Trump Adds Tariffs on USD 200 Bn of Chinese Imports

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: The White House The Trump Administration is to proceed with placing additional tariffs on some USD 200 billion worth of imports from China, which will take effect on September 24.The latest round of tariffs will be set at a level of 10 percent until the end of the year. On January 1, the tariffs will rise to 25 percent, the US President said in a statement released on Monday.Trump warned that if China takes retaliatory action against US farmers or other industries, “we will immediately pursue phase three, which is tariffs on approximately USD 267 billion of additional imports.”The move follows the Section 301 process that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has been leading for more than 12 months. After a thorough study, the USTR concluded that China “is engaged in numerous unfair policies and practices relating to United States technology and intellectual property – such as forcing United States companies to transfer technology to Chinese counterparts.”Trump further said that US has previously urged China to change these practices and give fair and reciprocal treatment to American companies. He added that, so far, China has been unwilling to change its practices.Following the publishing of the USD 200 billion list by the US, China responded by releasing four lists worth in total USD 60 billion, to be tariffed between 5% and 25%.“For the first time in this trade war, the latest round has seen China unable to respond equally to the USD 200 billion measures announced by the US. With China importing much less than it exports to the US, if the trade war continues to unfold, China will have to look away from tariffing imports to find its retaliatory measures,” Peter Sand, BIMCO’s chief shipping analyst, said.According to BIMCO, some 85.3% of Chinese seaborne imports from the US and 58.5% of US seaborne imports from China could become affected by the trade war. While containerized goods have already been targeted by the USD 50 billion round, the biggest impact on these will come with the implementation of tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of goods.So far, the tariffed goods total to 6.6 million tonnes of seaborne trade from China to the US in 2017. This is equivalent to 660,000 TEU. A further 22.4 million tonnes of seaborne containerized goods would be impacted by the US 200 billion list, affecting a total of 1.5% of the global seaborne container trade, BIMCO informed.last_img read more

Dozen get better than this King Rafa lords over Thiem

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem. The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final. Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twistThe world number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018. Sunday’s triumph confirmed the ‘Big Three’ stranglehold on the Grand Slams having shared the last 10 between them. It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win. In a 53-minute first set of brutal hitting and raw physicality, it was Thiem who broke first for a 3-2 lead. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceBut the 25-year-old’s joy was short-lived as Nadal retrieved the break in the sixth game before racing away with the next three games to pocket the opener. Thiem, who had beaten his opponent four times on clay in his career, failed to claim a single point off Nadal’s first five service games of the second set. However, the dogged Austrian pushed and pushed, forced Nadal into three rushed groundstrokes and, from nowhere, broke to take the second set. It was the first set he had managed to take off Nadal at Roland Garros after three previous defeats. Nadal was riled by the insult. He swept the first 10 points of the third set, carving out a double break for 3-0 before sweeping to a third break for the set. Thiem, bidding to become just Austria’s second Grand Slam champion after Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995, had played four successive days to reach Sunday’s final and the toll was slowly telling. He wasted break points in the first and third games of the fourth set and Nadal pounced to stretch to 3-0. That was soon 5-1 and the relentless barrage continued with Nadal taking the title on a second match point.last_img read more

Lightning kills 4 persons in Malda

first_imgMalda/Darjeeling: Four persons were killed in different incidents of lightning strike in Bengal’s Malda district on Wednesday, a senior police officer said.Superintendent of Police, Alok Rajoria said three persons were killed in the lightning strike during heavy rain in Gajole block and one in Manikchawk block of the district. Heavy rain accompanied by lightning hit Malda district on Wednesday. Meanwhile, incessant rainfall in Bhutan and North Bengal has thrown life out of gear. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaLarge stretches have been inundated in North Bengal with road communication disrupted. Water levels are dangerously on the rise in the rivers flowing down from Bhutan. A weather warning has been issued by the Indian Meteorological Department for North Bengal from June 26 to June 28. While there is a red warning (greater than 20 cm of rain forecasted) for June 26 and June 27, there is a orange warning (7cm to 20cm of rain forecasted) for June 28. “Due to strong moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal and shifting of trough of low pressure along North Bengal enhanced rainfall activity is likely to continue over the district of North Bengal during June 26 to 28,” stated the bulletin. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersWide-spread rainfall has been forecasted over the districts of Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. The National Centre for Hydrology and Meteorology, Bhutan, in a weather bulletin has warned of active monsoon to continue in the next 48 hours with heavy rains forecasted for the southern part of Bhutan. Bhutan has been witnessing incessant rainfall in the past few days resulting in flash floods and land slides. Many important roads have been closed down owing to this. The Phuentsholing to Thimpu road is also affected. “We are keeping tab and reviewing the situation on a daily basis. Heavy rainfall in Bhutan will definitely affect our district but we are ready. Our priority will be that we do not have any human casualty” stated Surendra Kumar Meena, District Magistrate, Alipurduar — the district sharing borders with Bhutan.last_img read more

Scientists spot endangered whale not seen in Canadian waters for decades

first_imgOTTAWA – For a handful of researchers surveying marine life off British Columbia’s coast — it was a whale of a tale.This summer, a group of biologists and Canadian Coast Guard members became the first people to report seeing endangered sei whales in Canadian waters in more than half a century.“This was very exciting because we didn’t expect it,” said Thomas Doniol-Valcroze, a research biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.“People on my team had never seen them.”The sei whale, one of the fastest marine mammals in the world, is part of the same family as blue and fin whales.At one point, there were more than 60,000 sei whales in the North Pacific, but the population collapsed after whalers started targeting them. There hadn’t been a single reported sighting of a sei whale in Canadian waters since before whaling was banned in the 1960s.A 2006 Canadian report says there were two confirmed sightings of sei whales in Pacific waters off the west coast of the United States between 1991 and 2001 but none in Canada. They are listed as endangered in Canada’s Species at Risk Act.Doniol-Valcroze was on board the Coast Guard ship near the end of July. It used floating sonar devices to listen for whale calls under the water.“Sei whales are so rare nobody is actually completely sure what they sound like here in the Northeast Pacific,” he said.“We started hearing those sounds that sounded very similar to what sei whales were recorded doing elsewhere. We started hearing them more and more and that led us to finding them and seeing them for the first time many years.”The group saw five of the large creatures swimming amid a pod of fin whales and, using large binoculars, the teams determined they were sei whales.The researchers were part of a 10-week survey trying to count, or estimate, all marine mammals populations in Canada’s Pacific. The survey is the first of its kind in the Pacific ever conducted by the federal government, which has done similar surveys in the Atlantic and the Arctic.The Raincoast Conservation Foundation in B.C. conducted a Pacific marine mammal survey in 2003 and their numbers have been used for the last 15 years.However, in 2017 the United States began enacting a specific provision under its Marine Mammal Protection Act that puts the onus on countries exporting seafood to the U.S. to prove their fisheries are not harming marine mammals. The requirement meant Canada had to update its data if it wanted to continue exporting seafood to the U.S.The final results of the survey will not be published for a year, said Doniol-Valcroze, but he added it was quite successful. In addition to the sei whale sighting, the teams also found higher than anticipated numbers of harbour porpoises, he said.The teams did not see enough sei whales to be able to say how many exactly are in the Pacific Ocean off the Canadian coast.last_img read more

Hundreds of Sudanese refugees crossing into Chad each week UN says

The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman, Ron Redmond, said in Geneva that new refugees in the town of Bahai, joining the 7,000 already registered there, told the team that they fled after Sudanese militia members attacked them on 2 April, looting and burning their homes.UNHCR and its partner, CARE, will distribute aid to refugees in the Kariari area, 35 kilometres north of Bahai, temporary home to 16,000 refugees who fled Sudan at the end of January and the beginning for February after aerial bombs hit their villages, and the militias then attacked them, he said.The water available for the two refugee camps was becoming scarce, he added.The Chadian hosts and those refugees they had taken in have resorted to eating seeds called mukhet, usually used as cattle feed. Not only were they at risk of malnutrition, but the International Rescue Committee told UNHCR that the refugees attending their mobile clinic in Kariari were suffering from diarrhoea, respiratory infections and conjunctivitis.Meanwhile, the UN fact-finding team dispatched from Geneva to look into Darfur’s human rights situation was in al-Fasher, the capital of Northern Darfur State, in western Sudan. The team was due back in Geneva next week, when they would submit their report to Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan.World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris, leader of a UN humanitarian assessment mission for Darfur, arrived today in Sudan’s capital Khartoum, with his team. read more

Libya UN mobilized to support thousands uprooted by Tripoli clashes renews call

“I remind all parties to the conflict that the use of explosive weapons with indiscriminate effects, in densely populated areas is a violation of international humanitarian and human rights law,” she stated. In her statement released on Tuesday, human rights High Commissioner Bachelet also expressed serious concerns about the safety of around 3,350 migrants and refugees, still held in detention centres near the conflict areas. “Migrants should be released from detention centres as a matter of urgency, and should have access to the same humanitarian protection as all civilians, including access to collective shelters or other safe places,” she stressed. The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) echoed her call for a “temporary humanitarian truce to allow for the provision of emergency services and the safe and voluntary passage of civilians out of conflict-affected areas”. Fighting broke out in Tripoli at the beginning of April, when General Khalifa Haftar, commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army, began a military campaign to take Tripoli from fighters loyal to the UN-recognized Government. By the second week of the month, casualties were in the hundreds, and the number of displaced, in the thousands.  To date, the UN has recorded close to 350 people killed, including 22 civilians, and over 1,650 wounded, including 74 civilians. Ms. Bachelet noted that the actual number of civilians killed or injured “is likely to be higher”. “The hospitals are overwhelmed with injured people requiring surgery,” said Dr. Hussein Hassan, Health Emergencies Team leader for the World Health Organization in Libya. “WHO’s emergency medical teams are helping them save lives,” he explained, adding that the “EMTs work into the wee hours to handle complicated surgical cases.” “Some specialists, like the vascular surgeon, are travelling from one place to another to cover two hospitals,” he added. In just over a week, WHO’s three medical teams have performed 144 major surgeries and 104 minor surgeries in a little more than a week. As conflict intensifies, the UN is lacking funding to carry out critical interventions. Along with other humanitarian partners, it launched a common flash appeal for US$ 10.2 million to assist about 100,000 people specifically affected by the surge in violence around Tripoli. “The escalation of attacks in residential areas, including the use of artillery, rockets and airstrikes is deeply worrying. Thousands of children, women and men’s lives are at risk,” Ms. Bachelet said, calling on all parties to fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law. The recent escalation of violence in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, has uprooted the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. The @UNHumanRights chief, @mbachelet, calls for respect of international humanitarian law and a humanitarian truce: pic.twitter.com/yxDmaK1uYF— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) April 30, 2019 read more

John Humphrys prompts diplomatic complaint after mentioning Mexican standoff on Today programme

first_imgVeteran broadcaster John Humphrys almost caused a diplomatic incident on the BBC Today show, angering the Mexican Embassy.A letter of protest arrived on his desk at BBC Radio 4 after those in the embassy misheard something he said on the programme.They thought he said he had used the phrase “Mexican standards” to describe shoddy building practices.However, he had actually said “Mexican stand-off”.Mr Humphrys jokingly compared himself to Donald Trump after the incident.In his column in Waitrose Weekend magazine yesterday, Humphrys, who also presents Mastermind on BBC Two, wrote: “President Trump has outraged Mexico with his wall plans and for one nasty moment recently I feared I might have done the same.”A letter arrived from the acting ambassador complaining about my references to Mexicans. Apparently I had used the expression ‘Mexican standards’ to describe shoddy building practices.”Serious stuff. Except I hadn’t. In a swift follow-up he acknowledged the phrase I had actually used, referring to a dispute between the builders and customers, was ‘Mexican stand-off’. “Crisis averted. Over to you Mr Trump.” 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.last_img read more

RCT identifies safety improvements at Glencores Hail Creek coal mine

first_imgRCT has installed an AusProTec™ LED numbering system to a fleet of seven surface mine water trucks at Glencore’s Hail Creek coal operation in the Bowen Basin of Queensland, AustraliaThe system will help improve positive identification of fleet numbering from the rear of the water trucks, according to RCT, and was implemented when key site personnel visited Glencore’s Clermont coal mine and saw RCT’s LED numbering system in operation first-hand.“This initiative is just another way Glencore is safeguarding operators,” RCT said.The AusProTec Heavy Duty LED has been specifically designed for the mining industry, according to RCT. With tough aluminium housing, rated to IP69 and 10G vibration testing, these LED lights are designed to withstand the harshest conditions.Glencore only began operating Hail Creek in August following the acquisition of Rio Tinto’s 82% interest in the mine.Coal is predominantly mined from two seams at Hail Creek: the Elphinstone Seam, with an average thickness of 6.4 m, and the Hynds Seam, averaging 8.3 m in thickness. Mining is undertaken by a dragline, truck and shovel method. In 2017, the mine produced around 9.4 Mt of hard coking and thermal coal (5.3 Mt HCC and 4.1 Mt TC).last_img read more

The danger is unquantifiable Prison officers say there are 28 gang factions

first_img By Michelle Hennessy Image: Sasko LazarovRollingNews.ie ‘The danger is unquantifiable’: Prison officers say there are 28 gang factions in Mountjoy alone The POA said prison officers are dealing with assaults on a daily basis. Share27 Tweet Email1 22,040 Views Not alone must we ensure the security around ongoing detention we must manage and control systems, which protect the gangs from each other and protect individuals from assaults by gang members, for various reasons.Mitchell said the majority of prisoners just want to serve their time but there is a minority, particularly those with links to major gangs, who view time in prison as “an extension of the gang culture with all the accompanying violence and control over other vulnerable people”.“This activity involves feuding, assaults, threats, drug and weapon smuggling and an ongoing determination to control crime and punishment on the outside”.POA President Tony Power also spoke about attempts by these gangs to smuggle drugs into the prisons. In one week alone in March this year he said over 50 packages of contraband were either delivered by drones or thrown into the exercise yards in Wheatfield Prison.“Without investment in nets for these yards the only workable interim solution is to stop prisoner exercise on reserve period,” he said.“The danger linked to these incidents is unquantifiable. Prison officers, as officers, will put their own health and safety at risk in an effort to retrieve this contraband. Up until 2014 our canine unit had the facility to use patrol dogs in such situations but some genius decided that staff in blue shirts would be more effective than these highly trained dogs.”Speaking at the conference, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he acknowledged the work of prison staff is “challenging and demanding”.He said he shared their concerns about increasing numbers in Irish prisons.“While, it is still important to note that we have relatively low imprisonment rates by international standards, ensuring a safe working environment for you is a key priority for me and the director general.”The minister also addressed the issue of contraband being thrown or dropped into yards. He described drones as a “threat to prison security” and said a potential solution to address these contraband drops has been identified.He said it will shortly be trialled in one prison and if it is successful it will be rolled out across the system. PRISON OFFICERS HAVE expressed concern about the number of gangs in Irish prisons and about their regularly violent behaviour.Speaking at the Prison Officers Association annual delegate conference in Sligo today, deputy general secretary Jim Mitchell said prison officers are dealing with threats of violence, prisoner on prisoner assaults and personal assaults on a daily basis.“There are roughly 28 different gangs and factions operating within Mountjoy prison alone, some are well-known and high-profile. There are over 230 prisoners on protection within the prison, for their own safety – and this adds to the burden placed on prison staff. Image: Sasko LazarovRollingNews.iecenter_img May 2nd 2019, 5:39 PM https://jrnl.ie/4617287 Thursday 2 May 2019, 5:39 PM 39 Comments Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Hot temperatures in Destination TCI quiet storm weekend forecast

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Storm Don headed for the Caribbean Less Active storm season says Natl Hurricane Center in Miami Related Items:el nino, hot, National Hurricane Center System becomes Tropical Storm Danny Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 14 Aug 2015 – The coolest part of the country today was in the more northern Turks and Caicos Islands: Middle and North Caicos with real feel temperatures still sweltering around 97°. The forecast in Provo shows that there is no rain in sight until August 25, but don’t get too excited as that date is ten days from now and the weather will likely change. Now, at mid-August we are officially in the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, but the basin is showing an all clear for at least the next two days. It was explained by the National Hurricane Center that it will be a less active season, the below normal potential has increased thanks to an El Niño factor.last_img read more

Minister of Transport and Local Government Visits the IMO

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited Kingdom, August 4, 2017 – London – The Honourable Frankie Campbell, M. P., Minister of Transport and Local Government of The Bahamas, paid a courtesy call on the H. E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), on Friday 14th July, 2017 at the IMO Headquarters in London, United Kingdom.The Minister was accompanied by H. E. Eldred E. Bethel, High Commissioner and Permanent Representative of The Bahamas to the IMO, Mr. Don Saunders, M. P., Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Commodore Davy Rolle, CEO and Managing Director of The Bahamas Maritime Authority and Mr. Bernis Pinder, Maritime Liaison, Bahamas High Commission, London.During the Courtesy Call the Secretary-General congratulated Minister Campbell on his appointment as Minister of Transport and Local Government.  The Minister provided the Secretary-General with an update on the work his Ministry is undertaking, the Maritime Cadets programme for High School students between grades 10-12, and the LJM Maritime Academy.The Bahamas is currently seeking re-election to the Council of the International Maritime Organization under category C. The Bahamas is the sixth largest contributor to the IMO budget.  The Bahamas remains the flag of choice for passenger ships.  The HARMONY OF THE SEAS, the world’s largest passenger ship, is registered with The Bahamas.The Minister was in London to participate in the 44th Anniversary of independence events hosted by the High Commissioner and to assist with the campaign for re-election to the IMO Council.Press Release: BISPHOTO CAPTIONSPhoto 1- H.E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Honourable Frankie Campbell, M.P., Minister of Transport and Local Government of The Bahamas at a Courtesy Call at the IMO Headquarters on Friday 14 July, 2017, London, United Kingdom.Header photo – Mr. Donald L. Saunders, M.P., Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, H.E. Kitack Lim, Secretary-General of the IMO, and the Honourable Frankie Campbell, M.P., Minister of Transport and Local Government of The Bahamas at a Courtesy Call at the IMO Headquarters on Friday 14 July, 2017, London, United Kingdom. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Manchester United get a reality check

first_imgAccording to manager Ole Gunnar Solsjaer, today’s defeat against Paris Saint-Germain will be a reality check for them.Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe scored to lift French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-0 win over English Premier League side Manchester United.And for Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, this was a reality check for the until-then unbeaten team.United managed to win nine of their first 10 matches, drawing once.And now they have one defeat too.“You can’t lay down and say it’s over,” Solskjaer told the BBC.“We are going to have to go down there, believe in ourselves, play a good game and improve from today obviously.”“Today was a kind of a reality check on the level of the top teams,” he commented.“We had quality players come on, but they gave us something and let’s hope they are not too serious,” he said about Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial who were subbed out injured.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They are muscle injuries, we have to wait a couple of days.”“You can see that we’ve not played games at this level for a while, we will have to learn from this experience,” he continued.“It was one of those experiences that can go either way, it’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we are going to learn from.”United will now play against Chelsea in the FA Cup Fifth Round on Monday while hosting first-place Liverpool on Sunday in English Premier League action.The second leg of their UEFA Champions League series against PSG will be on March 6th in Paris, France.Ole: “It’s not going to be a season-defining one for us. It has to be one that we’re going to learn from.” #MUFC #UCL pic.twitter.com/bp6FZojKLA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 12, 2019last_img read more

Tradeshows Hit 20th Consecutive Quarter of YearOverYear Growth

first_img All of the CEIR Index metrics gained in Q2. Real revenues led the way with a strong 6.1 percent showing. And all 14 industry sectors that make up the index showed growth, paced by Building, Construction and Home Repair; Industrial/Heavy Machinery; and Finished Business Inputs. CEIR overall index by sector, year-on-year percent change, first-half 2015. Source: CEIR.org, 2015 Late last year, after the index showed a 1.8 percent gain for calendar year 2014, CEIR projected that a strong four-year run of steadily better numbers would likely top out in 2015 at 2.8 percent for the full year. Thereafter, it was estimating growth to slow to 2.4 percent in 2016 and 2 percent in 2017. The popular index used to gauge tradeshow growth demonstrated continued resilience in this year’s second quarter, likely affirming earlier projections for solid growth in calendar year 2015. For now, though, the CEIR index, a composite that accounts for the number of exhibitors, net square footage, attendance and revenue, points to an industry hitting on all cylinders. It’s now registered 20 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth, and the 3.8 percent Q2 growth number is the second highest since Q2 2007.center_img The Center for Exhibition Industry Research’s CEIR Total Index registered 3.8 percent year-over-year growth in Q2, a strong followup to the 4.5 percent attained in Q1 2015. Moreover, after slightly lagging the upturn in the U.S. economy as measured by GDP growth for the last three years, the index has solidly outperformed it for two consecutive quarters. That points to a strong year in the making, says CEIR economist Allen Shaw, Ph.D., chief economist for Global Economic Consulting Associates, Inc. “The second-quarter results are very promising. They show that the exhibition industry is on a solid position for robust growth this year,” he said in a statement. Quarterly CEIR Metrics for the overall exhibition industry: Year-on-Year Growth, Q2 2015. Source: CEIR.org, 2015last_img read more

Fairbanks strides closer to F35 answer

first_imgAn F-35 flies over Florida (U.S. Air Force photo)Download audioThe Air Force plan to station two squadrons of F-35s at Eielson Air Force Base cleared a milestone Thursday with the publication of the final environmental impact statement. The 1,000-page report says the basing decision would not significantly harm the air quality of the Fairbanks North Star Borough.  The report also says no harm to wildlife is expected, other than an increase of about 14 bird strikes per year.Fairbanks business leaders have been promoting Eielson as the best place for the F-35s. Among them is Jim Dodson, president of Fairbanks Economic Development Corp. Dodson said this afternoon he looked forward to reading the report and didn’t expect it would contain any barriers to bringing the squadrons to Fairbanks.“We’re excited about it,” he said. “The community is prepared to do what it needs to do to make that happen.”Sen. Lisa Murkowski calls the report “an important step” and says she expected a final decision to come in about a month.The report does say average noise levels would increase for about 73 households in the Moose Creek area, north and west of the base. The probability of being awoken by noise would increase slightly. Sonic booms, though, can travel outside the normal noise path. Delta Junction is projected to feel two more booms per month in the busy season.Dodson says he believes the noise won’t be a problem.“We’re a military town, and 30 percent of the employment in Fairbanks is military, and 38 percent of our payroll is military,” he said.  “As I often heard out in the public, ‘I didn’t know that was noise, I thought it was the sound of freedom.’”The impact report says the move would inject more than $450 million dollars into the economy during the three-year construction phase. After that, the economic benefit is estimated at $250 million a year.  The two squadrons would add more than 1,000 military personnel, nearly 500 civilian workers, and about 1,200 family members.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan says the 48 fighters, combined with the F-22’s at Elmendorf, would show Alaska is becoming a hub of combat airpower.The F-35 is the most expensive weapons program in Pentagon history. The latest budget proposal would slow the pace of acquisition, but Air Force officials say it will not affect the basing timetable.last_img read more

Lecturer held for harassing girl students

first_imgWarangal: The She Team police on Sunday arrested a lecturer working in a private junior college for sexually harassing the girl students. ACP (Crime) B Babu Rao said Tomburapu Ranjith Kumar of Incharla village of Mulugu district has been harassing girl students by calling and sending lewd messages to them. The lecturer has been targeting students, who are academically backward. Pretending to help these students, he used to call them, initially. After a few days, he used to send abusive messages and pictures through SMS or WhatsApp. Also Read – Hyderabad: L&T bags IT awards Advertise With Us Against this backdrop, parents of an aggrieved student lodged a complaint with the Commissionerate Police through WhatsApp. Following which, Commissioner of Police V Ravinder alerted the She Team. The She Team led by inspector B Srinivas swung into action, inquired and found that the lecturer had been sexually harassing the students. They arrested Ranjith Kumar and registered a case in Hanamkonda police station.last_img read more

ImamulHaq apologises to PCB after social media uproar over multiple affairs

first_imgImam-ul-Haq’s performance in ODI’s so far has been good.Twitter/Imam Ul HaqPakistan cricketer Imam-ul-Haq has reportedly accepted the accusations of an online scandal involving multiple women and apologised to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) admitting his mistake.A few days back a Twitter user had posted screenshots of various WhatsApp chats of the Pakistani opener with multiple girls whom he lied about being single. The 23-year-old cricketer was severely criticised for these kinds of activities.Wasim Khan, the Managing Director of PCB, stated that Imam apologised and said that things got out of his hands due to a misunderstanding, as quoted by geo.tv. He also mentioned that they have informed him to be aware of the next time.”Imam was remorseful and has apologised for what all has happened and admitted his mistake. He said the matter got out of hand due to a misunderstanding,” geo.tv quoted Wasim Khan as saying.”But we told him in clear terms that, although this is his personal and private matter, we expect our players to adhere to the highest standards of ethics and discipline,” he added.According to Khan, PCB takes these kinds of issues quite seriously and they also expect that the players show much more responsibility as the ambassadors of the country. Pakistan cricket team.IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty”We don’t like to comment on personal affairs of a player but we expect that our centrally contracted players will also show more responsibility being ambassadors of Pakistan cricket and Pakistan,” Khan said.”Hopefully we will not see such incidents again,” he further added.The promising youngster was a part of Pakistan’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad. He scored a century in the dead rubber fixture of the group stage against Bangladesh. He even scored a half-century against Australia in a group stage fixture which Pakistan eventually lost by 41 runs. The Men in Green bowed out of the World Cup due to having a bad net run rate. Even though they had the same points with fourth-placed New Zealand who qualified. The Kiwis had a much better net run rate than the former. Pakistan won the last four matches of the tournament but could not qualify due to their inconsistent and dismal performance in the first half of the group stages which cost them a lot.last_img read more

Sonagazi exOC sued under Digital Security Act

first_imgWithdrawn Sonagazi Model police station OC Moazzem Hossain. Photo: CollectedA case has been filed against former officer-in-charge (OC) of Sonagazi Model police station Moazzem Hossain with Cyber Crimes Tribunal under the Digital Security Act, reports UNB.Supreme Court lawyer Sayedul Haque Sumon filed the case on Monday under section 26, 29 and 31 of the act for spreading a video on social media on Feni madrasa girl Nusrat Jahan Rafi’s statement at the police station.According to the case statement, the OC called Nusrat to the police station on 27 March after she filed a case against Maulana Siraj Ud Doula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa, for sexually harassing her.During interrogation at the police station, he asked her offensive and unpleasant questions over the incident. Later, the OC spread the video on social media.Dhaka Cyber Tribunal judge Ash-Shams Jaglul Hussein is likely to hear the case after 2:00pm.Earlier, the OC was withdrawn on 10 April as Nusrat family’s alleged that they were not getting proper cooperation from him.Nusrat, a student of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa in Sonagazi upazila of Feni, was set ablaze on 6 April allegedly for refusing to withdraw a case filed against principal Siraj Ud Doula of the madrasa for sexually harassing her last month.After fighting for her life for five days, the madrasa girl died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital on April 10.Read more:Sonagazi OC withdrawn as victim’s ‘family cannot trust him’last_img read more

San Jacinto River Authority To Work On Flood Control After Abbotts Visit

first_img Share The San Jacinto River Authority said on Tuesday it will work on flood control efforts, something it hasn’t done until now. The move comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott directed the authority to better protect communities along the river that flooded during Harvey.The river authority has tapped College Station’s deputy city manager Chuck Gilman to head up a new flood division. While there aren’t any specific plans on the table yet, Gilman said solutions could range from new infrastructure to operational changes.The river authority is facing multiple lawsuits from people who say releases from the Lake Conroe Dam after Harvey flooded their homes. The authority says the releases were legal and didn’t cause the flooding.Gilman said improving flood warnings is a possibility.“I don’t know that you can provide enough communication and outreach,” he said. “I think there’s always opportunities that we can look at in that area, looking at different methods, and then also the timing in which those messages are released.”The authority has acknowledged that funding the effort will be a challenge. In a statement, General Manager Jace Houston said the authority hopes to “leverage federal funds and other partnerships to minimize any impact on local taxpayers.” Still, he said some public buy-in will be necessary. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:46center_img Listen Brien Straw | Houston Public MediaFlooding after Hurricane Harvey in Houston’s Kingwood neighborhood, located along the San Jacinto River. last_img read more

Thanks To A Healthy Economy Texas Comptroller Bumps Revenue Estimate By 28

first_imgBob Daemmrich for The Texas TribuneState Comptroller Glenn Hegar told lawmakers Wednesday that they’ll have about $2.8 billion more than expected for the 2020-21 budget thanks to increased revenues from sales taxes and oil and gas production.If Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s latest revenue estimate is to be believed, Texas budget writers awoke Wednesday morning to a $2.8 billion present.Thanks to Texans’ ravenous purchasing appetite — and all the sales tax dollars collected on those purchases — the state has seen bigger revenue growth in 2018 than officials predicted last year.With help from rising oil prices and production, state lawmakers are on track to have more than $110 billion to spend on the next two-year budget, according to the comptroller. That’s an upward revision of about 2.6 percent from the roughly $107 billion Hegar estimated in October, meaning lawmakers could have nearly $3 billion more to work with next year.That forecasted revenue could go a long way toward plugging some of the huge holes that have worried lawmakers since they signed off on their last two-year budget at the end of the 2017 legislative session, such as a $2 billion underfunding of the Medicaid program for the poor and disabled, a $2.5 billion annual commitment to the state highway fund and the continued costs of Hurricane Harvey recovery.In a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders, Hegar said Texas was in the midst of an “economic expansion exceeding our expectations,” resulting in robust job growth.“Texas in particular benefited from rising oil prices and production and the consequent increase in economic activity,” he wrote, noting the state added more than 350,000 new jobs in the last year.Lawmakers and Capitol observers have fretted for months over a potentially dismal fiscal outlook for next year. In March, Hegar warned that the state could face a credit-rating downgrade if lawmakers didn’t come up with funds to address significant future liabilities, such as state government pensions and a health care program for retired teachers.The revenue numbers could still change between now and January when the comptroller will issue a new estimate that will determine how much lawmakers may spend on the two-year budget they craft in 2019.State Sen. Jane Nelson, a Flower Mound Republican who chairs the Senate’s budget-writing committee, received Hegar’s new estimate with cautious optimism.“This is welcome news — and another sign that our efforts to spur economic growth are working,” she said in a written statement. “Between Harvey and other supplemental needs, the upcoming budget will be a challenge — but this additional revenue will make a big difference.”Hegar predicted lawmakers will also have nearly $12 billion at their disposal next year in the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, a pot of money available for budget emergencies, better known as the Rainy Day Fund. That’s the largest “ending balance” in the fund’s history, according to the comptroller.Still, Hegar’s forecast warned of possible threats to the state’s economic health. Policy changes by the Trump administration — such as threats to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and the current escalation of tariffs on goods from other countries — could be a major blow to Texas exports and “could harm some of our state’s leading industries while slowing our economic growth,” Hegar wrote.Outgoing House Speaker Joe Straus also cautioned that international trade wars could harm the state’s budget.“While today’s report from Comptroller Hegar is good and welcome news, he also importantly reminds us of the potential negative effects of tariffs, trade wars and the significant role that international trade plays in the Texas economy,” Straus said in a written statement. “In spite of the positive report, budget writers in the 86th Session will have to deal with multiple challenges.” Sharelast_img read more