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Jun
19

“Strategic Cooperative Companion Relations”

first_img Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? By Yang Jung A – 2008.08.26 1:46pm “Strategic Cooperative Companion Relations” SHARE Analysis & Opinion Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion President Lee Myung Bak and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed Monday to pursue a “strategic cooperative companion relationship” at the South Korea-China summit at the Blue House. The Presidents sealed a joint statement covering five political issues, seventeen economic issues, six cultural exchange issues and six international cooperation issues, aiming to closely cooperate and exchange with each other in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy, society and culture, save the military field. In the joint statement, the specific direction and purpose of the relationship which was agreed at the first summit in May was put forward. Hallym University’s Professor Kim Tae Ho said that “The most significant aspect of this summit is that both leaders made efforts to embody ‘strategic cooperative companion relations.’” Additionally, he evaluated the summit by saying that “It is significant that geographical and international affairs as well as bilateral affairs were dealt with.”Chinese Department professor at Kwangwoon University Shin Sang Jin offered this analysis, “Now, we cannot emphasize strategically our security alliance with only the U.S. Through this summit, South Korea has placed a stepping stone in developing strategic relations with China and using the alliance with the U.S. to keep a balance.”He said it was a considerable result. However, the two countries positions regarding North Korean affairs were not revealed at this summit. Regarding North Korean issues, President Lee asked President Hu to stop forcibly repatriating defectors and to open the channels between South and North Koreas. However, President Hu avoided commenting on the defectors issue, merely reiterating his principle that “China will play a role if South and North Korea solve their problems through dialogue.”Regarding nuclear issues, both leaders confirmed only the principles that “Through the Six Party Talks framework, negotiations and cooperation should be strengthened and the second phase measures implemented in a balanced way.”Senior researcher at the Korea Institute for National Unification Choi Joon Heum explained that “The Chinese government does not approve of the Lee administration’s policy towards North Korea, which was suddenly changed after the Roh Moo Hyun administration. However, President Hu showed an advanced attitude because the messages about reconciliation and cooperation are aimed at both South and North Korea.”Professor Shin Sang Jin evaluated that “It is a pity that South Korea and China did not discuss the details of North Korea issues from their hearts.”Professor Kim Tae Ho also emphasized that “Although China stated a good-neighbor policy and peace as its foreign policy, there were no details from them in the statement. Even though they are thorny, the issues of defectors in China and reunification should be continually negotiated about on the administrative level.” AvatarYang Jung A Analysis & Opinion Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more

Jun
18

OECD area growth stable in Q3

Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan In the United States for example, growth accelerated to 0.5%, compared with 0.3% in the second quarter, the OECD said. The London Olympic and Paralympic games boosted growth in the United Kingdom, which accelerated to 1%, compared with a contraction of 0.4% in the previous quarter. Estimates for Canada are not yet available. Conversely, in Germany, growth slowed to 0.2%, compared with 0.3% in the previous quarter, the OECD reported. GDP also contracted for the fifth consecutive quarter in Italy, although the pace of contraction slowed. The pace of contraction also slowed in the euro area overall. And, GDP contracted by 0.9% in Japan for the quarter, compared with 0.1% growth in the previous quarter. Compared with the same quarter in 2011, GDP growth was down to 1.1% in the third quarter of 2012 for the OECD area, which is down from 1.6% in the previous quarter. James Langton Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Overall economic growth held steady in third quarter, but notable divergences between countries remain, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said Wednesday. The Paris-based OECD announced that provisional estimates show that quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) in the OECD area grew by 0.2% in the third quarter of 2012, which is the same rate as in the previous quarter. However, that overall growth masks underlying diverging patterns across countries. Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Jun
18

TSX, loonie finish down

first_img Iraq’s desire to be exempted from an OPEC production cut caused oil prices to dip Monday, pushing the Toronto stock market and the loonie to a lower close. The oil-sensitive Canadian dollar dropped 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 74.70 cents US. It’s lost 1.48 cents US since last Wednesday’s close. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Meanwhile, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index fell 16.03 points to 14,923.01. That’s as the December contract for crude oil shed 33 cents at US$50.52 a barrel. Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis, said the slide in crude was driven by comments by Iraq’s oil minister that the country wants to be exempt from an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. OPEC announced last month that it plans to cut output in an effort to boost prices. “What we’re seeing is the flip side in the rally in crude prices that has been driven in recent weeks by the potential for an agreement amongst OPEC members to reduce production,” said Fehr. “Today we’re seeing the opposite … we’re starting to see some cracks in this potential agreement, particularly where Iraq has suggested that they might not want to participate in a production freeze. We’re seeing oil come off of recent highs as a result of that.” The global gold sector of the TSX was the lead decliner, down 1.9%, while health-care stocks slipped 1.1% and energy was off 0.57%. South of the border, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 77.32 points at 18,223.03, the Nasdaq composite added 52.43 points at 5,309.83, and the S&P 500 nudged up 10.17 points to 2,151.33. In economic news, Canadian wholesale trade figures came in ahead of expectations. Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales gained 0.8% to $56.8 billion in August, thanks to the miscellaneous and machinery, equipment and supplies subsectors. Fehr said exports are going to become a “key area” for future growth in the Canadian economy, as debt-laden consumers have begun to tap out. “For the past several years, growth has really been propped up by consumer spending,” he said. “The benefits have come from not only a fairly solid housing market but consumer confidence that’s led them to spend, and I think we’re starting to see some slowdown in that, partly because consumer debt is quite high … so to see wholesale trade figures come in today at a reasonably healthy clip is a good sign.” In commodities, December gold contracts were fetching US$1,263.70 an ounce at the close, down $4.00, while the November natural gas contract lost 16 cents to US$2.83 per mmBTU and December copper was unchanged at US$2.09 a pound. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sectorcenter_img TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch Related news Alexandra Posadzki last_img read more

Jun
16

People living with dementia find joy with customised technology

first_imgPeople living with dementia find joy with customised technology Dementia AustraliaDementia Australia has found people living with dementia and their carers can benefit from technology when it is customised to meet their unique needs and goals.Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said the finding came from a Dementia Australia two-year study into how technology can be tailored to support people living with dementia. “Dementia Australia’s study discovered that there are benefits to asking what problems or frustrations a person living with dementia is experiencing and then exploring how technology can be customised to address these concerns,” Ms McCabe said.“Sometimes off-the-shelf technology like apps and augmented reality headsets are not appropriate for people living with dementia. For example, the headset may be too heavy to wear or disorientating. “Through the study, Dementia Australia was able to explore how we can modify technology such as apps, smart-home devices and iPads so they can be of the most use possible to people living with dementia and their carers.”Almost 30 people living with dementia or mild cognitive impairment participated in the study. Each participant was questioned about their everyday frustrations and ideas they had for improving their quality of life. All participants then received personalised technology to help address their challenges or to help them achieve their goals. This included building apps to help make playing music and audiobooks more accessible and dementia-friendly. One tailored solution was placing a GPS tracker on a participant’s pet dog who never leaves their side so family would know the location of both owner and dog in case of emergency. Through the project, one participant, Rob Riddock has found improvement in his quality of life through the introduction of an iPad and an Alexa virtual assistant to help with daily reminders. “The reminders on my iPad include all of my appointments and activities, and because it is visual, I don’t have to think about it, I just get reminded,” Rob said. “The more you can do with technology, the less others need to do. That element works well for me and for others.”The study project was funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government Dementia and Aged Care Services (DACS) Fund. DACS supports emerging priorities and challenges in aged care, focusing on areas such as dementia. The project was presented by Dementia Australia at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles in July 2019.Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aged care, augmented reality, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, building, cognitive impairment, commonwealth, conference, Dementia Australia, education, Emergency, Government, GPS, technology, virtual assistantlast_img read more

Jun
14

Helping students and imperiled wildlife, one at a time

first_imgCategories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail An evolutionary biologist, Professor Andrew Martin has long been involved in genetic studies and conservation efforts on behalf of wildlife in peril, from greenback cutthroat trout and great white sharks to desert pupfish and prairie dogs.In 2014, for example, he teamed with CU-Boulder Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf and biologists from six state and federal agencies on a recovery effort involving the greenback cutthroat trout, Colorado’s endangered state fish.“Being a part of a large, collaborative team that is helping to bring a species back from near-extinction is a great experience,” says Martin of CU-Boulder’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. “It feels good for the soul.”But Martin is not just a top-tier scientist. Because of his exceptional abilities and passion to integrate his teaching and research, he has been named one of two CU President’s Teaching Scholars for 2016 by President Bruce Benson. The second scholar is Dr. Jeannette Guerrasio of the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.“It’s nice to be recognized for things we do as faculty members,” says Martin. “But I don’t view this award as a recognition of my efforts – it is for all of the remarkable and dedicated people in my department and across campus who are advancing the craft of teaching.”He was cited for being an “innovative, highly effective educator” who helps faculty to transform teaching, encouraging experimentation with various methods to better engage students.“We have amazing faculty learning groups on campus that regularly get together to talk about how to improve education,” he explains. “We are enrolling more students in the sciences at CU-Boulder, and they are becoming more successful.”In addition, he has led K-12 workshops for teachers, including some in the Boulder Valley School District, on effective teaching methods based on data collection and analysis. He also is a fan of using classroom “clickers” for feedback on how well the students are understanding biological and ecological concepts during his lectures.Whether he is in the field, classroom or lab, Martin mentors graduate students, undergraduates and high school students. One of his outreach efforts is a “citizen science” project that began as a science project by a Fairview High School student in Boulder who found found antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a global health threat, were common in the local watershed.Martin and his colleagues rely on high-tech gene sequencing techniques to assemble evolutionary trees that help the scientists better understand address conservation concerns. Such tools aided Metcalf and Martin in determining the genetic makeup of the true greenback cutthroat from fish collected in the mid-1800s during the Gold Rush and then archived in natural history museums around the country.The findings initiated a recovery program for bringing back the native fish into the waters of the South Platte River basin, its historical haunts.A short video of Martin and Metcalf working on the greenback cutthroat trout recovery project is available on YouTube. A photo of Martin helping to reintroduce endangered greenback cutthroat trout fingerlings into Zimmerman Lake west of Fort Collins in August 2014 is available on Dropbox.center_img Published: April 28, 2016 last_img read more

Jun
11

Your Column Here

first_imgHomeOpinionColumnsYour Column Here May. 18, 2021 at 11:00 amColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour Column HereGuest Author3 weeks agoNewsyour column here Hello Santa Monica,On May 18, 1896, with the passage of Ordinance 247 by the Santa Monica Town Trustees, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) was formed thereby beginning what would prove to be this Police Department’s tradition of dedicated service to the Santa Monica community. Since its inception, the SMPD has been on an evolutionary trajectory. As we recognize our 125 years of providing service in our community and in recognition of our “quasquicentennial” anniversary, we will have recreated the Santa Monica Police patch. SMPD uniformed personnel have been authorized to wear our commemorative police patches for the 90-day period inclusive of Tuesday, May 18, 2021 through Saturday, August 21, 2021. During this same period, non-uniformed personnel have been authorized to wear the commemorative lapel pin. If you happen to come across our personnel during this time, please feel free to wish them a Happy Quasquicentennial (125th) Birthday! Today, we are a diverse organization, made up of individuals, from all walks of life, and having many different experiences. As active community partners, we are dedicated to this City, its residents, businesses, and visitors. We work tirelessly to build and maintain our community’s trust through our commitment to accountability and transparency. We are committed to our organization’s values of integrity, courage, accountability, innovation, and respect (ICAIR). JACQUELINE SEABROOKS, is the Interim Chief of Police for the City of Santa Monica.Tags :Newsyour column hereshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBiden raises cease-fire, civilian toll in call to NetanyahuPossession of Loaded Firearm ArrestYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agolast_img read more

Jun
4

Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6B

first_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Previous ArticleRetail sector is still putting off the search for a mobile strategy – surveyNext ArticleChunghwa cuts 4G prices to expand share AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 APR 2015 Mobile Mix: Sprinting to the 5G finish line Finland’s Nokia announced today it will buy long-term rival Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal valued at an estimated EUR15.6 billion ($16.6 billion).The announcement comes just a day after Nokia confirmed media reports that it was in advanced talks with the French network gear maker.The combined company, which will have more than 40,000 R&D staff, will give it the scale to better compete against market leaders Ericsson and Huawei.According to Bernstein Research, the new company will have a 35 per cent share of the global wireless market, putting it ahead of Huawei (20 per cent) but still behind Ericsson (40 per cent), Reuters reported.01_nok_rajeev_suri_010_1Rajeev Suri (pictured), Nokia’s president and CEO, said the new company brings together the R&D engine of Nokia with that of Alcatel-Lucent and its iconic Bell Labs. “We will combine this strength with the highly efficient, lean operations needed to compete on a global scale. We have hugely complementary technologies and the comprehensive portfolio necessary to enable the internet of things and transition to the cloud,” he said.The Alcatel-Lucent brand will die, with the combined company to be called Nokia Corp and headquartered in Finland. In an apparent effort to appease any resistance from the French government, which might prove reluctant for a key national business to be sold to a foreign buyer, a statement talked up the new venture’s “strong presence in France.” Risto Siilasmaa is expected to serve as chairman and Suri will be CEO.The merged company is expected to lead to EUR900 million in operating cost savings on a full year basis in 2019 and a reduction of about EUR200 million in interest expenses on a full year basis in 2017. These are in addition the planned savings from the Shift plan this year.Both companies’ board of directors have approved the terms of the proposed transaction, which is expected to close in the first half of next year once it is approved by Nokia’s shareholders and has the required regulatory approvals.Suri said the company has already put together an integration committee and will name an integration leader this week and start looking at portfolio rationalistion (a move which will spark the prospect of job cuts).Asked about the timing of the deal in an investor call, he said that both companies have completed recent restructurings and now have momentum in the market. “We both have been stronger in the last two years, compared to the first five. We are now starting from a position of strength and ready to hit the ground running,” Suri claimed.Another key driver, he said, is the convergence of wireless and fixed, resulting in few mobile pure-plays, which “means we needed a strong position in fixed and IP routing”.Nokia also said today that it is exploring the sale of its HERE mapping business (which would help fund the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition). Bloomberg reported on Monday that Nokia was looking at offloading HERE as it looks to focus on its core networks unit and paying back debt.Richard Windsor, an analyst and blogger for Radio Free Mobile, expressed concern about any decision to sell HERE to fund the acquisition, claiming a sale would be a disservice to shareholders.He noted that it is one of only two credible high-quality mapping platforms and the “only independent choice”. As Google Maps deals expire, he sees an opportunity for Nokia to expand its market share and sell HERE at a much higher price. Nokia encabezará un equipo de trabajo de la Comisión Europea en 6G Nokia slashes Alcatel-Lucent jobs Alcatel-LucentNokia Networkscenter_img Author Home Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucent for €15.6B Featured Content Joseph Waring Related Tags last_img read more

May
31

Woods needs one thing: Butch

first_imgDuring the 1992 presidential campaign, James Carville, who managed the message for Bill Clinton, kept a sign on his desk that has since become the rallying cry for almost anyone and everyone who has run for President: “The economy, stupid.” Carville’s point was both simple and direct: When you cut through all the rhetoric of a campaign, it is the state of the economy – and what a candidate proposes to do about it – that decides elections.  Perhaps Tiger Woods should consider hiring Carville. When you cut to the heart of the train wreck that Woods’ golf game is right now, it isn’t about a two-way miss, taking an inch off his driver, looking at old video, whether his back hurts, his knees are bothering him or whether he needs yet another new teacher.  It’s about what’s between his ears, stupid.  There’s no doubting that Woods is as physically gifted as anyone who has ever played. But what made him so unbelievably dominant from that first Masters win in 1997 to his last major victory at the 2008 U.S. Open was his mind. Woods was smarter, tougher, meaner and more confident than anyone. What’s more, the guys who were trying to compete with him KNEW he was smarter, tougher and meaner. He made every putt that mattered, found ways to get up and down that weren’t possible and, on days when his golf swing wasn’t what he wanted, still figured out how to score.  Remember Rocco Mediate’s reaction when Woods made the 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole on Sunday to create the playoff at Torrey Pines in 2008? “I knew he was going to make it,” Rocco stated. Everyone knew he was going to make it because that’s who Tiger Woods was in those days.  Of all the remarkable rounds Woods has played in his career, those who witnessed it will tell you that his second round at the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills might have been as impressive as anything they’ve ever seen. Woods was in his Hank Haney swing transition and was having trouble finding the planet off the tee. If it were possible to have a three-way miss going, he would have had it. No one had any idea where the ball might be going when he took the club back.  Woods shot 1-under 69 that day. He finished T-17 that week but the argument can be made that any other player hitting the ball that poorly wouldn’t have sniffed the cut. Or, if they had somehow made the weekend, an 85 might very well have shown up on Saturday.  That would never happen to Woods back then. On the final day of that Open, when the USGA lost the greens, (stroke average was 78.7 and no one broke par) the still-struggling Woods shot 76. In those conditions, the Woods of today might not have broken 90.  One of the most underrated parts of Woods’ greatness has always been his ability to grind. That’s part of the reason why he once made 142 straight cuts and why he always appeared to be a threat even when he was way behind. He’s still grinding. He DID make the cut at both The Players and the Memorial – both times making putts on his final hole on Friday to make the weekend on the number.  There’s no give up in him, just as there has never been give up in the game’s greatest players. It’s why Jack Nicklaus not only won that Masters at 46 but had a chance on Sunday at Augusta when he was 58. It’s why Tom Watson came within 2 inches of winning the British Open at 59.  Woods isn’t going to give up, but he needs more than a great work ethic to become a good or very good or even great player again. Right now he’d be fighting for his life on the Web.com Tour.  What he needs is Butch Harmon. He needs to go to Harmon – fly to Las Vegas to see him – and say: “Butch, I know hindsight is 20-20, but I never should have fired you in 2002. I had won seven of the previous 11 majors when I fired you at Muirfield that summer. I’d won a Tiger Slam and I was halfway to a calendar slam when I fired you.  “I played some great golf with Hank Haney teaching me but I lost two-and-half-years (10 majors) making the change and even when I got it, I wasn’t the player I’d been with you. I won six more majors because I was still the best player out there, but I wasn’t miles ahead of everyone.  “I know you aren’t going to stop working with Phil Mickelson and I know how busy you are with all your pupils during majors. So how about this: Once or twice a month, I’ll fly to Vegas. We’ll spend a day together. We’ll work on the range some, on the golf course some, on the putting green some. Then we’ll just talk over lunch, over dinner, you name it.  “You tell me how to become Tiger Woods again. Or at least some semblance of him. I’m not yet 40. Guys win majors in their 40s.  “Here’s a blank check. Fill in the number and let’s get to work.” Remember, Harmon cracked open the door a few months back when he said he’d be willing to talk to Woods. What exactly does Woods have to lose by asking Harmon for a meeting? His pride? Could it be any worse than shooting 82 at Phoenix or 85 at Muirfield Village? Could it be worse than being the object of sympathy among golf circles?  Even if Harmon said “no” it couldn’t possibly be worse. And it could give Woods a chance to find himself one more time before it’s too late. Woods was transcendent when he worked with Harmon; he was great when he worked with Haney; he had some (non-major) moments with Sean Foley and he’s been lost with Chris Como. There’s a trend.  Woods doesn’t need to look at video or break down his swing technique. He needs someone to tell him he can be great again, someone he will believe when he hears it.  Harmon’s a lot like Carville: a no-nonsense, cut-to-the-chase kind of guy. The only reason he wouldn’t say, “it’s between your ears, stupid,” is because he’d likely say it in a much more profane way.  Which is exactly what Woods needs right now.last_img read more

May
27

Montana Sec. of State: Voter Fraud Not a ‘Huge Issue’ Here

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Montana’s Secretary of State says he’s unaware of a voter fraud problem in the state after President Donald Trump announced Wednesday a “major” investigation into the 2016 election.“I’m reluctant to guess what the president is talking about; it wasn’t really specific,” Corey Stapleton, a Republican who won the secretary of state job in the recent election, said.Stapleton referred to the announcement of the voter-fraud investigation, which came from Trump’s Twitter account. The investigation would look into people who are registered in more than one state, “those who are illegal and … even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time).”Depending on results, Trump tweeted, “we will strengthen up voting procedures!”The president was expected on Thursday to announce and sign a directive moving forward with an investigation on his claims.Stapleton said Montana likely has a few isolated incidents of what would be considered voter fraud, but it’s usually a mistake on the voter’s part, not an active attempt to undermine democracy.He said he hears from county clerks about examples of an older resident filling out an absentee ballot weeks ahead of the election, forgetting they did so, and then showing up to vote at their polling place on Election Day, or college students who haven’t changed addresses yet.In most cases, the clerks are able to identify these issues, and unless there are two ballots cast, it’s not voter fraud.“It’s certainly not a huge issue here,” Stapleton said of voter fraud.The Associated Press reported that aides in the new administration say Trump has been fixated on his loss of the popular vote in the election and a concern that the legitimacy of his presidency is being challenged by Democrats and the media.Trump’s own attorneys dismissed claims of voter fraud in a legal filing responding to Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s demand for a recount in Michigan late last year.“On what basis does Stein seek to disenfranchise Michigan citizens? None really, save for speculation,” the attorneys wrote. “All available evidence suggests that the 2016 general election was not tainted by fraud or mistake.”Secretaries of state across the country have dismissed Trump’s voter fraud claims as baseless. After the president’s Wednesday tweets, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wrote on Twitter, “We conducted a review 4 years ago in Ohio & already have a statewide review of 2016 election underway. Easy to vote, hard to cheat.”Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, has twice stepped into the fray himself, including on Tuesday, when he doubled down on Trump’s false claim that he lost the popular vote because 3 million to 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally cast ballots.In Montana, Stapleton said he hopes the best for the Republican president, and for Trump to settle into his new role a bit more so the administration can start forging a new path forward.“My impression is he’s still kind of in campaign mode,” Stapleton said. “I think he tends to paint himself in a corner on some of the things he says.”There haven’t been any directives from federal officials to investigate, and Stapleton said such an investigation across all 50 states would be quite the undertaking, since states run their own elections.“This is a state’s-rights thing. You could get collaboration across state lines, but it’s really 50 different states doing their own thing,” Stapleton said. “I don’t even know how you would do that if you were going to launch an investigation.”With Thursday’s announcement about a further investigation still yet unknown, Stapleton said he’s looking forward to Trump’s presidency and a new direction for the country under his leadership.“I certainly want President Trump to be successful. I’m looking forward to the first 100 days and him laying out the vision, but I don’t know where he’s going or what he’s privy to (in regard to voter fraud allegations) because we don’t see it here,” he said.The Associated Press contributed to this reporting.last_img read more

May
25

Rescue operation underway at Muckish Mountain

first_img Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – June 21, 2017 Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team are currently assisting walkers stuck on steep terrain on Muckish Mountain. The alarm was raised before 6pm this evening.It’s understood that a search dog has located the walkers with the area now being assessed in order to rescue the walkers. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleTeam Donegal High Peaks (FKT) Challenge raises €6276 for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.Next articleLeinster hold advantage over North West into final day News Highland Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Rescue operation underway at Muckish Mountain Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more