first_imgDES MOINES — The Associated Press is reporting an Iowa-based aide to Tom Steyer’s presidential campaign has been offering local candidates campaign contributions in exchange for an endorsement of Steyer.The AP reports it confirmed through multiple sources that person who made the offers was former Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy of Dubuque, an unsuccessful candidate for congress in 2014 who is now working for Steyer.Steyer’s campaign has issued a written statement, saying Steyer has not written any checks to Iowa candidates this year and will not be doing so. Murphy issued a written statement which described the endorsement process in Iowa as “tricky” and referred to “miscommunication” with his former colleagues in the legislature.Steyer is a California billionaire who has spent more than $46 million on advertising since he entered the presidential race this summer. So far, Steyer has been endorsed by one Iowan, Roger Thomas of Elkader, a former member of the Iowa House.It’s not illegal for a candidate to make a campaign contribution to another candidate, but one former Iowa lawmaker who was approached told the AP Murphy’s actions “left a bad taste in my mouth.”last_img read more

first_imgFacebook20Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Olympia Master BuildersOMB 2012 Tour of Homes Award Winners, pictured from L – R. (Back Row) Ron Deering of Deering & Nelson, Inc.; Mark Barton of Dickey’s Remodel & Repair; Tessa Smith of The Artisans Group; Diane Gassman of Interior Dimensions, LLC (for Dickey’s Remodel & Repair and Olympia Construction, Inc.); Mark Kitabayashi of Windermere Real Estate (for SoundBuilt NW, LLC), Jeff Kelley of Evergeen State Builders; Nancey Kelley of Evergreen State Builders; Corey Peters of Evergreen State Builders; Chance Wehrer of Coldwell Banker (for Evergreen State Builders); Scott Bergford of Scott Homes, and Daimon Doyle of Scott Homes. (Front Row) Andy Gruhn of Northwest Family Homes, Inc.; Mike Auderer of Olympia Construction, Inc.; Kirby Kelley of Evergreen State Builders; and David Danton of Lexar Homes.The Olympia Master Builders (OMB) hosted the OMB Tours of Homes™ award ceremonies at the October 2 General Membership Dinner Meeting, which was held at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club. According to 2012 OMB President James Peterson, “This year’s tour included thirteen homes, represented by eleven builders.  There were eleven new homes, and two remodel projects.  These new and remodeled homes demonstrated to the community our builders’ passion for excellence.”Builders for this year’s Tour included:  The Artisans Group;  Deering & Nelson, Inc.; DeTray’s, LLC; Dickey’s Remodel & Repair; Evergreen State Builders; Lexar Homes; Northwest Family Homes, Inc.; Olympia Construction, Inc.; Schneider Homes, Inc.; Scott Homes; and SoundBuilt NW, LLC.The public at large voted on homes for the People’s Choice Awards. A team of industry experts, from outside the Thurston County area comprised the panel of judges, to select the Judges’ Awards. Judges looked at overall first impressions, attention to detail, balance and function, relationship of design to site, special features and more in deciding who should get top honors.  To see photos of all the homes, go to www.omb.org.  Look under the “Current Events” tab to find a link to the 2012 Tour of Homes™.The People’s Choice Award winners: Best Curb Appeal – Evergreen State BuildersBest Kitchen – Evergreen State BuildersBest Master Suite – Evergreen State BuildersBest Floor Plan – Deering & Nelson, Inc.Best Remodel – Dickey’s Remodel & RepairBest Built Green® Features – Scott HomesBest of Show – Evergreen State BuildersThe Judges’ Choice Award winners: Best Curb Appeal – Schneider Homes, Inc.Best Kitchen – Scott HomesBest Master Suite – Northwest Family Homes, Inc. – Briggs VillageBest Floor Plan – The Artisans GroupBest Remodel – Olympia Construction, Inc.Best Built Green® Features – Scott HomesBest of Show – (Production)  SoundBuilt NW – Lacey plan   (Custom)  The Artisans GroupJudges’ Special Award for Best Practical Use of Built Green® Features – Lexar HomesChair Karen McClennen of The Olympian thanked her Committee Members: Erik Barrett of RSVP of Olympia; Sarah Huffer of KGY Radio – AM 1240 & 96.9 KAYO Country; Julie Manker of The Olympian; Greg Stevens of Mixx 96.1 FM and Eileen Ryan of Scott Homes.OMB thanks our returning Silver Sponsor, Olympia Federal Savings, and Bronze Sponsors, Puget Sound Energy.  Thank you to returning Media Sponsors, The Olympian and Mixx 96.1 FM KXXO.The Olympia Master Builders is a professional trade association representing over 600 member companies located in Thurston, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Mason andPacific Counties. Our members come from all sectors of the building trades and they are committed to “building strong communities, one home at a time.last_img read more

first_img Testing PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC): Two former West Indies cricketers say they are baffled by the latest decision by match officials to report spinner Sunil Narine to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a suspect bowling action. Former off spinner Rangy Nanan and former opener Philo Wallace say they have been monitoring Narine’s bowling and are convinced there is nothing wrong with his action. Narine was reported following Saturday’s rain-hit third one-day inter-national (ODI) which West Indies lost by 19 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method. “I am probably blind because from what I have seen of this man, he is bowling well within the limits of what is allowed in terms of bending of the arm by the ICC. I have looked at him closely and I can tell you from my experience he is bowling legally,” said Wallace, during a comment as an analyst on the Sportsdrive show. “I saw a split screen on the last game of his bowling and he is nicely side-on and when you adopt this position, it is very difficult to bend the arm beyond 15 degrees. In my opinion, Narine’s action is even better than the Sri Lankan player Sachithra Senanayake who took four wickets in the T20 match.” Narine will now have to undergo testing on his action within two weeks, but will be allowed to continue bowling until the results of the tests are known. He was also twice reported for a suspect action during last year’s Champions League Twenty20 and was forced to undergo Indian Cricket Board-approved testing before he was allowed to turn out in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. Nanan says he is surprised that Narine is being reported again and says he believes the Trinidad and Tobago spinner is being targeted. “I looked at the bowling action of Narine during the matches and I am finding it difficult to understand why they are calling him,” said Nanan, who also played for Trinidad and Tobago. “His action looked good and this is very surprising to me, so much so that I think he is being targeted. He is the only West Indian bowler that the opposition around the world is afraid of and I think this is the reason he is being targeted.” Narine, the leading bowler in the ICC rankings in both Twenty20 and ODIs, is the second West Indies bowler to be reported to the ICC during the series, with Marlon Samuels suffering the same fate following the second Test in Galle.last_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaica Scorpions will be look to leapfrog leaders Barbados Pride atop the standings in the Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship when the two meet at Sabina Park, starting today.The Nikita Miller-led Scorpions, fresh off a narrow win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes last weekend, are fifth in the six-team championship but are just 3.4 points behind Barbados Pride.Barbados lead with 24.4 points, with the Leeward Islands Hurricanes second on 24.2. Defending champions the Guyana Jaguars are third on 24 points with the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force fourth on 22. The Scorpions are next with 21 points, while rounding off the standings are the Windwards, who, having notched up two losses, are on 20.6 points.Starting this season, 0.2 of a point is awarded to teams for each wicket taken by a fast bowler.”Barbados will come here the more confident team, but I am always confident in my bowling team, regardless of the surface and the opponents. The batting, that is my concern,” Miller said ahead of the match.”If we can correct that (weak batting) and give the bowling unit a chance to rest and think about how to attack our opponents, we will do well,” he added.Jamaica, who are yet to pass 250 runs to date, will enter the contest hoping for an improved batting display. The local selectors have looked to bolster that area by including former West Indies Under-19 all-rounder Fabian Allen in the squad.The 21-year-old has come in to replace 19-year-old fast bowler Oshane Thomas.With Thomas out, the squad is then left with only one specialist fast bowler in Reynard Leveridge. The West Indies A team player is set to lead the attack and should share the new ball with all-rounder Derval Green.Allen, who also bowls spin is expected to provide back-up for Miller and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, as well as add to the middle-order batting.Barbados, meanwhile, have named an unchanged squad from their impressive 292 runs victory over Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in Port-of-Spain last weekend.They will be led by West Indies Test players all-rounder Roston Chase, left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican, fast bowler Kemar Roach, and batsman, Sharmarh Brooks.Jamaica Scorpions (from): Nikita Miller (captain), Fabian Allen, Jermaine Blackwood, John Campbell, Derval Green, Trevon Griffith, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, AndrÈ McCarthy, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick WaltonBarbados Pride (from): Kevin Stoute (captain), Anthony Alleyne, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Nikolai Charles, Justin Greaves, Aaron Jones, Kevin McClean, Omar Phillips, Mario Rampersaud, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican, Kenroy Williamslast_img read more

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf   was warmly received at the   White House and on Capitol   Hill last Friday.  President Barrack Obama and the United States Congress applauded her for her heroic leadership in the fight against Ebola, which brought the viral transmission from the highest in the Mano River basin to the lowest.  This was indeed a great accomplishment, and she, the Health Ministry, the Incident Management System (IMS), the international partners, many local corporate and NGO organizations and the Liberian people as a whole deserve commendation.President Sirleaf thanked President Obama and the Congress for the American government and people’s great contributions that seriously helped reverse the terrible onslaught of Ebola in Liberia, most especially the deployment of over 3000 troops to build Ebola treatment units throughout the country.  These ETUs helped to scare the devil out of the virus, and soon, most of them went largely empty. What did Ellen want from the world’s most powerful leader? Apparently not what he had offered her months earlier that would empower Liberia to respond robustly to any future epidemic.  No.  Her requests were not as specific, but more general.  Helene Cooper, an eminent Liberian journalist, who is the New York Times’ White House Correspondent, reported that Ellen asked Obama for assistance with power projects, clean water and sanitation, better roads.All of these are important and critical to national development, for without power, our economic development will remain stalled; without roads, our farmers will continue to be cut off from the markets and our business and other people from various parts of the country.  Without safe water childhood diseases will remain rampant, eluding prevention and continuing to kill our children.But—and this is a BIG BUT—what about the specific offer that President Obama himself made to Liberia, to help rebuild our healthcare delivery system, the absence of which, he said, was the primary reason the Ebola virus swept so quickly and so devastatingly  through the three affected countries, making Liberia the Ebola epicenter?We are not sure what President Obama’s decisive response to Ellen’s shopping list will be.  But one thing we know from experience: donors love specifics, because specifics make it easier and quicker for them to decide and commit.  Generalities, on the other hand, make response more difficult, for first, they would have to decide what their own priorities would be, and second, how much of that list to bite.  On the other hand, specifics would mean the nation is decisive in its asking—THIS IS WHAT WE WANT, NOW! And the donor’s response would be equally DECISIVE, especially when the donor has already hinted its willingness to help in this particular area.The Americans’ offer to help improve Liberia’s healthcare delivery system immediately followed the identical one by Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue to President Sirleaf on October 28, 2014.  The Chinese, who have always come forward with generous offers, such as the US$60 million “ministerial complex,” said they would help Liberia rebuild its healthcare delivery system as a post-Ebola project.This newspaper has frequently urged the government to respond rapidly to these offers because that would be the ONE decisive post-Ebola development that Liberia could immediately benefit from.  Why?  Because we urgently need it!All our existing hospitals and health centers, including the John F. Kennedy Medical Center and existing ones in the counties, need not only refurbishing but also re-equipping and re-staffing.  There are also those counties, especially in the southeast and some parts of the west, where hospitals and health centers are needed.  Then we have never failed to emphasize the whole issue of training—of nurses, paramedics, doctors and medical specialists of every kind.  Even our only Medical School, the University of Liberia’s A.M. Dogliotti, is seriously underfunded.  It seems to us that not only the USA and China but all our African, European, Asian and Australian partners would positively respond to our request for medical training. Should this government bring itself to emphasize healthcare delivery rebuilding as one of the centerpieces of its development agenda, by the time Ellen leaves power it would be well on its way.Heaven knows what she is waiting for to begin.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,We the undersigned refer to a news report in the Guyana Chronicle of October 15, 2019, captioned “PPP running Lethem Town Council like a cake shop”. Editor, as a result of many misleading statements, we therefore totally wish to refute the unsubstantiated allegations made by the APNU Councillors, former Mayor Carlton Beckles and Yolanda Moffett.Regrettably, they were not informed early by the Town Clerk of the postponement of the Council meeting focusing on preparing for Lethem Town Week. However, two factors have to be taken into consideration.Firstly, the statutory meeting of the Council was postponed due to the lack of a quorum as a result of several Councillors being assigned responsibilities that demanded urgent attention on the day of the meeting.Secondly, in spite of Mr Beckles’ claim that the Council’s majority continues to make decisions without inviting the APNU/AFC Councillors to meetings, the minutes of the statutory meeting held in April 2019 records that the three APNU Councillors, inclusive of Beckles, stated they would not participate/cooperate with the Mayor and the rest of the council in Lethem Town Week Activities for 2019. Despite letters of invitation sent to APNU Councillor Moffett, she remained a no show at all Town Week Committee meetings. It must be noted that during its deliberations for the Lethem Town Week celebrations, the Committee proposed that invitations be sent Government functionaries inclusive of Minister of Communities and Leader of the PPP/C. No decision was made regarding the Leader of the PPP/C to launch Lethem Town Week.It is true that APNU Councillor Beckles sought clarity on the finances for 2019 Town Week. We, the undersigned, support his call that a detailed financial report should be published. But this can only be done after we have concluded the Town Week activities.This PPP/C-led Council will not break the laws and financial rules; unlike what happened under the APNU/AFC-dominated Council which managed the 2017-2018 Town Week Committee and still cannot account for funds received and spent in that year respectively. This is what Mr Beckles should be calling for – the publication of the financial statements under his watch. The fact that many businesses have demanded cash from the Council upfront today is due to the history of the previous Council not honouring their bills in 2017/2018 under Mr Beckles’ watch. Even labourers are still waiting for their pay because of how badly Mr Beckles and the PNC cabal managed Lethem Town Week 2017-2018.When the PPP/C won Lethem in the November 2018 elections, we met an empty and bankrupt treasury with liabilities in excess of $5 million. Over the last 10 months, due to prudent management, the PPP/C-led Council by Mayor John Macedo has been able to wipe off some $3 million of that debt.The PPP/C Council had successfully managed to rectify the wages/salary scale for its employees to their satisfaction as compared to the employee’s underpayment by the previous Council.A question was asked by APNU Councillor Beckles regarding the theft of an inverter at the Lethem Declaration Park. While we have called in the police, the act happened under the APNU/AFC-controlled Council and thus, Mr Beckles will be in a better position to answer to the police for the theft.Clearly, the allegations in the Guyana Chronicle are meant to distract, detract, and disturb the smooth functioning of the Council and divide the township.Editor, the work of the PPP/C-controlled Council will not be hampered by these false allegations, baseless insinuations, and acts of intimidation. We have a job to do and we remain accountable to the people of Lethem; we will not allow political pallbearers like Mr Beckles to interfere with the progress being made by a democratically run and accountable Council.The Lethem Town Council will continue to serve all of its constituents.Regards,Mayor  John MacedoDeputy Mayor  DebraKingCouncillors:Jason WilsonMegan ThomasFitzgerald SinghIndira Singhlast_img read more

first_imgOver 60 Ebola orphans and survivors in the Township of West Point last Tuesday received radios and solar lanterns from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).The distribution of the items was in continuation of the UNDP’s endeavor to give survivors and orphans access to information and provide light in their homes.“Ebola was defeated here in West Point and we want to keep it that way.  We don’t want Ebola back….We have said bye-bye to Ebola and we should remain like that….” Let’s keep doing what we did very well…continue the hygiene practices…the hand washing and other practices,” UNDP Country Director Dr. Kamil Kamaluddeen said during a brief program to present the gifts.Dr. Kamaluddeen told the people of West Point to continue to report all sicknesses observed in their community. He said the gathering shows how communities can overcome obstacles and challenges when they work together. “When we hide than it becomes a problem, but when we work together we can achieve.  you are living evidence of working together…” Dr. Kamaluddeen said.He said Ebola has now taught some important hygiene lessons that everyone needs to keep applying in their daily lives. He said the disease has also taught a lesson of community members being their brother’s keeper. He told the community members to use the presence of the Ebola survivors to strengthen their faith, because they are now immune to the virus.The UNDP Country Director said the items were procured through one of the many strong partnerships of the UNDP to bring support to people. The solar radios and lanterns were procured by Lifeline Energy, a South African based NGO, and the Japan based, Panasonic Corporation, one of the leading producers of electronic and other products.“At the United Nations Development Programme, our business is to support the people and the society…If you look at our tagline you’ll see, Empowered lives, Resilient nations, that is our logo…So we work with the people, we work with the government, the NGOs and civil society organizations…” Dr. Kamaluddeen said.Vexter Doe, who spoke on behalf of the Ebola survivors and orphans in the township, thanked the UNDP for the donations which she described as timely.According to Vexter, the Ebola crisis greatly affected them and they are in serious need of every form of support and assistance to move ahead with their lives.George Kollie also spoke for the male survivors and orphans and expressed appreciation to UNDP.Gabriel Nebo, Chief Investigator of the Township welcomed the UNDP team to the township and expressed appreciation for their support to the orphans and survivors in the community.West Point, one of the Ebola hotspots in Montserrado County, now has over one hundred (100) survivors and orphans.Josiah Toe, West Point Ebola Taskforce Field Coordinator said as schools are about to open, the survivors and orphans in the community continuously confront the Taskforce for support.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img– to provide entrepreneurship training for 37 personsFirst Lady Sandra Granger on Monday opened the 27th Self Reliance and Success in Business Workshop in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara; where, over the next five days, 37 participants will be given the necessary wherewithal to set up their own businesses or expand existing ones.The training is being held at the Ebenezer Congregational Church in Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara.First Lady Sandra Granger along with facilitators, coordinators and participants of the Self Reliance and Success in Business Workshop held in Ann’s GroveIn her remarks, the First Lady told the participants that attendance along with full participation throughout the duration of the training is the key to them successfully completing the programme and garnering a certificate which is recognised by the Small Business Bureau of the Ministry of Business.She urged participants to register their businesses and to maintain standards of professionalism and integrity in their day-to- day business operations.“Part of this is to make sure you are confident enough to set up and manage your own businesses…and part of how you manage your business is how you manage people… You have to know how to deal with your customers,” Mrs. Granger said.She told the participants that the idea of having a workshop in Ann’s Grove was suggested by former Minister of Social Protection, the current Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence. “It empowers women, it encourages them. You don’t only learn how to run a business, but you also learn to keep your accounts, you learn the importance of yourself, in your family and in your community. So this is why it is called the Self-Reliance and Success in Business Workshop. Many of you know that part of self-reliance is that you have your own money in your pocket; so this is what this workshop will teach you at the most basic level,” she said.The First Lady then informed that men have also participated and graduated from the workshop, although it is specifically geared at empowering women, to help them create, manage and grow their own businesses.“I mean, we are a fair-minded, equality-conscious people, and any male that has asked to join has been welcomed and has ended up learning a lot more with a group of women,” she said.Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) Chairperson Genevieve Allen, in her brief remarks, congratulated the participants on taking a bold step to empower themselves. She reminded them that they would be given the skills and techniques that would allow them to formulate plans for their ventures and enable them to become empowered, independent and prosperous residents of their communities.“What I particularly like about this programme is that it will not only help you to promote yourself as business persons, but it will allow you to become a rounded individual. It will also allow you to identify areas within your community where improvements are needed, and that is the aspect that I am looking forward to,” she said.Meanwhile, Director of Interweave Solutions (Guyana) Incorporated, Sanjay Yohann Pooran, provided the participants with an overview of the programme. He indicated that the workshop would educate them on how to start, manage, and grow small businesses; help them to lead balanced lives, and provide them with the opportunity to give back to their community with the formulation of a community action plan.Since its launch, a total of 1030 persons have been trained under this initiative, of which 50 were trained to become trainers.last_img read more

first_imgJuventus and Chelsea are no longer in a two-way battle to sign Miralem Pjanic from Roma, claim reports in Italy.Instead Bayern Munich and Barcelona have now joined the race to land the midfielder, with both clubs prepared to stump up the £29m required to meet his release clause.Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is a big fan of Pjanic but is also eyeing a swoop for the Bosnian’s club team-mate Radja Nainggolan and Roma are unlikely to sell both players to the Blues.However, the Italian side are resigned to losing Pjanic this summer and, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus are still firm favourites to complete a deal.But that will not stop Bayern and Barca from making approaches for the 26-year-old, which will force Juventus to get a move on with Roma keen to sell by June 30 in order to avoid any financial fair play sanctions. Miralem Pjanic in action for Roma 1last_img read more

first_img1 England striker Wayne Rooney has hit back at claims from the Russian media that he is not the player he used to be.The 30-year-old, who is England’s all-time leading goalscorer, has played more of a midfield role this season for his club Manchester United.It was put to him by a Russian journalist in today’s press conference that Saturday’s opening Euro 2016 opponents no longer fear Rooney. But Rooney responded by saying: “Everyone who watches football is entitled to opinions.“I know the qualities I have and I don’t need to sit here and defend myself.“I’m aware that my game has changed slightly over the years and in my opinion it has changed for the better, but the opinions that matter to me are those of my coaches.”When asked what qualities he felt England needed for their tricky opener in Marseille, Rooney added in the press conference, televised by Sky Sports News: “I think resilience.“We know how important the first game is. It cost us two years ago (a 2-1 defeat to Italy in World Cup 2014) and in the first game it’s important to get off to a good start.“We’ve talked about that as a group of players and we are ready for the game tomorrow night.“You can feel the buzz around the place, everyone is excited for this game and it’s important we go in and take our performance levels into the game and get off to a good start.“We have a very talented squad that are capable of big things but tournament football is different so I think it’s a big challenge for us as a squad and we’re hoping and we believe we can do well.” Wayne Rooney is expected to start in midfield for England last_img read more