Governor Holcomb’s First State Of The State Address Focused On Advancing Indiana’s long-Term Position…

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on Tuesday delivered his 2017 State of the State address to a joint convention of the Indiana General Assembly. His remarks elaborated on the five pillars of his legislative agenda while introducing new key issues.Full text of Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s 2017 State of the State address is attached.“Together, we have the special charge of leading Indiana into our third century,” Governor Holcomb said. “That means we need to think not just about today but about the years to come—and we need to act with boldness and courage to solve our current issues and prepare Indiana for the ever-changing future.”Governor Holcomb outlined his Next Level Legislative Agenda for the 2017 session on Jan. 5, just days before his inauguration. The agenda presents five pillars designed to address the key challenges facing our state today while positioning Indiana for long-term success and economic growth:Cultivate a strong and diverse economy to ensure Indiana is a magnet for jobs.Fund a long-term roads and bridges plan.Develop a 21stcentury skilled and ready workforce.Attack the drug epidemic.Provide great government service.Regarding how to fund a long-term plan for infrastructure, the Governor reiterated his support for a range of options—including fuel tax increases, new tolling options, fees for alternative-fuel vehicles and creative public-private partnerships.“The fact is, existing sources of revenue are just not keeping up,” Governor Holcomb said. “I’m a believer that every time you ask a taxpayer for a dollar, you better be darn sure you need it and are going to use it effectively for its intended purpose. And, here’s a case that if we ask Hoosiers to invest a little more to meet the need, the return is going to be well worth it—for them, for our communities, and for our economy.”The Governor also focused on attacking Indiana’s drug epidemic. Since 2000, the number of Hoosier deaths caused by drug overdoses has increased by 500 percent, and Indiana ranks 15th nationally in overdose fatalities. In his address, Governor Holcomb called out the “heroes on the front lines” in Indiana communities working to curb the drug crisis and save lives every day. On day one in office, Governor Holcomb created a new position charged with the responsibility to coordinate and oversee the state’s efforts to curb the drug epidemic: an executive director for drug prevention, treatment and enforcement.Beyond his five legislative priorities, the Governor maintained his support for a fourth water port in Southern Indiana to accelerate economic development as well as for amending the Indiana Constitution to ensure the state passes balanced biennial budgets for generations to come. He said his administration would focus on a long-term plan for bringing clean coal technology and innovation to the state.Governor Holcomb ended his first State of the State address with a commitment to working with people from all walks of life.“I will continue to reach out to everyone with ideas that can lift all Hoosiers, including those who may not always agree on everything but are willing to find opportunities to solve problems and move our state forward,” Governor Holcomb said.Each year, Indiana’s Governor addresses both houses of the state legislature, the state’s Supreme Court Justices, and other state leaders at the beginning of the legislative session in the State of the State Address. It provides an opportunity for the Governor to report on the status quo of the state’s affairs, highlight key accomplishments of the past year, and outline key priorities for the year ahead. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Nasarawa Dig Deep to Win NWPL Super4 2016/17

first_imgThe final of the 2016/17 Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super4 came to an exciting end as Nasarawa Amazons who last won the trophy in 2014 defeated Delta Queens by a lone goal to lift the trophy for the second time. The team from Lafia who were considered outsiders in a competition dominated by teams from the South-South region of the country can pat themselves on the back for a good display.The final kicked off to an exciting start with both teams showing attacking flair and looking to go ahead early on in the game. But no goal was recorded all thanks to outstanding saves from the goalkeepers of both teams. The tie was keenly contested and if the first half had ended as a barren draw, football fans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium would have enjoyed the most exciting barren first half of the competition so far.The Lafia ladies though had other plans and got the decisive goal of the game in the 41st minute through Amarachi Okoronkwo. The defence of Delta Queens was caught napping as the cross in and goalkeeper Akarekor was culpable as she was beaten at her near post from Okoronkwo’s glancing header. The goal was a typical definition of Nasarawa Amazons team display throughout the competition. The half ended on a high for the Lafia ladies as they bosses possession and saw out the half to take their lead into the dressing room.In the second half the Lafia ladies had chances to put the game to rest but were uncharacteristically wasteful in front of goal.The Kwale ladies who had so far been found wanting began to get back their groove and started creating chances in the hope of getting the equaliser but couldn’t find a way through the resolute defending of Nasarawa Amazons. On the few occasions they did, goalkeeper Chioma Nwankwo refused to be beaten and got injured in the 64th minute while making a save and after receiving a lengthy treatment to a sprained wrist had to be replaced by Uchenna Chukwu.At this point the Nasawara bench felt it best to hold on and preserve their lead and made changes in this regard. For Delta Queens it was a case of giving all they had left in order to get back into the game and made attacking changes to help their course but the Lafia ladies held on and repelled all the attacks thrown at them to make sure they won the title for the first time since 2014.Relatedlast_img read more

Coach Mohammed Polo still in charge of Hearts: Management

first_imgThe attention of Management of Accra Hearts of Oak SC Limited has been drawn to speculations in the media that the Club has terminated the appointment Coach Mohammed Polo after the technical handler lost 1-2 to Gold Stars in the MTN FA CupWe the management of the club, have also heard a few radio stations allege that Coach Polo stormed out of a meeting that had been called to discuss his performance. We wish to emphasize that no meeting has been convened by the Hearts Board to discuss Coach Polo’s performance. Neither has the Club taken any decision to terminate his appointment. Coach Polo, his technical staff, Players, Management and some Board Members were in genial company at a dinner on Wedneday night where he gracefully gave his team a two-week break.  The players are expected to return to training after the holidays to prepare for the second round of the 2013/14 Ghana Premier League.Mohammed Polo has a mandate to handle Hearts of Oak and the Management and Board of the club are committed to giving him all the necessary support to succeed. We wish to assure our numerous supporters that Hearts of Oak will bounce back powerfully in the second round. Hearts lie third on the league table with 27points.last_img read more

Reminder: All political questionnaires need returned by March 7

first_imgBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Just a friendly reminder, all political forum questionnaires for those candidates running for Wellington school board, Wellington City Council and Mayor needs to have their answers to Sumner Newscow by Saturday, March 7 via digitally or postmarked by that date. Late entries will be so noted on the political forums.Also make sure to provide a picture of yourself, unless Sumner Newscow has already obtained one. The school primary is today. The general election will be held April 7, 2015. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

‘Partisan Judges Will Be Chastised’

first_img(From left) Associate Justice Jamesetta Wolokollie administersthe oath to Relieving Judge Scheaplor Dunbar and Criminal Court ‘E’ Resident Judge Serena GarlawoluBy Abednego DavisChief Justice Francis Korkpor yesterday warned judges who are aligned with political parties to immediately desist from the act.Justice Korkpor warned that any judge seen participating in political activities during the upcoming presidential and legislative elections will be seriously dealt with, though he did not explain the kinds of punishment that disobedient judges will face.Serving as proxy for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the commissioning and induction ceremonies of Criminal Court ‘E’ Resident Judge Serena Garlawolu and Relieving Judge Scheaplor Dunbar at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia, Korkpor warned that, “The judiciary is non-aligning and we are not part of politics; so, we will not hesitate to chastise judges that are politicians.”Korkpor reminded both Garlawolu and Dunbar that he understands why they represented politicians as practicing lawyers.“You are now playing a role that will require you not to align with those clients (politicians) and with politics because the upcoming elections are very crucial to Liberians,” the Chief Justice advised.“You are coming to the judiciary at a time when we need you so much to help to determine elections-related matters that will make the process free, fair and transparent for the people to accept its results,” Justice Korkpor noted.Elections, Korkpor said, are the expressions of the people’s choice of government, and are also essential for legitimizing those who are chosen to run the government.“This is why we are interested in you not being a part of any political activity so that the elections’ outcome can be seen as free and fair,” the Chief Justice emphasized.“As long as you remain within the pillar of the law and the rule of the court, you are a part of our family and we are going to defend you and stand by every decision you will make.But, if you step outside we are going to reprimand you so try to protect yourself and seek advice,” he said.Judge Dunbar, who spoke on behalf of the inductee pair, lauded President Sirleaf for the confidence she reposed in them.“We are going to do everything possible to justify the confidence to make us judges and we are well prepared and ready to contribute to the administration of fair and transparent justice,” the Relieving Judge promised.He said that they are aware of the challenges facing judges, “One thing we can say here is that we are going to try to be impartial, earnest and independent in the discharge of our duty. We are not going to do anything wrong that will bring this judiciary into public disrepute,” he emphasized.Criminal Court ‘E’ Resident Judge Serena Garlawolu has over ten years of active legal experience, having joined the profession in 2006.Garlawolu worked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia as a legal consultant and also worked with the Ministry of Justice in the capacities of County Attorney for Bong County and director for felonious crimes.She holds a Bachelor of Arts (BBA) degree in Business Administration from the University of Liberia (UL) and a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, also at the UL.Relieving Judge Scheaplor Dunbar has over 18 years of active legal practice.He served in several positions at the Pierre, Tweh and Associates law firm as senior legal counsel to the junior partner, and head of litigations.He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in Chemistry from the University of Liberia (UL), Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the UL, and a Master of Law (LLM) degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dybala: I didn’t insult Mourinho

first_imgJuventus forward Paulo Dybala insists he “didn’t insult” Jose Mourinho after seeing the Manchester United manager taunt Bianconeri fans after a fiery Champions League clash.The Portuguese was in high spirits following a dramatic 2-1 victory for his side in Turin and revelled in making the home support aware of who had emerged victorious, as he cupped his ear towards the stands.His actions once again proved divisive, with former United favourites Paul Scholes and Gary Neville offer contrasting opinions on his antics, and a number of Juve players confronted him at the time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Argentina international Dybala was among those to approach the United boss, along with Leonardo Bonucci, but he insists there was no war of words between the pair.He told Sky Sport Italia: “I just told him that there was no need to make that gesture.“There was no need to create more tension than there already was, sometimes you get insulted and it’s bad, but to create more tension than there already is…“I told him there was no need, I didn’t insult him. I just told him that and left.”Dybala had drawn a blank against United before Mourinho took centre stage, having previously netted the winner against the Red Devils in an initial European clash between two heavyweight outfits at Old Trafford.Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala, JuventusCristiano Ronaldo recorded Juve’s solitary effort in their most recent outing, with the Portuguese disappointed to end up on the losing side against his former employers.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has starred for the Bianconeri after making a slow start to a spell in Italy and Dybala believes he can thrive alongside a modern day legend, if Massimiliano Allegri gives him the chance.He added: “The boss has given us a little more freedom to move around and I think that way we can do more damage to our opponents.“Cristiano Ronaldo is a player who moves to the left more, but he moves around a lot and in fact the goal I scored in Manchester came from his cross from the right.“When Mario [Mandzukic] plays he’s more of a reference point, and then there’s also Douglas and [Federico] Bernardeschi, so we have a lot of options in attack.“I think the coach definitely finds it difficult to put all of us in, because we’re playing really well and there’s a really good level in attack. I don’t think it’s easy for him.”last_img read more