Congressman Brian Mast Evicted from WPB VA Hospital

first_imgCongressman Brian Mast joins Jen and Bill on the South Florida Morning Show to talk about being evicted from his office at the West Palm Beach VA hospital.Read his press release below.To Avoid Accountability, VA Evicts Veteran Congressman From Their FacilityOffice Has Met With More Than 500 Veterans At The West Palm Beach VA | Mast Opened First-Ever Congressional Office Inside VA FacilityWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) today slammed the Department of Veterans Affairs for evicting him and five other Members of Congress from offices they opened inside Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. Rep. Mast opened the first-ever Congressional office inside a VA facility in 2017, and the office has met with more than 500 veterans at the West Palm Beach VA since then. The office provides services to veterans, such as helping them with disability claims and benefits appeals. Unless the Department of Veterans Affairs reverses their decision, the office will be forced to close by the end of the year.“No other federal agency has been so plagued by crisis after crisis as the VA has, and apparently they will go to no end to avoid accountability,” Rep. Mast said. “Our space in the West Palm Beach VA is the size of a storage closet, but that hasn’t stopped us from meeting with and helping hundreds of veterans. The bottom line is that shutting down this office hurts veterans, who often don’t have the mobility to get to another Congressional office. Today the Department of Veterans Affairs chose to prioritize avoiding transparency and accountability over the veterans they are tasked with caring for.”Rep. Mast is urging the Department of Veterans Affairs to reverse their decision, which will impact the Congressional office at the West Palm Beach VA (staffed by Rep. Mast, along with Representatives Hastings [FL-20], Deutch [FL-22] and Frankel [FL-21]) and the Congressional office at the Orlando VA Medical Center (staffed by Representatives Soto [FL-9] and Murphy [FL-7]).Rep. Mast has also authored a bill, called the Improving Veterans Access To Congressional Services Act, to mandate the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide this space to Members of Congress so that they can assist veterans when and where they need the help. Rep. Mast testified about his bill earlier this week before the Veterans Affairs Committee, and he has also been a fierce advocate for greater accountability following several avoidable tragedies this year at the West Palm Beach VA.ABOUT BRIAN MASTCongressman Brian Mast is in his second term representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida. Prior to his election to Congress, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, earning medals including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.While lying in bed recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center, Brian’s father gave him advice that has stuck with him to this day—to ensure the greatest service he gave to our country and the best example he set for his children was still ahead of him. Brian took this advice to heart and dedicated himself to finding new ways to serve our country and his community. As a Member of Congress, he opened the first-ever Congressional office inside a VA facility at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center so that he could help serve his fellow veterans when and where they need help.last_img read more

a month ago​Klopp bemused over Liverpool fitness questions

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Klopp bemused over Liverpool fitness questionsby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is not impressed by questions about his side’s fitness.Some pundits questioned whether the Reds had the physical conditioning to keep up with the Italian side.They looked out thought and out fought in a 2-0 loss in the group stages of the Champions League on Tuesday night.When asked about fitness, Klopp said the following to the club’s official website: “There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight.”We have to finish the situations off. How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. “We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

Video: LSU Students Appeared To Direct A NSFW Chant At Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield

first_imgLSU students appear to direct NSFW chant at Buddy Hield.Buddy Hield ChantIt’s halftime in Baton Rouge, and LSU is halfway to pulling an upset over No. 1 Oklahoma. The Tigers are leading the Sooners 44-36 at intermission. Late in the first half, the LSU student section began taunting Oklahoma star Buddy Hield as he prepared to shoot a free throw. In and of itself, this certainly isn’t newsworthy, but when you take into account what they appeared to chant, it is.Listen closely, and you can hear what sounds like “F— you, Buddy” coming from the student section.  LSU students with a not so family-friendly chant to Buddy Hield. (NSFW)— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) January 30, 2016It certainly sounds like what we think it is. You can bet the LSU administration isn’t happy about this.last_img

Rhys Ifans Slams Wild Animal Circuses

first_imgRhys Ifans has joined Animal Defenders International to help wild animals forced to perform in circuses, slamming the outdated practice as “cruel”.His passionate declaration puts pressure on the governments of Wales and England to fulfil their pledges to ban wild animal acts. A controversial lion and tiger show barred from England over welfare failings was due to open last week in Bridgend, but was cancelled after widespread opposition.Pembrokeshire-born actor and musician Rhys Ifans, known for his role in Notting Hill, gave his support to Animal Defenders International’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign saying, “Like bear baiting, witch burning and the “Welsh not”, this cruel practice belongs in the past.”Rhys joins a host of celebrities, conservation experts, vets and wildlife experts backing Animal Defenders International’s call for legislation to prohibit wild animal circus acts. The organisation is urging members of the public to avoid animal circus shows ahead of promised laws being passed in England and Wales.Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said “Rhys is a true star for speaking out on behalf of the lions, tigers and other wild animals who continue to suffer for entertainment. Confining these incredible animals to cages and forcing them to perform tricks serves no education or conservation purpose and must be stopped. We urge the Welsh Assembly and British Government to urgently move forward with their plans to prohibit them once and for all, and landowners not to allow these archaic acts on their land in the meantime.”‘An evening with lions and tigers’ features two lions and three tigers forced to perform tricks under the guise of education. The show was prevented from performing in England over welfare failings and is now touring Wales where regulations for wild animals in circuses do not apply. The show has sparked a public outcry, meeting with political opposition, protests and petitions as it tours.The big cats’ conditions contrast starkly to those they would enjoy in the wild. Tigers are solitary and have limited contact with their own kind in their natural environment, roaming and defending a territory which can be as large as 470 km2. Chipperfield’s tigers live in close proximity to one another and alongside lions, who they would never encounter in the wild, in a confined beastwagon which is both their travelling and living quarters.Pressure is mounting on the Welsh Assembly to end wild animal circuses. Earlier this year, a government spokesperson stated “We are pressing the UK government to deliver on the promise to legislate as soon as possible.” Support remains strong, with Welsh Labour pledging to end such acts in its election manifesto and the Welsh Conservatives committing to end the “barbaric” and “damaging” shows last month. The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones recently tweeted “We need to get to a common position with the GB nations on banning circuses with wild animals”.31 countries already have national restrictions on animal performances in place. A wild animal circus ban in England was announced in 2012 and draft legislation published the following year. Government inaction on the issue has allowed a big cat act to appear in Britain, and two circuses continue to perform with wild animals.The British public is overwhelmingly opposed to wild animal performances. Distaste for the outdated entertainment is reflected by consistently high support for a ban.An Early Day Motion to expedite the wild animal ban in England has secured cross-party support and been signed by several Welsh MPs.last_img read more

AltaGas founder remains mum on sudden resignation of CEO David Harris

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The chairman of AltaGas Ltd. says its leadership team is “stepping in and stepping up” in the wake of the sudden departure of president and CEO David Harris last week.AltaGas founder and chairman David Cornhill, who is filling in with director Phillip Knoll as interim co-CEOs of the Calgary-based company, said at the start of a conference call he will not take questions about why Harris has left the company.He repeated information in a statement last week that Harris and the board of directors mutually agreed on the resignation in the wake of a non-specific “complaint” that the board is investigating. He says the company has already started the process of finding and hiring a permanent CEO and cautioned that may take some time.Cornhill repeated the complaint is not related to AltaGas’ strategy, operations or financial reporting, but didn’t explain what it was related to or why the company is investigating if Harris’s resignation is final.Harris, who has been with Calgary-based AltaGas since 2010 and its top executive since April 2016, oversaw the company’s $6-billion deal to buy Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., which closed in July.Cornhill founded AltaGas in 1994 and was its CEO until Harris took over.last_img read more

Pochettino demands determination and hard work from squad

first_imgAfter a positive season such as Tottenham’s 2017/18 campaign, Pochettino explains that the determination to be better is paramount.The 46-year old Tottenham manager insists that working hard together as a squad is very important as they hope to produce the same result as they did in last season.“Across all areas, we need to improve [at Tottenham],” Pochettino says via Skysports.“It’s a very powerful thing to keep all the squad together but at the same time you need to understand that the power is only important if you are clever and use that power to push harder, work harder and to be better.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.“When you add new players and some players leave, it is easy to refresh the squad and to have a different challenge.“Because last season we were good or the World Cup was good, we are going to repeat the same this season? It’s not like this in football. You always need to try to improve and that is the challenge that we need the players to realise: they need to work harder than last season.“Of course, there are the different circumstances and the World Cup and the pre-season was completely different. But that makes us as coaches think and provide the best tools to them to keep them performing in the way we need to win games.”last_img read more

Rooney Kane will break my England scoring record

first_imgWayne Rooney expects Harry Kane to surpass his England record of 53 goals at international levelThe Manchester United legend bid farewell to England in Thursday night’s 3-0 friendly win over the United States with a second-half appearance.Rooney nearly added to his goal tally for England at Wembley, but for US goalkeeper Brad Guzan to deny him a stoppage-time dream goal.However, Rooney was delighted with the outcome anyway and tipped fellow striker Kane to break his record.The Tottenham star has scored 19 times in 34 games for England and succeeded Rooney as the new permanent team captain in the summer.Before the game began, Rooney was presented with an award by FA chairman Greg Clarke and Kane in honour of his career.Now the 33-year-old hopes to return to Wembley in the future to present a similar prize to Kane – once he becomes England’s new record scorer.“I look forward to presenting him with the trophy,” Rooney told BBC Radio 5 Live.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I asked Harry to present me with the award because I believe he will beat my goalscoring record.“It was great to be out there in front of the fans again and it was special for me and my family.”Jesse Lingard, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Callum Wilson were the goalscorers for England on Thursday.After debuting in 2003, Rooney managed 53 goals and 22 assists in 120 appearances for England.Congratulations to @WayneRooney for a record breaking @England career! #football #awards #silversmith #goldsmith #sport #ENGUSA— Thomas Lyte (@ThomasLyte) November 15, 2018last_img read more

Two From Ketchikan Indicted On Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Ketchikan man and woman have been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges in Federal District Court today. The Ketchikan Police Department (“KPD”) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”)conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case. Welker and Bacus were subsequently arrested by law enforcement officers on January 23, in Ketchikan. According to court records, between June 1, 2017, and Sept. 15, 2017, Welker and Bacus allegedly sold methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), cocaine, and heroin on numerous occasions to an undercover informant from their residence located in Ketchikan.center_img Welker and Bacus were arraigned yesterday in Juneau federal court and were ordered detained pending trial, which has been scheduled for April 2, 2018. Michael Anthony Welker, 54, and Mandy Elaine Bacus a/k/a Mandy Elaine Peters, 35, both of Ketchikan, were named in the indictment charging them with drug conspiracy.last_img read more