Germany and Italy extend submarine cooperation

first_img German, Italian ministries of defense extend submarine cooperation Share this article View post tag: German Navy View post tag: Italian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today German, Italian ministries of defense extend submarine cooperation Authorities March 15, 2017 Defense ministries of Germany and Italy signed a Memorandum of Understanding to extend their cooperation in the field of submarine operation and construction.With Italy looking to procure further submarines, the MoU was signed on March 10 during a visit of Italian arms procurement coordinator Rear Admiral Ruggiero Di Biase to Koblenz, Germany.Research and development will be the focus of the MoU in addition to efforts to keep the costs of operation down.The two countries started their submarine cooperation in 1996 when Italy and Germany signed an agreement to start the construction of eight Type 212A submarines. The goal was to build identical boats thereby allowing the navies to share logistical and life-cycle support.U212A were designed by ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems in Kiel and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri constructed the Italian boats. View post tag: U212Alast_img read more

Court To Decide Whether Seizure Of Car For Minor Drug Offense Was Excessive

first_imgCourt To Decide Whether Seizure Of Car For Minor Drug Offense Was ExcessiveJune 28, 2019  By Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—More than five years after the state seized his car, Tyson Timbs was back before the Indiana Supreme Court Friday arguing that taking his $40,000 car for a $260 drug deal is excessive and unconstitutional.Timbs had used his Range Rover when he sold heroin to an undercover police officer, but “it was grossly disproportionate to his crime,” said Sam Gedge of the Virginia-based Institute for Justice, who is representing Timbs in this case.Timbs has been battling to recover the vehicle he bought with money he inherited from his father. After selling the heroin to the undercover police officer, he pleaded guilty to his crime and was sentenced to one year of house arrest and probation. That’s when law enforcement seized his vehicle because he had driven it when he sold the drugs.Timbs went to state court to recover his car and initially won. But when the case landed before the state Supreme Court, he lost.That’s when he and his lawyers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where they argued the punishment was disproportionate to the crime. The high court heard arguments last fall and in February issued a ruling in Timbs’ favor, saying the Eighth Amendment protection against excessive fines and punishment applies to the states.The case was sent back to the state Supreme Court to rule whether the seizure of Timbs’ vehicle was, in fact, excessive.Timbs’ lawyers say the state has changed its tune—it is no longer arguing whether the punishment is proportional to the crime but that, under law, the state has a right to seize the vehicle because it was used in the crime.“What should matter is instrumentality,” Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fisher said, arguing that under Indiana law the mere fact that the vehicle was used when Timbs sold heroin justifies its seizure.Gedge argued that treating every offender the same and delivering the same level of punishment is dangerous. He said that someone who sold $260 of heroin shouldn’t face the same public forfeiture as someone who is charged with more serious crimes, or someone running a drug ring.Fisher said that since Timbs admitted to using the rest of his inheritance to buy drugs, he could have faced a much more serious sentence. Therefore, he argued, the seizure of the vehicle was proportionate in relation to the 20-year sentence he could have faced.“If 20 years wouldn’t be grossly disproportionate, I don’t see how $40,000 would be,” Fisher said.Chief Justice Loretta Rush said that there was no way for the court to know whether the vehicle was ever actually used in the other drug transactions.“There’s no range or scope to how often it was used,” she told Fisher.Gedge argued that the court needs to also look at the ruling in Timbs’ criminal case. The judge in that case gave Timbs a relatively light sentence because she believed the offense was a minor one.Furthermore, seizing the vehicle was excessive because it made it more difficult for Timbs, who had little money or resources, Gedge told the justices. He also said that Fisher needs to look at what actually came of the criminal case, not the charges Timbs could have received.A range of organizations from the liberal American Civil Liberties Union to the libertarian Cato Institute filed briefs with the court in support of Timbs’ position.Rush said that the court will discuss the case more and will then issue its decision.Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

News story: New teachers ready to deliver in the classroom

first_img the launch of a workload reduction toolkit and the appointment of a workload advisory group to strip away work that does not matter in the classroom; and a pledge to introduce more flexible working practices, including a £5 million fund to help experienced teachers take a sabbatical. It has never been a better time to join the teaching profession. This survey demonstrates high levels ofsatisfaction with teacher training. Despite the challenges of recruiting graduates in a strong economy with fiercecompetition for graduates in other professions and industries, last year we recruited over 32,000 traineeteachers, up 3% from the previous year. We have recently announced a 3.5% pay rise for teachers in the earlypart of their careers, and there are ample opportunities for promotion. Last year 32,710 trainee teachers were recruited – up by 815 (3%) on the previous year. This generation of teachers is better qualified than ever – 98.7% of all teachers have a degree or higher, which has risen by 4.4 percentage points since 2010, and nearly one in five trainees in 2018 has a first-class degree.Today’s announcement comes after the Education Secretary confirmed an investment of £508 million to fund the deal which means the main pay range for classroom teachers will increase by 3.5 per cent – as part of the government’s biggest pay rise in almost 10 years for around one million public sector workers across Britain.It also builds on plans to support the profession and put it on a par with other industries, including:center_img In the last academic year 23,100 newly qualified teachers joined the 450,000-strong teacher workforce and, in a survey published today (Wednesday 5 September), 91% of respondents say their training has equipped them to deliver high standards for pupils.The findings published today follow plans to boost teacher development opportunities, including extra support during the early stages of their career. It also builds on the pledge from the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, to champion the teaching profession and work with school leaders, teaching unions and Ofsted to reduce workload in schools.Thanks to a hard-working and incredibly talented generation of teachers, alongside the government’s bold reforms, there are now 1.9 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010.School Standards Minister Nick Gibb:last_img read more

Phish Announces Additional Summer Dates & Dick’s Labor Day Run

first_imgWell, happy Tuesday to you too! Phish has just announced eight new dates, including a three-night tour-opener at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island in Chicago, IL from July 14 – 16, as well as the return of their annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado on Labor Day Weekend. Also new to the schedule are Nutter Center in Dayton, OH on July 18 and Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh, PA on July 19.An online ticket request period for pre-sale tickets and weekend ticket bundles are available now through Monday, April 3 at NOON ET. There will be no additional dates announced for summer or fall.PHISH – SUMMER 2017Friday, July 14 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandSaturday, July 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandSunday, July 16 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandTuesday, July 18 – Dayton, OH – Nutter CenterWednesday, July 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events CenterTHE BAKER’S DOZENFriday, July 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSaturday, July 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSunday, July 23 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenTuesday, July 25 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenWednesday, July 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenFriday, July 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSaturday, July 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSunday, July 30 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenTuesday, August 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenWednesday, August 2 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenFriday, August 4 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSaturday, August 5 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSunday, August 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenLABOR DAY WEEKENDFriday, September 1 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods ParkSaturday, September 2 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods ParkSunday, September 3 – Commerce City, CO – Dick’s Sporting Goods Parklast_img read more

Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, & All-Star Lineup Honor Willie Nelson At “American Outlaw” Tribute Event [Videos]

first_imgOver two-dozen artists from the worlds of country and Americana rock took the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night to partake in the “Willie: Life & Songs Of An American Outlaw” tribute event. The all-star concert was meant to honor country legend Willie Nelson, and featured a handful of performances from artists including Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Matthews, Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Margo Price, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, and many more. The event also featured performances from Nelson, who played songs from his sizeable song catalogue alongside the rotating cast of musicians throughout the celebratory concert.The mix of headline-worthy artists rotated on and off the stage throughout the evening (at times alongside Nelson) to play with the show’s Little House Band, comprised of Jamey Johnson, Don Was, Mickey Raphael, Paul Franklin, and Amanda Shires. The event started with Stapleton performing Nelson’s 1978 hit, “Whiskey River”, followed by Lee Ann Womack coming to the stage to perform “Three Days”. It was then Margo Price’s turn, and the singer/guitarist teamed up with Bobby Bare to perform “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”, followed by “Sister’s Coming Home” alongside Steve Earle.Nelson’s own children, Lukas and Micah Nelson, took the stage for a five-song medley of “I Thought About You, Lord”, “Just As I Am”, “Time Of The Preacher”, “Bandera”, and “Hands On The Wheel”. Jason Isbell then performed “Milk Cow Blues”, followed by Nathaniel Rateliff, who played “A Song for You”. The first half of the show continued with performances from Lyle Lovett, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Jamey Johnson, and closing with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, who played “Somebody Pick Up My Pieces” followed by “City of New Orleans”, with Nelson appearing from backstage to join them on the latter.Set two opened up with a pair of performances from The Avett Brothers, who started the second half of the show off with “Bloody Mary Morning” and “Willie Got There First”. Next up was Norah Jones, who also delivered a pair of tunes alongside The Little House Band in “Remember Me” and “I Gotta Get Drunk”. Surfer-turned-musician Jack Johnson then appeared to perform “Willie Got Me Stoned”, a three-chord song based on his actual experience with the cannabis-loving Nelson.Sturgill Simpson, Eric Church, and John Mellencamp each followed with their own respective performances, as well as Dave Matthews, who first came out to cover “Funny How Time Slips Away”, “Crazy” alongside Nelson, and “After The Fire Is Gone” with both Nelson and Sheryl Crow. The night continued with Nelson remaining on stage to perform”Me and Bobby McGee” with Kris Kristofferson and Eric Church, “The Harder They Come” with Jimmy Buffett, and “Always On My Mind” with Chris Stapleton and Derek Trucks.Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett – “The Harder They Come” – 1/12/2019[Video: Jay Barger]Willie Nelson with Eric Church and Kris Kristofferson – “Me and Bobby McGee” – 1/12/2019[Video: Taylor Hendrix]Willie Nelson with Chris Stapleton and Derek Trucks – “Always On My Mind” – 1/12/2019[Video: Jay Barger]One of the highlights of the show came next with George Strait appearing from backstage to perform with Nelson for the first time in their respective careers. The two closed out the second set with renditions of “Sing One With Willie” and “Good Hearted Woman”.Willie Nelson and George Strait – “Sing One With Willie” – 1/12/2019[Video: Taylor Hendrix]The show came to an incredible end with a three-song medley from Nelson, who was joined by every artist who took part in the celebratory event to help the night’s honoree to perform “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”.Willie Nelson with Special Guests – “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” – 1/12/2019[Video: Jay Barger]The event on Saturday was professionally filmed and recorded, with the concert scheduled to rebroadcast on A&E at some point in later this year.Setlist: Willie Nelson Tribute Concert | Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, TN | 1/12/2019Set One: Whiskey River (Chris Stapleton), Three Days (Lee Ann Womack), Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys (Margo Price & Bobby Bare), Sister’s Coming Home (Margo Price & Steve Earle) > Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Margo Price & Steve Earle), I Thought About You, Lord (Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson) > Just As I Am (Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson) > Time Of The Preacher (Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson) > Bandera (Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson) > Hands On The Wheel (Lukas Nelson & Micah Nelson), Milk Cow Blues (Jason Isbell), A Song for You (Nathaniel Rateliff), My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys (Lyle Lovett), Shotgun Willie (Lyle Lovett & Ray Benson), Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground (Alison Krauss), Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Vince Gill), Georgia On My Mind (Jamey Johnson), Somebody Pick Up My Pieces (Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks), City of New Orleans (Willie Nelson w/Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks)Set Two: Bloody Mary Morning* (The Avett Brothers), Willie Got There First* (The Avett Brothers), Remember Me* (Norah Jones and The Little House Band), I Gotta Get Drunk* (Norah Jones and The Little House Band), Willie Got Me Stoned* (Jack Johnson), Red Headed Rounder (Sturgill Simpson), Me and Paul (Eric Church), Night Life* (John Mellencamp), Funny How Time Slips Away* (Dave Matthews), After The Fire Is Gone (Willie Nelson w/Dave Matthews), After The Fire Is Gone (Willie Nelson w/Sheryl Crow), Panco and Lefty (Willie Nelson w/Emmylou Harris), Till I Gain Control Again (Willie Nelson w/Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris), Me and Bobby McGee (Willie Nelson w/Kris Kristofferson & Eric Church), The Harder They Come (Willie Nelson w/Jimmy Buffett), Always On My Mind (Willie Nelson w/Chris Stapleton & Derek Trucks), Sing One With Willie (Willie Nelson w/George Strait), Good Hearted Woman (Willie Nelson w/George Strait)Encore (Willie Nelson w/all participating artists): On The Road Again, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, I’ll Fly Away, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die*No House Bandlast_img read more

Classroom magic

first_imgThis fall Diane Paulus ’88 was back in a class stirring up a little magic.The artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), whose circus-inspired revival of the musical “Pippin” nabbed four Tony awards in June, co-taught the freshman seminar “Theater and Magic” with Shakespeare expert Marjorie Garber.The group gathered Tuesdays at the Mahindra Humanities Center to explore the English Renaissance, contemporary theater, and magic on the modern stage. “Both the pleasure of theatricality and its dangers have long been linked to ideas about the power of the magus, the witch, the wizard, and the arts of illusion,” read the seminar’s online syllabus.It was the third time Garber and Paulus tied a course to a production at the A.R.T. — this spring the theater will stage a magic-infused version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” — but the first time they joined forces for a freshman seminar, a small, discussion-driven class that connects seasoned professors with students just beginning their academic journeys at Harvard.“This course has a chance of reverberating through their whole careers,” said Garber, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and Visual and Environmental Studies and chair of the Committee on Dramatic Arts. “Because it’s so many different things — it’s literary analysis, it’s the directorial perspective, it’s going to productions, it’s bringing in theater professionals. …These people are on their way up within Harvard, and no matter what they go study … what we are trying with them is going to have some effect, I hope, on how they approach learning.”“To actually have contact with an 18-year-old, how they are seeing the world, how they see plays — it’s kind of the two-way street, which I think is what teaching is all about,” said Paulus, who studied Shakespeare with Garber as an undergraduate. “You learn from the students, and then you have the opportunity to inspire them.”When planning her “Shakespeare Exploded” festival in 2009, her first year at the helm of the A.R.T., Paulus reached out to her former professor for suggestions and advice. Garber in turn proposed they create a course together.“It was really her idea to bring it into the curriculum,” said Paulus. “I think when we think about innovations in teaching, the idea of a collaboration across fields is key.”The pair hope their collaborations might serve as a prototype for the University as it continues to expand both its teaching of the arts and humanities and initiatives in innovative and interdisciplinary learning.“It’s a kind of a model for arts and humanities or even other sorts of collaborative courses for the future, for thinking about pedagogy for the 21st century,” said Garber. “Why not use the unbelievable cultural resources of this institution?”Those resources include access to one of the nation’s top regional theaters, and its dynamic director.As part of the course, students delivered brief presentations on the English Renaissance and 19th- and 20th-century magicians. Paulus, known for her use of song to help tell a story (the A.R.T.’s “Tempest” will include the music of singer-songwriter Tom Waits), encouraged them to dramatize their talks and consider using music as a way to “increase the atmosphere,” not unlike a magician setting the stage for a trick or illusion.On a recent Tuesday another important classroom resource was Aaron Posner, who will direct his adaptation of “The Tempest” with Teller, the laconic half of the magician duo Penn & Teller.The play, thought by many scholars to be the last Shakespeare completed alone, is a tale of vengeance, love, forgiveness, and illusion, and the conversation among students, instructors, and director was fittingly thoughtful and wide-ranging — part history lesson, part master class, part brainstorming session, part magic trick. One notable absence: keyboard noise. “Please note that laptops will not be permitted in class for any purpose including note- taking,” reads a line in the syllabus, keeping with the seminar’s focus on conversation.Posner shared his working script with the students and discussed his vision for the show.“My way in was through the balance between vengeance and forgiveness. For me the thing that touches me the most is the letting go of injury, of real injury. That has always been really, really engaging to me in this play; that move to compassion put in relation to young love.”As for the magic, the director and Teller, who first worked together on a production of “Macbeth” in 2009, chose to avoid high-tech tricks, opting instead, Posner said, for “a human scale, rough-and-tumble magic that would be helpful on an island,” where most of the play’s action unfolds.Garber was quick to remind the group that interpretations of Shakespeare’s works have always been the norm.“One could change the language, one could change the plot time, period, and/or costume in which the play is being performed. Cross casting, gender switches, all of these things were done from the beginning of Shakespearean performance.“This kind of adaptation is always exciting, always very contemporary,” she added in reference to the magic-inspired approach. “It has a long history and it is not a violation of the plays. In a very different way, it’s an homage to them and also a realization of something that is latent within them.”One of the greatest tricks of all, noted Paulus, is a seamless production. It’s no sleight of hand, said the longtime director, but the result of hard work and continual tweaking.“What you are seeing is a working, living, breathing document that will change and morph,” Paulus said, referencing the copy of Posner’s script that students had read as part of an assignment. “The process doesn’t stop,” she added. “The script is a road map, a blueprint of directions for the experiment; but the experiment now has to be enacted with people, lights, and an audience to see if it’s working.”Rachel Harner, who loves Shakespeare, acting, and magic, said she was thrilled to take a seminar that combined all three. And the chance to work with Paulus? “Amazing.”“As a freshman, I have been doing a lot of theatrical performances throughout campus, and every time I bring the seminar up, people are amazed I have the opportunity. … Being at Harvard there are so many opportunities to meet people in the field you are interested in working in, so I am trying to take as many as I can.”But the seminar’s appeal reached well beyond those interested in careers in the arts.Deng-Tung Wang plans to concentrate in biomedical or environmental engineering. A fan of theater through high school — particularly the technical aspects — Wang was hooked by the seminar’s promise of exploring connections among magic, illusion, and the stage.“I was just very intrigued. I thought it was something different.”Aside from the course material, the chance to closely connect in and out of class with peers with varying backgrounds and perspectives left a lasting impression, he said.“It’s the bond, the friendships that we created.”last_img read more

Student group collects dresses for local girls

first_imgTags: gently used dresses, homecoming, prom, SheCan Boutique Junior Bryn Allen has started an organization that will help young local girls; all that contributors have to do is sift through their closet.Allen came up with the idea of “SheCan Boutique” over this past winter break. The purpose of the organization is to collect gently used prom and homecoming dresses and distribute them to girls in the St. Joseph County school system. The idea, she said, is that financial burdens will not get in the way of letting these girls enjoy a milestone event in high school.“We don’t want cloth to stand in the way from preventing girls to having a great night,” Allen said. “Kind of our motto … is that it’s not just about having a dress for the night, it’s about fostering self-confidence among girls who would not be able to attend their prom due to financial burdens.”Allen said she originally got the idea for SheCan Boutique from her roommate, who was sifting through old clothes in her closet. Her roommate was getting rid all the clothes she did not wear anymore and then asked Allen if she wanted an old dress of hers. The event got her thinking about all the dresses she never wears.“Of all the college students here, probably most of them won’t wear their prom and homecoming dresses anymore,” she said. “The goal is we’re going to be collecting the dresses from girls at Notre Dame and then hopefully the community as well … and then we’ll be partnering with different schools in the area.”The first collection of dresses will take place Friday in LaFortune Student Center, and the second will take place some time after spring break. In April, Allen plans on holding the organization’s first dress drive.“We’re hoping that by doing these collections after significant breaks people have a chance to bring their dresses from home,” she said.Allen said a lot of women at Notre Dame have already shown interest in donating some of their old homecoming and prom dresses. Allen herself has already set aside three of her old dresses. She said both the donor and the receiver benefit, as the donor gets rid of clothes that would otherwise just be taking up space and the receiver gets to attend their school’s dance.“It’s so much more than being stylish for a night,” she said. “It’s really about empowering young girls and showing them that they should be confident and proud of who they are.”The donated dresses will be available completely free of charge to in-need girls in the St. Joseph County area. Allen said they might establish an application system where girls can state their need and reasons for wanting a dress, or she might contact with faculty at local schools to see if they know any students who may not be able to attend homecoming or prom due to financial reasons.Allen said for now, the organization is just working on collecting homecoming and prom dresses, but that she hopes to expand in the future to collect tuxedos as well.“I do know in general there’s a disparity between girls at Notre Dame and girls in the St. Joseph’s County,” she said. “We want to show every girl that whatever they want to do in this world they can do it whether that’s going to college, pursuing their dream jobs, getting married — that’s something that she can do.”last_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! What Is the Best Movie Musical of All Time?

first_img STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. View Comments STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on the list. Click the “continue” button. Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the December 17 episode of The Broadway.com Show!center_img The Broadway.com staff can’t get enough of Culturalist, the website that lets you rank and create your own top ten lists! Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank, and we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Broadway.com Show every Wednesday. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) Last week, we had so much fun watching Peter Pan Live!, we asked you which long-running musical should be the next live TV telecast. The results are in, and Wicked came out on top—fingers crossed we’ll be seeing a certain green witch on our TV screens soon! This week, in honor of the forthcoming big-screen adaptations of Annie and Into the Woods, we want to know: Of the American Film Institute’s top 25 greatest movie musicals, which is the best of all time? Broadway.com Photo Editor Caitlin McNaney posted her top picks here!last_img read more

Sanders introduces bill to create a millionaires surtax and end tax breaks for ‘big oil’

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) today introduced The Emergency Deficit Reduction Act that would establish a surtax on millionaires and eliminate tax breaks for big oil and gas companies.Sanders, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, said any proposal to fund the government for the rest of this fiscal year must pair additional revenue from those who can afford it the most with spending cuts. ‘The American people get it. They understand you can’t move toward deficit reduction just by cutting programs that working families, the middle class, low-income people desperately need in order to survive in the midst of this terrible recession. They understand that serious, responsible deficit reduction requires shared sacrifice,’ Sanders said in a Senate floor speech.Under Sanders’ legislation, a 5.4 percent tax on income of more than $1 million a year would yield up to $50 billion annually for the U.S. Treasury.The same legislation would end tax breaks for big oil and gas companies. That provision would yield about $3.5 billion a year in new revenue.Sanders voted yesterday against a House-passed spending bill that slashed Head Start, Pell grants, community health centers, LIHEAP, the Social Security Administration and many other programs that are vitally important to millions of middle-class families.‘The Republicans wanted to move toward a balanced budget solely on the backs of the middle class and some of the most vulnerable people in this country, but didn’t ask the wealthiest people, who are becoming much wealthier, to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice.’He also voted against a Democratic alternative saying afterward that ‘if the Democrats are serious about deficit reduction they have to raise revenue along with spending cuts.’Source: WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 Sanders’ office.last_img read more

Want to expand your leadership ability?

first_imgAttendees of CUES’ CEO Institute III got the results of their 360-degree feedback survey last Monday afternoon. This feedback about their leadership was compiled from surveys taken by the attendees’ boss, peer and reports.Before having participants “open their envelopes,” Lou Centini discussed five things leaders can do to expand their effectiveness and encouraged them to create a personal leadership development plan in response. Centini is the lead faculty for the program, held at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business in Charlottesville, Va. Model the way: Find your voice by clarifying your personal values. Set the example by aligning actions with shared values. Operationalize this: Walk the halls, talk with others about your values and beliefs, spend time on your most important priorities, build on your successes and make choices public. “Do a calendar test,” Centini said. “Go back and look at your time. How did you spend it?” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more