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Achmea concluded that solving these problems would be too expensive and that it would instead refocus on company pension funds, non-mandatory sector schemes, occupational pension funds as well as the general pension fund (APF) of its subsidiary, insurer Centraal Beheer.The company said it would keep the name Syntrus Achmea for the time it would take to guide the departing sector schemes “to the exit”.All pension funds involved have found a new administrator.Achmea introduced the name Syntrus – a combination of the words “synergy” and “trust” – in 2008, when PVF Achmea and Interpolis merged.It had already abolished the name Syntrus at its asset management branch in 2016, when Syntrus Achmea Asset Management was swallowed up by Achmea Investment Management.Achmea made clear that its property management subsidiary Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF) would keep its name. Dutch co-operative financial group Achmea has changed the name of its subsidiary for pensions provision from Syntrus to Achmea Pension Services, it has announced.A spokesman explained that the decision was partly meant to improve the subsidiary’s reputation – which had incurred some “dents” – and that the new name indicated a repositioning with a focus on innovative digital services.At the end of 2016, Syntrus Achmea announced that it would cease services to mandatory industry-wide pension funds in the Netherlands.At the time, it indicated that its new IT system could not cope with the multitude of the sector scheme arrangements. Many sector schemes had left Syntrus Achmea following prolonged IT problems.
Versailles, Ind. — An Alabama truck driver was injured Monday in a single-vehicle crash near Versailles.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says at 10:18 a.m. a westbound truck driven by Brandon Lamar Marshall, 30, drove off the side of the road and overturned. Marshall was treated at Margaret Mary Health for non-life threatening injuries.Both lanes of U.S. 50 were restricted for about 4 hours during the investigation and cleanup.The Indiana State Police, Holton Volunteer Fire department and Rescue 69 assisted.
RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Oyo: Only 7,000 out of 67,000 applicants for teaching job scored 50% in CBT Oyo State has recorded it first COVID-19 patient delivery at the Olodo Infectious Disease Centre in Ibadan.The State Governor, Seyi Makinde, made this known via his official Twitter on Saturday. Makinde, however, said the state recorded two additional deaths from the dreaded coronavirus, increasing the total death toll in the state to 14.He tweeted: “We had our first COVID-19 patient delivery at the Infectious Disease Centre, Olodo, mother and baby are doing well.“The COVID-19 confirmation tests for 19 suspected cases came back positive.“The cases based on Local Government Areas are from Ibadan South East (3), Ibadan North (3), Akinyele (3), Lagelu (2), Oluyole (2), Ibadan North West (2), Egbeda (1), Ido (1), Ona Ara (1), and Oyo East (1) Local Government Areas.“So, the total number of confirmed cases in Oyo State now is 1, 451. “Sadly, we had two COVID-19-related deaths. So, the total number of deaths in Oyo state is 14.“Please call the Emergency Operations Centre on 08095394000 | 08095863000 | 08078288999 | 08078288800, if you have any COVID-19 symptoms: cough, fever, tiredness, body ache, loss of smell/taste and shortness of breath.”Tags: COVID-19DeliveryOyo State
Ronald Koeman believes his Southampton players understand the club’s decision to sell its top talents and has vowed to bring in replacements who are of equal quality or better than those who have left. “They know that’s the story in football, players come and go,” Koeman said. “The most important message I gave them was that we have to keep the philosophy and the ambition of the club. “If we lose some players we will bring in players of the same quality or even better quality if that is possible. “There is money to spend and to continue the quality and bring new players in.” Koeman carries great pedigree as a player having played for Holland and Barcelona, for whom he scored the winning goal in the 1992 European Cup final. The Dutchman’s arrival on the south coast has been overshadowed, however, by constant transfer speculation. The former Feyenoord boss admits it is important to convince the remaining players that Southampton is a club still moving forward. “We did that from the first day we came into the dressing room,” Koeman said. The Saints have already let striker Rickie Lambert and captain Adam Lallana join Liverpool while England left-back Luke Shaw was allowed to leave for Manchester United. Deals for all three players had been agreed before Koeman took the job at St Mary’s but the Dutchman insists the departures will not affect the morale of his squad.
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… Jaguars/Pride face off today in penultimate roundAFTER being confirmed as the Regional four-day champions for a fourth straight year last Saturday, Guyana Jaguars assistant coach/manager Rayon Griffith says there is no room for complacency heading into today’s start of the penultimate round against hosts Barbados Pride.The Jaguars edged the Jamaica Scorpions by two wickets in the eighth round and moved to an unassailable 135 points. Second-placed Barbados Pride (85.8), Leeward Islands Hurricanes (79.4), Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (76.76), Jamaica Scorpions (75.8), and Windward Islands Volcanoes (61.4) complete the points table after eight rounds.The Jaguars have won six games in convincing fashion, drew against the Hurricanes and recorded a tied against the Windward Islands Volcanoes in round six.During an interview on social media, Griffith, the 38-year-old, said “Definitely there is no room for complacency. We will come hard at them (Barbados Pride); we will play tough cricket as usual, with the aim to end the season undefeated,”Meanwhile, all-rounder Sherefane Rutherford has returned to the squad. He replaced fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has a slight groin injury.Rutherford, who was surprisingly dropped for the last round, has played an integral part during the first seven rounds.The hard-hitting Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) player amassed 239 runs with a top-score of 51 while with the ball he snatched 19 wickets at an average of 20.36 with a best haul of 6-32.The Jaguars will return home next week to wrap up the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Providence.In other ninth round matches Windward Islands Volcanoes will play Trinidad and Tobago Red Force at Windsor Park, Roseau, Dominica while Jamaica Scorpions will host Leeward Islands Hurricanes at Sabina Park.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Vishaul Singh, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble (wicketkeeper), Gudakesh Motie, Veerasammy Permaul, Romario Shepherd and Sherefane Rutherford.
I need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here this morning, to have the opportunity of standing in this very great and significant pulpit. And I do want to express my deep personal appreciation to Dean Sayre and all of the cathedral clergy for extending the invitation.It is always a rich and rewarding experience to take a brief break from our day-to-day demands and the struggle for freedom and human dignity and discuss the issues involved in that struggle with concerned friends of goodwill all over our nation. And certainly it is always a deep and meaningful experience to be in a worship service. And so for many reasons, I’m happy to be here today.I would like to use as a subject from which to preach this morning: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” The text for the morning is found in the book of Revelation. There are two passages there that I would like to quote, in the sixteenth chapter of that book: “Behold I make all things new; former things are passed away.”I am sure that most of you have read that arresting little story from the pen of Washington Irving entitled “Rip Van Winkle.” The one thing that we usually remember about the story is that Rip Van Winkle slept twenty years. But there is another point in that little story that is almost completely overlooked. It was the sign in the end, from which Rip went up in the mountain for his long sleep.When Rip Van Winkle went up into the mountain, the sign had a picture of King George the Third of England. When he came down twenty years later the sign had a picture of George Washington, the first president of the United States. When Rip Van Winkle looked up at the picture of George Washington—and looking at the picture he was amazed—he was completely lost. He knew not who he was.And this reveals to us that the most striking thing about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not merely that Rip slept twenty years, but that he slept through a revolution. While he was peacefully snoring up in the mountain a revolution was taking place that at points would change the course of history—and Rip knew nothing about it. He was asleep. Yes, he slept through a revolution. And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place. And there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.”Now whenever anything new comes into history it brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. And I would like to deal with the challenges that we face today as a result of this triple revolution that is taking place in the world today.First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood.Now it is true that the geographical oneness of this age has come into being to a large extent through modern man’s scientific ingenuity. Modern man through his scientific genius has been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains. And our jet planes have compressed into minutes distances that once took weeks and even months. All of this tells us that our world is a neighborhood.Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: “No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” And he goes on toward the end to say, “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution.Secondly, we are challenged to eradicate the last vestiges of racial injustice from our nation. I must say this morning that racial injustice is still the black man’s burden and the white man’s shame.It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans, spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle—the disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body politic. And I can see nothing more urgent than for America to work passionately and unrelentingly—to get rid of the disease of racism.Something positive must be done. Everyone must share in the guilt as individuals and as institutions. The government must certainly share the guilt; individuals must share the guilt; even the church must share the guilt.We must face the sad fact that at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning when we stand to sing “In Christ there is no East or West,” we stand in the most segregated hour of America.The hour has come for everybody, for all institutions of the public sector and the private sector to work to get rid of racism. And now if we are to do it we must honestly admit certain things and get rid of certain myths that have constantly been disseminated all over our nation.One is the myth of time. It is the notion that only time can solve the problem of racial injustice. And there are those who often sincerely say to the Negro and his allies in the white community, “Why don’t you slow up? Stop pushing things so fast. Only time can solve the problem. And if you will just be nice and patient and continue to pray, in a hundred or two hundred years the problem will work itself out.”There is an answer to that myth. It is that time is neutral. It can be used wither constructively or destructively. And I am sorry to say this morning that I am absolutely convinced that the forces of ill will in our nation, the extreme rightists of our nation—the people on the wrong side—have used time much more effectively than the forces of goodwill. And it may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God. And without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do right.Now there is another myth that still gets around: it is a kind of over reliance on the bootstrap philosophy. There are those who still feel that if the Negro is to rise out of poverty, if the Negro is to rise out of the slum conditions, if he is to rise out of discrimination and segregation, he must do it all by himself. And so they say the Negro must lift himself by his own bootstraps.They never stop to realize that no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil. The people who say this never stop to realize that the nation made the black man’s color a stigma. But beyond this they never stop to realize the debt that they owe a people who were kept in slavery two hundred and forty-four years.In 1863 the Negro was told that he was free as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation being signed by Abraham Lincoln. But he was not given any land to make that freedom meaningful. It was something like keeping a person in prison for a number of years and suddenly discovering that that person is not guilty of the crime for which he was convicted. And you just go up to him and say, “Now you are free,” but you don’t give him any bus fare to get to town. You don’t give him any money to get some clothes to put on his back or to get on his feet again in life.Every court of jurisprudence would rise up against this, and yet this is the very thing that our nation did to the black man. It simply said, “You’re free,” and it left him there penniless, illiterate, not knowing what to do. And the irony of it all is that at the same time the nation failed to do anything for the black man, though an act of Congress was giving away millions of acres of land in the West and the Midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.But not only did it give the land, it built land-grant colleges to teach them how to farm. Not only that, it provided county agents to further their expertise in farming; not only that, as the years unfolded it provided low interest rates so that they could mechanize their farms. And to this day thousands of these very persons are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies every years not to farm. And these are so often the very people who tell Negroes that they must lift themselves by their own bootstraps. It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.We must come to see that the roots of racism are very deep in our country, and there must be something positive and massive in order to get rid of all the effects of racism and the tragedies of racial injustice.There is another thing closely related to racism that I would like to mention as another challenge. We are challenged to rid our nation and the world of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world. Two-thirds of the people of the world go to bed hungry tonight. They are ill-housed; they are ill-nourished; they are shabbily clad. I’ve seen it in Latin America; I’ve seen it in Africa; I’ve seen this poverty in Asia.I remember some years ago Mrs. King and I journeyed to that great country known as India. And I never will forget the experience. It was a marvelous experience to meet and talk with the great leaders of India, to meet and talk with and to speak to thousands and thousands of people all over that vast country. These experiences will remain dear to me as long as the cords of memory shall lengthen.But I say to you this morning, my friends, there were those depressing moments. How can one avoid being depressed when he sees with his own eyes evidences of millions of people going to bed hungry at night? How can one avoid being depressed when he sees with his own eyes God’s children sleeping on the sidewalks at night? In Bombay more than a million people sleep on the sidewalks every night. In Calcutta more than six hundred thousand sleep on the sidewalks every night. They have no beds to sleep in; they have no houses to go in. How can one avoid being depressed when he discovers that out of India’s population of more than five hundred million people, some four hundred and eighty million make an annual income of less than ninety dollars a year. And most of them have never seen a doctor or a dentist.As I noticed these things, something within me cried out, “Can we in America stand idly by and not be concerned?” And an answer came: “Oh no!” Because the destiny of the United States is tied up with the destiny of India and every other nation. And I started thinking of the fact that we spend in America millions of dollars a day to store surplus food, and I said to myself, “I know where we can store that food free of charge—in the wrinkled stomachs of millions of God’s children all over the world who go to bed hungry at night.” And maybe we spend far too much of our national budget establishing military bases around the world rather than bases of genuine concern and understanding.Not only do we see poverty abroad, I would remind you that in our own nation there are about forty million people who are poverty-stricken. I have seen them here and there. I have seen them in the ghettos of the North; I have seen them in the rural areas of the South; I have seen them in Appalachia. I have just been in the process of touring many areas of our country and I must confess that in some situations I have literally found myself crying.I was in Marks, Mississippi, the other day, which is in Whitman County, the poorest county in the United States. I tell you, I saw hundreds of little black boys and black girls walking the streets with no shoes to wear. I saw their mothers and fathers trying to carry on a little Head Start program, but they had no money. The federal government hadn’t funded them, but they were trying to carry on. They raised a little money here and there; trying to get a little food to feed the children; trying to teach them a little something.And I saw mothers and fathers who said to me not only were they unemployed, they didn’t get any kind of income—no old-age pension, no welfare check, no anything. I said, “How do you live?” And they say, “Well, we go around, go around to the neighbors and ask them for a little something. When the berry season comes, we pick berries. When the rabbit season comes, we hunt and catch a few rabbits. And that’s about it.”And I was in Newark and Harlem just this week. And I walked into the homes of welfare mothers. I saw them in conditions—no, not with wall-to-wall carpet, but wall-to-wall rats and roaches. I stood in an apartment and this welfare mother said to me, “The landlord will not repair this place. I’ve been here two years and he hasn’t made a single repair.” She pointed out the walls with all the ceiling falling through. She showed me the holes where the rats came in. She said night after night we have to stay awake to keep the rats and roaches from getting to the children. I said, “How much do you pay for this apartment?” She said, “a hundred and twenty-five dollars.” I looked, and I thought, and said to myself, “It isn’t worth sixty dollars.” Poor people are forced to pay more for less. Living in conditions day in and day out where the whole area is constantly drained without being replenished. It becomes a kind of domestic colony. And the tragedy is, so often these forty million people are invisible because America is so affluent, so rich. Because our expressways carry us from the ghetto, we don’t see the poor.Jesus told a parable one day, and he reminded us that a man went to hell because he didn’t see the poor. His name was Dives. He was a rich man. And there was a man by the name of Lazarus who was a poor man, but not only was he poor, he was sick. Sores were all over his body, and he was so weak that he could hardly move. But he managed to get to the gate of Dives every day, wanting just to have the crumbs that would fall from his table. And Dives did nothing about it. And the parable ends saying, “Dives went to hell, and there were a fixed gulf now between Lazarus and Dives.”There is nothing in that parable that said Dives went to hell because he was rich. Jesus never made a universal indictment against all wealth. It is true that one day a rich young ruler came to him, and he advised him to sell all, but in that instance Jesus was prescribing individual surgery and not setting forth a universal diagnosis. And if you will look at that parable with all of its symbolism, you will remember that a conversation took place between heaven and hell, and on the other end of that long-distance call between heaven and hell was Abraham in heaven talking to Dives in hell.Now Abraham was a very rich man. If you go back to the Old Testament, you see that he was the richest man of his day, so it was not a rich man in hell talking with a poor man in heaven; it was a little millionaire in hell talking with a multimillionaire in heaven. Dives didn’t go to hell because he was rich; Dives didn’t realize that his wealth was his opportunity. It was his opportunity to bridge the gulf that separated him from his brother Lazarus. Dives went to hell because he was passed by Lazarus every day and he never really saw him. He went to hell because he allowed his brother to become invisible. Dives went to hell because he maximized the minimum and minimized the maximum. Indeed, Dives went to hell because he sought to be a conscientious objector in the war against poverty.And this can happen to America, the richest nation in the world—and nothing’s wrong with that—this is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.In a few weeks some of us are coming to Washington to see if the will is still alive or if it is alive in this nation. We are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of hurt and neglect. We are going to bring those who have come to feel that life is a long and desolate corridor with no exit signs. We are going to bring children and adults and old people, people who have never seen a doctor or a dentist in their lives.We are not coming to engage in any histrionic gesture. We are not coming to tear up Washington. We are coming to demand that the government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read one day, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.We are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.Why do we do it this way? We do it this way because it is our experience that the nation doesn’t move around questions of genuine equality for the poor and for black people until it is confronted massively, dramatically in terms of direct action.Great documents are here to tell us something should be done. We met here some years ago in the White House conference on civil rights. And we came out with the same recommendations that we will be demanding in our campaign here, but nothing has been done. The President’s commission on technology, automation and economic progress recommended these things some time ago. Nothing has been done. Even the urban coalition of mayors of most of the cities of our country and the leading businessmen have said these things should be done. Nothing has been done. The Kerner Commission came out with its report just a few days ago and then made specific recommendations. Nothing has been done.And I submit that nothing will be done until people of goodwill put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference.Yes, it will be a Poor People’s Campaign. This is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligations and its responsibilities to the poor.One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, “That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” That’s the question facing America today.I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that way, that war can solve the social problems facing mankind is sleeping through a great revolution. President Kennedy said on one occasion, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” The world must hear this. I pray God that America will hear this before it is too late, because today we’re fighting a war.I am convinced that it is one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world. Our involvement in the war in Vietnam has torn up the Geneva Accord. It has strengthened the military-industrial complex; it has strengthened the forces of reaction in our nation. It has put us against the self-determination of a vast majority of the Vietnamese people, and put us in the position of protecting a corrupt regime that is stacked against the poor.It has played havoc with our domestic destinies. This day we are spending five hundred thousand dollars to kill every Vietcong soldier. Every time we kill one we spend about five hundred thousand dollars while we spend only fifty-three dollars a year for every person characterized as poverty-stricken in the so-called poverty program, which is not even a good skirmish against poverty.Not only that, it has put us in a position of appearing to the world as an arrogant nation. And here we are ten thousand miles away from home fighting for the so-called freedom of the Vietnamese people when we have not even put our own house in order. And we force young black men and young white men to fight and kill in brutal solidarity. Yet when they come back home that can’t hardly live on the same block together.The judgment of God is upon us today. And we could go right down the line and see that something must be done—and something must be done quickly. We have alienated ourselves from other nations so we end up morally and politically isolated in the world. There is not a single major ally of the United States of America that would dare send a troop to Vietnam, and so the only friends that we have now are a few client-nations like Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and a few others.This is where we are. “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind,” and the best way to start is to put an end to war in Vietnam, because if it continues, we will inevitably come to the point of confronting China which could lead the whole world to nuclear annihilation.It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence. And the alternative to disarmament, the alternative to a greater suspension of nuclear tests, the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, and our earthly habitat would be transformed into an inferno that even the mind of Dante could not imagine.This is why I felt the need of raising my voice against that war and working wherever I can to arouse the conscience of our nation on it. I remember so well when I first took a stand against the war in Vietnam. The critics took me on and they had their say in the most negative and sometimes most vicious way.One day a newsman came to me and said, “Dr. King, don’t you think you’re going to have to stop, now, opposing the war and move more in line with the administration’s policy? As I understand it, it has hurt the budget of your organization, and people who once respected you have lost respect for you. Don’t you feel that you’ve really got to change your position?” I looked at him and I had to say, “Sir, I’m sorry you don’t know me. I’m not a consensus leader. I do not determine what is right and wrong by looking at the budget of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I’ve not taken a sort of Gallup Poll of the majority opinion.” Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “We ain’t goin’ study war no more.” This is the challenge facing modern man.Let me close by saying that we have difficult days ahead in the struggle for justice and peace, but I will not yield to a politic of despair. I’m going to maintain hope as we come to Washington in this campaign. The cards are stacked against us. This time we will really confront a Goliath. God grant that we will be that David of truth set out against the Goliath of injustice, the Goliath of neglect, the Goliath of refusing to deal with the problems, and go on with the determination to make America the truly great America that it is called to be.I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be as a people, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America.Before the Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. Before the beautiful words of the “Star Spangled Banner” were written, we were here.For more than two centuries our forebearers labored here without wages. They made cotton king, and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of the most humiliating and oppressive conditions. And yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to grow and develop. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery couldn’t stop us, the opposition that we now face will surely fail.We’re going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands. And so, however dark it is, however deep the angry feelings are, and however violent explosions are, I can still sing “We Shall Overcome.”We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.We shall overcome because Carlyle is right—”No lie can live forever.”We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right—”Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again.”We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right—as we were singing earlier today,Truth forever on the scaffold,Wrong forever on the throne.Yet that scaffold sways the future.And behind the dim unknown stands God,Within the shadow keeping watch above his own.With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair the stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.Thank God for John, who centuries ago out on a lonely, obscure island called Patmos caught vision of a new Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, who heard a voice saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.”God grant that we will be participants in this newness and this magnificent development. If we will but do it, we will bring about a new day of justice and brotherhood and peace. And that day the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy. God bless you.Delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968. Congressional Record, 9 April 1968.
Birmingham City today loaned out Akwasi Asante and Jack Deaman.Striker Asante, who has just returned from a long injury lay-off, has joined Shrewsbury Town to aid their League One relegation battle.Defender Deaman has gone to Cheltenham Town, who are pushing for promotion from League Two.Asante would have had more involvement in Blues first team squad this season had he not injured his hamstring late last year.He has played in Blues last two under-21/development side games, scoring against Coventry City last week.Deaman has also been a regular in the reserve side and his versatility – he can play right-back or centre-half – is viewed as an asset by Robins manager Mark Yates. Blues manager Lee Clark made it clear before the Football League loan window shut that he would not be bringing anyone in to St Andrew’s.Blues have Jack Butland, Paul Caddis, Ravel Morrison, Shane Ferguson and Wes Thomas on loan. And last week they added Olly Lee from Barnet on loan.Only give loaned players (domestic) are allowed in a matchday 18.Clark said: “There’s only players going out because I’ve got five (senior) loan players already who at this moment in time are in my starting eleven and if not, right on the fringes of the starting eleven. So I’ve got no more room for any more.”
Stallbaumer shows supportWellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer said the council had whittled the job down to three candidates in October which included Eckert, one from Kansas and one from Texas. Due to privacy issues, Stallbaumer did not want the other two candidates names published.The job was first offered to the Kansas candidate. The council was about set to finalize the deal when the Kansas candidate at the last moment had a change of heart because of personal reasons.It occurred near the same time that Eckert had sent a personal letter to Stallbaumer withdrawing his name from consideration. Stallbaumer said he contacted Eckert and after some negotiations, he had thrown his name back into the ring.â€œI would have been satisfied with any one of the three candidates,â€ Stallbaumer said. â€œI am very comfortable with Eckert as our selection. In fact if I was not comfortable or any of the other council members were not comfortable, we wouldnâ€™t have offered him the job.â€Stallbaumer hopes the Eckerts will be very happy in Wellington to the point they want to retire here.He said aside from Valentine there was no real disagreement amongst the council.Stallbaumer also has a message to the people of Wellington.â€œI want people to not prejudge the man, and see what he can do,â€ Stallbaumer said. â€œAll the negatives I keep hearing is judgmental speculation and it isnâ€™t fair. Just like (council member) Kelly Green said tonight, we hope and we ask to give this guy a chance and not to judge him right off the bat. It isnâ€™t fair.â€ Part 2 of 2-part series by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” About the time the Wellington City Council was about to start its city manager search, Roy Eckert and his wife Jan were passing through Wellington.They were coming back from a family gathering in Georgia on their way back to Montrose, Colo. where he had just resigned as county manager.â€œWe donâ€™t like driving the interstate and like taking the â€œBlue Highwaysâ€ through small towns,â€ Eckert said. â€œWe stopped in Wellington on our way home and ate and got some ice cream. We were really impressed with what we saw.â€But it wasnâ€™t a thought that lingered with them. They needed to get home, and they got back on U.S. 160 and headed west.Little did they know at the time that brief stop would turn out to be so much more.Â Eckert said about a month later he was looking at a city manager position in a trade publication and saw that Wellington was advertising for one. He looked on the map and sure enough it was the same community for which they stopped on their trip home about a month earlier.The connection was made. That visit has turned into a new place to live.â€œWe have always liked living in small towns,â€ Eckert said. â€œSome people like living in big cities, and others like living in small towns. We like living in small towns. That is who we are.â€Eckert will bring his 35 years of experience to Wellington. Before arriving here he has served executive experience with municipalities and counties, mostly in Alaska, Alabama, Georgia and the Ozark Mountains of Missouri. He was also a city management consultant for the Municipal Technical Advisory Service for the University of Tennessee, as well as the Director of City Governance and Senior Program Manager for the CH2M Hill Engineering Company, where he was on assignment in the United Arab Emirates.His latest stint was in Montrose which he resigned on May 16, 2014. He applied at Cannon Beach and Florence, Oregon before eventually taking the job in Wellington this week. The Wellington council approved the two-year agreement by a 5-1 vote. He will be paid $100,000 a year plus benefits (see part 1 of story here).The hire does not come without controversy or even a little eyebrows raising. Council member Jim Valentine cast the lone dissenting vote and is vocal in his opposition. Also, Eckert was not Wellingtonâ€™s first choice in the hiring process. More on that in a bit.In a Wednesday afternoon telephone conversation, Eckert, who is still in Montrose, addressed some of those concerns: The lawsuitâ€œHonestly I have never seen a copy of it,â€ Eckert said of the civil district court lawsuit filed by Stephanie Barnett against the county and Eckert. â€œAnd if I did I wouldnâ€™t be able to talk to you about it. Sometimes you get named in a suit because you are a manager.â€Eckert said a similar case occurred while he was serving as a city manager in Missouri. A policeman got in trouble. But he, the mayor and the department head were named in the suit, even though they were out of town at the time of the alleged incident.â€œI donâ€™t anticipate it will affect me or the job in Wellington in anyway,â€ Eckert said. Visions for EckertEckert said looking at Wellington, he sees great opportunity especially with the downtown area.â€œI think you have a downtown that can really be an asset to the community and something we need to promote,â€ he said. â€œAs the American public ages, there is more of a movement to get back to our roots. Wellington can take full advantage of this.â€As far as Eckertâ€™s view on state and national budgets and the possibility of cuts coming down the pike, he has a unique view.â€œI donâ€™t want to discount what is being done on a state and federal level,â€ Eckert said. â€œBut my main focus is what we can do locally. Sometimes we can offset the lack of revenue from taxes with a little innovation and cutting down on costs.â€Follow us on Twitter. Valentine has concernsFor Valentine he has some concerns about the hire.â€œI think there are way too many red lights here,â€ Valentine said. â€œThis guy appears to be a job hopper and I feel I am a good judge of character.â€Valentine said Wednesday morning that he was disappointed with him being the lone dissenting vote. He had thought maybe one other council member would have voted his way and that didnâ€™t materialize.â€œI think there was not enough transparency with this whole process,â€ Valentine said. â€œAs far as executive sessions are concerned they can throw it out the window. Why should we have anything to hide?â€Valentine said he will be keeping his eye on Eckert and making sure he is doing the right thing. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (14) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +6 Vote up Vote down WellMom · 303 weeks ago All the negatives I keep hearing is judgmental speculation and it isn’t fair. I agree with this but I also think, what are we supposed to do? When you meet in executives sessions and don’t answer questions we as a community have, we are left to our own devices. I can say that at least Jim Valentine’s vote reflected what everyone I have talked to thought should happen. Unfortunately, Eckert will take the heat for things that were out of his control. I think he can come out on top of it and I hope he does. Thank you Tracy for providing more details! Report Reply 2 replies · active 302 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down stay positive · 302 weeks ago Who keeps voting Jim Valentine in??? Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down ThirstyBubbles · 302 weeks ago I can appreciate Jim Valentines views. He is concerned for our community which is a good thing. I would much rather see people who protect the community to the best of their abilities. Everybody is entitled to an opinion. All I have to say is Eckert saying he was “impressed” with Wellington? Sounds like rump kissing to me but I have no problem giving the guy a shot and seeing how he does! Afterall he has got to be better than the previous guy. It is a good community when everybody pitches in and helps each other out! Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 302 weeks ago Jim Valentine just doesn’t appear to get it. A majority of the meetings were held in Executive Session because they dealt directly with personnel issues and contract negotiations. Both items are clearly defined as acceptible reasons for Executive Session through KOMA. There are privacy concerns, and an Executive Session is the only way to protect all of those involved. When you are on the only dissenting vote, then perhaps it is YOU who is in the wrong. Report Reply 1 reply · active 302 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Crusader fan always · 302 weeks ago I have the highest respect for Jim Valentine and hope to God he continues to represent the people of Wellington. Hope he is not the one proven right down the road and only time will tell. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down That Person · 302 weeks ago Generally, when employers look at the resumes of potential employees they look at their job history and how many jobs they have had, how long they held the position(s), etc. His ‘job-hopping’ seems a little cause for concern to me. Yes, circumstances are always different and especially when a person has had many jobs; but, a person who has that many jobs can’t find one that he sticks with for at least a little bit longer amount of time? However, we will see how this goes as he will be met with both congenial and frigid welcome’s from Wellington. Report Reply 2 replies · active 302 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down notlla · 302 weeks ago I sure would like to know what he saw in Wellington, I must be missing some thing . I think he may have seen $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down The Dude · 302 weeks ago Welcome to Wellington, seriously. I wonder if all the city’s employees have a contract? I’m guessing probably not, who does. Oh yeah, Union Employees. Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Guest · 302 weeks ago notlla open your eyes Wellington has a lot to offer and if you want to move, Planeview and Oaklawn has many homes available, maybe that is the type of environment you want to live in. Be proud of what we have! Report Reply 0 replies · active 302 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments The Florence jobEckert said he interviewed in both Oregon communities, and received an offer in Florence â€” a coastal town in west-central Oregon.â€œMy wife and I got out there and discovered the cost of living was too high,â€ Eckert said. â€œYes, they were offering me $120,000 a year which is more than what I am going to make in Wellington. But when you take into account the high property taxes, the high income taxes and the your standard cost of living out there, I am way, way ahead (financially) in Wellington.â€ The Montrose departureEckert listed contention in the community as the main reason why he left Montrose County after 16 months.â€œMontrose County has a reputation across the state of Colorado which even the governor of Colorado said as being the most contentious county in the state,â€ he said of the western slope county. â€œAnd I think it goes back several generations.â€Eckert said he was in charge of 300 to 400 employees working for a county that spanned 2,200 square miles. He said the county had several federal issues that he wonâ€™t need here.He departed on good terms with the Montrose County Commissioners. The three commissioners of David White, Ronald Henderson and Gary Ellis all signed a letter of recommendation as follows:â€œMr. Roy Eckert has served as Montrose County Manager from Jan. 2, 2013 until May 16, 2014, bringing years of experience to that position. The Board of County Commissioners has been satisfied with Mr. Eckertâ€™s performance during his employment with the county.During his tenure, Mr. Eckert felt with multiple issues, many of which were politically challenging. He also reported to a Board of County Commissioners comprised of individuals possessing very different ideas on the administration of government.Mr. Eckert did not receive any negative entries in his personnel file concerning his conduct of performance during his employment. Rick did a very commendable job under the most difficult of circumstances.â€