U.S.-NATO steps up military threats on Russia’s borders

first_imgWar criminal McCain visits Nazis again Following a symbolic vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on June 10 to ban support for Ukraine’s fascist Azov Battalion, both the Obama administration and Senate Republicans signaled their continued commitment to the far-right regime in Kiev — and to pushing forward the dangerous military confrontation with the Russian Federation.In Tallinn, Estonia, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter announced plans on June 23 to “pre-position” heavy weaponry in six Baltic and Eastern European countries — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Poland and Romania — as part of the expansion of a NATO “Rapid Response Force” from 13,000 to 40,000 troops.That would mean stationing hundreds of Pentagon tanks, Bradley armored infantry vehicles, self-propelled howitzers and other weaponry near the borders of the Russian Federation, with additional heavy weapons stored in Germany. (RT.com, June 23)Earlier, at a meeting of NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force in Germany on June 22, Carter said, “U.S. support would include intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets — which can include drones or manned aircraft — as well as special operations forces, logistical expertise and high-end U.S. military assets.” A cyberwarfare center is envisioned. (Reuters, June 22)NATO warships maneuvering in the Black Sea include the U.S. guided-missile cruiser, the USS Vicksburg (above), as well as Canada’s HMCS Fredericton, Turkey’s TCG Turgutreis, Germany’s FGS Spessart, the Italian frigate ITS Aliseo, and the U.S. ROS Regina Maria.Along with a spate of recent war games near Russia and the deployment of U.S. and other NATO warships to the Black Sea, the Pentagon calls the latest provocation a matter of “strengthening collective defenses” in response to Russia’s alleged aggression in Ukraine.Moscow, however, calls it a flagrant violation of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act, which codified agreements made during the breakup of the Soviet Union against NATO’s eastward expansion.General Yuri Yakubov, coordinator of the Office of the Inspector General of the Russian Defense Ministry, denounced the U.S. plan as “the most aggressive step” since the Cold War, RT reported.Rep. Conyers exposed fascist roleThe anti-Azov amendments to the 2015 Defense Appropriations Act, initiated by senior Congressional Black Caucus member, Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, embarrassed both the White House and Republican leadership, as well as the coalition of oligarchs, neoliberal politicians and neo-Nazis running Ukraine. It marked the first time since the U.S.-backed coup in February 2014 that any official body in Washington had dared to invoke the fascists’ role in the Kiev regime.Since April, U.S. Army troops stationed in Lvov, in western Ukraine, have been training Azov troops and other members of the far-right National Guard to continue the brutal war against the independent Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of the Donbass mining region. Residents of the Donbass overwhelmingly voted for independence from Ukraine in a May 2014 referendum.According to official United Nations figures, more than 6,400 people have died in Donbass since Kiev began its so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation (ATO) in April 2014. But most observers believe the number of deaths is far higher.Despite a ceasefire agreement signed in February, known as Minsk 2, the Ukrainian Armed Forces and allied far-right volunteer battalions continue to violate the truce on a daily basis, targeting residential areas with artillery and other weapons.Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko bragged on June 26 of a buildup of 60,000 troops in the “ATO zone,” signaling that a new offensive is in the offing soon. (Sputnik News, June 26) Carter’s trip to Germany and the Baltics was preceded by one by Sen. John McCain, who headed a Senate delegation to Ukraine June 19-21. McCain — who infamously shared a platform with Oleh Tyanibok, leader of the neo-Nazi Svoboda party in December 2013 — once again demonstrated his support for Ukrainian fascists with a visit to the Denpro-1 volunteer battalion in Dnepropetrovsk.  (RT.com, June 21)The tour was billed as bolstering congressional support for $300 million in military equipment to Ukraine, including heavy weaponry, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.According to the Associated Press, McCain also sought to “shame Washington’s European allies for not providing Ukrainian forces with sufficient help” to defeat the anti-fascist rebellion in Donbass. (June 19)McCain said that only dependence on Russian gas stopped the European Union from taking a harder stance against Moscow. Meeting with Poroshenko in Kiev on June 20, he claimed, “The United States will supply natural gas to Ukraine and other parts of Europe in two years,” RIA Novosti reported.Under pressure from Washington, European Union foreign ministers have extended economic sanctions on Russia through Jan. 31, 2016.Any differences between the Obama administration and McCain’s crew are strictly tactical in nature. Obama has been more cautious about openly arming Kiev, preferring to use NATO vassals in Eastern Europe and other allied regimes as conduits for weaponry, while providing Ukraine with so-called non-lethal military aid. But the White House is just as committed to continuing the war in Donbass.Bipartisan support for warThe Donetsk People’s Republic announced on July 2 that local elections would be held Oct.18, in keeping with provisions of the Minsk 2 ceasefire agreement, and under the supervision of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and other international observers.Donetsk officials decided to proceed with the elections despite unilateral moves by Kiev to make constitutional changes affecting Donbass without consulting the people there, in violation of Minsk 2. “The Kiev regime has de facto exited the Minsk peace process,” noted Donetsk leader Alexander Zakharchenko.Poroshenko denounced the election plan, quickly joined by U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden, who claimed they “threaten the Minsk dialogue.” (TASS, July 3)Zakharchenko acidly responded: “The U.S. vice president has most likely not studied the issue thoroughly. I doubt that he has even read the Minsk package of measures. And Poroshenko is distorting the facts as usual,” Donetsk News Agency reported.“If Biden is really concerned about the future of the Minsk accords, then he should make Poroshenko and [Parliament Speaker] Groysman implement them.  If Biden does not make Poroshenko establish dialogue, then it means that he supports him. And then the U.S. will bear responsibility for disrupting negotiations and for the inevitable collapse of Ukrainian statehood,” Zakharchenko concluded.Rep. Conyer’s anti-Azov amendments shed light on a corner of the massive, bipartisan campaign driving “the New Cold War” to force pro-Western regime change in Moscow and the breakup of the Russian Federation. But to stop this dangerous gambit, a mass anti-war movement is urgently needed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Contradictions sharpen between Washington and its European ‘allies’

first_imgMaestro represented the United Left (IU) in the Spanish Congress, elected in 1989, 1993 and 1996. She is a militant in Red Roja. This article, first published on redroja.net (Red Network, an organization in the Spanish state) on Dec. 27, was translated by Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto.Some apparently surprising events have recently erupted on the international arena. As the World War I armistice centennial was being celebrated in Paris last November, U.S. President Donald Trump, in an attempt to confront France and Germany and remind everyone of Washington’s dominant role in Europe, said that when Americans landed in Normandy in 1944, “the French were learning to speak German.” (British Daily Mail, Nov. 14)Trump’s comment should be interpreted as a further broadside in the escalation of clashes between the U.S. and the EU — rather than a clumsy attempt to get European countries to increase their economic and military contributions to NATO. For the time being, these clashes have culminated in the EU’s decision to create an independent European army. Are these momentary outbursts from Trump his usual loose cannon, or have major changes been occurring in interimperialist relations for some time? Confrontations at the summits of powerRed Network has long focused its analysis of the current phase of capitalism precisely on the interimperialist contradictions between the European Union — above all the hegemonic power, Germany — and the United States. This interest stems from the need to know as much as possible about the confrontations that take place among the summits of power, which are sharpened in such times as the current general crisis of capitalism. In the struggle for the conquest of political power, the decisive fact that defines the correlation of forces is the weakness of the enemy.The strategic objective that has prevailed in all the plans of imperialism from the victory of the October Revolution in 1917 to the collapse of the USSR in 1991 has been the defeat of communism. The common purpose of destroying the first proletarian state made it possible for all the capitalist powers that had fought against each other in the two world wars to wage a joint struggle against the USSR. In the face of this higher objective, interimperialist contradictions were buried and Washington’s hegemony was assured.After World War II, Washington’s interest as a great victorious power and heir to British imperialism was focused on controlling Europe. The Marshall Plan and NATO were its tools for building a Western Europe coupled to U.S. interests and totally dependent on the U.S. in the military arena.  The historic goal of the White House, which is now collapsing, was to control the Eurasian continent, the “pivot of the world.” To do so, it was necessary to prevent the emergence of a European power with its own will, with sufficient economic and military power to oppose Washington and with the ability to establish relations with the USSR (or with Russia today) in a sovereign manner against U.S. interests. The procedure was to repeatedly promote confrontations between the countries of the Continental Heartland, so that none could emerge strong enough to become an obstacle to North American/British hegemony. The confrontation between the two great socialist powers, the USSR and China, the subsequent disappearance of the USSR and the placement of China within capitalist parameters seemed to ensure a bright future for U.S. plans. Additional positive developments for U.S. imperialism were the integration into the Atlantic Alliance of a good part of the countries of the extinct Warsaw Pact and the establishment of NATO bases in most European countries (the main ones in Germany and Kosovo, after the liquidation of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia). ‘And yet it moves’ The defeat of the communist movement, and the enormous general crisis affecting capitalism since the early 1970s — the latest shock of which began in 2007 — are having economic, political and social consequences. These imply qualitative changes in the world order established after 1945.The political and trade union organizations of social democracy in the Spanish state — Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), United Left-Communist Party (IU_PCE), Workers Commissions (CC.OO.), General Union of Workers (UGT) and now United Podemos), have always been ready to assist the capitalist system.These organizations’ analyses of this crisis have been to contrast “social and humane” European capitalism with “savage and brutal” U.S. capitalism. This discourse of a “return to the welfare state” has provided enormous advantages to the bourgeoisie here and abroad. [Because capitalism is in a systemic crisis — at a dead end — it is impossible to revert to the period of capitalist expansion when limited class struggle could win reformist demands; no other form of capitalism is possible now. — WW]Now this attempt to give capitalism a botox facelift is cracking and leaking, unleashing a flood of different forces that grow more radical and occupy the institutional stage with increasing force. The existing political superstructure is crumbling along with the discredited system. The powerful eruption of Chinese industry and its occupation of major markets in virtually every sector has led to a sharp drop in the U.S manufacturing economy. The White House’s response has been to impose significant tariffs on Chinese imports and to establish new sanctions on Russia. This economic siege has been followed by a military siege — the expansion of U.S. military bases in Asia and greater NATO harassment of Russia along all its European borders.A new interimperialist economic confrontation has been developing with the defeat in Syria of the U.S. and the EU (especially France and Britain). This took place at the hands of the Axis of Resistance — Hezbollah, Syria, the Palestinian resistance and Iran — supported by Russia. A nuclear agreement with Iran and the lifting of sanctions in 2015 had been painstakingly prepared by Germany. Immediately after that was signed, Berlin established trade relations with Tehran, making way for other EU countries. The White House was relegated to the sidelines in the competition to turn the territory of the “Shiite” enemy into a field of business.In November 2018, pushed by its Israeli and Saudi Arabian cronies in the region and already in open withdrawal from Syria and Iraq, Washington imposed new sanctions on Iran and any company or country that negotiates with Iran. This was a poorly concealed attempt to prevent EU competitors from taking commercial advantage of the powerful new Iranian market. ‘Insubordination’ from U.S. satellitesThe outcome of this whole complex process could not be more damaging to the U.S. From Turkey to the Spanish state — to give the clearest examples of states historically under U.S. influence — the declarations have been emphatic and unusual. Turkish President Erdogan declared, “We do not accept impositions of U.S. imperialism.” Spain’s foreign minister, the lackey Borrel, suddenly abandoning his usual servility, asserted: “That of ‘you being with me or against me’ belongs to another era, and Spain is not going to allow that kind of approach.”If satellites express themselves in this way, it is not because of a sudden spasm of sovereignty and independence, but because they are changing their sun. On behalf of the EU, German Chancellor Merkel addressed Iran, saying bluntly: “Keep your commitments. We will keep ours.”The threat of sanctions by the U.S. has resulted in a growing list of countries declaring themselves insubordinate to Washington and deciding to carry out their transactions in currencies other than the dollar. The repercussions for the United States, only just beginning to be evident, are serious and affect its entire framework of domination. Imperialism is a relationship of power that can be exercised as long as the subordinate countries accept it. Everything indicates that the U.S. cocktail of sanctions, plus advancing de-dollarization, threatens the Yankee empire with a shot, not in the foot, but higher up.The seeds of the new European armyThis escalation of tension between the U.S. and the EU tends to grow because it is based on conflicting economic interests. These, in turn, favor the EU’s rapprochement with Russia. The latest episodes deepen the confrontation: the U.S. support for Brexit to weaken the EU and its attempt — condemned to failure — to prevent the EU from purchasing Russian gas through Nord Stream [pipeline transport from Russia to the EU that avoids Ukraine — WW].   The long period in which Euro-American contradictions were reconciled under NATO’s umbrella seems to be coming to an end. The collapse of the USSR cancelled out the need for “protection from the communist threat.” Now the general crisis of capitalism manifests itself as a fierce struggle for markets and raw materials in an attempt to control the fall in the rate of  profit.The interimperialist economic confrontation will have its military consequences. Merkel proclaimed in May: “The time when we could trust the U.S. to protect us is over. Europe must take its destiny into its own hands.” (bloomberg.com)The PESCO (Permanent Structured Cooperation in Security and Defense) project [introduced in 2007 and begun in 2017 — WW] has been created by the EU with an initial budget of 12 billion euros. This initiates the creation of a strictly European army and a base for the production of armaments and technological innovation based exclusively on European companies and explicitly independent of the U.S.Class struggle and interimperialist relationsThe relative economic decline of the U.S. may also have consequences for the maintenance of its enormous military structure with nearly 1,000 military bases on the planet. This does not mean, however, that  Washington’s aggressive capacity will diminish. The EU’s relative independence from the U.S. and NATO has not yet been achieved. But, if completed, that would not mean that European imperialism is “good” or “humane.”The European rulers are guided by exactly the same objectives as the U.S. in the struggle to the death to compete under more favorable conditions in the jungle of capitalism. These objectives are built on the exploitation of the working class and of nature, without any limits other than those imposed by the class struggle.There is no other way out. The dilemma remains: socialism or barbarism. The conquest by the working class of political power is the only possibility for destroying the capitalist monster that can annihilate humanity. That conquest requires knowing capitalism’s weaknesses and, above all, its divisions and contradictions.Notes These aspects have been analyzed in Maestro, A. (2016) “The Contradictions Between U.S. and European Imperialism. Controlling the “world pivot.” (In Spanish: tinyurl.com/ycmu3bqp) Red Network’s document titled “The Myth of the Return to the Welfare State. Another capitalism is impossible” written at the beginning of the shocks of the crisis (2012), was aimed at undoing the umpteenth attempt to place the “reform” of the EU and the return to the “Welfare State” as an objective of the popular mobilizations that arose to protest the brutal unloading of the consequences of the crisis on the working classes. After the 15M [May 15, 2011 movement of spontaneous seizures of public spaces to protest massive youth unemployment — WW], a so-called Social Summit that encompassed CC.OO., UGT, PSOE and IU and their satellites tried to impose these proposals on the workers. This time they failed to achieve the objective. The Marches for Dignity emerged a year later, placing the Non-Payment of Debt and the questioning of the Euro and the EU, among other things, at the centre of their programme. (In Spanish: tinyurl.com/yb9s62jm) The list of countries and companies trading in currencies other than the dollar is growing. The purchase of arms from Russia by countries such as India, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkey, unconditional allies of the United States for decades, is noteworthy. On Dec. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution against the entry into operation of Nord Stream 2, threatening Russia with new sanctions and urging the EU to do the same. Nord Stream 2 is a 850-mile-long pipeline linking Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea, i.e. without passing through Ukraine. In addition to the Russian Gazprom, the German energy groups Uniper and Wintershall, the Austrian OMV, the French Engie and the Anglo-Dutch giant Shell are also involved.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Professional Child Development Associates Participates in Special Olympics Annual Summer Games

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News From Left to Right: Coach Priscilla S., Angelo G., Justin C., Victoria S., Jason, Miles W., Max V., Coach Reyhanak S. Photo courtesy PCDAOn Saturday, June 7, 2014, young athletes from Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) participated in a Young Athletesâ„¢ Program (YAP) demonstration at Special Olympics’ 45th Annual Summer Games Invitational at the University of Southern California.Special Olympics’ Young Athletesâ„¢ Program is a sports play program adopted by PCDA for young children, 2-7 years, with cognitive and developmental challenges. Using the DIR/Floortimeâ„¢ model, fun activities and games are designed to teach fundamental skills that introduce young athletes to sports and the world of Special Olympics. The non-competitive, sports play environment allows for children of all abilities to develop skills important to mental and physical growth. For more information about the Pasadena Young Athletes Program located at PCDA, visit www.pcdateam.org. HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Giving Back Professional Child Development Associates Participates in Special Olympics Annual Summer Games From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 | 6:34 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a commentlast_img read more

Obituary: Margaret H. Sedenquist (1927 – 2021)

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News Margaret H. Sedenquist passed away on February 9, 2021 after a courageous battle with Covid-19. She was 94. Trailblazer, entrepreneur, business owner, community leader, philanthropist, and deeply cherished mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, mentor, and loyal friend, Margaret was loved and admired by everyone who knew her.Born and raised on a cattle ranch near Douglas, Wyoming, Margaret’s childhood fostered a deep understanding of self-sufficiency, an abiding love of family and community, and the knowledge that individuals working together can accomplish great things. After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming, Margaret worked at General Electric in Schenectady, New York as a research psychologist. Moving back to Wyoming, she worked as a school teacher in Cody, Wyoming where she met her husband, Charles Sedenquist, a chemical engineer with Husky Oil. Her three children, Mark, Daniel, and Diana were born in Cody. In 1964, the family moved to Southern California where Charles accepted a job at the prestigious engineering design firm, C.F. Braun & Co., in Alhambra. Margaret entered the real estate business and enjoyed a successful career, first as a residential realtor, and later expanding into commercial real estate where she facilitated 1031 Exchanges. She eventually served as president of the Society of Exchange Counselors (a commercial real estate marketing organization). Margaret’s brokerage company was instrumental in handling a number of complex real estate 1031 Exchanges that involved almond, walnut, and peach farms in California’s Central Valley, hotels, golf courses, ranches, luxury homes, apartment buildings, and industrial property all over the country.Margaret served as President of the Pasadena Association of Realtors and the Los Angeles County Boards of Real Estate (LACBOR), and she served on the board of directors of the California Association of Realtors. She is the founder of the Foothill Apartment Association, a trade organization for property owners and managers. She also founded Mohawk Management Corporation to manage her clients’ commercial and residential properties as well as her own. Margaret was president of Sedenquist Fraser Enterprises, which owned and operated a plastics factory in Cerritos, California. And, she cofounded Commercial Pacific Savings Bank in Santa Cruz, California.Along with her successful business enterprises, Margaret’s legacy is deeply rooted in volunteerism and philanthropy. Described by her friends and colleagues as a visionary, a clear and compassionate thinker, and a role model for showing up and getting things done, Margaret served on a wide variety of foundation and community boards and committees for which she received many awards and recognition for outstanding leadership. These include: University of La Verne Board of Trustees where she was instrumental in managing the real estate and financial assets of the university; Board Chair of Five Acres, a child and family services agency in Altadena, California; Board President of the Pasadena Pops Orchestra and then later a board member of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops when they merged; founding Board Chair of the Pasadena Chamber Orchestra; Board President of the YWCA Pasadena-Foothill Valley; board member of the Institute for Religion and Wholeness at the Claremont School of Theology; board member of the Arcadia Methodist Hospital Foundation; board member of A Noise Within; and Board President of the Pasadena Playhouse. Margaret had great enthusiasm for the theater and her days on the board of directors of the renowned Pasadena Playhouse will long be remembered. In 1982, noted artist Peggy Ebright sought to reopen the Pasadena Playhouse – a California cultural icon. She recruited Margaret, who was voted Board Chair in 1986. Under Margaret’s leadership, the theater reopened after 17 years of closure, and it remains a vital cultural institution today.In addition to her charitable endeavors, Margaret also served the City of Pasadena in a variety of roles. She served as Chair of the City of Pasadena’s Finance Committee, the Endowment Advisory Committee, and as chair of the Pasadena City Hall Restoration Finance Committee. In 2011, the Women’s Civic League named Margaret Woman of the Year, and in 2018 the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors gave her the 2018 Distinguished Service Award for her work with nonprofit organizations. She was active in the Pasadena Rotary Club and especially loved Rotary’s Monday night book club get-togethers with dear friends. Margaret was also a lay healer at All Saints Church in Pasadena. Margaret’s involvement with All Saints Episcopal Church runs deep. In addition to serving on the Vestry (the governing body of the church) for several years and as Stewardship Chair (where she greatly increased the amount of giving to the church), in the 1970’s she was a delegate to the Diocesan Convention. Together, with then-Rector George Regas, she helped to reform the “male-oriented” language in the liturgy to be inclusive of women. She was proud of this change to the liturgy. As Margaret said, “gender-inclusive language is extremely important because it is with language that we think and dream and change and grow.” While working closely with George Regas, Margaret was also a leader in the movement to authorize the ordination of women to the priesthood. Throughout her life, Margaret was a fierce advocate for the rights of women and for many other social justice causes. She was courageous, outspoken, and she fought effectively for the people, causes, and issues that she believed in.In recent years, Margaret became an advocate for staff and research groups associated with the City of Hope. She was treated for cancer at the City of Hope and later became co-chair of the SCOREboard task force, a research committee comprised of cancer survivors who provide information and feedback to a national group of oncologists working to develop new and improved patient care protocols for older patients with cancer. Margaret was intellectually curious, a lifelong learner, and she was dedicated to assisting others in any way possible. Her nature was always to give back and to help. Margaret loved to travel. Favorite recent trips include the Galapagos Islands and a voyage down the Amazon River with family members and trustees of the University of La Verne. One of the Amazon guides sent the following recollection: “Margaret was the ultimate good sport. I recall her encounter with a head-smacking flying fish that left her slightly dazed but still smiling. Nothing was going to dissuade Margaret from having a good time!” Margaret especially loved to spend time in England. She had a vacation home in London for many years which she shared with family and friends. She was active in assisting the professional lives of her children and always supported their entrepreneurial efforts with enthusiasm and financial assistance. She had deep and lasting friendships. She was generous with her time, expertise, and financial support with dozens of enterprises and organizations. Her youthful spirit, sharp wit, and amazing energy, her steadfast practice of driving the newest red Cadillac, her early adoption of every new electronic device available, her devotion to her dogs, her love of flowers and making beautiful flower arrangements, her delight in playing cards and board games, her love of entertaining and having friends and family in her home, her deep love for her siblings, nephews, nieces, and generations of cousins, her love of the City of Pasadena, and her funny, playful sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew her. In the words of Devorah Lieberman, President of the University of La Verne: “Margaret brought sharp wit and humor, visionary ideas, and an earnestness that endeared her to everyone she met. She inspired us to visualize the future, to be bold, and to seize opportunities.”Margaret is survived by her sisters Kathryn Hall and Patti Cobb, by her children Mark Sedenquist and his wife Megan Edwards, Daniel Sedenquist and his wife Lynette Sedenquist, and Diana Sedenquist and her husband Jack Fisher; her grandchildren Joshua Jacques and his wife Lorena Jacques, Michelle Jacques Cowen, Nicholas Sedenquist, Carrine Fisher and her husband Carlos Lopez, Talia Fisher and her husband Matt Russell; and her great-grandchildren Naylina Jacques, Ayden Jacques, and Rio Zev Lopez. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Charles H. Sedenquist, her brothers Fred Hageman and James Hageman, and her sister, Hilda Grant.Margaret’s brilliant, strong, caring, kind, charming, optimistic, wise, and nurturing soul will be forever missed by everyone who knew and loved her. A Celebration of Life will be held when it is safe for family and friends to gather. To make a donation in her name, please consider the following organizations: City of Hope, Five Acres, A Noise Within, Pasadena Symphony and Pops, the Pasadena Playhouse, Spread the Word Nevada, All Saints Episcopal Church Pasadena or the Margaret H. Sedenquist endowed scholarship at the University of La Verne, http://univ.lv/sedenquist. People Obituary: Margaret H. Sedenquist (1927 – 2021) Published on Friday, March 5, 2021 | 1:48 pm Subscribe HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. 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Meet the New Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sheila Bair will take on her new role of Chair of the Fannie Mae Board of Directors on November 20, 2020.Fannie Mae announced on Wednesday that Sheila C. Bair will take on the role of Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors. The Board unanimously passed a resolution appointing her Chair on October 28, and Bair will be starting her new role on November 20. She succeeds Jonathan Plutzik, who will remain on the Board of Directors.“Sheila’s deep well of experience will provide strong leadership as Fannie Mae works with the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to exit conservatorship while simultaneously fulfilling our mission to provide access to safe, affordable mortgage financing,” Plutzik, the outgoing Chair of the Board, said in Fannie Mae’s announcement. “I note with pride the progress Fannie has made in all aspects of its operations since the last financial crisis and commend my fellow directors and Director Calabria for their unwavering commitment to making Fannie Mae a truly outstanding housing finance company.”  Plutzik first joined the Board after the 2008 financial crisis and has served on numerous committees, including the Risk Policy and Capital Committee, the Strategic Initiatives and Technology Committee, the Compensation Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Board before he became Chair in 2018.“Fannie Mae appreciates Jonathan’s strong leadership over the last eleven years,” Chief Executive Officer Hugh R. Frater said. “He played an integral role in our response to the Coronavirus pandemic and has helped Fannie Mae improve its risk management capabilities, its governance, and meet important milestones as we work to exit conservatorship.”Bair became a member of the Fannie Mae Board of Directors in August of 2019 and has served as a member of the Community Responsibility & Sustainability Committee, the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, as well as the Risk Policy and Capital Committee.“Sheila is the perfect person to lead the Board and help guide the company as we continue to transition out of government control,” Frater said. “She will help chart a course forward for the company while making sure we never forget our mission to support mortgage financing in a safe and sound manner.”Bair is currently a member of other boards, including the Board of Directors of Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. and the Board of Directors of the Bunge Limited. She also serves as Chair Emerita of the Systemic Risk Council, a public interest group that monitors progress on the implementation of financial reforms, and on the boards of Paxos Trust Company, LLC, and its parent Kabompo Holdings, Ltd., and the Volcker Alliance. She previously served as the Chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and has a distinguished background of leadership in higher education and government.“I am pleased and honored to be selected as Chair of this outstanding board and grateful to Jonathan Plutzik for his leadership,” Bair said. This is a pivotal time for Fannie Mae, and I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues in service of our ultimate client, the public.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Meet the New Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors Previous: Habitat for Humanity to Congress: ‘Act Now for Housing’ Next: Should Consumer Protections Account More for Fintech? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago November 5, 2020 1,774 Views  Print This Post About Author: Cristin Espinosa The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Board of Directors Fannie Mae Housing Industry News Sheila Bair 2020-11-05 Cristin Espinosa Meet the New Chair of Fannie Mae’s Board of Directors Tagged with: Board of Directors Fannie Mae Housing Industry News Sheila Bair Cristin Espinosa is a reporter for DS News and MReport. She graduated from Southern Methodist University where she worked as an editor and later as a digital media producer for The Daily Campus. She has a broadcast background as well, serving as a producer for SMU-TV. She wrote for the food section during her fellowship at The Dallas Morning News and has also contributed to Advocate Magazine and The Dallas Observer. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Motion of no confidence in HSE backed at Letterkenny Municipal District meeting

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Motion of no confidence in HSE backed at Letterkenny Municipal District meeting Donegal Councillors who attended yesterday’s Letterkenny Municipal District meeting have backed a motion of no confidence in the HSE.The motion was put forward amid concerns about a number of local issues, including on-going difficulties facing the Our Children’s Voice Group and the ambulance service to the county.There have also been reports of Oncology appointments being cancelled.Councillor Micheal McBride is hopeful the motion will be passed at the next sitting of Donegal County Council and then brought to a national level:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/michealmcb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Pinterest Previous articleCalls made for Letterkenny Town Council to be re-instatedNext articleOllie Horgan agrees new Finn Harps contract admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By admin – October 12, 2016 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Karnataka High Court Quashes Special Judge Order Referring Corruption Complaint Against Minister CT Ravi To ACB

first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka High Court Quashes Special Judge Order Referring Corruption Complaint Against Minister CT Ravi To ACB Mustafa Plumber6 Nov 2020 9:50 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has partly allowed a petition filed by Minister C.T. Ravi, seeking to quash proceedings initiated against him on alleged charges of corruption. Justice John Michael Cunha quashed and set aside the order dated October 6, 2016, issued by the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act, referring the complaint made before it under Sections 13(1)(e)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court has partly allowed a petition filed by Minister C.T. Ravi, seeking to quash proceedings initiated against him on alleged charges of corruption. Justice John Michael Cunha quashed and set aside the order dated October 6, 2016, issued by the Special Court under the Prevention of Corruption Act, referring the complaint made before it under Sections 13(1)(e) read with 13(2) of the Act, to the Superintendent of Police, Anti-Corruption Bureau, Bengaluru, for investigation and for filing the report before the Court on or before 05.01.2017. However, the High Court remanded back the matter to the Special Judge to afford an opportunity to the complainant/respondent No.2 to file his affidavit. It said “An opportunity is required to the complainant to cure the said defects and bring his complaint in conformity with the requirements of the law laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Priyanka Srivastava’s case.” It added “It is also open to the complainant/respondent No.2 to file the complaint, if need be, before the Anti-Corruption Bureau, as the allegations pertain to the offences under Prevention of Corruption Act.” The complainant A.C. Kumar presented a private complaint under Section 200 of Cr.P.C. The prayer made in the petition is to refer the matter for investigation to the Hon’ble Lokayuktha Police under Section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. Petitioners Arguments: Relying on the Supreme Court judgement in the case of PRIYANKA SRIVASTAVA AND ANOTHER vs. STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH AND OTHERS reported in (2015) 6 SCC 287. Senior Advocate Ashok Haranahalli, submitted that in the absence of any averments made in the complaint to the effect that respondent No.2/Complainant has exhausted the remedy under Sections 154(1) and 154(3) and there being no affidavit as mandated, the learned Special Judge has committed an error in referring the complaint for investigation under Section 156(3) of Cr.P.C. Arguments made by State: Special Public Prosecutor Jeevan J. Neeralgi, contended that the complaint was filed in the year 2012 much earlier to the law laid down by the Supreme Court in the year 2015 and as such, the principles laid down in the said decision cannot be applied to the facts of the case. Further, he submitted that non filing of the affidavit may amount to a curable irregularity and the same does not amount to an illegality vitiating the impugned order and thus, sought to dismiss the petition. Complainant contended: Advocate J.D. Kashinath appearing for respondent No.2 adopted the submissions made by counsel for respondent No.1. He relied on judgement of the High Court in the case of MALLINATH MAHARAJ @ MALLAYYA Vs. THE STATE OF KARNATAKA & ANOTHER in Crl.P.No.200281/2017. Court observed: “The Hon’ble Supreme Court has mandated that when an application is filed under Section 156(3) of Cr.P.C, the same shall be supported by an affidavit, so that the learned Magistrate could verify the truth of the allegations made in the complaint and also to obviate false and irresponsible complaints being filed invoking the jurisdiction of the criminal courts. This direction is binding on all the courts under Article 141 of the Constitution of India.” It rejected the submissions of the complainant saying “The decision relied on by the respondent No.2 does not hold that the directions issued by the Hon’ble Supreme Court are not required to be complied by the criminal courts. On the other hand, considering the mandatory nature of the direction, the coordinate Bench of this Court has directed the Registry to send a copy of the said judgment along with the copy of the order to the Law Commission for bringing about necessary amendment in the Code. Until the said amendment is brought about, the directions given by the Hon’ble Supreme Court are required to be followed as the law of the land.” Cause Title: C.T. Ravi (M.L.A.) And The State of Karnataka. Case No: WRIT PETITION No.62671 OF 2016 (GM-RES) Date Of Order: 22ND DAY OF OCTOBER, 2020 Coram: JUSTICE JOHN MICHAEL CUNHA Appearance: Senior Advocate Ashok Haranahalli, a/w Advocate Chinmay J. Mirji for petitioner. SPP Jeevan J. Neeralgi, for R.1, Advocate J.D. Kashinath for R2Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Familiar faces headline festival

first_img You Might Like William Wiley Renfroe William Wiley Renfroe William Wiley Renfroe age 76, of Banks, Alabama, died Monday, January 24, 2011 at the CAVHCS in… read more Email the author Print Article Latest Stories Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “They have different storytelling styles,” Steed said. “Donald Davis is a high energy teller who takes off like a rocket and with you right along with him. Sheila Kay Adams is more low key but you hang on her every word. They paint pictures with words. Hearing them is like watching a movie. I’m amazed at what they can do with just words.”Adams is a seventh generation ballad singer as well as a storyteller and has appeared at the We Piddle Around Theater three times. This year will be her second appearance at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival.“Donald Davis and Sheila Kay Adams both have large fan followings and we’ve got people coming from as far away as Franklin, Tennessee to hear them,” Steed said. “We always bring back familiar faces and introduce new voices. Barbara McBride-Smith and Michael Reno Harrell will be at the festival for the first time and they will bring their unique styles to the art. It will be storytelling at its best.”The Friday night and Saturday 2 p.m. Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival concerts are sold out. Tickets are available for the 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday concerts at the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy University campus by calling 334-735-3125 and at The Messenger in Troy. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Familiar faces headline festival Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 7:46 pm Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Sponsored Content Skip Donald Davis performs during the 2010 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival in Troy, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)When nationally acclaimed storyteller Donald Davis took his final bow at the 2010 Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, he closed with the words, “I’ll see you next year” and the audience responded with thunderous applause.This year will be Davis’ fifth appearance at the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival and joining him will be national award-winning storyteller, Sheila Kay Adams.Both Davis and Adams hail from the mountains of Western North Carolina and have been telling stories together professionally for, how many years, they’re not saying. Steed said much of the credit for the success of the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival goes to Davis and Adams.Professional storytelling was relatively unknown in South Alabama when Adams reintroduced the art at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge in October 2005. She returned in 2006 and the pump was primed for a very ambitions undertaking, a storytelling festival in rural Alabama.“Out of the goodness of his heart, Donald Davis agreed to appear at that first festival with Andy Offutt Irwin and with them as headliners, they set the storytelling hook in Pike County,” Steed said. “We are excited and very proud to welcome Donald Davis and Sheila Kay Adams back to the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival.”Davis and Adams have the ability to have the audience splitting its side with laughter one minute and blinking back tears the next, said Linda Steed, storytelling committee member. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Having grown up in the same neck of the woods, Davis and Adams share a love of home and family and both provide rich fodder for their storytelling.Davis and Adams are return tellers at the granddaddy of all storytelling festivals, the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tenn., and other major storytelling festivals around the country.“We like to say, ‘If you can’t go to Jonesborough, then come to Pike County, Alabama,” said Johnny Steed, a member of the sponsoring Brundidge Historical Society’s storytelling committee. “Since our Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival began in 2007, we have brought ten of the country’s top storytellers to Pike County and, as long as people will come, we’ll continue to do that.” By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Survey of whistler mode chorus intensity at Jupiter

first_imgWhistler mode chorus emission is important in the acceleration of electrons and filling of the radiation belts at Jupiter. In this work chorus magnetic intensity levels (frequency-integrated spectral density, PB) at Jupiter are comprehensively binned and parameterized. The frequency range of chorus under study extends from the lower hybrid frequency, flh, to fceq/2 and fceq/2 < f < 0.8 fceq, where fceq is the cyclotron frequency mapped to the magnetic equator. The goal is to obtain a quantized distribution of magnetic intensity for use in stochastic modeling efforts. Parametric fits of magnetic plasma wave intensity are obtained, including PB versus frequency, latitude, and L shell. The results indicate that Jupiter chorus occurrence probability and intensity are higher than those at Saturn, reaching values observed at Earth. Jovian chorus is observed over most local times, confined primarily to the range 8 < L < 15, outside the high densities of the Io torus. The largest intensity levels are seen on the dayside; however, the sampling of chorus on the nightside is much less than on the dayside. Peak intensities occur near the equator with a weak dependence on magnetic latitude, λ. We conclude that Jovian chorus average intensity levels are approximately an order of magnitude lower than those at Earth. In more isolated regions the intensities are comparable to those observed at Earth. The spatial range of the chorus emissions extends beyond that assumed in previous Jovian global diffusive models of wave-particle electron acceleration.last_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball Signs Timpview Star

first_img Tags: BYU Basketball November 12, 2020 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Signs Timpview Star FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Wednesday, BYU men’s basketball confirmed the signing of Timpview High School 6-8 guard-forward Jake Wahlin.Wahlin, who is currently a senior for the Thunderbirds, is originally from Keller, Texas and averaged 13.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game last season for Timpview.His contributions helped the Thunderbirds to a second-place finish at last season’s 5-A UHSAA state basketball tournament.Cumulatively during his high school career, Wahlin has averaged 9.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest.Wahlin is the No. 2 ranked player in the state of Utah by PrepHoops and is the Beehive State’s third-best product per 247Sports.Wahlin selected the Cougars over Arizona State, San Diego State, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah State among others.Wahlin comes from a rich intercollegiate athletics pedigree. His sister, Mallery, starred as a setter on the BYU women’s volleyball team in 2014. Furthermore, his grandfather, Marvin, was a star halfback at Arizona State in the early 1950’s.A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wahlin plans to serve a mission for the Salt Lake City-based faith before enrolling.He hopes to leave next summer and play for the Cougars commencing with the 2023-24 season. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more