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As the Trumptanic sinks, rats will try to escape, but Mark Esper is going out early

first_imgEsper did have a military career, including a brief period of active service in the Gulf War. However, his career also includes a stint running the ultraconservative Heritage Foundation, and as assistant defense secretary for George W. Bush, where he was a proponent of the Iraq invasion. He’s been a policy adviser to three different Republican senators, and a defense industry lobbyist. In fact, The Hill recognized Esper as “the top corporate lobbyist” for both 2015 and 2016. It was his keen work as an industry lobbyist that brought him to the lobbyist-filled Trump White House — where he got to play defense secretary while still sitting on a package of benefits from defense contractors.So it’s not as if Esper has ever demonstrated anything that resembled concern for the troops, concern for national security, or concern for the dignity of his supposed position. He seems to be only concerned with getting away before the screen door hits him in the rear. As NBC News reports, the reason Esper is planning to get out now is simple enough: Trump was about to fire him anyway. So Esper is neither making a moral stand, nor even just clearing out in advance of what he sees as a new administration coming to town. He’s doing a classic “you can’t fire me, I quit” maneuver.Esper’s role in multiple instances has been to put an apparent seal of military approval on Trump’s actions. However, he did eventually break with Trump on two points: When Trump suggested using the Insurrection Act to place active duty military forces in American cities, Esper instead suggest that Trump limit the forces to the National Guard and sent a group of active duty military who had already been brought into the Washington, D.C., area back to their bases. Esper also added tentative support to the idea of renaming military bases still bearing the names of Confederate officers who fought for slavery … though Esper never directly issued an order to change the names.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Bolder’ UK actuarial body calls on G20 to deliver on fossil fuel pledge

first_imgThe UK’s Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) is calling on G20 governments to follow through on their commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, saying these undermine efforts to mitigate harmful climate change.The actuarial organisation is signing a statement from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK-based think tank.Nico Aspinall, chair of the IFoA’s resource and environment board, told IPE that the actuarial organisation is signing the ODI statement as part of its ongoing work “to raise awareness of climate change risk and the threat it poses for governments, businesses and individuals”.The IFoA took part in the UN climate change conference in Paris in December 2015 (COP21), he said, and the IFoA is involved in the ODI’s call to action “because it aligns with our work on investment risk owing to stranded assets”. He added: “Resource and environment issues are a key policy priority for the IFoA and we believe this statement, if implemented, will have a major impact on policy.”The ODI is due to publish its statement next week in advance of the G20 Leaders Summit in Hangzhou, China in early September, a spokesperson told IPE.According to the IFoA, the statement asks the G20 governments to implement their long-standing commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies and to set a timeframe for this of 2020.The IFoA said: “As experts in long-term risk management the IFoA believes that climate risk is one of the greatest risks facing current and future generations.”Aspinall said: “State fossil fuel subsidies form a key structural inhibition of competition and act as a barrier to investment in renewables on the scale needed to deliver carbon commitments made in Paris.”The G20 pledged to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in 2009, but have yet to do so.In a communiqué issued after their April 2016 meeting in Washington D.C., the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors said: “We reaffirm our commitment to rationalize and phase-out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, over the medium term, recognizing the need to support the poor.“Further, we encourage all G20 countries to consider participation in the voluntary peer review of inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption.”The ODI, and the backers of its forthcoming statement, would not be the first to call on the G20 to deliver on their pledge.In November 2014 US economists Jeffrey Sachs and Nouriel Roubini called on the G20 leaders to cut subsidies, saying that this would dry up investment in fossil fuel exploration and help create conditions for a low carbon energy transition.The G7 have agreed that fossil fuel subsidies should be phased out by 2025.The move by the IFoA l comes after it launched a “refreshed” strategy in June this year, doing so “not just to reflect the changes in the global landscape today, but to position us and our members as relevant for an uncertain future”.The IFoA said the tweaked strategy also includes plans “for bolder public affairs activity” and a spokesperson for the body confirmed that its move to sign the ODI statement is an example of this type of activity.last_img read more

Kuranda treehouse in the rainforest offers space and peace

first_img35 Masons Rd, KurandaThe block is more than 4000sq m — more than five times the size of an average Queensland suburban block.Underneath the house is a double carport underneath and lock up storage room as well as a laundry which could easily be converted to an additional bedroom.Fifty-eight homes have sold in Kuranda over the past 12 months for a median price of $434,500.Thirty-four per cent of the region’s homes are owned outright and the median age is 45.Houses make up 79 per cent of the stock with apartments accounting for just 1.6 per cent. 35 Masons Rd, KurandaIt is just a few minutes from the town centre of Kuranda on level half hectare of land. “The property provides loads of room for a pool, large shed or granny flat,” Ms Robinson said. “There is also room for everyone in the split level property.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoAn expansive deck at the front and extending the living area are perfect for outdoor dining and the three-bedroom, and two bathroom home also includes a large master bedroom with generous built in robe, two way ensuite and a corner bath. Screened louvres to the living areas and bedrooms allow the inhabitants to take in the beauty of the forest and the freshly polished timber floors.Tightly held, the property last changed hands in 2007.Ms Robinson said while the property had the plenty of outdoor space for children, or petsthe property also provided multiple options for expansion. A TROPICAL treehouse high in World Heritage listed rainforest offers the quintessential Far North Queensland lifestyle.Designed to capture the environment, 35 Masons Rd in Kuranda will set its new owner back less than half a million dollars — a steal for the beautifully handcrafted home in one of the mountain town’s most popular areas.LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Vanessa Robinson said the home was a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.last_img read more

Energean sells 5.5 BCM of Karish/Tanin gas to IPM

first_imgGreek oil and gas company Energean has signed a Gas Sales and Purchase Agreement with I.P.M. Beer Tuvia Ltd. (“IPM”) to supply an estimated 5.5 BCM of gas from its Karish and Tanin FPSO offshore Israel over a period of 19 years.The contract is subject to necessary approvals and is contingent on results of the 2019 drilling program, which includes the drilling of four wells in Israel and will start with the spud of Karish North in March 2019, targeting 36.8 BCM (1.3 Tcf) of gas with a volume-weighted geological chance of success of 69%.The agreement adds between 0.265 and 0.38 BCM/yr of gas sales, commencing in approximately 2024. Energean estimates that the deal will contribute revenues of roughly $0.9 billion over the life of the contract. Energean may supply IPM with limited volumes between 2021 and 2024.  IPM holds an option to increase volumes up to 0.55 BCM/yr.Energean has now signed GSPAs for 4.6 BCM/yr from its Karish and Tanin FPSO, which is being built with a total capacity of 8 BCM/yr. Energean targets filling the remaining 3.4 BCM/yr of FPSO spare capacity in the medium term, which it believes will deliver attractive incremental economics, the company said.IPM is an Independent Power Producer that will supply the national power grid and large private consumers with power. IPM is building a new power plant that is due to start operating in 2H 2020, and gas purchased from Energean will provide part of the total quantity of gas required for its operations. The remaining gas supply will be purchased in accordance with IPM’s existing Gas Agreements.The Karish and Tanin development remains on track for first gas in 1Q 2021, Energean said.Mathios Rigas, CEO of Energean Oil & Gas said:“This additional Gas Sales Agreement aligns with Energean’s strategy to secure offtake for the remaining spare capacity in our 8 BCM/yr FPSO and to commercialize the resource being targeted by our upcoming drilling programme, providing competition and energy security to the Israeli domestic market.“The signing of this contract ahead of results from our 2019 drilling programme demonstrates not only the attractiveness of the Karish and Tanin fields but the strong incremental demand that we have identified for our gas and we will continue to target additional sales. Our future sales contracts will target both the growing domestic and regional export markets, delivering attractive incremental economics for all of our stakeholders.”last_img read more

Coughing and sneezing? Things to consider before getting medicine

first_img: Medical personnel say it’s important to always follow directions when using cold medications, and only treat the symptoms you have. (Photo credit: M. Kuhlman)INDIANAPOLIS – Most adults will get one to three colds every year, and medical personnel say there are some things to keep in mind before heading to the drug store for treatment.Most over-the-counter medications can relieve the symptoms of a cold, but not always without risk.Joan Duwve, chief medical consultant with the Indiana State Department of Health, says it’s important to always take medication as needed and directed, and only try to treat the symptoms you have.“The risk of those all-in-one medications might be that you’re taking a decongestant but you’re not really stuffy,” she points out. “In fact, you would like your nose to stop running, and so you may need something that’s more like an antihistamine.”Duwve adds that acetaminophen overuse has potential for liver damage, decongestants can raise blood pressure and nighttime medications can cause drowsiness the next day.Her advice is to use medications minimally, drink plenty of fluids and get extra rest.She adds that warm liquids such as tea or chicken noodle soup are very effective in breaking up congestion.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), colds are the most common illness children experience.Duwve says parents should be vigilant about giving children medication for a cough, runny nose or sore throat.“As a parent, you don’t like to see your child looking or feeling uncomfortable and we like to feel like we’re doing something to help,” she says. “Kids, though, typically manage very well with cold symptoms and in fact medications can be harmful to children who are under the age of four.”She says always use children’s medications as directed, and try saline sprays for nasal congestion, and honey for a cough.Most colds run their course for about a week, and Duwve says parents should call their doctor if symptoms last more than 10 days or if a child has a fever higher than 100.4 degrees.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more

Desert Thunder hosts April 11-12 Border States Racing Series doubleheader

first_imgPRICE, Utah – Desert Thunder Raceway hosts the inaugural doubleheader for the Border States Racing Series this Friday and Saturday, April 11-12.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $500 to win and IMCA SportMods for $200 to win both nights. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded.Pit gates at Price open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. both days. Hot laps follow the 5 p.m. drivers’ meeting with racing at 6 p.m.Spectator admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for kids ages six through 12 and free for five and under. Car and driver is $55 for Modifieds and $40 for SportMods; pit passes are $25 for one day or $35 for a two-day pass.Transponders are required and can be rented for $5 a night. Also on the Friday and Saturday programs are super stocks, hobby stocks and quarter midgets.Ten dates, at tracks in Utah, New Mexico and Colorado, comprise the Border States Racing Series.last_img read more

Charlton: Ferguson will not interfere

first_img Press Association Ferguson will remain at the club as a director and ambassador, as Sir Matt Busby did when he stepped down as United boss following a glittering 24-year spell in charge. Busby’s successors, Wilf McGuinness and Frank O’Farrell, both struggled while the former manager maintained a presence at the club – but Charlton insists Ferguson will not meddle. “Alex Ferguson doesn’t work like that. He won’t interfere,” said Charlton, one of the Busby Babes, who made 758 appearances for the club. “He is famed for his decision making and this will be just another decision.” Sir Bobby Charlton is sure that Sir Alex Ferguson will not meddle in the affairs of his successor when the Manchester United boss draws the curtain on his history-making 26-year spell in charge at the end of the season.center_img David Moyes has been installed as the bookmakers’ favourite to take the reins, while Jose Mourinho has also been touted as a potential successor. Having dominated the landscape of British football for so long, United fans will no doubt fear a decline, but Charlton is optimistic about the club’s future. “There’s no problem,” said Charlton at the launch for the Royal Mail’s Football Heroes Special Stamps. “Why should we not have anyone who we think is capable of doing it, and doing it with a bit of a smile? “There will be (another manager like him). But I can’t tell you who it is or who it may be. We have to get a new manager. It’s actually quite exciting. In a way I’ve always dreaded this day. There’s been a torment in my mind about this happening, but he’s not going away, he’ll be staying on as a director.” Charlton was one of the four men who appointed Ferguson way back in 1986 following the Scot’s success at Aberdeen, where he broke Rangers and Celtic’s monopoly of the Scottish game by winning three titles. He has since gone on to develop a close personal friendship with Ferguson. Ferguson discussed retirement with England’s record goal scorer on several occasions over the last few years. “I have known for about three or four years (that he was going to quit), but he has changed his mind a couple of times,” Charlton added. “City winning the title gave him a new challenge. Now I think he thinks he deserves to have a break. There’s so much pressure on the position. It’s very tough.” last_img read more

Paul Clement is Swansea City new boss

first_imgBAYERN Munich assistant Paul Clement has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal to become Swansea City’s next manager.The German side allowed the 44-year-old to speak to the Swans, who are bottom of the Premier League.Clement was interviewed by the club before Bob Bradley was appointed as their manager in October.He is set to be Swansea’s third manager of the season and it is likely he will be at Selhurst Park for their game against Crystal Palace today.The former Chelsea and Real Madrid assistant manager was in charge of Derby County for eight months before he was sacked by the club in February of 2016.After Bradley was sacked following a spell of seven defeats in 11 games, Clement emerged as the frontrunner to be Swansea’s next managerFormer Manchester United assistant Ryan Giggs, Wales boss Chris Coleman and former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett were also linked with the job.The Swans are four points adrift at the bottom of the table and have lost their last four games, including Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.last_img read more

Players and explanations involved in Syracuse men’s basketball’s vacated wins revealed

first_img Published on November 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Terrence Roberts, Billy Edelin, Dion Waiters, Fab Melo and Mookie Jones were the five players involved in violations that led to Syracuse vacating 101 wins. The Orange’s 2016-17 media guide identified those five players as having their individual statistics vacated by the NCAA.Roberts and Edelin were involved in the 60 wins that were vacated from 2004-07 due to receiving illegal payments. Waiters, Melo and Jones’ involvement in academic issues led to 41 wins vacated from 2010-12.The NCAA’s report on Syracuse was released on March 6, 2015 and included references to Jeff Cornish, a booster of the program involved in paying players. He paid three football and two men’s basketball players from a bank account titled “AAU-DCCT” a total of $8,335 and used the tax ID number of the Tri-Valley YMCA, where he worked, to do so, according to the report.From May 2004 to July 2005, Cornish deposited more than $300,000 into the account and paid SU players, athletics staffers and a basketball staffer’s rent for a month, according to the report.In 2010-11, Jones played in 13 games, which led to seven vacated wins that season. Waiters played in 34 games in 2011-12 while Melo played in 33 and Jones played in 12. SU vacated all 34 wins that season. According to the NCAA’s report, they received illegal assistance on academic work from people around the program, falling under the category of “impermissible academic benefits.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAbout three weeks ago, it was revealed how many games and in which years the 101 vacated wins came from. Now, it’s known which players were involved and why, based on the years these players played and how they’re described in the original report. The NCAA’s initial report, however, did not name the players specifically, while the team media guide does.The news aligns with what head coach Jim Boeheim said recently on the Doug Gottlieb Show, that none of the vacated wins involved drug violations.Updated yearly records following vacated wins:2004-05: 12-7 (15 vacated, 27-7 previously)2005-06: 0-12 (23 vacated, 23-12 previously)2006-07: 2-11 (22 vacated, 24-11 previously)2010-11: 20-8 (seven vacated, 27-8 previously)2011-12: 0-3 (34 vacated, 34-3 previously) Commentslast_img read more

Hazard Hopes Belgium’ll be Different to England’s Golden

first_imgThe Three Lions face Belgium in their final Group G game in Kaliningrad on June 28 and Hazard is hoping the Red Devils go on to claim silverware – unlike England teams of the past.“We know what we are. We are good players, we all play in the big games in England, in Italy and in Spain,” he said.“10 years or 15 years ago, you had this ‘Golden Generation’ in England but you won nothing. Now I think the fans, journalists, all of Belgium, the country just wants to win something. Eden Hazard hopes Belgium do not suffer the same fate as England and waste the potential of their own ‘Golden Generation’.Belgium head to the World Cup third in the latest FIFA rankings, with a squad that boasts the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Thibaut Courtois, Romelu Lukaku and Jan Vertonghen in addition to Hazard. “We have a ‘Golden Generation’ – we just want to win something now. Can we be different to England? Maybe, maybe, we will see.”Belgium comfortably defeated Egypt 3-0 on Wednesday and will now face Costa Rica in their final warm-up match on Monday night.Roberto Martinez’s side will then open their World Cup campaign against Panama on June 18 before facing Tunisia and England.GenerationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more