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‘I was supposed to be protected’: Yusef Salaam speaks at Notre Dame as part of Race Relations Week

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first_imgKelli Smith | The Observer Yusef Salaam, one of the “Central Park Five” wrongly accused of raping a jogger in 1989, spoke on Friday about his experience as a teen in juvenile prison and the comfort and growth he found in his faith.It was a question that eventually helped lead Salaam to an entirely new perspective: He was meant to be in prison.Salaam is one of five men who was wrongfully convicted of raping and brutally assaulting a female jogger in 1989 in New York City’s Central Park. He was imprisoned at 16 years old and served nearly seven years before the real perpetrator confessed to the crime. Known collectively as the “Central Park Five,” Salaam and the other four men — four of whom are black and one who is latino — were exonerated in 2002.Now an inspirational speaker, Salaam shared his experiences with about 400 people at Washington Hall on Friday night as part of Notre Dame Student Government’s “Race Relations Week.”“When we were first accused of this crime, there were over 400 articles written about us,” Salaam said. “There was a tsunami of media that was destined to the murder of us. And we somehow survived. We weren’t supposed to survive … but somehow, miraculously, we came out of prison.”Salaam said he was convicted for the worst crime in New York City at the time. Throughout the trial he went through as a teenager, he couldn’t reconcile the hatred everyone had in their eyes.“Then when [the court] asked me if I had anything to say before they sentenced me … they were telling me that I should not live on purpose,” he said. “They were telling me to turn my life down. But when I stood up, God put something in me.”Reading what he told the court at the time, Salaam recited his poem “I stand accused.” The poem was met with thunderous applause from Friday’s crowd of attendees, but Salaam said the court in 1990 didn’t react so positively.“I was 16 years old and what I was trying to get at was the understanding that I had been given in this short amount of time, that here I was in America,” Salaam said. “Here I was supposed to be protected. Here I was supposed to be afforded the same opportunity as the law. But America was looking at me as if I was not even a whole person — as if I was 3/5 of a human being.”He wanted that sentiment to be addressed, he said, because being in America doesn’t make him an American.Salaam held up a full-page ad U.S. President Donald Trump took out in the New York Times after the Central Park incident, which called for the death penalty and police to be “brought back.” Trump was whispering into the darkest places of society, Salaam said. He referenced recent high-profile cases in which black men were shot and killed by police officers.“It’s such a horrible thing when you realize that you are not protected under the law,” Salaam said. “That oftentimes, if your name is Tamir Rice, or Treyvon Martin, or Eric Garner — as a matter of fact Eric Garner is interesting. Because he kept telling the officers, ‘I can’t breathe.’”The interesting thing about Garner’s case, Salaam noted, is that on the side of any cop car are the noble words “serve and protect.”“As a matter of fact, in New York City it goes a step further,” he said. “It says courtesy, professionalism and respect. Now I feel like everyone wants to be treated courteously, definitely with professionalism and most certainly respect … but when Eric Garner kept saying ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,’ they didn’t give him the first letters [on] that cop car. … I began to understand this in a completely different way.”During his own time in prison, rather than crying “Why me?” to God, Salaam said he also eventually saw his experience in a different light.“Now I understood that when they call prison the belly of the beast, that is similar to a mother’s womb,” Salaam said. “Where in the belly of your mother, you’re being shaped and formed in order to find a purpose and to survive. … The fact that we made it means we were born on purpose, and not only were we formed on purpose but we were formed with a purpose.”In such a way, Salaam likens prison to a cocoon because life inside “becomes stillborn” but growth is still possible.“One of the most fascinating things about life is that you can never truly understand what you’re going through or rather what you’re growing through until you look back on your path,” Salaam said. “… And so the story of the Central Park Five, now known as the Exonerated Five, turns into a love story.”God put them in a space that allowed them to become working class citizens, Salaam said, and also allowed for the criminal justice system to begin to be restored from being “a criminal system of injustice.”“I want people to know that when you find yourself in so-called dark places, there’s always a light somewhere in the darkness,” he said. “And even if that light is inside you, you can illuminate your light in the darkness.”The “Central Park Five” case gained even more attention recently following Netflix’s summer release of the series “When They See Us” — a drama based on the case that is nominated for 16 Emmys. Salaam fielded a question during a question and answer portion of the lecture about the series.“Our prison time was hard but it wasn’t what I expected when I saw ‘When They See Us,’ Salaam said. “As a matter of fact, when we got to part four [filmmaker] Ava Duvernay pulled me aside and she said ‘Yusef, this is the TV version. We can’t show all of it. We can’t show how bad it was.’”We have to see ourselves as our future selves, Salaam said. In that way, he often circles back to that question the officer asked him six months into his prison time — who are you?Spurred on by that officer’s question, he discovered the true meaning behind the name his parents gave him.“My parents named me a sentence: God will increase the teacher with justice and peace,” Salaam said.That realization helped alter his perspective, he said, and allowed him to see that growth allows people to plant seeds for the future and look at themselves in the past, present and future tense.“It’s so beautiful when you know that everything that happens to you was supposed to happen,” he said.Tags: Central Park Five, criminal justice, police brutality, Race Relations Week, Yusef Salaam Six months into Yusef Salaam’s prison sentence, an officer came up to him with one question: Who are you?It was a seemingly innocuous question, but it was one Salaam says changed the “total trajectory” of his life.“I said ‘I’m Yusef Salaam, one of the guys accused of raping the Central Park jogger but I didn’t do it,’” Salaam said. “[The officer] said, ‘No but I’ve been watching you. You’re not supposed to be here. Why are you here? Who are you?’ … That question allowed me to look at myself and understand something that I never truly understood.”last_img read more

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Star in Mary Poppins

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first_img Related Shows from $149.00 It’s official! Tony, Pulitzer, Emmy and Grammy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda will star alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s new Mary Poppins. The Wrap writes that the Hamilton star and creator is now confirmed for the previously reported project, where he will play Jack, a lamplighter (not Bert, famously played by Dick Van Dyke).Before you picture Miranda singing/rapping “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” keep in mind: the new film will not be a direct remake of the 1964 Julie Andrews movie. Instead, the new Poppins will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series and is considered a sequel to the original.Rob Marshall, who helmed the recent big-screen adaptation of Into the Woods, is on board to direct. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind Hairspray, Smash’s Bombshell and the Broadway-bound Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will compose a new score and original songs. This is the third Disney project for Miranda, who penned a number for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and wrote songs for Disney’s upcoming Moana. View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

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Gardner selected Small Business Person of the Year

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first_imgGardner selected Small Business Person of the YearOliver J Gardner, owner and president of Four Seasons Garden Center in Williston has been selected as the US Small Business Administrations (SBA) 2005 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year. Nominated by Bob Blanchard, Vice President of Charter One Bank, Burlington, Gardner was selected for outstanding leadership related to his companys staying power, employee growth, increase in sales, innovative ingenuity, response to adversity and contributions to the community.Four Seasons is a regional, independent retail garden center specializing in an extensive inventory of ornamental trees and shrubs, perennials, annuals and garden accessories. Through repeated demonstrations of revenue-generating ability paired with environmental accountability, Four Seasons set standards that changed the garden center industrys paradigm for success.Following Gardners purchase of Four Seasons in 1978, the retail and landscape division doubled in size each year through 1981. Since that time, Four Seasons continued a pattern of steady growth and established itself as a small business success of major proportions. Employee numbers rose from 50 during peak season to a current peak season total of 95. Annual revenues increased from $80,000 in 1977 to $4 million, as of October, 2004.In 1994, when Gardner learned of the imminent arrival of Home Depot and Wal-Mart, he implemented a dynamic plan to go upscale and boost Four Seasons competitive edge. The plan was a stellar success and promoted increased sales at a time when many independent garden centers were closing due to pressure from chain-store giants.Through financial collaboration in 2002 with Taft Corners Associates, Inc., Charter One, and an SBA-guaranteed 504 loan administered by the Vermont Economic Development Authority, Gardner expanded and relocated Four Seasons in 2003 to a 10-acre lot less than a mile from Willistons box-store mecca. Although the company got off to a rocky start, Gardner ultimately gained higher profitability by increasing revenues, maintaining gross profit margin, reducing expenses, and retaining a high level of employee morale. By the end of 2003, he and his managers had developed a brand-new budget and held themselves to its guidelines. The new location, budget and expansion innovations produced a harmony of growth and increased revenues, as reflected by the companys financials for 2004.The 9,600 square-foot garden center is itself a mecca, replete with marketing innovations that helped shift the company into a region-wide destination store. With over two acres of intensely landscaped gardens, ponds, walkways and park amenities; a café specializing in homemade soups, salads and sandwiches with seating near an indoor waterfall; an outside jungle gym, an indoor childrens play area; a full calendar of educational programs and special events; and a diagnostic center staffed by certified horticulturalists, Four Seasons is second to none in the retail gardening business.Also exceptional is Gardners commitment to integrating community and business. He has offered use of the building for receptions and private parties, provided picnic grounds for public use and parking for unrelated local events. In Gardners view, community partnership includes environmental awareness, integrity and accountability. Four Seasons subsurface water recycling system alone is worthy of an award I have never seen a system so extensive in any garden center nationwide, said colleague R. Wayne Mezitt, Board Chairman of Weston Nurseries in Massachusetts.Despite a progressive, 20-year spinal cord disease that severely restricts his mobility, Gardner has demonstrated extraordinary determination, persistence and creativity. He is among a select group of small business persons who will be honored by the SBA at national ceremonies in Washington, DC, April 26-28. He will also be honored by the SBA Vermont District Office at a special ceremony presented by Vermont Business Magazine in June 2005.last_img read more

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Scottish Power to add solar, battery storage to existing wind farms

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first_imgScottish Power to add solar, battery storage to existing wind farms FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Scottish Power plans to squeeze more renewable electricity from its onshore windfarms by covering the ground beside the turbines with photovoltaic panels and batteries. The wind power firm has applied for permission to build its first solar power projects beneath the blades of its existing windfarms in Cornwall, Lancashire and Coldham.Scottish Power says it hopes to include solar panels in the vast majority of its future onshore windfarms across Scotland and Ireland, depending on whether the ground conditions are suitable for panels.Keith Anderson, Scottish Power’s chief executive, said: “Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting net zero in 2050. This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider.”The company’s renewable energy division has considered almost 100 sites in Scotland and Ireland for a new breed of windfarm that uses fewer powerful turbines and can be fitted with solar panels and batteries. In some cases, adding 10MW panels and 10MW of energy storage could double the green energy capacity of small windfarm sites.Scottish Power is developing more than 1,000MW of new onshore wind capacity, however the U.K. will need to build at least this capacity of onshore wind every year for the next three decades if it hopes to meet its 2050 climate targets, according to the Committee on Climate Change.Anderson said: “In the next 18 months I believe hybrids will be the new normal for all renewable energy developers.” [Jillian Ambrose]More: Scottish Power plans to build solar panels beside windfarmslast_img read more

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The Dominican Republic Professionalizes its Non-Commissioned Officer Corps

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first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo July 08, 2016 “A person cannot act based on watching what someone else does. Instead, one must act based on an understanding of oneself. To think like an individual. I cannot follow the bad example of what my superior does; I have to act based on my moral commitment to my peers, my commitment to my country,” said Dominican Navy Sergeant Major Juan Alberto Mañón Hernández, to the thunderous sound of applause. This was his response to a question from U.S. Army Sergeant Major Karim Mella on what an officer should do to show his subordinates what being a good leader is, initiating a subject matter expert exchange (SMEE) between the non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of both countries during the second week of June at the Dominican Army’s Military Education and Training Academy. The SMEE was led by SGM Mella and U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Rulberto Ojendismiranda, both from U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). The Dominican Republic, along with other regional partner nations, is participating in a program focused on further professionalizing the work of military NCOs. Sponsored by SOUTHCOM, this program was sought by the countries to develop their armed forces and to empower their NCO corps. According to Dominican Army Brigadier General, Rubén Darío Contreras Polanco, director of the academy where the workshop took place, the goal of the seminar was to “add value to the military careers of our non-commissioned officers, so that when they return to their respective units, they can share the experiences and the knowledge they acquired during the two days of exchange with the sergeants and subordinates in their environment.” Brig. Gen. Contreras is clear that with this exchange, the participants will be able to make their senior leadership understand that an NCO career is a reality, and that it will be of vital importance for the Dominican Army to have a more professional corps of NCOs “that can respond to the needs of the institution in a not-too-distant future.” Organic Law of 2013 The role of NCOs in the Dominican Armed Forces was attributed to the country’s recent Organic Law of 2013. Almost automatically, the Army was the first institution to comply with the order of creating a school that included non-commissioned officer categories 1, 2, and 3. “We are creating a school and starting to work on designing study plans for the courses,” explained Colonel Ambiorix Cepeda Hernández, current assistant director of theMilitary Education and Training Academy. “We are creating a program and seeking military consulting mainly from officers who have graduated from WHINSEC (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) and other important academic institutions in the United States. According to Col. Cepeda, the process of going from sergeant to NCO is “a bit complicated,” mainly because of the mentality of sergeants with respect to being promoted to lieutenant in their military careers. “Sometimes we want to get to certain rank, but we end up leaving behind other, better opportunities that life gives us. As NCOs, these servicemen and women have a better quality of life, more authority, and respect from officers, but sometimes they don’t see that or they don’t understand that very well,” said Gen. Contreras. Thus, the High Command of the Dominican Armed Forces recognizes the importance of these seminars. “Since the U.S. Armed Forces went through this transformation over 200 years ago, the experience brought to the table by the U.S. NCOs is essential for our officers to be able to better understand how this transition is carried out,” added Col. Cepeda. “I understand that this leadership course is very important for me because I will develop better, and I will perform better in my area since I will acquire knowledge that I didn’t have when I came here,” added Sgt. Maj. Mañón Hernández. A Long and Gradual Process Both the High Command of the Dominican Armed Forces and their U.S. counterparts understand that these are just the first steps in a long and gradual process, since the mentality has to change in addition to the academic structure for both, Dominican officers and subordinates who are used to years of clear separation from each other. Army Section Chief Major Robert Hammock, of the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, agrees. “It is an enormous challenge, but we are fortunate to have a military as well as a civil leadership that is very receptive to this type of change at this time in the country’s history.” Maj. Hammock is referring to the aforementioned Organic Law, which establishes a NCO Corps in each component of the Dominican Armed Forces. “We are here, taking the first steps and working intensely. The senior Dominican leadership and other institutions in the country are quite receptive, so that’s why we are currently seeing very positive changes,” he said. U.S. Support In addition to workshops such as these, the United States is prepared to help Dominican officers implement a cadre of more professional NCOs with continuous exchanges between key national leaders, such as unit commanders, the Minister of Defense, and the NCOs themselves. “The U.S. Military members that work here are really surprised by the professionalism of the Dominican Armed Forces. Thanks to the leadership of their NCOs and their subordinates’ training, they have everything they need to become a much stronger organization. All of the prerequisites are in place; they just need to begin this institutional reform. I believe that the foundation is in place to do that now,” affirmed Maj. Hammock. “The goal of [NCOs] used to be to become commissioned. That was their great achievement. Not anymore; now with this way of looking at things that [the U.S. personnel] are giving them in these workshops, and the experience they are bringing us, it is changing the perspective of a sergeant about when they become Category 1, then Category 2, and depending on their development, they can get to a level where they feel that it is similar to a commissioned officer, and that we are giving them the same prerogatives as that officer,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Bienvenido Uñera Aquino, commander of the Dominican Army’s NCO School, who discussed the institution under his command during the workshop. “The senior leadership here in the Dominican Republic is working on these issues, and we have advanced quite a bit. We are still advancing. The way I understand it, we’re not missing anything [in order to have an NCO Corps such as the United States]; what we need is to continue implementing or proceeding with what is already happening. Because here [in the Dominican Republic] the senior leadership has learned how to go ahead with these changes,” concluded Sgt. Maj. Mañón Hernández.last_img read more

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PREMIUMBatik Air takes off to bring Indonesians home from Wuhan

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first_imgLog in with your social account Forgot Password ? An Indonesian aircraft that will bring Indonesian citizens home from Wuhan, China, took off from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Saturday at approximately 1:10 p.m.The Batik Air Airbus A330-300 with a 392-seat capacity will evacuate 250 Indonesian citizens from Hubei province following the coronavirus outbreak.The evacuation team consists of 42 people, including nine cabin crew members, a pilot, a co-pilot and representatives from the Foreign Ministry, Health Ministry and Indonesian Military (TNI).”Our citizens, who live in Enshi city [542 kilometers from Wuhan], Jingzhou city [222 km from Wuhan], Huangshi city [100 km from Wuhan] and Xianning city [98 km from Wuhan], will gather at Wuhan Airport to be picked up,” Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said at a press conference at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Saturday.According … Google Facebook Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia Wuhan-lockdown evacuation Batik-Air Indonesian Retno-Marsudi Soekarno-Hatta-International-Airport Natunalast_img read more

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Eli Lilly starts late-stage study of COVID-19 drug in nursing homes

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first_imgTopics : Shares in the company rose 2.5% in premarket trading.The drug is already being tested in hospitals to study whether it can work as a treatment in patients who have the disease. This trial will test whether it works prophylactically.The phase 3 nursing homes trial is being conducted in partnership with several long-term care networks across the country as well as the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).To speed the study, Eli Lilly has created mobile research units including retrofitted recreational vehicles that can be deployed in response to coronavirus outbreaks at nursing homes across the USLY-CoV555 belongs to a class of treatments known as monoclonal antibodies, which are among the most widely used biotechnology medicines. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and other drugmakers are testing similar treatments against COVID-19.Last week Lilly told investors that LY-CoV555 had moved into mid-stage trials as a treatment and that late-stage trials would begin in the coming weeks. It expects efficacy data from the mid-stage trial in the fourth quarter.  US drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co is beginning a late-stage trial to study whether one of its experimental COVID-19 antibody treatments can prevent the spread of the virus in residents and staff at US nursing homes, it said on Monday.The phase 3 trial will test LY-CoV555, a treatment developed in partnership with Canadian biotech company AbCellera, is expected to enroll up to 2,400 participants who live or work at a facility that has had a recently diagnosed case of COVID-19.”COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on nursing home residents,” Eli Lilly’s chief scientific officer, Daniel Skovronsky, said in a statement. “We’re working as fast as we can to create medicines that might stop the spread of the virus to these vulnerable individuals.”last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Hosts Panel Discussion on Protecting Seniors from Financial Fraud

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first_img June 13, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Seniors Monaca, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud. Thursday, June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.“Financial crime can be visited upon older Pennsylvanians by someone they know — caregivers, friends, professionals, or service providers who abuse the trust that has been placed in them – or, in some cases, they can be targeted by strangers with elaborate scams,” Governor Wolf said. “That’s why my administration decided to pull together and collaborate across all our agencies to work to protect older Pennsylvanians from this kind of abuse.”“Elder financial abuse is one of the most significant financial crimes of the 21st century, and it is estimated to cost older Americans $36 billion each year,” said Secretary Wiessmann. “In order to help protect our seniors from financial fraud and abuse, we are developing and providing education programs for front-line professionals who have close contact with older Pennsylvanians. Through these programs, accountants, doctors, lawyers, and investment professionals are learning to identify signs of elder financial abuse, as well as how to report it and prevent this crime.”During a panel discussion at the Center at the Mall in Monaca, Governor Wolf pointed specifically to “PA $AFE,” an information exchange and clearinghouse created as part of the governor’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative, which involves over 20 Pennsylvania state government agencies engaged in financial education and consumer protection activities.“As an example of how PA $AFE operates, leaders from 14 agencies with consumer hotlines are trained to work to ensure their staff members know the appropriate places to refer calls that are not typically handled by their agencies,” Governor Wolf explained. “They are also making certain that the financial information they share with consumers is up-to-date and consistent across agencies.”In November 2015, Governor Wolf announced the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative “in order to educate the public about financial protection and best practices in a concise, efficient way.” Among the four goals he laid out for this initiative:Establish a state government interagency financial education exchange for consumers.Help professionals who work with senior citizens identify signs of elder financial abuse and prevent this crime.“There are many types of financial fraud scams that target seniors,” said Secretary Osborne. “The Wolf Administration recognizes that financial fraud education is critical. Protection means involvement, and in order to prevent older Pennsylvanians from becoming victims of financial fraud, we must educate those around us on what these scams are, how they work, and where to call for help.”Senior citizens, the caregivers, or family members with questions about financial transactions can call the Department of Banking and Securities at 1-800-PA-BANKS. The department also maintains on online library of resources to help consumers learn to protect themselves at: www.dobs.pa.gov.center_img Governor Wolf Hosts Panel Discussion on Protecting Seniors from Financial Fraudlast_img read more

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OECS member states to implement common tourism policy by October 1

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first_imgNewsRegional OECS member states to implement common tourism policy by October 1 by: – September 2, 2011 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img Share OECS logo. Photo credit: thewestindiesnews.comCASTRIES, St Lucia – October 1, 2011, has been identified as the date for establishing a common tourism policy for OECS member states. That is among the major successful outcomes of the second meeting of private and public sector tourism stakeholders, which looked at the draft tourism policy for the OECS.Programme officer at the OECS Secretariat, Dr Lorraine Nicholas, said OECS member states are “pretty close” towards unveiling their first common tourism policy.“The consultants are refining the policy document to reflect decisions taken at the workshop. We expect to disseminate the revised policy to officials in our member states. the member states have requested a deadline of September 14 for submission of their final comments; and we expect to have a final common tourism policy document by October 1,” Nicholas said.The OECS Secretariat added that the focus on tourism development within the OECS Economic Union and how it further enhances the life of the sector’s thousands of employees as well as the region’s economies was high on the agenda of OECS member states at the recent meeting of tourism stakeholders.“I think I can say with some level of confidence that the OECS Member States have produced a very comprehensive relevant and action oriented Tourism Policy,” Nicholas said.The OECS Secretariat said the meeting in Antigua and Barbuda from August 16 to 17 was a success, as tourism professionals from the private and public sector in the OECS and other stakeholders agreed on the key areas to be addressed in the OECS tourism policy.Antigua’s Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, John Maginley, advised the delegates on the way forward for the region’s vital economic sector and called for greater involvement of the private sector in tourism development activities. He said it is the private and not the public sector that generates most of the revenue from tourism.Maginley also urged participants to appreciate of the value of yachting to the region’s tourism product. The meeting identified the operationalisation of the OECS’ single yachting space as a top priority under the product development policy area.Other key areas include harmonisation of customs and immigration procedures, including the universal implementation of eSeaClear throughout OECS; improvement in air access to the region; standardization of human resource development initiatives across the region; transportation; and enhancement of tourism awareness throughout the region to provide empirical evidence of the economic impact of tourism. Improved research and statistics as well as attracting greater investment to the region were also flagged as major policy measures.The recent meeting follows an initial consultation held in March 2011, when tourism professionals from the region’s private and public sectors identified and prioritised key areas on which the policy should focus.Nicholas believes the extensive discussions will soon result in the formulation of a comprehensive, relevant and action-oriented tourism policy for the OECS.Looking ahead, Nicholas said, having formulated the plan, funding has been identified under the 10th EDF programme to implement the OECS common tourism policy.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

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Eugene W. “Army” Armbruster

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first_imgEugene W. “Army” Armbruster, 90, of Rising Sun, Indiana, passed away Saturday April 18, 2020 in Rising Sun, Indiana.He was born July 29, 1929 in Lawrenceburg, IN, son of the late Henry Armbruster and Clara (Owens) Armbruster.He served his country as a member of the United States Navy. Army worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for I & M, retiring after over 43 years of service. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Aurora American Legion, Lawrenceburg and Aurora Eagles. His faith was very important to him. Army served as a councilman in Lawrenceburg, was a volunteer for Fire Company #2 in Lawrenceburg, as well as, an EMT. Army enjoyed fishing and a beer, and he was a hard worker. He loved spending time with his family and will be greatly missed.Army is survived by his loving spouse of over 70 years Patricia (Doerr), Armbruster of Rising Sun, IN, children, Richard (Linda) Armbruster of Cumming, GA, John (Lisa) Armbruster of Rising Sun, IN, Diana Armbruster (Tony Richey) of Plainfield, IN, Robert (Bonita) Armbruster of Lawrenceburg, IN; sisters, Patricia (late Jerry) Schonegg of Indianapolis, IN, Mary (late John) House of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Kimberly Allen, Adam Chadwick, Tonya Russell, Samantha Faulds, Andrew Armbruster, Jaclyn Armbruster, Aleigha Lane, Tricia Armbruster, Amanda Armbruster, Joshua Johnson; great-grandchildren, Chaelynn Hambree, Christopher Chadwick, Conner Chadwick, Cole Graves, Dominic Panther, Urijah Faulds, Samuel Faulds, Charleigh Faulds, Colton Armbruster, Sawyer Lane, Gracyn Rollins, Jayden Armbruster, Luke Johnson and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Armbruster, sister, Doris Fette, and great grandson, Mason Russell.Private graveside services will be held at River View Cemetery with Father Ben Syberg Officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the St Mary’s Catholic School or Charity of Choice. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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