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ADC Seeking Examples of Affordable OffBase Housing Plans

first_imgTobyhanna Army Depot photo by Thomas RobbinsEditor’s Note: On Base will not publish Friday, but will resume publishing on Mon., April 22. While recent news coverage has focused on privatized family housing, many service members and military families live off base.ADC wants to learn more about how communities, regions and states are planning, developing and maintaining quality, affordable housing outside the gate. We are looking for examples of plans, initiatives, organizations or people advancing these issues locally and specific outcomes that have been achieved.Has your community, region or state implemented successful strategies to tackle the issues of affordability or quality? Do you know thought leaders on this topic who might be valuable for ADC to learn from? Please send your ideas or comments to [email protected] ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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TMobileSprint merger wins FCC thumbsup on 5G promises

first_img8:44 2 5G 4G LTE FCC Rumors Sprint T-Mobile The T has always stood for T-Mobile. Someday it may stand for Sprint as well. NurPhoto/Getty Images The long-planned merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has overcome a major hurdle as the companies made concessions to ease a key regulator’s concerns about whether the deal would benefit consumers. The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, signaled the shift early Monday. Pai said in a statement that he will recommend to his colleagues that the FCC approve the proposed $26 billion deal. “Two of the FCC’s top priorities are closing the digital divide in rural America and advancing United States leadership in 5G, the next generation of wireless connectivity,” Pai wrote. “The commitments made today by T-Mobile and Sprint would substantially advance each of these critical objectives.” But the deal isn’t out of the woods yet. The US Department of Justice also has to approve it, and the agency hasn’t yet issued a statement on whether the concessions to the FCC will be enough. On Monday, Bloomberg reported the department’s antitrust section might try to block the deal. Among the concessions, according to Pai: Within three years of the deal closing, the companies plan to have a 5G network that covers 97% of the US population, and within six years, 99%. For rural Americans, the coverage would be 85% within three years, and 90% within six. See Galaxy S10 5G’s jaw-dropping real-world speeds Tags Gigi Sohn, an adviser to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and a consumer advocate, said that even with the conditions the deal is still “anticompetive and anti-consumer.” Sohn said she doesn’t believe the FCC will be able to enforce them. “Does anyone really believe that this FCC, which has asked nothing of the big mobile companies for over 2 years will require the companies to abide by these commitments?” she said. “Moreover, they are the type of behavioral conditions that Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim has said time and again are unenforceable and over-regulatory.”In April, a Wall Street Journal report suggested that some in the Justice Department were concerned that combining the nation’s third and fourth largest carriers would harm competition. In subsequent tweets, Legere and Sprint chairman Marcelo Claure each disputed the report, with Legere calling the premise “untrue.”  It would be unusual for the DOJ to come to a different conclusion than the FCC on the merits of the merger. But the two agencies evaluate mergers on different standards. The DOJ looks at antitrust concerns, while the FCC must consider whether the merger is in the public interest.Sohn said in an interview that she finds it hard to believe that Justice Department could sue to stop AT&T’s merger with Time Warner Media and approve the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, especially since the latter deal would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three. She added that the FCC also got no commitments from the companies to address concerns that the new T-Mobile would provide reasonable roaming rates to rural operators nor any commitment to keep wholesale pricing low. “The handful of unenforceable promises made by the merging companies does no more than put lipstick on a pig,” she said. “This classic 4-3 horizontal merger is bad for consumers and competition and the DoJ and the FCC should block it.”Shares of both companies jumped after Monday’s news broke, with Sprint soaring over 23% to $7.64 in early trading and T-Mobile rising nearly 5% to $79.26.  News of the new concessions was first reported by Reuters, via CNBC.  Originally published May 20 at 6:01 a.m. PTUpdate, 2:57 p.m. PT: Updated to reflect possible DOJ challenge. Updated earlier with new information, comments and background matter. Mobile The companies also have guaranteed, Pai said, that 90% of Americans would see mobile broadband service at speeds of at least 100 Mbps and that the combined entity would roll out an in-home broadband product. In a blog post Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere said that the merged company, called the New T-Mobile, will “cover 97% of the U.S. population with 5G on low-band spectrum and 75% of the population with 5G on mid-band spectrum” in three years, with an additional focus on using 5G to provide an alternative to traditional home broadband.  T-Mobile recently announced it was beginning to trial using its 4G LTE for home broadband, while Sprint last week said that its HTC 5G Hub, a hotspot intended to replace a traditional modem and router, will be available in its first 5G markets on May 31. Just now starting to be put into service around the world, 5G promises to greatly enhance the speed, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It’s expected to be 10 to 100 times speedier than a typical cellular connection, and even faster than service over a physical fiber-optic cable going into your house. In the US, both Verizon and AT&T have launched mobile 5G networks in limited areas. Bidding bye-bye to Boost Mobile In addition to promises for 5G rollout, Legere also says that as part of the deal the New T-Mobile will divest Boost Mobile, Sprint’s prepaid provider and a rival to T-Mobile’s own Metro.  “We’ll work to find a serious, credible, financially capable and independent buyer for all the assets needed to run – and grow – the business,” Legere wrote. “And we’ll make sure that buyer has attractive wholesale arrangements.” T-Mobile has agreed to allow the FCC to approve or deny the divestiture agreement between T-Mobile and Boost, according to FCC officials. The agency said it focused on Boost to address concerns about shrinking competition in the lower-cost end of the market. But there were no concessions made to address consolidation in the postpaid market.Legere also reiterated T-Mobile’s promise to keep prices at “same or better” levels for three years. If the companies fail to fulfill their commitments to the FCC, T-Mobile could face penalties up to $2.4 billion, according to the FCC. “These consequences … create a powerful incentive for the companies to meet their commitments on time,” Pai said. Critics of the merger said they’re still unsatisfied. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who has opposed this deal, said in a tweet that she’s still unconvinced the merger is in the best interest of consumers.”We’ve seen this kind of consolidation in airlines and with drug companies,” she said. “It hasn’t worked out well for consumers. But now the @FCC wants to bless the same kind of consolidation for wireless carriers. I have serious doubts.” Now playing: Watch this: We’ve seen this kind of consolidation in airlines and with drug companies. It hasn’t worked out well for consumers. But now the @FCC wants to bless the same kind of consolidation for wireless carriers. I have serious doubts. https://t.co/Yh4DC0C134— Jessica Rosenworcel (@JRosenworcel) May 20, 2019 Comments Share your voicelast_img read more

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UKs Daily Mail to pay Melania Trump damages over modelling claims

first_imgU.S. first lady Melania Trump speaks during a visit to Excel Academy Public Charter School in Washington, U.S., April 5, 2017. REUTERSBritain’s Daily Mail agreed on Wednesday to pay Melania Trump an undisclosed sum and issue an apology after it published an article saying the US first lady had offered “services beyond simply modelling” in her former job.President Donald Trump’s wife, 46, had sued the publisher of the Daily Mail in Britain and also filed a $150 million (120 million pound) lawsuit against it in New York, claiming the article had cost her millions of dollars in potential business.A person familiar with the situation said the settlement was worth less than $3 million, including legal costs and damages.The Daily Mail, which runs what it calls the world’s largest English-language newspaper website, apologised for the article on Wednesday and issued a retraction on its home page.“An article on 20th August 2016 about Melania Trump… questioned the nature of her work as a professional model, and republished allegations that she provided services beyond simply modelling,” publisher Associated Newspapers said.“We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them … we have agreed to pay her damages and costs.”At the High Court in London, Trump’s lawyer said the article, headlined “Racy photos and troubling questions about his wife’s past that could derail Trump”, was published as a two-page spread and accompanied by an old photo of Melania Trump standing naked with her front against a wall but looking back at the camera.“Readers of the newspaper that day could not fail to miss the article”, John Kelly told the court. “The article included false and defamatory claims about the claimant which questioned the nature of her work as a professional model.“The suggestion that such allegations even merit investigation is deeply offensive and has caused a great deal of upset and distress to the claimant,” he said.last_img read more

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Maldives presidential voting extended by 3 hours

first_imgMaldivian voters living in Sri Lanka line up to cast their votes at the Maldivian High Commission in Colombo on 23 September 2018. Voting began in a controversial presidential election in the Maldives Sunday, amid fears that the process has been rigged in China-friendly strongman Abdulla Yameen`s favour. — Photo: AFPThe Maldives extended voting in the presidential election, in which Abdulla Yameen is expected to cement his grip on power, amid criticism over the fairness of the poll in the islands, best known as a luxury holiday destination.The Indian Ocean nation’s Election Commission has extended voting by three hours to 1900 hours (1400 GMT) due to long queues, an official said.The Muslim-majority Indian Ocean nation has become a theater of rivalry between its traditional partner, India, and China, which has backed Yameen’s infrastructure drive, and prompted concern in the West about Beijing’s increasing influence.Yameen’s government has jailed many of his main rivals, including former president and his half-brother, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on charges ranging from terrorism to corruption.More than a quarter of a million people were eligible to vote in around 400 polling booths across the coral islands. Yameen, 59, is seeking a second five-year term.Hundreds of people queued outside polling stations in the capital, Male, early on Sunday. On some islands, people started queuing on Saturday night.“I am voting to revert a mistake I made in 2013. I am voting to free President Maumoon (Gayoom),” Nazima Hassan, 44, told Reuters after voting in Male.Abdul Rasheed Husain, 46, in Male said he cast his ballot for Yameen to take the Maldives “to the next level”.In the polling booth at the Maldives embassy in Colombo, some voters had to wait for more than seven hours and hundreds of voters were still queuing.“Last time was much faster and much easier, but this time it’s a mess,” 20-year-old student Ibrahim Rafeek told Reuters.Ahamed Ihusan, a 24-year-old business management student, told Reuters that “if it is a free and fair election, the opposition will win.”Many opposition supporters blamed the Election Commission for the delay.“Yameen is trying to frustrate voters by having a shoddy process for the elections and a long waiting time of 6-8 hours in some stations. I appeal to all to be patient and not step back,” an opposition supporter told Reuters, asking not to be named.Mohamed Shareef Hussain, Maldives envoy to Colombo, said the Electoral Commission had not assigned enough staff, causing delays.Police late on Saturday raided the main opposition campaign office saying they came to “stop illegal activities”, after arresting at least five opposition supporters for “influencing voters”, opposition officials said.British Ambassador James Dauris wrote on Twitter that it was “easy to understand why so many people are concerned about what might happen on Election Day”.INTERNATIONAL MONITORS STAY AWAYMost poll monitors, including those from the European Union and the United Nations, declined the government’s invitation to observe the election, fearing their presence might be used to endorse Yameen’s re-election even after possible vote rigging.Transparency Maldives, one of the few election monitors on the ground, said the vote had gone smoothly.“Observers concluded that the polling stations were set up to ensure a secret vote in the vast majority of cases (99 percent). This was less clear in about 1 percent of all cases observed. These polling stations will be closely watched,” the independent organization said.The opposition’s joint candidate, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, known as Ibu, told supporters he was confident of victory.“I appeal to everyone not to allow any space for unrest tomorrow,” he told a rally on Saturday. “Let the voting end peacefully and let the people decide what they want. The people are hungry for a change.”Yameen also urged voters to head to the polls and said he was confident of the work he had done in his first term in office to put the nation on a path of development.The country has been in political turmoil since February, when Yameen imposed a state of emergency to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed the convictions of nine opposition leaders, including Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s first democratically-elected leader and former president.Yameen has disregarded calls from the United Nations, several Western countries and India for an amicable solution to the crisis.Ahead of the vote, Human Rights Watch urged foreign governments to press the Maldives to uphold democratic rights.“Should the Maldives government fail to do so, they should impose targeted sanctions, such as those proposed by the European Union, against senior ruling party officials implicated in abuses,” the New York-based group said in a statement.last_img
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Buddha Purnima being celebrated

first_imgWishing welfare of all country, nation and creatures, Parbatya Bhikkhu Sangha brings out a procession in Dighinala, Khagrachhari on Friday morning. Photo: Palas BaruaBuddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, is being celebrated across the country on Saturday.Like elsewhere in the world, the Buddhist community in Bangladesh, has chalked out different programmes, including colourful processions, puja, sanghadan, discussions and cultural functions, to mark the day in a befitting manner, reports UNB.Buddha Purnima marks Gautama Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death. On this day in 563 BC, Buddha was born as Siddhartha Gautama in Kopilabostu at the foothill of the Himalayas.He attained supreme enlightenment at the age of 35 and finally departed into ‘nirvana’ at the age of 80 in 483 BC.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh have issued separate messages greeting the Buddhist community on the occasion.In his message, president Hamid said Buddha Purnima is a holy religious festival related to the birth and attaining enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha, reports BSS.He said Gautama Buddha always sought the welfare for mankind and he tried his best to make the whole world a peaceful and prosperous one.The president said Buddha disseminated the message of equity and friendship during his entire life to establish peace and harmony in the world.He said the ideals and philosophy of Buddha can play an important role in establishing peace in society, removing unrest and intolerance from the world and saving people from moral degradation.The president also said the civilisation and culture of the Buddhists are profoundly integrated with the soil and the people of this country.Noting that Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony, Abdul Hamid hoped that the country’s Buddhist community would play an important role in the development of Bangladesh upholding the ideals of Buddha.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said overcoming all fears, greed and interest, Gautama Buddha had preached the messages of non-violence, friendship and compassion throughout out his life for peace and welfare of mankind.Establishing an ideal society through peace and harmony was his only objective, she added.Mentioning that Bangladesh is a land of communal harmony, the prime minister said people of all religions have been practicing their respective religions here without facing any obstruction.She hoped that the country’s Buddhist community, inspired by the ideals of Gautama Buddha, will reach themselves at new height in their knowledge and skills.“With the united efforts from all, we would be able to build a non-communal, hunger-free and prosperous Sonar Bangla as dreamt by the greatest Bangalee of all time and father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” Hasina said.Different law enforcement agencies have taken stringent security measures so that the Buddhist community can celebrate their main religious festival with much enthusiasm.last_img read more

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Education counselling support for street kids of Kolkata

first_imgKolkata: Fifty street children will receive education and counselling support at a state-run school in the city as part of an initiative aimed at providing “safe spaces” to them, an NGO official said.The idea is to provide underprivileged children an opportunity to play, learn and interact with each other, the official of Child In Need Institute (CINI) said Saturday.The premises of Shyambazar A V School, next to a metro station in north Kolkata, will be thrown open for these 50 children – ones living on footpaths and frequenting traffic signals to eke out a living – from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, after school hours, the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The school shelter, made available with support of Women Development and Social Welfare Minister Shashi Panja, will provide educational, nutritional and counselling support to the children and seek to ensure their holistic development,” he said.CINI, in collaboration with NGO ‘Save the Children’, aims to help and support the underprivileged and abandoned children of this city, he stated.”We have created 91 such ‘safe spaces’ for the street children in the city. The Shyambazar school will be an addition to the initiative,” he explained.Of these 50 children chosen for the programme, 30 are eligible for Aadhar cards, the CINI official said.”The NGO has approached UIDAI authorities for a pilot project to link these children with Aadhaar. Our aim is to facilitate Aadhaar benefits for them and their families,” the official added.last_img read more

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