Hale’s two home runs propel BYU to 10-6 win over Gaels

first_imgFive Cougars had multiple hits, including Hale going 3-for-4 with four RBIs, two home runs and a walk. Cluff went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs while McIntyre had two hits, two RBIs and three runs. McLaughlin was perfect in relief over 3.2 innings to notch his second save of the season. Written by Keaton Kringlen and Noah Hill picked up an RBI each in the third inning. In the fourth, Hale hit another home run, a solo shot to left-center, to make it an 8-2 lead for BYU. For Hale, it made two career two-home run games, with the other coming on May 18, 2017, against Gonzaga. First-inning home runs from Brock Hale and Mitch McIntyre marked the first two-homer inning for the Cougars this seasonHale’s two home runs tie a career high he originally set two years ago in a game against GonzagaBYU is on a six-game winning streak, the Cougars’ second streak of six wins this season Jordan Wood, who started on the mound for the Cougars, improved to 4-0 by going 5.1 innings with four strikeouts. Reid McLaughlin entered the game for BYU in the sixth with the bases loaded and one out, inducing a 1-2-3 double-play ball to preserve BYU’s 9-6 lead. The Gaels scored two in runs in the first and would have had more except for a catch in center field that saw BYU’s Danny Gelalich catch and hold on to a deep fly ball before running full speed into the wall. Hall brought home McIntyre in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to put the Cougars up 10-6. March 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Hale’s two home runs propel BYU to 10-6 win over Gaels Both teams got one across in the fifth inning, with Hall scoring McIntyre from second on a single through the left side. Robert Lovell Player Highlights The Cougars responded with five in the bottom half. Hale blasted a three-run homer over the center field fence. After a Jackson Cluff single, Mitch McIntyre also homered to center field. Brock Hale: 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BBMitch McIntyre: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 RReid McLaughlin: S (2), 3.2 IP, 3 K, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Senior Brock Hale slugged two home runs and freshman Reid McLaughlin was perfect in relief as BYU baseball beat Saint Mary’s 10-6 in the series opener Thursday at Larry H. Miller Field. Another highlight defensive play came in the bottom of the third when Jaren Hall, who entered for an injured Gelalich, made a leaping catch at the fence in center for the last out of the inning. The series between BYU and Saint Mary’s continues with game two on Friday at 6 p.m. MDT. The game will air on TheW.tv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960. Tags: Brock Hale/BYU Cougars Baseball/WCC “We really swung the bat well,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We answered back in the first inning and that carried us to the victory tonight.”Game Summarylast_img read more

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Noble Dina 2015 Exercise Commences

first_img Authorities View post tag: Noble Dina View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Commences Noble Dina 2015 Exercise Commences Share this article May 1, 2015 Naval and air forces from the U.S., Greece, and Israel commenced the annual maritime exercise Noble Dina 2015, April 29.Noble Dina 2015 is a trilateral naval exercise designed to increase cooperation and maritime proficiencies among participating nations, enhancing regional security and stability.U.S. forces participating in the exercise are the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon (DDG 58), Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Lenthall (T-AO 189) and P-3C Orion aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 47, all of which are currently operating forward in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.Participating forces will conduct a series of at-sea drills to exercise expertise in a number of mission areas.[mappress mapid=”15839″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Noble Dina 2015 Exercise Commences View post tag: 2015last_img read more

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OUSU elections start with a ‘technical glitch’

first_imgNUS DelegatesPreeti Dillon, CCC – LeeperAnn Don-Bosco, St Catz – LeeperRicky Ghosh, University – BarclayAmy Gilligan, Exeter – AEIPElliott Golend, Pembroke Will Hartshorn, Hertford – LeeperRebecca Hay, Magdalen – AEIPJason Keen, St John’s – LeeperEmily Keenan, St Hugh’s – LeeperBen Lyons, St Catz – BarclayHarriet Maltby, Magdalen – BarclaySanjay Nanwani, St Peter’s – LeeperJames Norrie, Wadham – AEIPJim O’Connell, University – BarclayAled Owen, University – BarclayZoe Tyndall, Magdalen – Barclay PresidentDavid Barclay, WorcesterJake Leeper, LMHVice President (Welfare and Equal Opportunity)Tom Perry, St John’sVice President (Women)Leanne Price, CCC – LeeperKatharine Terrell, St Hilda’s – BarclayVice President (Graduates)Vice President (Access and Academic Affairs)Alex Bulfin, University – BarclayVice President (Charities and Community)Daniel Lowe, St Edmund Hall Will McCullum, Wadham – LeeperHealth and Welfare OfficerEleanor Hafner, St Catz – Barclay Access and Admissions OfficerMaryam Ahmed, Christ ChurchNathan Jones, St Catz – BarclayAcademic Affairs Campaign OfficerHannah Cusworth, Brasenose – LeeperWomen’s Campaign OfficerFraser Anderson, Sommerville – AEIPYuan Yang, Balliol – LeeperRent and Accomodation OfficerCharlotte Carnegie, Wadham – LeeperSimon Spencer, Oriel – AEIPInternational Students OfficerBen Kindler, Mansfield – AEIPXiaowei Xu, University – BarclayCommon Room Liaison OfficerJack Matthews, St Peter’s – BarclayEnvironment and Ethics OfficerBen West, St Anne’s – Barclay Oxford University Student Union elections have kicked-off with technical difficulties as election candidates’ lists have not been e-mailed or published online.Although OUSU candidates lists were released this afternoon, these have only been available in OUSU offices. Ollie Linch, the returning officer of the 2010 Statuatory Annual Elections, has admitted that his computer has suffered a “technical gllitch” and thus the lists have not been e-mailed or put on the OUSU website until the next day.This means that the vast majority of students will still be unaware who is running for the elections.Joseph Renzullo, a second year student at St John’s admitted, “I have no idea who’s running for the OUSU elections.”However, students have accessed the information through facebook, where groups in support of candidates have appeared. Renzullo confirmed, “I have just seen on facebook that Daniel Lowe is running for VP Charities and Communities.”Last year, OUSU elections were plagued by technical issues. The manifesto of one presidential candidate was omitted from the Joint Manifesto Booklet and many students did not receive their online voting code until the last few hours of voting time.Current OUSU President Stefan Baskerville stressed the importance of OUSU’s engagement with students. He said to Cherwell, “Engaging with the process is crucial in making sure it leads to the best outcome. Students should read candidates’ manifestos, attend a hustings, and make an informed choice about who they want to lead their student union.”Cherwell has obtained the full list of candidates for OUSU elections. There are three main slates with David Barclay and Jake Leeper competing for the position of OUSU president. The third slate is named Another Education Is Possible (AEISP) and comprises students linked to the Social Workers’ Party.center_img Community Outreach and Charities OfficerClaire Handel, Hertford – LeeperStudents with Disabilities OfficerDanielle Fraser Solomon, Queen’sBlack and Minority Ethnic Students and Anti-Racism OfficerMatthew Tye, ExeterLGBTQ OfficerJasper Minton-Taylor, St John’s – LeeperMature Students OfficerRainbow Chang, Wycliffe HallGraduate Academic Affairs OfficerIan Lyons, St Edmund Hall – BarclayGraduate International Students OfficerDeeksha Sharma, ExeterGraduate Welfare OfficerDavid Bowe, SommervilleGraduate Women’s OfficerNishma Doshi, Linacre – Leeper Below is the full list of candidates for all positions. Slate affiliations are denoted in italic.last_img read more

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Watch The Foo Fighters & Rick Astley Rickroll CalJam To The Tune Of “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

first_imgOn October 7th, CalJam took over the Glen Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California, serving as a kickass record release party to celebrate the Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold. In founding the event, Dave Grohl drew his inspiration from the original California Jam, a 1974 rock festival at the Ontario Motor Speedway that featured Deep Purple; Black Sabbath; the Eagles; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Emerson, Lake and Palmer among others. Surprisingly, this weekend’s CalJam felt much closer in spirit to its predecessor than even the 16-mile and decades-long divide would suggest. CalJam 2017’s lineup was dominated by hard-driving, ear-splitting rock and roll—the likes of which are rarely seen topping major festival bills, let alone clumped together for a single Saturday.Watch Dave Grohl’s 8-Year-Old Daughter Rock The Drums In Iceland On Friday With The Foo FightersRoyal Blood brought more than enough brash head-bangers to set off a massive afternoon mosh in the pit at Glen Helen Pavilion, dubbed the CalJam 17 stage for the occasion. The UK-based duo of vocalist/bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher placed itself in the close company of acts like the White Stripes and the Black Keys with standards such as “Figure it Out” and “Little Monster.” By the same token, the Brighton residents distinguished themselves with their bluesier forebears—and jumped whole-hog into heavy metal—with the dynamic distortions of “Lights Out” and “Come On Over.”They weren’t the only purveyors of a bootstrapped music spirit. The Kills aren’t strictly a duo anymore, at least not after adding a collection of percussionists to their act. But in Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, the band still has a two-part core that can compete with groups of all shapes and sizes at its end of the sonic spectrum. Mosshart reminded the crowd of as much with her menacing farewell during “Black Balloon,” as did Hince with both his guitar and his drum machine on “Hard Habit to Break” from Ash & Ice, the group’s latest release. Unfortunately, only the truly dedicated festival travelers managed to catch their set on the smaller Sun Stage in between acts at the main venue.In that way, CalJam fell victim to the same #FirstWorldProblem that’s become the bane of every festival from Coachella to Bonnaroo: the dreaded overlap. The difference here, aside from the scrunched schedule, is that the acts stepping on each other’s toes weren’t from wildly different genres who happened to land at the same eclectic festival. Instead, the conflicts at CalJam often pitted likeminded rockers against one another.Foo Fighters Respond To Westboro Baptist Church Protest In Most Epic Way PossibleCage the Elephant brought American blues-rock and punk back to the fore in the evening, but only after nailing their rendition of “Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” the lone Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers cover of the day. Lead singer Matt Shultz then commenced his typical command of the stage, thrusting and wailing his way through “In One Ear,” “No Rest For the Wicked,” “Mess Around,” “Trouble,” and “Shake Me Down” while stripping from a full suit and tie down his skivvies (mic belt included).The garage rockers from Bowling Green eventually gave way to the desert daze and dazzling lights of Queens of the Stone Age. The sunburnt metal ensemble relied heavily on its 2013 release …Like Clockwork, opening with “If I Had a Tail” and belting out bangers like “My God is the Sun” and “Smooth Sailing.” Considering the proximity to QOTSA’s home base in Palm Desert, it was only fitting to also hear sand-aged standards like “Millionaire,” “No One Knows,” “I Wanna Make It With You,” “Little Sister,” “Go With the Flow,” and “Feel Good Hit of the Summer” sprinkled in—if not cemented—between groovier new tunes like “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “The Evil Has Landed” and “Domesticated Animals” from this year’s LP, Villains.As much as Queens made of its 75-minute set, there was no competing with the Foo Fighters’ epic two-plus-hour journey to close out the festival. Grohl slowly and steadily brought his whole band into the mix with an opener of “Times Like These,” followed by a face-melting run of “All My Life,” “Learn to Fly” and “The Pretender.” The new album, for which this whole shindig was arranged, got plenty of shine. Grohl proudly introduced “The Sky Is a Neighborhood,” one of the singles off Concrete and Gold, before inviting Mosshart and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz on stage for “La Dee Da.” The group allowed the dusty crowd to catch its breath with more mellow additions to the Foo catalog, like “Sunday Rain” and “Dirty Water,” the latter of which featured The Bird and the Bee’s Inara George among the supporting vocalists.With all that stage time on their hands, the Foo Fighters were bound to bust out some surprises. They rickrolled the entire Inland Empire with Rick Astley himself, brought on Joe Perry to play Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line,” and invited Liam Gallagher back onstage for a rendition of “Come Together.” It wouldn’t have been a proper Foo show, though, without ample callbacks to the band’s ever-expanding discography—”My Hero” here, “Monkey Wrench” there, “White Limo” in between and, of course, “Everlong” to close out the festival. [Video: Albert Lam]The lineup itself would’ve been enough to satiate rock-and-roll fans for three days at a weekend-long festival. Instead, CalJam packed all that into a single day, along with carnival rides, water slides, a Foo Fighters museum, a recording studio set up by Gibson, and a slew of scrumptious options from a variety of food and beverage vendors. And if you camped at the adjacent park, you probably indulged in Friday night vibes from the Police Experience, the Atomic Punks, and Trouble Funk if you weren’t busy reminiscing about the Ramones to “Rock N’ Roll High School” at the outdoor movie theatre.Indeed, the new CalJam had something for everyone. The festival offered plenty for anyone who grew up on the alternative rock of the 1990s and 2000s, but more importantly, served as a tribute to the electric pioneers who paved the way more than 40 years ago.last_img read more

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Transfer Nation: Sixteen students embark on first semester at Notre Dame in the spring

first_imgLast week, as most students were returning for their second semester of the 2019-2020 academic year, 16 new undergraduates were beginning their very first semester at Notre Dame, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions reported.“In the fall, the entire University is welcoming new students — new first-year students, new transfer students — we’re all thinking there are new people here,” said Erin Camilleri, the director of transfer enrollment. “In the spring, people are kind of in their zone and doing their thing. So I always think that it’s a little bit harder to transfer in the spring. It takes a student who has a really strong desire to be here.”A wide variety of students choose to matriculate spring semester. Some of these students, Camilleri said, are student-athletes who are starting their athletic training early, the semester before their freshman season begins. Others are students who were admitted for enrollment in the fall but, due to personal circumstances, chose to defer their enrollment until spring semester.A third category of spring enrollees, however, are selected from a separate pool of applicants. These students have attended a different college or university for at least three semesters, Camilleri said, and they have chosen to enroll at Notre Dame halfway through the academic year. Camilleri estimated that about 100 students apply from this third category each year. This year, only four students enrolled from that pool of applicants. The selection process, she said, is highly competitive.When looking at the applications of spring-semester transfers, the University considers how these students will handle the unique transition. First, the University must ensure that these students’ previous coursework will transfer smoothly, keeping the students on track to graduate with their credits, Camilleri said.“The further you get on [in school], the more difficult it is to align a different institution’s curriculum with our curriculum,” Camilleri said. “So we’re really looking to see [the] students get slotted in nicely.”Additionally, Camilleri said the admissions committee considers whether the students will be able to quickly immerse themselves in the Notre Dame community, making connections and friendships even though they are arriving on campus later than most students.“They need to bring a sense of adventure and excitement with them,” she said. “And it takes a student who’s willing to be flexible — [a] student who really want[s] to be here.”New students arriving in the fall begin the semester with four days of programming that’s designed to build community and adjust students to campus life. But for new students arriving in the spring, that Welcome Weekend programming is distilled into only a day and a half, Camilleri said. The spring Welcome Weekend is coordinated and overseen by other transfer students who have already been through the transition.“‘Transfer Nation,’ so to speak — the people who call themselves ‘Transfer Nation’ — they really do look out for one another,” Camilleri said.Junior Nyakeh Tuchscherer transferred after three semesters at St. John’s University, which he attended until the fall of his sophomore year before opting to transfer to Notre Dame. His decision to transfer was largely fueled by his academic interests — Notre Dame offered more resources for research and international opportunities, Tuchscherer said. But the transition — environmentally and socially — was somewhat challenging. Moving from New York City to South Bend, he was not initially prepared for the Notre Dame culture, which is more insular and homogenous than St. John’s, Tuchscherer said. Nevertheless, he’s glad he made the decision to transfer.“I have no regrets [about] transferring, even though it’s totally different and it’s not what I expected,” Tuchscherer said. “I wouldn’t have the opportunities that I’ve been getting today if it weren’t for Notre Dame, so I’m very thankful and glad to be here. That’s a privilege.”Camilleri said students who transfer tend to be highly involved, picking up extracurriculars that help them meet other students and connect with the campus community. Bringing fresh perspectives and strong school spirit, she said they add unique value to the school.“It takes a special person to be a transfer student,” Camilleri said. “I think one of the best things about them is that they have a wonderful sense of excitement for the University. I think that transfer students, as a whole, enrich the student body tremendously.”Tags: Transfer Nation, transfer students, Welcome Weekendlast_img read more

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Dirty Girl

first_imgI did something really strange and out of character for me the other day. I went for a hike. I spend a lot of time in the woods, mostly mountain biking, sometimes running, occasionally backpacking, but rarely am I just hiking. And yet there I was, in the Nantahala Gorge knocking out a brutal piece of the Bartram Trail that climbs roughly 80,000 feet in 2.5 miles. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But the trail was steep, weaving in and out of a narrow gulch cut by Ledbetter Creek. Supposedly, there’s good canyoneering on that creek, but I was solo so I stuck to the trail. I get spooked easily when I hike alone—my mind mulling over all of the different ways that I could die alone in the woods.Morbid, I know, but that’s the way my mind works, always visualizing the worst-case scenario. The fact that I saw two snakes on the trail within about 100 yards didn’t put me at ease. Okay, one of them was a baby snake, but the other snake was definitely…well, looking back on it, the other snake was probably just a really long centipede. But I was in a heightened emotional state, so I gave that vicious centipede a wide berth on the trail. Then I started thinking about snake bites, and whether or not I’d have the skills it takes to capture a poisonous snake after it bites me. Then I started thinking about poisonous spiders. And the return of the mountain lion to the Southern Appalachians. And packs of coyotes. And freak lightning storms. And bears. Shit, bears.Other than the bloody internal monologue that accompanied me the entire day, it was a beautiful hike. I took a picture of Bartram Falls, then booked it back down the trail, a thunderstorm chasing me the entire descent.IMG_1202Back in civilization (aka River’s End pub next to the N.O.C.) I comforted myself with the Sherpa Rice, a kitchen sink kind of dish, and a Dirty Girl Blonde from Nantahala Brewing Company. NBC has been around for a while now, operating out of a cool warehouse-like space next to the train tracks in downtown Bryson City. Their distribution must be small though, because I rarely see their beers up in Asheville. But I’m always happy to order a pint when I have the chance.Dirty Girl is a blonde ale that drinks as easy as those canned lagers you grew up with, but tastes way, way better. It’s crisp, but has a buttery kind of mouthfeel and comes in at an almost sessionable 5.75% ABV. In other words, it’s the perfect beer to settle the nerves after getting attacked by a nest of centipedes, er, poisonous snakes.last_img read more

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End of The Line for LIRR Platform Bar Carts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Rail Road’s platform-level bar carts are leaving the station as the last call comes March 27 for commuters who order last-second adult beverages before boarding their evening rush-hour trains.Riders will still be able to purchase beer, wine and mixed drinks in Penn Station and imbibe while riding the rails, but once the bar carts dry up, gone will be the last vestige of the LIRR’s bar cars that were phased out in the 1980s. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed the news, which was first reported by the New York Post.“This service was subject to various reviews that led us to conclude that it’s not our core competency and that we should stay focused on providing safe and reliable transportation,” MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said in a statement. “Other retailers meet this market.”The MTA has operated eight bar carts on platforms for decades — five in Penn and one each at the Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue stations. The MTA reportedly put Grand Central Station’s track-side bar carts on ice last year following an audit of the cash-only operations.The latest move comes after the LIRR banned booze on midnight to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night trains beginning in 2012.According to more than 100 Twitter users that took the unofficial @LIRRstats poll, 37 percent said they’re “very sad” about the news, 19 percent had no opinion, 17 percent were glad the carts are going away and 27 percent said: “I’ll just buy elsewhere.”“I love my job,” one of the bartenders told The Post. “I’m a people person. And now I’m going to be cleaning train cars.”Riders were not pleased to hear the LIRR’s platform bar cart days have reached the end of the line.“That’s not good,” one rider told WABC-TV before chugging a can of Budweiser. “It’s the one thing I enjoy coming to this miserable concrete jungle.”last_img read more

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Croatian tourist offer for the first time at the most important and largest maritime heritage festival in the Mediterranean

first_imgHrvatska turistička ponuda predstavlja se na sajmu „Escale à Sète“, najznačajnijem i najvećem festivalu pomorske baštine na Mediteranu.Riječ je o festivalu u gradu Sèteu na jugu Francuske, koji se održava od 27. ožujka do 2. travnja, a koji objedinjuje turizam, pomorstvo, brodogradnju, ribarstvo te tradicionalnu gastronomiju i enologiju. Hrvatska se ponuda predstavlja s ukupno 10 tradicijskih brodica, a naša je zemlja, zajedno s Italijom, proglašena počasnom uzvanicom ovogodišnjeg izdanja sajma. Tako je uz nazočnost gradonačelnika grada Sètea, Françoisa Commeinhesa i hrvatskog veleposlanika Nj.E. Filipa Vučaka svečano inaugurirano „Mediteransko selo“ u sklopu kojega je predstavljena maritimna baština dviju susjednih mediteranskih zemalja.”Croatia’s current position on the French market is excellent, so in 2018 we expect a turnover growth of up to 10 percent. The key and largest tour operators are currently recording double-digit increases in bookings and sales, and new airlines are supporting the excellent results. One of our main trump cards in this market and what attracts French tourists is the rich nautical offer of our country. That is why I welcome activities such as appearances at the Escale à Sète fair, where Croatia presents its maritime heritage in an organized manner for the first time. “, izjavio je direktor Hrvatske turističke zajednice Kristjan Staničić.More than 130 traditional boats from Europe and the world are presented at the “Escale à Sète” fair, and it is expected that the fair will be visited by more than 300.000 visitors during the week, who will be able to see Croatian traditional maritime heritage and Croatian traditional ships.  “In recent years, the Croatian tourist offer has been intensively presented at the largest maritime, maritime and nautical events, such as the festivals in Brest and Vannes or the nautical fair in Paris. These activities contribute to the overall increase in arrivals in the nautical charter, which in 2017 increased the arrivals of French tourists by 11 percent, but also to raise the overall visibility of the French emitting market”, istaknula je Danijela Mihalić Đurica, direktorica Predstavništva HTZ-a u Francuskoj.Namely, the appearance at the fair was realized in cooperation with the Eco Museum Mošćenička Draga (Kvarner guc boat), Mali Lošinj Tourist Board (Lošinj regatta pasara Primavera), University of Zadar (replica of the 10th century warship Condura Croatica), Neretva Boatmen’s Association and the Association for the protection of the Neretva heritage from Opuzen (Neretva boat and hull) and the Palagruža Association from Komiža (Molo Palagruža sandal and Komiža gundula). The coordinators of the Croatian presentation at this event are the Association for the Promotion of Croatian Maritime Heritage Cronaves.last_img read more

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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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