FILE - In this June 21, 2018 file photo, White House chief of staff John Kelly listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a lunch with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington.  Trump says Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year, on Saturday, Dec. 8.  Trump isn’t saying immediately who will replace Kelly, a retired Marine general who has served as chief of staff since July 2017. But the president says an announcement about a replacement will be coming in the next day or two.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
John Kelly was twice forced to deny he had heavily criticised President Trump in private (AP)

President Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave by year end



White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave the job near the end of the year, removing a key force for West Wing discipline from President Donald Trump’s inner circle.

Mr Trump announced Mr Kelly’s impending departure Saturday as he left the White House to travel to attend the Army-Navy football game. He didn’t name a successor.

Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, has emerged as the favourite to replace Mr Kelly. Mr Trump has recently taken the unusual step of inviting Mr Ayers to accompany him on Air Force One, even without Mr Pence present, people familiar with the situation said.

The departure means Mr Trump will have a new top adviser by his side as he confronts a more perilous political climate. The president’s team is simultaneously girding to deal with a Democratic-led House of Representatives, a bruising 2020 re-election campaign and political warfare over the coming report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Mr Kelly, a strong-willed former military commander, imposed a measure of discipline on Trump’s free-wheeling, tumultuous presidency. The retired Marine general clamped down on access to the Oval Office and brought order to the West Wing, though the president’s impulsive style still often prevailed.

Yet Mr Kelly, 68, has no experience in electoral politics. Mr Ayers, a 36-year-old former political consultant, is a veteran Republican operative.

Mr Kelly is following other senior aides who have headed for the exits in recent weeks. White House counsel Don McGahn departed in October, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions was ousted the day after the 6 November midterm elections.

Mr Kelly, a former Trump secretary of homeland security, had committed in July 2018 to stay on as chief of staff through at least 2020. Mr Trump had also asked him to continue in the job through 2024 if the president were to be re-elected.

But there is little chemistry remaining between the president and Mr Kelly, said people familiar with the matter.

Twice in the span of four months, Mr Kelly denied reports that he’d called the president an "idiot," including one account in journalist Bob Woodward’s book about the Trump administration, which was released in early September. Woodward wrote that Kelly often lost his temper and told colleagues that Trump was "unhinged."

"He’s an idiot. It’s pointless to try to convince him of anything. He’s gone off the rails. We’re in Crazytown. I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had," Mr Kelly vented in one meeting, according to Mr Woodward.

After excerpts of the book appeared, Mr Kelly said in a statement that "the idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true." He added that Mr Trump “and I both know this story is total BS.”

Mr Kelly seemed in many ways a perfect fit to lead Mr Trump’s White House. The president has repeatedly filled high-level posts with retired generals, and Mr Kelly’s hard-line views on immigration also squared with those of his boss.

Mr Kelly weathered criticism for his handling of domestic violence allegations that forced out staff secretary Rob Porter in early 2018.

But his instinct to limit access to Mr Trump, especially by the president’s expansive orbit of friends and informal advisers, irritated Mr Trump and made Mr Kelly enemies.

The controversy over Mr Porter wasn’t Mr Kelly’s only setback. He had a knack for incendiary public remarks, especially about immigrants and minorities.

MR Kelly’s comments in May 2018 about the separation of migrant children from their parents were criticiSed as insensitive, after he told NPR that family separations were a "tough deterrent" and that children "will be taken care of -- put into foster care or whatever."

Three months earlier, he told reporters on Capitol Hill that some undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children were “too lazy” to sign up for a program protecting them from deportation.

In 2017, he described Representative Frederica Wilson, a black Democrat, as an “empty barrel” after she criticised Mr Trump’s phone call to the mother of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger. Mr Kelly also inaccurately described one of Ms Wilson’s speeches.

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Mr Kelly drew criticism for his relationship with Congress, and especially his involvement in a failed immigration deal. Senators of both parties charged that he pushed his boss to renege after Democrats believed they had reached agreement on an outline for legislation. Mr Kelly also admitted alerting lawmakers and staffers with hard-right views on immigration before one meeting between Mr Trump and more moderate lawmakers.

Mr Kelly’s exit compounds the sense of flux in an administration in which three communications directors, a national security adviser and a press secretary exited the White House in just over a year, along with many lower-level aides. The president’s staff largely comprises aides who survived a purge Kelly initiated early in his tenure that forced out prominent figures including Steve Bannon and Omarosa Manigault Newman.

TWISTERS

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Rating:+2.5/5

Company profile

Name: Purpl

Co-founders: Karl Naim, Wissam Ghorra, Jean-Marie Khoueir

Based: Hub71 in Abu Dhabi and Beirut

Started: 2021

Number of employees: 12

Sector: FinTech

Funding: $2 million

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Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
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Sarfira

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Rating: 2/5

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The specs

Engine: 6-cylinder, 4.8-litre
Transmission: 5-speed automatic and manual
Power: 280 brake horsepower
Torque: 451Nm
Price: from Dh153,00
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The specs

Engine: 2.5-litre, turbocharged 5-cylinder

Transmission: seven-speed auto

Power: 400hp

Torque: 500Nm

Price: Dh300,000 (estimate)

On sale: 2022

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UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
EMIRATES'S REVISED A350 DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE

Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

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8.50pm Al Rashidiya – Group 2 (TB) $163,000 (T) 1,800m

9.25pm Handicap (TB) $65,000 (T) 1,000m

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: OneOrder
Started: March 2022
Founders: Tamer Amer and Karim Maurice
Based: Cairo
Number of staff: 82
Investment stage: Series A

AS WE EXIST

Author: Kaoutar Harchi 

Publisher: Other Press

Pages: 176

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Company Profile

Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

The specs

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Power: 325hp

Torque: 500Nm

Transmission: 10-speed automatic

Price: From Dh189,700

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THE SPECS

Touareg Highline

Engine: 3.0-litre, V6

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

Power: 340hp

Torque: 450Nm

Price: Dh239,312

What drives subscription retailing?

Once the domain of newspaper home deliveries, subscription model retailing has combined with e-commerce to permeate myriad products and services.

The concept has grown tremendously around the world and is forecast to thrive further, according to UnivDatos Market Insights’ report on recent and predicted trends in the sector.

The global subscription e-commerce market was valued at $13.2 billion (Dh48.5bn) in 2018. It is forecast to touch $478.2bn in 2025, and include the entertainment, fitness, food, cosmetics, baby care and fashion sectors.

The report says subscription-based services currently constitute “a small trend within e-commerce”. The US hosts almost 70 per cent of recurring plan firms, including leaders Dollar Shave Club, Hello Fresh and Netflix. Walmart and Sephora are among longer established retailers entering the space.

UnivDatos cites younger and affluent urbanites as prime subscription targets, with women currently the largest share of end-users.

That’s expected to remain unchanged until 2025, when women will represent a $246.6bn market share, owing to increasing numbers of start-ups targeting women.

Personal care and beauty occupy the largest chunk of the worldwide subscription e-commerce market, with changing lifestyles, work schedules, customisation and convenience among the chief future drivers.

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Publisher: Nintendo
Console: Nintendo Switch
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RESULTS

Argentina 4 Haiti 0

Peru 2 Scotland 0

Panama 0 Northern Ireland 0

SRI LANKA SQUAD

Upul Tharanga (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella
Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana
Chamara Kapugedara, Thisara Perera, Seekuge Prasanna
Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dushmantha Chameera
Vishwa Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Jeffrey Vandersay

French Touch

Carla Bruni

(Verve)

The specs

Engine: 2.3-litre turbo 4-cyl
Transmission: 10-speed auto
Power: 298hp
Torque: 452Nm
Towing capacity: 3.4-tonne
Payload: 4WD – 776kg; Rear-wheel drive 819kg
Price: Price: Dh138,945 (XLT) Dh193,095 (Wildtrak)
Delivery: from August

MATCH INFO

Karnataka Tuskers 110-5 (10 ovs)

Tharanga 48, Shafiq 34, Rampaul 2-16

Delhi Bulls 91-8 (10 ovs)

Mathews 31, Rimmington 3-28

Karnataka Tuskers win by 19 runs

ODI FIXTURE SCHEDULE

First ODI, October 22
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Second ODI, October 25
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune

Third ODI, October 29
Venue TBC


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