Dan Cohen AUTHOR A planned reduction of 600 personnel at Red River Army Depot (RRAD), Texas, announced last month is a result of a declining workload that follows a drop in the tempo of the military’s overseas operations over the past 10 years. “Peak operational tempo for the present campaigns was achieved around 2008,” said Dennis Lewis of the Texas Military Preparedness Commission. “Since then, we’ve been in a gradual state of reduction of operations. Equipment has been repaired, refitted and returned to their respective units, which is what RRAD does,” Lewis said. Unless Congress allocates funds to increase readiness, Red River’s workload soon will reach pre-9/11 levels, he added.Additional staff cuts may be necessary if the depot’s decline in work tempo persists, reports the Texarkana Gazette.Photo by Jennifer Bacchus
Twitter The GRAMMY nominee is raising awareness for mental health while on tour through her CAST on Tour program, which kicked off Feb. 26 in San DiegoRenée FabianGRAMMYs Feb 27, 2018 – 2:24 pm As she embarks on her Tell Me You Love Me tour in support of her 2017 album of the same name, Demi Lovato isn’t just sharing her inspirational music with fans around the world, she’s making a difference by raising awareness for mental health.For the second consecutive tour, the GRAMMY nominee is again bringing along CAST on Tour, an initiative of the mental health advocacy organization CAST Foundation. She previously teamed with the recovery center during last year’s co-headlining Future Now tour with Nick Jonas.The pre-show sessions will allow Lovato and Mike Bayer, founder/CEO of CAST Centers and chairman of the CAST Foundation, to discuss mental health awareness while giving space to attendees to share their own personal experiences with mental illness.The initiative kicked off Feb. 26 in San Diego, where Lovato invited student survivors of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Fla., to attend the session. Lovato also brought the students — Julius Castillo, Mackenzie Marie Chapman, Samantha Megan Deitsch, Maia Hebron, Eden Hebron, and Sarah Stricker — onstage during her performance later in the evening, in addition to inviting the audience to donate toward mental health resources for the students impacted by the school shooting through a CAST Foundation text donation.Tonight is the night! We also have #CASTontour back!! Make sure you guys are following @castcenters and @castontour on Instagram for a chance to join us and see who is speaking — Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 26, 2018CAST on Tour will follow Lovato for 20 tour dates, including stops Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, Minneapolis, Detroit, and Philadelphia, among others, concluding on March 31 in Tampa, Fla. Lovato’s world tour, with special guests DJ Khaled and Kehlani, will continue around the globe through June 27.”Bringing CAST on Tour was very important to me because I want to be able to reach and inspire my fans. Tonight was our first night of the tour and it was incredibly special,” Lovato said in a statement. “I was able to bring out and meet a few of the students that had to experience the shooting in Florida on the 14th. It was such an honor to meet them and hear their courageous stories. I want to make sure their voices are being heard and we can provide them with the mental health and post-trauma care they need.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Email Facebook Demi Lovato Advocates For Mental Health On Tour demi-lovato-brings-mental-health-front-and-center-during-tour Demi Lovato Brings Mental Health Front And Center During Tour News
The 7th Central Pay Commission’s (CPC) proposals, if accepted by the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday at the proposed Cabinet meeting, could trigger a rally on Sensex and select stocks.The biggest gainers could be fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) stocks that outperformed the respective benchmark indices â€” BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty â€” on Tuesday ahead of the likely Cabinet meeting. The Sensex was up 0.46 percent and the Nifty 50 closed 0.41 percent higher.On the BSE, FMCG index gained 1.75 percent, while the Nifty FMCG was the highest sectoral gainer, up 2.07 percent, followed by Nifty Realty at 1.04 percent.FMCG gainers The biggest FMCG gainer on the BSE was cigarette-making company Godfrey Philips that closed 8.77 percent higher at Rs. 901.95. Other prominent companies that ended in the green included Hindustan Unilever (up 3.25 percent at Rs. 887.75), ITC (up 2.59 percent) and Britannia Industries (2.16 percent). On the NSE also, these companies were the top gainers in the Nifty FMCG sectoral index. The rally in FMCG stocks was apparently in response to the buzz in the media that the Modi government could accord its approval to the 7th CPC’s recommendations.Auto stocksSelect scrips in the auto space rallied on Tuesday in the range of 1.2 to 3 percent, with tyre maker MRF being the biggest gainer at 2.98 percent, followed by Bosch, Eicher Motors, Motherson Sumi Systems, Maruti Suzuki, Apollo Tyes and TVS Motor Co.Incidentally, automobile companies will be declaring their volume sales for June on Friday.Realty stocksGodrej Properties gained 7.17 percent to close at Rs. 359.30, followed by Phoenix Mills, Unitech and NBCC. A spurt in home buying is also bound to lead in an increase in demand for home loans, bringing relief to commercial banks that are saddled with bad loans, predominantly to large industries.IT stocks extend lossesIn contrast, the information technology indices on both the exchanges lost about 1 percent, on persisting fears of Brexit on their revenues and future growth. Infosys, TCS, Tech Mahindra and Wipro ended in the red.
Logo of BNPBNP on Monday briefed foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the outcome of the two-phase dialogue with the ruling alliance and the party’s various concerns about the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, on behalf of the party, also apprised the diplomats of the party’s various observations on the country’s latest political situation at a closed-door meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, said party insiders.BNP chairperson’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed said they briefed the foreign envoys about the country’s latest political situation.He said the meeting began around 4pm and continued for an hour.BNP organising secretary Shama Obaed said diplomats from around 35 countries, including the USA, the UK, EU, UN, Canada, India, Pakistan, China, Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland, joined the briefing.BNP standing committee members Rafiqul Islam Miah, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nazrul Islam Khan, and chairperson’s adviser Sabihuddin Ahmed were, among others, present at the meeting.Shama said the BNP leaders talked about the country’s overall situation, dialogue over the election and other political issues.Wishing anonymity, a BNP leader who was present at the meeting told UNB they informed the diplomats that though they held talks with the prime minister-led 14-party alliance twice to reach a political consensus aiming to ensure a credible election, the dialogue outcome is almost zero due to the government’s ‘rigid’ stance and non-compromising attitude.They also told the foreign envoys that their party and alliances have decided to join the election for the sake of democracy, but the government and the election commission are not taking any step for ensuring a level-playing field and holding an acceptable election.The BNP leaders also talked about the continued arrest of BNP leaders and activists in ‘fictitious’ cases despite the prime minister’s assurance to stop it.”We also informed the diplomats about the election commission’s biased role in announcing the election schedule and rescheduling it,” he said.The BNP leader said they also shared their various concerns about the election.He said the foreign envoys appreciated BNP for their decision to join the election and hoped that democracy will be consolidated in Bangladesh through a fair election.
Nobel laureate professor Muhammad Yunus. File photoBangladeshi Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus on Tuesday called on countries to revolutionise the way they address the frequently interconnected issues of hunger and conflict, urging initiatives to foster social cohesion and rural entrepreneurship especially among the young.”If you continue the same way as you have done before, you’ll always end up with the same result…particularly on the issues of food security, agriculture, and the environment,” Yunus said.He was addressing an event at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s headquarters here to assess progress made by the FAO-Nobel Peace Laureates Alliance for Food Security and Peace.Mustering 12 Nobel prize-winners, the advocacy group was set up in 2016 and aims to break the cycle of conflict and hunger.”Unless we think differently, unless we work differently, (these issues) are not going to be resolved,” said Yunus, who won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of micro-credit and micro-finance.Hunger and conflict are intrinsically linked, the FAO said.According to FAO figures, over 60 per cent of people suffering from hunger live in areas of conflict. At the same time, there are a growing number of conflicts over natural resources to produce food, the UN agency noted.The Rome meeting reviewed an experimental peace-building project in the Central African Republic involving Christians and Muslims in agricultural production, training and social business development, as well as community dialogue to encourage social cohesion.The pilot project demonstrates that agricultural entrepreneurship can help transform communities which in turn encourage people to stay in their community rather than being forced to seek better opportunities elsewhere, Yunus said.”Farmers are excellent entrepreneurs,” Yunus underlined.The project is taking place on land owned by the Catholic Church outside the CAR capital Bangui where around 3,000 people displaced by conflict live, FAO said.The CAR project is designed by FAO, funded by the Italian government and is being implemented by its overseas aid department.The initiative draws on Yunus’ expertise in encouraging agricultural entrepreneurship, particularly among young people, and on the expertise of Yemeni human rights activist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawakkol Karman in encouraging inter-religious dialogue for peace.Other Nobel peace prize winners who are part of the Alliance include Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Mura who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her campaign against the use of rape as a weapon of war, and former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, who won the prize in 2016 for his efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.