Willow Smith and her Malibu home (Getty, Google Maps, Realtor)Willow Smith is officially a homeowner.The soon-to-be 20-year-old musician and talk show host paid $3.1 million for a home in Malibu. The contemporary house is just less than 3,000 square feet in size, according to Variety. It sits on 0.37 acres on a hillside on a private street overlooking the Pacific Ocean.The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home was built in 2011 and meets LEED energy efficiency standards with the help of a greywater recycling system, solar power, and energy efficient appliances. The garage also has a Tesla charging station. The small lot doesn’t have a pool, but does have a patio and a raised deck.The house has an open floor plan, and the interiors are in line with the modern-style theme — grey hardwood floors, muted furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The master suite has a fireplace, dual vanities, and a spa-style bathroom.Smith won’t be too far from her parents and her brother. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have long lived in a huge 150-acre estate in the hills of Calabasas and brother Jaden Smith lives in Hidden Hills.As far as Malibu properties go, Smith’s new digs are relatively modest. Properties regularly trade in the eight figures in the beachside city and the pandemic hasn’t stopped deals from closing.In July, Gateway computer co-founder Ted Waitt paid $43.2 million for a 1.3-acre estate in the city. A month later, Compass agent Chris Cortazzo sold his 55,000-square-foot beachfront property for $39 million. [Variety] — Dennis Lynch Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink TagsCelebrity Real EstateMalibu
Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables Low carbon standard passes Ill. Senate committee The Illinois Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee passed Senate Bill 1585, which establishes a Low Carbon Portfolio Standard. The standard would require utilities ComEd and Ameren (NYSE: AEE) to buy low carbon energy credits to match 70 percent of the electricity used on the power grid. It would allow all low carbon generating sources to compete equally, including wind, solar, hydro, clean coal and nuclear. Suitors for halted Bellefonte nuclear project ask TVA to consider climate in reviving sale Facebook Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine The proposal also has protections for consumers, including a consumer price cap that would limit the impact to a 2.015 percent increase, or about $2 a month more on the average customers’ electricity bill. Four state agencies proposed the rule in a report in January stating the impacts of closing down three of the states’ six nuclear power plants. The six plants generate nearly half of Illinois’ electricity and 90 percent of its carbon free power. Shutting down three of them – Clinton, Quad Cities and Byron – could result in an annual loss of $1.8 billion, 8,000 lost jobs, and cost as much as $500 million in increased energy costs statewide, the report said. By chloecox – An Illinois Senate committee passed a bill that would establish a low carbon standard that would help the state’s nuclear power plants. Twitter EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment ServicesCoalClean Coal TechnologiesRenewablesHydroelectricNuclearPolicy & RegulationsReactorsSolarWind Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Voith Hydro supplying pumped storage equipment to pair with Idaho combined solar-wind project Critics have called the standard a “bailout” for Exelon (NYSE: EXC), saying the company is making a profit and does not need the help. Linkedin 3.27.2015 Previous articleSan Diego considers hydropower projectNext articleReport: Global wind power installations increased by 42% in 2014 chloecox Facebook TAGSComEd Twitter No posts to display
We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Equestrian Canada (EC) is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 National Coaching Committee.Following the close of applications in the spring of 2017, the following individuals have been appointed to the EC National Coaching Committee:Kalie McKenna (Chair) – ONRuth Allum – ONJill Barker – NSMartha Corker – ONSusan Fraser – NSErin Lundteign – ABBetty-Ann McPhedran – MBMarie-Claire Savard – QCWendy Sewell – BCDanielle Yaghdjian – ON“The National Coaching Committee will be working collaboratively to enhance EC’s National Coaching Certification Program and increase the number of certified coaches and instructors across the country,” said Kalie McKenna, EC National Coaching Committee Chair and Director, Technical Development. “The committee members bring many years of experience, from working as certified coaches and instructors to developing and delivering program content. I am excited to work with this group of individuals who bring diverse knowledge and expertise, from grassroots to high performance, in order to further enhance our national coaching certification program.”The 2017 National Coaching Committee members were confirmed following a call for nominations from those interested in working collaboratively under EC’s new governance and committee structure in order to support, develop and grow the national coaching program in Canada. The members were appointed based on their experience and knowledge as an educator, coach or trainer in equestrian sport and understanding of the national coaching program, as well as their general strengths as collaborators and strategic thinkers.The committee members will be responsible for providing program recommendations concerning new or amended National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) policies, procedures and programs, and to work collaboratively with EC staff to ensure the effectiveness and quality of the program.The Committee shall also advise EC management on the annual program priorities and strategies relating to the National Coaching program in Canada, and will serve as a key conduit between the EC national office, the Provincial/Territorial Sport Organizations (PTSOs), and other EC committees, taskforces, and working groups as required.For more information on the EC National Coaching program, visit www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/coaches. Further information on EC governance can be found at www.equestrian.ca/about/governance. Tags: EC National Coaching Committee, Horse Sport Enews Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. SIGN UP
Rodrigo Lambre (BRA) knew the expansive field at Thunderbird Show Park suited his horse impeccably, and he called on his longtime partner Chapilot’s strengths to win the $35,000 CSIO5* Artisan Farms Nations Welcome, part of the 2018 Odlum Brown BC Open, Wednesday afternoon at Thunderbird Show Park, the first five-star competition to take place at the venue in its historic 45-year history. The $400,000 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Canada and the $235,000 Longines Grand Prix will highlight the week, taking place on Sunday, June 3, and Friday, June 1, respectively.Lambre, 40, and the 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding did what was almost thought to be impossible, catching the time of early leader Ashlee Bond (ISR) and Belo Horizonte in the Table A speed class. Jumping 42nd in the order, they completed the Peter Holmes (CAN) designed track in 64.27 seconds. Bond’s time was 65.08 seconds; she jumped seventh in the field of 48. Z Diamanty and Keean White (CAN) finished third, completing their round in 67.08 seconds.“Ashlee was really fast, but I’ve known my horse for a long time,” said Lambre, who’s been partnered with the bay since 2015. “There were some spots where I could take one or [more] strides out. He’s really fast in the long distances. I can always take a stride [out] when I can.”There was also an added incentive for his horse after jumping in last week’s Maui Jim Grand Prix during Thunderbird’s Canadian Premier show.“On Sunday, I had the last down in the grand prix, and I said to him, ‘If you win today, you don’t have to jump anymore this week!’” Lambre exclaimed.The Brazilian rider considers his mount a speed specialist and has a schedule of similarly formatted classes on the agenda for Chapilot, knowing the gelding will thrive.“He’s a winner,” Lambre said. “He’s not an easy horse. He has a strong canter, but every horse show he goes to, he wins a class. He’s been like that since he was eight. I just love him.“Today, I thought he could win,” he added, “and that was it!”Less Is More for Gareth Graves in CSI2* tbird WelcomeEarlier in the day, Gareth Graves (CAN) rode to top honors in the $1,000 CSI2* tbird Welcome, kicking off international competition in the Fort Grand Prix Ring in style with Jillian Halina’s Billy Pukka.The duo prevailed over the speed track against a field of 57 combinations, stopping the timers in 64.77 seconds over the 1.40m track set by Canada’s Peter Homes. Wordsworth II and Rich Fellers (USA) finished nearly two seconds back in second with their time of 66.27 seconds, while Karianne Boyce-Lockhart (USA) rode Ferro DC to third honors. That duo jumped cleanly in 67.54 seconds.Just as it was the first international class of the week, it was Graves’ first international class since jumping at Thunderbird last August. He and the 11-year-old Anglo European mare have been partnered for two years, and in that time, the 33-year-old has learned that the mare performs best with little interference.“Billy’s an interesting horse,” Graves said. “She really has everything. She appeared, at first, to be a touch cold and sort of plain, but what I’m figuring out, the less pressure you put on her, the more she flies. Today, I went to less bridle, less spur, and let her find the jumps, and she just really reacted to that in such a nice way.”Winning the class held additional meaning for Graves, as he and his team dedicated the victory to friend and colleague Jaime Guerra Piedra, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep Tuesday evening at his home in Belgium. The Mexican show jumper was a two-time Olympic veteran.“It was a really special class for me,” Graves explained. “Jaime Guerra is a guy that I idolized forever.”Competition at the Odlum Brown BC Open CSIO5* continues Thursday with the $35,500 CSIO5* North West Rubber Cup, along with the $35,200 CSI2* Friends of tbird and the start of FEI Junior and Children’s competition. Tags: Thunderbird Show Park, Odlum Brown BC Open, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Email* Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.
Benefits EligibilityBenefits Eligible Employment TypeEmployee Open until filledYes The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grantuniversity with statewide commitments and responsibilities is thestate’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversifiedinstitution of higher education ( http://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currentlyranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News &World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens,approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campusesin Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-charteredUniversity in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-timestaff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 studentsincluding over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate andprofessional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools andcolleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta Universityhoused on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. Special Instructions to Applicants DepartmentFranklin College Hugh Hodgson School of Music Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/orCertification Duties/ResponsibilitiesPosting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResume/CVCover LetterPortfolioList of References with Contact InformationOptional Documents Advertised SalarySalary range: $62,000 to $70,000. Does this position have operation, access, or control offinancial resources?Yes Classification TitleAcademic Professional AC Is this a Position of Trust?Yes • Demonstrated background in production management.• Ability to communicate effectively with all parties involved withproduction, including actors, the design team, the production team,and management.• Demonstrated knowledge of varied styles and periods for opera andmusical theatre.• Additional expertise in the areas such as music direction, actingand vocal coaching for musical theatre, ormovement/choreography.• A desire to contribute to dynamic, holistic music and theatreprograms located in a city known for its music and artsculture.• A willingness to collaborate with recognized faculty and artistsin advancing a national and international profile. Posting Details Anticipated Start Date08/01/2021 Position Summary Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Is driving a responsibility of this position?No To Apply:• Applicants should include a curriculum vitae and cover letterdescribing their academic qualifications and professionalexperience, showing how they will add value to the program.Furthermore, they should show how their teaching, service, and workhas supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, andgender backgrounds that are underrepresented in the Opera and/orMusical Theatre fields. Applicants who have not yet had thoseexperiences should explain how their work will further theCollege’s commitment to diversity.• Application materials should also include links to an onlineportfolio/website highlighting artistic work and the names andcontact information for a minimum of three references.Application documents must be uploaded to the UGAJobs link(https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/182446) with searchcommittee reviews beginning March 1, 2021. To ensure fullconsideration, please apply by March 1. Additional materials willbe requested at the semi-finalist stage, including an unofficialtranscript of the highest degree earned. Questions about theapplication process can be directed at Edith Hollander([email protected] or 706-542-3737); questions about the positioncan be directed at Prof. Frederick Burchinal([email protected]). Position Details Job Posting Date01/22/2021 The Hugh Hodgson School of Music (https://music.uga.edu/) is amongthe leading schools of music in the region and nationally. Itincludes comprehensive programs, with degrees at the undergraduatelevel through the masters and doctorate. Students at all degreelevels are involved in the Opera program. A celebrated faculty,outstanding facilities, and talented students build a supportiveand rich environment for artistic and scholarly growth. Graduatesfrom our programs have been internationally successful in theirchosen fields.The University of Georgia Opera Theatre(http://research.franklin.uga.edu/opera/https://www.music.uga.edu/music/ensembles/opera-theatre) is anationally recognized program that currently produces two fullystaged productions with orchestra per year and an additional ScenesProgram in the Spring, as well as offering further opportunitiesfor performance and community outreach. The Opera Theatre iscommitted to training young singers in an inclusive and supportiveenvironment and preparing them for a professional career in thefield of opera and classical singing.The Department of Theatre and Film Studies(https://www.drama.uga.edu) is a unit of the Franklin College ofArts and Sciences. It offers B.A. degrees in theatre and in filmstudies, MFA degrees in performance, design/technology and dramaticmedia, and the Ph.D. in theatre and performance studies. Thedepartment encompasses the applied and scholarly study of drama ina wide range of media, including stage, film and 3D computeranimation.The Musical Theatre Certificate Program(https://www.music.uga.edu/musical-theatre-certificate) is a newinterdisciplinary program in Music, Theatre, and Dance nearing theend of its second year. It has already shown itself to be ahigh-demand program. Students are required to take an additional10-17 hours of coursework beyond the major degree requirements andmust audition for admission before a panel comprising of at leastone representative from each area.The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and theUniversity of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity ofits faculty and students and sustaining a work and learningenvironment that is inclusive. Women, minorities and people withdisabilities are encouraged to apply. Contract TypeAcademic (9 mo.) Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions withfinancial responsibilities. For additional information about thecredit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website. FLSA About the College/Unit/Department Credit and P-Card policy • Doctorate or MFA in music or theatre or related fields, plus aminimum of three years of professional accomplishments in the fieldof directing, opera, or musical theatre production.• Candidates without a terminal degree must have a master’s degreein music or theatre, document exceptional professional expertise (aminimum of 5 years professional experience in the field ofdirecting, opera, or musical theatre production) and be approvedfor a terminal degree exception before hire. EEO Statement Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction employer. All qualified applicants will receiveconsideration for employment without regard to race, color,religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, geneticinformation, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation orprotected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations orassistance with the accessibility of materials related to thissearch are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). College/Unit/Department websitehttps://music.uga.edu UnderutilizationMinorities & Females Terminal degree in a disciplinary area appropriate for the position(as defined in the job posting). The UGA Hugh Hodgson School of Music Opera Department, inconjunction with the Department of Theatre and Film Studies, seeksan academic professional to produce and direct opera and musicaltheatre, starting August 1, 2021. This is a full-time (10 month),interdepartmental, non-tenure track, benefits-eligible facultyposition, with the School of Music as the candidate’s homedepartment.Responsibilities include:• Produce and direct opera productions by organizing and overseeingall artistic and technical production needs.• Work with administration for publicity, rehearsal scheduling,accounting and budgeting.• Direct a musical for the Theatre Department on a rotationalbasis. Alternatively, working with the Musical Theatre CertificateProgram as an instructor, coach, or director.• Teach performance-related courses based on the candidate’sexpertise. Additional Requirements Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position?Yes Working TitleOpera and Musical Theatre Producer/Director Does this position have direct interaction or care of childrenunder the age of 18 or direct patient care?No Job Closing Date Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Track About the University of Georgia Minimum Qualifications Does this position require a P-Card?Yes Faculty RankAcademic Professional Location of VacancyAthens Area Physical Demands Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety,IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access tochemicals and medications)No Posting TypeExternal Retirement PlanTRS or ORP Posting NumberF0812P
The LSU School of Art seeks applicants with expertise inpainting & drawing for positions as Assistant Professor ofPractice, Studio Art. These are full-time, non-tenure-trackpositions at the Assistant Professor rank.A successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate anunderstanding of studio art professional practice in painting &Drawing, and have at least 2 years of teaching experience at theuniversity level, either during or after their MFA. Teachingassignments include studios, lecture courses, and seminars.Additional responsibilities include maintaining a studio practicestudio area meetings/service and some student advising andmentoring.Job Responsibilities:TEACHING: 65% — This position will teachundergraduate general education courses and courses for majors atthe undergraduate and graduate level in Studio Art.SERVICE: 34% — Provide services to the School,College, and University, and help in program development.Participate in student advising and mentoring.RequiredQualifications:MFA in Studio Art. 2 years of teaching experience atthe university level, either during or after the MFASubmittal Requirements:Please attach ALL documents under the Resume/CVsection of your application.Please provide a letter of application (cover memo)with a narrative description of your background and qualificationsfor the position (maximum of 3 pages). Describe courses you arequalified to teach, as well as information about classes you havetaught or helped teach in the past.Submissions should also include a curriculum vitae(including e-mail address) as well as the names, addresses,telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references.Note: instructions for uploading a portfolio of yourwork and your students’ work, together with documents which willfacilitate a faculty review are available on SlideRoom at thisaddress: https://lsuart.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/60094Original transcripts are required prior to hire.Salary will be commensurate with qualifications andexperience. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactorypre-employment background check.Apply here: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/0220-Design-Building/Assistant-Professor-of-Practice-Studio-Art–2-Positions-_R00054084Firm application deadline is April 30, 2020.Application review will begin immediately, and will continue untila candidate is selected. The position will remain open untilfilled.About LSULSU is the flagship university of Louisiana. Locatedamid 1500 live oaks, it is one of the loveliest campuses in theSouth. The School of Art is accredited by NASAD, and includes sixstudio art areas, art history, graphic design, and digital art, andis part of the College of Art & Design. The School is home toapproximately 450 undergraduate majors and 50 graduate students.Additional information on the program can be found at https://design.lsu.edu/art/programs/studio-arts/painting-drawing/ For information about the College, see https://design.lsu.edu/; for informationabout the School of Art, see http://design.lsu.edu/art/Additional Position Information:Background Check – An offer of employment iscontingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check.Benefits – LSU offers outstanding benefits toeligible employees and their dependents including health, life,dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts;retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellnessbenefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training anddevelopment opportunities; employee discounts; and more!LSU believes diversity, equity, and inclusion enrich theeducational experience of our students, faculty, and staff, and arenecessary to prepare all people to thrive personally andprofessionally in a global society. We celebrate diversity and arecommitted to the principles of diversity and inclusion. We activelyseek and encourage qualified applications from persons with diversebackgrounds, cultures and experiences. To learn more about how LSUis committed to diversity and inclusivity, please see LSU’sDiversity Statement andRoadmap. Personsneeding accommodations or assistance with the accessibility ofmaterials related to this search are encouraged to contact theOffice of Human Resource Management ([email protected]).HCM Contact Information:Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human ResourcesManagement Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed [email protected]
Interest in these claims gained new life after a tweet by President Trump on July 25, in which he called on the U.S. attorney general’s office to investigate “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage the Trump campaign.”“Only a transparent and thorough investigation into the unlawful interference of Ukrainian officials with the U.S. election campaign can restore the trust of our strategic partner” — Andrei DerkachDerkach also claimed that the campaign against candidate Trump included Ukrainian officials’ announcement last year of reported payments of more than $12 million by Ukraine’s previous leader, Viktor Yanukovych, to Paul Manafort, who was one of Trump’s campaign managers during the election.Manafort previously worked for Yanukovych’s Party of Regions until the Ukrainian leader was overthrown in a violent revolution in 2014. After Yanukovych fled the country, officials discovered extensive lists of alleged off-the-books payments — so-called black ledgers — by Yanukovych’s political party to various political actors in Ukraine.Subsequent documents publicized by a Ukrainian legislator, Serhiy Leshchenko, suggested that Manafort concealed some of the money he received by transferring the payments through offshore accounts.Manafort’s actual signature does not appear anywhere in the ledgers, however, and he denies receiving any illegal disbursements. None of the disclosed documents have been verified for their validity. CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated the state represented by Senator Chuck Grassley. He is from Iowa. Also On POLITICO Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire By David Stern and Kenneth P. Vogel Donald Trump’s win shakes Ukraine By David Stern Chalupa, for her part, told CNN that “I was not an opposition researcher for the DNC, and the DNC never asked me to go to the Ukrainian Embassy to collect information.”By Ukrainian law, parliament deputies can initiate criminal investigations unilaterally. Derkach refused a request to speak on the record about his accusations, however, and provided only open source information as evidence.Derkach’s father, Leonid (right), served as head of Ukraine’s security services in the early 2000s | Pool photo by Itar-Tass/EPAHe himself is prominent businessman, and owner of a local television and radio company. He served as an MP in Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, and at one point led a parliamentary group calling for closer relations with Russia. Derkach’s father, Leonid, is also a well-known government figure, and served as head of Ukraine’s security services in the early 2000s.Officials of the corruption board declined to comment on Derkach’s claims against them, saying they could not comment on an open investigation, especially one being conducted by another government body. They said however that they were not entirely surprised by the accusations.“The specificity of the Ukrainian procedural law makes it possible to register [criminal] proceedings based on any information, even publications in the so-called ‘yellow press,’” NABU officials said in a statement in reply to questions from POLITICO.“Often these [accusations], which were the basis of the proceedings, then disappear, but the investigations themselves continue,” they added. In his request to the prosecutor general — copies of which he provided to POLITICO in the original Ukrainian and in the English translation — Derkach claimed that the alleged meddling by Ukrainian officials created the impression that Kiev was an “unreliable and harmful partner” to Washington, resulted in a temporary freeze in contacts between the two and led to a reduction in U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine.U.S. President Donald Trump meets with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Washington | Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images“Only a transparent and thorough investigation into the unlawful interference of Ukrainian officials with the U.S. election campaign can restore the trust of our strategic partner,” Derkach wrote.Relations between the United States and Ukraine reached a low point shortly after President Trump’s inauguration, but have since recovered.Trump met with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the Oval Office in June, and top administration officials have strongly backed Kiev in its war against Moscow-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine.Kurt Volker, Washington’s special envoy to peace talks over the conflict with Russia, floated the possibility that Washington could overturn a ban, in place since the conflict with Russia began three years ago, on providing lethal weapons to Ukraine.Ukrainian officials confirmed that a criminal investigation had been opened on August 1. However, on Wednesday, in a post on the general prosecutor’s Facebook page, authorities said they were looking into the possible “publicizing information from a pretrial investigation” and not interference in the U.S. election. KIEV — A Ukrainian member of parliament has requested a criminal investigation into possible meddling by his country’s government in last year’s U.S. presidential election, claiming the interference has “seriously damaged Ukrainian-American relations.”In a July 24 letter to Ukraine’s prosecutor general, Andrei Derkach, an independent MP who was formerly aligned with a pro-Russian party, requested that authorities launch a pretrial investigation into “illegal interference in the election of President of the United States organized by a criminal organization.” This organization, he said, consisted of senior members of the country’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, government officials, and other public figures.Derkach’s accusations center around reports, first published in POLITICO in January, that Ukrainian politicians and diplomats may have cooperated with people connected to the Democratic National Committee to hamper Donald Trump’s candidacy and bolster Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid. The key figure involved has denied any coordination with the DNC. In the official registration of the criminal case — which Derkach posted on his Facebook page — officials said the investigation would look into whether Ukrainian authorities defamed Manafort by publicizing his possible connection to the black ledgers, “creating the impression of [Ukraine’s] illegal interference in the US elections.”Officials of the corruption bureau have said that Manafort himself is not under investigation.Derkach refused a request to speak on-the-record about his accusations and provided only open source information as evidence.Ukraine’s actions during the 2016 campaign have become a focus for Republican leaders and pundits, as pressure mounts on President Trump over alleged ties to Russia.Senate judiciary committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a letter last month to examine whether Alexandra Chalupa, a former consultant with the DNC, violated laws governing work with foreign governments, by failing to register possible cooperation with the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington, D.C.A conservative watchdog group, Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT), also filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission, claiming Chalupa “knowingly solicited” damaging information on Manafort from Ukrainian officials.
French biotech Valneva has started manufacturing its vaccine candidate in Scotland, the U.K. government announced Thursday.The move follows a multi-million-pound joint investment in the facility in Livingston, West Lothian, by the U.K. government in 2020 as part of an in-principle agreement to secure early access to Valneva’s first 60 million vaccine doses, with an option to acquire a further 130 million if the jab is approved.The vaccine candidate, which is currently in clinical trials and has yet to receive regulatory approval, uses an inactivated whole virus, similar to those developed by China’s Sinopharm and Sinovac and India’s Bharat Biotech. The news comes as the EU is facing pressure over the speed of its vaccine rollout, with AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot blaming Brussels for being three months slower than the U.K. in finalizing its purchase agreements for its vaccine, which AstraZeneca developed jointly with Oxford University.”By starting manufacturing, we will have a running start at rolling these out as quickly as possible to protect the British public if it receives regulatory approval,” U.K. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement.Valneva CEO Thomas Lingelbach said: “Our team in Scotland have done an amazing job to get manufacturing started so quickly.”
Read more. In a partnership with King Saud University, Creighton will provide a 10-month internship for 24 students in the Prince Sultan College for Emergency Medical Services. After three years of planning, the students will arrive at the beginning of October. Creighton University will welcome a group of emergency medical services students from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this fall. The students will fulfill internship requirements to receive their Bachelor of Science in emergency medical services degrees. Creighton’s emergency medical services program will provide the students with clinical experience and in-field paramedic training.