, who is a CNN political contributor, pushed back on the idea that Cheney should be removed from her party leadership position for sanctioning the former president. Love was on air while, simultaneously, the House GOP conference was reportedly holding a raucous, closed-door meeting about whether or not to oust her as Conference Chair. “You attended dozens of these conference meetings,” Blitzer pointed out. “One lawmaker described this meeting, as you heard, as ‘a mess.’ Does that surprise you at all given all the disarray that’s happening right now within the GOP?” “I think that this is a party in crisis, unfortunately,” Love said. “You...
    Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs said that ending the Keystone XL Pipeline will ultimately “endanger” the opportunity for the United States to be “energy independent.” President Joe Biden cancelled a permit critical to the Keystone pipeline, meant to transport oil from Canada to the U.S., as one of his first acts in office. As a result, around 11,000 high paying jobs were lost. Discussing the move Wednesday morning on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus,” Biggs told anchor Harris Faulkner that comments by Biden officials stating that the displaced workers will easily find new jobs are “incredibly insensitive.” WATCH: “We hope he gets a new job,” Biggs said, referring to a clip Faulkner played of a previous guest who had lost his job. “I believe he probably will get a new job. But what happens in the interim and how do you change your career?” “This guy and all of...
    The alternate season of 2017 was a prop of Bitcoin’s running of the bulls. Once the price of Bitcoin rallied around a new ATH, investment started pouring in for altcoin projects. This means that there was not a lot of independence in altcoin rallies. Also, short term highs in BTC were followed by rallies of altcoins. Investments in and out more quickly, in altcoins. However, in 2021 that has changed. Top altcoin Ethereum had led the way with the launch of ETH 2.0. The rise in prices to $ 1,300 favors growing market capitalization and high Open Interest in ETH futures. Which drives the rally, led by Ethereum. Most of the altcoins in the top 10 show double-digit payouts. Altcoins like Stellar Lumens and Cardano are showing double-digit gains, mostly independent of Bitcoin’s price rise and timing. During the last two quarters of 2020, the correlation of altcoins with...
    Freedom nears SO this grim year draws to an end on the most bittersweet of notes. On the one hand, fantastic news on both the approval of the Oxford vaccine and Brexit finally being done gives us a glimpse of what next year could herald for Britain. 3Britain begins 2021 as the fully independent country it was always meant to beCredit: EPA 3Brexit finally being done gives us a glimpse of what next year could herald for BritainCredit: AFP or licensors If all goes according to plan, 24million vulnerable Brits will be inoculated between January and Easter. Pressure on the NHS will then surely quickly and dramatically recede. And at long last, we can begin to wave goodbye to lockdowns, to the dreaded tier system, to social distancing — and to all the other miserable restrictions which have kept us from people we love. As for Britain’s relationship with...
    ^ Keep Westword Free Support Us I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free. Support Us Who's going to be sorry to say so long to 2020? From the coronavirus pandemic that's killed thousands of Coloradans — and counting — to the blazes that ravaged so much of the state to the demonstrations that marched through a deserted downtown, this has been a real dumpster fire of a year. One with too much action to confine to a single roundup. So we've dumped the action into a series of stories, which you can read here: "The Ten Biggest Colorado Political Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Denver Political Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Sports Stories of 2020""The Ten Biggest Marijuana Stories of 2020" "The Ten Biggest Restaurant and Food Stories of 2020" ...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Chief Negotiator David Frost said on Thursday Britain would be a fully independent country again from Jan. 1, expressing his pride in the announcement of a trade deal with the European Union. "Our country begins a new journey as a fully independent country once again on 1 January. Our future and our prosperity are in our hands. I am confident we will thrive and succeed," he said on Twitter. (Reporting by William James, editing by Elizabeth Piper) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters. Tags: Ireland, tariffs, Scotland, European Union, international trade, United Kingdom, Europe
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani compared President Donald Trump to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and suggested Wednesday that Trump could be hanged just as Saddam was in 2006. “The day that madman was hanged was the day people celebrated the final victory,” said Rouhani about the Iraqi dictator, according to a report by the Independent. “Trump’s fate won’t be much better than Saddam’s.” Iran president says ‘madman’ Trump will suffer similar fate as hanged Saddam Hussein https://t.co/Efu0CyMTCW — The Independent (@Independent) December 23, 2020 Severe economic sanctions by the Trump administration under a “maximum pressure” campaign have significantly restrained Iran’s economy. Many of the sanctions follow Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran deal, in 2018. Pressure between the United States and Iran further increased earlier this year after the US military killed Gen. Qasem Soleimani, the leader of...
    Passengers on a United Kingdom flight to Stuttgart, Germany, were told mid-flight that they would be sleeping on cots at the airport when they arrived. Travelers without a German passport on a EuroWings flight from London were originally supposed to have to take a coronavirus test upon arrival in Stuttgart. They would then go straight to a designated hotel to quarantine while they waited for their results, The Independent reported. However, passengers were told mid-flight that, “passengers without a German passport need to be aware that there are no more hotel rooms available, all hotels reached maximum occupancy in Stuttgart,” according to audio obtained by Bild, a German publication, Business Insider reported. (RELATED: American Removes Mother, Child From Flight When 2-Year-Old Refuses Face Covering) The pilot then went on to state, “German citizens continue to be able to enter the country without any limitations,” according to Business Insider. A Stuttgart...
    It's trawl over WITH just days left, the Brexit trade deal flounders over fish — and the EU’s jaw-dropping intransigence. For half a century it has enjoyed unfettered access to our waters, secured from the feeble PM Ted Heath, and now simply refuses to give it up. 2But our fishing industry is a minnow only because of the constraints of our EU membershipCredit: Alamy Live News In only 12 days we regain sole control over those fishing grounds. Yet EU crews aim to trawl them almost exactly as they have for decades. Absurdly, they have offered us an EIGHT-YEAR transition period — after which we would still be punished by Brussels’ tariffs for cutting their catch.They haven’t got a leg to stand on and they know it. It still baffles some Brits why such a minor UK industry should be the major block to a deal worth vastly more....
    A man who falsely claimed to be a missing Illinois child was sentenced to two years behind bars, according to The Independent. In April 2019, FBI agents arrested Brian Michael Rini, 25, for claiming to be Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared at age six in 2011, The Independent reported. Rini, of Medina, Ohio, had told authorities in 2019 in northern Kentucky that he escaped captors who had abused him. Sentencing Set For Brian Michael Rini, Who Claimed To Be Missing Aurora Boy Timmothy Pitzen https://t.co/oqliYF3VkW pic.twitter.com/731KQ4EeIl — CBS Chicago (@cbschicago) December 15, 2020 A DNA test proved that Rini was not Pitzen, The Independent reported. His DNA was already on file because he had been in jail for burglary and vandalism. Rini said he lied about his identity after watching an episode of ABC’s “20/20” in order to escape his own family, the FBI said. Rini...
    For the second time in just over a year, L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret, has hired another law firm to investigate ties between its billionaire founder Les Wexner’s and the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. L Brands first enlisted the services of the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell shortly after Epstein’s arrest in July last year, when revelations about the influence he over Wexner’s fortune and how he may have used his link to the retail magnate to prey on women came to light. The company moved quickly to announce it had hired the firm to conduct a ‘thorough review’ of the matter, however no findings of the probe have yet been released publicly, nearly 16-months on. A number of former Victoria’s Secret employees, including two who said they shared direct interactions with Epstein, told the New York Times they were never even contacted by...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that masks and social distancing measures will still be necessary even after many Americans become vaccinated against COVID-19. “I would recommend to people to not abandon all public health measures just because you’ve been vaccinated,” Fauci said during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. “Because even though for the general population it might be 90% to 95% effective, you don’t necessarily know for you how effective it is.” Fauci, a member of President Trump’s coronavirus task force and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said that he wouldn’t let his guard down even when he receives the vaccine. “I can feel more relaxed in essentially not having the stringency that we have right now, but I think abandoning it completely would not be a good idea,” Fauci said. The comments came just a few days after Fauci ignited criticism for...
    Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias announced Friday that he is leaving the news organization due to "inherent tension" that apparently reached a boiling point. "Co-founding @voxdotcom with @ezraklein & @MelissaBell has been one of the great adventures of my life but after 6+ years on the job I’ve decided it’s time for me to move on to something new that I’m really excited about," Yglesias write on Twitter in breaking the news. "I’ve been wanting for some time to reclaim what I had in my blog days as an independent voice, and a great opportunity has arisen for me to do that on Substack where today I’m launching a new site that you can find and read all about here," he added, including a link. TENSION AMONG VOX EMPLOYEES ERUPT ON TWITTER AFTER JOURNALIST SIGNS 'CANCEL CULTURE' LETTER Yglesias gave some more details about his departure from the liberal outlet at his new personal website, Slow...
    COVID-19 : Photo: Massimo Santi / Shutterstock After the controversy with bookstores, it is now time to act to save these businesses in danger. To fight against competition from Amazon, Roselyne Bachelot announced a welcome measure: postal rates will be reduced for all book orders in independent stores. Explanations. This Monday, November 2, the Minister of Culture, who says she is hostile to digital platforms, declared that “postal rates will be considerably reduced for shipments of books ordered from bookstores”. A measure that follows the anger of booksellers who are, once again, forced to close because of the containment. Invited on the set of LCI, Roseline Bachelot acclaimed: “When you send a paperback at 8 euros, the postal rate is 6.35 euros. We will divide the postage rates for sending books by three or four. This will reduce the postage costs of booksellers “, then...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Following a multi-million dollar ad blitz by app-based companies, California voters approved Proposition 22 on Tuesday night, according to the latest voter count by the Associated Press. With 71 percent of precincts reporting Wednesday morning, 58.44% have voted yes on Prop 22 and 41.56% have voted no, the AP reported. Among the one dozen propositions under consideration by California voters in the 2020 Election is Proposition 22, which would classify app-based drivers — who gain income through services like Uber and Lyft — as independent contractors with their own labor and wage policies. This proposition is part of the longstanding fight over designating a worker as an employee or an independent contractor. More than $200 million has gone into advertisements about Proposition 22, featuring app-based drivers and the apps themselves have also been offering insight into the proposition. “The reality is there’s no way we can...
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    During a press conference on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) dismissed the inquiries into the state’s nursing home policies during the coronavirus pandemic as something that “you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political.” And dismissed the idea of having independent experts look into the matter by saying that he already did and there is no one who is trusted by all members of both parties. Cuomo responded to a question on the investigation by state lawmakers, his past characterization of other investigations as partisan, and whether he would support an independent investigation by saying, “I wouldn’t do an investigation as to whether or not it’s political. Everybody can make that decision for themselves. I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political. Just look at where it comes from and look at the sources and look at their political affiliation and look...
    At least four Republicans have been revealed to be playing an active role in helping to aid Kanye West’s 2020 presidential bid, as the rapper made the deadline to file as an independent candidate in the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday. West’s ties to the individuals has raised questions about the intentions of his White House bid and whether the campaign is all a just a GOP-orchestrated ruse to help siphon votes from Joe Biden in vital swing-states to benefit President Trump. Petitioning company Let the voters Decide, which is headed by Mark Jacoby, has been helping the Grammy -winning artist secure signatures to run in three states: Ohio, West Virginia and Arkansas. Jacoby was arrested on charges of voter fraud in 2008 while working for the Republican Party in California. In a statement to the New York Times, Jacoby said his organisation was non-partisan and refused to comment on...
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will continue to engage constructively with the European Union in talks on a future relationship, but London is not willing to give up its rights as an independent state, a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday. The two sides will resume talks on Tuesday after Britain's chief negotiator David Frost hosts his EU counterpart Michel Barnier for dinner later on Monday, but there has been little movement on the "significant differences" that divide them. Britain left the EU in January and is in a status quo transition period until the end of the year, when some companies fear disruption if the two fail to secure a free trade deal. "Our position on our sovereignty, laws and fisheries is clear, we will not give up our rights as an independent state," the spokesman told reporters. "We will continue to engage constructively with the EU...
    What is Ye doing? Kanye West appears to still be in the Democratic presidential race despite reports that the rapper had abandoned his bid. New York magazine reported Tuesday night that West had abandoned his bid, citing a consultant who had been working with West to get him on state ballots as an independent candidate. But the source may have been inaccurate. On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Election board reported that West qualified to be listed as an independent candidate on the general election ballot. Independent presidential candidate Kanye West has qualified for the General Election ballot in Oklahoma. (Today is Oklahoma's deadline for Independent & Unrecognized Party presidential candidates to file statements of candidacy with their petitions or filing fee.)— Oklahoma State Election Board (@OKelections) July 15, 2020 A Federal Election Commission statement of campaign organization was also filed on Wednesday, though...
    The United States has a long history of bitter, divisive presidential elections being followed by gracious concession speeches. But Journalist Andrew Feinberg, in an article published by The Independent on July 7, examines the possibility of far-right violence if Donald Trump loses to Joe Biden in November. “Even by the hardball standards of American presidential politics,” Feinberg explains, “Trump’s reelection bid stands out in history as the sole example of an incumbent president who is pushing his supporters to view a loss as the end of the republic rather than the end of his political career. This unprecedented strategy is raising concerns among experts on extremism and authoritarianism, and even veterans of Republican politics who say it is likely to result in violence should Trump lose in November.” Trump is hardly the first U.S. president to play hardball during his reelection campaign. President Richard Nixon, in 1972, slammed Democratic nominee...
    (CNN)Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump have messed with the wrong prosecutors. The attempt to decapitate the Southern District of New York by removing US Attorney Geoffrey Berman is nothing less than a political assault on a fiercely independent office that poses a genuine threat to powerful interests arrayed around the President. Jennifer RodgersElie HonigBarr has, once again, injected partisan politics into the Justice Department to protect Trump. But they won't succeed. We are betting that the SDNY and its work will overcome and outlast the machinations of Barr and the Trump administration.Barr's late Friday night announcement that Berman would be "stepping down" backfired in spectacular fashion. Berman immediately called out Barr's mendacity, stating plainly: "I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning." It's bad enough that Barr tried to bury this news by announcing it late on a Friday night; it's even worse that he...
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