France Lays Out ‘rules Of The Road’
Serbia beats France, Ukraine reaches quarterfinals of European basketball champs for 1st time
As for what was unacceptable, Helton included “offering a position in exchange for a favor, offering material benefit in exchange for track position” as was intimated but not proved last Saturday night between the Penske Racing No. 22 team and the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports team. Also related to Richmond was, “directing a driver to give up a position to the benefit of another driver, intentionally causing a caution,” the former, which NASCAR found fault with from the No. 38 and Michael Waltrip Racing — the latter, which allegedly happened with the No. 15 MWR Toyota. Helton added “intentionally wrecking a driver, pitting or pulling into the garage to gain advantage from another competitor,” would not be tolerated. To deter collusion on the spotter stand, vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said only one spotter per team would be allowed on the spotter’s stand and each can carry two analog radios, a scanner plus a Fanvision. Digital radio communication cannot be used between the spotters or in the cars. Teams received what was described as “a dressing down” from France that was filled with recent comments from race fans and media outlets. “Circumstances happen that are unhelpful in the credibility category,” France told reporters. “There’s no doubt about that. And you go back to what you’re about, and what we’re about is the best racing in the world with the best drivers giving 100 percent of their ability. “To the extent that we get off of that for any reason, then it’s our job to have the rules of the road and the rules of the race such that it achieves that every day.
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Nedovic, a shooting guard headed for the Golden State Warriors, finished with 17 points and upstaged Parker, the San Antonio Spurs’ star, who was held to 10 points. “He is a great player and it was our team effort that stopped him,” said Nedovic, who went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and had 14 of his points in the second half. Center Nenad Krstic finished with 19 points while two other Serbia big men, Djordje Gagic and Vladimir Stimac, combined for 16 points and 11 rebounds. Serbia overcame 48-percent shooting from the foul line. “They were more aggressive, they put us under pressure and they have bigger men, Krstic was big inside,” France forward Nicolas Batum said. Batum was one of four France players with 12 points. Earlier, Sacha Massot had a key block and a dunk late in the game to help give Belgium a 60-56 victory over Latvia that sent Ukraine into the quarterfinals. Ukraine needed the help, too, as it lost 70-63 to Lithuania in a later game. Latvia needed to win and have Lithuania beat Ukraine to advance. “We beat Belgium by one point on a 3-point play with two seconds left in our first game of the tournament and they did us a favor today,” Ukraine coach Mike Fratello said. Croatia, Slovenia and Italy have already advanced from Group F, which ends play Monday.
News . 21 hours ago French President Francois Hollande warned Sunday that a deal to eradicate Syria’s chemical arms was “not an end point” and kept the option of military strikes open, as he maintained pressure on Damascus. Speaking live on TF1 television, Hollande stressed that the international community must prepare for the possibility of sanctions “in case of non-implementation of the accord” as part of a UN resolution that could be voted on within the next seven days. He said the deal on Syria announced Saturday was “an important step” but was “not an end point”, adding “the military option must remain, otherwise there will be no constraint”. France has been at the forefront of a drive to punish with military strikes the regime of Bashar al-Assad for a deadly poison gas attack on August 21 it blames on the Syrian government. But it was not part of three-day negotiations in Geneva between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that resulted in the ambitious deal to eradicate Syria’s chemical arms arsenal. French President Francois Hollande (L) speaks with French journalist Claire Chazal on September 15, Under the terms of the accord, Damascus has one week to put forward a full list of the chemical weapons it possesses and these must be taken away or destroyed by the end of the first semester of 2014. The accord temporarily averts the threat of military strikes on Syria that France and the United States had initially touted as a way to punish Assad’s regime for the gas attack — which Damascus has always denied being responsible for. Hollande said Paris’s determination to stick to a firm line had helped deliver the progress achieved in Geneva. “Pressure exerted by France and the United States was strong enough to convince (Russian President) Vladimir Putin to take an initiative that allowed for an accord,” he said. “Good!” Hollande is due to meet with Kerry and US Foreign Secretary William Hague on Monday morning to discuss the plan, as fighting on the ground in Syria continues to rage. The war, which kicked off in March 2011 with a rebellion against Assad’s rule and has since turned into a fully fledged armed conflict, has killed more than 110,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Hollande said the timetable for the Syria accord was “perhaps a little ambitious”. But speaking almost at the same time as the French president, Syria’s information minister told British television that Damascus would commit to the plan to eradicate its chemical weapons once it has United Nations approval.
France’s Hollande keeps pressure on Syria after arms deal
Kyenge, Italys first black cabinet minister, wants to make it easier for immigrants to gain Italian citizenship by backing a law that would automatically make anyone born on Italian soil a citizen. (Her proposal has subjected her to constant racist and sexually violent insults, including one last week in which opponents used mannequins covered in fake blood.) I have never been concerned about my children having French nationality. (My son is French because his father is. My two younger children are half American and half Danish. All three of them were born in the same Parisian hospital.Its complicated.) I was born and raised in America, and in the Deep South, to boot. Even with this countrys painful racial history, I have never regretted being a citizen. My grandparents always taught us to keep Dr. Martin Luther Kings dream alive and to strive for the best, for ourselves and for our country. When my high-school band director instructed us to play Lee Greenwoods God Bless the USA, it meant something to me and my bandmates. When I married a Frenchman and moved to Paris in 1999, I was confronted with an entirely different view of my home country. I learned what the French and other Europeans sometimes think of us, things that I had never before considered: Americans are loud.