On the front line

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Trump’s media pugilist Kellyanne Conway steps down

first_imgKellyanne Conway, a long-serving advisor to President Donald Trump known for sparring with reporters, announced Sunday she will step down to focus on her family.Conway, 53, has been at Trump’s side since day one, managing his 2016 campaign that catapulted the reality TV star into the world’s most powerful office.But the past four years of singular loyalty to Trump, including defending him on TV and with informal “gaggles” with the press, have taken a toll. Topics : Her husband, prominent Washington lawyer George Conway, is one of Twitter’s most prolific Trump critics, repeatedly and loudly questioning the president’s mental fitness for office.Also, Conway’s 15-year-old daughter Claudia wrote on Twitter Saturday that she was “devastated” that her mother would speak at the Republican convention, and pledged to seek legal emancipation “due to years of childhood trauma and abuse”.Less than 24 hours later, Kellyanne Conway tweeted a statement that closes by saying: “For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama”.Conway said she would step down by the end of the month and that her husband George would also be making some changes.center_img “We disagree about plenty but we are united on what matters most: the kids,” she wrote.Conway has become both famous and notorious for sparring with the media, often by finding a way to change the topic, turn the question back on the reporter, or merely complain.All of which did with a flamboyant fashion sense — snake-skin pattern dress one day, a bright red one the next — standing out in an often-gray city.Her work led her at one point to be depicted on the long-running US comedy show Saturday Night Live as “Kellywise”, a spoof of the murderous, sewer-dwelling clown from horror novel and film “It”.Conway also stuck out her White House role while a parade of other aides were forced out, quit or left in humiliation.Conway, a lawyer and pollster by training, said her departure was her call.”This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans.”last_img read more

‘He wanted to prove everybody wrong’: Tony Adams hails Arsenal’s David Luiz for defiant display against Man City

first_imgArteta has led his side to the FA Cup final in his first season (Picture: Getty Images)‘If there was a crowd in the audience, I don’t know if that’s helped him or not, I’m thinking it may have helped him because in recent weeks I think the Arsenal crowd would have been really on his back and I don’t know how he would’ve reacted with that, but he certainly reacted for me so well. ‘For this game in particular I just thought he was awesome and I’m going to be shouting from the top of the world that he was outstanding, good performance.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalSpeaking after the game, Luiz responded to his many critics with a defiant message.‘[There was] a lot of criticism of me, you can say that,’ he told BT Sport.‘It is part of the football, I understood during my career football is about surviving every day you are going to defend your team and other people are going to support their teams it is about surviving.‘It is what I did I was working very hard every day after my mistakes I took the blame I was mature enough to understand that and I was humble to do that for the team.’MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright picks out six star performers after sensational Man City winMORE: Robin van Persie picks out ‘absolutely fantastic’ David Luiz as Arsenal stun Man City in FA Cup semi-finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 19 Jul 2020 8:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.8kShares ‘He wanted to prove everybody wrong’: Tony Adams hails Arsenal’s David Luiz for defiant display against Man City Luiz showcased the best parts of his game against City (Picture: Getty Images)Tony Adams has heaped praise on the ‘absolutely phenomenal’ performance of David Luiz after Arsenal’s shock 2-0 FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester City.The Gunners churned out a dogged display against City, with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring twice to seal the north London club’s place in the final.Brazilian defender Luiz has come under fire for recent high-profile errors, but was one of Mikel Arteta’s side’s top performers at Wembley on Saturday evening.And Arsenal legend Adams – who admitted earlier this week that he would ‘struggle’ to play alongside the centre-back – singled out Luiz’s resurgent display.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘David Luiz was absolutely phenomenal and I’ve been very critical of him recently and I think a lot of people have been,’ Adams told Stadium Astro.‘So, give credit where credits due, he had the bit between his teeth. He wanted to prove everybody wrong. Advertisementlast_img read more

​Folksam calls on Swedish government to level tax playing field for IORP II

first_imgThe head of pensions and insurance group Folksam has pleaded with the Swedish government to close gaping tax inequalities between mutual providers and public limited firms under the new IORP II regime.In an open letter to Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson, Folksam’s chief executive officer Ylva Wessén, wrote: “For Folksam and our customers, who are also owners, it is important to make such an adjustment to the tax legislation, which may be considered to be of limited scope, as soon as possible.”Mutual pension firms are being put at a competitive disadvantage to those providers incorporated as public limited companies here, according to Folksam, which manages SEK454bn (€43bn) of largely pension assets.At issue is that tax legislation to create the conditions customer-owned companies need, has not been adapted for the new law on occupational pension companies (2019:742), which was passed in November, the firm said. Folksam lauded the pensions legislation itself, which puts the EU’s IORP II directive into the domestic rulebook, saying the law would “ensure adequate protection for current and future pensioners and the effective management of occupational pensions for millions of occupational pension savers”.But in order to come under the scope of the new IORP II law, occupational pension providers must convert their pensions business into a separate occupational pension company, which Folksam said involves transferring pension assets internally – a move which under current law would incur taxes.Wessén said the missing adjustment to tax legislation meant that “customer-owned occupational pension companies, and thus the customers, risk unjustified tax collection,” adding that limited companies were not correspondingly affected.“The tax effects for customer-owned companies can amount to at least a few hundred million and at most a billion kronor,” she said. A billion Swedish kronor currently equates to around €100m.As a result of these tax effects, a large number of pension savers were excluded from the new IORP II law and therefore lost the benefit of the new legislation, Wessén said.Although the Swedish parliament passed the IORP II legislation late last year, the move had been rushed partly to avoid penalties from the EU for further delay.However, the political debate around the suitability of the directive in the domestic pension system has continued in Sweden, and a raft of amendments to the act are now underway, and scheduled to come into force in December.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

News presenter Sharyn Ghidella shares why she loves living in Brisbane western suburbs

first_imgNews presenter Sharyn Ghidella (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter) Channel 7 news presenter Sharyn Ghidella and ambassador for The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation loves living in Brisbane’s western suburbs, watching the area evolve. What was the best piece of property advice you were given? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? As someone who is not good at throwing things out, I really would like more room. I always feel like I’m tripping over things and with two boys under the age of 13, I usually am. A bigger back yard would be nice. Growing up in a small country town makes you crave space. Buy the worst house in the best street. Our first home was a knockdown. The doors used to fall off the hinges, the paint peeled off the walls and there was even a substantial hole in the kitchen floor covered over with carpet. We lived there for seven years before we renovated. By the time we sold it 12 years later, if had certainly appreciated in value. Roughing it for so long paid off. What would you change about your home? Sharyn Ghidella’s dream home would be in Lake Como, not just because George Clooney resides there. What do you love about your home? center_img A waterfront villa at Lake Como in Italy would be nice, and not because George Clooney lives there. I visited the area for the first time last year and fell in love with the beauty of the lake and the quaint way of living. It would not be difficult to feel at home there. Better go buy that Lottery ticket. Where do you live and why? Our home is airy and lets in a lot of light, which makes it welcoming and a joy to stay in. We have a timber deck at the rear with district views. I love watching the sunset over the houses. Every day is different and with plenty of renovations and construction going on in the neighbourhood, it’s interesting to watch the suburb evolve. The inner western suburbs of Brisbane have long been home for me. There is such a lovely community feel here and it’s leafy, close to the city with great parks and schools. It’s also close to the 7 News Studios on Mount Coot-tha, which given the unpredictability of my line of work, can be advantageous. What is the best thing about your suburb? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIt’s a welcoming neighbourhood, with a great sense of community. It also has a wonderful local village only a short walk away, which makes it easy to pick up essentials or catch up with friends.last_img read more

NZ’s longest-married couple’s advice to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

first_imgNewsHub 14 May 2018Family First Comment: Mentions Family First’s longest married couple – 83 years and still going Prince Harry is set to marry former Suits actress Meghan Markle this coming Saturday.To celebrate love and marriage, on Monday The Project heard from Kiwi couples who turned their weddings into a life-long love affair.“Our wedding day was on a nice, sunny day – and it was a memorable day because I got the girl of my dreams,” said Maurice Tucker, who married his wife Gwen 76 years ago.Despite fewer Kiwis tying the knot, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern having a child out of wedlock, New Zealand has no shortage of love stories for those who said “I do” and stayed true.The couples shared tips on how to maintain a successful marriage.New Zealand’s longest married couple – Auckland’s Jeram and Ganga Ravij – say the secret to their own union is tolerance. The couple are turning 102 this year.The second longest marriage in New Zealand is Mosgiel couple Eric and Lillian Brinsdon, both 99, who celebrated their 80th anniversary in January.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/05/nz-s-longest-married-couple-s-advice-to-prince-harry-and-meghan-markle.htmllast_img read more

Solskjaer: Blame me for plight

first_img Press Association “I am the manager. I will take the blame,” Solskjaer said. “I didn’t make the impact on the results I hoped for. I came in hoping to make a difference and we could move up the table, but it didn’t happen. “We haven’t performed very well to stay up, and that’s the reality. We have not been good enough. “We have got to give the fans a good last game, and then we will look towards next season.” Keeping Cardiff’s leading players – the likes of England defender Steven Caulker, midfielder Gary Medel and goalkeeper David Marshall – could prove Solskjaer’s toughest challenge during the summer. Caulker and Medal are thought to hold contractual release clauses in the event of relegation, although Marshall recently penned a new long-term deal with the Bluebirds. Solskjaer would not comment on any contract situations in his final pre-match press conference of the season on Friday. “There will be changes,” Solskjaer added. “I will do my best to keep hold of the most important players. That job has already started. “The ones who will be here will have to have the character, as in that league (Championship) you cannot turn up and just go through the motions. “You have to come back with a hunger to do well, but the majority of the squad here has that experience of the Championship.” Solskjaer revealed he had spoken with Tan in the wake of events last weekend. There are no indications that the Norwegian will not still be in charge, come the start of next season. “I have got no other signals than planning for next season,” Solskjaer said. “The key is to start the season well. “You have to learn from your mistakes as a player and coach. I am a better manager now than when I came here. We came into the unknown this season, and the majority of the players didn’t know much about the Premier League. “The experience of playing in the Premier League will give everyone a taste. “Everyone wants to be back there next year, but it is not going to be easy. The Championship is a very tough league, and you have to be right, mentally. “The longer you go before you manage to bounce back, the more difficult it proves to be. “The whole club is disappointed, but there is only one thing to do and that is come back stronger. “We were very low and disappointed, but we have to go out on Sunday and give ourselves a good last game. “It’s been four months’ hard work. We have enjoyed it, but the results haven’t been what we wanted. “There are loads of things I have learnt, and there are things I would have done different, but that is hindsight. “Nobody wants to end up last (in the Premier League). There is that pride of your own performance on Sunday, but also to show the fans your appreciation of them.” The Bluebirds’ quickfire Championship return was confirmed by a 3-0 defeat against Newcastle last weekend, making Sunday’s final game at home to Chelsea an irrelevance in terms of survival. Solskjaer took over as manager in January after Cardiff chairman Vincent Tan dispensed with Malky Mackay’s services, but he was unable to inspire a climb out of the bottom three, and Cardiff face Chelsea as the league’s bottom team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the buck stops with him following Cardiff’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

Howard reaches out to Mignolet

first_img The United States international has faced criticism almost every season from some disgruntled Everton fans and, although some of it becomes personal via social media, Howard shrugs it off. “Social media is, for me, non-existent. Anyone who pays attention to that – criticism or praise – is pretty silly,” he added. “I think you have to have enough positive experiences to be able to block out the criticism. “When I was young and at Manchester United I did not have a lot in my locker to fall back on so you make a mistake and it is doom and gloom and ‘You should hang him up’. “Now I’ve had enough criticism and positive experiences to know that I’m not a bad goalkeeper. “I’ve had it before and it will happen again – with goalkeepers the next mistake is only just around the corner. “If you worry about that you will crumble. I think a good goalkeeper always has to have a manager who believes in him.” Howard, no stranger to criticism himself, has some sympathy with his fellow keeper but has warned it may be difficult to come back from the blow. “I know he is a Red but I feel for Simon. It is hard being a goalkeeper,” said the American, speaking at the launch of his autobiography ‘The Keeper: A Life of Saving Goals and Achieving Them’. “The phrase is taking the goalkeeper out of the spotlight but actually it sheds more light on them. “It is not easy. It is a confidence position and when you take him out of the team and then bring him back do the team and fans have confidence in him?” “You have to appreciate with a goalkeeper there are going to be ups and downs especially in this league because it is so fast and rough. “To be honest I think it is hard road back when you get taken out of the team. “Sometimes there is no way back. It is unfortunate for a goalkeeper but that is the way it is: you cannot come on and play the last 20-30 minutes and put a good shift in. “It is all or nothing with goalkeeping.” Press Association Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has warned Liverpool counterpart Simon Mignolet it will be a “hard road back” after the latter lost his place in the team. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers said the Belgium international was set for an indefinite period on the sidelines after leaving him out against Manchester United on Sunday. Growing criticism of Mignolet’s inability to command his area and poor distribution – which some blamed for Liverpool’s jittery defence – eventually took its toll and he has been replaced by Brad Jones. last_img read more

Fiammetta: Field House viable option for WIAA

first_imgA large part of the issue appears to have been resolved, so why not think outside the box a little?The WIAA state high school boy’s basketball tournament, held annually in Madison for more than 90 years, had been jeopardized by the newly sanctioned Big Ten men’s hockey playoffs coming in 2013-14. Scheduling conflicts threatened to force the popular high school tourney elsewhere, possibly to Ashwaubenon’s Resch Center, before the Big Ten elected to choose neutral site hosts for its new hockey league. Instead of the feared logjam of athletic events at the Kohl Center, the conference will reportedly look at sites in Detroit, Mich. and St. Paul, Minn. for its hockey tournament and consequently eliminate some of the complications impeding the WIAA’s normal course of events.Some scheduling issues – the first round of the league hockey playoffs will overlap with the boy’s basketball tournament – and concerns over parking, concession prices and hotel accommodations persist. But given the major roadblock to keeping the WIAA tourney in Madison has been abated, there’s cause for celebration.At the same time, why not continue the re-evaluation of the high school basketball tournament? History and tradition are invariably difficult to part with, but with all the consideration set forth toward determining alternatives for the WIAA, why not keep those thoughts churning?One person who can speak to the tournament’s history and future is Evan Anderson, a redshirt freshman center on Wisconsin’s men’s basketball team. Anderson grew up in Stanley, Wis., and attended Eau Claire North High School. There, he helped lead the school to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009.Having experienced the tournament firsthand, Anderson said it “would be a little disappointing” to have to move the tournament. But does the event lose its allure if it’s not held in the Kohl Center?“I wouldn’t even say that, just because the state tournament, it is what it is,” Anderson said. “You’re trying to get to the top and competing with the best teams in the state.”The strongest opposition to moving the state tourney centered on the “specialness,” as the Wisconsin State Journal termed it, of being so close to the Capitol. Well, the Kohl Center isn’t exactly next door to the square. If we can keep the event in Madison but UW’s arena is no longer a viable option, why not consider other in-town options?Adjacent to the city’s most historical athletic venue, Camp Randall Stadium, the Wisconsin Field House once housed UW’s men’s basketball team, as well as the university’s renowned boxing program. Currently, it houses Wisconsin volleyball and wrestling, both of which enjoy legitimate home-court advantages. For the past 20 years, the volleyball team has ranked among the top 10 in national attendance, as well as the top four over the last 10 years.The Field House isn’t a new recommendation for a fallback option for the WIAA, though it has had its critics. Opponents to the idea cite the need for renovations to the building, which opened in 1930. However, those attendance numbers should trump questions regarding the building’s practicality.Furthermore, the Field House has not gone untouched in recent years. When Camp Randall was renovated in 2005, the Field House improved its locker rooms and media room. Four years later, the floor was resurfaced and new bleachers were constructed on the building’s west side.In recent years, UW’s men’s basketball team has also hosted pre-season scrimmages in the Field House. Two years ago, 2,650 fans attended Field House Madness Saturday even though later that night, Wisconsin’s football team was slated to take on No. 1 Ohio State.The Field House is obviously treasured enough to still be consistently in use, and its track record of hosting some of UW’s top athletic programs should alleviate concerns regarding hosting the WIAA tourney. Although the Kohl Center’s basketball attendance is measured at 17,230 – nearly 6,000 more than the Field House’s 11,500 – the former isn’t exactly packed when the high school boys roll into town. Imagine the intimate atmosphere the Field House would foster for families and fans coming from all areas of the state.Sure, it’s probably still a secondary option to the tried and true Kohl Center. But the WIAA already has been forced to think outside the box, so why not go a little further?Mike is a senior majoring in journalism. What are your thoughts on the men’s state basketball tournament? Let him know on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

Badgers split with Cornhuskers

first_imgOne of the biggest tests of the season for the Wisconsin softball team came Wednesday afternoon in the form of Nebraska. While the Badgers had their 13-game winning streak halted, they rallied in the second game of the doubleheader for a key victory and series split.After holding No. 19-ranked Nebraska (36-13, 14-4 Big Ten) off for the first inning, the Huskers racked up four runs in the second in one deadly stroke. Outfielders Kiki Stokes and Kat Woolman and first baseman Dawna Tyson loaded the bases on a combination of singles and fielder’s choice plays. Then designated hitter Tatum Edwards knocked a grand slam out of the park for her 16th home run of the year, putting a significant distance between her team and Wisconsin on the scoreboard.But Edwards wasn’t finished. She continued doing damage a couple innings later, starting after Woolman reached on another single and went on to score when teammate Hailey Decker hit a gap in right field. With one run already brought in, the designated hitter made her way to the plate and sent another pitch sailing over the left field fence, bringing in two additional runs for the Cornhuskers to give them a 6-0 lead.UW tried to get something of its own started in the bottom of the fourth when third baseman Michelle Mueller and catcher Chloe Miller both singled to the outfield, but both runners ended up getting stranded.The Huskers, already ahead 7-0, ended the game in the fifth when they tacked on another five runs, hitting a string of singles to load the bases. Edwards kept the bases full and gained her seventh RBI of the game when she drew a walk, setting Decker up to follow in her footsteps. The second baseman hit Nebraska’s second grand slam of the game off Wisconsin pitcher Cassandra Darrah, bringing in the last four runs of the game for a final score of 12-0.However, Wisconsin still had one trip to the plate left and sent a message to Nebraska that it wasn’t about to give up. In what turned out to be the final inning the Badgers loaded the bases when Marissa Mersch was hit by a pitch, Maria Van Abel singled on a bunt and Sara Novak reached on a fielder’s choice. While in the end the team wasn’t able to produce any runs, head coach Yvette Healy said getting some runners on base helped develop some momentum early on in the next game.“It was something to build on,” Healy said. “You know, you look for every little part of it.”The second game started off much differently, with Wisconsin holding Nebraska off and taking the lead in the first inning. Mueller, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, made it home when Miller doubled down the right field line, both reaching against Edwards who had switched to pitcher for game two.Healy said things were said in between the two games that might have lead to this shift in momentum.“We said, ‘It doesn’t matter if they won 12 to nothing or one to nothing,’” Healy said. “The goal was to just be able to get a win … When you’re facing a team that’s ranked, if you take one [game], it’s a big deal. So we were just trying to keep focused on that.”But the Huskers were still riding a high from their five-inning victory and put up a couple runs of their own in the top of the second, starting when third baseman MJ Knighten led off the inning with the team’s third home run of the afternoon. Woolman batted in the second run a few batters later when she singled up the middle, bringing in teammate Kylee Muir who had previously drawn a walk. With no outs on the inning, Nebraska loaded the bases again after Woolman’s single, but Wisconsin pitcher Taylor-Paige Stewart shut down the Huskers, shutting down the next three batters, including Edwards who struck out swinging.Healy explained Stewart’s success against the Nebraska roster in situations like these is because of Darrah pitching the first game.“We always say whoever goes in first is kind of the one testing out the hitters and trying to see how we can beat people,” Healy said. “So even though we get the loss in the first one, I think you learn a little about their hitters and try to throw a little bit better.”Not only did the Badgers pitch their way out of a dangerous top half, but they continued to do damage of their own in the bottom of the second inning. Leadoff hitter Mary Massei earned two RBIs when she doubled to center field, and Miller picked up a third when she drew a walk, taking the lead back and putting the score at 4-2.Although this game lasted all seven innings, the final runs came in the fifth once again. Nebraska tied up the score when Edwards got her 3rd home run of the night, first of the game, bringing in two RBIs.But the Badgers had the final word this time, with Miller homering in the bottom of the inning off a pitch by Edwards, which brought in the final two runs of the night.“I was really ready to face Edwards,” Miller said of her home run. “We knew she threw a drop ball, and I was really prepared for that. Really, just visualizing.”Although the team was disappointed to see the winning streak, which had spanned the last three weeks, come to a halt, the win in the second game carried with it a big meaning. Wisconsin had struggled in the past against Nebraska, winning only two of the previous 13 meetings before Wednesday.So despite their first loss in 21 days, there was still a silver lining in taking one of the two games for the Badgers.“We kind of had the mentality that we really wanted to win one game,” Miller said. “We knew we weren’t supposed to. So after really just getting womped on, we kind of had the mindset of ‘Maybe they’ll let up a little bit, and we’ll come out of nowhere.’ And we kind of came out of nowhere and just took it to them.”last_img read more