Multi Sectoral Effort Needed to Host Diamond League Meet

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, with the full support of the Government, has begun to explore with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) the possibility of Jamaica hosting a Diamond League meet. The Minster was speaking at the eighth regional Investment and Capital Markets Conference, held on January 24 at the Pegasus Hotel, in New Kingston. “It is clear from these discussions that by hosting a meeting in Jamaica, the Diamond League will be able to build the worldwide appeal of athletics. It is also clear that a Jamaica meeting will be able to provide world class entertainment by providing outstanding television images,” Mrs. Neita-Headley said. Mrs. Neita-Headley argued that having the Diamond League in Jamaica would give a fair chance to top athletes of all disciplines to gain international media exposure, earn their living and have their success in major championships honoured. She noted that internationally, most track and field athletes want to compete in Jamaica.“They see this nation as the Mecca of track and field, where their efforts will be fully understood and appreciated. They want to experience firsthand, the adulation of the same fans that have cheered on the Jamaican champions and applauded our regional friends when they compete at the national stadium,” she added.The Sports Minister outlined how the government would be involved in facilitating the hosting of a Diamond League Meet in the country, citing the availability of hotels and a stadium facility.She also pointed out that promotion of the event would have to be done through the Jamaica Tourist Board, the Caribbean Tourism Organization, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, SportsMax and other regional and international media.“The Government of Jamaica would be responsible for leading the discussion with our regional brothers and sisters to secure buy-in to the event; not as a Jamaica’s Diamond League meet, but as the Regional Diamond League meet, with the outcome being measurable regionally,” Mrs. Neita Headley said.The Minister added that to host a successful Diamond League would require that bureaucratic obstacles are kept to the absolute minimum in making the participation of athletes from all global destinations as pain-free as possible. She said this would include arrangements at immigration and customs to expedite arrivals and departures at the airports as well as ground travel arrangements for the duration of the meet.Discussions will also be held with the security forces so as to assist with the security arrangements for the visiting athletes, and the Ministry of Tourism and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association would be involved to ensure that proper housing is available for all visiting athletes and their teams, as well as the media and persons who travel to Jamaica to watch the meet.“We have before us a real opportunity to leverage our success as a track and field super power. How we seek to capitalize on the dominance we currently enjoy will eventually reflect in our country’s balance sheet,” the Minister said.The Samsung Diamond League is an annual series of track and field meetings held from 2010 onwards. It was designed to replace the IAAF Golden League, which was held annually since 1998.last_img read more



18 Stars revealed at Hotel Tourisms Awards Gala

first_img Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore Related Items:star awards, TCHTA Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Feb 2016 – What a time was had by the hotel and tourism ambassadors of the country during the 8th Annual Star awards last night held at the Tropicanna Show and Supper Club. There were 18 winners from the various resorts and allied members of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association who staged the event where scores of nominees were fielded. Winners included Villa Del Mar as Hotel of the Year; Housekeeper of the Year & Fan Favorite, from Beaches Resort – Elliot Talbot; Junior Bishop also from Beaches won Bartender of the Year; Grace Bay Club’s, Godfrey Williams earned Ambassador of the Year; Edwin Gallardo of Seven at Seven Stars is Chef of the Year; Tiersa Hall (say of the Hartling Group got Shining Star; it was a tie for Restaurant of the Year – Hemingways at the Sands and Lotus of Parrot Cay and Entertainer of the Year winner was named as Barbara Johnson. Stephen Wilson, QC at Graham Thompson and Co co-hosted with Magnetic Media’s Deandrea Hamilton, where sponsors included KPMG who processed winners, Gilley’s Enterprises, RBC Royal Bank, the Do it Center, LIME, Kishco/Kostco, FedEx, FortisTCI, ScotiaBank and InterCaribbean Airways who gave round trip vacations in the raffle including hotel to the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and British Virgin Islands. More winners, more highlights, more sponsors of the Star Awards next time. TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiledlast_img read more

Lincolns agent wants a swap deal with Barbosa

first_imgThe Internazionale Milan forward is expected to live the Italian Lega Serie A club after he comes back from a one-year loan at Santos in January22-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Barbosa was acquired by Internazionale Milan in 2016 from Santos.But after only playing nine matches, he was loaned to Portugal’s Benfica and then to Brazil’s Santos.And when he comes back from Brazil he’s expected to leave Inter.Now Brazillian footballer Lincoln’s agent claims the best thing his client can do it be swapped for Barbosa.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“I think Lincoln’s ready to play in Europe,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“For top players, it’s always better to move as soon as possible so they can adapt quickly to elite football culture quickly. His clause? €50m.”“Swap with Gabigol? It would be a great deal for everyone. Gabigol is a great forward and for Flamengo, who want to be the best team in South America, he would be an excellent player, precisely because of his maturity,” he added.“However, it’d also be excellent for Inter because his investment would turn into an element with the same great qualities.”last_img read more

San Diego State University sets new record for applications for 2018 school

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University set new records for the number of students who applied for admission for next year — 68,475 prospective freshmen and 25,135 transfers.It’s the first time SDSU has topped 90,000 total applications, and marks an 11 percent increase over last year. Applications to SDSU have been increasing“This robust interest in SDSU reflects the excellence of our academic and research programs and our national reputation,” said SDSU President Sally Roush.Incoming freshmen were most interested in majors in biology, business, nursing and psychology.School officials said applicants can expect to receive acceptance notifications in March. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: San Diego State University FacebookTwitter Posted: December 19, 2017 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom center_img San Diego State University sets new record for applications for 2018 school year December 19, 2017 Updated: 4:41 PMlast_img read more

San Diego North Economic Development Councils 6th Annual Economic Summit

first_img Updated: 2:23 PM KUSI Newsroom San Diego North Economic Development Council’s 6th Annual Economic Summit Posted: April 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, center_img 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) – The San Diego North Economic Development Council’s 6th Annual Economic Summit was held Wednesday, April 10th in San Marcos.Hundreds of business and civic leaders attended including three North County mayors and more than 20 city councilmembers from the North County.Erik Bruvold, CEO, San Diego North Economic Development Council joined Good Morning San Diego to recap the event.While the economy at all levels has enjoyed a sustained level of prosperity in recent years, there are a number of economists who have suggested over the past several months that the economy is slowing and the expansion could be coming to an end, according to Bruvold.Two economic experts provided their 2019-2020 outlook on the economy and what it means for San Diego’s North County. April 11, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Democrats to Oppose House Authorization Bill over Reliance on OCO Funds

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will whip Democrats against the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill over opposition to the measure’s reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account to get around the Budget Control Act spending caps.The unprecedented move follows a DOD briefing Wednesday for House Democrats that concluded, “this bill is the wrong bill,” according to House Democratic Caucus Chair Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.). The annual policy legislation typically passes with bipartisan support.Equally surprising was the announcement by Adam Smith (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, that he also would vote against the measure.The House Democrats’ opposition to the authorization bill is an extension of the Obama administration’s stance against FY 2016 spending bills that adhere to the statutory spending caps while providing budget relief to the Pentagon but not to domestic agencies. The authorization bill, which the House was scheduled to start debating Wednesday evening, would allow DOD to spend $96 billion from its OCO account, including $38 billion on operations and maintenance needs that ordinarily would be funded in the department’s base budget. OCO is not subject to the spending caps.The House bill’s reliance on OCO to shield DOD from the full force of the spending caps wasn’t the only reason it prompted a veto threat from the White House on Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget also cited restrictions on DOD’s ability to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees, along with its failure to adopt cost-cutting reforms proposed by the administration such as BRAC.Despite Democratic opposition, the House bill still should pass, said Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), reported the Hill. “I think we’ll still pass it,” he said. “It’s really unfortunate because it has this tradition and history of bipartisan support in overwhelming numbers.”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons Locus Robotics Named Top Warehouse Robotics Company For Fourth

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Locus Robotics, the market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMR) for fulfillment warehouses, recently announced that it has been named to Robotics Business Review‘s 2019 RBR50 for the fourth consecutive year. The RBR50 is an international compilation of 50 of the most innovative and transformative robotics companies that have achieved commercial success in the past year.“We are thrilled to be named to the RBR50 for the fourth year in a row,” said Rick Faulk, CEO of Locus Robotics. “This accolade is a testament to the incredible strides that Locus Robotics has taken this year to become the leader in autonomous mobile robots for warehouses. The market is growing at a record pace due to the tremendous pressure faced by global retailers and 3PLs to deliver in today’s booming e-commerce economy. In 2018, Locus saw a massive uptick in the demand for our uniquely scalable, flexible multi-robot solution. We launched several new customer deployments with the world’s leading 3PL and retail companies and helped them break new productivity records, especially during the 2018 Holiday peak season. We look forward to continued scale and growth in 2019.”For eight years, the RBR50 list has comprised the most influential public and private companies from commercial and industrial robotics categories, including component makers, collaborative robotics, autonomous mobile robots, artificial intelligence, healthcare and service robotics, and more. This year, Robotics Business Review partnered with industry analyst International Data Corporation (IDC) to select this year’s winners. Robotics Business Review’s editorial team and IDC researched and reviewed numerous submissions and selected the 2019 leading 50 companies based on their groundbreaking applications, market influence, and industry potential – with an eye towards representing many levels and facets of the global robotics ecosystem.“We continue to be highly impressed with Locus Robotics as it innovates to transform warehouses and e-commerce fulfillment distribution centers through the use of autonomous mobile robots,” said Keith Shaw, Editor-in-Chief of Robotics Business Review. “This is the fourth year that Locus has made the RBR50, proving its status as one of the top robotics companies in the world.”All of the 2019 RBR50 companies are listed in an exclusive database available to Robotics Business Review Insiders. A dedicated webcast later this year will also discuss this year’s RBR50 selections. To access the complete 2019 RBR50 report, visit Locus RoboticsLocus Robotics’ revolutionary, multi-bot solution incorporates powerful and intelligent autonomous mobile robots that operate collaboratively with human workers to dramatically improve piece-handling productivity 2X-3X, with less labor compared to traditional picking systems. This award-winning solution helps retailers, 3PLs, and specialty warehouses efficiently meet and exceed the increasingly complex and demanding requirements of fulfillment environments, easily integrating into existing warehouse infrastructures without disrupting workflows, instantly transforming productivity without transforming the warehouse. For more information, visit Robotics Business ReviewRobotics Business Review provides actionable business intelligence for the global robotics industry. Members enjoy exclusive insights into global news, tracking of financial transactions, analysis of new technologies and companies, annual and quarterly research reports, access to the RBR50 list of leading robotics companies, and much more.(NOTE: The above press release is from Locus Robotics via PR Newsire.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Announces Partnership With JDA SoftwareIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Named Leading Warehouse Robotics Company For 3rd Straight YearIn “Business”Wilmington’s Locus Robotics Named “Top Robotics Company To Watch” In 2017In “Business”last_img read more

Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept is a boxy plugin hybrid crossover

first_img 44 Photos Share your voice Preview • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: One-third of a fun crossover Hybrids Crossovers Review • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross: Charming, but not charmed Mar 8 • VW is still ‘100 percent’ investigating a pickup truck for the US Geneva Motor Show 2019 Geneva Motor Show 2019 Mitsubishi 0 2019 Lexus LC 500h review: Take ‘er easy Post a comment Mar 7 • The Ferrari F8 Tributo is the last of the nonhybrid V8s Mitsubishi Apr 17 • The 2020 Jaguar XE gets its first major visual refresh More about 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross Enlarge ImageThe crossover’s design is reminiscent of the earlier GT-PHEV concept. Mitsubishi Mitsubishi’s weirdly named and weirdly styled crossover concept made its official debut Tuesday at the Geneva Motor Show. Called the Engelberg Tourer, the new model appears to be inspired by the look of Mitsubishi’s GT-PHEV concept.With a boxy shape, an enormous grille and vertically stacked lights on either side of the nose, the Engelberg Tourer makes a strong first impression. It has massive show-car wheels and additional lights atop the roof, as well as a forward-sloped D-pillar. As for functionality, the Engelberg Tourer has skid plates front and rear and an opening roof box up top.The crossover’s name comes from a Swiss ski resort, and fittingly the Mitsubishi is thus pitched as an active-lifestyle vehicle. It “encourages family and friends to go further together,” the company says, and offers plentiful cargo room. There are three rows of seats inside to make transporting said family and friends possible.Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer conceptEnlarge ImageThe concept has a plug-in-hybrid powertrain good for 43 miles of all-electric driving. Mitsubishi Power comes from a plug-in hybrid system with up to 43 miles of all-electric range, with twin electric motors and a 2.4-liter gasoline engine. To improve handling, the Mitsubishi uses Active Yaw Control and brake-based Super All-Wheel Control to fine-tune how much power goes to each wheel. There are not, however, any specifics on the car’s power ratings or battery capacities.We wouldn’t be surprised to see elements of the Engelberg Tourer’s design in future Mitsubishi crossovers. And given the success of the existing Outlander PHEV, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine that such a model might use a plug-in hybrid powertrain like this concept, too. Tags 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV review: A plug-in SUV that lacks appeal • 2020 Mitsubishi ASX debuts sharper style for Geneva Mar 7 • New Peugeot 208 debuts i-Cockpit with 3D HUD Combo dashboard reading • Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept is a boxy plug-in hybrid crossover See All More From Roadshow 2020 Bentley Continental GT V8 first drive: A more athletic grand tourerlast_img read more

Is there any steam left in IndiGo owner shares after a strong

first_imgAfter a strong debut on the bourses last month, the share price of InterGlobe Aviation, the owner of India’s biggest airline by market share, IndiGo, has lost some steam in December, giving rise to questions about its rally in the coming days.Shares of InterGlobe listed at Rs 856 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on 10 November, while the issue price was fixed at Rs 765. In the past month, the scrip touched a high of Rs 1,145.75 and a low of Rs 878.45.Overall, the share price of InterGlobe Aviation has soared 15% since being listed on the exchanges last month. But it corrected by over 9% so far this month, declining from Rs 1,110.15 on 30 November to Rs 998 on 10 December.The recent decline has raised doubts over the share’s performance in the coming weeks, and analysts are not so optimistic over the outlook of the stock even as the carrier shows consistency in earning profits.InterGlobe Aviation posted a net profit of Rs 1,295.58 crore for the financial year ending March 2015, up 173% compared to Rs 474.44 crore in the previous year. In 2012-13, it registered a profit of Rs 987.3 crore.”I am not bullish on Interglobe Aviation shares. The aviation sector depends heavily on government policies, and international competition may squeeze margins going forward,” said Kishor P Ostwal, chairman and managing director, CNI Research.”Shares of Interglobe Aviation are fairly valued right now,” The Financial Express quoted G Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics Research, as saying.On the other hand, share prices of SpiceJet, India’s second-biggest budget airline by market share, have gone up by a whopping 260% so far this year. The rally was led by the company’s turnaround to profit from a near-collapse late last year.”Shares of InterGlobe Aviation have recently broken its immediate support levels of Rs 1,030 due to some market pressure. If it will touch Rs 1,035 in coming days then it move towards Rs 1,100,” said Chandan Taparia, derivative and technical analyst, Anand Rathi Securities.Before issuing an initial public offer (IPO), the promoters of IndiGo altered the company’s shareholding structure to provide more scope for overseas capital in the company’s IPO.Under the new capital structure, the stake held by one of its promoters, Rakesh Gangwal, has become his personal holding. Gangwal holds 47.88% in IndiGo’s parent company, InterGlobe Enterprises, through US-based Caelum Investment.last_img read more

Renault India registers 160 growth in December car sales

first_imgRenault India sold 10,292 cars in India during December 2015, 160% more than the 3,956 units than the company sold in December 2014.  The company had sold 7,819 cars in November 2015, 144% more than 3,201 units sold in November 2014. In calendar year 2015, the fully-owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France sold 53,847 cars, a growth of about 20% over 44,849 units sold in calendar year 2014.The company’s factory is located in Oragadam on the outskirts of Chennai and suffered disruption as a result of the heavy rainfall that wreaked havoc on the city and surrounding districts.The plant has a capacity to make 4,80,000 cars annually.The company sells compact hatchback Kwid, sedan Fluence, luzury SUV Koleos, compact car Pulse, SUV Duster, Scala and MPV Lodgy in India. Earlier, Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai had reported an increase of 13.5% and 28.8% respectively in their domestic car sales for December 2015.India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki sold 1,11,333 cars, up 13.5% from 98,109 units in December 2014.Hyundai, the second-largest player, sold 41,861 units in India in December 2015, up 28.8% from December 2014 sales of 32,504 units. Mahindra and Mahindra reported a 1% increase in domestic car sales, while Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Tata Motors saw sales declining in December 2015.last_img read more

British MPs seek new path for Brexit

first_imgThis handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 29 March 2019 shows Britain`s Attorney General Geoffrey Cox stand and speak during a debate in the House of Commons on the Government`s EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Photo: AFPBritish MPs will attempt to chart a new Brexit path on Monday after rejecting prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time, leaving her strategy in tatters and the country in limbo.With less than two weeks to go until the day Britain risks crashing out of the European Union, MPs will hold a series of votes to try and find a majority-backed plan to end the current crisis.Britain voted by 52 per cent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum but the process has been mired in divisions between Brexit supporters over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek.The government struck a deal with the EU in November but parliament has refused to ratify it, forcing the government to seek a delay to the originally planned departure date of 29 March.The EU’s offer of an extension until 22 May was conditional on MPs approving the deal last week.Despite May’s promise to step down if they voted for the deal — an attempt to get Brexit hardliners to vote for it — they failed to do so.No more delayThe government must now make a new request to the European Union at an extraordinary summit on 10 April or leave the bloc without a deal on 12 April with potentially chaotic economic consequences.A longer delay beyond 22 May would have the bizarre consequence of Britain having to hold European Parliament elections like other member states.Parliament seized the initiative for one day last week but failed to unite around a single option that could replace May’s deal.But there appears to be momentum behind a plan to seek a deal that would see Britain stay in some kind of customs union with the European Union.While this may satisfy the pro-EU members of May’s cabinet, it threatens mass rebellion among the rest of her ministers, posing a serious threat to the government’s survival.Brexit-supporting minister Andrea Leadsom has organised a letter signed by 10 cabinet members demanding that there be no further extension beyond 22 May, the Sunday Telegraph reported.The letter also spells out that May must stand by her party’s manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.General election threatAgreeing to seek a customs union, if demanded by MPs, could therefore trigger a mass ministerial walkout.But so could ignoring MPs’ instructions, with pro-EU ministers having already quit to vote against the government.All of which leaves a general election looking ever more likely, with May herself last week warning after the third rejection of her deal that “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House.”But Conservative MPs across the board said they would block such a move, which requires two-thirds support in parliament.Polling on Sunday signalled why.The party has slipped 7 per cent, according to the Sunday Mail, putting Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour on course to be the largest party if an election were held.Conservative Party deputy chairman James Cleverly said on Sunday that the party was not preparing for a snap election.”I don’t think an election would solve anything. Time is of the essence, we have got Brexit to deliver. We don’t want to add any more unnecessary delay,” he told Sophy Ridge on Sky News.The slip in support coincides with the party’s failure to deliver Brexit on 29 March, upsetting its supporters, who voted heavily in favour of leaving the EU.The poll also found narrow support for a second referendum.May is also facing mass calls from her own MPs to quit immediately as leader of the party — and country — rather than wait until the divorce phase of Brexit has been resolved, as promised.She has yet to give up on her deal despite it being rejected three times by parliament, and is reportedly considering whether to bring it back for a fourth vote, potentially this week.last_img

UK unemployment rate hits 45year low

first_imgUnited KingdomBritish unemployment has fallen to a 45-year low, official data showed Tuesday, with the economy holding up despite prolonged Brexit uncertainty.The unemployment rate eased to 3.8 per cent in the three months to March — the lowest level since the final quarter of 1974, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement.That compared with a 44-year low of 3.9 per cent in the quarter to February.”The UK labour market has been remarkably resilient in the face of Brexit-related uncertainty,” Hargreaves Lansdown senior economist Ben Brettell said in reaction to the latest data.”These are really strong numbers given the headwinds the economy is currently facing.”The ONS added that the UK employment rate was estimated at 76.1 per cent, which was the joint-highest figure on record.However the strong jobs figures were not necessarily translating into higher productivity, analysts noted.”There are valid concerns that UK firms are hoarding labour instead of much-needed capital expenditure,” said Brettell.”Why would you invest large sums in new plant or machinery in such uncertain times, when you could hire an extra worker and get broadly the same result?”The ONS added that growth in average weekly earnings, including bonuses, slowed to 3.2 per cent in the three months to March.And they increased by only 1.3 per cent when adjusted for inflation, down from 1.6 per cent in the three months to February.”This is unwelcome news for hopes that the consumer can keep spending at a robust rate over the summer and help the economy weather prolonged Brexit uncertainties and a challenging global economic environment,” said EY ITEM Club economist Howard Archer.The unemployment data coincided with the release of a major study by a think tank showing that income inequality in the UK is higher than in every other major economy, except the United States.The Institute for Fiscal Studies noted that the UK has experienced “a decade of stagnant wages and there is recent evidence that ‘deaths of despair’ — deaths from suicide and drug and alcohol abuse — are now rising among middle-aged Britons”.The IFS stated that “great inequalities… risk disrupting both our democracy and our prosperity”.last_img read more

Analysis You Cant Replace Some Texas Lawmakers Without Their Permission

first_img Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera: Garcia/Bob Daemmrich: Uresti and FarentholdState Sens. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi.With one congressional resignation in the bag and a couple more pending — maybe — in the Texas Senate, special elections have become a spring parlor game in Austin.Republican Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi quit earlier this month — pushed into the limelight and squeezed out of his office by a sexual harassment scandal and a related ethics investigation. He’d already decided not to seek another term. With his decision to quit, Gov. Greg Abbott is positioned to call a special election — on or before Nov. 6 — to elect someone to finish Farenthold’s term.Abbott might want to keep his pen handy when that’s over. State Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, was found guilty of 11 felonies earlier this year. He has not yet faced sentencing and says he will appeal the convictions on charges including money laundering and fraud. He’s not required to quit the Senate in the face of that, but it’s safe to say many of his colleagues are eager to see him go. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick stripped him of his committee assignments, and the Senate Democratic Caucus called on him to quit.The other potential resignation is a happier story: State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, won her party’s nomination to succeed the retiring Gene Green in the U.S. House. It’s a Democratic district, but she’ll face the winner of a Republican primary in November’s election. And in the unlikely event that Garcia were to lose that race, she would still be a state senator; her term in the current job doesn’t end until 2021.Without putting their names to their words, many of Garcia’s colleagues are hoping she’ll quit early, allowing a replacement to be seated before the Legislature convenes in January.“A vacancy is never politically helpful, but no one is more harmed than the constituents who are in that district, who have zero representation,” said Harold Cook, a longtime Democratic operative and one-time staffer to the Senate’s Democratic Caucus. “Aside from the fact that it kind of screws with a few majority votes, and that is not unimportant, you’re leaving Texans with no representation — and you don’t have to.”The idea is that Garcia’s election to Congress is all but certain and that her timely resignation would position Democrats in the Texas Senate at full strength next year, instead of leaving them waiting on a special election to fill her seat. Or Uresti’s seat, for that matter.This is one of those political stories that hinges on the rules — and on how the various actors in this drama want to play within those rules. Depending on partisan and political interests, they can act quickly to get a friendly lawmaker seated, or slowly to keep an unfriendly one out of position as long as possible.Empty seats in the Texas Legislature or the state’s congressional delegation — whether they are emptied by resignation or misfortune — trigger a countdown for special elections. State law is full of details, but the basics (with a nod to the Texas Secretary of State’s office) are:• The governor gets up to 20 days after a vacancy is official to call an election. It can take up to 8 days after a vacancy occurs for it to become effective.• The state has a couple of so-called “uniform” election dates; this year’s are May 5 — less than four weeks from now — and Nov. 6. Barring emergencies and legislative sessions, a governor can hold off on a special election until the next uniform date.• But governors can call special elections more or less at will, if they think there’s an “emergency” reason to do so. A special election has to take place on a Tuesday or a Saturday. It has to happen between 36 and 50 days after the governor calls it. Boiled down, that means an emergency special election can land between five and 11 weeks after a state or federal legislator leaves office.• If a state legislator steps down during a legislative session — or during the 60 days leading up to one — the timeline for an “expedited” special election comes into play. When a governor in that situation calls a special election, it has to take place on a Tuesday or a Saturday and has to happen between 21 and 45 days after the seat becomes vacant. That means it could happen in just three weeks after a vacancy occurs or just more than 10 weeks.Behind those rules, here’s the strategy. Democrats hold 11 seats in the 31-member Senate. Until 2015, that was enough to block legislation from Senate debate under what was generally called the “two-thirds” rule in the Senate. The 2015 change effectively lowered that rule to three-fifths, so that the majority needs only 19 votes, instead of 21, to bring legislation before the full Senate.Democrats are trying to add seats this year — their sights are set on GOP incumbents Konni Burton of Colleyville, Don Huffines of Dallas and Joan Huffman of Houston — to win enough leverage to exercise control over the Senate’s agenda during next year’s session.But those efforts would be for naught, at least temporarily, if Garcia or Uresti wait until January or later to resign their seats. Late resignations and late special elections could play into Republican hands when the Legislature convenes. Democrats would like to have replacements in place.It’s up to Garcia and Uresti to make the next moves. It’s not urgent yet, but it will be by the end of the summer. That’s when the special election and legislative timelines begin to overlap.last_img read more

BattleTested Houstonians Help Hurricane Victims in The Carolinas

first_img X 00:00 /00:41 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Houstonians can certainly sympathize with the Carolinas, which are ravaged by Hurricane Florence. They went through it just a year ago.Some are tapping into their experience to help out where there’s need now.That includes Matthew Marchetti. When Harvey hit, the web developer teamed up with business partner Nate Larson to create an app – CrowdSource Rescue – that connects helpers with those in need of help.Since then, he has activated it for several other disasters, including in Mexico and the Philippines.Marchetti said the app has to be adjusted according to the disaster.“With Hurricane Florence, we knew it was going to be flooding,” he explained. “We knew it was going to be some water rescues, as well as some large animals evacs, and we asked people, basically, like, what are your resources around that.”Marchetti said during times like this, he works 16 or 17 hours a day.At last count, he said, the app has facilitated more than 1,700 water rescues and wellness checks during Florence.Another Houstonian who became involved in disaster assistance during Hurricane Harvey is Adam Brackman.When Harvey hit, the operating partner at Axelrad Beer Garden started a supply drive for flood victims. He said they collected many truckloads of canned food, baby products, building materials and other supplies.They’re now doing the same for victims of Hurricane Florence.“As far as supplies go, we’ve definitely learned that a lot of bleach is helpful,” Brackman said, “because a lot of that gets used when you’re trying to kill the mold that went through.”So far people have donated about two pickup trucks worth of supplies, Brackman said. He hopes to fill up at least a box truck.Donations can be dropped off at the Axelrad Beer Garden in Midtown, 1517 Alabama St., during operating hours. AxelradAxelrad Beer Garden is accepting supply donations for victims of Hurricane Florence. 00:00 /00:44 Listen Listen Sharelast_img read more

Gov Abbott Signs Bill Targeting Rape Kit Backlog

first_imgOffice of the GovernorOn June 4, 2019, Gov. Greg Abbott signed several bills to help victims of sex crimes, including one that aims at ending the backlog of untested rape kits in Texas.Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a measure into law this week that aims to eliminate the backlog of thousands of untested rape kits in the state.Abbott’s approval comes as states across the country are using legislation to bolster testing requirements and attempt to clear their own buildup of untested rape kits.The Texas measure mandates law enforcement agencies conduct an audit to determine the number, status, and location of all of the untested rape kits in the state and then set timelines to ensure they are analyzed. It also allocates roughly $50 million toward hiring more workers at the state’s crime labs and expands access to sexual assault nurse examiners for underserved populations.Abbott said at an afternoon press conference held on Tuesday in Dallas the law would better address and provide justice for survivors of rape and sexual assault.“One of the best strategies is the forensic testing of rape kits, but thousands of these kits have languished untested for years,” Abbott said.The new law follows Texas lawmakers’ latest attempt in a long effort to tackle the state’s rape kit backlog. In 2017, the Texas Legislature approved a bill that allowed drivers to offer donations to help the clear the pileup.Ryan Poppe/Texas Public RadioTexas State Representative Victoria Neave (center).Democratic state Rep. Victoria Neave, who authored the bill, said it is currently unclear how many untested rape kits exist across Texas. Neave said the new law will not only eliminate the current backlog, but prevent them from happening again.“When we have somebody who is willing to come forward, go to a hospital and undergo this very personal, invasive exam to collect DNA evidence — to just have those kits sitting on a shelf untested for years, sometimes to the point where they are growing mold on them, is absolutely unacceptable,” Neave said.A portion of the bill will also require that evidence be kept for at least 40 years or until the statute of limitations runs out, depending on which is longer.Abbott signed the measure along with four other bills designed to help victims of sex crimes. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgNoted danseuse, Shallu Jindal’s an hour long performance at Kamani Auditorium on 1 November took the Capital to a scintillating journey into the world of Kuchipudi. Her daughter, Yashasvini, an upcoming Kuchipudi dancer, was also part of the performance.The classical repertoire portrayed different elements of Krishna-leela through Kuchipudi. The performance started with an invocation of Lord Venkateswara. This was followed by a rendition on Mere Saason ki Maala (a Meera Bai bhajan popularised by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan) fused with sufi and Hindustani music.  It was followed by Thillana – a traditional Kuchipudi Nritya item.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The third part of the performance was Madhushala –  a unique performance on the poem by the famed Late Harivansh Rai Bachchan.The evening ended with Tarangam in which Jindal performed on the edges of a brass plate in devotion to Lord Krishna. This item displayed an exquisite virtuosity as the dancer executes intricate footwork patterns by dancing on the rim of a brass plate and coordinates them with complicated rhythmic patterns. It is said to be the union of the Atma (soul) with the Parmatma (Almighty).last_img read more