Report: Port Authority Officials Hiring Lawyers As Investigations Continue Into Use Of Toll Money

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Port Authority officials are lawyering up — a sign the investigations into four major road projects are advancing.

Both the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether the Port Authority had the right to spend $1.8 billion in toll money to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway and three other New Jersey roads.

Now, according to a report in The Record, more than 15 Port Authority officials, including in-house lawyers, have obtained outside attorneys, paid for by the agency.

Report: Port Authority Officials Hiring Lawyers As Investigations Continue Into Use Of Toll Money

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Investigators are looking into whether bond investors were misled.

The highways are miles from the Lincoln Tunnel, though the Port Authority justified the expenditures by saying the projects would provide access to the tunnel.

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Sepp Blatter Claims German, French Presidents Influenced World Cup Voting

FIFA President Sepp Blatter has lifted the lid on the “political interventions” of France and Germany in relation to the roles their former presidents allegedly played in Russia and Qatar’s being awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, respectively.

Speaking to German newspaper Welt am Sonntag (via Associated Press), Blatter said that Christian Wulff and Nicolas Sarkozy, former presidents of Germany and France, respectively, applied pressure on their football federations to influence the vote:

Messrs Sarkozy and Wulff tried to influence their voting representatives. That’s why we now have a World Cup in Qatar. Those who decided it should take responsibility for it. I act on the leadership principal. If a majority of the executive committee wants a World Cup in Qatar then I have to accept that. …

… Look at the German companies! Deutsche Bahn, Hochtief and many more had projects in Qatar even before the World Cup was awarded.

According to Blatter, who announced his intention to resign as president just days after being re-elected on May 29 of this year, Wulff encouraged the DFB—Germany’s football federation—”to vote for Qatar out of economic interests.”

The conditions of migrant workers building Qatar’s new stadiums has hauled the nation’s World Cup allocation into the spotlight as one of the chief examples used against FIFA and the organisation’s alleged corruption.

A report by the BBC’s Wesley Stephenson recently pondered as to whether the supposed death toll of 1,200 workers was a reliable figure, but the human rights issues at hand are nevertheless evident.

Defending his fallen reputation as a leader in world football and a leader in FIFA’s action of recent years, Blatter went on to insist he won’t travel, and he is currently protected in his native Switzerland under laws of extradition:

Is FIFA responsible from the top down for everything in football, what happens in some village somewhere around the world? Everyone has fears, for example of death, but with regard to my work at FIFA I have no fear. I’ve nothing to be afraid of. I’m afraid that they want to wreck FIFA, a work that I helped create. …

… Until everything is clarified I won’t take any travel risks.

The accusations of Wulff and Sarkozy would work to divert some of the unwelcome attention off Blatter and to those other figures supposedly linked with FIFA’s dark dealings.

The Associated Press reports Blatter will be travelling to Russia on July 25 for the 2018 World Cup qualification draw, where he has the support of president Vladimir Putin.

Romeo and Juliet in Palestine review – Shakespeare under occupation

Tom Sperlinger’s account of teaching English literature to students in the occupied territories is an illuminating look at the wider role of education

In 2013, Tom Sperlinger taught English literature for five months at a university in the occupied West Bank. His excellent first book is a short memoir reflecting on encounters with young Palestinians in and out of the classroom.

When he assigns a composition exercise, Ruba (not her real name) describes how she had to watch Israeli soldiers abduct her father for use as a human shield in a raid. It’s an environment in which Sperlinger must probe his own assumptions about his purpose and practice if he’s to address everyday problems such as plagiarism and unread set texts. Comparing the experience with a stint with mature students in Merseyside, he wonders if British universities “reward particular kinds of obedience” at the expense of “those whose lives have been the most demanding”. Lucid and open-minded about its location – and about education generally – this book deserves a wide audience.

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A lot on the line in Women’s World Cup final – Los Angeles Times


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Chevy gives smartphones their own air conditioning vent

Chevrolet's Active Cooling feature gives your phone its own air conditioning vent

Hot cars and smartphones don’t mix. It’s not uncommon for our phones to be warm to the touch during summer months, especially when charging them up or using them for intensive tasks like navigation. This can slow down your phone’s processor and suck the life out of your battery, or even do permanent damage. To help combat the issue, Chevy is introducing an “industry first” Active Phone Cooling feature.

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Europe can’t count on ECB alone in Greek crisis: French min

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France (Reuters) – Greece and international creditors must find a compromise in the country’s debt crisis and not count only on support from the European Central Bank, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said. Speaking as Greeks voted in a referendum over whether to accept more austerity, Macron said Greece and its creditors had to find a compromise based on reforms while also making its debt burden more sustainable. “Whatever the vote, we must starting tomorrow respond with political discussions to create a framework,” Macron said at an economics conference in Aix-en-Provence in southern France.

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Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More












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This past week Takashi Murakami explained why his dog is an integral part of his vans collaboration, OPA designed a conceptual cliffside home on the Aegean Sea, Jenkem went skateboarding and destroyed the adidas Yeezy Boost 350, and Gucci Mane released his Trapology mixtape. Below you’ll find a roundup of our favorite comments from the week, spanning the aforementioned posts and a few others. Please be sure to keep the funny, interesting and bizarre comments coming, and in the meantime check out this week’s finest below.

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#10 commented on: Gucci Mane Releases ‘Trapology’ Mixtape

Com_Truise: The cover is pure trap genius

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#09 commented on: You Can Now Buy a Flux Capacitor USB Car Charger

FunkPhD: “How To Make Your Mazda3 A Tad Bit Cooler.”

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#08 commented on: Nike Releases All-Black Roshe One

Swayyy: Waiters everywhere rejoice

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#07 commented on: Raf Simons and adidas Turn the Stan Smith Metallic for Spring 2016

Samococo: Can’t wait to see the video of that skater destroying these one…

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#06 commented on: Jenkem Goes Skateboarding and Destroys the adidas Yeezy Boost 350

T.L: Stunting Level: Caucasian

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#05 commented on: The 15 Best Sneakers Worn at Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016

Jacob: And on that day, not one single ollie was performed

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#04 commented on: Nas Talks Creative Expression, Pushing Boundaries & Self-Trust in ‘Obey Your Thirst’ Trailer

donopoly10.tumblr.com: Read: “Nas Talks Creative Expression, Pushing Boundaries & Self-Trust in “Cashing In and Selling Out” trailer.

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#03 commented on: OPA Has Designed a Conceptual Cliffside Home on the Aegean Sea

MikeRotch_og: Your sex life would increase around 600 percent, living in that house

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#02 commented on: Rick Owens and adidas Introduce 2 New Silhouettes for Spring/Summer 2016

ridley: You know the biggest drug dealers in Ancient Rome would have been rocking those high top sandals

 

Top 10 Comments of the Week: adidas Originals, Gucci Mane, Jenkem, Takashi Murakami and More#01 commented on: Takashi Murakami Explains Why His Dog is an Integral Part of His Vans Collaboration

jaycen: Pharrell is so jealous of that hat…

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