Candidates debate domestic policy

first_imgPresident Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney debated domestic policy Wednesday evening in the first of three presidential debates during an evening that seemed to focus more on style than substance at the University of Denver. In a reversal of the usual pattern, Romney’s poised, polished performance seemed to outshine Obama’s lackluster appearance, political science professor Michael Zuckert said. “Romney knew exactly how he wanted to put things and he put them pithily, he put them smartly and sharply ⎯ he was very smooth,” Zuckert said. “Obama was still looking for words and ways to formulate things … He should have had better formulations right at hand that he could have relied on and spoken more forcefully, instead of groping around for ways to express things that he could have had on the tip of his tongue.” This impressive showing from Romney won him the debate, at least stylistically, Zuckert said. “In terms of overall impression, Romney carried a lot of the debate, but in terms of issues, I think Obama carried it,” Zuckert said. “I saw the polls afterward and they said that they thought Romney could handle the economy better, that Romney could handle jobs better.” The thermometer measuring audience reaction on the bottom of the CNN broadcast of the debate seemed to indicate that the audience was reacting more to style than substance, Zuckert said. “It isn’t clear to me how much of the content of what they actually said made an impression, but I do think that style counts a lot,” Zuckert said. “That’s an example of why rhetoric is important – people react more to the impressions things leave on them rather than the substance of what is there … and the impression in this performance was that Romney is ‘presidential.’” Film, Television and Theatre professor Susan Ohmer said Romney’s structured answers helped him retain attention. “It was striking to me that he numbered his points,” Ohmer said. “That’s a strategy that you see in formal debate that helps keep listeners organized – a very smart strategy on [former] Governor Romney’s part.” Moderator Jim Lehrer, executive editor and former news anchor of PBS news hour, told the candidates that the debate would be divided into six units of 15 minutes, each structured around different focal points. The first question asked the candidates to speak to their plans to create jobs, which focused the debate on differences between two disparate plans to stimulate the economy. Economics professor Eric Sims said this beginning gave Romney a lot of momentum starting the debate. “I think people vote with their pocketbooks,” Sims said. “People want to ask the question ‘Are you better off now than you were four years ago?’ and I don’t think many people can say yes to that question – the president is taking a hit for that.” Rarely has an incumbent candidate been reelected to the presidency after presiding over a downturn in the economy, Sims said. “Historically speaking it is surprising that a president would be running this well with the economy in this shape,” Sims said. “To be fair it is hard to tell how responsible President Obama is or is not for that… he did walk into a bad situation but it is very unusual that we are in a recession and he is polling so well.” Both candidates have very different visions on how to solve the jobs problem, but Romney’s points were more salient because he was able to put Obama on the defensive, Sims said. The president failed to refocus the discussion of the economic progress and job creation during his term as an analysis on improvement, rather than focusing on its current status, Zuckert said. “Bill Clinton gave Obama a script that he could have used more effectively on that issue, and though Obama did try, he didn’t push it as forcefully as he might have done as a ‘Look where we started from and look where we are type of thing’ as opposed to ‘Look where we are at the absolute moment,’” Zuckert said. “Obama didn’t emphasize the trends, some of the trends are not great but they’re better than Romney portrayed them.” Zuckert said the focus on the economy played right into Romney’s hands. “Criticism of Obama on unemployment is still Romney’s best technique, but I’ve been waiting to hear more details about how he would actually change [unemployment],” Zuckert said. “I just haven’t heard a policy to me that sounds persuasive enough yet, to me it’s just not enough detail.” Romney was able to contrast his experience with business and economic policy with the relative lack of progress made in those areas in the past four years, Sims said. “That’s Obama’s weakest point. Barack Obama has a lot of pluses: he’s very likeable, at least four years ago he brought this attitude of hope and change to Washington, but the reality is that the economy stinks,” Sims said. “I think this was playing to Romney’s wheelhouse, domestic and economic policy: That’s where he has experience… In their discussion Romney came across as having a very good grasp of economics, in contrast I thought the President looked a little timid at times.” One of the strongest points Romney made was a criticism of the timing of Obama’s health care law, Sims said. “Romney’s point was that he was surprised that Obama was going to move this healthcare reform through [Congress] so fast right in the middle of an economic downturn, and that though we do need that kind of legislation – some kind of healthcare reform in the long term – when the real issue should have been jobs, President Obama was pushing through healthcare reform that created a lot of uncertainty,” Sims said. “Uncertainty is not conducive to a healthy labor market on both ends.” Ohmer said the differences in policy between Romney and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan were highlighted during the debate and by the work of fact checkers after the debate. “Ryan has endorsed legislation that will [end] Pell Grants, while Romney has said he wouldn’t do that,” Ohmer said. “Romney has also said that he won’t cut five trillion dollars when fact checkers said he would.” The degree to which each candidate moved toward the middle was striking, Zuckert said. “Even though people have said the issues were really strongly defined, they moved back towards each other,” Zuckert said. “Romney did maybe more than Obama, but both did substantially: Obama did in his litany about small businesses and job creation, and Romney in how he tailored his position from what we have heard before.” The fundamental difference between the candidates is the role that each envisions for the government within the economy, Sims said. “They characterize each other as free market capitalism and socialism, but on the broad level it is really that one side wants less government intervention and more power and choice in the hands of the individual, while the other side wants more government involvement – I think at the end of the day that’s the main difference here,” Sims said. The debate has changed America’s perception of the choice to make in November, Sims said. “Last night Romney came across as in control of the debate, and looked presidential: He helped himself a lot,” Sims said. “I think the Obama camp will have a different strategy next time around … as they move away from domestic policy to foreign policy it will be interesting to watch – we have a much closer race today than we did 24 hours ago.”last_img read more

Bread of Life Dinner discusses pregnant students

first_imgNotre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture hosted its semi-annual Bread of Life Dinner Tuesday evening in the Morris Inn. Senior Erin Stoyell-Mulholland who helped plan and run the event, said the dinner is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to interact with faculty and have conversations about issues related to the protection and support of life in the context of a brief lecture. Tuesday’s lecture featured speaker was Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president for student affairs, who spoke on the topic of “Promoting a Culture of Life at Notre Dame.”Hoffmann Harding said she wanted to start by dispelling the notion that Notre Dame imposes disciplinary action on pregnant students — a myth she said she has heard repeated by many people across campus from students to hall staff.“This issue is one of our biggest challenges and something I am particularly passionate about,” Hoffmann Harding said.Hoffmann Harding said Notre Dame offers a wide variety of tools to help with planned and unplanned pregnancies, in particular designated pregnancy support advocates, a pregnant and parenting student assistance fund and educational online resources.“As a Catholic university, Notre Dame is committed to life and to offering students resources that support the choice of life,” Hoffmann Harding said.Students can anonymously receive pregnancy tests through University Health Services or the local Women’s Care Center if they are uncomfortable with turning to an official school organization, Hoffmann Harding said. She also said that Notre Dame takes pains to include males in the pregnancy support process, especially since the fathers are often students themselves.The question of where students can find help is crucial, Hoffmann Harding said, and options range from the emotional and spiritual support of Saint Liam’s counseling services, campus ministry and hall staff to monetary assistance from the office of financial aid.“We must be empathetic, non-judgemental and good listeners,” Hoffmann Harding said. “We want to support the choice of life.”Hoffmann Harding showed a video produced by Notre Dame, which showcased the stories of former students who had unexpectedly become pregnant while they were undergraduates in school. The students spoke about the initial fear and uncertainty they experienced, but also talked about how they were able to successfully finish their educations and form families with the support of the university.There was an informal question and answer session after the talk finished and the discussion primarily focused on raising student awareness of the issue available help for unplanned pregnancies. Suggestions from the audience included placing informational posters on pregnancy support resources in the bathrooms of resident halls in similar manner to how Georgetown University advertises their own pregnancy assistance program.Hoffmann Harding said the University is continually looking for new ways to improve their support for pregnant students and she appreciates recommendations and ideas from students and faculty.Tags: Bread of Life Dinner, Erin Hoffmann Harding, Notre Dame, Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture, pregnancy, University Health Serviceslast_img read more

Welch announces staff appointments

first_imgUS Representative Peter Welch has announced the appointment of a new communications director and a new legislative director.Welch promoted Scott Coriell, who has worked as a staff assistant and press assistant in his Washington office, to the position of communications director. Also promoted was Jake Oster, who previously served as scheduler and legislative assistant, to the position of legislative director.A Killington native and a graduate of Middlebury College, Coriell previously served as program coordinator for World Camp Inc., a non-profit organization that provides HIV/AIDS outreach services to communities in Malawi. Coriell also interned for Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) and managed the web site of his family’s Killington-based business, Peak Performance Ski Shop. His brother, David, was Governor Jim Douglas’ last press secretary.Oster, a graduate of the University of Vermont, previously served as director of grassroots advocacy for the Humane Society of the United States, deputy political director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund and on the staff of Representative Tim Holden (D-PA).Coriell’s appointment takes effect next Monday. Oster assumed his new position earlier this year. Source: Welch’s office. 3.8.2011last_img read more

Rhode Island offshore wind project to cost less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour

first_imgRhode Island offshore wind project to cost less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Providence Journal:When critics assailed the high price awarded to Deepwater Wind nearly a decade ago for power from what would be the first offshore wind farm in the nation, the Providence company and its supporters in Rhode Island state government vowed that savings would come with future projects down the line.With a proposed agreement announced Thursday, they would fulfill that promise.Under the contract filed with the Public Utilities Commission, National Grid would pay Deepwater, now part of Danish-owned Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind, a flat rate over 20 years of 9.8 cents per kilowatt hour for power from its Revolution Wind Farm, a 400-megawatt project proposed in Rhode Island Sound.And critically, the deal is projected to save Rhode Island about $90 million in energy costs over the life of the contract, or about 50 cents per month for the typical electric customer in the state.The power purchase agreement proves that Rhode Island can develop renewable energy at an affordable cost, state energy commissioner Carol Grant said in an interview. “It’s not either/or. It’s not clean or affordable. It’s both,” she said.More: National Grid contract with Orsted would save customers $90 million over 20 yearslast_img read more

Fighting fraud in 2016

first_imgIf 2015 taught us anything, it’s that even with security upgrades like EMV chip cards and tokenization, the form and frequency of fraud attempts will continue to evolve.   Your members may still be vulnerable in 2016. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure you have the choice and flexibility to deal with the new tactics fraudsters use to gain access to your members’ information. So how do you do that? Here’s a fraud fighting checklist for the new year:Keep current on tools, trends and tacticsWe know from experience in Europe and Canada that counterfeit card fraud is likely to decrease dramatically as more and more chip cards are sent out to consumers. But we also know fraudsters simply shifted tactics when chip cards were introduced. We expect card-not-present fraud to increase. Both MasterCard® and Visa® have programs you can enroll in that allow members to establish a unique password for online purchases. That can add security where we expect more attacks. The point is, when security closes a door for fraudsters, they usually find another window. Keeping up on the latest threats can help you anticipate and implement the best layers of security solutions.Communication is keyMake sure your processor has a set of specialized notifications for larger, online or out-of-town purchases so they can be approved quickly. Then, encourage your members to notify you of large purchases so they aren’t inconvenienced with a decline. When you send out a new card, make sure you have clear and actionable instructions to activate it. Once the card is active, be sure your processor is verifying expiration dates. This will ensure only active cards with the correct expiration date can be used. Finally, make sure your members are practicing the fundamentals of fighting fraud by only using reputable merchants online, and never giving their sensitive information over the phone.Know your limitsReview your daily limit setting for the new year. Remember the daily limit is what you may potentially see in fraud losses. Keeping your cardholder daily limits low but manageable can prevent large losses for you, and minimize inconvenience to your cardholders.Engage a little artificial intelligenceBack-of-the-house computer systems can be key to fighting fraud. Enrolling in a system that can learn your customers’ habits and identify potentially fraudulent purchases in real time can reduce losses significantly. A card-blocking feature can enhance that artificial intelligence even further by allowing you to block transactions from certain countries, merchant categories or even dollar amounts.Put the power in your members’ handsMobile apps allow members to do everything from setting up purchase alerts to controlling their card with a shut-off button. Purchase alerts give the consumer the flexibility to see as few or as many transactions as they please. Allowing customers to control their cards means they get the choice of when and where they can temporarily shut down a card. A good mobile app gives your members a sense of control in the fight against fraud and gives you another ally to limit your losses.Even with all of these tools in play, engaging your members through frequent updates keeps anti-fraud tactics top of mind. Ask yourself how you’re using your marketing channels, social media and your website to educate your members. Then, set yourself up as the expert in your community by offering your knowledge to local reporters. Helping educate consumers through your local media can expand your institution’s brand and enhance your own members’ confidence in their choice to work with you.2016 will bring new challenges to keeping our members’ information safe, but arming your institution and its members with a wide array of tools means you’ll be able to fight fraud, wherever it may pop up. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Terry Dooley Terry Dooley is executive vice president and chief information officer for the SHAZAM Network. He has more than 20 years of financial and electronic funds transfer (EFT) industry experience and … Web: www.shazam.net Detailslast_img read more

World Tourism Day is being celebrated in Istria for the fifth time, and in your region?

first_imgThis year, for the fifth time in a row, the Administrative Department for Tourism of the Istrian County organizes and encourages inclusion in the celebration of World Tourism Day, with the aim of drawing the attention of the domicile population and tourists to a number of facilities and attractions. Istria.  “Thus, by encouraging consumption, we contribute to the preservation of jobs, we encourage sustainable and responsible development of tourism. and ultimately, we point out the importance of tourism that affects the economic, social, cultural and environmental segments ”, concludes Prodan Mraković. “We make our offer more accessible with the aim of getting to know the contents and attractions in Istria as much as possible, and thus we strengthen the promotion of Istria. All those interested, in addition to adrenaline parks, museums, castles, caves, protected areas, workshops, performances and more, will be able to visit the many winemakers, olive growers, truffle growers and other local producers who joined the action. Numerous local tourist boards joined the event with their programs “, pointed out the head of the Istria County Tourism Board, Nada Prodan Mraković, and stressed that in accordance with this year’s theme of World Tourism Day and this event, they want to point out local products, offers and services and encourage local consumption and thus support local facilities.  This year, World Tourism Day is held under the motto: Tourism and rural development. ‘The celebration of the World Tourism Day in Istria in 2020 will be held on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 from 10 am to 18 pm at 63 points throughout Istria where tourist attractions open their doors that can be used with discounts of up to 50% or completely free.last_img read more

Borna Coric positive for coronavirus after Djokovic event

first_imgCroatia’s Borna Coric announced on Monday he has tested positive for coronavirus after playing in an exhibition tournament in Croatia featuring world number one Novak Djokovic.”Hi everyone, I wanted to inform you all that I tested positive for COVID-19,” the top 50 player posted on Twitter.On Sunday, another player, Grigor Dimitrov, said he had also tested positive after pulling out of the exhibition event. Coric said: “I want to make sure anyone who has been in contact with me during the last few days gets tested!”I am really sorry for any harm I might have caused! I’m feeling well and don’t have any symptoms [sic]. Please stay safe and healthy! Lots of love to all!”Coric had beaten Dimitrov in the second leg of the Adria Tour in Zadar on Croatia’s Adriatic coast on Saturday.Dimitrov withdrew from the Balkans tournament following that match, complaining of feeling unwell, and on Sunday announced he had tested positive.Sunday’s final between Djokovic and Russia’s Andrey Rublev was immediately cancelled as a precaution. Topics :last_img read more

New marriage form: No more ‘brides’, ‘grooms’

first_imgNZ Herald 13 April 2013The words “bride” and “bridegroom” will disappear from official marriage forms if Parliament votes, as expected, on Wednesday to legalise same-sex marriages. A departmental briefing paper to the select committee that considered the bill said marriage forms would have to be changed if it passed. “This includes, for example, changing the headings on the notice-of-intended-marriage form to allow for parties of the same sex (i.e. removing headings of bride and bridegroom),” the paper said. The bill would also replace the words “husband” and “wife” in 14 other acts with gender-neutral terms including “spouse”, “married couple” and “any two people (of any sex) who are married”. Internal Affairs spokesman Michael Mead said the department was waiting “for the outcome of the legislative process” before deciding on revised wording for the forms. Canada’s marriage application form uses the terms “applicant” and “joint applicant”. California proposed the terms “Party A” and “Party B” when its state Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in 2008, but the court’s decision was overturned by a referendum a few months later. Mr Mead said the department would also have to change its computer systems to record the sex of the parties to a marriage, change its brochures and websites about marriage, and train registry office staff.Family First director Bob McCoskrie said more than 15,000 people had signed a web-based pledge to vote against any electorate MP who supports the bill, and against any party whose leader supports it. All party leaders except NZ First leader Winston Peters supported the bill at its second reading last month….The New Zealand bill, sponsored by Labour MP Louisa Wall, passed its second reading on March 13 by 77-44 and Mr McCoskrie conceded that he faced “an uphill battle” to get 17 MPs to change their minds and stop it. A Herald-DigiPoll survey published on March 26 found a dramatic shift in public opinion on the bill. Support dropped from 59 per cent in January to 49.6 per cent, and opposition rose from 38 to 48 per cent. “We always hold out hope,” Mr McCoskrie said. “I think we have turned the public debate, but the political debate is far harder because they just don’t want to listen.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10877294last_img read more

Theft suspect falls

first_imgThe suspect was brought to the Jordanpolice station, where he was detained. ILOILO City – Charged with theft, a manwas nabbed in Barangay Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras. The 20-year-old Carl Jefferson Sevillawas caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 10 a.m. on Dec. 10,police said. center_img The court recommended a P6,000 bail bondfor Sevilla’s temporary  liberty./PNlast_img

Aubamyang backs tweet lashing teammates after 3-0 defeat

first_img Loading… Gabon international and Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang liked a tweet appearing to criticise his team-mates after their 3-0 re-start demolition by Manchester City. The forward was part of the Gunners side that lost 3-0 on their return to Premier League action. Aubameyang led the line on his own but could not find the net for a second consecutive game, putting him on 20 goals for the campaign. The 31-year-old has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, with Real Madrid and Barcelona both interested in his signature. And his response to football.London’s latest activity on social media has got fans worried after working hard for Mikel Arteta’s side with no results. The forward liked a tweet from the writer, who wrote: “Once more Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang led Arsenal (and Man City) in interceptions. He did everything asked of him on defence but didn’t have the guile behind him. “He’s running himself to the ground for Arsenal and that feels like bad news.”Advertisement Action from the Manchester city versus Arsenal restart clash that ended 3-0 in favour of Man City And the Gunners faithful believe it is a sign that Aubameyang may not be wearing the famous red and white strip for much longer. “He is definitely off,” one supporter said. “Imagine being a 30 goal-a-season striker having having to play with trash like ‘[Mesut] Ozil and [Granit] Xhaka in midfield and David Luiz and [Shkodran] Mustafi at the back.” But Aubameyang has been sent a transfer warning by his Gabon international manager Patrice Neveu about staying in north London. Read Also Arsenal eager to find buyer for Mesut Ozil “He also knows how to exploit the qualities of attack partners to create holes and opportunities. “If Steven Zhang and Antonio Conte put him at the top of the list, I have no doubt that Conte himself would turn him into a real machine.center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more