first_imgThe Canadian PressPolicing will require close examination during the inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said Thursday after questions were raised about a draft copy of the terms of reference.The “uneven application of justice” — including everything from the quality of police searches to investigations themselves — will require review because outcomes seem to be affected if victims are Indigenous women, Bennett told The Canadian Press.This is precisely why the federal government needs to get provinces and territories, currently reviewing the terms, on side with the inquiry’s mandate because policing and other issues cross jurisdictional boundaries, she said.“This was the difference between a federal inquiry and a national public inquiry and none of that has changed,” Bennett said.The minister’s remarks come a day after draft terms of reference for the inquiry were circulated online. They did not explicitly state the need to examine the role of police or their conduct.Issues with officer behaviour and investigations were raised by families of murdered and missing Indigenous women during the government’s pre-inquiry consultation period.If the inquiry’s commissioners are going to have the capacity to examine police conduct, that should be built into the terms of reference, advocates said Thursday.“It doesn’t have to be explicit,” said Christa Big Canoe, the legal advocacy director at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto.“It just has to be that police investigations are on the table.”It is one thing for the government to say it will be included but it is another thing to do it, she added.NDP Status of Women Critic Sheila Malcolmson also believes the draft terms of reference fall short.“It is critical that consultations with Indigenous families and communities affected be central to drafting the terms of reference,” she said in a statement.The federal government plans to discuss the mandate of the inquiry with the families before it is made public, Bennett said.“They know that a representative group of them will be invited to come to Ottawa on the day prior to the launch where they will walk through the final terms of reference and the commissioners,” she said.An announcement is expected soon but a date has not been publicized.Child welfare will also be a key theme, Bennett said, noting the government has repeatedly heard about the “devastating” impact on children who are apprehended and what often happens to their mothers.“There’s no question that stories around the child welfare system from Tina Fontaine to so many of the other cases … we know the commission will have to deal with this and the differences in all of the jurisdictions,” she said.“The federal government, even though we are a funder of the child welfare system, we also have to be accountable for the results and children are being apprehended such that there’s more kids in care than at the height of residential schools.”The federal government is currently engaged in a lengthy back and forth with The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over its commitment to fund child welfare services on reserve.In January, the tribunal ruled the federal government discriminated against First Nations children in its funding of child welfare services.Bennett has repeatedly said the government is committed to overhauling the system.Cindy Blackstock, a social worker who spent nine years on the case that resulted in the tribunal’s ruling, believes the government is still racially discriminating against Aboriginal children in its delivery of services on reserves.A key issue is $71 million the government earmarked in this year’s budget for child welfare — a figure far from sufficient, Blackstock says, pegging the actual need at around $200 million.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Most American families grew richer between 2013 and 2016, but the wealthiest households pulled even further ahead, worsening the nation’s massive disparities in wealth and income.The median net worth of all American families rose 16 per cent last year from 2013 to $97,300, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday. The median is the point where half of families fall below and half above. That’s the first gain for middle class households since the recession upended the economy nearly a decade ago.The figures echo data released earlier this month from the Census Bureau, which also showed middle-class incomes rising. Since 2015, the economic recovery’s benefits have been spread broadly, to nearly all income levels and racial and ethnic groups. But those gains arrived after the first five years of the recovery, when higher-earning households reaped most of the benefits. A low and falling unemployment rate has helped push up pay, while rising home prices have restored some wealth to middle income families.Even with the improvement, the Fed’s report, known as the Survey of Consumer Finances , starkly illustrates the depth of the nation’s wealth and income gaps. The disparities exist along lines of income, race and ethnicity, and between cities and rural dwellers.“You’re seeing a continuing pulling apart in the wealth and income data,” said Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute.It also points to why so many Americans remain frustrated with the economy: On many measures, most families still haven’t fully recovered from the 2008-2009 downturn. In fact, the median measures for wealth and income still trail their 2001 levels.Lael Brainard, a Fed policymaker, raised concerns in a speech Tuesday that long-running inequalities may hobble U.S. economic growth. Greater concentrations of wealth and income could slow consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of economic activity, because richer households typically save a larger proportion of a pay raise or other income gain than middle- and lower-income ones do.The Fed’s survey found that even as median net worth climbed 16 per cent, average net worth rose more quickly, by 26 per cent to $692,100. Those differences between the median and average figures mostly reflect stronger gains at the top of the income scale. Net worth includes the value of housing, stocks, mutual funds and other savings minus mortgages and other debts.Black and Hispanic families reported large wealth gains, but wealth gaps along racial lines barely narrowed. Median wealth for an African-American family was $17,600 last year, up 29 per cent from 2013. That’s a much bigger gain than the 17 per cent increase for whites.Yet median wealth for white families last year was $171,000, ten times that for blacks and roughly eight times that for Latinos.Median wealth for the richest 10 per cent of all families jumped 40 per cent in the past three years to $1.63 million.The 1 per cent richest families now hold nearly 39 per cent of U.S. wealth, up from 36.3 per cent in 2013, the Fed said. The bottom 90 per cent of families now own just 22.8 per cent of the nation’s wealth, down from 33.2 per cent in 1989.Similar patterns appear in the report’s section on incomes. Latino families reported a 15 per cent gain in median income to $38,500, while median income for African-Americans rose 10 per cent to $35,400. Median incomes for whites rose only 6 per cent, but were still much higher at $61,200.One reason more families are finally regaining some wealth is that home prices have risen steadily since 2012. Average housing wealth — the value of a home, minus mortgages and other debt — rose 20 per cent last year from 2016. That followed a slight drop in home values in the previous three years.Meanwhile, for those Americans who own stocks, the average value of their portfolios increased 23.4 per cent from 2013 to 2016. That followed an 18.2 per cent increase in the preceding three years, when average home values were falling.For the 10 per cent richest Americans, the average value of their stock holdings jumped nearly 37 per cent to $1.37 million.The Fed also broke down their measures by where families live. For families living in cities, median income increased 10 per cent, while those outside cities saw an increase of just 2 per cent.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaberlast_img read more

first_imgWashington: Pakistan, obsessed with India as a perceived existential threat, has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in its struggle against India, a former top American spymaster has said. Former CIA acting director Michael Morell, in a podcast discussion with Kurt Campbell and Rich Verma on Thursday, alleged that Pakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Pakistan has “created terrorist groups to be a tool” in their struggle against India, Morell said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportCampbell, the former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs and Verma, the former US Ambassador to India, now regularly host ‘The Tealeaves’ Podcast of the Asia Group. “What they don’t realise is that it’s impossible to keep those terrorist groups under control. And that eventually comes back to bite you. You know, I believe that Pakistan, at the end of the day, maybe the most dangerous country in the world,” Morell said. Morell who played a key role in the Abbottabad raid that killed Osama bin Laden — the al-Qaeda chief and mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States — in a safe house in Pakistan, said that the population of this South Asian country is exploding, and the demographics are awful. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The economy’s going nowhere. It simply can’t provide the jobs that need to be provided for the young people who are entering the labour force. The education system is literally broken. I went to Pakistan more often than I went to any other country when I was deputy director,” he said, referring to his impression about Pakistan when he was the deputy head in the CIA during the Obama administration. There’s no wonder that many Pakistani parents send their kids to madrasa and one knows what happens to a small percentage of the kids who go there. “The extremism is growing from a societal perspective. It’s growing within the military. So, it is not impossible, not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but five years from now, 10 years from now that you could have a color revolution, Arab spring style movement in the streets of Islamabad that ends up with an extremist government there with nuclear weapons. That’s what so scary,” Morell said. According to Morell, then president Barack Obama’s Pakistan policy in his first term was to get the Pakistanis to see their strategic environment in a real way. “They still see India and, I think, for foreseeable future, will see India as an existential threat to the state of Pakistan. It’s not, it’s just not. India stopped focusing on Pakistan a long time ago. They’re focusing on their economic future,” he argued. But because the Pakistanis are so obsessed with this perceived existential threat, they’ve both organised their society in order to protect themselves from that threat. So, they’ve given an immense amount of power to the military, and much less power to the civilian government, he said. “The government therefore makes choices that I don’t believe, and many people don’t believe are in the best long term interest of Pakistan. Pakistan has spent more money on nuclear weapons than they do in education. “And they use terrorism as a tool against the Indians… and then also in Afghanistan, because they fear Indian influence in Afghanistan. So they’ve created terrorist groups, right to be a tool of theirs in the struggle against India,” Morell added.last_img read more

“Iraq faces considerable challenges to improve access to education and guarantee that girls and boys have equal opportunities,” said Christine McNab, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.She appealed for stepped-up resources for the Government to ensure that it provides education, from early childhood care and mainstream schooling to literacy and life skills for youth and adults.Iraq has increased the budget allocated for education from 7.2 per cent in 2008 to nearly 10 per cent last year, but much more needs to be done to meet the 2015 target of 100 per cent enrolment in primary schools in rural areas, one of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and one of the six internationally-agreed targets of “Education for All,” a UN-backed movement launched in 1990.Global Action Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of “Education for All,” whose importance was reaffirmed by more than 160 nations in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, in 2000.This year’s week calls on governments and donors to act together and mobilize their resources, as well as to honour the $50 billion pledge to boost education made at the Group of Eight summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, in 2005.“Of all of the issues confronting Iraq’s children, the decline in children’s right to access quality learning has perhaps the most alarming implications for Iraq’s future, the next generation’s doctors, teachers and leaders,” said Sikander Khan, the Representative of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to the country.This year’s Education for All-Global Monitoring Report 2010 by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), entitled Reaching the Marginalized, found that the global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world’s poorest countries of an education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, with a knock-on effect on future economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in health and other areas.“While rich countries nurture their economic recovery, many poor countries face the imminent prospect of education reversals,” UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said when the publication was launched in January, noting the failure of donors to deliver on pledges. “We cannot afford to create a lost generation of children who have been deprived of their chance for an education that might lift them out of poverty.”The report urges rich countries and the so-called G20 group of developed and developing countries to scale up aid needed to avoid damaging budget adjustments in the poorest countries, stressing that a financing gap of $16 billion a year must be bridged to reach the “Education for All” goals.Rich countries international and financial institutions are exaggerating how much aid they provide to help poor countries cope with the financial crisis, using “smoke and mirrors” in their reporting, it says. 20 April 2010More public spending is required in Iraq to ensure quality education for all, a right enshrined in the nation’s constitution, the United Nations said today, as the world body-backed Global Action Week for Education gets under way. read more

TORONTO – North American stock markets plunged Wednesday as a disappointing read on American retail sales deepened pessimism about the state of the global economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,869.88 -166.80 -1.19%S&P 500 —  1,862.49 -15.21 -0.81%Dow — 16,141.74-173.45 -1.06%Nasdaq — 4,215.32 -11.85 -0.28%Indexes closed well above the worst levels of the session but the S&P/TSX composite index still tumbled 166.8 points to 13,869.88 as the TSX fell further into correction territory, losing 12% since the record highs of last month and close to shedding all its gains for the year. The stock index fell to its lowest level in eight months.U.S. markets moved closer to a formal correction, defined as a plunge of at least 10% from recent highs. The Dow Jones industrials fell 173.45 points to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq lost 11.85 points to 4,215.32 and the S&P 500 index declined 15.21 points to 1,862.49.Worries about the economy deepened as U.S. retail sales for September came in weaker than expected, falling 0.3% amid broad weakness against the 0.1% decline that economists had expected.“Overall, this is a setback for consumer spending and suggests downside risk for Q3 growth,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Jennifer Lee.The Canadian dollar edged up 0.38 of a cent to 88.83 cents US as the greenback weakened following release of the retail data. Traders were unmoved by data in the Federal Reserve’s latest economic survey showing that most regions across the U.S. saw modest or moderate economic growth in September.Markets have headed steadily downward since last month but the sell-off gained momentum last week as a string of disappointing German economic data raised concerns that Europe’s biggest economy could be headed back into recession. Also, the International Monetary Fund again revised downward its global growth projections.Growth concerns have particularly hammered oil prices, which have fallen to 2 1/2 year lows after the International Energy Agency slashed its oil-demand growth forecast for this year by more than a fifth. On Wednesday, November crude in New York was six cents lower at US$81.78 a barrel.The TSX energy sector has been the major weight on the Toronto market, plunging 19% over the last month. It was down another 0.57% Wednesday.The sell-off on markets is also taking place amid a number of other concerns, including the end this month of the Federal Reserve’s latest round of quantitative easing, the program of massive bond purchases that has kept long-term rates low and fuelled a rally on stock markets over the last few years.The state of the European economy has also depressed the euro and pushed the U.S. dollar higher. The higher greenback has helped depress commodity prices and raised concerns that it could weigh on the earnings of American multinationals.New York indexes have yet to close in correction territory. Still, the Dow has lost almost seven% since Sept. 19 while the S&P 500 has fallen just eight%. Both indexes had been at or close to record levels and a correction has been widely expected since there hadn’t been a retracement in three years.And now that the retracement is gaining momentum, analysts caution that the sell-off likely has a way to go. “Peak to trough, we can easily correct anywhere from eight to 13% without really altering the long-term picture,” said Sid Mokhtari, a market technician at CIBC World Markets.“We’re getting closer to a good bottom. We should put things into perspective and not necessarily fear what is coming at us at this point.”The financials group was also a major weight, down 2.5% amid earnings disappointments from Bank of America and U.S. lender Keycorp.The TSX also felt added pressure from the base metals group, down another 3.5% for a loss of more than 20% over the last month as December copper gave back eight cents to US$3.01 a pound.Rail stocks continued to fall alongside miners, taking the industrial group down%.The gold sector was flat as bullion prices erased early losses as the flight to safety pushed December bullion up $10.50 to US$1,244.8 an ounce.TOP STORIESApple Inc expected to launch new iPads as it seeks to jumpstart tablet salesDeath of cable? HBO announces plans to offer stand-alone online service next yearDavid Rosenberg: Take a deep breath and remember the most important thing for building wealthThe $11 billion in mortgage payments the Bank of Canada doesn’t know aboutGoogle’s giant 6-inch Nexus 6 phone will be available for pre-order this month starting at $749WHAT’S ON DECK THURSDAYECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m. Manufacturing Sales & Orders (Aug): Economists expect decline of 2% International Securities transactions: Economists expect $7-billionUNITED STATES8:30 a.m. Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 290,000 new claims, up from last week9:15 a.m. Industrial production and capacity utilization (Sept): Economists expect 0.4% rise in production and 79% capacity10 a.m. NAHB Housing Index (Oct)10 a.m. Philadelphia Fed Index: Economists expect reading of 19.8CORPORATE NEWS Apple Inc expected to unveil new iPads at media event at 1 p.m. ETUNITED STATES Capital One Financial Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.94 a share Delta Air Lines Q3 earnings: Analysts expect  US$1.17 Google Inc  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect  US$6.53 Goldman Sachs  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect  US$3.21 Mattel Inc  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect   US$1.02 Philip Morris International Q3 earnings: Analysts expect  US$1.33 Schlumberger NV  Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.46 read more

Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation in Myanmar, had to cut short his visit, conducted at Yangon’s invitation, due to illness, but not before holding meetings in several parts of the country.Arriving in Yangon on 9 October, Mr. Pinheiro spent four days meeting with government officials and ethnic minority leaders. During that time, he also visited educational, religious, academic and other institutions. In addition, he met with the UN country team, members of the diplomatic community, and international civil society organizations. On 13 October, the Special Rapporteur went with his team to Lashio in Shan State, where he was received by local authorities. The mission visited a Wa ceasefire area, the new border town of Muse, and the Lashio prison. The following day, Mr. Pinheiro travelled to Mandalay, holding meetings with local authorities. While there, he also visited the office of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) as well as the Mandalay central prison, the Hton-Bo labour camp, and a university in Sagaing Division. Having to cut his mission short for health reasons, Mr. Pinheiro cancelled scheduled visits to Kachin State, Insein prison and a labour camp near Yangon. Over the course of his visit, however, the Special Rapporteur was able to meet the Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister of Myanmar, as well as the leadership of the NLD, including its Secretary General. read more

“Stateless people are just seeking the same basic rights that all citizens enjoy. But stateless minorities, like the Rohingya, often suffer from entrenched discrimination and a systematic denial of their rights,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday on the launch of the report, This Is Our Home: Stateless minorities and their search for citizenship.The report notes that more than 75 per cent of the world’s known stateless populations belong to minority groups. Left unaddressed, their protracted marginalization can build resentment, increase fear and, in the most extreme cases, lead to instability, insecurity and displacement. A press release said that although the report is based on research prior to late August when hundreds of thousands of Rohingya – the world’s biggest stateless minority – began fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh, their situation is nonetheless illustrative of the problems that years of discrimination, protracted exclusion and their impact on citizenship status can lead to. “In recent years, important steps have been taken to address statelessness worldwide. However new challenges, like growing forced displacement and arbitrary deprivation of nationality, threaten this progress. States must act now and they must act decisively to end statelessness,” Mr. Grandi stressed. The report shows that, for many minority groups, the cause of statelessness is difference itself: their histories, their looks, their language, their faith. At the same time, statelessness often exacerbates the exclusion that minority groups face, profoundly affecting all aspects of their life – from freedom of movement to development opportunities, and from access to services to the right to vote. The report is based on consultations conducted in May and June 2017 with members of stateless, formerly stateless or at risk minority groups in Madagascar, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Kenya, which were selected as examples to highlight the issues faced by stateless minorities worldwide. The report is released on the third anniversary of UNHCR’s #Ibelong Campaign, which urges all States to implement measures, such as facilitating the naturalization or confirmation of nationality for stateless minority groups, allowing children to gain the nationality of the country in which they were born; and ensure universal birth registration. read more

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Four years ago, Syracuse place-kicker Andre Szmyt was playing soccer at his high school in the northern Chicago suburbs, not even on the radar of the school’s football coach. Now, he’s a star for the 19th-ranked Orange.The 6-1, 195-pound redshirt freshman from Vernon Hills High School is one of three finalists for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top place-kicker. With one game left in the regular season, at Boston College on Saturday, and a bowl game to follow, Szmyt is poised to eclipse the NCAA record for field goals in a season and become just the second kicker to lead the nation in scoring.Not bad for a walk-on who played only one year of high school football and landed at Syracuse by chance.“I’ve been confident all year,” Szmyt said. “I knew coming into this season once I was listed as the No. 1 on the depth chart that I could continue. Gaining confidence was a big part.”Szmyt has an Atlantic Coast Conference-record 28 field goals in 31 attempts, including all three he’s tried from beyond 50 yards, and has not missed an extra point in 51 tries. He leads the nation with 2.2 field goals and 12.3 points per game for 135 points, also tops in the Bowl Subdivision. The national record for field goals is 31, set in 2003 by Georgia’s Billy Bennett. Boise State’s Tyler Jones averaged 11.8 points per game in 2004 to lead the nation in scoring.Those who know Szmyt best are taking it all in stride.“I’m really not surprised,” said Bill Bellecomo, Szmyt’s high school football coach. “I’m excited.”Szmyt landed on his high school football team by chance, too.“After my junior season of soccer, all my buddies played football,” Szmyt said. “They knew I had a strong leg in soccer and they just kind of told me: ‘You should be a kicker. We need a kicker on our football team.’”The coach was an easy sell.“Our guys sent me a video of him kicking a 55-yarder,” Bellecomo recalled. “They said, ‘We’ve got to get this kid out for football.’”And why not? Nothing like being able to sit back and watch.“We tried to just leave him alone and let him do his thing,” Bellecomo said. “I’m going to be honest. I have no idea about anything about kicking. All of us coaches, we’d looked at each other and every once in a while somebody would ask, ‘Where did you get this kicker?’ We coached him up. No, not really.“I thought with some good coaching that he would be fantastic. We just couldn’t give it to him.”There wasn’t much need.“He’s got the right mentality for a kicker because nothing bothers him. That’s just the kind of kid he is,” Bellecomo said.Szmyt’s first kick for Vernon Hills was a 43-yarder to win the game.“There was no time left,” Bellecomo said. “It was a 7-7 game and all the kids were yelling at him, ‘You’re going to make this!’ I pulled him aside and I said: ‘I’m going to put my headset away because I know this game’s over. Now, you go do your thing. I’m not even going to watch.’“He had a big smile on his face and he nailed it right down the middle. Had about another 10 yards to it. That was my claim to fame as far as coaching him.”Because Szmyt got such a late start in football, there was a scramble to get him noticed, even after a season in which he hit 9 of 12 field goals, including a school-record 48-yarder, to help the Cougars to an 11-4 record.“It’s difficult to sell a kid who only has one year of film and I was trying to sell him to anyone who would listen,” Bellecomo said.One who did listen was Dave Boller, former director of high school relations at Louisville. But the Cardinals wanted him there the day after his classes ended his senior year. “He wasn’t big on taking off right away,” Bellecomo said.When Boller abruptly left Louisville to become the Orange’s director of player personnel, Szmyt visited Syracuse and decided it was the place for him. He joined the Orange at the start of 2017 fall camp and won the starting job in preseason camp last summer.“We keep numbers on all our kickers, it’s a mathematical thing, and his numbers were extremely high,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said.Pressure was added in practice to see if Szmyt could still kick with the same high percentage, which he did, and not much seems to have fazed Szmyt since. He hit a pair of field goals in the opener at Western Michigan, a month later converted three in front of a screaming crowd at Death Valley in a near-upset of No. 2 Clemson, then drilled three more in an overtime loss in the rain at Pittsburgh, including a season-long 54-yarder.His reward after that was a scholarship.“I was in awe. I wasn’t expecting it,” Szmyt said. “It came out of nowhere. I was sitting in a team meeting after a loss.”Syracuse is coming off a 36-3 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. The Orange averted a shutout when Szmyt kicked a 28-yarder with 10 seconds left after clanging a 23-yard attempt off the left upright earlier in the quarter.“I just pulled the ball,” said Szmyt, whose kicks have travelled right down the middle with uncanny regularity.Syracuse will play in its first bowl game in five years and the Orange are averaging 40.6 points, so Szmyt has a good shot to snare the national record.“Hopefully, that’s the plan if I’m out there,” he said.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Kekis, The Associated Press read more

Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins blocks a shot during a game against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 2 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 4-2.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternThe Ohio State men’s ice hockey team (4-4-0) held on to an early lead and handed the No. 20 Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs a 4-2 loss.After the opening period Saturday, the Buckeyes led, 2-0, off goals from senior forward Alex Szczechura and sophomore forward Tyler Lundey.Although junior forward Max McCormick widened the gap with another Buckeye goal early, Duluth (4-3-1) made it a one-goal game by the end of the second period with goals from freshman forward Alex Iafallo and junior forward Caleb Herbert.The Buckeyes were the only team to score in the third period, with an unassisted empty-net goal by junior forward Ryan Dzingel with 33 seconds left in the game.Dzingel said Wednesday the games against Duluth were going to be fast-paced because the Minnesota team “likes to get up and down the ice.”Szczechura said the team managed to hold its own against the Bulldogs’ speed.“Our team as a whole can definitely handle a fast pace as a style of hockey we want to play, and tonight I think we played a good game — a very up-tempo game and very physical — and I think it helped us,” Szczechura said Saturday following the win.Junior forward Nick Oddo said sticking with the fundamentals of the game was what led to the Buckeyes’ victory.“Just keeping things simple,” Oddo said. “Coach (Steve Rohlik) always preaches to push the puck north, get it forward, chips, get pressure on their (defense), and I think doing those little things helped us.”Freshman Matt Tomkins played in the net for OSU for the full 60 minutes, saving a career-high 39 shots.The first game of the series was played Friday at the Schottenstein Center, where the Buckeyes fell to the Bulldogs, 3-1.“I can’t fault our effort,” Rohlik said. “We made mistakes, and the mistakes we made ended up in our net.”Despite losing Friday, Rohlik said it was one of the Buckeyes’ best performances so far this season.“To be honest with you, I think we probably played a more complete game (Friday),” Rohlik said Saturday. “I thought we played in spurts tonight, I thought we were very good early, but they kind of took over maybe in the middle there.”The Buckeyes, in the midst of a seven-game homestand, are slated to return to action Friday against Niagara at 7:05 p.m with the two-game series against the Purple Eagles concluding Saturday. read more

first_img Ball boys watch the play on court number 2 on day five of the Wimbledon  Wimbledon’s ball boys and girls are famous for the rigorous training they undergo to ensure the smooth operation of the world’s most famous tennis tournament.But such is the extent of their well-drilled preparations that it has now emerged they keep a secret dossier of the player’s stranger habits and demands.The list includes details of which players want the same ball with which they have just won a serve, prefer to be given a ball from a particular corner or like to have a towel handed to them after every point.Sarah Goldson, the PE teacher who heads the training of Wimbledon’s 250 ball boys and girls (BBGs), said: “We do have a list of who does what on court, but sometimes those things change and we expect the BBGs to adapt to that.”The team behind the ball boys and girls regularly update their file detailing players’ quirks and on-court preferences.Such is the growing list of demands, however, that their training is likely to be changed to prepare them to react to what players want by creating scenarios of a player demanding something unexpected. Ball boys stand by to assist on court number two at Wimbledon Credit:Clive Brunskill/Getty Ms Goldson said: “We could build that into the training programme, where we just throw something in that’s slightly random, because we’ve seen a few more different things this year. Roger Taylor, who reached the WImbledon semi-finals in 1967, 1970 and 1973, was dismissive of Nadal summoning a ball boy to dispose of a wrapper.”We never did that,” said Taylor. “We never took towels to the baseline. It’s how it’s developed.”Not that it’s always one way traffic.During a rain break in the French Open in 2014 Novak Djokovic invited the ball boy holding the umbrella to sit down and join him for a drink. Spain’s Rafael Nadal throws his towel to a ball boy  at the French Open tennis tournament in MayCredit:Petr David Josek/AP Nadal has a number of near-obsessive routines he carries out before and during matches, including lining up his drink bottles in a certain way and instructing the ball boys and girls on no account to move them.On top of that, the Spanish player never walks on the lines, so the ball boys and girls have to be careful not to force him onto them by blocking his path.When it comes to towels, things get even more complicated. Andy Murray wants one after every point, while Novak Djokovic tends to ask for the towel by reaching his arm behind him, rather than looking at the ball boy or girl.During the 2015 Wimbledon championships, Djokovic apologised to a ball girl after he appeared to scream “towel” at her during his quarter final win against Marin Cilic.And last week French player Adrian Mannarino was fined 9,000 US dollars (£7,000) for barging of Wimbledon after barging into a ball boy. And she confirmed that taking litter from a player – such as the plastic bag from their new racquets – is within the ball boys and girls’ job description.”We do say to them that obviously apart from their own safety the player is the priority, so they are there, within reason, to do what the player asks them to do,” she said.Indeed there are several players known on the international tennis circuit for their particular, if not outright eccentric, set of demands.Dustin Brown, who lost to Andy Murray in the second round last week, is among a number who request the same ball back if they have just won a point with it. Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan jokes with a ball boy during a first round match against Andy Murray last weekcenter_img But he will also walks all the way to the net if the ball boys and girls forget to retrieve the winning ball for him. Perhaps one of the strangest requests came from Serena Williams, who after losing the first 0-6 against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta at the Hopman Cup in Australia in 2015, asked that an espresso be brought to her.After the umpire ruled that the request was within the rules a ball girl was sent to fetch the coffee, returning moments later to carry it gingerly to Serena’s seat. She went on to win the next two sets. But some veterans believe the new generation of players have gone too far with their constant demands. “We do build it in now but we probably do it more often towards the latter end of the training, because we expect them to pick up on that fairly quickly.”The demands placed on Wimbledon’s ball boys and girls came into stark relief on Tuesday when the two-times winner Rafael Nadal was spotted handing one a snack wrapper – for him to place in the bin sitting just next to the player.But Ms Goldson, who teaches at Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke, said her team has to “adapt to the players, their idiosyncrasies, and what they do”. Spain's Rafael Nadal throws his towel to a ball boy in his second round match against Netherlands' Robin Haase at the French Open tennis tournament  Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan jokes with a ball boy during a first round match against Andy Murray last weekCredit:David Ramos/Getty Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related‘Dr Ramayya has no professional experience to be REO’ – PPPSeptember 4, 2015In “Politics””They realized that I am an asset”- Ramayya named Region 6 REOSeptember 3, 2015In “Politics”Ramayya fires back …says he resisted the pressure to do things that were wrongSeptember 16, 2016In “latest news” …says Party has best plans for working classFormer Executive Member of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Dr Veerasammy Ramayya, has now thrown his support behind the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) because he believes they have the best plan for the working class people.‘What we have worked for in this coalition, we did not get’ said RamayyaDr Ramayya made his position known shortly after the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo, urged a welcoming hand for disgruntled supporters of the coalition Government.In a telephone interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Dr Ramayya maintained that he is an independent politician but has endorsed the current vision of the PPP despite having criticised some of their actions in the past.He explained that the coalition Government, which he had endorsed in the lead up to the historic 2015 General Elections, is driving the economy into the ground and making it increasingly challenging to enjoy a decent life.The politician said he stands with and for the working class people, and will support whichever group he believes has the best plan for them.“What we have worked for in this coalition, we did not get. The question here, we have to look at the sugar industry, the rice industry and the Government, these people when they campaigned for 2015 elections, did they indicate to the people that they will close down the estates? That they will not get markets for the rice? That the economy will be in such a bad state today,” he related, as he expressed disappointment and disgust over the current state of the country.“So we are having very difficult times, all throughout Berbice area right now, this is what my goals were how we can alleviate the conditions of poor people and currently now we are not doing that. They can’t find jobs for the young people, they are telling young people now that they can go make plantain chips and cassava chips and all these things and make a living,” he stated with much ridicule.Dr Ramayya said he has been listening keenly to the leaders of the PPP and has been observing the reform of the political party, and is impressed with the improvements.“Putting everything into perspective, I think the PPP has projected a better life for the working class people than what this Government is projecting. And as such, I am throwing a little support with the ideas that they have… I am very, very proud of Bharrat Jagdeo, I am very proud,” he exclaimed.Dr Ramayya said he stands by the criticisms he has meted out against the party in the past but noted that its leaders have also accepted their shortcomings.In spite of his support, Dr Ramayya said he will not hastily join the PPP.“The time 2020 is far away from now, so I don’t know (if I will join) but I am still working assiduously to help as far as I am concerned the working class people,” the politician explained, noting that many people are already upset with him for being part and parcel of the political force that brought more hardships upon them.“People in Berbice are crying out. I just came from New Amsterdam and business is completely dead, everybody’s cursing me. They’re saying that Dr Ramayya ‘you are the one we voted for and this is what is happening.’ I am taking the curses that is coming down. People didn’t vote because of Moses (Nagamootoo) or Khemraj (Ramjattan), they voted for me. I am the core of the AFC. But I walked out because of corruption,” he expressed.Dr Ramayya, a prominent figure in Berbice, began his political career in the 1960s.After declaring that Berbicians were not adequately represented in the coalition Government, Dr Ramayya resigned from the AFC in 2015. However, after being offered the post of Regional Executive Officer (REO), he remained with the party.He subsequently resigned “for good” from the AFC in September 2016 after he said he “got tired” with the “corruption” within the party.He had also resigned as REO. (Devina Samaroo: Guyana Times) read more

first_img Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Videos Articles WhatsApp Roman Reigns talks about his relationship with Jon Moxley; Rollins and Lynch get challenged WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nikki Bella Pinterest Facebook Roman Reigns talks about teaming with The Undertaker, Jon Moxley’s comments on WWE Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Results courtesy of WWE.com.Tribute to the Troops 2015 results: Standing up for America’s bravestJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Naval Station Mayport and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay played host to the 13th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops, the Most Patriotic Show of the Year. Members of the U.S. military and their families enjoyed an action-packed evening of WWE competition, including appearances by Grammy Award-winning rock band Train and comedian Howie Mandel.An all-out brawl erupted to kick off Tribute to the TroopsAfter JoJo sang a rousing rendition of the national anthem, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and The Usos made their way to the ring. Reigns took the opportunity to deliver a heartfelt message of thanks to the troops. However before he could finish, he was interrupted by The League of Nations.The faction of international Superstars wasted no time insulting the United States of America, but Reigns retorted and the verbal exchange quickly escalated to a physical altercation. As The League of Nations entered the ring, The Wyatt Family joined the fray. However, before The Wyatts could enter the ring, The Dudley Boyz and Ryback made their presence known before revealing one last Superstar to even the odds – Demon Kane!A brawl quickly broke out and Reigns, Ambrose, The Usos, The Dudleys, Ryback and Kane were able to overpower The League of Nations and The Wyatts, driving them from the ring.Jack Swagger def. Rusev in a Boot Camp MatchTribute to the Troops has become an annual tradition of thanking the brave men and women of the U.S. military over the past 13 years and with it comes its own tradition – The Boot Camp Match. Before the bout, Rusev and Lana had harsh words for the United States but their rant was cut off when The Bulgarian Brute’s opponent – “Real American” Jack Swagger – made his way to the ring waving Old Glory.With the WWE Universe behind him, Swagger took the battle right to Rusev but with Lana’s assistance, The League of Nations strongman was able to take control of the match by using an ammo box as a weapon. Using various types of military gear – staples of The Boot Camp Match – Rusev maintained control and added insult to insult by waving the Bulgarian flag in the center of the ring.Chants of “USA! USA!” rallied the Real American and he wasted no time mounting a second offense against Rusev. Swagger’s strategy of fast-paced attacks proved to be too much for his opponent as Rusev submitted to the Patriot Lock, much to the delight of the service members in attendance.Mark Henry def. Bo DallasOne would think that when facing former World Heavyweight Champion and The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry, a Superstar would take the match seriously and plan a strategy to defeat a veteran and imposing competitor. Don’t tell that to Bo Dallas, who made his way to the ring dressed in an Uncle Sam top hat and red vest complete with a bowtie.Maybe it was all part of Dallas’ strategy because when the opening bell sounded, Dallas was able to force Henry into the corner. But rather than continuing his assault, Dallas ran around the ring reciting his “Bo-lieve” mantra. This gave Henry ample time to chase down his opponent and execute The World’s Strongest Slam for the win.Train performedGrammy Award-winning rock band Train performed for the troops.Ryback def. Kevin Owens via Count-outNever once to mince words or filter his opinions, Kevin Owens made his way into Jacksonville Veteran’s Memorial Arena praising not America, but his homeland, Canada – specifically French Canada. The troops in attendance didn’t take kindly to Owens’ rant and were delighted as Ryback interrupted the Canadian’s French language-tirade ready for a fight.Clearly fired up, The Big Guy overwhelmed Owens using his speed and strength to his advantage. Although Owens was able to fight back and build some momentum against his rival, Ryback proved to be too powerful, hitting Owens with the Meathook before preparing Shell Shocked. Owens managed to escape to the apron and both competitors landed blows that left each other dazed. As the official began the 10-count, Owens took a few moments to regain his composure before outright walking away from the battle and giving Ryback the victory by count-out.Paige & Team B.A.D. def. Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Brie Bella & Alicia FoxJacksonville played host to an 8-Diva Tag Team Match featuring the top competitors in the ultra-competitive Divas division. Charlotte led Becky Lynch, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox into the bout against Paige and Team B.A.D. Charlotte and Brie led the charge early-on against Naomi but their progress was halted by the incredible power of Tamina. Paige and her partners methodically dismantled Brie creating a nearly insurmountable advantage.Chaos ensued taking Paige, Charlotte, Naomi and Brie out of the contest, allowing Alicia to briefly take control of the bout. However Tamina managed to tag in Sasha Banks, allowing The Boss to take out Becky Lynch and execute the Bank Statement on Alicia for the win.Comedian Howie Mandel performedComedian and TV host Howie Mandel brought the laughs to Jacksonville and performed in front of the troops.Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, The Usos, The Dudleys, Kane & Ryback def. The League of Nations & The Wyatt FamilyFollowing the brawl that erupted to kick off Tribute to the Troops, a 16-Man Tag Team Match was the only option to settle the score. With all four corners of the ring filled with competitors, Erick Rowan and Dean Ambrose kicked off the battle and the bout began to unfold like your average tag team match. The team led by Roman Reigns enjoyed an early advantage, making sure to regularly rotate partners and maintain an advantage.However the tides turned as Braun Strowman entered the ring to confront Bubba Ray Dudley. In an effort to even the odds, Bubba Ray tagged in Kane and the two monsters of the ring exchanged powerful strikes with Strowman taking control. Eventually, Reigns’ squad retaliated and soon thereafter the match erupted into full-blown bedlam.A second all-out brawl ensued and spilled to the outside of the ring. Jimmy and Jey Uso seized the opportunity to take to the skies, knocking most of The League of Nations and Wyatts out of action. In turn, the two legal Superstars – Ambrose and Luke Harper – exchanged strikes in the middle of the ring. Strowman attempted to regain control of the bout, but the combined force of Reigns’ team removed the monstrous competitor from the ring, ultimately allowing Ambrose to catch Harper with Dirty Deeds for the win.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Pinterest Facebook Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE NXT Results – 9/4/19 (Adam Cole defends the NXT Championship against Jordan Myles) Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call Triple Hcenter_img WhatsApp Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Google+ NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) Now Playing Up Next Bobby Roode defending the NXT Championship against Hideo Itami will headline tonight’s NXT TakeOver: Chicago special airing live on the WWE Network.One match that could be in question is The Authors of Pain defending the NXT Tag Team Championships against #DIY in a ladder match. As reported earlier, Tommaso Ciampa suffered an injury to his leg at an NXT live event in Kentucky on Thursday.During a conference call with media on Friday, Paul “Triple H” Levesque confirmed reports of the injury to Ciampa and noted that the match was still on. Triple H did add that if Ciampa’s ankle worsens over the next two days, they would come up with an alternative.Here is the scheduled card for tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).NXT ChampionshipBobby Roode (c) vs. Hideo ItamiNXT Women’s ChampionshipAsuka (c) vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki CrossNXT Tag Team Championships – Ladder MatchThe Authors of Pain (c’s) vs. #DIYWWE United Kingdom ChampionshipTyler Bate (c) vs. Pete DunneRoderick Strong vs. Eric YoungWrestleview.com will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Chicago tonight.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

first_img JBL Flip The new JBL Flip 5 in front of the Flip 4. It’s really only a little bigger than its predecessor. David Carnoy/CNET Lay the JBL Flip 5 next to last year’s Flip 4 like I did at this year’s CES in Las Vegas and you’ll notice that the Flip 5 looks pretty similar but is slightly bigger than its predecessor. That increased size has allowed JBL’s engineers to equip the Flip 5 with a larger battery and more power so that it delivers a little bigger sound. It also now has USB-C charging for quicker battery charging. Like its predecessor, the JBL Flip 5 is fully waterproof, has a buillt-in microphone for speakerphone calls and comes in multiple color options. It’ll ship this spring for $100 and should gradually come down in price over the course of the year.I’ll have a full review shortly before it hits stores. jbl-flip-5-colorsEnlarge ImageAll the new color options. David Carnoy/CNET JBL Flip 5 key features Wireless Bluetooth streaming: Wirelessly connect to any smartphone or tablet with BluetoothBuilt-in 4800mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery supports up to 12 hours of continuous playtimeIPX7 Waterproof: Can be fully submersed in waterImproved bass performanceUSB-C chargingBuilt-in speakerphone allows you to take calls with the touch of a buttonPrice: $100Shipping this spring flip-5-usb-cEnlarge ImageNow with USB-C charging! David Carnoy/CNET Review • JBL Flip review: Portable Bluetooth speaker stands tall Tags Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See it $119 1:07 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019center_img CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Share your voice Comment Mentioned Above JBL Flip (white) CES Products Bluetooth Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 1last_img read more

first_imgAn estimated 190-200 sandwiches were sold to benefit victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Photo courtesy of Diana Getz)Last week, 17 people, including students and staff, were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many others were injured. Thousands of miles away, in Skagway, Alaska, one family wanted to help those affected.Listen nowWhen Skagway resident Greg Getz heard the news, he knew he wanted to offer some sort of support.“My wife and I saw that on T.V,” Getz said. “And for no other reason, you’re just walking around the house, you start getting choked up, and you have no personal connection with these people  but because of what you see you feel like you do. We really didn’t know what to do. So we put that thing on Facebook asking if everybody else felt the same way and they did. And that’s how it all started.”Getz put a message out on the Skagway Swap Facebook page – a community marketplace.Getz said he and his wife Diana were thinking of holding a fundraiser to benefit the victims and families of those affected by the Florida shooting.The idea: to sell barbeque sandwiches for a $5 donation.Getz says he put together similar fundraisers twice before, when he lived in Nome, but wanted to make sure it was feasible in the small community of Skagway. He lived in Texas for 17 years – that’s where the barbeque inspiration comes from.More than 100 people responded to the Facebook post. They said they’d take four, 10, even 20 sandwiches in a few cases.Getz estimates they sold 190-200 in total.“We normally keep track of the buns because of the bags that we have,” Getz said. “Well, there were so many kids helping out, that everybody came. It was just my wife and I setting everything up. When they saw that we were having trouble, everybody jumped in. They started helping out. So some of the bags got thrown away but I’m just guessing, somewhere around there.”The donations are still coming in. Getz says they total about $1,700 so far. He’s hoping that reaches $1,800.“I’ve never done it for anything like this,” Getz said. “And the other fundraisers I’ve had up in Nome, they were cash. You collect the money, you give it to the family and that’s the end of it. So this one’s a little bit different. ”Getz says he plans to donate the money raised through the fundraising website GoFundMe.The Getz family will continue collecting donations until Thursday afternoon.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it comes to international diplomacy, the simplest methods are sometimes the best. Negotiations between nations can be a tangled process, with potential disaster waiting around every turn. So much as a misplaced word can unbalance the progress of history. The United States has seen its fair share of major conflicts, yet has developed a surprisingly homespun way of putting certain visitors at ease. One infamous occasion was in June 1939, when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth left Buckingham Palace and touched down on American soil.King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at Toronto City Hall, 1939.The visit was more than just a hearty handshake across the Atlantic. Hitler was a formidable enemy and American assistance was needed. By seeing the sights and pressing the flesh, it was hoped President Franklin D. Roosevelt would supply much-needed support.Their hosts took them on a formal tour of Washington with all the whistles and bells that might be expected of such a momentous trip. However they also insisted on a down to earth approach that saw the King and Queen enjoying the countryside at Hyde Park.Franklin D. Roosevelt and Fala in the White House study, December 20, 1941.The Royals were no doubt familiar with Hyde Park, London. The American one was a little different, a town (FDR’s hometown in fact) bordering the Hudson River and part of Dutchess County New York.The President’s cottage was the perfect venue to shoot the breeze and enjoy simpler fare than the banquets the guests had been used to. But what to serve at the picnic? The answer lay in a defining American meat product… the humble hot dog.Writing in 2009, the New York Times said “the United States has developed over the years a disarming way to put its foreign guests at ease. It is to offer that most unassuming of American food items, one long associated with baseball, barbecues and occasional gastrointestinal distress.”Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Henry Cabot Lodge and New York Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz gulp hot dogs at a Coney Island hotdog stand. Photo by Seymour Wally/NY Daily News Archive via Getty ImagesThe historic face to face between King and President is thought to be the earliest example of this questionable foodstuff playing a role in world politics. Here it was hoped taste would overcome quality in this more relaxed setting, even though the food was served on a silver tray.As outlined in a 2010 Mental Floss article, the menu consisted of dogs (“if weather permits”), ham, turkey, cranberry jelly, salad and strawberry shortcake.The Roosevelts with the King and Queen of Great Britain sailing from Washington, D.C. to Mt. Vernon, Virginia on the USS Potomac. June 9, 1939.George was anxious about the meeting, not only because of what was at stake. As depicted by Colin Firth in the movie The King’s Speech (2010) he talked with a stutter and wasn’t confident at articulating himself.Another film, 2012’s Hyde Park On Hudson, dramatized the meeting and showed George (Samuel West) worried about the business of eating the hot dog in front of others.Roosevelt (Bill Murray) highlighted his paralysis — believed at the time to be polio, but subsequently GBS (Guillain–Barré syndrome) — to draw a comparison between the two leaders.Close up of President Roosevelt and King George VI as they drive from Union Station to the White House. June 8, 1939.In the end King George reportedly washed his dog down with a beer before going back for second helpings. The Queen, on the other hand, found it more a challenge.Quoting Dan Barry in NYT, a 2017 Smithsonian.com piece detailed FDR’s straightforward recommendation to a head of state’s culinary inquiry. “According to one story, the queen supposedly asked Roosevelt how one ate a hotdog. ‘Very simple. Push it into your mouth and keep pushing it until it is all gone,’ he is said to have told her. She elected to use a knife and fork instead of taking this folksy advice.”Following the clash of cultures and breaking of bread — or at least hot dog buns — the King and Queen returned home. President Roosevelt took to the airwaves over a year later in Christmas 1940 to announce the provision of supplies for the UK. Pearl Harbor a year later brought America squarely into the mix.The hot dog played an exceedingly minor role in proceedings. But it would be called upon again, sometimes to thaw particularly frosty relations.Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev landed in the States in 1959. The Times describes how “At one point he stopped at a packing plant in Des Moines, where he ate his first hot dog — although at least one account says his first bite had to wait until security agents waved a Geiger counter over the dog. A mere cold war formality.”A radioactive frankfurter would be a unusual way to get rid of someone. That said, the field of international intrigue has seen stranger.Read another story from us: FDR’s Decision to Move Thanksgiving Day for Shopping Purposes Backfired WildlyThe hot dog has proved useful to successive administrations over the years. It’s sustained Americans through ball games and national holidays. So as a key part of the nation’s identity it made perfect sense for the President to deploy the sausage, as what could almost be called a weapon of mass digestion.last_img read more

first_imgThe Pacific region of Mexico continues to take a beating as Hurricane Bud passes by the coast as an intensified Category 4 hurricane.The National Meteorological Service (SMN) reported this morning that Hurricane Bud has intensified to category 4 as measured by the Saffir-Simpson scale, adding that its cloud bands show potential for intense rains to torrential in Jalisco, Colima, Michoacán and Nayarit, as well as Sinaloa and Durango.In the most recent warning issued by the agency, they say that the hurricane is located 360 kilometers west-southwest of Playa Perula, Jalisco, 365 kilometers southwest of Cabo Corrientes, Jalisco and 560 kilometers south-southeast of Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur.The agency is reporting Hurricane Bud’s sustained winds are 215 kilometers per hour with gusts of 260 kilometers per hour, moving northwest at 11 kilometers per hour.As the hurricane passes, it is causing wind guests on land of between 60 to 80 kilometers per hour with three to five meter waves along the coasts of Michoacán, Colima and Jalisco. Beach and coastal areas of Nayarit and Guerrero are seeing waves from two to three meters high.Due to the conditions, the National Meteorological Service is recommending the general population take extreme precautions in the areas of these states for rain, wind and waves, including maritime navigation, and to comply with the recommendations issued by the authorities of the National Civil Protection System for each state.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Owners of tourist lodging are fiercely opposed due to environmental reasons while prospective miners claim the project will create thousands of jobs at an economically difficult time.Opponents, abetted by leftist activists, succeeded a decade ago in canceling a multimillion-dollar gold mining project in a nearby area.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Comments   Share   Sponsored Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) – Hundreds of protesters have battled riot police for hours over plans for a gold mine in northern Greece’s Halkidiki peninsula.Police say protesters threw firebombs at them, setting ablaze a forested area on the site. The fire has been put out.Protesters claim a tear gas grenade thrown by police injured Radical Left Coalition member of parliament Vangelis Diamantopoulos.This is not the first clash over the gold mine, which has pitted inhabitants of the area against one another. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

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