Goa, Karnataka can’t be compared: BJP MP

first_imgCongress leaders here have drawn comparisons between the Congress’ post-poll alliance with the JD (S) to form a government in Karnataka with a similar attempt by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Goa in March 2017, but a senior Goa BJP leader has said it was not fair to compare the two scenarios.“You cannot compare two states on one similar line. In fact, it differs from state to state and the scenario in Goa was different from what it is in Karnataka,” South Goa BJP MP Narendra Savoikar told presspersons on Wednesday.The BJP had won 13 seats in the 2017 Goa Assembly election, reducing its number from 21 (simple majority) in the 40-member house in the previous Assembly as compared to the 17 seats won by the Congress, which emerged as the single largest party. But after swift political manoeuvring, the BJP staked claim to the government with two regional parties and three independent MLAs. In Karnataka, the Congress appears to have outmanoeuvered the BJP, which emerged as the single largest party with 104 seats. Earlier in the day Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar told The Hindu that the Karnataka situation is similar to the one in Goa. However, the BJP set a new precedent by cobbling together an alliance of disparate parties and independents without having any pre-poll alliance. He also said that during the Goa situation, Manohar Parrikar and BJP national leaders had said the BJP had got 1% more votes than the Congress so it was a natural claimant to form the government. As against this Congress has, in Karnataka, polled 1.89% more votes than the BJP.last_img read more

‘Provide a solution for unemployment’

first_imgSwaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said that in the run up to the Assembly polls in Haryana, there should be a meaningful debate on the issue of unemployment in the State. “The BJP government must answer the public on the question of unemployment and other political parties must come up with alternative solutions,” said Mr. Yadav.He said that Swaraj India will come up with a concrete alternative roadmap for full employment within next few days.last_img

Number of RTI applications decline: Govt

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) The number of RTI applications has come down to around 7.55 lakh in 2014-15 from over 8.34 lakh a year before as departments and ministries are putting more information in public domain on their own, government said today. “As per the Annual Report of Central Information Commissioner (CIC) for 2014-15, a total of 7,55,247 RTI applications were received by reporting public authorities as against 8,34,183 applications in 2013-14, registering a decline of 78,936 RTI applications,” Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh said in Rajya Sabha during the Question Hour. Congress member Rajni Patil asked the Minister whether incidents like murder of RTI activists were responsible for the decline in the number of applications. He also said the number of RTI applications pending with public authorities as on April 1, 2013 was 1,28,447 compared to 89,785 as on April, 2014 which also showed a decline of 30.09 percent over the previous year. Singh replied that the “primary reason” for this trend was that “more departments are putting information in public domain suo motu”. Citing the example of Department of Personnel and Training which he heads, the minister said the orders related to transfer of officers are put on the website even before it reaches the concerned official. PTI ADS ARClast_img read more

Second edition of Windmill festival to be in Mumbai

first_imgMumbai, Nov 23 (PTI) The second edition of the two-day Windmill Festival, touted as Indias first International Childrens festival, will be held in Mumbai next year.Jointly organised by Event Capital and Tribe Asia, the fest, catering to kids below 12 years, would be held at Reliance Jio Garden, BKC on January 14 and 15 next year.It will include a day care centre, play areas, centre for robotics, centre for art, workshops, music and sports arena, and much more, all categorised to suit the needs of different age groups of children, according to a statement issued by the organisers.”Windmill Festival was started with a vision to make it a global property. Windmill Festival came to the audiences at the right time, and the experience was overwhelming for the first year in Bengaluru, with the focus on getting children outdoors. The festival saw families come together for spending quality time with kids, and for once the parents focused on what the kids wanted over this weekend,” Mirza Baig, Director IP of Tribe Asia said.Speaking about the genesis of the festival, Swaroop Banerjee, CEO of Event Capital said, “Worldwide, festival dedicated to the kids are held with fanfare and thats what we are trying to replicate in our country too. There has never been a better time for our kids for outdoor entertainment area. The first Windmill Festival in Bengaluru saw over 6,000 families make their way to what was a truly internationally curated format, Mumbai makes it mainstream for us.”For the festival, Indias leading online parenting platform, MyCity4Kids.com has come on-board as the Online Parenting Partner of the festival. PTI APM DK ASV BASadvertisementlast_img read more

WESTERN IOWA SHOWS SLOW POPULATION GROWTH

first_imgNone of Iowa’s fastest growing cities are located in the western part of the state.That’s according to data in a new U.S. Census report tracking growth since 2010.Ankeny is the fastest growing city over 50,000 people in that time, with an increase of 28.6% to 58,627 people.Sioux City’s growth rate was only two tenths of a percent at 82,872 in 229th place.That’s an increase of just 286 residents since April, 2010 with 209 since last July.Since 2010, 243 cities have gained population in Iowa, 652 have lost residents and 49 have had no change.Among smaller towns, Tiffin in Johnson county grew 54.4% to 3006 residents and Bondurant grew 50.2% to a population of 5796.In northwest Iowa, Arnold’s Park ranked 30th, increasing 11.5% to 1256 people.Sgt. Bluff ranked 54th with a population of 4551, a 7.7% growth rate.last_img read more

Jamaica And Chile To Mark 50 Years Of Diplomatic Relations

first_imgStory Highlights Over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship. On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations. Significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments. On December 18, 2013 Jamaica and Chile will mark 50 years of diplomatic relations, celebrating a long and increasingly strengthened friendship and co-operation between both countries.Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said that over the many years, both countries have enjoyed an admirable relationship, sustained by shared principles and a high degree of collaboration and co-operation at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels.He was addressing a special reception and cultural evening held recently at the official residence of the Chilean Ambassador, His Excellency Eduardo Bonilla, to mark the milestone.Jamaica, Mr. Brown pointed out, was among the countries which fully supported the Chilean people’s determination to regain their rightful place in the global community of democratic nations.It was in recognition of that solid support, he stated, that Chile established its first Embassy in the English-speaking Caribbean in Kingston in 1991.“During this period, the Governments of both our countries have collaborated in a number of areas, including language and diplomatic training, agriculture, security and capacity-building, particularly in foreign trade negotiations,” he stated.“The strength of our bilateral relations continues to increase as underlined by a number of recent high-level exchanges, including the bilateral talks held between Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller and President Sebastian Piñera, on the margins of the Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) in April of this year, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti,” he noted.Emanating from that meeting, significant new areas of co-operation in sport are being pursued between both governments.Other important developments in the partnership include the arrival in Jamaica in January 2011 of the Chilean liner, Companía Sud Americana de Vapores, which has since been making weekly trips to the Port of Kingston from Valparaíso.This development is a welcomed one, Mr. Brown noted, and is of particular significance in light of the major expansion being undertaken at the port and the push for Jamaica to become a regional trans-shipment hub.Chile recently donated five computers to the Cockburn Gardens Primary and Junior High School in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This is the second such donation of computer equipment to a Jamaican school by the Chilean Government in a little over a year.The cultural evening included a reading from the work of Chilean Poet Laureate Pablo Neruda, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971.last_img read more

Bdesh PM Hasina meets China counterpart Li inks nine deals

first_imgBeijing: China Thursday accorded a red carpet welcome to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who held wide ranging talks with her Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang to further consolidate bilateral ties and signed nine agreements. The nine instruments – five agreements, three memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and a document – were signed in different sectors ranging from aid for the Rohingyas and economic and technical cooperation, investment, power, culture and tourism. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’Prime Minister Keqiang welcomed the Bangladesh prime minister as she reached the Great Hall. She was accorded a red carpet welcome and a team of armed forces offered her a guard of honour. The two leaders held talks for half an hour after which the two countries signed the nine agreements. Under the first agreement titled ”Letter of Exchange (LoC) on the Rohingya Refugees Rice Aid”, China will provide 2,500 tonnes of rice to the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Myanmar, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told Bangladesh’s state-run BSS news agency. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingOther instruments are in the fields of power grid network , economic and technical cooperation, hydrological information sharing of Yalu Zhangbo/Brahmaputra River and an MoU on cultural exchange and tourism programme. Hasina is on a three-day visit to China, the first trip to Beijing after her re-election. Hasina is also scheduled to hold talks with President Xi Jinping and other top leaders on improving the bilateral ties and exchange views on issues of mutual interest. During the bilateral talks, China may press for speeding up of the Bangladesh-China- India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor which has failed to take off. With an estimated USD 31 billion investments, China has emerged as a major investor in Bangladesh – mainly in the infrastructure and energy sectors – raising concerns in India over growing Chinese influence in the region. The rapid expansion of Chinese investments in Bangladesh were regarded as the second highest by Beijing after the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). China’s investments in Bangladesh included the construction of 6-km long bridge across the Padma river, as the Ganga is known in the country, costing about USD 3.7 billion and the USD 2.5 billion power plant at Payra near Dhaka. Both the CPEC and the BCIM were the components of the Belt And Road Initiative (BRI) which was mooted by President Xi when he came to power in 2013. The BRI aims to link Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Gulf region, Africa and Europe with a network of land and sea route. While the CPEC regarded as the flagship project took off, the BCIM failed to make headway. India has protested to China over the CPEC as it is being laid through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. China lately is making efforts to revive the BCIM. The 2800-km BCIM corridor proposes to link Kunming in China’s Yunnan province with Kolkata, passing though nodes such as Mandalay in Myanmar and Dhaka in Bangladesh before heading to Kolkata China this month organised the BCIM Forum, an unofficial body of think-tanks from the respective countries at the just concluded China South Asia Business Forum in the Chinese city of Yuxi in Yunnan province.last_img read more

Nova Scotia pharmacies now offering free naloxone kits for opioid overdoses

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia pharmacies are now stocking free naloxone kits as part of the province’s strategy to battle opioid overdoses that currently claim nearly 60 lives a year in the province.The chief medical officer of health, Dr. Robert Strang, says stocking pharmacies with the antidote for opioid overdoses will save lives.Strang says anyone who uses prescription opioids or any illegal drug is at risk of overdose and should carry naloxone.Health officials say that as of this week, anyone can pick up a kit anonymously in more than 240 locations across the province.The program is part of an overall $1.1-million initiative announced in March that also distributed naloxone kits to police, provincial jails and harm reduction clinics in Sydney, Truro and Halifax.As well, the province funded community-based organizations that distribute needles and information to addicts.last_img read more

Malala Yousafzai To Speak At Forbes Under 30 Summit

first_imgForbes Media announced today new participants for the first-ever Under 30 Summit, which will bring together more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs and game changers from around the world.Speakers will include: • Nobel Peace Prize finalist Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old activist who was shot by Taliban militants afraid of her campaign for girls’ education. Her new charity, the Malala Fund, aims at fighting for girls’ education all over the world. She will discuss how she’s turning adversity into a global movement. • While in her twenties, Monica Lewinsky had her reputation instantaneously destroyed via the Internet. In the age of Twitter, YouTube and TMZ, that’s now a daily occurrence. She will discuss the culture of digital destruction and harassment. • Founder of Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey. At 21, he sold his company, which makes virtual reality headsets, to Facebook for a reported $2 billion. He will be discussing his unconventional path to success—and preview Oculus’ coming reality for virtual reality. • On Sunday, October 19, the Summit kicks off with the Under 30 Music Festival, produced in partnership with Global Citizen and AEG Live. Questlove will serve as the musical curator for the event, which will take place at the Piazza at Schmidt’s, and marry the best young acts in America with well-known musical mentors. He will also serve as a judge the Food Festival (see below) and DJ the Summit’s afterparty. • On Tuesday, October 21 (the Summit’s final night), 10 of the country’s best young chefs, including Jesse Schenker, Sam Gorenstein, Joseph “JJ” Johnson and Natasha Case, will headline the Under 30 Food Festival.These additions join a speaking roster that includes Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO, Creative Director and Cofounder of FEED; Pete Cashmore, Founder and CEO of Mashable; Neil Blumenthal, Cofounder of Warby Parker; and Josh Kushner, Managing Partner of Thrive Capital. Notable mentors, who will provide advice to budding entrepreneurs, include Jim Breyer, Partner at Accel Partners and a key early backer of Facebook; Steve Case, Founder of AOL; Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation; Josh Harris, Cofounder of Apollo Global Management; and Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group.The Under 30 Summit, which will take place October 19-22, 2014, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and other venues across Philadelphia, will feature a full agenda of panels, TED-style presentations and Shark Tank-style pitch contests.Forbes’ Under 30 Summit is an extension of Forbes magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” list – which features 30 game-changing entrepreneurs under 30, in 15 fields, as judged by some of the greatest minds in each category. Attendees of the summit will be culled from the past three years of this list, which has become one of the magazine’s most popular franchises. The third annual “30 Under 30” list generated more than 8 million page views online in just the first week of its publication in January 2014.For more details on the Under 30 Summit, please visit www.forbesunder30.com. On Twitter, follow @ForbesUnder30 and #Under30Summit and #GoingtoPhilly. To access Forbes magazine’s 2014 “30 Under 30” list, click here.last_img read more

Myanmar crisis tops talks between UN envoy and Cambodian Foreign Minister

Ibrahim Gambari met with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hor Namhong earlier today, UN spokesperson Michele Montas informed reporters in New York. During his meeting, Mr. Gambari delivered a letter from Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon addressed to Prime Minister Hun Sen seeking the Cambodian Government’s support for the UN’s efforts in Myanmar. The Special Envoy, who just concluded a similar visit to Viet Nam, also briefed the Foreign Minister on the world body’s efforts to promote democratization, national reconciliation and the full respect for human rights in Myanmar, as well as his assessment of the situation in the country. Mr. Gambari said he is grateful for the constructive discussions and feels that good cooperation has been established between the UN and Phnom Penh, Ms. Montas said. The next stop for the Special Envoy, who has visited Myanmar twice since the Government began its crackdown against demonstrators a few months ago, is Laos, following which he will return to New York. 29 November 2007Continuing his consultations with regional leaders, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Myanmar today conferred with Cambodia’s Foreign Minister on United Nations efforts to promote dialogue and reconciliation between the Government and the opposition in the troubled South-East Asian nation. read more

Gandhis message of nonviolent struggle key to facing modern threats – Ban

2 October 2009Mahatma Gandhi’s legacy of non-violence in the face of aggression is an enduring symbol of hope for leaders and grass-roots campaigners alike in defeating the growing number of hostile forces threatening the modern world, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. In a message marking the third annual International Day of Non-violence, observed on 2 October in honour of Mr. Gandhi’s birthday, Mr. Ban said that Mr. Gandhi understood that a powerful idea could change the world.“He knew that individuals, working alone and together, could realize what others might dismiss as impossible dreams,” Mr. Ban said of Mr. Gandhi, whose non-violent struggle led to an independent India and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom around the globe.“We strive, for example, to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “Recent initiatives and meetings, including last week’s Security Council summit on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, have improved prospects for reductions in global arsenals.”Mr. Ban underscored the importance of sustaining this momentum, and called on the international community to press for success at next year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference and beyond.“The call to non-violence need not apply only to the use of deadly weapons,” he added. “The United Nations and its grass-roots partners have long campaigned to stop the human assault on our planet.”Greenhouse gas emissions have long threatened the planet, he said, urging activists everywhere “to turn up the heat on world leaders to seal a deal at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.” read more

UN chief strongly condemns latest attacks in Central African Republic

In a statement, his spokesperson said Mr. Ban is “very concerned” about the prevailing situation in the country which he described as “volatile, unpredictable and lawless.”“He is particularly worried about the increasing number of targeted attacks and retaliations against Muslims and Christians, including the most recent incidents on the Bossangoa-Bossembele axis,” the spokesperson said referring to the northwest part of the country.The CAR – which has been marked by decades of instability and fighting – witnessed a resumption of violence last December when the Séléka rebel coalition launched a series of attacks. A peace agreement was reached in January, but the rebels again seized the capital, Bangui, in March, forcing President François Bozizé to flee.In today’s statement, Mr. Ban called on all parties, including ex-Séléka combatants and new self-defense groups, to refrain from acts of violence against civilian populations, and to respect human rights. He also reminded national authorities of their responsibility to bring to justice perpetrators of these massacres and protect all Central Africans from abuses. read more

Chipper Prince Philip joins the Queen for Christmas carols at Sandringham

first_imgPrincess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence attend church Prince Philip and Prince Andrew attend a carol service Meghan Markle will spend her first Christmas at Sandringham, breaking with convention to be invited despite not yet being married to the Prince.She has already attended the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. The Queen leaves church, with a gift from a wellwisher Christmas Day will be the first time she has been photographed in public with Prince Harry along with her future in-laws, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 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. Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie The Royal Family attend a carol service on Christmas Eve The Queen leaves church, with a gift from a wellwisherCredit:PA The Duke of Edinburgh, too, has been a relatively rare sight in public this year, after retiring from his official duties in the autumn. The Duke of Edinburgh has walked to church in Sandringham for a Christmas Eve carol service as the Royal Family embarks on their festive celebrations.The Duke, who beamed at members of the public turning out to greet him, was accompanied by his son the Duke of York, daughter the Princess Royal, and Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice.The Queen, in a pale blue dress coat and pearls, arrived by car with the Countess of Wessex.The senior members of the Royal Family attended the 11am carols on Sunday morning, ahead of their annual outing at Sandringham on Christmas Day.  The Royal Family attend a carol service on Christmas EveCredit:PA The service will provide a calm moment of reflection before hundreds of wellwishers and the world’s media descend on Sandringham on Christmas morning for the Royal Family’s appearance.This year, senior members of the family are expected to be out in force, with the Queen and Duke accompanied by their four children, the Cambridge family and Prince Harry with his new fiance. He has remained by the Queen’s side for key occasions including Remembrance Sunday and Trooping the Colour, and is expected to continue to support her in public and private despite taking a step back from his own duties. The Queen and Sophie Wessex arrive by carCredit:Stephen Lock / i-Images The Queen and Sophie Wessex arrive by car Younger members of the Royal Family will be expected to pick up his busy schedule as “Team Windsor”, with the Duke of Cambridge giving up his work as a rescue pilot this year to devote himself to full-time service. Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence attend churchCredit:PA Prince Philip and Prince Andrew attend a carol serviceCredit:PA Today, the Duke was joined by the Princess Royal, often hailed as the hardest-working member of the family in terms of public engagements, her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, Prince Andrew, Princess Beatrice Princess Eugenie, and Peter and Autumn Phillips Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess EugenieCredit:PAlast_img read more

Letter Distressing that the elderly have to wait for attention that

Dear Editor,I turned up at a Post Office on the East Bank on Monday morning (May 8), at about 07:00h, to encash an NIS voucher. As I entered the building through an open door, a member of staff said to me in a tone of voice that bordered arrogance, “We en open yet!”I said to her, “Would it be okay for me to sit on your bench here and wait?”To this moment as you read this, she did not give me a response. So I sat down on the bench to wait, with my voucher and identification card in my hand visible for all to see at the ready.As I sat there, four other persons joined me as the clock ticked. At 7:30h, a woman went to the counter and enquired, “Morning. Can you say how much longer we have to wait?” The clerk replied, “I doan know.” (More arrogance).The woman asked, “Why?” Another clerk shouted, “ We ain’t gat no money!”All this time, the Post Mistress is sitting there.Now, a few thoughts crossed in my mind:why are GPOC staff not trained in the methods of communication?why couldn’t someone say to us from the beginning that cash was not available, and perhaps would be available later or not at all; so that we, who were waiting, could have made a decision to wait or leave?It’s distressing, to say the least, that elderly people are made to sit/stand in a line and wait for attention that no public servant seems willing to give, even during official working hours; while those public servants merrily chatter.If the Post Mistress is going to sit idly while all of this happen, then there is no hope for a change occurring in the near future.Having spent most of my working years in the private sector, and mostly as a frontline employee, such an experience really disgusts and deflates me, as well as leaves me feeling a profound sense of neglect by those paid to serve the elderly public.Sincerely,David Mortley Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Leaders have to remember they are there to serve the peopleJanuary 23, 2017In “Letters”Public Servants no longer have to wait 3 months for salariesJuly 12, 2019In “latest news”Opinion: Not first time the Clerk has rightfully disregarded the Speaker in Guyana’s Parliamentary historyNovember 1, 2014In “Opinion” read more

Balance in global power generation to tilt towards developing nations

first_imgIndia and China are set to dominate, gas to experience highest growth rates among fuels as coal’s prominence fades, according to Frost & Sullivan. Over the next two decades, the traditional developed regions will lose ground in electricity demand to emerging markets. Rapid urbanisation and the creation of a middle class will drive the demand for electricity in these economies as a wealthier population takes up electric appliances.The bulk of this growth is anticipated to come from India, China and ASEAN, with the combined share of these three regions rising from 27.5% in 2010 to 40.1% in 2030. The power generated by China is forecast to exceed that of North America by 2015.Frost & Sullivan’s Annual Global Power Generation Forecasts 2012, finds that during the current decade, gas will see the highest growth rate among the major fuels. Nuclear power, despite some delays after the Fukushima disaster, will also expand strongly due to the large number of nuclear plants currently under construction, particularly in Asia. Strong growth also is projected for renewable energy, with non-hydro renewables (wind, solar PV, CSP, biomass, geothermal and marine) substantially expanding their share of power generation over the next two decades.“The growth of coal is not far behind as emerging nations such as China and India rely strongly on this fuel,” noted Frost & Sullivan Industry Director Harald Thaler. “Nevertheless, growth of coal-fired generation is expected to fall massively during the subsequent decade as developed countries decommission capacity and emerging nations become more diversified in their fuel mix.”Over the 2010-2030 period, the combined share of the developed regions of EU, North America and OECD APAC in global power output will drop from 48.6% in 2010 to 37.1% in 2030. Russia will not match the growth rates witnessed in its BRIC peer nations, with its share of global power output gradually declining from 4.9% in 2010 to 4.1% in 2030.At the same time, electricity demand between 2010 and 2030 will rise fastest in India, followed by the ASEAN group of nations and then China. Conversely, the three developed regions of EU, North America and OECD APAC will all record relatively anaemic demand growth of 1% per annum or less on average over the period as stagnant population increases and more efficient energy use curtail demand growth.“Given their status as rapidly developing economies and future economic superpowers, it is not surprising that the share of China and India in global electricity generation is growing across all fuel sources,” remarked Thaler. “While both countries are very strong in hydro and wind power, it is in gas and nuclear that these nations will massively outpace developments elsewhere, albeit growing from currently very modest levels.”last_img read more

Another shutdown averted as US lawmakers announce twoyear budget deal

first_imgCONGRESSIONAL NEGOTIATORS REACHED a modest two-year US budget deal Tuesday that would avoid a repeat of October’s government shutdown, signalling a temporary truce in fiscal wars that have paralysed Washington.The agreement, brokered by Democratic Senator Patty Murray and House Republican Paul Ryan, sets the new annual budget caps for 2014 and 2015 at just over $1 trillion – slightly higher than current levels – and partially repeals the unpopular automatic budget cuts known as “sequestration”.Importantly, a budget bill under the agreed framework would free legislators to focus on how to reduce the main drivers of the country’s debt, such as entitlement programs including Medicare, without the specter of a budget showdown every six or 12 months.“I see this agreement as a step in the right direction,” Ryan, the 2012 Republican vice-presidential nominee and chairman of the House Budget Committee, told reporters, noting that the deal does not raise taxes on Americans.Murray, the Senate’s top budget chief, said she and negotiating partner Ryan set aside political differences and have “broken through the gridlock and reached a bipartisan budget compromise that will prevent a government shutdown in January”.Coming togetherPresident Barack Obama hailed the agreement as a sign of rare bipartisan cooperation in the strife-filled US legislature.“It’s a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done,” he said.Under a deal reached in October that ended a crippling 16-day shutdown, federal spending authority expires on 15 January, when a new budget will need to be in force.Tuesday’s deal – the first by a divided Congress since 1986, according to Ryan – provides for $85 billion in mandatory savings while creating $63 billion in sequestration relief, leaving roughly $22 billion in deficit reduction.UnderwhelmingObama said he was pleased the deal worked toward replacing sequestration cuts that he said have “served as a mindless drag on our economy over the last year.”By most accounts the deal is an underwhelming one, far from the grand bargain envisioned by some optimists in Washington earlier this year.But it sets the warring Democratic and Republican parties on track for further cooperation on budget policy, ending the cycle of fiscal feuding that has scarred Washington since 2011.“We have lurched from crisis to crisis and from one cliff to the next. And when one countdown clock was stopped it wasn’t too long before the next one got started,” Murray said. That uncertainty was devastating to our fragile economic recovery.Similar to his Republican colleague, House Speaker John Boehner hailed the deal as a “positive step forward by replacing one-time spending cuts with permanent reforms to mandatory spending programs that will produce real, lasting savings”.The challenge now is selling the agreement to skeptical conservatives in the House of Representatives and Senate.Murray said she was “hopeful” the deal will pass muster in the Republican-led House this week before that chamber breaks for the year-end recess.Each chamber must pass a budget bill by 15 January or risk another government shutdown.The American Dream?Senator Marco Rubio was quick out of the gate in opposition to the deal, saying it merely furthers “Washington’s irresponsible budgeting decisions” by spending more than government brings in.“We need a government with less debt and an economy with more good-paying jobs, and this budget fails to accomplish both goals, making it harder for more Americans to achieve the American Dream,” Rubio said.A handful of conservative groups have already come out opposing the agreement, saying it blows past the budget caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011.“Spending levels were set by law at $967 billion,” said Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity.“Exceeding those levels by $45 billion takes us in the wrong direction, further from fiscal responsibility.”Ryan acknowleged that the package was not ideal, but in a divided government in which Democrats control the White House and Senate, he was pleased with the result.“I deal with the way things are, not the way I necessarily want them to be,” he said.- © AFP, 2013Miley Cyrus, Pope Francis or Snowden? TIME magazine to reveal Person of the YearSouth Africans honour “giant of history”, Madibalast_img read more

Paschal Donohoe says John Delaney deserves due process but says funding of

first_img Share116 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2019, 11:51 AM https://jrnl.ie/4559320 Paschal Donohoe says John Delaney deserves ‘due process’ – but says funding of new role needs clarity Delaney is set to take up a position as the FAI’s Executive Vice-President. Image: Rollingnews.ie FAI CEO John Delaney (file photo) Image: Rollingnews.ie No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 16,900 Views Monday 25 Mar 2019, 11:51 AM MINISTER FOR FINANCE and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe believes John Delaney must clarify what his new role will entail before the FAI appoints his successor. The association confirmed on Saturday that Delaney would step down from his role as its chief executive after 14 years to take up a position as its Executive Vice-President.The FAI is hoping to confirm its new CEO at its AGM in July, but Donohoe called for Delaney to clarify what his new responsibilities would be before then.“I think anybody who is looking to apply for that job in the future, anybody who has an interest in what the future governance of Irish soccer is going to be, will require clarity on his future role,” the Minister told Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ Radio 1.Although the association said Delaney would take a pay cut in his new position, Donohoe said how the role will be funded is something that “will need to be answered”.“Many people involved in [League of Ireland clubs] or amateur sports will have questions surrounding the future of this role and what the future costs will be,” he said.“But as someone who is involved in providing the funding in the first place, Sport Ireland have work to do on this, which they’re going to do.”The Minister’s comments follow a week when Delaney came under pressure after revelations of a €100,000 loan provided to the FAI two years ago came to light.The Sunday Times revealed last week that Delaney had provided a loan to the FAI due to a cashflow issue arising within the association.It is understood that a complaint has been submitted to the Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement in relation to the payment.A subsequent report in The Sunday Times yesterday also claimed that the association paid €3,000 a month in for Delaney to rent in a property in Wicklow.Delaney and other representatives from the association are due to appear before the Oireachtas Sport Committee next month.With reporting from Aaron Gallagher. Comments have been closed. Short URL FAI CEO John Delaney (file photo) By Stephen McDermottlast_img read more

WWE set to reveal Brock Lesnars opponent for SummerSlam on August 21

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship unknown WWE announced on Monday night during RAW that Brock Lesnar’s opponent for SummerSlam on August 21 will be revealed this Thursday night on Smackdown.Lesnar makes his return to mixed martial arts this Saturday night at UFC 200 taking on Mark Hunt in the co-main event live on PPV.Who will @BrockLesnar face at @WWE @SummerSlam? Find out THIS THURSDAY on #SmackDown on @USA_Network! pic.twitter.com/5aQzEyhRBZ— WWE SummerSlam (@SummerSlam) July 5, 2016 Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBraun Strowman Still Not Cleared For MatchVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:33/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:05Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list July 6, 2016 at 1:23 pm WWE RAW Results – 8/12/19 (Night after SummerSlam, Seth Rollins, The Miz vs. Ziggler) UFC On ESPN Deal Is Happening Video: Seth Rollins says his victory over Brock Lesnar might be the greatest victory of his career Braun Strowman Facebook Now this may be a shot in the dark but what if Brock’s opponent is Roman Reigns in that Brock just destroy Roman the same way he did to John Cena at SummerSlam 2014 (as further punishment after Roman returns from his suspension). There could even be a Heyman promo where he says to Roman, “Get a look at a real athlete. One who didn’t take shortcuts to where he is today.” Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? 2 COMMENTS My guess is either Y2J or KO Twitter Zach Steven Whitlow Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match July 5, 2016 at 2:38 pm Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Google+ Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed.last_img read more

Driver hospitalized after crashing into Miami Staples

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Paramedics took a driver to the hospital after he crashed into an office supply retail store in Miami, Friday.The victim’s sedan was left crumpled after it slammed into the Staples along Biscayne Boulevard, near Northeast 21st Street.The driver was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in unknown condition.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Priyanka plans to revamp party in Uttar Pradesh with new blood

first_imgNew Delhi: Stunned by the rout in the Lok Sabha battle, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi is working on a plan to revamp the country’s oldest political party across Uttar Pradesh keeping in mind the 2022 Assembly elections. Party sources said that Gandhi, who is in charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, has put a team in place after taking critical feedback from various constituencies. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us The source said that after discussions with all district Congress committees in Uttar Pradesh, Gandhi has asked her team members, which includes Secretaries, to visit each district and spend a day or two there to get feedback from activists and voters. Four teams have been touring the state for the last one month to know what led to the washout of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh where it could win only one Lok Sabha seat. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Even Congress President Rahul Gandhi was defeated by the BJP in a place that was supposed to be a Gandhi family stronghold. Earlier this month, four party Secretaries submitted their reports to her citing the weak organisation and “unpopular party leaders” as the reasons which led to the decimation of the Congress in a state where it once held sway. Advertise With Us Gandhi, who is said to be upset with both party leaders and workers in Uttar Pradesh, is expected to infuse young leaders in the party at every level, replacing many senior leaders. During her visit to Rae Bareli to thank voters along with her mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi came down heavily on party workers for not ensuring the victory of Congress candidates. She felt that the proximity of many activists with senior leaders had reduced the party to such a condition. Priyanka Gandhi also wants leaders of other parties who joined the Congress and have good public support base to be given prominence. On Monday, the Congress dissolved all its district committees in the state and set up a three-member disciplinary committee to look into charges of “gross indiscipline” during the Lok Sabha elections. A two-member team has also been sent to the state to oversee election preparations and management of all seats where Assembly by-elections will be taking place. The sources said Priyanka Gandhi will start visiting Uttar Pradesh twice a week from August to strengthen the party in the state where it has been out of power since 1989.last_img read more