Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down PM Mahathir Mohamad

first_imgKuala Lumpur: Malaysia Airlines may be sold or shut down, Malaysia’s leader said Tuesday, the latest bad news for a carrier that has been in crisis since suffering the loss of two planes. The 71-year-old airline has been on the ropes since 2014 when Flight MH370 disappeared and MH17 was shot down by a Russian-made missile over war-torn Ukraine. With the carrier teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, sovereign wealth fund Khazanah stepped in to take it over several years ago and major reforms were instituted, including cutting thousands of staff. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepBut it has continued to fare poorly and its performance was blamed in large part for a set of poor financial results released by Khazanah last week. Responding to questions about the airline’s future, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told reporters in parliament: “I think it is a very serious matter, to shut down the national airline. “We will nevertheless be studying and investigating as to whether we should shut it down or we should sell it off or we should refinance it.” Official news agency Bernama reported that Khazanah last week posted a pre-tax loss of 6.3 billion ringgit (USD 1.54 billion) for 2018, compared with a pre-tax profit of 2.9 billion ringgit the year before. Mahathir, 93 and in his second stint as premier, is seeking to reduce a mammoth national debt inherited from the previous, corruption-plagued regime.last_img read more

No date set for TrumpXi summit trade parleys on White House

first_imgWashington DC: No date has been set yet for a summit meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, the White House said on Monday noting that the trade negotiations between the two countries still continues. “In terms of whether or not we have a date set, not yet. We’re continuing the negotiations with China.” “When we have an announcement for the two leaders to sit down, we’ll certainly let you know,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her news conference. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingShe was responding to questions on reports that a summit meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in the US state of Florida has been put off as China considers the US President as “unreliable” in view of him walking away from talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Sanders ridiculed such a view. “I would say that’s absurd. The President is going to make a deal if it’s a good deal. He’s going to make a deal if it’s in the best interest of America. If he doesn’t feel like it’s a good deal, it’s not worth just signing a piece of paper,” Sanders Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiangsaid. She argued that the President didn’t feel like what was on the table was enough. “The President is 100 per cent committed to denuclearization of the Peninsula, and he’s going to make sure that whatever we do furthers that process.” “We’ll see what happens with North Korea, the same way we’re going to see what happens in the negotiations with China. They’re ongoing,” she said. Trump is going to make sure whatever deal the US gets is in its best interest — that it’s fair and reciprocal trade; that it protects intellectual property; and that it actually has safeguards to make sure that the Chinese follow through with whatever commitments that they make, Sanders said. The two leaders will sit down for talks only when the negotiations are complete, she asserted.last_img read more

Paris international symposium lauds Moroccos efforts to combat extremism

Paris – International symposium “The Euro-Mediterranean Dialogue in the Feminine,” held on Tuesday in Paris, hailed efforts by Morocco to fight extremism and promote Islam values of moderation.In the “Call of Paris” after the event, initiated by AFACOM and ISESCO, the participants underlined Morocco’s support through the training of imams (religious leaders) in many countries pursuant to the instructions of King Mohammed VI.Morocco’s initiatives are meant to help spread a moderate Islam, fight radical deviations and encourage interfaith and intercultural dialogue, said the lecturers. In this respect, the Call of Paris refuted any confusion between Islam and fanatical deviations which are largely condemned by Muslims who are the first victims, particularly women and children. read more

Third Annual Jidar StreetArt Festival Kicks Off in Rabat

Rabat – Cementing Rabat’s reputation as a place of artistic expression and cultural diversity, the Third Annual Jidar Street-Art Festival got underway April 21.Scheduled to span ten days, this year’s annual event is being held under the theme of multiculturalism.The 22 international artists set to decorate the walls of Rabat were chosen on the basis of their artwork, “inspired by their national heritage, the ancient cultures of their countries or simply for their fascinating works,” said the event’s organizers, the EAC- Boulevarassociation. The artists originate from several countries, namely Morocco, Spain, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Romania, Ukraine, Egypt and Mexico.Moroccan artists participating in the event include Mehdi Zemouri and AyoubAfrofatcap.Jidar 2017 promises to result in a colorful and compelling scenic view that will enrich the urban landscape of the city.The street artists’ work will showcaseMayan symbols, Byzantine-inspired drawings, medieval prints and Ukrainian folklore figures, which will be engraved on ten walls of the city.Half a dozen Spanish artists will jointly create “a visual identity” in Rabat’s skate park under the supervision of Spanish artist, AntonyoMarest.At the same time, three young African artists will work together to create “Residence Grafitti Connexion,” on Avenue Al Marsa,highlighting “the extraordinary vitality of an artistic movement that has taken off in the streets of several African capitals,” explained organizers.Finally, classes will be held at the National School of Architecture in Rabat with AntonyoMarest and the Grafitti Connexion group from April 28-30 to exhibit a street art performance. read more

UN labour agency calls for new culture to promote workplace safety

“Injury and disease are not ‘all in a day’s work.’ Fatalities, accidents and illness at work can be prevented,” Juan Somavia, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said in the lead up to the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, which will be observed on 28 April.Each year, two million lives and $1.25 trillion of the global economy are lost to work-related accidents and illnesses, according to a report released by ILO to mark the Day. The report, entitled “Safety in numbers,” also says that on average, working lives are cut by about five years due to work hazards or early retirements caused by disability.”We must promote a new ‘safety culture’ in the workplace – wherever work is done – backed by appropriate national policies and programmes to make workplaces safer and healthier for us all,” Mr. Somavia said.To mark the Day, thousands of workers and employers around the world are expected to participate in activities to draw attention to workplace hazards. In Geneva, ILO will hold a roundtable discussion on the challenges of reducing the toll of death, injury and sickness at the world’s workplaces. The discussion will focus on successful prevention techniques and their improvement of business performance. read more

Trust with US must be built before Korean Peninsula can be reunited

“Without any trust in the US there will be no confidence in our national security,” Ri Yong Ho said, and underscored: “The DPRK Government’s commitment to the denuclearization is solid and firm.”Yet, “if the party to this issue of denuclearization were South Korea (Republic of Korea) and not the US, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula would not have come to such a deadlock,” he explained, underscoring the “firm determination” of Chairman Kim Jong-Un, “to turn the Korean peninsula into a land free of both nuclear weapons and threats.”The Foreign Minister cited “significant goodwill measures” in the past year, such as stopping nuclear and missiles tests, dismantling the nuclear test site, and pledging not to proliferate nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.“However, we do not see any corresponding response from the US,” he said.“Instead of addressing our concern for the absence of peace regime in the Korean peninsula, the US insists on the ‘denuclearization-first’ and increases the level of pressure by sanctions to achieve their purpose in a coercive manner,” he stated, adding that it even objected to the “declaration of the end of war.”“The key to consolidating peace and security in the Korean Peninsula is to thoroughly implement the DPRK-US Joint Statement adopted in June at the historic summit in Singapore,” he said, explaining that it contains principle issues, such as seeing a “complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and humanitarian work between the two countries.”Once achieved, the Korean Peninsula, “the hottest spot in the globe, will become the cradle of peace and prosperity that contributes to security in Asia and the rest of the world,” he said.On domestic matters, the Foreign Minister pointed out that in April, Mr. Kim put a new focus on economic construction, which he called “a historic task” requiring a peaceful environment “above anything else.”“The international society should support and encourage” these efforts in response to “the bold decisions and good-will measures we have taken” for a peaceful Korean Peninsula, he stated.Turning to the Security Council, he noted that it had not acknowledged the “momentum for peace on the Korean Peninsula,” observing that the 15-member body had even rejected UN Member States’ proposals to issue presidential statements welcoming the DPRK-US summit and Joint Statement.In conclusion Mr. Ri urged the UN to “get rid of the stigma that ‘UNSC equals US’ as early as possible.”Full statement available here. read more

Brock will celebrate Bottled Water Free Day

Communities and campuses, including Brock, will mobilize on March 10 for Bottled Water Free Day.Brock staff, faculty and students all have their own goals for the second annual day.Iain Glass, director of food services, said Brock Dining Services plans the following initiatives:Customers who come in with their own cups (16-24 ounces in size) will get a further discount of 50 cents on the already reduced combo price, which includes fountain beverages.The reusable Brock Dining Services stainless steel water bottle will be sold at a 25 per cent discount when purchased with a chef’s feature entrée for that day.The Market will feature water dispensers with fresh lemon/cucumber/orange slices. Customers can fill their own containers or their purchased stainless steel containers.Bottled Water Free Day is co-ordinated by the Canadian Federation of Students, the Polaris Institute, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Development and Peace and the Sierra Youth Coalition.Some participants are seeking a complete ban of the sale of privatized bottled water on Canadian campuses. They are asking college and university administrations to promote investment in accessible public water infrastructure.In Canada, more than 81 municipalities, seven school boards and nine campuses have committed to ending the privatization of water and phasing out the provision and sale of bottled water.In February, the University of Canberra became the first university in Australia to ban bottled water sales. It has a campus population of almost 13,000 students and staff.Richard Mitchell, associate professor of Child and Youth Studies, is a proponent of banning plastic water bottles at Brock. He is the academic co-chair of Brock’s Sustainability Co-ordinating Committee and a researcher with the Brock Environmental Sustainability Research Unit (BESRU).“I support the ban of plastic water bottles on campus and will continue in my role with both of these Brock groups to achieve this,” said Mitchell.“While I speak only in terms of my own research activities and perspectives, and not on behalf of either of these larger Brock entities, I support a full plastic water bottle ban in the same way as Memorial and Ryerson Universities, U. of Winnipeg and U. of Ottawa have already achieved.”Meanwhile, the Brock University Students Union (BUSU) is throwing its support behind the day’s initiative.“Our businesses will participate in a one-day ban (of bottled water),” said Nazir Khamis, BUSU general manager. read more

Gruden Raiders gave Chiefs too many mulligans

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coach Jon Gruden knows the Oakland Raiders aren’t nearly good enough to overcome a litany of mistakes if they want to be able to beat one of the top teams in the league like the Kansas City Chiefs.So when the running backs lose three fumbles, a key penalty wipes out a fourth-down conversion and a player jumps offside on a third-down stop that denied Oakland a chance to try to put together a game-winning drive, the Raiders ended up on the short end of a 40-33 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.The loss made the Raiders (2-10) the first team to be officially eliminated from the playoffs, although Gruden is not quite ready to turn his focus to the draft and the future.“We don’t look ahead right now. We are looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers, that’s all we are doing,” Gruden said. “I’m really proud of our team. We fought back yesterday and made it 33-30 in the fourth quarter. We got them third-and-5, we get a stop and we jump offside. We gave Kansas City too many mulligans. We fumbled the ball to them three times. We had a fourth-and-1 called back, and we gave them first downs by jumping offside. We are not looking ahead to nothing except the Pittsburgh Steelers. I can assure you that, at least on our side of the building.”Despite another loss that sent the Raiders to their 12th season of at least 10 losses in the past 16 years, Gruden was able to glean some positives, especially with the play from the offence.Oakland ran for 171 yards for its biggest day on the ground since Week 2 in 2017. The Raiders averaged 6.1 yards per carry but were hurt by the fumbles from Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington.Quarterback Derek Carr had one of his best games yet, throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns, while extending his streak of games without an interception to seven in a row, tying Rich Gannon’s franchise record.Carr even managed to stretch the field a bit, completing five passes that travelled at least 15 yards downfield, tied for his most in a single game in the past two seasons.“I think the offensive line has gotten healthy. I think that helps,” Gruden said. “I think we’re healthier up front. Derek has played good football. I think that’s a great combination. When you’re healthy upfront and you’ve got some continuity with your linemen, you’re able to pass-protect and block better. It has an effect on every phase of your offence. Derek has been hot. He’s been playing well. He’s really picking up the system well. He made some great audibles yesterday. He made some great throws. I’m excited about that.”But it wasn’t enough in part because of the fumbles, the holding penalty on centre Rodney Hudson that wiped out a fourth-down conversion on the opening drive and the offside penalty against Fadol Brown that extended Kansas City’s game-sealing touchdown drive.NOTES: Gruden explained why he used a challenge after Kansas City scored a TD late in the first half on a pass to Travis Kelce, even though coaches aren’t allowed to challenge scoring plays. “I knew exactly what I was doing, by the way. It wasn’t a very sensible thing to do but I wanted to challenge Al Riveron in New York City to look at it because I have people in the press box telling me that’s not a catch. Seeing plays overturned by somebody you can’t even see, I thought with three timeouts and seven seconds left I’d use one of my timeouts by giving Al a little extra time to look at that play. I knew exactly what I was doing.” … Gruden said he wasn’t sure if either OL Donald Penn (groin) or RB Marshawn Lynch (groin) will be able to return from IR and play down the stretch. … Oakland claimed OL Denzelle Good off waivers from Indianapolis and waived Ian Silberman.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJosh Dubow, The Associated Press read more

With loss to Notre Dame Ohio State mens ice hockeys season over

The No. 3 seed Ohio State men’s ice hockey team lost Saturday to No. 2 seed Notre Dame, 3-1, in the CCHA tournament semifinals at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The loss brought the Buckeyes’ (16-17-7) season to a close, while the Irish won against No. 4 seed Michigan, 3-1, on Sunday to take home the championship title. Each team scored a goal in the opening period. OSU sophomore forward Ryan Dzingel received a pass from freshman forward Anthony Greco and scored his 16th goal of the season to put his team ahead, 1-0. Sophomore forward Tanner Fritz picked up the second assist on the play. The Irish answered less than a minute later on a 3-on-1 breakaway following a Buckeye turnover. OSU coach Mark Osiecki said a team like Notre Dame capitalizes on opponents’ mistakes more often than not. “I just think that was a good response by a (veteran) team. The only frustrating thing there was that we turned the puck over, so it comes back to bite you a bit, but good teams find a way to respond and they did,” Osiecki said. OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle stood tall in the first period, as Notre Dame outshot OSU, 11-5, including eight straight attempts within the first five minutes of the game. The second period went scoreless. The closest either team came to earning points came when OSU junior forward Alex Lippincott hit the post two minutes into the period. The officials signaled no goal on the ice and the call stood after the review showed the puck only partially crossed the goal line. The game winner came 3:50 into the third when Notre Dame junior center T.J. Tynan scored a power-play goal off a face-off. Notre Dame sealed the victory with an empty netter with 1:10 remaining. The Buckeyes were unable to cash in either of their two power-play opportunities. The Irish special teams went 1-for-3 on their chances. OSU was outshot 44-17 in the contest. Hjelle had 41 saves, and Notre Dame junior goalie Steven Summerhays made 16 stops. The limited number of attempts on net was an issue the Buckeyes battled through at multiple points this season. “Coach had been stressing shooting the puck all year, and I don’t think it was trouble, I think it was a mindset. We could’ve thrown more pucks on net, but that’s how the game turned out and you can’t do anything now,” Dzingel said. Despite coming short of the conference championship game, Osiecki said he was not disappointed in his team’s performance, on the night or on the season. “We said to our guys after we were proud (to) get to this point, to get on this great stage, it’s been a while for our program,” Osiecki said. “I’m awfully proud of what they went through this year.” read more

By the numbers Ohio State rolls Penn State as Barrett takes control

OSU redshirt sophomore QB J.T. Barrett (16) stiff arms Penn State redshirt sophomore defensive end Garrett Sickels (90) during a game at Ohio Stadium on Oct. 17. OSU won, 38-10. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOn Saturday morning, the Big Ten East’s four heavyweights (Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State) were all undefeated in conference play and a combined 22-2 on the season (those two losses were against currently undefeated teams in Utah and Temple). After a stunning victory by Michigan State and an excellent performance by OSU, the true top dogs of the division have become just a little more clear.With the season already halfway done, OSU coach Urban Meyer still seems no closer to deciding on which quarterback will take the reins to the offense than he did during the entire offseason. After OSU’s most dominant performance of the season, however, it doesn’t seem to matter. At least not yet.Despite once again falling behind early and failing to score in the first quarter, the OSU offense stepped on the gas in the second and put up 21 unanswered points against a stout Penn State defense en route to a 38-10 blowout win.Ever since Meyer began to phase J.T. Barrett into the game more last week, the redshirt sophomore quarterback has been electric, leading the Buckeye offense to 10 touchdowns and a field goal in 11 red zone appearances. Barrett finished the game completing all four of his passes for 30 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 102 yards and two more touchdowns on 11 carries on the ground.Redshirt junior Cardale Jones ended the game 9-of-15 passing for 84 yards, his lowest yardage total for the season. Meanwhile, junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, a stalwart for the Buckeye offense, pounded away 153 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. In total, OSU managed to gain 429 yards and 25 first downs against one of the top defenses in the nation.Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg, claimed by some to be the highest-rated quarterback for next year’s NFL draft, was ineffective all night long, finishing the night 7-of-13 passing for 120 yards. However, true freshman running back Saquon Barkley looked impressive for the Nittany Lions as he gashed the Buckeye defense for 194 yards on 26 carries after missing the previous two games for Penn State.Penn State will host a struggling Maryland team next week as it fights to become bowl eligible, while OSU will travel to Rutgers in search of its nation-leading 21st straight victory. By the numbers:4: OSU’s current win streak against Penn State, its longest in the history of the programs.17-13: The all-time record between Penn State and OSU, favoring the Buckeyes.1: The amount of losses OSU has suffered against Big Ten competition at night in Ohio Stadium. The team that beat them? Penn State in 2008 by a score of 13-6.23: The number of consecutive games in which redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas has caught a pass for the Buckeyes. He currently leads the team with 433 yards and 30 receptions.108,423: The number of fans crammed inside the ‘Shoe last night, the second-largest crowd in history to watch the Buckeyes play.9: After last night, Elliott became the ninth running back in OSU history to rush for 3,000-plus career yards. He currently has 3,028 yards to his name.38: Under current coach James Franklin, Penn State prides itself on having a great defense.  The 38 points put up by the Buckeyes were the most given up by Penn State in a game since 2013, when the Nittany Lions also played in Columbus and got embarrassed 63-14. 3: Since 2010, Penn State has allowed its opponents to rush for more than 300 yards in a game only three times. All three times, it was against the Buckeyes inside Ohio Stadium. read more

Travellers leave bath tubs fridges and mattresses behind among 250 tonnes of

first_imgThe gates at the entrance to the site have now been padlocked, with a skip behind them holding some of the waste.  Pictures of the scene show the extent of the fly-tipping, with rubbish left all over the field from planks of wood to old furniture. The group of local residents who co-own the land have been told it will cost in the region of £100,000 to clear up the site. Contractors estimate there are 250 tonnes of waste on the land. Bath tubs, fridges and mattresses were left strewn on a private field by travellers after they were evicted.The debris was among an estimated 250 tonnes of waste the group left behind them when they were forced out of the site in Bromley, south east London. They had only been in the area for two weeks. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Fly-tipping in Bromley Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP Credit:Grant Falvey/LNP Fly-tipping  Fly-tipping The field where they set up camp is located near Bickley Manor and Blackbrook Lane. Local police posted a picture of the mess on Twitter, saying: “The travellers have moved on from the site. Sadly they didn’t take their rubbish with them #flytipping.” Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP Fly-tipping Credit:Grant Falvey /LNP The local council is investigating the fly-tipping.  The travellers’ arrival prompted anger from residents, who contacted the council to complain.One local told the New Shopper that people in the area were “up in arms” when the group arrived and started amassing rubbish. last_img read more

Kylie Jenner becomes worlds youngest selfmade billionaire on back of makeup empire

Kylie Jenner has become the youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 21, according to Forbes, after using her Instagram influence to build a lucrative make-up empire.The make-up entrepreneur and reality television star has overtaken Mark Zuckerberg, who became the youngest self-made billionaire aged 23 in 2006.Ms Jenner, the half-sister of Kim Kardashian, has used her 128m followers on Instagram as a customer base, as many follow her for fashion and make-up tips.The entrepreneur owns 100 per cent of Kylie Cosmetics, the three-year-old beauty business that did an estimated $360 million in sales last year, and most of her sales are done online. Much of it is driven through social media.She has attributed her rise up the rich list to her vast and dedicated following, telling Forbes: “It’s the power of social media.“I had such a strong reach before I was able to start anything.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Recent sponsored posts show the young woman posing with vitamins promising glossy hair, and “detox” tea, which is said to give the user a flat stomach.  Jenner was ranked at number 2,057 out of 2,153 on this year’s list. Of the total, 1,450 members are self-made.The number of billionaires in the world is decreasing, according to the list, with 2,153 billionaires on the 2019 list, down from 2,208 in 2018. The total combined net worth of this year’s billionaires is $8.7 trillion, down from $9.1 trillion in 2018.For the second year running, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos topped the list with a net worth of £131bn, with Bill Gates, who previously held the top position for a record amount of time, second with £96.5bn. Her first foray into the cosmetics industry was through selling her lip kits, promising her followers that they could replicate her famous pout. Now, she sells eyeshadows and eyeliners, and is broadening her range later this year.The star also makes what is rumoured to be tens of thousands of pounds through Instagram influencing, being paid by companies to endorse their products. read more

Outspoken general named Trumps top security adviser

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump savages media at Florida rallyFebruary 19, 2017In “World”Trump says Obama wiretapped him during campaign; gives no evidenceMarch 4, 2017In “World”Trump will get wake-up call when he takes office, Obama saysNovember 15, 2016In “latest news” By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle | WEST PALM BEACH, Fla./WASHINGTONU.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with his new National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster after making the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque(Reuters) U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser, choosing a military officer known for speaking his mind and challenging his superiors.McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how the officer, whose Army career stalled at times for his questioning of authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism.“He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we’re very honored to have him,” Trump told reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend. “He’s a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”One subject on which Trump and McMaster could soon differ is Russia. McMaster shares the consensus view among the U.S. national security establishment that Russia is a threat and an antagonist to the United States, while the man whom McMaster is replacing, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, appeared to view it more as a potential geopolitical partner.Trump in the past has expressed a willingness to engage with Russia more than his predecessor, Barack Obama.Flynn was fired as national security adviser on Feb. 13 after reports emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Russia’s ambassador to the United States about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration.The ouster, coming so early in Trump’s administration, was another upset for a White House that has been hit by miscues, including the controversial rollout of a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, since the Republican president took office on Jan. 20.The national security adviser is an independent aide to the president and does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate. He has broad influence over foreign policy and attends National Security Council meetings along with the heads of the State Department, the Department of Defense and key security agencies.NOT AFRAID TO QUESTION THE BOSSRepublican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent Trump critic, praised McMaster as an “outstanding” choice.“I give President Trump great credit for this decision,” McCain said in a statement.A former U.S. ambassador to Russia under Obama, Michael McFaul, a Democrat, praised McMaster on Twitter as “terrific” and said McMaster “will not be afraid to question his boss.”McMaster, who flew back to the Washington area from Florida with Trump on Air Force One, will remain on active military duty, the White House said.Trump also said Keith Kellogg, a retired U.S. Army general who has been serving as the acting national security adviser, as chief of staff to the National Security Council. John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would be asked to serve the administration in another capacity, Trump said.“He has a good number of ideas that I must tell you I agree very much with,” Trump said of Bolton, who served in Republican President George W. Bush’s administration.Kellogg and Bolton were among those in contention as Trump spent the long Presidents Day weekend considering his options for replacing Flynn. His first choice, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the job last week.McMaster, 54, is a West Point graduate known as “H.R.,” with a Ph.D. in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, partly because of his willingness to buck the system.A combat veteran, he gained renown in the first Gulf War – and was awarded a Silver Star – after he commanded a small troop of the U.S. 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment that destroyed a much larger Iraqi Republican Guard force in 1991 in a place called 73 Easting, for its map coordinates, in what many consider the biggest tank battle since World War Two.As one fellow officer put it, referring to Trump’s inner circle of aides and speaking on condition of anonymity, the Trump White House “has its own Republican Guard, which may be harder for him to deal with than the Iraqis were.” The Iraqi Republican Guard was the elite military force of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.Trump relies on a tight, insular group of advisers, who at times appear to have competing political agendas. Senior adviser Steve Bannon has asserted his influence by taking a seat on the National Security Council.McMaster’s fame grew after his 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty” criticized the country’s military and political leadership for poor leadership during the Vietnam War.Trump’s pick was praised by one of the president’s strongest backers in the U.S. Congress, Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who called McMaster “one of the finest combat leaders of our generation and also a great strategic mind.”“CRITICISM AND FEEDBACK”In a July 14, 2014, interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia, where Fort Benning is located, McMaster, then the base commander, said: “Some people have a misunderstanding about the Army.“Some people think, hey, you’re in the military and everything is super-hierarchical and you’re in an environment that is intolerable of criticism and people don’t want frank assessments.“I think the opposite is the case. … And the commanders that I’ve worked for, they want frank assessments, they want criticism and feedback.”That attitude was not always shared by his superiors, and it led to his being passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice, in 2006 and 2007.On McMaster’s third and last try, General David Petraeus – who at one point was also on Trump’s candidate list for national security adviser – returned from Iraq to head the promotion board that finally gave McMaster his first general’s star.Then a colonel, McMaster was commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment that in the spring of 2005 captured, held and began to stabilize Tal Afar on the Iraqi-Syrian border.The city was held by Sunni extremists, a crossing point between Syria and Iraq for jihadists who started as al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia under Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and morphed into Islamic State after he was killed.McMaster’s preparation of the regiment is legendary: He trained his soldiers in Iraqi culture, the differences among Sunnis, Shi’ites and Turkomen, and had them read books on the history of the region and counterinsurgency strategy.It was a sharp change from the “kill and capture” tactics the United States had used in Iraq since the invasion in March 2003, and to which the Obama administration returned in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.The strategy was largely a success, although McMaster’s use of it and especially his willingness to acknowledge that Iraqis had some legitimate grievances against one another and the occupying coalition forces, did not endear him to his superiors and helped delay his promotion to brigadier general.The strategy did not survive the departure of McMaster’s troops, with Tal Afar falling into the hands of Sunni militants. Along with the west part of Mosul, it is now a key objective in the battle to rid Iraq of Islamic State.(Additional reporting by John Walcott and Sarah Lynch in Washington; Writing by Frances Kerry and James Oliphant; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Peter Cooney) read more

Breach planning laws Prepare to face the consequences

first_imgAs well as the policy directive, O’Sullivan is introducing other actions to ensure “full and effective implementation” of the enforcement provisions set out under Planning Legislation. These include:Two public guides on planning enforcement (published in November)The publication of consolidated versions of the Planning and Development Acts 2000 – 2012 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001 – 2012A commitment to develop a policy statement on planningThe establishment of an Independent Planning Regulator.The directive requires planning authorities to report comprehensively and formally on the enforcement activity they carry out and to provide whatever assistance is necessary in the future to raise public awareness about planning enforcement.Finally, it provides guidance to planning authorities that, in carrying out their enforcement function, they need to prioritise the most significant breaches of the planning code, for example quarrying activities.O’Sullivan said that the statutory footing “will also serve as a clear signal to the public, to planning authorities, and to the European Commission that Ireland is taking its planning enforcement function seriously”.A group will be set up to examine, in conjunction with planning authorities, possible further areas of reform. These may include possible amendments to planning legislation, and the development of a proper enforcement network through which planning authorities can share knowledge, expertise and experience.Read: New regulator ‘will restore confidence in planning system’>http://www.thejournal.ie/planning-regulator-mahon-tribunal-2-899074-May2013/ THOSE WHO BREACH planning laws will face the consequences of their actions, Minister of State Jan O’Sullivan has said today.She made the comment while issuing a policy directive on planning enforcement, following on from the announcement earlier this week that the Government was establishing an Independent Planning Regulator.O’Sullivan, who is the Minister for Housing and Planning, said the directive has three main objectives:To remind planning authorities of their statutory obligations under Part VIII of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2012To require planning authorities to undertake appropriate monitoring of planning enforcement; andTo direct planning authorities to prioritise large-scale unauthorised development and enforcement cases.Minister O’Sullivan described Ireland’s performance on planning enforcement as having been “patchy” and said “we need to address that”.Those responsible for breaching planning legislation need to know that they will face the consequences of their actions and those that want to see the law upheld need to know that the system has teeth.last_img read more

Vancouver man faces attempted murder charge

first_imgA Vancouver man allegedly involved in a gunfight in the Ellsworth Springs neighborhood in early January is facing an attempted murder charge. The shooting was apparently the result of a drug deal gone wrong, court records state.Andrew C. Morris, 22, appeared Thursday in Clark County Superior Court during which time he entered not-guilty pleas to first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and attempted second-degree murder.Morris’ attorney, Angus Lee, said that his client turned himself in Wednesday as soon as he heard there were charges pending against him.An updated condition for the victim, 18-year-old Devan Graham, who suffered gunshot wounds to the head, arm, leg and buttocks, was unavailable. However, a victim impact statement filed with the court in February indicates that he is no longer hospitalized.Shortly after 9 p.m. Jan. 3, Vancouver police were called to a reported shooting at Southeast 104th Avenue and Southeast 10th Street, where they found both Morris and Graham suffering gunshot wounds. The men had exchanged gunfire during a drug transaction, according to an affidavit of probable cause.Morris told officers that Graham walked up to him on the street, asked for marijuana and then shot him in the leg. He said he returned fire, the affidavit states.last_img read more

Madrid interested in the services of World Cupwinning midfielder

first_imgReal Madrid are reportedly interested in the services of Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante and are willing to offer as much as £80million for his signature.The current UEFA Champions League holders have identified the France international as the man to rejuvenate their season, according to reports in Spain via Sports Mole.The Spanish giants are expected to splash the cash in January to bolster their squad following a dreadful run of results that has seen them go five matches without a win, losing four of those.Reports in the English media speculates Kante as one of the players Madrid want to recruit, and they are willing to table an offer in excess of £ 80million to test Chelsea’s resolve.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The former Leicester City midfielder, who has three years left to run on his existing £150,000-a-week contract at Stamford Bridge, is understood to have already knocked back interest from Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Despite saying he is happy with the 2017 Premier League champions, though, the same report indicates that the French World Cup winner would consider an offer from Champions League holders Madrid.last_img read more

THE 2017 HURRICANE SHELTER LIST

first_imgDESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17District:  Central Andros District 3.St. Phillip’s Community Centre Cargill Creek Joan’s Height, South Beach Carmichael Road– 2.Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 1.Abraham’s Bay High School 7. DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 1 – Foster B Pestaina CentrePro-Cathedral of Christ the King (Special Needs Shelter)East Atlantic Drive and Pioneers Way352-5255 NAME OF SHELTER 10.Ebenezer Baptist Church 4Holy Cross Anglican Church393-2428 (Church)Highbury Park offSoldier Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER NO. 4.First Assemblies of God 3.St. Joseph’s Anglican Church St. James Road– 4.Governor’s Harbour Primary School 1.Zion Baptist church 11.St. Margaret’s Anglican Church NO. Nicholl’s Town – 2.Church of ChristNicholls Town 10Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries/361-3347 Dolphin Drive– NAME OF SHELTER Mt. Moriah Baptist Church323-1747/325-6693 (Church) 14Ebenezer Baptist ChurchBarratarre NoNAME OF SHELTER Ulric H. Ferugson PrimaryCabbage Hill,Crooked Island 3 26St. John’s Native Baptist Church323-5434 1.Lighthouse Church of GodHarbour Island 3.St. John’s Baptist Church District:  San Salvador & Rum Cay         ADDRESS 3.Zion Baptist church District:  Cat Island District         Great Harbour Cay Augusta & Patton Streets– 15Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church322-8161 2.St. James Baptist Church 2.Wesley Methodist ChurchHarbour Island DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 – – 12Ebenezer Baptist ChurchRolleville 1. Farrington Road 3.Trinity City of Praise Centre 19Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled/322-2393 – 3. 18 4.Collie’s DuplexAlbert Town,Long Cay Blake Road– Church of God NoNAME OF SHELTER 2 – First Baptist Church HallColumbus Drive & Nansen Avenue352-9224 West Avenue 23 Hillview Seventh Day AdventistChurch361-8683 5.Command Centre & Additional Shelter 9 17St. Barnabas Anglican Parish Church323-5995/326-2192/323-4460 Wulff & Baillou Hill Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER Shirley Street Nicholls Town 3 – Central Church of God HallCoral Road373-5355 DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 2.Pirates Well Primary School District:  Central Eleuthera District Bowen Sound 7.St. John’s Anglican Church Hall NoNAME OF SHELTER NO. 12Southwest CathedralChurch of God341-0356 Meadow Street– 13Church of God of Prophecy322-3241/322-3097/322-8376 5.First Baptist ChurchSan Andros College of the Bahamas Resource Centre 3.Deleveaux’s ResidenceMajor’s Cay,Crooked Island 1.Administration Building 3.Long Bay Cays Pre-SchoolLong Bay Cay – Administration Building(COMMAND CENTRE) DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 Gambier Village– NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 1. District:  Exuma District 4.Mission Church of God Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 20, 2017 – All Islands –HURRICANE SHELTERS 2017NEW PROVIDENCE Pentecostal Church 6.St. Christopher’s Anglican Church Baillou Hill Road– NoNAME OF SHELTER Related Items: 2.High Rock Primary SchoolThe Bluff Calabash Bay DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 6.B. A. Newton PrimaryRed Bays NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 7.Cambridge Villas 3.Church of God of ProphecyConch Sound Blanket Sound NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS District:  Berry Islands District District:  North Andros District District:  Mangrove Cay District 1.The Current Community Centre 1.The Resource Centre Joe Farrington Road– District:  Crooked Island/Long Cay 1.Deep Creek Primary SchoolDeep Creek DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 14Church of God of Prophecy328-5930 Carmichael Road Kennedy Subdivision– District:  North Eleuthera District DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 Prince Charles Drive– 5 – Maurice Moore Primary SchoolSandcombe Drive373-7981/2 4.St. Paul’s Baptist ChurchBlack Point DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS Mackey Street– 1.Ezekiel Thompson HallCabbage Hill, Crooked Island 7Salvation Army393-2340/393-2745 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 4.Deep Creek Middle School 8.Holy Cross Anglican Church HURRICANE SHELTER LIST FOR GRAND BAHAMACITY OF FREEPORT Agape Full Gospel Baptist Church/328-6937 2.Wesley Methodist Church 6.Community Centre – 6Pilgrim Baptist Church393-3644 4.St. Marks Anglican Church 4.Pleasant View Assemblies of GodSouth Mastic Point 6.Lovely Zion Baptist Church – District:  South Andros District NoNAME OF SHELTER 6.Mount Ethel Baptist Church 3.Church of the Nazarene 2.St. Michael’s Methodist Church 2.Green Castle Primary School 9.Palestine Baptist Church 2. St. Mary’s Hall/St. Augustine’s College/324-1511 Fresh Creek 2Epiphany Anglican Church364-2884 (Church) Bernard Road 8.The New Mt. Hermon Baptist church ADDRESS Kemp Road 5Kemp Road Ministries393-5932/393-8872 1.Rock Sound Primary School 2.Church of God of ProphecyCripple Hill,Crooked Island 1.Mangrove Cay High SchoolSwains 9.Holy Family Anglican Church 5.Bannerman Town & John Miller’s Community Library DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 District:  North Eleuthera District (Harbour Island) District:  Current, Current Island & Spanish Wells 6.John Wesley Methodist Church 2.Zion Methodist Church 6 – St George’s High School GymSunset Highway/Off East Beach Drive352-7373 East Street– 5.Camp Symonette 1. 5.St. Andrew’s Community Centre Love Hill St. Charles Vincent Street– 1.Purplemae Restaurant Harold Road 1.Zion Baptist Church DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 7 – Cancer AssociationWest Atlantic Drive352-2873 NoNAME OF SHELTER 2.Burnt Rock PrimaryBurnt Rock 25C. R. Walker Senior High SchoolAuditorium/326-2001/326-1323 Meeting Street 4.Gerace Reasearch Centre Epworth Hall/Ebenezer Methodist Church/393-2936/393-1763 – District:  Mayaguana District      3.St. Matthew’s Baptist Church Calabash Bay 16Salvation Army323-5608/323-2345 2.The Salvation Army NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 5.Peoples Haitian Baptist Church NoNAME OF SHELTER Catholic Church Nicholls Town Primary School District:  Ragged Island District Church of God ofProphecy NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 4.Voice of Deliverance 5.Seventh Day Adventist Church NoNAME OF SHELTER 17.Mt. Oliveth Baptist ChurchStaniel Cay 5.Mount Sinai Baptist Church Calvary Haitian Baptist Church 21New Providence Community Centre327-1660 4.Mt. Carmel Baptist Church 6.St. Theresa’s Catholic Centre 7. 6.St. Mark’s Native Baptist Church 20Church of God of Prophecy327-4886 NoNAME OF SHELTERADDRESSS 5.Senior’s Recreational Centre THE FAMILY ISLANDS  8 13Mt. Sinai Union Baptist ChurchStuart Manor 3.Wemyss Bight Primary School 1.St. Andrews Anglican Church 11New Bethlehem Baptist Church341-8432/3613960 22 24All Saints Anglican Church392-7220 ADDRESSSHELTER 1.Seymour’s Gospel Chapel 2.Highway Church of God DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O16 DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 1.St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church 7.New Highway Pentecostal Church 5.Zion Baptist Church NAME OF SHELTER District:  South Eleuthera District          District:  Long Island District 16St. Luke’s Baptist ChurchBlack Point WEST END GRAND BAHAMA DISTRICTEight Mile Rock High School GymMartin Town, Eight Mile Rock348-3782 Independence Drive District:  Inagua District 10.The Church of the Ascension 1New Dimensions Ministries364-0808/364-6397(Church) DESIGNATED HURRICANE SHELTER LISTING 2O17 – 4 – Jack Hayward High SchoolWildcat Avenue & Pioneers Way East373-8750 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp 2.St. Peter’s Union Baptist Churchlast_img read more

Standing in line to strut their stuff for Top Model

first_imgScores of women lined up outside the Westfield Vancouver mall on Saturday morning for their chance to be a contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”Contestants were photographed, walked the runway in front of the TV crews and answered a few questions. Videos will be mailed to Los Angeles and posted online so people can vote for their favorites, said Lance Heisler, spokesman for the Westfield Vancouver mall.Bridget Saladino, another spokeswoman for the mall said about half of the contestants had Washington IDs, which was a higher percentage than when additions took place in Portland.Competitors selected will compete in the show which airs locally on NW32TV.last_img

The Drop in Online Advertising And What It Means … to a

first_imgSmith’s comments, when inverted, give credence to the importance of quality content as the driving force behind revenue generation. A conversation I had this past weekend with a recent college grad—my nephew—was all I needed to hear to substantiate it.A May 2008 graduate, he has had found this job market quite challenging.  Armed with a degree in communications, he has been busy helping market his dad’s automotive repair business, interning at a Web/TV enterprise and trying to launch a social network with a college buddy.  About three weeks ago, he got a call from an online ad network regarding a position in sales.  After a couple of phone interviews, he was granted a face-to-face with the network’s VP of sales.On its face, the job seemed pretty cool.  The money was decent and the idea of getting paid to work in a startup environment was very appealing. What he heard from the hiring manager on the other hand left much to be desired.  He was told that it was expected that he would need to run through a brick wall for a sale. No problem with that from where I sit.  As my nephew probed for how customers felt about his potential new company, the VP said “who cares about what customers feel, as long as we get their money and they pay on time?”  Can you imagine? My nephew said he shut down the minute he heard that comment.  At 23, he innately understood this was no way to conduct business. “I want to make money, but there is no way I can work for a company that treats customers so poorly.  I don’t see how a business can succeed with that type of attitude.”  After picking up what he termed a similar vibe from a handful of sales “leaders” over the past 12 months, he has decided to pursue his social network dream full-time.  He hopes to build the type of company he can be proud of.  Whether or not he succeeds in his first venture is less important than the fact that he really understands the importance of true customer-centric behavior.      The experience underscores the problem with online display. Selling brands on the benefits of associating with quality content in an altruistic manner is the key to long-term success. Technology and metrics will propel forward organically, but they no longer need to be front and center. Media companies will come to realize that the Internet is nothing more than a huge power grid. OMMA, IAB and the rest can have all the conferences and meetings they want about whether to “ad network or not” but such get-togethers will have little impact.The decline reported by IAB was just the first shot across the bow in terms of whether digital advertising lives up to its great potential. Analysts of course say it is just a “blip” along the way to great heights the same way analysts said that sub-prime mortgages were the way to go. Take the so-called analysts with a grain of salt. They back horses upon which they’ve placed bets. New media is declaring itself king of the hill, but great content and great sellers will win when the economy rebounds regardless of the medium. Last week, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that online advertising dropped 5 percent during the first quarter of 2009.  This marks the first time Web advertising has posted a year-over-year decline since the fourth quarter of 2002. Given the recession’s impact on advertising in general, this news is not at all remarkable, but, as Steve Smith, editor at the Media Industry Newsletter, notes: “The deeper question is where online ad spending will be when there is an inevitable upswing. Is online branding and the display economy being hurt in a permanent way by the rush to performance-based campaigns? CPMs continue to plunge. Ad inventory continues to gush online from social media. Search advertising continues to attract the overwhelming majority of marketing dollars. The fundamentals of a long-term digital media economy that can support substantial content creation continue to be unclear.”By placing a lesser premium on the value of brand advertising, Web publishers and the networks and technologies that serve them will have to deal with the resulting challenges. After all, those that live by the sword die by the sword.My recent posts on the problems with online display advertising and media altruism articulate my belief that future success depends upon the ability of sales teams to sell the benefits of aligning with quality content.  This skill when combined with true sales altruism—caring for customers—is a formula that transcends generations and technology.  This is by no means an earth-shattering revelation, but I question how much attention the digerati are giving to what were once the basics of media sales.  last_img read more