CCH Tax Day ReportColorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation repealing the business personal property tax credit available against corporate income tax after tax year 2018 and replacing it with a credit for business personal property taxes paid on up to $18,000 of the total actual value of a taxpayer’s business personal property. The refundable credit is available beginning in tax year 2019. To claim the credit, the taxpayer must file a copy of the applicable property tax statement with the Colorado Department of Revenue. The credit only may be applied against the tax paid on locally assessed property; tax paid on state assessed property is not eligible for the credit.The legislation also stipulates that money disbursed by Colorado to backfill property tax revenues that local governments forego as a result of the senior homestead exemption and disabled veterans property tax exemption will qualify as a refund mechanism in future years that the state administers a TABOR refund obligation. Revenue collected in excess of the Referendum C cap will be refunded via existing refund mechanisms, the six-tier sales tax refund and the temporary income tax rate reduction, only if the amount of the refund obligation exceeds aggregate disbursements to local governments to backfill the senior and veterans property tax exemptions.Miscellaneous tax (TAXDAY, 2017/06/02, S.2) and sales and use tax (TAXDAY, 2017/06/02, S.3) changes enacted by the legislation are covered separately.S.B. 267, Laws 2017, effective May 30, 2017, and applicable as noted above
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Mumbai, Oct 1 (PTI) Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty who is known for his macho image attributes his passion for fitness to his over two-decade long successful journey in the film industry. “My life began with sport and if there is anything I have achieved, I dont know how much I have, but 130 films and 26 years in the industry, if I have managed to stay afloat, it is only because of my passion for fitness,” the 54-year-old actor said at the launch of Tata Sky Active Fitness. The Hera Pheri star said it is only his fitness that gave him a break in the showbiz. “It is only fitness that got me into the movie business. I owe my life to fitness,” he said. Describing his breakthrough, Shetty said, “someone saw me train the Indo-Tibetan border of police and I was doing a demo for the Maharashtra Police where somebody saw me in that demo and thought I was a good enough fighter and asked me to do a film.” He admitted that he wasnt recognised for his acting skills initially but learnt the ropes during the course of his 26-year long career. “I began with one but ended up finishing another and people said he is wooden. The film was a success and they couldnt write me off because I was fit as a fiddle and it was that fitness that gave me an opportunity to do the 130 films that I have done and I learnt my acting along the way,” he added. The Mohra actor said he feels happy when people appreciate his fitness level. “Every time I meet someone, they are amazed with the fitness level that I carry and probably its because of the age because I am 54 today and I believe I am as fit as a 21-year old. So that gives me immense pleasure when somebody says this,” he said. PTI DS PSK NRB DBadvertisement
Taiwanese company Asus has launched its photography-centric smartphone, the ZenFone Zoom in India at a price of Rs 37,999. The ZenFone Zoom — which is being touted as the world’s thinnest 3X optical zoom smartphone — is now available for buy from Flipkart. It will also be available for buy at Asus exclusive stores starting in February.The ZenFone Zoom sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.7 aperture, 10 HOYA lens, 3X optical zoom, optical image stabilisation (level 4), laser autofocus (fast focus in as low as 0.03 seconds) along with dual-colour real tone flash. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera on the front with f/2.0 aperture and wide-angle 88-degree lens. The phone comes with dedicated shutter and video recording buttons. It further comes with imaging software such as PhotoCollage and MiniMovie. Sadly, 4K video recording is not supported. The ZenFone Zoom comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display with a 1920×1080 pixels resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 protective covering. The phone is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3590 processor coupled with PowerVR G6430 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It comes with 128GB of internal memory and supports expandable storage via microSD card. The singleSIM phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based ZenUI and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It is backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable. It supports Asus’ BoostMaster fast charging technology that can charge the phone from 0-60% in just 39 minutes, according to the company.The ZenFone Zoom has a removable back panel which is made of leather while the outer frame is made of metal. It will be available in the colours Black and White. The phone also comes with an integrated safety loop.advertisementAdditionally, Asus is also selling a ZenFone Zoom, ZenFlash and tripod combo that will cost buyers Rs 39,999.Disclosure: Asus sponsored the writer’s travel and hotel expenses for the launch event in Agra. Also read: Asus ZenFone Max review: Big on battery, low on price
Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante has scored just once this season and his name rarely hits the headlines but without the indefatigable midfielder it is unlikely they would be so dominant in the Premier League this season.In his first campaign in England, Kante helped steer Leicester City to one of the most improbable title triumphs in the history of European soccer in 2016. (Also read: Chelsea ease past West Ham thanks to Diego Costa and Eden Hazard)After signing for Chelsea in the close season, he is on course do it again and win a second champions’ medal in May.It was a typically low-key intervention by the Frenchman that got Chelsea on their way to a 2-1 win at West Ham United on Monday, a victory that leaves Chelsea 10 points clear of their nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the table. (Also read: Chelsea’s Antonio Conte welcomes pressure from chasing pack)Nearly half an hour into the London derby, Kante reacted with typical quickness to intercept a ball deep in his own half and push it into the path of Eden Hazard.A few seconds later, after an exchange of passes with Pedro, Hazard was rounding keeper Darren Randolph to put Chelsea ahead.Soon afterwards, Kante drew an audible gasp from the West Ham fans when the ball seemed to be rolling out for goal kick only for the Frenchman to speed past ball-watching defenders, deftly control the ball on the line and flick it back into the box to create another chance for the visitors.advertisementThe statistics show that Kante wins two of every three tackles he attempts. What they do not show is his ability to second-guess his opponents, claim the ball with ease and set his Chelsea team mates up with simple and accurate passing.Born in Paris, Kante played for amateur side Suresnes until he was 19 when he moved north to join Boulogne. He was spotted by second-tier Caen, moved to the Normandy club and helped them earn promotion to Ligue 1 in his first season.Many commentators attribute the struggles of Leicester this season, as the English champions battle to avoid relegation, to the loss of the diminutive midfielder.Chelsea coach Antonio Conte joked with reporters that he was finding it hard to find any areas for improvement in Kante.”He made 50 passes and he made five mistakes. He has to improve in this,” Conte told reporters. “I am joking. I have to find one situation to tell him to improve. But…he is a really good player and he has great stamina.It is not just at Stamford Bridge that admiration for Kante is so high. “If you were to buy any player in the Premier League at the moment, I think it would be N’Golo Kante,” former Manchester United defender Phil Neville said on BBC radio.
July 13, 2002 is eteched in the memory of a generation of cricket fans in India. That day, India had pulled off an incredible heist over England at Lord’s as two young men, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif, steered the Men in Blue to a sensational victory in the final of the NatWest Series.There were a few nervous moments and several twists in India’s epic chase of 326. Finally when Zaheer Khan and Kaif ran the last two runs, there was relief in the Indian camp and Sourav Ganguly, the then captain, took his shirt off and waved it at the Lord’s balcony, at the Mecca of cricket.The world was stunned but that was an iconic moment in Indian cricket. To this day, Ganguly maintains he would never do it again and that it was a spontaneous gesture.There could be mixed reactions to that episode more than 15 years later but one person who is convinced it was a fine act happens to be Ganguly’s wife, Dona.”It was a fantastic gesture,” said Dona at the India Today Conclave East.However, Ganguly, now 45-years-old and a cricket administrator, said he would never do something similar.”I would never do it now. Every time they would show that footage (on a sports channel), I called the producer and told him I have 20,000 international runs and several hundreds. But he said that is what he want to show,” said Ganguly. “It (the shirt-waving) was a lot more out of satisfaction. Do not forget the name on the honour’s board (for his hundred on Test debut at Lord’s). That will remain a lot more special.”advertisementGanguly retired from international cricket in 2008 but continues to command respect and adulation all over India. In Kolkata, his hometown, Dada enjoys a cult status. Fans adore him, love him, admire him but they are never a bother.”When I go around in Kolkata, I do not get hassled. If I go out for a movie, I have an ice cream, phuchka or some jhaal-moori.”Despite all the fanfare around the Ganguly family, both Sourav and Dona have taught their daughter to be grounded and humble.”She has to value situations. I always tell her to value things others do not get. She goes to one of the best schools in the city and she must learn how to grow up among people,” he said.Here is the full coverage of India Today Conclave East 2017. WATCH | Sourav Ganguly’s shirt-waving at Lord’s was a fantastic gesture: Dona Ganguly
Royal Ascot 2018 Was this helpful? Share on Messenger Horse racing Share via Email Admittedly he made his backers sweat at Epsom three weeks ago but in the end he managed to score from an unpromising position, which is arguably another reason to admire him. The one source of doubt here is the ground, which will be easily the fastest he has encountered since the winning streak began. If he takes time to let himself down on it, there is a risk that one of the others might have pinched a few vital lengths in the meantime.Poet’s Word, who trailed Cracksman by seven lengths in October, could not really be called progressive and surely cannot win unless the favourite runs well below expectations. Hawkbill has it in him to be dangerous but ran no race last time.2.30 Queen Mary Stakes Supporting Chelsea Cloisters here is a statement of faith in her trainer, Wesley Ward, rather than in the filly herself but faith in Ward would be entirely justified. He has had at least one winner at Royal Ascot in each of the past five years and this has been the most productive race for him, yielding three wins since 2009. Chelsea Cloisters appears to be the pick of his party and gets the sort of fast ground that gives zippy US raiders a big chance. Odds of 9-4 clearly cannot be described as generous in a big field of unexposed types but they are better than expected, just the same.3.05 Queen’s Vase Aidan O’Brien’s Kew Gardens surely cannot be the right favourite for this, having been beaten at odds-on at Lingfield, followed by a well-beaten effort in the Derby, when he paid for helping to force a strong pace. Can that be the right preparation for this test, 18 days later? Almoghared, a half-brother to Taghrooda, might be the best of these in time but his stablemate, Stream Of Stars, looks more of a ‘now’ horse and can make the necessary step-up from his maiden win around here last month. A top-class opening day for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori will have the Newmarket pair relaxed and happy as they approach the main business of this Royal Ascot, which, for them, is getting Cracksman (4.20) to win the Prince of Wales’s Stakes. On an unbeaten run of five the colt is a fabulous talent who stands out like a beacon in a race that otherwise seems short of star wattage. Show Royal Ascot 2018: Accidental Agent shocks big guns in Queen Anne Stakes Topics Quick guide Wednesday tips Thank you for your feedback. Since you’re here… Horse racing tips Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Twitter 3.40 Duke of Cambridge Stakes Hydrangea is all class and will be sharper for her reappearance defeat but she could still be vulnerable, giving 5lb to potential improvers over a trip that is probably short of her best. Urban Fox appeals at an each-way price, having shown career-best form on his first run for William Haggas, landing a handicap over this course and distance last month.5.00 Royal Hunt Cup Handicap Mick Halford won this race two years ago with a Godolphin-owned four-year-old, carrying a penalty for a recent success at the Curragh, and could do the trick again with Saltonstall. He was a pleasing winner of a competitive handicap last month on the driest surface he had yet encountered and a 5lb penalty leaves him leniently treated.5.35 Jersey Stakes Here is another prize waiting to be picked up by the Gosden/Dettori combination, represented here by Purser. He idled in front when landing a Listed contest under Rab Havlin last time and ought to be well suited by this stiff seven furlongs. Ascot … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Liverpool boss Klopp promotes teenage defender Hoeverby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has promoted a 16-year-old to the first team.Klopp has allowed Dutchman Ki-Jana Hoever to train with the first team.The youth player, who can play as a right back and centre-back, is training with the team as they have a mini injury crisis in defense.He has been impressive for the Reds with the under-18s and under-23s this season.It is unclear if he will keep his first team place when the likes of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez return from injury. But he does have a proper chance to impress Klopp and the Reds’ coaching staff. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Unai Emery says Arsenal need to be realistic and admit that there is a big difference between their side and the two that dominated the Premier League last season. Arsenal finished fifth in the English top-flight last term, one point behind fourth-place Tottenham as the Gunners fell short of a Champions League spot. They also fell short against the Chelsea in the Europa League final, as the Blues topped their London rivals 4-1 in Baku to doom the club to another Europa League campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Arsenal’s next goal will be to push back into one of those top four spots, not to challenge the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City atop the league. And Emery says that is because there is still a massive gap between his side and the league’s top two, one that will take time for the club to close. “We need to be realistic and the distance between Liverpool and Manchester City and us is [a lot of] points,” Emery said. “We want to reduce that, we want to be more competitive. We need to improve defensively but with no loss offensively, because the first idea we developed with this team is to be offensive. “Sometimes it’s true that we struggled defensively, and to take the balance. Sometimes we took this balance last year. Our challenge is to keep producing that. And with other teams we know, we are realistic. At the moment Manchester City and Liverpool they are very strong, but we want to do our way. “To be in the top four is the same difficulty because Tottenham is growing up, Chelsea also kept their players [other than selling Eden Hazard] and can keep the performance. Manchester United were behind us last year but they have a lot of potential as a team. “We need to believe in our way, we need to believe in our process, believe in our players. We have very good players, very good young players. We want to sign two or three players to help us and to do our way.” Emery enters his second year in charge of the Gunners, having taken over for Arsene Wenger ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. And the former Paris Saint-Germain and Sevilla coach says that he expects progress this year as the club continues to adjust to him as he adjusts to life in the Premier League. “I think we progressed, it’s not enough for our first target but it’s our way,” Emery said. “I think some players’ development was clear and I want to continue this year. Our target generally is going to be if we can take some titles, and, overall, our first objective is to get to the Champions League. But we need that process and we are doing that process. “We need to reduce the difference with Chelsea and Tottenham. We must remember it is only two and one point behind them [respectively]. “It is not enough. I know it is not enough, but we can be positive to do one step more in our way to achieve and to compete with them and to fight for the top four in the Premier League.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Dennis WardAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG — After a number of setbacks, the family of Brian Sinclair has been handed a major legal victory.A ruling released Tuesday clears the way for the family to proceed with its Charter of Rights and Freedoms claim against the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.Sinclair, 45, was a double amputee who died in 2008 while waiting 34 hours for care in a hospital emergency room.Manitoba’s Health Minister previously acknowledged Sinclair’s death was preventable and apologized to his family.But the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority argued that common law principles prohibited Sinlair’s sister from bringing a Charter claim on his behalf. The Authority stated that only a person whose rights were breached could bring a Charter claim and in this case that person was dead and therefore unable to sue.Two levels of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench had previously agreed.This week’s decision by the Manitoba Court of Appeal also restored the Sinclair family’s right to sue hospital.Read the decision here:The family alleges hospital officials selectively released personal information concerning Brian Sinclair to the media and government authorities in a way that suggested Sinclair was to blame for his own demise.In a statement, Robert Sinclair, a spokesperson for the family stated “it’s not ok for health workers to ignore a person in distress based on false racist assumptions. We will not stop seeking vindication for Brain Sinclair and to hold hospital authorities accountable for their shameful conduct both before and after his death.”firstname.lastname@example.org
The salaries of doctors and nurses who failed to report to work after they were transferred, has been halted.The decision was taken following instructions issued by Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, the Health Ministry said today. The Health Minister has also instructed his Ministry to initiate disciplinary action against the doctors and nurses. (Colombo Gazette)
“He extends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of India, especially the families of those who have died, been injured or otherwise affected in this disaster,” said a statement issued by the Secretary-General’s spokesperson.Monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years, according to media reports, which noted that some 7,000 people are still stranded in the mountains after flash floods and landslides. Reports added that the death toll in Uttarakhand is expected to pass 1,000. More than 600 people are confirmed death so far, while 80,000 have been rescued.Mr. Ban welcomed the swift response by India’s disaster management authorities, and said the United Nations stands ready to lend its assistance to emergency recovery and rebuilding efforts, if needed.
Consumer Reports‘ latest State of the Net survey has discovered that Facebook currently has millions of users that are violating the site’s own terms of service. In doing so those users are presenting their families and others who may use the computer with safety, security and privacy risks. If that kind of act sounds a bit immature it should be because it’s minors who are the users.20 million minors have used Facebook, but 7.5 million of them shouldn’t be using the social network at all. That’s because they are under 13 and according to Facebook’s own terms of service they are prohibited from having their own account and profile. Making matters worse is the fact that more than 5 million of the minors are under the age of 10. In using Facebook without parental supervision, minors are not only exposed to the potential threat of bullies and predators, but also to malicious software which can infect computers. Even with these potential risks, a majority of parents surveyed weren’t concerned with their kids using Facebook.Admittedly, using a social network is just one source, but malicious software is a growing problem. Of the 2,089 online households surveyed, one-third experienced a malicious software infection. Those infections cost consumers $2.3 billion last year and led to 1.3 million PCs being replaced.To minimize the risk to your own computer and children, Consumer Reports recommends that parents should delete a pre-teen’s account or have Facebook do it through the “report an underage child” form. If deleting the profile is not an option, parents should join their child’s circle of friends or keep tabs on them through friends or siblings. Other recommendations include using privacy controls to limit information to just friends and to turn off instant personalization which links accounts to user-review sites. Most importantly, Facebook apps should be used with caution.Read more at Consumers ReportsBrian’s OpinionI must admit that I’m not surprised by the fact that 7.5 million Facebook users are under the age of 13. As the survey found, a lot of parents don’t think it is a big deal. At least, it’s not a big deal until their computer becomes infected or their kid is the target of a bully or predator.The problem with what happens online is that it is largely unseen until something bad happens. Then, it’s too late. I would bet that many of these parents are the same ones who wouldn’t let their kids ride a bike down the street without them watching. What parents need to understand is that surfing online unsupervised or without the use of filtering software can be just a dangerous for a minor.Statistically, there will still be a number of people who don’t heed the warnings and end up letting their children browse freely only to later discover their computer is infected with malware. As someone who has made money fixing the family computer for clients because a child has installed something they shoudn’t have, I would be the first one to encourage parents to let their children browse the Internet on their own. As a parent though, I strongly recommend kids not be allowed to do so.
Each mammal uses their upper arm bones differently, and interestingly enough, a new study suggests that early mammals started developing diverse forelimbs before dinosaurs existed on Earth.The study, which was conducted by Jacqueline Lungmus, a Field Museum research assistant, and Ken Angielczyk, Field Museum’s curator, examined the fossils of mammals’ ancient relatives to determine the origins of mammals’ arms today, said a Field Museum press release. The team, which published their findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, discovered that ancient mammals started evolving unique forelimbs 270 million years ago, which is roughly 30 million years before the earliest dinosaurs roamed our planet.“Aside from fur, diverse forelimb shape is one of the most iconic characteristics of mammals,” Lungmus said in the press release. “We were trying to understand where that comes from, if it’s a recent trait, or if this has been something special about the group of animals that we belong to from the beginning.”‘Ophiacodon,’ an early mammal relative from before the group began developing diverse forelimbs. (Photo Credit: April I. Neander)Roughly 312 million years ago, land-dwelling vertebrates divided into two groups, the sauropsids, which included birds, crocodiles, and lizards, and the synapsids, the group that mammals belong to. The earliest synapsids, also known as pelycosaurs, looked more like reptiles than mammals. Then, about 270 million years ago, the earliest mammals called therapsids emerged, including burly-armed borrowers, tree-dwelling plant-eaters, and lithe carnivores.‘Thrinaxodon,’ a therapsid animal related to today’s mammals. (Photo Credit: April I. Neander)The team studied the upper arm bones of many fossil specimens that represented 73 types of pelycosaurs and therapsids, and took measurements by where the bones joined the elbow and the shoulder. Next, they examined the shape of these bones with geometric morphometrics, a special technique that uses Cartesian geometric coordinates.After comparing bone shapes, the team found more variety with therapsids bones compared to pelycosaurs bones. Therapsids also had a different types of upper arm areas, which might have helped them move more freely than pelycosaurs, which most likely had a limited range of motion. Prior to their research, paleontologists dated the emergence of mammals’ diverse forelimbs to 160 million years ago. Now, the team’s work has pushed back this estimate by more than 100 million years.“This is something that’s so cool about our evolutionary lineage,” Lungmus added. “These animals are in the same group as us — part of what makes this research compelling is that these are our relatives.”More on Geek.com:Dead Whale Found With 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags In Its StomachWorld’s Oldest Semen Successfully Used to Impregnate SheepBear Cubs Discovered Along US Highway May Have Been Poached Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend
The Bianconeri is the only team in the Italian Lega Serie A that has not lost a single match this seasonJuventus has now 14 consecutive matches without losing in the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season.The Bianconeri is the only team in the competition that has yet to lose.And for coach Massimiliano Allegri, his team is made up of champions.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“This is a team made up of champions and men of character,” Allegri told ESPN.“To win you must have the desire to make a race more, to gain an extra centimeter, you must have the humility to put yourself on a par with the opponents on the physical plane and these players have it.”“We started a difficult month in the best way,” he added.“December will be important, at the end of the month we can make an initial assessment. But from here to May, it’s long.”
OSO — For several days, he was known merely as John Doe, the unidentified Oso landslide victim with gold crowns on his teeth. The Snohomish County Medical Examiner now can give him his name: Michael W. Pearson.To those who knew him as an Everett patrol officer in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a dependable cop.“What a tragedy,” said Al Shelstad, who was police chief when Pearson retired. “He was what we call steady. He came to work every day and did his job. I don’t think he ever took a sick day. He came to work every day and did it right.”Pearson is one of 36 people known to have died in the massive mudslide that wiped out a neighborhood near Oso on March 22. Like the others, he died of blunt-force injuries, according to the medical examiner.Searchers earlier found an Everett Police Department jacket in the rubble.Pearson, 74, served in the U.S. Marines before joining the Everett Police Department in 1972. He retired in November 1987.The officer with the dark slicked-back hair was plain-spoken.“He was kind of the Harry Truman type,” said retired Everett police Capt. Len Amundson. “He didn’t sugarcoat much. He would tell you what he thought. … He had his set of standards and he adhered to them.”Amundson also said Pearson was the only person who ever seemed to call him Leonard.Amundson, who served 26 years with the department, knew Pearson as a police cadet in 1971. Later, when Amundson was the department’s range master, Pearson was a range officer known as a marksman.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, and Indiana officials spoke about the potential for more public-private partnerships during a press event Wednesday.The event followed the recent announcement that the Navy and Duke Energy are collaborating to develop a 24-megawatt direct current (17-megawatt alternating current) solar facility at Naval Support Activity Crane.“It is collaborative and mutually beneficial efforts like this that helped the Department of the Navy surpass the secretary of the Navy’s goal to procure one gigawatt of renewable energy by the end of 2015,” McGinn said according to a Navy press release.“On-base projects provide energy security for the host and surrounding communities by physically securing assets, diversifying the local power portfolio and boosting the base’s resiliency with the in-kind consideration received for use of Navy land,” he said.“Indiana is home to a number of critical defense assets and we are proud of the amazing work being done at Crane to support American warfighters with the most advanced equipment in the world. We will continue to build upon our strong partnerships with these important military installations well into the future,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb.The project at Crane, the third largest U.S. naval installation in the world, is awaiting approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to begin construction. The solar facility will connect to the electric grid at a Duke-owned substation on the installation property and serve the utility’s customers. The Navy will continue to purchase power from Duke.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The head of the local school system serving military families stationed at Whiteman AFB, Mo., says two new grants totaling $2.3 million from the DOD Education Activity (DODEA) will provide a significant boost for its students by allowing it to enhance its STEM2, robotics, computer science and Advanced Placement offerings. The grants being awarded to Knob Noster Public Schools are for its GEAR UP 4 College and Career Readiness and GEAR UP 2 Lead STEM programs. About two-thirds of the school system’s 1,600 students are connected to Whiteman.“Through ongoing support from DODEA and other engaged district partners, Knob Noster Public Schools continues to improve quality of life for our families while enhancing mission readiness for Whiteman Air Force Base,” Superintendent Jerrod Wheeler told On Base. “These grants will enable our students to engage in high-quality STEM2 learning and leadership development, while also creating a virtual learning platform that will extend across all school districts serving Global Strike Command, and beyond,” Wheeler said.The grant programs cover a range of initiatives:expanded STEM Advanced Placement programs, including computer science;expanded STEM programming through FIRST Robotics, FIRST Lego League Robotics and FIRST Lego League Junior Robotics;the newly created Knob Noster Virtual Academy, which offers students in grade 7-12 access to hundreds of online courses taught by state licensed teachers with certification specific to the content area;personal leadership development programs for K-12 students through Franklin Covey’s The Leader In Me; andprofessional development for teachers.State and local officials, and leaders from Whiteman will celebrate the award at a ceremony on the base Dec. 10. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, Brig. Gen. John Nichols, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, and Missouri Military Advocate Joe Driskill are scheduled to participate in the event.Air Force photo by Airman Taylor Phifer
Conservative MP Boris Johnson. Photo: AFPLoose cannon or influential statesman – what kind of British prime minister would Boris Johnson make on the world stage? Judging by his time as foreign secretary, possibly both.When Johnson was given the foreign job in 2016, after Britain voted to leave the EU, he was viewed as an unlikely choice by politicians and public alike given his tendency to court controversy with gaffes, oddball jokes and off-the-cuff remarks.The early days seemed to confirm the worst fears of those who saw the Conservative lawmaker as an unsuitable diplomat, at a critical time when Britain needed to forge new political and commercial ties with a slew of countries.What should have been a routine conference in Italy, the “Mediterranean Dialogues Forum” aimed at building relations with leading envoys from the West and Middle East, instead turned into something of a diplomatic incident.Johnson made headlines by going off-script and accusing Saudi Arabia, an important regional ally, of acting as a puppeteer in proxy wars under the guise of religion.The backlash was swift from Prime Minister Theresa May, who said his comments did not reflect “actual policy”, dishing out what a government source described as a shocking and very public “cuffing” for a senior minister.Now May is stepping down over her failure to extract Britain from the European Union. Johnson, a leader of the Brexit campaign, is the overwhelming favourite to become leader of the governing Conservative Party next month, which would also make him prime minister.The 55-year-old, famous for his messy mop of blond hair and dishevelled style, has turned upper-class English eccentricity into a political asset in Britain and perfected a personal brand based on a comic talent and a seemingly shambolic style.His critics say this robs him of statesman-like gravity, arguing that it’s difficult to take seriously a man who once said the chance of him becoming prime minister was about as likely as finding Elvis on Mars.However two of Johnson’s aides and another veteran Conservative who knows him said that he was often misunderstood and that beneath his blustering, self-confident demeanour was a shy, serious man focused on his goals.He is a natural introvert, two sources close his team told Reuters, adding that his shyness is often construed as arrogance, and he needs a lot of time alone before speaking in public – distinctively at odds with the public perception of Johnson being a natural, unscripted showman.”Before speaking to a room, he needs to corral himself,” said the veteran Conservative. “It’s not a performance but it saps him of energy. He just needs to summon up the energy.”One aide, a government source and an EU diplomat also pointed to an influential, but behind-the-scenes, role he played as foreign secretary following the poisoning of a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, by a nerve agent last year in England.One government source said Johnson had put his “shoulder to the wheel” to win international support for sanctions and Russian diplomatic expulsions from a long list of countries.A senior European diplomat agreed that he was “professional” in this role, which attracted little publicity.”People in Brussels didn’t take Boris seriously back then,” the diplomat said. “In March last year, he showed he could drop the clownish personality, he showed a will to discuss the Skripal affair in the most serious terms and to make the point to his counterparts that they needed to back Britain on this.”IRREVERENT INSURGENTAlexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, to give his full name, is something of an enigma at home and abroad.He is man of apparent contradictions, with his privileged background and bursts of Latin phrases seemingly at odds with his popular appeal when elected mayor of left-leaning London in 2008 with the biggest personal mandate in British history.He is one of those rare politicians to be most commonly referred to by most members of the public by their first names.Like U.S. President Donald Trump, he can emerge unscathed from gaffes and scandals that would sink any normal public figure. Other offensive remarks he has made include calling black people “piccaninnies” and saying Muslim women wearing burkas “look like letter boxes”.”Boris is a flawed character and flaky but most politicians are underneath,” said Ed Costelloe, chair of the campaign group Conservative Grassroots. “It would be lovely to have Mother Theresa as prime minister, but it ain’t going to happen.”In fact, some people love him all the more because he appears to be an irreverent insurgent who defies the media training of polished politics, shooting from the hip with comic timing and flair. Others seem to give him more leeway.After his incendiary comments on Saudi Arabia, for example, two British officials said his words had not in fact gone down badly in Riyadh. “The Saudis appreciated his buffoonery, they understand his kind of humour,” said one of the officials.The biggest task ahead, should he become leader, would be withdrawal talks with the EU, which has said it will not reopen the Withdrawal Agreement agreed by May in November – a deal that was repeatedly rejected by British lawmakers and led to the original Brexit date of March 29 being pushed back.Johnson has offended many in Europe, with remarks such as suggesting Italy should help with a Brexit deal to avoid losing out on sales of Prosecco sparkling wine and declaring it was “bollocks” to say that freedom of movement was a founding principle of the EU.Yet the British government sources said his ability to wrestle changes to the deal from Brussels, as he has demanded, would come down to whether he can carry the support of British lawmakers and end a stalemate that has incensed EU officials.”His success depends on whether the EU believes he can actually command a majority,” said one of the sources. “The thing about the PM was that they just didn’t believe she could ever get it through so were never going to give any more ground. If they think Boris can get it through, they might shift.”IT’S ALL ABOUT BREXITJohnson has cast himself as the only leadership candidate who can deliver Brexit on the next deadline of Oct. 31 – with or without a deal.The sources close his team said he was approaching his bid in a similarly quiet way to the Skripal manoeuvring. He has built support through behind-the-scenes talks with lawmakers rather through media appearances and speeches – and had been conspicuously absent from public sight until this week.He has been listening closely to the counsel of his closest aides and veteran election strategist Lynton Crosby, who is not officially on the payroll but is offering advice.Johnson’s strategy of steering clear of the airwaves and avoiding public head-to-head debates has been carefully thought through as part of a leadership campaign in the works for months in anticipation of May’s announcement five weeks ago that she would step down, said the sources.The plan appeared uncharacteristic for a man who made his name by being highly visible, including appearing in comedy shows and one of Britain’s best-loved TV soap operas.He even drew accusations from his only remaining leadership rival, Jeremy Hunt, of being a coward for avoiding head-to-head debates. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said she found Johnson’s decision to ignore live TV debates “very odd”.The strategy was partly borne of the fact that Johnson is widely viewed as a near-certainty to win the party leadership, and become prime minister, barring an unforeseen catastrophe.Foreign Secretary Hunt voted to stay in the European Union in 2016, which is likely to count against him among the around 160,000 party members who will choose the winner and are mainly pro-Brexit.However Johnson was forced to veer from the gameplan and break cover this week when he was faced with exactly the kind of negative publicity his team had hoped to avoid, after a neighbour called the police upon hearing Johnson and his girlfriend shouting and smashing plates.Police found no cause for action, but the story dominated the front pages of Britain’s newspapers, with some questioning Johnson’s character and past – he is divorcing his second wife and has had several reported affairs.Following the furore, he changed gear and launched into a media blitz on TV and radio.Nonetheless, few in his party believe anything can seriously impede his cruise to 10 Downing Street.”Boris is still well ahead with the membership who will ultimately decide who the next prime minister is,” said Conservative lawmaker and Johnson supporter Andrew Bridgen.”The overriding issue is Brexit and unfortunately Jeremy voted remain.”