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Open Letter From Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots

first_imgI have received many questions concerning the U.S. Senate race in Indiana – who is the REAL conservative? (Todd Young is advertising himself as such but is NOT.) The voting records of Marlin Stutzman (R-IN03) and Todd Young (R-IN09) show the difference and tell you all you need to know.The following comes from a fellow Indiana patriot and I forward it to you for your consideration. Check these sources out for the REAL difference between Stutzman and Young. Also, if the Chamber of Commerce supports a candidate, definitely question his/her conservative credentials!The Chamber of Commerce is spending close to a million dollars on television ads touting Congressman Todd Young (attorney) as the “conservative” over Marlin Stutzman (farmer/business owner/Small Business Champion Award winner/Freedom Caucus member). Everyone now wants to claim to be Conservative. It’s as if it’s become a buzz-word politicians use to get votes. But be careful and make sure you vote for the TRUE Conservative, despite what false ads say. Here are the results on some Indiana members of the U.S. Congress. FOOTNOTE: There are nine Indiana Congressmen, but those scoring lower than Todd Young were not listed.Conservative Review Score:Marlin Stutzman 81%Todd Rokita 61%Todd Young 56%American Conservative Union Ratings:Marlin Stutzman 96%Todd Rokita 88%Luke Messer 80%Todd Young 76%Heritage Action ScorecardMarlin Stutzman 87%Todd Rokita 69%Luke Messer 65%Todd Young 61%FreedomWorksMarlin Stutzman 89%Todd Rokita 83%Luke Messer 75%Todd Young 72%Americans for ProsperityMarlin Stutzman 93%Todd Rokita 83%Todd Young 80%The Freedom IndexMarlin Stutzman 73%Todd Rokita 67%Larry Bucshon 61%Luke Messer 58%Todd Young 57% If you want to shrink government, improve your standard of living, uphold the Constitution (and the Rights it protects), and salvage American culture and traditions, vote for a CONSERVATIVE… not a “faux conservative.” Remember, “Republican” and “Conservative” are NOT necessarily identical… despite what the media and RNC/GOP leadership sell you. These ratings reflect VOTING records, not promises ignored.Remember those Republicans who made campaign promises in 2010 and 2014 but did NOT keep them when elected? Young is one of them.​ We do not need another McConnell, McCain or Graham (or Lugar!) in the U.S. Senate!​Choose wisely; it’s about your COUNTRY.In Liberty,Jim BrattenDirector, Hoosier PatriotsCo-Founder, Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots Dear Patriots: FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Umphrey’s McGee Shares Pro-Shot Video Of “Slacker” From NYE Run [Watch]

first_imgOn December 30th, Umphrey’s McGee returned to Atlanta, GA’s Tabernacle for the third night of their four-night New Year’s run. Frequent Vulfpeck collaborators Cory Wong and Antwaun Stanley handled the evening’s opening duties, setting the tone for the evening’s raucous UM throwdown.Umphrey’s McGee opened up the first set with an extended take on “1348” into “Seasons”, with Jake Cinninger taking no time to show off his wizardry on guitar. Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik, and Andy Farag come together to create one of the tightest rhythm sections in the live music scene today, and make it undeniably simple for Cinninger and Brendan Bayliss to connect in between some intricate interplay, as the band demonstrated moving into a 15-minute rendition of “Slacker”. Luckily for fans, Umphrey’s McGee has shared pro-shot video of their 15-minute rendition of “Slacker” from Atlanta, which you can watch below:Umphrey’s McGee – “Slacker” [Pro-Shot][Video: Umphrey’s McGee]That first set was chock-full of highlights, as Umphrey’s McGee welcomed up Dave Matthews Band saxophonist Jeff Coffin for a funky take on “Made To Measure”, played for the first and only time in 2018. With Cinninger moving over to a keyboard and Coffin staying on stage, the band welcomed up Cory Wong for a debut cover of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity”, as the attentive Atlanta crowd erupted with applause. Cinninger’s move to keys gave Wong a chance to flex his chops on guitar, with the funk guru and Bayliss trading off firey hot guitar licks, bringing the electric first set to a close.For ticketing and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to Umphrey’s McGee’s website here.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | The Tabernacle | Atlanta, GA | 12/30/2018Set One: 1348 > Seasons, Slacker, Push & Pull > Utopian Fir[1], Made to Measure[2], Virtual Insanity[3]Set Two: Little Gift > Ocean Billy[4], It Doesn’t Matter > Ocean Billy, Can’t Rock My Dream Face[5], All In TimeEncore: The Triple Wide > Dreams[6] > The Triple Wide > 1348[1] with Misunderstanding (Genesis) tease[2] with Jeff Coffin on saxophone[3] debut, Jamiroquai; with Jeff Coffin on saxophone, Cory Wong on guitar, and Jake on keys[4] with Footsteps (Pearl Jam) quote[5] with Antwaun Stanley on vocals[6] one verselast_img read more


Securing the Mobile Enterprise

first_imgWe are seeing a fundamental shift in the way IT is consumed, and subsequently secured, and it’s mostly driven by mobile. The recent SBIC report, “Realizing the Mobile Enterprise: Balancing the Risks and Rewards of Consumer Devices,” highlights these shifts.“A huge benefit of mobile devices is the user interface… This is simply how people want to interact with IT systems nowadays…” –Dr. Martijn Dekker (SVP, CISO, ABN Amro)There are a number of trends around mobility that make it a distinctly different and new security challenge to consider:BYOD: The fact that devices are personally owned or treated as such has serious implications. Many enterprises are struggling to get users to install Mobile Device Management (MDM) software on their devices, let alone deeper agents like anti-virus or malware forensics. In addition to the lost endpoint control, BYOD also creates a problem about when and how enterprise policy is applied. The fact that I carry my phone all day everyday means that a large percentage of the time it will be used is for personal reasons. This forces enterprises to think about applying security policy sparingly.Off Network: Network visibility is a drug to security teams. It’s needed more than anything else to understand what users are doing and when they are doing it. Unfortunately, in the mobile world, enterprise networks don’t have to be touched all that often. As soon as the data gets to the device – you’ve lost visibility from a network perspective (picture a sensitive piece of content being uploaded to Dropbox from a mobile device).“Chatty” Interaction Model: Mobile users have very frequent context shifts between work and play. The Blackberry changed the way email is consumed. It gave quick access to email and calendar without the need for VPN. Android brought in more play to these devices and what we are left with is a consistent flip between work/play throughout the day. Constant switching does not provide good areas for strong authentication and blurs the line as to when enterprise security policy should be applied.Web/Federated Access Model: More and more cloud services are being used for enterprise purposes (Google Apps, Salesforce, Box, Office 365, etc.), and each of them make use of web-based authentication standards. As enterprise app development evolves, more and more things will be developed in the mindset of “mobile first.” This will push more traditional enterprise authentication and identity management into a web standards world.Fundamentally, you still need to secure data and identities, and get threat visibility, but you need to do it while working within these trends. The SBIC report calls out the need for MDM, but cautions against over reliance on it as a security solution. The overall mobile market is maturing beyond just MDM into application and data management. Strong authentication methods, especially those that rely on risk-based methodology, as well as data security and threat forensics will be layered on top of these infrastructure components to create a true mobile security stack that can take much of the mystery out of BYOD.last_img read more


St. Andrews boys perform well at inter-school tourney

first_imgSt. Andrews basketball squad.Three players from St Andrews were awarded places in the tournament teams selected by the coaches from all of the participating schools: Wesley Pankhurst was selected in the football tournament team and Gerardo Madrid was selected in the basketball team, while Yujun Lee was selected for both.Congratulations to all the boys for their contributions to the successes during the weekend.The U13 football team. The Under 13 Boys FOBISIA team from St. Andrews International School attended a warm-up tournament in Khao Yai recently to aid their preparations for the upcoming FOBISIA Games, to be held in Bangkok in March.  St. Stephen’s International School hosted a combined football and basketball tournament played over three days against St. John Mary International School, KIS International School, Ascot International School and St. Andrews Green Valley. The St. Andrews’ boys played very positive and skilful football to go through the entire tournament unbeaten, conceding only one solitary goal in the pool matches, but due to goal difference they were unable to make the final.  However, they completed a two-game clean sweep of St. John Mary International School and were victorious in the bronze medal play-off.The St. Andrews U13s basketball team finished 2nd & football team 3rd.The basketball tournament continued the strong tournament rivalry between Green Valley and KIS International School.  Unbeaten through the pool matches, Green Valley met KIS in the final only to lose by a solitary point in a hectic last quarter of the game.  There were a lot of positives to take from the tournament however and the boys showed great character and determination to come back from a final quarter deficit to almost snatch victory.last_img read more


A-Rod banned for 2014 season, arbitrator rules

first_imgIn this Aug. 20, 2013 file photo, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez reacts after striking out in the second inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was dealt the most severe punishment in the history of baseball’s drug agreement when an arbitrator ruled the New York Yankees third baseman is suspended for the entire 2014 season as a result of a drug investigation by Major League Baseball.The decision by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz on Saturday cut the suspension issued Aug. 5 by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig from 211 games to this year’s entire 162-game regular-season schedule plus any postseason games. The three-time American League Most Valuable Player will lose just over $22 million of his $25 million salary.Rodriguez vowed to continue his fight in federal court to reverse the decision.“It’s virtually impossible. The arbitration will stand. I think it’s almost inconceivable that a federal court would overturn it,” said former baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, a graduate of Yale Law School. “The arbitration is itself an appeal from the commissioner’s judgment. How many appeals do you go?”Rodriguez is the most high-profile player ensnared by baseball’s drug rules, which were first agreed to in 2002 as management and union attempted to combat the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. In sustaining more than three-quarters of Selig’s initial penalty, Horowitz’s decision will be widely viewed as a victory for the 79-year-old Selig, who has ruled baseball since 1992 and says he intends to retire in January 2015.A 14-time All-Star, Rodriguez has been baseball’s highest-paid player under a $275 million, 10-year contract. He has spent parts of the last six seasons on the disabled list and will be 39 years old when he is eligible to return to the field in 2015. He is signed with the Yankees through the 2017 season.Rodriguez admitted five years ago he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. He already sued MLB and Selig in October, claiming they are engaged in a “witch hunt” against him.“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.”The Major League Baseball Players Association had filed a grievance last summer saying the discipline was without “just cause.”The 65-year-old Horowitz, a California-based lawyer who became the sport’s independent arbitrator in 2012, heard the case over 12 sessions from Sept. 30 until Nov. 21. Technically, he chaired a three-man arbitration panel that included MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred and union General Counsel Dave Prouty. The written opinion was not made public.In Rodriguez’s only partial victory, Horowitz ruled he is entitled to 21-183rds, or about 11.5 percent, of his salary this year, a person familiar with the decision said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the decision was not made public. That comes to $2,868,852.46.Baseball’s drug agreement says the amount of lost pay shall match the number of regular-season games suspended, regardless of days over the season, which is 183 days this year.Despite the ban, baseball’s drug rules allow Rodriguez to participate in spring training and play in exhibition games, although the Yankees may try to tell him not to report.New York figures to be happy with the decision, which eliminates uncertainty and gives the Yankees additional money to sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka or other free agents while remaining under the $189 million luxury tax threshold.MLB was largely pleased.“While we believe the original 211-game suspension was appropriate, we respect the decision rendered by the panel and will focus on our continuing efforts on eliminating performance-enhancing substances from our game,” MLB said in a statement.The union said it “strongly disagrees” with the ruling but added “we recognize that a final and binding decision has been reached.”“We respect the collectively-bargained arbitration process which led to the decision,” the union’s statement added.Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch testified in the hearing after reaching an agreement with MLB to provide evidence.“Tony Bosch doesn’t take joy in seeing Alex Rodriguez suspended from baseball, but he believes the arbitrator’s decision was appropriate,” his spokeswoman, Joyce Fitzpatrick, said in a statement.Bosch is to appear Sunday on “60 Minutes” along with MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred. In an interview with “CBS Evening News on Saturday,” Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes” said Bosch told him he administered six banned substances to Rodriguez, including testosterone and human growth hormone.Picked first in the 1993 amateur draft, Rodriguez reached the majors at age 18 with Seattle and was an All-Star by 20. He seemed destined to become one of the greatest players in the history of the game, and appeared in line to break the career home run record — he ranks fifth with 654.“This injustice is MLB’s first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round, instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy, and further insulating its corrupt investigative program from any variety of defense by accused players, or any variety of objective review,” Rodriguez said.“I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances as alleged in the notice of discipline, or violate the Basic Agreement or the Joint Drug Agreement in any manner, and in order to prove it I will take this fight to federal court. I am confident that when a federal judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”Rodriguez has claimed Selig was on a vendetta to smear him as a way of burnishing the commissioner’s image following the Steroids Era. Both sides have admitted paying for evidence as they prepared for the hearing.Fourteen players were penalized following the Biogenesis probe, and they all accepted penalties. Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun sat out the final 65 games of the season, the other players were given 50-game suspensions.A-Rod’s drug penalty was for “his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone over the course of multiple years,” MLB said last summer. His punishment under the labor contract was “for attempting to cover up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the office of the commissioner’s investigation.”Rodriguez’s penalty was more than double the previous high for a PED suspension, a 100-game ban given last year to San Francisco pitcher Guillermo Mota for a second offense. Kansas City infielder Miguel Tejada was given a 105-game ban last summer following a third positive test for amphetamines.last_img read more


Former Hawks All-Star Lou Hudson dies at 69

first_imgIn this April 15, 1978 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, left, reaches for the ball held by Seattle Supersonics Marvin Webster, center, as Lakers’ Lou Hudson (23), right, defends during an NBA playoff game in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/File)ATLANTA (AP) — Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.Wilkins says they’ll discover “Sweet Lou” was one of the best shooting guards in NBA history.Hudson, the smooth-shooting Hawks star who averaged more than 20 points during 13 NBA seasons, died Friday. He was 69.He died in Atlanta, where he was hospitalized and listed in grave condition last month after a stroke, the Hawks said.Hudson was a six-time All-Star while with the Hawks in St. Louis and Atlanta, often playing away from the national spotlight.FILE – In this Jan. 31, 1967 file photo, St. Louis Hawks rookie forward Lou Hudson (23) goes to the basket against Philadelphia’s Bill Melchionni, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/File)“Young people today don’t know how good Lou Hudson really was,” Wilkins, a Hall of Famer, told The Associated Press. “He was a hell of a player. The guy could score with the best in history. He was a phenomenal basketball player.“He should be a Hall of Famer and it’s amazing to me he’s not. He was one of the best (shooting) guards and that’s a fact. You go back and look at his career and look at the numbers and see what he did and you understand.”NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Hudson “represented the Hawks franchise with style and grace.”“A six-time All-Star, Hudson left an indelible mark on the Hawks and the NBA, both as a player and a person,” Silver said. “On behalf of the NBA, I’d like to extend our deepest condolences to Lou’s family and friends.”Moments of silence were observed for Hudson before Atlanta’s game at New Jersey and Houston’s game at Minnesota on Friday night.Hudson was the first face of the Hawks in Atlanta.“At the beginning of my career, he became a very close friend,” Wilkins said. “He gave me a lot of positive advice about how to play the game. One thing he told me early on, he said you work very hard when you’re trying to score points. He said look at the game like this: ‘If you score three buckets a quarter, how many points is that?’ I said 24. He said, ‘That’s right and you haven’t even worked hard yet to get to the free throw line. That’s the way you should look at the game.’“He said, ‘The game should be easy for you because of the way you play the game with your ability,’ and that stuck with me my whole career.”Hudson, who at 6-foot-5 could play guard and forward, averaged 20.2 points inr his career. He spent 11 seasons with the Hawks and finished with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.His No. 23 was retired by the Hawks, joining Bob Pettit and Wilkins as the only other Hawks players so honored.“His jersey is not retired for nothing,” Wilkins said. “Only three jerseys are up there, so you know he had to be a heck of a player to have his jersey hanging in that building.”His No. 14 was retired by the University of Minnesota, where he was one of the school’s first Black players.Houston coach Kevin McHale, also from Minnesota, said every time he saw Hudson the two “talked Gopher basketball.”“Lou could really shoot the ball,” McHale said. “Really good guy. Great guy. Great shooter. Had a good career.”Minnesota coach Rick Adelman, who played against Hudson, called the former All-Star “a great shooter, great all-around player.”Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon said he grew up watching Hudson play.“Lou Hudson holds a special place in the Hawks family, in the hearts of our fans and in the history of our club,” Gearon said. “As a fan growing up with this team, I’m fortunate to say I was able to see almost every game Sweet Lou played as a member of the Hawks.“He was an integral part of successful Hawks teams for over a decade, and is deservedly recognized with the ultimate symbol of his significance to the franchise with the number 23 hanging inside Philips Arena.”Beginning with the 1969-70 season, Hudson averaged at least 24 points in five straight seasons. In his years with the Hawks, he averaged at least 20 points seven times. He set a career high with his 27.1 points per game in 1972-73.He scored 57 points against Chicago on Nov. 10, 1969, matching the franchise record also set by Pettit and Wilkins.Hudson was a first-round pick by St. Louis in 1966 and made the NBA all-rookie team. He missed part of his second season while serving in the Army.Following the team’s move from St. Louis, he scored the first points for the new Atlanta team in 1968. He helped lead the Hawks to the 1970 Western Division championship.Hudson, a native of Greensboro, N.C., is also a member of the North Carolina, Georgia and Atlanta sports halls of fame. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1966 even though he didn’t play college football.Hudson suffered his first stroke in 2005 and later campaigned for the “Power to End Stroke” organization.He is survived by his wife, Madeline (Mardi), his daughter, Adrienne, and his former wife, Bernadette.Funeral arrangements have not been announced.___AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.last_img read more


Two River Residents Asked for Input on Reducing Future Floods

first_imgBy Jay Cook |Rising sea levels through the next century may have Two River area residents concerned, but now they can have a role in mitigating any future damages.Stemming from a late February workshop in Red Bank, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) launched an interactive web mapping tool last week for homeowners, business owners, and officials alike to identify areas of interest in 15 Two River area towns so education and flood prevention tactics can soon follow.The web project comes from the NJ Fostering Regional Adaption through Municipal Economic Scenarios (FRAMES) initiative, funded by a nearly $900,000 grant from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).Towns included in the NJ FRAMES program are Eatontown, Fair Haven, Highlands, Little Silver, Long Branch, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.Residents living in those towns now have the ability to sign onto the associated website, www.TwoRiversOneFuture.nj.gov, and explore an interactive map with predetermined areas of interest – police stations, fire stations, municipal buildings, to name a few.They can also drop pins on other places with local significance, like a popular business, a little league baseball field, or a beloved outdoor concert venue along the water.“While we have collected plenty of great data on at-risk areas in these communities, this effort will help ensure we are focusing our efforts on the right places, and those that matter most to residents,” said Ginger Kopkash, DEP’s assistant commissioner for land use, in a news release.She said DEP could implement different flood mitigation methods along the Atlantic Ocean coast, as well as the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. Those methods could be “green infrastructure, living shorelines and hardening of critical infrastructure that would better protect these places and their surrounding neighborhoods,” Kopash said.Working with residents has been the crux of this campaign, something that NJ FRAMES management said they set out to do from the start.“I think the important thing about getting the public involved is that they were the ones affected by the storm, and have had varying success in recovery from it as well, up and down the shore,” said Liz Semple, DEP manager of the coastal and land use planning office, at the Feb. 23 open house at the Two River Theater.The interactive map also overlays varying degrees of anticipated rising tide growth by the year 2100. According to an NJ FRAMES report in June, the likely range for sea level rise is 1.7 feet to 3.1 feet, with low emissions. With high emissions, that range expands to 2.4 feet to 4.5 feet.Using the interactive tool provided by NJ FRAMES, a 3-foot sea level rise would provide for significant changes to the Two River area.Most of the downtown business district in Highlands would be under water, spanning from Gravelly Point Road to Veterans Memorial Park.Numerous waterfront residences in Rumson, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, and Little Silver, along the shores of the Shrewsbury River, could all be subject to flooding.Shrewsbury River marinas, restaurants, and homes along Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright could also possibly be affected by rising water levels.NJ FRAMES’ team will be meeting with residents and businesses over the next week to gather additional input for the project: Thursdays by the Sea, Long Branch, Aug. 10; Sounds at Sunset, Fair Haven, Aug. 11; Red Bank Community Block Party, Aug. 12; West End Farmer’s Market, Long Branch, Aug. 17; and Coffee Hour at Booskerdoo Coffee & Baking Co., Monmouth Beach, Aug. 18.This article was first published in the August 10-17, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


SDI Commends Gov’t for Signing Land Rights Bill into Law

first_imgMs. Bowier (middle) addresses yesterday’s press conference.The leadership of Sustainable Development  Institute  (SDI) yesterday, September 26, commended  President George Weah for signing into law the landmark Land Rights Bill known as the “Land  Rights Law of 2018” as well as the historical Local Government  Act.SDI at a press conference in Monrovia, said they strongly believed that these legislations will be on record as two of the most notable trans-formative milestone of the post-conflict era in promoting citizens’ participation in the decision-making process as well as positive development in Liberia’s quest for peace, reconciliation and sustainable development.The group said the passage of the bill into law has made the country to finally confront an anomaly of the past and address one of the most contentious aspects of its conflict’s history, bringing succor to thousands of Liberians, especially those in rural communities.SDI Coordinator Ms. Nora Bowier said the enormity of the potential impact of the Land Rights Law is underscored by the fact that before its passage into law, all lands in the country were either private land  (deeded lands) or public land (land manage by the state).“This means lands communities had lived on for decades would be granted to national or international concessions and private members are directly responsible for the management of their land and natural resources,” Ms. Bowier said.She said the land law provides safeguards for women to participate in decision-making around community collective land, which is particularly significant for women, because they constitute 50 percent of the total population and 70 percent of those engaged in agriculture.“The land law states that membership of the Community Land Development and Management Committee (CLMDC) shall consist of equal representation of the three stakeholders groups; men, women and youth. Except for chiefs of the community, who shall be ex-officio members of the CLMDC, the representative of the groups shall be democratically elected,” Ms. Bowier said.She said with these rights, communities can now collectively protect their lands and forest, build social cohesion, invest in large scale farming, negotiate contracts with external actors and participate in other revenue generating activities using their land.“Given the fact that land is a key resource in an agrarian society as Liberia and the suggestion that if there were ever going to be another conflict on the scale we had in the last three decades it would increase the tension associated with land, we believe the Land Rights Law has provided the prism through which we can reverse the past,” she highlighted.Bowier said the law is part of the long process which is ongoing, indicating that the difficult task ahead is ensuring full and unfettered implementation of the law.She said it is incumbent upon all stakeholders to ensure the successful application of the law.“The government must demonstrate the political will to preserve the sanity and sanctity the law brings to the tenure regime; civil society must play its watchdog role and create awareness and monitoring, international partners must provide the needed support, especially for implementation and communities, and citizens must take advantage of the new opportunity to enhance their livelihood and preserve their land and natural resources,” Bowier said.She said rural dwellers have historically been marginalized as they were largely denied the right to participate in large scale land use transitions or in the negotiation of concession agreements.SDI believes that the granting of customary land rights to communities will introduce a chance from an exclusionary approach that had been used to govern the country’s land by giving power to community dwellers to own and manage their lands.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Jaipaul Sharma moved from Finance Ministry

first_img… to understudy Patterson at Min of Pub InfrastructureThe reshuffling of Cabinet members has not yet ceased, as Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma has been moved from his respective portfolio to assist the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The decision was confirmed by Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson, who positioned on social media that Sharma will provide support to the Ministry with effect from July 1.This was later confirmed by Sharma, who also took to social media stating that his appointment will assist in “much-needed infrastructure”. The reasons for the move are unknown but according to a close source, it might have been done in light of the recent comments made by Sharma in connection with the Marriott Casino Tender that was called off.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul SharmaHowever, the reshuffling ensued after the ruling of Chief Justice, Roxanne George back in January that it is illegal for persons with a second citizenship to serve in the National Assembly. This decision was upheld in the Appeal Court in March.As such, senior Government Ministers namely: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin; Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and Public Service Minister, Rupert Roopnaraine were also forced to resign from Cabinet and the National Assembly, owing to their dual citizenship status.Former Junior Public Health Minister, Karen Cummings was sworn-in as Foreign Affairs Minister alongside the newly recruited Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams; Business Minister, Haimraj Rajkumar; and Public Service Minister, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley.This period also saw a reshuffling of Junior Ministers, with Annette Ferguson and Simona Charles-Broomes being transferred from the Ministries of Public Infrastructure and Natural Resources respectively.Minister Ferguson was appointed Housing Minister within the Communities Ministry, while Minister Broomes holds the mantle for Youth Affairs within the Ministry of the Presidency.Moreover, Minister Valerie Patterson-Yearwood was also reassigned as Minister of Rural Affairs within the Agriculture Ministry.Government then created a position for Harmon as Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency.Gaskin was later appointed Director of Manufacturing and Marketing within the Business Ministry with responsibility for the enforcement of standards, providing assistance to small producers and access to markets, particularly Eastern Caribbean markets.Additionally, Dr Roopnaraine was recruited as Director of Public Service Training within the Ministry of the Presidency with responsibility for training standards at the Bertram Collins College of the Public Service, Guyana Defence Force Staff College and Guyana Police Force Staff College.Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge took up responsibility as Foreign Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for the Department of Frontiers and Territorial Integrity and the Department of Trade and Economic Cooperation.Article 155 (1) of the Constitution of Guyana states that “No person shall be qualified for election as a member of the National Assembly who (a) is, by virtue of his own act, under any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state”.last_img read more


Carndonagh Community Hospital building plan to begin in mid 2020

first_imgDonegal Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed the building plan for Carndonagh Community Hospital with builders on-site in the middle of next year.Progress on works for Carndonagh Community Hospital is a boost for the local area, Minister McHugh said.“The Health Service Executive has confirmed that the tenders are being looked at for the project and the agency has also said a decision is imminent. Minister McHugh said “That is great news for everyone in the Carndonagh and wider Inishowen area and for people who use a facility like this and their families.“The building work will involve a new temporary ward at Buncrana for patients to be cared for while the works at Carndonagh take place.“Workers are expected to be on site in Buncrana in the few couple of months of the new year and then the main works can kick off in Carndonagh right after that, with the HSE pencilling in the second quarter of 2020 and finishing a year later.“I have placed huge importance on the role of Community Hospitals in caring for our older people and the infirm in the areas where they were born and raised and have family ties. “That is why this Government secured the right decision for redevelopment of other Community Hospitals, like St Joseph’s Stranorlar and Ramelton, as confirmed in the HSE’s Capital Plan. The Government is committed to investing in Community Hospitals.“I am also delighted to see that other works are progressing well in Dungloe and Falcarragh.“Credit has to go to Health Minister Simon Harris and Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly for their commitment to Community Hospitals in Donegal.“Carndonagh Community Hospital building plan to begin in mid 2020 was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more