The value of a clear understanding of your country’s objectives and the power of personal relationships — along with the wisdom of not drinking too much lemonade — were among the insights former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shared with a Harvard audience Thursday.“Personal relationships do ease things a lot,” said Albright, who served as secretary of state during President Bill Clinton’s second term from 1997 to 2001. “But you can’t let that personal relationship get in the way.”Albright was a guest of the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint effort by the Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Future of Diplomacy Project and the Program on Negotiation. She was joined on stage by the project’s three faculty directors: Nicholas Burns, professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics at HKS; Robert Mnookin, Samuel Williston Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS); and James Sebenius, Gordon Donaldson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS). The three faculty members co-teach the “Great Negotiators, Effective Diplomacy, and Intractable Conflicts” class, and their students were in the audience and able to press Albright further on key points.While introducing the panel, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria said the project is a perfect example of the One Harvard philosophy, aimed at bringing together the University’s various Schools and communities.The program at HBS’s Spangler Center, which ran for more than three hours, focused on Albright’s negotiations around key foreign policy issues, including the conflicts in the Balkans, relationships with Russia and China, attempts to reach a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, and efforts to secure a deal with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.Throughout, Albright returned to the importance of establishing personal relationships with her counterparts and using personal elements carefully to ease the heavy mechanisms of international diplomacy. To attain an objective, she said, it was indispensable to have a clear understanding of what the other side wanted out of negotiations. But it was also invaluable to understand the person on the other side of the table. “You don’t have to like everybody, but you have to learn what makes them tick,” she said.She talked about how her relationship with Russian Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov was helped by a duet they performed at an ASEAN diplomatic conference. But as the first female U.S. secretary of state, Albright said she felt that sometimes men, such as Serbian and Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milošević, believed they could establish that relationship through charm alone. It was not a good tactic. “I ultimately came to be known as not being a pushover,” she said dryly.Albright talked about the efforts made during her tenure to manage the United States’ relationship with Russia, and the great efforts made to respect that nation as it dealt with the consequences of its declining power in the ’90s.The United States made a large mistake by saying it had won the Cold War, implicitly painting the Russians as the losers, Albright reflected. “They felt like Bangladesh with missiles,” Albright said, repeating a striking phrase she once heard uttered by a Russian man interviewed not long after the breakup of the Soviet Union. The world is, in a way, now dealing with the consequences of that, she said.Albright also revisited negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. She mourned the lack of political will by those countries’ leaders to create the conditions for a lasting peace, which many observers thought was almost reached at the Camp David talks in 2000. But she also regaled the audience with tales of moody negotiators, holed up in rooms and asking for sightseeing trips to Civil War sights.The oddness of the negotiations was summed up by her experience with former Syrian President Hafez al-Assad. She had been warned by her predecessors of Assad’s use of “bladder diplomacy.” He would constantly offer tea and lemonade during negotiations, hoping the other side would call for a bathroom break and therefore lose face. Albright politely declined any beverage, she said, and won that small battle.Albright was the fourth U.S. secretary of state to speak to the project, after Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, and James Baker III. Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Hillary Clinton have also committed to participate.“The most important thing we can do as academics is to be rigorous in learning the lessons and then trying to make sense of those lessons for students and future generations,” Burns said. “I think that’s the great value of this project.” read more
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (July 19) – Brendon Gemmill picked off his second Dodge City Raceway Park triumph of the year by posting a $1,200 victory in Saturday night’s second annual IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Stampede.Gemmill raced past his father Troy 13 rounds into the 30-lapper before holding off Eddie Belec over the closing circuits for his second consecutive DCRP score.“I really didn’t feel comfortable out there, it was the first time we’ve had this car out this year,” Gemmill commented from victory lane following the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. “Sometimes the fastest car doesn’t win. This is one of those times.”Troy Gemmill gunned into the lead at the outset of the main event from his front row outside starting position with Brendon Gemmill chasing from the third starting position. Brendon moved in to challenge after eight laps before finally slipping underneath Troy for the lead entering turn one on the 13th lap. With the father-son Gemmill duo out front, 11th-starter Belec and 10th-starter Scott Drake moved to third and fourth by the 11th lap and made it four-way race for the point in short order.Belec finally made his way around Troy Gemmill on the 20th round and pulled alongside Brendon Gemmill in a battle for the lead before a caution flew for Mike Lunow with 23 laps in the books.Brendon Gemmill took off on the restart and kept Belec several car-lengths back the rest of the way with Troy Gemmill outlasting Drake for the show position. Jeff Hunter raced from 14th to round out the top five. Feature results – 1. Brendon Gemmill; 2. Eddie Belec; 3. Troy Gemmill; 4. Scott Drake; 5. Jeff Hunter; 6. Mike Petersilie; 7. Cole Traugott; 8. Beau Davis; 9. Randy Wilson; 10. Cale Osborn; 11. Austin Allen; 12. Jesse Richter; 13. Nick Link; 14. Joel Lane; 15. Ryan Heger; 16. Mike Wadel; 17. Mike Lunow; 18. Cody Gearhart; 19. Clay Sellard; 20. Tracy Link.Heat winners were Austin Allen, Joel Lane, Nick Link and Troy Gemmill. “B” feature winners were Wadel and Hunter. read more
After a difficult start to the season, the Gunners have produced a superb run of form to haul themselves above rivals Tottenham in the top four and they could yet snatch third place from Chelsea should other results go their way. Wenger feels it is testament to the strength of character of a squad which was rebuilt around Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud following the departure of Van Persie to Manchester United. “This team suffered for a very long time from a lack of confidence because you take the talisman away – Robin van Persie – and get the new players in, then you lose the first big games and suddenly we are faced with scepticism around the team. You could see that,” the Arsenal manager said. “That was the problem and balancing the team took a while, to find a formula to have a good balance in the team. “Since this has been back, we have been very efficient. “The Bayern Munich away game was very important, you could feel after that we could do it, that helped. “I never felt this team lacked focus or desire to do well, but we lacked confidence for a while. “The resources are there mentally and physically. “We have played for a long time under pressure now, so let’s just finish the job.” Arsene Wenger feels his Arsenal team have finally emerged from the shadow of Robin van Persie as they look to secure a place in the Champions League with victory at Newcastle on Sunday. Press Association read more
New Delhi: Brazilian legend Ronaldinho is set to marry two women at the same time, as per the reports. The former Barcelona star could tie the knot in August with his two ‘fiancees’ Beatriz Souza and Priscilla Coelho.The two women are living ‘harmoniously’ together with the World Cup winner since December at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion, as per reports.Ronaldinho, who is apparently ‘adept at polygamy,’ started dating Beatriz in 2016 while continuing his relationship with Coelho.Both of them receive an allowance of about £1,500 from Ronaldinho to spend wherever they want, as per reports.In Januray, the former Ballon d’ Or winner had given engagement rings to both of them as per a leading Brazilian daily.The trio are set to marry at a private ceremony inside the Santa Monica condominium in Rio, where Ronaldinho has been living since 2015, as per the Brazilian daily.Ronaldinho’s sister Deisi will not be attending the marriage as she is against her brother’s polygamy.Jorge Vercillo, the Brazilian singer has been confirmed as the one responsible for the wedding music, according to the reports.Earlier in March, during a trip to Japan with his samba music band, the 38-year-old former AC Milan star posted photos and a video of himself with both women to his 32 million followers of his Instagram page. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. read more
The Dungarvan native has been rewarded for her fantastic performances at full-back during the Women’s Rugby World Cup.Briggs excelled in all aspects of her game, but especially from the kicking tee as Ireland recorded victories over New Zealand, USA and Kazakhstan. Briggs’ performances also earned her a nomination for IRB Women’s Player of the Year.
Oh no it isn’t, oh yes it is, it’s that time of year again folks, when Moville open’s its doors to another successful Pantomime.This year, Moville Musical Society proudly presents Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from the 29th of January to Sunday 8th February.Tickets will be on sale in St Eugene’s Hall on Saturday the 24th January – from 11.00am – 3pm and from Monday 26th until Friday 3st from 11am – 2pm. Organisers have lined up 10 shows of the production which insiders describe as ‘sensational’….with two Sunday matinees which is always a huge hit with the children. Curtain is up on the first show next Thursday 29th Friday with shows on Saturday and a Sunday matinee. After a short break the show returns on the following Wednesday, February 4 for shows each night for the rest of the week through until Sunday.If the past four years are anything to go by, tickets are likely to sell out fast. Show producer John McIntyre said: “It seems like only yesterday when Eamon McLaughlin spurred me on to have a meeting in the town to bring back Moville pantomime after an 18 year lull.“It has been great to have been able to meet and work with some very good people, also with new people joining every year the show just keeps going from strength to strength.”With Mandie Bredin as the director, Tom Evans as the musical director and Sheila McLaughlin as the choreographer, they really do work well together in presenting another very good and entertaining pantomime. This year Maura Harkin was responsible for producing this year’s script and was ready from the start of October.The cast has also being very busy over the last few weeks with rehearsals taking place 2 nights a week. All cast members young and not so young, along with quite a few new cast members have shown once again great commitment, everyone involved has had great enjoyment both on and off stage.When it comes to a great Pantomime, you don’t need Broadway when you have Moville Musical Society in St Eugene’s Hall.The cast is made up of 12 main characters, 10 lovely singing chorus girls and boys, 25 junior chorus and 12 adorable little fairies all of which have been working very hard the past few weeks.It is impossible to mention everybody because there are so many people involved like the prop and que girls Katrina Doherty, Sheena Quigg and Laura Bonner. Also the prop Construction crew which is headed up by Paddy Gillespie and the men’s shed, Brendan Farren the stage artist.Carolyne O Donavan who has been very busy since before Christmas getting everyone kitted and fitted with their costumes to make sure everyone looks their best on stage. From front stage to back stage, from tea ladies to ushers, from lights to sound, around 100 people working every night to make the show possible and with great help from the local business who support the show each year it really is a great community effort.Tickets are priced at 6 euro for Adults and 3 euro for children under 12 years. Sure what else would you be doing? Remember folks tickets go on sale in st.eugene’s hall on Saturday 24th January at 11am. OH NO IT ISN’T! OH YES IT IS…AS MOVILLE MUSICAL SOCIETY GETS READY TO PANTO! was last modified: January 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:movilleMusical SocietyPantomime read more