Rick Gates concludes his testimony against his former boss Paul Manafort

first_imgThe Washington Post/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rick Gates, the former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, wrapped up his eight-hour long testimony today against his former boss Paul Manafort, who is on trial in federal court in Virginia on bank and tax fraud charges.Manafort is accused of evading taxes on $60 million earned in overseas lobbying and consulting work for a Russian-backed Ukrainian political party. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.During a relatively brief cross-examination Wednesday morning, Manafort’s lead attorney Kevin Downing alleged that Gates had a total of four extra-marital affairs, including the one Manafort’s defense team had previously described as a part of Gate’s “secret” life.Before Gates could respond, prosecutors objected on the grounds of relevance, and after a meeting at the judge’s bench, the claim was never mentioned again.On Tuesday, Gates had acknowledged from the witness stand that he used money embezzled from Manafort to finance a London apartment he used to engage in an extra-marital affair. Defense attorneys contend that Gates embezzled about $3 million from Manafort.Throughout his three-day testimony, Gates described his part in shielding millions of dollars in more a dozen offshore accounts from United States tax collectors. Gates said he did so at Manafort’s direction, and also admitted to embezzling “several hundred thousand” dollars from Manafort.Asked if he told Manafort about the relationship in London 10 years ago, Gates said he had, and added that Manafort was supportive and that he didn’t fire him for it.The defense on Wednesday also asked Gates about an interview he sat for with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014. Gates testified that he had disclosed offshore accounts in Cyprus and the Grenadines during the interviews.When asked if Manafort was truthful with the FBI, Gates answered, “To the best of my recollection, yes.”Special counsel prosecutor Greg Andres moved swiftly through his cross-examination of Gates on Wednesday morning. Andres asked Gates whether the government had ever charged him with embezzling, and Gates said no.Andres also asked Gates whether Manafort had ever confronted him about the embezzlement, some of it through padded expense invoices, and Gates also said no.Andres then asked Gates “who paid for those [expense reports] ultimately?”“The Ukrainian businessmen,” Gates responded, implying that Manafort did not pay for the expenses Gates submitted to Manafort, but that the Ukrainian businessmen reimbursed him for the fraudulent expense reports he submitted.Gates was then asked questions about his pre-trial preparation sessions with the special counsel. Asked if he was ever “told how to answer” questions during the trial, Gates said he wasn’t.“The only answer I was told was to tell the truth.”Gates also testified that he faced consequences if he lied before the jury. Andres asked“If you lie here today and those charges are brought again — would you have a defense to that?”, Andres asked.“No,” Gates replied.“As you sit here today, is there any doubt in your mind that if you lie, the special counsel will rip up your plea agreement?” Andres continued.“No there is not,” Gates answered.Next up on the stand is an FBI accountant, whose testimony is expected to last about two hours. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dead & Company Lets Their Lovelight Shine At Night 3 Of Playing In The Sand [Video]

first_imgAfter taking a night off on Friday, Dead & Company returned to the stage on Saturday for their Playing In The Sand destination event at Riviera Maya, Mexico’s Barceló. Blues-rock guitarists Eric Krasno and Marcus King played a pop-up, pool-side performance earlier in the afternoon, allowing attendees at the four-day destination event to continue their south-of-the-border party into the heart of the weekend.Dead & Company opened up their first set with “Deal”, allowing John Mayer to take the leading reigns on vocals. “Deal” smoothly worked its way into “Hell In A Bucket”, which included a bluesy Mayer intro, as Bob Weir followed closely en suite. Weir sounded strong on vocals, before Jeff Chimenti dazzled the crowd with a whirlwind of a solo on the organ. “Cold Rain And Snow” was up next, with Mayer continuing to harness his inner-Jerry (Garcia) on lead vocals. The relaxing number allowed the crowd to focus in, before the sextet moved forward with “Ramble On Rose”.Dead & Company – “Cold Rain And Snow”[Video:The Zalewski Law Firm]Following a breezy take on “Ramble On Rose”, Dead & Company kicked the tempo up a few notches, as Mayer led his bandmates into “Alabama Getaway”. The fun, yet quick take on “Alabama Getaway” led way to “Peggy-O”, as Weir strapped on his acoustic guitar. The mellow, vibe would continue, as Oteil Burbridge stepped to the front of the stage, leading the group through a heartfelt rendition of “China Doll”. Oteil seized his moment to shine, as his silky-smooth vocals cast the intently focused crowd into a trance-like state. “One More Saturday Night” brought the first set to a close, in whats been become its traditional placement these days in Dead & Company’s setlists.Following a lengthy 45-minute set break, Dead & Company returned to open up the second set with “Estimated Prophet”. The cohesive six-piece unit sounded tight, as Oteil anchored the unstoppable steam locomotive with a meaty bass line. Mayer took a nice, extended solo, as the band stretched out along with him. Following the band taking a near full-stop, “He’s Gone” came next, which teased a short blues jam led by Mayer. “He’s Gone” smoothly segued into “St. Stephen”, as Dead & Company seriously upped the energy for the first time of the evening.During “Stephen’s” lengthy, psychedelic jam, the crowd started to notice that a perfect circle of clouds had formed in a giant circle around the nearly full moon, sitting directly overhead. To say it was magical would be an understatement. In an old-school fashion, the band kept on chugging through “William Tell Bridge”, which led way to a roaring rendition of “The Eleven”. Dead & Co. stayed in the preliminary section of “The Eleven” for an unusually extended period, before dropping into the eleven-beat section that gives the song its name. Last night’s “Eleven” never peaked or boiled over, but it gelled perfectly with the show in the sky. The song came to a well-worked close, before Weir, Mayer, and Chimenti exited the stage for “Drums”. Bill Kreutzmann led Burbridge and Mickey Hart through a raucous take on “Drums”, before the rest of the band reemerged for the “Space”.The ambient and spooky “Space” section of the second set was followed up by “Uncle John’s Band”, marked by a confident, yet delicate jam from a band that’s finding their sea legs again after taking five months off. “Morning Dew” brought the second set to a close, as the crowd locked into Mayer’s powerfully-driven lead on vocals. Dead & Company let it shine one last time on Saturday night, as the band delivered a rocking take on “Lovelight” in the encore slot.Dead & Company – “Lovelight”[Video:Still Dead]For Playing In The Sand’s final night, Dead & Company returns to Rivera Maya, MX’s Barceló tonight with a two-set performance on the picturesque Caribbean coastline.Setlist: Dead & Company | Barceló | Riviera Maya, Mexico | 1/19/2019Set One: Deal > Hell In A Bucket, Cold Rain And Snow, Ramble On Rose, Alabama Getaway, Peggy-O, China Doll,  One More Saturday NightSet Two: Estimated Prophet > He’s Gone > St. Stephen > William Tell Bridge > The Eleven > Drums / Space > Uncle John’s Band, Morning DewEncore: Lovelightlast_img read more

TVA Closes Its Last Coal-Fired Plant

first_imgTVA Closes Its Last Coal-Fired Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Lauren Bellero for SNL:The Tennessee Valley Authority has taken its Colbert fossil plant off line, marking the end of a 61-year run. The utility removed unit one from service March 23 at the 1,209 MW coal-fired power plant in Colbert County, Ala.Colbert, the last of the utility’s operating coal-fired plants in Alabama, was scheduled to be retired by April 15, the utility said. The Widow’s Creek coal-fired power plant, located in Jackson County, Ala., was taken offline in September 2015, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said during the TVA’s Feb. 3 earnings call that the plant’s closure is part of the retirement of more than 7,000-MW of coal-fired generation. Nuclear power, gas-fired power, renewables and energy efficiency are being used to replace the capacity. The TVA plans to generate more than half of its energy from “non-emitting sources” by 2020.Full article ($): TVA retires last operating unit at Colbert coal plantlast_img read more

Gareth O’Brien: Castleford Tigers sign full-back on three-year deal | Rugby League News

first_imgGareth O’Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023 “I’m very grateful for the opportunity to continue my stay at the Tigers and I’m really looking forward to the next three years,” O’Brien said.“Since joining it’s been great, I settled in really quickly, the boys have been great and the coaches have been fantastic. It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and I think we’re a bit glad to see the back of it and we’re all looking forward to 2021.“I can slot into both half-back and full-back and that gives us some good options for next year. I’ll be putting everyone on their toes, it’s healthy and helps the competition that a squad needs. I’m looking forward to it.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Daryl Powell says O’Brien is a ‘very dangerous’ player Gareth O’Brien joined Castleford on loan from Toronto in August, and was planning to return to Canada at end of 2020 season; however, after Super League clubs voted against allowing Wolfpack back into the competition in 2021, the 29-year-old has committed his future to the Tigers Last Updated: 15/11/20 3:19pmcenter_img Gareth O'Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023
Gareth O'Brien will remain at Castleford Tigers until the end of 2023

Top senior women to contest national title

first_img The country’s top women seniors will be on parade next week when the first national championship of the year takes place at Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf.Last season, the England senior women’s teams were invincible. They became European champions, they won their Home Internationals, and Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore became British senior champion.Next week, Rawthore and her fellow internationals will all be in the field when the English senior women’s championship takes place on the Bracken course at Woodhall Spa, from Tuesday to Friday, 5-8 May.The defending champion is Julie Brown of Staffordshire (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who was a winner on the Ladies European Tour during a professional career, and won this title on her senior debut last year.The other internationals in the field are Hampshire’s Chris Quinn, a past British champion who has held this title four times; Lulu Housman of Middlesex; Amanda Mayne of Somerset; Debbie Richards of Surrey; and Katherine Russell of Sussex.The host club will be represented by Cindy Ireland, a past Lincolnshire county captain. Other local players are former England senior team captain, Pat West of Spalding and fellow club member, Dianne Platt.Players who will be making their first appearance in this championship include Debbie Warren, a past Staffordshire champion; Clarissa Bushell, who has represented Sussex; and Cheshire’s Hilary Tarleton who paired up with Cath Rawthore to win the PING Fourball Betterball Grand Final of 2010.All competitors will play 18 holes stroke play on each of the first two days of the championship. The top 16 players will go forward to the championship matchplay and the next 16 will contest the second flight. The finals of both flights will be played on the afternoon of Friday, 8 May.Scores, news and images will be available on the championship webpage and spectators are very welcome. 27 Apr 2015 Top senior women to contest national title last_img read more