President Donald Trump announced in a tweet Friday he is nominating Notre Dame alumnus Congressman John Ratcliffe, a Republican from Texas, to be Director of National Intelligence (DNI).“Would have completed process earlier, but John wanted to wait until after IG Report was finished. John is an outstanding man of great talent!” Trump said in the tweet.If successfully confirmed by the Senate, Ratcliffe will replace acting DNI Richard Grenell. Trump had previously indicated he wished to nominate Ratcliffe to the DNI post — vacant after former Indiana senator Dan Coates resigned from the role — last July. However, Ratcliffe withdrew from the nomination process after Republicans and Democrats alike voiced their concerns about his qualifications for the role.Ratcliffe graduated from Notre Dame in 1987, earning a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Studies and the Arts and Letters Program for Administrators.Tags: Director of National Intelligence, Donald Trump, John Ratcliffe, U.S. Senate
View Comments ‘Tis the season! The cast of Holiday Inn is currently hoofing it on Broadway at Studio 54. Bryce Pinkham, Lora Lee Gayer, Corbin Bleu and the vibrant cast stopped by The Today Show on October 18 to perform a medley of “Blue Skies” and “Shaking the Blues Away,” complete with bucket dancing, strong jumprope game and Pinkham’s epic juggling skills. This cast’s dance skills make us want to celebrate every day of the week! Watch the performance below and be sure to catch Holiday Inn through January 15, 2017. Star Files The cast of ‘Holiday Inn’ Bryce Pinkham Lora Lee Gayer Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical Corbin Bleu Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Related Shows
By Dialogo September 27, 2011 A federal judge in Miami sentenced a Bolivian former anti-drugs czar to 14 years in prison on drug trafficking charges, court sources said. General Rene Sanabria, who was President Evo Morales’s top anti-drug official 2007-2008, was arrested in Panama in February and extradited to Miami to face the charges. US District Judge Ursula Ungaro also sentenced Sanabria’s accomplice, Marcelo Foronda, to nine years in prison for his role in the narcotics trafficking scheme. Witnesses said that Sanabria cried and asked Ungaro to decrease his time in prison after the District Judge read the sentence in court. Sanabria’s lawyers said the general would appeal the sentence. According to trial testimony by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in 2010 Foronda made contact with undercover US agents posing as Colombian drug traffickers who offered to distribute Bolivian cocaine in Florida. Sanabria, who at the time headed a special police anti-drug unit, agreed to make sure the shipment was protected. In September 144 kilos of cocaine was shipped to the port of Miami hidden in a container with zinc that was shipped through the Chilean port of Arica. Bolivia remains the world’s third largest producer of coca –the source plant of cocaine– after Peru and Colombia.
If there are new processes in place, a new project to work on, or issues to fix, you’ll want your team to be completely on the same page. But how often is everyone on the same page? If you’re having problems in this area, here are a few ways you can get everyone in sync…Lay it all out: When a new project is being planned, involve your team as much as you can. Your team will take ownership when they’re looped in from the start, and when they’re fully invested, you’ll see a better focus and determination from start to finish.Talk is good: You can never have too much good communication. Meeting with your team as a group and one-on-one is a great opportunity to find out if everyone understands their role and how they fit in to the big picture. If you’re sensing confusion, keep chatting.Take it slow: If the finish line is a long way off, it can be hard for your team to stay on track. Break your project into smaller steps and make sure your team stays focused on one step at a time. Just like in college football, if you’re worried about a big game next week, you’re probably going to struggle with the cake walk you have this week…Be the guy your team needs you to be: You’ve got your team’s back. Make sure they know it. As their leader, you have the power to turn the ship around when things are headed in the wrong direction. Sometimes, a pat on the back and a word of support is all your employees need to feel motivated and refocus on the task at hand. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
That battleground state, with the largest trove of electoral votes still up for grabs, had hundreds of thousands of outstanding mail-in ballots to count as Mr. Trump’s lead narrowed to about 136,000 votes Thursday morning.Georgia is critical to the balance of power in the Senate as well. As the votes were tallied, Senator David Perdue, the Republican incumbent, was on the cusp of falling below 50 percent, which would trigger a runoff in January.- Advertisement – Georgia already faces a runoff for its other Senate seat, now held by a Republican, Kelly Loeffler. If Democrats were to win both, and Mr. Biden prevails in the presidential race, the Democrats could capture control of the Senate, with a bare margin of 50 seats, and the vice president casting a tie-breaking vote.With Mr. Trump’s political path growing more precarious, his team turned to the courts, filing lawsuits and demanding a recount in Wisconsin.The Trump campaign’s bid to stave off defeat stretched from the Supreme Court, where the campaign intervened in a case challenging Pennsylvania’s plan to count ballots received for up to three days after Election Day, to individual counties where the campaign showed a willingness to fight over even the smallest batch of votes.- Advertisement – The political tensions started to spill into the streets, with protests in Minneapolis, Seattle, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York City and Portland, Ore.While mostly peaceful, with chants demanding that every vote be counted, store windows were shattered in Portland as some protesters grappled with the police. In Minneapolis, demonstrators shut down a freeway and dozens were arrested. – Advertisement –
What is the Hagia Sophia? The edifice was first built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral between 532 and 537 AD under emperor Justinian I and is considered the most important Byzantine structure.After the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1453, it was converted into a mosque before being opened as a museum in 1935 after the secular modern Turkish republic was established in 1923.It was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in 1985. What about Byzantine heritage? Experts were concerned after the ruling for the future of the Byzantine mosaics depicting Christian figures, but the government has sought to offer reassurances that they will be protected.Turkey’s religious affairs agency said the mosaics would be hidden during prayers with curtains since Islam prohibits any figurative representation.Outside of worship hours, they will be visible to visitors. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Friday participate with hundreds of people in the first Muslim prayers at Hagia Sophia since a top court revoked the Istanbul landmark’s museum status.Here are five things to know about the Hagia Sophia: What is its official status?Following the July 10 decision, it reverts from being a museum to a mosque.The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, unanimously cancelled a 1934 cabinet decision and said Hagia Sophia was registered as a mosque in its property deeds.There has been more religious activity inside the museum in recent years — Erdogan recited the first verse of the Koran there in 2018.As early as 1994 when he was running for mayor of Istanbul, Erdogan had promised to open the building to Muslim worshippers.The main opposition party has accused the government of using the issue to distract voters from economic woes and other issues during the coronavirus pandemic. What is the international community’s position? The landmark ruling has already inflamed tensions not just with the West and Turkey’s historic foe Greece, but also Russia, with which Erdogan has forged an increasingly close partnership in recent years.Turkey-Greece relations are already strained over migration and drilling in the eastern Mediterranean.Greece branded the move an “open provocation to the civilized world”, while the Russian Orthodox Church said Turkey had ignored “millions of Christians” with its move.The United States had also urged against altering its status. Pope Francis said he was “very distressed” over the change.The UN’s cultural agency UNESCO said it deeply regretted Turkey’s decision, which was “taken without prior dialogue”. What will change for visitors? Turkish officials insist tourists will still be able to visit the Hagia Sophia, just as they are able to see the Blue Mosque nearby.Erdogan said the building would remain open to all, including non-Muslims.Tourists will now even be able to visit the building for free, compared to previously when they had to pay for entry to the museum. Until now it has been the principal tourist attraction in Turkey, hosting millions of visitors every year — 3.8 million in 2019. Topics :
Norway-based Awilco LNG ASA has secured a time charter contract for its 156,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessel WilForce.The company said that the ship, with tri-fuel diesel electric (TFDE) propulsion, has been committed on a 9-12 month deal to an undisclosed oil and gas major.Subject to customary inspection and vetting acceptance of the 2013-built ship, the contract is scheduled to commence in September 2018, subsequent to the vessel’s scheduled dry-docking.Awilco LNG said that the contract is estimated to contribute an annualised EBITDA of about USD 26 million during the charter period.Image Courtesy: Awilco LNG
Benthic has started a four month geotechnical campaign for Equinor in the BM-C-33 and BM-S-8 blocks located off the coast of Brazil.Mobilization of PROD3 (Portable Remotely Operated Drill) onto the MV Sable Chouest began in Niteroi in November 2018 and field operations are expected to reach completion by April 2019.The offshore work scope includes the collection of soil samples, CPT testing, box coring and ROV work including feature and sub-bottom profiler confirmations.A coral survey and inspection, along with the installation of a cathodic protection system on 4 existing wellheads will be executed. Lastly, standpipe piezometers will be installed for logging pore pressure over a 1 year minimum time period.Following onshore and offshore laboratory testing, analyses and interpretation, the data will be used to determine slope stability and geohazard feasibility assessments, as well as geotechnical design.Operations will take place in water depths ranging from 2,100m to 2,900m.“Benthic is excited to partner with Equinor to execute this comprehensive ultra-deep water campaign in Brazil,” said Fabio Pereira, regional manager – Brazil.“Brazil is a key market for Benthic’s expansion and this project allows us to further prove our capabilities in Brazilian ultra-deep waters. We are delighted to have both onshore and offshore employees joining our Brazilian team and look forward to future projects in the region.”
Arsene Wenger has refused to rule Alexis Sanchez out of Arsenal’s crunch Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. Press Association He believes his trio of attacking players can rival the world’s best strikers and feels there is no-one better than Giroud at doing the less attractive tasks of a centre-forward. When asked if he would rank Giroud alongside the likes of Sergio Aguero, Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema, Wenger replied: “Of course, and Walcott as well. “We have Walcott, Sanchez, Giroud who can all scores goals. They have different styles and that is very important as well. “I never questioned the fact he (Giroud) will be a very needed striker here. If you go on counter-attack of course he is not the kind of player that you want or select first. “That is why when we played against Bayern I chose Walcott because you know you play more in your own half and you have to go out quickly. “When you dominate the game and need presence in the box there is no better player than Olivier.” Wenger was widely criticised for not signing a new striker over the summer but he reckons that, in not splashing the cash on a player who would be seen as a replacement for Giroud, he has injected some belief into a player who fired unfancied Montpellier to the French title four seasons ago. “He is in a big club and you have to accept to be questioned,” Wenger added. “And I believe he can live with that and is used to it now and overall I think as well I heard someone saying if he is on the market tomorrow he would find anywhere, so that show you as well the kind of striker he is. You do not find a lot (of them).” The Chile forward is out of action with a hamstring problem but is due to return to training on Monday – one week before City visit the Emirates Stadium in a match which could swing the balance of an ever-changing title race. Sanchez, 26, picked up his injury in the 1-1 draw at Norwich a fortnight ago with Wenger having to defend his decision to play the former Barcelona man after revealing his hamstring had been affecting him leading up to the game at Carrow Road. The Gunners have seven first-team regulars out of the picture due to injuries but Sanchez is unquestionably the most valuable asset Wenger has on the shelf. There is no way he will return in time for Sunday’s trip to bottom side Aston Villa but the Arsenal boss said, with the type of player Sanchez is, he could be involved against Manuel Pellegrini’s side on December 21. “He is back on Sunday, he trains on Monday morning at 9.30am,” Wenger explained. “He is running already… I sent him back to Chile, where he has been running with the physio of the national team, and we will see what kind of state he is in next week. “He may be a bit short for City, certainly, but with Alexis you never know.” With Sanchez sidelined this weekend, Wenger is likely to start with Theo Walcott out wide and the in-form Olivier Giroud as the main striker. The France international scored a hat-trick in Wednesday’s 3-0 win in Olympiacos which sealed Arsenal’s place in the Champions League knock-out stages. Sometimes labelled as a player not good enough to fire Arsenal to trophies, Giroud now has 26 goals for the calender year, with 10 in his past 12 appearances, and Wenger was full of praise for the 29-year-old.
“Florida has officially eliminated Common Core. I truly think this is a great next step for students, teachers, and parents,” says Gov. Ron DeSantis. “We’ve developed clear and concise expectations for students at every grade level and allow teachers the opportunity to do what they love most – inspire young Floridians to achieve their greatest potential.”He adds, “These standards create pathways for students that lead to great college and professional outcomes and parents will now be able to reinforce what their children are learn in the classroom every day. Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards were made by Florida teachers for Florida students, and I know they will be a model for the rest of the nation.”According to Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the state “has dropped the crazy math. Florida has completely removed ourselves from the confines of Common Core.”Click here to read more about the Florida B.E.S.T. Standards. The Florida Department of Education this week formally adopted B.E.S.T. Standards and plans to replace Common Core through what it calls “the most aggressive transition timeline in Florida’s history.”Starting in the 2021-2022 school year, the new B.E.S.T. (Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking) Standards for English Language Arts (ELA) will be rolled out for kindergarten through 2nd grade. Teachers in those grades will also be provided with new instruction materials.The move makes Florida the first state to have a civics book list incorporated into English Language Arts (ELA) standards, as well as the first in the country to have a book list across all grades.B.E.S.T. Standards will be established in ELA in Math for all grades during the 2022-23 school year. Statewide assessments will also be changed during that school year.The State Board of Education moves to adopt Florida’s B.E.S.T. Standards, with the most aggressive transition timeline in Florida’s history. #fledu #flbeststandards @richardcorcoran pic.twitter.com/q4pBvaz37l— Florida Department of Education (@EducationFL) February 12, 2020