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Jenkins congratulates newly inaugurated President Joe Biden

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins commended President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States in a statement Wednesday.“I congratulate Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his elevation today to president of the United States, becoming only the second Catholic in American history to assume the presidency and, like the nation’s first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, a recipient of Notre Dame’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal,” he said in the release.Jenkins recounted his comments when he presented Biden with the award, a decision that sparked controversy when announced in 2016. The Medal is annually awarded to American Catholics who uplift the ideals of the Church and service society.“In awarding the Laetare Medal in 2016 to then-Vice President Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, I said, ‘Vice President Biden reminded his fellow Democrats that those in the other party are “‘our opponents, not our enemies,”’” Jenkins said. “May his leadership help quell the venomous enmity so prevalent in our nation today.”In addition, Jenkins expressed hopefulness in the spirit of bipartisanship Biden could bring to the White House.“We can only be encouraged by the auspicious beginning to inauguration day for President Biden, when he attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in the company of the House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders,” he said.Jenkins urged all Americans to pray for the new president and the country.Tags: President Biden, President John Jenkins, Presidential Inaugurationlast_img read more

Landscape Resolutions

first_imgOf course, there are many other resolutions that could be included in this list. Make a few and stick to them this year. Gardening will be much more enjoyable if you follow a plan. The new year is a time for making new personal resolutions. Consider also making some resolutions to prevent problems in the garden throughout 2018. These gardening resolutions could even be easier to keep than personal resolutions like eating less and exercising more.Resolution 1: Make a plan.Plan a landscape and work from this plan. Many landscapes develop based on gifted plants or those bought on impulse. The end result can be a hodgepodge of plants with no unity in design. Some landscapes look like a delivery truck, loaded with nursery stock, crashed in the yard and spilled random plants all around.Take the time to develop a landscape plan that includes ideas for expansion, then add plants as time and budget allow. When shopping at nurseries, look for plants to complete the landscape instead of buying whatever plant is in bloom.Resolution 2: Use water wisely.Water plants in the early morning. Afternoon watering wets foliage that does not have an opportunity to dry before nightfall. This extended period of wetness provides a favorable environment for the development of fungal diseases in the garden. The best time to water a lawn is between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. During this time, the water pressure is highest, disruption of the water pattern from wind is low and water lost to the atmosphere due to evaporation is nonexistent. Morning irrigation supplies water when the landscape is able to use it, and the rest evaporates throughout the day.Resolution 3: Cut back on inputs.Don’t use fertilizer as a cure-all for garden problems. In response to a plant problem, it’s natural to reach for the fertilizer bag. Soil sample results provide the best fertilization recommendations, and fertilization should ensure the proper health and vigor of the landscape as a whole. A common misconception is that if a plant looks bad, then it must need more fertilizer.Take the time to look carefully at poorly performing plants to determine the cause of their problems. Insects, diseases and environmental conditions are often the cause. Contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office if the cause is unknown. Many plant problems can be diagnosed over the telephone or by bringing a sample of the plant to the office.Resolution 4: Just read the instructions. Read and follow the instructions on all chemical labels to the letter. The labels of landscape chemicals contain a wealth of information. The pesticide label is the best guide for safely and effectively using pesticides. The directions on the label are there to help achieve maximum benefits with minimum risk. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “If a little bit is good, then a lot is better!” An increased dose of garden chemicals beyond the labeled rate can result in vegetables harvested with pesticide residues and damage to the plants being treated.Follow the label each time you mix and use the pesticide as well as when storing or disposing of the pesticide. Use of any pesticide in any way that does not comply with label directions and precautions is illegal. It may also be ineffective against the pests and, even worse, pose risks to users or the environment.last_img read more

Douglas outlines health care plan

first_imgGovernor Douglas Details Health Care Reform PlanStowe. – In a keynote address to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce September 14,Governor Jim Douglas outlined his comprehensive vision for quality,affordable health care for all Vermonters.Governor Douglas’ health insurance plan would immediately reduce premiumsby 15 percent for every Vermonter with an individual insurance plan;decrease the number of uninsured Vermonters by 20 percent in the firstyear; offer low and middle income Vermonters a premium discount of up to60 percent; and reduce, by 50 percent, the cost for a small business tostart providing insurance to employees.”Taken together, my reforms make insurance more affordable for individualsand small businesses, reduce the number of uninsured Vermonters by 20percent in the first year alone, offer an economic incentive to helpexpand the private market, and make Vermont more attractive to healthinsurance providers.” Governor Douglas said.”But we won’t stop there,” Douglas added. “I will work every year to makeprogress toward our goal of affordable and accessible health care foreveryone.”The Governor’s remarks are below.###Prescription for a Healthy Vermont: The Douglas Partnership for AffordableHealth CareSeptember 14, 2004I want to thank you for the opportunity to be here.Today, like a doctor might say after a lengthy examination, ‘I’ve got somegood news, and I’ve got some bad news.’The good news first:In Vermont, we are very fortunate to have a medical community thatprovides high quality care; and when we need them most, they are there forus.The doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, aides, technicians, and theadministrative staffs at our hospitals and clinics are intelligent,competent, hardworking, and dedicated to providing the highest qualitypatient care possible.Complementing our primary care system is a family of community healthservices, and charity services so that no one who needs immediate care isturned away for lack of insurance.Now for the bad news: Vermont, like the nation, must confront a serioushealth care crisis.Health care costs are too high, mandates too many and options too few.For working families and their employers, insurance premiums haveskyrocketed while low cost options are being eliminated as insuranceproviders abandon Vermont’s burdensome regulatory regime.Patients are losing direct control of their care and government is failingto reimburse doctors and hospitals for the cost of treating the nearly onein five Vermonters covered by the state Medicaid program. As a result,those costs are shifted to the overwhelming majority of Vermonters who payescalating private insurance premiums.Vermont has the second most generous Medicaid program in the nation, andas a result we are headed for a $250 million deficit in the Health AccessTrust Fund by 2008. This deficit represents a serious threat to the mostvulnerable Vermonters who rely on this program and the taxpayers who fundit.The worst thing we could do is expand the program further, causing it tocrumble under the burden of its own weight. Instead, we must saveMedicaid in a responsible way while protecting the already overburdenedtaxpayer.In reforming our health care system to give every Vermonter access toaffordable insurance and care, there are no easy answers, no cure-alltonics-only tough choices.Policymakers have wrestled with this issue for decades. Anyone whosuggests that real reform is easy, can be bought on the cheap, or would bebetter administered by big government rather than doctors and health careproviders, is at best clouded by ideological fantasy and at worst peddlingpolitical snake oil.Some claim that if everyone were in the same government-run,taxpayer-financed system, we could cut down on paperwork, saving enough tocover everyone with state insurance.I don’t know about you, but one thing I know is that government isn’t theplace to look when it comes to reducing red tape.And monopolies in any service, including health care or health insurance,have never been known to have lower administrative costs, despite hopefulforecasts to the contrary.True reform must be comprehensive. We need to do more than just change thefinancing method.If costs continue to increase at the current rate, it won’t matter whatpocket the money comes from because they’ll all be empty.We need to adopt true reform that tackles the root causes of rising healthcare costs, opens our system up to low cost options, encourages healthydecisions and preventative care, and attacks health concerns at theirinception before they develop into more serious and costly ailments.And we need to maintain a patient-centered system that offers moreindividual choice and keeps health care decisions in the hands of patientsand doctors, not government bureaucrats.This is no time for more government gimmicks-we need real reform. Andthat is what I offer the people of Vermont.COMMONSENSE HEALTH CARE REFORM CRITERIANow, I know we’re in an election year… and I figure my plan will attracta fair number of critics, all with their own ideas and schemes on how tosolve the health care crisis in Vermont.Any plan that is put forth to reform healthcare in Vermont must first “dono harm.”So I want to lay out for you several commonsense criteria that anyresponsible health care plan must meet.1. A responsible health care plan must begin to lower the cost of care forinsured Vermonters who are already struggling to keep up withever-increasing insurance premiums;2. A responsible health care plan must be patient-centered and putdecisions in the hands of patients and their doctors, not politicians.3. A responsible health care plan must increase options and choices forconsumers;4. A responsible health care plan must be financially sustainable;5. A responsible health care plan must open competition among insurers touse market forces to drive down costs;A responsible plan must also be a comprehensive plan. The health carecrisis in Vermont is not solved with a single reform, a single initiative,or a silver bullet. A responsible plan must contain both short-term andlong-term reforms to bend the cost curve, as well as initiatives toimprove the quality of life for all Vermonters.STABILIZING AND REFORMING THE INSURANCE MARKETI’m here today to offer a responsible and comprehensive plan that meetsthese criteria.My health insurance plan does four things:It immediately reduces premiums by 15 percent for every Vermonter with anindividual insurance plan; it decreases the number of uninsured Vermontersby 20 percent; it offers low and middle income Vermonters a premiumdiscount of up to 60 percent; and it reduces, by 50 percent, the cost fora small business to start providing insurance to employees.Here’s how we’re going to do it:We will begin by stabilizing the volatile individual insurance market andlowering premiums for the most overburdened Vermonters.Individual Vermonters and small businesses bear a disproportionatepercentage of premium costs. As premiums in these smaller markets shootskyward and more people are forced out, premiums for all markets increaseas insurance companies seek to balance their risks.To curb this damaging cycle, I have proposed a Small Market AccessReinsurance Trust.This reinsurance mechanism has the effect of a high risk pool and willstabilize the individual insurance market, lower those premiums by 15percent, insure 1,000 more Vermonters, prevent thousands from losing theircoverage, and encourage the return of those insurance companies that havefled.The next step is to motivate small businesses to provide insurance fortheir workers.In Vermont today, businesses with fewer than 25 employees are far lesslikely to offer coverage. I will again propose a tax credit for smallbusinesses so that offering health care to their workers is an affordableoption.This tax credit proposal would cover thousands more working Vermonters andencourage small businesses to become partners in keeping their workershealthy.The plan is designed around a Health Savings Account where the employerand employee can deposit a portion of wages tax-free. Like a debit card,the worker then uses the money in the HSA for co-pays and deductibles.But participants would have the option of choosing any private plan.In January, I will also present to the Legislature a Premium DiscountProgram that will offer more than 10,000 additional Vermontersincome-sensitive assistance so they can purchase health insurance in theprivate market.For example, individuals with household income between 150 and 200 percentof the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will receive a premium discount of 60percent off the lowest cost small group or association plan offered by theprivate market. If the individual chooses a high deductible plan-like anHSA-the program will pay 60 percent of the individual’s deductibleexpenses.Individuals and households with income between 200 and 250 percent of FPLwill receive a 40 percent premium discount, and those between 250 and 300percent of FPL will receive a 20 percent discount.Taken together, these reforms make insurance more affordable forindividuals and small businesses, reduce the number of uninsuredVermonters by 20 percent in the first year alone, offer an economicincentive to help expand the private market, and make Vermont moreattractive to private health insurance providers.But we won’t stop there-I will work every year to make progress toward ourgoal of affordable and accessible health care for everyone.LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICESAnother piece of the health care puzzle is the high cost of prescriptiondrugs. As part of my strategy for reducing the cost of pharmaceuticals inour Medicaid program, we formed the nation’s first multi-state buying poolfor prescription drugs.Following our lead, 6 additional states have joined and the program savedVermont $2 million last year, and is projected to save us $3 million inthe current fiscal year.We will continue to pursue our suit against the FDA for access to theCanadian prescription drug market. But we can’t stop there; Vermontersdeserve to get affordable prescription drugs from our local pharmacieshere at home.That is why I will continue to encourage consumers to pursue genericequivalents, and strongly urge Congress to change patent laws, speed theapproval of new generics and create more competition among brand namemanufacturers.Patients and physicians must also be aware of the costs associated withthe products they consume or prescribe, so we can factor price into ourhealth care decisions.That is why my administration is developing commonsense mechanisms formeaningful price disclosures.The current drug pricing system is also very cumbersome and complex. Toempower employers and insurers who rely on pharmacy benefit managers tocontain the spiraling costs of pharmaceuticals, my administration willadvance policies that offer employers pass-through pricing alternativesand the ability to audit to ensure they are receiving all rebates andsavings they deserve.And, taking this important effort one step further, in the near future Iwill announce an innovative plan to help employers afford prescriptiondrug benefits for their employees.EMPOWERING CHILDREN: THE FIT & HEALTHY KIDS INITIATIVENo comprehensive reform of Vermont’s health care system is completewithout discussing how to influence healthy choices among Vermonters.You may have heard of my Fit and Healthy Kids initiative aimed atpromoting coordinated school health programs, and teaching the value ofgood nutrition and regular exercise.Children who learn to make healthy decisions at a young age are far morelikely to avoid chronic and costly diseases as adults-it also has theadded benefit of helping them do better in school.The current budget fully supports this important initiative, includingfunding for a Fit and Healthy Kids Director, resources to expand youthactivity programs, community recreation programs, after-school activitiesand support for childhood nutrition programs.Under my proposal we will continue to empower our children with the toolsthey need to be fit and healthy throughout their lives.THE HEALTHY CHOICES DISCOUNTIn addition to nurturing children to live healthy lives, we need toencourage adults to take responsibility for their choices.I believe that Vermont law should allow Vermonters to receive healthinsurance discounts for taking individual responsibility for improving andprotecting their own health through healthy choices, such as not smoking,regular exercise, and preventive care. That is why I will submit thisproposal again to the General Assembly in January.COMBATING SUBSTANCE ABUSE: D.E.T.E.RPart of making healthy choices is making drug-free choices. Substanceabuse impacts all Vermonters – predominantly our youth – and carriesenormous long-term costs.My DETER program was the first serious effort to comprehensively combatthe growing drug problem in our state.We’ve added clinicians and case managers to meet increasing demand in ouroutpatient treatment and drug courts. We’ve placed additional studentassistance counselors in our schools.We’ve supported the prevention work of community coalitions. We’veincreased penalties for those who seek to poison Vermonters for profit.And we’ve expanded support for opiate treatment and recovery centers.Addressing this issue requires a continuous and long-term effort. There isstill much to do, and we will continue to build on the success of thisprogram.The link between my DETER program and health care costs may not beimmediately apparent. But there is no doubt that substance abuse is achronic and progressive disease that is an enormous drain on our healthcare resources.LONG TERM REFORM: THE CHRONIC CARE INITIATIVEConsider that care for people with chronic conditions like diabetes,asthma, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis account for: 76 percent ofhospital admissions; 72 percent of all physician visits; and, 78 percentof health care spending.As we know, chronic conditions increase with age-38 percent of people ages20 to 44 have one or more chronic conditions; this increases to 84 percentfor those ages 65 or over.That is why under my leadership Vermont is a national leader in addressingthe primary driver of increasing costs: the cost of providing care forpeople with chronic conditions.The current health care system evolved as a means of providing care forpeople with short-term (acute) health needs such as injuries andinfectious diseases.People with chronic illnesses do receive care through this system;however, living well with chronic conditions requires coordinated careacross health care settings. It requires putting the patient at thecenter of the care.This is a new vision for health care in Vermont.To achieve this vision, state government, insurers, business leaders,health care providers and patients are working together in a boldpublic-private partnership to achieve a system that focuses on acoordinated treatment of chronic conditions.The complete realization of this effort is nothing short of challenging-tobe sure, this is no government gimmick.Now…I know that the Chronic Care Initiative isn’t the tantalizingrhetoric of a snappy political slogan-but it is real reform, and I amconfident that this new vision for care will have an enormous impact onreducing health care costs and improving the quality of life for everyVermonter.EMPOWERING SENIORS: HEALTHY AGING AND LONG TERM CAREAs we empower Vermonters to make informed and healthy choices, we alsowant to give them a full range of options as they plan for their future.Last year, I announced an initiative to refocus the delivery of long-termcare to give elderly and disabled Vermonters the choices they desire,increase the quality of their care and reduce costs by expanding home andcommunity based long term care options.This year, I added to that initiative with a proposal to protect the nestegg of our senior citizens.Taking advantage of an anticipated Congressional action, I proposed-andthe General Assembly passed-legislation that protects low and middleincome Vermonters with private long-term care insurance from having tospend down all of their hard earned resources before becoming eligible forMedicaid.Our seniors shouldn’t have to spend their entire life savings to pay forthe high cost of care in their final years.And, within the next two weeks, we will take these efforts one stepfurther by launching a new healthy aging initiative dedicated to helpingour seniors live active, healthy lives.CONCLUSIONAs I have said, reforming our health care system is a complicatedundertaking that requires a comprehensive solution.I will be deliberate and determined as we work to address the root causesof unaffordable health care and save state programs like Dr. Dynasaur andour prescription drug plans for the most vulnerable.The details I have offered to you today are only the beginning, the firststep, in what has been-and will continue to be-a central objective of myadministration.Make no mistake: Now is the time for Vermont to take a new direction andbuild a new consensus-and I will be leading this effort.Thank you very much for inviting me to be here, and thanks especially toall of you for your commitment to Vermont.–END–last_img read more

Peter King: Obama’s Plan For Syrian Refugees Would Endanger Americans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.com President Obama’s plan to accept at least 10,000 war-weary Syrians desperate to resettle in the West because of a merciless civil war back home would endanger the lives of US citizens, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said in a statement Thursday. King, chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, was swift in his objection to Obama’s plan, which comes as a divided Europe struggles to comes to grips with what has been described as the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. America, King said, is ill-equipped to properly scrutinize each individual that would enter the country in the 12-month time frame imposed by the administration. The outspoken congressmen also speculated that Middle Eastern refugees, who are mostly Muslim, could pose a threat, even invoking the Boston Marathon bombing. “This decision is in direct contrast to opinion of leading law enforcement and intelligence officials in this Administration,” King said in a statement. “We do not have the capability to vet these individuals nor will we be able to develop it in the next twelve months. The Administration is moving forward full speed ahead without the necessary security backbone in place.”“It is vital that we measure our humanitarian beliefs against the security risks of bringing more than 10,000 unknown individuals into the Homeland,” King continued. “I oppose this decision. We do not want another Boston Marathon Bombing.”Far right groups in Europe have protested decisions by their respective countries to accept downtrodden refugees, mostly Syrians fleeing a war-torn country that has endured bombings by its own government and the threat of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Fear of IS using the crisis as a cover to infiltrate Europe reached such a fever pitch that people on social media are sharing photos of men who they claim to be militants. Specifically, a before-and-after photo of a man in military gear and holding a weapon next to another of him in a green t-shirt and sunglasses went viral after Internet users accused him of being a militant. He turned out to be a former member of the Free Syrian Army, according to a recent profile of the man published by the Associated Press. The BBC was the first to refute the claims posted on social media. The divisive issue has Europe split. Germany is poised to welcome 800,000 refugees this year alone while Hungary’s prime minister is on record saying authorities will start arresting those crossing the border. View image | gettyimages.com Many blame the West’s response, or lack thereof, to the Syrian civil war for the current crisis enveloping Europe. The number of Syrians displaced due to the conflict has reached 12 million, and half of those who have been uprooted are children, according to World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization. The plight of the refugees has dominated news coverage in recent weeks, but the worlds conscience wasn’t truly shocked until raw photos emerged of a Syrian boy’s lifeless body on a beach in Turkey, leading to an outcry of support for the migrants. The Syrian American Council, which claims to be the largest Syrian-American community organization in the US, plans to hold a “#LetThemIn” rally in Washington, DC Saturday and will call on international governments to accept more refugees. During a press briefing on Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the US has already given relief agencies $4 billion to help those fleeing Syria en masse. He also noted that the “top concern” when deciding on how to adopt policy related to the crisis is “the safety and security” of the United States. “I can tell you that refugees go through the most robust security process of anybody who’s contemplating travel to the United States,” he told reporters. “Refugees have to be screened by the National Counterterrorism Center, by the FBI Terrorist Screening Center. They go through databases that are maintained by DHS, the Department of Defense and the intelligence community. There is biographical and biometric information that is collected about these individuals. They have to submit to in-person interviews to discuss their case.”That process typically takes 12 to 18 months,” Earnest said. Those wishing to come to the United States must apply through the United Nations.last_img read more

Canada signals interest in strengthening security in CARICOM

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img NewsRegional Canada signals interest in strengthening security in CARICOM by: – October 4, 2011 Mr. David Devine yesterday presented his credentials to President Bharrat Jagdeo of Guyana. Image via:guyanachronicleonline.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana — A secure Caribbean region was a strategic priority for Canada, especially in the context of the important contribution a vibrant Caribbean Diaspora makes to Canadian society, said David Devine, newly accredited Canadian ambassador to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Devine signalled Canada’s “strong interest” in strengthening public security across the Caribbean region during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the CARICOM Secretariat on 29 September 2011 for him to present his letters of credence to the secretary-general of CARICOM, Irwin LaRocque. He said that Canada was advancing security cooperation with CARICOM countries through the anti-crime capacity building programme (ACCBP) which spanned areas such as drugs, human trafficking interdiction, combating violent organized crime, and police and judicial reforms. Canada will continue to favour and support regional integration by ramping up of a CAN$600 million ten-year development cooperation package that was announced by the country’s prime minister in 2007, he added. In reaffirming his country’s commitment to the region, Devine said that the Caribbean remained “a foreign policy priority for Canada.” “We will continue to build on the historical, friendly partnership that our countries have sustained in both the economic as well as political and security arenas.” On the economic front, he said Canada was keen on continuing the advancement of trade and investment opportunities in the Caribbean Region, as economic development was the key to prosperity. He noted his government’s satisfaction with “the seriousness” demonstrated by CARICOM negotiators in the third round of talks on the CARICOM-Canada trade and development agreement. Canada desired a conclusion on “this major regional issue,” he said. “We anticipate the continuation of the fruitful nature and cordial spirit that has characterized the negotiations, which will eventually lead to an agreement that replaces the 20-year-old CARIBCAN trade agreement.” The newly accredited ambassador pointed to substantial investments Canada had in CARICOM member states, particularly in the mining and offshore financial sectors and said he was looking forward to promoting reciprocal trade linkages. “I look forward to working on promoting not only Canadian investment in regional markets, but also the expansion of trade linkages emerging from out of CARICOM towards Canada, for the mutual prosperity of our countries,” Devine said. He revealed that part of his tenure as Canada’s plenipotentiary representative to CARICOM would be dedicated to building upon the successful cooperation between the two parties on important issues at multilateral fora such as the Commonwealth, the Organisation of American States and the United Nations.Caribbean News Now 16 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Suspect in Mandurriao stabbing arrested

first_imgILOILO City – Police arrested a mantagged as suspect in a stabbing incident in Barangay Airport, Mandurriaodistrict. Meanwhile, Gomez was detained in thelockup cell of the Mandurriao police station, facing charges./PN According to the police, Gomez – who wasbelieved to be drunk – stabbed Jose Beltran using a bladed weapon after aheated argument ensued between them. It was not immediately established whattriggered the altercation. Beltran was brought to Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao district for treatment. The 27-year-old resident Richard Gomezwas nabbed on Saturday, a police report showed. last_img read more

2018 World Cup round-up: Wins for Germany, England and Denmark; Poland held

first_imgBy Stephen MillsREIGNING champions Germany kicked off their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup yesterday in impressive fashion as they cruised to a 3-0 win over Norway.Thomas Muller was on target twice while Joshua Kimmich’s first goal for his country crowned an emphatic start to qualifying, as the Germans immediately took their place at the top of Group C.Muller opened the scoring with a second bite of the cherry on 15 minutes after his first shot was blocked and became the provider for Kimmich’s first goal for his country, his shot evading the lunges of two Norway players and nestling into the far corner of Rune Jarstein’s goal.Muller added a third on the hour mark, heading in Sami Khedira’s cross for his 34th goal for his country and allowing Germany to take it easy for the final half hour.Manuel Neuer captained his country for the first time since being named their new captain following Bastian Schweinsteiger’s retirement from international football, but had little to do on a comfortable night.Also in Group C, Northern Ireland earned a 0-0 draw with Czech Republic and Ruslan Gurbanov’s goal just before half-time saw Azerbaijan get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over 10-man San Marino.San Marino had Cristian Brolli sent off in the 52nd minute following a crunching tackle on Gurbanov.Denmark got their Group E campaign off to a winning start thanks to Christian Eriksen’s first-half strike against Armenia in Copenhagen.Denmark dominated the game and would have won by more were it not for goalkeeper Arsen Beglaryan, who kept out a 72nd-minute Eriksen penalty.Elsewhere in that group, Kazakhstan fought back to earn a 2-2 draw with Poland in Astana.Leicester summer signing Bartosz Kapustka put Poland ahead after nine minutes and Robert Lewandowski extended the lead with a 35th-minute penalty.The game would probably have been beyond the hosts had Arkadiusz Milik’s shot gone in, rather than hitting a post, just before half-time but Kazakhstan made the most of their good fortune with two quick-fire goals from Sergei Khizhnichenko early in the second half.Late drama in Romania saw Stevan Jovetic’s 87th-minute header for Montenegro cancel out Adrian Popa’s goal for the hosts just two minutes previously.But the excitement wasn’t over there, as Nicolae Stanciu put a penalty over the crossbar in the seventh minute of injury time.In Group F, a late Slovenia fightback earned them a 2-2 draw away to Lithuania to begin their World Cup qualification campaign.Lithuania’s goals came in the space of three first-half minutes, the first a stunning Fedor Cernych effort before Vykintas Slivka added a second.Bostjan Cesar headed the equaliser in the third minute of injury-time after Rene Krhin had started the comeback from 2-0 down with 77 minutes on the clock.Scotland top that group after a 5-1 win over Malta, ahead of England who beat Slovakia 1-0 thanks to a late Adam Lallana goal.(Eurosport).last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Orange’s 13-12 double-overtime loss to Fighting Irish

first_img Published on March 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 1 Syracuse (7-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) fell to No. 2 Notre Dame (6-1, 2-0) 13-12 in double overtime at Arlotta Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was the first loss of the season for the Orange. Here are three quick reactions from the game.Donahue dominatesDylan Donahue, almost on his own, kept Syracuse alive on Saturday. He tied the game at two with a goal that even his teammates didn’t realize had gone in the net. As the deficit grew in the second half, he scored four, including two that cut the deficit back to one.He was fouled on a shot with 4:08 to play that set up a man-up opportunity for Tim Barber to make it 11-11.Then with 1:06 to play, he rifled a shot from the left of the goal to give the Orange its first lead of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDoss holds off SUJust days after being named ACC Defensive Player of the week for a shutout performance against Ohio State, the Fighting Irish goalkeeper lived up to the billing. He recorded six saves in the first half alone, including one on a quickstick attempt by Nicky Galasso to keep the momentum in the Notre Dame favor.In the second half, he wasn’t his dominant self, as Donahue helped SU get back its momentum.With the game tied and time winding down in overtime, Donahue had a point-blank shot that Doss caught in his stick to hold off SU at the end of the first overtime.Success at the XBen Williams continues to live up to the reputation that he’s quickly built for himself. All afternoon, he dominated at the X and, as a result, the Orange had more shots as well. But most of Williams’ pickups resulted in him running in the defensive zone and not on the attack.He was crucial as the Orange made its comeback push in the second half, getting nearly every faceoff.With SU up 12-11, P.J. Finley beat Williams and scored with less than a minute to play in regulation to tie it up. He got the faceoff to start double overtime, but the Orange couldn’t get possession after the official awarded it to Notre Dame on the backup. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Prof discusses politics in Hollywood

first_imgIn a discussion ranging from Charlie Chaplin to President Barack Obama, Steven J. Ross, a professor of history at USC, delved into the intersection of politics and celebrity. Ross discussed this trend in his latest book Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics on Wednesday at the second event of the Provost’s Writers Series.Celebrity politics · History professor Steven J. Ross discusses his most recent book, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, at the second event of the Provost’s Writers Series on Wednesday. Ross focused on the role of celebrities in American politics. – Alex Rose | Daily TrojanRoss said his interest in writing the book stemmed from his concern with the fate of democracy and its erosion in the 20th and 21st centuries.“My idea was, in order to get people to understand the politics, why not write about movie stars and through their story, tell the story of politics?” Ross said.According to Ross, movie stars have influenced the ways in which we think about politics for over 100 years. One example of this influence, Ross said, was Charlie Chaplin’s use of visual politics.“[Chaplin] can put it directly on the screen where it can be both seen and potentially acted on by millions of people,” Ross said.According to Ross, Chaplin mocked authority figures through his roles, which included police officers, judges and world leaders. Ross said because Chaplin was a movie star, audiences listened to him.Ross asserts his book differs from many previous viewpoints in that he argues Hollywood stars have had a greater impact on right-wing politics than left-wing politics.Citing President Ronald Reagan and Sen. George Murphy — both actors turned politicians — Ross said that the Republican Party was more greatly influenced by movie stars than was the Democratic Party.Ross said he believes there are flaws with celebrities running for office: They’re not always qualified, but voters won’t look completely into their platforms because they are blinded by their esteem.“In the end, Schwarzenegger’s story highlights differences between a celebrity who knows how to run for office and a politician who knows how to govern in office,” Ross said.According to Ross, as a result of celebrities in politics, voters have become more concerned with a candidate’s image and ability to communicate rather than their ideals.Regardless of whether or not Ross agreed with famous individuals taking political action, he acknowledged their power and ability to command overwhelming amounts of attention in civil movements and politics.“As Barack Obama has shown in 2008 and John Kennedy before him, politicians who become celebrities have a better chance of governing effectively than celebrities who become politicians,” Ross said.last_img read more

Longer naturalization processing times at most Florida USCIS offices

first_imgIt’s no secret that USCIS processing times have drastically increased over the past year. One look at the USCIS processing times website reveals a disturbing picture of government delays in its handling of most immigration cases, showing excessive backlogs at national service centers and local field offices nationwide, including those in South Florida. The reasons for the delays are many, including the Trump administration’s shift of its priorities more to enforcement, which has significantly increased the number of cases in the system. This is the new reality and as such, immigrants embarking on any immigration process should be aware of the lengthy processing times ahead. Here are the approximate times posted for local USCIS field offices in Florida for Naturalization cases:Office Range of Processing TimesFort Myers 15 to 20.5 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 11/22/16Jacksonville 6.5 to 14.5 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/19/17Kendall 10.5 to 14.5 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/22/17Miami 15.5 to 23 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 9/12/16Oakland Park 14 to 17 months – the office is currently working on applications it received 5/16/17Orlando 10.5 to 17 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 3/9/17Tampa 10 to 15 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 5/12/17W P Beach 7 to 15.5 months– the office is currently working on applications it received 4/20/17.last_img read more