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UH Hawaiʻi Island campuses explore indigenous arts program

“Evergreen has always inspired us and we’re here to celebrate this inspiration as we prepare to deliver our Hawaiian indigenous arts program. University of Hawaii at Hilo and Hawaii Community College delegation visited The Evergreen State College in Washington state to explore a model of an indigenous arts program at Evergreen’s Indigenous Arts Campus and Native Programs curriculum.UH Hilo and HawaiiCC delegation in the Fiber Arts Studio wearing Evergreen Indian throw.

We’re here at Evergreen on a mission, said Taupuri Tangar, professor of Hawaii life styles at HawaiiCC.Evergreen has always inspired us and we’re here to celebrate this inspiration as we prepare to deliver our Hawaiian indigenous arts program for the advancement of indigenous well-being.HawaiiCC will host a 2019 indigenous arts summer symposium as the first step in gauging community interest and support in the proposed program.

The proposed program will pilot a focus on indigenous arts in anticipation that it will grow into a two-year community college program with pathways to a four-year degree, says Gail Makuakne-Lundin, director of the UH System Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao and interim executive assistant to the UH Hilo chancellor. Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao is a UH work committee with representatives from each campus, that is tasked with helping to make UH a leader in indigenous education.The University of Hawaii welcomes ways to study indigenous cultures as contributors to society instead of simple observations of their art, added Makuakne-Lundin.Go to UH Hilo Stories for the full article.

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No unannounced gas load-shedding being carried out in any part of country, Senate told

The Senate was informed on Friday that no unannounced gas load-shedding is being carried out in any part of the country. Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan told the House during Question Hour, that efforts are afoot to remove system constraints …

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Tareen tops list of lawmakers paying taxes in 2017

ISLAMABAD: The top ten parliamentarians in terms of their tax contributions paid Rs322 million in taxes, equal to 60% of total taxes paid by all members of the parliament in tax year 2017, raising questions whether lawmakers were fulfilling their moral,
Former member of National Assembly (MNA) Jahangir Khan Tareen paid Rs97.3 million in income tax, which was the highest paid by any national lawmaker in 2017, according to a tax directory for the year released by the government on Friday.Tareen’s tax contribution was equal to 18.2 per cent of the total taxes paid by 423 members of parliament. His numbers also showed an 81 per cent increase in his tax contribution from the previous year, when he was also the country’s highest tax contributor.
Imran reiterates resolve to hold everyone accountableSkewed numbersExcluding these ten members, the average tax contributions by the remaining 413 members of the National Assembly and the Senate paid Rs212 million in taxes – an average of Rs513,000 per parliamentarian.Such a poor tax contribution does not commensurate with the life styles of these worthy members of the Parliament, a fact that was acknowledged by Finance Minister Asad Umar on Wednesday.
True VIPs are those who pay taxes, says PM ImranBy including the tax contributions of top ten parliamentarians, the average per parliamentarian tax contribution would jump to Rs1.26 million, which does not present realistic picture.
Crests and troughsThe tax contributions by former premier Nawaz Sharif and incumbent Prime Minister Imran Khan also nosedived in tax year 2017, which was the fiscal year 2016-17. Few weeks after the end of that fiscal year, Nawaz was removed by the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers case.
Presumably, his tax returns were filed after he was ousted from power. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid just Rs 263,173 in taxes in 2017, as against Rs 2.52 million paid in the preceding  year.Meanwhile, PM Imran was a member of National Assembly from a Rawalpindi constituency at that time.
He paid a paltry sum of Rs 103,763 in income tax, which was less than by 35% or Rs 55,0000.Overall, there was an upward trend in tax contributions by members of parliament.
The fifth tax directory of parliamentarians showed that national lawmakers, including members of the federal cabinet, paid Rs535 million in taxes during tax year 2017 – up by Rs139 million or 35 per cent The tax contributions by the members of the Senate increased to Rs254 million – up by 14 per cent. MNAs paid over Rs281 million during tax year 2016, an increase of 26 per cent.But a significant number of parliamentarians were still paying far below their potential, showed the tax directory. Many of them paid Rs138,573 annual tax, which suggested that they paid taxes only on the income that the earned as member of the National Assembly or the Senate.
The tax directories for fiscal year 2016-17 that ended in June 2017 were released by Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar. Tax year 2017 was the fourth year of the PML-N term but the directories were released after a lag of over one year.The numbers of total taxpayers increased by over 34 per cent in tax year 2017, said Federal Board of Revenue Chairman Jehanzeb Khan while speaking at the launch ceremony.Overall, out of a total 1,169 members of the Senate, the National Assembly and the four provincial assemblies, as many as 98 legislators did not file their tax returns.
Under the law, filing the income tax return is binding on every citizen who earns more than Rs400,000 per annum and non-filer parliamentarians may face serious consequence, provided FBR plays its due role.Six senators and 17 MNAs did not file their annual income tax returns.Top taxpayers in parliamentSenator Rozi Khan Kakar paid Rs40.9 million in income tax, which was lower by Rs9 million over the preceding year.
Senator Taj Mohammad Afridi paid Rs29.4 million, which was less than his previous contribution of Rs35.3 million. Senator Muhammad Talha Mehmood paid Rs43.2 million, which was higher by 33%. Senator Aitzaz Ahsan paid Rs25.9 million, showing an increase of 86.3%.Senator Ishaq Dar paid Rs9.4 million and Senator Farogh Naseem paid Rs27.9 million in income tax, which was higher by 37.5%.Senator Farooq H Naek paid Rs11 million in income tax.Among the members of the National Assembly, MNA Sheikh Fayyaz uddin paid Rs14 million in income tax, MNA Isphanyar Bhandara paid Rs22.95 million income tax.Former Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif paid Rs10.3 million in income tax, which was higher by nearly 9%.Former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who owns a controlling stake in Air Blue, paid Rs3.1 million in income tax, higher than the previous year. Finance Minister Asad Umar paid Rs4.85 million in income tax in 2017. Hamza Shehbaz Sharif paid Rs8.3 million income tax.Senator Rubina Khalid paid only Rs44,485 income tax, Senator Saleem Zia just Rs173,362.Former MNA Haji Ghulam Bilour paid Rs138,573 income tax, former Chief Minister KP, and MNA Amir Haider Hoti paid Rs168,586 in income tax. Sheikh Rashid Ahmad paid just Rs702,698 income tax.

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Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel at behest of Washington

Acceding to a request from Washington, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe nominated U.S. President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize around autumn for engaging with North Korea, Japanese government sources said Feb. 16.
S.President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference at the White House on Feb. 15 (Yuko Lanham)According to the sources, the U.S.
government “informally” asked Tokyo to nominate Trump after he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, the first-ever summit between the two countries.At a news conference in the White House on Feb 15, Trump revealed that Abe gave him a copy of a five-page letter the prime minister sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prize.The deadline for nominating candidates for the prize is February every year.
College professors and members of the parliament in each country, as well as former Nobel laureates, are eligible to recommend candidates.Trump quoted Abe as saying, “I have nominated you, respectfully, on behalf of Japan.”As for the reasons for the nomination, Trump said, “Because he had rocket ships and he had missiles flying over Japan. They had alarms going off.You know that. Now, all of a sudden they feel good.They feel safe. I did that ”U.S.media reported on the revelation in a disbelieving tone.The online edition of The Washington Post reported Trump’s comments on Feb 15 in the article titled, “Trump says he’s been nominated for a Nobel. But did Japan’s Abe actually do it? Or was it S.Korea’s Moon?” referring to South Korean President Moon Jae-in.The article said: “Some analysts speculated that Trump had indeed mistaken Abe for Moon.”But Abe’s eagerness to praise Trump has been reported in the United States, which started with him being the first foreign leader to meet with the new U.S.president-elect soon after the 2016 presidential election.Abe described the recent U.S. mid-term elections results as a “historic victory” when he met with Trump in November.
In the elections, which saw voters issue a split verdict, Democrats captured the House and Republicans added a few more seats to their majority in the Senate.South Korean news media also reported on Trump’s comments about Abe nominating Trump on Feb.16. Many of the reports also speculated that it must have been Moon, not Abe, who recommended Trump to the committee.
According to the South Korean presidential office, the wife of former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung sent a telegram congratulating Moon, reportedly saying Moon should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomatic efforts with North Korea. But Moon said that it is Trump who deserves the prize.
Moon’s meeting with Kim Jong Un in April 2018 marked the first summit between the two Koreas since 2007.Kim Dae-jung was the first South Korean president to meet with the then North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, in 2000.He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000. 0listPrintRelated News Abe won’t affirm if he nominated Trump for Nobel Peace PrizeFebruary 18, 2019Abe nominated Trump for the Nobel at behest of Washington February 17, 2019 Trump claims Japan’s PM nominated him for Nobel Peace PrizeFebruary 16, 2019LDP lawmakers asked to check with cities on SDF recruitment February 15, 2019 Limits on health insurance eyed as more foreign workers on wayFebruary 15, 2019What’s NewKin of Japanese abductees make direct appeal to N.
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Trump to avert shutdown, declare ’emergency’ to fund border wall

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President Donald Trump will sign a spending bill to avert a government shutdown but will also issue an emergency declaration to fund his controversial border wall, the White House and lawmakers said Thursday.
Top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell told colleagues that he spoke by phone with Trump, who indicated he s prepared to sign the bill.
He will also be issuing a national emergency declaration at the same time.The White House confirmed the plan minutes later.
He will also take other executive action — including a national emergency — to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.Making such a declaration would free Trump to seek to redirect federal funds from elsewhere to help pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border.Trump saying he will sign the spending bill, barely 30 hours before a Friday midnight deadline, eases some pressure in Washington after he had openly expressed concern about the deal reached earlier in the week between Republicans and Democrats.But lawmakers are concerned the emergency declaration will send the Trump administration careening into unknown territory.Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.Many have warned that they have no idea from where Trump will draw the funding.Democrats in particular have signaled that the move would open the door to future presidents declaring emergencies on various topics, from gun violence to climate change to the opioid crisis.But lawmakers were still prepared to advance the spending bill to avert a shutdown.
Minutes after the White House s announcement on Trump s intentions, the Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the spending package and send it to the House of Representatives, where Pelosi said the chamber will vote on the bill later Thursday.The measure includes only $1.375 billion for border barriers or fencing, far from the $5.7 billion that Trump has sought for his long-promised border wall — a demand that led to the recent 35-day government shutdown, the longest in US history.
The compromise package funds until September 30 the 25 percent of the government whose operations would lapse if the bill is not signed by Trump by the midnight Friday deadline.Pelosi, Trump s Democratic nemesis, expressed disdain for the president s upcoming emergency declaration, warning that he was doing an end run around Congress.It s not an emergency, what s happening at the border, she said.Trump s declaration is expected to be challenged in court, and Pelosi acknowledged that that s an option.Under the National Emergencies Act, the president can declare a national emergency, providing a specific reason for it.That allows the mobilization of hundreds of dormant emergency powers under other laws, which can permit the White House to declare martial law, suspend civil liberties, expand the military, seize property and restrict trade, communications and financial transactions.
Trump has repeatedly stated he will look to other federal sources to fund his wall, noting Wednesday that the administration has access to a lot of money being re purposed from existing federal funds to cover unmet wall construction costs.But some Republicans have been warning that an emergency declaration would set a potentially problematic precedent.I have concerns about the precedent that could be set with the use of emergency action to re-appropriate funds, veteran Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said in a statement.Accordingly, I will study the president s declaration closely.Trump is widely seen to have suffered politically more than Democrats over the previous shutdown fight.But he also needs to assuage conservatives livid that the president retreated from his wall-funding demand, a longtime campaign pledge.The bipartisan spending measure, negotiated for weeks, notably does not contain the word wall in its 1,165 pages, instead calling the structures physical barriers, pedestrian fencing and levee fencing.In addition to the $1.375 billion for barrier construction, another $1 billion is being allocated for improving other border security technologies, upgrading facilities and boosting inspection operations at ports of entry.The deal also allocates $563 million to hire more immigration judges to address a massive case backlog, and $415 million for humanitarian operations at the border.

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