JIS Extends Entry Deadline for Competitions

first_imgStory Highlights The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for the submission of entries for its 2017 Heritage Month Essay, Poster and Photo Competitions to Sunday, November 5 at midnight. The essay competition is being hosted by the agency for the seventh time, the poster competition is in its fourth year, while the one for photo was introduced last year.The essay competition targets children at the primary level who are between nine and 12 years old.They are required to write between 400- and 500-word pieces on the theme ‘How would you like to see Jamaica in another 55 years’.The essays will be judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills. Submission should also include the Title page and Bibliography or List of References.At least one of the references must be a JIS source. Essays should be submitted using the application form at www.jis.gov.jm.The Poster competition is open to students in grades seven-13 at a registered secondary school. They are required to design an 11 x 17-inch poster digitally or by illustration depicting ‘Jamaica 55’.Posters will be judged on interpretation of the topic, originality, neatness and presentation. Meanwhile, the photographic competition, which is in its second year, targets students attending an accredited tertiary institution. They are required to submit a high resolution quality photograph depicting Jamaica 55. Entries will be judged on originality, composition, technicality and impact.Students entering the graphics category are being asked to submit their posters using a cloud storage service such as Dropbox, OneDrive or Google Drive. Illustrations, however, should be mailed or delivered to the JIS head office, 58A Half-Way Tree Road, or the Montego Bay Office, located at the National Housing Trust building, 2nd Floor, 42B-C Union Street, Montego Bay, St. James.Prizes will be awarded to the top participants of all three competitions courtesy of sponsorship from corporate Jamaica, including financial and tertiary institutions, technology companies and bookstores.Relatives of JIS staff members are not eligible to participate, and students entering the competitions should ensure that they retain a copy of their work.For further information, persons may call the JIS at 926-3590-4 Ext. 2137/2132, email: heritagephoto@jis.gov.jm or heritageposter@jis.gov.jm or heritageessay@jis.gov.jm. The essays will be judged on relevance to the topic, originality, accuracy and analysis of research data, writing style and language skills. Submission should also include the Title page and Bibliography or List of References. The Jamaica Information Service (JIS) has extended the deadline for the submission of entries for its 2017 Heritage Month Essay, Poster and Photo Competitions to Sunday, November 5 at midnight. The essay competition is being hosted by the agency for the seventh time, the poster competition is in its fourth year, while the one for photo was introduced last year. Prizes will be awarded to the top participants of all three competitions courtesy of sponsorship from corporate Jamaica, including financial and tertiary institutions, technology companies and bookstores.last_img read more

CEO 2018 a Turning Point for NAT

first_imgzoom The CEO of Nordic American Tankers (NAT) Herbjørn Hansson expects 2018 to be a better year for the company than 2017, bringing higher earnings and dividend.The last 12 months have been a very challenging time both for the crude oil shipping industry and NAT.“Payment of dividend will continue to be a priority. In a volatile tanker market, NAT has paid dividends for 81 consecutive quarters since 1997,” Hansson pointed out in a shareholder letter for 2018.The optimism is based on numerous factors including the fact that all of the company’s 30 Suezmax tankers are employed.“Currently, 15 of our one million barrel ships are carrying oil East of the Suez Canal and 15 are employed West of the Suez Canal. Our cooperation with oil companies worldwide is excellent. Together with shareholders, major oil and energy companies are our most important constituency,” Hansson said.Three newbuildings are scheduled to join NAT’s fleet in 2018 and they are fully financed under a USD 130 million sale-and-lease-back deal announced back in December.In addition, NAT has undergone a major recapitalization program of over USD 600 million.The scheme is expected to be concluded during the first half of 2018 at the latest, significantly bolstering the company’s financial structure.Apart from the financing for the newbuildings, it includes USD 110 million from an equity offering and a back-stop financing facility of USD 375 million.What is more, over the last ten years the tanker owner has managed to cut its general and administrative costs from about USD 1 million per ship/per year to about USD 400,000 per ship/per year.Hansson added that this about 60 percent reduction is fortifying NAT’s ability to compete effectively, “providing a continued low cash breakeven level.”“One can be uncertain about the direction of the market, but as both a major shareholder and the Chairman & CEO of NAT, I am not uncertain about the ability of NAT to give excellent returns once the tanker markets turn for the better. In fact, the earnings potential of this company is in my opinion often underestimated,” Hansson said earlier.last_img read more

ITF Fatal Incident Hits Hutchisons Karachi Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license A worker has lost his life at Hutchison Ports’ Karachi International Container Terminal (KICT) in a second fatal incident this year, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).The 23-year-old truck driver passed away at the Pakistani terminal in the early morning hours of July 21, 2019.ITF reported that the worker was “crushed when a container was lowered on top of him as he slept on the back of his truck.”The previous incident occurred in the evening hours of March 17 when a reach stacker reversed over a yard checker. Less than an hour later, the 58-year-old worker passed away.“Two workers have been killed this year inside the yard at KICT which for anyone should raise serious questions about Hutchison’s traffic and yard management procedures inside the terminal and how an incident like this can happen,” Steve Biggs, Chair of the ITF Dockers’ Section Occupational Safety and Health Working Group, said.“The report that the ITF Dockers’ Section has received from KICT Labour Union – our affiliate in the terminal – highlights significant safety concerns that the workforce hold about the adequacy of lighting in the yard, traffic management systems and the minimum number of checkers deployed to manage safe yard operations,” Biggs added.The two deaths in Pakistan this year follows the death of five workers at Hutchison’s Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), between 2016 and 2018.last_img read more

Derailment Report Released

first_imgThe Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) released a report today, Nov. 7, that says the condition of a tank car was the reason for the Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway train derailment near Avondale, Pictou Co., on June 13, 2010. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal asked the TSB, an independent agency, to investigate the derailment as the department administers the provincial Railways Act. The board found that the main cause of the derailment was the mechanical condition of one of the tank cars, from an abnormal repair practice. Some welds of a body centre plate of the tank car were not machined or ground smooth during a 2006 repair. The rough weld affected the car’s turning ability. The board said it appears to have been a unique situation. The report states that train operation met all company and regulatory requirements and did not play a role in the accident. Although not related to the cause of the accident, the TSB issued three rail safety letters from safety inspection of dangerous goods tanks cars, the reliability of rail profiles measured by geometry cars and use of low-profile joint bars. In June 2010, a Cape Breton and Central Nova Scotia Railway freight train derailed, damaging 15 rail cars, including eight tank cars, with seven loads of liquefied petroleum gas and one residue hydrogen peroxide. There were no injuries or release of dangerous goods. Ten residences were evacuated about a week. The complete report can be viewed online at www.tsb.gc.ca/ .last_img read more

Funding for Yarmouth Public Transit Services

first_imgThe public transit service in Yarmouth will be able to upgrade buses, bus shelters and more thanks to a $25,000 provincial grant. The funding is part of the Public Transit Assistance Program. The program provides annual grants to help cover the costs of capital assets such as new buses and vans, upgrades to vehicles, bus shelters, and vehicle garages. “Public transit is an important service that contributes to healthy, sustainable communities,” said Municipal Affairs Minister Zach Churchill. “This funding will help the transit service in Yarmouth upgrade their vehicles and facilities to meet the needs of their citizens.” These annual grants are for transit services that offer fixed route service or a combination of fixed and flexible route service. The formula for the grant is based on total annual ridership and the population in the area of the transit service. “We are tremendously thankful for the announcement of provincial funding to our public transit system,” said Mayor Pam Mood of Yarmouth. “The Town of Yarmouth has worked hard to ensure this valuable and necessary infrastructure is in place to make our entire community more accessible to all and we are excited to enhance the service further with this funding.” Through the Public Transit Assistance Program, six public transit services across the province will receive $2.9 million for upgrades to buses, bus shelters and more. This grant is in addition to the infrastructure funding announced last week by the federal government under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The clean water and wastewater project in the Town of Yarmouth includes approximately $860,000 in both provincial and municipal support, in addition to the $1.7 million federal investment. Funding will go toward the Brown Street and Cliff Street sewer separation project.last_img read more

TVO to investigate sexual harassment allegation against Steve Paikin

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario’s public broadcaster says the host of its flagship current affairs program will remain on the air while being investigated for alleged sexual harassment.TVO said Monday that Steve Paikin is alleged to have made inappropriate comments to a woman during a lunch in 2010.The broadcaster said it became aware of the allegation on Saturday, when Paikin notified TVO of an email he received from the woman.TVO’s chief executive officer said in a statement that an independent third party will investigate, during which time Paikin will continue to host “The Agenda with Steve Paikin.”“TVO does not tolerate sexual harassment. We believe it is important that allegations be fully heard and investigated,” Lisa de Wilde said in the statement, also posted on TVO’s website.“However, based on the evidence to date, TVO sees no reason to remove Mr. Paikin from his role as host for ‘The Agenda’ pending the outcome of the investigation. During the investigation, stories related to this subject matter will be handled by other TVO journalists.”The move comes amid a social justice movement under the #metoo and Time’s Up banners that have undone the careers of several personalities named in sexual harassment and misconduct allegations.CTV News reporter Paul Bliss was suspended hours after a woman made a sexual misconduct allegation against him, while politician Patrick Brown resigned as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party after two women accused him of sexual misconduct.Paikin could not immediately be reached for comment. The allegations have not been verified by The Canadian Press.The former CBC-TV correspondent is TVO’s best known personality, and has become a fixture of provincial and federal political coverage since joining the network in 1992.His show “The Agenda” airs weeknights on TVO, a channel primarily funded by the province of Ontario and a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors.Its programming is a mix of current affairs shows, documentaries, educational fare and kids series.An annual list of the province’s highest public sector earners shows Paikin made $302,622.30 in 2016.Paikin also serves as chancellor of Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ont., and holds honorary doctorates from Victoria University, Laurentian University and Humber College.He was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 2013.last_img read more

Hwy 406 construction brings more road closures next week

Brock University commuters who travel through the interchange of Highways 406, 58 and St. David’s Road should prepare for additional road closures set to begin next week.Crews began a three-year overhaul of the busy junction earlier this week, introducing a number of immediate lane reductions and closures, and restricting pedestrian access on the north side of St. David’s Road. Beginning the week of July 17, additional closures and lane reductions will take place at the interchange. Some will be overnight traffic restrictions, but others will see lanes or ramps shut down for several months. They will include:Traffic reduced to a single lane in both directions on St. David’s RoadRamp to St David’s Road West /Sir Isaac Brock Way (leading to the University) shut down until November or December. For a detour, northbound motorists headed for Brock should exit the 406 at Beaverdams Road, then reach the campus via Merrittville Highway.Reduced lanes on the on-ramp from Hwy. 58 northbound to St. David’s Road East and West, and Hwy. 406 southboundTraffic reduced to a single lane on the ramp from Hwy. 406 southbound to Hwy. 58 Niagara boundNightly closure of the ramp from eastbound David’s Road to Hwy 406 northbound (St. Catharines).Alternating lane closures will take place on Hwy. 406 northbound and southbound between Beaverdams Road and Glendale AvenueProject updates on traffic flows will be published in the Brock News throughout the construction period. read more

Bodyguards for swans as Cornish town funds security to protect nests during

first_imgShe has so far managed to raise around half of the money.Ms Wilbur said: “There have been incidents in the past where nests have been tampered with and eggs thrown into the lake, which is not only distressing but is also a criminal offence.”The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfair.”Many people don’t go to the lake in the evening because of the fights and drunken behaviour – it will be a more pleasant place to be for both swans and human visitors.”She added: “We are also desperately seeking donations of hay bales too, as the island where the swans usually nest has been cleared, leaving them no option but to make nests along the paths again.”Ms Wilbur launched the campaign after nests were tampered with and eggs were thrown into the lake during previous years at the festival.Helston Town Council is backing the campaign to help pay for professional security.The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are vulnerable to disruption from large numbers of visitors to the lake and funfair. The lake is home to several nesting mute swans that are very vulnerable and threatened with the huge numbers of visitors to the lake and the funfairRebecca Wilbur 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.center_img Swans are set to be given bodyguards during a town’s festival amid fears their nests will be damaged.Locals have launched a £300 fundraising campaign to cover the cost of employing two security personnel during Flora Day, so the birds’ eggs can be protected.There are fears that during the Cornish festival, which celebrates the arrival of spring, the swans might be disturbed by crowds of people, causing them to abandon their eggs.Rebecca Wilbur launched the bid to employ at least two security guards to remain at the boating lake between midday and midnight during the celebrations in Helston, Cornwall, on May 6.last_img read more

ABB announces major mill drive order for Husab

first_imgPower and automation technology group ABB, has won an order to provide four dual pinion high-speed ring-geared mill drive systems for the Swakop Uranium Husab mine, in the Erongo region in western-central Namibia. The Husab greenfield project is expected to become the second largest uranium mine in the world, with production potential of 6,800 t of uranium oxide per year. This amount surpasses the total current uranium production of Namibia, enabling the country to become the second largest uranium producer worldwide. The mineralisation grade of the granite-hosted uranium at the Husab greenfield project is considered one of the world’s most significant mineral discoveries in decades.The scope of supply comprises four variable-speed drive systems with asynchronous motors, ACS6000 frequency converters with mill application controller, transformers, medium voltage cubicles and system engineering and spare parts for two 6.75 MW SAG mills, and two 4.25 MW ball mills. ABB’s variable-speed ring-geared mill drive (RMD) solutions are designed for reliable, long-life and low maintenance operation. “The proven technology optimises the grinding process, which makes it ideal for ores with varying grinding properties. In addition to high system efficiency, availability and process reliability, the variable-speed drive also provides significant energy and operating cost savings by using less electricity than a conventional fixed-speed mill drive” says ABB.The contract was awarded in May 2013 with first deliveries scheduled for early 2014. The mine will be developed as large-scale conventional open-pit mine. With uranium reserves of more than 280 Mt it has an estimated life span of more than 20 years.last_img read more

SGS partners with Minalyze to deploy its Minalyzer scanner for drill core

first_imgSGS announced today that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Minalyze AB to provide near real-time geochemical based analysis on drill core through the Minalyzer CS scanner. The Minalyzer CS scanner generates a variety of data including continuous chemical XRF analysis, core photography, specific gravity estimation, rock quality designation and digital structural logging, assisting clients to make real-time decisions relating to drilling and exploration activities.“Clients can expect this collaboration to increase efficiency, optimise exploration spend and improve speed of development of geological resources. Combining the strengths of the Minalyzer CS technology with SGS’s extensive geochemical expertise and stringent QA/QC protocols, provides our clients with the high quality, multi-element XRF scanning data that facilitates proactive and dynamic changes to be applied to project development. Whilst the first unit will be deployed at SGS’s Perth Airport laboratory, the technology is designed for ease-of field deployment, where it can support near real-time decision making, and this application is where SGS and Minalyze will be focusing their collaboration.”“SGS is committed to providing analytical procedures that yield meaningful, reliable data – ultimately enabling mining organisations around the world to make better informed decisions and to support quicker time-to-market through increased speed and accuracy of results,” said Derick Govender, Executive Vice President, Minerals at SGS. “This collaboration is the first step in creating a valuable package of core and field-based analytical services for those performing exploration that will deliver trusted data, progress projects and exceed stakeholder’s expectations.”“The instrument robustness and analytical accuracy for the Minalyzer CS has been heavily tested and verified through on-site projects in harsh environments over the last four years in Sweden and Australia. SGS’s commitment with our collaboration will enable expansion to new markets adding higher value to project development from the data generated by the Minalyzer CS instrument,” said Annelie Lundström, CEO Minalyze AB. “The industry will benefit fast and reliable data, which will be accomplished by combining the Minalyzer CS and SGS’s proven understanding of near real-time data reliability.”SGS is a global leader in the geochemical laboratory analytical testing sector with over 150 geochemical laboratories in 40 countries and this collaboration reflects a commitment to servicing the mining and smelting industries throughout the entire value chain. “SGS operates on-site and near-site laboratories in some of the most remote locations in the world, regardless of the climate, the altitude, the logistics or the sample volume. Whether requirements are at the mine site or in metal smelting and refining plants, SGS has the experience, technical solutions and laboratory professionals to help clients maximize value from their operations and reach their goals efficiently and effectively.”last_img read more

Terra Nova to deliver new Super Portable heap leach stacking system to

first_imgWood announces today that its subsidiary Terra Nova Technologies (TNT), a global leader in conveying and material handling systems solutions, has been awarded a contract for the design and supply of a Super Portable heap leach stacking system and overland conveyors at a copper mine in Southeast Arizona. TNT’s scope of work includes the design and supply of 6,600 t/h overland and mobile stacking conveyors to supplement the existing TNT heap leach stacking system originally installed in 2007 with expansions in 2011 and 2013. This includes two 60” overland conveyors totaling 4.2 vkm in length, a 75 m ramp Super Portable mobile conveyor, a 40 m horizontal feed mobile conveyor, a 87 m horizontal mobile conveyor, a 73 m telescoping radial stacker, two transfer towers and a modular electrical room.“We are delighted to continue working with this customer following a 10-year track record delivering safe, on-schedule projects with patented, proven, reliable equipment that improves production and efficiency. This award expands our lengthy resume of highly successful high-capacity overland and mobile conveyor projects and reinforces our experience with multiple-lift, high-capacity heap leach stacking system market,” said Bob MacDonald, CEO, Specialist Technical Solutions, Woodlast_img read more

LAST 7 MINUTES 30 – RK Vardar outplay HBC Nantes

← Previous Story IFK Kristianstad stopped in Blaugrana by Ristovski and Tomas Next Story → EHF CL derby: Kiel’s disaster in Kielce! The reigning VELUX EHF Champions League winners RK Vardar Skopje opened doors of their hall “Jane Sandanski” with only solid performance, but enough to beat the French vice-champions HBC Nantes 27:23. Arpak Sterbik stopped 10 balls of the rivals, while Ferreira Moraes netted six, one more than Latvian giant Dainis Kristopans, who scored five. Team of Thierry Anti was close, but after Gurbindo decreased gap on 24:23, they didn’t score in the last seven minutes of the match for the first defeat in the season. read more

Selfie hashtag and tweep added to the dictionary

first_img‘SELFIE’, ‘HASHAG’ AND ‘tweep’ are among more than 150 new words added to America’s best-selling Merriam-Webster dictionary, spotlighting the growing influence of technology on everyday life.“So many of these new words show the impact of online connectivity to our lives and livelihoods,” said Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large for Merriam-Webster.“Tweep, selfie, and hashtag refer to the ways we communicate and share as individuals,” he added.Originally a social media buzzword, “selfie” was admitted to the online version of the Oxford English dictionary in 2013, which named it word of the year.Merriam-Webster defined “selfie” as “an image of oneself taken by oneself using a digital camera especially for posting on social networks.”The dictionary said a “more playful intersection” of technology and human behavior can be seen in “steampunk.”The word made the cut and was defined as “science fiction dealing with 19th century societies dominated by historical or imagined steam-powered technology.”“Crowdfunding,” “big data” and “gamification,” were also added, showing “how technology is being used to understand and motivate behavior,” the dictionary said.Another newbie was “catfish,” defined as a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.Fracking‘Fracking’ was also admitted to the dictionary.The technique involves using huge amounts of pressurized water mixed with chemicals to crack open shale to release natural gas or oil.It has unlocked an energy boom in the United States but has sparked controversy elsewhere as a threat to the environment and potential cause of earthquakes, with some countries banning it.- © AFP, 2014Read: This unbelievably stupid exam selfie is going super viral>Read: ‘Selfie king’ apologises for picture with collapsed Giro cyclist>last_img read more

Firefox 18 available for download with blazing fast IonMonkey JS engine

first_imgIt’s been known for many, many months that Firefox 18 would deliver a substantial boost in JavaScript performance. Release day has finally arrived, and Mozilla’s updated browser is now ready to install with the brand-new IonMonkey JavaScript engine that delivers gains up to 20% over its predecessor. In its official announcement, the Foundation does some understandable chest-thumping about Firefox’s enhanced ability to power through intensive web apps and games. IonMonkey has also been bolted on to the Android version of Firefox 18, so mobile Mozillans should notice these impressive gains, too.Initial support for WebRTC has also landed. Although the communication spec has not yet been finalized, it’s already part of Google Chrome, Opera, and now Firefox. The goal for WebRTC is to offer a powerful, flexible communication framework that can be accessed by developers using standard web code. In addition to the not-yet-official WebRTC standard, Firefox 18 has also implemented support for W3C touch events — which will no doubt become increasingly important as Firefox OS begins to find its way into the mobile marketplace.Firefox 18 has plenty of other improvements in store — but again, most of them are under-the-hood and not user-facing. Tab switching performance and overall startup time is better than ever, and Firefox 18 users that are behind a proxy should also notice some speed gains.  Those of you who own a Mac with a Retina display will now get to take full advantage of that extra pixel density in Firefox, as version 18 adds full support for Apple’s high-resolution screens.Downloads for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems are available now at getfirefox.com. As always, existing users will be automatically updated. If you’re the impatient type and want to force an update, just click the Firefox menu and choose help and then about.last_img read more

Official Newcastle announce signing of Fabian Schar

first_imgNewcastle United have announced that they have signed centre-back Fabian Schar from Deportivo La Coruna in a £3m dealThe 26-year-old becomes Newcastle’s fourth signing of the summer transfer window after they activated his £3m release clause at Deportivo.In his only season in La Liga, Schar made 28 appearances for the relegated Spanish side and was a member of the Switzerland World Cup squad that reached the last-16 this summer.The defender will wear the number five shirt at St James’ Park and has signed a three-year contract.Schar told the club website: “I’m really happy to be here. The club is a really big club for me. It has a big name, and it is a brilliant chance for me.“I’m not like a typical defender. I, of course, defend, but I’m quite good with the ball – I like to play, I want to build up the game from behind, and I think that is a strength of mine. I have also scored some headers – that could also be a strength and hopefully I can use it here.“I hope to start training with the team soon, and I’m looking forward to everything that’s coming. At the moment, I just want to get started.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Say hello to our new number 5️⃣, Fabian Schär!Full story: https://t.co/xIIRhaCgJm #NUFC pic.twitter.com/DvaTqsvQOS— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 26, 2018Manager Rafael Benitez added: “I’m really pleased to welcome Fabian to Newcastle United. He is an international, did well in the World Cup and has great experience. He adds competition in this position and that is a positive for the team.”The Magpies have signed three other players this summer in goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who was on loan with them last season, from Sparta Prague, free agent Ki Sung-yueng and Chelsea winger Kenedy on loan.last_img read more

Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request

first_img Posted: March 11, 2019 Trump reviving his border wall fight with new budget request WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is reviving his border wall fight, preparing a new budget that will seek $8.6 billion for his signature project, impose steep spending cuts to other domestic programs and set the stage for another fiscal battle.Budget documents like the one Trump is releasing Monday are often seen as just a starting point of negotiation. Fresh off the longest government shutdown in history, Trump’s 2020 proposal shows he is eager to confront Congress again to boost defense spending and cut $2.7 trillion in nondefense spending over a decade.Titled “A Budget for a Better America: Promises Kept. Taxpayers First,” Trump’s proposal “embodies fiscal responsibility,” said Russ Vought, the acting director of the Office of Management and Budget.Vought said the administration has “prioritized reining in reckless Washington spending” and shows “we can return to fiscal sanity.”Speaking on CNBC Monday, Vought confirmed that the $8.6 billion border request was part of Trump’s spending blueprint for the 2020 budget year, which begins Oct. 1. It would pay for hundreds of miles of new barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border.Vought said “the border situation is deteriorating by the day” with “record numbers of apprehensions.”An administration official said Trump’s budget proposes increasing defense spending to $750 billion — and standing up the new Space Force as a military branch — while reducing nondefense accounts by 5 percent, with cuts recommended to safety-net programs used by many Americans.The plan sticks to budget caps that both parties have routinely broken in recent years and promises to come into balance in 15 years, relying in part on economic growth that may be uncertain.The official was not authorized to discuss budget details publicly before Monday’s release of the plan and spoke on condition of anonymity.While pushing down spending in some areas, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal will seek to increase funding in others to align with the president’s priorities, according to one official.The administration will invest more than $80 billion for veterans services, a nearly 10 percent increase from current levels, including “significant” investments in rehabilitation, employment assistance and suicide prevention.It will also increase resources to fight the opioid epidemic with money for prevention, treatment, research and recovery, the administration said. And it seeks to shift some federal student loan costs to colleges and universities.The proposal will also include $1 billion for a child care fund that would seek to improve access to care for underserved populations, a White House official confirmed. The one-time allocation is championed by the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who has focused on economic advancement for women in her role as a White House adviser.By adhering to strict budget caps, Trump is signaling a fight ahead. The president has resisted big, bipartisan budget deals that break the caps — threatening to veto one last year — but Congress will need to find agreement on spending levels to avoid another federal shutdown in fall. To stay within the caps, the budget shifts a portion of the defense spending to an overseas contingency fund, which some fiscal hawks will view as an accounting gimmick.White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trump’s budget “points a steady glide path” toward lower spending and borrowing as a share of the nation’s economy. He also told “Fox News Sunday” that there was no reason to “obsess” about deficits, and expressed confidence that economic growth would top 3 percent in 2019 and beyond. Others have predicted lower growth.But the Democratic chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky, called the proposed cuts to essential services “dangerous.” He said Trump added nearly $2 trillion to deficits with the GOP’s “tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations, and now it appears his budget asks the American people to pay the price.”The border wall, though, remains a signature issue for the president and is poised to stay at the forefront of his agenda, even though Congress has resisted giving him more money for it.Leading Democrats immediately rejected the proposal.“Congress refused to fund his wall and he was forced to admit defeat and reopen the government. The same thing will repeat itself if he tries this again,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. They said the money “would be better spent on rebuilding America.”In seeking $8.6 billion for more than 300 miles of new border wall, the budget request would more than double the $8.1 billion already potentially available to the president for the wall after he declared a national emergency at the border last month in order to circumvent Congress — although there’s no guarantee he’ll be able to use that money if he faces a legal challenge, as is expected. The standoff over the wall led to a 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.Along with border wall money, the proposed budget will also increase funding to increase the “manpower” of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and Customs and Border Patrol at a time when many Democrats are calling for cuts — or even the elimination — of those areas. The budget also proposes policy changes to end sanctuary cities, the administration said.The budget would arrive as the Senate readies to vote this week to terminate Trump’s national emergency declaration. The Democratic-led House already did so, and a handful of Republican senators, uneasy over what they see as an overreach of executive power, are expected to join Senate Democrats in following suit. Congress appears to have enough votes to reject Trump’s declaration but not enough to overturn a veto.Trump invoked the emergency declaration after Congress approved nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers, far less than the $5.7 billion he wanted. In doing so, he can potentially tap an additional $3.6 billion from military accounts and shift it to building the wall. That’s causing discomfort on Capitol Hill, where even the president’s Republican allies are protective of their power to decide how to allocate federal dollars. Lawmakers are trying to guard money that’s already been approved for military projects in their states — for base housing or other improvements — for the wall. The administration is promising to backfill those funds, senators said.The wall with Mexico punctuated Trump’s campaign for the White House, and it’s expected to again be featured in his 2020 re-election effort. He used to say Mexico would pay for it, but Mexico has refused to do so. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics FacebookTwitter March 11, 2019last_img read more

Press Talk Newtons laws public unions

first_imgGood morning, class.Today, let’s discuss classical mechanics — the physical laws describing the motion of bodies under the … yes, Jimmy?“Are you kidding me? Newton’s laws? Come on, man! Let’s talk about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s thumping of the unions’ attempt to get him recalled.”Jimmy, ring the bell! You’re right. Who can help set the stage on this? How did Walker end up in this spot? Danni?“Well, simply put, Walker felt the state government couldn’t sustain the rich benefits and pension plans that government workers were getting.”Good. Then what happened? Cooper?“The unions turned the Wisconsin capital into a zoo. They protested, occupied buildings, beat drums, we all saw it on TV. It was a madhouse. Later the unions organized a petition drive to get Walker recalled.”OK, but let’s get to the core of what’s going on. And are there any local examples? Jake?“Let me run a theory by the class, professor. What’s going on is, benefits and retirement pensions for public workers are out of control and taxpayers have to pick up the tab for all of this. And taxpayers — mostly private workers — are tired of spending their money for government workers’ benefits and pensions. Heck, most of the private workers don’t even have a pension.”last_img read more

One Held In Slaying Of Man In Bulletproof Vest At Texas Party

first_imgwikimedia commonsBulletproof vestHouston police say a suspect has been arrested in the weekend fatal shooting of a man who put on a bulletproof vest during a party before he was shot in the chest.Police on Monday didn’t immediately release the name of the victim or charges pending against the suspect, who was being treated at a Houston hospital for an undisclosed medical issue.Authorities are seeking a motive for the shooting early Sunday and whether some people at the party had been playing with a gun.Houston police say the victim died at the scene. Investigators didn’t immediately say whether the bullet went through the vest or struck an uncovered area.The suspect fled but was located a few hours later while seeking medical attention.Police believe about six to eight people were attending the party.Houston Homicide Sgt. Mark Hollbrook says while it’s unusual for people to put on body armor and play with guns at a party, “these things happen sometimes.”The name of the victim hasn’t been immediately disclosed. Sharelast_img read more

Federal Officials Meeting In Katy To Discuss New Ways To Combat Human

first_img Listen A Texas Congressman says he’s making the fight against human trafficking a federal priority, starting in Greater Houston. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX 10th District) and other officials are meeting in Katy to talk about new ways to combat this crime.In the audio above, McCaul explains to Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin why he thinks a controversial new law will do the job. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share center_img X 00:00 /10:07 Pexelslast_img read more

US Bank Pledges 1M Donation to Smithsonians African American Museum

first_imgBy WI Web StaffThe Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank announced a five-year, $1 million investment in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in northwest D.C.The investment marks the bank’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, which brings strengthen the communities it serves, bank officials said.Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in northwest D.C. (Courtesy Photo)“Through this support of the National Museum, we hope these historical stories and rich culture experiences will continue to inspire many for generations,” Andy Cecere, U.S. Bancorp chair, said in a statement.Greg Cunningham, U.S. Bank’s global head of diversity and inclusion, who recently toured the museum, said he hopes all 74,000 U.S. Bank employees will find time to visit the museum.“One of our core values is this notion that we draw strength from diversity,” Cunningham said. “I feel like every American should see it at some point.”This article originally appeared in The Washington Informer.last_img read more