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Maharashtra may soon get inter-caste marriage law

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is planning to introduce an inter-caste marriage legislation to prevent heinous crimes like ‘honour killings’, State Minister for Social Justice Rajkumar Badole said here on Sunday.“Many couples and families have had to endure trauma and a litany of atrocities for having challenged regressive social norms, despite the government providing financial incentives to encourage inter-caste marriages. This law is to ensure their security and to protect their children,” Mr. Badole said during a lecture at the Balgandharva Rangmandir. The talk was organised as part of the ongoing celebrations of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s 126th birth anniversary. The plan to introduce the law was mooted in March, with Mr. Badole chairing a nine-member committee constituted to frame the legislation. The law will give inter-caste couples priority during employment, apart from financial aid from the government.“Dr. Ambedkar desired a Maharashtra free of social inequality and caste divide. Despite him giving us the Constitution, the country has never given him his due. The Hindu Code Bill, for which he fought tenaciously, was dropped by the Indian Parliament of the 1950s, and words like freedom, equality and fraternity continue to remain tokenisms,” Mr. Badole said.The legislation is planned along the lines of the revolutionary law enacted by Shahu Maharaj, the reformer and ruler Kolhapur, in 1919.last_img read more

NSA invoked against three men accused of cow slaughter in M.P.

first_imgAuthorities in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district have invoked the stringent National Security Act against three persons accused of killing a cow near Kharkhali village four days ago. The incident took place three days after the newly elected Congress government decided to open 1,000 gaushalas for stray cattle in the State over the next four months. “We received information about the slaughtering of a cow near Kharkhali village four days ago. When the police reached the spot, the accused fled. But the police team found the cow carcass,” Khandwa SP Siddharth Bahuguna said. Giving details, Moghat police station in-charge Mohan Singore said a police team reached the spot on Friday evening following a tip-off. However, taking advantage of the darkness, the accused fled leaving the carcass behind, he said. In the meantime, the police informed the district administration about the incident, which asked it to slap NSA against the accused. On Monday, the police arrested Nadeem alias Raja and Shakeel from Pardesipura while the third accused, Azam, was arrested from Kharkhali. The three were produced before a local court on Monday, which sentenced them to jail under NSA and other relevant sections of IPC.last_img read more

Supreme Court issues notice to N. Srinivasan, Niranjan Shah on CoA’s complaint

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N. Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah for participating in the June 26 Special General Meeting (SGM) as a nominee of state associations.The apex court has adjourned the matter till September 24.The Committee of Administrators (CoA), in its fourth report submitted to the top court, had earlier accused Srinivasan and Shah of creating disruptions in the June 26 SGM, which was convened to build consensus amongst BCCI members of the adoption of Lodha Panel reforms.Describing them as disqualified members, the CoA further accused them of having vested interests of wanting to stall the implementation of the reforms.”The SGM held on June 26 was manifestly disruptive. Before the meeting, a substantial consensus has been arrived at as a result of mutual deliberations between the CoA and various constituent members of BCCI,” the CoA’s report stated.”The SGM on June 26 was attended by various persons who are disqualified from being office bearers of the BCCI and/or their respective state/member associations including N. Srinivasan (represented the TNCA) and Niranjan Shah (Saurashtra CA) amongst others,” it added.The report stated that such disqualified persons have vested interests, because “if the judgment is implemented, such disqualified persons will have to relinquish control over their respective state/ member associations.”In its report, the CoA submitted the need for a reconstitution of the Steering Committee to establish Cricket Players Association.It asked the apex court to consider the appointment of Anshuman Gaikwad, Kapil Dev, Bharat Reddy along with GK. Pillai for the committee.advertisementThe CoA, in its status report, has also stated that it has been difficult to find consensus among the state boards on the implementation of the Lodha recommendations had hit a snag.”During the intervening period of three months since CoA filed third status report, every effort has been made by the CoA to build consensus among constituent members of BCCI for adoption of new BCCI constitution. The CoA held two meetings, on May 6 (a day before SGM) and June 25 (a day before SGM) in an attempt to build consensus but all these efforts were to no avail,” the report said.last_img read more

Paolo Cannavaro joining brother in China

first_imgGuangzhou Evergrande Paolo Cannavaro to join brother Fabio at Guangzhou Evergrande Sacha Pisani 11:59 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paolo Cannavaro Sassuolo Getty Images Guangzhou Evergrande Sassuolo Serie A CSL Roma v Sassuolo The Sassuolo defender will retire on Saturday before joining seven-time reigning CSL champions Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao as a coach Paolo Cannavaro will link up with brother and Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao head coach Fabio in China after the Sassuolo defender announced his retirement.Cannavaro will farewell Sassuolo when the Serie A side face Roma on Saturday before joining the seven-time reigning Chinese Super League champions.The 36-year-old is set to assist former Italy international and World Cup-winning defender Fabio, who is back as Evergrande boss after replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari in November. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I wanted to leave a mark on and off the pitch,” Paolo Cannavaro told reporters. “My ambition was too strong, and for this, I thank president [Giorgio] Squinzi and [Giovanni] Carnevali. They’re giving me an opportunity that isn’t easy to grant midseason.«In questa società mi sono sempre sentito a casa. Grazie a tutti di cuore» Le parole di Paolo #Cannavaro sono su https://t.co/LmALIW5xVy #ForzaSasol pic.twitter.com/mFVhUSqTSz — U.S. Sassuolo (@SassuoloUS) December 28, 2017 “There are human values and fantastic alchemy here, which you don’t get at other clubs. I’m leaving home.”I’ll assist Fabio 360 degrees as a technical collaborator. I can coach those who play less during the season.”It’ll be a full-on experience for me, a huge leap. Saturday? It’ll be a strange feeling. I won’t miss the field because it’s a decision I’ve made, but I will miss being around my team-mates.”As for a move to Asia, the Italian isn’t overly familiar with what will be his new home. “The city will be new. I’ve been there twice but only for summer tours. Only lately have I been preparing myself for it because I was too focused on doing well here until the last day. It’ll be a new year and a new life.”Knowing that I’m quitting football but still doing something that keeps me busy is a privilege. Chinese will be difficult to learn, so we’ll settle for English.”As for joining up with his brother, the 36-year-old is looking forward to rebuilding their relationship. “Relationship with Fabio? I haven’t had much of a life with him. Getting back together didn’t happen for several years.”I wanted us to do so in the future as opportunities always presented themselves. I can’t wait to start.”last_img read more

Zimmer hosting second roundtable discussion on firearms laws in Fort St John

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer hosted a roundtable discussion regarding new proposed federal firearms laws in Prince George earlier this week.In a release, Zimmer said the discussion topics included Canada’s current firearms classification system, the process a law-abiding firearms owner has to go through to purchase a firearm legally, and the recent introduction of firearms legislation by the Liberal government.“I wanted to hold this roundtable to have an open conversation about firearms and our current laws. It is important to me that I consult with constituents from Prince George and the region about how they feel about this issue. If people have concerns, it’s my goal to hear those concerns and help with them in any way I can,” said Mr. Zimmer. “There is a lot of misinformation out there about our current firearms laws, and one of the reasons why I wanted to have this roundtable was to be able to provide accurate information.” “It was a great discussion and I was able to learn a lot about where people are at on the issue. I want to hear from any of my constituents regarding any changes that they would like to see to firearms legislation. It is also my hope those who attended were able to come away with a better understanding of our current system.”last_img read more

Making of Mankading

first_imgThe 41.16 Law “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out. Whether the attempt is successful or not, the ball shall not count as one in the over. If the bowler fails in an attempt to run out the non-striker, the umpire shall call and signal Dead ball as soon as possible.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFirst Instance India’s Vinoo Mankad, after whom the rule is named, was among the earliest bowlers to run a non-striker out. On December 13, 1947, during India’s tour of Australia, Mankad had run out Bill Brown when Brown had left the crease before he delivered the ball. Since then, this tactic has been referred as ‘Mankading’.Bradman’s Reaction “An early sensation came in Australia’s innings when Brown was once more run out by Mankad, who, in the act of delivering the ball, held on to it and whipped the bails off with Brown well out of his crease. Immediately, in some quarters, Mankad’s sportsmanship was questioned. For the life of me, I cannot understand why. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the non-striker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered.”There have also been situations when bowlers have decided against this particular form of dismissal. For instance, in the 1987 World Cup, West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh had refrained from running out Saleem Jaffar – eventually losing the game. It is definitely not a binding question of upholding spirit, rather it is a personal choice that mustn’t be unlawfully enforced.last_img read more

Intel announces another security flaw in chips

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Intel has revealed another hardware security flaw that could affects millions of machines around the world.The chipmaker said Tuesday there’s no evidence of anyone exploiting the bug.The bug is embedded in the architecture of computer hardware. Intel says it could let attackers see leaked data but it’s difficult to exploit outside of a laboratory.The company says it’s already addressed the problem in its newest chips after working for months with business partners and independent researchers.It’s the latest revelation of a hard-to-fix vulnerability affecting processors that undergird smartphones and personal computers. Two bugs nicknamed Spectre and Meltdown set a panic in the tech industry last year.The Associated Press read more

Your opinion Kielce Atletico Flensburg Barca and Veszprem to TOP8

VESZPREM wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (51%, 232 Votes)VESZPREM wins both matches – cum.advantage less than +10 (37%, 168 Votes)VESZPREM progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (7%, 30 Votes)LEON progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (2%, 8 Votes)LEON wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (2%, 7 Votes)LEON wins both matches – cum.advantage less than +10 (1%, 6 Votes)Total Voters: 451GORENJE – SG FLENSBURG 13% – 87% Handball predictionhandball tipsVelux EHF Champions League Here are the results of our Polls about winners at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 phase:VIVE TARGI KIELCE – PICK SZEGED 80% – 20% Kielce wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (36%, 199 Votes)Kielce wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (29%, 160 Votes)Szeged progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (17%, 95 Votes)Kielce progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (15%, 82 Votes)Szeged wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (3%, 17 Votes)Szeged wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (0%, 5 Votes)Total Voters: 558BM ATLETICO MADRID – FUCHSE BERLIN 52% – 48% BARCA wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (72%, 238 Votes)BARCA wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (21%, 70 Votes)SILKEBORG wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (5%, 15 Votes)BARCA progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (2%, 5 Votes)SILKEBORG progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (1%, 3 Votes)SILKEBORG wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (0%, 1 Votes)Total Voters: 332ADEMAR LEON – MKB VESZPREM 5% – 95% FLENSBURG wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (42%, 139 Votes)FLENSBURG progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (23%, 76 Votes)FLENSBURG wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (22%, 72 Votes)GORENJE progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (8%, 27 Votes)GORENJE wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (3%, 10 Votes)GORENJE wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (2%, 10 Votes)Total Voters: 334 MADRID progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (38%, 125 Votes)FUCHSE progress – 1:1 wins (more goals) (36%, 120 Votes)FUCHSE wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (9%, 31 Votes)MADRID wins both matches – cum. advantage less than +10 (8%, 26 Votes)MADRID wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (6%, 20 Votes)FUCHSE wins both matches – cumulative advantage over +10 (3%, 9 Votes)Total Voters: 331SILKEBORG – BARCELONA  5% – 95% ← Previous Story EHF Cup: Goppingen and La Rioja to TOP8! Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16: First defeat for Kielce – Veszprem, Barca and Flensburg close to TOP8! read more

Grave concerns as president and council of national GP group resign

first_img By Gráinne Ní Aodha THE PRESIDENT AND the national council of the National Association of General Practitioners Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail have announced their resignation.Ó Tuathail said in a statement that he had “grave concerns with regards to the governance of the organisation and cannot continue as president as a result”.“I hope to be able to represent General Practice again at some point in the future,” he said in a statement.The NAGP negotiate and lobby on behalf of general practitioners at an individual and group level, which recently included implementing abortion services and providing out-of-cycle CervicalCheck tests. The association has around 2,000 members.Members of the NAGP were informed on Friday that the following doctors had resigned from the association: Dr Maitiu Ó Tuathail, Dr Dan Crowley, Dr Ronan Fawsitt, Dr Brid Walsh, Dr Tadhg O’Carroll, Dr Enda Ryan, Dr Stephen Murphy, Dr Lucinda Dockeray, Dr Mary Joyce Leader, Dr Adrian O Donovan, and Dr Mairtin O’Maoláin. ‘Grave concerns’ as president and council of national GP group resign There had been “serious issues of internal governance” at the National Association of General Practitioners, a statement said. Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail. Source: Eamonn Farrell“The NAGP is a young organisation that constantly and exclusively advocates for GPs and general practice. It believes in accountability, transparency and clear communication with members,” the statement said. 22,482 Views Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Chompoo Suriyo Share Tweet Email3 Monday 29 Apr 2019, 8:33 AMcenter_img Image: Shutterstock/Chompoo Suriyo Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25 Comments At last year’s AGM concerns were raised about the governance of the NAGP.It said that “serious issues of internal governance were brought to the attention of the National Council and the Directors of the NAGP” and that “significant efforts were made to resolve these issues through a process of renewal, transparency, and accountability”. Apr 29th 2019, 8:33 AM https://jrnl.ie/4610592 We regret and apologise to our members, that this was not achieved. As a result, the National Council, whose role is advisory, have tendered their resignation to the directors.“We plan to continue to support you and will issue further correspondence soon,” it said.The NAGP said that its directors would not be stepping aside out of a “responsibility to its members to facilitate ongoing industrial relations issues”.Chris Goodey, the chief executive of the NAGP said the organisation would “continue to offer help and advice to GPs”.We will continue to follow up payments from the DEASP, we will continue to offer IR advice, we will continue to deal with GP issues with the PCRS. We will continue to offer Health and Safety advice to GPs.The statement did not address accusations of unresolved governance issues or the grave concerns raised by those who have resigned.last_img read more

Varoufakis says thank you for solidarity

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has been touched by the support Greek Australians have shown Greece and says he hopes to visit the country soon.Appearing via audio link, Mr Varoufakis joined hundreds of people at a Let Greece Breathe campaign event in Melbourne this week to show solidarity to Greece as it enters more tense talks with its creditors.“Your support in events like tonight’s is of the upmost importance to us, psychologically, tangibly, in practical terms, in every which way,” he said. “I wish to thank you from Athens and send you my solidarity for the solidarity that you are extending to us.”Mr Varoufakis painted a bleak picture of the state of affairs in Greece, and said the previous government’s line had worn thin. “There were no real reforms, all we had was reductions, a sequence of reductions in pensions, in salaries, in benefits, and increase in taxes, this was a neverending cycle of doom,” he says.“In the end, if you have a sick cow and you keep beating it, you’re not going to produce more milk.”He says Greece has struggled to convince its creditors to re-negotiate the terms of the bailout but says Greece’s line is as firm as ever.“We’re not going to succumb,” he says.“We are going to continue to speak truth, and we are going to continue to negotiate, seeking an agreement, we’re going to compromise.”The event was hosted by the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign and saw a number of high-profile union figures and politicians attend. President of the Australian Councils of Trade Unions Ged Kearney joined Greens senator Adam Bandt in throwing their support behind Greece’s new government, saying SYRIZA’s election “inspires” a progressive movement in Australia.Greece’s debt currently sits at more than 170 per cent of its GDP, making its attempts to get out of bankruptcy very difficult. Political economist and head of the Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign, Adam Rorris, reported that dozens of Australian economists “agree that the Greek debt can not be repaid and part of it must be erased”.A crowd favourite was Greek Australian film maker Ana Kokkinos, who spoke of the motivations of Greece’s creditors and the problems created by a corrupt government.She finished on a positive note by saying the crisis has fuelled more mindful and aware storytellers.“I feel a great sense of hope that this next generation of storytellers will shine a light on these human realities and keep the ideas of freedom and democratic practice alive,” she says.Ms Kokkinos’ full speech can be found on page 27.last_img read more

Cahill hoping to join the World Cup greats

first_imgAustralia’s Tim Cahill is hoping to score one more time as he looks to join Brazil legend Pele and former Germany strikers Miroslav Klose and Uwe Seeler as the only players to have found the back of the net in four World CupsDespite now being 38 years old, Cahil continues to represent Australia at international level after 14 years and 106 appearances.The forward, who played with Millwall until the end of last season, and has amassed 50 goals in his international career and has scored in three separate World Cup tournaments.Despite now approaching the age of 40, Cahill could achieve something this summer that not even Cristiano Ronaldo has accomplished yet.Neymar, BrazilNeymar targets Ronaldo’s record for Brazil Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Neymar heads into Brazil’s friendly against Peru on Wednesday morning hoping to draw level or beat Ronaldo Nazario’s goal record.“Yeah, it’s amazing, insane,” Cahill told Optus Sport, via Sydney Morning Herald.“To even be mentioned with those greats as an Australian is insane.”Australia will face France in their Group C opener on Saturday.last_img read more

World Bank urges Caribbean to spend better on infrastructure

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, April 12, 2017 – Washington, DC – Spending Better to Achieve More, the World Bank said this region can improve infrastructure by making better assessments and prioritising spending efficiency.  According to the report, in Latin America & the Caribbean an average of three per cent of the GDP is spent on infrastructure while many countries spend more than four per cent. Comparatively, the percentage of GDP spent on infrastructure in the East Asia/Pacific region is 7.7. The causes of inefficient infrastructure investments, as cited in the report, include lack of institutional planning capacity, budgeting and implementation issues, inefficient procurement processes, and regulatory uncertainty. The report also said that adequate pricing for infrastructure services can also help increase efficiency.  The report said that sanitation and transport were two key areas where this region lagged behind other middle-income regions and said there was potential focus areas for infrastructure improvements. Story by: Zahra Gordon#MagneticMediaNews#WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructure#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#betterCaribbeaninfrastructure, #magneticmedianews, #WorldBankonCaribbeanInfrastructurelast_img read more

San Diego Zoos Yaycation

first_img Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Take a remarkable excursion into the San Diego Zoo’s annual spring event this year.Yaycation will include special daily activities and animal experiences for the whole family—each one highlighting a different location at the Zoo.Daily entertainment—including San Diego Zoo Rock Radio and animal experiences, with special appearances from Dr. Zoolittle—will showcase a variety of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors.The Zoo’s costume characters will provide memorable photo opportunities. Our iconic animal ambassadors will educate visitors at Wegeforth Bowl during their “Wild About Animals” show.Yaycation activities started March 24 and run through April 8, 2018—and they are included with admission to the San Diego Zoo. KUSI’s Allie Wagner was live at the zoo with Dr. Zoolittle learning more about the Yaycation.More information can be found here. Allie Wagner Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego Zoo’s Yaycation April 3, 2018 Posted: April 3, 2018last_img read more

Follow the action at Employee Benefits Live 2017

first_imgEmployee Benefits Live, Europe’s largest employee reward and benefit event, returns for its 19th year on 10 and 11 October 2017 at Olympia National, London.Delegates will be able to attend sessions spanning five different conference streams on each day of the event. This will include presentations on workplace pensions, health and wellbeing, employee engagement, HR strategy, benefits strategy, financial wellbeing, benefits technology, global reward, diversity and inclusion and benefits on a budget.During the sessions, leading experts from the benefits and reward sector will provide insights on hot topics facing the industry. Age UK, Adidas, Goodman Mason, Hays, Asda, Deloitte, TalkTalk, Siemens and Travis Perkins are among the organisations who will be speaking at the free-to-attend event.Delegates will also have plenty of opportunities to meet and interact with an array of reward and benefits providers, advisors and consultants in the exhibition hall, as well as network with peers throughout the day. Attendees will also be able to seek one-to-one advice from industry consultants by making an appointment at the new Consulting Clinic, while World Mental Health Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 10 October with the event’s Relaxation Room, which will host meditation sessions and offer hand massages.You can keep up to date with all the latest news from the event, and join in the conversation, by following @EmployeeBenefit on Twitter, or by using the official Employee Benefits Live hashtag #EBLive17.Register for news alerts on www.employeebenefits.co.uk so you do not miss any breaking news from the event.last_img read more

ALM Launches Dedicated Mobile Sites

first_imgALM is taking another big step in mobile optimization—what could be a crucial one for its mobile-friendly audience.The b-to-b publisher of more 20 titles focusing on the legal services industry has launched dedicated mobile sites for 14 of its national and regional brands. The move comes after the company optimized its newsletters for mobile devices in early March—which, it recently announced, has boosted open rates by more than 60 percent—and follows the hire of Jeffrey Litvack as senior vice president of digital media last fall.“ALM’s focus on developing state-of-the art sites for accessing news content on mobile devices and tablets is in response to the adoption of mobile as a preferred means by legal professionals for how they wish to keep up to date on the developments of the industry,” Litvack says in a statement.Litvack’s comments are buttressed by survey results and internal metrics that suggest mobile is a key consumption platform among legal professionals. Close to 90 percent of lawyers use smartphones, according to the release, while mobile traffic to ALM properties has increased nearly 60 percent year-over-year.Content-wise, the mobile sites emphasize recency and breaking news, as opposed to ALM’s educational content or services, Litvack says.While ALM considered a responsive design solution, they felt dedicated mobile sites were preferable, given their goals.“Responsive design ultimately is a middle of the road approach,” he says. “It’s about making compromises—whether its on the mobile site or tablet or website.  This is especially true when it comes to advertising, because responsive advertising isn’t there yet. For b-to-b companies, the question is: Can you afford to manage multiple sites? Where our traffic is growing so significantly on mobile sites, it would be foolish of us to not optimize the experience.”last_img read more

John McCain Elder Statesman Fierce Defense Hawk

first_imgSen. John McCain, one of the few lawmakers who often commanded more authority on national security issues than the president, died Saturday at the age of 81 after battling brain cancer for the past year. Over three decades in the Senate he became one of the Republicans’ most reliable champions for the military, with his chairmanship of the Armed Services Committee the highlight of his congressional career.“In the committee’s work, I have found high purpose in the service of a cause greater than self — the cause of the women and men in uniform who defend America and all she stands for,” McCain said earlier this month when the Senate approved the conference report to the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill.One of McCain’s most recent victories in Congress was the effort he led last year with his counterpart, House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), to boost base defense spending for FY 2018 to $640 billion, $54 billion above the statutory spending cap, reported CQ. The campaign came to fruition this past February when lawmakers reached a two-year, bipartisan budget deal to raise defense spending above $700 billion in both FY 2018 and 2019, after adding in the war funding account.For a detailed account of McCain’s military and political career, read the obituary in the Washington Post.Photo by Sgt. James McCann Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday March 14 2018

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 alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowThe trans-Alaska pipeline fights off about 22 million cyber attacks. Daily.Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageEnergy infrastructure is a tempting target for hackers, and the trans-Alaska pipeline is no exception. Alyeska, the company that operates the pipeline, now ranks cyberattacks as one of its top three risks.New Norwegian champ, Joar Ulsom wins 2018 IditarodZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe 31-year-old Norwegian is the first musher to disrupt the Seavey dynasty, in a grueling race that has dragged on longer than recent years.Juneau students take part in national student walkout protesting gun violenceAdelyn Baxter, KTOO – JuneauJuneau high school students took part in today’s national walkout calling for action on gun violence.Proposed constitutional amendment would protect dividends, sort ofAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauConcern over the dividend’s future led House members to propose a constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 23.Mendenhall Towers climbers presumed deceased; search endsMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauAlaska State Troopers say ropes used by Ryan Johnson and Marc-Andre Leclerc were spotted in a cravasse on the north face of the Mendenhall Towers.Toksook Bay Tribe receives more than 10 million federal dollars for trail constructionAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BathelThe Trump administration has awarded a major grant to a small community on the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Japanese tsunami litters North American shores with 10 times the trashZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaScientists estimate following the 2011 tsunami in Japan there were at least 10 times as much debris washing ashore than ever measured.last_img read more