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What happened to the downtown bells?

first_imgShare this story: Arts & Culture | Community | Curious Juneau | JuneauWhat happened to the downtown bells?November 4, 2018 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share: Have your own Curious Juneau question? Submit it, subscribe to Curious Juneau podcast and catch up on past curiosities on the Curious Juneau page.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2018/10/30CJBELLS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As recently as 2009, clock bells marked a specific location in Juneau. That year, former KTOO reporter Casey Kelly began a story like this:“As the clock chimes 12 o’clock, Mike Anderson works a ratchet jack at the end of an old pier at NOAA’s downtown port facility…”Hourly clock chimes. In downtown Juneau.Jeste Burton posts for a photo in her shop, Pie in the Sky, in downtown Juneau on Oct. 11, 2018. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)In this Curious Juneau, local businesswoman Jeste Burton asks, “Where did the sound of the lovely chimes and bells go? When I first moved here there used to be these gorgeous bells that would ring all the time. They started at I believe at eight o’clock in the morning, finished at nine or 10 o’clock at night. During the holidays, at like, 4:30 in the afternoon, they would play like a whole big, lovely series of, like, sounds and musics and everything like that. … Will you pretty please turn them back on? I mean, I feel like it was one of the most endearing qualities about living in Juneau. It was like, my hands-down favorite thing.”The chimes or bells were actually from a carillon. That’s an instrument with a whole bunch of tuned bells. Keys are laid out like on a piano, but they’re connected to hammers that strike bells instead of strings.J. Allan MacKinnon is pretty sure he’s the only person around who’s played the carillon that rang across downtown Juneau for decades. He’s also known for playing the Friday Kimball organ concerts in the atrium of the State Office Building, which is where I met with him.J. Allan MacKinnon plays Kimball organ in the atrium of the State Office Building in Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. He’s one of a handful of organ players in town who regularly play Friday lunchtime concerts on it. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)J. Allan MacKinnon plays Kimball organ in the atrium of the State Office Building in Juneau on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018. He’s one of a handful of organ players in town who regularly play Friday lunchtime concerts on it. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)12 read more

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Russian drug maker says Roche tried to ‘destroy’ its ability to sell biosimilars

first_img Supreme Court asks Obama administration for views on biosimilar rules By Ed Silverman June 22, 2016 Reprints About the Author Reprints [email protected] Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot Please enter a valid email address. The allegations emerge at a time when the biosimilar market is forecast to become a fast-growing and lucrative chunk of the US pharmaceutical industry. Biosimilars, which are highly identical versions of brand-name biologic drugs, have been available in Europe for several years, although only three have so far been approved in the US. But many more are expected in coming years.Spending on biologics has nearly doubled since 2010, to more than $128 million last year and accounted for more than half of the rise in overall drug spending over the past five years, according to the IMS Institute for Informatics, the market research firm. But IMS forecasts that biosimilars may save health systems in the European Union and the US anywhere from $50 billion to $110 billion by 2020.That’s because biosimilars are expected to cost anywhere from 10 percent to 30 percent less than brand-name biologics. However, this assumption is also something of a moving target, given that drug makers often raise prices to wring as much profit from their existing medicines as they can before lower-cost rivals arrive on the market.Biocad, in fact, charged Roche and Genentech gradually increased prices over the past few years in the US, while simultaneously lowering prices in Russia as part of its maneuvering to fend off biosimilar competition. In its suit, the Russian drug maker contended Avastin is currently more than five times cheaper in Russia than in the US, while Herceptin and Rituxan cost about four times less than in the US. Leave this field empty if you’re human: This is only the latest squabble instigated by drug makers over biosimilar competition. Last year, AbbVie filed a citizen’s petition with the US Food and Drug Administration to argue that biosimilars need distinct labeling in a bid to slow approval of biosimilar versions of its best-selling Humira rheumatoid arthritis treatment. The drug maker also took the European Medicines Agency to court to prevent clinical trial data from being disclosed.Meanwhile, Amgen and Sandoz, the generic unit of Novartis, are fighting interpretation of a federal law that says a brand-name company is entitled to receive 180-day notice from a drug maker that wants to sell a biosimilar. Amgen won a court ruling saying notice should be provided 180 days before FDA marketing approval can be granted, and Sandoz is asking the US Supreme Court to reverse the decision. Since 2012, Genentech raised the list price of a vial of Avastin seven times – from $608 to $709. The drug maker also took seven price hikes for a vial of Herceptin, which jumped from $3,221 to $3,943.  And the list price for a vial of Rituxan increased seven times, from $632 to $774, according to Truven Health Analytics, a market research firm that tracks prescription drug pricing.Biocad also alleged that a subsidiary of R-Pharm, Roche’s exclusive distributor in Russia, earlier this year announced that Avastin would not be available until later this year. Meanwhile, however, the company submitted bids for government contracts at lower-than-cost prices in order to prevent Biocad from winning any business, according to the lawsuit. Ed Silverman Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. PharmalotRussian drug maker says Roche tried to ‘destroy’ its ability to sell biosimilars As drug makers jockey for an edge in the burgeoning market for biosimilar medicines, a Russian company called Biocad is accusing Roche — one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers — of deliberately setting low prices in Russia and using other allegedly illegal tactics to sabotage competition.Among the steps Roche took to undercut Biocad was to deliberately drop prices for three cancer medicines — Avastin, Herceptin, and Rituxan/MabThera — in Russia, where the company said it sells biosimilar versions, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court in New York. At the same time, Biocad alleged Roche and its Genentech unit raised prices in the United States to compensate for those price cuts.“While Roche and Genentech keep raising prices in the US, they engage in predatory pricing in Russia, where (they) sell such drugs at a loss — all to destroy (Biocad) and prevent it from entering the US market with cheaper biosimilars,” the Russian company contended. For instance, Biocad claimed Roche sold 100 milligrams of Avastin to its exclusive distributor for 20 percent less than the officially declared price.advertisement The biosimilar ploy that could save billions in health care costs Privacy Policy Genentech is a business unit of Roche Paul Sakuma/AP Related: The strategy was to financially weaken the Russian drug maker to the point where it would be unable to remain competitive and pursue development and sales of biosimilar medicines, according to the lawsuit, which claims Roche violated US antitrust laws. Biocad alleged that Roche took these steps because the US patents on its three cancer medicines will expire over the next three years.A spokeswoman for Genentech, which markets the drugs in the US, wrote us that the company does not comment on pending litigation.advertisement Related: Tags biosimilarGenentechRochelast_img read more

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Insulation

first_img Architects Insulation Twitter Facebook Previous articleInterior DesignNext articleHealth and Fitness Laois Hubhttp://www.laoistoday.ieIf you would like your business to feature in The LaoisHub, then email [email protected] or call 057 8670722 or 085 7180700. The LaoisHub is your one stop shop for all your local services. Pinterest Pinterest The Laois Hub WhatsApp Coolrain Concrete WhatsApp Auctioneers By Laois Hub – 19th February 2018 The Laois Hub TAGSEiregreen If you would like your insulation business to feature in The LaoisHub, then email [email protected] or call 057 8670722 or 085 7180700. The LaoisHub is your one stop shop for all your local services.Eirgreen InsulationEirgreen Insulation and Construction is owned by Thomas Doran. Based in Portlaoise, we provide a nationwide service to include: Cavity Wall Insulation, External Wall Insulation, Attic Insulation & Dry-Wall Insulation.We also provide expertise in Solar Panels, Condensing Boilers, Heating Controls, Property Maintenance and Building Energy Rating (BER). Grants Available for All Works. Contact Today for Free Survey.Phone: 057 8688877/087 4189331Website: www.eirgreen.comEmail: [email protected] The Laois Hub Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home The Laois Hub Insulation The Laois Hublast_img read more

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Credit system fuels new market entrants

first_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News By Daily NK – 2016.12.06 10:15am AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] A deferred payment system is becoming popular in North Korea for garment production, manufacturing, and food services, wherein raw materials are provided for credit instead of cash. As marketization accelerates in North Korea, these types of private transactions are helping to build trust between finance providers and are opening the door to citizens who would otherwise not have enough money to start a business. “Operating a restaurant near a train station or market has now become a possibility for more North Koreans than ever before, even those who are not members of the donju (newly-affluent middle class). Restaurants tend to have high profit margins and a lower risk of insolvency, which has merchants feeling more comfortable providing credit for such endeavors,” a source in Kangwon Province told Daily NK on December 2.“As market controls are easing, suppliers are entering into intense competition with each other. Some merchants have begun to deliver restaurant supplies on credit to businesses that are performing well. In doing so, they have been able to capture larger proportions of the market.” “This has opened up new possibilities for people with good business acumen that don’t have the capital to establish a business. Such individuals are able to acquire both a storefront and raw materials on credit. That has created more opportunities for new businesses to grow.” In North Korea, there is an expression that says “providing credit is the same as gambling.” Lacking the legal and financial safety nets available in other countries, some individuals who used their connections to secure loans experienced unforeseen problems in the past. Such problems necessitated extreme measures at times, with some individuals even putting their homes up as collateral. However, times are changing. With donju holding greater reserves of currency, the availability of loan providers has risen. Furthermore, the relationship between the donju and the ordinary residents has been stabilizing, which has diminished the influence of the North Korean authorities. While in the past the relationship between the state and the citizenry was simple and hierarchical: obey or suffer the consequences, the people of North Korea are now establishing horizontal relationships in the marketplace that are relatively unaffected by the old system. “Residents are becoming less and less concerned with the authorities because they are rarely helpful in terms of earning a living. This is also driving a change in priorities. People these days think to themselves: Politics is of little interest; earning money is what I need to focus on.” Accordingly, individual relationships in the marketplace are becoming more complex, and deferred payment arrangements are flourishing beyond the restaurant business, reflecting new levels of mutual trust between lenders and borrowers.“In some cases, the restaurant owners are able to quickly sell the goods and return the borrowed money to the lenders. If so, the donju might sell the item at a discount in return. On the other hand, when business is not going well, the donju might pause on further offers,” a source in North Pyongan Province added. Facebook Twitter News Credit system fuels new market entrants RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News SHARE “Some residents raise livestock such as pigs, and then provide the meat to restaurants entirely on credit. Food scraps from the restaurant are received in return to feed their livestock. A harmonious relationship develops, as both sides benefit.”  North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) NewsEconomy Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaderslast_img read more

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Purpose Investments introduces new fund

first_img IG Wealth amends product shelf Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Toronto-based Purpose Investments Inc. announced the launch of the Purpose Structured Equity Yield Portfolio II on Tuesday.The new fund offers a diverse portfolio that aims to generate high income with a low correlation to broad equity markets, a release said.  IE Staff Related news Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Grand opening, cutting red ribbon 123RF Keywords Fund launches,  Mutual funds,  DerivativesCompanies Purpose Investments Inc. It’s designed to replicate the outcome of several structured notes using an actively managed derivatives-based strategy, coupling downside protection with a tax-efficient yield. “Given the recent turbulence in the markets, we want to give investors the ability to access a product with the appropriate levels of contingent downside protection for the current environment,” said Som Seif, founder and CEO of Purpose Investments.The new offering is available now as Series F and Series A mutual funds.  Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Stéphan Bourbonnais to lead iA Private Wealth

first_img Stéphan Bourbonnais will become president of iA Private Wealth on February 24, succeeding John Kelleway.In early February, Kelleway stepped down from his role as president of iA Private Wealth to pursue other interests. Kelleway held the position of senior vice-president, national sales, for iA Securities prior to being named president in 2018. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Last week, Bourbonnais left his role as senior vice-president and region head, Eastern Canada with TD Private Wealth Management — a position he held since March 2013.“I am very excited and enthusiastic for the opportunity to work in collaboration with a fully independent company supported by the strength and stability of a financial institution that is among the oldest and most respected in the country,” Bourbonnais said in an interview with Finance et Investissement, sister publication to Investment Executive.Bourbonnais worked at National Bank for nearly 13 years prior to his tenure at TD.In January, iA Wealth announced the merger of its iA Securities and HollisWealth platforms under the new iA Private Wealth name. Related news PenderFund names new SVP for investments Guillaume Poulin-Goyer Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Stephan Bourbonnais headshot Courtesy iA Private Wealth Keywords AppointmentsCompanies iA Private Wealth CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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New members of Advisory Committee on Business Appointments appointed

first_imgNew members of Advisory Committee on Business Appointments appointed The Cabinet Office has announced today that the Prime Minister has appointed Isabel Doverty, Sarah de Gay and Andrew Cumpsty as Members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, with effect from 1 January 2021.Additional information about the Committee and its work is available on its website.The membership of the Committee with effect from 1 January 2021 is:Lord Pickles (Chair)Jonathan BaumeAndrew CumpstyIsabel DovertySarah de GayDr. Susan LiautaudRichard Thomas CBEMike WeirLord Larry Whitty /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Cabinet, Effect, Government, Minister, Prime Minister, UK, UK Government, websitelast_img read more

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Seasonal workers to receive free Covid-19 tests on farms

first_imgSeasonal workers to receive free Covid-19 tests on farms The government has today (29 March) called on employers of seasonal agricultural workers to help keep the nation safe and restrict the spread of Covid-19 by registering for free workplace testing.This follows the introduction of a new bespoke testing regime for international arrivals this weekend, which extended the supply of free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests to employers of seasonal agricultural workers in the edible horticulture sector. These workers play a vital role across many of our farms, picking fruit and vegetables and helping to feed the nation.Under this new bespoke testing regime, international arrivals who are in the country for longer than two days will be required to take a test before the end of day two and to take a further test every three days – typically on days five and eight. Those who receive a positive test result will be required to take a further PCR test for variant surveillance.Seasonal agricultural workers will be able to access these tests through several routes, including home tests and community testing sites. They should remain on the farm for the 10 days after they arrive, except where necessary to access testing.Employers of seasonal agricultural workers who register for workplace testing can now access free tests to help meet this testing requirement, which will protect growers from having to take on the greater costs of regular PCR testing, which could save an estimated £10m for growers across the country.Farming Minister Victoria Prentis has written to employers of seasonal workers today, encouraging them to take up this offer and register to deliver regular testing of their workers. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, so workplace testing will help to identify individuals who may be carrying the virus without knowing it, and allow employers to take the necessary action to stop the virus spreading amongst their workforce.Writing to growers across the country today, Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said:I am immensely grateful for the resilience our growers have shown throughout the last year, meeting the challenges of the pandemic and going above and beyond to help keep the nation fed.Now, as we look towards resuming a more normal way of life, we must stay vigilant and do what we can to ensure we continue to operate as safely as possible.Regular testing protects businesses, helps keep workers safe and is vital to our continuing recovery. I urge our farmers and growers to work with us to protect their workforces, their businesses and our food supply.The tests can be carried out at a designated workplace site, and for businesses of over 10 people, employers can dispense those tests for staff to take at home. If positive results come back, staff must take swift action to isolate and undertake a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.In addition, those overseas looking to work within the edible horticulture sector will be able to undertake the mandatory two week quarantine period on the farm, meaning they can carry out certain tasks under Covid-safe conditions during that time. This has already proved to be vitally important for the sector, with government taking action to ensure that pickers were able to get straight to work gathering last year’s harvest.Employers must register for the programme by the 12 April to receive a supply of free test kits until the end of June. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, coronavirus, covid-19, device, Farming, Government, horticulture, Minister, pandemic, quarantine, resilience, surveillance, testing, UK, UK Government, vegetables, Victoria, workforcelast_img read more

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CU Professor Explores Influence Of Secular And Religious Ideologies On The War On Terror

first_img Published: Nov. 19, 2006 Secular and religious ideologies played a major role in helping the Bush administration explain and sell the war on terror to the American public, according to University of Colorado at Boulder religious studies Professor Ira Chernus in his new book “Monsters to Destroy: The Neoconservative War on Terror and Sin.” Chernus argues that the war on terror is based not on a realistic appraisal of the causes of the conflict but on “stories” that policy-makers believe about human nature and a world divided between absolute good and evil. “The Bush administration has given them a language, a kind of imagery to reassure themselves that, at least on the level of our foreign relations, we are the absolute good guys,” said Chernus. “But you can’t believe that you’re the absolute good guys unless you believe that there are monsters out there — absolute evil guys.” What is interesting about this policy, said Chernus, is that its roots are not embedded in the war on terror but as part of a neoconservative plan to change a countercultural morality that the president and his supporters saw as a domestic threat to the United States. “Until Sept. 11, 2001, they didn’t put all that much focus on foreign enemies, their primary concern was about what they saw as an internal threat within our country, a threat to the moral virtue of our country,” he explained. “That is what got the neoconservative movement going and that was Bush’s principal issue as he launched his campaign for president.” The president’s campaign platform, said Chernus, began as a story about virtuous people, conservatives who accepted traditional moral authority and traditional moral values, at war against what they saw as sinners here at home. But following the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, the focus turned from a war against sin to the war against terror, said Chernus. But one aspect that did not change, he said, are the messages being used to frame the battle. “It looked to me that they had taken this old story they had about the war between virtue and sin here at home and they projected it onto a global scale and applied it to the war on terrorism,” said Chernus. “And one day, not too long ago, I came across an article shortly after 9/11 written by one of the top neoconservative writers, Robert Kagan, and he said when the World Trade Center attack came along that we already had a ready-made story to apply to it.” However, Chernus points out that it wasn’t only neoconservatives who believed the good versus evil stories, but many liberals as well in part because it was an ideology they were familiar with after living through a war against communism that lasted for more than 40 years. According to Chernus, by falling back on old and familiar stories about good versus evil Americans are turning their backs on exploring new policies that could make the country safer rather than being locked in a perpetual war against terrorism. “What I am saying is that treating terrorists as monsters who will never go away and seeing them through the filter of this story that comes from within our own society, that’s not the best way to get the terrorists to change their minds,” said Chernus. “The best way to get them to change their minds is to talk to them as one human being to another, but within the story that prevails in the United States, we’re not allowed to treat them as real human beings and so we say, ‘Well, there’s nothing to talk about.’ ” Chernus has written several books on American culture and national security policy during the Cold War era. For more information on his new book visit www.paradigmpublishers.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=143468. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Feds raid Giuliani’s home, office, escalating criminal probe

first_imgHomeFeaturedFeds raid Giuliani’s home, office, escalating criminal probe Apr. 29, 2021 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsFeds raid Giuliani’s home, office, escalating criminal probeGuest Author1 month agocriminalFeds raid Giuliani’shomeoffice MICHAEL R. SISAK, MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER, Associated PressFederal agents raided Rudy Giuliani’s Manhattan home and office Wednesday, seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.Giuliani, the 76-year-old former New York City mayor once celebrated for his leadership after 9/11, has been under federal scrutiny for several years over his ties to Ukraine. The dual searches sent the strongest signal yet that he could eventually face federal charges.Agents searched Giuliani’s Madison Avenue apartment and Park Avenue office, people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. The warrants, which required approval from the top levels of the Justice Department, signify that prosecutors believe they have probable cause that Giuliani committed a federal crime — though they do not guarantee that charges will materialize.A third search warrant was served on a phone belonging to Washington lawyer Victoria Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and close ally of Giuliani and Trump. Her law firm issued a statement saying she was informed that she is not a target of the investigation.The full scope of the investigation is unclear, but it at least partly involves Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine, law enforcement officials have told the AP.The people discussing the searches and Wednesday’s developments could not do so publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. News of the search was first reported by The New York Times.In a statement issued through his lawyer, Giuliani accused federal authorities of a “corrupt double standard,” invoking allegations he’s pushed against prominent Democrats, and said that the Justice Department was “running rough shod over the constitutional rights of anyone involved in, or legally defending, former President Donald J. Trump.”“Mr. Giuliani respects the law, and he can demonstrate that his conduct as a lawyer and a citizen was absolutely legal and ethical,” the statement said.Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, told reporters the raids were “disgusting” and “absolutely absurd.”A Justice Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Manhattan and the FBI’s New York office declined to comment.The federal probe into Giuliani’s Ukraine dealings stalled last year because of a dispute over investigative tactics as Trump unsuccessfully sought a second term. Giuliani subsequently took on a leading role in disputing the election results on the Republican’s behalf.Wednesday’s raids came months after Trump left office and lost his ability to pardon allies for federal crimes. The former president himself no longer enjoys the legal protections the Oval Office once provided him — though there is no indication Trump is eyed in this probe.Trump’s spokesman did not immediate respond to questions about Wednesday’s events.Many people in Trump’s orbit have been ensnared in previous federal investigations, namely special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian election interference. But most of those criminal cases either fizzled or fell apart. Giuliani’s is different.Giuliani was central to the then-president’s efforts to dig up dirt against Democratic rival Joe Biden and to press Ukraine for an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter — who himself now faces a criminal tax probe by the Justice Department.Giuliani also sought to undermine former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was pushed out on Trump’s orders, and met several times with a Ukrainian lawmaker who released edited recordings of Biden in an effort to smear him before the election.Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello, said the warrants involved an allegation that Giuliani failed to register as a foreign agent and that investigative documents mentioned John Solomon, a former columnist and frequent Fox News commentator with close ties to Giuliani, who pushed baseless or unsubstantiated allegations involving Ukraine and Biden during the 2020 election.Phone records published by House Democrats in 2019 in the wake of Trump’s first impeachment trial showed frequent contacts involving Giuliani, Solomon and Lev Parnas, a Giuliani associate who is under indictment on charges of using foreign money to make illegal campaign contributions.Contacted Wednesday, Solomon said it was news to him that the Justice Department was interested in any communications he had with Giuliani, though he said it was not entirely surprising given the issues raised in the impeachment trial.“He was someone that tried to pass information to me. I didn’t use most of it,” Solomon said of Giuliani. “If they want to look at that, there’s not going to be anything surprising in it.”Everything was sitting “in plain view,” Solomon said. He said he believed his reporting had “stood the test of time” and maintained that he was “unaware of a single factual error” in any of his stories.Solomon’s former employer, The Hill newspaper, published a review last year of some of his columns and determined they were lacking in context and missing key disclosures. Solomon previously worked for The Associated Press, departing the news organization in 2006.The federal Foreign Agents Registration Act requires people who lobby on behalf of a foreign government or entity to register with the Justice Department. The once-obscure law, aimed at improving transparency, has received a burst of attention in recent years — particularly during Mueller’s probe, which revealed an array of foreign influence operations in the U.S.Federal prosecutors in the Manhattan office Giuliani himself once led — springing to prominence in the 1980s with high-profile prosecutions of Mafia figures — had pushed last year for a search warrant for records. Those included some of Giuliani’s communications, but officials in the Trump-era Justice Department would not sign off on the request, according to multiple people who insisted on anonymity to speak about the ongoing investigation with which they were familiar.Officials in the then-deputy attorney general’s office raised concerns about both the scope of the request, which they thought would contain communications that could be covered by legal privilege between Giuliani and Trump, and the method of obtaining the records, three of the people said.The issue was widely expected to be revisited by the Justice Department once Attorney General Merrick Garland assumed office, given the need for the department’s upper echelons to sign off on warrants served on lawyers. Garland was confirmed last month, and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco was confirmed to her position and sworn in last week.Tucker reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Larry Neumeister and Tom Hays in New York and Colleen Long in Washington contributed reporting.Tags :criminalFeds raid Giuliani’shomeofficeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSpaceX in deal for facility in Port of Long BeachSOUR NOTES AT THE OSCARSYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

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