Batesville, in. — Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb will make a stop in Batesville Tuesday promoting the Next Level Jobs Initiative.Administration officials say he’ll be at the Hillenbrand Headquarters at 10:45 a.m.Holcomb will be joined by state and local leaders, Indiana Workforce Development director Steve Braun, Commission on Higher Education commissioner Teresa Lubbers, secretary of Career and Talent Blair Milo.The Next Level Jobs Initiative, The Workforce Ready Grant and The Employer Training Grant was created this year by the Indiana General Assembly and are designed to help Hoosiers find high-demand and well paying jobs in the economy of today and tomorrow.The programs will over $2o million over the next two years to workers and employers. For more information go online to nextleveljobs.org/2017.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoFilling the shoes of Adam Burish is no easy task for any Wisconsin captain. Registering nine goals, 24 assists and leading Wisconsin to its sixth national championship last season, Burish wore the captain’s “C” for two years and became one of the most beloved Badgers in the past 10 years. When he graduated, Burish handed off his responsibilities to assistant captain Andrew Joudrey, who had the difficult task of living up to Burish’s legacy. Although his scoring numbers aren’t the same as his predecessor, Joudrey, much like Burish, has led the No.19 Wisconsin hockey team by example. “I think it’s been tough for Andrew living in the shadow of Adam Burish,” assistant captain Jeff Likens said. “Andrew does a great job. He gets the guys going really well. It’s a tough act to follow, but he does a great job.” Joudrey has been a staple in Wisconsin’s lineup all season long. Leading the Badgers’ first or second lines in every game this season, Joudrey leads by example, whether it’s out on the ice or in the locker room. “He does a lot of stuff off the ice that doesn’t get recognized,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “Still, in that locker room, to be able to walk the walk and go out and execute, that means a lot to him.” Don’t be fooled, though, as Joudrey has been known to deliver clutch goals when he’s needed. A season ago, Joudrey scored two game-winning goals at North Dakota, giving the Badgers their first sweep in their last seven tries in Grand Forks. He also recorded big goals at the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic against Ohio State and against Minnesota at the WCHA Final Five to give Wisconsin the No.1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. For Wisconsin’s Brian Elliott, Joudrey has a unique shot that can be as difficult as any for a goaltender to snag. “If you look at Joe Sakic, [Joudrey] has that type of shooting,” Elliott said. “He can shoot in stride, which a lot of players have trouble doing. When he has the puck at the top of the key, it’s hard for a goaltender to get his body in front when he fires the puck [on net].” Last weekend, it was evident then-No. 4 St. Cloud State gave Joudrey some good scoring opportunities. Coming into the weekend having scored only four goals, Joudrey connected on three power play goals — all from just inside the right faceoff circle — that helped the Badgers earn three points on the weekend. The goals — Joudrey’s first scores in the past 10 games — could salvage Wisconsin’s season, as the Badgers are now right in the mix of earning home ice for the conference playoffs. “Offensively, he gave us two huge goals,” Eaves said. “On the power play, he was put in the position where he was the trigger guy rather than being the quarterback. He was able to snap a couple of pucks in there.” Joudrey’s first goal Friday night proved to be the game winner, but it was his third goal of the weekend Saturday that typified the type of play a captain would make. With the Badgers trailing by one goal late in the third period, Joudrey fired the puck through traffic and managed to sneak it by Bobby Goepfert, one of the top goaltenders in the conference. “When you’re working hard on the power play, somebody is going to be the beneficiary, and it happened to be me [last] weekend,” Joudrey said. For Eaves, however, there was a play besides his three goals that shows why Joudrey is the captain. With time about to expire in overtime, Joudrey had the puck in front of St. Cloud’s net with only a Huskies defenseman between him and an overtime victory. Instead of taking the shot, Joudrey waited for the defenseman to charge him and passed the puck off to Ben Street, who was inches away from scoring the goal. It is this unselfishness Joudrey brings to work every day that defines him as a hockey player. “That instant is where I thought he took his game to another level,” Eaves said. “He had the poise and confidence in a key moment to hold onto the puck and wait for the defense person to make a play. If Ben (Street) had gotten the puck up like he wanted, it would have been a happy moment, but that poise is what [Joudrey] brings to the team.” One of five finalists for the 2007 Hockey Humanitarian award, given to the most outstanding person in college hockey, Joudrey has stepped out from behind the shadow of Burish and defined himself as Wisconsin’s captain. Whether it’s motivating his team or leading by example, Joudrey has shouldered the responsibilities of being a captain and has done so in a way that makes him one of a kind. “In listening to [my son Ben] talk about what it was like to be the captain of a college hockey team, (one of) the responsibilities that you feel that you have is to be able to come through in a key moment for their teammates,” Eaves said. “Andrew had that kind of weekend where we stepped up for his team. For [Joudrey], that’s what it is all about, to lead by example.”
J Street U USC held a discussion Thursday night in Seeley G. Mudd Hall entitled “Groundhog Day in Gaza: What Drives Cycles of Violence Between Israel and Hamas and How It Can End” concerning the future of the Gaza region in light of this past summer’s outbreak of violence.Expert opinion · Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine, spoke to students about the Israel-Palestine conflict. Thursday. – Samhita Swamy | Daily TrojanThe event featured Hussein Ibish, a senior fellow at the American Task Force on Palestine.“We are a Washington, D.C.-based office of six people who believe that the focal point of the issue has to be American foreign policy and American national interest,” Ibish said.J Street U is a national organization that advocates for long-term peaceful solutions to the conflict in the region. The USC chapter is one of more than 50 and began in the spring of last year.“The reason we brought it [to USC] was because we recognized that there was a vacuum of discussion on campus,” said Yasmeen Serhan, co-founder of USC’s chapter and special projects editor of the Daily Trojan. “There wasn’t a space for us to really discuss the pragmatic steps being taken on the international level, so we felt like bringing this organization would provide students a space to respectfully discuss the issues.”About 35 students from various demographic backgrounds attended the discussion.“I came to the discussion because I was interested in hearing both sides,” said Mackenzie Gansert, a senior majoring in political economy. “I think it’s really important that we have a dialogue on campus, and this was the first time I had heard of such dialogue going on. I thought it was really interesting to hear the perspective of someone who has written books on this topic.”Specifically, J Street U supports a two-state solution in which the sovereignties of both Israel and Palestine can be respected separately.“Our purpose is to support a diplomatic solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with an independent, secure state of Israel alongside an independent, secure state of Palestine,” Serhan said. “Ibish has a very solid understanding of this issue. He really does focus on the Middle East region as a whole, which allows for an analytical, philosophical perspective.”Ibish expressed his concern with both Israel’s and Hamas’ aggression actions throughout history, which have often involved territorial occupation.“Israel and Palestine both have a right to defend themselves, but occupying an enemy territory is an illegal imposition on a people who deserve, and have every right, to live in freedom,” he said.Estee Chandler, an organizer for the L.A. Jewish Voice for Peace, expressed concern with Ibish’s stance on U.S. national interest in the region.“What would happen if [the United States] had an outside entity imposing a solution on us?” Chandler asked.Chandler also disagreed with the notion that the region must necessarily split into two states.“Whether two states or one, the outcome should include security, justice and equality for all people,” she added.Ibish, however, said he felt a two-state solution was necessary to bring stability to the region.“I’ve becoming disenchanted with the one-state solution,” Ibish said. “We’ve had a single state since 1967, and it’s awful and immoral. The people there are non-citizens. They are living in fear. There’s no way to tweak this reality we have. Something revolutionary needs to happen there, and the only way I can think to do it is by having two states.”The J Street U USC will be having its next discussion at Ground Zero on Oct. 27 at 6:00 p.m.
It is somehow proving that natural efforts from the Liberian government and its international partners to bring the Ebola virus that is wreaking havoc on the Liberians and others in the Mano River sub-region under control are not yielding the needed results. This has led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to call on Liberians to look to the supernatural for answers.The Liberian President called on the nation to turn its attention to the Almighty God, whom she said is “the ultimate solution” through fast and prayer, to the Ebola epidemic crisis.President Sirleaf has begun to give due reverence and recognition to God as the Ebola plague, which has claimed over 800 lives in the sub-region, continues to grip the nation.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer, beginning Wednesday, August 6 through Friday, August 8, 2014. Fasting is to start from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily. The three-day fast and prayer is an effort to appeal to God to heal the land.“Acknowledging our devout gratitude to God for our existence as a Free, Sovereign and Independent State, and relying on His Divine Guidance for our survival as a Nation, I call on all Liberians to observe three days of National Fast and Prayer to seek God’s face to have mercy on us and forgive our sins and heal our land, Liberia, as we continue the fight against the deadly Ebola virus,” the Liberian leader urged.She said this call is indicative that God is the ultimate solution to this crisis and source of Liberia’s deliverance as a nation, the release noted.The observance of the National Fast and Prayer is being held under the auspices of the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC).The Religious Advisor to the President, Rev. Jervis Witherspoon said to climax the National Fast and Prayer on Friday, August 8th, a team of religious leaders will meet at the old Providence Baptist Church on Broad Street to lead prayers for the nation during the last three hours, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Witherspoon is also a member of the LCC,He indicated that state broadcaster, the Liberia Broadcasting System, and other radio stations will carry a simulcast so that those who are unable to attend the service in person can tune in and monitor the climax of the National Fast and Prayer Service.Religious leaders will offer prayers for the spiritual, moral and physical restoration of the land, including prayers for the elimination of Ebola and other pestilences from the country; prayer for comfort and strength for hurting families who have lost loved ones; prayer for healing and restoration of quarantined individuals in the land; prayer for the protection of health workers and other volunteers in harm’s way as they fight the deadly Ebola virus; prayer against any form of witchcraft activity used to spread Ebola virus; as well as prayer for God’s intervention in the sub-regional counties (Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia) affected by the Ebola virus.“We are calling on all Liberians to join in this time of true national repentance and prayer against the Ebola virus,” Rev. Witherspoon urged his fellow compatriots, adding, “We believe, in accordance to the scripture, that God will hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal the land.”President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is wasting no time in taking advantage of this historic promise that has been enjoyed by many including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David and the state of Israel that was rescued many times from the numerous enemies that surrounded it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
CCJ post-judgement advise…despite Jagdeo’s proposal to meet dailyOpposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoPresident David GrangerSeveral days after Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo accepted an invitation from President David Granger to meet and discuss a consensus on the way forward following the recent rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), a date is yet to be set by the Head of State for the much-anticipated engagement.On Friday the President acknowledged Jagdeo’s response to his invitation. Opposition Chief Whip and executive member, Gail Teixeira told Guyana Times that an acknowledgement letter from the President’s office was received on Friday afternoon with no indication as to a possible date for a meeting.“I can tell you that it doesn’t have a date. [It’s just an acknowledgement of Jagdeo’s response] and raising an issue of interpretation but we’ll probably release the letter when we release the response at the same time…,” she stated.According to Teixeira, the party will be considering the correspondence and hopefully respond to the Head of State over the weekend.Following the June 18 rulings that the December passage of the Opposition’s No-Confidence Motion was valid and that the unilateral appointment of ret’d Justice James Patterson as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) was unconstitutional, CCJ President Justice Adrian Saunders had urged the two sides to meet to find consensus before last Monday’s hearing for consequential orders. However, President David Granger sent an invitation to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Friday, June 21, 2019, for them to meet after Monday’s hearing.But during that hearing, Justice Saunders expressed disappointment that the two leaders were yet to meet.“These matters are of the highest constitutional significance… and it beats me that the Leader of the Opposition and the President, and their respective counsel, had not met to discuss the issues that confront us. Everybody says these are important issues but it seems as though the same degree of urgency and deliberation that are expected of the courts, we don’t see them being reflected in the behaviour of the political directorate and that I think is unfortunate,” the CCJ President expressed.In fact, he went on to note that the case puts the court in an “awkward position” since it does not want to make political decisions but at the same time it has a remit to ensure that the rule of law is observed. This, Justice Saunders noted, however, can only happen if the political leaders display a spirit of compromise and reasonableness, which will allow the rule of law to take effect.The CCJ President’s comments were made after Attorney General Basil Williams misled the court by saying that President Granger had acted “forthwith” and invited the Opposition Leader to a meeting.However, at a press conference after Monday’s hearing, Jagdeo called out the AG for deliberately misleading the CCJ. According to Jagdeo, a letter was indeed dispatched to his office but states that he was being invited for a meeting after the June 24 consequential ruling with no date or time indicated.Nevertheless, a response letter was sent to the Head of State last Tuesday indicating that Jagdeo is prepared to meet with the President “at any time, and, on a daily basis if needs be”. Despite this, however, no date has been set to discuss the appointment of a new GECOM Chairman following the resignation of Justice Patterson earlier this week.The Opposition Leader told reporters at a press conference on Thursday that he needs to meet with the President first to ascertain the “ground rules” on the way forward, that is, whether they will consider nominees from the 18 names that were previously rejected or come up with a new list altogether. Jagdeo said that he is willing to sit with the President and compile such a list for the purpose of having consensus even though the Constitution requires him to submit a list.Meanwhile, there have been calls from stakeholders for the two leaders to adhere to the CCJ’s advice and meet before the July 12 hearing so as to avoid having the Trinidad-based regional court impose consequential orders.Onus on PresidentAlso weighing in on the issue on Friday was former Minister Leslie Ramsammy, who criticised President Granger for not initiating the meeting to date, saying the onus is on him to do so.“The CCJ, after one week, met with the stakeholders and gave another almost three weeks for dialogue and hopefully avoid consequential orders from the CCJ. No such dialogue has occurred, even five days after the CCJ extended the dialogue period, and now more than two weeks since the rulings. It is an open, brazen contempt for the CCJ,” Ramsammy contended.The former Minister noted that silence by the Government on a date for the meeting loudly signifies their defiance of the CCJ. He went on to dismiss arguments that the President and the coalition Government have initiated consequential actions by having Patterson stepping down, pointing out that the former GECOM Chair was, in fact, fired by the CCJ and Guyana’s Constitution.“Patterson was not comfortable in personally dissing the CCJ. That Patterson walked has nothing to do with Granger and APNU/AFC complying with the CCJ’s rulings,” he stressed.Nevertheless, Ramsammy sounded a call for those who stand for “true democracy” to speak up and ensure the President meets with the Opposition Leader.“As of this time and per the problem we face, the Leader of the Opposition and the PPP have shown patience and their readiness to engage Granger and APNU/AFC. The time is now for all stakeholders to demand Granger meet with the Leader of the Opposition to select a GECOM Chair, even if an interim Chair, and to decide on an election date sooner than later, keeping in mind the constitutional requirement of three months, which expired since March 21st. The three months timeline has to be a non-negotiable timeline since the Government has already run down the clock and illegally held on to power for more than three months already. We must call a spade a spade. Granger and APNU/AFC dissed the Parliament and the Constitution, dissed the Chief Justice and the High Court and now is dissing the CCJ,” Ramsammy posited.