Idina Menzel, Sting & More Set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade

first_img Star Files There may be a chill in the air, but the cold never bothered her anyway! Frozen queen and If/Then headliner Idina Menzel, along with The Last Ship scribe Sting and the Annie movie’s Quvenzhane Wallis are just some of the stars tapped for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.Other big names set for the Turkey day celebration include Great White Way vet Nick Jonas, Cirque du Soleil, opera singer Renne Fleming, the cast of Sesame Street, Kiss, Meghan Trainor, Big Apple Circus, Before You Exit, William Blake, Sabrina Carpenter, Hilary Duff, Becky G., Lucy Hale, Sandra Lee, The Madden Brothers, Miss USA 2014, MKTO, NEEDTOBREATH, NHL stars John LeClair and Pat LaFontaine, Pentatonix, Romeo Santos, Cole Swindell and The Vamps.The 88th annual event, which will have more than 8,000 participants, will be broadcast on NBC on November 27, hosted by the cast of The Today Show.Check out the last time Menzel performed at the parade below. Her costume involved a fair amount of green on that occasion… View Commentscenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

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Head of U.S. Southern Command Visits Uruguay

first_imgBy Dialogo May 10, 2010 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, Gen. Douglas Fraser, completed a visit to Montevideo Thursday in which he met with the Uruguayan defense minister, Luis Rosadilla, the high command of the armed forces, and the Parliament’s Defense Commission. The objective of the visit was “to engage in dialogue about bilateral cooperation between the two countries and issues of mutual interest, as well as also to analyze support for peacekeeping operations and humanitarian aid,” according to a statement by Washington’s embassy in Montevideo. Parliamentary deputy Javier García, a member of the lower house’s Defense Commission, told AFP that discussions touched on “a variety of issues: cooperation between the two countries, the Antarctic (security) issue, and the issue of the arms race in Latin America was raised.” With regard to this last point, García said that Fraser “played down the matter, and characterized it as more in the realm of investment.” At the same time, “he highlighted Uruguay’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions.” Uruguay has deployed a contingent of 1,162 blue helmets as part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), while also providing 1,300 personnel to the UN Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). Fraser visited the Uruguayan National Peace Operations School (ENOPU), where military personnel are trained for UN peacekeeping missions. Likewise, he visited a community center for young people in Santa Catalina, on the western fringe of Montevideo, a humanitarian project under construction with donations from the Southern Command, coordinated with the Defense Ministry and local authorities, where a clinic is also operating.last_img read more

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Beyond the Horizon Exercise Begins in Honduras

first_img U.S. Army South and the Honduran military kicked off the Beyond the Horizon Honduras (BTH) 2012 exercise April 16 in a ceremony at a remote forward operating base near Naco, Honduras. BTH Honduras 2012 is an Army South exercise deploying military engineers and medical professionals to Honduras for training, while providing services to rural communities. BTH is part of U.S. Southern Command’s annual humanitarian and civic assistance program. Working closely with host nation forces and civilian organizations, BTH teams participate in a valuable training opportunity and provide medical, dental and engineering support. “We are making steady, positive progress to partner with the Honduran military in order to help the people of Honduras. And I know we will benefit greatly from this exceptional training opportunity,” said Lt. Col. Robert Jones, Partnership of the Americas Collaboration and Coordination Element (PACCE) commander. The PACCE, also known as Task Force Tropic, is the command and control element responsible for executing the BTH mission in Honduras. It is comprised primarily of Soldiers from the Missouri Army National Guard. According to Jones, there will be a daily average of approximately 250 military personnel participating, totaling more than 1,000 overall. During the BTH exercise several smaller events called medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETEs) take place, which consist of a team of military medical and dental professionals who, while providing medical services to people in need of treatment, gain valuable real-world training. Jones expects the MEDRETEs will be able to treat thousands of Hondurans during the BTH. The BTH exercise also consists of engineering support where service members build or repair schools, clinics, roads and other vital facilities. During BTH Honduras, two schools will be built, one school renovated and two clinics constructed. Maj. Gen. Simeon G. Trombitas, the commanding general of Army South, whose command is the coordinating authority for the overall planning and execution of the exercise, spoke at the opening ceremony. “BTH is the kind of partnership that fosters the trust and interoperability that will sustain our friendship in the face of future adversity, whatever that adversity may be,” said Trombitas. The BTH Honduras opening ceremony included such dignitaries as Lisa Kubiske, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras; Maj. Gen. Rene Arnoldo Osorio Canales, the Honduran chairman of the joint staff; Marlon Pascua Cerrato, the Honduran secretary of national defense; as well as the Honduran service chiefs of the army, navy and air force. “I am immensely proud of Task Force Tropic and the troops who will support this BTH,” said Trombitas. “They have volunteered their own time away from family and civilian jobs to work with Honduran forces to provide assistance.” After the ceremony concluded and the dignitaries departed, the Task Force Tropic Soldiers broke ground on a new construction project, building the first school. By Dialogo April 25, 2012 How do I get in touch with youlast_img read more

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Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewal

first_img April 1, 2005 Regular News The following senior judges’ current service will expire on September 30, and they are seeking service renewal.Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the fitness or qualifications of any of the senior judges on this list to continue service as a senior judge should send, on or before April 15, written comments to Thomas D. Hall, clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399-1925, or by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone to the chair of the appropriate review board as noted. Florida Supreme Court Justices (Justice Harry L. Anstead, chair, (850) 488-2281): Ben F. Overton and Leander Shaw. Review Board One (Judge James Wolf, chair, (850) 922-6998, ext. 162): Erwin Fleet, James L. Harrison, George H. Pierce, John D. Southwood, Francis Edwin Steinmeyer III, and Joseph Q. Tarbuck. Review Board Two (Judge Chris Altenbernd, chair, (813) 272-3430): Horace A. Andrews, Robert E. Beach, Edward R. Bentley, Fred L. Bryson, Charles T. Carlton, Paul W. Danahy, Jr., Daniel E. Gallagher, Thomas M. Gallen, John M. Gilbert, Roland Gonzalez, Oliver L. Green, Jr., Helen S. Hansel, William Clayton Johnson, Elvin L. Martinez, Robert F. Michael, Jr., Gerard J. O’Brien, Jr., Jack R. Schoonover, Ralph Steinberg, Kirby Sullivan, and Edward F. Threadgill, Jr. Review Board Three (Judge Gerald Cope, Jr., chair (305) 229-3200): Jack Block, Eli Breger, Phillip Cook, Robert M. Deehl, John W. Dell, Richard Y. Feder, Seymour Gelber, William E. Gladstone, Rosemary Usher Jones, Robert P. Kaye, Edward S. Klein, Gerald J. Klein, Joseph Nesbitt, Melvin Orfinger, Leonard Rivkind, Michael H. Salmon, Alan R. Schwartz, W. Thomas Spencer, Raphael Steinhardt, Herbert Stettin, and Arthur H. Taylor. Review Board Four (Judge Gary Farmer, chair, (561) 242-2048): Richard B. Burk, James T. Carlisle, David C. Clark, Patricia W. Cocalis, Walter Colbath, Jr., Robert 0. Collins, Robert J. Fogan, William L. Hendry, Bernard R. Jaffe, Barbara S. Levenson, Hubert R. Lindsey, Gerald Mager, James A. McCauley, James W. Midelis, Robert H. Newman, William C. Owen, Jr., Jerry Pollock, Edward Rodgers, Charles E. Smith, C. Pfeiffer Trowbridge, John D. Wessel, and 0. Edgar Williams, Jr. Review Board Five (Judge Thomas Sawaya, chair, (386) 947-1555): John W. Booth, Stephen L. Boyles, Warren H. Cobb, S. Joseph Davis, Jr., Murray Goldman, J. Lewis Hall, Jr., Charles M. Harris, William C. Johnson, Jr., Robert E. Lee, Jr., Robert B. McGregor, C. Vernon Mize, Jr., Frederick T. Pfeiffer, Rom W. Powell, Charles N. Prather, Robert W. Rawlins, Jr., Harry Stein, Richard O. Watson, Richard G. Weinberg, and J. William Woodson. Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewalcenter_img Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewallast_img read more

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Common Core Critics Pan Cuomo Panel Report

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Common Core Implementation Panel released their preliminary recommendations this week after having met twice to discuss the flawed roll out of the education initiative, but critics remain unsatisfied.The panel’s recommendations were broken down into what the panel believed to be the four most urgent areas: testing, data privacy, parent trust and support and teacher training. It recommended against standardized testing for grades pre-k to 2 that was due to roll out next year, in order to “protect young children from anxiety and to promote research-based educational practices.” Critics say it still doesn’t address the problems.“So far, students in Grade 3-8 still take the exams, but results will be banned from [their] permanent record, but still used by state for 20 percent of teacher evaluation,” Michael Mensch, chief operating officer of Western Suffolk BOCES, said in an email. “This completely defies any credible explanation or defense. If the exam is so flawed how can you use it to measure a teacher’s effectiveness?”Cuomo, The New York State Education Department and the Board of Regents have all come under fire for the flawed implementation of Common Core. The governor empaneled a group of education experts to review the implementation, offer recommendations that address the criticism and save the education reform initiative in response to protestors swarming legislative offices and thousands of parents vowing to “opt-out” their children.“It is in everyone’s best interest to have high, real world standards for learning and to support the Common Core curriculum, but we need to make sure that our students are not unfairly harmed by its implementation,” Cuomo said in a statement.The Common Core Implementation Panel’s findings also come on the heels of the governor’s media campaign that includes a commercial calling the testing “unfair.” But, some Long Islanders are far from pacified, calling the panel “a sham” and the recommendations “more smoke and mirrors.” A teacher on Cuomo’s panel publicly dissented from the findings, calling them “incomplete.”The panel recommends that children who are subjected to the tests should be protected from the “high stakes” that accompanied the results last year, stating that their scores should not appear on their permanent records and should not be used against them.This recommendation appears to call into question the validity of the tests, critics say. If the panel believes them to be so flawed that they induce anxiety and should not be used to judge student’s performance, then why introduce them to students next month, as Suffolk County superintendents wrote to Cuomo last week.Protestors have been particularly vocal in their opposition to the data mining of their children’s personal information, prompting the panel to recommend a cease in their relationship with inBloom, the nonprofit data company that stores student information online.“The ending data mining part is great,” said Oceanside teacher Marla Kilfoyle, “if they follow through with it.”The panel also reported that it “does not support a ‘parent opt-out’ of the use of data, which could place essential academic and operational functions in jeopardy.” The opt-out issue had been the subject of recently proposed legislation that has since been voted down in the state Assembly.The recommended changes seem tepid as Common Core continues full steam ahead. Although the governor and legislature have become critics of the roll out, the three incumbents Board of Regents were re-elected this week, calling into question just how serious those calling for change in New York education really are.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace star Gary Cahill speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi’s ‘obvious rugby tackle’ on Wilfried Zaha

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi hauled Wilfried Zaha down as he raced in on Arsenal’s goal (Picture: Getty)Gary Cahill believes Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi robbed Crystal Palace of a real chance of victory with his ‘obvious rugby tackle’ on Wilfried Zaha in the dying moments of Sunday’s 2-2 draw.The Gunners appeared to be cruising towards three points after a pair of early goals from Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz, but Luka Milivojevic pulled one back from the penalty spot before half-time. Palace grew in confidence as the game wore on and Jordan Ayew found an equaliser for the visitors in the 52nd minute as the Emirates crowd began to turn on Unai Emery’s players.AdvertisementAdvertisementGranit Xhaka told Arsenal fans to ‘f*** off’ as he was replaced just past the hour-mark and the situation almost got significantly worse for the home side as Zaha raced towards Bernd Leno’s goal on the counter-attack in injury time.ADVERTISEMENT Emery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fansTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:45FullscreenEmery: Granit Xhaka was wrong to swear at fanshttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-granit-xhaka-wrong-swear-fans-2036436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Arsenal’s last man, Guendouzi, hauled Zaha to the ground and was shown a yellow card as the points were shared.Speaking after the draw, Palace defender Cahill said: ‘I think the lads were definitely adamant there was something at the near-post and I think that is where VAR is very good,’ he said.‘Because when there are a lot of bodies in the box and there is a big incident like that it was easily missed back in the day so that is where VAR comes in and is very good because that is a huge moment – to go 3-2 down with five minutes to go it would be very difficult for us to come back.‘They are big moments and I think the right decision was given and we could have nicked it at the end with the obvious rugby tackle on the half-way line which was a professional foul but if Wilf skips away from there then who knows what happens at the end?’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 11:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link255Shares Cahill believes Guendouzi’s challenge was an ‘obvious rugby tackle’ (Picture: Getty)Cahill hailed the ‘character’ inside Palace’s dressing room after Roy Hodgson’s side managed to come back from two goals down.‘It is about character and personality,’ he added.‘That is a big moment, to go two down early on and come back. As soon as we got the first one, I knew it was game on and thankfully we ended up at the end nicking a point.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I have been there myself in moments when things have not been going great.‘Big clubs’ fans expect result after result and for us to come here, they started well and it settled the crowd down but then it was for us to react, turnaround and not accept that we are going to roll over.‘We hit them on the break a few times and in the end we took a point which, given the tough run of games we’ve got, is a very good point.’MORE: Arsenal consider stripping Granit Xhaka of captaincy after he told fans to ‘f*** off’ Crystal Palace star Gary Cahill speaks out after Matteo Guendouzi’s ‘obvious rugby tackle’ on Wilfried Zaha Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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IFRS confirms position on fair-value accounting for longevity swaps

first_imgThe International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Interpretations Committee has confirmed it will not add a project to its agenda to address how defined benefit (DB) pension plan sponsors account for longevity swaps.The decision came during a review of the issue as part of the committee’s 24 March meeting round.At an earlier meeting in November, the IFRS IC tentatively ruled that DB plan sponsors must account for longevity swaps as single-instrument plan assets held at fair value but declined to add the topic to its agenda.Committee members also declined to include a clarification in their final published decision to address the application of paragraph 115 of International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS 19) to so-called qualifying insurance policies. IFRS IC committee member Tony Debell said that, although he was “comfortable with finalising the agenda decision”, he nonetheless had concerns about “the additional language that has been added to the agenda decision”.A longevity swap transfers the risk of pension scheme members living longer than expected from pension schemes to an external party such as an insurer or a bank.The effect of a swap transaction is to freeze or settle the DB plan sponsor’s obligations to the scheme members and reduce income statement volatility.Longevity risk is one of the biggest risks faced by DB pension schemes and can lead to schemes paying out higher pension payments than expected and, as such, push a fund into deficit.During it’s November meeting, the IFRS IC explored to possible accounting approaches.Under the first approach, a scheme sponsor would book the swap as a plan asset and measure it at fair value.But under the second approach, a DB sponsor would treat the swap as a so-called qualifying insurance policy and book the premiums as a liability.The committee published details of its tentative decision 11 November meeting outcome in its official journal, IFRIC Update.Also during the 27 March meeting, the committee rejected a staff proposal to augment its agenda rejection notice by adding a reference to the application of paragraph 115 of IAS 19 to qualifying insurance policies.This enhanced wording stated that paragraph 115 of IAS 19 applies to “qualifying insurance policies that exactly match the amount and timing of some or all of the benefits payable under the plan”.Qualifying insurance policies are defined in paragraph 8 of IAS 19.Audit giant Deloitte appears to have sparked the staff decision to enhance the wording of the rejection notice.In a 20 January comment letter, Deloitte argued: “[W]e recommend that the tentative agenda decision also state that the requirements of paragraph 115 of IAS 19 only apply to a plan asset that meets the definition of a qualifying insurance policy.”Deloitte went on to warn that the issue of longevity swaps is likely to emerge as a more prominent issue in practice in future.Speaking in November, IFRS IC member Reinhard Dotzlaw noted that longevity swaps are “not uncommon in certain other jurisdictions like the UK”.For example, in February 2013, the trustees of the BAE Systems plc 2000 Plan entered into an arrangement with Legal & General to insure against longevity risk for the current pensioner population.The deal covered £2.7bn (€3.7bn) of pension scheme liabilities.And in December 2013, the trustees of the Royal Ordnance Pension Scheme and Shipbuilding Industries Pension Scheme entered into similar arrangements with Legal & General to cover £0.9bn and £0.8bn of pension scheme liabilities, respectively.Longevity swaps are usually accounted for as plan assets under IAS 19.Prior to 31 December 2013, practitioners typically applied the IAS 19 discount rate and mortality basis to discount the net cashflows under a swap.This approach, combined with insurers’ pricing practices, tended to mean – particularly early on in the contract – that DB sponsors had to book the swap as a negative plan asset.However, since the introduction of IFRS 13, Fair-value Measurement, sponsors have been able to book longevity swaps at a value equal to or near to their transaction value.This new approach means sponsors need no-longer recognise a negative plan asset, removing a barrier to longevity swap transactions.The predominant accounting approach at the moment around longevity swap contracts has focused on the fair-value method.last_img read more

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Camp Hill contemporary transformation

first_imgThe house at 8 Indus St, Camp Hill, is for sale.IT IS difficult to believe this Camp Hill house once had a smattering of orange and pink throughout. BEFORE: The pool area was tidy but basic. BEFORE: The bathtub was lilac. BEFORE: Check out that orange!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago AFTER: You would be forgiven for thinking this house was brand new.Instead, now it is a modern delight, with sleek timber flooring and clean, crisp walls.Scott and Annie Field bought 8 Indus St in 2011 as both a project, and a family home.Mr Field said it was quite the sight when they moved in. BEFORE: The exterior was dated. AFTER: There is now a bigger entertainment spaceVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 AFTER: The bathroom is now clean and modern.They reconfigured a downstairs living area into two bedrooms and a rumpus room, as well as opening up a sunroom upstairs to become a balcony.Outdoors, the house was rendered and they renovated around the pool area, as well as installing glass fencing.They also painted inside and out and landscaped the gardens.Mr Field said the house had been great for a family, and they had enjoyed entertaining on the deck, out by the pool. AFTER: The new kitchen is sleek and crisp.“It had the original lilac bathroom, and pink carpet throughout the top level,” Mr Field said.“The bottom level had brown tiles with an orange kitchen … and orange walls in one room and pink in the other.”The Fields ripped up the carpet and vinyl flooring, polished the floorboards, and hired tradesmen to help with renovating the bathrooms.last_img read more

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Golden platform supplier to stay with Total in Nigeria until 2018

first_imgTotal E&P Nigeria has awarded Golden Energy Offshore, a Norway-based shipowner and operator of offshore service vessels, a three-month extension for its Energy Scout platform supply vessel (PSV).To remind, the company announced at the end of June that it had entered into a contract with Total E&P Nigeria for the PSV Energy Scout for a firm period of three months and optional periods of 3 months each. The company did not specify how many optional periods are included in the contract.According to Golden Energy’s statement on Friday, the deal for the Energy Scout was now extended in direct continuation of the present firm contract and the vessel will stay with Total until January 1, 2018.Before the July deal for the PSV, the Energy Scout was hired on a six-month deal with optional extension periods of six months each in August of last year.The vessel has worked for Total in Africa for quite some time, with the last four charters coming from Total E&P Nigeria, Total E&P Angola, and Total E&P Congo for general supply duties.The first contract with Total for the vessel was back in 2011 while the contract with Total in Angola was a long-term charter which lasted over three years.The vessel is a UT 755-L design and is a mechanically driven supply ship built by Brevik Construction and delivered in 2005. The vessel is designed for field supply & ROV duties, equipped with four thrusters and DP 2 class dynamic positioning system and is meant for all kind of offshore services.The vessel was built with an integrated system of two passive stabilizing tanks below the main deck to minimize roll. This allows it to remain along the platforms in heavier weather.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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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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