FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail State Rep. Holli Sullivan (R-Evansville) was recently named an Accelerate Indiana Municipalities Legislator of the Year for her work to pass a long-term road funding plan.“We were committed to remaining fiscally responsible while passing the largest road funding plan in the state’s history,” Sullivan said. “Local communities maintain 86 percent of our roads and bridges. I would like to thank AIM for its work to continually improve Indiana’s cities and towns, and for supporting our road funding plan. This push to upgrade our state’s infrastructure will have a positive effect on our community and state for many years.”In addition to Sullivan, House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) were honored by AIM for their work to fund a long-term plan to improve Indiana’s roads and bridges. As a result of the legislation, cities and towns across the state are now ramping up for major road maintenance projects that have been long-delayed, according to Matt Greller, AIM CEO.“It’s a true honor to thank House Speaker Bosma and Representatives Brown, Soliday and Sullivan for their unwavering dedication this past legislative session,” Greller said. “They worked tirelessly to ensure that 2017 was the year Indiana began re-investing in our infrastructure in a meaningful, sustainable way. Hoosiers will reap the benefits of this investment for decades to come.”Sullivan serves on the House Committee on Roads and Transportation and the House Committee on Ways and Means, which makes recommendations to the Indiana General Assembly on any legislation dealing with the expenditure of money.
Stuff co.nz 5 June 2015Prime Minister John Key is among those who have paid tribute to Lecretia Seales, the 42-year-old Wellington lawyer with terminal brain cancer who died early on Friday from natural causes.Key expressed his deepest sympathies to the family, friends and supporters of Seales.“Cancer is a terrible disease for those who suffer it and it’s particularly hard on those who witness their loved ones eventually succumb to it,” Key said.“My heart goes out to Lecretia’s family and friends.”Seale’s husband, Matt Vickers, planned to read a prepared statement and answer questions at a press conference at Wellington law firm Russell McVeagh at 3.30pm on Friday.Seales’ death came just hours after a judge issued a ruling in her landmark right-to-die case. Justice David Collins has embargoed his judgment until 3pm on Friday.Seales was a beautiful, courageous, compassionate, unsentimental person who would want everyone to “press on”, her friend and colleague Cate Brett said.Seales came to court twice during the three-day hearing that began on May 25. Since then she had rapidly declined, becoming bedridden due to paralysis and spending periods in deep sleep.She did not have the long, painful death she feared.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/69123148/euthanasia-campaigner-lecretia-seales-dies-of-natural-causes
Share Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comCASTRIES, St Lucia — At the recently concluded 53rd Meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, held in St Vincent and the Grenadines from 19-20 May 2011, heads of government agreed to the closure of the OECS High Commission in Ottawa, Canada by December 2011.The High Commission for the OECS in Ottawa was established in 1982 for the principal purpose of maintaining and promoting the political, economic and social interests of member states in Canada.Against the background of the international financial crisis and global recession, OECS heads of government have been engaged in a critical review of the Organisation aimed at the rationalization of its operation. Overseas representation was one area subject to this review in light of the extraordinary burden that it constituted for the treasuries of member states.In respect of Canada, heads of government concluded that the continued operation of the joint High Commission in Ottawa could no longer be considered sustainable or viable.It was noted that, increasingly, the focus of engagement between Canada and the member states of the OECS had shifted as a result of Canada’s policy of decentralisation in respect of CIDA. This policy saw the relocation of key CIDA personnel and related operations to Canada’s High Commission in Barbados.As a result, collaborative efforts involving Canadian and OECS member state officials had shifted to the region, and in particular, to Barbados. When taken together, these factors raised serious doubts about the wisdom of maintaining the High Commission in Canada, and as a result, OECS heads of government agreed to the closure.It is the intention of OECS member states to consolidate and strengthen their consular operations in Toronto in order to satisfy the growing consular demands of OECS nationals resident in Canada and to be in a position to respond adequately to the expanded range of economic opportunities in Canada for OECS nationals.Heads of government noted the opportunities that present themselves, especially in the areas of trade and service provision, and have indicated their intention to broaden the scope of operations of the Eastern Caribbean Liaison Service in Toronto so that it may be better equipped to provide the necessary support to the commercial sectors in the OECS, as well as private nationals in the region who may wish to explore and avail themselves of these opportunities.Caribbean News Now Sharing is caring! 12 Views no discussions Share Tweet Share NewsRegional OECS mission in Ottawa to close by: – June 22, 2011
Once the European Under-21 Championship is over, Stones is sure to be promoted to the seniors again – provided he continues to put in the kind of display he did on his 24th outing for Everton this season. “He is going to continue to grow and develop as a player and he is going to be a top player for Everton and England,” said Baines, who has 30 England caps. “He has got a huge future ahead of him at international level because not only is he a top-class defender but because of his composure as well. You need a bit of that at international level. “You need to be able to play and when you look at the young centre-halves around the country, John is the best in that respect.” Leighton Baines has no doubt Everton youngster John Stones will become a star for club and country in the next few years. Stones scored his first Everton goal on Sunday in the impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United. From the way Stones shrugged off Antonio Valencia and expertly glanced Baines’ corner past David de Gea, he looked like a seasoned professional of 15 years. Press Association But this is just the 20-year-old’s second full season at the club. The centre-back was plucked from hometown club Barnsley two-and-a-half years ago by David Moyes. The Scot would have been forgiven for cheering with joy as his final signing for Everton played a big role in the hammering of the club that sacked him after just 10 months in charge. Not only did Stones score Everton’s second, he also kept United’s stellar cast of attacking talent at bay, and Baines was keen to praise the imposing centre-back after the final whistle. “His composure for a lad of his age is unbelievable,” the Everton left-back told Press Association Sport. “He is a down-to-earth kid that he just wants to play football, work hard, he doesn’t get involved in anything else and when you are around people like that you just want to see them be successful – and that is the road that John is on at the moment.” After being named on the standby list for the World Cup, Stones started his first England match in September against Norway. The centre-half began a crucial qualifier in Switzerland the following week but he has not played for the senior team since. Injury kept him out of the matches against San Marino and Estonia in October and the player has since dropped down to the Under-21 squad.
As the USC women’s soccer team opens up Pac-12 play this weekend against Washington, it’ll do so with a discomforting distinction involving defense.High scorer · Junior forward/midfielder Elizabeth Eddy led USC in scoring in 2011, but she has primarily played on the back line this season. – Daily Trojan file photoUSC (3-4-1) is the only team in the Pac-12 not to have shut out an opponent yet this season, having allowed 2.12 goals per game so far — the worst in the conference by a wide margin. The second worst defensive squad, Washington State, has allowed 1.14 goals per game.“We just need to stop giving goals away,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “If we’re lackadaisical defensively and give the ball away, and [opposing] teams are good, they punish you for those types of errors.”Fortunately for the Women of Troy, they will likely have two veteran defenders returning from injuries in senior Kristina Noriega (concussion) and redshirt sophomore Mia Bruno (quad strain) just as conference play begins.Khosroshahin pointed out that the two would be game-time decisions, and also said that he’s “very, very hopeful” that the pair will be able to play against the Huskies (7-1-1).Freshmen Marlee Carrillo and Erin Owen, who are both taller than 6 feet, have taken most of the starts at the center back positions for the Women of Troy thus far. Junior Elizabeth Eddy, who led USC in scoring last year as a midfielder/forward, has mostly played on the back line this season.“We’re going to have to make some changes in the back,” Khosroshahin said. “The way we’re leaking goals right now, I want some experience back there [on defense].”Things have been looking brighter on the other side of the pitch, as the Women of Troy haven’t been shut out yet this year, either.Junior midfielder Jordan Marada, senior midfielder Samantha Johnson and freshman forward Katie Johnson each have three goals to lead USC in scoring, and Marada tops the squad with four assists.Eddy credits the success on offense to the team’s focus on possessing the ball in their opponent’s defensive third of the field.“We can shoot from outside as well as work it inside,” Eddy said. “We throw a ton of numbers up top and when we’ve got great attacking center midfielders like [Marada], it’s really good for us.”USC is second in the Pac-12 with 19.6 shots per game, but is tied for fifth in goals per game.“Our possession has improved tremendously,” Khosroshahin said. “We just need to improve the quality of our opportunities.”The Women of Troy might be hard-pressed to do that against the Huskies, who have averaged only 0.44 goals allowed per game.Washington goalkeeper Kari Davidson leads the Pac-12 with 5.25 saves per game, helping the Huskies record five shutouts in nine games.“They’re really athletic,” Marada said. “They’ll run at you, so we need to show them what we got and come out as the better team.”Junior midfielder Lindsey Elston acts as the offensive hub for Washington, leading the Huskies with six goals and four assists, which ties her for the Pac-12 lead with 16 points.“They’re a good side — they’re very disciplined, they’re very hardworking,” Khosroshahin said. “It’ll be a real tough match, but we like our chances.”Despite USC’s defensive struggles and the Huskies’ prowess on both sides of the ball, the Women of Troy have some advantages.Washington won its first seven games of the season, but tied Utah State 1-1 and lost to BYU 3-1 in its last two matches.And last season, the Women of Troy didn’t record a shutout through their first 14 games —and ended that streak against Washington in a 1-0 road win.The Women of Troy have defended their home turf against the Huskies, who haven’t won at USC since 2001.USC will try to keep that streak going Friday at 2 p.m. at McAlister Field. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network.