Key Republican opposes port deal

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The government initially approved DP World’s $6.8 billion purchase of London-based Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co. But on Sunday, the administration agreed to a 45-day investigation of potential security risks to quell a political backlash. “Too little, too late,” Hunter said. Opening a hearing on the matter, Hunter said it was “quite remarkable” that the administration did not initially undertake a full review of security implications, given that the company is owned by the United Arab Emirates – “a bazaar for terrorist nations to receive prohibited components from sources from the free world and from the non-free world.” Hunter listed instances between 1994 and 2003 in which he said the country helped move materials for weapons of mass destruction, such as heavy water and high-speed electrical switches, to Pakistan, Iran and other countries. He plans to introduce legislation that would require U.S. companies to be the sole owners of infrastructure critical to national security. The chairman’s sharp remarks underscore the political tempest the White House has run into at a time when events in Iraq and renewed interest in the administration’s failures in responding to Hurricane Katrina have pushed President George W. Bush’s popularity downward. Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has sided with the administration on the DP World deal. He and the White House have praised the United Arab Emirates as a key ally in the fight against terrorism. Congressional GOP leaders want to wait for the results of the administration’s new DP World investigation before considering legislation to delay or block the deal. House Democrats tried to force a debate and vote on legislation Thursday that would require the 45-day security review and congressional approval of the takeover. That effort failed on a procedural, largely party-line vote. Leading Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee also asked the administration for details about all pending reviews of foreign business deals and any that have been conducted since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The U.S. has conducted only 25 such investigations among 1,600 business transactions reviewed by the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States since 1988. The panel, made up of 12 government representatives, judges the security risks of foreign companies buying or investing in American industry. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, complained that he learned about the second Dubai investigation from news reports, despite regular meetings and discussions with the administration and others on the ports issue recently. “Maybe they still haven’t gotten their act together over the last few days,” said King, R-N.Y. Senior U.S. officials told lawmakers they will try to inform Congress better in the future. “We clearly have to do quite a bit in finding ways to provide you more promptly with the information you need,” Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt told the Senate Banking Committee. Dubai International Capital LLC confirmed Thursday it faced investigation over its plans to buy a British precision-engineering company, Doncasters Group Ltd., with plants in Georgia and Connecticut that make parts used in engines for military aircraft and tanks. The same U.S. review panel also is investigating plans by an Israeli software company, Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., to purchase a smaller U.S. rival. Kimmitt said U.S. officials notified congressional leaders and oversight committees about the second Dubai-related investigation Monday. The company’s lawyers were notified the following day. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – One of the most prominent House Republicans on military issues said Thursday he would try to scuttle a Dubai-based company’s effort to manage U.S. ports as lawmakers’ complaints about the Bush administration’s handling of the issue continued to spread. “Dubai cannot be trusted,” said Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and normally one of the administration’s most trusted allies. He called the United Arab Emirates “a bazaar for terrorist nations” and asserted that the United States should not permit DP World to take over significant operations at six U.S. ports. “I intend to do everything I can to kill the deal,” Hunter said. Across Capitol Hill, lawmakers criticized the Bush administration anew following disclosures that the United States had launched a fresh investigation Tuesday into a proposed business deal by a second Dubai-owned company. Also sparking the furor was word of a previously unconfirmed investigation into a separate transaction by a leading Israeli software firm. last_img read more

Ex-sarpanch named in 100 FIRs detained

first_imgRaipur: A former sarpanch of Chintagufa village in Sukma district, who has more than 100 cases against him, has been taken into custody.Pudium Panda, a former CPI member, was picked up in the forest near Minapa village, a week ago. According to police sources, he was first interrogated at Chintagufa police station and then taken to Sukma in a secretive way. His wife, who is the current sarpanch of Chintagufa, was also flown to Sukma by a chopper to identify him.Mr. Panda was named in almost every incident of maoist attack on security forces in the Dornapal-Jagargunda stretch in the last eight years, including the Tadmetla attack in which 76 CRPF men were killed in 2010.‘Never carried weapon’However, communist leader and former Sukma MLA Manish Kunjam claimed that Mr. Panda never carried any weapon and he was not involved in any violent incident. “They have not disclosed his arrest and we are afraid that he may be booked in many more cases. He was a sarpanch during Salwa Judum days and was associated with our party. In 2007, a controversial police officer launched a campaign against my party men in Bastar and many of my associates were jailed. Mr. Panda was also named in cases, including that of the Tadmetla massacre. He was forced to leave his village for his and his family’s safety, and he was roaming in the forest to save his life. He was afraid that if the police found him, he would be booked for offences which he never committed,” Mr. Kunjam, who is also the president of Adivasi Mahasabha, told The Hindu.Mediates release Mr. Panda had reportedly mediated to secure the release of many policemen and government servants, including former Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon in 2012, who were abducted by maoists.Mr. Kunjam denied that Mr. Panda was a maoist commander. “He was not involved in any maoist incident. He never carried a gun. Even when he was arrested, he was riding his bike. He was connected with former Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar. He used to talk to senior politicians and police officers on phone. How and why would a person talk to senior politicians and police officers if he was a maoist?”A political leader from Sukma, who didn’t want to be named, said it is difficult to say Mr. Panda was not in touch with maoists. “We cannot say that because if you are living in the forest, you are bound to come into contact with maoists.”During a meeting with this reporter in 2014 in south Sukma forest, Mr. Panda had claimed that he was being targeted for his ‘active opposition’ to Salwa Judum.Believes in developmentOne of his close associates had said that Mr. Panda advocated for roads and electricity in interior villages. He had even managed to bring some development projects in the area, but maoist leader Paparao had damaged the roads and electric polls.When asked about the reports of Mr. Panda’s arrest, P. Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General of Dantewada range, said, “Not arrested so far.”last_img read more

Nine shelters opened for Turks and Caicos

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, September 5, 2017 – Providenciales – Nine #shelters, possibly now reduced to eight shelters will be opened across the Turks and Caicos.     The list is available at MagneticMediaTV.com or with the #DDME.In the capital, Grand Turk there is one shelter at the TCI Community College; there is also one in South Caicos at the new community center there.  The Conch Bar Community Center was identified this morning, though that may be changed as the island of Middle Caicos is now with an evacuation order.    In North Caicos, there are three shelters: Adelaide Omeler in Bottle Creek, at the Sandy Point Community Center in Sandy Point and at the Kew Community center in Kew.Three shelters will be opened in Providenciales, and they are at Enid Capron Primary school in Five Cays, at Oseta Jolly Primary school in Blue Hills and at Faith Tabernacle, or what is commonly called, Butterfield’s church on Leeward Highway.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard-working DDME lauded as Hurricane Preparedness Month officially opened Turks and Caicos is first to add Disaster Management to the Tourism portfolio Related Items:#magneticmedianews, DDME, shelters TCI: More active Hurricane Season predicted and DDME gives thorough update on its readinesslast_img read more

Sony X800M2 4K Bluray player with Dolby Vision coming for 300

first_imgSony With Oppo bowing out of the race in 2018, Sony is one of the only manufacturers still catering to the high end when it comes to 4K Blu-ray players. With the new X800M2, announced at CES, it also fixes something the company left out of the original X800: Dolby Vision. While the cheaper X700 offered it (and hence earned our recommendation instead) the expected Dolby Vision update skips the X800 and comes to the new M2 instead. Dolby Vision is one of several competing standards of High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, which aims to increase picture quality through increased colors and contrast in 4K movies. The new X800M2 supports 4K Ultra HD playback, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in addition to 4K upscaling. Like the original, the player supports Hi-Res Audio and DSD as well as SACD/DVD-A. The Sony will also include 4K streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube, though it’s unclear if it also supports HDR . Unlike the X1000, the X800M2 comes with digital outputs only. The X800M2 will be available in mid-May for $300.Originally published on Jan 7 2019 8:15 PMUpdate, April 18:  Added pricing and availability CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 85 Photos Blu-ray Players CES 2019 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Share your voice Tags Comments 2 4K TVs Sonylast_img read more

Mini John Cooper Works GP gets shaken down at the Nurburgring

first_img Tags 2020 Mini JCW Clubman first drive: A fast alternative for the crossover-averse 2020 Bentley Continental GT: Concept looks with a surprise inside Share your voice More From Roadshow 39 Photos More about 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Hardtop Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class first drive: If it ain’t broke… The Mini John Cooper Works GP is almost ready for prime timecenter_img Mini Hatchbacks Performance Cars 5 things you need to know about the 2018 Mini Cooper… 1 Comment Enlarge ImageThere’ll be no mistaking this model for any other Mini. Mini Mini first introduced the John Cooper Works GP hot hatch by way of a wildly styled concept at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, as we approach its official debut, Mini wanted to show off its latest creation a little bit, so it went to the one place a proper performer can really stretch its legs — the Nurburgring Nordschleife.Mini this weekend showed off its John Cooper Works GP hatchback to the public for the first time. It was still clad in camouflage, mind you, but it nevertheless arrived at the Nurburgring as part of the 24-hour race this past weekend, and it cooked its way around the ‘Ring in less than 8 minutes, which is a huge leap forward from the last GP variant, which needed 8 minutes and 23 seconds to lap the Green Hell.While its Nurburgring lap time is new, Mini didn’t give out any more details that we didn’t already know. Its turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine will make in excess of 300 horsepower, but Mini hasn’t given an official output yet. It’ll be pretty easy to tell the GP apart from other John Cooper Works creations, because it’s rocking some crazy fender flares and a big ol’ wing out back. Only 3,000 models will be built, and it’s unclear how many are set aside for each market, so it’s likely that your home country will be getting far fewer than that total number.Mini first confirmed that it would build a new John Cooper Works GP model in late 2018. Since then, the automaker has been relatively mum about the vehicle, teasing only a bit of its rear wing and mentioning the estimated power output. We’ll have to wait a little longer to find out more — a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch, but we’ll have to wait for Mini to confirm that. 1:30 Review • 2018 Mini JCW Hardtop: Small and sporty, but a bit too sharplast_img read more

Govt walks the talk Imposes 100 penalty for accepting cash above Rs

first_imgHere comes the next in the series of the government’s crackdown to discourage the use of cash in large amounts: If you receive anything above Rs 3 lakh in cash, be prepared to pay a penalty of an equal amount, effective from April 1. Warburg Pincus acquires airline services group AccelyaOn February 1, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed in the Budget that “no person shall receive an amount of Rs 3 lakh or more by way of cash in aggregate from a person in a day; in respect of a single transaction; or in respect of transactions relating to one event or occasion from a person.” Now, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that the penalty for doing cash transaction will be steep and the receiver will have to pay an amount equivalent to the cash received.”Supposing you do a transaction of Rs 4 lakh in cash, then the penalty would be Rs 4 lakh. If you do a transaction of Rs 50 lakh, the penalty would be Rs 50 lakh,” Adhia told PTI. Interestingly, the fine will be paid by the receiver, not by the one who pays. So, if a shopkeeper sells an expensive watch for cash, it is the shopkeeper who will have to pay the penalty.However, governments, banking companies, post offices and co-operative banks will remain immune to this restriction. The revenue secretary said the previously notified rule of quoting PAN for any cash transaction above Rs 2 lakh stays. Meanwhile, private sector lender HDFC Bank has announced steep hikes in fees on cash transactions. The bank has limited third-party cash transactions to Rs 25,000 per day and free cash transactions at branches have been reduced to four from five earlier. Additionally, the fee on non-free transactions has been hiked by a steep 50% to Rs 150. The bank has also revised free cash transactions at home branches, including deposits and withdrawals at branches, at Rs 2 lakh, above which customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 150 or Rs 5 per thousand. Earlier, the bank allowed Rs 50,000 cash transactions, both withdrawals and deposits, per day. These new measures will be applicable from March 1 and would apply to salary and savings account holders.last_img read more

Go the eLoc way find addresses digitally across the country

first_imgRepresentational image of digital mapping.PixabayMapmyIndia, a digital mapping firm, on Monday announced the launch of eLoc, a facility to locate addresses digitally. eLoc is a six-character, free-to-use tool that can be used by people and enterprises, especially those in logistics. Read: Moneyfront claims to have 1,100 MF investors using its robo advisory”eLoc of any place, be it a building/flat/office/business/city/village/locality/road and so on, is a short, 6 character code (for e.g. 8GDTYX, or MMI000), which is easy to remember, share, type and provide,” the Delhi-based mapping firm said in a statement.There are multiple benefits to users, according to the firm. “eLoc will help Indian travellers and commuters search, share and navigate to destinations’ exact doorstep far more easily and quickly. It will also reduce time, money, fuel wastage and expenses for businesses in the ecommerce, transportation, logistics and field operations domains,” MapmyIndia said.MapmyIndia currently has about 2 crore eLocs on its digital address database encompassing about 7,000 urban locations and more than six lakh village addresses. Users who are currently availing of eLoc include individuals, companies and government organisations.Flipkart, Qualcomm Ventures and Zenrin are investors in CE Info Systems Pvt. Ltd., the owner of MapmyIndia. The company was co-founded by Rakesh Verma and Rashmi Verma.The other tools of the company include SafeMate, a personal GPS safety device for women, children, and families, and DriveMate, a plug and play device that connects users to their cars.last_img read more

Schoolgirl killed after rape

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA third grader was killed after being raped allegedly by a college student at Gabtola village in Ashashuni, Satkhira on Sunday night, reports UNB.The deceased was Sushmita, daughter of Proshanto Das and a student of Gabtola Government Primary School.Police arrested alleged Joydeb Sarker, son of Nirmal Sarker and a student of Budhhata BBM Collegiate College in connection with the crime.Victim’s father said Sushmita used to go at Nirmal’s daughter Ambika every afternoon for private tuition. As Ambika was not at home on Sunday, his brother Joydeb taught Sushmita.There was no one at Joydeb’s house and Joydeb raped Sushmita there.As Sushmita became senseless, Joydeb threw her into a pond, he said.When her family members along with villagers started to search her, Joydeb picked the body up from the pond and kept it at his bathroom.On information, police recovered the body from the bathroom of Joydeb’s house around 11:00am and arrested Joydeb, said Biplob Kumar Nath, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni police station adding that Joydeb confessed to his guilt in primary interrogation.last_img read more

3 on fresh remand over Feni madrasa student murder

first_imgFeni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi. File PhotoA Feni court on Wednesday placed three accused on one-day remand in the case filed for Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi murder, reports UNB.The accused are — Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Javed Hossain and Jobayer Ahmed.Senior judicial magistrate Md Jakir Hossain passed the order.Earlier, the three accused gave statement to the court confessing their guilt.Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) inspector Md Shah Alam, also investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a two-day remand for each.Madrasa student Nusrat was set afire on 6 April at an examination centre for refusing to withdraw a sexual harassment case against the principal of the madrasa.She died on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.last_img read more

Almost 100 Days In Trumpism Is Still Not Clearly Defined

first_imgChelsea Beck/NPRPresident Trump built up his ability to “Making America Great Again.” But these first 100 days of his presidency haven’t exactly made clear how he intends to do that.Donald Trump promised something new in American politics.His strategists said his brash “America First” approach would bust up the old party identities and remake the Republican Party as a true populist “Workers Party.”But it was never perfectly clear exactly how he planned to do that — 100 days into his administration, here are five thoughts on what we know so far about Trumpism:1. The early debate about Trumpism (and what that means)Trump was so new and different, there was tremendous interest on the part of historians, conservative intellectuals and political operatives from both parties in figuring out just what “Trumpism” was — or if it existed at all. Is there a consistent doctrine or an ideology that drives him?During the campaign, there were two main theories about that — on the one hand, Trumpism was economic populism combined with social conservatism and a dash of isolationism — kind of an updated version of Republican Party ideology from the 1920s.The second theory was that trying to define a coherent ideology that could be called Trumpism was a fool’s errand. According to this theory, Trump really did not believe in anything, except endless confidence in himself. He would just show up, make decisions based on his own impulses and instincts and see what happened.A hundred days into his presidency, and it’s fair to say we really don’t know which of those two interpretations is actually his approach to governance.2. Trumpism is a moving targetOn foreign policy, Trump is morphing into a more conventional Republican. His policy choices on China, NATO, Iran, the European Union and Syria have earned him praise from the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment he used to call “stupid.”On domestic policy, Trump is also moving away from his populist campaign rhetoric. He stocked his Cabinet with billionaires and CEOs. He’s been tilting toward the Wall Street Wing of his White House staff and signing executive orders helpful to the big banks. He embraced an Obamacare replacement plan that was anything but populist — it would have raised the cost of health insurance for older, low-income voters (his base), and it would have cut entitlements — something Candidate Trump promised never to do.Molly Riley/Pool/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesPresident Trump has left many scratching their heads on what kind of president he will be. His first 100 days as president offered conflicting messages.3. There is no Trumpist Caucus in CongressOne of the problems President Trump has had turning his nationalist, populist, anti-establishment instincts into a coherent governing agenda is that there aren’t a lot of Trumpists in Congress. Trumpism was more an attitude than a movement.Even the House Freedom Caucus, which was swept into office by the same anti-establishment forces that helped elect Trump broke with him on the Obamacare bill.Trump’s coattails didn’t stretch very far in 2016. His party lost seats in the House and Senate (though not as badly as predicted). Compare that to Ronald Reagan in 1980, who brought 33 new Republicans into the House and 12 new Republicans into the Senate.4. Trumpism was always more of an attitude than a clearly defined movementTwo issues matter most to Trump voters.There may not be a base of Trumpist congressmen on Capitol Hill, but Trump does have a base. Those white, working-class voters may not care if Trump abandons his populist promises on the Export-Import Bank or Chinese currency manipulation, but they are paying careful attention to what Trump does on trade and immigration.Those two issues were the way he connected with the white, working-class voters who fueled his rise. Even as he moderates elsewhere, on both trade and immigration, he’s still moving forward very aggressively (in parts — he didn’t tear up NAFTA) and very confrontationally, staying focused on the same economic and cultural anxieties he stoked during the campaign.Already, Trump’s message on immigration is being heard loud and clear. Without passing any laws, illegal border crossings have slowed, H1B1 visa applications are down, as are applications from foreign students to American universities. Even tourism to the U.S. is off.5. What are the next tells for Trumpism?Other issues will soon be putting Trumpism to the test. Next up (maybe) is a tax overhaul. On Wednesday, the president has vowed to announce his plan for massive tax cuts.Every tax bill has winners and losers. And Trump’s tax bill will tell us a lot about what Trumpism is. If at end of the day, the Wal-Mart shoppers feel like they’ve been screwed and that the Goldman Sachs people get more benefits out of the tax overhaul, Trump could lose support from his base.So far, Trump’s base has stayed loyal to him. That’s good news for Trump. Polls show that his base voters are satisfied with his performance. The bad news is that he hasn’t expanded his base at all — his approval ratings are at historic lows for a new president, and Trumpism remains a mystery.Is Trumpism just a nativist version of what a Mitt Romney administration would look like?Or is it up for grabs, waiting for the next impulsive decision of a president who prides himself on being transactional, flexible and unpredictable.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more