By Voice of America / Edited by Diálogo Staff August 22, 2019 During a meeting with the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., organization President David Rubenstein asked the secretary if the United States is willing to send troops to prevent further violence from occurring.“The president has said pretty clearly: we’re going to do all that it takes to make sure the Venezuelan people get democracy back,” Pompeo said.The secretary added that “we’re closer today than we were several months ago, but in the end, we’ll do our part and the nations of the region — we’ve built out a great coalition from members of the Organization of American States to what we call the Lima Group to 56 or 58 other countries who are joining us and who understand Maduro is not the duly elected president.”Several U.S. officials, including President Donald Trump, have said on different occasions that “all options are on the table” when it comes to Venezuela, but indicate that they prefer to continue economic and diplomatic pressure for the time being.As part of this diplomatic pressure, the United States imposed sanctions on July 25 against a businessman and Colombian associates, including three of Maduro’s stepsons, accused of leading a global network that used Venezuela’s emergency food program — known as CLAP — and gold profits to launder stolen state assets.On July 28, in statements to VOA, U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command, reiterated the U.S. government’s support to Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaidó, and said his command is ready to support “anything the legitimate government requests” and that comes from a “political decision” by the U.S. government.However, he said that up to now, the U.S. military focus “has been one of support.”
A Dutch quartet of Jeroen Dubbeldam, Maikel van der Vleuten, Jur Vrieling and Gerco Schroder took world gold, with France finishing second and America third. There was some consolation for Ireland, with three of their team – Denis Lynch, 19-year-old Bertram Allen and Darragh Kenny – qualifying among the leading 30 riders for Saturday’s penultimate individual competition. America’s Beezie Madden, winner of the Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead earlier this summer, leads the individual race for gold, closely followed by Sweden’s Rolf-Goran Bengtsson and Dane Soren Pedersen. Britain’s top showjumper Scott Brash, meanwhile, withdrew from the World Games on Thursday. The 28-year-old Scotsman was lying 36th in the individual competition after Wednesday’s action. A statement issued by Team GBR said the decision had been taken in consultation with the rider and owners of Brash’s horse Hello Sanctos, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. The British team of world number one Brash, Michael Whitaker, Joe Clee and Spencer Roe finished 18th, and only Brash did enough to progress as an individual contender. “Scott Brash will unfortunately not be going forward to contest the individual round of the showjumping competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” Team GBR said. Ireland’s showjumpers have joined Great Britain in failing to secure Rio 2016 Olympics team qualification at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen. Press Association ” The decision has been taken in consultation with the rider, Hello Sanctos’s owners, Lord and Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, the Great Britain chef d’equipe (Rob Hoekstra) and chef de mission (Will Connell). “There is a lot of jumping still to do in the individual qualifying competition; a lot of ground to make up on the leaderboard, and the likelihood of qualifying for the Individual final with the standard of jumping here this week is not likely. “With the horse in mind and looking ahead to the forthcoming Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup in Barcelona, next year’s European Championships and beyond, the decision has been made to withdraw the horse from further competition this week.” Both countries must now wait until next summer’s European Championships in Germany for another opportunity. The British team did not secure a place in Thursday’s 10-team final at Stade D’Ornano and although Ireland went close to claiming a qualifying slot, they ended up seventh.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAlthough gambling and football should have little — ifanything — to do with one another, a great cornerback and a great gambler havemore in common than one might believe.Both possess a unique swagger, one that exudes a sense ofconfidence that tiptoes dangerously close to hubris. Both have the uncannyability to remain calm under circumstances that warrant considerable angst.Both understand the double-edged sword of risk taking, which can result ingreat gains and even greater losses. No player exhibits these intangibles morethan University of Wisconsin junior cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu. Even his catchymoniker, “Black Jack,” a nickname that has followed him to Camp Randall fromhis playing days at Madison Memorial High School, draws strong parallelsbetween the cornerback position and gambling.On the field, Ikegwuonu is typically matched up one-on-onewith the opposing team’s top receiver.”Cornerback is a tough position. It is really hard mentallyto play the position because you know that you’re not going to make every playand receivers are going to catch some balls,” Ikegwuonu said. “When you’replaying cornerback and you get beat on a deep ball, everybody knows. But youhave to be able to put it behind you and move to the next play.”Over the course of his career at UW, Ikegwuonu hasestablished himself as one of the most feared cornerbacks in the conference.”I don’t even think he knows how much talent or skill hehas,” freshman cornerback Aaron Henry said. “He plays the game so relaxed andcomfortable.”Nobody has come to appreciate Ikegwuonu’s unique combinationof awareness and athleticism more than defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz.”He has great speed and size,” Hankwitz said. “He hasexcellent ball skills and he has great coverage ability.”After a 2006 campaign that culminated in an impressivevictory over Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl, Ikegwuonu and the rest of thedefense were eager to pick up where they had left off. However, amid loftypredictions and high personal expectations, the Badger defense looked a shellof their former selves for much of the 2007 season. The unit struggled mightily,and Ikegwuonu’s coverage often resulted in big plays.”Everybody was talking about how good we did last year andhow good our defense was supposed to be,” Ikegwuonu said. “It is easy to getcomplacent when everyone is telling you how good you should be. I thinkeverybody thought that things would just happen and that we didn’t have to goout there and make things happen ourselves.”As the Badgers’ defensive rankings plummeted, so didIkegwuonu’s confidence. The player who once demoralized opposing receivers wasgone along with his usual confident swagger.”I didn’t really know what was happening. It was just a lackof focus,” Ikegwuonu said. “You just have to focus on every play and do thelittle things right, and then you will have success. As soon as I started toreally focus and not get complacent and use my technique, I started turning myseason around.”Against Michigan, Ikegwuonu reminded everyone why he washeralded as one of the nation’s top cornerbacks. As the Wolverines threatenedto snap the Badgers’ winning streak at home, Ikegwuonu came up with a timelyinterception that sealed a win over the conference rivals.”I was just gearing up for the big play after struggling allyear. On a big down like that, you know they were going to try to get the ballto Mario (Manningham), and I was ready for that,” Ikegwuonu said. “I got a goodjam at the line and just trailed him and he broke in the same time I broke in.I looked back and the ball was right there. I just needed something like thatfor my confidence.”Despite recording only one interception over its course,Ikegwuonu’s stellar play in the second half of the season earned him aunanimous first team All-Big Ten selection.”It says a lot about what everybody else feels about yourability as a player,” Ikegwuonu said. “I am definitely grateful andappreciative to all of those who voted me in.”On New Year’s Day, the Badgers will battle the high-octaneoffense of the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl. Ikegwuonu will likelycover Tennessee’s offensive dynamo Lucas Taylor, who has five touchdowns tocomplement a 1,000-yard season. Although the Volunteers’ offense has theability to light up the scoreboard at a whim, with Ikegwuonu on the field, allbets are off.