A government team will tour Dillingham facilities ahead of a possible Presidential visit later this year.About a dozen people loaded off a jet bearing an American flag at the Dillingham airport Thursday evening.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGA team from the White House will be in Dillingham this Thursday and Friday to check out the town ahead of a possible visit by President Obama later this year.Alice Ruby is Mayor of Dillingham:“We were contacted by some Washington staffers to tell us that it’s possible the President would make a trip to Alaska sometime in the late summer or fall, and that it’s also possible that he might visit some rural communities, and Dillingham had made the list of those communities,” said Ruby. “So a pre-advance team would visit and look at different facilities and meetings and so on.”Mayor Ruby says the team will visit various facilities, including the airport, the hospital, the school and the campus.Ruby says she thinks Dillingham may be one of several Alaskan communities receiving such a visit this summer.A White House spokesperson said they have no official details to share at this time.
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Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom) and Aircel Ltd may soon sign a binding agreement to close the merger deal announced in December 2015, reported the Mint.In a filing to the stock exchanges, RCom said that the two companies will sign a binding definitive documentation and will soon announce the proposed transaction for the combination of the two companies’ wireless business.”Any transaction will be subject to regulatory, shareholders’ and other third party approvals. Hence, there is no certainty that any transaction will result,” RCom said, as reported by PTI.The Mint noted in the report that the merged entity will be unlisted and have a new brand name. The two companies which will own 50 percent stake each in the new firm will also start off as the country’s third biggest telco by subscriber base.Their combined operational efficiency will help save them Rs. 2500 crore a year and will have Ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) of Rs. 5,000-6,000 crore and revenues of Rs. 25,000 crore in the next financial year, added the daily.The deal will see RCom separating its wireless telephone business and merging it with Aircel. PTI reports that the combined entity would hold 19.3 percent of the total spectrum allotted to the industry. The new company will hold frequency bands of 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2300MHz offering all 2G, 3G and 4G services. The new entity will see strategic investment of about Rs. 3000 crore and both RCom and Aircel each would transfer Rs. 14,000 crore in debt to the new entity. Aircel Ltd’s shareholders include Maxis Communication and Sindya Securities and Investments.Rohan Dhamija, partner at consulting firm Analysys Mason, told the Mint the merger would shoot up the valuation of the combined entity by 20 to 40 percent as against their standalone valuation.He added that India’s telecom industry would witness further consolidation in order to keep up market shares between companies. New entrants and technological disruptions are expected to play up the merger exercises especially for telcos showing heavy debts on their balance sheets.On Wednesday, the government of India also cleared a proposal to sell a record 2,300 MHz of spectrum in seven frequencies through auction. To ease pressure on telcos that invested huge amounts in previous auctions but have failed to put existing spectrum to complete use, it also tweaked the lock-in period for trade in spectrum to 3 years from the previous 1 year. The move, analysts have observed, will also push for faster consolidation across India’s many telcos.
BALTIMORE, Maryland- Friday marked the last day residents of Baltimore City’s Guilford Avenue downtown homeless encampment could opt in to a dorm-style shelter located across town. While it was an easy decision for some, others protested and said Baltimore needed to do more to correct the city’s overall housing problem.
Donald Trump’s actions blocking individual accounts on Twitter are unconstitutional, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.Trump — who notoriously uses Twitter as his social-media platform of choice — has blocked several celebrities on Twitter, including novelist Stephen King, Rosie O’Donnell and Chrissy Teigen.In a decision Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that Twitter’s “interactive space” constitutes a public forum, and that blocking users violates their First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.The court rejected the argument from Trump’s lawyers that the president’s own First Amendment rights would be abridged if he was not allowed to block users.“In sum, we conclude that the blocking of the individual plaintiffs as a result of the political views they have expressed is impermissible under the First Amendment,” U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald wrote in the ruling. “While we must recognize, and are sensitive to, the President’s personal First Amendment rights, he cannot exercise those rights in a way that infringes the corresponding First Amendment rights of those who have criticized him.” The lawsuit against Trump, which also named White House social-media director Daniel Scavino among the defendants, was filed last year by Columbia University’s Knight First Amendment Institute and seven individuals who said Trump had blocked them on Twitter.The court denied the plaintiffs’ request for an injunction ordering Trump to unblock specific Twitter users. “[T]hough we conclude that injunctive relief may be awarded in this case — at minimum, against Scavino — we decline to do so at this time because declaratory relief is likely to achieve the same purpose,” the judge wrote in her ruling.Judge Buchwald added, “Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional.”The suit had also named White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as a defendant, but the court said the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue her in this case. Hope Hicks also was dismissed as a defendant “in light of her resignation as White House Communications Director,” Judge Buchwald ruled.The full text of Judge Buchwald’s ruling is posted on the Knight First Amendment Institute’s website at this link.Neither Trump nor the White House immediately responded to Wednesday’s ruling, on Twitter or elsewhere. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety
Kolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta, best known for his versatile roles in films of the 1960s and 1970s, died at a city hospital on Wednesday, family members said.Dutta, who was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after becoming senseless at home, died at 6.10 am.He had been suffering from age-related ailments for quite some time.He was 78 and survived by wife and son. His son, Sharan Dutta, is also an actor.The actor had got his first break in Tapan Sinha’s ‘Apanjan’ (1968). The film was set against the political turmoil in West Bengal in the 1960s.Dutta, who was inspired by Utpal Dutt during his school days in south Kolkata, had also acted with the late thespian in his theatre troupe for long.Some of his best-known movies included ‘Sagina Mahato,’ ‘Harmonium’, ‘Pita Putra’ and ‘Maa o Meye’.The golden era of Bengali cinema as represented by such stalwarts is fading away, actor Sudipta Chakraborty tweeted while condoling Dutta’s death.