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first_imgIndianaLocalMichiganNews WhatsApp Twitter The idea of going out in the neighborhood and carelessly running about–scaring your friends and getting as much candy as possible is for the kids. The adults on the other hand are in charge of making sure its a safe fun day for everyone.Local law enforcement would like to remind you about what it takes to be safe on Halloween.CHECK LOCAL TRICK OR TREAT TIMES HEREElkhart County Sheriff Jeff Seigel, in an interview with 95.3 MNC offered several tips, like:-Make yourself and your kids as visible as possible. An extra strip of reflective tape on your kids pumpkin or back of their costume can make a big difference.-Be sure that your children can not only be seen, but also can see. If your children can’t see out of their costume their is a danger that they could step into the street or fall and hurt themselves-Never go into a strangers home, no matter the circumstances– Only take candy that’s pre-packaged and in easily recognizable wrappers. If you cant get it at Walmart, Meijer, or Target you probably shouldn’t take it.-Kids should always have an adult with them as they trick or treat, and you should have a plan in place if someone gets lost.-and motorists should be sure to know the trick or treat times in the area they are traveling and be very careful driving in areas with any foot trafficElkhart County is also offering free candy X-Rays at the jail today until 9pm (26861 CR 26 Elkhart, IN 46517).You can also get your candy scanned on Friday from 8am-4pm at the county courthouses in Elkhart (315 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN 46516) and Goshen (101 N. Main Street, Goshen, IN 46526) Facebook Google+ By Carl Stutsman – October 31, 2019 0 388 Pinterest How to Get Your Candy X-Rayed and More Halloween Safety Tips Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleTwo juveniles facing charges for February shooting deathNext articleDaylight Saving Time ends this Sunday Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more


first_imgToday, they can look around and see a state possessing impressive intellectual and technical resources and a people who have shown their resilience against adversity. And they can look north to Hungary or the Czech Republic to see how former communist countries have embraced economic reform and launched themselves onto a path towards prosperity. The current Foreign Minister Vuk Draskovic, a former dissident who survived two assassination attempts and beatings at the hands of the Milosevic regime, paints a darker picture of the state. “The government…did not destroy the pyramid of Milosevic’s state terrorism in the army and the secret police,” he says. “Some influential business leaders, including opinion formers in the media, are former criminals who are now being promoted as heroes…it is impossible to put new wine in old bottles,” he warns.It is hard to believe Serbia and Montenegro’s perilous position if you look casually at the economic numbers. Inflation, which hit 150% each day in 1993, and 117 % annually in 2000, is now expected to be near 11.5 % per annum at the end of this year. Real economic growth is expected to reach six per cent. Foreign direct investment (FDI), potentially one of the most powerful engines of transition, bringing in not just money, but also managerial expertise and above all the new technology from which Serbia was cut-off by the sanctions imposed against the Milosevic regime, surged in 2003. A new breed of able entrepreneurs, not dependent on government finance, is emerging.But this year, in spite of debt-relieving agreements with the Paris and London Clubs of official and private creditors, doubts are creeping in. Foreign investors are getting anxious and the inflow of FDI has more than halved. A government report has identified scores of obstacles to foreign investment. Urban land, for example, is still owned by the state and difficult to buy. The Foreign Investors Council is publicly fretting about draft labour law reforms which would undermine flexibility. Business tycoons and powerful unions are helping to block restructuring at major network industries, such as telecoms, which is necessary for them to be privatised and modernised. “After the rapid privatisation of 2,600 enterprises during 2001-03, the process has stalled, for tactical political reasons,” says Mihailo Crnobrnja, special adviser to the Government of Serbia’s European Integration Office. But the International Monetary Fund says Serbia and Montenegro’s economic condition is “fragile” and its reform is “unfinished.” The Serbian authorities, it says, are blaming the “political constraints faced by a minority government and the population’s disillusionment with the slow and uneven improvement in living standards” for their retreat from reform.The international financial institutions, the IMF, the World Bank, and the advanced industrial countries which influence them are tiring of these excuses. Active discussions are underway, according to one insider, which would tighten lending conditions for Serbia’s overheating economy. “Don’t mess with us, get on with reform,” seems to be the emerging message. With unemployment at over 30%, right-wing extremists gaining strength in recent elections and new elections expected, critics of the IMF say tougher conditionality and an economic slowdown will only strengthen opponents of reform. Nationalist politicians are appealing to voters tired of seeing Serbia as the whipping boy of the international community and of seeing its citizens sent for trial to The Hague. They are tired too of reforms imposed by Brussels and all this with “the burning wound” of Kosovo, cradle of Serb civilization, still searing the nation’s soul. The international community is supporting Serbia and Montenegro. It could, by easing visa restrictions, particularly for young people, do more to highlight its positive role. It would help too if the war crimes tribunal in The Hague, while not backing away from its mission, handled Serbia with greater sensitivity. But this is a nation which is still being betrayed by its politicians, not by the international community, and the fact that barely half the population is turning out to vote tells us that the people know it. Stewart Fleming is a freelance journalist based in Brusselscenter_img But perhaps Serbia’s bickering politicians ought to look a lot further west at a less comforting prospect. On the eve of the Second World War Argentina was Latin America’s most prosperous economy, poised, many thought, to join the United States and western Europe as one of the world’s leading industrial economies.War, the dictatorship of Juan Peron, a military coup, state-sponsored terrorism, political instability and rancid, self-destructive nationalism intervened. Today, Argentina looks as far away from its once seemingly pre-destined transition to economic prosperity as it did more than fifty years ago.This comparison is offered not because of its intellectual precision. Like the United States, Argentina is an immigrant society with a short history. To walk into an Orthodox Christian Church on a Saturday morning in Belgrade and hear the sublime choral music which accompanies a wedding ceremony is to experience the beauty of Serbia’s rich and ancient culture – a culture which both nourishes and imprisons it.The point of the comparison with Argentina is far simpler. Economic and political transition does not just happen. It has to be achieved. It requires political vision, unity of purpose and leadership. The lack of all three in Serbia now,may not just slow down the transition process; it may block it.Listen to Jelica Minic, former assistant foreign minister for Serbia and Montenegro, now an adviser to the European Movement in Serbia, arguably the most influential non-governmental organization in the region. “There is a lack of vision, a lack of consensus on national priorities and a lack of unity, even amongst democratic forces, about how to tackle reform,” she says. “How can you have a coherent policy when you have to rely on a group of political leaders who are just fighting amongst themselves for power, not just political power, but economic power?” last_img read more