Panelists discuss next steps for American liberalism

first_imgOn Friday, panelists gathered in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall to discuss the future of liberalism, as well as the future of democracy, in an event sponsored by the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, the Constitutional studies minor, the department of Africana studies, and the Notre Dame College Democrats. The panelists included Tim Roemer, former Indiana congressman and former U.S. ambassador to India, Rogers Smith, professor of political science and associate dean for social sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dianne Pinderhughes, chair of Africana studies and professor of political science at Notre Dame.Roemer said American democracy has been in crisis for the past 15 to 20 years because of low government approval ratings, increasing polarization and flaws in the U.S. democracy.“In the last election, 70 percent of the American people thought the country was going in the wrong direction,” Roemer said.“Congressional approval ratings are in the teens, some in the single digits.“Imagine that — 8, 9, 10 percent approval rating. You’re in company with the leader of North Korea and cockroaches when you are at 9 or 10 or 11 percent popularity.”According to Roemer, divides along partisan, socioeconomic and geographical lines have also contributed to a crisis in U.S. democracy. Roemer said Democrats need to imitate Robert Kennedy and unite diverse groups in the working class.“We need to get back to that time of inclusive messaging,” he said of Kennedy.Roemer said he also was concerned about American democracy because the Economist Intelligence Unit “downgraded” the U.S. from its status as a full democracy to that of a flawed democracy.“We are now with Estonia, Chile, South Korea,” he said. “We are not that beacon to the rest of the world for what they all want to be like. So we have work to do.”Smith said liberals must respond to President Donald Trump’s nationalism with their own narrative about American identity.“…[In] this historical moment, and perhaps for decades to come, I think it is still necessary for those who seek to win authority to shape national policies in progressive directions, to build coalitions on shared accounts of national identities and purposes, what I call national stories of peoplehood,” he said.Smith said liberals should try to emulate the abolitionist movement of the Civil War era.“My argument today is that if liberalism is to have a future in the age of Trump, liberals and progressives must explicitly advance a rival vision of American national identity, one first set forth by the antebellum, anti-slavery Constitutionalists,” he said. “This rival vision argues that the nation’s first obligation is to its citizens, but it also insists that the nation exists in order to serve a still higher purpose: the gradual securing over time of the basic rights of the Declaration of Independence for all people, of all colors, everywhere.”Pinderhughes discussed the effects of Trump’s policies on American democracy and African Americans’ relation to liberalism.She said African Americans occupy a “distinctive space” in American politics, with the majority voting for Democratic candidates — though African Americans also critique liberalism.“The fact is, whether political activists, academics or the man in the street, many African Americans point to the presence of racist politics and policies that did not very sufficiently [work] to make a change in their lives, even when the president is a Democrat or the governor is a Democrat,” she said.Pinderhughes said Trump disregards the “rule of law” – laws and policies designed to check the president’s arbitrary power — and will have a long-term impact on American democracy and civil rights. According to Pinderhughes, ignoring the rule of law undercuts the efforts African Americans have made to have their civil and political rights recognized.“If there’s no rule of law for some people, there’s no rule of law for anyone,” she said. “That includes African Americans. So, the assumptions that people have been operating under are being challenged.”Tags: Africana Studies, Donald Trump, Future of liberalism, liberalism, political sciencelast_img read more

FIFA/Coca-Cola Ranking: Black Queens place second in Africa

first_imgGhana’s senior women’s team remain the continent’s second-best side following the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking for the third-quarter.Only two African sides – Nigeria and Ghana – are in the top 50 bracket in the overall ranking with the third-quarter rankings placing the Black Queens at 50th.The Black Queens, who are preparing for the African Women’s Championship are in second place on the continental ranking table behind rivals, Nigeria.Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and South Africa follow in that order. The September edition of the world ranking was heavily shaped by many qualifying matches, particularly for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.last_img read more

England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star

first_imgClick here to watch Golding and Charley Hull.Caption: from left, Mike Durkin, Hannah Golding, Nicolas Colsaerts and Neil Garbutt. England Golf amateurs Hannah Golding, Mike Durkin and Neil Garbutt chased their golfing dreams to an outing with Ryder Cup player Nicolas Colsaerts.Golding, 14, also followed up with a range session with her idol, Charley Hull.It all happened for the trio when they teamed up to win the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy, which was open to members of England Golf’s 1900+ affiliated clubs.Golding (Brocton Hall, Staffordshire), Durkin (Hurlston Hall, Lancashire) and Garbutt (Masham, Yorkshire) played through club, regional and national rounds before confirming their success in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge at Luton Hoo. Their performance there won them a place in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.That’s when they teamed up with Colsaerts for a money-can’t-buy experience at Close House, Northumberland.As if that wasn’t enough, Golding went on to meet her idol Charley Hull on the Close House driving range, which was filmed live by Sky Sports Golf and later Sky Sports News, in a feature that was repeated every hour throughout the day.Both Hull and Golding hit balls on the range and the youngster – a member of England Golf’s U16 West Midlands regional squad – won the praise of her hero. 6 Oct 2017 England Golf trio have dream outing with Ryder Cup star center_img Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dreamlast_img read more

Do Your Homework Before Giving To Charities

first_img“A lot of times we give retroactively,” Enterline pointed out, as we answer a phone solicitation or a sidewalk request for change or more. “Of course, you want to give right there when you’re thinking about it.” But Enterline advised the people should “make sure you go and do your research, know what the organization is about, understand the mission before you decide to hand over your hard-earned money.”On the federal level oversight rests with the Internal Revenue Service, with state regulating charities and non-profits through either the attorney general’s office or the office of the secretary of state. In New Jersey the attorney general is responsible. But given the vast numbers and the government staffing limitations, unless there are glaring instances of misbehavior and public complaints, oversight is really limited, some associated with state and federal agencies said on background. “There is no way they can police that all given the resources they have,” said Sandra Miniutti, vice president of marketing for Charity Navigator, an independent, nonprofit charity watchdog organization based in Glen Rock, in Bergen County.Many organizations tout their status as a 501(c) 3, as a designated not-for-profit by the federal IRS. As an IRS rep- resentative explained it, speaking on background, this permits the organizations cer- tain exemptions from taxes and allows the donor to claim contributions to those organi- zations as tax deductions.“It’s not any gold standard,” Miller said, advising perspective donors to not rely on that solely as a validation of a group’s work and effectiveness.These organizations are required to submit annual 990 tax forms, for those organizations exempt from paying federal income tax. These forms do detail some of the organizations’ finances and expenditures. But for the average person those documents can be very complicated and difficult to glean any useful information; and given groups of different sizes and responsibilities there are various lengths to the form. Some are nothing more than a literal postcard, with the E- Z form relatively brief, maybe 15 pages or fewer, and others for large national fundraising organizations can be “as big as a telephone book, practically,” Miniutti quipped.Faith-based organizations, such as the Salvation Army as one of the largest national examples, are exempt from having to file 990 forms, professionals in the field noted.Instead of relying on those documents, “The best way donors could protect themselves is to flip the process around and be a proactive donor,” Miniutti suggested. If you’re interested in contributing, don’t wait until being contacted by mail or by phone,” (often done by for-profit marketing firms which can eat up a substantial amount of the contribution) “sit down in the beginning of the year and figure out what it is you’re passionate about and find good charities doing good work and stick with them.“If donors did that they would avoid so many problems,” Miniutti said.For finding a worthwhile charity that is simpatico with the donor’s expectation, “I want to know what their achievements have been,” Miller recommended. “If they don’t want to tell you their achievements and what impact they’re having then I’d be skeptical.”Look at the mission statement and even for publications that have been asked to promote a charity ask them “Please describe in 300 words or less the social impact you’re having in the community,” Miller advised.It’s also a good idea to look at the organization’s board and its members. “Our criteria,” for Charity Navigator, Miniutti said, “is there should be at least five independent voting board members.”That board should be meeting regularly and “make sure it’s an ethically run organization,” said Kristen Schlatre, associated director of the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership, Rice University, in Houston, Texas.When scandal erupts with a charitable organization it often occurs when board members are related, such as an executive director who is the wife of the board chair, and so on, Miniutti observed. “We want to make sure it’s a diverse board and they’re meeting regularly.” Usually it’s only acceptable to have a private family foundation board’s members closely related, she added.It’s also unusual for board members for a public sector nonprofit to receive compensation, Miniutti pointed outMiller offered another worthy question to ask before signing your check: “You can certainly ask for every dollar you raise where does the dollar go?” And some of that information may be obtained from 990 filings.“You want to see that the bulk of the money is going to programs,” Miniutti added. Currently there are roughly 1.5 million not-for-profits registered in the United States, with more than 40,000 intended to help military veterans alone. “There are so many non-profits and so many causes, on some level we get overdosed,” with requests, observed Dennis C. Miller, executive director of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance and Philanthropy and leadership coach for nonprofit boards.And while the overwhelming number of them are reputable and doing good work, “Unfortunately, there are fraudulent organizations out there,” said Jackie Enterline, media out- reach manager for GuideStar, a nonprofit organization and database website that provides information on most of the registered operating nonprofits. CAVEAT EMPTOR. Let the buyer beware. Consumers should do their homework before hiring a home contractor or purchasing a major appliance or new car. We know that. But the same should be true for those organizations that tug at our heartstrings and ask us for help.As we’re increasingly inundated with requests for donations to so many groups it would benefit those contemplating giving to charities to do our due diligence, advised professionals who monitor groups or offer guidance for those in the philanthropic field.In what is planned to be an ongoing, irregular series looking at charitable giving and those organizations asking for those contributions, The Two River Times has asked for advice from those professionals as to what consumers should consider before giving to charities they may not be that familiar.last_img read more

WarriorsHQ: How Kevin Durant fits into Warriors’ ‘spread the wealth’ offense

first_imgWhen the Warriors are at their best is when they don’t play to a script, Golden State beat writer Mark Medina told Dieter Kurtenbach on this week’s episode of the WarriorsHQ podcast.“It’s not even just, OK, take what the defense gives you, find the open man. I think the Warriors are most dangerous when they’re not running set plays. Steve Kerr, for the most part, because of how talented his guys are, wants them to just be able to react and do their thing and that’s where it becomes the …last_img read more

Steyn 11/60 as SA overpower Pakistan

first_img4 February 2013The confidence gained from series victories over England and Australia last year has led to the Proteas playing some sublime cricket in 2013. Pakistan were on the wrong end of it in the first test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg, which ended inside of four days on Monday with South Africa victorious by 211 runs.On the first day, it was felt that South Africa’s 253 all out was below the standard the team would have set itself, but that innings looked absolutely spectacular when compared to Pakistan’s measly reply of 49 all out.When the Proteas then sprinted to 275 for 3 declared at 4.43 runs per over in their second innings, they left themselves plenty of time to dismiss the tourists for a second time.A forgone conclusionPakistan fought hard to make 268 all out in their second innings, but the match result had been a forgone conclusion after their first innings.It could easily have been a bigger victory than 211 runs when one considers that Graeme Smith, who was captaining his 100th test, declared South Africa’s second innings on 275 for 3 on the third day. By that time, though, Pakistan trailed by a massive 479 runs. To win, they required a world record fourth innings score of 480.“You always get a bit nervous in milestone games because too much else is going on, so it was nice to perform a little bit [he made 24 and 52] and to be part of a special test match,” Smith said afterwards.Outstanding bowlingThe Proteas’ win was set up by the team’s outstanding bowling performance in Pakistan’s first innings as, for the third time in the last year-and-half, they dismissed a team for less than 50. At 49 runs, the total was the Pakistanis’ lowest ever in test cricket.Dale Steyn was in irresistible form, bowling with pace, swing and movement off the pitch that was simply too much for Pakistan’s batsmen to deal with. He returned figures of 6 for 8 in their first innings – the third best six-wicket return in test history – to lead the way.While the tourists managed to deal with Steyn’s challenge better in their second knock, they still struggled as the paceman followed up with a haul of 5 for 52 in 28.4 overs.‘That hurt us dearly’“I think that was a great spell of bowling, especially in the first innings, and that hurt us dearly,” said Pakistan captain Misbah ul-Haq at the post-match prize-giving.Pakistan’s coach Dav Whatmore, who has also coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, rated Steyn’s bowling in the first innings as the best ever performance he had seen from a fast bowler.Steyn’s match figures of 11 for 60 were the best of his career and the seventh best return by a South African bowler ever. No one in South African history has captured 11 wickets for fewer runs than Steyn, who showed why he has been the world’s number one ranked test bowler since August 2009.At the prize-giving, he was asked whether his performance in the match was his best ever. “I’d like to say I bowl better in the nets,” he joked, “but this counts out here, in the middle.”‘That set the tone’He added: “To pick up wickets is always important and, as I said in a press conference the other day, what I haven’t done lately is pick up wickets at the beginning of the innings, so I was quite chuffed that I was able to get the first three quickly. That set the tone for the boys and then the rest of the guys followed.”Only once during the test match did Pakistan offer any tough resistance and that came in the second innings when Misbah and Asad Shafiq occupied the crease for some time in putting on 127 for the fifth wicket. Steyn, though, ended that stand on Monday morning and added another three victims to lead South Africa to victory.AB de Villiers, with the bat and behind the stumps, was as effective as Steyn with the ball, scoring 31 and 103 not out, and taking 11 catches.World recordHis effort bettered the South African record for catches in a test of nine, previously shared by Dave Richardson and Mark Boucher, who achieved the feat three times. It also equalled the world record held by Jack Russell of England, whose 11 dismissals came at The Wanderers in 1995.“Hopefully he’s silenced his critics. He kept superbly and went on to get a hundred [with the bat],” said Smith.Looking back over the past week, the South African captain said to cheers from the crowd: “It has been superb. It has been so emotional. I think I’m going to go home tonight and spend the next two days in bed, just recovering from everything that’s gone on.‘Incredible’“I need some time to put into perspective the support and the amazing feeling that I’ve got from the fans over the last period of time, and everybody, my team-mates, my family have been incredible.”Thanks to another early finish and another outstanding performance from the Proteas, Smith could have available the two days of rest he is seeking for relaxation.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

San Miguel seals its twin towers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Archers destroy Tigers, near twice-to-beat bonus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger was selected first overall by San Miguel Beer as expected on Sunday afternoon, and after coming up short in completing the franchise’s second Triple Crown sweep in the recently concluded PBA Season, the Beermen have added a blue-chip material to make another go at it.The 6-foot-8 Fil-German joins the star-studded team and will form a lethal twin tower combine with reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo as the Beermen added yet another piece in an effort to extend their dynasty while matching up with sister team and newly minted Governors’ Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra’s frontline.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phoenix tapped hardworking forward Sidney Onwubere eighth overall with Star also adding some ceiling by picking Lervin Flores ninth.TNT KaTropa used the 10th and 11th picks to tab Cebuano guard Mac Tallo of SWU and Colegio de San Lorenzo slotman Jon Gabriel, respectively.Ginebra claimed UP slasher Jett Manuel as the 12th pick to round out the first round.NLEX continued to add youth to its frontline, tapping JRU forward Ervin Grospe to open the second round.Star picked slotman Joseph Gabayni next, Blackwater nabbed slasher Emil Palma, forward Julian Sargent went to Star, while Louie Vigil went to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Davon Potts was selected by Alaska 18th overall, followed by Jom Sollano, who was tabbed by Rain or Shine.Gwynne Capacio (Star), Jayson Grimaldo (Phoenix), Monbert Arong (TNT), Wilson Baltazar (Phoenix), and Andreas Cahilig (GlobalPort) round out the second round picks. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And while San Miguel got bigger, NLEX got the best small man in the 43-man pool as the Road Warriors made heady point guard Kiefer Ravena No. 2 overall, with Blackwater tabbing former Far Eastern U bruiser Raymar Jose at third, Phoenix Petroleum making Jason Perkins the fourth overall pick and Alaska getting the talented Jeron Teng at No. 5.Standhardinger is expected to join San Miguel early in the Commissioner’s Cup as he will have to play out a live contract with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League, and when he arrives, the Beermen can challenge the Gin Kings’ combo of 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar underneath.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere are no other teams which can talk of at least coming close as far as size is concerned.GlobalPort went with Fil-Am wingman Robbie Herndon at sixth, with Rey Nambatac, after being selected seventh, getting reunited with former Letran teammate Raymond Almazan and coach Caloy Garcia at Rain or Shine. Read Nextlast_img read more

Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth

first_imgPBA IMAGESSTA. Rosa, Laguna – Allan Durham scored 29 points, had 27 rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists in leading Meralco to a 96-90 decision of Star in a Petron Saturday Special Game that sealed a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts built big leads early and showed a lot of poise and composure in staving off rallies by the Hotshots all the way until the final buzzer, as they bounced back from a tough loss to sister team TNT KaTropa to formalize entry into the quarterfinals after rising to 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for an eighth straight win – and possibly top seeding – on Sunday when the streaking Gin Kings battle Grand Slam-seeking sister team San Miguel Beer at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings got the perfect workout they needed on Friday night in dispatching Blackwater, and extending the conference’s longest winning run would, in all likelihood, mean a top four berth and a twice-to-beat incentive in the first round of the playoffs.Game time is 6:45 p.m.With a 4-3 record, the Beermen are still out of the top four and a loss would greatly hamper their chancesof tabbing that win-once advantage in the quarterfinals.Despite the great form they are enjoying, Ginebra coach Tim Cone refuses to admit that they are the team to beat thus far in the conference.“San Miguel is the team to beat,” Cone said after a 98-81 win over the Elite two nights ago. “I read somewhere that coach Leo (Austria) was saying that. I just chuckled after reading it.”And Ginebra has the motivation to beat San Miguel and make life hard for the Beermen entering the homestretch of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re still hurting from that all-Filipino Finals,” Cone added. “We will come into that game with the positive energy (after beating the Elite handily), all I wished is that we had one more day to prepare for them.”In the first game, Alaska also tries to extend its own streak and get solidly in the fight for a playoff berth when the Aces battle sputtering KIA Picantos at 4:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Durham didn’t do it all, actually, as the entire Meralco starting unit finished in twin digits in scoring with Chris Newsome spiking a 17-point night with seven assists and Baser Amer making three triples in finishing with 13.The loss was the third straight after four consecutive wins for the Hotshots, who have now dropped out of the top four for the meantime and allowed the Texters to squeeze in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco will still face Alaska, GlobalPort and San Miguel Beer, in that order, in closing out its elimination round schedule and would need to go at least 2-1 to seal a top four berth, and a twice-to-beat privilege.Malcolm Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Hotshots. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more

Missing WikiLeaks associate had kayak accident in Norway

first_imgOslo: A Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayaking accident, Norwegian police said Friday, adding that his body had not yet been found. Arjen Kamphuis, a cybersecurity expert then aged 47, had not been seen since he left his hotel in the northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20, 2018. His disappearance had triggered a wave of conspiracy theories on social media, ranging from CIA and Russian involvement to a mission to carry out a secret project for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThen police discovered a kayak in the same area where a fisherman had found some of Kamphuis’s personal belongings floating in the waters about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Bodo. “The police have concluded that Mr Kamphuis most likely suffered an accident in the evening of August 20, 2018, while kayaking in the Skjerstad Fjord a few kilometres north of the village of Rognan in Nordland County in northern Norway, and was subsequently lost at sea,” the police said in a statement. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”His body has still not been recovered,” they added. WikiLeaks, which published secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010, called Kamphuis’s disappearance “strange”. The mystery deepened when a phone linked to Kamphuis was briefly switched on in an area near the southwestern city of Stavanger, located 1,600 kilometres from Bodo, on August 30 last year. But on Friday, police explained that two truck drivers from eastern Europe had found the phone, a laptop and other items belonging to Kamphuis while they were fishing in the spot where his kayak was found and took the items with them. “The police have no reason to believe that the truck drivers were involved in the disappearance of Mr Kamphuis in any other way,” the police statement said.last_img read more