Trump Stacks the Pentagon and Intel Agencies With Loyalists. To What End?

first_imgKashyap Patel, Anthony J. Tata and Ezra Cohen-Watnick — three aides whose promotions were announced in a Pentagon statement on Tuesday — are viewed as highly ideological Trump foot soldiers. Mr. Patel has a long history of trying to discredit the investigations into Russian interference, Mr. Tata’s nomination was withdrawn over the summer in part because he had called President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader,” and Mr. Cohen-Watnick was quietly eased out of the National Security Council in 2017 after clashes with Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, then the national security adviser.The three are not believed to have the stature to bully Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the head of the military’s Central Command, into initiating operations, whether overt or secret, against Iran or other adversaries during the final days of Mr. Trump’s presidency.- Advertisement – And a senior official close to Christopher C. Miller, the new acting defense secretary appointed on Monday, said that it was clear from Mr. Miller’s meetings with Mr. Trump that the president has deep reluctance in launching offensive military operations as his time in office nears an end. That is not what his political base seeks, and it runs counter to Mr. Trump’s calls to get troops out of so-called forever wars in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.During a meeting at the White House, Mr. Trump’s message to Mr. Miller, the official said, was to do nothing new or provocative.When jobs open in the last days of an administration, they are usually filled by deputies, whose only charge is to keep the wheels of government turning at least until Inauguration Day.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img It was a sign of the changed atmosphere that when James H. Anderson, an expert on military strategy and missile defense, left the Pentagon after being fired from the No. 3 position — acting under secretary for policy — he was “clapped out,” or applauded by officials lining the halls. A report on Twitter by William Kristol, the conservative commentator who has opposed Mr. Trump, said the White House sought the “names of any political appointees who joined in so they could be fired.”It is possible, some officials say, that what is happening is no more than résumé padding, allowing some of Mr. Trump’s loyalists to claim they held top posts, albeit briefly, or to cement some policy changes before Mr. Biden can take office and seek to reverse them.last_img read more

US sets one-day record with more than 60,500 COVID cases, Americans divided

first_img“It’s just disheartening because the selfishness of [not wearing a mask] versus the selflessness of my staff and the people in this hospital who are putting themselves at risk, and I got COVID from this,” said Dr. Andrew Pastewski, ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami.”You know, we’re putting ourselves at risk and other people aren’t willing to do anything and in fact go the other way and be aggressive to promote the disease. It’s really, it’s really hard,” he said.Stephanie Porta, 41, a lifelong Orlando, Florida, resident, said only about half the shoppers at her grocery store wore masks, though that was more than she saw two weeks ago.”They’re trying to make everything seem normal, when it’s not. People are dying, people are getting sick. It’s insane,” she said. More than 60,500 new COVID-19 infections were reported across the United States on Thursday, according to a Reuters tally, setting a one-day record as weary Americans were told to take new precautions and the pandemic becomes increasingly politicized.The total represents a slight rise from Wednesday, when there were 60,000 new cases, and marks the largest one-day increase by any country since the pandemic emerged in China last year.As infections rose in 41 of the 50 states over the last two weeks, Americans have become increasingly divided on issues such as the reopening of schools and businesses. Orders by governors and local leaders mandating face masks have become particularly divisive. Florida on Thursday announced nearly 9,000 new cases and 120 new coronavirus deaths, a record daily increase in lives lost.Governor Ron DeSantis called the rising cases a “blip” and urged residents not to be afraid.”I know we’ve had a lot of different blips,” DeSantis said. “We’re now at a higher blip than where we were in May and the beginning of June.”Florida is one of the few states that does not disclose the number of hospitalized COVID patients. But more than four dozen Florida hospitals reported their intensive care units reached full capacity earlier this week.In Texas a group of bar owners sued Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, saying his June 26 order closing them down violates the state constitution, the Dallas Morning News reported.Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday that keeping schools closed would be a greater risk to children’s health than reopening them.California and Texas, the two most populous states, announced record increases in COVID deaths on Wednesday.California has seen cases and hospitalizations surge, even though it imposed one of the strictest lockdowns. After several lawmakers and staffers at the state Capitol in Sacramento were infected, lawmakers said the legislature would not return from summer break until July 27.Riverside University Health System, east of Los Angeles, expanded its 44-bed intensive care unit after it filled up with patients.”It’s been very consistent every day in the last couple of weeks. Every day has been like a full moon,” Riverside emergency room physician Stephanie Loe said, referring to doctors’ beliefs that a full moon brings more patients to the emergency room.Governors in California, Florida and Texas have either ruled out forced business closures and quarantines or called them a last resort. But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warned he would impose a new stay-at-home order in two weeks if the latest surge did not ease. The rise in infections also weighed on the stock market Thursday on fears of new lockdowns, which would take a toll on the economic recovery. The Dow and the S&P 500 ended down about 1%.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Bill to Develop CPR Curriculum

first_imgGov. Wolf Signs Bill to Develop CPR Curriculum June 12, 2019 Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today, Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law Act 7 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 115, which will require the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to create potentially life-saving curriculum for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).“I’m proud to sign into law this important life-saving measure. Each additional set of hands trained to do CPR increases the likelihood that a cardiac arrest will be reversed,” said Gov. Wolf. “Teaching our young Pennsylvanians to save a life not only promotes the health of all of Pennsylvania, it builds a sense of community and neighborliness.”More than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year, and nearly 45 percent of those patients who received CPR survived. Act 7 requires PDE to provide a curriculum to schools to teach “hands-only” CPR, a no-breath, compression-only technique recommended by the American Heart Association for sudden cardiac arrests. The curriculum must also include the use of automatic external defibrillators.“This new law will help provide generations of Pennsylvanians with an important lifesaving skill. Knowing how to properly use the hands-only CPR technique and AED equipment is critical when an individual suffers a cardiac arrest,” said Sen. Tom Killion, who sponsored the bill. “I deeply appreciate Gov. Wolf signing this legislation. It will save many lives.”Gov. Wolf’s history of improving health for Pennsylvanians includes expanding Medicaid to give 720,000 Pennsylvanians access to health care and legalizing medical marijuana to provide relief to patients with qualified medical conditions. Act 7 will take effect Aug. 12, 2019.Gov. Wolf also signed into law on Tuesday Act 6 of 2019, formerly House Bill 275, which changes the name of the Early Intervention Program to the Strategic Management Planning Program to encourage participation, and Act 8 of 2019, formerly Senate Bill 441, which designates the bridge carrying Route 2087 over the East Branch Codorus Creek in York County as the Sgt. Christopher M. Wrinkle and Tosca Memorial Bridge. Wrinkle, a graduate of Dallastown High School in York, died alongside his service dog, Tosca, in 2011 while serving in the Marine Corps in Afghanistan.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The CBD skyline is your urban living backdrop

first_imgIt’s one unit per floor at VietriThere’s over 350sq m of living area on offer — including an upstairs lounge and balcony off its own bedroom.The finish is of the highest standard included gourmet kitchen, integrated wine fridge, ducted air conditioning, barbecue and wet bar. The view from this New Farm penthouse is breathtakingTHE city is your backdrop in this near CBD unit that offers all the benefits of a short commute and a cool cafe lifestyle.The outlook from 4/18 Moray Street, New Farm should be framed and autographed, it’s that good. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoIt’s great inside, and you can’t avoid the stunning outlookThe four-bedroom, four-bathroom penthouse fills out two levels at the top of the Vietri project.center_img This is what you see from the kitchenFor car fans there’s also two garage spaces, and a monster storage area.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Locals buying into Mermaid Beach luxury apartment project

first_imgElysium at Mermaid Beach.“The project has been specifically designed with these buyers in mind, giving them everything they have in a home in terms of size and storage, convenience and security.” Designed by BDA Architects, the project offers views over the park to Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.It is also close to surrounding cafes and restaurants in the area and is a short stroll to Nobbys Beach.Prices for the apartments start at $1.895 million with five left to sell. Elysium at Mermaid Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoHoward Group managing director Mark Howard described the apartments as “irreplaceable”. Mr Howard said the beachside development was attracting mostly locals who loved the area.“The inquiry has been to date from locals downsizing — they don’t want to renovate and they do not want to move from Mermaid Beach,” Mr Howard said. Elysium at Mermaid Waters, which will have nine beachside apartments, is due to be finished by May 2018.CONSTRUCTION on a collection of luxury Mermaid Beach apartments is due to be finished next month.The Howard Group is developing the site at 13 Montana Rd, called Elysium.It will have nine apartments, including a penthouse, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, and two carparks.center_img Elysium at Mermaid Beach.last_img read more

Jailed FL mom says she ‘had no idea’ she left babies in car

first_imgAs temperatures rise this summer, there have been a string of tragic deaths involving children being left in automobiles throughout the US.A Florida mom is now behind bars after leaving her 7-week-old daughter and 2-year-old son in a vehicle parked in her driveway.She reportedly told deputies she “had no idea” she’d left her two young children.Andrea Michelle Cole, 35, was arrested Monday after Manatee County deputies found the infant and crying boy inside the car.Police were initially called to the family home on reports of a domestic disturbance.At the scene, deputies reportedly found loose prescription pills, open liquor bottles, and used diapers.It is also reported that the family had the children in poor living conditions with no edible food.Cole appeared in court Tuesday and told the judge she loved her children and denied not having food for them.As of Tuesday, she remains in jail on child neglect charges.No other information is available at this time.Related content:Two-year-old found dead in Parking lot of an Oakland Park day care centerlast_img read more

Semi-final Christy Ring Cup spot up for grabs

first_imgA semi-final spot in the Christy Ring Cup is up for grabs this afternoon as Kildare take on Carlow.Throw-in is at 3pm.There are also two qualifiers in the Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Football Championship. Wexford face Wicklow at 2.30 and Meath take on Laois at 3.last_img

Madrid Derby: Real Test for Los Blancos Title Ambition

first_imgMadrid’s hope of winning the La Liga for the first time in five years will be put to test today as neighbours, Atletico, storm the Santiago Bernabeu for the Madrid derby. A win for the White Angels will be a big boost to their title ambition while a draw or even a loss will increase fierce rival -Barcelona’s optimism of snatching the title from leaders, who top the table with two points and a game at handReal Madrid can show how serious their bid to land a first La Liga title in five years really is when they host local rivals Atletico Madrid today in the midst of the best run of results in the campaign by Diego Simeone’s side.Real ended a three-season drought against their neighbours earlier on in the campaign with a 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon in November, thanks to a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo, a display Zinedine Zidane’s side have struggled to top. The European champions’ destiny is in their hands as they lead holders Barcelona by two points while also having a game in hand, though doubts linger about their true quality.Real’s play has been littered with lapses of concentration in defence and they have often had to rely on late escape acts to see them through difficult games.Atletico have won all three of their previous visits to the Santiago Bernabeu in the league and head there after beating Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday to record five consecutive domestic wins for the first time this season.Zidane made wholesale changes to his team in Wednesday’s 4-2 win at Leganes in preparation for the derby, resting Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.Marco Asensio and Alvaro Morata shone in the absence of the team’s big hitters to help put Real up 3-0 after 25 minutes but familiar frailties were visible at the back as they conceded twice in two minutes before adding a fourth after the break.Real will find it tougher to compensate for any similar errors against Atletico, who have conceded just one goal in their last six games in all competitions.Atletico defender Juanfran believes his side are far better prepared to face their neighbours than when they last met.“It’s clear they were better than us in that game but now it’s another story, a different moment. I hope we can stay on this great run and get something positive, although we know it’ll be difficult because they are top and are having an incredible season,” Juanfran told reporters.“We had a bad run around November and December and that has made us stronger and we’ve shown once again that Atletico always rises against adversity,” added Juanfran, who missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out when Atletico lost to Real in the 2016 Champions League final.Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann believes Atletico can inflict the worst possible start to a season defining two-weeks for Real. Griezmann scored the winner last season as Atletico became the first side to ever win away to Real in the league for three consecutive seasons.“I see us as favourites. I believe in my teammates and the coach. We have to win more for the fans than for the points. Madrid played great and caused us a lot of damage. Now it is a different story. We know it is going to be difficult, but I believe in my teammates. We are more complete now,” said a bullish Griezmann on Thursday.Inflicting a damaging blow on Real’s bid for the first league title in five years would be some measure of sweet revenge for Atletico. However, Real have yet to taste defeat at home in La Liga this season.That record will be put fully to the test over the next fortnight as Barcelona visit on March 23.In between times Madrid also face old foes Bayern Munich for a place in the Champions League semifinals.Real captain Sergio Ramos has been Atletico’s bete noire in recent times, scoring in both the Champions League finals between the sides.But he has called on Real to not rest on their laurels and go for more history by becoming the first side to retain the Champions League in 27 years and end Barca’s stranglehold on La Liga.“You can’t constantly live with what you have won in the past. You have to have ambition and belief to win titles. As of today we can win both the Champions League and La Liga,” he told Madrid’s website.Both sides are in great form having each won their last five La Liga outings.However, Zidane and Simeone’s plans could be affected by their upcoming Champions League ties with Bayern and Leicester City respectively.Zidane is expected to welcome back a host of first team regulars rested for Wednesday’s 4-2 win over Leganes, including Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.By contrast, Simeone is expected to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Tuesday with Fernando Torres partnering Griezmann up front due to Kevin Gameiro’s continued absence through injury.Barcelona will be waiting to take advantage of any favours Atletico could do for them when they visit Malaga hours after the derby on the back of a 3-0 win over Sevilla.Coach Luis Enrique said Barcelona’s first half performance was “the display we had dreamt about”.The Catalans will be without Ivan Rakitic and Gerard Pique for the visit to Malaga, who picked up only their second win of 2017 by winning 1-0 at Sporting Gijon on Wednesday to move eight points clear of the relegation zone. Any slip up from Real would allow Barcelona to move top when they travel to Malaga later today. Enrique is expected to rest some of his star names ahead of their Champions League quarterfinal.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

New look William Hill welcomes Ruth Prior as Group CFO

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Submit Share Updating the market, FTSE bookmaker William Hill Plc has confirmed that Ruth Prior has officially taken the corporate leadership position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Last March, William Hill governance had confirmed that it had headhunted Prior from leading global payments provider WorldPay’s executive team where she had served as Chief Operations Officer and Deputy CFO (2013-2017).A seasoned finance executive within entertainment and technology sectors, Prior joins William Hill leadership taking over the group’s controllership and treasury duties. Prior joins William Hill leadership team as the company focuses on its three-point recovery plan – recovering UK traction, growing its international services and delivering a new Openbet platform for its digital divisions.Despite reporting an 11% decline in corporate profits for its H1 2017 interim results, William Hill leadership remains positive of the bookmaker’s future performance, stating that the company has successfully executed the ‘turnaround’ of its declining digital division.Under the guidance of new CEO Philip Bowcock, William Hill has detailed that it will ramp-up its marketing activity having secured group-wide £40 million in savings. Bowcock has detailed to investors that the William Hill brand has to be aggressive in a saturated marketplace.From an investor perspective, London private equity firm Silchester acquired a 5% stake in William Hill Plc, becoming the FTSE bookmaker’s fourth-largest shareholder. Silchester a specialist in ‘long-hold’ investments, believes that at present William Hill is an undervalued asset within the global betting sector.last_img read more

High court suspends Spanish football strike

first_imgA potential strike in Spanish football will not go ahead after a High Court suspended the proposed action on Thursday.A High Court has suspended a proposed Spanish football strike, it was confirmed on Thursday.The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced last week their plans to suspend all domestic competition from May 16 over an ongoing dispute with the government.The row centres on a new law relating to distribution of television money, and the strike drew the support of the Spanish players’ union (AFE).It threatened to bring a premature end to the domestic season, with Barcelona requiring a victory against reigning champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday to win the Liga title ahead of rivals Real Madrid, while Barca’s Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao was also in jeopardy.However, the Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) challenged the ruling and the High Court has decided to suspend the strike. A decision was expected to made on Wednesday, but the case was adjourned until the following day.A statement from the High Court read: “The Social Chamber of the High Court suspends the strike called by the Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) for the next two days of the championship.”In a ruling, the judges determine the suspension of the strike to the provision of a bond by the LFP of five million euros to be deposited in the bank account of the Chamber before three o’clock.”last_img read more