Compromise Budget Resolution Unlikely to Clarify Fate of Spending Caps

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR An amendment to the Senate version of the fiscal 2016 budget resolution calling for relief from the statutory spending caps for defense and non-defense spending over the next  two years is unlikely to be included in the compromise resolution the two chambers are expected to hash out over the coming weeks.The amendment, introduced by Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine (D) and passed with the support of four Republicans, called for replacing $148 billion in spending cuts in fiscal 2016 and 2017 with alternative offsets not yet specified over the 10-year budget window, reported CQ.As talks get under way over a compromise budget, conservative groups are pushing back against the provision because it would reverse the Budget Control Act spending caps. The fight over relaxing the caps is part of the larger budget battle between right wing champions of the spending limits and defense hawks.So far, no formal negotiations are expected on replacing the Budget Control Act spending cuts, but the issue likely will heat up as the new fiscal year approaches. Lawmakers would need to pass a bill altering the caps as language in the budget resolution is not binding.Despite the uphill battle, Kaine will attempt to include his provision in the budget conference report, as well as encourage bipartisan talks on a deal to provide a reprieve for discretionary spending, regardless of what happens in the budget conference, according to the story.A Kaine spokesman said the amendment was “important to ensure everything is on the table to replace the sequester cuts” and make clear that there should be relief to both defense and non-defense programs.“It’s his hope the amendment sets the stage for a multiyear deal on sequester similar to Murray-Ryan,” the spokesman said in reference to the December 2013 deal struck by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that offered the Pentagon $31 billion in spending above the FY 2014 and 2015 caps.last_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday May 28 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Tuesday, May 28, 2019:#1) Wilmington Board of Selectmen MeetingThe Wilmington Board of Selectmen meets at 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. The meeting will be streamed live on WCTV HERE.#2) Shawsheen Tech School Committee MeetingThe Shawsheen Tech School Committee meets at 6:30pm in the John P. Miller School Committee Room. Read the agenda HERE.#3) State Rep. Dave Robertson’s Office HoursState Rep. Dave Robertson is holding his monthly office hours in Wilmington from 9:30am to 11am at the Wilmington Senior Center and 6:30pm to 8pm at the Wilmington Town Hall.#4) Red Cross Blood DriveThe Wilmington Masonic Friendship Lodge (32 Church Street) is holding a Red Cross Blood Drive from 2pm to 7pm. Learn more HERE.#5) Angels In Motions MeetingAngels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 23, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 27, 2019In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Alitas Christoph Waltz sets aside acting techniques for FX blockbusters

first_imgAlita: Battle Angel is packed with cutting-edge visual effects, which means everybody involved had to be on top of their game — and that goes for the actors too, according to Christoph Waltz.Oscar-winning actor Waltz plays a cybernetics expert who nurtures a young cyborg in Iron City, a dystopian future metropolis ruled over by a distant elite floating high above in the sky. It’s an action-packed sci-fi extravaganza laced with political themes about inequality. Filmmakers Waltz trained as an actor in Vienna and New York in the 1970s, studying method acting with legendary teachers Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler. According to Waltz, Strasberg admitted teaching acting was a way of making money, and so Waltz doesn’t romanticise thespian techniques — especially when there’s thousands of dollars at stake during a shoot. With hundreds of technicians and crews standing by, Waltz emphasises that actors have to be focused and prepared.Alita was developed by legendary director James Cameron, who Waltz calls the éminence grise of sci-fi action. But Cameron was busy with the planned Avatar sequels, so Robert Rodriguez took over. Waltz describes how the pair complemented each other with their different styles.Alita: Battle Angel is released in the UK on 6 February and the US on 14 February.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Movie Magic: The secrets behind the scenes of your favorite films and filmmakers.  3:46 Alita: Battle Angel’s Christoph Waltz reveals why acting… Post a comment TV and Movies 0 Now playing: Watch this: Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

2 minors drown in Faridpur pond

first_imgMap of FaridpurTwo minor were drowned in a pond in Doksim Tepakhola area in Faridpur on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Tabassum Reshma, 7, daughter of Lokman Meridha and Safayet Meridha, 5, son of Jakir Meridha. Both of them are from the same village.Locals said the two minors were playing near the pond and suddenly slipped into it around 10:30am.Later, locals rescued them and rushed them to Faridpur General Hospital where the physicians declared the duo dead, said municipality councillor Mahfuzur Rahman.last_img read more

Border Community Remembers A Father And Daughter Who Drowned Crossing The Rio

first_imgVerónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAn altar during the vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria in Brownsville, Texas on Sunday, June 30, 2019. The father and daughter’s drowned bodies were found near the area on Monday, June 24, as they attempted to cross to the U.S. to seek asylum.Residents in the Rio Grande Valley gathered at vigils in McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, on Sunday evening to remember the lives of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria.The Salvadoran father and daughter drowned as they tried to cross the river between Matamoros and Brownsville on June 23. Valeria’s mother, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, watched as her family was swept away.Julia Le Duc, a journalist working for La Jornada, took a photo that showed Ramírez and his daughter facedown by the riverbank. The child was tucked into her father’s shirt, her arm still around his neck. The image went viral and shed light on restrictive U.S. government immigration policies like “metering” that have pushed some desperate migrants to risk crossing the river between ports of entry.The vigil at Brownsville’s Hope Park was only about a mile from where the bodies were found.Photos of the Salvadoran family rested on a table. Some people held signs and others held candles that were lit during the vigil.Joyce Hamilton, a member of the group Angry Tias and Abuelas, spoke to the crowd. “On the way here tonight,” she said, “all I could think is that there’s no way I could talk tonight because this whole past week or so has been just so crushing.”Verónica G. Cárdenas for Texas Public RadioAttendees of the Candlelight Vigil in honor of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria hold handles during the vigil on Sunday, June 30, 2019.Organizations like Angry Tias and Abuelas regularly help migrants in Mexico and in the U.S. They worked with other groups to organize the vigils.Gabriela Zavala, the executive director of a respite center at a local church, took a turn speaking at the vigil.“We only know a few things about them,” she said, “but we do know this. We know that they, like many immigrants before them and many immigrants after them, made the ultimate sacrifice to leave their countries behind to brave a dangerous trek in search of safety and a better life.”Zavala says their deaths were the result of a failed immigration system, and she called on the community to demand from their elected officials better representation for the needs of all at the border.“Demand that they end family separation and detention, and that they hold our leaders accountable for terrible policymaking,” said Zavala. “Policies like metering that keeps our asylum-seekers waiting in Mexico, despite the knowledge that they undergo very bad treatment and that the conditions are terrible.”At a migrant camp in Matamoros, just across the river from Brownsville, a Honduran woman named Xiomara said she remembered meeting Ramírez and his daughter Valeria only hours before their deaths. She said she also met the toddler’s mother.Xiomara said she wanted to use only her first name because she feared speaking out might hurt her family’s asylum claim.Her family is on a list managed by Mexican officials, who coordinate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Only a few migrants, if any, are allowed into the U.S. during any given week — a process referred to as metering. According to a report from the Office of the Inspector General, it likely persuades migrants to cross the river between ports of entry rather than endure the delay.“They came here Saturday afternoon and asked me for information about the infamous list,” explained Xiomara, “and I told them they needed to return Monday morning. … They told me they were surprised when I told them I’ve been here for more than two months.”Xiomara said the family asked her if she had ever thought about crossing the river. She told them no. She said Ramírez then told her they would return on Monday so that they could be added to the list.The next day, two Peruvians who waited in line for more than three weeks informed her that Ramírez and Valeria had drowned.“They told me they saw a woman crying when her child was drowning. They got here scared and told me a man and little girl drowned,” Xiomara said. “I never thought it would be Óscar or the little girl.”The Peruvian man, who did not want his name used because he feared speaking out might hurt his asylum claim, said he saw a group of people by the river. When he moved closer, he recognized Ávalos, Ramírez’s wife.“She was crying uncontrollably, saying they had come to the U.S. for help,” the Peruvian man said.The bodies were found a day after they drowned, last Monday.Xiomara said Valeria’s smile was luminous and she thought Valeria’s parents were a beautiful couple. Ramírez was 25, and Ávalos is 21.She shared her memories from her camp near the international bridge. As she spoke, children chased each other, a man slept on a thin foam mattress and others chatted and endured the summer heat.Xiomara and her family are now No. 3 on the metering list, but she estimated they would be in Mexico for at least another two weeks before they’re finally allowed into the U.S. to be processed at a facility on the other side of the border. She said it hasn’t been easy for her family because they have to spend their days under the hot sun, and they don’t have water, showers or bathrooms.She says that once she makes it across to the U.S., and if her asylum claim is successful, she’ll head to the East Coast, where she has family. She added that she will seek medical treatment for her daughter who has a tumor and experiences seizures.Another woman at the camp sat under the roof of a building for shade. The woman came from Cuba with her husband and daughter. She said she is five months pregnant and has been waiting to be allowed into the U.S. for about 17 days. She said she didn’t realize she’d have to wait so long, admitting she has considered crossing the river.“I was thinking about it before this incident occurred,” she said — referring to the drownings. “I haven’t checked if everything is OK with my baby. Having a 1 1/2-year-old kid also makes me very anxious because I don’t see the line moving.”At Sunday’s vigil, Zavala’s rallying cry resounded among those in the crowd.“And something else that helps me get through this, this tragedy that the deaths of Óscar and Valeria will not go in vain,” said Zavala.Copyright 2019 Texas Public Radio. To see more, visit Texas Public Radio. Sharelast_img read more

Elijah Cummings Hosts 18th Annual Job Fair

first_imgU.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is hosting his 18th Annual Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 13 at the Fifth Regiment Armory, located at 219, 29th Division St. in Baltimore. The fair will feature various employment sectors and apprenticeship training programslast_img

Todd Faces Campaign Finance Probe

first_imgDespite news that D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) is embroiled in a controversy over unsubstantiated donations and missing information, some Ward 4 residents seem willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.Brandon Todd is facing accusations of campaign inconsistencies in his 2015 council bid reporting. (Courtesy photo)On April 7, the Washington Post reported that Todd’s 2015 special election campaign was unable to document $100,000 in contributions and failed to report $34,000 to the D.C. Office of Campaign Finance. On April 16, the newspaper reported that there is missing information for 136 contributors that gave $18,000.“I take very seriously any audit conducted by the Office of Campaign Finance,” Todd told the AFRO on April 17. “My campaign team is working diligently to address all of the issues of the audit. We are confident that this matter will be resolved soon after all of the documents are in.”On April 28, 2015, Todd won a special election to serve out the remainder of Muriel Bowser’s term as the Ward 4 representative. Bowser stepped down from her council seat when she was elected District mayor in 2014.Bowser endorsed and supported Todd, who served as director of constituent services for Bowser when she was on the council and served as the finance chair for her mayoral bid.In addition, he was elected a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and in 2013 he was elected as the chairman of the Ward 4 Democrats. Todd was elected to a full term on the council in November 2016. He is the chairman of the Committee on Government Operations.“I am a strong Brandon Todd supporter,” Marlena Edwards, a longtime Ward 4 political activist and a member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, told the AFRO\. “I look forward to a quick resolution of this issue.”Not all Ward 4 residents feel the same as Edwards. Leo Alexander, a former television journalist who ran for mayor in 2010, is no fan of Todd’s.Alexander said that Todd can’t cut the mustard when it comes to being a member of the District’s legislative body. “Brandon is a nice guy,” he said. “But he is in over his head as the council member. Everybody can’t be ‘the guy.’ He is just a stooge for Muriel and that’s it.”“Brandon Todd is only accountable to the people of Ward 4 and he goes to the Wilson building everyday fighting for them,” Everett Hamilton, campaign spokesperson for Todd, told the AFRO.last_img read more

Why women find dominant men more attractive

first_imgThe findings, published in the journal Human Nature, suggest that men and women with genotypes consistent with prevailing gender norms are seen as more desirable.The researchers from the University of California, Irvine wanted to find out if mate selection could actually be influenced by people’s ability to quickly detect the so-called “good genes.” The team led by Karen Wu turned to speed-dating to test their predictions in a real-life scenario.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In such meet-ups, participants only had a few minutes to assess the short- and long-term potential of their speed-dating partners, and to decide whether or not to offer their partners a second date.The team recruited 262 single Asian Americans to have three-minute dates with members of the opposite sex. After each speed-date, participants were asked whether or not they wanted to offer their partner a second date, and how desirable they found the person as a romantic partner. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixParticipants were notified of a “match” (and thus obtained each other’s contact information) only if they both offered each other another date. When examining the DNA samples collected from participants, the researchers focused on two polymorphisms (on two different genes) that were previously linked to social dynamics.One of the polymorphisms is part of the genetic make-up that has been linked to social dominance and leadership. The other, which has been linked to social sensitivity, is part of the opioid receptor gene that contributes to people’s capacity to experience social pleasure and pain, and their need to have social contact.The researchers found that men and women with genotypes consistent with prevailing gender norms were more likely to receive second date offers. They were also seen as more desirable short- and long-term romantic partners.last_img read more

Tricks for good nights sleep

first_imgDo you wake up in the middle of the night and keep staring at the ceiling thinking of ways to finally get some rest before the alarm rings? Are you tired of restless tossing and turning during sleep time? Do you wake up feeling tired in the morning? Try these simple tips to get a perfect good night’s sleep. Listen to bedtime stories, millennial style: Remember those good old days when you enjoyed listening to grandma’s bedtime stories? Not only did her narrations transport you to lands of mystery and utopian countries, but they easily drifted you off to the world of slumber as well. Try the same technique now. Listen to stories or audio books as you tuck in and let your brain relax for a good night’s sleep. There are tons of podcasts and services such as Amazon’s Audible that you can use for this purpose. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Choose the right mattress: One main reason for your sleepless nights could be your uncomfortable mattress. The best way to address this trouble is to switch to a comfortable mattress that allows you to submerge in deep sleep and wake up in the morning without aches and pains. Look for a mattress that provide complete spine support and are designed keeping ergonomics in mind. Enjoy the compressed relaxation that the memory foam offers.Block all blue light screens before bedtime: It’s imperative to create a calming ambience in your room to get the best quality of sleep. Block all the blue lights emitted from screens of cell phones, computers, tablets, televisions and other gadgets in your bedroom. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveListen to white noise: Are the sounds of bikes and cars hampering your sleep? The best way to ignore all these external disturbances during sleep time is to listen to white noise. White noise is an ambient noise produced digitally combining different sounds like rustling leaves, rumbling waterfall, etc. White noise works in the background and drowns out other disturbing sounds of traffic, snoring, etc. White noise has the ability to relax you and induce sleep. Worth a try! Drink cherry juice: If you’re struggling with a sleep disorder, then try sipping a glass of cherry juice before you’re off to bed. According to several studies, cherries contain melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep patterns. Isn’t this a ‘sweet’ way to drift off into the land of nods?Do a headstand: Turning the body upside down is not an easy task. However, a headstand will supply enriched oxygenated blood to the brain cells and ward off all depressive thoughts. This exercise if done regularly can beat any kind of sleep disorder. A must try! Place lemons in your room: If you are prone to allergies or suffer from asthma or cold and find it difficult to catch good sleep, then simply cut a lemon and place it next to your bedside table. This will not only leave a fresh citrus scent in your room but will also help you breathe better and sleep well.IANSlast_img read more

At midnight the group celebrated Joes October Wo

first_imgAt midnight the group celebrated Joe’s (October Workshopper) birthday.click here for more photos of the event. November 2, 2001Happy Halloween!Arcosanti celebrated Halloween on Saturday the 27th in Phase V of the East Crescent Construction.A parachute overhead billowed in the moonlight, colored spotlights highlighted the requisite cobwebs andfreaky murals from years past, and we even had a reggae band – Kindread to play for the event.Pictured: Workshoppers Carrie, Liz and Andrew.[Photos and text by: Jennifer Thornton] last_img read more