Three new trustees have joined the Vermont LawSchool Board of Trustees. They are Edwin I. Colodny, Of Counsel to thelaw firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Washington, DC; PerezEhrich, principal, Hemmings Market & Tech Guides, Bennington, VT; andThomas Jorling, vice president for environmental affairs, InternationalPaper Corporation, Stamford, CT.Dean L. Kinvin Wroth comments, “The board of trustees has beenstrengthened by the addition of these highly competent and experiencedindividuals.”Edwin Colodny has recently been appointed interim chief executiveofficer of Fletcher Allen Health Care, after having served for a year asinterim president of the University of Vermont. Previously, he servedas chairman of the board of Comsat Corporation, a leading provider ofglobal satellite and digital networking services, and as president,chief executive officer, and chairman of the board of US Airways, Inc.Prior to joining US Airways, Colodny had served as a trial attorney withthe Civil Aeronautics Board. Colodny received his A.B. degree from theUniversity of Rochester and his LL.B. degree from Harvard Law School.Perez Erich is principal of Hemmings Market & Tech Guides, a publisherof automotive titles. He also currently serves as director of the FirstDay Foundation; “First Day of School America” is a grassroots movementthat brings together schools, families, and communities in celebrationof education. Ehrich had previously served as an attorney based in NewYork, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, and financial products.He received his A.B. degree from Harvard College, his Juris Doctordegree from New York Law School, and his LL.M. degree in Corporate Lawfrom New York University School of Law. He succeeded his late brother,Terry Ehrich, on the Vermont Law School Board ofTrustees.Thomas Jorling joined International Paper in 1994 and currently servesas vice president, Environmental Affairs, with responsibility forcorporate environmental, health, and safety affairs. Previously,Jorling served as commissioner of the New York State Department ofEnvironmental Conservation. He has also been a member of the faculty atWilliams College in Massachusetts, serving professor of environmentalstudies and as director of the college’s center for environmentalstudies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from theUniversity of Notre Dame, his master’s degree in Forest Ecology fromWashington State University, and his law degree from Boston College.Vermont Law School, an independent, private law school, is the only lawschool in Vermont. The school’s general law curriculum is complementedby a leading program in Environmental Law.
The B&H paralympic team traveled today to Sochi, which will be the the host of the 11th Winter Paralympic Games from 7-16 March.This will be the second participation in the games for the B&H team. Two athletes of alpine skiing will represent B&H in this competition – Ilma Kazazić, who will hold the B&H flag at the opening and Senad Turković.President of B&H Paralympic Committee Mustafa Demir and Chief of Mission Osman Handžić will be part of the B&H sports delegation as well.Turković is the only competitor with both legs amputated, who will perform in Sochi in the discipline of slalom on 13 March, while his performance in giant slalom is on 15 March. Ilma Kazazić will perform in the giant slalom on 16 March.The raising of the B&H flag in the Paralympic Village will be done on 6 March.(Source: Fena) read more
Amb. J. Rudolph Johnson served as running mate to the presidential bid of George M. Weah in 2005 – Advertisement – Calls on Incoming Leadership to Convene National Conference of Citizens at Home and Abroad to Fix LiberiaJ. Rudolph Johnson, former Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, broke his silence on Saturday, October 7, when he called upon the incoming government of Liberia to consider organizing and convening as soon as possible a National Conference of Liberians from all walks of life and from all parts of the world.Addressing the 2017 Conference of the National Association of Cape Mountainians in the Americas in Columbus, Ohio, Mr. Johnson observed that Liberia was currently facing three major crises, which needed to be addressed and resolved at once to get the country moving on a solid path to sustainable peace and development.Liberia’s identity crisis, moral decay, and incompetent and corrupt leadership, he stated, were mainly responsible for the country having now become the fourth poorest in the world and one of the most corrupt in Africa.In an hour-long discourse, Mr. Johnson, who during 2005 presidential elections served as running mate to George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change, regretted the fact that after all these years, Liberians still did not seem to be a united people with a common destiny. He also decried the moral breakdown in religious institutions, state, and society, as reflected in Liberia’s current high crime rate, ranging from child abuse and rape to armed robbery and human sacrifice.Regarding the leadership crisis, he blamed ECOWAS and the International Contact Group on Liberia for mishandling the end of the 2003 Accra Peace Conference by ill-advisedly conferring power on the warlords and their accomplices whom they saw as the key stakeholders of Liberia.He also took the peace brokers to task for claiming the 2005 election “free, fair, and transparent,” for then pressuring George Weah to abandon his challenge of the election result, and for finally declaring Charles Taylor’s cohort and chief financial backer, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as winner of the presidency.Mr. Johnson said the new regime inaugurated in 2006 “was not a messiah coming to save, unite, and rebuild Liberia, but a fox that was put in charge of the hen house, with deadly consequences for the Liberian people. Taking the support of the international community as a license to pillage and plunder with impunity, they proceeded to install a governing contraption consisting of family, cronies, business partners, and lackeys.”Minister Johnson believed much of the leadership problems could have been avoided had the Liberians in the Diaspora been more active in the Liberian peace process. In this regard, he criticized Liberian county associations in the American Diaspora for failing to unite “under one umbrella” to enable them “think with one mind and speak with one voice.”He further lamented that because the thousands of Liberian intellectuals, technicians and other professionals in the Diaspora had not placed themselves in a position to play any role, much less a decisive one, at the final Peace Conference in Accra, the international community ignored them altogether and went with the warlords and their accomplices.Invoking the wisdom of three philosophers (Descartes, “I think therefore I am”; Bergson, “think like men of action and act like men of thought”; and St. Anselm, on exercising our God-given freedom of choice), Ambassador Johnson called on the incoming government to convene a national conference as soon as possible for what he called a “constructive dialogue” on ways to address the problems facing the nation.Such a conference, he said, should be attended by Liberians from all walks of life and from all parts of the world, and should be designed to draw up an ambitious agenda for the creation of a new united republic, committed to securing the best interest and welfare of all Liberians.Provisional topics for discussion and critical issues for decision at the proposed national conference, he suggested, may include the following: To define and establish a unique composite Liberian identity (including matters of culture, arts and symbolism), with a view to ending all tribal, ethnic, Congo-Country conflicts, and to guarantee all Liberians the full enjoyment of their rights as citizens and not as foreigners in their own land; to devise concrete ways of repairing the broken moral fabric of Liberia, requiring all Liberian families and institutions (schools, churches, mosques, governmental organizations, etc.) to participate in such a venture, starting with the leaders of church, state, and society, since the fish starts rotting from the head; to review and assess the stewardship of past administrations, especially the most recent, to hold them accountable for any wrongdoings and to avoid repeating their crimes of commission and omission. In this regard, also devise new ways of choosing national leaders by requiring, inter alia, concrete evidence of their moral integrity, citizenship, academic qualifications and life experiences, to confirm their readiness to properly manage the affairs of the Republic; and to study and evaluate the efficacy of our current political and economic systems and determine what changes should be made to better meet the needs of the people in the rural areas.In conclusion, Minister J. Rudolph Johnson declared, “Indeed, my friends, we can do this. We can fix our country, not having to wait for others to do it for us. The Americans, Chinese, Europeans, Arabs, Jews, even the Nigerians, and Ghanaians are sick and tired of our excessive dependency. So let us wake up now and see the light. It is time to do the right thing for our children and grandchildren. Our people are waiting and the whole world is watching. What shall we do?”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more