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Ridge reflects on American brand

first_img In part, the idea of America involves risks, he said. In a way similar to that of a business, America must manage its risks. In addition to leadership, brand name also transcends the fields of business and national security. Ridge invoked images of the first pioneers, the lunar landings and the millions of American servicemen and women as examples of American risk-takers. “Everyone in the organization has value,” he said. “All work has dignity.” Addressing leadership, Ridge informed students on the importance of communication skills and the importance of not only knowing, but also being able to articulate one’s mission statement.  “We all knew what we were doing the day and morning of Sept. 11,” Tom Ridge began. “Complacency [is the single greatest danger to national security] — the notion that as time elapse we forgot that we are at war with a belief system and leaders of a belief system who patient and persistent.” Yet, despite America’s shortcomings, Ridge maintains a positive and optimistic view of the nation he loves. “I can say to you in good faith that we have been true to our values,” Ridge said. “Americans live in freedom. We don’t live in fear … People all over the world still love the idea of America.” Ridge explained that America does not always abide by its value system.  This is perhaps most evident in the recent controversy over Guantanamo Bay. While recognizing the complexities of the situation, Ridge said he believes the prison’s occupants are entitled to due process.center_img Ridge, whose many titles have included the governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of Homeland Security, now serves as president and CEO of Ridge Global, LLC. Speaking in the Jordan Auditorium in Mendoza on the weekend of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Ridge offered a presentation that fittingly tied both business and national security. “[My proudest accomplishment is that] I’ve been given that many opportunities and my service was valued,” he said. “Notre Dame has a brand … America has a brand as well. It’s our value system,” Ridge said. “We have to be consistent with [our value system].  The rest of the world is watching.”  “America has always had risk management — we’re a country of risk-takers,” he said. “We manage our risks.” When answering audience questions, Ridge expanded upon previous answers and addressed other new topics, including the relationship between the economy and national security, the challenge of cooperation between national agencies and the need for a more effective use of America’s soft power. Ridge said homeland security has an objective to secure and preserve freedom — including religious expression.  “Titles get compliance,” he said. “Leaders get commitments.”last_img read more

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Pertamina negotiating second US LNG volumes swap deal

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of PertaminaIndonesia’s Pertamina is negotiating an agreement with an LNG portfolio seller to swap 0.7 million tons of United States liquefied natural gas over a period of five years.The state-owned Pertamina is expected to close the deal by the end of the year, Platts reports, citing Pertamina’s gas and power senior vice president, Djohardi Angga Kusumah.The deal would cover the first five years of Pertamina’s 20-year contract with the Houston-based LNG player Cheniere for the delivery 1.52 million tons of LNG per year, 0.76 mtpa of which are to be delivered from the Corpus Christi export project.Pertamina has already signed a contract with Total, under which the French company will buy around 0.4 million tons per year of Pertamina’s contracted LNG volumes from Cheniere’s Corpus Christi project, from 2020.last_img read more

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TTFA already in contact with possible Stephen Hart replacements

first_imgTHE Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has already been in touch with four coaches as it seeks out a replacement for Coach Stephen Hart who was fired last week Thursday after three years in charge of the country’s senior team.President of the TTFA David John Williams made the revelation on Saturday during an interview with Fazeer Mohammed on Trinidad and Tobago’s magazine show TV6s Morning Edition. He said a new coach would be named soon.Williams said a run of poor results was behind Hart’s dismissal.Hart had guided T&T to the Hexagonal Round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying that got underway in early November. However, the team got off to a disastrous start losing 2-0 to Costa Rica at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on November 11 before going doiwn 3-1 to Honduras at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula on November 15.Williams rejected the notion of the coincidence of the turn in the team’s fortunes with his assumption of the TTFA presidency last year.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Inside the development of Tommy DeVito

first_img Published on October 24, 2018 at 9:44 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ Six minutes into Tommy DeVito’s first published highlight tape, he grabbed each lineman and whispered into their ears. Without a huddle, 11-year-old DeVito orchestrated the pre-snap call. Once settled into the shotgun, he dropped one step back, bounced forward and rifled a pass about 27 yards down the seam.The clip, which has more than 20,000 views, was the first public display of DeVito’s football knowledge and talent.“It was the culmination of the training and everything,” said Leon Clarke, DeVito’s longtime quarterback coach and creator of the highlight film. “You just saw it right there it was like ‘Bang here it is’ … You just were amazed at him, but you know this kid would be something.”His father, Tom, calls his son a prodigy. Most recruiting experts ranked DeVito a four-star recruit. In his three-touchdown performance during a double-overtime victory over North Carolina, his deep passes looked effortless. But he’s not a natural. For Syracuse’s (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) redshirt freshman quarterback, the art has been ingrained in him over time.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt 6, DeVito linked up with Clarke, a personal quarterback coach and founder of Clarke Sports. Before middle school, DeVito knew coverages and how to deceive them. He shuffled his feet in the pocket. When receivers’ heads swung out of a route, DeVito’s passes met them.Clarke and DeVito often competed against each other. At 8 or 9 years old, DeVito baffled Clarke for the first time. The two were throwing the ball around in the backyard during a DeVito family gathering. After catch grew tiresome, they broke into a pickup game. When DeVito juked at Clarke, a former Cincinnati and Southern Connecticut State quarterback, the coach fell to the ground. His back in the grass, Clarke laughed.“You got to get that kind of feeding when you’re young — when you’re 6 — because ultimately you’re raw,” Clarke said. “At that point you don’t know anything.”DeVito started his first full season at Don Bosco Preparatory (New Jersey) High School as a junior. Then-offensive coordinator Mike Teel entrusted DeVito with at-the-line play adjustments.“As we started to talk and I started to implement a new system, you could see kind of his football intelligence,” said Teel, now the Don Bosco head coach. “You could see that he was going to have a chance to let us do a lot of different things because he was able to handle a lot.”DeVito audibled from run to pass plays depending on how many safeties teams have or how close the defense played to the line of scrimmage. DeVito checked with the coach beforehand on four to five plays, while six or seven others were strictly his decision based on reads. Teel, who played quarterback at Rutgers and bounced around the NFL, said Don Bosco’s offense was one of the most sophisticated he’d ever been a part of.At 17, DeVito did “all the things college coaches asked their quarterbacks to do,” Teel said.After committing to head coach Dino Babers’ first full recruiting class, DeVito was described as “special” by Babers, who noted the quarterback was better than how others evaluated him. A redshirt season in 2017 kept him out of the public eye. A lackluster first appearance against Western Michigan tempered expectations. But 144 passing yards and a touchdown in a two and half quarter-showing against Florida State, coupled with his heroics against North Carolina, sped the narrative.Headed into Saturday’s game against North Carolina State, DeVito and four-year starter Eric Dungey, who DeVito relieved last weekend, weren’t made available to the media. Babers said the starting decision will be “kept in house.”Devito’s progression throughout the season put Babers in this position. On his first pass against North Carolina, a 50-yard vertical route to Jamal Custis along the sideline, DeVito barely stepped. Clarke said DeVito’s long throws aren’t a product of his arm strength, which he clarified DeVito has. It’s a snap of the wrist. Clarke, a lefty, said his wrist naturally pronates better than someone who is right-handed, such as DeVito, because of its position when writing with a pen. Since he started coaching DeVito so young, Clarke made flicking the wrist part of DeVito’s muscle memory.“He’s been through it so many times,” Tom said, “and he’s been taught it so well by (Clarke), it’s just second nature almost.”The 50-yard dime dropped into Custis’ palms because of DeVito’s release point. “It’s a natural arc,” Clarke explained before comparing DeVito’s throws to a rainbow. Marking DeVito’s release point and the point of reception, the space between mimics the arc of a rainbow.On Devito’s 42-yard touchdown pass to Nykeim Johnson late in the fourth quarter, the quarterback’s right leg followed through with his arm. Clarke compared that piece of the throw to a boxer following through on his punch, noting the coaching is always to punch through and beyond someone, not stop at the point of contact.Two touchdown throws later, DeVito darted to the end zone to celebrate the overtime victory with his teammates. Clarke wouldn’t have to make his highlight tape this time. DeVito’s success went viral.“When he’s out there on the field and I’m watching him,” Clarke said. “I’m happy because I know that the years of what we did together is ultimately what everyone is seeing now.” Commentslast_img read more

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