Odds & Ends: Clay Aiken’s On Track to Be a Washington Idol & More

first_img Star Files Ramin Brings It Home for Katie Ramin Karimloo recently stopped by Katie Couric’s talk show to chat all things Les Miz and to perform “Bring Him Home.” Check out the Tony nominee’s acoustic performance of the classic song below, then take an exclusive Broadway.com look at what happened behind the scenes at Katie in this week’s edition of Vlogger 24601. Denzel Washington’s Surprise Broadway Appearance A Raisin in the Sun’s Denzel Washington surprised the audience with a special appearance during the awards ceremony for the 2014 Annual August Wilson Monologue Competition, then greeted the contestants afterwards. The event, at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre, featured high school students from around the U.S. performing monologues by the late, legendary American playwright. Ashley Herbert won first place and a $1500 prize, with Robert Upton winning $750 as runner-up and an honorable mention and $500 going to Atiauna Grant. Broadway Alum Clay Aiken On Track to Be a Washington Idol It doesn’t look like the American Idol runner-up will be in second place this time. Clay Aiken is currently holding a lead of less than 400 votes in his attempt to become the Democratic nominee for a North Carolina congressional seat. According to the L.A. Times, the Broadway alum won 40.85% of the 2nd congressional district primary vote, with his opponent Keith Crisco garnering 39.54%. No word yet on whether Crisco, who says the election is still too close to call, will request a recount. View Commentscenter_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Denzel Washington Ramin Karimloolast_img read more

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Three state Board of Education members appointed

first_imgThe Vermont State Board of Education welcomed three new members to the Board at its March 17, 2009 meeting. State Board members are appointed by Governor Jim Douglas.Don Collins, a resident of Swanton, most recently served six years on the Senate Education Committee in the Vermont Legislature, four years as chairman. He has taught mathematics and social studies the middle and high school level, and served as the director of guidance and curriculum at Lamoille Union High School. He served 28 years in administrative positions, including four years as the principal of Ferrisburgh Central School and 14 years as superintendent of the Franklin West Supervisory Union. He also served as director of Project Head Start in Northeastern Vermont and adjunct instructor at four Vermont colleges. He also served as a trustee of the Vermont State Colleges. He is currently chairman of the Swanton School Board. His term expires in 2015.John Hall, currently of West Danville, most recently served five years as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs. He served on the St. Johnsbury School Board, including stints as chairman, and was a St. Johnsbury Academy trustee from 1977 until his recent appointment to the State Board. He served in the Vermont Legislature from 1993 to 1996, as a member of the House Education Committee and chairman for two years. He then served as the Town Manager of St. Johnsbury until 2000, and was the executive director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association. He also served as Director of the Lyndonville Savings Bank from 1996-2003. He has owned Caledonia Supply Company/NAPA Auto Parts since 1987. He previously served on the State Board of Education from 1987 to 1990. His term expires in 2015.Judith M. Livingston of Manchester currently serves on the following community boards: Bank of Bennington; Northshire Civic Center/Riley Rink; Burr and Burton Academy; Dorset Theatre Festival; Northshire Performing Arts Association; and is Trustee Emerita and former Chairman of Hildene. As a 15-year veteran of the Vermont Legislature representing Manchester, she served for six years on the House Judiciary Committee, two years as vice chair of House Ways and Means, two years each on the Appropriations Committee and the Education Committee and two years as vice-chair of the Commerce Committee. She is the legislative member of the Statehouse Expansion Committee and is currently engaged in forming a private-sector advisory council on Nanotechnology collaborative with the Vermont Department of Economic Development. Her term expires in 2015.last_img read more

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Bar, Governor’s Office gear up to make JNC appointments

first_img June 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Bar, Governor’s Office gear up to make JNC appointments Terry Russell The governor’s appointments and the Bar appointments would continue to be staggered. The Bar’s current three appointees on each JNC will continue to serve. Under the former law, this was an “off” year with the Bar not making any JNC appointments. With the passage of HB 367, President-elect Terry Russell established a method to have the Bar’s nominees for the fourth seat ready to forward to the governor by July 2. One problem was the application deadline is June 18, and, after the board’s May 11 meeting in Key West, it wasn’t scheduled to meet again until mid-August. Russell told the board it had two options: It could delegate the selections to the Executive Committee, which is authorized to act for the board between its bi-monthly meetings, or the board could have a special meeting. That would most likely be June 23, the last day of the annual meeting and that would be logistically nearly impossible to have all the JNC applicants screened before then.Russell also named six committees to screen applicants. One will screen applicants for the Supreme Court JNC and the remainder will be assigned one each to the five DCA JNCs. Each DCA screening committee will also handle applicants for circuit JNCs within that DCA’s geographic territory.Board member Kirk Kirkconnell will chair the overall screening effort. He told the board that screening committees will have trouble acting by June 23. The committees won’t receive the applications until after the June deadline and the hundreds of pages of applications probably can’t be copied and delivered until at least the 20th which is also the first day of the Bar convention, he said.Some board members said the entire board should make the final selection. But other members said the screening committees already involved almost one half of the board and will get input from all board members, and it would be arduous for the full board to get together and act.“Most of the work will be done by the screening committees, and the Executive Committee won’t do anything radical,” board member Mike Kranz said.Kirkconnell said a list of all applicants would be submitted to the full board, for its input. After the screening committees decide on their nominees, that list will also be sent to the full board for its review and members’ comments.“If you get a list and you see the name of someone you think is especially good or who has a problem, please let us know,” he said.The board voted 33-11 to allow the Executive Committee to make the final nominations.Here are the screening committees and their members:• The Supreme Court JNC screening panel will be chaired by Kirkconnell and include board members Alan Bookman, Jesse Diner, Ervin Gonzalez, Vivian Hobbs, Bill Kalish, and Sharon Langer.• The First DCA screening panel will be chaired by Bookman and include board members Mike Glazer, Chris Milton, Robert Rush, and Mike Smith. It will handle the applications for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Eighth, and 14th circuits.• The Second DCA panel will have Kalish as chair and include board members Bob Brush, John Cardillo, John Yanchunis and incoming YLD President Liz Rice. It will handle applications for the Sixth, 10th, 12th, 13th, and 20th circuits.• The Third DCA screening panel will be chaired by Langer and include board members Frank Angones, Steve Chaykin, Jim Lupino, and David Rothman. It will screen applicants from the 11th and 16th circuits.• The Fourth DCA screening panel will be chaired by Diner and include board members Jerry Beer, Mickey Cummings, Mike Kranz, and Buck Vocelle. It will handle applications from the 15th, 17th, and 19th circuits.• The Fifth DCA panel will be chaired by Kirkconnell and include board members Russ Divine, Clif McClelland, Dude Phelan, and Royce Walden. It will handle applications from the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and 18th circuits.Kirkconnell said applicants to circuit JNCs must have been Bar members for five years, and those for appellate panels must have been Bar members for 10 years. Those selected must also fill out financial disclosure forms and are ineligible to apply for a judgeship that would be reviewed by the JNC for two years after leaving office.He noted lawyers also may apply to the governor for one of his appointments, including attorneys who don’t meet the experience requirements to be Bar nominees for the circuit or appellate panels. Bar, Governor’s Office gear up to make JNC appointments Senior Editor The Florida Bar is looking for at least 78 good lawyers willing to serve on the state’s judicial nominating commissions. And the Board of Governors has adopted an expedited schedule for screening and selecting nominees for a vacant seat on each JNC created by new legislation this year.HB 367, still pending before the governor, would revamp appointments to the JNCs. If it becomes law, Bush would get five appointments, instead of his former three, and two must be lawyers. The Bar, which had three direct appointments, now would have four, but must nominate three attorneys for each seat with Bush making the final selection. The governor also can reject the Bar slates as many times as he wishes. (The three public members, selected by the gubernatorial and Bar appointees, would be eliminated.)last_img read more

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Environmental activists seek quick action from Biden. National monuments on the agenda

first_imgHere’s Yachnin again:“We do need to resolve this question at some point to whether Trump had the authority to change the boundaries the way he did,” Squillace said, noting that without an opinion, monuments could be subject to seeing their boundaries expand and contract whenever party control of the White House switches.[…]“We are eager to have the protections restored,” said Steve Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.“At the end of the day, what’s our expectation in Utah? As my Republican friends like to say, ‘Elections have consequences,’ and we absolutely expect that President Biden will restore these national monuments,” he added.Biden might not have to make any decision. If the federal judge now examining arguments in consolidated cases regarding the monuments were to rule before Inauguration Day 10 weeks from now that Trump exceeded his authority, the monuments would—absent a successful appeal to higher courts—revert to their original boundaries, and the new management plans allowing drilling, mining, and grazing on land removed from the original designation would be nullified.However and whenever the restoration of the monuments’ boundaries is accomplished, what would make many environmental advocates happy is if at least one item on the agenda during each of the first 100 days of a Biden administration would involve protecting the environment. That would be a helluva turnaround from the past four years. – Advertisement – Last December, a loose coalition of 16 environmental groups generated the #ClimatePresident Action Plan, 10 items that it said could be achieved by a new president without any need for congressional action. Scores of other groups have endorsed the plan. Among the proposals:  “1. Declare a national climate emergency under the National Emergencies Act […] 8. Advance Climate Justice: Direct federal agencies to assess and mitigate environmental harms to disproportionately impacted Indigenous Peoples, People and Communities of Color, and low-wealth communities. 9. Make polluters pay: Investigate and prosecute fossil fuel polluters for the damages they have caused. Commit to veto all legislation that grants legal immunity for polluters, undermines existing environmental laws, or advances false solutions.”The group includes a 34-page dissection of the legal authority under which the new president could take these actions.- Advertisement – Then there are Trump’s more than 100 rule rollbacks requiring re-regulation. Some of those could also be handled by executive order, but others will require going through the lengthy rule-making process.“Day One” has a pleasant ring to it. But some issues won’t be so quickly dealt with. Take, for instance, Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah. Shortly before he left office, President Barack Obama established the 1.35 million-acre monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906, fulfilling the decades-old dreams of American Indians and environmental advocates to gain government protection for the natural beauty of this red-rock land, the plants and creatures living on it, tens of thousands of Native artifacts and petroglyphs dating back millennia, and sites sacred to the five tribes who worked in coalition with environmental organizations and politicians to make Bears Ears a reality. Bears Ears mapThe outline shows original boundaries of the two monuments, with the shaded version showing what’s left after Trump took the ax to them.Intent on smashing anything Obama did, a year later Trump, in December 2017,  shrank Bears Ears by 85% and cut the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument established by President Bill Clinton by almost half. Three lawsuits against the move were immediately filed by tribal, conservation, and paleontology groups to challenge the constitutionality of Trump’s action. With that litigation still working its way through the courts, in February 2020 the Trump regime implemented management plans that opened these lands previously off-limits to energy development to mining and drilling.- Advertisement – Biden could on Day One in office reestablish the original boundaries of both monuments or, in the case of Bears Ears, expand the boundaries to the 1.9 million acres that the Intertribal Coalition had asked to be included when the monument was designated. Last month, the Biden campaign said that once in office, he would take “immediate steps to reverse the Trump administration’s assaults on America’s natural treasures, including reversing Trump’s attacks on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bears Ears, and Grand Staircase-Escalante.” The pledge is included in a “Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations.”Woody Lee, executive director of the Utah Diné Bikéyah, which fought for getting Bears Ears made into a monument, told Jennifer Yachnin at E&E News this week, “If he does it on his first day, that would be totally awesome. If he does it in the first 100 days, that would be great as well.”But the details about how Biden should go about reversing Trump’s cuts are a matter of concern for many advocates. One of those is University of Colorado Law School professor Mark Squillace. Simply restoring the boundaries before Trump got his mitts on them certainly has appeal. But Squillace said doing this would suggest that Trump’s decision to shrink the site had been valid. “I think it would be a mistake to simply issue new proclamations,” said Squillace, who filed an amicus brief in one of the lawsuits challenging Trump as not having the authority under the Antiquities Act to shrink existing monuments, something he says only Congress can do. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Aminess is the only winner of the Employer Partner certificate among travel companies

first_imgIn the high season, Aminess hotels and camps employ 650 employees who regularly participate in various trainings and training programs such as communication and leadership skills, foreign languages ​​and presentation and information skills. Aminess also continuously invests in improving the conditions of all its employees, and the best proof of this is that Aminess has the highest base for calculating salaries in tourism, while this year it will take full advantage of the possibility of additional tax-free remuneration of employees. “Employees at Aminess are the main driving force behind all our successes so far. Employee satisfaction is our main motivation, because their professionalism, dedication and creativity allow us to respond strongly to the increasingly demanding tourism market. This is proven by the Employer Partner certificate, which we received for the second year in a row, which we are extremely proud of. The certificate carries with it a great responsibility, but also a great motivation for further work and additional improvement and strengthening of relations with our employees, ” said Sanja Žužić, head of human resources at Aminess hotels and camps.  Aminess hotels and campsites are the only travel company to be awarded the prestigious Employer Partner certificate this year. Certificate Employer Partner is a project aimed at recognizing and promoting organizations focused on quality human resource management. In addition to numerous training programs, this year Aminess has launched the Aminess Gourmet Lab project, which under the leadership of chef David Skoka aims to educate young chefs, waiters, bartenders and other members of the Aminess gourmet team.center_img The values, mission and vision of Aminess hotels and camps are summarized in the slogan “Lasting relations ” which reflects all the values ​​of Aminess – focus on each guest, investing in employees and teamwork, point out from Aminess. Related news: For the second year in a row, the tourist company from Novigrad is the holder of the profession recognition awarded to organizations, companies and other companies based on the assessment of the development of human resource management practices. In this year’s certification process, Aminess achieved a higher result in the areas related to the quality of the process of recruitment and selection of employees, and investment in their training and development. last_img read more

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​PKA ousts Chinese carmaker in auto sector climate scrutiny

first_imgPKA announced it has excluded a Chinese carmaker from its investment universe and put five more auto firms on its watch list, as the Danish pension fund manager sets tighter climate requirements for the world’s largest automotive brands.PKA said it blacklisted Brilliance China Automotive, whose stock is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange as well as several German bourses, due to its “lack of focus on climate” while also revealing it had placed brands Suzuki, Hyundai, Fiat Chrysler, Subaru and Mahindra & Mahindra under observation.Dewi Dylander, head of responsible investment at PKA, said: “It is crucial for us that car manufacturers consider how they will contribute to the green transition.“In the long term, a lack of climate strategy will pose an investment risk to our members,” she added. A spokesman for PKA told IPE the firm had DKK1.4m (€190,178) invested in the Chinese auto maker in December 2019, before divesting the holding in early 2020 due to this transport sector climate initiative.PKA, which manages four labour-market pension funds mainly in the health and social care sectors, said that in its new work on the auto industry’s climate impact, it had initially focused on 15 of the world’s largest carmakers in which it was invested.Following the scrutiny exercise, it said nine of these remained on its list of investments.The Danish pensions manager said its new focus on the automotive industry was an addition to its work on responsible investment and active ownership of oil, gas and coal companies.Car firms were now subject to the same requirements as those fossil fuel companies, PKA said – to be willing to discuss a greener direction and to contribute to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.The DKK330bn (€44.3bn) manager said the car firms identified for exclusion or observation had been deemed either to have an insufficient environmental strategy – or had simply been unwilling to engage with PKA about their climate ambitions.“We ask, among other things, for the companies’ handling of climate-related risks, whether they are actively dealing with the Paris Agreement and if not, if they are prepared to discuss our concerns and how their business can become more sustainable in the future,” said Dylander.PKA said the Paris-based International Energy Agency estimated that there needed to be 600 million electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads by 2040 in order to get closer to the goals of the Paris Agreement, with vehicle emissions currently accounting for almost 75% of all C02 produced by the transport sector globally.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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$1m pre-approval seals massive deal for Hervey Bay luxury home

first_img One of the best homes in Hervey Bay right now. MORE: Hot spots for investors revealed A dreamy walk-in robe.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago A butler’s pantry for meal prep and stashing the dishes when guests come over. A built in bar overlooks the waterfront and is next to the gourmet kitchen.The eventual successful offer came from Queensland buyers who had been looking “for some time”, he said.“I had buyers from New Zealand in this week kicking themselves. The property attracted a high price because it is modern and well-constructed, to commercial standards in some aspects. It was marketed as a luxury property.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property has stunning water views, separated from the beach by a strip of parkland. Luxurious use of multiple types of material inside and out. Glass wall separating the garage from the entryway.He said the target audience for such a property was mainly non-local.“Being part of a global network across 110 countries we spread the word far and wide in multiple languages, we had overseas interest as well as interest from further North in Queensland and interstate.” “We had plenty of interest and enquiries in this home as it was modern and on the Esplanade,” he said.“We only had inspections by appointment with pre-qualified buyers,” he said. “Most (interested buyers) simply didn’t have the budget. (There were) quite a few around the $1m mark though and others not quite ready to buy.” Tax cuts, not rate cuts, necessary This little piggy went to market 513 Esplanade, Urangan, sold for $1.45m on Monday.A Hervey Bay home has broken a price record in the area, with buyers attracted to its modern finish and views of the water.The deal saw 513 Esplanade, Urangan, sell for $1.45 million on Monday, RE/MAX Partners Hervey Bay-Torquay agent Stephen Wright confirmed. He marketed the property with daughter Laura Wright.last_img read more

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Thun Tankers Orders NAABSA Product Tanker

first_imgSwedish shipping company Thun Tankers BV has placed an order for a 4,250 dwt product tanker at Dutch Ferus Smit shipyard. Scheduled for delivery in October 2020, the ship will enter into a long term agreement with the UK-based Geos Group.As informed, the vessel will feature a “Not Always Afloat But Safely Aground” (NAABSA) design, being able to call tidally restricted niche ports.With a capacity of 4,800 cbm, the newbuild will have a length of 79.9 meters and a width of 15 meters.Specifically, the focus has been to maximize the vessel’s cargo intake and increase in-port performance, with the scope to allow further increased cargo lot sizes going into restricted niche ports. Resource efficiency, new regulations and environmental care have been key in the development of the new vessel, according to Thun Tankers.“We have identified the demand for improved niche size tankers with increased performance and cargo capacity. This NAABSA-Max tanker will be built to the absolutely latest design, enabling Geos Group Ltd. and their clients’ access to the most efficient transport solution available in this size of shipments,” Joakim Lund, CCO of Thun Tankers BV, commented.“The NAABSA vessel being built by Thun Tankers for our own requirements will help strengthen our N.W.E physical market position. The new vessel will allow us to focus on enhancing our position … in our market by bringing in additional ship to ship capability as well as the option of supplying more niche ports,” Barry Newton, Managing Director of Geos Group, said.Being a Gothia Tanker Alliance member and part of the Erik Thun Group, Thun Tankers commercially operates sixteen tankers with a deadweight tonnage of 6,500 to 8,000 dwt and has eleven newbuilds.Image Courtesy: Thun Tankerslast_img read more

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Dominica observes International Girls In ITC Day

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! 18 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica observes International Girls In ITC Day by: – April 26, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Share Photo credit: itu.intDominica joins the rest of the world in observing the first ever “Girls in ICT Day” today.The United Nations specialized agency for Information and Communication Technologies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) through ITU Resolution 70 has been established April 26th as Girls In ICT Day with a view to celebrate girls’ interests and strengths and encourage them to choose a career in ICT. International Girls in ICT Day will be celebrated on each fourth Thursday in April annually.During this time, girls will be availed of greater possibilities to get themselves acquainted with the opportunities for education and work in the ICT field.The objective is to make ICT familiar to girls, and to present to them the jobs within this sector, as well as to motivate them to opt for a career related to these technologies.Information Technology Minister Ambrose George has described “Girls In ICT Day” as an initiative which “fits into Dominica’s wider international embrace of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG): Goal 3 – Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women”.“We anticipate that this new Girls in ICT Day will serve as a new modality of awareness and provide a much-needed boost to female participation in the ICT sector. This is all-the-more important at a time when many countries are now forecasting a shortage of skilled ICT professionals within the next ten years. More importantly the ICT Sector provides, excellent opportunities for entrepreneurship, excellent employment opportunities, and very good remuneration, and therefore a career in technology represents an excellent choice for girls in every country worldwide”.In his address to commemorate International Girls In ICT Day, George noted a “fundamental gap” in the percentage of women who pursue careers in ICT related fields like; Database Management System, Network Management, Web Technologies, Network and System Security, Wireless& Mobile Computing, Multimedia Applications and Software testing and Business Communications.George believes that through the observance of International Girls In ICT Day, more young women will be encouraged and enticed to pursue careers in ICT.Hon. Ambrose GeorgeHe noted that several activates will be held to commemorate the Day including;a) Inviting and facilitating women leaders in ICT speak at certain schools so that their words can inspire young girls to take a career in the field they have excelled in. b) My Ministry is working closely with some private sector companies to allow girls to see firsthand technology and leaders in the industry. Especially, the companies where there are women leaders so that they can engage girls in a discussion on the opportunities in ICT. c) Discussions on career options in ICT will be explored today at various schools. d) In addition today the schools will initiate Science compositions to encourage girls and boys alike to research the internet and compose short biographies on famous women, leaders in ICT as well as, e) Competitions in composition, writing, quizzes and art work.Although most of these activities will be initiated today, some of them will continue leading up to International Telecommunications and Information Society Day on the 17th May, 2012 with the theme “Women and Girls in ICT”. According to George, his government will “work assiduously to leverage the power of ICTs to improve the livelihood of women worldwide to dramatically accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goal 3 on gender equality by the target date of 2015”.He expressed delight that his ministry along with the Dominica government could “be part of this wider international endeavor to ensure that all our girls have adequate awareness and equal opportunities to engage in the vast benefits of the ICT Sector” Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Former minister of health John Fabien laid to rest

first_img Share 91 Views   2 comments LocalNews Former minister of health John Fabien laid to rest by: – July 9, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Police officers carrying the casket to the burial ground. Former Minister of Health, John Fabien received on Saturday July 07, 2012 what’s being described as a very respectful send off for someone who gave his entire working life to the advancement and development of Dominica.John Fabien, who was also a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, a former Parliamentary Representative for the Grand Bay constituency and an Environmental Health Specialist, succumbed to his illness at the Princess Margaret Hospital on June 22, 2012.Hundreds of Dominicans joined his widow Ellen and children Erskine, Trevor, Marvin, Donavan and Sidikatu in paying their last respects at the official funeral service held at the Grand Bay Catholic Church.Fabien’s close friend Monsignor Eustace Thomas delivered the homily at the funeral service, reflecting on the life of a man he explained he had “grown to love and respect so much.”“We became friends, I was at one time his parish priest but our relationship went beyond pastoral activities.”Monsignor Thomas recalled some of the good times he shared with his friend.“John and I developed a special bond, a real genuine friendship, and real love. We both enjoyed dumplings and red beans.”Monsignor Thomas described the late John Fabien as a man who had a love for God, family and country, a man who touched the lives of hundreds of men, women and children.“Apart from his professional career he was a real community man who cared about his community and people. John impacted lives because he loved and because he was a committed person,” the cleric said while encouraging others to emulate the life and principles of John Fabien.Environment Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, laying a wreath on the grave. “Live, my dear friends, as a family. John lived a good life, he fell short like all of us but everyone can say that John tried his best to have a good family life. How many of you in government are praying like John? How many of you like John go to church often? Emulate him”.He urged the ministers of government attending the funeral service to take a leaf from the page of John Fabien.“Don’t just talk about the next level, act the next level, be people of prayer and trust totally in the Lord. Let us emulate the wisdom of John who knew he was about to leave this world but prepared himself spiritually.”Monsignor Thomas used the occasion to deliver a special message from the late John Fabien to the youth to stay away from drugs.“Young people John wants you to brace up yourselves, give up and destroy dangerous weapons, avoid bad companions, say no to drugs. Don’t destroy the nation for selfish motives, that’s what John wants.”At the funeral service, a special tribute in song (Wind Beneath My Wings) for the former minister and MP was presented by family members.John Fabien was laid to rest at the Grand Bay Catholic Cemetery next to his friend, Pierre Charles.Government Information Servicelast_img read more

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