OTTAWA – A pair of relative political rookies — Seamus O’Regan and Carla Qualtrough — have been tapped to guide two of the federal Liberal government’s most complex and politically sensitive portfolios: military procurement and veterans affairs.The appointments — Public Services and Procurement for Qualtrough, Veterans Affairs for O’Regan — are big jumps for the pair, who will be wrestling with some difficult challenges even before the ink on their swearing-in papers has dried.O’Regan’s appointment was the more high-profile move, given his background as a national TV host before being elected to federal office in 2015.The rookie backbencher from St. John’s takes over from Calgary MP Kent Hehr, who was demoted to minister for sport and persons with disabilities after a rough tenure in the veterans’ portfolio.The Liberals were elected two years ago on a promise to address many of the complaints veterans had raised about their treatment under the Harper Conservatives.Hehr fulfilled some of those commitments, including the re-opening of nine Veterans Affairs Canada offices closed by the Tories.But he stoked anger and frustration by repeatedly obfuscating on the Liberals’ biggest promise: bringing back lifelong disability pensions, which were replaced by lump-sum payments and a new system of benefits for injured ex-soldiers in 2006.Veterans reacted with mixed emotions to O’Regan’s appointment.Some hoped the former Canada AM host’s personal friendship with Trudeau would translate into real action for veterans, but others feared that the relationship was the main reason he got the job in the first place.During a news conference Monday, Trudeau defended his decision to promote O’Regan, who vacationed with the prime minister and his family on the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas this past Christmas.“He is a friend, that’s true,” Trudeau said in French.“But he’s also someone who has been there to deliver for Newfoundland and Labrador, who’s shown his skills and abilities. He’s certainly going to be an exceptional minister.”The prime minister also stood by O’Regan, whose brother is a senior naval officer, when asked about the new veterans affairs minister’s past struggles with alcohol and mental illness.O’Regan spent Christmas 2015 at a “wellness centre” where he received treatment for alcoholism, a subject he openly discussed Monday when he greeted reporters for the first time as the minister for veterans affairs.“In my case, anyway, there is nothing better than purposeful work,” he said. “This is sweet, and I feel great … the stresses and strains of purposeful work is something that I find completely invigorating, and it keeps me very healthy.”The big question for veterans is whether the Liberals will make good on the promise to bring back the lifelong disability.“It’s irrelevant who the minister is if they don’t have the pension,” said Aaron Bedard, one of six disabled Afghan veterans suing the government in B.C. Superior Court for a return to the pensions.The stakes are high for the government, as well, given the emotional nature of the veterans’ file, which many believe helped scuttle the Conservatives’ re-election efforts two years ago.Qualtrough’s task at Public Services and Procurement Canada isn’t any easier, despite her experience in cabinet as Canada’s most recent minister for sport and people with disabilities.The former Paralympian and ex-sports and disabilities minister takes over from Judy Foote, the longtime Liberal MP who resigned from cabinet last week for family health reasons, at a time when the department is facing big challenges.One is the ongoing effort to fix the federal government’s troubled Phoenix pay system, which has affected thousands of public servants and cost millions of dollars to fix — with no end in sight.Yet Qualtrough is also being thrown into the deep end when it comes to several multibillion-dollar military procurement projects, with decisions looming on naval warships and interim fighter jets.The fighter-jet file in particular is a potential landmine, as everyone waits to see whether the Liberals scrap their plans to buy 18 interim Super Hornets from U.S. aerospace giant Boeing.That decision is expected to come down to whether the U.S. Commerce Department decides this month to penalize Canadian firm Bombardier, which Boeing has accused of unfair trade practices.Qualtrough would not say Monday whether Canada still needs interim fighter jets to strengthen the air force’s aging CF-18 fleet until a full replacement can be purchased.“I can tell you that having been in this job for an hour that it would be premature to come out and answer that question directly,” she said.“But I can assure you as I get briefed up that the fighter jet file will be top on my plates and on my desk and I will be able to provide a more informed decision as soon as I’m briefed up.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.
Bordeaux- Protestors from all over the world gathered in major cities to demand the release of the activists that were sent to prison two months ago in Russia, French daily Le Monde reported on Saturday. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a Dutch woman of Moroccan origins who has been charged with “piracy of an organized group” over protest on an Arctic oil rig owned by state-controlled firm Gazprom.In the UK, several dozens of protesters demonstrated in front of Shell gas stations, a company Greenpeace accuses of drillin in the Arctic in cooperation with Gazprom. “Many of today’s events will focus on the role played by energy giant Gazprom and its commercial partner in the Arctic, Shell. Gazprom has asked the Russian authorities to intervene in the action that led to the arrest of the 30 activists” said Greenpeace in a statement.In Argentina, several events were held in major cities including concerts and photo exhibitions. Activists have symbolically locked themselves in a cage in front of the India Gate in Delhi. The same operation was led on Friday in Paris with Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard as well as French political and cultural personalities. The same day, 200 people signed a petition in Geneva, Switzerland, which will be sent to the Russian ambassador. Earlier this week, superstars Madonna and Paul McCartney expressed their support to the activists.Thirty members of the Arctic Sunrise team were arrested on September 19th by the Russian authorities as they tried to climb an oil platform in the Barents Sea to denounce environmental risks. Among them is Faiza Oulahsen, a 26 year-old Dutch woman of Moroccan origins.All of them face charges of “piracy” and “hooliganism”, and could be sentenced to up to 15 years in jail.
By Yassine MakhouRabat –French demands for increased security become more serious now that Moroccan authorities have announced increased exposure to terrorist threats. Morocco is increasingly vulnerable seeing as the number of Moroccans fighting under the umbrella of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has swelled. In an official advising statement made by the Foreign Ministry, French authorities urged French nationals travelling to Morocco to be vigilant and wary of terrorist activity that may put their lives on line.The French authorities’ warning to its nationals primarily included directives such as, “staying away from gathering places, marches and rallies” as well as “informing local authorities of suspicious movements or behavior.”The French’s growing fears stem from Morocco’s response to terrorist threats which has resulted in an upward shift in France’s state of alert.Edited by Sahar Kian
Rabat – Morocco ranked 34th out of 149 countries in the global level in a list of countries with the largest average of illicit financial flows, according to the think tank Global Financial Integrity (GFI).Produced by the U.S.-based think tank, the report issued on Monday ranks Morocco in 34th place with a whopping $4.1 billion smuggled out of the country per year between 2004 and 2013.The report noted that at least $41 billion went out of Morocco during the decade-long period. The largest amount of money smuggled out of Morocco in a single year was in both 2005 and 2008, when $5.5 million left the country, according to the reportIn the MENA region, several countries are higher on the list than Morocco, including Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Qatar.Topping the list of countries with illicit flows from 2003 to 2014 is China, with an average of $139 billion smuggled annually in that period.It is followed by Russia ($104 billion per year) and Mexico ($52.8 billion per year).The report noted that illicit financial flows first surpassed $1 trillion in 2011 and grew to $1.1 trillion in 2013, marking a dramatic increase from 2004 ($465.3 billion).“This study clearly demonstrates that illicit financial flows are the most damaging economic problem faced by the world’s developing and emerging economies,” said GFI President Raymond Baker, a longtime authority on financial crime.Edited by Timothy Filla
Following a closed-door meeting on Afghanistan, the current Council President, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius, said the members “welcomed the positive changes in Afghanistan as a result of the collapse of the Taliban regime.””They reiterated their support to the Interim Authority of Afghanistan in its efforts to return the country to peace, stability and normalcy and move forward the political process in accordance with the Bonn Agreement,” he said, referring to the accord reached among Afghan factions meeting last month in Germany.At the same time, the Council President said the members had reviewed a report of Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the humanitarian implications of the sanctions imposed against the Taliban by Security Council resolutions 1267, adopted in 1999, and 1333, passed the following year. They were also briefed by the Chairman of the committee monitoring those sanctions, Ambassador Alfonso Valdivieso of Colombia.Members noted that “in view of the latest political developments, some measures imposed by 1267 and 1333 appear to have lost focus and shall have to be adjusted to new realities,” said the President. He added that the members had agreed to exclude the Central Bank of Afghanistan from the list of entities subject to a freeze of all Taliban-controlled funds under resolution 1267.Council members also reaffirmed that the UN should continue to play a central role in supporting the Interim Authority of Afghanistan and the Afghan people in their efforts, and expressed in this regard full support for the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Ambassador Lakhdar Brahimi. Expressing concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, Council members called on all donors to continue providing humanitarian help and to assist with the rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction of Afghanistan, and said they looked forward to the reconstruction conference in Tokyo later this month. In addition, the statement urged all Afghans “to support full and unimpeded access by humanitarian organizations to people in need and to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian workers.” Meanwhile in Kabul, Mr. Brahimi continued his contacts with various officials, including United States Senator Joseph Biden, with whom he discussed the presence of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, as well as the country’s foreign aid needs.”In this respect there was a reference to how quick nations were to pledge funds but how slow they were to deliver cash,” Mr. Brahimi’s spokesman, Ahmad Fawzi, told the press in Kabul.
Denis Leary (left), Frank Langella (center) and Kevin Costner (right) pose in front of the Cleveland Browns logo. The three actors star in ‘Draft Day,’ released April 11.Courtesy of MCTWalking into the movie theater, I had a very clear checklist outlining my hopes for “Draft Day.”“Accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland, make it as realistic as possible and give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind closed doors in a real NFL front office,” I thought to myself. “If it does all those things well, this film should be a classic.”After nearly two hours in the theater, my checklist was of little to no use, my thoughts were jumbled and I couldn’t wrap my mind around my opinion of this film.Part of me thought it was horrible, part of me thought it was brilliant and part of me thought it was a muddled combination of both.I struggled with my thoughts for upwards of 12 hours — coincidentally, the period of time over which the movie takes place — before I was finally able to sit down and assemble some coherent thoughts.Let’s start from the vantage point of a Cleveland Browns fan.“Draft Day” is centered around the Browns organization and fictional General Manager, Sonny Weaver Jr., portrayed by Kevin Costner, and his attempt to revitalize the organization through the 2014 NFL Draft.Some Browns fans were expecting “Draft Day” to be a football version of the classic “Major League.”If that was the expectation, “Draft Day” failed, as the two films could not be any more different.“Major League” had a focus on the city of Cleveland, while all the while it was filmed in Milwaukee and had almost no resemblance to the actual happenings of the Indians organization. The storyline focuses on the team turning things in the right direction, but had plenty of others throughout.“Draft Day,” on the other hand, was focused on a singular event and just happened to be centered in the city of Cleveland. In other words, while the history of the Cleveland Browns was explained throughout the movie, “Draft Day” could have been set in essentially any other struggling NFL city and would have been fine.For Browns fans, the movie will certainly be remembered as a good one, but not a great one, because it wasn’t “Cleveland” enough to produce any sort of real pride from Browns fans.Sure, director Ivan Reitman took us behind the scenes into the Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. Yes, one of the main characters was a collegiate prospect from right here at Ohio State. Yes, there are shots of real live Browns fans celebrating before the 2013 NFL Draft. There just wasn’t enough to turn it into a Cleveland cult-classic.Yes, the film overall is realistic. The fact that real NFL facilities, players and analysts were used make it very easy to imagine the movie in a real world setting rather than a fictional football fantasy land. The contrived, aforementioned relationships and conversations, however, will turn off a true NFL fan for the most part.For the average viewer — one who doesn’t care all that much about the NFL or football in general — the movie is a pretty good one.There are fairly significant storylines outside of the NFL Draft that could appeal to all viewers, but don’t take away from the movie as a whole. A romantic element plays a small-yet-sweet part, there’s plenty of comic relief and there are a couple of emotional moments that will draw in just about every viewer.In an effort to reel in the non-NFL fans, Reitman takes the time to explain the history of the Cleveland Browns, the history of the NFL Draft and the ins-and-outs of an NFL front office and locker room, painting a great contextual picture for the uninformed viewer.Again, Reitman made it very clear in the film this was a movie for all audiences, but whether that will help the film or hurt it remains to be seen.Back to my checklist from the beginning.Did “Draft Day” accurately portray the passion and football misery of the city of Cleveland?This is where my confusion began.Yes, it accurately portrayed Cleveland, but I don’t think it went deep enough. Cleveland’s love for football was portrayed accurately, but not completely.Was “Draft Day” realistic enough and did it give NFL fans an in-depth look as to what goes on behind the scenes of an NFL front office?Yes and no. “Draft Day” was realistic in setting, but it wasn’t realistic in the conversations and situations that were being had. But was it unrealistic enough to keep NFL viewers from enjoying the film? I don’t think so.Finally, could “Draft Day” appeal to the average, non-NFL loving viewer?Yes. That’s where I believe its strength truly lies. There’s a lot of football, but all of that football is explained. Plus, there are enough storylines outside of the NFL Draft to make it compelling for any viewer.For Browns fans, “Draft Day” is enjoyable, but not legendary. It’s great to get an in-depth look into the facility, but it doesn’t go deep enough. Grade: B+
Ohio State redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun attempts a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Minnesota in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament on March 3, 2018. Ohio State won 90-88 to advance to the championship. Credit: Alyssia Graves | Assistant Sports DirectorINDIANAPOLIS — The Ohio State women’s basketball team claimed an outright Big Ten regular-season championship and now it has its sights on winning the conference tournament for the first time since 2011.In order to achieve that goal, the Buckeyes would have to knock off Maryland, which has won the past three Big Ten championship games by a combined margin of 29 points. The two teams met in the championship in 2015, and the Terrapins won 77-74.On Jan. 22 in College Park, Maryland, Ohio State fell 99-69 to Maryland in its largest loss of the season despite all five starters scoring in double-figures. The top-seeded Buckeyes will have their shot at revenge in the Big Ten championship when they take on the second-seeded Terrapins at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis at 7 p.m. Sunday.Projected StartersOhio State:G — Kelsey Mitchell — Senior, 5-foot-8, 24.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.3 apgG — Linnae Harper — Redshirt senior, 5-foot-8, 14.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.5 apgG — Sierra Calhoun — Redshirt junior, 6-foot, 11.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Alexa Hart — Senior, 6-foot-3, 5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Stephanie Mavunga — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-3, 16.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.7 apgMaryland: G — Channise Lewis — Freshman, 5-foot-8, 5.4 ppg, 2 rpg, 4.8 apgG — Kristen Confroy — Senior, 5-foot-9, 9.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.8 apgG/F — Eleanna Christinaki — Junior, 6-foot, 12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Kaila Charles — Sophomore, 6-foot-1, 18.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.2 apgF — Stephanie Jones — Sophomore, 6-foot-2, 11.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 0.9 apgScouting MarylandIn the first meeting between Ohio State and Maryland this season, the Terrapins had their way. They shot 54.9 percent from the field and hit 11-of-18 3-pointers to bury the Buckeyes, who fell behind by double-digits less than five minutes into the game and never recovered.In that game, junior guard/forward Eleanna Christinaki and guard Kalia Charles powered the Terrapins just as they have in most games. Christinaki dropped 26 points, went 6-for-11 from deep and grabbed eight rebounds while Charles had a game-high 32 points, making 12-of-16 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws.The combination of defense, rebounding and a diverse scoring attack gave the Buckeyes major problems and figures to be a substantial challenge again.The Terrapins hold opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and hit 39 percent of their 3-pointers. They start senior guard Kristen Confroy, who averages the fourth-most points of the projected starters, but shoots a Big-Ten best of 44.2 percent from beyond the arc.Though Maryland does not have any interior player as dominant as Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga — who picked up the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in Big Ten tournament history on Saturday — it maintains the second-best rebounding margin in the conference of plus-eight rebounds. The Terrapins showed that edge with a 47-32 rebounding advantage in the season’s first matchup against the Buckeyes.Maryland (plus-17.1) and Ohio State (plus-14.1) have the top scoring margins in the Big Ten, having blown out many teams this season. But they ended the season with different trajectories.On Jan. 26, Maryland sat in first in the conference by two games after Ohio State lost three-straight games, including the 30-point defeat by the Terrapins. But the Buckeyes won eight of their final nine regular-season games and won the first two games of the conference tournament as well. Maryland, however, lost three of its final four regular-season games to Purdue, Minnesota and Michigan to slip into second place and give Ohio State an opportunity to pounce on the regular-season title. It lost the three games by a combined margin of 35 points.Regardless of how the Terrapins finished, they pose more challenges to the Buckeyes than any other team in the Big Ten. If Ohio State can control the pace, keep Maryland off the offensive glass and keep Charles and Christinaki from getting hot, it has a chance to claim the championship. But that is a tall task for a team sans a starter that fell to the Terrapins by 30 points less than two months ago.Still not tired?The day before the Buckeyes opened the Big Ten tournament with a win against Rutgers, senior guard Asia Doss learned she would not play due to a sprained right ankle suffered in the regular-season finale. The loss of her squeezed Ohio State’s already-lacking depth even more.In the quarterfinals, the Buckeyes took an early lead — and some key players got into foul trouble — which allowed them to give ample rest, playing seven core players between 18 and 33 minutes. But the next day against Minnesota, guards Kelsey Mitchell, Sierra Calhoun and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga played at least 34 minutes. Mitchell did not sit out a single minute.With less than 24 hours between the end of that contest and the tip-off of the Buckeyes’ game against Maryland, fatigue would seem to be a struggle. But Mitchell and Mavunga don’t see that as an option.“Well, if we want to win, and I think everybody wants to do that, we’re going to be okay,” Mitchell said. “We don’t have a choice.”Mavunga quickly chimed in: “Coach McGuff said we’ll rest on Monday.”Mitchell went so far as to say she enjoys the feeling of playing multiple games in subsequent days, which reminds her of AAU games with higher stakes.“It feels good, like it feels good to be able to play games back to back and you don’t know who is going to win,” she said.
Cardale Jones, quarterback, Glenville High School (Cleveland) Coming from the storied Cleveland Glenville program that has produced former Ohio State stars such as Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr., Jones is a late addition to OSU’s future, not committing to the Buckeyes until Signing Day. Don’t look for Jones of the field next season though, as he will enroll in prep school before coming to Columbus next January, pushing his first year of eligibility back to the 2012 season. Bryce Haynes, long snapper, Pinecrest Academy (Cumming, Ga.) In past recruiting classes, coach Jim Tressel has traveled south to pick up skilled players such as receiver Santonio Holmes and defensive end Cameron Heyward. This year, he offered a scholarship to a player possessing a different type of skill. With the emphasis that Tressel often puts on special teams, perhaps its fitting that this year’s class possesses one of the most unheralded members of a special teams unit: the long snapper. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Haynes also received offers from Notre Dame, North Carolina, Utah State and Arkansas. Conner Crowell, linebacker, North Point High School (Waldorf, Md.) Crowell is the No. 24-ranked middle linebacker in the class of 2011, according to Scout.com. At 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Crowell also received offers from Connecticut, Penn State, Maryland, West Virginia, Kansas State, Stanford and several other schools before choosing the Buckeyes. Ron Tanner, safety, Eastmoor Academy High School (Columbus) Scout.com’s No. 11 safety in the class of 2011 decided to stay close to home in Columbus, choosing the Buckeyes over schools such as Michigan and Stanford. Tanner is a hard-hitting safety that also played quarterback in high school at Eastmoor Academy. Heading into his senior year of high school, he maintained a 3.8 GPA. Nick Vannett, tight end, Westerville-Central High School (Westerville, Ohio) A 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end, Vannett is ranked as the No. 14 tight end in his class, according to Scout.com. In 2010, Vannett was first team all-conference, as well as a first team all-district selection as a tight end at Westerville-Central in Westerville, Ohio. Devin Smith, wide receiver, Washington High School (Massillon, Ohio) The No. 29 ranked receiver in his class, Smith chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten schools Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Smith makes up for his lack of size with the elusive speed that makes him a dangerous downfield threat. Joel Hale, defensive tackle, Central Grove (Greenwood, Ind.) One of three defensive tackles in this year’s class for the Buckeyes, Hale chose OSU over Big Ten schools Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. In his senior season at Central Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., Hale recorded 43 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss, two of which were sacks. He also forced nine fumbles and recorded an interception. Michael Bennett, defensive tackle, Centerville High School (Centerville, Ohio) A four-star recruit from the same high school that produced OSU stars A.J. Hawk and Mike Nugent, Bennett is the No. 8 defensive tackle in his class. A two-way lineman in high school, Bennett chose OSU over schools Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford. Steve Miller, defensive end, McKinley Senior High School (Canton, Ohio) A five-star recruit according to Scout.com, Miller is the No. 9 overall player at his position in the class of 2011. Miller could see the field immediately for the Buckeyes, helping to fill the void left by the graduating Cameron Heyward and the suspended Solomon Thomas. Brian Bobek, center, William Fremd High School (Palatine, Ill.) The No. 1 center in the nation according to Scout.com, Bobek will look to follow LeCharles Bentley, Nick Mangold, and Michael Brewster as the next All-American center at OSU. A native of Palatine, Ill., Bobek chose the Buckeyes over Michigan State, Ball State and Purdue. Curtis Grant, linebacker, Hermitage High School (Richmond, Va.) Grant left the OSU coaches sweating, as he waited until Signing Day to announce his intentions of joining the Buckeyes, but the nation’s top-rated linebacker might prove to be well worth the wait. The leading tackler for the East in the U.S. Army All-American Game, Grant will look to be the next great linebacker at a school that has produced Chris Spielman, Hawk and James Laurinaitis. Ejuan Price, linebacker, Woodland Hills High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) One of four linebackers in OSU’s class of 2011, Price joins the Buckeyes as the No. 14 middle linebacker prospect in his class. The hard-hitting linebacker from Pittsburgh chose the Buckeyes over Big Ten competitors Michigan State and Iowa, and also Big East schools Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Doran Grant, cornerback, St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio) Unlike LeBron James, who also attended St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron, Ohio, Grant chose to stay in Ohio for the next step in his career, choosing the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Southern California. As the No. 5 ranked cornerback in his class, Grant makes up for his 5-foot-10, 177 pound frame with speed that allowed him to play defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner in high school. Ryan Shazier, linebacker, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) Ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker in his class, Shazier will attempt to make a transition to a new position in college, as he played defensive end for the majority of his high school career. Having chosen OSU over national powers Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Southern California, Shazier should fit in nicely with an OSU defense that uses versatile players to present multiple schemes. Evan Spencer, wide receiver, Vernon Hills High School (Vernon Hills, Ill.) With the loss of Dane Sanzenbacher to graduation, the Buckeyes will be looking to replace a player who made a knack for making tough catches across the middle of the field. Spencer might be that man. Spencer’s reputation of being a tough player who’s not afraid to take a hit — or make a hit blocking downfield — earned Spencer a four-star ranking from Scout.com as the No. 19 receiver in his class. Spencer is the son of former OSU running back and running backs coach Tim Spencer. Braxton Miller, quarterback, Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio) The headliner of this year’s class, Miller made a reputation for himself as a dual-threat quarterback in high school, earning the No. 2 quarterback ranking by multiple recruiting services. With OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season, Miller will compete this spring with Joe Bauserman, Ken Guiton and Taylor Graham to be the Buckeyes’ starter in Pryor’s absence. Jeff Heuerman, tight end, Barron Collier High School (Naples, Fla) A three-star recruit and the second tight end prospect in OSU’s class, Heuerman chose the Buckeyes over offers from a number of schools, including Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds, Heuerman has made a name for himself as a blocking tight end who can also be used as a red zone target. Jeremy Cash, safety, Plantation High School (Plantation, Fla.) An early-enrollee at OSU, Cash is joining the Buckeyes following a senior season in which he missed five games with a knee injury. As a high school junior, Cash recorded 96tackles, 23 of which were for a loss, seven sacks and forced five fumbles. He also reported a high school GPA of 4.0. Tommy Brown, offensive tackle, Firestone High School (Akron, Ohio) An All-Ohio selection as a two-way lineman at Firestone High School, Brown plans to enroll during Spring Quarter at OSU as a three-star recruit. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Brown has been praised for his strength and run-blocking abilities. DerJuan Gambrell, cornerback, Rogers High School (Toledo, Ohio) A four-star recruit according to Scout.com, Gambrell chose the Buckeyes’ offer over his hometown Toledo Rockets. Gambrell missed four games of his senior season with an injury, but still managed to be named first-team all-city and all-district playing defensive back and wide receiver. Chase Farris, defensive end, Elyria High School (Elyria, Ohio) A four-star recruit, Farris joins OSU as the No. 10 ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation. Farris earned all-Ohio honors on both sides of the ball as a senior, playing defensive and offensive line for Elyria High School. He was named the district’s defensive lineman of the year. Antonio Underwood, offensive guard, Shaker Heights High School (Shaker Heights, Ohio) Ranked as a three-star recruit, Underwood joins the Buckeyes as the No. 22-ranked offensive guard prospect in his class. Praised for his power and aggressiveness, Underwood was named the Lake Erie league conference’s offensive lineman of the year in 2010. Ken Hayes, defensive end, Whitmer High School (Toledo, Ohio) The No. 14-ranked defensive end prospect in his class, Whitmer earned a four-star rating from Scout.com, based on his combination of size and strength. Hayes was named his district’s defensive player of the year after posting 47 tackles, 11 of which were for a loss, and seven sacks, as he led his team to a 12-2 record.
Sandra Rivett, who was allegedly murdered by Lord LucanCredit: Tophams The wife of the late Lord Lucan has given her fullest account yet of the physical and psychological abuse she endured at his hands prior his disappearance.Veronica, the Dowager Countess of Lucan, said she was beaten and belittled for years before her husband attacked her in their former home, after he had already brutally murdered the family nanny, Sandra Rivett.She explained that to understand their relationship at the time of attack in Belgravia it was necessary to go back two years. The book also covers her failed attempts at a reconciliation with her increasingly dissolute husband, including one lunch during which he said sadly “I did love you once”. Lady LucanCredit:Georgie Gillard./ANL/REX/Shutterstock I replied: ‘If you loved me once, then you still do’ — but he said nothing. Lady Lucan, pictured ahead of the June 5th broadcast of an ITV documentary, Lord Lucan: My Husband. The Truth, about her gambler husbandCredit:Tony Ward/ITV “Turning to my husband to remark on this, I noticed he seemed to be grinning peculiarly. “At that moment, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he is mad’.It wasn’t the first time I’d had the feeling my husband wasn’t quite all there — but it was the first time I questioned his sanity.“Before I could ask him about the peculiar stick in my wardrobe, he said: ‘I’m going to beat those mad ideas out of your head.’“He then instructed me to take off my clothes and lean over the back of a chair, with my hands on the seat, while he gave me ten of the best. Lord Lucan marriage to Veronica Duncan November 1963 at Holy Trinity BromptonCredit:Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy She recalled: “One day, shortly after my 34th birthday, I opened my wardrobe and found a stick there with its end wrapped in plaster tape. The 7th Earl of Lucan with his then-fiancee, Veronica Duncan, 1963Credit:Photoshot “Aghast, I had no choice but to comply. Fortunately, his blows were measured — I know he could have hit me harder.“Then he took me to bed and had intercourse with me. And when we’d finished, he examined the injuries he’d inflicted and kissed me very tenderly.“Why did I allow him to do all this? I can only say that I was very weak at the time. So weak, that over the following weeks, I ended up being beaten two more times. Writing in her memoir A Moment in Time, to be published later this year, Lady Lucan, 78, discusses in detail the events of the fateful night of 7 November 1974, and the circumstances of Lord Lucan’s vanishing, missing, presumed dead, in extracts appearing in The Daily Mail. In doing so she provides a chilling insight into their highly privileged yet disordered lives together, and the character of the man who has fascinated the public for more than three decades.At the time she was emerging from a period of depression which had included taking “super-strong” drugs for her illness, “many of which are now banned”.She told how her relationship with her husband had hit “a new low”, and that she feared “he was plotting to have me locked up in a loony bin”.And yet, she said, the couple continued to have a “normal” sex life – despite episodes of shocking violence, humiliation and control. “And after driving me home, he kissed me gently on the cheek for the last time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos scaled back a target for raising revenue to pay down debt from state-asset sales amid slumping stock values and delays in implementing the program. Greece will raise 1.4 billion euros ($1.9 billion) in September and meet a third-quarter target of 1.7 billion euros next month, Venizelos said in a speech in Washington last week after attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, according to a transcript of his comments. The state will have raised 4 billion euros by the end of the year, he said, less than a target of 5 billion euros. Greece has yet to secure a second international bailout amid questions about its ability to satisfy the terms for aid. Source: Bloomberg
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram UN special envoy to Cyprus, Alexander Downer is rumoured to be seeking liberal leadership with a re-entry into politics early next year. Claims that South Australian Opposition Leader, Isobel Redmond, was in private talks with Mr Downer offering to walk away form her position to make way for Mr Downer has caused Party divisions. The former Howard Foreign Minister is finishing his role in Cyprus next year and will be returning to Australia, but has not mentioned what he will be doing on his return. When asked the question on ABC TV, Mr Downer said that he had no plans to re-enter politics. However, he did not deny that discussions with Ms Redmond had taken place. “Obviously I have often been in conversation about Liberal leaderships – in South Australia, federally and in other states as well,” he said. Mr Downer could parachute into State Parliament next year via a by-election in Schubert, where Liberal Ivan Venning is due to retire. The seat was previously held by Mr Downer’s grandfather. However, The Australian reports a federal MP close to Mr Downer dismissed the prospect of his return to politics, saying he was unlikely to step back into public life given the personal and financial cost involved. Ms Redmond said this week she would stay on as party leader. “I am the leader and I expect and intend to continue as leader,” she said. Ms Redmond’s position has been blurry ever since she told the party she was contemplating a move to the senate. A senior Liberal MP told the Australian that her movements are indicating Ms Redmond is reconsidering her role. “When she said she was thinking about going to the Senate she signalled to the party room she didn’t want the job. If she’s had discussions with [Downer] about parachuting in, it would suggest for the second time she didn’t want it. That’s the message it’s sending,” he said. Despite the warming sentiment to the return of Mr Downer to politics, there are more barriers to overcome. Mr Downer told The Advertiser this week that his wife Nicky was “100 per cent implacably opposed” to him returning to politics. His wife backed up the comments, saying “I think (100 per cent opposed) is a very accurate figure”.
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 19, 2019 American Red Cross blood drive at the Del Mar Races 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDEL MAR (KUSI) – Sunday, you and your family can enjoy a day at the races at the Del Mar racetrack, and save a life while you’re there.The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a blood drive during Del Mar’s “Family Fun Day.”Ramon Coriano from the American Red Cross told us all about the event and if you register to donate, you get two FREE tickets to the track that day. July 19, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Rumors of the partnership began in the fall of 2017 after Uzabase reached out to Quartz to discuss the complementary values and ambitions of the companies. The acquisition is aimed at leveraging Quartz’s global voice, editorial, advertising and product expertise as an international news brand, with Uzabase’s niche expertise of data and paid content, to create a larger and more robust global business news brand.Co-president and editor-in-chief Kevin J. Delaney and co-president and publisher Jay Lauf will take on shared leadership responsibilities of Quartz as co-CEOs, and will report directly to Yusuke Umeda, Uzabase and NewsPicks founder and CEO.“Five years ago, when I was originally thinking about launching a digital media business, I discovered Quartz for the first time. I thought that they were truly the first new media company to successfully combine quality journalism with mobile technology,” said Umeda in a statement. “They played a big role in inspiring me to launch NewsPicks.”Under its new owners, Quartz will retain its name and operations out of its New York City headquarters while also maintaining its global offices. Many leaders of the company will also remain in their roles, including chief revenue officer Joy Robins, and chief product officer and executive editor Zach Seward.“I have agreed that between 33 percent and 50 percent of the purchase price will be paid to my family in Uzabase stock,” said David Bradley, owner and Atlantic Media chairman, in a memo to the Quartz staff, who estimates that this acquisition will position him to be one of the largest Uzabase shareholders.The new co-CEOs also ensured their staff that “all staff are unaffected by this agreement,” and “no layoffs are planned as part of the acquisition.” Yusuke Inagaki (left), Yusuke Umeda (center), and Ryosuke Niino (right)Uzabase, a Tokyo-based business intelligence and media company, announced today its planned acquisition of Quartz from former owner and creator Atlantic Media. As part of the sale, Quartz will take on responsibility for the English language version of subscription-based news platform NewsPicks, one of Uzabase’s two core businesses, in order to expand its reach in the U.S. and Europe.The deal, which is expected to close within the next 30 days, is valued between $75 an $110 million, depending on the closing 2018 financial performance and operations of Quartz, which is on track to grow by 25 to 35 percent over last year.Uzabase, founded in 2008 by co-CEOs Yusuke Umeda and Ryosuke Niino, former investment bankers, and COO Yusuke Inagaki, a former IT consultant, also owns SPEEDA, a B2B financial information and corporate intelligence platform, which is the other core business of the media company. It is headquartered in Tokyo and has offices globally in New York, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.NewsPicks was created out of the company in 2013, serving as one of the Japan’s first business media platforms optimized for mobile. Since then, the subscription service, with a price point of $15 per month, has over 3 million users in Japan and 64,000 paid subscribers, and has grown 80 percent YOY.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson answers questions during a luncheon held by the Economic Club. Win McNamee / Getty Images AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson got interrupted by a robocall while on stage at an Economic Club event in Washington on Wednesday, proving that no one’s immune from the tele-plague. Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Walmart $399 $413 2:42 Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements “I’m getting a robocall, too,” Stephenson said after checking an incoming call on his Apple Watch. “It’s literally a robocall.”He declined the call and got a laugh from the audience, but the timing of the incident couldn’t have been better. AT&T and Comcast on Wednesday announced they’ll offer call authentication between networks to stem the tide of unwanted robocalls. Previously, such systems only worked on calls to and from the same provider.That service followed the Federal Communications Commission demanding that carriers implement robust caller ID authentication systems by the end of 2019 or face “regulatory intervention.”In January, a report revealed that 26.3 billion robocalls were made in the US in 2018, a rise of 46 percent from the previous year.AT&T didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 3:37 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:16 a.m. PT: Adds background. See It $349 Now playing: Watch this: AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gets a robocall while onstage at @TheEconomicClub. pic.twitter.com/i5llHj6hz2— CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019 See It Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. AT&T News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? See It How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Tags Adorama Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) $399 0 Apple See it Post a comment Apple Watch Series 4 Tech Industry Mobile How to stop robocalls
Rajinikanth and VijayPR HandoutFilm actors have some amount of influence on their fans as their every single move (be it on screen or off screen), is closely watched by their admirers. People not just idolize them, but also trust them.TRA Research, India’s leading consumer-insights company, did a survey to measure the amount of trust the people have on Indian actors. It was conducted in 16 cities in which over 2300 consumers had their participation.The result is Amitabh Bachchan tops the list of actors among the ‘Most Trusted Personality in India.’ Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar are in the next three positions.Among South actors, Rajinikanth is in the numero position in the list, while Thalapathy Vijay is in the second place. Chiyaan Vikram has ended at the third place. Surprisingly, no actors from Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada have found places in the list.”Personalities become household names and consumers relate to them in a very personal way. TRA’s Most Trusted Personality 2019 Report unveils a list of stars that have not just enacted their script well, but have built a strong trust-connect with the viewers through their communication”, N Chandramouli, CEO, TRA Research, is quoted as saying in a press release.Coming to actresses, Deepika Padukone tops the chart. She is followed by Katrina Kaif and Madhuri Dixit Nene. Alia Bhatt and Kajol Devgn are in the fourth and fifth places, respectively.Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma are in the top three positions among the sports personality.Ratan Tata, former Chairman of Tata Sons, is India’s Most Trusted Business Personality, while Reliance Chairperson Mukesh Ambani is in the second place.
Share Getty ImagesFormer President Barack Obama speaks after receiving the 2017 John F. Kennedy Profile In Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Library on Sunday in BostonFormer President Barack Obama urged Republicans to be guided by a personal standard of ethics and integrity, not political avarice, as they forge ahead with plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act — his signature legislation.Obama had refrained from weighing in on the bitter health care battle, but he broke his silence while accepting the Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on Sunday night.“I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm,” Obama said.He also had these words of caution for members of the Senate, who will be taking up the repeal-and-replace plan next: “I hope they understand that courage means not doing what is simply politically expedient, but doing what [people] believe in their hearts is right.”Obama never mentioned President Trump by name, but he did say that despite valiant efforts by many leaders who had come before him, health care overhaul had failed because “it was hard,” adding that it is “easily subject to misinformation and fear mongering.”He commended the members of Congress who voted to push through the health law that came to be known as Obamacare in 2009 and 2010, saying they did so at great political peril to their own careers. Several lawmakers lost their seats in the following midterm elections.“These men and women did the right thing. They did the hard thing. Theirs was a profile in courage,” Obama said.Further reflecting on his first term, Obama recalled the brief period when Democrats and Republicans worked together to stave off a series of national crises. Amid the financial chaos that followed his inauguration, Obama said, the two sides enacted laws that kept the economy from free fall and saved the auto industry.In addition to the words of advice he doled out to elected officials, Obama also shared words of encouragement with the electorate at large. (After all, he’s one of them now.)“Everywhere we look, we see the risk of falling into the refuge of tribe and clan and anger at those who don’t look like us,” he said. “At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate.”The Kennedy Library bestowed the award on Obama for securing health coverage for millions of Americans, a cause that was long championed by Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts, who died in 2009. Caroline Kennedy, the senator’s niece and daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, presented Obama with the award.“Today, when many doubt the integrity of our elected leaders, this award is more important than ever,” Caroline Kennedy said. She was followed by her son, Jack Schlossberg, who praised Obama for inspiring millions of young people like himself to become politically active.“Without President Obama, I might still be sitting on my couch eating Doritos and watching sports,” he said.The Obama-Biden bond appears to still be strong: After thanking the former first lady, Michelle, Obama also took a moment to note the former vice president, “the best VP this country’s ever known — Mr. Joe Biden!”Obama is the third president to receive the Profile in Courage Award. Gerald Ford was honored in 2001 for “making a controversial decision of conscience to pardon former President Richard M. Nixon.” George H.W. Bush was a recipient in 2014 for the 1990 decision to raise taxes, despite declaring in his 1988 campaign, “Read my lips: no new taxes.”Read the full text of Obama’s speech:Hello, everybody. Thank you so much. Thank you very much. Thank you. Please, everybody have a seat. Thank you. Thank you very much.Well, first of all, thank you so much, Jack, for that really kind introduction. And I like the socks.I also want to thank you and Rose and Tatiana and your dad for sharing Caroline with us the past few years as America’s ambassador to Japan.Caroline, you, true to form, did your country proud, and I’m sure your father and mom would have been proudest of all. I sure was proud, and I’m grateful for your friendship.I want to thank Ken Feinberg for his service as chairman of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation these past 12 years. He also rendered outstanding service to my administration when we were dealing with the BP oil spill, 9/11. He has rendered public service again and again and again. We’re very grateful for him.It is wonderful — it is wonderful to see Senators Markey and Senator Warren; my dear friend and former governor, Deval Patrick, and his lovely wife Diane; governors and members of Congress; Cardinal O’Malley; one of the finest secretary of states ever to represent America around the world, John Kerry, and Theresa; and the best vice president this country has ever known, Mr. Joe Biden.I also want to thank Michelle Obama for after the presidency sticking with me because I think she felt an obligation to the country to stay on. But once her official duties were over, it wasn’t clear. I love my wife. And I’m grateful for her. And I do believe that it was America’s great good fortune to have her as first lady.So I am humbled by this evening and to be honored by a family that has given this country so much, a family that’s challenged us to ask what we can do for our country, to dream and say why not, a secret cause that endures and to sail against the wind in its pursuit. That’s what this family has done for America. And to all the members of the Kennedy family that are here tonight, thank you.I could not be more grateful to the Profile in Courage Award Committee for this honor. I’m also grateful that, unlike the Nobel Prize Committee, you waited until I was out of office.How fitting that we gather here this month, the 100th anniversary of President Kennedy’s birth. I was born the year he took office, which makes me 55 years old. Had he lived to finish two terms, he would have been just 51. And he remarked on that possibility once. “It has been suggested,” he said, “that whether I serve one or two terms in the presidency, I will find myself at the end of that period at what might be called the awkward age, too old to begin a career and too young to write my memoirs.”Now, I hadn’t seen this quote when I wrote my first memoir at 33. I’m now in the middle of my second. Moreover, I expect to be busy if not with a second career then at least a second act. But it is true that I’m at the age, at that turn in the road, where one looks back as well as forward to remember one — where one has been, so it’s better to chart where one is going.And one thing I’m certain is that I was lucky to be born into that new frontier, a new world, and a new generation of Americans. My life in many ways would not have been possible without the vision that John F. Kennedy etched into the character and hearts of America.To those of us of a certain age, the Kennedys symbolized a set of values and attitudes about civic life that made it such an attractive calling. The idea that politics in fact could be a noble and worthwhile pursuit. The notion that our problems, while significant, are never insurmountable.The belief that America’s promise might embrace those who had once been locked out or left behind and that opportunity and dignity would no longer be restricted to the few but extended to the many.The responsibility that each of us have to play a part in our nation’s destiny, and by virtue of being Americans, play a part in the destiny of the world. I can see truthfully that the example of Jack and Bobby Kennedy helped guide me into politics and that the guidance of Teddy Kennedy made me a better public servant once I arrived in Washington.I have to imagine it would give them great pride to see a new generation of Kennedys, like Joe, carving their own proud paths in public service.For whatever reasons I receive this award, whatever the scale, the challenges that we overcame, and the scope of progress we made over my presidency, it is worth pointing out that in many ways the times that President Kennedy confronted were far more perilous than the ones that we confront today.He entered the Oval Office at just 43, only a few years after Khrushchev had threatened to bury America. Wars raged around the world. Large swaths of the country knew poverty far deeper and more widespread than we see today. A young preacher’s cause was just gaining traction against a land segregated not only by custom but by law. And yet in that volatile tinderbox of a time, President Kennedy led with a steady hand, diffusing the most perilous moment of the cold war without firing a single shot and forcing the rights of young black men and women to study at the university of their choice. Unleashing a corps of young volunteers as ambassadors for peace in distant corners of the globe. Setting America’s sights on the moon precisely because it was hard, unwilling to consider the possibility that we might not win the space race because he had an unwavering faith in the character of the people that he led: resilient, optimistic, innovative, and courageous.It’s worth remembering this, the times in which President Kennedy led us, because for many Americans I know that this feels like an uncertain and even perilous time. The forces of globalization and technology have upended many of our established assumptions about the economy. It provided a great opportunity and also a great inequality and uncertainty for far too many. Our politics remains filled with division and discord, and everywhere we see the risk of falling into the refuge of tribe and clan and anger at those who don’t look like us or have the same surnames or pray the way we do.And at such moments, courage is necessary. At such moments, we need courage to stand up to hate not just in others but in ourselves. At such moments, we need the courage to stand up to dogma not just in others but in ourselves. At such moments, we need courage to believe that together we can tackle big challenges like inequality and climate change. At such moments, it’s necessary for us to show courage in challenging the status quo and in fighting the good fight but also show the courage to listen to one another and seek common ground and embrace principled compromise.Courage, President Kennedy knew, requires something more than just the absence of fear. Any fool can be fearless. Courage, true courage, derives from that sense of who we are, what are our best selves, what are our most important commitments, and the belief that we can dig deep and do hard things for the enduring benefit of others.And that’s why JFK’s first inaugural still rings true. That’s why Bobby’s campaign still means so much. That’s why Teddy’s cause endures and we still love him so much.Because of the tragedies that befell each of them, sometimes we forget how fundamentally the story they told us about ourselves changed the trajectory of America. And that’s often where courage begins, with the story we tell ourselves about who we are and what’s important and about our own capacity to make a difference.We live in a time of great cynicism about our institutions. That’s one of the few things that Democrats and Republicans can agree on. It’s a cynicism that’s most corrosive when it comes to our system of self-government, that clouds our history of jagged, sometimes tentative but ultimately forward progress, that impedes our children’s ability to see in the noisy and often too trivial pursuits of politics the possibility of our democracy doing big things.Of course, disdain for elected officials is not new, as many of you in the room can tell others. 60 years ago President Kennedy quoted a columnist in “Profiles in Courage” who had written, “People don’t give a damn what the average senator or congressman says. The reason they don’t care is that they know what you hear in Congress is 99 percent tripe, ignorance, and demagoguery and not to be relied upon.”Which is perhaps a little harsh. 99 percent seems high. 85?But President Kennedy also wrote that “the complication of public business and the competition for the public’s attention have obscured innumerable acts of political courage, large and small, performed almost daily.”Innumerable acts of political courage large and small performed almost daily. And that is true. I’ve seen it. I’ve witnessed it.I’ve been thinking on this notion of political courage this weekend, in particular about some of the men and women who were elected to Congress the same year I was elected to the White House. Many of them were new to Washington, their entire careers ahead of them. And in that very first term, they had to take tough vote after tough vote because we were in crisis.They took votes to save the financial system and the economy, even when it was highly unpopular. They took votes to save the auto industry when even in Michigan people didn’t want to see bailouts. They took votes to crack down on abuses on Wall Street, despite pressure from lobbyists and sometimes their donors.And they found themselves in the midst of a great debate, a debate that had been going on for decades, a debate that the Kennedy family had participated in and helped lead: a debate about whether a nation as wealthy as the United States of America would finally make healthcare not a privilege but a right for all Americans.And there was a reason why healthcare reform had not been accomplished before. It was hard. It involved a sixth of the economy and all manner of stakeholders and interests. It was easily subject to misinformation and fearmongering.And so by the time the vote came up to pass the Affordable Care Act, these freshmen congressmen and women knew that they had to make a choice. That they had a chance to insure millions and prevent untold worry and suffering and bankruptcy, and even death, but that this same vote would likely cost them their new seats, perhaps end their political careers.And these men and women did the right thing. They did the hard thing. Theirs was a profile in courage. Because of that vote, 20 million people got health insurance who didn’t have it before.And most of them — and most of them did lose their seats, but they were true to what President Kennedy defined in his book as a congressional profile in courage: the desire to maintain a reputation for integrity that is stronger than the desire to maintain office, the desire to maintain a reputation for integrity that is stronger than a desire to maintain office, a conscience, personal standard of ethics, integrity, morality that is stronger than the pressures of public disapproval or party disapproval, a faith that the right course would ultimately be vindicated, a faith that overcame fear of public reprisal.It was a personal sacrifice. But I know, because I’ve spoken to many of them, that they thought and still think it was worth it.As everyone here now knows, this great debate is not settled but continues. And it is my fervent hope and the hope of millions that regardless of party, such courage is still possible, that today’s members of Congress, regardless of party, are willing to look at the facts and speak the truth even when it contradicts party positions.I hope that current members of Congress recall that it actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable, already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm, those who often have no access to the corridors of power.I hope they understand that courage means not simply doing what is politically expedient but doing what they believe deep in their hearts is right. And this kind of courage is required from all of us. Those of us who consider ourselves progressives, those of us who are Democrats, we’ve got some soul-searching to do to see what kind of coverage we show. We have our own dogmas. Those of us not in elected office have to show some courage. And we’re prone to bestow the mantel of courage too easily on the prominent and the powerful and then too eager to wrap ourselves in cynicism when they let us down because they weren’t perfect.We lose sight sometimes of our own obligations, each of ours, all the quiet acts of courage that unfold around us every single day, ordinary Americans who give something of themselves not for personal gain but for the enduring benefit of another. The courage of a single mom who is working two jobs to make sure her kid can go to college. The courage of a small business owner who’s keeping folks on the payroll because he knows the family relies on it, even if it’s not always the right thing to do bottom line. The courage of somebody who volunteers to help some kids who need help.When we recognize these acts of courage, we then necessarily recognize our own responsibility as citizens and as part of the human family to get involved and to get engaged and to take a stand, to vote, to pay attention.I’m reminded of a story that Teddy once told me about his experiences many years ago when Teddy, Junior, now state Senator Ted Kennedy, Junior, was sleeping after one of his cancer treatments.And Ted would wander the halls of the hospital and talk with other parents, keeping vigil over their own children. These parents lived in constant fear of what might happen if they couldn’t afford the next treatment. Some calculating in their own minds what they might have to sell or borrow just to make it for a few more months, some bargaining with God for whatever they could get.And right there in the quiet of night, working people of modest means and one of the most powerful men in America shared the same intimate and immediate sense of helplessness.And Ted could, of course, afford his son’s treatment. But it was that quiet dignified courage of others to endure the most frightening thing imaginable and to do what it takes on behalf of their loved ones that compelled Teddy to make those parents his cause, not out of self-interest but out of a selfless concern for those who suffer.That’s what the ordinary courage of everyday people can inspire when you’re paying attention, the quiet sturdy courage of ordinary people doing the right thing day in and day out. They don’t get attention for it. They don’t seek it. They don’t get awards for it. But that’s what’s defined America.I think of women like my grandmother and so many like her who worked their way up from a secretarial pool to management and in the process pushed the glass ceiling just a little bit higher.I think about people like Michelle’s dad who, despite MS, got up every single morning. Had to wake up an hour early to button his shirt up and put on his clothes and take those two canes he used and go to work every single day to make sure that he was supporting his family, not missing a dance recital or a basketball game.I think of the troops and the cops and the first responders that I’ve met who have put themselves at risk for strangers they will never know. And business owners who make every kind of sacrifice they can to make sure that their workers have a shot. And workers who take the risk of starting a new career, retraining at my age. Kids in the Peace Corps working to build bridges of understanding in other nations and spread the same values that helped bring down an iron curtain, banish the scourge of apartheid, expand the boundaries of human freedom.I think of dreamers who suppress their fears to keep working and striving in the only country they’ve ever called home. And every American who stands up for immigrants because they know that their parents or grandparents or great grandparents were immigrants too, and they know that America is an idea that only grows stronger with each new person who adopts our common creed.I think of every young activist who answers the injustices still embedded in our criminal justice system not with violence, not with despair, but with peaceful protests and analysis and constructive recommendations for change.I think of the powerless who crossed a bridge in Selma and discovered they had power. Those who gathered at Stonewall and discovered they had a voice. Those who marched on Washington because they believed that they, without an army, without great wealth, could somehow change the very fabric of the greatest power on earth and kept on until they stretched the lofty ideals of our founding to encircle everyone.Every citizen inspired by that history who dips their toes in the water of active democracy for the first time and musters up the determination to try and fail and try again, and sometimes fail again and still try again, knowing their efforts aren’t always rewarded right away, because they believe in that upward trajectory of the American story, a story that nobody told better than John F. Kennedy.That very Kennedyesque idea that America is not the project of any one person and that each of us can make a difference and all of us ought to try. That quiet sturdy citizenship that I see all across the country and that I especially see in young people like Jack and Rose and Tatiana, Malia and Sasha, and your kids.I don’t know whether President Kennedy’s aide and friend, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was right when he wrote that history unfolds in cycles, but I do know that it doesn’t move in a straight line.I know that the values and the progress that we cherish are not inevitable, that they are fragile, in need of constant renewal.I’ve said before that I believe what Dr. King said, that “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” but I’ve also said it does not bend on its own. It bends because we bend it, because we put our hand on that arch, and we move it in the direction of justice and freedom and equality and kindness and generosity. It doesn’t happen on its own.And so we are constantly having to make a choice because progress is fragile. And it’s precisely that fragility, that impermanence, that is a precondition of the quality of character that we celebrate tonight.If the vitality of our democracy, if the gains of our long journey to freedom were assured, none of us would ever have to be courageous. None of us would have to risk anything to protect them. But it’s in its very precariousness that courage becomes possible and absolutely necessary.John F. Kennedy knew that our best hope and our most powerful answer to our doubts and to our fears lies inside each of us, in our willingness to joyfully embrace our responsibility as citizens, to stay true to our allegiance, to our highest and best ideals, to maintain our regard and concern for the poor and the aging and the marginalized, to put our personal or party interest aside when duty to our country calls or when conscience demands.That’s the spirit that has brought America so far and that’s the spirit that will always carry us to better days.And I take this honor that you have bestowed on me here tonight as a reminder that, even out of office, I must do all that I can to advance the spirit of service that John F. Kennedy represents.Thank you all very much. May God bless you. May he bless these United States of America.Thank you.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
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By Jean ChristouFBME Bank on Tuesday issued an advisory to customers given the current situation at the bank.The central bank took over the branch in July after the US Treasury said Tanzania-based FBME had been deemed a “primary money laundering concern.” Since then there has been a partial unblocking of accounts.On Tuesday Dinos Christofides Special Administrator of FBME Bank Cyprus Branch said that without access to the SWIFT banking transactions system, the only method currently available for clients to access their funds was by requesting a cheque drawn in their favour.At the moment, only cheques drawn in euro are available with a daily limit of€10,000, non-cumulative, per customer.Christofides said in a written statement that the Cyprus branch had experienced a number of severe operational and other problems which had prevented it from servicing its clients.The July events, he said, had led to FBME’s name being formally or informally cast out by a number of domestic and foreign institutions. To effectively execute a payment instruction, the branch requires the cooperation of several different banks, which could be located in various countries. He said which, and how many banks were used to execute a transaction was not known at the initiation stage.In the case of non-US based institutions, the decision to cooperate with FBME depended on the internal policies of each institution, domestically and abroad.“For obvious reasons… there is a clear reluctance by institutions to continue their cooperation with FBME, resulting in significant challenges which affect the branch’s ability to transact in other currencies as well,” Christofides said.“Therefore, as the banking community appears notably reluctant to carry out normal business with the branch, there are significant risks that transactions will be rejected by one of the several banks involved in executing a transaction, including by the final receiving bank.” He said that even payments initiated but not completed before the July announcement had been rejected and returned.“Consequently, in order to execute transactions, even under a Special Administrator’s approval, other banks should be willing and able to accept them,” he added.Christofides said that since his appointment in July his task has been to liaise with a number of domestic and foreign institutions to improve the ability of the branch to commence successful operations the soonest.In parallel, the branch was striving for the SWIFT system to operate, which will enable it to recommence its efforts to implement customer transactions without the need for cheques, he said.All inter-branch transactions, which do not require the use of SWIFT or other parties and can be processed internally, continue to be available to clients with no daily limits.These include transfers between accounts held at the branch in the name of the same customer, to other branch customers, or for currency conversions, for example, clients wishing to convert dollars to euros. Clients are advised to continue contacting the branch.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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