By Manuel Roig-Franzia The Washington Post Thu., Nov. 29, 2018 On that particular April 1 in Washington, in the midst of a presidential primary season trending toward a Ronald Reagan landslide, Paul Manafort had a lot to celebrate. The Republican operative with the thick, meticulously parted black hair and magnetic smile was turning 31. And by a quirk of bureaucratic fate, his new business happened to be officially launching on that same day in 1980. The little shop that Manafort opened in Alexandria, Virginia, was envisioned as a political consulting business, like so many others in the capital. But in the coming months — as the candidate he worked for, Reagan, swept into the White House — Manafort had another idea to bounce off his two partners, Charlie Black and Roger Stone. They should be lobbyists, too. “I said, ‘Why in the hell would we want to do that? It’s boring as hell!’” Black recalled in a recent interview. … [Read more...] about How Manafort and Stone rose to D.C. power — and helped spawn Trump’s presidency
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By Michael MacDonald The Canadian Press Thu., Nov. 8, 2018 SAINT JOHN, N.B. — It’s been a tough month for one of Canada’s wealthiest families. The Irvings of New Brunswick are facing renewed scrutiny after a major industrial accident at the Irving Oil refinery in Saint John — one month ago Thursday — and three guilty pleas the following day from Irving Pulp and Paper for polluting the Saint John River. The sudden spate of bad publicity has drawn into sharp focus the delicate relationship between the Irving group of companies and the 69,000 residents of Saint John. The Irvings are one of the city’s largest employers, and the family’s privately owned companies are thought to be worth about $8 billion. No one was seriously hurt by the refinery blast, but residents were reminded that it was the fourth explosion at Canada’s largest oil refinery in 20 years. Article Continued Below As for the pulp and paper mill, owned … [Read more...] about Mishaps put spotlight on Irving family’s relationship with Saint John, N.B.
By Emerald Bensadoun Staff Reporter Sun., Nov. 4, 2018 At age 6, a little boy with a lisp is told by his parents if he wants to succeed in Canada, he has to learn English. He’s the son of two refugees from Vietnam, neither of whom speak the language. So his mother calls the Dial-A-Story program, a Toronto Public Library service that lets kids and their families call in to listen to a bedtime story at any time of day, free. “She would hold the phone, dial (the hotline) every night, give me the phone and I would sit at the edge of her bed,” Andrew Do, now 29, tells the Star. “She couldn’t really read bedtime stories to me in English and she wanted me to learn English to succeed in school. This was her way to read bedtime stories to me.” Today, Do works at a downtown Toronto think tank. He designs research projects, facilitates policy hack-a-thons and workshops for government clients. He has no lisp. The ritual with his … [Read more...] about How the Toronto Library’s Dial-a-Story program helped this child of refugees learn English, one call at a time
REUTERS YANGON, Myanmar: Late in the afternoon of Dec. 12 last year, Wa Lone's cell phone rang. It was a man named Naing Lin, a lance corporal in Myanmar's 8th Security Police Battalion.The policeman urged Wa Lone, a 31-year-old reporter with Reuters, to meet him immediately at the battalion's barracks on the outskirts of Yangon. Night was falling around the golden spires of the pagodas in this former capital city."He told me that if I don't come now," Wa Lone would later recall in a Myanmar courtroom, "I might not be able to meet him because he is about to transfer to another region."Wa Lone, whose large eyeglasses rest on chubby cheeks, had spent weeks looking into Battalion 8. He was working on a story about the murder of 10 members of the country's Rohingya Muslim minority during a military operation in western Rakhine State. And he'd gotten his hands on explosive material: photographs of the 10 men before and after they were killed.One picture showed the men's bodies, hacked and … [Read more...] about Special Report: Dangerous News
PHUKET MEDIA WATCH– Thailand news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community Second HFMD fatality reported Phuket Gazette / The NationPHUKET: Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) is believed to have claimed its second life in Thailand – a young Cambodian boy living in Rayong.Rayong Public Health chief Kris Pansuk yesterday identified the victim only as Kimha, aged 2 and a half.“We suspect he caught HFMD, mainly because of his symptoms – blisters, high fever and vomiting,” Kris said.The boy developed symptoms a week ago (July 21). His parents took him to a clinic twice: on the first occasion, two or three days after he became ill.“Because his condition did not improve, he was sent to Klaeng Hospital on Wednesday. Just two hours after he was admitted, he succumbed,” Kris said.He said he had informed Rayong Governor Seni Jitkasen of the death. Major public hygiene operations will take place in Rayong today.In a related … [Read more...] about National News: HFMD update – another death; Insurgents change tactics; 92 Thais jailed