Jennifer Nettles & Carly Hughes Join Broadway’s Chicago

first_img Chicago from $49.50 Hughes’ Broadway credits include Pippin, Beautiful, Ghost, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Aren’t they grand? Aren’t they great?! Grammy-winning Sugarland star Jennifer Nettles and Broadway alum Carly Hughes join the cast of Chicago on the Great White Way as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly beginning February 2. They take over for Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright at the Ambassador Theatre. Nettles, along with Kristian Bush and Kristen Hall, formed the band Sugarland in 2003 and were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy Award in 2006. She and Bush two took home two Grammys in 2009 for their single, “Stay.” Nettles also received a Grammy for her collaboration with Bon Jovi. Earlier this year, she released her first solo album, That Girl. Chicago marks her Broadway debut, but she’s already an expert Broadway.com vlogger.center_img Related Shows View Comments Nettles and Hughes will appear in Chicago through March 29. The current cast of Broadway’s second longest-running show also includes Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.last_img read more

Russell takes office

first_imgRussell takes office Associate Editor Pledges to fight for judicial independence and work to provide equal access Passionately proclaiming his dual mission to protect the independence of the legal system from political interference while striving to bring equal access to justice for the poor, Terry Russell of Ft. Lauderdale was sworn in as The Florida Bar’s 53rd president. The June 22 General Assembly at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Orlando was a happy celebration of bright legal stars and the congratulatory swearing-in of new officers that included the historic testament to diversity in the Young Lawyers Division with two minority women in leadership roles: President Elizabeth Gicella Rice, of Hispanic descent, and African-American Juliet Rouhlac, as president-elect.Plenty of laughter, handshakes, hugs, snapping cameras, and well-wishing from family and friends filled the room, but the ceremony was also a sobering call to action at a time of increased criticism of the Bar and judiciary from legislators. Russell takes office • Don Horn “in recognition of distinguished service to the legal profession, his outstanding leadership as a member of the BoG, the Citizens Forum and liaison to the Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee, and for his wise counsel and dedication to The Florida Bar for the benefit of all.” Horn receiving his award from Russomanno Providing the backdrop for his message, behind the podium, a giant screen showed a picture of the Florida Supreme Court and the convention’s slogan: “Celebrating the Independence of Our Judiciary.”“Make no mistake about it, the order in our society rests upon the goodwill of our citizens and their respect for the law,” 56-year-old Russell continued.“That respect is embedded firmly in the perception of the great majority of Americans that our courts are open to them for the fair, impartial, nonpolitical resolution of their grievances. For us to do nothing in the face of the challenges to our legal system would be to risk anarchy. To fail would be unthinkable.”U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson promised to congratulate Russell in person later that evening, and delivered the keynote address via videotape, because he was committed to stay in Washington, D.C., during the debate on the Patients Bill of Rights.“Congratulations, Terry Russell, on taking over the reins for the coming year,” Nelson said. “Mr. President, Terry Russell, you’ve got a major task ahead, as the Florida Legislature failed our courts by passing a bill that gives the governor almost total control over the nomination of judges, and it minimizes the role of The Florida Bar. By allowing one person to decide the makeup of our courts and thereby lessening the checks and balances of our system we jeopardize the independence of our judiciary. Unfortunately, Gov. Bush signed this legislation into law.. . . All of us must watch closely to see who is going to be put on these 26 judicial nominating commissions. We can hope that a future legislature will remedy this mistake before it does too much damage to our judiciary.”In giving the annual state of the Bar address, outgoing President Herman Russomanno said: “The state of the Bar is in good shape.”But Russomanno also acknowledged that “justice was under fire in the House of Representatives. Lawyers of The Florida Bar responded to our call for action, and rightly so. There were assaults on the Bar and vitriolic attacks on the judiciary. Fortunately, editorial boards of newspapers of the state have been supportive to help expose the extremist position of some. This education continues.”Russomanno said it was a privilege to work with Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells, whom he called “a fearless leader who faced unprecedented attacks on our court.”The audience gave Wells a rousing standing ovation.“There is a rising tide of judge-bashing in our state,” Russomanno said. “Although not new, it is more vitriolic, more determined, and thus more dangerous, because it threatens the independence of the judiciary as an institution, and equally important, the public’s trust and confidence.”But voicing a tone of hope, Russomanno continued: “Each and every day, we are building bridges and continue to work on that struggle so we will have no extreme positions in this state. We want moderation and respect for all branches of government. And I believe with everyone’s help, we will be able to accomplish that.”Turning to Russell, Russomanno said, “I can’t think of a better person to succeed me than Terry Russell. If I look at the attributes of what makes a great leader, I think of someone who gives service to his community, service to his family, service to his God, and service to the profession. This is a gentleman who epitomizes all of those qualities.”Russomanno said Russell is up to the challenge of defending the judiciary under fire.Presidential GoalsRussell outlined his plans, saying he has asked the Bar’s Legislation Committee, executive director, legislative staff, and outside governmental consultants to begin a comprehensive review of the Bar’s legislative programs and policies to “ensure that our ability to deal with state government is as effective as the law will permit.”Paired with that pledge to protect the independence of lawyers and judges, Russell said, is the sworn duty to keep the courthouse doors open to all who seek justice at a time when, despite the generosity and creativity of lawyers, legal aid organizations are forced to turn two out of three eligible persons away because of a lack of resources.“The legal system is ours to care for, and we must work tirelessly to ensure its availability to young and old, rich and poor, alike. We cannot successfully fight to maintain our exclusive stewardship of the legal system without such a commitment,” Russell said.“I am absolutely convinced that our profession’s tradition of public service is its first line of defense against political mischief. Our commitment to public service truly sets us apart from all other professions. Be ever mindful, however, it is not what we say we do, rather what we do, that makes the difference.”One of the first things Russell will do is sponsor a public service retreat focused on equal access to justice issues when the Board of Governors meets in Naples August 24-25.With The Florida Bar Foundation’s help, Russell said, “The Florida Bar will move forward with an ambitious legislative proposal to bring Florida in line with 39 other states in providing some measure of public assistance for civil legal services for the poor. We will ask the governor and the legislature for a $10-million annual budget allocation, and I am pleased to announce that I have secured both Senate and House sponsors for the initiative. With your help and the help of our 70,000 colleagues, we can accomplish this worthy goal.”Along with noble goals, Russell promised, “We won’t forget that our lawyers have to earn a living, and we will continue our strong commitment to helping them do that more efficiently.”A Technology Task Force will bring lawyers and judges the benefits of high-tech innovations. At the behest of the American Bar Association, the Bar will continue studying the multijurisdictional practice concept and will continue the work of the Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice and Ancillary Business.“Globalization and its effect on the modern day practice of law must be clearly understood and cannot be ignored by the organized bar,” Russell said.And with an additional grant from the BoG, the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, chaired by 11th Judicial Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, will continue its work.“The Florida Bar is justifiably proud of the important leadership role it has played in defining the legal rights and remedies of the most defenseless among us our children and we will finish that important task this year,” Russell said.Ribbing Russell The speech-making was not all serious, as long-time partner Carl Schuster, who hired young Russell in 1970, took a few good-natured jabs at Russell’s girth and hearty appetite when he introduced the Bar’s new president, while Russell’s wife Mary Kay and daughter Cristy joined in the laughter.“You can take the boy out of Jacksonville, but you can’t take the Jacksonville out of the boy,” Schuster said, of Russell’s hometown.On the serious side, Schuster listed Russell’s many accomplishments and dedicated service to the Bar.“Terry has certainly paid his dues to the Bar, and he certainly deserves the honor being bestowed upon him today as incoming president,” Schuster said.“Terry is absolutely goal-oriented.. . . His ultimate goal is to leave his surroundings a little better than they were when he arrived. Terry has never considered that any goal or task was beyond his reach or ability. He would always rather light a candle than curse the darkness. Now, today, Terry is becoming the president of the 70,000 lawyers of The Florida Bar.“This would be considered a mammoth undertaking to most ordinary human beings. But in Terry’s case, he certainly considered it a responsibility of his to provide leadership to The Florida Bar when this leadership was most needed to counteract the apparent desire of some members of the Florida Legislature to remove some of the Bar functions from the auspices of the Supreme Court and put it under control of a state agency. With President Russomanno’s leadership this year, and a great deal of help from Terry, and a great deal of help from a lot of other people, this attack was staved off this year. As president, Terry will probably again next legislative session have the same fight on his hands. We can have confidence that Terry will be strong-willed and tireless in maintaining the integrity of The Florida Bar.”Leaders Lauded Andy Leinoff, a Coral Gables lawyer, delivered a poignant introduction to Bar President-elect Tod Aronovitz, of Miami, his former law partner and dear friend he’s known since they graduated from the University Miami law school in 1974.Leinoff recounted how Aronovitz met his wife, Leslee, when she was a 15-year-old girl inviting him to a Sadie Hawkins dance. Before she passed away about a year ago, she told her husband that if he really wanted to be Bar president, to go for it, “but promise me you’ll be the best president the Bar has ever had.”With emotion filling his voice, Leinoff said that he knows Aronovitz will “keep his promise to his Sadie Hawkins sweetheart of 36 years ago.”Ed Rice introduced his wife, Liz, as president of the YLD, detailing her talents and accomplishments, both academic and athletic, since he first met her in Dade City at age 12. He’s watched her become who she is today, an accomplished commercial litigator, mother of two little girls, and loving and dedicated wife (“no easy task, I assure you, given her partner”).“But Liz wasn’t elected president because she’s a great mommy, because she’s a terrific wife, or because she’s an exceptional lawyer. She was elected because of her dedication and her service to the Bar. Over the last year, in her position as president-elect, she devoted over 700 hours of her time to this Bar and our profession. Liz, I’m proud of you. Your family is proud of you. And this Bar is lucky to have you in service,” Ed Rice said.Liz Rice told of an e-mail story with the simple words at the end that captured her attention: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths that we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away.”“That stuck with me, and it also reminded me of one of the major accomplishments of this division this year. Through Stu Ratzan’s excellent leadership, the YLD adopted a Quality of Life resolution to memorialize our commitment to quality of life initiatives.”Rice said her goal for the next year is to use the award as a springboard to showcase law firms that have successfully implemented quality of life initiatives in order to help persuade other law firms to realize that balancing family life and professional life “does not detract from, but rather enhances, the bottom line for all of us.“Our value systems are changing, and if we are to keep pace with this fast-changing environment, the legal profession is going to have to address not only the quality of life issues, but diversity and gender sensitivity issues, as well. Who better than the YLD to lead us from an old to a new way? Our board exemplifies this very spirit of new thinking,” Rice said.“I am so proud to announce that our incoming board is reflective of our constituents’ commitment to diversity and gender sensitivity, not only in the profession, but in Bar leadership, as well. Our incoming board this year has 21 nearly half women; eight Hispanics or direct descendants, such as myself; and five African-Americans.“To show our commitment to diversity and gender sensitivity, our board also adopted this year a Diversity and Gender Sensitivity resolution and created an award to recognize law firms that not only promote diversity but have actually achieved a diverse workplace.” “The students say this jurist is cool,” Lawrence said. “And the teachers say this jurist makes the law more fun than it ought to be.”In accepting the award, Justice Lewis said: “I am tremendously humbled. To be honored for what you love to do is a real blessing. I learned a long time ago that it’s not what we say about our children, but it’s what we do for them.” John Cardillo received the G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award that “recognizes the unique human qualities that all strive to attain but very few achieve. These include an abiding respect and caring for others, coupled with the ongoing demonstration of actual deeds of legal service with no reward beyond that of the deed itself.”The Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award went to Deborah Kearney, general counsel of the secretary of state, for her dedication to get an overwhelming job done during the presidential election contest.Noel Lawrence, chair of the Law Related Education Committee, presented the outstanding attorneys of the year award to Bobby Pickels, employee of Congressman Allen Boyd, who developed an exercise with the middle school program that used the role of a congressman in the lesson, and Laurie Chane, with Chane & Eble, who coached mock trial teams for many years and worked with the local high schools in organizing and developing local competitions. Rice and Roulhac When Rice introduced Juliet Rouhlac, next year’s YLD president, she said with a smile: “History is being made here today. For the first time in the 50-plus years of The Florida Bar, two women have been elected to lead the Bar’s YLD in two consecutive years. Second, for the first time in the history of the Bar, an African-American has been elected as president-elect.” “Well, we’ve heard it previously, haven’t we? Incoming presidents of the past have warned us that the profession is challenged as never before. I issue the same warning to you again today, the same call to action. Only this time, as recent events have shown, the threat is palpable; it extends across our nation; and our democracy is at risk,” Russell told those gathered for the pomp and pageantry that marked the official dawning of his presidency. Russell is sworn-in by Chief Justice Wells, as his wife looks on. Awards Aplenty Russomanno thanked outgoing YLD President Stuart Ratzan for his leadership, and said: “You’ve set an example in diversity initiatives, which we all embrace.”With that, Ratzan was given a standing ovation before he proceeded to hand out accolades to others.“Remarkably, one school won all three awards,” Ratzan said in presenting the YLD moot court awards of best team, best oralist (Richard Martin), and best brief to the Florida State University College of Law.The YLD presented the outstanding jurist award to 17th Judicial Circuit Judge Renee Goldenberg, which goes to a judge with “the finest credentials, finest demeanor, finest commitment to justice, and the finest respect for young lawyers practicing in the state of Florida.”The most productive young lawyer receiving the Lynn Futch Award went to Kelly O’Keefe, of Tallahassee, who is active in the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, coaches a high school moot court team, works as an intake attorney at a homeless shelter, and received 25 letters of support for her nomination.The YLD Most Significant Single Project for 2001 went to the Palm Beach County’s “Michelle Project,” for providing computers and printers to all 26 “independent living” foster care homes for children ages 16 or 17, who will most likely not be adopted. Lisa Small accepted the award.The first YLD Diversity Award was presented to the Miami law firm of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, which Ratzan described as a firm that “has proven itself to be truly committed to the value of diversity and to see the richness that that brings.”The Quality of Life Award was given to Keane, Reese and Vesley of St. Petersburg. Russomanno presented President’s Awards of Merit to:• Vivian Hobbs “for her wisdom and counsel given during her service as a public member on the Board of Governors, for leadership as chair of the Citizens Forum, guardian of the Constitution and protector of judicial independence for the benefit of all citizens of the state of Florida.”• Manuel Morales, Jr., “in recognition of his distinguished service to the legal profession, his outstanding leadership during eight years of service on the Board of Governors, and for his wise counsel and dedication to The Florida Bar which has benefitted all lawyers.”“I know people refer to my baseball analogies,” Russomanno said, “but this individual had a streak of 48 in a row,” never missing a single BoG meeting in eight years of service. July 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Lawrence presents award to Justice Lewis Outstanding judge of the year was presented to Justice Fred Lewis, who three to five times a month steps out of his black robe and into classrooms for his “Bill of Rights Rap,” reaching more than 15,000 students a year. last_img read more

Number of US coronavirus cases of unknown origin climbs to four

first_img“What we know now is that the virus is here, present at some level, but we still don’t know to what degree,” said Dr. Sara Cody, the chief public health officer for Santa Clara County, speaking of the newly diagnosed case there, the latest of three in her county and the 10th statewide.Even as confirmation was pending there, the CDC sent a team to assist local authorities in tracing close contacts the patient had with others in a bid to curb transmission.Until this week, the CDC had counted 15 confirmed cases in six states as having been detected through the US public health system since Jan. 21, none fatal. Most were contracted by individuals while traveling in China, where the outbreak originated. Only two person-to-person transmissions were documented among them, both between married couples.An additional 47 cases have been confirmed among people recently repatriated from abroad, either from the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan or from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, according to the CDC.Masks, gloves and test kits The latest flurry of cases came as the Trump administration said the United States would invoke a federal defense law to boost production of masks, gloves, gowns and other items needed to protect medical personnel from exposure.Around the world, more countries are reporting new infections, companies have curtailed travel and global stock markets have tumbled.President Donald Trump said at the White House on Friday the United States will decide “very soon” about whether to bar entry to travelers from countries other than China where community transmission has emerged.At a rally in South Carolina on Friday night, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and accused Democrats of politicizing the disease.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said at the event, held a day before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where nearly 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A similar warning was issued earlier this week for South Korea, which has hundreds of infections.A government task force appointed by Trump to deal with the threat will meet at the White House on Saturday morning, according to an administration official.Latest figures from China, where the outbreak started late last year, indicated that nearly 80,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,800 deaths. The World Health Organization reported 57 deaths in 46 other countries.Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the US House of Representatives that sustained spread of the coronavirus meant there would be many more infections in the United States, according to a source.Fauci warned lawmakers the country lacked enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. The CDC said it has revised its criteria for who should be tested and is ramping up testing capabilities.”Our goal is to have every state and local health department online and doing their own testing by the end of next week,” CDC official Nancy Messonier told reporters.A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said.The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 in Las Vegas because of worries about the outbreak.US and global stocks plummeted as rattled investors braced for the prospect that a pandemic could further dent an already slowing world economy.The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday, suffering its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis. Stocks cut losses right at the end of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%.Trump this week said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained “very low,” but he has been increasingly alarmed by the reaction of the US stock market, which he considers a barometer of the economy’s health.Topics : US public health officials said they have identified four “presumptive” coronavirus cases believed to have emerged from community transmission of the infection, signaling a turning point in efforts to contain the disease in the United States.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a statement on Friday citing three such cases newly diagnosed by state public health authorities – one each in California, Oregon and Washington state.If confirmed by the CDC, together with a previous case of unknown origin announced on Wednesday in California, that would bring to four the number of diagnosed individuals in the United States with no history of travel to a country where the virus is circulating and no close contact with an infected person. The three latest patients were diagnosed based on results obtained in their respective states from CDC-supplied test kits and are considered “presumptive positive” cases pending CDC confirmatory testing, the US agency said.A fourth presumptive positive was also announced in Washington state on Friday, but that one is “likely travel-related,” the CDC said.Still, the three latest cases of apparent community transmission, plus the one identified earlier this week in California, are a sign the virus is now spreading within at least four separate locations up and down the US West Coast.They span nearly 900 miles from California’s Silicon Valley region in Santa Clara County north to the Puget Sound near Seattle.last_img read more

Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signing

first_imgMikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana and could make him the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign, according to reports in Spain.The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Sevilla but is widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.Real Madrid have already failed in their attempt to sign Zarzana, who turned down a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side.But according to Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal are now one of the front-runners in the race to sign the midfielder from Sevilla.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Zarzana has represented Spain at Under-18 level (Instagram)The report also claims that Liverpool and Bayern Munich have already registered their interest and are keeping tabs on Zarzana’s progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the midfielder, who has represented Spain at Under-18 level, has already made it clear that he is keen to make his first-team debut for Sevilla‘I heard that Real Madrid had put an offer in for me last year,’ he told Marca earlier this year.Antonio Zarzana @zar10zana vs. Real Betis JuvenilElectric and unpredictable as always, the 17 year-old once again put on a show, this time in the juvenil derby. pic.twitter.com/digieat2LT— Kevoni (@Sevilla4Life) November 24, 2019 Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I have always wanted to make my debut with the first team here.‘I just want to take things slowly.‘Everything is going well and I am happy where I am in the youth team, however, if I get the call, obviously I will jump at the chance.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part III)

first_img 11 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Fidel Castro. Image via: globalresearch.ca“ON February 23, under the title “Cynicism’s,” danse macabre, I stated:“The politics of plunder imposed by the United States and its NATO allies in the Middle East is in crisis.”“Thanks to Sadat’s betrayal at Camp David, the Palestinian Arab State has not come into existence, despite the United Nations agreements of November 1947, and Israel has become a powerful nuclear force allied with the United States and NATO.“The U.S. military-industrial complex supplies tens of billions of dollars every year to Israel and to the very Arab states that it subjugates and humiliates.“The genie is out of the bottle and NATO doesn’t know how to control it.“They are going to try and take maximum advantage of the lamentable events in Libya. No one is capable of knowing at this time what is happening there. All of the figures and versions, even the most improbable, have been disseminated by the empire through the mass media, sowing chaos and misinformation.“It is evident that a civil war is developing in Libya. Why and how was this unleashed? Who will suffer the consequences? The Reuters news agency, repeating the opinion of the well-known Nomura Japanese bank, said that the price of oil could surpass all limits.”“…What will be the consequences for the food crisis?“The principal NATO leaders are exalted. British Prime MinisterDavid Cameron, informed ANSA, ‘…admitted in a speech in Kuwait that the Western countries made a mistake in supporting non-democratic governments in the Arab world.’”“His French colleague Nicolas Sarkozy declared, ‘The prolonged brutal and bloody repression of the Libyan civilian population is repugnant.’”“Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini declared ‘believable’ the figure of one thousand dead in Tripoli […] ‘the tragic figure will be a bloodbath.’”“Hillary Clinton declared, ‘…the bloodbath is completely unacceptable and has to stop…’”“Ban Ki-moon added, ‘The use of violence in the country is absolutely unacceptable.’”“…’the Security Council will act in accordance with what the international community decides.’”“’We are considering a number of options.’”“What Ban Ki-moon is really waiting for is that Obama give the final word.“The President of the United States spoke Wednesday afternoon and stated that the Secretary of State would leave for Europe in order to reach an agreement with the NATO European allies as to what measures to take. Noticeable on his face was his readiness to take on the right-wing Republican John McCain; Joseph Lieberman, the pro-Israel Senator from Connecticut; and Tea Party leaders, in order to guarantee his nomination by the Democratic Party.“The empire’s mass media have prepared the ground for action. There would be nothing strange about a military intervention in Libya, which would, additionally, guarantee Europe almost two million barrels of light oil a day, if events do not occur beforehand to put an end to the presidency or life of Gaddafi.“In any event, Obama’s role is complicated enough. What would the Arab and Islamic world’s reaction be if much blood is spilt in this country in such an adventure? Would the revolutionary wave unleashed in Egypt stop a NATO intervention?“In Iraq the innocent blood of more than a million Arab citizens was shed when this country was invaded on false pretenses. Mission accomplished, George W. Bush proclaimed.“No one in the world will ever be in favor of the deaths of defenseless civilians in Libya or anywhere else. I ask myself, would the United States and NATO apply that principle to the defenseless civilians killed every day by yankee drones and this organization’s soldiers in Afghanistan and Pakistan?“It is a danse macabre of cynicism.”While I was meditating on these events, the United Nations debate scheduled for yesterday, Tuesday, October 25 on the “Necessity of ending the commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba began. This is something which has been demanded by the vast majority of this institution’s member countries for 20 years.This time the numerous elemental and just arguments – which for United States governments were no more than rhetorical exercises – revealed, like never before, the political and moral weakness of the most powerful empire ever to have existed, and to whose oligarchical interests and insatiable thirst for power and riches all the planet’s inhabitants have been subjected, including the very people of that country.The United States is tyrannizing and plundering the globalized world with its political, economic, technological and military might.That truth is becoming more and more obvious in the wake of the honest and courageous debates which have taken place in the United Nations during the last 20 years, with the support of states which one would imagine are expressing the will of the vast majority of the planet’s inhabitants.Before [Cuban Foreign Minister] Bruno’s speech, many country organizations expressed their points of view through one of their members. The first was Argentina, in the name of the Group of 77 plus China; followed by Egypt, in the name of the Non-Aligned Movement; Kenya, in the name of the African Union; Belize, in the name of CARICOM; Kazakhstan, in the name of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and Uruguay, in the name of MERCOSUR.Independently of these expressions of a collective nature, China, a country of growing political and economic weight in the world, India and Indonesia strongly supported the resolution via their ambassadors; between the three of them they represent 2.7 billion inhabitants. The ambassadors of the Russian Federation, Belarus, South Africa, Algeria, Venezuela and Mexico did likewise. The impassioned words of solidarity expressed by the ambassador of Belize, speaking on behalf of the Caribbean community, and those of St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Bolivia, resonated among the poorest countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Their arguments in the context of the solidarity of our people – despite a blockade which has already lasted 50 years – will be a constant stimulus for our doctors, educators and scientists.Nicaragua spoke before the vote, to bravely explain why it would vote against this perfidious measure.The United States representative also spoke before the vote, in order to explain the inexplicable. I felt sorry for him. It is the role that they assigned to him.At the hour of voting, two countries were absent: Libya and Sweden; three abstained: Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau; two voted against: the United States and Israel. Adding together those who voted against, abstained or were absent: the United States, with 313 million inhabitants; Israel, with 7.4 million; Sweden, with 9.1 million; Libya, with 6.5 million; Marshall Islands, with 67,100; Micronesia, 106,800; Palau, with 20,900, the total amounts to 336.948 million, equivalent to 4.8% of the world population, which has already risen to seven billion this month.After the vote, speaking in the name of the European Union, Poland explained the votes of members of this bloc which, in spite of its close alliance with the United States and its obligatory participation in the blockade, is against this criminal measure.Subsequently, 17 countries addressed the Assembly to explain, resolutely and decisively, why they voted for the resolution against the blockade.I will continue Friday the 28th.Fidel Castro RuzOctober 26, 2011. 9:45 p.m.center_img Tweet Share NewsRegional Reflections of Fidel: NATO’s genocidal role (Part III) by: – October 27, 2011last_img read more

Duterte slams Drilon on ‘Build, build, build’

first_imgThe government since then revised its “Build, Build, Build” list, which now covers 100 projects from the initial 75. Some infrastructure projects were scrapped due to feasibility issues. In an interview with GMA News’ 24 Orason Monday evening, President Duterte said that the Ilonggo senator seemed doesnot know how to count and only knows how to criticize. The President added: “Hindi mo pa ginawa, sinasabi na may corruption diyan,eh di ‘wag na lang. Hindi nya tinitignan, he does not really know to count.” “If it’s a statement just to… adelusion, wala tayong magawa, libre yane. People judge best when they condemn,” the President further said. During the Senate Budget hearing lastweek, Drilon said the administration’s infrastructure program was a “dismalfailure” as only nine of the 75 flagship projects have started construction. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterteslammed opposition senator Franklin Drilon for branding the administration’sflagship infrastructure program “Build, Build, Build” as a failure. President Rodrigo Duterte and opposition senator Franklin Drilon “You can see for yourself. Ilang airport, ngayon you travel around, look at Luzon, look at the stretch,”Duterte said. “‘Yung mga perennial ano niya… Because of statements that areout of tune.” The updated list covers flagship infrastructure projects under five categories namely; transport and mobility; power; water; information and communications technology; and urban development and renewal./PNlast_img read more

18-year-old lad drowns in river

first_imgJohn Anthony Dilig, a resident of the village, drowned in a river around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, a police report showed. Officers of the Tigabuan municipal police station ruled out foul play in the incident./PN ILOILO City – Swimming turned fatal for an 18-year-old lad in Barangay Baguingin, Tigabuan, Iloilo. The friends tried to rescue Dilig after the latter was drawn by strong waves but failed.center_img Rescuers fished Dilig out of the water early Thursday morning. Police investigators said Dilig went swimming with his two friends who the police did not identify at the time.last_img

New Barca boss Koeman ready to keep Pique at Nou Camp

first_img Loading… Read Also: Willian reveals why he dumped Chelsea for Arsenal However, the futures of other long serving stars, including Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez remain unresolved. Koeman is expected to speak to each senior player in the coming days, with an update on their individual future anticipated by the end of August. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman wants to keep veteran centre back Gerard Pique at the club for the 2020-21 campaign. The Dutchman has been linked with making wide ranging changes at the club ahead of the new season, however, he is also keen to keep hold of certain experienced figures in the coming weeks. Pique volunteered to leave the club following their disastrous Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich, ahead of anticipated changes at the Camp Nou. However, despite the controversy over his role at the club next season, Koeman wants the 33-year old to provide experience to his squad. According to the front page edition of Diario AS, Koeman has spoke to the former Spanish international regarding his role next season.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest Car Manufacturers In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingHere Are The Secret Origins Of Famous FoodsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Jol hopeful Schwarzer will stay

first_img The excellent Alexander Kacaniklic put Jol’s side ahead after 22 minutes, with Dimitar Berbatov and Urby Emanuelson sealing the victory late on, but it could have been a very different result had Schwarzer not pulled off a string of fine saves as Swansea piled on the pressure in the second half with the score at 1-0. The Australian denied Wayne Routledge, Chico Flores, Ashley Williams and Pablo Hernandez; with his fingertip save from the latter’s curling effort the pick of the bunch. The 40-year-old’s contract is due to expire this summer, and he has already rejected the offer of a new deal, but Jol is remaining positive. He said: “We offered him a new contract, the only thing is he wanted to be guaranteed to be the number one. “That is not easy as we need a goalkeeper anyway. We don’t know what will happen to (David) Stockdale and he does not want to be the number two, as you know he wants to be number one as well, and that is the problem. “Okay, you can go on the market and find a useless goalkeeper, but you want a good goalkeeper and if you find a good goalkeeper you have to fight for your place, but we will sit down with him and try to find a solution. You saw today, 3-0 looks very good but it would have been different if he had not been there.” Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was left to rue a disappointing end to his first season in charge. The Dane has guided the Welsh club to Capital One Cup glory and a ninth-place Premier League finish, but could not give the home faithful a fitting finale. He said: “It was disappointing, but the difference was us not taking our chances. For 30 minutes in the second half we could have scored two or three. But I am sure in a couple of days I will see the big picture.” Fulham manager Martin Jol remains hopeful of keeping Mark Schwarzer at the club after watching the goalkeeper play a starring role in their 3-0 win at Swansea. The Cottagers secured their first win in eight games to end their season on a high, as Swansea’s memorable campaign ended with a whimper at the Liberty Stadium. On Schwarzer, Jol said: “We hope to find a solution, if we cannot find a solution we need to get a very, very, good goalkeeper because you need to be very, very good to be better than, or the same, as him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

3 military members among 9 suspects arrested in Texas child prostitution sting

first_imgThe Killeen Police Department announced the arrests of nine suspects, including 3 military members, as part of a two-day child prostitution sting operation that was conducted with the Texas Department of Public Safety Human Trafficking Program.Detectives said the suspects contacted officers on social media and made agreements for sexual acts with girls they believed were 15 or 16 years old.Detectives said the agreements were for fees that included money, drugs and alcohol.Officers arrested the following: Anthony Xavier Antwon, 25, of Fort Hood, Felony Prostitution under 18, Javier Perez, 40, of Austin, Felony Prostitution under 18, Brian Harley Flynn, 21, of Temple, Felony Prostitution under 18, Brandon Anthony Lee, 25, of Killeen, Felony Prostitution under 18, Dustin Edward Johnson, 42, of Lott, Felony Prostitution under 18, Timmy Jones Jr., 30, of Fort Hood, Felony Prostitution under 18, Shaun Paul Moore, 39, of Kempner, Felony Prostitution under 18, Rakeem Jamal Nelson, 28, of Killeen, Class A Prostitution, and Pierre Jean, 32, of Killeen, Class A Prostitution.Police said the operation finished with a total of seven felony charges, two misdemeanor prostitution charges and two guns were confiscated.last_img read more