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Governor appoints nine new members of Vermont Native American Commission

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas has appointed nine new members of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, the first step in establishing a program for state recognition of Native American tribes in Vermont. * Nathan Pero, West Fairlee * David Vanslette, Swanton ‘These new members of the Native American Commission represent a broad cross-section of Native American communities and geography, and will bring a fresh perspective to the task at hand,’ said Giovanna Peebles, State Historic Preservation Officer and director of the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Governor Douglas appointed the following members: * Shirly Hook-Therrien, Braintree * Charlene McManis, Worcester ‘In addition to acknowledging their heritage, state recognition will allow Native Americans in Vermont who make and sell traditional crafts to be labeled as Indian- or Native American-made, an important distinction for those who purchase such items,’ Peebles said. Under the new law, creation of the Commission, ‘helps recognize the historic and cultural contributions of Native Americans to Vermont, to protect and strengthen their heritage, and to address their needs in state policy, programs, and actions.’ * Luke Willard, Brownington * Fred W. Wiseman, Newport Source: Governor’s office. 9.3.2010-30- * Dawn Macie, Rutland To learn more, please visit the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation website at www.historicvermont.org(link is external) or the VCNAA website at http://vcnaa.vermont.gov/(link is external) * Melody Walker Brook, Jeffersonville The new law, passed this spring by the Legislature, requires that eligible applicants must have lived in Vermont for a minimum of three years and said that appointments should ‘reflect a diversity of affiliations and geographic locations in Vermont.’ A new law that set up the recognition process revised the makeup of the panel and increased the number of members on the commission from seven to nine, and also imposed a Vermont residency requirement for the first time. The VCNAA will implement the new process for recognizing Native American tribes in Vermont that includes review by the commission, an independent review committee of experts, and approval by the legislature. * Takara Matthews, Richmondlast_img read more

Brazilian Admiral Assumes Command of UNIFIL’s Maritime Task Force

first_imgInitially created in 1978 during the Lebanese Civil War – which also involved Palestinians and Israelis–the United Nation’s peace mission had the support of the Maritime Task Force in 2006, after Israel invaded southern Lebanon to combat the Shiite group Hezbollah. After being led by Germany and a European group from Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy, UNIFIL has been under Brazilian command since 2011. Ever since, it has been up to the Brazilian Navy to appoint the mission’s commander and also the flagship of the international squadron. There are two types of training, one for the crew and one for the General Staff, which is the mission’s command. “They are two different trainings. The crew’s is very specific to the operational and tactical tasks that will be performed there. The staff’s also includes cultural issues, such as the language”, added the admiral. Challenges The Lebanese territory is considered a delicate area because it borders Israel and Syria, thus being a country surrounded by ethnic, religious, and territorial conflicts. For this reason, the admiral believes that its important to maintain missions like this in the region. “We understand how important this type of operation is for the Middle East, it’s something that ends up getting through to everyone.” The maritime operation in Lebanon relies on the participation of foreign Navies, which employ seven ships in the mission –all of which now fall under Adm. Brasil’s command. Currently, in addition to Brazilian Military personnel, UNIFIL is composed of 48 Greek, 105 Turkish, 123 German, 322 Bengali, and 103 Indonesian personnel. Adm. Brasil, who will be in the position for one year, until February 2016, is the fifth Brazilian commander of UNIFIL. During this period, he will work together with the ninth and tenth Brazilian contingents in Lebanon – the troops, as well as the flagship, will remain on the mission for six months. In total, there are 264 Navy personnel participating in each contingent of the international peacekeeping force. Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, chief of Joint Operations of the Department of Defense represented Brazilian Defense Minister Jaques Wagner and General José Carlos de Nardi, chief of the Brazilian General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA) at the ceremony in Beirut. “The second task, which is just as important, is to train the Lebanese Armed Forces so that they can take over the responsibilities that are currently performed by the Maritime Task Force in the future”, added Adm. Brasil. There are two types of training, one for the crew and one for the General Staff, which is the mission’s command. “They are two different trainings. The crew’s is very specific to the operational and tactical tasks that will be performed there. The staff’s also includes cultural issues, such as the language”, added the admiral. Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, chief of Joint Operations of the Department of Defense represented Brazilian Defense Minister Jaques Wagner and General José Carlos de Nardi, chief of the Brazilian General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA) at the ceremony in Beirut. The radius of maritime operation which the Brazilian Military is responsible for consists of 205 km of coastline. “Our role is to control the territorial waters of Lebanon, as well as their adjacent waters in order to prevent any illegal weapons from entering that country”, explained Adm. Brasil. According to the commander, blocking the entrance of illicit weapons is the mission’s primary objective, and the incidence of illegal weapons in the country has declined since Brazil took the lead of the mission. The transfer of command took place in the Port of Beirut, in a ceremony headed by UNIFIL’s Force Commander, Italian general Luciano Portolano. Flávio Brasil received the position from Walter Eduardo Bombarda, who commanded the Maritime Task Force since February 2014. The Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has been under Brazilian leadership since 2011, has a new commander since February 26. Admiral Flávio Macedo Brasil is in charge of the mission and has about 1,000 military personnel originating from six countries under his command: Greece, Turkey, Germany, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, in addition to the Brazilians. Adm. Brasil, who will be in the position for one year, until February 2016, is the fifth Brazilian commander of UNIFIL. During this period, he will work together with the ninth and tenth Brazilian contingents in Lebanon – the troops, as well as the flagship, will remain on the mission for six months. In total, there are 264 Navy personnel participating in each contingent of the international peacekeeping force. The military personnel chosen for the mission went through a selection process that began in September 2014 in Brasília and Rio de Janeiro. They were submitted to training and exercises determined by the UN’s Department of Peace Operations. The exercises were composed of a series of stages based on previous missions. “They were rooted in the prior experience of the personnel in the mission, who were able to communicate their difficulties and show us the challenges we will face. It was also a preparation to understand the scenario, the geopolitical and religious situation in Lebanon”, highlighted Adm. Brasil. Initially created in 1978 during the Lebanese Civil War – which also involved Palestinians and Israelis–the United Nation’s peace mission had the support of the Maritime Task Force in 2006, after Israel invaded southern Lebanon to combat the Shiite group Hezbollah. After being led by Germany and a European group from Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy, UNIFIL has been under Brazilian command since 2011. Ever since, it has been up to the Brazilian Navy to appoint the mission’s commander and also the flagship of the international squadron. UNIFIL is the only UN peace mission in a maritime environment composed of military troops and ships from different countries. For the admiral, commanding a multinational force is one of the most challenging aspects of his new position: “There are cultural, religious, and operational differences. The way Navies operate is very similar, but there are differences that must be respected,” he said, emphasizing how this kind of experience is enriching for a military man. “This is a source of pride, because there are few who have the opportunity to command a multinational task force,” he highlighted. The transfer of command took place in the Port of Beirut, in a ceremony headed by UNIFIL’s Force Commander, Italian general Luciano Portolano. Flávio Brasil received the position from Walter Eduardo Bombarda, who commanded the Maritime Task Force since February 2014. By Dialogo March 18, 2015 The maritime operation in Lebanon relies on the participation of foreign Navies, which employ seven ships in the mission –all of which now fall under Adm. Brasil’s command. Currently, in addition to Brazilian Military personnel, UNIFIL is composed of 48 Greek, 105 Turkish, 123 German, 322 Bengali, and 103 Indonesian personnel. The radius of maritime operation which the Brazilian Military is responsible for consists of 205 km of coastline. “Our role is to control the territorial waters of Lebanon, as well as their adjacent waters in order to prevent any illegal weapons from entering that country”, explained Adm. Brasil. According to the commander, blocking the entrance of illicit weapons is the mission’s primary objective, and the incidence of illegal weapons in the country has declined since Brazil took the lead of the mission. Patrolling Patrolling “The second task, which is just as important, is to train the Lebanese Armed Forces so that they can take over the responsibilities that are currently performed by the Maritime Task Force in the future”, added Adm. Brasil. The Lebanese territory is considered a delicate area because it borders Israel and Syria, thus being a country surrounded by ethnic, religious, and territorial conflicts. For this reason, the admiral believes that its important to maintain missions like this in the region. “We understand how important this type of operation is for the Middle East, it’s something that ends up getting through to everyone.” Training The military personnel chosen for the mission went through a selection process that began in September 2014 in Brasília and Rio de Janeiro. They were submitted to training and exercises determined by the UN’s Department of Peace Operations. The Maritime Task Force of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), which has been under Brazilian leadership since 2011, has a new commander since February 26. Admiral Flávio Macedo Brasil is in charge of the mission and has about 1,000 military personnel originating from six countries under his command: Greece, Turkey, Germany, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, in addition to the Brazilians. UNIFIL is the only UN peace mission in a maritime environment composed of military troops and ships from different countries. For the admiral, commanding a multinational force is one of the most challenging aspects of his new position: “There are cultural, religious, and operational differences. The way Navies operate is very similar, but there are differences that must be respected,” he said, emphasizing how this kind of experience is enriching for a military man. “This is a source of pride, because there are few who have the opportunity to command a multinational task force,” he highlighted. The exercises were composed of a series of stages based on previous missions. “They were rooted in the prior experience of the personnel in the mission, who were able to communicate their difficulties and show us the challenges we will face. It was also a preparation to understand the scenario, the geopolitical and religious situation in Lebanon”, highlighted Adm. Brasil. 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Fifth case confirmed in South African viral outbreak

first_imgOct 28, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A fifth case has been confirmed in the recent outbreak of febrile illnesses caused by a mysterious virus in South Africa, and preliminary tests have supported earlier suspicions that it is new member of the arenavirus family, South African health officials announced recently. Another nurse, who helped take care of the paramedic, also got sick but has so far survived. Melinda Pelser, a spokeswoman for Morningside Medi-Clinic in Johannesburg, where the nurse works and is being treated, said she was in serious condition but “on the road to recovery,” according to the Independent Online report. In the fatal cases, the illness lasted 9 to 12 days, culminating in sudden deterioration with respiratory distress, neurologic signs, and circulatory collapse. The agency said there were no more suspected cases in the outbreak. The number of people being monitored because of possible exposure to the patients has dropped from 94 to 31, according to the Independent Online. The NICD said tests by its own laboratory and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed an Old World arenavirus in all five cases. An analysis of genetic sequence data generated by the NICD, the CDC, and Columbia University in New York City “appears to indicate that the current outbreak is caused by a unique Old World arenavirus,” the NICD statement said. The illness worsened in the course of a week, with all four patients suffering diarrhea, sore throat, and a rash on the face and throat. Three patients also had facial swelling. The cleaner, a woman named Maria Mokubong, died Oct 6, according to a report today by the Independent Online, a South African news service. “Bleeding was not a prominent feature,” but one patient had a petechial rash, and another had oozing of blood from venipuncture sites. Oct 13 CIDRAP News story “Tests indicate an arenavirus in South African deaths” The hospital cleaner who died of the infection was bleeding and confused when she presented for treatment, and she died soon afterward, the NICD said. The agency gave the following clinical profile for the other patients: Arenaviruses are carried by rodents and secreted in their urine. Recognized “Old World” arenaviruses include lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (which actually occurs worldwide) and Lassa fever virus, which affects as many as 500,000 people annually in West Africa, the NICD said. Several arenaviruses found in South America, including Junin, Machupo, Sabia, and Guanarito viruses, cause a hemorrhagic fever syndrome, the statement noted. A worker who fell ill and died after cleaning a hospital room where the first case-patient in the outbreak had stayed was confirmed to have the virus, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in an Oct 24 update. Three other people had died of the virus earlier. The first was a Zambian woman who fell ill during a safari in South Africa. Subsequently a paramedic who helped care for the Zambian woman during her transfer to a Johannesburg hospital and a nurse who cared for the same patient during her hospitalization succumbed to the virus. CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevershttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/biofacts/index.html All initially presented with an influenza-like illness including fever, headache, and muscle aches. See also: “Preliminary testing indicates that the virus associated with the present nosocomial outbreak is a distinct new member of the family,” the NICD added.last_img read more

After the acquisition of a hotel in Austria, Valamar continued to raise its quality

first_imgAfter last year’s acquisition of the Austrian Hotel Obertauern, Valamar Riviera continues to invest and raise quality.  Hotel Valamar Obertauern 4 * opens on November 29 and remains open until April 19, 2020. Photo: Valamar Riviera Located in Obertauern, Austria, at 1.700 meters above sea level, Valamar Obertauern 4 * offers a holiday for skiers in the Salzburg Alps. The hotel has direct access to the ski slope, as many as 26 lifts and ski slopes of varying difficulty with a total length of 100 km. Valamar Obertauern 4 * in the new season 2019/2020. brings renovated wellness zones with a relaxation room, hot tub and beauty treatment room, Balance Mediterranean Spa by Valamar, which uses organic cosmetics based on Mediterranean herbs and ingredients, local and recognized world manufacturers. There is also a new hotel lobby, hotel restaurant and new fitness center, and guests will also be able to enjoy the delicacies of Mediterranean, local and international cuisine in the show-cooking restaurant Maremonti and the new wine bar. Depending on the size of the room, the price of accommodation with half board for two adults is 200 euros and for two adults with two children 350 euros per day. The hotel has 80 accommodation units and all guests can expect a wide selection of comfortable rooms and suites overlooking the mountains as well as a variety of entertainment and relaxation facilities, while the youngest are provided entertainment at the Maro Club with an innovative animation program.  According to Valamar, in the new season 2019/2020. Guests of the Valamar Hotel will be greeted by a number of novelties such as a renovated wellness zone, a new restaurant and a new fitness centerlast_img read more

Hey, men: Sexual harassment isn’t just a ‘women’s issue’

first_imgBut we men can be more than passive observers, and a start is surely to be better at listening.So I asked some smart, strong women how men can become part of the solution.I started with Gloria Steinem, who emphasized that men can stand up to make clear that inflicting unwanted sexual attention on another person is just plain wrong.“Every time a man interrupts the culture of dominance — and treats both women and men as unique individuals who are valuable for our hearts and minds and actions, not for how we look or where we are in some hierarchy — we are closer to being linked, not ranked,” Steinem told me.“Fathers have a big chance to do this just by listening to their daughters, and showing them that they’re worth listening to. Co-workers can do this by not commenting on a woman’s appearance when they wouldn’t say the same of a man.“This is not rocket science,” Steinem added. “It’s empathy.”Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, told me that she flinches a bit at references to male “allies,” because that can sound as if men are wading in as a favor to women. One of the bravest voices has been Ashley Judd, who broke the ice by speaking up about Weinstein.So I asked Judd how men can help.“Men being willing to have dialogue with their families and friends, and to disrupt sexist remarks, jokes and behavior, is integral to change,” she said.“Learning to let women speak up, and being open and teachable, is crucial. Imagine if we could simply say, ‘stop’ and ‘no,’ and men stopped? These micro interpersonal interactions hold transformative power.”One unfortunate consequence of greater scrutiny of these issues is that male bosses are sometimes reluctant to have dinner or drinks with female employees, making it difficult for women to build social relationships with bosses and be promoted.I asked Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor, about this, and she said that the solution is obvious.“More women in all positions of power,” she said. “And not as tokens.” But that sounds as if one cares about women only if one has made one, or as if one thinks of female colleagues as little girls.So let’s switch to this paradigm: “As a human being, I want fellow humans treated fairly and decently, not poked with less respect than we would treat a pound of beef at the supermarket.”I asked my wife, Sheryl WuDunn, what her advice was for men, and she was concise:“Put peer pressure on each other to treat women better.”Hey, men, let’s heed her advice.Nicholas Kristof is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m sure that some men reading this are rolling their eyes.On Twitter, one person responded to my denunciation of sexual harassment with a snide, “Do you have a penis at all?” Sigh.We men simply have to understand that there is nothing manly about sexual assault.Look, human relations are complicated, we are sexual creatures and it’s inevitable that there will be fine lines and misunderstandings.But a new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 54 percent of American women report having received unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances — meaning that this is a huge national problem, and a challenge for us all.Civil rights weren’t just a “black problem,” the Holocaust wasn’t just a “Jewish problem” and sexual harassment and discrimination are more than just a “women’s problem.”Men sometimes weigh in: “As a father of a young daughter, I deplore. …”center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWomen have been speaking out over the last few weeks about sexual harassment and assaults — passionately, eloquently and sometimes tearfully — and we men have been (for once!) rather silent.That’s better than jumping in, drowning out women’s voices, and mansplaining. (Actually, I saw a TV show about this once, and the real problem is. ) In fact, she noted, it’s in everybody’s interest that we erase harassment and discrimination — and a man’s own team will perform better if he includes women who feel safe and respected.Sandberg also emphasized something I strongly believe: We need not just sensitivity training, but also accountability. That means firing not only the men who sexually harass but also the men and women who are complicit.“People need to be afraid not just of doing these things, but also of not doing anything when someone around them does it,” Sandberg said.“If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are responsible, too.”One dismissal sends a stronger message throughout an organization than 10,000 hours of sensitivity training.Men have sometimes been prone to disbelieve victims’ stories, and one of the most distasteful aspects of the Harvey Weinstein scandal was a rush to refocus blame by questioning why female victims didn’t speak up earlier or go to police.That tendency to victim-shame is precisely why survivors are reluctant to speak up — and let’s remember that culpability lies with perpetrators, not victims.last_img read more

PREMIUMGovernment’s plan to empower MSMEs through omnibus bill faces backlash

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Google Forgot Password ? Topics : The government’s plan to empower micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and cooperatives through the omnibus bill on job creation is facing backlash from stakeholders.Association of Indonesian MSMEs (Akumindo) chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun said the plan would harm micro and small businesses.“The President said during his inauguration speech in 2019 that the government would empower MSMEs. However, the bill may actually harm businesses,” Ikhsan told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“The bill does not set a maximum threshold for businesses that could be considered an MSME, this could lead to big businesses claiming to be MSMEs.”Ikhsan said the bill could lead to multiple interpretations, calling on the government and stakeholders to review it.According to Article 94 of the draft bill, an MSME is defined by several criterial, namely its net wo… Indonesia omnibus-bill-on-job-creation MSMEs-cooperatives criteria license financing Log in with your social account Linkedinlast_img read more

Mr. Larry Joe Mundy

first_imgInterment will follow in the Spencer Cemetery, Sheridan, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Loose Funeral Home, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana 46013.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Mr. Larry Joe Mundy, age 70, of Vevay, Indiana, formerly of Anderson, Indiana, entered this life on April 2, 1946, in Anderson, Indiana, the son of the late, Roy E. and Louise (Head) Mundy. He was raised in Anderson, Indiana where he was a 1964 graduate of Anderson High School. Larry was united in marriage on May 19, 1984, in Pendleton, Indiana to Janet (Pickett) Burnell. Larry and Janet shared 32 years of marriage together until his death. Larry was employed for General Motors in Anderson, Indiana, retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service. He later moved from Pendleton, Indiana to Switzerland County, Indiana where he and Janet resided for the past 21 years. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping, strumming his guitar, sitting on his cabin front porch, writing songs and poems and spending time with his family. Larry passed away at 6:00 am, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Larry will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 32 years: Janet (Pickett) Burnell Mundy of Vevay, IN; his daughter: Brandy Reutebuch and her husband: Jerry of Noblesville, IN; his step-daughter: Sally Ellis and her husband: Scott of Monrovia, IN; his step-son: Greg Burnell of Vevay, IN, Matt Burnell and his wife: Stacey of Frankton, IN and Bob Lawson of TX; his grandchildren: Mick Rector, Molly Rector, Miles Reutebuch, Marley Reutebuch, Zygi Reutebuch, Amber Walton and her husband: Carlos, Eli Henson, Reed Burnell, Sam Burnell, Libby Burnell, Daniele Burnell, Matthew Burnell and Robert Burnell; his sister: Naomi Moore of Anderson, IN; his brothers: Ron Mundy and his wife: Judy of Anderson, IN and Dave Mundy and his companion: Kay McKissick of Anderson, IN; his uncle: James Mundy of Arlington, OR; his brother-in-law: John Pickett and his wife: Ann of West Lafayette, IN and his nieces, nephews, friends and special cousins: Connie Terrell and her husband: Ted of Mitchell, IN and Jerry Bell of Mitchell, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy E. and Louise (Head) Mundy; his sons: Larry Mundy, Jr., died in 1968 and James Mundy, died in 1981; his grandchildren: Emma Burnell, died April 5, 1997 and Aaron Burnell, died March 10, 2006; his sister: Shirley Mezick and his brother: Roy L. Mundy.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 1:00 pm, by Pastor Daniel Mundy, at the Loose Funeral Home, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana 46013.last_img read more

Tolands finish 1-2 at Davenport season championships

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (Aug. 26) – Friday was Season Championship Night at Davenport Speedway and track champions were determined in all weekly classes.In Petersen Plumbing and Heating IMCA Late Model action, Rob Toland led flag to flag for the victory and track title. The win was his fourth at Davenport this season. Bobby Toland made a late race charge to finish second a give the family a 1-2 finish. Justin Kay came from deep in the field to finish third. Matt Ryan and Brunson Behning completed the top five.Mitch Morris capped off his championship run with a victory in the Eriksen’s IMCA Modified feature. Morris managed to stay just ahead of the battle for second and take his fourth win of the season. Bruce Hanford was all over the top five before finishing second. Doug Crampton took home a third place finish followed by Matt Werner and Bryce Garnhart in that order.The Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod title and feature went to Tony Olson. Olson used his pole starting position to blast away from the field for his seventh feature win of the season. Jake Morris finished second with Andrew Burk third. Doug Burkhead and Matt Short rounded out the top five.last_img read more

Ekuru Aukot expelled from Thirdway Alliance

first_imgThe Thirdway Alliance party leader and founder Dr Ekuru Aukot has been expelled from the party over financial impropriety and assault claims to one of the members.Thirdway Alliance Party Secretary-General Fredrick Okango said that the party’s National Executive Committee had made the decision without malice, bias or hatred towards Aukot.“The disciplinary committee convened on September 4 and all witnesses and complaints appeared and testified, however, Aukot did not appear nor did he send an apology,” Okango said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East Mau This is after Aukot refused to appear before the party’s discipline committee.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftWhile issuing a statement, Okango said cited complaints against Dr Aukot such as intimidation and undermining the party’s leadership.Aukot is also accused of hiring rowdy goons to a meeting that was convened by the NEC to ensure it did not take place.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities“Despite intermittent interruptions by the goons under instructions from the Organizing Secretary Andrew Ihere, the meeting proceeded to execute its agendas amidst the heckling and violence,” said Fredrick Okango.Other reasons that warranted the suspension include; lack of civility, moral and social integrity, wanton defiance of court orders and verbal assault. “NEC has today received disciplinary committee report which it (NEC) adopted unanimously and recommended that Aukot having no need to defend himself be dismissed from the party membership and position as party leader,” he added.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Council supports Old Trafford ACV

first_img And having already invested £90million on the ground since the Glazer takeover and knowing, outside of Wembley, Old Trafford is regarded as the most prestigious stadium in England, it is highly unlikely ever to be so. Yet the club did oppose the nomination and there is a counter argument that it would not prevent United moving out of Old Trafford, merely prevent the land being used for anything else. United released a statement which read: ”The club has received the decision by Trafford Council. ”Old Trafford is, of course, a special place; it is the heart and soul of the club. ”The club obviously sees it the same way, which is why over the last eight years it has demonstrated its commitment to Old Trafford by spending around £90million upgrading its facilities and it will continue that investment in the future. ”We do have concerns that the legislation is not being applied correctly which could set a precedent throughout the country. ”Therefore, we have asked the council to follow the statutory review process to ensure the legislation is being applied as intended and we shall continue to keep open communication with the council.” MUST later issued their own statement on Trafford Council’s decision, in which the trust’s chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: ”We welcome this news – and believe both Manchester United and other football fans should too. Press Association Manchester United have asked Trafford Council to follow the statutory review process after it approved a request to support a nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value. The decision effectively means United’s home since 1910 cannot be used for any other purpose than its present one and has been seen as a victory for the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust. The trust’s move to request the nomination was to block any desire the Glazer family might have of leaving Old Trafford at some point in the future, even though it has been stressed many times by the club such a move is not on the agenda. ”While we appreciate the owners have no current plans to move or sell Old Trafford, this is a decision that helps to protect fans’ interests in the long term, as no one knows what the future holds. ”We are extremely grateful to our legal and other advisors, supportive councillors and MPs, Supporters Direct and our hard-working representatives and members who have backed this bid from the start. ”We hope this gives confidence to supporters of other clubs that they can pursue this route and we are grateful to Oxford United’s Supporters Trust (OxVox), who set a precedent with the approval of their own stadium. ”We still aim to build a more positive relationship with Manchester United and do not envisage a difference of opinion on this issue will hamper that. ”We are looking forward to a successful season both on and off the pitch.” Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said in a statement: “I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club as an Asset of Community Value. “The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most. “Many of our great cities – including Manchester – are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them. “The new community rights we have introduced have ensured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. “I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example.” last_img read more