Yukon First Nation celebrates 20 years of self government

first_imgShirley McLeanAPTN NewsA Yukon First Nation is celebrating 20 years of self-government at this year’s bi-annual Moosehide Gathering.It’s one of the territory’s largest cultural celebrations and is held just down river from Dawson [email protected]@shirlmcleanlast_img

Navy Would Lose Carrier Air Wing under FY17 Request

first_imgThe Navy would cut an aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., along with its five associated squadrons, under its $165 billion budget request for fiscal 2017 released earlier this week.The proposal would reduce the number of aircraft carrier air wings in the Navy from 10 to nine.“This proposal will allow the Navy to match the number of air wings to the number of deployable aircraft carriers,” Rear Adm. William Lescher told reporters during a budget briefing Tuesday. “It reflects the practice of having one carrier in refueling and complex overhaul, and one carrier in an extended maintenance availability at any time,” said Lescher, the service’s deputy assistant secretary for budget.The aircraft would be allocated among the remaining squadrons and would boost readiness among the squadrons by reducing the dwell time between deployments, he said. Deployments can last for up to four years for wings attached to carriers undergoing refueling and a complex overhaul, reported Navy Times.The plan already has been attacked by the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees.Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas.) told reporters the Navy’s proposal was “a little disturbing,” but said would study it more closely before offering an official position. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the request likely was a non-starter.Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services’ Seapower Subcommittee, pointed to the plan as simply the latest attempt by the Obama administration to shrink the Navy, reported Politico. “So far, we’ve been pretty successful in putting all that back,” he said. “When you look right now and we have gaps with our carriers currently, and they’re going to take out an air wing? I mean, it really doesn’t make good military sense,” Forbes said.The budget request also calls for the Navy to eliminate 6,300 sailor slots, shrinking the service from 329,200 billets to 322,900 billets. The proposal includes the cruiser modernization program, which the service first broached two years ago. It would dock up to half of the fleet’s 22 cruisers to reduce staffing needs and extend the ships’ service lives.“This is an approach that leverages the saving of over $3 billion over [the next five years] in operating costs and maintains the best overall force balance,” Lescher said. “It retains the air-defense commander capable platforms in the force into the 2040s and allows us to reallocate personnel elsewhere in the fleet.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Switzerland grants final special stripper visas

first_imgMore than 700 foreign strippers received a special Swiss work permit in 2015, the last issued in a controversial programme that expires on January 1, the immigration office said today.Switzerland began awarding eight-month permits in 1995 to women from outside the European Union who wanted to come to the country to work as strippers and cabaret dancers.The programme was meant to protect people who may have otherwise been vulnerable to sex traffickers, and dancers from Russia, the Dominican Republic and Thailand were among the top recipients.But following a prolonged investigation, Swiss authorities in 2014 announced that the programme was no longer serving a protective role, with some permit holders subjected to forced prostitution after arrival in the country.Migration office spokeswoman Lea Wertheimer confirmed that the programme will formally be cancelled as of the new year.last_img read more

Tamana and FDCI harness the power of inclusion

first_imgTamana along with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) organised its annual fashion show on September 15, titled ‘Unity in Diversity’. The event was co-hosted by Hyatt Regency Delhi.The event commenced with a live heart warming performance by Diwakar of Sa Re Ga Ma Little Champs and Kenji Hiramatsu. Ambassador of Japan to India graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.The show began with an inclusion walk where Patricia Hiramatsu, wife of Kenji Hiramatsu, Harinder Singh Sidhu, High Commissioner of Australia and Joanna Kempkers, High Commissioner of New Zealand to India walked the ramp. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe children of Tamana exuded confidence while walking along with the models wearing ensembles created by FDCI designers – 11.11 CellDsgn, Alpana Neeraj, Amit Aggarwal, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Payal Pratap Singh, Rajesh Pratap Singh and Rimzim Dadu, along with other designers – Asha Gautam by Gautam Gupta and Asha Rani Gupta, Ridhi Arora and Namita Bansal.What made this years’ event extra special is that for the first time the ensembles designed and manufactured by the differently-abled at the sublimation unit at Tamana’s Skill Development Centre debuted on the catwalk.The evening concludedwith Tamana Chona, dressed in Amit Aggarwal, expressing her gratitude to the distinguished audience at the show along with actress Soundarya Sharma in Alpana Neeraj ensemble. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Shayama Chona, Founder and President, Tamana said,”The fascinating fashion show promoting ‘We are One’ irrespective of intellectual and physical differences is wonderfully put by Tamana, FDCI and Hyatt. According to me, these kids are born with a mission to remind us that we may have everything, but they are much greater in their purity of heart.”Entitled as the Crusader of Inclusion by Tamana, Sunil Sethi, President FDCI said, “I am delighted to be a part of an event that celebrates inclusion in the most graceful manner, driving home the point that all humans are equal. Dr.Shayama Chona has done wonders with Tamana, an organisation that works selflessly for the specially-abled.”last_img read more