By Dialogo November 04, 2010 It is premature to make an assessment of the true intentions of the elected President without first knowing the nominal composition of her ministers and assistants and the actual definition of the plans of her government, campaign promises so far. If president Lula was in some way in internal politicsâ€¦surely in external politics it was a disaster brought about by his chancellor Celso Amorin and one of his closest advisorsâ€¦Marcos Aureli Garcia. His closest â€œfriendsâ€ were the brothers Castro; Chaves; Ivo Morales and amazingly: Ahmadinejad!!!! His external policies were not practical, but were merely ideological in nature. All of us Brazilians expect from Dilma Roussef a correction to this policy especially the support given to Ahmadinejad so he can get his atomic bomb and create a global threat and not just regional. You can judge a man by the company he keeps! Will the ex-military Dilma have the wisdom for that? Letâ€™s hope so. Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff has begun to organize the transition to her administration and to delineate her foreign policy, in which area, she says, she hopes to have a “close but sovereign” relationship with the United States. Rousseff, who will take office on 1 January, distributed tasks among her principal team of advisors prior to taking a few days off and preparing for her first official trips abroad. She also revealed details of her future foreign policy upon indicating that she aims to have a close but “sovereign” relationship with the United States, and she mentioned that South-South relations will maintain the importance they currently have in her administration. “I aim to have a close relationship with the United States, but also a sovereign one. The respect I want is the same respect I will give,” said the president-elect, who said that she had “the best of impressions” of President Barack Obama. Upon referring to the transition process, she revealed that she will put together a team with technical expertise and leadership ability. “In this phase, we’re not thinking about names or about distributing jobs, but I want to make it clear that I’m going to demand technical expertise and political leadership from everyone who works for me,” she told the television network SBT.
One week into the season, the Wisconsin men’s swimming and diving team is already excited to see how its season will culminate. With strong leadership from the seniors and a solid foundation of freshman and transfer swimmers, the program looks more ready than ever to be a force in the Big Ten.Last weekend the Badgers fell to powerhouse Georgia 179-139 despite a hard-fought effort in in their first event of the season. Third year head coach Whitney Hite hopes to use the strong finish last season as motivation for his team as they face one of the toughest schedules in the country.The Badgers finished 13th overall at the 2013 NCAA Championships, their highest finish for the program in more than a decade and the third best in team history. The highlight of the championship was then-sophomore Drew teDuits’s victory in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1 minute, 38.27 seconds. He became the first national champion for Wisconsin in 54 years, and the performance earned him a spot on the U.S. National Team along with teammates Nick Caldwell and 2013 graduate Michael Weiss.“Having the leadership of these national-level swimmers on a younger-based team is really beneficial to us moving forward and getting better,” Hite said.Since his arrival to UW in the 2011-’12 season, Hite has been successful in recruiting top swimmers and rebuilding the program.“Hite is a very knowledgeable coach, and you can tell how much he cares about everyone on the team,” sophomore transfer Zach Wagner said.Wagner is pleased with how easy the adjustment has gone for him after leaving USC and joining the Badgers. He is now focusing his excitement on the direction his new team is headed.“The guys are great, all of them are down-to-earth and really focused. It’s an awesome environment to be in for swimming,” Wagner said.Wagner also emphasized the importance of setting goals, both individually and as a team, in order to motivate swimmers and maximize potential. With the talent on the team and the conditioning from long, two-a-day practices, Wagner believes these goals definitely look attainable.“The main team goals are to finish in the top three at the Big Ten Championships and in the top 10 at NCAA’s,” Wagner said. “Individually, I hope to break 20 seconds in the 50 yard-free and 44 seconds in the 100 yard free.”Now entering his junior season, teDuits is taking on a larger leadership role. He believes the loss against Georgia was a hard-fought competition and a good indicator of what the team has started to improve on.“A lot of our freshman have already stepped up and did an awesome job, especially in the freestyle events, which were a weak spot for us last year,” teDuits said. “We’ve lost some key pieces after last year, but I think we’ve done a good job of replacing what we’ve lost and gaining what we didn’t previously have.”Other key additions to keep an eye on besides Wagner include freshman diver Andrew Suchla, freshman butterfly standout Cannon Clifton, Florida transfer Nick Caldwell and freshman freestyler Brett Pinfold.Pinfold won Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors Tuesday for his dominating performance against Georgia, recording six top-three finishes, including a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.74.When it comes to practicing and working towards his goals, teDuits feels confident the underclassmen fully understand the expectations of the team.“A huge factor of success is believing in what you’re doing and giving your all to it,” he said.teDuits and the rest of the upperclassmen also believe reminding the team of the goals they set for the season will help them through the hardest workouts.Coming up on the Oct. 18 and 19 is a meet against conference rival Minnesota. As it is the only home meet of the season, Hite and the rest of the team are excited to see how they match up against their competitive foe.“Minnesota is a very good team. They’re very well coached — they prepare well — and that’s why they’re as successful as they are,” he said. “We look to build off of last week at Georgia and continue to improve as the season progresses.”Wagner, teDuits and the rest of the team are eager to get into the pool and look to hand the Gophers a loss.“They’re tough, and it’s been a while since we’ve beaten them, but I think we have a chance to come out on top. I can’t wait to see how it turns out,” he said.Wagner added the team is looking forward to seeing a lot of fans at the team’s annual Pack the Nat event for what should be a close but winnable meet.The Badgers will take on the Gophers Oct. 18 and 19 at the Natatorium beginning at 3 p.m.
Kilkenny’s Claire Grace has withdrawn from the A-I-B-A Women’s World Championships in South Korea.The Callan boxer suffered a bad cut over her left eye in her last-32 win over Cristina Stanca on Monday, and team staff opted to withdraw her on safety concernsTurkey’s Guluzar Kara gets a walkover to the quarter finals as a result.
Margaret AstMargaret G (Hermes) Ast, loving wife and mother, born May 31, 1922, died April 5, 2015 at the age of 92.Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and the Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m.,Â Wednesday April 8, 2015, both at St. Peter Catholic Church in Schulte, KS.Margaret was born in Mt. Vernon, KS to the late Joseph and Catherine (Schmitz) Hermes.Â She was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Francis Ast,Â son: Gene; daughter-in-laws, Debra Ast and Wanda Ast;Â 7 sisters and 1 brother. Survived by brother, Lawrence (Donna) Hermes, sons; Vernon, David, Ron and Mike all of Monett, MO. Melvin (Gwen) of Wellington, Stan of Cheney, Glenn (Sarah) of Avon, CO; daughters; Judy Mertes of Wichita and Linda (Mike) McFerrin of Ft. Collins, CO. 28 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.Memorial to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.