The summer is over, now it’s back to Brexit

first_imgNext week, MPs return from the summer recess and both the Brexiter and Remain sides are rallying their troops for the autumn battle. After a summer of insults and infighting, opponents of a no-deal Brexit (including Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, and some independents and Tory rebels), yesterday appeared to be solidifying around a plan. City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. This would require seizing control of the parliamentary agenda and passing a new law, perhaps to compel the Prime Minister to seek yet another Article 50 extension, as we saw in April. A confidence vote is being kept on the table as a back-up plan, should that fail. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLamaUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutUndo The board is set, the pieces are moving, to quote Gandalf from The Lord Of The Rings. And the Prime Minister’s office is working furiously to show that a deal remains a viable prospect. The encouraging noises that came out of the G7 over the weekend may have helped quell the fears of some critics in the Tory party that the Prime Minister is hurtling towards no-deal. Whether this is a serious endeavour or a ploy to keep Tory rebels on-side for the time being remains to be seen. But with just 64 days to go until the deadline and all still to play for, one wonders whether MPs on all sides might consider skipping the traditional three-week recess for party conference season in order to get some work done instead. Share TOPSHOT – An anti-Brexit demonstrator waves a Union flag alongside a European Union flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 28, 2018. – With Britain just a year away from leaving the European Union, the transition deal agreed between the two sides is viewed as a key element to absorbing the Brexit shock. British Prime Minister Theresa May kick-started divorce proceedings one year ago, and March 29, 2019, has since been set as the date the UK will leave the bloc. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images) The Brexiters in Downing Street, however, are prepared. Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the government was seeking legal advice on proroguing parliament almost as soon as it resumes, to prevent Remain MPs from enacting their plan. center_img While Number 10 denied this, Johnson and members of his top team have repeatedly refused to rule it out. The message they are preparing is that, if parliament is going to insist on blocking “the will of the people” (defined as leaving the EU on 31 October without a deal), the government will simply ignore parliament. In the background, meanwhile, Downing Street is ramping up preparations for a snap election. whatsapp Wednesday 28 August 2019 5:40 am Rather than arguing about who would be a caretaker Prime Minister were Boris Johnson to be toppled in a vote of no confidence, the new strategy is to focus on blocking no-deal by passing legislation. Main image credit: Getty The plausibility of either the government proroguing parliament or MPs taking control remains unknown. Britain has not been through quite this kind of constitutional conflict before – with parliament and the government so at odds, both claiming democracy is on their side – and it is uncertain where power lies. Rachel Cunliffe The summer is over, now it’s back to Brexit Opinion whatsapplast_img read more

Aer Lingus names Stephen Kavanagh new chief executive amid IAG takeover bid

first_imgMonday 16 February 2015 3:09 am Aer Lingus names Stephen Kavanagh new chief executive amid IAG takeover bid Show Comments ▼ Read This NextBill Maher Pokes Fun at Joe Manchin: He’s a ‘Democrat Except on Matters ofThe Wrap’No Sudden Move’ Film Review: Steven Soderbergh Very Stylishly OverplaysThe WrapAzealia Banks Blasts Candace Owens’ Juneteenth Diss With Callback toThe WrapWATCH: Pittsburgh Pirates hold off Cleveland Indians to snap 10-game skidSportsnautFrom ‘Ratched’ to ‘Halston’: One Editor’s Literal Double TakeThe WrapDave Portnoy, Founder of Barstool Sports, Briefly Suspended From TwitterThe Wrap’Pride’ and Joy: How the FX Docuseries Examines LGBTQ+ Life Through theThe Wrap35 of TV’s Best Father Figures Who Weren’t Actually Dads, From Mr.The WrapHow ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Inspired Elisabeth Moss’s Directing inThe Wrap Share whatsapp A new chief executive will take over the pilot’s seat at Aer Lingus as the budget airline negotiates a potential takeover by British Airways owner IAG.Stephen Kavanagh has been handed the top job, replacing outgoing Christoph Mueller who disembarks the Irish airline at the end of February to board beleaguered carrier Malaysia Airlines as chief executive. Kavanagh, Aer Lingus’s chief strategy and planning officer, has been with the carrier since 1988 and had been in the frame as Mueller’s successor.Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington said he was “particularly pleased that it has been possible and appropriate for an internal Aer Lingus executive to succeed to the position of CEO” and that Kavanagh has helped transform the carrier into a strong profitable airline with a resilient business model and improved cost base.Aer Lingus has rejected several takeover bids by IAG but the latest offer of €2.90 per share has been recommended in a letter to shareholders. center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDiscovery29+ Fascinating U.S. Navy WarshipsDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Lynsey Barber whatsapp Tags: Company International Consolidated Airlines Group SA Mergers and acquisitionslast_img read more

Monkeypox surfaces in three cases the U.K. What you need to know about the rare virus

first_imgHealthMonkeypox surfaces in three cases the U.K. What you need to know about the rare virus Privacy Policy Now there are three.Officials in the U.K. announced Wednesday that a health worker in Blackpool, in northwestern England, had contracted monkeypox, the third patient in the country to be infected with the rare virus in the past month. The health care worker was infected by a patient who was recently cared for at the hospital.Britain’s first-ever case of monkeypox was reported on Sept. 8, in a man from Nigeria who had been at a naval base in Cornwall. Only three days later a second imported case was spotted, in a man who had also recently returned from travel in Nigeria.advertisement @HelenBranswell The virus made its way to the U.S. in exotic animals imported from Ghana. The shipment contained roughly 800 small mammals with rope squirrels, tree squirrels, African giant pouched rates, brush tailed porcupines, dormice, and striped mice among them. Testing done by the CDC found a number of infected animals.The exotic animals were housed close to prairie dogs in the facility of an animal vendor located in Illinois. The prairie dogs also became infected.How do you stop person-to-person spread?Once health care facilities realize they’re dealing with monkeypox, they isolate infected patients, and health workers treating them wear the appropriate protective equipment. This infection at Blackpool Victoria Hospital occurred before the hospital diagnosed monkeypox in its initial patient.In the U.S. outbreak, people working with cases or investigating the animals were offered smallpox vaccine. Public Health England is also using smallpox vaccine to protect people who have had contact with cases. By Helen Branswell Sept. 26, 2018 Reprints Where is monkeypox generally found?Central and Western Africa. The first human case was recorded in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was then Zaire. Since then cases have been diagnosed in the Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gabon, and South Sudan.There have been a puzzling number of monkeypox cases recorded in Nigeria over the past year. The Nigeria Center for Disease Control recently reported that between September 2017 and the end of August, 262 suspected cases had been reported from 26 states. Of these, 113 were laboratory confirmed and seven of those people died.The first monkeypox outbreak outside of Africa happened in the United States.Say what?Yup. There was a big monkeypox outbreak in the United States in the spring and summer of 2003, just as the global SARS outbreak was ending.There were 47 cases — the biggest outbreak on record to that point. Of those, 37 were lab-confirmed and 10 were probable cases. Cases were found in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio Missouri, and Wisconsin. That second individual, who was not immediately recognized as a monkeypox patient, was initially cared for at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. During that time before diagnosis, a health worker became infected.Monkeypox is rare, especially outside of Africa. Here’s what you need to know about the virus, how it is spread, and how that spread can be stopped.advertisement Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: What is monkeypox?It is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus, a cousin of the now-eradicated virus that caused smallpox. Although smallpox is no more — it’s the only human disease ever eradicated to date — there are a number of related pox viruses: buffalopox, camelpox, cowpox.It is from a different virus family than chickenpox. However, like chickenpox and smallpox, monkeypox causes a rash that forms into rounded poxes that scab over and can scar.Why is it called monkeypox? Does it infect monkeys?Monkeypox was first seen in laboratory monkeys in 1958, hence the name. And monkeys are among a number of species — including humans, prairie dogs, rats, mice, and squirrels — that can be infected with this virus. But they aren’t thought to be the reservoir, the natural source of the virus.Scientists are still trying to identify the reservoir of monkeypox and why a disease that was rarely seen for decades seems to be becoming more common. Last year, the Washington Post accompanied some scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Democratic Republic of the Congo on an expedition to find the source. You can read about it here. How bad is monkeypox?There are two groups, or clades, of monkeypox viruses, one from West Africa and one from Central Africa. The former causes milder disease. Public Health England said preliminary analysis of the viruses from the first two newly identified cases — one of whom infected the third case — suggests these are West African viruses.The illness itself comes in two phases, the invasion phase and the skin eruption period. During the former, people feel lousy: They have fever, intense headache, swollen glands, back and muscle aches, and lethargy. It can last up to five days.In the second phase, a rash starts to appear, generally first on the face and then elsewhere on the body. The face, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet are most likely to be affected. The rash forms into pustules that scab. The illness can last up to three weeks in total.There is no cure, but most people recover. That said, some cases are fatal. In monkeypox outbreaks, a case fatality rate of between 1 percent and 10 percent has been observed.How does it spread?People get monkeypox by handling infected animals, through contact with their blood, bodily fluids, or the lesions the virus causes. Eating undercooked meat from infected animals may also be a route of transmission, the World Health Organization says.Once a person gets infected, he or she can pass it on to other people, either through contact with skin lesions or objects contaminated with pus from lesions or body fluids. People can also spread the virus to other people through respiratory droplets — tiny drops of saliva — the way colds and flu are transmitted. A monkeypox virus particle CDC STAT+: Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Please enter a valid email address. Helen Branswell Related: About the Author Reprints Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. How a wildlife biologist became a plague-chaser in the American Southwest Tags infectious disease Think your job is hard? Try squirting a vaccine up a camel’s nostrils last_img read more

‘A powerful shift’: Disability advocacy, once an afterthought in presidential races, gains new traction

first_imgPolitics What’s included? By Juliet Isselbacher Aug. 14, 2020 Reprints For decades, the disability advocacy community has fought for a permanent — and prominent — place in the mainstream political discussion. The 2020 presidential race has seen a sea change.Advocates gained new traction during the campaign, pushing the full slate of Democratic candidates to discuss and define their stances on disability policies like never before. Amid social media pressure from activists, former Vice President Joe Biden, now the presumptive Democratic nominee, put out a full disability platform in May. Advocates say the platform — while not as comprehensive as they had hoped — marks a moment of significant progress after years of disability policy being treated as a political afterthought. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More ‘A powerful shift’: Disability advocacy, once an afterthought in presidential races, gains new traction Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED GET STARTED A woman votes at a polling site in Queens, N.Y., during the New York Democratic presidential primary election in June. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images What is it? Tags Donald Trumpgovernment agenciespolicylast_img read more

Church Leaders Call for Unity and Moral Education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Church leaders from St James say there is the need for moral education of both the state and the church and that it is critical for the churches to work together to address the many problems facing the society.The leaders noted that there was no major coordinated effort from the churches and although there may be convergence in some areas, there is the need to work together and to pool the energies and resources.The church leaders expressed these views this morning (Aug 8) when they met with Prime Minister Bruce Golding at the Half Moon Hotel in Montego Bay. Mr. Golding is in Montego Bay for the day meeting with various interest groups including representatives of the Negril Environmental Protection Trust, Councillors of the St James Parish Council and members of the Montego Bay business community. Mr. Golding was accompanied by Minister of Housing and Water and MP for St. James North Western, Dr Horace Chang.Among the other areas discussed were the church leaders’ concern with issues including crime and violence, gun amnesty, the impact of casino gambling, lack of respect for authority, need for support from the business community, need for developing a mentoring programme that should involve the churches working together, and the provision of housing solutions for the poor.While calling for greater co-operation among the various denominations, the leaders commended Prime Minister Golding for the level of political maturity which he has brought to the governing of the country.Prime Minister Golding gave the Church leaders the assurance that government would be open to any proposal that would involve the church in a meaningful way. He called on them to assist in reaching people with the positive messages which need to be imparted. ‘The church has enormous power of influence to get the concept of changing and sustaining positive values and attitudes’, Mr. Golding noted.Among those attending the breakfast meeting were representatives of Faith Temple, West Jamaican Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, St James Parish Church, Assemblies of God, Calvary Baptist Church and the St James Ministers Fraternal. RelatedChurch Leaders Call for Unity and Moral Education RelatedChurch Leaders Call for Unity and Moral Education Church Leaders Call for Unity and Moral Education UncategorizedAugust 12, 2008center_img Advertisements RelatedChurch Leaders Call for Unity and Moral Educationlast_img read more

Rearview Mirror: The partnerships and partings of Rolls-Royce

first_imgTrending in Canada Rolls-Royce began in 1904 as a partnership of two men determined to build the best car in the market, creating what’s possibly the world’s best-known luxury brand. Almost a century later, the company would also go through one of the strangest custody battles the industry had ever seen.Charles Rolls and Henry Royce were both fascinated by automobiles. Rolls had a dealership that sold the French-built Panhard, which mostly financed his hobby of car racing, but he thought Britain should have a high-quality car of its own. Royce, an engineer, owned a company that made electric motors.Royce bought a car but wasn’t happy with its quality, and using it as a pattern, he built a much better one. He went on to make two more, one of which went to his company director. The director showed it to a friend who happened to work for Charles Rolls, and who introduced Rolls to Royce. Rolls was impressed with both the car and with Royce, and the two agreed to a partnership. In December 1904, the first Rolls-Royce models were publicly displayed at an auto show in Paris. Covering all bases, the company initially offered two-, three-, four- and six-cylinder engines, along with an unsuccessful V8. Ultimately, for 1906, it pared everything down to a single six-cylinder model, named the 40/50 HP for its 48-horsepower engine. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Sir Henry Royce, co-founder of Rolls-RoyceRolls-Royce Motor Cars Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Left: Charles Rolls, co-founder of Rolls-Royce. Right: Eleanor Thornton, secretary and possible mistress of an auto magazine publisher, was the inspiration for the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.Left: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Right: BMW AG Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The Spirit of Ecstasy mascot is commonly called the “flying lady,” but they are flowing sleeves, not wingsRolls-Royce Motor Cars Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A Spirit of Ecstasy mascot in the production processRolls-Royce Motor Cars Rearview Mirror: Meet the daddy of Lincoln and CaddyThe final piece of Rolls-Royce’s unique identity, the hood ornament, arrived in 1911. John Montagu, an auto magazine publisher who had been a friend of Charles Rolls, commissioned his illustrator Charles Sykes to produce a mascot. Sykes based it on Eleanor Thornton, who was Montagu’s secretary and possibly his mistress. Officially called the Spirit of Ecstasy, it’s commonly known as the “flying lady,” but rather than wings, she’s actually holding up her flowing sleeves.To avoid import duties on American sales, in 1921 Rolls-Royce opened a plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, producing 2,944 cars before it closed in 1931 when luxury-car sales fell following the Depression. Back in Britain that same year, the company bought the struggling automaker Bentley to offer sportier luxury models.In the 1960s, Rolls-Royce poured cash into its aircraft division to produce a new engine for Lockheed and was then hit with huge losses from global exchange rates. The company went bankrupt and was saved by the British government in 1971, which sold it to Vickers, an engineering and manufacturing company, in 1980.Vickers put the car division up for sale in 1998. BMW supplied engines to Vickers, and thought its $550 million bid would take it. Instead, Volkswagen made a surprising bid of $900 million, which Vickers had to accept for its shareholders. But the company’s interwoven structure wasn’t so easily divided.The factory in Crewe, the car itself, and the “flying lady” went to Volkswagen, while the now-independent aircraft division got the Rolls-Royce name and logo, which it licensed to its supplier BMW. Neither Volkswagen nor BMW could build the whole thing. It took 10 months of negotiation, but in the end, Volkswagen got the name for five years to build the cars, providing it bought the engines from BMW. In 2003 they parted ways. Volkswagen kept Bentley, which it still produces in Crewe, while BMW built a new facility in Goodwood to make Rolls-Royce. The autos-and-aircraft separation has been in the news recently, with reports that Rolls-Royce PLC, the aircraft division, has settled a £671 million suit over allegations of corruption and bribery. Rolls-Royce the automaker has gone on high alert, even taking to Twitter to confirm it’s not related. It might have been founded on a partnership, but it’s now all about standing alone. Charles Rolls successfully raced versions of it, and in 1907, one was painted silver, with silver-plated trim, and entered in an endurance run from London to Edinburgh. It became known as the Silver Ghost, and the name was given to all of the subsequent production models. Based on its success in reliability trials — at a time when most cars weren’t all that reliable —Rolls-Royce established itself as a premier luxury automaker. But Rolls didn’t have much time to enjoy his company’s triumph. Fascinated with innovation, he’d already taken hundreds of hot-air balloon rides when he met the Wright Brothers. After they took him up in a plane, he bought one. True to form, he was determined to be the fastest in the air and set several world records. But his plane’s tail snapped at an air show in 1910 and it plunged to the ground, giving Rolls the dubious distinction of being the first Briton killed in a plane crash.Somewhat ironically, the company would open an aircraft engine division, after it was tapped by the British government to produce supplies during the First World War. The subsidiary would also be the catalyst for that eventual custody dispute.Henry Royce continued to run the company, even after declining health forced him to stay home. He sent daily instructions for engineering, with the factory returning the results to his house for approval, almost up until his death in 1933. The company was all about hand-built exclusivity, and wouldn’t make its 100,000th car until 1985.RELATED See More Videos advertisement Trending Videos Buy It! 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Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

first_imgHomeFeaturedBiden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate Aug. 11, 2020 at 1:35 pmFeaturedNewsBiden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mateAssociated Press10 months agoBidenHarrisPresidenttrumpSen. Kamala Harris collected the most donations in Santa Monica. KATHLEEN RONAYNE and WILL WEISSERT Associated PressJoe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket and acknowledging the vital role Black voters will play in his bid to defeat President Donald Trump.“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden tweeted. In a text message to supporters, Biden said, “Together, with you, we’re going to beat Trump”Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington.In choosing Harris, Biden is embracing a former rival from the Democratic primary who is familiar with the unique rigor of a national campaign. Harris, a 55-year-old first-term senator, is also one of the party’s most prominent figures and quickly became a top contender for the No. 2 spot after her own White House campaign ended.Harris joins Biden in the 2020 race at a moment of unprecedented national crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people in the U.S., far more than the toll experienced in other countries. Business closures and disruptions resulting from the pandemic have caused an economic collapse. Unrest, meanwhile, has emerged across the country as Americans protest racism and police brutality.Trump’s uneven handling of the crises has given Biden an opening, and he enters the fall campaign in strong position against the president. In adding Harris to the ticket, he can point to her relatively centrist record on issues such as health care and her background in law enforcement in the nation’s largest state.Harris’ record as California attorney general and district attorney in San Francisco was heavily scrutinized during the Democratic primary and turned off some liberals and younger Black voters who saw her as out of step on issues of systemic racism in the legal system and police brutality. She tried to strike a balance on these issues, declaring herself a “progressive prosecutor” who backs law enforcement reforms.Biden, who spent eight years as President Barack Obama’s vice president, has spent months weighing who would fill that same role in his White House. He pledged in March to select a woman as his vice president, easing frustration among Democrats that the presidential race would center on two white men in their 70s.Biden’s search was expansive, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading progressive, Florida Rep. Val Demings, whose impeachment prosecution of Trump won plaudits, California Rep. Karen Bass, who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose passionate response to unrest in her city garnered national attention.Rice congratulated Harris on her selection, calling her a “tenacious and trailblazing leader.” Rice said she would support Biden and Harris “with all my energy and commitment.”Bass tweeted, “@KamalaHarris is a great choice for Vice President. Her tenacious pursuit of justice and relentless advocacy for the people is what is needed right now.”A woman has never served as president or vice president in the United States. Two women have been nominated as running mates on major party tickets: Democrat Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Republican Sarah Palin in 2008. Their party lost in the general election.The vice presidential pick carries increased significance this year. If elected, Biden would be 78 when he’s inaugurated in January, the oldest man to ever assume the presidency. He’s spoken of himself as a transitional figure and hasn’t fully committed to seeking a second term in 2024. If he declines to do so, his running mate would likely become a front-runner for the nomination that year.Born in Oakland to a Jamaican father and Indian mother, Harris won her first election in 2003 when she became San Francisco’s district attorney. In the role, she created a reentry program for low-level drug offenders and cracked down on student truancy.She was elected California’s attorney general in 2010, the first woman and Black person to hold the job, and focused on issues including the foreclosure crisis. She declined to defend the state’s Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage and was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.As her national profile grew, Harris built a reputation around her work as a prosecutor. After being elected to the Senate in 2016, she quickly gained attention for her assertive questioning of Trump administration officials during congressional hearings. In one memorable moment last year, Harris tripped up Attorney General William Barr when she repeatedly pressed him on whether Trump or other White House officials pressured him to investigate certain people.Harris launched her presidential campaign in early 2019 with the slogan “Kamala Harris For the People,” a reference to her courtroom work. She was one of the highest-profile contenders in a crowded Democratic primary and attracted 20,000 people to her first campaign rally in Oakland.But the early promise of her campaign eventually faded. Her law enforcement background prompted skepticism from some progressives, and she struggled to land on a consistent message that resonated with voters. Facing fundraising problems, Harris abruptly withdrew from the race in December 2019, two months before the first votes of the primary were cast.One of Harris’ standout moments of her presidential campaign came at the expense of Biden. During a debate, Harris said Biden made “very hurtful” comments about his past work with segregationist senators and slammed his opposition to busing as schools began to integrate in the 1970s.“There was a little girl in California who was a part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”Shaken by the attack, Biden called her comments “a mischaracterization of my position.”The exchange resurfaced recently one of Biden’s closest friends and a co-chair of his vice presidential vetting committee, former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, still harbors concerns about the debate and that Harris hadn’t expressed regret. The comments attributed to Dodd and first reported by Politico drew condemnation, especially from influential Democratic women who said Harris was being held to a standard that wouldn’t apply to a man running for president.Some Biden confidants said Harris’ campaign attack did irritate the former vice president, who had a friendly relationship with her. Harris was also close with Biden’s late son, Beau, who served as Delaware attorney general while she held the same post in California.But Biden and Harris have since returned to a warm relationship.“Joe has empathy, he has a proven track record of leadership and more than ever before we need a president of the United States who understands who the people are, sees them where they are, and has a genuine desire to help and knows how to fight to get us where we need to be,” Harris said at an event for Biden earlier this summer.At the same event, she bluntly attacked Trump, labeling him a “drug pusher” for his promotion of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, which has not been proved to be an effective treatment and may even be more harmful. After Trump tweeted “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests about the death of George Floyd, a Black man, in police custody, Harris said his remarks “yet again show what racism looks like.”Harris has taken a tougher stand on policing since Floyd’s killing. She co-sponsored legislation in June that would ban police from using chokeholds and no-knock warrants, set a national use-of-force standard and create a national police misconduct registry, among other things. It would also reform the qualified immunity system that shields officers from liability.The list included practices Harris did not vocally fight to reform while leading California’s Department of Justice. Although she required DOJ officers to wear body cameras, she did not support legislation mandating it statewide. And while she now wants independent investigations of police shootings, she didn’t support a 2015 California bill that would have required her office to take on such cases.“We made progress, but clearly we are not at the place yet as a country where we need to be and California is no exception,” she told The Associated Press recently. But the national focus on racial injustice now shows “there’s no reason that we have to continue to wait.”___Ronayne reported from Sacramento, Calif. Associated Press writers Alexandra Jaffe and Julie Pace contributed to this report from Washington.Tags :BidenHarrisPresidenttrumpshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentUnion officials worry layoffs will harm already-disadvantaged studentsL.A. 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Rose wins Quicken Loans in playoff over Stefani

first_imgBETHESDA, Md. – Justin Rose has won enough times on the strongest golf courses to appreciate how one mistake can make a difference. He got away with one Sunday at Congressional to win the Quicken Loans National. Shawn Stefani did not. With the poise and the putting touch of a U.S. Open champion, Rose atoned for a 4-iron he hit into the water on the 18th hole to make a 15-foot bogey putt that got him into a playoff and gave him new life. On the 18th hole in the playoff, Stefani hit the same type of shot that rolled into the same pond left of the green. There are no second chances in a sudden-death playoff. Rose won with a par on the first extra hole for his first victory since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion. This one required about as much work, with Congressional far more difficult and unrelenting than when it hosted a soggy U.S. Open three years ago. ”Congressional got its reputation back after the U.S. Open,” Rose said. ”I really enjoy this type of golf and this type of test. I think it tested all of us. I’m delighted.” Quicken Loans National: Articles, videos and photos The Englishman was far from delighted after thinking he had thrown this one away. Tied for the lead as he played the 18th, Rose tried to squeeze a 4-iron through a tiny gap in the trees from 209 yards away, playing toward the right side of the green for a chance at par. Instead, he turned it over and realized when he jogged toward the fairway that it was headed for the water. His caddie, Mark Fulcher, told Rose that Stefani had just made bogey behind them on the 17th. ”Everything else was forgotten at that point,” Rose said. ”I wiped the slate clean and just focused on my putt on 18. An amazing feeling in any sort of championship when you make a putt like that. That means something. That’s special. ”And then the playoff, it was just up to me to not do what I did the first time around.” He left that to Stefani, who had drilled his tee shot in regulation and narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt for his first PGA Tour victory. In the playoff, Stefani pulled his tee shot in the trees and got relief from grandstands blocking his view of the green. He chose a 6-iron to punch it around the trees. ”The grass closed the club down,” Stefani said, ”and it went left into the water. I was trying to play it down the right side and have a chance at a putt, two putts for a par. That’s the way it goes. It was great to have a chance to win.” Both closed with a 1-under 70 and finished at 4-under 280 on a course that looked like a U.S. Open, and played like one the way so many contenders – seven players had at least a share of the lead at one point – tumbled down the leaderboard. Only six players broke par in the final round. And it was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which like Congressional, previously hosted a U.S. Open. No one crashed harder than Patrick Reed, who had a two-shot lead to start the final round, still had a two-shot lead at the turn and didn’t even finish in the top 10. He made back-to-back double bogeys, shot 41 on the back and closed with a 77 to tie for 11th. ”This definitely burns and definitely gets me more fired up for more events coming up,” Reed said. Even though he got a reprieve with the clutch bogey putt, Rose looked like a U.S. Open champion the way he put himself into position. He hit 5-iron to 5 feet for one of only four birdies on the 11th hole Sunday. Staring at potential bogey from deep rough on the 14th, he boldly hit 3-wood up the hill and between the deep bunkers to the middle of the green. It was a par, but Rose called the 3-wood his ”shot of the day.” And before his blunder on the 18th, he holed an 8-foot sliding par putt on the 17th. ”I felt like all aspects of my game were tested this week, and it’s really nice to win in that fashion,” Rose said. Stefani, whose only major experience was at Merion last year, plodded along like a U.S. Open veteran with one par after another. He joined Rose in the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 16th. So many others fell back. Brendon Todd was tied for the lead until a double bogey in the water on the 10th. Marc Leishman three-putted for bogey on No. 7 and made bogey on the easiest par 4 at Congressional. Brendan Steele made a late rally, only to take on too much from the rough on the 18th and find the water for double bogey. This was the first British Open qualifier on the PGA Tour – the leading four players not already exempt from the top 12 at Congressional get into Royal Liverpool next month. Stefani earned one spot as the runner-up. Charley Hoffman (69) and Ben Martin (71) each birdied two of the last three holes to tie for third. Steele got the last spot with a 71 that put him in a three-way tie for third with Andres Romero and Todd, who already is exempt. Steele earned the spot over Romero because he has a higher world ranking. Romero closed with a 68, the low score in a final round when the scoring average was 73.7.last_img read more

Anchoring’s Aftermath

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – The army of anchorers has all but disbanded. The belly and broom have essentially gone belly up with the Jan. 1 ban still eight months away. All that’s left are three major winners relearning how to play with a putter that isn’t pressed against their sternum or stomach. To the casual fan, this wouldn’t seem like a huge deal – they’re PGA Tour players! – but the early returns have suggested otherwise: • Adam Scott snapped a streak of 45 consecutive made cuts after a cover-your-eyes week in Tampa. • Keegan Bradley ranked 29th last year in putting. So far this season, he’s 148th. • Webb Simpson has never ranked worse than 58th on the greens (including 34th a year ago). Today, he’s 92nd. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, videos and photos This (way-too-early) data from the marquee names would imply that anchoring helps, that the transition is more significant than originally thought, and that’s bad news with the start of major season now only 21 days away. Indeed, the new normal is an uncomfortable one for the former anchorers, which is why rounds such as Thursday’s at Bay Hill can represent a significant step. All three players shot 69 or better in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. “Every round that we play is so big for us,” Bradley said, “because it’s another round under our belt that we haven’t had. This is new for all of us.” For his many gifts, Scott has never been a particularly strong putter, with or without the broomstick. Only three times since 2004 has he been ranked inside the top 100 in putting. When he switched to the broom-handled putter in spring 2011, the most notable difference was not that he consistently poured in more birdie putts, but that his poor putting days weren’t as bad. That led to him racking up six top-five finishes in majors since 2011, the most of any player over that span. After messing around with the short putter during a long offseason, Scott started auspiciously over the first two rounds at Doral. He faded over the weekend (T-4) and had a rough two days in Tampa, leading to his first early exit in 45 events. Entering this week, he had missed 17 times inside 10 feet over his last four rounds and lost a whopping 7.9 strokes to the field. Worse, he admitted that he wasn’t “married” to the short stick, meaning he was still flirting with the idea of switching back. Indecisiveness typically doesn’t play well at Augusta. Scott appears to have settled on a unique approach in which he uses a conventional grip for longer putts on slower greens, and the claw grip for putts from inside, say, 30 feet. The longest birdie putt he made Thursday was an 8-foot, 11-inch putt on No. 9, his final hole of the day. Three of his four birdies during an opening 68 were from inside 3 feet. That’s not uncommon this week on a course that has slower, bumpier and spottier greens than usual. “[The greens] are not exactly what I was hoping for to test my stroke at the moment,” Scott conceded. Bradley, meanwhile, switched to the shorter putter at the World Challenge event in December, and after a high finish there he declared it was one of the “biggest tournaments of my career.” Hyperbolic, perhaps, but it only underscores how fragile a player’s confidence can be on the greens. Four months later, Bradley described his putting performance as “kind of boring, middle of the road,” which is also one way to describe his results – only one top-15 in six 2015 starts. Bradley has transitioned from a 46 1/4-inch putter to one that is about 39 inches – still longer than a conventional short putter – but has a long, thick grip that is similar to his belly model. His new putter is more upright, which puts his eyes more directly over the ball. “It’s very awkward, very different,” he said of the switch. “I’ve given up thousands of rounds, thousands of hours to these guys out here, so I’m gaining some of those back as we speak.” Simpson is starting from square one, too. Earlier this year he snapped his belly putter – the same club that helped him win the 2012 U.S. Open – over his knee so he wouldn’t be tempted to use it again. At times this season he probably wished he had some superglue, because in 15 tournament rounds he is 92nd on Tour in putting. He lost nearly 1.5 strokes on the greens on Thursday, too, even during an opening 69. “I’m having some good days, some bad days, similar to the belly putter,” he shrugged. For the past year and a half, the anchoring brigade said it would wait as long as possible before changing – you know, to make hay while they could. Yet today, it’s rare to see a long putter on the PGA Tour, and the ban doesn’t take effect until the first day of 2016. “Waiting until the last minute, it was a situation where it was almost like I was forced into doing something, like it was my last resort,” Simpson said. In a few years we’ll know how much anchoring truly mattered. For now, there’s only one option: Adapt.last_img read more