Trump authorises USA military to set troop levels in Afghanistan

Trump authorises USA military to set troop levels in Afghanistan

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Joseph Dunford and the Pentagon’s new comptroller, David Norquist – appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 defense budget. The administration has also requested about $29 billion for Energy Department defense and nuclear programs.

“Let’s not ask these families to sacrifice any further without a strategy”, McCain said.

Another priority for the new strategy would be to reduce Afghan casualties by “more effectively assisting” Afghan ground forces through increasing USA fire and air support, Dunford said. In the last ten years, Congress has passed 30 separate stopgap budget measures, he said.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blamed the inability of Congress to deliver an annual defense budget for what he called a shockingly poor state of combat readiness as the United States faces fierce rivals, including an “urgent and unsafe threat” from North Korea. “We are scrambling to put it together”. “We recognize the need for urgency, and your criticism is fair”.

Media reports have said Mattis is considering asking for 3,000 to 5,000 additional U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops, but the defence chief has said little on the matter.

A US senior defence official said that the decision concerning troop levels in Syria and Iraq was communicated via an internal policy memo on April 20.

Former US President Barack Obama had planned to reduce the current number of 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan to some 5,500 by the end of 2015 and withdraw all troops by the end of 2016 when his presidency came to an end. “And we will correct this as soon as possible”. “All I can tell you is that unless we get a strategy from you, you’re going to get a strategy from us“.

“I hope you understand that I am not criticizing you, but there are problems within this administration”, McCain said.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis delivers an opening statement on the first day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on 17 February 2017.

But, the senator added, “Congress owes the America people a strategy which will then lead to success in Afghanistan”. “It’s yours”, McCain said. We still haven’t got a strategy for Afghanistan. That could allow American advisers to work with Afghan troops below the corps level, potentially putting them closer to fighting, a U.S. official said.

Mattis scolded lawmakers on Capitol Hill for failing to pass military budgets and for imposing automatic spending cuts known as sequestration that have caused “severe” damage.

Mattis, known as Mad Dog from his time as a Marine General, said: ‘I retired from military service three months after sequestration took effect. “I don’t think that’s a helluva lot to ask”. But he rejected as “wild fantasy” a media report that the Pentagon might propose sending up to 50,000 additional troops.

“This assures the department can facilitate our missions and nimbly align our commitment to the situation on the ground”, he said of the new authority.

‘We have spent six years just getting by, asking more and more of those who serve, and putting off the choices that have to be made. “If we left the BCA levels, at least you could prioritize”, he said. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) offensive on Raqqa began last Monday, and the fighting is inside the city now.

Draghi: ECB will be cautious in adjusting stimulus effort

Draghi: ECB will be cautious in adjusting stimulus effort

“As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments – not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged”, Draghi told an ECB conference in Sintra, Portugal. “Unless an unexpected shock materialises, a formal tapering announcement is likely to come at the European Central Bank monetary policy meeting scheduled on 7 September”.

The dollar index fell 0.7 percent, with the euro up 1.03 percent to $1.1294.

The dollar also fell against the yen by 0.3% having increased earlier to a high of five weeks during Asian trading.

Investors were otherwise largely focused on a series of speeches by global central bank officials on Tuesday, including remarks from Mr. Draghi and Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Also due to speak on Tuesday was Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer. Shares of oil and gas producers rose, however, offsetting some of the declines elsewhere as US crude oil climbed 1% to $43.80 a barrel.

“In the third quarter we should draw (down stocks), but we are unsure about the fourth quarter as USA production is likely to have a year-end spurt”, Taylor said.

Wall Street staged a modest recovery approaching midday in NY, reversing an earlier weak trend.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index lost 0.70 percent and MSCI‘s gauge of stocks across the globe shed 0.02 percent. Wall Street looked poised for a slow start, with Dow futures down 0.1 percent and S&P futures 0.2 percent lower. Korea’s Kospi edged up 0.1% to another record close, while Japan’s Nikkei added 0.4% following an earlier decline in the yen against the dollar.

“He surprised the market with that upbeat stance”, said Tom di Galoma, a managing director at Seaport Global in NY.

This followed Yellen’s increasingly hawkish tone and the bank’s plan to wind down its bond-buying programme to suck excess cash out of financial markets.

The increase in European yields also put some downward pressure on Treasuries with USA 10-year rates edging above 2.16% which put some upward pressure on USD/JPY with a move to the 111.80 area with a firm tone in oil prices also providing support. That was the flattest level since late 2007. Shares of Alphabet dropped 1.1% after the European Union’s antitrust regulator fined Google EUR2.42 billion ($2.71 billion) for favoring its own comparison-shopping service in search results.

Bank shares advanced in Europe, however, with Italian lenders adding 1.2% after Italian authorities said Sunday they were prepared to spend as much as EUR17 billion ($19.03 billion) as part of the shutdown of two regional banks. The euro jumped above $1.1250, its highest level in almost two weeks. US gold futures gained 0.09 percent to $1,247.50 an ounce.

Minor NYC subway derailment causes outage, delays

Minor NYC subway derailment causes outage, delays

Three people were injured in an incident at a subway station that prompted multiple trains to be halted Tuesday morning, according to officials.

At least seven people are hurt after a subway derailed Tuesday in New York City, officials reported.

The cause of the accident, which occurred around 10 a.m., was not immediately clear and officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subways, were en route to the scene. He said there was white smoke and “there was a lot of banging around in that auto – it was really bad”. “It was quite a ride”. The MTA urged stranded riders on other trains not to get off their subways and to wait for directions from crew.

Photos posted to social media show passengers walking along the tracks in a dark subway tunnel, using their phone flashlights as a guide.

Two of the cars had entered the station when the train jumped the tracks, and some passengers were able to go right onto the platform. “One lady began having a panic attack, and most people had to use their shirts to not breathe in the smoke”. He said the station wasn’t smoky but there was a strong, acrid smell. In April, a power outage backed up trains around the city and closed a key Manhattan station for 12 hours. A report released earlier this month found that rush-hour cancellations and delays on the railroad are at the highest level in ten years.

Report finds 21% of state’s rural highways in poor shape

Report finds 21% of state’s rural highways in poor shape

“The TRIP report sheds light on the importance of safety on rural roads and the need for improved infrastructure for future economic vitality”, said Joyce Waugh, president and CEO of the Roanoke Regional Chamber.

“The TRIP report finds that the US needs to implement transportation improvements that will improve rural transportation connectivity, safety and conditions to provide the nation’s small communities and rural areas with safe and efficient access to support quality of life and enhance economic productivity”, the report stated.

SC was ranked the highest for rural road fatalities. In Oklahoma, significant deficiencies to rural roads and bridges were included in the report.

According to a national transportation research group called TRIP, South Dakota was rated in the top 25 for structurally deficient rural bridges and rural roads in poor conditions. North Carolina ranks 8th in the report on rural road fatalities.

The report also claims 20 percent of rural pavements are in poor condition, and 24 percent are in mediocre condition.

“When people hear the word “rural”, they often think of secondary roads, but most of the traffic is actually on rural primaries and Interstates”. They found that improvements are desperately needed to address deficient roads and bridges, high crash rates, and inadequate connectivity and capacity.

“There’s no doubt ODOT does all it can to prioritize and stretch the dollars it’s allocated and while the state has experienced serious budget deficits recently due to the low price of oil, the need for increased money for roads and bridges has never been more urgent”. SC ranks highest for fatalities per 100M VMT on rural roads while Colorado ranks the lowest.

Trump hosts Modi for first meeting

Trump hosts Modi for first meeting

United States President Donald Trump gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi a guided tour of his residence in the White House, including the Lincoln bedroom on Monday.

Nor did Modi mention immigration issues amid speculation that the Trump administration could cut H-1B visas for high-tech workers, visas that have benefited India.

However, contrary to widespread expectation, the joint statement, which was issued post Modi’s meeting with Trump and other senior USA officials, had no mention of the issues pertaining to the temporary work visas H1B that has rattled the Indian IT industry.

During the delegation-level meeting, the two leaders touched upon various topics ranging from purchase of military equipment to the bilateral relations between the two nations.

While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies have got off to rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, with the pair exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters.

“The relationship between India has never been better and stronger”, Trump added.

Modi lavished praise on Trump and his family – including first lady Melania Trump, who had joined the president in greeting Modi’s arrival on the South Lawn, and daughter Ivanka Trump, whom Modi said would lead the USA delegation to a global entrepreneur’s summit in India.

“I am here to speak for the Indian church”, said Bishop John Lutembeak, a missionary in India, “The Indians who are being persecuted by Prime Minister Mohdi, by a group of radical Hindus”.

Modi is likely to have presented Trump with an original commemorative postal stamp that was issued by India 52 years ago in 1965 on the death centenary of Abraham Lincoln.

The Prime Minister said that trade, commerce and investment were key areas of cooperation between the two sides. India is also purchasing $365 million worth of military transport aircraft with another $2 billion sale of USA made unarmed drones to be finalized soon.

President Trump also said that both the countries will work towards eradicating radical Islamic terrorism.

During the joint press briefing, President Trump also showered praise on PM Modi for his leadership skills. Trump extended a warm welcome to Prime Minister Modi even as he, along with First Lady Melania, received him at the White House earlier in the day.

Modi and Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists.

“We re here today basically to raise awareness of the human rights violations that are happening with India”, Jatinder Grewal, Director of Sikhs for Justice told CBN News.

“The security partnership between the USA and India is incredibly important”.

The designation of Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist marks a diplomatic victory for India, which has been battling a decades-long insurgency by separatist groups in Kashmir, a Himalayan region divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in full by both.

“It is important that barriers be removed to the export of U.S. goods into your markets, and that we reduce our trade deficit with your country”, he stated.

In the Rose Garden, several television reporters, seated behind three rows of Trump aides, including Ivanka Trump and Vice President Pence, shouted questions to the president about the health-care bill.

“If this is not a major outcome of PM’s visit to the USA for the Congress Party, this is a clear evidence of disorientation that this party is suffering from with its growing irrelevance and mounting frustration”, he added.

White House forgoes Iftar for first time in two decades

White House forgoes Iftar for first time in two decades

“On this year’s Eid, I wish for the continued joy in the upcoming years because I had to face problems after the natural disaster of 2015 and the condition has eased this year and I prayed for the coming days like of now”, Arwaj Alam a teenage prayer in the Jame Masjid said.

It read: “Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity”.

“The community spirit I felt at Ramadan food banks in Montreal and Toronto reminds us all – no matter our backgrounds, we’re in this together”, he writes, spreading an important message of inclusivity.

“Upon the arrival of a new crescent moon, Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Eid al-Fitr in the United States and around the globe”. This is odd as well because USA secretaries of state have been hosting Iftar dinners every year since 1999. It was reinitiated by Hillary Clinton when she was the First Lady in 1996.

Governor Justice (Rtd) P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and opposition leader in the assembly Ramesh Chennithala extended Eid-ul-fitr greetings to Muslims across the state.

The “Eid Mubarak” message came from Donald and Melania Trump.

The dinners are typically attended by the president and his family, members of Congress, state dignitaries and prominent members of the Muslim community. And the list keeps on growing, with the latest addition being turning a major blind eye towards the White House’s decades-old Eid-al-Fitr iftar tradition. People all around the world are celebrating the festival with zeal and enthusiasm.

The president did issue an empty statement as a hollow gesture to celebrate the end of Ramadan. He mentioned about the United Kingdom terror attacks in the statement, which was strongly criticized by many in the Muslim community. “Such acts only steel our resolve to defeat the terrorists and their perverted ideology”.

WWE comments on LaMelo Ball using racial slur during ‘Raw’

WWE comments on LaMelo Ball using racial slur during ‘Raw’

LaVar appeared on the show with his sons Lonzo and LaMelo for a segment on “Miz TV” with The Miz when all hell broke loose. That was the end of Lonzo’s participation in the segment. He got in a heated confrontation with WWE wrestler The Miz, and took his shirt off to cheers from the crowd. It’s unlikely the Ball family will be back on WWE TV for some time.

LaVar then introduced Lonzo, who came down to cheers.

It didn’t take long for the WWE to respond.

It turned out that having LaVar Ball on RAW wasn’t the dumbest idea that the WWE had Monday night.

During the segment, LaMelo Ball twice used a racial slur that was broadcast over the air.

According to Houston Mitchell of the Los Angeles Times, LaMelo yelled, “Beat that n–r”, during a segment involving Intercontinental champion The Miz and Dean Ambrose.

The Ball crew did a much less scripted interview after their appearance, talking about how it all went down.

LaVar Ball, the National Basketball Association dad who was made for the WWE, appeared on Monday Night Raw at the Staples Center and did not disappoint. Just a hunch, but it probably will be their last.

More health problems reported from cosmetic products – Erie News Now | WICU & WSEE

More health problems reported from cosmetic products – Erie News Now | WICU & WSEE

Reports of adverse events associated with cosmetics and personal care products sold in the United States more than doubled a year ago, due in large part to complaints about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, a new study suggests.

Hair care products, skin care products and tattoos were most commonly reported as the source of problems, according to the analysis by Xu and colleagues at Northwestern, which was in JAMA Internal Medicine. There were total of 5,144 adverse events and an average of 396 events per year before 2015.

Complaints more than doubled between 2015 and 2016, rising from 706 to 1,591 reported adverse events.

Results also reveal that numerous reports come against a specific product WEN by Chaz Dean hair care products. Product classes with higher than average reports of serious health outcomes included baby (51.8%; 95% CI, 44.2-59.3), unclassified (50.2%; 95% CI, 44.1-56.3), personal cleanliness (47.1%; 95% CI, 41.2-53.2), hair care (43.9%; 95% CI, 41.7-46.2), and hair coloring products (40.5%; 95% CI, 35-46.1).

“On the other hand, there are chemicals that might, if we use them every day over a long period of time, have small, long-term impacts on our health”, said Harley, who conducts research on the effects of chemical hormone disruptors in cosmetics but was not affiliated with the new study. “It’s concerning when 21,000 people complained to the manufacturer, and the FDA received only 127 of those due to poor reporting from the manufacturer”. However, under current regulations, the companies are not required to report these complaints to the FDA. While the law does not provide more investment to the National Toxicology Program for more rigorous scientific testing, the legislation is good first step to protecting consumers, the authors conclude.

Many cosmetic products entice consumers with active ingredients that will plump, lengthen and boost. In 2014, the FDA began investigating this product. “It’s harder for the FDA to get harmful cosmetics off the shelves”. However, that increase followed an FDA public appeal asking consumers and dermatologists to report health problems related to WEN, Xu said.

“The lack of high-quality data leads to reactionary responses by the FDA subject to consumer pressure as evidenced by the WEN conditioners controversy”, the researchers note, adding that better cosmetic surveillance of cosmetic products “is needed given their ubiquity and lack of a premarket approval pathway”. He suspects many events are not reported by consumers or doctors.

“For cosmetics – and for dietary supplements – the FDA’s oversight authority remains stuck at the levels established in 1938, almost 80 years ago”, Califf said in an editorial accompanying the study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Once these personal care products become available for sale to the consumers, few systems are also in place to monitor their safety.

“If this was a drug, the story would be much different in regards to regulatory action”, Xu said. “At the very worst, there are actual drug components in these products that can cause real harm”. Therefore, if a customer experiences a rash, irritation, hair loss, nausea, or any other unpleasant events, it can report to the FDA and only then will the organization see if the product is safe.

MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings (MTSI) Earning Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows

MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings (MTSI) Earning Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Shows

The company has market cap of $372.90 million. The SI to Legacy Reserves LP Rep Limited Partn’s float is 1.76%. It has underperformed by 16.70% the S&P500. Blackrock reported 0% stake. The Janus Capital Management Llc holds 992,641 shares with $176.39M value, up from 924,210 last quarter. M/A now has $3.97 billion valuation. The last session’s volume of 1.32 million shares was higher than its average volume of 1.04 million shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.63 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.05, from 0.85 in 2016Q3. It is negative, as 68 investors sold SPG shares while 231 reduced holdings. (NasdaqGS:CROX) is -0.009327. This percentage is calculated by adding the dividend yield plus the percentage of shares repurchased. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 64,506 shares in the company, valued at $3,627,817.44. Fifth Third Commercial Bank holds 0% or 2,062 shares. Nordea Inv stated it has 27,597 shares. Goldman Sachs Gp Inc holds 0% or 10,806 shares in its portfolio. Fortaleza Asset Management holds 4,425 shares or 0.43% of its portfolio. Schroder accumulated 1.36M shares. Invesco Limited holds 1.02M shares. Kennedy Capital Mngmt Incorporated invested in 0.43% or 531,430 shares. Walleye Trading Ltd Liability Com stated it has 45 shares. The company has market cap of $7.19 million. The Firm focuses on the development of therapeutics for diseases of complement dysregulation and a range of orphan indications. It now has negative earnings. The C-Score assists investors in assessing the likelihood of a company cheating in the books.

Among 11 analysts covering Legacy Reserves (NASDAQ:LGCY), 0 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 6 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings had 19 analyst reports since July 29, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Schroder Investment Grp owns 488,800 shares or 0.04% of their United States portfolio. Craig Hallum initiated the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, January 11 report. Credit Suisse Ag reported 41,365 shares. The rating was downgraded by Zacks to “Hold” on Thursday, August 20. The rating was maintained by Needham on Monday, June 26 with “Buy”. The stock of Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) earned “Neutral” rating by Atlantic Securities on Thursday, May 11. RBC Capital Markets has “Outperform” rating and $140 target.

Since March 28, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 0 insider sales for $232,400 activity. BLAND CHARLES R had sold 250 shares worth $12,138. Brown Cary D sold 93,146 shares worth $952,884. It also upped Tyler Technology Inc. Akorn Incorporated (NASDAQ:AKRX) was raised too. Therefore 75% are positive.

More notable recent MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) news were published by: which released: “Why MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc”. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, January 27 report. Morgan Stanley has “Overweight” rating and $165 target. The stock of Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD) has “Buy” rating given on Wednesday, November 18 by UBS. The firm has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, September 20 by Goldman Sachs. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Wednesday, January 27 with “Buy”. Paloma Prtn Mgmt has invested 0% of its portfolio in MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI). Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. bought a new position in MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings during the first quarter valued at $242,000.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.07 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.12, from 1 in 2016Q3. It improved, as 25 investors sold MTSI shares while 57 reduced holdings. 30 funds opened positions while 58 raised stakes. Moreover, Silvercrest Asset Ltd Liability has 0.96% invested in MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI). Essex Invest Limited Liability Co stated it has 0.21% of its portfolio in MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI). Us Bank & Trust De invested in 6,077 shares. Aureus Asset owns 271,215 shares. Shellback Cap Lp holds 0.38% or 80,000 shares.

Stock research firms now have a positive stance on shares of Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. 2,000 MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) shares with value of $92,278 were sold by Croteau John.

Pacad Investment Ltd decreased Xcel Energy Inc (NYSE:XEL) stake by 19,146 shares to 16,904 valued at $688,000 in 2016Q4. Roberts Glore And Inc Il invested in 3,064 shares. Essex Inv Management Comm Limited Com invested in 27,522 shares or 0.21% of the stock. Cramer Rosenthal Mcglynn Limited holds 1.40 million shares. The New York-based New York State Common Retirement Fund has invested 0% in MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI). Loomis Sayles Ltd Partnership reported 124,252 shares. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.34, for a total transaction of $17,173,330.00. MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:MTSI) has risen 62.84% since June 26, 2016 and is uptrending. The insider Virk Preetinder S. sold $811,766. 10,750 shares were sold by Kennedy John Francis, worth $610,063. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.35, for a total transaction of $59,350.00. On Thursday, February 2 the insider CHUNG PETER Y sold $55.94 million. ABU-GHAZALEH MOHAMMAD also sold $2.91M worth of First Derivatives plc (LON:FDP) shares.

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