20 Nov

Biden names Ron Klain, a decades-long confidant, as his chief of staff.

first_img“His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Mr. Biden said.- Advertisement – WILMINGTON, Del. — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative and a decades-long confidant, to be his White House chief of staff on Wednesday, the first step toward putting in place his administration’s senior leadership.Mr. Klain, a lawyer with deep experience on Capitol Hill, advising President Barack Obama and in corporate board rooms, served as Mr. Biden’s chief of staff when he was vice president and has been seen for months as the most likely choice to manage his team in the White House. Known for steady nerves, he also has a fierce wit, which he has frequently unleashed on President Trump on Twitter.- Advertisement – Advisers have said that Mr. Biden will announce other top White House staff members in the coming days, even as Mr. Trump refuses to accept the results of the election, tweeting “WE WILL WIN!” on Wednesday evening. – Advertisement – He was particularly critical of Mr. Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, having served as the “Ebola czar” under Mr. Obama during an outbreak of the deadly disease in 2014. A video of Mr. Klain lecturing Mr. Trump about the pandemic was widely viewed during the campaign.In a statement, Mr. Biden called Mr. Klain an “invaluable” adviser, noting in particular the work they did together during the economic crisis in 2009 and the Ebola outbreak. Mr. Klain has gone in and out of government over the past several decades, at times practicing as a lawyer and later working with Steve Case, the founder of AOL, in a venture capital investment firm called Revolution.Mr. Klain thanked his well-wishers in a tweet on Wednesday night, saying that he was “honored by the President-elect’s confidence” and that he would “give my all to lead a talented and diverse team in a Biden-Harris” White House.The choice of Mr. Klain, 59, who first went to work for Mr. Biden in the late 1980s when Mr. Biden was a senator from Delaware and Mr. Klain was a recent graduate of Harvard Law School, signals that the president-elect intends to rely on a tight circle of Washington insiders who have been by his side for years.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden is not likely to reveal his cabinet picks until around Thanksgiving, several people close to the transition said.last_img read more

21 Sep

Mackay tips Campbell for England

first_img “When the goals went in it was something quite incredible,” he said. “The stadium, the team, the staff and the fans did us proud in front of a worldwide audience. “The passion the people have got for this showed when the goals went in. “It is something that is going to be massively important for us going forward. They are our 12th man.” Despite conceding two goals at set-pieces, Pellegrini refused to single out any of his defenders or keeper Joe Hart, who hesitated when deciding whether to come for the ball for the first of Campbell’s brace. He said: “I have not seen them yet, but defending set-pieces is the duty of all the team. Not just the goalkeepers and the defenders. “It does not matter who is guilty with the two corners, conceding from two corners is too much, it is too important an area. “When we scored the first goal I thought it would be easier for us as we were playing a team defending with 10 players inside their box. “It was very difficult for us and I think while we did not do a very good match we did not play badly. “We had the patience to try and score, we did it but it was a pity with the two corners.” Few had given the Welsh club a chance of pulling off an upset in their first Barclays Premier League home game, and they fell behind to Edin Dzeko’s stunning strike early in the second half. But they hit back as Aron Gunnarsson tapped in from close range before Campbell lost Pablo Zabaleta twice from corners to head home and spark scenes of delirium at Cardiff City Stadium. Malky Mackay backed Fraizer Campbell to force his way into the England squad after the striker grabbed two goals in Cardiff’s stunning 3-2 win over Manchester City. Alvaro Negredo got a goal back for City in stoppage time, and spurned a last-gasp chance for an equaliser, but it was not enough as manager Maneul Pellegrini was given a rude awakening after their handsome opening win over Newcastle. Campbell’s career has been heavily affected by injuries since making his breakthrough at Manchester United, but his pace constantly troubled Joleon Lescott and his stand-in defensive partner Javi Garcia. His manager believes performances of this quality mean he could soon be adding to his solitary England cap. Mackay said: “I thought Fraizer Campbell gave their whole back four problems today. “He is someone I was delighted to get when we managed to get him in from Sunderland for £600,000. I thought it was an incredible bit of business on our behalf and he hit the ground running. “He needed to get fit and he needed to get sharper and he needed to regain belief in his own ability and that is what we gave him. “He worked hard over the summer and I now think I have a player there who has had an England cap and, over the piece, I think could force his way back into that squad if he keeps his head down and keeps working and playing like that against top, top players.” Mackay also praised the raucous support his side received from the 27,000-strong crowd as they claimed one of the most famous wins in the club’s history. Press Associationlast_img read more

14 Aug

Students share their thoughts on the FCA weekend that was at the Rock Springs 4-H Camp

first_imgClick here for a larger version of picture: by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For years, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Wellington load a bus and travel north to the Rock Springs 4-H Camp, south of Junction City, to participate in a weekend filled with sports activities intermixed with bible teaching and life lessens.Last weekend, 30 high school and 15 middle school students from Wellington got into a van very early Saturday morning to make the trip.  Once there each camp participant was assigned a “huddle” for the weekend – in which a group will play basketball, volleyball, soccer, long base and a few others.The team with the best record at the end of the weekend won the “towel”.  Huddles also had huddle time which include discussions from the bible and life lessons.  Everyone meets together for meals and for chapel time.  Chapel is a time for praise/worship songs and the main speaker.  The speaker for the weekend was a man named Jason Epperson.The theme for the weekend was “All In” for Jesus.The following are some of the weekend proses written by a few of those attending: “This year is the first year I decided to do FCA. FCA Conference was an experience I will never forget. At first, I was pretty “iffy” about the whole thing on whether or not I wanted to go, but in reality, I really didn’t know what I had been missing out on until I got there. It makes me wish I would’ve gone since my freshman year. Talking in my huddle about Jesus and going to chapel really got to me. Jason was an incredible preacher, and his message really clicked and stuck with me.  It made me realize that as long as you have faith in God, and go ALL IN, anything is possible.” — Jon Ryberg. “I had the privilege of being able to attend FCA Conference for my third time. Not only was it a great experience but Wellington was the biggest school there with 40 students.  One of my favorite things about Conference is getting to grow closer to God with some of my classmates. One of the many speakers there spoke out to me the most. His message was that I am too blessed to be stressed and I shouldn’t be because God will help me through anything. So, I’ve challenged myself to give compliments and encourage multiple people throughout my day and to be a light in our hallways.” — McKenna Oathout. “FCA conference never seems to fail. It’s a chance to grow in your faith, better yourself as a person, and become closer with your classmates. The hype that the FCA huddle members bring back into the hallways after a long weekend at conference, is something no one can deny. Students without a doubt can tell God has made a difference in each of our lives. FCA allows students at WMS and WHS to meet new people, and really expand in your knowledge of our savior. We are so lucky to have a school district that allows our group to be based out of our schools, and we are so so grateful to have such a large Huddle with more that 40 students attending each week. Its awesome to see your classmates pumped about Jesus! The most comforting feeling in the world is to know that you don’t stand alone in your walk with God.” — Allison McCue.Follow us on Twitter. “This was my first year attending the FCA conference, yet I have been to many things with my youth group just like it so no I didn’t feel weird or out of place. I felt the exact opposite actually. This was one of the best experiences of my life. From my AWESOME huddle to the fun activities to the CRAAZZYY chants to the amazing chapel service, I never wanted to leave. This was a time for me to further my walk with God and and just grow closer to him, and it made it easier to do that having so many other Christians my age around. The theme this year was going “All In” for God and I truly believe that’s where I am in my walk with him. I have made life long friendships and I have became a better leader from this conference. Yes, JESUS IS THE BEST THING I EVER FELT, I GET CRUNK ALL BY MYSELF!! (One of our many chants) — Katie Ledbetter. 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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Guest · 306 weeks ago Sounds like a wonderful experience for Wellington youth, positive and inspirational. Thanks for sharing some of your feelings and keep up the good work. Everyone can use some kind of encouragement or simply a positive remark. Wellington has so many young role models! Report Reply 0 replies · active 306 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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