Close to Beau BidenHarris was born on October 20, 1964 in Oakland, California.Her father, Donald Harris, was an economics professor and her mother Shyamala Gopalan, was a breast cancer researcher.Her parents separated when Harris was about five years old and she and her sister Maya were raised by her mother, who died in 2009.Harris earned her undergraduate degree at historically black Howard University in Washington and is a proud member of “Alpha Kappa Alpha,” the oldest African-American sorority.She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, became a prosecutor and served two terms as a district attorney in San Francisco.She was elected attorney general of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014, the same year she married Douglas Emhoff, a lawyer with two children from a previous marriage.As attorney general, Harris developed a working relationship with Biden’s late son Beau, who held the same position in the state of Delaware. Beau Biden died of cancer in 2015.Her failure, however, to enact bold criminal justice reforms while attorney general dogged her presidential campaign and did not sit well with many black voters during the primaries.Harris was elected to the Senate in November 2016, becoming just the second black female senator ever.As a senator, she has employed tough questioning skills honed as a prosecutor, notably during the Senate confirmation hearing of Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She is now seeking to become the first female vice president of the United States.And with the 77-year-Biden expected to serve only a single term if elected, Harris would be favored to win the Democratic presidential nomination four years from now.That could give her a shot at more history-making — as the first female president of the United States.”Senator Harris is a tenacious and trailblazing leader who will make a great partner on the campaign trail,” said Susan Rice, who served as national security advisor under president Barack Obama and was also under consideration to be Biden’s running mate. Since ending her White House run and endorsing Biden, Harris has stepped up her criticism of President Donald Trump on a host of issues — from his handling of the COVID-19 outbreak to race to immigration.”Trump’s repeated racist rhetoric tries to place blame for his coronavirus failures on anyone but himself,” she tweeted recently. “It’s dangerous and it’s wrong — and has real life consequences for Asian Americans and Asian immigrants.”Harris’s own parents were immigrants to the United States — her father from Jamaica, her mother from India — and their lives and her own have in some ways embodied the American dream. ‘That little girl was me’Harris launched her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday in January 2019 at an event attended by 20,000 people in Oakland.She clashed with Biden during the first Democratic debate, chiding the former senator over his opposition to 1970s busing programs that forced integration of segregated schools.”There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public school, and she was bused to school every day,” she said. “And that little girl was me.”It provided her with a breakout moment and a bump in the polls but it was to prove short-lived. Harris dropped out of the race in December 2019 and endorsed Biden in March.Despite their debate clash, Biden has made it clear he does not hold a grudge, describing Harris as a “first-rate intellect, a first-rate candidate and a real competitor.”Harris voted for Trump’s impeachment at his Senate trial and to defeat him she has invoked the need to rebuild the “Obama coalition” — African Americans, Hispanics, women, independents and millennial.A tireless campaigner, Harris has a knack for personal connection and a steely demeanor that can give way to a million-watt smile.Along with her experience in the judicial, executive and legislative branches of government, Harris is expected to provide a jolt of energy to a White House campaign overshadowed by the coronavirus and economic crisis. Topics : Kamala Harris, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s pick to be his running mate in November’s election, has been a trailblazer all her life.”My mother used to have a saying,” the 55-year-old Harris is fond of recounting. “She would say to me ‘You may be the first to do many things but make sure you’re not the last.'”Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.
Here are four diseases that weaken leaders and damage their ability to produce results through others.Inability to Control Your Own State: If you want to prove that you have no real power, lose your temper and fly off the handle. An inability to control your own state is a sign of weakness, not power. The greater your ability to control your own state, especially when you are under pressure, the more powerful you are.Controlling your own state makes you a more compelling, more powerful leader.Inability to Exercise Patience and Tolerance: Losing your patience and demonstrating your intolerance over things that get under your skin is a sign of weakness. A leader holds people to a standard, but the real craft of leading is in how the leader upholds their standard.Patience and tolerance when dealing with people challenges demonstrates a type of caring that makes you easy to follow.Inability to Use Persuasion Over Force: The use of force, or formal authority, is the least effective tool in the leader’s toolbox (even though it is sometimes necessary). Great leaders infuse work with meaning, mission, and values. They use persuasion over force, building their case for a certain outcome, a certain set of behaviors.Inability to Be Compassionate: It’s okay to be a driver. It’s quite necessary that you hold people accountable as a leader. But your hard-charging drive needs to be matched by an equal measure of compassion. People are not a means to an end. They are the end.None of this means you compromise your standard. None of this means you are soft when it comes to protecting what matters. All of these ideas mean that you put people first, that you build them up instead of tearing them down, and that you live the values you want to instill in those you lead.QuestionsHow do you control your own state when you are under pressure? What do you do when you aren’t controlling your state?What do you do to exercise patience when your patience is tested?What causes you to resort to force, or formal, organizational chart authority, over persuasion?Would people use the word compassionate to describe you, even though you are a hard-charging driver? Or would they use some other word?
Ace shooter Gagan Narang fetched the first individual medal for the country by bagging silver medal as India launched their campaign in the Asian Games with two silvers on the opening day of competitions which was marked by the controversial elimination of Olympic hero Abhinav Bindra.Narang, the hero of the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi with four gold medals, claimed the silver in the 10m air rifle individual event and then teamed up with Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to add another silver in the team event.Barring Narang’s effort, none of the other shooters could make much impression at the Aoti shooting range where Bindra was controversially eliminated in the qualifying stage due to a “technical error” over a particular shot.The Indian camp cried foul over Bindra’s 42nd shot in the 60-shot preliminaries as they felt the Olympic gold medallist had shot nine but seven points were awarded.”The score given was a 7 but we were quite sure it was a 9. I went to Abhinav who also thought it was closer to 9 but was not sure about it. Had we protested and we would have lost two points as penalty. It was Abhinav’s call who had the team’s chances also in his mind,” said Indian coach Stanislaus Lapidus.Narang, the lone Indian to qualify for the individual finals, matched China’s 2004 Athens Olympic champion Zhu Qinan shot for shot before the latter captured the gold by shooting past his Indian Rival in the last three shots.The 27-year-old Narang settled for the silver after giving Qinan a run for his money in the ten-shot finals. He tallied of 700.7 points behind Qinan’s gold-winning effort of 702. Korean Kim Kwon won the bronze with 700.0.advertisement”I am extremely happy to have carried the Indian flag in the Opening Ceremony yesterday and I am very happy that we have won two silver medals. There are two more events left for me and I am hoping for the best,” said Narang who was initially reluctant to be the country’s flag-bearer as his event was scheduled early this morning.Away from the shooting ranges, there was little to cheer for the large Indian contingent with the shuttlers and women tennis players being knocked out in the first round of the team events. All the Indian cylists also fell by the wayside in the track eventsIn the team event, Narang, Bindra and Rajput combined for a score of 1783, a point adrift of gold medal winning Chinese team comprising Jikang Yu, Qinan Zhu and Yifei Cao. Korea settled for the bronze in this event.While Narang shot a score 597, Bindra and Rajput managed identical tallies of 593.Indian weightlifters fail to impress on Day One in Asian GamesIndians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.Indonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “There wasn’t a lot of juice in the game but we’ve got to play them,” Nurse said.Powell said the game gave Toronto an opportunity to fine-tune some things before the playoffs.“We’ve got to take advantage of these games and really work on some things with lineups, foundational defense, our offensive flow, pace, to get ready for the postseason,” he said.Wayne Selden scored 20 points and Shaquille Harrison had 15 as the Bulls lost for the seventh time in nine games. Chicago has lost two straight following a modest two-game winning streak.After making 2 of 16 attempts from 3-point range in their previous game, a 31-point loss to Utah, Chicago fared better from long range in this one, connecting on 8 of 23 attempts.Toronto led 56-41 at halftime and took an 85-72 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSBulls: Boylen is unsure if Markkanen will be able to play Wednesday against Portland. … G Kris Dunn (back) did not dress. … Markkanen missed his first seven shot attempts. Marakkanen made 6 of 20 attempts in Saturday’s loss to Utah.Raptors: Toronto signed G Jodie Meeks for the remainder of the season. Meeks appeared in two games with the Raptors last month while on a 10-day contract. … This was the first of three straight games against opponents who have at least 50 defeats. Toronto plays at New York on Thursday and visits Chicago Saturday. It’s the first time in Raptors history they’ve faced three consecutive 50-loss teams.FINE AT THE LINE Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Chicago forward Lauri Markkanen left after shooting 2 for 10 in 16 first-half minutes. Bulls coach Jim Boylen said Markkanen was suffering from fatigue.“He was feeling a little sluggish,” Boylen said. “We just felt it was the right thing to do to keep him out the second half. He’s been practicing hard, he’s been playing hard.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMarkkanen’s departure further weakened a Bulls lineup that was already without leading scorer Zach LaVine (bruised right thigh, right knee tendinitis) and forward Otto Porter Jr. (strained right rotator cuff). LaVine sat for the third straight game and Poerter missed his fourth straight.“It’s no secret we’re short-handed but I was really proud of our guys for battling and competing,” Boylen said. “We hung in there.” Google Philippines names new country director Toronto suffered its own injury setback when forward OG Anunoby left with 4:10 remaining in the fourth after he was accidentally hit in the head in a collision with Chicago’s Brandon Sampson. Anunoby stayed down for a few moments before being helped to the locker room. Anunoby, who scored 10 points in 25 minutes, said he felt dizzy following the hit but added that he felt “fine” after the game.The Raptors said Anunoby passed the concussion protocol and will be evaluated again Wednesday.Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry each scored 14 points before sitting out the final quarter, and Pascal Siakam had 13 points. The Raptors never trailed and avoided their first three-game home losing streak of the season. After losing to Oklahoma City last Friday, Toronto lost to Charlotte on Sunday on a half-court buzzer-beater by Jeremy Lamb.The Raptors improved to 30-9 at home. It’s the second straight season they’ve won at least 30 home games, and the fourth time in franchise history they’ve reached the mark.All 12 Raptors players scored at least two points as Toronto coach Nick Nurse gave his bench plenty of minutes against the lowly Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The teams combined to make 33 of 36 free throw attempts. Toronto made all 16 of its foul shots, while Harrison, Markkanen and Sampson each missed one.THIEVERYLeonard matched his season-high with six steals. His career-high is seven.TOO MANY MISTAKESThe Bulls committed 18 turnovers, leading to 25 points for the Raptors.“Too many turnovers for us,” Boylen said.UP NEXTBulls: Host Portland on Wednesday night.Raptors: At New York on Thursday night. MOST READ UAAP volleyball: UST bounces back from tough loss, crushes Adamson for 6th win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) scores as Chicago Bulls guard Wayne Selden (14) looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Already undermanned when the game began, the Chicago Bulls lost another key player at halftime of their latest loss.Norman Powell scored 20 points, Serge Ibaka had 16 and the Toronto Raptors beat Chicago 112-103 on Tuesday night, their eighth consecutive win over the struggling Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Bermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) ended the first quarter of this year with a widened net loss year over year.The company posted net loss of USD 18.7 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of 3.4 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.However, when compared to Q4 2017’s net loss of USD 151.4 million, loss was considerably narrowed in the first quarter of this year.Net voyage revenue decreased to USD 29.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, from USD 55.2 million recorded in Q1 2017.During the quarter, the time charter equivalent for NAT vessels was USD 11,200 per day per ship.“Going forward, prospects are good for NAT. The world economy is enjoying its strongest upswing since 2010. What is good for the world economy, is positive for NAT,” the company said.The company intends to replace the existing revolving credit facility with a new financing. The recapitalization program is expected to be finalized by the end of the second quarter of 2018. As explained, the recapitalization, when completed, should improve the company’s financial flexibility going forward.“NAT is well positioned when the tanker market improves. The historic average market rate for the last 25 years was about USD 30,000 per day per Suezmax vessel. Such earnings would give a free cashflow from NAT’s operations of about USD 160 million per year, which would pay back today’s market capitalization of NAT in less than 2 years. In contrast, a Suezmax vessel may trade for 25 years,” the company added.Earlier this month, NAT unveiled plans to sell two ships, thus reducing its fleet to 31 tankers.“This fleet adjustment must be seen in light of our three new vessels for delivery early July, end of August and end of October this year,” NAT explained.Currently, NAT fleet comprises 33 Suezmaxes — including three newbuilds — with an aggregate cargo capacity of 33 million barrels of crude oil.
Japanese shipping company Daitoh Trading has been linked to orders for five chemical/product tankers with compatriot builders.According to data provided by Intermodal, the company has placed an order for three 16,000 dwt vessels with Japan’s Fukuoka Shipbuilding, and for an additional two units with the shipbuilder’s subsidiary Usuki Shipyard.The three tankers are scheduled for delivery during the period from 2020 to 2021, while the two units from Usuki Shipyard would join their owner in 2019.The company did not unveil any financial details related to the tankers, which will feature 16,000 dwt, respectively.World Maritime News Staff
“Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker’s father has filed a lawsuit against car company Porsche, alleging wrongful death of his son.In the court documents obtained, the actor’s father, who is the executor of Walker’s estate, alleges the Porsche Carrera GT lacked certain safety features that could have saved the lives of Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, who was driving at the time of the accident, reported People magazine. Similar to the wrongful death lawsuit the actor’s daughter Meadow brought against the car company, Walker’s father states that the missing features include a stability control system, side-door reinforcements and a breakaway fuel line that could have stopped the car from catching on fire after it hit three trees.