UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy

first_img Share Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Central Constituency Hon. Norris Prevost at Wednesday’s protest.Dominica’s main opposition party, the United Workers Party (UWP) has said that after several attempts to protect and save Dominica’s democracy, they have decided to leave it up to god to intervene.Parliamentary representative for the Roseau Central Constituency, Honorable Norris Prevost, carrying a cross, accompanied by opposition leader Honorable Hector John and UWP Candidate for the Wesley constituency, Ezekiel Bazil, made their appearance at parliament on Wednesday, just as the President was being presented with the Guard of Honor.Mr Prevost says the cross signifies their call on God to intervene and save Dominica’s democracy from this Roosevelt Skerrit-led communist party.‘We are asking the Lord to help us and give us the strength to save our Dominica from the communist dictatorship that we are under. We are asking our Lord to help Dominicans to remove the corruption that is on top of us in government and we are asking for the help of the Lord and the people to ensure that we get Voter I.D Cards in Dominica so that we can have free and fair elections. Our people are suffering, our democracy is dying..’ says Prevost.Mr Prevost says the UWP Parliamentarians will not be attending Parliament, since they are not prepared to debate a budget which does not make provisions for voter I.D Cards and Electoral reform.Leader of the United Workers Party, Honorable Ronald Green says his party has been advocating for electoral reform for six years now and Wednesday’s budget presentation cannot be ‘business as usual’, since there are many unanswered questions.‘We have had serious fraudulent activity on December 18th, 2009, and since then we have made it clear that Dominican are calling for some mechanism that will ensure that we have free and fair elections in the future,’ stressed Green.Opposition Leader Honorable Hector John says while the Prime Minster has indicated that the government will soon be introducing National I.D Cards, there is big difference with these cards and the Voter I.D Cards that the UWP has been lobbying for.He pointed out again, that only the Electoral Commission has the right to issue the Voter I.D Cards.‘As a responsible parliamentary opposition party, we are calling for free and fair elections and if they have national I.D cards, we will not have this. With the national I.D card, anyone can have them to give out to anybody overseas. But with a Voter I.D Card you have to meet the requirements locally, and that’s what we’re asking for…’ says John.Dominica Vibes News LocalNewsPolitics UWP looks to God for intervention in the country’s democracy by: – June 29, 2011 Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share 94 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Ghana coach Appiah: Well done Nigeria & Keshi

first_imgThe Black Stars coach has congratulated Stephen Keshi and the Super Eagles on their fifth World Cup qualification after beating Ethiopia in a 4-1 aggregate play-off win.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has patted his Nigerian colleague Stephen Keshi on the back for guiding the Super Eagles to book a 2014 World Cup ticket.Nigeria would be making their fifth World Cup appearance at Brazil 2014 after a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia (4-1 aggregate play-off win) on Saturday. They were the first African side to pick a slot before Ivory Coast and Cameroon.”Congratulations to them [Nigeria]. They have done well,” Appiah said. “He’s my friend, [Stephen] Keshi. We have always been in touch and I am really happy for them. We have become very close friends and we talk on so many issues.”The Black Stars will face off with Egypt on Tuesday in the return leg after a 6-1 first-leg victory.Appiah said Ghana would not be complacent in Cairo. “Egypt has got a very good team, no doubt about that. Even though we won, we are not going to get it easy. We are not going to sit back. We will try and get a win,” Appiah added.last_img read more

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Sunday Blog: The most important decision the Wellington City Council will make

first_imgCommentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The six Wellington City Council members and the Mayor just got busy in what most likely will be the most important decision in their elected tenure — finding a new Wellington City Manager.The whole idea of getting a new city manager for Wellington is a bit nerve wracking. I’ve come to observe as a news reporter it is arguably the most important job in Wellington. The city manager not only has to be a CEO of a $28 million a year corporation locally owned by stockholders known as city taxpayers, but he/she has to be an ambassador for Wellington, oversee several department heads, work closely with the county and schools, keep a budget, proceed with economic development, keep abreast of important issues down the pike and be held under a microscope of public scrutiny.He/she is Wellington’s Barack Obama, or George W. Bush for those staunch Republicans out there.I find myself amused with a couple of comments on this website. One suggested we should just hire within or merge two jobs into one like the city manager and the finance manger. Someone else suggested we should hire only a hometown boy, who understands Wellington. I’m thinking we should look under every rock, over every bridge, and even take trips to the no-longer-planet Pluto to find the best candidate for the job.A good city manager is everything to Wellington.A poor city manager is a disaster.If the right person happens to be a hometown boy or someone within the current city of Wellington, I say fine. If it happens to be outside the perimeters of south-central Kansas or even Pluto, I’m fine with that too.Just hire the right guy or gal, council. The town needs it.The City of Wellington is not an easy gig. An abundance of tax revenue is always elusive. There is never enough money for the crumbling roads, a decaying sewer line underneath, or sustainable manpower and equipment to keep up with Mother Nature and her hubby Father Time. Sustainable economic growth that adds to the tax revenue base, rarely comes easy if not at all. While Oak Tree Inn is expanding its lodging because of an influx of railroad business, there is still a desperate need to land a motel/hotel for transient traffic. There is always a need to attract events and sustain those events we currently have so other people can come to the community to spend money.There are the utility rates, and Wellington’s relationship with mammoth utility companies so we can get the best rates possible.There is always that unanswerable question of what the oil industry will do next, whether indeed there are oil reservoirs underneath to tap into. And what position will the city of Wellington take if the oil boys come knocking saying there is?And at the root of everything is water. Do we have enough of it to sustain ourselves and possible future growth? How do we balance business potential, with the need to keep our water supply replenished and safe?Let’s not forget a city manager spends a lot of time trying to keep the electorate happy – especially the city council member who are responsible in your hiring.City managers attend lots of meetings – and meetings not considered meetings.Yep, the city manager job is a daunting job indeed.On the other side, they are corporate CEOS, but paid less. We are basically asking someone to step in to run our $28 million a year operation, who may be paid much, much, MUCH more in the private sector.The pool of good candidates for a city manager position, as it is for any community, is limited. It’s imperative Wellington has a competitive wage to at least compete with other towns of similar size when we do our job search.Then there is the question of philosophy to consider. What type of city manager do we want? In my lifespan at the 67152 address, Wellington has had two city managers with two very different styles.Carl Myers was a conservative by-the-book type in the 1990s and early 2000s, who held the finances in order and was a stickler for detail and conforming to the rules. While Myers was instrumental in getting such city projects completed as downtown renovation, a new aquatic center, etc.; he wasn’t always conducive for progressive business growth. And he was a bit thin skinned.On the other hand, Gus Collins was definitely more business friendly and seemed not to care what you and I thought. I liked that he never carried a grudge when he didn’t like one of my articles. But his gun-slinging ways, occasionally raised more than a few eyebrows from time-to-time. Collins greatest gift was getting people to move forward on projects, building relationships throughout the community, being a city ambassador, and being well spoken. From an economic development standpoint he most certainly will be missed.It will be interesting what transpires over the next six months with this search.I personally like the current condition of the city of Wellington. The city has a firm five year capital improvement plan in place. The city departments appear to be stable and have good working relationships with one another and the public at large.I have never seen a time where the various governmental entities worked more in harmony than at this moment. It was horrible when I first moved here.Best of all, the city has not gotten itself caught up in too many side-tracking controversies as of late other than your usual complaining about taxes, bad roads, roundabout intersections, etc.But periods of peace don’t last long. It takes just one scandal, one setback, one bad argument, one economic collapse to veer a community off course.If I was a going to bet on what will be the most important issue of the next city manager’s tenure, I’m guessing it will be the survival of Sumner Regional Medical Center.It will be up to the new city manager along with SRMC Administrator Leonard Hernandez, the hospital board, the city council and the community at large to figure out a way to make that happen.That new city manager, whomever that may be, has a huge task in front of him/her.Let’s hope the next city manager is the right city manager.Good luck, Wellington City Council. It’s not like I’m putting any pressure on you.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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It would have been nice to have a crystal ball as the committee sorted thru the stack of resumes to pick out candidates to interview. It’s like sitting on a jury, all trying to agree on one outcome. I feel we did a good job with the selection, and wish the new committee all the best. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 328 weeks ago Integrity and character are everything. Good luck to all in this matter of import. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Life is good · 328 weeks ago As with any company the CEO is responcible to the stockholders which is the taxpayers in this case. If we don’t like what he is doing we will fire him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 328 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Chuba Hubbard says speaking out turned his social media into a ‘playground for hate’

first_imgThe Cowboys player also called for the resignation of Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater in a tweet he’s since deleted. In the tweet, Hubbard said Prater “overstepped his position by allowing police brutality and excessive force to continue against demonstrators exercising the First Amendment in Oklahoma City, OK.”MORE: 2020 college football bowl projectionsHe sent a few additional tweets saying Prater “is abusing his power as an elected official.” He also called on his followers to call Prater’s office and “1. Drop all charges against demonstrators, 2. End qualified immunity, 3. Re-open the Isaiah Lewis case, 4. End cash bail, and 5. Resign.” Oklahoma State star running back Chuba Hubbard is staying off social media for a while.Hubbard tweeted a statement Tuesday saying that his social media pages have turned into a “playground for hate” since he’s been more vocal on issues this offseason. Hubbard first gained attention when he threatened to hold out this upcoming football season after his coach, Mike Gundy, was seen wearing an OAN shirt. After his tweets started to gain traction, Hubbard deactivated his social media accounts. He later reinstated them, but said in a statement that he’s going to stay off the platforms for now.Peace be with you all 🖤 pic.twitter.com/u5leqHVfao— Chuba Hubbard (@Hubbard_RMN) July 21, 2020″I have never incited or promoted violence or hate. All I’ve done is voice my opinion on issues I feel are not ethical! I love all,” Hubbard wrote in his statement. “Even those that don’t see eye to eye with me! I will continue to play football at the highest level! That won’t ever stop! But I also won’t stop pushing for what I feel is right! With that being said .. I have noticed my social media has become a playground for hate. That’s the last thing I ever wanted to happen! I am a man, a Black man, a human. Everything I’ve ever said or done in my life I own! All the love and hate I own!”Hubbard opened the door to a return to Twitter, but for the time being he’s staying away.last_img read more

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