Leader – Thany http://thany.org/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:17:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thany.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Leader – Thany http://thany.org/ 32 32 Tense Japan holds funeral for slain ex-leader Abe https://thany.org/tense-japan-holds-funeral-for-slain-ex-leader-abe/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 01:17:49 +0000 https://thany.org/tense-japan-holds-funeral-for-slain-ex-leader-abe/ TOKYO– A tense Japan prepared on Tuesday for a rare and controversial state funeral for slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving leader in his country’s modern history and one of the most controversial. Tokyo was under maximum security, with angry protests over planned funerals around the capital and the country. Hours before the […]]]>

TOKYO– A tense Japan prepared on Tuesday for a rare and controversial state funeral for slain former prime minister Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving leader in his country’s modern history and one of the most controversial.

Tokyo was under maximum security, with angry protests over planned funerals around the capital and the country. Hours before the ceremony began, dozens of people carrying bouquets of flowers lined up outside public flower-laying stalls in nearby Kudanzaka Park.

Thousands of uniformed police rallied around the Budokan Hall, where the funeral is taking place, and at major train stations. Roads around the site are closed all day and coin lockers at major train stations have been sealed for security reasons. World leaders including US Vice President Kamala Harris were in town for the funeral.

Opponents of state-sponsored funerals, which have their roots in pre-war imperial ceremonies, say taxpayers’ money should be spent on more meaningful causes, such as addressing the growing economic disparities caused by Abe’s policies.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has been criticized for forcing the expensive event to honor his mentor, Abe, who was assassinated in July. There has also been growing controversy over Abe and the ruling party’s close ties to the ultra-conservative Unification Church, which is accused of garnering huge donations by brainwashers. Abe’s alleged killer reportedly told police he killed the politician because of his church ties; he said his mother had ruined his life by giving the family money to the church.

Kishida says the longest-serving leader in modern Japanese political history deserves a state funeral. The government also maintains that the ceremony is not intended to force anyone to honor Abe. However, most of the country’s 47 prefectural governments plan to fly national flags at half mast and observe a minute’s silence.

Opponents say Kishida’s unilateral decision, which was taken without parliamentary approval, was undemocratic and a reminder of how pre-war imperialist governments used state funerals to stoke nationalism. The pre-war burial law was abolished after World War II. The only post-war state funeral for a political leader, for Shigeru Yoshida in 1967, also faced similar criticism.

“Spending our precious tax money on a state funeral without a legal basis is an act that tramples on the constitution,” organizer Takakage Fujita said at a protest on Monday.

About 1.7 billion yen ($11.8 million) is needed for venue, security, transportation and accommodation for guests, the government said.

A group of lawyers have filed a number of lawsuits in courts across the country in an attempt to stop the funeral. Last week, an elderly man set himself on fire near the prime minister’s office in protest at the funeral.

In what some see as an attempt to further vindicate Abe’s honor, Kishida has initiated a series of meetings with visiting foreign leaders in what he calls “funeral diplomacy”. The talks aim to strengthen ties as Japan faces regional and global challenges, including threats from China, Russia and North Korea. He was to meet around 40 foreign leaders until Wednesday. No leader of the Group of Seven is present.

Kishida met with a dozen dignitaries on Monday, including Harris, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Philippine Vice President Sara Duterte. He will meet his Australian and Indian counterparts separately and host a reception on Tuesday.

About 4,300 people, including Japanese lawmakers and foreign and local dignitaries, attend the funeral.

Japanese troops will line the streets around the venue, and 20 of them will act as honor guards outside Abe’s home as his family leaves for the funeral. There will then be a 19 volley salute.

The ceremony will begin when Abe’s widow, Akie Abe, enters the hall carrying an urn containing her husband’s ashes, placed in a wooden box and wrapped in white cloth. The former leader was cremated after a private funeral at a Tokyo temple days after his death.

Representatives of government, parliament and the judiciary, including Kishida, will deliver condolence speeches, followed by Akie Abe.

The main opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, and the Japanese Communist Party are boycotting the funeral, along with others.

Abe’s opponents remember his attempts to whitewash Japan’s wartime atrocities, his push for more military spending, his reactionary view of gender roles, and a leadership seen as autocratic and sympathetic.

Protests against the funeral grew as more details emerged about Abe’s connection to LDP lawmakers with the Unification Church. The South Korea-based church has forged close ties with LDP lawmakers over common interests in conservative causes.

“The fact that the close ties between the LDP and the Unification Church may have interfered with policy-making processes is seen by the Japanese people as a greater threat to democracy than the assassination of Abe. “wrote Jiro Yamaguchi, professor of political science at Hosei University, in a recent article.

Abe’s grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, helped the church take root in Japan and is now seen as a key figure in the scandal. Opponents say holding a state funeral for Abe amounts to an endorsement of the ruling party’s ties to the Unification Church.

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Three local veterans receive Quilts of Valor https://thany.org/three-local-veterans-receive-quilts-of-valor/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 13:38:17 +0000 https://thany.org/three-local-veterans-receive-quilts-of-valor/ For Chief Tomahawk TOMAHAWK – Three veterans from the region recently received Quilts of Valor in recognition of their service to their country. Corrine and Bill Burcalow presented the quilts to Andrew Lockman, Air Force; Jerry Dvorak, Army; and Bob Setlak, U.S. Marine Corps, at the Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW Post 2687 90th Anniversary Celebration at Tomahawk […]]]>

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TOMAHAWK – Three veterans from the region recently received Quilts of Valor in recognition of their service to their country.

Corrine and Bill Burcalow presented the quilts to Andrew Lockman, Air Force; Jerry Dvorak, Army; and Bob Setlak, U.S. Marine Corps, at the Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW Post 2687 90th Anniversary Celebration at Tomahawk Friday, September 9.

Lockman served as an aerospace maintenance technician at Little Rock AFB from 1999 to 2005. He then served as a laboratory technician at Lackland Air Force Base from 2005 to 2009. Lockman also served during Operation Iraqi Freedom from January to May 2008 He was honorably discharged in 2009.

Dvorak began basic training at Fort Leonard Wood in May 1969 before being sent to Massachusetts and Panama to learn Morse code and receive training to become a member of the Army Security Agency. He was then sent to a secret location, where he decoded the conversations over the airwaves and passed the information to supervisors, who used it to disrupt enemy operations in Vietnam and protect American troops. Dvorak was honorably discharged in July 1972.

After basic training at Camp Pendleton, Setlak and his fellow Marines of the First Marine Division, Second Battalion, 5th Marines, Golf Company were sent straight into danger, taking part in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War in January 1968. They fought the Vietcong in the city of Hue, where casualties were high. Bob received a Purple Heart in January and a second Purple Heart in February. Between January and August, he and his fellow Marines were involved in 13 operations in nine months. In August, his platoon was called to the front, knowing that three platoons had preceded them and suffered heavy losses.

On August 18, Setlak was wounded and evacuated to Okinawa. He received his third Purple Heart, plus a Bronze Star with Combat V. V stands for Valor and is given to those who have gone beyond. After about a week in hospital in Okinawa, he was airlifted to Camp Pendleton. Setlak was honorably discharged in April 1970.

Corrine said the Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 to send a message to veterans that “they are honored to have left all that was dear to them to serve, whether in times of crisis or in times of peace ; they are thanked for their service and their bravery; and they are forever in our thoughts and hearts.

“The layers of the quilt have symbolism,” she explained. “The quilt top, with its many colors and shapes, represents the communities and the many individuals that we are. The fleece in the center of the quilt lends warmth, representing the hope that this quilt will bring comfort, peace, and healing to the recipient. Support is the strength that sustains the other layers, representing the strength of the veteran and the support of the recipient’s family, community, and our nation.

Pictured, left to right: Quilts of Valor recipients Andrew Lockman, Jerry Dvorak and Bob Setlak.
Photos courtesy of Corrine Burcalow.
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Burke Bryant steps down as Rhode Island Kids Count director https://thany.org/burke-bryant-steps-down-as-rhode-island-kids-count-director/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 14:32:37 +0000 https://thany.org/burke-bryant-steps-down-as-rhode-island-kids-count-director/ PROVIDENCE — Elizabeth Burke Bryant is stepping down as executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count after 28 years. Burke Bryant has headed the agency since its inception in 1994. Under his leadership, Rhode Island Kids Count became the state’s premier children’s advocacy organization. He has a national reputation for his work to improve the […]]]>

PROVIDENCE — Elizabeth Burke Bryant is stepping down as executive director of Rhode Island Kids Count after 28 years.

Burke Bryant has headed the agency since its inception in 1994.

Under his leadership, Rhode Island Kids Count became the state’s premier children’s advocacy organization. He has a national reputation for his work to improve the health, education, early childhood development, economic well-being and safety of Rhode Island’s children.

After:Women-led families in RI hit hard by COVID crisis, data shows

After:Annual Rhode Island Kids Count report shows deteriorating mental health and learning conditions

After:Childcare bills would pay for universal pre-kindergarten and support childcare workers

The organization’s annual factbook has become a go-to source of data and policy information for multiple indicators of child well-being across the state.

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World leaders know their place at the funeral of the century – POLITICO https://thany.org/world-leaders-know-their-place-at-the-funeral-of-the-century-politico/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 13:52:21 +0000 https://thany.org/world-leaders-know-their-place-at-the-funeral-of-the-century-politico/ Press play to listen to this article LONDON – It was the grandest of state funerals. It was a rare moment of shared national reflection. It was also a masterclass in diplomatic choreography. Two full hours before the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn state funeral at 11 a.m. on Monday, world leaders began arriving. […]]]>

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LONDON – It was the grandest of state funerals. It was a rare moment of shared national reflection. It was also a masterclass in diplomatic choreography.

Two full hours before the start of Queen Elizabeth II’s solemn state funeral at 11 a.m. on Monday, world leaders began arriving. They came in waves – with a clear hierarchy displayed.

For most, their arrival at the 750-year-old Westminster Abbey, just opposite the Palace of Westminster, involved carefully stepping off a coach onto sawdust-strewn London pavement.

US President Joe Biden, apparently the only foreign visitor allowed to dodge the ‘park and ride’ VIP system in place for foreign dignitaries, arrived early in his armored limo known as ‘The Beast’. He was the first sitting US president to attend the funeral of a British monarch.

But the special privileges given to the so-called special relationship ended there.

Biden was forced to wait to take his place as a motorcade, including recipients of the Victoria Cross – the highest and most prestigious award in the British honors system for bravery – marching past him in the ‘aisle.

The American president and his wife then found themselves seated at the end of the south transept of the abbey, perched at the end of a row just behind the Polish president, Andrzej Duda. Jill Biden took her place next to Swiss President Ignazio Cassis.

Further up the pecking order were the rulers of the Commonwealth realms – nations for which Queen Elizabeth had remained head of state. Canadian President Justin Trudeau, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and new Australian leader Anthony Albanese all received later arrival times and larger seats inside the abbey.

They appeared to be arriving together, with Ardern confirming over the weekend that she was more than happy to take the shared VIP transport provided.

Despite concern from some foreign embassies over travel arrangements ahead of Monday’s funeral, other world leaders have also embraced shared travel. Nairobi-based media company Kenyans.co.ke carried a photograph of Kenya’s President William Ruto posing aboard a coach traveling to Buckingham Palace for the state reception on Sunday evening.

Some leaders had arrived at the funeral park and ride site in Chelsea, west London, as early as 7.30am, three and a half hours before the funeral was due to start. The first vehicle to cross the police line was registered with the Sudanese government, according to London’s Evening Standard. Italian President Sergio Mattarella was among the last to arrive, in a chauffeur-driven Maserati registered “ITA 1”.

French President Emmanuel Macron shared a coach with other European leaders, including European Council President Charles Michel. Macron caused a stir in London on Sunday afternoon after being spotted walk the streets with his wife Bridget. Irish President Michael D. Higgins, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol also arrived around the same time.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (front R) and his wife Sophie Grégoire (L) walk with other dignitaries as the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II is carried from Westminster Abbey after the state funeral | WPA pool photo by Frank Augstein via Getty images

Foreign royals, arriving in luxury mini-buses, were given some of the best seats in the abbey, with King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and members of the Spanish royal family seated near the Queen’s immediate family near the altar. Europe’s oldest living monarch, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, sat directly across from King Charles.

Britain’s former prime ministers – John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson – arrived separately in a fleet of black BMWs. They were seated together, near the royal family in the choir stalls. Cherie Blair and Gordon Brown – famously disgruntled Downing Street neighbors in the 2000s – chatted animatedly as they waited for the service to begin. Former Tory leaders May and Johnson were tactfully separated by the genius Philip May.

Seated further back were the big and good of Britain’s political establishment, including Britain’s new Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng and Business Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg, who had arrived wearing a a top hat for his bus journey from Chelsea. Other Cabinet members were joined by other senior ministers, including Climate Change Minister Graham Stuart and Security Minister Tom Tugendhat.

Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, now a senior executive at Facebook parent company Meta, arrived early, as did Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey, who was spotted deep in conversation with Labor leader Keir Starmer and the leader of the SNP in Westminster, Ian Blackford.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sat silently next to Labor leader in the House of Lords Angela Smith as he waited for the start of the service.

In a moment of extraordinary symbolism, Michelle O’Neill, deputy leader of the nationalist Sinn Féin party and First Minister-designate of Northern Ireland, was present and seated alongside party leaders from other British nations. Seated nearby were Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson and his predecessor Arlene Foster.

Keeping a low profile within the congregation were a number of current and former senior government officials.

Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s former private secretary who became Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser before stepping down earlier this year, was among a host of former royal courtiers invited. Seated next to former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith was Sue Gray, who wrote the ‘Partygate report’ that helped bring down Boris Johnson’s prime ministership. Tim Barrow, the UK’s new national security adviser and England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty were also seated at the back of the Abbey.

Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, who was a former private secretary to Prince William and is now the government’s top civil servant, arrived alongside Prime Minister Liz Truss. Truss, accompanied by her husband Hugh O’Leary, delivered the second reading of the service, a Bible passage. “Let your heart not be troubled,” she said. “In my father’s house there are many mansions.”

A host of other senior British politicians also won coveted Abbey seats, including Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Conservative backbench committee, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Welsh Prime Minister Mark Drakeford and Labor great Harriet Harman. Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner and shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves were also among the congregation. Deputy Speakers of the British Parliament Eleanor Laing, Rosie Winterton and Nigel Evans were also on the list of 2,000 funeral guests.

Only Russia, Belarus and Syria were excluded from the international gathering – a veritable “who’s who” of the Queen’s 70-year reign.

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Roundup: McLaurin tops West Lincoln; Mize defeats Bogue Chitto https://thany.org/roundup-mclaurin-tops-west-lincoln-mize-defeats-bogue-chitto/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 14:02:21 +0000 https://thany.org/roundup-mclaurin-tops-west-lincoln-mize-defeats-bogue-chitto/ McLaurin 30, West Lincoln 14 The McLaurin Tigers and West Lincoln Bears entered their matchup at Perry Miller Field on Friday night hungry for a win. Each school had started the season with identical 0-3 records and the game appeared to be even from the start. Unfortunately for the green-and-white-clad faithful in the home stands, […]]]>

McLaurin 30, West Lincoln 14

The McLaurin Tigers and West Lincoln Bears entered their matchup at Perry Miller Field on Friday night hungry for a win.

Each school had started the season with identical 0-3 records and the game appeared to be even from the start. Unfortunately for the green-and-white-clad faithful in the home stands, it was the visiting Rankin County Tigers who made the most plays on Friday in a 30-14 victory for McLaurin.

The win was the first of McLaurin rookie head coach Will Hedgepath’s career. The Tigers started the season with losses to Puckett (62-0), Loyd Star (61-0) and Richland (41-6).

It was West Lincoln (0-4) who gained momentum as the Bears took the lead in the first play of the second quarter. That’s when second-year running back Chance Stewart came in from 9 yards to give his team a 7-0 lead after a Josh Thornhill PAT kick.

It was a Thornhill punt that set the score.

The senior kicker/footballer had a punt inside McLaurin’s 10-yard line and it eventually led to McLaurin punting from his own end zone.

McLaurin’s kick went out of bounds on their own 22-yard line and put WL coach Brad Bland’s team in first place on the field.

The Tigers fought back on the next drive when senior offensive lineman/back Gage Brock rumbled from the 3-yard line. West Lincoln blocked the PAT kick and still led 7-6 with 8:34 left in the first half.

That first McLaurin drive was helped by a dubious 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty that turned a very long 4th for the Tigers into a 4th and 2 which they then converted.

The penalty was called after McLaurin’s quarterback recovered his own fumble and the referee threw the flag when he said a West Lincoln player jumped on the QB after he was at earth. It wasn’t a play with any malevolence, but it hurt the Bears badly and breathed new life into McLaurin on a record that seemed dead.

The visitors then converted another 4th down play on their next drive, this on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Anderson Walker to Elijah Haynes who came on a 4th and 7 yards to go.

The conversion attempt was stopped and McLaurin led 12-7, where the score stood at halftime.

The third quarter started with another passing touchdown from McLaurin, then the Tigers clawed back a botched kickoff return for West Lincoln as things went from bad to worse for the Bears.

The Bears broke through for a second-half touchdown when quarterback Caden Seay hit rookie Layton Sullivan for a 5-yard touchdown pass with just over seven minutes left.

West Lincoln will be on the road next week in Pelahatchie to meet the East Rankin Academy Patriots.

Mize 21, Bug Chitto 14

In a battle of two strong 2A programs, Mize (3-1) defeated Bogue Chitto (3-1) by a final score of 21-14 at Smith County on Friday.

A pair of field goals from Andrew Merrell completed the first half scoring for BC as Mize led 7-6 at halftime.

Mize then led 14-6, before the Bobcats came back for a third quarter touchdown and two-point conversion assist to tie the game at 14-14.

A rushing touchdown from Mize in the fourth quarter ended up being the difference in the Bulldogs’ victory.

Bogue Chitto and his coach Gareth Sartin will return to the friendly grounds of Troy Smith Field next week when they host Puckett Wolves (4-0).

Loyd Star 30, Northern Forest 0

The formula of a strong running game and strong defense again proved to be a winning combination on Friday for Loyd Star at North Forrest on Friday. Coach Brian Ford’s Hornets beat the NFHS 30-0 at Eatonville after leading 10-0 at halftime.

A field goal from Cooper Reid and a 7-yard touchdown from Bryce Ford were the only points for the Hornets in the first half.

Loyd Star opened the third quarter with an effective drive that was capped off by a Carter Holcomb quarterback that made it 16-0.

The LS offense got another big game from senior running back Julius Smith in the win as he scored twice in the second half to help the Hornets claim victory. The game was the third straight shutout for the Loyd Star defense.

It’s back on the road for Loyd Star next week as they travel to Jasper County to take on the Stringer Red Devils (1-3).

School center Amite 48, Company 24

The visiting Amite School Center Rebels steadily pulled away in the second half on Friday to earn a 48-24 win over Enterprise at Harry Cole Field.

The reunion crowd at EAC were treated to a back and forth early in the game, with the score tied at 8-8 early in the first quarter.

It was the second straight victory for the ASC (3-2) after the Rebels beat Sacred Heart 14-0 last week. The Rebels beat Enterprise 36-14 last season at Liberty.

Enterprise (0-3) and coach Trey Woodard enter the 4-1A region next week with a trip to face Taylorsville High in Smith County.

Wesson 40, Lumberton 6

The 3A Wesson Cobras (3-1) went on the road and overwhelmed the 1A Lumberton Panthers (0-4) on the road Friday with a final score of 40-6.

A 2-yard rushing touchdown by Cotton Westbrook got Wesson on the board early and was followed by a scoring pass from Will Loy to O’Mari Johnson that put the Cobras in the lead 13-0 after the first quarter.

Johnson added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter and Loy joined Deshawn Smith on a 60-yard touchdown pass that put Wesson ahead 27-0 after Patrick Coleman’s PAT kick.

Loy capped the scoring in the third quarter for Wesson with touchdown throws to Justin Hailey and Johnson.

Next up for Wesson and his coach Jeremy Loy is a Friday home game against the Mize Bulldogs (3-1).

Lawrence County 47, Taylorsville 25

Coach Jesse Anderson and his Lawrence County Cougars (4-0) went undefeated Friday by beating the Taylorsville 1A Tartars (1-3) 47-25 at Monticello.

The Cougars scored first when quarterback Kannon Cato hit Anthony Owens for a first-quarter touchdown pass. Taylorsville fought back to tie the game at 7-7.

Reigning Daily Leader, Offensive Player of the Week, Ahmad Hardy fought back with a 65-yard touchdown run to put Lawrence County back in the lead.

LC led 14-13 after one quarter. A rushing touchdown from Cato gave the Cougars a 20-13 halftime lead.

After THS closed to 20-19, Lawrence County responded with another score from Hardy on the ground, then converted the 2-point try to make it 26-19.

Hardy then added another rushing touchdown in the third quarter as Lawrence County led 35-19 after three full quarters.

Cato and Markavion Owens scored from the ground in the final 12 minutes to help push the LC lead to its final score.

The Cougars wrap up out-of-region play next week with a trip to Walthall County to take on the Tylertown Chiefs (2-2).

Academic copy. 48, Brookhaven Academy 6

The MAIS 5A Copiah Academy Colonels went 5-0 on the season Friday with a 48-6 victory over Brookhaven Academy in Gallman.

It was a similar scene to the CA 45-7 win at Brookhaven last season.

The rest of 4A Brookhaven Academy’s regular season schedule (3-2) will be favorable matchups with schools their size or smaller.

Next up for coach Anthony Hart’s BA team is a Friday home game against 4-4A district rival Columbia Academy (1-4).

Against Copiah, Cougar quarterback Elijah Helton gained 128 yards on 7 of 13 passes. Helton met leading receiver Trevor Fortenberry for a touchdown pass. Fortenberry had six passes for 119 yards. Helton also went for 49 yards on six carries.

Copiah Academy and coach Billy Wayne Hankins went 11-3 last season and lost to Heritage Academy in the 5A State Championship Game.

The Colonels will travel to play Jackson Prep next week.

Brookhaven High in McComb canceled

Brookhaven High at McComb’s game scheduled for Friday was canceled earlier in the day due to concerns over a threat to one of the schools in the Brookhaven School District.

The Panthers return to King Field this week when they open regional play by hosting the West Jones Mustangs.

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TransRe Announces Appointment of Global Facultative Leader https://thany.org/transre-announces-appointment-of-global-facultative-leader/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 14:19:00 +0000 https://thany.org/transre-announces-appointment-of-global-facultative-leader/ NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransRe has appointed Jim Crutchley to the newly created position of Global Facultative Leader. In his new role, Mr. Crutchley will be responsible for the strategic direction of TransRe’s global optional business portfolio. Mr. Crutchley will work with TransRe’s regional optional teams and global product managers to identify and execute market opportunities, streamline […]]]>

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TransRe has appointed Jim Crutchley to the newly created position of Global Facultative Leader. In his new role, Mr. Crutchley will be responsible for the strategic direction of TransRe’s global optional business portfolio. Mr. Crutchley will work with TransRe’s regional optional teams and global product managers to identify and execute market opportunities, streamline and standardize workflows, and accelerate data and analysis regarding market changes and claims trends. .

Mr. Crutchley joined TransRe in 2015 to create and lead the US Facultative Casualty team, since then the team has grown its business volume steadily and profitably. In his new role, Mr. Crutchley will report directly to Paul McKeon, President of Regional Business Units.

As part of the changes, TransRe has promoted Stephanie Danbrowney to Mr. Crutchley’s previous position as U.S. Optional Damages Manager. Since joining TransRe in 2018, Ms. Danbrowney has successfully expanded the optional portfolio in the United States and built a strong reputation in the marketplace for her underwriting expertise and client service.

About TransRe

Founded in 1977, TransRe is the brand name of Transatlantic Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries (including Transatlantic Reinsurance Company). TransRe, 100% owned by Alleghany Corporation, is a reinsurance organization headquartered in New York City with operations around the world. TransRe offers the capability, expertise and creativity needed to structure programs covering the full spectrum of P&C and specialty risks. Please visit www.transre.com for more information.

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Preview of the Kentucky Wildcats vs. Youngstown St. https://thany.org/preview-of-the-kentucky-wildcats-vs-youngstown-st/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 14:17:59 +0000 https://thany.org/preview-of-the-kentucky-wildcats-vs-youngstown-st/ No. 9 Kentucky vs. Youngstown State When: Noon, Saturday (Sept. 17). TV: SEC Network Advertisers: Play-by-play, Dave Neal; analysis, Deuce McAllister; on the sidelines, Andraya Carter Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1. satellite radio: XM Channel 81, Sirius Channel 81, Internet Channel 81. Folders: Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC); Youngstown State (2-0, 0-0 MVFC). Series history: First […]]]>

No. 9 Kentucky vs. Youngstown State

When: Noon, Saturday (Sept. 17).

TV: SEC Network

Advertisers: Play-by-play, Dave Neal; analysis, Deuce McAllister; on the sidelines, Andraya Carter

Radio: WLAP-AM 630, WBUL-FM 98.1.

satellite radio: XM Channel 81, Sirius Channel 81, Internet Channel 81.

Folders: Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC); Youngstown State (2-0, 0-0 MVFC).

Series history: First meeting.

Line: No chance

The story line

Coming off an emotional 26-16 win at then No. 12 Florida in its SEC opener, Kentucky will be looking to maintain its motivational goal against foe FCS Youngstown State. For British coaches and Youngstown natives Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow and Frank Buffano, meeting the Penguins is a competition against their “home team”. The game will also mark a return to Lexington for Youngstown State’s leading receiver Bryce Oliver (10 receptions, 121 yards, two touchdowns in 2022), who played for the Wildcats from 2018-2020.

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Kentucky linebacker Jordan Wright (15) had six tackles, two tackles for a loss, a quarterback sack and an interception that allowed a touchdown in the United Kingdom’s 26-16 victory at the time . 12 Florida Saturday night. Silas Walker swalker@herald-leader.com

The number to watch

Kentucky Bags Allowed. After allowing defenders to take quarterback Will Levis down seven times in the first two games, the UK ranks 121st out of 131 FBS teams in the ‘sacks allowed’ category. The good news in Florida is that after the Gators sacked Levis three times in the first half, they couldn’t reach him in the second. Against an FCS foe, it would be nice if the “New Big Blue Wall” could keep Levis clean.

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Kentucky quarterback Will Levis, center, has been sacked seven times in the first two games of 2022. John Raoux PA

The big threat

Jaleel McLaughlin. The 5-foot-9, 183-pound running back from Youngstown State is an example that big explosiveness can come in a physically small package. In Youngstown State’s season-opening win over Duquesne, the Marshville, North Carolina product rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns on 20 carries. He returned last week against Dayton with 129 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries plus a 52-yard touchdown reception.

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Youngstown State running back Jaleel McLaughlin was an AP Third Team FCS All-America pick in 2021 after rushing for 1,139 yards and 12 touchdowns and averaging 113.9 yards in one game. Youngstown State University Athletics

On the spot

The Kentucky Offense. As sweet as it was to defeat Florida in “The Swamp,” the victory came in a game where the United Kingdom gained just 272 yards of total offense and when the Wildcats defense scored a touchdown on a pick six and set up another with an interception returned to the Gators 6-yard line. With back-to-back non-league games against Youngstown State and Northern Illinois, Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello has a window to develop a more potent offense before Britain returns to the pursuit. from the SEC in Mississippi on October 1.

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Kentucky offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello, left, talks Britain quarterback Will Levis (7), right, will look to reinvigorate a Wildcats offense that ranks 112 out of 131 FBS teams in total offense through two games with an average of 312.5 yards per contest. Brian Sims bsimms@herald-leader.com

mood

is ecstatic. Kentucky’s third win over Florida in the last five meetings has the Big Blue Nation elated. A season after the UK found themselves flat and barely beaten (28-23) foes FCS Chattanooga, the challenge against Youngstown State is to avoid a post-Gators disappointment.

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Who is the first world leader to spend the night in Kyiv since the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war? https://thany.org/who-is-the-first-world-leader-to-spend-the-night-in-kyiv-since-the-start-of-the-russian-ukrainian-war/ Sat, 10 Sep 2022 14:04:00 +0000 https://thany.org/who-is-the-first-world-leader-to-spend-the-night-in-kyiv-since-the-start-of-the-russian-ukrainian-war/ Latvian President Egils Levites paid a two-day visit to the war-ravaged Ukrainian capital on Friday, where he met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. According to a Xinhua report, the leaders held talks on various issues. Notably, the Latvian president has now become the first world leader to spend the […]]]>

Latvian President Egils Levites paid a two-day visit to the war-ravaged Ukrainian capital on Friday, where he met his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. According to a Xinhua report, the leaders held talks on various issues. Notably, the Latvian president has now become the first world leader to spend the night in Kyiv since the start of the war.

During the meeting, Zelenskyy thanked Latvia and Poland for their unwavering political, defensive and humanitarian support to Ukraine since the beginning of this war. Taking to Twitter, the Latvian President wrote: “Today I am in Kyiv to assure Zelenskyy of Latvia’s strong and continued support for Ukraine until victory in this war. Latvia is your advocate Latvia will contribute to the reconstruction effort.”

Latvian President pays unexpected visit to Ukraine

The Latvian president said Ukraine not only needed military, financial and humanitarian support, but the war-torn nation was in dire need of political support. He said: “Latvia is Ukraine’s ambassador to the European Union, NATO, the UN and the world. Together with like-minded people, Latvia insists that the negotiations are started as soon as possible at European Union level on the further development of Ukraine’s candidate state status.”

The Latvian leader expressed his support for Ukraine against the Russian offensive. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy also thanked Latvia for the help provided and pointed out that Latvia is among the countries that have proportionally provided the greatest support since the first day of the war.

During the meeting, the President of Latvia presented the Order of Viestura to the President of Ukraine, which was awarded to Zelenskyy by decision of the Chapter of the Order on March 1, 2022. On the other hand, a plaque for E. Levit, dated April 13, 2022, was unveiled in Slava Alley near Marija Palace. The plaque symbolizes the day the heads of state first arrived in Ukraine after the war started by Russia.

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Lexington KY restaurant faces wrongful termination lawsuit https://thany.org/lexington-ky-restaurant-faces-wrongful-termination-lawsuit/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 14:07:48 +0000 https://thany.org/lexington-ky-restaurant-faces-wrongful-termination-lawsuit/ Frank & Dino’s restaurant on the corner of Short Street and Mill Street. August 16, 2021. Marcus Dorsey mdorsey@herald-leader.com Lexington restaurant Frank and Dino’s is being sued by a former employee who claims she was fired for her looks, age and weight. Scarlett Tracey, a 47-year-old Frankfort resident, filed a lawsuit last week alleging the […]]]>

Frank & Dino's restaurant on the corner of Short Street and Mill Street.  August 16, 2021.

Frank & Dino’s restaurant on the corner of Short Street and Mill Street. August 16, 2021.

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Lexington restaurant Frank and Dino’s is being sued by a former employee who claims she was fired for her looks, age and weight.

Scarlett Tracey, a 47-year-old Frankfort resident, filed a lawsuit last week alleging the restaurant owner made multiple derogatory comments about her appearance and ultimately fired her for her physical appearance.

According to the lawsuit, Tracey was hired after a soft opening of the restaurant in August 2021, when she purposely bought black clothes and went behind the bar to help a struggling bartender during busy office hours. She was informed by a manager that she had been hired for the position.

The lawsuit alleges the manager heard the owner say, “Are you hiring bartenders by the pound now?” and that Tracey was “not attractive enough to work” at the restaurant.

Almost a month after being hired, the manager told Tracey that the owner asked him to fire Tracey because “she didn’t fit the image of the restaurant and wasn’t attractive enough to work behind the bar” , according to court documents.

She also alleges that she was called “fat and ugly” by the landlord, according to the lawsuit.

In a sworn statement from the former manager, he said the landlord told him: ‘I want you fired (Tracey). She’s ugly though. I don’t need that (Tracey) behind my bar anymore.

This manager said in the affidavit that Tracey was a dependable and competent bartender who was qualified for the job due to decades of employment and service.

“The (owner’s) decision to fire Tracey was directly motivated by her physical appearance and her age,” the affidavit states.

An anonymous Frank and Dino’s employee told the Herald-Leader that the restaurant would not comment on the lawsuit.

But WKYT, the Herald-Leader’s reporting partner, reported that restaurant representatives said they fired Tracey because of her job performance. They said she was late for work, didn’t show up for work, and used drugs.

She was fired on September 15, 2021. According to her lawyer, Brad Zoppoth, there was no documentation of these issues and Tracey never received corrective action or warnings regarding attendance, performance or discipline. .

“There is no documentation of any of these issues, and this is what we call a pretext basis for termination, it’s made up,” Zoppoth said. “There is no evidence these issues were happening in the workplace and they are vehemently denied by Tracey.”

She is suing for discrimination based on sex and age for unlawful dismissal. Tracey hopes to recover compensatory and punitive damages.

In addition to two written affidavits from former Tracey supervisors, Zoppoth said he took Tracey’s case to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found there were grounds reasonable to believe that the restaurant violated non-discrimination laws.

“It’s strong evidence we have for the trial,” Zoppoth said. “…It benefits from the support and support of employees and an impartial administrative organization.

This story was originally published September 8, 2022 10:07 a.m.

Taylor Six is ​​the criminal justice reporter at the Herald-Leader. She was born and raised in Lexington at Lafayette High School. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018 with a degree in journalism. She previously worked as a government reporter for the Richmond Register.

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Congress leader Rahul attacks government for ‘sectarianism and cronyism’ | India News https://thany.org/congress-leader-rahul-attacks-government-for-sectarianism-and-cronyism-india-news/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 21:22:00 +0000 https://thany.org/congress-leader-rahul-attacks-government-for-sectarianism-and-cronyism-india-news/ NEW DELHI: In a merciless attack on the government, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi stressed on Sunday that “hatred and anger” had risen sharply under the prime minister and alleged that the RSS-BJP combination was fueling bigotry as part of a deliberate strategy to quietly shift profits to ” two industrialists”. Congress and other opposition parties […]]]>
NEW DELHI: In a merciless attack on the government, Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi stressed on Sunday that “hatred and anger” had risen sharply under the prime minister and alleged that the RSS-BJP combination was fueling bigotry as part of a deliberate strategy to quietly shift profits to ” two industrialists”. Congress and other opposition parties will together defeat the RSS-BJP ideology, he said.
He said while Narendra Fashion is the Prime Minister, he cannot be without “those two industrialists”, who control the media and work for Modi, then reap the benefits of the government.
“This country does not belong to two industrialists, it belongs to the poor people of India,” he said.
The no-name business duo appeared as the refrain of Gandhi’s offspring’s speech at the Congress’ “Mehengai Par Halla Bol” rally on Sunday at the Ramlila Maidan in the nation’s capital, through which they painted a picture of “the rise bigotry and cronyism” he said is hollowing out the country and impoverishing the masses.
“India’s condition is such that even if the country wishes, it cannot provide jobs for its youth. Jobs are not created by these two industrialists, but by MSMEs and farmers, whose kidneys were broken by Modi. Unemployment will get worse in the future… If there had not been MGNREGA given by the UPA, the country would have been on fire,” he warned, adding that “the fear of the future” leads to increasing levels of hatred and anger.
Rahul, flanked by the young and old Congress leadership, was the key speaker, who outlined the party’s future roadmap, of which the five-month, 3,500km Bharat Jodo Yatra starting Wednesday is the main pillar. It was in explaining the Yatra’s raison d’etre that he launched the most virulent attack on the BJP regime.
Rahul said the media “controlled by these two industrialists” does not show the truth about massive inflation, unemployment, farmers’ problems and the Chinese invasion, while the opposition is not allowed to raise these questions in parliament by the Modi government, which has also “terrorized” the constitutional institutions such as the judiciary and the electoral commission.
“The opposition has no alternative. He has only one option – to go straight to the masses and tell them the reality,” he said, with raucous approval from the rally at the historic Ramlila Maidan.
In a stern tone, Rahul said, “Modi is setting the country back, he is spreading hate, fear and the country is suffering. This can only benefit China, Pakistan and the enemies of India… How can inflation, unemployment, hatred strengthen any country?
The rally emerged as an attempt to reposition Congress as the BJP’s main rival, after recent setbacks, internal turnover and an unresolved leadership issue. Rahul chose to present his manifesto to fight the Modi-led BJP, which he has often complained about not being embraced by the rest of the leadership. The focus was on “hate” and “cronyism” and an amplified focus on the “aam aadmi” history of Congress. Along with Kanyakumari-Kashmir Yatra, the Delhi rally was touted by party strategists as steps to project Congress as aware of the political challenge ahead.
While much of what Rahul said was a repeat of his old attack sheets, it was significant as he will be part of the five-month narrative Congress and its leaders will spread in intensive mass contact across the yatra.
Rahul said the BJP and RSS deliberately stoked fear in the country. “Who profits from this anger and hatred… All of its profit has been mopped up by two industries, be it ports, airports, roads, cellphones, oil,” he said.
Again blaming Modi for “using investigative agencies” against the opposition and activists, Rahul said he too was interrogated for 55 hours. “But I want to say to Modi, whether you make me sit at the ED desk for 55 hours or five years, I’m not afraid of your ED. Every Indian must work to protect India, the constitution, the soul of the country. If we don’t, then this country will not survive,” he said. Thanking Congress workers, he said, “Only you can save the country.”
He said UPA gave massive loan waivers, land acquisition law and programs like MGNREGA, right to food, while Modi gave ‘black’ agricultural laws and called the “insult to the poor” job guarantee program. “UPA lifted 27 crores out of poverty, and Modi in eight years pushed 23 crores back into poverty,” he said.
Rahul said the note-bandi (demonetization) took money away from the poor in the name of fighting black money, but later the loans from the biggest companies were cancelled.
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