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Standing at center-right in America

first_imgNorman B. “Norm” Coleman Jr., the former Republican U.S. senator from Minnesota, delivered a clear message to a Harvard audience last night (Nov. 17), saying that “America is a center-right nation today, as it has been for generations.”That “simple truth,” as he called it, has strong political implications. Power in the future — “a lasting majority,” said Coleman — will go to whichever party stakes “a legitimate claim to independents [and] welcomes its center-right people along with its most hard-core members.”Republicans and Democrats alike have hard-core elements in the far left and right, Coleman told the crowd at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. But it is important to be welcoming to moderates, to the practical, reformist core that has guided American politics since Abraham Lincoln.Coleman, who served in the U.S. Senate from 2003-09, acknowledged that Republicans have sometimes failed to welcome youth, women, Hispanics, and gays. “We have to do a better job of reaching out … if we expect to be a majority party,” he said. Failing that, added Coleman, Republicans could one day find themselves “a regional party” sequestered in limited geographic strongholds.In particular, the Republican Party should be attractive to college-age voters, who seem so “in control of their lives” and attracted to individual initiative, he said. “The philosophy of conservatives really is more in line with the reality of your generation. I just don’t think we’ve done a good job of articulating it.”One year into the Obama era, political shifts may be under way. Coleman parsed the recent Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races, both close contests that went to the Republican candidates who attracted independent swing votes. He added that recent national polls show for the first time in 12 years that people believe government is “doing too much.”The former senator and onetime mayor of St. Paul, Minn., is a fellow this week (Nov. 16-20) at the Institute of Politics (IOP), which sponsored the event. IOP Director Bill Purcell — himself a former mayor of Nashville  —described his colleague as “a voice of moderation with a pragmatic approach to problem-solving.”In running a city, “you learn to be responsive,” said Coleman, right down to taking calls about snow plowing. He described his city hall experience as gritty and valuable, even though it occupies “the bottom of the political food chain.”Coleman’s St. Paul tenure demonstrates his political journey. He was first elected mayor as a Democrat in 1994, and the second time as a Republican in 1998.Coleman, a onetime anti-war activist at Hofstra University on Long Island, earlier attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn. Some of its famous graduates are on the political left, including U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Coleman joked that he “never met a Republican until I went to college. There weren’t any.”But in the 1990s, as a former state prosecutor struggling to revive St. Paul as mayor, Coleman discovered that his business-oriented, reformist urges were better expressed in the Republican Party. He went from being Democrat Bill Clinton’s state campaign representative in 1996 to Republican George W. Bush’s in 2000.After what Coleman described as “six turbulent years” in the Senate, his thesis — that the United States is at its core a center-right nation — came into greater focus. He enumerated the main points of that thesis to an audience that interrupted him with occasional bursts of applause.The center-right doesn’t mind government action as long as “effectiveness and results” are the endpoints, said Coleman. “They want government action that has good bang for the buck.”Health care reform is a good example, he said. There is broad national consensus to bring costs into line and to maintain quality, but reform has to have practical meaning, said Coleman. “Folks in center-right America want reform, but they want it to work.” Meanwhile, he said, the same people, who he said tend to be modest and frugal, want to see their tax dollars spent with care.The center-right core also has a vision of economic prosperity driven by innovation and individual effort, not by government intervention, said Coleman. “They embrace an entrepreneurial spirit rather than a collectivist vision.”For dramatic effect, he recited a list of addresses: all garages where big companies started small, including Disney, Ford, and Hewlett Packard.That same center-right core “trusts markets that usually work, over government regulation that occasionally does,” Coleman said, and it measures progress in job creation.Beyond economics, the core center-right believes that the American judiciary is meant to interpret laws, said Coleman, “not use its power to make social changes that legislatures are unwilling to do.”Yes, social issues generate the most heated public debates, he said, including cultural turbulence over gay marriage, abortion, and the right to bear arms.But even within this national clash over values, consensus is possible and necessary, if the United States is to maintain its national security. Coleman quoted onetime Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who described politics as “the art of the possible.” And he praised the late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, whose senatorial skills involved friendship and “finding common ground.”On foreign policy, center-right beliefs maintain that “we are exceptional in the world” and that Americans “use strength as the path to peace,” said Coleman, though they harbor no illusions of perfection.That sense of being exceptional includes a sense of American national pride and dignity, one that is offended to see a president bow to “the emperor of Japan or the king of Saudi Arabia,” said Coleman. “Courtesy is one thing, but we don’t willingly surrender, even symbolically, [to the idea] that they are better than us.”Coleman’s sense of the nation’s place in the world was unapologetic. “We still believe Lincoln’s words,” said Coleman of the center-right, “that America is ‘the last best hope of Earth,’ and I think our leaders should behave accordingly.”The Senate is a place where friendship is possible, he said, but where consensus and action are often difficult.Coleman gave an example, citing a bipartisan attempt he was part of to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and to give nations like Iran and Venezuela “less bark and less bite.” What has to be done is clear, he said. America needs more conservation, more renewable energy, more environmentally safe energy exploration, and more nuclear power.It’s also a time for new Lincolns, he said. Coleman called the 16th president “the hero of the center-right” for refusing to embrace political expediency in favor of “enduring values.”Lincoln had one other quality shared by the enduring core of the center-right, said Coleman. “He dreamed great dreams.”last_img read more

One ending, many beginnings

first_img 18Elizabeth Mary Parker attends Commencement activities outside of Winthrop House. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian starts Commencement at the traditional cry, “Sheriff, pray give us order!” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 2President Drew Faust and the Rev. Jonathan Walton shake hands after the annual Baccalaureate Service, held inside the Memorial Church. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Jack Reardon (center) is applauded after receiving a special award as Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith (left) and Harvard Corporation senior fellow Robert D. Reischauer (right) look on. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Aretha Franklin receives an honorary degree in the arts. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Dean Donald Pfister received a standing ovation during Class Day at Harvard University. Pfister is the outgoing interim dean of Harvard College. Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, will become the new dean of Harvard College on July 1. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Spectators watch Commencement from above Pusey Library. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 20During the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association, the oldest alumna in attendance, Lillian Sugarman ’37, heads the row and shares a laugh with Happy Committee member Brandon Geller. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Graduate Taylor Evans was among seven other ROTC members who received their first military assignments during the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony. Evans’ mother (not pictured), his wife, Stephanie, daughter, Haylee, and son, Connor, joined him for the event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Members of the Bedford Minuteman Company, a marching and ceremonial unit, parade through Tercentenary Theatre during Commencement. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 22Michael R. Bloomberg speaks during Commencement exercises. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 8President Drew Faust (center, in black) and Harvard Provost Alan Garber (front row, second from left) pose with this year’s honorary degree recipients: (front row, from left) Seymour Slive, Michael Bloomberg, former President George H.W. Bush, Peter Raven (back row, left to right), Patricia King, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Isabel Allende, and Aretha Franklin. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church Jonathan Walton and Harvard President Drew Faust lead the procession to the Baccalaureate Service for the Class of 2014. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin acknowledges the crowd after delivering a moving rendition of the national anthem. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 6A lone graduate passes the Littauer Building on Commencement morning. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Shilpa Murthy (top row, from left), Kanchana Amaratunga, and Jennifer Cai cheer on fellow graduates. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 23Harvard University President Drew Faust is named the 2014 Radcliffe Medalist. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Incoming Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana tosses his cap at a Cabot house diploma ceremony. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Harvard Business School graduates Malike Abacioglu (from left), Marisa Clark, and Diva Ramola enjoy Commencement exercises. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Former President George H.W. Bush acknowledges applause after receiving his honorary degree. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg shared an onstage laugh during Class Day, where she was the featured speaker. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Harvard Corporation member James Breyer (left) and Commencement speaker Michael Bloomberg onstage. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer On Commencement Day, a sea of crimson can be seen from every corner of Harvard Yard. As each graduate prepares to take the reins on a new chapter of life, thousands of spectators — friends, family, colleagues, spouses, even pets — cheer in support. They sit in the front rows, perch on top of Pusey Library, and stand on the steps of Widener Library to be a part of this tradition. Bringing together people from all walks of life, Commencement Day is filled with thousands of vignettes of every person in attendance — graduates, military members, alumni, faculty, a former president, and even the “Queen of Soul.” People who otherwise may never cross paths come together to celebrate Commencement Day ceremonies.— Crystal Chandler 11Hazel Harmon, 2, looks on in wonder with her father, James Harmon ’93. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 24President Drew Faust embraces former Harvard president Neil Rudenstine after she received the 2014 Radcliffe Medal. Rudenstine recruited Faust to Harvard, and Faust was the founding dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Fisher rector issues sudden resignation

first_imgFr. Brad Metz, rector of Fisher Hall, sent an email to Fisher Hall residents early Thursday morning announcing his resignation from his position, effective immediately.“After discussion with administrators in Student Affairs, Human Resources and the Holy Cross community, I apologize for regrettable decisions that I made last weekend that failed to live up to the values of our community,” Metz said in the email. “I will be departing from Fisher in the next couple of days to address these issues and thus resigning my position as Rector effective immediately, and I ask for your prayers.“David Halm, C.S.C. will be serving as interim rector for the remainder of the academic year, and I know that he will lead our community with integrity, compassion and good judgment.”Metz declined to comment beyond what he stated in the email.Heather Rakoczy Russell, associate vice president for residential life, confirmed the information in Metz’s email was accurate and declined to comment further on the matter. She said the Office of Student Affairs would seek and hire Metz’s permanent replacement through the annual search to fill vacant rector positions.“Student Affairs is currently engaged in the regular spring search to fill any anticipated vacancies for the 2014 – 2015 academic year,” she said. “I will hire the next Fisher rector together with all new rectors as a result of this regular spring search.”Halm, a seminarian who was serving his first year as a Fisher Hall assistant rector, declined to comment on Metz’s resignation. He thanked the residents for their concern and compassion and asked them to continue respecting Metz’s privacy in an email to the hall sent Friday morning.“The Congregation of Holy Cross, Fr. Brad’s religious community and mine … is an incredible brotherhood and is rallying around Fr. Brad during these days of transition,” he said. “He is being provided with support and love and is also blessed to be near family, including his mom, in South Bend. Right now the best way our community can support him is to pray for him.”Hall vice president and sophomore Michael Lindt said Metz and Halm addressed Fisher Hall residents Tuesday night.“[Metz] basically said that he was sorry for the circumstances surrounding his resignation and that he was sad to leave because we were like sons to him,” he said. “… After Fr. Brad’s speech, he left, and David Halm, the new rector, as well as the rest of the hall staff spoke about the great unity the dorm had shown.“We are using this tragedy as an opportunity for growth, and the brotherhood that we all share will only grow stronger through trial.”Lindt said Metz remained in the dorm through Easter weekend. He said he spoke briefly with Metz, who was serving his third year as rector, over the weekend.Lindt said the residents of Fisher Hall do not know what prompted Metz’s resignation. He said they expressed concern for their former rector after receiving his email.“[The reason for Metz’s resignation] was kept vague, and I think that was good because at first, we were kind of wondering what happened, but overall most of us figured it wasn’t really important to know what happened, just to know that something did happen that caused him to resign,” Lindt said. “After we got the email … it was just kind of disheartening too.“We were very sad, because basically our father figure in the dorm was leaving us. But after we got over that initial shock, the big thing that everyone was worrying about was actually Fr. Brad because we didn’t know what was going on, so we wanted to be as supportive as possible without breaching his privacy.”Fisher Hall president Erik Siegler said Metz encouraged the formation of a tight-knit community in Fisher Hall.“He may not have been in Fisher Hall for a long time, but he has impacted many Fishermen,” Siegler said. “He was able to teach patience and respect to many of the residents of Fisher Hall in his short time here. … I will say he will be greatly missed.”Sophomore Adam Rene Rosenbaum said Metz’s resignation “came as a shock.” He said he did not know what prompted Metz to resign.“I was completely shocked,” Rosenbaum said. “I hadn’t really heard of anything; this kind of came out of nowhere.”Rosenbaum said he and other residents showed support for Metz on Thursday by leaving him notes and signing a Fisher Hall oar to give him as a gift.“A lot of people, myself included, left sticky notes outside of Fr. Brad’s door just thanking him for all he has done for us individually and for the Fisher community, and also some people were going around with a Fisher oar getting people to sign the oar because everyone loves Fr. Brad,” Rosenbaum said. “He had the spirit and he established the sense of brotherhood that we pride ourselves on in Fisher. The fact that he’s leaving us is really sad for our community.”Lindt said Metz supported the strengthening of “a fantastic brotherhood” in the hall. He said he hoped he and other residents would be able to maintain a relationship with Metz.“The biggest legacy I think he’ll leave is, in a sense, he embodied Fisher Hall,” Lindt said. “He was our director, but he also had a very strong determination and desire for us to really grow in brotherhood and he really embodied that.“He very much enabled us to have the brotherhood that we have in Fisher Hall.” Tags: david halm, fisher hall, fisher rector, fr. brad metz, rector brad metz, resignationlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s reaches fundraising goal early

first_imgIn May, the Saint Mary’s “Faith Always, Action Now” campaign announced it reached its initial $80 million goal several months ahead of schedule.Vice president for college relations Shari Rodriguez said the Board of Trustees decided to raise the goal to $90 million soon after the $80 million mark was reached, and the campaign will officially conclude on December 31, 2014.“Meeting and exceeding our original campaign goal several months early is a sure sign of the enthusiastic commitment and loyalty of our alumnae and friends,” College president Carol Ann Mooney said in a press release. “I am confident that our new goal of $90 million will also be attained allowing us to complete designated campaign projects.“At the conclusion of the ‘Faith Always, Action Now’ campaign, Saint Mary’s will be in a stronger position to fulfill the dreams of our founders, the Sisters of the Holy Cross.”Director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said the Board of Trustees approved the campaign in June 2008 and was publicly launched in February 2013.Rodriguez said this is only the third major fundraising campaign in Saint Mary’s history.“Prior to ‘Faith Always, Action Now,’ the Excel Campaign [from] 1981 [to] 1986 raised over $25 million for several projects including construction of the Cushwa-Leighton Library and renovations of the Haggar College Center and Science Hall,” she said. “From 1991-1998, the Sesquicentennial Campaign raised nearly $32 million for College priorities ranging from scholarships and faculty positions to information technology and the annual fund.”Beyond the Excel and Sesquicentennial campaigns, several individual project campaigns funded a number of major facilities including the Student Center, Spes Unica Hall and the Welcome Center, Rodriguez said.Up to this point, the money raised has gone towards scholarships, an endowed professorship in nursing, construction of the Science Hall Greenhouse, endowed summer science research communities and four faculty awards recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship, service and mentorship, she said.“We hope to provide enhanced opportunities for students in the form of financial aid, research opportunities, study abroad, cutting edge curricular options and much more,” she said. “A stronger endowment … is the key to the College’s long-term health.”Rodriguez said the campaign money will also be used to renovate and upgrade Angela Athletic Facility and Wellness Complex, the Science Hall and the Cushwa-Leighton Library.Saint Mary’s alumna, Dr. Susan Fitzgerald Rice and her husband, Dr. Don Rice, a Notre Dame alumnus, announced a challenge grant for the renovation and expansion of the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex, according to a press release. The Rices will match $1 for every $2 pledged up to $1 million, thus yielding $3 million for the project. Fitzgerald Rice is a tri-chair of the ‘Faith Always, Action Now’ campaign and a former member of the Board of Trustees.“A focus on the ‘whole woman’ has always been foremost at Saint Mary’s,” Fitzgerald Rice said in the press release. “Women today embrace an even more active and healthy lifestyle. The current facility, constructed in 1977, does not meet the needs of today’s students. The College’s plan to renovate the Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex will enhance the experience of every Saint Mary’s student.”Tags: capital campaign, Faith Always, saint mary’s, SMClast_img read more

ND students react to Kentucky loss

first_imgThis past Saturday, Notre Dame men’s basketball fans traveled to Cleveland and left disappointed as the No. 3 seed Irish lost against top-seeded, undefeated Kentucky. Kentucky eked out a victory at the last minute with a final score of 68-66.Sophomore Kaitlin Farren was at the game in Quicken Loans Arena and said even though the Irish suffered a loss, she thought it was the best basketball game she had ever seen.“It was such a fun atmosphere, so though I did feel disappointed, I was more so proud of our team for accomplishing all they did this year,” Farren said. “Honestly, I think this was, and will be, the best game of the tournament.”Farren said Notre Dame fans were on edges of their seat throughout the entire game. Head coach Mike Brey and the Notre Dame players seemed confident while Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Kentucky players seemed nervous, she said.“The ND fans fed off of that nervousness,” Farren said. “It was so much fun that ND, a team that so many people refuse to believe has talent, could freak Kentucky out so much.”Junior Kelsey Sullivan also attended the game and said although she was disappointed by the loss, at the end of the game she still felt nothing but pride for the Irish.“At the end of the day they made it to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1979, so they should be nothing but proud,” Sullivan said. “From not even making the tournament last year to losing by one shot to an undefeated Kentucky team in the Elite Eight this year, they’ve had an awesome season.”Both Sullivan and Farren said senior forward Pat Connaughton’s thunderous dunk late in the second half was one of the most memorable moments of the game. Sullivan said at that moment the crowd went wild and immediately got on their feet.Farren said the dunk was impressive considering the height disadvantage the Irish had.“Kentucky has a huge team — they had 20 inches over us — and I expected that we’d have to spend most of the game outside the 3-point line taking long shots, but the guys did such a good job taking it to the hoop and getting inside the paint,” Farren said.Farren said watching the game, it was obvious that a huge reason the team worked so fluidly was because of the leadership under Connaughton and senior guard Jerian Grant.“I wish Jerian and Pat could stay because I think they add a lot to the team dynamic and are just unbelievable leaders and motivators, but I think next year we have the strength and stamina to be just as great, if not better, as we were this year,” Farren said.The common feeling in the arena was disappointment that the Irish almost managed to capture what would have been only their second Final Four appearance in program history. However, both Farren and Sullivan agreed there was no lack of Irish pride despite the loss.“It was a great season,” Sullivan said. “Look at the Final Four, they beat two of those teams and one of them twice. They did not disappoint us, they made us proud.”Tags: Final Four, Men’s Basketball, Notre Dame students, Student reactionslast_img read more

Lazarus’ Cristin Milioti Talks Meeting David Bowie

first_img View Comments New York theater’s most mysterious production, David Bowie’s Lazarus, will begin performances on on November 18 and Cristin Milioti recently stopped by Late Night with Seth Meyers to not talk about the show. “It’s meant to be experienced,” she said, regarding the Ivo van Hove-helmed event. “It’s an art theater piece.” Milioti did, however reveal that she would be running around in six-inch heels…and that her first encounter with Bowie was a little awkward. She will probably be bringing her glasses next time! Lazarus will run through January 17, 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop off-Broadway.last_img read more

Worlds Apart: Looking Beyond Conflict in Coal Country

first_imgRain is falling in sheets along the New River in Radford, Va., where I’m huddled under a tent discussing a float trip with a woman and her daughter. We’re here for an outdoor expo, and I’m staffing a tourism display. I’m in the middle of describing the run—a lazy float with just enough whitewater to keep things interesting—when the exchange I’d been waiting for surfaces.“I wonder why I’ve never heard of this place,” the woman says.“Well, it’s down in the coalfields,” I respond, explaining that the region is just now starting to get on the outdoor radar. She cuts me off before I finish.“Oh, coal,” she says. “Nope.” She and her daughter walk off into the rain.By now, I’m used to the response. I moved to the coalfields from the north Georgia mountains six years ago to work as a college professor. Like many in my field, I lean hard to the left on issues related to the outdoors. I sit on the boards of environmental nonprofits and write the occasional, pedantic letter to the editor on controversial policy changes. When I’m in a formal setting, it’s pretty clear where I stand.At the outdoor expo, though, I don’t look the part. I’m wearing old cargo shorts and a t-shirt, and it’s been a while since I last shaved. A career in academia hasn’t fully erased my southern twang. I might as well be anyone from a mining town, so I get the unfiltered brunt of everyone’s views on the region. Later that afternoon, another visitor responds to a photo of our city park with “do you blow stuff up there, too?”If it’s possible to pinpoint the most discouraging part of living in coal country, it wouldn’t be our poverty or even the environmental damage the industry has wrought. Instead, it’s the way coal has been caught up in our national attempt to distill seemingly every issue into neatly-packaged, non-overlapping sides. Think coal still has a role to play in Appalachia? Time to leave the holler and join the 21st century, hillbilly. Want to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels? You hippies should try freezing in the dark. On my drive home from work, I’ll often find myself behind a truck that’s further condensed the conflict into a bumper sticker: Save a coal miner. Shoot a treehugger.I’ve downed beers with industry supporters and diehard environmentalists while discussing the state of the region. I’ve been surprised at how much we agree.To be fair, I was once one of those people that might be tempted to smart off about coal to someone at an outdoor expo. I’ve read the scientific articles showing a clear link between fossil fuel extraction and climate change, and I’ve digested my share of think-pieces on Appalachia. You know the type: a writer reluctantly drives into a rural coal town to interview locals at a barbershop or diner. Talk about depressing economic statistics or the latest industry-endorsed political candidate ensues.But then I moved to that hypothetical town, a small Virginia mining community nestled against the border with Kentucky. Eighty percent of my county voted for Donald Trump, and our local Wal-Mart looks out over an active mountaintop removal site. It’s an easy place to stereotype—until, that is, you spend some time there. Since my move, I’ve taken hikes with former miners who can run circles around my doctoral training in identifying local wildlife. On more than one occasion, I’ve downed beers with industry supporters and diehard environmentalists while discussing the state of the region. I’ve been surprised at how much we agree.That agreement is there because we’re not defined by our political allegiances; we’re neighbors first. We shop at the same stores, drive to the same trailheads after work for an evening run, and bring our families to the same volunteer events to clean up former surface mines. If that sounds like I’m veering too much towards fence-sitting, I’m not—we still have vastly diverging views on how to improve the region, and it’s unlikely that the tension between them can ever be fully reconciled. But what you find living in coal country isn’t just that tension but the constants that exist in spite of it. After all, no one checks to see what bumper stickers you’ve got when you show up to plant trees on an old strip job.The challenge in understanding the coalfields, then—the thing I wish our tourism displays could convey—is the need to face head-on the uncomfortable complexities that make this such a frustratingly wonderful place to live. Not too long ago, I struck up another conversation on the region, this time with a fellow academic at a conference. Our discussion eventually migrated to the coalfields’ dismal economic and health statistics.“I’m so sorry you have to live there,” he said, as if I was serving out some kind of sentence instead of moving to the area on purpose. I asked him if he’d ever been to the coalfields, and he said no; he’d only looked at the region at an arm’s length.I thought about all the things I could mention to change his mind, the way mountain laurel frosts the hillsides white in late spring or how you can talk with a stranger here for five minutes and feel like you’ve known them for a lifetime.I ended up mentioning neither. “You should visit,” I told him. Some things are better left experienced than said.last_img read more

Costa Rica and Paraguay security forces defeat drug traffickers

first_img Costa Rican authorities arrested four Costa Ricans and two Mexicans in connection with the seizure of 400 kilograms of cocaine, $1.5 million (USD) and a small plane that drug traffickers were allegedly going to use to transport the cocaine, Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) said in a prepared statement on Aug. 25. “This was a joint action carried out with the United States, but using intelligence information provided by Costa Rican authorities, and this is important to highlight, as it demonstrates the quality of our police force,” Costa Rica Minister of Public Security Celso Gamboa said. Drug smugglers stashed the cocaine aboard the plane in three fishing vessels donning the Costa Rican flag, Gamboa said. The plane, which departed from Guatemala, landed on an illegal airstrip in the province of Guanacaste Aug. 24. Authorities expected it to return to Guatemala before heading to México. They apprehended the plane and arrested six men, including four who were going to load the cocaine. Narco-traffickers are using Costa Rica more frequently as a transshipment point in the smuggling of Central and South American drugs, officials said. The bust occurred less than three months after Costa Rica’s Coast Guard Service and the OIJ teamed to seize 4,143 kilograms of cocaine worth US$30 million as part of Operación Martilllo on June 11. Operación Martillo is a multinational project aimed at dismantling international criminal organizations, limiting their capacity to use Central America as a transit area. Operación Martillo includes Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panamá, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. Panamá cocaine hidden in banking equipment Paraguay police find cocaine in rice Criminal attempts to hide cocaine in fishing boats, rice, banking equipment and tamales have proven no match for the vigilance of cooperative counter-narcotics efforts in the last few days. Authorities in Costa Rica, Paraguay, Canada and the United States have recently announced seizures of more than a ton of cocaine originating in the region. El Salvador cocaine smuggled in tamales Meanwhile, Paraguay police announced Aug. 20 the seizure of 850 kilograms of cocaine found in bags of rice bound for the Democratic Republic of Congo. The cocaine was stashed on a ship that was departing a private port in the nation’s capital of Asunción to Rio de la Plata, where it would have been transferred to a larger vessel en route to Africa. Authorities suspect the cocaine belongs to a narco-trafficking organization headed by Brazilian Jorge Rafat Toumani based on the scorpion logo printed on its packaging. Toumani is on the run after he was sentenced in Brazil to 47 years in prison for money laundering and drug trafficking. Paraguay has emerged as a key point in the trafficking of drugs, mainly cocaine, from South America’s Eastern Andean nations to Brazil. From there it is often shipped to Europe through Africa. center_img By Dialogo August 29, 2014 Three shipments of commercial banking equipment inbound from Panamá carried 37.5 kilograms of cocaine, Canada’s Border Services Agency said after it arrested three men and a woman in connection with the seizure. The cocaine would have been worth about US$4 million on the street. “This is a large seizure coming in through the airport,” said Sgt. Richard Rollings of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). “I would like to say it’s uncommon, but it’s not. We do see a lot of drugs smuggled in through the airport. Organized crime will do anything in their power to get drugs into our communities, into our cities. They’ll try every trick in the book.” Philmore Jarvis, 47, Michelle Maraj, 36, Wilson Jaramillo, 37, and Vernon Bouillion, 38 – all Canadians – are facing numerous charges, including importing a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. They were all arrested between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20. “The RCMP investigation is ongoing,” Rollings said. “We’ll be working to determine who sent this cocaine into Canada.” The confiscation marks the second major narcotics seizure at the airport since March, when a woman was arrested after more than 40 kilograms of cocaine were found inside eight suitcases. 400 kilograms of cocaine found in fishing boats The U.S. added to the success of the Western Hemisphere’s counter-narcotics fight on Aug. 20, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston on the state of Texas found seven ounces of cocaine in an unlikely place: tamales. A 46-year-old man traveling from El Salvador to New York was arrested after nine bags of cocaine were found in a box of 200 tamales in his luggage. “This type of seizure speaks to our level of commitment in disrupting criminal activity despite the concealment method,” CBP Service Port Director Beverly Good said.last_img read more

Huntington Man DWI With Girl in Crash, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kyle WilmA man was arrested for drunken driving with his daughter in the vehicle after he caused a three-car crash on Friday evening near his Huntington home, Suffolk County police said.Kyle Wilm was driving a Dodge Pickup on East Main Street when he rear-ended a Ford SUV that then hit a Toyota shortly after 5 p.m., police said.Officers responded and found the 41-year-old suspect to be under the influence of alcohol with 6-year-old daughter in a booster seat in the backseat of the truck, police said.There were no injuries in the crash.Child Protective Services were notified and the girl was released to her mother.Wilm was charged with driving while intoxicated with a passenger 15 years old or younger, a felony under Leandra’s Law, and endangering the welfare of a child.He will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Does your credit union feel LOST?

first_img“It’s ironic, butterflies get all the attention; but moths – they spin silk, they’re stronger, they’re faster.”If you didn’t know, I’m quoting a television show that ended seven years ago. Yes, I admit it, I’m a LOSTie. I watch all 118 episodes at least once a year. I long for the day where I may attend the LOST Convention held in Hawaii.Earlier this month, our friend and host of The Strategic Hotbox, Brandi Stankovic, spoke at our YMC Family Event. During her presentation she taught our clients how to “learn, love and kickass,” – and she also gave props to my favorite TV show. Hey, great minds think alike!She also gave a remarkable statistic: 48% of organizations in the United States could not – due to lack of skills – find a viable internal candidate if they had to replace the CEO right now. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more