Cover up or coup—whatever Trump is doing at the Pentagon can’t be good

first_imgDonald Trump has now purged several top-tier civilian officials at the Pentagon and replaced them with a handful of bootlicking loyalists. None of Trump’s new minions are up to the jobs they now hold and these abrupt personnel changes are as destabilizing to the Pentagon as they should be deeply concerning to the country. Here are the Cliff’s Notes on the personnel changes. Newly installedActing Defense Secretary: Christopher Miller, a combat veteran turned right-wing talkerChief of Staff: Kash Patel, a former Devin Nunes staffer who was part of the White House National Security Counsel (NSC) and worked to discredit the Russia investigationActing Undersecretary of Policy: Retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata, whose appointment to DOD was yanked earlier this year after he was exposed as a racist Obama-hating conspiracy theoristUndersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a Michael Flynn ally and former NSC staffer who allegedly supplied Rep. Nunes with information that Trump’s communications were incidentally swept up by U.S. intelligence agencies conducting foreign surveillanceGeneral Counsel, National Security Agency: Michael Ellis, also a former Nunes and NSC staffer (he allegedly joined Cohen-Watnick in supplying intel to Nunes and later moved Trump’s Ukraine call to the super secret server) who will now hold one of the most powerful legal positions in the U.S. Intelligence Community- Advertisement – Resigned/Forced outDefense Secretary: Mark EsperUndersecretary of Defense for Intelligence: Joseph KernanActing Undersecretary of Policy: James AndersonIt’s unclear what Trump intends to do with his newly installed team of reality-adjacent loyalists and disinformation specialists, but nothing good can come of it. One theory—and again, it’s a theory—is that some sort of cover up is underway. Nunes coupled with abuse/mishandling of intelligence and intimate knowledge of what happened at the NSC throughout Trump’s tenure are central to so many of these players. And whatever happened with Trump, Russia, Flynn, and Nunes, the other chief intelligence agencies (CIA/FBI) likely know far more than what has been publicly disclosed. Something simply doesn’t feel right about all of those Nunes/NSC insiders being deployed to powerful positions at the last second.Another possibility that seems equally as far-fetched and yet not out of the realm for the era is that Trump is trying to orchestrate a coup of some sort. Retired four-star Gen. Barry McCaffrey told MSNBC Wednesday he had every confidence that the military leadership would never go along with any unconstitutional orders they were given, but he also said that Trump’s intentions are very worrisome.  – Advertisement – “If I was a CIA officer trying to understand what was going on in a third-world country, and I saw this pattern of behavior, I would say, the strongman is trying to take over the government and defy an election,” McCaffrey said. “And I think they’re playing with that idea inside the White House.”This is all pure conjecture, but Trump’s erratic moves at these uncertain times warrant the type of conjecture that under usual circumstances would serve no purpose. In this case, we all need to keep a watchful eye on Trump’s next moves, as we may have only seen the tip of the iceberg.As McCaffrey said, “I have been shot at a lot and nearly killed a bunch of times. I’m not an alarmist. I stay cool under pressure. Mark me down as alarmed.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump sits before holding a roundtable discussion with several Administration officials and Hispanic American business, community, and education leaders in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9, 2020 in Washington,DC. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)last_img read more

Fifteen Indonesian billionaires make Forbes 2020 rich list

first_imgFifteen Indonesians have amassed fortunes surpassing US$1 billion, with the Hartono brothers remaining the country’s wealthiest people, according to Forbes magazine’s 2020 World’s Billionaires List.Prominent businessmen Budi and Michael Hartono are listed as Indonesia’s richest people with fortunes of $13.6 billion and $13 billion, respectively. Globally, Budi was ranked the 80th  richest, while Michael was ranked 86th.As noted by Forbes Indonesia, the Hartono Brothers source more than 80 percent of their wealth from their investments in Bank Central Asia. The family rose to prominence after their father Oei Wie Gwan founded the Djarum cigarette firm, which is now run by Budi’s son Victor Hartono. Topics : Indonesia’s remaining top five billionaires are Indorama Corporation founder and owner Sri Prakash Lohia, who ranks 414th globally with $4.3 billion; Mayapada Group founder Dato Sri Tahir, who ranks 437th with $4.1 billion; and PT Barito Pacific Timber head Prajogo Pangestu, who ranks 538th globally with $3.5 billion.Forbes 2020 rich list recorded 2,095 billionaires, eight fewer than last year as the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic bites the businesses and assets of the world’s wealthiest people.Of the billionaires who remain, 51% are less rich than they were last year. In raw terms, the world’s billionaires are worth $8 trillion, down $700 billion from founder and CEO Jeff Bezos was named the world’s wealthiest person for the third year in a row in Forbes’ list. He’s worth $113 billion, buoyed by a 15 percent rise in Amazon’s shares since the magazine’s 2019 list.last_img read more

AVIC Orders Ten Bulkers from Dalian Shipbuilding

first_imgAVIC International Leasing and SDTR Marine have signed an agreement for the construction of ten bulk carriers at China’s Dalian Shipbuilding Industry.Under the deal, signed on January 15, the Kamsarmaxes are scheduled to start joining their owner in 2021.The parties did not unveil the price tag of the new eco bulkers, which would feature 85,000 dwt.The deal represents the first shipbuilding contract in Dalian Shipbuilding Industry’s 2019 orderbook.On January 15, the shipbuilder also delivered a new 85,000 cbm very large ethane carrier (VLEC) and held a steel cutting ceremony for a second VLEC, which would feature a length of 231.6 meters and a width of 36.6 meters.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery needs sponsors for holiday wreaths

first_imgMadison, IN—Each December 14 on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad. The Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison is in need of sponsors for the Wreath’s Across America placing of Christmas wreaths at the gravesites of our fallen heroes.The web site for Wreaths Across America is The code for Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery is INVMCM. Once the page opens, click on a specific cemetery. Choose the number of wreaths to sponsor and below type in INVMCM which will bring up Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Click on review sponsorship and then checkout. Please support this worthy cause.last_img read more

Belfast stay top

first_img Daryl Lloyd opened the scoring for the Giants on the powerplay but Jesse Mychan’s shorthanded marker ensured the teams went into the first intermission tied at 1-1. 2012 Stanley Cup champion Kevin Westgarth restored the advantage on his Giants debut and Colin Shields and Kevin Saurette put Belfast in a comfortable position at 4-1 before Doug Clarkson’s powerplay strike cut the lead in half. Ray Sawada And Adam Keefe gave Belfast further breathing space but Cardiff would not lay down and Clarkson and Tyson Marsh hit back, but it was Belfast’s night and Saurette scored his second of the evening into the open net. Two goals from Stefan Meyer ensured Braehead Clan kept pace with the Giants at the top of the table after they saw off Coventry Blaze 4-2, while doubles from Chris Lawrence and Bruce Graham led Nottingham Panthers to a 7-2 win over Sheffield Steelers. A three-goal four-point night from John Mitchell helped Dundee Stars overcome Hull Stingrays 6-4 and in the evening’s final game Fife Flyers recorded a 4-1 home win over Edinburgh Capitals. Kevin Saurette scored a pair of goals as Belfast Giants remained top of the Rapid Solicitors Elite League with a 7-4 victory over Cardiff Devils at the Odyssey Arena.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Semenya’s future in doubt after she says no to medication to lower testosterone

first_img… wins 800 metres in DohaBy Eric KnechtDOHA, Qatar (Reuters) – The future of double Olympic champion Caster Semenya was in doubt yesterday after she said she would not take medication to lower testosterone levels to comply with new rules for the 800 metres.The 28-year-old South African won her last 800 metres race yesterday before the introduction of the rules by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the sport’s governing body, come into effect on May 8.Under the new rules, female athletes with high natural levels of testosterone wishing to compete in events from 400 metres to a mile must medically limit that level to under 5 nmol/L, double the normal female range of below 2 nmol/L. Semenya also refused to clarify suggestions that she would switch to a new distance that is exempt from the IAAF rules.Asked if she would take testosterone limiting medication, Semenya told reporters: “Hell, no.”“I’m never going anywhere,” she added when asked if she might quit the sport. “At the end of the day, it’s all about believing.“It’s up to God. God has decided my career and he will end my career so no human can stop me from running. I understand there’s been a lot of controversy but that does not control anything.” She said: “We’re doing it for the next generation. We want to inspire them. “I believe in my legal team, they will do their best to get me back on the track.”The South African was running at the Diamond League meeting in Doha two days after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected her appeal to get the IAAF’s new regulations thrown out. Semenya’s legal team said it was considering appealing that ruling.Semenya cruised home yesterday as she won her 30th successive race over the distance in one minute 54.98 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba. Semenya, given a warm reception by a sparse crowd at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium as the runners were presented at the start, bided her time before taking the lead with around 300 metres left and then powered away from the rest of the field.Niyonsaba, Olympic silver medallist in 2016, recently revealed she had similar difference in sexual development (DSD) characteristics to Semenya.If Semenya wants to continue with the 800 metres, she must now begin taking medication to lower her testosterone levels based on the new rules which CAS said on Wednesday were necessary to ensure fair competition. Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin – which affects endurance.Semenya could compete in longer distances not affected by the rule change.She claimed the 5,000-metres title at the South African Athletics Championships last week, an event not covered by the IAAF regulations, but in a modest time of 16:05.97, well below the qualifying standard for the world championships of 15:22.00.last_img read more

Power Up

first_imgLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Chief of Staff, Ana Guerrero (above), delivered the closing keynote address at the 4th Annual USC Latino Student Empowerment Conference on Saturday at Ronald Tutor Campus Center.  The conference, which was presented by El Centro Chicano, the American studies and ethnicity department, the sociology department, the Latina/o Student Assembly and the Latino/a Graduate Student Association, advocates for student research, scholastic excellence and social justice initiatives.last_img read more

‘Everything went downhill after the Maryland game:’ Geno Thorpe’s father explains his son’s decision to leave Syracuse

first_imgUPDATED: Dec. 7, 2017 at 1:16 a.m.Former Syracuse graduate transfer Geno Thorpe left the program last week because of his “slow-to-heal” right ankle, which contributed to diminished playing time, his father, Gene, said.Syracuse announced Friday that Thorpe, who arrived at SU as the team’s most experienced player, had left the program due to “personal reasons.” Multiple sources told The Daily Orange last week Thorpe left the program because he was unhappy with his playing time.An injury to his right ankle in the preseason reduced his playing time, which led to him being unhappy and leaving the program, his father said. He played a season-low four minutes against Maryland last Monday, his sixth and final game with the Orange.Thorpe left Penn State at the end of the 2014-15 season because he said he didn’t play the minutes he was promised when recruited.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThorpe did not reply to two phone calls and a text message seeking comment.Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim declined through a spokesperson further comment other than the tweet below. Thorpe’s ankle injury decelerated his progression into the SU backcourt, his father said. Thorpe said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. He came off the bench in each of Syracuse’s games during which he was a member of the team, averaging 14.3 minutes and six points per game.“It all started with his injury,” Gene said. “It was slow to heal. He wasn’t healing much at all. That’s all. It’s unfortunate that it happened.”After the Syracuse-Maryland game last Monday, Thorpe asked Boeheim to set up a meeting. Thorpe told his father over the phone that night that he would meet with Boeheim “soon.” Gene said Thorpe called him “early last week” to tell him he had quit the team. Gene said he is still not exactly sure why and has not spoken with his son for a “couple of days.”“Everything went downhill after the Maryland game,” Gene said. “Next thing I know, I get a call from Geno and he’s not on the team. In retrospect, he probably should have let the ankle heal fully before trying to play.”Thorpe, who led South Florida in scoring last season as a senior, has Von Willebrand disease, Gene said, which, according to The Mayo Clinic, is a lifelong bleeding disorder in which blood doesn’t clot well. Most people with the disease are born with it, though its warning signs may not show up for years. Results include abnormal swelling and pain.It can make healing from injuries like Thorpe’s difficult, Gene said. Geno had planned to be back at 100 percent sooner, but the injury nagged him for weeks. He did not have his normal speed or quickness, Gene said. That led to diminished playing time and a “frustrated” Thorpe, his father said.“He just doesn’t have his push off of his ankle yet,” Boeheim said after the second exhibition game. “He’s just had a couple of days of practice really, in the last 14, so I think it will take him a while.”“He’s good with the ball,” Boeheim said last month. “He doesn’t have his explosiveness, and he needs that. It will probably take some time.”“Physically, I feel pretty ready,” Thorpe said last month. “Right now my ankle is still working back to 100 percent.”Thorpe’s departure leaves SU with three scholarship guards: junior Frank Howard, sophomore Tyus Battle and freshman Howard Washington. The graduate transfer was brought in from South Florida to provide depth, and was a part of Syracuse’s three-guard lineups, with Howard and Battle.As for whether Thorpe will continue his graduate study at SU, where he is taking one class that meets once per week, his father said: “I doubt it.”“There’s a big hole in my stomach,” Gene said. “It’s unfortunate.”This post has been updated with appropriate style. Comments Published on December 7, 2017 at 12:42 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

White Hat Gaming opens door to sportsbook with Kambi

first_imgShare Stockholm-listed sports betting technology supplier Kambi Group Plc has confirmed that it will become the lead sportsbook software supplier to White Hat Gaming, a specialist in turnkey and ‘managed services’ provisions for the online gambling sector.The partnership will see Kambi’s sportsbook software integrated within White Hat’s proprietary platform, allowing the turnkey provider to offer sportsbook services to its partner clients.Founded in 2012 by industry executive Max Wright, Malta and London based White Hat has to date primarily focused its operations for online casino. Developing a proprietary igaming platform, White Hat hosts amongst the biggest games inventory for igaming operators.One of the fastest growing enterprises in online gambling, White Hat partners include – DreamVegas, Casimba, 666Casino, and 21Prive.  Welcoming White Hat to sports betting, Kristian Nylén, Kambi Chief Executive Officer, said: “The performance of the Kambi Sportsbook is enhanced even further when paired with the modern and sophisticated platform partners the industry has to offer.“In teaming up with White Hat Gaming, not only have we added another quality platform and gaming option, we have partnered with a company that shares our unwavering commitment to regulatory compliance and corporate probity.”Backing Kambi software, Marc Weinberg, Chief Marketing Officer at White Hat Gaming, said: “Prospective clients are drawn to White Hat Gaming because they recognise that we are a best-in-class full-service platform, focused on regulated markets with a core business built around combining commercial optimisation with rigorous regulatory compliance.“By partnering with Kambi, a Sportsbook provider with an unrivalled pedigree and a renowned reputation for their commitment to excellence, we are able to continue to expand our offering and to do so alongside a company clearly aligned with our values and vision for the future.” Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

Cádiz is seven places above its market value

first_imgfifteenTenerifefifteen-3 10Mirandés13.46 twoAlmeria35.2one 6Elche13.68 19Albacetefifteen-6 twentyEstremadura10two 3Saragossa273 4Huesca33.1one The Cádiz season already amazes few. The yellows have led the classification for 23 of the 27 days and the remaining four were seconds. In the last games they have recovered their best game and the results have begun to arrive, which it has led them to regain some advantage over their pursuers. twenty-oneLugo13.6-6 The Almeria (€ 35.2M), second classified, has a market estimate higher than that of Cádiz. Moreover, of the four teams that occupy promotion playoff positions, only Elche has a lower value (€ 13.8M). Zaragoza (€ 27M), Huesca (€ 33.1M) and Girona (€ 42.6M) outperform the whole of Cervera.Looking at the rest of the classification, Fuenlabrada (€ 10.4M) is the team that would be in a better position with respect to its market value. The locals are seventh, 13 places above their market position. On the contrary, Deportivo (€ 35M) is the team that is finishing the worst season with respect to its market estimate. Galicians are ten places below their real position 12Las Palmas26.3-5 13Alcorcón11.46 Classification elevenLightning38.2-9 22Racing11.7-5 17Malaga19.8-7 Market StallEquipmentMarket value (€ M)V.M. difference 9Ponferradina10.412 16Sporting21.1-7 14Sports35-10 18Oviedo15.8-7 5Girona42.6-4 The Cervera team has ‘badly used’ fans, so to speak, based on victories. However, the Silver Cup team is improving their numbers with respect to their real market value. According to data from the Transfermarkt portal, Cádiz is the eighth second most ‘valuable’ team with 23.2 million euros. Therefore he marches seven places above his ‘logical position’.This season there are several players who have revalued. Álex Fernández, with 3.5 million euros, he is the most ‘valuable’ player of the club according to the portal, with a rise of two million euros this season. Fali, Espino, Salvi, Iza, Perea and Sergio González have increased their value for Transfermarkt, while Jury, (injured much of the season); and Bodiger (started being a starter but was losing bellows in the onces), have lost value with respect to the start of the campaign. 8Numancia11.610 oneCádiz23.27 7Fuenlabrada10.413last_img read more