Paul Finebaum/ESPN.ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum believes the Heisman Trophy voting might have gone differently if there wasn’t a bias against one of the finalists.Finebaum revealed this morning that he voted for Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The ESPN analyst believes an anti-Alabama bias ended up hurting the Crimson Tide’s star QB.There’s an “Alabama fatigue” outside of Tuscaloosa.“When you’re outside of that bubble, you hear it all the time,” Finebaum said on WJOX. “People around the country are intrigued by Alabama. The first half of the season, Nick Saban and Tua were the biggest conversation pieces when I went from place to place along the way. And I think as the season wore on, people started to question is he as good as we thought and was the opposition all that stout … in the end, the statistics back up that he played far better competition than Kyler Murray.“The national media controls the narrative. There’s definitely Alabama fatigue and I think outside of a very small quadrant of the country, people will be pulling against Nick Saban. That probably hurt Tua. I think what hurt him most was getting hurt in the most important game.”That’s probably a pretty fair assessment. Both Tua and Kyler (and Dwayne Haskins) were deserving of the award.Alabama and Oklahoma will get to settle things on the field in a couple of weeks. The Crimson Tide and the Sooners are set to meet in the College Football Playoff on Dec. 29.
zoom French container shipping company CMA CGM has signed a preliminary agreement with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) which aims at increasing the company’s footprint in Iran, the French government said.Signed during a visit to Paris by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday, the agreement will cover sharing capacity between CMA CGM and IRISL’s vessels, joint operating of routes, and cooperation in using port terminals. The contract is still subject to other sanctions.The deal comes following the economic sanctions lifting against Iran earlier this month, as the country has met all the necessary steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.A number of major shipping companies have already shown their interest in the trading potential Iran has to offer, while Iran’s shipping giants NITC and IRISL are ready to send their fleets to international waters and boost the country’s oil exports.Global container shipping lines have been slowly returning to Iran since August last year, with CMA CGM and Evergreen of Taiwan being the first ones to launch direct services to the country, followed by China Shipping Container Line, Switzerland’s shipping line MSC and United Arab Shipping Company, while Danish transportation firm Maersk is still considering the return.Image Courtesy: CMA CGMWorld Maritime News Staff
OTTAWA — Ukraine is asking the federal government to send a message to Russia by extending and expanding the Canadian Forces’ training mission sooner rather than later.In an interview with The Canadian Press, Ukrainian Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko says he is confident Canada will extend the military mission, whose mandate is due to expire at the end of March.But he says the sooner an extension is announced, the stronger the signal to Russia that Canada remains a strong supporter of Ukraine.The Canadian Forces has had about 200 service members in Ukraine since September 2015 to help train the country’s military, which is locked in a war with Russian-backed separatist forces.Shevchenko is also praising Canada for continuing to support his country’s renewed bid for a UN peacekeeping mission, which Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko raised at the General Assembly last week.The ambassador predicts Canada along with the U.S. and European Union will very soon announce fresh sanctions against Russia after that country’s forces seized three Ukrainian naval vessels and 24 sailors in November.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsLeona Aglukkaq, the Minister of Economic Development for the north, threw a fundraiser in Ottawa last night.That, by itself, isn’t a big deal.Politicians are always filling the war chest for the next campaign.What made this one different was the guest list.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has the story
Rabat- It seems that the war between the Benkirane Government and the High Commission for Planning (HCP) will not cease any time soon.Sources quoted by daily Al Massae in its Monday, January 27th issue, revealed that powerful voices within the governmental coalition are pushing towards overthrowing HCP boss Ahmed Lahlimi Alami whose recent figures and his gloomy forecast in his predictions regarding the state of the economy did not please the PJD-led government.The same sources added that these powerful voices inside the Benkirane cabinet suggested transforming the High Commission for Planning, a constitutional institution, into a directorate subordinate to the Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of planning and statistics. This move aims to avoid any future figures released by the HCP that will do harm to the government and its image in the eyes of international institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Other sources, however, suggested working around the proposed constitutional challenges if the government were to attempt a transformation of the HCP into a directorate and appoint a technocrat director on top of the HCP instead of Lahlimi whose socialist background is believed to be responsible of the Commission’s recent figures.The same sources went on to add that an IMF committee will arrive in Morocco in the coming days in order to address the recent figures released by the Ministry of Economy and Finance and the HCP about growth rates, the deficit, and unemployment.The paper’s sources said that the International Monetary Fund is following with deep concern the “war of figures” between the government and the HCP. The war erupted last week in the wake of Lahlimi’s figures, which predicted that the growth rate will decline in 2014 to about 2.4 % and that the budget deficit has stabilized during 2013 at 6%.The government’s responded as soon as the HCP figures were released by publishing a statement which said that the budget deficit in 2013 had stabilized at 5.4% not 6%, as Lahlimi’s HCP has claimed.Controversial deputy Minister in charge of General Affairs and Governance, Mohamed El Ouafa also intervened in the “war of figures” by describing Lahlimi’s figures as both childish and medieval.Edited by Matthew Osborn
Tejas is perhaps the world’s smallest lightweight, multi-role single engine tactical fighter aircraft.JF-17 has been developed jointly by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation of China. However, experts feel that the aircraft has been assembled in Pakistan from ready-made Chinese kits.HAL is likely to hand over the fourth Tejas aircraft to the Air Force by June end. The four aircraft will make up the first squadron of IAF which will be used for training and familarisation.Rather than wait for LAC Mk II, IAF had decided to go for an upgraded version of the existing Tejas with over 40 modifications.IAF plans to acquire 120 Tejas aircraft, with 100 of these having major modifications.As per the production plan, six aircraft will be made this year and HAL will subsequently scale it up to eight and 16 aircraft per year.The LCA programme was initiated in 1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21 planes in IAF’s combat fleet but has missed several deadlines due to various reasons. (Colombo Gazette) Raju however expressed confidence in his marketing team and said they are equipped to take forward the talks. He said the “current version is more than enough” for smaller nations.Two things that go in favour of the Tejas are its lower cost and flying ability.“We have proved its flying ability and the aircraft, for that class, is a terrific one. We did take some time but we need to remember that DRDO and us did everything from the scratch,” Raju said. “While there is an interest which has been shown (by other countries), let us get the product first to our own customer. The confidence that will come to others when our own Air Force flies it will be immense. So at first, we should at least meet the initial requirement of the IAF,” HAL chairman T Suvarna Raju told the Press Trust of India.While Raju had refused to share information on the countries that have evinced interest in Tejas, Defence sources said the two countries are Sri Lanka and Egypt. India’s Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, which was several years in the making, has now caught the attention of foreign buyers with Sri Lanka and Egypt evincing interest in the indigenously built fighter jet.Sri Lanka had recently rejected Pakistan’s JF-17 aircraft built with Chinese help, while Egypt had last year signed a contract for 24 French-made Rafale fighter jets. However, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the manufacturer of Tejas, is focusing on delivering the aircraft to the IAF first. Raju said that the upgraded version of Tejas, with Active Electrically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Unified Electronic Warfare (EW) Suite, mid-air refuelling capacity and beyond the vision range missiles, will cost between Rs. 275 crore and Rs. 300 crore. The two countries are interested in the current version of the Tejas and not the upgraded one which will be rolled out later. Sources said enquiries by foreign countries came during the Bahrain air show in January, the first time that Tejas flew outside the country.The decision to send Tejas abroad was of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has put his weight behind the aircraft. LCA Tejas performed 8-G (gravity) pull, vertical loop, slow fly-past and barrel roll at the air show, which the Indian officials described as “historic”.Interestingly, soon after the announcement of Tejas’ participation in Bahrain, Pakistan had withdrawn its JF-17 aircraft from the show despite having paid the initial installment which ran into a few millions US dollars.
Lockheed Martin is betting big on quantum computing, preparing to deploy it into commercial and military applications.Quantum computing differs from regular computing because it allows data to be stored in more than just the binary format of ones and zeros to signal whether a circuit is on or off. In a quantum computer information is stored in qubits: ones, zeros, or a combination of the two. This ability means that a quantum computer is able to do millions of computations in parallel, and with it the promise of infinitely more powerful machines than traditional transistor-based computers.In 2011, Lockheed Marin purchased a quantum computer from Vancouver-based research firm D-Wave. The company intends to use the power of quantum computing to create next-generation radar, space, and aircraft systems. The vast computing power afforded would allow researchers to run simulations that test how parts of a system would react to a catastrophic event. An example provided by the company’s Chief Technical Officer to The New York Times imagined a simulation of how the complex software of a satellite would be affected by an electromagnetic pulse from a solar flare or nuclear explosion. That’s a task that currently takes weeks, or even months using today’s computers.D-Wave does have its detractors, as many have pointed out the company has not released any peer-reviewed research to back its quantum claims. But it also has quite the collection of supporters who have voiced their confidence in the form of venture capital funding. The company counts Goldman Sachs, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and CIA-front shop In-Q-Tel as investors.Should D-Wave’s quantum processor work as claimed, and Lockheed Martin commercializes it in the next half-decade, the field of high performance computing (HPC) will be revolutionized. Chipmaker Nvidia is also likely keeping a close eye on progress, as it is pushing its GPU-clusters as a way to tackle the next ‘big-questions’ in data-intensive science and computing.Commercialized quantum computer will be expensive, but then all new tech initially commands a high price. It soon drops as demand and production escalates.
By the end of the year, it may be easier to name the companies who don’t make an Android gaming console than the ones that do. Accessory giant Mad Catz is getting in on the action now, revealing an Nvidia Tegra 4-powered console called Project Mojo.What else hides beneath the Mojo’s gently-sloping chassis? There’s 16GB of internal storage, integrated WiFi, and Bluetooth Smart 4.0 (which won’t be taken advantage of until the next big Android update ships).On the Mojo’s back side you’ll have access to a pair of USB ports, an HDMI output, speaker/audio out, and a micro SD slot for storage expansion. The power button’s back there, too. Mad Catz is also throwing in its slick C.T.R.L.R Bluetooth gaming controller.Mad Catz has plenty of street cred when it comes to gaming, and that could certainly help sell the Mojo. The fact that it’s shipping with a Tegra 4 chip won’t hurt, either.Don’t forget that the Tegra 4 is capable of streaming games from an NVidia-equipped PC. For hardcore gamers that want to occasionally rock out on their favorite PC titles on a larger-than-normal display, it’s a killer feature that Mojo offers that the first-gen Ouya and GamePop don’t.Sure, NVidia’s Project Shield will be able to stream too, but you’ll be paying much more for it. Mad Catz hasn’t revealed pricing for Project Mojo yet, but surely it’ll sell for less than $349. It’s up against hundred-dollar consoles, after all, and doesn’t have a screen or a massive battery pack inflating costs.If Mad Catz can find the right price point, Mojo could be a big hit. They’ve also apparently got some control issues to work out, but the company told IGN that they’re all over it.
Serial rapist John Xydias is faced with the possibility of additional charges involving an underage victim.On Tuesday he appeared in Melbourne’s Magistrate Court where the police asked for permission to interview him. Mr Xydias did not challenge the request and subsequently was questioned by police for an hour. Allegedly the police are investigating if Mr Xydias sexually penetrated a girl under the age of 16 as well as committing an indecent act with a girl under the age of 16. He has already pleaded guilty to 86 charges of rape and sexual assault on 11 women between 1991 and 2006. It was found that he would first drug his victims while he even filmed some of the attacks. The police recovered 17 such tapes. He is currently awaiting sentencing. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Google lance la prévisualisation des résultats de rechercheGoogle lance une nouvelle option sur son moteur de recherche : “Instant Preview”. La prévisualisation des résultats permet de savoir si les mots-clés tapés par l’internaute sont pertinents.Google innove encore en terme de recherche en ligne. Le géant américain propose déjà depuis quelques temps à ses internautes de visualiser la page de résultats pendant qu’il tape les mots-clés. Lorsque l’utilisateur commence à utiliser son clavier, une fenêtre s’ouvre en un clic et propose le contenu d’une page où la souris s’est arrêtée. À lire aussiUne incroyable intelligence artificielle donne vie à la Joconde de Léonard de Vinci (Vidéo)Mais aujourd’hui, “Instant preview” (littéralement : “prévisualisation instantanée”) va beaucoup plus loin. Il consiste en une petite loupe, affichée à côté de chaque résultat de recherche proposé par Google, permettant à l’internaute de visualiser la page d’une URL proposée. Ainsi, on peut avoir un échantillon du contenu du site web sans avoir à cliquer sur le lien. On peut comparer cela à une sorte de capture d’écran améliorée. Il s’agit pour la firme de Mountain View de trouver plus rapidement la solution à sa recherche. Cette option sera fonctionnelle dans plus de 40 langues dans les jours à venir. Le 10 novembre 2010 à 13:39 • Emmanuel Perrin
Des puces électroniques qui imitent le fonctionnement du cerveauUne équipe suisse de chercheurs a mis au point des puces électroniques capables d’imiter le fonctionnement du cerveau. Elles peuvent notamment traiter des informations en temps réel.Aussi complexe qu’il soit, le cerveau humain commence à dévoiler ses mystères grâce aux multiples recherches dont il fait l’objet. Mais ces travaux ne permettent pas que de mieux comprendre notre encéphale, ils permettent aussi de réaliser de vraies prouesses techniques. La dernière en date a été dévoilée par des chercheurs de l’Université et de l’École polytechnique fédérale de Zurich. À lire aussiLe mariage aiderait à prévenir les risques de démence, mais pourquoi ?Cette équipe a réussi à mettre au point des circuits électroniques capables de fonctionner comme un véritable cerveau humain. D’une taille similaire, ces circuits consomment une énergie équivalente et fonctionne à la même vitesse que nos circuits neuronaux. Dans son communiqué, l’Université indique également que tout comme le cerveau, ces puces “neuromorphiques” sont capables de traiter des informations en temps réel et que les circuits électroniques dont elles font partie peuvent être configurés pour effectuer des actions spécifiques. Comme l’a expliqué Giacomo Indiveri, professeur à l’Université de Zurich, jusqu’ici on savait comment configurer un système électronique pour le faire réagir en fonction de son environnement : par exemple, des essuie-glaces qui se mettent en route en présence de pluie ou des phares qui s’allument lorsque la luminosité diminue. Mais on ne savait pas encore comment cela fonctionnait à l’intérieur du cerveau, a-t-il précisé à l’AFP.”Mémoire, prise de décision et discernement” C’est désormais chose faite, puisque les chercheurs ont réussi à configurer leur système de façon à ce qu’il réussisse un test qui requiert “mémoire, prise de décision et discernement”, indique le professeur Indiveri. A terme, ces nouvelles puces pourraient être intégrées à un système robotisé “pour permettre à des robots d’évoluer en autonomie dans des univers, sans être guidés par télécommande”.Le 25 juillet 2013 à 13:46 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target As thunderstorms rolled through Massachusetts on Saturday, causing flooding, damage, and power outages, one witness caught the terrifying moment lightning struck a boat.Passerby Harry Minucci was at the Columbia Yacht Club in South Boston when he recorded a bolt of lightning hitting a boat docked at the club.With thunderstorms rolling across Massachusetts and New England on Saturday, one person in South Boston caught the #shocking moment when lightning struck a nearby boat. #boston #boston25 #southie #zap pic.twitter.com/mVylFptsGr— Boston 25 News (@boston25) July 7, 2019The owner of the boat wasn’t on the boat, and no injuries were reported, according to CNN.There was heavy rainfall and flooding in the Boston area, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). the thunderstorms ended at around 9:45 p.m.Headed out to the water? Follow these safe boating tips and check the forecast on your phone with https://t.co/cVF04jQk8q pic.twitter.com/2Q3ftqttxs— National Weather Service (@NWS) July 7, 2019The video of the lightning strike was retweeted by the NWS, which said it was a “great example of why we say ‘When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!’”More on Geek.com:Watch: Woman Captures Dangerous ‘Positive Lightning’ Bolt in FloridaMan Brought Back to Life After Getting Electrocuted in MichiganWatch: Lightning Strikes Tree, Sets It on Fire During Oregon Storm Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’
Better air quality and a windy forecast prompted the the Southwest Clean Air Agency to lift Wednesday the burn ban over Clark County.County residents may resume using wood stoves and fireplaces, but the agency asked people to make sure their fires burn as cleanly as possible. Stoves and fireplaces are working best when burning dry, seasoned firewood, indicated by the lack of visible smoke coming from the chimney.The agency enacted the Stage 2 Burn Ban Tuesday, as the stagnant air could cause health problems. Weather forecasters expected the stagnant conditions to lift Wednesday evening, with increasing south winds to improve ventilation in the metro area, according to the agency.In areas of the county where burning has not been permanently banned, outdoor burning will again be allowed with the proper permits. For more information on better burning methods, visit www.swcleanair.org/burning.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is happy with his team’s response after they beat Blackburn 3-2 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.Eddie Howe made nine changes to his starting XI on Tuesday, following his team’s 4-0 drubbing at Burnley. And the Cherries responded well with a victory thanks to a late goal from Callum Wilson.“We desperately needed a performance tonight after the Burnley game, of course, we needed a reaction,” he said.“You feel better but still Burnley is not far away in my thoughts. That’s just how I am and until we put that right in the Premier League that will still be with me.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…He added: “I’d say (tonight) 90 percent was positive. I thought we played some good football and then suddenly bang, bang, we concede two goals.“Only we could do that to ourselves. We shot ourselves in the foot twice, made some bad decisions and then it’s in the balance.“And then you’re thinking the lottery of a penalty shoot-out was going to be the outcome of the game and it should never have been in that position.“But credit the players again because we get ourselves in these positions and sometimes we get out of that hole we’re in because of our attitude, because of our spirit.”
Posted: March 5, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diego is a big military town, and with each person comes a story. The La Jolla Playhouse is bringing those stories to life in a new play called “Home of the Brave.”Actors Carolyn Agan and Kendrick Dial, both of whom have real experience as part of a military family, stop by Good Morning San Diego to talk about the play. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom ‘Home of the Brave’ play tells stories of military families March 5, 2018
In a letter sent this week, ASA urged President Barack Obama to intervene and improve the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) 2014 volume requirements for biomass- based diesel.The letter states, “The EPA proposal to limit the biomass-based diesel volumes to 1.28 billion gallons for2014 and 2015 would unnecessarily stunt the growth of the U.S. biodiesel industry and would forego the significant emissions reductions and economic benefits derived from this growing sector. It is both troubling and perplexing that the Administration, which has heretofore strongly supported biodiesel for its many environmental and economic benefits, would propose to establish RFS levels that are below 2013 domestic consumption and production levels.”Reducing the 2014 and 2015 RVO for Biomass-based diesel below 2013 production levels would result in reduced demand for soybean oil, which accounts for about half of all U.S. biodiesel production. Biodiesel production in 2013 utilized approximately six billion pounds of soybean oil. With large crops and global soybean production expected to increase in 2013 and 2014, reduced levels of soy oil being consumed in the domestic food market, and an increase in other biodiesel feedstocks coming online, the need for a growing biodiesel market is vital to the bottom line for U.S. soybean farmers.The letter emphasized how biodiesel has created thousands of jobs in nearly every state in the U.S., has support from numerous members of congress, governors and mayors across the country and how its expansion would have a positive impact on agriculture.“The ASA, representing 600,000 U.S. soybean farmers, is extremely proud of the major role we have played in the development of the U.S. biodiesel industry – an industry that has helped diversify our fuel supply, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and created jobs and economic growth, especially in rural America. Biodiesel has become an important market for soybean oil, added value to our product and boosted the farm and rural economy. Soy oil would be a drag on demand for soy meal protein and whole soybeans if not for the biodiesel market. In recent years, there has been increased soybean production to meet global protein demand and at the same time soy oil is being displaced from food markets due to the move away from trans fat,” ASA said in the letter.To read the letter, click here.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Health officials have lifted a swim advisory for beaches along the Rickenbacker causeway but advised it remains in effect around Jungle Island.In a news release issued on Thursday, officials said water quality samples showed it is now safe to go in the water at beaches along the causeway, including Hobie/Windsurfer, Marine Stadium and MAST Academy. However, the advisory remains in effect around Jungle Island.The announcement comes three days after overflow of wastewater from a pipe adjacent to the American Airlines Arena caused a sewage spill into the surrounding surface waters.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Kakinada: The Kakinada Municipal Corporation (KMC), with the financial support from public sector giant ONGC, initiated steps for the treatment of household waste in the city.The City, with 4.50 lakh population, generates household waste between 170-180 MT per day. Under the programme, the generated waste is segregated as dry and wet. For this purpose, the services of a private organisation Trash-Con from Bengaluru has been requisitioned. Also Read – Vice-Prez to flag off Gudur Superfast Express Advertise With Us According to KMC Additional Commissioner Ch Naga Narasimha Rao, in order to check the working of this equipment, order for 2 MT process plant which costs Rs 20 lakh was placed with financial support from ONGC. After checking the performance of this plant, the KMC will opt for bigger size of plant varies from 10 to 20 MT. While there is demand for dry waste for paper production, treatment of wet waste is essential for preventing pollution. The treatment plant will also segregate metal, plastic and other substances from the waste. The municipal authorities will take a decision whether to use wet waste as compost or use it for generation of biogas. The gas generated through this mode can be utilised for cooking purpose. This waste treatment project is expected to solve the two-decade municipal dumping yard problem of Kakinada civic body.
Trade between the United States and Russia spiked by 7% despite the economic sanctions levied by the US on the country, President Vladimir Putin said.Both countries were surprised by the trade stats. Data from the US Commerce Department show that US exports to Russia increased by 1% in 2014. However, imports from Russia are down 13%, The Washington Post reported.”When I looked at the statistic today . . . [it] even surprised me a little,” Putin told Interfax, the Russian news agency.The report does come as a surprise because Western sanctions against Russia have been tight and that has strained relationship between the two countries.More recently, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview with a local newspaper that the Western sanctions against the country were violating international law and were aimed at damaging the country’s economy.”The situation that we see today in connection with unilateral restrictions introduced by the U.S., the European Union and some other countries certainly contradicts international legal norms, including, on a whole number of occasions, the norms of the WTO [World Trade Organization and our Western colleagues’ declared conceptual approaches toward the development of international economic cooperation – respect for market principles, honest competition, etc,” Lavrov told Russia Beyond the Headlines. “As for the political component of these sanctions, I could say that as long as coercive measures were adopted, primarily by the UN Security Council, because all the rest was illegitimate, our Western partners were among the first who called for these sanctions to target leaders who failed abide by UN states’ decisions and to prevent any negative side-effect on the population,” Lavrov added.On Friday, President Putin signed a military doctrine that identified NATO as a potential threat to the country adding that Russia could employ nuclear weapons if any country threatens the existence of Russia, The Associated Press reports.NATO however said that it poses no threat to Russia.”Any steps taken by NATO to ensure the security of its members are clearly defensive in nature, proportionate and in compliance with international law,” a spokeswoman for NATO was quoted by the AP.”In fact, it is Russia’s actions, including currently in Ukraine, which are breaking international law and undermining European security,” she added.
By LYNN ELBER and MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment WritersNEW YORK (AP) — Megyn Kelly, the former Fox News Channel personality who made a rocky transition to softer news at NBC, was fired from her morning show Friday after triggering a furor by suggesting it was OK for White people to wear blackface at Halloween.“‘Megyn Kelly Today’ is not returning,” NBC News said in a statement. The show occupied the fourth hour of NBC’s “Today” program, a time slot that will be hosted by other co-anchors next week, the network said.This Oct. 22, 2018 photo released by NBC shows Megyn Kelly on the set of her show “Megyn Kelly Today,” in New York. NBC announced on Friday, Oct. 26, that “Megyn Kelly Today” will not return. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)NBC didn’t address Kelly’s future at the network. But negotiations over her exit from NBC are underway, according to a person familiar with the talks who wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.Bryan Freedman, an attorney for Kelly, said in a statement that she “remains an employee of NBC News and discussions about next steps are continuing.” He did not elaborate.Kelly is in the second year of a three-year contract that reportedly pays her more than $20 million a year.The show’s cancellation came four days after she provoked a firestorm for her on-air comments about blackface as a costume.“But what is racist?” Kelly said Tuesday. “Truly, you do get in trouble if you are a White person who puts on blackface at Halloween or a Black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK, as long as you were dressing up as, like, a character.”Critics accused her of ignoring the ugly history of minstrel shows and movies in which Whites applied blackface to mock Blacks as lazy, ignorant or cowardly.Kelly apologized to fellow NBC staffers later in the day and made a tearful apology on her show Wednesday. She did not host new episodes of “Megyn Kelly Today” as scheduled on Thursday and Friday.Kelly, 47, made her debut as a NBC morning host in September 2017, taking over the 9 a.m. slot at “Today” and saying she wanted viewers “to have a laugh with us, a smile, sometimes a tear and maybe a little hope to start your day.” She did cooking demonstrations and explored emotional topics.She largely floundered with that soft-news focus, and a pair of awkward and hostile interviews with Hollywood figures Jane Fonda and Debra Messing backfired. Kelly briefly found more of a purpose with the eruption of the #MeToo movement.She made news when interviewing women who accused President Donald Trump of inappropriate behavior and spoke with accusers of Harvey Weinstein, Bill O’Reilly, Roy Moore and others, as well as women who say they were harassed on Capitol Hill.Time magazine, which honored “The Silence Breakers” as its Person of the Year, cited Kelly as the group’s leader in the entertainment field. The episode with Trump accusers had more than 2.9 million viewers, one of her biggest audiences.But strains continued behind the scenes. Kelly last month publicly called for NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack to appoint outside investigators to look into why the network didn’t air Ronan Farrow’s stories about Weinstein and allowed Farrow to take the material to The New Yorker.And her ratings have been consistently down from what “Today” garnered in the 9 a.m. hour before Kelly came on board. In its first year, Kelly’s show averaged 2.4 million viewers a day, a drop of 400,000 from the year before.The latest controversy may have tipped the balance. Both NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Today” did stories on her blackface comment, and weatherman Al Roker said Kelly “owes a big apology to people of color across the country.”A former corporate defense attorney, Kelly made her name at Fox News discussing politics in prime time. During the first GOP debate in 2015, she asked Trump about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump later complained about her questions, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”Although Kelly may have attempted a fresh start at NBC, she couldn’t always escape her baggage.Many of her former Fox News Channel viewers were upset by her perceived disloyalty in leaving and her clashes with Trump during the campaign. At the same time, her former association with Fox caused some NBC colleagues and viewers to regard her with suspicion.While at Fox, Kelly cultivated a reputation for toughness and a willingness to challenge conservative orthodoxy. Her private testimony about former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes’ unwanted sexual advances a decade ago helped lead to Ailes’ firing.She also created controversy with her stance on race. In 2013, while an anchor at Fox, Kelly addressed the ethnicity of Santa Claus by saying: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is White.”___Elber reported from Los Angeles.