Dan Cohen AUTHOR New Mexico has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) to diversify the economies in communities surrounding the state’s military bases, national laboratories and other federal facilities.This defense industry adjustment grant will be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in the workforce, technology and products, along with resources that can be used to develop strategies to help communities adjust to cutbacks in defense spending, according to the state Economic Development Department.“New Mexico is proud of our military bases and national labs,” said Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela. “Yet in the face of persistent challenges from the federal government, we must continue to diversify our economy in communities throughout the state. This funding, along with meetings in affected areas, will help us better support communities in improving their resilience to federal cutbacks.”The department will host a series of community meetings next month in affected areas to bring stakeholders together and share information regarding defense contractors and subcontractors, related services and goods providers, and other businesses and organizations that may be affected by defense cutbacks. The state also will launch a web portal to share information among affected communities.
Kolkata: A young woman and her family members were harassed late on Monday night while they were waiting for the woman’s fiance in front of a sweet shop in Ballygunge.The woman was dragged by hair out the car and molested. She ran all the way to the police station to seek help. Later, police initiated a case and arrested two persons. According to the complaint, around 2 am on Monday night, she, along with her uncle and sister, was waiting for the woman’s fiance. Meanwhile, two young man saw them standing while they were passing by on a bike. It is alleged that the duo hurled lewd and abusive comments toward the women and left. On seeing them leaving, the woman ignored. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBut within a few minutes, around 8-9 men arrived at the spot and started hurling expletives at the woman and her family members. The woman and her family members tried to leave the place but could not as their car was surrounded by the miscreants and their bikes. Almost at the same time, her fiance arrived and protested. As a result, the accused persons got furious and started beating him up using bricks and bamboo sticks. When the woman protested and screamed for help, some men pulled her by hair and dragged her out of the car. She also alleged that the miscreants tried to remove her cloths and molested her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn seeing the woman getting harassed, her sister and uncle tried to resist but were also beaten up badly. All them sustained multiple bleeding injuries. The woman alleged that several security guards working at different housing complexes located there just watched the incident. None came to their rescue. Meanwhile, the woman started running towards the police station along with others. They were allegedly being chased by the miscreants. According to the woman, the miscreants also mentioned of killing her and others there. The car’s glass was broken. Later, the victims managed to reach Ballygunge police station and narrated the whole incident. Immediately, police rushed them to a hospital and another team went to the spot but found none. Later, the sleuths monitored CCTV footages and identified the miscreants. Following which two arrests were made. The two persons are identified as Sumit Poddar and Rohit Paswan. They were remanded to police custody till Thursday, when they will be produced before the court. Later, police arrested four more persons identified as Indrajit Haldar, alias Habla, Santu Mondal, alias Bhagna, Somenath Patra, alias Putli and Biswanath Patra, alias Lalu.
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TORONTO — Cathy McDonald, travel advisor and independent owner with TPI – Travel Professionals International, is packing her bags for a trip to Ireland with CIE Tours.McDonald is the grand prize winner in a recent contest with CIE Tours and Travelweek, launched earlier this year. The Halifax-based advisor and owner has won a five day, four night land-only Taste of Ireland tour with CIE. The tour is a great introduction to the Emerald Isle and includes sightseeing by luxury coach, services of a professional Irish driver/guide, superior First Class hotels, most meals including full Irish breakfast daily, a tour of Dublin with a local guide, sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry, ferry ride across the River Shannon and visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher. Tags: CIE Tours, Contest, Winner Winner announced in CIE Tours contest