WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: (AFP OUT) U.S President Donald Trump presents fast food to be served to the Clemson Tigers football team to celebrate their Championship at the White House on January 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)A Clemson football player’s tweet about the White House dinner provided by President Trump is going viral.The Tigers visited the White House on Monday night to celebrate their college football national championship.With part of the government shut down, President Trump paid for Clemson’s White House dinner out of his own pocket.The meal: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and some pizza.“We ordered American fast food, paid for by me. Lots of hamburgers, lots of pizza,” Trump told reporters. “We have some very large people that like eating, so I think we’re going to have a little fun.”One Clemson player’s tweet about the meal is going viral.Clemson offensive lineman Jackson Carman tweeted the following:I’m sorry I can’t hear broke.. https://t.co/X3TS3mgweH— T H E J I A N T (@Jackthejiant) January 15, 2019It’s been retweeted nearly 25,000 times and liked more than 100,000 times.The White House might not have provided a five-star dinner on Monday night, but it is providing the opportunity for major social media numbers, at least.
“Ours has to be ‘mission command’- oriented assignment, and I am always prepared to perform my part and I expect the same from you, but ensure you do your part within the parameters of your responsibilities. I am not going to do your job and I trust you. I will only be steering the organization. You would have come here onboard different ships, but we all are now in the same boat. I will steer it as the Army wants. If we fail to sail together, we are bound to fall,” he cautioned.“When it comes to malpractices, misuses and wrongdoing, I maintain, justice should equally be meted out to the rank of a ‘General’ down to a ‘Private’. Discipline is the strength of our organization, and I need that be kept in mind all the time by everyone. Training was one of the best welfare for me and that should be the case with any soldier in a capacity-based Army. We are on our way to establish a National Defence University for ourselves, intending to produce more learned Officers. Similarly, qualitative standards of the Senior Command, Officer Cadet, down to the Recruit training level would be raised with introduction of new modules,” he quipped.Talking about the structural reforms that may be introduced to the Army, the new Commander remarked that the proposed move is not to ‘downsize’ the Army, but to ‘rightsize’ the Army to get the best results. “We have our own expertise within the organization for such forthcoming reforms since we had the skills to make war-winning strategies, tactics, small group operations, etc and apply them by ourselves. Such moves are always open to negotiations and discussions. Having fought a bitter war for so many years and admired as the world’s best Army, we ourselves are able to manage things and no outside assistance is needed for that. Such structural changes for the organization would be introduced for the betterment of the Army administration and other logistics. I am always prepared to take up any challenge in my life,” the Commander opined. The newly-appointed Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake called upon the Army to assist him to transform the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based organization rather than a ‘threat’ based one, by raising the professional standards of the soldier in every sphere.“Everyone can be an Officer but cannot be a gentleman of required quality. Gentlemanliness is therefore much more admired and your example is more significant rather than your perception. I always welcome constructive and fair criticism with positive attitudes and like to be a ‘patient listener’ all the time. In this new era, we must be able to take challenges and reach our targets with dedication and commitment,” Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said. “Late General Denis Perera, being my first Commander and all past Commanders, including my immediate predecessor, General Crisanthe De Silva, deserve my praise and gratitude because it was their dedication which enabled me to stand here, today as the 22nd Commander. I also owe a deep gratitude to the people who prayed and cried for me,” he movingly remarked. In his view, the Commander said that 1/3 of the Army should always have Combat Readiness, another 1/3 for nation-building and the remaining 1/3 for administration of the Army and it is high time for us to re-build and promote the image of the organization. I would also suggest the appointment of a special committee for preparation of image-building measures. I also feel that soldiers must get priority over Officers because Officers could always manage easily. Remember that we are going to fight a Corporals’ War in future and not that of the Generals, the Commander added.He also requested Colonels of Regiments to inculcate their treasured values to respective Regiments and arrange programmes, accordingly. (Colombo Gazette) “Without compromising the national security concerns, we need to change our attitudes and mentality since the war is over now and we are now in post-conflict era. Before somebody directs us to do changes, we have to produce our own suggestions and take necessary action. I need to use two different criteria for the Officers and Other Ranks who served the Army before the year 2009 and afterwards. It’s a fair way to care for them,” the Commander commented. “Competition has to be there in the Army too, like in any other organization, the second oldest profession in the world. This is the truth, but it should be a fair, decent and a gentlemanly competition, through which anyone can reach the apex of office as the Commander,” the Commander noted.Speaking out his mind about how the future would hold for the organization, the Commander underlined the importance of transforming the Army to be a ‘capacity’ based one instead of a ‘threat’ based one as full-fledged professionals in disaster management, nation-building, reconciliation and all other spheres of national responsibility and concern, certainly with the military prowess to fight against a conventional or an unconventional urban fighting, insurgency, etc. “A soldier must be able to adjust to face any challenge of uncertainty and eventuality under any circumstances. You need to focus on the area of his interest, area of influence and area of responsibility, if we are to groom him as a skillful one,” the Commander pointed out. Thanking the President, Prime Minister and the former Defence Secretary for keeping full confidence in him, the Commander, paid a glowing tribute to all 21 of his predecessors who elevated the organization to the dizzy heights of invaluable service, in which he has been serving for more than 36 years.
by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 1, 2016 2:03 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Calgary company sells Kazakhstan operations once pledged to Russia’s Rosneft CALGARY – An oilfield services firm in Vienna is buying a Calgary company’s Kazakhstan branch that was once coveted by mammoth Russian state-controlled Rosneft Oil Co.Petro Welt Technologies AG says it has completed a deal to take over the Kazakh subsidiary of Trican Well Service (TSX:TCW) of Calgary and that operations will be integrated with its similar business lines.Trican completed the sale of its Russian well-fracturing or “fracking” business last summer, selling it to a Rosneft subsidiary for the equivalent of $182 million.The smaller Kazakh branch sale to Rosneft was expected to follow before the end of the year but was delayed and then called off.Petro Welt did not give a sales figure but Trican CEO Dale Dusterhoft says the price was under $10 million, much lower than $25 million estimated by an RBC analyst in a report.Dusterhoft says Trican’s Kazakh operations employ about 30 employees in two small fracturing crews. Activity has been muted there because of poor demand linked to low oil prices, he said.