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2014 年 3 月 21 日  星期五   晴天

Penn State University 分類: g-suite cardinal man...

Authorities are investigating the death of an 18-year-old Penn State student who last week jumped from a rooftop, a suicide the young man's father blames on fraternity hazing practices his son was asked to inflict on fellow students.

Marquise Braham, a freshman from Rosedale, New York, who attended Penn State's Altoona campus, leaped to his death last Friday from a hotel in Uniondale, New York.
His father Rich Braham, managing editor at ABC News, said he believes his son was driven to take his own life by the hazing practices he had participated in earlier this year as a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity nu skin.
The fraternity has been suspended, pending an investigation, according to a campus spokeswoman.
Marquise had texted a friend about his concerns, sought counseling from a priest and confided in an aunt in the days before his suicide, his father said on Thursday.
"He could not haze the other students. He expressed in text messages how uncomfortable he was doing that. He didn't think he could do that," Braham said. "He was a nice kid, a kind person."
Photos found on his phone included one taken earlier this month of a blindfolded pledge with a real-looking pistol held to his head, Braham said.
His son's text messages described a choice offered to pledges to take cocaine or have a sex toy inserted into their lower body, he said.
Another practice, according to his son, g-suite cardinal manchester was making pledges drink alcohol until they vomited, then do so again, he said.
His son, during his own pledging last fall, was ordered to put on a ski mask and steal a bag of chips from a store, he said.
"He was terrified," Braham said.
Michael Carey, executive vice president of the Indianapolis-based Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, with 75 chapters nationwide, said the Altoona chapter has been suspended and that the national organization has launched an investigation.
Nassau County police detectives are investigating the student's death in New York, while police in Logan Township, Pennsylvania, the site of the off-campus fraternity house, said they are investigating the hazing activities.
Logan Township Chief of Police Ron Heller said the fraternity has not cooperated with the investigation and has invoked its right to legal counsel.
Penn State Altoona has a zero-tolerance policy toward fraternity hazing, according to Shari Routch, director of university relations.
She confirmed that Phi Sigma Kappa has been suspended, g-suite manchester pending an investigation by Penn State.
Routch added that school officials did not recall the house being in trouble before. "They're one of our better fraternities," Routch said.

2014 年 3 月 7 日  星期五   晴天

Gamblers Sue 分類: News
A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk.
Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, cardinal manchester is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated.
Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks.
Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, says the Grand, which opened last November in the old part of Las Vegas, intends to pursue Johnston for trying to shirk his gambling debts. Johnston put a stop-payment order on the markers, or casino credits, the Grand issued, and is also seeking damages from the Grand for sullying his name.
Johnston says he was thoroughly drunk during the hours he spent playing pai gow and blackjack at the Grand. His legal team plans to rely on eyewitness testimony and surveillance video to prove that he was visibly intoxicated.
Johnston lives in Ventura and made his fortune in car dealership and real estate ventures.
The Grand issued a statement saying it does not comment on pending litigation nu skin.
The state Gaming Control Board is investigating.
"It's certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I've ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn't read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers," Lyttle said. "It's a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven't seen in this town in a long time."
Johnston arrived in Las Vegas with the woman he was dating on the Thursday before the Super Bowl. He drank in the limousine from the Las Vegas airport to the Grand, drank more during dinner with friends, g-suite cardinal manchester and then says he blacked out.
The suit alleges that the Grand comped him dozens of drinks while he gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars, finally sleeping off his drunkenness on that Saturday, which was Feb, 1. Johnston says he didn't learn how much he had lost until the next day.

2013 年 12 月 12 日  星期四   晴天

The deficit will rise 分類: g-suite cardinal man...

A budget deal to avert future government shutdowns gained support among House Republicans, though some conservatives and liberals were unhappy.

WASHINGTON — A newly minted budget deal to avert future government shutdowns gained important ground Wednesday among House Republicans who are more accustomed to brinkmanship than compromise tantric massage hong kong, even though it would nudge federal deficits higher three years in a row.
There was grumbling from opposite ends of the political spectrum — conservatives complaining about spending levels and liberal Democrats unhappy there would be no extension of an expiring program of benefits for the long-term unemployed.
 Yet other lawmakers, buffeted by criticism after last October's partial government shutdown, found plenty to like in the agreement and suggested it could lead to future cooperation. The plan was announced Tuesday evening by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and quickly endorsed by President Barack Obama.
A House vote was expected as early as Thursday as lawmaker race to wrap up their work for the year.
"A lot of folks will probably vote for it even though they would rather not support this type of legislation, but we have to get the spending issue completed so that there is some consistency in the future," said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla.
Related: Boehner blasts groups opposed to budget deal
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., called the agreement "a breath of fresh air" that could lead to further progress. Added House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, "If you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement."
Boehner also took a swipe at outside groups that helped steer Republicans toward the politically damaging shutdown and opposed the current deal before it was sealed. "They're using our members, and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous," he said, evidently referring to the Club For Growth, Heritage Action and other organizations.
Modest in scope, the deal underscores how much ambitions have shriveled since the summer of 2011, when Obama and Boehner held private but unsuccessful talks on a "grand bargain" to reduce deficits by $4 trillion over a decade.
GOP, Obama line up behind modest budget deal: Poll showing most are unhappy with the way President Barack Obama and Congress are leading the nation.AP
In the current climate, though, it means a return to something approaching a routine, where spending committees will be able to write and pass individual bills each year, cardinal manchester removed from the threat of a shutdown.
As drafted, the bill would reverse $63 billion in across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect in the current budget year and the next one, easing a crunch on programs as diverse as environmental protection and the Pentagon.
It would offset the higher spending with $85 billion in savings over a decade from higher fees and relatively modest curtailments on government benefit programs.
Nearly a third of the total savings would come almost a decade from now, in 2022 and 2023, partly from extending a current 2 percent cut in payments to Medicare providers.
Other changes are scripted to begin earlier. Future federal workers would pay more toward their own retirement, fees would rise on air travelers and corporations would pay more to the government agency that guarantees their pension programs.
With the increased spending to begin immediately and much of the savings delayed, Congressional Budget Office estimates showed the deal would push deficits higher than currently projected in the current year and each of the next two.
Red ink would rise by about $23 billion in this 2014 fiscal year, $18 billion in the next year and about $4 billion in the one after that, the CBO said.
Ryan briefed members of the Republican rank and file in private on the deal, then emerged to tell reporters it "helps produce more certainty because it stops a potential government shutdown in January and it stops a potential government shutdown in October.
"We think that's good for the country. At the same time, we wanted to make sure that we are taking a step in the right direction for fiscal discipline," he added.
The measure marked a turn in Ryan's career, thrusting him into the spotlight as a deal-maker, rather than the author of staunchly conservative annual cut-the-deficit budgets that Republicans love and Democrats loathe.
As his party's 2012 vice presidential nominee and a potential contender for the White House in 2016, Ryan may well have to defend the agreement against criticism from other presidential hopefuls.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also counted among his party's presidential contenders, criticized the deal. "'I think to walk away from the already agreed-upon reductions in spending that were so difficult to achieve nu skin, I think opens the floodgates that really threaten to put us right back in these spending habits and really, we're going to continue to have a government that spends more money than it takes in," he said.
Other conservatives made plain their unhappiness.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said spending levels in current law are lower than those in the agreement. "The default, to do nothing, was a win for conservatives," he said.
The Club for Growth said Sen. Ted Cruz was also opposed, although his office declined to issue an official confirmation. Either way, there was no talk of a repeat of last fall's all-night filibuster in which the Texas Republican demanded the new health care law be defunded in exchange for keeping the government operating.
Democrats were less than ecstatic, too, given that Republicans refused to include the extension of unemployment benefits.
"Looking at it on its own merits, I think the pros outweigh the cons," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who worked privately to secure a last-minute change that shields current federal workers from higher pension costs.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, the party's leader, said she would seek neither to round up support nor scuttle the measure.
"Stay tuned," she told reporters. Later in the day, 165 Democrats signed a letter to Boehner not to let the House adjourn before it votes on extending the program.
Without action by Congress, benefits will end on Dec. 28 for an estimated 1.3 million unemployed workers off the job longer than 26 weeks. An additional 1.9 million would experience the same fate in the early months of 2014, according to administration estimates.
Republicans were unrelenting on the jobless benefits but not on every issue. Officials said that Boehner and Reid had jointly decided to add a three-month provision to the budget deal that would prevent a 20 percent cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients. Payments would rise by one half of one percent instead.
The cost, $8 billion, would be offset by savings elsewhere in Medicare and in Medicaid.
Among Republicans, House Appropriations Committee members also favored the budget deal, since it increased the likelihood they would be able to pass annual spending bills rather than rely on short-term stopgap bills that reduce their power over the federal purse.
So, too defense hawks in both parties, pleased that the agreement would restore some of the across-the-board reductions made in the Pentagon budget. "This is something I can support," said Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon of California, head of the House Armed Services Committee.

2013 年 11 月 11 日  星期一   晴天

The small towns of India 分類: g-suite cardinal man...

Indian opposition candidate Narendra Modi is seen as a business-friendly reformer who has attracted investment and bolstered economic growth in Gujarat.

KASBA BONLI, India — Kasba Bonli is a newly prosperous market town in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan and it should be a perfect advertisement for the ruling Congress party's pro-farmer policies. Instead the buzz in the bazaar is for the opposition.
In just a few years, handouts for farmers by Congress have helped turn the once-deprived village into a thriving retail centre, selling everything from glittery bangles to satellite dishes.
Related: Blasts in Indian city ahead of political rally
The Congress party-led government pours at least $20 billion a year into rural India in addition to free education and health and cheap food. Cheap fertilizer, otterbox iPhone 5/5S case seeds and electricity, 100 days of guaranteed paid work a year and new rural roads have given farmers cash to spend.
These funds have helped create an emerging middle class, mostly in semi-urban and small towns, which one estimate has put at almost a quarter of India's 1.2 billion people.
But many in this new middle class believe the next step up the income ladder will come when the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi, its candidate for prime minister and currently the chief minister of neighboring Gujarat state, will be in power. That bodes ill for Congress ahead of a general election that must be held by May.
Farmer Raghuvir Meena, who voted for Congress in the last state polls, bought two new tractors over the past few years and nearly doubled his farming area, attributing the prosperity to better farming techniques and seeds. He sent three of his four children to college to train as teachers. Now he wants to get out of farming and this time Modi has his vote.
"Modi's track record in Gujarat has excited the youth. Even I would love to see BJP come back to power, for my kids, for their jobs," he said, juggling phone calls on his mobile.
Modi is widely seen as a business-friendly reformer who has attracted investment and bolstered economic growth in Gujarat, Casing Otterbox Commuter providing jobs to many.
For Congress this trend in the small towns is the latest in a series of reverses. It is already battling slowing economic growth, perceptions of poor governance, several corruption scandals and the growing popularity of Modi.
For decades, Congress relied on its pro-farmer policies giving it rural votes. Then, at the last election in 2009, it gained wide support in cities during a period of fast economic growth to win a second consecutive term in office.
However, the urban goodwill is fast eroding because of corruption and a sense of policy drift, while its base constituency of rural poor is shrinking.
"It's a new phenomenon. It's not something that we have been used to in the past," said Jairam Ramesh, India's rural development minister, of the demographic shift.
"Very often experience shows that beneficiaries of programs instituted by one party end up voting for the other political party," he said.
Beyond the commercial bustle, Kasba Bonli has little to offer to the groups of twenty-somethings who loiter on motorcycles in the dusty market, unable to find work.
Often the first graduates in their families, these young men say they want industries and professional jobs rather than more handouts, and they look to Modi for providing such opportunities, OtterBox Defender Series not Congress.

2013 年 10 月 17 日  星期四   晴天

Dawn lawmakers immunity 分類: g-suite cardinal man...


The crackdown on the party came after the fatal stabbing of 34-year-old Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas, which sparked violent protests in Greece.
ATHENS, Greece  — Greece's Parliament lifted the immunity from prosecution of six lawmakers from the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party on Wednesday, as part of a crackdown on the group sparked by the fatal stabbing last month of a Greek rapper.
Golden Dawn lawmakers walked out before the vote, which saw near-unanimous approval.
The government argues the party operates as a criminal organization g-suite cardinal manchester. Golden Dawn argues that the case against it is politically motivated.
"I am being prosecuted for what I believe in, and not for my actions," Panagiotis Iliopoulos, one of the lawmakers whose immunity was lifted, said in Parliament ahead of the vote.
Three other top party members, including its leader Nikos Michaloliakos, have been jailed pending trial on charges of running or participating in a criminal group. It was the first time since democracy was restored in Greece after the 1974 end of a seven-year military dictatorship that sitting members of Parliament have been jailed.
With Greece plunged into a financial crisis, Golden Dawn rose from a fringe group to win 18 of Parliament's 300 seats in 2012 elections, despite widespread accusations it organizes attacks on immigrants, political opponents and gays.
Now Greece's third most popular party, Golden Dawn denies it is neo-Nazi, although many prominent members have an affinity for Nazi symbols and slogans.
The crackdown on the party came after the death of 34-year-old Pavlos Fyssas, a rap musician who was stabbed as he left a cafe on the outskirts of Piraeus. A man arrested at the scene of the attack admitted to the stabbing and identified himself as being involved in Golden Dawn.
None of the six lawmakers have been charged with any involvement in Fyssas' death. Instead, they are expected to be charged with involvement in a criminal group and some also with public disturbance offenses.
The party has vehemently denied it had anything to do with Fyssas' stabbing.
"It is clear that the aim you all have is to politically disarm Golden Dawn. It is the aim of all of you to exclude Golden Dawn from elections," said Ilias Kassidiaris, the party spokesman and one of the six deputies who saw his immunity lifted. Greece is to hold local elections next year.
"We are the subject of a disgusting conspiracy, with illegal and unconstitutional arrests ordered by a government that is enslaved to foreign interests and is selling out the country," Kassidiaris said g-suite in oldham.
An investigation into the group has led to police raids on party offices and the homes of some party members and supporters, as well as on those of police officers accused of turning a blind eye or helping with alleged Golden Dawn illegal activity.
More than 30 arrest warrants were issued, and the searches have uncovered homemade shields, knives, bats and some firearms.
Related: Greece investigates police links to Golden Dawn party
In a statement Wednesday, police said that a search of a Greek businessman's home near Athens uncovered about 30 registered firearms, a collection of knives, three dozen laser sights for firearms, an anti-tank shell and Nazi memorabilia cardinal manchester. The search was carried out following allegations that the businessman, who is wanted by Greek authorities on unrelated charges, may have been providing weapons to Golden Dawn.
The party issued a statement denying any link with the businessman, who has not been named in accordance with Greek privacy laws.