Topics : US Senator Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that President Donald Trump is “prepared to undermine American democracy in order to stay in power,” and called for an independent commission to oversee the upcoming US elections.On Wednesday, Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer in response to a reporter’s question, and said he expected his Nov. 3 election battle with Democrat Joe Biden to be settled by the Supreme Court.Sanders, a progressive US senator from Vermont, said in a speech in Washington that Trump, behind in the polls, is “attempting massive voter suppression” and “sowing the seeds of chaos, confusion and conspiracy theories by casting doubt on the integrity of this election.” “This is an election between Donald Trump and democracy – and democracy must win,” said Sanders, an independent who Biden beat for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.Sanders, who has endorsed Biden, said he backed calls for a nonpartisan commission to oversee the election and help reassure voters, and repeated his call for the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold hearings on election integrity.All states should begin counting mail-in ballots before Election Day and social media companies must stop misinformation spreading on their platforms, Sanders said.Congressional Republicans on Thursday issued statements assuring American voters that November’s election outcome will be accepted, but did not openly condemn Trump, who is also a Republican.”The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792,” McConnell wrote in a tweet.
Sr. Michael Ann Aubin, age 92 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Saturday, June 11, 2016 at the convent. Born November 3, 1923 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, she is the daughter of Marguerite (Nee: Miller) and Arthur Aubin.Sr. Michael Ann entered the convent September 4, 1941 and made her final vows August 12, 1947. She taught from 1943 until 1993. Schools included Little Flower in Indianapolis, Indiana, St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Vincennes, Indiana, St. Andrew’s in Richmond, Indiana, St. Mary’s in Greensburg, Indiana, St. John the Baptist in Dover, Indiana, St. Joseph’s in St. Leon, Indiana, St. Mary’s in Lanesville, Indiana, St. Lawrence in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, St. Joseph of Nazareth and St Leo’s in Cincinnati, Ohio, St. Mary’s in Middletown, Ohio and Sacred Heart in Troy, Missouri before retiring to the motherhouse in 1993.Eleanor was the third of five children born to Arthur and Marguerite (Miller) Aubin of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The family moved to Richmond, Indiana when Eleanor was five, and lived in a home with her grandparents residing on the second floor and Eleanor and her family on the first floor. Eleanor’s father was a machinist and her mother was a teacher, and it seemed teaching was in Eleanor’s blood.The eager student attended St. Andrew School where she first met the Franciscan Sisters. When she was in the fourth grade, her eldest brother, Henry, had just finished the seventh grade when he left home to enter the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in Granby, Canada. Later, in 1947 Eleanor took her final vows as a Sister of St. Francis and became “S. Michael Aubin”, and in 1961, her younger brother, Rev. Joseph Aubin, was ordained a priest in the Lansing, MI diocese. Three of the five Aubin children entered religious life, while her sisters Lillian and Mary Ann later married and the two families gave S. Michael Ann a total of 13 nieces and nephews.Sr. Michael Ann would often reflect upon her years as a young child when the family made trips to Oldenburg to visit her dad’s sister, Sr. Madeleine Aubin who ministered in Montana and returned to Oldenburg during the summer. Visiting with the large community of Sisters and seeing how happy they were greatly influenced Sr. Michael Ann’s decision to enter religious life.Those who knew Sr. Michael Ann knew of her love of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds. She listened to most every game as her transistor radio was her constant companion. She was known for her great sense of humor, and in addition to educating young students, her interests included singing, crocheting, sorting stamps, and tending to roses. Having lived in Richmond, the “City of Roses,” left a special place in her heart for all the beauty of God’s earth, especially His roses.Earlier this year Sr. Michael Ann celebrated her 75th Jubilee, and when reflecting upon her favorite prayer, she commented, “My favorite prayer is the rosary. Devotion to our Blessed Mother, Mary, has been special for me. My aunt, Sr. Madeline, sent me a rosary every Christmas while I was growing up. Now in my aging years, holding the rosary and the repetition of the Hail Mary is easy and helps keep my mind focused on the mysteries. Praying and holding the rosary brings comfort and peace each day to my heart and soul.”Rest in peace good and faithful servant, may you know the beauty of God’s dwelling place while watching over the Reds and reminding us to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.She is survived by her sister Lillian Mendenhall of Englewood, Florida, brother Rev. Joseph Aubin of DeWitt, Michigan as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Mary Ann Courchaine and brother Henry Aubin.Visitation is Thursday, June 16th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel. Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with her brother Rev. Joseph Aubin officiating and Rev. Robert Weakley O.F.M. co-concelebrating. Burial will follow in the convent cemetery. Memorials may be made to Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 (www.OldenburgFranciscans.org). Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, IN, is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne Rooney’s spectacular late winner put Manchester United’s Premier League title assault back on course and left Manchester City devastated at Old Trafford.David Silva’s deflected equaliser put Roberto Mancini’s side in sight of a point after Nani’s first-half goal gave United a slender advantage in a tight and tense encounter.It was Rooney, however, who produced a moment of inspiration to score a stunning overhead kick that will live forever in the memory of United’s fans and extended City’s dismal sequence of only one league win in their last 27 visits to Old Trafford.Silva’s fortunate leveller, unwittingly deflecting in substitute Edin Dzeko’s shot via his back, had given City momentum but they were stopped in their tracks in the most dramatic fashion with only 12 minutes left.Nani’s cross from the right flank was high and behind Rooney as he lurked near the penalty spot, but he elevated an indifferent personal display to the heights by readjusting his position and sending an acrobatic, unstoppable overhead kick high past startled City keeper Joe Hart.The quality of the goal was worthy of winning any game and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may even look back on it as a strike that won the title after they bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Wolves last Saturday. Rooney, superbly shackled by City defender Vincent Kompany for so long as Ferguson surprisingly left Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, had previously cut a forlorn and frustrated figure but his natural instincts continue to serve him and United so well.And if his love affair with Old Trafford was strained by the saga of his demand to leave earlier this season, the bond was rekindled as United claimed a vital victory.It enabled them to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points at the final whistle – and also inflicted a serious blow to City’s own lingering hopes of mounting a challenge as they now stand eight points behind United having played a game more.City were left to regret failing to make the most of some early supremacy when Silva squandered the perfect opportunity to strike a crucial blow early on in the second minute.United boss Ferguson entrusted Rooney with a lone attacking role – and in the opening stages it was City who made all the running and should have taken the lead in the opening moments. Silva, a significant influence as City dominated, exchanged passes with Carlos Tevez inside the area and was left with only Edwin van der Sar to beat. The angle was acute but the gifted Spaniard was wasteful as he rolled a tame finish across the face of goal and inches wide.The hulking figure of Yaya Toure also cast a giant shadow over United’s midfield as they struggled to assert any authority and he was frustrated when referee Andre Marriner ignored his penalty appeals when his cross struck Chris Smalling.As United finally started to pose a threat, Darren Fletcher headed straight at City keeper Hart from Ryan Giggs’ cross – and the seemingly ageless Old Trafford veteran was instrumental when they took the lead four minutes before the interval.Rooney challenged for Van der Sar’s clearance and Giggs pounced to deliver an inviting pass for Nani, who escape the attentions of Pablo Zabaleta to slide a composed finish past Hart.City boss Mancini, who watched his team fail to capitalise on so much early possession, made a change early in the second half when he replaced Aleksandar Kolarov with Shaun Wright-Phillips. And in an attempt to actually call Van der Sar into serious action, something City had failed to do, he then introduced Dzeko for James Milner.The impact was exactly what City required as both substitutes were involved when they drew level after 65 minutes. Wright-Phillips’ cross fell to Dzeko and his effort took a vital touch of Silva’s back to wrong-foot Van der Sar.Ferguson immediately introduced Berbatov for Anderson, but it was that moment of brilliance from Rooney that put them back in front and visibly deflated City.City were stunned at being struck by such a blow and their threat fizzled out as Old Trafford buzzed with excitement at what had unfolded. United survived in comfort to close out a crucial victory.Source: BBC
(REOPENS DEL46)(REOPENS DEL46)”GST Bill will not be held up for long on political considerations and hopefully it will be passed soon,” Naqvi said as he also lauded what he called the governments “persistent outreach” to opposition and other parties is resulting in better functioning of Parliament.To a question on whether the BJP feels that it wont require Congress support to pass the GST in Rajya Sabha after June 11 elections for 57 seats in the Upper House, Naqvi said that there is no doubt that the number of seats of BJP and NDA will increase “but GST is a Constitutional bill. So support of all parties will have to be taken.”Major Bills passed during this Session included ?The Finance Bill and the Railways Appropriation Bill, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, the Industries (Development and Regulation) Bill and the Anti-Hijacking Bill, passed by both the Houses and the Compensatory Afforestation Bill, passed by Lok Sabha.44 Bills are pending in Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing while it is 11 in case of Lok Sabha, Naqvi said.The Minister noted that over a dozen reform Bills were passed by the Parliament over the last two years. Naqvi further said that at the same time, 1,175 outdated and outlived Acts have been repealed over the last two years to avoid confusion.He said government has reached out to opposition and other parties through sustained coordination, communication and cooperation by Finance Minister and Leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs M Venkaiah Naidu and the two Ministers of State for Parliamentary Affairs on various issues.advertisementAbout questions on curtailing the period of the session by two days for Lok Sabha, Naqvi said a number of leaders from opposition parties have requested the government to do in view of the last leg of campaigning in poll-bound Kerala and Tamil Nadu.Naqvi also targetted Congress over its demands in Parliament for an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his Italian remarks against Sonia Gandhi saying “they will only get disappointment. They are making this demand as they are not able to digest the commitment of Modi to work for the country”.To a question about CAMPA bill, which was also stuck, Naqvi blamed it on “sudden negative behaviour” of a Congress MP.”There was sudden change in behaviour of a Congress MP. Congress MPs behaviour was negative. He was not ready for a discussion. The Congress member gave amendments to block it. Amendments also came from CPI-M,” he said. PTI AMR IKA