Some 235 retired senior military officers have signed a letter backing the reelection of President Donald Trump and warning that electing former Vice President Joe Biden would lead to growing influence in government by “socialists and Marxists.”
A letter released Monday by the Trump-Pence campaign was signed by eight four-star generals or admirals, 42 three-star generals or admirals and at least one Medal of Honor recipient: retired Marine Maj. Gen. Jim Livingston.
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“It can be argued that this is the most important election since our country was founded,” the open letter from the retired officers said. “With the Democratic Party welcoming to socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake.”
“We believe that President Donald Trump is committed to a strong America,” the letter continued. “As president, he will continue to secure our borders, defeat our adversaries, and restore law and order domestically.”
Announcing endorsements from retired military leaders has become a mainstay for campaigns of both parties, a play to the bipartisan support and credibility the military enjoys.
In 2016, the Trump campaign announced endorsements from 88 retired military officers; the campaign of Hillary Clinton announced endorsements from 110 retired military officers.
The endorsements for Trump from respected military leaders came close on the heels of allegations from anonymous sources that the president had routinely insulted the Pentagon’s leadership and called those who died in battle “losers” and suckers. Those claims were reported in a Sept. 3 story in The Atlantic.
Several other news organizations, including Fox News, have partly confirmed the allegations, but Trump has dismissed the report as a “total lie.”
In August, 73 former national security officials in Republican administrations and former Republican lawmakers issued an open letter backing Biden, saying “it is imperative that we stop Trump’s assault on our nation’s values and institutions.”
The list of retired officers and the letter have been posted on the Trump-Pence campaign website and can be seen here.
— Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.
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Geneva introduces world’s highest minimum wage of £3,500 per month
Geneva is to introduce a minimum monthly wage of nearly £3,500, the highest in the world, in response to growing poverty since the coronavirus outbreak.
Geneva has been hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic because it relies on revenue from tourists and business visitors. At the height of the coronavirus crisis, queues more than half a mile long formed at food banks.
The canton’s 500,000 voters approved the minimum wage, proposed by Left-wing parties, by a 58-per-cent majority in a referendum, after rejecting it twice in 2014 and 2011.
The measure will benefit some 30,000 low-paid workers, two-thirds of them women, many employed as cleaners or in restaurants or hairdressers. More than 300,000 of Switzerland’s workers live in neighbouring France, where costs are lower. Most commute to jobs in the Geneva canton, or region.
Michel Charrat of the European Cross-Border Group, which supports cross-border workers, told France 3 television that the vote result marked a “movement of solidarity” with the poor that would help “restore a certain balance among the people of Greater Geneva”.
From October 17, the minimum hourly wage will be 23 Swiss francs (almost £19.50), more than double the rate in neighbouring France or in the UK. It also exceeds the world’s current highest minimum wage of over £11 per hour in Australia. The guaranteed minimum monthly salary in Geneva for a 41-hour week will be 4,086 Swiss francs (£3,437).
Mr Charrat said: “Covid showed that a certain section of the Swiss population cannot live in Geneva… 4,000 Swiss francs a month (£3,362) is the minimum to stay above the poverty line.” Rents in Geneva are often more than 2,000 Swiss francs a month, he added.
Switzerland has Europe’s highest average annual wage of more than £57,000, compared to nearly £35,500 in the UK, but the prosperous Alpine country sets no national minimum wage.
Geneva will be the third Swiss canton to adopt one. Jura and Neuchâtel have both introduced a minimum hourly wage of 20 Swiss francs (£16.85).
Geneva is rated the world’s tenth most expensive city, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2020 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, with Paris in fifth place. London is not among the 10 costliest cities in the survey.
According to another cost-of-living index compiled by Expatistan, Geneva is the world’s second most expensive city. It rates London ninth.
Switzerland sets no national minimum wage and Geneva will be the third Swiss canton to adopt one. Jura and Neuchâtel have both introduced a minimum hourly wage of 20 Swiss francs (£16.85).
Left-wing parties in Switzerland argue that introducing a minimum wage is a better way to address the rising cost of living than limiting immigration from EU member-states, as proposed by Right-wingers. They argue that immigrant workers have pushed up housing costs and lowered wages.
But Swiss voters rejected a proposal to end free movement from EU member-states in a national referendum on Sunday.
Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones are on sale at Amazon
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“These are the best Beats so far. They sound very good and less bass heavy than previous models. Sound is really crisp,” wrote a delighted five-star reviewer. “Very worth it. The Noise Canceling feature is so good. You basically cannot hear anything around you!”
The Beats have up to a whopping 40 hours of battery life per charge, which means you don’t have to be tethered to a wall outlet all day long. In fact, they pump out a solid stream of music with top-notch audio for nearly two days. This is pretty impressive, considering that most wireless headphones tap out after about 30 hours.
If you’re an iPhone user, you can pair your iOS device automatically with the tech giant’s built-in H1 technology for instant sync. This is the same technology that instantly syncs AirPods to mobile devices. And Apple’s voice assistant Siri is included with these noise-canceling babies!
“Siri works really well,” shared a satisfied shopper. “Saying ‘Hey Siri’ will immediately lower the volume (so you know the command was heard) and within a second Siri will answer or execute a command, then the music will resume at normal volume.”
An adjustable fit and cushioned ear cups make these premium wireless headphones comfortable to wear for long periods of time. Plus, they come with a Lightning to USB-A charging cable and handy carrying case, so your headphones won’t get scratched or damaged when not in use.
Not convinced? Perhaps this five-star reviewer put it best: “The Beats Solo Pro are absolutely phenomenal!”
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