House Republicans Torn over How to Tackle FY17 Appropriations

first_imgIf House Republicans appeared to achieve a degree of unity after Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) agreed to lead the chamber last year, it wasn’t long lasting.The party is split among multiple camps on how to handle fiscal 2017 appropriations. Many members, including the GOP leadership, are content to stick with the spending levels for defense and non-defense programs outlined in last October’s two-year budget deal, which raised the discretionary spending caps by $30 billion for FY 2017. A vocal contingent of conservatives, though, is pressing for a lower overall topline. A third bloc, defense hawks, is pushing to provide additional dollars for the Pentagon.At Friday’s conference meeting, Ryan made it clear that if lawmakers want an opportunity to return to “regular order” and pass 12 individual spending bills, the party would need to unite behind the bipartisan budget agreement, reported CQ Roll Call. Ignoring the deal and writing a budget resolution with a lower topline or only raising defense spending, he said, would guarantee that appropriations bills bog down in the Senate. The result almost certainly would be Congress’ reliance on a continuing resolution or an omnibus spending bill to keep the government running.The House also could decide not to draft a budget resolution or individual spending bills but that outcome, Ryan said, would be a huge disappointment.While nothing was resolved at the closed-door meeting, members seemed pleased that the speaker would let them decide the way forward, rather than impose a plan devised by party leadership. A decision on what topline spending figures to pursue and whether to draw up a budget resolution is not expected until the chamber returns from recess next week, according to the story.Differences between the various camps over the budget remain stark, no less polarizing than when former Speaker John Boehner led the House.“If you want to do phony work and you want to go out to the floor and talk about a bunch of phony stuff that sounds nice and put it up on YouTube and go back to your district and say we’re really the only ones fighting, then option one or two are your choice,” Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) said. “If you actually want to do real work, then option three is your choice.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington Week of April 29 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are a few opportunities to catch live music in Wilmington this week:Larry GilbertTuesday, May 1, 6pmThursday, May 3, 6pmRocco’s Restaurant & Bar193 Main Street, WilmingtonPianist Ricky LauriaThursday, May 3, 8pmTremezzo2 Lowell Street, WilmingtonKaraoke with Winnell EntertainmentFriday, May 4, 8pmPacific Grove211 Lowell Street, WilmingtonLori & Richard Ruggerio (Husband & Wife Vocalist Duo)Saturday, May 5, 2:30pmWindsor Place of Wilmington92 West Street, WilmingtonNOTE: Know of any other musical performances happening in town this week or in the coming weeks? Let me know at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.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.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 13, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of May 27, 2018)In “Business”LIVE MUSIC in Wilmington (Week of March 25, 2018)In “Business”last_img read more

Sharps banks considering additional aid as part of Foxconn deal Source

first_imgSharp Corp’s two main banks are set to lower the interest rates on a combined 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion) in loans to the Japanese display maker as part of a planned takeover by Taiwan’s Foxconn, a source with direct knowledge of the plan said.The core banking units of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc and Mizuho Financial Group Inc also plan to extend the deadline for repayment of a combined 510 billion yen in syndicated loans due at the end of the month, the source said.The source declined to be identified because the plan has not been officially announced.The banks are also considering an additional commitment line for the troubled company, the source told Reuters, as it seeks to restructure under Foxconn, formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.Representatives for Mitsubishi UFJ and Mizuho declined to comment.last_img read more

Shahjalal Airport fire tamed flight operation normal

first_imgFire fighters are seen trying to douse fire. Photo: Sazid HossainThe fire that broke out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday afternoon has been brought under control, reports UNB.Director (Operation) of Fire Service and Civil Defense major Shakil said fire-fighters managed to douse the flame around 3:15 pm after around a two-hour long effort.Meanwhile, a three-member committee, headed by deputy director (Dhaka) of Fire Service headquarters Debnath Bardhan, was formed to probe the fire incident.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.Although the fire erupted at the departure lounge, it did not cause any disruption in taking off and landing of the scheduled flights, said Rezaul Karim, public relation officer of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).The activities at the departure lounge became normal after 4:00pm.Earlier, the fire broke out on the second floor of airport’s main building around 1:30pm.All the passengers, including hajj pilgrims, and airport, airline staffs, were evacuated soon after the fire broke out, creating panic among the people around.last_img read more

Man found dead

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a man from Sadar union of Nasirnagar upazila on Saturday morning.Locals spotted the body under the Dantmandal bridge around 9:30am and informed police, said Nasirnagar police station officer-in-charge Abu Jafar.Later, police recovered the body and sent it to Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said the OC, adding that the deceased is aged around 45.The body bore injury marks on the chest.last_img

China evokes patriotism as trade conflict with US soars

first_imgThe trade war with the United States will only make China stronger and will never bring the country to its knees, the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily wrote in a front-page commentary that evoked the patriotic spirit of past wars.Beijing has yet to say whether or how it will retaliate to the latest escalation in trade tensions, which saw Washington put telecoms equipment giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd on a blacklist that will make it extremely difficult for the telecom giant to do business with US companies.The world’s two largest economies are locked in an increasingly acrimonious trade dispute that has seen them level escalating tariffs on each other’s imports in the midst of negotiations, adding to fears about risks to global growth and knocking financial markets.The United States is not sincere about wanting to resume trade talks with China and has damaged the atmosphere for negotiations with its recent moves, a state media social media account said.Without sincerity there was no point in coming for talks and nothing to talk about, Taoran Notes, a WeChat account run by the Economic Daily, said in a post late on Thursday that was re-posted by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily.China, which reported unexpectedly weak growth in retail sales and industrial output on Wednesday, also said on Friday that the impact of trade frictions on its economy was “controllable”.”(We will) fully study the impact of the additional tariffs imposed by the United States, and promptly introduce countermeasures as needed to ensure that the economy operates within a reasonable range,” Meng Wei, a spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC), told a media briefing on Friday.In Friday’s commentary, the ruling party’s official newspaper described China’s determination to protect its national interests and dignity as being as “firm as a boulder”.”The trade war can’t bring China down. It will only harden us to grow stronger,” it said.”What kind of storms have not been seen, what bumps have not experienced for China, with its more than 5,000 years of civilization? In the face of hurricanes, the nearly 1.4 billion Chinese people have confidence and stamina.”‘Wheel of Destiny’Huawei’s Hisilicon unit, which purchases US semiconductors for its parent, has been secretly developing back-up products for years in case Huawei was one day unable to obtain the advanced chips and technology it buys from the United States, its president told staff in a letter on Friday.”Today, the wheel of destiny has turned and we have arrived at this extreme and dark moment, as a super-nation ruthlessly disrupts the world’s technology and industry system,” according to the letter.Chinese state television has this week invoked a war theme, focusing on the 1950-1953 conflict between the two Koreas that saw Chinese troops back North Korea while the South was supported by the United States.On Thursday, China Central Television replaced a programme about the ongoing Asian Film and TV Week with a 1964 Chinese movie on the Korean War, “Heroic Sons and Daughters.”On Friday night, the broadcaster will screen yet another Chinese war movie classic, “Battle on Shangganling Mountain”, the scene of a large-scale battle in North Korea, according to a post on its social media account.The post received widespread approval from Chinese social media users, with one even asking when the broadcaster would air a movie on the attack on Pearl Harbor.”Defeat the American imperialists!” another wrote.last_img read more

There is nothing called Writers Block

first_img“I never call it Writer’s Block because I know I have to write anyway. I write bad pages if I am feeling blocked and eventually I end up losing them which is painful. But everyday’s hard work is sort of inspirational,” Greer said at the 10th edition of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. The American, who bagged the Pulitzer for his comic novel ‘Less’ in 2018, said he is not going to write anything on his new novel while “in India because it is too much fun here and I am taking a break”. Asked to share some tips for aspiring writers to keep their creativity alive, the man with six fictions in his kitty said: “I think that one should write from their weakest part and about things they are scared to share.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe elaborated that if there is anything hard to write about oneself, it is truly about the person. So it is good to be imaginative to be able to reveal those things in writing. “If someone says to a writer that he/she puts too many dragons in his writing, he should put a full dragon. That is my advice and one shouldn’t let people make them mediocre and become oneself,” he explained. Geere had been writing ‘Less’ as a tragedy and it was not really working when he actually decided to start making fun of the protagonist and while swimming one day he made up his mind to write this book as a comedy. He wanted to celebrate joy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAsked if such recognition can be beneficial for any genre which is going out of fashion, he said: “I hadn’t thought about it, but yes it is possible that this will give courage to other writers to write literature that is a comedy or all of those things that people are bit ashamed to speak about. And especially it gives me a chance to write more on such topics.” ‘Less’ is about Arthur Less, a writer fleeing the humiliation of love, middle-age and failure. In his book, a character actually wins the Pulitzer Prize. “I am confident that this is the only book which talks about Pulitzer and then actually wins it. It never occurred to me that I would actually win it,” he said. The protagonist wears a bright blue suit for the awards which, according to Greer, symbolises his innocence and he wears it with confidence. He thought he would choose something sober for himself in real life but on a friend’s advice he “wore a red suit” for the awards as it symbolises joy.last_img read more