ADC AUTHOR Congress could help start hundreds of infrastructure projects across the country by appropriating money to the Defense Community Infrastructure Program (DCIP), according to analysis the Association of Defense Communities released this week.“This ready-to-go infrastructure plan makes national security the first priority,” ADC writes in “Implementing the Defense Community Infrastructure Program: A Survey of Projects Ready to Enhance Military Value.”Congress created DCIP in the defense authorization bill to allow for DOD matching grants to state and local governments for critical off-base infrastructure needs affecting installations’ resilience and readiness.A national survey helped ADC identify more than 200 projects in 28 states that could be eligible for DCIP funding. The report describes the projects, which range from transportation and public safety to utilities and other joint services.The defense bill authorized up to $100 million for DCIP, but that would need to be officially appropriated by Congress.
Independent candidate for Tangail-4 constituency Abdul Latif Siddique. Prothom Alo File PhotoIndependent candidate for Tangail-4 constituency Abdul Latif Siddique, who fell sick while continuing indefinite hunger strike protesting at an attack on his motorcade during electioneering, was sent to Dhaka for treatment Wednesday afternoon.Earlier in the morning, he was admitted to Tangail General Hospital as he fell sick, reports UNB.Tangail General Hospital supervisor Narayan Chandra Shah said they suggested taking him to a Dhaka hospital for better treatment as his condition deteriorated.Latif Siddique was sent to Dhaka with police protection, said Sayedur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Tangail Model police station.Demanding the withdrawal of Kalihati police station officer-in-charge and immediate arrest of those attacked his motorcade, former Awami League minister, who is contesting the upcoming election from Tangail-4 (Kalihati) constituency, began hunger strike on 16 December.He fell sick on Tuesday night while continuing his demonstration in front of the office of the returning officer and deputy commissioner of Tangail Shahidul Islam for the second consecutive day, braving cold and rain.Latif Siddique came under attack allegedly by the supporters of a local MP-backed union parishad chairman in Soratail of Kalihati upazila that left 20 people injured.
In this file photo taken on 7 March 2019, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks to the media at the national press gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. Photo: AFPCanada’s ethics watchdog rapped prime minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, concluding in the lead-up to October elections that he broke rules by arm-twisting his attorney general to settle a criminal case against engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.The scandal, revealed earlier this year, tarnished the prime minister’s golden boy image, and cost two ministers and two senior officials their jobs, while support plunged for his Liberals before they clawed back some ground. New polls show the party in a dead heat with the opposition Conservatives.Independent parliamentary ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Trudeau and his officials had wrongly sought to “exert influence over the attorney general in her decision whether to intervene in a matter relating to a criminal prosecution.”It marks the second time that Trudeau has been found in breach of Canada’s ethics laws, after being rebuked in 2017 for accepting a paid family vacation on the private island in the Bahamas of the Aga Khan, a business magnate and spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims.Trudeau must pay a small fine of up to Can$500 (US$375) for contravening Canada’s conflict of interest act, but with only two months before national elections the political costs could be much steeper.SNC-Lavalin, one of the world’s major engineering firms, was charged in 2015 with allegedly paying Can$47 million in bribes between 2001 and 2011 to secure contracts in Libya during the rule of former strongman Moamer Kadhafi, and of defrauding the Libyan government of Can$130 million.The charges relate to the world’s largest irrigation scheme — the Great Man Made River Project — to provide fresh water to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirte.- ‘Assault’ on judicial independence -An opposition party leader, Jagmeet Singh, called the ethics breach “outrageous,” while Conservative Party chief Andrew Scheer said it was “an unforgivable assault on the independence of our justice system.””Canadians understand we have to be vigilant against those who want to abuse the power of their office and engage in this type of corrupt behavior and I do believe this will be top of mind in this election,” Scheer added.Trudeau has steadfastly denied accusations that his inner circle sought to shield SNC-Lavalin from a corruption trial.On Wednesday, he offered a nuanced mea culpa.”I disagree with some of (the commissioner’s) conclusions but I fully accept this report and take responsibility for everything that happened,” he said.”But at the same time, I can’t apologize for standing up for Canadian jobs, because that’s part of what Canadians expect me to do.”Earlier his office released an independent review of the joint roles of Canada’s attorney general and justice minister, rejecting calls to split the two jobs.Attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould refused to ask prosecutors to settle the case, and the trial is set to proceed.But after resigning, Canada’s first indigenous attorney general testified to lawmakers that she had experienced “consistent and sustained” political pressure to interfere in the case, including “veiled threats.”Dion concluded: “The authority of the prime minister and his office was used to circumvent, undermine and ultimately attempt to discredit the decision of the director of public prosecutions as well as the authority of Ms Wilson-Raybould as the Crown’s chief law officer.”He said Trudeau “directed his staff to find a solution that would safeguard SNC-Lavalin’s business interests in Canada.”He also found that “partisan political interests were improperly put to the attorney general for consideration in the matter.”A conviction at trial would result in SNC-Lavalin being deprived of lucrative government contracts resulting in up to 9,000 jobs lost, according to the company.The Montreal-based firm openly lobbied the government for an out-of-court settlement that would result in a fine and agreeing to compliance measures.Wilson-Raybould’s replacement as attorney general, David Lametti, has so far only said he is considering the issue.In April, Trudeau kicked Wilson-Raybould and budget minister Jane Philpott out of the Liberal Party. Philpott had resigned her cabinet post in solidarity with Wilson-Raybould and criticized Trudeau’s handling of the case.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen The Esplanade at Navigation in the Second Ward is in Houston’s most gentrifying ZIP code, 77003.In the past few years, the area east of downtown, known as EaDo, has gone through a rapid transformation.Formerly mostly home to warehouses, its streets are now lined with bars and restaurants and, most prominently, the BBVA Compass soccer stadium.Balazs Szekely with RentCafé analyzed 11,000 U.S. ZIP codes for changes in home values, household income and education level.“This new life and obviously the huge number of townhouses that followed as a response to the increased demand is actually what pushed the median income to almost four times the figure recorded in the year 2000,” Szekely said.He found home values in EaDo increased by 284 percent from 2000 to 2016 and higher education levels by 443 percent. That ranks ZIP code 77003 third in the country in terms of gentrification.The other Houston ZIP code in the top 20 is 77007, the Washington Avenue area.Home values there have risen 107 percent and household income 114 percent since 2000. 00:00 /00:00 Share