Trump tells lies while basking in the praise

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Donald Trump was cheered by hundreds of Carrier workers a year ago when he announced that he saved their jobs from moving to Mexico (Daily Gazette, Dec. 3).The same workers now know that they were conned by Trump with promises he had no intention of fulfilling. Carrier announced the laying off of 600 workers whose jobs Trump claimed to have saved a year ago. Instead of saving jobs, “more than 91,000 jobs have been sent overseas since Trump was elected, the highest number of jobs lost to outsourcing in five years.”Trump’s entire career consists of lying and conning people with false promises, including the Trump University students who were encouraged to take loans to pay tuition for a degree that turned out to be useless. He stiffed contractors and workers who worked on his properties.Trump had no plans to save the Carrier jobs. Trump has an insatiable need for adulation. He made the promises to the Carrier workers for the applause and cheers he knew he would receive when he stood in front of them to con them with false promises.Mark MarkovitzNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

US pushes arms sales surge to Taiwan, needling China: Sources

first_imgTaiwan’s military is well-trained and well-equipped with mostly US-made hardware, but China has a huge numerical superiority and is adding advanced equipment of its own.The weapons packages from Lockheed Martin Co, Boeing and General Atomics are moving their way through the export process, three people familiar with the status of the deals on Capitol Hill said, and a notification to Congress is expected within weeks.One industry source said President Donald Trump was slated to be briefed on the packages this week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Some of the deals had been requested by Taiwan more than a year ago, but are only now being moved through the approval process. A State Department spokesman declined comment.A senior US official, citing Chinese assertiveness in the Taiwan Strait, said: “There is no equilibrium today. It is out of balance. And I think that is dangerous.”Trump’s White House has made an effort to export weapons to US allies trying to bolster their defenses, decrease dependence on US troops while boosting US companies and jobs.As he fights for re-election on Nov. 3, Trump and Republican supporters have ramped up their rhetoric against Beijing and sought to portray Democratic opponent Joe Biden as soft on China.Other factors include Taiwan’s bigger defense budget, and the fear in Taiwan that if Trump loses, Biden would be less willing to sell the US’s most advanced weapons to them.Taiwan’s interest in US weapons and equipment is not new. The island is bolstering its defenses in the face of what it sees as increasingly threatening moves by Beijing, such as regular Chinese air force and naval exercises near Taiwan.The senior US official said Taiwan’s increased defense spending was a good step, but it had to do more.”Taiwan, frankly, needs to do more in order to ensure that they indigenously have an ability to deter Chinese aggression,” the official said.DealsDrones that can see over the horizon for surveillance and targeting, coupled with advanced missiles and coastal defenses that include smart mines and anti-submarine capabilities to impede a sea invasion, have been discussed at the highest levels to make Taiwan more difficult to attack, like a “porcupine”, according to industry and congressional sources.A Lockheed Martin-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), essentially a truck-based rocket launcher, is among the weapons Taiwan wants, people familiar with the negotiations said. Taiwan also seeks to buy sophisticated anti-tank missiles.In early August, Reuters reported that Washington is negotiating the sale of at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for what could be about $600 million.Also under discussion are land-based Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles to serve as a coastal defense against cruise missiles.Other systems include “underwater sea mines and other capabilities to deter amphibious landing, or immediate attack,” Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to United States said in July.  At the same time Taiwan’s desire to buy weapons increased after President Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected in January and has made strengthening Taiwan’s defenses a top priority.Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue. Beijing says it is a Chinese province, and has denounced the Trump administration’s support for the island.Washington has been eager to create a military counterbalance to Chinese forces, building on an effort known within the Pentagon as “Fortress Taiwan”, as Beijing’s military makes increasingly aggressive moves in the region.Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the reported package was a “media assumption,” and that it handled weapons purchase talks and assessments in a low-key, confidential way, so could not offer public comment until there was a formal US notification of any sales to Congress. The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.Pursuing seven sales at once is a rare departure from years of precedent in which US military sales to the island were spaced out and carefully calibrated to minimize tensions with Beijing.But the Trump administration has become more aggressive with China in 2020 and the sales would land as relations between Beijing and Washington are at their lowest point in decades over accusations of spying, a lingering trade war and disputes about the spread of the novel coronavirus.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears

first_imgMesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad to face Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac have been left out of Arsenal’s squad for this weekend’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United.The Gunners, who finished fifth in the Premier League last term, kick-start their 2019-20 campaign with a trip to St James’ Park on Sunday.Unai Emery will be without midfielder Ozil and defender Kolasinac, however, after the pair were involved in a carjacking attempt by an armed gang in north-west London on July 28.A statement from Arsenal said: ‘Mesut and Sead will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.‘We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.‘We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as son as possible. We will not be making any further comment on the matter.’Arsenal looked on course to finish in the top four last season before dropping to fifth, one point below north London rivals Tottenham. Advertisement Comment Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac left out of Arsenal squad to face Newcastle United over security fears Metro Sport ReporterFriday 9 Aug 2019 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Ozil and Kolasinac were the victims of an attempted carjacking (Picture: Twitter)Speaking ahead of the new season, Gunners boss emery said: ‘Our ambition is to do the best possible in the all the competitions, the most important of these is the Premier League.‘Our first target is to be in the top four, we reduced the distance last season. Manchester City and Liverpool are stronger than the others at the beginning.‘We want to compete with them and reduced the points gap. Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea have the same objectives.‘Last year the difference was really small and the challenge now is for us to achieve a top-four finish.‘Other teams are coming back, signing new players and working very well. The Premier League is the best competition in the world. We are going to work to compete and get into the top four.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisementlast_img read more

“I got overly messy on the weekend and peed my mates bed” Website’s 10 quirkiest requests

first_imgWhen it comes to hiring help, many client requests are without boundaries.WHEN it comes hiring a little help cleaning the home, one online services directory revealed some of their users have few boundaries. Hipages.com.au connects clients to contractors, and with the new season in full swing, they’ve released a list of their 10 quirkiest spring cleaning request.The comments below have been hand-picked by the hipages team from testimonies provided to them by tradies dealing with the site’s customers.They provide an interesting frieze of modern day living — and some are best not read while eating breakfast.Enjoy (if you can): “Approx 180,000 bricks ready to clean” “Regular ironing service with pickup and delivery. This lot is 29 business shirts, 5 slacks, 14 Ts, 13 pillowcases, 1 tablecloth. Please quote based on regular ironing” “My daughter has thrown up on the sofa. I rented a cleaning machine from Bunnings but the smell is still there” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago “I need cleaners for a year 12 after party. Will be needed on the 16th of November” “Looking for a mattress clean. I got overly messy on the weekend and peed my mates bed” “Carpet cleaning — pet urine cleaning required. Walls, kitchen, etc.” “Need lounge room carpet cleaned, not badly stained just has a pet odour — only noticeable if you are lying on the carpet” “We have a cream coloured carpet. Most of the carpet is in good condition, just a few wine spills and some puppy wee stains that need to be out. I have tried my hardest to scrub them but we need it looking good before October” “I need a floor cleaning, like a bond clean but we still are living in it. Or it is a spring clean?” “My old dog had an accident on a 2 month old queen mattress. Wee” Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img read more

Danish pension fund tenders $30m equities mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgKirstein has tendered a $30m (€22m) global equities mandate, on behalf of a Danish pension fund, using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1358, the target is to outperform the MSCI World, MSCI AC World or similar index – irrespective of the style in the market – through a fundamental stock-selection process.The preferred vehicle structure will be a UCITS fund.All types of investment style – core, growth, value, quality or GARP, for example – will be accepted. Kirstein said the investor would consider only long-only products, while 130/30 products or similar products will not be accepted.All large-cap portfolios – i.e. pure mid or small-cap products – are of no interest to the investor, although portfolios with small allocations to small caps are acceptable.Leveraged products will not be accepted.The investor seeks a manager with a proven track record of at least three years.Kirstein placed the ”anticipated excess performance” at a minimum 2% per annum, with a “suitable” tracking error.It added that mandate size was initially expected to be in the range of $30m, with potential for “significant increases in the coming years”.The closing date for applications is 19 December.In a separate IPE-Quest search, QN1359, Grontmij Capital Consultants is conducting a pre-selection of non-listed European infrastructure investment opportunities, on behalf of a Dutch pension fund.The size of the envisaged investments will be approximately €10m-15m.The preferred strategies are core or value added.Grontmij said: “At this stage, we would like to ask you to provide us with an update on your existing European infrastructure investment opportunities that are accessible for our client. After this stage, the process will be followed by a preliminary assessment that will be based on a survey.”The closing date for this search is 11 December.For more information on both tenders, please click here.last_img read more

Twin towers set for orchestral site

first_imgEncore contains 60 two and three bedroom apartments with completion set for spring 2019.PAYING homage to its historic beginnings as the site of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Stockwell’s latest development will produce two buildings dubbed Encore and Virtuoso.Stockwell managing director Mark Stockwell said the company looked to a musical reference to name the project because of the site’s original purpose. “A virtuoso is a highly skilled master or expert and that idea of skill and precision is what we have applied to the design of the building and apartments within,” Mr Stockwell said.“Hence the name was fitting. Encore, coming after Virtuoso, plays off an audience calling for more and as such we are delivering up a repeat performance of quality, large apartments sought by the market.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 9:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -9:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD288p288pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoreLogic Brisbane Housing Market Update – August 201809:25 Virtuoso offers three, four and five bedroom residences.“The four and five bedroom apartments in Virtuoso were among the first to sell.”Mr Stockwell said the development had attracted a range of different buyers, from professionals, retirees and downsizers to families.“All who want to spend less time and money maintaining a large home and more time doing what they enjoy,” he said.When both are completed, more than 800 people are expected to move in. FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK center_img Stockwell was keen to keep the musical reference in the name.Construction has moved on Virtuoso with building complete to level seven with its roof framing underway with completion expected soon. Encore is following fast behind with inground works commenced.“When we first acquired the land for Riverpoint, our residential community adjoining Virtuoso and Encore, it was clear that this was an unrepeatable part of West End,” Mr Stockwell said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoConstruction has moved apace onVirtuoso with building complete to level seven with its roof framing underway.“In conceptualising the buildings of Virtuoso and Encoreand learning from our neighbouring project Riverpoint, we knew that there was demand for larger apartments that were different to the stock typically being offered in the market.“In Virtuoso we offer only three, four and five-bedroom residences and in Encore only two and three-bedroom apartments, with an emphasis on three bedrooms.last_img read more

Chelsea-bound Werner bids RB Leipzig farewell with double against hosts Augsburg

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel German striker Timo Werner marked his RB Leipzig swansong with two well-taken goals to guide his side to a 2-1 victory at Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.RB Leipzig full-back Nordi Mukiele and midfielder Emil Forsberg spurned glorious opportunities before Werner put his side in front in the 28th minute. The 24-year-old latched on to a defence-splitting pass from Amadou Haidara before rounding Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek for his 27th league goal of the season.Augsburg, who had a red card for Philipp Max overturned by VAR in the second half, hit back through Ruben Vargas.His long-range effort proved too powerful for Yvon Mvogo to keep out.Werner, who will depart for Chelsea at the end of the season, added a second eight minutes from time, latching on to Angelino’s cross-field pass and firing into the bottom corner.The result means RB Leipzig end the season in third place with 66 points, one shy of their record Bundesliga tally achieved in 2016/2017. Augsburg are finishing in 15th place with 36 points, five clear of the relegation zone.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ChelseaEmil ForsbergRB LeipzigTimo Wernerlast_img read more

Ireland edge out UAE

first_img Chasing 139 after Gary Wilson’s half-century and 47 from Kevin O’Brien, the UAE were bowled out for 133 one ball from the end of their 20 overs. A third win in succession leaves Ireland two points ahead of their opponents at the group summit, with Hong Kong also two points behind and with a game in hand. Ireland lost Paul Stirling and Niall O’Brien in the fourth over and William Porterfield was then run out, but Kevin O’Brien and Wilson put on a decisive 92 in a fourth-wicket stand lasting almost 13 overs. Kevin O’Brien’s run-a-ball innings featured two fours and a six but ended when he was caught by Rohan Mustafa in Manjula Guruge’s final over. Wilson remained unbeaten on 53 from 44 balls, with three boundaries. Muhammad Azam hit the second ball of the UAE reply for six but then holed out off the next, but Shaiman Anwar and Khurram Khan put on 53 for the second wicket to put the home side on top. Max Sorensen (two for 17) made the vital breakthrough when Khan (35) was caught by John Mooney and Paul Stirling soon removed Anwar as the match swung. George Dockrell removed Swapnil Patil and Muhammad Shafiq for figures of two for 21 but t wo sixes from Amjad Javed put the game back in the balance, with Mustafa going well at the other end. But Trent Johnston’s yorkers caused problems and after two run-outs and with six needed from two balls, Guruge was bowled for a golden duck and Ireland snatched the win. Ireland moved top of ICC World T20 Qualifying Group A with a tense five-run win over the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Valdes nearing United deal

first_imgManchester United are set to announce the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on an 18-month contract. Press Association When asked in October whether he would consider signing Valdes if he returned to full fitness, Van Gaal gave a cryptic hint that it might be a possibility. ”Manchester United has always their eyes open,” the United manager said. Van Gaal’s backup goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard was linked with a move away from United in the summer and is yet to play a first-team fixture this season. United’s other two reserve options are Sam Johnstone, who is on loan at Doncaster, and 24-year-old Ben Amos, who was criticised by the United boss for letting in Miralem Pjanic’s 60-yard lob against Roma in pre-season. United will face a Friday night FA Cup assignment against Cambridge. The fourth-round match at the Abbey Stadium on January 23 will be televised by BBC One and kick off at 7.55pm, the Football Association announced. And Press Association Sport understands the 20-time English champions will now sign the Spanish World Cup winner to provide competition for first choice David de Gea. It is understood an agreement with Valdes is close and an announcement could be made shortly by the club. Barca youth product Valdes left the Nou Camp last year after spending almost two decades at the club. While at Barcelona the goalkeeper won six domestic titles, three Champions Leagues and also lifted the Copa del Rey on two occasions. The goalkeeper also won the World Cup with Spain in 2010 and the European Championship two years later. Valdes was an ever-present throughout his spell at the Nou Camp, but he will find it hard to break into the United first team because of De Gea’s superb form this season. The former Atletico Madrid goalkeeper has excelled in several matches, most notably against Everton, Tottenham and Stoke. But United manager Louis van Gaal knows Valdes well – he gave the Spaniard his debut during his second spell as Barca boss – and views the player as an excellent potential addition to his squad, particularly when he is available on a free. Valdes has been a free agent since leaving the Catalan giants last summer. The 32-year-old has been training with United for three months in order to help him recover from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in March. last_img read more

Cricket News Pat Cummins’ grit frustrates Virat Kohli’s victory push, drags Boxing Day Test to final day

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Pat Cummins can bowl. Pat Cummins can also bat. In fact, he can do it all in an Australia team that is lacking experience. So much so, that Megan Schutt, an Australia women’s cricketer, called him to be the next Australian Prime Minister. Cummins’s brilliant haul of 6/27, combined with his gritty fifty ensured Australia not only frustrated Virat Kohli’s push for a 2-1 series lead but also dragged the Boxing Day Test into the final day, where some rain is forecast. The result could be headed one way, but Cummins’ splendid all-round effort helped Australia reach 258/8, still needing 141 runs for an unlikely win on Sunday.Cummins’ sensational one-man army show offers Australia’s top-order batsmen and the bowlers the blueprint to dig deep and bring out the best in the business. After accounting for Hanuma Vihari (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (0), Virat Kohli (0) and Ajinkya Rahane (1) in a sensational four-over burst on day 3, Cummins took his maiden five-wicket haul in Australia and his third overall when he cleaned up the dangerous Mayank Agarwal for 42 with a full ball that stayed low and nipped back in further off the seam. Rishabh Pant struck a couple of lusty blows but when Cummins got his sixth by accounting for Ravindra Jadeja with a bouncer, he had career-best figures. When Pant (33) fell to a short ball from Josh Hazlewood, Kohli immediately declared and set Australia a target of 399 on a pitch which was becoming even more difficult to bat on.Read More | Fans evicted from major stand in Melbourne over racist chantsAustralia top order flounders againIf there has been one major problem area for Australia ever since the bans on Steve Smith and David Warner for the ball-tampering scandal, it has been consistent contributions from the top order. On a pitch which had variable bounce and facing up to a rampaging Jasprit Bumrah, they stood vulnerable yet again.Read More | Bumrah credits Rohit Sharma for slower ball to get rid of Shaun MarshIt was Bumrah, who took his career-best haul of 6/33 in the first innings who struck first. Aaron Finch (3), clearly struggling, guided a short ball to Virat Kohli at slip. Marcus Harris (13) showed inadequate technique to combat Ravindra Jadeja’s spin and gave Mayank Agarwal a sharp catch at short leg. Much was expected from Usman Khawaja, the only batsman in the side who had the potential to bat for long periods against both spin and pace. Many expected a repeat of his Dubai heroics in which he batted for long hours to give Australia a win. The left-hander struck some good shots and looked confident but when he fell to Jadeja for 33, it seemed the top-order would implode again.Read More | India vs Australia, highlights: Cummins frustrates Kohli’s sideShaun Marsh, another experienced player from whom plenty was expected, played some attacking shots and looked in great touch to get a big score. However, he was trapped LBW for 44 for the second time by Bumrah and even the review could not save him. When Mitchell Marsh (10) drove Jadeja straight to cover and Travis Head (34) dragged a full delivery from Ishant Sharma back onto the stumps, the end seemed near. Tim Paine edging Jadeja for 26 added one more nail in the coffin. However, the hosts still had one factor which has bailed them out of trouble on more than one occasion in this series.Read More | Virat Kohli’s India achieve rare distinction in double declarationThe tail wags… againCummins, fresh from a great performance with the ball, displayed his batting prowess as well by tackling both pace and spin brilliantly. He found an able ally in Mitchell Starc as they frustrated India’s push for a victory. After Starc (18) threw his wicket away by missing Mohammed Shami’s full delivery, Nathan Lyon gave him great company. The pair repelled the Indian attack for more than one and a half hours as prospects of a final day finish grew.Read More | Cummins gives Australia plenty to smile with 6/27 in MelbourneKohli took the extra half an hour and also the second new ball. None of the factors could distract Cummins as he registered his second half-century. When play ended, there was mixed reactions. Indian fans were slightly nervous about the prospects of rain tomorrow. However, the Australians prayed for rain to come while some prayed for a minor miracle.Cummins’ display in what was otherwise a shoddy display from Australia’s batsmen might not help the hosts going 1-2 down. However, it has given them enough momentum to push for a win in Sydney and level the series yet again. last_img read more