May’s Macron opening forged in battle

first_imgOne senior U.K. government official close to May said the military alliance forged between May and Macron at January’s Sandhurst summit has been transformed in the heat of battle over the past two weeks.The return of good France-U.K. defense relations was welcomed across the Channel.“One of the things Macron has always been very keen on since they had their first meeting was to focus the relationship on security and defense,” the senior official said. “Salisbury and Syria have given more substance to that — he has made it play out in practice.”May’s closest aides believe this also bodes well for Brexit. “It shows Europe, and France in particular, what a good security relationship with Britain looks like,” the official said.May and Macron spoke twice in the week running up to the airstrikes and once again in the hours after they had taken place. Officials in Paris and London also spoke “multiple times a day,” ferrying top-secret documents too sensitive to brief over the phone to each other’s embassies, according to diplomatic officials.A joint position between Paris and London was established early on, while the U.S. administration was split between the ultra-hawkish national security adviser, John Bolton, and the more cautious Defense Secretary James Mattis over how extensive the strikes should be, diplomats said. Some ministers close to May were more caustic. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one said: “Trade deals are no substitute for a vision.”Jonathan Eyal from the London-based foreign policy think tank RUSI said it is okay in the short term for May to “bump along” reacting to world events, but eventually she will need to set out her vision if she wants to be treated as a reliable partner.“It cannot just be small steps,” he said. “It still requires the big speech, the big vision. She will need to answer the question: ‘What is Britain’s role?’ She cannot escape this question.” Also On POLITICO The world learns to ignore Trump By Ben White and Megan Cassella Macron’s eurozone reforms meet German ‘duvet diplomacy’ By Pierre Briançon LONDON — The Franco-British military alliance is back.Ever since the U.K. voted to leave the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron have emphasized the continued importance of strong defense and security relationships after Brexit.Six weeks after the EU and the U.S. expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy on British soil, and following the first military action of both May and Macron’s premierships, May has evidence to support the Frenchman’s reassuring rhetoric. Internationally, May also risks becoming the third leg in the transatlantic alliance, as the budding bromance between U.S. President Donald Trump and Macron continues apace. Those involved in crafting May’s Syria policy said hers is essentially a “reactive, not proactive approach.”Macron was quick to claim credit for convincing Trump to act in Syria, in an interview with French TV the following day. Next week, Trump will host the French president for a state visit, an honor not yet granted to the British prime minister.The U.K.’s continuing travails extricating itself from the European Union continue to cause alarm on the Continent. French officials said Brexit appears to be sucking up much of London’s time and energy and would continue to do so for the foreseeable future as talks grind to a near-halt over the Irish border.Domestically, however, U.K. government ministers say May’s understated approach to the Salisbury spy poisoning and Syrian gas attack has played well with the British public, which is tired of alpha-male foreign policy.“Macron’s playing the Gaullist and that’s all right — that’s what French presidents do,” said one minister who is close to May. “The PM is using the fact that there are these two big egos to her advantage. She’s undemonstrative, steady as you go. The fact that she’s not a Blair or a Cameron helps.”center_img The French and British jointly pushed for “limited” strikes aimed exclusively at degrading the Assad regime’s chemical weapons capability — and won.Macron and May, during a bilateral meeting at San Domenico Palace Hotel in Taormina, Italy | Dan Kitwood-Pool/Getty ImagesPeter Ricketts, a former British ambassador to France, said: “The French and the British united around Mattis, who has been the central pillar of U.S. foreign policy on this. The prime minister found the center of gravity. That’s where the British machine was pushing and that’s where the government got to.”Macron-Trump bromanceThe return of good France-U.K. defense relations was welcomed across the Channel.It also comes just as French frustration at Germany’s lukewarm adoption of Macron’s EU reform proposals — as well as Berlin’s inability to step up on the world stage — is beginning to mount.“In the area of defense, relations between Paris and London are naturally fluid while they are restricted and unsatisfactory with Berlin,” one French diplomat told Le Figaro. However, officials in Paris said the U.K.’s involvement in Syria was “a nice-to-have, not a need-to-have.” Global Britain?The biggest risk for the British prime minister, according to her ministers and advisers, is that she fails to capitalize on the two crises because she is unable to formulate a long-term foreign policy strategy that sets out how Britain sees its role in the world after Brexit.Those closest to May also insist it is unfair to say her approach to foreign policy is purely ad-hoc, pointing to the prime minister’s speech to the Republican Party conference in Philadelphia in January 2017 as the intellectual ballast holding her strategy together.In the speech, May said the days of Britain and the U.S. “intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image” were over and that military action should be reserved to defend the international order.Trump steps off Air Force One | Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesYet those involved in crafting May’s Syria policy said hers is essentially a “reactive, not proactive approach,” which means acting only when international law is broken and not for any other wider objectives.May is fond of telling aides that she has little time for grand visions or strategies, one former adviser said. “She often says she just gets on with the job, putting one foot in front of the other.”“There are costs to her approach as well as some benefits,” one of her closest allies said. “Governing does require an overarching narrative and it is actually quite difficult to maintain one at the best of times.”last_img read more

Campenaerts Hour Record reveals prototype Gaerne G.Stilo Aero road shoes

first_imgWe separately detailed the custom Ridley Arena TT bike setup that Belgian & European time trial champ Victor Campenaerts rode to a new Hour Record on the track this week. But tucked inside of the info from Ridley were a prototype pair of Gaerne road bike shoes with their own laces tucked away. Based on Gaerne’s top road shoe, they get around the UCI’s prohibition of separate aero shoe covers, by making the shoes aero from the start.Prototype lace-up Gaerne aero road bike shoescourtesy RidleyHere’s something we haven’t seen from Italian shoemaker Gaerne before – aero road shoes. Developed to get around the UCI ‘no shoes covers’ policy on the track, Gaerne created this new aero version off their premium G.Stilo road shoes.The aero shoes share the same general G.Stilo construction with lightweight & stiff full carbon sole. And they get the same basic synthetic microfiber upper, just without laser cut holes for ventilation. The top of the shoe sews a new stretchy rubber cover over a set of small diameter laces. Gaerne even say that they are faster than their standard Boa dial G.Stilos with aero covers on top.Campenaerts is apparently happy with the prototype aero shoes, having already won a stage of Tirreno wearing them. He says he will continue road racing in the shoes. And from what we hear, we expect they will get an official debut from Gaerne as a new offering very soon.Gaerne.comGot an hour to kill watching a powerful rider go in circles with dodgy commentary? The UCI has got you covered.last_img read more

Eyes have power to make us feel connected

first_imgJournal and Courier: As a student at Purdue University, Olivia Maple spends about 40 minutes a day walking back and forth to class on campus. Although she sees passersby, she tries not to make eye contact.“It’s kind of awkward,” said the 21-year-old senior. “I don’t want them to think I was staring at them for no reason. I just kind of stare off, not looking at anyone in particular.”In our busy, tech-saturated world, making eye contact can seem like an uncomfortable task, but new research from Purdue shows that even the slightest glance from a stranger can make a person feel more connected. However, being looked through — even by a stranger — makes someone feel more disconnected.Read the whole story: Journal and Courier More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

News Scan for Jul 11, 2016

first_imgStool softener tied to 47 Burkholderia cepacia infections in 5 statesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending clinicians and all patient populations stop using the liquid stool softener docusate after the medicine has been implicated in an ongoing, healthcare-related Burkholderia cepacia complex (B cepacia) outbreak. To date, 47 infections in five states have been linked to two strains of B cepacia foundin liquid ducosate. B cepacia complex can cause severe lung infections, including pneumonia, and even death. Patients who are immunocompromised or have chronic lung illnesses are particularly at risk.”CDC has confirmed one product as having B cepacia complex growth; however, because of epidemiologic links, CDC is concerned about potential contamination of multiple liquid docusate products,” the CDC said in an outbreak and patient notification posted on their website on Jul 8.The CDC first reported the outbreak on Jun 24. The initial cases were found in ventilated patients who did not have cystic fibrosis and were treated on intensive care units. At the time, the CDC recommended against using liquid ducosate in “patients who are critically ill, ventilated, or immunosuppressed.”Liquid ducosate is commonly given by clinicians to treat constipation. B cepacia complex is highly transmissible and often spreads quickly in healthcare facilities. Jul 8 CDC update PAHO notes 903 new chikungunya casesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported only 903 new chikungunya cases late last week, a week after reporting more than 43,000 cases. The new cases bring the total in the Americas this year to 194,149 infections.The agency reported 950 and 43,842 new cases, respectively, in the previous two updates. Last week’s update, dated Jul 8, includes 34,172 confirmed cases of locally transmitted disease and 147 imported cases, with the rest (159,830) being suspected locally transmitted infections.Colombia reported the most new cases, with 332, bringing its 2016 total to 17,267 cases. Guatemala was next with 108 new cases and 2,121 total. Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Argentina reported smaller increases.PAHO noted no new chikungunya-related deaths, leaving that number at 18 for the year, 16 of which have been in Brazil.The outbreak began in December 2013 on St. Martin in the Caribbean with the first recorded cases of the disease in the Americas. Since then PAHO has reported 2,074,115 suspected or confirmed cases, including 286 deaths.Jul 8 PAHO reportlast_img read more

Rosie Ruiz, Boston Marathon course-cutter, dies at 66

first_img FILE – In this April 24, 1980 file photo, Rosie Ruiz, controversial first-place woman finisher in the 1980 Boston Marathon, speaks during a news conference in New York. Her title was stripped eight days later when it was found that she had not run the entire course. Ruiz died July 8, 2019 in Florida. She was 66. (AP Photo/David Karp, File) BOSTON | Rosie Ruiz, the Boston Marathon course-cutter who was stripped of her victory in the 1980 race and went on to become an enduring symbol of cheating in sports, has died. She was 66.Ruiz, who was also known as Rosie Vivas, died in Florida of cancer on July 8, according to an obituary that made no mention of her Boston Marathon infamy.“It’s a colorful part of the Boston Marathon history, that’s for sure,” said Bill Rodgers, who won the men’s race that year and was immediately suspicious of the woman sitting next to him on the awards podium. “Poor Rosie, she took all the brunt of it.”An unknown who didn’t look or act like she had just run 26.2 miles, Ruiz finished first in the women’s division in Boston in 1980 in a then-record time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, 56 seconds. Even as she was awarded her medal and the traditional olive wreath, her competitors wondered how a woman they hadn’t ever heard of — or seen on the course — could have won.“We knew that she had jumped in. We, who knew what the marathon was, we got it,” Rodgers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “She wasn’t sweating enough; she had on a heavy shirt; she didn’t know about running.“I was with her the next day on TV, and she was just crying her head off,” Rodgers said, adding that he thought Ruiz wanted to confess. “If she had just said, ‘I’m sorry. I made a mistake.’ Runners — we all drop out of races — we would have understood.”In an era before tracking chips and electronic checkpoints, race organizers used spotters to scribble down the bib numbers of runners going by. (They focused mainly on the men’s race.) Ruiz did not show up there, on videotape or in any of 10,000 photographs taken along the first 25 miles of the course.Grilled by the Boston Athletic Association about her training methods and pace, she had no answers and did not seem to recognize terms that would be common for elite marathoners; she also could not identify landmarks she would have passed on the course. Two Harvard students soon came forward to say they saw her join the race near Kenmore Square, about a mile from the finish.Ruiz was stripped of her title eight days after the race. Canadian Jacqueline Gareau was declared the rightful winner and brought back to Boston the next month to receive her due.“People, they’re still sorry for me. But at the same time I think they should feel sorry more for her,” Gareau, who also came in second in Boston twice and had two other top-10 finishes, told the AP.“Like everybody says, she’s part of my life. I cannot separate from her because of that story. She’s not a friend, but she’s been there so long.“I wish she would have contacted me some time and said ‘I’m so sorry,’ but no,” Gareau said. “She would have probably had a better life and felt better.”It was never established how Ruiz got to Kenmore Square, but the ensuing investigation showed she took the subway during the 1979 New York Marathon to obtain her qualifying time for Boston.The B.A.A. declined to comment on her death.Ruiz always maintained that she won the race fairly and never returned the medal she received on race day. (Gareau was given a substitute.)Ruiz vowed to run Boston again, to prove that she could do it.She never did.Gareau said she bumped into Ruiz at a 10K run in Miami in 1981, about nine months after Boston.“She presented herself to me, she said ‘Hi, I’m Rosie Ruiz.’ I just said, ‘Hi,’” Gareau recalled. “She still told me she won. So I didn’t really discuss it with her.”Born in Havana, Cuba, Ruiz came to the United States as an 8-year-old and settled with relatives in the Miami area. According to the obituary posted by the Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, she studied piano at Wayne State College in Nebraska, moved to New York for five years and then back to Florida, where she worked as an accounts manager for a medical laboratory and as an accreditation specialist for the Better Business Bureau.She married Aicaro Vivas in 1984 and the couple divorced 2 1/2 years later. According to the obituary, she is survived by her domestic partner, Margarita Alvarez, and a brother, Robert Ruiz.The marathon shortcuts were not Ruiz’s only — or most serious — transgressions: The Boston Globe reported that she was arrested in New York on charges of stealing $60,000 in cash and checks from her employer in 1982. A year later, she was sentenced to three years of probation for cocaine trafficking.“She had a family. She was a loving person. She studied music, which tells me she did some good stuff in her life. But then this part of her life was a little bit weird. Never admitting it, too,” Gareau said. “I would not like to be in her place.”Shafner reported from New York. 1 of 2center_img FILE – In this April 21, 1980 file photo, Rosie Ruiz waves to the crowd after after being announced as winner of the women’s division of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Her title was stripped eight days later when it was found that she had not run the entire course. Ruiz died July 8, 2019 in Florida. She was 66. (AP Photo/File)last_img read more

Could Messi or Müller catch James Rodriguez?

first_imgJames Rodriguez still leads the World Cup scoring charts with six – is there anyone out there who can stop him lifting the Golden Ball in Brazil this summer? Miroslav Klose is the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 16 goals and he is also the only player from Germany that was part of the 2002 final. He has a 29% chance of scoring and adding to his legacy on Sunday night. Sport EN Featuring that, and a range of other information, here is Airton Risk’s unique look at Sunday’s final between Germany and Argentina. — Argentina, inspired by Diego Maradona, won the World Cup in 1986 beating Germany 3-2. There is a 2% chance of a repeat scoreline. His protégé Lionel Messi has been involved in five of the last eight Argentina goals in this World Cup (4 goals, 1 assist). He is a 30% chance to win MOTM. And with a Messi double needed just to draw level with the Colombian star, Airton Risk, a division of Paddy Power PLC, reckon Germany’s five-goal forward Thomas Müller is the only man who can stop Rodriguez. No European team has ever won a World Cup in the Americas. Germany have a 55% chance of being the first. Upd. at 20:51 It would take something extremely special from Lionel Messi to stop him, having only scored four in his seven appearances so far. Thomas Müller is Germany’s top scorer with five goals. He needs to get two goals to be sure of winning the Golden Boot ahead of James Rodriquez, he has a 25% chance of catching him. 11/07/2014 Argentina kept nine clean sheets in their last 11 matches and there is a 30% chance that they won’t concede against Germany. It’s their first World Cup final since 1990 when they went on to lose 1-0 to West Germany. There is a 14% shot for a repeat 1-0 victory. CEST Germany’s only defeat in their last 10 matches against South American opposition at the World Cup came in the 2002 final versus Brazil. Argentina have a 28% chance of winning in 90 minutes.last_img read more

Bogut scores NBA ring from the bench … and rightly so

first_imgBy RUSSELL BENNETT ENDEAVOUR Hills has an NBA champion. Andrew Bogut didn’t play a minute in the decisive Games 5…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Crash hotspot upgrade funded

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis A DANGEROUS major intersection in Pakenham will be upgraded next year. Crash data at the Princes Highway-McGregor…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Little Aths tears of joy

first_imgPakenham Little Athletics Club representatives were brought to tears at the Cardinia Shire Council meeting on Monday following the news…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Jessica Anstice last_img