Clarissa: My day with Michelle

first_imgIt was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House just asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was bizarre being held up as a role model, nobody thinks about themselves in that way. But I think it was such a good experience for the girls. There’s so much in the press about the type of background university applicants do or don’t come from, but when I was speaking to them it was great to hear that they thought their grades were the issue, rather than where they were from. That wasn’t even a factor. They were so curious about Oxford. We visited some renowned female professors and there was a real focus on female leadership. I think Mrs Obama translated that into her speech when she talked about solodarity amongst women. I couldn’t get over the symbolism of the day: Mrs Obama behind a podium with all these portraits of dead white men hanging up behind her and such a strong female gathering in front of her.When I spoke to Mrs Obama,  she was gracious and loving and told me how amazing and interesting she thought I was. I just thought ‘No, I’m the one who’s amazed!’ What I really took away from the day was what she said about deconstructing labels. There’s so much stress on how it doesn’t matter what background you’re from and that’s true – obviously, people like her and her husband are testimony to that – but she was so interested in what people think about themselves as opposed to what other people say about them. That message of solidarity, being confident and believing in yourself was the most important. thing. Once you know who you are you can do anything. It was quite secretive – I was told not to tell anyone about it so I didn’t. I got an email from the White House asking whether I’d be interested in meeting the First Lady and when the White House comes aknockin’ you don’t say no! It was very West Wing.It was bizarre being held up as a role model, nobody thinks about themselves in that way. But I think it was such a good experience for the girls.There’s so much in the press about the type of background university applicants do or don’t come from, but when I was speaking to them it was great to hear that they thought their grades were the issue, rather than where they were from. That wasn’t even a factor. They were so curious about Oxford.We visited some renowned female professors and there was a real focus on female leadership. I think Mrs Obama translated that into her speech when she talked about solodarity amongst women.I couldn’t get over the symbolism of the day: Mrs Obama behind a podium with all these portraits of dead white men hanging up behind her and such a strong female gathering in front of her.When I spoke to Mrs Obama,  she was gracious and loving and told me how amazing and interesting she thought I was.I just thought ‘No, I’m the one who’s amazed!’ What I really took away from the day was what she said about deconstructing labels.There’s so much stress on how it doesn’t matter what background you’re from and that’s true – obviously, people like her and her husband are testimony to that – but she was so interested in what people think about themselves as opposed to what other people say about them.That message of solidarity, being confident and believing in yourself was the most important. thing. Once you know who you are you can do anything.last_img read more

House building in Jakarta on lockdown as dozens test positive for coronavirus

first_imgThose who contracted the disease had gone into self isolation, he added.Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had also asked that the House of Representatives complex be closed after dozens tested positive for the coronavirus.“If a positive [COVID-19] case is found somewhere, then activities there must be stopped for three days,” Anies said, “However, the entire complex does not need to be closed, only buildings in which positive cases were found.”The Health Ministry announced 3,267 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 336,716.As of Monday, 41 people working at the House complex were reported to have been infected by the coronavirus, 19 of whom were House members, though the list of names had yet to be publicly disclosed. (ami)Topics : A building within the House of Representatives compound in Central Jakarta has been on lockdown since Monday after at least 41 House lawmakers and staff members tested positive for COVID-19.The Nusantara 1 building, which houses both personal offices and meeting rooms of House members from all party factions, would be closed until the end of the recess period on Nov. 8, House of Representatives secretary-general Indra Iskandar said.“After the sitting period ended, we closed [the building] starting Monday. Every Monday we will also spray [disinfectant] to sterilize [the complex],” said Indra recently as quoted by Kompas TV.last_img read more

The ultimate State of Origin battle for Australia’s next millionaire

first_imgThis is the Pyrmont choice in the Antias building at 307/1 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, NSW.The one in Blues territory, located in the Antias building at 307/1 Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, is more expensive — valued at $2.3m — while the one in Maroons country — at Noosa Crest, 33/17 Natasha Avenue, Noosa Heads, has a value of $2.2m on it.But if the winner chooses Noosa, that won’t matter so much, because the RSL Art Union will throw in $175,000 in gold to even those numbers up. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:32Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:32 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD360p360p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenState of Origin: Which state wins your heart? 00:32 MORE: Hemsworth mansion almost ready Both have three bedrooms, this one is in the Pyrmont apartment.She said while Pyrmont win when it comes to current value, “Noosa is a safe long-term bet when buying or hanging on to an investment — and combined with sunny weather, wide open spaces and beach access — would get my tick of approval”.It’s also got a few more things in its favour though. When it comes to size, Noosa wins, at almost 100sq m bigger than the Sydney apartment (232sq m versus 135sq m).Both have three bedrooms and parking for two vehicles, but while the Pyrmont one has two bathrooms, Noosa has three. That’s not a bad view at all from the Pyrmont apartment, even if it is in NSW.There’s also about $30,000 more in furniture going into the Queensland pad ($114,788 in NSW compared to $147,493 in QLD).If this was the decider, the Maroons would emerge the clear winner when it comes to the state versus state battle. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe Noosa choice is a penthouse with a private rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and a heated spa.“Over the past five years, we have seen a 13 per cent increase in median apartment prices in Noosa, signifying the area’s increasing demand — noting its wide open spaces, access to beach and smaller population.”“In comparison, Pyrmont, has grown at a reduced rate of 6 per cent over the past five years — and while the median price of an apartment in Pyrmont is worth slightly more, the price gap is closing. Surprisingly, the rentals for both properties are exactly the same.” The draw, which closes on Tuesday, sees Queensland take the lead investment-wise.RSL Art Union property expert Lisa Roy said both properties had the same rental returns, Noosa apartment prices were growing at double the rate of that of Pyrmont. How a broken toilet seat landed a $70m deal FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER What the rate cut means for the market The Queensland option is bigger by almost 100 sq m.Both have water views — the Blues one looking over ANZAC Bridge and Blackwattle Bay, while the Noosa one looks over Main Beach, Laguna Bay and the hinterland.The prize homes are matched when it comes to resort-style facilities for residents including pool, gym, tennis court and the like, but the Noosa also has a private rooftop terrace with barbecue facilities and a heated spa. The RSL Art Union draw 366 pits Noosa’s beach beauty against that of Pyrmont’s bay views in NSW.It’s being billed as the ultimate $2.5m decision — a New South Wales versus Queensland battle for Australia’s next millionaire.Lined up against each other are a stunning Noosa penthouse with views over the ocean in Queensland and a modern Sydney apartment that looks out across the bay in New South Wales.Both are up for grabs in the latest RSL Art Union draw 366, but all the figures seem to point to a Queensland win.last_img read more

SU Athletics : Practice policy restricts media coverage

first_img Published on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Liz: [email protected] | @3sawyer Comments After Bernie Fine was accused of sexual abuse in November, Syracuse University athletics department officials said they have continued to handle media inquiries for the men’s basketball team on a case-by-case basis. But not all media outlets have been granted entry to the team’s practices, signaling a shift from previous policy.Practices were closed to all media for approximately two months after the Fine allegations surfaced, said Pete Moore, director of athletic communications. The program took this step to protect the basketball players, who were being approached by reporters staking out Manley Field House and the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Moore said.In early January, when Fine-related news began to subside, Moore said he informed some reporters who continued to make interview requests that they could discuss attending practices.All media inquiries have always been dealt with on an individual basis, and reporters are required to notify him in advance with the specific story idea they’re working on if they would like to attend a practice, Moore said.‘We did reach a point where there were a number of inquiries from the media about being able to come to practice again,’ Moore said. ‘At that time, I talked to coach (Jim Boeheim) and the situation was different than it had been in November, primarily because people were no longer camping out. So at that time he was all for adjusting what we were doing.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMoore said the athletics department does not consider there to have been a policy change, as the policy is flexible depending on what Boeheim, the SU head men’s basketball coach, has in mind.Boeheim could not be reached for comment.Since January, The Post-Standard has attended practices regularly and filed stories with reporting from watching those practices during a record-breaking season for the team. Other media outlets, including The Daily Orange, have not been allowed to attend.Jason Murray, sports editor at The Post-Standard, confirmed beat writers from the paper returned to men’s basketball practices in early January and that they currently have access to practices. However, Murray would neither confirm nor deny whether they were required to contact Moore with specific story ideas before showing up.WAER and CNY Central did not return multiple messages left by The Daily Orange.Ron Lombard, the news director at Your News Now, released a statement on behalf of the network to The Daily Orange. Lombard said YNN was not aware of any major change in the SU Athletics policy and valued its relationship with the athletics program.‘Some basketball practices are open to our cameras and reporters and others are not. I believe that’s the way it’s always been and we work within those rules,’ Lombard said in an email.However, in the recent past, reporters from local media organizations were able to attend practices on a regular basis. Game notes from SU Athletics were phrased differently before the Fine scandal and included no mention of a need for media members to report for a specific story.In November, the game notes read: ‘Most Syracuse men’s basketball practices are open to attend but not to conduct interviews. …’Current game notes now read: ‘Syracuse men’s basketball practices are currently closed. When practice is open, REPORTING ON INJURIES OR GAME STRATEGY IS PROHIBITED. Contact Pete Moore to obtain the practice schedule and site, to learn if the practice is open, and to notify him if you plan to attend.’Dara McBride, editor in chief of The Daily Orange, said men’s basketball beat writers have attended practices in the past without intending to write a story. Although the sports department has not contacted Moore with a specific story idea in mind since the scandal broke, it was never made clear that writers needed to communicate an idea to Moore before going to practices, she said. They were only told practices were closed.Tyler Dunne, former men’s basketball beat writer and former managing editor at The Daily Orange, said he attended practice about every week during his time at SU to see what was new with the team and make his face known. Dunne said he would regularly contact Moore to see where practices would be located, but rarely had a specific story idea in mind.‘I remember multiple times going in and just standing on the sideline and maybe blogging something here or there, and it wasn’t an issue at all,’ said Dunne, a 2010 graduate who now works as a Green Bay Packers beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Because it is a standard practice for credentialed media to have equitable access to practices, Michael Anastasi, president of Associated Press Sports Editors, said he would urge those responsible for the decision to reflect on the mission of their university and what it stands for.Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center, said because SU is a private institution, the athletic department can legally admit and deny whoever it wants to practices. But he said the policy goes against the traditional system for most major college athletic programs.‘The common practice at any major college athletic program is to let all local media attend practices,’ LoMonte said. ‘That’s a widespread standard because that’s the way journalists get access to the coaches and players.’[email protected] center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kayihura hails Crested Cranes ahead of CECAFA clash with Tanzania

first_imgUganda’s Crested Cranes take on Tanzania Sunday in the CECAFA semifinals. PHOTO FUFA MEDIACECAFA WOMEN semifinals:SundayKenya v Ethiopia 1:30 p.mUganda v Tanzania 3.30pmFriday Tanzania 0 Ethiopia 0ThursdayUganda 1 Burundi 0Kenya 11 Zanzibar 0WednesdayEthiopia 3 Rwanda 2TuesdayUganda 9 Zanzibar 0Kenya 4  Burundi 0EarlierZanzibar 1 Burundi 10 Uganda 0 Kenya  4Rwanda 2 Tanzania 3GROUP A: Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, ZanzibarGROUP B: Ethiopia, Tanzania, RwandaThe Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has hailed Uganda’s Crested Cranes ahead of their CECAFA women’s tournament semifinal clash with Tanzania.Kayihura met the players and officials in Jinja where the tournament is taking place. “We are very proud of you,” he said, adding, ‘Thank you for representing our country with passion and energy. I wish you the best in the upcoming matches.”Uganda qualified for the semifinals of the inaugural CECAFA women’s football tournament on Thursday when a Fazila Ikwaput first half goal handed them their 2nd straight win. Uganda were second in their group behind Kenya, who beat them in the opening match.The Uganda national women football team – Crested Cranes-  take on Tanzania who topped their group courtesy of a throw of the coin after their final game with Ethiopia ended goalless on Friday.The tournament has attracted international and local attention, a fact that has had soccer governing body FUFA get praise from the Council of East and Central Africa Association (CECAFA) Secretary General Nicholas Musonye.“I want to thank everyone for their respective endeavors to make this tournament a complete success. FUFA took upon the initiative to host the tournament without any sponsorship and we commend them for taking the big risk,” Musonye told the press on Saturday.“The media has publicized the tournament so well. Government has provided the healthy political climate to enable the tournament progress successfully,” added Musonye, who was flanked by tournament chief organiser Rogers Byamukama and CECAFA media officer Rogers Mulindwa“To all the fans, you have exhibited a true CECAFA spirit of not only supporting the home team but attending each and every match that has been played.” Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

On the road to justice

first_imgGLENDORA – Those interested in a law enforcement career were given a peek at their potential futures at Citrus College on Wednesday. Law enforcement career day featured local police departments, the California Highway Patrol and the Los Angeles County and Orange County sheriff’s departments. According to Jim Woolum, an instructor in the college’s Administration of Justice Program, the event provides students with the opportunity to talk with officials in an informal setting, get advice and have questions answered before submitting their application. Deborah Chavira, 39, spent her morning chatting with the representative from the San Bernardino County Probation Department. Chavira, a mother of three and an administration of justice major, said her goal is to apply for a part-time job and then eventually a full-time position with the department. The goal-minded woman, who also wants to get a bachelor’s degree, said her interest in law enforcement came after she enrolled in an Introduction to Criminal Justice class last year. “I was hooked,” she said. Law enforcement officials said that the focus of these career event days is to recruit nearly 15,000 law enforcement openings statewide. Officer James Choi with the Los Angeles Police Department, said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants to hire 1,000 new police officers. Recruiting events like Citrus College’s are important for the agencies, but the high interest shown by the candidates often exceeds their qualifications, officials said. Candidates need to pass a series of exams and a background check, they added. Officer Tim Aguirre with the Pomona Police Department said that two applicants out of a 100 are hired. “You have to have a very clean record,” Choi said. Xensue Chongtun, 18, hopes the LAPD will eventually hire him and spends a few minutes talking with Choi about difficulty of the exam process. “I definitely want to be part of the agency,” Chongtun said. “It is about justice, honor and protecting citizens, which are all nice things.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more