Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s Weed

first_imgIn one of those “Are you kidding me?” type moments, we look at the recent picture of Willie Nelson and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that features a container of “Willie’s Reserve” in the middle of the two adults. The picture, posted by Willie’s wife, Annie, with the caption “UH OH Trouble!” went viral after the pro-pot singer and governor sat down for a brief meeting. @PaulBegala @GovernorVA UH-OH Trouble! pic.twitter.com/PRdTFiiM1w— ??6630507 (@BioAnnie1) September 17, 2016Nelson was in town for Farm Aid 2016, another successful affair which featured performances from Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and more to ‘bring awareness about the loss of family farms and to keep farm families on their land’. The governor was in town and naturally wanted to meet the living legend. The two sat down for a bit on Nelson’s tour bus, where the picture was taken. After the picture was posted, the comments from social media followers came flowing through the floodgates.Brian Coy, a spokesperson for McAuliffe stated, “He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand….He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”As is typical with politics, a statement had to be made to clear the air and save face. However, in Gov. McAuliffe’s defense, he has expressed his support for medical marijuana over the years, and recently signed into legislation SB 701, a bill that is essentially acting as a first-step for patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabidiol oils (or CBD’s). The bill requires a second passage in 2017, but unfortunately would still prohibit those with multiple sclerosis and PTSD’s from gaining access as well. So, there is still a long way to go in Virginia, which is historically a tough state on drug offenses. It is a start though!Whether or not McAuliffe was truly unaware that the Godfather of Pot would have the good greenery on his tour bus remains a mystery. Whatever the truth, this picture rocks.[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]last_img read more

INDOT announces Jennings/Decatur County drainage work for 2018

first_imgSardinia, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced plans to build two small structures on State Roads 3 & 7 in Decatur and Jennings Counties. North Vernon-based Dave O’Mara Contracting is scheduled to begin the $2,634,279 project in April of 2018. Some incidental work could begin in January.State Road 3 in Decatur County will be closed for 60-days at Turnover Creek while crews remove the existing drainage structure and replace it with a 76-foot-long bridge. The worksite is located about 11 miles north of State Road 7.  A nearby culvert on State Road 3 will also be replaced.Five other small structures will be replaced under this contract.  Each will require a closure of up to 20 days.  Those culvert locations are:S.R. 3 at Wyaloosing Creek in Decatur County, 16.1 miles north of S.R. 7, north of WestportS.R. 3 at Poplar Root Creek in Decatur County, 8.6 miles north of S.R. 7, between CR 1300S and CR 1400SS.R. 3 over an unnamed creek tributary in Jennings County, 1.9 miles north of S.R. 7, just north of North VernonS.R. 7 over a tributary to Six Mile Creek in Jennings County, 0.3 miles north of the S.R. 3 junction at North VernonS.R. 3 over an unnamed tributary in Jennings County , 2.6 miles south of the S.R. 7 junction at Vernonlast_img read more

Liberia Secures US$3M for Youth Opportunities Program

first_imgLiberian delegation during engagements at IMF Spring Meetings 2019Rallies for support at IMF Spring Meetings Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel D. Tweah Jr., along with other officials of government has rallied for support on behalf of the Government of Liberia at the recent IMF/ World Bank Spring Meetings, in Washington, D.C. the United States of America.The event held from April 8-14, 2019, was under the theme “Invest in Your Future” and brought together central bankers, Ministers of Finance and Development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics who discussed issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.According to a release from Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Minister Tweah, as head of the delegation and other officials had discussions for possible investment in areas including the private sector, domestic revenue mobilization, digital economy and social safety net, which he said are aligned to the President George Manneh Weah’s Pro-poor agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD).Accordingly, the World Bank had earlier earmarked US$106 million for three key sectors to include Education (US$50m), Water and Sewer (US$30m), and Public Financial Management (US$26m). The Liberian Government would have to develop a logical framework and a rationalized time-bound matrix for the utilization of the funds.The MFDP release says that support to water and sewer will focus on providing new pipes for the Pipeline water plant, while the Bank’s support to the educational sector will see the construction of additional schools in 24 districts as well as teachers’ quarters and science laboratories across the country.With regard to Public Financial Management, support will go towards setting up of an e-tax policy and system, e-procurement, and capacity development amongst others.Meanwhile, according to the MFDP, the government of Liberia is expected to adhere to the rigid requirements for its signing onto the IMF program. Once successful, the country could benefit from additional funds including budgetary support. To achieve this, the government will have to take strong measures towards macroeconomic reforms to include transparency in monetary and fiscal policies, reforming the over-bloated wage bill, governance, business climate, as well improving an enabling environment for agribusiness.There are indications, the MFDP release said, that government’s projected revenue for fiscal year 2019/2020 will fall short of expenditure, hence the need for serious austerity measures. More attention needs to be focused on the rationalization of both salaries and allowances within the public sector. There is not a coordinated approach in the payment of allowances in various ministries and agencies. Reforming the wage bill could be the first best approach for a government that inherited lots of debts from the previous government.It is expected that SOEs transparency and oversight could be another measure placed on the table by the IMF and WB. The government does not have a strong framework on how SOEs can contribute to the country’s budget processes. The international financial reporting standards require all SOEs to publish their financial statements on a periodic basis.While the government has made progress in resolving some of the binding constraints to the business climate, there is still a need for more reforms. Access to credit, resolving insolvency and enforcing contracts remain a challenge. The government has already banned import permits declaration, while at the same time making efforts to improve trading across borders.Conforming to the IMF program requires a rigorous self-assessment of the country’s macroeconomic policies as well as the politic will to implement these measures. While this process can be burdensome for developing countries, it can also offer opportunities for sustained economic growth and development, especially for a country that needs more support for infrastructure development and agriculture.Also featured at the just ended IMF/WB Springs Meeting in Washington D.C. were seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more