Doug Emhoff, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris, President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden on November 7, 2020. JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockIt looks like we have another inspirational, trendsetting woman on her way to the White House — and we aren’t event talking about Kamala Harris, who also happens to have killer style.Dr. Jill Biden stunned in a midnight blue Oscar de la Renta dress as she joined President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on stage in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday, November 7. Just a few hours following the appearance, the $5,690 frock sold out.- Advertisement – The former second lady of the United States wasn’t the only one to bring her style A-game. Harris also made a splash in an all-white pantsuit reportedly created by American fashion designer Wes Gordon for Carolina Herrera. According to CNN, this was a “very deliberate choice of outfit was a gesture of solidarity with the long line of women who have defied expectations in American politics.” After all, this monochrome coloring has long been linked to the suffragette movement and was notably also worn by Hillary Clinton when accepting the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!)- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The 69-year-old educator paired the asymmetrical, floral print dress with pink heels and a black protective face mask. Though the piece was a pricey pick, The Outnet sold the design for a reduced price of $1,707 before selling out.The design house shared a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the number in a tweet on Monday, November 9. “Hope springs eternal. A look at incoming First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s dress, which features house-signature asymmetric drapery and spirited floral vine embroidery.” In the image, co-creative director Fernando J Garcia and “in-house modiste” Luis are seen prepping the fit on a mannequin.This choice in designer has a long history in the White House. Not only did de la Renta dress first ladies like Jackie Kennedy, Michelle Obama and Laura Bush, but according to Vanity Fair, he was also the designer of choice for Nancy Reagan and Hillary Clinton.- Advertisement –
Mar 14, 2007 (CIDRAP News) –Indonesia vowed today not to share H5N1 avian influenza virus samples with the World Health Organization (WHO) until it has a “legally binding” guarantee that the samples won’t be used to develop vaccines that the country can’t afford, according to news services.Indonesian Health Minister Siti Failah Supari told reporters in Jakarta today,”We will not share our virus sample, without a change in the rules,” the Associated press (AP) reported. The statement signaled the continuation of a standoff that has lasted several weeks.Indonesia has not supplied any H5N1 samples to the WHO since the end of 2006, the WHO has said. Steps toward resolution of the problem have been reported twice in the past month, but no final agreement has been reached.Researchers need current H5N1 samples to trace changes in the virus, map its spread, and develop vaccines in preparation for the threat of a human flu pandemic.Supari complained that WHO regulations give countries no control over how their viral samples are used, according to a Bloomberg News report. “Vaccine makers will try to produce and sell them [vaccines] to us at high price,” she said. “Poorer countries shouldn’t become a commercial target.”The WHO announced early in February that Indonesia had stopped sharing H5N1 isolates. After a Feb 16 meeting, officials said they had agreed in principle that Indonesia would resume sharing samples while the WHO would work to ensure that developing countries have access to vaccines based on their samples.In a Feb 28 letter, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan promised Indonesia that its viral specimens would be used “for public health risk assessment purposes only,” the AP reported. She also promised that, pending a formal agreement, the WHO would obtain Indonesia’s permission before sending any samples to a vaccine producer.But Supari said the letter was not enough, according to the AP. “That’s just an agreement in principle,” she said. “We need one that is legally binding.”Supari said Asia-Pacific health ministers will meet in Jakarta Mar 27 and 28 to propose changes in the WHO’s virus-sharing system, the story said.According to a Reuters report today, Supari said the proposed changes also would need to be discussed at a WHO advisory board meeting in May. She suggested that would be the earliest that the country would resume providing samples.The WHO’s Southeast Asia director, Samlee Plianbangchang, voiced confidence that the meeting later this month in Jakarta would do much to resolve the problem, the AP reported.See also:Feb 16 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO”
Sier, who has been looking into the cost and fee structures of investments in the UK for several years now, called on the asset management industry to become more transparent.“Asset management is a force for good, and it can help the demographic challenge of long-term savings, but asset managers need to do better,” he said.“They need to invest in tools to inform consumers – to explain to them what asset allocation means, for example.“The asset management industry is highly productive and wealthy, but it has abrogated its responsibility towards the consumer.”Ueli Mettler, a partner at Swiss consultancy c-alm, pointed out that regulators such as the Swiss OAK should not set cost limits: “If you act as a prudent investor, you should be free to choose any products you like and negotiate fees as you like – but, for this, you need all the information.“So regulators have to create an environment where information asymmetry is not a problem any more, and, if that is achieved, market forces will decide the fee levels.”Frits Meerdink, manager at PGGM in the Netherlands, pointed out that, from this year, transparency on cost reporting was widened in his country to include transaction costs in commingled funds.“There should be an alignment of interest with the pension funds we serve,” he said.“And we are checking whether there is true outperformance, an ambition the asset manager aspires to – above that, we are willing to pay performance fees.” In a straw poll at this year’s IPE Conference in Berlin, around one-third of delegates said there was no need to cut asset management fees further, while another one-third said fees should be cut by more than 30%.In response to this, Jan Straatman, global CIO at Lombard Odier IM in Switzerland, said: “This is understandable, but it is a knee-jerk reaction because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. A lot of products are way too expensive, and a lot of low-cost products could be more expensive.”Christopher Sier, Prof of Practice at Newcastle University Business School, said: “Although we are on different sides of the fence, I violently agree with Jan – people either want to change nothing or a lot, but what we actually have to do is to understand and explain the problem to them.”He added: “Trust is the main issue, and people do not trust or understand the establishment, and the financial service industry is considered a part of that.”
SeaBird Exploration has received a letter of award to provide a source vessel for an upcoming seismic project in the Asia Pacific region. The project is anticipated to start during Q3 2018.According to SeaBird, the project will have a duration of approximately three months.The company did not disclose the value of the contract nor the name of the client.SeaBird will be using the Voyager Explorer for the project.Voyager Explorer, with a length of 67.81 meters and a beam of 16 meters, joined the SeaBird fleet in August 2011.The vessel is designed for shallow water operation worldwide.
Public Discourse 14 April 2015Dear Justice Kennedy,Earlier this year I wrote you a letter, “Dear Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent.” My letter has now been quoted (and criticized) by the Family Equality Coalition (FEC) and COLAGE (Children of Lesbian and Gays) in the amicus brief they have filed in support of same-sex marriage. The brief is filled with quotations from children with gay or lesbian parents asking the court to redefine marriage for the entire country so that their two moms or two dads could get married.The authors argue that the only struggle these children face is the lack of “marriage equality.” Perhaps for some children of LGBT couples that is the case. But something stood out to me when I read this brief. It wasn’t what the brief said—on the contrary, it was a glaring omission that caught my attention.Despite the fact that every child who is quoted in that brief has at least one parent who is not present in their home, none of them talk about the process of separation that led to their being raised in a same-sex household. When you are talking about same-sex parenting, there is always more to the story. Heather Barwick, who was raised by two moms, and I have filed our own amicus brief telling the rest of that story.The Inherent Problem with Same-Sex ParentingThe FEC Brief states: “The major challenge most same-sex-parented families must surmount is nothing inherent in their family structure, but rather the societal and governmental disapproval that the challenged state laws represent and perpetuate.” It speaks of how children of same-sex parents are “psychologically burden[ed]” because “their parents aren’t able to get married.”While I recognize that these children really are feeling burdened, I have a hard time believing that a lack of “marriage equality” is the primary struggle that most of these children face. If a parent conceives a child with a member of the opposite sex—or enters into a contract to purchase sperm or eggs from the child’s biological parent—and then chooses to raise that child with an unrelated adult of the same sex, that child’s life is going to be complicated in ways we are just beginning to realize.FEC quoted children in situations similar to that of twelve-year-old Annalise, my daughter’s friend, whose father abandoned their family for his lover when she was four. A few years later, Annalise was photographed in the wedding of her “two dads,” who were effusively congratulated on the “family that they had made together.” Though Annalise is careful to say that she loves her father and his partner, she recently wrote an essay on the pain and confusion that has filled her life since her father left the family and married her other dad.I understand and deeply identify with the desire to defend one’s parents. Nonetheless, it is not the state’s fault these children are suffering a “psychological burden,” nor can the state ever relieve such a burden. Many children find themselves in same-sex-headed households because their parents have made decisions to separate them from one of their natural parents. Some may feel burdened because they long for a parent who they are told is unnecessary. Some may have adults in their lives who may not acknowledge their loss at all, which imposes a burden of confusion, anger, and pain.My amicus brief co-author, Heather Barwick, describes her experience this way:I grew up surrounded by women who said they didn’t need or want a man. Yet, as a little girl, I so desperately wanted a daddy. It is a strange and confusing thing to walk around with this deep-down unquenchable ache for a father, for a man, in a community that says that men are unnecessary. There were times I felt so angry with my dad for not being there for me, and then times I felt angry with myself for even wanting a father to begin with.Despite the popular cultural marketing that all kids need are “two loving, stable adults,” not every child is buying it. It’s alien to their real-life experience. This is how one adolescent, with the safety of anonymity, expressed it:Am I a bad daughter because I wish I had a Dad? Is there anyone else who has 2 Moms or 2 Dads who wonders what it would be like if they were born into a normal family? Is there anyone else who wants to be able to use the word normal without getting a lecture on what is normal???http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14813/?utm_source=The+Witherspoon+Institute&utm_campaign=1a160bf832-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_15ce6af37b-1a160bf832-84094405
The Los Angeles Clippers’ sale has been finalized. It is hard to imagine that a professional team is worth 2 billion dollars. This was the asking price by Donald Sterling’s wife, and it was agreed to by Steve Ballmer. The former CEO of Microsoft had the money and was willing to pay that price to own a professional team. Everyone in sports agrees that it was the best possible scenario for the Clippers’ fans, their city, and their players.For us ordinary folks it is hard to believe that an individual has that much money and is willing to spend it in this fashion. However, it was reported that on the day the sale was finalized, the owners’ share of Microsoft stock raised enough that he made over 50 million on that day alone. This, too, is hard to imagine when the average person worries about $500 – $1000 loss in the stock market decline.According to media reports, the former owner, Donald Sterling, will appeal the sale of the Clippers. In his mind, he still thinks he owns the Clippers. The NBA and the courts both unanimously degreed that he has been stripped of any control of the team. Since this is the USA, this may be in court for several years if Sterling has enough money to keep hiring lawyers.
EC remains undefeated hosting the Shelbyville Golden Bears on Thursday in St. Leon. EC girls won 122-63 and the boy won 111-75.Individual winners include: Mackenzie Schantz-200 Free; Jackson Ketcham-200 Free, 100 Fly; Hannah Weber-200 IM; Chandler Witte-200 IM; Alexis deLong-50 Free, 100 Back; Alex Ketcham-50 Free, 500 Free; Noah Arnold-1 meter diving; Grace Crane-100 Free; Jacob Weber-100 Free, 100 Back; Klay Shipman-100 Breast.EC won all 6 relays.East Central travels to the Connersville Invitational on Friday and Saturday.Go AquaTrojans!!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.
“We are very excited to continue our partnership with Arnold Motor Supply and provide this tour for our IMCA Modified division again this season,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The 2019 schedule is one that aligns with the foundation of the tour and visits tracks throughout the region located near Arnold Motor Supply store locations. We are anxious to get the season underway.” The Spencer, Iowa-based auto parts supplier provides a portion of the $10,000 point fund to be paid to drivers in final top 10 point standings and awards a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill to the series champion. In addition to two shows at Benton County Speedway, Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour dates also include events at Marshalltown Speedway, Park Jefferson Speedway, Hancock County Speedway, Buena Vista Raceway, Kossuth County Speedway, Clay County Fair Speedway, Fairmont Raceway and 34 Raceway. In its 92nd year of business, Arnold Motor Supply has 57 auto parts stores and 21 machine shops located in communities represented on the upcoming tour schedule and across the Midwest. Arnold Motor Supply became title sponsor for the tour in 2017. “We are thrilled to be partnering with IMCA for another year,” said Brad Edwardson, vice president of business development for Arnold Motor Supply. “It’s another way we can give back to our loyal customers, team members and race fans in the communities we serve.” Information about auto parts store and machine shop locations is available by calling 712 262-1141, on Facebook and at the www.arnoldmotorsupply.com website. SPENCER, Iowa – One of IMCA’s most popular partnerships continues in 2019 as Arnold Motor Supply returns as title sponsor of the Dirt Knights Modified Tour. Drivers are invited to join Team High Gear, the Arnold Motor Supply loyalty program that ‘rewards race teams for buying the parts you need anyway.’ See how Team High Gear can equip your race team with the right parts and out-of-sight perks like discounted auto parts, paint discounts, and other pit crew specials. Sign up today at racethg.com http://racethg.com. The 10th annual tour opens on May 21 at Sports Park Raceway in Fort Dodge.
Press Association The 20-year-old Millwall frontman struck after 20 minutes and then again three minutes before the break in a remarkable first half at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Samir Carruthers had given Ireland a 17th-minute lead before O’Brien opened his account, and a third from Jack Grealish had the game all but won with just 25 minutes played. Aiden O’Brien claimed a double as Ireland Under-21s staged an early blitz to see off the Faroe Islands 5-2. But Gunnar Zachariasen pulled one back for the visitors within seconds, and the Faroes’ hopes of mounting a fightback improved significantly when defender Ragnar Nattestad was fouled by Republic skipper Shane Duff inside the box and referee Alexandr Aliyev pointed to the spot. Zachariasen duly obliged from 12 yards to make it 3-2 with eight minutes of the opening 45 still to play. However, Noel King’s men regained a measure of control within two minutes when Anthony Forde’s first goal for the Under-21s gave them breathing space once again, and O’Brien’s second sent them in at the break with their three-goal advantage re-established. The second half proved to be something of an anti-climax by comparison as both sides had chances, but respective keepers Sean McDermott and Teitur Gestson escaped without further mishap. Victory completed a double for the Irish over the Faroes and took their Group 6 points tally to seven from five games on a day when runaway leaders Germany needed a late equaliser in Montenegro to snatch a 1-1 draw as they surrendered their 100 per cent record.
Press Association This afternoon’s meeting at Limerick has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track. Officials will now check the track at 8am on Sunday ahead of that afternoon’s meeting. The feature Shannon Airport Novice Chase, a Grade Two which had attracted classy types like Avant Tout, Free Expression and Outlander, has transferred to Sunday’s meeting to form an eight-race card beginning at noon. Officials assessed conditions at 8am but found the course to be unraceable. Horse Racing Ireland tweeted: “Limerick cancelled today. Track unfit for racing due to waterlogging.”