Dutch Mortgage Company able to take on €1bn in new commitments

first_imgThe Dutch Mortgage Funding Company (DMFCO) has said it can accommodate at least €1bn in additional investments in residential mortgages next year as demand surges.Since the DMFCO launched its Munt Hypotheken product a year ago, the asset manager had received €5bn in commitments, €3bn of which has been issued as mortgages, according to Marieke Hut, partner and director of business development.She said the DMFCO expected to issue at least another €3bn of mortgages in 2016.To date, seven Dutch pension funds, including PGB and the large metal schemes PME and PMT, have made commitments, ranging from €100m to €2bn. According to Hut, the DMFCO is currently in talks with a number of other pension funds keen to participate in the Dutch mortgage fund.She attributed Dutch schemes’ interest in the DMFCO’s proposition partly to its “extensive governance and low cost”.“We involve our clients closely in our policy, and we can keep costs low, as we are a young and efficient organisation,” she said.“Moreover, we are independent and focus solely on mortgages.”She said the DMFCO’s Dutch mortgage fund was currently providing 200 basis points of additional returns relative to government bonds.She also confirmed that the fund would continue to focus on Dutch pension funds, “as we have developed our proposition together with our first clients”.This means, for example, that the vehicle will target long-term mortgages with a fixed rate.“Having only pension funds as like-minded investors also allows us to be flexible,” Hut said.Most of the participating pension funds have increased their commitments considerably, with PMT and PGB doubling their initial investments to €2bn and €1bn, respectively.Hut said investor demand had increased much faster than the DMFCO expected, and that it now anticipated a total committed amount of approximately €10bn by the end of 2017.The DMFCO estimates the annual market for Dutch mortgage investments in the Netherlands at €60bn.It said it expected institutional investors to play an increasingly important role in the Dutch real estate market, as banks became more reluctant to issue mortgages.last_img read more

Sex clinics treating more youngsters

first_imgHerald on Sunday 9 Oct 2011STIs such as herpes, gonorrhea, genital warts, syphilis and chlamydia (the most common STI in teenagers) are on the rise. So are the numbers of young teenagers catching them. The figures make sobering reading. Last year, 134 New Zealand children aged 10 to 14 caught chlamydia. The figure leapt to an alarming 3203 in the 15- to 19-year age group with the infection after contracting it from their mothers. Sex education has been compulsory in all schools for 10 years now, but in that time New Zealand’s teenage STI and pregnancy rates have continued to climb. A national survey by the Adolescent Health Research Group at Auckland University shows that almost 11 per cent of children under 14 are sexually active.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10757558last_img read more

Regretting Surrogacy

first_imgABC News 20 August 2014New film highlights women who agree to be surrogates, then struggle with giving up babies after birth.http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video/conception-controversy-regretting-surrogacy-25048043?utm_source=CBC+Newsletter&utm_campaign=bdd728be20-2014_08_20_Nightline&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_56f2fc828e-bdd728be20-70772305&mc_cid=bdd728be20&mc_eid=e458a49e38last_img

Study ranks strictest/ most lenient states for traffic tickets

first_imgBatesville, In. — A new study from WalletHub has ranked the strictest and most lenient states when it comes to speeding violations.The study analyzed penalties for speeding and reckless driving in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 12 categories to reach the conclusions.Ohio and Kentucky rank as some of the most lenient while motorists in states like Delaware and Colorado don’t get many breaks.The full study and rankings is online here.last_img

Western Tigers, Santos ease into STAG Nations Cup final 8

first_imgIT was a rainy night, not in Georgia but in Georgetown, as goals rained down when the STAG Nations Cup five association knock-out football championship continued last Sunday night at the Tucville Community ground.The rain had not abated but that was no bother to Western Tigers and Santos who had downed their respective opponents, Flamingo and Herstelling Raiders, by 8-0 and 4-0 margins, to book their places in the quarterfinals on Christmas and Boxing Day at the Tucville and Buxton grounds.Western Tigers were not daunted by the fact that Flamingo, on account of Shem Porter’s goal – the best goal in the championship to date – had defeated Mahaicony Thunders of Berbice on the opening day of the competition at the Golden Grove ground.Coming up against the Tigers would have always been a monumental task given their recent run of form in the Georgetown FA Premier League. As the pundits had predicted, Western Tigers made light work of the Flamingos, prevailing 8-0.Randolph Wagner led the Tigers with a second-half double in the 55th and 67th minutes but the platform for the win and quarter-final place – which will see them take on the winners of tomorrow’s match between Pouderoyen and Mahaica Determinators – was set up by the two first-half goals which were scored by Andre Webber (12) and Dwayne McLennon in the 34th minute.The other goalscorers were Rensford Coleridge (72), Shamar Wilson (83), Darren Benjamin (85) and Anthony Sancho, two minutes to full time.Santos took care of Herstelling Raiders 4-0 and had sealed the deal by the end of the first 45 minutes by which time they built up a 3-0 advantage with a brace from Keith Caines in the 7th and 32nd minutes while Orin Yarde had netted the first of his two in the 14th minute.Yarde completed his brace in the 78th minute as Herstelling found it difficult to break down the 10-man Santos unit; the latter losing one of their players who received a straight red card in the closing moments of the first half.Santos’ quarterfinal opponents would be the winners of the tomorrow’s main event between Uitvlugt Warriors and City side Northern Rangers at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.The Pouderoyen vs Mahaica Determinators showdown is the supporting match on tomorrow night’s double-header card.The final day of round-of-16 action is set for Friday at the Diamond ground when Ann’s Grove take on Den Amstel from 18:00hrs and Grove Hi Tech match skills with New Amsterdam United.The quarter-finals schedule is as follows:Team: Western Tigers vs winner of Pouderoyen/MahaicaDate: December 25Venue: TucvilleTeam: Determinators Police vs winner of Grove Hi Tech/NA UnitedDate: December 25Venue: TucvilleTeam: Santos vs winner of Uitvlugt/Northern RangersDate: December 26Venue: BuxtonTeam: Riddim Squad vs winner of Ann’s Grove/Den AmstelDate: December 26Venue: Buxtonlast_img read more

Football News Real Madrid start well under Zinedine Zidane with win over Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid lose

first_imghighlights Madrid: Zinedine Zidane brought Real Madrid’s outcasts in from the cold and they repaid him with a win over Celta Vigo on Saturday but La Liga’s title race could well be over after Atletico Madrid were beaten by Athletic Bilbao. Isco and Gareth Bale each scored in Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Celta before Atletico lost 2-0 at San Mames, giving Barcelona the chance to go 10 points clear if they overcome Real Betis on Sunday. Barca’s superiority has been clear for some time but Zidane’s new era is up and running. Isco, who had not started a single league game under Santiago Solari, gave Real the lead shortly after the hour and Bale got the goal his own committed display deserved to put sorry Celta out of sight. Bale was teed up by Marcelo, who was also dropped by Solari but recalled, while Keylor Navas pulled off a superb save in the first half, having been brought back in ahead of Thibaut Courtois.     “Nobody can erase what these players have done,” Zidane about those players he recalled. “I will count on everyone.” The victory ends a run of four consecutive home defeats for Madrid and means they are now two points behind Atletico, nine back on Barca. That deficit will surely prove too big to close but Zidane’s job was to restore morale in the 11 league games that are left and to find out what, and who, needs changing in the summer.     “My team-talk was really simple,” Zidane said. “I told them to have fun, to play, to run together and to be united when we don’t have the ball. When we have it, let’s have fun, and that’s what we did.”      At times, it felt like a pre-season fixture, not just because of the baking hot sun but the relaxed atmosphere and the sense this is now a team on trial. Bale, whose relationship with Zidane deteriorated to breaking point last season, was arguably the biggest winner, his performance proving there could yet be a place for him in what the club’s president Florentino Perez has dubbed “the glorious new era”.RELATED     Marcelo impressed too while Courtois might well wonder what his next couple of months hold, given Navas, an old favourite of Zidane, looks to be back in favour. “There are 10 games left, today Keylor played, on another day it could be Thibaut,” Zidane said. “Real Madrid needs two or three great goalkeepers. We’ll see what happens next year.”      Bale rattles crossbar     There was a cosy feeling at the Santiago Bernabeu, where fans had a new song to the tune of ‘Hey Jude’, replaced by ‘Zizou’, and cheered their new coach’s name when it was announced before kick-off.     Bale came closest to scoring in the first half with an acrobatic scissor-kick that crashed against the crossbar and later teed up Karim Benzema to tap in, only for the referee to book the Welshman for a foul in the build-up.     Celta found chances on the break but never looked liked converting. Maxi Gomez, with only Ramos to beat, curled wide while Sofiane Boufal’s finish had to be blocked on the line by Marcelo as Madrid were again caught upfield.     Benzema’s goal was ruled out just before half-time and Luka Modric had one chalked off just after, this time VAR intervening to show Raphael Varane offside and close enough to be deemed active.     Isco’s influence had diminished and Dani Ceballos was ready to replace him just before he scored the opening goal. Asensio made it, a superb run allowing Benzema to cross and Isco to bundle in.     There was still time for Bale to add a second, his touch making space for the shot after Marcelo had slipped him clear. The ball hit the post and then the net.     After going out of the Champions League to Juventus on Tuesday, Atletico’s miserable week continued as they were undone by two late goals in Bilbao. Jose Gimenez was at fault for the opener, gifting the ball to Inigo Cordoba who found Inaki Williams at the back post. Gimenez was unfortunate for the second too, as Kenan Kodro’s shot deflected off his foot on its way in, leaving Barcelona with one hand on the trophy. Atletico Madrid were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League thanks to Ronaldo’s hat-trick.Barcelona can extend lead to 10 points with a win over Real Betis.Real Madrid started Zinedine Zidane’s second tenure with a win.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: 1st Bundesliga games called off

first_imgThe Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m. The Latest: 1st Bundesliga games called off England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___ ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. March 13, 2020 Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus. Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___2:10 p.m. 11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. Associated Press Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.last_img read more

MBB : Q&A with Keith Jarrett, Asheville Citizen-Times

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img As a No. 1 seed, it is expected that Syracuse’s opening game in the NCAA Tournament would be a ‘David versus Goliath’ situation. With 16th-seeded UNC Asheville, that is the case — both figuratively and literally.The tallest player the Bulldogs play in their main rotation is 6-foot-5 Quinard Jackson. Meanwhile, Syracuse will be going to battle with 7-foot Fab Melo, 6-foot-8 C.J. Fair and 6-foot-7 Kris Joseph in its starting lineup. UNC Asheville outrebounded its opponents on the season as a whole, but such a performance against Syracuse seems like a monumental task.Syracuse (31-2) and UNC Asheville (24-9) play on Thursday at 3:10 p.m. in Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Daily Orange spoke to Keith Jarrett, a senior writer for the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times who covers the Bulldogs, about SU’s first opponent and what the Orange should expect.The Daily Orange: I’ve looked at their roster and their schedule and results. The biggest problem, I think, for them going against Syracuse is their lack of size. How did they make it through this season without having much size?Keith Jarrett: You’re absolutely right about the lack of size. They have pretty much a seven- or eight-man rotation and the tallest guy is (6 feet 5 inches). And obviously their starting front line and their sixth man, who’s a small forward/power forward, is also (6 feet 4 inches). The way to combat that is they really — it’s almost a four-guard offense and so all the guys come out and shoot 3s and they really are good at flashing to the basket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textObviously that’s good at their level. Whether they can do that against Syracuse is probably the ultimate question. But they take advantage of their quickness against bigger teams, but rebounding and trying to play interior defense against Fab Melo and guys like that is going to be a real challenge for them.So do you think the focus for them offensively is going to be trying to get hot from 3-point range?KJ: I think that will have to be a big component. And they can shoot the 3, they have two really good guards, J.P. Primm and Matt Dickey, who are both pretty good 3-point shooters. A couple of their forwards, Chris Stephenson and Jeremy Atkinson, will also go out and shoot the 3 and they’re going to have to do that.Syracuse’s zone is so long and so effective, that’s going to be more of a challenge than normal, but like I said a lot of that slashing to the basket, when Melo’s at the other end, a lot of that, they’re not going to be able to finish like they do against the High Points and the Radfords that they play in their league. So I think undoubtedly they’re going to have to hit probably 15 3s or more to really have a chance to be competitive.They played Pittsburgh tough last year for a while. How much do they think last year’s experience helps them?KJ: I think it will help tremendously, because they’re a veteran team. The top six that play a lot are four seniors and two juniors. And only one of those juniors is a transfer, it’s just his first year, so these other five guys have played together three or four years. So they’re going to be over that deer in the headlights, this is the first time thing because they played last year.They’ve played, Coach (Eddie) Biedenbach’s schedule, he’s been at UNCA for 16 years now, they have played four or five defending national champions. They play North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Connecticut on a regular basis. That’s their nonconference schedule. So they are more tested than most 16-seeds to playing big games, big arenas, in front of very hostile crowds. So that gives them a little bit of an edge. I think that, and being a veteran team, that gives them an edge over most 16-seeds that are probably a lot more scared.What player do you think is going to be most important for them in this game. Is it going to be Dickey or Primm?KJ: I think definitely those two because they’re the leading scorers, they’re the leaders of the team, and they’re the guys that really have to play well for them to succeed. They’re going to have to be hitting their 3s, they’re pretty good defensively in making steals, they have a lot of assists, they’re really important to the team.I think the other guy is Chris Stephenson. To attack that 2-3 zone they’re going to have to get the ball in the middle, and that’s going to be Stephenson and he’s going to have to make good passes or kick it out or take it to the basket. So I think if he plays well they’ve got a much better chance to at least stay competitive.Does UNC Asheville typically play man-to-man defensively? What type of defense do they play?KJ: They normally do but I don’t think they can do that a lot against Syracuse. I think they’re going to have to go zone. Just the sheer size mismatch, they’ll probably play a whole lot more zone than they normally do because otherwise (Syracuse is) just going to be pounding it inside and they’ll just out-athlete them if they don’t play a lot of zone I think.Finally, what is the team’s confidence level like going to Pittsburgh this week?KJ: I think as confident as you can be. I talked to a couple of the guys before the announcement and they were pretty much like ‘Well, nobody wants to see Kentucky the way they’re playing.’ And Kentucky did lose. ‘And nobody wants to see Syracuse because of that athleticism and the bad mismatch.’ So that certainly wouldn’t have been their preference, but this is a veteran team that feels like they’re ready to make some noise and I think they are confident.It’s not an arrogance, even the coach is saying things like ‘We have to play our best, and we have to get Syracuse on an off night.’ So they know the monumental task ahead of them but they’re a pretty confident bunch just because this is their last run, they’re going to lose four starting seniors off this year’s team. So I think they’re going to be proud to do what they can to pull what would be an incredible upset.mcooperj@syr.edu last_img read more

USC donates $1 million to Hazard Recreation Center

first_imgThe Hazard Recreation Center, nestled in East Los Angeles, received a donation for $1 million from the University of Southern California to implement recreational and architectural improvements around the area.The park is adjacent to USC’s Health Sciences Campus and serves as a local hangout spot. The recreation center includes new facility features, such as basketball courts, a children’s play area and an indoor gym.Last week, Martha Escutia, the vice president for USC Government Relations offered the check on behalf of C.L. Max Nikias and USC. The donation ceremony proposed to the Los Angeles Parks Foundation had an attendance of more than 200 district locals.José Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilmember of the 14th District, was among the ceremony’s large group of spectators.Huizar aided Escutia in granting the $1 million donation. Before the donation was given, the Hazard community reached out to Huizar and USC to help provide upgrades to the park. USC’s original plan to build a connecting street from Soto Street to the HSC was withdrawn.“I’m so proud to work with the city and the USC Government Relations and Civic Engagement teams who welcomed community dialogue,” Huizar said in a statement released by USC News. “I’m also proud to serve communities who welcomed the help to improve the lives of all who work, live, study or receive medical help around the neighborhood.”The USC contribution will fund improvements for the park and recreation center, including additional parking spaces, tennis courts and exercise equipment. Groups helping aid renovations to the recreation center include the Hazard Preservation Committee and the City Department of Parks and Recreation.last_img read more

Scholars consider impact of Jewish vote on election

first_imgUSC’s Casden Institute, which centers its research on the role of Jewish voters in America, held a panel, titled “Decision 2016: Jews and the Presidential Election,” to discuss the election as it relates to Jewish voters in Town and Gown on Sunday.Julia Erickson | Daily TrojanMinority majority · Zev Yaroslavsky (left), Laurie Levenson (center) and Mel Levine (right) spoke on Jewish support for other minority groups Monday.The event was the 2016 installment of the Lee Lecture Series, a lecture series that brings together scholars from varied fields to talk to the L.A. community.The panel featured six members of the Jewish communities and experts in their respective fields: Steven Windmueller, professor emeritus at Hebrew-Union College; Larry Greenfield; investment banker and former executive director of the Republican Jewish Coalition; Mel Levine, former U.S. representative, 27th Congressional District; Laurie Levenson, professor of law and director for center of legal advocacy at Loyola Law School; Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC; and Zev Yaroslavsky, former member of the L.A. County Board of Supervisors from District 3.The event consisted of a one-hour discussion by the panelists about topics related to the presidential candidates and Jewish-American voters, followed by a 30-minute question and answer session.The panelists spoke about their views and thoughts on the presidential election in regards to the Jewish population. As Greenfield noted, there are many analogies between United States history and Jewish history.“The ancient kingdom of Israel essentially modeled the balance between empire and anarchy,” Greenfield said. “Our Western Judeo-Christian political tradition is built on this moderate middle path: limited self-government of, by and for the people, respect for the equality of all human beings, and the eternal struggle for freedom within the boundaries of law.”Several of the panelists — including Levenson and Schnur — noted that as a minority group that has often been treated more harshly in the past as a result, it is only natural to be sympathetic toward the other targeted minority groups in the 2016 election.“We are the other, we always have been,” Schnur said. “We have an obligation to dispel that fear and face the hatred … and reach out to support more vulnerable ‘others.’”That sentiment was echoed by Yaroslavsky, who believes that Jews see some of their own history as a minority in some of the rhetoric by today’s candidates.“Once you unleash the forces of prejudice against one group, no group is safe,” Yaroslavsky said. “When you’re a minority, it’s a matter of not just civic duty, but survival — you have to be involved in democracy, in government, in electing people.”This panel was not without its disagreements, both ideologically and on the subject of who should be the next president. The few things they could all agree on were Trump’s failings and that the Dodgers win was reason to celebrate. Although there was only one Republican on the panel, Greenfield, there was much more diversity of opinion among the audience, which was reflected in the questions that were asked, which ranged from doubts about Clinton’s honesty to reservations about Trump’s immigration policy.As polarizing as the election and political discussion is, for Windmueller, the election as it pertains to the Jewish community is an important discussion to have due to the historically lower mobilization of Jewish voters in this election cycle.“We’re seeing in the Jewish community for the first time, somewhere between 8 and 10 percent of American Jews are not prepared to vote in this election,” Windmueller said. “Jews tend to be highly motivated and politically involved, but this election we see something different, which is why I think it’s important that these conversations take place.”last_img read more