Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MARK BROWNE KNOWS HOW TO HUSTLE

Mark Browne proved his organizational prowess last evening, recapturing the privilege of representing the Liberal Party of Newfoundland and Labrador as an official candidate in the fall election.

Browne, who has been a political staffer for MP Judy Foot and the Official Opposition Research Office, defeated businessman Roger Jameson and Search & Rescue advocate Merve Wiseman to capture the Liberal nod in the newly created district of Placentia West-Bellevue on the first ballot. 

The Burin Peninsula native, who has a honors degree in political science from Memorial University polled nearly 70% of the vote.  He had won the nomination in Burin-Placentia West last fall but the unanticipated creation of an early Electoral Boundaries Commission resulted in the seat being amalgamated with much of Bellevue, setting the stage for a new nomination.

The monkey wrench only served to fuel Browne's desire to win.  His is team out-organized the competition to deliver a very convincing win for the young up and comer. 

At 22, Browne may well be the youngest candidate in this year's election. 

Over 1800 people cast votes in the process. 

Of all the platitudes brought forth every time there ’s a nomination process, perhaps none is more sacred than, “The people have spoken.” 

Liberals in the districts of Carbonear – Trinity – Bay de Verde and Placentia St. Marys will choose their candidates on Wednesday and Thursday nights.




Monday, July 27, 2015

WE NEED STRATEGIC APPROACH TO COMBATING ADULT LITERACY CHALLENGES


VOCM NEWS 
The news that the Literacy Council of Newfoundland and Labrador has to close-up due to a lack of funding is disturbing.

 Literacy NL has been an advocate for more  literacy capacity for more than nine years. The organization has helped locals build essential skills.

A huge segment of our population struggles with basic literacy. This challenge stunts our economic development, productivity and competitiveness.

Literacy programs ensure greater success in school and better health and overall well being. The two greatest determinants of a child’s educational achievement are the parents’ education level and the number of books in the children’s home.

Children do not exist in isolation. They come from families, and children struggling with literacy most often come from families where the parents have lower literacy levels.

Loosing an advocacy group to assist delivery organizations and advocate for more adult literacy programs  is a blow to addressing  the adult literacy crisis in NL

We need a strategic plan, not a piecemeal approach

UNDERSTANDING THE REVERSAL OF FORTUNE

Ian MacDOnald - iPOLITICS

LEGO BRINGS GAMING WEAPONS TO LIFE

From Quake to the current crop of first-person-shooters, the array of firepower video game players have makes for some fun games. 

Two of my guys are big Team Fortress and Black Op fans. Conor is always enthusiastically calling out to me to check out this new add-on or that weapons.   He should be a consultant for Janes.

Between Nerf and Lego, he has replicated many of his favorite "game guns" fueling his imagination and making for some fun games in the backyard.

He is going to love this video. Weighing in at over 10 pounds, and 3 feet long, someone has brought the Heavy’s Tomislav from Team Fortress to life entirely from LEGO bricks! 

Geeky yea, fun you bet.

Who says LEGO is just for kids?



CRASS OPPORTUNISM AND POOR JUDGEMENT