By DENNIS LITTLELos ALamosMr. Kerr,Perhaps I’m in the minority, I’m not sure and I’ve never seen a study to confirm. I was raised by a single mother who wasn’t political at all. To the best of my knowledge, she never voted in her life. In any case, I would hope that most people in a town with so many smart people would do their own research and decide who and/or what political party to vote for rather than just depending on what their parents said to do.With regards to the rest of your letter, I disagree.The House (with a Democratic majority) has passed a great number of bills, including quite a few bipartisan bills, but the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell will not allow them to come to the floor. There’s a reason he has adopted the nickname “Grim Reaper”.Yes, Donald Trump was duly elected, but so was Bill Clinton, not once but twice. As mentioned, the House has already approved quite a few bills and is waiting on the Senate. So far as skirting our Constitution, perhaps you should read (or reread) it. Based on the other parts of your email, I’d suggest reading Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 5, which reads The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment. Since I’m pretty sure you’ll also believe that there can’t be an impeachment investigation without a vote, I’d point you to Article 1, Section 5, Paragraph 2, which reads Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member. Yes, there must be a vote of the full House to impeach a sitting President, the current House has elected to not require a full vote in order to perform an investigation, and that is fully within their purview.You are correct that some people change party affiliations — and I’m one of them. It isn’t necessarily about how a particular candidate stands on a position, but how the entire party stands on those positions. As an example, look at the history of party positions during the Civil War and during the Civil Rights Movement. Parties change and always will. What was the Democratic Party in 1800 is not the same as the Democratic Party in 2019. You may consider these people to be “cut and runners” but I don’t. As I said, people change as do political parties.I do agree to a certain extent that more study should be devoted to government history but I would much rather people be taught independent thought and research above almost everything else. This has become much easier in the current world because so many resources are online — and I’m not talking about main stream media. I could easily look up the views of any politician or political party not only based on main stream media, but on global opinions as well as just looking at voting results and such. As the old saying goes, you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a day or you can teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. The same applies to politics.One thing we do agree on completely — stay informed, participate in supporting your values and positions, get involved where you can, voice your opinion — and one you left out, GO VOTE and get everyone else you know to do the same. It doesn’t take long especially in a town the size of ours.
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Formerly named Aida, Patriot was re-flagged to American registry in March this year as the seventh ro-ro vessel in ARC’s fleet.Patriot, which entered commercial service in 2006, is 199 m long with a beam of 32 m.The ship’s stern ramp can handle cargoes up to 240 tonnes, which makes Patriot well suited for heavy military cargo, such as tanks and other heavy tracked vehicles.The vessel is currently operating in ARC’s US-Europe/Mediterranean commercial service.In reference to the decline of the US-flag fleet, ARC president and ceo Eric Ebeling indicated that cargo volumes have declined due to the changing overseas military footprint, lack of a fully functioning Ex-Im Bank, and other factors.”Despite the challenging market conditions, ARC has remained steadfast in its commitment to US-flag shipping, and remains dedicated to continuing the process of investing and recapitalising our fleet in the coming years,” Ebeling said. ARCshipping.com
FRANCE: Faiveley Transport has been awarded contracts totalling more than US$100m to supply subsystems for 71 X’Trapolis Cityduplex double-deck electric multiple-units which SNCF has ordered from a consortium of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation for use on Paris suburban lines D and E.Wabtec company Faiveley Transport is to design and supply the complete braking systems, along with cab and saloon heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, door systems, pantographs and tachometers. This will involve Faiveley sites in France, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Deliveries are scheduled to start by September 2018 and be completed by 2022.Signing the contracts ‘represents a great success for Wabtec and Faiveley Transport, with all of our major product lines represented on-board the new trains’, said Wabtec President & CEO Raymond T Betler on October 10. ‘We believe this project will enable us to further develop our collaboration with Alstom, Bombardier Transportation and SNCF’.The consortium of Alstom and Bombardier Transportation was the sole bidder for the framework contract covering up to 255 EMUs, with an initial €1·55bn firm order for 56 six-car and 15 seven-car units announced by SNCF on January 11. Eight Alstom sites are involved in the contract: Valenciennes (project management, design, testing, commissioning, warranty support, driving car production and final integration); Reichshoffen (design); Ornans (traction motors); Le Creusot (bogies); Villeurbanne (on-board electronics); Tarbes (traction systems); Petit-Quevilly (transformers) and Saint Ouen (design).Bombardier’s Crespin plant will design and manufacture the intermediate cars.
Tyler Farr has released his new EP Only Truck in Town.His first body of work since 2015, the EP features four songs including the title track, and current single, Only Truck in Town. The music video for the title track premiered on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown on Saturday 6th June.Watch the video below:“It’s been five years since I put out the Suffer in Peace album — I love my fans and they have been waiting patiently for new music and now I can finally say that the new music is here…for them,” said Tyler Farr. “These songs really speak to who I am—my good buddy, Jason Aldean, produced the EP and knows me better than most people so working with him just felt right. Together we created something very real and that’s exactly what I want my fans to hear from me.”The single Only Truck in Town has amassed more than 2 million streams since its release.The track listing and credits for the Only Truck in Town EP are:1. Only Truck In Town — Ben Hayslip, Deric Ruttan, Josh Thompson2. Soundtrack To A Small Town Sundown — Jonathan Singleton, Jon Nite3. I Wish Dogs Could Live Forever — Neil Thrasher, Kelley Lovelace4. Heaven On Dirt — Jeremy Bussey, Taylor Phillips, Jordan Rager, Michael Tyler
Bolt badly out of the blocksBolt, beaten by Coleman in the third semi-final earlier in the day, was again badly out of the blocks and after 80 meters Coleman seemed to have it all sewn up. However the long-striding Bolt went into over drive and almost caught the 21-year-old but seemed to lean too early for the tape and had to settle for third.Gatlin’s win led to an eerie silence over the London Stadium, after a crowd of almost 65,000 booed him loudly when his name was announced before the race. He was understandably overjoyed by the win that he burst into tears before falling on his knees on the track.Bolt was gracious in defeat as he hugged Gatlin and congratulated Coleman for their performance.Gatlin still booedBut fans and photographers were still allover Bolt, loss or not. They still booed Gatlin and cheered wildly as Bolt circled the stadium and waved to the fans.Bolt’s Jamaican compatriot Yohan Blake, himself a former 100 meters World Champion, could only manage a fourth place finish after also getting out of the blocks slowly.Bolt and Blake will have a chance to redeem themselves when they will combine with two other Jamaicans to defend Jamaica’s World Championship 4X100 meters sprint relay crown. Usain Bolt congratulates Justlin Gatlin after Gatlin dethroned him as World 100 meters champion at the London World Championships on Saturday, August 5, Usain Bolt was beaten into third place by his old rival Justin Gatlin and young American upstart Christian Coleman in what the Triple World record holder announced was the final individual race of his professional career at the London World Championships.The King of sprint was dethroned by a well-timed run by Gatlin who burst through at the line to take the crown in 9.92 seconds. Coleman, who got off to a blistering start, was second in 9.94 while Bolt clocked 9.95.
Petron Blaze Spikers’ Lindsay Stalzer (right) makes a hit against Generika-Ayala Lifesavers’ April Hingpit. PSLMANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers continued its hot start in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix with a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Generika-Ayala Lifesavers at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan.Lindsay Stalzer led the way with 20 points, all from attacks, while fellow American Hillary Hurley chipped in 11 kills, two aces and a block for 14 points for Blaze Spikers (5-0) on Tuesday night.After easy wins in the first two sets, Blaze Spikers found itself in trouble as Lifesavers surged to an 8-2 start. But Petron made a run after the technical timeout to tie the score 16-all.Stalzer took matters into her hands as she shattered an 18-all deadlock with three sharp smashes to capture a 22-18 edge. Blaze Spikers wrapped up the victory with a conversion from Mary Remy Palma.Symone Hayden nailed 14 points while Darlene Ramdin and Angeli Araneta had 10 markers apiece for Lifesavers, which remained winless in three games.In the second game, Foton Tornadoes survived a tough stand from a revamped Smart Giga Hitters 21-25, 25-20, 27-29, 25-15, 15-12 to record its second victory in four matches.Tornadoes got in trouble after the gritty Giga Hitters forced a fifth set, but it managed to find its groove as it broke away from a 10-all deadlock behind Brooke Kranda and Carmina Aganon.“The other team had a lot of strong players. They really put up a fight,” said Kranda, who scored 17 points for Tornadoes. “It was a great match and I think it’s these types of challenges that can really go a long way into building our character as a team.”/PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] Petron Blaze Spikers’ Lindsay Stalzer (right) makes a hit against Generika-Ayala Lifesavers’ April Hingpit. PSL [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Petron keeps clean record in PSL Grand Prix’ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Thursday, March 8, 2018[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]
Related TopicsDeShone KizerLarry Ogunjobi Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown, Head Coach Hue Jackson & Vice President of Player Personnel Andrew Berry:Opening statement:Brown: “Productive Round 2, so to speak, for us. We were able to add (QB DeShone) Kizer and (DL) Larry (Ogunjobi), two players that we liked and are happy to add to our group. Following up on yesterday, which was really productive for us, we were happy to add both guys. We will talk a little bit more about both of them.”On how long Kizer has been on the Browns’ radar:Brown: “For us, we went out and did our diligence on all of the quarterbacks. As you all know, it was reported pretty widely that we went out and had private workouts with DeShone – well both ‘DeShone’s’ (Kizer and Texans QB Deshaun Watson) – and also (Bears QB) Mitch (Trubisky). We felt like we knew him well. We were surprised that he was there and available to us at 52.”On what Jackson likes most about Kizer, understanding Notre Dame’s record last year:Jackson: “Obviously, he has the measurables. He is a big, physical quarterback who can make all of the throws that I think anybody needs to make in the National Football League. He is intelligent. He has the characteristics that we are looking for.”On what the Browns saw from Kizer that made the Browns comfortable picking him, given Notre Dame’s record and his inconsistency at times:Jackson: “I just think through our conversations, through our conversations with us all. I think we did a really good job of making sure we crossed all of the ‘t’s’ and dotted all of the ‘i’s.’ We feel very comfortable with his situation at Notre Dame.”On what Jackson learned in Kizer’s one-on-one interviews:Jackson: “That he is very bright and again a guy that works hard and works at it. He understands there are some things that he needed to improve at and is willing to work at it.”On if it is too early to discuss QB competition:Jackson: “I think it is a little early. I know that you want to get to that point really quickly, but we need to get him here, just like all of them, and give them the opportunity to compete.”On Kizer competing as a potential starter:Jackson: “I think we are going to give all of our guys an opportunity to compete. I think that is what it is all about. It is not about who is the starter and who is this. Let’s let these guys get here and learn our offense, spend time with myself and (quarterbacks) Coach (David) Lee and go out onto the field and let’s see how it all turns out.”On why Kizer was selected at No. 52 after he entered the 2016 season as one of the top two QBs by many NFL evaluators:Berry: “I can’t speak for the rest of the league. As Hue mentioned, we spent much time with really all of the quarterback prospects. We got comfortable really with all of the guys who have been drafted so far. With DeShone in particular, we were impressed by his intelligence, impressed by his maturity, his preparation in our meetings and obviously, he has all of the tools to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.”On Kizer’s ‘drop in production and accuracy’ last season at Notre Dame:Berry: “I would say that we’re comfortable with DeShone’s profile. Like all quarterbacks entering the NFL, they are going to go through a little bit of a development process. Could he stand to improve consistency? That is going to be the case with all rookie signal-callers in the NFL.”Brown: “One of the things that we found in talking with him was that he had really been self-reflective on some of the things that he wanted to improve upon, and he is already working on those things and has been through the offseason. That is one of the things you want to see in a young quarterback, now and he is obviously very young and now being able to get out into a good situation here and a good quarterback room with teammates but also obviously with David (Lee) and Hue (Jackson).”On if he is happy that Kizer forwent his last season at Notre Dame to enter the draft, given Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly stated he would benefit from another year in college:Brown: “Absolutely, yeah, we are happy that he came out.”On if Jackson likes Kizer’s ability to move and run or if he will be trained as a pocket passer:Jackson: “I’m glad that he has that athletic ability, but obviously, we play a lot of different ways. You have to be able to play from the pocket, but you also have to have that mobility to be able to escape defenses as you face them.”On not forcing a QB pick and being surprised that Kizer was available at No. 52 and if the team considered trading up to acquire him:Brown: “Not going to go into kind of what we planned on doing. We were happy DeShone was there at No. 52. There were several players in consideration for us on Day 2. He was one on our list, and we are happy to be able to land him and bring him here to Cleveland.”On if it felt like the Browns didn’t have to force the situation while drafting Kizer:Brown: “It did not feel like this was a forced situation, where you kind of let the draft come to you and the way we positioned ourselves, it allows us to wait for things to come to us. There will be times where we target a player as we did last night with (TE) David (Njoku), but most of the time we are going to sit back and let the draft come to us.”On Jackson stating the desire for arm talent, processing speed and a guy that could be the face of the franchise in his QB and how he views Kizer in those categories:Jackson: “I think we feel very comfortable with those things when it relates to him. He has demonstrated those things for us, and I think that is what is really important. He will come here and, as I keep saying, he is going to come here and compete and see if he can do those things while he is here.”On how much better Jackson and Lee can make Kizer once he gets in the building:Jackson: “I’m not just going to say him, but I think it is our whole room. We try to create an environment for all our guys to be the best versions of themselves. They are all going to have different strengths and weaknesses, and what we are going do is really try to really showcase their strengths and try to improve the weaknesses as much as we can. We feel like we are pretty good quarterback coaches – myself and Coach Lee. We think we can take a player from A to Z, but how soon that will be, what that will be? Until you have a chance to get out on the field with him do you really know.”On how much a QBs’ accuracy can be improved when entering the NFL and the factors with it:Jackson: “I think it is a combination of a lot of things. The receivers play a part in that, too, as well as the quarterback, timing and rhythm and what are you trying to do on every particular play. I think to DeShone’s defense a little bit, he played with a lot of the young receivers a year ago, and that is difficult when you are a veteran player and here come a bunch of young guys. At the same time, I think he is being very honest that he knows that something that he needs to work at.”On if drafting three players in the first round allows the Browns to take a QB that may need some time to develop and isn’t ‘pro ready’:Brown: “I think the reality is it’s probably a little bit overblown when people say ‘pro-ready’. There are just not a lot of guys, if any, that are coming out of college that are pro ready. We expect when we draft a quarterback we are going to have to develop him. We talked about that a long time, that is Hue’s expertise, and Andrew can talk a little more about that and (DL) Larry (Ogunjobi), as well. I do think for us understanding that these guys are going to come and not place too lofty of expectations on him and make sure that he comes in and understands that (QBs) Brock (Osweiler), Cody (Kessler) and Kevin (Hogan) have been in the league longer than he has, but he will be hustling to catch up. It is going to be a development process for him, just as it will I think for anybody who has been drafted today or yesterday.”On if it is exciting as a coach to have multiple young QBs in the room:Jackson: “Yes, it is. Sashi said it, I think we have made that commitment that we are going to continue to infuse good talent on our football team everywhere but especially at this position so that we can give ourselves the best opportunity to put the best that we can put out there. I think these guys are going to surprise and work hard at it.”On how much different the team is now after drafting Kizer:Jackson: “I think we are better at that position. I think we have made huge strides over the last several months at that position.”On how important it was to Jackson to have a QB with the prototypical size and arm strength for the AFC North:Jackson: “It is important. We like to have that all the time, but we know that quarterbacks come in all different shapes and sizes and ability to throw the ball, but this guy has all the measureables that you look for.”On Jackson giving Kizer areas to work on and Kizer saying that he has improved in those areas:Jackson: “I think the beautiful part of it was he was able to take that instruction and improve. I think we saw that in our workout. That was outstanding. He is very coachable. He wants to work at it, and I think that is what it is going to take. We will find out how good this guy can be over time.”On the timing of the release of TE Gary Barnidge:Brown: “We want to be respectful of all our vets, and we had obviously drafted a guy in the first round. We want him to get out there on the field, and we wanted to give Gary an opportunity as soon as possible to catch on with another team where he would have an opportunity to make a roster and get into a situation where he felt more comfortable continuing his career.”On DL Larry Ogunjobi:Berry: “We were very excited about Larry. He has really only been playing football since his sophomore year of high school. We thought he was one of the more physically gifted defensive tackles in the entire draft – strong, explosive and athletic. Coming into the fall, he obviously dominated Conference USA and improved every year during his career. He was exceptional during the Senior Bowl week and responded well to the uptick in competition. Really just the time that we spent scouting him going to work him out this spring, we felt very comfortable with his overall skillset and his fit in our defense.”On the importance of having multiple picks in early rounds and how the Browns feel about the results from the first two days:Brown: “Good. Good. We feel good about really all five picks. For us, it was about trying to improve the roster and getting young guys who are competitive and that embody the values that we cherish in terms of the competitiveness and the toughness. We have some big, athletic men who are going to be joining our roster and are going to help us play a more physical brand of football. We are excited. We really are. It has been a productive two days, and we have one more to go.”On if the Browns’ defensive selections indicate the team may have a 4-3 base defense:Jackson: “It could. Gregg does a lot of different things with his scheme. Obviously, I think our base may be that, but we will do a lot of multiple things out of that all of the sudden depending on the skillset of our players. We will have the flexibility to do a little bit of it all.”On stating the Browns would not force it at QB and what is the right context for how fans should view the team’s selection of Kizer:Brown: “Hue said it, and he has really kind of said what we have said from the start, which is that we value the position. We feel like there is a guy who fell to us in the draft at the right value for us to draft him. He is a guy who has played really good football. Various people and I have talked about how he obviously did not have the year that he wanted to have last year and he recognizes that, but he has tremendous skills to work with, rare skills and traits to work with. We like that. We like the opportunity to add that, and by the way, we have four more players we added on the first two days. That is a great combination for us to continue investing in that position, which we will do until we get it settled.” David Sprouse
Hanae Ito waves her hand after winning the women’s 100-meter backstroke with a new national record of 59.83 on Thursday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center during the National Championships. | KYODO PHOTO Hanae Ito beat Reiko Nakamura with a record-setting performance to win the women’s 100-meter backstroke at the National Championships on Thursday, securing a spot in the Olympics for the first time.Ito broke the one-day-old national mark held by Nakamura, the 200-meter backstroke bronze medalist at the Athens Olympics, by 0.13 as she hit the wall in 59.83 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center to claim her third national title in the 100. “I just can’t believe it,” Ito said of her winning time — her first under one minute. “I was trying hard not to finish third or worse. With this victory and record, I think I’ve gotten closer to world-class swimmers. But I know I still have a lot to do to narrow the gap on the world’s best time-wise.”Nakamura finished runnerup in 1:00.16 and qualified for the Beijing Olympics along with Ito.“First I set the goal of making it to the Olympics coming into the final,” said Nakamura, whose time in the final was 0.20 slower than the national record she set in Wednesday’s heats.“It’s disappointing if you talk about the time I just got but I still have the 200, which is my next challenge,” she said.Nakamura guaranteed herself a second straight Olympic appearance by finishing in the top two and swimming under 1:01.06 — the requirements set by the Japan Swimming Federation.In other action, Megumi Taneda emerged the only swimmer to meet the Olympic qualifying standards in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, winning her first national crown in 1:07.91. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOS
Trevor Challis’ side missed a penalty when 1-0 down, but managed to level through Zak Smith’s close-range finish, only for the Tykes to steal all three points in stoppage time.Both sides created chances in a lively first half, although Barnsley came closest with a header that rattled the crossbar.Barnsley broke the deadlock shortly after half-time with a scrappy goal from six yards out.But City – who ended the game with four under-16 players on the pitch – continued to fight hard and were awarded a penalty on the hour. Josh Mortimore stepped up to take the spot-kick but saw the Barnsley keeper guess the right way to save, before keeping out Sam Pearson’s follow up effort as well.City were level soon after when Jamie Taylor swirling cross was acrobatically sent back across goal by Sam Pearson for Smith to convert.Challis’ young team had chances to win it, but then were unable to clear a free kick into the area two minutes into stoppage time and the hosts fired in the winner.The Under-18 coach said: “It was a really disappointing result for us but the performance was good. We’re promoting a lot of Under-16s into the team at the moment, which is important for the Academy, and they performed very well.”City Under-18s: Sainsbury, C.Pearson, Burford, Spark, Webb (Hall), Z.Smith, Ali, S.Pearson, Mortimore (Towler), Rees (Taylor), Trialist. Sub not used: Robertson.