Source: Winmark-Barnett Waddingham PensionChair Remuneration Report 2020Female chairs paid moreFemale chairs continued to receive a higher average remuneration than male chairpersons, which the report authors suggested was likely a function of the types of role they occupied, with a higher proportion of female chairs for example being professional trustees.Among a wealth of other data points, the survey also captured expectations for an increase in pay. Most chairperson respondents (61%) indicated they expected remuneration to remain the same, although a third expect an increase and 7% a decrease.The survey revealed an increase in sentiment that trustee chairs were underpaid – just over a third (34%) said that pay levels were too low to attract sufficiently skilled chairs and trustees, up from 24% last year.A bit more than a third again each said that remuneration did not adequately reflect the complexity of their role (39%), and did not adequately reflect the pressures of their role (36%).Although most chairs reported they had enough time to meet their responsibilities, the proportion that felt they did not have time to adequately meet the demands placed upon them increased to 10% from 5% in last year’s survey.Among trustees that are paid, the average remuneration was £22,417 in 2019, up from £20,348 in 2018.This is across different types of trustee, with professional trustees being paid more on average than employer-nominated and member-nominated trustees.Presenting the main findings of the survey during a webinar, John Madden, research director at Winmark, noted that 69% of respondents indicated feeling that an increase in the number of professional trustees on boards had a positive impact on governance standards and member outcomes.Law firm Squire Patton Boggs has said it is likely that the trend for appointing professional/independent trustees will continue, particularly as accreditation for professional trustees becomes a reality and evidences continued increase of standards.Diversity challengesIncreased diversity on trustee boards remains elusive, according to the survey report. Almost 80% of respondents indicated trusteeship was not diverse enough, in particular in terms of age and gender.At the same time, only 40% of respondents agreed that their schemes had taken steps to increase diversity, which the survey report authors said indicated that some schemes had not been able to prioritise or address the issue.“The issue is not around selection processes or any lack of will or motivation to achieve diversity in trusteeship [but] in terms of attraction – availability of candidates”John Madden, research director at WinmarkWinmark’s Madden said there was “a very clear message that the issue is not around selection processes or any lack of will or motivation to achieve diversity in trusteeship [but] in terms of attraction – availability of candidates”.Almost half of respondents (47%) said the pool of candidates to recruit from was too small, and where candidates were available 20% said they were not interested in trusteeship and 11% said they lacked the necessary skills for the role.“One of the messages coming out of this is that if there is a will to increase diversity in trusteeship many of the issues may be somewhat upstream of the pension schemes themselves, and that encouraging a broader interest, engagement and involvement with the sector as a whole from an early stage will be key in terms of addressing this issue,” said Madden.The survey report can be found here.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Chairs of UK pension scheme trustee boards were paid on average £47,305 (€51,475) in 2019, the first year since 2015 that did not see a salary increase in real terms, according to a survey.Last year the average remuneration for a chair was £47,004. Between 2015 and 2018 a pension scheme chair’s remuneration increased at around 3.3% per year adjusted for inflation. For both 2018 and 2019 there is very little difference between the median and the average.Carried out by Winmark in partnership with Barnett Waddingham, the new survey drew the highest response rate in its history, with 120 chairs and trustees contributing, representing funds with a combined value of more than £325bn. The survey was instigated in 2011.In 2019, chairs’ salaries ranged from £7,000 to £120,00. By days worked per month, average remuneration was £34,464 for chairs working one or two days, £45,423 for three to four days, and £55,680 for chairs working five days or more. In the UK, not all pension scheme chairs are paid; 83% of the schemes participating in the Winmark-Barnett Waddingham survey paid their chairs a salary, a similar proportion as in 2018.By professional background, the highest average salaries were earned by those from pensions consultancy and actuarial backgrounds.
Zabaleta said: “I have been here for five years and it feels like home. Signing a contract extension with the club makes me feel very happy. “I feel great here, I like the Premiership, and I think Manchester City are one of the clubs looking for success in the future. It is a club that is very well organised and when you see that everything works well you want to be here.” Zabaleta joined City the day before the club was transformed by Sheikh Mansour’s takeover. He survived all the big-money comings and goings that followed and was a late substitute in the 2011 FA Cup final defeat of Stoke. He went on to play an important part in City’s 2012 title success although he shared right-back duties with Micah Richards throughout that campaign. Last season he made the right-back position his own with Richards and Maicon absent injured for large spells. His driving runs, good support play and solid defence stood out in a generally disappointing season for City, in which they finished runners-up in both major domestic competitions. The only major blow from a personal point of view was his sending off in the shock FA Cup final loss to Wigan. City have regrouped after last season’s frustrations under new manager Manuel Pellegrini and Zabaleta is relishing the challenge ahead. He said: “I think we have got a great squad, fantastic players and hopefully we can win something this year. “I am sure the fans will respond very well as always. They are a big support for the team week in week out, and hopefully at the end of the season the fans and players can celebrate with a trophy.” Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has signed a new four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. Press Association The deal rewards Zabaleta for his outstanding form throughout the 2012-13 season, after which he was named as the club’s player of the year. The 28-year-old Argentina international has made 175 appearances for City since signing from Espanyol in a £6.5million deal in 2008.
SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKJapan baseball will play in empty stadiums, Irelands rugby match, Asian soccer postponedUNDATED(AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus. The regular season is to open on March 20. The virus that began in China is disrupting all of the country’s sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. They are to open on July 24. Representatives of the baseball league’s 12 teams made the move at a special meeting.Meanwhile, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin has been postponed because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A women’s game the following day was also postponed.And Asian soccer leaders have postponed two key meetings because of the outbreak. February 26, 2020 Associated Press NHL-SCHEDULENHL-NEWSMuzzin outUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand. The Leafs announced that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Toronto also is missing defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci because of injuries.In other NHL news: Player reps send new CBA to union members for approvalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL and its players are closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. There’s still work to be done to get the deal into the end zone, however. Following a late-night vote on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. Last week, owners gave their majority-vote approval. Negotiations have been gone on for the past 10 months. The 17-game regular season is the most significant change.In other NFL news:— Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.— The New York Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players. The Giants, rebuilding under rookie head coach Joe Judge, gained more than $13 million in salary cap savings by jettisoning the two. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over two seasons with the Giants. In other NBA action:— Evan Fournier (FOHR’-nee-ay) scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and the Orlando Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 130-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic solidified their hold on the final playoff spot in the East, putting the Hawks away with a 14-5 spurt. Fournier scored nine points in the game-clinching run, and Gordon finished it off with a 3-pointer. The Hawks lost despite a 37-point effort from Trae Young. John Collins added 26 points but was blocked twice in the fourth quarter to stymie any hopes of an Atlanta comeback.— Jerome Robinson’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets to snap a three-game losing streak. After Robinson gave Washington a 108-106 lead with his 3, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt and Robinson added two free throws as Washington won a game in which it squandered an 18-point lead. The ninth-place Wizards trail the seventh-place Nets by five games in the Eastern Conference.— — Jordan McLaughlin’s layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami’s late-season stagger and the Timberwolves beat the Heat 129-126. Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were down by 12 with 3:59 left, then closed on a 20-5 run to get just their second victory in 20 games. Kendrick Nunn led Miami with 24 points. Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 10 rebounds.— Terry Rozier scored 26 points, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss 107-101. The slumping Devonte Graham returned from a team-mandated night off and scored 21 points. P.J. Washington and Bismack Biyombo each scored 12 points for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Julius Randle finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks. NBA-NEWSMonk suspendedUNDATED (AP) — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. Monk’s suspension will begin with Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks and continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.In other NBA news:— The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) $25,000 Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview. The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECavs route 76ers 108-94, Embiid left with sprained shoulderWASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Philadelphia 108-94 on Wednesday night after 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) left in the first quarter because of a sprained left shoulder. UNDATED (AP) — Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills yesterday. Yankees star pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The AL East champion Yankees open on March 26 at Baltimore.The Yankees put a major league-record 30 players on the injured list last year, with Stanton missing most of the season.Meanwhile, Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA.Elsewhere in the majors:— 31-year-old left-hander South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday. Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve. The Marlins didn’t get a ball out of the infield against Kim. MEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLPenn State narrowly beat Rutgers 65-64UNDATED (AP) — Myles Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left in the game on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Akwasi Yeboah missed a 3-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.In other T25 action:— Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore had 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past St. John’s 71-60 on Wednesday night. Moore hit eight 3-pointers and Bey had seven. The Wildcats honored former Wildcats star Kyle Lowry. Lowry played two seasons for Villanova before he became a five-time NBA All-Star with the defending champion Toronto Raptors. St. John’s were 12 1/2-point underdogs but kept it close until Moore got on a hot streak down the stretch to seal the win. Update on the latest sports — St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. The 36-year-old Edmonton native was hospitalized and spent five nights in the hospital.— Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old Mete had four goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season.— Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET’) is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men’s national team competing at the world hockey championships in May. The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers.MLB-STANTON, VERLANDER TO MISS OPENING DAYStanton, Verlander will likely miss opening day The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points for Cleveland.Shake Milton, who replaced Simmons in the starting lineup, scored 20 points. — Ubaldo Jimenez took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Baltimore.— Miguel Sano has volunteered to move across the diamond to accommodate Twins newcomer Josh Donaldson. Sano gave up his regular spot at third base, moving to first base, and let Donaldson take his place at third. Sano bounced back from a winter injury last season and hit a career-high 34 home runs. His power helped the Twins set a major league record with 307 homers and win the AL Central.— Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball’s finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign-stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. Dustin Garneau was hit Sunday against Washington, and José Altuve was grazed Monday against Detroit, when Osvaldo Duarte and Alex De Goti also were hit. Aledmys Díaz and Jake Meyers were hit Tuesday by Miami.— The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road in spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets. Former World Series MVP George Springer was heckled as part of Houston’s split squad. Fans are calling the Astros cheaters, and doing it loudly in the wake of their sign-stealing scam. Springer had to hear it for a bit longer on Wednesday. The star leadoff man stepped into the batter’s box a minute before the game was scheduled to begin, giving the crowd extra time to boo him.NFL-NEWS
For all students, the road through college can be filled with bumps and pit stops. While some are lucky enough only to have to take one stop until they find success, others may need to hop back on the road and try out the next stop.This is true for fifth-year senior Danny Clum, who transferred to the University of Wisconsin two years ago after spending three years as a member of the University of Wyoming wrestling team. After redshirting his first year, Clum spent two seasons wrestling for the Cowboys, reaching the NCAA tournament both seasons.But after his sophomore season, it became clear to Clum that Wyoming was no longer the right fit for him.?It was kind of a sudden thing, really,? Clum said. ?It was a compilation of a lot of things. It just kind of came together quickly at the end of my sophomore year. I was looking at a couple of different options, but [Wisconsin] was the best fit for me.?At first, Wyoming seemed to offer everything Clum was looking for. A good wrestling team, close to home ? Clum is a native of Arvada, Colo. ? and a connection to one of the coaches. Assistant coach Matt Johnson happened to be the son of Clum?s high school coach and was also a three-time All-American at Iowa State.?He was an awesome coach,? Clum said. ?Still one of the best coaches I?ve ever had. He was basically the reason I went there. But when I was there, the program sort of diminished.?The team was less successful his sophomore year than his freshman year, leaving Clum to decide to head east.Clum wasn’t the first in his family to wrestle for Wisconsin, as his older brother Tom had just completed his senior season for the Badgers by winning a second Big Ten title and earning his second All-American honors.Wisconsin head coach Barry Davis knew there was another Clum brother out there, and he knew he was capable of doing some great things on the mat.?With Tommy being here and Danny being at the NCAAs two years before that, we knew what he was capable of,? Davis said. ?Anytime you can get a kid of that caliber to come in, that?s good. Good kid coming into the room, NCAA experience, great competition ? that was a plus for us.?Danny packed up his bags and left Laramie for Madison in the summer of 2006. Entering his junior year of eligibility, Clum had high hopes after competing in the NCAA tournament in his first two seasons and coming to a program ranked in the upper third of the Big Ten.He expected to get an opportunity to hit the mat right away, until something unexpected happened.?I was hoping to (compete), but I got hurt real early last season,? Clum said. ?It was kind of a season-ending injury. I rehabbed, came back after Christmas break, and re-hurt it my first match. Dislocated kneecap and torn meniscus ? it was my third surgery on it. It was a frustrating year last year.?Coming into his senior season, he knew he would be competing against his friend and fellow fifth-year senior Jake Donar for the spot at 165 pounds. While both have been vying for a starting spot in their final year, neither is letting the competition put an end to their friendship.?It?s [a] good [relationship],? Donar said. ?We push each other hard, just like any other teammate. Everybody works together, and we do everything we can to make everyone do the best they can do.?This past weekend, both Donar and Clum were in the lineup as the Badgers started the second half of the season with a Big Ten victory at Indiana. Donar kept his spot at 165 pounds, and Clum was bumped up to compete at 174 pounds, where he earned the Badgers three team points in an 11-4 decision.While Clum?s position in the lineup is still up in the air, Davis now knows he can rely on Clum, not worry about his old injuries and expect good things to happen.?He?s rebounded pretty well,? Davis said. ?At one time he did real well on his rehab, and then he fell back behind. But, right now, I think he?s picking up again and doing it. Being a fifth-year senior, you expect a little more from them. I expect him to step up and do the little extra he has to do to give himself a good opportunity down the road.?
Black Stars and Hellas Verona midfielder, Emmanuel Agyemang Badu says he will seek a new challenge outside of the Serie A before he calls time on his career.Badu has spent the last 10 years playing in Italy, with a one season loan move to Turkish side Bursaspor in 2018 the only time he has played outside Italy during that period.Now on loan at Serie A side Hellas Verona until the end of the season, Badu told Citi Sports he will like a new challenge elsewhere before he retires.“I think I need a challenge elsewhere before i can call time on my career.“Iv been here for long and played in the champions league and Europa league with Udinese.“I have also managed to help the club achieve 3rd and 4th place on the league log.“Its not easy to be able to do that in the Serie A.“I have also had a spell in Turkey which was good even though I had injuries and had to come back.“For now I just want to concentrate on my game and on helping Hellas Verona.“When that’s done and all parties sit and the offer is good why not I’ll accept the challenge,” he told Citi Sports.His team,Hellas Verona will be in action against Cagliari when the Serie A resumes on June 20.
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error 4. Who will hit leadoff?It was probably going to be Kiké Hernandez against left-handed starters, and Ethier against righties, before Ethier got hurt. Now Crawford will get a look at the top of the lineup and maybe others as well. This could be an open audition that lasts into September. 5. Has manager Dave Roberts already faced his toughest test?Re-shuffling the Dodgers’ depth chart to the degree Roberts has within his first four months on the job is no easy task. But what will he do when the established veterans return from the disabled list? The players’ performance will dictate playing time more than the manager, but a long DL won’t always be there to make the manager’s daily decisions easier. Probably. Carl Crawford is slated to begin the season as the Dodgers’ everyday left fielder against right-handed pitchers until Ethier returns from his fractured right leg. That’s at least two months without Ethier’s .852 OPS – a number that Crawford, who doesn’t have much power, will be hard-pressed to duplicate. The Dodgers might resemble more of a small-ball offense early in the season by default. 3. What will the bullpen look like at the end of the season?The Dodgers almost traded for Aroldis Chapman last December, then didn’t when he was reported to be involved in an alleged domestic violence incident. There weren’t any other 100-mph-throwing lefties on the market, so the bridge to closer Kenley Jansen will take on a different look. Newcomers Louis Coleman and Joe Blanton have a chance to step into prominent roles. 1. Can the starting rotation hold up? Even before Brett Anderson, Mike Bolsinger and Brandon Beachy joined the disabled list (and before Hyun-Jin Ryu’s constant setbacks in his shoulder rehab), the Dodgers were fighting an uphill battle to replace Zack Greinke’s production. Kenta Maeda, Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling will be counted on early to shoulder the burden behind Clayton Kershaw. 2. What will the lineup look like without Andre Ethier?
Wellington Police notes for Monday, January 5, 2015:â€¢3:14 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by a known suspect.â€¢3:59 a.m. Officers investigated driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance in the 600 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.â€¢4:30 a.m. Casey M. Williams, 24, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and no proof of insurance.â€¢7:56 a.m. Tremain D. Gingerich, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with Speeding 47 mph in a 3 0mph zone.â€¢8:41 a.m. Charles P. Dickinson, 22, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.â€¢9:15 a.m. Jennifer L. McBath, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.â€¢12:58 p.m. Mary J. Vandeveer, 53, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone.â€¢1:48 p.m. Non-Injury accident at 16th & Poplar, Wellington involving vehicles operated by juvenile female, 16, Wellington and Zachary J. Myers, 26, Wellington.â€¢3:50 p.m. Juvenile female, 16, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving and child safety seat violation.
Two Holmdel residents are facing heroin drug charges after police executed a search warrant at a house on Telegraph Hill Road, near Bethany Road, and found 50 packets of heroin, hypodermic syringes and a knife, according to authorities.The house was the site of an emergency in January, when a man was found laying on the front yard, suffering from a heroin overdose, police said.Christopher J. Dios, 27, of Telegraph Hill Road and Alyssa D. Morkevich, 23, of Durant Avenue were arrested on Feb. 18 by detectives from the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and Holmdel Police Department. Their arrest was announced by a press release from Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni on March 23. They are currently lodged at the county jail.Dios is being held on $100,000 bail and facing a dozen charges related to heroin distribution, possession, possession of weapon and hypodermic needles. Morkevich is being held on $60,000 bail and and is charged with eight counts related to heroin distribution, possession and possession of hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.Bail was set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr.The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Costanzo, of the Office’s Narcotics and Criminal Enterprises Section.Community members who wish to give information about the illegal distribution of drugs in the Bayshore region can call Det. Lt. Jay Clark, at 732-431-7160 extension 7119; or to Monmouth County Crime Stoppers at 800-671-4400.
On July 26, 2016, Liberia will be celebrating 169 years of freedom. Unlike the past tradition of pomp and pageantry that accompanied July 26 Celebrations, the 2016 independence celebration was cancelled from its original venue due to “lack of money” due to bad road conditions (in the South Eastern Liberia), where the celebration was scheduled to have been held. Aside from the government’s stated lack of money due to “budget shortfalls,” the citizens of Liberia, Africa’s oldest republic, are facing extreme difficulties struggling to make ends meet. The rate of the US dollar to the Liberian dollar is rising. Unemployment is skyrocketing. 83% of Liberians are stuck in poverty, living on less than US$1.25 a day. The price of Liberia’s exports, rubber and Iron ore are falling on the world market, forcing mining companies to lay off workers. The outrageously high salaries of government officials are fueling the rise of ritualistic killings. In Nimba County alone, 17 Liberians have fallen prey to ritualistic killing, including a five year old girl, prompting Nimba Senator Thomas Grupee to call for reinstatement of capital punishment. In the midst of all of Liberia’s woes, a new pilot program has been launched, and is believed could be the solution to Liberia’s chronic economic problems. The program is the Citizens Independence Initiative. If American citizens from the leading democracy on earth are using a program called Family Independence Initiative (FII) to get their citizens out of poverty, Liberia, the 4th poorest country on earth, needs a similar program to help Liberians rise above poverty. There is evidence that shows that 47 million Americans are stuck in poverty, and therefore it’s clear that democracy does not guarantee prosperity; it guarantees security, justice and equal opportunities. Waiting for government is a waste of time. Citizens in democratic societies must rise up and begin working for economic prosperity. That is why the Citizens Independence Initiative (CII) in Liberia was launched.The Citizen’s Independence Initiative (CII) is a program created by the refugee-support group YOUNG-Africa Inc. and Universal Human Rights International (UHRI). The program aims to provide a platform through which Liberian families can increase their access to capital, expand their network and improve upward economic mobility by working with other Liberian families within their own community. The CII program is modelled on the Family Independence Initiative (FII) program, which has been active in the United States for many years, and hopes to replicate the success the FII program has experienced working to alleviate poverty in the U.S.The FII program was really the first of its kind, and provides poverty stricken families in America with support in more ways than one. Chrismandili Vasquez, the executive director of the FII program in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, explains that the FII program creates a platform through which American families can support each-other and work together to increase social mobility and escape the cycle of poverty many lower-income families find themselves in. Essentially, she explains that, “FII’s role is to learn from what families are doing, invest in their approaches and find ways to increase mobility.” For many refugee families living in the US, the FII program provides a much-needed source of hope and positivity in an otherwise challenging situation.Emmanuel T. Gaye, son of Pastor Edwin Gbor, and his family are former Liberian refugees, who returned from Ghana and are now spearheading the CII program in Ganta, Nimba County. Gaye believes assistance and support in transitioning to life in Liberia can be a success if CII is embraced by all Liberians. The family has encountered financial hardship; but in-spite of the hardship, he is bringing hope to residents of Ganta through pioneering education and community development. With CII, Gaye believes the program can provide more than a short-term fix. “We want to establish independence” he explains, and “hope to achieve economic mobility and prosperity we envisioned here in Liberia,” as well as security, confidence and guidance in their everyday lives. Many people like Gaye have already participated in the CII program – launched recently in Ganta – and its universal values, which include the strength of the family and community and the need for trust between community members that will have many positive effects in Liberia. With the trust and support of the CII program, poor Liberian citizens will be able to pull themselves out of poverty and establish both security and economic upward mobility.These effects are what we hope to replicate in Liberia with the Citizens Independence Initiative. Many of the safety nets which exist in the U.S., where FII originated, are not present in Liberia; and it can be very challenging for Liberian citizens to move up the social and economic ladder. Despite this, Ms. Vasquez believes that the “universal values of families wanting to help each other and share resources are absolutely applicable across borders,” and that the FII model can be successfully adapted in other countries outside of the US.CII aims to provide Liberian citizens and their families with a platform they can use to work together and achieve economic prosperity and results they might not have been able to, waiting for politicians or on their own, and tap into the strength of the community. The program focuses on bringing communities together through nationwide civil education (radio broadcasts), inclusion of civic education in the religious curriculum of churches and mosques while also providing communities with access to connections, capital and resources, including computers as a means of increasing economic mobility and self-education, and even telecommuting to jobs. The power of improved community strength and the ingenuity of people working together to help one-another should not be underestimated.About the author: Rev. Torli H. Krua is the founder of Universal Human Rights International (UHRI) and YOUNG-Africa INC and also a fellow of Family Independence Initiative (FII), a program designed to help 47 million Americans get out of poverty. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)