Traffic relief promised to defense workers at the Mark Center, which opened in August 2011 to house thousands of DOD civilians kicked out of leased space in nearby Arlington following the last BRAC round, arrived last week after the Virginia Department of Transportation opened a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) ramp on I-395 in Alexandria.While the opening of the Mark Center did not disrupt commuters as much as originally feared, the addition of 6,400 workers in Alexandria has exacerbated congestion in the area.The reversible ramp will provide a direct connection for HOV drivers heading to and from the Mark Center, reported the Washington Post. Only buses and vehicles with three or more occupants will be able to use the ramp.The new ramp is part of a set of VDOT projects designed to ease congestion and provide easier access to the Mark Center. The final piece of the $76 million project is a pedestrian bridge over I-395, expected to open next month.State and local leaders had opposed the Pentagon’s decision to relocate workers to the Mark Center site due to its lack of access to Metrorail and accused the department of relying on flawed traffic data when it selected the location at the intersection of Seminary Road and I-395. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart. Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting. No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Thank You To Our Sponsor:
Raghav BahlOfficial twitter account of Raghav BahlThe Income Tax Department Thursday searched the premises of media baron Raghav Bahl in connection with a case of alleged tax evasion, officials said.They said a team of sleuths raided the residence of Bahl in neighbouring Noida early morning and are looking for documents and other evidence related to the case under probe.It is understood that the searches are being conducted at the premises of a few other people as part of the ITD action to probe tax evasion by a set of business professionals.Bahl is the founder of the Quint news portal and the Network18 group and is a known media entrepreneur.Responding to the raid Raghav Bahl shared a tweet.My note to the @IndEditorsGuild. pic.twitter.com/l1Gwmf1dDl— Raghav Bahl (@Raghav_Bahl) October 11, 2018TWITTER
US president Donald J Trump talks with members of his cabinet, including treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, defence secretary James Mattis and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt following the State of the Union address in the chamber of the US House of Representatives on 30 January 2018 in Washington, DC. AFPA showdown over US immigration policy loomed Wednesday after president Donald Trump laid out a tough deal in his State of The Union address that offers citizenship to 1.8 million “Dreamers” in exchange for sharp overall cuts to immigration.Less than two weeks after Democrats forced a three-day shutdown of the government over the issue, the Republican president said he would not give in to anything less than a harsh retrenchment of existing immigration and massive funding for a wall on the US-Mexican border.For that, Trump offered a 12-year pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million people who came to the US illegally as youths and grew up here.Democrats have sought to keep the Dreamers issue separate from other immigration issues.But they failed to get a deal when they blocked a one-month budget extension on January 19, forcing a three-day shutdown of the government.The same immigration divide now looms over the new deadline for a long-term budget, 8 February.In his annual speech before Congress late Tuesday, Trump again portrayed legal and illegal immigration as a threat to the country, highlighting murders by gang members from other countries and terror attacks by people who entered the United States legally.“For decades, open borders have allowed drugs and gangs to pour into our most vulnerable communities. They have allowed millions of low-wage workers to compete for jobs and wages against the poorest Americans. Most tragically, they have caused the loss of many innocent lives,” Trump said.“My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans-to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are Dreamers too.”Democrats: Trump ‘uncompromising’With the immigrant population a crucial part of their voter base, Democrats sought to frame Trump’s speech as demeaning and uncompromising.Representative Joe Kennedy, chosen by the party to answer Trump’s speech, began with a paean to new foreign arrivals and their contributions to the country.“We are here in Fall River, Massachusetts-a proud American city, built by immigrants,” he said.Speaking in Spanish, he tried to assuage the mostly Latino Dreamers.“To all the ‘Dreamers’ watching tonight, let me be clear: You are a part of our story. We will fight for you. We will not walk away.”Speaking on NPR radio, early Wednesday Democratic Senator Chris Murphy accused Trump of being divisive and using the Dreamers as “political pawns.”“The president doubled down on his rhetoric, demonising immigrants and trying to make Americans afraid of people who are crossing our border to come here to seek a better life,” he said.“We didn’t get any closer to a deal on immigration or on the federal budget. We got further away,” he said.Dreamers vs. immigration cutsDemocrats have pressed since last year for separate legislation to deal with a subset of the Dreamers, 690,000 young illegal immigrants who are registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, established by president Barack Obama in 2012 to protect their presence in the country.Trump cancelled the program in September but suggested the DACA recipients would be able to stay if Congress legislates it.But the president appeared to renege on a commitment to a separate bill two weeks ago when he made other immigration demands in budget talks, sparking the shutdown.Trump has now offered a 12 year path to citizenship not just for DACA recipients but all those who arrived in the country as youths and children and have grown up here.But in exchange he wants $25 billion for a border wall, the end to the “green card lottery,” and a sharp cutback to family-based “chain” migration.Immigration groups say that will reduce overall immigration by as much as half, and Democrats say the chain migration cutback will hurt families.Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier said Wednesday that Trump’s stance was a non-starter.“I think we are nowhere,” she said on CNN. Without a “clean” Daca fix, and a budget bill without his immigration demands, “I think we will be teetering on another shutdown, which is horrible.”“Nobody wants a shutdown,” she said. “What we need to do is be responsible adults and realise we’re not going to get everything we want, and carve a pathway forward.”
A group of concerned Baltimore City residents, inspired by a recent initiative out of Ghana, has created a campaign to raise awareness about malfeasance in local government. The group, known collectively as the Kitchen Table Politicians (KTP), is asking area residents to wear red on Fridays to draw attention to a number of issues they feel the city working on to insure desirable outcomes for its citizens.KTP, with a membership of five to 10 people, was founded four years ago by Morning Sunday, a resident of northeast Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. The group, which meets every two weeks to discuss local issues over lunch, is made up of the demographic most likely to vote in local Baltimore elections, older Black women. “I thought, if we need someone to discuss the politics [of the city] and what’s really happening, we need to have the women who are voters discussing that,” said Sunday.Earlier this summer, a group out of Ghana called Concerned Ghanaians for Responsible Governance, launched the Red Friday campaign, asking fellow Ghanaians to wear a red item on Fridays as a way of demanding responsible governance in their country, regardless of who is in power. Morning Sunday, who told the AFRO that she follows news in Ghana, South Africa, and Nigeria, saw in the initiative a model that could be reproduced in Baltimore, a city where many residents feel that the local government could be more in touch with their concerns.Thus Wear Red Fridays was born. The campaign began Aug. 15, and KTP is now selling red t-shirts to anyone interested in participating in the campaign but without an adequate red garment. The group plans to put on some street theater style puppet shows to help raise awareness about various issues affecting the city and related to local governance, such as minority set-asides for city projects, the confiscation and sale of homes over unpaid utility bills, environmental issues such as air quality, and the city’s unsolved homicide rate.For Sunday, this is about advocating on behalf of the city’s residents and shedding light on issues that often can be addressed with the simple enforcement existing laws. “These are not things you have to do something special for,” Said Sunday. “Minority set-asides is a law. Taking care of the children, that’s a law. Making landlords fix their properties up, those laws are on the books. We’re not asking them to make new laws, we’re asking them to enforce the laws that are already on the books.”Dale Hargrave is a contractor and member of KTP who joined the Wear Red Fridays campaign to raise awareness about how minority contractors are often left at a disadvantage when the city fails to enforce e-verify requirements for those employed under city contracts. E-Verify is a free, online system developed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, that allows employers to determine the legal eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. “The issue is that, me as a contractor, if I’m bidding on a contract, and I have to compete with individuals that are using undocumented labor, they have an unfair competitive advantage,” said Hargrave.“We [have to]compete with people that are crunching the numbers, and the reason they can make the low bids work is because they’re using undocumented labor, and many times they are not in compliance with the wages they’re supposed to be paying,” added Hargrave.Sunday has been in touch with groups in Ferguson, Mo., and in Chicago, Ill. where she is working to expand the Wear Red Friday effort. Those interested in purchasing a t-shirt should email KTP at email@example.com. The first run of 100 t-shirts, Sunday said, has already sold out.