Zanzibar shock Uganda, sets Kenya date in CECAFA final

first_imgUganda were reduced to 10-men after substitute Joseph Nsubuga was shown a straight red card after pulling down Ibrahim Hamad inside the box after a swift counter attack.Abdul Aziz Makame opened the scoring for Zanzibar in the 23rd minute before Uganda equalized six minutes later through Derrick Nsibambi who scored his fourth goal of the tournament.Coming into the tie, Uganda was without two of their players Timothy Awany and Isaac Muleme who were serving one match suspensions after red cards in their final group match against Ethiopia.Zanzibar midfielder Suleiman Kassim vies for the ball against Uganda Cranes’ Bernard Muwanga during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluZanzibar were without left back Haji Mwinyi who was serving a one match suspension after accumulating two yellow cards while Suleiman Mohammed who has scored twice for them in the tournament missed with injury.It was a balanced and hugely competitive opening half with both sides creating good scoring opportunities. Zanzibar asked the first questions with Adeyum Saleh’s freekick inside the first five minutes coming off the outside of the post.In the 11th minute Nsibambi had a brilliant effort attempting a scissor kick from the edge of the six yard box when Nico Wadada’s cross from the right fell into his path unmarked.Zanzibar opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Makame tapped the ball home from inside the box after Uganda failed to clear a corner from Mudathir Yahya.The islanders had won the corner after Uganda keeper Isma Watenga had done well to save a shot from Ibrahim Hamad who had stolen the ball off Geoffrey Madoi on the left.The goal immediately bolted head coach Moses Basena into action, pulling out Sgafiq bakaki who had struggled in his first start of the tournament having been brought in for Awany. In his place, Basena brought in Joseph Nsubuga.Four minutes on, Uganda drew level when Nsibambi side footed the ball home from the edge of the six yard box after Allan Kyambadde’s cross from the right evaded everyone inside the box.Uganda Cranes winger Allan Katterega vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Mudathir Yahya. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Uganda came back stronger but were caught up in the counter resulting in what would be Zanzibar’s winning goal.The Cranes lost possession cheaply from a corner and Zanzibar took on a gear five counter attack, Hamad breaking away clear into the Ugandan box and was pulled down by Nsubuga when he was preparing to pull the trigger.From the penalty, Issa struck the ball into the top left leaving keeper Isma Watenga with no chance.Uganda had chances to equalize as they piled the pressure after going down, coach Basena bringing in Allan Katterega for Muzamiru Mutyaba.In the 70th minute, Uganda should have drawn level. From a Kyambadde cross on the left, Nelson Ssekantuka chose to chest down the ball instead of going straight for a header, allowing Zanzibar to clear their lines.However, the clearance did not go far, falling on Milton Karisa whose shot however blasted over. In the 83rd minute, Ssekantuka this time went for a header off a Karisa cross but it went over.Zanzibar keeper Mohammed Abdulrahman pulled a great save two minutes from time when he leaped strongly to his left to parry away a shot from Nsibambi who had broken away on the left.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohammed Issa Juma breaks away in celebrating his winner against Uganda Cranes joined by Feisal Salum Abdallah (left) and Mudathir Yahya during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 15- Zanzibar Heroes qualified for their first ever CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final in 22 years after shocking defending champions 10-man Uganda Cranes 2-1 and book a date against Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Sunday’s final.Mohammed Issa Juma’s penalty 10 minutes into the second half sealed Zanzibar’s place in the table of kings. The last and only time they played the final was in 1995 in Uganda when they beat the Cranes at home to lift the title.last_img read more

How is Garoppolo handling the ‘little things’ that went wrong?

first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Complications arose one game into Jimmy Garoppolo’s strive for a perfect comeback.Oh, his rebuilt knee is fine, aside from minor swelling he blamed more so on the 49ers’ flights than Sunday’s actual game in Tampa.In that season debut, more passes than normal veered off target. He acknowledged so Wednesday and didn’t sound rattled by an imperfect return to NFL quarterbacking.“Those are physical mistakes,” Garoppolo said. “There’s nothing mental about it. Little things. …last_img

Solar Panels Installation: 6 Unexpected Factors to Consider

first_img Costs In 1956, solar panels cost about $300 per watt. The 7.5 kW system could only be afforded by the very rich.Today, prices have fallen significantly. In most areas, solar panels operate at around $3-5 per watt. You will pay closer to $3 if you install it yourself, and closer to $5 if you have professionals to do so. For 7.5-kW or 7500 watts panels, you could pay from $22,500 to $37,500.If you need less electricity, of course, the number gets lower. If you only consume 600 kWh per month or 20 kWh per day, you could install a system with a capacity of up to 5 kW which would cost around $15,000.Of course, you could partially supply the house with solar energy. If you want to invest $10,000 in solar panels, you can add electricity from the grid with a 1.5-kW solar system.However, tens of thousands of dollars for solar panels are still quite exorbitant, especially since it can take decades before the money is redeemed.You can rent them (the panels), though. There are no advance payments. Homeowners pay a monthly rent for the use, and the rental company owns and supports them. Over the past 10 years, rooftop houses with solar panels have evolved from curiosity to a common phenomenon. This technology has been available for decades – astronauts have been using solar-powered satellites since 1960, and in the Second World War, passive solar heating systems, which convert solar energy into heat instead of electricity, have been used in U.S. homes.However, the introduction of active solar systems as a consumer good turned out to be an issue. Active solar energy uses photovoltaic panels to convert sunlight into electricity, and this has traditionally been a prohibitively expensive technology.The advantages of solar-powered residential buildings are obvious: solar energy is infinite (at least for the next 5 billion years approximately), provides clean energy without emitting greenhouse gases, that may save people’s money on their electricity bills.But there are factors to consider when deciding on solar energy – and the cost is just one of them.In this article, I will consider 6 of the most important issues that need to be addressed when you think about investing in solar panel installation. The use of photovoltaic energy is a very “green” solution and a potentially useful step, but it is not as easy as getting energy from a conventional power grid.Solar Panels Installation. The first factor is the one that you, perhaps, weren’t even considering: Thanks to The Home Dweller for Image. Roy Emmerson Contrary to what most people think, the size of a solar power plant has nothing to do with the size of a house. Instead, only 2 parameters should be considered:insolation which we have just discussed;the amount of energy you need.To get a very rough estimate of how big the system you need should be, look at your electricity bill and find out how much kWh you use per day.The average house uses around 900 kWh per month or around 30 kWh per day. Multiply this by 0.25 and get 7.5, so we need a 7.5 kW system.A typical solar panel produces up to 120 watts or 0.12 kW per day. To provide 7.5-kW, you need about 62 panels. One panel can be about 142 x 64 cm, so that the 62 panels will occupy about 65 square meters.You should also consider the insolation and how many hours of sunshine peak-hours you get per day, make adjustments if you use rechargeable batteries with the panels as well. Therefore, it is best to contact a professional. Turning your home into a solar energy station requires more than using a conventional old power grid. But not much.Solar panels have no moving parts. They are a part of a complete stationary system. So, once they are installed, there aren’t many things that can go wrong. Almost the only one a house owner should do is to keep the panels clean. That’s important because too much snow, dust and bird droppings on the panels can reduce the amount of sunlight. Dust accumulation on the screen can reduce the amount of electricity produced by the system by as much as 7 %.There’s no need to do this once a week, though. It is sufficient to water the panels with a hose once to four times a year. You don’t have to climb on the roof to do this. The hose with a nozzle works perfectly from the ground. If there is construction work in your area, you need to clean the panels more often to avoid additional dust accumulation of building debris.Also, periodically check that all parts are in working order. You need to replace the batteries as well, but this is once a decade. Tags:#solar#solar energy Roy Emerson is a technology enthusiast, a loving father of twins, a programmer in a custom software company, editor in chief of TheHomeDweller blog, greedy reader, and a gardener. Sunlight is obviously the key when it comes to solar energy, and not all regions have equal conditions in this regard. It is important to know how much sunlight reaches the ground in the area where your potential solar home is located.What we are talking about here is called “insolation”, a measure of how much solar emission will fall to the ground in a given area over a given period of time. This is usually measured in kWh / m2 / days and it will show you how much sunlight will be available for your solar panels to turn into electricity. The higher the insolation value in your region, the more electricity each of your panels will be able to generate. A high insolation value means that you can get more energy from smaller panels. A low value means that you might end up spending more to achieve the same output power.So you have to build your solar home in the southwest, not the northwest? Far from it. This simply means that you will probably need more panels to achieve the same output power. Coverage Related Posts center_img Maintenance Surroundings Insolation Recycling The location of your house has a great impact on your solar energy efficiency. It’s an obvious problem – if your electrical power depends on sunlight, things like tall tree shadows and high building shadows will be a drawback.This is an even bigger issue than some people realize. Different types of panels differently react to shadows. While polycrystalline panels can significantly reduce the output of electricity, any part of shading on a mono-crystalline panel will stop electricity production completely.Thus, to build a solar-powered house, it is necessary to make sure that there is no shade on the roof panel during sunshine hours per day (usually from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and preferably during all solar hours. The more hours the panels are exposed to full sunlight, the more efficient the production of electricity will be.Achieving the greatest efficiency can mean trimming or completely removing trees on your site. If your home is surrounded by high-rise buildings that block the sun, you should pull them down too 🙂 If you can’t do that then that’s a big problem. Aramco, Holder of the Largest IPO in History is… How Battery Storage Is Revolutionizing the Sola… The Top 5 Issues Faced by Futurists Get Smarter About Enterprise Management with AI The service life of solar panels is 40-50 years, the controller and inverter – 15-20, batteries (depending on their type and usage) – 4-10 years.Although the issue of disposal of solar panels remains open, only 30% of all manufacturers take them back for recycling.  But nevertheless, the demand for spent solar panels is growing every year. As extraction of rare metals becomes more and more expensive, and processing of the panels will lead to their reuse.In addition, there is a secondary market for photovoltaic and wind-electric sets, where already used equipment can be further used. In countries in transition, former solar modules can be used. Due to the more intense solar emissions, these modules can produce more electricity. An example of this is the second solo project – an online platform for the purchase and sale of used modules.last_img read more

On Social Value

first_imgOne of the primary challenges many companies face using social is a lack of understanding of social value.Because they misunderstand social value, these companies (and many individuals) fail to create enough value to be relevant and to create a connection. These organizations (and people) produce content that talks about their company instead of their client’s company. They produce content that pitches their product, instead of addressing their client’s challenges. They withhold anything actionable or valuable in the belief that the only way they will ever capture any value is by selling their product, service, or solution to the people with whom they hope to engage.This is why their social marketing efforts fail. Because they withhold value, there is no engagement. Because they create no social value, there is no social connection. This is a recipe for failure.The best remedy for this ailment is to separate social value from “the ask.” When you are creating social value, you don’t worry about “the ask.” Instead you worry about the value creation and the connection with the audience you serve. When you ask, ask directly and make it easy to say yes.Creating value and asking are two separate activities, and they are not seeking the same result. Worry about the value creation, and the ask is easier.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar adds value to batting line-up, says Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar ‘s vulnerability against full-length deliveries in the New Zealand series may have raised a few eyebrows, but Sanjay Manjrekar, a former Test batsman and Tendulkar ‘s teammate, feels the days of batting maestro at the highest level are not yet over.”To me, the way Tendulkar got out in his three innings against New Zealand does not suggest by any stretch of the imagination that he is finished as an international batsman,” he said.”I will stand by what I’ve said all along about Tendulkar – that his run-making at the international level will stop only when he stops playing. Until then, he may not dominate as he used to but he will still be a good enough batsman to get runs at the highest level, and to add value to the Indian team, especially in Test cricket,” he told cricinfo.Sanjay Manjrekar felt that Sachin was aware of the difficulties an ageing batsman has to face and he will soon find an answer to it.Tendulkar, 39, was clean bowled three times out of three in the just-concluded two Test-series between India and New Zealand, triggering a spate of negative comments. Even Manjrekar and Sunil Gavaskar, who were doing television commentary when Tendulkar was bowled in the first innings of the second Test, questioned his lack of foot movement.Now, Manjrekar says Tendulkar still adds value to the batting line-up and must be part of the team in the four-Test series against England at home.Also a Mumbaikar like Tendukar, Manjrekar argued that the maestro was not first one to have struggled with full-length deliveries.”I have seen with great players as they age that it’s the full delivery that seems to bother them more than short ones. Short balls land on the pitch well before full-length ones do, so their mystery is revealed to the batsman earlier,” he pointed out.”Watching a ball from the point of release to almost right under your eyes is not easy to do. Great batsmen do it as a matter of habit, but with age they have to remind themselves to keep doing it right through their innings.”Manjrekar felt that Tendulkar was aware of the difficulties an ageing batsman has to face and he will soon find an answer to it.advertisementlast_img read more

3 get prison in college basketball recruiting scandal

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Former Adidas executive James Gatto, business manager Christian Dawkins and Merl Code, a former Adidas consultant, were convicted in October of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of recruits to Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State.Gatto, 48, of Wilsonville, Oregon, got nine months in prison; Dawkins, 26, of Atlanta, and Code, 45, of Greer, South Carolina, got six months each. Code and Dawkins were each also ordered to pay $28,261 in restitution to the University of Louisville.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe judge said each can remain free until a federal appeals court decides whether to uphold their convictions.Prosecutors say coaches teamed with Gatto and others to trade hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to influence star athletes’ choice of schools, shoe sponsors, agents and even tailors. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Warriors draft first woman player into NBA 2K esports league Kaplan recommended all three men serve their sentences at minimum security prisons.Tony Bland, a former Southern California assistant coach; ex-Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson; and former Oklahoma State assistant coach Lamont Evans are awaiting sentencing. Former Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person, who pleaded not guilty, is scheduled for trial in June.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting This combo of images shows, from left, amateur basketball league director Merl Code, Former Adidas executive James Gatto, and business manager Christian Dawkins. The three men were sentenced Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in the widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools. Gatto got nine months in prison. Dawkins and Code got six months each. (AP Photo/Bebeto Mathews, left, Seth Wenig, center and right)NEW YORK — A former Adidas executive and two others who paid families to persuade top college basketball recruits to play for schools sponsored by the shoe brand were sentenced to prison Tuesday by a judge who said he wanted to send a “great big warning light to the basketball world.”U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan said he had to balance the need for a stern message with the realization that others who did similar crimes were not prosecuted in a widespread college basketball recruiting scandal that has tainted two dozen schools.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA President Mark Emmert has said an independent enforcement body to adjudicate major infractions cases could be in place by August.Kaplan said leniency for the defendants, who faced as much as three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines, could only go so far.“These defendants all knew what they were doing was wrong,” he said.The judge added that he wanted to send “a great big warning light to the basketball world.”“I deeply regret my actions,” Gatto said in a shaky voice.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Dawkins referenced “social dysfunction” in college basketball and said his actions were “clouded” by a “system that takes advantage of kids.”“I realize now more than ever none of this was worth it,” Dawkins said.Code, a former Amateur Athletic Union coach, said he also regretted his actions but added: “Some things really got to be changed about college basketball.”The judge acknowledged none of the defendants “took home a nickel” from the scheme, but said it was wrong to say there was no economic motive because each defendant’s career stood to benefit.Kaplan said all the harm could not be measured in dollars, citing testimony by the father of Brian Bowen Jr., once one of America’s bright high school basketball stars who seemed destined for the NBA until it was revealed that his father was to be paid $100,000 so his son would go to Louisville.The judge recalled that the father cried as he testified that he had wrecked his son’s life. The younger Bowen now plays basketball in Australia.Kaplan also cited the playing at trial of a recorded conversation between Code and Dawkins in which the men discussed giving Louisville basketball coaches “plausible deniability” about the scheme.“I’ll never forget that,” Kaplan said. “They were making sure Rick Pitino’s tracks were being covered.”Pitino was fired by Louisville after arrests were made in 2017 in the corruption investigation. He has denied wrongdoing.In a release, Deputy U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami said the sentences “only begin to reflect the magnitude of the harm these defendants caused through a scheme that not only defrauded multiple public universities but upended the lives of young student-athletes and corrupted a game cherished by so many.”last_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah one of India’s major contributors just like Rohit Sharma: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgIndia are slated to play the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Tuesday after comprehensively beating Sri Lanka in their last group match in Leeds on Saturday. While openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul struck twin centuries, it was fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah whose spell of 10-2-37-2 during the Sri Lankan innings ensured India never lost control of the game.Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, while speaking exclusively to India Today on Sunday heaped praise on Bumrah when he said that the bowler’s contribution to the team is at par with that of Rohit Sharma.When asked whether India should have a plan ready if and when Bumrah doesn’t fire like he is used to, Sachin said that he isn’t worried at all about such a scenario.”I wouldn’t want to worry about his off-day. I am glad that when he bowled against Sri Lanka, it was, for a change his lucky day. Because he’s been bowling so well but not getting as many wickets and I was really happy for him that he picked wickets. Even if he wasn’t getting wickets, he didn’t get rattled. He knew what his contribution to the team is to get all the way to the semis. I think he is one of our major contributors, just like Rohit,” said Tendulkar.Bumrah is currently leading the wickets tally for India at the World Cup 2019 with 17 wickets from 8 matches and is tied on the overall list at 3rd place with New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson who also has taken the same number of wickets. Only Australia’s Mitchell Starc and Mustafizur Rahman from Bangladesh lie ahead of Bumrah on the list of highest wicket-takers during World Cup 2019.advertisementBumrah’s economy of 4.48 is the best amongst the top-20 wicket-takers in the tournament and he also holds the distinction of bowling the most number of maidens (8) – a record he currently shares with England’s Jofra Archer.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma’s batting is poetry in motion, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Pressure will be a constant companion: Sachin Tendulkar ahead of India-New Zealand semi-finallast_img read more

Sistema exits Reliance Communications sells its 10 percent stake

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeRussia’s Sistema JSFC has become the latest foreign operator to exit the troubled Indian telecom market, by selling its 10 percent stake in Reliance Communications in multiple tranches over the past few months. The Russian conglomerate has reportedly lost $ 4 billion on its investments.Sistema JSFC is believed to have decided against the idea of buying RCom’s remaining telecom assets, comprising subsea cables, enterprise business and data centres, following the divergence of opinion with the Anil Ambani-led telco.Sistema JSFC decided to exit RCom after the struggling telco recently got entrapped in insolvency proceedings. It decided against making ambitious investments in India’s brutally competitive and fast consolidating telecom market, having already burnt its fingers.In October 2017, Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL) was sold to Reliance Communications in return for a 10 percent stake. RCom has also since closed down its wireless business amid plunging revenue and mounting losses due to intense competition, and operates only an enterprise business, besides running data centres and sub-sea cables.At the time of the merger of RCom-SSTL, RCom shares were hovering at Rs 80 apiece in early November 2015 but collapsed to around Rs 17 when the deal was finally completed in late October 2017.On Wednesday, it gained over 4.8 percent over the previous close to end at Rs 15.30 apiece on the Bombay Stock Exchange. In past months, Sistema has gradually reduced its stake in RCom. It lowered its stake to 7.09 percent by letting minority shareholders swap their shares with those of RCom in March.In April and May, it sold off a further 2.1 percent and 0.55 percent respectively in the open market, lowering its equity holding in RCom to 4.43 percent. The development was seen on the expected lines as the telecom sector in the country is witnessing a huge consolidation and stiff competition.The entry of Reliance Jio by offering attractive discounts on calls and data has violently disrupted the entire telecom markets. The competition is expected to become stiffer in the upcoming days.last_img read more

2 Rohingyas among 5 killed in gunfights

first_imgGunfight IllustrationFive people, including two Rohingya men, were killed in what the law enforcement called separate incidents of ‘gunfights’ in Cox’s Bazar, Pabna and Jashore early Tuesday, reports UNB.In Cox’s Bazar, two Rohingya men were killed in an alleged gunfight with police on Marine Drive Road in Teknaf’s Shamlarpur area around 2:00am.The deceased were Azim Uddin, 22, son of Abdur Rahim, resident of number 23 Rohingya camp in Shamlarpur; and Abdus Salam, 52, son of Rahim Ali, resident of number 15 Rohingya camp in Jamtoli area of Ukhiya.A police team raided the area acting on a tip-off, said Pradip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station. As soon as the team reached the spot, the criminals opened fire, triggering a gunfight, the OC claimed.The two men were killed on the spot. Police recovered two firearms and five bullets from the spot, the OC said, adding that four policemen were also injured.In the Sadar upazila, Sayedul Mostafa Bulu, 44, son of Jahir Hazi, resident of Pahartoli area, was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Katapahar in the early morning.Police claimed that the man was a drug trader.Police recovered 400 yaba pills, a light gun and two cartridges from the spot, said Faird Uddin Khandaker, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station.Mostofa was accused in several cases, he said.In Pabna, Md Hafizur Rahman Titas, 38, a resident of Basher Bada village, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with police in Sara Jhaudia area of Ishwardi upazila around 2:30am.Police claimed that Titas was a robber.Police arrested Titas from Piyarpur intersection and later, conducted a drive in the area around 2:30am to catch other members of the gang.The robbers opened fire as soon as police reached the place, triggering a gunfight.Titas received a gunshot wound to the chest when he tried to flee. He was taken to Ishwardi Upazila Health Complex where the physicians pronounced him dead.In Jashore, a man was killed in a gunfight with police on Jashore-Magura road in Nongarpur area around 3:00am, said Samir Kumar Sarker, officer-in-charge of Kotwali police station.Police claimed the deceased was robber.The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.Police recovered a one-shooter gun, three bullets and several sharp weapons from the spot.last_img read more

After Controversy Over Condolence Calls Can Trump And The White House Refocus

first_img Share People get what is going on! https://t.co/Pdg7VqQv6M— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017And Trump’s Twitter fingers were tested again Monday morning after Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was one of the four killed in Niger, spoke out.The president “said that ‘he knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways,’” Johnson recounted on ABC’s Good Morning America. “It made me cry, because I was very angry at the tone of his voice and couldn’t remember my husband’s name.”Trump then said he had her husband’s name on a report in front of him, Johnson said, describing Trump as “stumbling on my husband’s name. That’s what hurt me most. He’s out there fighting for our country, why can’t you remember his name? … He was an awesome soldier.”She described herself as “very, very upset and hurt. It made me cry even worse.”Trump wasted no time defending his handling of the call and his use of Sgt. Johnson’s name, tweeting shortly after the interview:I had a very respectful conversation with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, and spoke his name from beginning, without hesitation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 23, 2017Johnson’s funeral was Saturday. The interview and Trump’s response threaten to extend the controversy — which has been uncomfortable to see laid bare — for another week.Trump can’t seem to let it go, even as the controversy descended into one about race — again during this presidency — by the end of last week.Here was the way Midwin Charles, writing for Essence magazine, framed it Friday, for example:“At a time when Black women bury their sons and daughters as a result of gun violence, police brutality and service to this country, the lack of respect from this president is unbearable. Worse, he sets a dangerous precedent on how Black women should be perceived and treated in America.”Trump has the opportunity to refocus this week, as Panetta suggests is necessary, on other subjects important to him and the country — like the budget and a tax overhaul with a trip to Capitol Hill the president has set for Tuesday.There’s also the opioid epidemic; he’s said he’ll formally designate it a national emergency this week, although much remains unclear about the details of what that will mean.Trump heads to Capitol Hill to lobby Republicans, but can he move the ball on policy?NPR’s Susan Davis, congressional correspondent, writes:President Trump heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans at their private weekly lunch. It is the first time Trump will attend the weekly lunch as president. Republicans are expected to plan out their fall agenda, with only seven legislative weeks remaining and a to-list that is growing.Republicans are sensitive to the fact that they haven’t delivered much in the way of legislative victories in the first year of full GOP control of Washington. While the president has foisted on to lawmakers a number of unanticipated items, like immigration legislation affecting so-called DREAMers and tougher sanctions on Iran, there is nothing more important to the GOP agenda than passing tax legislation before the end of the year.Republicans largely believe that enacting sweeping tax cuts for American businesses and families will inoculate the party from a feared backlash in the 2018 midterm elections over the party’s failures to make good on its promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.The president’s efforts to address the opioid crisis have come up short so far. Is anything substantively different with his declaration of a “national emergency”?NPR’s Tamara Keith, White House correspondent, who has covered the opioid crisis extensively, notes:President Trump says this week he will declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency. If he actually does it, Trump will be following through on a pledge he made more than two months ago.On Aug. 10, the president said, “This is a national emergency, and we are drawing documents now.” But there has been little sign since that the administration really was drawing up the documents.According to the latest numbers, nearly 150 Americans are dying each day from drug overdoses, the majority of those from heroin, fentanyl and other opioids.“My guess is, we’re going to see deaths go up than go down. I think we’re on the wrong side of curve here,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently said. He’s chairman of President Trump’s opioid commission, which is set to release a final set of recommendations Nov. 1.But, it is such a significant crisis that on July 31 the commission issued an interim report with a recommendation it described as urgent: that the president declare a national emergency, to free up resources and bring increased attention to something that every three weeks is killing as many people as died on Sept. 11.“Your declaration would empower your cabinet to take bold steps and would force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the Executive Branch even further to deal with this loss of life,” the commission report noted. “You, Mr. President, are the only person who can bring this type of intensity to the emergency and we believe you have the will to do so and to do so immediately.”Tackling the opioid crisis was a key Trump campaign promise. The question this week is whether he will follow through with action.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump has an opportunity to refocus on the military with a Medal of Honor ceremony and to congressional priorities as he heads to Capitol Hill Tuesday.Updated Monday, Oct. 23 at 9:08 a.m. ETWhen backed into a corner, President Trump digs in and fights back.It’s what he’s done as president, it’s what he did as a candidate and it’s what he did as a businessman.Just go listen to NPR’s Embedded podcast and a recent episode about Trump’s fight with Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., over things as petty as a flagpole at his golf course, putting hedges in front of houses he thought were ugly and the name of a road. He wanted his name on it.He had been greeted as something of a conquering hero in that town. But the relationship soured after lawsuits and threats. So much so that the Republican town that voted for John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012 went for Hillary Clinton in 2016.“I think the president has a bad habit when he’s asked a question that he is uncomfortable with or can’t quite come up with the right answer — he usually tries to reach out for scapegoats,” Leon Panetta, former defense secretary under President Obama and chief of staff to Bill Clinton, told NPR’s All Things Considered, “and the first scapegoat this president seems to always turn to is President Obama.“And when he talked about him not making calls that was a terrible mistake. And what bothers me is that it detracts from the main focus here, and the main focus has to be on the brave and courageous individuals that are willing to go out there and fight and die for America, and their families. There is some comfort here for all of this dispute, that maybe America again will take the time to remember that there are young men and women in uniform that are fighting and dying for this country. That’s something sometimes we tend to forget.”Part of the problem for Americans is the disconnect Panetta highlights between the military and the rest of society. In 1945, just before the end of World War II, there were 12 million active servicemembers. Now, there are just over a million or so.“They’re the best 1 percent this country produces,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday in his defense of President Trump in the White House briefing room.It’s actually less than 1 percent. That number in 1945 represented roughly 9 percent of the country’s total population. Now, the number of active-duty servicemembers is only about 0.4 percent of the population.“Most of you, as Americans, don’t know them,” Kelly continued. “Many of you don’t know anyone that knows any one of them.”Americans are far less engaged in the debate over worldwide American missions than they likely would be if they had a daughter or son or neighbor in the fight. That has to have an effect on American society and policymaking.Trump will look to highlight that sacrifice at a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House Monday. He will honor retired Army Captain Gary M. Rose, who was a medic during Vietnam and saved a helicopter full of soldiers after it was shot down.But there are questions as to whether Trump can move on and keep his focus on where staff like Kelly would like it to be.Trump, for example, has shown no signs of wanting to move on from the fight with a Democratic congresswoman. Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida revealed details of a conversation Trump had with a widow of one of the soldiers killed in Niger.I hope the Fake News Media keeps talking about Wacky Congresswoman Wilson in that she, as a representative, is killing the Democrat Party!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 21, 2017last_img read more