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first_imgCommenting on the second meeting of the Kabul Process, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Yesterday, at the Kabul Process meeting, Afghanistan’s National Unity Government made a significant and bold offer to the Taliban, laying out their plans for talks without preconditions. I commend the vision of President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah who laid out a clear but flexible proposal on talks – and a road to peace, prosperity and stability for Afghanistan. The United Kingdom, along with the region and the international community stand united in support of this determination to bring the violence to an end. I strongly believe that the only solution to the conflict in Afghanistan is through a political settlement, led and owned by Afghans themselves. Yesterday’s Kabul Process meeting was a landmark step on this important journey. It is now for the Taliban to take the opportunity offered and to step forward and contribute to an inclusive political process. I urge them do so. Afghanistan’s future must be decided through dialogue, not the gun.last_img read more

first_imgThe Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has selected James Robinson, David Florence Professor of Government at Harvard, and his research partner Steven Pincus of Yale University, to be awarded a project grant through the institute’s Inaugural Grant Program to research the events leading to the British Industrial Revolution.“The British Industrial Revolution is the key event of modern economic history but the academic literature has completely missed the critical issues,” said Robinson. “Economists want to construct a history-free model of the world, and neither historians nor political scientists care about economics. Since INET is not constrained by arcane disciplinary boundaries its role is crucial in helping this type of research happen.”“Robinson and Pincus revisit political as well as economic history to analyze the Industrial Revolution of Britain in a crucial, yet forgotten perspective,” said Robert Johnson, executive director of INET. “We are funding a fresh look at the underlying catalysts of historical events that fundamentally altered the world economy and society itself. This will give us a better understanding of how industrialization affects political and economic institutions.”For more information on the institute and its programs, visit INET.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Allegations that men’s basketball associate head coach Bernie Fine molested a former team ball boy have sparked surprised reactions on and around the Syracuse University campus. ‘Wow,’ said Clarice Muron-Bendaoud, an undeclared sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences. ‘Everybody was so worked up about Penn State; nobody imagined it would happen here.’ The Syracuse police began investigating an allegation against Fine on Thursday. Fine is accused of molesting Bobby Davis, now 39, for more than 12 years starting in 1984. Athletic Director Daryl Gross put Fine on administrative leave Thursday night upon a request from Chancellor Nancy Cantor, according to a statement from Kevin Quinn, senior vice president for public affairs for the university. Zach Ehler, a freshman accounting major, said this is just one of many stories that will emerge in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal. ‘A lot more stories are going to come out after Sandusky,’ Ehler said. ‘We’re just the first school it’s happening to.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Davis reported the abuse to Syracuse police in 2003 but was told the statute of limitations had run out, according to an article published by ESPN. SU launched its own investigation in 2005 after an unidentified male reported inappropriate conduct by an associate men’s basketball coach to the Syracuse Police Department, according to the statement from Quinn. The university will fully cooperate with the police, the statement said. Some students are skeptical of the situation, placing the responsibility on head coach Jim Boeheim. ‘I’m not surprised,’ said Andreas Nicolos, an undeclared freshman in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. ‘I was telling my friend they shouldn’t have named the court after Boeheim. You never know what will happen after he’s gone.’ Nicolos mentioned that Dennis Duval, Syracuse police chief at the time of the investigation, was a former SU men’s basketball player under Boeheim. He said that fact definitely makes matters worse, and it isn’t looking good for the credibility of the defense. Upon immediately hearing the news, a group of men at Starbucks on Marshall Street carried varying opinions on the allegations surrounding Fine. Shpend Behrami, a Syracuse resident and Morrisville State College graduate, said Boeheim should not be in the limelight or receive harsh criticism. ‘These are just allegations — that’s not proof,’ Behrami said. ‘The heat shouldn’t be on Boeheim if the school knew. They should be focused on the assistant coach. And where were the kid’s parents if this was going on for so long?’ Dalmat Istogu, another at the table, agreed that Boeheim should not be blamed in this situation. ‘His job is to coach and anything that happens outside of coaching is not his responsibility,’ said Istogu, a senior accounting major. ‘Other people have jobs to investigate that.’ Whether or not the allegations are true, the simple fact that this news is breaking at SU to begin with is unfortunate, said Elizabeth Boyke, a junior musical theater major. ‘I really love our school and for that misuse of trust to exist, it’s just horrible,’ Boyke said. ‘Hopefully justice is seen for people who were doing wrong.’ Aaron Duprey, a sophomore economics major, said this development could be devastating for the program and the university as a whole. ‘But if someone knew something and didn’t do anything, then it’s a problem,’ Duprey said. Zach Settembre, a former SU basketball student manager and senior public relations major, said the allegations against Fine are simply unexpected. ‘Bernie Fine was first class with me, and I have absolutely never seen anything to suggest any of that,’ Settembre said. ‘He’s a staple of Syracuse basketball and that is totally out of left field, so he’s always been first class to me, he’s helped me a lot as a young coach.’ [email protected] —Asst. Sports Editor Mark Cooper contributed reporting to this article. Published on November 17, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

first_imgThere will be at least one Game 7 in the first round of the 2019 NBA playoffs.The Spurs topped the Nuggets 120-103 at the AT&T Center on Thursday to tie their series at 3-3. The teams will face off Saturday in Denver in the decisive matchup. HighlightDeRozan grabs his own missed free throw and beats the buzzer.DeMar DeRozan follows his own miss to beat the halftime buzzer!#GoSpursGo 64#MileHighBasketball 60#NBAPlayoffs on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/VyWeuBgkdk— NBA (@NBA) April 26, 2019What’s NextWarriors at Clippers 10 p.m. ET — The Clippers surprisingly forced a Game 6 with a 129-121 win over Golden State at Oracle Arena on Wednesday. But, the Warriors can still close out the series Friday in Los Angeles. Bryn Forbes from DEEP to beat the shot clock! 15-2 @spurs start to the 4th! #NBAPlayoffs #GoSpursGo 105#MileHighBasketball 877:27 remaining on @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/nHaxmk97fU— NBA (@NBA) April 26, 2019DeRozan finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for San Antonio. Rudy Gay added 19 points off the bench.Nuggets center Nikola Jokic carried his team for much of the game. He tallied a game-high 43 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the losing effort.Nikola (33 PTS) goes for 17 3rd quarter PTS in San Antonio! #MileHighBasketball #NBAPlayoffs📺: @NBAonTNT pic.twitter.com/6PF4vtm7jO— NBA (@NBA) April 26, 2019Stud of the nightLaMarcus Aldridge scored a team-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds in the Spurs’ win.Dud of the nightMalik Beasley scored two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes of action in the Nuggets’ loss. Thunder’s Russell Westbrook on recent criticism: ‘I don’t really care what people say’center_img Denver and San Antonio played evenly through much of the first three quarters. But, DeMar DeRozan hit a short jumper to put his team up by five to end the scoring in the period.The Spurs then took control with a 17-2 run to open the fourth quarter and cruised from there. Related News Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek dies at 79last_img read more