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Nancy is a young, full of life lady who joined the team shortly after the BelleNews site started to run. She is focused on bringing up to light all the latest news from the technology industry. In her opinion the hi-tech expresses the humanity intellectual level. Nancy is an active person; she enjoys sports and delights herself in doing gardening in her spare time, as well as reading, always searching for new topics for her articles.

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At least 26 people were killed and other 15 severly injured in Genoa, Italy, after a dramatic collapse of a highway bridge.

Dozens of vehicles fell 45m (148ft).

Rescuers are now searching into the night for possible survivors

Reports say cries can be heard from people trapped in the debris. Twelve people are said to be missing.

Some 300 firefighters from across Italy have been using sniffer dogs and climbing gear in the search.

Hundreds of people were evacuated amid fears other parts of the bridge might fall.

The cause of the bridge’s collapse, which occurred during torrential rain, was not immediately clear but questions had been raised about the safety of the structure.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed to bring anyone responsible for the collapse to book.

The Morandi Bridge, built in the 1960s, stands on the A10 toll highway, an important conduit for goods traffic from local ports, which also serves the Italian Riviera and southern coast of France.

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The Italian fire service tweeted a video of one person being extracted and carefully lowered on cables from a shattered vehicle, which was suspended in the wreckage of the bridge, high above the ground.

Between 30 and 35 cars and three heavy vehicles were on the bridge at the time of the collapse.

A huge tower and sections of the bridge collapsed on to railway lines, a river and a warehouse. Reports suggest that nobody was killed on the ground, although some people were injured.

A section measuring about 200 meters fell at around 11:30 local time. Police say there was a violent cloudburst at the time.

An unnamed witness quoted by Italy’s Ansa news agency said: “We heard an incredible roar and first we thought it was thunder very close by.

“We live about 5km [3 miles] from the bridge but we heard a crazy bang… We were very scared… Traffic went completely haywire and the city was paralyzed.”

The collapse of the bridge was an “incident of vast proportions on a vital arterial road, not just for Genoa, but for the whole country”, said the governor of Liguria region, Giovanni Toti.

“The Morandi bridge connects three major ports in our country, used by tens, even hundreds of thousands of people. They depart from these ports on holiday. These docks receive most of our country’s imported goods. It damages the very structure of the Italian logistics system. We are expecting a very fast response from the government.”

The new government has pledged to increase public investment.

Italy spent more than €14 billion ($16 billion) on its roads in 2006 but that had dropped to less than €4 billion after the 2008 financial crisis, after the according to data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The figures cover spending on new transport construction and the improvement of the existing networks.

At least 300 people have been injured, five seriously, after a section of wooden platform collapsed at O Marisquino urban sports and music festival in the north-west city of Vigo, Spain.

The platform had been packed with people watching a rap artist at the two-day O Marisquiño event in Galicia.

According to eyewitnesses, the wooden platform gave way during the first song of the concert as Rels B, who had just started his performance, told the crowd to jump, local media report.

Police confirmed that there were no known fatalities.

Witnesses reported scenes of panic as people – many of them teenagers – tried to scramble to safety. Some fell into the sea.

Personal effects such as mobile phones and handbags were left scattered on the ground.

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Several emergency teams attended to the injured, and divers were sent into the sea to check that no-one was trapped beneath the structure.

The incident happened shortly before midnight on August 12 as a crowd was listening to the Majorcan rap artist Rels B.

Earlier, the regional health minister, Jesus Vazquez Almuina, told local radio about the nature of the injuries people suffered.

He said: “These are provisional figures, patients are still being evaluated… The vast majority are light injuries for bruises. There are five hospitalizations, mainly broken bones and some head injuries.”

In a tweet, Rels B wished “strength” to the injured and advised anyone worried about friends or relatives to contact an emergency information point set up by festival organizers.

The mayor of Vigo, Abel Caballero, has said there will be an investigation into the causes of the incident.

It is not yet clear whether the platform collapsed because there were too many people on it, or because the structure itself was weak, or whether other factors were involved.

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As we all know, email is a very convenient marketing channel. It is reliable, fast and returns consistent revenue when used for sending newsletters and campaigns. But your email marketing outcome depends on the quality of your email list. Invalid leads cannot buy anything from you, so use an email list verification system to prevent such useless addresses to make it on your list.

An email list verification system is an online tool that checks the validity, accuracy and deliverability of email addresses.Email hygiene is a foremost priority if you want to reachyour subscribers.Digital marketers have understood the power of email marketing, but there is no power in email marketing if you don’t have a reliable email list.

Email list verification plays a vital role in your email marketing success, as it eliminates fake and incorrect email addresses and offers you a fast, dependable solution to a high bounce rate.Sending emails that frequently bounce hurts your sender reputation and, eventually, affects your email deliverability. Instead of reaching your customer’s inboxes, you’ll end up in the junk folder or you won’t be delivered at all. Email verification solves this issue fast, so you can focus on your email content and not worry about low deliverability anymore. It is a preliminary process which must be undertaken before sending out an email blast.

If you have an email list, you want to develop and maintain a long-term relationship with your subscribers.Email list verification will support you in this goal. It cleans out all risky, dormant and invalid contacts from your database and returns your list clean and ready for effective communication.

There are many benefits of email list verification:

*It reduces your bounce rate and, thus, your email marketing costs.

*It removes risky email addresses, like abuse, catch-all, disposable emails and spam traps.

*It improves your sender reputation.

*It verifies the all emails by using syntax and domain check.

*It checks all email addresses with thorough analysis of dots, @’s, spellings etc.

Online, you’ll find many email list verification tools. There are some important factors to be considered before selectingan email listverification system:

  • An email verifier must be accurate. Make sure you ask what the company’s guaranteed accuracy is.
  • It must handle your data safely and keep it confidential. It’s best to ensure they are GDPR compliant.
  • It must be available at a reasonable price.
  • It should have professional customer support, ideally 24/7.
  • It must be fast.

Email list verificationmaximizes the performance of your email campaigns byscanning the validity and value of each email address.Such systems are safe to use and, if you choose the right one, it gives you accurate results at high speed. A good email list verification software improves your email hygiene, email deliverability and sender reputation.

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Two firefighters have been killed and tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes in a raging wildfire in Shasta county, northern California.

According to fire officials, the fires are being sucked up by strong winds to form “fire tornados” that are uprooting trees and overturning cars.

The fires have destroyed at least 500 structures and are threatening thousands of homes.

Firefighters are battling the blaze, which is only 5% contained so far.

The wildfire, which has been named the Carr fire, began on July 23 and has scorched over 48,000 acres of land – an area larger than the city of San Francisco.

Cal Fire Chief Ken Pimlott told reporters: “We are seeing fire whirls – literally what can be described as a tornado.

“This fire was whipped up into a whirlwind of activity” by gale-force winds, he said, “uprooting trees, moving vehicles, moving parts of roadways.

“These are extreme conditions… we need to take heed and evacuate, evacuate, evacuate.”

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Two firefighters – fire inspector Jeremy Stoke, and a bulldozer operator who has not yet been named, died trying contain the blaze.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, three people – a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren, are currently missing.

About 37,000 residents have been forced to leave the area.

Wildfires are a common occurrence in California during the state’s long, hot, dry summers.

However, experts say this has been the worst start to the fire season in 10 years – partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation.

In December, California Governor Jerry Brown said devastating wildfires fuelled by climate change had become “the new normal”, and that large fires “could happen every year or every few years”.


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Once the hustle and bustle of getting your children back to school dies down, it’s time to think about a fall school fundraiser. According to the experts at ABC Fundraising, fall is the perfect time to raise money for your child’s school.

Why is that? Autumn is filled with delights, from Halloween to apple cider. School sports are in full swing. The weather is still decent in most parts of the U.S. A fundraising event fits the season.

Here are six school fundraising ideas perfect for fall and the school year ahead:.

1.Pumpkin Painting Contest. This is a fun and friendly competition where everyone wins. Ask a farmer in the area to donate pumpkins. If that’s not possible, make it a BYOP — Bring Your Own Pumpkin — event.

Raise money by asking participants to pay a small fee or request donations from attendees. Ask local businesses to donate refreshments. Bring the community together to make it work.

Create categories for different age groups. Come up with special types of winning categories, such as most creative and best use of color. Ask local celebrities to judge the competition.

A Pumpkin Painting Contest is a low-cost fundraiser that’s sure to bring in a crowd as long as you plan carefully.

2.Back to School Breakfast. Local merchants and restaurant chefs take on most of the hard work for this fundraiser. Plan to have the breakfast on a Saturday to make it easy for parents and the rest of the community to attend. Make breakfast free for kids, but charge a fee for adults. Make sure you charge enough to cover expenses and raise funds at the same time.

Add more event interest with an auction, bake sale or flea market.

3.Sell T-shirts. T-shirts supporting the sports teams, clubs, band or another school group usually sell well. Boost school spirit with designs that include team mascots or the school logo.

Get everyone involved in selling shirts, including teachers, parents and children.

4.School Day Event. Whether it’s a bake sale or auction, a school day event is a welcome diversion. Volunteers donate gifts or baked goods and their time for a low-cost, high-yield fundraising event. Give your fundraiser a Harvest Time theme to celebrate the season. Pumpkin cookies, anyone?

5.Take Orders and Deliver:  A take-and-order fundraiser not only raises badly needed funds but also teaches students about business. Students take orders and money from “customers.”

When the fundraiser ends, ordered merchandise is delivered to the student who in turn delivers orders to the customer. Candy, sandwiches and popcorn are typical items sold.

6.Discount Card Fundraiser: One of the easiest and highest-earning fundraisers is the Discount Card fundraiser. People purchase cards from students and use the cards to save as they shop or eat out. Who wouldn’t want to save money at the places they already frequent?

Participating local businesses see more customers, people in the community enjoy savings, and your school reaps the reward. It’s a win-win.

Japan’s authorities have declared a heat wave sweeping the country a natural disaster, with at least 65 deaths recorded in the past week.

The country’s weather agency spokesman warned that “unprecedented levels of heat” were being seen in some areas.

According to emergency officials, more than 22,000 people have been admitted to hospital with heat stroke, nearly half of them elderly.

Forecasters say the heat wave shows no sign of abating.

On July 23, the city of Kumagaya reported a temperature of 41.1C (106F), the highest ever recorded in Japan.

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In central Tokyo, temperatures over 40C (104F) were also registered for the first time.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that temperatures of 35C (95F) or higher would continue until early August.

Spokesman Motoaki Takekawa said: “We are observing unprecedented levels of heat in some areas.”

He added that the heat wave was “a threat to life and we recognize it as a natural disaster”.

In Ibaraki prefecture, north of Tokyo, a 91-year-old woman was found collapsed in a field and later pronounced dead in hospital. In nearby Saitama two elderly women were found dead in their homes.

With less than half of Japan’s public schools equipped with air conditioning, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the summer holidays could be extended to protect pupils.

Yoshihide Suga told a news conference on July 24: “As a record heat wave continues to blanket the country, urgent measures are required to protect the lives of schoolchildren.”

People are being advised to drink plenty of water, to use air conditioning and to rest often.

In some cities, people have taken part in an event known as uchimizu, or “water ceremony” – pouring or sprinkling cold water on to the hot pavements in an attempt to cool them.

The heat wave closely followed torrential rain that caused severe flooding and landslides in the west of Japan.

Two people, a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada’s largest city, police say.

Another 13 people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters.

The 29-year-old suspect had an exchange of gunfire with police officers before being found dead nearby.

The reason for the shooting is unknown.

Police have not named the suspect, who was from Toronto, and it is unclear if he was killed by police gunfire or took his own life.

The attack happened on July 22. In a video clip shared by Canadian media, a white man wearing a dark cap and dark clothing and carrying a shoulder bag can be seen stopping on a pavement and pulling out a handgun before firing shots.

PM Justin Trudeau sent his sympathies to the victims and the city in a tweet, while Toronto Mayor John Tory condemned the “despicable” attack on “people innocently enjoying a Sunday evening”.

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Toronto: Van Attack Kills Ten Pedestrians and Injures Other 15

Emergency services were called out just after 10PM local time. The site of the attack is a piazza with a fountain that is popular with local people and was busy at the time, the Toronto Globe and Mail writes.

A number of people were reportedly hurt in a cafe called the Demetres, while others were hit in the street.

Detective Sgt Terry Browne, who is leading the investigation into the shootings, told reporters on Monday that “some individuals have what may be described as life-changing injuries” following the attack.

According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which looks into incidents involving police which result in death, the gunman was tracked by officers to Bowden Street, a short distance from the cafe.

The gunman fired at a crowd of people waiting to cross the street, he said.

Police chief Saunders told reporters that, as yet, they “don’t know why this has happened”.

It is unclear whether the suspect was shot by police or killed himself with his gun.

A post-mortem examination is planned for July 24, according to SIU spokeswoman Monica Hudon.

Gun violence is much rarer in Canada than over the border in the US, but Toronto has seen attacks increase dramatically in recent years.


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As a business owner or manager, you’re always busy. Your time is valuable and it probably always feels like you don’t have enough time to mark off all the things on your to-do list. No matter how excellent you are at managing other people, it’s always a challenge to properly manage your own time.

But there are some things that you can do to make the best possible use of your time, without completely overhauling the way that you already operate.

Here are a few tips you can incorporate into your daily life, to get the most out of your waking hours.

Make routine tasks virtual or automated

One of the biggest time wasters in your day may simply be your drive to the bank or your time spent double checking whether or not you paid that credit card bill.

Whenever possible, take in-person tasks online, and make online tasks automated. This will save you the time of physically traipsing around town, and the time of worrying about whether or not you already accomplished some task.

For instance, while you previously may have applied for loans in person, there are now easy ways for you to apply for small loans online. This will save you driving time, and the time that it takes to wait in line at a bank or other loan center.

Further, you can automate tasks that you already accomplish online, such as monthly bill payment. Take one more item off your to-do list by setting your credit card bill to be automatically paid on a certain date every month, and save yourself from worry in the process.

Focus on one task at a time

Although multitasking may seem like the way to get more done in a shorter time period, research has shown that it actually slows you down.

Instead, focus on accomplishing one task at a time, and you’ll find that you save time in the long run. This is because multitasking splits your focus and makes it difficult for you to accomplish anything at all — you may accomplish two tasks in one hour, when you could have completed each task individually in 20 minutes.

Save yourself some time and focus on each objective in turn. As a bonus, you’ll likely find that the quality of your work also improves when your attention is undivided.

Block out time for yourself

Another counterintuitive way to save time in the long run is to block out personal time for yourself every day.

If you work every hour of every day — even if you’re just checking email during dinner or browsing through reports in bed — you’ll begin to feel constantly stressed and, eventually, burnt out.

You aren’t a robot, which means that you need time to unwind, relax, and think about something other than work. Block out regular time so that you can exercise and socialize without having work stresses still on the forefront of your mind.

You’ll soon find that this practice makes you productive when you are at work — and it might even help to break you out of a creative rut or a writer’s block that you would never have been able to just work straight through.


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Whether it is a grocery store, services provider, or an online store running its operations via internet, each and every business has its own costs and expenses to generate profits. Since all the business costs cannot be eliminated in full, there are a lot of ways to reduce business costs in order to maximize the profits in results. My making some significant but productive changes, a business can enjoy lower overall costs even without losing the work efficiency and performance.It is always beneficial for small business owners to explore more and more ways to cut the business costs down because it is the only best way to develop and expand business by getting more in less. Below are some practical ways to cut business costs and raise profits wonderfully.

Reduce employment costs by hiring interns

Highly experienced and professionally trained employees will always want attractive salary packages but interns can do the same work in less if trained for your business operations and processes accordingly. They can get valuable experience in the industry and you (as an employer or business owner) can enjoy lower employment costs to save business money for other productive things.Hence, always stare the resume carefully to hire an intern with relevant study and basic know how in the industry in order to get better results.

Lower the office space costs

If you can easily run your business operations or other office work from a less expensive office space without compromising the efficiency, be quick to move because you can save a lot of bucks by shifting to a less expensive office space instead of paying huge rental amount for an office situated in the famous commercial area of town.You can also opt for a virtual office if you are running an online business and there is no much need of physical presence.

Outsource where you can save more

Outsourcing is a great way to get most of the jobs done by freelancers or outside contractors where you can save more for your business. For example, you can hire a facility management company or professionals in order to get all the preventive maintenance related jobs done efficiently even without paying huge sum of money and hiring more employees to do so.In this way, you can save business money in terms of hiring no special employees and no investment in special maintenance tools and machines for proper asset maintenance.

Never spend much on business meetings

No doubt business meetings are vital to make sure that everyone is doing his/her job very well and overall business operations are running smoothly, there are so many ways to cut the business meetings related costs effectively. You can choose your business conference hall as the meeting venue instead of paying lots of bucks for booking of an expensive place in the town. Making bit changes in the meeting meal menu can also help you save $$$.

Maintain your assets

Effective asset management and maintenance helps you keep all your business tools and machines in good working condition even without facing asset breakdown and failure. You can also invest in cmms maintenance software for your company or business in order to automate and streamline its maintenance management processes not only to save time but to cut the business costs down as well.

Pay your bills quickly

It is obvious that most of the vendors and suppliers always offer handsome discounts when a business pays bills or invoices before deadline or due date.So, you shouldn’t miss this golden opportunity to save money if you have enough cash on hand to make the immediate payments for recent purchases. In results, you can also make your business relations with vendors or suppliers stronger than ever by making payments ahead of time.

Ask your suppliers for rebates or discounts

When you are buying raw materials or other stuff for production in bulk, you should ask the vendors or suppliers for discounted rates or rebates specially when making payments via cash. In this way, you can buy more in the same amount to produce more for the rapid business growth and development.

Train your employees for multi taking

Skilled and competent employees are one of the great business assets and you can polish their skills and expertise to get more from them. First assess their skills and professional experience than train them for multi taking at the workplace. For example, if your employees are able to troubleshoot the tiny faults or issues in the equipment or machines without calling the technician, they will be more likely to produce more than their strengths and you can save the money in terms of not hiring an expert for troubleshooting.

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The product or service your business is offering has passed the test of consumer acceptance.  You’ve found a niche.  The customer base is growing by word-of-mouth and expanding.  Obviously, you are offering something that consumers want and now it’s time to surge, get the word out, and let the outside world know that what you’re offering is worth considering and, ultimately, buying.  You’ve decided to give advertising by Direct Mail a shot.

The first thing you have to learn about with Direct Mail is the 40/40/20 Rule.  This is the concept of breaking down any Direct Mail campaign into three key components: The Target Market, The Offer and The Creative Design of your mailer.


The Target Market is the group of consumers whom you are trying to reach with your particular offer.  Once you identify them, either by income or location or profession or a myriad of other criteria based upon your product offering, you need to go to professional mailing list provider and work with that supplier to find the right list of direct mail recipients for your product or service.  About 40% of the success of your new business campaign will depend upon the efficacy of this list, which is what the first ‘40’ of the 40/40/20 Rule denotes.  That’s why most direct marketers allocate about 40% of their budget to procuring this list.

The list of consumers and their mailing addresses that you end up buying will probably not be a perfect fit for your campaign.  Direct mailing lists rarely are.  As a matter of fact, it might only satisfy a small part of the criteria that you originally desired.  That is not uncommon because, obviously, the world outside your nascent business’ narrow customer base is a huge, diverse, unpredictable zone.  But that’s part of the beauty of a Direct Mail campaign – you are expanding into the unknown.  These are all new customers with different needs and wants and your company’s offer is being placed right smack dab in front of them at their mailbox.  Who knows what might happen?  There could be a gigantic customer base just waiting to be mined somewhere outside your experience or environs that you never even dreamed of finding.


The Offer is a request for your potential customers to consider changing what they have been buying, or to try something completely new.  It is a call to action for mail recipients to eschew what they’re used to and to break new ground.  Your offer could be anything from a discount coupon to an invitation to a grand opening to a logo’d t-shirt to a chance to win a new car.  It is the reward a consumer gets for just walking into your store.  But the more exciting The Offer is, the more likely your direct mail solicitation will yield results, which brings us to the second ‘40’ of the 40/40/20 Rule.  You should allocate at least 40% of your campaign budget to The Offer.  It will add to the Return on Investment (ROI) of this Direct Marketing campaign more than any other single component, so you should think long and hard as to exactly what this enticement is going to be.


The actual Direct Mail card or letter that ends up in the consumer’s mailbox is the ‘20’ in the 40/40/20 Rule and, thus, should be around 20% of your marketing budget.  This is the one-time, brief contact a potentially new customer has with your company so it must be dynamic, colorful and attention grabbing.  If your solicitation takes the form of a letter, with coupon and bonus inserts, you’re going to need personalized envelopes with some eye-catching graphics to make sure that envelope gets opened and to keep it from hitting the trash can, unopened.  The rest of the graphics in your mailer should support a single theme and drive it home with forceful, single-minded purpose – get the customer engaged and entice him or her to follow through on your offer.


The typical response rate to a Direct Mail campaign usually ranges from about 1% to 5%.  There are a lot of factors affecting this rate.  If you have a ‘warm’ list, that is, a list that you’ve direct mailed before, meaning that this solicitation would be the second time a consumer has seen your announcement, you should be in the upper extent of that range.  ‘Cold’ (first time) list will probably be less.  To help you decide how much you should allocate for your first campaign, there are Direct Mail Online Calculators that will demonstrate how much you can expect to gain.


London Mayor Sadiq Khan has approved plans to fly a giant inflatable figure depicting President Donald Trump as a baby over the city during his visit in the UK.

President Trump is due to meet PM Theresa May at 10 Downing Street on July 13.

Campaigners raised almost £18,000 ($24,000) for the helium-filled 20ft high figure, which they said reflects President Trump’s character as an “angry baby with a fragile ego and tiny hands”.

The White House did not comment on the issue.

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage tweeted that the plan was “the biggest insult to a sitting US President ever”.

Under the plans the inflatable will be allowed to fly for two hours on the morning of Friday, July 13.

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Leo Murray, who is behind the crowd-funded idea, said: “[President Trump] really seems to hate it when people make fun of him.

“So when he visits the UK on Friday, we want to make sure he knows that all of Britain is looking down on him and laughing at him.

“That’s why a group of us have chipped in and raised enough money to have a six-metre high blimp made by a professional inflatables company, to be flown in the skies over Parliament Square during Trump’s visit.”

He said organizers initially “didn’t get off to the best start with the mayor’s office over this, who originally told us that they didn’t recognize Trump Baby as legitimate protest”.

However, Leo Murray said City Hall had “rediscovered its sense of humor – Trump Baby will fly”.

A statement on behalf of the London mayor said Sadiq Khan “supports the right to peaceful protest and understands that this can take many different forms”.

Sadiq Khan’s city operations team met organizers and gave them permission to “use Parliament Square Garden as a grounding point for the blimp”.

More than 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the inflatable to be given permission to fly, activists said.

Sadiq Khan and Donald Trump have repeatedly clashed on Twitter, including in the aftermath of the London Bridge attack.

Before the inflatable can take off, campaigners will also need permission from the National Air Traffic Service (NATS) as the project constitutes a “non-standard flight in controlled airspace”, a spokesperson said.

Because Parliament Square sits within restricted airspace, additional approvals are also needed from the Metropolitan Police.

Max Wakefield, who is one of the people working on the project, said the group is “confident it will obtain all necessary permits”.

He said the initial crowd-funding target was just £1,000 ($1,300), but this was reached within 24 hours.

The extra cash will now be used to send the balloon on a “world tour” and “haunt” President Trump wherever he goes, Max Wakefield added.


The city of Aspen is swapping its annual 4th of July fireworks display for a drone show – because of a wildfire risk in the drought-hit area.

According to officials, fifty drones will light up the night sky in patriotic colors to mark Independence Day.

The 15-minute show will start at 21:15 local time.

This comes after Colorado’s fire authorities introduced strict fire restrictions across huge swathes of the western state.

The Drone Light Show is being organized in Aspen’s Wagner Park by the Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA).

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ACRA has invited the public to “watch the drones light up the sky choreographed to patriotic music”.

Spokeswoman Melissa Wisenbaker was quoted as saying: “We had to come up with a highlight for our celebrations so we’re doing a drone show. It should be fun, a bit new age.

“If we are having these increased fire dangers and risks every year, then we would like to have alternatives so people can end the night on a good note.”

ACRA may have been influenced by a spectacular drone show during the Winter Olympics 2018 ceremony in Pyeongchang.

A swarm of unmanned aerial machines then formed the five Olympic rings in mid-air.

However, the organizers later said the spectacular sight of 1,218 drones in the sky was pre-recorded because of “possible freezing weather and strong winds”.

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Apple iPhones are known for their quality and how useful their features are. FaceTime and iMessage changed the game when it comes to communicating with friends and family, the Siri virtual assistant is an irreplaceable tool for busy people, and the beautiful screens offer crystal clear views when you’re streaming Netflix shows or YouTube videos.

The problem is that this quality comes at a cost. According to a report by Business Insider Intelligence, the average selling price for a brand new iPhone is $800. While that average price is driven by the iPhone X, which retailed for a massive $999 when it was released in November 2017, it underscores the fact that overall, iPhones can be pretty expensive.

However, they don’t need to cost so much money. Price-savvy phone users can shave a considerable amount of money off of their next iPhone, helping you to stay in budget when buying a new handset. Take a look at our unmissable iPhone-buying tips below.

Buy Refurbished iPhones

A refurbished phone is a previously used phone that has been tested extensively, cleaned, and repaired before being sold again. All of the personal data on the phone will have been deleted and it may receive new hardware parts (e.g. a new battery or screen) if necessary. Because phones are unable to be sold as brand new if they have been used at all (even if they have only been used for a single day), retailers opt to test and repair the phones, selling them at a lower the price so that the returned handset doesn’t just languish on the shelves of its store room.

Because iPhones are such a popular device, there are generally some very good offers across the entire range of handsets. There are discounts at the lower-end with a refurbished iPhone SE available for just $169 which is a saving of $230 (58% off of the RRP) all the way up to more recently released handsets, with the refurbished iPhone 7 Plus being available for $470 which is a saving of $190 (28% off of the RRP). You can even find offers for refurbished iPhone X units, bagging yourself a discount of more than $100 despite the device releasing less than a year ago.

What’s important to note however, is that it’s important to check out the reviews of refurbished iPhone retailers before you buy and to make comparisons. This is because different retailers will offer varying prices (products through Apple may be hundreds of dollars more expensive than a reputable third-party such as Amazon, for example) as well as different warranty offers and they may even have different product ranges on offer. So you’ll want to shop around or use a price comparison site such as Refurb.me to ensure that you’re getting the best deal.

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Buy an Unlocked iPhone

When buying a new phone, it can be tempting to just purchase the phone from your network carrier (e.g Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint) either outright or purchasing it on a contract deal that sees you pay for it over the course of 24 months. Many smartphone shoppers do this due to the convenience – you love the current data plan offered by your carrier so it makes sense to buy a phone through them that is locked to that network.

But if you’re looking to save money, buying a locked phone through a carrier isn’t recommended. The problem with locked phones is that they can only be used with a SIM card from that carrier, meaning that if you were to ever switch from that network, you’d find yourself in trouble. What happens if you find a better deal on your data plan and want to switch networks (while using the same iPhone) in future? You will then have to pay an additional fee to have that phone unlocked.

Furthermore, if you want to sell that phone on to someone, you’ll be limited to buyers who are on the same carrier the phone is locked to. Or, you’ll have to pay to get it unlocked, eating into the potential profit you’d have made by selling the phone to your buddy, your next door neighbor or anyone else who may want to buy it. So, it makes sense to just buy an unlocked phone in the first place, saving you all of this trouble.

Buy an Older iPhone

When buying an iPhone, it can be tempting to spend money on the latest, greatest and most powerful handset on the market. You may have been enticed by the slick, award-winning ads that pull on your heartstrings, or the YouTube videos that feature a group of people having fun with Animojis. While these features are great and are why Apple’s new handsets seem to set sales records when they’re released, in order to save money, it’s important to consider which features you actually need.

If you already have an iPhone then the best place is to start by checking your app usage (take a look at OSX Daily’s guide on how to do that).

if you find yourself mostly checking emails and watching YouTube videos, or playing games such as Candy Crush Saga which don’t require a lot of power to run well, it makes more sense to opt for something such as a refurbished iPhone 6S Plus or even a refurbished iPhone 6. These devices are capable and offer enough power to support your phone usage, without pushing the boat out.

If you play a lot of power-intensive games such as Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds then it makes sense to go for an iPhone X or something of that ilk. Even then, you can still save a bit of money by being patient and waiting for the latest phone to become available as refurbished (as detailed earlier in this post). It generally takes around three or four months for newly released phones to be refurbished, so a bit of patience can save you a substantial amount of money.

Five people have been killed and many more wounded after a gunman opened fire at the Capital Gazette newspaper building in Maryland.

Staff at the newspaper in Annapolis said he shot through a glass door into the newsroom.

Reporter Phil Davis tweeted: “There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload.”

Police announced that a suspect was now in custody and was being questioned.

“We’ve had a terrible shooting incident here this afternoon,” county executive Steve Schuh said in a news conference.

“There are several people who have died from this incident.”

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Police could not identify the exact weapon at the time. They said the suspect was being interrogated by law enforcement.

Several federal agencies, including the FBI, were involved in responding to the shooting in the city of Annapolis, just east of Washington DC.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Twitter he was “absolutely devastated” and was in contact with authorities.

President Donald Trump was briefed on the shooting.

He tweeted: “Prior to departing Wisconsin, I was briefed on the shooting at Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. Thank you to all of the First Responders who are currently on the scene.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was responding.

The Capital Gazette is a daily newspaper and digital news site that is a part of Capital Gazette Communications.

Capital Gazette Communications publishes several local papers and is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group.


France’s President Emmanuel Macron and the first lady are the center of allegations that the Élysée Palace is shelling out a fortune on a new dinner service while complaining about the scale of the welfare budget.

The 1,200-piece set, chosen by Brigitte Macron, cost €50,000 ($59,000), the state said.

However, a leading satirical magazine says the real cost is nearer €500,000.

The claim surfaced as a video emerged of President Emmanuel Macron talking of “shedloads of cash” spent on benefits.

The video, posted on Twitter by Emmanuel Macron’s communications spokesman, went viral and prompted accusations of contempt for the poor, feeding into perceptions of a privileged president aloof from how the public live.

Some of the Élysée crockery dates back to Jacques Chirac’s time as president over a decade ago, and some even from René Coty’s time in the 1950s.

According to officials, the dinner service has to be replaced because it is getting old and is no longer complete.

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The Sèvres porcelain factory has historically supplied the Élysée with its ceramics since 1848. The Bleu Élysée design by Évariste Richer is a sketch of the presidential palace itself.

The Élysée said the bill for producing the 900 plates and 300 side plates came out of the factory’s annual budget. So the cost of €50,000 was for paying the artists involved in creating the design.

However, Le Canard enchaîné magazine calculated the real cost of hand-painting 1,200 plates was far higher, at least €400 a plate. That would be almost 10 times the official estimated cost.

Others have put the bill at closer to €200 a plate and pointed out that the factory is 60% funded by the culture ministry to the tune of €3.6 million a year. The head of the porcelain factory supervising the project said the price of the dinner service had not yet been worked out, but the bill would not be charged to the presidential palace.

Observers say the timing of the dinner revelations is awkward, after a video went viral showing President Macron talking about money in colloquial language.

In the video, circulated by his head of communications, Sibeth Ndiaye, Emmanuel Macron is heard saying in passionate terms: “Look where we are on welfare. We plough a shedload of cash into subsistence benefits, and people are still poor.

“They don’t get out. People who are born poor stay poor. We’ve got to have something that enables people to get out of it.”

President Macron later gave a speech in the southern city of Montpellier spelling out the need to review a benefit system that lacked humanity, paid out increasing amounts of in-work benefits and stigmatized recipients.

Commentators pointed to a remark made by the president last year when he accused opponents of his plans to reform French labor laws as “lazy”.

In the modern world of technology, there is no wonder we have a lot of terms appearing day by day. Just for a moment, imagine a world in which every gadget is connected to other ones, where the lights turn on automatically when a vehicle approaches, and the front entry consequently opens when there is an individual near it, however, stays locked when a person is on the front step. Do you like the scene? Well, that is the kind of world the Internet of Things can make effortlessly nowadays.

Whether you are a student that wants to try custom research paper writing service for writing essay about IoT or an ordinary man/woman interested in technology, you will get something useful from this article. Sounds interesting? We are here to give you the basic information about the Internet of Things and its specifics. At the present time, the IoT is not the same speedy web – rather it is a developed system of gadgets that are associated with the Internet, that are utilized every day with Google, transfer pictures and interact with friends.

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The Definition and the Most Famous Deatures of the IoT You Will Appreciate

As for now, let us look deeper into the topic. In the broadest sense, the term IoT includes everything associated with the web, however, it is progressively being utilized to characterize objects that “talk” to one another. Essentially, the Internet of Things is comprised of devices: from straightforward sensors to cell phones and wearables which are associated together. That is the simplest way how the Internet of things is explained to those who know a little about technologies today and the value of the Internet of Things within Web.

By joining these associated gadgets with computerized frameworks, it is conceivable to accumulate data, investigate it and make an activity to help somebody with a specific assignment or gain from a procedure. As a general rule, this reaches from brilliant mirrors to signals in shops and beyond. Here are some of the characteristics of the Internet of Things today:

  • The service promises perfect insight of one’s expectations. Calculations and registers (i.e. programming and equipment) give the “spark” that influences an item. Consider Misfit Shine, a fitness tracker, contrasted with Nest’s shrewd indoor regulator. The Shine encounter conveys figure assignments between cloud and a cell phone. The Nest indoor regulator has more process drive for the AI that make them keen
  • Some of the most famous features we have is the availability and connectivity users enjoy. Availability empowers organizing openness and similarity. Openness is getting on a system while similarity gives the regular capacity to expand and deliver information. If this sounds recognizable, that is because it is Metcalfe’s Law and it seems to be accurate for IoT
  • With this service, you are able to detect the most precious innovations quickly. We strive to underestimate our capacity to comprehend the physical world and individuals around us. Detecting innovations give us the way to make experiences that mirror a genuine attention to the physical world and the general population in it. This is basically the simple contribution from the physical world, however, it can give rich comprehension of our world
  • It guarantees you a perfect communication and adhering to one’s needs. It empowers intelligence among individuals and within the physical world. Regardless of whether it is a savvy home or a homestead with keen horticulture innovation, communicating gives us a way to make items that cooperate brilliantly with this present reality. This implies something other than rendering excellent UIs to a screen. Communicating enables us to yield to this present reality and straightforwardly associate with individuals and the earth
  • Vitality of a service that brings user to a great world of energy. Without energy, we cannot breathe life into our manifestations. The issue is we cannot produce and make millions of things that all keep running on batteries. Vitality collecting, control effectiveness, and charging foundation are fundamental parts of a power astute environment that we should outline. Nowadays, it is sadly deficient and does not have the focal point of numerous item groups
  • A user might be sure about his or her security. As we pick up efficiencies, novel encounters, and different advantages from the IoT, we should not disregard security. As both the makers and beneficiaries of the IoT, we should outline for wellbeing. This incorporates the security of our own information and the wellbeing of our physical prosperity. Securing the endpoints, the systems, and the information moving over every last bit of it implies making a security worldview that will scale

By confining IoT outline with these attributes, multi-train groups can work over their spaces to influence tradeoffs in cooperation to plan programming structures and plans of action. Normally a solitary item or administration may dial up or dial down these qualities relying upon the idea of client experience and requirements forced by ecological and business factors.

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The Role of the IoT Today

As for now, we can think why the Internet of things is important if there are other methods to connect some devices. The importance of IoT is widely discussed among students and scientists. It is clear why. During the time of the development of the IoT, there have been numerous issues to consider. What do simple users get while using the IoT, if they are not interested in collecting energy, waste management, security, etc.?

Imagine a teacher’s, doctor’s or firefighter’s facility with connected gadgets. The information gathered from those gadgets outputs data on the status of patients and conducts an investigation on the different checking and monitoring machines, helping the healing center to keep running as ideally as could be allowed. The accumulation of information from gadgets will permit shoppers, organizations and even whole associated urban areas to run more proficiently. Nonetheless, gathering a lot of information presents some challenges.

At least 25 people have been killed by Guatemala’s most violent volcano eruption in more than a century.

The Fuego volcano, about 25 miles south-west of the capital Guatemala City, spewed rock, gas and ash into the sky on June 3.

Fast-moving flows hit villages, killing people inside their homes. Hundreds were injured and many are missing. Guatemala’s main airport is closed.

President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.

In a statement issued on June 3, President Morales spoke of Guatemala’s “deep pain” caused by the “irreparable losses” in human lives.

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Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano’s Explosive Eruption Sends Ash 30,000Ft into Sky

Turrialba Volcano Ash Covers Central Costa Rica

Hundreds of personnel from the police, Red Cross and military have been deployed, organizing evacuations and setting up temporary shelters.

Videos published by local media show rescuers attending to people covered in ash and bodies lying on top of lava flows.

Sergio Cabañas, head of the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (CONRED), said the town of El Rodeo had been “buried”.

Other towns affected include Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes. Rescuers are still trying to reach a number of villages and the death toll is expected to rise.

Fuego is one of Latin America’s most active volcanoes. A major eruption devastated nearby farms in 1974, but no deaths were recorded.

Another eruption in February this year sent ash 1.1 mile into the sky.

Today’s event was on a much greater scale. Hot rock mixed with gas rushed down the mountainside and engulfed villages. Ash reached up to more than 4 miles.

This is Guatemala’s deadliest such event since 1902, when an eruption of the Santa Maria volcano killed thousands of people.

Kim Kardashian has discussed with President Donald Trump a potential pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother who is serving life in prison.

Alice Marie Johnson, 63, has been behind bars for more than two decades for a first-time drug offence.

President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has also been speaking with Kim Kardashian West about the case for months.

The president tweeted that they had a “great meeting”.

Alice Marie Johnson’s story first caught Kim Kardashian’s eye after she saw a short video about the case posted on social media.

Kim Kardashian was moved to ask her longtime personal lawyer, Shawn Holley, to take a look at the case and is paying for a new legal team for Alice Marie Johnson.

She was also able to join forces with Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Trump who has been pushing for federal prison reform.

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Jared Kushner’s First Step Act, which allots $50 million for rehabilitative programs for inmates, in the House of Representatives last week.

According to Alice Marie Johnson’s daughters, the process has sped up considerably since Kim Kardashian’s involvement.

On the meeting with President Trump, Kim Kardashian said she was hopeful Johnson would get a “second chance at life”.

Alice Marie Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1996 for a first-time, non-violent drug offence. The woman was convicted of being a “telephone mule”, relaying messages between drug distributors and sellers.

According to her family and supporters, Alice Marie Johnson has been a model inmate who is active in many programs, including work in the prison hospice. She fitted all of the criteria for former President Barack Obama’s Clemency Project 2014, but was denied just days before the end of his term.

Despite that, Kim Kardashian’s interest appears to have revitalized the effort.

Amy Povah, the founder of CAN-DO Clemency, has been advocating for Alice Marie Johnson’s release since 2014 and says she has helped collect signatures from 70 organizations who support the pardon, as well as a letter of support from the retired warden of Johnson’s prison.

All of that material may be submitted to President Trump.


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Applying for an EIN number may seem like a task you feel will be overwhelming or with loads of paperwork. However, it is actually quite the easy and fast process with IRS-EIN-Tax-ID.com! We provide an ease of service and have 24/7 customer service available to help you through the process or guide you to the proper application. If you are applying for an EIN (employer identification number) you will need to have a few things prepared and meet some requirements. With our efficient website the server will not time out and you can receive your EIN number Colorado within just a day! You won’t have to wait several weeks for processing and filing. Our service gets you what you need when you need it.

If you or your business meets any of the criteria below you will need an EIN number:

  • Has employees
  • Operates as a partnership or firm
  • Files excise, alcohol, tobacco, employment, or firearms tax returns
  • Withhold taxes on revenue, besides pay, paid to a foreign alien
  • Have a Keogh plan
  • Are involved with a trust, IRA, estate, non-profit, real estate mortgage investment conduit, farmers’ cooperative, or plan administrator program

To apply for an EIN number you will need a valid tax ID which is one of the following: a social security number (SSN), an individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), or another EIN belonging to an existing legal entity (which you cannot have unless you have an SSN or an ITIN). You will need one of these to apply for an EIN number.

IRS-EIN-Tax-ID.com makes it simple and convenient to get an EIN online anywhere today. With no hassle and no waiting, your EIN number Virginia will be distributed to you typically within one day! All you need to do is fill out and submit the online application.

Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to EU lawmakers for Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal and for allowing fake news to proliferate on its platform.

He apologized for Facebook’s tools being used “for harm”.

However, the Facebook founder’s testimony did not please all lawmakers at the meeting, some of whom felt he had dodged their questions.

Damian Collins, chair of the UK Parliament’s Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee later said the session at the European Parliament had been a “missed opportunity”.

He said: “Unfortunately the format of questioning allowed Mr. Zuckerberg to cherry-pick his responses and not respond to each individual point.”

The format was very different from that of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony to US lawmakers last month.

While the US politicians took turns to cross-examine him in a series of back-and-forth exchanges, the leaders of the European Parliament’s various political groups each asked several questions apiece.

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Mark Zuckerberg had to wait until they were all delivered before responding.

He spent 22 minutes going through the huge number of questions put to him during the session and was able to pick and choose which to give answers to.

Several of the politicians expressed frustration at this, and one accused Mark Zuckerberg of having “asked for this format for a reason”.

In a follow-up press conference, the parliament’s president, Antonio Tajani, said that the lawmakers had been aware Mark Zuckerberg’s time was limited yet had decided to use up much of the allotted period speaking themselves.

Antonio Tajani also drew attention to the fact that Mark Zuckerberg had agreed to provide follow-up written answers.

Mark Zuckerberg did not address questions about whether Facebook was a monopoly and how it plans to use data from its WhatsApp division.

Nor did he directly answer questions about shadow profiles or whether non-Facebook users’ data should be collected.

Several of the EU lawmakers had also voiced skepticism about the business.

Guy Verhofstadt had asked Mark Zuckerberg if he wanted to be remembered as “the genius who created a digital monster”, which the Facebook boss did not answer.

Leading Brexiteer Nigel Farage expressed his view that Facebook was not a politically neutral platform, asking whether the social network “willfully discriminated” against right-of-centre commentators.

Mark Zuckerberg did respond to this point, saying Facebook had “never made a decision about what content was allowed on the basis of political orientation”.

Tackling other questions, Mark Zuckerberg also said he expected to find other apps that had misused customer data and pointed out that an internal investigation into thousands of third-party developers to see if there similar cases to the Cambridge Analytica scandal would take “many months”.

So far, Mark Zuckerberg said, Facebook had suspended more than 200 apps.

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has erupted again sending ash 30,000ft into the sky.

According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the explosive eruption took place at 04:15 local time.

Staff at the volcano observatory and the national park had previously been evacuated.

Since a new zone of Mount Kilauea began erupting almost two weeks ago, lava has wrecked dozens of homes and forced hundreds of people to be evacuated.

A red aviation code had already been issued – warning pilots to avoid the potentially damaging ash cloud.

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The USGS had previously warned that an explosive eruption at Kilauea was becoming more likely as the volcano’s lava lake was lowering.

This increases the risk of highly explosive steam-powered eruptions as the magma meets underground water.

Meanwhile, Hawaii’s emergency management agency advised people in the area affected by ash to stay in their homes if possible.

Kilauea is one of five active volcanoes on the island of Hawaii.

The volcano is one of the most active in the world and has been erupting continuously, though not explosively, for more than 30 years.

Kilauea’s last explosive eruption took place in 1924.

Even before May 17 explosive eruption, the ash plume from the volcano could be seen from the International Space Station (ISS).


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It can sometimes feel like lawyers and judges are talking in another language. In actuality, basic legal terminology is pretty easy to understand once you’ve been in court a few times and seen how things work. Context matters a lot, and so observing court proceedings is a great way to get an introduction to the legal world. However, most of us have better things to do than hang around a courthouse for hours on end, and TV shows don’t always do the best job of painting an accurate portrait of the legal system.

The meaning of guilt and innocence

There are multiple types of lawyers for multiple types of court, but we tend to pay the most attention to things that happen in criminal court. In criminal court, you’ll hear terms like plaintiff and defendant.  A plaintiff is the person or party bringing the case. So if a case were called “State of Washington v. John Doe,” then the State of Washington is the one bringing the charges. John Doe is the defendant, meaning he must defend himself against the charges. However, the burden of proof lies with the prosecuting attorneys who work for the state. You may have noticed that a jury will declare someone “not guilty” rather than “innocent.” See, the prosecution has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. That means the jury should have more to go on than just, “I don’t like that guy’s tie; he must be guilty.”

Sometimes juries struggle to define “reasonable doubt,” because different people have different definitions of a “reasonable person.” Typically speaking, though, arguments like, “My evil twin did it and framed me,” aren’t going to fly in most courtrooms unless something else is seriously wrong with the prosecution’s case. A competent criminal defense law firm can generally come up with a better defense than one involving secret evil twins. If they can’t, most good lawyers will try to talk to prosecutors and get a plea deal for their client. In a plea deal, prosecutors and defense attorneys meet in the middle, often by having the defendant plead guilty to a lesser charge.

Immigration courts

It’s easy to think of immigration court as a type of criminal court, especially since the people who appear there can be held in a detention center beforehand. However, if someone is pulled over for drunk driving and then found to be in the country without documentation, then they must be handed over to immigration authorities before they can be deported, and immigration court is considered civil, rather than criminal. State prosecutors will charge the person for drunk driving, and they will have the right to a public defender if they can’t afford to hire their own attorney. Someone appearing in immigration court, though, has no right to their own counsel. There are activist groups that work to provide immigrants with lawyers free of charge, or pro bono, but those groups don’t have endless resources. Immigration courts aren’t considered part of the judicial branch of government, either; instead, they’re overseen by the U.S. Justice Department, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has received some pushback on his plan to speed up immigration court proceedings.

The best time to address an immigration issue is before an arrest. That may not always be possible, especially in cases where people’s parents brought them to America as children, but if, for instance, you’re a Canadian who is trying to immigrate to America, contact an immigration lawyer in Toronto prior to crossing the border. It’s a complicated, confusing system that often bears little resemblance to other kinds of court.


President Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, has undergone surgery for what the White House described as a benign kidney condition.

The first lady’s office said surgeons had performed an embolization procedure at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

According to her spokeswoman, the surgery was successful and there were no complications.

Stephanie Grisham said in a statement: “The first lady looks forward to a full recovery so she can continue her work on behalf of children everywhere.”

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Melania Trump, 48, is expected to spend the rest of the week recovering at the medical center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

President Trump tweeted that he was on his way to visit her: “Heading over to Walter Reed Medical Center to see our great First Lady, Melania. Successful procedure, she is in good spirits. Thank you to all of the well-wishers!”

According to specialists, embolization is most often used to block the blood supply to a tumor, benign or cancerous.

Last week, Melania Trump unveiled a “Be Best” initiative aimed at teaching children the importance of social, emotional and physical health.

The first lady said the campaign aimed to promote healthy living and to combat opioid abuse.


Stormy Daniels’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been halted for 90 days, an LA judge has ruled.

Judge James Otero said Michael Cohen’s constitutional rights could be endangered if the case proceeded while he was under criminal investigation.

The actress is seeking to end a non-disclosure deal signed over an alleged relation with Donald Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen had said he would invoke his right to remain silent over the case.

The lawyer had argued that any statement he made in court could affect a criminal inquiry in New York into his business affairs.

As part of the investigation into the Daniels case, the FBI raided Michael Cohen’s offices for information, including on the non-disclosure agreement with Stormy Daniels – whose real name is Stephanie Clifford – signed days before the 2016 presidential election.

District Judge Otero in Los Angeles said there was “a large potential factual overlap” between the civil and criminal proceedings against Michael Cohen.

The judge said that “would heavily implicate Mr. Cohen’s Fifth Amendment rights”, in a reference to the Constitution’s protection against self-incrimination.

Michael Cohen’s lawyers had earlier asked for the Daniels case to be put on hold for three months.

They had argued that Michael Cohen faced a Catch-22 situation: giving evidence in Los Angeles might mean incriminating himself in New York; while invoking his right to silence in the civil suit could undermine his defense there.

Catch-22 states that no individual can be “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”.

Invoking the amendment means Michael Cohen will not have to reveal sensitive information in the wider investigation into his affairs.

A lawyer for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, earlier described Michael Cohen’s move as a “stunning development”.

The raid on Michael Cohen followed a tip-off by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Michael Cohen’s Documents to Be Reviewed by Special Master Barbara Jones

Sean Hannity Revealed as Michael Cohen’s Mystery Third Client

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Russia denies interfering in the election and President Trump has denied any collusion.

Separately, Stormy Daniels alleges she had a relationship with Donald Trump in 2006.

President Trump has denied having any relation with Stormy Daniels or any knowledge of the $130,000 payment to her by Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Stormy Daniels says she accepted the sum in return for signing the non-disclosure agreement.

During a recent TV interview, Stormy Daniels said she had been threatened in 2011 in a Las Vegas car park while she was with her infant daughter, and had been told to keep quiet about her alleged relationship with Donald Trump.

Stormy Daniels is now suing President Trump in an attempt to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement, which she alleges is invalid because he did not sign it personally.

Legal analysts have said that Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels could have violated the rules on financing Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.


Documents seized from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen should be reviewed by an independent official, a New York federal judge has ruled.

The so-called special master was named as ex-judge Barbara Jones.

Barbara Jones will review documents seized from Michael Cohen by the FBI to determine if they include confidential communications with his legal clients.

The move comes as President Trump distanced himself from his long-time lawyer.

On April 26, President Trump told Fox News his lawyer was “a good guy” but only one among his “many, many attorneys”.

The president said: “I don’t know his business, but this doesn’t have to do with me. He’s got a business. He also practices law. I would say probably the big thing is his business. And they’re looking at something having to do with his business. I have nothing to do with his business.”

However, President Trump confirmed that Michael Cohen represented him in the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal”, referring to the actress who alleges she had a relationship with him in 2006.

Donald Trump has denied having relations with Stormy Daniels or any knowledge of the $130,000 payment to her by Michael Cohen during the 2016 presidential campaign. Stormy Daniels accepted the sum in return for signing a non-disclosure agreement.

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Sean Hannity Revealed as Michael Cohen’s Mystery Third Client

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The actress, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing President Trump and Michael Cohen to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement, claiming it was void because the president did not personally sign it.

Michael Cohen said he will invoke his constitutional right to remain silent in the civil case, arguing it could affect the criminal inquiry into his business affairs.

The DoJ announced earlier this month it was investigating Michael Cohen’s business dealings, rather than his work as a lawyer, following a raid on his home and office.

The April 9 raid on Michael Cohen followed a tip-off by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

Russia denies interfering in the election and President Trump has denied any collusion.

It was unclear if any of those seized documents include material relating to Donald Trump’s business dealings.

Legal analysts have said that Michael Cohen’s $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels could have violated the rules on financing Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

On April 26, District Judge Kimba Wood ruled that Barbara Jones would be the first to review the material, before handing over documents prosecutors could use in their case.

Prosecutors had initially said the documents should be reviewed by a separate team of lawyers in their office while Michael Cohen’s lawyers argued they should have the first look, citing some of the material could violate attorney-client privilege.

Judge Kimba Wood said Barbara Jones could meet lawyers as soon as next week, but added she would intervene if the process took too long.

She said: “If at any point it turns out that the special master process is going too slowly, I will revisit it.”

Barbara Jones served as a federal judge for 16 years in the Southern District of New York and is a former organized-crime prosecutor.

The former judge was appointed in 2016 as the independent review officer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in a corruption case at the labor union.