Trump could give nomination speech at Gettysburg battlefield

first_imgGettysburg, a small town in Pennsylvania near Washington, was the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, in 1863, with more than 50,000 killed or wounded.While it is seen as a major turning point leading ultimately to victory for the North over the slave-owning South, the battle is as much remembered for the short, eloquent speech given soon after by the president, Abraham Lincoln, to reaffirm American democratic ideals.That oratory would present Trump’s speech writers with a tough act to follow.The decision to link himself so explicitly to the Civil War would also likely reignite attacks on Trump’s frequent support for Confederate flags, Confederate statues and other increasingly controversial reminders of the rebel South.The White House grounds offer another stunning backdrop, but the idea has already met stiff resistance from Trump’s critics, who say it is inappropriate and may run afoul of a law separating official duties from campaigning efforts.White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump, who frequently revels in stirring tribal Democratic-Republican antagonisms, would go to Gettysburg as a uniter.”The president has done a lot to bring this country together. We’ve faced unprecedented challenges and he’s worked to make sure that the American people are the best equipped and taken care of to rise above the challenges,” she told reporters.It would not be Trump’s first speech there. During a campaign event at the battlefield in 2016, he said that the country was again deeply divided.But he did little to reach out to opponents, calling journalists “corrupt” and claiming that his opponent Hillary Clinton could only beat him because of the “rigged” system. The locations are also sure to stir huge controversy — not that the abrasive and media-savvy Republican businessman is likely to mind the attention.Trump had initially insisted on going ahead with plans for a large-scale convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, despite coronavirus fears. When local authorities denied permission, the Republicans secured a new location in Jacksonville, Florida, which also later had to be abandoned for health reasons.The Democrats have not only canceled Joe Biden’s in-person nomination convention but are moving the entire event online, including the acceptance speech, which Biden will give from home.GettysburgTrump, a fan of grandiose, made-for-TV optics, is going instead for a big speech in one of two of the most iconic locations in the United States. President Donald Trump said Monday he will choose either the White House or the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg as the stage for his acceptance speech for renomination as the Republican candidate in the coming election.”We will announce the decision soon!” he said in a tweet.Either site would be unprecedented, following the cancelation of traditional nomination conventions for both Republicans and Democrats, who had been planning to host thousands of people indoors until the coronavirus pandemic struck.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Surfers Paradise sub-penthouse property for sale

first_img3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseThe main level, which is accessed via one of four lifts from the secure carpark, has four luxurious bedrooms all with ensuites and views, including a lavish marble ensuite with raised bath in the master suite.There are multiple seating areas including an entry lounge, sitting room, main lounge, drawing room, formal dining, casual dining, wine bar and media room. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseRefurbished over a two-year period, the elegant skyhome offers world-class contemporary styling and design.The top floor features a gym with magnificent ocean views, sauna and steam room, teppanyaki barbecue and commercial-sized bar plus a billiards room and sun deck. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseWith 21 parking spaces and a price tag of $12.5 million, this Surfers Paradise apartment is undoubtedly one of the best penthouses in the country.The property, on the 39th and 40th levels of the main building in the Towers of Chevron Renaissance complex, has stunning 360-degree views over the Gold Coast from the beaches to the hinterland.center_img 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers ParadiseThe kitchen features a long marble breakfast bar and top quality Miele appliances with a large butler’s pantry concealing more cooktops and refrigeration.Michael Kollosche, from Kollosche Prestige Agents, is marketing the sale of 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise which has been on the market since November.last_img read more

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MN director of pensions appointed chief executive at AZL

first_imgDutch pensions provider AZL is to appoint Maarten van der Tuin as chief executive officer, as of 1 February.He is to succeed Arther van der Wal, who has become director of pensions at insurer Nationale Nederlanden, AZL’s parent company since ING was forced by the European Commission to separate into insurance and banking businesses after receiving government support during the financial crisis.Van der Tuin is currently director of pensions and a board member at MN, the €90bn asset manager and pensions provider for the large Dutch metal schemes PMT and PME.AZL’s new chief executive has been working at MN since 2008, when he left insurer Amersfoortse Verzekeringen, where he was deputy director of pensions. Michel van Elk, supervisory chair at AZL, described Van der Tuin as an “experienced leader”, citing his professional expertise and familiarity with pensions provision.Van der Tuin said his move to AZL was a “logical continuation” of his career in pensions.AZL is provider for 64 pension funds, with 1m participants in total.It has offices in Heerlen and Utrecht.last_img read more

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JJ’s final days – and why he campaigned against euthanasia

first_imgDuring our oral submission against David Seymour’s euthanasia bill, we referenced JJ Hanson. J.J. Hanson, 35, is a former Marine from New York’s Hudson Valley who did a tour in Iraq. In 2014 doctors discovered he had stage 4 glioblastoma (GBM), one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer—and the same kind of cancer that assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard had when she ended her life in late 2014. Three different doctors told Hanson his case was terminal and said he had four months to live. But he was determined to do aggressive treatment anyway. He joined a clinical trial. Hanson who worked in New York state government before turning to the private sector once supported the New York bill to allow physician assisted suicide – until he had a terminal disease. He campaigned against it and it was eventually defeated, like many around the world. He then led efforts against physician-assisted suicide legislation around the USA with the organization Patients’ Rights Action Fund. Why the change in opinion? At month 5 of his treatment, Hanson became depressed. He says he lay in his bed and asked himself if he should give up, if it would make things easier for everyone if he were gone. He decided to continue—but then he imagined what others in his position might do. Hanson asked. “When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time? Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but there’s many people who could’ve or would’ve in that situation.” … Hanson spoke to legislators, emphasising how legalising assisted suicide will change social norms, legitimising the general practice of suicide. Sadly, JJ Hanson died on 31 December 2017 – living 3 years longer than original prognosis of 4 months.Three weeks before his death, JJ and his wife, Kristen, reflect on their life together and how choosing to live and to fight brought them more joy and love then they could have ever imagined.www.protect.org.nzThree weeks before his death, JJ and his wife, Kristen, reflect on their life together and how choosing to live and to fight brought them more joy and love then they could have ever imagined.last_img read more

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Pole Vaulting

first_imgRecently an incident in pole vaulting was brought to my attention. Sarah Hayhurst, granddaughter of Ham and Jean Struewing of Batesville, and a junior at Memorial High School in Evansville was vaulting in the city meet. Sarah had just broken the meet record with a vault of 10’9″ and the bar was moved to 11′. Everything went well in this attempt until she reached the top of her vault when the pole suddenly snapped sending her tumbling toward the mat. Before she hit the mat, however, the broken end of the pole smacked into her arm leaving her dazed and crying out of fear that something very bad had happened to her arm. Fortunately, an ice pack and some soothing words from her teammates made her realize that it was only going to be a bruise and she will be ready for her next meet. Incidents like this are what keep “do-gooders” hollering to ban pole vaulting from high school track meets. Today the poles are pre-bent and breakage is very rare. Seldom are the vaulters seriously hurt. It is one of the most beautiful events to watch, and the athletes are as graceful as you will find in any sport. Sarah is an accomplished diver, and this bodes well for her to excel at pole vaulting. Since this is only her first year in vaulting, who knows what this young lady might accomplish before she graduates next year. Girls have become quite proficient in vaulting because of their gymnastic skills and only upper body strength keeps them from reaching the heights that their male counter parts have accomplished. The next time you go to a track meet, make it a point to watch some of the accomplished vaulters as they soar over the bar!last_img read more

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Tonoli shows quickest way to Springfield checkers

first_imgTonoli has had some strong runs this season and had a late charge to third the previous Satur­day. He took off like a rocket ship on the green and led all 20 laps of the Aug. 10 feature with ease. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Aug. 10) – Veteran Chris Tonoli took advantage of track position and left the filed behind Saturday in The Bad Boy Mower IMCA Modified feature At The Quick-Quarter of Spring­field Raceway in collecting his IMCA win in the Show-Me State. IMCA Modified action continues next Saturday along with The Flying Farmer 55 honoring former area champion and Dirt Late Model Hall Of Famer Ken Essary.  Pearish, James Thompson and Danny Demasters completed the top five. Tonoli’s first of five IMCA wins in his home state came at Ventura in 1999. The real battle was for the runner-up spot between last week’s winner Bobby Pearish and Trevor Drake, as Drake ran Pearish down late to secure second.  By Ronnie Williams   “We just felt for our program, this made sense with the cost and changes. It has put the fun back into local racing for us,” he said. After the opening lap caution for Jim Masoner Jr.’s spin, the fast-paced feature went caution-free with two- and sometimes three-wide action behind the leader. Chris Tonoli scored his first IMCA Modified victory in the Show-Me State Saturday night, leading all 20 laps of the Springfield Raceway show. (Photo by Remembering Wynn Photography) The California transplant, always a frontrunner in Modified and Street Stock racing in the area, converted his number 71 to the IMCA division as Springfield announced in the off season the move to the sanction. Racing action starts at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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Bill Hankins, 76, Cross Plains

first_imgWilliam E. Hankins, 76, of Cross Plains passed away at 5:10am, Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the Margaret Mary Community Hospital in Batesville. He was born on Hicks Ridge near Canaan in Jefferson County on September 30, 1942 the son of William H. and Lillian Shook Hankins. He was married to Carolyn Smith on March 23, 1967 and she survives. Other survivors include two sons Michael (Joanna) Hankins of Westfield, and Mark Hankins of Canaan; two grandchildren Cody (Emily) Hankins of Noblesville, and Bailey Hankins of Madison. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Marvin, and his great-grandchildren Rory Nicole Hankins and Riley Alan Hankins. Mr. Hankins was a 1961 graduate of Cross Plains High School where he participated in the FFA and played basketball for the Wildcats. From June of 1964 until March of 1970 Bill served his country in the 375th Chemical Company of the US Army Air Reserves. His working career spanned several decades including jobs at the Madison State Hospital, Conn Organ in Madison, the Campbell Hausfeld Foundry in Harrison, Ohio, and Grote Industries in Madison where he retired in 2005 after a 14 year career. Bill also enjoyed working on his farm where he raised hay and tobacco. Bill was known in the community as an honorable man and a good neighbor. He was a member and Elder in the Jefferson Presbyterian Church near Canaan and was also an active member and former Master of the Versailles Masonic Lodge. Funeral services will be held 11:00am on Saturday, June 1st at the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles with Korrinn Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery near Cross Plains with military graveside rites by the Versailles American Legion. Visitation will be on Friday from 5pm to 8pm with the Versailles Masonic Lodge conducting services at 7:45pm. Memorials may be given to the Salem Cemetery, Versailles Masonic Lodge, or Jefferson Presbyterian Church in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

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Latics keep survival hopes alive

first_imgCallum McManaman struck 10 minutes from time to give Wigan a 3-2 victory over West Brom and keep the Latics’ hopes of another great escape alive. The hosts were gifted a chance from nothing in the 10th minute when Ben Watson’s handball handed them a promising free-kick, but Dorrans shot straight at Joel Robles. Kone was seeing less of the ball up front for the Latics but almost caught Ben Foster off guard with a skiddy long-range effort in the 19th minute. West Brom took a deserved lead when Claudio Yacob kicked things off with a tackle deep in his own half and Romelu Lukaku picked out Markus Rosenberg’s run with a wonderfully measured pass into the right channel. The Swede easily outstripped Watson and his low ball across goal left Long with a simple close-range finish. Maloney went close with a free-kick in the 37th minute and the equaliser arrived two minutes later as Maloney found Jean Beausejour on the left flank and Kone beat Jonas Olsson to nod home the Chilean’s cross at the far post. Steve Clarke’s side had more energy after the break and restored their lead five minutes into the second half. McAuley was the scorer, rising to head Dorrans’ free-kick home after Kone made only a half-hearted attempt to track his run. McArthur immediately found the net after coming off the bench, diving to head home Maloney’s cross at full stretch for a dramatic first touch. Wigan lost Beausejour to injury in the 74th minute but they were soon celebrating when McManaman and Maloney combined to put the visitors ahead for the first time. Maloney, somewhat inevitably, was the instigator, charging down the left wing and beating two men before pulling the ball back from the byline. The finish was a simple one for McManaman but the effect could yet be huge on their season. The Latics twice came from behind before McManaman, who scored his first Barclays Premier League goal against Tottenham last weekend, swept home from close range following Shaun Maloney’s superb run. Shane Long and Gareth McAuley put West Brom ahead in the 29th and 50th minutes, only for Arouna Kone and James McArthur – with his first touch – the drag the visitors back into it. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ozil wants immediate impact

first_img With Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky suffering a thigh injury on international duty, Ozil could be thrown straight into the starting XI at the Stadium on Light. The German maintains he is ready to meet the challenge head on. “I look forward to playing in this league,” he said. “Of course it is very physical here, but it is a man is sport and I am really glad to play in the best league in the world. “I want to prove myself in England, therefore I look forward to playing here. “I also played in the Bundesliga and Spain and always proved myself. I know that I will prove myself here as well.” Ozil maintains it was the confidence of Wenger which proved vital in his decision to leave Madrid, when it became clear he no longer was central to the plans of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti following the world-record signing of Gareth Bale from Tottenham. Reports in Spain have questioned Ozil’s off-field behaviour. Press Association The German playmaker’s departure from Real Madrid in a £43million deal on transfer deadline day was greeted by disbelief from his former team-mates at the Bernabeu. However, Madrid’s loss is Arsenal’s gain as manager Arsene Wenger finally landed the marquee signing he desired to bolster a long overdue sustained assault on the title. However, the 24-year-old defended himself and insisted he would not let any unsubstantiated speculation affect his fresh start in London. “I don’t want to say anything bad about Madrid because I had three wonderful years there. I have great friends there. We achieved a lot with the club and (won) trophies. That is why I don’t want to talk a lot about it,” Ozil said as he was unveiled to the press at Arsenal’s Hertfordshire training base on Thursday. “People who know me know how professional I am and I think [in] the past years, you can see how many games I played – 159 games. “If you are not professional in your life, then I don’t think you can play that many games. “People know how professional I am and this is what counts. All the rumours, I don’t care about them. “I have a new task here. I am just looking ahead. “I am in London now. We have big goals here and we will work very hard to reach these goals.” Wenger believes Ozil’s arrival can help England midfielder Jack Wilshere thrive in a deeper role at the heart of the Gunners side. “In midfield, Jack Wilshere is more comfortable in deeper positions and Ozil more in a higher position, that is why I don’t think they conflict,” said Wenger, who expects both Wilshere and Theo Walcott, on the receiving end of a nasty kick during the World Cup qualifier in Ukraine, to be available this weekend. “I didn’t always think that, but looking at Jack over the years now, he likes to come deep to take the ball and make a difference, and then give and go again. “Ozil, though, is more behind the striker, higher up on the field.” New Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is relishing the challenge of throwing himself straight into the rough and tumble of the Barclays Premier League – starting at Sunderland on Saturday.last_img read more

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City drop Hart for Norwich match

first_imgEngland goalkeeper Joe Hart was dropped by Manchester City for the visit of Norwich in the Barclays Premier League, the club announced via Twitter. Hart was relegated to the substitutes’ bench while City, again without injured captain Vincent Kompany, had Matija Nastasic and Martin Demichelis in central defence. Norwich made two changes from last week’s draw with Cardiff as Steven Whittaker and Bradley Johnson replaced the injured Alex Tettey and Robert Snodgrass. Press Associationcenter_img Manager Manuel Pellegrini decided the time had come to leave out Hart after a number of errors this season, preferring Romanian Costel Pantilimon in his place. Pantilmon impressed in a rare start during City’s Capital One Cup victory over Newcastle on Wednesday. last_img read more

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