Check out the Gwynne Conservation Area at FSR

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Look for new features like wildflowers and a healthy streambank in the FSR Gwynne Conservation Area.The nearly 70-acre facility, part of the Farm Science Review’s host site, the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, has two new projects underway — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds.FSR Manager Zachrich said the projects offer two benefits: They improve the Gwynne itself year round. And they demonstrate practices that farmers can take home and use on their own land, too.Asters, milkweeds, blazing stars and coneflowers are some of the many wildflowers being planted in new seed mixes in the Gwynne’s 10-plus acres of prairie.Previously, the Gwynne’s prairie plantings were mostly just two grasses: big bluestem and Indian grass. The new seed mixes, which add wildflowers to the grasses, offer more benefits to pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, and to wildlife.The prairie project also is demonstrating wildflower- and wildlife-friendly management methods — involving disking, burning, removing residue or a combination. Mike Retterer, an Ohio-based biologist with the nonprofit Pheasants Forever, helped develop the strategies.Gwynne visitors can also check out Willow fascines (bundles of live stems that are planted, take root and grip soil) and riprap (large chunks of rock) — two of the tools helping to restore Deer Creek’s stream bank. As a first step, however, members of the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors of America, a longtime FSR partner, will excavate the streambank, reduce its slope and eliminate an unstable undercut.They Gwynne is also the place to catch up with experts about the mysterious beech leaf disease causing striped and curled leaves, weak buds, and sometimes the death of saplings in northeast Ohio; branch-tip damage from cicada outbreaks; powdery mildew on flowering dogwoods; thousand cankers disease in walnuts; the Asian long-horned beetle; and the spotted lantern fly, which hasn’t in fact been spotted in Ohio but is present in eastern Pennsylvania.All the activities in the Gwynne area during the FSR are included free with admission. The activities include dozens of talks, demonstrations and exhibits. Free wagon rides boarding at the FSR’s west end will take you to the Gwynne, the FSR’s harvesting demonstrations, and back to the west end. No stamp or wristband needed.last_img read more

Save the Date for Geocaching: 12-12-12

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Weekly Newsletter – International Geocaching DayJuly 25, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”10/10/10 – Be Part of a Worldwide Geocaching Record AttemptOctober 6, 2010In “Community”Global Geocaching on 12-12-12December 16, 2012In “Française” [vsw id=”mSJKbtJtJXw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Join thousands of geocachers on December 12, 2012. It’s a celebration of numbers and all those who count themselves as geocachers. The calendar will align for the last time this century. Enjoy 12-12-12 by joining friends for a geocaching adventure or attending a geocaching Event Cache. All those caching to shake off the winter chill in the Northern Hemisphere or embracing a summer cache run in the Southern Hemisphere will earn an exclusive 12-12-12 Souvenir. Simply log a “Found it” for a cache or an “Attended” for an Event Cache on 12-12-12. Hundreds of geocaching Event Caches are already scheduled in more than 20 countries. Find an event on the Geocaching Event Calendar or create your own Event Cache.Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

5 Tips for Writing the Best Log in the World

first_img1) See it and Say it – Describe what you saw and experienced on your way to the geocache. Did you see a rare bird, a hidden waterfall, or Harrison Ford? Tell folks about it.2) Be a Superhero – If there are new conditions in the area, like a fallen tree or heavy snow, warn other geocachers. You’d want them to do the same for you.3) Talk about Trades – Tell people what is in the geocache container along with what you took and what you left.4) Shout Out for the Cache Owner – Thank the cache owner for placing the geocache. TFTC is a perfectly acceptable way to do it, but feel free to be a little more creative with it.5) Learn from Others – Think about the best log you’ve ever read…what made it so special? Humor? Sincerity? A haiku?Geocache owners can reward those who write great logs by sending them a thank you email through their Geocaching.com profile. Have you thanked a good logger recently?Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Weekly Newsletter – August 8, 2012August 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”3 Tips for New Geocachers – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterSeptember 12, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Three Quick Tips for Successful GeocachingSeptember 25, 2018In “News” Some logs posted on Geocaching.com offer only a snapshot into the geocaching adventure, but great logs produce a panoramic view of the geocaching quest. Great logs inform other geocachers of what they might expect on their ‘caching adventure. They also reward geocache owners, who enjoy reading about the experiences of those seeking their ‘caches.Share your experience beyond a TFTC (Thanks for the Cache) or TNLN (Took Nothing Left Nothing) log by following these 5 tips:last_img read more

Our Favorite After Effects Tutorials of 2017

first_imgLooking to improve your After Effects game? Check out these AE tutorials to level up your skills.Cover image via Shutterstock.Let’s face it. Adobe’s After Effects has cemented itself as an industry mainstay for motion graphics and visual effects. With its focus on animation and creative compositing features, After Effects is shaping up for another kick-butt year in terms of cross-platform integration and user satisfaction.If you’re looking to up your game and learn some more skills and tricks, we have a great collection of tutorials to share with you. Let’s check some out.How to Crop in After EffectsLet’s start with something simple. Caleb Ward over at RocketStock, offers a quick and simple lesson (or a reminder for some) in this tutorial on how to crop in After Effects. You can read more about the three easy steps in his blog post.If you’re looking to touch up your skills, getting a glimpse of another editor’s workflow can be a great warm up — especially before we dive into some heavier tutorials below.Colorful Text and Logo RevealIn this tutorial from SonduckFilm, we learn how to make a colorful logo animation reveal. The tutorial is great if you’re looking to spruce up your next project with a little more life. Sonduck explains the technique quite simply, which you can also use for outros. Here’s the full post at SonduckFilm.Create Animated IconsIn this video tutorial by PremiumBeat’s own Josh Noel, we take a look into the world of iconography and how to create animated icons in After Effects. The tutorial also includes free project files along with links for assets and music to fill out your next video. You can read the full write-up here.Elegant SlideshowFeel like your photo slideshow projects are lacking flash and style? Check out this tutorial from GFXfarm to give your photos a full array of motion and substance. The tricks are great for customizing your slideshows with unique effects. You can check out the full post here.Power Rangers Zordon EffectWhether you’re a fan of the classic kids’ show or excited about the new blockbuster reboot, any creative visual effects fan would love the opportunity to explore the effects in the new feature. In this video, also from RocketStock, Caleb Ward breaks down how to work with masks, 3D cameras, and point lights to create the effect. For the full project files and a look behind-the-scenes, check out the post here.Gambit Card ThrowAdrian at ProductionCrate gives you inspiration and tips on how to create your very own X-Men-inspired Gambit card-throw trick, which we all know and love. All you need is a camera, a friend to rack focus, and a short video of yourself pantomiming the throw before you dive into the edit.“Split” Inspired Movie TitlesIn a tutorial by one of our own here at PremiumBeat, Joshua Noel takes inspiration from M. Night Shyamalan’s latest indie-blockbuster hit Split to show you how to create your very own replicable title sequence. You can check the full write-up for the tutorial here.What’s your favorite After Effects tutorial of 2017? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

India vs Australia 3rd T20I, Highlights: How wet outfield played spoilsport in series decider

first_imgThe third and final Twenty20 international between India and Australia has been abandoned without a ball being bowled due to wet outfield. The series ends tied 1-1.The 3rd T20I against Australia has been called off due to a wet outfield. The series is drawn 1-1 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/mzM9dZUKzS- BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 201720.21 IST: THAT’S IT! The match has been called off due to wet outfield. India and Australia share the trophy.19.40 IST: The covers are coming on just moments before the scheduled inspection. The wait gets longer.Ground staff working very hard to try and sort out the outfield. Fingers crossed #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/dnvCOKzQes- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 13, 2017And we’ll have another outfield inspection in around 25 mins, at 7.45pm local #INDvAUS- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 13, 201719.18 IST: No toss yet, Umpires to inspect pitch at 19.45 IST. The outfield is still quite wet. Virat Kohli and David Warner are having a chat with with match officials.The toss has been delayed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. Next inspection at 7 PM IST. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/C3zRLSobI9- BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 201718.20 IST: Toss has been delayed due to wet outfield. Next inspection at 19.00 IST.Take a look at the pitch for the 3rd and final T20I against Australia at Hyderabad. What’s your prediction? #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/vvLEJp0Sgz- BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2017Welcome to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad for the 3rd #INDvAUS T20! Who’s your tip to take out the series decider? pic.twitter.com/RgPyfzQX2padvertisement- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) October 13, 2017ODI series won, now time to clinch the T20I series. #TeamIndia are off to the stadium for the third and final match. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/z7ABWMXmXG- BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2017India will be itching to bounce back from the thrashing they received in Guwahati when they take on an edgy but resilient Australia in the series-deciding third and final T20I today.Rain may play spoilsport in the match with weather forecast indicating possibility of light to moderate rain in Hyderabad.The city has been receiving good rainfall almost on a daily basis for about a week, throwing normal life out of gear. Arrangements have been made at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium, the venue of the match, to ensure that the match is held without any problem.Curator YL Chandrasekhar said the recent rain has not affected the wicket.However, the outfield was affected a bit and some fans were being used to dry the affected area. The T20I series is locked 1-1 after Australia defeated India by eight wickets in the second match at Guwahati on October 10.A bit of fun and laughter followed by an intense nets session. #TeamIndia gear up for the final T20I tomorrow in Hyderabad. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/J9DyQYCQiy- BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017The pitch at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium is usually good for batting and fans will be expecting a run feast after the low-scoring affair on a damp pitch in Guwahati.Though it has been a regular venue in the IPL, it will be the first time that a T20 International will be played here.How is that for accuracy from @hardikpandya7? Was asked to target the marker and he nails it. #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/RaQRcu9Gek- BCCI (@BCCI) October 12, 2017TeamsIndia: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul and Axar Patel.Australia: David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 7 key features and specs that are missing

first_img10:55 Samsung Event Comments No secure face unlockIn that same vein, because the Note 10 only has a standard front-facing camera, it can’t carry out any secure facial scanning like the iPhone XS’ Face ID and the LG G8’s time-of-flight camera, which maps your face with infrared. Instead, Samsung has stuck with fingerprint scanning, which it moved from the back of the phone to inside the screen.122-samsung-galaxy-note-10-note-10-plusThe Note 10’s S Pen. Sarah Tew/CNET No camera in the S PenA rumor speculating that Samsung was going to put a camera inside the Note 10’s S Pen may have seemed far fetched, but it didn’t sound too crazy considering Samsung had apparently filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to Patently Mobile. The patent was for an “electric pen device” that “includes an optical system including a lens and an image sensor.”As we now know, the camera didn’t make it into the S Pen this time around. But who knows what this patent has in store for future Note iterations. For now, Samsung updated the stylus to have more remote control over the phone’s camera. Called “Air Gestures,” you can now switch the camera lens, change camera modes and zoom in and out with the wave of your S Pen. Tags Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible 1:53 No headphone jack and no dongleOne of the most notable features missing from all the Note 10 phones is a headphone jack. The familiar audio port began disappearing in 2016 when Lenovo/Motorola and Apple lopped it off their phones. Since then, the feature became a rarity among premium phones, and up until the Note 10, Samsung’s Note line was one of the last high-end phones to include the port.Those who are eyeing the Note 10 devices will have to make do with using Bluetooth headphones or carrying around a dongle that surprisingly, does not come included with the phone (Samsung is selling it separately for $10 extra). But for others adamant about holding onto their wired headphones, there are still some phones available to accommodate that, including Samsung’s own Galaxy S10 line. 008-samsung-galaxy-note-10-note-10-plus-dongle-headphonesThe Note 10 welcomes you to the dongle life for $10 more. Sarah Tew/CNET Note 10 bids farewell to microSD  Being able to increase your phone’s storage with a microSD card used to be a common capability for Note owners. Unfortunately, the Note 10 will not have expandable storage. Keep in mind that the larger Note 10 Plus still has a microSD card slot, but if you’re considering the 6.3-inch Note 10, you’ll have to make do with just built-in storage. note-9The Note 9’s microSD card slot. Angela Lang/CNET Head of Mobile for Samsung Electronics America Suzanne De Silva told CNET that the company decided to get rid of the microSD card slot so that the phone could be thinner but have a bigger battery. Interestingly, the Galaxy S10 has expandable memory and it’s as thin as the Note 10 at 0.31-inch. The Note 10 also has a smaller battery than the Note 9, which also has room for a microSD card slot.True, the phone’s 256GB of onboard memory should be plenty to store all your photos, videos and apps. But if you’re planning to have the device for years down the line and you don’t use cloud storage, expandable memory is a convenient feature to be able to fall back on.No redesign overhaulWhile it’s true that the New 10 phones come in eye-catching colors like Aura Glow and Aura Pink (in the UK), the devices look relatively the same as last year’s and even the year before. The thinner bezels and smaller hole-punch camera do keep the phone looking modern, but overall the design remains similar. This is in contrast to one particularly interesting rumor that floated around before the Note 10 event. It speculated that Samsung would adopt a completely buttonless design and the Note would have “active edges” that users could squeeze to navigate the phone, similar to the Pixel 3. Though we don’t get a completely buttonless look, at least Samsung removed one button we can all agree we didn’t want: Bixby.142-samsung-galaxy-note-10-note-10-plusThe Note 10 in Aura Glow. Sarah Tew/CNET No second selfie camera on Note 10Unlike the Galaxy S10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 5G, none of the Note 10 phones have a second front-facing camera. We somewhat expected one — whether it be a wide-angle camera like the S10 Plus or a depth-sensing camera like on the S10 5G — because the Note 10 usually represents Samsung’s ultraluxe line. However, with more Galaxy phones than ever before, it looks like Samsung isn’t throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the Note 10 anymore. By pulling back on a few features, the Note 10 is now cheaper than the Note 9 was at launch, making the phone more accessible to a wider audience.  62 Photoscenter_img 15 Share your voice Andrew Hoyle/CNET Samsung’s latest phones, the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 5G, serve as the successors to 2018’s Note 9, and they pack many new features for a phone series that has been around since 2011. The Note 10 Plus, for example, is the company’s first “plus” version of its Galaxy Note phone, and the Note 10 5G is Samsung’s second 5G phone, after the Galaxy S10 5G. In addition to the bigger size and next-gen network capabilities, the Note 10s come in an array of new colors and are equipped with updated camera and video editing tools, like AR Doodle. But there are several other things we didn’t get from the Note 10, too — either specs that were dropped from the previous model or features we anticipated because of the active rumor mill that swirled around the phone before it launched. Read on to see what Samsung didn’t deliver at its Aug. 7 Unpacked event, and tell us what you want to see in the next Note phones. Are you going to buy the Note 10 or are you waiting for something better? Now playing: Watch this: 3D scanner brings real objects to life on the Galaxy… Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Phones Samsunglast_img read more

Australia vs Afghanistan ICC 2019 World Cup Live telecast preview players to

first_imgDefending champions Australia start off their campaign to regain the world title against a relatively weak opposition in Afghanistan at Bristol on June 1. However, the Afghans have done enough in their brief ODI history to make the Aussies and every other team wary. They have a trump card in the form of Rashid Khan whose success or failure may well decide the course of the match.When and where to watchBeing the second match of the day, this contest will begin at 1:30 PM local time and 6 PM IST. It will be telecasted on Star Sports 3 and streamed online on Hotstar. PreviewA lot of people are interested in this match, but not because of what is expected to happen on the field. The curiosity relates to the kind of reaction David Warner and Steve Smith are expected to get when they make their return to international cricket, that too, in front of an English crowd.When Steve Smith scored a hundred in a warm-up game, he got booed by the people in attendance. While some English players have requested the fans to not be so uncharitable, the English crowds are known to have a mind of their own.But looking at the match, Australia should record an easy win. Their batting order was looking quite solid even before the re-emergence of Warner and Smith. Aaron Finch scored heavily in the last ODI series of his team while Khawaja has been pumping out runs with great prolificacy since the 5-match rubber in India.Now the question is: Where will Warner bat? He is bound to be in top-3. Smith would come at no. 4 and by his century in the practice game has proven that he hasn’t lost his value in ODI cricket. Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell might be next with Alex Carey finishing off the top-7. However, if Australia want a seamer as their fifth bowler, Marcus Stoinis may get in.The bowling would consist of Mitchell Starc, the hero of the last World Cup with his deadly speed and yorkers, and Pat Cummins, one of the very best in the World. Whether Aussies pick two spinners or one depends upon the nature of the wicket. If there is a bit of dryness, both Adam Zampa and Nathan Lyon would play. In case only one is needed, it will be tough to choose between Zampa and Lyon as both have done well. The former gives away runs but picks up wickets while Lyon is great for controlling the game through accurate bowling. The comeback of David Warner will be something keenly watchedDaniel Kalisz/Getty ImagesFor the third seamer’s spot, there are three options: Nathan Coulter Nile, Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson. None of the three have set the stage on fire but could be good as a partner with Cummins and Starc.On the Afghanistan side, the hopes would rest on Rashid Khan. But he won’t be alone among spinners. Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have been good in recent times. A collective effort would be required from all of them. The pace bowling department of Afghanistan would be followed closely to see how Hamid Hassan, making a comeback into the team does. Among their batsmen, hopes are high from Hazratullah Zazai, a dashing, aggressive batsmen who has played some great knocks in T20 cricket. The likes of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan are also expected to rear up the Afghan innings. But they will have their task cut out against the Cummins and co.Essentially, we are looking at an easy win for the 5-time world champions. But who knows, there may be a surprise in store. The hope for Afghans lies in Rashid’s bowling. If he can bamboozle the batsmen in this match, they will have an opprtunity, if not, it’s a foregone conclusion. Players to watchDavid Warner: Away from international cricket for more than a year, Warner doesn’t seem to have lost his great ability. After performing well in the IPL, he might want to make a big statement in the World Cup.Hamid Hassan: When Afghanistan first appeared on the international scene in the 2010 World T20, Hassan was the most impressive performer. He could bowl genuinely fast, reaching speeds up to 140/kph+. It would be interesting to see if he has maintained that pace.Predicted XIsAustralia: Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mitchell StarcAfghanistan: Mohammad Shahzad (WK), Hazratullah Zazai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib (C), Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Hamid Hassanlast_img read more

Diphtheria kills nine Rohingya people

first_imgThis photo taken on October 7, 2017 shows a solar panel on the roof of a temporary home for Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox`s Bazar. AFPBangladesh on Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.Health workers in Bangladesh said they had been caught unawares by the outbreak of the bacterial disease in the Rohingya refugee camps of southeast BangladeshMore than 646,000 Rohingya are based in these camps, having fled violence in Myanmar in recent months.”So far nine people have died in a suspected outbreak of diphtheria,” said Meerzady Sabrina Flora, the head of Bangladesh’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR).Bangladesh’s health services department said of the 700 refugees infected, 104 — most of them children — had contracted the disease in the last 24 hours.Authorities have set up two isolation units in the overcrowded refugee camps, where many lack adequate shelter and food and there is little access to medical services.Diphtheria is a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be fatal if left untreated, but has become increasingly rare in recent decades due to high rates of vaccination.Bangladesh authorities said they had prepared for outbreaks of other diseases in the camps, but not diphtheria, which had been all but eradicated in Bangladesh.The government and UN agencies are now vaccinating around 250,000 children under the age of seven living in camps and temporary settlements near the border with Myanmar.”We are moving quickly to control this diphtheria outbreak before it spins out of control,” said physician Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, the World Health Organization representative to Bangladesh.”The vaccines will help protect every Rohingya child in these temporary settlements from falling prey to the deadly disease.”last_img

Most top govt officials corrupt Mahathir

first_imgMalaysian 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.”last_img read more