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OUSU Women’s campaign stands up for safe spaces

first_imgOxford University Women’s Campaign has expressed its solidarity with a Goldsmiths student who was recently criticised by certain sections of the press for creating a safe space for BME women at her university.Bahar Mustafa, the Welfare and Diversity Officer at Goldsmiths’ student union, organised a discussion on Wednesday 22nd April focusing on a range of topics, including ‘diversifying the curriculum’ and ‘challenging the white-centric culture of occupations’.Mustafa posted on the Facebook event on 15th April requesting that white people and/or men not attend. The event description was later amended to read, “ALLIES NOW WELCOME !!!”Mustafa’s posting was picked up by a number of media outlets. Lara Prendergast, Online Editor for The Spectator, described the event as “essentially the proposition of racial segregation in a British university.”Oxford’s WomCam issued a statement that read, “We the Oxford Women’s Campaign Committee stand in solidarity with Bahar Mustafa… recently lambasted in the right-wing press for carving out a small safe space in her university for BME women. Too often is the rhetoric of the ‘oppressed white man’ used to silence people fighting for a world free from oppression.“This needs to stop – there cannot be reverse racism, or reverse sexism, or any other reverse ‘discrimination’ when the structures of society under British Late Capitalism are geared towards oppression… We should be proud of our safest spaces and not be expected to mould our movement just so that it fits the most privileged in society.”They also urged readers to sign a change.org petition in solidarity.Speaking to Cherwell, Mustafa commented, “The amount of racist and sexist abuse I’ve received illustrates the need for more resources to be put into the promotion of liberation struggles both on and off campus.“However, despite the negative press from questionable ‘news’ sources, a positive thing has emerged from these attacks, which is the realisation that when we stand together we are strong enough to overcome the challenges we face in organising politically.“I am overwhelmed and grateful for all the solidarity I have received and cannot wait to turn that momentum back against the racists and sexists that would see us silenced.”Aliya Yule, OUSU’s Women’s Campaign officer, told Cherwell, “WomCam often has closed franchise meetings. Through our working groups, we have spaces where we ask that only queer women attend, and spaces which are solely for women of colour, alongside others.“These spaces ensure that we give liberation groups the ability to carve out a liberation movement which is our own, and ensure that the work we do to fight against oppression is led by those oppressed groups.“I stand firmly in solidarity with Bahar Mustafa, and we must ask why it is that she has been attacked by national media on this occasion, why this organising meeting was wilfully misrepresented, and why she has been targeted with harassment and abuse for standing up for closed franchise spaces, and in particular for women of colour, who so often are marginalised even within activist circles.”last_img read more

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Legislature Full Of Bills Impacting Local Government

first_imgLegislature Full Of bills Impacting Local Governmentsubmitted by Joshua A. Claybourn is Counsel in the Law Firm’s Of Jackson Kelly PLLC .Evansville, IndianaWith hundreds of bills before the Indiana legislature this session, many have the potential to substantially impact Hoosier municipalities and local governments. Accelerating Indiana Municipalities (AIM), formerly Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, has a helpful bill tracking list and legislative summary with bills affecting local government. Of particular note are three bills described in more detail below: road funding (HB 1002), personal property tax (HB 1311), and short term rentals (HB 1133).Road fundingBoth the House, Senate, and Governor all seem to agree on the need for more infrastructure and road funding this session with the only disagreement over how best to pay for it. HB 1002, which has received the most attention, provides for a gas tax increase and more fees on vehicle registrations.Bill Would Reduce Property Tax BaseThe personal property tax bill, HB 1311, reduces the property tax base in all communities by lowering the minimum floor on the value of depreciable personal property from 30% to 20% over a 10 year period. In addition, the bill eliminates the addbacks of a taxpayer’s federal income tax deduction for income attributable to domestic production activities in the definitions of “adjusted gross income” under the adjusted gross income tax law and the financial institutions tax law. HB 1311 would undoubtedly cause property tax rates to rise and force local governments to hit tax caps sooner. Because of the negative impact on local government revenue, AIM opposes the bill, but the Indiana Manufacturers’ Association and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce are supporting it.Battle Over Airbnb listingsThe city of Carmel has issued a warning to residents who list their homes or apartments on Airbnb that doing so is a violation of the city’s zoning ordinances. Building commissioner Jim Blanchard notified homeowners they must remove their home from Airbnb or similar websites within 10 days or face further action from the city’s code enforcement inspector until they have been granted a zoning change or legal variance from the city. “Your home is an area that is classified as a Residential Single Family zone, which means you are welcome to use your home as a residence,” the letter states. “But you are not able to suddenly turn it into a restaurant, a dry-cleaning business, factory or — as is apparently the case now — a hotel or bed-and-breakfast.”In response to these type of attacks on networks like Airbnb, Rep. Lehman (R-Berne) introduced HB 1133 to prohibit local units from banning short term rentals and limit how locals may regulate them. As outlined in the bill, a “short term rental” is property offered to the public for rental for less than 30 consecutive days. The bill prohibits locals from regulating how these businesses operate in their communities, except in statutorily-defined instances – for example, fire and building safety, sanitation, transportation, traffic control and pollution control.This legislation follows a trend nationwide and in Indiana to prevent local government from regulating certain activity. In March 2016 the Indy Star did a story on the subject, “State to locals: ‘You can’t do that. Or that. The illusion of home rule,” which notes existing bans on local regulation of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft as well as bans on regulating plastic bags. Although AIM has not taken a position on this particular bill, AIM notes fundamental opposition to pre-emption legislation.FOOTNOTES NOTES: Joshua A. Claybourn is Counsel in the Firm’s Evansville, Indiana, office. As a member of the Commercial Law and Health Care and Finance Practice Groups, Mr. Claybourn advises clients in matters of business and corporate law, governmental services and public finance. He has extensive experience providing solutions‑oriented advice on a wide range of legal issues, including complex commercial transactions, regulatory compliance and economic development.Mr. Claybourn regularly provides counsel for governmental units on general municipal law issues and has represented governmental entities in negotiations of economic incentives, including tax abatements and tax increment financing. He also works with municipal units of government to secure public and private financing and serves as bond counsel for their financings, including general obligation, utility revenue and special taxing district issues.Prior to joining Jackson Kelly, Mr. Claybourn worked in‑house with a large publicly‑traded energy holding company. As a result, Mr. Claybourn has extensive experience with municipal and utility matters before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in numerous complaint cases, rulemakings and other proceedings. This experience provides him with the knowledge and skills to approach clients’ problems from both a legal and business perspective.A native of Evansville, Mr. Claybourn is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. He was recognized by Indiana Lawyer in its first statewide award as an “Up and Coming” lawyer. He is actively involved in the community and helps lead and support several civic and non‑profitFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Cape May County Mayors Speak Up to Reduce Non-Essential Visitation

first_imgCape May County officials announce 14 of the 20 deaths were of elderly in facilities. The Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders is supporting a unanimous position from the 16 municipalities in Cape May County agreed upon on Monday, March 30.The position taken by the mayors is strongly discouraging short-term rentals of properties in the County for the duration of Governor Phil Murphy’s executive orders, and strongly discourages non-essential visitation to their communities by visitors and property owners during the length of the pandemic.This policy was agreed upon during a conference call involving elected and appointed officials earlier Monday.“County leadership applauds our municipal leaders for taking a proactive approach as we all work together to slow the spread of Covid-19,” said Cape May County Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton. “We are very supportive of this practical and reasonable approach to coping with pandemic and urge everyone to follow the directives coming from the Office of the Governor and health officials.”The unanimous position from the 16 County municipalities that includes the two specific requests reads as follows:The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the safety and welfare of citizens of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, and Connecticut. As an effort to protect our citizens, first responders, and others who are working collectively to provide essential services to us, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has issued a series of executive orders that have the force and effect of law. These orders, in part, identify essential service and place travel restrictions in New Jersey.As a result of this pandemic and in an abundance of caution and concern for everyone’s safety and well-being, the mayors of the 16 municipalities in Cape May County – from Ocean City to Cape May Point – are unified with two specific requests.First, we are strongly urging the elimination of all short-term rentals for the duration of the Governor’s executive orders, which continue indefinitely until rescinded. This appeal is made to all realtors, online rental platforms, and individuals. Hotels and motels are considered to be essential services and we ask that they rent only to individuals who are performing essential functions per the Governor’s executive orders, not to traditional tourists.Our second ask is for you to remain at your primary residence and adhere to social distancing practices. Coastal mayors have been forced to make difficult and unpopular decisions including closing playgrounds and outdoor recreational facilities; some towns have been forced to close beaches and boardwalks, and others may follow suit, simply because social distancing guidance has been ignored.We recognize that individuals love to visit the coastal region, and want to visit their second homes for a change of scenery. That travel is contrary to the executive orders enacted by the Governor, and contrary to the guidance from health officials to stay at home as much as possible. Elected officials from every community may be forced to enact further restrictions if this appeal is not followed.We understand these are unconventional requests by elected officials who every day appreciate the visitation and investment in our communities. However, we stand together in support of this position to protect you and your families so we can all enjoy good health when this crisis has passed.Thank you from the mayors and elected officials from Cape May, Cape May Point, West Cape May, Lower Township, Wildwood Crest, Wildwood, North Wildwood, West Wildwood, Middle Township, Stone Harbor, Avalon, Sea Isle City, Dennis Township, Woodbine, Upper Township, and Ocean City.last_img read more

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Column: Don’t write off Serena or Federer just yet

first_imgUnited States’ Serena Williams reacts after losing a point to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) Sure, both are 37, and they’re showing their age.Yes, both are gone from the Australian Open, each with a loss to a far-younger opponent. Williams exited Wednesday in the quarterfinals against 26-year-old Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic after wasting four match points and a 5-1 lead in the third set; Federer went out Sunday in the fourth round against 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece.And, well, there also are these facts to consider:— Federer failed to make it to the final four at any of the past four Grand Slam tournaments (he sat out the French Open), the first such stretch for him since he reached his initial major semifinal all the way back in 2003;— Williams hasn’t won any of the four Slams she has entered since having a baby in September 2017, equaling her longest gap since a six-major drought from 2007-08.Here’s the thing, though, something that statistics can’t account for: As great as these two have been over the years — Williams owns 23 Grand Slam singles titles, Federer 20 — their most impressive quality might very well be the ability to adjust and adapt, to find new ways to win, to stay committed to doing whatever it takes to remain at the top.Federer, for example, went 4½ years without adding to his Grand Slam total, and then won three in a span of four that he appeared in.How? He changed to a larger racket head, began using a flat backhand more often and invented a new way of challenging opponents’ second serves.So count on Federer to come up with something else. As it is, he declared that he’ll return to the clay-court circuit this year and participate in the French Open for the first time since 2015. After all, he’s healthy. So why not? Maybe he won’t win the title there, but it could help him prepare for Wimbledon.A story that Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told this week is instructive.They began working together in 2012, shortly after the only first-round Grand Slam loss of Williams’ career, which came at the French Open.The next season, Williams told him she really wanted to win the title at Roland Garros, where she’d last been champion in 2002.“We made a plan,” he said, “and she worked incredibly hard.”And, lo and behold, in 2013, she ended her 11-year wait for a second triumph in Paris, just as she’d hoped.After the trophy ceremony, Williams went to stretch and told him to tag along.“She turned to me and said, ‘Now we have to win Wimbledon,’” Mouratoglou recalled. “She was chasing something for 11 years (and) … 10 minutes after, she was already focusing on the next goal. That’s different. There are guys who win one tournament and they celebrate for 15 years.”That last description fits neither Williams nor Federer.Indeed, they are at the opposite end of the spectrum: They fail to win one tournament and rue it.“It’s definitely not easy for me. From Day 1, I expect to go out and, quite frankly, to win. That hasn’t happened. But I do like my attitude. I like that I don’t want to go out here and say: ‘I expect to lose because I had a year off. I’ve been playing for 10 months. I’m not supposed to win.’ I don’t have that attitude,” Williams said about her return after taking time away to have her daughter.“I have the attitude of, like, I’ve only been playing 10 months, but I expect to win, and if I don’t, it’s disappointing. I’d rather think of it that way and know that it’s going to happen sooner or later than making an excuse for myself,” she said. “I don’t like making excuses.”She was asked where she might have the best chance to collect one more major championship to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.“Right now would be Roland Garros,” came the answer, “because that’s the next one, the next Grand Slam for me.”That’s the right approach, of course.That kind of self-belief is a trait she shares with Federer, another reason not to dismiss their chances to contend on tennis’s most important stages. After all, this hardly would be the first time someone thought Williams or Federer were done.Federer didn’t take kindly to player-turned-TV-talker John McEnroe’s declaration that Tsitsipas’ upset signaled a changing of the guard.“He’s always going to say stuff,” Federer said, before dismissing McEnroe’s contention this way: “I’ve heard that story the last 10 years. From that standpoint, nothing new there.”___Howard Fendrich covers tennis for The Associated Press. Follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich or write to him at [email protected]___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Tempting as it might be, don’t write off Serena Williams or Roger Federer just yet.last_img read more

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Former NSU student-athlete Daeshon Gordon suddenly passes away

first_imgGordon was a bronze medalist for Jamaica in the 2015 Pam Am Junior Games in the 100 meter hurdles, and was training to challenge for a place on her native country’s 2020 Olympic team. She was the top-ranked prep hurdler in Florida in 2014. She was runner-up for High Point Scorer honors at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships in May, scoring 22.5 points by sweeping the 100 and 400 hurdles titles and running the lead leg on the winning 4×100 relay team. She aspired to be an elementary school teacher. She is survived by her parents, Miranda and Deron Gordon of Pompano Beach. “Our hearts go out to Daeshon’s family, and to our track and field family, at this extremely difficult time,” said Greg Burke, NSU’s director of athletics. “There are no words to express the feelings that so many have when a young life ends abruptly and much before its time. As we mourn the loss of @itsDae1k, the NSU Athletic family’s support has been restorative, along with the outpouring of kindness by so many of you. Thanks to all. NSU athletics director Greg Burke reflected on the remarkable person who has passed on – https://t.co/HEdXQTBGh4— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) October 23, 2018 You’re invited Thursday night at 7 to a candlelight vigil celebrating the life and mourning the passing of @itsDae1k, at the Walter P. Ledet Track Complex where she trained for the past 2 years and left a deep impact. Details to follow. pic.twitter.com/aMmpCVNN0K— NSU Demons Track (@NSUDemonsTF) October 23, 2018 Gordon was the 2017 Southland Conference Indoor Women’s Newcomer of the Year. By Doug Ireland, NSU Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information DirectorNATCHITOCHES, La. – Daeshon Gordon, who was completing studies for her undergraduate degree at Northwestern State after finishing a remarkable collegiate track and field career this spring, passed away suddenly Sunday morning, NSU officials confirmed.center_img At LSU, she earned a pair of All-America awards as a freshman in 2015 in the 100 meter hurdles and in 2016 indoors in the 60 meter hurdles. Her 8.04 mark as a sophomore in the 60 hurdles ranks seventh in LSU history and her 57.24 in the 400 hurdles in her freshman season was 10th on the Tigers’ all-time list. Gordon set the Lady Demons’ school record in the 100 hurdles with a 13.04 time in the NCAA semifinals. She broke the school 60 meter hurdles record indoors in February, clocking 8.15, also a Southland Conference record. She swept the 60 hurdles titles at the Southland championships in her two seasons at NSU and had the seven fastest times in the event in school history. Gordon’s winning 58.83 mark in the 400 hurdles at the Southland Outdoors was the second-fastest time in school history. She was part of a school-record 4×200 relay team in 2017 (1:35.70 at the Texas Relays), while helping the 2018 Lady Demons post the second-best 4×100 relay mark (44.74) at the NCAA East Preliminary Round to punch their ticket to the national meet.  Gordon also rank on 4×400 relay combinations that ranked fourth (3:38.82) and fifth (3:39.16) all-time at NSU. She earned two honorable mention All-America honors in June at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, in the 100 meter hurdles and in the 4×100 meter relay, in her final competition for NSU. It was the first time the Lady Demons qualified a relay team for the national meet, which includes the top 24 performers in each event from around the country. Gordon was a two-time All-America hurdler at LSU who transferred to Northwestern State and starred for the Lady Demons in the last two seasons. The 22-year-old education major, a native of Jamaica who lived with her family in Pompano Beach, Florida, was a four-time Southland Conference hurdles champion who also ran on a Southland champion 4×100 meter relay team as a senior. “Daeshon was a fierce competitor and a great teammate. I cherished the connection that she and I had that grew even stronger after she completed her eligibility in June and told me she was determined to be the first female member of her family to earn a college degree. I ask that the NSU Demon family keep Daeshon’s family and our track and field program in their thoughts and prayers.”last_img read more

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Barba eyes NRL return after reviving career at St Helens

first_imgBarba was named the man of the match for the Saints in their Super League season opener against Castleford on the weekend and if this performance was anything to go by, we may not have seen the last of the 2016 Cronulla Sharks premiership winner playing in the NRL.Barba not only scored twice, but he also had a hand in most of their attacking raids in the eight-try romp over the Tigers. He also made an astounding try-saving tackle on winger Greg Eden, which led to Barba scoring a short time later.He has signed with St Helens until the end of the 2019 season but told NRL.com he had unfinished business in Australia and would be on the lookout for another opportunity after his St Helens stint.“Yeah of course. Obviously, that’s something that if the NRL allows me to, I’d love to come back,” he said in reference to his 12-week ban for a second positive test to cocaine.”I’m only 28 and if I get the chance after playing over here to be able to play back in the NRL, hopefully someone will take me.”Barba played a handful of games for St Helens at the end of last season after a short-lived stint in French rugby when his time at the Sharks was cut short following his drugs ban.“I’m obviously feeling good and I don’t feel I’m getting to that 30 mark yet. I know if I look after myself and continue to do the right things I’ll be able to perform at a high level for a few more years hopefully,” he said.”As far expectations on myself go, I’m looking to enjoy myself. I’m trying to just keep my footy and my family life separate from everything else and it helps me focus a little better over here.”Not having the media being so attentive with me over in Australia sort of helps me relax and it keeps me in a really good head space.”With the first round now out of the way, does Barba feel the pressure on him has alleviated?“It’s a good way to start but I’m now I’m excited to continue that and get to next week and perform week in and week out,” he said.“Winning man of the match is always good to get but now it gets a little harder as I have to keep that focus switched on every week, but as a marquee player you expect to have the pressure.He put his starring performance against Castleford down to his pre-season dedication.After a stint playing in France for Toulon, Barba said he had to do a lot of fitness work to cope with the demands of rugby league.“It’s been something we’ve all been working towards, not just myself but St Helens as well. On a personal note and a team note, I think we all performed well and it allowed me to play the way I did,” Barba said.“Obviously the stint I had in rugby union I enjoyed very much, but fitness wise, the two games require a different level.“Union is obviously very different and something I didn’t get used to while playing in France. Coming back to league, I knew I had to work hard on my fitness and I knew I had to perform at my best.”St Helens coach Justin Holbrook coach was also pleasantly surprised on Barba’s performance in the post-game press conference.“Ben was really good, especially when we were down to 12 men and he came up with that big tackle. Then, on the very next set he scores a try too. Special players produce special plays and he did two in two minutes. He was fantastic,” he said.“I didn’t predict he would have such a good night but I always said he would produce some of the things he would do. He has had a good pre-season and came back two-and-a-half weeks earlier too. If you do those sorts of things you get the rewards don’t you?And unlike his time living in France where there was a language barrier, Barba is settling in quickly with his new teammates.“There are a couple boys from back home, Dom Peyroux and Zeb Taia. We sort of keep together and keep each other company. Having them around has really made the transition easier,” Barba said.last_img read more

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LIPA Certifies 25 Newly Recruited MFDP Directors

first_imgThe Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA) last Friday certified 25-newly recruited directors of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) in strategic leadership and management in the public sector, known as Induction Training Course for Directors.The intensive weeklong orientation training is part of the new recruits’ 90-day probation on their academic and criminal records set by the MFDP, as well as a way to formally induce them in the public sector reforms of the country.Established in 1969, LIPA is the government’s center for capacity building of civil servants and the institutions at which they work.The training ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Monday through Friday, and representatives from the Civil Service Agency and the Governance Commission were part of the lecturing staff in the training.Some of the topics expected to be taught include: Code of Conduct, Public Financial Management Law and Regulations, Public Procurement Law and Management and Effective Organizational Communication and Time Management as well as Introduction to Public Sector Reforms, Civil Service Standing Order and Public Administration.The 25 newly recruited directors are Kpambu P. Turay, Dede D. Sandiman, Alice Williams, Gbawou C. Kowou, IV, Sidiki A. Quisia, D. Emmanuel Williams, II, Zoegar Q. Janyes, Comfort Erskine-Elliot and Lorpu Pewu-Sworh.Others were Alphonso B. Teah, Frederick B. Krah, Romeo D.N. Gbartea, Nathan F. Reeves, II, J. Mac-Nixon Flomo, Benedict D. Roberts, Bobby E. Musah, Gweh G. Tarwon and Varmu A. Reeves. The remaining directors include Ojuku T. Nyenpan, Jeremiah Barkemeni Sackie, Anthony G. Myers, Habib M. Sherif, Jesse B. Korboi, Theophilus Addey and William C. Mansfield.The newly recruited directors are all employees of the former Ministry of Finance but were recruited through a competitive vetting process recently to beef up the newly established MFDP.They have been classified into four groups: Departments of Fiscal Affairs, Administration, Economic Management and Budget & Planning.The Department of Fiscal Affairs has nine distinct operational offices, to including Directors of Non-Tax Revenue, Indirect Taxation, Modeling &Forecast, Direct Taxes, Fiscal Decentralization, Financial Approval, Treasury Services, Financial Regulations and Accounting Services.The Department of Budget & Development Planning has the second largest operational squad, namely the Directors of Budget Policy &Coordination, Social and Community Services, Economic Services, Public Administration Services, Regional & Sectoral Services, Public Investment, Monitoring & Evaluation and Planning, Development & Coordination.Others include the Directors of Administration, Human Resource, Budget and Finance Integrity, which  are under the Department of Administration; while the Directors of Aid Management, Economic  Policy and Microeconomics and Financial Policy are part of the Department of Economic Management.The Director General of LIPA, Mr. Oblayon Nyemah, spoke strongly on what he called gaps in the national government and budgetary constraints being faced by LIPA.Mr. Nyemah said LIPA is also facing logistical constraints,  arguing that for over five years there have been no vehicles for senior directors and there isn’t a bus for the general staffers.The LIPA boss urged the trainees to take on the challenge of being principal directors because they are the highest-ranking civil servants. “You are the ones the country depends on to make decisions;  it is not the political leaders, because they are not stable,” he said.The LIPA Director General said  LIPA is trying to give the Civil Servants an approach that compasses steps and glades because there are numbers of factors that make up a good civil service; one can has the academic qualifications but lacks the skill set to do a practical piece of  job.“All civil and public servants once recruited must benefit from orientation about the Civil Service Standing Order, Procurement Laws, Code of Order and other courses before going for confirmation and being employed,” the LIPA boss said. “This was a system that the country had but due to the many disruptions and interruptions in the country, governance of democracy has a big question mark on some of the unique practices.”He added: “If we want an effective, efficient and honest civil servants, they all need to pass through the walls of LIPA like as is done in other West African countries.Dr. David Kialain, a consultant at the Governance Commission (GC), urged the Directors to be professional in their jobs, a point made by the Deputy Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA), Othello Wah.For his part, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Amara Konneh,  hailed the GC, CSA and LIPA for the merger of the Finance Ministry and the Ministry of Development Planning.He urged the newly recruited Directors to avoid employing ‘bag boys’ and only employ  staffers from within the Ministry who should only be College or University graduates.Minister Konneh also admonished the Directors to work assiduously and professionally for the betterment of the country and the Ministry.Directors Zoegar Jaynes and Alice E. Williams, speaking separately on behalf of the Directors, thanked LIPA for the training as well as the CSA and GC, and assured Minister Konneh of their determination to do conscientious and honest work.However, besides the training of the 25 newly recruits Directors of MFDP, LIPA has also ended the completion of training of 41 top officers of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Taxi driver pawns employer’s car

first_img…charged for fraudulent conversionA Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man found himself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday slapped with a fraudulent conversion charge.Rabindranauth Doodnauth, 27, stood before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and denied that on January 8, 2019, at Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $6000 from Samuel Lloyd, in order to purchase one Ambassador taxi logo, knowing same to be false.Taxi driver Rabindranauth DoodnauthIt was also alleged that Doodnauth on the same day at the said location being solely entrusted by Samuel Lloyd with one Toyota Fielder Wagon HC 5946 valued $2 million, in order that he may work same, fraudulently converted same to his own use and benefit.The prosecution is contending that the Virtual Complainant hired the defendant as a taxi driver and he was instructed to drive the motor vehicle and return proceeds weekly to Lloyd.However, after being unable to contact the defendant for a lengthy period, Lloyd made a report to the Police which prompted Doodnauth’s arrest.After being arrested, Police Prosecutor Stephen Teleford told the court that Doodnauth confessed to pawning the motor vehicle.Doodnauth was released on $200,000 bail. The case will continue on March 8.last_img read more

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Stinson and Allenby tied after first round of Pro-AM at Lakepoint

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — James Allenby and Kevin Stinson and are tied for first after 18 holes at the Wonowon Water Services Charity Pro-Am at Lakepoint Golf and Country Club.Allenby and Stinson both shot a four under-par 68 in the first round today. Lone Wolf’s Larry Ramstad and Michael Belle from the Vancouver Golf Club both sit tied for third, and are just two strokes back from the leaders.Allenby teed off this morning at 9:00 a.m. with Bowen Island’s Cody White and Lakepoint’s pro and General Manager Ryan Galay. White shot a 76 and sits four over par in a three-way tie for 10th. Galay shot an 86 in today’s opening round.- Advertisement -The action resumes tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m.last_img

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Thomas lifts REV to win

first_imgREV (23-2-2) will play top-seeded and Temecula Valley (24-0-5) in Saturday’s final at either Downey or Warren high. It will be a rematch of a game in November, which ended in a 1-1 tie. Thomas could not thank Winegar enough for being afforded the chance to score the goal of her life. Winegar, admittedly having played the match of her life, could not have expressed her relief any better in knowing that her grit and performance under pressure did not go for nought. Outskilled and outshot 19-6 in the match, REV, which has earned shutouts in 12 of its last 14 matches, was never outworked. The Wildcats managed one quality scoring chance in the first half and only had two shots and one chance to score in the final half. Korianne Massuere avoided two Hart defenders near the right edge of the area and dropped the ball back for Kelsey Gudgeon’s first-time cross into the heart of the area. Briana Campos flicked the ball on behind her and into the path of Thomas, who shrugged off a defender and had her initial shot blocked. Thomas came to her feet before Hart goalkeeper Brittany Tippet could get to hers and used her right foot to stab the rebound inside the right goalpost from atop the 6-yard box. “I just saw a little opening and went for it. I just have so much pride for my team. I am on top of the world right now,” said Thomas, who paused before adding, “I want to give a lot of credit to our goalkeeper, Britt. She had an awesome game. … She saved our butts so many times.” “It’s the most wonderful feeling to just be out here and to play that hard,” Winegar said. “We want it so much more than any other team. It’s the best game I’ve ever played, including club.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img SANTA CLARITA – Some celebratory hugs in sports may appear contrived and clich , but the post-match embrace between Taylor Thomas and Britt Winegar coming out of the Redlands East Valley huddle provided a snapshot for the team’s scrapbook. It also was symbolic of why there will be one more memory to live. Thomas’ team co-leading 19th goal in the 74th minute handed the Citrus Belt League champion Wildcats their 16th consecutive win and a berth in their first CIF final after a determined 1-0 victory over Foothill League champion and second-seeded Hart in a CIF-Southern Section Division II semifinal at College of the Canyons on Tuesday. last_img read more

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