WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Twitter (Screenshot) The architect of South Bend’s Smart Streets will reportedly be the next U.S. Secretary of Transportation.Reports on Tuesday, Dec. 15, started that President-elect Joe Biden would nominate the former South Bend Mayor and presidential challenger to be the first Senate-confirmed LGBTQ Cabinet Secretary, if his nomination passes through the chamber. Biden confirmed the nomination by late Tuesday.Mayor @PeteButtigieg is a leader, patriot, and problem-solver. He speaks to the best of who we are as a nation.I am nominating him for Secretary of Transportation because he’s equipped to take on the challenges at the intersection of jobs, infrastructure, equity, and climate.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) December 16, 2020 Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Previous articlePurdue University tuition freeze to remain in place despite pandemicNext articleElkhart City Council approves fines for businesses shirking COVID-19 health orders Tommie Lee This is a moment of tremendous opportunity—to create jobs, meet the climate challenge, and enhance equity for all.I’m honored that the President-elect has asked me to serve our nation as Secretary of Transportation.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 16, 2020 Innovation in transportation helped build my hometown, and it propels our country.Now is the time to build back better through modern and sustainable infrastructure that creates millions of good-paying union jobs, revitalizes communities, and empowers all Americans to thrive.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) December 16, 2020Buttigieg is widely seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, and a cabinet post at this level would add to a resume that many said lacked experience during the campaign.Mayor Pete was mentioned early this week as a leading candidate for the Transportation job after speculation that he was being considered for several other posts, including UN Ambassador, Commerce Secretary, and Ambassador to China. Google+ Pinterest Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg to serve as Biden’s Transportation Secretary By Tommie Lee – December 15, 2020 6 732 U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) issued the following statement regarding Buttigieg’s nomination:“As a former city leader here in Indiana, Pete understands how critical infrastructure is to growth and opportunity. It will be good to have a Hoosier serving in this capacity.” WhatsApp Facebook
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir kicked off his brief, country-spanning “Campfire Tour” last Friday, and stopped at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA for a great performance last night. Weir recently released Blue Mountain, his first full batch of solo songwriting in over 30 years. The album itself paints a beautiful picture of cowboy living, but the music truly comes to life witnessing Weir with a guitar in hand.At times Weir would play by himself, at others he would perform with his newly-arranged ensemble that includes Steve Kimock, Bryan Devendorf, Scott Devendorf, Jon Shaw and Josh Kaufman. While the show focused on the music of Blue Mountain, there were plenty of treats for Weir’s longtime fans. He even opened the show with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” and included “Big River,” “Friend of the Devil,” “Bird Song,” “Cassidy,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Standing On The Moon” and “Going Down The Road Feelin’ Bad” throughout the performance. The encore saw Weir and his band play “Ki-Yi Bossie” and “Peggy-O,” closing out the night with the emotional two-song pairing.Thanks to YouTube user gridlifeTV, we can watch a handful of videos from the performance, including the great 14-minute version of “Bird Song”. Tune in below and enjoy.GonesvilleBird SongKi-Yi BossieThe full setlist can be seen below. [Photo courtesy of mattbusch28 // Instagram]
President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku says he is not bothered about the pending verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in relation to the case between the FA and Wilfred Osei Palmer.Wilfred Osei Palmer dragged the FA to CAS over what he deemed unfair disqualification from contesting the 2019 GFA presidential election which Kurt Okraku won.The verdict was initially expected to be announced on July 17 but CAS pushed the date to August 4.In an interview on Max FM, the GFA boss said he is rather focused on how soon football will be brought back in the midst of all the challenges around it than the pending verdict by CAS.“I am not bothered about CAS’ verdict concerning the case presented by Palmer, I am rather focused on how soon football will be resumed. So I am not concerned about the case at all.As today marks another milestone in SWAG, I am glad about the euphoria around it and I am even glad about the step taken by him [Wilfred Osei Palmer]. He saw a problem and he took to it to a higher body to seek for redress, I see that as his right.So we leave things as it is since CAS stated they will issue their verdict tomorrow. So we are all waiting for tomorrow. We just have to be patient and in the end, football will be the ultimate winner”.When asked if he was privy to the result of the ruling, he stated he has no prior information to the verdict by CAS. “It is true that the verdict is first presented to the parties first but for now I cannot share any information with the effect.I will not comment on whatever Palmer has posted on twitter concerning the case. If CAS has given its verdict, I don’t think I have to go ahead of them to say anything.What my focus is on is the repositioning of Ghana football and we all know how difficult things have been. We will need a lot of effort to bring back the love so I think we shouldn’t be overly focused on one case, there are a lot of issues to focus on.So whatever the decision of CAS will be, football must continue to develop in the country.”
The Celtics blew an 18-point lead in the final eight minutes in a loss to the Hornets on Saturday, but Kyrie Irving notched an impressive milestone.The Boston guard scored 31 points, his fifth straight game with 30 or more. Only Larry Bird, Paul Pierce and John Havlicek have turned that feat for the Celtics. Kyrie Irving gets out to 16 1st quarter PTS for the @celtics on his 27th birthday! #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/5dOk5UdNIN— NBA (@NBA) March 23, 2019It seemed the Celtics had the game well in hand and Irving would enjoy a nice 27th birthday present with the 30-point milestone. But the feel-good atmosphere took a bad turn when the Hornets went on a 30-5 run to end the game en route to a 124-117 victory. Hornets guard Kemba Walker led the way with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Afterward, Irving, who had his hands full defensively with the Hornets’ All-Star guard, questioned the Celtics’ defensive strategy. Related News Robert Williams III leaves first Celtics start after scary fall “We should have probably trapped him a little bit more like every other team does in the league,” Irving said. “He torches us every time. It’s no surprise.”Kyrie Irving on guarding Kemba Walker: “We should have probably trapped him a little bit more like every other team does in the league, but we didn’t. He torches us every time we play him, so it’s no surprise.” pic.twitter.com/RJNG3LJNiw— Jordan Greer (@jordangreer42) March 24, 2019
The current shortage of chicken in Guyana is likely to roll over into September although it was expected to come to an end by mid-August.Guyana Poultry Producers Association DirectorPatrick De GrootDirector of the Guyana Poultry Producers Association (GPPA), Patrick De Groot in an interview with Guyana Times on Monday explained that a few other major chicken manufactures are still short of the produce.He is anticipating that production should return to normalcy by the second week in September.He was keen to note that although there may be a shortage of meat supply, eggs are still being sold as normal on the market as no shortage has been recorded.Further, De Groot indicated that he was made to understand that chicken smugglers are still at work. In fact, he related that a few smugglers were caught by agents of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over the weekend.De Groot said that while not properly briefed on the issue, he is aware that chicken in commercial quantities was seized.As a result of the shortage, small chicken businesses were forced to cease operations and as such, this has taken a toll on their livelihood.On July 24, the Guyana Livestock and Development Authority (GLDA) announced the shortage of chicken.The Authority said based on their records, there has been a reduction in the number of cases of hatching eggs imported when compared to 2018 and without a doubt, this was attributed to the shortage.Additionally, some farmers have also been complaining of reduced growth rates and higher mortality, which resulted in the reduction of poultry meat on the market.One week later, the GPPA had stated that local poultry farmers were thrown off-balance by chicken smugglers. According to the Association, smuggling of chicken in large quantities began in early 2018.It explained at that time that Suriname only had a five per cent duty on imported chickens, which resulted in the meat bird being imported into the country in large quantities from the United States and Brazil legally. The poultry was then smuggled across the Surinamese border into Guyana.Further, the GPPA had stated that the surplus lasted from May 2018 to March 2019, which accounted for the largest glut of chicken Guyana has ever experienced.The GPPA further noted that last month, the duty on imported chicken to Suriname climbed from five to 40 per cent, which put a dent in the smuggling business.Moreover, it said the Enforcement Department of the GRA would have stepped up its campaign against chicken smuggling. “It appeared that their efforts resulted in large seizures of chicken brought in illegally from across the border.”Additionally, in March of this year, the Poultry Association said farmers were left with excess birds in their pens which were between 12 and 15 weeks old although the normal growth period was six weeks.This too, played a part in the current shortage.