iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — California residents will get a chance to vote on a measure to divide the Golden State into three separate states, election officials said Tuesday.Proponents of the CAL 3 initiative submitted more than 402,468 valid signatures as of Tuesday, making it eligible for the Nov. 6 general election ballot, according to the California Secretary of State’s office.The office did not say exactly how many total signatures were submitted, but backers said the petition drew more than 600,000 from residents across the state’s 58 counties, dwarfing the 365,000 signatures required to qualify for the ballot.Adding the initiative to the ballot would be the first step in a long process that would ultimately require approval from Congress.The proposal, led by venture capitalist Tim Draper, would split the country’s largest state into three new states of near-equal population: Northern California, California and Southern California, according to the proposal.Northern California would include cities between the Bay Area and the Oregon border. Southern California would begin in Fresno and cover most of the southern state. The “new” California would cover Los Angeles County and much of the coast below San Francisco Bay, the proposal said.California Secretary of State Alex Padilla will certify the initiative as qualified for the November ballot on June 28, his office said on Tuesday.Draper proposed similar measures in 2012 and 2014, but those efforts failed after election officials invalidated many of the signatures collected.“The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of California’s counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that, across California, we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone,” Draper said in a statement in April after the signatures were collected.Draper said the spilt would create three separate governments, boost education and infrastructure, and lower taxes. But critics claim it could do more harm than good.“It’s not like you’re starting from scratch; you have to blow up everything,” political consultant Steven Maviglio, who helped defeat Draper’s previous effort, told local reporters earlier this year. “There are so many fundamentally flawed aspects to this.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Leaning Tower of Texas: This old water tower leans precariously in a field just off Interstate 40 in Groom, Texas, which is about 40 miles east of Amarillo. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.com
A prominent Zimbabwean cleric, who prophesied that President Robert Mugabe would die this year, was on Thursday denied bail by a Harare magistrate on charges of offending other religions.Pastor Patrick Mugadza, 46, of the Remnant Church torched a storm when he predicted that Zimbabwe’s longtime ruler would die on October 17 this year. The cleric urged 92 yea-old Mugabe to confess to his sins and pray hard in order to avoid the impending death.Magistrate Vongai Muchuchuti ruled that the pastor had the propensity to commit crimes when he was on bail after finding that Mugadza committed the alleged offense while on bail on two other offences in which he was charged with criminal nuisance.Mugadza was also on bail on charges of wearing the southern African country’s national flag around his waist during a protest.One of his attorneys, Obey Shava, left the court in stitches after he asked the investigating officer in the current case when President Mugabe would die.“Why do you say that President Mugabe is not going to die on October 17? So are you challenging God’s power?” asked the attorney.However, Officer Mafion Muchena said he could not respond to that question, arguing that he was not aware of the status of Mugabe’s health. Mugabe often visits Singapore for his medical treatment routines. The magistrate ordered Mugadza to return to court on February 3 for commencement of his trial as his attorneys indicated that they may appeal the magistrate’s decision to deny him bail.Pastor Mugabe was not new to controversy. In 2015, he staged a one-man protest at the ruling Zanu-PF party’s annual conference in Victoria Falls demanding that Mugabe step down for failing to run Zimbabwe’s affairs.Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist since the country attained its independence from Britain in 1980.(News 24)
After another failure in the championship, Levski broke a new sad anti-record in its history, Meridian Match writes.Weak Levski continues to break anti-records, lost to Tsarsko Selo and is dangerously close to the last place in the elite!The Blues with a new embarrassing match of GerenaFor the first time, the Blues failed to win 6 consecutive championship matches at their stadium. They have no victory for Gerena in 2020. From its beginning Levski failed to win at home against Slavia (twice 1: 2), Ludogorets – 0: 1, Loko (Pd) 1: 2, Beroe 0: 2 and Tsarsko Selo – 0: 1. As you can see, all six games are losses.So far, the hosts had reached 5 consecutive unbeaten matches of “Gerena” only in 2013.Then, however, the series was better for the “blues” because there were draws -1: 1 with Slavia, 1: 2 with Loko (Pd), 0: 0 with Beroe, 1: 1 with Cherno More and 0: 2 with Ludogorets.Sirakov, Papazov and Kolev stand before the media at 11:00The event will take place in the VIP hall in Sector “A” of the stadium “Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov”
Michael Jacobs 1 Wigan Athletic’s latest signing Michael Jacobs says his time at Wolves had run its course.The winger spent time on loan at Blackpool last season before moving to Gary Caldwell’s side and signing a three-year deal.The 23-year-old thanked the fans at the Molineux but admitted the time was right for him to leave Kenny Jackett’s side.“All the best to the boys at Wolves for this season and the future!” Jacobs said. “Really enjoyed my time at the club but was time to move on.“Delighted to have signed for Wigan and looking forward to the season getting underway.”Caldwell added: “He is a potential match-winner on his day and will add terrific competition to the squad, which is now starting to take shape.”
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… alex williams Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#news#Products 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The new Windows Live Messenger Steve Ballmer previewed in Brazil today represents again how a loosely joined ecosystem is developing in the cloud computing world. They are growing through a network of service providers connected through open API’s.Windows Live Messenger represents a re-emergence of a veteran Web product, revitalized by a loosely coupled network that is fostering a new ecosystem of open, connected communities. What it provides is Microsoft new opportunity to develop its own social graph by connecting with social networks and third-party services.It’s demonstrative of a new wave of platforms that seem to emerge with each passing week. Google Apps Marketplace, VMforce, SnapLogic – the list goes on.But it’s also an example of a much deeper movement that you see as a common thread in both new and old service providers.These are newer companies like ZenDesk that are finding a place in the SaaS ecosystem. And there are older ones such as Hoovers that are playing on the emergence of open systems and the social Web to re-architect and create their own social CRM communities.What all these companies have in common is a renewed priority on engagement across multiple networks through platforms, SaaS providers and data services.Messenger ConnectIn Sau Paulo, Ballmer previewed an upgrade to its instant messaging service. Its one of the most significant upgrades the service has seen in a while. Ballmer focused on the social aspects of the service which allows users to create a centralized hub for their various social networks. For example, the service will support Facebook Chat, allowing people to connect to Facebook from within the Microsoft Connect environment.In Amsterdam, Microsoft developers unveiled Messenger Connect, the new API service that connects to Windows Live Messenger. From the Inside Windows Live blog:“Messenger Connect brings the individual APIs we’ve had for a long time (Windows Live ID, Contacts API, Messenger Web Toolkit, etc.) together in a single API that’s based on industry standards and specifications (OAuth WRAP, ActivityStrea.ms, PortableContacts) and adds a number of new scenarios.”The new Messenger Connect provides developer partners with three big things:Create a user profile and social graph: Allows users to sign in and access friends lists.A web-oriented architecture that exposes a RESTful interface. This provides developers with easier technical integration with the service.Social distribution of the chat service: Real-time chat and the integration of Message Connect services into third-party sites.We’ll write more about ZenDesk and Hoover’s in a later post. They are part of continuing thread we will see in the market as open API’s proliferate.But for now, the moves by companies like Microsoft show that a loosely coupled ecosystem is growing fast and will be one of the most significant trends in 2010. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
At a time when going ultraglam seems to be the only ‘talent’ required to be heroine material in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is naturally going all out to change the desi girl image she acquired in her debut film Dabangg.In her new film Son Of Sardar (SOS), a romantic thriller, which Sonakshi signed recently opposite Ajay Devgn, the actress has decided to go sexy and westernised with vengeance and also lose weight to fit into trendy attire.And so, ace designer Manish Malhotra is all set to chalk out a hip-and-happening wardrobe for Sonakshi’s look in the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, and is directed by Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? maker Ashwini Dhir.Sonakshi, in fact, recently made it clear that she will only have Manish design her wardrobe for the film – or for any other film that she does in the future, for that matter. That was also the reason why Ajay and his co-producer of the film, N.R. Pachisia, wasted no time in signing Manish as the costume designer as soon as Sonakshi was finalised for the project and even before the rest of the crew was decided.”It’s good to look different in every new photo shoot or film. All my filmmakers want me to wear the sari after Dabangg but I will try and mix it up,” Sonakshi recently said.While details are yet to be drawn out on Sonakshi’s wardrobe for the film, the buzz is that Manish might give her lots of casual attire, including tees, denims, capris and short dresses.advertisementShatrughan Sinha’s 24-year-old daughter took the industry by storm with her debut act as a smalltown girl in Dabangg last year and drew applauds for the way she matched superstar Salman Khan’s screen presence. She has been flooded with offers since then. SOS apart, biggies starring Sonakshi that are scheduled to release over the next year include Joker and Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, Dabangg 2 and Kick opposite Salman, and Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.Although she goes for a westernised makeover in SOS, Sonakshi has, however, made it clear that she will not be seen sporting a bikini on screen.While Sonakshi will go all out with glamour in SOS, co-star Ajay is all set to don a turbaned Sikh look in the film.Sonakshi, however, isn’t giving up her desi USP totally. “I am proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and that is the image I am being asked to play out on screen in most of my upcoming films. But it is always good to keep scope for change,” she said.The shooting for SOS, a remake of the 2010 Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna, starts in Patiala this week.
Former Ohio State Diving Club assistant coach Will Bohonyi pleads not guilty to all charges during his arraignment in the Franklin County Common Pleas court Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Credit: Amanda Parrish | Assistant Campus EditorFormer Ohio State Diving Club assistant coach William Bohonyi was arraigned in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas where he pleaded not guilty to all charges.Bohonyi is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a minor that was part of the diving club during his time as a coach and is charged with three felony counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual pandering to minor.Bradley Koffel, Bohonyi’s attorney, told the court during arraignment that Bohonyi had done nothing wrong in pursuing a relationship with the young woman.“The consensual relationship he had with this young lady was lawful,” Koffel said.Bohonyi was accused of coercing a 16-year-old female athlete to engage in sex acts in July 2014, both on campus and during a competition in Maryland, in a lawsuit filed July 11 in Indianapolis federal district court. Bohonyi, the university’s diving club and USA Diving were named as defendants. Charges against Ohio State have since been dropped and Bohonyi was issued a warrant by the Franklin County court and, as his defense pointed out, he turned himself in within two hours.The prosecution, represented in court Wednesday by Franklin County assistant prosecutor Jennifer Rausch, argued that while the alleged victim was old enough for consent — the age of consent is 16 in Ohio — that the nature of their relationship is what made it illegal with Bohonyi serving as her coach.In interviews after the hearing, Koffel said Bohonyi did not have control over the alleged victim’s placement on teams or progress in the diving club and that under the Ohio statute would not count as her coach and thus the nature of the relationship would not be illegal.Bohonyi’s bond for a later appearance in court was set at $15,000 and was released on a $10,000 reporting recognizance bond. The judge also placed a stay-away order on Bohonyi from anyone involved with the case as well as an order for no unsupervised contact with minors.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram On a visit to Kiev, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Thursday expressed Greece’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and for the enforcement of the ceasefire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels agreed last week.In comments to reporters after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Kotzias stressed that diplomacy was the only way to solve political disputes.“In international politics, sanctions are not a tool for expressing anger or sentiment,” he said, referring to restrictions being imposed on Russia by the European Union.Kotzias also expressed Greece’s readiness to help Ukraine deal with its “humanitarian crisis,” chiefly by offering medical treatment to wounded citizens.Source: Kathimerini
The Burnley boss believes ‘Mou’ has done so much for his club and people have to respect the history he’s made in the pastManchester United manager Jose Mourinho was present in the 1-1 draw between Premier League club Burnley and Greek side Olympiakos.The Red Devils’ boss saw how The Clarets were denied European football this season.And even after he asked to be out of the spotlight, sitting on the back row of the Turf Moor stadium, Mourinho was not a stranger to most.“My respect for people like Jose is because I’m a young manager, learning the game, and these people have done enormous things in the game,” Dyche said according to The Lancashire Telegraph.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“In this game, you get questioned for what you’re doing now, people forget your history and what you’ve done. He has done massive things for the game for his clubs and himself.”“I’ve respect for all managers. It’s a tough job whether you’re managing in the Premier League or non-league, it’s a very tough job,” he added.“You’ve got to have a bit more respect when they’ve done what they’ve done in the game.”“I’m certainly not going to question his conduct because he knows what he’s doing, I’m pretty sure of that whatever everyone else thinks,” he commented.“He’s so rounded in the press, in the media, at his different clubs, in winning, playing well, not playing well.”