President Trump gives governors plan to reopen economy, Gov. Holcomb looking at early May

first_img WhatsApp Facebook President Trump gives governors plan to reopen economy, Gov. Holcomb looking at early May Google+ IndianaLocalNews Previous articleSisters of The Holy Cross get needed medical help amid pandemicNext articleWinter Weather Advisory for listening area in effect Friday morning Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. By Associated Press – April 16, 2020 2 429 Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has given governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out a phased approach to restoring normal activity.The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while holding the line in harder-hit locations.They make clear that the return to normalcy will be a far longer process than Trump initially envisioned.Federal officials warn that some social distancing measures may need to remain in place through the end of the year to prevent a new outbreak.Seven Midwestern governors announced, Thursday, that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies, after similar pacts were made earlier this week in the Northeast and on the West Coast.That announcement covers Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Kentucky. The governors say they will work with experts and take a “fact-based, data-driven approach to reopening our economy in a way that protects families from the spread of COVID-19.”During his daily coronavirus update, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said he was looking at “early May” for a gradual reopening of the Indiana economy. Holcomb said he was not targeting an exact date. Holcomb also said the ‘re-opening” would take place in stages, rather than all at once.All together, the 17 states covered by the three pacts are home to nearly half of the country’s population. WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Elkhart County has taken its first step in “trashing” Solid Waste Management District

first_imgIndianaLocalNews By Carl Stutsman – June 10, 2020 0 505 Pinterest Previous articleSt. Joseph School’s announce budget cutsNext articleSome 4H events will still happen at Elkhart County Fairgrounds Carl Stutsman Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Elkhart County has taken its first step in “trashing” Solid Waste Management District Google+ “Landfill” by [email protected], CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)Public Domain Dedication That sounds like more than it is, individuals that take their trash to the dump will likely never even notice a difference. However, for the people that run the Elkhart County Landfill, it will remove a level of bureaucracy and officially make the decision making process part of regular county government. The County Commissioner’s decided to take the first step in the process early this weekLandfill Director John Bowers tells The Elkhart Truth they considered the idea once before but have decided now is the time to dissolve the district. Indiana counties have had the option to opt out of their solid waste districts since 2016; Elkhart County would be only the second to do it.Read more here with The Elkhart Truth Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

Only pro baseball in Indiana this summer likely to be in South Bend

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Only pro baseball in Indiana this summer likely to be in South Bend Google+ Google+ WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) South Bend will host part of the Chicago Cubs’ training camp as Major League Baseball starts its path to reopening. Major league teams are dividing summer training camp between their home fields and a second location for players who won’t be on the Opening Day roster. The Cubs are sending 11 players to get in shape at their single-A park in South Bend.RELATED: South Bend Cubs to host movie night, fireworks July 10thWith just 97 miles separating Wrigley Field and South Bend’s Four Winds Field, South Bend was a more logical option for the Cubs than its higher-level minor-league parks in Iowa and Tennessee. South Bend Cubs president Joe Hart says the park is also well equipped to handle training camp, with apartments adjoining the outfield and a 17-thousand-square-foot indoor batting practice facility.39 players will be training in Chicago. Teams are allowed 30 players on their Opening Day roster, five more than usual. They’ll have to cut two players after two weeks, and two more at the four-week mark, bringing an eventual total of 13 more players to South Bend to await a potential callup.Hart says practices will be closed to the public, but he’s hoping intrasquad games can be opened when the number of players in South Bend grows.Teams are allowed a pool of 60 players eligible for callup, including a three-player taxi squad which will travel with the team on road trips in case of a sudden injury or illness. The Cubs have left 10 of those slots open for now, but could assign more players to South Bend later.The minor-league seasons are expected to be canceled. That will leave Victory Field in Indianapolis and Parkview Field in Fort Wayne idle. The Indianapolis Indians’ parent club, the Pittsburgh Pirates, will hold their secondary training camp in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The Fort Wayne TinCaps’ parent San Diego Padres haven’t announced where their alternate camp will be but have said it will be within San Diego.The South Bend contingent includes three players who made brief appearances with the major-league club last year: pitcher Adbert Alzolay, outfielder Mark Zagunis and infielder Robel Garcia. Four others are returning to South Bend after playing there in 2018 or 2019. Facebook Twitter Twitter Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 30, 2020 0 296 Previous articleRegulators: Utilities can’t charge customers for losses from pandemicNext articleWoman, 29, charged in connection with deadly chain reaction crash in South Bend Network Indianalast_img read more

Indiana Chamber leader: Don’t spend that payroll tax cut money just yet

first_img Google+ Twitter WhatsApp By Network Indiana – August 12, 2020 0 426 Pinterest IndianaLocalNews (“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0) President Trump says he’s suspending the Social Security deduction from your paycheck — but don’t spend that money just yet.The order directs the Treasury Department not to deposit FICA money for the final four months of the year. But while the White House has floated the possibility of writing off tthat money entirely, the order only defers those payments till January. Some employers may not change anything, since they’re going to need to send that money to the Treasury eventually.Indiana Chamber president Kevin Brinegar says the Chamber hasn’t offered its members any guidance yet. He says the organization’s federal lobbyists are trying to sort out what the order means.Brinegar’s steering clear of judging whether the payroll tax is the right approach to jumpstart the economy, but notes economists have generally concluded it’s a “circuitous” approach to putting money in consumers’ pockets. Both parties in Congress have been unenthusiastic about the idea, with discussions focused more on whether to do a second round of the 12-hundred-dollar checks the I-R-S sent taxpayers in the spring.It’s also uncertain whether a second executive order, extending enhanced unemployment benefits, will make its way to workers’ bank accounts. The 600-dollar weekly add-on to unemployment checks expired a week-and-a-half ago. Trump’s order restores a 400-dollar add-on, but requires states to pay a quarter of that money. Many states are struggling to cover their existing budgets, and White House advisers have sent conflicting signals about whether that contribution could be waived, or whether states could use other federal pandemic aid to make those payments.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development says it’s still studying the order and can’t say yet how it will be implemented.Brinegar says he hopes Congress and the White House will resume negotiations on a broader bill. He says he’s concerned the executive orders may make it harder to reach a deal, given Democratic criticism of both their substance and legality. Indiana Chamber leader: Don’t spend that payroll tax cut money just yet Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBiden selects Sen. Kamala Harris as running mateNext articleShooting victim in South Bend hospitalized in serious condition Network Indianalast_img read more

District 2 Congresswoman Jackie Walorski declares victory

first_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest District 2 Congresswoman Jackie Walorski declares victory IndianaLocalNews (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Indiana 2nd District Congresswoman Jackie Walorski has declared victory in her race against her Democratic challenger Pat Hackett.Walorski addressed supporters as more than 50% of the precincts counted showed her with a commanding lead.Walorski issued a statement saying while challenges lie ahead, she is confident that they will be overcome. Google+ By Jon Zimney – November 3, 2020 0 336 WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleEric Holcomb wins a second term as Indiana GovernorNext articleTodd Rokita defeats Weinzapfel for Indiana Attorney General position Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Man shot while driving on I-80/94 in northwest Indiana

first_img Facebook By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2021 0 427 IndianaLocalNews Google+ Twitter Pinterest Man shot while driving on I-80/94 in northwest Indiana Pinterest Facebook (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A man is recovering after being shot while driving on I-80/94.Indiana State Police say a man walked into Munster Community Hospital around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, with a gunshot wound.The man told state troopers that he was driving westbound on I-80/94 between Indianapolis Boulevard and Calumet Avenue when his back window was shot.The man realized that he had also been shot in the arm, and drove home before heading to the hospital. He’s expected to recover.State Police say the suspect may drive a silver 2005 to 2010 Audi sedan.Anybody with any info should call Indiana State Police. Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMissing girl, 6, found dead in wooded area in New CarlisleNext articleSix-month-old child found safe after quadruple murder, Amber Alert cancelled Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iran

first_img 2004 – 2006 New Delhi, Political Counsellor Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists 2008 – 2011 Nairobi, British High Commissioner Mr Macaire said: Mr Rob Macaire CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran in succession to Mr Nicholas Hopton who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Macaire will take up his appointment in April 2018.Commenting on the appointment, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said: Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @BorisJohnson and Facebook 1998 – 2002 Washington, First Secretary, Middle East and Counter-terrorism Married to: Alice Macaire I am honoured to be appointed the new British Ambassador to Iran. The UK’s continued engagement with Iran is vital to our goal of making the Middle East region a safer and more stable place. I look forward to working with the Government of Iran and with international partners to preserve the nuclear deal and deepen our bilateral relationship, through constructive engagement on human rights, trade, and seeking political solutions to the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and elsewhere. 1990 FCO, Falkland Islands Department Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Children: Two CURRICULUM VITAE Further information 1995 – 1996 FCO, Head of Levant Section, Near East and North Africa Department 2002 – 2004 FCO, Head, Counter Terrorism Policy Department 1997 –1998 FCO, Head of Southern Africa Section, Africa Directorate 1996 – 1997 FCO, Head of MEPP Section, Near East and North Africa Department 2006 – 2008 FCO, Director, Consular Services 2016 – present Language Training 2011 – 2016 BG Group plc. Director of Government/Public Affairs and Political Risk Full name: Robert Macaire CMG 1998 FCO, Head of Sierra Leone Unit, Africa Directorate In that vein, I am pleased that Rob will be applying his wealth of international experience to leading the government’s engagement in Tehran. We face challenges – including the ongoing cases of British dual-nationals detained in Iran – and areas for potential collaboration. I look forward to working with him across these areas. 1991 – 1995 Bucharest, Second Secretary (Know How Fund) Media enquiries Iran has an important role to play in the Middle East region, but it is essential that it does so in a constructive way – something I made clear during my visit to Tehran in December last year. The Iran deal, signed in 2015, was a huge diplomatic success. The product of years of patient and persistent diplomacy that extinguished the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Email [email protected]last_img read more

Speech: Raising the Bar for Regional Security Cooperation

first_imgIt is great to be at my first Shangri-La Dialogue and it is a real pleasure to speak with friends from France and Singapore.The threats that we’ve been discussing are threats to our nations and the worlds prosperity and security. They come in the form of a variety of regional dangers. Whether from violent extremism that can provide a platform for global terror. Whether from unpredictable state actors like North Korea and the risk of proliferation of nuclear weapons. Or whether from increasingly aggressive states infringing regional access, freedoms and security through coercion and malign influence. We believe nations should follow agreed rules but this is being ignored by some and what this does is it undermines peace and prosperity of all nations.Which is why we must work together to uphold the rules order that benefits us all, Being resolute, pushing back against the dangers and shoring up our international system. Today we are talking about ‘Raising the Bar’. Not simply reacting to danger, but working strategically, working smarter, working togetherThis region is home to some of the most technologically advanced nations on earth, with world-class militaries and cutting-edge security capabilities and, we together must aim higher. Joining forces, countries big and small, making our collective effort count for more than the sum of our parts . Upping our game in maritime security, in counter terrorism, in disaster relief, in peacekeeping and in cyber.For the threats are multiplying. If I had stood on this stage a year ago and said that a chemical weapons attack was going to take place in a small Cathedral City in the United Kingdom, you would have thought I was scaremongering. But, the recent Salisbury incident demonstrates the very real threats we are facing. When Russia used chemical weapons against Great Britain the power of the response was the fact so many nations stood shoulder to shoulder with us. That shows the values and strength of standing together, so Multilateralism is key. It underpins the Rules-Based System and multilateral institutions in this region are increasingly proving their worth.We can see this in ASEAN, where the region comes together to act with common cause and unity of purpose.And the ASEAN Defence Ministers play a pivotal role in supporting a collaborative approach, along with their allies and partners – a unity of effort. And, the United Kingdom stands ready to support in any way we canall the while we maintain our deep-seated commitment to multilateralism, not least through our involvement in the FivePower Defence Arrangements. As part of that commitment I’m delighted to be able to send HMS ARGYLL to take part in exercises with our FPDA friends, such as BERSAMA LIMA later in the year.As we move towards its 50th anniversary, and as we collectively look to address this more diverse set of threats, we look forward to supporting the modernisation of the FPDA. Broadening its focus to encompass areas such as maritime security and counter terrorism. And we are very keen to work together with friends and partners on a more strategic and multinational approach to the Indian Ocean region – focussing on security, stability and environmental sustainabilityWe have to make it clear that nations need to play by the rules and that there are consequences for it doing so.We must speak with one voice. Close coordination and communication has brought Kim Jong-Un back to the negotiating table. Significantly, by working through the United Nations we have brought to bear the combined weight nations to the problem. That’s why I deployed HMS SUTHERLAND and HMS ALBION to this region, to work with our allies to help enforce the UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea, and that desire for closer cooperation was the reason we established our British Defence Staff base here in Singapore. We want to look and see how we can do more with our allies in the region, have a bigger effect and make a bigger difference.And this brings me to my final point: if we are to maintain the pressure, it’s not enough to speak out. We must stand up for what we believe in; enforcing sanctions, increasing our interoperability, sharing military capability, training and exercising together. For constant vigilance is vital, if we are to root out the scourge of terror, counter malign influence and preserve our Rules-Based Order for the long-term.That’s why I was so pleased to be able to send three Royal Navy ships to this region, where they have and will work closely with our friends and allies across the region – demonstrating our resolve, alongside our friends, to protect international rights and freedoms.To that end I’m delighted we are strengthening and deepening our Defence collaboration and relationships across this important region. With Singapore, we are reaffirming our Defence relationship as we head towards the 200th anniversary of the founding of modern Singapore. With Malaysia, we are upgrading our defence relationship, and I look forward to developing this further with my new colleague Mat Sabu. With Japan, we are sending UK Service personnel for a joint land-based exercise later this year – the first time the British Army has exercised on Japanese soil. With Indonesia, where we are increasing our counter terrorism cooperation. With New Zealand, our personnel are working together in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa. With Australia, we are working closely on supporting counter terrorism efforts across the region. And these are just a few examples of the tangible cooperation between the United Kingdom and the countries that make up this region.So, we are living in more uncertain and unpredictable times, but optimism has long been a hallmark of this region and we have not yet reached the summit of our ambitions. By raising the bar of regional co-operation, by standing together, speaking with one voice and standing up for the rules-based order, we can be sure that this region will continue to go from strength to strength as we greet the dawn of an Asian century.last_img read more

Press release: Drought planning continues after hot summer puts pressure on environment

first_imgThe National Drought Group has urged people to use water wisely following a meeting to discuss pressure on water resources and the environment following this summer’s heat wave.The environment has suffered due to the driest May to July across England since 1921. The Environment Agency (EA) responded to a 330% increase in significant drought-related incidents as teams acted to protect wildlife and rescue fish struggling due to low river flows.Numerous species, habitats, birds, trees and aquatic life have been affected by the hot, dry summer and high demand for water. EA hydrologists recorded ‘exceptionally low’ river flows for 5 weeks in a row, reservoir stocks for England as a whole were at historic lows for the end of July and soils were the driest on record in the North West.The EA’s Chief Executive, Sir James Bevan, chaired the National Drought Group meeting and received updates from water companies, discussed ways to protect the environment and sustain support for farmers and businesses. Water companies were asked to outline progress against agreed action plans to maintain water supplies while protecting the environment. They reported that there are no current plans to bring in Temporary Use Bans (hosepipe bans) although water restrictions remain a possibility if rainfall in September is low.The EA has taken a range of actions to respond to the impacts of dry weather including: Over the last few months of prolonged dry weather the Environment Agency, the water companies and many others have been working hard together to reduce the risk of water restrictions and balance the needs of the public, businesses and the environment. Supporting farmers by allowing more flexibility with water abstraction in order to safeguard food production and animal welfare. Operating water transfers to help maintain river flows. Increased monitoring and inspection of businesses abstracting water to ensure they are not taking more water than they need. Issuing 4 drought permits to United Utilities at locations in Cumbria, should they be needed later in the year. Not cleaning EA fleet vehicles and office windows to avoid unnecessary water usage. Although August has seen dry periods interrupted by bouts of wet weather, the Met Office 3 month outlook for September to November forecasts that above average temperatures and slightly lower than average rainfall are likely.Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency said: Despite the recent rain, we will need to continue to collaborate closely as we move into autumn. All of us have a role to play in helping to protect the environment and maintain supplies. We encourage everyone to use water wisely.last_img read more

News story: UK agreements with the EEA EFTA states and Switzerland

first_imgEEA EFTA and Swiss nationals who want to stay beyond the end of the implementation period will be able to apply to the UK’s Settlement Scheme in the same way as EU citizens, and will need to do so by June 2021.EEA EFTA Separation Agreement and ExplainerSwiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement and ExplainerEEA EFTA Separation AgreementSwiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement Intellectual property Ongoing judicial procedures The UK has reached agreements with Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway and with Switzerland toaddress separation issues including protecting the rights of our citizens who have chosen to call eachother’s countries home.The Swiss deal protects the rights of the 40,000 UK nationals living in Switzerland, 14,000 Swissnationals living in the UK, and around 2,600 UK nationals who frontier work into Switzerland (mainlyfrom other EU Member States). Their rights will also be protected in a no deal scenario.The EEA/EFTA deal protects the rights of the 17,000 UK nationals living in the EEA EFTA states and15,000 EEA EFTA nationals living in the UK. We are discussing no deal arrangements with the EEAEFTA states.The separation issues covered by this agreement are: Data protection This is significant, given that total UK trade with the EEA EFTA states amounted to almost £30bn in2017.In a joint statement, the Governments of the UK, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein said: In a joint statement, the UK and Swiss governments said:center_img We are pleased to have reached this agreement. It will protect the rights of our citizens as the UKleaves the EU, and it will provide certainty to businesses. We want to put in place new arrangementsfrom the end of the implementation period to protect our historic relationships, including in the areaof trade. In light of the UK’s exit from the EU, Switzerland and the UK have been in discussions on a citizens’rights agreement. The legal text of this agreement has now been finalised and agreed by bothgovernments. This will ensure citizens can continue living their lives broadly as now, and secure therights Swiss and UK citizens currently enjoy. We want to put in place new arrangements from the endof the implementation period to protect our historic relationships. Public procurement Ongoing police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters Arrangements on goods placed on the UK or EEA EFTA marketslast_img read more