Shawsheen Tech Makes Significant Upgrades To School Security Systems

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomed community safety officials and State Representative Marc Lombardo to review and demonstrate the school’s updated security systems and recently-constructed Crisis Command Center.Superintendent-Director Timothy Broadrick and the District School Committee have been engaged in a three-year campus security project to bring the 49-year-old Shawsheen Technical High School building and grounds into the cutting edge of school security.  According to Superintendent Broadrick, “One of the challenges of an aging facility is making the right kinds of thoughtful investments that preserve the usefulness and longevity of the structures.  Our School Committee and our five member communities understand this, and they have annually supported a capital plan that keeps this place in great shape.”State Representative Marc Lombardo has been a champion of public safety as well as all forms of public education in Billerica, both in the Billerica Public School System and at Shawsheen Tech.  When he heard about the Shawsheen District’s plans from the Superintendent, he committed to lending a hand.  As a result, Representative Lombardo introduced a FY19 state budget line item for $50,000 to support the school’s efforts.  Shawsheen Tech is using the additional support to integrate a software system – Sielox Class – in a dedicated crisis management facility that will enable school officials as well as the Billerica Police department to respond to a variety of different kinds of emergencies in real time.Principal Jessica Cook and the high school’s Crisis Team have been working with the District’s security contractor and the Billerica Police to design protocols for a variety of potential safety threat situations. “It’s certainly a shame that educators have to spend time thinking about some of these things,” said Cook, “but, our students and staff have to feel safe in order for quality teaching and learning to occur.”The system will link the school to the Billerica Police department to allow instant notification when a “lockdown” or other crisis response occurs.  Additionally, Cook says that the system can link to parent notification systems and the school’s website to make public announcements when necessary.  Cook and her team have also been focused on the constant evaluation and growth of the school’s safety and security protocols to ensure and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.  Staff at the school have begun training on enhanced crisis response routines, which will soon include student drills, after communication with parents and additional staff training.  Says Cook, “Some of these changes feel overdue, but every school is racing to ensure its students are as safe as possible.  We are taking steps to not only catch up with the times, but to be on the leading edge of this kind of work.  This Crisis Command Center will be an invaluable resource to us.”Superintendent Timothy Broadrick, Representative Marc Lombardo, Isabel Fiasconaro, Grace Clark, Muhammadali Khalifa, Brian West Billerica PD/Shawsheen SRO, Jorielle Arlock, Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa, Andre Comeau, Roy Frost, Deputy Chief Billerica Police Department, Principal Jessica CookRepresentative Marc Lombardo and Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa speaking with Shawsheen Tech students about safety, security, and government(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)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… RelatedShawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down Mid-YearIn “Education”PHOTO: Shawsheen Tech Plays First Ever Baseball Game Under The Lights At Alumni StadiumIn “Photo of the Day”Shawsheen Tech School Committee Calls For School Boards Across The Country To Unite & Lobby For ‘Sane’ Gun LawsIn “Education”last_img read more

French Green Goblin will try to fly from France to England again

first_img Share your voice 🇫🇷🇬🇧 HAPPENING NOW: “Flyboard” creator Franky Zapata lifts off from Calais, France to cross the English Channel @frankyzapata #flyboardair— Bloomberg TicToc (@tictoc) July 25, 2019 4 Comments Marvel Spiderman Culture Sport and Outdoors take that, green goblin— Marty (@MartyDaxnger) July 25, 2019 Tags On Tuesday, Zapata’s team told AFP they’ll try to avoid repeating the mistake on Sunday by using a bigger boat stationed in French waters for refueling. France’s authorities wouldn’t allow that for last Thursday’s attempt.Last week’s attempt was timed to mark the 110th anniversary of the first aerial crossing of the channel. Louis Bleriot’s 1909 trip took 37 minutes.Unsurprisingly, the internet continued its comparisons to the Marvel Comics villain.  Zapata’s company website notes that the Flyboard Air isn’t available for recreational use and would require 100 hours of training on its water variant if it were. So you can’t become Green Goblin anytime soon. It’ll probably take at least two sequels.First published July 25 at 2:51 a.m. PT.Updated July 31 at 4:55 a.m. PT: Adds that Zapata will try again on Sunday. We’ll meet again, Spider-Man. On Sunday, as it turns out. Jack Chan/Xinhua via Getty Franky Zapata, the French inventor who looked a whole lot like Spider-Man archnemesis Green Goblin as he flew a hoverboard through Paris during June’s Bastille Day celebrations, took an unsuccessful first shot at flying across the English Channel last Thursday, and he’ll try again this Sunday.In his previous attempt, he took off near Calais, France, on his invention — the turbine engine-powered Flyboard Air — and flew across the channel toward St. Margaret’s Bay in Dover, England. He planned to make the 22-mile journey in around 20 minutes, with a quick stop on a boat to refill his power pack with kerosene, the Associated Press noted.Unfortunately, he fell into the water when he tried to land on a boat for refueling. His wife, Christelle, told the AP that the waves moved the landing platform too much. Zapata wasn’t injured in the fall, and French divers rescued him quickly. last_img read more

Spain to suspend Catalonias govt call elections

first_imgSpanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace on 21 October, 2017 in Madrid. Photo: AFPSpain announced Saturday that it will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the semi-autonomous region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence.The drastic escalation of Spain’s worst political crisis in decades will see separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and his administration stripped of their jobs, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters after a crisis meeting of his cabinet.Puigdemont’s threat to declare independence “has been unilateral, contrary to the law, and seeking confrontation,” said Rajoy, adding that he will seek approval from the Senate — where his conservatives hold an absolute majority — for permission to dissolve the Catalan parliament and call elections within six months.In the meantime, the jobs of Puigdemont and his team will be carried out by Spain’s national ministers, Rajoy said.Puigdemont was due to respond at 9:00 pm (2100 GMT). In Barcelona, independence supporters took to their balconies banging their pots and pans in protest at Rajoy’s decision.Autonomy is a highly sensitive issue in wealthy Catalonia, which saw its powers taken away under the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco.Home to 7.5 million people, the northeastern region fiercely defends its language and culture and enjoys control over its policing, education and healthcare.In a crisis that has rattled stock markets and worried a European Union that is already struggling with Brexit, Catalonia held a banned independence referendum on October 1, with Puigdemont threatening to declare a breakaway state based on its results.- Uncharted legal waters -Under Article 155 of Spain’s constitution, Madrid enjoys powers to wrest back control of rebellious regions, but it has never used them before.Rajoy said he had made the decision reluctantly but had no choice in his battle to keep the country together.”This was neither our desire nor our intention,” he said.”We are applying Article 155 because the government of a democratic country cannot accept that the law is ignored.”He also insisted that the measures did not amount to “suspending Catalonia’s autonomy or self-government”, saying it was those who have jeopardised these rights “who are being stopped”.Rajoy said elections had wide backing amongst Catalans who are growing frustrated with politicians’ inability to end the deadlock.”The majority wants it, it is common sense,” he said.A poll for newspaper El Periodico released Saturday indicated 68 percent of Catalans back elections, although ahead of Rajoy’s announcement 66 percent rejected his move to seize powers from Catalonia.Separatists of all political stripes, from Puigdemont’s conservatives to the far-left, have dominated the Catalan parliament since the last elections in 2015, holding 72 seats out of 135.- ‘Hellish mess’ -Saturday’s dramatic developments come a day after Madrid won powerful backing from the king and the EU.King Felipe VI blasted what he said was an “unacceptable secession attempt” and said Catalonia was “an essential part of 21st century Spain”.”We do not want to give up that which we have built together,” he pleaded.European parliament head Antonio Tajani, accepting a prestigious prize from the king on behalf of the EU, demanded respect for the law in words that offered implicit backing to Madrid.”Some are sowing discord by deliberately ignoring law,” he said, adding pointedly: “All too often in the past the prospect of redrawing borders has been presented as a heavenly panacea that has resulted in a hellish mess.”As tensions continue to run high, independence supporters are set to rally in Barcelona at 1500 GMT calling for the release of Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sanchez, the leaders of two powerful grassroots separatist groups who have been in jail since Monday pending investigation into sedition charges.Puigdemont says an overwhelming 90 percent backed independence in the referendum, but turnout was 43 percent as many Catalans who back unity stayed away from a vote that had been ruled illegal while others were hindered from voting by a police crackdown.Catalonia is roughly evenly split over whether to break away from Spain, according to polls, with supporters saying the region does too much to prop up the rest of the national economy but their opponents arguing that it is stronger as part of a bigger nation.Two weeks of political limbo have already taken a toll on one of Spain’s most important regional economies, with nearly 1,200 companies shifting their legal headquarters elsewhere in a bid to minimise the instability.last_img read more

The whole country is a prison

first_imgSpecial Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in North Korea Tomas Ojea Quintana speaks during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, on 11 January 2019. Photo: ReutersDespite more than a year of international engagement and promises of economic reform by North Korea’s leaders, the human rights situation in the isolated country remains dire, a top UN rights official said on Friday.Blocked by the government from visiting North Korea, UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea Tomas Quintana visited South Korea this week as part of an investigation that will be provided to the UN Human Rights Council in March.Noting that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has embarked on an effort to improve living conditions by focusing on economic development, Quintana said his preliminary findings showed those efforts had not translated into improvements in the lives of most people.”The fact is, that with all the positive developments the world has witnessed in the last year, it is all the more regrettable that the reality for human rights on the ground remains unchanged, and continues to be extremely serious,” he told reporters at a briefing in Seoul.”In all areas related to the enjoyment of economic and social rights, including health, housing, education, social security, employment, food, water and sanitation, much of the country’s population is being left behind.”North Korea denies human rights abuses and says the issue is used by the international community as a political ploy to isolate it.Human rights were noticeably absent from talks between Kim and the leaders of South Korea and the United States last year, over North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme.But in December, the United States imposed sanctions on an additional three North Korean officials, including a top aide to Kim, for serious rights abuses and censorship.North Korea’s foreign ministry warned in a statement after the December sanctions were announced, that the measures could lead to a return to “exchanges of fire” and North Korea’s disarming could be blocked forever.While noting he had “no specific information” on whether international sanctions were hurting ordinary North Koreans, Quintana said the sanctions targeted the economy as a whole and “raised questions” about the possible impact on the public.He cited a reference by Kim in his New Year message to the need to improve living standards, saying it was a rare acknowledgement of the economic and social hardships faced by many North Koreans.Still, the United Nations has confirmed the continued use of political prison camps housing “thousands” of inmates, Quintana said, quoting one source as saying “the whole country is a prison”.He said witnesses who recently left North Korea reported facing widespread discrimination, labour exploitation and corruption in daily life.There is also a “continuing pattern of ill-treatment and torture” of defectors who escaped to China only to be returned to North Korea by Chinese authorities, Quintana said.last_img read more

Violence in Charlottesville Prompts New Name for University of Houston Dorms

first_img Share wikimedia commonsThe recent violence in Charlottesville has prompted the University of Houston to rename one of its dorms, which shared a name with John C. Calhoun, who advocated for slavery.Technically, the Calhoun Lofts at UH were named for the city street that runs in front of the dorms, which are reserved for upperclassmen.But the University of Houston has decided to change the name to “University Lofts” as soon as it’s practical.Calhoun was a U.S. vice president who promoted slavery and was a white supremacist. UH spokesman Mike Rosen said in a statement that UH decided to change the dorm name because of recent events and “out of sensitivity” to the diverse student body on campus.Rosen added that UH does not have any statues, memorials or monuments honoring the Confederate era.It’s not the only college making changes. Yale University recently changed the name of a residential college there that previously bore Calhoun’s name.In Austin, the University of Texas removed statues honoring Confederate leaders. last_img read more

Heres How Translators Are Helping Harvey Evacuees

first_img Share KUTJose Guerrero walks around with his parrot at the Delco Center for Harvey evacuees in Austin.Thousands of people are finding their way to dry blankets and warm socks in shelters all across Texas. Dallas expects to host as many as 10,000 people fleeing Harvey; in Austin, as many as 7,000. Donations keep trickling in.But there’s one big need that’s still out there: multi-lingual volunteers.Walking into the Delco Center – one of Austin’s shelters for Harvey evacuees – you might remember that Houston was recently dubbed the most diverse city in America. A little less than half the people there speak a language other than English.Many are bilingual like much the rest of Texas. But not all.“I would certainly encourage [people] out there, if they are bilingual or trilingual, to certainly volunteer,” says Geof Sloan of the Red Cross.Tuesday morning there were no Spanish-speaking volunteers at the shelter. But, Sloan says, one of the evacuees from Freeport rose to the challenge.“Anything I can do to help, just let me know,” says Maria Villagomez. “You also need a lot of help, and helping each other is a great idea.”Also at the shelter was Jose Guerrero. Walking around with the family’s yellow- and-green parrot on his shoulder, he was hard to miss.At the time, he was on the phone with his sisters. They were still trapped in Richmond, Texas.Guerrero says leaving Richmond in the middle of a disaster – and finding answers to his questions when he doesn’t speak English – has been tough.Forty-seven-year-old Guerrero was born in Mexico and has been in the U.S. since he was 15. He’s been here much longer than he ever was in his home country. He’s a naturalized American, but he’s never been able to learn how to speak English.“I’m a little mad with myself that I don’t speak English,” he says in Spanish. “I don’t know what to tell you. Have I been lazy to learn? I’m a gardener. Have I worked too much and haven’t had time to go to school? I just don’t know.”Later that day, a bilingual volunteer arrived at the shelter. Maribel Canizales does IT work for the state comptroller’s office, but took the week off to work for the Red Cross.Immediately after she arrived, a family of Spanish speakers showed up. The mother asked if there were any showers available and Canizales walked the family to the showers, asking what else they needed: Shampoo? Socks?The adults were clearly shaken. As Canizales led them through the center, she casually put her arms around the mom.So what does it means to someone when somebody speaks their language? “There’s a connection … it makes them feel at home,” Canizales says, crying. “I want those people to feel at home, comfortable and welcomed.”Canizales is originally from Laredo. She gets emotional because, as a child, she was told not to speak Spanish.“When I came to Austin, it was very segregated back in the 70’s,” she says. “We were not very welcomed with our language, and so we were encouraged to speak English. And so, I kept up on the side with my native language, Spanish.”Today, anyone who’s been keeping up with a language other than English is encouraged to fill out a volunteer application and complete the training for the Red Cross. People who speak languages from India, Europe and Asia are needed too.Copyright 2017 KUT 90.5. To see more, visit KUT 90.5.last_img read more

Mark Halperin Leaves Contributor Role At MSNBC Amid Very Troubling Allegations

first_img Share Paul Morigi/Getty Images for ShowtimeJournalist Mark Halperin has denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.Less than 12 hours after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against Mark Halperin, the veteran political journalist has been put on leave by MSNBC, where he had been serving as a contributor. In a statement released Thursday morning, the news network said it finds the allegations first reported by CNN “very troubling.”“Mark Halperin is leaving his role as a contributor until the questions around his past conduct are fully understood,” the network said.The claims against the journalist stem from his tenure as political director at ABC News, where he had crafted an influential daily newsletter known as The Note. Five women told CNN anonymously that during Halperin’s time in his lofty perch at ABC, he repeatedly engaged in sexually inappropriate conduct. The alleged behavior ranged from propositioning some of the women for sex to touching their breasts and pressing his genitals up against them while clothed.Halperin denied the allegations of inappropriate touching, but he did apologize for other conduct.“During this period, I did pursue relationships with women that I worked with, including some junior to me,” he said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday night. “I now understand from these accounts that my behavior was inappropriate and caused others pain. For that, I am deeply sorry and I apologize. Under the circumstances, I’m going to take a step back from my day-to-day work while I properly deal with this situation.”The allegations come at a tumultuous time in the film and television industry. A slew of sexual harassment and assault accusations against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein went public earlier this month, quickly leading to his ouster and even police investigations opened in several major cities. But Weinstein has not been the only man in media whose conduct has come under renewed scrutiny lately: Director James Toback, Amazon Studios chief Roy Price and several others have drawn similar claims in recent weeks.As NPR’s David Folkenflik reports, ABC News said no complaints were filed when Halperin was working at the network, which drew to a close in 2007.In the years that followed, Halperin worked for Time magazine and later Bloomberg — during which spa he also co-wrote the best-selling books Game Change and Double Down: Game Change 2012 with John Heilemann. As a contributor to MSNBC, Halperin made regular appearances on Morning Joe and other news programs.last_img read more

Black Breastfeeding Month Encourages Return to Natural Feeding

first_imgBreastfeeding among Black women remains comparably low. In observance of Black Breastfeeding Week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released a new study, documenting the statistics, and calling for a return among Black women to breastfeeding.According to the CDC’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, among infants born between 2010–2013, 64.3 percent of Black infants started breastfeeding, compared to 81.5 percent of White infants, a gap of 17.2 percentage points. Additionally, of the 34 states and the District of Columbia included in the study, breastfeeding initiation rates for Black infants registered consistently lower than for White infants.The Center for Disease Control is calling for more Black women to breastfeed. (Courtesy photo)Dr. Kristen Prescott, a South Dakota-based pediatrician who helps spearhead Breastfeeding Week (Aug.1-7) activities across the country, said in a statement that babies benefit from the special immunity properties of breast milk, making it a best practice with infant care. A separate week for Black women, dedicated to thwarting the racial disparity, is from Aug. 25-31.“Breast milk has been shown to decrease the rate of ear infections, of respiratory illnesses, vomiting and diarrhea illnesses, and obviously, decrease the rate of hospitalizations due to these illnesses,” Prescott said. “We are doing a very good job here in the United States, because now there is an increase of new moms initiating breastfeeding after birth, and that is up from a decade ago. We have a long way to come, however, because at 6 months of age, fewer moms are still breastfeeding.”The CDC currently works with more than 69 community health departments and organizations to provide peer and professional lactation support, specifically to Black mothers and infants, who, they document, face challenges in committing, long-term to breastfeeding. “Breastfeeding reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancer for mothers later on in life, and also aids in less postpartum bleeding, so with Black mothers disproportionately less able to breastfeed their babies because of socio-economic factors and lack of postpartum support, is unconscionable,” said Jen McGuire, a lactation expert who writes a post for the parenting blog, “Romper.”Addressing the racial disparity of breastfeeding, which in most cases show a double-digit rate (between 10-17 percent across the country) requires outside support that many advocates believe is hindered by mothers feeling awkward about asking for help. “Black women are generally employed and serve as either equal partners or heads of household, meaning their return to work after giving birth tends to preclude them from breastfeeding each meal for the first year,” Shayna Swift, a breastfeeding advocate and Ward 7 resident, told the AFRO. “So many people believe that a baby just latches onto a nipple and the feeding begins, but there can be a lot of frustration – the latching-on process, the discomfort of breastfeeding, including cracked nipples, and soreness – all of which require patience and outside support.”To increase the rate of breastfeeding among Black infants, the CDC recommends interventions to address barriers, including “earlier return to work, inadequate receipt of breastfeeding information from providers, and lack of access to professional breastfeeding support” on a community level.“It’s not rocket science and the mothers of the community used to help new mothers without having to be asked,” Swift said. “We simply need to return to helping out our young mothers so that they raise strong, healthy children.”last_img read more

Millie Bobby Brown Leaves Twitter After Becoming Homophobic Meme

first_img David Harbour: Season 1 of ‘Stranger Things’ Was ‘The Most Miserable Time in My Life’Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpHow to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1901:45 twitter facebook reddit Link EmbedCopiedLive00:0003:0203:02More Videos01:45How to Spot a Bootleg Cannabis Vape Cartridge | RS News 8/30/1930:31David Harbour & Kyle MacLachlan – Full Actors on Actors Video00:37Brad Pitt on Retirement01:28Rosalia on Who She Wants to See at the VMAs00:58Young Thug and Lizzo Top the RS Charts | RS Charts News 9/29/1902:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin TarantinoClose There’s a history of users bullying public figures on social media, until they’ve decided they’ve had enough. Leslie Jones left Twitter in 2016 as a result of racist Twitter memes and another “Star Wars” actress, Daisy Ridley, quit Instagram after receiving backlash from an anti-gun post.Brown will return to play Eleven in the upcoming third season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”RELATED CONTENT: Until the recent deactivation, the teenage actress was active on the social media platform, frequently posting about the events of her day, political statements, and photos of her relationship with YouTuber and musician Jacob Sartorius. Sartorius has not commented on social media about Brown’s account deletion.Brown’s secondary, anti-bullying Twitter account, @Milliestopshate, is still live, though.center_img A week after trolls from the “Star Wars” fanbase harassed and bullied “The Last Jedi’s” Kelly Marie Tran off Instagram, 14-year-old “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown has deleted her Twitter account after various Twitter users posted memes depicting her as a violent homophobe, some garnering thousands of reacts.The meme-generators generally take various selfies and photos of Brown, and add homophobic statements and slurs. Brown is public supporter of GLAAD’s Together movement and has previously voiced support for Parkland shooting survivors.The reason behind the memes remains unclear, though several Twitter users have claimed they originated as an inside joke for LGBT tweeters.last_img read more

South India is near Qutab Minar

first_imgThere is much more to south India than the regular idli, dosa and sambhar. The art and craft from the region, for instance, is unknown to many in the northern parts of India. Isha Utsav, a cultural festival, might just bridge that gap. The fair gives Delhi a glimpse of south Indian art, crafts and textiles. ‘The 12 day long exhibition features specially designed crafts from rural India, organic food, daily meditation sessions and live music’ said Anubhav Nath, owner, 1AQ, where the exhibition is being held. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The art, craft and textiles displayed are made from locally sourced natural materials. The product range includes eco-friendly decorative baskets, all-purpose trays, lamps, fragrances, mats, fashionable cotton and jute handbags. Rudrakash, ethnic garments and Yoga wear and T-shirts are the most popular picks. The products are eco-friendly and are made from natural and bio-degradable materials. Stone sculptures, urlis and metal crafts made out of recycled material are other top picks at this ongoing fete. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘On the first day itself, we had a footfall of 500 people. The price range of articles start from Rs 500 and go upto Rs 15,000,’ added Anubhav.The special feature of the festival is an initiative to revive the traditional south Indian foods which were lost in the last few generations.‘The idea is to promote a wholesome range of snacks, drinks and meals, which are a perfect blend of taste, nutrition and convenience. There would also be food sampling of nutritious and wholesome appams, dosas and freshly prepared herbal teas,’ said Abhinav.Another highlight is the Isha Sound and Meditation workshops wherein participants would be taught meditation for a peaceful state of being through ethereal and serene sounds. The classes will happen daily between 4 pm to 7 pm.Go catch it.DETAILAt: 1AQ, Qutab Minar Main RoundaboutOn Till: 23 January Timings: 11 am to 7 pm dailylast_img read more

State govt to hike daily allowance of MLAs ministers

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday said that her government has decided to increase the allowances of ministers and MLAs in the state.Ministers will now be getting a daily allowance of Rs 3,000, up from Rs 2,000 per day, while MLAs will get Rs 2,000 a day, up from Rs 1,000. The announcement by the Chief Minister came in the wake of recommendations from different members of the state Assembly. “There have been different types of recommendations from the honourable members and the government has decided to increase the allowances of the ministers and MLAs. Finance minister Amit Mitra is not well. But we can afford this at the moment,” Banerjee announced at the state Assembly, adding that her government will have to cough up an additional expenditure of Rs 15 crore for this purpose. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe allowances are given to MLAs and ministers’ for their presence in the Assembly, either during the session or for any other meeting. “In most of the cases, the members have to attend the Assembly on a regular basis to attend their respective committee meetings,” a senior member of the Assembly said. According to the enhancement, the MLAs will get an approximate allowance of Rs 60,000 instead of Rs 30,000 and the allowance of the ministers, including the Chief Minister, will be Rs 90,000 instead of Rs 60,000 per month. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHowever the Opposition protested the announcement, citing disparity of allowances between the MLAs and ministers. “There should not be any difference of daily allowance between the MLAs and ministers, because all are members of this house,” Left Front leader Sujan Chakraborty said. It may be mentioned here that this is the third time the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to increase the emoluments of the MLAs and ministers. Prior to this, when the state Assembly passed the West Bengal Salaries and Allowances (Amendment) Bill, 2017, the salary of the Chief Minister was increased to Rs 27,001 from Rs 8,500. The ministers’ salary was increased to Rs 22,000 from a meagre Rs 7,500, while the salary of the ministers of state was raised to Rs 21,900 from Rs 7,300. Similarly, the salary of the MLAs was hiked to Rs 17,500 from Rs 5,000. The salary of the Leader of Opposition was also increased to Rs 22,000 from Rs 10,500. In 2011, when Mamata Banerjee came to power, the allowance of members of Assembly was increased as well.last_img read more

A German court has overturned antitrust regulator

first_imgA German court has overturned antitrust regulator the Bundeskartellamt’s 2011 approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Baden-Württemburg operator Kabel BW on the grounds that certain conditions set out at the time were not sufficient to compensate for the merged entity’s market power.The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court, acting on a complaint from Deutsche Telekom, ruled that the cartel office will have to look at the case again.According to the court, the regulator’s provisions about termination rights for housing association customers were not sufficient to compensate the dominant market position of the combined Unitymedia and Kabel BW in the fixed access market.Liberty Global said it intends to seek leave to appeal before the Federal Court of Justice. Failing that, the Bundeskartellamt must now look at the merger again.“The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court today set aside the Federal Cartel Office’s approval of Liberty Global’s acquisition of Kabel BW. We have not yet seen the detailed ruling from the Higher Regional Court, which will be made available by the Court in the next days or weeks. Please understand that we therefore cannot comment on the content of the ruling. However, we will use all legal means available to us to go before the Federal Court of Justice to obtain leave to file an appeal on a point of law against the ruling by Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court. If today’s decision were to be confirmed, this would lead to a new review of the merger by the Federal Cartel Office,” said Liberty Global. “Given the progress being made in market consolidation, we are convinced that infrastructure competition needs the combined Unitymedia KabelBW company more than ever so that sustainable competition can be created with the three national companies DTAG, VF/KDG and O2/E+.”last_img read more