Former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry find ‘common ground’ in panel at Notre Dame

first_imgTwo former secretaries of state, Republican Condoleezza Rice and Democrat John Kerry, came together in front of a sold-out auditorium in DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night to find common ground on issues including the United States’ role in foreign affairs, climate change immigration policy and America’s future.Rice — the 64th secretary of state who served under President George W. Bush and received her master’s degree from Notre Dame in 1975 — and Kerry — the 66th secretary under President Barack Obama — were brought to campus by the Common Ground Committee, a non-partisan organization that offers a platform for public figures to reach across the aisle to discuss policy considerations. On-campus partners for the event included BridgeND, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Notre Dame International Security Center.The panel opened with a clip of President Donald Trump’s inaugural address from January 2017 in which he promised a new, “America First” vision for the country, opening a discussion of foreign policy between the two secretaries and moderator Howard LaFranchi, the diplomacy correspondent at The Christian Science Monitor.Kerry first addressed Trump’s decision to pull out of agreements such as the Paris Climate Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Iran Deal, agreements Kerry worked on during his time as secretary of state. Kerry said Trump “made a blanket decision to pull out of” these deals rather than attempting to improve them, which he thinks would have been a better course of action.“Look, if you want to make them better, make them better. But he hasn’t made anything better,” Kerry said. “ … I think if you’re the world’s greatest negotiator, you negotiate. And if you have objections — which are legit, by the way, I don’t think anyone thought that the TPP was a perfect agreement — but he was teed up to actually prove to the world what a great country this was, and all he had to do was put on the table five or six changes.”Rice voiced a different view from Kerry’s on Trump’s decision to withdraw from various deals.“I want to get to the basic question of why we are seeing this pulling away from the liberal order,” she said. “Because I think, in this sense, the president is — in many ways — a symptom of a larger problem that we globalizers have. Now, to be very clear: I am a staunch defender, as John is, of the liberal order that we created. … Somewhere along the way, those of us who believe in the liberal order have begun to lose support for it. And I think we have lost support for it among common people.”Both Kerry and Rice attributed the rise of populism to America’s shift, a movement that has altered America’s role in international relations.“When the president of the United States stands up and says ‘America First,’ he’s articulating something that every president of the United States has always believed and always acted on,” Kerry said. “There’s nothing new in that. … But when you say it the way the president has said it and you put it out there in the way that he has promoted it … America loses credibility. America loses leverage. And that is what has happened.”Rice echoed Kerry, adding that “we don’t really have an answer for” populism.“We need to modernize the liberal order,” Rice said. “ … Populists give you a reason why you’re failing. They say it’s the immigrants. They say it’s the Chinese. If you’re on the left, they say it’s the big banks.”LaFranchi landed on a subject of intense passion for Kerry when he led the discussion to climate change and Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a deal within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Kerry spoke for several minutes on this question, emphasizing the urgency of the need to combat climate change.“I will say to you bluntly tonight, that when the president said to the American people, ‘I’m pulling out of this because it places an undue burden on the United States of America,’ he lied. He did not tell the truth to the American people,” Kerry said. “It places no burden on any country other than what each country wrote as a plan itself. Every country wrote its own plan on Paris and what they would do to reduce emissions.“ … Right now, as we sit here tonight, we’re heading to a 4 degrees-plus Centigrade increase in this century — catastrophic. … The bottom line is, folks, we have to change our politics. We have to hold politicians accountable.”Rice also said she supported remaining in the Paris Agreement, noting that climate change needs to be addressed “as urgently as possible” and that “our savior may be technology.”“What countries have to do is that they have to satisfy three Es: they have to satisfy economic growth, they have to satisfy environmental sustainability and that is done through energy use,” she said. “ … The problem is, however much time we have, we’re not going to be able to tell people, ‘Don’t grow economically.’ So how do we proceed to get technology more quickly?”The panel then touched on the recent controversy surrounding border security, which led to the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. Rice explained that while the country needs immigration reform, the discussion is being framed poorly. “We would not be in this mess today if we had comprehensive immigration reform,” she said. “If you ask most Americans, they will say, ‘We ought to be able to have an orderly border.’ I can’t even count the number of times the Democrats and Republicans have been for a wall, not for a wall, for a fence, not for a fence — I mean, come on. People are playing politics with this issue. … We want people at all ends of the immigration pendulum. I don’t like this idea of so-called merit immigration. The idea that we only want people who come here to make us better. I thought the idea was people came here and America made them better. And then they made us better in return.”Kerry kept his response short and to the point: “I agree with Condi.”The conversation pivoted to U.S. relations with countries that might pose threats to the U.S., beginning with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin.Rice, who has studied Russia extensively, began by explaining that she believes Putin has chosen the U.S. as Russia’s enemy to reunite Russia and make it a great country with strong leadership. While the U.S. needs to “contain and stop Putin,” Rice said, she emphasized that Russia is still producing citizens who should remain welcome in the U.S.“There’s a young generation of Russians who we shouldn’t be isolating,” she said. “ … Let’s isolate Putinism, but not isolate Russians. Because one day, Putin will be gone and those young Russians who are in my classes in the [Stanford] School of Business, who are in our law firms, who are in our businesses, need to be supported.Kerry added that he believed working with Russia was possible, but that the country was still prone to suffer from a Cold War attitude of distrusting dialogue.“I got along with Putin, as [Rice] did, and we managed to cooperate on a lot of things,” he said. “ … We cooperated on the Iran Nuclear agreement, we cooperated on Paris, we cooperated on other things. I found them ready to deal, to be honest with you. And to be candid, I had some problems within our administration. I had people who just could only see them in a Cold War context, only wanted to bring the hammer down. … It was just, ‘Sanction them. Don’t talk to them. Isolate them.’”The two also discussed Trump’s recent diplomatic efforts with North Korea, agreeing that the president had made inroads, but had been mistaken in attending the second summit without a clear next step. They also explored the current administration’s approach to China, where Rice admitted Trump’s aggressive trade policies had been effective and the time to make a deal was nearing. Kerry agreed, and added that China’s “One Belt, One Road” program of international development was a byproduct of the narrative that the Western liberal order and America are on the decline.The official panel ended with a joke from Kerry: “We’re going to run.”Once the moderated panel wrapped up, Rice and Kerry took questions from the audience. This was where the two encountered their biggest disagreement of the night, as Kerry raised the question of voter suppression, something Rice said she does not feel is a problem.“We’re not going to solve our problems in this country, I regret to tell you, ultimately, without major reform to the way we approach our elections and the structure,” Kerry said. “We are the only country I know of — well, only full democracy — that has major elections accountable to the people in which one party spends an awful lot of time preventing people from voting and gets away with it.”Rice interjected to offer a different take on voting rights and a citizen’s ability to vote, citing the African American voter turnout in the Alabama special election for senator, when Roy Moore was the Republican nominee, as an example of citizens turning out to vote in droves when they feel inspired to do so.“It’s your fault if you don’t vote. It’s not the fault of the system. It’s not their fault that you’re not inspired,” Rice said. “ … My relatives in Birmingham, Alabama, my ancestors, died to vote. So if you don’t vote, it’s your fault. And secondly — voter suppression? I’m sorry, John, people can vote if they want to vote.”Kerry pushed back, however, pointing to his own examples of elections in which voter suppression was evident, whether it went unpunished or not, and urging audience members to do their own research on the subject.The night ended with both speakers offering some final words of wisdom for the audience. Kerry stressed that the only way to change the recent shift in politics toward “the hard policy of orthodoxy thinking” was through voting for more moderate representation, and offered a Nelson Mandela quote as inspiration: “It always seems impossible until it is done.”Rice gave a three-part potential solution primarily directed to the younger members of the audience: to not live in a political echo-chamber, to avoid the appeal to a right of being offended and a plea to “own your democracy.”Tags: Condoleezza Rice, John Kerry, panel, Politics, secretary of statelast_img read more

Dealer.com and Burton Snowboards complete summer 2011 commuter challenge

first_imgDealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, and Burton Snowboards, the world’s leading snowboard company, today announced the completion of the first ever Summer Commuter Challenge ‘ a competition which called on employees of both Burlington, VT-based companies to use creative commuting methods in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions. As an extension of the Vermont Way to Go Challenge, Dealer.com and Burton turned their common goal of reducing their carbon footprints into a friendly competition to see which company could drive greater employee participation in the challenge during the summer. Throughout June, July and August, employees from both companies were encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as walking, carpooling and telecommuting. Employees logged their creative commuting activity on www.burtonvsdealer.com(link is external), a website specifically developed to track the ongoing progress of both companies. During festive meetings at the end of each month, employees from Dealer.com and Burton met to discover the winning company for the month, recognize top commuters and celebrate each other’s efforts. ‘Participating in the Commuter Challenge with Burton was incredibly fulfilling and fun,’ said Dealer.com CEO Mark Bonfigli. ‘Not only did both companies make a meaningful impact on our overall carbon footprints, but we all enjoyed coming up with creative, and sometimes unique, methods of clean and green transportation.’ The challenge began June 5th and culminated on August 27th with employees from both companies saving approximately 170,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by adopting alternative commuting methods in June, July and August. While Dealer.com came out ahead each month in the friendly competition, a total of 412 employees from both companies participated in the challenge throughout the summer. Both companies celebrated the culmination of the Commuter Challenge in downtown Burlington on Tuesday, September 7th. Employees who participated in the challenge were recognized, and prizes were awarded to those who used alternative modes of transportation to commute the most, commute at least once every week or commute each day throughout the summer. In addition, each commuter was eligible to win one of 40 door prizes donated in part by local businesses that sponsored the challenge. About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award-winning SaaS-based e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies.  Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont with additional offices in Manhattan Beach, California, the company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools include advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. Recent national and international accolades include placing No. 14 on Outside magazine’s 2011 list of Best Places to Work in America and receiving two Stevie Awards from the American Business Association for Best Overall Company of the Year and Fastest Growing Company of the year in 2011. Dealer.com has also by honored by Inc. magazine as one of the 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces in addition to securing a place on both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 rankings in 2010. Dealer.com wasalso ranked first in SEO effectiveness among auto dealer website providers for the third consecutive year in 2011 by Sorgenfrei LLC. About Burton Snowboards (www.burton.com(link is external))In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts.  In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in California, Austria, Japan and Australia.  For more information visit www.burton.com(link is external).September 9, 2011 (Burlington, VT) ‘ Dealer.comlast_img read more

TZ Splita launched the #TogetherInSplit campaign

first_imgHowever, today the Tourist Board of Split, as the first tourist board in Croatia (at least as far as I know) published a video referring to the time in which we are where tourism has literally stopped. Many tourist boards have directed communication according to time with narrative and messages in the context of staying home, traveling later. “The world has come to a stand still, because that is the only way it can start moving again. But, we are waiting for you and once again we will be”- #TogetherInSplit If you have any other positive examples from Croatia, feel free to let us know at [email protected] In Croatia, unfortunately, we do not have some positive examples, let alone creative or different from others, except for the invitation to publish old pictures from the destination. Although more than 30 days have passed since self-isolation or the outbreak of the coronavirus epidemic in Europe, it is never too late to start communicating in line with the current situation. Although we can’t call one video as a complete campaign, we will definitely follow what is in the current communication plan of the #TogetherInSplit campaign. We always have to communicate, especially in a crisis situation.last_img read more

Mourinho wishes Mata well

first_img Mourinho confirmed United have broken their transfer record – a £30.75million deal for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008 – to recruit the 25-year-old, who was Chelsea’s player of the year in each of the last two seasons. The Chelsea boss said: “Things are going in a good direction and we allowed Juan to travel and to have the medical with United. I think at Manchester. “Things are really going in that direction. Sooner, rather than later, things will be finalised. “He’s a fantastic player and despite not playing a lot for us in the last period could be a very important player for us. But Juan had this fantastic opportunity for him. “It’s what he wants. It’s what he asked us to accept. Chelsea Football Club is proud to act this way, in an open way, in a human way. “It’s good for Juan, it’s good for the Premier League and the offer in financial terms, is the right offer. “The offer, compared with what the club paid two years ago (when Mata signed from Valencia), was fantastic. “If Man United pays their record for a player it’s because they know exactly what they want. “They are convinced he’s going to be important for them and we hope that he does very well for them. No fears at all. We are convinced he’s going to do well. “When we play him we are going to try to win and he does the same.” Some commentators have suggested Mourinho is no longer concerned by Manchester United after selling to a long-standing direct rival, who are 14 points adrift in the title race. Mourinho added: “We are not afraid of him going there to do very well for Man United. We want him to go there, to do well for Man United.” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suggested the transfer was unfair, as Chelsea have already played United twice this season and will not have to face Mata this term, where other title contenders will. Mourinho added: “Wenger complaining is normal, because he always does. It’s something that we know. “When a player plays for a club on August 20 and two weeks later on September 5 plays against the same club with a different shirt, this is normal, because this is the market. “We don’t do the market, we don’t do the rules, we have just to do according to the rules. “If Wenger sells (Mesut) Ozil to Man United in this moment I would be very happy because he sells a very important player. “Normally he should be happy that Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata, but this is a little bit his nature. “When he says this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play.” Mourinho and Chelsea moved quickly to replace Mata with Mohamed Salah after reaching an agreement with Basle, subject to personal terms and a medical. “It was a surprise for us that Juan was leaving,” Mourinho said. “We were not prepared to make a bid or to try to bring a player to replace Juan in the squad so everything happened very, very fast. “We decided to try to go for Salah. We started from zero; no contacts with the club, no contacts with the player. “The first step was an agreement with the club. That situation is done, no more discussions, everything is signed and done subject to the medical, that we didn’t have yet and subject to the player’s desire to join us or not. “Now we know he wants (to come).” Mourinho has spoken to Salah, who was also interesting Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not given up hope and Mourinho admits a last-minute U-turn is feasible, although the Egypt winger’s preferred destination is west London. Mourinho said: “We know that the player wants to come. He told me personally. “Now it’s (personal) terms, the medical that he has to pass probably in Zurich or Lausanne and hopefully he comes. “Probably the situation is still open and not closed.” Salah is set to become the third signing of the winter transfer window, following the captures of Bertrand Traore and Nemanja Matic. Kevin De Bruyne has already left for Wolfsburg, Mata is en route to Manchester and Michael Essien has permission to leave, too. “Michael Essien is in this moment in a position where he can go or he can stay,” Mourinho said. “If he stays we are more than happy for him to stay, but he’s another player that gave everything to this club and if a great situation for him arrives for his future… we must show him respect. “If he stays, he stays and if he stays he’s playing against Stoke.” Chelsea play Stoke on Sunday in the FA Cup fourth round, with striker Fernando Torres (knee) missing for three weeks. Jose Mourinho insisted Juan Mata leaves Chelsea with his and the club’s blessing as the Spain playmaker’s move to Manchester United appeared close to a conclusion. Press Associationlast_img read more

Brazilian side Santos player report nine positive COVID-19 tests

first_imgRio de Janeiro: One Santos player and eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the Brazilian Serie A club has said. In a statement, Santos said on Monday all of those infected were asymptomatic but had been isolated as a precaution, and their names were not disclosed for privacy reasons. Santos added that antibody tests showed three other players had previously been in contact with the virus without knowing. The results came after 24 players and 45 staff members were tested at Santos’s training complex on Friday. Sao Paulo state governor Joao Doria said last week that clubs could begin training on July 1, having been inactive since all sports were suspended in Brazil in mid-March. Earlier on Monday, Sao Paulo FC said one of their players and an employee had tested positive for the virus. IANSAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 23rd June, 2020last_img read more