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May212014

New York Biker Attack's 'mad Max' Antics Spook Public, Bring Harsh Charges









Motorcyclists then swarmed Mr. Liens car angrily, and Lien hit several of them as he tried to flee, running over and badly injuring one of them. celebs Dozens of motorists looked on in horror as the bikers chased, cornered, and finally stopped the SUV, pulling Lien out and beating him before his terrified wife and daughter. The charges against Braszczok, especially, suggested that prosecutors have a lot at stake and are under heavy public pressure to make sure the bikers are punished. The reason we focus so much attention on this case is it makes everybody feel vulnerable, and thats why theres so much pressure on the prosecutors, says Jack Levin, a criminologist at Northeastern University, in Boston.
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Airbnb files motion to block New York AG's subpoena




A second video also revealed that a New York undercover police officer was among those throwing kicks and punches at the SUV at least, that's what New York prosecutors allege. Det. Wojciech Braszczok, who was off duty at the time, faces charges of gang assault and criminal mischief; he says he couldn't risk blowing his cover by going to the family's aid. That this year's Hollywood's Block Party dissolved into mayhem is not in dispute. A camera positioned on a rider's helmet showed hundreds of motorcycles chasing Lien's SUV up Manhattan's West Side Highway. It showed Lien, 33, running over a rider. It showed a swarm of bikers smashing Lien's car windows and dragging him onto the street for a beating.
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New York Fed fired examiner who refused to go soft on Goldman Sachs: report




Yet when Segarra asked to see all board presentations involving conflicts of interest and the merger, Goldman responded that its Business Selection and Conflict Resolution Group as a general matter did not confer with Goldmans board. The banks responses to her document requests offered no information from presentations to the El Paso board discussing conflicts, even though lawsuit filings indicate such discussions occurred. Goldman did provide documents detailing how it had divided its El Paso and Kinder Morgan bankers into red and blue teams. These teams were told they could not communicate with each other 2014 what the industry calls a Chinese Wall 2014 to prevent sharing information that could unduly benefit one party. Segarra said Goldman seating charts showed that that in one case, opposing team members http://free.yudu.com/item/details/1303040/---teen-Mom----Star-Farrah-Abraham-Didn---t-Want-Fame-An had adjacent offices. She also determined that three of the El Paso team members had previously worked for Kinder Morgan in key areas.
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Saying goodbye to New York




Airbnb files motion to block New York AG's subpoena The rent-out-your-home service vows to fight the external link state's subpoena requesting troves of user data saying it's a "government-sponsored fishing expedition" and "unreasonably broad." Follow @darakerr (Credit: Screenshot by Donna Tam/CNET) It appears that Airbnb is going to bat for its New York City hosts; the rent-out-your-home service has filed a motion objecting to the state's recent subpoena asking for troves of host data. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the subpoena last Friday requesting that Airbnb divulge three years' worth of data on thousands of New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York's lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, its motion stated that it won't turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong. "We made it clear to the Attorney General's office from the very beginning that we would never agree to this type of government-sponsored fishing expedition," Airbnb's head of global public policy, David Hantman, wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "We believe this subpoena as written is unreasonably broad, and we remain committed to fighting it with everything we've got." Schneiderman's subpoena is based on a 2011 New York state law that makes it illegal for New York residents to rent out a property for less than http://mitchellidjj.blogs.experienceproject.com/2263148.html 29 days. The law is meant to protect renters, so that slumlords don't force them to leave to make a quick buck on unlicensed hotels and short-term stays.
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Could New York City be sued for brutal biker beating?




This is the point of Joan Didions 1967 essay Goodbye to All That (published in her landmark collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem); All I mean is that I was very young in New York, she writes, and that at some point the golden rhythm was broken, and I am not that young anymore. Didions line serves as the epigraph for Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York (Seal Press: 270 pp., $16 paper), edited by Sari Botton and featuring essays by 28 writers including Hope Edelman, Roxane Gay, Dani Shapiro, Rebecca Wolff,Meghan Daum and Cheryl Strayed. In many ways, it can be read as a follow-up to Kathleen Norris 1995 anthology Leaving New York: Writers Look Back, which reprinted, along with work by Frank Conroy, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mona Simpson, the original Didion piece, although that book took a more historical overview. Both collections get at the sense of hope (or ambition) with which New York seduces us, as well as how living in the city can turn, leaving us with wistfulness and regret. I am, I should admit, very susceptible to such a message; as a native New Yorker, I know firsthand the highs and lows of living in the city; I left, also, in my late 20s, although to this day, I continue to feel its pull. And yet, Im no longer very young, which is why, perhaps, I relate most viscerally to the writers in Goodbye to All That I have mentioned, to their experience and their years. When Edelman tells us, I felt certain Id cycle back some day: it didnt seem possible for me to ever break free of New Yorks gravitational pull.
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May212014

France?s Fracking Ban ?absolute? After Court Upholds Law









during the week. Carrefours store in Pariss Saint-Lazare railway station serves more than 2,600 clients on Sundays and 300 clients after 9 p.m. on weekdays, showing it responds to strong consumer demand, particularly from commuters, the Boulogne-Billancourt, France-based company said in an e-mailed statement. The courts decision shows again the incoherency of the regulations, said Carrefour, adding it supports its franchisees appeal of the ruling, which has led to the loss of nine jobs. Carrefour joins Kingfisher Plc (KGF) , owner of Frances biggest home-improvement chain Castorama, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC) s Sephora and other retailers in protesting the laws amid opposition from unions.
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The announcement by the Franco-American group, which plans to cut as many as 900 posts in France, was criticised by Hollande's government which is having to battle with record levels of unemployment internet across the country. "In the framework of the decisions to be taken, the restructuring plan, it should be examined how the job cuts can be limited as much as possible," Hollande told reporters in the central town of Saint-Etienne, where he was promoting government efforts to cut unemployment. Other government officials acknowledged measures were needed to save the group in which France has a 3 percent stake. Alcatel-Lucent visit site said the job cuts represented its last chance to turn itself around and stem losses. The product of a 2006 transatlantic merger aimed at creating a global giant, Alcatel-Lucent told a European works council read here meeting it intends to axe nearly one in seven of its employees. "Everyone knows this plan is the last chance. The company is in a very serious situation," Chief Executive Michel Combes, the latest of three CEOs since the merger, told Le Monde newspaper.
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There were all the directors in one category, and then Patrice Chereau." The son of struggling artists, Chereau began his career in the mid-1960s (source) directing a Paris theatre with a strong left-wing political bent. In 1969, he went to work at Milan's Piccolo Teatro with the Italian director Giorgio Strehler. By 1971, he was back in France, this time in Lyon, where his "violent, virulent and sumptuous theatre" presentations, as the Paris daily Liberation put it, built his reputation further. Then in 1976, when the French conductor Pierre Boulez asked him to direct Wagner's "Ring" cycle of operas at the legendary festival in Bayreuth, Chereau made his unforgettable debut on the international opera scene. His adaptation of Wagner's Nordic myths as a 19th-century drama of capitalist exploitation of workers met with raucous boos at its debut. But at the end of its final presentation in 1980, the audience saluted him with an hour and a half of exuberant applause.
More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/entertainment-us-france-chereau-idUSBRE9970NT20131009?feedType=RSS







Adieu! How France could be losing its elite




The 2011 law conforms to the constitution and is not disproportionate, the court in Paris said in a decision posted on its website today. Schuepbach Energy LLC , a Dallas-based explorer, complained to the court that the law was unfair after having two exploration permits revoked because of the ban. President Francois Hollande has said France wont allow exploration of shale energy even as the country seeks to reduce its reliance on nuclear energy and keep down costs for consumers. Its a judicial victory but also an environmental and political victory, French Environment Minister Philippe Martin said today after the ruling. source With this decision the ban on hydraulic fracturing is absolute. The technique, which involves blasting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals underground to release oil and gas from shale rock, has raised the ire of environmental groups who fear groundwater contamination. Schuepbach argued in court last month that there isnt a study that establishes risks from fracking. The explorer also said the ban was unfair because the drilling technique may still be used in French geothermal-energy projects.
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France identifies 2 more reporters held hostage in Syria, bringing known total to 4




The following year all restrictions were removed from small shops, and those "over 280 square metres" in size were allowed to trade for six hours each Sunday. Today you only need to stand in a DIY superstore in a desolate retail park on a Sunday morning to see how things have changed. Customers gather in the store in the half-hour "browsing time" before the tills open, glancing over expectantly, ready to pounce. Their day is built around a visit to a big shop. Trading hours for retailers "It's fairly obvious that Sunday is a huge trading day in this country in spite of the fact that it's limited to six hours," says Richard Perks of market research firm Mintel.
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France calls on Alcatel-Lucent to review plan for mass job cuts




and Germany top the rankings of countries these future graduates would turn to places where the students may have already spent several months for work experience. Emerging markets attract very few candidates, with China and Brazil coming in in 7th and 8th position respectively. France remains crippled by unemployment, with 11 percent of its workforce on the dole and one out of four under-25s seeking work in August. For Laurent Bigorgne, director of the Montaigne Institute and former deputy headmaster at Sciences Po, France's approach to education shows some serious weakness. Contrary to many other countries whose investment in education is U-shaped, with most of the funding going to primary and higher education, France spends a lot more on its secondary education than it does on the others.
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UK v France: The Sunday shopping difference




10, 2013 Egypt denounces a partial U.S. aid freeze; a report says illicit gold is financing Congos rebels. The Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Henin and Torres capture was not disclosed until now out of respect of their families wishes. However, in an interview on French radio station Europe 1 Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault named them for the first time while answering a question about two other reporters whose kidnapping was disclosed in June. Henin was working for Le Point magazine and Arte television.
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May192014

Euroclear Says Likely Cause Of Belgium's Big Rise In Treasuries | Reuters











Treasury debt were http://latashiawebpageu.blog.fc2.com $381.4 billion in March, compared with $166.8 billion as of August 2013. Belgium-based Euroclear holds assets on behalf of more than 2,000 financial institutions in more than 90 countries, as well as for millions of retail investors. The spokesman would not comment as to whether there's been a sudden surge of business from customers holding Treasuries. The company has about 24.2 trillion web link euros ($33 trillion) of all assets in custody. The purchases from Belgium were mainly in http://sumikoside.posterous.com short-term bills from November to March. Over that period, Belgian institutions sold $6.82 billion in long-term U.S.
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May102014

Usa Olympic Freestyle Coach Zeke Jones To Head Arizona State Wrestling Program











During the Jones staff era, USA won eight Junior World medals, five University World medals and four Cadet World medals. Jones came to USA Wrestling after coaching at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005-07, where he amassed a record of 33-17-1. Following the 2006 campaign that saw an NCAA Champion, two All-Americans, two Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (EIWA) champions, and a third-place finish at the EIWA Championships, Amateur Wrestling http://shularonlineplace.beeplog.com News named Jones the Rookie Head Coach of the Year. Prior to coaching at Penn he served on the coaching staffs at West Virginia, Arizona State, and Bloomsburg University. Jones coached teams that have finished in the NCAA Final Four twice, in the top-10 four times and won six conference team championships. Individually his wrestlers have won six NCAA titles, eight NCAA finalists, 36 individual conference champions, 29 All Americans, 74 NCAA Qualifiers, and 11 wrestlers have competed click here in the NWCA All Star Meet. A member of ASUs 1988 NCAA Championship team, Jones was a three-time All-American and Pac-10 Champion for the Sun Devils. A national runner-up at 118, Jones sits at No.
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May102014

In Focus: Van Meytens' 'portrait Of Empress Maria Theresa Of Austria' | Things To Do In Tampa Bay | Tampa Bay Times









Martin van Meytens, Portrait of Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, 
c. 1745-1750, oil on canvas.

She was, though, a pragmatic ruler who viewed her progeny as dynastic opportunities to marry into other great houses of Europe and expand Austria's influence. She cared not about any personal objections they might have to her matches for them and wrote extensively to forex them with critical advice after their marriages. (She was particularly critical of Marie Antoinette.) They were expected to obey and behave, which was ironic given her own marriage, a passionate love match that probably wasn't as illustrious as it could have been. The one exception she made to her chessboard strategy was to her favorite child, Marie Christina, who was allowed to marry url for love to a lesser suitor, partly because her mother could keep her close that way. Her greatest matchmaking success was the marriage of Marie Antoinette to Louis, Dauphin of France, when she was 15. They became the king and queen of France in 1774. Marie Antoinette was beheaded in 1793 after being convicted of treason by the French Revolutionary government.
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