Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:abused spouse, immigration bill Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – The House of Assembly will soon have the opportunity to consider an amendment to the Immigration Bill which should protect abused spouses of Turks and Caicos Islanders. It has long been an issue that these multi-national marriages, which end in chaos, can lead to alleged unfair treatment of the foreign partner. It seems the PNP Administration is moving to level the playing field with a change that would make it perfectly legally for a foreign partner to remain in the country. Those Cabinet minutes explained: “The effect of this Bill is to amend the definition of “gainful occupation” and to make provision for the foreign spouses of TCI Status-holders to continue to work in the Islands in circumstances where they are no longer living together with their spouse because said spouse have treated them cruelly, causing them hardships.” Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations More pathways to Citizenship in TCI to enlarge franchise Immigration Bill passes through House
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The new Atletico Madrid striker is yet to score after he already played three games with his boyhood club.Alvaro Morata grew up in the Atletico Madrid youth system.And now he’s been loaned for six months from English Premier League side Chelsea to the Spanish La Liga club.After three matches played for the Spanish team, he is yet to score, something he hopes will change tomorrow when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.“I would celebrate my first goal here with these supporters… for all the Atletico fans,” Morata was quoted by Marca.“There are the same people [here] as when I left [as a child].”“Here I am again; only in my head have I played with this shirt,” he added.“It is a dream.”Morata suffered to gain the support of Los Colchoneros’ fans at first because he played with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014.But he hopes a goal against Juventus will change their mind.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have to make the Wanda a fortress,” he added.“What is ours is ours and we cannot let anyone take anything away [from here].”“The key? Cristiano [Ronado] is key. And [Antoine] Griezmann for us,” he explained.“We’re going to do everything to stop [Ronaldo], we are going to neutralize him.”“It could be a final,” he continued.“Last year he made a save [when I was] with Chelsea,” said Morata about goalkeeper Jan Oblak.“I asked him [how he did it] and he said that it’s instinct. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”Muy feliz por la victoria de ayer!!! Y ahora… llega la Champions!!! #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/gKsa1T7bgL— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) February 17, 2019
Posted: September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo, September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo Updated: 7:57 AM 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 (KUSI) – San Diego’s City Council approved $8.4 million in new funding for the three homeless bridge shelters. Close to 700 men, women and children have been sheltered in the large industrial tents for the last nine months.Acting as the Housing Authority, the city council agreed Tuesday to terms of a 9 month contract extension with Alpha Project, Father Joe’s Villages, and Veterans Village. There are two big changes in the new contract. Spending increased by nearly $1 million in the new contract to pay for 14 additional full time positions. In recommendations from a third party evaluator called Focus Strategies, the evaluator said more case managers and housing specialists could help people make a faster transition from the tents to stable, more permanent housing.The contract also includes a revised goal for those who are in need of more permanent housing. In the previous contract, the target was to move 65% of shelter occupants into housing. The new agreement knocks that goal down to 30% which the evaluator considered more realistic. Mayor Kevin Faulconer conceded that the city does not have enough low cost housing, but he said the city has been successful in helping more than 330 people find housing since the tents opened. City approves extended contract for homeless bridge shelters Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Democrats in the Georgia House are considering legislation to ease the burden on military families as well as help the state attract and retain military veterans.To find out what issues are most important to military families and retirees, state lawmakers are holding a series of forums at many of Georgia’s defense communities. On Tuesday, three House Democrats hosted a roundtable discussion in Augusta, home of Fort Gordon, reported the Augusta Chronicle.One outstanding concern is that the state doesn’t use data identifiers for military kids when tracking educational outcomes. State Rep. Gloria Frazier said she had a difficult time tracking credits when she had two daughters in grade school.“Everybody has a different system, but this will truly help out our children” Frazier said.The Democratic caucus also is concerned it is losing military retirees to surrounding states. State Rep. Earnest Smith said the caucus plans to introduce a measure exempting military pensions from state income tax.“Every morning, many of those residents [from other states] come in to Georgia to work, and every evening there’s a sucking sound as they leave the state of Georgia,” Smith said. “Those states are very good at providing a good fiscal cushion for these military retirees.”Georgia is home to 10 military installations, 105,000 active-duty personnel and more than 750,000 veterans.
Sci-Tech Tags 19 Comments NASA scopes out Antarctica’s ice (photos) 15 Photos Share your voice Antarctica’s ice sheets are in trouble. Mlenny/Getty What can we do to stop Antarctica’s ice sheets from disintegrating and causing a huge rise in global sea levels? A trio of scientists have simulated a radical geoengineering project to dump 7.4 trillion tons of snow on Antarctica, suggesting it could stop runaway instability in the glaciers.Recent studies have shown warmer ocean water is being pushed toward the colossal West Antarctic ice sheet, destabilizing it and speeding up the decline of its huge glaciers. The threat of these huge ice deposits falling into the ocean is immense and the overall effect of their decline has been calculated to eventually raise sea levels by approximately 10 feet (3 meters) or more, endangering cities like New York.”The real concern is that many of these glaciers have a reverse bed slope, meaning that as they retreat it exposes deeper and thicker ice to the ocean,” explains Sue Cook, a glaciologist at the University of Tasmania. “That is a very unstable position, and causes a positive feedback effect which accelerates the retreat (and hence contribution to sea level rise).”The new study, published in the journal Science Advances on July 17, proposes a drastic, decades-long geoengineering project that would pump huge amounts of ocean water to the ice sheet, adding 7,400 gigatons (7.4 trillion tons) of “artificial snowfall” and reversing the decline. Simulating the current effects on Antarctica’s ice sheets and the changes they experience with increasing snowfall, the researchers were able to map out a process that could potentially halt the ice loss.The problem? Their suggestion would be an incredibly expensive undertaking and include immense technical challenges. The authors say it would present an “unprecedented effort for humankind.”Mostly, the problem lies in pumping the water out of the ocean, which requires an enormous amount of energy. The study suggests constructing a series of 12,000 wind turbines to enable this process to take place and then pumping artificial snow into two glaciers on the West Antarctic coast. The team suggest that activity would result in a 2 to 5 centimeter drop in sea level but the added weight of artificial snow falling on the surface would shore up the glaciers, improving their stability.And the larger effects of such a scheme are yet to be ironed out. What are the lasting effects on the Antarctic ecosystem and what kind of knock-on effects would we see in ocean currents across the world? We just don’t have answers to those questions right now.What we do know is the Earth’s current default state: Burning fossil fuels and pumping tons of carbon into the atmosphere, warming the planet and causing sweeping changes like threatening a million species with extinction or, you know, the ice sheets melting. Considering the possibility of salvation in artificial Antarctic snow might be jumping a little far ahead.”Even if a geoengineering project such as this were possible, it certainly shouldn’t detract from the other urgent action which is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Cook notes.
A man smokes an electronic cigarette inside a vape shop in Washington. Alastair Pike / AFP/Getty Images On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that its officials are working with state health authorities to examine a growing number of pulmonary illnesses linked to e-cigarette use. But it’s not the only federal agency actively investigating vaping-related health issues.Earlier this month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has continued to look into a potential link between vaping and seizures. As of Aug. 7, the agency has received 127 reports of seizure or other neurological symptoms, such as fainting or tremors, that occurred after vaping between 2010 and 2019. That’s 92 additional cases since April 3, 2019, when the FDA issued its first statement, alerting people to the potential link. Read more: A timeline of recent Juul and vaping controversies “Although we still don’t have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it’s critical to keep the public updated on the information we’ve received based on the agency’s initial request for reports earlier this year,” Acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Ned Sharpless said in the latest statement. Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Get your vitamins by vaping 4:37 Post a comment More than 100 cases over nine years isn’t a lot — especially compared to the total number of people using e-cigarettes — but the FDA believes cases may have gone unreported and that the potential issue warrants a scientific investigation regardless. There’s certainly a sound basis for concern: Seizures are a known potential side effect of nicotine poisoning and there have been case studies showing that people who accidentally or intentionally swallow e-liquids that contain nicotine experience seizures or seizure-like movements. Juul devices are small and easy to hide from authority figures, which is likely one reason they’ve become so popular with teens. truthinitiative.org While vaporizer cartridges contain varying levels of nicotine, some e-cigarettes design features can make it easy for a user to consume high levels of nicotine quickly. For instance, Juul Labs’ Juulpods contain as much nicotine as a pack of cigarettes and the company claims its nicotine salt formulation is as easy to inhale as cigarettes and delivers nicotine up to 2.7 times faster than other e-cigarettes. Packaging can also be misleading: One study found that some e-liquids contained up to 52% more nicotine than stated. Proving a direct connection between vaping and seizures, however, has proven difficult. The reports the FDA has received haven’t provided enough detail to establish a clear pattern or cause, according to the FDA’s first statement: “Seizures have been reported among first-time e-cigarette users and experienced users. In a few situations, e-cigarette users reported a prior history of seizure diagnosis. A few reported cases indicated that the seizures occurred in association with the use of other substances such as marijuana or amphetamines. Seizures have been reported as occurring after a few puffs or up to one day after use.”As the FDA continues its investigation, the agency is asking that consumers report any unexpected health or product issues experienced with e-cigarettes or any tobacco product to the FDA through the Safety Reporting Portal. Read more: How to quit Juuling, according to addiction expertsThe information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives. 0 Tags Wellness
Logo of arrestAt least 81 alleged drug peddlers and addicts were arrested with contraband phensidyl, yaba pills from Sherpur, Cumilla, Faridpur and Chandpur districts, reports UNB.In Sherpur, police arrested a total of 53 drug peddlers and addicts from different upazilas of the district from Sunday night to Monday morning.A total of 13 cases were filed in different police stations over those incidents, said Md Aminul Islam, additional superintendent of police.In Cumilla, police arrested at least 19 drug peddlers with 210 bottles of contraband phensidyl and 490 pieces of yaba pills from different upazilas of the district in the last 24 hours. As many as 14 cases were filed with different police stations in those connections, said Md Morshed Mahabub, additional superintendent of police.In Faridpur, police in separate drives arrested three drug peddlers with 122 bottles of contraband phensidyl and 200 pieces of yaba pills from different places of the district for last 24 hours, said Md Jakir Hossain Khan, superintendent of police.In Chandpur, Detective Branch (DB) of police in separate anti-drug drives arrested six persons over drug cases from different upazilas of the district for last 24 hours, police said.
Awami League president and the eldest daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman speaks at a blood donation programme on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi Road No 32 in the capital on Wednesday. Photo: Focus BanglaReiterating that she never cares about death, Bangladesh Awami League (AL) president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said she is alive to finish the unfinished jobs of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, reports UNB.”I faced several blows in the past. Maybe there’ll be more but I don’t care… I never care about death. I’m alive to finish the unfinished jobs of my father, bring smile to the faces of country’s people, change their fate and give the country a dignified position in the world arena,” said Hasina.Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, said this while inaugurating a blood donation programme organised by Bangladesh Krishak League on the premises of Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi Road No 32.Hasina said the debt of Bangabandhu’s blood could be paid through building the country as ‘Golden Bangladesh’ as he had dreamt. “We’ve to pay his blood debt…we’ll be able to pay his debt of blood by building the country as Golden Bangladesh. InshaAllah, we’ll be able to do that; I have that belief,” she said.She said the country has already made a good progress in its journey towards its goal of being ‘Golden Bangladesh’. “We’ll advance the country further.”Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, sought cooperation of people in maintaining the pace of development that the country attained in the last nine and a half years.”We want you to pray for us… the pace of development we’ve attained must not be stopped. We can fulfill Father of the Nation’s dream of ‘Golden Bangladesh’ through maintaining the pace of progress,” she said.The prime minister firmly said she can say that Bangladesh now got a dignified position in the world and the country is now a developing one. “Surely, the souls of my father, mother and millions of martyrs will get peace,” she added.Recalling the horrible memories of 15 August 1975, she said the defeated force of 1971 and freedom fighters by chance who never contain the spirit of the Liberation War were the mastermind of this massacre. “The defeated force took their revenge through killing the Father of the Nation,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that the killers thought that the existence of Bangladesh would be vanished with the killing the father of the nation.She said the government has been able to put the killers of Bangabandhu under trial and implement the court verdict. “Still, there’re some killers hiding in various countries. We’re trying to bring them home,” she said.Hasina alleged that the self-claimed and convicted killers mentioned that they had communication with Ziaur Rahman and they had informed him about the killing. “Zia told them to go ahead, and said if they become successful he is with them,” she said.She said Ziaur Rahman awarded the killers by appointing them in different missions. “Why did he give them award? He was fully involved in the killing. That’s why he gave them award,” she said.Sheikh Hasina also said the consequence of Ziaur Rahman was inevitable for him. “My sorrow is that I couldn’t put him under trial. He passed away before that,” she added.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Reuters file photoSensing his party’s drive for votes in India’s most politically prized state had stalled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his schedule and thrust himself into the heart of the battle.“Our election campaign has hit a roadblock,” Modi told campaign managers and two federal ministers in Delhi last month, a week before the sixth of seven phases of voting was to begin in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.“I don’t want to feel that I could have pushed myself a little more,” Modi was quoted as saying by a close aide who attended the meeting.For three full days the leader of the world’s largest democracy camped out in the holy city of Varanasi, his parliamentary constituency, walking the ancient streets and stopping at Hindu temples to seek blessings, despite warnings from aides about his security and the risk to his reputation had his party come up short.On Saturday the gamble paid off: Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) scored a thumping victory in Uttar Pradesh, home to one in six Indians, winning the biggest majority in the state for any party since 1977.The triumph vindicates Modi’s decision to turn the campaign into a referendum on his own performance after his shock decision last November to abolish high-denomination banknotes, a move he framed as a fight for the poor against the corrupt rich.“We were always nervous that overexposing the prime minister in the final stages of the election could make us look desperate,” said Keshav Prasad Maurya, the BJP’s state leader in Uttar Pradesh.As it turned out, Modi’s victory confounded even the most bullish voter surveys. The BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in the state assembly and, with 39.7 percent of the vote, almost matched its showing in Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 general election, when it claimed the biggest parliamentary majority in three decades.“Modi’s magic has destroyed the opposition and silenced sceptics in the party,” Maurya told Reuters on Saturday, as the scale of the victory became clear.TWO-TERM MODIThe win clears a path to victory for Modi at a 2019 general election, and gives him a free hand to consolidate his grip over a state that sends the highest number of federal lawmakers to parliament.That has raised hopes among investors that the BJP will embark on a round of new reforms to boost growth in Asia’s third-largest economy, and try to tackle the corruption and red tape that has long undermined India’s potential.Economists now expect Modi to launch initiatives aimed at flushing out ill-gotten gains from real estate, gold and campaign finance.But they caution that his biggest task remains transforming India’s economy into one that creates enough jobs for an emerging generation that is desperate to give up life on the farm for a more prosperous future.“Jobs is the biggest risk,” said Rajiv Kumar, an economist at the Delhi-based Centre for Policy Research. “That’s where he has to focus very hard and it could mean reforms as radical as demonetisation.”Modi’s BJP now heads the government in states where more than half of Indians live, while the Congress party, which has ruled India for most of the 70 years since independence, leads in regions covering less than 8 percent of the population.Success will increase the pressure on Modi to provide for an increasingly aspirational nation of 1.3 billion people, half of whom are aged 25 or under.“He has to do a very delicate tightrope walk between being reformist and populist,” said Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a journalist and biographer of Modi. “The problem in India is that people think reforms are pro-rich.”COMMUNAL TONEModi relied on his own charisma to clinch crucial votes in poor and agrarian Uttar Pradesh, but his campaign manager Amit Shah also takes credit for fielding the right candidates in a region where many people vote along caste and religious lines.Critics accuse Shah and Modi of “social engineering” and of switching to a more communally divisive tone to fire up their Hindu base as voting, staggered over the course of a month, progressed.Shah vowed to construct a Hindu temple on a razed mosque site and ban the slaughter of cows, worshipped by millions of Hindus.On the campaign trail, too, Modi played up religious divisions by asking why the state government ensured there were no power cuts in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan but not during the Hindu festival of Diwali.Still, the BJP likely collected minority votes, including Muslim women whom he courted by questioning an Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives with three simple words.“The results prove that Muslims and backward caste groups voted for the BJP,” said R.K. Mishra, a political analyst in Lucknow, the state capital of Uttar Pradesh.
Narayanganj Sadar police station officer-in-charge Kamrul Islam drove out voters from the polling station at Morgan Girls’ School in Naryanganj city on Sunday afternoon.Three vehicles led by the OC reached the voting centre at around 2:00pm and started blowing sirens to intimidate the voters.When this correspondent approached him to talk on the matter, Kamrul Islam indicated him to move away.Dulal Mia, 50, reached the polling station at 11:00am to cast his vote and found the gate closed.Around 1:30pm, over one hundred voters were seen chanting slogans demanding scopes to cast their votes. Four female voters were quarrelling with the armed police.They alleged to Prothom Alo that police beat them up and confined them for two hours closing the gate.When this correspondent attempted to talk to the presiding officer, the law enforcement said everybody was eating inside.As the voters nearby heard it, they became angry and said, “We are standing here for two hours and they are still eating.”“They are chasing us as if we have come to steal,” the voters expressed anger.About the situation, an officer of Sadar police station said, “Don’t you know about the situation? Everything is done.”* This report published in Prothom Alo Bangla online has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
At least 10 people including a child sustained bullet injuries in a clash between the local leaders and activists of ruling Awami League and its associate body, Juba League, over establishing supremacy in Khalifarhat area of Noakhali sadar upazila on Tuesday, reports UNB.The bullet wounded Solaiman, 28, Sumon, 23, Jasim, 45, Ohid Ulla, 35, Sabuj, 23, Masud, 35, Monir Ahmed, 55, Sabuj, 23, Jaker, 30, and Shanto, 12, were admitted to the sadar hospital.Witnesses said supporters of sadar upazila AL leader Shipon and Juba League leader Zahir locked into a clash over previous enmity at Khalifarhat bazar.At one stage, the supporters of Shipon carried out an attack on Zahir’s house with firearms and sharp weapons, triggering the clash followed by chase and counter chase.Sudharam Model police station officer-in-charge Md Anowar Hossain said they on information they rushed to the spot and controlled the situation.
Berlin Climate and Security Conference held on Wednesday, 5 June 2019. Photo: UNBState minister for foreign affairs Shahriar Alam has asked for climate justice that needs to be established and demanded compensation and adequate financial and other assistance for adaptation measures.He called for more concrete global coordination and insisted that the developed countries and the countries responsible for producing huge amount of greenhouse gases must triple their nationally determined commitments (NDCc) if they want to limit the rise of global temperature below two degree centigrade and preferably up to 1.5 degree centigrade, reports UNB.Atthe Berlin Climate and Security Conference held on Wednesday, Alam mentioned that for the persons displaced due to climate change, migration and relocation are options to consider, according to the foreign ministry.The conference discussed the existential threat to human civilisation as a whole due to ever worsening climate change and the grave danger it presents to the physical and political security of different countries and even individuals.To deal with climate change related displacement, Alam called for new binding legal instrument as the existing instruments are not adequate and are mostly voluntary.The state minister described the grave threat of climate change to Bangladesh and explained how, if continued in the same fashion, this will cause extreme devastation to every sector of Bangladesh endangering all the achievements.Alam mentioned the actions and strategy under the leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to fight the adverse impacts of the climate change.He said that Bangladesh and similar countries contributed nothing to the issue of climate change but they were the worst victims due to irresponsible activities of some developed and other states.He also mentioned the Rohingya crisis and compared it with global climate change calamity as both of them produce similar devastation.As there were proposals from other participants to refer the climate change and the security nexus to the Security Council of UN, the state minister called for considering the issue necessarily as a development concern which should be covered by all organs and agencies of UN.He demanded true implementation of the Paris Agreement, 2030 Development Agenda (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework and continuation of existing facilities for LDCs after graduation as effective measures to fight climate change.This annual conference was organised by the German Federal Foreign Office, independent German think tanks Adelphi and Potsdam Institute of Climate Research, and the German foreign ministry project ‘Climate Diplomacy’.President of Nauru, deputy prime minister of Belgium, foreign and state ministers of Germany, Sweden, Ghana, Maldives, Malta, Palau, UK, Cote d’Ivoire, Afghanistan, former US secretary of state John Kerry, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, foreign secretaries of different countries and scores of high officials and academicians from several leading think tanks of Europe participated in this year’s conference.
Share Richard Drew/APDonald Trump Jr. appears on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program on Tuesday to discuss his meeting with a Russian lawyer in 2016 after promises of getting damaging information about Hillary Clinton.Updated at 11:35 p.m. ETDonald Trump Jr. acknowledged in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that “in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently” when meeting last year with a Kremlin-linked attorney in hopes of gaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton.In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, President Trump’s eldest son explained that he met with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya at the urging of publicist Rob Goldstone because he “wanted to hear it out” to see what type of details they had.“I had been reading about scandals that people were probably underreporting for a long time, so maybe it was something that had to do with one of those things,” Trump Jr. said.Goldstone described the information “that would incriminate” Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” He also described the woman Trump Jr. would later meet as a “Russian government attorney.” Asked whether any “sirens” went off for him, Trump Jr. said, “Honestly, I don’t know.” He added it was “pre-Russia fever” and “pre-Russia mania.”“So I don’t even think my sirens went up, or the antennas went up at this time, because it wasn’t the issue that it’s been made out to be over the last nine months, 10 months, since it really became a thing,” Trump Jr. said.He also characterized the meeting as a “courtesy” to Goldstone, a business acquaintance.“I didn’t know if there was any credibility, I didn’t know if there was anything behind it, I can’t vouch for the information. Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me. I read it, I responded accordingly,” Trump Jr. told Hannity.The president’s son posted an email exchange about setting up the June 2016 meeting on Tuesday morning just before The New York Times, which initially broke the story of the meeting over the weekend, was about to publish the emails.Trump Jr. reiterated that he was willing to cooperate with congressional committees that are investigating Russia and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, and he told Hannity that would include testifying under oath.“I just want the truth to get out there,” Trump Jr. said. “And that’s part of why I released all the stuff today, I wanted to get it all out there.”Ultimately, the meeting — which was also attended by Trump’s then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who now serves as a White House senior adviser — was a bust, Trump Jr. said. He added that Kushner left the meeting after about five minutes and Manafort spent most of the meeting on his phone.“I wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff,” the president’s son said. “It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame.”Trump Jr. also said he never told his father about the meeting, because “there was nothing to tell.”As to whether he has ever held additional meetings with Russians, Trump Jr. said, “I don’t even know, I’ve probably met with other people from Russia … not in the context of actual, a formalized meeting or anything like that, because why would I?”In one of the June 2016 emails to Trump Jr., Goldstone said, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”Trump Jr. wrote back, “if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”Aside from the emails and meeting, Hannity focused much of his program on bashing the mainstream media, inviting Trump Jr. to do so as well.“They’re trying drag out the story, in all fairness,” the Trump son said. “They have it, they want to drip a little bit today, drip a little bit then; it’s like, here it is. I’m more than happy to be transparent about it, and I’m more than happy to cooperate with everyone.”As NPR’s Peter Overby and Marilyn Geewax note, the situation has put Trump Jr. in legal hot water because there is a federal law that says “foreign nationals cannot ‘directly or indirectly’ give a ‘thing of value’ to American political campaigns. Moreover, the law says no one is allowed to ‘solicit, accept, or receive’ any thing of value from a foreign national to help a candidate.”The White House stood behind Trump Jr. on Tuesday as the controversy was unfolding, with White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders reading a statement from the president saying, “My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency.” Ahead of the Hannity segment airing, Trump promoted the interview on his personal Twitter account, calling his son “a great person who loves our country!”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.