Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election and speculated about the next four years under a Donald Trump presidency at the “Road to the White House: Final Thoughts” event at the Davidson Conference Center on Tuesday evening. Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, co-moderated the panel with Daily Trojan Editor-in-Chief Matt Lemas. The panel featured: Tim Clark, Southwest U.S. political coordinator at Donald J. Trump for President; Brian Calle, vice president and opinion editor for The Orange County Register; Bill Burton, California managing director for SKDKnickerbocker; Wendy Greuel, a commissioner on the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Board of Commissioners; Ben Austin, board member for Students Matter; Mary Perez, vice president of the USC College Republicans; and Anthony Boulahoud, finance director for USC College Democrats. “My interaction with Trump is fundamentally the interaction that you have with the CEO of an organization, and I believe that what you’re going to see from President Trump is a CEO,” Clark said. “My interaction has been with somebody who has a hunger for knowledge for this organization, someone who has a knowledge for what potential fixes are, is looking at data and making decisions.”Calle conveyed more skepticism than Clark for the potential change the Trump presidency can bring. “There is potential for Donald Trump to be a very good president; there is potential for Donald Trump to be a very bad president. There is potential for Donald Trump to be the last president,” Calle said jokingly. “But my sense of Donald Trump is this: I think [he] is going to moderate himself and measure himself a little bit. Donald Trump has a brand that people are familiar with, so I think Donald Trump is going to be Donald Trump.”Calle added that Trump has already started to take a less brash approach to politics, a change from his campaign trail persona. For Calle, that is a positive sign of more changes to come.Perez explained the need for Republicans and society as a whole to develop a more inclusive mindset.“Going forward, we want to craft a message that says, ‘hey, we are the party for all people, for all Americans, we want to represent all minorities, all races, all religious practices, all sexual orientations,’” Perez said. “But, at the same time, we don’t want to lose sight of working class, white-collar Americans who came out for Mr. Trump and their interest in the equation too. They’re an important part of our electorate.” Perez added that there needs to be an end to labelling those with conservative views as xenophobes, bigots and racists. “I know that there are [xenophobic, bigoted and racist conservatives] out there, but if we can unify and work together without labeling people, that’s going to be the most constructive and important thing that we can do continuing forward,” Perez said.Boulahoud emphasized the necessity of unity after the election and how the party should continue to strengthen.“We need to move forward and we need to progress together. And we believe that means starting at the local level and working our way up,” Boulahoud said. “We probably need to lean more towards the center, so that we can bring people together. That’s probably the best thing to do.”Greuel addressed the surge in hate crimes that have taken place in the aftermath of Trump’s victory.“I think that Donald Trump is starting to stop the different things that are happening,” Greuel said. “[This is] a very critical time for our future and the diversity of our country to say we are a nation of a lot of people. When you get elected president of the United States you represent those that voted for you and those that did not vote for you,” Greuel said.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal striker Aubameyang determined to win over Gabon fansby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is determined to “change this image” Gabon fans have of him.Aubameyang, 30, has a point to prove to his nation after coming in from the cold to play for Gabon this week.Aubameyang scored as his country secured a late win over Burkina Faso in a friendly played just outside of Paris.It was his first game for Gabon since March – a 1-1 draw with Burundi – and only his fifth match since January 2017.In 2018, national chiefs claimed Aubameyang’s father had been named joint-coach of the team – but the Arsenal man slammed them on social media, calling it untrue.That prompted a self-imposed exile by the Arsenal striker – with the striker also citing players’ treatment and welfare as a cause for concern.In the process, he snubbed national team call-ups and ultimately considered retiring from international football.Now back with Gabon under new manager Patrice Neveu, Aubameyang revealed: “I’m vengeful. Things haven’t gone well lately [at international level].”I want to change this image of me that I might have with the national team.”I would rather show another side as a player in terms of performances.”
Soledad O’Brien and Brad Raymond today announce the sixth annual ‘New Orleans to New York’ Gala to help raise funds for the Starfish Foundation, which exists to provide young women in underserved communities the resources necessary to succeed.More than just providing financial assistance to its scholarship honorees, the Starfish Foundation creates a customized support program for each participant to ensure they reach their potential, encompassing mentorship and wraparound support.The Starfish Foundation annual gala will be held at the Tribeca Rooftop in New York City on June 9th, 2016, when guests will enjoy a cocktail reception followed by dinner and a performance by Grammy award-winning Irvin Mayfield and members of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra.“Brad and I are so pleased to be celebrating the sixth consecutive New Orleans to New York Gala,” says O’Brien. “It’s truly an honor to be able to play a part in helping these young women realize their dreams and achieve what many thought they couldn’t. It’s important we continue to do what we can to provide resources to a program that is life changing for these young women.”The idea for the Foundation came after O’Brien and Raymond witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2006 and decided to privately award scholarships to young women in the area. The Starfish Foundation was started in 2011 and has since helped 25 young women around the country.Find out more about the event here.
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SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation.GM President Dan Ammann will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of next year. He will replace Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt, who will become chief technology officer.The transition announced Thursday comes as Cruise gears up to up introduce a ride-hailing service deploying its driverless technology in GM’s Chevy Bolt next year. The service is supposed to debut at some point next year in a major U.S. city, with Cruise’s home city of San Francisco considered to be among the top candidates.Cruise and GM have steadfastly declined to provide further details about the ride-hailing service, which is expected to be the second in the U.S. to rely on fully autonomous vehicles that won’t have a human behind the steering wheel to take control if the technology goes awry. Google spinoff Waymo has promised to launch a ride-hailing service with driverless vans in the Phoenix area within the next few weeks.GM’s decision to put one of its top executives in charge of Cruise provides further validation of a 5-year-old startup that has ballooned from 40 workers to more than 1,000 employees since the Detroit automaker bought it for $1 billion in 2016.But the change in command could pose cultural challenges if Ammann’s arrival as CEO signals that GM — a 110-year-old company with $146 billion in annual revenue — will be exerting more control over Cruise, whose engineers have enjoyed relatively free rein so far.In a joint interview with The Associated Press, however, both Ammann and Vogt depicted the move as a natural evolution.Vogt already had been answering to Ammann since the GM executive engineered the Cruise acquisition. So both men predicted their relationship won’t change dramatically, except that Ammann will now be in San Francisco and no longer have his attention diverted by his responsibilities as GM’s president. The GM global and financial divisions that currently report to Ammann will be overseen by CEO Mary Barra beginning next year.“The simplest way I can put it is I am joining (Cruise) full time, and committing myself to this entirely because of what has been built here, and not to change what has been built,” Ammann said.Nevertheless, Vogt, 33, is being supplanted as CEO — a change that often has culminated in other founders of Silicon Valley startups to leave within a year or two of being replaced. Vogt, who studied robotics at MIT, all but guaranteed that won’t happen because his new role will enable him to focus more intensively on the self-driving car technology that he believes will create more convenient and safer ways for people to get around.“This is already the coolest job for anyone with a background like me,” Vogt said. “I am dead set on finishing what we have started here. And I am not done until millions of people have access to this technology and can reap the benefits.”Ammann, 46, knows his way around finance. His resume includes a stint as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley and as GM’s former chief financial officer before being promoted to president in 2014. He joined GM in 2010 as its treasurer to help lead the company’s initial public offering of stock later that year. His role in that IPO is likely to fan speculation that GM eventually will spin off Cruise, which is currently valued at $14.6 billion after getting investments from Japanese technology conglomerate SoftBank and Honda earlier this year.As part of its agreement to buy a 20 per cent stake in Cruise for $2.25 billion, SoftBank can swap its holdings for GM shares if Cruise isn’t spun off in seven years.Ammann declined to discuss a possible spinoff of Cruise.Vogt believes it would be a mistake to view Cruise’s incoming CEO as a bean counter.Ammann “can actually hold his own and absorb complex engineering topics as good as our best engineers and more importantly knows the tough questions to ask at the right time,” Vogt said.Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press
VICTORIA — British Columbia’s drivers could be paying more for auto insurance as the province’s financially troubled public auto insurer asks for a 6.3 per cent rate increase.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. announced Friday that it wants to the increase basic insurance rates starting April 1, if approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission.Attorney General David Eby, the minister in charge of the corporation, says the government is undertaking a “historic modernization” of ICBC to make insurance rates more fair for people.He says the changes will significantly reduce the legal costs associated to minor injury claims and provide enhanced care for people injured in crashes.Eby says in a statement that the financial “situation was so dire that had the government not moved to stop the bleeding, the rates would have increased by almost 40 per cent.”The provincial budget forecast a $1.3-billion deficit at the Crown corporation this year and Eby earlier described the situation as a “dumpster fire” inherited from the former government.The Canadian Press
Ahmedabad: Displaying a ‘show of strength’ in a roadshow in Ahmedabad on Saturday, which congregated prominent faces of the NDA, BJP chief Amit Shah filed his nomination from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat on Saturday. From two former party presidents and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Rajnath Singh to the major party chiefs, Uddhav Thackeray of Shiv Sena, SAD’s Parkash Singh Badal, LJP supremo Ram Vilas Paswan and other senior party leaders from both the state and national, were present. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsShah expressed his gratitude to BJP for making him the party’s national president from a booth president of the same Sardar Patel Statue, where he addressed the rally. The Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency will go to polls in Phase III of the general elections. The current six-time MP from Gandhinagar is BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani. However, he has not been given a ticket this coming general elections. But Shah claimed that, “I will make every effort to take Advaniji’s legacy (at Gandhinagar) forward.” Shah also said that he feels proud to be contesting from Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency that has chosen stalwarts like Lal Krishna Advani in the past. Experts feel that amid the scorching heat, the huge participation of people and political galaxy in Shah’s roadshow for 10 km and nomination filing event reminds the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nomination in 2014. SAD’s chief Parkash Singh Badal mentioned that the party chief of world’s largest party is an institution. Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray said, “past issues between the BJP and his paty had been resolved”.
While mental health has often remained a widely ignored topic and a taboo in the Indian society, a new report shows over 80 per cent rise in the number of people seeking help for mental health issues, especially in tier-2 cities. According a digital healthcare platform annual healthcare map, there has been 82 per cent increase in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in tier-2 cities — Indore, Kanpur, Nagpur, Jaipur, Vishakapatnam, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad and Patna. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPeople in these cities sought help mostly for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marriage counselling, stress, de-addiction and anger management among others. “It is a common belief that mental issues are mainly arising in metro cities owing to the stressful lifestyles. However, the non-metro cities are also in immediate need for access to mental healthcare,” experts said. “The sharp increase in the number of physical appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in these towns and cities clearly indicates that Indians beyond metros are seeking timely help to address their concerns rather than ignoring or self-medicating,” experts added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn tier-1 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad – a 24 per cent increase was seen in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists. A World Health Organisation (WHO) report states that 7.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of mental concern or disorder. “This indicates that unhealthy lifestyle habits, long working hours and work-life imbalance are taking a toll on people and their mental health,” the report said. Further, it was found that Indians visited their doctors 3.2 times a year in 2018, up from 2.7 times in 2017. This is, however, lower than Japan where patients visited doctors 13 times or the US where visits to doctors were a little over four times in 2018. The healthcare map, which highlights key consumer healthcare trends, concerns and behaviour, has been compiled from thousands of searches and appointments, by over 13 crore patients, across more than 50 cities and over 250 specialties, in 2018.
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Monday arrested an Assistant Sub-Inspector of the Delhi Police for accepting a Rs 40,000 bribe in exchange for a favour, officials here said. ASI Babita, posted at the Nabi Karim police station in the Central district was caught red-handed in a covert operation by CBI sleuths near the Tees Hazari Courts. The accused was the investigating officer on record for a case registered against the complainant’ brother. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to the complainant, Babita was allegedly demanding Rs 50,000 in exchange for settling the case. When the complainant realised that he didn’t want to pay the bribe amount, he went to the probe agency with his woes. The CBI also conducted searches at the residential premises of the accused. This arrest comes days after the CBI registered a case against another ASI of the Delhi Police. Bhopal Singh was posted at Shakarpur police station and in a similar case had allegedly demanded Rs 3 lakh in bribe for settling a case against the complainant, where Singh was the IO on record.
CAIRO- Egypt’s ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons will face a new trial for using state funds to acquire personal property, judicial sources said Sunday.Mubarak and his two sons, Alaa and Gamal, are accused of using 125 million Egyptian pounds (13.5 million euros, $18 million) — which had been allocated for presidential palaces by the ministry of housing — for personal purchases.Four others are accused in the same case, the sources said, adding that the date for the trial has yet to be set. Mubarak is already facing a retrial on charges of complicity in the deaths of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his more than three decades of rule.His sons are also on trial in a separate corruption case.