U.S. presidential candidate Jay Inslee has said that he would want U.S. women’s national team star Megan Rapinoe as his secretary of state if he is elected.Inslee, the governor of Washington, is a Democratic candidate for the 2020 election and is hoping to win his party’s nomination and face off against the incumbent Donald Trump.Rapinoe, who plays for Reign FC in Inslee’s home state of Washington, famously clashed with Trump during the World Cup this month, and also won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot as the USWNT won their second consecutive world title. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Though she still has plenty to give on the field, Inslee believes that Rapinoe also has what it takes to serve as her country’s top foreign diplomat. “My first act will be to ask Megan Rapinoe to be my secretary of state. I haven’t asked her yet so this could be a surprise to her,” Inslee said at the Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia. “I actually believe this because what I think what she has said that has inspired us so much is such an antithesis of the president’s foreign policies,” he added. Rapinoe has been outspoken when it comes to social issues, advocating for equal pay, LGBTQ rights and racial justice among other issues. At the World Cup, Rapinoe described herself as “particularly and uniquely and very deeply American,” before going on to articulate why she is vocal about issues she believes in.“I feel very fortunate to be in this country, I’d never be able to do this in a lot of other places but also, that doesn’t mean that we can’t get better, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t always strive to be better,” Rapinoe said.Rapinoe even brought up the prospect of a political career during a speech in last week’s parade in New York to celebrate her team’s World Cup win. Inslee may be disappointed with what she said. “There’s no other place that I would rather be, even in the presidential race,” Rapinoe said. “I’m busy, I’m sorry.”
Nova Scotians will have more time to submit their comments on aVoluntary Planning interim report on off-highway vehicle use. Voluntary Planning has announced a further extension of thedeadline for public input. The public now has until Friday, July30 to submit comments. The deadline had originally been extendedto March 31. “The public is very concerned about off highway vehicle use,”said David Bellefontaine, chair of Voluntary Planning. “We wantto be sure everyone has plenty of time and opportunity toconsider all sides of this matter and make their views known tothe task force.” The interim report, released on Feb. 12, outlines measures toimprove public safety, protect the environment, establish adesigned trail network, empower landowners, and provide moreeffective policing of recreational off-highway vehicles. Thereport is available on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/vp or atAccess Nova Scotia centres across the province. Comments can be submitted by e-mail to [email protected], by faxto 902-424-0580 or by mail to Voluntary Planning, Suite 600, 1690Hollis St., Halifax, N.S. B3J 3J9. A final report will be submitted to government when completed. For more information on the interim report or to receive a copyby mail, contact Voluntary Planning at 902-424-5682 or toll-freeat 1-866-858-5850.