Gov links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ Sun, 22 May 2022 05:33:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://besttoplink.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Gov links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ 32 32 West Point graduates are what’s inherent in the US military, says Milley > US Department of Defense > Defense Department News https://besttoplink.info/west-point-graduates-are-whats-inherent-in-the-us-military-says-milley-us-department-of-defense-defense-department-news/ Sat, 21 May 2022 21:35:39 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/west-point-graduates-are-whats-inherent-in-the-us-military-says-milley-us-department-of-defense-defense-department-news/ The 2022 graduates of the United States Military Academy are America’s most valuable asset; its most important asymmetrical advantage and they represent what is inherent in the U.S. military, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the academy class of West Point, New York. As the keynote speaker at […]]]>

The 2022 graduates of the United States Military Academy are America’s most valuable asset; its most important asymmetrical advantage and they represent what is inherent in the U.S. military, Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the academy class of West Point, New York.

As the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony today, the President told graduates they were essential to the military.

“[You] became a team,” he said. “And you’re going to lean on each other for the rest of your lives.”

Milley told the graduates, who were made second lieutenants, that they represent the quality that gives America its unique strength. “You are what makes the United States fearless in the face of the difficult and driven by the impossible,” he said.

It was at the end of World War II that leaders crafted the rules-based international order of the US military, and that structure is now under intense strain, the president said. “It will be your generation that will bear the burden and assume the responsibility of keeping the peace, containing and preventing the outbreak of a war between great powers,” he said.

Right now, a fundamental shift is taking place in the very character of warfare, he said. “We are facing, at this moment, two world powers: China and Russia, each with significant military capabilities, and both fully intent on changing the current rules-based order.”

And in Ukraine, we learn the lesson that “aggression left unaddressed only emboldens the aggressor,” Milley said. “Let us never forget the massacre we just witnessed in Bucha. Know the massacre that happened in Mariupol. And the best way to honor their sacrifice is to support their fight for freedom and stand against tyranny.”

As the United States enters a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, the world the graduates are sent to presents the potential for significant international conflict between great powers, he told them.

“And that potential is increasing, not decreasing,” he added. “We are also about to change the fundamental character of war. The nature of war is not going to change. It is always a political act. It is a decision of humans to impose their political will on their adversary. using violence.”

But the character of warfare, how wars are fought, where wars are fought, and with what weapons, technologies, organizations, and doctrines—in short, the ways and means of warfare—is undergoing fundamental, profound, and significant change, has underlined the president.

“You enter a different world,” he said. “The United States faces significant challenges in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. We see Russia vengeful, as we have just seen another invasion in Ukraine. In Asia, we are in the third decade of the greatest global economic change in 500 years, culminating in China’s rapid growth as a great power with a revisionist foreign policy backed by an increasingly capable military.”

In addition, in Asia, the United States faces North Korea, which is rapidly increasing its missile and nuclear weapons deliverables, he said, adding that in the Middle East and parts of the Africa, we continue to see instability due to terrorism in many places.

“[The] the maturity of various technologies that exist today or are in advanced stages of development, when combined, are likely to on their own change the character of warfare,” Milley noted.

“You will fight with robotic tanks, ships and planes,” he said. “We have seen a revolution in lethality and precision munitions. What was once the exclusive domain of the US military is now available to most nation states with the money and the will to acquire it.”

There is a wide variety of technologies in development, synthetic fuels, 3D manufacturing, medicine, human engineering and improving these will also have significant military implications, he said.

“And finally, there’s the mother of all technology – artificial intelligence – where machines actually develop the ability to learn and reason,” the president said. “These rapidly converging developments in time and space are driving this profound shift – the most profound shift ever recorded in human history. cyber, sea, air and land.

In the future, the president said, we can, through rigorous analysis, determine what the world will look like. There will be many surprises along the way in the development of forces and weapons, but the structure and organization of our joint forces will have to change dramatically, he said. We all need to be open-minded. We can no longer cling to the concepts and organizations and weapons of the past, he added.

“In your world, you’re going to have to optimize for urban combat, not rural combat,” Milley said. “This has huge implications for intelligence gathering, vehicles, weapons design, development, logistics, camouflage and every other aspect of our progression.”

The US military must change its ways of thinking, training and fighting, he added. The joint combat concepts being developed will help guide the army as a roadmap for the future, he said, adding that the army must chart that course very quickly.

And we need to develop leaders who have incredible character under the intense pressure of ground combat, and there is nothing greater than ground combat leaders who will make the right moral and ethical choices, as well as the right tactical choice in the most emotionally charged environment you will have. never faced, he told the graduates, adding, “Each of you are those leaders.

The accumulation of challenges facing the United States and the changing character of warfare are unlike anything the nation has faced before, Milley pointed out.

“Globally, there is an increase in nationalism and authoritarian governments, regional arms races and unresolved territorial claims, ethnic and sectarian conflicts and an attempt by some countries to return to an 18th century concept of a balance of power. political powers with spheres of influence,” he added. mentioned.

“As you walk into your future, have the vision to change and prevent war from happening in the first place,” he said. Keeping the peace through the strength of the U.S. military and the example of our values ​​is yours today,” he added.

“We are proud of you. You have a difficult and dangerous road ahead of you, and no one should underestimate it,” the president said. “But you also have the opportunity to navigate these treacherous roads and lead our nation’s most precious resource: the young men and women who don the garb of this nation, the American soldier.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court rules in favor of Governor Bill Lee’s school voucher program https://besttoplink.info/tennessee-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-governor-bill-lees-school-voucher-program/ Fri, 20 May 2022 01:45:06 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/tennessee-supreme-court-rules-in-favor-of-governor-bill-lees-school-voucher-program/ NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles! The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday after quashing a lawsuit alleging the governor’s school voucher program was unconstitutional, according to the Tennessean. Lee’s College Savings Account program enables eligible students to attend private school with public funding. The programs only […]]]>

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The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled in favor of Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday after quashing a lawsuit alleging the governor’s school voucher program was unconstitutional, according to the Tennessean.

Lee’s College Savings Account program enables eligible students to attend private school with public funding. The programs only apply to districts in Shelby County and Metro Nashville, the report said.

The bill that authorized the voucher program in 2019 was barely approved by the General Assembly.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks with reporters Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee. Lee said on Tuesday that he plans to include “significant” salary increases for teachers in next year’s budget despite financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

TENNESSEE GOVERNMENT LEE SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER MAKING MASKS OPTIONAL IN SCHOOLS

“Every child deserves a high-quality education, and today’s ESA ruling from the Tennessee Supreme Court brings parents in Memphis and Nashville closer to finding the best education for their children,” said Lee, according to the outlet.

The counties argued that the “domicile rule” section of the state constitution was violated by the voucher program because it applied only to the respective counties.

Bill Lee said the sudden death of his first wife shaped his business and outlook on life.

Bill Lee said the sudden death of his first wife shaped his business and outlook on life.
(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BETO O’ROURKE ACCUSES THE GOVERNOR. GREG ABBOTT TRYING TO ‘DEFINE’ PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY SUPPORTING SCHOOL VOUCHERS

The decision was 3 to 2 in Lee’s favor and the majority opinion argued that the “domicile rule” section of the state constitution did not apply to school districts.

AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 08: Texas Governor Greg Abbott attends a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 to the Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – JUNE 08: Texas Governor Greg Abbott attends a press conference where he signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 to the Capitol on June 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)

School vouchers have become a hot topic across the country, including the state of Texas. Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who is challenging Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas., accused the incumbent governor of wanting to “defund” public schools because he supported a voucher program.

“Abbott is for funding our public schools,” O’Rourke tweeted after an appearance at a campaign event in San Antonio, where Abbott spoke about his “Parental Bill of Rights.”

“I stand for fully funding our children’s classrooms and fully supporting parents, teachers and students,” O’Rourke continued.

School voucher advocates have in turn argued that the governor is smartly on the side of parental rights in education by prioritizing school choice.

“The reality is that school choice is a rising tide that lifts all boats,” Corey DeAngelis, national director of research at the American Federation for Children, told Fox News Digital. “School choice contest leads to better results in public schools. School choice does not “defund” public schools. On the contrary, public schools defund families. simply return the money to the rightful owners, or at least the intended recipients of the funding (students and their families).”

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UK envoy welcomes 38 Malaysian Chevening scholars https://besttoplink.info/uk-envoy-welcomes-38-malaysian-chevening-scholars/ Wed, 18 May 2022 07:22:07 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/uk-envoy-welcomes-38-malaysian-chevening-scholars/ The 2020/21 academic year cohort of scholars completed their postgraduate studies in the UK during the first year of the global Covid-19 pandemic. In his welcome remarks, Hay congratulated the 38 scholarship recipients and said: The 2020/21 Chevening experience was truly unlike any other. Along with achieving academic excellence, scholars have had to overcome the […]]]>

The 2020/21 academic year cohort of scholars completed their postgraduate studies in the UK during the first year of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

In his welcome remarks, Hay congratulated the 38 scholarship recipients and said:

The 2020/21 Chevening experience was truly unlike any other. Along with achieving academic excellence, scholars have had to overcome the challenges of studying during a global pandemic. With the knowledge and experience gained in the UK, they are now back in Malaysia and helping to build the nation.

A UK education has always been and will continue to be the first choice for students seeking a world-class education. This is reflected in the number of Malaysians studying for a UK degree in the UK and Malaysia.

The Chevening Award is the UK Government’s global scholarship scheme, funded and administered by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. This is complemented by generous sponsorships from Malaysian corporate partners including CIMB Group Holdings Berhad, Yayasan Khazanah and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. UK universities also provide additional funds to support the Chevening programme.

The returning group of Malaysian Chevening Scholars from the 2020/21 academic year graduated from disciplines including climate change, law, human rights, public policy, arts and journalism. They attended prestigious institutions such as the University of Edinburgh, King’s College London and the London School of Economics. They now join Chevening’s network of 1,800 Malaysian alumni.

Scholar Fadlynna Ilyani Zulkarim, who attended the University of Westminster to complete a Masters in Media, Campaigns and Social Change, said:

Even though most of my postgraduate academic experience was online, I still made great connections with other Chevening scholars from Malaysia and around the world. Being the “pandemic batch” gave us a Chevening year like no other and the international Chevening community had a special bond as we made the most of our situation. We came back to our countries with a mastery and life experience that made us more resilient to anything that will come our way in the future.

Perak scholar Edmund Ross Williams Hunt, who earned an MA in Musical Theater from Goldsmiths, University of London, said:

Chevening allowed me to study musicals in the theater capital of the world, giving me greater access to the best performances in the West End, which has always been my dream. Through a combination of formal and informal learning, I was able to hone my practical skills and develop my creative abilities, thanks to this scholarship. In a diverse cultural environment, I had the opportunity to work with diverse talent and learn from some of the best in the business. Also, this scholarship proved that as a member of a minority group, I could have the potential to succeed academically.

Researcher Tengku Muhd ​​Muzaffar Bin Tengku Muda from Terengganu has completed a Masters in Finance at Lancaster University said:

2021 has indeed been a tough year for most if not all. It unleashed our true potential to struggle and survive in the new setting. We have learned to value opportunities more, to benefit from lessons and engagement with fellow college students, the Chevening network and local communities. Besides that, the nature and culture exploration experience was also unforgettable. I only brought home beautiful memories, I must say.

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Help someone with their claim for benefits: Get advice and information about someone’s claim https://besttoplink.info/help-someone-with-their-claim-for-benefits-get-advice-and-information-about-someones-claim/ Mon, 16 May 2022 14:13:29 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/help-someone-with-their-claim-for-benefits-get-advice-and-information-about-someones-claim/ How you can get advice and information depends on the services requested. For: Why can you use the alternative request service You may find certain information about someone else’s claim for benefits, such as: what stage a claim has reached why and how a decision was made on a complaint how the value of a […]]]>

How you can get advice and information depends on the services requested. For:

Why can you use the alternative request service

You may find certain information about someone else’s claim for benefits, such as:

  • what stage a claim has reached
  • why and how a decision was made on a complaint
  • how the value of a claim was calculated
  • what actions will be taken in the future regarding a complaint
  • what are the next steps for the person with the complaint

You can also tell the helpline about a change in the person’s living situation, for example if they are going to hospital. DWP will review any changes before updating a claim.

Why you can’t use the service

You cannot obtain personal information about the person applying for benefits, such as:

  • address
  • Date of Birth
  • bank account and construction company details
  • national insurance number
  • phone number

You also cannot use the service to manage someone’s claim for benefits, such as appealing a decision on their behalf or terminating their claim.

Who can use the service

Anyone with a real connection to the person claiming benefits can use the alternative inquiry service.

This includes if you call:

  • on behalf of a family member or friend
  • in the course of your work, for example if you are a social worker, nurse or doctor or if you work for a counseling or social law organization

How to use the service

Who you call depends on the benefit. For:

Say you are looking for an alternative investigation into someone else’s claim for benefits.

The appeals handler will verify that you have a real connection with the person applying for benefits. This may involve asking you questions about:

  • the personal data of this person
  • the details of that person’s claim for benefits
  • your phone number or email address, if you are calling for work or on behalf of an organization

They may also contact the person applying for benefits to verify that they are OK with you using the service.

If you are able to prove your genuine link

The call handler will be able to help you.

If you want to use the service again on a subsequent call, you may need to repeat the checks.

If you can’t prove your genuine link

You will not be able to use the service. The call handler can suggest other ways to help the person with their complaint.

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Government to offer ‘new contract’ to tenants https://besttoplink.info/government-to-offer-new-contract-to-tenants/ Tue, 10 May 2022 23:20:50 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/government-to-offer-new-contract-to-tenants/ The Tenants’ Reform Bill will bring the biggest change to tenants’ law in a generation – improving the conditions and rights of millions of people in the private and social sector The legislation will improve quality for private tenants, extending the Decent Homes standard to the sector for the first time and giving all tenants […]]]>
  • The Tenants’ Reform Bill will bring the biggest change to tenants’ law in a generation – improving the conditions and rights of millions of people in the private and social sector
  • The legislation will improve quality for private tenants, extending the Decent Homes standard to the sector for the first time and giving all tenants the legal right to safe and caring accommodation
  • It will ban ‘no-fault’ Section 21 evictions, protecting tenants from unscrupulous landlords, while strengthening landlords’ legitimate grounds for repossessing their property
  • Government introduces new legislation for social tenants, with tough regular inspections and stronger powers to address failings by social housing landlords

The government will make the biggest change to tenants law in a generation, improving the lives of millions of tenants by raising standards in the private and social rental sector, fulfilling the government’s mission to level the country.

A ‘new deal’ will be put in place for the 4.4million households that rent privately across England by extending the Decent Homes standard to the private rental sector for the first time. These reforms will build on the progress the government has already made in this area and ensure that all tenants have access to safe and quality housing, improving opportunities for the 21% of private tenants who currently live in housing. to an unacceptable level.

New measures will also protect tenants, respecting a clear commitment. So-called “no-fault” Section 21 evictions – which allow rogue landlords to terminate leases without giving a reason – will be banned, so tenants can stay in their homes and communities and continue to support the local economy. 22% of those who moved in the past year did not end their tenancy by choice.

Together, these reforms will help ease the cost of living pressures tenants face, allowing families to move from one private home to another with around £1,400 in moving costs.

The bill will also strengthen landlords’ grounds for repossession, making it easier for them to evict tenants who deliberately don’t pay rent or who repeatedly engage in anti-social, neighborhood-destroying behavior.

Social housing tenants will also benefit from major reforms in the sector. The Social Housing Regulation Bill will subject all registered social housing providers to a tough new regulatory regime, with defaulting landlords facing unlimited fines if they fail to meet the standards expected of them.

Upgrading and Housing Secretary Michael Gove said:

Too many tenants live in damp, unsafe and cold homes, powerless to help and under threat of sudden eviction.

The New Deal for Tenants announced today will help end this injustice, improving the conditions and rights of millions of tenants.

It’s all part of our plan to improve communities and improve life chances for people in every corner of the country.

New offer for private renters

There are 4.4 million households in the private rental sector and the Decent Homes Standard will impose a legal obligation on the small number of landlords who rent accommodation of such poor quality that they endanger the health of their tenants to improve it. rapidly.

Today’s reforms will prevent private landlords from benefiting from taxpayers’ money for letting poor quality homes, cutting the £3bn a year in housing benefit that should go to landlords who let non-decent houses. It will also save the NHS up to £340m a year that it spends on the poor health poor quality private rental homes create.

Currently, the northern regions have the highest proportion of non-decent private rental housing. The measures announced in the Queen’s Speech will ensure that every private tenant in the country can enjoy a good standard of living, expanding access and opportunity across the country.

The tenant reform bill will also end the injustice that prevents tenants from taking root in their communities following “no-fault” Section 21 evictions.

A new ombudsman for private tenants will be created to enable disputes between private tenants and landlords to be settled quickly, inexpensively and without recourse to the courts. The ombudsman will cover all private landlords who rent out properties and ensure that when residents lodge a complaint, landlords take steps to put things right.

The bill will also introduce a new property portal to help landlords understand their obligations, give tenants performance information to hold their landlord accountable and help councils crack down on bad practice.

The government will soon publish a white paper outlining more details of our landmark reform proposals in the private rental sector and will continue to work with the sector to develop the Tenant Reform Bill.

Social tenants

The Social Housing Regulation Bill will continue to implement the Government’s reforms in response to the Grenfell Tower fire as we reach the 5th anniversary of the tragedy. It follows last year’s Building Safety Act and Fire Safety Act. The Social Housing Regulation Bill will create a strong regulatory framework that will strengthen social housing standards and help tenants and the regulator hold social housing landlords to account.

It will be:

  • Create tough new regulations for better social housing – help tenants hold shoddy landlords to account.
  • Give the regulator stronger powers to impose measures if it finds failures on the part of social housing owners.
  • Expect social landlords to put tenant concerns at the heart of everything they do, with effective resident engagement in place, so no one has to live in substandard social housing.
  • Provide greater transparency to tenants on how their landlord is performing, managing their unit, and who is responsible for meeting health and safety requirements.
  • Strengthen the economic regulation of the social housing sector, increasing protections for tenant housing and supporting continued investment in new social housing supply.

The Government also today introduced the landmark Upgrading and Regeneration Bill, which will expand opportunity and prosperity and transform cities and communities across the UK. This includes an important set of measures to revive main streets, regenerate town centers and provide the high-quality housing that communities need. It will put in place the legal foundations to implement the government’s far-reaching proposals to expand opportunities, boost productivity and build local pride.

More information

  • A fifth of renters pay more than a third of their income to live in poor quality housing.
  • The NAO published a report on the regulation of the private rental sector in December 2021, which estimated that £9.1bn of housing assistance was paid to private tenants or directly to private landlords in 2020-21. 29% of tenants on social assistance live in non-decent accommodation, which is around £3billion in housing benefit spent on poor quality accommodation.
  • The reforms will particularly benefit people in the north of England, with data from the England Housing Survey showing that the proportion of non-decent housing is higher in the north than in other parts of the country.
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Knesset reopens with shaky coalition as opposition seeks to topple government https://besttoplink.info/knesset-reopens-with-shaky-coalition-as-opposition-seeks-to-topple-government/ Mon, 09 May 2022 03:51:16 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/knesset-reopens-with-shaky-coalition-as-opposition-seeks-to-topple-government/ The Knesset reopens for the summer session on Monday, with the government struggling to survive after losing its majority over the holidays and the opposition vowing to topple it. The crisis was sparked by the surprise defection of former whip Yamina MK Idit Silman on April 6, which ended the eight-party coalition’s one-seat majority, leaving […]]]>

The Knesset reopens for the summer session on Monday, with the government struggling to survive after losing its majority over the holidays and the opposition vowing to topple it.

The crisis was sparked by the surprise defection of former whip Yamina MK Idit Silman on April 6, which ended the eight-party coalition’s one-seat majority, leaving the 120-member parliament in the deadlock with a parity of 60-60 seats between the coalition and the opposition.

For the coalition, the loss was further exacerbated by the Islamist Arab Ra’am party which froze its membership in the coalition amid tensions on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Ra’am faces pressure from within, split on whether to support party leader Mansour Abbas’ experiment in taking an active role in Israeli politics or cut his losses and return to the opposition .

If Ra’am withdraws its four seats, the government will find itself in a clear minority.

Opposition maneuvers

Opposition parties have sworn to take advantage of it. After opposition party leaders gathered at the Likud headquarters in Tel Aviv on Sunday, they agreed to continue the “determined and unified struggle” to overthrow the government.

Opposition President Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on May 8, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

“The government has lost its majority in the Knesset – it has no public legitimacy and is illegitimate,” a statement read.

The opposition will bring a vote of no confidence on Monday. However, this would be largely symbolic and should have no effect other than to slow down the coalition’s legislative process and possibly embarrass the government.

The opposition is also reportedly weighing whether to pass a bill to disperse the government on Wednesday, when private bills can be brought forward.

Dispersing the Knesset without another demanding trigger requires a law. If it is introduced by the Likud party on Wednesday, as a non-government bill, and passes its preliminary reading, it would not mean that the government automatically dissolves. Instead, it is expected to pass a first, second and third vote in future plenary sessions.

But introducing the bill carries risks for the opposition. If the bill does not receive a simple majority of votes on its preliminary or first reading, the Opposition would be barred from reintroducing it for six months, removing a major arrow from its quiver.

A bill to disperse the Knesset needs 61 votes to pass its third and final reading, meaning the opposition would also have to secure another defector from the coalition, something it has yet to do.

It is also unclear whether the opposition Joint List party, with six seats, would join the right-wing religious bloc in the vote.

The Likud-led opposition has reportedly repeatedly failed to secure another defector from one of the right-wing coalition parties or Ra’am despite several generous offers.

Adding a second layer to the drama is that if anyone takes the plunge, their party affiliation will determine who would be caretaker prime minister until the election and the swearing in of a new government.

Under the current coalition agreement, if he is a member of a right-wing party, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid would take the helm.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (left) attend a departure ceremony for an Israeli delegation flying to set up a field hospital in Ukraine at Ben Gurion airport on March 21 2022. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)

But if the defectors are center or left, including Ra’am, then Bennett remains prime minister.

Silman counts as a Yamina MK; former MK Yamina Amichai Chikli – who jumped ship when the coalition was formed – is not, critically, according to the Lapid camp.

A third option for the opposition would be to get an entire faction of the coalition to switch allegiance and establish a government without new elections. The Walla news site reported on Sunday that this was the preference of the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, although it meant the government would be formed and led by someone other than former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Although the right has a clear majority in the Knesset, several parties have refused to join any coalition under Netanyahu, who is on trial in three corruption cases. Netanyahu has refused to step down as Likud leader.

Channel 12 reported that New Hope’s Zeev Elkin and Likud’s Yariv Levin held a meeting in the Knesset on Sunday, with the two saying it was only procedural matters. However, the report speculated that they may discuss future cooperation.

Elkin is one of several Likud party members who broke with Netanyahu.

Yariv Levin, right, and Ze’ev Elkin of the Likud party attend a Knesset plenary session on March 12, 2014. (Flash90)

Self destruction

Despite opposition efforts to overthrow the government, a more likely option is for the government to overthrow itself.

For the coalition, the threat of a dissolution bill is compounded by uncertainty over how Ra’am plans to act.

Channel 12 reported on Sunday that major flaws remained in negotiations between Ra’am and other coalition leaders aimed at getting the Islamist party to resume operations within the ruling bloc.

The party plans to boycott Wednesday’s plenary session and the dispersal vote.

Although it would only be preliminary reading and would require several more approvals to pass, it would set in motion the process of toppling the government, which the coalition would prefer to avoid.

The recent conflict in Jerusalem has exacerbated these pressures, making it difficult for party leader Abbas to find his way back into the coalition.

Abbas wrote on Facebook on Saturday that his party would determine its position on the Temple Mount based on the positions of Jordanian King Abdullah II, who he said was the holy site’s rightful guardian.

Known as Haram al-Sharif or the Al-Aqsa complex to Muslims, the Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. Recent tensions at the site have spilled over into terror attacks across Israel, pressure from Israel’s allies, threats from Hamas and the exacerbation of the ongoing coalition crisis.

In addition to pressure from the wider party, Abbas will have to contend with two of his three other parliamentarians. MP Walid Taha has been firm on keeping the freeze and MP Mazen Ghanaim, who would focus on his 2023 bid to return as mayor of Sakhnin, said he wanted the party out of the coalition.

Ra’am leader MK Mansour Abbas attends the INSS conference in Tel Aviv on April 11, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

Beyond the dispute with Ra’am, the coalition is hampered by the fact that with only 60 members, each MP has the ability to overthrow the government if their demands are not met. In an effort to counter this, the coalition has agreed to only try to pass non-controversial bills that have broad support.

Bennett met on Sunday with the leaders of the coalition parties, except Abbas who is abroad, and they agreed “to work together in order to maintain the government and the coalition for the good of Israeli citizens”, says a statement.

Bennett addressed coalition stability at the meeting, warning of the consequences of dissolving the government.

“The government must continue to operate so that companies affected by the Omicron wave are compensated, [and] so that this year’s Lag B’Omer festivities at Mount Meron go ahead safely and do not end again in an avoidable tragedy,” the Prime Minister said.

While the full legislative slate will be finalized in the hours before the opening of the first plenum of the session, one of the first measures expected is a bill to compensate freelancers financially impacted by the latest wave of COVID.

Despite this, other cracks were already appearing.

On Sunday, MK Eli Avidar — elected to the Knesset with the Yisrael Beytenu party but operating independently — reaffirmed his intention to advance a bill to bar a defendant from forming a government, widely seen as a personal attack on Netanyahu .

A source in Bennett’s Yamina party pointed out that Avidar’s bill was exactly the type of counterproductive behavior that could jeopardize the fragile consensus.

Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar in the Knesset, April 29, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Similarly, a potentially inflammatory bill is proposed by Likud MK Avi Dichter but backed by Yamina Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahane in the Ministerial Committee on Legislation, a guardian of government-backed legislation. . The bill would amend the penal code to classify “foreign political entities” as foreign agents with whom the state could restrict contact, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Israel Hayom. The expanded definition would include non-state bodies like the Palestinian Authority and is understood to be a constraint on left-wing organizations. He would be hard to swallow in a coalition that includes the dovish Meretz and Labour.

The prime minister’s own party, Yamina, is also a source of tension, with Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and MPs Nir Orbach and Abir Kara now coordinating their actions. Currently, Orbach’s demands are being addressed by extending child care subsidies to yeshiva students and moving forward on approval for settlement construction in the West Bank. Kara wants economic benefits for small businesses and the self-employed, which includes the Omicron subsidy bill due Monday.

Yamina MK Shirly Pinto also caused a stir, saying she wanted Silman’s coveted chairmanship of the Knesset Health Committee. Silman, despite leaving the coalition, was able to retain leadership of his committee as Yamina hopes this will induce Silman to abstain from voting against the coalition. Channel 12 reported that Pinto had made additional demands of Bennett, including funding for community services for people with disabled.

The coalition still does not have a new whip, following Silman’s resignation. Yesh Atid MK Boaz Toporovsky temporarily fills the spot, but Bennett wants a Yamina member to fill it. Orbach, apparently the party’s first choice, did not agree to take on the role. His team highlighted its pending demands, including finalizing construction plans in the West Bank and connecting illegal settlement outposts to the power grid.

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Govt. Justice declares state of emergency for three flood-hit counties; Readiness remains in effect https://besttoplink.info/govt-justice-declares-state-of-emergency-for-three-flood-hit-counties-readiness-remains-in-effect/ Sat, 07 May 2022 13:18:25 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/govt-justice-declares-state-of-emergency-for-three-flood-hit-counties-readiness-remains-in-effect/ CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam and Roane counties due to heavy rains yesterday which caused extensive local flooding. Click here to see the declaration of the state of emergency A severe rainstorm caused flooding, power outages and roadblocks in all three counties. More severe thunderstorms […]]]>
CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Governor Jim Justice declared a state of emergency for Cabell, Putnam and Roane counties due to heavy rains yesterday which caused extensive local flooding.

Click here to see the declaration of the state of emergency

A severe rainstorm caused flooding, power outages and roadblocks in all three counties. More severe thunderstorms are expected in the coming days.

The Governor has authorized the West Virginia Division of Emergency Management to support local counties and use all necessary state resources. The State Emergency Operations Center coordinates with reporting area officials to determine their needs. This state of emergency will remain in force for thirty days unless terminated by subsequent proclamation.

Governor’s readiness for all 55 counties, that he said yesterdayremains in force.


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CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Governor Jim Justice declared a state of preparedness for all 55 West Virginia counties due to the threat of flooding this weekend.

The main threat will be possible isolated flash flooding from heavy downpours or regular rain, with storms forecast for much of the state today and through the weekend.

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District Attorney urges Governor Newsom to appeal cop killer’s parole decision – https://besttoplink.info/district-attorney-urges-governor-newsom-to-appeal-cop-killers-parole-decision/ Thu, 05 May 2022 04:14:58 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/district-attorney-urges-governor-newsom-to-appeal-cop-killers-parole-decision/ SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man convicted of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer in 1978 could be released from prison in the near future after a judge granted his motion challenging the cancellation of his parole by Governor Gavin Newsom. Jesus Cecena has been found guilty of murdering Officer Archie Buggs, 30, who […]]]>

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man convicted of fatally shooting a San Diego police officer in 1978 could be released from prison in the near future after a judge granted his motion challenging the cancellation of his parole by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Jesus Cecena has been found guilty of murdering Officer Archie Buggs, 30, who was shot four times after stopping a car Cecena was driving in the Skyline neighborhood.

Cecena, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, was initially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but the sentence was reduced to seven years to life in 1982 because he was a minor at the time. of filming.

Cecena, now 61, has been granted parole five times since 2014, but each time the governor of California reversed the parole grant, with Newsom recently reversing the parole board’s decision in 2020.

Criminal defense attorney Jan Ronis joined KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries on “Good Evening San Diego” to discuss the details of this case.

In the 2020 decision, Newsom cited Cecena’s gang motivations as a major factor in his decision, writing “Mr. Cecena still refuses to acknowledge the underlying or causal factors that are in evidence, particularly that he belonged to a gang where killing a peace officer was seen as an end goal, than a more experienced and respected gang member handed him a gun so he could kill Officer Buggs, and that killing Officer Buggs was a way for Mr. Cecena to gain more respect and power within his gang. Mr. Cecena has more work to do in this area before he can be released safely.

Last month, San Diego Superior Court Judge David Gill granted a motion filed by Cecena that challenged the governor’s order. With the court victory, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, which opposes Cecena’s release, said he could be freed within the next month if the decision is not appealed.

“Cecena refused to acknowledge both his true motivation for this horrific murder and the increased status he sought in his gang by committing this crime,” District Attorney Summer Stephan said in a statement released Tuesday. “The Superior Court’s decision did not give weight to these important factors and therefore reached an erroneous conclusion. I urge Governor Newsom to allow the Attorney General to appeal the court’s decision based on the serious concerns about Cecena’s fitness that the Governor relied on to overturn the grant of parole in his letter of October 2020. »

The DA’s office alleges that while incarcerated, Cecena displayed an “unstable social history”, in which he received “more than 10 offense reports for misbehavior in prison”.

Stephan added: “Without accepting full responsibility for the true nature of this crime, it continues to present a clear and unacceptable danger to our community. It is important to dwell on the seriousness of this case which fortunately remains a rare case where a policeman on duty, in uniform and with a marked patrol car is shot and executed while he is on the ground.

“The cold-blooded murder of San Diego police officer Archie Buggs has devastated his family, his department and our community. The very nature of the crime was not only ruthless, but inexplicably senseless, and it demonstrated a complete disregard for human life and a disregard for those in positions of authority.

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NH DHHS launches new customer-centric website https://besttoplink.info/nh-dhhs-launches-new-customer-centric-website/ Tue, 03 May 2022 13:29:50 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/nh-dhhs-launches-new-customer-centric-website/ Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is launching a redesigned website today. The website address, dhhs.nh.gov, will remain the same, but will include new customer-centric features designed to make it easy for visitors to find the information they need. The previous version of the DHHS website, which focused […]]]>

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is launching a redesigned website today. The website address, dhhs.nh.gov, will remain the same, but will include new customer-centric features designed to make it easy for visitors to find the information they need. The previous version of the DHHS website, which focused on the Department’s offices and divisions, expires after more than 10 years.

New site features include:

  • A new search function, hosted at the top of every page. Easy-to-use search includes tags and categories, allowing visitors to find the most relevant information on the topics that interest them most. A “How can I help you” box displayed prominently on the homepage, with a list of many of our most requested topics to help people find the information they need with just one click.
  • Drop-down menus containing popular programs and services, allowing users to quickly access these programs. This feature helps visitors find the right program or service even if they don’t know the exact name of the program or agency.
  • New sections include Asking for Help, Doing Business with DHHS, and Reports, Regulations, and Statistics. These sections house some of the most popular resources for website visitors. The new approach makes it easy for visitors to find what they are looking for.
  • Improved accessibility options include the ability to change text size, make the cursor larger, and change contrast, text spacing, and font.

The accessibility panel at the top of the page can be moved to where it makes the most sense for the visitor. The site can be translated into any language supported by Google Translate.

As part of the website redesign, the Department is also unveiling the first DHHS logo, which shows a person surrounded by the supports and services the Department provides to serve our customers and residents.

DHHS has worked hard to identify any broken links or issues created by the transition to the new site. Any problems or concerns regarding the website can be sent to the DHHS Web Team email at DHHSWebTeam@dhhs.nh.gov.

To learn more about the features of the new DHHS website and take a virtual tour, DHHS has created a video to introduce visitors to the new website.

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Governor Hochul Announces Opening of Albany Skyway Connecting Downtown Albany to the Hudson River Waterfront https://besttoplink.info/governor-hochul-announces-opening-of-albany-skyway-connecting-downtown-albany-to-the-hudson-river-waterfront/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 21:14:15 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/governor-hochul-announces-opening-of-albany-skyway-connecting-downtown-albany-to-the-hudson-river-waterfront/ Downtown Revitalization Initiative Named a downtown revitalization initiative (DRI) A Round 3 winner in 2018, the City of Albany is focused on revitalizing Clinton Square to create a welcoming gateway to the capital. This compact and pedestrian zone, rich in historical, artistic and cultural heritage, is the place of convergence of five investment zones of […]]]>

Downtown Revitalization Initiative

Named a downtown revitalization initiative (DRI) A Round 3 winner in 2018, the City of Albany is focused on revitalizing Clinton Square to create a welcoming gateway to the capital. This compact and pedestrian zone, rich in historical, artistic and cultural heritage, is the place of convergence of five investment zones of the city. The city plans to directly revitalize Clinton Square while providing infill investments, corridor improvements, and targeted housing revitalization projects. With DRI investments, residents, visitors and the workforce will benefit from new connections to the Hudson River. Clinton Square is poised to be a thriving gateway district and distinctive hub that connects and catalyzes activity in the downtown and warehouse district, and draws that momentum to the Arbor Hill and Sheridan neighborhoods. Hollow through public infrastructure improvements, private project development, and vibrant arts and entertainment investments.

New York Department of Transportation Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said: “The Department of Transportation is proud to help lead the transformation of the Albany Skyway and Livingston Avenue Rail Bridge, which will provide new recreational opportunities for those who live, work and visit the Capital Region. The Skyway’s new park-like urban setting shows how underutilized infrastructure can be upgraded and used to benefit all communities and reconnect our neighborhoods with their natural environments, while the new rail bridge will help connect two cities from both sides of the Hudson River.These projects exemplify the vision of renewal that Governor Hochul has made the mark of his administration and the Department of Transportation is honored to lead these efforts. »

New York Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez said: « Downtown revitalization initiative reconnects New York’s neighborhoods city ​​centers to their valuable waterfronts throughout the state, creating vast new opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The $1.9 million DRI The investment in the Skyway project will pay dividends again and again by improving access to the waterfront, creating essential public gathering spaces and mobilizing many other public and private investments in the booming city center of ‘Albany.

State Senator Neil Breslin mentioned, “I’m thrilled to see the Albany Skyway project complete. This new pedestrian route will help revitalize downtown Albany’s economy, while strengthening people’s connection to both the Hudson River and the Empire Trail. System.”

Member of the Assembly Patricia fahy mentioned, “The Albany Skyway is another exciting development that helps revitalize downtown Albany while reconnecting it to our greatest natural asset, the Hudson River waterfront. The Skyway will become the first elevated linear park in the Capital Region and seamlessly connect to the recently completed multi-use Empire State Trail, exemplifying a new wave of purposeful, transformative investment in the economic and regional potential of historic downtown Albany. that we seek to leverage this work to reinvent over I-787 to recover and re-access Albany’s riverfront, the Skyway will help invigorate our local economy and adjacent neighborhoods. Thanks to Mayor Sheehan, Albany City Council and Governor Hochul for their work in the realization of this project.

Member of the Assembly John T. McDonald III, RPh mentioned, “It’s an exciting day to enjoy the opening of the Albany Skyway. Connecting the city of Albany to the Corning Riverfront and providing access is a long overdue project. Thank you Governor Hochulthe Mayor of the City of Albany, Kathy Sheehan, and all of my state and local partners who have come together to make this project a reality.”

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy said: “When people decide where they want to live and work, they look for unique features and fresh ideas like the new Albany Skyway that go beyond basic amenities. This elevated park not only connects downtown Albany to riverside and exciting recreational opportunities., but it stands on its own as a space for people to gather and enjoy the outdoors. Nothing great can be achieved without a partnership, and I want to thank the governor Hochul and Mayor Sheehan for their vision for this project which will help fuel the continued revitalization of this neighborhood and attract more private investment in the future. »

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said: “The Albany Skyway provides one of the most underserved census tracts in our region with revitalized parkland, new economic opportunities, and a welcoming gateway between the Hudson River waterfront, Clinton Square, Arbor Hill, and Sheridan. Hollow. Thank you to everyone who helped champion this project, including Governor Hochul, NYS Commissioner of the Ministry of Transport Dominguez, NYS Vice-president of the Senate pro tempore Breslin, Member of the Assembly fahy, Member of the Assembly Mcdonalds, and Member of the board Love, along with the adjacent neighborhoods and business community – helping to create one of our city’s most transformative projects in decades.”

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