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Petition: Move Melania Trump to White House, or she can foot security bill

More than 108,000 people have signed a petition urging First Lady Melania Trump to move to the White House or pay for security costs at Trump Tower herself. The Change.org petition[1] was started after a senior White House aide indicated the president s wife and son, Barron, will remain in New York until the school year ends. It ll be delivered to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren if at least 150,000 people sign.

The U.S. taxpayer is paying an exorbitant amount of money to protect the First Lady in Trump Tower, located in New York City, the petition reads. As to help relieve the national debt, this expense yields no positive results for the nation and should be cut from being funded.

Petition: Move Melania Trump To White House, Or She Can Foot Security Bill CBS This Morning

Melania Trump’s approach as first lady

First lady Melania Trump was next to her husband, Donald Trump, when he assumed the presidency on Friday, but she will not be constantly at his s… The NYPD estimated it costs between $127,000 and $146,000 per day to protect Mrs. Trump and Barron while President Trump is out of town, according to the New York Times. The cost to guard Mr. Trump and his family between the election and Inauguration Day reached $24 million, the NYPD said.

Comments beneath the Change.org petition highlighted the signers dissatisfaction over the first family s use of taxpayer funds.

Living in the White House is what you do when you are married to the president, one commenter identified as Sheila Forsyth of Newport, Rhode Island, wrote. The tax money saved by eliminating these extra protection expenses can be used to feed senior citizens. Why is our tax money being spent on people who already have more than their fair share?

Melania Trump is the only first lady since Anna Harrison[2] not to make the White House her residence. Barron Trump, the son of the president and the first lady, attends school in New York. Trump s frequent weekend trips to his private club Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, have also spurred criticism over costs to secure a non-White House location[3], on top of travel costs.

References

  1. ^ Change.org petition (www.change.org)
  2. ^ only first lady since Anna Harrison (www.cbsnews.com)
  3. ^ costs to secure a non-White House location (www.cbsnews.com)

Gov’t will equip the Navy to deal with maritime security threat

By Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, March 28, GNA – Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on Tuesday gave the assurance that the Government would equip the Ghana Navy and other stakeholders in the maritime industry to protect and preserve the vital national assets.

He said government had decided to purchase two offshore vessels with helicopter landing facilities for the Navy, and also establish a Forward Operating Base in the Western Region, to train and equip Special Forces to deal swiftly with any maritime security threat.

He said: Maritime security is a collaborative effort involving many agencies and other countries since there is no physical boundary at sea, he stated.

Therefore, he said, government was making frantic effort to equip the Marine Police Unit of the Ghana Police Service, the Judiciary and other agencies to expeditiously prosecute maritime offences.

The Vice President said this at the opening of the third Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Conference and Defence Exhibition in Accra.

The event, organised by the Ghana Navy and the Ministry of Defence, in partnership with the International Quality and Productivity Centre, brought together experts in the maritime security in Africa and other advanced countries, to discuss and adopt modern strategies to deal effectively with maritime threats.

Dr. Bawumia noted that coastal and maritime surveillance was a major operational component of maritime security, therefore, bringing together experts and professionals in the industry was the best way forward, saying; maritime security has been a major issue for countries in the Gulf of Guinea in their quest for socio-economic development .

He said it was the vision of the Government to make Ghana the most attractive investment destination in Africa and expressed optimism that the conference would provide the opportunity for technology transfer and investment.

The Vice President noted that the resources at the maritime domain was enormous, however, it had been undermined by multifaceted domestic, regional and international maritime security threats, which threatened the socio-economic stability of the Sub-region.

He said the pervasive insecurity in the resource-based maritime environment had resulted in annual financial losses to the tune of two billion dollars in the Sub-region and, therefore, significantly constraining investments, growing prospects and having adverse political consequences.

In view of this, he said regional and international strategies had been proposed as the possible solution to the growing threats and, therefore, urged the stakeholders to find new concepts and technologies to effectively deal with the challenge.

The conference is timely since it will provide opportunity to maritime security and surveillance experts, chiefs of services and senior commanders from the various African countries to discuss threats posed to the maritime domain in the Sub-region, he stated.

The Vice President observed that since the nation discovered crude oil in commercial quantities in 2007 with various oil installations offshore, it had made the country s maritime domain a critical national assets and security threat.

Therefore, he said, government was working with other neighbouring countries under the auspices of the Yaound Accord, Code of Conduct of Maritime Security and Heads of State to strengthen the country s maritime environment.

He said, under the accord, a number of coordinating centres were established within the Gulf of Guinea and Ghana had agreed to host the coordinating centre comprising Liberia, Cote d Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

This, he said, showed the commitment of the Government towards safeguarding maritime security in the Sub-region and assured that, it would support other neighbouring countries to strengthen their maritime security since any maritime threat would have rippling effects in the Sub-region.

The Vice President indicated that government was looking at long term partnerships and standardisation across the Sub-region and, therefore, tasked the service chiefs to work with their counterparts in other countries to find solution to the maritime security challenge.

In his welcome address, Rear Admiral Peter Kofi Faidoo, the Chief of Naval Staff, said the challenges in the maritime domain were dynamic, therefore, it required constant review in order to be abreast with new emerging security threats, hence the conference would provide an opportunity to assess the country s maritime security and that of the Sub-region.

He said the country being an oil producing nation with offshore installations makes it critical to upgrade the human resource base, surveillance and equipment so that it could respond promptly to any maritime threat.

He said the Navy would collaborate with other stakeholders in protecting and preserving the vital offshore installations.

The Chief of the Naval Staff gave the assurance that the Navy would always present disciplined and combat-ready security force that would protect the interest of the nation for accelerated national development.

GNA

Illegal marijuana shipment sparks controversy

At Minnesota Medical Solutions, two executives were caught trying to ship $500,000 worth of marijuana oil from Minnesota to New York in late 2015, rendering the legal medical marijuana an illegal substance upon crossing state lines. The executives in question, Laura Bultman, chief medical officer, and Ronald Owens, chief security officer, were caught attempting to ship the oil to New York via armored car in anticipation of shortages at the start of the 2016 year. Last month, county prosecution officially charged the pair who are no longer employed by the company with felonies for planning and attempting to ship over five kilograms of weed. Due to the already tenuous nature of the use of medical marijuana in the state, this recent incident has provided ammunition to senators currently opposed to this hot-button issue.

This was a big risk for some of us. We wanted it done well, and we need everybody involved with this to hold themselves to the highest standard, said Republican Sen. Michelle Benson to ABC news, who has flipped sides regarding marijuana manufacturer licensing. The people responsible for executing it have put us in an incredibly difficult place.

As part of the punishment for the attempted shipment, Republicans in the legislature are now pushing for the state to retain the right to revoke licenses to sell medical marijuana. A $1 million dollar fine has also been issued along with other penalties yet to be stipulated.

We don t think that kind of action is excusable and should be allowed to continue, Republican Sen. Nick Zerwas told ABC. While in Minnesota the use of medical marijuana is mostly in its experimental phase, its production has been on the rise. Last year the state designated 40 acres for the dedicated growing of weed for medicinal purposes, getting $250,000 in returns, and this year the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has pledged an additional 2,155 acres.

It was the first year and we learned a lot, said Commissioner Matthew Wohlman to the Echo Press. A lot of work we had to do was to negotiate with the federal government for permits to secure the seed, licensing and approving the growers, and tracking the growers statewide. The future of such programs, however, has been thrown into flux due to how state officials have reacted to these most recent developments.