Trump to make fundraising trip to Houston, San Antonio

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is planning to return to Texas next month to raise money for his re-election campaign, according to people familiar with his plans.Trump has scheduled fundraisers on April 10 in Houston and San Antonio, according to those sources. Asked about the trip, the White House said it did not have any scheduling announcements to make at this time. By Patrick SvitekThe Texas Tribunetexastribune.org The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.center_img Trump last visited Texas in mid-February, when he went to El Paso to rally support for a border wall. That event drew a counter-rally headlined by Beto O’Rourke, the former congressman and U.S. Senate nominee who has since entered the presidential contest.O’Rourke is not the only Texas Democrat running to take on Trump. Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor, is also in the race.last_img read more

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Lamar Institute of Technology offering $2.5k for COVID impacted students

first_img Effective immediately, a $300,000 grant allocated to Lamar Institute of Technology will help displaced LIT students who are Texas residents, so they can upskill and quickly return to the workforce.Those who would like to apply for the funds can complete an application to LIT at ApplyTexas.org, complete a FAFSA at FAFSA.Ed.gov (LIT School Code = 036273) and contact SAS by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line “GEER Applicant” to indicate interest in the program.The grant, supported by a portion of an $18.1 million allocation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from Gov. Greg Abbott’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, also helps Texas students who previously left higher education institutions without completing postsecondary credentials.Through a competitive process, 40 applicants representing 49 institutions were selected for the awards, THECB said. BEAUMONT — Local residents who have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could receive $2,500 to return to school at Lamar Institute of Technology.The funding, to be disbursed to students in amounts between $500 and $2,500 per semester, is earmarked for tuition and fees for those pursuing their degree or certificate at LIT.Students must be Texas residents enrolled full or part-time in an eligible undergraduate or short-term workforce credential program.They must complete a FASFA form, demonstrate financial need and should have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic has imposed its own set of unique hardships upon the residents Southeast Texas,” LIT President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard said.“We are pleased to offer this funding to LIT students so they can take the next step towards achieving ‘growth and excellence’ by ‘getting a degree that works.’”Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller said, “These strategic investments… will play an important role in supporting Texas students and driving the recovery of the Texas economy. Our Texas institutions are making significant commitments to create programs that keep more students on track to enter the workforce with the high-value credentials and education that tomorrow’s economy will demand.”last_img read more

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2012 NEK Chamber Citizen of the Year – Robert Swartz

first_imgThe Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the selection of Robert Swartz as the 2012 Citizen of the Year. Swartz received the honor for his extensive service to area cultural, health and educational organizations, especially his many years dedicated to Catamount Arts and the Northeastern Vermont Area Health Education Center. The awards banquet being held on Friday, May 4, 2012, at the Academic Student Activities Center, Lyndon State College, Lyndon Center, VT (directions). The ticket price is $34 per person. The social gathering will start at 6 pm with buffet dinner to follow at 7 pm. To attend, complete the attached reservation form and mail to NEK Chamber, 2000 Memorial Drive, Ste. 11, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 or fax to 802-748-0731. RSVP by April 27 at 802-748-3678 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Green Mountain College $200,000 First in Sustainability Scholarship essay deadline February 15

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Green Mountain College, the nation’s number-one college for sustainability-based education, reminds high school seniors that the essay deadline for its new First in Sustainability Scholarship Award is right around the corner. All essays must be submitted online and received by February 15, 2017 by 11:59 pm Pacific time. For students who are passionate about pursuing careers in social, economic and/or environmental sustainability, this is an opportunity to take full advantage of Green Mountain College’s premier curriculum.The winning student will receive free tuition, room, board and fees for all four years at the college—a total value of $200,000. “We are thrilled to enable a student who is passionate about a career in sustainability to get a head start at Green Mountain College,” said Robert (Bob) Allen, President of the institution. “As the #1 college for sustainability in the nation, we are empowering our students to make a meaningful impact for generations to come.”Any high school senior applying for admission to Green Mountain College’s class of 2021 is eligible for this scholarship. Applicants are required to submit an additional essay, describing what change they would like to make for a better and more sustainable world. The piece (up to 800 words) should address these two topics:This is what you would change.This is how an education at Green Mountain College will prepare you to make the change.One winner will be announced April 15, 2017.  The online application form can be found at greenmtn.edu/sustainabilityscholarship(link is external).Green Mountain College offers 22 academic majors and 32 additional minors and certificates, all built on its core sustainability focused general education curriculum. Students also gain extensive practical experience, an advantage when entering the “green jobs” market. Ninety-seven percent of graduates are employed or in graduate school and ninety-five percent of graduates are satisfied or very satisfied in their work.Green Mountain College offers rolling admissions. To apply for next year’s freshman class, visit discover.greenmtn.edu/applynow/inquiryform(link is external). For additional information about the scholarship, email Karen Martinsen Fleming at [email protected](link sends e-mail).About Green Mountain College – Purposeful, Personal, PracticalThe nation’s number-one college and curriculum for sustainability, Green Mountain College prepares students to build meaningful careers pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability. The college’s holistic sustainability-based education, built on a core sustainability focused general education curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. The college also offers online master’s degree programs, and a three-year B.S. degree in partnership with The Killington Resort. For more information, visit www.greenmtn.edu(link is external).SOURCE POULTNEY, Vt., Feb. 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Green Mountain College To apply, please visit greenmtn.edu/sustainabilityscholarship(link is external).last_img read more

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Kenya steps up war against graft

first_imgKenya has intensified the war against corruption amid public outcry over pilfering in the public sector that has undermined efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger, unemployment and crime.President Uhuru Kenyatta’s vow to spare no individual in his quest to eradicate graft has started paying off as senior government officials accused of perpetrating the vice are being prosecuted.Experts agree that reducing or hopefully, eliminating corruption will not only secure an honorable legacy for President Kenyatta but also improve Kenya’s image in the eyes of multilateral lenders and investors.Tony Watima, a Nairobi-based financial analyst said that endemic corruption was a threat to Kenya’s economic growth, political stability and social cohesion hence the need to adopt deterrent measures like lengthy prison terms for offenders alongside seizure of assets acquired through illegal means.Kenyans from all walks of life want the government to take decisive action against graft that is responsible for 30 percent loss to the annual budget.The recent arrest and prosecution of treasury cabinet secretary Henry Rotich and 26 other officials over dams’ scandal signaled renewed commitment by the government to fight graft.Noordin Haji, director of Kenya’s public prosecutions, on July 22 ordered the arrest of Rotich and senior treasury officials for inflating the cost of constructing two dams in Elgeyo Marakwet County that is located in the northwestern part of the country.Elsewhere, anti-graft detectives early this week arrested the governor of central Kenya county of Kiambu, Ferdinand Waititu, his wife and several officials over irregular tendering and conflict of interest.The first-term governor in the endowed county neighboring Nairobi is said to have awarded contracts for the construction of a feeder road to a company owned by his proxies.A high court ruling last week dealt a blow to governors facing trials over corruption-related charges by declaring they should step aside in line with a clause in the constitution that raises the bar on integrity for public servants.And Kenyatta recently appointed an acting cabinet secretary for the national treasury as anti-graft sleuths train their guns on other senior state officials accused of financial impropriety.last_img read more

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The Surge of Women in Jamaican Politics

first_imgA strong indication of the increased role women are playing in Jamaican politics is that 30 of the candidates—18 from the JLP and 12 from the PNP—nominated to campaign for office in the September 3 general election, are women. Many of them are in their 30s. And on the flip side, Imani Duncan-Price, Krystal Tomlinson and Lisa Hanna are among the women who have shown passion and authentic leadership, despite being the opposition. There is increasing speculation within PNP circles that it is only a matter of time for Hanna to be seriously considered for the leadership of the PNP. In other countries around the world, female political leadership has also led to more effective and inclusive policies on healthcare and education, as well as widespread access to proper housing and water solutions, thus a deliberate push towards more gender-balanced representation. Women are still in the minority in Jamaican politics, but they have also been among the most hardworking and most revered politicians in recent times. Incumbent government minister Dr. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; Olivia “Babsy” Grange, Minister of Sports, Culture, Entertainment and Gender Affairs; and Fayval Williams, Minister of Mining and Energy, are just some of the women that have been among the list of top-performing ministers. photos via Jamaica Observer But undoubtedly, the glass ceiling in Jamaica was smashed with the election of the PNP’s Portia Simpson Miller as the party’s leader and ascendancy as Jamaica’s first female prime minister in 2006. Her ascendancy, especially as a woman from working-class, rural Jamaica, emboldened women across the nation, opening the way for a new wave of female politicians. Over the years, Jamaica has made significant progress at lifting the status of women on the social hierarchy. Across various industries, many of which were typically male-dominated, women now occupy leadership positions in major corporate entities. In fact, in 2016, Jamaica was ranked as the country with the largest percentage of female managers in the world. In recent years, there has also been a surge of women emerging at the forefront of local politics—but Jamaica has had a long history of women in politics. It dates back to the 1940s, with Iris Collins from the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP); Madam Rose-Leon, who was also part of the JLP and later joined the People’s National Party (PNP); and then Iris King, the PNP Mayor of Kingston and St. Andrew. The increasing number of women politicians has been essential for ensuring equality and raising awareness of issues that primarily affect women, like sexual harassment in the workplace, domestic violence and abortion. Women’s experiences across sectors and in everyday life bring a unique perspective to political leadership, which men, under their societal roles, do not. By tabling motions surrounding the health and livelihoods of women and being vocal about women’s issues, women in parliament have proven themselves to be political allies of Jamaican women—a kind of support that has never been seen or heard before in Jamaican politics. In any society, women play an instrumental role in aspects of national development and the livelihood of its people. Still, in some countries, women have traditionally been overlooked for leadership positions in the private and public sectors, especially in politics. You can tell a great deal about the progressive nature of a country by the positions of power, or the lack thereof, that are held by women. Moreover, as has been widely seen in the context of  Jamaica, particularly in the inner cities and rural regions, women are the glue that holds families together, often bearing the burden of feeding and clothing the family. As several women told CNW, “Women politicians better understand our economic reality, and know how best to help us cope.” Some men have offered unsolicited criticism, suggesting the resounding number of women contesting the elections are being used as tokens for a guise of gender equality in politics. As inaccurate and sexist as these remarks are, it’s the same motivation that emboldened Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, regarded as one of the best Caribbean leaders, and U.S. vice-presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, to the forefront of global politics.last_img read more

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Sellas Tetteh in talks for Rwanda job

first_imgSellas Tetteh is in Kigali for discussions about becoming national team boss of Rwanda, KickOffGhana.com can exclusively reveal.The Liberty Professionals coach arrived in the Rwanda capital on Tuesday for talks with the Rwanda Football Federation with the blessing of his club side Liberty Professionals.If the two parties reach a deal, as is most likely the case, Tetteh will take over from Eric Nhsimiyimana as the main technical man of the Amavubi with the objective of qualifying them for the 2012 Nations Cup after their only appearance came in 2004 under former Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic.Tetteh has built up his reputation strongly over the last four years, serving as assistant coach for Ghana at the 2006 World Cup and the 2008 Nations Cups.He then took charge of the Black Stars after the 2008 Nations Cup helping the team reach the second stage of the qualifiers with four victories out of five games before the Serbian Milovan Rajevac took over.Last year in Kigali, he masterminded a thrilling Ghana victory at the African Youth Championships and followed up by guiding the Black Satellites to become the first African winners of the Fifa Under-20 World Cup. Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more

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