Barbara Bush: An appreciation

first_imgTom Pennington/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The first time I had a formal interview with Barbara Bush she was the “second lady” and her husband was running for president. I had accepted an assignment from Seventeen Magazine to query the wives of the two major candidates and it had all been arranged through Mrs. Bush’s staff.But when I arrived at the (somewhat intimidating) vice president’s mansion Barbara Bush exclaimed, “Seventeen! Why are we doing this interview? They can’t vote!” After that somewhat rocky start, we had a lively conversation where I was treated to her ready humor.That humor is part of the reason America came to love Barbara Bush. Soon after he left the White House I was interviewing President Bush about something and he marveled with a hint of surprise in his voice, “The whole country loves Bar!”That’s because everyone thought they knew her. There was none of that fake politician foolishness about her. On several occasions she told me bluntly that I needed to do something about my hair. She either said what she believed or kept her mouth shut.One thing she believed passionately was that she could make a difference in the lives of people who couldn’t read. And she was right. The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation now conducts 160 programs in 12 states and it has been highly successful in improving the reading skills of adults and bringing disadvantaged preschoolers up to par with their more privileged peers.Barbara Bush herself attended hundreds and hundreds of events aimed at boosting literacy because, as she said, you can’t achieve the American dream if you can’t read and write.That was another passionate belief — in the dream and the promise that this country offers to its citizens. Her devotion to our American values of tolerance and inclusion and her willingness to act on them came second only to devotion to family.When her son George was running for president, I conducted the first joint interview with Barbara and Laura Bush. Laura was understandably slightly nervous about this conversation with her formidable mother-in-law (the family calls her The Enforcer) but she needn’t have been.Anytime I asked about anything controversial the elder Mrs. Bush jumped in: “Don’t answer that Laura, it will only get you in trouble. If anyone gets in trouble today it should be me.” The whole extended Bush brood could count on her protection.And America saw that — saw her love of children and country, and especially of her husband, saw her no-nonsense looks, heard her funny, feisty and frank comments and understood that she was teaching us how to live.In the end, she also taught us how to die. By telling us on Sunday that she would opt for “comfort care” rather than more medical intervention she set yet another example. Instead of leaving this earth hooked up to machines while doctors poked and prodded to extract one more breath, she went in her own home surrounded by the family she devoted her life to, holding the hand of the man she had loved for 75 years.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Kansas commissioner resigns after bizarre ‘master race’ remarks

first_imgLeavenworth County Board of County Commissioners(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) —  A white Kansas county commissioner has resigned after coming under fire for telling an African-American consultant at a public meeting that he was “part of the master race.”Louis Klemp, 80, resigned Tuesday from the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, writing in a letter that “I regret my recent comment.”Klemp’s resignation letter was read during a commission meeting on Tuesday and was immediately accepted by the board.“Mr. Klemp has done the right thing,” Commissioner Doug Smith said during the meeting. “This is a good example that the choice of words does matter. I hope the young lady involved will accept our apology and will not hesitate to help Leavenworth County on future projects.”During a public meeting on Nov. 13, Triveece Penelton, a consultant for VIREO Planning Associates in Kansas City, was making a presentation to the board of commissioners about community engagement on a potential development of rural land in Tonganoxie, Kansas.In a video of the meeting, posted on the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners’ YouTube channel, Klemp expressed his displeasure with a plan to develop the land as residential. He said he favored an industrial development that would return revenue to the county.Speaking directly to Penelton, Klemp said, “I don’t want you to think I’m picking on you because we’re part of the master race. You know you got a gap in your teeth. You’re the masters. Don’t ever forget that.”Klemp did not explain what he meant by the comment.In his resignation letter, Klemp said his comment was “misinterpreted” and that he was trying to find common ground with Penelton by pointing out they both had gaps in their teeth.“My attempts at identifying a similarity, space between our teeth, with the presenter were well-meaning,” he wrote in his letter.The term “master race” stems from Nazi terminology, often describing Adolf Hitler’s belief in a superior Aryan race.But Klemp said in his letter that his use of the phrase was “definitely not racially motivated.” He also said he contacted Penelton to extend “my regret and support.”Klemp’s controversial comment immediately sparked a backlash and prompted Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer to demand his resignation.“Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office,” Colyer said in a statement. “The inappropriate remarks made by Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of the county which he represents.”The Leavenworth City Commission held a special meeting on Thursday and issued a statement condemning Klemp’s remark and asked that he apologize and step down.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Southern Tier school districts facing drastic cuts to funding

first_imgDr. Andrews penned a letter to New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand asking them to help secure funding for schools in the fourth round of the federal stimulus under the CARES Act. He warns without this funding, his district and most others in our area will have no choice but to cut the programming so many people love, in addition to mass layoffs. Windsor Central School District Superintendent Dr. Jason Andrews says his district, along with the majority of other rural districts in the Southern Tier, receive more than half of their budget in the form of state aide. On Wednesday, Dr. Andrews told 12 News that aide is in jeopardy. “When you start looking at that level of cut, then certainly the arts, athletics, electives, class size increases, additional assistance for kids, all sorts of programming,” he explained to 12 News. WINDSOR (WBNG) — If local school districts don’t receive federal funding soon, your children’s education may never look the same. He said when New York passed its budget, state aide remained roughly the same as last year, but due to increased costs because of the coronavirus, the district is facing a $1.9M deficit in its budget. The district has already eliminated nine positions and is down to bare bones operations to meet the deficit. To make matters worse, Dr. Andrews says Governor Andrew Cuomo has warned more cuts could be coming in the future, anywhere from 20 to 50 percent of state aide. Even if it’s ‘only’ 20 percent, Dr. Andrews warns this would have drastic impacts on what the district is able to provide. A tweet containing the letter is posted below:last_img read more

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Rahm wins PGA Memorial to seize world number one ranking

first_imgTopics : Rahm was among the Spanish youth inspired by the feats of Ballesteros, a five-time major champion who died in 2011 at age 54 of brain cancer.”Seve is a very special player to all of us, and to be second to him, it’s a true honor,” Rahm said. “Anytime I can join Seve at anything, it’s incredible.”Rahm said the moment was difficult to comprehend in part because his thoughts were with his family, two members of which have died from COVID-19.”It’s hard to process right now,” he said. “There are so many things going through my mind right now that have nothing to do with golf.” Jon Rahm became the first Spaniard since Seve Ballesteros in 1989 to hold golf’s world number one ranking, fending off a late challenge Sunday to win the US PGA Memorial tournament.Rahm holed out an amazing 31-foot chip shot at the par-3 16th and, despite a two-stroke penalty that turned it from a birdie to a bogey, took a three-stroke victory over American Ryan Palmer that boosted him over Rory McIlroy atop the rankings.”I don’t know how to describe it,” Rahm said. “It has been a goal since I was 13-, 14- years-old.” Rahm fired a three-over par 75 in the final round to finish on nine-under 279 with Palmer second. England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick was third on 283 after a closing 68 while Australia’s Jason Day and England’s Matt Wallace shared fourth on 284.Rahm began with a four-shot edge and made the turn ahead by eight before dropping four strokes in a five-hole span with a bogey at the 10th, double-bogey at 11 and a bogey at 14 as Palmer pulled within three.That’s when the 25-year-old made his amazing chip shot at 16.”That’ll probably go down as my greatest chip shot. I don’t know if I’ll ever do better than that,” Rahm said.”Luckily, I pulled out probably the best short game shot I will ever have. That was unbelievable. For that to go in, that was exactly what I needed.”Jack Nicklaus, the 18-time major winner who hosts the event at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, called the shot “spectacular” as he congratulated Rahm with a fist bump at the 18th green.Rahm, who won a US PGA event for the fourth year in a row, was given a two-stroke penalty after television slow-motion cameras showed his ball moved when he pushed down on the grass behind it shortly before his incredible chip, although it didn’t change the lie and was unperceptible to Rahm himself.”I did not see or feel anything,” said Rahm, who agreed with the decision after watching a video replay.”It did move. It is a penalty. I’ll accept it,” Rahm said. “Unfortunate as it is to have something like this happen, it was a great shot.”Had I seen it, I would have said something, but the camera had to zoom in to see it.”The tournament was the sixth of the season for the US PGA, all without spectators, since the tour returned in June from a three-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown. Tough conditionsRahm, who won his first US PGA event when leading after 54 holes, was upset after a bogey at 10 and finding a water hazard off the tee at the par-5 11th, slamming his club into the ground on his way to double bogey.”Conditions were so tough. I knew I wasn’t going to play 18 perfect holes. I knew something was going to go south,” Rahm said.”It was so firm, so windy, and then we started to get drizzle. Any little mistake was going to get punished.”Palmer sank a 13-foot birdie putt at the par-3 12th and Rahm stumbled again with a bogey at 14, finding a greenside bunker and missing a five-foot par putt, to leave the lead at three shots with four to play.”When I missed the putt on 14, I said, ‘That’s enough,'” Rahm said.Palmer had a 12-foot birdie putt at 16 when Rahm blasted out of the deep grass, landed the ball just onto the green and watched it roll into the cup. Palmer settled for par, his charge blunted for good.last_img read more

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No policy breach made by Indonesian student accused of sexual abuse: University of Melbourne

first_imgThe University of Melbourne in Australia has found that Ibrahim Malik, a student accused of sexual assault by dozens of women in Indonesia, did not breach any of the university’s policies, the university said in a statement.The university had appointed an external investigator to examine the allegations against Ibrahim after a woman submitted a formal complaint under the University’s Student Conduct Policy process and a second woman made similar accusations against him but did not make a formal report.“An externally appointed independent investigator has found that a current University of Melbourne student did not breach any university policies or code of conduct and there was insufficient evidence that he acted unlawfully, following harassment allegations being made against the student that date back to 2018 and 2019,” a representative of the university said in a statement via email to The Jakarta Post on Friday. “The allegations did not involve any physical contact.”Read also: ‘Zero tolerance’: Australian university, govt ‘aware’ of sexual abuse allegations against studentThe two women have accused Ibrahim of sexually harassing them in Melbourne, and dozens more in Indonesia have made similar allegations.The statement also said that the university had informed Ibrahim and his accuser about the result of the investigation, as well as Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA). “The university is committed to ensuring that all of its campuses are places where students, staff and visitors are safe and are treated with absolute respect and courtesy,” the representative said, adding that it would thoroughly investigate any sexual harassment report.Read also: Pressure mounts for Australia to cancel scholarship of student accused of sexual abuseIbrahim, who graduated from Yogyakarta’s Indonesian Islamic University (UII) school of architecture, is currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Melbourne under a prestigious scholarship. He was at the center of sexual abuse allegations raised by at least 30 female UII students who reported him to the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute.Separately, UII spokeswoman Ratna Permata Sari said Ibrahim’s honorary student title had been stripped. “As of now, we are still focusing on providing legal and psychological assistance to his victims,” Ratna said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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​Finland’s Fennia welcomes ‘exceptional’ real estate returns

first_imgEeva Grannenfelt, CIO at Fennia, said: “The grim outlook in the equities market at the start of the summer was followed by an especially good third quarter. The markets further picked up with the US Federal Reserve’s announcement concerning the continuation of its expansive bond-buying programme.”Fennia noted that the best investment returns came from its directly held real estate portfolio, re-valued ahead of the merger.As a result of the valuation, Fennia said its 13.4% overall return was boosted by 0.5 percentage points.However, its €1.1bn in direct property holdings significantly outperformed its property funds, returning 15% compared with 6.5%.Tapiola also saw its direct property outperform fund holdings, although real estate returned only 2.3% in the nine months to September.Despite a worse performance compared with Fennia, Tapiola nonetheless outperformed over the longer term, seeing 6% growth per annum over the last five years compared with 5.9% from Fennia.Over the past decade, Fennia marginally outperformed Tapiola, ahead 0.2 percentage points at 5.4%.The providers are set to merge and be renamed Elo Mutual Pension Insurance at the beginning of the year. Direct real estate returned 15% for Pension Fennia in the nine months to September, outperforming the remainder of the pension insurer’s portfolio, including equities.The strong performance came as LocalTapiola, the €10.3bn rival set to merge with Fennia’s €8bn pension division at the beginning of 2014, only achieved a year-to-date return of 3.5%, significantly behind the 6.3% posted by Fennia.Fennia outperformed Tapiola across all main asset classes, achieving 0.6% growth from fixed income compared with the slight loss of 0.1% seen by Tapiola’s portfolio, accounting for nearly 45% of assets.Despite returns in excess of 21% from its Finnish equity portfolio, Tapiola’s overall equity return came in at 9.17%, behind the 13.3% from Fennia’s stocks and, at 14.7% for its listed equity, nearly 5 percentage points ahead of Tapiola’s equivalent holdings.last_img read more

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La Française, Forum snap up Cushman & Wakefield Investors

first_imgThe new combined platform, taking into account all of the real estate operations of La Française and Forum Partners, will have close to $20bn in assets under management.The team at Cushman & Wakefield Investors, led by chief executive David Rendall and managing director Jens Göttler, will remain in place.It will also continue to manage PURetail, a real estate fund formed in 2009 through a joint venture with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP), itself the subject of a recent takeover by Aberdeen Asset Management.The fund, which focuses on urban retail assets in France, Germany and Sweden, will continue as normal and could be marketed to La Française’s investor base, according to managing director Patrick Rivière.Russell Platt, chief executive at Forum Partners, also said there might be opportunities for the new platform to invest in Southern European markets.The decision by Cushman & Wakefield to sell its fund management arm suggests it intends to focus on its core property services business.In a statement, Carlo Sant’Albano, chief executive at Cushman & Wakefield, said: “With a number of high-priority, strategic growth initiatives underway at present, it is not the right time to invest substantially in building out the WCI platform.” La Française and Forum Partners have acquired Cushman & Wakefield Investors, several months after announcing a strategic partnership to develop a direct real estate business in Europe.Cushman & Wakefield Investors, a pan-European fund manager with $1.2bn (€888m) in assets under management, will be renamed La Française Forum Real Estate Partners (LFF Real Estate Partners).The move provides a foothold in core European real estate for La Française, which already manages $9bn in French property, and Forum Partners, which has been managing global opportunistic strategies since 2002 and listed property investments since 2009.La Française, which acquired a €600m stake in Forum Partners last year, will own two-thirds of the new venture, and Forum Partners will own one-third.last_img read more

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​Danish pension fund blacklists China, dumping €54m equities, bonds

first_imgDenmark’s AkademikerPension has announced it is excluding all Chinese investments from its portfolio, dropping a total of DKK400m (€53.7m) of government bonds and shares, due to systematic human rights violations in the world’s most populous country.The labour-market pension fund, named MP Pension until the beginning of this month, cited several reasons for the countrywide blacklisting.“AkademikerPension has, among other things, looked at China’s current security law for Hong Kong, that over a million Uighurs are sitting in re-education camps and that China frequently uses the death penalty and persecutes minorities and political opponents,” the fund said in a statement.Jens Munch Holst, chief executive officer of AkademikerPension, said: “We have long had China under observation. It is well known that the country systematically violates human rights, and we can no longer turn a blind eye.” Holst said the pension fund aimed to raise its profile on social responsibility.“Our motto is that return and responsibility must go hand in hand, and when we talk about responsibility, it is difficult to argue that we should keep China in our portfolio,” Holst said.He said the fund’s most important task was to ensure its members got good pensions to live on when they needed it.“But we also take on a social responsibility, and it is in this context that our divestment of China must be seen,” he said.AkademikerPenson said it had previously blacklisted a number of other countries including Saudi Arabia, Thailand and Iran.Last week, the pension fund – which manages DKK128m for its largely education sector members – announced it was placing scandal-hit Australian bank Macquarie back into investment “quarantine” for six months, following new revelations about historical dividend arbitrage practices at the bank.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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St, Louis earns music program honor

first_imgBatesville, in. — St. Louis School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.To qualify for the SupportMusic Merit Award, St. Louis School answered detailed questions about funding, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.This award recognizes that St. Louis School is leading the way with learning opportunities as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The legislation guides policy implementation in the states and  replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which was often criticized for an overemphasis on testing – while leaving behind subjects such as music. ESSA recommends music and the arts as important elements of a well-rounded education for all children.Research into music education continues to demonstrate educational/cognitive and social skill benefits for children who make music. A series of landmark studies by scientists and researchers at Northwestern University found a link between students in community music programs and life-long academic success, including higher high school graduation rates and college attendance. In another study from the University, it was discovered that the benefits of early exposure to music education improves how the brain processes and assimilates sounds, a trait that lasts well into adulthood.Beyond the Northwestern research, other studies have indicated that music education lays the foundation for individual excellence in group settings, creative problem solving and flexibility in work situations, as well as learning how to give and receive constructive criticism to excel.A 2015 study supported by The NAMM Foundation, “Striking A Chord,” also outlines the overwhelming desire by teachers and parents for music education opportunities for all children as part of the school curriculum.last_img read more

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PSL’s August 8 resumption excites Eagles goalie Akpeyi

first_imgNigeria and Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, is excited that South Africa Premier Soccer League season will resume on 8 August with the Nedbank Cup semifinals. The Super Eagles goalkeeper and other players in the South African football series have been on recess due to world-wide lockdown. The decision to complete the 2019-20 season was voted for “unanimously” by clubs at a Board of Governors meeting. According to PSA chairman, Dr Irvin Khoza, the event will be followed by the league campaign three days later. The Nedbank Cup clashes will see Mamelodi Sundowns take on BidVest Wits, and Baroka FC tackle Bloemfontein Celtic inside the Gauteng bio-bubble at venues still to be determined. All matches will be played behind closed doors. The final of the Nedbank Cup will also be the end of the season, but will be followed by the promotion/relegation play-offs. Dr Khoza suggested the play-offs could finish in the “second or third week of September”, but the league campaign is scheduled to be completed on September 8, with some teams likely to play every three days.Advertisement Dr Khoza also confirmed that the fixtures in the league would be completed in the same order as before the lockdown. “The decision has been conveyed to our sponsors, Absa and Nedbank, while I have also phoned the president of SAFA [Dr Danny Jordaan]. “Gauteng will host the bio-bubble, including the transport of teams to hotels and stadiums. read also:Akpeyi not going to Europe–Agent This is an exciting development in a difficult time in our country.” Dr Khoza also confirmed that clubs who have failed to comply with the necessary measures to enter the bio-bubble will not be allowed in, and face the possibility of having to forfeit matches.——————————————————————————————– FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really Be8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresseslast_img read more

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