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News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Former FBI Director James Comey has reportedly said he hopes there are tapes of his various conversations with Donald Trump. Hours after Mr Trump issued a veiled threat on Twitter in which he said Mr Comey “better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press”, a report said the former FBI Director had responded by saying he was not concerned. CNN said a source had said the meeting over dinner on January 27 had been requested by Mr Trump, and that Mr Comey had already been told he was going to stay in his position. “It is absolutely untrue that Jim asked to have dinner or that he asked to have his job,” the network quoted the source as saying: “That is a complete fabrication.” Meanwhile, NBC quoted a source close to Mr Comey as saying: “He hopes there are tapes. That would be perfect.” The proxy war of words between the two men came days after Mr Trump announced he had fired Mr Comey, claiming that he had taken the decision because of his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. Few observers believed that explanation. The White House has been scrambling to keep its straight its story about the firing of Mr Comey, something that Mr Trump has not made easy. Video not available for syndication Donald Trump says James Comey told him multiple times he was not under investigation Initially, a succession of officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, said Mr Trump took the decision after acting of the recommendation of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. But in an interview with NBC, Mr Trump said he had made up his mind to fire the FBI Director before obtaining memos from the two senior officials in the Justice Department. Indeed, as it became clear that the documents had been hastily put together to create cover for Mr Trump, Mr Rosenstein reportedly threatened to resign. “Regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey,” Mr Trump said, referring to the ousted law enforcement official as a “showboat” and a “grandstander”. “The FBI has been in turmoil,” Mr Trump claimed. “You know that, I know that, everyone knows that.” Mr Trump also claimed in the NBC interview that he had asked Mr Comey directly if he was under investigation personally as part of the bureau’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia’s alleged effort to influence the 2016 presidential election. “I said, ‘If it’s possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?’ He said you are not under investigation,” Mr Trump said. He said the discussions happened in two phone calls and at a dinner in which Mr Comey was asking to keep his job. Mr Comey has not confirmed Mr Trump’s account of the events. The New York Times cited two unnamed associates of Mr Comey who recounted his tale of a January dinner with the president in which Mr Trump asked for a pledge of loyalty. Mr Comey declined, apparently, instead offering “honesty”. When Mr Trump then pressed for “honest loyalty”, Mr Comey told the president: “You will have that.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the report and said the president would “never even suggest the expectation of personal loyalty”. CNN said its source said Mr Comey knew it was possible he would lose his job, especially when he did not agree to pledge loyalty and later with the fallout over refuting the president’s claims that President Barack Obama ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower. However, the manner in which he was fired came as a surprise to him.


OWINGS MILLS, MD, May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, the first how-to series to focus on smoking every type of food, launches its third season on public television starting Memorial Day weekend. Project Smoke stars live-fire cooking expert and author Steven Raichlen and is presented by Maryland Public Television. Project Smoke brings the arts of smoking and grilling from the competitive barbecue circuit to the American backyard. Filmed at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in California’s historic Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara’s wine country, season three features a new collection of smokers and grills, including a wood-burning plancha grill, a gravity-fed smoker cabinet, and a high-tech infrared grill. This season’s 13 episodes offer new smoking techniques for home chefs, such as herb smoking with a blowtorch, and curing and smoking bacon like pastrami. For fans of Steven Raichlen’s Primal Grill TV series, the new season brings a renewed emphasis on grilling for viewers who may not own smokers. During season three Project Smoke goes global, with episodes on Mexican and Pac-Rim smoke and global tailgating. Series fans can look forward to episodes on the BBQ Holy Trinity, Perfect Hog, Extreme Smoke, Hot Stuff, and Water Meets Fire. The coming season includes recipes for Korean pulled pork, cedar-planked king crab, Yankee porchetta, and smoke-grilled monster tomahawk steaks, to name just a few. Visit projectsmoke.org for more details and check local TV listings for Project Smoke airdates and times. Season three premieres on MPT-HD Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m. If fans are interested in seeing Project Smoke in their area, they should contact the programming department of their public television stations. Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke is a co-production of Maryland Public Television, Barbacoa, Inc. and Resolution Pictures. The series is distributed by American Public Television. Funding for the series is provided by Bush's Beans, Bradley Smoker, Inc., Arteflame, Memphis Wood Fire Grills, LLC, Komodo Kamado, Maverick Housewares, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Yoder Smokers, The Companion Group, Creekstone Farms, Charbon Basques, Workman Publishing, Smoke 'n' Fire, Inc. and Saber Grills. Steven Raichlen is the author of the award-winning Barbecue Bible Cookbook series (more than five million copies in print, with translations in 17 languages).  His TV shows include the popular Primal Grill and Barbecue University on public television and Le Maitre du Grill and the new Les Incontornables de BBQ, which he hosts in French in Quebec.  Author of 30 books (including the novel Island Apart), Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, and all major food magazines.  Raichlen founded Barbecue University at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs and has lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and Harvard.  He also battled and defeated Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba on Japanese television.  Raichlen’s books have won three James Beard Awards and 3 IACP Julia Child Awards.  Raichlen studied medieval cooking in Europe on a Watson Foundation Fellowship (he was also awarded a Fulbright).  He lives in Miami and Martha’s Vineyard. Maryland Public Television, launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  A frequent winner of regional Emmy® Awards, MPT creates and distributes local, regional, and national television series and films, including Primal Grill® with Steven Raichlen, MotorWeek, Maryland Farm & Harvest and American War Stories: Vietnam. Resolution Pictures is an Emmy® Award-winning production company specializing in food television.  Many of its programs have won James Beard Awards including Lidia’s Italy, Food Trip with Todd English, and My Country My Kitchen. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/14d394bb-e9af-4e4f-845f-a22e10fec6be A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0297f75b-6053-43f2-b7ab-e2cce3f6a3e5 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/43976443-18ae-4231-bf07-bc8ddec0fd8d


OWINGS MILLS, MD, May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Steven Raichlen’s Project Smoke, the first how-to series to focus on smoking every type of food, launches its third season on public television starting Memorial Day weekend. Project Smoke stars live-fire cooking expert and author Steven Raichlen and is presented by Maryland Public Television. Project Smoke brings the arts of smoking and grilling from the competitive barbecue circuit to the American backyard. Filmed at the Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort in California’s historic Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara’s wine country, season three features a new collection of smokers and grills, including a wood-burning plancha grill, a gravity-fed smoker cabinet, and a high-tech infrared grill. This season’s 13 episodes offer new smoking techniques for home chefs, such as herb smoking with a blowtorch, and curing and smoking bacon like pastrami. For fans of Steven Raichlen’s Primal Grill TV series, the new season brings a renewed emphasis on grilling for viewers who may not own smokers. During season three Project Smoke goes global, with episodes on Mexican and Pac-Rim smoke and global tailgating. Series fans can look forward to episodes on the BBQ Holy Trinity, Perfect Hog, Extreme Smoke, Hot Stuff, and Water Meets Fire. The coming season includes recipes for Korean pulled pork, cedar-planked king crab, Yankee porchetta, and smoke-grilled monster tomahawk steaks, to name just a few. Visit projectsmoke.org for more details and check local TV listings for Project Smoke airdates and times. Season three premieres on MPT-HD Saturday, May 27 at 1 p.m. If fans are interested in seeing Project Smoke in their area, they should contact the programming department of their public television stations. Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke is a co-production of Maryland Public Television, Barbacoa, Inc. and Resolution Pictures. The series is distributed by American Public Television. Funding for the series is provided by Bush's Beans, Bradley Smoker, Inc., Arteflame, Memphis Wood Fire Grills, LLC, Komodo Kamado, Maverick Housewares, Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, Yoder Smokers, The Companion Group, Creekstone Farms, Charbon Basques, Workman Publishing, Smoke 'n' Fire, Inc. and Saber Grills. Steven Raichlen is the author of the award-winning Barbecue Bible Cookbook series (more than five million copies in print, with translations in 17 languages).  His TV shows include the popular Primal Grill and Barbecue University on public television and Le Maitre du Grill and the new Les Incontornables de BBQ, which he hosts in French in Quebec.  Author of 30 books (including the novel Island Apart), Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, and all major food magazines.  Raichlen founded Barbecue University at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs and has lectured on the history of barbecue at the Smithsonian Institution, Library of Congress and Harvard.  He also battled and defeated Iron Chef Rokusaburo Michiba on Japanese television.  Raichlen’s books have won three James Beard Awards and 3 IACP Julia Child Awards.  Raichlen studied medieval cooking in Europe on a Watson Foundation Fellowship (he was also awarded a Fulbright).  He lives in Miami and Martha’s Vineyard. Maryland Public Television, launched in 1969 and headquartered in Owings Mills, MD, is a nonprofit, state-licensed public television network and member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).  MPT’s six transmitters cover Maryland plus portions of contiguous states and the District of Columbia.  A frequent winner of regional Emmy® Awards, MPT creates and distributes local, regional, and national television series and films, including Primal Grill® with Steven Raichlen, MotorWeek, Maryland Farm & Harvest and American War Stories: Vietnam. Resolution Pictures is an Emmy® Award-winning production company specializing in food television.  Many of its programs have won James Beard Awards including Lidia’s Italy, Food Trip with Todd English, and My Country My Kitchen. A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/14d394bb-e9af-4e4f-845f-a22e10fec6be A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/0297f75b-6053-43f2-b7ab-e2cce3f6a3e5 A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/43976443-18ae-4231-bf07-bc8ddec0fd8d


News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

It’s hard to tell what’s worse: that Trump thinks he can get away with firing Comey, or that he is so nakedly hiding the true reason for the decision There are so many shocking aspects to Donald Trump’s abrupt firing of the FBI director, James Comey, it’s almost hard to put into words, but one facet sticks out above all else: Trump has essentially declared that the president is above the law, and Americans of all political stripes should be incredibly disturbed by that thought. I have harshly criticized James Comey in the pages of the Guardian almost too many times to count, but no matter one’s views of Comey’s positions, the fact that the president can suddenly fire the FBI director who is currently investigating him means that the president quite literally considers himself immune from accountability. As John Cassidy of the New Yorker wrote, “It amounts to a premeditated and terrifying attack on the American system of government.” It’s hard to tell what’s worse: that Trump thinks he can get away with it, or the fact that the justice department and his White House are so nakedly hiding the true reason for Comey’s firing. When the news hit on Tuesday night, the attorney general and his deputy released a letter and a memo which ostensibly cited, of all things, Comey’s behavior during the Clinton investigation before the election. But it immediately became clear that Trump was trying to find any excuse to dampen the current frenzy in Washington around his campaign’s relationship to the Russian government. Just as with his Muslim ban, Trump’s own hubris and inability to keep his mouth shut trumped any semblance of hiding behind his lawyers. In his own letter to Comey, Trump indicated that his firing had nothing to do with Clinton and everything to do with the investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government. “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Trump wrote in one of the more eye-popping paragraphs in the modern history of official letters. And if his letter wasn’t clear enough, leaks from within the Trump administration confirmed as much: the idea that Trump was doing this at the “recommendation” of the attorney general is ludicrous. As Politico reported, several people “familiar with the events said Trump had talked about the firing for over a week, and the letters were written to give him rationale to fire Comey”. The Washington Post reported Trump was furious that Comey would not more aggressively investigate leaks coming out of the FBI and White House. The Wall Street Journal said Trump was apparently jealous of the television coverage Comey had been receiving in recent weeks, and he couldn’t believe how much television time the Russia investigation was getting. In typical Trump style, “he would sometimes scream at television clips about the probe,” a source said to Politico. The New York Times also reported on Wednesday that just a week earlier, Comey had requested more resources from the justice department to expand his investigation into the Trump administration’s Russian ties. The person Comey requested the information from was the deputy attorney general, Rod J Rosenstein, the same man who wrote the memo “recommending” Comey be fired. As usual, Trump has horribly miscalculated the situation. Apparently, he assumed there wouldn’t be such a big backlash to his decision, given how unpopular Comey is within the Democratic party for his alleged role in preventing a Hillary Clinton presidency, and how unpopular he is now with the Republican rank and file for his investigation of Trump. It’s hard to see how this won’t spectacularly backfire on Trump. Members of Congress are already calling on Comey to testify again in front of the Senate. (Comey is no stranger to dramatic testimony, as he almost upended the Bush administration when he told the story of how the justice department was on the verge of mass resignations following his objections to aspects of Bush’s illegal surveillance program.) If Trump thought that Comey was too soft on leaks, you can expect an absolute torrent of leaks from all corners of the justice department and FBI over the coming days. And just as in Nixon’s Saturday night massacre, in which he fired his attorney general in the face of the Watergate investigation, who knows if we’ll now see mass resignations from other government officials. As with many scandals, the cover-up is often worse than the crime, especially given intelligence officials and Democratic senators have already indicated that so far there’s not much evidence that Trump officials’ dealings with Russian representatives rose to the level of a crime. Trump is about to learn that lesson in the most public way possible.


News Article | May 12, 2017
Site: fashionunited.com

If the global fashion industry wishes to secure its future then now is the time to come together to and takes steps towards a circular system. That was the main takeaway from the Copenhagen Fashion Summit this week, which took place on May 11 at the Koncerthuset in one of the most green countries in the world: Denmark. Industry leaders from around the world came together for the which asked brands, retailers and companies alike to come together and pledge to begin working towards adopting a circular business model. The Global Fashion Agenda, which organises the sustainable fashion summit, Call to Action has been signed by over 20 leading companies, including H&M, Kering, Bestseller, Asos, M&S, Target and Inditex. "I'm very pleased that some of the world's leading and biggest companies signed our Call to Action for a Circular Fashion System,” says Eva Kruse, CEO of the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA). “I take this as a clear sign that the industry is not only aware of the need to change and the need to strive towards a closed loop system, but also ready to act.” Together, the companies which signed the GFA call to action commitment have pledged to start working on defining a circular strategy within their business, setting fixed targets for 2020 and will report on the progress of their commitment. A circular system, different from the linear model most companies use which sees the raw materials used to create commercial goods that are bought and then eventually thrown away by consumers, reuse products (and waste) at their end of life cycle to create new products over and over. The Global Fashion Agenda’s call to action comes after the release of a new report ‘The Pulse of Fashion 2017’. Created together by the GFA and the Boston Consulting Group, the report highlights the urgency the industry faces in shifting towards a circular model. For example, apparel consumption is predicted to reach 102 million tonnes by 2030, up from 62 million tonnes in 2016, as the global population will rise to 8.5 billion - putting a huge strain on the world’s resources. “We are currently using the resources of 1.7 planet’s - even though we only have the one,” says Kruse. The report also highlights the economic advantage in adopting a circular system which addresses the current environmental and social issues at hand: approximately 160 billion euros would be added to the world's economy annually by 2030. At the moment the fashion industry has a low pulse when it comes to sustainability, scoring a 32 out of 100 in the newly developed global Pulse Score. Although a number of big fashion players scored high, the remaining fashion players scored rather low, as a number of medium to smaller-sized companies are said to have shown little effort towards becoming sustainable. A number of larger players have already made a number of commitments initiatives towards becoming circular, including H&M, Kering and C&A. For example, H&M previously set itself a goal of only using in its products by 2030 last month, following the launch of its garment collection initiative in 2013. C&A, together with William McDonough, a renowned expert on Cradle to Cradle, took on the challenge of creating its first Following the Cradle to Cradle Certified Programme, which sets standards for raw material and chemical usages, ensures products are designed using materials which allow for reuse and made in safe and fair working conditions, C&A created a t-shirt certified at “Gold” level which retails for 9 euros and decomposes in 11 weeks if thrown onto a compost heap. Kering previously launched its innovation labs which are dedicated to developing new and sustainable materials, ranging from regenerated cashmere and recycled nylon. Kering, H&M and C&A have also invested in a number of start-ups to accelerate the development of the technology needed to take on a circular system. Together H&M and Kering have invested in which uses chemical recycling technology to separate and extract polyester and cotton from post-consumer products, while C&A teamed up with William McDonough, Kering, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Sustainable Trade Initiative to create the global initiative which aims to help the industry rethink how fashion is designed, make used and reused. However, in spite of these initiatives, there is still much work to be done if the fashion industry aims on becoming circular, which is why collaboration, innovation, technology and creativity were underlined as the key drivers for change throughout the Summit. “At Kering we are rethinking luxury as sustainable but to make real progress and to address our global challenges and to address our global challenges it is essential to join forces across the fashion industry,” says Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of international institutional affairs at Kering. “Many of the conventional and unsustainable practices employed by our industry must be transformed and we believe that working with our peers through collaborative initiatives can influence real, positive change.” Kruse stresses that for the past 8 years, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit has unsuccessfully been trying to put that message across to the industry. “Actually we haven't succeeded very well in getting the message across the stage," says Kruse. "So we thought that we have to do it differently this time." But with the GFA new call to action, which sees an increasing number of brands pledge to take concrete steps towards taking on a circular system, Kruse is hopeful for the future of fashion. As was McDonough, who reminded the fashion industry that "being less bad is not being good." Sustainability leader and co-founder of the Cradle-to-Cradle movement. McDonough opened the Summit's nine-hour programme, which included more than 50 industry speakers, such as Michael Kowalski, CEO of Tiffany & Co., Vanessa Friedman, The New York Times chief fashion critic, Dame Ellen MacArthur, circular economy authority and Livia Firth, founder of Eco Age Ltd. Together these industry experts shared their thoughts and ideas on how the fashion industry can work towards making sustainability the new norm and taking on a circular system. Part of the GFA call to action led to the launch of a new initiative - The Circular Fibre Initiative. This new initiative, launched by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, brings together key industry retailers and stakeholders to create a circular economy for textiles, beginning with apparel and is supported by the C&A Foundation, H&M, Nike, The Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle and MISTRA Future Fashion. Together they aim to work together to create a new system for global fibres which will be based on the principles of a circular economy and generate growth for both consumers and businesses while phasing out negative impacts, like pollution and waste. “The way we produce, use, and reprocess clothing today is inherently wasteful, and current rising demand increases the negative impacts. The Circular Fibres Initiative aims to catalyse change across the industry by creating an ambitious, fact-based vision for a new global textiles system, underpinned by circular economy principles, that has economic, environmental, and social benefits, and can operate successfully in the long term”, said Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation. One of the initiatives first steps will be producing a report by autumn 2017, together with McKinsey & Co., which maps how textiles travel across the global economy, and the externalities which stem from the current system. The report will then explore what a new, circular economy for textiles - one that is restorative and regenerative - may look like, and lay out the steps needed to build it. Although the results and the initiatives launch are promising, the question remains as to how long it will take for the rest of the fashion industry to step up and start working together to take on a circular system. Next generation of fashion leaders to deliver UN resolution


Gabriel T.,The New York Times
Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology | Year: 2017

In this vivid first-person case history, political reporter Trip Gabriel describes experiencing a classic episode of transient global amnesia. He was near the average target age of 61. Although no cause has been established for the syndrome, as with many other patients his episode appears to have been triggered by contact with water: He was racing a sailboat. While remaining alert and handling complex sailing maneuvers, he suddenly developed amnesia that left him with no recollection of finishing two races, returning to shore, drinking a beer with his friends, needing help finding his car, and not knowing where he was or where he lived. When he did not arrive home on time, his wife called him and quickly recognized his disorientation. She helped him drive himself home and took him to the hospital, where he was evaluated for a stroke. A brain magnetic resonance imaging scan was normal. He started to become aware again about 9 hours after the start of the attack, but was kept in the hospital until his anterograde amnesia resolved fully about 23 hours after onset. He has no memories of 12 hours (from 3 hours before the attack started through the time he regained awareness in the hospital). He was reassured to learn that a recurrence is unlikely. He finds parallels to his experience in the films Memento and Inside Out. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.


Stafford T.,University of Sheffield | Dewar M.,The New York Times
Psychological Science | Year: 2014

In the present study, we analyzed data from a very large sample (N = 854,064) of players of an online game involving rapid perception, decision making, and motor responding. Use of game data allowed us to connect, for the first time, rich details of training history with measures of performance from participants engaged for a sustained amount of time in effortful practice. We showed that lawful relations exist between practice amount and subsequent performance, and between practice spacing and subsequent performance. Our methodology allowed an in situ confirmation of results long established in the experimental literature on skill acquisition. Additionally, we showed that greater initial variation in performance is linked to higher subsequent performance, a result we link to the exploration/exploitation trade-off from the computational framework of reinforcement learning. We discuss the benefits and opportunities of behavioral data sets with very large sample sizes and suggest that this approach could be particularly fecund for studies of skill acquisition. © The Author(s) 2013.


A system and method in accordance with exemplary embodiments may include receiving a message from a location-aware mobile device associated with a user, receiving content delivery information from the user, formulating a content package at least based on the content delivery information, and sending a content message associated with the content package to the location-aware mobile device via a network.


An interactive interface of an embodiment of the present invention comprises a mirror surface; a sensor configured to receive an input from a user; a processor communicatively coupled to the sensor; the processor configured to identify a user identification based on the input, retrieve user specific content associated with the user identification; and identify one or more interactions with the user, wherein the processor comprises a speech processor and a video processor; and an output configured to display content associated with the user identification and responsive to the interactions on the mirror surface.


A system of generating advertising inventory by marketers sharing content with others via a social network or other electronic communication across a network. This embodiment may include allowing one or more content providers to provide links to content items. The content items may be provided directly by the content provider or by a clearinghouse entity or other intermediary. A subscriber may then search for relevant content items from one or more content providers. The subscriber may provide ancillary content for association with the selected content item. Thus, when the subscriber shares a URL identifying the selected content item via a social network, the URL may be encoded with a unique identifier identifying the subscriber. When the URL is clicked by a user, an ad server on the publishers side may recognize the unique identifier and display the content item with the ancillary content provided by the subscriber.

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