Congress on Tuesday boycotted the inaugural day of the 126-member Assam Sssembly’s Budget Session against the “saffronisation” of the Assembly.The Central Hall of the Assembly was decorated in a saffron-heavy colour scheme ahead of the Governor Jagdish Mukhi’s address and the customary tea party that follows. The Congress labelled it “saffronisation of Assembly” where “saffron tea” was offered.Former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi alleged the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was controlling the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police and a few other top officials of the State.Particularly harsh on chief secretary V.K. Pipersenia, Mr. Gogoi accused him of aiding the RSS impose its Hindutva agenda in a religiously, linguistically, culturally and ethnically diverse State.“It is very apparent that Pipersenia is working for the RSS. We have evidence of him meeting RSS leaders and attending the organisation’s meetings,” Mr Gogoi told newspersons.Mr Gogoi doubted State police chief Mukesh Sahay’s neutrality too. “I have a suspicion the DGP follows the diktat of the RSS but I have no evidence to assert,” he said.While Mr. Pipersenia did not respond to messages, Mr. Sahay declined to comment on Mr. Gogoi’s remarks.“I am clear about my job, which is to maintain law and order. I am a public servant bound by rules and governed by the country’s Constitution,” Mr Sahay told The Hindu.Mr. Gogoi also criticised Sarbananda Sonowal’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government of trying to purge religious and linguistic minorities in the state through the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC).“They (minorities) are being left out on a large scale, and this is nothing but a conspiracy scripted by RSS,” Mr Gogoi alleged.The first draft of the updated NRC was published at the stroke of December 31 midnight. The list contained the names of 19 million people out of the total 32.9 million applicants.But only 10% of the names of applicants across 11 districts dominated by religious and linguistic minority groups were accommodated in this list, leading to conspiracy theories though NRC state coordinator Prateek Hajela said those left out need not worry.
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot from Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving.At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who was scheduled to face Taro Daniel of Japan in Ashe on Thursday night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s match against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.Two seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.ADVERTISEMENT Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.” It is the first time in his long career that the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. 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Ashton Kutcher and pregnant fiancee Mila Kunis were dressed intraditional Indian attire at a big fat Indian wedding at the Borgo EgnaziaResort in Savelletri di Fasano, Italy. Delhi businesswoman Ayesha Thapar married Google’s Senior Vice President Nikesh Arora. Kutcher, 36, sported an aqua blue embroidered kurta teamed up with a white dhoti. He completed the Indian look with a red turban, reported E!Online. Photo courtesy: PopsugarWhereas, Kunis, 30, wore a mint gown with a drop waist, which hid her baby bump and silver accents.The ‘Two and a Half Men’ star took to the dance floor with a female friend to entertain guests at the reception. He treated the crowd to a traditional Bollywood-style dance.Details about the wedding were not released, although photos have been posted online. Photo courtesy: PopsugarKunis and Kutcher, who played Jackie and Kelso on That ’70s Show, began dating in early spring of 2012 and went public with their engagement earlier this year.
Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Google Philippines names new country director This season snaps an eight-year run of NBA Finals appearances for James, who captured two titles with the Miami Heat and another with the Cleveland Cavaliers, whom he left as a free agent to join the Lakers last July.James will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and plans for extra training time during his long summer break as well as his movie work on a set that will include a basketball court so he can get in some workouts while making the movie.“I’ve had basically the same offseason training regimen the last eight years,” James told the website. “I knew how long I wanted to rest for the season on a short timeline. I’m figuring out now how to get as much as I can out of two months of extra time for training.“It requires a totally different strategy. We’re looking at it in an entirely new way.”The “Space Jam” sequel being made by the SpringHill Entertainment production company owned by James is set for a July 2021 release, 25 years after the original film with NBA legend Michael Jordan and animated allies like Bugs Bunny was released.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacers outmuscle Pistons for much-needed win That meant James wasn’t going to be a candidate for the US team of NBA players competing under coach Gregg Popovich in this year’s FIBA World Cup, set to open August 31 in China.“I love everything about Pop, obviously, but this is not a good summer for me,” James said.James averaged 27.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists for the Lakers this season and passed Jordan for fourth place on the all-time NBA scoring list.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES “That’s a possibility,” James said. “It depends on how I feel. I love the Olympics.”James spent most of the 2004 Athens Olympics on the bench as a US team of NBA stars settled for bronze, then served as the backbone of a revamped program that won Olympic gold in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 in London.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe did not play for the American squad that captured a third consecutive title in 2016 at Rio.James is entering the earliest NBA off-season he has known, the Lakers having benched him for the finish of the campaign due to a left groin injury that has nagged him since late December. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting FILE – In this March 1, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James pauses during the closing seconds of the team’s 131-120 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, in Los Angeles. The Lakers have endured a miserable season, giving James a much longer summer break than he’s used to. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James is a “possibility” for the defending champion US team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games but says he will skip this year’s World Cup in China.The 34-year-old forward for the Los Angeles Lakers told The Athletic website in a story posted Monday that he will begin production on the movie “Space Jam 2” during this off-season and how he feels after next season will determine his chances of playing for gold in Japan next year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea legend Drogba: Abraham no surprise to meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea legend Didier Drogba is happy seeing Tammy Abraham succeeding this season.Abraham has scored seven goals in five Premier League games at the beginning of the campaign.”Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” Drogba explained.”These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game. So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.”It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.”So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].”
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After spearheading months of talks with public transport operators, Minister without Portfolio in the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry, Dr. Morais Guy, on Wednesday arrived at an agreement with the heads of the island’s public transport associations for the implementation of a flat tax to be paid by operators.The move will eventually result in the further formalisation of the public transportation sector as bus and taxi operators will ultimately contribute to statutory tax schemes. These encompass the payment of income tax, education tax, NIS and NHT contributions. This will also be advantageous to the operators who will be able to benefit from the schemes, particularly in the forms of pension entitlement and housing loans.Minister Guy hailed the agreement as a step in the right direction and says it is indicative of the Ministry’s commitment to bring order to the sector while improving the welfare of operators who deliver a vital service to the travelling public. Additionally, the Minister commended the associations for their role in the discussions which he says signals a maturing relationship between operators and Government.Over the next two weeks, the associations will be holding further consultations with their members to sensitise them on the new development. This will be in collaboration with the Transport Authority.Among the other state bodies which participated in the talks were Tax Administration Jamaica, the National Housing Trust, The Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Ministry of Finance.[Press Release: Ministry of Transport & Works]
zoom Van Oord has won two orders in Brazil and the Bahamas, worth a combined worth EUR 100 million ( USD 134.6 million). The activities involve dredging work for the construction of a new shipyard in Aracruz, Brazil.The client is Estaleiro Jurong Aracruz (EJA), a Brazilian subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine’s Jurong Shipyard from Singapore.The shipyard has been designed for the building and maintenance of specialist vessels and constructions for the oil and gas industry in Brazil.The work involves the construction of an access channel, turning basin and moorings at the quays.A total of 6 million m3 of material will be dredged for the construction of the new port. For this purpose, Van Oord will be deploying a large cutter suction dredger. The dredged material will be loaded into and removed by sand carriers.In the Bahamas, three ports will be upgraded on the instructions of the Ministry of National Security as part of the Sandy Bottom Project.The project is part of a programme involving purchasing vessels and upgrading three ports. The vessels will be delivered by Damen Shipyards Group.Van Oord is responsible for the design and the execution of the dredging activities and the civil engineering work. The dredging work involves deepening access channels and ports. Van Oord is deploying a backhoe for these activities.“The execution of both projects has already started”The civil engineering work involves the constructions of quay walls, breakwaters, buildings, jetties, moorings and facings.Van Oord will be applying its own Coral Rehabilitation initiative on the Sandy Bottom project. This programme involves distributing coral cultivated in a mobile laboratory, the ReefGuard.Earlier this year, Van Oord successfully completed a project on the Ningaloo Reef in Australia.The project in Brazil will be completed in late 2014. The work in the Bahamas will be completed in early 2016.Press Release, July 24, 2014
Families and youth across the province will participate in programs promoting physical activity and growing communities as part of Duke Awareness Week, Oct. 16-22. Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis was joined by representatives from the Department of Education and members of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provincial council to raise the Duke of Edinburgh flag at Province House, today, Oct. 17. “Young Nova Scotians are setting a wonderful example by encouraging people to become volunteers and do what they can to make their communities stronger,” said the lieutenant-governor. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program recognizes youth who give selflessly, and help make this province an even better place to be.” More than 2,300 young Nova Scotians, age 14 to 25, participate in duke programs each year to promote community and country development, while learning the life skills that lead to personal growth and achievement. “Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programs offer students learning opportunities that go far beyond what they learn in the classroom,” said Mat Whynott, ministerial assistant responsible for youth. “Along with the physical activity component, the award program is a great way for young Nova Scotians to contribute to their communities and gain valuable leadership skills.” Throughout the week, duke participants, leaders, council members, parents and volunteers will participate in theme days that highlight the great work youth are doing in their communities. Activities will promote the main themes of the program including awareness, gratitude, fitness, environmental appreciation and community involvement. For more information, visit www.dukeofed.org .
New Delhi: A heightened security cover was given on the routes from AIIMS to Arun Jaitley’s residence in Kailash Colony area of South East Delhi. Sources said that as soon as the news of the death of Arun Jaitley broke out, Delhi Police chalked out an action plan related to security. A senior police officer told Millennium Post that the first challenge was to make sure a hassle-free traffic movement in the areas nearby AIIMS.”The police personnel were at the strategic route from where the leaders’ convoys were coming to the hospital,” said the officer. Later the mortal remains of former Union Finance Minister were brought to his residence in Kailash Colony from All India Institute of Medical Sciences. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe police officer further said that they conducted anti-sabotage check and rooftop deployment in the areas from where the ambulance carrying the mortal remains of the Arun Jaitley was passing. “We also managed traffic at the small lanes. There was a hassle-free movement of the ambulance,” added officer. On August 9, Arun Jaitley was admitted to AIIMS. Since then, several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital to inquire about his health condition. Large contingents of security personnel were stationed and the hospital area was heavily barricaded. “We were keeping a strict vigil at AIIMS,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsSources further added that a meeting was held among senior officers of Delhi Police related to the security arrangements for Sunday when Arun Jaitley’s body will be cremated at Delhi’s Nigambodh Ghat. Officers of various security agencies will be on their toes to make sure that no untoward incident took place during the funeral procession. “At various roads, police will control the movement of vehicles,” police said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa told Millennium Post that they will deploy adequate staff for the funeral procession. “Deployment will be done on the basis of anti-terrorist and crowd management point,” said DCP Central. At Nigambodh Ghat, there will be several layers of security to maintain safety. The top brass of Delhi Police will closely monitor the procession.
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The Colombo High Court sentenced the Jordanian to death but since the death sentence is not implemented he will serve life in jail. (Colombo Gazette) A Jordanian was sentenced to death today for having heroin in his possession.The Jordanian was arrested in November 2012 for the crime and the sentence was delivered today by the Colombo High Court.
Kanapathipillai said Tamils say the generosity of Newfoundlanders – and the federal government’s willingness to take in the refugees despite opposition among some Canadians – are part of “what we identify as Canadian values.”“You form a culture by the stories you celebrate and this is a story we celebrate,” said Kanapathipillai, a Toronto IT consultant.Kanapathipillai said the Tamils had lost hope after being adrift and without food, and expected to die. One woman talked of throwing herself and her newborn baby overboard to bring a quick end to the misery, before Dalton arrived, he said. “It touched all of us … most of us came as refugees,” said Kanapathipillai, 29, who wasn’t even born when this group of refugees arrived and has no familial connection to the event. He was simply moved by the story.The two 10-metre-long open lifeboats carrying about 150 refugees were found in St. Mary’s Bay by fishing boat captain Gus Dalton. He, and other Newfoundland captains who joined him, threw out their catches to make room for the men, women and children who had been drifting for three days after being dropped off by a larger ship. The Tamils sought refugee status because of persecution in Sri Lanka, and told the RCMP they paid $3,000 to $5,000 US to be taken to Canada or the United States.On Thursday, a group of former refugees and their families went to Holyrood, where one of the lifeboats is still being used. There were tears as two of the onetime refugees sat in the boat and remembered the harrowing journey.They visited Dalton at his Admiral’s Beach home, and also visited the Canadian Coast Guard ship Leonard J. Cowley, which brought them to St. John’s. A handful of Tamil refugees who were found starving and nearly without hope aboard open lifeboats 30 years ago off Newfoundland in Canada returned Thursday to visit the rescuers who helped bring them to safety, The Globe and Mail reported.Organizer Sarujan Kanapathipillai said the 30th anniversary commemorations were not only for the four refugees who returned with their families. About 85 of the 110 people who came to Newfoundland this week have no direct connection to the events of August 11, 1986, he said. “We want to celebrate and encourage the kindness and generosity the fishermen showed. The fishermen and so many others, but it started with the fishermen.” Kanapathipillai, the son of a Tamil refugee, said the recent arrival of 25,000 Syrians in Canada as of Feb. 29 had particular resonance for his people.“It’s almost the same story,” he said. “The faces have changed but the story’s the same.” (Colombo Gazette) It was a key moment for all Tamil Canadians.
Frozen star Idina Menzel has promised the UK she will not sing the film’s hit anthem Let It Go on her next visit to the country.The Broadway actress, who made the song famous as she voiced ice queen Elsa in the 2013 Disney animation, said she knew that many British fans – or at least their parents – had been subjected to the uplifting earworm a few too many times.She vowed not to bring it back to life as she appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Wednesday to talk about sequel, Frozen 2, due to hit cinemas in November 2019.Commenting on visiting the UK nearer the time, she told presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid: “I won’t sing Let It Go because I know you are sick of it.”Ms Menzel will reprise her role voicing the magical queen in the new release, with Kristen Bell returning as princess Anna. Idina Menzel said she won’t sing Let It GoCredit:SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Asked about the new movie’s script and score, the 45-year-old admitted its creators would struggle to come up with a track to rival Let It Go.”We are still working on the story,” she said. “But I’m resigning myself to the fact that, as great as the writers are, you can probably never beat that.”Mr Morgan attempted to prove her wrong by doing his own impression of the singer belting out the chorus.While he described the reception in the studio as “silent horror”, Ms Menzel politely conceded he was “not tone deaf”.But his rendition proved to be too much for early morning viewers, with Samantha Patrick responding on Twitter: “Piers, please don’t try to sing.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
After you’ve had time to digest all your Easter chocolate, you’ll be able to go to Best Buy and put in your pre-order for HTC’s anticipated Android tablet, the Flyer.Incorporating HTC’s Sense interface, the Flyer is set to be available later this spring. And Best Buy will be the only brick-and-mortar location to have it stocked from day one.“There is a tremendous amount of excitement and curiosity about tablets in our stores and adding the HTC Flyer to the mix will drive even more interest,” wrote the retailer in a statement.Pre-orders of the device open up on Monday, but only for the Wi-Fi model of the tablet, which will retail for $499.Via BBY.com
Something for the weekend: Although some employees may believe they are busy doing nothing during their working day, Swedish conceptual artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby are hiring for an ‘eternal employee’ to do just this, paying a monthly salary of $2,320 (£1,752.99) for a job role with no set duties or responsibilities.The job, based at Korsvagen, a train station currently under construction in Gothenburg, Sweden, asks the chosen candidate to arrive and clock in by turning on the fluorescent lights over the train platforms. The eternal employee can then spend the day as they choose, even leaving the site if they wish. At the end of the day, the employee simply has to turn the lights off to clock out.The selected employee will not only receive a monthly salary for simply arriving and leaving the workplace, but they will also get the same employment benefits as a Swedish public sector employee. This includes an annual salary boost, holiday days and a pension. The position is also a job for life, although the eternal employee can opt to quit or retire if they want at any time.This unique opportunity is a conceptual art project Goldin and Senneby are conducting as part of a collaboration between the Public Art Agency Sweden and the Swedish Transport Administration. The collaboration invited local artists to influence the design of three new train stations in Gothenburg’s West Link district; Goldin and Senneby’s proposal was to employ someone to suffer from ‘boreout’, or stress caused by under stimulation, in order to explore economic and social constructs.Anyone from across the globe can apply for the position, which is due to start accepting applications in 2025, ahead of Korsvagen’s opening in 2026. The only requirement is that the eternal employee does not have a second job.Winning the art project proposal earned the artists seven million Swedish krona (£567,385); this will be used to pay the eternal employee’s salary. As the artists have invested the money, they predict they will be able to fund this job for 120 years.In their proposal, the artists stated, as reported by Travel and Leisure: “Eternal employment not only offers a different understanding of work and the [employee], but questions the very notions of growth, productivity and progress, which are at the core of modernity. In the face of mass automation and artificial intelligence, the impending threat [or] promise is that we will all become productively superfluous. We will all be ‘employed at Korsvagen’, as it were.”The artists expect the eternal employee to: “[Invent] his [or] her own projects or creative ventures, or [simply] embrace a state of perpetual leisure.”Here at Employee Benefits, we love that the eternal employee really could do anything with their working day. We think it would be a great chance to finally crack on with that bestselling novel while still getting paid…
MIAMI (WSVN) – City of Miami Police have taken down a perimeter, as they continue to search for a subject they described as a “drug suspect,” Monday afternoon.Officers had set up the perimeter in the area of Northwest 24th Street and 10th Avenue, in Miami.Investigators said the subject is involved with drugs but did not provide further details.Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida air show will return to Miami Beach over Memorial Day weekend for a third year.The Hyundai Air and Sea Show pays tribute to military and first responders as part of “The National Salute to America’s Heroes.”The event is open to the public on May 25 and 26.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
President Donald Trump on Friday signed a two-bill spending package that fully funds the Pentagon in fiscal 2019, lifting defense officials from the challenge of coping with short-term spending measures for the first time in 10 years. The legislation’s enactment marks a rare achievement, especially after the president one week earlier signed a three-bill package funding the department’s military construction programs in FY 2019. The defense spending bill provides $674.4 billion in discretionary budget authority and represents a $17 billion increase in DOD’s base budget funding over the FY 2018 allocation. It fully funds the administration’s requested 16,400 end-strength increase this year, including boosting active forces by 15,600 personnel, reports Military Times. … While its long-term fate remains uncertain, an immigration program which has provided a significant source of financing for base redevelopment projects has been extended through Dec. 7. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor program grants 10,000 visas annually to foreigners and their families who have invested $1 million in projects in the United States that create at least 10 jobs, or who have invested $500,000 if the money supports areas of high unemployment. Numerous questions have been raised about the program, though, and lawmakers from both parties have proposed terminating it, reports CQ.DOD photo by Michael Strasser Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Are you ready for a funky-electric-earth-fairy-rainbow wonderland? It’s ready for you.Envision Festival, a multi-day, transformational art and music gathering will be back in 2014 for the fourth time on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific coast. This week, organizers announced the lineup, which will include:Dave Tipper, Papadosio, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Random Rab, Phutureprimitive, Rising Appalachia Music, Andreilien (Heyoka), Sonámbulo Psicotropical, Kalya Scintilla, The Funk Hunters, Kaminanda, Santos&Zurdo, Pumpkin, Sugarpill, JPOD the beat chef, Stylust Beats, The Human Experience, Liberation Movement, Sasha Rose, DJ Dragonfly, Nominus, Merkaba, Goosebumpz, Soul Visions, Living Light, Plantrae, Cocofunka, Soulacybin, Pasiflora and more.Organizers have also announced some big changes for 2014. The festival is moving to a shaded rainforest enclave five minutes up the road from last year’s venue. This new spot allows for car camping and it is closer to the beach, which will be free to access, organizers say.A two-minute walk to the ocean and plenty of shade should be welcome news to those who attended in the sweltering heat of the 2013 festival. Optional car camping will also delight 2013 festivalgoers, who were treated to an unseasonal downpour that drenched the grounds, attendants and their gear.Despite piercing heat and show-stopping tropical thunderstorms, Envision 2013 was a success. Thousands flew from all over the world to witness the live music acts and live painting by more than 20 artists. There was also a variety of yoga, dance, movement and spoken word workshops, as well as a healing sanctuary, performance art, and a kids’ zone.Here’s a video recap of Envision 2013 from Zippy Lomax. Envision 2014 takes place Feb. 20–23 at Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica. Super Early Bird passes went on sale today at noon. You can purchase them here: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php/buy-tickets. Super Early Bird Passes are available for $195 until they run out. After that, regular Early Bird tickets will be on sale for $225. If they do not sell out, tickets will be available the day of the show at the box office for $295. Early Bird price on the VIP Paradise Package is $599. There are additional options for early arrival, car camping, and RV camping. Like last year, a special discount is offered for Central American residents with valid IDs. To submit an application to participate, visit the new Envision website: http://www.2014.envisionfestival.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=12&Itemid=206See website for more info. Facebook Comments Related posts:28 photos from Costa Rica’s Envision Festival Overheard at Envision 2014 Retransformed: A sophomore experience at the Envision Festival Envision Festival begins