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

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 7:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed Arsenal’s move for Houssem Aouar (Picture: Canal+)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar to complete a move to the Emirates before the transfer window closes.The 22-year-old is rated as one of the finest talents in Europe and he’s believed to be keen on a move to north London.However, Arsenal have had two bids for the midfielder rejected by Lyon as the offers have fallen short of the Ligue 1 club’s £44million asking price.With just over a week left in until the transfer window closes, Arsenal are expected to submit a third bid for the France international and Lyon are under increasing pressure to sell after failing to qualify for the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Aubameyang has sent a clear message to the Frenchman that he would like to see him join the club in the next week. Arsenal have submitted two bids for Aouar (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang committed his own future to the club earlier this month and the Gabon international has sent a clear message to the Frenchman that he would like to see him join the club in the next eight days.Asked if he would like the club to sign Aouar, Aubameyang told Canal+: ‘Of course I am in favour [of signing him]. ‘He would add quality. Let’s see what happens.‘I cannot hide that, even if he is with Lyon.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang couldn’t help but laugh at the line of questioning, clearly aware of how much speculation there has been over the Gunners’ interest in the playmaker.The 31-year-old is keen to see the club strengthen this summer after signing a new three-year deal.Aubameyang thought about leaving the club before he was persuaded to stay by Mikel Arteta but the Gabonese wants the club to fulfill their promise of strengthening in the transfer market.The Gunners captain took a dig at the club’s board on Twitter on Saturday night by ‘liking’ a tweet which suggested the striker deserved better than the team-mates he had around him at the Emirates.The post which was originally written in French read: ‘He’s been so deserving of a team of the calibre of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool, etc … not Arsenal for years.’MORE: Houssem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Clean energy investment needs policy clarity on carbon price, say MPs

first_imgNick Stansbury, fund manager at Legal & General Investment Management, said a trajectory towards clear rising carbon prices was “exactly what investors need to see” in many countries around the world.“Ministers must urgently plug this policy gap and publish a delivery plan to secure the investment needed”Environmental Audit Committee“It would be much better if it could be global and coordinated,” he told IPE. “If it can’t be global and coordinated then let’s have it on a regional level, but we need to see that trajectory and that certainty around the end destination so that capital markets can start discounting carbon risk into the price of securities today.”The select committee, whose remit cuts across government, said the government’s ‘Clean Growth’ strategy would not allow the country to meet its carbon reduction goals.“Ministers must urgently plug this policy gap and publish a delivery plan to secure the investment needed to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets,” it said.A series of sudden changes to low-carbon energy policy in 2015 had undermined investor confidence and contributed to an apparent dip in investment since then, according to the EAC.The members of parliament urged the government to promptly respond to recommendations made by the Green Finance Taskforce and provide greater clarity on how it intended to deliver its strategy by the budget announcement in the autumn.The politicians also lent qualified support to green bonds, saying that if they made additional capital available for low-carbon or sustainable projects they could have “transformational public benefits”.“We can therefore see a case for incentives to encourage financial institutions and owners of UK assets to issue green bonds, but only once clearly defined standards are in place,” they said.It was crucial that investors and policy makers be able to have confidence in green bonds, the committee said. Government ministers should therefore set out a timetable for introducing “authoritative standards” on products such as green bonds.It would make sense for the UK’s efforts to “cohere” with steps being taken at the EU-level under the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan, the MPs added.The UK issuing a sovereign green bond could also be beneficial and something the government should explore from the perspective of its Clean Growth Strategy, according to the committee.As part of its inquiry into green finance, the EAC has questioned the 25 largest UK pension funds about their approach to climate change and urged the government to use its powers to require the country’s pensions and financial regulators to produce climate adaptation reports in respect of their public functions. The UK government should consider extending carbon pricing to cover the whole economy, a group of parliamentarians has argued.Carbon pricing had been “extremely effective” at driving investment away from carbon-intensive forms of generating electricity, they said, and they had heard evidence that it could be effective in driving decarbonisation in other sectors of the economy.“Long-term clarity about the future level of that price would allow businesses and investors to plan for the transition to a low-carbon economy,” said the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) in a report, ‘Green finance: mobilising investment in clean energy and sustainable development’.Ministers should set out a trajectory to gradually increase the carbon price to continue driving investment away from fossil fuel-based electricity generation, the parliamentarians said.last_img read more

Jamaica Joins Worldwide #BlackLivesMatter Protests

first_imgIn the vicinity of the Emanicaption park in Kingston, a second protest also took place. Residents blasted “Murderer” by Buju Banton over and over as they lined the sidewalk with #BlackLivesMatter signs. He noted that the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation. The four individuals were later joined by United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia, who has endorsed peaceful protesting. According to the Jamaica Observer, Tapia’s presence seemed to surprise the protestors, whose numbers increased when residents of the Standpipe community, which is located across the road from the embassy, heard he was there and decided to join him. The Prime Minister said he assured Mr. Stephens that “in no way, shape or form, will there be any attempt to cover up [and] that we will seek to have justice done in this matter”. On June 4, a small group of Jamaicans gathered outside of the United States embassy to protest police brutality, both internationally and locally. While the protesters expressed their outrage over the police killing of black American George Floyd, they also cited Susan Bogle, the 44-year-old disabled woman killed by a soldier in August Town, St Andrew last week. During a virtual press briefing on May 31), Holness said he had reached out to Ms. Bogle’s son, Omari Stephens, to offer his deepest condolences and was moved by Mr. Stephen’s sentiment that he did not want his mother’s death “to go in vain or to be ignored”. Jamaica has joined the long list of countries that have demonstrated their solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement by protesting. In the meantime, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has assured that justice will be served for Susan Bogle. On June 6, a larger and much more diverse crowd gathered outside of the embassy, with signs that read, “Black Lives Matter”, “Justice for Susan Bogle” and “White Silence is violence”. Black and white residents alike joined the protest. last_img read more

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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 restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Kindergarten registration packets will be available at Lowell Joint School District sites beginning April 3, and special days have been designated at each school for these prospective students and their parents. The designated kindergarten days at each site are as follows: El Portal Elementary, May 15 and 17; Jordan Elementary, May 16 and 24; Macy Elementary, May 18 and 22; Meadow Green Elementary, May 23 and 24; and Olita Elementary, May 11 and 12. Appointments for kindergarten registration can be made by calling the local schools. Eligible kindergartners must live in the district, and it is recommended they be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. However, the legal age for enrollment is 5 years old on or before Dec. 1. Parents must show proof of age through a birth or baptismal certificate. A complete immunization record is also required, as well as the results of a tuberculin skin test with the date given and the date the results were read. For more information, call the individual school or the district at (562) 943-0211. Students raise $2,350 for charity NORWALK – The Associated Student Body at Lakeside Middle School collected more than $2,350 over three weeks in February for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation’s “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser. For more information, call (562) 868-9422. Oratorical Contest slated Tuesday WHITTIER – The public is invited to attend the annual Oratorical Contest sponsored by the Whittier Optimist Club, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 200-B at the Sierra Education Center, 9401 S. Painter Ave. The theme of the contest, open to local high school students, is “My future is bright because …” For more information, call Sandy George at (562) 946-4631. Forum scheduled on war in Iraq NORWALK – A forum called “Iraq, the Uncivil War,” will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilford Michael Library Teleconference Center at Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd. The forum will be led by Cerritos professor John Haas, joining several academic sites worldwide via videoconference through a partnership called the Global Consortium. Sites joining the forum by videoconference include universities in Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. It will also be broadcast via closed-circuit television at other community colleges throughout California. Cerritos College employee and Marine reservist Eric Duane will participate and answer audience questions remotely from Iraq. The forum is free. For more information, call Sally Greer at (562) 860-2451, Ext. 2517. Ortiz joins NCLB commission Cal Poly Pomona President J. Michael Ortiz has been named to the bipartisan independent Commission on No Child Left Behind. Congress is scheduled to begin reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2007. Over the next 12 to 18 months, the commission will strive to conduct a high level, independent and bipartisan analysis of No Child Left Behind. If you have an event or notice deserving attention, write us! Send your notice to Tracy Garcia, education reporter, at 7612 Greenleaf Ave., Whittier, CA 90602. You may call the office at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or send e-mail to [email protected]last_img read more