Two tornadoes confirmed in Monday’s storms in Michiana

first_img Google+ Two tornadoes confirmed in Monday’s storms in Michiana WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The National Weather Service says two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Michiana during the fierce windstorm that swept through the region Monday.One was confirmed to have touched down six miles southwest of Wakarusa, which packed maximum winds of 110 miles per hour. Several miles of damage were reported in that area.The other was less than a mile north of North Webster, with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. Facebook WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – August 11, 2020 0 352 Facebook Previous articleRespected Plymouth business owner succumbs to COVID-19Next articleBiden selects Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate Tommie Lee Twitter Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

Rutland Free Library gets $463,000 to fix roof

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Congressman Peter Welch (D) report that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Friday made it official that the Rutland Free Library will receive $663,000 in federal support for repair of the library’s roof. The funding — a $200,000 grant and $463,000 loan — comes through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Facilities Program as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, enacted last year to promote economic recovery from the recession that began in 2008. The funds will also address the drainage issues of the building, as well as de-humidifying the basement.The award for the Rutland Library rehabilitation project was the second largest nationwide of the investments awarded by USDA on Friday. Collectively, 129 projects in 30 states were funded to build and enhance libraries in rural communities across the nation.USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas. Through this program, USDA ensures that such facilities are available to all rural residents. These funds are available to public bodies, nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about USDA Rural Development can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov(link is external).Source: Congressional delegation. 9.24.2010 # # # # #last_img read more

Labor unions to challenge jobs law at Constitutional Court

first_imgThe law revised Article 66 of the 2003 Manpower Law,  which guaranteed a specific period of hire for temporary or outsourced workers, by adding the term “indefinite work agreement”, which appears to contradict a Constitutional Court ruling that companies must have transition schemes to protect workers.The court’s rulings are final and binding.All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) president Andi Gani Nena Wea said the organization would soon submit a petition for judicial review with support from other parties.He said many lawyers had expressed their willingness to assist workers in the legal processes that accompanied the fight against the contentious law.  A number of the country’s labor unions plan to challenge the recently passed Job Creation Law through a petition for judicial review with the Constitutional Court.The National Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN) said a special team had been deployed to scrutinize the 905-page law to single out provisions that contradicted the Constitution or infringed on workers’ rights.“Our team is studying the law to file the judicial review petition,” KSPN president Ristadi told kompas.com on Tuesday, adding that provisions regarding temporary and outsourced workers were among the most problematic parts of the law. Read also: Labor unions strike, stage rallies to oppose controversial new jobs law“The KSPSI, as the largest workers’ confederation in the country, will file a [petition for] judicial review with the Constitutional Court […]. A lot of advocates are willing to fight with us in court,” Andi said, as quoted by kompas.com.The Job Creation Law, which the government claimed would improve bureaucratic efficiency and cut red tape binding business permits and investment, has received significant opposition from labor unions and members of the public who see it as a threat to social justice and environmental sustainability.In addition to being detrimental to workers, critics argued, the law would be harmful to the environment as it made the environmental licensing requirements for businesses less rigorous. The law requires only businesses that have “important effects on the environment” to conduct environmental impact analyses (Amdal).Under the law, the government is allowed to manage forest areas without a minimum limit.The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) said it would join the fight at the Constitutional Court.KPA secretary general Dewi Kartika argued that the House of Representatives, whose legislators passed the law on Monday, had ignored the Constitution and the 1960 Basic Agrarian Law for the sake of large-scale investment. “The KPA will challenge the law at the Constitutional Court,” Dewi told tempo.co. (Vny) Topics :last_img read more