President Donald Trump declared last week that the US will get out of Syria “soon,” on the heels of halting $200 million of taxpayer money to reconstruct the war-ravaged country. Naturally, this pair of announcements set off alarm bells within the US military, corporate media, and think-tank establishment, as well as among allies that want Washington to maintain its military occupation of Syria and the Middle East. “We believe American troops should stay for at least the mid-term, if not the long-term,” said the Saudi Crown Prince, who wants to use US military power to counter Iran in their competition for regional hegemony. Israeli and European allies echo that sentiment. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, Trump wants regional countries such as Saudi Arabia to play a greater role and pick up the bigger portion of the bill in Syria, and for Europeans to do more since displaced Syrians mainly wind up as refugees in … [Read more...] about Partition of Syria: US and Israel eye Golan Heights oil
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Princess Superal eyes third straight in Luisita golf (The Philippine Star) - April 2, 2018 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Princess Superal hopes to further hone up for the Symetra Tour as she seeks a third straight Ladies Philippine Golf Tour crown in the ICTSI Luisita Ladies Championship beginning Wednesday at the Luisita Golf and Country Club in Tarlac. Superal deferred plans to play in her first Symetra Tour also set this week in California, opting instead to compete here and get better after scoring back-to-back victories in Tagaytay and Riviera last month. But the field she’s facing in the P1.5 million event sponsored by ICTSI also gets tougher with seven Thai aces signing up along with a host of amateurs out to keep a tradition in the country’s premier ladies circuit organized by Pilipinas Golf Tournaments, Inc. Former leg winner Saruttaya Ngam-usawan banners the delegation from the country’s … [Read more...] about Princess Superal eyes third straight in Luisita golf
PHUKET: As the high season gets underway, authorities are keeping a close watch on jet-ski rental businesses operating on west coast beaches to ensure compliance with provincial regulations. Vice Governor Amnuay Sanguannam is overseeing the joint enforcement efforts of district, harbor, marine and police officials. Weekly reports are being filed by the various departments with the vice governor’s office in an effort to monitor compliance. As of November 30, a total of 53 agents have been registered to engage in the rental of jet-skis, while another 44 have applications pending approval. The 53 registered agents are licensed to rent out a total of 87 jet-skis. Of the five western beaches approved for the water sport activity, Patong has the highest concentration of agents and jet-skis, with 31 operators and 44 machines. Kata and Karon beaches have a combined total of 14 approved agents leasing 29 jet-skis; Kamala Beach, one agent and four jet-skis; and Bangtao Beach, seven … [Read more...] about Officials Keeping Eye On Jet-skis
By Eli Saslow The Washington Post Tues., Feb. 20, 2018 TIFFIN, OHIO—She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The hostess turned off the music, clanked a fork against her wineglass and gestured to Crooks. “Would you mind telling us about the famous incident?” she asked. “Not the sound-bite version, but the real version.” “The real version,” Crooks said, nodding back. She took a sip of water and folded a napkin onto her lap. “It all happened at Trump Tower,” she said. “I had just moved to New York, and I was working as a secretary for another company in the … [Read more...] about This Trump accuser keeps telling her story. Will anyone ever listen?
Five canals in Bangkok with a combined length of 15km are being eyed for an integrated infrastructure development project for tourism and recreational use. The scheme, to be implemented as a pilot programme, is part of a study carried out by a committee on budget planning involving the maintenance and development of city canals. The findings of the study, which took 180 days to complete, were recently submitted to the Bangkok City Council and executives of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).Of the selected canals, two are on the Phra Nakhon side of Bangkok with a combined length of 3.45km. They are Klong Bang Lamphu and Klong Ong Ang. The other three are Klong Bangkok Noi, Klong Chakphra and Klong Mon on the Thon Buri side with a combined length of 11.5km. They were selected from a total of 1,161 canals in the capital.Sutthimol Ketsomboon, deputy director of the BMA's Drainage and Sewerage Department, said that while the five canals have potential, a lot of work needs to be done … [Read more...] about Canals eyed for tourism, play study