Meet rugby referee Matthew Carley

first_imgMatthew Carley is an English referee who first officiated a professional league game in 2013 in the English Premiership, since progressing to become a trusted World Rugby official. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The Englishman officiated the opening round of the 2021 Six Nations championship fixture between Italy and France. His first Six Nations bow as referee was in the same fixture in 2019. In 2020’s competition, he also refereed two fixtures.Carley will also take charge of Scotland v Wales in the second round of Six Nations fixtures on Saturday 13 February. After this, he isn’t due to take charge of any more Six Nations fixtures in 2021 as the referee. However, he will still feature as assistant referee later in the tournament when France welcome both Scotland and Wales to the Stade de France. Also make sure you know about the Fixtures, Injuries, Table, Venues, TV Coverage by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Man in Charge: Matthew Carley will referee Scotland v Wales at Murrayfield (Getty Images) Matthew Carley is still relatively young for a referee at 36, but is gaining an increasing amount of experience with each passing year. Carley has been an active official in the Six Nations since 2017, before making the step up to become the one in the middle, as referee.Matthew Carley made his professional refereeing debut in 2013 in the English Premiership and has steadily progressed since then. His first European match was in 2015 between Munster and Benetton. This was quickly followed by World Rugby appointing him for his first international fixture, between Russia and USA.Related: 2021 Six Nations refereesCarley’s first Tier One match that he refereed was in 2017, between Scotland and New Zealand. Follow our Six Nations homepage which we update regularly with news and features.last_img read more

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House M / monovolume architecture + design

first_imgSave this picture!Courtesy of monovolume architecture + design+ 52 Share “COPY” Architects: monovolume architecture + design Area Area of this architecture project House M / monovolume architecture + designSave this projectSaveHouse M / monovolume architecture + design Houses Projects ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301847/house-m-monovolume-architecture-design Clipboard Area:  360 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img CopyHouses•Merano, Italy ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301847/house-m-monovolume-architecture-design Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of monovolume architecture + designRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformText description provided by the architects. The project M, a residential building in the centre of Meran, is embedded in the quit area of Obermais. The concept of the design was it to play with transparent and solid surfaces what fallows fascinating insights and outlooks. The interior melts together with the outside space. The terrain flows through the building and finds his renewal in the pool- and meadow area. Because of a refined external design and the arrangement of the pool, lawn, garden and house the whole concept seems like a unity with seamless transition. The ground floor follows the slightly sloping ground like a staircase to get a large garden area. Because of engineering technology considerations the building is conceived as a compact volume with one underground and two upper floors. From the construction point of view the house is built as a concrete construction, furnished with upgraded insulation. The glass-facade, door and window elements are executed as 3 layered glazier. Save this picture!Courtesy of monovolume architecture + designLa casa M si trova nel centro di merano, posta nella zona tranquilla di Obermais. L´idea del progetto era di giocare con facciate trasparenti e massive, per creare occhiate, panarama e prospettive. L´abitacolo si fonde con l´esterno. Il terreno scorre l`edificio e trova il suo allungamento nella area pool e prato. Per il suo design esterno raffinato, l´ogetto sembra come un´unità, composta da pascina, prato, giardino e casa. Il piano terra segue il terreno in pendenza a forma graduale, che fornisce una grande area di giardino. Per obiettivi di tecnologie energetiche l´edificio è progettato come volume compatto con un piano inerrato e due piani superiori. Dal punto di vista costrutivo la casa é realizzata in cemento armato con un´isolamento tecnico completo. La facciata di vetro, le porte e finestre sono stati eseguiti in panelli in vetro doppio.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessmodeLab Applied Data Trees in GrasshopperArticlesSt. Horto Winning Proposal / OFL ArchitectureArticles Share 2012 Year:  House M / monovolume architecture + design Italy CopyAbout this officemonovolume architecture + designOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasMeranoHouses3D ModelingItalyPublished on December 05, 2012Cite: “House M / monovolume architecture + design” 05 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – GuillotineGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesSealantsSikaConstruction Solutions in Stavros FoundationShower TraysAcquabellaShower Tray – Focus BetonPatios / TerracesFranken-SchotterPatios and TerracesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkySynthetics / AsphaltFirestone Building ProductsRoofing System – RubberGard EPDMMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?M 住宅 / monovolume architecture + design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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US journalist held by police in Aceh for alleged visa offence

first_imgNews On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific June 25, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US journalist held by police in Aceh for alleged visa offence IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua August 12, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en November 19, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Freelance US journalist William Nessen surrendered to the Indonesian army on 24 June and has since been interrogated at length by police in Banda Aceh (capital of Aceh province in northern Sumatra), who accused him of violating immigration laws and misusing his journalist’s visa. He is also suspected of spying for or supporting the rebel Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Nessen, whose wife is from Aceh, has been covering (from rebel territory) for the past month or so the Indonesian army’s drive against the rebels and is planning to write a book and make a film about the conflict.He refused for several days to give himself up to the army for fear of being killed and was shot at a few times. After negotiating for several weeks to leave the province, he finally surrendered, exhausted, to army soldiers in the Simpang region (northern Aceh). He was interrogated and then handed over to police. He is being held under a detention order that expires on 11 July and could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.Under martial law, in force in Aceh since 19 May, journalists are banned from reporting alongside the rebels, who the government dubs “terrorists.”__________________________________________________________Call for Indonesian army to guarantee safety of American journalistReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) called today on Indonesian officials to ensure the safety of American freelance journalist William Nessen, who is missing in the Indonesian province of Aceh (northern Sumatra), where government troops are fighting separatist rebels.”The authorities have a duty to protect civilians, including journalists, in wartime under the 1949 Geneva Conventions,” said the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, in a letter to Maj. Gen. Endang Surawaya, who is in charge of applying martial law in Aceh. He expressed extreme concern about the fate of Nessen, who has been missing since June 10 after covering for the past few weeks the clashes between the army and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).The army has refused US embassy requests to ensure Nessen’s safety. Ménard called on the army to see the journalist was allowed to leave the war zone.Nessen called his wife, Shadia Marhadan, on a sat-phone on 10 June and told her he was covering fighting from behind the rebel lines and that the army had just opened fire, forcing them to flee. She heard shots and the line went dead. Since then, she has had no news of him and fear his life is in danger.Nessen has been reporting on the Aceh rebellion for several years as a freelance reporter-photographer for many papers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe, The Independent and The Sydney Morning Herald. He has been unable to send stories in recent weeks because the army has blocked communication lines. His wife says he is properly accredited by the Indonesian government, but information minister Wahi Supriyadi has denied this, saying that “as a tourist, he has no business being there.”Maj. Gen. Sarawaya told a press conference on June 9 he was aware of Nessen’s situation but said the army could not guarantee the safety of foreign journalists in the province. An army spokesman in Aceh, Col. Ditya Sudarsono, said he did not know where he was but that there would be no future problem if he clearly identified himself as a foreign journalist.Since martial law was declared on 19 May, the army has tightened its control of news about the Aceh fighting and Gen. Surawaya has banned journalists from reporting rebel statements. The US-based Committee to Project Journalists said several local and foreign journalists had been arrested, interrogated and threatened by security forces after reporting on abuses by police and the army. At least six teams of journalists were targeted by snipers along roads in the province between 21 and 27 May, though none were wounded. The authorities also said they would bar foreigners, including journalists, from Aceh after a German tourist was killed by army gunfire at the beginning of this month.The separatist rebellion in Aceh has gone on for 26 years and has left a toll of 10,000 dead, most of them civilians. At least 150 have died since the army’s new drive to crush the GAM, which the government calls a “terrorist” organisation. to go further Help by sharing this information Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News Organisation August 21, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Plea In Supreme Court To Enhance Penalties Under The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Act, 1960 [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In Supreme Court To Enhance Penalties Under The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Act, 1960 [Read Petition] Akshita Saxena28 July 2020 8:33 AMShare This – xA PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act) in order to include stringent punishments for perpetrators of animal cruelty. The Petitioner, Advocate Sankalp Golatkar, has contended that the root cause of the exponential rise in animal cruelty cases is the “infinitesimal penalty” imposed on the perpetrators under…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking to amend the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 (PCA Act) in order to include stringent punishments for perpetrators of animal cruelty. The Petitioner, Advocate Sankalp Golatkar, has contended that the root cause of the exponential rise in animal cruelty cases is the “infinitesimal penalty” imposed on the perpetrators under the Act, wherein they get away by paying a fine of just Rs. 50 and with no imprisonment. He has prayed that the impugned Act should be amended in a time bound manner, by taking into consideration the Draft Animal Welfare Act of 2011, the Animal Welfare Bill, 2014 and the Private Member Bill, 2016 that proposed to expand the scope of cruelty to animals and enhance penalties for the same, but were not passed by the Parliament. Inadequate Penalties He pointed out that India has been accorded grade ‘C’ by the Animal Protection Index, 2020 which ranks 50 countries around the world according to their animal welfare policy and legislation. This, he submitted, is because the Government has failed to amend the penalties of the PCA Act in 60 years, and the Act does not keep with the present times or with the judicial pronouncements. Attention has been drawn towards the Supreme Court’s remarks in Animal Welfare Board of India v. A. Nagaraja & Ors. (2014) 7 SCC 547, whereby a division bench opined that penalties prescribed in the PCA Act are “inadequate” and the Parliament is “expected” to make proper amendments and provide an “effective deterrent”. In the interregnum, he has urged the Court to issue guidelines with regards to the punishment for animal abuse, until the amendments to the PCA Act are enforced. Establishment of District Level Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals The Petitioner has sought enforcement of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Establishment and Regulation of Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Rules, 2001 whereby the Government is obligated to establish a State Animal Welfare Board in each state and constitute Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in every district. It is stated that even the Supreme Court had in Geeta Seshamani v. Union of India & Anr., directed all the States to establish State Animal Welfare Boards within three months and to constitute SPCAs in every district keeping. However, the direction remains non-complied with. Amend Sections 428 and 429 of IPC The Petitioner has prayed offences under Sections 428 (Mischief by killing or maiming animal of the value of ten rupee) and 429 (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc., of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees) of IPC should be made applicable to all the animals, irrespective of their “value”. Significantly, these “primitive provisions” are applicable only to such animals that hold a certain value and do not offer protection to stray animals as they do not have any monetary value; such stray animals are not household pets of anyone, and are deprived of protection against cruelty merely because they cannot be classified as a “property”.The Petitioner has asserted that the Indian Constitution recognizes animal rights under Article 48A (Protection and improvement of environment and safeguarding of forests and wildlife) Article 51A(g) (Duty to protect and improve the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have compassion for living creatures). Further it is stated that application of right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution is not restricted to human life alone but also extends to the life of an animal (Animal Welfare Board of India v. A. Nagaraja (Supra)) and therefore, the State is duty bound to protect the lives of animals.Click Here To Download Petition Read Petition Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Withdrawn school sanitizer could eventually be used – Minister

first_img Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 The Education Minister says hand sanitiser and other products withdrawn from schools could eventually be used – if suppliers get their paperwork in order.52 of 172 products previously listed as approved for use in schools are now being sent back to suppliers.It’s because a review launched in the wake of the recall of ViraPro sanitiser last week found they didn’t have the right safety certification.Minister Norma Foley says the Department of Agriculture doesn’t have any evidence the products ordered for schools are not safe.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/foley8am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twittercenter_img By News Highland – October 30, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Withdrawn school sanitizer could eventually be used – Minister RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleSouth Inishowen now has highest Covid incidence rate in DonegalNext articleOnline community development meeting for South Inishowen News Highland Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

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US foster parents of separated immigrant children ‘don’t know how much worse it could be’

first_imgABC News(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) — When the 9-year-old Guatemalan boy arrived at a Michigan foster care home, he was so afraid he couldn’t eat.Over time, the boy confided to his foster parents, Karl and Jen, that he and his father had escaped violence and poverty in their homeland only to be greeted with more hardship when they arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, where he watched his dad being taken from him in handcuffs.“When he came to us, he was extraordinarily fearful,” Jen, who asked ABC News not to use her and her husband’s last name, said. “He came in all-black clothes, we learned, because he traveled at night with his dad and they didn’t want to be seen.”When she and her husband picked him up in October at the Grand Rapids, Michigan, airport where he arrived with a U.S. government escort, the child was terrified, Jen said.“He was afraid to eat, he was afraid to look,” she added. His clothes were soiled, he wouldn’t use the bathroom.”But over the past eight months, the boy, now 10, opened up, telling them the story of his and his father’s treacherous journey to what they thought would be the land of promise.It’s a story the couple says is similar to that of other children they have taken in more recently, children separated from their parents under the Trump administrations “zero-tolerance” policy for dealing with undocumented immigrants illegally crossing the southern border.The couple — who have three biological children, ages 9 through 14 — are also caring for an 8-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy, both from Honduras.“You know, there is the side that this is an illegal action,” Karl told ABC News of the families caught sneaking across the border. “I don’t think that we [can] look past that, but I think we also see there’s a need. Why are people doing this? It’s usually because of extreme poverty and lack of opportunity or gang violence. Violence where if you don’t join the gang, then, ‘We’re going to kill somebody in your family.’”Karl and Jen said they’ve learned the Guatemalan boy’s father has already been deported to Guatemala. The child is finally headed back to Guatemala Wednesday to be reunited with his family, they added.“We kept telling him, ‘You’re safe. You can fall asleep,’ and this is after he’d been with us for a while,” Jen said.Initially, she said, they communicated with the boy by using matchbox cars to indicate how he and his father traveled.“We know he saw [his father] go away in handcuffs,” Jen said. “We know he traveled in the back of a truck at night and he got sick and threw up. We know that he was in a bus and it appears that he may have been in a luggage compartment of a bus.“We know he flew on a plane to Grand Rapids, and he has high hopes and dreams of being a pilot someday. He wants the opportunity of America, but he wants his family.”Jen said the 8-year-old girl from Honduras living with them came into the country with her mother seeking asylum. But now she and Karl and the agency that placed the girl with them haven’t been able to find out where the mother is being held.The 5-year-old boy also traveled from Honduras with his father, Jen said.All the children have shared stories of their time being held in detention facilities before being placed in foster care, she added.“I do get to hear a little bit about chain-link fences. They talk about mats on the floor, not a lot of food, and crying and fear,” Jen said.She and Karl said their preconceived perceptions of undocumented immigrants has evolved as they have cared for the children. They’ve come to believe the government should change its policy to keep families together.“In my eyes, they’re seeking safety and opportunities. They’re not committing a crime,” Jen said. “If they’re going to be detained, let them be detained together. Why not?“I feel there is some form of punishment going on here and I can’t make sense of it. As a foster parent, I can’t make sense of why we have these kids for so long.”Dona Abbott, director of refugee services for Bethany Christian Services in Michigan, said that since April, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced strict enforcement of the administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy, the number of undocumented children her agency places in foster care has skyrocketed.“We underestimate the danger” of separating children from their parents, Abbott told ABC News. “Many kids are having nightmares, can’t eat, can’t sleep … don’t know where their parents are. The last image they have of their parents is shock and fear … the memory never goes away.“We are being asked to care for more and more children … I don’t know how much worse it could be.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Suspected drunk driver hits, kills baby in shopping cart

first_imgChalabala/iStock(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — An alleged drunk driver was arrested on Monday in San Antonio, Texas, for speeding into a dollar store parking lot, where he killed a baby seated in a shopping cart, police said.A Ford Ranger pulled into the parking lot at a high speed as a woman was unloading groceries into her parked car from a shopping cart where the 1-year-old girl was in a baby seat. The mid-size pickup truck slammed into the woman’s shopping cart, hurling the infant into the air, according to preliminary information from the San Antonio Police Department.The Ranger kept driving and struck another nearby parked car, injuring a woman, who was also loading her groceries, police said.The baby was taken to a local hospital where she died. The woman was hospitalized for serious bodily injuries, according to police.The driver of the Ranger, identified as 25-year-old David Fuentes, was evaluated and found to be intoxicated at the time of the fatal crash, police said.Fuentes was arrested and booked for intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault. He was being held on $75,000 bond, according to police.Fuentes does not have an attorney assigned, according to court records. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Texas courts ignore federal ban on evictions

first_img EvictionsHousingReal Estate Lawsuits Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (iStock)Texas courts are ignoring a federal ban on evictions and allowing landlords to remove tenants who are behind on rent.For much of the pandemic, local courts in Texas were extending eviction cases for tenants who said they suffered financial difficulties. But last month, the Texas Supreme Court let its guidelines for enforcing an eviction ban expire, according to the Wall Street Journal.Texas and a few other states have not released guidance on how the federal moratorium announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September should be applied, allowing individual judges to make these decisions.Read moreNational eviction moratorium ruled unconstitutional but remains in place Tenants owe landlords $56B. What happens when they don’t pay Biden to extend limits on evictions foreclosures Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags Texas could be heading to a face-off with the federal government which still has an eviction ban in place until June 30. It could also create confusion for tenants and landlords over which guidelines to follow.The federal government could override the Texas courts and enforce the eviction ban, resulting in huge fines for landlords who evict tenants. A building owner who removes a tenant covered by the federal order faces fines up to $100,000 or a year in jail, according to the Journal.For tenants who lose their eviction case, the conflicting messages create confusion about whether they should leave their homes or stay.Texas is one of three states where a federal judge has ruled the national eviction ban is unconstitutional. But none of those judges imposed an injunction to change practices on the ground.[WSJ] — Keith Larsenlast_img read more

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USS ‘Thomas Hudner’ arrives in Boston for commissioning

first_img View post tag: US Navy Authorities November 29, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today US destroyer ‘Thomas Hudner’ arrives in Boston for commissioning Future USS Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the US Navy’s 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, arrived in Boston on Monday for her commissioning ceremony.The destroyer will enter service in a 10 a.m. EST ceremony at Flynn Cruiseport in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Dec. 1.The future USS Thomas Hudner honors naval aviator and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Thomas J. Hudner Jr.President Harry S. Truman awarded the Medal of Honor to Hudner April 13, 1951, who displayed “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate, Ens. Jesse L. Brown, in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean WarAlthough Brown perished in the incident, Hudner survived the war and retired from the navy after 26 years of service. He passed away Nov. 13, 2017, at the age of 93 and was interred with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery April 4, 2018. This will be the first US Navy ship to bear the name Thomas Hudner.Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will deliver the ceremony’s principal address. The ship’s sponsors are Georgea Hudner, widow of Capt. Thomas Hudner, and Barbara Miller, wife of retired Vice Adm. Michael Miller, former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy. In a time-honored Navy tradition, they will give the order to “man our ship and bring her to life!”“The commissioning of USS Thomas Hudner continues a spirit of faithful service that Thomas Hudner embodied throughout his life, and his legacy will live on in those who serve aboard this ship,” said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “USS Thomas Hudner is a testament to what the service and teamwork of all of our people – civilian, contractor and military – can accomplish together, from the start of the acquisition process, to the delivery, to the start of the first watch.”USS Thomas Hudner will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.center_img US destroyer ‘Thomas Hudner’ arrives in Boston for commissioning View post tag: USS Thomas Hudner Share this articlelast_img read more

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Commentary: It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Two moments made me miss two friends.One came when President Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Minnesota. The president of the United States said that the only reason his opponent Joe Biden had been a good vice president was that Biden had been willing to kiss former President Barack Obama’s, uh, posterior.The crowd roared its approval.Others were appalled.Some of Trump’s critics noted the crassness of the president’s language. They said it was beneath the dignity of his office.Others found it ironic that a man whose appetite for obsequiousness and flattery among his own underlings is endless would criticize someone else for bootlicking.Few noted, though, that it degraded not just the speaker, but the nation and our notions of shared citizenship.The other moment took place when Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, a Republican, introduced Indiana Sen. Eddie Melton, D-Gary, when Melton announced he is running for governor.Republicans have been outraged that McCormick has been supportive of Melton. When the two went on a listening tour to hear from parents and students how Indiana’s schools might be improved, the chair of the state GOP released a statement that would have to cool down several hundred degrees to be considered merely scorching.Doubtless, because these are relentlessly partisan times, there also are Democrats who are less than thrilled that Melton is making nice with a Republican.This is the point where I shake my head and think of two departed friends, the late U.S. Rep. Andy Jacobs Jr., D-Indiana, and four-term Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut, a Republican.The two men ran against each other twice – in 1972 and 1974. Bill won the first campaign. Andy captured the second one. (I’m going to use their first names because they both were friends of mine.)Those days, like these days, were contentious ones. The Vietnam War, struggles over civil rights and other seismic changes in the American experience frightened and angered people.And then, as now, America had a president in the White House who sought to divide rather than unite the country. Richard Nixon called his political approach “positive polarization” and built enemies’ lists of fellow citizens he wanted to destroy.Bill and Andy weren’t built that way.Both went into politics because they liked people, including those with whom they disagreed. They saw government as a place where free people could work out their differences and build better communities and lives for everyone.I remember Andy telling me once how he disliked hearing political candidates say they would “fight” for this or that goal or program.“What’s wrong with saying, ‘I’ll work for this’ rather than ‘I’ll fight for this?’” he said.His point was clear: Why do we have to reduce everything to an us versus them dynamic – particularly when people in the “them” camp are our neighbors and fellow citizens?In the two races in which they ran against each other, they often drove to debates and joint campaign appearances together. Before they were called to the stage, they’d sit in the back of the room together. Both superb raconteurs, they’d be laughing out loud, trading stories and jokes.Their friendship continued for the rest of their lives.After Bill became mayor, he often had to travel to Washington on city business. When he did, he stayed at Andy’s apartment. When Bill and his wife Bev had their son, Chris, Andy’s wife Kim sewed the baby a birthing gown.Their friendship didn’t mean that they didn’t have political differences.They did.Bill told me once about the time Andy called the revamping and repurposing of Union Station that happened on Bill’s watch as mayor in Indianapolis “a turkey.” It stung, Bill said.But then he chuckled.“He might have had a point,” Bill said. “It might have been a turkey.”And that is the point.Bill Hudnut and Andy Jacobs were different men, but they understood the forces that unite us – friendship and a shared love of country – are greater than those dividing us. Because they liked and listened to each other, they could learn from each other.Andy and Bill are gone now, but they still can teach us.That’s what true leaders do.John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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