Shigeru IshibaA hawkish former defense minister and rare LDP critic of Abe, Ishiba, 63, regularly tops surveys of lawmakers whom voters want to see as the next premier, but is less popular with the party’s lawmakers.The soft-spoken security maven has also held portfolios for agriculture and reviving local economies.He defeated Abe in the first round of a party presidential election in 2012, thanks to strong grassroots support, but lost in the second round when only MPs could vote. Then, in a 2018 party leadership poll, Ishiba lost heavily to Abe.He has criticised the Bank of Japan’s ultra-low interest rates for hurting regional banks and called for higher public works spending to remedy growing inequality.Fumio KishidaKishida, 63, served as foreign minister under Abe from 2012 to 2017, but diplomacy remained mainly in the prime minister’s grip.The low-key lawmaker from Hiroshima has been widely seen as Abe’s preferred successor but ranks low in voter surveys.Kishida hails from one of the party’s more dovish factions and is seen as less keen on revising the post-war constitution’s pacifist Article 9 than Abe, for whom it is a cherished goal.The BOJ’s hyper-easy monetary policy “cannot go on forever,” Kishida has said.Taro KonoDefence Minister Taro Kono, 56, has a reputation as a maverick but has toed the line on key Abe policies, including a stern stance in a feud with South Korea over wartime history.Educated at Georgetown University and a fluent English speaker, he previously served as foreign minister and minister for administrative reform.He has differentiated his conservative stances from those of his father, former chief cabinet secretary Yohei Kono, who authored a landmark 1993 apology to “comfort women”, a euphemism for women forced to work in Japan’s wartime military brothels.Yoshihide SugaSuga, 71, a self-made politician and loyal lieutenant since Abe’s troubled term as premier in 2006 and 2007, was among a band of allies who pushed Abe to run again for the top post in 2012.Back in office, Abe tapped Suga as chief cabinet secretary, acting as top government spokesman, coordinating policies and keeping bureaucrats in line.Talk of Suga as a contender bubbled up in April 2019 after he unveiled the new imperial era name, “Reiwa”, for use on Japanese calendars after the enthronement of the new emperor.Suga’s clout was dented somewhat by scandals that toppled two cabinet ministers close to him last October.Shinjiro KoizumiThe name of Koizumi, 39, now environment minister and the son of charismatic former premier Junichiro Koizumi, is often floated as a future premier, but many consider him too young.He shares some of Abe’s conservative views and has paid his respects at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine for war dead.Koizumi has projected a reforming image on the basis of efforts to cut Japan’s backing for coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, but has typically taken care not to offend party elders.Katsunobu Kato, Yasutoshi NishimuraAs health minister, Kato, 64, was in the limelight in the early days of Japan’s coronavirus outbreak but then Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, 57, a former trade official, emerged as point person on virus policy.In 2015, Kato, a father of four, was handed the portfolio for boosting Japan’s rock-bottom birth rate, a task that met little success. He is a former official of the finance ministry.Seiko NodaNoda, 59, has made no secret of her desire to become Japan’s first female premier. An Abe critic, the former internal affairs minister, who also held the portfolio for women’s empowerment, fell short of backing to join the race for party leader in 2018. Topics : Taro AsoFinance minister Aso, 79, who also doubles as deputy prime minister, has been a core member of Abe’s administration. Without a clear consensus on who should succeed Abe, LDP lawmakers could elect Aso as a temporary leader if Abe resigns.In 2008, Aso was elected LDP leader and hence, premier, in hopes that he could revive the long-dominant party’s fortunes. Instead, the LDP was ousted in a historic election defeat in 2009, languishing in the opposition for the next three years.The grandson of a former premier, Aso mixes policy experience with a fondness for manga comics and a tendency towards gaffes. Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe, visited a Tokyo hospital on Monday, as concerns grew over his ability to continue in his post, because of health issues and fatigue from handling the coronavirus crisis.If Abe is incapacitated, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as finance minister, would take over temporarily. If Abe resigned, he would stay on until formally replaced, which would require the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to elect a new leader, who would then be formally elected in parliament.Here are details of some likely contenders to take the helm of the world’s third-largest economy. read more
August 17, 2016 Moody’s Upgrades Pennsylvania’s Intercept Program SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced that Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded Pennsylvania’s school district pre-default enhancement program, or intercept program. Moody’s also revised its outlook on the program to stable from negative. This will allow school districts to issue debt at lower costs and save taxpayers money. Moody’s upgrade follows the rating agency’s recent announcement that it has revised Pennsylvania’s overall financial outlook to stable from negative as a result of the successful completion of a balanced 2016-17 budget that includes sustainable, recurring revenue to reduce the structural budget deficit.“As a result of the bipartisan, compromise budget that is balanced and includes sustainable and recurring revenue, the commonwealth’s financial outlook continues to improve,” said Governor Wolf. “We still have work to do, but when I came into office Pennsylvania was facing a structural budget deficit of more than $2 billion, and working together we have made significant progress reducing it. I look forward to continuing to work with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature to fix the commonwealth’s structural deficit and move Pennsylvania forward.”Moody’s latest actions coincide with S&P’s announcement that it has removed the commonwealth from CreditWatch:“S&P Global Ratings has taken Pennsylvania off ‘CreditWatch,’ its list of likely credit-rating downgrades, after Gov. Wolf signed this year’s budget… Who cares what S&P thinks? The people, for example Wall Street investors, who lend Pennsylvania money: Borrowers with lower credit ratings, like New Jersey and Pa., have to pay higher interest to get bondholders to finance their debt, compared to higher-rated states like AAA-rated Delaware and Maryland… If the bond rating gets cut again, taxpayers will have to pay higher interest.” [Inquirer, July 19, 2016]This also follows the commonwealth’s successful sale of a $1.2 billion bond to support capital projects, including infrastructure projects. Pennsylvania’s recent bond sale received strong interest from 6 banks and the winning bidder, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, had a 2.75 percent True Interest Cost, which is lower than expected.“Over the long term, this bond sale will save hardworking taxpayers money,” said Governor Wolf. “This is proof the market clearly recognizes that the commonwealth has turned the corner and begun to place itself on stronger financial footing.”In today’s announcement regarding the commonwealth’s intercept program, Moody’s also raised the maximum rating on school district bonds, and increased the maximum uplift.The full report can be viewed here by clicking here.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf read more
ECA Group has supplied a five function electric manipulator arm to be integrated onto a manned submarine Ictineu 3, conducting scientific subsea missions in Europe.ECA Group delivered an Arm 5E to the Spanish Ictineu Submarins SL company, to equip its Ictineu 3 manned submarines, which are 3-person underwater vehicles rated to 1200 m depth.For such a manned scientific submarine, a performing, efficient and lightweight manipulator arm is a key feature, the company said.Once installed of the manned submarine the arm permits the collection and retrieval of samples or other objects, and thereby offer an extension of the scope of Icteneu’s scientific/archaeological missions or industrial interventions.
SapuraOMV Upstream has produced first gas from its Larak field offshore Malaysia following the start-up at the end of December.The Larak field is part of gas fields discovered in 2014 under the SK408 production sharing contract (PSC).The fields are tied back into an existing processing facility and gas is transported through existing pipelines for onward gas processing at Petronas LNG complex in Bintulu.“This achievement will strengthen our presence in the existing market, propelling us to become one of the most significant gas producer in the country and in the region”, said SapuraOMV chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Shahril Shamsuddin.The development of SK408 aims to commercialize gas reserves from the Gorek, Larak and Bakong fields, which will help meet the growing gas demand in Asia.“This production start is a positive signal and demonstrates OMV’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific hub. It shows once more the strengthening of the gas focus in our production portfolio”, said Johann Pleininger, executive board member responsible for Upstream and deputy chairman of OMV.The SK408 development is SapuraOMV’s second major upstream gas development project in East Malaysia, following the development and commencement of production from the SK310 B15 gas field. Following the full ramp-up of the first phase of SK408, comprising the Gorek, Larak and Bakong fields, SapuraOMV’s production is expected increase to more than 30 kboe/d, with the majority being gas.SapuraOMV’s partners under SK408 PSC are Sarawak Shell Berhad (30%) and Petronas (30%). read more
According to police investigation,Sayon was driving a motorcycle when he crashed against a parked truck loadedwith sugarcane around 7:15 p.m. on Nov. 14. Officers of the Cadiz City policestation were investigating the incident./PN BACOLOD City – A motorist was killedin a road crash in Barangay Tinampaan, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. The 52-year-old Noli Sayon of BarangayLuna, Cadiz City died of injuries on the body, a police report showed. Sayon was brought to the Cadiz CityEmergency Clinic where he was declared “dead on arrival.”
Joorabchian represents a number of players now at Arsenal and has been viewed as a figure with growing influence at the Emirates Stadium. He has often been spotted in one of the directors’ boxes at the Emirates in recent months and has often spoken out on the club’s transfer policy. The agent represents David Luiz, Cedric Soares as well as Willian but he is adamant that his influence over signings is overstated. read also:Would Willian’s arrival put Saka on his toes? In an interview last week with talkSPORT, Joorabchian denied having any undue influence over transfers at the Emirates Stadium before taking aim at Sven Mislintat, who worked for the Gunners in recruitment from 2017 to 2019. The 49-year-old Joorabchian is known to have close relationships with several members of Arsenal’s hierarchy, most notably with the former head of football Raul Sanllehi and technical director Edu, who have helped bring in a number of big signings in the past year. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Willian’s unveiling photos as an Arsenal player were reportedly taken at the home of his agent Kia Joorabchian rather than at the training ground or Emirates Stadium to ‘minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19’. The Athletic report that while it is customary for a new signing to be photographed at the Emirates Stadium or at their London Colney training ground, Willian was instead captured in the shirt on an outdoor area at Joorabchian’s house. One former staff member said in that report that ‘the optics of that would have really bothered the Kroenkes’. Ashley Cole said Willian has been a ‘great servant’ for Chelsea and expects the Brazilian to improve Arsenal One image shows Willian sat on an outside sofa with his feet up, with some plants seen in the background, a clear indicator it was neither the stadium or the training facility. On the continent it is more common for players to be photographed away from club property but the report goes on to add that many at Arsenal found it ‘deeply uncomfortable’. Willian has joined Arsenal on a free transfer from Chelsea, agreeing a £220,000-a-week deal in north London. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOThe Best Actors To Start Their Careers On Soaps7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Loading… read more
Phil Yaw was first to the IMCA Modified checkers Friday at Outlaw Speedway. (Photo by Greg Mesler)By Paul SzmalDUNDEE, N.Y. (May 4) – Phil Yaw hung on for a big IMCA Modified win Friday on Little League Night at Outlaw Speedway.Phil Yaw got out ahead of Rodney Morgan. Will Ward passed Morgan for second and almosttook the lead in traffic with two to go, but Yaw held on for the win, followed by Ward, Morgan, Shawn Bruce and Tony Harris.
RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Son fires four past Southampton David Silva recovers from COVID-19 Tottenham have booked their place in next season’s Europa League after a 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.Spurs entered the final day of a long and eventful 2019-20 season sitting seventh, and leapt above Wolves – who lost at Chelsea – to guarantee a top-six finish and Europa League qualification. Last season’s Champions League finalists Spurs have endured a campaign to forget with the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in November and their lowest points tally in more than a decade.It has been far from all plain sailing under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, but a run of four victories in five matches heading into the short trip to Crystal Palace and three in a row against north London rivals Arsenal, Newcastle and top-four chasing Leicester lifted spirits in N17.For Wolves, seventh spot will still be enough to secure a place in Europe’s secondary club competition if Chelsea – who have sealed a Champions League spot – beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final at Wembley next weekend.However, that will not be the case if a Gunners side, who missed out on European qualification via the league, triumph at Wembley and seal a Europa League spot for themselves.— Tags: Europa LeagueMauricio PochettinoTottenham Hotspur read more
A woman is now behind bars and facing several charges after she allegedly tried to rob a Burger King after employees refused to give her and her girlfriend free french fries.The incident occurred On April 2nd at the Burger King on 18200 block of South Dixie Highway.According to the report, 49-year-old Natasha Bagley and her girlfriend walked into a Burger King and demanded free french fries, when employees refused and reportedly insulted her girlfriend, both women jumped over the counter and demanded money from the cashier.When the employees refused to hand over any money, the two women began fighting the employees in the kitchen area. At one point one of the suspects threatened to hit an employee in the face with a gun, however, video from the incident did not show whether either suspect had a gun. One of the women then pushed the cash register to the ground and both women fled the restaurant in a black SUV.Authorities were able to track down Bagley who appeared in court Tuesday on charges of burglary with assault or battery, armed robbery and criminal mischief.She is currently being held without bond.Bagley’s girlfriend has not yet been found. read more
Tropical Storm Josephine has formed in the mid Atlantic but is no threat to us.Josephine breaks the record as the earliest “J” tropical storm to form during the hurricane season by eight days.Before this year, the earliest was Jose on Aug. 22, 2005. Josephine is currently the only storm the Tracking the Tropics team has their eye on with no new development expected over the next five days.TS Josephine is not expected to become a hurricane and will spin out to sea as a fish storm according to the National Hurricane Center.BULLETINTropical Storm Josephine Advisory Number 11NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL112020500 AM AST Fri Aug 14 2020…JOSEPHINE CONTINUES ON ITS WEST-NORTHWESTWARD TRACK OVER THETROPICAL ATLANTIC…SUMMARY OF 500 AM AST…0900 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…15.3N 53.3WABOUT 680 MI…1090 KM ESE OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDSMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 300 DEGREES AT 17 MPH…28 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–There are no coastal watches or warnings in effect.Interests in the Leeward Islands should monitor the progress ofthis system. read more