North-Link Construction to Begin

first_imgNorthern Enterprises is pleased to announce the commencement of the North-Link network on Friday, May 4th, 1:45 pm at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Senator Patrick Leahy and other dignitaries will be on hand to formally launch construction of this fiber optic high-speed network. The fiber optic system will serve as a backbone for broadband access throughout the Northeast Kingdom where major areas have been sidelined from high speed internet access. North-Link is a $ 10 million fiber optic network designed by Northern Enterprises, in cooperation with the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont, that encompasses eight Vermont Counties, three States and two countries. The network is a public-private partnership with financial backing coming from the federal government, local businesses and communities.last_img read more

El Salvador Official, Noting Falling Murder Rate, Says Much Work Remains

first_img WASHINGTON — The top advisor to President Mauricio Funes of El Salvador says his boss was sworn into office in the midst of violence and economic despair — but that with three years down and two to go, El Salvador’s 6.1 million people finally have a leader who gets it. “When we came to power, the government was practically in bankruptcy. We had enough money only for two months’ salary,” said Alexander Segovia, speaking May 18 at the Council of the Americas in Washington. “We knew we would be governing in the midst of capitalism’s deepest crisis in 80 years. We had to be realistic.” That made it hard to confront El Salvador’s other big crisis: violent crime. With underfunded police forces pitted against cash-rich drug cartels and criminal gangs, delinquency skyrocketed. Last year, the country’s homicide rate exceeded 70 per 100,000 inhabitants, or about 18 killings a day — second in the world only to neighboring Honduras. But then in mid-April, the country marked its first murder-free day since the Funes presidential inauguration in March 2009. Gangs declare a truce The reason: In early March, El Salvador’s two most violent gangs — Barrio 18 and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — agreed to stop killing each other’s members. They also vowed to suspend attacks on police officers and military forces, and to no longer recruit new members at schools. Segovia denied media reports that the Funes government had cut a deal with the gangs, 30 of whose leaders were immediately transferred from maximum-security prisons to a common prison following announcement of the truce. “The government has not made any agreements and will not make any agreements with the gangs,” he said. “What we have done is facilitate the dialogue that the Catholic Church is involved in, because we think this is very important. We are saving 300 lives a month, so that alone means it’s worth the effort.” The drop in violence has also been good for business, he said. “Our biggest obstacles to growth have been low productivity and insecurity, especially extortion. A big company can deal with crime; they can hire security firms. But small companies have a harder time,” Segovia said. “Fortunately, the scenario has changed completely. This initiative by the church began with a lot of skepticism, but it’s now an opportunity we have to take advantage of. This is something we could not have imagined only four or five months ago.” Homicides are way down El Salvador registered 255 murders in March, 147 in April and 76 in the first 15 days of May. That’s down 60 percent from the first two months of 2012. Great news, Segovia said, “but what happens when the gangs decide they don’t want the ceasefire anymore? We have a great opportunity we haven’t had before. The church has said there’s a social dimension underlying the violence, so let’s try to see if we can build a state policy around security and crime, which we haven’t had before. If society makes a commitment and starts to build programs to deal with youths at risk, we’ll start to have solutions.” Even so, Segovia admitted that his government will not be able to eliminate the gangs without bringing down El Salvador’s notoriously high youth unemployment rate. “There are lots of doubts, of course, if this ceasefire is sustainable. But the truth is, we’re already seeing some results,” he said. “A lot of people believed you had to have an iron-fist policy, going after criminals and repressing crime. But the issue of crime and security is very complex and has a number of facets. Everyone realizes that simplistic analyses about the origin of crime are not working. We’re starting to understand the issue in all its complexity.” Criminals, drug dealers not off the hook Segovia assured his audience that the Funes government will never let its guard down when it comes to organized crime and drug trafficking. “We’ll continue to go after these groups, but what we need is a national agreement on employment, because if we have enough jobs, we’ll shut off the faucet of all the young people who get into these activities because they don’t have opportunities,” he said. “We have to show results now. We can’t wait for 24 months.” In answer to a question posed by a journalist, the presidential advisor disputed suggestions that El Salvador has seen a gradual militarization of its security forces. “We don’t agree with that thesis,” he said. “The constitution is not being violated, and we don’t see this as militarization. The constitution gives an exceptional role to accompany police in security situations. We found a country in crisis when we came in. The investment we made in police was just so that they could have minimum conditions to do their work. They were without vehicles, radio and food. It was a police force completely without resources; the criminals were riding in 4X4s and policemen were on bicycles. We can’t continue that way.” Segovia added: “People sometimes forget that before the peace accords [which ended El Salvador’s long-running civil war in 1992], police had chiefs from the military and nobody said anything back then. Now, the police forces in El Salvador are no longer infiltrated by organized crime. The military did take over for a little while in this process, but how else do you compete with organized crime? Unlike some countries, it’s very clear that our national civilian police are not infiltrated by organized crime, though our police do need to be strengthened institutionally, and that’s a challenge for the future.” By Dialogo June 01, 2012last_img read more

Irene Ball, 93, Brookville

first_imgIt is with deep sadness that we share the passing of our mother, Mary Irene Renner Ball, who passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at the home of her daughter and caregiver, Karen Ball Wolfe in Brookville.  Irene was born March 25, 1926 in Pulaski County, Kentucky to Dora Ann Cromer and George Washington Renner.  She was an excellent student who loved school and was known for her amazing memory.  Her youthful dreams of becoming a teacher were dashed when her father died of typhoid fever when she was eleven years old.  Life was difficult for her mother and Irene’s seven surviving siblings.  It was during this time that Irene honed her cooking and housekeeping skills when she became the caregiver for her younger brothers and sister when her mother had to take a job away from home.On November 30, 1940 in Brodhead, Kentucky she married Hamp Ball, son of Floyd and Louisa Bailey Ball,  She caught his eye at church, after he purchased a pie she had baked for a box supper,  He bid a whole dollar, a high price in those days, and she later admitted she worried if he would like it as it was the first pie she had ever baked!  He did, and the rest is history.Shortly after their marriage they first moved to St. Bernard, Ohio, and in late 1951, they purchased a small farm in Oak Forest, Franklin County, Indiana, where they raised their family.  She and Hamp had nine children, six of whom survive.  The family thrived on that farm, helping their parents put out a huge garden every year and tending the livestock.  Irene canned countless jars of vegetables, stored apples, potatoes, and sweet potatoes in their root cellar and cooked endless meals for her family.  Her fried chicken and potato salad were the best! She could put a meal together quicker than anyone, not only to feed her family, but for all the others who seemed to know when dinner time was at the Ball farm.  She and Hamp raised their children to adulthood on that farm, all of whom achieved successful lives.After her husband’s death in 1975, she and her youngest daughter, Karen, moved to Brookville, Indiana to a small house on Mill Street.  Irene cared for many children in her home, as well as some of her grandchildren.  All remember her fondly and with love.  She was a godly woman who enjoyed reading her Bible and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Brookville.  She attended church every Sunday until ill health required her to stay home.  As she grew older, she retained her quick wit, and could recall the birthdays of her grandchildren up until a few months before her death.She is survived by six children; Leonard (Pat) Ball of Richmond, Indiana, Shirley (Chris) Fehl of Connersville, Indiana, Donald (Cheryl) Ball of Phillipsburg, Missouri, Lloyd (Rosemary) Ball of St. Peters, Indiana, Linda Kay (Bob) Runyon of Brookville, Indiana, Karen (Monte) Wolfe of Brookville, Indiana; a sister, Willie Ester Hensley of Lebanon, Ohio; 27 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, and 7 great-great grandchildren with three more on the way.She was preceded in death by her husband Hamp Ball on July 24, 1975, three sons Robert Lee Ball November 21, 1996, Dempsey Harold Ball died at birth November 8, 1955, Charles Ball died at birth December 19, 1956; four sisters, Alice Bradley, Marie Robbins, Sarah Renner and Dorthea Renner; as well as six brothers, Monroe Renner, Edward Renner, Jacob Renner, John Renner, George Renner and Fred Renner.Her descendants, scattered over several states will gather for one final farewell to a woman who left a lasting impact on each of them on Friday, February 21, 2020 from 5 until 8:00 P.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Rev. Mike Holman, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brookville, will officiate the Funeral Services on Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:30 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, with burial following in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville beside her husband, Hamp.Memorial Contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Disabled American Veterans.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Ball family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com.Her long and well-lived life, always in service to others, will leave lasting and loving memories for all those who loved her.  Precious memories, how they linger, how they satisfy the soul.last_img read more

Sixteen years and Jose Mourinho still hasn’t learnt to lose with dignity – Parker

first_imgPAUL Parker is deeply concerned about Manchester United after three consecutive defeats, but insists the blame should stop with Jose Mourinho.There are three guarantees in football: players will make mistakes, referees will make mistakes and managers will make mistakes.Unfortunately, Jose Mourinho refuses to accept that final point. After 16 years as a manager, he still hasn’t learnt to lose with dignity – shifting the blame for everything onto referees and his players. I’ve been concerned from the moment Manchester United took him on and his scathing remarks about Luke Shaw only make me more concerned.Mourinho thinks he can go around and say what he wants – because of his name and what he’s achieved – and the players will accept it.Newsflash: they won’t. If it was Sir Alex Ferguson, the players would bite their tongues, but even he never went to the press and pulled out one player. You would have thought Mourinho had learnt his lesson from Chelsea.There are a lot of worried supporters right now. They know the history of the man. Sure, there are some who believe Mourinho will win the Premier League in his first season, but there are many more who fear déjà vu and Chelsea round two. Why did they take on someone who upset so many people at Stamford Bridge?United had a great start to the season … allegedly. But whom did they play? Bournemouth and Hull are games you would expect them to win with 10 players. Four years ago, everyone would have predicted United to win those games at least 3-0.Then they got absolutely smashed when they played the first team of any note. No one would have been at all surprised if Manchester City went in 4-0 ahead at half-time in the derby. The scoreline flattered United. They were smashed.There’s a danger United will finish outside the top four again – there’s a huge gulf between them and a few sides in the Premier League. City, Spurs and Liverpool have shown how to control games, but United are just nicking goals and not imposing themselves against lesser teams. When you see them against Watford at the weekend, you get a little disturbed. Their three wins are deceptive.WHY IS ROONEY PLAYING IN MIDFIELD?Everyone has been talking about Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a long, long time. He made his name at Borussia Dortmund as a No.10. So why did Mourinho decide to start him out of position in the Manchester derby, then punish him by substituting him at halftime?I’m shocked that a manager of his alleged calibre is putting square pegs in round holes. It’s happening on a regular basis and Louis van Gaal did exactly the same. Are you not allowed to drop Wayne Rooney, because he’s England captain? Every single fan is laughing at the situation. Mkhitaryan must be thinking: ‘Rooney isn’t fit to lace my boots… he can’t even run.’Mourinho previously vowed to never use Rooney in midfield. Regardless of what the teamsheet says, Rooney is playing in that exact position.Mourinho hasn’t told the truth. If you’re going to play Rooney, it has to be upfront. Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t being asked to run in behind, or into the channels, so Rooney could play this role – not holding hands with the defensive midfielders.And what about Paul Pogba? He can’t be held accountable for the current results. United have to get people around him to extract the best from him. Bring back Bastian Schweinsteiger.The man’s a World Cup winner and has won numerous amounts of medals playing as one of the best central midfielders in world football. He could do a good job in a deeper position, allowing Pogba the freedom to play. Currently Pogba feels obliged to do everything because he doesn’t trust what’s around him. (Eurosport)last_img read more