General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu Trong and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind (Source: VNA) The host said the visit is a vivid manifestation of the long-standing friendship founded by Prime Minister Jawarhalal Nehru and President Ho Chi Minh and fostered by generations of leaders and the people of the two countries. Kovind expressed his delight at visiting Vietnam, his first destination in Southeast Asia since he took office in July 2017. Both sides shared the view that bilateral ties are growing strongly in diverse areas, especially since the establishment of the strategic partnership in 2007 and the upgrade of bilateral ties to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2016. They agreed to fully deliver on high-level political commitments and those in adopted political framework documents, and to further tap into potential and advantages - including the Action Plan of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for … [Read more...] about Party, State leader hails first visit by Indian President
First generation scholarships
Three of the 32 winners of the 2019 Rhodes Scholarship have ties to Colorado Springs.Two recipients of the prestigious award, which pays for college seniors to study at Oxford University in England in the fall, are cadets at the Air Force Academy, and another is a Colorado Springs native who attends the University of Colorado in Boulder.Cadet 1st Class James Brahm of Huntsville, Ala., is majoring in computer science, with a minor in Chinese and nuclear weapons and strategy; and Cadet 1st Class Madison Tung, of Santa Monica, Calif., is double majoring in mathematics and humanities. She also is pursuing a minor in Chinese.Serene Singh, a 2015 graduate of Rampart High School, is majoring in political science and journalism at CU Boulder.Singh is the 20th Rhodes Scholarship recipient from CU Boulder and the first in 25 years. She’s also the first woman from the campus to win the scholarship.The cadets are the Air Force Academy’s 40th and 41st recipients of the award since it … [Read more...] about Two Air Force Academy cadets and a Colorado Springs native win Rhodes Scholarships
The University of Minnesota has changed the eligibility criteria for two women-only scholarships and is reviewing other awards in response to a complaint of anti-male discrimination. Mark Perry, an economics and finance professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, has made it his “lifelong mission” to stamp out anti-male discrimination in education. In the past three years, he has pushed Michigan State University to allow men into the women’s lounge at its student union and worked to change who’s eligible for women-only awards and programs at numerous colleges. A University of Minnesota graduate, Perry complained to his alma mater in June about three awards he found online for “women-identified students.” The U informed him Wednesday that they’ve removed the gender-specific criteria from two scholarships. A third scholarship is under review and the U will stop administering it if it’s not opened up to other genders, Title IX Coordinator … [Read more...] about Anti-male discrimination complaint gets UMN to change scholarship rules
Carol Cain Free Press Business Columnist Published 7:30 AM EDT Oct 20, 2018 Fred Wilpon is living the American Dream. The 81-year-old majority owner of the New York Mets is an ultrasuccessful real estate developer and family man. But it wasn’t always smooth sailing. Wilpon recalls being a teen who arrived at the University of Michigan as the first person in his family to attend college. He butted up against some issues that might have sidetracked his dreams if not for the help of others. Never forgetting that assistance, he launched the Kessler Presidential Scholarship Program at U-M’s College of Literature, Science and the Arts to help hundreds of other first-generation college students succeed. Wilpon was a talented baseball player who played high school ball with future Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in Brooklyn (they remain friends today). Wilpon, whose father managed a funeral home in Brooklyn, decided to spread his wings and experience new … [Read more...] about Mets owner Wilpon helps first-generation students at U-M
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, sparred on everything from public transportation and taxes to abortion rights and criminal justice as they squared off for their first debate before next month’s election. Gonzalez faulted Baker for not being ambitious enough when it comes to upgrading the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. He called the public transit system one of the worst in the country, saying people cannot depend on it to get to work. “I’m surprised riders haven’t revolted,” he said. “They are done with this system that they can’t rely on.” Gonzalez also said he would fire Keolis which operates the commuter rail system. Baker said his administration has done the nuts and bolts work needed to prepare the transit system for the future and to keep the trains and buses running. “It’s not sexy stuff. It’s signals and switches and third … [Read more...] about Charlie Baker and Jay Gonzalez met in their first debate. Here’s what happened.