Mayor Sundquist Close To Naming New Jamestown Police Chief

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The search for Jamestown’s next police chief may soon come to an end as the city’s mayor has narrowed down the search to three candidates.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNY News Now he hopes to finalize a potential offer to one of the three by November’s City Council Voting Session; with a public announcement coming either later this week or early next.The Mayor says the final three, which out of respect for the candidates will not be publicly announced at the moment, are made up of both internal and external applicants.Sundquist says he is looking for a person who is community oriented and able to address tough questions like: What should policing look like in Jamestown? “All three are very driven individuals that really want to make the community better,” said Sundquist. “Each one has had years of experience working with a police department, but more importantly the top attribute that I am looking for in a police chief is someone that is willing to adapt and change as the needs of the community change.”The Mayor says he wants the candidate to be able to understand community policing efforts and be able to make changes within the department for the benefit of the entire city.“When I talk about community policing, I’m talking about a force that is out there, that is being with our kids in the schools, that is being able to walk the beat in neighborhoods, so that as people are sitting on their porches the police officers know who they are, they know what is going on in the community, that is the type of community policing that we need to get back to,” explained Sundquist. “We’ve focused so much on law and order, and so much on putting people in jail, that we forgot that one of the key components of a police department is knowing the community that they serve.”Additionally, the Mayor says he wants to appoint a chief that would advocate for more wraparound services like mental health outreach and domestic violence prevention.Sundquist has been working with a police chief recommendation committee on finding a good candidate for the job after Police Chief Harry Snellings retired in July.In the meantime, Jamestown Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson is serving as interim chief. Sundquist says Jackson was among applicants, but, didn’t say if he is among the final three.He says several members of Jamestown Police have applied for the position.last_img read more

Jonathan Groff Will Reign Over Broadway in Hamilton

first_img from $149.00 Jonathan Groff View Comments Related Shows God save the King! It’s been confirmed that Jonathan Groff will continue his reign as King George III when off-Broadway hit Hamilton makes the move to the Great White Way this summer. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical will begin previews on July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, with opening night set for August 6.Groff took over as King George at the Public Theater for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who departed the production to star in Something Rotten!. Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchior in Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also seen in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Later this month, Groff will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. Screen credits include the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO and Glee.The Broadway-bound cast also stars the previously reported Miranda as Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. The company will additionally include Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.center_img Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda Star Fileslast_img read more

Blaugrana Sports Inaugurates Legends for Children Project

first_imgBlaugrana Sports Group International’ s objective of nurturing young children into great legends, promote grassroots sports development and values of sportsmanship and social integration engaging the FC Barcelona sports development programmes methodology was heightened during the week with the inauguration of the in – house committee for the Group’s Legends For Children Project. Launched in 2018 at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, where an array of the Nigerian football legends were honoured.Speaking to the media after the brief ceremony, Leslie Oghomienor, Chairman, Blaugrana Sports Group said that the “Legends For Children Project is so dear to the heart of the Sports Group, but the recent outstanding performance in JAMB of one of the Group trainee prayers Akakbota Fejeiro Simeon, who played for the Wazobia FC, during FC Bulmaro free technical support training for Secondary Schools in Lagos, fully sponsored by the Group has spurred us to action. By reactivating the project which is also aimed at helping bodies working tirelessly to ensure that every child – girl or boy, aside doing sports, is given quality education and guidance, that will help such live better and meaningful life, freeing society from burdens.”He further explained that the Legends For Children Project was in pursuance of the sports company’s vision to become the largest world-class sports talent training and nurturing platform in the world with numerous veritable platforms of first choice for great and gifted talents who may be challenged by lack of genuine direction, guidance and support. “Our Group is driven by the quest to nurture children with gifted talents into great legends using the little resources we have, applying the FC Barcelona methodology in environment with first-class facilities, supervised by well-honed seasoned professionals and the Legends For Children Project is one of the best way we will berth our dream. Believing that to empower our beloved nation, we must help see that our children are educated. They are our greatest future. Now, is the right time to invest in a greater tomorrow through them,” Oghomienor said.He added that aside from the committee planning for the next event, the body will also see the possibility of developing a strategic and holistic plan for sustainable youth sports, education, development and empowerment template that can serve as a radar in success of the sports sector.“Shaping the future of the country is not government alone. It is a collective responsibility. It is a must done work. Together, is should be done,” he stressed.Responding on behalf of the 13 – man committee, and appealing for support for the project, Ms. Abibatu Abudu Ajayi, a business and communication strategist, attached to the Group, acknowledged the importance of the project to children education, youth development and empowerment and seeing to the greater interest of the Nigerian football legends, agreeing that membership of the committee was a responsibility call to action, and trust, the committee members would strive not to betray by making sure the project kicks off on a much better way and accommodate more children and legends than the first outing in 2018.“We are sure more will be achieved, and better with the support of all. Also, the committee is saddle with the responsibility of finding a means of making the project an annual event, bigger, bolder, with a global outlook. Therefore, to run with this novel dream and win good laurels, we must brace the tape on the track of this noble race together,” Ms. Ajayi pleaded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Swan Song

first_imgThe collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Iraq, which the conservative establishment projected as harbingers of the new American century, may ironically serve as bookends to that accidental interlude of unrivalled American hegemony.     A recently released report by CIA’s in-house think tank predicts that India and China will become key global players by 2020 in a transformed world in which the United States “will see its relative power position eroded.” The National Intelligence Council’s report, titled Mapping the Global Future, predicts: “The likely emergence of China and India as new major global players – similar to the rise of Germany in the 19th century and the United States in the early 20th century – will transform the geopolitical landscape, with impacts potentially as dramatic as those of the previous two centuries. In the same way that commentators hrefer to the 1900s as the ‘American Century,’ the early 21st century may be seen as the time when some in the developing world, led by China and India, come into their own.”The report outlines the seismic geopolitical consequences of this shift: “The ‘arriviste’ powers – China, India, and perhaps others such as Brazil and Indonesia – could usher in a new set of international alignments, potentially marking a definitive break with some of the post-World War II institutions and practices.”Even though the United States “will remain the single most powerful actor economically, technologically, militarily,” the report asserts, the post-Soviet era of America’s unchallenged global hegemony is coming to a rapid close.NIC’s conclusion has to be sobering, even startling, to neo-conservatives in the Bush administration, who saw the invasion of Iraq as the first salvo in the brave new American 21st Century.The military quagmire in Iraq, with American casualties mounting to 1,400, with some 15,000 other American soldiers wounded, far from showcasing American might has exposed the limits to which it is constrained. The passions of 9/11 may well have clouded American public opinion into reelecting President Bush, but that same public is also making crystal clear that it does not have the stomach for future military misadventures. The problem is further compounded by the Bush administration’s dishonesty in justifying the war, which will make it harder for future administration’s to legitimize any war.The constraints are already being felt in the tussle over Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programs, which undisputedly pose far graver threats to global security than Saddam Hussein. The bellicose rhetoric of Vice President Dick Cheney notwithstanding, no one, even in this militarily assertive administration, is contemplating a full scale invasion of Iran. As the New York Times editorilized recently, “An invasion of a country almost three times as populous as Iraq is well beyond the means of America’s depleted ground forces.”The harshest policy options reportedly being weighed are pre-emptive airstrikes on suspected Iranian nuclear sites, that too by proxy by Israel. But even here policy planners have been chastened by the experience of Iraq, where a swift, tactical victory devolved into a military and political quagmire.As the NIC concludes: “While no single country looks within striking distance of rivaling U.S. military power by 2020, more countries will be in a position to make the United States pay a heavy price for any military action they oppose.”Who could have imagined that the unipolar world that rose from the ashes of the unexpectedly speedy collapse of the Soviet Union would so quickly hreformulate itself into a diffused and multi polar order or that the instrument for the new global regime would be the Iraq War.Indeed, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the war in Iraq, which the conservative establishment have projected as harbingers of the new American century, may ironically serve as the swan song of that accidental interlude of unrivalled American hegemony. Related Itemslast_img read more