Leahy and Sanders redouble push for Congress to pass Irene relief bill

first_imgSenators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today hoped for quick House approval next week of a Senate-passed bill to provide $6.9 billion in additional federal disaster relief funds for Vermont and other states.The measure includes $5.1 billion in funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund. Of that, $500 million would be available immediately. The rest would go to other departments and agencies that have seen their coffers dwindle in a year when there have been more natural disasters than usual. The Department of Agriculture would receive $266 million for emergency programs. Additional resources are allotted to the Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, and the Army Corps of Engineers. Leahy said, ‘This is a timely boost for the urgent need to help disaster-stricken communities in many states.  Our small state is stretched to the limit, and winter is fast approaching.  This vote brings us much closer to the goal of helping Vermonters get back on their feet.’ Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which last week approved additional funding for FEMA. Sanders called Senate passage of the bill ‘a good start’ and hoped that the House will move aggressively to complete action on the measure to address the needs of Vermont and other states devastated by Hurricane Irene. ‘Now that the Senate has done its work, it is time for the Republicans in the House to recognize their responsibilities. Instead of tax breaks for millionaires and expanding military spending, I hope the House provides the emergency assistance that people in Vermont and other states need and deserve.’Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) is leading a bipartisan effort to pass disaster assistance in the House. WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2011 ‘last_img read more

Russia opens doors to St Lucians

first_imgNewsRegional Russia opens doors to St Lucians by: – March 9, 2011 62 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img St Lucians have been told to expect some academic benefits, in the field of science and technology, as their government enhances diplomatic relations with Russia. The two have signed a Protocol of Intentions which will, among other things, provide a number of state scholarships at Russian universities and territory institutions.“This protocol of intention allows us to move in the multilateral arena and to hold discussions in terms of improving our bilateral relations,” Minister of External Affairs, International Trade and Investment Rufus Bousquet said. “Of course it also includes a clause which allows us to put high level experts to hold discussions on matters of mutual interest…We understand that Russia has a very strong academic record in the areas of engineering and I am sure that there will be many St Lucians who would like to take advantage of that expertise.” Russia’s Ambassador designate to St Lucia, Victor Zotin, said that the island’s tourism industry will also receive assistance as his government’s is willing to collaborate to boost tourist arrivals from his country.“I hope very much that the other steps will follow this document and we shall develop a relationship between our two states. We are interested in developing all round relations with your country: education, investments and tourism which is very important for your country. I hope very much that more and more Russians will come to your beautiful island of St Lucia,” Ambassador Zotin said. The two countries formally established diplomatic relations in 1979, soon after the country gained political independence from Great Britain.Source: Caribbean 360 Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

New York City closes all public schools for rest of academic year

first_img“Having to tell you that we cannot bringour schools back for the remainder of this school year is painful, but I canalso tell you it is the right thing to do,” he told a news conference. De Blasio had ordered public schoolsshut beginning March 16 to curb the spread of the disease, with an initial goalof reopening by April 20. But the mayor said it soon became clear that goal wasunrealistic as the city emerged as a major U.S. coronavirus hot spot. A view of the Manhattan skyline as seen from the Linden Hill Cemetery during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, United States on April 6, 2020. REUTERS A few hours later, New York stateGovernor Andrew Cuomo pushed back on the mayor’s announcement, saying there hadbeen no decision on school closures. (Reuters) NEW YORK City Mayor Bill de Blasio saidon Saturday public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school yearas the city battles the novel coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Powell: Di Canio appointment ‘bold’ move

first_img That was when denying he has any racist tendencies. Powell is black. Asked about Di Canio’s political views after Charlton’s draw with Brighton in the npower Championship on Tuesday night, Powell said: “You will have to ask him.” When asked how he thought Di Canio would do at Sunderland, Powell said: “The proof will be their remaining games. He has done well so far in League One and Two with Swindon.” Powell added: “Paolo was part of my club career, being a team-mate of mine and I met him socially. “Sunderland has made a bold decision.” There has been a strong reaction on Wearside and further afield to Di Canio’s appointment as manager of the Barclays Premier League strugglers, because of the past comments and actions of the former West Ham, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton and Lazio striker. Di Canio has refused to expand on a 2005 interview with an Italian news agency when he said he was “a fascist, but not a racist”. Powell said: “It’s remarkable it didn’t come out when he was manager of Swindon. It’s a bold gamble football-wise.” Black Cats head coach Di Canio refused to confirm or deny whether he is a fascist in a press conference on Tuesday and labelled the furore over his appointment as Sunderland manager “ridiculous and pathetic”. The 44-year-old Italian named former Charlton left-back Powell, now manager of the Addicks, as one of his best friends from his playing days in English football when he issued a statement on Monday. Paolo Di Canio’s former team-mate Chris Powell believes Sunderland made “a bold decision” in appointing the Italian as their new boss.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more