NIE not a get-out-of-sanctions-free card

first_imgIT’S disconcerting to say the least: watching the National Intelligence Estimate be spun from a report saying Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003 into broad – even jubilant – conclusions that Iran has therefore ceased to be a threat. Last week I sat down with America’s envoy to the United Nations, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, in the wake of the NIE fallout, and as the U.S. prepared a draft resolution calling for a third round of sanctions against the Islamic Republic for its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities. The ambassador noted that there were regional events in 2003 that would have freaked out any naughty regime: the coalition’s entrance into Iraq, and Libya bowing to pressure to fess and up and give up its weapons of mass destruction. “We will argue that the NIE dealt with the covert, undeclared weapons program,” Khalilzad said. “…The Libyans came clean on their program and Iran, fearing possible discovery of their program, stopped or suspended their covert program.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champSimilar pressure now, he said, is key to averting a nuclear buildup later. Because the question is not about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his blatant ramblings about the destruction of Israel, but about the ayatollah and mullahocracy that pull Ahmadinejad’s strings. And one can’t say Iran is not a dangerous regime. Like how Iran has been arming terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan – a way of fighting us by proxy. “In Iraq, we’re doing two things: we’re pressuring the Iranian networks that bring in weapons and at the same time we’re having discussions with the Iranians about Iraq,” Khalilzad said. “…There are some indications that they may have adjusted their policy recently in a more positive direction. But we would want to see a lot more of that and we want it to be sustained. “In regards to Afghanistan, there, too, we go after the network … that brings in the Iranian weapons,” he said. The fact still remains that Iran is blithely in violation of the Security Council resolutions on its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities, and uranium can be used for malignant purposes as well as benign energy production. “We must get ready to rule the world,” Ahmadinejad said last year. “…The Islamic government in Iran is the prerequisite for a worldwide Islamic state.” And in that quest, Ahmadinejad has gotten cozy with other rogue, would-be totalitarian world rulers, like meetings with neo-Marxist regimes in Latin America that puts Iranian interests a little too close to the border of the “Great Satan” for comfort. “We know that the Middle East for us is geopolitically the most difficult and the most important region,” Khalilzad said. “In Iran, of course, there’s the sanction threat because it wants to dominate the region, … because of its policies in Iraq and Afghanistan that we talked about, because of its policies in Lebanon, its support for Hamas in Gaza and … its opposition to the peace process, its opposition to Israel’s existence, support for extremists and sometimes terrorist groups. Iran poses a threat in that theater.” The ambassador said Iran, Venezuela and Russia – a veto-wielder at the Security Council – currently share some common rhetorical ground. “But at the same time, as you say, they have these economic relations and military relationship in terms of supplying weapons, and we have been obviously engaging the Russians very intensely to get them to reduce that positive engagement and to use their influence to get Iran to suspend its nuclear program,” Khalilzad said. “And even … in the aftermath of NIE, the foreign minister was quoted as saying (President Vladimir) Putin told Mr. (Saeed) Jalili, who’s the lead negotiator, that they need to come into compliance with U.N. Security Council demands, which is positive.” NIE does not stand for “off the hook,” and it certainly doesn’t stand for “out of the woods.” The question of whether Iran restarted its nuclear weapons program after the 2003 suspension still remains, but in the meantime Iran and its American supporters will use the NIE as a political football and a propaganda victory. In the meantime, Iran can look forward to unwrapping its Christmas present – the next draft resolution regarding its fun with uranium – and work on retooling its rhetoric for the new year. “They have been asked by the international community, U.N. Security Council, to suspend (enrichment and reprocessing),” Khalilzad said. “Nothing with regard to what the NIE states.” Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News and blogs at insidesocal.com/friendlyfire. E-mail her at bridget.johnson@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Press Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 6, 2018 – Providenciales – I was taken to task by the Chairman of the PDM because I had the audacity to demonstrate leadership where his party has failed to do so.   My intervention focused on the history of the development of the entire area know as Chalk Sound including the fact that it was under my administration that Belongers were given the opportunity to take up ownership of their own land hitherto seemingly reserved for others.  My real intention though was to appeal for cool headedness at a time when an property owner in Taylor Bay was being wrong and strong in his understanding of the reality, and the vehemence with which he threatened those who had every right to enjoy their heritage albeit no right to trespass over private property.  At my press meeting I indicated that I was undertaking research to better clarify the situation and would inform the public once I had better information.  I now have that information and recount below the important events leading up to today.The Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Community came into being through a Conditional Purchase Lease between TCIG and Condor Real Estate Limited in 1978 – a company 100% owned by Canadian Developers.   The condition being the pushing of a quarry graded roadway servicing the property along with what would be an extremely low price by today’s standard.  Subsequent to that the narrow strip of land not in Condor Real Estate ownership was itself the subject of a Conditional Purchase Lease.Below is the chronology of the various conveyances of the land directly abutting Taylor Bay Beach and the adjacent beach assess:October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd. (a company owned jointly by foreign and local developers in return for the construction of road works in the Bight.September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. has a caution registered as purchaserNovember 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changes name to Paradise Cove Ltd.March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd. (Dick Clark)October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd. (a member of the Ashcroft Group of Companies).March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are mutated into parcels 60400/394-398. Since then a number of easements have been granted by MWE to homeowners in the area givin them access to the Beach.The following is the Chronology of beach access parcel 60612/90 at the heart of the controversyDecember 20, 1988 parcel 60612/90 is created from a mutation of parcel 60612/52 then owned by Condor Real Estate LimitedMarch 21, 1989 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Condor Real Estate Limited to Gibraltar Investments Ltd.December 5, 2007 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Gibraltar Investments Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd.(a member of the Michael Ashcroft Group of Companies).The intention all along seem to have been the prevention of the public – and in particular the local population from accessing the beach – with the full knowledge that the common law position has been for time immemorial and remains that the beach belongs to the public.  My research has uncovered that were private property abuts the edge of vegetation and there is accretion the accreted land becomes the property of the Crown.  Also, where private land is loss because of erosion and this results in an encroachment of the beach on to the boundary of the private property the principle remain that it becomes public.  In all and every case the beach belongs to the public.  However, when challenged in some common law jurisdiction the plaintiffs were successful.So, despite what Don thinks the Taylor Bay Home owners do not own the beach.  However, they do own the access and that is the mischief that has to be cured; that is where the focus of attention ought to be placed.  The pressure must be applied to the Government to use existing legislation to compulsory acquire 60612/90 and any other property it deems necessary to secure access to the beach.   Attacking the Leader of the Opposition is not the answer, neither is a party on the beach. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Pentagon to Expand Benefits for Military Families

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Service members will be allowed to request deferring a transfer to a new duty location for a family-related reason such as remaining close to a medical facility treating a dependent or allowing a child to finish at the same high school, under a series of initiatives Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced last week to improve quality of life for military families.Such requests would be subject to the military’s force needs and would require the individual to extend a service commitment, reported DOD News.Other initiatives will extend maternity leave and expand access to child care and expensive reproductive technologies. The changes are intended to support military families, improve retention and strengthen the force of the future, Carter said.“As we introduce today’s reforms, our calculation is quite simple,” Carter told reporters. “We want our people to be able to balance two of the most solemn commitments they can ever make — a commitment to serve their country and a commitment to start and support a family,” he said.DOD will now provide 12 weeks of paid maternity leave for all service members, a doubling in time off for the Army but a cut for sailors and Marines who can receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave under a change implemented last year.The department also will expand the hours of subsidized child care offered on installations to 14 hours a day across the force. Military families frequently use outside providers because the hours at military child care facilities cannot accommodate service members’ work schedules, according to the story.“By providing our troops with child care they can rely on from before reveille until after taps, we provide one more reason for them to stay on board,” Carter said. “We show them that supporting a family and serving our country are by no means incompatible goals.”last_img read more

Western Posts Picked to House Armys Newest Security Assistance Brigades

first_imgThe Army will station new security force assistance brigades (SFABs) at Fort Hood, Texas, Fort Carson, Colo., and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., bringing to five the number of SFABs with identified home stations. The units slated for Fort Hood and Fort Carson, the Army’s 3rd and 4th SFABs, are scheduled to begin standing up later this year, reports Army Times. The 1st SFAB is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and the 2nd SFAB at Fort Bragg, N.C. The Army also plans to stand up a sixth and final SFAB assigned to the National Guard.The decision to station the SFABs — specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allied and partner nations — at these three posts was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs, according to a press release. The Army is also establishing a command element within Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, with the intent to conduct training and readiness oversight of the SFABs.Photo by Patrick Albright Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Mass Organization Of State Engineers Scientists MOSES Endorses Mark Kratman

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — The Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists (MOSES) recently endorsed State Representative candidate Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury) in the 19th Middlesex race.“MOSES recognizes your commitment to protect public employee’s collective bargaining rights and your extensive experience as a labor leader for NAGE Local 368,” reads the endorsement, which notes the union represents more than 3,300 public employees across the state. “We are proud to endorse and stand with you in your candidacy for State Representative.”Kratman previously announced endorsements the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Nurses Association, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, Building Wreckers Local 1421, SEIU Local 509, and the Tewksbury Fire Fighters Union. Kratman also has the endorsements of Tewksbury’s State Senator Barbara L’Italien and Lowell’s State Representative Dave Nangle as well as Tewksbury Town Moderator Jayne Miller and the entire Tewksbury Planning Board.Kratman, an administrator with the Massachusetts Highway Department, is currently serving his fourth year on the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen, having been elected to his second term this past April. He serves as Chair of the Town’s Economic Development Committee.Kratman is also a member of the Tewksbury Patriotic Activities Committee (Vice Chair), the Board of Directors for the Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce, the Tewksbury Knights of Columbus, the Tewksbury Lions Club, and the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Massachusetts AFL-CIO Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Teamsters Local Union 25 Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Massachusetts Teachers Association Endorses Mark KratmanIn “Government”last_img read more

Build a home theater on the cheap with this Epson 1080p projector

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Six things to know about home theater projectors Projectors Audio Share your voice Record Store Day turntable dealTomorrow is Record Store Day. That means if you’re into vinyl, head to your nearest record shop (yeah, they’re still a thing) for deals and discounts.fluance-rt80Save $50 on the Fluance RT80, already one of the best turntable deals out there. Fluance But start here: For a limited time, you can get the Fluance RT80 Turntable for $149.96 shipped with promo code RT80RSD.See it at FluanceThe RT80 features a preamp, a diamond stylus and other things that are probably meaningful to audiophiles.I’m not one of them, but the turntable has a 4.5-star review average from 165 buyers — so apparently it’s pretty good!CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! 2:33 The Cheapskate No audio-out? Oh, Epson. Thankfully, there’s an easy workaround. Epson Big TVs have gotten awfully cheap of late — you can still get a 65-inch TCL 4-Series Roku for $500, for example — but if you want a seriously big picture, you’ll need a projector.Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1060 projector for $399.99 shipped (plus tax). It sells new for $550. Update: You must be a My Best Buy member (free) and signed into your account in order to see this price.See it at Best BuyHang on… a refurbished projector? That sounds like a bad plan. What if the expensive-to-replace bulb gives out on day 91? Surprise: This is backed by a two-year Epson warranty, same as new PowerLites.I couldn’t help wondering if this was an error on Best Buy’s product page, but if you look at Epson’s own Clearance Center page, you’ll see that all the refurbished items there carry a full warranty. Nice!So, the projector itself. The PowerLite 1060 is a full-HD (that is, 1080p) model that uses 3LCD technology, which promises higher color light output than single-chip DLP projectors, while also avoiding the rainbow effect sometimes produced by the latter.It comes with two HDMI inputs and built-in speakers, so you could set this up just about anywhere for an impromptu movie and gaming night.Now for the bad news: The PowerLite 1060 has no audio-out option, which is kind of ludicrous. That means there’s no easy way to pipe the sound to, say, a sound bar.j-tech-digital-hdmi-audio-extractorAn inexpensive audio extractor helps solve the Epson PowerLite’s only real problem. J-Tech Digital But there is a way. From what I’ve learned, an inexpensive HDMI audio extractor (like this one, about $26) will give you both analog and digital outputs for connecting to external sound systems. In fact, this exact projector is called out in one of the customer reviews for this extractor: “Works wonderful,” according to the customer.Despite that issue, the user reviews for the PowerLite 1060 are overwhelmingly positive: 4.6 stars at Best Buy and 4.2 stars at Amazon.If you’ve always wanted to watch sports and movies and play videogames on a ginormous HD screen, it’s rarely been this affordable. Would a 4K projector be even better? Sure, but it’ll be a while before you see one anywhere near this price.Read more: The best home theater projectors for 2019 Tags 15 Best Buylast_img read more

Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 Bigg Boss 8 winner Gautam Gulati to perform

first_imgGautam GulatiGautam Gulati/InstagramHost Rohit Shetty is returning with yet another new set of daredevil stunts in Khatron Ke Khiladi 10. In fact, the makers of the stunt-based show are leaving no stone unturned to make the show more entertaining and engaging by getting on board some of the highly popular celebrities.While several names have started floating around as probable participants, the latest addition in the list is Gautam Gulati.Yes, the Bigg Boss 8 winner, who enjoys a massive fanbase, is likely to showcase some power pack stunts in the adventure reality show, ABP News reported. Gautam has been away from the screens since his Bollywood films Behen Hogi Teri (2017) and Azhar (2016).Meanwhile, Naagin actress Adaa Khan has been approached by the makers of the adventure reality show. Also, Yuvraj Singh, who retired from International cricket recently, is likely to participate as well.Television celebrities Krystle D’Souza and Karan Patel, who plays the lead role in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein, had also confirmed being approached by the makers of Khatron Ke Khiladi 10. However, he did mention that nothing was finalised until then.A source revealed to Mumbai Mirror, “They are yet to sign on the dotted line, but all the three celebrities (Yuvraj, Karan and Krystle) are in advanced talks for the show and the channel is keen to get them on board by next week.”Karishma Tanna, Kavita Kaushik of FIR fame, choreographer Dharmesh Yelende and comedian Balraj Sayal are likely to join as well.This year, Khatron Ke Khiladi 10 will be shot in Bulgaria and the new team is expected to fly to the location soon. Khatron Ke Khiladi 9 grand finaleTwitterlast_img read more

US to impose sanctions on Turkey over detained pastor

first_imgAndrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, arrives at his house in Izmir, Turkey, Wednesday, 25 July 2018. An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for more than one and a half years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and will be put under house arrest as his trial continues. Andrew Craig Brunson, 50, an evangelical pastor originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was let out of jail to serve home detention because of `health problems,` Turkey`s official Anadolu news agency said. Photo : APPresident Donald Trump says the United States will impose sanctions on NATO ally Turkey over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.Shortly after the possibility of sanctions was first announced by vice president Mike Pence Thursday, Trump wrote on Twitter that the US “will impose large sanctions on Turkey for their long time detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson.””He is suffering greatly. This innocent man of faith should be released immediately!” the president added from aboard Air Force One as he flew to Iowa for an event.Pence’s initial announcement of possible sanctions came at the close of a three-day conference on religious freedom.Brunson, 50, an evangelical Christian pastor originally from North Carolina, was let out of jail Wednesday, after 1 1/2 years, to serve house arrest because of “health problems,” according to Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency.”Brunson is an innocent man, there is no credible evidence against him,” Pence said.Trump has repeatedly demanded Brunson’s release and said on Twitter last week that the pastor’s detention was “a total disgrace.” One of Brunson’s attorneys is Jay Sekulow, who also represents Trump in the Russia investigation.If convicted, Brunson pastor faces up to 15 years in prison for “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member,” references to outlawed Kurdish militants and the network of a US-based Muslim cleric blamed for a failed coup attempt. He could receive another 20 years if he is found guilty of espionage.Brunson strongly denies the charges.Pence’s announcement was delivered at a conference on religious freedom in Washington. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke at the conference.Pence highlighted cases of religious repression in Nicaragua, Iran, China and Myanmar. He also condemned Islamic State group violence toward religious minorities and what he described as rising anti-Semitism in western Europe.Pompeo announced additional aid for a region of Iraq previously held by the Islamic State group. Pompeo said the department would provide $17 million for demining efforts in Nineveh, an area of Iraq historically home many of Iraq’s religious minorities.Ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States have been strained by the pastor Brunson case.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously linked Brunson’s return to the US to the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen, the cleric Turkey’s government holds responsible for the failed July 2016 military coup.Gulen, who denies orchestrating the coup attempt, lives in Pennsylvania. Turkish requests for his arrest and extradition have not been granted.At the end of a recent hearing, the court inside a prison complex in western Turkey rejected Brunson’s lawyer’s request that he be freed pending the outcome of the trial. The case was adjourned until  12 October.last_img