WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings. White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the move during Monday’s briefing, and an interpreter could be seen on the White House’s YouTube stream of the event. It marks a shift from the Trump administration, which had only sporadic press briefings and didn’t include an interpreter until late in President Donald Trump’s term. Last September, a federal judge ordered the White House to include American Sign Language interpretation at all televised briefings on the coronavirus pandemic.
FARC Announce More Releases and Government Says It Will Not Allow “Political Shows”FARC Announce More Releases and Government Says It Will Not Allow “Political Shows”
By Dialogo July 01, 2009 Bogotá, June 29 (EFE).- The FARC said today that along with Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, whose release they announced two months ago, they will liberate another soldier kidnapped in April, to which the Colombian government replied that it will not allow a “political show.” In a statement signed by the Secretary of the Military Staff of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the rebels insisted that these releases will only take place if opposition senator Piedad Córdoba and professor Gustavo Moncayo, the father of one of the hostages, are present for the handover. Pablo Emilio Moncayo was kidnapped more than eleven years ago, while the second member of the military whom the FARC plan to liberate is career soldier Josué Daniel Calvo Sánchez. “As is publicly known, we have decided to liberate Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo without any kind of quid pro quo, thereby expressing once again our desire to make progress toward a prisoner exchange, as we announced on April 16,” the letter says. In order to avoid what they characterized as “official provocations” and “in consideration of the good sense and seriousness they have demonstrated in matters of this kind,” the FARC requested that the group Colombians for Peace (CCP), headed by Piedad Córdoba, and Gustavo Moncayo “to be present and receive the corporal in person, as a guarantee of the success of his release.” They specified that they were not opposed to the presence at the handover of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and of the Colombian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, the only groups the Colombian government would allow to be part of the humanitarian mission, but the FARC consider them “insufficient.” And the fact is that President Álvaro Uribe made clear months ago that neither the senator nor the father of the kidnapped corporal would be part of the team responsible for receiving the hostages. The Justice and Interior Minister, Fabio Valencia, responded to the FARC’s statement today that he will not permit the release of kidnapping victims to become a “political show.” “We cannot stage political shows, nor have political interests, either with people’s lives or with their freedom,” specified Valencia, who is serving as acting president while President Uribe is in Washington. The minister recalled that the government has stated repeatedly that “all kidnapping victims who are in the power of the FARC must be liberated unilaterally.” Professor Moncayo, the father of the kidnapped corporal, requested Uribe once again today to do everything possible to facilitate the release of both soldiers. He indicated that the government is setting up “impediments for the successful conclusion of this humanitarian act,” while dismissing the possibility that it is turning into “a matter of petty politics” on its side. Meanwhile, the secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Msgr. Fabián Marulanda, said that the FARC’s announcement is “a beacon of hope” and asked the Colombian government to “make things easier in order to enable the release of those kidnapped.” Career soldier Josué Daniel Calvo Sánchez has been held by the FARC since April 20, when a confrontation took place between rebels and Colombian army troops in the hamlet of El Encanto, in the department of Meta. Pablo Emilio Moncayo was kidnapped on 21 December 1997, when he was eighteen years old and was fulfilling his military service obligation as a corporal first-class at an army communications base in the Pastascoy hills, in the southern department of Nariño. Currently, the FARC are holding 22 police and military personnel considered “exchangeable,” and they seek to exchange them for more than five hundred captured guerrillas, some of whom have even been extradited to the United States.
For more information about Bridgestone and its Chase Your Dream concept, visit www.nomatterwhat.uk.com The individual winners of the two finals, John Newall from Hazlemere Golf Club and Rebecca Webb from East Berkshire Golf Club, were also crowned England’s male and female Handicap Golfers of the Year. With the British Masters supported by Sky Sports now only one round away, competitors will be looking to continue their golfing stories by following their dreams. Now, they’ll tee-up at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire on September 6 and the best team there will go forward to the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House, Northumberland, on September 27. There, they could partner Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia or another household name of the European Tour. “All golfers have been on an incredible journey, starting months ago at their respective club events. They are now just 18 holes away from a round with a European Tour star at the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.” Imges copyright Leaderboard Photography 30 Aug 2017 Eighteen golfers are chasing their dreams The qualifiers, aged between 14 and 60-years-old, survived sunshine, driving rain and lightning to complete the women’s final on the Hotchkin course and the men’s on the Bracken; both among the best courses in England. Bridgestone Tyres’ consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We’ve seen and heard many stories of success in the tournament – bringing the Chase Your Dream Trophy to life for all abilities and ages.” Men, pictured below: John Newell (Hazlemere Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton Golf Club, Yorkshire), Neil Jonas (Tilgate Forest Golf Club, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley Golf Club, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis Golf Club, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet Golf Club, Surrey), Neil Garbutt (Masham Golf Club, Yorkshire). Eighteen golfers from across England have beaten thousands of fellow amateurs to qualify for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am. The 18 amateurs won their places at the national finals of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy at Woodhall Spa, run in partnership with England Golf and open to winners of club competitions. As John and Rebecca, a six-handicapper, celebrate their individual successes, the other qualifiers will now begin preparing for the Bridgestone Challenge. They include Gill Kapka, who overcame a knee injury to compete, Barrie Harding, who hit a debut hole-in-one in practice, and 14-year-old Hannah Golding, the youngest golfer in the competition. John, playing off a handicap of 11, said: “The whole experience has been incredible. The giant leaderboard, the facilities, the professionalism, everything. Bridgestone and England Golf have created a competition to give us little guys a chance to live like a professional. They have basically allowed us guys to chase our own dreams.” The qualifiers from Woodhall Spa who will play in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am are: Women, pictured top: Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire Golf Club), Gill Kapka (Cleethorpes Golf Club, Lincolnshire), Francesca Leach (Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Ashlee Tyrell (The Rayleigh Club, Essex), Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), Debbie Ricketts (Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset), Debbie Deakin (Mickleover Golf Club, Derbyshire), Mandy Holden (West End Golf Club, Yorkshire), Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall Golf Club, Staffordshire). Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dream