Press conference – The Backwaters Press http://thebackwaterspress.org/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:29:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://thebackwaterspress.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-34.png Press conference – The Backwaters Press http://thebackwaterspress.org/ 32 32 Mac Jones Press Conference 9/21 https://thebackwaterspress.org/mac-jones-press-conference-9-21/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 22:29:36 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/mac-jones-press-conference-9-21/ QUARTERBACK MAC JONES PRESS CONFERENCESeptember 21, 2022 Q: After starting two games on the road, is it nice to be back home? MJ: I think we’ve done a good job preparing for the games wherever they are and we need to do that this week. We are delighted to be in front of our fans […]]]>

QUARTERBACK MAC JONES

PRESS CONFERENCE
September 21, 2022

Q: After starting two games on the road, is it nice to be back home?

MJ: I think we’ve done a good job preparing for the games wherever they are and we need to do that this week. We are delighted to be in front of our fans and to go and play on our pitch.

Q: Did anything change for you after that first victory? Is there a better atmosphere or is it a bit the same for you?

MJ: I think at the start of the season we’ve played two games so far and you can’t focus on the results, you just have to keep sticking to the process of what you’re doing every week. Every player has their own routine and I like to stick to mine. Like I said, it’s a long year and you want to have the routine in place so you can have that process. Obviously you want to win every game. We won the last one and we just want to try and stack them again.

Q: The Ravens gave up 28 points in the fourth quarter, are there any areas you think you can exploit in that defense?

MJ: I think their defense is really good, they always have been. This year they have a lot of very good players. I think it was a really interesting game, but it was only a few games. They did a really good job in their first two games overall and like I said, the players are there, the patterns are there, obviously, kind of a new pattern. They try to learn it, try to communicate with each other, you can see that. Really, really good players, ball hawks in the secondary, good forwards, good linebackers, so we definitely have our plate full.

Q: How would you explain some of the bad tapes, plays from the last two games that you might want to salvage or improve?

MJ: There really isn’t a bad band. I think there are things that you want to recover, but if you win the game, you can sit and complain about the games that you would like to recover, but in the end, you won, and that’s what which is important. It’s not about always winning super pretty all the time, it’s about winning, so that’s all I care about, all I’ve ever cared about. All other things take care of themselves. Obviously, like I said, you want to stack the good games on top of each other and you have to have more consistency with that, but the really bad games get a little thinner. That’s the goal and you can do it every week and then get better. The wins will come and that’s the only thing that matters.

Q: In the process you talked about, are you in a position where you can just react to the offense or are you thinking a little too much about what you would like at this point?

GM: I never really react to offense, I react to defense. Obviously, that’s your goal as a quarterback, is to see what the defense is doing and react to it. I’ve always done that, when the ball is broken, drop it all and go out there and let it rip. I don’t really think I think at all.

Q: Do you see any signs that you’re going to find easier throws?

MJ: I think every attack is different and we have very good players. They did a good job and like you said the players are really good in the NFL so it’s not going to be an open game every time but when it is I have to hit them. There are a few that I wish I could have hit last week and it’s gone now, so all you can do is try and hit those this week. They did a good job opening up. I like hard throws, I like easy throws, anything that moves the ball down the court is good for me and good for the offense. Obviously, we actually moved it pretty well in terms of footage and all that. Just hit it when we get there and find ways to get the ball into the end zone.

Q: People are asking this week, “Is Mac getting better or not”? People see standards of improvement as statistics, are there other marks of improvement that you think people are missing?

MJ: I mean, every week you try to improve. I would say we improved from week one to week two and it’s not just me, it’s everyone. We all got better and better. We had a lot of games and we had a big one this week. That’s all you can judge yourself on, it’s your last game. We won our last game so that’s all that matters and next week is next week. That’s all you can focus on. I’m not sure about the stats and stuff, I don’t really look at them. I don’t have a lot of info there for you, the only one like I said is either a W or an L and that’s the only one that matters.

Q: In Alabama and a bit last week, you ran RPOs. In Alabama, it was important to you. How much do you like this game? Do you hope there will be more in the future for you guys here?

MJ: Good job watching a movie. No, I think we did a little. But I like these games. I think every offense has it, in one way or another. They are good games. But we have to be able to do a lot of things. As I always say, there are different types of games – short, medium, long, play-action, RPO, gimmick. So there are different compartments you put them in and you want to be able to do them all. So yes, I like RPOs. They are cool.

GM: I think it emphasizes defense. I definitely learned in college just by watching Coach [Nick] Saban sometimes explodes in training. Just knowing he’s trying to tell someone to do something but his guy is running a route, but that’s also a race. Is it a pass? So there’s a lot of cool gray area from an attacking perspective. I always, obviously, we didn’t run them in high school, I ran the T-wing. They were new to me in Alabama. I’ve seen teams perform them on film. Some teams do it well. Some teams do it in interesting ways. You can’t really tell if it’s an RPO or game action sometimes. It’s an interesting piece.

Q: Is that something you were able to bring to the table during the offseason as you prepared for this year? It’s just something we haven’t really seen.

MJ: Yeah I definitely think so. Other teams were also doing them in the league and had good production. So I think, like I said, every offense has its base plays and you don’t necessarily want your RPOs to be your base plays, which they aren’t. But it’s still nice to have that extra flavor you can get in there. Like you said, it’s a run, it’s a pass, what is it? So I think they are still good. We just have to keep growing, growing from them. Learn how to do them and keep figuring it out from the start. That’s kind of what the start of the season is for, figuring out what we want to do. Then, once we have found what really works, we will use it throughout the year.

Q: I wanted to come back to something you actually said after the game. I think you were asked about the touchdown in Nelson [Agholor] and you talked about how it was kind of a 50-50 ball. You mentioned it was kind of a different philosophy than last year, throwing to someone who could be well covered, but just kind of trust them to go and make a play. Was it a difficult philosophy for you to adopt?

MJ: No, I think it’s great. I think we want to give all of our playmakers a chance. A lot of our plays have some reading on that. I love the freedom of being able to do that. I’ve done that a lot in the past. It’s good. I think 50-50 is a light term, it’s like oh it can go either way. But it’s hard to defend when you’re one-on-one and there aren’t many people around. So, I know it’s hard for the defender, and obviously they can make good plays too. So it can go both ways. But we definitely trust the guys and we’ve worked hard on it. We will have to have the time to be able to do it with the offensive line that we have. I just want to keep growing with it. Sometimes they seem close, but they end up being really open. So it depends on the game.

Q: On some of these 50-50 games maybe it’s kinda (inaudible) decisions you make before the shot based on the match or it’s those things that you identify and come back to after a certain time knowing you have at least a one-on-one. one like maybe a third, or your last read?

MJ: I think for me the most important thing is, what is the game and what is the goal of the game? As long as I know the purpose, I have the green light to do what I’m supposed to do. If I don’t know the goal and we’re still calling it, we’re probably just trying to see the game and there are other reasons we’re trying to. So for me, that’s always been my thing, what do you want me to do as a quarterback to make this game a success? You have to trust the coaches and allow them to work. That’s what they do really well is organize things and put you in a good position. They will never put me in a bad position. It’s their job. My job is to direct what they do and do it very well. So we trust him. We want to keep growing and doing even better as players.

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5 Steelers Mentioned By Mike Tomlin During Monday’s Press Conference https://thebackwaterspress.org/5-steelers-mentioned-by-mike-tomlin-during-mondays-press-conference/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/5-steelers-mentioned-by-mike-tomlin-during-mondays-press-conference/ With the Steelers on a short week, we had a press conference from Mike Tomlin on Monday. With many players discussed, it’s time for another player that Coach Tomlin mentioned during his media time. Remember, these are current players who were asked a specific question during the Q&A period. Mitch Trubisky Nine different questions were […]]]>

With the Steelers on a short week, we had a press conference from Mike Tomlin on Monday. With many players discussed, it’s time for another player that Coach Tomlin mentioned during his media time. Remember, these are current players who were asked a specific question during the Q&A period.


Mitch Trubisky

Nine different questions were asked of Coach Tomlin regarding quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Coach Tomlin was asked if Trubisky should be more aggressive looking down.

“I think he could, and we could.”

In a follow-up question, Coach Tomlin was asked how much freedom Trubisky had to drop a game and take a shot with individual coverage.

“There are probably individual opportunities outside of every game concept we put in place, so it probably wouldn’t require any of the changes you’ve described. We have long shots drawn in a lot of things. Sometimes it’s just a matter of whether or not we get the right look or whether we like the match in the look.

In a later question, Coach Tomlin was asked about Trubisky’s comments after the game regarding sticking to the plan and the players not suggesting different games in the squad.

“I don’t know. I hadn’t spoken to Mitch, so I don’t know what you’re referring to, but for the most part it’s a good battle to fight usually. We have playmakers, young playmakers, guys with a lot of talent, guys who want to be the reasons for our success. So I’d much rather say ‘woah’ than ‘sick’. I think that’s just a general attitude that we have as competitors on a competitive football team in a competitive organization, we’re not going to create a problem with guys who want to be the reason we’re successful.

In a later question, Coach Tomlin was asked if Trubisky was being too careful since they praised him for taking care of the ball during pre-season.

“I think when you lose and you don’t have enough points and you don’t produce enough splashes, that’s all up for debate. But that’s not a debate we’re going to be in. We’re going to just roll up our sleeves and get back to work with a better desired outcome for this next outing.

In a later question, Coach Tomlin was asked about quarterback mobility that was something attractive about Trubisky and what more they could do to utilize that particular skill set.

“Whether by design or at will, I just think it’s a component of the game that has value in today’s game, so that’s what I was referring to. I’m not going to come and install the triple option if that’s what you’re referring to.

In a follow-up question, Coach Tomlin was asked if he could use more with him.

“Sure.”

In another follow-up question, Coach Tomlin was asked about Trubisky’s ability to convert third down on passes through the middle and if there are things the Steelers can do conceptually to give him better opportunities or if he must see these things himself.

“Again, when you speak broadly like that, I need a specific case. In some cases, I might agree with what you said. In some cases, I might disagree. L “The bottom line is that we have to make plays all over the pitch. They rolled up the corners; you have to make plays in midfield. They are single high; you have to make plays on the perimeter. It’s just football professional.

In another follow-up question, Coach Tomlin was asked if he was okay with Trubisky throwing the sticks on third down and if that was the right call.

“Yes, there are certain circumstances that I am.”

Building on the previous question, Coach Tomlin was asked if this was appropriate during the fourth quarter on Sunday.

“There was one case where they had a good call, they got us in [Cover] 0 and according to the concept we had, it didn’t have many options. There was another instance where maybe he should have kicked the ball downfield. As I mentioned, you might go around in circles in circumstances like this. We own our mistakes. We realize that we have to improve. It’s just a broad and general answer to some of those specific questions you might have.

In a later question, Coach Tomlin was asked what he liked about Trubisky in the first two games.

“I liked him a lot to be completely honest with you. I think he did a good job doing the things that come with the job. The intangible things, the leadership things, the communication things, detailing and communicating the offense, working hard to execute our program, the things we want to work on. We haven’t scored enough points here the last two weeks, but it’s the collective, not just the quarterback position and not just the players. We are all responsible for ringing the scoreboard. So we are not looking for comfort. We don’t try to drown out the noise. To be completely honest with you, we don’t care about noise. We’re just working on the things that are within our control to have a great day and keep this group moving forward developmentally, knowing that the outcome will be what we desire if we keep doing those things.

In the last question from the press conference, Coach Tomlin was asked how the young guys reacted to what Trubisky did as a leader.

“It depends on how things go. Like many young people, it’s fine when it’s fine, it’s not fine when it’s not. They will continue to grow and gain experience and gain the perspective that comes with experience.


George Pickens

Steelers fans have been disappointed with the lack of use of second-round pick George Pickens so far on the Steelers offense. Coach Tomlin was asked if there was anything more they could do early in the season to involve a Pickens.

“We will continue to work.”


Devin Bush

The only player who didn’t finish Sunday’s game that was mentioned at the postgame press conference was linebacker Devin Bush. Coach Tomlin was asked if he had any further news on Bush’s injury.

“I think he should train tomorrow. But as always, you can let participation in the practice guide you in terms of availability.


ByMarvin Leal

In only his second NFL game, DeMarvin rookie Leal was used differently on defense in his second NFL game due to the absence of TJ Watt. Coach Tomlin was asked what he liked about Leal in the rushing role from the end.

“He’s a growing youngster. We find ways to bring him to the field. He’s taking advantage of opportunities and making a few plays in the meantime, and I just think it’s reasonable to expect all of that to continue. We will find ways to get him on the pitch, he will learn and he will make more plays. He will get better. It’s just a natural maturing process of a young man doing enough to get new opportunities.


Kenny Pickett

With questionable play at quarterback, fans at Acresure Stadium on Sunday were chanting for first-round pick Kenny Pickett. Coach Tomlin was asked if it was annoying to hear fans call Pickett.

“I haven’t heard that, but I have a lot to do.”


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AHF Press Conference: CVS Ordered to Compensate AHF $23 Million | national company https://thebackwaterspress.org/ahf-press-conference-cvs-ordered-to-compensate-ahf-23-million-national-company/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 22:12:06 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/ahf-press-conference-cvs-ordered-to-compensate-ahf-23-million-national-company/ LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 16, 2022– The United States District Court for the District of Arizona upheld an earlier $23 million arbitration award awarded to AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) against Caremark LLC, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant CVS, for unfair reimbursement practices . AHF will host a virtual press conference by Zoom on Monday, September 19 […]]]>

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 16, 2022–

The United States District Court for the District of Arizona upheld an earlier $23 million arbitration award awarded to AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) against Caremark LLC, a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant CVS, for unfair reimbursement practices .

AHF will host a virtual press conference by Zoom on Monday, September 19 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT. Michael Weinstein, AHF President will deliver remarks on the outcome of the litigation and the lawyers representing the AHF in Caremark LLC v AIDS Healthcare Foundation will be on hand to answer questions.

WHAT:

Virtual press conference.
AHF granted a $23 million judgment against a subsidiary of CVS.

WHEN:

Monday, September 19, 2022 at 10 a.m. PDT / 1 p.m. EDT

WHERE:

Participate via Zoom: https://ahf-org.zoom.us/j/81109693861

WHO:

  • Michael Weinstein, AHF President
  • Tom Myers, AHF General Counsel
  • Andrew Kim, attorney at Kim Riley Law, representing AHF

NEWS DESK NOTE & B-ROLL VISUALS

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Denys Nazarov, Senior Director of Media Relations, AHF

(323) 219-1091 | denys.nazarov@ahf.org

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director of Communications, AHF

(323) 791-5526 | ged.kenslea@ahf.org

Background: In November 2019, AHF filed a lawsuit with the American Arbitration Association against Caremark LLC, a pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), for breach of agreement and undertaking of good faith and fair use. The dispute arose out of Caremark’s unfair practice of charging back prescriptions filled by AHF pharmacies on behalf of prescription insurance plan sponsors, such as those covering Medicare Plan D beneficiaries.

Due to chargebacks by Caremark, for a number of years AHF was reimbursed less than what Part D plan sponsors were receiving in prescription reimbursement from public Part D funds. In November 2021, the arbitrator ruled in favor of AHF and ordered Caremark to reimburse AHF for nearly $23 million in damages and arbitration costs. Subsequently, in November 2021, Caremark filed a court motion to vacate or correct the arbitration award, but on September 15, 2022, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona affirmed the arbitration award. ‘AHF.

AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization that provides cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 1.6 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia/Pacific region and Europe. We are currently the largest not-for-profit provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

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CONTACT: Denys Nazarov, Senior Director of Media Relations, AHF

(323) 219-1091 |denys.nazarov@ahf.org

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(323) 791-5526 |ged.kenslea@ahf.org

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Rubio Hosts Inter-Parliamentary Alliance Press Conference on China – Press releases https://thebackwaterspress.org/rubio-hosts-inter-parliamentary-alliance-press-conference-on-china-press-releases/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 21:00:51 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/rubio-hosts-inter-parliamentary-alliance-press-conference-on-china-press-releases/ US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks about the threat from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a press conference marking the start of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) summit in Washington, DC The IPAC is an international coalition designed to help legislators develop a proactive and strategic approach to issues related to the People’s […]]]>

US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks about the threat from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) during a press conference marking the start of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) summit in Washington, DC The IPAC is an international coalition designed to help legislators develop a proactive and strategic approach to issues related to the People’s Republic of China. Rubio is the US Co-Chair of IPAC.

See below for a slightly edited transcript of his remarks and watch the video here.

“Welcome to Washington. We are honored to be able to welcome you here to the first-ever Inter-Parliamentary Alliance China Summit here in this city. And I want to thank all of our fellow members who have traveled from around the world to be part of this large gathering.

“I think we live at a time when there is now a global awakening, the realization that the planet is threatened by the rise of a totalitarian bloc, an alliance of totalitarians who seek to redefine the world order to their image, who seek not just to be powerful nations, but the most powerful nations on the planet. And of course, the Communist Party of Beijing is leading the way in this regard. This is the challenge that will define the 21st century. When the history of the 21st century will be written, it will be about what happened at this time in the world and where the world has gone.

“It is not just that nations rise up. China is certainly a nation with a proud and ancient history, a great nation, [an] economically powerful nation. It’s not our quarrel. Our quarrel is their design to become the most powerful nation in the world and to do so at the expense of everyone else. Flip the world order so that it reflects the Communist Party’s priorities – what’s good for them first.

“But more importantly, what would a world look like in which the most powerful nation in the world was ruled by the Chinese Communist Party? What would the world look like if the most powerful and influential nation in the world became the one headquartered…[by] the Communist Party in Beijing? Well, then the most powerful country in the world would be one that doesn’t care about individual freedoms – doesn’t care about the freedom of its own people, let alone the freedom of others.

“[The CCP] does not believe in simple principles such as religious freedom, the right to freedom of expression, democratic elections. The rule of law becomes subordinate to what the party in power wants. And their willingness to undermine all the institutions and norms of the world to achieve this ambition is undoubtedly the singular geopolitical issue of the 21st century.

“You come here to Washington at a time when there is… growing bipartisan recognition [of the threat posed by the CCP]…. If you had been here 10 years ago, you would have seen that the ruling consensus in this country was that once China became rich and prosperous, it would become like all of us, that it would respect the rules and that they would see an advantage in becoming like everyone else.

” It did not work. What we have learned is that they have taken full advantage of all the opportunities offered by the world order and all the opportunities presented by the rules that govern trade and commerce, patents, author, trademarks and international standards – they enjoy all the benefits of it, but they refuse to adhere to any of its responsibilities or obligations.

“Very late, almost too late, political leaders here in the United States have realized the threat this poses. And it’s only now, in the last three to five years alone, that you’ve started to see action on this. I was very proud to have participated or led all the great initiatives that took place.

“Just a few that I want to highlight: me, bipartisanly with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in both chambers, [was] able to pass the first Uyghur-related bill ever enacted. We also followed with legislation that today prohibits the importation into the United States of any goods, products, or materials made with Xinjiang slaves. It is now the law of the United States. Obviously, laws are only valid if we are willing to enforce them. But it was a monumental achievement and one that has forced us, frankly, to confront powerful commercial interests that have invested a lot of money in production capacities that depend on these supply chains.

“We have also proposed legislation that we hope to pass very soon to provide Taiwan with the tools and training it will need to defend itself against CCP efforts to take them. And I say this with full recognition that I believe it is impossible for us to come to the end of this decade without something happening, one way or another, with regard to Taiwan. And it is a moment that threatens to be a seminal moment in human history. If, in fact, the Chinese Communist Party succeeds in subjugating the people of Taiwan to live under tyranny, it will be a moment that will shape the course of human events for generations.

“Now, tragically, this year we have learned of the destruction and abuse that ensues when an authoritarian regime decides it is going to forcibly claim a sovereign nation like its own. The unjustified war, the criminal war that Vladimir Putin is currently taking place in Ukraine, has, I believe, only succeeded in waking up our allies and the world to the threat that totalitarianism has always posed.

“It’s a threat we must never forget. Because technology changes, habits change, practices change, nations change, [but] human nature never changes. 5,500 years of recorded history show this. Human nature is the same today as it was 5,500 years ago, and it is a nature that those in power often seek to subjugate and enslave those with less power. And it’s a desire of our fallen nature that is never satisfied, can never be negotiated with, can only be given up or overcome.

“The Ukrainian people have shown us the path they have taken, the path of resistance and ultimately of victory. I am therefore very happy to announce that IPAC has chosen to welcome Ukraine to our organization this year. I can’t think of a more deserving democratic partner on the planet who is on the front lines and in the opening chapter of this unfortunate but necessary battle between the forces of freedom and tyranny – frankly, between the forces of good and evil.

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Robert Telles will be held without bail for the murder of a journalist https://thebackwaterspress.org/robert-telles-will-be-held-without-bail-for-the-murder-of-a-journalist/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 16:44:00 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/robert-telles-will-be-held-without-bail-for-the-murder-of-a-journalist/ The DNA of Clark County public administrator Robert Telles was found at the crime scene after Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was fatally stabbed, police said Thursday. Las Vegas police also said they found evidence at Telles’ home, including shoes and straw hat pieces, that linked him to the murder. “This is a terrible […]]]>

The DNA of Clark County public administrator Robert Telles was found at the crime scene after Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Jeff German was fatally stabbed, police said Thursday.

Las Vegas police also said they found evidence at Telles’ home, including shoes and straw hat pieces, that linked him to the murder.

“This is a terrible and shocking homicide that has had a profound impact on Las Vegas,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a morning press conference. “Every murder is tragic, but the murder of a journalist is particularly disturbing.”

Telles, 45, was arrested in connection with German’s death Wednesday night, about 12 hours after police arrived at his west Las Vegas home to conduct a search.

He was loaded into an ambulance outside his home and police said he suffered from self-inflicted injuries. Authorities described the injuries as superficial cuts on his arms.

Telles made his first court appearance on Thursday afternoon and Justice of the Peace Elana Lee Graham ruled he would be held without bond.

During the hearing, prosecutors linked German’s murder to his reporting on Telles’ conduct as an elected official. Chief Assistant District Attorney Richard Scow said German’s reporting “ruined his political career, probably his marriage.”

“It was him who was going after it, the defendant was going after the cause of the collapse of his life at this point,” Scow said.

Telles’ defense attorney, Travis Shetler, did not respond to requests for comment. He did not make a bail argument for Telles on Thursday.

‘Convincing evidence

District Attorney Steve Wolfson said he expects prosecutors to formally charge Telles when he next appears in court on Tuesday.

“The evidence is compelling and I expect that we will file an open murder charge against Mr. Telles,” Wolfson told reporters after the hearing.

Telles was questioned by police on Wednesday and voluntarily handed over his clothes to investigators. said Wolfson. Telles was released and allowed to return home as authorities did not have sufficient evidence to continue to detain him.

Wolfson said Telles was arrested at his home after investigators received DNA test results.

“The final decision to arrest was on the part of the police,” the district attorney said. “But yes, I was informed of the discovery of forensic DNA evidence, and yes, I thought it appropriate to arrest Mr. Telles at that time.”

German, 69, was found dead Saturday morning on the side of his home in northwest Las Vegas. Police said their investigation determined he was killed on Friday morning.

He reported on crime, the courts, corruption, casino industry leaders and mob figures for decades in Las Vegas. This year, he has spent months reporting on the turmoil surrounding Telles’ oversight of the public administrator’s office.

Private services were held for German on Wednesday, and his family released the following statement on Thursday:

“Jeff was a loving and loyal brother, uncle and friend who dedicated his life to his work exposing wrongdoing in Las Vegas and beyond. We are shocked, saddened and angry by his death. Jeff was determined to seek justice for others and would appreciate the hard work of the local police and journalists in pursuing his killer. We look forward to seeing justice in this case. We also want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and appreciation for Jeff and his life’s work.

Lombardo said Telles was incarcerated Wednesday night at the Clark County Detention Center for murder.

During Thursday’s press conference, Captain Dori Koren said search efforts revealed pieces of a straw hat and a pair of shoes matching what a suspect was wearing in surveillance video recovered from German district.

Photos depicting the shoes and hat pieces were shown at the press conference.

“As you can see, there is apparent blood on the shoes, and the shoes were likely cut in an attempt to destroy evidence,” Koren said.

He said the straw hat was cut the same way.

“One of the most important aspects of this investigation was to wait for DNA results, and we received positive DNA results that showed Robert Telles’ DNA at the crime scene,” Koren said.

“Immediately Attacked”

Later Thursday, police released an arrest report that said Telles’ DNA matched DNA found under German’s fingernails.

Police said in the report that German’s killer was caught on CCTV approaching German’s home at 11:18 a.m. Friday. The assailant appeared to have walked through a pedestrian gate, according to the report. A few minutes later, German’s garage door opened and he exited the west side of his property.

“German approached the pedestrian gate and was immediately attacked,” police wrote. “German fell to the ground and never got up.”

German’s body was discovered at 10:33 a.m. the following day. Investigators noted at the scene what appeared to be a stab wound to the neck. An autopsy revealed that he had seven stab wounds to his chest. He also had several injuries to his arms and hands that appeared to be defensive in nature, according to the arrest report.

Police said CCTV shows the suspect calmly driving away from the crime scene, then returning six minutes later in a maroon GMC Yukon Denali that matches the description of a vehicle registered to Telles’ wife.

“The suspect, wearing the same clothing, exited the Maroon GMC Denali, approached the area where German’s body was again and appeared to be searching for something,” the arrest report said.

The suspect then returned to the SUV and drove off.

On Tuesday, police released a photo of the vehicle and whistleblowers called detectives to say it looked like Telles’ vehicle. On Tuesday evening, Review-Journal reporters observed Telles in the driveway of his home, standing next to a vehicle that matched the description of the one in the photo.

Police said they found the Denali registered to Telles’ wife in the driveway when they searched her home Wednesday morning.

Spanish Steps Lane, the quiet street where Telles lived with his wife and children, was noticeably quieter on Thursday than it had been the day before, when police and reporters thronged the street from early morning until late on evening.

At Telles early Thursday afternoon, his wife opened the door when a reporter knocked.

“I don’t talk to anyone,” she said. “Please leave my property.”

According to the neighbors, Telles was a nice neighbor they liked but didn’t really know. They exchanged hellos and their children went to school together, but they did not meet or socialize.

Still, Telles’ neighbors were stunned by his arrest.

“We were surprised, we were shocked,” said Aurora Madrid, who with her husband, Eduardo, has lived opposite Telles for years.

Luis Fuller, 45, also lives across from Telles. He said Telles and his wife have always been friendly, although Telles himself tends to be quiet and to his own.

But if Telles is convicted, Fuller said, “he deserves everything that’s happening to him.”

Editor Glenn Cook called the arrest “a huge relief and outrage for the Review-Journal newsroom.”

“We are relieved that Telles is in custody and outraged that a colleague appears to have been killed for whistleblowing an elected official,” Cook said Wednesday. “Journalists cannot do the important work that our communities need if they fear that reporting the facts will lead to violent reprisals. We thank the Las Vegas police for their urgency and hard work and for immediately recognizing the terrible significance of Jeff’s murder. Now hopefully the Review-Journal, the German family and Jeff’s many friends can begin the process of mourning and honoring a great man and courageous journalist.

German’s death came months after reports that current and former employees alleged that Telles fueled a hostile work environment and had a relationship that harmed the office’s ability to deal with the public. The complaints led to colleagues secretly filming the two in the back seat of property coordinator Roberta Lee-Kennett’s car in a parking lot. The story also included allegations of bullying and favoritism by Telles.

Telles denied the charges and said Lee-Kennett was simply one of the people he “could lean on” as he tried to change the atmosphere in the office. Telles, a Democrat, lost his re-election bid in the June primary after German’s findings were released.

German had recently filed public records requests for emails and text messages between Telles and three other county officials: Deputy Public Administrator Rita Reid, Lee-Kennett and consultant Michael Murphy. Lee-Kennett has been identified in previous stories as a junior staff member allegedly involved in an “inappropriate relationship” with Telles.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter. Contact Glenn Puit at gpuit@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter. Contact Katelyn Newberg at knowberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Review-Journal editor Brett Clarkson contributed to this report.

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Regular Press Conference by Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mao Ning on September 8, 2022 https://thebackwaterspress.org/regular-press-conference-by-foreign-ministry-spokesperson-mao-ning-on-september-8-2022/ Thu, 08 Sep 2022 11:21:00 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/regular-press-conference-by-foreign-ministry-spokesperson-mao-ning-on-september-8-2022/ Reuters: Taiwan said on Thursday it would send a representative to the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What is the Foreign Office’s response to this? Can the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announce if a representative of China is attending the funeral and if so, who is it? Mao Ning: Taiwan is […]]]>

Reuters: Taiwan said on Thursday it would send a representative to the state funeral of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. What is the Foreign Office’s response to this? Can the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announce if a representative of China is attending the funeral and if so, who is it?

Mao Ning: Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The Taiwan question concerns the political foundations of Sino-Japanese relations and the fundamental trust between our two countries. The Japanese side has repeatedly made serious political commitments to China in this regard. The Japanese side should abide by the principles of the four political documents between China and Japan and handle relevant issues in strict accordance with the one-China principle. Japan should not provide any platform for “Taiwan independence” forces to find opportunities for political manipulation.

Taiwanese authorities seek to use the event to engage in political manipulation and gain political advantage. Their political calculations will not succeed.

Regarding your question whether someone will represent China at the funeral, I gave an answer yesterday and I have nothing to share.

CCTV: According to reports, Russian President Putin said at the Eastern Economic Forum on September 7 that the system of international relations has undergone irreversible tectonic changes. Emerging countries around the world, including in the Asia-Pacific region, are now playing a much larger role. Sanctions from Western countries, replacing the pandemic, have become the greatest threat to the world. In an attempt to impede the course of history, the United States has undermined the pillars of the global economic order, including in the financial and monetary sectors, built over centuries, and concocted selfish rules based on their own will. What is China’s comment?

Mao Ning: As permanent members of the UN Security Council and representatives of major emerging markets, China and Russia have firmly upheld the international system with the UN at its center and the international order based on law. international community, resolutely practiced genuine multilateralism and remained committed to achieving global economic recovery amid the pandemic. On the other hand, some countries have ignored the purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the basic norms of international law and deliberately imposed illegal unilateral sanctions against other countries, which have had serious repercussions on the political order. global economy and the system of international governance.

We will continue to work with Russia and the rest of the international community to jointly promote a multipolar world, economic globalization and greater democracy in international relations, and make positive contributions to building a new type of international relations. and a community with a shared future for humanity.

Bloomberg: A bipartisan group of eight U.S. lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Wednesday, led by Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy. Today, some of the representatives met with Tsai Ing-wen from Taiwan. Does the Chinese Foreign Ministry have a comment on this visit by US lawmakers to Taiwan?

Mao Ning: The visit of US lawmakers to the Chinese region of Taiwan seriously violates the one-China principle and the provisions of the three China-US joint communiqués and runs counter to the US commitment not to maintain than unofficial ties to the Taiwan region. The Chinese side deplores it and firmly rejects it.

There is only one China in the world and Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory. The government of the People’s Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China. We will not hesitate to oppose separatist “Taiwan independence” activities and outside interference. We urge relevant U.S. politicians to uphold the one-China principle and the three U.S.-China joint communiques, immediately cease all forms of official interaction with Taiwan, and immediately stop sending false signals to separatist forces of ” Taiwan independence. China will continue to take strong measures to resolutely defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

CCTV: The fourth China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Science, Technology and Innovation Forum was held the other day in a virtual format. Over 20 representatives from Ministries of Science and Technology of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries attended the meeting via video link. Representatives of LAC countries expressed keen desire to promote China-LAC cooperation in areas such as agro-technology, digital economy and science and technology-led development. Can you share more information on the forum?

Mao Ning: The China-Community of Latin American and Caribbean States Science, Technology and Innovation Forum is an important sub-forum of the China-CELAC Forum. This forum was co-organized by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the Argentine Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of CELAC. The theme of the forum was “Science and Technology for Common Development, Solidarity and Cooperation for a Better Future”. The forum adopted a joint declaration. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology and the science and technology authorities of LAC states to advance cooperation on establishing a sustainable food innovation center. The two sides hailed the achievements of bilateral science and technology cooperation and agreed to deepen cooperation in the fields of clean energy, digital technology, agro-technology, satellite communications and other areas.

LAC is a promising land filled with hope and dynamism. Equality, mutual benefit and shared development have always been the hallmark of China-LAC relations. Last year, trade between our two sides exceeded $450 billion for the first time. The two sides hosted the third ministerial meeting of the China-CELAC Forum, during which a new broad consensus was reached on deepening our strategic mutual trust and practical cooperation over the next three years. Statistics show that between 2005 and 2020, Latin America has seen the construction or inauguration of more than 100 infrastructure projects undertaken by China. These projects have created more than 600,000 local jobs. From the joint fight against COVID-19 to the joint conduct of R&D on resource satellites, from the guarantee of food security to the introduction of specialties from the other sectors of agriculture, livestock and of fisheries in national markets, China-LAC cooperation has proven to be free from any geographical distance and has blossomed instead.

As members of the developing world, China and LAC countries all advocate a multipolar world and greater democracy in international relations. The common aspiration for independence, development and prosperity is a strong link between the “Chinese dream” and the “LAC dream”. China is ready to work with Latin America to stick to the concept of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, push forward high-quality BRI cooperation, actively act on the Global Development Initiative and the Security Initiative. world, and strengthen and expand practical cooperation across the sector to build a China-LAC community with a shared future.

Bloomberg: A report came out today from Freedom House in the United States that says the Chinese government is stepping up efforts to increase its media influence around the world. And the report also includes observations that Chinese diplomats are also involved in such activities. Does the Department of Foreign Affairs have any comments on the Freedom House report?

Mao Ning: The organization you mentioned has a long history of making false claims on China-related issues. This report is not based on facts and is driven by ulterior motives.

Telling the story of the Communist Party of China (CCP) and presenting an authentic, multidimensional and panoramic view of China to the world is an integral part of the work of Chinese foreign media and services. What we share with the world are facts, real numbers, concrete examples and the plain truth. They are completely different from the so-called “influence efforts” or “disinformation” of the report.

I would also like to emphasize that the criteria for judging a news outlet should not be based on a country’s political system or ideology, but on whether the reporting itself is objective, truthful, fair and just. . Chinese media abide by press ethics and abide by the principles of objectivity, integrity, truthfulness and faithfulness. The report you mentioned pins labels on the normal reporting activities of Chinese media based on their so-called affiliation, while turning a blind eye to false reporting by some Western media. This is the typical double standard.

We will continue to tell the world the story of China, the story of the CCP, and the story of China’s continued peaceful development, and we will work to deepen mutual understanding between China and the rest of the world.

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Worcester County District Attorney Suffolk County District Attorney November press conference fee https://thebackwaterspress.org/worcester-county-district-attorney-suffolk-county-district-attorney-november-press-conference-fee/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 21:11:15 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/worcester-county-district-attorney-suffolk-county-district-attorney-november-press-conference-fee/ WORCESTER – A man who faced charges by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office after an argument with the former Suffolk District Attorney at a press conference last year filed a complaint Wednesday against Worcester DA Joseph D. Early Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Melia, among others, alleging malicious prosecution and a violation of free […]]]>

WORCESTER – A man who faced charges by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office after an argument with the former Suffolk District Attorney at a press conference last year filed a complaint Wednesday against Worcester DA Joseph D. Early Jr. and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Melia, among others, alleging malicious prosecution and a violation of free speech.

In the lawsuit Joao DePina of Dorchester filed in Worcester Superior Court, he cited emotional distress stemming from a November lawsuit filed against him by U.S. District Attorney Rachael Rollins, who was in court. then the Suffolk prosecutor.

The charges against DePina, which have since been dismissed, stemmed from a verbal altercation at a Nov. 9, 2021, press conference in which Rollins was giving a televised update on a standoff in Dorchester in which a person was killed after a shooting that injured three police officers.

During the press conference, DePina heckled Rollins, calling him out on “continued gun violence in Boston” and “government incompetence”, also citing his brother’s murder.

In an email, DePina’s legal team alleged that Rollins made fun of him and continued the press conference.

Three days after the event, Rollins filed barrister intimidation charges against DePina, who at the time had three active criminal cases against him by the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, which Rollins oversaw as prosecutor. district.

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Prime Minister’s remarks at a joint press conference with President Zelenskyy in Kyiv: August 24, 2022 https://thebackwaterspress.org/prime-ministers-remarks-at-a-joint-press-conference-with-president-zelenskyy-in-kyiv-august-24-2022/ Thu, 25 Aug 2022 14:31:08 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/prime-ministers-remarks-at-a-joint-press-conference-with-president-zelenskyy-in-kyiv-august-24-2022/ Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech in Ukraine Thank you very much Volodymyr and thank you to the people of Ukraine for the incredible honor you have given me, which is a recognition of the efforts of the United Kingdom. When you called me at 4 a.m. on that dark day in February and […]]]>

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech in Ukraine

Thank you very much Volodymyr and thank you to the people of Ukraine for the incredible honor you have given me, which is a recognition of the efforts of the United Kingdom.

When you called me at 4 a.m. on that dark day in February and told me the news we had been dreading that Putin had been foolish enough to invade a sovereign European country,

I told you then that we stood side by side with you and that is as true today as it was at that horrible time.

And I can also tell you that when we met in the high security room in Downing Street to try to figure out what was going on, we were filled with apprehension.

We simply did not see how this innocent and beautiful country could repel an attack by more than 100 battalion tactical groups, when the suffering and loss would be so immense. But you did.

And like one of those indomitable Ukrainian boxers for which this country is justly famous,

you came off the ropes and hit him with an upper cut that sent Putin’s armies reeling from Kyiv, then a hook to drive them out of Kharkiv,

And it became increasingly clear to the world that it had fatally underestimated the courage, the will and above all the price you were willing to pay to defend the country you love.

And I salute the heroic dead, I salute the families of the bereaved and the wounded,

the emergency services that have been repeatedly called to the scenes of Putin’s atrocities.

I salute the bravery of ordinary Ukrainian citizens who have just resumed their lives.

Teachers, students, children.

In our country today young people get their grades for their exams and of course it was a difficult time for them,

because we have all had to deal with the pandemic.

But I ask them all to think of the children of Ukraine,

two-thirds of whom were driven from their homes, two-thirds,

and who have seen almost a fifth of their schools destroyed or damaged.

And yet, working by candlelight or in makeshift classrooms, 7,500 of them achieved the highest possible grades.

And it is our collective mission to ensure that these brilliant students grow up to use their qualifications to achieve their dreams in a peaceful, prosperous and independent Ukraine.

And I believe they will, because from the ashes of your towns and cities, from the monstrous scars left by Putin’s missiles, something beautiful is blooming, a flower that the whole world can see and admire and which is the indomitable will of the Ukrainians to resist.

And that’s what Putin failed to understand.

He simply had no idea how much Ukrainians love this amazing country with its rich black soil and magical golden domes,

how much they cherish life, bustle and freedom and the Eurovision Song Contest winning Ukraine’s cultural vibrancy.

And just as he fatally underestimated Ukraine, he also underestimated the price the whole world was willing to pay to support Ukraine.

We have and we have well and even if we have to accept after six months of war the price is indeed a high price.

And I come from a UK where we are battling inflation caused by soaring energy prices caused by Putin’s war.

And we are faced with strikes led by union bosses who have the ruinous belief that the best way to combat soaring energy prices is with ever higher wages when it is simply a question of paying gasoline on the flames

and of course we are doing everything we can to address the pressures people are facing on their cost of living and to help people through the difficult months ahead.

And that is why it is so important for you to know now that we in Britain have the strength and the patience to get through these economic difficulties which have been so recklessly driven and exacerbated by the madness and malevolence of a single man, Vladimir Putin.

And like all the other European countries, we are of course working to end our dependence on Russian hydrocarbons and we are building these new nuclear power plants, one a year instead of one every ten years, tens of gigawatts of new wind farms and I can tell you that we in the UK will not yield for a second to Putin’s economic blackmail because the people of my country can see with total clarity what is at stake in Ukraine today.

Yes of course it is about you and your right to live in peace and freedom and frankly that alone is enough,

but it is also about all of us, all of us who believe in the principles of freedom and democracy and here today in Ukraine I believe that history is at a turning point and after decades in which the democracy has been on the defensive, on the back foot, we have an opportunity to join you in saying no to tyranny, to say no to those who would stifle the freedom and independence of Ukraine and we will . And that’s why Ukraine will win.

And we also know that if we pay for Vladimir Putin’s ills in our energy bills, the Ukrainian people pay for it in their blood and that is why we know that we must stay the course because if Putin were to succeed, then no country of Russia’s perimeter would be safe and if Putin succeeded it would be a green light for all autocrats in the world, a signal that borders can be changed by force and that is why the British House of Commons, all gone combined, stood united, applauding Volodymyr Zelensky and supporting the military, diplomatic and economic support that we are providing to Ukraine.

And I am proud that we have already supplied more weapons than any other European country, including 6,900 anti-tank missiles, 5,000 NLAWs, 120 armored vehicles, Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, anti-ship missiles and now the MLRS

And today I can tell you that more artillery and more ammunition are on the way and 2000 drones

and we are training 10,000 Ukrainian soldiers, alongside our allies, and the other day I was in Catterick in Yorkshire and I met 400 of your recruits that we are helping to train

and they were people from all walks of life, people who weren’t soldiers, who had never fought before. But the sad reality was that in just a few weeks they would be heading to that front line.

And when I listened to their good humor and their courage, I knew that Ukraine would win.

And by providing this kind of training and equipment,

I also want to applaud our friends around the world, in the EU, the Poles, the Baltic countries, the Dutch, the Czechs, the French, the Germans, the Italians, they have been unwavering.

But at this point it would be fair to pay special tribute to the outstanding global leadership of the United States of America,

And let me be clear, I believe that this US commitment of $40 billion in military support, I think $59 billion in total, was critical to Ukraine’s success.

and I thank Joe Biden and his team for what he is doing and to all of our friends I just say this: we have to keep going. WE must show that we have the same strategic stamina as the Ukrainian people.

We know the coming winter will be harsh and Putin will manipulate Russian energy supplies in an attempt to torment households across Europe

and our first test as friends of Ukraine will be to confront and endure this pressure – to help consumers but also to build our own supplies

and I believe that as we go through this winter, our position will grow stronger, and with each passing week, Putin’s position will weaken. And that is why we must now continue and intensify our support for Ukraine. The HIMARs, the MLRS and all the systems that are proving so effective in the hands of the Ukrainians.

We cannot afford for a moment to ease the sanctions against Putin, and we must maintain financial and economic support for Ukraine

and every day in the world we have to fight Putin’s lies – because it’s his war that drives up the price of food, oil and gas, not Western sanctions

and we must fight against any creeping attempts to normalize relations with Putin, because it is becoming increasingly clear that thanks to the sacrifices of the Ukrainian people, the vaunted Russian offensive in the Donbass is failing and so it is exactly the time for your friends to help you hit the Russians just when they start to wobble.

We know that Putin’s troops are getting tired, that his losses are colossal, that his supply lines are vulnerable.

We can see how tiny its recent advances have become, and how enormous the cost in Russian blood and treasure and tragically in the tears of Russian mothers is.

And we also know that now is not the time to advance a flimsy negotiation plan with someone who is simply not interested.

You can’t bargain with a bear while it eats your leg, you can’t bargain with a street robber who pins you to the ground, and we don’t have to worry about humiliating Putin any more than we do. would have to worry about humiliating the bear or the thief.

All that matters today is to restore and preserve the sovereign integrity of Ukraine.

And on this anniversary, let us remember that glorious day 31 years ago when, out of an 84% turnout, 92% supported independence.

And it is now a war for this independence and history teaches us that when a country has a language, an identity, a pride, a love of its traditions, a patriotic feeling that only grows over the months and passing years,

and when such a country is engaged in a war for its very existence, my friends, that war will only end one way.

Ukraine will win,

and Britain will be on your side.

You reminded us of values ​​that the world thought it had forgotten,

you reminded us that freedom and democracy are worth fighting for.

I am proud to consider myself a friend of Ukraine, thank you for the honor you have given me today,

and you can count on me and my country in the years to come.

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Video: VA Senate Democrats hold press conference to push back against Glenn Youngkin’s ‘attempt to whitewash the history our children are learning in school’, ‘Relentless Attacks on Public Education’ https://thebackwaterspress.org/video-va-senate-democrats-hold-press-conference-to-push-back-against-glenn-youngkins-attempt-to-whitewash-the-history-our-children-are-learning-in-school-relentless-attacks-on-public-education/ Fri, 19 Aug 2022 17:18:26 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/video-va-senate-democrats-hold-press-conference-to-push-back-against-glenn-youngkins-attempt-to-whitewash-the-history-our-children-are-learning-in-school-relentless-attacks-on-public-education/ From the VA Senate Democratic Caucus:  Virginia Senate Democrats Hold Press Conference on Future of History Education in Virginia RICHMOND, Va.: Today, members of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus held a press conference following Superintendent Jillian Balow’s August 17, 2022 announcement to further consider proposed changes to the program of social studies and history […]]]>


From the VA Senate Democratic Caucus:



Virginia Senate Democrats Hold Press Conference on Future of History Education in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va.: Today, members of the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus held a press conference following Superintendent Jillian Balow’s August 17, 2022 announcement to further consider proposed changes to the program of social studies and history in Virginia. The video of the press conference is available here.

Senator Louise Lucas, president pro tempore and chair of the education and health committee, said: “This week, the State Board of Education – now controlled by appointees by Youngkin – voted no to approving newly revised K-12 story standards. The Governor and his administration have chosen to block approval of the High Quality Objective Standards which have been developed by many historians working tirelessly to produce high quality standards for our children to benefit from. These standards should not be watered down and whitewashed.

“Governor Youngkin is overstepping his constitutional authority to try to whitewash the history our children are learning in school. We demand that the State Board of Education honor its constitutional obligation and adopt these standards immediately.

Senator Mamie Locke, Caucus Chair and Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee, said, “The Governor, his Secretary of Education, his Superintendent of Public Instruction and appointees to the Board of education have delayed the report because they are no longer interested in updating the reality of history, but instead banning and banishing anything that does not support their ideological game plan. Rest assured that this update will not include any reference to the January 6 insurrection, the history of racism in Virginia, and other events that do not fit into their ideological agenda.

“Governor Youngkin, at all times, has attacked public education from day one by emphasizing ‘inherently divisive concepts’, the ‘Big Brother’ line of advice to teachers, and the hand-picked facts that distort student success. Senate Democrats will guarantee the integrity of Virginia’s public schools and will not allow this administration to devalue our teachers, our students, or our standards of education. We will not engage in alternative facts – truth is truth, reality is reality. We will ensure that this reality reaches our classrooms.

Senator Ghazala Hashmi, chair of the public education subcommittee, said, “The school board initiated the process of reviewing history and social studies standards almost two years ago. The Board of Trustees, along with a committee of program managers and higher education faculty members, have met several times to discuss the revision of the standards. But this week, Superintendent Balow said she had asked the Fordham Institute to review the recommended changes and they had identified some issues that needed to be addressed.

“We have to ask ourselves: what is the purpose of adding the Fordham Institute to this hour after midnight, when the work of developing our standards is complete? What I suspect is that the real intent of the delay is to revise the standards through the specific prism of the Youngkin administration, its business partners, and special interest groups whose intent is to whitewash our books. of history and not allow for a fuller representation of the rich diversity that is part of our American heritage and history.

CONTEXT

On Wednesday, August 17, the Virginia Board of Education delayed a discussion on the future of the history curriculum in Virginia public schools, despite the mandate for public hearings to be held in August. Board chair Dan Gecker says board members received the draft program guidelines for seven months, and the process received more than 5,000 comments from experts and the public — more than enough information. and feedback to revise the program appropriately.

Superintendent Jillian Balow asked the Fordham Institute to review the draft standards. Fordham has been described by Industry Watch as a right-wing education policy think tank. They’ve promoted policies like the “Freedom Framework” that removes conversations about racism and slavery from social studies education and pushes hard for school choice — a portmanteau for mainstream public school funding.

Several of Governor Youngkin’s education appointees actively worked to dismantle public education in Virginia and other states:

  • Education Secretary Aimee Rogstad Guidera
    • Former president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign – a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting education data with a focus on performance gaps – which has proven to be an inaccurate way to measuring student success
  • Jillian Balow, Superintendent of Public Schools
    • Previously held the same position in Wyoming
      • Approved a bill requiring the publication of a list of all teaching materials, which was described by his bosses as an effort to prevent “the indoctrination found in the critical race theory curriculum that has been pushed by far left and has found its way into some classrooms.
      • The bill would also require the program to include that ‘slavery and racism’ have ended
    • Biden publicly opposed initiatives to increase diversity in education
  • Assistant Superintendent of Public Schools Elizabeth Schultz
    • Senior Fellow for Parents Defending Education – a “national grassroots organization working to reclaim our schools from activists promoting harmful agendas” – which in itself is a harmful agenda
  • School Board Members:
    • Grace Turner Creasey
    • Bill Hansen
      • Incoming chairman and CEO of Building Hope, an organization that champions charter schools, siphoning off funding from mainstream public schools
      • General Partner of Green Street Impact Partners, which creates opportunities for private investment in education, giving governance power of public schools to private investment firms
    • Andy Rotheram
      • Co-founder and partner of Bellwether Education Partners, a group that works to establish charter schools and other educational alternatives that would take funding away from schools that need it most
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Watch Scott Morrison’s live press conference today as colleagues demand his resignation after a secret https://thebackwaterspress.org/watch-scott-morrisons-live-press-conference-today-as-colleagues-demand-his-resignation-after-a-secret/ Wed, 17 Aug 2022 03:41:00 +0000 https://thebackwaterspress.org/watch-scott-morrisons-live-press-conference-today-as-colleagues-demand-his-resignation-after-a-secret/ The Crossbenchers are leading the charge of parliamentary inquiries into the actions of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as their colleagues demand his resignation. Independent MP Sophie Scamps has called for the matter to be referred to Parliament’s Privileges Committee, which hears complaints of breach of privilege or contempt. Scott Morrison speaks to reporters. Watch […]]]>

The Crossbenchers are leading the charge of parliamentary inquiries into the actions of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison, as their colleagues demand his resignation.

Independent MP Sophie Scamps has called for the matter to be referred to Parliament’s Privileges Committee, which hears complaints of breach of privilege or contempt.

Scott Morrison speaks to reporters. Watch the LIVE press conference in the video player above

Watch the latest news on Channel 7 or stream for free on 7plus >>

“Is this a precedent for the future behavior of future leaders who think they might want to have more power?” she asked on ABC on Wednesday.

“Or will it be something we see as an abuse of power and privilege?”

Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie wants the saga referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, saying she could recommend changes to the legislation.

“If it’s not illegal, there’s not much parliament can do. Unless they change the rules about it, sending it to the privileges committee is probably not the way to go,” Lambie told the ABC.

She said it was important to make sure Australia was not a “dictatorship”.

See how the scandal outrage unfolded

Outrage for Scott Morrison who secretly swore himself into three ministries.

Outrage for Scott Morrison who secretly swore himself into three ministries.

The repercussions of the former prime minister‘s appointment to the finance, treasury, health, home affairs and resources portfolios remain unknown, with the solicitor general preparing advice for Anthony Albanese to be delivered on Monday.

Morrison apologized to colleagues for secretly swearing in their portfolios, but issued a strong defense of his actions, saying the COVID-19 pandemic required a unique response.

But constitutional lawyer Anne Twomey said legal systems were already in place, with acting ministers able to be appointed when a minister is sick or on leave.

“If he really thought there was a problem with the existing system, wouldn’t you have created a new system?” she said on Sky News.

“There seems to be this presidential view of, ‘Hey, I’m the boss, so I have to be in charge of everything.’

“It’s a real denial of the current system of government that we have. The Prime Minister, at most, is the first among equals.

Labor leader Jason Clare told the AAP the government would wait for the Solicitor General’s opinion before deciding how to prevent something similar from happening in the future, such as making it mandatory to publish such appointments in the Official Gazette. .

“We are open to reform,” Clare said.

“I expect Cabinet to consider both advice from the department and any advice we receive from the Solicitor General and then take further action.

“This is something that has never happened before and should never happen again.”

Albanese said his predecessor’s actions followed a pattern of secrecy.

“Scott Morrison appointed himself to a cabinet committee of one, so any meetings he had with other people he could tell they were co-opted and keep them away from freedom information,” he told 4BC radio.

“Our democracy relies on people being open and transparent about what’s going on (and) people being responsible and that’s why this is such a shocking series of revelations.”

Liberal Party deputy leader Sussan Ley attacked the prime minister for failing to focus on the cost of living and skills shortages.

“Australians want him to focus on the issues in their lives. None of this will bring down your electricity bills,” she told Sky News.

Former Home Secretary Karen Andrews called on Morrison to resign from Parliament, saying he had ‘abandoned and betrayed’ the Australian people.

His successor Clare O’Neil said intelligence chiefs were unaware of Morrison’s self-appointment to this important role.

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