Cavendish Road repaired, Vermont Route 131 now open in its entirety

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened Route 131 through Cavendish, which had been closed since Tropical Storm Irene struck more than two months ago. Irene severely damaged several miles of Route 131 between Weathersfield and Cavendish, and completely obliterated about 250 feet of the roadway just east of Cavendish Village. Dubbed the ‘Cavendish Canyon’ because floodwaters created a creator 54 feet high and almost a football field long, the roadway had to be completely rebuilt from the edge of the river up. ‘Rebuilding Route 131 through Cavendish clearly was one of our most significant challenges,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Raging floodwater did not just damage the road, it basically eliminated it. But with significant help from the National Guard, a couple of our neighboring state transportation departments and others, we rebuilt the road in just two short months, which is quite remarkable.’ At its apex, the work crew along Route 131 in Cavendish numbered nearly 150 men and women along with more than 50 pieces of heavy equipment including dump trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, road graders and other earth-moving vehicles. Dozens of National Guard troops from both Vermont and Ohio were involved, as well as highway crews from VTrans, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, the Main Department of Transportation and private contractor DeLoury Construction. Some 70,000 cubic yards of stone and fill were trucked in and put into place to restore the roadway just at the canyon, while thousands more cubic yards were needed to repair various other washouts along the rest of the road. ‘It literally took an army of people and machines working sunup to sundown for more than two months to rebuild Route 131 as well as the rest Vermont’s damaged road network,’ Searles said. ‘This is a tremendous achievement. Our Vtrans team has, once again, accomplished what no one thought was possible. By opening the Cavendish Canyon today, we have advanced from over 500 miles of road and 200 bridges damaged by Irene in August, to just 2 closed bridges under construction in Roxbury, and three remaining road projects,’ he said. The final roads to be completed include route 106 in Weathersfield, Route 107 in Stockbridge and Route 73.’ For up-to-date information on storm-related openings and closings, people can call VTrans recovery call center at 1-800-VERMONT or go to the agency’s homepage at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for alerts pushed to their mobile phone. You can also follow VTrans’ recovery efforts on both Facebook and Twitter. Source: VTrans. 11.4.2011last_img read more

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Is your credit union website providing the same user experience for all?

first_imgYour branch locations are outfitted in many ways to accommodate any credit union members that are living with a disability, so that they can perform their banking needs with ease.  But with over 50% of Americans using online or mobile banking services, are you doing enough to ensure that these same members can easily and safely complete a simple banking transaction on your website or app?This is an issue that has recently captured our team’s attention and we’re in the early steps of learning about what can be done to make our website more accessible for members of our community that are living with disability. We’d like to share what we’re learning with other credit unions.The Problem of Website AccessibilityCurrently there are over 57 million Americans living with a disability.  That includes:2 million Americans with a visual disability9 Americans with a hearing disability9 million Americans with a cognitive mental disability8 million Americans with a ambulatory disabilityOver one million of these Americans report that their disability makes it difficult for them to navigate the Internet. This is where website accessibility comes into play, and this is a phrase that you need to become familiar with. Website accessibility means designing and developing a website that provides every user with the same experience, whether an individual uses a screen reader to understand the content on your website, a user needs to navigate the web without the use of a mouse, or someone relies on closed captioning or transcripts of videos.Regulations Addressing AccessibilitySection 508 was added to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 within the last twenty years to outline how Federal agencies need to make electronic technology accessible to individuals living with disabilities. Sites that are required to meet accessibility standards under Section 508 are websites for any agency of the U.S. government or state government using Assistive Technology funding, websites for any organization receiving Federal financial assistance, or websites used in formal education settings.Currently, addressing the accessibility of your credit union website would be an exercise in inclusion. It’s anticipated, however, that by 2018, the Department of Justice will expand these accessibility requirements to include all websites for public consumption.  That 2018 deadline doesn’t necessarily mean you should delay. Many high profile companies, including Home Depot, J.C. Penney, the NBA, and Sprint have had lawsuits filed against them for violating users’ rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.Guidelines for AccessibilityUndergoing a complete website overhaul to address issues with user accessibility can seem overwhelming at first. If your current website was built by a team of quality web developers, several of the required elements may be present already, as a matter of best practices. But, where can you learn more about the comprehensive list of accessibility requirements?The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) are a standards guide created by the Website Accessibility Initiative at W3C.  A team of experts from disability organizations and government agencies worked with web developers to develop the guidelines that address usability for individuals with auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual disabilities.The Website Accessibility Initiative website is a great resource for understanding the the challenges with website accessibility and process of improving your site to create an equal user experience.Has your credit union website undergone an accessibility update?  Share your experience with us! 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Matt Steffy Matt is the IT & Security Office at Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union. He is a malware analyst and reverse engineering enthusiast who also enjoys attending music festivals and concerts … Web: https://www.lrrcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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It’s time to talk about the elephant in the room

first_imgIt’s no secret credit unions need to continually grow and attract new members, yet for a host of reasons, many still aren’t offering a mobile app. It’s a mobile world now. A good, fully-functional app is the smartest strategy to expand your membership and thrive in the next few years, decades, and beyond.  The catch is, today’s members aren’t typically the kind to stroll into the branch for information. Thus elephant fliesMore and more people are beginning to live their lives on mobile devices. It’s not just a guess.  A recent Nielsen study showed that, across all genders and ethnic backgrounds, 96% of the top mobile users range from age 18 – 44. The majority are under 30. Those could be the lifeblood of your credit union over the next few decades. Another study pointed out some of these same consumers are using their phones more than they are interacting with other human beings. They want easily accessible information and answers, and they do not want to have to talk to someone to get it. That means for your credit union to reach them, you need to be accessible on their phone. Not “by phone” . . . in it!    An elephant never forgetsUnfortunately, the truth is, if potential members don’t see an app, they’ll likely just keep on scrolling. Forget quick balance checks and money transfers. Today’s members want the transactions they do most on their phone or tablet.Remote Deposit – a simple click of a camera phone to deposit checks.ATM Locator – so they don’t have to call or drive around aimlessly looking for cash Mobile Loan Request –enable them to start the loan process from anyplace at any time, such as standing at the car dealership.The good news is, once a member sees they can perform the transactions they use most on your app, they’re more likely to think of your credit union first when life changes and new needs arise.  You can practically offer a good app for peanutsThere is a number of affordable customizable mobile platform available now that will work hand-in-hand with you to create the customized solution your credit union needs.“Justifying the cost of a mobile app has been the real challenge to this point,” said Lindsay Risiner, CEO/Manager of Louisiana’s Barton FCU, who recently worked with CU Mobile Apps to create her mobile app with their affordable CUMA Light platform. “But the functionality we’re enjoying is beyond anything we had expected to find within our budget. The start-up investment is a virtual steal.”Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant!With the right, affordable mobile platform, you show you’re providing the products and services your current members want, and those potential, tech-savvy members, especially Millennials, demand. Make the investment today to ensure your credit union’s success and growth. 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Matejcak Paul Matejcak is the Executive Account Manager of Mobile Products for LSC in Naperville, IL. He has been with the Illinois Credit Union System for three years. Before coming to … Web: lsc.net Detailslast_img read more

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Super Saturday pulls in record-breaking $34.4b in retail sales

first_imgExceeding forecasts, Dec. 21, the last Saturday shopping day before Christmas 2019, has been confirmed as the single biggest retail sales day in U.S. History.According to retail research firm Customer Growth Partners, consumers on Super Saturday spent a total of $34.4 billion and that exceeded 2019 Black Friday sales by 10 percent.  “Paced by the ‘Big Four’ mega-retailers — Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Target — Super Saturday was boosted by the best traffic our team has seen in years,” Craig Johnson, president of the retail research firm toldBloomberg Monday (Dec. 23)Johnson cited stronger personal finances, high employment and robust income as drivers of the sales records. More customers are shopping online, as well, as retailers offer improved web platforms. (58 percent of sales growth from 2018 occurred online.This holiday shopping season saw its next biggest shopping days as Dec. 14, with $28.1 billion; and Cyber Monday, with $19.1 billion. 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Connect with your market

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img For many banks and credit unions, the most important question they have when deciding to open a new branch is “Where?”Every market is unique, and choosing the right location alongside developing tailored experiences can help your financial institution resonate with local communities and draw in your target demographics. Understanding your market and where growth opportunities lie, both today and in the future, is critical to achieving your goals.America is undergoing a rapid demographic shift due to industry disruptions and job opportunities concentrating in urban areas. If you can predict where the market will be, you can position yourself to achieve higher levels of growth. Yet developing an understanding of your market is becoming more complex and requires a data-driven approach with predictive analytics.Using predictive analytics is different from traditional approaches to branch location strategy because instead of assuming that historical trends will continue, it relies on insights from complex machine learning models to balance a vast number of attributes and data points to forecast how a market will change going forward. We partner with Precisely to deliver these cutting edge insights.last_img read more

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The County With No Coronavirus Cases (and Plenty of Suspicion)

first_imgSome residents said they knew about cases of the coronavirus in the county, but because they were limited to visiting workers, the county still considers itself to be virus free — if on a technicality. Mr. Galan, from Eagle Pass near Texas’ border with Mexico, said he usually spent about 12 days working and then got four days off. He counted himself lucky to be only five hours away from his family. Some workers come from much further, like Utah or Louisiana.While in Loving County, Mr. Galan lived in a man camp on his company’s property, sharing a small living space with another worker. He said the workers there practiced social distancing. “On our yard, nobody’s gotten sick from Covid,” he said.But, he added, no one was being tested unless they had symptoms. “They don’t test you just to test you,” Mr. Galan said. For that, workers must travel to larger cities like Odessa or Midland. Though never included in the county’s official reports, at least one positive test for the coronavirus was recorded over the summer at a local health clinic in Mentone, the county’s only town, according to a worker at the clinic. It is something that people in the county are proud of. They talk about it. They live by it.“You can take that off!” Chuck Flushe told a visitor in a face mask at the window of his food truck as a pair of barefaced oil field workers milled about. “We don’t have the virus here.”If only it were true.- Advertisement – There were rattlesnakes in the yard of their first home, she remembered, and a toilet out back. They had five children, moved to a bigger house, accumulated acre upon acre of land and never left.Mr. Jones, known to all by his childhood nickname, went from the oil fields to become sheriff for nearly three decades. “He was known as the only sheriff in Texas you could call Punk and get away with it,” Mrs. Jones said.Their children went to the local schoolhouse until the sixth grade. But it ran short of students, and then closed. Children now ride a bus at 6 a.m. to the next county east. Those who live in Loving County full-time — the U.S. mainland’s smallest population, with no more than 169 people stretched across 669 square miles of sand, mesquite and greasewood — credit their relative antiviral success to the landscape and the sparseness of the population. They joke that they were socially distant before it was cool.“It’s a desert town. That’s what it is,” said Steve Simonsen, the county attorney. “We don’t speak in terms of running how many cows per acre, it’s how many cows per section. A section is 640 acres.”But despite the wide-open space, the county is busy. The census counts 10 times the number of workers in the county as residents. Trucks hauling equipment for the oil fields or big boxes of sand for fracking groan through town in a constant, noisy stream. Plastic trash and bits of blown truck tire litter the roadside.When one drives through the county at night, lights from the oil and gas operations flicker brightly across the landscape, creating the mirage of a distant city that can never quite be reached. “You top that hill and it looks like you’re driving into Dallas or Fort Worth,” Mr. Simonsen said.Men — and it is mostly men who work in Loving County — shuffle in and out of the only shop for miles, a relatively new convenience store where the line for beer and single-serving meals can stretch to the rear refrigerators during the 5 p.m. rush.“Restrooms Coming Soon,” boasts an all-caps banner hanging outside. On a recent weekday evening, one shopper wore a cowboy hat. More had on mesh trucker caps. None were in masks. Neither were the clerks. The county is exempt from a statewide mandate. Now even rural areas, which escaped the brunt of the pandemic early on, have become serious centers of new infections. In recent months, a diminishing number of small, remote counties, including Loving County, remained the only places in the continental United States with no positive cases.One by one, each has begun to record infections. The last besides Loving County to officially fall was Esmeralda County in Nevada, which reported its first case last week. (Kalawao County in Hawaii, which has even fewer people than Loving County, also has reported no known cases.) Most tests conducted in the county have involved oil and gas field workers, according to Mr. Luk, at the local clinic. And those would be recorded in the employees’ county of residence, not in Loving County, said Lara Anton, a state Health Department spokeswoman.Were any permanent residents infected? Officially, that is still a no.But Loving County residents concede that their perfect record is probably no longer perfect.“To say that we’re the only place in the United States that’s never had a Covid case, I don’t think that’s true,” Mr. Simonsen said. “It’s a nice little bit of hype, but certainly it’s been here.” A private health clinic offers coronavirus tests and performs around 20 per week, according to Anthony Luk, 28, a paramedic there. Mr. Luk, like most workers in the county, lives in a trailer — his is attached to the clinic — and stays for two-week stints between periods of rest at home in Lubbock.During his time there, he said, the clinic has had two positive tests for the coronavirus: in August, involving the man camp near the center of Mentone, and another taken at a job site outside of Loving County.The August case raised alarm at the county courthouse because clerks and other county workers often go to the camp for free lunch on workdays.“We’re made very known when something like that happens here,” said Angela Medlin, 31, a deputy county clerk who moved with her husband and four children to Mentone last year. “I know of at least one guy who was sick, but they took him back to where he’s from,” she said, recalling the situation over the summer.In town, residents draw a bright line between themselves and the visiting workers. Those who live in the county full-time treat one another like members of an extended family bubble.At the courthouse, a square brick building from 1935, the doors are now locked to outsiders and the county employees do not wear masks. When someone comes to visit, like a landman looking into new oil or gas leases, the person must have an appointment and wear a mask.A Halloween party for the children in town attracted about 60 people and included temperature checks at the door. People felt comfortable not wearing masks. MENTONE, Texas — Zoom in on the glowing red map of ever-escalating coronavirus cases in the continental United States and you will find one county that has been spared. Only one, from coast to coast.Like a lone house standing after a tornado has leveled a town, Loving County, in the shadeless dun plains of oil-rich West Texas, has yet to record a single positive case of the coronavirus.- Advertisement – But there are few such gatherings in Mentone, where the county’s history of oil booms and busts can be read in hollow rusting storage tanks, empty corrugated homes and the cracked plaster of the only schoolhouse, unused for decades.“When we got here, I said, ‘Punk, how long are we going to live in this godforsaken place?’” recalled Mary Belle Jones, 89, who moved to Loving County in 1953 with her husband, Elgin Jones. But even if the virus is not front of mind in Loving County, it has changed life here.The pandemic caused a downturn as oil prices dropped, reducing the number of workers in town. The man camps were less full. Hotel rooms that just months ago cost $350 a night in Pecos, the nearest large town, were now going for a third of the price.“With the pandemic, a lot of stuff shut down,” said Ricardo Galan, 38, who works for a supply company that he said had dropped from 50 employees to 12. The man lived at what everyone in this part of Texas calls a “man camp” — temporary housing for transient oil and gas field workers — near the center of town when he became sick. But since he was not a permanent resident, and was quickly shuttled home, Loving County never reported the case. Its record remained intact.Ten months after the first infection was recorded in the United States, the coronavirus has made its way into every corner of the country. More than 11 million people have tested positive for the virus, which causes Covid-19, with more than 164,000 new cases emerging on Monday alone.- Advertisement – Several members of the Jones family stayed in Loving County. One son, Skeet Jones, is the top county executive. His sister is the county clerk. Mr. Simonsen, the county attorney, married into the family.“She was spending more time here than she was at home so we decided to make the move,” Mr. Simonsen, a lawyer who last lived in Houston, said of his wife. “I knew there wasn’t a lawyer here in town, so.”For Leroy Medlin, 33, moving to Loving County was the fulfillment of a dream. Not so for Angela, his wife, who had to be convinced.“She was throwing a fit at just the idea of it,” he said, seated in a wicker recliner on his porch at the far edge of town, a cowboy hat on a table at his side.Mr. Medlin, who was fired from his job as a San Antonio police detective for lying to justify car pursuits and later lost his job in town as a deputy sheriff, works as a cowboy on the Jones family ranch.“I kind of like to go back in time. That’s why I’m out here,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Graffiti on Gradele in the race for the title of best summer festival

first_imgWho says graffiti doesn’t go along with grills?Nearly 2 and a half thousand visitors circulated daily through the White House, and during the three days of the event they were able to enjoy top-notch music and street art for free. For the seventh time in a row, this deadly combination ignited Bol on Brač in the middle of the tourist season and became a central gathering place for young graffiti artists, street art artists, designers, musicians, DJs, skaters and hungry visitors.In the period from 26 to 28 July, Brač became the most urban Croatian island promoting street art. This is supported by the interest of many domestic, regional and world names in the graffiti scene to leave their mark on the walls of the White House. So this year, Zoer and Velvet from France and Flying Fortress from Germany visited Croatia, names that are at the very top of world street art. Visitors witnessed the eternal conflict of realism and utopia of Zoe’s works, which tries to fit its part of reality into the space in which he draws. Velvet draws its inspiration from the everyday environment, and its hyper-realistic approach to content often goes back to the beginnings in which marine and industrial themes occupied an important place in his poetics, and there is the legendary Flying Fortress, a model for many generations in his 30-year career. Also, the team was joined by Spaniards Sebas Velasco and Inigo Sesma and local and regional forces Lunar, Chez 186, Sarme, Arte, Wuper, Nikola Mihajlovic, Casino, Royal, Smack, Mosk and Senk.The musical line-up was certainly attractive to the guests. The program offered the best of Croatian hip-hop: Krankšvester, Vojko V, Stoka, High5, Kuku $, Buntai and Tone Tuoro and DJ forces: Oliver, Tikach, VRH, Rofellos, Zembo, Kuna, Babilonska, Resk, Gang Gang, Ineskich , Niki Peducci and Traples.Fascinating is the fact that the extremely rich program is free of charge for the seventh year in a row, which is in the spirit of urban festivals, but still emphasizes the role that visitors have with the organizers. Especially if we add to that the fact that this is the very peak of the tourist season. In addition, the festival in cooperation with Flixbus provided visitors with a discount on bus rides to Split and a discount on accommodation in partner camps and cheaper apartment rental prices in the agency Adria Bol and Bol Homes. A good example of how the whole community actually lives through the festival, but also proof that a successful festival must be something more than content – it must be a complete arrangement that creates a feeling of closeness in the visitor and increases the likelihood of his return.This year’s Graffiti started in China Mediteran Bol, and as part of the opening, visitors were able to watch video projections from last year’s editions. The heart of the Festival is the abandoned White House Hotel near the Dominican convent and the beach. Visitors were able to show their talents in drawing on “Ziggi best papers design” and drawing postcards for the campaign “Carefree greetings from the Adriatic”, and those eager to dance could participate in numerous “battles” or in the dancehall session Cromaicanza, but still of art: at the Jagermeister table football tournament, the diving competition, the lufting race and the daily street basketball tournament.Nearly 2 and a half thousand visitors circulated daily through the White House, proving that this simple formula practiced by the organizers is the secret to the success of an urban festival that has recently sprung up from all sides as opposed to their large and commercial versions. Yet, even in that endless offer of street festivals, those who rightly carry that attribute stand out. The whole community can and should be included in it, which literally means the denominator urban. If it doesn’t engage a society that makes it urban and ultimately a product of life in it, then it’s simply a festival and a bunch of free content with no sensitive story.It is commendable to see that this is being worked on in Croatia as well.last_img read more

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Robin van Persie questions Unai Emery’s approach and believes Arsenal should play to their own strengths

first_imgAdvertisement The Spanish coach often chops and changes his side depending on the opponent (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie says Arsenal should be asserting their own philosophy on opposing teams and feels Unai Emery adapts his line-up and tactics too much.The Spanish coach is notorious for chopping and changing his side to suit different challenges, even making triple substitutions mid-match to adapt on the fly.It is a far cry from the reign of Arsene Wenger, who somewhat rigidly stuck to his philosophy even when it wasn’t working, but Van Persie feels Emery’s approach is not the answer. Van Persie has joined the BT Sport team as a pundit this season (Picture: Getty)Asked what he makes of the current Arsenal team, Van Persie told BT Sport: ‘It’s difficult to say because if you look at the teams under Wenger, Wenger’s teams always used to play from his philosophy.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You can see the same happening now with Jurgen Klopp and the same with Pep Guardiola at Liverpool and Manchester City.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But with Emery I don’t really see his philosophy. What is his philosophy? He’s changing a lot, he’s changing tactics a lot.‘It looks to me like he’s changing his playing style based on the opponent, and I think it does show real strength if you, from the basis, go out with your own strengths.’ Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 12:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link460Shares Advertisementcenter_img Luiz was picked to start for his full debut against Burnley on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal take on Burnley at the Emirates in the weekend’s early kick-off looking to build on last Sunday’s victory against Newcastle.Emery once again rung the changes, with David Luiz and Dani Ceballos both picked to start and Alexandre Lacazette coming into the line-up, while club-record signing Nicolas Pepe was left on the bench again.Asked what he expects to see, Van Persie added: ‘I think we will see attacking football, it will be good to see if they can break down Burnley. If it doesn’t happen in the first half, we have a game.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Robin van Persie questions Unai Emery’s approach and believes Arsenal should play to their own strengths Commentlast_img read more

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UWP remains focused on request for voter id cards

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews UWP remains focused on request for voter id cards by: – June 30, 2011 13 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Honourable Hector John speaking to news reporters at yesterday’s peaceful protest.Leader of the Opposition Honourable Hector John has indicated that his party will remained focused on their request for the implementation of voter identification cards in Dominica.Mr. John told news reporters during a peaceful protest outside the House of Assembly yesterday that their move to boycott Parliament is getting the message.He also claims that the announcement by the Prime Minister to implement a national identification card instead of the proposed voter identification card is a disrespectful move and shows that the Prime Minister is not willing to compromise.“The Prime Minister has not compromised he said he is going to make money available for national identification cards. He is going to mandate an independent body. How ridiculous can you be as the head of state? You cannot mandate an independent body that is in charge of electoral reform to tell them to issue national id” he said.Mr. John explained that the primary function of a voter identification card is for voting.“The primary function of it is for voter registration and voting. But you can go to the bank with that card because you have a picture id on it, so you will double use the card, killing two birds with one stone with it. But you as a Dominican you meet the requirements, you’re eighteen years and over so you will have your voter id card. But a national id card a sixteen year old, a twelve year old, a ten year old Dominican can have it and you are defeating the purpose right there. So in terms of money being spent for it, it outweighs the value and importance of the voter id card and why we are advancing that cause.”According to Mr. John although a national id card is important it is not necessary right now as social security cards, driver’s license, and passports are being used as id cards at financial institutions presently.He also took the opportunity while speaking with news reporters to reiterate calls for free and fair elections in Dominica.“As a responsible Parliamentary Opposition Party we are calling for free and fair elections and if we have national id we will not have that. National id; Lorren Bannis Roberts can have a whole set of them in the Virgin Islands to give to people. Mr. Vince Henderson at the UN Mission can have a whole set of them and give to people in New York. That is how simple it is. But a voter id card you have to meet the requirements locally and that is what we are asking for.”When asked whether he thought the peaceful protest would impact upon the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this week that national id cards would be implemented, Mr. John retorted that the Pime Minister could not do so.“The Prime Minister cannot move with that, he cannot mandate that.  The Electoral Commission is an independent body and Roosevelt Skerrit has no right to mandate an independent institution” he said.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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IWF moves from Hungary to Lausanne under new American leadership

first_img The IWF Executive Board, which originally elected Papandrea as Acting President in January, voted unanimously to support her continuing in that position during this interim period. The American will work alongside the USA Weightlifting chief executive Phil Andrews, who was by vote granted the temporary role of deputy director general of the IWF. His duties will include supporting the Executive Board in the search for a new and permanent director general to serve in Lausanne, as the future includes a complete move of all activity of the IWF to Switzerland. Papandrea is expected to move as soon as possible to Lausanne, as the relocation is underway from the IWF offices in Budapest, home city of outgoing President Tamás Aján. She wants to be “on-site” in order to lead the move. “The Executive Board has been clear that the leadership should be permanent in Lausanne as this will truly be our headquarters,” said Papandrea. Papandrea, the first woman to lead the sport’s governing body in its 115-year existence, has led the IWF through a turbulent period since late January, the month when allegations of corruption in weightlifting were raised in a German TV documentary. The former international lifter, who joined the IWF only three years ago as vice president and chair of the Women’s Commission, will remain Acting President until a permanent President is elected at the next Congress. That Congress must be held by May 31 in the year after the Olympic Games. There will need to be further discussions as to when it can take place as May 31 2021 would have been the Constitutional deadline had the Tokyo Olympic Games not been postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Under the IWF constitution, the interim Presidency would have been taken by the first vice-president Intarat Yodbangtoey of Thailand. But the conditions of a three-year suspension imposed on Thailand for multiple doping offences state that Thai officials “are not eligible to be appointed to any IWF position so long as TAWA [Thai Amateur Weightlifting Association] remains suspended.” Aján has been granted an ambassadorial role as one of the conditions of his resignation as President. Aján, 81, resigned last week after 44 years at the IWF as general secretary and President. His exit came during an ongoing investigation into the allegations of corruption, which were made mostly against him in a documentary made by the German state broadcaster ARD. Aján, who has repeatedly denied allegations against him, agreed certain conditions regarding his departure after an IWF Board meeting was held on Monday. Papandrea and the IWF general secretary Mohamed Jaloud, from Iraq, made the agreement with Aján. He will have an ambassadorial role, and will continue to draw his salary for several months, though details of the agreement remain private. Ursula Papandrea will lead the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) until the next Electoral Congress is held. Aján’s son-in-law, Attila Adamfi, currently leads the secretariat as director general of the IWF. The secretariat is expected to be restructured, as well as moved to Switzerland, though how soon that will happen is yet to be agreed. Papandrea said it was unknown when the new secretariat could become fully functional but added “my goal is to complete the transition by January 1, 2021”. The IWF is legally registered in Lausanne, home city of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). ARD reported negative comments yesterday by current and former IWF Board members after Aján was granted his ambassadorial status. Christian Baumgartner, the German who lost his seat on the Board at the last IWF election in 2017, said it was “difficult to take seriously – a very bad comedy.” Maxim Agapitov, the IWF Board member from Russia, said it was “very disappointing” as the investigation – led by the Canadian Richard McLaren – was ongoing. The allegations against Aján, according to a document on the IWF website, concern “financial irregularities, corruption, doping control distribution, doping sample manipulation, doping payment irregularities, doping activities in specific nations and nepotism.” Jaloud told ARD, “We made him an honorary ambassador because he had been with the IWF for 50 years.” While Aján’s departure continues to attract comment, the IWF has a tight timeline to implement changes which are deemed imperative by Papandrea. The IWF has sent amendments to the Olympic qualifying rules to the IOC for approval, and is focusing next on its constitution and administrative operations. McLaren is due to present his report on June 4. Papandrea is taking legal advice on how the IWF should proceed from now with the transition being made complicated by the switching of bank accounts and other day-to-day operational procedures from one nation to another. “I am also trying to rebuild the organisation in a way that changeover for future Presidents will be neither complex nor difficult,” she told insidethegames. “It is as if there was never any anticipation that we would function fully anywhere other than Budapest. “We need to register in the Swiss Commercial registry to makes these banking changes from one administration to the other more easily done. 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