first_imgIS TRUE TRUE that Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding will announce that he shall run for re-election on Feb 8, 2018, at the Civic Center at 3:30 PM?  …we are hearing that the popular Sheriff may run un-opposed?IS IT TRUE the North Main renovation project is now complete? …that the newly designed streets won’t allow for two buses to pass each other?  … it’s been reported that a city fire truck can’t use the newly installed street on North Main? …its obvious whoever designed the newly installed North Main street didn’t have the good sense to use a tape measure to find out how wide a road should be to allow buses or a fire truck  to use this street before pouring concrete?…it looks like the project design geniuses somehow decided to put 20 pounds of product in an 18 pound bag and now are standing in amazement that it wouldn’t fit? IS IT TRUE in June of 2017 Evansville City Councilman Jonathan Weaver raised the idea of privatizing the Mesker Zoo?…Public records indicate the city-funded over $4.8 million for the zoo this year, but the zoo only brought $1.1 million in revenue?…Weaver reportedly says that $3 million loss got him thinking that with tax dollars being in short supply that Evansville would be well served to turn this loser over to a private investor? …we can’t wait to see what the newly appointed City Council Finance Chairman Jonathon Weaver is going to do about the privatizing of the zoo issue? We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?”IS IT TRUE we wonder what the current status of the $750,000 water and sewer bill that the owners of the McCurdy allegedly owe to the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department?  …we have been told that the people who lease apartments at the McCurdy currently have running water? …if any of our readers have an excessive water bill that isn’t paid current their water would be cut off?IS IT TRUE when a business has excessive operating costs and serious long-term debt they don’t do another capital project for a while?  …last week the Mayor and At-large City Councilwomen Michelle Mercer announced a private and public partnership to raise funds to designed and develop the Roberts Park property?  …its obvious that government isn’t ruined like a business? IS IT TRUE we are told that any candidate running for re-election that has wasted our tax dollars on questionable capital projects or voted on tax increases may have a problem of getting re-elected? IS IT TRUE this is not the first time something that was literally stupid happened with infrastructure improvements?…once upon a time someone approved a paving project on Diamond Avenue that wouldn’t allow a semi truck to pass under a railroad bridge without getting stuck?…the first truck through got stuck and the tires had to be flattened to let it pass?…we guess that one was missed by 6 inches too?…that one required an expensive rework too?…then there was the scoreboard at the new expensive ball fields that weren’t useful for baseball?…the same ball fields missed the length of the base paths for the leagues that the park was built for?…we really need to bring back vocational education so then professional design folks in Evansville can learn to read a ruler?…the advice measure twice and cut once doesn’t even save someone from making a mess when the design is wrong?…you can’t even make this sort of idiocy up and it always falls on the taxpayers to bail out the 1st grade failures of the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE that we wonder, if any current member of our City Council went to buy a new car Dealership and signed a legal contract to purchase a MERCEDES-BENZ and they were told that they had to accept a Volkswagen for the same price, would they agree to the transaction?  … their answer should be “HELL NO”?  …this is seemly what happens every time the city gets involved in a big-ticket capital project (new downtown Hotel, North Main Street project, new Smart Water meters, Amazonia project at the Zoo. etc.)? IS IT TRUE that one thing done right the second time around on North Main was replacing the dilapidated water pipes? …it’s obvious that common sense doesn’t run deep in the Civic Center? IS IT TRUE its time that the self-proclaimed conservatives on City Council demand a full and detailed disclosure of all the operating expenses of the Evansville Thunderbolt Hockey team that the City of Evansville is responsible for?IS IT TRUE we are being told that the Evansville city employees Healthcare costs are still out of control and will still are faced with another major shortfall issues in this year’s budget year?  …we wonder where the City Controller is getting the extra money to pay for the city employees Healthcare shortfall in 2018 budget since the Riverboat Fund is about drained for this year? 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Agriculture minister calls for value added investment in agriculture sector

first_img 19 Views   no discussions Minister of Agriculture, Matthew Walter Agriculture Minister Hon. Matthew Walter has called on the private sector to consider investing in value added agriculture as a means of creating employment and improving the economy.The Minister made the call during a recent town hall meeting in Bense.Minister Walter is suggesting that prospective investors consider investing in the cocoa industry.“We can add value and we can manufacture by-products too from many of the agricultural raw materials that we produce in Dominica.“Many of us like chocolate but we import a large quantity of chocolate into this country but we have the raw materials. Who in the private sector can take the risk and invest in the manufacturing of chocolate and other by-products coming from the raw material cocoa?”The Minister singled out the citrus industry as another possible option that could be considered by potential investors wishing to add value to Dominica’s agricultural produce.“We also speak in relation to an abundance of citrus fruits wasting all over the place. We can add value to all the mangoes that we have wasting and all the oranges and grapefruits and limes. Somebody has to do it because central government cannot do it all.”Cocoa plantMinister Walter told the town hall meeting that central government has put in place the incentives to make such investments possible. The minister added that Government is also willing to collaborate with the private sector.“In addition we can partner with you as a potential investor or in the form of a consortium to invest in transforming or in adding value to many of the agricultural raw materials that we have in Dominica.”The Minister highlighted other agricultural produce which investors could add value to including ginger and dasheen.“Sometimes there is a glut in ginger, what do we do with the excess that the country cannot consume? Dasheen for example, sometimes there is a glut in dasheen, what do we do with dasheen? Can we add value to dasheen? Can we find a market out there to market the value added dasheen?”The Minister is convinced that this option is a practical one and if considered, will bring about a positive turn around in the economy and create much needed employment.“When there are the mechanisms whereby we can add value, where we can manufacture the by- products from the raw material that we have, we will increase production and productivity. It is a win-win situation, it is a partnership situation where the private sector and Government must come together, understand what is needed to transform the economy so that the employment can be created, we can generate the income and also we can also respond to the many social ills that affect us in this country.”Government Information Service Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Share LocalNews Agriculture minister calls for value added investment in agriculture sector by: – July 17, 2012last_img read more

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Senate confirms Mukasey as Attorney General

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Senate confirmed retired judge Michael Mukasey as attorney general Thursday night to replace Alberto Gonzales, who was forced from office in a scandal over his handling of the Justice Department. Mukasey was confirmed as the nation’s 81st attorney general after a sharp debate over his refusal to say whether the waterboarding interrogation technique is torture. Republicans were solidly behind President Bush’ nominee. Democrats said their votes were not so much for Mukasey as they were for restoring a leader to a Justice Department left adrift after Gonzales’ resignation in September. In the end, Mukasey was confirmed by a 53-40 vote. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The choice, according to one of those Democrats, was essentially between “whether to confirm Michael Mukasey as the next attorney general or whether to leave the Department of Justice without a real leader for the next 14 months,” said one Democratic supporter, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California. “This is the only chance we have,” she said, referring to Bush’s threat to appoint an acting attorney general not subject to Senate confirmation. But members of her own party didn’t agree. Mukasey, his opponents argued, refused to say whether waterboarding is torture and put the onus on Congress to pass a law against the practice. “This is like saying when somebody murders somebody with a a baseball bat and you say, `We had a law against murder but we never mentioned baseball bats,”‘ said Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. “Murder is murder. Torture is torture.” Being better than Gonzales or an acting attorney general is not enough qualification for the job, said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass. “The next attorney general must restore confidence in the rule of law,” he said. “We cannot afford to take the judgment of an attorney general who either does not know torture when he sees it or is willing to look the other way.” The confirmation vote capped 10 months of scandal and resignations at the Justice Department. Mukasey’s chief Democratic patron, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., drove the probe into the purge of nine federal prosecutors that helped push Gonzales out. The debate came after a tense day of negotiations that at one point featured Majority Leader Harry Reid threatening to postpone Mukasey’s confirmation until December. His confirmation had long been certainty despite the debate over waterboarding. Waterboarding, used by interrogators to make someone feel as if he is going to drown, is banned by domestic law and international treaties. But U.S. law applies to Pentagon personnel and not the CIA. The administration won’t say whether it has allowed the agency’s employees to use it against terror detainees. “The United States will not be viewed kindly if we confirm as chief law-enforcement officer of this country someone who is unwilling or unable to recognize torture when he sees it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat. Mukasey has called waterboarding personally “repugnant,” and in a letter to senators said he did not know enough about how it has been used to define it as torture. He also said he thought it would be irresponsible to discuss it since doing so could make interrogators and other government officials vulnerable to lawsuits. “He felt that he could not make that pronouncement without placing people at risk to be sued or perhaps even criminally prosecuted,” said Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mukasey, who received a strong endorsement from Schumer, was the White House’s first choice to replace Gonzales. Gonzales announced his resignation on Aug. 27, and the White House interviewed Mukasey the same day. Three weeks later, Bush introduced the 66-year-old Mukasey as “a tough but fair judge” and asked the Senate to confirm him quickly. Mukasey, the former chief U.S. district judge in the Manhattan courthouse just blocks from ground zero, was first appointed to the bench in 1987 by President Reagan. He also worked for four years as a trial prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York’s Southern District – one of the Justice Department’s busiest and highest-profile offices in the country. Mukasey oversaw some of the nation’s most significant terror trials in the years before and after the attacks of Sept. 11. He sentenced Omar Abdel Rahman, known as the “blind sheik,” to life in prison for a plot to blow up New York City landmarks, and he signed in 2002 the material witness warrant that let the FBI arrest U.S. citizen Jose Padilla. That warrant marked the start of a case that wound its way through several federal courts as the government declared Padilla an enemy combatant and held him for 3 years before he was convicted last month on terrorism-related charges.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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