Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

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Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

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Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes

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Congressman Cunningham admits taking bribes
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Monday, November 28, 2005

U.S. Representative Randy “Duke” Cunningham (RCA) pled guilty today to conspiring to take bribes in exchange for using his influence as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to help a defense contractor get business. In total he pled guilty to one count of income tax evasion and four counts of conspiracy, namely mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery of public official and accepting bribes. U.S. District judge Larry A. Burns scheduled Cunnigham to be sentenced on February 27. He is facing up to 10 years in prison and nearly $500,000 in fines, as well as forfeiture of unspecified amounts of cash and property.

In the court hearing, Cunningham admitted to accepting “bribes in exchange for performance of official duties” between “the year 2000 and June of 2005”, taking “both cash payments and payments in kind” and following up by “trying to influence the Defense Department”.

The federal investigation against Cunningham was triggered by his sale of his California residence to defense contractor Mitchell Wade in late 2003. However, Wade never moved in and sold the house at a $700,000 loss three quarters of a year later. At the same time Wade’s company MZM won tens of millions of dollars in defense contracts. Subsequent investigations discovered more questionable business transactions, including interactions with the defense contractor ADCS. In his plea agreement he testified that, among other charges, he “demanded, sought and received at least $2.4 million in illicit payments and benefits from his co-conspirators in various forms, including cash, checks, meals, travel, lodging, furnishings, antiques, rugs, yacht club fees, boat repairs and improvements, moving expenses, cars and boats.”

Cunningham announced his resignation after the hearing. In a written statement released by his law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP he declared “The truth is — I broke the law, concealed my conduct, and disgraced my high office. I know that I will forfeit my freedom, my reputation, my worldly possessions, and most importantly, the trust of my friends and family.”

Uncategorized June 10th 2017

Prestige Lakeside Habitat Rent Preeminent 2 / 3 Bedroom Hall Kitchen Units By Grade A Property Developer}

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Prestige Lakeside Habitat is just 4kms away from White field Forum value mall on Whitefield Sarjapur Road and 6.5kms from Wipro corporate office, 8 kms from ITPL, 7 Kms from Outer Ring road. The close proximity and connectivity to prime areas such as Outer Ring Road, Wipro Corporate Office Sarjapur Road, Whitefield, ITPL, Sigma Tech Park, Sarjapur. Prime educational institution with in 3.5 kms range such as Greenwood High, Chrysalis High School, in venture Academy, Global International School, etc recreation centres such as Whitefield Forum mall, Central outer ring road. Hospitals such as Vydehi hospital, Whitefield Saibaba hospital, Apolla Hospital, Yashomati etc makes it and most preferred region for Prestige Lakeside Habitat Resale residence Prestige Lakeside Habitat, a residential venture by Prestige Construction is located close to Varthur Lake in Whitefield, East Bangalore. This venture consists of villas as well as apartments. The venture comprises the options of 2- 4 Bedroom luxurious apartments and abundant spacing 2-4 Bedroom independent Villas in which Office Space is as well as available which are conceptualized to fulfil the desires of homebuyers.

Prestige Lakeside Habitat, an extensive luxury property by the Prestige Construction is very much close to the Varthur Lake which provides s a pictures and pleasing view from each apartment. Spreading over 120 acres on land, located on Whitefield-Sarjapur Road and near to Varthur Lake is a great opportunity for the home buyers as buyers cannot get this thing everywhere. So come and grab this opportunity with a lavish living in Sobha Dream Acres Resale experience a really enchanting and delightful living, enjoy nature in 80 acres of landscaped open space with your beloved ones. Here surely you will get a magical atmosphere that you have not seen before. And what makes it magical, those things which are all around you. For some time Prestige Primerose Hills Bangalore will feel that you will be in a world of greenery. Prestige Lakeside Habitat is an upcoming venture by Prestige Constructions in Bangalore. Prestige Lakeside Habitat is located near Varthur Main Road Whitefield. This development has apartments and villas. Lakeside Habitat offers you the choices of 2 and three bedroom apartments with an enormous space utility located on Varthur main road, Whitefield and spread over 102 acres comprising the coolest apartments and villa living you can imagine to live in the heart of IT City, and the fastest growing hubbub of Bangalore, Whitefield, amidst the cool climes of Varthur Lake is a matter of prestige provide n to few. The upcoming Prestige Lakeside Habitat is such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, that spawns over 8.4 million square feet in 102 acres comprising the coolest apartments and villa living you can imagine. For a reality check, think of it as an upgrade of Whitefield’s Prestige Shantineketan.

Prestige Lakeside Habitat is a sprawling luxury enclave by the Prestige Construction overlooking the scenic Varthur Lake. Located on Whitefield-Sarjapur Road and spread over 102 acres, it consists of 3426 luxury apartments in 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom configurations as well as 271 luxury villas set in their own private gardens. The entire township and each of the 3,697 dwellings is designed around a Disney theme to offer you a veritable fairyland to call home. The magic of Disney suffuses the air and will make living here a truly enthralling experience. One captivating facet of Prestige Lakeside Habitat is the humungous 80 acres of landscaped open space it affords you. Talk about a breath of fresh air, this indeed more than a lungful. You will be hard-pressed indeed to put your finger on another development that provide s you open space that is this expansive. And what makes it even better is that all around you, you will see your favourite Disney characters represented in one form or the other. Everywhere you go you will be enveloped in an ethereal, magical atmosphere that is both enthralling and reassuring. Browse through this micro-site to get all the information looking for and finally, do not forget to click on the Contact Us tab below, to express your interest in the development.

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Outdoor Accessories May 29th 2017

Kennywood Amusement Park: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania}

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Kennywood Amusement Park: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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We drove to Kennywood Amusement Park, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, one of the oldest ones in the US. We had been taking about going to it for many years, ever since we saw it on TV about ten years ago. The park opened in 1901 with the Old Mill, a boat ride through a building. Over the years the theme of the ride has change. Today it is called Garfields Nightmare, a 3-D cartoon about all the things that Garfield loves turns to haunt him. But the original boats and mill are still there. Next came the Kennywood Train, a ten-minute ride through the history of the area. Then came the rollercoasters. The Jack Rabbit was built in 1923. It starts off low to the ground and then ascends about halfway through the ride. There are a couple of very good drops with great airtime. The final historic coaster is the Racer. Two cars start off side by side and run on one continuos track so that when they return to the station, the are on the opposite side. There are only two others like it in the world: one in Mexico City and one in England. All of these rides are on the Historic Places Register.

Of course there are other great coasters. The Phantoms Revenge is a metal coaster. Every hill has airtime. In other words, you spend more time out of your seat than on it. Another woody is the Thunderbolt. This was pretty good too. What can one say about the Exterminator? You sit four abreast in a car and ride in an enclosed building. The ride starts off simple enough with cute displays of exterminators and the usual hills and tight turns. Then the room becomes totally dark and the car begins spinning, continuing with the hills and turns. It is quite an experience.

The shows were fun too. They had three of them: the Kenyan Acrobats, whom we had seen at Wild Adventures, a dog act and a magic show. They were pretty good.

If you go to Kennywood, you have to have their fries. They are some of the best we ever had. Better than Great America in Gurnee, IL and just as good, if not better than the ones in Newfoundland.

John Pelley is a Geriatric Gypsy. He is retired from the rat race of working. He is a full-time RVer, who ran away from home. He began our travels on the East Coast and, like the migrating birds, seek the warmth of the seasons He has discovered volunteering with the National Park System. He has a CD he has recorded of Native American flute music., A Day with Kokopelli. For pictures, links, and more information visit http://www.jmpelley.org.

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NBA 2K8 Asia Championship: Taiwan Stage Highlights

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Monday, December 24, 2007

The “NBA 2K8 Asia Championship” Taiwan Qualifier, organized by NBA Asia Corp. and sponsored by Microsoft Taiwan, was held on December 22 & 23. According to the organizer, Taiwan was chosen as the first on-site stage tournament because of some of the market share factor on the gaming industry and the gaming population.

In Taiwan’s qualifier, the organizer successively invited models from Catwalk Production House and two Taiwanese bands (Yummy, 2moro) for friendship matches with the public. With the entertainers’ participation, it attracted media and press in the entertainment industry.

On the other hand, to conjunct with sports and gaming, the organizer set the experience area with not only the Xbox 360 gaming console but also a shooting machine.

In this 2-day qualifier, due to some issues on the arrangement of the schedule, some registered gamers offered to quit the championship, but it didn’t take effect on the results of the single day champion, the 2-day champion, and overall champion. Finally, Yu-cheng Lin won the overall champion to participate in the Grand Final of the championship in South Korea on January 12, 2008.

According to the organizer, the Hong Kong qualifier will start on January 5 & 6, 2008 at Plaza Hollywood in Diamond Hill, Hong Kong.

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The beauty of sofas is that they turn any location into a place where you want to be. I am referring to a phenomenon that extends beyond your typical place for a couch, say, in the living room of your home. What I am talking about is when you see a sofa having ventured outside the usual confines; when you come across one sitting unexpected on the sidewalk or in a bar. There is some sort of quality to sofas that makes their presence in an outside or public setting seem like a pleasant little surprise. It’s as if the disparity between the public landscape and the casual intimacy of a couch transforms the piece of furniture into a miniature thrill ride from its rarity. It’s like testing out a bed in a furniture warehouse; it brings out the kid in you. There isn’t anyone who, at least a little bit, didn’t love to lie down on the beds in the middle of a department store and experience the world around them from that isolated perspective. In a mall, on the third floor, in a sea of merchandise and people, with elevator music playing in the background and mothers and children and couples wandering and chatting about, there you lie, cozily nestled among the puffy, pretty pillows, granted that space as your respite, an island unto itself.

But back to sofas. Take, for example, an outdoor sitting area outside of a restaurant bar. It’s an immediate draw to be walking down the street and to see couches alongside tables; all of a sudden that space is redefined. Say you and your friends decide to sit down. You take a seat on the soft fabric, feel the cushion support, lean back comfortably. It feels like such a contrast from the dirty concrete that it rests on. The sofa, and you, are exposed to the urban elements: car exhaust, bits of dust and dirt, the heat of the sun, the chill of the night, unexpected weather or visitors. And yet that’s what makes it so fun. Plus there’s the prettiness of it. The colors and textures of the fabric against the gray, stone facade of the street. It is a statement. Luxury unsuspectingly yet defiantly amidst the street world.

So there you are, in that intimate setting, surrounded by the least intimate of surroundings. You sit on the sofa as you have your tea party on the ceiling. If you lift up your feet then you are truly taken out of the world of everyday rules. Who would have thought, really, that such a simple thing as a couch could provide such a context? The sofas of the world want you to sit down and kick back and feel childlike and interpret anew.

So when you go out into the world today to choose a sofa for your living space, relight that kindred spirit and remember that furniture shopping can be fun! You may even want to consider going a bit outside of your budget for that perfect piece that will highlight the room.

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Car Performance May 26th 2017

Fernando Alonso wins 2010 Singapore Grand Prix

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso won the FIA 2010 Singapore Grand Prix from pole position owned a day before. This became his second win in Singapore since 2008 and fourth win of the season.

Alonso was closely chased by Sebastian Vettel up to the finish line — both Red Bull’s were not able to catch Ferrari this weekend.

Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren car broke suspension after hitting Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber, racing him for third place. Another McLaren driver Jenson Button rushed to chase Webber after Hamilton found himself out of the race.

Nico Rosberg once again beat his Mercedes team mate, as the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher finished only on 13th place. Rosberg ended up 5th.

Williams-Cosworth drivers Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg clinched [Robert Kubica 7th place for Renault.

Pole Kubica was forced to visit Renault pits from sixth place with a tyre puncture but easily regained all but one lost positions on a set of his new tyres.

Alonso teammate Felipe Massa started from the rear of the starting grid after setting no time in the first qualifying session stopping on the circuit. Massa then done well in the race to come 9th.

Adrian Sutil owned one point for Force India finishing on the 10th place.

Mark Webber now heads the Drivers’ championship with 202 points, 11 points ahead of Fernando Alonso. Constructors’ ?hampionship standings is lead by Red Bull with 383, 24 points ahead of McLaren and 67 ahead of Ferrari. Vettel’s words to his team crew about the current win by Ferrari after he saw the chequered flag were “We will get there, don’t you worry”.

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Details emerge of Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One

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Monday, December 8, 2008

More details have emerged over the weekend after the surprise announcement last week of Honda‘s intention to sell its Formula One racing team, Honda Racing F1. The team management, Nick Fry and Ross Brawn, have already announced confidence in their ability not only to find a buyer for the team but also to deliver the performance expected of Honda’s 2009 car. Prices as low as £1 have been put forward as possible prices tags for the Northampton based team, with Honda CEO Takeo Fukui stating that “Just to make the team possible to exist, a small price tag is acceptable”.

On Saturday the Japanese car giant said that before selling the team it was going to offer British driver Jensen Button, who had given the Honda team its only victory, a way out of his recently signed multi-million pound contract with the team so he could try to get a drive with other teams. However, Ross Brawn appears eager to retain the Briton and either retain Brazilian Rubens Barrichello or sign GP2 driver Bruno Senna, nephew of legendary racer Ayrton Senna. At an industry awards dinner, Button indicated his desire for a buyer to be found for Honda, saying any buyer would get “… a great team with excellent facilities. And with the leadership of Ross Brawn, and the whole team as they are, we can come through this and be on the grid in 2009”. Button has also spoken of his shock and pain at Honda’s decision.

Ross Brawn, who was brought into the Honda team with much fan fare before the 2008 season, has spoken of his shock at finding out about the sale of the team. Brawn, who is credited with helping Michael Schumacher and Ferrari dominate Formula One for much of the last decade, indicated he was expected funding cuts and had prepared a reduced budget but hadn’t expected the full withdrawal of support that Honda announced. Brawn has also indicated understanding of Honda’s reasoning, with their sales down 40% in some markets and Honda F1’s £200m+ budget a cost they were unwilling to bear.

Though Honda has committed to providing a budget for the team until March, the budget is lower than that which had been expected and so the team has had to pull out of the crucial winter tests at Jerez. This has denied Formula One hopeful Bruno Senna another test with the team and has combined with the engine implications of Honda’s withdrawal to push the new car’s final testing from January to March, just weeks before the first Grand Prix in Australia. Ross Brawn however remains confident of competing with new Formula One frontrunners BMW Sauber and Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has tipped the team as a great buy, saying “I’ve no doubt Honda would have been in top four next year without any problems. They’ve spent a lot of money to put themselves in that position so if anyone does want to be in F1 this is a team they should look to buy. It’s a big opportunity for any company that’s run efficiently to benefit”.

Uncategorized May 26th 2017

Four Great Methods Of Handling, Storing And Protecting Your Valuable Sports Cards

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Four Great Methods Of Handling, Storing And Protecting Your Valuable Sports Cards

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To protect your investment, always keep your hands clean and keep the cards away from extreme heat and moisture.

Even the smallest blemish on a sports trading card can cause a decrease in its value. Maintaining the original condition is of paramount importance to maintain the cards’ value. Here are simple, yet very helpful tips for handling and storing your valuable sports cards to maintain their worth:

Make sure your hand aren’t dirty when you touch your sport cards

Handle the cards carefully to prevent damage and ensure their lasting value. With clean hands, take hold of the cards on their edges, not on their face or back. This will help ensure that corners are kept sharp and faces are clean and free from scratches, stains, and other marks. Scratches and smudges can be avoided by carefully touching your sports cards.

Don’t expose your sports trading cards to such things as sunlight or water

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Protecting your cards from direct sunlight and humidity is important. Make sure you display your cards away from sunlight, especially autographed sports cards, which are prone to fading. It is very important that you keep them from humidity and other moisture; this type of environment may discolor or otherwise damage the cards over time. Using a silica gel in your display case can prevent damage from moisture in the environment.

Make sure you get thick cases to protect your cards

Plastic sleeves are okay for the basic protection of sports cards, but thicker and harder cases are available of greater protection. Here are some of the most commonly used sports card holders.

Top-loader. Although at top-loader is a little stiffer and thicker, it still resembles a sleeve. It is a method that is frequently utilized to avoid damage to sports cards. A disadvantage that a top loader has is that dirty and other substances can be trapped inside. The card will slip because of the loose fit. If you are using atop loader to ship a card then make sure to put the resealable sports card inside a team bag that contains only the top-loaders.

Deluxe non-folding card protector. Though still thicker than the common sleeves, this plastic case is more flexible than a top-loader. It prevents the card from slipping around when you mail it. This case does a great job of showing off your prized sports cards even inside a display case.

The safest way to protect your sports cards from damage is to store them in a screw-down card holder. This tough plastic case protects your sports cards from all kinds of damage including folding and scratches. There screws in each corner to securely hold your card in its place within the case. Just make sure you choose the correct thickness for your sports cards as there have been cases where the design of the sports cards stuck to the case, especially those that have been set for quite a long time.

Case that attracts like magnet. A different option from the screw-down style holder would be the magnetic case. It offers the same protection as a screw-down holder, but with one strong magnet replacing the four screws. The design of the display makes it a great option for displaying your sports cards.

A holder made of acrylic. Among sports card cases, this is the most expensive and the thickest. It uses as much as an inch of acrylic to give your valuable sports cards the ultimate protection.

Try to keep your sports cards in boxes, where they can remain organized

Additional valuable cards that you want to display should be stored together in a box. You can store your ball cards in just about any small box, or you can purchase specially made boxes at shops that also sell sports cards. Using one of the available sorting trays may help you to organize your collection. Never store valuable sports cards in your box without any protection. Consistently use a top-loader to keep your most valuable cards safe. Plastic sleeves are sufficient storage for your other collectible sports cards.

Sport cards are something valuable that you can collect and invest in. You should always put special care into ensuring the worth of these cards with careful handling regardless of your intention for them.

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