Legislative leaders decry hyper-partisanship

first_imgDES MOINES — The 2019 legislative session is underway in Des Moines, with the elected leaders of the Iowa General Assembly denouncing the politics of Washington, D.C.Senate President Charles Schneider, a Republican from West Des Moines, said the state’s elected officials have a responsibility to “bring people together.” “I hope this means that the Iowa Senate can operate without the harsh partisanship that’s infecting our current political discourse,” Schneider said during a speech this morning on the Senate floor. “For too many politicians, politics have become a sport.”Republican House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake said Republicans made promises to Iowa voters that they intend to keep.“After the election, no matter who’s in charge, Iowans expect us to move beyond the partisan gamesmanship and govern,” Upmeyer said on the House floor this morning.House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, a Republican from Urbandale, says Republicans “will remain unwavering” on key issues.“The people of Iowa have entrusted Republicans with a governing majority in this chamber, in the senate and in the governor’s office,” Hagenow said during a late-morning speech on the House floor. “It is our responsibility, therefore, to once again challenge the status quo.”Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, a Republican from Ankeny, said the legislature’s mission should be simple.“We’re not here to change laws,” Whitver said shortly after being reelected as Senate Majority Leader. “We’re here to change lives.”House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard of Charles City said the public is tired of “hyper-partisan politics” and G-O-P policies that favor the wealthy and special interests.“With the election behind us, it is time to set aside petty politics and get to work on improving the lives of all Iowans,” Prichard said late Monday morning during a speech on the House floor.Janet Petersen of Des Moines, the leader of Democrats in the Iowa Senate, used her opening day speech to call on Republicans to support a hike in the state’s minimum wage.“And let’s quit sticking it to Iowa taxpayers to subsidize low-wage employers who don’t pay enough for their employees to have a decent place to live,” she said, “and enough money to feed their families.”Each of these legislators was formally elected to their leadership positions Monday shortly after the 2019 session began.last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALWell, this is The Finish Line and not a more comparative statement to be had when talking about Charles “Buddy” Allie. When it comes to The Finish Line, few cross more times in first place than he does. And trust me, the rest of what I am about to tell you is the truth.The World Masters Athletic Council has selected Charles Allie as the world’s best male track athlete in 2013 in the World Masters Division.  He was presented the award in Monaco this past November in the company of none other than the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.Allie won five gold medals in the XX World Masters Track and Field competitions held in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He won the 100m, 200m, 400m and ran the leg of two relay teams.He is the current World Record Holder in the Outdoor 200m and 400m.We leave this saga with the chant of the greatest of all time and remind you that you have just crossed over The Finish Line, but this time you crossed over with Buddy . . . Allie . . . Allie . . . Allie . . . Allieee !!!last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds A Secret Garden

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryChateau Merlot Shrub RoseTah Dah! The new secret garden is revealed at Westport Winery. It is a wine-themed garden with wine bottle edging, a wine barrel fountain, a bottle tree, wine barrel seating, and a planted wine press. The wine-named plants include: Merlot Coneflower, Summer Wine Daylilly, Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Red Wine Lilac, Spilled Wine Weigela, Summer Wine Ninebark, Wine Common Periwinkle, Chardonnay Pearl Deutzia, Burgundy Lace Maple, Chateau Merlot Shrub Rose (shown), and Gallo Red Gallardia. All of these plants are also available to purchase in the nursery at Westport Winery.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with the outdoor sculpture garden, grape maze, and bakery, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Come see for yourself why Westport was named the 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest, voted 2010, 2012 and 2013 Best Wine Tour by King 5 Evening Magazine viewers, and Best Wine in Grays Harbor by The Daily World.The winery, bakery, gift shop, nursery, and restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. with lunch offered daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and dinner reservations are recommended by calling 360-648-2224.Kim RobertsWestport Winery1 South Arbor RoadAberdeen, WA  98520360-648-2224www.WestportWinery.com2012 Best Northwest Winery Tour King 5 Evening Magazine2011 Washington Winery to Watch Wine Press Northwest2010 Best Northwest Wine Destination King 5 Evening Magazine“Filled with harmonious connections to the sea, Westport Winery is a coast traveler’s dream.” Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Canes call in the cavalry

first_imgAll Blacks TJ Perenara, the Barrett brothers Beauden and Jordie, the Savea brothers Ardie and Julian and midfielder Ngani Laumape all return following the British and Irish Lions series.The defending champions need to beat the unbeaten Crusaders to avoid heading to South Africa for the first round of the playoffs next week.Perenara replaces Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi at halfback and reclaims the captaincy from Brad Shields, Barrett slots back into the No.10 jersey for Otere Black, while Ardie Savea takes over at openside from Callum Gibbins.Black drops out of the match day 23 meaning Jordie Barrett will again provide cover at first five for his older brother.The Hurricanes Team to play the Crusaders at Westpac Stadium is:15 Jordie Barrett14 Nehe Milner-Skudder13 Vince Aso12 Ngani Laumape11 Julian Savea10 Beauden Barrett9 TJ Perenara (c)8 Brad Shields7 Ardie Savea6 Vaea Fifita5 Sam Lousi4 Mark Abbott3 Jeff To’omaga-Allen2 Ricky Riccitelli1 Ben MayReserves:16 James O’Reilly17 Chris Eves18 Loni Uhila19 Reed Prinsep20 Callum Gibbins21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi22 Wes Goosen23 Cory Janelast_img read more

Liverpool and Atlético agreed to suspend the executive dinner

first_imgMany Atlético fans, finally, have not traveled following the recommendations, so a massive meeting between the leaders to strengthen ties did not seem exemplary either. Atlético, its managers, have appeared at the restaurant in question to eat on their own, but the presence of those responsible for Liverpool was not expected. In the hours before the game, the managers of Liverpool and Atlético did not eat together, as usually happens before the Champions League games. In this case, the heads of both clubs agreed this morning to suspend the meeting given the latest recommendations regarding the coronavirus.last_img

San Sebastian forces three-way tie for last Final 4 berth

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Bryant sends out powerful message to Hayward about resilience Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Scores:SAN SEBASTIAN 80 – Ilagan 23, Calisaan 21, Bulanadi 9, Calma 6, Costelo 6, Capobres 5, David 4, Navarro 2, Mercado 2, Gayosa 2, Baetiong 0, Valdez 0.PERPETUAL 60 – Ylagan 16, Eze 12, Sadiwa 11, Coronel 10, Pido 8, Dagangon 3, Tamayo 0, Yuhico 0, Mangalino 0, Clemente 0, Casas 0.Quarters: 22-14, 40-28, 58-42, 80-60. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Sebastian fought for its life and forced a three-way tie for fourth place with an 80-60 victory over Perpetual in the final elimination game of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Stags closed their schedule with back-to-back wins as they evened their standing at 9-9 to end their assignment on level with Letran and Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT They will get a bye in the fourth place-playoff as they await the victor of the knockout game between the Knights and the Chiefs on Friday.“I think this is the fruit of the boys’ labor. At least, we made it here,” quipped coach Egay Macaraya.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRK Ilagan went 5-of-9 from threes to lead San Sebastian with 23 points and five rebounds, while Michael Calisaan churned out a double-double with his 21 markers and 10 boards.Allyn Bulanadi also fired nine points for the Golden Stags. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Macaraya expressed his optimism with San Sebastian’s chances in the stepladder semis.“The pressure is there, but I guess it’s a good learning experience for the players. Hopefully, we can overcome all concerns and play well in the playoffs.”The Golden Stags started hot off the gates as they established an early 22-18 first quarter advantage and kept Perpetual in check all game long, taking a lead as high as 25 points, 80-55, late in the game.GJ Ylagan fired 16 points in his swansong for Perpetual, as it finished the season on an eight-game losing streak to fall to ninth at 4-14.Prince Eze also had 12 markers and 10 rebounds, while graduating guard Flash Sadiwa had 11 in the defeat. ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Footballers against Ebola Stigma

first_imgIt was described as one of the greatest soccer games since the era of George Weah XI and many soccer analysts admitted at the end of the grueling 90 minutes that it was a game that could not have happened at anytime in Liberia’s history.The two teams, Ebola Survivors FC and United against Ebola Stigma FC were determined to settle the question as to who was superior in the declining period of the Ebola virus disease and how to welcome survivors into their communities without discrimination.The game, held at the national stadium brought thousands of spectators to the field. Several of those that attended the game admitted that they had not visited a local stadium for many years, and what they witnessed was one of the greatest local soccer games in living memory.Supported by the Liberia Football Association and the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation, (SDC), the match, a week before the game, created so much excitement in the city that there were reports of confusion among a segment of soccer fans whose expectation had built so high.So it was no surprise that the local stadium was divided between the two teams for their moral support. There were several side attractions, notably the Small Town International Cultural Troupe, blasting several revolutionary songs.The stadium erupted into thunderous cheers, when the cultural troupe rendered two popular songs: the ‘Ebola U Cannot Divide Us,’ and ‘All Ebola Survivors Are Welcome home,’ where several fans, particularly the women, began to dance and shake their ‘wukus’ to thunderous cheers.The two teams arrived on the field and went through official inspections, with LFA vice president for administration, Musa Shannon introduced to the two teams. On his entourage were former midfield maestro, Kelvin Sebwe, Chris Wreh, Oliver Makor, LFA scribe Alphonso Armah, amputee soccer boss Cooper M. Gotteh, Survivors Network boss Patrick Farley and Darciba Christian of SDC.“What is at stake is the No Ebola Stigma Trophy,” Shannon told the two captains, “we are here to unite all our people, including those who have survived the Ebola virus disease.” Both captains nodded their heads in appreciation.Four match officials from the Liberia Referees Association, (LIFRA), held a brief conference with both teams and explained that “No player will be allowed to engage in any form of discrimination, particularly since many players here have survived the Ebola virus disease.” The two teams took their respective positions thereafter and the linesman number one signaled that all was well for the go.Meanwhile, both fans increased their volume of songs encouraging their players singing when the center referee whistled for proceedings to begin. And like a see-saw battle the ball moved from one player to the other, and someone was heard saying, “Just like Barca and Real Madrid.” It was also the reminiscent of the days of James Salinsa Debbah, Kelvin Sebwe, Dionysius Sebwe, Oliver Makor, Chris Wreh and soccer legend George Oppong Weah when local soccer was attracted to thousands of followers.“When will this day come back,” was a question a broadcast journalists wondered, during the commentary, and a colleague simply shook his head in regret. “Maybe one day,” he said, with a smile. The next forty five minutes brought so much excitement to the fans that they could not stop cheering. Each of the team had leading players whose handling of the ball forced the crowd to yell for, “Goal,” each time the ball was outside the goal-area.Both teams came close to securing needed goals but each goalkeeper could not be intimidated to let the ball beat him into the net, which heightened tension in the game. But most of the memorable actions came in the final minutes of the second half, when Survivors’ George Weah, (real name Aaron Jones), pounced on a loose ball outside the 18-yard to dribble two on-rushing United defenders to slot the ball home for goal number one.With pressure still mounting and the game ticking to a close, a miss-directed pass from a Survivors’ defender fell before United’s strongman, inside left Salinsa, (real name Solomon Tah). United’s Salinsa forced his way into Survivors’ danger zone, and with a powerful shot pulled the equalizer in the 90th minute.And so when the game ended 1-1 and soccer fans rushed out of the stadium it was like Lone Star’s 2-0 victory over Ghana’s Black Stars, (in the 80s) when fans sang, “Oppong opened it,” and others replied, “Salinsa Closed it,” to end a match that brought all Liberians together to break the barrier that had initially barred Ebola survivors from mingling with others.“It was a wonderful match,” commented LFA’s Musa Shannon, “it means that the stigma against Ebola survivors can be won.” Radio commentators and television broadcasters carried the message that while Ebola is still real its numerous survivors should not be ostracized but must welcomed and reintegrated into the various communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon: June 13, 2016

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LBDI: ‘Sherman and Firm Did No Business Here’

first_imgTwo days after Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay fined the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) US$300 for contempt over its “refusal” to submit the United States dollar accounts of Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, accused in the Global Witness bribery scandal, the bank’s management has clarified that at no time did it willfully disobey the court’s mandate.The LBDI management said the court on May 20, 2016 asked the bank to provide the accounts, to which they replied within three days, informing the court that they were not in possession of any bank accounts for defendant Sherman and the Sherman and Sherman Law Firm.The bank’s management said that on December 22 last year, it was surprised when it received yet another summons from the court ordering it to produce bank transactions for 13 past and present government officials, including Senator Varney Sherman of Grand Cape Mount County, the law firm, Rep. Alex Tyler of Bomi County, Ernest C.B. Jones, Chris Onanuga and Sable Mining, a UK based mining company, all of whom were indicted by the government as a result of the Global Witness allegation. However, the Bank acknowledged that two new names were included in the December summons, namely: ECB Jones and Christopher Hayes Onanuga. Of the 13 listed, the bank said only five ever did business with the bank and, of the five, only two have active accounts with LBDI. They named the initial five as Senator Morris Saytumah, Rep. J. Alex Tyler, Rep. Henry Fahnbulleh, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company’s (LPRC) Managing Director SumoKupee, and Richard Tolbert, former chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC). The LBDI management said only Saytumah and Tolbert are the only two indictees presently doing business with the bank.“We received that summons on December 27, 2016 and submitted it to our legal counsel, the Cooper and Togba Law Firm,” the bank indicated“We were not aware of this because it went directly to the office of the bank’s law firm, and we thought that we were aware of that issue, until we got the writ of summons for contempt of court.“There has never been a point, when it is brought to our attention that we did not address. We have nothing to shield and nothing to hide,” the bank said, disclosing Tyler’s account with LBDI has been dormant for some time.The government had earlier claimed that the defendants used the bank accounts to transfer over US$950,000 as part of their efforts to bribe past and present officials to award the Wologizi Mountain in Lofa County to Sable Mining without going through the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) bidding processes and procedures, a claim the defendants have denied.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police probing human skull discovered at Linden

first_imgA suspected human skull was on Thursday discovered at Wismar shore in Linden, Region Ten (Upper Demerara-Berbice) in the vicinity of the Mackenzie-Wismar Bridge.The suspected human skull found at Wismar, Linden shoreE Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander, Linden Lord related that the police received an anonymous call at about 13:00h on Thursday, indicating that there was what was suspected to be the skeletal remain at the location.Ranks, upon responding to report, went to the location where the skull was discovered with what appeared to be a crack on it.Lord indicated that Police then took possession of the skull after it was photographed.It was later transported to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where it was reportedly shown to a doctor on duty. However, the Divisional Commander noted that it will be transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) since the doctor was unable to ascertain its gender. He further stated that contact has since been made with Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh, who has since requested that it be examined by him. The skull is presently at the Upper Demerara Hospital mortuary at Wismar, Linden and is expected to be examined by the State pathologist on Monday.last_img read more