State Senator Bruce Tarr Supports Interlock Devices For FirstTime OUI Offenders

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Below is a statement from State Senator Bruce Tarr regarding his attempts to reduce drunk driving and permit the use of interlock devices for first-time offenders. Massachusetts now stands alone as the only state that does not have a law for these offenders:“Now is the time to authorize the use of interlock devices for first-time OUI offenders. We have already waited too long to authorize this important tool which can prevent tragedy on our state’s roadways. While we can no longer avoid being the last state in the nation to adopt this smart approach to public safety, we still have an obligation to take action now so that we can stem the pain and harm from the senseless loss of life at the hands of a drunk driver that could have been prevented with time-tested and road tested technology.Federal government data shows that interlocks reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by 67 percent. I urge the Joint Committee on Transportation to move in the right direction with legislation that is before them.”Tarr also noted that Massachusetts requires interlocks for all REPEAT offenders. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 2016 and 2018 studies found that states with first-time offender ignition interlock laws saw drunk driving deaths decrease by 15 and 16 percent. Over the past dozen years, interlocks have prevented over 39,000 attempts to drive drunk in Massachusetts.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… RelatedState Senator Bruce Tarr’s Bill Honors World War II Era Cadet NursesIn “Government”Tarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”State Senator Bruce Tarr Reminds Residents Of Animal Welfare Laws & Pets Left In Warm CarsIn “Government”last_img read more

Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa The 359 Ep 516

first_img Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $299 at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 5:21 Share your voice 0 Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher The Cheapskate Apple iPhone XS Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See It CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Google’s ambitions to teach its Assistant more sophisticated tricks. Spotify buys Gimlet and Anchor, two podcasting companies. Apple’s retail chief, Angela Ahrendts, announces departure. Google Assistant Alexa Google Spotify,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBay I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Turo Share your voice See it Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59, Ep. 516) Rylo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $60 at Best Buy Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $210 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays $6 at Tidal Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $155 at Google Express See at Turo Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review $999 See at Amazon Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Now playing: Watch this: $999 $999 Tags Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best Buy The Daily Charge Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Google Assistant is making a run for Alexa (The 3:59,… Sprint Post a comment Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Audio Smart Speakers & Displays Read Lenovo Smart Clock review See It Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET 7 $520 at HP Tags Read DJI Osmo Action preview Your browser does not support the audio element. Amazonlast_img read more

My Govts only Religion is India First Devoted to Bharat Bhakti PM

first_imgAt the Parliament on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a firm stand against communalism and said that his party was entirely devoted to the people of India and their welfare.”My government’s only religion is ‘India first’. My government’s only religious book is the ‘Indian Constitution’. Our only devotion is ‘Bharat Bhakti’ and our only prayer is ‘welfare of all’,” PTI quoted Modi as saying in the Lok Sabha.This is being seen as a rebuke to BJP and RSS leaders who have earlier made outrageous comments in the name of religion. He said such outrageous remarks have only brought harm to the country and it’s his responsibility as the PM to not allow this to repeat.”Nobody has the right to discriminate on the basis of religion… No one has the right to take law into his hands,” Modi said. “Communalism for political reasons has destroyed the country. Hearts have been broken,” he added.Condemning communalism, Modi said that India will prosper only when all the religions in the country will proper and that according to him is only possible if everyone follows the Constitution and law. “No one can take law in their hands and discriminate on the grounds of religion,” ANI quoted him as saying.”This is a nation full of diversity. We are for unity in diversity, not disunity. All religions should flourish. It is the uniqueness of India because of its Constitution,” he said in his speech and added that “we want to take the nation forward within the framework of the Constitution”.last_img read more

WATCH Florida woman rescues snake stuck in beer can hailed as angel

first_imgRosa Fond, a professional animal rescuer in Florida, is being hailed as an angel on social media after she rescued a snake which had got its head stuck inside a beer can. She owns Humans & Animals United.According to Fox 13, Rosa had spotted the snake while driving in Brooksville. Even though Rosa is not the biggest fan of reptiles, especially snakes, she said she knew she had to rescue the animal, which was identified as a non-venomous black racer. Rosa can be seen trying to take the snake’s head from the canFacebook/ Rosa Fond”I saw she was alive and started to panic but I knew I had to save her. Anyone else would have probably killed her… I couldn’t let her be hurt,” Rosa was quoted as saying by Fox 13.Rosa placed her phone on the ground and started recording her attempt to rescue the snake. She took a stick and tried to pull the snake out with it. All through the video, Rosa can be heard screaming whenever the snake moved. At one point, the snake was so frightened that it began to coil itself around the can and Rosa’s hand too.In the video, she was even heard saying, “I’m not trying to be mean, please forgive me.”Rosa shared the video online and received a lot of appreciation for her sensitivity in helping the animal which was clearly in pain. One comment read, “I was an animal control officer for a long time – never once did I see a snake in a beer can! As fearful as some people are of snakes (they’re one of my favorites) I can understand your emotions must have been running high….. Kudos for putting your feelings aside and helping him out!!!”Another woman wrote, “Rosa Fond, you are angel!!!!!!” IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:07/4:39Loaded: 0%0:08Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:32?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Watch: Women save snake which got stuck in a beer cancenter_img Closelast_img read more

Why is Yash yet to seek blessings for his daughter Ayra from

first_imgYash and Sumalatha.PR HandoutRocking Star Yash considers actress Sumalatha, who is now the Member of Parliament from the Mandya Lok Sabha constituency, as his elder sister. His respect and love for her became evident after he relentlessly campaigned for her to ensure her victory in the recently-held General Elections despite coming under a lot of verbal attacks from the rival party.Yet Yash has not sought blessings for his daughter Ayra from Sumalatha in person. Wondering why? There is a genuine reason behind it as the actor has been waiting to introduce his little angel to the Mandya MP at the right time.”I have expressed my desire to see two-three times. He told me that he would bring her to met at a proper time. He wanted me to see her after becoming an MP. I am waiting now,” she told the media persons. The actress did not attend the naming ceremony of Yash and Radhika Pandit’s daughter held on Sunday, 23 June.Sumalatha told the media that Ayra is like her granddaughter and keenly waiting to see her in person.In the last six to eight months, unexpected turn of events have taken place in Sumalatha’s life. It was started with the death of her husband, actor-politician Ambareesh in November. In a matter of months, the actress, who was never into politics, was convinced by her hubby’s followers to join politics by contesting from Mandya Lok Sabha constituency.After refusing to get a ticket from Congress due to an agreement between its coalition partner JD (S), she decided to contest the election as an independent candidate. Yash and Challenging Star Darshan stood like a pillar of strength for her in the polls as she contested against Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumar.In the end, Sumalatha emerged victorious and entered the parliament for the first time.Coming back to Yash and Radhika Pandit’s daughter, she was born in December and the couple had the naming ceremony only now. The video from the event can be seen below:Introducing our lil angel.. ❤ನಮ್ಮದೇ ಉಸಿರಿನ ಮಗಳೆಂಬ ಕನಸಿಗೆ ಇಂದು ಹೆಸರಿಟ್ಟ ಸಂಭ್ರಮ❤❤❤ ಹರಸಿ ಹಾರೈಸಿ??…— Yash (@TheNameIsYash) June 23, 2019last_img read more

Airtel writes to TRAI slamming Jio for its false claims

first_img Airtel vs Reliance Jio: Which network is faster in India? Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … India’s biggest telecom operator Bharti Airtel has alleged that rival Reliance Jio Infocomm has been misleading the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through false claims that India’s top three telecommunication providers had gained almost Rs 1 lakh crore in the past five years on not lowering the interconnect usage charge (IUC).According to Airtel, the actual level of receipts for the operator on account of IUC was Rs 7,795 crore, which was much lower than Jio’s claims. The company was quoted by Economic Times  as saying in a letter to TRAI that it had actually incurred losses of Rs 6,800 crore over the last five years as the mobile termination charge was below the cost of 30-35 paise per minute.Airtel in its letter to the regulator wrote that Jio’s assertions were grossly incorrect and done with the purpose of creating policy bias in its favour.”This misrepresentation of data is yet another attempt by Reliance Jio to distort facts to show other operators in a bad light and create policy bias in its favour,” Ravi Gandhi, Chief Regulatory Officer at Bharti Airtel, wrote in the letter addressed to TRAI Chairman RS Sharma.This comes at a time when TRAI is looking to revise the interconnection usage charge. All telecom players except Reliance Jio support an increase in IUC rates.The telecom industry in India is at present fighting a sturdy competitive battle against Jio. All the outcry at present is on the termination charge, which is one of the main components of IUC.According to the incumbents, the termination charge of Re 0.14 per minute is too low and does not cover the cost of carrying the call. TRAI had reduced the domestic termination rate to Re 0.14 per minute from Re 0.30 in 2004, which had led to protests by the telecom companies.However, if the allegations made by Airtel in the letter against Jio are true, they might push TRAI to revise IUC rates. If the regulator considers increasing the rate, the telecom players might raise the tariff for their call services, which could be a bad news for the customers.last_img read more

Stocks to watch on March 12 Bharti Airtel Jet Airways Shree Renuka

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Monday:Bharti Airtel: The Reserve Bank of India has imposed a penalty of Rs 5 crore on Airtel Payments Bank for breaching operating guidelines and Know Your Customer norms.Tata Motors: The automaker’s global wholesales up 18 percent year-on-year to 1.21 lakh units in February.ONGC: The state-owned oil and gas firm will sell stake in Gujarat Petrochem project to fund Hindustan Petroleum Corp acquisition.Jet Airways: A consortium of Jet Airways, France-KLM and Delta is understood to have expressed interest in national carrier Air India, news agency PTI reported.Shree Renuka Sugars: Wilmar Sugar to make an open offer to buy 26 percent stake in Shree Renuka Sugars at a price of Rs 16.29 each.Union Bank of India: The lender has direct credit exposure of about Rs 295 crore to Nirav Modi and Gitanjali Group companies, its chief executive told Reuters.Reliance Communications: The promoter firm pledges shares worth Rs 300 crore.Oriental Bank Of Commerce: The lender will increase some marginal cost loan rates by 5-15 basis points from March 12.Aarti Drugs: The company said that its unit in Tarapur MIDC got affected by explosion.Avanti Feeds, Apex Frozen Foods, Waterbase: U.S. Department of Commerce has suggested a hike in anti-dumping duty on Indian shrimp to 2.34 percent from 0.84 percent.last_img read more

2 cops held for looting cattle traders money

first_imgsatkhiraDetectives on Wednesday detained four people, including two policemen, on charge of looting around Tk 950,000 from a cattle trader.The detainees are assistant sub-inspector Abdur Rauf and constable Nadim of Dumuria police station in Khulna, and Moni, driver of Kamalnagar village, and Raju Hossain Ghospara village in Sadar upazila of Satkhira.Akkas Ali, officer-in-charge of Khulna Detective Branch of police, said the two policemen snatched Tk 945,000 from cattle trader Liton Sarder of Nalkura village in Satkhira Sadar upazila from Chuknagar in Khulna on 15 February.Later, the victim filed a general diary (GD) with Dumuria police station accusing the duo.Khulna DB police arrested the policemen from the police station after the allegation was found to be true in primary investigation.Later, the two others were arrested from Satkhira as per the information given by the policemen.Two years back, ASI Abdur Rauf was arrested on charge of snatching gold from a smuggler in Patkelghata upazila of Jhenidah.last_img read more

Senator Graham urges Trump to end shutdown temporarily

first_imgUS president Donald Trump speaks while Chester County, Pennsylvania sheriff Bunny Welsh listens as the president hosts a `roundtable discussion on border security and safe communities` with state, local, and community leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, US on 11 January. Photo: ReutersA Republican senator close to president Donald Trump on Sunday backed a temporary re-opening of the federal government, in the 23rd day of the longest shutdown ever, to allow for talks on a spending agreement that could satisfy Trump’s border security demands.Democrats in Congress rejected Trump’s request that legislation to fund the government include $5.7 billion of taxpayer money for a wall on the US border with Mexico. They have refused further negotiations until the government is reopened after being partially shut down since 22 December.Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he urged the president on Sunday to reopen the government for a limited period to try to get talks going again.If no progress is made, he said, then Trump should declare a national emergency as a way to get money to build his wall, a plan not popular with some fellow Republicans.”Before he pulls the plug on the legislative option, and I think we are almost there, I would urge them to open up the government for a short period of time, like three weeks, before he pulls the plug (to) see if we can get a deal,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday.”He said Trump told him, “Let’s make a deal, then open up the government.”The record shutdown has furloughed 800,000 federal employees and cut government services across the United States. They missed their first paychecks on Friday, heightening concerns about mounting financial pressures on employees, including air traffic controllers and airport security officials who are working without pay.Trump continued to blame Democrats for the impasse. “I’m in the White House, waiting. The Democrats are everywhere but Washington as people await their pay. They are having fun and not even talking!” Trump said Sunday on Twitter.Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responded on Twitter that, “Speaker Pelosi has been in DC all weekend working from the Capitol.”In a meeting last month with Pelosi and top senate democrat Chuck Schumer, Trump said he would be “proud” to shut down the government over wall funding. Recent polls show most Americans think the president is to blame.Jennifer Lawless, a politics professor at the University of Virginia, said she believes Trump and Republicans will lose the game of chicken as furloughed workers, airport travelers, tourists and others “experience the consequences of political dysfunction firsthand.””The shutdown is real. The wall is hypothetical. And at some point soon, the Republicans are going to remember that it’s real people in their districts who aren’t getting paid, real people who aren’t able to access government services, and real people who vote,” she said.A concourse at Miami International Airport was shut down for part of the weekend because not enough Transportation Security Administration agents were present to staff all of the airport’s the security checkpoints.The airport said it would reopen the concourse on Monday and “continue to monitor checkpoint staffing levels and make adjustments as necessary.”Working without pay, TSA employees have been calling in sick in increasing numbers since the shutdown began. On Sunday, TSA said it had a 7.7 per cent national rate in unscheduled absences, compared with 5.6 per cent on Saturday and 3.2 per cent a year ago.Democrats hammered away at their demand that Trump reopen the government. Senator Tim Kaine called the wall, which could cost an estimated $23 billion, a “vanity project” that Trump promised Mexico – not US taxpayers – would pay for.”Put an end to the shutdown and put everything on the table,” Dick Durbin, the No 2 Democrat in the Senate, said on ABC’s “This Week” show.Trump campaigned against illegal immigration in 2016 and said a wall is necessary to keep illegal immigrants from entering the country.last_img

Fallout Over Pugh Book Deal Grows

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comThe burgeoning controversy over a children’s book written by Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh has triggered her resignation from the University of Maryland Medical System’s (UMMS) board of directors, as well as that of two others and raised questions regarding transparency and ethics.Earlier this week, Pugh resigned from the UMMS board after questions arose regarding the mayor’s $500,000 Healthy Holly children’s book deal with UMMS.Baltimore Mayor Catherine PughMayor Pugh provided an exclusive statement to the AFRO in response to the allegations swirling connected to her book deal controversy.“As you know, I am very interested in health and fitness, particularly as it relates to children. You may not know that I have been a publisher since 1979 and an author for 25 years,” stated Pugh. “I started working on the Healthy Holly concept more than a decade ago after attending a conference on childhood health and obesity, and, for several years I put a great deal of time and my own money into developing it. It was a project I was passionate about and I was excited for the opportunity to expand its reach,” Pugh added.“Despite all of this, I am glad the important messages in the book reached our city’s children. I never thought this would lead to today, and I understand how it may look to some, but here is what I have done to address this matter,” Pugh said before outlining the following actions she said she has taken. Chiefly, her resigning from the UMMS Board and updated her old Senate financial disclosure forms, which she says she recently learned “…that these transactions were disclosed on one set of forms, but not another. I’m not sure why this oversight occurred, but it has been corrected.”Pugh also told the AFRO she has returned the most recent payment and reported the revenue on tax returns. “I plan to keep working to improve the health of children in our city and I will keep writing with this experience in mind,” she stated.Subsequently, according to multiple reports two more members of the UMMS board, John Dillon and Robert Pevenstein resigned on March 19. According to Luke Broadwater, who broke the story for the Baltimore Sun, eight other members of the UMMS board have lucrative deals with the medical system. Four of those board members, August J. Chiasera, Francis X. Kelly, James A. Soltesz and Walter A. Tilley, Jr., have been asked to take a leave of absence by board chair Stephen A. Burch. Burch released the following statement on March 19:“As chairman of the board of directors for the University of Maryland System (UMMS), I take very seriously the concerns raised regarding board members that have business relationships with UMMS. Addressing this issue is of the highest priority for me and the organization. There is nothing more important that the trust of those who depend on our leadership…Let me be abundantly clear, this is not a reflection on any of the affected board members or their businesses. Our board members are incredibly talented professionals who bring invaluable expertise and perspective while advancing Maryland’s own world-class healthcare system.”According to The Sun report, Chiasera of M&T Bank ($7.4 million in revenues for the bank from UMMS), and former state Sen. Kelley ($4.4 million in revenues for his insurance company), are the biggest beneficiaries of their membership on the UMMS board.last_img read more