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first_imgA U.S. Border Patrol agent fired several rounds toward an armed militia member in Texas, reigniting concerns among law enforcement officials about conflicts with untrained and unregulated volunteers who have arrived at the Mexican border in the wake of the recent immigration crisis.Omar Zamora, a spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, told the Los Angeles Times on Saturday that the agent was chasing several suspects through an area of thick brush near the Rio Grande on Friday afternoon when he came upon a militia member holding a shotgun or rifle.The agent fired several rounds, and the militia member immediately dropped his weapon, according to Zamora, who said no one was injured.“It’s difficult because we have several different law enforcement agencies there from federal, state and local … we can work together, we can deconflict,” he said. “We’re all in uniform.”It was not immediately clear if the man, who was not identified, will face criminal charges. The Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident that occurred near Brownsville, but no one was available for comment.Zamora did not identify the patrol agent and said it was not clear what organization the militia member belonged to. He was standing on private property at the time of the incident.last_img read more

first_imgThe joint Senate and House Conference Committee on Wednesday released a new version of SB26, that could provide a compromise to resolving the state’s fiscal problems. Lawmakers plan to use fund earnings for the first time to help fill the state’s budget deficit. The new draft bill limits the amount of money legislators may withdraw each year from the Permanent Fund’s Earnings Reserve Account. The draft bill is the product of significant negotiations between the House and the Senate. The conference committee was appointed to find agreement after the House and Senate approved different versions of SB 26 last year. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享House and Senate negotiators have unveiled a proposal to limit draws from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings, Senate Bill 26.center_img The structured draw in the bill will support the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation in making prudent investment decisions, providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy fund and dividend program. The draft does not address how the money will be spent and does not change existing law governing the dividend.last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSelectmen, Town Meeting To Decide If Analog Devices Will Receive Huge Tax Break To Allow Expansion To Move ForwardIn “Business”NO-BRAINER?: Will Wilmington Approve A Tax Increment Financing Agreement With Analog Devices, Ensuring Town’s Largest Employer Stays Put? (Article 40)In “Business”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town, Analog Devices Reach $5 Million TIF Agreement, Called A “Win-Win” For Residents & CompanyIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Analog Devices, the town’s largest employer, is currently building a new headquarters in Wilmington, with the construction of a 174,000 square foot three-story office building, a 52,000 square foot hub building, a 215,000 square foot three-story parking garage, and the renovations to existing buildings. The total investment is estimated at approximately $157 million.The project was solidified after the town and Analog Devices came to terms on a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) agreement, which was ratified by residents at last year’s Annual Town Meeting. Under the TIF, the town continues to collect 100% of existing real estate tax revenue, but allows for a tax exemption based on the increased assessed value due to property improvements. The tax incentive is a discount on projected future taxes during the life of the proposed TIF.The key terms of the final agreement, as relayed by Town Manager Jeff Hull, include:Tax relief of $4.3 million based on value from new construction only with a maximum duration of eight (8) years whichever comes first;$700,000 to be waived in building permit fees which would be charged on this new construction;TIF to begin in the year in which there is taxable value from construction on the property;Analog commits to create 50 new jobs over five (5) years;Analog committees to relocate 450 employees from their Chelmsford and Norwood facilities to the newly expanded Wilmington campus;Analog commits not to file for a property tax abatement during the life of the TIFMike Errera, Vice President of Supply Chain Planning & Logistics and General Manager of Analog Devices, was recently in front of the Wilmington Board of Selectmen to provide a status update on the project.“We’re right on schedule and budget at this stage,” announced Errera. “We’re excited about getting this done and consolidating our Massachusetts team here in Wilmington.  We feel we made the right choice in terms of coniuting to go long in our presence here in Wilmington. The cooperation with the town and construction folks have been suberb. We appreciate that. We’re looking forward to inviting you out to the ribbon cutting ceremony next year.”Errera noted that the construction of the hub building is expected to be completed this fall/winter, with occupancy expected in February 2020 or March 2020. The new office building is also in the middle of construction, with occupancy expected in the summer of 2020. Norwood employees will be moved to Wilmington at that point. Once new construction is complete, the existing office buildings will be renovated, with Chelmsford employees moving in 2021.Errera showed renderings of the new hub building, which will feature an auditorium, forum space, reception area, gym with yoga studio, and roof deck patio space. The new office building will include meeting space, collaboration areas, huddle rooms, open space, and community space. The buildings and garage also include sustainability measures, including a 1.2 MW roof solar systems and charging stations for electric vehicles. Errera also noted that a partnership with Uber will be formed to transport employees who rely on public transit, transporting them from Anderson Regional Transportation Center in Woburn to the Analog campus.Selectmen were happy to hear the news.“It’s clear you have a lot of exciting things happening at your campus,” responded Selectman Chair Greg Bendel. “We’re glad you chose Wilmington once again.”“The [TIF agreement] was a win-win for both the community and Analog,” added Selectman Kevin Caira. “We’re looking forward to the tour.”“The project looks good. It looks like a college campus,” said Selectman Mike McCoy. “It will attract people throughout the country to come to Wilmington.”“Analog Devices is competing for talent,” agreed Errera. “We’re hiring out of the best schools. It’s not just about the paycheck, but about the destination and vibe.”“Thank you for investing in Wilmington with job creation and job retention, but also what appears to be a really first rate facility,” noted Selectman Jonathan Eaton. “You folks are going to have the ability to attract the best of the best with the facility you’re creating.”“We appreciate all that Analog has done working with the schools and its STEM Fair,” said Selectwoman Jomarie O’Mahony, who asked that Analog invite students to tour the new campus once its complete. “Analog is a great example of a corporate partner with the town. And your campus will add to our town’s beauty.”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.last_img read more

first_imgThis file photo taken on January 18, 2008 shows Indian writer Arundhati Roy smiling at an event at the Bogazici University in Istanbul. AFPArundhati Roy’s eagerly-awaited second novel goes on sale Tuesday, two decades after her prize-winning debut “The God of Small Things” propelled her to global fame and launched her career as an outspoken critic of injustice in her native India.Roy became the first Indian woman to win the prestigious Booker Prize with her 1997 work, which sold around 8 million copies and turned the young author into a star of the literary world.In the years that followed, she turned to non-fiction writing, taking on issues ranging from poverty and globalisation to the conflict in Kashmir in essays that were often highly critical of India’s ruling class.Her campaigning earned her the wrath of many in the Indian establishment and has clearly influenced her latest novel “The Ministry of Utmost Happiness”, which she has said took 10 years to produce.Publisher Penguin says it takes the reader “from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi into the burgeoning new metropolis” and on to the troubled Kashmir Valley and the jungles of central India, wracked by a long-running Maoist rebellion.”There was this huge sense of urgency when I was writing the political essays, each time you wanted to blow a space open, on any issue,” Roy told The Hindu daily in an interview published last week.”But fiction takes its time and is layered… It is not just a human rights report about how many people have been killed and where. How do you describe the psychosis of what is going on? Except through fiction.”Roy was lauded at home when she became the first resident Indian to win the Booker for her novel about twins growing up in the southern state of Kerala. Previous Indian winners had lived outside the country.The Times of India in an editorial titled “Novel Indian” quoted a “prophecy” by James Joyce — “The East shall wake the West awake/And ye shall have night for morn” — which it said “seems to be coming true”.Roy recalled in a recent BBC interview how she was suddenly on the cover of every magazine — until she spoke out against India’s nuclear tests a year later.”Not that I had a say in it, but I was being marketed as this new product of the global India,” she said.”And then suddenly the government did these nuclear tests… And I wrote this essay condemning the tests, and at that point the fairy princess was kicked off her pedestal in a minute.”- ‘Scarring’ -Roy, now 55, went on to become one of India’s most famous and polarising authors.She was briefly jailed for contempt of court over her activism and still faces a sedition charge for challenging India’s right to rule over the disputed Kashmir region in 2010.She argues that India’s economic boom has made a small minority rich on the suffering of the poor, and has spent time researching the work of Maoist rebels fighting for land rights in the resource-rich jungles of central India.Her criticism of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been particularly fierce. She once called for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be put on trial over the deadly anti-Muslim riots that occurred in the state of Gujarat in 2002, when he was chief minister.Modi has been dogged by accusations he turned a blind eye to the violence, but a Supreme Court-ordered investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing in 2012.Internationally she remains a huge draw, lauded both for her activism and her writing, and the reviews for her second novel have been broadly — though not universally — positive.The Financial Times said it was “as remarkable as her first”, and promised her admirers would not be disappointed, while The New Yorker called it a “scarring novel of India’s modern history”.But some critics were sceptical about her attempts to introduce her political causes into her fiction.”‘Ministry’ is two decades of polemic distilled into one book, with a superstructure of fiction to hold it together,” said The Economist. “It does not work.”last_img read more

first_img 00:00 /50:40 On Monday’s Houston Matters: We bring you the latest on the continuing fire at a Deer Park petrochemical facility. The fire has spread to include eight tanks, including some holding the chemicals naphtha and xylene, components of gasoline, and toluene, a chemical used to produce nail polish remover, glues, and paint thinner.Also this hour: Officials from the Houston Airport System answer listener questions about travel to and from the three airports in Greater Houston. Plus, the PBS show No Passport Required is visiting Houston to explore the culture of our city’s Nigerian community.And Jeff Balke updates us on Houston sports, from the UH Cougars landing a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament to the Rockets winning 11 of their last 12 games.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share X Listencenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

first_imgEd Potillo is the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats. (Courtesy Photo)Ed Potillo, vice chairman of the D.C. Democratic State Committee and the chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats, is seeking to unseat Ward 7 D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander in the June 14, 2016 primary. Alexander has held the position since 2007; however Potillo is confident he can pull off the upset.“We can do this,” Potillo said at his campaign kick-off on Oct. 17 in the Southeast quadrant of Ward 7. “We can absolutely do this. If you stay with me, I will be your council member and your first line of defense.Potillo formed an exploratory committee in April. In his speech to 30 supporters, he bemoaned the ward’s political state. “Mediocrity is the current state of the ward,” he said, promising to fight to improve Ward 7 schools, help seniors age in place, and pledging to work to make public transportation user-friendly.Potillo said school houses have fallen in disrepair and neglect” and pointed out that many school-aged children aren’t educated in the ward. “Forty-four percent of school-aged children in Ward 7 go to school outside of the ward,” he said. “The answer is not closing community schools.”Potillo said he will work for strong parental engagement in each of the ward’s schools and overall, champion the interests of all Ward 7 residents. “I will take that fighting spirit to the Wilson Building,” he said, speaking of the District’s city hall. “We’ve waited long enough. I’m here to collect.”Potillo, a native of D.C., graduated from St. John’s College High School in Northwest and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is presently employed with the National Alliance of Black School Educators, as its conference and membership director. A longtime member of the Ward 7 Democrats, he was appointed in 2007 as the chairman of the Program Committee and as the organization’s chairman in 2011.Some activists in the ward question whether Potillo can continue in his role as chairman of the Ward 7 Democrats while running against Alexander, saying it is a conflict of interest to be a candidate and lead all of the ward’s Democrats.Potillo disputes that assertion. “It’s been done and it isn’t a conflict of interest,” he said. “I will stay in my position.”Ambrose Lane, the chairman of the Ward 7 Health Alliance Network and a Potillo supporter, agrees. “He doesn’t have to step down,” Lane said.  “Council member Brandon Todd was the president of the Ward 4 Democrats and he didn’t step down to run for the council seat and neither should Ed. It is not a prerequisite.“We have one of the highest disease rates in the city and she is the chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee but nothing has been done for Ward 7 residents,” he said. “How can you be the chairman of that committee and ignore the health needs of your ward?”Gloria Keaton has her concerns about Alexander, also. “I am a lifelong resident of Marshall Heights and my neighborhood is an afterthought,” Keaton said bluntly. “It seems that we are not as important as Hillcrest.”Milton Steele III, an active figure in the upscale Hillcrest neighborhood, attended Potillo’s kick-off and didn’t make a commitment to support the candidate. Nevertheless, Steele said that the ward needs a unifying political leader. “We need someone who will make Ward 7 one,” he said. “We need somebody that will bring everybody together, whether they live in Hillcrest, Penn Branch or Fairfax Village.”Alexander and J.R. Meyers, her former chief of staff believed to be part of the council member’s expected re-election effort, didn’t return the AFRO requests for comment before deadline.Former D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said he is seriously considering running for the Ward 7 council seat and had no comment for the AFRO on Potillo’s campaign. The political talk in the ward has former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown and former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray as possible challengers to Alexander, too.last_img read more