first_imgJapan is going to build a war museum at the hillock at Maiba Lokpa in Bishnupur district, Manipur, where a Japanese camp was located during World War II. The Japanese ambassador to India, Kenji Hiramatsu, said about 70,000 Japanese soldiers had died in battles from March to June 1944 in Imphal and Kohima. He said that the mortal remains would be located for the last rites and sought the cooperation of the people. Twenty-five persons would be invited to Japan from Nagaland and Manipur. Besides, a seminar would be held in November to help students who want to study in Japan.Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh welcomed the plan to build a museum and promised all assistances to the Japanese government.last_img read more

first_imgA day after the Supreme Court indicated that BSP chief Mayawati might have to repay the money spent on erecting statues and memorials in parts of Uttar Pradesh, the senior leader urged media to not “distort” the oral observation of the court.“Sure to get justice in this matter also. Media and BJP leaders please stop kite flying,” Ms. Mayawati said on Saturday.Taking to Twitter, Ms. Mayawati said marvellous memorials and parks “built to honour hitherto ignored great Sants, Gurus and great men born in deprived and oppressed Dalit and OBCs are new grand identity and tourist attraction of Uttar Pradesh which gives regular income to government.”“We are of the tentative view that Mayawati has to deposit the public money spent on her statues and party symbol to the State exchequer,” Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi orally observed on Friday, while hearing a petition alleging that crores worth of public money was spent by then Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on these acts of self-aggrandisement.last_img read more

first_imgStudents applying through sports quota in Delhi University can now rejoice as more weightage will be provided for sports trial now.A press release was recently released on Delhi University’s official website, containing information regarding the admission process for PhD, MPhil, postgraduate and undergraduate programmes for the academic session 2017-2018. The admission process will be commencing from May 22.Sports quota weightage increased by 60 per cent As per an HT report, earlier, the university used to give 50 per cent to sports trial and 50 per cent to sports certificates but now, the admission committee is planning to give 60 per cent to sports trial and 40 per cent to marks.Each college can have not more than 5 per cent of the total intake in each course under the sports and Extra Curricular Activities (ECA) quotas. Applicants are given marks based on their sports trial and sports certificates.(Read: DU admissions 2017: Important dates announced, registration to commence from May 22) No more common physical fitness test ? Another proposal put forward by the admission committee demands doing away with common physical fitness test and instead conducting sport-specific physical fitness test.”We used to have a common physical fitness test for all students despite them applying for different sports. Every sport requires different kind of physical strength. So this time, we are planning to conduct sport-specific fitness test,” said a member of the admission committee.The suggestions will now have to be approved by a standing committee on admission before being implemented, officials said. Officials said there will be one sports admission committee to overlook the trials in each sport.advertisementRead: Gujarat RTE, EWS Admissions 2017: Wait continues for 18,000 candidates For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

first_imgMLS Real Salt Lake 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Ben Valentine 06:23 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mike Petke Joao Plata Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger/USA Today MLS Real Salt Lake After just missing the postseason in 2017, the team hopes a full year of Mike Petke at the helm will spark a return to the playoffs Real Salt Lake will be hoping Year 2 of Mike Petke continues where Year 1 left off.Petke came in after four games, following Jeff Cassar’s winless start. His tenure took a little while to get going, but Real Salt Lake was excellent down the stretch, going 8-4-3 in its final 15 games to nearly secure a playoff spot.AdChoices广告Veterans Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando return, while talented playmaker Albert Rusnak will look to improve on a debut MLS campaign that saw him score seven goals and add 14 assists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Whether Real Salt Lake gets back to the postseason this year may come down to how Petke shapes the youth on the roster: The team may well start five or six players who are 23 or younger.How did Real Salt Lake perform in 2017?Albert Rusnak Real Salt Lake2017 finish: Eighth in the Western Conference (13-15-6), missed the playoffsRSL improved under Petke but ultimately fell short of the postseason, missing out on the last day of the season despite a win.Salt Lake was close to the middle of the pack offensively, scoring 49 goals, but was below average defensively, conceding 55 times.Real Salt Lake’s key offseason lossesChris Wingert Real Salt LakeReal Salt Lake mostly just said goodbye to rotation players this winter. Defenders Chris Schuler and Chris Wingert had their options declined, with Wingert announcing his retirement.Forward Chad Barrett and former first-round pick Omar Holness were also let go. Designated player Yura Movsisyan fell out of favor last year. Though he technically remains on the roster, his exit appears likely. Real Salt Lake’s key offseason additionsAdam Henley BlackburnWales youth international — and U.S. eligible — fullback Adam Henley joined on a free transfer after his time with Blackburn came to an end. Once considered a promising prospect, Henley is just 23 and could reclaim his form in MLS this season.The team signed Pablo Ruiz, a 19-year-old midfielder who played for San Luis of Chile’s Primera Division. RSL also made the Brooks Lennon’s loan move from Liverpool permanent.Full Real Salt Lake roster entering 2018 seasonKyle Beckerman Real Salt LakeGoalkeepers: Nick Rimando, Connor SparrowDefenders: Shawn Barry, Tony Beltran, Justen Glad, Adam Henley, Aaron Herrera, David Horst, Taylor Peay, Demar Phillips, Marcelo SilvaMidfielders: Danilo Acosta, Jordan Allen, Kyle Beckerman, Nick Besler, Jose Hernandez, Damir Kreilach, Luke Mulholland, Sunday Stephen, Pablo Ruiz, Albert Rusnák, Sebastian Saucedo, Luis SilvaForwards: Corey Baird, Brooks Lennon, Ricky Lopez-Espin, Yura Movsisyan, Alfredo Ortuno, Joao Plata, Jefferson SavarinoReal Salt Lake projected starting lineupReal Salt Lake projected XIThe MLS leader in wins Rimando returned to the fold and will take his usual place between the sticks. Glad will anchor the back line, with Marco Silva pairing with him. Henley should take up the right back spot while Acosta and Phillips will battle at left back.Like Rimando, free agent Beckerman re-signed and will take up his position as the holding midfielder. Mulholland remains a likely option to step in beside him, with teenager Ruiz and veteran Stephen a possibility.Rusnak was one of the best newcomers in MLS last season, finishing with 14 assists. Savarino also fared well in his debut season. Plata will probably take the other attacking midfield slot, though Lennon will likely see substantial time at one of the wing slots.The striker role is a question mark, with Luis Silva doing well in the second half last season. Movsisyan remains on the roster for now, though it appears unlikely that will be the case for much longer.Real Salt Lake national TV coverageNick Rimando Real Salt LakeReal Salt Lake vs. Los Angeles FC – Saturday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionSporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake – Sunday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1last_img read more

first_imgUrban Meyer after winning the Rose Bowl.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer celebrates winning the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)USC athletic director Lynn Swann has stepped down from his post as of this afternoon. What does this have to do with Urban Meyer, you wonder?Well, many are suggesting this could help the chances of Meyer potentially taking over the Men of Troy. He’s not coaching right now, but has been linked to the USC job ever since announcing his retirement.USC head coach Clay Helton entered this season on a very hot seat. Now, Swann, whose tenure at his alma mater was checkered, is out.More than a few people think Swann’s departure could help pave the way for Meyer’s arrival at some point. We don’t know who the next USC AD will be, but we do know that he or she will hire Urban Meyer.— Brian Witt (@Wittnessed) September 9, 2019In all seriousness, the one thing we know about Urban Meyer is that he has worked for two great athletic directors (Gene Smith/Jeremy Foley). Wonder if the boosters forced Swann out to get someone competent in – and make the job that much more appealing to Meyer going forward 🧐— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) September 9, 2019Someone who tells Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush to recruit Urban Meyer on USC while they’re all working for FOX. (Brady Quinn is the one who gets kept out of the loop entirely) https://t.co/iDRpHQDfrQ— Brendan Stiles (@thebstiles) September 9, 2019*Sees Lynn Swann resigned***Remembers Urban Meyer flies to LA every week for the FOX pregame show*****Burns Twitter feed to ground to avoid USC rumors/flight patterns***— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) September 9, 2019Just gonna get a jump on these rumors now…Will Urban Meyer be USC’s next Athletic Director?🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔 https://t.co/E4A6uTgVNM— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) September 9, 2019Those are only a few of the tweets about the subject. Just search Meyer’s name and USC on Twitter and you’ll see dozens more.We have to admit, it makes for tasty speculation, but there’s one catch. Helton is off to a good start this season.USC is 2-0 and ranked in the top 25 after beating Fresno State and Stanford. The Trojans lost starting quarterback JT Daniels to a torn ACL, but true freshman Kedon Slovis filled the void nicely last weekend.We will know a lot more about USC as a team soon. The Trojans’ next four games are against BYU, Utah, Washington and Notre Dame.last_img read more

first_imgTourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has commended the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) for its work in maintaining Jamaica’s tourism product at the highest international standard.Speaking at the entity’s staff awards luncheon, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston, on February 12, under the theme: ‘Celebration of Service in Tourism’, Dr. McNeill underscored the importance of tailoring Jamaica’s tourism provisions to fulfill the needs and expectations of target clients. “Without a great tourism product… no doubt this would result in customer dissatisfaction, something we cannot afford. It is part of your responsibility to ensure that the product meets the highest standards, so that visitors will know, once they arrive on our beautiful shores that steps are being taken to bring the product to its highest level. Your impact in this area has been significant and I want to commend you,” the Minister told the staff.Dr. McNeill noted that efforts to this end have manifested in TPDCo’s focus on training industry workers, instituting appropriate regulations, and partnering with communities in maintaining, beautifying and facilitating infrastructural development.“Over the last few years, I am advised that TPDCo has completed physical works to the tune of over $450 million annually. It has also trained over 11,000 industry workers and assessed just under 5,000 entities annually,” the Minister said.“However, while we have been doing some good work in spurts, we must now begin to press (ahead) on transformational projects in areas such as Port Royal, Falmouth, Ocho Rios and Spanish Town…that will have a larger impact, and involve and benefit even more Jamaicans,” he added.Citing the country’s current economic challenges, Dr. McNeill said the tourism sector is deemed pivotal in efforts to revitalize the economy, while asserting that, “we (tourism stakeholders) are going to have to lead the growth going forward.”“As we forge ahead to transform our tourism product…only the highest ethical standards, the best technical standards, the utmost professional standards, will be good enough. Success will require prudent planning and the creation of a holistic policy framework to foster the sustainable development and transformation of our tourism product,” the Minister emphasized.In her remarks, TPDCo Chairperson, Maxine Henry-Wilson, also commended the agency’s staff, while pointing out that the institution is cognizant of its “immense” role in the tourism sector, and acknowledges that if its mandate is not properly executed, this could “negatively affect our brand”.“I also believe that we are aware of the changing nature of the highly competitive global economy and the changing nature of our visitors, who are no longer content with enjoying just sun, sea and sand. They are, more than ever, more discerning, more sophisticated, and require higher standards across the board,” she said, while underscoring the need to cater to local communities in facilitating the enhancement of the country’s various assets.“All of these elements are key components which help to differentiate us from other destinations. Things are moving at a rapid pace and we must be nimble in our response to the changes, so that we can assist our stakeholders and, by extension, Jamaica’s tourism industry, in maintaining its competitive advantage,” Mrs. Henry-Wilson said.Just over 80 TPDCo employees were presented with special awards for exemplary and outstanding service.The Tourism Product Development Company is the central agency mandated by the Government to facilitate the maintenance, development and enhancement of Jamaica’s tourism product.last_img read more

first_imgA year ago, on Nov. 23, the province introduced a plan to help create good jobs and grow the economy. A plan that would put an end to 20 years of slow economic growth and the inability to keep up with an increasingly competitive global market. A plan that would do things differently. That plan was jobsHere. jobsHere is our plan to help businesses be innovative, train, and compete. The government recognized that to be prosperous, we need to help people learn the right skills for good jobs, grow the economy through innovation, and help businesses be more competitive globally. A year in, we have already supported the startup and growth of hundreds of companies all over the province. More than 175 businesses are making productivity improvements and becoming more competitive through investments in new equipment or training for their employees with financial assistance from PIP, the jobsHere Productivity Investment Program. A.F. Theriault and Son Ltd. is a good example. The Meteghan River boatbuilding company used $10,000 in PIP funding to help purchase sophisticated equipment that more accurately aligns the engines and propulsion shafts on their vessels. The company is now able to build larger, higher-quality boats that they are selling across Canada and internationally. BioMedica Diagnostics Inc., a medical devices company based in Windsor, purchased new equipment with $193,000 in PIP funding to modernize and automate its manufacturing facility. The equipment also allowed BioMedica Diagnostics to complete larger lot sizes, helping them compete for major orders with large international medical supply companies within North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. jobsHere is also investing in “high value” sectors which have tremendous growth potential and pay high salaries, such as ocean technology and financial services, for market studies and research and development. A $24 million Clean Technology Fund is bolstering support for green tech companies. Over the last year, jobsHere investments have supported jobs in every part of the province, including: $10 million to LED Roadway Lighting, supporting 210 jobs in Amherst; $8.8 million to Shelburne Ship Repair, supporting 60 jobs; and $1.5 million to Ledwidge Lumber, supporting 50 jobs in Enfield. Our jobsHere plan will help the province take full advantage of the tremendous opportunities that come with Irving’s winning bid to build Canada’s new combat vessel fleet. These contracts will create up to 11,500 jobs in the province during peak years, creating opportunities for workers and suppliers in all areas of Nova Scotia. This is a defining moment in Nova Scotia’s history and the provincial government will continue to support the Irving Shipbuilding bid by helping Nova Scotians learn the trades and skills needed to fill the thousands of opportunities, both direct and indirect jobs, that lie ahead. The jobsHere Workforce Strategy, which was just launched on Tuesday, Nov. 22, will further help Nova Scotians get the right skills for good jobs. The bottom line is, we are in the business of creating a better economy. And we are doing just that with jobsHere. Investment after investment, jobsHere has proven that it is working, and we will continue to put this plan into action. -30-last_img read more

first_imgAmaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has urged the US-India Business Council (USIBC) to work with his government to identify ‘5 big ideas’ to catalyse the US-Andhra Pradesh economic partnership. He said that Andhra Pradesh and USIBC can prepare a roadmap to achieve investment and trade targets especially in the areas of agriculture and food security, healthcare, education, infrastructure and manufacturing. He mooted the idea while addressing a business roundtable discussion organised by USIBC and the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The roundtable with Jagan Reddy in collaboration with Georgetown University focused on opportunities to strengthen connectivity between the US and Andhra Pradesh and it laid the foundation for investment and trade opportunities, according to an official release. Jagan Reddy is on a private visit to the US to admit his daughter to a university but is scheduled to hold few meetings with US officials. “Andhra Pradesh is poised to catalyse investments, capital and partnerships owing to robust infrastructure for connectivity, enabling policies, integration with global value chains, shifting demographic dividend and a ready work force,” the Chief Minister said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K He said the government was committed to strengthen the human, physical, natural and financial resources, though the launch of several programmes are based on a four pronged approach – driving economic growth, investment in the future and human potential, creating a social safety net for its people and transforming governance. Jagan Reddy laid his emphasis on delivery of corruption free governance, bringing transparency in procurement and contract management and providing investor friendly experience through one-stop handholding of investors across the implementation lifecycle. Rob Schroder, Senior Vice President, International Affairs, US Chamber of Commerce, appreciated Jagan Reddy’s impressive mandate for unlocking the expansive growth potential of Andhra Pradesh. India’s ambassador to US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, described Jagan Reddy’s decisive victory a landmark event and said this will support India’s rise into a $5 trillion economy. Irfan Nooruddin, Director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council said that the council would help Andhra Pradesh to engage closely with the private sector on building climate resilience.last_img read more

first_imgSan Francisco: Tech giants Apple and Samsung have been sued in the US over harmful radio frequency (RF) exposure their smartphones may be emitting. The class-action suit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California, claims RF radiation emitted from Apple and Samsung smartphones “exceed legal limits set forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)”, Apple Insider reported on Saturday. The devices mentioned in the suit are Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and iPhone X, and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note8. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year A separate investigation by Chicago Tribune also found that “radio-frequency radiation exposure from the iPhone 7 measured over the legal safety limit and more than double against what Apple had reported to federal regulators from its own testing”. “Numerous recent scientific publications, supported by hundreds of scientists worldwide, have shown that RF radiation exposure affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines,” read the court filing. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India “Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders and negative impacts on general well-being in humans,” the lawsuit elaborated. There is confusion about the meaning of the maximum reported Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values for cell phones (and other wireless devices). SAR is a measure of the rate of RF energy absorption by the body from the source being measured – in this case, a cell phone, said FCC guidelines. “Many people mistakenly assume that using a cell phone with a lower reported SAR value necessarily decreases a user’s exposure to RF emissions, or is somehow ‘safer’ than using a cell phone with a high SAR value,” the FCC said. The FCC set the safety limit at 1.6 watts per kilogram (1.6W/kg), averaged over 1 gram of tissue. Plaintiffs argued that Apple “covered up any risks by misrepresenting the safety of the smartphones”. Earlier, Apple had declared RF exposure information, including Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), but “the company stopped furnishing such information with the release of the iPhone 7”, they argued. According to Apple, “all iPhone models, including iPhone 7, are fully certified by the FCC and in every other country where iPhone is sold”. “We are in compliance and meet all applicable exposure guidelines and limits,” said Apple. However, Samsung was yet to react to the developments.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The world ranking says so and India football captain Sunil Chhetri too has no qualms in conceding that the national women’s team is better than the men’s side. The men’s team is currently ranked 103rd out of 211 countries. It was in the top-100 last year. The women’s side is currently at 62nd out of 152 nations. Chhetri, the poster boy of Indian football with second most goals among active international players, praised the national women’s team for its fifth consecutive SAFF title win. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Extremely proud of all of you. I have always maintained that the women’s team is much better than the men,” Chhetri said in a release from the All India Football Federation. “Go there, and give your best in Myanmar. I have been keeping a track of all of you playing. Keep up the good work,” Chhetri said. The women’s team will feature in the round 2 of the Olympic qualifiers which kick off in Mandalay, Myanmar from April 3. India have been clubbed with hosts Myanmar, Nepal and Indonesia. All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel also congratulated the women’s side on its success. “Congratulations to our women’s football team for winning the SAFF Championship. You have once again proved that you are the true champions. Keep up the good work and add many feathers of success to your crown. Best wishes,” he said.last_img read more

2 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy to Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari today met with the South-East Asian nation’s top general on the last day of his mission in response to the deteriorating situation there amid reports of the use of force and of the arrest and beating of demonstrators. The meeting with Senior General Than Shwe in Naypyitaw, the capital, “to discuss the current situation in Myanmar” lasted over one hour, a UN news release from Geneva said. It came as the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva opened a special session on Myanmar amid denunciations of the “the brutal crack-down” by the authorities and calls for decisive international action to prevent a repeat of the massacres that marked a pro-democracy uprising nearly two decades ago. Mr. Gambari, who also met with other members of the senior leadership, later returned to Yangon, the main city, where he met with leading democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for the second time. He has now left Myanmar to return to New York to report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the outcome of his mission. When he announced the mission last week, Mr. Ban called on the authorities “to exercise utmost restraint toward the peaceful demonstrations taking place, as such action can only undermine the prospects for peace, prosperity and stability in Myanmar.” He urged the country’s senior leadership to cooperate fully with the mission “in order to take advantage of the willingness of the United Nations to assist in the process of national reconciliation through dialogue.” read more

More than 400 government representatives have pledged to strengthen cooperation in the implementation of a United Nations treaty to fight desertification, as a two-week discussion on ways to improve action against the spread of drylands wrapped up today in Rome.”The conference enabled governments to identify and share best practices that can successfully tackle the problem of both desertification and poverty,” said Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). “It will serve countries to streamline their policies as they are now either preparing their national action programmes or starting to implement them.”During the first meeting of the Committee to Review the Implementation of the UNCCD, case studies presented by governments highlighted the link between desertification, food security and poverty. Delegates called for integrating anti-desertification programmes into national development strategies in order to tackle both desertification and poverty in dryland rural areas.The Convention, which came into force in 1996 and has 185 parties, is the only binding international legal instrument to address the issue of desertification and recurring droughts.According to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), desertification affects more than 110 countries worldwide and threatens the livelihood of over 1.2 billion people. If left unchecked, arable land is expected to shrink by one-third in Asia, two-thirds in Africa and one-fifth in South America, exacerbating food insecurity, economic loss and mass migration from dryland rural areas where the world’s poorest reside. read more

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service commissioner said Friday the agency will not share with Congress additional details about its lost emails related to the ongoing tea party investigation until its own review is finished because he said Republicans are releasing inaccurate, interim information. “We’re not going to dribble out the information and have it played out in the press,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said. He added that any emails recovered from inside the agency will be shared with lawmakers as they were found. Nevertheless, it was a remarkably bold statement for an executive branch official to make to the congressional committee that oversees its activities.Koskinen’s promise to allow the IRS to complete its internal investigation before sharing its findings with Congress about lost emails stored on malfunctioned computers was intended to blunt what has become a fierce, politically charged inquiry ahead of this year’s congressional elections. The IRS is accused of improperly reviewing applications of tea party and other conservative groups for tax-exempt status.Friday’s congressional hearing was unusually tense, as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, and other Republicans occasionally interrupted Koskinen and pressed him on other questions before Koskinen had an opportunity to answer. Some Democrats apologized to Koskinen.The senior Democrat on the committee, Rep. Sander Levin of Mich., chided his colleagues that, “Witnesses deserve some respect.”Republicans were contentious.“This is the most corrupt and deceitful IRS in history,” Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas said. “Calling this IRS the most corrupt in history ignores a lot of history and seems to me a classic overreaction to a problem that we are dealing with seriously,” Koskinen responded.last_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Naval Submarine Base New London averted closure in the 2005 round of base closures, but leaders from eastern Connecticut realize the installation likely would be a target in a future BRAC round. The experience in staving off closure, though, has helped prepare advocates for the Groton sub base to defend it once again if necessary, according to a forum held earlier this month at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus.“One of the amazing things about 2005 was that we put together Team Connecticut and pointed out the base did have military value, and that the process itself was rigged,” said former Rep. Rob Simmons (R).The key to saving the base in 2005 was community support, Simmons stressed, reported the Norwich Bulletin. “We’ve got to be absolutely on board as a team to fight it,” he said.Of course, community leaders won’t be starting from scratch in a future BRAC. Local businesses and chambers of commerce have forged a much tighter relationship with the Navy, said Tony Sheridan, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut. The chamber now has a military affairs committee that works closely with the Navy.The state has invested $14 million in facility improvements at the sub base, helping it to modernize and prepare for expansion.“We should never let our guard down, but should be very proud of the progress we’ve made,” said Bob Ross, executive director of the state Office of Military Affairs.While it remains highly uncertain when Congress would approve a new BRAC round, eastern Connecticut believes it already knows the winning formula to preserving its sub base — overwhelming community support.“Everyone felt that this is their base [in the 2005 round],” Simmons said.last_img read more

first_imgSen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, speaks in April 2017. Micciche supports a bill to impose a limit on state government spending. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The Alaska Senate is considering a bill intended to limit how much the state government spends.Listen nowWhen oil prices soared in 2008, so did Alaska’s state spending. Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche said that if the state had the limit he supports back then, it would have spent less — and it would have another $15 billion in savings.“It’s not too late to make the changes in the future that we need to make, to ensure we don’t put ourselves in the same position that we’re in today,” Micciche said.Alaska does have a limit on spending in its state constitution. But the amount allowed under the constitutional limit has grown so much that the state is nowhere near it.Under Senate Bill 196, spending on state government departments couldn’t be more than $4.1 billion in the fiscal year starting next year. That’s a little more than the amount that Gov. Bill Walker proposed for the year starting this July.The limit would make a few exceptions. State payments to increase the Alaska Permanent Fund, permanent fund dividends and capital spending wouldn’t count toward the limit. And payments that the state is obligated to make to pay off debts also would be excluded.The limit would grow based on inflation.Anchorage Republican Sen. Natasha von Imhof said the spending cap would provide stability.“We can set something in place that people can predict for several years in the future and budget for,” von Imhof said. “And I think that just provides confidence. It provides predictability. And that is what we need for a future economic growth and investment.”Former Division of Water Director Michelle Hale opposed the bill.Hale said applying the limit could force cuts to state services.“Spending caps and arbitrary cuts are blunt tools. They’re blind,” Hale said. “If we say we have to cut by another $100 million this year and turn that over to the agencies to do, basically the Legislature is abrogating its responsibility to the state and the people of the state of Alaska.”The Senate Finance Committee discussed the bill Thursday and plans to consider it again Friday.last_img read more

first_imgJagtial: Joint Collector B Rajesham ordered the officials of concerned departments to solve all the issues pertaining to the retired employees. He attended as a chief guest at the Pension Adalat programme to solve various issues of pensioners and retired employees, at the conference hall of Rural Development Office in Jagtial on Friday.Speaking on the occasion, Joint Collector B Rajesham said that it is the minimum responsibility of the officials to solve the issues of thousands of employees, who retired after rendering better services, without keeping them in pending. The officials along with the staff members of various government departments, who are in service, must remember that they too will retire someday. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us So, whenever an issue of a retired employee comes to their notice, they must take immediate steps to solve them, he ordered. The JC said that it came to his notice about some issues with the pensions related to 14 retired employees in the district. After reviewing the issues, he gave suggestions to solve them within a week and also created awareness about the documents that must be submitted to the employees, who approach them seeking pensions. District Treasury Officer S Padma, District Audit Officer B Sujatha, ATO Srinivas and other officials were present along with others.last_img read more

first_imgTrinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee described the Centre sending the advisory as a conspiracy against the state government.Major conspiracy by BJP home minister to destabilise #Bangla govt will be countered: Partha Chatterjeeবাংলাকে অশান্ত করার ষড়যন্ত্রের বিরুদ্ধে প্রতিরোধ হবে: তৃণমূলRead More >> https://t.co/X5SK79muh3 pic.twitter.com/JBOXVDfssV— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 10, 2019 BJP in the state took to twitter and blamed the TMC workers for the murder of Anil Singh, a BJP worker from Englishbazar, on Wednesday, June 12,  just hours before the march.Anil Singh, another BJP worker from Englishbazar, Malda was brutally murdered and burnt by @mamataofficial’s goons. He was missing from last few days. Why are the chest thumping liberals of ‘award wapasi’ fame silent now? Is it because West Bengal is not ruled by the BJP, yet? pic.twitter.com/WN3Ajhuxb4— BJP Bengal (@BJP4Bengal) June 12, 2019The state had seen violence in the run up to the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections as well. West Bengal Governor, Keshari Nath Tripathi, also expressed concern after the violence North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. “Governor Tripathi is sad at unfortunate loss of lives and properties of citizens. Extends his heartfelt sympathy for families of deceased. Appeals to all to see to it that no violent incidents take place, and peace and harmony prevail in state,” the governor’s press secretary said. West Bengal BJP leader Mukul Roy wrote to the Union Home Minister Amit Shah on June 11, claiming that there has been a “complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.”West Bengal: BJP leader Mukul Roy writes to Home Minister Amit Shah in response to the letter TMC wrote to HM on June 9; states,’There has been a complete breakdown of state machinery and if steps are not taken urgently to contain the situation, the same will go out of hands.’ pic.twitter.com/2tCLcTJOCl— ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019center_img Kolkata Police resorted to teargas shelling and used water cannons to disperse the mob.TwitterThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers were lathi-charged and tear-gassed by the Kolkata Police on Wednesday, June 12, during a rally conducted to protest against the killing of its party workers in the state. “Several BJP workers including state general secretary Raja Banerjee were injured in the lathi-charge,” the official Twitter handle of BJP in Bengal tweeted. Close to one lakh people were expected to take part in the march held by the BJP in West Bengal, which called for the arrest of the killers of BJP workers and demanded maximum punishment for them. The march, which began at central Kolkata’s Subodh Mullick Square, was supposed to conclude at the Kolkata Police Headquarters in Lalbazar. The state has seen numerous instances of political violence in the days after the Lok Sabha election of 2019. Both the Trinamool Congress and BJP have blamed each other for the political killings of party workers and stoking political unrest. TwitterEvents that led to the present situation in the state:Ahead of the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha 2019 elections, Amit Shah held a roadshow in West Bengal on May 14, during which a violent clash broke out between the TMC and BJP workers. The Vidyasagar college was ransacked and the statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised. “Today, the way BJP’s roadshow got a response in Kolkata, with almost every citizen attending it, TMC’s goons were frustrated and so attacked it. I would like to congratulate the BJP workers as even after such chaos the roadshow continued and concluded at the planned place and time,” Amit Shah had said, after the incident. Amit Shah had also accused the TMC of creating an atmosphere of violence in West Bengal. Speaking at a press conference at the BJP headquarter in Delhi, Shah said: “In the last six phases, only Bengal has witnessed violence. Mamata Banerjee claims that BJP is behind the violence [in Bengal]. I want to tell her you are fighting on just 42 seats. We are fighting across the country. We are pitted against everyone but there has been no violence elsewhere.” Responding to Shah’s comments, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will give a befitting reply to the BJP hooligans who vandalised Vidyasagar college. Sharing videos of the incident on Twitter, TMC leader Derek O’Brien also said: “Desperate BJP goons from outside Bengal smash a statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar inside the college. Violent mob of BJP ‘outsiders’ in presence of Pukeworthy Shah. How little you know about Bengal, its rich history, its culture. Bengal will never forgive for what you did today.” Tensions between BJP and the ruling TMC only increased after BJP managed to secure 18 out of the total 42 seats in the LS polls. The Trinamool Congress had to settle with 22 seats while the Congress party won two seats in the state. CM Mamata Banerjee also imposed a ban on victory processions of the BJP earlier this month, stating that they were triggering violence across Bengal, and instructed the police to take “strong action against BJP leaders if they try to create trouble”. The BJP, however, had reportedly vowed to defy the ban on its political programmes, including victory processions. The BJP in the state observed a “black day” across the state on June 10 to protest against the killings of its workers. Further clashes had broken out during the day when police allegedly stopped BJP workers from taking away the bodies of the slain party workers. Instances of continuing tension in the state:    A Bharatiya Janata Party worker in West Bengal was killed while putting up the party’s flags in Burdwan district on May 30.Two Trinamool Congress workers were killed in two separate incidents in West Bengal, on June 4 and 5. TMC supporters blamed BJP for both the killings. BJP MP from Cooch Behar refuted the claims made by TMC workers and said that the killings took place because of personal issues.Three BJP workers and a TMC worker were killed in a clash that broke out over removing party flags in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas district, on June 8. The BJP carried out a bandh, blocked roads and held protests across the state afterwards.The Home Ministry issued an advisory on June 9, stating that the Centre had viewed the current situation in West Bengal with “deep concern.” “The centre has expressed deep concern over continuing violence in West Bengal even after conclusion of General Elections and issued an advisory to the State Government,” a senior home ministry official reportedly said.West Bengal government called the instances of violence “stray post-poll clashes” and said that “firm and appropriate actions” were initiated in all cases of violence in a letter addressed to the Union Home Ministry on June 9. “The situation is under control and it may not be construed under any circumstance to be a failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the State to maintain the rule of law and impure confidence among the people,” the letter said.Families of victims of post-poll violence to be offered compensation: Bangla CMরাজনৈতিক হিংসায় সকল নিহতদের পরিবারকে ক্ষতিপূরণ দেওয়া হবে: মুখ্যমন্ত্রীRead More >> https://t.co/UMJXbVBPnF pic.twitter.com/1KdZk6fZgk— All India Trinamool Congress (@AITCofficial) June 11, 2019last_img read more

first_img Share Craig LemoultGarbage and debris pile up outside of homes damaged from flooding.Driving around Greater Houston in recent days, you’ve surely seen the debris piles. Heaped at the curbs of many homes and businesses, residents are cleaning out their flood-damaged properties.You’ll see soggy furniture, appliances, stripped-out sheetrock, and countless other belongings destroyed by the murky floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey. And then multiply those contents by the thousands of homes affected by the storm and you can’t help but wonder where all this trash will go – and how?Mayor Sylvester Turner says he’s making debris collection a priority throughout the city, but he doesn’t know how long that’ll take.“What I’ve said is that we will operate with the highest degree of urgency, that we will expand our capacity, trucks, contracts,” he says.San Antonio has sent contractors to Houston to assist with the effort, and the cities of Austin and Dallas plan to join in as well. With the additional help, the mayor says Houston’s landfills will have no problem accommodating it all.“One thing about Houston, you know, we’re a big city we have capabilities other cities do not have,” he says.The flood damaged 126,000 homes. Houston’s solid waste department says it’ll take on average one large garbage truck per household to remove all the debris.To learn more about efforts to clean up debris in one particular neighborhood, we talk with News 88.7’s Gail Delaughter, who’s been covering this story. She recently talked with a family in southeast Houston that’s trying to clean out their flooded house. And she talked with a supervisor with the city’s Solid Waste Department who’s working the neighborhood.last_img read more