The bad news on Afghanistan

first_imgReported peace talks between top Afghan officials and the Taliban aren’t actually happening, and are instead part of a disinformation campaign intended to demoralize Taliban field commanders who wonder what their leaders are up to, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh said Thursday (Oct. 21).Hersh, who spoke at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies before a standing-room-only crowd, offered the phantom talks as part of a “gloomy” picture of the Afghan war that has few prospects for the United States exiting cleanly or soon.“It’s a terrible message to give you,” Hersh said at the end of his riveting, but sometimes rambling, 45-minute talk. “It’s a glum narrative. I just don’t see the plan. … I don’t see how he [Obama] is going to get out of this mess.”Hersh, a contributor to The New Yorker and one of the nation’s top investigative journalists, came to fame in the late 1960s for his reporting on the Vietnam War’s My Lai Massacre, which won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. In the decades since, he’s written about a variety of complicated — and controversial — subjects, including the downing of Korean Air Flight 007 by the Soviet Union, the invasion of Iraq, and prisoner abuses at Abu Ghraib.Hersh delivered the annual Warren and Anita Manshel Lecture in American Foreign Policy, sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Previous Manshel lecturers include South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrook. Hersh was introduced by Weatherhead Center director Beth Simmons, the Dillon Professor of International Affairs.Simmons said Hersh’s address was fitting because the Weatherhead Center’s mission is to study and shed light on American foreign policy, something Hersh has been doing for decades. She said part of the nation’s character is that it is open to alternate explanations of official actions, something Hersh has often provided.In his talk, Hersh expressed disappointment at the Obama administration’s actions so far, saying that President Obama adopted many of the Bush-Cheney administration’s foreign policy priorities and strategies. Obama, he said, has “abdicated,” caving into the wishes of the top generals, most of whom rose through the ranks under the previous administration. He also questioned Obama’s assertion that American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan next year, saying that a clean exit at this point will be difficult.“We have a commander in chief who refuses to be the commander in chief. I don’t know why because he’s as good as advertised,” Hersh said. “He disappointed a lot of people.”Hersh drew a negative picture of how government operates, saying that across decades people who disagree with official positions have been marginalized in several administrations. The problem was compounded after the 9/11 attacks, he said, by U.S. journalists’ unwillingness to take a hard look at government actions, amounting to the press failing the American people.His talk touched on a variety of trouble spots, including Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and several difficult topics, including secret prisons — he says they still operate — Iraqi oil, racism in the military, and the disconnect between how Americans are viewed in the world (largely favorably) and how our national policy is viewed (largely unfavorably).In Afghanistan, Hersh said, the official policy is not to talk with the Taliban, but to kill them. But the wrong people are being killed — mainly moderate Taliban. He scoffed at the idea that peace talks may be under way, saying, there was “not a chance” they were happening. Though the official U.S. policy is to train the Afghan army so it can stand on its own and American troops can leave, dissenting voices that believe there’s little chance of that happening have been marginalized, he said.“No opposition permitted,’ Hersh said. “There you are. The press should have done it, but certainly after 9/11 we were part of the team. Certainly we failed the American people.”last_img read more

Lending executive sentenced for fraud

first_imgMike Alcorn, president/CEO for the $30.7 million Morehead Community Federal Credit Union in Morehead, Ky., thought his vice president of lending Brenda Rudd was a great asset because she was well known and liked by members.But when Rudd took a vacation in July 2014 and Alcorn reviewed her loan documents, he was shocked to uncover irregularities that revealed one of his best employees was an embezzler. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018 Day 1: Bajrang Punia wins first gold for India; Sushil Kumar eliminated

first_imgMedal Alert: 1st Medal (Bronze) for India via Apurvi Chandela/ Ravi Kumar in 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team (Shooting) event #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/X1PBt9qY3A— [email protected] (@India_AllSports) August 19, 2018# SHOOTING: Chandela and Kumar scores 308.5 as India sits at second spot behind Chinese Taipei after first round.# SHOOTING: India’s 10m Air Pistol Mixed team of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma fail to qualify for the medal roundHeartbreak in Shooting….. Manu Bhaker & Abhishek Verma fail to qualify for Final of 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event. Finished 6th in Qualification; only top 5 qualify. Lose out on inner 10s #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ngP5Jq5Z2r— [email protected] (@India_AllSports) August 19, 2018# SHOOTING: Women’s Trap Qualification | Shreyasi is placed third with an average score of 0.947, while Seema Tomar is in the fifth spot.# SHOOTING: India’s 10m Air Pistol Mixed team of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma have jumped to the sixth spot after scoring a total of 759 points# BASKETBALL: India lose to Chinese Taipei by 84-61 in Women’s Basketball Group A match# SHOOTING: India’s 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team of Manu Bhaker and Abhishek Verma are struggling at 13th position in the qualifying round.# SHOOTING | Men’s Trap Qualification: Manavjit Singh Sandhu leads the table with an average of 1.000.# Wushu: Anjul Namdeo finishes 5th in Men’s Wushu with a score of 9.66# SWIMMING: India’s Srihari Nataraj in Men’s 100m Backstroke Final# Rowing: Om Prakash and Sawaran Singh are through to the Final of Men’s Double Sculls# Swimming: Saurabh Sangvekar fails to qualify for Final in Men’s 200m Freestyle# Rowing: Dattu Bhokanal finished second in Heat 1 and finished fourth with a timing of 8:09.21# India vs Chinese Taipei Women’s Basketball: Chinese Taipei leads by 18-17# India Men’s Double Rowing: Sawarn Singh and Om Prakash recorded a time of 7:10:26# India vs Chinese Taipei Women’s Basketball: India are off to a good start, but Chinese Taipei are leading 12-8.# 10m AIR RIFLE MIXED TEAM: Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar score 208.6; 208.7; 206.7; 211.3 – a total of 835.3# KABADDI: India hammers Japan by a score of 43-12. What a game for them and what a start for the campaign!# KABADDI: India women vs Japan women | Indian team absolutely battering the Japanese as they dominate each and every sector. Excellent team effort! IND 31-10 JPN# SHOOTING: Shreyasi Singh and Seema Tomar score 19 and 16 points respectively in Women’s Trap Qualification Rounds.# AIR RIFLE MIXED TEAM: Ravi Kumar and Apurvi Chandela score 208.6, 208.7, 206.7in the first three series as they look set to qualify to the finals. New Delhi: The Asian Games 2018 officially began on Saturday after India’s flagbearer and Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra led India’s contingent in the opening ceremony. India will start their campaign in different categories, including team badminton, shooting, wrestling, and hockey. After a resounding performance at the 2018 Gold Coast Games, the Indian shooters will kick-start their campaign on Sunday at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta. The trap players Seema Tomar and Shreyasi Singh will start the day, followed by Lakshay and Manavjit Sindh Sandhu.Qualification round of 10m air rifle and 10m air pistol is also scheduled for the day for India. All eyes will be on young starlets Manu Bhaker and Apurvi Chandela alongside their teammates Abhishek and Ravi Verma. While Badminton ace Kidambi Srikanth will lead India’s team badminton against the Maldives.LIVE Updates of India’s Asian Games 2018:# End of day one. Thank you for joining us. We will be back Tomorrow with a hope of more yellow metal for India. Till then take care. Have a good night.# Pawan Kumar loses to Uitumen Orgodol: India’s Pawan Kumar loses to Uitumen Orgodol in the men’s freestyle 86 kg category in a hard-fought match. Orgodol defeated Kumar 8-1. # India beat host Indonesia in women’s hockey: The Indian women’s hockey team has started the tournament with a thumping victory over host Indonesia. They defeated the hosts 8-0 win in their first match at the Asian Games. What a brilliant performance that was!# First GOLD for India: Bajrang Punia wins Gold medal in men’s freestyle 65 kg wrestling. He defeated Daichi Takatani.# Indian women lead 6-0 at half-time: India lead 6-0 against Indonesia in women’s hockey encounter.# India beat Srilanka in Kabaddi: After beating Bangladesh 50-21 earlier today, India have now beaten Sri Lanka 44-28 to get their second win of the preliminary stage.# PM congratulates Chandela, Kumar for winning India’s first medals at Asiad: “Our talented shooters give us our first medals at the @asiangames2018. Well done @apurvichandela and Ravi Kumar for bagging the Bronze medal in the 10m Air rifle mixed team event,” Modi said in a tweet.# Bad News for wrestling fans: Sushil Kumar eliminated from the Asian Games 2018 as Adam Batirov lost in the quarterfinals.# WRESTLING! Bajrang Punia beats Abdulqasim on technical superiority and enters the SEMI-FINAL!# WRESTLING: Men’s Freestyle 57kg quarter-final | Another shocker! Sandeep Tomar loses 15-9 to Iran’s Atrinagharchi Reza in the Men’s Freestyle 57kg quarter-final.# BADMINTON: Mixed Doubles Round of 32 | Divji Sharan and Kamran Kaur Thandi defeat Marian Jade Capadocia and Alberto Jr Lim.# BADMINTON: Indian men’s badminton team win a solid 3-0 win match against Maldives.# KABADDI: India destroys Bangladesh with a 50-21 win in men’s Kabaddi Group A match.# WRESTLING: Wrestling star Bajrang Punia beats Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov on technical superiority, as he marches through to quarter-finals.# WRESTLING: Sandeep Tomar has won 12-8 against Turkmenistan’s Nazarov Rustem after winning by 12-8 and advances to SEMI FINALS!# WRESTLING: MASSIVE UPSET! India’s Gold medal hopeful Sushil Kumar loses 5-3 in the Men’s Freestyle 74kg Qualification# Manavjit Singh Sandhu finished the Day 1 of Men’s Trap qualification on numero uno with a total of 72 while Lakshay was placed on the fifth spot.# SHOOTING: BRONZE for India! Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar clinch the bronze medal in the 10m Air Rifle mixed team event after finishing at a total of 429.9  For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

No. 24 Syracuse sweeps Brown, 7-0, in season-opener

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm Contact Eric: [email protected]center_img New decor greeted Syracuse in Drumlins Country Club for its first match of the season. A fresh banner lists Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez as the program’s only ever All-American doubles pair. Another lists Knutson as the program’s third-ever All-American single player, the first since 1994 and 1995. On the opposite end of court four stands one for making the NCAA tournament in 2018, just the second time ever. Following one of the best seasons in program history, the No. 24 ranked Orange (1-0) showed no signs of easing up in 2019, easily defeating Brown (0-1), 7-0. For much of the afternoon, the Orange looked dominant. After winning the doubles point, Syracuse was able to clinch the match with just three singles points. Ramirez, Dina Hegab and Guzal Yusupova all won their matches in straight sets. Yusupova, making her Orange debut after transferring from Washington State, won 6-3, 6-0 in the most lopsided match of the day.“First match is never easy,” SU head coach Younes Limam said. “You have the butterflies, you’re never sure how that’s going to go. But we talked a little bit about what we could control.”No. 43 Knutson and No. 94 Sofya Golubovskaya, both were pushed into three sets. But even with those matchups in doubt, the remainder of the Syracuse lineup proved too much for the Bears.“I think that’s one of the things we’re really excited about this year,” Limam said. “We have a lot of depth, very good players that can play at any position. We knew that on paper.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDespite the lopsided victory, Brown made a push early in the doubles matches. Knutson and Ramirez won with an extra game needed, 7-5. The pairings of Golubovskaya and Sofya Treshcheva and Hegab and Yusupova swept the rest of the doubles matches, winning 7-6 and 6-4, respectively. Although that point didn’t make a difference in the scoreboard, Limam believed it was important in shaping the match and getting his team to close it out.“It’s our first match of the season, so we talked quite a bit about the importance of starting with the right tempo, playing aggressive tennis,” Limam said. “We’re also really glad on how we took care of business from start to finish.”In those doubles matches, whenever Brown made a move to get ahead, the Orange pushed right back. Even in Knutson’s singles’ match, she knew she just had to keep digging and not let the match get away.“I really want to be able to bounce back really quickly after every single point and that’s what I was working on,” Knutson said. “That’s why I’m really happy that I was able to win and keep my composure the whole time.”Despite dropping the second set, Knutson was able to hold off Devon Jack and win the third set 6-3. Treshcheva squeaked out her first set, 7-6, and then won her second set 6-2. With the Orange up 6-0, Brown forfeited the final point to Golubovskaya.The result, a 7-0 win, gives Syracuse a solid footing for another big year for the program. With the start of a new season and the dominant result to start, Knutson said the team felt ready. “We were all really positive, enthusiastic, upbeat,” Knutson said. “And no matter how the outcome would’ve happened today, I think it would’ve been a great start to the semester.”last_img read more

Keith O’Loughlin: The four pillars supporting state lottery success for Scientific Games

first_imgShare SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Scientific Games is now serving seven lotteries with sports betting solutions in Canada, Europe and Asia after a second half of 2019 littered with lottery contract wins.After closing the summer by finalising a fresh deal with Milli Piyango (Turkey’s National Lottery), Scientific Games has celebrated an autumnal double by extending its player account management (PAM) and instant games partnership with Nederlandse Loterij (NLO) to include sports betting before securing a five-year renewal with Canada’s British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC).Keith O’Loughlin is the SVP for Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, the digital division of Scientific Games. He told us about the four key “pillars” of a successful sports betting offering for a lottery operator and how it is “absolutely crucial” that OpenSports – SG Digital’s sportsbook proposition – puts the NLO in a strong position to compete with other Dutch licensees from 2021.SBC: Based on your experience of pitching services to state lotteries with Scientific Games, what are they looking for from their lead technology supplier?  KOL: There are four significant areas that lotteries are keen to establish from their sports betting supplier – scalability, trust, differentiated and competitive features, and flexibility. Having these pillars at the core of their offering gives them an overall product that can provide them with a solid base from which they can build to increase revenues for their good causes. Here at Scientific Games Digital (SG Digital), we ensure that each of these fundamental factors form a strong part of our sports betting solution for lotteries. We have a proud heritage of delivering services to lotteries across the globe for a number of years now, with new and existing partners entrusting us to deliver a proven, scalable product plus responsible gaming tools to meet their needs. With the strong reputation that OpenSports™ has within the sports betting sector, we are the partner of choice for those lotteries looking to expand their offering. We now serve 7 lotteries with sports betting solutions in Canada, Europe and Asia. Most recently, we extended our relationship with Nederlandse Loterij (NLO) to deliver a full digital sports betting solution, further demonstrating our position as a leading supplier. SBC: What would you say is the one key component tipping so many of these tender processes in your favour? KOL: The OpenSports portfolio from SG Digital incorporates those previously mentioned pillars, and along with our cross-channel relationship with the lottery division of Scientific Games, it means that our service simply cannot be matched. We are the pioneers in bringing innovative features such as cash-out to market, and are committed to continuous modernisation. The proven OpenBet sports betting engine is now complemented with an array of additional solutions, including OpenTrade, OpenEngage, OpenPlatform, and OpenAccelerate.When you take into account everything that we offer, there’s no denying that we provide the most safe and trustworthy service. The world’s biggest sportsbook operators have utilised the OpenSports platform for a number of years now, while in the emerging U.S. market established casinos are looking to us to make their first steps into the sports betting environment. It’s why the likes of British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), Danske Spil, NLO and Turkey’s state sports betting program IDDAA have entrusted us to offer a match-winning service for consumers. SBC: Is it more exciting for Scientific Games to integrate sports betting solutions alongside the traditional lottery services?  KOL: We certainly see huge synergy in this area, which ultimately benefits our lottery partners. Our lottery and sports betting businesses have strong reputations within their respective fields, and a collaborative approach means we can offer an unrivalled service for customers. Above all else, lotteries can offer the definitive omni-channel solution that no other supplier can provide. This approach ensures that players will receive the same quality and seamless experience across all channels, whether it’s in retail or online and across mobile devices.   SBC: Do you have to adopt a more feature-focused approach to sports betting when the lottery doesn’t hold a monopoly over the market?KOL: On the surface, that is the case given the increased competition they face from other operators. However, what you’ll find in most “monopoly markets”, such as Turkey or the Canadian provinces, are grey market operators, so competition still exists.There’s also the possibility that the legislation of these markets could change at any moment, so the smart operators know they can’t rest on their laurels. That’s why we’re constantly adding new features to our product that allow customers to introduce exciting new ways to bet on their favourite sports. For instance, we launched Match HQ earlier this year, a line of scoreboards that provides bettors with real-time data to help inform them of betting decisions.SBC: You’ve just extended your deal with Nederlandse Loterij to roll out a full sports betting solution; in terms of establishing both market share and trust amongst players, how important is this period pre-regulation in the Netherlands? KOL: It’s absolutely crucial, especially when you consider the current state of play and how the market will change once it becomes regulated in 2021. The Dutch government has taken a tough stance, requiring those who have operated in the “grey” to sit out for a period of time. Now is the perfect time to launch our full sports betting solution with NLO and provide them with a competitive advantage that can be enjoyed by bettors in a responsible and safe way. Through the OpenSports proposition, the lottery will be able to leverage its recognised brand and ensure they are in a strong position when the market becomes fully regulated.  SBC: How much of the OpenSports™ product suite will be on show in the Netherlands?  KOL: NLO will now benefit from the full OpenSports solution, which includes a significantly enhanced mobile and desktop offering, as well as managed trading services for all non-Dutch sports. The lottery already deploys our OpenPlatform player account technology, as well as lottery instant games, so this move is the final piece of the puzzle. It’s an exciting move for us, building on our existing relationship with the lottery and providing yet more funds for good causes in the territory. We’re absolutely ready to partner with more lotteries that are looking to expand their sports betting offering.last_img read more