Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lost a bid to dismiss a defamation lawsuit brought against him by the parents of a boy killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, according to court documents released on Thursday.Judge Scott Jenkins in Travis County, Texas, where Jones lives, said Jones’ motion to dismiss the lawsuit was “in all respects denied,” court papers showed.Jones has used his media platform Infowars to call the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people a hoax, and suggested a political cover-up took place by left-wing forces seeking to take advantage of the shooting to promote gun control.Close Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose 6-year-old son Noah was murdered at Sandy Hook, said they sued because they were harassed and forced to move seven times after Jones called them liars and frauds, according to court documents. related news At least eight killed in Kenya in suspected Islamist militant attack OPEC … [Read more...] about US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones loses bid to stop defamation lawsuit
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The two Manchester clubs will clash at the Etihad Stadium as the first Manchester Derby of the season gets underway this weekend with more than just bragging rights up for grabs. Pep Guardiola will know that anything less than a victory for the Blue half of Manchester could have drastic effects on their title challenge as the reigning champions already trail Liverpool by 11 points.Liverpool who have only dropped points once this season and are still unbeaten after 15 games travel to Bournemouth where they will be up against the Cherries who are just two points off the relegation zone.Everton meanwhile, will be looking for a change in fortunes after sacking manager Marco Silva as they welcome Frank Lampard's Chelsea at Goodison Park. The Toffees are currently third from bottom on the table with the threat of relegation looming over the club. Second-placed Leicester travel to Aston Villa while Arsenal will look to end their nine-game winless streak as they travel to take … [Read more...] about On the Ball podcast | EPL gameweek 16 preview: Manchester derby could decide title race; Chelsea, Leicester aim to keep pace with leaders Liverpool
You’re in the home stretch. You have an offer on the table from a potential employer (or even your current employer) and you are at a three-way crossroads between accepting an offer, declining, or submitting a counteroffer. Anxiety builds, doubt may creep in, and palms get sweaty. “Just don’t blow it” comes to mind flashing like a giant neon sign. advertisement advertisement Breathe. Keep calm. Don’t panic. Negotiating a salary or compensation package is a stress you can manage. It’s like an intricate dance learned over time: take one step forward, two steps to the side, spin, then come together. Keep in mind, however, negotiations are no spin on the Dancing With the Stars ballroom floor—no extravagant or wild displays, no improv. Simply stick to the steps. To teach us the negotiation dance, we turned to Deepak Malhotra, the Eli Goldston Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and the author of Negotiating the … [Read more...] about You received a salary counteroffer. Now what?
After a rigorous struggle and a long wait, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised gay sex in a landmark verdict on September 6. What followed was shared rejoicing by activists, the film fraternity and politicians.However, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has maintained an eerie silence over the issue. At a time when the Indian as well as international media are celebrating the historic verdict, with congratulatory messages flooding social media platforms, the BJP is tightlipped.The only exception has been BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, who told news channels that “homosexuality is a genetic flaw” and that "this verdict would give rise to issues like increase in gay bars and the number of HIV cases”. Stating that homosexuality cannot be treated like an alternate sexual behaviour, Swamy said, “There is no finality in the Supreme Court’s judgement today, and this can be overturned by a seven-judge bench." Swamy had earlier told the … [Read more...] about Why is the BJP silent on Supreme Court’s landmark verdict decriminalising gay sex?
The bilateral relationship between India and the United States is evolving fast both in the strategic and economic domains, India's top envoy to the US said, ahead of the 2+2 ministerial level dialogue on December 18."Inherent in India's growth story is a natural partnership with the United States. This partnership is evolving fast both in strategic and economic domains," India's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla told students and faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on December 6."Our defense procurement relationship has gone up from almost nil 15 years ago to nearly 20 billion today. India is now a major defense partner of the United States. We have signed a number of foundation agreements and our militaries exercise regularly with each other," he said.Close India-US bilateral trade, he said, has been growing 10 percent year-on-year basis to reach $160 billion in 2019 and has also become more balanced. related news Income tax dept … [Read more...] about India-US partnership evolving fast: Shringla