Kimberlé Crenshaw, a prominent Black progressive scholar, hailed Ms. Harris’s ascension to the vice presidency and described her as “well positioned to weather the storms that will definitely come now that she has broken through the glass ceiling.”But amid the joy and sense of empowerment in seeing a woman of color as the nation’s second-highest elected official, she also cautioned that the history-making moment should not distract progressives from continuing to push their agenda.“This is still the Biden administration — what Kamala Harris thinks or does has to be recognized as being part of that administration,” she said. “So we cannot let the pedal to the metal be slowed in any way because we’re celebrating the fact that we’ve had this breakthrough moment.”For others, that moment has been a very long time coming.Opal Lee, 94, paid a poll tax when she first went to vote, choosing between casting her ballot for the Democratic candidate or buying food for her four young children. Decades later, Ms. Lee, a former teacher and activist from Fort Worth, Texas, celebrated at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.Despite the health risks from the coronavirus pandemic, Ms. Lee has no intention of missing Mr. Biden’s inauguration in Washington this January — to witness Ms. Harris.“I want to be able to tell my great-great-grandchildren how it felt for a woman to be vice president,” she said. “I just got to go.” As she took the stage in Texas shortly before the election, Ms. Harris spoke of being singular in her role but not solitary.“Yes, sister, sometimes we may be the only one that looks like us walking in that room,” she told a largely Black audience in Fort Worth. “But the thing we all know is we never walk in those rooms alone — we are all in that room together.” That she has risen higher in the country’s leadership than any woman ever has underscores the extraordinary arc of her political career. A former San Francisco district attorney, she was elected as the first Black woman to serve as California’s attorney general. When she was elected a United States senator in 2016, she became only the second Black woman in the chamber’s history.Almost immediately, she made a name for herself in Washington with her withering prosecutorial style in Senate hearings, grilling her adversaries in high-stakes moments that at times went viral. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 12:21 p.m. ET While she struggled to attract the very women and Black voters she had hoped would connect with her personal story during her primary bid, she continued to make a concerted effort as Mr. Biden’s running mate to reach out to people of color, some of whom have said they feel represented in national politics for the first time. After several years in Montreal, Ms. Harris attended Howard University, a historically Black college and one of the country’s most prestigious, then pursued work as a prosecutor on domestic violence and child exploitation cases. She speaks easily and often of her mother, a breast cancer researcher who died in 2009; of her white and Jewish husband, Douglas Emhoff, who will make history in his own right as the first second gentleman; and of her stepchildren, who call her Momala.It was a story she tried to tell on the campaign trail during the Democratic primary with mixed success. Kicking off her candidacy with homages to Ms. Chisholm, Ms. Harris attracted a crowd in Oakland that her advisers estimated at more than 20,000, a tremendous show of strength that immediately established her as a front-runner in the race. But vying for the nomination against the most diverse field of candidates in history, she failed to capture a surge of support and dropped out weeks before any votes were cast.Part of her challenge, especially with the party’s progressive wing she sought to win over, was the difficulty she had reconciling her past positions as California’s attorney general with the current mores of her party. She struggled to define her policy agenda, waffling on health care and even her own assault on Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s record on race, perhaps the toughest attack he faced throughout the primary campaign.“Policy has to be relevant,” Ms. Harris said in an interview with The New York Times in July 2019. “That’s my guiding principle: Is it relevant? Not, ‘Is it a beautiful sonnet?’”But it is also this lack of ideological rigidity that makes her well suited for the vice presidency, a role that demands a tempering of personal views in deference to the man at the top. As the vice-presidential nominee, Ms. Harris has endeavored to make plain that she supports Mr. Biden’s positions — even if some differ from those she backed during the primary. The small sorority of Black women in federal politics also views Ms. Harris as a mentor and an ally, praising her championing of issues like Black maternal mortality and anti-lynching legislation that have not typically received the spotlight that can follow a high-wattage political brand.When Representative Lauren Underwood was mounting her first race for Congress, trying to become the first Black women to win her predominantly white suburban Chicago district, Ms. Harris reached out for coffee.“There’s not that many Black women who have been at the highest level of politics in this country. Not that many Black women who have run very competitive races,” said Ms. Underwood, who became the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress in 2018. “To have the opportunity to learn from, counsel from and just know someone who has done that is something I find incredibly valuable.” Yet what also distinguished her was her personal biography: The daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother, she was steeped in racial justice issues from her early years in Oakland and Berkeley, Calif., and wrote in her memoir of memories of the chants, shouts and “sea of legs moving about” at protests. She recalled hearing Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman to mount a national campaign for president, speak in 1971 at a Black cultural center in Berkeley that she frequented as a young girl. “Talk about strength!” she wrote. Many witnessed — and recoiled at — the persistent racist and sexist attacks from conservatives. President Trump has refused to pronounce her name correctly and after the vice-presidential debate, he derided her as a “monster.”For some of her supporters, the vitriol Ms. Harris had to withstand was another aspect of her experience they found relatable.“I know what I was thrown into as the only African-American at the table,” said Clara Faulkner, the mayor pro tem of Forest Hill, Texas, as she waited for Ms. Harris to address a socially distanced crowd in Fort Worth. “It’s just seeing God move in a mighty way.”While some members of the political establishment professed outrage at the insults, friends of Ms. Harris knew that her pragmatism extended to her understanding of how the political world treats women of color.Senator Cory Booker, a colleague and friend of Ms. Harris’s who has known her for decades, said in an interview that some of her guardedness was a form of self-protection in a world that has not always embraced a barrier-breaking Black woman.“She still has this grace about her where it’s almost as if these things don’t affect her spirit,” Mr. Booker said. “She’s endured this for her entire career and she does not give people license to have entrance into her heart.”After waiting days for results, Democrats rejoiced in a victory that offered a bright spot in an election that delivered losses to many of their candidates, including several high-profile women. Representative Barbara Lee, Democrat of California, who got involved in politics through Ms. Chisholm’s presidential campaign, said she always believed she would see the first Black woman at the steps of the White House.“Here you have now this remarkable, brilliant, prepared African-American woman, South Asian woman, ready to fulfill the dreams and aspirations of Shirley Chisholm and myself and so many women of color,” she said. “This is exciting and is finally a breakthrough that so many of us have been waiting for. And it didn’t come easy.” With her ascension to the vice presidency, Ms. Harris will become the first woman and first woman of color to hold that office, a milestone for a nation in upheaval, grappling with a damaging history of racial injustice exposed, yet again, in a divisive election. Ms. Harris, 56, embodies the future of a country that is growing more racially diverse, even if the person voters picked for the top of the ticket is a 77-year-old white man.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – From the earliest days of her childhood, Kamala Harris was taught that the road to racial justice was long.She spoke often on the campaign trail of those who had come before her, of her parents, immigrants drawn to the civil rights struggle in the United States — and of the ancestors who had paved the way.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden understands this, Mr. Booker said: “He is really bringing us to the next election.”Allies say Ms. Harris is acutely aware of her place in history. She views her work as connected to both the civil rights leaders who came before her — the “ancestors,” as she calls them — and the generations she hopes to empower. Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, a rising figure in the party’s left wing, said Ms. Harris’s ascent was a deep source of pride among South Asians, expanding the imaginations of how high they can climb in American public life. Ms. Jayapal has spoken proudly of her own connection to the new vice president, writing an op-ed article in The Los Angeles Times in August describing their intertwined family history in South India.“She understands what it means to be the child of immigrants — what it means to be a person of color seeking racial justice,” she said, pointing to Ms. Harris’s work on rights for domestic workers and helping Muslim immigrants get access to legal counsel. “There’s just so much you don’t have to explain to a Vice President Harris and I believe she will fight for many of the issues that are important to our South Asian community.” The Democrats’ down-ballot defeats tempered the celebratory mood a bit, as did a wistful sense among some activists and leaders that this historic first still leaves women in second place — closer than ever to the Oval Office, sure, but not in it. The end to a presidency that inspired waves of opposition from women, many politically engaged for the first time, has left the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” intact. Democratic primary voters, including a significant number of women, had rallied behind Mr. Biden, eschewing the women and people of color in the race because they believed Mr. Biden would be most capable of beating Mr. Trump. Scarred by Hillary Clinton’s defeat four years ago, many believed the country was not quite ready to elect a female commander in chief.Ms. Harris’s presence on the ticket will forever be linked to Mr. Biden’s explicit promise to select a female running mate in an acknowledgment that the party’s future probably does not look like him.Ms. Harris now finds herself the most clearly positioned heir to the White House. Perhaps more than any other vice president in recent memory, she will be carefully scrutinized for her ambitions, a level of attention that is perhaps inevitable for the No. 2 of the oldest incoming No. 1 in history.
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AMF, which owns 4.4% of shares in the bank, described the report as “a first step” in answering the most acute allegations.Johan Sidenmark AMF’s chief executive added: “However, we had expected more, and our assessment is that more is needed to strengthen confidence in the bank.”Alecta, the third-largest shareholder in Swedbank with a stake of around 5%, said: “Neither the report presented this morning nor the proposed continuation lives up to our expectations.”The Swedish Shareholders’ Association has also expressed dissatisfaction with the Swedbank-commissioned report, describing it as “totally incomplete”, adding that it raised more questions than it answered.In a press release accompanying the report – which has many words and figures blacked out – Swedbank said its president and chief executive Birgitte Bonnesen would remain in her job, and that it would carry out a more thorough review into the matter “in co-operation with the relevant authorities”.Swedbank chair Lars Idermark said: “After reviewing the FRA update, the board confirms its continued confidence in the CEO and her ability to lead and manage the bank’s work in the fight against money laundering.”He said the bank took its anti-money laundering responsibilities very seriously, and was focused on continuously improving its ability to fight financial crime.”The board of directors is committed to making available all resources that the management requires to continue this important work,” Idermark said.Other Swedbank shareholdersSweden’s four main state pension buffer funds also have significant investments in Swedbank.According to shareholding lists, AP3 had SEK1.9bn or 0.87% of the bank’s voting capital. AP2 had SEK1.5bn of Swedbank equity at the end of last year, representing a 0.66% stake in the bank.AP1 held SEK774.5m of shares, and AP4 had SEK738m invested in the bank.A spokeswoman for AP2 said the fund had no comment on the latest development. The other three funds did not immediately respond to requests for comment.Folksam, the second-largest shareholder in Swedbank with a 7% stake, was more satisfied with the report than the other pension funds, saying: “The status report gives us answers to important questions.”Swedbank said that, while it had decided to make the report public, it was subject to redactions in accordance with applicable laws and information security. Consequently, the report censored all relevant figures and names relating to potentially suspicious transactions. A long-awaited report from one of Sweden’s main banks into money-laundering allegations has been dismissed as inadequate by two of the country’s biggest pension funds.Swedbank today published a redacted report from a forensic accountancy firm it hired to look into allegations initially made by Swedish national broadcaster SVT in a documentary. The SVT documentary alleged that SEK40bn (€3.8bn) may have been laundered through Swedbank and Danske Bank’s branch in Estonia, the latter of which is now the subject of investigations in several countries.In response, Alecta and AMF – the country’s first and third biggest pension funds by assets under management – both indicated they expected more from the report. read more
Buyers are forking out thousands of dollars more for waterfront property. Picture supplied.The sea, river and canals are driving up prices of properties across Queensland, a new report reveals, fetching massive premiums.Buyers hungry for luxury were prepared to pay up to 63 per cent more for a waterfront property, it found. . RELATED: Beachfront apartment raises the bar Buyers are prepared to pay a premium for property on the Brisbane River.In Brisbane, the best waterfront homes commanded premiums of up to 45 per cent in the third quarter of this year — the first year the city has been included in Knight Frank’s Prime Waterfront Index.Knight Frank head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said residential property on the Brisbane River was some of the most desirable in the city, appealing to a wide demographic.“Buying on a riverfront is often a lifestyle decision, offering adventure with maritime facilities while providing a sense of calm and space away from the bustling CBD,” Ms Ciesielski said.In Brisbane, a riverfront home in Bulimba sold for an auction record of $8.4 million.The sale price of the property at 95-99 McConnell Street eclipses the previous residential auction record of $7.75 million, which was achieved at 39 Griffith Street in New Farm earlier this year. Knight Frank director and head of project marketing – Queensland, residential Chris Litfin said being close to the water was one of the main reasons people moved to the coast.“It is what the lifestyle is all about here,” Mr Litfin said. “To be right on the water is the ultimate lifestyle prize so there is ever-increasing demand on this limited commodity.” This estate at 37-39 Brittanic Cres, Sovereign Islands, sold for $11m.“Not all absolute waterfront homes are equal and this was reflected in the index, with premium values varying in each city, and by the type of waterfront,” Ms Ciesielski said.“It’s common to see those buying prestige properties redesign the home to match their style, but fundamentally, the waterfront location remains.“Waterfront living is the ultimate lifestyle choice and this helps to underpin the value of these properties.”The biggest sale on the Gold Coast so far this year was a waterfront property at Sovereign Islands, which sold for a whopping $11 million in September.The sprawling residence at 37-39 Brittanic Crescent has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms, along with a ‘Gold Lounge’ cinema room, wet bar, outdoor entertainment pavilion and pool.The property has a 55m water frontage with two moorings suitable for yachts and water sports.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoNationally, the highest premiums for absolute waterfront property were paid in Sydney (94.9 per cent), followed by the Gold Coast (66.5 per cent), Perth (53.6 per cent) and Brisbane (45.1 per cent). The view of the river from the house at 95-99 McConnell St, Bulimba. Photo Supplied.TOP WATERFRONT SUBURBS BrisbaneNew FarmFig Tree PocketHawthorneGold CoastMermaid BeachSurfers ParadiseBroadbeach Waters(Source: Knight Frank. Based on $7 million plus sales on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane in the past three years) Luxury waterfront apartments on the Gold Coast. MORE: Buyers hungry for riverfront luxury This waterfront Sovereign Islands property is the biggest sale on the Gold Coast so far this year.Mr Litfin said oceanfront property — on a surf beach — was the most sought-after type of property.“The oceanfront gives maximum open outlook, with no visual neighbours. Next most sought-after would be the widest part of the main river; again the open outlook is attractive.”Of all the waterfront location types in Australia, the index found homes on the harbourfront commanded the largest uplift of up to 97 per cent — driven by Sydney’s ‘money shot’ with both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House within the frame. read more
In October 2019, Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, a joint venture of Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC, submitted a winning bid in the second Massachusetts offshore wind solicitation. The Department of Energy Resources (DOER) has subsequently submitted a filing letter requesting that DPU approve the 20-year contracts with Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil. The 804MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm will deliver electricity to the Massachusetts grid at a record-low price of USD 58.47/MWh, the documents submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) show. The ”low cost energy” project which was selected is expected to start up in 2025. On Monday, 10 February, the Massachusetts Electric Distribution Companies filed long-term contracts with Mayflower Wind Energy LLC for the project for review and approval by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU). The 800MW Vineyard Wind 1 project which was selected in the first offshore wind solicitation in Massachusetts will deliver electricity at a price equivalent to USD 67.59/MWh in real 2019 dollars or USD 64.97/MWh in real 2017 dollars. read more
The Milan Lady Indians blanked The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles 16-0 in Varsity Softball action.Milan vs. JCD Softball (4-21)Submitted by Milan Coaches Eric Widener and Yatze Roysden.
ORVC Weekly Report (November 25-30)Players of the Week.Girls Basketball: Paige Ledford – Jac-Cen-Del and Aleiah Thomas – Switzerland County.Boys Basketball: Foster Mefford – Southwestern.ORVC Report(November 25-30)2019Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
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Associated Press March 11, 2020 For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com LEADING THE CHARGE: Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes has averaged 18.8 points and 4.9 rebounds while Buddy Boeheim has put up 15.3 points. For the Tar Heels, Garrison Brooks has averaged 16.3 points and 8.4 rebounds while Cole Anthony has put up 12.6 points.EFFECTIVE ELIJAH: Hughes has connected on 33.8 percent of the 219 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 10 of 34 over the last five games. He’s also converted 80.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: North Carolina is 0-10 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 14-8 when scoring at least 65.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Tar Heels have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Orange. Syracuse has an assist on 33 of 80 field goals (41.3 percent) over its past three outings while North Carolina has assists on 39 of 86 field goals (45.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: North Carolina is ranked first among ACC teams with an offensive rebound percentage of 35.3 percent. The Tar Heels have averaged 13.8 offensive boards per game.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNorth Carolina (14-18, 7-14) vs. No. 6 seed Syracuse (17-14, 10-10)Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Second Round, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: North Carolina is set to match up against Syracuse in the second round of the ACC tournament. The only regular season meeting came on Feb. 29, when the Tar Heels outshot Syracuse from the field 51.6 percent to 44.4 percent and hit five more 3-pointers en route to a 92-79 victory. UNC meets Syracuse in ACC 2nd round read more
UBTH golf club will host one of the biggest golf tournaments in the South-south region today as the main event of the Eterno Hotels Golf Classic Championship tees-off at the club golf course, Ugbowo, Benin City, Edo State.The Eterno Hotels golf classic championship is anticipated to feature over 120 top amateur golfers from more than 10 golf clubs across the country that will rekindle hostilities at the championship. The three-day golf classic which teed-off on Thursday with caddies category, as well as the professional golfers yesterday, is being powered by Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, the vice-captain of the club in collaboration with the club.Iduoriyekemwen noted that Eterno Hotels golf classic championship is a unique golf event being organised by the club and also, as part of the hotels’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the development of golf and the society at large.He said: “Deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shaibu, an ardent golfer will do the ceremonial tee-off, while Governor Godwin Obaseki will play by 7a.m. alongside other golfers.“Also, top golfers from South-south zone and other parts of the country are featuring at the event. All necessary arrangements to ensure hitch-free golfing activities have been perfected by the organising committee.“Prizes and trophies will be presented to golfers that distinguished themselves in various categories such as men’s and ladies event, veteran, super veteran category, caddies and professionals. So it has been an exciting and keenly competitive all through these days.“We have golfers from Ibori Golf and Country Club, (IGCC) Asaba; Benin golf club section (BCGS), IBB Golf and Country Club, FCT; Ikoyi Golf Club, Lagos; Shell Golf Club, Ogunnu, Warri; Port-Harcourt Golf Club, and many others playing with our members here at the championship.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more