Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said the Shiv Sena is contesting the Nanded-Waghala polls at the behest of the Congress. Speaking in Nanded on the last day of poll campaigning, Mr. Fadnavis accused the Sena of “dancing to the tune” of State Congress president Ashok Chavan. Mr. Fadnavis said the Sena had entered the polls with the sole intention of “humiliating and defeating the BJP”.He said, “They [the Sena] are nothing but the stooges of the Congress. All these years, the Congress ruled Nanded and their leaders filled their own pockets. Now they are worried about a possible BJP win. They are using the Sena as a weapon to suppress the BJP. They will not succeed.”The Chief Minister was reacting to Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s outburst against the BJP-led governments at State and Centre. The Sena president had criticised the BJP for failing to fulfil their poll promises. Mr. Thackeray mocked the BJP for allegedly seeking help after failing to find suitable candidates for the polls.Close contestThe elections are expected to be a closely fought affair with candidates from the BJP, the Congress and the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in the fray. the AIMIM is expected to eat into the Congress’s minority vote-share.The election has also cast a shadow on the political future of Mr. Chavan and his fiefdom, Nanded. The Congress leader was elected the chief of the State unit in 2016 after he managed to win the Nanded parliamentary seat in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls despite the ‘Modi wave’. A BJP sweep in the Nanded would be a severe loss of face for Mr. Chavan and deal a big blow to the Congress’s waning presence in the State. The BJP had secured just two seats in the 2012 polls to the Nanded Municipal Corporation. In 2012, the Congress bagged 41 seats, the Shiv Sena won 14 and AIMIM secured 10 seats. This time, the BJP has engineered a coup ahead of polls. Thirteen corporators from the Congress, the NCP and the Shiv Sena have defected to the party. The BJP is expecting to repeat its performance in the 2017 civic polls where it swept Western Maharashtra by routing the Congress and the NCP. It emerged as the single-largest party in four crucial civic bodies: Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Nashik and Solapur.The party broke the decade-long stranglehold of Sharad Pawar’s NCP and won 78 of the 128 seats in the PCMC. In the 2012 PCMC polls, the BJP had won a mere three seats. The BJP scripted the turnaround by fielding heavyweight politicians who defected from opposition parties, especially the NCP. The BJP will be hoping for similar gains in Nanded as well.
May 16, 2018The 5th Annual Form Arcosanti creative retreat and music festival was held over the weekend of May 11th – 13th. Check out the beautiful pictures of the festivities. (photos by Sue Kirsch)
A bill to codify the right of uniformed Michigan National Guard personnel to carry a concealed weapon on state military posts and in recruiting offices accessible to the public passed the state Senate on Thursday by a vote of 34-to-4 and is on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign the legislation.House Bill 4474, the bipartisan legislation introduced by former Guardsman and Associate Speaker Pro Tem Gary Glenn, R-Midland, had passed the state House of Representatives 103-to-5 in June 2017 after a representative for Adjutant General Gregory Vadnais, director of the state Military and Veterans Affairs Division appointed by Snyder, testified in favor of it. Mark Sutton of the Michigan Division of the American Legion and other veterans organizations also supported the bill.Glenn introduced the legislation — with most fellow members of the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee of both parties as cosponsors — in response to the Islamic terrorism attack in 2015 on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four unarmed U.S. Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.“Our military service men and women place themselves at higher risk of being targeted for terrorist attack just by putting on that uniform, sadly here at home as well as abroad, as we tragically learned in Chattanooga and before that, at Fort Hood,” Glenn said. “Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have a God-given right to defend themselves while training to defend us, and past, present, or future policies that would deny them that right are unconscionable and without honor.”Glenn pointed to the Pentagon’s policy under former President Barack Obama, which prohibited military personnel from carrying personal weapons to defend themselves and their families at military installations, a policy spotlighted by another Islamic terror-motivated mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas, in 2009, when former Army Major Nidal Hasan killed 13 people and wounded more than 30 others.President Trump has moved to change that policy for military personnel on military installations under federal jurisdiction.But Glenn said the welcome change in Pentagon policy would not apply to the approximately 400 full-time National Guard personnel at forty-some training and recruiting facilities under the jurisdiction of the state and of the Michigan National Guard.His legislation gives the force of law to existing Guard policy under Adj. Gen. Vadnais allowing uniformed personnel and civilians with a state Concealed Pistol License to carry a concealed personal weapon while at those facilities, which if signed by Gov. Snyder would prevent a future governor or adjutant general from arbitrarily revoking that right without legislative approval. Under the legislation, military commanders will remain free under emergency circumstances to block civilians from carrying concealed weapons at military facilities by simply blocking civilian access to such facilities altogether.Glenn, who served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Army National Guard, including with the 1460th Transportation Co. headquartered in Midland, credited Michigan National Guard Legion of Merit recipient SSG Ronnie Cyrus, formerly of Midland, with helping craft the legislation. Cyrus served 23 years with the Michigan Army National Guard and is now the Veterans Transition Assistance Advisor for the State of Michigan and executive board member for the Michigan Heroes Museum in Frankenmuth. Categories: Glenn News,News 22Dec Glenn’s ‘concealed carry’ bill for Guard personnel goes to governor
Canal+ has expanded its service for sub-Saharan Africa with the creation of three new dedicated channels and the addition of 22 other services to its offering, now marketed under the Bouquets Canal+ brand. The new channels are Edan, described as a “cosmopolitan and urban” entertainment channel, Gulli Africa, said by the broadcaster to be the first youth channel to be tailored for African audiences, and telenovelas channel Novelas TV.Other channels new to the platform include AB Group’s Science et Vie TV, which will be launched in Africa ahead of France, Histoire, Ushuaia TV and France 3. Canal+ said it now offered close to 200 channels in Africa.Canal+ is also providing access to multiscreen service MyCANAL, which allows users to access the Canal+ premium channels and up to 11 Bouquests Canal+ channels, along with video-on-demand, on computers, tablets and smartphones. According to the broadcaster, this is the first such service launched in Africa.The latest expansion of Canal+’s African service follows the launch of A+, its first dedicated African channel, last year.David Mignot, the Africa chief executive at Canal+ Overseas, earlier told French financial daily Les Echos that the broadcaster could reach up to five million homes over the next few years. Canal+ has doubled its African subscriber base from 700,000 to 1.5 million over the last couple of years.