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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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GT Beer/Limacol 2017 Round-Robin Knock-out Football tournament …

first_imgCLOSE contests were the order of the evening as the quarter-finals of the GT Beer/Limacol Limacol 2017 Round-Robin Knock-out Football tournament concluded in Linden and at Victoria, East Coast Demerara.In Linden, it was nip and tuck when Western Tigers edged Milerock FC 1-0. The Georgetown-based side brought the game to the Lindeners and were rewarded when Joshua Britton found the back of the net in the 57th minute.However, it was by no means over as Milerock seemed to put ‘pep’ into their steps and became fiercer in their thirst to equalise; coming as close as the post in a last-ditch effort on the edge of time.Western Tigers scorer Joshua BrittonHowever, the final blasts on the whistle ensured the score line remained unchanged.Game two was a physical contest between the veterans Federal Winners Connection (WC) and Eagles United, with the former winning 1-0 as well.Eagles started the game in fine style, weathering the physical style of the WC team and producing dazzling runs of their own, but the finishing in the final third lacked bite; with their players juggling their efforts at the goalmouth.While their defence was almost flawless, the centre backs let Rene Gibbons through just once and he made them pay the ultimate price, punching the ball past the flailing arms of the goalkeeper.Eagles continued on with the possession game, but could not find that decisive strike; their mid-field produced the goods that seemed not to translate to the final third.In the other round of games at the Victoria Ground, the Police Force through Dwain Jacobs (5th) and Quincy Holder (12th) overpowered Den Amstel for their 2-1 win, and a spot in the semi-finals.Kester Jacobs (3rd) minute strike was enough to give the West Coast Demerara side the lead, albeit brief.Almost the same plot played out in game two, where Santos came from behind to win against Mahaica Determinators 2-1.Eion Abel’s 4th minute strike was cancelled out through Dominique Bobb-(45th+3) stunner, with that crucial goal setting the stage for the decisive strike in the 77th from Orin Yarde to take the game away from the home side.In the semi-finals billed for the GFC on Friday, Winners Connection will battle the Boys in Blue while Santos will have the chance to meet Western Tigers. … Close games in quarter-final actionlast_img read more

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Skaneateles girls lax earns sectional final rematch with South Jefferson

first_imgExactly one year after the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team had its Section III Class D crown taken by South Jefferson, the Lakers are primed to take it back at the Spartans’ expense on that exact same SUNY-Cortland turf.The title-game rematch was set up by Thursday’s sectional semifinals at East Syracuse Minoa Stadium, where top-seeded Skaneateles blew out no. 4 seed Marcellus 17-4 and South Jefferson, the no. 2 seed, pulled away to top no. 3 seed Westhill 13-6.Going first, Skaneateles was taking on Marcellus just 13 days removed from the 17-6 victory it had over the Mustangs at Hyatt Stadium. The venue may have changed, and the stakes were much higher – but the results were exactly the same.In fact, Skaneateles scored the game’s first 11 goals and nearly shut out Marcellus in the first half before Natalie Clere scored in the final minute.Once again, Olivia Navaroli owned the draw circle, constantly winning her team possessions. Then the attack went to work, patienly working the ball around until open teammate got well-timed passes and converted. More often than not, it was junior Grace Dower providing those passes, Dower picking up a season-best total of seven assists to go with her four goals for 11 points overall.Maggie Newton scored all five of her goals in the first half, with Navaroli also getting four goals. Riley Brogan scored twice as Anna McGlynn and Elizabeth Wamp each had one goal and one assist.Aside from Clere, Anna Vetsch, Katy Wangsness and Laura Canny earned goals for Marcellus, who finished its season with a 10-5 record and is still looking for its first-ever sectional title.Westhill also has not claimed a sectional championship, but with its 14-2 record, it arrived in the sectional semifinal with plenty of confidence, but South Jefferson quickly humbled them.Following an opening goal by Gianna Zerrillo at the 3:50 mark, the Spartans took control when Mackenzie Alexander scored twice and then assisted on a goal by Megan Whitley, all in a span of 29 seconds.South Jefferson protected that margin the rest of the first half, and then made another crucial spurt in the two minutes before halftime, with goals from Savannah Fish and Cassidy Burnash and then, most of all, another Alexander tally just 0.3 seconds before the horn.Westhill had a long time to think about its 8-3 deficit because, just as the second half was about to start, lightning in the area caused a 50-minute delay.Once the game resumed, the Warriors had all kinds of chances to get on the board, only to get turned back by South Jefferson goalie Paige Crandall, who finished with nine saves.The Spartans then reeled off four more goals before Rebecca Gilhooley ended the Warriors’ drought of more than 20 minutes when she found the net with 8:43 left.Zerrillo would add some late goals, giving her three for the night, as Grace Winkler and Caroline Miller also earned goals. But South Jefferson, led by Alexander (five goals, two assists) and Fish (four goals), moved on, with a chance at a second straight sectional title and Skaneateles in the way.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: girls lacrosseMarcellusskaneatelesWesthilllast_img read more

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