House Votes to Remove Immigration Measure from Defense Bill

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House lawmakers on Thursday voted to strip a controversial immigration provision from the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill, removing one possible barrier to the measure’s passage this week.Language added to the defense policy bill in committee last month would have encouraged the defense secretary to consider allowing individuals eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to serve in the military. The provision drew heated opposition from conservatives who tried to have it stricken from the bill by the House Rules Committee. Instead, lawmakers adopted an amendment, 221-202, removing the language.Debate over the amendment took place during the first series of votes on amendments Thursday, reported CQ Roll Call. Debate continued into Thursday night, with the House aiming to vote on the underlying legislation Friday.Lawmakers rejected an amendment that would change the statutory requirement for the number of operational aircraft carriers the Navy must maintain from 11 to 10.“Now that’s an arbitrary, restrictive requirement,” said Rep. Jared Polis (R-Colo.), who offered the amendment. “Perhaps they should have more. Perhaps they should have less.”Senior Armed Services members of both parties, including Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.) and the panel’s ranking Democrat, Joe Courtney (Conn.), opposed the proposal.last_img read more

Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Band Parents Association is holding its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 5, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 7pm.  Trivia begins at 8pm.Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, please contact whswildcatbandparents[at]  (Checks can be made payable to The Wilmington Band Parents Association.)Attendees are asked to bring their own your own food for their table, and to come prepared for the raffle basket table and cash bar.Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more about them HERE.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… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On March 18In “Community”last_img read more

Sri Lanka constitutional crisis escalates as one dead in ministry shooting

first_imgSri Lankan soldier keep watching outside the ceylon petroleum corporation in Colombo on 28 October 2018. Photo: AFPA constitutional crisis gripping Sri Lanka since the president’s shock dismissal of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe erupted into violence Sunday, with a man shot dead and two others injured in Colombo.Police said bodyguards for a Sri Lankan cabinet minister allied to Wickremesinghe opened fire inside a government ministry as a mob loyal to president Maithripala Sirisena besieged the minister’s office. Three people were injured but a 34-year-old man died shortly after.It was the first fatality since Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday and installed a former strongman as prime minister, triggering political chaos in the Indian Ocean nation.Wickremesinghe has refused to vacate the prime minister’s official residence, barricading himself inside as over 1,000 supporters, including chanting Buddhist monks, rallied outside.The 69-year-old says his sacking is illegal, and wants an emergency session of parliament held to prove he still commands a majority.Sirisena shut parliament for nearly three weeks to forestall any challenge to his appointment of Mahinda Rajapakse, a former president accused of wartime abuses.Rajapakse sought blessings at a prominent Buddhist temple Sunday as he jostled to consolidate his claim to the prime ministership.But Wickremesinghe got a boost as Sri Lanka’s parliamentary speaker refused to endorse his sacking.Speaker Karu Jayasuriya backed Wickremesinghe’s request to retain his privileges and security until another candidate could prove a majority in parliament, saying it was “democratic and fair”.He also warned the president that shuttering parliament risked “serious and undesirable consequences for the country”.Opposition leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan urged Jayasuriya to summon parliament immediately.“I hereby call upon yourself to uphold the rule of law by summoning parliament… to perform its legitimate functions,” said Sampanthan, who represents Sri Lanka’s minority Tamil community.Officials loyal to Rajapakse said police will now seek a court order to evict Wickremesinghe from the residence, threatening to escalate the standoff.Soldiers had been stationed near the residence, although Wickremesinghe’s security and official cars were withdrawn Saturday.Tensions were high across Colombo, with police leave cancelled amid warnings street violence could break out if the president did not immediately summon parliament to end the impasse.“Don’t try to create a civil war in this country,” party legislator Karunarathna Paranawithana told reporters at the prime minister’s residence.Regional neighbours and Western nations have urged all sides to exercise restraint and respect the constitution.ShootingBut violence broke out inside the petroleum ministry as police guarding Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired on a mob surrounded his office.Witnesses saw Ranatunga, 54, also a former World Cup winning cricket captain, rushed from the scene in a tactical helmet and body armour by police commandos.In his first televised address to the nation since the crisis began, Sirisena said Sunday he sacked Wickremesinghe over personal and political disputes.“Apart from our ideological differences, we also had serious cultural differences,” Sirisena said, referring to Wickremesinghe’s liberal background and his own rural conservative upbringing.He said he had no choice but to appoint Rajapakse, and urged parliament to support him.Loyalists of Rajapakse—whose controversial decade-long rule was marked by grave allegations of rights abuses, the crushing of the Tamil Tiger uprising, and growing authoritarianism—were appointed Sunday to run the country’s two state-run television channels and a newspaper.Plans to appoint some cabinet members had been delayed until Monday, aides said. Rajapakse is yet to make a formal statement since being elevated to the new post.The strongman is seen as being closer to China than Wickremesinghe, who had sought to re-establish stronger ties with traditional ally and regional power India.New Delhi said it was “closely following” events in Colombo.The United States and European Union ambassadors have called on the Sri Lankan rivals to follow the constitution and avoid violence.‘Constitutional coup’Privately-run newspapers on Sunday described Sirisena’s move as a “constitutional coup”.However, Rajapakse loyalist and former foreign minister G. L. Peiris said there was nothing illegal about Wickremesinghe’s dismissal.The falling-out between Wickremesinghe and Sirisena has come to a head since the president this year backed a no-confidence motion against the man he had handpicked to lead the government.The two allied against Rajapakse in the 2015 election, but their relationship steadily soured.Sirisena initially said he would be a one-term president but has since indicated he will seek re-election next year—pitting himself against Wickremesinghe who also has presidential ambitions.This is the second time that a president has ousted Wickremesinghe from office. In 2004, the then head of state sacked him and called snap elections.After winning the premiership in August 2015, Wickremesinghe amended the constitution to remove the president’s power to sack prime ministers to prevent a repeat of his earlier ouster.last_img read more

Houston Has Two New Soccer Play Spaces

first_img Share Photo: Houston Parks and Recreation Department via FacebookThe U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Target have unveiled two new soccer play spaces at Eastwood Park, located in southeast Houston.The U.S. Soccer Foundation, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Target unveiled this week two new soccer play spaces at Eastwood Park, located in southeast Houston.The grand opening marked the first of 100 soccer play spaces that Target has committed to build in collaboration with the U.S. Soccer Foundation across the country by 2020 as part of a program called ‘Safe Places to Play’.The soccer spaces support the Foundation’s ‘It’s Everyone’s Game’ campaign, which aims to ensure children in underserved communities can benefit from playing soccer.“Through soccer, children learn to develop healthier habits, work as a team, and cultivate critical life skills,” Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation, said in a news release from the Foundation.According to the news release, Target will provide $6 million to support the Foundation’s efforts to turn underutilized spaces into safe and accessible soccer spaces and increase access to sports-based youth programming.last_img read more

HP launches webOS 20 for the Palm and new Pre2 smartphone w

first_img More information: Full press release, Features of webOS 2.0, Palm Pre 2 features With webOS 2.0 release true multi-tasking makes it possible to manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. New with this release, ‘Stacks’ logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do. Whether you’re sending a text message or playing a game, ‘Stacks’ keeps related items together so managing multiple tasks is made easier.Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP stated in an HP press release: “With webOS 2.0, we’re advancing the innovations we introduced 16 months ago, expanding the features that make webOS great for consumers, enterprises and developers. We’ve made tremendous strides since the platform launched, and now we’re taking our biggest leap forward with powerful new features that make it easier to get more things done with your webOS device.”This next generation of webOS makes it easier to get more done. Some of new the features in this release include:True Multitasking – webOS lets you easily manage multiple open applications and notifications using natural touch gestures. Also ‘Stacks’ logically groups together your open apps so they work the way you do.Just Type – Lets you start an email, create a message, update your status, or search the web all without opening an application. Just Type is open to developers, so they can integrate with the search function and add their own user-customizable shortcuts, called Quick Actions.Adobe Flash Player 10.1 Beta – webOS 2.0 now supports Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser, which provides access to rich, Flash-based web content.HP Synergy – connects you seamlessly to multiple web services. With the Synergy feature, you just log into your accounts like Facebook, Google, hotmail, Yahoo, etc. and all your information automatically populates your phone. webOS 2.0 will extend the support for Synergy to developers so that they can create feature rich applications directly into the core of the webOS experience. HP’s new Palm Pre 2 smartphone will be the first device to run webOS 2.0 and will be available on Friday in France from SFR and is scheduled to be available in the United States from Verizon Wireless and in Canada later this year.The webOS 2.0 update will be delivered to existing customers in the coming months, with exact timing to be announced at a later date. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: HP launches webOS 2.0 for the Palm and new Pre2 smartphone (w/ Video) (2010, October 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2010 ( — HP has just released their webOS 2.0 for the Palm Pre and Pre2. This release should give HP a more completive edge in the smarphone arena. WebOS 2.0 offers consumers a new application experience not found on any other smarphone platform. Palm losing pace with Pre Pluslast_img read more

Switching over to healthy food

first_imgWhen it comes to new trends in dining out, customers are switching over to healthy and natural food (pesticide free) more than ever. They are always on the lookout for wellness alternatives in their food. Sous Chef Prem k Pogakula, The Imperial says, “The preference this year  will be more for GMO free ingredients and as I see it, things will become more intense in the coming years. With time crunch in hand and both the partners working in  a nuclear family scenario, one pot meals are super easy, highly nutritious with adequate protein and starch content and are perfect for a quick meal. You can also call it as Urban cooking.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Food is now becoming a highly rated genre and food connoisseurs are always on the lookout for old, forgotten and classic global recipes as they possess simple and straight flavours. People prefer them over fusion cuisine (which is somehow still a matter of confusion and needs to evolve). Only experimented cuisine calls for fusion food on your palate. It can never ever replace or take over the classic cuisine,” he said.The Chef further added, “I also strongly believe that the dining scenario in the city is in for a change in the coming year. Experiments are still on but the vital aspect is that old and lost cuisines are being re-discovered. Chefs are working with emotional food along with childhood or regional memories. Your palate can be a sweet creation when you are delighted or spicy, peppery food when anger takes over you which will also see a rise.  Food memories specifically offer a magical feeling.”last_img read more

Webber Bipartisan bills provide access to government

first_img01Feb Webber: Bipartisan bills provide access to government Categories: News,Webber News Representative says accountability a prioritycenter_img State Rep. Michael Webber today joined his colleagues in a Capitol news conference to unveil bipartisan legislation that gives people access to public records and continues to make state government transparency a priority.Webber, of Rochester Hills, co-sponsored the 11 bills that create the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and subjects the governor and lieutenant governor to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bills are similar to a legislative package that Webber supported last session that passed the House but never made it to the governor’s desk for signature.“The government works for the taxpayers, and people deserve access to public records that show how the money entrusted to the state government has been used,” Webber said. “Michigan and Massachusetts are the only two states that do not allow this type of transparency. It’s high time we changed that.”Webber said local governments are subject to FOIA provisions, and state government should not be exempt.“During my time as a Rochester Hills City Councilman, I was always subject to FOIA,” Webber said. “The fact that, as a state legislator, I am not subject to the same requirement just doesn’t make sense. These bills work to address that concern.”The LORA bill exempts some records, among them letters to and from people in the district, human resources files, and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits. Only one other state exempts its legislature and governor from FOIA-like scrutiny.#####last_img read more

Netflix on YouView search screen UK connected TV p

first_imgNetflix on YouView search screenUK connected TV platform YouView has added Netflix access to its set-top boxes, allowing its users to click to access the subscription video-on-demand service.Rolling out today, the Netflix app will be available on Humax-made YouView boxes bought from a retailer, as well as on pay TV provider BT’s YouView-powered set-top boxes.YouView boxes provided by pay TV provider TalkTalk, as well as retail set-top boxes from Huawei will receive the Netflix update early in the new year, said YouView.“Netflix is a brilliant addition to our already impressive line-up of TV programming. We are really excited about Netflix and giving YouView audiences even more choice,” said YouView CEO Richard Halton.Netflix offers TV box sets, films, comedy specials, documentaries and children’s programming and its titles will now will be integrated into YouView’s ‘seamlessly integrated search’ function.Existing Netflix subscribers can login to the player on YouView by entering their Netflix username and password using the YouView remote control.BT first revealed that it had agreed to offer Netflix access to its TV customers last week. BT TV customers, who sign up for Netflix alongside BT broadband and TV offers, will also be able to pay for Netflix via their BT bill –a first for Netflix.YouView now offers free and paid on-demand content from services including BBC iPlayer, 4oD, ITV Player, Demand 5, UKTV, Quest from Discovery, NOW TV from Sky and Sky Store.last_img read more

South African public broadcaster has launched its

first_imgSouth African public broadcaster has launched its news channel internationally on the Multichoice pay TV platform. SABC News will be available to around 50 countries in Africa. Multichoice said that the channel would be particularly valuable for the hundreds of thousands of expatriate South Africans who live in other parts of the continent.SABC News was launched on Multichoice’s DStv in South Africa two years ago. The international launch is the state broadcaster’s second attempt at launching an international news channel. An earlier incarnation, loss-making SABC News International, folded in 2010 after three years.DStv has about 2.4 million subscribers outside South Africa.last_img


first_imgShareTweet At today’s inquest, the hearing was told that a Special Branch assessment of Manus Deery found he was not a known terrorist and was not known to be involved in any terrorist activity whatsoever.The shooting became one of the most controversial killings during the Troubles in Derry.Attorney General John Larkin ordered a new inquest into the death in 2012.A range of military and civilian witnesses will give evidence to the inquest which is expected to last a fortnight.His parents have both since passed away and never got justice for their son.Their children have pledged to carry on the fight to get truth and justice.A previous inquest held in 1973 returned an open verdict.The family hope that this one will conclude that the Derry teenager was unlawfully killed.Just weeks earlier, Manus had started working in the Thomas French factory in Springtown.He received his first pay packet hours before he was killed.Manus bought chips from the local takeway, the Scooby Doo.He was standing with his friends in Meenan Square, close to the Bogside Inn, when he was shot by a soldier firing from Derry’s Walls.Glasgow – who was previously named only as Soldier A – fired one high-velocity bullet, which hit Manus in the head.But Soldier B, who was with him but didn’t fire, will give evidence to the inquest from behind a screen.Both soldiers insisted that they had spotted a gunman.The soldiers’ commanding officer will give evidence.The inquest will also hear from police, medical and civilian witnesses.Neither Glasgow nor B had to appear at the original 1973 inquest at which the family weren’t legally represented.A report of a re-enactment of the circumstances of the controversial shooting, which took place in May, will form a central part of the evidence at the inquest.REVEALED: BRITISH SOLDIER WHO SHOT DEAD MANUS DEERY NAMED FOR FIRST TIME AT DERRY INQUEST was last modified: October 17th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: Counsel for the inquest told the hearing at Bishop Street courthouse that the soldier who fired the shots was now dead.He said the soldier could no longer be rely on his name being kept out of the public doman because of anonymity order.The soldier was then named as William Glasgow.Glasgow, who fired the fatal shot, was never prosecuted, even though British Army ‘Yellow Card’ guidelines on when to open fire were breached. Manus Deery who was 15 when he was shot dead by a British soldier in Derry in 1972. Soldier named today as William GlasgowTHE new inquest into the death of a teenage boy has revealed for the first time the name of the British Army soldier who shot him dead in highly controversial circumstances in Derry over 40 years ago.Manus Deery was shot dead as he ate chips with his friends in the Bogside in May 1972.The 15-year-old had left home with a comic magazine tucked into the back of his trousers. ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN LARKINBISHOP STREET COURTHOUSEbogsideMANUS DEERYREVEALED: BRITISH SOLDIER WHO SHOT DEAD MANUS DEERY NAMED FOR FIRST TIME AT DERRY INQUESTSOLDIER ASOLDIER BWILLIAM GLASGOWYELLOW CARDlast_img read more

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