South Koreas central bank hikes key rate from record low

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s central bank raised interest rates from a record low Thursday in the first such increase since June 2011. Despite the threat from North Korea, robust exports are driving faster than expected growth in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.Convening one day after North Korea test-fired its most powerful missile yet, the Bank of Korea’s seven policymakers decided to increase the key rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.50 per cent.Borrowing rates have steadily fallen during the past five years to help protect the country’s recovery, dropping to a record low of 1.25 per cent in June 2016.Thursday’s decision was widely expected after third-quarter economic growth beat expectations. The South Korean won has gained against major currencies in the past month in anticipation of the rate hike, which will increase returns for investors.South Korea’s economy is expected to post its fastest growth in three years in 2017, buoyed by surprisingly strong exports thanks to robust global demand for memory chips.The central bank revised upward its forecast on the South Korean economy in October and says annual growth rate will slightly exceed that estimate. It said in a statement that private consumption and capital spending will continue to improve moderately while exports will be sustained by the global economic recovery and a thaw in strained diplomatic ties with China, South Korea’s biggest trading partner.The outlook is not entirely rosy: slow growth in service sector employment is hampering jobs creation, the bank said.It said the high and increasing level of household debt from low-interest housing loans was a concern. Growth in such debt has slowed since the government announced plans to regulate the property market but debt levels remain high.The bank said the decision does not mean an about-face in its monetary stance, adding that it would maintain its accommodative monetary policy while monitoring growth, inflation, central bank policies in major countries and geopolitical risks, among other factors.last_img read more

JK School teacher arrested in terror case dies in custody

first_imgSrinagar: A 28-year-old school teacher, who was arrested in connection with a terror case, died in police custody here, triggering protests at his town in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday, police said.The state government has ordered a magisterial inquiry to ascertain the cause and circumstances that led to Rizwan Pandit’s death, they said. Pandit a resident of Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district, died during the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, a senior police officer said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He was a teacher at a private school and was picked up by security agencies three days ago in connection with a terror case, the officer said. The civil administration, following a request by the police department, has ordered a magisterial inquiry under Section 176 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to ascertain the cause and circumstances leading to Pandit’s death, the officer said. The CrPC section pertains to inquiry by a magistrate into cause of death, including when any person dies while in the custody of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA police spokesman said a separate investigation has also been ordered into the incident. In Awantipora, clashes broke out as soon as news of Pandit’s death reached, police officials said. They said angry protestors pelted stones at law enforcing personnel, who fired tear gas shells to bring the situation under control. The clashes between the protestors and security personnel were going on when reports last came in, the officials said, adding that no casualty has been reported. The teacher’s death in police custody was condemned by several politicians who demanded a time-bound probe into the matter and punishment to the guilty. “I had hoped custodial deaths were a thing of our dark past. This is an unacceptable development & must be investigated in a transparent, time bound manner. “Exemplary punishment must be handed out to the killers of this young man,” National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah tweeted. He also hit out at the previous PDP-BJP coalition government in the state and the Centre for the present situation. “Midnight raids, crackdowns, rampant arrests, custodial murders, denial of democratic right to choose a government. Kashmir continues to suffer the fallout of the disastrous PDP-BJP alliance and from the Modi government’s muscular approach to J&K,” the NC leader said. PDP president Mehbooba Mufti also hit out at the Centre saying its “repressive approach” has left young educated men vulnerable. “Innocent men hauled up from their homes for interrogation return home only in coffins now. GoI’s repressive approach leaves young educated men vulnerable who are forced to take up arms…,” she said.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Morocco Plays a Leading Role in Interfaith Dialogue

Marrakech  –  Morocco, which has always been an outstanding model of cultural coexistence and interaction between Islam and other religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity, has played a leading role in interfaith dialogue, King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, said on Monday.One of the glorious pages in this history was the emergence of the Moroccan-Andalusian civilization, which brought together various communities, the King said in a message to the participants in the conference “The rights of religious minorities in Islamic lands”, which kicked off Monday morning in Marrakech.“This was especially the case when large numbers of Muslims moved from Andalusia to Morocco in particularly difficult conditions. With them, there were also Jews, who joined a Jewish community, which had existed in the country since the pre-Islamic era”, the Sovereign underlined. In this regard, the Monarch stressed that the Jewish community in Morocco was never treated by Muslims as a minority, as its members were involved in all fields of activity and were present at all levels of society, noting that Morocco perpetuates the same tradition by enabling Christians of all denominations, who reside legally in the country, to perform their religious rites, according to the church to which they belong.“As Commander of the Faithful and defender of the faith, I am committed to protecting the rights of Muslims and non-Muslims alike”, the King said, underling his commitment that “Moroccan Jews enjoy the same constitutional rights as their fellow Muslim citizens”, through joining political parties, participating in elections, setting up associations and playing a key role in the economy.“We, in the Kingdom of Morocco, see no reason for denying religious minorities any of their rights. We do not tolerate a violation of this kind being perpetrated in the name of Islam, nor do we tolerate any Muslim being involved in such an infringement”, the Sovereign stressed.The Moroccan monarch noted that “our management of the religious domain in Morocco focuses on preventing any distorted interpretation of the revealed texts, particularly what relates to jihad   a question on which our Ulema issued an unequivocal statement a few weeks ago”.The Royal message underlines that today’s world needs “religious values because they embody the virtues we should uphold before the Creator. We also need them because they consolidate our propensity for tolerance, love and cooperation in promoting righteousness and piety”.“We need common values not just to nurture tolerance, but also to derive from them the energy and fortitude that will enable Man to take a long hard look at himself; we need them because they can help us to rally together in order to enjoy a life free from war, greed, extremism and hatred   a life in which crises and human suffering can be reduced as a prelude to the elimination of the risk of religious conflict”, the Sovereign concluded.With MAP read more

King Mohammed VI to Receive Khabib Nurmagomedov

The Russian fighter’s October 6 victory over Conor McGregor in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 229 made headlines globally. Afterwards, several heads of state have warmly congratulated Nurmagomedov in person, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Diab Bin Zayed Al NahyanIn an interview with TMZ Sports on Wednesday, Abdelaziz stated that Khabib will “probably meet King Mohammed VI next week.”The manager mentioned the possibility of a rematch with McGregor in exchange for a large sum of money. “Maybe for a whole bunch of money … maybe we give a rematch to the guy that was just killed.”He added that Nurmagomedov has plans in Africa to help people and fund the digging of wells and school building.Abdelaziz requested at least $50 million to get Nurmagomedov into a cage or boxing ring.Because the UFC 229 fight was held in Las Vegas, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Nurmagomedov and has withheld his $2 million UFC 229 prize pending a full investigation into a post-match incident between Nurmagomedov and McGregor.After the match, Nurmagomedov jumped into McGregor’s team’s area and started fighting them. He said he was reacting to McGregor’s insults of Nurmagomedov’s Muslim religion and family at press meetings before the match.Nurmagomedov’s future with the UFC is uncertain. The organization withdrew Nurmagomedov’s training partner, Zubaira Tukhukov, from a match with McGregor’s training partner, Artem Lobov. The fight was scheduled for late October, but Tukhukov was involved in the Las Vegas fight and even punched McGregor, according to MMAFighting.Nurmagomedov has denounced the UFC’s decision and threatened to leave the organization.Will a Nurmagomedov-Mayweather boxing match happen?A few days after Nurmagomedov’s victory over McGregor, the Russian fighter called out the undefeated American boxer, Floyd Mayweather, to a boxing match.There has not been an official statement that the match will take place.However, UFC President Dana White insisted on a match under mixed martial arts rules, not another boxing match like the one between Mayweather and McGregor last year.“We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again, he’s gotta come fight in the UFC,” White said to ESPN.“I don’t think it’s very realistic at all but I didn’t think the boxing match was either and it happened so we’ll see,” he added. read more

Small cities and their malls brace for economic blow of Sears store

VANCOUVER — At Heritage Place Mall in Owen Sound, Ont., an empty Sears department store would leave a mammoth void. The insolvent retailer is one of the mall’s largest occupants. More than 60 people work in the anchor tenant’s roughly 6,500 square metres, a space big enough to fit 14 basketball courts.If the court approves Sears Canada’s bid to liquidate its roughly 130 remaining stores, the decision will send shoppers, employees and mall owners in Owen Sound and dozens of other smaller Canadian cities scrambling to find alternative shopping destinations, jobs and tenants.My first reaction was: Oh, crap “My first reaction was: Oh, crap,” said Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy of hearing the nearly 30-year-old location, is likely to close soon.“We’re pretty disappointed.”A closure will hurt the local economy, he said, leaving dozens unemployed and perhaps prompting fewer people to travel to the region to shop.Some 4,000 kilometres away on the West Coast, the mayor of Prince George, B.C., echoed those concerns about the Sears store at its Pine Centre Mall.“It will have a direct economic impact on our community,” said Lyn Hall.The store employs more than 60 people, he said, and sells goods and services to hundreds of thousands living in Prince George and the surrounding areas.Both leaders wondered how their local malls would cope with an anchor tenant’s departure.‘Long shot’: Could a revised bid by chairman Brandon Stranzl keep Sears Canada alive?Sears’ real-estate exodus will hit the hardest in small-town CanadaIf Sears disappears, it could be a disaster for some malls, a blessing for othersThe bulk of the former juggernaut’s stores are in shopping centres in communities like Owen Sound and Prince George — smaller Canadian cities, where the store may serve a larger geographic area than just those living within the city’s borders.Of Sears’s remaining 74 department stores, all but one are in shopping malls, most in areas with populations under 400,000 and some well under that.The malls in these so-called secondary or tertiary markets are likely to struggle to fill the vacant space in the event Sears doesn’t sell its leases or real estate to a third party, said Peter D. Morris, the founder of Greenstead Consulting Group, a real-estate consultancy firm.“I fear some of those smaller properties may not be able to come back at all,” he said, declining to speculate which of the malls may go under.There isn’t another big department store chain that requires that much space waiting on the sidelines, he said.The remaining department store mall locations total more than 10.6 million square feet (nearly one million square metres). That means the select few chains like The Hudson’s Bay Company or Simons that could take over some locations have a plethora of real estate to choose from, said Morris, and likely won’t gobble up anywhere close to all the vacant space.For malls that don’t draw another single anchor tenant, he said, the easiest solution would be to divvy up the former department store space and woo intermediate-size shops, like athletic retailer Sport Chek or bookstore Indigo.Another possibility, he said, is that certain restrictions in place due to Sears’s lease, like limiting further development, could disappear along with their corresponding leases and open landlords to a whole range of development possibilities. They could choose to build residential units or a mixed-use space that combines entertainment, recreation and shopping, said Morris.However, that takes time. Consumers could find other venues with a greater selection to shop at in the interim, he said, and landlords will have to find a way to lure them back after the changes are made.To make matters worse, for many of the malls, the Sears saga is a recurring problem. In recent history, they’ve grappled with the demise of Zellers and, more recently, Target.Prince George’s Pine Centre Mall, for example, lost its Target location about two years after it opened when the American chain announced it would shutter all of its Canadian stores. A Lowe’s Canada has since opened in the location.The Sears vacancy — at 10,400 square metres, or 24 basketball courts — will leave a much larger hole for management to fill.Mayor Hall said he’s not sure what the mall will do, but it will be quite a challenge. read more

Taming Teams Getting to Know Teams Teams

Slack Debuts New Enterprise Security Controls Beth Schultz August 06, 2019 Enhancements aim to provide the ability to deploy Slack at enterprise scale in “safe, secure, and centralized way.” Taming Teams: Where’s My Data? Kevin Kieller July 02, 2019 This simple storage question has a complex answer that any multinational organization considering Teams needs to explore. Taming Teams: Microsoft Looks to Inspire Partners Kevin Kieller July 16, 2019 Pushes the multiplier effect of the cloud, and highlights embedded Teams capabilities Why Slack Should Be Concerned about Microsoft Teams Kevin Kieller July 25, 2019 Likable though he may be, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield is missing the point about his company’s chief competition. 2019 is likely to be known as a year when many larger organizations began a methodical, stepwise transition of users to Microsoft Teams for both collaboration and communications.In this ongoing “Taming Teams” series of articles, I sort through the confusion, decode the messaging, decipher the meaning, and separate the reality from the marketing fluff with the ultimate goal of helping you best leverage Teams to deliver quantifiable business improvement. At the center of Microsoft Teams is the ability to define a “team,” not surprisingly. A Team’s team is a collection of one or more people either within or external to your organization, up to a maximum of 2,500. This 2,500-member team limit also applies to a special organization-wide team that all users are automatically part of, provided your organization has fewer than 2,500 users in your Active Directory. The idea is that team members work on projects together and in doing so share content and the tools or processes to manage this content to get things done. More concisely, a team is a group of collaborators.Teams can either be private, in which case only invited users are able to join, or public, in which case anyone within your organization can choose to join the team, although the 2,500-member limit still applies.Team members can have two primary roles: team owner or team member. A team owner, which can be more than one person, creates the team, manages team-wide settings, and can invite other members to join the team. Documents, conversations, and meeting notes are only accessible to team members. By default, all users have the permission to create new teams; you can restrict this if desired by controlling who can create Office 365 Groups.Team-wide settings, which team owners manage, include…Adding or changing a team picture. The picture appears besides the team name in the list of all teams and in the team and channel header Controlling member permissions: are members about to create, delete, and restore channels; are members able to add, delete, or update tabs; are owners able to delete all messages; are members able to delete or edit their posted messagesControlling guest permissions: are guests able to create and update channels, are guests able to delete channelsEnabling @team or @channel mentions (sends notifications to everyone on the team or everyone who has favorited a specific channel respectively)Deciding if emojis, memes, GIFs, or stickers are available for use within this team’s channelsOne team can have up to 100 team owners. If a team is orphaned because the original owner is no longer available, a Teams administrator can assign a new owner.By default, a team owner can only add members within your organization. A team owner adds team members by typing in their names or the name of a defined distribution list; entering a distribution list adds all the members on the list. A team owner can also create a team with dynamic membership, enabling membership of a team to be defined based on one or more attributes in Azure Active Directory (AAD). Correctly implementing dynamic team membership is a multistep process. Dynamic teams also require AAD Premium P1 licenses for each user who is a member of one or more dynamic teams.Users can search for teams by clicking the “Join or create team” button and can choose to join any public team. If a user requests to join a private team, the team owner will receive a notification and can approve or deny the request directly in Teams. In addition, a team owner can generate a sharable code people can use to join a team directly or can share a link to a specific team, in this case the team owner wouldn’t need to approve the join request. Office 365 admins can use the Set-UnifiedGroup PowerShell cmdlet to set the HiddenFromAddressListsEnabled attribute to hide specific groups or teams (in Outlook, Outlook Web App, and Teams itself).If you would like to invite users from outside your organization to participate in teams, you need to enable guest access in AAD, Teams, Office 365 Groups, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. While these multiple levels of authorization provide flexibility, the configuration complexity introduces the opportunity for errors and diminished user experience. IT staff should test guest access settings using external accounts before inviting partners, customers, or suppliers to join a team. Microsoft created a six-step Teams Guest Access Checklist and a Guest Access Troubleshooting Guide to help you successfully navigate the guest-enablement process.The AAD guest settings can take between two and 24 hours to synchronize with Office 365 and Teams. If you try to add a guest and see the message “contact your administrator” either guest access isn’t enabled, or the settings aren’t replicated yet.Once enabled, external guests can be invited to join specific teams via email. An invited guest will receive a welcome email. If the invited guest’s email is associated with an AAD account or an Office 365 work or school account, he or she can join directly. Otherwise, the guest will need to create a free Microsoft account associated with the email address. If a team includes guests, guest usernames include the suffix “(Guest)” and the Teams channel includes a “This team has guests” message in the header. Guest users can access and create content, participate in private team chats, and make use of some VoIP features. Currently you can’t edit guest account attributes such as the display name or profile photo using the Teams Admin Center. You instead need to use your AAD portal.Guest users have limited capabilities and, for example, can’t join a public team, create meetings, access schedules, or view your organization chart. Guest users can’t join a team using a link or a team code; team owners must explicitly add guest users to a team. Adding guest users has licensing implications; you’re limited to adding five guests for each licensed Teams user.Given teams form the foundation of Teams, understanding team options is critical. I encourage you to explore the document links in this article and experiment. Next up in this Taming Teams series… channels.I spend my time helping organizations succeed implementing communication and collaboration systems, most often within the Microsoft ecosystem, and I am committed to helping you succeed. Microsoft Teams enables new opportunities but also brings with it new obstacles and pitfalls. If you have specific questions please comment below, send me a tweet @kkieller, or message me on LinkedIn — and join me at Enterprise Connect 2019, March 18 to 21 in Orlando, Fla., where I’ll be moderating the “Transitioning to Teams: What’s Your Next Move on Microsoft?”  session as well as a tutorial on the transformative impacts of artificial intelligence on UC.If you haven’t yet registered for Enterprise Connect, use the code NJPOST and save $200! Register now! Advance Rate has been extended, and now closes this Friday, Jan. 18.Tags:News & ViewsTaming TeamsTeam Collaboration Tools & WorkspacesBest PracticesCloud CommunicationsConsultant PerspectivesDigital WorkplaceUnified Communications & CollaborationUser Adoption & Training Articles You Might Like Log in or register to post comments business_user.jpg See All in Team Collaboration Tools & Workspaces » Slack Modernizes Desktop Client Beth Schultz July 22, 2019 Touts greater efficiency, responsiveness, and reliability… all of which should help workers be more productive. read more

UN conference agrees on measures to combat global gun trafficking

After all-night negotiations that lasted into the morning of 21 July, the UN Conference on the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects last Saturday afternoon adopted a Programme of Action to prevent, combat and eradicate the illicit trade by undertaking a number of measures at the national, regional and global levels.Among the measures agreed to, countries said they would ensure that licensed manufacturers apply an appropriate and reliable marking on each small arm and light weapon as an integral part of the production process. They would also ensure that comprehensive and accurate records were kept for as long as possible on the manufacture, holding and transfer of small arms and light weapons under their jurisdiction.In addition, the participating delegations decided to guarantee that all confiscated, seized or collected small arms and light weapons were destroyed, unless another form of disposal or use had been officially authorized, and provided that such weapons had been duly marked and registered.Countries also agreed to strengthen their ability to cooperate in identifying and tracing illicit small arms and light weapons. A follow-up Conference would be held no later than 2006 to review progress made in the implementation of the Programme of Action.Secretary-General Kofi Annan issued a statement through his spokesman in New York warmly welcoming the accord, calling it the first of many important steps to alleviate the “grave threat” to international peace and human security. The Secretary-General praised these steps as “essential in building norms and in implementing collective measures against this global scourge.”In his concluding remarks, the Conference’s President, Ambassador Camilo Reyes of Colombia, expressed disappointment that delegates could not reach agreement on two of the most important issues – maintaining and controlling private ownership of small arms and the transfer of such weapons to non-State actors – even though there was overwhelming support for their inclusion in the outcome document. read more

Report says 3 JPMorgan executives will step down after 2 billion trading

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Report says 3 JPMorgan executives will step down after $2 billion trading loss by News Staff Posted May 13, 2012 6:06 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Three high-ranking executives at JPMorgan Chase are expected to leave their jobs this week after a trading blunder cost the bank $2 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.The Journal, citing people familiar with the situation, reported that one of the executives is Ina Drew, who for seven years has run the risk-management division at the bank responsible for the loss.The other two identified by the newspaper are an executive in charge of the London desk that placed the trades and a managing director on that team. The bank did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.The $2 billion loss, disclosed on Thursday by CEO Jamie Dimon, has been an embarrassment for the bank and led lawmakers and critics of the banking industry to call for tougher regulation of Wall Street.Drew, one of the highest-ranking women on Wall Street, is the bank’s chief investment officer. She was paid $15.5 million last year and almost $16 million the year before, according to a regulatory filing.The Journal reported that Bruno Iksil, the JPMorgan trader identified as the “London whale” because of the giant bets he placed, was also likely to leave, but the paper reported that it was not clear when that would happen.On Friday, investors shaved almost 10 per cent off JPMorgan’s stock price. Dimon said in a TV interview aired Sunday that he was “dead wrong” when he dismissed concerns about the bank’s trading last month.“We made a terrible, egregious mistake,” Dimon said in an interview that was taped Friday and aired on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ”There’s almost no excuse for it.”Dimon said he did not know the extent of the problem when he said in April that the concerns were a “tempest in a teapot.”The loss came in the past six weeks. Dimon has said it came from trading in so-called credit derivatives and was designed to hedge against financial risk, not to make a profit for the bank.Dimon said the bank is open to inquiries from regulators. He has also promised, in an email to the bank’s employees and in a conference call with stock analysts, to get to the bottom of what happened and learn from the mistake.Dimon told NBC that he supported giving the government the authority to dismantle a failing big bank and wipe out shareholder equity. But he stressed that JPMorgan, the largest bank in the United States, is “very strong.”A piece of the 2010 financial reform law known as the Volcker rule would prevent banks from certain kinds of trading for their own profit. Dimon has said the trading involved in the $2 billion loss would not have fallen under the rule.Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, who was one of the namesakes of the 2010 financial overhaul law, known as Dodd-Frank, told ABC’s “This Week” that he hopes the final version of the Volcker rule will prevent the type of trading that led to the massive loss at JPMorgan.Dimon conceded to NBC that the bank “hurt ourselves and our credibility” and expects to “pay the price for that.” Asked what the price should be, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin said that banks will lose their fight to weaken the rule.“This was not a risk-reducing activity that they engaged in. This increased their risk,” Levin told NBC.“So we’ve got to be very, very careful that the regulators here are not undermined by this huge effort to weaken the rule by putting in a huge loophole” that includes the trading involved in the JPMorgan loss, he said.Addressing public anger toward Wall Street, Dimon said he wants a more equitable society and does not mind paying higher taxes. But he said attacking all of business is “very counterproductive.” read more

UN deplores deadly attack on blue helmets in DR Congo

The deadly attack occurred yesterday in Beni territory when a UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) convoy came under fire from suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). Along with the documented 15 casualties, another four ‘blue helmets’ – all from the United Republic of Tanzania – are reported missing. In a statement released yesterday evening, the UN spokesperson said the Secretary-General also condemned in the strongest terms “the continuing atrocities perpetrated by the ADF against defenseless civilians in the Beni area.” “The UN remains committed to taking all necessary actions in line with Security Council resolution 2211 (2015) to protect civilians and neutralize armed groups in eastern DRC,” the statement continued. “The Secretary-General offers his sincere condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families and the Government of Tanzania.” Yesterday’s deadly ambush follows another targeted attack against the UN presence in the area when, on the morning of 4 May, MONUSCO helicopters were fired upon by a group of unidentified armed men. Also condemning the 5 May attack via Twitter, Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), said he would “no longer tolerate any more of these repeated attacks in Beni territory” and that MONUSCO would lead “robust offensive operations” against the perpetrators. In addition, Mr. Kobler paid tribute to the Tanzanian peacekeepers killed in the ambush saying he was “deeply saddened” by their deaths. Later in the afternoon, the Security Council released a statement condemning the attack and expressed their deepest condolences to the families of the peacekeepers killed. Wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured, Council members called on the Government of the DRC to swiftly investigate this attack and bring its perpetrators to justice. Those responsible for the attack must be held accountable, the Council stressed. The 15-member body also underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law and reiterated their full support to Mr. Kobler and MONUSCO to implement their mandate. “The members of the Security Council reiterated their deep concern regarding the security crisis in eastern DRC due to ongoing destabilizing activities of foreign and domestic armed groups,” the statement read. read more

Lonnie Charles DeVaney

1958 – 2019Lonnie was a man made of gold. Even in the most dire of circumstances his glass was always half full, and any time you were in his presence, so was yours. He shared his love for the peace and stillness found in the mountains, lakes, and streams of this beautiful state with everyone he came in contact with throughout his life. Lonnie loved everyone fully and selflessly. He valued people, and welcomed everyone with open arms, making them feel like family. He was a friend to all, a Saint who loved and enjoyed the company of sinners, and had a testimony of his Savior that was integrated into who he was at his core. He was a carpenter and a fisherman. His legacy and strengths cannot adequately be put into words. To know him, was to love him.Lonnie was born to Charles “Chuck” DeVaney and Carolyn Nelson on October 24, 1958 in Long Beach, CA. Life changed course for Lonnie at a young age when he and hisq brother came to be raised by their beloved maternal grandparents in Wellington, UT. He spent much of his youth running around the mountains with his little brother Mike, and an abundance of loving cousins and friends. He had a deep love for music and sports, and shared that passion with anyone willing to listen. He served an LDS mission from 1978-1980 in Honolulu, HI. Throughout his mission he grew to love and embrace the island lifestyle. The love he had for his ‘Ohana there ran deep, and stayed with him forever.He married his best friend, and sweetheart Bonnie Brown, on January 27, 1984. They were sealed together for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City, UT temple. Bonnie is by far Lonnie’s favorite adventure buddy. She is a mother to all, together they embodied what it means to be truly Christlike. The example they set is priceless. They welcomed everyone as family, and gave a home to countless wandering souls. They balanced one another perfectly. Lonnie lived for his family. He loved being a father and even more so, a grandfather. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and best friends. They could light him up like none other, and all adored him. Together, he and Bonnie raised a beautiful family that includes many bonus kids. He taught all of his children, both blood and chosen, what is really important in life. The morals and values he exemplified are embedded deep into the souls of his children, and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect role model. We will live to honor him and keep him alive through our treatment of others, and ask that you do the same.Lonnie fought long and hard through an unexpected illness and complications of an infection, ultimately deciding he was ready to return home. He crossed the veil peacefully, jamming out to his favorite songs, surrounded by his family and a football team of people he loved, who loved him in return. He is missed beyond measure, but we know he will stick around. To quote his last words, “Man up, and smile.”He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Bonnie, his children Patrick J.(Hannah) DeVaney, Cory(Imari) DeVaney, Amber(Jim) Forman, Travis(Anngilee) DeVaney, and Monica(Matheus) Fonseca. His mother Carolyn(Louis) Nelson. His grandchildren Julian, Jace, Alaina, Kal, Bruce, Oliver, Diana, Emmalene, and Jeremiah. His blended siblings Guy, Eryc, Marian, Grace, Candy, and Randy. As well as many life long friends, cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family.He is preceded in death by his little brothers Michael and Patrick M. DeVaney, grandparents Ervin B. and Grace D. Erickson, his beloved Aunt Lola, his father Charles DeVaney and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.A viewing will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 6:00-8:00pm at Cannon Mortuary. 2460 E. Bengal Blvd. SLC, UT 84121Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 12:00pm, at the LDS Copper Hills Stake Center. 5176 W Parr Drive, West Jordan, UT 84081. Viewing beforehand from 11:00-11:45am.Graveside dedication following the service at Herriman City Cemetery 12465 S Pioneer Street, Herriman UT, 84096 read more

Mens hockey Logan Davis unlikely path to OSU dream

OSU senior goaltender Logan Davis stops a shot against Michigan at Yost Arena on Nov. 29, 2013. Credit: Courtesy of OSU Athletics.Heading into the final stage of his hockey career with the Ohio AAA Blue Jackets and set to graduate from nearby Upper Arlington High School, Logan Davis was busy narrowing down his college choices as his hockey options were not coming along as he had hoped. That same year, he was the starting goaltender for Ohio State against No. 3 Michigan in the first-ever Big Ten Conference hockey game at one of hockey’s most hallowed venues, Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan.Davis, now in his senior year at OSU, started his hockey career, as many local Columbus products have, because of the influence of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets.His dad, longtime WBNS-10TV meteorologist Mike Davis, who attributes his own hockey roots to growing up in Minneapolis, was a big fan of the Minnesota North Stars before the team moved to Dallas.As fate would have it, it would be a Blue Jackets matchup against the Dallas Stars, Logan’s first hockey game with his dad, that inspired Logan desire to strap on the pads and take on one of the most thankless jobs in all of sports.“From that game, (Logan) saw (Blue Jackets goaltender at the time) Ron Tugnutt,” Mike Davis said. “He pointed at him and he said, ‘Dad, that’s what I want to do.’”Oddly enough, the six-year-old Davis’ allure to the game of hockey that night on Nationwide Boulevard stemmed from everything that was happening around the game itself.“It wasn’t necessarily game play as much as it was the atmosphere (at Nationwide Arena) and that, to this day, is the most important thing to me,” Logan Davis said. “Hockey games are electric, the fans and the game itself is so fast paced. It’s so energetic that it suited my personality very well.”Enrollment in local learn-to-skate programs and development in the Columbus Chill Youth Hockey Association followed, including lessons from OSU hockey legend Perry Pooley, who currently sits tied for 10th in all-time scoring as a Buckeye, with 174 points during his tenure from 1981-84.Despite his desire to play goalie, Davis started out as a forward briefly in youth hockey, but the team he was on didn’t have a set goalie and they all took turns between the pipes.When Logan took the net, there were few things that could separate him and the crease.   After years of building his talent with local teams and ending with the AAA Blue Jackets, Logan found himself at the crossroads that most hockey players face at some point in their careers. Junior hockey tryouts were not going as he had hoped and life as a regular college student and possibly club hockey loomed on the horizon, or so he thought.Late in his senior year at Upper Arlington, one of OSU’s goalies at the time, Peter Megariotis, transferred to Lake Superior State University, leaving a hole in the goaltending core at Davis’ dream school.The Buckeye coaching staff came to a Jackets’ practice and talked to Davis about the role of becoming a third-string goalie for OSU.No sales pitch needed, he was in. “The stars aligned,” Davis said. “I was in the right place at the right time, and the situation fell into my lap.”The stars would align again for Davis in November 2013 in a way rarely seen in college hockey. Davis joined a goaltending trio that included fellow freshman Matthew Tomkins and sophomore Collin Olson. Olson transferred early into the season and Tomkins suffered a freak ankle injury just four minutes into the Buckeyes’ bout with Niagara on Nov. 9.“I see (Tomkins) and I thought he was just coming to the bench for water.” Davis said.Davis was in, and 56 minutes and 16 seconds of occupying the crease later, he registered his first collegiate win mere months after the situation was deemed unfathomable.“I really don’t know how to describe it because I didn’t have any time to think.” Davis said. OSU coach Steve Rohlik had to scramble to find reinforcements until Tomkins returned to full health and he could bring in Christian Frey, now a senior with the Scarlet and Gray, during winter break. Davis became the leader of the Buckeye goalie trio comprised of OSU club hockey goaltender Aaron Kahn and OSU varsity baseball catcher Aaron Gretz, who had played goalie for Apple Valley High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota.A few weeks later, as an 18-year-old true freshman — a rarity in college hockey these days given the typical route for hockey players that includes junior hockey for a few years before going to college — Davis was tasked with starting OSU’s first-ever Big Ten Conference game against rival Michigan.He stopped 34 shots, including a penalty shot, in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Wolverines. Amidst a sold-out, standing-room-only crowd, Mike Davis could not have been prouder.“We were in this little section of scarlet and gray surrounded by maize and blue and they never stopped chanting and taunting,” Davis said. “Those fans go after the goalie, the goalie’s mother, the goalie’s sister. They’re chanting all of these things.”Logan finished his freshman year with a record of 3-2, a goals against average of 2.21 and a save percentage of .909. He played in two games his sophomore year, both against Michigan, before not seeing any action last year.So far this season, he has played in two games, logging just over 21 minutes of time in the net while making six saves.Few people get to see all that Davis does behind the scenes, such as getting called upon to take part in practice drills primarily structured for the Buckeye offense, which currently tops the NCAA averaging over four goals per game.Not exactly a Greg Goldberg situation from “The Mighty Ducks” in which Davis is tied to the net, but a key factor nonetheless as to why OSU is lighting the lamp behind nets across the country this year.OSU goaltending coach Joe Exter could not be more pleased with the player and person Davis has become in almost three and a half years with the program. “He accepts responsibility for what he has to do, but he goes above and beyond,” Exter said. “He’s done a great job with our team, whether it’s leadership through his example or ideas of how things could get better, whether it’s us as a group or as an individual.”Davis’ development and work ethic has yielded confidence from the coaches.“He could go in tomorrow night and give us a chance to win.” Exter said.Not bad for someone who once said, “Maybe I’ll just be a normal student, just go to college and maybe play club.” read more

Every aspect of climate change affects or is affected by geography be

first_imgESRI president Jack Dangermond will be keynoting the INTERGEO conference, organised by the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation, and Land Management, to be held in Cologne, Germany, October 5-7, 2010. Dangermond will discuss the use of geospatial data and technology to assist in the fight against climate change. The theme of the conference is Knowledge and Action for Planet Earth.  His address will focus on a multitude of issues surrounding climate change science, from root cause to resultant impacts, looking at geography as an elemental factor. “Every aspect of climate change affects or is affected by geography, be it at a global, regional, or local level,” Dangermond says. “The European Environment Information and Observation Network, or Eionet, is a great example of how organisations can work together to help each other understand climate change and find solutions. Through Eionet, the European Environment Agency is using GIS [geographic information system] technology to share and access essential geographic environmental data provided by more than 32 member countries in approximately 460 organisations.”In Europe, sharing data, applications, and knowledge through the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) provides the resources countries need to collaborate, improving decision making and operations for a healthier planet. ESRI is offering ArcGIS for INSPIRE, a solution built on ArcGIS software, to help this community create an extensible infrastructure that is INSPIRE compliant.Visit ESRI’s booth 2H.132 in hall 11.2 to see ArcGIS for INSPIRE as well as other ArcGIS 10 innovations that take advantage of rich Internet applications, cloud computing, and mobile GIS. Founded in 1969, ESRI  is the world leader in the GIS software industry. ESRI offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyse, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. ESRI’s comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.last_img read more

Labour Court proposals rejected by SIPTU staff at Liebherr plant

first_imgAt the beginning of December last year, following a one-day work stoppage in November and on-going ban on overtime, workers met with management at the Labour Court  in an attempt to resolve a pay disputing dating back to 2009.Liebherr said previously said it was “disappointed” at the industrial action, and that it has already started transferring some work from its plant in Killarney back to Germany.Employees were not paid a previously agreed 2.5 per cent pay increase.Liebherr employs a total of 670 people in its plant in Kerry, with just under half of these represented by SIPTU.The union previously said that the non-payment of the wage increase is the centre of the dispute, and also noted that “thee average hourly pay of skilled operatives working at the Liebherr plant is €15.43 which is below the average rate payable to similarly skilled workers”.Read: SIPTU calls on Liebherr to “respect the industrial relations process” in pay dispute >More: Fears for 670 jobs at Liebherr’s Kerry plant following strike action > SIPTU workers at Liebherr Ireland, a crane manufacturer in Kerry, have voted to reject Labour Court proposals, adding to fears for jobs at the plant.In a statement this afternoon, the union confirmed that workers at Liebherr Container Cranes rejected the ballot which would have provided workers with a pay increase, backdated 21 months, although with changes to existing work practices.“We are now in the process of considering that decision with the workplace committee at Liebherr,” SIPTU Organiser Marie Kearney said.We are writing to the company in relation to the result of this ballot and will remain available for direct discussions.last_img read more

School bus drivers to be asked if they want to join strike

first_imgSchool bus drivers to be asked if they want to join strike action Bus Éireann workers have been striking for eight days now – but school services hadn’t been affected. Friday 31 Mar 2017, 4:25 PM This leaves our members with no other option but to consider industrial action to protect their jobs and the services they provide.The ballot for industrial action by Siptu members employed as Bus Éireann school bus drivers is scheduled to be completed by 21 April.Read: Irish Rail and Dublin Bus back to normal for the journey home Share347 Tweet Email2 119 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Short URL By Gráinne Ní Aodha 16,448 Views However, it is now known that their livelihoods will also be adversely affected in the circumstances that their employer is not able to continue trading. Mar 31st 2017, 4:25 PM UNIONS WILL BALLOT members who work as Bus Éireann school bus drivers for industrial action because of the threat to their jobs due to the stand-off between workers and management.Siptu Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said:“Today, the Siptu National School Bus Drivers Committee decided to commence the process of balloting its members for industrial and strike action in sympathy and support of their colleagues in Bus Éireann.“Although they are employees of Bus Éireann these workers have to date not been party to the ongoing dispute at the company. Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

City looks to rein in health care costs

first_imgFirefighters uinon explores alternative insurance optionIf things don’t change, Vancouver will be at the steering wheel of what the government defines as a Cadillac insurance plan by the time federal health care reforms take effect in 2018.Keeping up a Caddy isn’t cheap, and the cost of providing 1,093 city employees with health care is part of what’s driving the city’s budget into the ground: Health insurance is expected to cost the city $16 million in 2011 — a figure approaching half of the city’s projected $39 million in property tax revenue.The pressure is on, city leaders say, to find a way to stanch the hemorrhaging.“We need to get to the point where we don’t have to solve our budget crisis every two years by laying people off,” said City Manager Eric Holmes, who has made employee compensation a focus since taking his new job in November.Fixing health benefits won’t solve the problem entirely. But as insurance rates rise in the double digits annually — and employee salaries and benefits comprise 70 percent of the budget — it’s a good place to start, he said.Vancouver, based on advice from its contracted insurance brokerage firm, Mercer, has formed a three-point plan to bring costs down and keep them there.last_img read more

The best Nintendo Switch deal right now 255

first_img Nintendo Charge your Nintendo Switch over-the-air Share your voice Preview • Nintendo Switch: All the latest details The Cheapskate CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $299 Review • Nintendo Switch review: Pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go Amazon $289 Tags 2:38 See It $299 Best Buy Consoles Mobile Accessories Nintendo Switch Mentioned Above Nintendo Switch (Gray) James Martin/CNET It must be E3 season, because gaming deals are coming out of the woodwork. Start by checking out the best pre-E3 video game deals.Then check this out: For a limited time, and while supplies last, MassGenie has the Nintendo Switch for $254.99 shipped. That’s after clicking the orange Power Deal button (which requires you to have a MassGenie account).See it at MassGenieThat price is good on both the red/blue model and the gray one; just click the color selector on the product page. Note, however, that although there’s a countdown clock on that page, it will likely reset once it gets to zero — a rather disingenuous MassGenie practice, if you ask me.Of course, a game console is no good without games, so consider starting with this: Walmart has Capcom Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for $19.93 — 50% off the regular price.See it at WalmartWhile you’re at it, consider picking up the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for $49.99, a rare $20 savings.See it at AmazonThe Switch remains one of the most sought-after gaming systems on the planet. CNET called it “pure fun on a big-screen TV or on the go” and awarded it an 8.5/10 rating. Read the full Nintendo Switch review to learn more.While you’re at it, check out the 26 best games for the Switch and 9 tips and tricks for getting started on the Switch. See It 12 Now playing: Watch this: News • Are you a Nintendo Switch docker or hander? Bonus deal: Power your Switch (and more) on the go with this 26,800-mAh charger for $63 (save $37)Nintendo promises up to 6 hours of battery life on the Switch, but let’s get real: Depending on the game, the settings (brightness, Wi-Fi, etc) and so on, you may not get more than 2.5-3 hours.omars-ac-power-bank-with-labelsThis high-capacity power bank includes not only an AC outlet, but also Type-C and Type-A USB ports. Omars Mobile chargers to the rescue! For a limited time, and while supplies last, Wellmade Brands (via Amazon) has the Omars Beast 26,800-mAh Portable Charger with AC Outlet for $62.99. That’s after applying promo code 6EU9D2TR at checkout. Regular price: $99.99.See it at AmazonThis is about as modern as mobile chargers get: In addition to a two-prong AC outlet that can supply up to 90 watts (enough to charge many, if not most, laptops), it has a Power Delivery (PD) Type-C USB port and two Type-A USB ports that support QuickCharge 3.0 technology.It’s also reasonably compact, measuring just 7.2×6.3×1.5 inches — though it’s definitely a little hefty at 3.6 pounds. Still, if you want plenty of extra juice for your Switch and/or other devices, this is one of the lowest prices I’ve seen for a power bank like this.Bonus Deal: Refurbished Xbox One X: $237.99 (save $160)Microsoft’s flagship console, the Xbox One X, sells new for $500, though you can now find various Xbox One X bundles on sale for $400.Just want the console itself for the lowest possible price? You got it: For a limited time, and while supplies last, GamerCandy (via Rakuten) has the preowned Xbox One X for $237.99 when you apply coupon code GC42 at checkout. (You must also be logged into your Rakuten account.)See it at RakutenBuried in the product description is this: “This is a Preowned Open Box item – Retail box is damaged and has been opened. Everything inside has been verified, tested and in good condition.”Not listed anywhere that I could find: warranty information. It could be 90 days, or you might have only the 30-day return window. My advice is to reach out to the seller before buying. Win some fabulous prizes, including a 65-inch TCL TV!CNET has two great giveaways running:Your chance to win a $100 Shell gift card. Your chance to win a TCL 6 Series 65-inch TV, PlayStation 4 Pro and Nerf Fortnight blaster.Good luck!Originally published on March 19.Update, June 10: New pricing and availability; changed bonus deals.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Walmart See it $299 How To • How to transfer your Nintendo Switch account to a new Switch V2 See It Commentslast_img read more

Union Budget 2018 Sports Ministry gets Rs 351 crore funds increase SAIs

first_imgSports Authority of IndiaWikimedia CommonsThe budget allocation of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has been reduced by more than Rs 66 crore, as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday allocated Rs 2,196.35 crore to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for 2018-19 fiscal.While the ministry got an increase of Rs 351 crore from the last financial year, SAI, the nodal agency for sports in the country, got Rs 429.56 crore. It had got Rs 495.73 crore in the revised estimates for the 2017-18 fiscal.India will take part in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in 2018 and that has played a part in the sports budget hike.The ministry’s flagship programme, Khelo India scheme is a major beneficiary, getting Rs 520.09 crore as against last fiscal year’s Rs. 350 crore. The 2016-17 fiscal’s Khelo India budget was Rs 140 crore.Meanwhile, the allocation for sports in Jammu and Kashmir has been reduced by Rs 25 crore. The budget allocation stands at Rs 50 crore.Assistance to Promotion of Sports Excellence, which includes assistance to national sports federations, got Rs 347 crore, a hike of Rs 35.18 crore.The National Service Scheme has got Rs 160 crore in place of Rs. 146.12 crore in 2017-2018 fiscal.The budget allocation for Incentive to Sports Persons stands at Rs 23 crore, a hike of Rs 4.77 crore.The National Youth Corps has got Rs 80 crore, a hike of Rs 20 crore.last_img read more

Dont think any levelplaying field exists

first_imgElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder. File PhotoElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Monday said he does not think there is any level-playing for the forthcoming parliamentary elections, reports UNB.“I don’t think there’s anything like level-playing field. The term ‘level-playing field’ has turned into a meaningless word,” he said while replying to queries from reporters in written.As four reporters asked the election commissioner some questions in the morning, he told them to write down their questions.He gave answers to the questions in written.Drawing his attention to chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comments that there is a level-playing ground for the election, a reporter asked Mahbub Talukder whether he was opposing the CEC.In reply, he said, “I never oppose his remarks. He expresses his opinions. I express dissent opinion if necessary. You’re journalists, you’re aware of the country. Ask your conscience whether there’s any level-playing field for the election. You’ll find the answer.”Asked whether it is possible to hold a free and fair election amid allegations of obstructing opposition candidates from conducting electioneering across the country, the election commissioner said, “I’m an optimistic man. The promise to hold a free and fair election will have to be materialised in the time left before us. Executive magistrates, judicial magistrates and electoral enquiry committee judges should play a more effective role in this regard.”He also thinks that the situation will take a positive turn once the army is deployed.About CEC’s remarks that the election will be participatory and fair with the participation of all parties, Mahbub Talukder said participatory election has no relation with a credible one. “A participatory election is a primary achievement. But the main thing is that whether the election is fair and credible. A participatory election will be of no use unless it’s acceptable and credible.”Asked whether the public administration and law enforcement agencies remain under the control of the election commission, he said they do not hold the election directly. “It’s held through returning officers, officials concerned and law enforcement agencies. Top officials of the law enforcement agencies are under the election commission. They can say how much members of their forces are under their control.”In reply to another query whether he has any message in the present situation, the election commissioner expressed the hope that no one—candidates, voters and even law enforcers – will violate the law. “Let the law take its own course. Abide by the electoral code of conduct. Assist us to make the election a success.”last_img read more

Rare supercell thunderstorm in Hawaii produces record size hailstone

first_img Explore further Roofs fail to defend against frequent hailstorms, study reveals ( — A March 9 thunderstorm that struck the island of Oahu produced unusually large hailstones, one of which measured over four inches long, a record for the state which rarely sees hail at all. The hail was the result of a rare supercell thunderstorm forming which produced both hail and one small tornado, another rare event for Hawaii. Supercells are a type of thunderstorm common in the central plains of the United States, but almost unheard of in Hawaii, where the previous hail size record was only around an inch. To produce such large sized hailstones a storm must have a lot of warm moist air rising up into much colder and drier air. And at the same time, the storm must produce winds that change direction a lot at the mid and lower levels, producing a lot of energy which results in strong updrafts. Such conditions cause moisture to be pushed up into the colder air where it freezes and starts to fall due to its increased weight. But because of the strong updraft, it’s pushed upwards once again where more moisture freezes onto its surface, causing the hail to grow bigger in size. This process continues until the hailstones grow large and heavy enough to fall through the strong updraft. Thus, the stronger the updraft, the larger the hailstones will grow.Supercells striking Hawaii are rare because the conditions for creating them aren’t conducive to such storms. While there is generally a lot of warm moist air in the lower atmosphere, there is seldom the kind of air movement that causes updrafts due to prevailing winds pushing storms along, preventing them from stalling, which can lead to the multidirectional wind shifts and then updrafts. And while there is no real evidence to suggest that the large hail in Hawaii is linked to global warming, there will undoubtedly be some who tie such a rare storm to other rare weather events that have been taking place all over the planet in recent years.Records for Hawaiian weather go back only as far as 1950, but since that time, hail of penny or quarter size has been reported just eight times, highlighting just how rare it is for hail to land on the island and how odd it is for hail of such a large size to be seen. © 2012 PhysOrg.comcenter_img More information: via Hawaiinewsnow Citation: Rare supercell thunderstorm in Hawaii produces record size hailstone (2012, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

US quickly going through commanders in Afghan war

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes In June, Allen traveled to eastern Logar province to personally deliver his regrets about a NATO airstrike that Afghan officials said killed 18 civilians.The events have shattered the Afghan people’s trust in America and have driven a dagger into the U.S.-led coalition’s hearts-and-minds campaign, which was already in decline after years of war. Coalition forces will still help bolster the Afghan government and security forces in the coming years, but Afghans increasingly believe America’s only mission is to leave as soon as it can.Allen also had to contend with a spike in insider attacks by Afghan forces, or insurgents in their uniforms, on their foreign allies and even on their Afghan colleagues. The attacks have raised questions about how effectively the allied forces can train the Afghans to take over security of their own country in 2014.The news about the Allen investigation broke in Kabul just a few hours after militants fired four rockets on the Afghan capital, killing one Afghan man and wounding three other people.Waheed Muzhda, a former foreign ministry official under the Taliban regime, said Petraeus’ affair is evidence that American civilization is crumbling. It was the first presidential dismissal of a wartime general since President Harry Truman ousted Gen. Douglas MacArthur during the Korean War.Obama replaced McKiernan with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who had a background in special operations and came in with a mandate to remake the war effort with the help of “surge” troops. But he lasted only 13 months.In June 2010, Rolling Stone published an article that quoted scathing remarks McChrystal and his aides made about their civilian bosses, including Vice President Joseph Biden, as fools who were ignorant of the complexities of war. Obama called McChrystal back to Washington to explain and forced him to resign.Gen. David Petraeus took over the Afghan command in July 2010 to fill the void left by McChrystal’s abrupt departure and agreed to serve for one year. He completed that term and then retired from the military to become CIA director in September 2011.Petraeus resigned as CIA director on Nov. 9 after he had an extramarital affair with his biographer. The affair came out as part of an FBI investigation into suspicious emails between the biographer and another woman.The current chief, Gen. John Allen, was appointed by Obama to oversee the drawdown of U.S. and international forces ahead of the planned transfer of security responsibility to the Afghan government in 2014. Pentagon officials said Tuesday that Allen, 58, is under investigation for thousands of alleged “inappropriate communications” with the second woman involved in the Petraeus case, a Florida socialite. Allen’s nomination to become the next commander of U.S. European Command and the commander of NATO forces in Europe has now been put on hold.Expecting Allen to be confirmed for his new post, Obama had already chosen Gen. Joseph Dunford succeed him. If confirmed, Dunford would be the 15th top commander there since 2002, a revolving door of generals that some analysts say is detrimental to the war effort.“Rotating top commanders on an annual basis makes no management sense,” Thomas E. Ricks, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, wrote in an opinion piece published Sunday in The New York Times. “Imagine trying to run a corporation by swapping the senior executives every year. Or imagine if, at the beginning of 1944, six months before D-Day, Gen. George C. Marshall, the Army chief of staff, told Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme allied commander, that it was time to give someone else a chance to lead.”When Petraeus took the helm as coalition commander on July 4, 2010, he proclaimed: “We are in this to win.” Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Comments   Share   Associated PressKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – At the international military headquarters in Kabul, it’s jokingly being called the curse of the commander’s job.The last four U.S. generals to run the Afghan war were either forced to resign or saw their careers tainted by allegations of wrongdoing.The first, Gen. David McKiernan, was ousted on May 11, 2009, a year before his term as commander was set to end. Then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted McKiernan’s resignation as newly elected President Barack Obama launched a counterinsurgency strategy of working to undermine the Taliban’s pull on the population. Petraeus relied heavily on air strikes and night raids. But the emphasis on killing and capturing militants worked better than the other main part of the strategy, which was to clear the Taliban out of a particular territory, then focus on holding and developing it to win over the local Afghan population.Since he took charge, Allen has been confronted with a series of U.S. tragedies and missteps that have hindered the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, where militants, while weakened, continue to conduct their trademark suicide attacks and roadside bombings.A month after he assumed his command, insurgents shot down a Chinook helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, killing 30 American troops and seven Afghan commandos and a translator. It was the single deadliest loss in the war.In January, a video purportedly showing American Marines laughing and urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters surfaced on the Web.In February, Muslim holy books were burned at a U.S. base north of Kabul. Obama called the incident a terrible mistake, but it triggered scores of anti-American protests across the country, leaving more than 30 Afghans and six U.S. soldiers dead.In March, a U.S. soldier allegedly went on a shooting rampage in two villages in southern Kandahar province, killing 16 villagers. “It is shameful for a military general with such a big name and authority to violate the rights of his wife,” Muzhda said. “These types of values are totally different from the values of Islam and our culture. … If this happens in our country, the punishment is stoning.”Mullah Maulvi Habibullah, a well-known Muslim cleric in Kabul, said the affair tarnishes the dignity of the CIA around the world.“Such immoral sexual relations take place in societies with no Islamic values,” he said. “The U.S. has no such authority or dignity to (say they want to) bring human rights and women’s rights to the world.”In neighboring Pakistan, Akhlaq Ahmad, who works at an electric company in the southern city of Karachi, said Pakistani officials could learn a lesson from Petraeus’ decision to resign.“In this matter, America proved to be on high moral ground and also proved that law and moral ethics apply to every citizen equally,” Ahmad said. “If we compare it with Pakistan we should be shameful and learn a lesson from this.”___Associated Press writers Patrick Quinn, Slobodan Lekic, Amir Shah and Rahim Faiez in Kabul, Robert Burns in Perth, Australia, Adil Jawad in Karachi, Pakistan, and Riaz Khan in Peshawar, Pakistan contributed to this report. 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