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Popularity of France'' s upstart new president fading quickly

Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017|4 p.m.

PARIS– Emmanuel Macron’s honeymoon didn’t last long.

Less than three months after his election, France’s energetic and image-conscious president has seen his popularity drop after announcing budget cuts, releasing a dissentious labor reform and participating in a damaging dispute with the military.

A series of opinion surveys recently revealed the portion of French residents who said they were pleased with Macron’s policies and trusted their young leader to handle the country’s issues plunging. The turnaround might not impact the noticeable worldwide profile he has actually cut because taking office, but it might harm Macron’s capability to secure his enthusiastic domestic agenda.

France’s Ifop ballot agency put it candidly: “Apart from Jacques Chirac in July 1995, a newly elected president has actually never ever seen his appeal rate falling as rapidly during the summer after the election.”

Four surveys over the previous week showed Macron’s assistance down dramatically from earlier surveys, though every one determined appeal differently. The polls by Ifop, Harris Interactive, YouGov and Elabe showed in between 36 and 54 percent of respondents with favorable views of Macron’s presidency, a decline from previous evaluates of public opinion that likewise had shown his approval ratings down because he won 66 percent of the vote in the Might election.

His declining approval is striking given that Macron was being credited 2 months back with giving France a boost of much-needed confidence after years of security fears and economic stagnation. Progressively, he rather is portrayed as power-hungry and inexperienced.

The French media have begun calling Macron “Jupiter,” a referral to the mythological king of the Roman gods and exactly what is perceived as the president’s superior attitude after he upended France’s political landscape and shot from relative obscurity to the nation’s leading post at age 39.

While struggling in the house, Macron has actually succeeded in raising France’s diplomatic profile, hosting meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump and Libyan peace talks in Paris.

Jean-Daniel Levy, director of the Policy and Opinion Department at the Harris Interactive polling institute, connects the president’s appeal slide to the government’s plans to lower housing help for trainees and to initiate tax reform. The reform aims to help lower-income employees, but might weigh on retired people.

Macron’s image likewise took a hit during his standoff with the French military chief over spending plan cuts. Gen. Pierre De Villiers resigned and was rapidly replaced, but some saw last month’s public disagreement as proof of the president’s authoritarian tendencies.

Macron has actually assured to improve defense costs to 2 percent of gross domestic product by 2025 as part of France’s dedications to NATO, however the federal government announced a reduction of 870 million euros in military costs for this year.

The government also released the labor reforms that were main to Macron’s campaign promise to enhance France’s lagging economy through pro-free market policies. Modifications would include capping the potential financial penalties for companies demanded shooting workers and providing organisations greater leeway to set workplace guidelines rather of counting on cumulative bargaining contracts.

Labor unions and France’s far-left celebrations are battling the reforms, stating they would damage hard-won worker defenses. Critics likewise resent the method Macron is trying to speed their approval. The government is invoking a special treatment to prevent a lengthy dispute in parliament.

Daniel Fasquelle, a lawmaker from the conservative The Republicans celebration knocked Macron for exactly what he called the “will to weaken all opposition” and for refusing to offer interviews. Except for carefully choreographed photo chances, the president has distanced himself from the media. He canceled the traditional Bastille Day television interview.

“These are excesses the French judge more harshly and they are right,” Fasquelle stated on France’s Info radio. “It simply means the president is not up to the task … He’s spending for his own lack of experience. Perhaps he got too quickly, too soon, high responsibilities that are overwhelming him.”

Macron has consistently alerted that his promised spending cuts and labor reforms would be hard initially and hinted that critics are simply terrified of change. Governmental aides chose not to discuss recently’s poll numbers as they had actually done throughout Macron’s election project.

Federal government spokesperson Christophe Castaner acknowledged that Macron has actually been standoffish with the press, however used an alternative explanation to inexperience or overwhelm.

“Nobody can blame him (Macron) for rarely speaking,” Castaner informed press reporters. “I understand it can aggravate a bit. I understand it can be questioned. But I think you and I should get utilized to it due to the fact that the president has actually chosen not to be an analyst (of the news), but an actor.”

Macron is expected to return from his August vacation to a hard September, with unions and far-left parties requiring street demonstrations against his proposed labor reforms.

Cardona Called 2017 President'' s Classified Employee of the Year

Flor Cardona, a public service intern I with the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach, was called the 2017 President’s Classified Employee of the year Tuesday.

Private short articles on each of the winners will appear online in the UNLV News Center in coming weeks, as will a story on Barbara Roberts, who was called this spring as the 2017 Administrative Employee of the Year.

Twenty-Five Year Awards

Steven Hunter, Custodial Providers

Gwen Jones, Auxiliary Financial Solutions

Susie Lafrentz, Political Science

Elaine Rojas, Controller’s Office

Kelvin Woods, Thomas & & Mack Center

Twenty-Year Awards

Maria Calderon, Registrar

Jeffrey LaGesse, Parking and Transportation Solutions

Robert Lucas, Custodial Providers

Shyama Malwane, School of Life Sciences

Debra McCracken, University Libraries

Jason Nibert, Custodial Services

Debbi Vaughan, Registrar

Pamela Walker, Facilities Management

Sandra Ziegler, Parking and Transport Solutions

Fifteen-Year Awards Dawn Adams, Mail Providers Giorgina Agrellas, Harrah College of Hotel Administration Ramiro

Arevalo Tobar, Thomas & Mack Center Patricia Butler, Lee Company School Ronald Castillo, Custodial Solutions Connie

Dye, College of Liberal Arts Ruth

Flores, Thomas & Mack Center Gerald

Green, Student Union & Event Providers

Maria Ines Rojas, Geoscience Anthony Jackson,

Campus Life Facilities & Operations Dedric Jenerett, Thomas & Mack Center Walter Jenson, Thomas & Mack Center Isabelle Johnson, Integrated & Marketing &

Branding Eugene Kahaunaele & Jr., Facilities

Management Jason Kono, Thomas & Mack Center

Natasa Korceba, College of Sciences Thomas Labar, Office

of Information Technology Xin Mai, William S. Boyd School

of Law Jamille Malone &, Student Wellness

Patrick McGhee, Thomas & Mack Center Soila

McKay, Authorities Providers Joyce Moore, University

Libraries Valerie Nehmer, Workplace of Online Education John Padilla, Parking and Transport Providers Emilio Ramirez &, Custodial Solutions Christine Rich, Academic Enrichment

and Outreach Jerry Robinson, Continuing Education Maricarmen Rodriguez, Thomas & Mack Center Marice

Seda, University Libraries Scott Taylor, Police Solutions Christopher West, Facilities Upkeep

Services Ten-Year Awards Ana Aguilar, School of Dental

Medicine Yusuf Alliyani, Police Solutions

Elaine Anderson, Faculty & Affairs Violetta

Aromin, UNLV Structure Miguel

Avila, School of Dental

Medicine Tiawanda Azouma, Custodial Solutions

Jesus Baldonado, Custodial Solutions Betty Baugh, Custodial Solutions Angelita Bialoglovski, School of Dental

Medicine Kelly Boan, William S. Boyd School

of Law Ellen Bolt, Trainee Wellness

Henry Bullard, Custodial Solutions Blanca Burch

, Custodial Providers

Valerie Calbert, Harrah College of Hotel Administration Maria Campos, William S. Boyd School of Law Carmen Chang, William S. Boyd School of Law

Claudia Corlett, Auxiliary Financial Providers

Joe Cothrun, Facilities Upkeep

Services Sara Covert, School of Dental

Medicine Jennifer Cozzolino, Student Accounts and Cashiering Jonathan Culver, Cops Solutions Adrian Dalalo

, School of Dental Medicine Sara Duarte

, Student Union & Event Providers Richard

Ensigne, Custodial Providers

Kimberly Ensigne, Harrah College of Hotel Administration Victor Espejel, Student Union & Event Solutions Theresa Farmer, Workplace of Decision Assistance Joseph Fernane, Custodial Services

Cherisha Gaitor, School Life Trainee Union & Occasion

Providers Mary Ganny, College & of Education John Gaudet, Thomas & Mack Center Ana Hacsi, College

of Education Dinora Hernandez, Custodial Services May Herschaft, School of Dental Medicine Gilda Holliday &, Facilities Management Darrell Johnson, Authorities Solutions Laura-Georgiana

Jule, Admissions and Recruitment Jonathan Keanini, Parking and Transport Solutions

Vincent King, Custodial Services Amy Kluesner, Custodial Providers Nora Langendorf, Center for Health Info Analysis Candia Little, William S. Boyd School

of Law Stephani Loffredo, Police Providers Carol Lopez, School of Dental Medication Tyrone Love, Custodial Services Lisa Lozon, UNLV Structure Vanessa Mann, Thomas & Mack Center

Maria Margarita Flores, Academic Enrichment and Outreach Maria Martinez, School of Dental Medicine

Leslie Matys, Landscape Grounds &

Arboretum Sandra Moore, Intercollegiate Sports Sandra Obenour-Dowd, Landscape Grounds & Arboretum Francisco Orozco Maciel, Payroll Paul Orr,

Custodial Services Patricia Pablo, College

of Sciences Tiffani Peoples, School

of Dental Medication Christopher Rapanos, Facilities Maintenance Services

Janeen Reza, College of Education Mark Sakurada, Authorities

Solutions Cristina Scoble, English Language Center

Donald Sims, Authorities Services Elizabeth Smith, Geoscience Joann Stevens, Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Brian Townsend, Controller’s Office & Rachelle Weigel

, University Libraries Eileen Wells,

Police Services

Michael West, Police Services Maritza White, Black Mountain Institute Amanda White, Custodial Services Alcinia Whiters, Brand Marketing and Interaction Five-Year Awards Mark Ashabranner, Facilities Management Christopher Barragato, University

Libraries Joan Beneduce, Trainee Wellness Imelda Benito-Manzao, School of Dental

Medicine Elsida Brito, School of Dental Medication Flor Cardona, Academic Enrichment and Outreach Katherine Caroon, School of Dental Medication Johnnie Davis, Facilities Management Orlakdy Douangprachanh, Facilities Management Darlene Girouard, College of Hotel

Administration Marjorie Guerra, School of

Dental Medication Craig Hall Jr., Academic

Enrichment and Outreach James Hamilton Jr., Facilities

Management Cheryl Kelton,

College of Hotel Administration Jose Lopez,

Shipping & Receiving Sheryl Magsino, School of Dental Medication Jaclyn Matta, Trainee Wellness

Jared Nitz, School of Dental Medication

Mirely Ramirez, School of Dental Medicine

Elaine Reff, Human Resources Gaelinn Tino, School

of Dental Medicine April Vomvas, College of Liberal Arts Randy Wallingford, Facilities Management

Keith Widmann, College of Find Arts Retirees

Edith Caldwell, College of Engineering Advising Center

Joan Carter, Rish Management & Safety Romeo Castillo, Facilities Maintenance Providers Max

Hardy, Reprographics Kim Hobbs

, Theatre (posthumous) Karen Kita, Music

Martha Koch, Educational Psychology & Greater

Education Mark Miyamoto, Chemistry and Biochemistry Marlana Peacock, Workplace of the President John Pekarek, Landscape Grounds & Arboretum James Rudnik, Police Providers Nancy Rutherford

, Facilities Upkeep Solutions Ann Sattler, Facilities Upkeep Providers Carol Smith, Custodial Providers Rookie

of the Year Nominees Remedios Almazan, Journalism

and Media Studies Irene Arakaki, School of Dental Medication

Marie Arroyo, Management, Entrepreneurship & Technology Theresa Boucher, Lee Service School Laura Callihan, Department of Educational & Medical Studies Michelle Fearnley

, Alumni Engagement Susan Gearling, Department of Film Susan Hall

, Lee Company School Amanda Kehrer, Philanthrophy & Alumni Engagement Marcela Kofford, Lee Organisation School Kristina Mejia

, College of Education Yahaira Mendez, Federal government Affairs & Natasha Tocco,

Psychology Breann Wickerson, Marketing & International Company Tanya Williams, Philanthrophy & Alumni

Engagement Abby Wood, Student Affairs Upkeep

Worker of the Year Candidates Elaine

Anderson, Vice Provost Faculty

Affairs Patricia Butler, Lee Service School Maria Caleron

, Office of the Registrar Anna Drury, Lee Organisation School Shannon Farrell, Summer Term Haik Gooroyan, School

of Music Ellen King-McDaniel, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement Lisa Lozon

, Philanthropy & Alumni Engagement

Ruth McKoin, Elder Vice Provost

for Academic Affairs Jared Nitz, School

of Dental Medication Jim Stinar, Student Affairs Upkeep Mary Wahl, Physical Therapy Ivona Zakarian, Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Trump attorney states president not under investigation

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Andrew Harnik/ AP Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and White House Senior citizen Consultant Jared Kushner listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White Home in Washington.

Sunday, June 18, 2017|4 p.m.

WASHINGTON– A member of the president’s outdoors legal group said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal examination, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt.”

Appearing on a series of morning news programs, lawyer Jay Sekulow consistently stressed that “the president has not been and is not under investigation.” He stated a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the broadening probe into Russia’s election meddling.

As proof, Sekulow stated that Trump has not been informed of any investigation. He likewise mentioned the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey stated he had informed Trump he was not under examination in the months preceeding his May 9 shooting.

Inquired about the possibility that an examination has actually considering that established and the president just does unknown, Sekulow said: “I can’t read people’s minds, however I can tell you this, we have not been alerted that there’s an examination to the president of the United States. So that– absolutely nothing has altered in that regard considering that James Comey’s testimony.”

The Post reported last week that Robert Mueller– the special counsel designated to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election– was checking out whether Trump obstructed justice. Mueller was selected by Deputy Attorney general of the United States Rod Rosenstein and has extensive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

The president composed on Twitter Friday: “I am being investigated for shooting the FBI Director by the guy who informed me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”

“Witch hunt” has ended up being Trump’s favored expression to dismiss the probe into Russian election interference. The message apparently referred to Rosenstein, whose role leading the federal examination has actually ended up being increasingly made complex. The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump’s choice to fire Comey, but Trump’s firing of the FBI director may now become part of the probe.

The president has actually denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russia and has likewise contested that he’s tried to obstruct the investigation into his project’s possible role in Russia’s election-related hacking.

The president has directed a few of his disappointment at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen. Marco Rubio stated Sunday that he does not anticipate Trump to seek to fire them.

“I don’t believe it’s going to take place,” stated Rubio on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The best thing that could take place for the president, and the country, is a full and trustworthy examination.”

Trump is under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private discussions with Comey. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Home intelligence committee, stated that the panel– overseeing among several congressional examinations– is looking forward to getting an action from the White House on whether recordings exist.

The president suggested on Twitter that he might have taped those conversations. Schiff said he desires the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and “it was an idle threat.”

The committee sent out a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn looking for a response by this Friday. It also sent out a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos. Schiff stated if the panel can’t get a response then he believes a subpoena will be required.

Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Chief law officer Jeff Sessions points to indications of possible blockage by Trump that warrant further investigation. Schiff cited that the president at one meeting “cleared the space” of advisors and asked to speak with Comey alone. Comey testified to Congress that Trump then asked him to back off the examination into his fired nationwide security consultant, Michael Flynn.

“That signifies this president knew all too well that it was improper,” Schiff stated.

And Senate intelligence committee member Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, worried that the probe will likely last for a very long time. King stated the “collusion, the cooperation aspect of the examination is not over.” He included: “A great deal of people have stated, ‘When do you think you’ll be done?’ Perhaps completion of the year. This is a very intricate matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence files, great deals of witnesses. There’s a great deal of details yet to go.”

While aides have actually encouraged Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he invested the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

In a two-part tweet posted prior to 7 a.m., Trump composed: “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN program is doing effectively despite the diversion of the Witch Hunt.”

Sekulow appeared on NBC’s “Fulfill journalism,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” CBS’s “Face the Country” and “Fox News Sunday” on Fox. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS. Schiff spoke on ABC’s “Today”and King spoke on NBC.

Borgata president accepts MGM Resorts post

Thursday, May 18, 2017|10:25 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.– The president of Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino & & Medspa has accepted a new position with MGM Resorts.

Tom Ballance will become executive vice president of operations after he spends the summer transitioning and working to identify a follower.

Balance was a senior vice president when he was picked to lead at Borgata in December 2012.

Ballance worked for Borgata for 5 years prior to it opened in 2003 as the gambling establishment’s vice president of development. Prior to that, he worked for 17 years at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City.

He began operating in Atlantic City as a food-service waiter in 1980 at the city’s original Golden Nugget gambling establishment.

President lands a punch, and many hear echoes of Watergate

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Carolyn Kaster/ AP The White Home is seen in Washington, Tuesday night, Might 9, 2017. President Donald Trump quickly fired FBI Director James Comey on Might 9, 2017, ousting the country’s top law enforcement official in the middle of an investigation into whether Trump’s campaign had ties to Russia’s election meddling.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017|2 a.m.

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WASHINGTON– In significantly casting aside James Comey, President Donald Trump fired the man who might have assisted make him president– and the male who possibly most threatened the future of his presidency.

Not since Watergate has a president dismissed the person leading an investigation bearing on him, and Trump’s decision late Tuesday afternoon drew immediate comparisons to the Saturday Night Massacre when President Richard Nixon bought the firing of Archibald Cox, the unique district attorney checking out the so-called third-rate break-in that would eventually bring Nixon down.

In his letter informing Comey that he was terminated as FBI director, Trump made a point of keeping in mind that Comey had three times told the president that he was not under examination, Trump’s way of pre-emptively denying that his action was self-interested. But in fact, he had plenty at stake, considered that Comey had actually said openly that the bureau was examining Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election and whether any partners of Trump’s campaign were collaborating with Moscow.

The decision stunned members of both celebrations, who saw it as a brazen act sure to inflame an already politically explosive investigation. For all his unconventional actions in his almost four months as president, Trump still has the capacity to shock, and the idea of firing an FBI director in the midst of such an examination crossed all the typical lines.

Trump might have assumed that Democrats so hated Comey because of his actions in 2015 in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server that they would support or at least acquiesce to the dismissal. But if so, he miscalculated, as Democrats rushed to condemn the relocation and need that an unique counsel be designated to make sure that the Russia investigation be independent of the president.

The relocation exposed Trump to the suspicion that he has something to conceal and might strain his relations with fellow Republicans who might watch out for safeguarding him when they do not have all the facts. Many Republicans issued mindful declarations on Tuesday, however a couple of expressed misgivings about Comey’s termination and required an unique congressional examination or independent commission to take over from your house and Senate Intelligence committees now looking into the Russia episode.

The appointment of a successor to Comey could touch off a furious fight considering that anybody he would choose would immediately come under suspicion. A confirmation fight might easily distract Trump’s White Home at a time when it wants the Senate to concentrate on passing legislation to repeal former President Barack Obama’s healthcare law.

Trump did little to help his case by arguing that he was dismissing Comey over his handling of the investigation into Clinton’s e-mail, given that he pledged as a prospect to toss her in prison if he won. Couple of discovered it plausible that the president was truly troubled by Comey’s decision to openly announce days before the election that he was reopening the case, a move Clinton and other Democrats have stated tilted the election toward Trump.

“It’s beyond credulity to believe that Donald Trump fired Jim Comey because of the method he handled Hillary Clinton’s e-mails,” John D. Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman, said in an interview. “Now more than ever, it’s time for an independent examination.”

Podesta kept in mind that Attorney general of the United States Jeff Sessions had suggested the dismissal. “The attorney general of the United States who said he recused himself on all the Russia matters advised the firing of the FBI director in charge of examining the Russia matters,” he stated.

Defenders said Trump’s action would not circumvent the FBI investigation, which would go forward with career agents. “This does not stop anything,” Ken Cuccinelli, a previous Virginia attorney general and ally of Trump, stated on CNN. “The notion that this is going to stop the investigations going on is ludicrous.”

While Trump said he acted at the urging of Sessions, he had left little doubt about his personal sensations towards Comey or the Russia examination in recent days. “The Russia-Trump collusion story is a total hoax, when will this taxpayer moneyed charade end?” he composed on Twitter on Monday.

The Watergate contrast was inevitable. When Cox, the unique prosecutor, subpoenaed Nixon for copies of White House tapes, the president purchased that he be fired. Both Chief law officer Elliot Richardson and his deputy, William Ruckelshaus, refused and resigned rather. The third-ranking Justice Department official, Lawyer General Robert H. Bork, complied with Nixon’s order and fired Cox.

Democrats saw parallels.

“This is Nixonian,” Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., stated in a declaration.

“Not because Watergate have our legal systems been so threatened and our faith in the self-reliance and stability of those systems so shaken,” included Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

Even an enduring ally of Trump’s, Roger Stone Jr., drew a connection as he safeguarded the president. “Someplace Cock Nixon is smiling,” Stone, who worked for Nixon and is amongst the Trump partners dealing with FBI analysis, said in an interview. “Comey’s trustworthiness was shot. The irony is that Trump saw him speak about bumbling the Hillary investigation, not the Russia investigation– and chose it was time to get rid of him.”

At least one Twitter user made the argument that Trump had gone where even Nixon had not. The Nixon presidential library published a photo of Nixon on the telephone with the message: “FUN REALITY: President Nixon never ever fired the Director of the FBI #FBIDirector #notNixonian.”

Ever since Watergate, presidents have hesitated to handle FBI directors, no matter how disappointed they were. The only exception was President Expense Clinton, who fired William S. Sessions in 1993 after ethical concerns were raised against him, and was accused of acting politically. The successor he designated, Louis J. Freeh, ended up being even more of a headache for Clinton as he helped independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr investigate the president. But Clinton never ever ran the risk of the political reaction that would have come had he dismissed Freeh.

Robert S. Mueller III threatened to resign as FBI director throughout President George W. Bush’s administration if a secret security program he considered illegal were continued, and Bush backed down instead of risk the scandal that would have occurred. Joining Mueller because threat, as it took place, was a deputy chief law officer named James Comey. Bush eventually modified the legal justification in a manner that made the cut with Mueller and Comey and enabled the security to move forward.

Timothy Naftali, a former director of the Richard M. Nixon governmental library, said Trump’s dismissal of Comey was not a direct parallel to the Saturday Night Massacre due to the fact that he was not appointed specifically to examine the 2016 project.

“With or without Mr. Comey, the FBI will continue to examine the 2016 project as it relates to Russian intervention,” Naftali stated. “This is another sort of error. Unless Attorney General Sessions can prove malfeasance or gross neglect by Comey, the timing of this action further deepens suspicions that President Trump is concealing something.”

Ice Cube, president of Raider Country, accepts relocation

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Marcio Jose Sanchez/ AP Rap artist Ice smiles before an NFL football video game between the Oakland Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014.

As associated with the Raiders as the team’s pirate logo, Ice is the self-proclaimed president of Raider Nation.

From his days with rap group N.W.A. making the team popular with the street culture, to rocking their gear in different films as well as producing an ESPN documentary on the Raiders, “Straight Outta L.A.,” no one is a bigger fan of the silver and black than Ice.

At the draft for his 3-on-3 basketball league, the Big3, on Sunday at the World Hollywood, Ice Cube spoke with the Sun about how the Raiders fit in Las Vegas and why he chose the city for not only the draft for his league however the champion this summer season at T-Mobile Arena.

Exactly what was your reaction to the Raiders being authorized to relocate?

I enjoyed for Vegas, sad for Oakland. If the Raiders cannot come to L.A., the only town that I would anticipate them to be in is Las Vegas. When they came to Los Angeles in the early ’80s, it was amazing for the city. The city galvanized around the group, which’s going to take place here in Las Vegas. I’ll be here, you know, being the president of the Raider Nation. I got ta go where my group go.

I’ll be here cheering them on. The entire town is excited, and absolutely nothing brings a city together like a sports franchise.

The Raiders fanbase appears like it will go anywhere the team goes. Why is that?

The spirit of how the group was put together, the spirit of Al Davis, to put a team together that was everything about winning– that’s what individuals are. We’re bottom-line individuals. That truly resonates with fans, then you add a pirate in the mix and you got everyone engaged. It’s a best team and a best market and a perfect image for football.

How does Las Vegas fit in the Raiders culture?

They’re right up the Raiders Nation street here (in Las Vegas). If the team might go anywhere, this is the location. It just seems like the Raiders. Las Vegas is a town that is everything about winning, and the Raiders are everything about winning. It ain’t really about how you get there, it has to do with becoming a champion.

Is relocation to Las Vegas simpler because the Southern California fanbase is better?

Without a doubt. Raider Nation is big. You have numerous individuals going from L.A. as much as Oakland, so you’ll have that exact same quantity of people coming out here to Vegas.

Why did you select Las Vegas not only for the combine and Big3 draft, however for the finals also?

It’s an entertainment mecca. We seemed like it would be terrific for the guys to come to a location where they can enjoy themselves as well as prepare yourself to play some great basketball and hopefully get drafted. We felt like this was a fantastic spot. We’re having the championship here at the T-Mobile Arena on Aug. 26, so it resembles let’s start here then return to the scene of the criminal activity for the champion.

Players said that having you associated with the league made it that much more legitimate. What does that say about you and your location in basketball culture?

I think I have actually done things right in my profession. I take this (Big3) very major. I’ve really overlooked a few of my films and music to make sure this is right, and I believe they trust my brand name and they understand I wouldn’t come to them if I wasn’t willing to make it right.

Is among those films you’ve been neglecting the next installment of the “Friday” series?

Nah, that’s in the works. It’s just harder than exactly what individuals believe to create.

Will the NBA sign up with the mix in Las Vegas?

That’s really up to the NBA. I make certain that Vegas would love it. This has ended up being a huge sports town right now.

So your league is a 3-on-3 league. Who’s on your dream 3-man team?

Give me Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

UNLV Names Mary S. Croughan Vice President for Research and Economic Development

UNLV has selected Mary S. Croughan as its next Vice President for Research study and Economic Advancement, effective July 31.

An experienced administrator and scientist with more than 30 years of experience in higher education, Croughan is currently executive director of the Research study Grants Program Office for the University of California (UC) systemwide Office of the President.

At UNLV, Croughan will lead the university’s general research study and financial development effort, which includes oversight of research infrastructure, compliance, and efforts, along with patent and licensing activities. She will also be responsible for owning economic development through industry and state/federal firm collaborations, working carefully with campus leadership to create and enhance collaborative research study programs, and partnering on the continued advancement of the university’s research park.

“Mary is a proven leader and prolific researcher whose vision and breadth of experience make her the perfect person to guide the university forward in research study and financial advancement,” stated Diane Chase, UNLV executive vice president and provost. “She has great internal perspective on the function of research in college and excellent external contacts that will allow UNLV to develop the kinds of partnerships we have to get to the next level.”

Croughan has been a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medication because 1987 and has actually taught, conducted research, developed research study policy, and functioned as vice chair for the department of household and neighborhood medication.

In 2010 she was named executive director of the Research Grants Program Office, where she currently oversees a broad grant-making portfolio for the UC system and handles three additional research study programs on behalf of the State of California. As a working group co-chair for the UC Commission on the Future in 2009-10, she helped lead development of the tactical strategy for the UC system’s research study undertakings.

“Fantastic universities are specified by the depth and breadth of their faculty and research study enterprise, and I’m anticipating constructing on the remarkable momentum currently in place at UNLV,” stated Croughan. “We will continue to support excellence, gain access to, and diversity across all research activities on school; strengthen the nexus between teaching and research; and inspire new activity and collaborations that will push us closer to realizing our Leading Tier vision.”

An epidemiologist with a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, Croughan is likewise an accomplished scientist whose work on infertility has actually been supported by the NIH and other federal agencies. Her research includes a longitudinal research study on the health results of more than 50,000 ladies and their partners who looked for or were dealt with for infertility over 3 years, work which has the prospective to inform ladies’s reproductive options worldwide.

While at UCSF, she worked closely with the National Institutes of Health on the NIH Roadmap and advancement of the National Kid’s Research study, and with federal companies on congressional development of HIPAA policies and standards. From 1987 to 2004, she likewise developed and directed a practice-based research study network at UCSF with more than 600 medical care physicians that was lauded as amongst the nation’s best.

Croughan has worked as chair for the UC system-wide Academic Senate and as president of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research study. From 2012 to 2013, she completed an American Council on Education Fellowship at the University of Miami with President Donna Shalala.

Planned Parenthood president ‘proud’ of fetal tissue work

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In this Oct. 3, 2014, file image, Cecile Richards, Planned Being a parent president, speaks in Orono, Maine.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015|5:06 p.m.

WASHINGTON– In Planned Being a parent’s very first congressional look considering that the release of undercover videos, the group’s president is safeguarding its provision of fetal tissue for researchers and castigating Republicans for not examining the anti-abortion lobbyists who furtively made the recordings.

In testimony gotten ready for a hearing Tuesday, Cecile Richards said the organization’s contribution of tissue from aborted fetuses is a “minuscule” part of its work proving health services for females. She said the group has nearly 700 centers however obtains fetal tissue in less than 1 percent of them.

“Planned Parenthood is happy of its limited function in supporting fetal tissue research study,” she stated, saying that the contributions have actually helped researchers search for treatments.

Abortion opponent David Daleiden acquired the videos by posing as an executive of a phony company looking for to provide fetal tissue to researchers. Richards said Daleiden, despite 3 years of doing that, didn’t entrap any Planned Parenthood officials into doing anything illegal.

“It is clear they acted fraudulently and unethically– and maybe illegally,” Richards stated. “Yet it is Planned Being a parent, not Mr. Daleiden, that is presently subject to four congressional examinations” by the GOP-run Congress.

Congressional Democrats have actually required that Daleiden be called to affirm, but Republicans have actually overlooked those pleas.

The videos ignited a political uproar among conservatives and Republicans that has restored abortion as a powerful concern for the 2016 governmental and congressional projects, with many GOP governmental candidates condemning the group.

Conservatives’ needs that Congress cut Planned Being a parent’s federal payments– for which Republicans lack the votes to succeed– indirectly contributed to the GOP unrest that prompted Home Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to announce his resignation last week. The organization receives about a third of its $1.3 billion yearly budget, around $450 million, from federal coffers, mainly compensations for dealing with Medicaid patients.

Richards’ testament was provided by the Home Oversight and Federal government Reform Committee, where she was set to appear. Her prepared remarks consisted of little her company has not already said because the abortion opponents started releasing the videos in July.

Conservatives and some Republican politicians state Planned Parenthood has broken federal laws forbidding sales of fetal tissue for profit. The group has actually denied breaking any laws.

Leaving Fremont Street Experience president to sign up with Stevens’ downtown casino business

Jeff Victor, the outgoing president of the Fremont Street Experience, has been hired to help run the downtown Las Vegas homes controlled by gambling establishment executive Derek Stevens.

Stevens revealed in a declaration today that Victor would join his business as vice president of operations starting Nov. 1. Victor said Sept. 9 that he would step down from his existing position at the end of the month, concluding more than nine years of service at the Fremont Street organization.

“I came right here to do a fix-up and turnaround, and I ended up falling for the job and the street, and in certain I fell in love with downtown,” Victor stated in an interview.

Stevens and his brother have the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate gambling establishments downtown, as well as the previous Las Vegas Club building, which they purchased in August. All three gambling establishment homes are situated along the Fremont Street Experience pedestrian mall.

Through his ownership of downtown gambling establishments, Stevens said he got a gratitude of what Victor was able to accomplish over the past numerous years. He called Victor a “extremely innovative, high-energy and skilled executive” who would help grow Stevens’ business downtown.

“There is a lot of energy in downtown Las Vegas and as we remain to grow our business, bringing Jeff on board was a natural fit,” Stevens stated in the statement. “I’m bullish on downtown Las Vegas, and Jeff has a fantastic relationship with so many downtown stakeholders.”

In his new role, Victor will certainly be “instrumental” in helping determine the future of the previous Las Vegas Club, which closed at the end of August after it was bought by the Stevens bros. Victor likewise will certainly be included with the D, Golden Gate and the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, a home entertainment place that Stevens produced on the site of the previous county courthouse.

Victor called the Stevens bros “truly distinct” in the context of the Las Vegas pc gaming market and praised their “really hands-on” style. He stated Derek Stevens has currently put together a “fantastic group” downtown and suggested that he and Stevens share a comparable outlook about the area.

“We are very similar on so many things,” Victor stated. “We’re both big followers in entertainment and marketing, so this was simply a genuine natural fit.”

When Victor announced he would step down, the Fremont Street Experience said it had actually maintained Wurster Partners Ltd. to assist it discover a new top executive. A replacement for Victor has actually not been revealed.