Senate Easily Approves Defense Bill

first_imgThe Senate easily passed the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill 85-13 on Tuesday after another skirmish on the floor blocked most amendments from gaining votes.Action stalled because senators who were unable to secure votes for their favored amendments blocked the chamber from considering other proposals. Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized his colleagues ahead of the vote, suggesting some were taking a “their way or the highway” approach.“As happy as I am about the size of the vote, we left out some very important amendments,” McCain said, reported the Hill. “When we take up a bill of this significance, not every senator can have his or her way.”Lawmakers adopted one amendment Tuesday permitting DOD to use Russian-made rocket engines to lift military and intelligence satellites into space through 2022.With the $602 billion measure cleared by the Senate, the two chambers will begin talks to reconcile their competing versions immediately, McCain said. He would not commit to reaching a deal on a conference report before Congress adjourns for a lengthy recess in July, but said that would be the goal.The annual defense policy bill will need to overcome a number of hurdles before becoming law, according to the story. The Office of Management and Budget has threatened to veto the two versions over a variety of provisions, including language eliminating the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; limits on the size of the National Security Council staff; restrictions on the transfer of detainees from Guantánamo; language rejecting the administration’s request for a BRAC round in 2019; and a move allocating $18 billion from the overseas contingency operations account to the base budget. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of November 18 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of November 18, 2018:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Thomas H. Deechan, Jr., 71Louise (Nardo) Russo, 87Previously Lived In Wilmington:Thomas Joseph Donahue, 75Michael O’Brien, 62Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:NoneLike 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… RelatedWilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 18, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of July 7, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Draft National Online Media Guideline2017 gets cabinet nod

first_imgThe draft National Online Media Guideline-2017 has been approved in the cabinet. Photo: Focus BanglaDraft National Online Media Guideline-2017 gets cabinet nodStaff CorrespondentThe cabinet on Monday gave the go-ahead to the draft National Online Media Guideline-2017, making mandatory the registration of online-based media outlets with the proposed Broadcast Commission.The information ministry will discharge the functions of the Broadcast Commission until the commission is set up.The draft guideline also stipulates that the online version of a newspaper does not require the registration.The cabinet meeting was held in parliamentary complex with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam briefed newsmen at Bangladesh Secretariat about the outcome of the meeting.The cabinet secretary said newspapers registered under the Printing Presses and Publication (Declaration and Registration) Act 1973 would not require the registration again for their online versions.But, the newspaper authorities should inform the commission about its online version and will have to pay the registration fees, he added.He said the commission will fix the registration fees.The cabinet secretary said the guideline has been drafted in light with the National Broadcast Policy.He said there are some 1,800 online media outlets in the country now and some of them were given approval.UNB adds: Besides, the commission will make recommendations to the government for giving licences to television, radio, internet TV or other digital broadcast stations and it will issue licences upon the government’s approval.Alam said the commission could issue show cause notice, initiate investigation, recommend to the government for further proceedings against online media outlets if they broadcast something in violation of the National Broadcast Policy-2014.On its own, the commission will be able to take action against online media outlets if it believes that they have violated the code of conduct and breached discipline, he said.The commission will also be given the authority to take measures against a online media outlet if any content poses a threat to security, territorial integrity, peace, public order and unity of the country or if it is vulgar, false and malicious or if the content is against the spirit of the liberation war and distorts national history and heritage.last_img read more

Many Rohingyas crossing are sick thousands more seeking to flee

first_imgRohingya people walk towards the makeshift shelter near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar. ReutersRohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar face the growing danger of sickness and attempts by the Bangladesh authorities to send them home, despite a United Nations plea that they be allowed to seek shelter.A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday has triggered a fresh exodus to Bangladesh of Muslim villagers trying to escape the violence.At least 109 people have been killed in the clashes in Myanmar, according to the government, most of them militants but including members of the security forces and civilians.The United Nations Security Council will meet behind closed doors on Wednesday, at the request of Britain, to discuss the situation in Myanmar.Bangladesh border guards told Reuters they had sent about 550 Rohingya back across the Naf river that separates the two countries since Monday, despite an appeal by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for Dhaka to allow Rohingya to seek safety.Border patrols were also trying to block people from crossing the frontier.The treatment of about 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar has become the biggest challenge for national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out on behalf of a minority who have long complained of persecution.The Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classified as illegal immigrants, despite claiming roots there that go back centuries.The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a similar, but much smaller, series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a fierce military response dogged by allegations of human rights abuses.The top U.N. human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, called on Myanmar on Tuesday to ensure its security forces refrained from using disproportionate force, adding that the political leadership had a duty to protect all civilians “without discrimination”.“This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” he said.Myanmar’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said at a news conference that Myanmar had come under attack and had the full right to defend itself. He added that “security personnel have been instructed to make sure that innocent civilians are not harmed”.NO MAN’S LANDBangladesh is already host to more than 400,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since the early 1990s. Dhaka has asked the U.N. to pressure Myanmar over its treatment of the Muslim minority, insisting it cannot accept any more.Still, more than 8,700 have registered in Bangladesh since Friday, the U.N. said.Hundreds of new arrivals milled around the entrance of the Kutapalong makeshift camp, the biggest unofficial refugee camp on the Bangladesh side of the border. Village elders said many of the Muslim hamlets near the border were empty, and said troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists had set fire to homes.Around another 4,000 people were stranded in the no man’s land between the two countries near Taung Bro village, where temporary shelters stretched for several hundred metres on a narrow strip between the Naf river and Myanmar’s border fence.Reuters reporters saw women, some carrying children and the sick, fording the river, which at that location is less than 10 metres wide. Bangladeshi border guards permitted about half a dozen people at a time to cross to access a pile of donated medicines.“We came here out of fear for our lives, but we can’t cross. So we don’t know what to do,” said Aung Myaing, from Taung Bro Let Way village, standing knee-deep in the river.When asked about insurgents he said: “We didn’t see them, we have no relation to them. But Myanmar doesn’t distinguish between the terrorists and civilians. They are hunting all the Rohingya.”Many Rohingya trying to enter Bangladesh were sick and at least six have died after making the crossing, an aid worker said, adding that fear of being caught and sent back meant some refused to seek help.EVACUATIONAn army source in Rakhine told Reuters that troops were hunting down insurgents across the region, clearing landmines and evacuating non-Muslims and government staff.The government continued a mass evacuation of thousands of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists from the area, where they are a minority, to larger towns, police stations and army bases.“All the people want to follow the army to get out of here. We have no cooking oil, we have no vegetables, we only have rice and people are in poor health,” Maung Thein Hla, a Rakhine resident stranded in the village of Taman Thar, told Reuters.Satellite imagery analysed by New York-based Human Rights Watch showed widespread burnings in at least 10 areas in northern Rakhine since the Friday raids, the group said.Home Affairs Minister General Kyaw Swe said construction materials imported by international aid groups to northern Rakhine, such as steel pipes, have been used by insurgents to make weapons.“We have found out that those things were used in handmade mines and handmade cartridges when it got to extremists and (were used to) attack our security forces,” said Kyaw Swe at a news conference.The U.N. and international aid groups evacuated all “non-critical” staff out of the area after Suu Kyi’s office repeatedly published pictures of World Food Programme energy biscuits allegedly found at an insurgent camp and after it said it was investigating aid groups support for the insurgents in one incident.The army source said the militants had produced a large number of landmines and were ambushing troops before quickly vanishing into the forests and mountains.“This is their region. Any village can be their base camp – any mosque can be their headquarters,” he said. “We cannot distinguish who are insurgents or who are villagers.”last_img read more

Rumored Yahoo Might Launch Its Own YouTube Allegedly Snatching Up Viral YouTube

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global April 1, 2014 4 min read If the rumors about Facebook and Amazon possibly stepping up efforts in the ad-supported online video game are more than just rumors, Yahoo might be biting off a bigger battle than it can chew. Still, as Re/code’s headline hinted, the unflappable and always perfectly coiffed Mayer still looks ready for her closeup. Related: Why You Should Be on Google+ Yahoo came first, but Google has YouTube.And, rumor has it, Yahoo has a hankering for its own version of YouTube, or at least something like it. So much so that the struggling Sunnyvale, Calif.-based early internet mammoth is allegedly “cherry-picking” viral YouTube stars away from the world’s most popular video service — particularly ones who aren’t satisfied with the notoriously skimpy payouts they reportedly receive. According to Re/code, Yahoo “hopes to launch” a strategy “in the next few months” to compete with arch rival Google’s video cash cow. (Maybe they’ll call their attempt YahToobe? Nah, it just doesn’t roll off the tongue right, does it?)Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Yahoo is in talks to acquire Atlanta-based online video syndication company News Distribution Network (NDN) for approximately $300 to $400 million, adding yet more fuel to rumors swirling around Yahoo’s fight for a bigger slice of the ad-supported online video pie.Related: Your Customers Are Likely More Engaged on YouTube Than on Facebook or TwitterWe asked a Yahoo spokesperson if both of the rumors are true — Yahoo’s alleged YouTube star poaching and a the alleged NDN deal — to which she simply responded both times, “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.”It’s no shocker that Yahoo president and CEO Marissa Mayer is reportedly eyeing snagging traffic from YouTube. What doesn’t add up is that Google’s aggressive Employee No. 20 didn’t gun for the holy grail of online video earlier. YouTube is the second most visited website on the internet, second only to Google, of course, and it rakes in more than 1 billion unique users every month.A growing thirst for network contentWalter Mossberg’s new indie tech news site, which is a CNBC partner, also reported Yahoo has also recently been in touch with “some of the big networks now on the giant online video service.”Yahoo apparently has quite an appetite for major broadcast network content. Last year the company inked a deal with Broadway Video to exclusively stream the complete 38-year Saturday Night Live catalogue. The catalogue is available through Yahoo’s fledgling video-sharing offering Yahoo Screen, though it’s not nearly as lucrative as expected.Related: Young Millionaire: Inside the Mind of Yahoo’s Teen Sensation Nick D’AloisioAlso almost a year ago, Mayer attempted to land a $300 million majority stake in French video-sharing site DailyMotion, often dubbed “the YouTube of France.” It was a no-go. The French government squashed the deal. Yahoo also tried and failed to scoop up Hulu for $800 million.But Mayer doesn’t take well to defeat and she’s apparently not throwing in the towel in the battle for online video viewers and, more importantly, ad revenue, not without a fight. Not if the new face of Yahoo, veteran TV anchor Katie Couric can help it.    More money and better exposure = A tough carrot not to biteRe/code revealed that Yahoo is allegedly enticing big-draw YouTube-ers by dangling sweeter “economics” and better brand exposure as bait:“The come-on? Yahoo executives have told video makers and owners that the company can offer them better economics than they’re getting on YouTube, either by improving the ad revenue or by offering guaranteed ad rates for their videos.In addition, Yahoo has offered extensive marketing, even on its home page, as well as allowing video producers the ability to sell advertising along with Yahoo’s sales force.” Register Now »last_img read more