Prima donna

first_imgDuring the last several days the Steelers have been holding OTAs over at the south side. One of the purposes, if not the prime purpose of the get-together is to work out the body, the mind and to rekindle the “fireplace” of competition. The “field general” of the Steelers, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, will not be in attendance, at least at this current session of organized team activities. Okay, so these activities are voluntary and he doesn’t have to be there. But make no mistake, his being there in the war room, making the rounds, shaking the hands of his soldiers and giving them a pre-minicamp, pre-training camp, preseason pat on the back, could be nothing but a positive for the team.Organized team activities are great for the team, if not that good for the individual. Last year, the All-Pro safety for the Steelers, Troy Polamalu, skipped the OTAs to allegedly work out on his own. However, Polamalu missed a slew of games and was more of a cheerleader than a competitor for the 2009 season. From 2006-2009, the star safety has missed 19 games, while competing in 45. That means in four seasons he has missed three games more than the equivalent of a 16-game season. During the 19 games that he missed I am reasonably sure that his injuries were legitimate. There was also a void left in the Steelers defensive backfield that was difficult, if not impossible, to fill as a result of his absence.But in the same token, during his absence from the field of play, did his trademark mane fly around just as vigorously off the gridiron when he made numerous trips to the local ATM? He continued to collect a paycheck even though the Steelers defensive backfield was infected and affected by his absence. Oh, everyone says that Polamalu is injured more frequently because of his tenacity and reckless style of play. I agree with that assessment of his performances but someone has to pull him aside and whisper in his ear that if making one play causes him to forego the remainder of the season that it is okay to allow a few of his DB mates to pull their weight and make a few plays, too. It is impossible to be a prima donna from the sidelines. The 2009 season should be a lesson for Pittsburgh. Depth, depth, and more depth at every position is the only way that the Pittsburgh franchise will restore and maintain the winning tradition to which they are accustomed. There had better be a few players on the sideline that are able to put their fingers in “the dikes of injuries” if the Steelers are going to exit the funk of the 2009 season.Injuries combined with personal improprieties will oftentimes be the death knell for the cohesive sprit and the competitive fire of any team, in any sport. If one or a selected group of players on any team is perceived to be of considerably more value than the remainder of their peers on that team, that is where the chasm of division often begins. When players who are well paid and sometimes overpaid perform and are allowed to perform under different standards than their colleagues, the dividing line can become a demilitarized zone in the clubhouse or locker room. How can overpriced and overpaid athletes be allowed to attend to every minor scrape and wound as if it is life threatening by being allotted all of the recuperation time that they need while all others are expected to suit up and perform, regardless of the circumstances?Also, when negative behavior of certain athletes is tolerated more by some than others because of their value, then that too can be a morale killer.Take the case of another Pittsburgh star player, wide receiver Santonio Holmes. According to espy.com news services, “Holmes, who is facing a civil lawsuit in Florida in which a woman accuses him of throwing a drink at her, says he didn’t do anything and expects the matter to be dealt with quickly.” “[Holmes] proceeded to inform the plaintiff that he was an NFL football player and that he could not face criminal charges. Subsequently, [Holmes] offered to give the plaintiff money because he was an NFL star and could not get into trouble,” the complaint alleges, according to the report. I don’t care who you are, whether you are charged with an offense or not. No one has the right to throw a drink in anyone’s face, period.That is one of the things that concerns me. Some of these fellows think that money can cure all ills. Well ya big dummies, if that was so all the people with loot would be disease free and only us “po” folks would be destined to end up on the slab of the local undertaker. However in many cases, instead of wealth being a facilitatory of healing, newfound wealth can cause normal personalities to become distorted and perverted. Egos may become super-inflated, causing irreparable damage to an individual and all those around him in his public or private life. When athletes glance around the locker room as they work hard during the beginning phases of the upcoming campaign, there should not be question marks as to who may be attending and who isn’t. During a war, the soldier who volunteers puts the welfare of his fellow soldier on him. With any voluntary team workouts, coming together on your own to be with your teammates may speak volumes about who you are as an athlete and a person.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abduce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412-378-9834.) OTAs otherwise known as organized team activities. NFL teams have these let’s get acquainted events to start the competitive engines in low gear.last_img read more

To Obama, campaign is barely ahead in 4th quarter

first_imgby Jim KuhnhennNEW YORK (AP)—President Barack Obama sees the presidential contest as a clutch moment in his favorite sport—the fourth quarter of a taut basketball game.Fundraising with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars, Obama told a small group of donors gathered Wednesday night at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the current campaign is like the final minutes of a basketball contest with his team up by a few points.“But the other side is coming strong,” Obama said. “And they play a little dirty. We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We have a couple of injuries. And I believe they have one last run in them.” Obama raised $3 million with the help of the players, who included former Chicago Bulls player Michael Jordan and former New York Knicks Walt Frazier and Bill Bradley. NBA Commissioner David Stern also was there.Invoking Jordan’s competitive nature, Obama concluded, “If you have seven minutes to go and you have a little bit of a lead, that’s when you put them away.”The players were part a daylong fundraiser. Earlier, former and current players participated in a $250-per-person autograph session and in a skills camp priced at $5,000 for two people.“It is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person,” Obama joked at the Lincoln Center dinner.Later, Obama changed out of his dark suit to shoot baskets with some of the players out of sight of the press. Obama, an avid basketball fan and a player, made a splash during his 2008 campaign by sinking a 3-point shot while visiting troops in Kuwait. His most recent star-studded game, also played in private, featured actors George Clooney and Tobey Maguire. Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)last_img read more

Red Bank Candidates Divided On The Issues

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — The Nov. 8 election will have voters selecting from two incumbents and three political newcomers to fill two, three-year terms on the Borough Council.This year’s slate of candidates features incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan and running mate Erik Yngstrom, making his first run for elected office; opposition comes in the form of two first-time Republican candidates, Kellie O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon. Rounding out the ballot is independent candidate Cindy Burnham, who has been on the council since 2014.Burnham, 61, is a retired substitute teacher who had worked at the Red Bank Middle School and Red Bank Regional High School. Burnham won her first election three years ago and served much of her term as a Republican. But she clashed with the local GOP leadership and with the three borough council members of her party, resulting in the committee failing to nominate her for this year’s ballot.Burnham is a self-described “community activist” who said, “I’m running on my record and to stop wasteful spending and irresponsible borrowing that is ingrained in our government.”Burnham is serving as the borough council president for this year and said she’s often been a lone voice against various financial allocations that she maintained were unnecessary and done for political expediency or patronage. Over the course of her council tenure Burnham has advocated for an operational review of the Water and Sewer Authority to study expenses and see if there are cost savings available. To voters, she advises, “The best way to predict what someone will do is to look at what they have done…I have kept my promise to the people.”Horgan, 71, works as the liaison to the board of trustees for amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS research. She has lived in the borough for 17 years and is the veteran among the candidates, having served for nine years on the borough council.“I will stay here for the rest of my life and I’m really interested in my community,” Horgan said, explaining her interest in taking on another term.On issues: “What do you hear when you go door to door? Taxes,” she said. Horgan’s response to voters is “there are reasons that drive them up,” explaining contributors to the situation are multiyear contractual obligations with union employees; a large number of tax appeals annually that, like most lawsuits, wind up being negotiated, and cost the borough money; and the borough’s large number of not-for-profit tax exempt properties, she explained.Commercial development has come up in the discussion of campaign issues. It can be complex, she said, as “You try to find the balance,” encouraging projects that “make for an attractive community,” and bring ratables “but that doesn’t overtax our infrastructure.”She has raised issue with the proposed 55 West Front St. proposal to rezone the property that could permit a previously zoning board-denied large residential development.The same is true for her Democratic running mate, Yngstrom, who sees the plan as undermining the role of the zoning board in the land use process.“I think development should proceed cautiously,” he advised.Yngstrom is a 31-year-old attorney who is making his first run for elected office. He says he’s always had an interest in government and took this opportunity to make a contribution to public service.He has served on the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for about 1 ½ years and had voted against the 55 West Front St. residential development and has been critical of this plan to rezone the site, alleging it could circumvent the zoning board’s role and authority.Yngstrom has a strong interest in recreation and believes the public parks need additional attention and the west side needs a park for area families.Republican Hanlon, 47, has lived in the borough with his family since 2007, and works in the borough office of a financial services firm. This is his first run for elected office.He and his GOP candidate Colwell have expressed support for this redevelopment and in general encourage what they say is thoughtful commercial development as a means to offset the residential tax base and maintain a vibrant community.Hanlon also suggested the governing body investigate selling the water and sewer authority as a cost saving measure. “Let’s see what it’s worth.”The borough council had privatized trash collection. However, Hanlon pointed out that there were no staff reductions for that department, thus blunting the beneficial impact that step had.He also supports developing the White Street lot as a mixed use, public/private project to construct a parking garage. Hanlon opposes the borough bonding and shouldering the entire cost for such a downtown project.Colwell, 48, is a working mixed media artist who has lived in the borough for most of her life. It is her first run for political office.She, like Hanlon, said taxes and spending take center stage in discussions and their agenda and wants to keep the community affordable for aging residents and young families. “I just don’t want to see anyone leave the town because they can’t afford it,” she said.On the issue of development Colwell said projects get bogged down with bureaucratic red tape and she would like to see if the process could be streamlined. She would also like to see both sides of the community benefit by greater promoting of the community as a cultural hub.last_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

Giants sending top prospects including Joey Bart to Arizona Fall League

first_imgThe Giants might not be on track to play in the month of October, but top prospect Joey Bart will be suiting up this fall.Bart and 2017 first round draft choice Heliot Ramos will headline a group of seven Giants prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League, an offseason league that features many of the sports’s highly-touted young talents.Rosters for the Arizona Fall League were announced Wednesday and all seven Giants prospects will play for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The AFL has six teams, so …last_img

SA govt, business ‘to work together’

first_img4 February 2013 The government and business have agreed to work together to tackle some of the challenges facing South Africa, it emerged after a meeting of the country’s senior political and business leaders at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Sunday. South African business representatives attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week had requested the meeting, saying they wanted an opportunity to engage with the government on its priorities ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address on 14 February. The business delegation was led by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) president Jabu Mabuza and Black Business Council president Ndaba Ntsele, while the government was represented by Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and ministers from the government’s economic cluster. The meeting focused on the importance of achieving job-creating economic growth and on deeper cooperation between the government and business.‘Promoting a positive South African brand’ Speaking after the meeting, Zuma said government and business shared the goal of building a prosperous society free of poverty, inequality and unemployment. “We share the goal of promoting a strong and positive South African brand,” he said. “We therefore need to work very closely together, especially at this critical period when our economy is affected by the harsh European economic meltdown that refuses to go away. “We have to find a way to cushion the economy, improve our growth prospects and create much-needed jobs. Whenever we pull together, we manage to achieve a lot for our country and its people,” Zuma said. Mabuza said more could be achieved if the government and business partnered together. He pointed out that the country’s economy needed to grow three-fold by 2030 to deal with the socio-economic challenges facing the country, in terms of the National Development Plan.Identifying constraints to doing business “Government and the business sector must have the same goal of improving the economy. We are engaging our members to point out three to five constraints that make it difficult for business to triple economic growth by 2030,” he said. The Black Business Council raised the issue of the importance of improving implementation mechanisms for government programmes. The government delegation raised various issues, including how to get business to absorb 11 000 Further Education and Training college graduates currently sitting at home. The meeting agreed to work on mechanisms to implement the social accords signed by business, labour, government and the community sector in 2011. In a statement, the Presidency said the government and business would meet again in two months’ time to iron out obstacles to economic growth. The parties also resolved to meet every quarter going forward. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Thousands offer to help a beggar find a job

first_imgPam Green (left) says she is grateful for people assisting her to help a beggar get a job. Here she is with Nomsa Ncube, one of the people who gave a donation.(Image: Facebook)It took a small action such as posting a detailed status on her Facebook profile to lead to thousands of South Africans opening their hearts to help a homeless young man find a job.Pam Green, from Glenhazel, posted a status on 29 June, and asked her friends to share the message. They did, and the message was shared more than 34 000 times. Within days job offers streamed in for the 21-year-old, Joseph Phukube.Green’s message read: “This is Joseph Phukube. He is a beggar in Sandton. What makes him different to every other beggar you see? He isn’t there begging for money, he is begging for a job, literally! He has his matric certificate and CV on hand.“What a gentle young man, life has been hard on him. And his response when I asked where he stayed was ‘under Grayston Bridge.’“This is a bright kid, just look at his maths marks, he received a university entrance!”TRAFFIC LIGHT MEETINGGreen says she met Phukube when she stopped her car at a traffic light in Sandton. “He approached my car and tried to convey to me that he was looking for a job. Embarrassed to admit, but I drove off and rushed to my appointment that I was late for.“About 100m later, at the next robot I couldn’t bare the guilt I felt at ignoring him anymore. I turned around to go back to find Joseph Phukube and speak to him.”The local newspaper, Sandton Chronicle, reports that Phukube has received more than 1 000 responses following Green’s Facebook update. Job offers made to him range from call centre agent positions to scholarships at various institutions.Phukube says his dream job is in marketing. “I love new challenges, especially ones that will help me experience new things in life. I also like the chance to change businesses and come up with new ideas,” he adds.A day after her initial post, when offers of help had started streaming in.Her action has inspired admiration on social media, with Twitter chattering about her:The #HelpJoseph tag really warms my heart. Please RT the hashtag.— Opinionated Coloured(@koren_devereux) June 30, 2015@comp_breakfast Pam Green is an amazing woman. 25k people reached out to help and support! Good luck tomorrow Joseph! #HelpJoseph— JaxEngelbrec(@Jaxlibra) June 30, 2015She kept the public in the loop about Phukube’s developments:It is 5pm and it is the end of his first day of work at @LocomuteZA! #helpJoseph pic.twitter.com/dBO2jWzrF7— Pam Green (@PamGreen_17) July 6, 2015DETERMINED TO DO MOREThe 34-year-old says that she hopes the #helpJoseph campaign has inspired others to help even just one person in need. “I have always believed that we have a responsibility to each other to help make each other’s lives easier. I pride myself in honouring my truth.“People have questioned his [Phukube’s] motives and my response is simple: I would rather be duped by 10 false-hearted people and know that I helped one genuine person in need, than miss the opportunity of helping 10 people because I was duped by one.”Green, who has been doing volunteer work to help others since she was in school, says social media has definitely been a big help in assisting people in need. “I have put up previous campaigns for other community outreach projects I was involved with.“Recently [we had a campaign] for the victims of the xenophobic attacks, where we assisted at the displacement camps, as well as assisting families to return to their country of origin. Please can people like our page, My brother’s keeper, to access information about future initiatives I will be starting.”She is excited for Phukube, saying: “I can’t wait to see him flourish. Everyone deserves a chance and I am so glad that everyone sees the same special soul that I did. I am truly hoping that Joseph’s story will help me to help many more people in the future.”Watch Phukube’s response following the offers of help:last_img read more

McShane holds Anand to a draw

first_imgWorld Champion Viswanathan Anand signed truce after failing to break Englishman Luke McShane’s solid defences while Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defeated local hope David Howell to join the leaders after the fifth round of the London Chess Classic on Monday.Anand and McShane remained the only two undefeated players in the tournament following a draw between them while Carlsen benefitted from an oversight by Howell in the second time control.Going by normal rules, Anand and McShane are the only two leaders but the soccer-like scoring system, which gives three points for a win and one for a draw, has put Magnus back on track for the title with three wins.Anand and McShane have won two and drawn three which means that under normal scoring system they would tally three and a half points each, half point more than Carlsen who has lost two games.With all leaders on nine points, Vladimir Kramnik, who drew with English Michael Adams, is sharing the fourth spot along with American Hikaru Nakamura on eight points each.Nakamura got the better of an out- of- sort Nigel Short who suffered his fourth defeat in the ?145000 tournament being played on round robin basis between eight players.Adams holds the sixth spot on six points while David Howell remained on two, a full point ahead of back- ranker Nigel Short.Anand pressed for advantage in the Berlin defense game but it seemed the Indian was much better in the middle game that ensued.McShane however remained on his guard right through and restored parity with some timely exchanges leading to a drawn queen and bishops endgame.advertisement”These are trends, a month from now we may see them all switch over to something else,” said Anand when asked about the Berlin defence that’s in vogue.”I was better after the opening but it was just slightly better, if it was serious, I did not see it,” the world champion said.Carlsen defeated Howell from the black side of a Najdorf Sicilian.The Norwegian was in his elements post the second time control after Howell erred on the 43rd move and wrapped the issue quickly.Kramnik faced the Kind pawn opening and it was another Berlin defense by the Russian. The alternative main line employed by Adams did not yield much as Kramnik equalised quickly and started looking for initiative.Adams had to find some resources to let the game drift towards a draw.Nakamura was pleasantly surprised to see Short employing a side variation in the Marshall Gambit. The American was on top in the middle game with an extra pawn and relished the endgame that arose after subsequent exchanges.Short, who is going through a forgettable event, could not pose much of a challenge.In the open event being organised simultaneously, 15- year old International Master Sahaj Grover came back into the reckoning with a fine win over Nicolai Getz of Norway.While Sahaj moved up to four points out of five games, Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta remained on 3.5 after losing to Gawain Jones of England.With four rounds still to go, Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury is also on 3.5 points and the lead is shared by Simon Williams of England and Gavin Wall of Ireland – both have five points each.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

The 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history

first_imgWorld Cup Robben, Baggio & the 10 most iconic misses in World Cup history Goal 06:00 6/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Arjen Robben Spain 2010 Getty World Cup England France Italy Netherlands Nigeria Ghana Brazil The World Cup is loved for the glorious goals on show but it has witnessed its fair share of incredible misses. Goal runs down the best of the latterlast_img

Harpers expected early exit wont diminish historic meeting with chiefs Atleo

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsAssembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo on Friday confirmed Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t be present for the full Crown-First Nations Gathering next Tuesday.The country’s most prominent First Nations leader downplayed the impact saying that it wouldn’t take away from potential of the event between the Conservative government and hundreds of First Nations chiefs.“No I don’t think (the prime minister) is going to be there to the end of the day,” said Atleo, in an interview with APTN National News. “There are around a dozen cabinet ministers (that will be there) and he’s sent a signal to all of government that this is really important and this is led by him.”A total of 11 cabinet ministers and a number of federal officials are expected to attend the meeting. Gov. Gen. David Johnston is also expected to attend the opening ceremonies and make a short speech.Harper said in December he hoped the meeting would be “historic.” The prime minister announced the meeting on Dec. 1 in his Parliament Hill office with Atleo sitting next to him as the political fallout from the Attawapiskat housing crisis was reaching its climax.Some chiefs, however, have expressed displeasure over Harper’s planned departure during the meeting. Chiefs have been told that the prime minister would leave the meeting by lunch time to prepare for a trip to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.Chiefs have been told that Harper will only be present for the opening ceremonies and speeches, one of which he will deliver.Saskatchewan’s main First Nations organization called on Harper to change his plans and “and meet directly with First Nations” leaders.“According to the draft agenda, there is no opportunity for chiefs or the regional chiefs to speak directly with the prime minister,” said Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Morley Watson.Watson called on the Conservatives to commit to a yearly Canada-First Nations gathering and a first ministers meeting to deal with “outstanding inherent and treaty rights issues.”Wahta Mohawks band Coun. Stuart Lane said he doesn’t expect much to come out of the meeting.“I don’t know what we can really do at any kind of meeting like that,” said Lane, whose community is in Ontario. “We need more internal things that need to be done between nations to support each other.”Lane said he wasn’t attending the meeting, but the Wahta Mohawks did plan to send a delegation.According to a consultant who has been involved in discussions around the upcoming gathering, the prime minister’s planned departure is “a big issue” among many chiefs.“The expectations are too high, a lot of people are going to be disappointed,” said the consultant, who requested anonymity because they are currently working on files involving Ottawa and First Nations. The consultant said other chiefs could pick up the call issued by the FSIN for a meeting between premiers, the prime minister and First Nations leaders, but he doubted Harper would ever agree to it.Harper, however, was once open to a meeting with premiers and First Nations leaders.He actually planned to hold one within two or three years of taking office, according to a letter he sent to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples shortly before he was first elected in February 2006.“The Conservative Party of Canada is committed to holding another meeting with first ministers and national Aboriginal leaders within the next two or three years,” wrote Harper, in a Jan. 10, 2006, letter to CAP.Harper wanted the meeting to “measure progress” on the $5 billion Kelowna Accord which former prime minister Paul Martin signed with First Nations leaders before losing office.Once Harper became prime minister, his government scrapped the deal.Atleo, however, believes that Canada is on the cusp of a new relationship with First Nations peoples and Harper wants to succeed where so many other governments have failed.Atleo said Tuesday’s meeting is the first step on that path.“It is an opportunity…to push for a reset of the relationship and become full partners and set out a plan of action,” he said. “Where we work with not just a single minister, but the full machinery of government and the prime minister expressed his commitment to do that.”jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more