Johnson, Sharp and Blyth also had a private dinner at Chequers, the prime ministerial grace-and-favour home in Buckinghamshire, accourding to the Sunday Times. Johnson and Sharp have both denied any conflict of interest, while the Cabinet Office said "all the correct recruitment processes were followed". "Richard Sharp was appointed as chairman of the BBC following a rigorous appointments process including assessment by a panel of experts, constituted according to the public appointments code,” a Cabinet Office spokesperson said. “There was additional pre-appointment scrutiny by a House of Commons Select Committee which confirmed Mr Sharp's appointment." However, Knight also said in the same announcement: “We have previously expressed concerns about the way the appointments process was conducted, particularly in the briefing of preferred names at an early stage.
The ruling “Georgian Dream” reacted angrily to the article in the New York Times on Jan. 13, with a self-explanatory title How Western Goods Reach Russia: A Long Line of Trucks Through Georgia. Apkaidze, who is listed as a Russian citizen, served a prison term in Georgia for bursting into a TV station in 2010. He was considered a “political prisoner” when the “Georgian Dream” came to power and was amnestied in 2012. He later worked for several pro-Kremlin media, including the Russian Defense Ministry’s “Zvezda TV.” In Georgia, he wrote for The Georgian Times, and allegedly established a pro-Russian “News Front Georgia” channel on Facebook. Even though decorated in Soviet times and popular in Russia, Kikabidze refused Russian awards after Georgia was invaded in 2008 and moved back from Moscow to Tbilisi.14 days ago Civil Georgia
Transport secretary Mark Harper will “take some time to listen to alternative views” about how to accomplish the intention behind the government’s proposed reform of the UK’s railways under the new public body Great British Railways (GBR). The decision to establish GBR was a key outcome of the William-Shapps Plan for Rail, published in May 2021, with the purpose of ending fragmentation and integrating the country’s railways. The intention is for Network Rail to be absorbed into the new organisation, which will own the infrastructure, collect fare revenue, run trains and plan the network and set most fares and timetables. The package of reforms aims to ensure that Britain’s railways become more customer focused and financially sustainable. The Department for Transport (DfT) opened its consultation on the legislation required to enact the rail reform in June, when Grant Shapps was still transport secretary.1 month ago New Civil Engineer
District court judge Karla María Macías Lovera blocked a controversial bill approved in the Senate in September that aimed to transfer the National Guard to the Secretariat of National Defense, bringing it under military command. Created in 2019 as a civil security force, the National Guard has become a hot-button issue in the increasingly polarized political climate in Mexico. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was both praised and criticized for his decision to move it to the armed forces in August. Lawyers for Uniendo Caminos told Courthouse News they believe the suspension to be the end of the president’s initiative to move the National Guard to the armed forces. “We’ve seen a very good reception of these legal actions among a large portion of society.”Ochoa has even received messages of support from members of the armed forces and National Guard.3 months ago Courthouse News Service
“There are a lot of Americans — 45% — who tell us they think the United States should be a Christian nation. They don’t mean they want to see the US officially declared to be a Christian nation. In Pew’s survey, white evangelicals were the faith group most likely to say America should be a Christian nation (81%). White non-evangelical Protestants were more split, with 54% agreeing the U.S. should be a Christian nation. Those who think the U.S. should not be a Christian nation were more likely to describe a Christian nation as having Christian-based laws and governance (30%) than did those who believe it should be (6%).3 months ago Religion News Service
The worship of the goddess Lakshmi on Diwali is said to bring prosperity. The day is specially dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of prosperity and good fortune. In the Srivaishnava tradition of Hinduism, Lakshmi and Vishnu make up a single deity, known as Lakshmi Narayana. Also known as Shri, Lakshmi is believed to mediate between her human devotees and Vishnu. By the first century, however, which is the period of the writing of the “Puranas,” or the ancient lore of the Hindu deities, these two deities appear to have merged into a single goddess, known as Shri, Lakshmi or Shri Lakshmi.3 months ago Religion News Service
From Viviana MazzaThe former president calls the governor, the fiercest competitor in 2024 who has 10 points in opinion polls from January to today. From our report to Latrobe (Pennsylvania) – Donald Trump declared: “We’re winning the nomination a lot in the Republican Party, in a way we’ve never seen before.” We see: Trump 71%, Ron de Sanctimonios 10%, Mike Pence by 7%. Finally, he coined one of his infamous titles for the strongest contender for the nomination: Florida Governor DeSantis, The alias is DeSanctimonious (fanatic, hypocritical). Ron’s wife, former TV presenter Casey DeSantis, who is of Italian and Catholic descent, posted a video explaining how on the eighth day (after a break), God created DeSantis. READ Florida, finds a gun unattended: 2-year-old shoots and kills his father2 months ago Wire Service Canada
Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani got a longer sentence than Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, who was sentenced to just over 11 years. SAN JOSE, Calif. (CN) — Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the disgraced former president of the failed $9 billion blood-testing startup Theranos, will spend nearly 13 years in federal prison for wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Edward Davila sentenced Balwani on Wednesday to 12 years and 11 months for his role in risking patient health by misrepresenting Theranos technology accuracy and defrauding investors. This past July, a Silicon Valley jury found Balwani guilty on 12 counts of fraud. Davila also sentenced Balwani to three years of supervision following release from prison, with a hearing to determine the restitution Balwani must pay to be scheduled.1 month ago Courthouse News Service