March 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Congressman Duncan D. Hunter wrote an op-ed about the Green New Deal. He published it on his website, but you can read it below:“America was founded on liberty and independence – not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free, and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”That was President Trump’s declaration during his recent State of the Union address. The need for such an obvious statement would have been unfathomable a few years ago. Aside from Bernie Sanders, there were not many Members of Congress who would openly describe themselves or their policies as socialist in nature. Times have changed. The socialist label has become a badge of honor for today’s liberals and, apparently, a prerequisite for any Democrat who is considering a run for the White House. In this environment, President Trump’s declaration was necessary and, I believe, will go down as a defining moment of his presidency.Case in point, the Green New Deal (GND), a proposal to radically transform our economy and impose expensive government mandates on the American people. This policy has inexplicably become the rallying cry of liberal Democrats. From hard-charging newly elected representatives to presidential hopefuls racing to raise money, liberal Democrats have gone all in on new legislative efforts that seek to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from every sector of the economy within 10 years. Under the GND plan, 100% of all power demands will be provided through clean and renewable energy sources.While this sounds worthwhile, in reality, what would such an effort actually entail? All industries would be under the knife. From methane-producing cows, to cars and planes. From traditional fossil fuels to clean-burning liquid natural gas. Even nuclear power plants that produce tremendous amounts of reliable, CO2 free energy would not escape this overzealous mandate.Every building will have to be upgraded or replaced (yes, replaced!) to achieve full compliance. Our transportation system would be totally overhauled by huge increases in electric vehicle production and air travel will be supplanted by a tremendous expansion of high-speed rail (insert California high-speed rail joke here.)How do supporters of the GND propose to eliminate all these power sources and convince the private sector to support such an effort? Incentives? No, the GND approach is the same as any socialist endeavor—the government becomes the prime economic driver, creating massive bureaucratic regulation and taking draconian punitive actions against American citizens and private businesses that do not achieve the coordinated response and complete transition from fossil fuels.What is the cost of the GND? Beginning estimates start at $6.6 trillion per year, but realistic expectations have the cost much higher. This coming from the same group who claimed a $5 billion investment into our border security was too much. Who is going to pay that cost? Working Americans, through higher taxes and expensive government mandates. Our choices – gone. Our desires – irrelevant. Our quality of life – inconsequential. The only thing required to put this plan into place, our pocketbooks and our silence. Well, they will get neither.Before considering such a massive overhaul of our economy, we need to take a step back into reality. Right now, the U.S. is a world leader in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. To imply different is a disservice to the accomplishments we have achieved. We should always strive to be better stewards of our environment, to breathe clean air, to drink clean water, to preserve America’s natural resources for generations to come. The socialist left would have us believe that this objective is completely inconsistent with energy production, but they are wrong, these are not mutually exclusive goals. The federal government continues to make investments in green technology research and private companies, fueled by a free market and competition, are making great strides in manufacturing cleaner cars, safer buildings, and more efficient power plants.GND advocates will argue they want a “democratic and participatory process,” that their proposal is only a House Resolution, without the force of law, an expression of Congress with which to start a dialogue and conversation. Any such conversation, however, must start with truth. The truth is America did not get where it is through top down government mandates that kill the innovative spark that fuels small business and defines the very nature of our energetic and expanding economy. America got to where it is through the ingenuity and tenacity of the American people, empowered by the freedoms enshrined in our constitution. The stark reality is that the massive economic overhaul that the GND requires would be a march towards socialism.The Green New Deal is the old, tired Socialist Steal, a plan that has the government picking winners and losers. A plan that deserves to be rejected. A more productive conversation and dialogue is finding ways to encourage the private sector and free market in innovative energy science to do what it does best, invest in America.Congressman Duncan Hunter represents the 50th Congressional District of California. Posted: March 8, 2019 Congressman Hunter: The Green New Deal is the Old Socialist Steal By Congressman Duncan D. Hunter KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter
When you think Red Bull, you should think scale. Whether it’s selling more than 35 billion cans of an energy drink in more than 165 countries, sponsoring hundreds of athletes or producing a men’s lifestyle magazine that’s printed in five languages and delivers more than 2.7 million copies globally, Red Bull aims to do everything big.The Red Bulletin is the company’s print magazine iteration, and it began in 2007 when the company launched its media division, Red Bull Media House. Red Bull Media house produces a variety of content, from print to video to recorded music. However, The Red Bulletin was the company’s first formal standalone media product.It would be easy to dismiss the magazine as a content marketing play, however the business model and content tell a different story. The magazine’s revenue stream works just like most consumer magazines–subscription, newsstand and ad sales. And editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition, Andreas Tzortzis says that while content supports the parent company’s mission, it’s purpose is not just a tactic to sell more cans. “The kind of stories we do are so varied, which is one of the great challenges each month,” he says. “Because we cover stories from beyond the world of Red Bull, and increasingly that’s become our mandate, we have shifted away from branded stories and have begun to push the boundaries and explore the exceptional.” What he means is The Red Bulletin covers many of the same concepts and issues other lifestyle magazines are tackling, but instead tries to contextualize them from the brand and its consumers’ perspective.”We occupy many different spaces,” Tzortzis says. “We’re able to tell stories from other countries in the perspective of people living there. Whereas a lot of American magazines tell those stories from the perspective of an American in another country.”Tzortzis admits that The Red Bulletin borrows from a lot of different magazines in that it covers a number of lifestyle topics including sports, music and gear reviews. But he does say that he doesn’t see the magazine having a clear competitor. The magazine publishes on multiple platforms beyond print including a website and an app. It also develops videos to complement its feature stories. Nevertheless, print is still the magazine’s primary vehicle for reaching readers.”I have a soft spot for print, as does our founder” Tzortzis says. But he says there’s more to it than that. “Magazines can provide the context, we can slow down the story. So much of our world is quick-hit clips. But we place an emphasis on photography and our journalism, and I think that’s where print lives. Print lives in the ability to step back, to slow down the pace and provide the context. And for Red Bull Media House it provides the ability to branch out.” What Tzortzis means by “branch out” is that The Red Bulletin taps into a demographic different from its typical beverage consumer–specifically, men in their late 20s and into their early 30s. The magazine also recently redesigned its front of book section “Bullevard” under the direction of its new publisher Wolfgang Winter. The new design was developed in order to give the reader a “running start” to its feature well, according to Tzortzis. This is the magazine’s second design upgrade this year, after overhauling the back of the book in early 2013. And Tzortzis says to expect more upgrades in 2014.More on this topic Red Bull Magazine, “The Red Bulletin,” Priced at $4.99 a Pop Red Bull Media House Brings Its Magazine Online ESPN Relaunches Rise, Increases Circ to 1 Million Primex 2006: From E-Media to Virtual Proofing, Program Reflects a Conflicted Era The Red Bulletin Evolving into Traditional Magazine Martha 2.0: After Ad Turnaround, CEO Says ‘Survival’ Question Put to RestJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered by
Zedd Announces Tour With Jax Jones Email Facebook “Insanely excited to show you this brand new tour !!!!” the GRAMMY-winning DJ tweetedJennifer VelezGRAMMYs May 1, 2019 – 3:49 pm GRAMMY-winning DJ/producer Zedd has announced a tour that will take him and DJ Jax Jones across parts of the U.S. and Europe.The Zedd Orbit tour will kick off in Seattle on Sept. 13 then head to Houston, Atlanta and Minneapolis as well as other cities before going to London in November. https://twitter.com/Zedd/status/1123588070681350149 News Zedd Announces Tour With Jax Jones zedd-announces-tour-jax-jones Twitter “Insanely excited to show you this brand new tour !!!!” Zedd tweeted. The DJ was recently announced as one of the acts at the Life Is Beautiful festival happening in September in Las Vegas. His latest single, “365,” features GRAMMY-nominated pop star Katy Perry. Fans can register for presale tickets at the Tunespeak website. New L.A. Recording Studio Residency To Help Develop Emerging Artists
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Board of Selectmen recently receive a presentation from Rick Kingsley, of the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Collins Center for Public Management, after her reviewed the town’s financial management structure.The review was brought about by the forthcoming retirement of the entire Town’s Accountant’s Office, including Town Accountant Mike Morris.“Your financial structure was largely set up in your Town Manager Act, which was adopted in 1950,” Kingsley told the board. “It’s been almost 70 years since it’s been looked at in a detailed way.”During his review, Kingsley interviewed the department heads and staff members in each financial office, plus the town’s IT director. He also reviewed various documents provided by each office. He ultimately came up with several recommendations, chief among them — to create a Finance Director/Town Accountant position.Kingsley recommends elevating the Town Accountant’s position to that of the Finance Director/Town Accountant. The new position would oversee both the Treasurer/Collector’s office and Assessors’ office. The position would be responsible for the Town’s financial planning and operations, serving as the Town Manager’s right-hand person in creating and overseeing the town’s annual budget.Kingsley described several benefits that the new position would bring about. A Finance Director would create a focal point for finance and reduce the number of direct reports to the Town Manager. The Director would facilitate the formation of a financial team. The position would coordinate critical fiscal operations such as tax rate setting and tax billing. The Director would ensure regular cash reconciliations and other sound financial controls. The would assess risk regularly to determine town vulnerabilities.Importantly, Kingsley also noted that finding a qualified Finance Director/Town Accountant is much easier that finding a standalone Town Accountant.“The labor market for accountants is highly competitive with a shortage of well-qualified accounting professionals,” explained Kingsley. “By enhancing the scope and authority of the position, you make the job more attractive, as does raising the compensation to $100,000-$125,000.”Kingsley noted that 7 of the 10 comparable towns near Wilmington already have a Finance Director position.Rather than amend the Town Charter, which would require a town vote and legislature approval, Town Manager Jeff Hull is recommending that Selectmen make a policy change, despite the fact that the approach has less permanency as future boards could easily change the position back.“It’s the suggested route because the process of hiring Mike [Morris’s] replacement is going to take place over the next few months,” said Hull. “There needs to be some measure of certainty which position that person will serve. They are two distinct roles and responsibilities, and targeting two different types of people with different skill sets.”“I would like board to consider the prospects of taking a vote to revise the town accountant position and to create a finance director/town accountant position at your next meeting,” added Hull. “As the position gets advertised, we can be clear what it is the town is seeking.”Selectmen asked for recommendations from the town’s Finance Committee and Town Accountant Mike Morris before taking an any vote.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSELECTMEN NEWS: New Finance Director & Town Accountant AppointedIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Finalists For Town’s New Finance Director Position Revealed; Public Interviews ScheduledIn “Government”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Finance Director Bryan PerryIn “5 Quick Questions”
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has reportedly decided to increase train passenger and freight fares in the wake of the cash-strapped Indian Railways struggling to raise its revenue.However, the government is yet to decide on the “timing” of implementation of the hike in fares.The Railways will face additional financial burden of Rs 32,000 crore in the next fiscal year as it has to implement the employee salary hikes recommended by the seventh pay panel, even as the department finds it difficult to reach annual revenue target.”(The) rail coffers are virtually empty. A decision on hiking fares has been taken though railways minister Suresh Prabhu remains undecided on the timing and manner of the announcement,” sources familiar with the matter told the Hindustan Times.The railways freight traffic stayed 7 percent below the target set for the April-December period in the current fiscal year. Passenger bookings were also 5 percent lower than projected.A rise in fares can come directly or indirectly, sources said. The public transporter may hike its services cost if it wants to implement the fare increase indirectly.”The hike will be announced before or after the budget,” the sources told the daily.Increasing fares before or after the budget will help the Railways make more income in the peak travel season, which starts from March.Soon after taking charge in 2014, the NDA government had increased train fares by 14 percent, besides levying the Swachh Bharat cess last year.Last week, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had said that the revenue of Indian Railways would increase by 50 percent over the next five years, as the department is in the process of raising funds from foreign investors.The total income of the Indian Railways went up by 12.16 percent to Rs 1,57,880.5 crore in the last fiscal year ending March 2015, compared to Rs 1,40,761.27 crore in the previous year.
Confirming reports that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Plc would choose to wind up its India banking operations over seeking other exit options, the bank in statement on Monday announced it was closing down its corporate, retail and the institutional businesses in the country.”After examining a number of options for our banking business in India, we decided to wind down our corporate, institutional and retail banking businesses in India,” said RBS. It added that the bank will shut down all its 10 retail branches in India in a phased manner.Earlier in 2016, the bank had initiated its corporate and institutional businesses exit and also sold its onshore loans portfolio. Its offshore loan book and private banking business were sold last year, reported Mint.The Financial Times on April 12 reported that RBS’ decision to wind up was based on the country’s stringent regulations on acquisition of banking businesses within the country. “You are in limbo. Every day, the value is eroding until it becomes cheaper just to close down the operation,” a senior executive complained on India’s lengthy process for acquiring/selling banking entities.However, in a statement to Reuters, its chief executive Ross McEwan had said the decision to close its India business was a part of its overall global plan to sell or shut businesses in two-thirds of the countries it operates in. The company wanted to bring down operations to 13 countries from the existing 38. The bank had also held that it was not feasible for it to sell its India businesses in its entirety and that it would consider sale of individual parts, if not an outright winding up.Shuttering RBS’ banking operation will mean a loss of 700 jobs, according to FT. However, it added that RBS’ 13,000-strong back-end employees supporting global operations would continue to exist in India.RBS said in Monday’s statement: “We are committed to provide our employees with a range of support and will ensure that they are treated in a fair and transparent manner in line with RBS’ principles and local policies.”
Rescure operation being conductedAt least 135 people were killed and many went missing in separate landslides in hilly districts of the southeast Bangladesh.The fire service with local people resumed the operation on Wednesday morning hours after it suspended operation due to bad weather and disrupted communication in the landslides-hit area.Rangamati deputy commissioner Mohammad Manjarul Mannan on Wednesday morning told Prothom Alo that the rescue operation resumed at 8:00am on Wednesday that was suspended on Tuesday night due to adverse weather.The death toll may rise as many people are still missing in the areas, he added.Rescue operation resumes in hilly districts
Kolkata: With the development of necessary infrastructure in the industrial growth centre in Cooch Behar’s Chakchaka, 24 units producing different types of goods will start functioning within the next few months. It will lead to the generation of around 2,156 jobs.Amit Mitra, the state Commerce and Industry minister, in the Assembly on Tuesday said 24 units will come up in the industrial growth centre on a land of 20.68-acre.He said authorities of the companies, who will set up 21 out of 24 units, have already made the payment that is required to set up the units. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey have also got the plots where the units will come up and it is expected that the units will start functioning in the next eight to ten months.The 21 units will be set up on around a land of 16.51 acre in the industrial growth centre. He further said: “There will be generation of 2,038 jobs in the 21 units.” In the same breath, Mitra said as per the detailed project report, there will be a total investment of Rs 6831.98 lakh. For the 21 out of 24 units, there will be an investment of Rs 5886 lakh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has also been stated that the authorities of the remaining three units will take the necessary move forward soon to set up their units in the industrial growth centre.It may be mentioned that the industrial park at Chakchaka was set up during the Left Front regime and it was actually developed as a Jute Park. But there was no proper infrastructure. As a result, it failed to attract investment.After the change of guard, the Mamata Banerjee government took initiative and given a major facelift to the Jute Park and developed it as an industrial growth centre where units for production of different products can be set up instead of only jute factories.Mitra said: “Our government has developed infrastructure including 1.85 km long road, 56 street lights, laying of pipeline for a stretch of 1.2 km, overhead water reservoir for supply of safe drinking water, surface drainage system, power sub-station and administrative office in the industrial growth centre and it played a key role in attracting more investment.”