Former Congressman Amo Houghton Dies

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by U.S. House of Representatives.CORNING – Former Congressman Amo Houghton has died.Houghton, who was 93, served in Washington from 1986 until his 2005 retirement.State Sen. George Borrello issued a statement on social media early Thursday evening.“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Congressman Amo Houghton,” Borrello said. “Always a gentleman, he represented his constituents in the Southern Tier and Western New York with dignity. A Marine veteran of World War II, he was as tough as they come.” Houghton rose to prominence by making his family’s company, Corning Glass Works, into an international success.“On a personal level, Amo was an inspiration to me. As a high-school senior, I volunteered to work on his first congressional campaign,” the Senator said. “He will be deeply missed, but his legacy will live on in the lives he touched.”last_img read more

Stenger to testify in Senate about EB-5 success in Vermont

first_imgJay Peak Resort,US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will chair a hearing on Wednesday, December 7, on a key foreign investor program that has successfully drawn millions of dollars in economic investment to Vermont’s economy.  Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, and its impact on economic development and job creation in communities in Vermont and across the country. Leahy has invited Bill Stenger, the president and co-owner of Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort, to testify at the hearing.  Among other important Vermont businesses, both Jay Peak and Sugarbush, two of Vermont’s destination ski resorts, have successfully raised capital through the Regional Center program, and have been engaged in ambitious development projects.  Since its establishment in Vermont in 1997, the program has drawn business and tourism to the state, and has created hundreds of jobs.  Jay Peak has drawn over $250 million in foreign investment from over 500 investors who immigrated from 56 countries.  Sugarbush has attracted $20 million in capital, which has created, or preserved, approximately 400 jobs in Vermont.  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration, and entrepreneurs throughout Vermont are working together to develop even more job creating enterprises for Vermont and Vermonters through the EB-5 Regional Center program. Under the EB-5 Regional Center program, foreign investors are required to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a project within a Regional Center and can apply for an EB-5 visa. Under the program, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) must then approve the application, granting the investor a two-year green card. Upon the expiration of the visa, the investor must provide proof that they have created at least ten jobs as a result of their investment and have met additional investment requirements set by USCIS. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the program several times.  Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to make the program’s authorization permanent, and has been working to develop legislation to modernize and improve the program. The hearing, entitled ‘Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development in American Communities,’ will be webcast live online.  It begins at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7.  Witness testimony and member statements will be available online.last_img read more

U.S. Army South Present in Brazil

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 31, 2017 ola forças armadas brasileiras seu papael e proteger a naçao brasil nao fazer parceria com uma naçao mergulhada na matanças de varios povos em especial na siria e iemh e honduras e paraguai olha os senhores fas tresv forças armadas tem um desafio e proteger o brasil das interferencia dos uea nao moro de amores por estes cidadoes que querem ser o policial do mundo com sua maquina de guerra onde nesta semana assistimos um arsenal vindo os estados unidos descoberto pela policia brasileira no aeroporto do rio de janeiro que e galeao onde foi encontrado quase 100fuzil vindo da florida estados unidos inde varios contrabandistas de armas que moram nesta cidade dos uea eles deveriao em 1 lugar olha para seu pais que esta mergulhada de crises pois a 1 lugar a crise moral onde varios cidadaos vivem numa pobreza grande onde a crise do capitalismo e grande olha voces americanos voces vao pagar caro com suas intervençoes militares em outros paises DEUS ESTA IRRITADO COM VOCES GOVERNO DOS UEA ATENCIOSAMENTE TIRE SUAS MAOS DO BRASIL VAI CUIDAR DOS NOSSOS IRMAOS EM FOME DO MUNDO In the space of one month, Major General Clarence K.K. Chinn, commander of U.S. Army South, visited Brazil twice. Most recently, he attended the Specialized Conference on Interagency Operations from April 10th to 13th in Salvador, the capital of Bahia state. That event was part of a series of 2017 activities held by the Conference of American Armies (CEA, per its Portuguese acronym), of which Maj. Gen. Chinn is the secretary general. This organization brings together 20 allied armies and promotes meetings and exercises every two years for the purpose of analyzing, discussing, and facilitating an exchange of ideas on defense issues, with an eye toward increasing collaboration and integration among member countries. Under the theme of “Interagency Operations and Border Monitoring Systems,” the meeting in Salvador was led by the Brazilian Army (EB, per its Portuguese acronym), and attended by representatives from 14 nations. Brazilian service members discussed the experience of the Brazilian Armed Forces working in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations during big events such as the 2016 Olympic Games. They also discussed EB’s efforts on border protection. “There is no situation that an army force can resolve by itself. We need to work with civilians and other agencies to solve the problem. This is the great lesson from our experience in Brazil,” said Lieutenant General William Georges Felippe Abrahão, EB’s 5th deputy Chief of Staff who presided over the Specialized Conference on Interagency Operations. At the event delegates also had the opportunity to meet in working groups to share knowledge on operational level planning, and on training and environmental issues. A range of other activities are on CEA’s calendar for 2017. Medal and meetings In March, Maj. Gen. Chinn had already spent a few days in Brazil when he was awarded the Order of Military Merit medal. This honor, established in 1934, is bestowed on Brazilians and foreigners who have provided relevant services to EB, or to Brazil in general, or even if they have played a significant role in the development of relations between EB and an army of another nation. The medal was awarded to the U.S. officer at Fort Caxias, EB’s headquarters in Brasília. “It was an absolute honor and one of those memories I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. The significance of this award wasn’t lost on me as I realize the list of U.S. recipients is short and includes notable figures such as President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the 38th chief of staff of the Army,” Maj. Gen. Chinn commented. “This is the Brazilian Army’s highest medal and to receive it on behalf of the U.S. Army is representative of the strength of our relationship. It symbolizes the hardworking, dedicated individuals within our respective armies who have worked tirelessly to fortify our army-to-army bonds for the betterment of the hemisphere,” he highlighted. As he passed through the Brazilian capital, Maj. Gen. Chinn had the opportunity to speak with General Eduardo Dias da Costa Villas Bôas, commander of EB, and with other officials such as General Paulo Humberto Cesar de Oliveira, commander of Land Operations, and General Guilherme Cals Theophilo Gaspar de Oliveira, commander of the Logistics Command (COLOG, per its Portuguese acronym). The agenda for these talks included issues such as the end of the mission in Haiti and Brazil’s role in PANAMAX 2017, a multinational exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command. With participation by representatives from the three military service branches of dozens of countries from across the Americas, this year’s activity will have Brazil in command of the combined joint land forces component. The multinational exercise AmazonLog was also the focus of attention. Created by EB, it will be held for the first time in November. This initiative seeks to bring the militaries of more than 10 nations, including the United States, to Brazil’s Tri-Border with Colombia and Peru. “The U.S. will participate with four observer officers,” Gen. Theophilo stated. “Meetings with the commanders of other allied militaries are part of the procedural protocols among nations,” Gen. Theophilo explained. “The meeting with Maj. Gen. Chinn fell within that event schedule when knowledge exchanges take place and matters of strategic interest to both nations are discussed.” According to Gen. Theophilo, one of the strategic matters discussed with Maj. Gen. Chinn was the possible procurement of fixed-wing aircraft by EB. Since 2016, COLOG has been considering the idea of purchasing a pilot batch of four C-23B Sherpa planes, available for sale by the United States. Learning in the jungle During Maj. Gen. Chinn’s visit to Brazil in March, he also got to see the Amazon Military Command (CMA, per its Portuguese acronym), headquartered in Manaus. Accompanied by General Geraldo Antônio Miotto, commander of that unit, Maj. Gen. Chinn and his delegation attended a presentation on the work EB is doing in the Amazon region, and on the Integrated Border Monitoring System. They also paid a visit to the Center for Jungle Warfare Instruction (CIGS, per its Portuguese acronym). “With CIGS, there is a great potential for exchanges with the U.S. Army,” said Gen. Miotto. He attended the meeting on Maj. Gen. Chinn’s behalf and said that he hopes to deepen the exchange between the Brazilian training center and the U.S. Army’s jungle operations training school, based in Hawaii. “The Brazilian and U.S. armies hope to further the relationship between the U.S. Army’s jungle school, and the Amazon Military Command’s Center for Jungle Warfare Instruction through increased U.S. students attending Brazilian courses and a possible exchange in 2018 which would see a company from our jungle school visiting the Brazilian school,” Maj. Gen. Chinn pointed out.last_img read more

The Sound Bite Heralds Cajun-fusion Joint’s Debut

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A newsman-turned-chef and his jazz singer wife are cooking up a plan to make blackened chicken as popular as Buffalo wings with the Port Washington couple’s new Manhattan restaurant, The Sound Bite.The name is a play on the term for a short quote in TV news and the fact that the restaurant also regularly hosts live music. Chef Julian Phillips, a former Emmy award-winning journalist, picked the décor and menu with news puns aplenty, but the headline is his unique blend of Cajun, Southern and Italian cuisine.“I’ve been working on this idea for a quite a while,” he says, while prepping for the lunch crowd on a rainy Tuesday afternoon. “I started to experiment with the fusion of Southern and Italian and blackening techniques, and voila – here we are.”Phillips is perhaps best known for a stint as co-host of the Fox & Friends Weekend morning news show from 2002 to 2006. More recently, he served as host of Arise Review, a weekly political talk show on the Arise News Network. But these days, Phillips has traded the newsroom for the kitchen, where his new focus is making mouths water.“Of course I miss it,” he says of his former career. “If you’re a journalist, it’s hard not to be in the mix. But right now, I’m just enjoying blackening up wings, plain and simple.”Along with his successful news career, Phillips has roughly three decades of culinary experience, working as a private chef on occasion, catering events, and, of course, cooking for family and friends. He’s also the house chef for Hopscotch Air, a private airline that offers flights up and down the East Coast. Despite his busy schedule, Phillips says he always makes time to cook at home.“Everybody’s got to eat, right?” he says.Phillips has a talented partner in the new endeavor: his wife and accomplished jazz singer Barbara King. He says it’s been a longtime dream for them to open a restaurant together that celebrates their two passions: media and jazz. Along with a soulful menu, The Sound Bite offers live jazz and blues performances three nights a week, with King herself getting up on occasion.“We’re one of the only spots in Hell’s Kitchen that has live music,” says Phillips over the clatter of a busy kitchen. Things were beginning to pick up as guests began to arrive at the 1,600-square-foot restaurant.“Well, hello. How are you?” Phillips says abruptly when he spots a regular. “Now, how do you manage to look so good in all this rain? Not a drop on you.”Although he’s enjoying the steep learning curve, Phillips says opening a restaurant in New York City is no easy task.“It’s been a somewhat daunting and eye-opening experience,” he adds.The Sound Bite’s signature wings are coated with a blend of blackening spices and then seared in a hot cast-iron skillet before finishing off in the oven. They’re served with an assortment of “Southern-meets-Italian” sauces including a puttanesca, Cajun remoulade, and garlic pesto. Another staple on the menu is chef Phillips’ Southern smoked mac and cheese that can be topped with andouille sausage, blackened chicken, shrimp, lobster or alligator sausage.The cocktail list, designed by nutritional biochemist and author Alex Ott, continues to play on the news theme with drinks such as The Live Shot, The Crash & Burn, The Headliner, and The Kicker.Eventually, Philips says he’d like to open up another location on LongIsland.“That’s my dream,” he adds. “I’d love to have a nice waterfront restaurant on the Island.”The Sound Bite is located at 737 9th Ave. in Manhattan. They can be reached at 917-409-5868 or thesoundbiterestaurant.comlast_img read more

Japan fears country on ‘brink of the brink’ of coronavirus surge

first_imgJapan is bracing for an explosive surge in coronavirus infections cases, senior government officials said, while continuing to resist calls to declare a state of emergency to fight the pandemic.“We are really continuing on the brink of the brink,” Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura told reporters Friday in Tokyo, one of several fresh warnings about the potential for a more widespread outbreak. Nishimura said that the government was concerned about the capital, where confirmed infections have more than doubled in a week to almost 700. Tokyo saw its biggest one-day tally of 97 on Thursday.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come under increasing pressure to declare a state of emergency to contain the disease’s spread, with Rakuten founder Hiroshi Mikitani joining those urging such action. Abe told parliament Friday that the situation didn’t yet warrant an emergency declaration, but said he wouldn’t hesitate to do so when the time comes. Topics : While Japan was one of the first countries outside of the original epicenter in neighboring China to confirm a coronavirus infection, it has fared better than most, with about 2,600 reported cases as of Friday. That’s the lowest tally of any Group of Seven country, although Japan might be finding fewer mild cases because it has conducted a relatively small number of tests.Due to civil liberties protections enshrined in Japan’s postwar constitution, an emergency declaration wouldn’t give local governments power to clear the streets as China and some European countries have done. Still, it would increase their ability to procure essential materials and urge people to stay home.Besides Mikitani, who is one of Japan’s most prominent business leaders, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has also pushed for an emergency declaration. Hirofumi Yoshida — governor of the country’s second most populous city Osaka — said earlier this week that an emergency should be declared for his own prefecture as well as Tokyo, the Asahi newspaper reported.Abe urged people to cooperate with government recommendations to avoid more severe measures, telling parliament that 62 people infected with the virus were in serious condition as of Wednesday. The country has reported 63 deaths.Japan is at risk of a deepening recession due to the pandemic, a sales tax hike in October and the postponement of the Olympic Games. In the three months starting in April, some analysts see the economy shrinking more than 10 percent, the biggest plunge since Abe took the helm in 2012. If the Tokyo metropolitan area, which accounts for about one-third of the economy, heads into a lockdown, the damage would get even worse.Nishimura, the economy minister, also said the government was aiming to decide early next week on a stimulus package to support jobs and businesses. He said the government was considering cash handouts, as well as a variety of other fiscal, tax and deregulatory measures.last_img read more

St Vincent PM bats for single regional airline

first_imgPrime Minister Dr. Ralph GonsalvesKINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – Caribbean aviation and transport ministers will meet in St Vincent on Tuesday to discuss a wide range of outstanding matters including the possibility of establishing a single regional airline, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonslaves has said.Gonsalves, speaking at a news conference, said that while his administration has no objection to the formation of a single airline to serve the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region, such initiatives in the past have not borne fruit. “At the end of this month, we are hosting here a meeting on air transportation in CARICOM….as you know there are many issues outstanding and as you know I am always amused that the people who are supposed to be thinking about public policy don’t look beyond the headlines”.He said five or six years ago, then prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Patrick Manning, dissolved BWIA, formed Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and paid off all their debts.But he said that in 201, CAL made a loss of US$44 million “and last year they made a loss in the sum of close to US$84 million.“That is plenty money in any language whatsoever and there is re-thinking of certain things and the call has been made by many persons for one Caribbean airline. “We have no problem with that,” he said, noting that the fine prints would need to be examined.“I am very mindful before BWIA was dissolved, BWIA took decisions where they simply cut off a lot of flights without notice to Barbados, which affected us here in the Eastern Caribbean and I see on more than one occasion where they have acted not consistent with our own transportation needs.“I am not going to leave the bone of LIAT for the shadow of something else. So I would like to see a complete revamping of air transportation in the region so that we can get all the relevant synergies,” he said.Gonsalves has been critical of Port of Spain for providing a subsidy to CAL which he said goes against the provisions of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.Caribbean Media Corporation Share Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet 52 Views   no discussions LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel St Vincent PM bats for single regional airline by: – April 30, 2013last_img read more

Revival of San Juaquin’s ‘pasungay’ pushed

first_imgSerag wants the National Commission forCulture and the Arts (NCCA) to declare the practice of pasungay as “a long-time practice and part of the culture andtradition of San Joaquinhons.” The festival was called off this yeardue to the animal cruelty claims of some animal welfare groups. ILOILO – A Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member is pushing for the resumptionof the century-old pasungay in SanJoaquin, Iloilo. “It is almost a year that pasungay had been called off, and untilnow we still do not have a clear explanation if it is legal or not,” SP memberMarcelo Valentin Serag of the first district said. Serag is hopeful that pasungay will be staged again this yearto showcase the culture, history, and legacy of San Joaquinhons to local andforeign tourists. (With a reportfrom PNA/PN) In line with this, Serag mulls to pass aresolution to the Department of Agriculture to revisit the Implementing Rulesand Regulations of the Animal Welfare Act and to “reevaluate its conformitywith the spirit of the Act, and if so warrants, to categorically state that pasungay is not covered by thedefinition or contemplation of prohibited animal fights for is not bullfightingper se and that is part of culture that will be afforded due respect andallowed to flourish.” “Despite the name, Pasungay in SanJoaquin is anything but bloodless. It is not a blood sport. The animal involveddo not attempt to head-butt nor attempt to use its horn to impale, puncture orpiece any part of the body of its opponent,” he said, citing Teodosio. This for it to “be allowed to flourishin a climate of freedom and responsibility true to the ideals of culture as ahuman right,” Serag said.center_img Serag has brought up the matter duringthe SP’s regular session. The move to pass a resolution for theNCCA was also encouraged by the Department of Tourism (DOT) 6 in WesternVisayas, as implored by the Sangguniang Bayan of San Joaquin in its resolutionnumber 2019-13. Pasungay – wherein carabaos owned by local farmers are pitted againsteach other for entertainment – is the highlight of the municipal fiesta of SanJoaquin held every Jan. 19. In his speech, Serag said then-Iloiloprovincial veterinarian Silvino Teodosio commented that bullfighting in SanJoaquin is not a blood sport but “is more of a wrestling match where each sidecomprises a bull and his human trainer.” “We want to open the issue again to seekhelp from the concerned agencies to help us bring back Pasungay,” he said. “The festival should be founded upon adefinite declaration of cultural significance for an argument favoring itscontinuity to succeed,” the DOT 6 said.last_img read more

Gerrard backs Sterling for England

first_imgLiverpool captain Steven Gerrard is convinced “frightening talent” Raheem Sterling is playing himself into contention for this summer’s World Cup. Press Association “Raheem has been in great form over the last couple of months and I’m sure Roy is watching him very closely,” Gerrard told the club’s official website. “The Arsenal game was an unbelievable performance from a guy of that age. I was just disappointed he didn’t go on and get his hat-trick. “His form of late has been sensational and if he continues that until the end of the season, we will see him at the World Cup.” Gerrard, though, concedes it is not only Sterling’s pace that is a major part of his armoury, but his strength despite his slender stature. “I don’t go near him in training because if I do, there is only one winner. He’s the toughest in our squad,” added Gerrard. “He just needs to keep learning and listening to Brendan Rodgers and the experienced players in the dressing room and believing in himself. If he does that, he’ll be all right. “I said to him before we played Everton (a 4-0 win at the end of January), ‘Put yourself in the full-back’s position – what doesn’t he want? He doesn’t want you to keep running at him’. “Raheem was relentless that night. He kept going and going. He gave the Everton full-backs a torrid afternoon and he did it to Arsenal. “Now he has to do it every week and get that consistency in his game. If he gets that consistency, he is going to be a frightening talent.” center_img The 19-year-old winger has been in stunning form of late, notably scoring a brace in the 5-1 Barclays Premier League demolition of Arsenal earlier this month. Gerrard feels Sterling is sure to have caught the eye of England boss Roy Hodgson, who will be mulling over the options for his squad ahead of the finals in Brazil. last_img read more

ABC: Hunter Biden Breaks his Silence

first_imgThe fourth televised Democrat debate gets underway tonight in Ohio and former Vice President Joe Biden is warning his Democrat rivals to stay away from the issue of Ukraine and Hunter Biden.Meanwhile, Biden’s son Hunter is speaking out on ABC this morning saying he made a mistake working with China and Ukraine.Former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter admits he used poor judgment, but says he did nothing improper by serving on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.The 49-year-old Biden talked with Good Morning America in his first on-camera interview since the House launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.House Democrats began the investigation after Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate the Bidens.last_img read more

Bounty handicap squash tournament launched

first_imgTHE Guyana Squash Association (GSA), in collaboration with its corporate sponsor Digicel, launched its 2017 season with the customary Bounty Farm Ltd Handicap Squash Tournament which started yesterday at the Georgetown Club courts.As usual there will be two categories, with the more skilled players participating in the Open category and the less skilled and younger players participating in Category A. This year more than sixty-six players have signed up to take part..Defending champion in the Open category, Jason-Ray Khalil, is away at school so Nyron Joseph starts with the most difficult handicap of -22.Some of the other players in this category and their handicaps are: Regan Pollard -14, Deje Dias -2, Joseph Mekdeci +4, Taylor Fernandes +4, Dennis Dias +10, Alex Cheeks +3, Daniel Islam +3, Adam Alves +7, David Fernandes +10, Michael Atherley +10, Javid Rahaman +5 and Medhi Ramdhani +7.In Category A, defending champion Samuel Ince-Carvalhal starts with a -8 handicap while other top-ranked players are Mohyryan Baksh, Abosaide Cadogan, Kirsten Gomes, Madison Fernandes, Aliyah Persaud, Paige Fernandes, Demetrius De Abreu and Gianni Carpenter.All matches are best-of-three and action starts each evening at 18:00hrs. The finals of all the categories are set for February 19 starting at 11:00hrs.last_img read more