Friday, September 21, 2018

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: President Moon's outcome of Pyongyang summit



Yesterday, after returning from his three-day trip to the North, President Moon Jae-in visited the main press center in Seoul to give briefing on the outcome of Pyongyang summit.

During the briefing, President Moon said he was assured by Chairman Kim that he is determined to completely denuclearize his regime at the earliest date possible and focus on its economy.

Moon also said the North is ready to speed things up on denuclearization depending on steps from the U.S.

On the issue of how to put an official end to the Korean War, the President said he and his North Korean counterpart have the same idea, and a peace treaty with the North will follow after complete denuclearization, adding the military agreement reached by the two Koreas has created the conditions for a swift resumption of talks between Pyeongyang and Washington.

The State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a briefing on Thursday, that the U.S. stands firm that nothing can happen in the absence of denuclearization by reiterating that denuclearization has to come first.

The joint declaration signed by the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says that the North will take additional measures, such as the permanent dismantlement of the nuclear facilities in Yeongbyeon, if the U.S. take corresponding measures in accordance with the June 12 Trump-Kim agreement.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomed Kim's decision to dismantle the nuclear and missile facilities "in the presence of U.S. and IAEA inspectors" and "in the presence of U.S. and international inspectors," respectively.

Let's Do The News! (September 21, 2018)



- The death toll from Typhoon Ompong is now up to 88.

- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte reminded the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to procure arms and other military hardware and intelligence gadgets from countries which may listen in on their conversations. Duterte made the reiteration as he attended the 12th activation anniversary of the Mechanized Infantry Division in Capas, Tarlac Thursday night.

- A member of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, retired Archbishop Edmundo Abaya passed away yesterday. Abaya, who was the archbishop of the Archdiocese of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur, died at around 3pm at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City. He was 89.

- Former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen claims to be providing “critical information” in the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

- One of the world's largest bells, weighing 55 tons, was unveiled in Krakow, Poland on Thursday ahead of being installed at a major pilgrimage site in Brazil.

- Indonesia's president signed a moratorium on new palm oil development and ordered a review of existing plantations, an official said Thursday, in a blow to an industry blamed for environmental destruction and worker exploitation.

- Peugeot will showcase their e-Legend Concept at next month's Paris Motor Show.

Peugeot e-Legend Concept
- The movie adaptation of Downton Abbey will hit theaters in September 2019.

- Actor Manolo Pedrosa reveals the reason why he risked transferring to GMA.

- Businesswoman Kathy Dupaya arrested for grave oral defamation case filed by Joel Cruz.

TTFN!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Final day of President Moon's Pyongyang trip



It is the last day of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s Pyeongyang trip, and President Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embarked on a rare trip this morning to the summit of Baekdusan Mountain, the highest mountain on the Korean peninsula.

The leaders left Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport at around 7:30 a.m., each using his own presidential jet. Kim and his wife, Ri Sol-ju, were first to arrive at Samjiyon airport, the closest airport to the mountain.

The leaders of the two Koreas began their joint climb in a vehicle shortly after their arrival at the airport, and they have arrived at the crater lake on top of the Baekdusan mountain at 10:20 a.m.

The joint press corps also said the leaders have stopped by at a Hyang-do station where trains going to and from the Baekdusan Mountain stop over.

President Moon will be heading right back home straight to Seoul from the Samjiyon airport, near the Baekdusan Mountain after his last meal in the North.

Meanwhile, the South Korean leader has been expressing hopes he could climb the mountain through North Korean soil, and not through the Chinese side. He confided such wish to the North Korean leader when they met for their first summit back in April.

Yesterday night, while attending North Korea's mass games at Pyeongyang's Rungrado May Day Stadium,… President Moon Jae-in delivered a public speech in front of some 150-thousand citizens of the North Korean capital as the first South Korean leader to attend the event, and the first to deliver a speech to a mass North Korean audience.

While explaining some of the key points of the Pyeongyang Summit Agreement that was reached by the two leaders,… President Moon declared to the 80 million Koreans and to the world that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula…adding that the leaders of the Korean Peninsula have come up with specific measures to completely eliminate the fear of war and the danger of armed conflict between the two Koreas.

President Moon also emphasized the achievements of the Inter-Korean summits and said together they would build a new future.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump praised the inter-Korean summit, adding the agreements reached between the two leaders, in which the North said it would permanently abolish its key missile facilities with witnesses, as being "very good news."

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is prepared to immediately engage in talks with North Korea in the wake of this week's inter-Korean summit.

Pompeo says he has invited his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong-ho,... to meet him in New York next week, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, where they are both scheduled to be in attendance.

He also said the U.S. has invited Pyeongyang officials to meet the new U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, in Vienna "at the earliest opportunity."

South and North Korea's neighboring countries of China and Japan also gave their responses to the third inter-Korean summit of 2018.

The Chinese government responded Wednesday... before the inter-Korean joint declaration was announced the following day that it welcomes the dialogue.

Meanwhile, Japan says it hopes improved inter-Korean relations could lead to the resumption of denuclearization dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. It also called for specific actions from the North for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

In a regular briefing, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga called for North Korea to promptly carry out its denuclearization efforts as agreed upon by the two Koreas, as well as the agreements made during the Singapore summit in April.

Japan says it hopes for a separate summit between North Korea and Japan, saying it's communicating through various channels in South Korea and Japan to make it happen, but nothing is settled as of now.

Source: Arirang News

Let's Do The News! (September 20, 2018)



- Classes in Manila were suspended on September 21 in anticipation of massive rallies to be held during the commemoration of the 46th anniversary of the Martial Law declaration.

- Senator Nancy Binay is named as the new president of the United Nationalist Alliance. UNA Secretary General lawyer JV Bautista said Binay’s appointment as the party president was the result of the UNA national leaders conference held in Makati last September 12, which was attended by almost 200 leaders of UNA nationwide.

- Former health secretary Janette Garin sues her successor, former Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial over the deaths of children who received shots of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia.

- The US-China trade war escalates further as China announces retaliatory tax increases on $60 billion worth of US imports, including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals. The increases are in response to the US announcing it will impose tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese-made goods starting next week. The tariffs will start at 10 percent, then rise to 25 percent on Jan. 1.

- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe retained his post after winning his re-election bid as leader of his ruling party, making him Japan's longest-serving premier and realize his dream of reforming the constitution. The 63-year-old conservative secured 553 votes against 254 won by former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, a hawkish self-confessed “military geek”, in a two-horse race for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party.

- US President Donald Trump pushes on the woman accusing his SCOTUS pick of sexual assault by insisting that she testify next week if she wants to be heard. Trump echoed Republican leaders in suggesting that time is running out for Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor whose allegation that she was assaulted as a teenager threatens to derail confirmation of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to America’s highest court.

- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad yesterday blamed Israel for the downing of a Russian plane, which was accidentally hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire during an Israeli missile strike.

- Volkswagen's electrification offensive begins with the showcase of their new MEB platform made specifically for electric vehicles. Their first electric car will begin production in 2020, followed by an SUV.

- Sebastien Buemi and rookie driver Alex Albon are named drivers for the new Nissan Dams racing team for FIA Formula E Season 5.

- At the recent Tokyo Game Show, the opening movie for next year's Love Live! School Idol Festival ALL STARS app game is showcased as well as the debut album for the new Nijigasaki High School Idol Club set for November 21 on-sale.

- Sony will stop making the PSVita in 2019 with no successor on sight.

- ICYMI: Transgender Angela Ponce of Spain is accepted as the official entrant of the upcoming Miss Universe pageant.

- Business tycoon and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to pay $10 million to women's organizations but will not face any other punishment stemming from what NBA commissioner Adam Silver called "disturbing and heartbreaking" allegations of harassment and violence toward female employees within the organization, the league announced Wednesday.

- The 25th James Bond 007 film has been delayed to February 14, 2020 release. Shooting will take place at Pinewood Studios in early March 2019 and Cary Joji Fukunaga is named as the film's new director.

TTFN!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS STARLIGHT MASTER 21 Kawaii make MY day!

Starlight Stage fans, stop playing and listen up, there is a new addition to the STARLIGHT MASTER CD range, inspired by THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage app game, that will surely brighten your day for more.

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS
STARLIGHT MASTER 21 Kawaii make MY day!

For the 21st outing of this range, this installment features a new song as heard from the Starlight Stage app game. It's titled  Kawaii make MY day! and this song is performed by Yuka Nakano (CV: Shino Shimoji), Yukari Mizumoto (CV: Akane Fujita), and Noriko Shiina (CV: Chiyo Tomaru). Fans should be very thankful that after spending their lives mastering this song, the full M@STER VERSION of this song has arrived, giving them plenty of reasons to make the most out of this song.

In addition, there are two additional songs in this latest installment such as Dear My Dreamers by Yuki Himekawa (CV: Mako Morino) and Flip Flop ~For SS3A rearrange Mix~ by Hina Araki (CV: Rui Tanabe), and Haruna Kamijo (CV: Mina Nagashima).

Enjoy this latest addition of the Starlight Stage playlist and be sure to keep playing THE IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage for more.

TRACK LISTINGS:
01 Kawaii make MY day! (M@STER VERSION)
02 Dear My Dreamers
03 Flip Flop ~For SS3A rearrange Mix~
04 Kawaii make MY day! (M@STER VERSION) オリジナル・カラオケ
05 Dear My Dreamers オリジナル・カラオケ
06 Flip Flop ~For SS3A rearrange Mix~ オリジナル・カラオケ
07 Kawaii make MY day! (GAME VERSION)

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: N. Korea’s Kim to visit Seoul, shut missile site



North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will make a historic visit to Seoul “in the near future”, he said Wednesday after a summit with the South’s Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang.

Moon — who went North looking to bring fresh momentum to the stalled effort to eliminate Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons — said the trip could happen this year unless there were “special circumstances”.

Moon added that the North had agreed to “permanently close” a missile engine testing site and launch facility in Tongchang-ri, “in the attendance of experts from relevant nations”.

The North has carried out several missile test launches from Sohae in the area — its ballistic missile programme is banned under UN Security Council resolutions — but has also used many other locations to fire rockets, including Pyongyang airport.

Satellite pictures in August suggested workers were dismantling an engine test stand, in line with a promise already made to US President Donald Trump.

Moon also said the North could close its Yongbyon nuclear facility if Washington takes “corresponding measures” — a significant caveat.

And arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis said the consensus view was that its uranium enrichment facility “was built for (the) express purpose of being sacrificed”, tweeting that he presumed the North had “at least one more” production site.

After the high symbolism of the two leaders’ first meeting in April in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the Korean peninsula, and Kim’s historic summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June, progress has largely stalled.

In Singapore, Kim declared his backing for denuclearisation of the peninsula, but no details were agreed and Washington and Pyongyang have since sparred over what that means and how it will be achieved.

Washington is pressing for the North’s “final, fully verified denuclearisation”, while Pyongyang wants a formal declaration that the 1950-53 Korean War is over and has condemned “gangster-like” demands for it to give up its weapons unilaterally.

– Mass applause –
A Seoul visit by Kim would be the first by a Northern leader since the partition of the peninsula decades ago after the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

Seoul and Pyongyang have both been keen to promote inter-Korean ties, with Kim looking to secure cooperation from the far wealthier South in economic projects, and Moon looking to reduce the risk of a US-North Korean conflict that would devastate his country.

The Rodong Sinmun newspaper, the mouthpiece of the North’s ruling party, has given the summit blanket coverage, with 35 photos over the first four of its six pages.

On the front, there was a photo of the two leaders shaking hands and hugging each other upon meeting at Pyongyang International Airport on Tuesday, with more inside of them parading together through the streets of the city, enjoying a concert and toasting at a banquet.

Pyongyang has been keen to promote an image of modernity and togetherness, reflected in several aspects of the programme.

On Wednesday evening, Moon and his party will have dinner at the newly-opened Taedonggang fish restaurant on the banks of the eponymous river that flows through Pyongyang.

It stands opposite Mansu hill, where giant statues of Kim’s predecessors — his grandfather Kim Il Sung and father Kim Jong Il — look out over the city.

The destination was chosen after Moon expressed interest in dining at a local restaurant with ordinary citizens.

But a retail shop at the complex sells North Korean caviar at $50 for a 50-gramme jar — a luxury far beyond the reach of most North Koreans.

Afterwards, Moon will attend a performance of the “Mass Games” — North Korea’s spectacular, all-dancing propaganda display.

The show features tens of thousands of performers against an ever-changing backdrop made up of 17,490 children turning the coloured pages of books in sequence to send images rippling across one side of the May Day stadium.

The premiere of the latest version of the show, called “The Glorious Country”, earlier this month featured video footage of Moon and Kim together at their first summit in Panmunjom — prompting the unusual sight of tens of thousands of North Koreans applauding images of the South’s president.

Source: AFP

Let's Do The News! (September 19, 2018)



- The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that the number of families affected by Typhoon Ompong are now at over 264,000.

- US Secretary of Defense James Mattis welcomed National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana to the Pentagon. “Both our defense establishments agree that the Philippines-US alliance remains robust, based on an enduring history of close engagement and our unwavering commitment to work together on shared values,” Lorenzana said in a short video of the meeting released by the U.S. Department of Defense.

- A business group led by Spanish-Filipino billionaire Enrique Razon sets take over of the Panay Electric Company Inc. in the Visayas. Razon’s group and the Monte Oro Resources & Energy Inc. of businessman Walter Brown are in the running for the PECO acquisition – reinforced by a proposed Congressional franchise that already passed plenary deliberations in the House of Representatives.

- The Catholic Church in New York has reached a $27.5 million settlement with four men who said they were sexually abused as children. The Diocese of Brooklyn, one of the city’s boroughs, agreed to make the payments to the four, who were sexually abused between 2003 and 2009 by their religion teacher, their lawyers said.

- European leaders will gather for a summit to put summer tensions over migration behind them and set up the last stretch of talks for a Brexit deal. The European Union’s top officials face intense pressure in the coming weeks to seal a divorce deal and a plan for future ties with Britain to avert a chaotic exit in March.

- A series of devastating suicide attacks on Afghanistan’s minority Shiite community has fuelled fears of more violence ahead of Ashura, one of the Muslim sect’s holiest days, and prompted calls for civilians to arm themselves.

- Tesla confirmed that the US Justice Department were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private.

- The Mercedes-AMG A35 was unveiled, serving as the entry-level model to the AMG line. The high-performance variant is powered by a new M260 2.0L four-cylinder twin-scroll turbo petrol engine producing 306hp of power and 400Nm. Armed with a AMG Performance 4Matic and recalibrated automatic gearbox with Race-Start function, it does 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A35

- SEAT introduces its new design direction with the unveiling of their large crossover called the Tarraco.

2019 SEAT Tarraco
- Ferrari unveiled two Monza specials, the SP1 and the SP2.

Ferrari Monza SP1
Ferrari Monza SP2

- A live-action TV adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is announced by Netflix.

- Veteran actor Patrick Stewart will play as the other Bosley in the 2019 reboot of Charlie's Angels.

TTFN!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Leaders of two Koreas meet for high-stakes summit with nuclear talks in jeopardy



North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greeted Moon Jae-in with hugs and smiles on Tuesday as the South Korean president arrived in Pyongyang for a third summit between the two, aimed at advancing faltering nuclear talks and officially ending the Korean War.

Hundreds of North Koreans wearing suits and traditional dresses also greeted Moon, carrying flowers and waving Korean peninsula and North Korean flags. A sign behind them read: “We ardently welcome President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang!”

The inter-Korean summit will be a litmus test for another meeting Kim has recently proposed to U.S. President Donald Trump, giving clues to whether Kim is serious about denuclearization, a commitment he made at their first encounter in June.

Trump has asked Moon to be “chief negotiator” between himself and Kim, according to Moon’s aides, after Trump canceled a trip to Pyongyang by his secretary of state last month.

Washington wants to see concrete action toward denuclearization by North Korea before agreeing to a key goal of Pyongyang – declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

“If North Korea-U.S. dialogue is restarted after this visit, it would have much significance in itself,” Moon said before his departure.

Underscoring the challenges ahead, North Korea’s official Rodong Sinmun said on Tuesday “the responsibility falls squarely on the United States” for the stalled nuclear discussions.

“It is due to its nonsensical, irrational stubbornness that other issues can only be discussed after our country has completely verifiably, irreversibly dismantled our nuclear capabilities… without showing the intention to build trust including declaring the end of war,” the newspaper said in an editorial.

Moon, himself the offspring of a family displaced by the war, arrived at the North’s capital of Pyongyang at about 10 a.m. (0300 GMT), greeted by Kim, his wife Ri Sol Ju and other top North Korean officials, before inspecting a large honor guard and a military band.

Moon and Kim were all smiles as they hugged and chatted with each other.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the leader and a key propaganda official, was seen preparing officials for Moon’s arrival and accompanying Kim Jong Un and his wife.

The two leaders will sit down for formal talks after lunch, which will be followed by a musical performance and welcome dinner, a South Korean official said.

Accompanying corporate executives, including Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee and the chiefs of SK Group and LG Group, will meet with North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam in charge of economic affairs.

On Wednesday, Moon and Kim are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact designed to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes.

Moon will return home early Thursday.

Source: Reuters

Let's Do The News! (September 18, 2018)



- An intertropical convergence zone is affecting eastern Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday, bringing scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

- Death toll from last weekend's Typhoon Ompong has now risen to 74.

- The government intends to import more rice and flood the local market with the cheap commodity, President Duterte bared after typhoon Ompong caused damage to local rice production in Luzon.

- Wealthy Japanese businessman Yusaku Maezawa is named the first man to fly on the SpaceX rocket around the moon beginning 2023 and he plans to bring six to eights artists along.

- 100 people were killed in floods in much of central and southern Nigeria across 10 states, according to its disasters agency.

- Canada's ruling Liberals have defected to the main opposition party, a major blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's legislator a year before the next federal election.

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said they will sharply limit refugee flows to 30,000 in next year.

- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dined on expensive steak at a “Salt Bae” restaurant in Istanbul during a stop-off returning from a visit to China, drawing furor back home where millions struggle to get enough to eat and red meat is a rare luxury.

- The Audi e-tron electric crossover was unveiled at an event in San Francisco, making it the first series production, all-electric SUV from Audi. The 400-volt electrical system and the electric quattro setup promises up to 300kW of power output and up to 400km of range by WLTP standards.

Audi e-tron

- Phil Popham is named as the new CEO of Lotus Cars.

- The official trailer for Mary Poppins Returns is now up. The film land theaters on the 19th of December.


TTFN!!!

Monday, September 17, 2018

2018 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup - South Point 400

The start of the ten-week NASCAR Playoffs at the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series began at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the South Point 400 race and the road for the title starts at Sin City as every twists and turns is a table-turning story to tell.


As the race starts, Kyle Larson's car is facing some mechanical issues, prompting him to go through pit road. A couple of opening laps later, Martin Truex, Jr. wins Stage 1 of the race. Fast forward and then Rob Albright and Erik Jones got involved in a crash. Stage 2 goes to Brad Keselowski and when the final stage begins, huge trouble comes in as Jamie McMurray slammed into the wall. The #34 and the #41 car got crashed as well in later laps.

After one chaotic start to the playoffs, Brad Keselowski wins three-in-a-row, the first to win in this playoffs, and such win marked the 500th win for Team Penske.

With Keselowski secured his first spot for the next round, who will be the next? Next race is at Richmond Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 this 22nd of September.

2018 Verizon IndyCar Series FINAL

The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series has been one heck of a season to remember from Will Power winning the Indy 500 to Robert Wickens' life-threatening crash at Pocono that sent him to the hospital for an ongoing treatment. This season has been an unpredictable one from start to finish and now, here we are, the grand finale at Sonoma Raceway. Wine Country's the final destination for the IndyCar drivers as the epic finale will decide once and for all who will be crowned champion.


The finale begun with an unexpected beginning just as polesitter Ryan Hunter-Reay spearheaded the final race of the season, disaster struck as Alexander Rossi bumped to Marco Andretti, prompting him to enter the pits. Last year's champion Josef Newgarden is facing some mechanical issues later on and then, Takuma Sato pulled out of the race when massive clouds of smoke are pouring from the back of his car. Meanwhile, Rossi managed to fight his way to gun down Hunter-Reay for the lead as a yellow flag as triggered when Graham Rahal's suddenly slowing down.

When the race restarts, Rossi goes desperate as he's pulling everything to his power to get into the top ten while championship leader Scott Dixon stays to the pit strategy the Chip Ganassi Racing made. After the end of the race, Ryan Hunter-Reay wins the Sonoma race but the winner of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series goes to Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing. This is the fifth time the Kiwi nailed his championship victory.

Congratulations Scott Dixon for his fifth IndyCar title and that is the end of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series. See you next year!

THREATS FROM NORTH KOREA: Washington set to replace US military commander in S. Korea



Washington is set to replace the commander of US forces in South Korea amid a rapid diplomatic thaw on the peninsula, even as denuclearization of the North stalls.

The US stations 28,500 troops in the South, a treaty ally, to defend it against its nuclear-armed neighbour, which invaded in 1950, triggering the Korean War.

General Robert B. Abrams, commander of the US Army Forces Command, will undergo a confirmation hearing next week to be head of US Forces Korea, the Senate Armed Services Committee’s website showed.

If his nomination is approved, he will succeed General Vincent Brooks as commander of USFK, the UN Command and the South Korea-US Combined Forces Korea, who has been in the post since April 2016.

The outgoing commander has described his time in the South as “a rollercoaster ride”, with the peninsula turning from the fears of war to a historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“We have gone from points of great tension and great danger to points of great opportunity and sometimes back and forth between those, never being completely certain about what will come the next day,” Brooks told reporters in Seoul last month.

“So it’s been quite a ride and a great honour to have been part of such a historic period of time,” he added.

Abrams, whose father was a former Army Chief of Staff, General Creighton W. Abrams Jr., comes from a family of career military officers.

He has held various command and staff positions across the Army and Joint Community in Germany, the US and Southwest Asia during his 34 years of active service.

Source: AFP
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