Republicans open the door to compromise on Senate COMPETES bill

first_imgDon’t hold your breath. But there’s a glimmer of hope for bipartisan agreement in the U.S. Senate on legislation affecting programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and federal efforts to improve science and math education.Last week, Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller (D–WV), chair of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, introduced the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2014. It’s meant to be a counterweight to a measure approved in May by the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives that has been sharply criticized by the academic research community for impinging on NSF’s ability to fund the best research across all disciplines. In contrast, Rockefeller’s bill, co-sponsored by five fellow Democrats, has opened to rave reviews from scientific and higher education organizations.The Association of American Universities this week applauded the bill’s “vision for revitalizing the nation’s research and innovation enterprise.” The 62-member advocacy group said it was pleased the legislation calls for “robust but sustainable funding increases for the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Standards and Technology” (NIST) and that it “recognizes the past success and continuing importance of the NSF’s merit review process.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The original COMPETES Act, passed in 2007, endorsed major budget increases for NSF, NIST, and research programs at the Department of Energy as well as bolstered federal efforts to improve STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. A 2010 extension expired last year.The new House legislation, called the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014, has been a bitterly partisan battleground for the past year. The House science committee’s Republican majority has rejected all but a handful of minor changes proposed by Democrats on the panel.In contrast, the initial reaction from the top Republican on the Senate panel, Senator John Thune (R–SD), suggests there’s a greater chance for compromise in the upper chamber. “While the current legislation was drafted by the majority, Senator Thune is committed to working with Chairman Rockefeller to identify areas of consensus,” says Rachel Millard, communications director for Thune and for the panel’s Republicans. “Senator Thune does not have plans to push for an alternative, as he remains hopeful that negotiations with the Chairman may yield a joint product.”Although all the co-sponsors of the COMPETES Act are Democrats, that was also the case in 2010; yet the Senate eventually approved the reauthorization by unanimous consent. And Millard said Republicans hope history will repeat itself: “COMPETES has been a bipartisan ‎issue in the past, and we hope a bipartisan package will also move this Congress.”That seems unlikely. Congress won’t return from recess until 8 September, and plans to be in session for only 2 weeks next month before leaving Washington until after the November elections.But while the Senate floor schedule is very tight, a Democratic committee aide said that the science panel could take up the bill “as early as next month.” That would be the first real test of whether Thune and Rockefeller have been able to find any common ground.last_img read more

Olympic tennis team: Who is Vishnu Vardhan and why was he picked?

first_imgA towering presence on court… a booming serve — Vishnu Vardhan is one of the bright stars in the next line of India’s tennis players. And, to justify this tag, the 24-year-old has ensured that his career has witnessed a steady rise in the past couple of years.Many are surprised that the youngster from Vizag has been picked by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to pair with Leander Paes for the 2012 London Olympics. However, this is not the first time that the association has shown faith in him.Vishnu, in fact, is no stranger to big-ticket events. In 2010, he was chosen to represent India in the Asian Games, where he did his reputation no harm.As India’s number two ranked player, Vishnu won the bronze medal in the men’s team event and also partnered Sania Mirza in the mixed doubles to ensure another silver medal for the country.Moreover, Vishnu has been in great form this year, winning two ITF tournaments, the most recent one in Bangalore just a few days ago.As far as chemistry on court is concerned, Vishnu’s baseline game and big serve would fall perfectly in place with Paes’s net-play, allowing the veteran to exploit his deft touches to the maximum.So do we have a gold medal winning pair? Well, not quite. There’s certainly a lot of fine-tuning and hard work that will have to be put in by both players in the month or so before the Olympics begin. But the prospects are surely bright. And who knows, perhaps there is a surprise in store!advertisementlast_img read more

76ers overcome Joel Embiid’s absence to beat Heat

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He was our bell-ringer tonight,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.Tobias Harris had 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter and JJ Redick hit a late 3-pointer to help Philadelphia win its first game without Embiid. He’s expected to miss at least a week with a sore left knee.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesDwyane Wade scored 19 points for Miami, and Dion Waiters added 18.Miami led 99-98 after Wade’s runner with 1:56 left. Marjanovic made two free throws to put Philadelphia ahead 100-99. Following Wade’s missed jumper, Redick drained the 3 from the top of the key to make it 103-99 with 1:04 left. “It’s cool to be on the floor with a legend,” Simmons said. “It’s an amazing feeling.”Simmons, who had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists, said he wore Wade’s brand of sneakers as a kid.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Zion’s freak injury ripples in basketball, business worlds Added Harris, “I was surprised he didn’t shoot a 3 tonight because he had it going.”Marjanovic, starting for Embiid, had 11 points and seven rebounds to help Philadelphia to a 23-13 lead before being lifted with 3:34 left in the first quarter. He returned 3 1/2 minutes into the second, finishing the half with 16 points and eight rebounds while making all six of his field-goal attempts to help the 76ers to a 57-50 halftime lead.He finished 6 for 7 from the field and 7 for 10 from the free-throw line.“He’s incredibly skilled for a man of his size,” Brown said.Wade’s exitThe 37-year-old Wade, playing in his last season, was honored early in the first quarter with a highlight video that included a tribute from 76ers great Allen Iverson. Philadelphia fans gave Wade a standing ovation following the video, and the Miami star pounded his heart and waved back in appreciation.Wade was touched by the tribute, particularly by Iverson’s inclusion. After Michael Jordan, Iverson was Wade’s favorite player growing up.“To take myself out of the moment and think 20-something odd years later, Allen Iverson would be the one, his voice would be the one dedicating something to me in this arena, in his city, I couldn’t have written it any sweeter, any better,” Wade said.Passing the torchSimmons and Wade exchanged jerseys after the game. Fresh off his first All-Star appearance and a rising star in the league, Simmons reflected on playing against Wade. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, left, and Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade pose after swapping jerseys following an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 106-102. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania—Boban Marjanovic covered up All-Star center Joel Embiid’s absence — at least for a night.Marjanovic had 19 points and 12 rebounds and made three key free throws in the final 1 1/2 minutes to help Philadelphia 76ers beat the Miami Heat 106-102 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Kelly Olynyk then missed a 3-point attempt, and Marjanovic made the first of two free throws with 38.3 ticks left to put Philadelphia up five.“He was fantastic,” Redick said about Marjanovic. “He really stepped up for us tonight.”Perhaps the only way Marjanovic didn’t impersonate Embiid was after the game, as he was unavailable for comment due to treatment — quite unlike the loquacious and quotable Embiid.It was left to his teammates to speak for his performance.“He’s a bucket,” Butler said. “All you have to do is throw it to him.”ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View commentslast_img read more

ISL 2019-20 HIGHLIGHTS, FC Goa vs Bengaluru FC: Coro Scores Late as Goa Hold Bengaluru 1-1

first_imgHead coach Sergio Lobera will have a welcome selection dilemma on his hands, with Jahouh set to return and if Bedia and Boumous both are passed fit to play. Jahouh’s return will immediately add to the quality in midfield and the sheer array of offensive arsenal in Lobera’s disposal is staggering.The likes of Ferran Corominas and Doungel have already opened their goal scoring accounts for the season, and if history is something to go by, there will be many more goals from the Goa team this season.In defense, Seriton Fernandes, Mourtada Fall, Carlos Pena and captain Mandar Rao Dessai, looked solid and helped goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz keep a clean sheet.🗣| “Mandar, Brandon & I are very friendly to each other, but on 28th, there will be a war.”@chetrisunil11 and co. are raring to go as reigning #HeroISL champions @bengalurufc take on last season’s runners-up @FCGoaOfficial tonight! #GOABEN #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/7vVG8vPQgB— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 28, 2019As for Bengaluru, new signings Raphael Augusto and Ashique Kuruniyan have given good accounts of themselves on their club debuts. Augusto flourished in the central midfield alongside Dimas Delgado, while Ashique, despite operating from an unfamiliar left-back position, troubled the Highlanders backline time and again with his marauding runs.Up top, Sunil Chhetri and Manuel Onwu’s combination still seemed like work in progress and it may take some time for the two to operate optimally with each other.As the two hotshots of the league spar on Monday, sparks will most certainly fly. Both Goa and Bengaluru will look to lay down the marker for the season with a statement win against a direct rival for the ultimate prize.last_img read more

Unfortunate to see so many people going after MS Dhoni: Virat Kohli to India Today

first_imgVirat Kohli said there was a lot of trust and respect between him and MS Dhoni and he was one person who understands the game from ball 1 to 300 on the field. In an exclusive interview with India Today, Virat Kohli said he was fortunate to have Dhoni behind the stumps and added it was unfortunate to see so many people criticise him.In 2018, MS Dhoni had a sensational IPL season. He batted like the Dhoni of old and led Chennai Super Kings to their 3rd IPL title in their comeback year. During a poor run of form in 2017, several critics had lashed out at MS Dhoni and his strike rate before Virat Kohli defended his former captain.Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have plenty of mutual respect. When Dhoni stepped down as India’s limited overs skipper and Virat Kohli took over, he said Dhoni would forever be his captain. On the field, Kohli lets Dhoni guide the two spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Both wrist spinners hang on to every word Dhoni says on the field.Speaking exclusively to Boria Majumdar, Consulting Sports Editor, India Today Group, Kohli revealed why he had such respect for MS Dhoni.”He (MS Dhoni) is one person who knows the game inside out, who understands the game from ball 1 to ball 300 on the field,” Virat Kohli told India Today. “I won’t say it is a luxury to have him but I am fortunate to have a mind like that from behind the stumps. At the end of the day, I want to be involved in strategy with the team management with Mahi bhai and Rohit (Sharma).advertisement”In the death overs, I know that I know I have to be in the outfield to try and make something work for the team because that’s my nature that I want to do something for the team rather than just be there.”After 30-35 overs, he knows that I will be in the outfield and its on auto mode. Its just about the field placements and bowling changes and we say you know the angles, you know the pace of the pitch and that’s why there is so much trust and respect between the two of us. It’s unfortunate to see so many people going after him,” Virat Kohli told India Today.For me, loyalty matters the most: KohliVirat Kohli debuted for India under MS Dhoni. As a young cricketer, he was nowhere near the complete package he is today and Kohli said he could never forget how MS Dhoni persisted with him and let him bat at the crucial No.3 spot.”For me, loyalty matters the most. When I walked into the team he had the option of trying someone else after a few games,” Kohli said.”Although I grabbed my chances, for me to get that kind of backing, it was very crucial for me. Also, he gave me an opportunity to bat at No.3 because not many youngsters get to play at No.3.”MS Dhoni had seen something special in Virat Kohli. Today, he has 10843 runs including 41 hundreds and 49 fifties in 227 ODIs and will leadIndia in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.Also Read | Delighted to have Vijay Shankar in India’s World Cup team: Virat Kohli to India TodayAlso Read | Ravi Shastri wanted 16-man World Cup squad, says excluded shouldn’t lose heartAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso See:last_img read more

England vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI: Liam Plunkett cleared by ICC after ball tampering scare

first_imgEngland might have won the 2nd ODI against Pakistan on May 11 but fast bowler Liam Plunkett might find himself in trouble over widespread allegations of tampering the ball in Southampton. A video clip of Plunkett cleaning the ball with his fingernails has since surfaced on social media where the bowler can be seen in the act.Plunkett picked 2 wickets of Faheem Ashraf and Haris Sohail during his spell of 9 overs, conceding 64 runs as England survived a counter-attacking 138 from Fakhar Zaman.Errr….What’s going on here? Did Liam Plunkett just scratch the ball with his finger nails? Please investigate this @ICC @TheRealPCB @ECB_cricket #PAKvENG #ENGvPAK pic.twitter.com/2kDqhX5AsFWaqas Ahmed (@ahmedwaqas92) May 12, 2019However, at the time of writing this article, ICC came out with a statement saying that they are of the opinion that there was no ‘evidence’ of Plunkett attempting ‘to change the condition of the ball’.”The ICC is aware of the unverified video that is currently circulating on social media. The match officials are comfortable that there was no attempt to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over by over examinations of the ball throughout the game,” the ICC said in a statement on Sunday.JUST IN: The ICC has confirmed that the match officials are comfortable there was no attempt by Liam Plunkett to change the condition of the ball or any evidence of this on the over-by-over examinations of the ball throughout Saurday’s ODI clash in Southampton. pic.twitter.com/0gzwHq9s4hadvertisement ICC (@ICC) May 12, 2019Earlier, Pakistan’s run chase faltered in the last over as England clinched a 12-run victory in the 2nd ODI on Saturday ahead of the Cricket World Cup.England’s heavyweight hitter Jos Buttler reached his eighth ODI century in just 50 balls and finished on 110 not out after Pakistan chose to bowl.Buttler and captain Eoin Morgan posted an unbroken 162-run stand as England struck 373-3, with Pakistan reaching 361-7 in reply.(With AP inputs)Also Read | 2nd ODI: Jos Buttler blasts century as England edge PakistanAlso Read | Current England team ‘a tough one’ to break: James Vincelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Honour to be part of ‘marquee’ India-Pakistan match, says Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli rubbished concerns surrounding the lack of match practice for his team in the lead up to the big-ticket ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester.India’s much-anticipated match against World Cup 2019 table-toppers New Zealand was washed out without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Thursday. India’s training session on Tuesday was also cancelled due to the inclement weather prevailing in England.India last played on Sunday but Virat Kohli feels India should be ready for their big match against Pakistan with a couple of good training sessions.”We’ve been playing some good cricket, we’re not too worried about where we stand. Having two wins does give you confidence. A couple of practice sessions and we should be fine. It’s only about getting game time and that should happen on Sunday,” Virat Kohli said.The India captain also spoke about the privilege of featuring in an India-Pakistan contest, one of the most-anticipated clashes in sport, let alone cricket.Kohli pointed out that the frenzy around an India-Pakistan match can overwhelm youngsters but maintained that India will be able to manage it and put up a strong show against their arch-rivals on Sunday.As Kohli points out, India-Pakistan clashes in the recent past have been competitive. Despite not having beaten India in ICC tournaments, Pakistan defeated India for the first time at the big stage — the final of Champions Trophy 2017.”As soon as you enter the field, it’s all calm. All the excitement and frenzy around the game [India vs Pakistan] could intimidate guys who are playing for the first time. For us, it’s about executing our skills and we’re all professionals. It’s been competitive for a while now, it’s been a marquee event and it’s an honor to be a part of such an event,” Virat Kohli added.advertisementWhile India are at the third spot after the washout in Nottingham, Pakistan are reeling at the 8th spot after their 41-run defeat to Australia on Wednesday.Stressing the need for Pakistan to bring out their “A-game”, former Pakistan pacer Waqar Younis said Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men need to be at their best if they are to beat their arch-rivals on Sunday.”Pakistan have got to take positives out of what they did to India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy a couple of years ago. They must think positively going into this game.”I hope they have got their best game in the locker for India, who showed against Australia that they are a very fine side,” Waqar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India, New Zealand share points as rain ruins Trent Bridge gameAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Anil Kumble, Brian Lara question rain preparedness for World Cup 2019Also Read | Will try our level best vs India, says Pakistan captain Sarfaraz after Australia defeatAlso See:last_img read more

Most Important People #11 – Jeremy Smith

first_img Photo Attribution: KT KingWho he is: Ah yes, Jeremy Smith, the in-state schoolboy legend, the #4 recruit in Oklahoma coming out of high school, a top 10 running back in the country, and seemingly the forgotten star in OSU’s constellation of incredible talent.What he does: He has a career 5.9 YPA rushing average, higher than Tatum Bell and Keith Toston and equal to that of Kendall Hunter and Vernand Morency. He had more TDs last year (7) than everyone not named Blackmon or Hunter and as many as Randle, Bo Bowling, Tracy Moore, and Michael Harrison combined.Where he fits in: YOU should be able to write this paragraph by now. LenDale to Randle’s Reggie, Cadillac to his Ronnie Brown, DMC to his Felix Jones. I already predicted that he would lead this squad in total TDs and there’s an outside chance we could be looking at two guys with 1,000+ yards on the ground. As a team OSU broke the 2,000 yard mark last year with 1,500 of it going to Kendall and I see no reason why they couldn’t go something like 1,000, 1,000, and 500 with Randle, Smith, and Sims.Why he matters: He matters because Randle isn’t a feature back. Together they form a scary super-backfield that would cause insomnia for every defensive coordinator in the country. But if either gets h-word the other’s powers will be diminished at least a little bit. Randle will have a big year and because of that OSU will be good, but none of that will come unless Smith can keep up that gaudy YPA average and continue punching it in the end zone.This post is part of our series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 Oklahoma State title run. Check the full list out here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nathan Earle’s tries lead Harlequins to narrow win at Gloucester

first_imgGloucester Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Northampton secure victory in breathless encounter at Bristol Alex Goode leads the charge for irrepressible Saracens against Bath Premiership Topics Joe Marler was making his first appearance for Harlequins since deciding to roll away from international rugby. Opposite him was Cipriani, desperate to continue at Test level but outside looking in again. As the 10 reflected on the insistence of the England head coach, Eddie Jones, that form was his barometer, he may have asked himself how so many Quins had made it.Mike Brown was one, making his first appearance of the season and typically competitive, but it was someone who had dropped out of favour, Marcus Smith, who tilted the game after replacing Lang at No 10. He kicked two penalties and, after Sharples had regained the lead for Gloucester 12 minutes from time, landed a third having blown his clean break by slipping and conceding a scrum that the home prop Alex Seville rashly used his hands in after Quins’ three front-row replacements applied pressure.Gloucester had a final rally when their ploy was to get the ball to Matt Banahan, but they had not worked out a way to win and another twisted scrum marked their end on a day when even Cipriani got lost in the uniformity spawned by the relentless quest to entertain. match reports Share on LinkedIn Read more Whatever happened to staple English fare? This offering was typical of what is being served up in the Premiership, fast, fluid, frantic, furious and, at times, fractious, but fulfilling? It was like gorging greedily on a rich trifle without pausing for a sip of water. There was little strategic about the play at a period in the game when possession is king – exciting but ephemeral as Harlequins won away in the league for the first time in 12 months.It is about waiting for mistakes, as the first two tries demonstrated.Gloucester scored the first, from a lineout near their 22, after Martin Atkinson’s short pass to Jake Polledri caught out the visitors’ fly-half James Lang who had shaped to tackle with his inside shoulder only to find the danger on his outside. The flanker sprinted 40 metres before finding Danny Cipriani on his left and the outside-half comfortably outstripped the cover. The Observer Cipriani had an instrumental role in the next try four minutes later, scored by one of Harlequins’ five England squad members, Nathan Earle.Gloucester were moving left when Cipriani passed to the flanker Lewis Ludlow who was standing too flat and close. Like a batsman beaten for pace, all Ludlow could do was flick the ball on and it fell for Earle 60m out.Earle’s second came from the kick-off. Harlequins moved the ball from their 22, spotting space wide. Three quick passes put Joe Marchant into the gap and it was a question of the centre timing his pass to Earle. He waited until he had reached the home 22, committing the cover before releasing the ball, although Gloucester’s full-back Tom Hudson nearly thwarted the try.From a position of comfort, Gloucester were 12-5 down. They set up camp in Quins’ 22, kicking five penalties to touch even though their mauls tended to lurch rather than roll. They eventually went for the posts, Cipriani kicking two penalties to cut his side’s deficit to a point. The second came after the second-row forward Matt Symons received a yellow card for his side’s persistent infringing. Gloucester exploited their man advantage two minutes from the interval when their forwards stormed the gainline and Atkinson’s long pass led to Charlie’s Sharples’ fifth try of the season.Quins drew level with Lang penalties either side of the interval. On top of their dismal away record, they had lost 13 of their previous 16 league fixtures. If Paul Gustard has not sat on defence since moving to the Stoop from Twickenham in the summer, there were times here when they, like Gloucester, needed to take a breath but this is a Premiership campaign when a team has kept its line intact only once, Exeter against Leicester on the opening weekend. Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Rugby union Harlequins Share via Email Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Former Alabama Player Doesn’t Like Nick Saban’s Reported New Hire

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches the team warm up before the first half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.STARKVILLE, MS – NOVEMBER 11: head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide watches the team warm up before the first half of an NCAA football game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban is looking to replace several assistant coaches this offseason, including offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.Locksley is headed to become the new head coach at Maryland, opening up a hole on the Alabama staff. Saban is reportedly looking to fill that void with a familiar face.According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini and Chris Low, Saban is bringing back Steve Sarkisian to be his team’s offensive coordinator. Sarkisian was let go by the Atlanta Falcons after a two-year stint as the team’s OC.During the 2016 season, Sarkisian was an offensive analyst at Alabama, and he took over playcalling duties for the College Football Playoff National Championship Game after Lane Kiffin left for FAU. The Tide lost that game to Clemson.At least one former ‘Bama player–linebacker Ryan Anderson–is unhappy with Sarkisian’s reported return to Tuscaloosa.?????? https://t.co/6turDTUB0X— Ryan Anderson (@_ryananderson22) January 13, 2019Ouch. Maybe Anderson is just still rankled by the Tide’s title game loss in Sark’s lone game as offensive coordinator.Former Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson is a bit more optimistic at least.He gone be straight Red— Cam. (@crobinson_68) January 13, 2019In addition to Sarkisian, Saban was also reportedly trying to poach Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long for a role on his staff, but Long has elected to stay in South Bend.last_img read more

NS budget Health spending up slightly after election focused on problems

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Liberal government, which had promised to address the health care problems that dominated the spring election campaign, drew derisive opposition reviews by adding only $6.2 million in new health spending to a budget worth $10.5-billion.The majority government’s added investment Tuesday — on top of planned spending in an April 27 budget that was shelved due to the May 30 election — is a tiny fraction of the $4.2 billion annual health department budget.Finance Minister Karen Casey said the budget “builds” on the earlier document, and fulfills Liberal promises to deliver back-to-back surpluses and lower taxes.“We made some difficult, but necessary, decisions to live within our means. At the same time, government made key investments in communities across the province,” Casey said.“Nova Scotians . . . want more timely access to primary care and to family doctors. They want shorter wait times for surgeries, and they want better access to mental health services.”The budget hikes overall spending by $19-million over the April document.The extra health spending includes $2.7 million for orthopedic knee and hip surgeries, $2.0 million for mental health, $800,000 to assist people who need cancer drugs and have limited private insurance coverage, and an added $800,000 for the opioid use and overdose program.The budget also keeps the $2.4 million promised in April to support the recruitment and retention of doctors. The funding creates 10 new places in the family residency program at Dalhousie University and opens 10 new spaces a program that assists international doctors in establishing practices.Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie pulled no punches, saying he was “pissed off” by a budget that in his view failed to live up to Liberal claims that the government had heard concerns on the campaign trail about a lack of doctors and long wait times.“It’s very clear all of that was just lip service,” said Baillie. “No new money for primary health care and family doctors … when it comes time to put his money where his mouth is, the premier lets everybody down.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill was equally dismissive of the government’s fiscal efforts for a sector he says is in crisis.Over the past two years, stagnant funding and delayed spending on health facilities has accompanied stories of bursting hospital pipes, shortages of family doctors and — over the past winter — a dying patient left to languish for over six hours in the hallway of an overcrowded emergency department.“It’s a bit like they’ve brought a garden hose to a house fire,” Burrill said.“All those people that are looking for a family doctor, they’ll be looking to the budget and asking: ‘Is this going to help me with my predicament?’ Plainly it’s not.”The budget still has a $21.3-million surplus, but that’s $4.6 million lower than the original budget due to a drop in revenue from income tax and the increase in departmental spending.In dismissing the opposition’s complaints, Premier Stephen McNeil said the government had carried out its promise by adding $82 million in new spending to health, including the April figures.McNeil said voters had also sent another message during the campaign, and that’s why the government didn’t use more of its surplus for health.“Nova Scotians want us to live within our means. They want us to make the investments that reflect who they are … and we will continue to do so as we go forward.”McNeil said strategic investments in health would continue over the long term and would be reflected again in next spring’s budget.In the April budget, the health budget rose almost two per cent — and it is now consuming about four of every 10 dollars spent by the province as its population continues to be among the country’s oldest.Meanwhile, an unexpected clean-up operation on a waterfront development in Halifax is consuming $4.7 million that wasn’t in the pre-election calculations.There’s also an additional $2.5 million for the Atlantic Fisheries Fund, a joint program with Ottawa that funds research and innovation in the fish and seafood sector.The Liberals are keeping a promise to reduce taxes by an average of $160 for a half-million low- and middle-income earners. They’re doing that by increasing the basic personal exemption by up to $3,000 for taxable income up to $75,000.The change is weighted towards lower-income Nova Scotians, and will also mean 63,000 poorer Nova Scotians will no longer pay provincial income tax after the program kicks in Jan. 1, 2018.Earlier this year, the suicides of three young students in Cape Breton prompted calls for more prevention and support programs. The budget adds money for social workers, guidance counsellors and mental health clinicians.“During the last campaign, Nova Scotians said clearly that mental health was a priority for them,” said Casey in her speech. “We will hire more clinicians, put more support in underserviced areas, and cut wait times for mental health care.”The Liberals say they are still planning to spend about $6 million for new collaborative care centres — one of the measures aimed at remedying problems in primary care, and addressing the premier’s 2013 election promise to provide each citizen with access to a family doctor.The cost for the middle class tax cut in the 2017-18 budget remains at $22 million. The annual cost to the treasury will be $85 million.In addition, a previously announced tax cut on small business income will cost about $14.1 million a year.The province’s net debt is about $15 billion, which is $15,860 per person.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying assault rifles

first_imgSEATTLE — Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates.The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence by toughening background checks for people buying assault rifles, increasing the age limit to buy those firearms and requiring the safe storage of all guns. Only the age-limit portion of the measure goes into effect on Jan. 1; the rest becomes law on July 1.Kristen Ellingboe, a spokeswoman for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said the initiative was one of the most comprehensive gun-violence prevention measures to pass in the United States. It specifically targeted “semi-automatic assault rifles” in response to mass shootings across the country, she said.“We’ve seen that assault rifles are the weapon of choice for mass shootings, and when they’re used, more people are killed and injured,” Ellingboe said.Fifty-nine per cent of Washington voters approved Initiative 1639 in the Nov. 6 general election.“We’ve see time and again that Washington voters want action to prevent gun violence in our state,” Ellingboe said. “They showed that again by supporting 1639 by a wide margin.”Opponents have sued to block it.“Starting today, young adults between the ages of 18 to 20 will have their rights to purchase semi-automatic rifles stripped away,” said Dave Workman, a spokesman for the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation.The federal lawsuit says the measure violates the Second and 14th amendments of the Constitution as well as gun sellers’ rights under the Commerce Clause. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit are firearms dealers in Spokane and Vancouver, a 19-year-old competitive shooter, a 19-year-old in the Army Reserves, a 20-year-old recreational shooter, the Second Amendment Foundation and the National Rifle Association.Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he “looks forward to representing the people of the state of Washington in court against the NRA.”“The gun lobby is trying to thwart the will of nearly 60 per cent of Washingtonian voters who supported common sense gun reform in our state,” he said in an email.The full measure, when it goes into effect later this year, will expand the background check process to ensure that vetting for rifle purchases is the same as for buying pistols.Now, people in Washington who buy long guns are run through the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS. Background checks for handgun sales are done by local law enforcement agencies that can access NICS as well as more detailed records that might expose mental health issues or harder-to-find criminal records. And you must be 21 to purchase a pistol.“This will update Washington state law so the requirements to purchase semi-automatic assault rifle will match handguns,” Ellingboe said.In most states, including over the border in Idaho and Oregon, you must be 18 to buy an assault rifle. But Republican-dominant Florida passed a law after a school shooting to increase the age limit to 21.Nikolas Cruz was 18 when he legally bought the assault rifle he used to kill 17 people at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last February.Four other states — Hawaii, Illinois, Vermont and New York — also prohibit anyone under 21 from buying all firearms.Workman of Second Amendment Foundation says Washington’s measure will take away firearms from law-abiding residents who can easily pass multiple background checks. It will impair public safety and embolden criminals while placing restrictions on people who already legally own semi-automatic rifles, Workman said.Martha Bellisle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Painrelieving drug reduces need for epidural during labour

A pain-relieving drug could help halve the number of women needing epidurals during labour, a study has said.Scientists say remifentanil, which is rarely offered during labour, is more effective at relieving pain than the more commonly-used pethidine, which is given to more than 250,000 women each year.A study involving 400 women found that half as many of those who were given remifentanil needed a subsequent epidural, compared to those who were given pethidine.Epidurals, which are given as injections around the spinal chord, provide effective pain relief by blocking sensation, but can often lead to a forceps or vacuum delivery and more problems for mothers later down the track.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Lead author Dr Matthew Wilson, from the University of Sheffield, said the study’s findings “challenge the routine use of pethidine for pain relief during labour”.He added: “Previous studies have shown that at least one in three women given pethidine to manage pain during labour require a subsequent epidural as the drug is not always effective.”It also has unwanted side effects such as sedation and nausea for the mother, and it may pass into the baby’s bloodstream through the placenta.”Remifentanil reduced the need for an epidural by half and there were no lasting problems for the mothers and babies in our trial, although the effect of remifentanil on maternal oxygen levels needs to be clarified in further studies.”Half of those involved in the trial, which was conducted across 14 maternity units, were given remifentanil during labour, which women could administer themselves by pressing a hand-held device when they felt pain.The rest were given pethidine, which was given as an injection up to every four hours.Some 19% of those in the remifentanil group went on to have an epidural, compared to 41% in the pethidine group.Women given remifentanil rated their pain as less severe, and were also less likely to need forceps and vacuum during labour than women given pethidine (15% vs 26%).However, experts have cautioned that further studies will be needed before any changes in clinical practice. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Unemployment steady at 52 per cent

first_imgPart-time workers seem to feel the most pain in Australia’s job market as recent data reveals that 30,000 jobs were lost in December, with part-time employment being down by 53,700 to 3.37 million.Full-time employment rose by 24,500 to eight million in December, but despite the big drop in overall job numbers, the unemployment rate remained at 5.2 per cent. The big drop in part-time employment reflects tough times in seasonal industries such as retail and hospitality. The weak job data is adding to the case for interest rate cuts next month, economists said yesterday, a day after the announcement of the current figures.Total employment fell 293,000 to 11,421,300 in the month, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The forecast was for total employment to have risen by 5,000 in December with the unemployment rate at 5.3 per cent, according to the median of 13 economists surveyed by AAP. The December participation rate was 65.2 per cent, compared with an unrevised 65.5 per cent in November. The participation rate was forecast to be 65.5 per cent. The Australian dollar plummeted about one third of a US cent after the ABS released the latest job data. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Brock Lesnar publicly admits interest in a possible return to the UFC

first_imgFacebook Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? July 26, 2017 at 7:55 pm Brock is a joke genious that dont give a shit..pay him and he does as little as possible and earns as much as possible…Makes you think how america works…money and fame is everything, loyalty isnt worth a dime Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next You tell him that. Videos Articles July 27, 2017 at 1:53 am aces Now Playing Up Next July 27, 2017 at 4:47 am July 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Wrestleview Live #63: Reviewing and discussing SummerSlam 2019 from Toronto TheCyberZon Yyyeah, Brock might be too old to fight and not get hurt, but he’s too old to kick MY ass. lol Brock Lesnar 5 COMMENTS Jeffery Adam Phillips Sam Rappa WhatsApp “Lesnar returned to the world of mixed martial arts last July at UFC 200 (with WWE’s approval) ”More like they allow Brock to walk all over them because they THINK they can’t go without him. Then he was allowed to return to WWE to main event SummerSlam unpunished where he legit injured Randy Orton because WWE’s “wellness program” is a big joke.Well better start cleansing out that juice really fast Roid Assner because unlike those whipped dogs in WWE, UFC don’t play. You may WWE’s prize hog but to UFC you’re just another guy with a tainted record. Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar, the current WWE Universal Champion, spoke with The Associated Press on Wednesday and publicly admitted interest in a return to the UFC.Lesnar stated an interest in fighting current UFC Light Heavyweight No. 1 contender Jon Jones in what would ultimately be a super-fight at Heavyweight.“Would I fight Jon Jones? Anytime, anywhere. Right now he should be worried about D.C. on Saturday night.”As noted in Lesnar’s quote, Jones will be facing current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier this Saturday night at UFC 214. During a press conference to hype the PPV this Saturday in Anaheim, Jones also stated an interest in fighting Lesnar.First DC then Lesnar? @JonnyBones is a man with a plan at the #UFC214 presser! pic.twitter.com/aQ0KH03pjF— #UFCRotterdam (@ufc) July 26, 2017Whether or not the fight could actually happen is another thing. Wrestleview.com opted to not cover the rumors making the rounds last week that Lesnar had re-entered the testing pool with USADA exploring a potential return to the UFC. A simple search of the USADA database last week proved Lesnar had yet to be tested in 2017, a search result that remains the same as of this writing on Wednesday evening.Lesnar still has a series of dates remaining on his current contract with WWE, including a fatal four way match at SummerSlam in four weeks in Brooklyn when he defends the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe. His current deal with WWE is expected to be expiring next April around WrestleMania. Whether or not this opens the door for a potential return to the UFC remains to be seen.Lesnar returned to the world of mixed martial arts last July at UFC 200 (with WWE’s approval) defeating Mark Hunt. Shortly after his successful return, he failed two tests both before and the night of the fight with USADA and was promptly suspended for one year. He was fined $250,000 and then informed the UFC earlier this year in February of his official retirement from the sport. Lesnar retiring pulled him off the roster and from the USADA testing pool.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal ChampionshipVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Is Jon Jones Set To Return To The UFC? July 27, 2017 at 12:10 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Comments are closed. …Brock does know he’s 40 years old, right? Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Jeffery Adam Phillipslast_img read more

Tax plan Corporations get to keep deduction

first_imgWASHINGTON — Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump’s sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it.The GOP proposal would eliminate the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a widely popular break used by some 44 million Americans, especially in high-tax, Democratic-leaning states like New York, New Jersey, California and Illinois. But corporations, which pay billions in local property levies and state income taxes, wouldn’t be affected.Republicans are determined to overhaul the nation’s tax system by year’s end, offering a plan that lowers the corporate tax rate from 36 percent to 20 percent and reduces the number of tax brackets. Trump and the GOP cast the plan as a boon to the middle class.Meeting at the White House on Wednesday with members of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee, Trump said, “this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, in my opinion.”Democratic members of the committee remained united in opposition to the current plan, said Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the top Democrat. He said their message to the president was: “You fix it (the tax system) with real tax relief that helps the middle class. You don’t give tax cuts to people like him (Trump).”last_img read more

New Visitors Center In Soldotna Inching Closer To A Reality

first_imgThe Soldotna Chamber is staffing up to launch a capital campaign to raise money to construct the new building. The Chamber will be meeting with the Soldotna City Council at 4:30 p.m., this evening to discuss the next step forward for the project. With more than 700,000 tourists passing through the Kenai Peninsula each year, the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has outgrown the current visitor’s center. Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shanon Davis: “We are looking at what we can do with about a 10,000 square foot building. It would put us in a much better location. It would give us quite a bit more square footage than what we have now.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on May 10th, 2018 at 09:19 amPhoto updated on 5/10 courtesy of Shannon Davis  Davis said the square shaped meeting room will be about the same size as the meeting space in the Sports Center, and would hold about 225 small conference attendees.center_img The Chamber has contracted with MRV Architects to design the building that will cost around $5.1 million to build. The location for the new visitors center is slated for the Davis Block property, a piece of riverfront property next to Soldotna Creek Park. The current Chamber of Commerce building is at the corner of the Sterling highway and K-Beach Road, and according to Davis doesn’t fit the needs of the organization.last_img read more

BSE closes points 10133 down on Jan 14

New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 101.33 points down to stand at 21,032.88. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 30.90 points down to stand at 6,241.85. Cummins India and CESC were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.03% and 3.66% along with Adani Enterprises Ltd. and Mcleod Russel with an increase of 3.48% and 3.01% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Dish TV India and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd. with a decrease of 4.72% and 3.81% along with MCX and Mphasis with a decrease of 3.45% and 3.03% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 40.06 points at 11,997.16 while the banking sector is down 82.78 points at 12,520.32 and the realty sector is down 17.84 points at 1,339.61. The Indian currency is down 0.02% at Rs 61.51 per dollar. read more

How Texas Shaped Rev Billy Graham And Rev Billy Graham Shaped Texas

first_img Share LBJ Library photo by Yoichi OkamotoRev. Billy Graham and President Lyndon B. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch in 1965.In September of 1971, hundreds of thousands of people packed Texas Stadium in Irving over 10 days. It wasn’t for a Dallas Cowboys game. They were there to see Christian evangelist Billy Graham.“Thousands of you have come here tonight searching for purpose and meaning in your life,” Graham said. “Many of you have come here with burdens and problems and sins. And you’re searching for an answer. Well I want to tell you before you leave Texas Stadium tonight, you can find it.”Graham died Wednesday, just shy of his 100th birthday. The Texas Stadium crusade was one of hundreds he held during a ministry that spanned more than six decades. It’s hard to overstate how much those big-tent gatherings shaped modern Christianity, and the state of Texas. And Texas shaped Graham, as well.William Martin is senior fellow in Religion and Public Policy at Rice University’ Baker institute, and the author of “A Prophet with Honor: The Billy Graham Story.”“I think he liked the expansiveness of Texas and the optimism,” Martin says. “While he was in the Dallas area, Fort Worth area, he met Sid Richardson, who became a great friend of his and also, interestingly, while he was there, he talked with Mr. Richardson about how much he admired General Eisenhower.”Richardson encouraged Graham to write Eisenhower a letter about his support – and some say the letter Graham wrote helped inspire Eisenhower to run for president.Graham continued spending time in the Lone Star State.“The most amount of time he spent in Texas was when he developed such a friendship with LBJ,” Martin says. “In fact, they went swimming in the White House swimming pool. Billy Graham described it to me, ‘well, you just went as you were.’”It was a friendship of mutual admiration.“Lyndon Johnson would ask him for advice and Billy was willing to give it,” he says. “And of course [LBJ] was willing to give Billy advice.”You may know Graham as a Republican, but Martin says his personal politics were more complex.“Graham took a strong stand in the mid-1950s when he desegregated his crusades, and had Martin Luther King in 1957 appear, say a few words, and lead prayer at his crusade in New York City,” he says. “He stood up for Dr. King. At one time, he paid his bail when he was in prison.”That didn’t mean he always agreed with King.“[Graham] disliked disorder. He was uncomfortable with people who were out marching in the streets and certainly uncomfortable with riots,” Martin says. “And uncomfortable with Dr. King’s harsh criticism of President Johnson. All of those things moved him more to the right.”His close friendship with Richard Nixon brought Graham closer to the Republican Party once Nixon was elected president. Graham also had a relationship with the Bush family, and George W. Bush has credited Graham with helping him to recover from substance abuse.“It’s well-known that George W. Bush had some difficulties in his life with alcohol, probably with drugs,” Martin says. “He went walking on the beach at Kennebunkport. He said that on that walk, Billy Graham gave him the advice and counsel and the ministry that really changed his life and set him on a much better path.”Written by Jen Rice.last_img read more