Shimla: The ruling BJP and the Congress in Himachal Pradesh are at loggerheads over the issue of relaxation in restrictions on the purchase of land in the state.While the ruling party is in favour of easing the norms, the Congress has decided to oppose changes in the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972. Vice-president of state BJP Ganesh Dutt said they were in favour of making some ‘practical and genuine’ amendments to the law, allowing erstwhile agriculturists of the state to buy land without permission. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On the other hand, Congress state general secretary Vikramaditya Singh said no relaxation in the law would be allowed and their party would move a motion in the Vidhan Sabha in the monsoon session against any such attempt. Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act bars the transfer of land to non-agriculturists, Himachalis or non-Himachalis without permission from the state government. However, sub section 2 (g) gives non-agriculturists the right to purchase a house or land for building a house from the Himachal Pradesh Housing and Urban Development Authority without permission. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KCommenting on the issue, Dutt said, “The BJP is of the view that those people whose ancestors were agriculturists and owned agriculture land but sold it before the implementation of the Act in 1972 to start some other business, should be allowed to buy land without any permission.” The BJP state vice-president said there were several non-Himachali bureaucrats who were not even agriculturists but had purchased several bighas before the implementation of the Act. But being agriculturists on paper, they and their heirs could buy land without permission, he said, adding that they should be barred from buying land after making proper changes in the law. The BJP leader also accused the Congress of making changes in the norms for its own convenience from time to time. He alleged that the Congress had allowed its general secretary Priyanka Gandhi to purchase land for a house in Chharabra on the pretext of security concerns. So, an amendment should be made to the law, he said, adding that the Congress always started making a hue and cry whenever the BJP tried to bring “genuine changes” in the law. On the other hand, Vikramaditya Singh said the BJP should rise above the party lines and support the Congress motion in Vidhan Sabha against any attempt to make changes in the law. Interestingly, both Vikramaditya and Dutt had flayed former Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi for their demand to allow outsiders buy land in Himachal Pradesh by withdrawing Section 118 of the Act. Both leaders said the law was enacted to save forests, tribal customs and interests of small farmers. Section 118 of the tenancy act was entirely different from Article 370 of the Constitution under which a special status were given to Jammu and Kashmir, they said.
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million dollar prize was claimed by a ticket holder in British Columbia.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Sept. 5 will be approximately $7 million.
WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department says it has approved $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects.The grants will fund road, rail and port projects across the United States. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the grants on Tuesday.Chao said the grants were the product of bipartisan co-operation between congressional Republicans and Democrats. Infrastructure is seen as a potential area of agreement between the Trump administration and Democrats, who will take control of the House of Representatives in January.Boosting infrastructure spending was one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises, but he’s made little headway with a plan to invest $1.5 trillion in public and private funds over a decade.The Associated Press
Dubai: An Indian owner of a Malayalam television station in the UAE and its finance head allegedly fled the country without paying the staff their dues, after they struggled to keep the venture afloat amid mounting losses, according to a media report on Tuesday. Channel D was launched about two years ago and it operated from its boutique studio in Jumeirah in the UAE. The channel also had a unit in Kochi, Kerala. The owner and the finance head fled the UAE without paying several months of outstanding salary, the Gulf News reported. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”We had not been paid for months but in the hope of a turnaround the dozen odd staffers lumbered on. Nobody expected the end to come so soon,” an unnamed senior staff of the channel was quoted as saying by the Gulf News. The TV station’s office in Jumeirah remains shut but the channel is still on air. “They are running repeats of old shows. But even that is likely to stop when their contract with Etisalat expires this month end,” he said. A cameraman, who claims the company owes him seven months salary in arrears, said he was repeatedly assured that their dues would be settled. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We were told that a new investor has come on board and that he will take care of all our liabilities. We believed them. But now it appears that the company never had any intention to pay us,” he said. Another staffer said that the employees’ fingerprint door access control was deactivated in March while telephone lines were disconnected a month earlier. “These were obvious red flags but we didn’t suspect anything amiss because we trusted the owner,” said another staffer. The Channel has shut its Kochi unit also, the report said.
9 February 2007A new and particularly brutal round of attacks on villages in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of people into neighbouring Chad over the past month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today. A new and particularly brutal round of attacks on villages in the north of the Central African Republic (CAR) has driven hundreds of people into neighbouring Chad over the past month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today.Some 400 refugees arrived in Bekoninga, a southern Chadian village, late last month, and an estimated 200 others are expected to cross the border soon, according to Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for UNHCR in Geneva. The latest arrivals – mostly women and children and a mix of ethnic Peuls and Arabs – join about 46,000 refugees from the CAR living in four UNHCR-operated camps in southern Chad. About 300 have already been transferred to one of the camps. Ms. Pagonis said the refugees told UNHCR staff that armed rebels, sometimes in groups as large as 100, tortured and executed locals, raped women, took children for ransom and then burned the villages. The towns attacked since mid-January include Paoua and Herba, located in the Bozomom commune about 300 kilometres northwest of Bangui, the capital of the CAR. The villages of Betoko, Bemal and Pougol were also hit by anti-government forces. Last month, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator to the CAR Toby Lanzer warned that the country was experiencing violence “unlike that previously seen,” with wave after wave of attacks on villages in the northwest and northeast, widespread gender-based violence and distressingly high rates of maternal mortality. The Security Council has asked Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to submit his recommendations by the middle of this month on the possibility and scope of a UN presence in eastern Chad and northern CAR to help the two impoverished nations deal with the increasingly frequent rebel attacks.
The Asian nation’s humanitarian problems – including food shortages, a crumbling health system and lack of access to safe drinking water – seriously “hamper the fulfilment of human rights of the population,” Mr. Ban wrote in a new report to the General Assembly.A joint report by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) released last December estimated that nearly 9 million people could be hungry due to a shortage in cereals in the DPRK this year.Even with commercial imports, the country will face a cereal deficit of over 800,000 tons, according to the FAO/WFP Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission, the first such comprehensive mission conducted since 2004.In July, WFP announced that it is being forced to scale back its emergency operation to reach 6 million hungry and vulnerable people in the DPRK due to a severe lack of funding. Of the $504 million needed for the programme, only $75 million has been received so far, allowing the agency to reach only 2.3 million people.“With 70 per cent of the population dependent on the public distribution system, it is a matter of concern that Government officials are reporting declining rations,” with portions not even meeting one third of daily energy requirements, Mr. Ban said.Urban households, which have been impacted by lower salaries and employment due to the recession, have been the hardest hit by the shortage in food, the new publication noted.The Secretary-General said he is concerned at the continued decline in food assistance provided by the international community in the face of worsening food shortages.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported that malnourishment among children and women is linked to a limited food supply. The agency noted that while it can “mitigate this problem to some extent through multiple interventions, the structural and other constraints to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger continue to be challenging.”The report also stressed that the DPRK Government has not taken steps to improve human rights, with Mr. Ban characterizing the rights situation in the country as “grave.” 1 October 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the impact of the humanitarian situation on human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), where over one third of the nearly 24 million-strong population is in need of food assistance.
The average value for the Canadian dollar on Friday was 79.69 cents US, unchanged from Thursday.The U.S. dollar was at C$1.2549, up 0.01 of a cent.Pound sterling was at C$1.6383, down 0.93 of a cent, and US$1.3055, down 0.75 of a cent.The Euro was at C$1.4707, up 0.08 of a cent.Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada.
The first draft of the resolution of the United States on Sri Lanka, had noted with concern that the National Action Plan does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) of Sri Lanka.Titled Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka, the first draft of the resolution to be submitted by the US reaffirmed that it is the responsibility of the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population. “Last year’s HRC resolution encouraged brave civil society groups on the ground to continue their efforts, and the United States will introduce another resolution at this session to ensure that the international community continues to monitor progress and to again offer assistance on outstanding reconciliation and accountability issues,” she said. She noted that the work of the Council will not be done as long as Sri Lanka falls short of implementing even the recommendations of its own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) or in addressing the underlying sources of its longstanding ethnic conflict. The Unites States hops the Sri Lankan government will show cooperation on the new resolution which will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council next month.Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer told the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council today that the new resolution will be to make sure the international community monitors progress and to again offer assistance on outstanding reconciliation and accountability issues in Sri Lanka. The resolution recalls the constructive recommendations contained in the LLRC’s report, including the need to credibly investigate widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, demilitarize the north of Sri Lanka, implement impartial land dispute resolution mechanisms, re-evaluate detention policies, strengthen formerly independent civil institutions, reach a political settlement on the devolution of power to the provinces, promote and protect the right of freedom of expression for all and enact rule of law reforms. (Colombo Gazette)
After encouraging Trump meeting, firms now eyeing Canada-EU trade outcome by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated Feb 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Feeling a sense of relief following Donald Trump’s remarks on the future of U.S. trade with Canada, business leaders are now hoping for a second wave of positive news out of Europe. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump take part in a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick OTTAWA – Feeling a sense of relief following Donald Trump’s remarks on the future of U.S. trade with Canada, business leaders are now hoping for a second wave of positive news out of Europe.Corporate Canada is shifting its focus to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s trip across the Atlantic later this week.Trudeau’s visit is expected to coincide with the European Union’s ratification vote on its free-trade deal with Canada, an agreement nearly scuttled last fall due to opposition from a small region in Belgium.“The prime minister is now off to hopefully put (the Canada-EU free trade deal) in his pocket and bring it home from Europe, which would also be good news,” John Manley, the president of the Business Council of Canada, said in an interview.Canada is expected to ratify the deal after the European Parliament gives its OK, which is expected to come Wednesday. The next day, Trudeau will arrive in Strasbourg, France, where he will extol the merits of liberalized trade in a speech to the European Parliament.The deal will still need the approval of the EU’s 28 national parliaments as well as some regional governments. But 90 per cent of the deal is expected to come into force under what is known as provisional application.Trudeau will then travel to Berlin for a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, where the trade message is expected to be reinforced. Trudeau will also pay his respects at the Berlin Christmas market, where 12 people were killed after a truck driven by a Tunisian asylum seeker rammed a Christmas celebration in December.Perrin Beatty, head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, agreed that it’s important for the federal government to finalize the deal with the EU.Business leaders in Canada said they were somewhat comforted by Trump’s comments Monday after his first face-to-face meeting with Trudeau.In particular, they highlighted the president’s remark that the U.S. was in favour of “tweaking” the North American Free Trade Agreement, rather than ripping up or dramatically changing the deal, as Trump had vowed to do during the election campaign.“We’ll be doing certain things that are going to benefit both of our countries,” Trump told reporters at a joint news conference in Washington with Trudeau.“We will co-ordinate closely to protect jobs in our hemisphere and keep wealth on our continent.”There are expectations in Canada that the president’s words will help lift business confidence after weeks of companies wondering what the future will hold.But while Manley expected Canadian firms to be “somewhat placated” with regard to their concerns about the unknowns of Canada-U.S. trade, he said many key economic questions remain unanswered.“There still has to be meat put on the bones — we don’t know what tweaking NAFTA really means,” said Manley, a former Liberal cabinet minister.He said firms are still looking for clarity on the future of the congressional Republicans’ proposed border-adjustment tax, which could have serious negative effects on Canadian exports to the U.S.Manley, whose group represents around 150 chief executives, also pointed to the possibility that Trump’s promised infrastructure program could be fraught with Buy America provisions, which could force Canada to respond with similar measures.However, the joint statement from Trudeau and Trump after Monday’s meeting suggests vaguely that both leaders might be envisaging an open border when it comes to government infrastructure.“Given our shared focus on infrastructure investments, we will encourage opportunities for companies in both countries to create jobs through those investments,” the statement reads.Beatty said the uncertainty has created a “chilling effect” among his members, who have been telling him that they want to know the rules of the game before they make any multimillion-dollar investments in Canada.Some of those fears have eased, he noted.“I think that people, as of today, have confidence that the relationship is fundamentally sound,” said Beatty, who, however, expects firms to seek more clarity going forward.“Again, I think everybody recognizes that there are contentious issues that we have to deal with between the two countries and it won’t always be easy.”Rona Ambrose, the Conservative interim leader, said late Monday that the Liberals must make domestic changes to remain competitive.Trump, she pointed out, has vowed to reduce energy costs, lower corporate and personal taxes and loosen regulations in the U.S.Ambrose accused the Liberals of introducing policies that have raised costs for Canadians — from a carbon tax, to an income-tax hike for top earners, to higher payroll costs for employers through the expanded Canada Pension Plan.“We need to reassess the fact that we are leading this country down an uncompetitive path,” Ambrose told reporters in Ottawa.“We have to reassess what we’re doing up here, and you know, as a lot of people have said, recalibrate and think about what impact this is going to have on us and our ability to create jobs.”When it comes to “tweaking” NAFTA, she warned that Trudeau must be careful to protect a target of U.S. officials in the past: Canada’s protectionist, supply-managed dairy sector.Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the wrong timing for the visit
According to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the car bomb attack occurred early in the day as the UN and Malian troops were jointly securing a bank in downtown Kidal. The explosion killed two Senegalese blue helmets and wounded several members of MINUSMA and the Malian armed forces. “All those responsible for this criminal act must be brought to justice,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “The United Nations remains undeterred in its mission to support the people and Government of Mali in building lasting peace in their country.“The Secretary-General encourages all Malians to reject violence and support the peace process, including through their participation in Sunday’s second round of legislative elections,” his spokesperson added.Bert Koenders, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSMA, also stressed the need for those responsible for the attack to be identified and brought to justice. “This attack will not undermine our determination and our commitment to restore peace and security in Mali,” he stated in a news release. In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member Security Council condemned the attack “in the strongest terms,” and reiterated its full support to MINUSMA and French forces who support it. “The members of the Security Council stressed that those responsible for this attack shall be held accountable, and called on the Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice.”MINUSMA was established by the Council in April and tasked with using “all necessary means” to carry out security-related stabilization tasks, protect civilians, UN staff and cultural artefacts, and create the conditions for provision of humanitarian aid.Its core task is to support the political process in Mali, in close coordination with the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).“The members of the Security Council reiterated their support to the Malian authorities and MINUSMA to stabilize Mali, re-establish State administration throughout the country and launch an effective and inclusive national dialogue,” the statement added.
In a statement, Mr. Guterres urged the country’s political leaders to present a united front “with a view to furthering the ambitious agenda set out by Lebanon and its international partners.”“The elections represent a vital step in strengthening Lebanon’s state institutions and consolidating its democratic tradition,” added the Secretary-General.The UN chief also said that he looks forward to the formation of the new government.The statement added that the whole UN system would continue to support Lebanon and its “sovereignty, stability, and political independence in accordance with the Taif Accord – the agreement which ended the decades-long civil war in the country – as well as relevant Security Council resolutions”.Sunday’s parliamentary vote for the first to be held since 2009.It is also the first time Lebanon has gone to the polls since the start of the Syrian crisis, which has driven more than 1.5 million desperate Syrians from their homes, to seek refuge in the country.
Addressing a leading forum on development in Brussels, known as European Development Days, Ms. Mohammed said that the joint Spotlight Initiative was a key element for making Global Goal 5 on women’s empowerment, of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, a reality.Now in the third year of working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the forum this year is shining a spotlight on gender equality.“Without equality and empowerment, we will simply perpetuate today’s paradigm: trying to address all the world’s challenges with only half the world’s assets,” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed in her opening remarks.She painted a picture of women not fully included in decision-making, being subjected to a “global pandemic” of violence against women and girls.“Attacks and discrimination are deeply embedded in social norms, attitudes and practices,” she asserted. “Addressing these mindsets will require significant investments of time, resources and political will.”The UN deputy chief cited the World Bank in detailing how women’s equal participation in the labor force had the potential to unlock $160 trillion for sustainable development reinvestment.Without equality and empowerment, we will simply perpetuate today’s paradigm — UN deputy chief, Amina Mohammed“Yet a stark reality prevails: more women than men live in extreme poverty,” she continued, adding that the worldwide pay gap stands at 23 per cent, and gender roles have been too slow to change.Ms. Mohammed pointed to the benefit of reaching SDG 5 — for the more than 190 countries around the world who signed up to the Goals in 2015 — which calls for gender equality and women’s empowerment.“I often call it the ‘docking station’ for all the goals,” she said, flagging that Spotlight builds on civil society leadership and aims to address some of the imbalances women face.Noting that worldwide, almost one-in-two women murdered are killed by a partner or ex-partner, she said that in some countries, “Spotlight will focus on the most extreme form of violence – femicide.”“Often,” she continued, “in the wake of these murders, we find that women have indeed reported to the police, or sought medical care. But service providers did not have adequate information or the means to identify the risk.” Some of the violence takes place due to the broader insecurity that women face, particularly where they are advocating for women’s rights.Ms Mohammed also underscored the UN’s commitment to lead by example by empowering women within the Organization itself, working towards – for the first time in UN history – full gender parity in the Senior Management Group and among those nominated to be Resident Coordinators, the UN’s team leaders on the ground. “We have a long way to go. But we have a plan and we have the will,” she stressed.
Merry Internet pranksters Improv Everywhere pulled off another successful No Pants Subway ride this weekend. Not quite ces numbers, but according to initial estimates from the group, some 3,500 New Yorkers participated in the event, removing their bottoms and enjoying all that our city’s wonderful public transportation system has to offer–quite the feat, given the fact that it never got any warmer than 32 degrees.Events were also held in 50 other cities in 24 countries, from chilly Minneapolis to the far more pleasant São Paulo. Video from last year’s event after the jump.
Former Premier says PNP left plan for Salt Cay airport, but there is no evidence of the claim Related Items:flights, Tciaa InterCaribbean Airways encourages ESTA registration Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Aug 2015 – STATEMENT FROM TCIAAThe Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority wishes to announce that due to the weakening of Tropical Storm Erika, and the improvement in weather conditions; Providenciales, Grand Turk, North Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay airports are open to flight operations.The 5 a.m. (0900 GMT) forecast shows the storm moving westnorthwest over the island of Cuba near 20 mph before turning northwest. Maximum sustained winds are 40 mph with higher gusts and extend to 140 miles east of the center of the storm.Passengers are asked to contact their respective airline for flight scheduling.
AC Milan midfielder Suso revealed that a return to his native Spain over the past two summers has been a possibilityThe Spaniard joined Milan from Liverpool in January 2015 and has since emerged as one of the most promising talents in the Serie A.In light of this, Suso had been linked with a return to Liverpool along with a switch to Tottenham in the Premier League last season.However, Suso remained at the San Siro and has continued his fine form this term with four goals and eight assists in 12 Serie A matches.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.But now Suso has announced a switch to La Liga had been a possibility with Atletico Madrid.“It’s true, there were contacts with Atletico Madrid,” said Suso, according to Football-Italia.“In the last two summers, I’ve had options to return to Spain.”Suso is contracted at Milan until June 2022.
The Pakistani Aquaculture Trade Team visits the Desert Springs Tilapia Farm in Arizona.The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health program (ASA/WISHH) is currently co-hosting a Pakistani Aquaculture trade team under the USDA-funded FEEDing Pakistan program. The team—made up of six individuals including fish farmers, an animal nutritionist and an animal feed engineer—is attending a two-week Fresh Water Aquaculture Training Course in the U.S. under the leadership of R.S.N. Janjua, ASA/WISHH’s Country Representative in Pakistan. The course was organized by Kansas State University (KSU).Last week the team attended the World Aquaculture Society’s Aquaculture America Conference and Exhibition in Seattle followed by training at the University of Arizona. The training in Arizona, led by Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons, included a visit to the Desert Tilapia Farm in Hyder, AZ. The team is concluding training this week in Manhattan, Kansas with KSU’s International Grains Program (IGP). Dr. Dirk Maier, Director of IGP and faculty are hosting trainings focused on soy-based floating feed production, storage and use.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request to halt the killing of California sea lions that eat protected salmon at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.The Humane Society of the United States wanted to stop the lethal injections while its suit against the practice works its way through the courts.Judge Michael Simon had said the request faced difficult tests in such legal circumstances. The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/LK0oJ6) he ruled Wednesday it didn’t pass the tests.Eleven California sea lions were trapped and killed this spring. Another was sent to an aquarium. The rest have largely returned to their oceanic breeding grounds after the spring fish run.Simon has said he wants to rule on the suit itself before the sea lions return next year.
MIAMI (WSVN) – One person has died and six others have been hospitalized following a collision involving a fire rescue truck on Interstate 95.Florida Highway Patrol said Miami Fire Rescue personnel responded around 2 a.m., Saturday, to the crash near Northwest 62nd Street when a Toyota SUV slammed into their rescue truck.Four occupants in the Toyota SUV were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. A fifth passenger in the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.“One of the firefighters ran over to the vehicle that crashed into the truck and we found five people that were in this vehicle,” said Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll. “We have called for additional resources, making this a level one mass casualty incident.”Two Fire Rescue members were also hospitalized and are currently in stable condition.Police are still investigating how the driver of the Toyota lost control of the vehicle.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR A proposed wind farm on the shores of Lake Ontario could pose a threat to training activities at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, according to local opponents of the project.Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy has proposed building 70 turbines about 25 miles from the base in the towns of Somerset and Yates.“If there’s the simplest little hiccup in this base’s operation, why give Washington bureaucrats in the Department of Defense and the Pentagon an easy reason to say, ‘Let’s close this base’?” former New York state Attorney General Dennis Vacco asked during a news conference Wednesday in front of the base’s main gate. Vacco was retained by Somerset to fight the wind project, reported Buffalo News.The turbines would be in the flight path for drones expected to fly training missions from the Niagara Falls base to Fort Drum in Watertown, after construction of a command center is completed at the air reserve station, Vacco said.“There is military air space over Lake Ontario,” said Eric Durr, spokesman for the New York National Guard.The base’s lack of encroachment has been a key attribute that has helped it avoid closure in the past, according a letter sent to the state Public Service Commission by three retired colonels from the base.“The construction of these turbines could indeed pose a serious encroachment threat into the MOA [military operating area],” the letter said. The retired officers wrote the letter at the request of Save Ontario Shores, a citizen group opposed to the wind farm.Officials at the air reserve station are not taking a position on the wind project, according to the story. “We’re performing the mission as always, and we’re awaiting the outcome of the study,” spokeswoman Maj. Andrea Pitruzzella said in reference to an obstruction evaluation the FAA will be conducting. “We certainly appreciate across the board that everyone involved is considering our mission,” she said.
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