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Notre Dame students travel to Trump rally in Elkhart

first_imgOn Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, thanks in part to a 19-percentage point victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Indiana. Indiana is also the home of his running mate and now-vice president, Mike Pence, the former Governor of Indiana.On Thursday, Trump and Pence returned to to Indiana to kick off midterm campaigning in the state, with each man delivering a speech at a rally held at North Side Middle School in Elkhart.While Trump discussed his victory in Indiana throughout his speech, over the course of the rally he also spoke about some of the state’s unique institutions.“It’s the state that gave us Notre Dame football,” he said. Ann Curtis | The Observer United States President Donald Trump addresses a crowd of supporters at North Side Middle School in Elkhart on Thursday. Trump spoke on local election races throughout Indiana.Trump and Pence are no strangers to the University, having both spoke in the region since the 2016 campaign for the White House.In May 2016, Trump held a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend in the lead up to that year’s Indiana presidential primary, while Pence delivered the University’s 2017 commencement address.Pence spoke prior to Trump, giving an overview of the president’s accomplishments to date. Pence said that the president’s work on the economy has benefited not only the entire country, but also Elkhart specifically. “President Trump’s leadership has been making a difference here in Indiana and all across the country everyday,” Pence said. “Since Indiana voted to send him to the White House, businesses created more than 3.1 million jobs, including 33,000 new jobs here in the Hoosier state alone. … In fact, there has been 8,000 new good-paying manufacturing jobs just here in Elkhart, Indiana.“I say with absolute confidence, jobs are coming back … and under President Trump, America is coming back,” Pence said. While Pence and Trump both spoke on the administration’s political accomplishments, they also took time to address this November’s upcoming midterm elections. Trump said that his supporters must fight the urge to get “complacent.” “[Democrats] fight for all of the things that we don’t stand for, and we are going to have a great victory in ‘18, you watch,” Trump said. “History shows that when you win the presidency, three years later … 90 percent of the time, the party that wins the presidency loses on the midterms. And the reason is, I guess, they get a little bit complacent. We’re not getting complacent.” President Trump also discussed the May 8 Indiana primary, endorsing Republican senate candidate Mike Braun. Braun is challenging incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Donnelly in Indiana’s senate election this November. “We need Mike Braun in the Senate,” Trump said. “Now if Joe Donnelly — Sleepin’ Joe — and the Democrats get back into power, remember what I said, they will raise your taxes. … They will destroy your jobs, and they are going to knock the hell out of your borders.”Trump noted that while the gymnasium can host around 7,000 guests, there were still crowds outside of the venue, unable to get a spot inside. “I don’t know if you see what’s going on outside, but you have a lot of people outside that want to get in,” Trump said. “But they’re not getting in, because this place is packed.”Notre Dame students were among attendees at the rally and at a nearby counter-protest.Sophomore Indy Talken was one of the attendees who was unable to get a seat to watch Trump speak.Talken traveled to the rally with a group of friends. The students had reserved tickets online and arrived at the time they were told would guarantee them seating. However, when they went to take a shuttle to the rally, they were turned away.“The people on the bus told us ‘Don’t even bother going, there’s 20,000 people waiting outside just to get in. The venue is packed already, you don’t stand a chance,’ which was a little disappointing because we had reserved tickets online beforehand,” she said. “But we understand that’s how these kinds of things go.”Talken said she and her friends had hoped to attend the rally in order to learn more about contemporary political issues.“We were hoping to see him talk and listen to the way he presented issues because it’s important to be open-minded politically,” she said. “Being open to discussion is the only way to make progress. And we wanted first-hand experience.”Senior Liam Maher participated in a counter-rally in Elkhart. He said the protest highlighted a wide array of issues.“It was just a really diverse group on the counter protest side,” he said. “We had people including myself representing LGBTQIA populations, we had African American populations, we had Latinx populations, we had Moms Against Gun Violence, just a lot of people coming together to give voice to a lot of issues.”Maher said he found it interesting to see the interactions between people from both sides of the political spectrum.“It was very enlightening to see the other side,” he said. “I’m glad that I went. I haven’t really been super active in going to a lot of political rallies and stuff unfortunately because I’ve just been so busy throughout the year but I was happy that I got to make it out to this one.”Tags: Donald Trump, Donald Trump protest, Elkhart, Mike Pencelast_img read more

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GMP files cost of service study, rates to increase 1.9%

first_imgGREEN MOUNTAIN POWER FILES COST OF SERVICE STUDY FOR1.9 PERCENT RATE INCREASECOLCHESTER — Green Mountain Power (NYSE: GMP) has filed itscost-of-service study supporting the implementation of a January 2005 rateincrease of 1.9 percent, pursuant to a plan previously approved by theVermont Public Service Board (VPSB). This will be the first increase forGreen Mountain Power customers in four years.”Our success in controlling costs and managing the business well has meantthat our customers have not had an increase in rates since January 2001.During those four years, the consumers’ price index has risen 9.1 percentand electricity prices across the nation have gone up 10.6 percent. Whileit would be preferable to continue without an increase, we’re pleased thatwe have been able to limit the increase to 1.9 percent while continuing toprovide efficient, reliable electric service,” said Christopher L. Dutton,president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power.In late 2003, Green Mountain Power received approval from the VPSB for athree-year rate stability plan. That plan included a freeze on rates in2004, and increases of 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent in January 2005 and2006. Today’s filing includes a cost-of-service study demonstrating theneed for the rate increase, as required by the plan. The filing is subjectto review by the Public Service Board.The major factors driving the need for the rate increase in 2005 includethe requirement that the Company recover past energy conservationexpenditures, rising transmission costs, and the loss of deferred revenuesfrom a previous regulatory ruling.”One major reason we have been able to keep our rates low is that we haveaggressively pursued ways to stabilize power supply costs. Our contractwith Morgan Stanley, the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant andsubsequent contract for purchased power from the plant and the powercontract with Hydro Quebec all help shield our customers from theincreases in market power costs that New England is now experiencing,”explained Mr. Dutton. “Overall, the current rate arrangement approved bythe VPSB will mean that our customers will have experienced four yearswithout a rate increase and two years of minimal increases – 1.9 percentin January 2005 and 0.9 percent in January 2006. This period of ratestability, during a time of sharply rising energy costs, has given ourcustomers a competitive edge.” The 2005 rate increase would add $1.59 to the monthly bill of an average residential customer using 650 kilowatthours a month, moving it from $83.72 to $85.31. -30-last_img read more

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Burlington Telecom misses another loan payment

first_imgBurlington Telecom,Burlington Telecom didn’t make a $480,000 payment due last Sunday to CitiCapital, which included $386,000 in interest. However, Mayor Bob Kiss said Monday that there are ongoing negotiations with the lender.Burlington hired the financial advisory firm Dorman and Fawcett to negotiate with CitiCapital on the repayment terms for the $33.5 million loan the New York-based lender made to BT in August 2007. BT hasn’t made any interest and principal payments on the loan this year, which totals approximately $1.5 million in missed payments, according to Chief Administrative Officer Jonathan Leopold. Leopold mentioned that the city entered into a forbearance agreement with CitiCapital on July 1 that expired September 30 but was extended for an additional 30 days and expired on Sunday.The Kiss administration spent about $17 million in public money between 2007 and late 2009 in violation of state regulations to sustain BT without the City Council or the council members of the Board of Finance knowing about it.  This has resulted in a pending criminal investigation, a state audit of BT, a civil lawsuit in Chittenden Superior Court brought on by taxpayers, and downgrades to credit ratings of the city, the airport, and Burlington Electronic Department.The Vermont Public Service Board ruled last month that BT was in violation of its certificate of public good.last_img read more

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The Rise of Donald Trump Recalls the Downfall of Richard Nixon

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A week is not enough time to absorb the impact of this historically divisive presidential election. It’s natural to be reeling, considering how wrong the polls were about Hillary Clinton’s prospects and how the outcome could harm the planet, let alone the country.The stunning results apparently surprised even Donald Trump, seeing how unprepared his transition team is to take power.This shock is how I felt watching the electoral returns in 1972 when President Richard Nixon obliterated the anti-Vietnam War candidate Sen. George McGovern from South Dakota. “Tricky Dick” Nixon, as he was dubbed, took every state but one. And that’s where I was then going to college: Boston University in Massachusetts.The year before, the protest slogan, “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote,” had finally been put to rest by the passage of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18.When I got to cast my first vote for president, I was 19, but more importantly, my draft lottery number was 243. I thought that only if China invaded South Vietnam would I ever be drafted, but I was a die-hard McGovern supporter in solidarity with those other young men whose fates were up for grabs by the Pentagon and the president.The night of Nov. 7, 1972, my B.U. buddy, Scott, and I were on assignment. Our journalism professor had told the class to pick a political candidate and join him or her on election night. Since I had a car, we decided to go outside Beantown to the campaign headquarters of Rep. Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest who was ardently opposed to the Vietnam War and was running for re-election. His outspokenness had made him a national figure so we got to watch professional reporters in action—and share in the booze put out in the press room. Scott observed that the scotch bottles went empty first.As the night wore on, we noticed that everybody there was getting smashed—but not because they were celebrating Father Drinan’s victory. It was more like an Irish wake. They were coping with the stunning defeat of their presidential choice, Sen. McGovern. I’ll never forget watching the TV map turn red, all except for Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. McGovern didn’t even carry his home state. How could my country get it so wrong? I felt absolutely betrayed. Nixon was a crook! He should never have been re-elected, but he had won by almost 18 million votes, one of the widest margins in American history.On the night of June 17, 1972, burglars had broken into the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate complex in D.C. They got busted. The incident barely made a ripple in the national news until two dogged metropolitan reporters from the Washington Post, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, got a tip to “follow the money,” and it took them to campaign cash dispensed by the Committee to re-elect the President, amusingly known as CREEP.“In public, Nixon presented a coolly competent demeanor. In private, he was paranoid and vindictive.”In his uphill campaign, McGovern was never able to gain any media traction on the scandal. The only issue to come up consistently was how far behind he and his running mate, Sargent Shriver, were in the polls.Later, Drinan became the first member of Congress to call for Nixon’s impeachment, but not because of the Watergate break-in and Nixon’s ill-fated cover-up, but for the president’s “concealing a massive bombing” in an undeclared war against Cambodia that he’d hatched with his national security advisor, Henry Kissinger.“The country knew there was extensive lawlessness in the White House,” Drinan recalled afterwards. “Abuse of power and criminality were apparent to the American people.” But the realization came too late to change the election results.In March 1974, seven men were arraigned for their role in trying to thwart the Watergate investigation. Ultimately Nixon’s most senior aides, Chief of Staff Bob Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Attorney General John Mitchell, were sent to prison.As Hunter S. Thompson put it in Rolling Stone for an article headlined: “He Was a Crook”: “Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.”Writing in the November 1974 issue of The Atlantic was George V. Higgins, a lawyer representing Gordon Liddy, one of the Watergate “plumbers” caught red-handed. Higgins was angry that his client was taking the fall for the president since he’d just been following orders. Said Higgins, “…the Nixon School of Lying was erected on the premise that people will hear what they want to hear… The President thought we were all stupid.”In public, Nixon presented a coolly competent demeanor. In private, he was paranoid and vindictive. Not trusting anyone, he kept tape recordings of all his meetings in the Oval Office—and their presence led to his downfall.In July 24, 1974, the Supreme Court ruled that Nixon had to release the “Watergate Tapes.” Within days, the House Judiciary Committee, which had begun looking into the matter in 1973, passed three articles of impeachment.As the Washington Post has had to disprove time and time again when the erroneous alt-right meme makes its rounds, 27-year-old Hillary Rodham (then unmarried) had been hired as a staff attorney out of Yale Law School by John Doar, the chief lawyer for the impeachment probe, who “essentially displaced” Jerry Zeifman in the role. There’s a recurrent falsehood spread by her enemies—and they are legion—that Zeifman “fired” Clinton. Untrue. She reported to Doar. Other events led to the committee’s dismantling.With rumors circulating that the end was near, Nixon made it clear on the night of Aug. 8, 1974, when he announced on television that he would be resigning at noon the next day. I happened to watch him live at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant in Ohio, which had turned on the TV in the main dining room for the historic occasion. I was with a group of friends from Antioch College—I had transferred from B.U.—heading back to campus in Yellow Springs, a village near Dayton, after spending a few days on a white-water rafting trip in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania. We’d had a blast—and earned all our physical education requirements needed for graduation. (Our small liberal arts school was not big on sports.)Seeing Nixon tell the nation he was leaving office was a wonderful antidote to the deep despair I’d felt two years before. The other patrons sat in stunned silence. We few let out a cheer. But then, we were the only ones with long hair, sideburns and beards.Outside the White House the night Nixon spoke, protestors on Pennsylvania Avenue were chanting, “Jail to the Chief!” Nixon claimed he never heard them.Those words remind me of the vicious anti-Hillary chants echoing from Trump’s campaign rallies, but with a twist. The president-elect, unlike Nixon, lost the popular vote to his challenger. In fact, Clinton got 62,414,338 votes in unofficial tallies, compared to Trump’s 61,252,488 votes. (Nixon received 47,168,710 in 1972.) Aside from the Electoral College, Trump has no true mandate to lead, but he does seem dead set on taking us back to a bad place where we’ve been before. And he’s got the White House, the Supreme Court and both houses of Congress along for the ride.“Our nation’s future stands at a fork in the political road,” said Adlai Stevenson in 1956 when he was the Democratic presidential candidate running against President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon. “In one direction lies a land of slander and scare; the land of sly innuendo, the poison pen, the anonymous phone call and hustling, pushing, shoving; the land of smash and grab and anything to win. This is Nixonland. America is something different.”You could say the same about Trumpland today.Nixon had called his supporters who so resoundingly re-elected him “The Silent Majority.” They were drawn from white-collar suburbs in the North, rural white areas in the South and an increasing number of blue-collar workers in cities and towns disenchanted by the Democrats. They’re the ones who roared for Trump last week. I expect that, like Nixon’s loyalists, they’ll be betrayed, too, when the alleged billionaire fails to “make America great again.”But we can’t wait for history to repeat itself. Now is the time to stand up for what is right—for the good of us all.Featured photo: President Richard Nixon infamously posed making the peace sign as he left the White House following his resignation. (Photo: Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum official Facebook page)last_img read more

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Thomas J. Watson 5th graders get a special moving-up ceremony

first_imgENDICOTT (WBNG) — One local elementary school is making sure their 5th graders still get their moving up ceremony before starting middle school in the fall.Cars lined up along Union-Endicott’s Thomas J. Watson Senior Elementary School Thursday evening.The passengers- 5th grade graduates saying one last goodbye to their teachers.Each student got their name announced, a certificate and gifts, just like they would have on stage.”We didn’t know when we left in March we weren’t going to see them again. so I think that it’ll be nice to see them one last time,” says 5th grade teacher Megan Crocetto.”I think this is really special to them. I know my students have mentioned they’re very excited about this so I think it’s still really important for them as well as us teachers,” says 5th grade teacher Emily Rebello.Just around the corner was a place for students to get their pictures taken and see their friends again.last_img read more

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Why Millennials are living at home longer and new ways to break into the Gold Coast property market

first_img MORE NEWS: Battle of the twins: villa knocks neighbour off top spot CoreLogic’s Perception of Housing Affordability 2019 report showed removing or reducing the tax was the most popular option to tackle affordability challenges.An increasing trend amid the affordability crisis is the number of young Australians planning to live with their parents longer. It is known as Cubby House Syndrome.“Although most Australians believe that housing affordability has improved over the past year, a larger proportion believe they will be staying at home for longer, mostly because they feel they can’t afford to move out,” it said.Mr Henderson said it was becoming more common on the Coast.“Where 20 years ago everyone wanted to be out of home when they turned 18, now days it’s uncommon for that to happen,” he said. Millennials often struggle to save a deposit with the general cost of living on the rise. Picture: Jason EdwardsHerron Todd White director Tod Gillespie said he had seen some Coast parents using the equity on their homes to help fund their children’s property. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The bigger issue is saving for the deposit,” he said.“I think lifestyle is different now … that’s making the general cost of living more expensive.”He said there were affordable options on the Gold Coast, they often just weren’t what people wanted. Rentvesting is gaining popularity as a way to break into the market.New technology that enabled people to invest in a portion of property was also becoming more popular.Trading platform ticX allowed people to buy a share in a property with other parties and share expenses, rental income and capital value proportionate to the percentage held.Chairman Peter Llewellyn said it was ideal for “rentvestors”.“ticX is the only centralised real estate trading platform providing an investment pathway for the rentvestor,” he said.“This group is emerging as an economic force because of a cultural change caused by a number of new socio-economic factors, affordability being one.”New apartment developments Epsilon and Star Residences at Broadbeach are listed on the ticX website. Stamp duty was one factor contributing to the housing affordability crisis.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said stamp duty was one of the biggest problems.In Queensland, a homeowner would need to pay about $15,000 stamp duty on a house worth the Gold Coast’s $655,000 median price.“It’s a significant cost,” he said.“House prices continue to rise and the Government hasn’t adjusted the rates, it hasn’t kept pace with the times.”He said the Government was “addicted” to the revenue it offered so would never abolish the tax but believed it needed to be reduced as it was deterring people from buying. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenQuestions for Millennial home buyers01:41center_img Gold Coasters are struggling with housing affordability, as many choose to stay at home longer to save for a house.SOARING housing costs are forcing some Gold Coasters to shelve their property dreams.While rising property prices are often considered a positive sign for the market, it leaves many people struggling to find affordable options.New research shows Millennials are living with their parents longer to save a deposit while others are investing in innovative technology to get a foot in the door.Some homeowners are even holding onto their properties longer because it’s too expensive to move. MORE NEWS: The suburb outperforming its beachfront counterpart last_img read more

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Katie Page sells two more apartments in her boutique Gold Coast building

first_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:46Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:46 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenChoosing an apartment to invest in01:47 Two more apartments in Katie Page’s Main Beach building have sold.IT has been a solid start to the year for high-profile businesswoman Katie Page, who has sold another two apartments in her boutique beachfront building M3565 at Main Beach. The Magic Millions co-owner and Harvey Norman CEO has managed to appeal to Gold Coast downsizers with two local couples revealed as the latest buyers.Apartment three sold for $4.75 million while apartment two was picked up for $4.5 million in an off-market deal.M3565 marketing agent, Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige, said Main Beach continued to be a suburb of choice for downsizers. MORE NEWS: Beachfront house fetches almost $500,000 more than expected MORE NEWS: QLD day trip pays off for interstate buyercenter_img Both apartments fetched more than $4 million each.“We are seeing a huge per cent of luxury apartments at Main Beach being sold to Gold Coasters,” Mr Graham said.“They are outbuying Sydney and Melbourne buyers at the moment.“Many empty nesters now realise they don’t need six, seven or eight bedroom houses in the Isle of Capri when they can live on the beachfront with no maintenance or upkeep required.”He said Main Beach had always been the number one pick for beachside apartment living.“With the confidence of a few big sales last year, it has just flowed on to the sales that have been going on now,” he said.Level five of M3565 is now being marketed at offers over $5.5 million.“The finishes and the quality of the building is simply unmatched by any other beachfront high-rise on the Gold Coast,” Mr Graham said.“There is honestly nothing else like it.”Ms Page, who is wife of Harvey Norman executive chairman Gerry Harvey, paid $15.5 million in 2007 for the 882sq m block at 3565 Main Beach Pde.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Both buyers were local couples.She first launched her luxury residences to the market in July 2017.Level four sold for $5.5 million in 2019 while Ms Page and her husband have kept the penthouse and the ground floor apartment for themselves.She worked with one of Australia’s leading architects, Virginia Kerridge, to design the seven whole-floor apartments, each with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.Prices have been slashed since the residences were first launched with apartments now being marketed one at a time.The project used contemporary finishes including tinted concrete, timber shutters and zinc, ­ensuring the building was different to anything on the Coast.last_img read more

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‘We are Venezuelans by right’ says Venezuelan Ambassador

first_img Share Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de GrijalvaAmbassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva has underscored the significance of Venezuela’s independence, which was celebrated during the month of July.At a grand concert held last week to culminate activities here in Dominica, the Ambassador said the country’s 200th anniversary celebrations is indeed a milestone.‘July is the month of transcendental importance for Venezuelans. This date reaffirms the beginning of our nationality, in a day like this in 1811, the Independence of Venezuela was officially declared. We are since then Venezuelans by right, and not a spanish colony’, says the Ambassador.She says that during the celebrations they also paid tribute to the President of Venezuela, who is one of the greatest political leaders today.‘This year 2011, Venezuela commemorates its 200th Anniversary of Independence. Today, and under the presidency of Hugo Chavez Frias, an interesting process of change is taking place, a process which through a constitution, contemplates the free and independent condition of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezueal; permanent conditions to which you can’t renounce that find its foundations in Simon Bolivar’s ideas, his moral, heritage and his strong values for liberty, equality, justice and international peace’, she said.She added, ‘by constitutional precept, the Republic should promote and favor Latin American and Caribbean integration, towards the creation of a community of nations, defining the economic, social, cultural, political and environmental interest of the region’.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweetcenter_img 31 Views   no discussions LocalNews ‘We are Venezuelans by right’ says Venezuelan Ambassador by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Haitian drug kingpin could get big cut in prison sentence

first_img Tweet MIAMI, CMC – Haiti’s most notorious narcotics trafficker could see his 27-year prison sentence chopped by as much as half because of his assistance as a cooperating witness in the United States federal government’s crackdown on that country’s drug trade, federal authorities here say.Cocaine kingpin Beaudoin “Jacques” Ketant, 48, could soon receive the big reduction because he assisted Miami prosecutors in convicting an array of Haitian drug traffickers, police officers and politicians after President Jean Bertrand Aristide’s ouster in 2004, according to a federal court filing here.Last year, Aristide emerged from exile in South Africa and returned to Haiti.Ketant had lived in a hilltop mansion overlooking Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, until Aristide expelled him under US pressure the previous year, US officials say.That extraordinary move allowed US federal authorities to put Ketant on a plane for Miami and charge him with conspiring to import 30,000 kilos of cocaine into South Florida, New York and other locations.“He was not the only game in town, but he was the best game in town,” said Miami lawyer David Weinstein, who was chief of the narcotics section at the US Attorney’s Office in Miami during numerous prosecutions stemming from Ketant’s cooperation.“If you wanted a place to stop on the way to the United States, Haiti was it,” Weinstein added. “This was a huge landing spot to come and go as you pleased because of the climate that existed and the willingness to accept bribe payments and look the other way.”Earlier this month, the US Attorney’s Office filed a motion to reduce Ketant’s sentence “based upon his substantial assistance” in the successful prosecutions of co-conspirators and other offenders who thrived on Haiti’s role as a shipping hub for tons of Colombian cocaine.Assistant US Attorney Lynn Kirkpatrick did not disclose the proposed sentence reduction for Ketant, whose release date from an Arkansas federal prison is in 2026. She said she would provide “further detail” at an upcoming hearing before US District Judge Federico Moreno, who has final say in the matter.But federal sources familiar with the case said Ketant could see his term slashed by as much as half — meaning he could be released in a matter of years – because he provided invaluable information on narco-traffickers, drug operations and bribe payoffs.During the past decade, about 50 Haitian and other defendants were convicted on either drug-smuggling or money-laundering charges, with Ketant’s information responsible for about one-third of those convictions, US authorities said.Ketant had grabbed center stage in the US government’s drug-trafficking investigation in the days leading up to Aristide’s sudden departure as president in February 2004.Antigua Observer Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img 13 Views   no discussions Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional Haitian drug kingpin could get big cut in prison sentence by: – January 17, 2012last_img read more

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Spurs plans receive boost

first_imgTottenham’s plans to build a new stadium took a major step forward on Friday after the club were granted permission to use a site earmarked for the project. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “This scheme is supported by the locally determined development plan for the area and has received strong local support.” Earlier this year, Tottenham expressed their hope that the new 56,250-capacity stadium would be ready by 2017. Their current ground capacity at White Hart Lane is approximately 36,240. In 2011, Tottenham lost out to West Ham in a bid to move to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford. Ministers have agreed with a compulsory purchase order made by the London Borough of Haringey, which will enable the Northumberland Development Project to continue. More than 95 per cent of the three-hectare site has already been approved and the orde r was requested to allow the final two of three phases to go ahead. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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