Put America first: Free innocent U.S. citizens from foreign jails

first_imgIn the case of Turkey, Trump has tried and failed.Both he and Vice President Mike Pence asked Erdogan for the release of an imprisoned American pastor, Andrew Brunson, and were rebuffed.But Turkey, like Egypt, is an ally, and the administration has stopped short of using tools that might create more leverage.How about suspending U.S. military aid and sales to Egypt and Turkey until innocent Americans are released?That would show that Trump really does put America first.Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionDuring the Christmas season, it’s worth sparing a thought for a shamefully neglected group of Americans — those unjustly locked up in foreign prisons on political grounds.There are at least 40 of them, in five countries, held as trophies or as de facto hostages and bargaining chips by authoritarian regimes seeking leverage over Washington. In many cases, their only offense was to be a U.S. citizen.About 20 of the Americans — the number is hard to pin down — are held by Egypt, a nominal U.S. ally that receives more than $1 billion in aid annually.Several have been held for years without trial. Turkey, a NATO ally, holds another dozen; strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken openly of using them to force the extradition of a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania.Venezuela this month brought trumped-up weapons charges against Josh Holt, a Mormon missionary arrested 17 months ago — the same week two relatives of President Nicolas Maduro’s wife were sentenced on drug charges in New York. At least three U.S. citizens and a permanent resident are held by Iran — which, along with North Korea, pioneered the practice of seizing Americans on bogus pretexts and then using them to leverage political and economic favors from Washington.Pyongyang, for its part, still holds three Americans months after its release of college student Otto Warmbier, who died days after he was returned to his family. At one time it appeared that the Trump administration might make the aggressive defense of these citizens a signature of its foreign policy.There was plenty of opportunity: The Obama administration often neglected and played down U.S. prisoners in the name of brokering bigger deals and defending larger interests.Fighting for Americans fits well with President Donald Trump’s stated priority of putting America first.In April, Trump pushed Egyptian ruler Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to free Aya Hijazi, who with her husband had spent three years in prison for setting up a nongovernmental organization to help Cairo street children.Hijazi was released several weeks later and flown home on a U.S. government plane for a showy meeting with Trump.Since then, however, Trump and his staff have appeared to lose interest, with some exceptions.Last month the president took credit for getting three UCLA basketball players out of shoplifting charges in China by appealing to President Xi Jinping.center_img Trump then turned on them when they appeared insufficiently grateful. Meanwhile, appeals for White House action on behalf of other prisoners in Egypt — by family members, lawyers and members of Congress — have failed to stir any response.Take the cases of Mostafa Kassem and Ahmed Etiwy, two of the U.S. citizens held by Egypt. Both have been imprisoned since 2013 after being swept up in crackdowns against protests in which they did not participate.Praveen Madhiraju of the Washington-based group Pretrial Rights International said he and two other advocates had contacted officials at the White House and National Security Council a dozen times about the cases but received no response.A letter from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to Trump in August prompted no visible action.But an Irish citizen arrested in the same mosque crackdown that swept up Etiwy was freed in October after intensive lobbying by the Irish government. The Trump administration did recently launch an effort to free the Americans held in Tehran.But so far there’s been no result — and if Trump carries out his threat to reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran next month, the initiative will be stillborn.last_img read more

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Cost transparency firm hails quartet of ‘exceptional’ asset managers [updated]

first_imgChris Sier, co-founder of ClearGlass and one of the architects of the UK’s new institutional cost transparency code, said: “The response from asset managers has been very encouraging and certainly better than we had anticipated.“We are keen to acknowledge the stand-out performance of these four firms in particular as each, in its own way, has proven itself to be totally committed to the cause of full cost transparency at the earliest possible opportunity.”Baillie Gifford, LGIM, Majedie and MFS all supported a previous incarnation of the disclosure code introduced by the Local Government Pension Scheme. Baillie Gifford director Piers Lowson and Majedie director James Mowat were members of the industry-wide Institutional Disclosure Working Group that came up with the disclosure templates now in use.This article was amended on 10 May to add James Mowat as a member of the IDWG. ClearGlass, a provider of investment cost analysis tools, has praised a quartet of asset managers for “exceptional commitment” to complying with new UK disclosure standards.Baillie Gifford, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), Majedie Asset Management and MFS “distinguished themselves by seeking pre-compliance, leveraging internal development teams to rapidly develop the ability to collect data, asking detailed and insightful questions, and/or by returning data within incredibly short timeframes”, ClearGlass said in a statement.The company has analysed costs based on data from 105 asset managers, acting on behalf of UK pension funds. Five investment groups declined to provide data to ClearGlass, it said – although it has refused to name them.“ClearGlass is not at liberty to reveal the names of the five managers who have so far declined to provide any data, as this is a matter for the pension clients of these asset managers and… regulators,” the analytics firm said.last_img read more

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Della C. Abshear, 85, Peppertown

first_imgDella C. Abshear, age 85, of Oldenburg, Indiana died Thursday morning September 20, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.Born March 23, 1933 in Oldenburg, she was one of five children born to the late George R. & Margaret (Browning) Rust. On September 3, 1949 she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Abshear, and he survives.A homemaker & mother, Della also worked at the former Dreyerhaus Nursing Home in Batesville for over 10 years. She was a member of the Buena Baptist Church. She was a great wife and mother, and an excellent cook.Besides Andrew, her husband of over 69 years, survivors include seven children, Alan J. Abshear of Laurel, Indiana, Foster L. Abshear of Oldenburg, Indiana, Larry J. Abshear of Metamora, Indiana, Richard A. Abshear of Metamora, Indiana, Andrea Y. Ison of Oldenburg, Indiana, Darrell D. Abshear of Oldenburg, Indiana and Floyd A. Abshear of Connersville, Indiana; 22 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Baker of Metamora, Indiana and Dorothy Thomas of Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Smith, and a brother George Rust..Family & friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Buena Baptist Church, 25220 Chapel Road, Laurel, Indiana.Rev. Rob Edwards, Pastor of Buena Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00 Noon, at the Buena Baptist Church in Laurel. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary or the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Abshear family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Kimmich urges resting Bayern to stay ‘hungry’ for UCL bid

first_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging Around7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Loading… Robert Lewandowski has scored 51 goals this season, including 34 in the Bundesliga and is the Champions League’s top-scorer with 11. Behind the Poland striker, Thomas Mueller has 25 assists, including a record 21 in the Bundesliga. Kimmich has bossed the defensive midfield alongside Germany team-mate Leon Goretzka and suggests his side have developed a mental edge. “In the last two seasons, mentality has been the most important factor in winning the German league title,” said Kimmich. “Bayern may be ahead of other teams in this respect.” Bayern have signed goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel, defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi and winger Leroy Sane for next season. Read Also: Solskjaer realistic on transfers but keen to keep Pogba However, Flick has said they are fighting to keep left-back David Alaba and playmaker Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked to Liverpool, with both players out of contract in 2021. According to Spanish media reports, midfielder Javi Martinez is also considering leaving with a year left on his contract. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich said on Wednesday the double-winning German champions must stay “fully focused and greedy” for more silverware during their two-week holiday before launching their assault on the Champions League. Head coach Hansi Flick sent Bayern on a break after winning the German Cup last Saturday before fine-tuning their preparations for the return of European competition. “Now it’s time to recharge our batteries and then tackle the Champions League with full focus and greed,” the 25-year-old told magazine Sport Bild. After completing the double with a 4-2 cup final win over Leverkusen, the Bavarians are on a 17-match winning streak dating back to February. Under Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in Germany in mid-May amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bayern are chasing a treble and are among the favourites in Europe after routing Chelsea 3-0 in London in the last 16, first leg, last February before the Champions League was halted due to COVID-19. Bayern still need to finish the tie to reach the quarter-finals and the draw for the remaining rounds of the knock-out stages takes place this Friday. Kimmich called on his team-mates to keep training during their break to maintain the desire for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month. “It will be decisive how we return from vacation: we want to keep that feeling, that hunger,” Kimmich added. – Bayern ‘mentally’ ahead – Having stumbled last November, when Flick succeeded Niko Kovac who was sacked following a 5-1 thrashing by Frankfurt, Bayern are now in great form.last_img read more

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President Kenyatta condoles with family of Henry Masaku Ngei

first_imgPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort to the family of Mr Henry Masaku Ngei who succumbed to prostate cancer on Wednesday night.Mr Ngei, 74, is the first born child of the late Kenyan freedom fighter and, former Kangundo MP and Cabinet Minister Paul Joseph Ngei.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauIn his message of comfort to the Ngei family, the President described the departed businessman as a entrepreneur, patriot and wise counselor who worked tirelessly for the good of Kenya. “The death of Masaku Ngei has robbed our country of a seasoned entrepreneur and businessman whose hospitality and agricultural ventures created hundreds of jobs for young Kenyans.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “Throughout his life, Mr Ngei stood and worked for the unity and prosperity of Kenya, and was a wise counselor whose wisdom will be missed by many,” President Kenyatta eulogised.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsUntil his death, Mr Henry Masaku Ngei ran Tala Motel in Tala town and was a consummate farmer in Kangundo, Machakos County.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningPresident Kenyatta wished the Ngei family God’s comfort as they mourn their beloved kin.last_img read more

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Moyes gives Welbeck 20-goal target

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes has challenged Danny Welbeck to break the 20-goal barrier this season. The England forward came off the bench at Norwich to net his fourth goal in five appearances as United recorded a fourth straight Barclays Premier League win to move within striking distance of the top four once again. Wayne Rooney missed the trip to Norfolk as he rested a groin problem, but should return for the New Year’s Day clash against Tottenham, while Robin van Persie is also set to step up his recovery from a thigh injury which has sidelined the Dutchman since mid-December. Javier Hernandez was started at the head of the United attack on Saturday, and Moyes feels his side need to have plenty of options. “I don’t think at Manchester United you have only two players to do the jobs. You have got to have more, like in these games you would never be able to cope when you pick up injuries,” said Moyes. “I see it more as a squad rather than any one. Chichirato is part of that, who is a great goalscorer too.” Despite United’s upturn in fortunes which has seen them into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League, Moyes is determined to keep everyone grounded. “That is my style,” the Scot said. “We are just trying to move along and we have nothing to shout about here at the moment.” Moyes sees no reason why Welbeck – who now has seven goals for United to add to his three for England – cannot push on to make his mark on the run-in. “We have said to him we are trying to keep his finishing up. I think he can keep his efforts up, his levels up even better,” said Moyes. “I think Danny has responded, he is saying ‘hey this is quite good I am beginning to score some goals and getting recognised for that as well’. “He got one goal last year and now he is on seven for this season. “It could be better, but you have got to say it is going in the right direction. “With the second half of the season to go, he should be certainly looking to score 20 goals. “We need him to do that because when you don’t have Wayne and you don’t have Robin, then you need people to step up to the mark. “In quite a few of the games recently he has done that for us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Steve McClaren trying to keep cool as Newcastle look to avoid relegation

first_img “Believe me, under the surface, I am paddling like mad,” the former England boss said. “But we have a little bit more information than everyone else. We know what we have got and what we are trying to do. “We feel as if we are getting there after a tough start. That is the first half of the season gone. 2015 is about to end – good. We cannot wait for the next year. “It has not been good enough and that is why we are in the bottom three. That is where we are realistic and we need to do something about it – and we will do.” The new year needs to bring drastically enhanced fortunes if Newcastle are to drag themselves out of trouble after a desperately disappointing 12 months since Alan Pardew left the club. They have collected just 30 points from 38 league games during 2015 and have managed only 17 of those in 19 outings under McClaren. Things are unlikely to get any easier on Saturday against current leaders Arsenal, but McClaren is keeping positive. Asked if he is worried by the situation, the 54-year-old said: “No, there are 19 games to go. “It would worry me if they weren’t giving attitude, effort, weren’t being bright around the place, weren’t playing as committed as they were, weren’t creating chances as we are, playing the football that we are. Steve McClaren is “paddling like mad” below the surface as he attempts to keep the mood positive at struggling Newcastle. “We are just not getting the results from that. That will have to turn, that will have to change and, with 19 games to go, we will have to do it very quickly. “I’m quite a realist. I do know what is happening and I try not to pull the wool over too many people’s eyes. I’m very positive with this group and this squad. I always have been. “We had a tough start, but since then we have collected points and shown we can compete with anyone on our day.” The Magpies have slipped back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after taking just a single point from their last three games against Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom. Some fans were baffled by head coach McClaren’s upbeat assessment of his team’s prospects in the wake of Monday’s 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns, but he is working hard to keep spirits up. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Asaba 2018: Failure to Pay for Visa on Arrival Delayed Athletes…

first_imgOgba: Some of the countries failed to notify the LOC their arrival datesChinedu EzeThe inability to pay for visa on arrival was responsible for the delay of some athletes billed for the 21st African Athletics Championship in Asaba, Delta State.Many of the athletes arrived Nigeria Monday but could not report to Asaba in time for the kick-off of the tournament on Wednesday. Majority of the athletes affected were from Kenya and Burundi who, along with their officials, could not raise the money to pay for visa when they arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) source has revealed.The new policy of visa on arrival, which is part of federal government’s plan to ease the process of doing business in the country enabled the athletes to come to Nigeria without obtaining Nigerian visa in their various countries.THISDAY checks further revealed that the Local Organising Committee (LOC) was supposed to make arrangements for their easy passage into Nigeria through online visa payment before their arrival, but it failed to do this, which led to their delay at the Lagos Airport.The Immigration source in Abuja also disclosed to THISDAY that a lot of the athletes ought to have processed their visas online and make payments before arriving Nigeria, but failed to so, a situation, which led to their temporary delay at the airport.The Immigration source at MMIA insisted that the Command did not seize any of the athletes’ passports, but only collected them for issuance of sticker Visas on their passports, which was necessary for them to enter the country.At the Lagos airport, it was gathered that the technical partner of Immigration, New Works had to issue each athlete ID and reference number, an exercise that was cumbersome and caused delay due to poor internet connectivity.The visa was embossed after payment was made to NIS.“A lot of them came in at once and none of them could pay for visa on arrival, which is a policy of the federal government. As you know, we don’t collect cash at Immigration any longer. The local organising committee was not able to make the payment because it did not make enough preparation towards their arrival into Nigeria. They all came at once and New Works, which is our technical partner, had to generate ID and reference number for each and every one of them to make the payment easier,” the source said.But the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the Championship, Solomon Ogba said Thursday in Asaba that most of the countries failed to notify the organizers on when they were going to arrive in Lagos as agreed at the final inspection meeting that had a fortnight ago.“If the teams (country) had given us their arrival schedules, we would have known were they would be arriving. This is Africa, people who cannot provide for you when they come, they’ll want to attack because they see Nigeria as a big brother,” he observed at a media parley in Asaba yesterday.The LOC boss, however, apologized to both the local and foreign journalists covering the championships for the hiccups observed at the start of the event.He also debunked the rumour that Tanzania pulled out of Asaba 2018.“They never expressed intention to be part of the African championships in the first place; having been absent at the Delegation Registration Meeting,” he concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Wilson: Senior class leaves Orange in best shape in years

first_imgHOUSTON — Winning is a habit.First, and most famously, uttered by the iconic lips of Vince Lombardi from Brooklyn, the same ideology holds true for Jay Bromley from Jamaica, Queens. Win, and it becomes the expectation. More victories will follow.And as Syracuse’s most successful senior class in two decades departs, it leaves the Orange in the best shape it has been in for years. The seniors’ run is done, but in their final game they gave way to the future — a group that will now be saddled with loftier expectations and is well equipped to handle the burden.“Those guys stepped up big when they needed to and they have to realize that they have to work their behinds off in the offseason to build off this success,” Bromley said. “Winning is not easy and we showed them that.”During SU’s 21-17 Texas Bowl victory against Minnesota at Reliant Stadium on Friday, the mentees became the leaders on the field. Sophomore quarterback Terrel Hunt turned in his finest performance of the season to garner MVP honors. Freshman wide receiver Brisly Estime led the Orange in receiving yards and rattled off the pivotal punt return to set up Hunt’s go-ahead touchdown.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe bowl game was a culmination of the senior class’ successful career, but it was the underclassmen that led SU to victory.“Obviously we’d like to have a big impact on the game as seniors, but it doesn’t matter who makes the impact,” center Macky MacPherson said. “It’s the Syracuse Orange winning the game.”But it was the way that SU won that inadvertently assured Syracuse fans of the future. It wasn’t the departing running back Jerome Smith who scored the decisive touchdown run and it wasn’t senior linebacker Marquis Spruill making all the tackles. Hunt kept the ball when it mattered most and junior linebacker Cameron Lynch racked up a team-high eight tackles.Talent is departing, whether it’s for the NFL or simply to graduation, but winning is once again a tradition, passed on to this next group by the ones leaving, just as the group before them passed it on to the seniors.Last season saw offensive records tumble as Syracuse claimed its second bowl win in three years. Four players from last year’s team are on NFL rosters, including one who was drafted in the first round. Even through a coaching change, confidence had been restored in Central New York.“We had a really good foundation set for us,” Smith said. “It’s been a pleasure to work with some of the older guys at set that foundation.”There was a lot of talk about legacy in the couple weeks leading up to the Texas Bowl. It’s one of those words that sort of loses its meaning the more you hear it, but people liked to ask the seniors about it — I probably asked it a few too many times. For a program trying to compete on a national level two New Era Pinstripe Bowl wins and a Texas Bowl victory aren’t something to hang even a cowboy hat on, but the Orange is still trying to get back to the level it was at half a century ago.Head coach Scott Shafer acknowledged that his team isn’t Florida State or Clemson yet, but he also expects the Atlantic Coast Conference to join the Southeastern Conference as one of the two elites in the next 5-10 years.And with that, the expectation becomes greater for Syracuse in 2014. Hunt will be back for two more seasons. Estime could be poised for a breakout year. SU has its best recruiting class in recent memory coming in. Syracuse loses a lot, but anything short of two more bowl appearances with Hunt at the helm would be a disappointment. It shouldn’t ever have to be a surprise to anyone that the Orange is bowling.Lombardi’s speech has become cliché, but it holds true. So let me throw one more cliché at you for the next group that tries to build its legacy: Losing is not an option. Friday was a good start, but they now have a tradition to uphold — even if it is a new one.“Maybe it’s a passing of the torch,” MacPherson said, “but I guess we won’t know that until next year. I’m excited to see what this team has next year and what they can do and accomplish.“I’m really proud of these guys.”The young guys are all grown up.David Wilson is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at dbwilson@syr.edu or on Twitter at @DBWilson2. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 28, 2013 at 10:29 amcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse football recruiting: 2016 LB Dymelle Parker becomes 3rd player to decommit since Dino Babers hiring

first_imgClass of 2016 linebacker Dymelle Parker has decommitted from Syracuse, he announced via Twitter Saturday afternoon. He is the third player to decommit from the Orange since the hiring of head coach Dino Babers, joining hybrid Darius Stubbs and linebacker Will Harper.“Syracuse defense changed and they don’t need many linebackers and I wasn’t hearing from nobody,” Parker said in a text message.The Orange also picked up a commitment from linebacker Kenneth Ruff earlier on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU’s 2016 class is now down to 14 players. Parker, who attends Camden (New Jersey) High School, is ranked with three stars by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings and as the 51st best outside linebacker in the 2016 class. Camden teammate defensive end Jamal Holloway is still part of SU’s Class of 2016. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2016 linebacker Kenneth Ruff flips pledge to SyracuseSyracuse football recruiting: Hybrid Darius Stubbs decommits from SUSyracuse football recruiting: OLB/Safety Will Harper decommits due to coaching change Published on December 12, 2015 at 2:09 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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