LONGUEUIL, Que. — The federal economic development minister says he is continuing to examine the request for financial aid from struggling aerospace giant Bombardier Inc.Navdeep Bains spoke to reporters near Montreal Thursday and said there isn’t a set timetable for a final decision.Bombardier Inc. CEO Alain Bellemare asked Ottawa for money late last year.The request came as the Quebec government pledged $1.3 billion in October to help Bombardier complete the CSeries aircraft line.Bombardier Inc receives firm order for 10 more CRJ900 jets from China Express AirlinesBombardier sees ‘aggressive’ CSeries pricing for new customers amid 15-month order droughtNeither party has indicated how much Bombardier is asking of Ottawa, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he would need to see a solid business plan before injecting federal cash.Bains says the federal government is well aware of the importance of the aerospace sector — $29 billion to the Canadian economy as well as 180,000 jobs, including about 40,000 centred in the Greater Montreal Area.But Bains reiterated Thursday the final decision will have to be one that best respects taxpayers.
The social violence over the last three years in Indonesia has forced more than one million people from their homes, exposing them to higher rates of poverty, unemployment and poor health, according to early results of a new survey by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The findings of the preliminary survey, which was released in Jakarta today at a one-day meeting on internally displaced people (IDPs) for government, donor, UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives, show that IDPs have more difficulties obtaining food, but malnutrition does not appear to be a widespread problem. The report, which interviewed 5,500 family groups (representing some 26,000 people), noted that the IDPs have developed a range of “coping strategies” to survive amid the difficult and uncertain circumstances, such as selling off household assets, borrowing money, growing their own vegetables and doing day labour. Among the other conclusions, poverty levels were found to be approximately three times higher than the overall average rate of district-level poverty of 19 per cent. Unemployment rates were an average of 54 per cent for the IDP population surveyed, while 55 per cent of the households surveyed were living below the poverty line. In Aceh province, over 90 per cent of the households fell below the poverty line, while unemployment was 100 per cent in two of the province’s four districts. Poverty rates are also significantly higher – at 68 per cent – for female-headed households, which also experience higher rates of unemployment, according to the survey. The study, a collaboration of WFP and the Government of Indonesia, found that in just over half of the 50 districts surveyed, illness was a problem for 90 per cent of the households; in 11 districts, that rate was 100 per cent. The most commonly reported illnesses were malaria, dengue fever and hepatitis. “Statistics like these sound the alarm for the future of the displaced people in Indonesia, particularly women and children,” said WFP Country Director Mohamed Saleheen. “These problems need to be solved now before they have a chance to harden into a second generation.”
The Permanent Representative of Greece, Ambassador Adamantios Vassilakis, also met yesterday with ministers of the Government of national reconciliation, leaders of human rights groups and journalists in the divided West African country. He has more meetings scheduled for tomorrow and will return to New York over the weekend.A Security Council resolution approved last year imposed and arms embargo and threatened measures against individuals “who constitute a threat to the peace and national reconciliation process.” If activated, the additional restrictions would include a ban on travelling abroad and would freeze the funds and other assets of individuals designated by the Sanctions Committee.Insecurity recently prompted the postponement of the 30 October elections for a year and the head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), Pierre Schori, reported major challenges in the country, with “gruesome” human rights violations, obstruction of the work of the UN force and intimidation of political opponents.
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to withdraw the U.S. from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact agreed to under the Obama administration, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Trump moves to pull US out of big Asia trade deal by Julie Pace, The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2017 1:24 am MDT Last Updated Jan 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Charting a new American course abroad, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, using one of his first actions in office to reject a centerpiece of Barack Obama’s attempts to counter China and deepen U.S. ties in Asia.Trump’s move on trade aimed to fulfil a central campaign promise even as he appeared to be fixated on re-litigating the 2016 election.In a meeting with congressional leaders on Monday night, Trump claimed that 3 to 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally voted in the election, costing him the popular vote, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. There has been no evidence to back up that claim.Trump’s assertions came in a White House meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders. They were similar to claims he made on Twitter in late November that he had won the electoral college in a “landslide” and “won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally.” Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 2.9 million votes despite losing the electoral college.Trump aimed to make jobs and the economy the focal point of his first few days in office. He has repeatedly cast the 12-nation trade pact — which was eagerly sought by U.S. allies in Asia — as detrimental to American businesses.“Great thing for the American worker that we just did,” Trump said in brief remarks as he signed a notice in the Oval Office.The Obama administration spent years negotiating the Pacific Rim pact, though the mood in Washington on trade soured over time. Obama never sent the accord to Congress for ratification, making Trump’s actions Monday largely symbolic.For Trump, the start of his first full week in office amounted to a reset after a tumultuous weekend dominated by his and his spokesman’s false statements about inauguration crowds and their vigorous complaints about media coverage of the celebrations. While Trump’s advisers have long accepted his tendency to become preoccupied by seemingly insignificant issues, some privately conceded that his focus on inauguration crowds was unhelpful on the opening weekend of his presidency.On Monday, the new president tried to regroup. He spent the day bounding from one ornate room of the White House to another for meetings, often ordering aides to summon journalists from their West Wing workspace at a moment’s notice for unscheduled statements and photo opportunities.In addition to his executive action on TPP, Trump signed memorandums freezing most federal government hiring — though he noted an exception for the military — and reinstating a ban on providing federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information on the option. The regulation, known as the “Mexico City Policy,” has been a political volleyball, instituted by Republican administrations and rescinded by Democratic ones since 1984.The actions were among the long list of steps candidate Trump pledged to take on his opening day as president. But other “Day One” promises were going unfulfilled Monday, including plans to propose a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on members of Congress and terminating Obama’s executive actions deferring deportations for some people living in the U.S. illegally.Spokesman Sean Spicer said Monday that Trump intended to follow through on his proposals, though on a more extended timeframe to ensure maximum attention for each move.Yet he appeared to suggest that Trump would not move quickly — or perhaps at all — to reinstate deportations for young immigrants protected from deportation under the Obama administration.Spicer said Trump’s focus would be on people in the U.S. illegally who have criminal records or who pose a threat.“That’s where the priority’s going to be, and then we’re going to continue to work through the entire number of folks that are here illegally,” he said.Spicer — making his first appearance at the briefing room podium since his angry tirade against the press on Saturday — also appeared to back away from Trump’s assertion that he could move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. While presidential candidates have long made similar pledges, all have abandoned the idea over concerns that following through would further inflame tensions in the volatile region.“We are at the early stages in this decision-making process,” Spicer said of the possible embassy relocation. “If it was already a decision, then we wouldn’t be going through a process.”Spicer struck a far more conciliatory tone with reporters in Monday’s briefing and attempted to make light of his weekend appearance, which included multiple inaccurate statements about the inauguration. He conceded that he was relying on incomplete information when he used public transportation figures to boast about the crowd size, but stood by his unverifiable claim that Trump’s swearing-in was the most watched in history, counting internet views as well as TV.The crowd actually in attendance was clearly smaller than for Obama’s 2009 inauguration, though Trump denied that fact.Monday was mostly a business day for Trump. The new president, who prefers to solicit opinions from numerous people before making decisions, huddled with corporate leaders, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and Marillyn Hewson, and union heads. Eager to show off his new digs, Trump ended both meetings by bringing his guests in to see the Oval Office.In his discussions with executives, Trump warned that he would impose a “substantial border tax” on companies that move their manufacturing out of the United States. He reiterated his campaign pledge to lower taxes for companies that stay in the U.S., as well as for the middle class, “anywhere from 15 to 25 per cent,” although he has not been clear on how he intends to make up for lost tax revenue.He said of his incentives for businesses, “All you have to do is stay.”In the evening, Trump hosted a White House reception for lawmakers from both parties and a separate private meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss Republicans’ legislative priorities. His choice for CIA director, Mike Pompeo, was sworn in by Vice-President Mike Pence on Monday night.As Trump pressed forward with executive actions, a legal watchdog group filed a lawsuit alleging he is violating the so-called emoluments clause in the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments. The liberal-funded watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says the clause prohibits Trump from receiving money from diplomats for stays at his hotels or from foreign governments for leases of office space in his buildings.Asked about the suit, Trump said it was “totally without merit.”Later Monday, spokesman Spicer said Trump has left his businesses as promised, handing over control to his two adult sons.___Associated Press writers Jonathan Lemire, Jill Colvin, Erica Werner and Ken Thomas contributed to this report.___Follow Julie Pace at http://twitter.com/jpaceDC
Urban Meyer looks on during the OSU Spring Game April 12 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray defeated Scarlet, 17-7.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternThe most publicized position in all of sports is arguably the quarterback position, and at Ohio State, even the backup spot is a point of emphasis.With senior Braxton Miller out for the spring after undergoing minor shoulder surgery in February, the competition to see who would be his backup became a big storyline throughout spring practice.The two players most likely to fall next in line behind Miller — redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — both got their chances to shine in front of 61,058 people Saturday, and neither seemed comfortable for a majority of the game.Neither quarterback accounted for a touchdown. However, Barrett nearly broke free twice after keeping the ball on designed run plays before being whistled down. Both he and Jones sported black, no-contact jerseys once the game got under way.Barrett finished the game 17-33 passing for 151 yards, also rushing for 25 yards on six carries. He led a pair of 80-yard scoring drives, while also leading a 90-yard drive that stalled on fourth and goal.Jones, who coach Urban Meyer said after the game is in position to be Miller’s backup, got off to a very slow start. He headed into halftime just 6-15 passing for seven yards, including a pass play that resulted in a loss of 12 yards. After losing the ball in the end zone, Jones was forced to find a receiver in order to avoid a safety and dumped it off to junior wide receiver Kato Mitchell, who was well behind the line of scrimmage.Jones improved his game in the second half, as he finished the game 14-31 passing for 126 yards while also rushing for 21 yards on four carries.Meyer said he was unhappy with Jones’ performance.“Cardale was disappointing,” Meyer said after the game. “I thought he made some misses today, but I’m not going to let that ruin his spring. He’s had a good spring for us.”Despite a poor performance, Jones said he was excited to finally be on the field.“It was pretty cool,” Jones said after the game. “I’ve been waiting for a long time and I’ve still got work to do to enhance my ability.”Junior offensive lineman Taylor Decker, who sits as the lone returning starter on the OSU offensive line, said he was pleased that under the pressure of performing in front of a large crowd, the young quarterbacks didn’t buckle.“To see that calmness in a quarterback, even though they may be a new guy, it’s still good to see from an offensive lineman standpoint,” Decker, who hardly saw time on the field Saturday, said.The lone turnover committed by a quarterback was early on when Barrett — despite wearing the no-contact jersey — was hit from behind, forcing him to lose the ball in his own end zone. Redshirt-senior defensive lineman Rashad Frazier forced the fumble, then pounced on it, resulting in the Scarlet’s only touchdown of the game.When asked if he thought he had locked up the backup spot, Jones was concise.“Oh no, not at all,” Jones said.The Buckeye quarterbacks have all summer to improve before fall camp opens, and OSU is scheduled to open the 2014 season at M&T Bank Stadium against Navy on Aug. 30 at noon.
Apple’s iPhone 4 has a revolutionary new design, but that design has arguably been more trouble than its worth. First, the iPhone 4’s antenna attenuation issues caused Cupertino the PR nightmare of the Antennagate debacle. Then, the glass backing of the white iPhone 4 caused light to leak into the camera sensor, causing Apple to indefinitely delay that model. Could it get any worse?Apparently so. According to Cult of Mac, Apple has halted its sales of slider-style cases for the iPhone 4 because of Glassgate… a problem with the iPhone 4’s glass-backed design that makes the iPhone 4 vulnerable to dirt, grit, dust and other particles to crack the back of the device when used with a slider case.AdChoices广告While the iPhone 4’s front glass panel is made of resilient Gorilla Glass, the same can’t be said for the back glass panel, which makes it more susceptible to damage. Apple is aware of the problem, and has ceased orders of all slider-style cases for the iPhone 4, including the latest iteration of the popular Mophie Juice Pack.“Glassgate is a real problem,” said an anonymous source speaking to Cult of Mac. “Apple is not approving slide-on cases right now for its stores.” On the other hand, maybe this is much ado about nothing, mixed with extreme wariness on Apple’s part to spark another Antennagate like public relations fiasco. According to one slide case manufacturer for the iPhone 4, he’s sold over 22,000 cases so far, and hasn’t heard a complaint from customers yet.Read more at Cult of Mac
The Oppo Find 5 won’t be the first smartphone to land on American shores with a 5-inch, 1080p display, but it will be the most competitively priced. The Find 5, which compares favorably to the HTC Droid DNA, will sell for $499 unlocked. That’s a full $100 cheaper than the Verizon-locked Droid.Oppo utilizes the very same 1.5GHz Qualcomm APQ8064 quad-core processor as HTC, the same 2GB of RAM, and the same 16GB of internal storage. The Find 5 offers 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity. It sports all the requisite sensors, too: accelerometer, g-sensor, compass, GPS, gyroscope, proximity, and ambient light. One big advantage of the Oppo Find 5 is that it’s got a monstrous 2500mAh battery. That’s 25% larger than the one in the Droid DNA, and it will provide plenty of runtime between charges. One reason for that endurance might be a turn off for geekier types.Perhaps the biggest downside for demanding mobile users is that the Find 5 doesn’t support LTE. If you’re content with HSPA+42 speeds, the Find 5 looks like it’ll be a solid choice for your next massive Android phone. That is unless you’re also ok with a screen that’s just .3 inches smaller, in which case you can save yourself another $140 and buy a Nexus 4 instead — but you’ll also be giving up full HD resolution and 400mAh of additional power if you opt against the Oppo Find 5.The Find 5 will be officially unveiled next week in Beijing, and the company says the unlocked phone will work with AT&T, T-Mobile, and SimpleMobile.More at Engadget and Oppo USA
Amazon : bientôt une boutique physique à Seattle ?D’après la presse américaine, Amazon songerait à ouvrir prochainement une première boutique physique à Seattle, près du siège de la société.Selon le site GoodeReader, le géant du commerce en ligne Amazon projetterait d’ouvrir prochainement sa première boutique physique, aux Etats-Unis. Une information qui proviendrait de “sources proches du dossier”. Celles-ci ont expliqué qu’Amazon “prévoit de lancer un magasin à Seattle dans les mois qui viennent”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Toutefois, ce magasin serait de taille “modeste” et se concentrerait exclusivement sur “des produits haut de gamme”. Parmi ceux-ci, ses fameuses sources entendent sans doute la tablette tactile Kindle Fire d’Amazon et sa liseuse Kindle, vendue depuis 2007 et devenue un standard de la lecture numérique. Mais Amazon pourrait également vendre dans sa boutique des accessoires voire des livres traditionnels. Le siège de l’entreprise se trouvant à Seattle, la création d’une boutique physique à cet endroit n’étonne que peu même si pour l’heure, aucune annonce officielle n’est venue confirmer la rumeur. Elle pourrait néanmoins faire suite à la publication des résultats du groupe qui témoignent des efforts entrepris ces derniers mois pour booster les ventes. Mais Amazon va t-il réellement se lancer sur le marché du “store” comme l’a fait Apple qui compte aujourd’hui plus de 200 boutiques à travers le monde ? Affaire à suivre…Le 8 février 2012 à 14:05 • Maxime Lambert
Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Facebook Google+ WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Cody Rhodes Says Stephen Amell Has Wrestling In His Blood Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next 8/23 WWE Live Results: Bogota, Colombia (Kingston vs. Bryan for the WWE Championship) Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Following RAW on Monday night, here is the updated card for WWE SummerSlam on 8/23.Brock Lesnar vs. The UndertakerStephen Amell & Neville vs. Stardust & King BarrettBray Wyatt & Luke Harper vs. Roman Reigns & Dean AmbroseWWE Intercontinental Championship – Triple Threat MatchRyback (c) vs. Big Show vs. The MizWWE Tag Team Championships – Fatal 4-Way MatchThe Prime Time Players (c’s) vs. New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Lucha DragonsThree Team Divas Elimination MatchTeam Bella vs. Team B.A.D. vs. PCBRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:05Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:25 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Twitter Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Shawn Michaels WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Seth Rollins 8/23 NXT Live Results: Sanford, Florida (Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish, Keith Lee in action)
January 22, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jason Riley King KUSI Newsroom, FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A former Miramar-based Marine who drove drunk and caused a head-on freeway crash that killed two UCSD medical students was acquitted of murder Monday but convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI.Jason Riley King, 24, faces a maximum of 17 years and four months in prison when he is sentenced April 6 for the May 16, 2015, deaths of 23-year-old Madison Cornwell and 24-year-old Anne Li Baldock. Three others in Cornwell’s car were seriously injured.“This was a case that was 100 percent preventable,” Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright said after the verdicts. “We lost two women who were in med school — were very bright lights — (and) three others were badly injured. The impact of one person’s decisions to decide to drink and drive — drink in excess and drive — basically changed the lives of five separate families, as well as the defendant’s own family.”King’s attorney, Rich Hutton, said the jury got it right by acquitting the defendant of murder.During the trial, Hutton conceded that King caused the wrong-way accident that killed the victims and injured their friends, leaving one in a coma for some time after the accident. Another victim is struggling to resume his studies in medical school. But he argued that his client was guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI, not murder.“The whole issue in this case was, was it a murder or not?” Hutton said. “We firmly believed it never was, and that’s what the jury determined today.”Hutton told jurors that what they learned about drinking and driving during the two weeks of trial was much more than King learned from the military.In her closing argument, Bright said King was warned not to drink and drive but chose to do it anyway, acting with a conscious disregard for human life.After getting kicked out of a country western bar, King told a female Marine friend who asked for his keys, “I got myself here, I’ll get myself home,” Bright told the jury.Eight days before the fatal crash, a police officer at an on-base “stand-down” told King and hundreds of other Marines that if they drank and drove and hurt or killed someone, they could go to jail, the prosecutor said.Asked by CHP officers why he drank and got behind the wheel, King “remembered people telling him not to drive” and did it “because I was ignorant,” Bright told the jury.The victims had just left a party in Hillcrest to celebrate the completion of their second year in medical school when Cornwell’s Prius was hit head-on by King’s raised Ford F350 truck about 1:30 a.m. on northbound state Route 163 near Interstate 8.An expert testified that King’s blood-alcohol content was between .15 and .20 percent at the time of driving, according to the prosecutor. Posted: January 22, 2018 Former Miramar-based Marine found not guilty of murder in DUI crash that killed two UCSD medical students KUSI Newsroom Updated: 4:02 PM
Construction crews will close a section of Northeast 99th Street for paving work later this month, according to the Clark County Public Works department.The project will close 99th Street to all traffic from Northeast Highway 99 to about 300 feet west of Northeast Seventh Avenue, according to the county. The closure will begin at 10 p.m. Friday, July 19, and continue until no later than 5 a.m. Monday, July 22 — a duration of up to 55 hours. The closure will also shut down onramps and offramps connecting Interstate 5 to 99th Street in the work area.Traffic will be detoured to alternate routes, including Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 117th Street, according to the county. Affected businesses along 99th Street can be reached using local roads from Highway 99 and Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, which will remain open during the work.
(WSVN) – Perdue has issued a recall for their chicken sausage product due to the possibility of them being contaminated with plastic.The recall involves 24-ounce packages of Perdue Harvestland Organic Italian Chicken Sausage.Some customers claim to have found blue materials in the food. However, no injuries have ben reported.About 2,000 pounds of sausage have been affect by the recall.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“We want our readers to engage with our brands in a variety of ways, and we feel our success will be based on being able to provide our content seamlessly across every appropriate platform that exists now and in the future,” Sauerberg told FOLIO:. “We want to take that engagement and continue to try to increase it and revalue the consumer proposition. We want to do that with our magazines and our Web sites and our digital applications.”Before taking on the SVP of corporate digital development at Time Inc., Ray served as vice president and general manager at Entertainment Weekly. Prior to that she served as SVP and general manager of Time Inc. Interactive. Not long after promoting its consumer marketing group president to president of the company, Condé Nast has appointed Monica Ray executive vice president of consumer marketing, overseeing consumer sales and marketing for the company’s entire portfolio. Ray’s appointment is effective September 20.Currently, Ray serves as senior vice president of corporate digital development at Time Inc. According to Condé Nast president Robert Sauerberg, Ray’s “extensive experience in the areas of consumer marketing and digital product innovation will be critical as we expand our consumer-focused efforts.”In a recent Q+A with FOLIO:, Sauerberg said that while Condé Nast’s portfolio of 20+ print magazines is still at the company’s core, technology and consumer expectations have “changed dramatically” and one of its big goals is to increase its consumer touch points and to “monetize all of those optimally.”
Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad. ReutersMalaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staged a stunning election upset earlier this year to return to power aged 92, said he inherited a government lousy with corruption and with few trustworthy officials, reports CNN.”From outside we saw the damage, but we never expected the damage to be so extensive,” he told CNN at his offices in Putrajaya, south of the capital Kuala Lumpur. “Most of the top echelons in the government are corrupt.”Mahathir’s predecessor and former protege Najib Razak has been charged with multiple counts of corruption for allegedly embezzling millions in public money from Malaysia’s 1MDB fund.”I have to work with some of those people who are suspect,” Mahathir said. “It’s a very difficult job, if you don’t work with people you trust, you don’t know whether what you want them to do will be done or not.”Malaysia ranked 62 of 180 countries in Transparency International’s most recent global corruption index, with the NGO’s local affiliate warning that corrupt officials have been able to “stash their ill-gotten gains in their house or foreign banks and invest them in luxurious mansions, expensive cars or lavish lifestyle for their children with total impunity and in blatant disregard for the citizens they are supposed to serve.”As well as widespread corruption and the case against Najib, Mahathir is also facing significant foreign policy challenges, as Malaysia faces a more aggressive China and the fallout from US president Donald Trump’s trade war.Succession plansNow 93, Mahathir is the world’s oldest leader, 21 years older than Trump and more than twice the age of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.Credited with turning Malaysia into a major trading and economic force in Southeast Asia, Mahathir left politics in 2003, but he returned with a vengeance this year, determined to oust Najib, who he blasted as corrupt and dictatorial.To do so, he teamed up with former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, who Mahathir himself once jailed, to lead a coalition of opposition parties which succeeded in toppling Najib in a landslide.Now Mahathir is back at the seat of power: literally, his staff said he uses the same desk as during his previous premiership.Soon after the win, Anwar, who had been in prison on sodomy charges, received a royal pardon, and both men have talked of him eventually replacing Mahathir as prime minister.”If the condition for us working together is my serving as prime minister for two years or three years, for me that is not important,” Mahathir said. “I will abide by the wishes of the people.”He said his personal opinion of Anwar did not matter — “I have to trust him whether I like it or not. I can’t be here all the time.” — though he added if “people want me to serve” beyond the time agreed with his coalition partners, then he would stay in power.Anwar is expected to run in a by-election in the near future in an effort to rejoin parliament, allowing him to replace Mahathir as prime minister.Caught between China and USMahathir’s keenness to remain in office may be lessened once he begins the task of tackling the many challenges — both at home and overseas — facing his government.Najib had pulled Kuala Lumpur close to Beijing, signing up to Chinese president Xi Jinping’s much vaunted Belt and Road trade and infrastructure initiative.Mahathir, however, has so far appeared more cautious.This month, Malaysia canceled a multibillion-dollar China-backed rail project after a government assessment found it was some $20 billion over budget.”We have always been friendly with China,” Mahathir told CNN. “There’s a saying, ‘the powerful will take what they will, the weak will yield what they must.'”Referring to Beijing’s increasingly assertive behaviour in the South China Sea — which it claims almost all of as its territory, including islands claimed by Malaysia — he added “we cannot go to war with them.””They are more powerful, and we cannot fight against them, (so) how do we benefit from their wealth and their power? That’s what we are looking at now,” Mahathir said. “We have to accept the reality of the situation.”He accused China of seeking to “spread its influence using the money that it has,” and said while China-backed mega projects are welcome in Malaysia, he didn’t want the government or businesses to be reliant on borrowing Chinese money.Some experts have warned Belt and Road projects may pile debt onto smaller countries, putting China in a strong position to influence their strategic decisions or even gain control of important infrastructure.Mahathir’s second major foreign policy concern is the other Pacific power: The United States. He has previously criticised Trump as a bully and expressed concern he could destabilise the region’s security or economy.”Trade war does not do anything good for the world,” he said of Trump’s recent economic policies.”He asked for things which are quite, quite unacceptable. For example, he wants to build a wall to separate Mexico from the US, and he is asking the Mexicans to pay. It’s your project, you pay! But is it because he thinks he’s powerful so he can ask people to pay for what he wants to do? So how do you deal with that kind of mindset?”He added that a trade war would hurt everyone: “The US will lose, China will lose, the whole world will lose. War and trade wars (don’t) solve any problems.”Terrorism threatMalaysian security concerns aren’t limited to Chinese warships in the South China Sea. Like many of its neighbors, Kuala Lumpur has faced a growing threat of Islamic terrorism, fueled by returnees from the Middle East and the proliferation of groups affiliated with the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS.Last year, an ISIS-allied militant group was driven out of the southern Philippines city of Marawi by a concerted military campaign. The group included multiple Malaysians, including financier Mahmud Ahmad, considered one of Malaysia’s most influential jihadists and the assumed source of funding for the Marawi operation.Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia have been stepping up security cooperation, particularly in the largely ungoverned border areas where militant groups are known to shelter.”It is a threat to our country but you know, we tried to counter terrorism with very sophisticated ways and all that using new technology to fight terrorism, but terrorism has a reason, it has a cause,” Mahathir said. “You have to (tackle the) cause of terrorism, if you can tackle the cause and remove it, then there won’t be terrorism.”He added that no one can win a guerrilla war, which “can only be fought within the hearts and minds of the people,” and blamed extremist religious leaders for fueling violence.”Islam that you see today is not actually the Islam that is taught by the religion. It is the Islam interpreted by certain powerful people, leaders, scholars and all that,” Mahathir said. “Islam of the Quran is a very moderate Islam. (It) calls upon all Muslims to be brothers, it forbids killing, but (they) are doing all those things which are forbidden by Islam.”
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May gestures during a visit to the Leisure Box in Brierfield, Lancashire, on 25 April 2019, during campaigning for the local elections. Photo: AFPBritain’s splintered government was rocked Friday by a growing scandal over who leaked news that prime minister Theresa May has conditionally allowed Chinese giant Huawei to develop the UK 5G network.The highly controversial decision was reportedly made at a meeting on Tuesday of Britain’s National Security Council despite opposition from some ministers who are seen as potential candidates to replace May.National Security Council discussions are only attended by senior ministers and security officials who first sign the Official Secrets Act that commits them to keep all conversations private or risk prosecution.But The Telegraph newspaper broke the news late Tuesday that May approved granting Huawei permission to build up “non-core” elements of Britain’s next-generation telecommunications network.The United States is adamantly opposed to Huawei’s involvement because of the firm’s obligation under Chinese law to help its home government if asked, including in intelligence matters.British media reported that Cabinet Secretary Sir Mark Sedwill—the country’s most senior civil servant—gave those present an ultimatum until Thursday afternoon to deny responsibility for the leak.Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson did so first.Hunt called it “utterly appalling” and Williams described it as “completely unacceptable”.They were soon joined by interior minister Sajid Javid—who like Hunt is one of the frontrunners to succeed May as Conservative Party leader—and at least one other attending cabinet member.May herself said Thursday that she does not comment on National Security Council meetings.Sky News reported Friday that the ongoing government inquiry into the source of the leak could become a formal criminal investigation.Former cabinet secretary Gus O’Donnell told BBC radio that the disclosure of National Security Council information was “incredibly serious” and a “complete outrage”.“This is really important for the country, these issues are massively important,” he said.May’s government has been experiencing strains for months.Disputes over Britain’s stalled withdrawal from the European Union have seen several ministers resign.May herself has promised to step down as soon as she gets the first stage of Brexit over the line. The new extended deadline for the process is now 31 October.Her commitment to quit has only fomented cabinet rivalries as various ministers jockey for position in a looming leadership race.May’s spokesman said Wednesday that a formal decision on Huawei would be made by June.
X This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Derek StokelyParty Politics hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon RottinghausOn this episode of Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you these hot topics in political news:The outcome of the G6 race and its political impactTrump’s moves away from an “America First” agendaThe British election in JuneTrump is snubbed by his buddy Tom BradyThen the profs dig in to one of the two certainties in life, Tax Day! What are the prospects for tax reform? And how about Trump’s returns and those Tax Day protests? Also mentioned, Earth dodges a bullet as a massive asteroid just misses us. (Phew!) By the way, don’t forget to listen to our weekly Texas-centered episodes, too.Party Politics is produced by Dacia Clay, Edel Howlin and Laura Lucas. Our audio engineer is Todd Hulslander. 00:00 /16:20 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
Share X Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaSince it opened in January 2018, the student market at Texas Woman’s University provides about 80 students – mostly in graduate programs – with 60 pounds of food a month.On a recent Monday afternoon at Texas Woman’s University in the Medical Center, it was delivery day. It’s always a little bit of a surprise what arrives from the Houston Food Bank.Graduate student Torrey Alexis unpacked boxes and found lettuce for garden salads, a whole mixture of fruits and frozen sausages.“And bags of rice — awesome!” he said.After class, Alexis, 24, will hand out maroon tote bags loaded with 30 pounds of groceries to dozens of fellow grad students. It’s part of his masters project in nutrition. He’s collecting food diaries and surveys on students’ food needs.The market is also personal. Alexis takes home two bags of food for himself. “I’m going to say it has helped me a lot, because it’s a lot of money — like I’m an out-of-state student, so a lot of my fees goes to out-of-state tuition. And so it’s kind of like money is very tight,” Alexis said.Last semester, between moving from Louisiana, starting graduate school and then being out of work during Hurricane Harvey, Alexis had to skip meals sometimes to pay bills. Or he made sure he had healthy snacks to keep him going.In fact, 20 percent of students at TWU have experienced food insecurity. That’s almost as much as the national average. A recent study found that over a third of U.S. college students went hungry over the last year.It all means the stereotype of the poor college student surviving on Ramen noodles isn’t a joke for a growing number of young people. And community colleges and universities like Texas Woman’s have started to offer a new kind of scholarship — for food — together with the Houston Food Bank.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/17161405/College-Food-Scholarship-In-Depth.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Deb Unruh, assistant director of student life at TWU, surveyed students in 2016.Their response: “They were cutting back on the size of meals, they were skipping meals altogether, they weren’t eating as much food as they thought they should and that money was running out at the end of the month, so they just couldn’t buy food,” she recounted.Unruh wasn’t totally surprised. For a while, she’d noticed students scarfing down snacks at the student life center, where they ate very quickly and ate a lot.Laura IsenseeDeb Unruh surveyed students at TWU in 2016 after she noticed students regularly scarfed down snacks at the student life center – as if it was their main meal. Unruh discovered 20 percent of students at TWU’s Houston campus in the Texas Medical Center experienced food insecurity, not knowing where their next meal would come from.It’s all led to this partnership with the Houston Food Bank. Carolyn Moore, a professor in nutrition and food sciences at TWU, helped make the connection with the Houston Food Bank. She also funded — with some of her own money — a renovation to house the new student market, adding new refrigerators and a freezer to keep produce fresh. Since the market opened in January, about 80 students receive groceries twice a month, just as long as they stay in school.“The reason that we call it a food scholarship is because we’re looking to tie this to outcomes,” said Harry Hadland with the Houston Food Bank. “It’s not just, ‘Hey, here’s some food, go be well with your life.’ It’s, ‘Here’s some food, let this help you maintain your way through with whatever program you’re pursuing,” Hadland said. Some say rising tuition and housing costs mean more students resort to these programs. But it’s a complicated issue and there could be other factors.Laura IsenseeCarolyn Moore, professor of nutrition and food science at TWU, donated over $10,000 of her own money to build the student market at TWU. She’s advising graduate student Torrey Alexis on his masters project that’s monitoring how the food scholarships impact students’ nutrition. They both volunteer to help organize food for students on distribution day.Still, it’s prompted the Houston Food Bank to expand its food scholarships. Hadland said that they have student markets at six colleges so far, including San Jacinto Community College and the University of Houston-Downtown. And the nonprofit will open a ninth student market in Baytown at Lee College in the fall. Together, there are about 1,000 students in Houston higher education institutions on these food scholarships.At Texas Woman’s University, both administrators and students said that the food scholarships have made a difference. Unruh said that students seem more confident and that fills her with gratitude.“I mean, goodness! What a gift of humanity one to another, honest to goodness,” she said.Alexis hopes his masters project proves that his peers get more calories and better nutrition, because of this program. He’ll share the research with the Houston Food Bank. They won’t be able to tell if it improves students’ academics, but Alexis said that already his own stress is already way down. “I don’t really have to worry about food as much now. I have so much cereal at my house right now, it’s ridiculous,” he said.That means he can focus on work at a local hospital and class, so he can graduate with his masters in May 2019. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /04:00
They say there is an App for everything and this statement is taken to a new level with news of Initiative for Jewish Women’s LoveSmarts: Sexual Transmitted Disease (STD) App.Whilst at first you will laugh at the mere thought of what such an app can provide, there is a serious educational factor behind the companies reasons to release it. According to the blurb on the LoveSmarts site, the Education App is designed for 15-25 year olds to raise awareness of STD’s and keeping yourself protected in times of – let’s say more pleasurable activities.The idea of the game is simple, you need to wipe out (using your syringe, pill and ointment) all the STD infections that appear on the screen (almost in a space invaders kind of way) before they can attack you. Additionally, the game gives you important and accurate medical information to keep you safe, thus for teenagers too embarrassed to ask for info, you can gleam this in an easy to use fun app while still looking like you were playing a regular game.Read more at LoveSmarts, via Houston Press
Airbnb—the room rental company that does not own any rooms—has just sued the city of New York. Why? This is because the city has introduced a bill to penalise anyone who rents out their apartment for less than 30 days. This would effectively kill Airbnb’s business, which makes every household owner a potential hotelier. Airbnb provides an online listing system—anyone who owns a house, or many properties can rent out space. The business cuts into the profits of conventional hotels who have to buy land, build rooms and take care of the establishment. In Airbnb’s case, the costs are low and distributed. More importantly, thousands, even millions, of rooms suddenly become available, which eat into the market of house rentals or hotels. Airbnb is, not surprisingly, hitting old business, which also is hitting back. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIt is also difficult to regulate. Just think. How do city governments control millions of property owners who have become instant hoteliers? Airbnb argues that its reputational system, where owners and guests rate each other, regulates the informal market. Governments disagree. Airbnb is fighting similar battles in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and even in its hometown of San Francisco, and the list is growing. Uber—the taxi service that does not own any cars—has similar battles on hand. Uber, and others like it, have turned every car owner into a potential service provider. All that Uber does is to aggregate these millions of car owners who have overnight become taxi drivers. This is why it can reduce costs and work the market—drastically undercut the market price and drive regular taxi service into the red. All this without owning a single car. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUber and its variants are facing tremendous hostility from the old business. I saw this at close hand when the Supreme Court of India directed that all taxis, including those run by aggregators like Uber or Ola, should convert to CNG. This was done to reduce Delhi’s runaway air pollution. But the result of this seemingly simple order was out and out war. All taxi owners—from the black and yellow, radio taxi, to the tourist taxi and all India tourist taxi—converged at the Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (I am a member of it), which is required to oversee the implementation of the Supreme Court’s direction. They had only one demand: stop Uber and Ola. Our objective was different—to regulate the fuel used by taxis and not to stop their operations. But regulation is a challenge. In the very first meeting, the police informed us that they are helpless. They could not identify the taxi—every car had become a taxi. Uber and Ola told us that they were not taxi operators—only aggregators. In fact, their companies are registered as information technology providers. They were also not responsible for anything—customers hired cars using their platform and rated the service provided by drivers. The Delhi government had issued guidelines, which would curtail the operations of such aggregators, but Uber challenged this in the court. Finally, after weeks of protracted discussions, and often violent disagreements, it was agreed that all taxis, including those listed with the aggregators, would run on CNG. But all other issues, including the contentious issue of surge pricing, remained unresolved. Governments in India and abroad are battling with taxi operators and technology companies to formulate these rules. But why am I writing this now? The fact is Airbnb and Uber are part of the inevitable change in our future. The reason is that the modern world has formalised its economy to the point that it has become unviable. The brick-and-mortar world requires massive infrastructure, and this then requires regulations to ensure that all this operates within rules. The cost of regulations is also high and adds to the cost of running the economy. In my view, Uber and Airbnb are undercutting this world—by making the best use of the individual’s assets. In both cases, they are optimising existing resources—the cars and houses people own—to make more money and share the profits. But most importantly, these businesses are working the informal space. They are doing this to reduce costs and to expand opportunity. This is where we need to think further of what our world is about. In countries like India, informal business is the existing order of the day. Everything—from collecting sewage from homes, recycling garbage to providing transport in our cities—is managed by millions of myriad informal businesses. But we do not consider it part of our future. Worse, it defies regulation as we know it today. So, it must go. But given that the formal economy comes with costs, we cannot replace this informal and thriving business. But to kill it we neglect it; make it illegal, and altogether despise it. But still, it stays. We just can’t make it work. So, is it time we thought of a different business future? Let’s discuss this again.(The writer is Editor of Down To Earth magazine. Views expressed are strictly personal.)
GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Some PrEP users are worried that it is not effective and others, who are opposed to PrEP for other reasons have leapt upon this as proof that PrEP doesn’t work.These cases confirm that PrEP doesn’t provide 100% protection against HIV. However there are few who work in HIV prevention, care or research surprised by this. More usually, the surprise isn’t that PrEP can fail but that it’s as successful at preventing HIV as it is.Most often efficacy of 86% is cited, as this was the impact seen in several major PrEP studies, including the UK-based PROUD study.This is based on the effectiveness of PrEP as a strategy (i.e. people were given PrEP but the failures indicated that they did not take it as prescribed). In the PROUD study and other studies of PrEP effectiveness, there were no cases of HIV acquisition among people who took the drugs as directed.Even when used consistently, condoms can failPrEP as a strategy should be compared to other safer-sex strategies. Some people who would say that their strategy is always to use condoms, actually don’t always use condoms. In fact 100% condom use is rare.Even when condoms are used consistently, they can fail. Efficacy of 100% actual condom use may be as low as 70% (i.e. lower than PrEP use as a strategy).Choosing partners on the basis of their presumed HIV status (sero-sorting) is also often ineffective as a strategy. Too often people do not know their own or their partner’s actual HIV status. Recently Public Health England bluntly stated in their ‘HIV in the UK’ report, “unprotected sex with partners believed to be of the same HIV status is unsafe.”The men who have acquired HIV while on PrEPThe first two of the four cases of HIV infection when someone was adherent to PrEP were as a result of infection with a rare strain of HIV, which is resistant to the drugs used in PrEP. This strain, as with all other strains of the virus, will not be transmitted when someone who has it is undetectable on treatment.The third case (the Amsterdam case) was not due to a rare strain but took an unusual route. The man concerned had an ‘unusually high number’ of sexual partners – averaging 50-70 a month – and several other sexual infections. Researchers have speculated he may have repeatedly exposed himself to HIV, which took a hold in his body after a slight dip in Truvada levels. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) There have now been four established cases where someone who was taking their PrEP regularly has become HIV positive. There has been another report of a man on PrEP contracting HIV (Photo: © Marc Bruxelle | Dreamstime.com) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Unfortunately, due to a lack of adequate testing data we likely will never know with certainty the reason of the latest case of PrEP failure, recently reported at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).PrEP is more effective than condoms or sero-sortingOver time there will be more cases of PrEP failure. And we will learn from these cases and may be able to make PrEP more effective as a result of them. However, the fact remains that PrEP, when taken consistently remains one of the most effective means of preventing HIV. It is more effective than condom use or sero-sorting as a strategy.This isn’t to suggest that it’s right for everyone. Some people don’t want to take drugs. Some people struggle to be adherent. PrEP offers no protection against other STIs.However for others PrEP is going to be the most effective and most appropriate method of managing their HIV risk. The tiny number of cases of HIV when on PrEP, in the context of the number using PrEP (77k in the US alone), are testament to that.It’s vital to acknowledge that PrEP, just like other safer sex strategies isn’t 100% effective. But it is also vital to not let isolated cases obscure how effective it is. PrEP has played a significant role in bringing down new HIV infections in London, Sydney, New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world.‘No sexual safety strategy is 100% effective’No sexual safety strategy is 100% effective. If you do not have any sex with anybody you won’t acquire HIV sexually – but for most people this is not an acceptable option. Any sexual activity carries some risk, which is why we usually use the expression ‘safer sex’ rather than ‘safe sex’.Almost all of the time that PrEP is used as directed, it works. The four cases of failure reported demonstrate that it has not always prevented HIV acquisition – but neither have other safer sex strategies. The effectiveness of PrEP, despite these cases, still outstrips that of other safer sex strategies.PrEP may not always work – but for those who choose it, who are able to take it as directed, it remains the most effective HIV prevention tool that we have.Matthew Hodson is Executive Director of NAM aidsmap and the recent winner of Social CEO of the year. Follow him on Twitter at @Matthew_Hodson. NAM aidsmap provides HIV news and treatment information to support people living with HIV, throughout the UK and internationally, to live longer and healthier lives. If you would like to make a donation to support NAM’s vital work, please visit: www.aidsmap.com/donate.See alsoHIV positive men undress to raise awareness about ageing with the virus Doctor forced to stop taking PrEP so he could apply to a health insurance policeFormer cop turned politician Brian Paddick on his PrEP use and issues with condoms‘Last week I tested positive for HIV. My world imploded.’Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/another-man-acquired-hiv-prep/