Trump’s national security strategy has real promise

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIt seems odd that Dean Acheson, one of history’s great diplomats, felt a need to explain why he wrote a memoir of his years at the State Department — the masterpiece “Present at the Creation,” published in 1969. In those pages, Acheson chronicled a dozen of the most consequential years in world history: the wrecking of civilization in World War II and the building, atop the rubble, of an alliance for liberty that has given humanity its longest period of great-power peace since the Roman Empire. A fascinating, chilling report in the new issue of Wired magazine shows how rapidly the Chinese economy has moved to mobile-phone payments — and how easily that change is being leveraged into a network to track every movement and activity of the Chinese people.Vast databases are being compiled, containing everything from DNA to college aptitude tests, shopping histories to social circles.Those Chinese who pursue party-approved lives will be rewarded, while free-thinking dissent meets stern punishment.The BBC reports that China will have more than half a billion surveillance cameras installed by 2020, using artificial intelligence to recognize faces. “We can match every face with an ID card and trace all of your movements back one week in time. We can match your face with your car, match you with your relatives and the people you’re in touch with,” Yin Jun of Dahua Technology told a BBC reporter. “With enough cameras we can know who you frequently meet.”Without doubt, this all-seeing state will use its data to deepen the repression of its people.Among Xi’s first acts upon gaining power in 2013 was a crackdown on non-party civil society. Acheson wrote, he explained, because the 1960s “have brought the country, and particularly its young people, to a mood of depression, disillusion, and withdrawal.”In such a moment, he felt it important to “tell a tale of large conceptions, great achievements, and some failures, the product of enormous will and effort.”We find ourselves in a similar moment, profoundly disillusioned, anxious as well as depressed, apparently eager to withdraw from world leadership into heated discussions of trysting FBI agents and the president’s consumption of diet soda. Yet the world presses in.Even with an economy in tatters (the GDP of Russia is barely half that of France, despite having twice the population), Vladimir Putin rules like a czar while waging a cyberwar on the West, seeding chaos and fomenting division.Worse, Chinese dictator Xi Jinping in October announced plans to tighten his grip on a nation once again leaning toward totalitarianism, and to directly challenge the United States and its allies for global influence. If you like Big Brother, you’re going to love what Xi has planned for China. Arrests and denunciations have followed; in July, writer and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo died in custody, becoming the first Nobel Peace Prize recipient since the Nazi era to die a prisoner. Today, as in the days when Acheson executed the bold decisions of President Harry S. Truman, the world has no good alternative to American leadership.That’s why President Trump’s inaugural address was so disheartening to many of us.Trump seemed to reject the idea of mutually beneficial alliances and partnerships in support of free people and free markets, and against collectivist tyrannies.But glimmers of hope showed from the National Security Strategy published by the White House on Monday.Though it’s not a perfect document, the strategy takes several strides in the right direction, acknowledging Russia’s hostile schemes, identifying the long-term China challenge and beginning to reconcile Trump’s “America first” rhetoric with the imperative to rebuild, renew and expand Team Liberty around the world.“Some of the greatest triumphs of American statecraft resulted from helping fragile and developing countries become successful societies,” the paper declares in a welcome rejection of the zero-sum Bannonism of the early Trump administration. “These successes, in turn, created profitable markets for American businesses, allies to help achieve favorable regional balances of power, and coalition partners to share burdens and address a variety of problems around the world.”The task of bracing ourselves and our allies for the work ahead is more difficult than it might have been without Trump’s impulsiveness and base pandering over the past year.But on the bright side, the president has arrived at a national security team capable of producing a tempered, resolute and wide-ranging strategy on a tight time frame.If Trump will rely on it for information and advice — rather than on the whims and cranks that periodically distract his attention like jangling keys — there is time yet to repair the foreign policy damage of the recent past and start in the right direction.The next volume of our history need not be “Present at the Destruction.”David Von Drehle writes a twice-weekly column for The Washington Post. He was previously an editor-at-large for Time Magazine.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Mercer starts master trust for UK DB schemes

first_imgInvestment consultant Mercer has launched its UK Mercer DB Master Trust, which offers defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors the potential for “enhanced governance and economies of scale to deliver better outcomes for members”, it said.Under the trust, Mercer will be responsible for providing all services including investment with fiduciary management, journey planning, actuarial services, covenant assessment, scheme management and administration, with trusteeship provided by independent professional trustees.The employer would maintain ultimate responsibility for the funding of the scheme, an announcement stated.This new solution adds to Mercer’s existing advisory and fiduciary offerings and ensures clients can access a full spectrum of approaches to select the best fit for their individual governance needs, it said. Benoit Hudon, leader of Mercer’s wealth business in the UK, said: “Managing employee pension schemes has become increasingly complex and many organisations suffer from time or cost constraints.”He said these challenges are “particularly acute” for smaller or mid-sized legacy DB schemes where often dedicated in-house expertise lacks, while access to best-in-class capabilities can be expensive.He added that the trust will “potentially reduce fees and improve outcomes”, while also giving members access to the largest administration of private sector pensions in the UK.The Mercer DB Master Trust has evolved from the Federated Pension Plan (FPP), an existing and long-established master trust initially set up by Jardine Lloyd Thompson that currently has around £260m (€280m) of assets and 73 participating employers.Additionally, Independent Trustee Services (ITS) and PTL have been appointed as additional professional trustees to work alongside PAN Trustees, which has been FPP’s trustee for more than 15 years.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Loan scheme to knock out ‘loan sharks’

first_imgNZ Herald 13 August 2014Almost 1 million families will be eligible for low- and no-interest loans under a new Government-backed scheme aimed at saving low-income families from “loan sharks”.The Community Finance scheme, launched by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in Manukau today, starts with $10 million in initial finance from the Bank of New Zealand and a small Government subsidy for administrative costs.The “front door” to the scheme will be the Salvation Army, initially on a pilot basis in its Manukau and Henderson offices where many clients have been paying interest to “loan sharks” of up to 10 per cent a week – 520 per cent a year.The new scheme offers two kinds of fee-free loans:• A no-interest loan scheme (‘NILS’) of up to $1000 for up to 18 months from early September.• ‘StepUp’ loans of between $1000 and $5000 for up to three years at 6.99 per cent interest from today. read more

Homicide rap sends man to jail

first_imgBACOLOD City – Charged with homicide, a man was arrested in Barangay 9. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of Police Station 1. A P40, 000 bail bond was recommended for his temporary liberty./PN The 53-year-old resident Clodualdo Caluag was caught on the strength ofan arrest warrant around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 9, a police report showed. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Eduardo Sayson ofthe Regional Trial Court Branch 54 dated Dec. 5, 2019.last_img

Former state senator set to receive public service award

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series will honor former State Sen. Beverly Gard with the Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Service Award at the Lugar Series 28thAnnual Luncheon at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott on Monday, April 9, 2018.Gard served as an Indiana State Senator for 24 years, authoring numerous pieces of legislation primarily focusing on the environment, health, utilities and local government. Upon retiring from the Indiana Senate in 2012, Gard became active in public policy issues and continues to stay engaged serving as chair on multiple boards and commissions, including Environmental Rules Board, Lobby Registration Commission, Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee, and the Alcohol Code Revision Commission.The Nancy A. Maloney Outstanding Public Service Award was established to recognize a Hoosier Republican woman who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving the public through appointed governmental or political office, after the extended Lugar family lost a dear friend, Nancy Maloney, to a courageous battle with cancer in 2002.“Senator Gard’s commitment to public service is what the Lugar Series program is about,” said Lugar Series Executive Director Anne Hathaway. “We are so proud to have her as an inspiration to women leaders in Indiana and to honor her with this year’s Nancy A. Maloley Outstanding Public Servant Award.”The honoree is selected each year by a committee comprised of representatives from Maloley’s family, Senator Lugar’s extended team and the Lugar Series, based on their dedication to public service, creative approach to problem solving, intellectual competency, and effective management and leadership.Past recipients of this award, include Congresswoman Susan Brooks; United State Federal Justice Sarah Evans Barker; the Honorable Robyn L. Moberly, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Indiana; and former Indiana Lieutenant Governor Beck Skillman.The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series is a nonprofit organization inspired by former Indiana Senator Richard G. Lugar. The Series is a women’s leadership development program designed to increase the number of Republican women in local, state and national elective and appointive offices.last_img read more

Brown describes underperforming Brathwaite as an `investment’

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Chairman of selectors Courtney Browne has described Twenty20 World Cup hero, Carlos Brathwaite, as an “investment” in West Indies cricket and argues his inclusion to face England in the three-match One-Day International series should not be viewed purely in terms of recent form.The 28-year-old all-rounder’s selection has been questioned in some quarters especially in light of his recent failures but Browne said Brathwaite was still at a very early stage of his development and the selection panel was focused on getting the best out of him.“He’s a young player who is a very exciting player on his day, who hasn’t played a lot of international cricket either. He’s an investment and we all know if we get him right what he can produce for us,” Browne said in a radio interview here.“We would have seen him in the T20 World Cup but one of the things is if you sit and hear, say a coach or captain, speak about Carlos Brathwaite it is a bit different.”He continued: “The way how 50-overs cricket is played now, where there are power-plays and there are certain bowlers you go for in power-plays and certain bowlers you don’t. And Carlos’s strike rate would be more than the other bowlers because of the time of the games when he bowls.“Not that I am saying that is in any way a reason not to perform but we have to take into consideration he’s still a young player at the international level. There are so much things. We have a very young team and … the selection panel we sat and we talked about all players, and we all felt that Carlos Brathwaite was still someone that we can get a lot out of.”Brathwaite shot to prominence last April when he smashed massive sixes off the first four balls of the last over to propel West Indies to a dramatic victory over England in the final of the Twenty20 World Cup.Since those heroics, his form in ODIs has been ordinary, with a meagre 157 runs coming from 12 appearances at a lowly average of 15.7, while taking 17 wickets with his medium pace.Overall, Brathwaite averages just 13 with the bat from 20 ODIs and has taken 21 wickets at 40.Browne contended Brathwaite should not be measured against his exploits at the T20 World Cup, especially since he was still relatively new to international cricket.“What you must understand is this is still a young man. If (he sit) and we expect Carlos to repeat what he did in the World Cup every single time, we’re going to fool ourselves,” the former Test wicketkeeper explained.“Carlos needs to develop like any other cricketer. We’ve dug ourselves in a massive hole over the years, there’s no quick fix to our problem. It is about hard work. It’s about getting our players out there, developing our players.“It’s not about ‘you’ve had five games, you have not performed’ so just throw (the player away). It’s about helping players to develop and realising their full potential.”Brathwaite, who was elevated to the T20 captaincy last year, was a vital part of the Barbados Pride squad that won the Regional Super50 title last weekend in Antigua.Batting down the order and mostly coming at the crunch, he managed 91 runs from eight outings and snared eight wickets.Browne said it was important players like Brathwaite were given an extended run in order to prove themselves.“When you look at our players, there are some who have been given a little extension because you want them to develop,” he noted.“We don’t want to have a case where you have a whole bunch of players – like what used to happen in the past – where we had so many players, all of them had games under their belts but none ever got a good extension or fair run to help them to develop. We need to develop cricketers.“We are number eight in the world because we put ourselves there by playing bad cricket over the years by making bad decisions. We have to develop a team, it is hard work but the one thing I must say about Carlos and a lot of the other players, we have players now who actually want to play, we have players who are committed, they are self-starters, they work hard.“When you see players who are doing that, you know that you will be able to create that environment that is conducive to producing cricketers that can perform consistently.”last_img read more

AC Milan reveals first Asian regional partner

first_img Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 Share Share LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Submit HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Italian football giants AC Milan has announced a new sponsorship deal with Vwin, which marks the clubs first regional partner in Asia.The Philippine licensed Asian online betting firm has signed a multi year official partnership with the Serie A side, and are set to work with the club in Asian regions to launch customised marketing campaigns.It has also been detailed that this new link up will be developed “through multiple strategic tools in order to achieve important milestones together.”Lorenzo Giorgetti, Chief Commercial Officer of AC Milan, commented: “We are proud to welcome Vwin, [the] leader in the online betting industry in the Asian territory, in [to] AC Milan’s family of partners. Vwin is our first Regional Partner in Asia. “This agreement represents to our Club a first and important step in the development of our commercial strategy on this key market.”Vwin are to utilise the use of the iconic AC Milan brand and image, to leverage the firm’s presence amongst sport fans on the continent.The firm intends to promote its services and exposure opportunities on digital media, in addition to a variety of other activities for the dedicated Asian market.This follows a similar deal struck with AC Milan’s league rivals Juventus last year, which saw the firm become the Bianconeri’s official regional partner in Asia.Under the terms of that agreement, Vwin could use the Juventus brand and image to advertise its products within China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.A statement on behalf on Vwin said: “We are excited to collaborate with AC Milan, I am convinced this will be a successful partnership for both sides. We can’t wait to share the future that awaits us”.AC Milan currently sit 11th in Italy’s Serie A, 12 points off Lazio in fourth and and 23 points behind current leaders Napoli.last_img read more

Mourinho issues come-and-get-me plea to Chelsea

first_imgJose Mourinho has urged Chelsea to confirm his dramatic return to StamfordBridge or risk missing out.The Real Madrid boss is expected to take over from Rafa Benitez in the summer for a second stint in the Premier League.But ManchesterCity, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan are also reportedly waiting in the wings to pounce.‘Jose wants to go back to Chelsea. It’s where he wants to be,’ a source told The Sun.‘Every time Chelsea fans sing his name it makes him want to go back even more.‘He’ll sign for the same money he’s on at Real, even though he’s sure he could earn more elsewhere — like City or PSG. ‘Jose could even remain at Madrid but he is clear about where he’d like to go — it’s now down to if Roman Abramovich wants the same.’Mourinho won six trophies in three seasons with Chelsea but was unable to lift the Champions League.He hopes to do that at Wembley on May 25 with his Real Madrid side who are all but guaranteed a place in the last four after a 3-0 win over Galatasaray.last_img read more

Clippers relish role as underdogs against the Golden State Warriors

first_imgThe Clippers will take their first crack at an upset of epic proportions on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series at Oracle Arena, where they’ll be greeted by the top-seeded Golden State Warriors. After finishing the regular season a relatively mortal 57-25, Golden State begins the playoffs as the odds-on favorite to win its fourth NBA title in five seasons.The surprising, eighth-seeded Clippers (48-34) have yet to win a title, but those within the organization, with its ambitions of landing star free-agents this summer and competing for championships soon, believe every additional step now is taking them in the right direction.This season has already been a success, which the Clippers acknowledge, even if they’d rather not focus on that right now.“You want to push that out of your mind,” said starting forward Danilo Gallinari, who will make his first playoff appearance since 2012, when he played for the Denver Nuggets. “You get to this point and it doesn’t make any sense to get to the playoffs and just lose in the first round and then you’re out. You want to be focused, you want to win, you want to go to the end. That’s the reason why you make it to the playoffs.“It’s great to be here and of course nobody thought that we could be here but now we here, we want to play.” PLAYA VISTA — Somewhere between David’s upset over Goliath and Denver’s shocking first-round takedown of the top-seeded Seattle SuperSonics in 1994, that’s where you’d file a Clippers first-round series victory over the Golden State Warriors.“I think it’s bigger honestly (than 1994); Golden State is one of the greatest teams ever to be assembled,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before practice Friday.Still, “someone’s gonna beat them,” Rivers said. “It’s gonna happen. Either it’s gonna be another team or they’ll implode themselves, but I just know 10 years from now, they’ll not still be winning. Someone’s gonna do it.“You gotta go in thinking it’s us.” The teams’ play, in some respects, is relatively even.They’re two of the league’s top scoring squads. The Warriors rank second in the NBA with an average of 117.7 points per game, not all that far in front of the Clippers’ fifth-ranked 115.1 – figures that reflect the fact that both teams are top eight or better in key shooting categories.Golden State shoots 47.1 percent from the field, the best in the league. The Clippers make 49.1 percent of their shots, seventh in the NBA.From behind the arc, the Clippers make their shots at a 38.8 percent clip (second); the Warriors hit 3s at 38.5 percent rate (third). And from the free-throw line, the Warriors are 80.1 percent shooters (fifth) and the Clippers are 79.2 percent foul shooters (eighth).They also rebound at a similar rate: Golden State grabs 46.2 boards per game and the Clippers get 45.5 per contest. They even turn over the ball about equally often, with the Warriors losing it 14.3 times per game and the Clippers 14.5.Still, in key ways, the Warriors have Goliath-esque advantages. Take their ball movement, for example; it’s the best.The Warriors average 29.4 assists per game, No. 1 in the league. The Clippers’ 24 assists per game ranks 18th.And so the Clippers will be tasked with trying to interrupt the Warriors’ wicked transition game.“Listen, they do what they do and they do it well,” Rivers said. “We have to try to guard it as hard as we can guard it. We have to be as physical as we can be without losing who we are and losing our principles.”They’ll pick their poison, preferring for center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Draymond Green to get looks at the basket before sharpshooters Steph Curry, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant.“I don’t think we need an analytical staff to tell you that if Steph, Klay and Durant are taking the bulk of the shots, it’s probably not gonna turn out well for you,” Rivers said. “Anytime you can limit any one of those three from taking a shot, it’s a good thing.”The Clippers will do their best to respond to Golden State’s inevitable scoring barrages with runs of their own: “The game of basketball is a game of runs, that’s all it is,” Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “It’s about who’s run can go the longest.”Rivers said his gladly overworked coaching staff has spotted some things that could benefit the Clippers in their labored evaluation of the teams’ four meetings this year (the last three of which were won by the Warriors).“Of course,” Rivers said. “Same with them. I’m sure they see things they’re gonna try to take advantage of.”The key, Clippers rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander said, sounding wise beyond his 20 years, will be hanging tough.“They’re obviously really talented and they come at you for 48 minutes,” he said. “So (it’s about) withstanding their talent level and their energy level for 40 minutes.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Dodgers force Game 5 with clutch eighth-inning effort

first_img“I’m pitching Thursday,” Hill said in the post-game locker room. “It’s a cliché but it’s true – this is what you play for.”The Dodgers have not officially named their starter for Game 5. But at least they have a five-hour cross-country flight to talk about it.“If anyone gives up on this team, they haven’t seen us play a whole lot this year,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said in the afterglow of Tuesday’s comeback.If anyone did give up on the Dodgers, they probably saw them play in the past three postseasons. The same familiar demons came out in the seventh inning Tuesday.Pitching on short rest for the fourth consecutive postseason (the third time in an elimination game) Kershaw didn’t dominate the Nationals’ lineup – only half of it. The top four hitters – Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth and (cue ominous music) Daniel Murphy – went 6 for 11 against Kershaw. From Anthony Rendon on down, the Nats were 1 for 15 with seven strikeouts against Kershaw. The top of the order put a run on the board in the first inning as Turner singled, moved to second when Kershaw walked Harper and scored on an RBI single by October nemesis Murphy.It took 27 pitches for Kershaw to get through that first inning – hard labor that was reminiscent of his 101-pitch, five-inning grind in Game 1.But Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Dodgers the lead and Kershaw pitched like a relieved man. He surrendered another run to the top of the Nats’ order in the third inning (Murphy driving it in with a sacrifice fly) but scored as many himself after leading off the third inning with a double.So he entered the dark alley of a seventh inning in October – where Kershaw’s legacy has been mugged before – with a 5-2 lead.Danny Espinosa – with eight strikeouts in the series including each of his first two at-bats against Kershaw Tuesday – led off with a single. Kershaw retired the next two batters but Turner hit a slow grounder to shortstop Corey Seager whose throw to second base for the force was late.Roberts came out to talk to Kershaw before leaving him in to face Harper, obviously telling Kershaw to empty the tank against his fellow former MVP because he would be his last batter.“You look at who we have and I think that Clayton is our best option,” Roberts said.With shadows creeping out near the pitcher’s mound, the matchup went eight pitches with Harper laying off a full-count fastball (Kershaw’s 110th and final pitch of the game) to draw a walk and load the bases.“Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there – a matter of will,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it.Man, that’s what baseball is all about right there: a matter of will,” Baker said. “Kershaw was on empty. We knew it. They knew it. Everybody knew it.”Kershaw barely had time to get a drink of water before all three runs had scored. Roberts’ attempt to play the matchups with his relievers worked no better than Don Mattingly’s attempts in postseasons before him. Pedro Baez hit a batter with his one and only pitch. Murphy – of course, Murphy – stroked Luis Avilan’s second pitch into left-center field for a two-run single and that quickly the game was tied.“After all the stuff we’ve been through this season – all the injuries, Kersh going down – we just stayed focused,” Kenley Jansen said of watching the lead disappear. “You could see it in guys’ eyes. When stuff like that happens to the best pitcher in baseball, you just want to stay focused. Just keep that game tied and give our offense a chance.”Joe Blanton made restitution, stranding the go-ahead run on third base and retiring the side in the top of the eighth.Still, the winning rally sprang from infertile ground. With two outs in the eighth, Andrew Toles was hit by a pitch. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier singled to left field and brought up Utley who was 2 for his first 12 in the series – and looked every bit of it.“As bad as his at-bats might have been earlier in the game, you know what, he just doesn’t scare off and he keeps competing,” Roberts said. “So I’ll take my chance with Chase any time.”The Nationals had loaded their postseason roster with three left-handed relievers for moments like this. But Baker had used two of them and the third, Sammy Solis, was warming up more as a decoy. He had been used in each of the previous two games including 1 2/3 innings in Game 3.“When you look at it, maybe it’s just their day,” Baker said. “We had Solis warming up but we really didn’t want to use Solis unless it was an emergency.”Utley didn’t pose enough of a threat to register as an emergency but he stroked a ground single through the right side of the infield to drive in the winning run – and the sixth Dodgers run to score after there were two outs in an inning.“That’s him. That’s something in his DNA,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “When the stage gets bigger, when the moment gets bigger, he becomes a better player.” LOS ANGELES >> The bullpen the Dodgers had convinced themselves was now a strength let them down in October again. The resiliency forged during a difficult season did not.A three-run lead left behind by Clayton Kershaw disappeared in three pitches after he left the game. But Chase Utley’s two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning brought them a 6-5 lead that did hold up for a series-extending win in Game 4 Tuesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.The best-of-five series will conclude Thursday at Nationals Park. The Dodgers and Nationals will play at 2 p.m. PT if the Cubs-Giants series requires a fifth game. If the Cubs-Giants series ends in four, the Dodgers and Nats will play at 5 p.m.Whether the Dodgers spent their last bullet to get there remains to be seen. Their starting pitcher options for Game 5 consist of Rich Hill and his dangerous blisters or 20-year-old rookie Julio Urias matched up against National League Cy Young Award favorite Max Scherzer.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more