Osman Swati knew how to leave a room

first_img Lewis, who has threatened court action in clinging to the last vestiges of his political weight, spent his final council meeting dividing the room.He blamed the former city manager for the destruction of heavy equipment during the 2017 flood. He fumed aloud that there was no storm plan now. He lamented the state of the city, suggesting it might never recover. He offered a cryptic comment about Port Arthur going “to Section 8” and accused the mayor of not doing his own job or knowing how to do it.The last of these caused the affable mayor, Derrick Freeman, to not only bristle — that was uncharacteristic — but also fire back. That was a bad moment for Lewis.Freeman recounted in detail that as the city was drowning in 60 inches of rain last August, council members were to meet in an emergency session at City Hall. There, Lewis pitched this single idea as the city sank underwater: Diverting $30,000 of Port Arthur’s public treasure to The Breeze, run by Lewis’ friend, for radio programming. Osman Swati knew how to leave a room.Port Arthur’s District 6 representative served but a single City Council term — his seat was eliminated by voter choice — but he lent grace, reason and humility that this governing body sorely needed and — shouldn’t we concede this? — some dash. Ironically, Swati left public service the same night as Willie “Bae” Lewis, a 23-year councilman whose seat was also eliminated by voter decision.While Swati left public life reading from an elegant farewell letter, Lewis left with his fingernails scraping his own chair bottom. Like the last toddler in the toy store at lights out, he simply refused to go.Swati thanked God and the voters for the privilege of serving, humbly extended apologies for anyone he might have offended, offered a heartfelt paean to democracy and praised devoted city workers, staff and his own colleagues for all they do for this beleaguered city. He provided the class in the room.center_img “The only thing you were worried about was that $30,000,” Freeman recalled, staring straight at Lewis.We might have hoped for a better farewell for Lewis, at least on his last night as a council member. He never provided leadership but he usually brought the entertainment.Swati’s farewell letter contained these words, and Port Arthur citizens might take them in more than one way: “This council is a direct product of your vote.” In some cases, it’s a direct product of not voting in Port Arthur, where casting a ballot is rare.Choosing not to vote is a choice in itself: You still bear consequences. On this night, those consequences were stark:One guy knew how to leave a room. The other guy was Willie Lewis.last_img read more

TCA Awarded $300K for Foreclosure Counseling

first_imgTake Charge America, Inc., a non-profit credit counseling and housing counseling agency in Phoenix, was awarded $300,000 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office over the next three years to provide free foreclosure intervention counseling to Arizona homeowners.Take Charge America will use the funds to assist more homeowners with one-on-one counseling, primarily individuals and families with low-to-moderate income, and who are Spanish-speaking.Housing counseling services at Take Charge America are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Take Charge America’s counselors can help homeowners avoid foreclosure or mitigate losses caused by foreclosure with a variety of solutions, such as accessing and sustaining loan modifications, refinancing and principal reduction.“Arizona families are among the hardest hit by the economic downturn, and many are still struggling to meet their mortgage payments,” said Take Charge America Chief Executive Officer David Richardson. “This award will enable us to assist even more residents in need, helping them navigate the complex mortgage loan industry and possibly save their home.”Take Charge America is one of 16 organizations throughout Arizona selected by the Attorney General’s Office to receive a share of the $5 million in housing counseling assistance available through a national mortgage settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage loan servicers.  The funds help pay for the cost of the foreclosure intervention counseling that is provided free to Arizona homeowners.Take Charge America introduced foreclosure prevention counseling in 2008 as a response to the mortgage crisis. It is HUD-approved to assist distressed homeowners statewide. To date, the non-profit has helped more than 10,000 homeowners with housing counseling.Homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure can call Take Charge America at (623) 266-6382 or (866) 987-2008 to speak with a counselor.For more information about Take Charge America’s services, visit www.takechargeamerica.org.last_img read more

Demountable access platform

first_imgTHREE-MAN access platforms designed and built by LH Access Technology can be demounted from Mercedes-Benz Unimog road-rail vehicles when not in use, allowing the host chassis to be used with alternative equipment.The platform has a working height of 10m with a reach of 7m; it can carry up to 350 kg and rotate through 360í. The modular design enables the access platform to be securely fitted to the U400 chassis using twist locks, which permit rapid removal. The vehicles are designed to work in tandem with a Unimog 4 tonne drum carrier. LH Access Technology is currently developing demountable legs which will enable the access module and drum carrier to be swapped without using lifting equipment. On November 9 Network Rail took delivery of the last of 12 of the vehicles which it had ordered for use on the UK rail network.LH Access Technology, UKlast_img read more

Savanne Paille thief ‘goes shopping’

first_img Share Share 26 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Elijah Tonge, 30, of Savanne Paille was sentenced to four years “hard labour” by Magistrate Bernard Pacquette on Friday after he pleaded guilty to four charges of theft and a malicious damage charge.Tonge, who broke into two schools and a church in Savanne Paille and Portsmouth, said at a Roseau Magistrate’s Court that he was sorry.His ‘shopping spree’ began on August 20 and 21 when he broke into the Savanne Paille primary school and stole electronics worth $6,300.00 including two cell phones, a laptop and an internet modem. He was also charged with maliciously damaging the school’s window.Then on 13th September he broke into the Portsmouth Pentecostal Church and stole a $1, 869.00 Lenovo laptop and a $2, 002.50 Gateway laptop.The experienced thief, as the magistrate referred to him, quickly moved on to steal items from the St John’s Academy at Portsmouth.There he stole items which are used for the school’s fund raising activities and to provide meals to the students on September 13 and 15. He stole box drinks, cushions and other food items.These items have been estimated at a total of $1, 744.50, which brings the grand total of his heists to $11, 916.00.He told the court he was introduced to cocaine at eight years old by his mother and he soon became addicted.Tonge, who said he no longer lives in Savanne Paille but in an abandoned Portsmouth house, finds it difficult to stay away from cocaine.However Magistrate Pacquette informed him that when he is in prison he is off cocaine asking why he cannot remain clean when he is free.“I know I have the strength but the guide I need to stay away from it I don’t have,” he responded.Tonge, who has had previous convictions for theft, was sentenced to one year imprisonment for each break in. Magistrate Pacquette did not impose a separate penalty for the malicious damage charge.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Savanne Paille thief ‘goes shopping’ by: – September 20, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

PREVIEW: Amherst and Olmsted Falls battle in Week 6

first_imgAMHERST, OHIO– The Amherst Comets (4-1, 3-1) and Olmsted Falls Bulldogs (4-1, 3-1) are set to do battle at 7 p.m. on Friday at Amherst Steele High School.Last week the Comets toppled Berea-Midpark, 51-41. Amherst is off to its best start since the 2010 season. The Comets also proved that they can bounce back, considering their first loss of season came in Week 4 against the Midview Middies.Running back Khennedy Scagliozzo once again led the way for Amherst with three touchdowns and 294 yards on 32 carries.The Bulldogs are coming off of a 42-35 win over North Ridgeville in Week 5. Jack Spellacy ran for three touchdowns and 69 yards on 11 carries. Luke Lombardo also had  78 yards on 15 carries and two TDs. Ashley Bastock Related TopicsAmherst CometsOlmsted Falls Bulldogscenter_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Senate leaders aghast at TF recommendation on Duque regarding PhilHealth corruption claims

first_imgSenate leaders were disappointed that the task force investigating the corruption claims in the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) went easy on Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he was “dumbfounded” that Duque was spared from any liabilities over the alleged irregularities in the state health insurer as recommended by the Department of Justice-led Task Force PhilHealth.“No Duque? No Del Rosario? I’m dumbfounded! Article 217 of the RPC [Revised Penal Code] is very clear,” Sotto said in a message to reporters Tuesday when asked for comment.The Senate chief, who led the chamber’s investigation on the controversies in the PhilHealth last month, has maintained that Duque, as the ex-officio chairman of the corporation’s Board of Directors, should be held accountable for the questionable releases of the agency to some health care facilities under the Interim Reimbursement Mechanism (IRM).The Board governs policies and programs of the PhilHealth. For this reason, the Senate recommended the filing of malversation and graft charges against Duque. Senators also called for charges against PhilHealth senior vice president for Legal Sector Atty. Rodolfo Del Rosario for neglect of duty for failing to act on the cases filed before the state insurer.The Task Force, on the other hand, reportedly recommended that Duque and members of the board only be “strongly admonish[ed] and remind[ed] of the grave consequences of their action and inaction” over the PhilHealth’s funds and to the government and the people. Del Rosario was also spared in the task force’s report.“Perhaps the Ombudsman would have a better perspective of the anomalies,” Sotto said.“Mabuti na lang, the Ombudsman does not rely its investigations on task forces. They have motu propio powers,” he added.Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said he welcomes the recommendation of the high-level task force to file criminal and administrative charges against PhilHealth officials, including ex-president and chief executive officer Ricardo Morales, but said the DOJ report should also have included Duque.While saying he has yet to fully read the task force’s recommendation, Recto opined that the DOJ report, like the Senate, failed to establish the accountability of the members of the PhilHealth board over the mess.“To me, what is lacking in both Senate and in the DOJ report…is the accountablity of the members of the board itself. Remember it is the board ang nagbabantay dapat ng management ng PhilHealth (who should be guarding the PhilHealth). If the board did its job then there should be no problem,” REcto said in an interview with CNN Philippines.“Bakit pinabayaan ng board ang PhilHealth (Why did the Board abandon PhilHealth)? Considering that PhilHealth is one of the most important GFI (government financial institution) and GOCC (government owned and controlled corporation) that we have,” he added, pointing out that Cabinet secretaries and experts in finance, health, social services were designated by law to ensure the that the national health insurance funds are properly spent.Recto agreed with Sotto that Duque could be held liable under criminal laws for admitting that he had no idea that there were irregularities in the PhilHealth.“That is correct, at the very least that should have been included in the DOJ report,” he said.Still, he said DOJ remains a “recommendatory body” and the Ombudsman will have the final say on the charges to be filed against responsible officials.“More investigation should be done by appropriate govt agencies, in this case, it should be the Ombudsman…It is the Ombudsman who will be in the final investigation, and I trust the Ombudsman will do its job properly,” he added. SIGN UP TO DAILY NEWSLETTERCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UPlast_img read more

Brazil Legend, Pele,’Embarrassed’ to Leave House Due to Health, Says Son

first_img“He is very sheepish, reclusive,” his son Edinho told TV Globo.Pele scored a world record total of 1,281 goals in 1,363 appearances during his 21-year career, including 77 goals in 91 appearances for Brazil.His health has been a concern in recent i and he had prostate surgery in 2015 after he was admitted to hospital for the second time in six months.“Imagine, he’s the King, he was always such an imposing figure and today he can’t walk properly,” Edinho explained.“He’s embarrassed, he doesn’t want to go out, be seen, or do practically anything that involves leaving the house.“He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation. So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression.”This June marks the 50th anniversary of Pele’s final World Cup title, won in Mexico with what many believe to be the greatest team of all time.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Legendary Brazil forward Pele is reluctant to leave his house because he cannot walk unaided, his son has said.The three-time World Cup winner, widely regarded as the greatest player of all time, was taken to hospital with a urinary infection last year.Pele, 79, has had problems with his hip for some time and now needs a frame to walk, with many of his recent public appearances in a wheelchair.last_img read more

Evglevski’s stunning silver

first_imgBy Hayley Wildes Twenty-year-old Berwick local, Sergei Evglevski’s maiden Commonwealth Games was extra memorable for many reasons. On top of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img