Tag: Hold

US, Iraq to Hold Talks on Troop Future

The United States will hold talks with Iraq in June on the future of its troop presence in the country, whose parliament has voted to expel them, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday. With Iraq increasingly becoming a proxy battleground between Iran and the United States, President Donald Trump has refused to pull the 5,200 US troops and earlier even threatened sanctions on Baghdad if it moved forward. But Pompeo, without signaling a decision on troop levels, said the military presence would be on the table in a “strategic dialogue” scheduled for mid-June. “With the global COVID-19 pandemic raging ... Read more

Wisconsin Will Hold the Most Illegitimate Elections in Modern History

The GOP will go to any length to win, even if it destroys the bench’s impartial reputation. Erik Hersman/Flickr Does it seem like a bad idea to you to hold an election where people are expected to show up the polls in the midst of global pandemic that has most of the world sheltered in place? It seemed like a bad idea to the Democratic governor of Wisconsin, too, but as Ian Millhiser explains at Vox, he wasn’t able to call off or delay Tuesday’s election: Last week, Gov. [Tony] Evers called the state legislature into session and asked it ... Read more

David Tennant Can’t Hold Together Frustrating Deadwater Fell | Demanders

by Brian Tallerico April 6, 2020   |   Print Page Tweet While we don’t cover a lot of Acorn TV here on RogerEbert.com, I’ve always liked what they do, and jumped at the chance to review a new thriller that claimed to be cut from the same cloth as one of the best shows of all time, “Broadchurch.” Sure, there are parallels between “Deadwater Fell,” premiering stateside tonight after a January run in the U.K., but the season is ultimately a frustrating product, a series that doesn’t live up to its potential either in casting or premise. It’s one of those ... Read more

Will it be safe to hold the Olympics in 2021?

Fixing a date for the Olympics is really one piece of a much larger question: When will things get back to normal? (Pixabay /) Follow all of PopSci’s COVID-19 coverage here, including travel advice, pregnancy concerns, and the latest findings on the virus itself. For global updates, see here. On March 24, the prime minister of Japan and the president of the International Olympic Committee announced that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which were supposed to begin on July 24, must be postponed until 2021. “The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope ... Read more

Coronavirus & religious liberty: pastors sue for right to hold services

Last week, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who oversees the area of Texas that includes Houston, issued an order requiring “all individuals currently living within Harris County … to stay at their place of residence except for Essential Activities” (in Texas, the title “county judge” refers to the chief executive of a county government). Like many similar orders handed down by state and local officials throughout the United States, which are intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Hidalgo’s order closes most businesses within the county and shuts down most places where people gather in large groups. Although ... Read more

De Blasio Threatens To ‘Permanently’ Shutter Churches That Continue To Hold Worship Services

There are already civil liberties questions regarding whether mass lockdowns of American society to combat the spread of coronavirus are permissible under the Constitution. That said, there’s been a grudging agreement that something needs to be done, at least to the point where there hasn’t been any major legal challenge to the various lockdown orders across the United States. However, I don’t particularly know what to make of a threat by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to “permanently” shutter any place of worship that continues to hold services in the face of a citywide ban on gatherings. Yes, if ... Read more

How Will US Bounty Affect Maduro’s Hold on Venezuelan Power?

The United States ramped up the pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this week by accusing him of “narco-terrorism” and offering a $15 million bounty for information leading to his capture. It’s the latest in a succession of measures to try and force Maduro from power in favor of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido. But though analysts said the move could pressure the regime, they were also skeptical it will achieve either the desired effect or an end to the South American country’s long-running economic and political crises. Fracturing the Leadership  The millions of dollars offered in reward by the ... Read more

Air Force promotion testing on hold until May amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Air Force is delaying some Weighted Airman Promotion System testing through May 11 to safeguard against the risk of COVID-19, according to the service. The postponement was made because maintaining access to testing centers is up to installation commanders. “Installation commanders have the authority to determine testing center availability to maintain health and safety,” the Air Force said in a news release Monday. “As a result of some centers not being available for testing due to the COVID-19 outbreak, current WAPS testing is postponed through May 11.” Airmen who’ve already taken the test will not be required to take ... Read more

All elective military medical and dental surgeries on hold amid coronavirus pandemic

The military’s medical system is putting a pause on non-emergency surgeries and dental procedures as of March 31, according to a memo from the assistant defense secretary for health affairs released Tuesday, in an effort to shore up capacity for the Defense Department’s steady rise in coronavirus cases. Exceptions include surgeries or procedures that will keep active duty troops, or reserve component troops on active orders, deployable, the memo said. “As the Military Health System prepares for a surge in demand for health care services related to COVID-19, it is essential that we take prompt action, informed by location conditions ... Read more

US, UAE troops Hold Major Exercise amid Virus, Iran Tensions

AL-HAMRA MILITARY BASE, United Arab Emirates — U.S. Marines and Emirati forces held a major military exercise Monday that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city, a drill conducted amid tensions with Iran and despite the new coronavirus pandemic. Troops raced over the dunes of the Al-Hamra Military Base to take the model city, complete with multi-story buildings, an airport control tower, an oil refinery and a central mosque. Controlled explosions rang out as Emirati troops rappelled from hovering helicopters and Marines searched narrow streets on the Persian Gulf for “enemy” forces. The biennial exercise, called Native Fury, shows ... Read more