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Ivanka Trump at Olympics for politics, to back athletes

PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of â€" U.S. President Donald Trump’s daughter toured the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, the morning after telling South Korea’s president that she would use her visit to the Pyeongchang Games to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

Ivanka Trump, one of her father’s close advisers and a winter sports enthusiast herself, is leading the U.S. delegation at Sunday’s closing ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games. Under cloudy skies, she watched her first event Saturday morning â€" Big Air snowboarding â€" before heading over to the American team’s headquarters, USA House, to interact with some Olympians.

Among those she met: Garrett Hines, a former U.S. bobsledder and Army reservist.

“I heard you are part of the reserves. That’s incredible,” Trump said. “Thank you for your service, and thank you for serving as an inspiration to so many people in this capacity.”

Before coming to the Olympic city in northeastern South Korea, Trump met and dined in the capital with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who highlighted to her how the Olympics have served as a vehicle for dialogue between the two Koreas. Moon said the U.S. and South Korea should make use of the current mood of rapprochement between the Koreas in seeking denuclearization.

At a closed-door meeting before a banquet Friday night at the presidential compound, Moon told Trump that talks on denuclearization and the inter-Korean dialogue must move forward side by side, Moon’s press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, told reporters.

Trump responded by pushing for joint efforts by the U.S. and South Korea to apply maximum pressure on North Korea, Yoon said.

The meeting and Olympic visit come as the Trump administration announced sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses to turn up the pressure on North Korea. U.S. officials said the president had discussed the action with Moon ahead of the announcement in Washington.

Differences in how the U.S. and South Korea hope to achieve denuclearization were apparent during the banquet. In her remarks, Ivanka Trump said she was in South Korea to celebrate the Olympics and to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to a “maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized.”

Moon, for his part, hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

In Pyeongchang on Saturday, Trump toured Olympic venues. She watched snowboarders go on runs at the Big Air jump and saw American snowboarder Kyle Mack take a silver medal.

A smiling Trump, wearing a Team USA hat and red snowsuit, chatted with members of her delegation and South Korea first lady Kim Jung-suk. Also with her was IOC board member and 1998 hockey gold medallist Angela Ruggiero.

After the event ended, Trump spoke with some of the South Korean athletes who were guests of the delegation and posed for selfies.

Ivanka Trump’s appearance at the closing on behalf of the White House and the United States is a softer bookend to Vice-President Mike Pence’s awkward visit during the opening ceremony.

She has some popularity in Asia, and the perception of her as a smoother player in her father’s administration â€" and, not inconsequentially, a younger one as well â€" allows the United States a photogenic representative at the end of a games dominated by unusually adept PR moves from North Korea.

In addition to her presence at the Olympics’ closing ceremony Sunday, a high-level North Korean delegation will also attend. So the big question is this: Will she end up in the same position as Pence â€" in a VIP box with a North Korean delegation nearby? And if so, how will she respond? Will she, unlike Pence, choose to interact?

The answer will provide a coda to an extraordinary two weeks of Olympic political optics â€" and offer hints of the Trump administration’s approach in coming weeks when it comes to the recent thawing of North-South relations on the Korean Peninsula.

“North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations,” Moon said Friday during his meeting with Trump.

Moon met Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s nominal head of state, a day after the opening ceremony earlier this month and urged North Korea to do more to engage in a dialogue with the United States.

While the games appear to have paved the way for possible rapprochement between the Koreas, U.S. and North Korean officials have yet to make direct contact. Earlier this week, the U.S. governm ent said Pence had been set to meet North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea, but that the North Korean side cancelled at the last minute.

For now, there are no signs that Ivanka Trump would meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, who is to attend the closing ceremony.

Back in Washington, Trump tweeted praise about his offspring as she touched down in Seoul. “My daughter, Ivanka, just arrived in South Korea. We cannot have a better, or smarter, person representing our country.”


Errin Haines Whack is a national writer for The Associated Press. Associated Press writer Youkyung Lee contributed to this report from Seoul.

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Lessons of February 24, 1966, Coup â€" Importance of loyal opposition in governance

24th of February 2018

Fifty-two years ago the government of the Convention People’s Party (CPP), under the leadership of the Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah, was overthrown and proscribed. The CPP consolidated its rule by winning, on the trot, three successive democratic elections between 1951 and 1956 organised under the watch of Her Majesty’s Government of Great Britain, the colonial master at the time. The opposition that lost to the CPP in all of these free and fair elections would never reconcile their loss and instead resorted to the threat and use of violence and terrorism to remove the CPP from power. The CPP government did not enjoy the benefit of a “loyal opposition” that understood the demands of “loyalty to the state” to advance and protect the nationa l interest above all else.

Thirty-seven years ago, another CPP government, then in the name of the People’s National Party, led by President Hilla Limann, was again overthrown, less than two years after it won democratic elections supervised by the very military that overthrew it on 31st December 1981. Thus, the Nkrumah and Limann heritage have suffered two mortal blows to its psyche and natural evolution. It has been near impossible for this heritage, blessed with a high social purpose and a moral compass, to recover from these lethal blows of coups d’état and continued banning of the mother party until the CPP had to go to court to win back its frayed nerves in 1998.

The CPP has remained a loyal opposition since then and has not resorted to any unconstitutional acts and the threat and use of violence and terrorism to seek power at all cost and at the expense of the people. It is this ingrained sense of “loyalty to the state” and the constitution that defin es the state that the leadership and members of the Convention People’s Party want to use the occasion of the unlawful and criminal overthrow of the CPP to remind the people of Ghana of.

The essence of “loyal opposition” lies in the importance of acceptance of electoral defeat and engaging in constructive politics that advance and as well as protect the development and progress of the nation. The CPP has been able to discipline itself to the cause of democratic governance because its origins lie in the process of going to the people, living with them, understanding them and winning their trust for them to cast their majority vote for you. And it is this “veranda” service encapsulated in the force of personality of our two illustrious leaders, Dr Nkrumah and Dr Limann, that has defined our sense of purpose and commitment to Nation First. These two leaders were incorruptible and honest to a fault. They did not steal either from the public or private purse. They rema in our moral compass and yardstick for all Ghanaian leaders and civil and public servants. Such is our proud heritage, the exemplary lives of Dr Nkrumah and Dr Limann. It is their moral compass that guides the CPP in its loyal opposition.

We believe and attest to the fact that it is this sterling example of the CPP that assisted the New Patriotic Party (NPP), under President John Agyekum Kufuor, to win two elections on the trot and also for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to return to power in 2009 and return to opposition in 2017. Loyal opposition translates to tranquillity in governance and progressive development continuing where the previous government left off, without rancour and bitterness, in the supreme interest of the nation.

Meaningful projects with social purpose initiated by departing regimes must be continued and not abandoned, out of spite, as was done with projects that the CPP built and had initiated. After all, why throw the baby away with the bathwater when the funds used to build these industrial, agricultural, educational and health projects were not the personal funds of Dr Nkrumah or the CPP? They were state funds. It was Dr Amical Cabral, the late President of the Guinea-Bissau and a bosom friend of Dr. Nkrumah who taught that: “You spit at your own face when you spit at the skies”.

For example, the Nkrumah visionary government sought to tackle and abolish the blight of underdevelopment and entrapped poverty as represented by the Zongos. To achieve this Nkrumah acquired lands in the Madina area to develop a modern township and to decongest and regenerate the Nima area. Residents of current Nima were expected to be moved out by 31st March 1966 to make way for the new development scheme. The residents were paid the agreed compensation package to move to plots allocated to them in the acquired lands in Madina.

The 24th February 1966 coup interrupted this project and the architects of the coup abandon ed it thinking that they were spitting at the face of Nkrumah and the CPP. To win the empathy of this vibrant community in Nima and to consolidate power the coup leaders allowed those who had taken their compensation package to remain in Nima and to keep it. And what has happened to Nima and Madina ever since despite these Zongos remaining the “World Bank” of succeeding social and property-owning democratic parties? How has the lot of the people of Nima and Madina changed?

Now, here was the vision of the Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. For the express purpose of regenerating Nima, Nkrumah acquired the lands between Accra Girls’ Senior High School and the new Limann Highway (formerly Kanda) all the way to Malam Atta Market junction on the Nima Accra Newtown Road and the Nima Police Station junction back to Mantse Tackie overpass near the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) and back to Kawukudi.

The land acquired and given out as part of the regeneration project was what is today located from the Atomic Junction on the main Accra-Aburi road up to Legon Gardens on the Atomic-Haatso Road then turning right to Agbogba along the Top Herbal Road, turning right at the GOIL fuel station to Ritz Junction on the main Accra Aburi Road which includes the current Libya Quarters, Redco Flats, Madina Zongo and back to Atomic Junction where there was the gas explosion. In those days these areas were considered way outside of Accra central.

From the University of Professional Studies (UPS) junction to Ritz junction into the beginning of the Ashaley Botwe turning right to Adjiringano was the massive Madina township which included the new Madina low-cost housing estates for salaried government employees. The plan included everything. From schools, polytechnic, hospitals, community parks, banks, etc., you name it. On the left side was the lands for the Kwame Nkrumah Aviation city which a succeeding government is alleged to have sold to a leading “brothe r”. That is the land between Ritz junction and current Adenta. The Aviation city was to serve both the new airport planned for Prampram and the Accra airport with a new Aviation Tower and air defence monitoring systems. As part of the plan, there was to be built direct high-speed rail lines to the Accra and Prampram airports, 10 and 20 minutes journey respectively.

Disloyal opposition abandoned this visionary project but the plans are still in the pigeon holes of the Town and Country Planning. A reformed “loyal opposition” appears to have located the Nkrumah plans, dusted and rebranded them as Zongo Development initiative without sharing with the public what they have discovered in the archives as the Aviation Minister is smitten with the Prampram Airport hub development plan.

Today, February 24, 2018, fills us with pride that our sense of discipline and loyalty to the state has given meaning to the principle and cause of “loyal opposition” and we are all th e beneficiary of the continuation of good governance. But we have the devil of corruption to tackle as Dr Nkrumah sought to do with his Dawn Broadcast of 8 April 1961 aimed at his own party for the insect that will bite you is found in your own clothes. It was a “call to action to revitalise the CPP, to end self-seeking, to energise the efforts of the people towards socialism. “Dr Nkrumah continued’’.

Some Party members in Parliament pursue a course of conduct in direct contradiction of our Party aims. They are tending, by virtue of their functions and positions, to become a separate social group aiming to become a new ruling class of self-seekers and careerists. According to June Milne, in her biography of Nkrumah, “he gave these people a choice. They must either give up their business interests or quit the Party. Nkrumah went on to warn against an ostentatious living, and laid down a code of behaviour for those who did not own businesses, but whose outlook and as pirations were elitist.”

Hear us President Akufo Addo for in you harbours an Nkrumaist spirit of a distinction that makes you different as leader of your ruling party. You will sleep soundly if you boldly tackle the cancer of corruption that has infested all areas of national life.




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Delhi chief secy scuffle: Cops seize CCTV footage from Kejriwal residence

Delhi chief secy scuffle: Cops seize CCTV footage from Kejriwal residence PTIPublished Feb 24, 2018, 10:17 am ISTUpdated Feb 24, 2018, 10:17 am IST Kejriwal also approached the Leftenant Governow to ensure the govt's work was not hit due to the bureaucrats boycott. The woes of the AAP government did not end there as former bureaucrat Dhir Jhingran resigned from its State Advisory Council For Education to express solidarity with Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. (Photo: PTI) The woe s of the AAP government did not end there as former bureaucrat Dhir Jhingran resigned from its State Advisory Council For Education to express solidarity with Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: In an unprecedented move, a Delhi Police team on Friday seized a hard disk containing CCTV footage from the residence of Arvind Kejriwal in connection with the chief secretary's "assault" incident, while the chief minister knocked on the Lieutenant Governor's (LG) doors to ensure that the government's work was not hit due to the boycott by bureaucrats, even as the Centre hinted that the AAP supremo might be questioned in the case.

A total of 21 CCTV cameras and a hard disk were examined by the police.

The hard disk was seized and any possibility of "tampering" with the system could be ascertained only after forensic examinations, Additional DCP (North) Harendra Sin gh said, adding that there was a time-lag of 40-43 minutes with respect to the time of the alleged incident.

He added that 14 CCTV cameras were working, while seven were not.

The woes of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government did not end there as former bureaucrat Dhir Jhingran resigned from its State Advisory Council For Education to express solidarity with Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, who was allegedly assaulted by some AAP MLAs.

To make things worse for the ruling dispensation, the party's legislator from Narela, Naresh Balyan, triggered a fresh controversy by saying officers, who created hurdles in the works meant for people's welfare, should be beaten up, days after Prakash alleged that he was assaulted by the AAP MLAs.

Meanwhile, Union minister Hansraj Gangaram Ahir hinted that Kejriwal might be questioned by the police in connection with the alleged assault on the bureaucrat.

"Whosoever it may be, the police wil l question all those in whose presence the incident took place," he told reporters in New Delhi.

The AAP accused the Delhi Police of acting like a bully at the behest of the Centre by "illegally" entering the chief minister's house and alleged that the action was aimed at "insulting and humiliating" Kejriwal.

Without taking the name of the BJP or its leaders, AAP MP Sanjay Singh said it was "unfortunate" that some "dictators" and people with the mentality of "hooligans" had captured power, be it in Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra, Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh.

"The dadagiri by the Delhi Police at Arvind Kejriwal's residence is being done at the behest of the BJP.

The Delhi Police is a mere puppet, but the Centre is resorting to such dadagiri to dismiss the Delhi government," he said.

At a press conference, the AAP also showed a two-and-a-half-minute clip, in whic h senior police officials were seen inside the residence of the chief minister, purportedly asking questions about the wall paint of the room.

The police claimed that its action (of dispatching a team to Kejriwal's house to collect evidence) came after its request for CCTV footage from the chief minister's residence "was not met".

The timing of the presence of the chief secretary at the chief minister's residence is important because Prakash has claimed that he was called at midnight and assaulted.

The AAP, on the other hand, has claimed that Prakash had reached the chief minister's residence at 11.25 PM.

"The time-lag of the CCTV cameras corroborates that the complainant was at the CM's residence at midnight (12.05 AM) and not at 11.25 PM, as was the plea of the AAP in the court," a top Delhi Police official said.

If the time-lag of 40 minutes was added to 11.25 PM, it would match the tim e the chief secretary claimed to have reached Kejriwal's residence, he added.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues met Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and said the latter had assured them that he would take all steps to ensure that the officers started functioning normally.

The bureaucrats in the Delhi government had earlier decided to boycott all the meetings called by the ministers.

"Officers not attending meetings for last 3 days. Governance suffering. I m v concerned. LG assured he will take all steps to ensure officers started functioning normally. Council of ministers assured him all cooperation. All of us need to work together for betterment of Delhi (sic)," Kejriwal tweeted after the meeting with the LG. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Baijal had assured them that he would speak to the bureaucrats.

However, the LG sent out a very strong statement after the meeting.

"The Lt Governo r strongly condemned the incidents and termed them as most unfortunate. The Lt Governor noted that no government can fulfil its promises to the people if the employees feel demoralised and insecure. There is no place for violence in a democratic and civilised society. Steps need to be taken to remove the mistrust between the government employees and the elected government, so that the development of Delhi and public interest do not get adversely affected," an official statement from the LG's office said.

Also Read: No CCTVs where Delhi chief secy was assaulted: Cops on CM home search​

Meanwhile, a delegation of IAS officers working under the Delhi government met Union minister Jitendra Singh and put forward their grievances, following the alleged attack on Prakash.

After the meeting, Singh said, "We have heard the members of the delegation. We took cognisance of all the grievances and concerns raised by them and necessa ry steps will be taken."

The officers had submitted a memorandum, listing some of their demands, and necessary action would be taken on it, he added. The BJP launched an attack against Kejriwal and said his decision to call the chief secretary at his residence and the alleged physical assault on him was a case of “bullying and thuggery”.

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Palestinian ex-terrorist deported from US invited to speak in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM â€" Right-wing Dutch lawmakers have protested a far-left group’s invitation of a Palestinian ex-terrorist who was deported from the United States to speak in the Dutch capital.
Machiel de Graaf and Gidi Markuszower of the Party for Freedom expressed opposition to Rasmea Odeh’s planned visit in a query they submitted Thursday to Justice and Security Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus.

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“Do you agree that a convicted terrorist and immigration fraudster has nothing to look for in the Netherlands? If not, why not?” the lawmakers wrote, adding: “Are you prepared to deny her entrance? If not, why?”
In the Netherlands, lawmakers use parliamentary queries to draw the media’s attention to issues and direct scrutiny of the actions of the ministers queried, who have up to three weeks to reply.
Odeh w as invited to the Netherlands by Anakbayan-Europe, a Filipino communist group, and another fringe left organization called Revolutionary Unity.
She spent 10 years in an Israeli prison for her role in a 1969 bombing attack at a Jerusalem supermarket that killed two Hebrew University students, Leon Kanner and Eddie Joffe. Israel jailed Odeh for life, but she was released in a prisoner exchange with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1980 and immigrated to the United States from Jordan. She has said her confession to the bombing was the result of severe torture by Israeli security forces.
Odeh obtained her US immigrant visa in 1994 and her citizenship in 2004. In both applications, she failed to disclose her arrest and convictions in the bombings. She pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration applications and was deported to Jordan in September.
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