Senate OKs Leahy’s Amendment To Delay Border-Crossing Requirements

first_imgSenate OKs Leahys AmendmentTo Delay Border-Crossing Requirements,As Leahy Also Beats Back BidTo Curb 1st Responder Grants To Smaller States Leahy says the lack of sufficientcoordination on the Pass Card (or Passport Card) system betweenDHS and State, and between the Bush Administration and the Government ofCanada, spells trouble for the system.  This has been shaping up asa bureaucratic nightmare that could clog our borders while making us even lesssecure, said Leahy.  We need to prod these agencies to cometo grips with these problems and fix them beforehand, not afterward. In the home stretch to the bills Senate passage Thursday evening,Leahy successfully led the effort to beat back an attempt to weaken the fundingformula he authored for first-responder grants his all-state minimumformula that has brought more than $65 million to Vermont in the last fouryears.  The Leahy grant formula, which he included in the USA PATRIOT Act of2001, assures that Vermont and other states receive basic grants for their firstresponder agencies the police, fire and rescue departments that areresponsible for homeland security and emergency preparedness.  The bid toweaken the Leahy formula lost in a vote of 34 to 66. The certification requirements in LeahysWHTI amendment require the two departments to:1.     Ensure that thetechnology for any Passport Card meets certain security standards andthat DHS and State agree on that technology.2.     Share the technologywith the governments of Canada and Mexico.3.     Justify the fee setfor the Passport Card.  4.     Develop analternative procedure for groups of children traveling across the border underadult supervision with parental consent. WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 13) Vermont Thursday scored twosignificant policy wins engineered by Sen. Patrick Leahy as the U.S. Senate passedthe annual homeland security budget bill. Install all necessary technological infrastructure at the ports of entry to process the cards and train U.S. agents at the border crossings in all aspects of the new technology. 6.     Make the PassportCard available for international land and sea travel between the United States and Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean and Bermuda.7.     Establish a unified implementationdate for all sea and land borders.  The bill also includes Leahys legislation to postpone andimprove implementation of the controversial Pass Card system for bordercrossings, which will require new identity cards and methods for crossing U.S. borders, including the Northern Border with Canada.  Leahy and Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) earlier had added tothe bill their amendment to delay implementation of the Pass Card system part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) — for 17 months, untilJune 1, 2009, and to require the Secretary of Homeland Security and theSecretary of State to certify to Congress that several standards are met beforethe program moves forward.  Leahy is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of itsHomeland Security Subcommittee, which handled the Senates work indrafting the annual appropriations bill for the Department of HomelandSecurity.  The bill now goes to conference with the House version of thebill, which does not include Leahys WHTI amendment but which does alsomaintain the Leahy formula for first-responder grants. # # # # #last_img read more

Arteta upbeat he can convince Aubameyang to stay at Arsenal

first_imgThe Gabon star’s contract expires at the end of next season and he has been linked with a move, with several of Europe’s top clubs keeping tabs.Gunners boss Arteta said: “They are completely right to want him because he’s a superb player.“He completely deserves to be liked by other teams — but hopefully we can convince him this is the right place for him. That he has a future here.“Hopefully not just wins like this will help keep him — but also what we are trying to do.“He really enjoys it on the pitch every time he goes out and he feels very much part of what we’re trying to build here.“I think he’s in that mindset at the moment.”Dominic Calvert-Lewin fired Everton ahead with an overhead kick after just 49 seconds.But Arsenal hit back through strikes from Eddie Nketiah and Aubameyang before Richarlison bundled in an equaliser.Aubameyang then headed what turned out to be the winner 27 seconds into the second half.Arteta admits he had concerns about his goal hero before he returned to Arsenal as manager just before Christmas.The Spaniard revealed: “I had two questions. He doesn’t want to do it, or he cannot do it physically.“Once I found out physically he could do it, it was just about convincing him that he needs to do it every three days. And he’s showing that.Mikel Arteta believes he can convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stayRead Also: Xhaka reveals how Arteta turned his Arsenal career around“I think it’s been tough, you know for a player like him, there’s been a lot of disappointments in the last few months and years — because he has big expectations.“You know he wants to play for the biggest club in the biggest tournaments and be up there with the best players in the world.“We have to try to support him and give him everything so he really feels fulfilled here. That’s the challenge I have.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Mikel Arteta believes he can convince Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay.Advertisement Arsenal striker Auba netted twice against the Toffees to take his tally for the campaign to 19 in all competitions. Loading… Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous Adults9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking ReasonsRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining Means7 Of The Best Top Models From IndiaThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?last_img read more

Men’s tennis falls to Florida, upsets No. 5 Georgia at Pac-12/SEC Challenge

first_imgThe No. 8 USC men’s tennis team traveled to the annual Pac-12/SEC Challenge in Gainsville, Fla. this weekend, and the Trojans split their two matches, suffering their first loss of the year to host No. 11 Florida to kick off the tournament on Saturday before grabbing an upset victory over No. 5 Georgia on Sunday. USC picked up the doubles point to open the match against the Gators. After the pair of senior Nick Crystal and sophomore Laurens Verboven beat Florida’s Chase Perez-Blanco and Maxx Lipman 6-3, senior Rob Bellamy and sophomore Jack Jaede put the Trojans on the board with a 7-5 win over McClain Kessler and Elliott Orkin.But Florida stormed back to take four singles wins to secure victory, beating Crystal, sophomore Logan Smith, freshman Riley Smith and junior Thibault Forget. Jaede and freshman Brandon Holt tallied the last two points of the day, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (6) and 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 over their Gator opponents, respectively, but the duo could only narrow the final margin of defeat to one point as USC fell 4-3.After taking their first loss of the season on Saturday, the Trojans took on fifth-ranked Georgia on Sunday. Their 4-0 victory against the Bulldogs closed out the annual tournament in style, opening with a quick doubles victory by way of Bellamy and Jaede, who notched a 6-2 win over Georgia’s Wayne Montgomery and Nathan Ponwith. Minutes later, Holt and Riley Smith secured a 6-4 win to score the match’s first point.Bellamy went on to beat Robert Loeb 6-2, 6-3, and Holt followed by setting USC up for a clincher with his 6-1, 6-4 victory over Emil Reinberg. Jaede then closed out the upset with a 6-1, 7-6 victory against Walker Duncan to send the Trojans home with a win.USC will continue play with a doubleheader on Friday, as the Trojans host UC Davis and San Francisco at Marks Stadium.last_img read more