WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the Trump administration would brief congressional staff on Friday about the U.S. military strike against Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and that it would likely conduct a classified briefing for all senators early next week.
“This terrorist mastermind was not just a threat to the United States and Israel. For more than a decade, he masterminded Iran’s malevolent and destabilizing work throughout the entire Middle East,” McConnell said on the Senate floor as he urged senators to withhold judgment on the operation until they had received the facts. (Reporting by Tim Ahmann \Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
TRIPOLI — A boat with more than 50 people on board has capsized off the Libyan coast, the United Nations said on Saturday, the latest accident involving migrants trying to reach Europe.
The exact location of the accident remains unclear, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said on Twitter. A spokesman for Libya’s coastguard said a patrol boat had been dispatched, without providing any further information.
Libya is one of the main departure points for African migrants fleeing poverty and war to reach Italy by boat, but many are intercepted at sea and brought back by the Libyan coast guard, with the approval of the European Union.
Thousands are held in government-run detention centers in what human rights groups and the United Nations say are often inhuman conditions. (Reporting by Ulf Laessing and Ahmed Elumami Editing by Gareth Jones )
A Scottish judge refused to block Boris Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament, dealing a blow to lawmakers who argued that there isn’t enough time to thwart a no-deal Brexit.
Judge Raymond Doherty in Edinburgh held off granting an emergency injunction against the prime minister’s plan, saying that there is time to hold more hearings on the issue next week. He decided not to make any findings on the merits of the lawmakers’ overall case.
The ruling postpones a battle over the suspension of Parliament, rather than stopping altogether the attempt by more than 70 lawmakers to keep the legislature sitting. A full hearing in the case was moved up to Sept. 3.
Doherty said that while he isn’t satisfied there’s a “cogent need” for an interim injunction against Parliament’s suspension, it’s “in the interest of justice that this proceeds sooner rather than later.”
The group of lawmakers had argued that the government’s advice to the Queen to suspend Parliament for as long as five weeks was unconstitutional because it curtailed debate in Westminster.
“This verdict means a full hearing has been fast-tracked to next week, which is now the most important week in modern British history,” Ian Murray, one of the lawmakers involved in the case, said in a statement.
The case will likely end up in front of the U.K. Supreme Court in London, which may have to cut its traditional summer break to review the matter.
It’s one of three lawsuits seeking to stop Johnson’s plan to suspend Parliament. A Belfast court on Friday also put off a decision on whether to issue an injunction until next week. The judge wanted to give more time for the situation in Westminster to develop before addressing the question of the injunction.
A separate London case is scheduled to get an initial review Thursday. Former Prime Minister John Major joined the London lawsuit, which is being led by Brexit opponent Gina Miller.
View of workers setting up the second wall in the Mexico-US border, on June 18, 2019, in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. (Photo by AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP/Getty Images)
The Trump administration is preparing to take money from military construction funds more than six months after first promising to do so in order to build sections of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to multiple administration and defense officials.
Though it’s unclear which military construction would be put on hold, the move could put at risk projects such as command and control, drone, cyber and training facilities in the U.S. and overseas.
White House officials have held talks in the last weeks to begin planning for the move, two administration officials said, which would shift funds from the Department of Defense’s military construction budget to fund the border wall. The move would rely on President Donald Trump’s February emergency declaration, which has faced stiff legal challenges.
In July, however, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in counter-drug funding from the Department of Defense to construct parts of the wall while a court battle plays out over whether the government had the authority to divert funds that were not appropriated for the wall.
The use of these additional military construction funds could invite a new legal challenge.
Administration officials said the action was in the works but that it was unclear when the Pentagon would officially begin shifting the funds.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Defense officials have told CNN that the tapping of military construction funds has been undergoing a lengthy legal review by the Department of Defense and it is unclear whether this process has been completed, something that has to occur before Secretary of Defense Mark Esper can sign off on their use, a move that is bound to draw opposition from some members of Congress and court challenges.
In order to repurpose the funds, the defense secretary has to certify that the new project they are funding is supporting US military operations.
On August 22, construction began for approximately 124 miles of border wall system, using $2.5 billion from a different pot of Defense Department funding. That wall — which will be in the El Paso, El Centro and Tucson regions — will replace dilapidated or outdated barriers, according to Customs and Border Protection.
As of August, no new miles of wall have been built, only replacement of old barriers and vehicle barriers. The administration argues the replacement construction has provided a new capability.
An additional approximately 5 miles is anticipated to start construction in September 2019.
Additionally, “since April 2018, the Department of Defense has obligated approximately $450 million for Active Duty and National Guard deployments to the southwest border in support of the Department of Homeland Security,” the Pentagon said in a statement to CNN on Thursday, money that has paid for the thousands of troops deployed in support of the border.
The President has held regular meetings with aides demanding to know why more hasn’t been done on the wall. He recently told aides he would pardon them if they committed illegal acts while fulfilling his demand to build a wall on the southern border by 2020, two officials confirmed to CNN. The Washington Post first reported the pardon comments.
Officials had previously told CNN that they intended to tap the military construction funds only after contracting border wall construction using other pots of money at the administration’s disposal, including Treasury asset forfeiture funds, Pentagon counter-drug funds and money appropriated by Congress.
Trump announced his intention to shift $3.6 billion in military construction funds toward building border wall in February. It is unclear if the Defense Department will commit the full amount immediately, especially as the move is likely to draw a legal challenge.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Thursday that U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan were being reduced to 8,600 but that American forces would remain in the country even if Washington reaches an agreement with the Taliban to end the 18-year war.
“Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News radio. “We’re going to keep a presence there. We’re reducing that presence very substantially and we’re going to always have a presence. We’re going to have high intelligence.”
Trump said the U.S. force level in Afghanistan was being reduced to 8,600 “and then we make a determination from there as to what happens.” Some 14,000 U.S. service members are currently in Afghanistan, among whom about 5,000 are dedicated to counterinsurgency operations.
The Taliban said on Wednesday it was close to a “final agreement” with U.S. officials on a deal that would see U.S. forces withdraw from Afghanistan in exchange for a pledge that the country would not become a haven for other Islamist militant groups.
“We hope to have good news soon for our Muslim, independence-seeking nation,” Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Taliban’s political office in Doha said.
Both U.S. and Taliban negotiators have reported progress in their talks in recent weeks, raising the prospect of an end to the conflict. Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. special representative for peace in Afghanistan, was due to travel from Doha to Kabul this week for a meeting with Afghan leaders.
The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 and ousted its Taliban leaders after they refused to hand over members of the al Qaeda militant group behind the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Trump has long called for an end to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan, writing on Twitter seven years ago that the war was “a complete waste” and six years ago that “we should leave Afghanistan immediately.”
Since becoming president in January 2017, he has repeatedly said he could end the Afghanistan war quickly if he didn’t mind killing millions of people, a claim he repeated in the interview with Fox News radio.
“We could win that war so fast if I wanted to kill 10 million people … which I don’t. I’m not looking to kill a big portion of that country,” Trump said.
He denied the United States was acting too quickly by reducing troop levels, something he criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for doing in Iraq.
“We have to watch Afghanistan, but we’re bringing it down,” he said.
Trump warned that any attack on the United States again from Afghan territory would bring a massive response.
“We will come back with a force like they’ve never seen before,” Trump told Fox News radio.
On Wednesday, the top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, told reporters that it was too early to talk about the future of U.S. counterterrorism troops in Afghanistan.
“I honestly think it’s premature to talk about what our counterterrorism presence in Afghanistan may or may not be without a better appreciation for what will the conditions (be),” said Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
He said that in the current security environment, local Afghan security forces needed U.S. support to deal with the violence.
“If an agreement happens in the future, if the security environment changes, then obviously our posture may adjust,” Dunford said. (Reporting by David Alexander Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Jonathan Oatis)
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Sympathy is the feeling of pity or sorrow for someone else’s misfortune. Do not confuse the two, as having sympathy in a situation which requires empathy can turn out to be an awkward situation.
In this day and age, genuine empathy is difficult to come by; selfishness,lonelinessand a competitive society are driving more focus on the self. We are becoming more disconnected by focusing more attention on our issues, rather than showing more concern and care for others.
You will actually like yourself more by being empathetic towards others’ feelings. It feels good to take away attention from “me” and redirect it onto “you.”By listening a little more to what others have to say, you are acting at a higher maturity level, providing you with a sense of calmness and dignity.
By being empathetic towards others, you are reassuring them that someone is listening and caring about what they have to say. The act of listening can go a long way to helping someone with their disappointments, feelings of inadequacy, depressive and anxious states and evensuicidal thoughts.
So how do you become empathic? Open your heart and realize that there is more to this world than just “me.” Find a soft spot in your heart that is willing to absorb the concerns of others, without taking it personally. Be willing to understand and relate to somebody else’sstories of pain and suffering; show them that you are human too!
At all costs, avoid superficiality and empty responses; they do nothing to help others feel listened to. Do not offer false praise or hope; this provides misdirection and misguidance. Being empathetic is based on honesty, connection and understanding. It’s taking away attention from “me” and delivering genuine and selfless attention to “you.”
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President Donald Trump has hit back at China by announcing new higher tariffs on imports – escalating a mounting trade war between the two nations.
In a series of tweets on Friday, Mr Trump announced an additional tariff increase of 5% on imports from China.
The move came hours after the president hit out at Chinese plans to hit $75bn (£61bn) of US goods with duties.
Mr Trump described their action as “politically motivated” and has accused them of “taking advantage” of the US.
“Sadly, past administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of fair and balanced trade that it has become a great burden to the American taxpayer,” Mr Trump tweeted. “As president, I can no longer allow this to happen!”
Mr Trump has also said he had “hereby ordered” American companies to look for alternatives to China,and suggested they make products in the US instead.
His furious reaction came after Beijing announced new tariffs on US goods.
China unveiled plans to increase duties between 5% and 10% on more than 5,000 US products including agricultural goods, aircraft and crude oil. It will also reimpose a suspended 25% duty on US car imports.
The new tariffs, set to affect about $75bn of US goods, will be imposed in two stages on 1 September and 15 December.
What has Trump announced?
In a series of Friday evening tweets, Mr Trump said the US would raise its tariffs on $250bn of Chinese imports from 25% to 30% starting on 1 October.
He also said planned tariffs on $300bn of other Chinese goods will now be 15% instead of 10%.
President Trump unveiled the 10% tariff plan on 1 August – blaming China for not following through on promises to buy more American agricultural products.
Those tariffs, imposed on items like electronics and clothing, were expected to be introduced at the beginning of September but some have been delayed until mid-December to avoid hitting US Christmas shoppers.
The latest developments in the trade war have sent global financial markets tumbling.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 620 points, or 2.4%, on Friday while London’s FTSE 100 and the German DAX also turned negative.
On Friday Mr Trump turned his fire against the head of the US central bank, Jerome Powell, after he spoke out about the economic risks of a trade war.
In a tweet, the president went as far to question whether Federal Reserve chairman was a greater “enemy” than China’s leader Xi Jinping.
The record number of forest fires in the Amazon features on many of the front pages of Saturday’s newspapers.
“World demands Brazil acts as Amazon burns,” is the headline of the Guardian.
The paper’s comment section believes French President Emmanuel Macron is right to be making the issue of the wildfires a priority at the G7 summit in Biarritz – but it’s pessimistic that meaningful action will be taken.
For that to happen, it believes Mr Macron would need what it calls a “buy-in” from President Trump. It concludes that “he is not going to get it from the world’s most powerful climate science denier”.
The comment section of the i newspaper asks what people in the UK who are angered by the situation in Brazil can actually do about it.
A boycott of Amazon beef is not necessarily realistic, it believes, because the government is considering introducing non-tariff quotas of Brazilian meat, as a possible way of maintaining supplies after Brexit.
Johnson’s G7 debut
The Daily Telegraph says the prime minister will tell the US president, at the G7 summit this weekend, that any post-Brexit trade deal won’t involve giving American companies carte blanche access to the NHS, or easing animal welfare standards.
“It’s the age-old problem,” says the paper’s leader. “Trying to do business with America, while acknowledging disagreement with a particular administration.”
But it believes the two men “ought to get on famously”.
Its opinion column says: “There is minimal prospect that, however hard he tried to use charm, Mr Johnson can prepare the ground for a successful bilateral trade deal with the US after Brexit.”
And it points out that no British prime minister has succeeded in acting as a diplomatic bridge between the White House and other allies.
The opinion column in the Daily Mail sets the scene for what it calls “a high-stakes game for Boris the gambler”.
It describes Biarritz as the chic seaside resort which was “once the playground of the English upper classes – who flocked to its famed casino to try their luck”.
The Mail believes that, whether or not the gamble pays off, “at least there’s a sense that someone is at least injecting some urgency into the previously moribund Brexit debate”.
A group of 25 former senior UK diplomats, including several who were ambassadors, have written to the Times, warning against a no-deal Brexit.
Their letter argues that leaving the EU without an agreement would represent “the biggest unilateral abandonment” of British interests in modern history.
It urges Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “signal a different approach” at the G7 meeting.
Concerns are expressed in the Financial Timesthat an iPhone app to help EU citizens in the UK secure residency rights after Brexit will not be ready by the end of October, when Britain is due to leave.
The uncertainty, it says, potentially affects hundreds of thousands of people, who will either have to use the Android app or make a postal application.
‘Ashes to ashes’
Most of the back pages go for the jugular when it comes to England’s batting collapse, in the third test at Headingley yesterday.
The Sun’s headline is “Ashes up in smoke”. “Sixty-seven all out, pathetic, mindless, abysmal” is the verdict.
“Well,” he answers, “England could inadvertently have raised the dead perhaps, or unearthed a long-buried curse.” But in cricket terms, he concludes, it couldn’t.
The Guardian considers why the isolated Scottish Highlands village of Gairloch has the highest driving test success rate in the country.
More than 86% of candidates pass – compared with a national average of just under 46%.
“An easy ride?” the paper asks – pointing out that “there are no proper roundabouts… and traffic lights are few and far between”.
But there is another possible explanation – the talents of the local driving instructor, Kenny Tallach. “I don’t teach people to pass their tests,” he says. “I tend to teach people to drive as a skill.”
Don’t Make Excuses, Make Improvements By Ibsa Oromo
Many people do not learn to live up to their full potential. It is not because of the lack of opportunities. It is because they are presented with challenges! Opportunities always present themselves, whether one admits it or not. Life always gives us a chance to better ourselves!
But due to different environments which we are born and raised in, different upbringings and schools of thought, not every person capitalizes on an opportunity. Two similar folks may be presented with the same opportunity, but one anxiously jumps on it while the other kicks rocks.
Whenever someone complains of lack of opportunities in life, they are just making excuses rather than improvements. What holds them back from grabbing an opportunity is their mindset. Whatever the circumstances of their environment, they still have the inner strength to say “yes, I will jump on this.” But the key is to get in touch with this inner strength.
A common mistake many people make is that they run away from challenges; they view them as laboring and time-consuming obstacles rather than opportunities for improvement. But to succeed in life is tosuffer through all kinds of twists and turns. There is no way around it.
The more that you run away from challenges, the more difficult it will be for you to ever accept them in the future. You are training your mind to only work at a certain level; whenever a challenge presents itself, your mind has been automated to decline the greater work requirement.
But the more that you accept challenges, the better you will get at working through them and the easier it will become to handle them in the future.Mastering challenges improves your confidenceand potentially your success level. They give you strength along the way, allowing you to become better equipped for future opportunities.
Therefore, stop making excuses and start making improvements!
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As a runner, whether amateur or professional, it is highly likely you will experience pain in the bottom of the foot at some stage in your running life. In most cases, this will turn out to be a symptom of plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that can interfere with your training and affect your performance.
The good news is that arch tendon injuries don’t need to spell the end of your favorite sport. If caught early, plantar heel pain, as well as the other symptoms of plantar fasciitis(inflammation, stiffness, reduced range of motion) can be addressed through a number of treatment solutions, most notably targeted physical exercise.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis and What Causes It?
plantar fasciitis is a medical condition that is caused by repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, a fibrous band of muscle connecting the heel bone to the front of the foot. The increased tensile load creates excessive pressure, which in turn, leads to inflammation and pain.
Over time, micro-tears can occur in the tissue, adding to the severity of symptoms. For one thing, it can present difficulties or stiffness when standing or walking, especially in the morning.
Why Is Plantar Fasciitis so Common in Runners?
People who are active or who spend a lot of time on their feet are the candidates most at risk for developing this condition. For example, excess strain on the plantar fascia is extremely common amongst both professional and amateur runners, and is often seen in conjunction with stress fractures.
The plantar fascia plays an essential role in foot movement, in that it absorbs the shocks produced by various activities like walking or running. This is why pain and inflammation will usually occur after intense training. Often the pain and stiffness will decrease after warming up, only to reoccur once the training session has finished.
Plantar fasciitis and Pain Management
After diagnosis, the next treatment step is to design a suitable rehabilitation plan. The overarching goal here should be to improve overall quality of life and allow the person in question to return safely to their previous levels of physical performance. However, to avoid making this too overwhelming, it is best to split it up into smaller milestones that are easier to achieve.
Reduce foot and heel pain with targeted exercises.
Reduce levels of discomfort and inflammation that may be experienced during the acute period of injury
Restore the feet back to their full physiological range of motion
Improve core foot stability and balance
Increase foot flexibility to help avoid the risk of any future strains or injury
This can be achieved using a combination of four different exercise formats designed to address the problem from multiple angles. During each stage of recovery, the emphasis – and therefore exercise type – should vary slightly in order to achieve the different outcomes needed for the foot to make a full recovery.
During the acute period, the overriding goal of any exercise should be to reduce inflammation (active effect on inflammatory markers) and stimulate blood and lymph circulation in the area, thereby promoting healing in the damaged tissue area.
Don’t let the pain stop you from running.
Foot Pain: Recovery and Prevention
As recovery progresses, the emphasis of rehabilitation shifts away from simply relieving symptoms to actually getting to the root of the problem and preventing it from recurring. Training outcomes should now include: improving range of motion, reducing stiffness and strengthening the muscles that support the foot arch. Contributing factors, such as a shortened Achilles tendon, can also be addressed at this point.
An argument is an exchange of diverging or opposite views,typically a heated or angry one. Unless done on a friendly and playful basis, they are an unnecessary waste of time and energy. Arguments increase your stress level, affect your reputation and make you look unprofessional.
The workplace is an especially important location to avoid getting into arguments.Negative attention spreads very easily; oftentimes, much easier than positive attention. Your coworkers may become influenced in a negative way by your involvement in an argument, depending on your words and actions.
Arguments also make you look weak: they promote awkwardness, insecurity, unreliability, defensiveness and uncertainty. Negativity often sticks in peoples’ minds much longer than positivity. This is because positivity is temporary while negativity is much more impactful on one’s emotions.
The solution is to stand your ground by stating what you believe without actually getting into an argument. If you find yourself dealing with someone who is heading towards an argument, back down before it escalates. Backing down does not make you look weak; it actually demonstrates maturity,confidenceand leadership.
Be a role modeland avoid arguments. People are always searching for someone to look up to! If you become involved in arguments, it will be very difficult for people to view you as someone they want to imitate; being argumentative is not an attractive characteristic. It is important to maintain a consistent reputation backed by high quality traits!
Arguments lead to losses. Reasonable and professional disagreements lead to gains!
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The US has tested a medium-range cruise missile weeks after pulling out of a key treaty with Russia that banned such nuclear-capable weapons.
The Pentagon said it successfully launched the missile off the coast of California on Sunday.
The US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on 2 August after accusing Russia of violating it – a claim Moscow denies.
Analysts fear the collapse of the INF could spark a new arms race.
The Cold War-era treaty banned missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 km (310-3,400 miles).
The Pentagon said the missile, launched from the US-Navy controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of Los Angeles, was “conventionally configured”, meaning not nuclear-equipped.
“The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500km (310 miles) of flight,” the US defence department said in a statement.
“Data collected and lessons learned from this test will inform the Department of Defense’s development of future intermediate-range capabilities.”
What happened to the INF treaty?
Russia has been accused of breaching the terms of the treaty in the past, but earlier this year the US and Nato said there was evidence that Moscow was deploying a new type of cruise missile, the 9M729, known to Nato as SSC-8.
Russia denied the accusation and President Putin said it was a pretext for the US to leave the pact.
In February President Donald Trump set a 2 August deadline for the US to withdraw from the INF if Russia didn’t come into compliance.
Russian President Vladimir Putin suspended his country’s own obligations to the treaty shortly afterwards.
The US withdrew from the INF as it had threatened on 2 August, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said: “Russia is solely responsible for the treaty’s demise.”
The collapse of the historic agreement has led to concerns that it could lead to a new arms race between the US, Russia and China.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said “an invaluable brake on nuclear war” had been lost.
“This will likely heighten, not reduce, the threat posed by ballistic missiles,” he said, urging all parties to “seek agreement on a new common path for international arms control”.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the transatlantic alliance would “respond in a measured and responsible way to the significant risks posed by the Russian 9M729 missile to allied security”.
But, he added, Nato “does not want a new arms race” – and he confirmed there were no plans for the alliance to deploy land-based nuclear missiles of its own in Europe.
Last month, he told the BBC that the Russian missiles were nuclear-capable, mobile, very hard to detect and could reach European cities within minutes.
What was the INF Treaty?
Signed by the US and the USSR in 1987, the arms control deal banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges, except sea-launched weapons
The US had been concerned by the Soviet deployment of the SS-20 missile system in 1979 and responded by placing Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe – sparking widespread protests
By 1991, nearly 2,700 missiles had been destroyed
The two countries were allowed to inspect each other’s installations
More than 60,000 traders in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who cross the border regularly into Rwanda and Uganda are to be vaccinated to curb an Ebola outbreak.
Cases recorded recently in the Congolese trading hub of Goma, which is on Rwanda’s border, and have raised concerns of cross-border spread.
According to Jean Jacques Muyembe, the co-ordinator of the Ebola response in DR Congo – where the virus has killed more than 1,900 in the last year – the health authorities in Rwanda have also ordered 100,000 doses of the vaccine for a similar campaign targeting traders.
Over the last month, Rwandan border officials have been limiting the number of traders they allow over to Goma each day.
It is not clear when the mass vaccination campaign will start.
Dr Muyembe said after vaccinating cross-border traders, response teams would then expand vaccination to whole villages where Ebola cases are confirmed.
The experimental vaccine to be used is backed by several international health experts, including the WHO, but has sparked some controversy in DR Congo.
The vaccine is produced by Johnson & Johnson and is different from the single dose Merck vaccine that has been used over the past year in DR Congo.
Sources within the response team told the BBC they were concerned about that fact that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires two doses given 50 days apart for it to be effective.
That could be challenging in eastern DR Congo, where people move around quite a lot and misinformation and distrust have already slowed down Ebola response efforts.
Union workers at a multibillion-dollar Pennsylvania construction site did not have to stick around to hear PresidentDonald Trumpspeak last Tuesday. But if they opted out, they were forced to take the day off — and lose some pay.
Trump was on hand at the Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant in Beaver County where he addressed a large group of workers in a speech that, while billed as being energy-focused, also railed against opponents such as former PresidentBarack Obamaand Sen.Elizabeth Warrenand lamented what he described as the “millions” the presidency was costing him.
Prior to Trump’s visit, employees were told that, in effect, attendance at his speech was not mandatory, according to thePittsburgh Post-Gazette. But there would be a cost: Workers would not be paid their overtime rate unless they scanned in their IDs at 7 a.m. and stood through lunch.
Shell spokesman Ray Fisher told PEOPLE in a statement that the day was “treated as a training (work) day with a guest speaker who happened to be the President.”
“It was understood some would choose not to attend the Presidential visit and were given the option to take personal time off (PTO) instead,” Fisher said. “As with any workweek, if someone chooses to take PTO, they are not eligible to receive the maximum overtime available.”
According tothePost-Gazette, workers at the plant were scheduled for 56 hours weekly, with 16 hours of overtime — overtime that would be unavailable unless they attended the president’s speech.
More than a dozen unions employing thousands of people work on the site, the paper reports.
According to thePost-Gazette, Fisher noted that Trump was not the first speaker there: “Popular sports figures like Rocky Bleier and Franco Harris have visited the site to engage with workers and to share inspirational messages.”
ThePost-Gazettereported that while “Trump received a generally warm and at times cheerful welcome,” some workers had been told that yelling, shouting, protesting or “anything viewed as resistance” would not be tolerated.
(The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
“An underlying theme of the event is to promote good will from the unions,” read key points conveyed to some workers at the site, according to the paper. “Your building traders leaders and jobs stewards have agreed to this.”
Ken Broadbent, business manager for Steamfitters local 449, told thePost-Gazette that the speaking event and subsequent policies were “what Shell wanted to do and we went along with it.”
“We’re glad to have the jobs. We’re glad to have the project built,” he said. “The president is the president whether we like him or dislike him. We respect him for the title.”
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Two workerstold NBC Newsthey had to miss their lunch break to attend Trump’s speech and had brought snacks along in their pocket because they were not permitted to bring in food.
The $6 billion plant, on which construction started in November 2017, is set to become a facility that will convert natural gas into plastic for various products, according to theNew York Times.
Instead of focusing on the facility’s purpose, Trump’s speech occasionally sounded more like a campaign rally.
“I’m going to speak to some of your union leaders to say, ‘I hope you’re going to support Trump,’ okay?” he told the crowd, according to thePost-Gazette. “And if they don’t, vote them the hell out of office because they’re not doing their job.”
Trump also said that being president was costing him “a fortune” of between $3 and $5 billion.
“I couldn’t care less, I don’t care. You know if you’re wealthy, it doesn’t matter,” he said, according toNBC News. “I just want to do a great job.”
The commander-in-chief also criticized the multimillion dollar book advance Obama received in 2017 and again denigrated Warren, who is seeking to challenge him for the presidency next year.
People with avoidant personality disorder experience nervousness and fear of being around others. They tend to have poor self-esteem, resulting in a fear of being rejected by others or being negatively judged. Because their fear is excessive, it leads them to avoid social settings.
Avoidant personality disorder affects men and women equally. It becomes evident in childhood and progresses into adulthood. But it is not diagnosed until age 18 or later. Personality disorders are not diagnosed in people younger than age 18, even though you can get an idea of what type of personality a child or adolescent has.
It is not clear what causes someone to develop avoidant personality disorder. Parental or peer rejection are possible contributors, impacting the person’s self-esteem and sense of worth. If a person experiences rejection many times and also has a poor self-esteem to begin with, it may promote the development of an avoidant defense mechanism, causing them to retreat back in the shadows and avoiding any social interactions.
The main symptom is an excessive fear of rejection by others, resulting in isolation. They may also be oversensitive and easily hurt by criticism, promoting further isolation in order to avoid future negative emotions. They also lack many friends, sometimes having no friends at all. Unless they are certain of being liked, they are not willing to take the risk to start a friendship or relationship.
They experience extreme anxiety in social settings. Some will avoid getting a job that involves contact with other people; think of the tollbooth worker who only works the night shift and communicates with people who are probably too tired to even say anything.
They are also very self-conscious, shy and awkward in social situations due to a fear of being embarrassed. They cannot take a chance to show their true personality because such a chance makes them vulnerable to criticism; instead, they hide behind an avoidant personality.
Lastly, people with avoidant personality disorder have a poor self-image, seeing themselves as unappealing in the eyes of others. If they cannot tolerate their image within their own mind, how do they expect to tolerate remarks, jokes, banter or criticism from others around them?
They can’t. So they become avoidant. If you suspect someone of having avoidant personality disorder, see if you can gently approach them and help them come out of their shell. Do not leave someone in the dark when you can shine a little light into their life!
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