Nismo Club Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nismo Club 32 32 NOTICE Qualification of political party candidates, independent and non-partisan candidates | Notice of election Sun, 16 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000

NOTICE The qualification of political party candidates, independent candidates and non-partisan candidates will begin on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. and end on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 12:00 p.m./noon. A second qualifying period for independent candidates will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 27, 2022 and will end on Friday, July 12, 2022 at 12:00 p.m./noon. Those wishing to qualify as a party candidate for Gwinnett County office must do so with either the Gwinnett County Democratic Party or the Gwinnett County Republican Party. For information on qualifying locations, please use the following email addresses: Gwinnett County Democratic Party: Gwinnett County Republican Party: Those wishing to qualify for be candidates in the nonpartisan general election will qualify at the office of the Gwinnett County Board of Voter Registration and Elections located at 455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200, Lawrenceville, 30046. Fees are paid to the organization from which the candidate qualifies. Qualifying fees were set as follows: County Board of Commissioners (Districts 2 & 4) $1,350.00 County School Board (Districts 2 & 4) $494.24 Judge, State Court 5,171.62 $ Solicitor General $4,404.92 For those wishing to qualify for or state offices, please contact the office of the Georgia Secretary of State at 404.656.2871 or visit the website at www.sos. Zach Manifold, Gwinnett County Election Supervisor 917-59286 1/16, 2022

Fringe | Robesonian Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:00:00 +0000

PEMBROKE — The first half of Thursday’s game against visiting Barton wasn’t the best for the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team at Pembroke, and they trailed by two at the break .

But the Braves started the second half with a big run, which proved to be the difference in a 97-90 win.

“We didn’t execute the game plan in the first half, so I told the guys at half time that it wasn’t a situation where we really needed to change anything. other than Barton played harder than us, and we weren’t going to the basket very hard,” UNCP coach Drew Richards said. “There wasn’t a big adjustment; it was basically to do what we told you to do at the start of the game, and we started to do better in the second half, which helped us regain the lead.

The UNCP (13-1, 10-1 Conference Carolinas) trailed 45-43 at intermission, and a layup from Malik Bryant on the first possession of the second half gave Barton (4-8, 2-6 CC) a 47-43 lead. The Braves then went on a 15-2 run to take a 58-49 lead with 16:23 to go. Tyrell Kirk scored seven points during the run as part of his 22-point, six-assist performance.

“I started off slow, and that’s not all, but my teammates found me and I had to get my energy back because we were down and everyone was blaming each other,” Kirk said. . “So we turned it around and I brought energy.”

“We definitely had a two-half history with this team,” Richards said. “I don’t think it takes a rah-rah speech at halftime to get us back on track, but sometimes that’s what it takes and sometimes we start slow.

The Bulldogs closed to a 63-59 deficit before an 11-5 surge, including another 3-point Kirk, extended the UNCP lead to 74-64, its biggest of the game, with 8: 41 to go.

Jett Fortuny’s 3-point shot — he made six in the second half — kept Barton within reach, including one that made it 82-77 with 4:33 to go. But the Braves provided enough hoops to keep the Bulldogs at arm’s length, and after the Braves went up 87-77 with 3:24 to go, the margin was never less than seven.

Fortuny finished with 25 points, including a 7-for-8 mark from the free throw line and nine rebounds; Bryant scored 32 points, including 22 in the first half, and Donaven Hairston had 17 points and seven assists for the Bulldogs.

“(Bryant) and Fortuny enlightened us, kinda kicked us. But (Bryant) is a good player,” Richards said. “They changed what they do to fit their staff, and we tried to work on that and explain that they’re going to keep driving, driving, driving. They have a guy who really pulls the tar, and he did that tonight.

After a hotly contested start, Barton raced 12-2 to take a 23-14 lead; UNCP responded with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 23-23 with 10:33 to go in the first half. Neither team led by more than three points as the rest of the half was a back-and-forth affair.

The fact that the Braves trailed by just two at halftime is a testament to Spencer Levi’s play in the first half, with 12 points, four rebounds and three blocks in the first 20 minutes. Levi had some foul trouble in the second half, but made some key baskets in the stretch and finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

“Whether it’s rebounding, scoring, whatever I’m being asked to do, I just know I have to play my part at the highest level possible,” Levi said. “Personally, I don’t think I should have to do this all the time; I’m okay with doing it, but we’re too good a team to let that happen and even be two behind at that kind of level.

Trenton McIntyre had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Braves, Deon Barrien had 12 points and seven assists and Jordan Ratliffe had 11 points.

The UNCP plays Mount Olive at 7 p.m. Monday in a battle of the top two teams in the Carolina Conference.

Poor shot from Dooms Lady Braves

The University of North Carolina Pembroke women’s basketball team went overboard by visiting Barton on Thursday, hitting the free-throw line more efficiently and getting solid production from their post players.

But the Lady Braves just couldn’t shoot, resulting in a 59-50 loss.

UNCP (9-5, 7-3 CC) were 1-for-17 (5.9%) from beyond the 3-point line on a 17-for-57 (29.8%) night on the ground as a whole.

“I think we did a good job attacking their area – we got him in and got to the free throw line; we got into Zaria (Clark), she scored, we put him into Gabby (Smith), she scored – but the bottom line is when people zone you in, you gotta do perimeter shots,” said said UNCP coach John Haskins. . “I don’t think we have a lot of good ones, but we have some really good ones.”

No. 23 Barton (11-1, 7-1 CC), meanwhile, was 5 for 8 on 3-pointers in the first quarter and 7 for 14 in the first half; it gave the Bulldogs a 21-11 lead at the end of the first quarter which they extended to 31-16, their biggest lead of the game, with 7:31 left in the half. UNCP finished the half on a 10-3 run to make it 34-26 at halftime, with four points from Gabby Smith on the run.

Barton led 41-28 with 6:41 left in the third; an 8-2 stretch in favor of the UNCP made it 43-36 with 2:56 on the clock and the Bulldogs led 49-38 in the fourth.

A 10-2 run in the fourth quarter pulled UNCP within five at 55-50 with 2:37 to go, but the Braves couldn’t make the big hit they needed to complete the comeback. Clark had two field goals and made three free throws during the run.

“A lot of people were telling me to attack and people believed in me to be in this place, and we needed buckets, so I was just trying to help the team in any way I could,” Clark said.

Gabby Smith scored 18 points with nine rebounds for UNCP and Zaria Clark scored 16 points with 11 rebounds.

“I think we did a good job getting him in, and Zaria did a good job attacking from the high post,” Haskins said. good things sometimes, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the hole.

Lauren Walker led Barton with 18 points; Shanika Peterkin had 13 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, and Akira Wiggins scored 11 points.

The Lady Braves’ game at 5 p.m. Monday at Mount Olive also looms large, as the Trojans currently hold the Carolinas lead in the Conference.

Stewart Rhodes: How His Arrest Opens a New Chapter in the January 6 Investigation | The extreme right Sat, 15 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

Jhe arrest this week of Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the Oath Keepers militia, marks one of the most significant moments to date in the federal investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

Rhodes, along with ten other associates, are charged with seditious conspiracy to conspire to violently overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election – the first sedition charges prosecutors have brought related to the insurgency.

Rhodes is one of the most high-profile arrests to date in the year-long investigation into the insurgency, which has charged more than 700 people and counts crimes related to the attack. Many of these cases have involved minor charges and the majority of suspects received light sentences, but sedition charges against militia members could result in up to 20 years in prison and signal a move towards more serious cases. complexes targeting organized extremist groups.

The conspiracy charges against Rhodes and other members of the Oath Keepers, as well as the separate conspiracy to obstruct congressional business involving Oath Keepers and Proud Boys extremists, are also significant as they may expose the extent of the planning that led to the attack. The level of prior coordination and conspiracy of pro-Trump groups conducted prior to Jan. 6 remains a key issue, and one that is expected to become a focus of trials in the months ahead.

Stewart Rhodes, founder and leader of the Oath Keepers, speaks at a gun rights rally in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2013. Photo: Jared Ramsdell/AP

“We had such a good flow and narrative of what people were doing on the ground, but we haven’t yet had a definitive narrative of who was in power behind it all and who was organizing it,” Melissa Ryan said. , CEO. of CARD Strategies, a consulting firm that studies online extremism and disinformation.

“Between what we’ll see over the next few months from the Justice Department and whatever else will come out of Congress’s selective investigation, hopefully a story will start to emerge.”

Who are Rhodes and the Oath Keepers?

Rhodes has been a prominent figure on the far right for more than a decade. Easily recognizable by his dark eye patch — the result of dropping a loaded handgun and shooting himself in the left eye during his 20s, according to an Atlantic inquest — Rhodes is positioned at the forefront of the anti-government militia movement amid its resurgence following the 2008 election of Barack Obama.

A former Army paratrooper and Yale Law School graduate, Rhodes announced the creation of the Oath Keepers at a 2009 rally at the site of a Revolutionary War battle. The group, which Rhodes has marketed to law enforcement and military, past and present, has claimed to defend the constitution and advocated for disobedience to certain laws such as gun control legislation. Rhodes was careful to create broad appeal for the organization, initially trying to steer it away from more overtly violent extremism and claiming it was not officially a militia.

A man in military attire and a black baseball cap speaks into a radio as he surveys a crowd.
The Oath Keepers have become ardent supporters of Donald Trump, seen here acting as security for those leaving a Trump rally in Minneapolis in 2019. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

But the Oath Keepers quickly became a leading group in the anti-government extremist militia movement, with thousands of members across the country. He became a visible presence at anti-government and anti-gun control rallies, while promoting far-right plots on a totalitarian New World Order. Rhodes has frequently told his followers that the United States is entering a state of civil war and arming itself, a claim that has become more frequent during nationwide protests against racism and police killings in 2020. The Oath Keepers also became ardent supporters of Donald Trump and gained a foothold in the modern Republican Party, including providing security for longtime Trump ally Roger Stone a day before the attack on the Capitol.

In September 2021, hackers released a membership list for the Oath Keepers which revealed how well the group had integrated into state institutions. Its members included dozens of law enforcement officers, members of the armed forces and elected officials – some of whom used their government emails when registering for the militia.

“Oathkeepers have just been building more and more political power within the GOP, taking positions at the grassroots level, running for office,” Ryan said. “You have state senators who proudly identify themselves as oath keepers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a congressman in the next two cycles.

A turning point in the investigation

The charges against the Oath Keepers are among the most serious to date in the investigation, alleging a well-armed conspiracy to undermine democratic elections. Investigators also expose a series of events that contradict the dominant Jan. 6 narrative among right-wing media figures and many Republican politicians, who claimed the attack was a largely peaceful political protest and pushed conspiracy theories. that leftists or government agents were behind any violence.

The charging documents implicating Rhodes and ten associates accused of seditious conspiracy portray a group determined to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and willing to use violence to achieve its goals. Prosecutors allege the oath keepers carried out extensive planning and coordination, with cryptic messages between members discussing the overthrow of the government before the attack and planning to form ‘quick reaction force’ teams to move around. the Capitol area with guns.

Men in military clothing and black face coverings watch over a man in a gray fedora and pinstripe suit inside a white tent.
Members of the Oath Keepers provided security for Roger Stone on January 5. Photograph: Jim Urquhart/Reuters

“They coordinated cross-country travel to enter Washington D.C., equipped themselves with a variety of weapons, donned combat and tactical gear, and were ready to heed Rhodes’ call to take up arms. “, say the court documents.

In the weeks leading up to the attack, Rhodes reportedly spent more than $20,000 on weapons and tactical gear, including night vision goggles, a shotgun and crates of ammunition. Court documents say that on the morning of the uprising, Rhodes suggested to other oath keepers in an encrypted group chat that armed Quick Reaction Force teams were standing nearby. (As part of a plea deal last year, an oath keeper admitted to hiding an M4 rifle at a Comfort Inn hotel just outside the Capitol.)

“We will have several well-equipped QRFs outside of DC,” Rhodes texted on the Oath Keepers group chat.

Federal investigators had surrounded Rhodes for some time, filing court documents in March alleging he was in direct communication with oath keepers involved in the Capitol attack, then several months later using a warrant to seize his cellphone. Rhodes said last year that, against the advice of his legal counsel, he sat down for a three-hour interview with federal agents to discuss the role he and the Oath Keepers played in the attack. . He continually asserted that he had done nothing wrong.

A group of people in military uniform stand on the steps in front of the United States Capitol.
Members of the Oath Keepers militia stand on the east steps of the US Capitol in Washington DC on January 6. Photography: Jim Bourg/Reuters

“I may be going to jail soon, not for something I actually did, but for made up crimes,” Rhodes said in March last year during a speech in Texas.

None of the government’s conspiracy cases related to the Capitol attack have yet gone to trial, and researchers say sedition charges can be difficult to prove. The government has accused a number of militia members of seditious conspiracy in the past only to have those defendants released after the cases have been tried. In the late 1980s, a jury acquitted 13 white supremacists whom prosecutors had charged with seditious conspiracy involving a plot to kill a federal judge and overthrow the government. More recently, nine Michigan militia members were acquitted in 2012 after authorities accused them of plotting to start an armed uprising against the government.

It’s also unclear what Rhodes’ arrest and the charges against numerous oath keepers mean for the extremist organization as a whole. Since the uprising, some members of the group have advocated for increased engagement in local government and political activism. Meanwhile, the researchers say they benefited from a Republican whitewash of the Capitol attack that allowed them to continue operating with some impunity.

“A lot of us assumed they would be weak by January 6,” Ryan said. “It seems the opposite has happened.”

]]> Form SC 13G/A WEST ASSET INFLATION – Filed by: SIT INVESTMENT ASSOCIATES INC Fri, 14 Jan 2022 20:44:51 +0000

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Washington, D.C. 20549


Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

(Amendment No. 3)

Western Asset Inflation-Linked Opportunities & Income Fund (WIW)
(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock
(Title of Class of Securities)

(CUSIP Number)

January 14, 2022
(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of this Statement)

Check the appropriate box to designate the rule pursuant to which this
Schedule is filed:

[X] Rule 13d-1(b)

[ ] Rule 13d-1(c)

[ ] Rule 13d-1(d)

* The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting
person's initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of
securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which
would alter the disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required in the remainder of this cover page shall not be
deemed to be "filed" for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934 ("Act") or otherwise subject to the liabilities of
that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the
Act (however, see the Notes).

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CUSIP No.  95766R104			13G		Page   2   of   6   Pages
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	Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
	 (a) |___|
	 (b) |_X_|

		State of Minnesota
NUMBER OF		-------------------------------------------------------
OWNED BY		-------------------------------------------------------
REPORTING			6,378,708
PERSON		-------------------------------------------------------
		Not Applicable
Sit Investment Associates, Inc. (client accounts)		IA

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CUSIP No.  95766R104		13G		Page   3    of   6   Pages
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ITEM 1 (a)	Name of Issuer:
		Western Asset Inflation-Linked Opportunities & Income Fund

ITEM 1 (b)	Address of Issuer's Principal Executive Offices:
       		620 Eighth Avenue, 47th Floor
       		New York, NY 10018

ITEM 2 (a)	Name of Person Filing: 	Sit Investment Associates, Inc.
Sit Investment Associates, Inc. ("SIA") is an Investment Adviser registered
under section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

SIA has one subsidiary registered Investment Adviser:
1. Sit Fixed Income Advisors II, LLC  41-1894024

SIA is the Investment Advisor for fourteen mutual funds (the "Funds") which
are comprised of five registered investment companies, two of which consist
of series funds as listed below.  SIA has the voting power and dispositive
power for all securities owned by SIA and the following mutual
	1)  	Sit Mid Cap Growth Fund, Inc.
	2)  	Sit Large Cap Growth Fund, Inc.
	3)  	Sit U.S. Government Securities Fund, Inc.
	Sit Mutual Funds, Inc.
	4)	Sit International Growth Fund (series A)
	5)	Sit Balanced Fund (series B)
	6)	Sit Developing Markets Growth Fund (series C)
	7)  	Sit Small Cap Growth fund (series D)
	8)	Sit Dividend Growth Fund (series G)
	9)	Sit Global Dividend Growth Fund (series H)
	10)	Sit Small Cap Dividend Growth Fund (series I)
	11)	Sit ESG Growth Fund (series J)
	Sit Mutual Funds II, Inc.
	12)  	Sit Tax-Free Income Fund (series A)
	13)  	Sit Minnesota Tax-Free Income Fund (series B)
	14)	Sit Quality Income Fund (series E)

Of the affiliated entities indicated above, only SIA and its affiliates
(client accounts) beneficially owned shares of the Issuer common
stock as of January 14, 2022.

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CUSIP No. 95766R104		13G		Page   4   of   6   Pages
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ITEM 2 (b)	Address of Principal Business Office or, if none, Residence:

		3300 IDS Center
		80 South Eighth Street
		Minneapolis, MN  55402

ITEM 2 (c)	Citizenship:    Minnesota Corporation

ITEM 2 (d)	Title of Class of Securities:  Common Stock

ITEM 2 (e)	CUSIP Number:    95766R104

ITEM 3 (e)

(a) [    ]  Broker or Dealer registered under Section 15 of the Act
(b) [    ]  Bank as defined in section 3(a)(6) of the Act
(c) [    ]  Insurance Company as defined in section 3(a)(19) of the Act
(d) [    ]  Investment company registered under section 8 of the Investment
            Company Act
(e) [ X  ]  Investment Adviser registered under section 203 of the
            Investment Advisers Act of 1940.
(f) [    ]  Employee Benefit Plan, Pension Fund which is subject to the
            provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of
            1974 or Endowment Fund: see section 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(F)
(g) [    ]  Parent Holding Company, in accordance with section 240.13d-
            1(b)(ii)(G) (Note: see Item 7)
(h) [    ]  A savings associations as defined in Section 3(b) of the Federal
       Deposit Insurance Act
(i) [    ]  A church plan that is excluded from the definition of an investment
       company under section 3(c)(14) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
(j) [    ]  A non-U.S. institution in accordance with 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(J)
(k) [    ]  Group, in accordance with section 240.13d-1(b)(1)(ii)(K)

ITEM 4	 Ownership

(a)	Amount Beneficially Owned:

       Number of shares beneficially owned by each reporting person with sole
       voting power; and aggregate amount beneficially owned by each reporting

       SIA and Affiliates Ownership as of 1/14/22:
	SIA (client accounts)					6,378,708
	Total Shares Owned By SIA and Affiliated Entities   	6,378,708

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CUSIP No. 95766R104		13G		Page   5  of   6  Pages
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(b)	Percent of Class:
	Outstanding as of 1/14/22:   61,184,134

	SIA and Affiliates Ownership @ 1/14/22:
	% Owned
	SIA (client accounts)					10.43%
	Total Shares Owned By SIA and Affiliated Entities	10.43%

(c)	Number of shares as to which such person has:
	(i)	Sole power to vote or direct the vote:  6,378,708
	(ii)	Shared power to vote or to direct the vote: 0
	(iii)	Sole power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:  6,378,708
	(iv)	Shared power to dispose or to direct the disposition of:  0

ITEM 5 	Ownership of Five Percent or Less of a Class:  If this
statement is being filed to report the fact that as of the date hereof the
reporting person has ceased to be the beneficial owner of more than five
percent of the class of securities, check the following [   ].

ITEM 6		Ownership of More than Five Percent on Behalf of Another

ITEM 7		Identification and Classification of the Subsidiary Which
Acquired the Security Being Reported on by the Parent Holding Company:

ITEM 8		Identification and Classification of Members of the Group:

ITEM 9		Notice of Dissolution of Group:

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CUSIP No.  95766R104		13G		Page   6   of   6   Pages
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ITEM 10	Certification
	By signing below I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and
belief, the securities referred to above were acquired and are held in the
ordinary course of business and were not acquired and are not held for the
purpose of or with the effect of changing or influencing the control of the
issuer of the securities and were not acquired and are not held in connection
with or as a participant in any transaction having that purposes of effect,
other than activities solely in connection with a nomination under 240.14a-11.


	After reasonable inquiry and to the best of my knowledge and belief,
I certify that the information set forth in this statement is true,
complete and correct.


				Date:	January 14, 2022

				By: /s/ Paul E. Rasmussen

				Title: Vice President

Downing Street apologizes to the Queen for the holidays on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral – live | Politics Fri, 14 Jan 2022 15:07:18 +0000

After laying low for a few days, Boris Johnson was forced to appear in broad daylight to answer questions from the Prime Minister and was eventually forced to provide an explanation as to why he attended the Downing Street party on May 20, 2020.

First, he half-heartedly and insincerely apologized for any wrongdoing that people might have perceived from him. Not for breaking the law and lying to parliament and the country.

Then he got to the party details. Or rather the party that wasn’t a party. What we were asked to believe was that Johnson was one of the dumbest men alive and he didn’t notice he was at a party until he be alerted by a leak in the press more than 18 months later.

Here is the timeline. He certainly hadn’t authorized or read the e-mail inviting everyone to No. 10 to the party – why would he bother with anything sent by his principal private secretary? – and the “we” in the invitation in no way implied that it could have come from the prime minister.

Then, by pure coincidence, he had wandered downstairs to where the party was being held. Once there, he did a double take and just assumed it was a “work event.” After all, it was only normal to find trestle tables in the garden filled with sausage rolls and booze and people getting worked up at business events.

The fact that his wife had also been there with two friends only reinforced his impression that this was a business event. So did the complaints from some of the administrative staff the next day about having to clean up the voids in the flowerbeds.

Alarmingly, his cabinet – with the exception of Rishi Sunak – is just as dark as he seemed quite comfortable with such obvious bullshit. Number 10 was a special case, they said, because it was both a home and an office. Well, my mom’s nursing home too and nobody partied there.

Whitaker is fondly remembered in Granite City Thu, 13 Jan 2022 23:08:41 +0000 GRANITE CITY – Former Granite City Clerk Judy Whitaker is known for her professionalism and empathy.

Whitaker died on Wednesday, January 12. Appointed Granite City City Clerk in 1994, she was re-elected to the position several times and served until her retirement last year.

“Judy has provided the community of Granite City with a lifetime of dedication and opportunities to create family memories with the Santa’s Cabin and the Santa’s Holiday Avenue Parade,” said the Mayor of Granite. City, Mike Parkinson. “She will be greatly missed.”

In Granite City, she had been a resident of the city for most of her life. She grew up in Madison and was active in both communities for most of her life, becoming a member of the Granite City precinct committee in 1974 and serving in that position until her death.

Prior to becoming city clerk, she served 10 years, from 1984 to 1994, as an alderman for the 6th Ward in Granite City. During this service, she chaired several City Council Committees including Sanitation, Pollution Control, Insurance, Dare, Past Beautification Program, Street & Alley, Fire, Water & Ambulance and Police.

In 1996, she and a committee of city leaders restored Santa’s cabin. The following year, she started the Santa Claus Holiday Avenue Parade in Granite City. She was also instrumental in re-establishing the citywide Neighborhood Watch program.

Whitaker was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Ladies Eagle Auxiliary No. 126, Ladies Elkettes, Madison County Police Association, and Madison County Humane Society.

She and her husband, Walt – coach, teacher, and school board member of the Granite City School District – were married for 58 years; he died in 2019. Their children include Kristy Jo Whitaker-Bassler (Paul Bassler) and Mark Whitaker; their grandchildren are Hunter Bassler and Samantha Bassler.

New York Giants should consider broader slate of candidates in GM search – New York Giants Blog Thu, 13 Jan 2022 11:04:54 +0000

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — The search for a general manager is underway for the New York Giants, and this time around, early returns show they’ll be casting a much wider net.

From deputy general managers to personnel executives to some off-the-beaten-path options, prepare for a very different approach to replacing retired general manager Dave Gettleman than there was to replacing Jerry Reese, who was fired before the end of the 2017 season.

In their previous GM search, the Giants consulted former GM Ernie Accorsi, and there was a clear preference to avoid stepping out of their comfort zone. Four candidates interviewed: Gettleman, Marc Ross, Kevin Abrams and Louis Riddick.

Only Riddick, an ESPN analyst, was considered outside the family — Abrams and Ross worked for the organization at the time, and Gettleman had been with the Giants before being hired and fired by the Carolina Panthers. Predictably, the job went to Gettleman, with Accorsi having the owner’s ear and the Giants preferring an experienced general manager.

It already looks different. According to sources, co-owner John Mara and the Giants have been preparing for this moment for the past few months, making phone calls and lining up their roster.

“It will be a full search for our next general manager,” Mara said in a statement after Gettleman retired on Monday after a dismal 4-13 campaign. “We are looking for someone who demonstrates exceptional leadership and communication skills, someone who will oversee all aspects of our football operations, including player personnel, college scouting and coaching.”

The way a source described the New York preference may be closer to the CEO than ever before. Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen and Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles were two of the names that came up most frequently in conversations with sources.

A look at some of the people (listed alphabetically) who would be in the mix:

Ran Carthon: The Giants have requested an interview with the Director of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers, by NFL Network. The son of former Giants fullback Maurice Carthon, he has been on the professional staff side for most of his career. The general manager seems like a substantial leap – he was promoted to director of player personnel last year.

Ryan Cowden: He paid his dues with 22 years in the NFL, the last six with the Tennessee Titans. His current title is Vice President of Player Personnel, a role in which he oversees all scouting departments (pro and college) and free agency preps. It probably doesn’t hurt that the Titans are the No. 1 seed in the AFC and have made the playoffs four of the last five years. Already the Giants make a call.

Quentin Harris: The former NFL safety is the vice president of player personnel for the Arizona Cardinals. He works closely with Managing Director Steve Keim in almost every aspect of the operation. Harris comes from a military family and considered joining the FBI before going into scouting. He’s spent his entire postgame career with the Cardinals, and there’s a belief in the league that he’s ready to manage his own team.

Joe Hortiz: He is the director of player personnel for the highly respected Baltimore Ravens front office, where he has been since 1998. Hortiz managed the team’s draft preparations for years and has extensive personnel experience. Sources say his sense of talent caught the attention of the Giants.

Monti Ossenfort: The Titans director of player personnel previously worked for the New England Patriots and has extensive experience overseeing the draft. It’s never been more important than this year, with the Giants holding five picks in the first three rounds, including the fifth and seventh first-round selections.

Ryan Polish: Sources say the Giants have a very high opinion of the Poles. It is believed that he would bring a much more analytical and progressive approach to the organization as CEO rather than a scout.

Louis Ridick: He made a favorable impression on Giants ownership during the team’s previous GM search and has extensive experience working with Washington and Philadelphia Eagles staff.

Joe Schoen: Sources say the Bills’ assistant general manager is considered bright and versatile, and an interview request has been submitted. He spoke with the Giants (via Zoom) on Wednesday morning. Schoen has worked extensively with analytics, personnel and football operations, and he’s the kind of guy his colleagues have said ‘never stops working’. He is expected to be a hot candidate in this GM hiring cycle.

Adrian Wilson: Another former safety — an All-Pro to boot — with the Cardinals. His title is vice president of pro staff. Although he worked primarily on the professional staff side, he quickly rose through the Arizona organization and earned a good reputation in the league. He continues the trend of Giants candidates coming mostly from playoff teams.

Others to watch out for: Ed Dodds (Indianapolis Colts), Ryan Grigson (Cleveland Browns), Dan Morgan (Panthers), Catherine Raiche (Eagles) and Dave Ziegler (Patriots).

State bill would establish school voucher-like program in South Carolina Thu, 13 Jan 2022 01:06:00 +0000

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – On the second day of the 2022 legislative session, lawmakers passed a controversial education bill that would give families state money to send their children to private schools .

A Senate education subcommittee heard public comment on Wednesday on Section 935, which would establish college savings accounts, also known as scholarship accounts, similar to school voucher programs in other states. other states.

The testimony lasted nearly two hours, with most morning speakers urging senators to stop the bill from moving forward, saying it would harm South Carolina students and teachers, the majority of whom attend or works in public schools.

“If passed, it would further degrade a struggling public education system, and as the system crumbles, we will see young people suffer,” teacher Todd Scholl said.

Through education savings accounts, the state would give families money each term to pay primarily for tuition at non-public schools, as well as other eligible expenses, such as textbooks, tutoring services and examination fees.

Families would receive an amount equal to the state average of the amount public schools receive from the state per student.

“When funds are withdrawn from the public sector and given to private schools, students enrolled in public schools will, in many cases, be denied quality academic programs,” said retired teacher Marvin Byers. .

Under the bill, there would be income limits to determine family eligibility.

In the program’s first year, which would be the 2022-23 school year if lawmakers pass the bill this session, 5,000 students in kindergarten through third grade would be eligible to enroll. The number of eligible students and classes would increase over the next three school years, and in the fifth year there would be no limit to the number of K-12 students who could enroll, as long as that the General Assembly allocate funds to Encourage them.

A South Carolina Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Office tax impact study estimated at that time, with no limit on the number of students participating in college savings accounts, that it would cost the state more than $2.9 billions of dollars.

“The actual reduction in local revenue will depend on the number of students participating in the program and the district’s public funding. State funding per student in fiscal year 2019-2020 ranged from $5,089 to $11,940,” the report details.

Opponents have argued that the program would take essential funds away from public schools.

Among the opposing groups are the South Carolina School Boards Association and three teacher advocacy organizations, the Palmetto State Teachers Association, the South Carolina Education Association and SCforEd.

“Education Scholarship Account vouchers are untested, unaccountable and unaffordable. They are dangerous to our public school system here,” said Colleen O’Connell of the South Carolina Education Association.

Fewer people spoke out in favor of the bill on Wednesday, saying it would help more students and families by providing them with more educational opportunities.

“It gives parents the freedom to choose the best learning institution for the child’s individual academic needs,” said Haymee Giuliani, principal of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Anderson.

“South Carolina would benefit from allowing free market principles to raise the level of education provided in our state,” added supporter Patrick Conley. “This legislation is good for our state.”

The bill also has major support in the State House, with Governor Henry McMaster backing its passage.

In his executive budget, the governor asked lawmakers to set aside $20 million for the start of the education savings account program, if lawmakers pass the bill this session.

“These accounts provide the opportunity for working or low-income parents to choose the type of educational and instructional environment that best suits the unique needs of their children,” McMaster said.

Senators did not vote on moving the bill forward at their Wednesday meeting, with Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, saying they would try to schedule another subcommittee meeting next week to discuss the bill before voting.

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Political parties Lahore vs. Rawalpindi Wed, 12 Jan 2022 19:07:00 +0000

While Lahore is the cerebral center of the country, Rawalpindi has been recognized as a garrison town. Although I was born and raised in Lahore, I also spent a lot of time in Rawalpindi. There were big differences between the two places. Before the first usurper moves the capital near GHQ (General Headquarters). The town had some good bakeries, decorated tongas and malangs from OmHazrat Bari Imam who was wandering around Raja Bazaar carrying huge green flags. Rawalpindi was my second home as my father’s family decided to live there after migration from Ludhiana in East Punjab after the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. Both families were from Kashmir. One emigrated to Lahore and the other to Ludhiana at the end of the 19th century. The Khalifa family of Lahore gained prominence through the scholarly activities of my mother’s uncle, the famous Islamic scholar Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim who was a close and contemporary friend of Dr. Muhammad Iqbal. The double migration of my paternal family took a heavy toll on them, first East Punjab and then the newly created state of Pakistan, so they decided to return to their roots in the valley. As Rawalpindi was closer to Kohala, they decided to settle there, hoping to resettle in Kashmir.

Even the Sufi traditions of the two cities remain very different. Lahore is called ‘Data ki Nagri’. Thursday is Qawali night at the shrine, which continues to inspire the townspeople. Kashf-ul-Mahjoub, the book written by Ali Hajveri, stands out as a masterpiece of Sufi thought.

In Rawalpindi there I saw these malangs‘ wandering and the Saints (special people with spirituality), some of which were scary and even sometimes violent. Sain Mirchu was one of them who beat people, last year I found out about his shrine in Islamabad near Kashmir highway.

In a credible, free and fair election, Lahore has always been in the lead, but with our history of forced mandates, the Rawalpindi parties have succeeded, which has now become a threat to our democratic rule. As poetics demands mind and vision, the city of the intellect is best qualified for this challenge, Rawalpindi the garrison town is best placed to fortify our borders.

I am happy that my late mother, originally from Lahore, was able to convince my father to settle here, the city of intellect and depth. With its Sufi leanings, we regularly visited the Data Sahib shrine, but on our visits to Rawalpindi, we went to see Sain Mirchu and later Sain Mira. The two were totally different experiences. My dose of spirituality was more serene in Lahore, whereas in Rawalpindi I was always on the alert to flee the blows of the Saints. It was more love here and fear there. Perhaps the same is reflected in the conduct of political parties launched in both places. Interestingly, the red light district in Lahore is called Heera Mandi (Diamond Market) while in Rawalpindi it is called Kasai Gali (Butcher Lane).

While still in school, we, the first free generation students born in Pakistan, decided to confront the country’s first dictator. One afternoon in November 1967, I saw a huge gathering at YMCA Hall on the mall where we went for daily games. My badminton racket in hand, I ventured into the room. The dashing ex-foreign minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) addressed a packed crowd. He had come to launch his movement against the usurper under the banner of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). It was the beginning of a new political adventure.

“Islamic socialism”, his message was loud and clear. The term had been introduced by a son of the city, Dr. Khailfa Abdul Hakim, in his classic book Islam and communism. ZAB has further simplified its message by Roti, Kapra aur Makan which was widely understood by the masses. Previously, Mian Ifhtikar-ud-Din, another proud son of the city, led the centre’s left-wing progressive political group in the All India Muslim League. He also launched Progressive Paper’s Limited (PPL) which published The Pakistan Times in English and Imroze in Urdu. Change-minded progressives and young people joined the new polity in droves. After the partition of the Indian subcontinent, Lahore had the unique distinction of being the birthplace of the first real political party in the country which later took on the Rawalpindi Sarkari League called Pakistan Muslim League (Convention). Interestingly the PML(Con) was also started in Lahore through the newly established Muslim League House on Davis Road but it was conceived in the garrison town where even the Sufi traditions were not so friendly than the city of the intellect. It did not stop there, the list of Rawalpindi parties is long (PML-N, PML-Q, MQM, MMA etc) to name only the most important ones which have all played a negative role in our democratic struggle. The PML*Q) even proposed to elect the dictator in uniform as president of the republic, perhaps the first anti-democratic act of its kind in the history of mankind.

Then in April 1996, Imran Khan (IK), a son of the city revered for winning the Cricket World Cup in 1992, decided to open his political sleeves with the launch of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) . Known for its resilience, the Kaptaan struggled for political survival until the two main parties (PPP and PML-N) lost popularity due to massive corruption and poor governance. In October 2011, IK emerged as a third political option in the barren political arena. His entrance brought freshness to the stale air around him. Lahore had done it again. Another real political entity had emerged to attack the Rawalpindi party called PML(N). In 1970 it was PPP vs PML-(Con) while in 2013 it was PTI vs PML(N) or in other words Lahore vs Rawalpindi

In a credible, free and fair election, Lahore has always been in the lead, but with our history of forced mandates, the Rawalpindi parties have succeeded, which has now become a threat to our democratic rule. As poetics demands mind and vision, the city of the intellect is best qualified for this challenge, Rawalpindi the garrison town is best placed to fortify our borders.

The Cochranites donate thousands of dollars to the Humane Society in honor of the late Betty White Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:00:00 +0000 Over $ 3,000 in donations were made in honor of Betty White to the Cochrane and Area Humane Society.

Fans of the late Betty White have found a way to pay tribute to the actress and animal lover, who died on December 31 just weeks before her 100th birthday.

Perhaps best known for playing in Golden girls and for her crass humor, White was also a staunch advocate for animal rights and rescue organizations, and even published a book called Betty & Friends: My Life at the Zoo, where she spoke about her work with the non-profit animal associations.

Her legacy lives on through a viral fan-created campaign encouraging people to donate $ 5 to an animal rescue organization of their choice on her birthday on January 17.

Many took it upon themselves to embark on the Betty White challenge before the date and go over the requested $ 5.

“We’ve already seen a lot of donations come in her honor,” said Cochrane and Area Humane Society communications coordinator Lisa Kedian. “The last time I checked we had already raised $ 3,905.”

Kedian said she thinks the challenge is a great way to honor White’s animal advocacy legacy so her work can continue even after she is gone.

“She was known for her charitable work and her advocacy for animal causes,” Kedian said. “She had been involved with the Los Angeles SPCA since the 1960s and helped raise funds for various rescues.

“She has dedicated a large portion of her life to rescuing animals, and unfortunately with her passing it is a wonderful way to continue her legacy.”

After reviewing the entirety Daddy’s Girls series in 2020, Kedian said White’s character Rose is a star who will always be loved.

“The fact that she also advocates for animals and that is happening now, I certainly think that will be something that will continue every year on her behalf,” she said.

Cochrane Home Treasures donated $ 2,000 to ACSS on behalf of the Betty White Challenge when they heard about it last week, store manager Cayley Breeze said.

“Like most, we heard about it online after Betty White passed away,” she said. “I think this is a great initiative to continue in her memory and a great way to give back to your local humanitarian society or shelter.”

White saved many animals throughout her long life and among some of her most substantial efforts, she also paid to evacuate otters and penguins from a New Orleans aquarium after Hurricane Katrina and a supported the work of the Morris Animal Foundation to develop cures for feline leukemia and parvovirus.

She was also honored by the American Humane Association for her work with the organization for seven decades.

To make a secure donation to The Cochrane and Area Humane Society in honor of Betty White, visit their site here or drop it off in person at the shelter.

To support the Humane Society in other ways, consider adopting or fostering a rescue animal, or donating items from the organization’s wishlist.