Obama ‘troubled’ by Turkish leader’s crackdowns

first_imgMany of those businesses, especially those based in Europe, fear that investing in Iran is too risky because the U.S. still has numerous sanctions on the country. Obama on Friday tried to tie the sanctions relief issue with the ballistic missile dispute in chiding Iran.“Iran so far has followed the letter of the [nuclear] agreement. But the spirit of the agreement involves Iran also sending signals to the world community and business that it is not going to be engaging in a range of provocative actions that may scare business off,” Obama said. “When they launch ballistic missiles, with slogans calling for the destruction of Israel, that makes businesses nervous.” “I think that the approach they’ve been taking toward the press is one that could lead Turkey down a path that would be very troubling,” Obama said, while also noting his concerns about freedom of speech and religion in the Muslim country, where hundreds of people have been charged with the crime of “insulting” the president.“I’ve said to President Erdogan to remind him that he came into office with a promise of democracy, and Turkey has historically been a country in which deep Islamic faith has lived side by side with modernity and an increasing openness,” Obama said. “And that’s the legacy that he should pursue rather than a strategy that involves repression of information and shutting down democratic debate.”Numerous journalists have been arrested in Turkey in recent months, while the government also took over the popular daily Zaman. Erdogan insists the arrested journalists are linked to Kurdish and other terrorist groups, and that that is why they are being prosecuted. Some of the reporters are accused of supporting the Gulen movement, which Erdogan casts as an opposition effort that has infiltrated the government.Obama also urged Iran not to violate the spirit of the nuclear deal, even if it is technically abiding by it. The comments were aimed at Iran’s testing of ballistic missiles. Obama’s aides say such tests don’t officially violate the nuclear deal struck last July, but that they may run afoul of U.N. resolutions.Opponents of the nuclear deal, which gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, say that the ballistic missile tests prove that the Islamic Republic cannot be trusted.Concern also is rising in recent days within Iran that it is not getting sanctions relief fast enough, as foreign businesses hesitate to do business there. President Barack Obama says he’s troubled by the direction Turkey’s leader is taking his country, especially when it comes to freedom of the press. He also is warning Iran to avoid “provocative” actions such as ballistic missile tests if it wants to benefit from sanctions relief offered under the nuclear deal it reached with world powers last year.In a news conference at the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, Obama was asked whether he thought Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was an authoritarian. The question came after Erdogan’s bodyguards scuffled with reporters and protesters outside a D.C. think tank Thursday and amid a crackdown on journalists in Turkey.Obama didn’t answer the question directly, and he stressed how critical Turkey, a NATO member that borders Syria, is as an ally. But he also said he’d told Erdogan that “there are some trends within Turkey that I’ve been troubled with.”last_img read more

Bringing Solar Light Bulbs to the World and Prosperity Too?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInventor Steve Katsaros perfected his solar design in June 2010, a simple bulb that charges up during the day and lights up the room at night.He dubbed his company Nokero — short for “No Kerosene” and adopted a “social entrepreneurship,” model to get the bulb into the hands of people in the developing world. He wants to create jobs and incomes for villagers interested in spreading the light to neighboring towns.(READ the story at CNN)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

REETEC Unveils Multi Connection Cabinet

first_imgGerman wind energy services provider REETEC has presented the newly developed REETEC Multi Connection Cabinet (RE-MCC) for offshore wind turbines at WindEnergy Hamburg 2016. The system had been developed based on REETEC’s experience in the field service and in the context of aviation obstruction markers. With the RE-MCC, the company developed ”a reliable, modular constructed technical solution into one cabinet and registered a patent on it already.”Temporarily, different features on an offshore wind turbine like monitoring system, obstruction and navigation lights, fire detection work independently from each other, REETEC says.Each system has its own energy supply and backup system, with different control, communications, and engineering concepts.The RE-MCC integrates these different systems in one overall system and ensures this way harmonised and safe operations of offshore wind turbines, according to the company.The system is also said to ”allow for a significant cost reduction for the hardware, installation, and commissioning, but most importantly significant time savings due to the efficiency of Operations and Maintenance.”The number of interfaces in the design of the RE-MCC was reduced significantly, the company said.RE-MCC supports a high reliability of wind turbines due to full system monitoring with the appropriate protection, control and communications systems.last_img read more

Young forward ‘didn’t give in’ to Tottenham appeal – Signing seen…

first_imgThe Serie A side appear to have come out on top in the race to sign the young Dane, and in Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and local newspaper Il Resto del Carlino, Spurs are mentioned as having been the competition.The extent of their interest is certainly debatable, but there is a recurring mention that his move to Bologna was a ‘choice’ rather than all he had at his disposal.Il Resto del Carlino explain he ‘didn’t give in’ to the attraction of a move to Tottenham or Bayern Munich, who ‘returned to the fore’.Embed from Getty ImagesIf that really is the case, then the 19-year-old has chosen regular game time over a big move, perhaps seeing Bologna as the ideal stepping stone to make it in Europe.Gazzetta dello Sport, however, believe the Bundesliga side only enquired, suggesting their interest was minimal compared to Spurs’.All in all, it appears Bologna are the ones who will be helping Olsen develop further, and if Tottenham were as interested as they have been made out to be, they will undoubtedly be keeping an eye on how he fares in Serie A next year.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoMisterStocksThese Hilarious Photos Were Captured On The SubwayMisterStocksUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo Whether Tottenham were really that interested in Skov Olsen, we’ll probably never know, but what is certain is that the Italian media like to think they were as it makes Bologna look even better.last_img read more