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Fighting for relevance…

first_img…with the PNCMoses Nagamootoo is a pathetic excuse for a politician – even by the not exactly stratospheric standards of that profession!! Promised a piece of the action by the PNC after his PPP cohorts dumped him as an empty windbag, he persuaded his friend, AFC leader Ramjattan, that they wouldn’t end up as “dead meat” after coalescing, as the latter feared. But here he is, reduced to a caricature of Naipaul’s “Mimic Man” politician at the end of a humiliating and inglorious career, writing a weekly column in the Chronicle to defend the PNC!And this week’s contribution– “DEFENCE, DESPERATION AND DESTABILISATION” – illustrates the defence of his own desperation as he tries to tag the Opposition’s follow-up of their successful no-confidence motion as “destabilising” the Government!! So that your Eyewitness isn’t accused (God forbid!) of putting words into Nagamootoo’s mouth, let’s quote him verbatim: “When I heard the leader of the opposition (Jagdeo) saying that the present elected government lacked legitimacy, I could not resist drawing an inference that more attempts would be made to unseat our Head of State and his government.”Now that you, Dear Reader, have recovered after ROTFL, imagine the deranged and damaged mind that would draw this “inference”!! If Art 106 (6) and (7) of the Constitution direct the President and the Cabinet resign after the passage of a no-confidence motion and that elections must be held in three months, what does this say about the “legitimacy” of the PNC Government that insists on “passing” bills like the one on our Natural Resource Fund that’ll impact on future generations down the ages?? That the successful no-confidence motion was of no consequence?What exactly does Nagamootoo believe the “legitimacy” of a government rests on? He rightfully claims it’s on the vote they received. But we have something called “representative” government – where the people’s representatives exercise their will. Nagamootoo shoots his argument – such as it is – in the foot by confirming that Charrandas was a REGIONAL representative, but wasn’t representing them!! It just proves Nagamootoo’s completely oblivious to the agony of the 4000 Region Six sugar workers who were fired by his government!So, ignoring the explicit language of Art 106 (6), Nagamootoo says, “It was never contemplated that the President, together with his whole Cabinet, could be removed from office by a simple majority on a motion of no-confidence, but this is what the Opposition wants us to believe”!!!One wonders why he asserted exactly this intention when he brought his no-confidence motion against the PPP Government of President Ramotar?Should the Police have charged him with treason for attempting to “unseat” the Government? Like he’s trying to pin on Jagdeo?…by begging for PM wuk!The AFC, fresh from the whammy of being unable to blackmail the PNC for more spoils after their disastrous showing at the LGE, met in conclave to plot their relevance. They decided that the best way was to back Nagamootoo as the PM running mate for PNC leader David Granger. Your Eyewitness wonders whether they had a chat with ANYONE from the PNC camp. We know they couldn’t have consulted Granger since the man was getting chemotherapy in Cuba. And we know for sure they didn’t consult with any of the four PNC members who’re hovering in the wings in case Granger’s prognosis plunges.Now, why would these folk consider Nagamootoo, who’s proven time and again he’s burnt all his bridges in the Indian Guyanese community – the community the PNC needs to take them across the line at the next general elections – as PM material?All the AFC’s done is to announce Nagamootoo’s on the shelf for another marriage!…by “fan boying” GrangerWrote Nagamootoo about Granger after the latter’s speech to the GDF officers, “After I had listened with rapt attention to the Guyanese President… I can say that we are fortunate to have him at the helm”!!Does he think Granger will fall for his oh-so-obvious “brown-nosing”?last_img read more

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Our children’s future is at stake

first_imgDear Editor,We read daily in the national newspapers of the robbery that is taking place. Exxon is in the process of robbing us blind (as we say here). Is this not a crime, robbery? Can’t we do a class action lawsuit in the Hague? I am willing to contribute my two cents.They have taken advantage of our Governments’ ignorance. Our past and present governments must accept some blame but this is a case where a world bully is taking advantage of our ignorance at the expense of Guyana children’s future.If you go to the market and buy an item of value $100 for $10 from the vendor’s son because you are an adult, more experienced, worldly and have better command of the English language, we would all agree that that is robbery; morally reprehensible and the many more colourful Guyanese descriptions that we cannot say publicly.We the Guyanese people of all political persuasions must act together against Exxon without debating which Guyanese party is responsible.The person who is robbing us is Exxon but we can be friends if they would threat us fairly. We need a movement that is race-less and politically blind.Best regards,Mohamed F Khanlast_img read more

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KELLY CROWNED CANADIAN CHAMPION

first_img#ACWorldTrials Women’s 800m Final:🥇 Madeleine Kelly – 2:02.37🥈 @BishopMelissa – 2:02.40🥉 @laurencecote – 2:02.50 pic.twitter.com/HFjFeqdFkc— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) July 27, 2019 Individually, Kelly earned back-to-back silver medals in the 600m and 1000m in both 2017 and 2018. She is a member of three straight national 4×800 relay gold-medal winning teams (2016-18), while also helping U of T to a first-place finish in the 4×400 relay in 2017. That same season, she claimed the national silver medals in the 600m and 1000m. As a member of the cross country team, Kelly is a two-time OUA second team all-star after placing ninth overall in 2015 and 11th in 2016.Current Varsity Blues standout Jasmine Lew also claimed the silver medal in the U20 women’s long jump (5.78m). For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Kelly was a member of one OUA and three U SPORTS track and field championship teams, as well as one U SPORTS cross country championship team during her five seasons (2013-18) as a Varsity Blue. BARNES: Madeleine Kelly stuns favourites to win 800m race – Montreal Gazette https://t.co/hpUK1TG8De pic.twitter.com/rH7w57NVuf— Montreal Informer (@montrealinform) July 28, 2019 Kelly executed a last second move in between two-time Olympian Melissa Bishop and fellow standout Lindsey Butterworth to capture the 2019 women’s 800-metre Canadian title in 2:02.37, just .03 seconds ahead of Bishop.”Last night we were going for third,” said Kelly. “Melissa and I are both from Ottawa Valley so I’ve admired her for such a long time and she’s been such an inspiration for me. It’s pretty surreal to do that today and I give her a lot of credit for running that fast today.” University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field alumna Madeleine Kelly won the women’s 800m at the 2019 Canadian track and field championships on Saturday night (July 27) in Montreal. Story Links On the track, Kelly is a three-time OUA first team all-star and U SPORTS first team all-Canadian. At the OUA championships, she helped the Blues to two first-place finishes in both the 4×400 relay (2016, 2017) and the 4×800 relay (2017, 2018).last_img read more

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President Granger calls for deepened regional integration

first_imgAs Guyana assumes chairmanship of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping, President David Granger has called for deeper regional integration, noting that the new year held great promise for the Caribbean countries to advance “our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all”.New Caricom Chairman, President David Granger“Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience,” Granger said in a message ahead of taking over from Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit from January 1.Granger, who will hold the position for the next six months, said that 2016 marked the mid-point of the Five-Year Strategic Plan, which he described as “a foundational element in the Community’s reform process”.“That process is geared towards ensuring that our people feel the impact of the integration movement in their daily lives. Integration is not merely about systems and institutions. It is mostly about people.“It is in the interest of developing our people that we are taking steps to ensure that they are fully equipped to address the requirements of the 21st Century economy and society. Our Commission on Human Resource Development is developing a Regional Education and Human Resource Strategy with special attention to ICT in Education and Human Resource Development.”Granger said that the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of goods, skills, labour, and services across the Region remained “the vehicle through which we can achieve the growth and development; timely assessments will serve to ensure that we maximise its benefits for our citizens”. He acknowledged that notwithstanding the substantial progress that has been made, regional leaders would review its operations and identify ways to improve its delivery.Granger said that the Caribbean was well endowed with the requirements for pursuing a green economy, including sources of renewable energy and forests that harbour a significant amount of carbon.He said as noted by the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, “the green economy can be seen as a lens for focusing on and seizing opportunities to advance economic and environmental goals simultaneously”.“The effects of climate change continue to bedevil our countries as exemplified by Hurricane Matthew.  The need to conserve and protect our environment, therefore, becomes even more pressing.”Such actions, he said, will also give the Region the opportunity to leverage the abundant forests and wetlands as well as the marine resources with which the Region was blessed and utilise them creatively to launch new pathways to social and economic development.  “This can be accomplished while ensuring that we help in the global commitment to limit the rise in global temperature to below 1.5 degrees.”Granger said that Caribbean people made a considerable contribution to the global community in the sphere of culture and later this year, the Region’s premier cultural exposition, the Caribbean Festival of the Arts (CARIFESTA), would be held in Barbados.The 13th edition of this festival, bringing together the peoples of Caricom as well as the wider Caribbean, will take place under the theme “Asserting our Culture: Celebrating Ourselves”, and President Granger added “we certainly look forward to widespread participation to make the event a tremendous success”.In his statement, the Guyanese leader said that the safety and security of the Region was of paramount importance, noting “as we move forward with implementing a regional crime and security strategy, we will be building on the platform already established by concluding legal agreements with respect to Arrest Warrants and Asset Forfeiture”.last_img read more

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Enrique slams Barca after ‘nightmare’ Juve defeat

first_img0Shares0000Barcelona coach Luis Enrique gives a press conference on the eve of the Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain© AFP LLUIS GENETURIN, Italy, Apr 11 – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique slammed his under-performing players after a “nightmare” 3-0 loss to Juventus that has severely dented the Spanish giants’ Champions League hopes.A first-half double from Paulo Dybala and a second-half header from Giorgio Chiellini secured a quarter-final first-leg win for the hosts in Turin on Tuesday to leave Barca with a mountain to climb in the April 19 return leg. The Catalans will now require another epic comeback along the lines of that which saw them reach the last eight. In the last 16 they spectacularly overcame a 4-0 first-leg deficit to Paris Saint-Germain with a 6-1 win at the Camp Nou.But after seeing his front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar fail to fire against a far superior Juventus side, Luis Enrique voiced little hope of seeing another comeback next week.“We basically gifted two goals to Juventus in the opening half. As coach, for me it’s inexplicable how they were so much better than us,” he said afterwards.He said the word “nightmare” no less than four times as he struggled to explain how Barca, who arrived in Turin on the back of a 2-0 league reverse to Malaga, failed to respond.And, in another pop at his players, he labelled their first-half performance in Turin the “third half” from their 4-0 defeat in Paris in February.“It’s like a nightmare. We’ve had very little luck of late, and now I can only hope that from tomorrow we get back on our feet.“In the first half the (Barca) players were determined, but we made the same mistakes from Paris, and that’s a problem.”He added: “Our second half was much better. But I still have the opening half in my head, like a nightmare.“Maybe it wasn’t (a repeat of) Paris, but it was like the third half from Paris.“I’m an optimistic person. But I take responsibility for this. I’m the coach and the buck stops at me.“Until tomorrow, I don’t even want to think about how we can come back.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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42 al-Qaida captives freed

first_img“The more contact we have (with) the Iraqi citizens, the more confidence that they develop in us, and in the Iraqi police and the Iraqi army. That leads to greater cooperation from the Iraqi citizenry,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman. Some of the men freed during the raid suffered broken bones. Some had been captive for as long as four months. One said he was just 14 years old, Caldwell said. The 42 freed Iraqis marked the largest number of captives ever found in a single al-Qaida prison, he said. Meanwhile, in Kut, 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, 70 police officers resigned from an elite police unit and handed over their weapons, saying they were afraid of the Mahdi Army militia of the radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, police said. Earlier this week, Mahdi Army militants captured at least seven members of the police’s rapid deployment force during a gunbattle, police said. The militants badly beat the police and warned them to stop their offensive against the militia or they would kill them, an officer said on condition of anonymity because he feared retaliation. Some officers had their houses firebombed, their children kidnapped and their relatives killed, he said. “I fear reprisals,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – American forces freed 42 kidnapped Iraqis – some of whom had been hung from ceilings and tortured for months – in a raid Sunday on an al-Qaida hideout north of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. Military officials said the operation, launched on tips from residents, showed that Iraqis in the turbulent Diyala province were turning against Sunni insurgents and beginning to trust U.S. troops. “The people in Diyala are speaking up against al-Qaida,” said Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the top U.S. military spokesman in Iraq. Deadly month Elsewhere in Diyala, a U.S. soldier was killed when an explosion hit his vehicle and a second soldier was killed in an explosion in Baghdad, the military said. The deaths brought the number of troops killed this month to at least 102, putting May on pace to become the deadliest month for Americans here in more than 2 years. In other violence, a barrage of mortar rounds struck houses in a Shiite village just northeast of Baghdad, killing three women and a child and wounding seven other children, Baghdad police said. A suicide car bomber attacked an army checkpoint in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad, killing two Iraqi soldiers. Gunmen also killed the renowned Baghdad calligrapher Khalil Mohammed al-Zahawi in a drive-by shooting in a Shiite-dominated area in eastern Baghdad, police said. Al-Zahawi, 52, who was also a lecturer at Baghdad University, was waiting for a taxi on a main road when the gunmen sped past. U.S. military officials have said they expected insurgents to step up attacks as U.S.-led forces worked to crack down on violence in Baghdad and the surrounding areas during their 14-week-old security operation. Captives freed As part of the crackdown, the military sent 3,000 more U.S. troops to Diyala, a turbulent province north of Baghdad that has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks. Sunday’s raid, the military said, was a sign that the increase was working. last_img read more

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It’s curtains for this identity-theft scam

first_imgBURBANK – It’s not exactly the Hollywood ending the mastermind of an identity-theft ring wrote for himself when he penned a screenplay based on his criminal exploits. The curtain fell Thursday on his accomplices, Yina Cox, 20, and Alvin Richards, 28, who were sentenced to up to a year in jail at Burbank Superior Court. The half-siblings had pleaded guilty in September to multiple counts of identity theft and check fraud for aiding ringleader Santino Hamilton, who had adapted their scam into the 115-page screenplay “Insufficient Funds,” a tale of a grocery store clerk’s initiation into the world of forgeries and other scams. Police said Hamilton, 33, of Whittier used private information pilfered by Cox, a bank teller at Kinecta Credit Union’s Hawthorne branch, to forge checks at the siblings’ Lomita apartment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“She got birthdays, account numbers, mothers’ maiden names, Social Security numbers – everything that you need to steal someone’s identity,” said Detective Lisa Muzquiz of the Glendale Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit. Authorities were on Hamilton’s trail after he cashed a phony payroll check – $4,850 from Glendale Adventist Medical Center – at the Glendale Citibank in January. Police arrested the trio in May. A search of the Lomita apartment turned up more than 1,000 copies of real checks, along with Hamilton’s bid for Hollywood stardom, Muzquiz said. In the script, Hamilton’s alter ego, Alvin “Kaos” Hamilton, was caught, but he only did 50 days in jail. It ends with him driving off into the horizon with his partner in crime – a bank teller – and the line: “Let’s make some money.” The real Hamilton, who was convicted in 1996 of burglary and check fraud, got seven years in state prison when he was sentenced in September after pleading guilty to seven counts of identity theft and forgery charges. Cox, who appeared in court in handcuffs, was sentenced to a year in jail after pleading guilty to 45 felony counts. Richards pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and received 180 days in jail. Both also were placed on five years’ probation. Attorneys for Cox and Richards declined to comment. Deputy District Attorney Aaron Singer had asked for the maximum sentence – up to five years in prison – for Cox because she betrayed her position of trust as a bank teller. “She’s the one taking all the information of the people and passing it on,” he said. “We need to send a message.” Pat Bressi, 50, one of 27 victims named in the case, testified that she still worries about where her personal information ended up. “I did nothing wrong, yet I’ve been sentenced because Yina Cox decided to steal every bit of information about myself and my husband,” she said. “Stand up for the victims … and hold (the trio) accountable for their actions.” Still, Judge Patrick J. Hegarty granted leniency because of their ages and the fact they had no criminal record. Also, there were no actual financial losses because police halted the scam before it was carried out. “I think there’s a chance to rehabilitate you,” Hegarty said. “If you come back before me for any reason … you will go to state prison.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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More assists than Messi and Man United ‘ready’ to pay more than £100m for him

first_imgReal Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested in signing Sancho but United is the likeliest destination. 2 BEST OF no dice His form has also seen the teenager break into Gareth Southgate’s England team and is widely regarded as one of the countries brightest young prospects.United are ready to pay over £100million for the winger, according to The Independent, with new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to build his squad next season. Sancho’s performances have earned him an England call-up Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars LIVE ON talkSPORT 2 shining Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Jadon Sancho is reportedly Manchester United’s top target this summer.The 19-year-old has been an integral part of Borussia Dortmund’s title challenging squad. talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions getty center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Dortmund paid just £8million for the England international from Manchester City in August 2017 and it is believed the player turned down a lucrative offer from City in favour of regular first-team football abroad. ADVICE REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Middlesbrough vs Bristol City (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Accrington Stanley vs Sunderland (Wednesday 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Jadon Sancho has created 13 goals for Borussia Dortmund this season, one more than Lionel Messi has for Barcelona in LaLiga LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS That decision appears to have paid dividends for him as he has made 35 appearances in all competitions this season, scoring nine goals.Dortmund are currently top of the Bundesliga by two points with nine games left to play.last_img read more

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Tom Cairney and Ryan Fraser called up to Scotland squad

first_imgAllan McGregor, who is now playing regularly since his loan move to Cardiff City in January, has also been included.Kieran Tierney and Andy Robertson return to the side for the friendly at Easter Road and 2018 World Cup qualifier at Hampden.Blackburn Rovers defender Charlie Mulgrew also keeps his place after being a late call-up for the 3-0 defeat at Wembley.Matt Phillips also returns to the side for the first time since last summer’s friendly double header against Italy and France.Callum Paterson drops out through injury, while Stephen Kingsley, Gordon Greer and Jack Hamilton fail to make the pool.Shaun Maloney has also missed out again having failed to feature for Hull City on a regular basis this season.Scotland face Canada on Wednesday, March 22, with Slovenia travelling to Glasgow on Sunday, March 26, for the must-win qualifier.GoalkeepersDefendersMidfieldersForwards He was last included in the international set up for the Georgia and Germany double header a year and a half ago but was forced to withdraw through injury.The Celtic midfielder, who scored for Celtic in Sunday’s Old Firm derby, has never represented his country at senior level.Despite three new call ups it’s still an experienced squad Strachan has named. Jordan Rhodes returns for the first call up since the Euro 2016 qualifier at home against Poland a year and a half ago. His last appearance was in the 6-1 win against Gibraltar in March 2015. Gordon Strachan has handed Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney and Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser their first senior call ups to the Scotland squad.Cairney, who has eight caps for Scotland at youth level, has scored nine goals in the English Championship this season including a rocketed effort against Newcastle on Saturday. Fraser has 16 youth caps for Scotland but has never featured in the first team pool before. Stuart Armstrong could also be in line to make his Scotland debut after being included. last_img read more

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New Albany Underground Railroad site wins restoration prize

first_imgFive years ago, as Second Baptist prepared to celebrate a milestone anniversary, its 1852 building faced costly challenges—a leaking roof, broken clock, peeling paint, and disintegrating stained-glass windows. The landmark was nearing condemnation, a burden that consumed the small congregation.“Right about when the situation looked darkest, Jerry Finn and Irv Stumler showed up in my office and offered to help us restore the church,” says Rev. LeRoy Marshall, the pastor. Finn, the executive director of the Horseshoe Foundation, and Stumler, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined others in creating the nonprofit Friends of Town Clock Church. Finn was the primary fundraiser and Stumler acted as the volunteer construction manager.The group initially intended to fix the roof and clock tower and repaint the trim, according to Alice Miles, who chairs the friends group. “There was so much support for this project, in both money and in-kind donations, that we expanded the scope. We repaired the stained-glass windows, re-created the original main doors and exterior lanterns, ” she said.Success and commitment inspired the Friends’ board to dream even bigger. They raised $175,000 to re-create the steeple, lost to a lightning strike in 1915. “No one thought we could do it,” says Finn. A grant from the city helped make the steeple re-creation possible.“No one alive had seen that steeple. I never in a thousand years thought I’d see the steeple back, and I’m an optimist,” notes Floyd County Historian and City Council Member David Barksdale. Padgett Construction donated the cranes and the labor to reinforce the tower and roof with steel to meet the building and seismic codes the steeple required.Contributions ranged from $5 to $96,000, along with in-kind donations of labor and materials. The clock tells the time and the bell chimes the hour for the first time in four decades.Second Presbyterian Church, an integrated but predominantly white congregation, built the church from 1849 to 1852. The evangelical congregation was moved by Christian benevolence to minister to African Americans who lived in the city as well as those escaping slavery in the south. Helping slaves escape to freedom was a dangerous business. While Indiana was a free state, in New Albany the city’s major industries depended on trade with the south and pro-slavery forces dominated, according to Underground Railroad historian Pam Peters.“The church’s 150-foot steeple, visible across the Ohio River in Louisville, acted as a beacon to African Americans fleeing bondage, steering them to a place where they could get medical care and assistance in traveling farther north to safety,” notes Peters, a New Albany resident. In 2017, the church’s designation as a national Network to Freedom site confirmed its role in the Underground Railroad.The Presbyterians sold the building in 1889 to Second Baptist Church, an African American congregation well aware of the building’s history as a haven. Although the lightning strike destroyed the steeple, it left the clock, which led people to call it the Town Clock Church. The name suggests the sense of community ownership and attachment to the site.People spent all day camped out to watch when the steeple was hoisted in place in 2016, with many teary-eyed at the meaning and scale of the accomplishment. From many vantage points, including coming across the Sherman Minton Bridge from Kentucky—the steeple stands out. “The brass ball at the top glows like the halo on an angel. It shows there is a God,” says Church Treasurer Monica Sutton.Although exterior restoration was the initial goal, the Friends of Town Clock Church expanded the scope again when they moved inside, repairing plaster, recapturing the original interior paint scheme and stenciling, restoring the original gasoliers, and refurbishing the lower-level fellowship hall where the congregation worships on most Sundays to conserve energy.The congregation opens the sanctuary for community events, tours, and special seasonal services. Every third grader in Floyd County schools comes to tour the church and hear about the Underground Railroad. “Churches can get insular, and the restoration has opened Second Baptist up and made us more inclusive and community-minded,” says Rev. Marshall. “Our own congregation has given more, and taken more ownership. The restoration infused us—the church and the community—with enthusiasm. It’s a beautiful thing to see.”“You can do more ministry when you’re not worried sick about how to patch the roof. Through Indiana Landmarks’ Sacred Places program, Second Baptist is in touch with other churches who share similar ambitions, and we’re getting invaluable training in fundraising and community engagement. We’re formulating a five-year plan—spiritual, financial, programmatic—and it includes construction of a terraced Underground Railroad Garden in our back yard with a gazebo fashioned from the roof of the old clock tower. It’s another place we can engage the community,” Rev. Marshall adds.Five years ago, there was so much work to do, and complete restoration seemed out of the question. But the Friends of Town Clock Church raised $725,000 to date for the restoration, as well as the  creation of a maintenance endowment housed at the community foundation.People contributed because the place provides a daily visual reminder of the right way to behave when confronted by injustice and pain, even when helping might be dangerous. “Looking to the future when we may need to take a stand, the Town Clock Church is a living lesson for our community,” says Finn. Indiana Landmarks announced Second Baptist Church in New Albany as the winner of the 2018 Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration.Indiana Landmarks, a private nonprofit organization that saves historic places, will present the award at its annual Rescue Party on April 28 in Indianapolis.“Second Baptist Church matters to people far beyond its small congregation because of the building’s role in the Underground Railroad and the example it represents for us in the present,” said Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. The restoration was a community-wide initiative spearheaded by the Friends of Town Clock Church, the name most people in New Albany use for the building at 300 East Main Street.Indiana Landmarks has presented the Cook Cup since 2007, when it created the award to honor Bloomington’s Cook family for their restoration of the West Baden Springs Hotel. The Cook Cup recognizes the owner of a significant historic structure that has been transformed through a restoration that meets the highest standards in method, materials and design. The judges also take into consideration the importance of the structure, its condition at the outset, and the project’s community impact.last_img read more