Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

By Rozanna Latiff

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Southeast Asian countries withdrew a statement that expressed the region’s deep concerns over tension in the South China Sea, where China is involved in protracted territorial disputes with some of its neighbors.

The strongly-worded statement by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), released by the Malaysian foreign ministry, did not name China directly but warned against raising tension in the waters, where Beijing has been building artificial islands and increasing its military presence.

“We expressed our serious concerns over recent and ongoing developments, which have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and which may have the potential to undermine peace, security and stability in the South China Sea,” said the statement, which was issued following a meeting in the Chinese city of Kunming between foreign ministers from ASEAN and China.

But just hours later, a Malaysian ministry spokeswoman recalled the statement, saying “urgent amendments” needed to be made and an updated version would be distributed.

However, no updated joint statement was later issued and the spokeswoman said countries would now issue individual statements.

China lays historical claim to most of the South China Sea, with its “Nine Dash line” stretching deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia, covering hundreds of disputed islands and reefs, rich fishing grounds and oil and gas deposits. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei have overlapping claims over the region, through which trillions of dollars in ship-borne trade passes every year.

China said the media was hyping up the issue, and that the original statement was not an official ASEAN document.

“This meeting was a closed-door meeting and from the beginning there was no preparation to make a joint statement,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang at a regular briefing.


Ian Storey, an analyst at Singapore’s ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute, said the retraction of the initial statement showed the lack of unity between ASEAN members on the South China Sea disputes.

“The initial statement repeated ASEAN’s existing concerns over China’s artificial island building and the militarization of the dispute, but also countered China’s position that the dispute should be settled by the parties directly concerned and that it is not an issue between ASEAN and China.

“Perhaps this proved too much for some of the member states and the statement was withdrawn.”

The ASEAN-China meeting was held ahead of a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague on a case brought by the Philippines contesting Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea.

China has refused to recognize the case and says all disputes should be resolved through bilateral talks.

The case has become the center of an international diplomatic arm wrestle, with the United States and its allies insisting on international law being obeyed and China saying it has widespread support for its position, including from some ASEAN members.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement on the Kunming meeting, made no reference to the earlier ASEAN statement but echoed its concerns over increased military build-up in the South China Sea, “especially the large-scale accretion and embellishment and construction of the reefs, the militarization of the artificial islands and actions of sovereignty claims that are not based on international law”.

Singapore and Indonesia, meanwhile, took a softer tone, calling on ASEAN and China to “continue working together to maintain the peace and stability of the South China Sea”.

An Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the initial statement was a “media guideline” which had been prepared for a planned press conference for the conclusion of the meeting.

“However, because of the meeting dynamics where the meeting extended a few hours past schedule, the press conference was canceled and a number of ASEAN FMs had to leave immediately,” Armanatha Nasir told Reuters by text message.

(Additional reporting by Mai Nguyen in Hanoi, Kanupriya Kapoor in Jakarta, Greg Torode in Hong Kong and Michael Martina in BEIJING; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Nick Macfie)

“They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing,” Trump said of Muslims entering the U.S.

One day after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history in Orlando, Donald Trump re-upped his call for banning Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Speaking in New Hampshire, the presumptive Republican nominee framed the Orlando shooting as largely an immigration issue. “Although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on,” Trump said of halting Muslims entering the country. “We have to do it. It will be lifted, this ban, when as a nation we’re in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country. They’re pouring in and we don’t know what we’re doing.”

Trump first called for banning Muslim entry to the U.S. in the wake of December’s San Bernardino shooting.

“The bottom line is that the only reason the killer was in America in the first place was because we allowed his family to come here,” Trump said of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan immigrant parents. “That is a fact, and it’s a fact we need to talk about.”

Earlier Monday, Trump insinuated that President Obama sympathized with Mateen. Mateen’s father has said he does not forgive his son, who was killed in a shootout with police after the attack.

“The Muslims have to work with us,” Trump said. “They know what is going on.”

Trump also attacked his likely general election foe, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “She supports so much of what is wrong and what is wrong with the country and what is going wrong with our country and our borders,” Trump said. “She has no clue in my opinion what radical Islam is… She’s in total denial, and her continuing reluctance to ever name the enemy broadcasts weakness around the entire world.”

Trump also said Clinton’s calls for gun control contribute to the problem.

“She wants to take away Americans’ guns and then admit the very people who want to slaughter us,” he said. “Let them come into the country, we don’t have guns, let them in, they can have all the fun they want.”

Trump added that “Hillary Clinton can never claim to be a friend of the gay community,” as long as she supports immigration from nations that oppress homosexuality.

In a unique move for a Republican presidential nominee, he set himself up as a bigger ally to the LGBT community: “It’s a strike at the heart and soul of who we are as a nation,” Trump said of the Orlando shooter targeting a gay bar. “It’s an assault on the ability of free people to live their lives, love who they want, and express their identity. It’s an attack on the right of every single American to live in peace and safety in their country.”

Trump’s speech directly followed one by Clinton. During her talk, Clinton said “today is not a day for politics” and largely stayed away from hitting Trump, never mentioning him by name. She called for gun control, outlined plans to defeat ISIS abroad and in the U.S., and criticized Trump’s controversial proposals to ban and watch Muslims in the U.S. as “[hurting] the vast majority of Muslims who love freedom and hate terror.”

Early Sunday morning, Mateen opened fire in Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded.

Jordan Romero with Peyton Manning (credit: CBS)

LAFAYETTE, Colo. (CBS4) – A young boy who was badly injured after getting struck by a vehicle in Lafayette got a surprise visit from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

According to Chelsea Romero, on Tuesday her son Jordan, 8, was struck by a truck while riding his bike.

“He has now suffered a broken arm and a broken hip. He has had to get stitches in three different places on his body and is in a tremendous amount of pain. He has road burn, is bruised and has cuts all over his whole body,” Romero said on the family’s GoFundMe page.

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stopped by the hospital to visit with Jordan.

The family is asking for help with their medical bills since Jordan’s parents will be missing work as they help with his recovery.

Prinsesse Catherine, hertuginne av Cambridge, født Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth Middleton. Hun kommer fra en middelklassefamilie i Reading i Berkshire og er utdannet i kunsthistorie ved universitetet i St. Andrews. På universitetet traff hun prins William, og de utviklet et forhold.

Høsten 2010 ble det kunngjort forlovelse mellom prins William og Kate Middleton. Ved bryllupet i Westminster Abbey 29. april 2011 fikk hun tittelen prinsesse Catherine, hertuginne av Cambridge.

22. juli 2013 fødte hertuginnen en sønn, George Alexander Louis, som er nummer tre i arverekkefølgen til den britiske trone. 2. mai 2015 ble datteren Charlotte født.

NASCAR: Keeping Jeff Gordon In The No. 88 Is Hurting HMS

by Dhruva Byrapatna

No.NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon is committed to the No. 88 for the rest of the 2016 season if that’s what Hendrick Motorsports needs. However, is that the right call and what’s best for the No. 88 team?

While NASCAR’s most popular driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been sidelined with his concussion symptoms, Jeff Gordon has been filling in for Hendrick Motorsports, driving a car other than the No. 24 for the first time in his NASCAR career. Gordon has run decently, placing 13th at Indianapolis and 14th at Watkins Glen, and is slated to drive for Dale Jr. until after Bristol. But should Gordon be the one filling in? Or should another younger driver take the reins until Earnhardt’s return?

While Jeff Gordon’s return to the track is a feel-good story, it’s not the best option for Hendrick Motorsports’ long term future. With Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s career in jeopardy, Kasey Kahne struggling in the No. 5, and Jimmie Johnson getting older, the team needs to begin looking towards the future. The team’s development program has lagged behind Roush, Gibbs, and Penske for several years. With the exception of Chase Elliott, Hendrick hasn’t produced any highly touted prospects since Brad Keselowski jumped ship to Team Penske in 2010.

Hendrick Motorsports does have talented drivers in the XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Justin Allgaier is currently running 5th in the Nationwide Series for JR Motorsports. Drivers such as Alex Bowman and Regan Smith have performed admirably in part-time rides as well. In the truck series, 18 year old Cole Custer has shown a lot of promise. Although he’s struggled in the team’s first full year, his limited XFINITY starts have shown off his potential.

Hendrick’s future in NASCAR would be better served by taking advantage of Dale Jr.’s absence.

Despite Jr.’s statements that he wants to return to the car and extend his contract with Hendrick, another head injury could force him out of the ride for good. Instead of keeping Jeff Gordon in the No. 88 Chevy, the team would be better off cycling Bowman, Allgaier, and Custer through the ride. Gordon draws fans, but doesn’t help Hendrick prepare for the future. Giving drivers such as Allgaier, who scored a top-10 at the upcoming Bristol race last year despite driving for HScott Motorsports, would give the team a better handle on the quality of their prospects.

It’s no secret that Hendrick Motorsports has struggled this year. While still one of NASCAR’s top teams, they’ve lost ground to Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske. The team needs to start planning for the future, looking for the next driver to be the face of the franchise alongside Chase Elliott. Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s absence, although tough for the team and driver alike, is a rare opportunity for Rick Hendrick to get a glimpse of his team’s future. For the good of the team, Jeff Gordon should step out of the ride after Bristol (is still needed) and let a younger driver get a chance to race in the Sprint Cup Series.

Hogan won a $140 million lawsuit against Gawker over the website’s publishing of a sex tape he was in.


By Jessica DiNapoli

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose lawsuit against Gawker Media LLC precipitated its bankruptcy, will serve on the committee of unsecured creditors, according to a court filing.

The U.S. Trustee, a bankruptcy watchdog, appointed Hogan to the committee on Friday. Hogan won a $140 million judgment against Gawker in a lawsuit after the gossip website published an excerpt from a sex tape in which he appeared.

Gawker filed for bankruptcy this month with a plan to sell itself to online publisher Ziff Davis LLC for $90 million, setting the floor for bids in a court-supervised auction scheduled to take place later this summer.

The committee makes sure value is maximized for creditors, and in this case will ensure the sale generates the biggest recovery possible, according to attorneys familiar with the case.

Argentina’s Lionel Messi, left, and Bolivia’s Diego Bejarano fight for the ball during a Copa America Centenario Group D soccer match, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) — By the time Lionel Messi checked in at halftime, Erik Lamela, Ezequiel Lavezzi and the rest of his teammates had Argentina well on its way to the top spot in Group D of the Copa America.

Lamela and Lavezzi scored 2 minutes apart early in the first half, Victor Cuesta scored his first international goal later in the half and Argentina dominated Bolivia 3-0 on Tuesday night to be the only team in the entire tournament to win all three group games.

Messi subbed on at the beginning of the second half for his most extensive game action since Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 to win the Copa del Rey on May 22.

In the time since, Messi suffered a back injury, testified in his tax fraud trial in Spain and scored a hat trick off the bench in a 5-0 win over Panama last week.

But the goals came from his teammates as Argentina clinched a matchup with Venezuela in the quarterfinals. And all that dominance came with Messi relaxing on the bench, hearing his name chanted by the crowd throughout the first half as they eagerly anticipated the chance to see the best player of this generation coming off a memorable reserve performance just a few days earlier against Panama.

“People want to see him. People pay all over the world to see him and he has to deal with that,” Argentina manager Gerardo Martino said through an interpreter. “Sometimes he has to play and sometimes he has to be on the bench but he has that obligation to follow through for the fans who are paying to be there. He has to live with that.”

Argentina is in search of its first major international championship since winning the Copa America in 1993.

“It’s time to think about Venezuela,” Messi said. “Win that game and advance.”

Bolivia last beat Argentina in 2009, but that victory came at nearly 12,000 feet at home in La Paz. At sea level in Seattle, the Bolivians stood no chance.

The closest Messi came to finding the net was a free kick from 30 yards early in the second half that teased the far post but didn’t curl enough. Bolivia’s Diego Bejarano was Messi’s shadow, ignoring anyone else in white with the ball and focusing just on No. 10.

Messi’s best moment came in the 77th minute when he was flagged for offside, but continued the play long enough to nutmeg Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe as he dribbled around the penalty area.

“Regardless of the result, regardless after the first half he knew he was going to play for 45 minutes,” Martino said of Messi. “He is growing compared to the last game. The last game he played 30, today 45 and he is feeling more confident. That is what we were going to do regardless.”

Bolivia played with a defensive posture all night, but it held for all of 13 minutes until Lamela’s free kick deflected off the back of Yasmani Duk and left Lampe moving the wrong direction as the shot found the net.

Two minutes later, Gonzalo Higuain headed down a cross that was saved by Lampe but directed right to Lavezzi who pounded the loose ball into the goal.

And Argentina capped its dominant first half when Lavezzi picked up an assist as his cross was redirected by Cuesta’s toe for his first international goal.

Bolivia didn’t even attempt to play possession, simply clearing balls out of its own end anytime a pass escaped Argentina’s feet. Argentina had 81 percent of the possession in the first half and the only time goalkeeper Sergio Ramos was asked to even move was on the few free kicks Bolivia lofted into the penalty box.

Argentina completed 357 passes in the first half; Bolivia completed 38. For the game, the disparity was 757-61.

“I was very happy to see this test,” Martino said.


By Joe Medved

Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James celebrates with the crowd during a parade to celebrate winning the 2016 NBA Championship in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. June 22, 2016. Aaron Josefczyk | Reuters Cleveland Cavaliers Lebron James celebrates with the crowd during a parade to celebrate winning the 2016 NBA Championship in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. June 22, 2016.

Early in the morning post the Cleveland Cavaliers’ epic triumph in the NBA Finals, I was awakened by my deliriously giddy 9-year-old son, a fellow start-up addict and Cleveland sports fanatic. Together we relived the conclusion of Game 7, which punctuated one of the most implausible comebacks in sports history, orchestrated by one of the greatest leaders to ever step on a basketball court.

Love him or hate him, LeBron James embodies the qualities of a great founder. While sports metaphors are overused in the business world, I think LeBron’s story is a worthy fable for any founder.

Prior to being dubbed “The Chosen One,” LeBron James was raised on welfare by a young, single mother who was constantly on the move, desperate to establish a solid foundation for her son. He slept on borrowed couches and skipped school with frequency. LeBron’s life was transformed in the fourth grade, when his unique athleticism opened the door to stability and thereafter a rapid ascent to stardom. Despite gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated by the time he was a junior in high school, LeBron’s early childhood established a drive and sense of appreciation that made him the greatest basketball player of his generation.

“As in basketball, great companies are built with teams. Every founder needs a supporting cast, and LeBron James has an unparalleled ability to conduct his team. He has been to the NBA Finals six years in a row across two teams with some of the worst supporting casts in league history.”

While many professional athletes come from humble beginnings, precious few emerge as perennial champions. Many of these athletes have exceptional careers, given immense raw talent and a nothing-to-lose mentality. They are willing to run through walls because they have no other way in. They have the audacity to believe they can succeed, when no one has greater expectations for them than themselves. These dynamics are reminiscent of the best founders, people that break the mold with seemingly crazy ideas that become the status quo.

As in basketball, great companies are built with teams. Every founder needs a supporting cast, and LeBron James has an unparalleled ability to conduct his team. He has been to the NBA Finals six years in a row across two teams with some of the worst supporting casts in league history.

How does LeBron get the most out of his team? The night before Game 6, Richard Jefferson, veteran Cleveland Cavaliers guard, penned a candid post about the evolution of the team’s culture over a tumultuous year. Sixteen seasons into the NBA, the 36-year-old Jefferson is the start-up equivalent of an experienced COO or VP of engineering that was recruited to help stabilize the culture of an organization. A quote from his post exemplifies LeBron’s leadership:

“I don’t care if you’re a LeBron ‘fan,’ or not, I have seen it: Bron has something I’ve never seen. The way he says ‘Follow me and I’ll take you there’ with actions, more than words, is like no one else I’ve ever played with. He’s the kind of leader who makes you want to carry the weight, too. I feel indebted to him. We all do.”

Great NBA free agents like Richard Jefferson have many options, and though I love the place, I know that Cleveland is not the most desirable destination. Nonetheless, LeBron has the ability to recruit grizzled veterans to join him in #TheLand. These players bring with them stories of success and failure that teach and inspire younger teammates. In my own career, great partners and entrepreneurs have inspired me to raise the bar, elevating our mutual game with shared wisdom and a healthy dose of pressure to keep up.

LeBron also has the ability to instill discipline in emerging stars, like the brash young sales executive or diva programmer. When he returned to Cleveland from Miami, LeBron brought with him the militaristic approach that was impressed upon him by coaching legend Pat Riley. He demanded focus, dedication, punctuality, and accountability. During the offseason, LeBron called his teammates together for an intense workout in Miami, an equivalent of the team offsite. Throughout the season, he frequently brought the team together for dinners at his home to strengthen their camaraderie.

While many will never forgive the way he initially departed Cleveland, you never hear about LeBron getting in trouble off the court. Quite the opposite, you hear about his dedication to his wife and children, and to his charitable endeavors, where his accomplishments are at a level that matches his on court performance. A key reason for his return home was to provide greater support to his charities in Akron, where he has committed to donating $42 million to send 1,100 underprivileged children to college.

LeBron is the type of leader that successful people want to follow and emulate. Like any great CEO, he can lead by example, taking complete control of his team and carrying them on his back. When necessary, he does the equivalent of closing the big sale or a marathon coding session to get a product out the door.

However, LeBron understands that he and his team are at their best when he distributes responsibilities on the court to trusted teammates, enabling a higher degree of success as a collective. A great CEO’s job is to shine the spotlight, not stand under it. The lights are drawn to LeBron, but he’s the first one to deflect that glow to those around him. That strategy brought gold to his kingdom. Hail to the King!

*Thanks to @marissa for her shared respect for LeBron and inspiration to put out this post

Commentary by Joe Medved, a partner of SB Capital at Lerer Hippeau Ventures. Previously, he was a partner at SoftBank Capital, where he focused on early stage digital media investments, an investor at Constellation Ventures and an investment banker with JPMorgan’s Tech, Media & Telecom Group. He is also chairman emeritus of the New England Venture Network. Follow him on Twitter @joevc.

By Dustin Bartholomew

When it comes to present-day country music megastars, they don’t get much bigger than singer Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert / Courtesy photo

The six-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year winner will be in town for a show at the Walmart AMP on Friday, July 15, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the show.

Lambert broke onto the scene as a finalist of the 2003 reality show, Nashville Star. Since then, she’s claimed several Top 40 country hits, including No. 1 singles White Liar, The House That Built Me and Heart Like Mine.

Her fifth studio album Platiunum debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, making her the first artist in history to have each of her first five albums debut at No. 1.

She’s huge, y’all.

Tickets to the show range from $35.50 to $68.50, but you won’t need to worry about all that if you’re the winner of the following giveaway. Good luck.

How to enter

Leave a comment telling us the name of your favorite Miranda Lambert song, and you’re entered.

What you’ll win

One (1) winner chosen at random will win two (2) general admission tickets to the Miranda Lambert show on July 15 at the AMP.

A few rules (read ‘em carefully):

  • You may only enter this specific contest once.
  • This contest is open to anyone anywhere except Fayetteville Flyer writers, Walton Arts Center employees, AMP employees, and their immediate family members.
  • Contest is open until noon p.m. CST on Thursday, June 23.
    Make sure you leave a valid e-mail address when filling out the comment form since that’s how we’ll contact you if you’ve won. Once we notify the winners, you’ll have 24 hours to respond via email to claim your prize.
  • You’ll have to provide us with your first and last name (if you win) and then be prepared to show a valid photo ID when picking up your tickets.

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It’s not a surprise that Manning will be there for the opener against the Panthers, but it’s awesome to finally get official word.

Peyton Manning has remained hush-hush about his plans after football since retiring in early March. Well, aside from making commercials, that is. You know that will continue with all of this extra time on his hands.

Broncos Country got a glimpse at what he plans to do come Sept. 8.

Manning will attend the opener at Mile High Stadium.

“I look forward to the fall,” he told Mike Kils after the White House visit on Monday. “I’ll be there at the opener when they drop the banners and I have the trophy presentation in the game against Carolina, and I look forward to that.”

As for what he will do next, he’s just enjoying retirement … as much as he can.

“I feel busier than I ever have,” Manning told Klis. “All those people I’ve told the past 18 years, ‘Hey I can’t do that I have practice that day,’ they all know that and, ‘Hey, I know you’re available and you promised to come play in my tournament or you promised to come to my charity event.’

“So I’m paying up on some commitments, and I’m doing some fun stuff as well. I’ve really worked hard to protect my fall weekends. I’m going to have free fall weekends for the first time in 22 years. I’m going to be at the Broncos’ season opener. I think they play theColts in Week 2, I’ll be there. There’s some Giants games I want to go to (to watch his brother Eli play) and get back to see my Tennessee Vols, so football will be a part of my fall but it will be on my schedule.”

It’s not a surprise that Manning will be there for the opener against the Panthers, but it’s awesome to finally get official word.

One question remains: Who will he see replace him at quarterback?