McConnell Presses Negotiating Partners to Reach Comprehensive TwoYear Budget Agreement

first_imgSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he continues to seek a comprehensive two-year budget agreement that would lift the debt limit and set fiscal 2020 federal spending before the August congressional recess to avoid a potential mid-September government default and Oct. 1 shutdown.“We’ll be trying to reach an agreement soon because the House is only in for three more weeks and time is running out,” McConnell said at a news conference.Agreement by the Democrat-led House, the GOP-led Senate and the White House on a comprehensive deal is necessary to avoid the need for a stopgap funding measure and short-term debt relief.“It’s time to get serious on a bipartisan basis,” McConnell said.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn’t rule out a vote on a debt limit increase before the August recess, though she stressed raising nondefense spending caps for fiscal 2020 is still essential to negotiations, according to Roll Call.“Let’s see how the conversations go,” Pelosi said. “We certainly do not want any thought of default on the part of the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”The primary sticking point remains over Democratic calls for increased nondefense spending that Republican leaders oppose, according to the report.Democratic leaders have sought $647 billion for nondefense discretionary spending in fiscal 2020 while the White House has sought to abide by a 2011 deficit-reduction law which called for $543 billion in nondefense spending.The $100 billion nondefense spending difference and disputes over Democrats’ preferred $733 billion defense spending topline and Republicans’ preferred $750 billion topline has stymied negotiations for months.Timing for an agreement is compressing rapidly as Congress is scheduled to be in recess for the month of August and the first week of September.Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Tia Dufour ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

CHAMBER CORNER Learn About Wilmingtons Partners In Rehab Physical Therapy

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Partners In Rehab Physical Therapy, located on Concord Street in Wilmington.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPHOTOS: Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Welcomes Partners In Rehab PT To WilmingtonIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more

India flood toll hits 324

first_imgIndian passengers travel in a truck to a safer place as flood waters ravaged the National Highway 47 in Ernakulam district of Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 17 August 2018. Troop reinforcements stepped up desperate rescue attempts in India`s flood-stricken Kerala state on 17 August after more than 100 bodies were found in a day and a half, taking the crisis death toll to at least 164. Photo: AFPThe death toll from floods that have triggered landslides and sent torrents sweeping through villages in the Indian state of Kerala trebled Friday to 324, authorities said, amid warnings of worse weather to come.Hundreds of troops and local fishermen are staging desperate rescue attempts with helicopters and boats across the southern state, which draws international tourists to its tropical hills and beaches.Kerala has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year and is “facing the worst floods in 100 years”, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a Twitter statement, adding that 324 lives had been lost so far.With thousands still trapped, power and communication lines down and fresh alerts of further torrential rain, authorities warned of more trouble ahead and further deaths to come.”We are deploying more boats and army to ramp up rescue operations,” senior state government official P.H. Kurian told AFPMore than 30 military helicopters and 320 boats are attempting rescues across Kerala.Authorities said thousands of people have been taken to safety so far but 6,000 more are still waiting for rescue.India residents stand on the shore as Periyar river flooded following monsoon rains at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPHelicopters have also been dropping emergency food and water supplies, while special trains carrying drinking water have been sent to Kerala.According to India’s weather bureau, since the beginning of June more than 321 centimetres (126 inches) of rain has fallen on the hilly central Kerala district of Idukki, which is now virtually cut off from the rest of the state.With no end in sight to the deluge, people all over the state of 33 million people have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.”My family and neighbouring families are in trouble,” wrote Ajo Varghese, a resident of the coastal city of Alappuzha, in a Facebook post that quickly went viral.”No water and food. Not able to communicate from afternoon. Mobile phones are not reachable… Please help,” he added.- ‘Extremely grave’ -Other messages have been sent from people trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as their homes.The Kerala government has said it faces an “extremely grave” crisis and state chief minister Vijayan warned of a new wave of rainfall hitting the battered region over the weekend. Strong winds have also been predicted for Saturday and Sunday.Indian navy and rescue personnel evacuate local residents in a boat at Aluva, in the Indian state of Kerala, on 16 August, 2018. Photo: AFPThe gates of dozens of dams and reservoirs across the state have been opened as water levels reach danger levels, inundating many other villages.North and central Kerala have been worst-hit by the floods with the international airport in the main city of Kochi shut until at least 26 August.At least 220,000 people displaced from across the state are taking shelter in more than 1,500 relief camps.On top of tourist cancellations, Kerala’s valuable rubber industry has been badly hit by the floods.The government says 10,000 kilometres (6,000 miles) of Kerala roads have been destroyed or damaged, along with thousands of homes.News reports said electricity supplies to more than half the state have been cut. The state power company said that only one million people were affected, however.The home ministry announced meanwhile that 868 people have been reported dead in seven Indian states including Kerala since the start of the monsoon in June.last_img

Graziano Under Fire Over Sex Abuse Allegations

first_imgPublic housing residents hold up signs prior to demonstrating outside the offices of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City on Oct. 26. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)A union official has been fired from his job with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) in what he, advocates, and residents are calling a retaliatory firing for daring to speak openly about the conditions and sex abuse at public housing properties.On Oct. 26, HABC executive director Paul Graziano met with two public housing residents, Rochelle Barksdale and Camay Owens, and the co-director and head organizer for Communities United, John Comer, who has been organizing public housing residents since 2012. The residents presented Graziano with a list of demands that included the extermination of rats, mice, and other pests, the replacing of broken windows and door locks, as well as the repair of broken heating units before the winter cold fully sets in.At a press conference after the meeting, Comer added that residents also demand that Lucky Crosby, health and safety officer for AFSCME Local 647, and, until Oct. 21, a maintenance mechanic at public housing properties for HABC, be reinstated after he was let go in what many are calling a retaliatory firing over Crosby’s at times public outspokenness regarding the deplorable living conditions at public housing properties in Baltimore as well as the sex abuse taking place there.Crosby arrived at his home on the evening of Oct. 21, to find a termination notice from HABC taped to his front door. Crosby had been suspended as of Oct. 9 over a verbal altercation with another maintenance worker that took place on Oct. 5, but which union officials, including AFSCME Local 647 president Anthony Coates, had called a pretext to punish Crosby for his outspokenness over the living conditions and allegations of sexual abuse at Gilmor Homes and other HABC properties.The {AFRO} has reported widely on both the living conditions and claims of sex abuse at Gilmor since last July. According to one public housing resident who preferred not to be named but was demonstrating outside the HABC office building as Barksdale, Comer, and Owens met inside, “I don’t have heat. I have to use my oven to warm up my house; we have blankets and everything. They say I can’t use my dryer, I’ve gotta unplug my microwave. I shouldn’t have to do those things if the wiring [in the unit] was appropriate.”Another demonstrator said her name was Stephanie but did not want her last name used and who also says she lives in Gilmor, said she was promised a larger unit within three months of moving in. That was three years ago, and the problems inside her unit have forced her grandchildren to take residence with their other grandparents.“When it’s in the winter, it’s like being outside. Children should not have to double up on quilts [in]side the house. The window’s coming out [of the frame]. I’ve been trying to get them to fix my unit since I’ve been there, and I’ve been there going on three years, and I didn’t know this has been going on there for years,” said Stephanie.The residents and organizers who met with Graziano on Oct. 26 were hoping to receive a firm timeline for the completion of all repairs in the public housing units, but said they did not receive one. Comer also said that the sex abuse allegations were discussed at the meeting, though Graziano was limited in his ability to comment due to the lawsuit filed in late September by attorneys Cary Hansel and Annie Hirsch, on behalf of what are now 11 female public housing residents over the abuse.Crosby spoke at the press conference that took place after the meeting, addressing the living conditions in Baltimore’s public housing.“I have worked in every development in housing, and they all are horrible because of the conditions that are allowed to fester.  You have low staff, you have no moral among the [maintenance workers], you have no materials [for repair].  In cases you’re putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, you cannot have that,” said Crosby, adding later, regarding the sex abuse claims and HABC’s response, “If they were Caucasian women, would we allow this?”last_img read more

Iconic films from the world come to Delhi

first_imgAiming to build a community of world cinema lovers and establish that classical movies can be the mainstream entertainment source, Navrasa Duende, a leading production house, is all set to host the second edition of its World Classic Movie Festival from June 22 to 24, 2018 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. The three-day festival will feature a rare and rich ensemble of films by directors from around the world.The festival includes a collection of a vast variety of genres ranging from movies that were considered to be milestones of the neo-realistic cinema movement and also some of the blockbuster classic movies like Fiddler on the Roof by Norman Jewison; Wild Strawberries by Ingmar Bergman; Children of Paradise by Marcel Carne; Ivan’s Childhood by Andrei Tarkovsky; Gone with the Wind by Victor Fleming; Throne of Blood by Akira Kurosawa; Jalsaghar by Satyajit Ray; Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica; and Doctor Zhivago by David Lean. These timeless movies have entertained film lovers across generations, also winning several accolades for their masterful storytelling and acting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBicycle Thieves revolves around a man and his son in search of the stolen bicycle; Fiddler on the Roof shows a father who deals with sustaining Jewish ideologies in his family; Ivan’s Childhood displays a young Russian orphan who works as a spy for the Soviet army against the Nazis; Gone with the Wind finds an incompatible couple who faces turbulence in their romance; Jalsaghar revolves around a wealthy man who slowly loses his everything including his sanity while he watches everybody around him prosper; Doctor Zhivago displays an extra-marital affair that experiences hardships. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe carefully curated collection of these classic movies make this event a must-see. The quest to explore diverse cultures and art forms, introduce them to global audiences, and create an impact on the lives of people is at the core of Navrasa Duende’s objectives as a production house. The organisation also aims to discover and promote young talent from the far-reaching corners of the globe, and to provide them with a platform to showcase their artistic flair. Through collaborations with global art groups and esteemed performers, Navrasa Duende looks forward to fostering an environment of thriving creativity.last_img read more