Morocco Has Steadily Been Branding Itself as Manufacturing Hub

Rabat – Morocco has steadily been creating a name for itself as a manufacturing hub thanks to several competitive advantage, writes «How We Made It in Africa», a platform for African and international investors.“The country’s geographic location is a competitive advantage, offering manufacturers easy access to European, African and Middle Eastern markets”, according to the African-focused online business publication.Recalling Morocco’s National Pact for Industrial Emergence in 2009, the analysis notes that this document outlines clear objectives when it comes to building industries in high value-added sectors. Since this date, Morocco has since invested in industrial parks, free trade zones, and supporting infrastructure such as railways, storage facilities and ports, the analysis says, adding that this strategy has paid off.Already the country has established an automotive manufacturing hub, the publication writes, adding that Renault’s factory in northern Morocco is the largest car manufacturing plant in Africa, with the capacity to produce 340,000 vehicles annually.Other industry leaders such as French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën and Canadian auto parts supplier Linamar have followed suit, the same source adds.Global power management company Eaton opened its new $12m facility in the Casablanca Midparc Free Zone – part of the Moroccan government’s National Pact for Industrial Emergence, the publication notes, adding that its plant in Morocco is only its second in Africa (it also has a facility in South Africa). read more

Moroccos BCIJ Dismantles 6Member Terror Cell Includes 1 Former Inmate

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a six-member terror cell on Thursday morning in several cities around the Casablanca area, including Mohammedia, just east of Casablanca; El Jadida, 100 kilometers west of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast; Sidi Bennour, 80 kilometers inland from El Jadida; and Marrakech.A statement from the Ministry of the Interior announced that BCIJ carried out the arrest in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).The ministry said that the six radicalized suspects were aged 27 to 40. One of the suspects had spent time in prison after police arrested him for having links with ISIS terrorists active in Libya. A preliminary investigation found the suspect had pledged allegiance to ISIS.The ministry added that the suspect was plotting terror attacks across Morocco.Police placed all suspects into custody for further investigations.Read Also: Terrorism: US Pleased Morocco Repatriated 8 Moroccans from SyriaThe operation followed the dismantling of a five-member terror cell in February in Safi, western Morocco.The suspects were aged 21-36.Morocco’s security services have arrested several alleged terrorists since the beginning of the year, including 13 in January.The head of the BCIJ, Abdelhak El Khiame, shared some statistics in December 2018 in the wake of the Imlil murders, in which two Scandinavian tourists were murdered near Mount Toubkal.Khiame estimated that 1,668 Moroccans had joined ISIS and other terror groups in Syria and other conflict zones.Last Sunday, Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior announced the repatriation of eight Moroccan fighters from Syria.The ministry described the operation as a “humanitarian” move which would allow the Moroccans to return in safety.The move pleased the US, one of Morocco’s major partners in counterterrorism.Morocco “is a highly capable partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” the US State Department said. Following the 2003 terror attacks in Casablanca and the 2011 attack in Marrakech, the Moroccan security services announced several approaches to deal with terrorism.One of the programs implemented by the Moroccan government is the “moussalaha” program, or reconciliation. Launched in 2018, the project aims to reintegrate prisoners charged with terrorism.The program involves human rights and anti-radicalization experts to provide psychological assistance to people convicted of terror crimes. read more

Kerry hopes to make appropriate judgments on Keystone XL pipeline

“It will not be long before that comes across my desk, and I will make the appropriate judgments about it.” — John KerryWASHINGTON — John Kerry offered scant indication Thursday about his position on TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, saying simply that he hopes to make “appropriate judgments” about the fate of the project should he officially become secretary of state.The Massachusetts senator, appearing at his confirmation hearings, faced few questions on either climate change or the Keystone pipeline during almost four hours before the Senate foreign relations committee, of which he’s currently the chairman.“There is a statutory process with regards to the review and that is currently ongoing,” Kerry said. “It will not be long before that comes across my desk, and I will make the appropriate judgments about it.”The State Department is ultimately deciding Keystone’s fate because it crosses an international border. Kerry, meantime, is widely expected to win swift confirmation as secretary of state, replacing Hillary Clinton.State is “responsible for the environmental review, and there are specific standards that have to be met with respect to that review,” Kerry told the hearing.“I am going to review those standards and make sure they are complete.”He added he hoped the Keystone XL review would be done by the end of March, but made no promises. A State Department spokesman suggested earlier this week that there would be no decision until after March 31.“It is happening in the appropriate due course of business. We will try and get it done as soon as we can,” the senator said.Kerry’s longtime devotion to climate issues — he unsuccessfully tried to push greenhouse gas legislation through Congress three years ago — has American environmentalists hopeful that he might nix the controversial $7 billion project.Keystone XL would transport bitumen extracted from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oilsands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The project has become a flashpoint for U.S. environmentalists who view the oilsands as “dirty oil” and a symbol of climate change at large.Keystone proponents, meantime, argue that the pipeline will create jobs and help provide the U.S. with energy independence from often hostile OPEC regimes.During his hearing on Thursday, Kerry said that American foreign policy is “defined by leadership on life-threatening issues like climate change.”He added he will be a “passionate advocate” at the State Department on environmental issues. The U.S. is currently taking part in a United Nations-led effort to come up with a new, worldwide emissions agreement.At least one congressional climate hawk seems to be preparing for the possibility that Keystone XL is a done deal.Henry Waxman, the Democratic head of the House of Representatives’ energy and commerce committee, said Thursday that the Obama administration’s decision on Keystone would represent merely a “small” piece of the pie in efforts to combat climate change.“This is only a small issue compared to the overall objective that the president and we want to achieve,” Waxman told a news conference.Obama and the White House will have to weigh issues other than just climate change as it makes a decision on Keystone, he added.“I know there are a lot of different factors, including our relationship with Canada, that’s on his mind.”Keystone is back on the hot seat in the U.S. capital this week, in part because Obama spoke out Monday during his second inaugural address about the need to confront climate change.The president’s forceful repudiation of climate-change skeptics has prompted the U.S. environmental movement to urge Obama to back up his rhetoric by putting the brakes to Keystone XL.Fifty-three senators, however — more than half in the upper chamber — sent the president a letter this week beseeching him to approve the project.Kerry and his wife, meantime, have agreed to divest holdings in a Canadian oil company, as well as dozens of other investments, in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest should he become secretary of state.Kerry has as much as US$750,000 invested in Suncor, a Calgary-based oil company whose CEO has urged the Obama administration to green-light the pipeline.Federal ethics officials have determined the Suncor (TSX:SU) stock poses no conflict of interest threats. But Kerry has agreed to divest of as much as $31,000 in Cenovus Energy — another Calgary firm that has pushed for Keystone XL approval — within 90 days if he’s confirmed secretary of state.Kerry’s office says many of his investments are in family trusts managed by an independent trustee, and that the senator is unaware of the contents. The senator is one of the wealthiest lawmakers on Capitol Hill with an estimated net worth of US$193-million. read more

New Brunswick premier pushes for eastern pipeline

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — After about a year of negotiations, it’s hoped a visit from New Brunswick’s premier will help a proposal for a pipeline between Alberta and eastern Canada.Premier David Alward arrived in Alberta Sunday for his three-day visit and headed north Monday to tour Alberta’s oil sands.The visit comes after year-long talks on proposals to bring Alberta oil east in an effort to make the resource available to more markets outside of the United States.Recent news on the subject has revolved around the largest refinery in Canada, the Irving Refinery in Saint John, N.B., which would allow Alberta oil to be processed before it’s sent overseas.“We’re looking to demonstrate why we think it makes great sense for Alberta crude to be able to be supplied right across the country, including Saint John,” Alward said Sunday night.He also talked about the financial problems facing Alberta, and how transporting the product to his province could help landlocked Alberta deal with the “bitumen bubble.”“Right now Alberta is not getting full value for their resource,” Alward said. “That means every Canadian is not getting full value for the resource.“(In order) to diversify the markets, we think New Brunswick can and needs to be part of the solution.”The Irving Refinery processes 300,000 barrels of oil each day, but it’s not working at full capacity — it’s believed it could handle up to 1,000,000 barrels each day.The plan is in the very early stages, and must still go through the regulatory process, a process that has already begun in another high-profile pipeline proposal, the Northern Gateway Pipeline.However, the east-bound project is expected to garner less opposition than the pipeline through British Columbia, which is still the subject of a number of protests and environmental groups petitioning against it. read more

Former intelligence chief appears before FCID again

Former national intelligence chief Major General Kapila Hendawitharana appeared before the Police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) today.Today was the third day that he appeared before the FCID over the past two weeks to be questioned. He is being investigated over alleged financial fraud when he was the national intelligence chief under former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette)

Five including two women arrested with heroin in Colombo

All were arrested in separate Police operations. A man was arrested with 11 grams of heroin in Narahenpita while another man was arrested with 20 grams of heroin in Narahenpita.Meanwhile, another man was arrested with just over 3 grams of heroin in Kotahena. (Colombo Gazette) Five suspects, including two women, were arrested with heroin in Colombo, the Police media unit said today.The Police said that four of the suspects were arrested in Narahenpita while one was arrested in Kotahena. One woman was arrested with just over 31 grams of heroin while it was being transported in a three-wheeler in Narahenpita and another woman was arrested with just over 5o grams of heroin which was also being transported in a three wheeler.

Lasantha Eknaligoda Thajudeen used to win votes

The Minister said that the murderers of Lasantha Wickrematunge must be hanged. The Government today admitted it used the names of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, rugger player Wasim Thajudeen and cartoonist Prageeth Eknaligoda to secure votes at the last Presidential elections.Cabinet co-spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne told reporters today that the current Government campaigned for the 2015 elections promising justice for the murders of Wickrematunge and Thajudeen and the disappearance of Eknaligoda. Prageeth Eknaligoda was reported missing in January 2010. The former Government was accused of being involved in all three incidents. (Colombo Gazette) Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed in 2009 when he was on his way to office.Wasim Thajudeen was found dead in 2012 following a car crash but it was later revealed that he was murdered. Senaratne however said the Government has so far failed to fulfill its promise. read more

Arjun Aloysius and Kasun Palisena granted bail

Last month the President said that the forensic audit into the treasury bond scam will be expedited.President Maithripala Sirisena met Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya, Bribery Commission Director General Sarath Jayamanna, Senior DIG CID Ravi Seneviratne and acting Governor of the Central Bank Nandalal Weerasinghe. Minister Ravi Karunanayake was among those named in the report of the Presidential commission which investigated the scam. Perpetual Treasuries Limited (PTL) owner Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kasun Palisena, were today granted bail by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court in the case over the Central Bank treasury bond scam.After nearly a year in remand prison, Aloysius and Palisena were granted conditional bail today. At the meeting the President called for the forensic audit into the treasury bond scam to be expedited. (Colombo Gazette) Among the conditions, both Aloysius and Palisena were barred from traveling overseas. read more

Sri Lanka wants nuclear terrorism high on global agenda

He further underlined that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should play a central role in strengthening international nuclear security framework. At this meeting, he also highlighted Sri Lanka’s engagements with several partner countries and organisations bilaterally and multilaterally on the non–proliferation initiatives.The GICNT is a voluntary partnership of 88 nations and six observer organisations that are committed to strengthen global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. The group works to build capacity among member nations to strengthen policies, plans, procedures and interoperability of partner nations. The GICNT, which was established in 2006, is currently Co- Chaired by the Russian Federation and the United States. Stressing that combating terrorism, including nuclear terrorism requires a global partnership, Ambassador Jaffeer expressed Sri Lanka’s resolve to place international initiatives aimed at combating nuclear terrorism, and promoting nuclear safety and security high on international agenda. Highlighting Sri Lanka’s steadfast commitment to combat against terrorism, the Ambassador stated that Sri Lanka has ratified the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear terrorism in compliance with obligations under the UN Resolution 1540. Sri Lanka called for placing the nuclear terrorism high on the global agenda at the 2019 Plenary Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), held at Palacio San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-7 June 2019, the Foreign Ministry said today.Participating at the GICNT Plenary, Ambassador Musthafa M. Jaffeer, Sri Lanka’s Delegate, stated that Sri Lanka has recognized the increased threat posed to global and international security from terrorism, including nuclear terrorism, given the country’s experience from the scourge of terrorism. read more

Barnes Noble reports 2ndquarter profit as cost cuts offset lower sales

Barnes & Noble reports 2nd-quarter profit as cost cuts offset lower sales NEW YORK, N.Y. – Barnes & Noble returned to a profit in the fiscal second quarter as cost cuts offset lower sales.The New York company’s sales missed expectations, however, and its shares fell 6 per cent in midday trading. The report comes as the crucial holiday season kicks off, when retailers can make up to 40 per cent of their annual revenue.Barnes & Noble has been evaluating its strategy for its Nook e-book reader after years of investing heavily in the business and developing a colour tablet, the Nook HD+, that has faced tough competition from Amazon’s Kindle and the Apple iPad.Things have been in flux since June when CEO William Lynch left the company, which has not named a replacement. It introduced a new non-tablet e-book reader, a $119 Nook GlowLight, for the holidays.Michael P. Huseby, president of Barnes & Noble and CEO of Nook Media, said the company is committed to its devices, since standalone devices have a higher attachment rate than apps alone.“Our primary focus continues to be on driving revenue growth opportunities while managing expenses and inventory commitment levels,” for Nook, Huseby said in a call with investors. “To improve content sales, we are focused on increasing sales to Nook active user base and selling e-reading devices that are closely aligned with selling content.”Net income for the three months ended Oct. 26 totalled $13.2 million, or 15 cents per share. That compares with a loss of $501,000, or 7 cents per share, last year.Revenue fell 8 per cent to $1.73 billion from $1.88 billion last year. Analysts expected a loss of 3 cents per share on revenue of $1.76 billion, according to FactSet.Revenue fell across all segments. Retail revenue fell nearly 8 per cent to $921 million. College bookstore revenue fell 4.6 per cent to $737.5 million and Nook revenue dropped 32 per cent to $108.7 million.Shares fell 99 cents to $15.44 during midday trading. The stock is up 9 per cent since the beginning of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 7:15 am MDT read more

State debunks patient zero speculation in Clark County measles outbreak

first_imgThe Washington Health State Department shot down speculation that Clark County’s measles outbreak has a confirmed “patient zero” on Wednesday.As the county’s confirmed measles cases rose to 51, along with 13 suspected cases, and two new exposure dates, Julie Graham, a public information officer with the state health department, said that “patient zero” is not a term the department even uses. Some media outlets have reported “patient zero” was from another country. Graham said those reports are inaccurate.“The concept of patient zero was a term that someone coined that doesn’t have any scientific meaning for us,” she said. On Wednesday, there were three medical facilities named as exposure locations. Two of those facilities also added more exposure dates and times, according to Thursday’s Clark County Public Health news release:–The Vancouver Clinic Salmon Creek, 2525 N.E. 139th St., Vancouver from 2:50 to 6 p.m. Feb. 4.last_img read more

Team work for help to Haiti

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Provided by PR for the Haiti Relief Fund Related Items:intercaribbean airways-tchta-graceway supermarkets all team up with residents to support haiti, team work for help to haiticenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 13, 2016 – The TCI Hotel and Tourism Association, InterCaribbean Airways, Graceway Supermarkets alongside residents coordinating Saturday’s Haiti relief fundraiser called o the public to support the upcoming fundraiser and other relief efforts in Turks and Caicos in the wake of the storms devastation in Haiti.Haitian Consulate to Turks and Caicos Dr. Wenceslass Lambert said hundreds died following heavy rain and flooding in the southern region.  One week later, Lambert said most residents are cut of, living without electricity, water and essential medication.“This is a humanitarian disaster.  Haiti is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Jeane in 2004, still recovering from the 2010 earthquake and numerous tropical storms that have impacted the country, compounded by the increasing fears of Cholera.” The groups have galvanized efforts in hopes of reaching persons throughout the community.   Graceway Supermarkets IGA, Smart and Gourmet are asking residents to donate $1 or more to go towards disaster relief in Haiti.  The store has pledged to match up to $10,000.Tamell Seymour, Store Manager at Smart said, “we understand the situation they are in because we have been there before with Hurricanes and Haitians in this community, they are our people, we hurt when they hurt, we cry when they cry, we always want to step in when we can.”The relief group will host a fundraiser on Saturday at Sarah’s Kitchen on Airport Road.  Kevin Clarke who is representing the group called for donations of clothing, emergency kits, non-perishable goods, canned food, shoes, baby items and hygienic products.Meanwhile, TCHTA’s Stacy Cox said the group is encouraging persons to donate through IGA supermarkets.  She said the TCHTA is spreading the word through other travel agents.last_img read more

Sandals Story Behind the Songs concert benefits local community programs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMontego Bay, Jamaica, December 13, 2016 – Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort and Offshore Island welcomed country music fans to the Caribbean December 8-11 for its second Story Behind the Songs concert event.   In partnership with Big Machine Label Group, this installment of Story Behind the Songs featured top country music artists Eli Young Band and Tucker Beathard.   As part of Sandals Resorts International’s new LIV+ Events program, offering vacationers unique limited-edition events, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts teamed up with Premier Networks to host Story Behind the Songs, a new concert series showcasing a collection of intimate acoustic performances with top country artists.The second stop in the Caribbean for the Story Behind the Songs series was in the beautiful Nassau, Bahamas.  The four-day getaway included live performances on Friday night with Grammy-nominated and ACM Award-winning chart-toppers, Eli Young Band, and a rocking opening performance by breakout singer/songwriter, Tucker Beathard.  The musical events included backstories of each song told first-hand by the artists, from memories on the road to the inspiration behind the songs.  This once in a lifetime opportunity was enjoyed by Sandals LIV+ vacationers, along with 30 lucky radio listeners who won their way to paradise by tuning into their favorite local country station or the nationwide contest on CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan, CMT All Access with Cody Alan, and CMT Radio Live with Cody Alan. The music carried from The Bahamas to the airwaves throughout the weekend as the artists met with 17 radio stations garnered by MicnE Productions.   DJs and radio hosts caught up with the artists on air as the stations broadcasted live from the tropical Sandals Royal Bahamian Luxury Included® resort.   As the official event host, award-winning country music personality Cody Alan also sat down with the Eli Young Band and Tucker Beathard as they shared their Story Behind the Songs experiences, including a red carpet Meet & Greet with fans, a VIP LIV+ Official Wrap Party with DeeJay Static and special presentation by the Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International.In an effort to improve the lives of those in the Caribbean, proceeds from Story Behind the Songs t-shirt sales, silent auction and a portion of LIV+ package sales were donated to the Sandals Foundation’s Holiday effort.   As a special thank you for the donations and in- kind Holiday Toys that will go to local children in The Bahamas, the local Rake & Scrape Band and school choir from Gerald Cash Primary School prepared a surprise musical performance, singing Eli Young Bands’ hit single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”In total, the Story Behind the Songs event raised US $7,894 for the Sandals Foundation, of which 100% of the proceeds will go to benefit local community programs in the Caribbean. #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

NFL unveils new uniforms

first_imgFull photo and video galleries of the new Seahawks uniforms are available on the team’s official website.NEW YORK (AP) — Going for a slightly sleeker look, the NFL has unveiled its new uniforms designed by Nike.The league and Nike showed off the new gear in grand style Tuesday with a gridiron-themed fashion show at a Brooklyn film studio. Uniforms for all 32 teams were on display, worn by players.Commissioner Roger Goodell was on hand, along with New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz.Nike is a new NFL partner, taking over uniform and gear design from Reebok.The designs stayed pretty true to what NFL fans have come to expect. Seattle got some neon green added to its jersey.last_img

Vancouver police investigating armed robbery

first_imgVancouver police are searching for two men they say used firearms to rob a payday loan store near Clark College on Friday morning. The alarm company notified police of the robbery at 8:55 a.m. and police arrived three minutes later.An employee, who was locked in the bathroom, told 911 dispatchers that two black males, one carrying a shotgun and another carrying a pistol, robbed the business. The masked men entered the building from the roof and left before police arrived at the business, ACE Cash Express, 2800 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.Police canvassed the area, but were unable to locate the suspects. The employee did not know whether the two men fled on foot or in a vehicle.last_img

Trump Says He Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice From This List

first_img Share Leigh Vogel/Getty Images/Via NPRSen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, speaks during an event on Capitol Hill in 2016. Lee is the only member of the Senate on Trump’s list.President Trump said Wednesday he intends to nominate a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy from a list of names he first compiled during his 2016 campaign. He told reporters he had recently added five more names to the list. Here is a look at who is under consideration:Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th CircuitBarrett, a former University of Notre Dame law professor, was nominated to the appeals court by Trump and confirmed by the Senate in October 2017. Some Democrats questioned her about her Catholic beliefs. She is a former law clerk for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.Keith Blackwell of Georgia, Supreme Court of GeorgiaBlackwell has been a justice on the Georgia Supreme Court since July 2012, appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal. He is 42.Charles Canady of Florida, Supreme Court of FloridaCanady, 64, is a former Republican member of Congress from Florida. He was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court in 2008 by former Gov. Charlie Crist.Steven Colloton of Iowa, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th CircuitColloton, 54, is a former Justice Department lawyer who clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. He was nominated to the 8th Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2003.Allison Eid of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th CircuitEid is 53. She was a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and served on the Colorado Supreme Court before her nomination to the 10th Circuit last year by Trump.Britt Grant of Georgia, Supreme Court of GeorgiaGrant has been on the Georgia Supreme Court since January 2017. Before that she served as Georgia’s solicitor general. Trump has nominated Grant to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit; the nomination is pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grant is 40.Raymond Gruender of Missouri, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th CircuitGruender, 54, is a former U.S. attorney in Missouri and was nominated to the appeals court by Bush in 2004. Gruender’s personal story is compelling; he and his sister were shot by their father in a domestic dispute, and he was able to knock his father down before he could shoot his younger brother.Matt Slocum/APThomas Hardiman was said to be a finalist among Trump’s choices to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd CircuitThe 52-year-old Hardiman was nominated to the federal trial court by Bush in 2003 and to the 3 Circuit in 2007, when he was confirmed by the Senate in a 95-0 vote. He was said to be a finalist in consideration by Trump to succeed Scalia on the Supreme Court, the seat Neil Gorsuch was eventually tapped to fill.Brett Kavanaugh of Maryland, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia CircuitKavanaugh, 53, is a former clerk to the man he could replace on the Supreme Court, Kennedy. He was named to the D.C. Circuit by Bush in 2003, but his confirmation was not without conflict. Kavanaugh worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr in the investigation of President Bill Clinton, and Senate Democrats argued he was too partisan to serve on the court. His nomination languished for three years, before he was finally confirmed in 2006. He was sworn in by Kennedy.Alex Wong/Getty Images/Via NPRBrett Kavanaugh is sworn in by Kennedy to be a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006. With him are his wife, Ashley, and President George W. Bush.Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th CircuitKethledge is another former Kennedy law clerk, first nominated to the 6th Circuit by Bush in 2006. His nomination stalled because of opposition from the state’s two Democratic senators, but Bush renominated him in 2007 and he was finally approved by the Senate in 2008. He is 51.Joan Larsen of Michigan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th CircuitLarsen, 49 was nominated to the 6th Circuit by Trump last year. She was previously appointed and then re-elected to the Michigan Supreme Court and has taught at the University of Michigan Law School. Larsen was a law clerk for Scalia.Mike Lee of Utah, United States senatorLee is the only member of the Senate on Trump’s list. Elected in 2010, the Utah Republican has been a reliable conservative vote in the Senate. Asked by reporters if he would be interested in the high court vacancy, the 47-year-old Lee responded “of course.” Lee, who grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and is a son of President Ronald Reagan’s Solicitor General Rex Lee, said he has been attending Supreme Court hearings since he was 10 “for fun.”Thomas Lee of Utah, Supreme Court of UtahThomas Lee is Mike Lee’s older brother. He has been a justice on the Utah Supreme Court since 2010 and is a former law clerk for Thomas.Edward Mansfield of Iowa, Supreme Court of IowaMansfield, 61, was named to the Iowa Supreme Court in 2011. He is a graduate of Harvard and Yale Law and previously served on the Iowa Court of Appeals.Federico Moreno of Florida, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of FloridaMoreno, 66, born in Venezuela, was nominated to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, to succeed the impeached Judge Alcee Hastings. Two years later, Bush nominated Moreno to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, but Democrats, then in control of the Senate, did not take up the nomination before Bush left office.Kevin Newsom of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th CircuitNewsom, 45, was nominated to the appeals court by Trump last year. He had been in private practice and served as Alabama’s solicitor general before then. Newsom clerked for Supreme Court Justice David Souter.William Pryor of Alabama, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th CircuitThe 56-year-old Pryor was nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush. In addition to serving on the appeals court, Pryor chairs the U.S. Sentencing Commission. As Alabama’s attorney general, Pryor was instrumental in removing then-Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore from the court over his refusal to remove a monument to the Ten Commandments from an Alabama judicial building.Margaret Ryan of Virginia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed ForcesRyan is a Marine Corps veteran who served in the Gulf War. She was named to the Armed Forces Court by George W. Bush in 2006. Age 54, she is a former judge advocate general and clerked for Thomas.David Stras of Minnesota, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th CircuitStras, age 43, also clerked for Thomas. Stras was sworn in as an appeals court judge in January of this year. His nomination had been opposed by former Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said Stras was too conservative. Stras had previously served on the Minnesota Supreme Court.Diane Sykes of Wisconsin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th CircuitSykes, 60, was nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush and sworn in in 2004. The Marquette University Law School grad is perhaps the only potential Supreme Court nominee who worked as a journalist, reporting for the Milwaukee Journal between college and law school.Amul Thapar of Kentucky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th CircuitEd Reinke/APPresident Trump nominated Thapar, 49, to the appeals court last year.Thapar, originally from Michigan, is a former U.S. attorney who was nominated to the federal trial court by President George W. Bush. President Trump nominated Thapar, 49, to the appeals court last year.Timothy Tymkovich of Colorado, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th CircuitThe 61-year-old Tymkovich was nominated to the appeals court by President George W. Bush and took his commission in 2003. He had previously served as Colorado’s solicitor general and unsuccessfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado law that revoked legal protections against discrimination for LGBT residents.Robert Young of Michigan, Supreme Court of Michigan (retired)Young, 67, is a former chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He briefly mounted a run for the U.S. Senate this year against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow. He was recently named general counsel to Michigan State University.Carolyn Kaster/APDon Willett testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to the 5th Circuit Court in November.Don Willett of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th CircuitWillett was nominated to the appeals court by Trump and took his commission in January of this year. The 51-year-old Willett had previously served on the Texas Supreme Court and worked in various capacities in the George W. Bush administration.Patrick Wyrick of Oklahoma, Supreme Court of OklahomaThe 37-year old Wyrick was appointed to the Oklahoma bench by Gov. Mary Fallin in 2017. He had previously served as Oklahoma’s solicitor general, working with the state’s then-attorney general, Scott Pruitt, who now leads the EPA. Wyrick has already been nominated by Trump for a spot on the federal trial court. His nomination is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Via NPRJustice Anthony Kennedy with Neil Gorsuch during Gorsuch’s swearing-in ceremony at the White House on April 2017.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Today is Slipper Day

first_imgPeople can join in the campaign by wearing their slippers to  work, school or anywhere they wish, in aid of helping children fighting life-threatening illnesses.All that is required to support this great cause is to purchase a R10 Slipper Day sticker from Wimpy.Reach For A Dream has been dedicated to making dreams come true for 28 years. It doesn’t matter how big or small these dreams are. If a child wants to swim with dolphins, or if they want to meet a princess or even go on an overseas trip, Reach For A Dream will find a way to make these dreams a reality.It is a memory they get to cherish and it allows for so much joy and happiness for the whole family. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite You can purchase your stickers from any Wimpy outlet. Wimpy is also further supporting this initiative by rewarding all Wimpy customers with a free cup of regular famous Wimpy coffee if they arrive instore wearing their slippers and sticker on August 5.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

FOMC to Continue Low Rates Efforts Reinvestment Program

first_img With a nod to the report the “”nation’s economy had contracted””: in the fourth quarter, the Federal Open Market Committee (“”FOMC””) voted Wednesday to continue its program of purchasing $40 million a month of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and to maintain the target Fed Funds rate at 0 to 0.25 percent. The “”FOMC””: vote was 11-1 with only Kansas City Fed President Esther George (in her first meeting as a voting member of the Committee) voting “”no.””[IMAGE]The FOMC did not directly reference the report earlier in the day from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) that showed the nation’s gross domestic product contracted unexpectedly in the fourth quarter. The committee said, however, in its end-of-meeting statement, “”growth in economic activity paused in recent months, in large part because of weather-related disruptions and other transitory factors.”” In its report, the BEA attributed part of the drop in GDP to the drought in the Midwest and Superstorm Sandy, thought it could not put a precise value on the impact of the storm which ravaged the Northeast at the end of October.””Employment has continued to expand at a moderate pace,”” the FOMC said, “”but the unemployment rate remains elevated.├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├é┬ØThe committee reiterated its plan to hold the target federal funds rate at near zero “”at least as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6.5 percent, inflation between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than a half percentage point above the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and longer-term inflation expectations continue to be well anchored.”” The FOMC said, “”in determining how long to maintain a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy, the Committee will also consider other information, including additional measures of labor market conditions, indicators [COLUMN_BREAK]of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial developments. When the Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and inflation of 2 percent.””The FOMC said it “”expects that, with appropriate policy accommodation, economic growth will proceed at a moderate pace and the unemployment rate will gradually decline toward levels the Committee judges consistent with its dual mandate [price stability and maximum, sustainable economic growth usually measured by the unemployment rate] . Although strains in global financial markets have eased somewhat, the Committee continues to see downside risks to the economic outlook.””In addition to continuing its MBS purchase program, the committee said it would also continue to buy longer-term Treasury securities at a rate of $45 billion per month and reinvest principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and MBS in agency MBS and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction “”to support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with its dual mandate.””The actions, taken together, “”should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative.””The FOMC warned “”if the outlook for the labor market does not improve substantially, the Committee will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until such improvement is achieved in a context of price stability.””George, along with St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, Chicago Fed President Charles Evans, and Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren, replaced Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker, Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, Cleveland Fed President Sandra Pianalto, and San Francisco Fed President John C. Williams as voting members after the December meeting. Lacker had dissented consistently from the Committee’s policy position. George, the Committee statement said, “”was concerned that the continued high level of monetary accommodation increased the risks of future economic and financial imbalances and, over time, could cause an increase in long-term inflation expectations.””_Hear Mark Lieberman Thursday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 a.m. and at 9:40 a.m. and again Friday at 8:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Eastern time._ January 30, 2013 381 Views in Data, Government, Secondary Market Fed,FOMC to Continue Low Rates Efforts, Reinvestment Programcenter_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Economic Analysis Federal Reserve GDP Investors Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman Mortgage-Backed Securities Payrolls Service Providers 2013-01-30 Mark Lieberman Sharelast_img read more

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