Remember to mark your calendars for our Military Caregiving webinar series held Wednesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. EDT entitled, A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with Traumatic Brain Injury, presented by Timothy Elliott, Ph.D.Since March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Military Caregiving concentration team will be hosting a free, one-hour professional development webinar on the many issues family members face living with a veteran or service member with TBI.Dr. Elliott will identify potential problems such as movement, visual impairments, fatigue, memory loss, lack of attention and many more, due to wounded warriors who have experienced TBI. Dr. Elliott will also offer military professionals and families strategies and solutions to these problems so they may begin the journey to ‘creating a new normal.’No registration is required to join the web conference, simply go to A Family Member’s Guide to Coping with TBI to find connection information and related resources. If you are not on an installation, you may need to install security certificates or use one of the other connection methods.For more information on upcoming Military Caregiving webinars or the latest caregiving information, connect with us via Twitter or Facebook.
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A Congress leader in Bihar has been booked under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act for allegedly molesting a minor Dalit girl and also running a sex racket. The girl happens to be the daughter of a two-time Congress MLA.The girl was still a minor on December 22 last year when she first lodged a complaint against automobile businessman Nikhil Priyadarshi, his brother Manish Priyadarshi and friend Sanjeet Kumar. Later, she also named the State vice-president of the Congress, Brajesh Pandey, for outraging her modesty at Nikhil Priyadarshi’s flat in Patna. Mr. Pandey had unsuccessfully contested the last Assembly elections from Govindganj constituency in East Champaran.
Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend NCAA Season 93 Preview: Stags hope to learn from last year’s woes Luxembourg’s Mandy Minella returns the ball to Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on May 29, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONLuxembourg’s Mandy Minella is playing at Wimbledon while four and a half months pregnant, it was reported Tuesday, as the 31-year-old prepares to join Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a tennis mum.Minella lost 6-1, 6-1 to Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone but she caught the eye with her loose-fitting dress covering a small bump.ADVERTISEMENT “Wimbledon is my last tournament this season,” Minella, whose baby is due at the of the year, told reporters.The world number 82 posted a picture on her Facebook account on Tuesday showing husband and coach Tim Sommer kneeling in front of her on a Wimbledon court, kissing her stomach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMinella is also due to play women’s doubles with Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.Defending champion Serena Williams is expecting her first child in September and is sitting out the tournament this year. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Fellow former world number one Azarenka only returned to the tour in June after giving birth to son Leo in December and reached the second round of Wimbledon on Monday evening.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
The three Greek teams that will compete in this year’s Europa League Group Stages found out their opponents in today’s draw. Olympiacos was paired with APOEL, Young Boys, and Astana. PAOK will play Fiorentina, Slovan Liberec, and Qarabag while Panathinaikos will face off against Ajax, Standard Liege, and Celta.As expected, Olympiacos was given the “easiest” group in the Europa League due to their seed in pot 1. The Greek Champions will play in Group B against Young Boys (SUI), Astana (KAZ), and Cypriot Champions APOEL. Without a doubt, if Olympiacos finds their European form of the previous seasons they will not only progress to the Round of 32 but will win the group. APOEL will have the “first say” in qualifying out of the groups along with Olympiacos. The Greek Champions will play their first match away to Young Boys on September 15th. For Olympiacos’ full schedule click here.PAOK will be content with today’s draw as they were placed in Group J along with Fiorentina (ITA), Slovan Liberec (CZE), and Qarabaq (AZE). PAOK was seeded in pot 2 and was expected to be paired with a “major” European Club, in this case Fiorentina. The Italians will be the favorites to advance as group winners with PAOK having the upper-hand to progress in second. However, Slovan Liberec and Qarabag will prove to be tough opponents if PAOK underestimates the two sides. The Dikefalos tou Vora will host Fiorentina on the first matchday on September 15th. For PAOK’s full schedule click here.Seeded in pot 4, Panathinaikos received the “toughest” draw from the three Greek Teams. The Prasini will play in Group G along with Ajax (NED), Celta (ESP), and Standard Liege (BEL). The group looks to be very even on paper with Ajax deemed favorites to win the group. Standard Liege will be a tough opponent with their vast European experience, but a good Panathinaikos can overcome the Belgian side. The Trifylli was unfortunate to draw Celta from the 3rd pot, looking as the “toughest” team from the other possible opponents. Although they are not a “big” name in European football they play in one of Europe’s top leagues and will also be a contender to progress from the Group Stages. Panathinaikos will play Ajax in Athens for the opening game in Group G. For Panathinaikos’ full schedule click here. Source: AGONAsport.com (Facebook – Instagram)TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: We’re learning to win without Hazardby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says his team is learning to play without Eden Hazard.Eden Hazard cost Real Madrid around £89m in the summer but that fee could exceed £150m if he goes on to be the success he was at Stamford Bridge.“Whether I became manager or not, Eden Hazard was not going to be replaced by anyone anywhere near similar to what he did for this club,” Lampard said. “I don’t think it was possible, unless you went to the absolute top, with the [Lionel] Messis and [Cristiano] Ronaldos, because I think Eden pushes them around that bracket.“The next question is: how do we change that? Of course, we’ve seen a bit of youth come through with different ideas. I work consistently on the team as a group that we can create chances from different areas of the pitch. It’s great that a left-back [Marcus Alonso] scored inside the box at the weekend, for instance. So, it will be hard to replace [Hazard] — it’s impossible — but as a team we can find a way and, hopefully, we’re working towards that.”
Urban Meyer Basement FloodedOhio State head coach Urban Meyer has a pretty decent contingency plan heading into the 2015-2016 season, given the fact that he has three quarterbacks capable of winning him another national championship. But he didn’t have much of a contingency plan for his basement after his sump pump broke this past weekend. Meyer’s basement flooded with what appears to be at least a foot of water after yet another rainstorm in Ohio. His wife, Shelley, tweeted out a photo of the damage – both before and after it was drained. Busted Coverage tipped us off:@mariawsyx6 @wsyx6 @SlingerWSYX6 @basementdoctor Darn! Too late for me, Maria. Mine flooded last night. #sumpumprobs pic.twitter.com/bRUW17BgBj— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 21, 2015Just home from baseball in Indy-the water AND the carpet AND the drywall are all gone. #sumpumpfail. #2muchrain pic.twitter.com/IWgOE446Xv— Shelley Meyer (@spinnershells) June 22, 2015In reality, it was probably time for an upgrade on some of the furniture down there anyway. Luckily, we’re pretty sure Meyer can afford to pay someone to fix it all.
WASHINGTON – Republicans rammed a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House Thursday, edging toward the code’s biggest rewrite in three decades and the first major legislative triumph for President Donald Trump and the GOP after 10 bumpy months of controlling government.The mostly party-line 227-205 vote masked more ominous problems in the Senate. There, a similar package received a politically awkward verdict from nonpartisan congressional analysts showing it would eventually produce higher taxes for low- and middle-income earners but deliver deep reductions for those better off.The Senate bill was approved late Thursday by the Finance Committee and sent to the full Senate on a party-line 14-12 vote. Like the House measure, it would slash the corporate tax rate and reduce personal income tax rates for many.But it adds a key feature not in the House version: repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that everyone in the U.S. have health insurance. Elimination of the so-called individual mandate would add an estimated $338 billion in revenue over 10 years that the Senate tax-writers used for other tax cuts.The Senate panel’s vote came at the end of four days of often fierce partisan debate. It turned angrily personal for Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, as he railed against Democrats’ accusations that the legislation was crafted to favour big corporations and the wealthy.“I come from the poor people. And I’ve been working my whole stinking career for people who don’t have a chance,” Hatch insisted.After the panel’s approval, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared, “For the millions of hard-working Americans who need more money in their pockets and the chance of a better future, help is on the way.”The analysts’ problematic projections for the Senate bill came a day after Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson became the first GOP senator to state opposition to the measure, saying it didn’t cut levies enough for millions of partnerships and corporations. With at least five other Republican senators yet to declare support, the bill’s fate is far from certain in a chamber the GOP controls by just 52-48.Even so, Republicans are hoping to send a compromise bill for Trump to sign by Christmas.“Now the ball is in the Senate’s court,” Vice-President Mike Pence urged after the House vote.Speaking at a conservative Tax Foundation dinner in Washington, Pence said, “The next few weeks are going to be vitally important and they’re going to be a challenge.” But he added, “we’re going to get it done” before the end of the year.An earlier White House statement that “now is the time to deliver” also underscored the Republican Party’s effort to maintain momentum and outrace critics. Those include the AARP lobby for older people, major medical organizations, Realtors — and, in all likelihood, every Senate Democrat.With this summer’s crash of the GOP effort to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law, Republicans see a successful tax effort as the best way to avert major losses in next year’s congressional elections. House Republicans conceded they are watching the Senate warily.“Political survival depends on us doing this,” said Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D. “One of the things that scares me a little bit is that they’re going to screw up the bill to the point we can’t pass it.”The House plan and the Senate Finance bill would deliver the bulk of their tax reductions to businesses.Each would cut the 35 per cent corporate tax rate to 20 per cent, while reducing personal rates for many taxpayers and erasing or shrinking deductions. Projected federal deficits would grow by $1.5 trillion over 10 years.As decades of Republicans have done before them, GOP lawmakers touted their tax cuts as a boon to families across all income lines and a boost for businesses, jobs and the entire country.“Passing this bill is the single biggest thing we can do to grow the economy, to restore opportunity and help those middle income families who are struggling,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.Democrats said the measure would disproportionately help the wealthy and mean tax increases for millions. Among other things, the House legislation would reduce and ultimately repeal the tax Americans pay on the largest inheritances, while the Senate would limit that levy to fewer estates.The bill is “pillaging the middle class to pad the pockets of the wealthiest and hand tax breaks to corporations shipping jobs out of America,” declared House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California.Thirteen House Republicans — all but one from high-tax California, New York and New Jersey — voted “no” because the plan would erase tax deductions for state and local income and sales taxes and limit property tax deductions to $10,000. Defectors included House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-N.J., who said the measure would “hurt New Jersey families.”Trump travelled to the Capitol before the vote to give House Republicans a pep talk.Besides Johnson, Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have yet to commit to backing the tax measure.Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation estimated that the Senate plan would mean higher taxes beginning in 2021 for many families earning under $30,000 annually. By 2027, families making less than $75,000 would face tax boosts while those making more would enjoy cuts.Republicans attributed the new figures to two provisions.One would end the measure’s personal tax cuts starting in 2026. The other would abolish the “Obamacare” requirement that people buy health coverage or pay tax penalties.Eliminating those fines is expected to mean fewer people would obtain federally subsidized policies, and the tax analysts count a reduction in those subsidies as a tax increase. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has projected that would result in 13 million more uninsured people by 2027, making the provision a political risk for some lawmakers.Ending the personal tax cuts for individuals in 2026, derided as a gimmick by Democrats, is designed to pare the bill’s long-term costs to the Treasury. Legislation cannot boost budget deficits after 10 years if it is to qualify for Senate procedures that bar bill-killing filibusters.Both chambers’ bills would nearly double the standard deduction to around $12,000 for individuals and about $24,000 for married couples and dramatically boost the current $1,000 per-child tax credit.But each plan also would erase the current $4,050 personal exemption and annul or reduce other tax breaks. The House would limit interest deductions to future home mortgages of up to $500,000, down from today’s $1 million, while the Senate would end deductions like moving expenses and tax preparation.Ryan said he’d seek to add tax breaks to help Puerto Rico recover from recent hurricanes to a House-Senate compromise.___Associated Press writers Kevin Freking, Richard Lardner and Matthew Daly contributed to this report.
The Arab Spring that swept much of the Arab countries eight years ago seems to be knocking at the doors of the Arab world once again if one goes by the recent eruption of anti-government protests in Algeria and Sudan. The protesters in these countries are voicing the same sentiments that led to uprisings also known as Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria in 2011. Tens of thousands of people from all sections of society have been demonstrating across Algeria since last month, after the country’s 82-year-old wheelchair-bound ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his decision to run for a fifth term in the presidential elections to be held on April 18. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe protestors turned out not just in the capital Algiers and major cities of Oran and Constantine but also in cities and town such as Batna, Blida, Skikda, Borja Bour Arreridj and elsewhere. They had no organisers. Initially, it began online by demonstrating the power and reach of social media, particularly among the youth. Later, people from other generations also actively participated in the demonstrations. The protestors also highlighted corruption and unemployment plaguing the country and demanded an overhaul of a stagnant political system dominated by veterans of the 1954-62 war of independence against France. Also Read – Insider threat managementAfter many days of silence and perhaps sensing the public mood, Bouteflika – who has been in power since 1999 – in a letter read out on the state television on March 11, announced that he would not seek the office for a fifth term but gave no indication of whether he would step down when his mandate expires next month. The Algerian leader, who has barely appeared in public since suffering a stroke in 2013, also postponed the April elections and announced that a new constitution would be put to a referendum. There was no word as to when either would be held. This shows that “he gives in on the presidential but not on power,” independent newspaper El Watan wrote in an editorial titled “Bouteflika’s last trick”. Ali Benflis who worked as Bouteflika’s prime minister from 2000 to 2003 before launching his own party, Talaie El-Hurriyet, and establishing himself as one of the leading opposition figures said in a Facebook post: “The extension of the fourth term is an act of aggression against the constitution by non-constitutional forces (hinting at the shadow advisers surrounding the president, mainly his brother Said).” Continued protests in various cities, even after Bouteflika’s letter, sent a clear message that the demonstrators do not intend to back down. Four of Bouteflika’s long-ruling counterparts – in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya were all ousted following the 2011 Arab uprisings. Although some observers have likened the protests to the 2011 Arab uprisings, many said this comparison is reductive and fails to account for Algeria, whose power structure extends beyond the leadership’s inner circle and whose history or revolutionary fervour and pro-democracy activism that led to a multiparty system in 1988 remain important. However, it is to be noted that young Algerians have no bond with the independence war except through their grandparents. Their priorities are to get employment and better services that the North African country is failing to provide despite its oil and gas wealth. The country’s opposition also remains badly fragmented. Although Algerian analysts have spoken for promoting prominent figures within the political system, it remains to be seen if this would happen. Bouteflika also promised “deep reforms” and an “inclusive and independent national conference” that would lead to a “transformation of our nation state”, and fixed polls. He also removed the “unpopular” Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and appointed the high-profile 59-year-old interior minister Noureddine Bedouin in his place. However, initiatives by the veteran revolutionary to defuse the situation have failed to satisfy many Algerians who want the power to move to a younger generation with fresh ideas. There is no indication that the demonstrations will come to an end in the near future. Bedouin said his government would rule for “a short period of time” and an independent commission will oversee the next presidential election. He also urged opposition to accept dialogue but lawyers and activists, who protestors have chosen to lead the drive for reforms, are in no mood to compromise and have said that they will not negotiate, at least for now. Albara, a town in northeastern Sudan, last erupted in protest on December 19 against the military dictatorship that has ruled the country for almost three decades following a tripling of bread prices to demand “freedom, peace, justice and the downfall of the regime.” The protests intensified into nationwide demonstrations against President Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s three-decade regime. Demonstrators set fire to the ruling National Congress Party’s headquarters. On February 22, the government declared a state of emergency and imposed curfew in towns where some of the first protests took place. Several tough measures including a ban on unauthorised rallies and permitting security forces to carry out raids and searches without warrants have been imposed. Schools and universities were closed. National newspapers were censored or shut down. Internet service was disrupted and mobile phone operators restricted access to WhatsApp and other social media sites. At least 31 people have officially died so far in actions by security forces against the protestors. However, the Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at 51. Even on Thursday, scores of protesters rallied in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, as Bashir swore in a new cabinet to tackle the economic crisis that has triggered months of protests against his rule. Possibly, this represented the greatest threat to the regime of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir since he came to power in a military coup in 1989. Observers say that Bashir is unlikely to give in to such protests as during his three decades in power he has never hesitated to unleash violence against his own population. However, it is clear that decades of pent up frustration of the people against the ruling class is slowly finding its release. Sudan has for years been grappling with soaring inflation and an acute shortage of foreign currency, especially since the secession of the South in 2011 that took away the bulk of oil earnings. The sustained popular uprising in both Algeria and Sudan seems to be gathering force, indicating that Arab uprising is resuming but it is too early to predict the outcome. (The author is a former Editor of PTI. He has also served as West Asia Correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. The views expressed are strictly personal)
NEW DELHI: Delhi Congress president Sheila Dikshit and other leaders of the unit on Monday discussed the possibility of an alliance with the AAP for the Lok Sabha polls in the city in a meeting with party chief Rahul Gandhi. The opinion remained divided on the issue and everyone in the meeting was unanimous that Gandhi should take a final call on it in the larger interest of the party, said a participant of the meeting.Sources said four former Delhi Congress presidents — Ajay Maken, Subhash Chopra, Tajdar Babar and Arvinder Singh Lovely favoured an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi. “AICC in-charge of Delhi Congress PC Chacko also handed over signed letters of 12 district Congress presidents, leaders of the party and councilors in three municipal corporation, in favour of the alliance, to Gandhi,” they said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFormer Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has repeatedly voiced her opinion against the alliance, however, she has also said that the final decision will be taken by the party leadership. On the other hand, AAP has announced candidates for all 7 Lok Sabha seats while Rahul Gandhi, too, has said that Congress will fight to win all the seven seats in Delhi. Both the parties have however, continued to send to feelers to each other as leaders of both have time and again come out to say talks are on for an alliance. Earlier it was reported that NCP chief Sharad Pawar is mediating between the two arch-rivals to agree on an alliance in order to defeat the BJP. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAmid the confusion, Rahul Gandhi’s crucial meeting with the Delhi Congress leaders is expected to come to a final decision before the Lok Sabha elections commence from April 11. “Once Rahul Gandhi takes an ‘in-principle decision’ on allying with AAP, which is expected in next few days and if it’s in favour of alliance, a committee will be constituted to negotiate with AAP for sharing seats in Delhi and Haryana,” they added. Delhi votes for its seven Lok Sabha seats on May 12.
Colombo: Over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror group have been operating in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena said Friday, days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings that claimed the lives of 253 people. The president said that several suspects have already been arrested following the Easter Sunday attacks, and the terror network will be completely eliminated from Sri Lanka. Information is that around 130-140 ISIS suspects linked to the terror network are in Sri Lanka. Around 70 are arrested, we will arrest them all very soon ending this (terror),” Sirisena said. Speaking further, the president said the Defence Secretary and Inspector General of Police had failed in their duties and that is why he called for their resignation. He said that they had failed to share prior information obtained by them over a possible terror attack in the country. The president added that he and the entire Government will also take the full responsibility for the attacks. Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando have resigned from their posts over the security establishment’s alleged failures which led to the attacks on three hotels and three churches on Sunday. “The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defense secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” the president said. The police chief’s resignation came a day after the country’s defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando handed over his resignation letter to the president. Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government has blamed a local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) for the attacks. Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan police which wrongly identified an American Muslim woman as a suspect in the deadly bombings on Easter Sunday has apologised for the goof-up, according to media reports on Friday. The police on Thursday issued a flyer with the names and photos of six persons — three men and three women — wanted in connection with the attacks that killed 253 people. On the flyer, a photograph of Amara Majeed was put wrongly by Sri Lankan authorities, identifying her as a suspect linked to the bloodshed. The name attached to the picture was Abdul Cader Fathima Khadiya — but the picture was of Baltimore-born Majeed, whose parents are from Sri Lanka. “I have this morning been FALSELY identified by the Sri Lankan government as one of the ISIS Easter attackers in Sri Lanka,” she tweeted. “What a thing to wake up to!” Around 253 people died and hundreds were injured in the Sri Lanka attacks, where suicide bombers struck three hotels and three churches. “This is obviously completely false and frankly, considering that our communities are already greatly afflicted with issues of surveillance, I don’t need more false accusations and scrutiny,” Majeed wrote on Twitter. “Please stop implicating and associating me with these horrific attacks,” Majeed urged. “And next time, be more diligent about releasing such information that has the potential to deeply violate someone’s family and community.” Sri Lankan police confirmed the error in a statement, saying “the individual pictured is not wanted for questioning”. Nine persons are suspected of carrying out the deadly attacks, and dozens have been arrested. The authorities blamed a local Islamist extremist group, National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), soon after the blasts but said the bombers must have had outside help.