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first_imgNew Delhi: Over 2,700 teaching and non-teaching staff of 12 Delhi University colleges may not get salaries from this month if the AAP government continues to withhold release of funds over non-formation of governing bodies. These 12 colleges, fully funded by the Delhi government, are facing a severe financial crunch and finding it difficult to pay salaries and develop infrastructure. The issue of formation of governing bodies has resulted in an impasse between Delhi University and the city government, with both accusing each other of delaying the process. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC A Delhi government official said, “There is no delay from our side. As soon as we get response on the clarification we sought from colleges, we will proceed.” Anurag Mishra, a professor at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said, “The salaries of teaching and non-teaching staff have been delayed. We have exhausted funds.” “This year, due to the EWS category being introduced, there will be an increase in the intake of students but there is no money for infrastructure development. Classrooms and labs have been built to accommodate a particular number of students. But if the college wants to expand the existing infrastructure, they do not have the funds,” he added. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations According to an official from Acharya Narendra Dev College, who requested anonymity, “The college has been forced to divert funds from college society fund to salary account. This can only go on for a month or so. The college has not even released the arrears of seventh pay commission to our teachers. The college principal has sent two letters to the Delhi government urging it to release funds but to no avail.” He said the college is staring at a chaotic situation from next month when they will have no money to pay the salaries of teachers and the new academic session will be commencing. Manoj Sinha, the principal of Aryabhatta College and secretary of a principals’ association of the university, said the colleges were suffering due to the impasse. “The stopping of grants by any agency — Delhi government or UGC — is detrimental to the overall health of an institution. This is not an acceptable form of tussle between two powerful bodies…” According to a university official, if a college is fully funded by an institution, it means that its gets 95 to 97 per cent of the funds from it and two to three per cent from student fees. Colleges get Rs 35 to 50 crore in funding depending on the size and staff strength of the college and Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore from student fees annually. Every college is paying Rs two to four crore monthly to its teaching and non-teaching staff so if there is fund crunch, they can only pay a month’s salary from the student fees. If the college does not get a major chunk of funds, it does not have anything to fall upon. The colleges usually start off by cutting off various allowances, then activities and then delaying salaries in the event of a fund crunch. An official from Aditi Mahavidyalaya said, “From the last two months, we have been paying the salaries of teachers from the student fund but this is a temporary solution. We do not have money left to pay the salary of teachers from next month. The college wrote two letters to the Higher Education Department of the Delhi government in April and May but there has been no response.” Sources claimed that there is a similar situation in Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College where teachers might not get the salary of June. The administration of Bhagini Nivedita College has released salaries but medical reimbursement has not been issued for May. Similarly, the authorities at Keshav Mahavidyalaya have disbursed salaries but medical reimbursement has not been given. There were speculations that the Delhi government wants to bring these 12 colleges of Delhi University under Ambedkar University, which is run by it. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had written a letter on April 16 to the Secretary, Higher Education stating that no funds should be given to 28 colleges (fully or partially funded by them) till they form their governing bodies. Following Sisodia’s letter to the Delhi University vice-chancellor on April 23, the university wrote to the Directorate of Higher Education asking it to finalise the names to be nominated for the governing bodies of the colleges. Responding to the letter, Sisodia said the university should have sent at least 400 names to the panel, instead of just 188. He also asked whether the names were cleared by the varsity’s executive council and advised that the term of the existing governing bodies be extended. On Thursday, a DU official said that the Delhi government has to first short-list the names and send them back to the varsity which will then be vetted by the university’s EC. The 12 colleges fully-funded by the Delhi government are Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Science, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Raj Guru College , Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Bhagini Nivedita College, Keshav Maha Vidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Mahirishi Balmiki College of Education and Bhaskara Charya College of Applied Science. Sixteen colleges, that are partially-funded by the Delhi government, are Shivaji College, Motilal Nehru College, Laxmi Bai College, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Maiteryi College, SPM College for Women, Satyawati College, Vivekanand College, Rajdhani College , Kamla Nehru College, Gargi College, Swami Shardhanand College, Kalindi College, Bharti College, Sri Aurbindo College and Delhi College of Arts and Commerce.last_img read more

first_imgBALURGHAT: Police have seized around 6,000 bottles of cough syrup meant to be smuggled to Bangladesh from a house in Gangarampur on Sunday late night. Police have also detained five persons in this connection.According to a police source, cops received information that a huge quantity of cough syrup was stored in a house of one Milan Roy of Gangarampur Shanti Colony. Police raided the house and seized around 6000 bottles of banned cough syrup which were stored in 60 boxes having market price amounting to Rs 12,00,000. Police have also nabbed five persons. Police said all of them hail from other states. They will be produced in court on Wednesday. The owner of the house Milan managed to flee from the spot. A lookout notice is issued against him.”Five persons have detained. Police have already started interrogating them. Investigation revealed that the cough syrups were stored to ferry in neighbouring Bangladesh. Soon, the owner of the residence will be detained,” said a police officer.last_img read more

first_imgHALIFAX – A Halifax man who strangled an off-duty police officer and used a compost bin to dispose of her body is appealing his sentence, calling it “manifestly excessive.”Christopher Garnier was convicted in December of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body in the death of 36-year-old Catherine Campbell.The conviction carries an automatic life sentence, but a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice ruled last month that Garnier would be able to apply for parole after serving 13 and a half years — less 699 days for time served.A notice of appeal filed last Thursday says Justice Joshua Arnold imposed a “manifestly excessive sentence.”“The sentencing judge failed to properly take into account the circumstances of the appellant and over-emphasized the aggravating factor of the improper interference with a human body in determining parole ineligibility,” the document said.“Such other grounds of appeal… may be revealed after a review of the transcript evidence.”The document, signed by Garnier, also said: “I desire to present my case and argument in person.”“At the conclusion of the appeal the appellant will request a reduction in sentence,” it said.Garnier, 30, had earlier appealed his conviction, in part because he says police interview tactics elicited a false confession.Meanwhile, outrage has been building over Veterans Affairs Canada’s decision to pay for treatment for Garnier’s PTSD — a mental illness his lawyer had argued was brought on by the murder.At a court hearing last month, a Crown lawyer confirmed Garnier was being seen by a private psychologist, and that Veterans Affairs was covering the cost because his father is a veteran who has also been diagnosed with PTSD.Veterans Affairs says relatives of veterans are eligible to apply for PTSD treatment, and Minister Seamus O’Regan has said he would be “looking into how and why this decision was made.”Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has questioned the department’s justification, and federal Conservative shadow critic Phil McColeman has called it an “absolute travesty.”In handing down his sentencing decision on Aug. 14, Arnold noted that Garnier and Campbell met for the first time at a downtown Halifax bar, and hours later she was dead in a north end apartment.“On Sept. 11, 2015, as shown on the surveillance video from the (Halifax Alehouse), Catherine Campbell was expecting romance and affection on the evening she was murdered. She was vulnerable,” he said.“For reasons unknown, Mr. Garnier punched her in the face, broke her nose, strangled her to death, and then, in an effort to hide his crime, treated her remains like garbage.”The judge also detailed how Garnier attempted to cover up the murder.“After she was strangled to death, Mr. Garnier put Ms. Campbell’s body in a green bin. He put garbage bags on top of her body, and in the green bin, to hide her body. He then wheeled her throughout the north end of Halifax, dropped her down a small cliff, dragged her through brush, and eventually put a large box used to house feral cats on top of Ms. Campbell’s remains.”Arnold noted that Dr. Matthew Bowes, Nova Scotia’s chief medical examiner, had told the jury it would take between two and six minutes to cause death by strangulation.During his trial, Garnier repeatedly told the jury he did not remember using the large green compost bin to dispose of the body near a harbour bridge, where it stayed undetected for nearly five days.Garnier had also argued that Campbell died accidentally during rough sex that she initiated.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgDevo have donated royalties from their classic hit “Whip It” to PETA to help launch a campaign to free tigers, lions, and other big cats from the circus, where they are routinely whipped.The Ohio rock icons made the donation in advance of today’s Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus show at Cincinnati’s U.S. Bank Arena, where the captive big cats will be forced to perform.Says Devo: “As Ringling Bros. relies on the fear of whips to force lions and tigers to perform, Devo is pleased to make a grant to PETA from the royalties of ‘Whip It’ for their campaign to free big cats from this abuse. We hope that all circuses will continue to evolve by spotlighting human creativity rather than degrading animals.”After years of a public outcry, Ringling Bros. made global headlines by announcing that it would retire elephants from shows in May 2016. With the elephants on the way out, PETA is refocusing its campaign on freeing the big cats. Their recent exposé shows an animal trainer boasting that he could carve his initials in a tiger with his whip.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Surrey’s Will Jacks blazed his way to a 25-ball century, including six sixes in an over, during a pre-season T10 clash with Lancashire in Dubai. In all, he smashed eight boundaries and 11 sixes. After producing the brutal assault on Thursday, the batsman said that he was looking to play shots from the first ball. “From the first ball I just tried to play my shots, after the first few overs my intention was to try and hit every ball for six, and I think after four sixes I thought, ‘I could hit six sixes here’. I had never done it before and it was nice to do that and something I will cherish,” the International Cricket Council quoted Jacks as saying. Had the match been accorded official status, Jasks’ effort would have been bettered Chris Gayle’s world record for the fastest century in competitive cricket, achieved in the 2013 IPL, by five balls. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhJacks hit Stephen Parry for six sixes in an over on the way to his ton. He also passed the top score of 87 for the 10-over format achieved by Alex Hales last year. Jacks first reached his fifty off just 14 deliveries and then smashed six consecutive sixes to bring up his century. Jacks’ knock powered Surrey to 176 and a 95-run win over Lancashire. The 20-year-old Jacks made his debut for Surrey in first-class, List A and T20 last season, scoring 121 off 100 balls in a Royal London Cup match against Gloucestershire. The match between Surrey and Lancashire was a pre-season fixture for both the teams, who are gearing up for the county season, which begins next month. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterEven though Jacks’ innings will not be mentioned in the official record books, it is still commendable as it came against a Lancashire side comprising several first-team regulars such as Steven Croft, Parry, Tom Bailey, and Haseeb Hameed. Caribbean batsman Chris Gayle currently holds the record for the fastest individual century which came in just 30 deliveries against Pune Warriors during an IPL match in 2013. Gayle had then played an unbeaten knock of 175 off 66 deliveries, which included 13 fours and 17 sixes, helping his team post a mammoth 263/5 in 20 overs. Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, however, holds the record for the quickest century in international cricket. The left-handed batsman scored a 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI match in 2015.last_img read more

Washington – The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, scheduled for November in Marrakech, will be “a huge success”, Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Jeffrey Sachs, said, Thursday in Washington.“The COP 22 will be a huge success. Morocco is writing history” in the fight against climate change, Sachs told MAP on the sidelines of the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Morocco and three international organizations for sustainable development on the organization of the ” Low Emissions Solutions Conference ” as part of the COP22.The UN official hailed, in this regard, Morocco’s leadership in promoting renewable energy, highlighting its “huge potential” and “incredible determination” which constitute “a source of inspiration” for other countries participating in the COP 22. The Marrakesh Conference, he said, will allow the international community to act urgently for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.With MAP. Photo by Bruce Gilbert read more

MONTREAL — Cogeco Inc. says its net income attributable to shareholders was cut nearly in half to $25.7 million in the second quarter despite a 10 per cent increase in revenues.The Montreal-based company says it earned $1.57 per diluted share for the period ended Feb. 28, down from $2.82 per share or $46.6 million a year earlier.Overall net income fell to $82.3 million from $145.8 million, largely due to a $94-million income tax reduction a year ago due to U.S. tax reform, depreciation and amortization.The profit from continuing operations was $87.6 million while discontinued operations lost $5.4 million.Cogeco Peer 1 Inc., its business and information and communications services subsidiary were reclassified as discontinued operations following Cogeco Communications’ announcement to sell the operations for $720 million on Feb. 27.Revenues rose to $608.6 million from $554.1 million in the second quarter of 2018 on a 10 per cent growth in the communications segment following the acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems more than a year ago.Related Stories:HBC Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial ResultsBlackberry plunges to 4-year low in first five minutes of trading on earnings miss, outlook cutCintas Corporation Announces Fiscal 2020 First Quarter ResultsCompanies in this story: (TSX:CGO, TSX:CCA) read more

first_img“But I know the young brother who’s in the movie, and he’s British. There are a lot of black British actors who work here all the time.”I tend to wonder what would that movie would have been with an American brother who really understands it, in a way. David Oyelowo starring in Selma Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. We’ve got a lot of brothers here that need to work too.Samuel L Jackson David Oyelowo starring in Selma Hollywood should stop constantly casting black British actors in American roles they cannot fully understand, Samuel L Jackson has said, as he claims UK stars get work because they are simply cheaper.Jackson said US filmmakers believe British actors were “better” because of their classical training, but warned they could not fully understand the roles they are playing.In particular, he singled out new comedy horror film Get Out, a satire on interracial dating in America starring British actor Daniel Kaluuya. Daniel Kaluuya starring at the Young Vic theatre last year “And they [filmmakers] think they’re better than we are because they’re classically trained.” In an interview with radio station Hot 97, Jackson said: “They come here because there are more opportunities and they actually get paid when they work here.”But, he added:  “We’ve got a lot of brothers here that need to work too.”Asked about Get Out specifically, he said: “I think it’s great that movie’s doing everything it’s doing and people are loving it. Daniel Kaluuya starring at the Young Vic theatre last year “Daniel grew up in a country where they’ve been interracial dating for a hundred years.”What would a brother from America have made of that role?”Jackson also singled out Selma, the Martin Luther King biopic starring British actor David Oyelowo. Asked why British actors were so successful in the States, he said: “They’re cheaper than us, for a start. They don’t cost as much. Unless you’re a known brother. last_img read more

← Previous Story Switzerland: Kadetten won Super Cup! Next Story → Fantastic Bielecki – 11 goals against FA Goppingen! Season 2010/2011 is on the way and we want to take a closer look on handball transfer market in last three months. We chose 10 largest and most interesting transfer between handball teams all over Europe. Even if is German Bundesliga the richest and the best Liga in the World of Handball, the most interesting transaction in our oppinion is move of Kiril Lazarov from C.O Zagreb to Ciudad Real. This is a list…TOP 10 handball transfers of summer 20101. Kiril Lazarov (30, C.O Zagreb – Renovalia Ciudad Real) 125.000 EURO transfer feeMacedonian biggest sports star will finally take a participation in some serious European League. Because of his playing in Hungary and Croatia, despite his phenomenal atacking skills and scores, many of handball people didn’t want to admit that Lazarov is the best right back atacker in the Globe. Now, after his move to Spain is real moment to see “whether or not”. It will be interesting to see, how he will find himself in the team full of stars.2. Michael Kraus (27, TBV Lemgo – HSV Hamburg)  300.000 Euro transfer feeA lot of speculation stories was made about this guy in last two years and finally, after his move to HSV, all of them coming to the end. “Golden boy” of German handball, best playmaker of German national team and big hope of handball people in most handballlest country in the World, now will have a chance to show his full potential without excuses about lack of motivation because of missing Champions league, stronger games, etc. HSV wants just trophies and Kraus has to bring them as a soldier from the “first row” near Duvnjak.3. Ivan Cupic (24, Gorenje Velenje – Rhein Neckar Lowen)It’s a time for Germany to see magic of Ivan Cupic. Small guy from Metkovic with big heart after knee ligament surgery and injury when he stayed without half of the finger, keep his performances high, to high to catch contract with one of the biggest team today. RNL need some “winning mentality” in they want to compete with THW Kiel and HSV Hamburg. “Crazy Croat” is right person for that…4. Mikel Hansen (23, F.C Barcelona – AG Copenhagen)There must be a strong reasons when some player leave the biggest club in history of handball, maybe of all sport, F.C Barcelona and back to his country, Denmark. That’s done strong left back, good shooter, Mikel Hansen,who spent in Catalonia just two seasons, with one final of CL competition. Obviosly, offer of rich sponsor Kasi Jesper was so good and project of Danish club at the TOP of CL.5. Viktor Silagy (32, VFL Gummersbach – SG Flensburg)Real rapsody of handball is when on the court you see Viktor Silagy. Fantastic season in Gummersbach and National team of Austria is behind him and now it’s time for Champions League in t-shirts of SG Flensburg. One of the best atack organisers, slow but danger, for sure can play at the highest level.6. Milutin Dragicevic (27, BSV Silkeborg – THW Kiel)One of the strongest player in handball today, “Hercules” as called him Danish fans, best player and also a scorer of Danish championships move to THW Kiel to show his full potential at the biggest stage. With his motivation and sports culture, he is unbeatable.7. Mirko Alilovic (25, Ademar Leon – Celje Pivovarna Lasko)Young goalkeeper with a lot of experience, after a few years in ASOBAL is back to Balkan. Celje Pivovarna Lasko with Noka Serdarusic on the bench atract a lot of players. Good voice is hearing far away. Alilovic just now coming in the best phase of his career and Celje will enjoy.8. Johan Sjostrand (23, SG Flensburg – F.C Barcelona)With Scandi goalkeeper is hard to miss. One of the most tallented is Sjostrand, as we saw in his junior age with Sweden, when he won WC title and after in Flensburg. Probably, long and succesfull era in “Blaugrana”.9. Joachim Boldsen (32, F.C Barcelona – AG Copenhagen)As Hansen, also Joachim Boldsen decided to back to the country and start with a new project in AG. With 32 age and a lot of trophies (Denmark won EURO 2008) he has to be satisfied and relaxed until end of career.10. Petar Metlicic (35, Ciudad Real – Celje Pivovarna Lasko)He wanted to stay in Ciudad Real, but Dujshebaev wanted some refreshment on his place. Famous captain of Croatia, left Spain and between Zagreb and Celje, took Slovenian team, probably, because of lower pressure than in “proud of Croatia”, as we know that C.O Zagreb is some kind of national team. handball transfers 2010Ivan CupicJoachim BoldsenJohan SjostrandKiril LazarovMichael KrausMikkel HansenMilutin DragicevicPetar MetlicicViktor Silagy read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has arrested a current Sweetwater police officer and a former Sweetwater police officer on charges of fraud and racketeering.Those arrested have been identified as current Sweetwater Police Sgt. Reny Armando Garcia and former Sweetwater Detective William Garcia. Both face charges of organized scheme to defraud, racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering.The FDLE, along with Miami-Dade Police and the FBI, interviewed multiple victims and witnesses and said evidence and allegations showed an ongoing pattern of criminal activity that spanned several years, affecting dozens of victims.The investigation also showed that the pattern of racketeering activity including battery, theft, fraud burglary and other violent crimes against civilians. The FDLE said victims were foreign-born with a limited understanding of the English language and the U.S. legal system.The arrests came after a larger investigation of corruption in the Sweetwater Police Department. The investigation has not revealed any criminal wrongdoing of the current police administration, and the chief cooperated fully in the investigation.The current Sweetwater officer was arrested and booked into Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Facility. The former, who is currently incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Virginia, will be brought to Miami to face charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury).#15) What you will do at the State House to ensure that our local police and fire departments have what they need to adequately protect us? Do you support a fire substation in North Wilmington? Did you/do you support the construction of the new center fire station in Tewksbury that was approved last year?First responders are getting the squeeze from all sides today, especially in our two towns. With the growth of greater Boston and greater Lowell, and Tewksbury and Wilmington’s unique positions of overlap between the cities, our emergency services are strapped more than ever. What is certain is that this isn’t just a “peak” in calls, this will be the new norm for both towns due to the growth of the region and our increase in population, and we should dedicate time and resources to prepare for this new normal.First, lets tackle some issues pertaining to our firefighters.Answering the above questions; yes I absolutely support the construction of a new fire substation in North Wilmington. In addition to the issues that have repeatedly occurred at the North Wilmington train station where commuter rail trains have blocked emergency responders at the road crossing, response time to North Wilmington will only grow as first responders have to navigate difficult traffic and congestion. By having a substation, residents will have to worry about losing precious minutes when a loved one or themselves is lying on the floor waiting for 9-1-1 to arrive. I also voted in favor of constructing a new center fire station, and as State Representative would do everything in my power to see that a bond issuance by the state for capital improvements would include funding for Tewksbury’s fire station reconstruction, to put the town in a better financial situation. Of course, I would do exactly the same for Wilmington if the town needed assistance in doing so. I also am a strong proponent of adding a section to the budget that requires the state provide yearly assistance for police and fire departments, as we currently do with roads and schools. These road and school funding lines are mandated, and I believe it would be of great benefit to towns who can use it for local aid.I also want to add that Tewksbury typically goes unreimbursed for responses to Tewksbury State Hospital, but thanks to Senator L’Italien and Representative Miceli, were compensated $180,000 in the previous annual budgets. I was responsible for monitoring and ensuring that provision stayed in the budget during its course in the House of Representatives on a day-to-day basis. As State Representative, I would ensure that Tewksbury would be supported in the same manner.Lastly the Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, the union representing the men and women of our fire departments, have proposed a great piece of legislation that supports public fire departments and specifically their EMS services.Local hospitals have begun operating ambulance services that do not have to match the quality of our public paramedics, and can charge Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurances in ways that local fire departments cannot. PFFM proposed mandating a portion of these charges be instead given to local fire departments, so that local fire houses can maintain quality responses and more advanced services to those in need, without raising on taxes on local residents. This is a solid piece of legislation that preserves our local fire departments quality of services, allows hospitals to supplement ambulance coverage, and saves the taxpayers money. Talk about a win-win-win. I am already familiar with this bill, and would happily support such a venture on behalf of PFFM and our local fire departments.Our police departments, while facing a different set of challenges, are also facing the same results of higher demand and stretched budgets. Our State Representative needs to continue working with the local chiefs, their departments, and ensure that their capital equipment is up to snuff, as well as continuing to support their training and growing ranks. Again, I believe the state owes it to the towns and their first responders to mandate adding in local support year after year, as we do our schools and roads. We also need to continue bulk purchase of narcan in order to save, as the state has done before.Above all, while supporting firefighters and police officers financially, both towns need a State Representative aware of nuances such as insurance and pay-rates for our first responders work. These are putting pressure on the ability for police and fire employees to provide for their families, and in a competitive market we will lose quality staff and trainees to other municipalities. In addition, I would proudly support PTSD support services for first responders as State Representative, integrated training for potential active shooter events, and more. Not only do I openly state my support for our first responders, I have actively worked on their behalf and will continue to do so. First Responders Day, a state holiday memorializing the fallen, was sponsored by Representative Miceli and the first bill I was ever tasked to work on. I am proud to say it passed, and after meeting dozens of fire fighters and police officers from across the state who testified on the bill, I never felt more proud or safe.#16) The Vietnam War Moving Wall recently visited Wilmington. It was a sobering reminder of what the men and women in our armed forces are willing to sacrifice to preserve our freedom. What will you do at the State House to support our local veterans and veterans statewide? What, if anything, have you done as a private citizen and/or locally elected official that shows a commitment to veterans? Do you personally have any family that serves/served?Did you know Massachusetts is the only state that has a network of local veteran agents, tasked with helping veterans and their families, that reaches as far and wide as it does? Massachusetts has a great veterans support network. That being said, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be even better.Supporting veterans to me is a two-fold mission, and one of my highest priorities. First and foremost is helping them with constituent issues. Over my years working in the state house, I have tracked down numerous DD-214’s (release paperwork critical for veterans applying for their retirement and other benefits), secured VA appointments, and even finding housing vouchers for several homeless veterans around the area. Helping vets with recovery, PTSD services, and chapter 115 (financial assistance for vets in financial dire) is an obligation I have no issue navigating, and I am the only who has done it to the degree or extent of any candidate. I pledge to the veterans, regardless of age, conflict, or branch, to dedicate myself to helping them with their issue, as the bureaucracy from both the state and federal government can be maddening at times. With an intricate knowledge of veterans issues that no other candidate can claim, I stand ready to help them.Aside from the individual attention I would pay to veterans issues as State Representative, I would proudly support them legislatively. Public housing is prioritized for veterans, which is great, except when there is no public housing left for them to move into. This is especially troublesome for our older veterans looking to downsize their housing, but want to stay in the area. Educational support can be made better, and I would love to see online classes offered by the state network of colleges to be discounted to active duty servicemembers and veterans anywhere. In addition, ensuring veterans receive the job training benefits, business contract preferences with the state, and offering tax benefits for their own businesses or businesses that hire them are ideas that I believe are of great importance to the health of our state and those who answered the call of service.Both my grandfathers are veterans, one serving in the Army, and the other in the Air Force. I am also proud to say that I have a number of veterans helping assist me with my campaign, which above all other support honors me that they would put their trust and support in what I believe in.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioProgress Being Made To Contain Sockeye FireEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThe Sockeye fire near Willow is five percent contained.  Fire information officer Sarah Sarloos says the progress is made at the Northern portion of the perimeter.  But a recent windshift could change that.  Sarloos says the wind is from the South pushing North, with gusts of 20 mph, and that could test the gains made by firefighters.Anatomy of the Wildland Firefight in WillowZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageOfficials lifted the evacuation order over parts of Willow where threats from the Sockeye fire have lessened. As responders chip away at the blaze, KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes spoke with the front-line responders that have worked around the clock since it’s rapid spread last week.Evacuation Notices Lifted Near Card Street FireShaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiThe Card Street Fire near Sterling is still officially tabbed at zero-percent contained, but most evacuation notices have been lifted. The Kenai Peninsula Borough made a local disaster declaration Thursday night to get help with relief efforts. As KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, the fire continues to push away from homes and into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.Vets, Lawmakers Irate Over New VA ‘Choice’ ProgramLiz Ruskin, APRN – WashingtonWhen the scandal erupted last year over long wait lists at the Phoenix VA, Alaska was found to have quite short wait times.  The Alaska VA has for years been buying care for veterans outside the VA, at community and private-sector clinics, and especially through the Native health care system. Care Closer to Home, it’s called. That’s the model Congress chose when it passed the Veterans Choice Act last year. But as the new Choice program spreads across the country and takes hold in Alaska, vets and providers say it’s undoing parts of the Alaska-grown system that have worked well.Dead Whales Near Kodiak Island Pose MysteryJay Barrett, KMXT – KodiakAt least 10 Fin whales are dead, having fallen victim to a mysterious affliction that seems to have killed them all near Kodiak Island. Kate Wynn, marine mammal specialist with the University of Alaska in Kodiak, said all the whales seemed to have met their fate at the same time and place.AK: Citizen Scientists Deploy ‘Bat Mobiles’ In SoutheastEmily Files, KHNS – HainesThe Alaska Department of Fish and Game is stepping up its research on bats in Southeast. The nocturnal, bug eating animal is being threatened in the Lower 48 by a disease called White-Nose Syndrome.49 Voices: Adine Fullerton of WillowEllen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage and Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageNow it’s time for 49 voices. This week, we’re hearing from  Adine Fullerton, a Willow resident who evacuated her home on Monday because of the Sockeye fire. Adine left with three kids, five dogs, two cats, a hamster. She had to leave three tarantulas behind. When we talked to her she had just discovered her home was spared, along with the spiders. Adine Fullerton evacuated from her home in Willow because of the Sockeye fire.last_img read more

first_imgWhile it has been a shameful defeat for Congress many of the political analysts said that the reason behind Irani’s victory was her continuous visits to the constituency, where she overlooked the problems faced by the people. She has used the political power well in Amethi by distributing clothes, shoes and textbooks that have swayed the voters.Rahul Gandhi, on the other hand, was very loose when it came to Amethi, being the Congress fortress since 1967. He only took part in the election campaign once and the rest of his campaign was conducted by his sister and general secretary of Congress, Priyanka Gandhi. This led to the defeat of Rahul Gandhi in his own home turf.Analyst JP Shukla said, “Smriti made the best use of Rahul’s absence in her ‘Lapata Saansad’ campaign. She also took advantage of Rahul’s decision to contest from two seats and called him ‘bhagoda saansad (deserter MP),” reports TOI.Smriti Irani won the elections from Amethi constituency with a total of 4,67,598 votes and a margin of 55,120 votes. During the 2014 elections, the Congress president had defeated Irani with a margin of 1,07,903 votes. Palampur: Union Minister Smriti Irani addresses a BJP rally ahead of the final phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Himachal Pradesh’s Palampur, on May 15, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi constituency Smriti Irani won the 2019 Lok Sabha elections by defeating Congress president Rahul Gandhi with a margin over 55,000 votes.Smriti Irani on Thursday tweeted, “It’s a new morning for Amethi, a fresh resolution. Thank you, Amethi. You trusted the development and let the lotus flower. Gratitude.”last_img read more

first_imgNo related posts. The Costa Rican government issued a strong call of support for a U.S.- and Russia-backed resolution calling for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons.Costa Rican Foreign Ministry spokesman Miguel Díaz announced the support in a Wednesday statement.“Costa Rica deplores once again the use of chemical weapons and any weapon of mass destruction, and condemns its use in Syria, which has been confirmed by a U.N. Investigation Mission report,” Díaz said. “Costa Rica made a vehement call that the international community take action in order to hold those responsible for judgment on these crimes against humanity.”U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that weapons inspectors had determined that chemical weapons had been used in the conflict. The United States and Russia cooperated on drafting a resolution to force Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad to surrender his chemical weapons. Update 9/20: An earlier version of this story reported the UN reported the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, the UN has yet to report who used the chemical weapons.The U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica on Thursday praised the government for their support of the resolution.“Costa Rica, recognized around the world for its fundamental commitment to human rights and international justice, deplored the use of chemical weapons on innocent citizens in Syria and called the Framework Agreement a positive step to resolving the crisis in Syria,” embassy spokeswoman Evelyn Ardón said in a statement.The statement added that a resolution was only possible because of the U.S.’ previous threat to use a missile strike against the Assad regime.“As President Obama has stated, this framework with Russia would not have happened without the credible threat of United States military action, and, if diplomacy fails, the United States remains prepared to act,” Ardón said.Many Costa Ricans had protested the U.S. when the missile strike was being considered, including at a September demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in San José, according to Costa Rican media reports. Former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias also condemned the U.S. for threatening to attack, saying the country must not police the world. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Agents and travel management companies will find relaying safety messages on to travellers during a crisis easier, as conTgo works on launching its first smart phone application later this year.The mobile solution provider co-founder Johnny Thorsen told e-Travel Blackboard that while the company’s current advanced mobile initiatives are able to distribute communications to both “smart phones and dumb phones”, conTgo is focused on adopting smart phone platforms. Mr Thorsen said the company is in the process of testing the application but is also focusing on receiving all areas of approval before releasing it into the market. In regards to smart phone applications there are many areas “around the world that restrict what corporations allow you to do on a smart phone”, he said.“Sometimes people are blocked from installing applications on their phone for security reasons and therefore you can’t just build an app and throw it out there and assume it will reach everybody. “It has to be approved by the corporation and you also have to be thinking about the fact that if you are travelling and roaming you might not always have data on your smart phone and then what?”Mr Thorsen added that the Group’s other struggle is increasing its tracking approval in order to distribute communication through the new application.According to the co-founder, unless a traveller submits prior approval, it becomes illegal to track movement once the person steps out of its home network.“So you’ve got to create the process to allow users to allow tracking as part of moving into that world,” he said.Mr Thorsen also told e-Travel Blackboard that the mobile solution provider is also looking to launch a program which assists travel companies in reducing and saving on future spending with its Travel Data Warehouse. The forward looking reporting platform, submits intelligent and real time reports that highlight cutbacks that can be made over the next week or next month.“It has forward looking capabilities, so instead of looking at the past and how they lost those savings, look to the future and see what you can save next week or next month,” Mr Thorsen stated.“It’s very basic and very logical but it is just funny that the whole industry has spent ten years looking backwards.”Click here for more on e-Travel Blackboard’s interview with conTgo’s co-founder Johnny Thorsen. last_img read more

first_imgUnCruise Adventures has launched its 2018 schedule and brochure – highlighting a new adventure itinerary on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, the route forged by Lewis and Clark, plus a fresh line-up of itineraries and expanded selection of ships in Alaska.The 99-guest S.S. Legacy transforms into an adventure equipped ship to offer kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursion, hikes on remote trails or whitewater rafting down the Deschutes River, as well as other active adventures. New in 2018, the ship heads to Alaska from April through mid-August, then sails on the Columbia and Snake Rivers from August through November.“The Columbia and Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca, and extending our style of adventure there is a natural fit,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “We purposely build flexibility into our itineraries to make each day the best possible for our guests.”Southeast Alaska also welcomes five new itineraries, bringing a total of 10 cruise adventures in Alaska with UnCruise. Most trips also include visits to the incredible Glacier Bay National Park and Haines.Guests can also save $250 per person with UnCruise Adventures when booking the 8-day Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales small cruise journey on the S.S. Legacy ship and deposit before 15 September 2017. adventureAdventure WorldUncruiseUSAlast_img read more

first_imgOh, Canada: Saskatchewan singer proud despite flak over anthem at NBA final Tenille Arts performs the national anthem of Canada before Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. A Saskatchewan-born country singer says she has no regrets about putting her own spin on O’Canada before Game 3 of the NBA finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors Wednesday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Tony Avelar The Canadian Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img A Saskatchewan-born country singer says she has no regrets about putting her own spin on O Canada before Game 3 of the NBA finals last night.Tenille Arts says she heard from a lot of people who loved her rendition of the national anthem.The 25-year-old who is originally from Weyburn admits there were negative online comments about some flourishes she added to the melody.She says her goal as a Canadian was to sing the anthem with pride, and that’s exactly what she did.Arts says she found out a week ago that she would be performing O Canada and that she was nervous and excited.Members of Metallica performed an instrumental version of U.S. anthem The Star-Spangled Banner.The Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Oakland to take a 2-1 lead in the championship series. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 6, 2019 11:32 am PDTlast_img read more


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