Democratic leaders on Wednesday slammed the Republicans’ opening offer for a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill over more than 30 “poison pill” add-ons covering policy issues including the environment, financial regulations and Syrian refugees.“Their offer wasn’t real. We couldn’t accept it,” said Rep. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee.“When you’re working on a bill that, you know, we hope can pass the House and the Senate, you don’t send over an offer … that’s going nowhere,” Lowey said, reported the Hill.On Wednesday night, Democrats said they intended to respond to the GOP with a counteroffer shortly. The back-and-forth comes as lawmakers are trying to strike a deal over a $1.1 trillion spending package before the current continuing resolution expires Dec. 11. Even though topline spending levels were agreed to in October’s two-year budget deal, Congress still needs to come to terms over 12 separate spending titles, including any language affecting federal policy.The Republican’s initial offer, however, did not touch most of the thousands of smaller, line-by-line agreements on funding levels and bill language struck by appropriations staff in recent weeks, reported CQ.The process is typical of high-level discussions conducted under a looming deadline, although the negotiations usually take place hidden from public view. In fact, Democrats said they will not be releasing any details on their response.Examples of provisions rejected by the Democrats include one scaling back Wall Street reforms and another adding hurdles to the screening process for refugees fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq, according to the Hill.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest echoed the concerns of congressional Democrats about the objectionable riders, and said Republicans are “whistling past the graveyard of a government shutdown.” Earnest specifically pointed to Republican language on financial and environmental regulations, reported CQ. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
ARLINGTON, MA — Janice L. Ferrone (Kadlec), age 78 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019. She was born June 11, 1940 in Wilmington, Massachusetts to Charles and Edna Kadlec. Janice spent her earlier years as a caregiver to elders and later in life worked at Arlington High School in the cafeteria. She devoted many years to helping others. Janice was a devoted Red Sox fan and enjoyed cheering on the world series teams and her favorite player Big Papi. She was an avid walker and spent many days walking around Arlington and Harvard Square. Janice enjoyed time in the kitchen and cooking for her family and friends.She loved spending time with her family especially her children John Ferrone and his wife Kathleen Ferrone of Woburn, MA, Bryan Ferrone and his wife Karen Ferrone of Auburn NH, Denise Hess and her husband Zackary Hess of Leominster MA, and Paul Ferrone of Leominster MA. She is survived by her brother Robert Kadlec and his wife Connie Kadlec who reside in Florida. Janice is also survived by her grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana”, Dannielle Ferrone, Ryan and his wife Aileen Ferrone, Ashley Ferrone, Andrea Ferrone, Michael Ferrone, Rebecca Hess, Renee Hess, Christopher Ferrone, and her great grandson Cameron Ferrone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.The family will greet friends and relatives from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday January 24th followed by a ceremony at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street in Arlington MA.Janice L. (Kadlec) Ferrone(NOTE: The above obituary is from Keefe Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Town of Wilmington seeks talented individuals to join the summer Recreation Department team for the following position. Employment application forms can be found on the town website at www.wilmingtonma.gov.Playground Leaders – approximately 25 hours per weekPlayground Leaders act as a role model and hero to campers entering grades 2 – 8. The primary responsibility is overall supervision, including the insurance of participants’ well-being and to make certain their Playground experience is as fun and rewarding as possible. Leaders plan, lead and implement programs and experiences for children in small and large group settings.The Playground Program will operate Monday – Friday from June 24 – July 31, no July 4, with staff on site from 8:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Playground Leaders must be available to work all days of the program.Working under the direction and supervision of the Playground Supervisors, duties include, but are not limited to: leading various physical and non-physical activities and enforcement of Playground rules.Qualifications at time of application: Must love working with children and having fun! Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.Hourly rate: $12.00We will accept applications until positions are filled.Application process:Please submit an employment application form to: Karen Campbell, Recreation Director, Wilmington Town Hall, 121 Glen Rd., Wilmington, MA 01887, or electronically as a PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note “Summer Recreation Employment” in the subject line.(NOTE: The above job announcement is from the Town of Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: Wilmington Recreation Department Hiring Tiny Tots & Kids Club Program Leaders This SummerIn “Government”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Rec Department Seeking Summer Playground Program Staff; Great Job For Teens (16 & Up)!In “Business”
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister and Awami League (AL) president Sheikh Hasina will begin her party’s election campaign on 30 January, almost a year ahead of the upcoming national parliamentary polls.She will visit Barisal on 8 February and then other divisional cities as part of her polls campaign tour, party leaders said.Premier Hasina will then start touring the administrative districts, in view of their importance for the AL during the parliamentary elections.Other central AL leaders will in the meantime start their countrywide campaign from 26 January, they said. A total of 15 separate teams have been formed for these tours.A office has been set up in the city’s Dhanmondi to manage election strategies, monitoring and organisational activities.In the past, Hasina had always begun her election campaign after the election schedule was announced. She used to start or end her campaign by visiting the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RH).According to senior AL leaders, this is a ‘pre-election campaign’. The premier will have several more tours after the polls schedule is announced, sources in the party said.The premier, while addressing the nation to mark the completion of her government’s four years at the helm, spoke on when and how the next elections will take place.In her 12 January address to the nation, Hasina expressed her optimism that all the parties registered with the election commission (EC) would join the elections to be held under her government.Hasina’s speech has heated up the election-oriented political activities in the country. Things are likely to heat up further with the divisional and district wise election campaign of the prime minister and other AL leaders, observers say.AL leaders think there is no chance of repeating the 5 January 2014 election as BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is determined to participate in the next elections.The AL leaders also feel that early campaigning is needed to control the situation to address any grudges among the people as the government has stayed in power for two continuous terms. The party’s internal conflicts with more than one candidate vying for nomination in most of the seats is also an issue, party leaders admitted.AL presidium member Abdur Razzak told Prothom Alo that there is no other option than campaigning. The Awami League will definitely win if the people are apprised of the development works of the government, he added. He said that the party will be much stronger after prime minister and the party committees complete their respected tours.City corporation, national polls both in sightThe Awami League and government sources said along with visiting the shrine and holding political rallies, the prime minster during her Sylhet tour will inaugurate and lay the foundation of several development projects. All her official visits outside of Dhaka will include political rallies.Reliable AL sources said the divisional tours are being carried out with the national and city corporation elections in view. The city corporation elections in five cities – Gazipur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal – are expected to be held in March-April.According to the local government election rules, the prime minister, ministers, and member of the parliament, cannot participate in any election campaign.That is why the ruling party chief is expected to complete her divisional tour before the election schedule is announced.BNP candidates won in all these five city corporation elections in 2013.15 teams of central leadersEach of the 15 teams of the central leaders comprises six to 16 members. These teams will hold rallies and meetings from upazila to district level till the announcement of the national election schedule. The party has 76 organisational districts across the country, distributed among these teams.AL presidium member Faruk Khan said the committees will hold meetings to explain to the people the merits of electing Awami AL candidates. The committees will also make people understand the demerits of electing the BNP-Jamaat alliance candidates and the loss they have done to the country, he added.A central AL leader, on condition of anonymity, said party chief Sheikh Hasina has asked the party leaders to highlight two factors. Firstly, the development done by the government and secondly, the violence allegedly committed by BNP-Jamaat men and the graft case against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family.The publication section of the party has been instructed to publish booklets on a large scale on the development works done by the government and also highlighting the negative activities of the BNP.Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) secretary Bodiul Alam said it is the AL’s political right to show the government’s development and to promote the negative activity of the opposition. But, he said, there is also the question as to whether the other parties are getting the same right or not as the opposition is not allowed to hold any programme and is attacked in the streets.According to him, there should be level-playing field for everyone.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Saimul Huda.
Next week, the AFRO delves more into Rev. Bryant’s spiritual journey and ministry. Rev. Jamal H. BryantFor the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, the call to social activism and service is like a fire shut up in his bones – something intrinsic and undeniable. “It is something that really has become part of my DNA,” said Bryant.For the 42-year-old Baltimore pastor, serving the community – whether directly through his Empowerment Temple church, or by crusading nationally to effect some needed change – is as much a part of his calling to ministry as is preaching the gospel. It is the same kind of “liberation theology” espoused by icons of the Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement, such as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.“Especially for a Black clergy, I don’t think you have an option,” he said of pursuing a ministry that empowers people who are oppressed. “The role of the clergy is really to inform the community [of] what is taking place, what is our value, what is our stake in the game, as well as to inspire, to say this is achievable . . ., that Black people have never gone to battle and lost,” Bryant added. “Everything we’ve fought for in America we’ve gotten, it’s just what we do after the victory that has really put us at a disadvantage.”It is for this dedication to service that The AFRO American Newspaper will be honoring Rev. Bryant Oct. 7 with its John H. Murphy Sr. Award, named in honor of the company’s founder, a former slave who exemplified strong character, unwavering courage, and a commitment to the community.“It means absolutely the world to me. I’m humbled by it,” said Bryant of the recognition.This is not the first time – and likely not the last – the minister has been recognized for his work, particularly in his role as a conciliator in communities plagued by violence.Bryant’s work in conflict-resolution and other community problem-solving began even before he became a pastor. “I was the national youth and college director of the NAACP at the height of the rap West Coast-East Coast rivalry when Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace Biggie Smalls were killed. And I pulled together a hip-hop summit between East and West Coast rap artists trying to see what we could do to bridge the divide and broker some peace,” Bryant recalled.Frustratingly, however, Black-on-Black crime continues to be a scourge on urban communities like Baltimore. “The normalization of Black-on-Black crime is to such degree that we’re no longer impacted or affected. We just move on as if we just heard on the news the weather report,” Bryant said.Extrajudicial violence against African Americans also continues to be a problem, as evidenced in the February 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by community watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla., and the August 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by White police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.Bryant serves as a spiritual mentor to both families and added his voice to the thousands of others seeking justice in both cases. He is working with Martin’s family and Florida U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson (D) to develop a “Trayvon Martin bill” addressing racial profiling, the prison pipeline system, and other issues.“I am hopeful and optimistic that this will be ground zero of a new civil rights movement,” Bryant said of the protests in Ferguson. “For two weeks over 2,000 young people were up at night, protesting and marching even in the face of riot gear and tanks and tear gas.“Ordinarily,that would be the end of it. To have that kind of consistency, [protests ongoing for weeks] I have not seen it in my lifetime and I’m excited about it.”The Ferguson, Mo., protests, Bryant said, has seen the emergence of new leadership voices, and it’s the first cause of such magnitude which hasn’t had a national voice—usually a Black pastor—attached to it.It is one sign of a kind of “new-school” activism, Bryant said, that also involves vehicles such as theColorofChange.org, which can collect upwards of a million signatures in support of myriad issues and other cyberactivism, such as what Anonymous did in shutting downthe network of the Ferguson Police Department.“Then there’s an area that we have underutilized for this generation which is economic mobilization,” the soldier-minister said. “What we do to get these corporations’ attention is not marching, but marching away from the cash register. That is an area that has been gravely ignored but highly needs to be exploited.”Still, Bryant said, the old-school ways of social protest and activism – such as marching, which some have denigrated as being ineffective – remain viable. “If you would remember, initially, George Zimmerman was not even arrested,” Bryant said. “They [the police] talked to him then sent him home with a Coke and a smile. It was not until we began to march and to really blow the horn that America paid attention and said this is an issue that needs to be addressed.”Such approaches has been replicated time and again by the gay rights movement, the feminist movement, the immigration movement, labor unions and so on. “I think every organization or cause has taken a page from our book; we’re the only ones trying to throw that book away,” Bryant added.