Honouring the victims of a year ago

first_imgBut yesterday’s memorials across the continent honouring the 3,025 victims of the terrorist atrocities of a year ago were a reminder that the ties that bind run deep.In villages, towns and cities across the member states and accession countries, young and old alike paid silent tribute to those who died. We will remember them. We will especially remember the courage of the police officers and firefighters who died trying to save others. If the Bush administration is not willing to listen to the concerns of its allies on this question, any subsequent military operation risks losing legitimacy.It also increasingly leaves itself open to claims by those who say that after failing to capture Osama bin Laden, America simply wants an easy scapegoat to avenge the terrible events of 11 September.Failure to seek a united front will undermine the campaign against terrorism. And that would be no way to remember the 3,025 innocent people who died a year ago. This argument is given particular resonance by the experience of the 20th Century when Adolf Hitler and Emperor Hirohito made fools of the appeasers on both sides of the Atlantic.However, the views expressed yesterday by America’s ambassador to NATO, Nicholas Burns, are likely to strike more of a chord with the majority of European citizens.He acknowledged that despite America’s awesome power, “we cannot go it alone in the world. America needs our friends… neither isolationism nor unilateralism can ever be America’s course”.Mr Rumsfeld would probably sniff that Burns has spent too much time in the company of Europeans.Nevertheless, there are signs that President Bush is listening to the voices of the doves as well as the hawks.He is absolutely right not to accept the flagrant flouting of UN Security Council resolutions by Saddam Hussein. However, he would be wise to seek one final resolution demanding that the regime cooperates with weapons inspectors. That resolution should have a firm deadline attached. center_img But what matters is how we remember them.For the campaign against terrorism to succeed, we must preserve unity to protect the values the terrorists seek to destroy.We must, in the words of Lord Robertson, secretary general of NATO, be prepared for a “long haul”.And that means achieving a multilateral response to the threat posed by outlaw states like Iraq.Donald Rumsfeld, the US Secretary of State for Defense, makes a compelling case opposite for why the US is ready to use all the military means at its disposal without, if it comes to it, the support of America’s natural allies.“Sometimes the consequences of not acting can be more terrible than choosing to act, even if the act is war,” he writes. Tony Blair made the same point at the Trades Union Congress in Blackpool this week. last_img read more

All-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champions

first_img2012Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2) 1999Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) 2020Austin Cindric 2019Tyler Reddick (2) 2010Brad Keselowski YearDriver 1998Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1993Steve Grissom 2014Chase Elliott 1987Larry Pearson (2) 2011Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2000Jeff Green 1992Joe Nemechek 2017William Byron 2008Clint Bowyer 2009Kyle Busch 2006Kevin Harvick (2) The all-time list of NASCAR Xfinity Series champions is topped by nine drivers to win two championships. Active Cup Series drivers Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. are among the elite field to win two series championships. In total, 30 drivers have won a NASCAR Xfinity Series title since the series debuted in 1982.Below is the list of all-time champions in the Xfinity Series.Last update: Following 2020 season 2016Daniel Suarez 2003Brian Vickers 1994David Green 2007Carl Edwards 2002Greg Biffle 2004Martin Truex Jr. 1986Larry Pearson 1997Randy LaJoie (2) 2018Tyler Reddick 2005Martin Truex Jr. (2) 1996Randy LaJoie 2015Chris Buescher 2001Kevin Harvick 1984Sam Ard (2) 1990Chuck Bown 1983Sam Ard 1988Tommy Ellis 1995Johnny Benson Jr. 1985Jack Ingram (2) 2013Austin Dillon 1991Bobby Labonte 1989Rob Moroso 1982Jack Ingramlast_img read more

Dozens Sickened at Virginia University Camp

first_imgFAIRFAX Va. (WJLA) – More than three dozen students staying at George Mason University during a summer camp program are being evaluated for possible food poisoning after falling ill Wednesday night and Thursday morning, officials say.Fairfax City and County Fire officials say that they responded to the George Mason campus early Thursday morning on reports of the sick students, who are participating in a week-long program affiliated with the Congressional Awards Foundation.University spokesman Dan Walsch says that EMS crews are evaluating at least 40 students for what may be a widespread case of food poisoning.Officials tell ABC 7 that the students, some of whom traveled from outside the D.C. area to attend the camp, ate at a banquet on Wednesday night and at a restaurant on Capitol Hill before going to a Washington Nationals game. Some of the students began getting sick at the baseball game.Many of the students are quarantined inside the dormitory where they’re staying, while officials say others have been either taken to area hospitals for treatment or being treated on the scene.ABC 7’s John Gonzalez contributed to this report.last_img read more

First Chinese-American Woman Enters Congress

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreCalifornia Democrat Judy Chu became the first Chinese-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress, winning a largely Hispanic district with 61 percent of the vote in a special election to replace Hilda Solis who was appointed as Labor Secretary.In an audio interview with NPR, the newly-minted Congresswoman talked about her journey from school board member to Capitol Hill and winning a district of majority Hispanic voters in the 32nd Congressional District of California. (Listen here)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Young Man With Down Syndrome Ignores Naysayers, Opens Own Business

first_imgHis brother joined him in dreaming up the flavor choices, including coconut and cotton candy–and inventing new ones with names like Hulk and Shark Attack.WATCH: Girl With Half Her Brain Becomes Speech Pathologist as AdultWhen the people of Sanger heard about the idea, the community rallied behind the young man.Blake says he will be able to run his own business because his parents never listened to others who wanted to label or limit him. And Mary Ann says the opening is timed for Mother’s Day weekend, partly, to send a message to parents of special needs children about what their kids can accomplish.CHECK OUT: Mom Adopts Hospice Babies No One Else Wants“We were told Blake wouldn’t be able to do things, and we looked past that,” Mary Ann told ABC News. “You don’t know us. You don’t know our child, so don’t label him. We haven’t, and he turned out great.”(WATCH the video below and READ more at ABC News) — Photo: Blake’s Snow Shack, Facebook HELP Spread the Sweet Message, Share It…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA 20-year-old with Down syndrome becomes the youngest business owner in town this weekend during the grand opening of a venture that combines his two favorite passions – people and snow cones.Blake Pyron had a hard time finding a job in this small Texas town after the restaurant closed where he was employed, so his family suggested he start his own business.RELATED: When a Cheerleader with Down Syndrome was Bullied, 3 Players Walked Off the CourtHis mother, Mary Ann, said Blake missed his customers terribly so they pondered businesses that would let him interact with people. When they considered his passion for snow cones, “Blake’s Snow Shack” became the obvious answer.last_img read more

See Nancy Opel & Off-Broadway’s Curvy Widow Cast Celebrate Their Off-Broadway Opening

first_img Nancy Opel Nancy Opel in off-Broadway’s ‘Curvy Widow'(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) The cast of Curvy Widow takes their curtain call. Opel and Curvy Widow scribe Bobby Goldman get together. She’s fifty-something and fabulous! Bobby Goldman’s Curvy Widow opened at the Westside Theatre on August 3. Leading lady Nancy Opel, along with Andrea Bianchi, Aisha de Haas, Elizabeth Ward Land, Ken Land, Alan Muraoka, Chris Shyer and director Peter Flynn snapped some sweet pics. Broadway.com was in on the action for the off-Broadway opening. Take a look! View Comments Star Filescenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 5, 2017 Curvy Widow Related Shows Congrats to the company of Curvy Widow! Catch it at the Westside Theatre. Opel and her daughter Jillian get glam on the red carpet.last_img read more

CVMC’s 2013 Charity Golf Classic to raise funds for cancer patient fund

first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,The 12th Annual CVMC Fall Foliage Charity Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. All proceeds from this year’s tournament will go to benefit the CVMC Cancer Patient Fund, which assists patients undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy at CVMC.A diagnosis of cancer ripples across all aspects of a person’s life, affecting more than just their physical wellbeing. For many cancer patients the financial burden of cancer treatment makes it difficult to meet basic needs, like buying food or paying rent or utility bills. These financial challenges, in turn, can impact their ability to follow through on getting the critical medical care that they need. At the National Life Cancer Treatment Center and Central Vermont Oncology, our staff has created a special Patient Fund to assist patients. ‘Today, quality cancer care goes beyond medical treatments,’ said CVMC’s Patient Navigator Theresa Lever. ‘We are there for our patients before, during and after their treatments, helping them overcome obstacles and using a variety of our resources in traditional and creative ways to help reduce their stress and make this difficult time in their lives a little easier.’  Participants in CVMC’s Charity Golf event not only support a great cause but enjoy a wonderful day of golf on one of Vermont’s top golf courses. Our 18-hole, 4-member team scramble tournament is a fast, fun format that allows participants to enjoy the Country Club of Vermont’s pristine fairways and greens during peak fall foliage. A wide variety of both individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available (non-golfers can consider a cash or in-kind donation).  Eagle Sponsors this year are Bond Auto Parts, CBMVT Cleaning Services, Connor Contracting, Control Technologies, E.F. Wall & Associates, Kinney Pike Insurance, New England Service Group, NICOM Coatings, People’s United Bank, Transamerica Retirement Solutions, and Union Mutual of Vermont. To download a registration form, go to www.cvmc.org/golf(link is external), or contact Christine Petterssen at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-371-4196.  CAPTION:  The 12th Annual CVMC Fall Foliage Charity Golf Classic will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury Center. A wide variety of both individual and corporate sponsorship opportunities are still available.last_img read more

NEJC Faces: Connor Ehman, musician

first_imgBy Tommy SherkConnor Ehman, Rockhurst High grad and singer with the WingdingsWhat got you into music?Connor Ehman: I got grounded in the first month of high school… [My parents] took away all my electronics, so the only thing I had was a guitar that my friend left here. So I learned how to play the guitar.I really liked this band called “The Strokes.” I liked playing their songs, and it gave me something to do. I liked the physical stimulation of playing the guitar. I like the sounds, but it really relaxes me when I move my hands like that. It’s stress relief for me.I started writing songs within a month or two of learning how to play the guitar… I like telling stories. Telling real stories using my imagination. I like to take something real about myself and transform it into a metaphor. I always try to make sure the story is really accurate to the situation. I would never say “blah blah blah” happened if it didn’t happen.The first I remember performing was at the Rockhurst High School Battle of the Bands. I remember feeling like there wasn’t much I could do with music. I could really only play a few chords on the guitar. So it was very gimmicky. I wore a pair of silver tights and a blue sweater with a flower in my hair. I got everyone to take their clothes off and throw them on the stage. Another time I came out in a fat Batman costume while [a bandmember] played the Batman theme song. But now, I feel like that same part of my personality is still part of performing in the sense that the Wingdings, the group I play with now, it’s still goofy and silly. But there’s a lot more substance to the music. I feel more confident because I think the music has a more wholesome quality to it.Do you make music for yourself or for others?CE: I used to make it because it felt good, physically. But the more that I’ve studied music, I realize how much joy you can bring to people through music. There is nothing more enjoyable than knowing that you made someone else have a good experience from music.Music is pretty much my whole life now. Not to be cheesy, but besides when I’m lifeguarding, I pretty much spend all day either listening to music, playing music, or preparing myself so that I can practice again. We rehearse probably every other day, at least.I think the end goal is just to have a life where I can support myself playing music, and I don’t have to do anything else. That could be audio production, playing gigs, being a recording artist or studio musician. But the whole goal is just to be immersed in it, so you can get really great at it. That’s when you can be most effective.last_img read more

Roe Boulevard through Roeland Park slated for rebuild in 2020 from I-35 to Johnson Drive

first_imgRoe Boulevard cuts through the heart of the Roeland Park commercial district.After seeing Johnson Drive through downtown Mission completely rebuilt in 2014, the next major road project in northeast Johnson County could be the rebuild of Roe Boulevard in 2020.The reconstruction of Roe from I-35 to Johnson Drive is expected to cost up to $9 million. The project would rebuild the street and redo the streetscape. It would be done within the current right-of-way and keep the street’s trees in place.“The intent is to make Roe Boulevard an entryway to our community that is unique,” Roeland Park City Administrator Keith Moody told residents this week. If the funding for the project comes through, he said, community involvement sessions will be held to get input on the design for the project.The city anticipates Surface Transportation Program (STP) federal funding and county funding through the CARS program (County Assistance Road System). If successful in those applications, the city might need to pay only about $1 million of the $9 million price tag for the reconstruction. It could get more than $5 million from STP and close to $2 million from CARS under the current budget.The Roe rebuild is listed as a 2020 construction project on the city’s Capital Improvement Program.last_img read more

Minority Mentoring Picnic slated for November 14

first_img Minority Mentoring Picnic slated for November 14 At the new “Leaders and Legends” tent, inspirational stories will flow from Chief Justice Peggy Quince, Greenberg Traurig Chief Executive Officer Cesar Alvarez, and former Bar President and U.S. District Court of Appeal Judge Patricia Seitz, and other big shots in Florida law.But John Kozyak, a Miami lawyer organizing the Sixth Annual Minority Mentoring Picnic, insists you don’t need to be a legendary lawyer to be a good mentor.“I totally agree that solo practitioners, small firm lawyers, government lawyers, state court judges, etc., can all be wonderful mentors, because the students are looking for lawyers and judges who will spend a bit of time getting to know them and to share real-life experiences,” Kozyak said.“Lawyers and judges intrigued by the idea of being a mentor should go to my Web site and attend the picnic. They will quickly see several hundred law students walking around with ‘need mentor’ stickers, and they can initiate a conversation with them and then decide whether they are interested in working with that student. This is not a major time commitment, but it is a very rewarding experience.”As Bar President Jesse Diner describes the annual event at Hialeah’s Amelia Earhart Park: “The Minority Mentoring Picnic is an enjoyable, positive way for everyone to get together and further the inclusive bond all in the profession, or all seeking to join the profession, should strive to achieve.”Juliet Roulhac, a member of the Bar Board of Governors, agrees the picnic’s purpose has staying power.“The picnic provides the opportunity of having diverse lawyers interact with and be matched to mentor minority law students in a relaxed, nonthreatening atmosphere. These lawyers’ sincere commitment to help our future lawyers is both heartwarming and inspirational,” Roulhac said. “I have the same commitment, and I am always pleased to participate. I have met many outstanding students over the years and still have mentoring relationships with some of them. These relationships have greatly benefited me personally. Additionally, the students, whether matched or not matched as mentees, do gain some networking experience as well.”For more information about the picnic on November 14, from noon to 3 p.m., and to R.S.V.P., go to kttlaw.com/mmp. August 1, 2009 Regular News Minority Mentoring Picnic slated for November 14last_img read more