Why Mike Pompeo smirked when asked if North Korea executed negotiators
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has vowed to bring some swagger back to US diplomacy AFP / JOHN THYS Don’t miss stories. Follow Raw Story!
“Suffer me that I may speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.” The Book of Job, 21:3 # p #1_14
No wonder Mike Pompeo awkwardly laughed or, as it was described by some observers, “smirked,” when asked about the reports of the execution of four of the people with whom Mr. Trump and Mr. Pompeo had been negotiating a few shorts months ago. Their roles might have been reversed. # p #2_14
The smirk made its appearance when Mr. Pompeo was being interviewed on a Sunday news show, and was asked for his reaction to reports that life had not gone well for four of the people he had gotten to know during the two sessions North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump had conducted over the preceding 12 months. # p #3_14
The first session had been a phenomenal success and the second, although cut short, did not extinguish the flame of love that warmed Mr. Trumps’ heart whenever he thought of Mr. Kim. # p #4_14
After the first meeting in Singapore in June 2018, Mr. Trump said at a news conference that he and Mr. Kim had “developed a very special bond. People are going to be very impressed. People are going to be very happy… I think our whole relationship with North Korea and the Korean Peninsula is going to be a very much different situation than it has in the past.” Describing Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump said he was “a very talented man.” # p #5_14
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in September 2018 and making reference to the historic meeting, Mr. Trump said in the manner of a child explaining the child’s affection for a person of whom the child’s parents disapprove: “He likes me, I like him. We get along. He wrote me two of the most beautiful letters. When I showed one of the letters—just one—to [Japanese] Prime Minister Abe, he said: ‘This is actually a groundbreaking letter.’” # p #6_14
Prior to the February 2019 meeting in Singapore, Mr. Trump said of his relationship with Mr. Kim: “It’s a very interesting thing to say, but I’ve developed a very, very good relationship. We’ll see what that means. But he’s never had a relationship with anybody from this country and hasn’t had lots of relationships anywhere.” # p #7_14
Notwithstanding Mr. Trump’s ardor, the February 2019 summit was cut short by Mr. Trump because he and Mr. Kim could not come to an agreement on the United States lifting economic sanctions and on North Korea cutting back its nuclear arsenal. Mr. Trump explained that “I’d much rather do it [a deal] right than do it fast.” # p #8_14
Mr. Pompeo, the secretary of state who accompanied Mr. Trump on the trip, commented on the early termination of the summit, saying, “We are certainly closer today [to an agreement] than we were 36 hours ago, and we were closer then, than we were a month or two before that.” # p #9_14
Success in negotiations with North Korea is a bit like beauty—it is in the eye of the beholder. What unconfirmed reports say happened in North Korea following the second meeting suggests that Mr. Kim was not quite as pleased with its results as Mr. Pompeo had been. If reports are accurate, Mr. Kim attributed the failure of the talks to four of his representatives and to make sure such an embarrassing failure would not happen again, the negotiators were lined up in front of a firing squad and executed. # p #10_14
During an interview on an ABC News program, Mr. Pompeo was asked about the reported execution and in response, he simply smiled or, as some described it, smirked, while declining to add anything to the reports but saying , “It does appear that the next time we have serious conversations, my counterpart will be someone else.” Here is why Mr. Pompeo smirked. # p #11_14
He is mildly amused by the fact that those negotiators were working for a man whose retributive actions towards his negotiators was so violent. Mr. Pompeo knows that those negotiators work for the same kind of manipulative, corrupt, and unpredictable tyrant as he. Mr. Pompeo smirked because he knows that it was only luck of the draw that he works for Mr. Trump, who lacks the ability, if not the wish, to have those who displease him shot. If he could, he would. He can’t. Mr. Trump’s remedies for dealing with those who displease him is to utter the famous two-word phrase: “You’re fired.” # p #12_14
Mr. Pompeo smirked because he knows how much those who were shot would have preferred to be part of the corrupt Trump White House team rather than the corrupt North Korean entourage, and he knows how lucky he is to be working for his nut job instead of the other one. # p #13_14
There is in truth, little to smirk about when the person who is smirking works for Trump instead of Kim. Both men are beneath contempt. # p #14_14 # ad skipped = NULL
PrestoPay’s Cashless Raya Bazaar
Blogroll PrestoPay’s Cashless Raya Bazaar PrestoPay launched its first ever truly Cashless Raya Bazaar in preparation for the upcoming Raya celebrations on 16th May 2019. The Bazaar is held for three days at Quill City Mall KL from 16th to 18th May, offering customers a range of products across various categories from more than thirty (30) merchants with irresistible deals up to 70% discount. (L – R) Mr. Jason Tong, (Head of eMoney, PUC Berhad), Mr. William Lim (Chief Executive Officer, AFO Radio), Mr. Cheong Chia Chou (Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, PUC Berhad), Mr. Alan Cheong (Centre Manager of Quill City Mall KL) during the launch of PrestoPay Cashless Raya Bazaar At PrestoPay’s Cashless Raya Bazaar , customers will experience an array of curated pop-up stalls featuring brands like Kluang RailCoffee, Mon Cheri Essentials, SunQuick Juice and Deka Electrical over eight (8) different categories consisting of food and beverage, gadgets, travel and entertainment, health and beauty, groceries, fashion, sports and home electronics to complete their Raya needs. Customers will also be able to enjoy exclusive deals as well as discounts of up to 70% on products. PUC Berhad’s Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, CHEONG Chia Chou said, “Going cashless enables convenient and seamless experience for both merchants and customers. Unlike physical cash, cashless payments are easy, safe, secure, quick as well as offers various discounts and cashback. To-date, 67% of Malaysians use some form of cashless payment such as mobile wallets, debit and credit cards as well as online banking. We at Presto will constantly strive to educate consumers through on-ground events, such as our Cashless Raya Bazaar in order to continuously increase exposure and showcase the convenience of going cashless especially through mobile wallets.” PrestoPay estimates to gain up to RM1 million in targeted sales and anticipates a total footfall of 10,000 customers across the three-day long bazaar event at Quill City Mall KL. For greater convenience and to encourage cashless shopping experience for all Quill City Mall KL customers, the bazaar is also open to other mobile wallet payment methods, namely Boost, WeChat Pay and many more.Official venue partner, Centre Manager of Quill City Mall KL, Mr Alan Cheong said, “We are always looking for new ways to attract and benefit our customers. Hence, by partnering with PrestoPay to roll out its first truly Cashless Raya Bazaar, we are confident that all attending customers at the bazaar will benefit from the seamless shopping experience. We look forward to continued partnership with Presto in encouraging our customers to use their electronic devices and further ease and upgrade overall shopping experience in our mall.” During the three-day long event, first-time users who download and register with Presto will be eligible to spin the wheel and win up to 2,000 mystery gifts daily. PrestoPay is also hosting a ‘Spend and Win’ contest with mystery prizes for nine (9) selected top spenders throughout the three-day bazaar period. Three (3) mystery prizes will be awarded to three (3) top spending PrestoPay users daily. PrestoPay was introduced in year 2018 and is a unique mobile wallet accessible via Presto app, a revolutionary home-grown social marketing app operated by PUC Berhad. PrestoPay offers hassle-free cashless payments for online and offline retail transactions, prepaid mobile reloads, bill payments, money transfer, top up and withdrawal services for consumers as an alternative payment solution. The Presto app is available for download in both App Store and Google Play. For more information about Presto app and its mobile wallet PrestoPay , visit https://www.prestouniverse.com/presto . Reactions:
Top facts about Billy Joel’s wife Alexis Roderick that every fan should know
1 hour ago General Naij 18 Known for his musical skills as well as a mile long list of broken marriages, people were shocked when the legendary Billy Joel got married again in 2015. While Alexis Roderick and Billy had been dating since 2009, people were not expecting that the “piano man” would tie the knot again. Once the news broke out about the marriage, even more people rushed to find out who she was. Here is our take on Billy Joel wife Alexis Roderick bio. Image: twitter.com, @trendolizer Source: Twitter No one knows more about being shoved into the limelight for dating a celebrity more than Alexis Roderick. From being completely unknown in the pop culture space to being the centre of attention all over the world, the equestrian has had to learn quite fast how to deal with the pitfalls of fame. Alexis Roderick profile summary Name: Alexis Roderick Date of birth: 1982 Net worth: Estimated at $200 million Nationality: American Ethnicity: Caucasian Education: Stony Brook University Husband: Billy Joel Children: Remy Anne and Della Rose Occupation: Equestrian READ ALSO: Brittany Renner bio: birthday, age, height, career Alexis Roderick age She keeps her life pretty private, so other than being born in 1982, not much else is known about her. She has never disclosed the exact date or month that her birthday lands on. It should be noted that Alexis and her husband have a 33-year difference between them, seeing as Billy Joel was born in 1949. Image: twitter.com, @1013theriver Source: Twitter Alexis Roderick height and body measurements Mostly famed as being Billy Joel’s wife he radiant beauty with phenomenal look stands at an average height of 5ft and 5inches. In her pictures with the husband, she always looks to be slightly taller than the music legend. She also has a trim and well-kept figure even after giving birth to two beautiful girls. Image: twitter.com, @closerweekly Source: Twitter Alexis Roderick equestrianism To those who might not know, equestrianism is the skill or sport of horse riding. Before she met and married Billy, Alexis was an accomplished career woman at Morgan Stanley, a wealth management company, with a love of horses. She always loved riding them and participating in equestrian competitions. At one point the now 37-year-old was active in the US equestrian federation Since being married, her love of horses and equestrianism has spread to her husband. While he does not compete, the couple has been spotted at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center watching the showjumping of the Winter Equestrian Festival. To further support his wife’s love of horses and sports involving horses, Billy Joel dropped an exorbitant amount of $3.5 million and bought her beautifully maintained five-acre farm where she could keep the equestrian horses that she already owned, buy more and continue practising her riding. The ranch is designed for horses that specialize in dressage, an equestrian sport where horse and rider are expected to perform predetermined movements and walks from memory. It was an odd purchase for the accomplished musician since all his properties before have been beachfront properties. He made a huge and expensive exception for his wife just to make her happy. From the above Alexis Roderick bio, it is clear to see that she is an extremely private person despite being in the limelight due to her husband’s fame. She has no social media presence, but from the small glimpses of her and her extravagant life, she looks happy and content with her husband and their two beautiful daughters. READ ALSO: Elyse Willems bio: age, height, maiden name, husband, baby Source: Legit.ng
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22 Wellness Logo Ideas Perfect For 2019
Tweet 0 Share 0 Wellness brands inspire and empower people to take steps to optimize their physical and mental health. While, many companies are active in this field with products like day spas, health food stores, gyms, yoga centers, and treatment centers. A new entrant in this market has to compete with the major players to survive and then grow. In their endeavor to make it big in their niche markets, they need perfect wellness logo ideas.
Logos are the visuals present everywhere. They are present on the products or services of a wellness company. Being the face of a company, logos are right at the topmost space on advertisements. So, the first thing a customer sees about a business is its logo.
This should prompt a new wellness startup to ensure that a unique logo represents it. Often, people build a perception of a new company based on the quality of its logo design. With such a business symbol, you can even hope to establish a distinct identity.
But most wellness brands use conventional symbols in their logos. These symbols are leaves and trees for growth, apples for nutrition, hands for safety and connection, and lotus flower for a yoga studio. Similarly, fitness brand logos have mountains for an adventure.
However, these clichéd symbols and images are not advisable to use. People do not respond to the images they see so often. Therefore, if you want to have a generic logo, then ensure that it is based on a unique idea. Even when using conventional symbols, try to give a modern twist to them. This way, you can make the logos unique and stand out.
Now, since new logo trends emerge every year, you must be curious about the current year. To help you get an insight into the design trends making round, we have assembled a list. Take A Look At The Top Wellness Logo Ideas For 2019 01. Eksir Health
The Eksir Health deals in psychiatric issues and helps people in their sound mental well being. Its logo has two elements. One is the brand shape, and the other is the ECG signs.
The combination of these brains and heart symbols gives a clear message of keeping your good emotional health. Blue and green colors stand for health and socialization. This logo is unique because of the liner art it uses to design both the elements. 02. Higher State
The Higher State logo is an excellent example of how modern wellness logo ideas are evolving quickly. This logo does not rest on conventional symbols. Instead, it uses the new symbols of brain and connectivity lines.
The designer shows two parts of the brain with one responsible for arts and creativity, and the other for calculation. Since the company helps people train their mind, the logo shows the two vital functions of the brain. To design a logo , you can experiment with unique elements to give it a remarkable fresh look.
Remember that when designing your company logo, you need to do some market research. You should ask some vital questions before you set out to create your logo . 03. Bondzest
Bondzest is an online marketplace for clients who want to resolve their issues related to family relationships. The marketplace works as a place for therapists. Here, in the company logo, you can notice the use of two conventional heart symbols.
But the designer turned the symbol to make it look like family people. This logo is also a great example of line art as one line is twisted to make two hearts. This gives the feeling of a connected family. We can say that it is undoubtedly one of the most appealing health and wellness logos. Looking For a Wellness Logo Design?
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HotBox provides saunas facility to people who want to detox their bodies by taking a sauna bath. You can see the logo having a fire symbol, representing the sauna technique.
The square shape well represents the box part of the company name. To make the design look unique, the square size is big. The grey, yellow, and orange colors give the logo a touch of sophistication. 05. GLDNHRT
GLDNHRT is a new brand that deals with the issues related to anxiety and panic attacks. People suffering from this disease are under severe pressure to keep a balance of mind.
To express this issue, its wellness logo idea has a golden heart. This represents a strong body and mind. The designer successfully conveys the message of caring. Such health and wellness logos make a great first impression on viewers. 06. Botnee
The company Botnee sells CBD products. Cannabidiol [CBD] has potential therapeutic advantages. It is anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and has seizure-suppressant properties.
To illustrate such benefits, the company’s logo simply has the cannabis plant as a visual element. The letter ‘O’ is shaped in the leaf shape and the plant leaf rests inside of it. It looks like a simple design, but it conveys its message clearly.
Such health and wellness logo ideas are fully capable of conveying a message of elegance and sophistication of a company’s services. 07. Heal Like A Mother
‘Heal Like a Mother’ is a community for women who are going through postpartum depression and other related complications. The community lends support and access to healing therapies such as acupuncture, massage, nutrition, etc. It projects a caring mother having her baby. The logo reflects peace, calmness, and hope.
If you want to create such logos on your own, use an online logo maker . Such software comes equipped with several symbols, colors, and typefaces with drag and drop features. You can also use some alternative software to design your logo. 08. Veronica Whetsel
Veronica Whetsel is in the business of providing services regarding physical therapy and therapeutic yoga. It helps people in getting relief from back pain, arthritis, neck pain, and other injuries.
Its logo uses a conventional yoga asana surrounded by green leaves. The asana looks like a flame, which expresses hope and light. Green and maroon colors used in the logo stand for passion and health. It surely is one of the exciting yoga logos . 09. Daly Wellness
You can notice a clean text with two fonts in this Daly Wellness company logo. The logo expresses the company’s business of personal training life coaching and nutrition consulting. It evokes the feelings of a healthy lifestyle. Also, it shows us to reflect unique physical fitness logo ideas .
As you can notice, every element in this design demonstrates the robustness of a healthy male body. The conventional leaves, chains, round shape, muscular body of a trained professional and bold text, all convey the message very well. 10. CBD Demand
This company is in the business of selling CBD products for health and wellness. The CBD is part of the medical marijuana industry. The company wants to target people in the upper 20’s to the elderly.
Therefore, the logo has some seriousness to the design. There is black color dominating the logo while shades of greens are also present. These colors represent the power and health of different health and wellness logo ideas. 11. Thrive
Thrive is a chiropractic and wellness center. The company has all caps lettering style logo with no cursive type font. It is one of those wellness logo ideas that prefer a thicker font to a thin font. At the same time, the font is not too modern. There is nothing playful about this clean looking logo. A circle with many dots is for giving the business symbol a visual identity.
One of the wellness symbol logo design tips that you can get from this design is the use of minimalistic principles. It uses the minimum number of features to create a design. 12. Doctoryu
Doctoryu is in the interventional pain management industry. Its logo looks simple and beautiful. You can also notice that there is some fun element added to the design. This is because the medicine is usually a strict and serious sector. So, the fun element gives a message of some playfulness and assurance of painless treatment. 13. Twin Flames
Twin Flames provides Reiki and Shamanic services, which is about energy healing. The company also delivers spiritual classes and psychic readings. Its logo is amongst those wellness logo ideas which rely on a tree symbol to convey a message.
The company name finds representation in the flame like branches of the tree. The red color evokes the passion of the company in providing healing services while the green evokes good health.
Remember that when you start a company with unique health and wellness business ideas, you need different logos. This is an excellent example with a logo matching with its unique business idea. 14. Mineral Life
Mineral Life is a firm in the business of providing health and wellness consulting services. The blue color evokes intelligence and friendliness. These feelings are associated with our health and wellbeing. Shades of blue provide the essential contrast that gives the logo a visual contrast. This logo looks clean, crisp, fresh, and professional. 15. Functional
Functional is an evidence-based supplement company. The company’s logo looks a professional yet natural design. We can say that the success of this design is in portraying the best of nature and science. You can find out a yoga studio logo using elements from nature to express its core message. 16. BTO Wellness
The company name BTO stands for Beat the Odds. This wellness company intends to target overweight or obese Americans. These are the people who try hard for weight reduction by dieting but gain back weight within three years.
To express this, the designer used a lion head figure as a symbol for the strong will to reduce the weight. The lion is also a symbol of dominance and fight. You can see a crown on the lion’s head in the logo which represents the ultimate victory over the weight-related issues. The logo is also an excellent example of representing health and wellness business ideas correctly. 17. Pwer
Pwer wishes to create a community of supporters for females. The company wants every female to succeed in life. So, it targets female entrepreneurs and helps them reach their professional goals by helping them to be physically fit.
The company also helps women in their issues related to beauty and motherhood. This workout logo uses pink as a dominant color. The letters are thin but not too thin to express feminine elegance and a strong will to succeed. 18. Sankofa
Sankofa is a holistic consulting services provider company. Its logo is one of those wellness logo ideas that use conventional symbols to convey a brand message. Sankofa is a word in the Twi language. It means ‘’ Go back and get it”.
But it also refers to a symbol that is represented by a bird whose head is turned backwards and feet forward. It also carries an egg. The logo thus plays with some cultural and conventional element to catch the audience’s attention. 19. TruRelief CBD
Tru Relief CBD aims at giving the patients relief from pain naturally. To express this brand message, the designer created a figure of a happy customer who is ecstatic with joy. The medical aid sign and a drop symbol stand for the value of caring. This logo, like many other wellness logo ideas, uses blue and green. 20. Arise CBD
Arise CBD sells CBD supplements in the US. The company intends to sell four products namely Tincture, Tablets, Drink Mix, Vaporizers. The company’s logo is a single color that looks good. The overall look of the logo is that of a marijuana leaf. The ascending lines in the design express the company name Arise. 21. The Well
The Well is a company with a growing team of business owners whom the company owner coaches. This health and wellness company offers products to make life better. The company was rebranding and needed a modern logo that is an impressive design.
We can say that this is one of the unique wellness logo ideas. It is in the shape of a drop that reflects the purity of the team spirit. The letter ‘W’ in its name is beautifully carved out in the middle of the design. 22. Integration
The owner of Integration is a psychologist doing private practice. This logo is a simple design which relies on bold fonts to convey its message. The green color in the logo represents the element of nature and spirituality.
This fitness logo design is a straightforward piece of work with no symbols with stylish design involved. Such logos give the message of high-quality expert services from a business owner. Are You Looking for a New Graphic Designer? If Yes, Call Us on +1 (415)-853-3655 [times for calling 9am to 6pm EST (US)] or Register for a Free Design Consultation Wrapping Up Wellness logo ideas should reflect all those values that a brand in this field represents. These new logo ideas for 2019 are unique in many ways. They use new symbols to express elegance and caring associated with physical and mental wellbeing. If you want to have one such logo for your startup, think of outsourcing the design work to Designhill . This leading marketplace is an ideal platform to create a broad category of graphic designs, including logos. You can quickly start a design contest for your business and get many unique ideas as well as your winning logo for your company. Henny Kel a.k.a I am a graphic, web designer and blogger with over 6 years experience. I am very passionate about anything related to design and spends copious amounts of time hidden behind a book or a screen and reading about design. Twitter | Google + Contact