Trump ‘bullying’ blamed as key impeachment witness quits army

first_imgVindman is “retiring today after it has been made clear that his future within the institution he has dutifully served will forever be limited,” Pressman said.  “LTC Vindman’s patriotism has cost him his career,” he said.”Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation, and retaliation, the president of the United States attempted to force LTC Vindman to choose: Between adhering to the law or pleasing a President. Between honoring his oath or protecting his career.”These are choices that no one in the United States should confront, especially one who has dedicated his life to serving it,” Pressman said. Topics : Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, tweeted her support for Vindman.”The President’s vindictiveness can’t erase the truth: history will remember Lt. Col. Vindman as an American patriot, who proved his heroism both on the battlefield when he earned a Purple Heart & in the House impeachment trial when he spoke truth to power,” she wrote.Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth — a combat veteran who is on the shortlist of candidates to be Joe Biden’s presidential running mate against Trump in the fall — said the resignation “puts the spotlight on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s failure to protect a decorated combat Veteran against a vindictive Commander in Chief.”She said she would continue to block Senate confirmation of 1,123 senior US Armed Forces promotions until Esper could give a “transparent accounting” of the situation.House intelligence chief Adam Schiff released a letter he sent to Vindman thanking him for his service.”You should not have been subjected to bullying and retaliation from this President. You should not have had to choose between your oath of office and your career. You followed your patriotic and legal duty to tell the truth,” the Democrat wrote.Vindman was present during the July 25, 2019 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.Vindman’s twin brother, a lawyer on the National Security Council, was not called to publicly testify but was also forced out of his White House position in February.John Bolton, who served as Trump’s National Security Advisor when Vindman was at the White House, told MSNBC television that his performance had been “exceptional.””I think he merited promotion,” said Bolton, who recently published a tell-all book about his time in the Trump White House that is harshly critical of the president.”And I’m sure that Congress is going to be very interested over the coming weeks as to exactly what factored into his decision,” he said.center_img Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who provided damning impeachment evidence against President Donald Trump, retired from the US Army on Wednesday after being subjected to a campaign of “bullying, intimidation and retaliation,” his attorney said.Vindman, 45, was fired from his position on the National Security Council at the White House in February, two days after Trump was acquitted by the Republican-majority Senate.He was up for promotion to full colonel, but his attorney, David Pressman, said in a statement that would clearly not be forthcoming.last_img read more

49ers Jimmy Garoppolo heading to famed QB coach

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/12/bang_5a95d343-6e13-482b-aab8-f1cdb5fcb4d2″]VIDEO: Garoppolo says he will work with famed throwing coach Tom HouseSANTA CLARA — Jimmy Garoppolo told reporters to have a good summer — or “H.A.G.S.” in school-yearbook parlance — after the 49ers went through their final offseason practice Wednesday.And now we know what Garoppolo will do with his summer: work in Southern California with famed throwing coach Tom House. Pleased with how his comeback …last_img read more

Dönerstag celebrations from around the world

first_imgLast week, nearly 40,000 geocachers around the world gathered to celebrate the unique geocaching holiday of Dönerstag. Events included feasts of döner kebab, cooking sausages over an open fire, a Signal the Frog® appearance, and of course, earning the Dönerstag souvenir!Many of you, nearly 900,000 in fact, also earned the new Germany country souvenir!We’ve rounded up Dönerstag photos from the tiny state of Rhode Island in the United States to the coast of Sweden, Dönerstag’s birthplace of Germany, and many places in between to show how Dönerstag is celebrated across the globe.Here are some of the wonderful things that happened around the world during this celebration!(Image by Kristen Silva) “Geocachers near Providence, Rhode Island met at a local German restaurant to celebrate!”(Image by Beth Katz) “Dönerstag Lunch in Millersville 2017. We had about 50 people attend in Millersville Freedom Memorial Park, Millersville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA.”(Image by TrickyMD) Signal in Germany celebrating Dönerstag!(Image by TrickyMD) Signal in Germany celebrating Dönerstag!(Image by herr_mattsson) “Geocaching event on Sturkö at Uttorps Böte [Sweden]”Share how you celebrated Dönerstag in the comments below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLes célébrations du Dönerstag tout autour du mondeApril 25, 2017In “Français”How to host a great Dönerstag eventMarch 14, 2017In “News”Celebraciones del Dönerstag alrededor del mundoApril 25, 2017In “Español”last_img read more

Volvo bets you’ll still want private, luxurious self-driving cars

first_imgBreak the Mold with Real-World Logistics AI and… Tags:#IoT#Lyft#self-driving cars#Uber#Volvo Donal Power For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A…center_img Related Posts While many experts predict the demise of individually owned autonomous cars, Volvo is hedging its bets on premium private self-driving vehicles.The Car and Driver blog featured an interesting discussion with Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson. In it he said Volvo sees a future in premium self-driving cars, with buyers willing to shell out $10,000 extra for fully autonomous functionality.This runs contrary to the views of many industry experts, including Lyft co-founder John Zimmer, who sees private car ownership vanishing within a decade.See also: Three reasons self-driving cars aren’t driving public supportThey anticipate it will be replaced with new technology that enables fleets of self-driving cars to operate more like public transit. And Volvo recent’s partnership with Uber indicates that it’s not completely ruling out ride-sharing models with self-driving cars.However, it still sees value in a luxury niche for private ownership.“I think you still need to have a car which is not just fulfilling the transportation demand, but giving customers emotional value—a premium car,” said Samuelsson. “To make a car even more premium is one of the most interesting things.”Not only is Volvo one of the few auto makers to indicate there’s a potential market for both self-driving shared cars and private vehicles.So…how much with autonomous cost me?It’s also one of the first to put a ballpark dollar figure on the premium luxury car owners are willing to pay for fully autonomous private vehicles.“Such functionality should, for sure, be something close to $10,000,” said Samuelsson. “At the end of the day, customers will have to decide how valuable it is, but this is something we believe makes a premium car very attractive, and it also, we believe, makes it more profitable.”He says Volvo is targeting the consumer who is willing to pay more to use their time more effectively. Such as for a motorist who, for example, was stuck in traffic jams for an hour each day.“That hour could be used for something much more interesting,” he said. “Telephone conferencing, reading something, having breakfast with the kids. That is something we think is very important for Volvo.” 5 Ways IoT can Help to Reduce Automatic Vehicle…last_img read more

London Olympics: Bronze medallist Gagan Narang gets a hero’s welcome in Pune

first_imgA sea of people, a bright red pheta and a flower bedecked chariot welcomed India’s Olympic hero Gagan Narang who kickstarted the medal rush for India at the London Olympics with a bronze. The ace shooter won a bronze on July 30 when he finished third in the 10m air rifle event at the Royal Artillery Barracks.Yesterday, he crashed out of the Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions qualifying round and returned to Pune, the city where he had trained for the past four years.The champion went directly to the Balewadi Sports Complex where he runs an academy called Gun for Glory that trains aspiring shooters. Dressed in a dark suit, he frequently flashed his medal as he beamed at the rousing welcome that the gathered crowds gave him.At Gun For Glory, where his students and supporters had gathered, Maharashtra state sports minister Padmakar Valvi felicitated Narang for winning his first ever medal at the Olympics.”The Maharashtra government congratulates him and we will soon organise a public function for his felicitation. The government will extend the lease of the academy for another five years in recognition of the good work that Narang has done,” he said.The minister further announced that the government would provide financial grant for ammunition and rifles for training aspiring shooters at the Academy that Narang founded a year ago.”We are sure that in the 2016 Olympics, he will succeed in winning and continue to keep the Indian flag flying high,” said Valvi, adding that 25 shooters of national and international standards had trained here with Narang.advertisementThe sports hero’s parents were also felicitated at the event. “It is a very proud moment for the country that he brought the medal and having trained at the Balewadi stadium range, he wanted to first come here and light a lamp.The country and Pune, in particular, are very proud of him,” said his father B S Narang. The crowd applauded as the Olympic hero flashed his bronze once again, saying, “This medal belongs to all of you; it belongs to the country.”Cradling it in his hand, the winner at several prestigious sports events across the world thanked all who had been a part of his journey-his family, coach, students at the Academy, fans on FaceBook who he “hadn’t been able to reply to” and friends who he “hadn’t been able to communicate with” over the last few  busy weeks.”Thank you for your appreciation of my efforts. It has not been easy; in fact, it’s been tough. Looking at your support, it’s now sinking in that I’ve won something big,” he said.Narang appealed to parents to encourage children to pursue their interest in sports and urged the state government to include sports in the study curriculum. “A sport teaches you a lot; I have learnt lot from people who didn’t believe in me, that’s where the motivation came from,” he said.Recalling his first visit to Balewadi in 2008, he said, “I first came here in 2008 and today, I am extremely happy to be here for my felicitation.”Stating that he was “surprised” to see the facilities that the Maharashtra government had provided at the Balewadi Sports Complex, he urged the state, along with Haryana, to be the “torchbearers for sports.”Ending his brief speech, Narang said, “I trained here for four years and winning an Olympic medal was very difficult. I came back here because this is where I had trained and this is where I want to train you all.”last_img read more

Tedesco pleased to see hard work pay off in Schalke win

first_imgSchalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco was pleased to see his side’s efforts rewarded with a 2-0 win over Galatasaray on TuesdayGoals from Guido Burgstaller and Mark Uth sealed the win for Schalke and gave them a four-point cushion over third place Galatasaray.With two games left in Group D, Schalke is now in a strong position to reach the knockout stages of the Champions League.And Tedesco credited the team’s preparations as key to Tuesday’s crucial win at the Veltins-Arena.“I am very happy for my team, as they work so hard,” Tedesco told the club website.“We have worked on scoring goals and creating chances a lot in training. We did some drills with the ice hockey goals, whereby the players had to score from crosses.“The main thing in training was ensuring that we were creating enough chances, something which I can directly influence.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“You must come up with simple plans to stop poor runs – just like ours at the start of this season.“I think you can start believing in yourself and relying on your teammates after more and more wins.”Following a poor start to their Bundesliga campaign, Schalke have now won their last three matches.“We are going in the right direction, winning games and have some real confidence now,” added Tedesco.“After our poor run, we have learnt not to drop off – not in training, or on the pitch, otherwise you will have no chance in the Bundesliga.”The Royal Blues will travel to Portugal to face-off with Group D leaders FC Porto in their next Champions League fixture on November 28.last_img read more

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