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Ghouls, monsters, specters, ghosts — all manner of the supernatural have long fascinated and frightened in all cultures, but the Japanese have historically enjoyed a particularly entertaining, and pictorial, relationship with the eerie and uncanny. Through a selection of around 250 yōkai (ghouls and …

EU leaders deliver sanctions ultimatum to Russia over Ukraine


Link to video: Europe must act quickly to stop bloodshed in Ukraine, says Van Rompuy

European Union leaders have given Russia a week to reverse course in Ukraine or face a new round of sanctions as Kiev warns it is on the brink of full-scale war with Moscow.

Fears are growing that the confrontation on the EU’s eastern borders could engulf the whole continent after Russia sent troops to back a new offensive by pro-Kremlin rebels in south-east Ukraine.

The EU president, Herman Van Rompuy, said the 28 leaders meeting in Brussels had agreed to take “further significant steps” if Moscow did not back down.

He said the European commission had been ordered to produce options for fresh sanctions within a week. “Everybody is fully aware that we have to act quickly given the evolution on the ground and the tragic loss of life of the last days,” Van Rompuy told a news conference.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said the new sanctions would build on existing measures against Russia.

Senior diplomats confirmed the punitive measures were not so much new as a tightening of the restrictions imposed in July on the financial, energy, and defence sectors in Russia. “It’s about closing loopholes,” said a diplomat. They warned, however, that it could be weeks before any new sanctions were applied, perhaps as late as October.

David Cameron said it was “totally unacceptable that there are Russian soldiers on Ukrainian soil”. Talking of a “deeply serious situation”, the UK prime minister said: “If [Russia] carries on in this way, the relationship between Europe and Russia, Britain and Russia, America and Russia will be radically different in the future.”

In comments recorded on Friday but broadcast on Saturday, Vladimir Putin did not directly address sanctions but blamed the crisis in Ukraine on the west, accusing it of supporting a “coup” against pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych in February.

“They should have known that Russia cannot stand aside when people are being shot almost at point-blank range,” said the Russian president, adding that he did not have in mind “the Russian state but the Russian people”.

Putin called for immediate talks on the future of east Ukraine, saying for the first time that “statehood” should be considered for the region.

“We need to immediately begin substantive talks … on questions of the political organisation of society and statehood in south-eastern Ukraine with the goal of protecting the lawful interests of the people who live there,” Putin was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies on the TV show broadcast in the far east of the country.

Russia has previously only called for greater rights under a decentralised federal system to be accorded to the eastern regions of Ukraine, where predominantly Russian-speakers live.

The EU’s stepped-up sanctions plan came after the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, visited Brussels to urge the EU to take tougher steps against Russia, which he accused of “military aggression and terror”.

“We are very close to the point of no return, the point of no return is full-scale war, which is already happening in the territories controlled by the separatists,” he told a news conference. “Today we are talking about the fate of Ukraine, tomorrow it could be for all Europe.”

Lithuania’s president, Dalia Grybauskaite, whose country is wary of a resurgent Russia on its own borders, gave a similar warning as she urged the EU to send military equipment to Kiev. “Russia is practically in a state of war against Europe,” she said.

The EU delivered a further riposte to Russia on Saturday when it appointed the Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, a vocal Kremlin critic, to replace Van Rompuy as its next president. The EU and the US have already slapped tough sanctions on Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis, including Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in March.

Moscow has denied any troop presence in its western neighbour, despite the capture of paratroopers by Kiev and reports of secret military funerals being held in Russia. But Nato claimed on Thursday that Russia had sent at least 1,000 troops to fight alongside the insurgents, as well as air defence systems, artillery, tanks and armoured vehicles, and had massed 20,000 troops near the border.

The fresh rebel offensive has raised fears that the Kremlin could be seeking to create a corridor between Russia and the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Ukraine has openly asked the EU for military help, and on Friday Kiev announced that it would also seek membership of Nato, a move sure to further enrage the Kremlin.

Poroshenko will travel to the Nato summit in Wales this week to meet the US president, Barack Obama, and seek practical help from the western alliance.

Poroshenko said on Saturday that fresh peace talks grouping representatives of Kiev, Moscow and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) would take place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on Monday.

In Ukraine, there was no sign of a let-up in the fighting, as the rebels vowed to launch a new military push. Alexander Zakharchenko, the prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told Russian media on Saturday that rebels were “preparing a second large-scale offensive”.

Kiev said on Saturday that another air force plane had been shot down in the east, blaming it on a “Russian anti-aircraft system”.

Faced with the reinvigorated insurgent push that has dramatically turned the tide of the conflict, Ukrainian forces have been trapped in a string of towns in the south-east.

Kiev’s troops began a withdrawal from besieged positions near the transport hub of Ilovaysk, which lies east of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, after holding ground without reinforcements for 10 days.

In the Azov Sea port city of Mariupol to the south of Donetsk, citizens dug trenches as they prepared to defend the city from a possible rebel offensive from the east.

ETALK Kicks Off New Season with Canada's Most-Watched Coverage of The Toronto International Film Festival®, Beginning …

– Heading into its incredible 13th year, ETALK continues to reign as Canada’s most-watched entertainment news program, ending the summer with a 76% lead ahead of ET CANADA –

– Canada’s #1 entertainment news team returns as official 2014 TIFF® red carpet media sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall –

– ETALK partners with Telefilm Canada for The Great Canadian Talent Faceoff competition event –

Etalk.ca/tiff offers exclusive TIFF coverage including extended ETALK interviews, live streams of Roy Thomson Hall red carpets, and daily celeb galleries –

– Before Tinseltown heads north, ETALK reflects on its greatest TIFF moments in the new special, HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: 12 YEARS OF ETALK AT TIFF Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV –

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TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2014 /CNW/ – Just as Hollywood’s elite make their way to the 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival® (Sept. 4-14), Canada’s most-watched and most-trusted entertainment show, ETALK, kicks off its lucky 13th season. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, ETALK returns with unparalleled entertainment coverage, including exclusive access to one of the world’s biggest film festivals, airing weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). ETALK begins a new season on a high, coming off a successful summer that saw the program firmly hold its position as Canada’s #1 choice for entertainment news. Reaching 4.3 million viewers every week, ETALK is averaging 556,000 viewers this summer, 76% ahead of ET CANADA (317,000), and 20% ahead of ET (462,000). ETALK’s most-watched episode this summer brought in an overnight audience of 757,000 viewers on Aug. 21.   

Before all the glitz and glamour of the film festival invades Toronto, ETALK presents HOLLYWOOD AT HOME: 12 YEARS OF ETALK AT TIFF. Airing Monday, Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two, this 30-minute special features ETALK’s best TIFF moments, with anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, along with senior reporter Danielle Graham (McGimsie), reporter Lainey, ETALK Executive Producer/Co-Creator Morley Nirenberg, and TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey revisiting the Toronto International Film Festival® of years past. An encore presentation airs Friday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

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“Covering TIFF is always the perfect way to begin a new season of ETALK,” said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. “For 12 straight years, viewers have selected us as their undisputed favourite because we consistently deliver the most comprehensive TIFF coverage, including exclusive access to both homegrown talent and international stars. We can’t wait to start Season 13 and share all of our exciting plans with our viewers.”

Presenting Canadian viewers with the best seats in the house, the entire ETALK team reports from various celebrity hotspots across Toronto during the 11-day festival. The ETALK team will also host celebrities from their ETALK Lounge and Gifting Suite at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. For a second year in a row, ETALK is the exclusive Broadcast Partner of Twitter Canada. Located throughout the duration of TIFF in the ETALK Interview Lounge, The Twitter Mirror will deliver a behind-the-scenes, celebrity experience allowing stars to Tweet autographed selfies directly from the lounge, using the hashtag #etalkTIFF.

ETALK will also live tweet each 7 p.m. ET broadcast on CTV every day of the festival, including the latest festival headlines and Instagram photos from red carpets, parties, and celebrity sightings. Fans can follow ETALK on Twitter (@etalkCTV) and Instagram (@ETALKCTV) with the hashtag #etalkTIFF, as well as on Facebook (facebook.com/etalkctv). And Etalk.ca/tiff will feature daily photo galleries of the latest celebrity sightings and red carpet arrivals, extended ETALK interviews, movie trailers, and additional festival coverage. Back for a second year, ETALK reporter Devon Soltendieck will document his insider view of the Festival daily through video diaries.

For the fourth straight year, ETALK returns as the official Red Carpet Media Sponsor of gala central at Roy Thomson Hall. From their coveted position, the team will produce 20, separate, live, half-hour red carpet shows featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Morgan Freeman, Tina Fey, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, and many more. Viewers across the country can view the red carpet shows stream live at etalk.ca/tiff.  

Once again, festival goers can keep cool with the ETALK-branded ice cream truck, as it roams the streets of Toronto, handing out free ice cream to fans during the Festival. New this year, ETALK presents The Great Canadian Talent Faceoff with Telefilm Canada on Festival Street (King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue), where this year’s TIFF Rising Stars compete against well-known Canadian talent in hilarious games to put their knowledge of Canadian cinema to the test. The talent participating this year includes Zoie Palmer (LOST GIRL), Ray Ablack (DEGRASSI), Vinay Virmany (Dr. Cabbie), and Katie Boland (REIGN).

In advance of all the exclusive TIFF events, ETALK kicked off the party circuit as co-sponsor of the #TWIFF Party (August 27) at The Fairmont Royal York. ETALK also continues to give viewers exclusive behind-the-scenes party access including the most anticipated pre-TIFF bash, the 9th Annual Canadian Filmmakers Party on September 3. Hosted by ETALK’s Tanya Kim, Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK), and David Alpay (THE VAMPIRE DIARIES), ETALK is a co-sponsor with The Spoke Club and The Academy of Canadian Cinema Television (ACCT).

Viewers can catch up on highlights of ETALK following the television broadcast on CTV’s digital platforms, including CTV.ca and the CTV GO app.

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About ETALK

Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, with Senior Reporter Danielle Graham, and Reporters Lainey Lui, Traci Melchor, Devon Soltendieck, and Jessi Cruickshank, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE® and JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production and Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV

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Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of Columbia, Missouri Location

EMERYVILLE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Offering splashes of goodness and empowering a healthy life-style, Jamba Juice® today announced the opening of a new store at 260 S. 10th Street (10th Elm), one block off the campus of the University of Missouri, on Thursday, August 28, 2014. This location marks the first Jamba® in the Columbia market and will be the fourth location for Jamba franchise partner ShowMe Smoothies LLC.

The new location in Columbia continues Jamba Juice’s rich tradition of providing a wide variety of nutritious and freshly-prepared offerings that are wholesome and healthy. The Jamba Juice menu offers beverage and food choices for every palette and taste, with strong roots in their hallmark freshly-squeezed juices, made to order with whole food ingredients. Jamba Juice’s signature Smoothies are blended masterpieces made with real fruit. And Jamba Juice isn’t just about beverages – guests can enjoy steel cut oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads™, a variety of baked goods and other satisfying creations including Kids Meals.

The newest store will offer customers the broadest menu of fresh-squeezed hand crafted juices made with whole food ingredients such as kale, beets, cucumbers, apples, oranges, and chia seeds, that are blended (that’s right, juiced and blended) together. The unique process of juicing and blending allows for whole foods, including the nutrient-rich pulp and skin, to be incorporated into the juice.

“We thrilled to open our first location in the market as Jamba Juice offers a variety of healthy juices, smoothies and foods that the Columbia community has yearned for,” said franchisee Jerry Amsler of ShowMe Smoothie LLC. “Jamba Juice’s core mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle and to give our fans nutritious and convenient options that are great tasting and good for them. We look forward to serving the University of Missouri’s student body and staff, as well as the local community and giving back through the many charities and programs Jamba Juice supports.”

In addition to living well and fostering goodness in each of its juices and smoothies, Jamba Juice also engages in giving back to the community by advocating the building of healthier communities through its involvement with local schools and area non-profits that share the brands vision of promoting a healthy active lifestyle.

Hours of operation for the new Columbia location are Monday through Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For all latest promotions and information from this location, text Jamba 1390 to 411247. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Jamba Juice Company

Founded in 1990, Jamba, Inc. is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you, specialty beverage and food offerings, which include great tasting, whole fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices and juice blends, hot teas, and a variety of food items including hot oatmeal, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, Artisan Flatbreads™, baked goods, and snacks. As of July 1, 2014, there were 854 Jamba Juice store locations globally. Jamba is a proud sponsor of “Team Up for a Healthy America” in the fight against childhood obesity and encourages fans to join the Team Up community of celebrities, athletes, and other leaders committed to getting kids active and involved at www.myhealthpledge.com. Fans of Jamba Juice can find out more about Jamba Juice’s locations as well as specific offerings and promotions by visiting the Jamba Juice website at www.JambaJuice.com or by contacting Jamba’s Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).

Russians start asking: are we at war?

In early spring, Russian president Vladimir Putin deployed soldiers without insignia into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea to ensure a quick annexation of the territory.

After a month of denying their existence, the Russian president acknowledged that the thousands of well-armed fighters, who had previously been referred to as “little green men”, were in fact Russian troops.

Decried in the west, Russians gave the move near unanimous support. A territory was won through military might – and an overwhelming referendum vote that has not been recognised in the west – but without a fight.

Now, as Moscow apparently reinvigorates a flailing pro-Russian separatist insurgency with a barely concealed incursion into south-eastern Ukraine, indications are that Russian military men are dying. And as captured Russian paratroopers are paraded on Ukrainian television and servicemen are buried in secrecy, some Russians are asking a seemingly simple question: “are we at war?”

No information

The answer to the question, posed this week in an editorial in the business daily newspaper Vedomosti, is one that is becoming increasingly obvious for military families. It is the details that they say are not forthcoming.

In Kostroma, 1,300km from Russia’s border with eastern Ukraine, family members of a group of 10 Russian paratroopers captured in Ukraine say all their information has come from secondhand, online sources.

Ludmila Hohlova, chairman of the board of Soldiers' Mothers, says the group wants Moscow to be more transparent about its role in the Ukraine conflict.
Ludmila Hohlova, head of the Soldiers’ Mothers group, says Moscow should be more transparent about the Ukraine conflict. Photograph: Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images

One mother, Olga Pochtoyeva, says when she approached officials with photos on the social media site Vkontakte that appeared to show her son had been taken prisoner in Ukraine, her claims were dismissed as “provocations.”

“We showed them [these pictures] and they didn’t believe it,” she says. “It’s Photoshop, they told us. I’m sorry, I’d never mistake my son’s eyebrows for Photoshop.”

The paratroopers, who have been paraded in front of cameras by Ukrainian authorities at least three times, are only the most public face of Russian military involvement.

Members of Russia’s presidential council on human rights have asked for an investigation into the deaths of nine military contractors, while the Stavropol Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers has compiled a list of 400 Russian troops it says have recently been either killed or wounded.

The claims come amid evidence of secret funerals for Russian servicemen, reports of which began with small drips of information from Pskov, a small city in northern Russia.

On 25 August families buried Leonid Kichatkin and Aleksandr Osipov, two Russian paratroopers from a regiment based in the city. Some of the brigade’s gear and documents had been spotted by Ukrainian journalists days earlier in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.

State media did not cover the funerals and independent reporters who had come to inspect the paratroopers’ gravestones were accosted by unidentified men.

“It was more like a threat than any sort of demand,” Ilya Vasyunin, a journalist for the online Russian Planet news site, told RFE/RL’s Russian Service. “They wanted to make sure we understood that there was no need to visit the cemetery or dig any deeper into the situation.”

The names on the gravestones, which showed the dates of death as 19 and 20 August, have since reportedly been removed.

Freshly dug grave is seen at the Vybuty cemetery in the Pskov region.
Freshly dug grave is seen at the Vybuty cemetery in the Pskov region. Photograph: Reuters

There has been a near complete blackout in coverage of the funerals by Russia’s state-controlled media and a message on Kichatkin’s VKontakte page saying that the serviceman had been killed, apparently written by his wife, has been removed. The families have since been unwilling to speak with media.

More funerals

Meanwhile, reports of new funerals continue.

On 25 August, Anton Korolenko, a commander – apparently from the same Pskov-based paratrooper division – was buried in Voronezh. A local journalist told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that an unidentified family member had claimed the circumstances behind his death were “secret” but that “he did not die in vain”.

And in Russia’s Urals republic of Bashkortostan, the mother of Marsel Arattanov told the independent Dozhd TV station that she had buried her son on 22 August after being ordered by the authorities to claim his body in Rostov, a Russian city near the border with Ukraine. “He was not on our territory when he died,” Venera Arattanova said. “We have heard that they went to Ukrainian territory.”

Asked about the funerals, Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, told the Itar-Tassn ews agency the information was “being checked by the agencies concerned”.

A Nato official said on 28 August that more than 1,000 Russian soldiers were serving with separatists in Ukraine. The head of the Committee of Soldiers’ Mothers, Valentina Melnikova, said the number was as high as 15,000. And Alexander Zakharchenko, leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, admitted that there were members of the Russian military serving with the rebels, though he said they had come during their “vacations.”

Although Russians have been largely supportive of pro-Russian separatists, a survey conducted by the government-backed Public Opinion Foundation found that just five per cent of respondents would favour sending troops into Ukraine.

Families of soldiers still unaccounted for fear the worst. “It’s absolutely ridiculous,” says Ella Polyakova, a member of Putin’s advisory council on human rights, who so far has been unsuccessful in using official channels to gather information. “People are demanding answers – where are their sons?”

RFE/RL’s Russian Service contributed to this report

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – Should You Take Your Dog To Work?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I just took a new job where I can take my dog, Tootsie, to work with me.  I am so excited, but also just a tiny bit nervous. Tootsie is a great dog, about 7 months old and full of energy. Do you think this is a good idea for her? I hate leaving her home alone, but what if she doesn’t do well in an office environment? What advice do you have?

Ben

Dear Ben.

We love this idea, but whoa!

Let’s back up a little and do a little checklist.

Does your new employer have some written policies in place about bringing a dog to work and have you reviewed them to make sure you can comply?  Check.

Is Tootsie reliably house trained?  Check.

Is she reasonably well manners trained so that she knows sit, stay, come and actually obeys those commands?  Check.

Is she up to date on her vaccinations and in good health? Check.

Assuming she passes all of those preliminary tests, your next job is to make sure that your office work space will accommodate her.

When you say she is full of energy, does that mean, in spite of her training, she is going to be running around the office barking and jumping on things and people?

Or do you have an enclosed office where she will only be jumping on you?

You need to think this through carefully. Can you dog-proof your work space to make it safer for Tootsie and more accommodating?

Just the way you have, we hope, dog-proofed your house, taping up or securing wires and electric cords, putting small and tempting chewables up and out of the way?

Same with plants, lamps etc.?

Do you have a dog proof carpet, or can you lay one down where she will be?

Not just the physical space, but also the work “culture,” for lack of a better word.  Does the fact that dogs are allowed really mean that they are welcome by everyone?

What if your office mate is allergic to or simply afraid of dogs?  Are there other dogs there too and how well does Tootsie interact with strange dogs?

Is it bedlam at the office because of the dogs?

Assuming you can make all those accommodations, and that in your assessment she would truly be welcome, then when you try her out at work make sure you bring what she will need for a comfortable and fun stay.

Her food, her toys, her treats, her bowls, her beds, a small enclosure for when you have to leave your work space, and lots and lots of paper towels.

Just like home.

We hope this all works out for you.

But, dogs in the work place are a relatively new phenomenon.

So it is important to do it well so that more dogs can come to love that 9 to 5 routine as much as their owners!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.

Email: ochscontact@hotmail.com

Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

'Bed bound' benefits cheat caught after holiday snaps showed him ON A JET SKI

A disability benefit cheat was caught after investigators seized holiday snaps showing his action man life-style.

Fraudster Mark Haugh, aged 57, was pictured riding a bike, sitting on the back of a jet-ski and walking across a rope bridge at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

But Haugh told the Department of Work and Pensions he was bed-bound for four or five days a week because of mobility issues – and could only walk a few steps without discomfort.

He claimed £7,032 in Disability Living Allowance between January 2012 and April last year, a court heard.

But the DWP became suspicious and investigators confiscated Haugh’s holiday photos after they watched him walk through Bristol Airport without any difficulty.

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Mark Haugh
Mark Haugh on holiday

 

Haugh was given a six-month community order after he admitted receiving the benefit over-payment by failing to notify a change in circumstances.

Passing sentence, judge Mark Horton told him: “One of the huge difficulties about people who abuse the benefit system is it attracts huge public attention, huge public disapproval and enormous bitterness.

“People who pay their taxes, when they discover that someone who has a disability is known to go on foreign holidays, on jet skis and cycling, they come to the conclusion that their position in society is being abused by people like you.

“That is the reason you are here. It is not acceptable in society. It was also appalling not to disclose it.”

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Mark Haugh
Mark Haugh cycling on holiday

Prosecutor Nicholas Fridd said the benefit payments were only halted after investigators seized the holiday photos.

Defence lawyer Tabitha Macfarlane said Haugh had initially made legitimate claims for benefit but failed to inform the authorities of an improvement in his condition.

Haugh, of Speedwell, Bristol, told investigators he was waiting on advice before notifying the DWP of his change of circumstances.

There was no suggestion he spent the benefits money on a luxury lifestyle, Bristol Crown Court heard on Friday.

Haugh’s community order will include supervision to help him with employment and training, problem solving and debt advice.

 

Diane Sawyer signs off early from ABC’s ‘World News,’ ending five-year run as …

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She’s going for an early dismissal.

Diane Sawyer will sign off from ABC’s “World News” Wednesday ending a five-year run as one of the nation’s most watched news anchors. The move came a day earlier than originally planned and caught many by surprise.

“See you tonight for my last night anchoring,” Sawyer tweeted . “Great adventures ahead.”

While the Sawyer’s exit has been in the works for some time, it will be the fourth anchor swap since the 2005 death of Peter Jennings.

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“Like everything else, she’s doing it on her own terms,” an ABC News source said of Sawyer’s exit plan, which she quietly shared with only a handful of confidantes on Wednesday.

David Muir, who was named as her replacement earlier this year, officially takes over the telecast on Sept. 2.

It’s a curious day to exit — at the end of summer in the middle of the week — but Sawyer has quietly orchestrated her exit on her own terms for months and has her reasons, ABC News insiders said.

“She wants a little more time to herself,” the source said. “The summer is over and the next phase in her career has already started.”

Her new gig will pay far less than Sawyer’s reported $20 million annual salary and will include overseeing a new investigative unit for ABC News. The group will include many hand-picked, all-star producers, who will retain their top jobs at several news divisions, ranging from “Good Morning America” to “Nightline.”

She is expected to anchor prime-time specials and big interviews, but won’t be going the Barbara Walters route, sources said.

Diane Sawyer and   ‘Good Morning America’ co-hosts on stage before U2 performs at Fordham University in the Bronx in 2009.Kevin Mazur/WireImage Diane Sawyer and ‘Good Morning America’ co-hosts on stage before U2 performs at Fordham University in the Bronx in 2009.

The shift comes as “World News” has been scoring well against NBC’s “Nightly News” in the all-important Nielsen ratings. The network’s ratings are at a five-year high.

On her last full week at the anchor desk (the week ending Aug. 18) Saywer beat NBC’s “Nightly News” in the coveted “news demo” advertisers care so much about, viewers ages 25-54, for the seventh time in the last eight weeks averaging 1.92 million viewers to best Brian Williams’ 1.86 million.

As a whole, Sawyer drew a whopping average of about 7.36 million viewers to “World News” last week, helping to prove exactly how important the evening news still is in a changing media landscape driven by instant news and rolling deadlines.

Diane Sawyer and husband Mike Nichols attend the 2011 World Science Festival opening night gala in New York City.Marc Stamas/Getty Images Diane Sawyer and husband Mike Nichols attend the 2011 World Science Festival opening night gala in New York City.

It may have been those numbers — especially the notion of going out on top — made sweeter by the opportunity to start the long holiday weekend a bit early that prompted Sawyer to hang it up two days early.

She wouldn’t say.

Sawyer, a Kentucky native, former staffer in the Nixon White House and wife of film director Mike Nichols, joined CBS News in 1978 and later worked as a correspondent on “60 Minutes.”

Not to be licensed for fine art prints or consumer products. No wall decor use without prior contributor consent.Ron Galella/WireImage Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer and Tom Brokaw during The Coro Foundation’s 3rd Annual ‘Commitment To Leadership’ Dinner at Tavern on the Green in New York.

In 1989, she moved to ABC, anchored the news magazines “Primetime” and “20/20” and later co-anchored “Good Morning America.”

Her career has featured high-profile scoops — such as when she asked Donald Trump’s ex-wife Marla Maples, “Was it really the best sex you ever had?” and the time she landed the first interview with Jaycee Dugard about her years of captivity and abuse at the hands of Phillip Garrido.

Sawyer has also interviewed some of the world’s most famous (and infamous); among them, Whitney Houston, President Obama Saddam Hussein and Fidel Castro.

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Intersections Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–

Intersections Inc. (INTX) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Consolidated revenue for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $64.3 million, as compared to $80.7 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA before share related compensation and non-cash impairment charges for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $1.2 million, compared to $9.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Net (loss) for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $(2.0) million, as compared to net income of $1.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $130.3 million, as compared to $162.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA before share related compensation and non-cash impairment charges for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $3.3 million compared to $19.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Net (loss) for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $(4.8) million, compared to net income of $3.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Diluted loss per share was $(0.26) for the six months ended June 30, 2014, as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.20 for the six months ended June 30, 2013. As of June 30, 2014, we had a cash and cash equivalents balance of $12.4 million.

Michael Stanfield, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intersections commented, “We are encouraged by our second quarter results and look forward to the next several months as we continue to reignite growth at Intersections by focusing on our Identity Guard® brand and the upcoming launch of VOYCETM, our new pet health technology platform. We are in the process of formulating a detailed plan intended to streamline operations with a focus on our corporate and consumer products and services cost structure, which we intend to present later this month to our Board of Directors for approval. If this plan is approved or we otherwise undertake additional cost-cutting initiatives, we would expect our severance expense and cash used in operations to increase for the remainder of 2014, followed thereafter by reductions to our cost of revenue and general and administrative expenses. We anticipate providing more information about our plan, as well as updated guidance in the coming weeks.”

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Highlights:

  • Total subscribers as of June 30, 2014 decreased to approximately 2.3 million compared to 3.8 million as of June 30, 2013, approximately 46 thousand of whom remain in a non-billable status.
  • Consolidated net loss per share for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $(0.11) per diluted share, compared to consolidated net income per share of $0.08 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.
  • Our Pet Health Monitoring segment generated a loss from operations in the quarter ended June 30, 2014 of approximately $(3.2) million which was funded from available cash on hand. This segment has not yet commenced sales and is expected to launch later in 2014.
  • Consolidated cash flow used in operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was approximately $4.1 million.
  • We amended our Credit Agreement during the quarter to provide for a $7.5 million revolving credit facility with a maturity date of March 31, 2015. The amendment also modified our financial covenants and restricts our ability to pay ordinary dividends and make share repurchases. As of June 30, 2014, we are able to borrow the full amount available under the Credit Agreement.

Six Months Results:

  • Our Pet Health Monitoring segment generated a loss from operations of approximately $(6.5) million which was funded from available cash on hand.
  • Consolidated cash flow provided by operations for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was approximately $1.5 million.

In the three months ended June 30, 2014, we ceased all business activities in our subsidiary Intersections Business Intelligence Services (D/B/A) Zumetrics®, which was included in our Market Intelligence Segment. We determined that Zumetrics® met the requirements for classification as a discontinued operation under U.S. GAAP and we have recast our condensed consolidated statements of operations for the periods presented. Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax, was $318 thousand and $1.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, respectively.

For additional commentary on Intersections’ second quarter 2014 results please click on the 2nd Quarter 2014 presentation link under the “Investor Media” page of our website at www.intersections.com.

This earnings release presents several non-GAAP financial measures, which we believe are important to investors and we utilize in managing our business. These non-GAAP financial measures should be reviewed in conjunction with the relevant GAAP financial measures and are not presented as alternative measures of operating income, operating margin, net income or earnings per share as determined in accordance with GAAP. Intersections’ Consolidated Financial Statements, “Other Data” and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and related notes can be found in the “GAAP and Non-GAAP Measures” link under the “Investor Media” page on our website at www.intersections.com.

Statements in this press release relating to future plans, results, performance, expectations, achievements and the like are considered “forward-looking statements.” Those forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and are subject to change based on various factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by those statements, including the impact of the regulatory environment on our business and our ability to execute our business strategy. Factors and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to the risks disclosed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the risk that the Company will not adopt any new plan, the risk that the Company will not successfully implement any plan (if adopted), the risk that any plan will not result in cost savings or improve operational efficiencies, and the risk that any new plan will negatively impact the Company’s ability to successfully operate its business. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements.

About Intersections (www.intersections.com)

Intersections Inc. (INTX) is a leading provider of identity risk management, privacy protection and other subscription based services for consumers. Our core services monitor personal information for our consumers, aggregate it into digestible, consumer-friendly reports and alerts, and provide personalized education and support to help our customers understand their information and take the actions they deem appropriate. Since its business was founded in 1996, Intersections has protected the identities of more than 36 million consumers. To learn more, visit http://www.intersections.com/.

Contact:

Intersections Inc.
Eric Miller, 703-488-6100
intxinvestorrelations@intersections.com