Obama and Romney both running small campaigns in big election

first_img Read Full Story With 42 days to go before the 2012 presidential election, the Shorenstein Center welcomed Alex Castellanos, a Republican political media consultant, to share his perspective on the Obama and Romney campaigns.Castellanos described the map of this election as a bell curve: In contrast with other election seasons when “we always thought our children would have it better than we have it…now we think our best days are behind us.” While Americans don’t quite see the country as in decline yet, he said, “we’re just over the hump of the curve, and we see decline ahead.”A presidential election amid this mindset, Castellanos said, is “big,” with so much at stake. “You would think this election would be about renewal, about how to take the country to a better place,” he said. Yet instead of corresponding “big” campaigns and forward-looking agendas, both the Obama and Romney camps are running “small” campaigns, Castellanos said.last_img read more

PA Governor Wolf Signs Law Enforcement Reform Legislation

first_imgHARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf signed two pieces of legislation dealing with law enforcement reform Tuesday in the Pennsylvania State Police Capital. Wolf’s office says House bills 1841 and 1910 both passed unanimously in the House and Senate. The bills are the first two pieces of legislation from the governor’s comprehensive police reform executive actions announced in early June in the wake of the death of George Floyd when in Minneapolis police custody and subsequent protests in Pennsylvania and across the country.“A little over a month ago I met with leaders of Black communities in Philadelphia and Harrisburg to discuss ways we can improve law enforcement to make our commonwealth safer for every Pennsylvanian,” Gov Wolf said. “Today, I am signing two bills that will take steps toward achieving this goal.”House Bill 1841 requires a thorough background check for law enforcement applicants prior to being employed and requires a law enforcement agency to disclose employment information. The bill also establishes an electronic database housed and maintained by the Municipal Police Officers’ Training and Education Training Commission (MPOTEC) that contains separation records of law enforcement officers. A hiring report that indicates the prospective law enforcement agency’s reason and rationale must be completed if a hiring law enforcement agency hires an individual whose separation record includes any of the following:Excessive forceHarassmentTheftDiscriminationSexual abuse or misconductDomestic violenceCoercion of a false confessionFiling a false reportA judicial finding of dishonestyHouse Bill 1910 requires mental health evaluations with a focus on PTSD of law enforcement officers as a condition of continued employment. The evaluation may be upon request of a law enforcement officer or a police chief or within 30 days of an incident of the use of lethal force.The bill also requires training for police officers on trauma-informed care, use of deadly force, de-escalation and harm reduction techniques, community and cultural awareness, implicit bias, procedural justice and reconciliation techniques. Under the bill, magisterial district judges are required to complete, as part of their annual continuing education requirement, one course on the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and court proceedings involving children. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Idina Menzel, Zachary Quinto & More

first_img Star Files Idina Menzel Idina’s Got To Give a Little, Take a LittleIdina Menzel is the wind beneath our wings, which makes total sense with all that gravity defying and whatnot. The Tony-winning ice queen is set to star in a Lifetime remake of Beaches as struggling actress CC (played originally by Bette Midler). We don’t know who will play her bestie Hillary yet, but we’re secretly hoping it’s also Idina Menzel. She can wear a blazer for one and a cardigan for the other. Rachel Dratch Is One with DanRadRachel Dratch is currently playing mother to Daniel Radcliffe in Privacy off-Broadway. She actually has some experience to draw from, as Dratch played Radcliffe (or at least a Radcliffe-inspired Harry Potter) on Saturday Night Live. So first she played him, then his mother. What comes next? His angel of music lurking in the opera house walls? His blonde, popular roommate who travels by bubble? Everything’s Coming Up QuintoIt’s about time for the next revival of Gypsy (isn’t it always, really?), and though there’s chatter of Imelda Staunton bringing her Olivier-winning stint to the States, she’ll have to pry it from Zachary Quinto. The stage and screen star released a video of him (as Spock) channeling his inner Patti LuPone. We can totally see it—provided those pointed ears will fit under a floral hat. It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time to head home, cocoon yourself on the couch and binge-watch both seasons of Smash because it’s honestly been a while since you last watched it and Debra Messing would probably appreciate it. (Just us? Fine.) Whatever you have planned for the weekend, put it on hold and study up on the Lessons of the Week. We learned a lot from our Broadway favorites over the past seven days; read all about it below! View Comments Zachary Quinto, Idina Menzel, Norm Lewis, Tyne Daly & Sharon Gless, Josh Grisetti & Rachel Dratch(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images, Bruce Glikas, CBS & Joan Marcus) “Love” Brought Cagney & Lacey TogetherSpeaking of Mama Roses, Tyne Daly headed to the Democratic National Convention with a very special bus buddy: the Cagney to her Lacey, Sharon Gless! The TV duo took part in Broadway for Orlando’s performance of “What the World Needs Now,” and in addition to love (and common sense and decency), the answer is clearly a Cagney & Lacey revival with the two. If it can happen to Gilmore Girls… Tugger & Mistoffelees Are Frisky FelinesMove over, Bombalurina, Cassandra and Demeter: Rum Tum Tugger only has eyes for the magical Mr. Mistoffelees. In his penultimate Cats vlog, Tyler Hanes showed off fan art that he and his roommate found of their respective feline characters in some PG-13 situations. We haven’t read into this subtext before, but we’re happy for the two of them. Hope you serve both pheasant and grouse at the wedding. Don’t Steal Drew Gehling’s TowelsIf you’re ever visiting the boys of Waitress backstage, be polite. Use a coaster (one designed by Jessie Mueller) and most importantly: don’t steal their towels. If you do, they’ll know—because they have their names printed on them, thanks to their dresser. Drew Gehling showed his off when we toured his dressing room, and to be honest, we feel left out. And we suspect these two do, too. There Is a God & He Looks Like GrisettiJosh Grisetti may be tapping into the future over at Something Rotten!, but it’s not his first mystical awakening. While stopping by Live at Five, the stage favorite discussed his drug-induced conversation with God (it’s all explained in his book), during which time God took the form of…Josh Grisetti. This is slightly confusing, because we all know God looks like Sean Hayes. And sometimes Jim Parsons. Campayno’s Wearing the Pants, NowThe Sound of Music Live!’s Michael Campayno will make his Broadway debut as Fiyero in Wicked, and we couldn’t be happier for him. We’re sure he’ll make a thrillifying Fiyero, in part because we remember back in 2013, when the hills were alive with the sound of people tweeting about his shorts. Those signature khaki pants are vital to his new role, and something tells us he’ll take care of them quite nicely. Norm Lewis Won’t Play Gloria EstefanAna Villafañe makes it happen eight times a week on Broadway as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet!, which is something that Norm Lewis will likely never have on his resume, despite being a tremendously talented performer. That said, we’re shocked he failed to sing the proper lyrics while hanging out with our new vlogger. Come on. Do you not even feel the rhythm of the music getting stronga’, Norm? David Yazbek Has a Miraculous MuseDavid Yazbek has had a plethora of stage legends sing his work, from Patti LuPone to John Lithgow to a naked Patrick Wilson. His latest muse: Broadway.com vlogger/naked babka eater Adam Kantor. The Fiddler fave worked with the composer on a reading of The Band’s Visit, and confessed he’d put him in any of his shows. We can totally see Kantor as a Spanish model who loves voicemails.last_img read more

World Cup Preview: United States

first_imgBy Dialogo May 25, 2010 *UNITED STATES* *Nickname*: The Yanks *World Cups*: 9 (1930, 1934, 1950, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) *Championships*: 0 *Runner-up*: 0 *Third*: 1 (1930) *How it qualified*: The United States won the CONCACAF region by going 6-2-2 to finish with 20 points, one ahead of Mexico and four ahead of Honduras. The Americans scored a group-high 19 goals to earn their sixth straight berth in the World Cup. *Coach*: Bob Bradley *Projected starting lineup*: *Goalie*: Tim Howard *Defense*: Jonathan Spector; Oguchi Onyewu; Jay Demerit; Carlos Bocanegra *Midfield*: Ricardo Clark; Landon Donovan; Michael Bradley; DaMarcus Beasley *Forward*: Clint Dempsey; Jozy Altidore *Pool Play*: The United States, which is ranked 14th in the world by FIFA, is in Group C with eighth-ranked England, 31st-ranked Algeria and 23rd-ranked Slovenia. *Schedule*: June 12 vs. England at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng; June 18 vs. Slovenia at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park; June 23 vs. Algeria at Tshwane/Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld. *Did you know?* The United State’s chances could hinge on the play of Onyewu, who ruptured his patellar tendon during a World Cup qualifying game against Costa Rica on Oct. 14, 2009, and it is unclear whether he will be healthy enough to stop the world’s best strikers. Donovan, who is playing in his third World Cup, is the national team’s all-time leader in goals (42) and his 121 games rank fourth behind Cobi Jones (164), Jeff Agoos (134) and Marcelo Balboa (128). Dempsey and Beasley have each scored 17 goals with the national team, tied with Ernie Stewart (1990-2004) for sixth-most in team history. Beasley has played in 90 games for The Yanks since debuting in 2001, with Dempsey playing in 60 games since 2004. It’s been eight years since an American other than Dempsey has scored in a World Cup game, as he scored both U.S. goals – against Italy and Ghana – in 2006. Don’t overlook the Americans. When they play well, they can play with anybody – just ask Spain and Brazil. The United States’ 2-0 victory over the top-ranked Spaniards in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup ended their 35-game unbeaten streak. In the final, the United States jumped out to a 2-0 lead against the Brazilians before falling, 3-2. And where did both of those games take place? South Africa, of course….last_img read more

Is your credit union’s Facebook page dead?

first_img continue reading » You have thousands of followers. You post new content every day. And still, you get no engagement. Why is your credit union’s Facebook page so quiet?Well, there are a couple reasons for that. Let’s take a look at why your Facebook page is dead.Changes in Credit Union Social Media MarketingMost digital marketers will tell you that social media presence is a priority for every brand. They’ll say it’s important—that it’s the best way to connect with people and promote your brand. And that may have been true a few years ago.But things change quickly in the digital marketing realm. New tools hit the scene. New strategies develop. And all too often, companies tweak the way they do business. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Norwegian oil fund acquires German office building with AXA RE

first_imgNBIM said it first entered the German property market at the end of 2012 through a joint venture with AXA Real Estate, buying the two assets “Die Welle” in Frankfurt am Main and “Neues Kranzler Eck” in Berlin.The SZ Tower serves as the headquarters of the German publishing group Süddeutscher Verlag, and is fully let to the company.It has Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for sustainable construction, AXA Real Estate said.Pierre Vaquier, chief executive of AXA Real Estate, said expanding its real estate business in Germany was a strategic priority for the company. Norway’s giant Government Pension Fund Global is investing in its third property in Germany in a joint deal with AXA Real Estate to buy a Munich office building for €164m.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK4.9trn (€593bn) Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, said the transaction to buy the 28-storey, 62,000sqm SZ Tower was set to complete before the end of the year.AXA Real Estate, acting on behalf of AXA France Insurance Companies, and NBIM were buying the building from publicly listed Prime Office REIT-AG, the Norwegian asset manager said.AXA Real Estate and NBIM are each buying a 50% share in the property, representing an investment of €82m.last_img read more

Get ready for cheap rent: Rental vacancy rates steady in March, but Brisbane rents tipped to fall in months ahead

first_imgBrisbane rents are tipped to fall despite ​vacancy rates remaining steady in March, according to SQM Research.STRONG rent rises in Brisbane over the first quarter of 2020 could be short-lived as the impact of COVID-19 starts to bite, putting pressure on rents if a sudden flood of rentals hits the housing market.Surprisingly, national vacancy rates held steady at 2 per cent in March, according to the latest figures from SQM Research, with Brisbane rental vacancies only slipping 0.1 per cent during the month.But the impact of a drop in housing demand, short-term rentals moving to long-term leases and renters returning to live with family because of financial concerns will likely change that in the months ahead.Before COVID-19 took hold, the cost of renting a property in the Queensland capital was on the rise, with surplus inner-city rental stock being rapidly absorbed due to strong population growth.Prior to the virus, SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher had predicted rental vacancy rates to fall below 2 per cent in Brisbane this year and for rents to pick up.But with job losses, a freeze in migration and an expected sharp rise in short-term accommodation vacancies as a result of coronavirus, Mr Christopher said rental vacancy rates were likely to increase significantly as 2020 progressed.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher.“Let’s keep in mind our methodology requires a property to be advertised for three weeks or longer before we regard it as unoccupied,” Mr Christopher said.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago“We note the 3.2 per cent drop in (national) asking rents for houses over the month, which may well be as a result of many short-term accommodation dwellings entering into the longer term leasing market, and overall, a sign of things to come.”Asking rents for houses in Brisbane fell nearly 2 per cent in March.Asking rents for houses in Brisbane fell nearly 2 per cent in March and unit rents dropped half a per cent, according to SQM Research.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver has predicted the unemployment rate to rise to about 10 per cent, which could result in a 20 per cent drop in Melbourne and Sydney house prices, and a 10 per cent drop in national rents.last_img read more

Pro-life club faces ban at Auckland University

first_imgAbortion debate comes to a head at uni with referendum to disaffiliate pro-life clubStuff co.nz 21 August 2017Family First Comment: Not just Family First that they’re trying to muzzle.“Auckland Students for Choice spokeswoman Justine Rose, who is also a member of Campus Feminist Collective, said ProLife had been an “embarrassment for AUSA for a long time”. Rose said the student union should not be representing a group which wants to “take away rights for 50 per cent of the student body: our women.”Um… what about the rights of the 50% of children aborted who are females!?!? Duh.#chooselifeThe fate of a university anti-abortion club will be decided this week in a referendum that could see it disaffiliated.Auckland University Students Association members are now able to vote on whether the ProLife Auckland group should remain affiliated with the association.The referendum also asks whether clubs with a “similar ideology” should be banned from affiliating in the future.It is not the first time the club has faced disaffiliation since its inception in 2010. There have been multiple motions to have the group disaffiliated, but all have failed. Should the referendum be successful,ProLife would still be able to organise and debate, but would not be recognised or endorsed by the association as being in the interest of students.ProLife Auckland co-president Jelena Middleton said she was “dismayed” to hear about the motion.The club’s aim is to support women through crisis pregnancies by spreading information about pregnancy and abortion-related issues on campus, she said.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/95978907/abortion-debate-comes-to-a-head-at-auckland-university-with-referendum-to-disaffiliate-prolife-clublast_img read more

Asian Cup 2027 hosting deadline extended over virus

first_img Promoted ContentTop 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowSan Francisco Runner Makes Art With GPS-TrackingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do The Asian Football Confederation extended the deadline for preliminary bids for the 2027 Asian Cup on Thursday after the coronavirus pandemic caused major problems for football administrations. Expressions of interest will now be accepted until June 30, three months after the original deadline of March 31, the AFC said in a statement. “The decision was taken in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic to allow member associations, many of whom have been affected by the global outbreak, sufficient time to meet their internal processes and timelines,” it said. China will host the next Asian Cup in 2023 but Saudi Arabia, which has a growing portfolio of large-scale sports events, is the only country so far to throw its hat in the ring for 2027. Loading… Read Also: Barcelona coach warned by UEFA Qualifying for the 2023 Asian Cup, like most other football worldwide, has been put on hold as countries batten down to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Qatar, hosts of the next World Cup in 2022, won the 2019 Asian Cup where the tournament expanded from 16 to 24 teams. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Robben offered window to come out of retirement at 36

first_imgArjen Robben has been offered a stunning chance to come out of retirement at the age of 36. The ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich star called time on his glittering 19-year career last summer. Read Also:COVID-19: Messi, Hazard spotted as Barca, Real Madrid stars undergo tests Robben enjoyed spells in the Netherlands, England, Spain and Germany, winning 12 league titles during his trophy laden career. He starred for the likes of PSV, Chelsea and Real Madrid though he played his best football at Bayern Munich, where he spent 10 glorious seasons before retiring from the game. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Robben is my idol, I think he’s a great player. […] There is always the risk that you won’t do anything for too long did, but I still got in touch with him. He was pleased with my offer,” said Rotenberg. “We know it’s going to be tough because he hasn’t played for a long time and can earn four times as much elsewhere. Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopDisney’s Live-Action Simba Was Based On The Cutest Lion Cub Ever8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee Advertisementcenter_img Loading… But Brazilian club Botafogo made an approach to the decorated Dutch winger to see if they can tempt him out of retirement for one final season. And the club’s chief Ricardo Rotenberg revealed the player was “pleased” with the offer. “But he now knows about Botafogo’s interest,” he added. Robben admitted he was getting an “itch” to return to action in April. “Of course, it still itches in my feet from time to time, that will probably always stay that way. Maybe I would like to play a bit again. From time to time I still have this feeling,” he explained.last_img read more