Discussion highlights conflict in Ukraine

first_imgThe Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,”  Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world.  Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukrainelast_img read more

Golf bodies welcome restriction easing

first_img Following updated lockdown guidance from the Government, to be implemented on 4 July, golf bodies in England have welcomed the changes but have made clear they remain vigilant as golfers and staff begin to return to play and work.As part of its regular series of meetings with golf bodies, The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Golf met immediately after the Prime Minister’s Statement on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the upcoming changes and their implementation, as well as how the industry is responding to current Government regulation.Speaking on behalf of the Group, its Chairman – Member of Parliament for North Warwickshire – Craig Tracey said: “Golf as an industry worked hard to be one of the first sports to resume as restrictions were lifted.  All industry bodies involved in the Group have worked closely together to ensure adherence to lockdown rules have been implemented, sharing their experience to ensure golfers, club staff, and the wider industry, have returned securely.“The feedback we have received is that golfers have returned to the sport with enthusiasm, and did so complying to social distancing rules.  Those who have been working should be praised for their part in ensuring that smooth transition and are confident the easing of restrictions will be no different.”On the timing of the relaxed rules, Tracey added: “For those of us in England, we have been given time to consider the new rules which should be used to consider the implications fully and put in place the necessary steps the sport needs to continue to rebound quickly and – above all – safely.”England Golf CEO Jeremy Tomlinson said “The work done by those involved in golf during lockdown has been tremendous and that has enabled us to respond quickly and decisively.  Like all, we welcome the safe easing of restrictions and look forward to welcoming back even more people – players and staff – to golf.  That we have been given time to prepare the changes and the way in which the guidance has been presented is very helpful to clubs, shops and the wider industry.”Rob Maxfield, CEO of The PGA, said “Golf professionals have been working incredibly hard in recent weeks since golf returned and with restrictions easing, we hope to see more people getting to clubs throughout England and the UK.  We will encourage our members to review the updated guidance and put in place the steps they need to ensure people can back onto courses as soon as possible.” 24 Jun 2020 Golf bodies welcome restriction easing Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Makeover complete, Steelers ready for resurgence

first_imgPittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, left, stands with the team’s first-round draft selection, linebacker Ryan Shazier from Ohio State, before Shazier is introduced at a news conference at the headquarters of the NFL football team in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 9, 2014 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – The faces Ike Taylor grew so accustomed to seeing line up alongside him over the past decade have disappeared.Ryan Clark? Gone. Ditto Brett Keisel. And LaMarr Woodley. Larry Foote too.All Pittsburgh Steelers veterans with Super Bowl rings.All now are a part of the team’s past after another offseason purge, part of the inevitable churn from which no franchise – not even the one with more Lombardi Trophies than any other – is immune.Of the 90 players who will report to Saint Vincent College on Friday when the Steelers open training camp, only seven stood on the field in Tampa on that cool February night five years ago when Pittsburgh beat the Arizona Cardinals for its sixth championship.The 34-year-old Taylor knows he may be part of the next wave out the door. He’s just trying to keep it propped open as long as he can, even if it means the longtime court jester has suddenly become one of the de-facto elder statesmen.“There are a whole lot of new faces,” the cornerback said with a laugh. “That’s a good and bad thing. It’s a good thing that I am still here. I’ll give a shout out to everybody who left. But football is football. Football, you have to understand as a player, is a business.” Mike Tomlin talks with cornerback Ike Taylor (24) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Pittsburgh, Nov. 17. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)And business wasn’t so hot for the Steelers in 2013. Only a resurgent 6-2 second half allowed Pittsburgh to avoid its first losing season since 2003. The Steelers haven’t missed the playoffs three consecutive years this millennium. To keep that streak alive, they spent the long winter and spring giving the defense a needed jolt of speed and youth.The early returns are promising. Cornerback William Gay likened practice during organized team activities to a track meet. One in which the defense that finished 13th in the league in yards allowed last year did less chasing and more catching.“These boys are running,’” Taylor said. “When you look at it on the field and you actually play with them, you can see that they are running.”Perhaps, all the way back to the postseason. Here’s what to look for as Pittsburgh begins its 47th summer at Saint Vincent.SLIM SHAZIER: Rookie linebacker Ryan Shazier runs like a safety and hits as if he’s a linebacker. The Steelers can deal with the 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier’s relative lack of size if it means he can move sideline to sideline as quickly as he did in three standout years at Ohio State. On a defense where youngsters typically only start when necessary, Shazier could be the exception as the Steelers search for someone to replace Foote.LOADED BACKFIELD: Le’Veon Bell put together the best rookie season by a Steelers running back since Franco Harris in 1972, with 1,259 yards from scrimmage. He’ll have plenty of help this fall from beefy LeGarrette Blount, who signed after spending last year in New England and rookie Dri Archer, whose 4.27 40-yard dash time at the draft combine has offensive coordinator Todd Haley dreaming of ways to use him.OUT OF THIS WORILDS: Pittsburgh liked enough of what it saw from outside linebacker Jason Worilds and his team-high eight sacks in 2013 to hand him the transitional player tag and cut ties with the oft-injured Woodley. Worilds and the Steelers, however, have not yet agreed to a long-term deal and the 26-year-old missed most of the offseason workouts because of a nagging leg injury.NO HUDDLE HYPE: The Steelers rallied from a miserable 2-6 start in 2013 thanks in large part to an uptick in offensive production due to an increased reliance on the no-huddle. Expect quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to be given even more freedom in 2014. Pittsburgh averaged 28 points a game during its 5-2 run to close 2013. Roethlisberger expects the offense to be even more productive with the addition of wide receiver Lance Moore and the potential of 6-foot-4 rookie wideout Martavis Bryant, who gives Roethlisberger the big red zone target he’s lacked since Plaxico Burress left town the first time nearly a decade ago.HEALTHY LINE: Who knows what 2013 would have looked like in Pittsburgh if center Maurkice Pouncey hadn’t torn up his right knee eight plays into the season? It took the line weeks to stabilize, and by then it was too late. Pouncey is healthy and happy after signing a contract extension in June. His return buoys a group of youngsters – including rapidly improving guard David DeCastro – that was one of the better units in the league by the end of last year even with Pouncey on the sideline in sweatpants.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

New Urbanist from Portland to Inspire Local Leaders at Upcoming Symposium

first_imgSubmitted by NW EcoBuilding Guild “New Urbanism” is on the minds of many leaders in Thurston County, with new downtown housing developments and four mixed use “master plans” for district redevelopment taking shape in Tumwater, Lacey and Olympia.  So much that it’s the subject of an upcoming Symposium in the quarterly Vision to Action series:  “Green Urbanism:  The Sustainable Antidote to Sprawl,” to be held Saturday October 26, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm at South Puget Sound Community College’s LEED-Platinum Natural Resources Building.The Symposium will host Rex Burkholder, a new urbanist leader from Portland, Oregon as keynote speaker.  Burkholder is the former Deputy President of the Metro Regional Council, a blogger and a bicycle advocate, who will relate Portland’s experience with growth management to the new Sustainable Thurston Plan.  He’ll be followed by a panel of local development, neighborhood and environmental leaders.They will discuss elements of the draft plan which makes protecting the environment through compact urban development a top priority strategy.  Event organizers think that thousands of new residents expected to come to Thurston County in coming years offer a major opportunity to redevelop our urban corridors and make a greener, healthier, more prosperous community.“Developing new downtown housing and mixed residential/commercial areas around the sound will result in a more vibrant, economically thriving community.  It can also be safer for kids on bikes, greener and more climate friendly – if we seize the opportunity.  But can we get past our differences and agree?”  That’s the challenge the forum puts forth, according to Chris van Daalen, educator with the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild and organizer of the Vision2Action Symposium series.The event is designed not only to highlight strategies in the Sustainable Thurston plan, but also to test the water for a broad agreement among business, neighborhood and environmental leaders to move forward on the plan.  That could mean revisions to development codes and incentives to make investments more attractive, and resolving long-standing issues over waterfront development, environmental protection and who pays for growth.Yet, there seems to be a moment of opportunity.  The Guild and event cosponsors invite anyone with an active stake in the community to attend and be part of this vision-to-action conversation.Panelists will include Karen Messmer former Olympia City Council Member now with the Olympia Safe Streets Campaign; Mark Kitabayashi of the Thurston County Realtors Association, and Peter Guttchen, a local neighborhood leader.  Carol Richmond, a Member of the Olympia Planning Commission will set the local context for the discussion with a visual presentation of examples of sustainable urban design, issues and opportunities.  The presentations will be followed by lively, interactive “café style” discussions to co-design and build a brighter future.The Event is put on by a diverse partnership of sponsors, lead by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild with support from Thurston County.   Co-sponsors include the Thurston Climate Action Team, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Thurston County Realtors Association, and Olympia Federal Savings.  Rounding out the line-up of sponsors are the City of Olympia, the City of Tumwater and the Thurston Regional Planning Council.For more information, visit www.Vision2Action.us or call (360) 789-9669. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more