Grantstation Trendtrack Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:08:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Grantstation Trendtrack 32 32 Delta State Government announces approval of N400 million grant to 40 missionary schools to upgrade and expand their facilities Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:08:25 +0000

On Tuesday, the Delta government announced that it had authorized the distribution of a 400 million naira grant to 40 missionary schools in the state so that they can upgrade and expand their facilities.

During a press conference to discuss some of the decisions taken at the State Executive Council meeting chaired by the Deputy Governor, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, the Information Commissioner, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, made this announcement.

During the briefing, Aniagwu, who was seated next to the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, announced that each of the 40 schools would receive N10 million.

He explained that the law was a deliberate effort by the state government to ensure that schools do not fall behind in terms of facilities and efforts to develop human capital.

“In today’s Exco meeting, a number of decisions were taken and one of them is the approval of a N400 million grant to 40 mission schools in state that were previously run by the state government before being handed over to missionaries.

“This translates to 10 million naira for each of the 40 mission schools to enable them to improve their facilities because you know that over the past seven years we have spent a lot of effort and time upgrading a number of government-run schools.

“But, since the return of a number of these schools to missionaries by the last administration, we had hope that they too would be able to cope fully. Yes, they did very well because they were able to add value to these schools,” Aniagwu added.

According to him, the first phase of the Old Lagos-Asaba road, which stretches 7.6 kilometers from Umunede to Obior, has also received the approval of the state executive council.

The commissioner said the government has approved the construction of men’s and women’s hostels with 240 beds each at Dennis Osadebay University in Asaba to provide safe accommodation for athletes to ensure the overall success of the 21st National Festival. sports. be housed in the state.

He went on to say that the council had also approved the construction of an indoor sports complex for close competitions for the national sports festival inside the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

“We have approved the construction of a 240-bed space at Dennis Osadebe University for women and another 240-bed hostel for men that will house athletes coming to Asaba for the National Sports Festival.

“The reason for locating them on the premises of the university is that the hostels will also serve as hostels for students after the sports festival.

“We have also approved the construction of an indoor sports complex which would house further games in the Stephen Keshi Stadium,” the commissioner said.

He claimed that the Maritime University of Nigeria, Okerenkoko in the Warri South West Local Government Area of ​​the state had received approval for the construction of an additional lecture hall.

He said approval had been given for the construction of drainage channels to connect the Asaba Stormwater Control Project to drain the core area, Off DSS Road, Asaba.

Aniagwu said six streets adjacent to Asaba had been given the green light for construction in a bid to advance the state government’s urban renewal program.

The appointment of John Holt Ologho as Regent of Emevor Kingdom in Isoko North Local Government Area was also endorsed by the government at the meeting.

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Prime Minister Trudeau promises more aid and loans to Ukraine at G7 summit Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:57:23 +0000

SCHLOSS ELMAU, GERMANY — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more money for Ukraine — including a $200 million loan through the International Monetary Fund — at the end of the Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Germany.

Canada’s contribution comes as G7 leaders pledged to eliminate or ban the import of Russian coal and oil in response to that country’s war with Ukraine and the ensuing energy crisis, unleashed by invasion.

In addition to the loan to the Ukrainian government, Canada is providing $75 million in humanitarian assistance to support operations in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

Assistance will include the provision of in-kind food aid, emergency cash and vouchers, protection, shelter and health services.

Canada will also provide $52 million in agricultural assistance, including mobile grain storage equipment to increase grain storage capacity, as well as assistance to provide rapid diagnostic testing and animal disease surveillance to to allow export certification.

Canada is also contributing $15 million to help fund demining efforts and $9.7 million for those tracking human rights abuses in Ukraine.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 28, 2022

Menendez and Schiff alarmed that Biden again approves US military aid to Azerbaijan – Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:24:46 +0000

Senator Menendez: “It just doesn’t make sense to say that U.S. aid and training didn’t have an impact on his [Azerbaijan’s] military balance with Armenia.

Rep. Schiff: “Under no circumstances should the United States provide military support to such a regime […] President Biden should not have waived Section 907.”

WASHINGTON—Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and House Standing Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) reacted strongly to the president’s decision. Biden to again waive Section 907 restrictions on US aid to Azerbaijan, greenlighting new US military aid to the Aliyev regime despite its ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Armenian population of Artsakh (Upper Karabakh), the Armenian National Committee of America reported.

In a statement released Friday, President Menendez said, “I am deeply disappointed to see the Department of State once again make an exception to circumvent Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act to provide what became an annual aid to the Baku regime. Adding insult to injury, the administration chose to go ahead with this most recent waiver despite the recent release of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that confirmed that the Department of State and Department of Defense failed to meet legal requirements for reporting to Congress on the impact of US aid on the military balance between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

President Menendez continued: “As Azerbaijan continues to occupy more territory since its violent assault on Nagorno-Karabakh, in which more than 6,500 people died and more than 100,000 ethnic Armenians were displaced in 2020, it just doesn’t make sense to say that aid and training hasn’t impacted his military balance with Armenia. I will continue to exercise rigorous scrutiny of any assistance to Azerbaijan and expect the State Department to be transparent and provide all necessary details to Congress to assess any assistance provided to Baku.

In a comment posted to the ANCA, Speaker Schiff pledged to work with congressional allies and the Armenian American community to “remove a president’s power to waive Section 907 and urge the Biden administration to reinvigorate the peace process.” President Schiff explained: “Azerbaijan is responsible for causing a horrific war and humanitarian catastrophe in Armenia and Artsakh, killing thousands of Armenians over 44 days in September 2020 and forcing thousands more to flee. their ancestral homelands. To this day, Azerbaijan continues to illegally detain Armenian soldiers who have been subjected to torture and threaten thousands of innocent civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh who live in fear of another attack and another invasion. .

President Schiff continued: “Under no circumstances should the United States provide military support to such a regime – not only does this run counter to our nation’s core democratic values, but it could give the Aliyev regime the power to continue or intensify its provocative actions against the Armenians. President Biden should not have waived Section 907.”

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian thanked President Menendez and President Schiff for speaking out against the Biden administration’s reckless move – demanding tighter congressional scrutiny and a halt to US military aid to Azerbaijan. “Not a single penny of American taxpayers’ money should go to the overtly racist and overtly aggressive Aliyev regime. We look forward to working with President Menendez and President Schiff and their colleagues on key Senate and House committees to oppose US subsidies to Azerbaijan’s genocidal violence against Artsakh and Armenia.

The ANCA ran an online campaign – – condemning President Biden’s decision and urging Congress to use all possible legislative means to eliminate military aid to Azerbaijan.

On June 23, the Biden administration reportedly notified Congress of its decision to waive Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act. The measure, passed in 1992, establishes statutory restrictions on U.S. aid to the Azerbaijani government “until the President determines, and reports to Congress, that the Azerbaijani government is taking demonstrable steps to end all blockade and other offensive use of force”. against Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Congress included a Section 907 waiver in the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Act for fiscal year 2002. Since then, U.S. presidents—Republicans and Democrats alike—have waived Section 907 every year.

During his run for office on October 14, 2020, then-nominee Biden said the United States must “fully implement and not waive the requirements of Section 907 of the support for freedom to stop the flow of military equipment to Azerbaijan”. As president, he first reversed his position on the issue on April 23, 2021 – on the eve of his historic announcement correctly recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

A US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released earlier this year found that the State Department had consistently failed to inform Congress of the impact of more than $164 million in aid. in Baku on the military balance between Azerbaijan and Armenia. According to the GAO, the United States provided approximately $808 million in overall U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan in fiscal years 2002 through 2020.

Editorial roundup: Indiana | review review Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:55:14 +0000

By The Associated Press

Kokomo grandstand. June 25, 2022.

Editorial: A broken system fails the Hoosier family


Home is what is familiar to you.

Home is where you grew up, where you went to school, and where your friends live.

Home is where your family lives.

But a loophole in this country’s immigration laws has left an estimated 250,000 immigrants facing the prospect of leaving the only home they’ve ever known.

At a press conference last month, California Democratic Senator Alex Padilla touted his bill to permanently protect those immigrants who grew up in the United States as dependents on their parents’ temporary visas. and graduates of American universities, but aged of this dependent status. .

“For these young people, turning 21 means facing an impossible choice,” Padilla said. “Either leave your family and self-deport to a country you barely remember, or stay in the United States living, undocumented, in the shadows.”

Among the documented Dreamers this legislation would protect are Khushi and Lay Patel, whose family moved from Canada to Hoosier state in 2012 so that their parents – originally from India – could work.

The siblings are still in America via student visas, but Lay, 21, is a senior at Indiana University and plans to study for an additional semester in the fall in a bid to find a way to stay in the country he calls home. Khushi is also studying at IU and hopes to find a job in Indiana to stay here as well.

Adding to the obvious flaw in the immigration system is the fact that undocumented dreamers are protected by DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, but documented dreamers are not. The DACA includes several requirements that Documented Dreamers cannot meet.

“If my brother and I were brought here illegally, we would have a better chance of becoming citizens,” Khushi told the Lebanon Reporter. “If we were brought here illegally, we would have more rights than we have now.”

What the Patels and so many others like them want is to stay in the place they call home. Lay and Khushi want to stay with their family in Lebanon, Indiana, where their parents own and operate a business and the siblings each captained their high school tennis teams.

“I’ve been here in Lebanon for as long as I can remember,” Khushi said. “My home is here. My family is here. … We don’t want to leave.

America must find a way to do better. Padilla’s bill enjoys bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Congress should approve this legislation and President Joe Biden should sign it.


Terre Haute Tribune-Star. June 24, 2022.

Editorial: READI grants will help places that really need it

Community efforts to improve residents’ quality of life are not new. Prioritizing these quality of life improvements is relatively new.

It takes time to break down entrenched attitudes that the best methods of economic development in cities, counties and states are tax abatements and business incentives. The fastest growing areas of the country are places where people want to put down roots due to investment in local schools, roads, parks, trails, arts, culture and other public amenities. Millions of 21st century jobs can be done remotely from anywhere, and workers will go where life is best.

A community that truly wants to progress will invest in resources that enhance its existing strengths and develop new ones.

The local distribution of Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funds contains promising examples of prioritizing longstanding and developing community assets.

Funds flow through Indiana’s READI program, modeled by the Indiana General Assembly after the state’s similar regional cities initiative of 2015. The difference is the source of funding. While three select metro areas shared $126 million in 2015 from a state tax amnesty program through the Regional Cities Initiative, the READI program is providing $500 million to 17 Hoosier regions to from Indiana’s allocation of federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act. Terre Haute Metro – comprising Clay, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo counties – received a $20 million READI grant for 23 different projects in west-central Indiana. Like other regions, the Terre Haute region was represented in the READI grant process by a regional organization – the Wabash River Regional Development Authority.

The Wabash River RDA received a $20 million grant for these projects, a significant amount, but unfortunately not as solid as the $50 million grants allocated to the South Bend, Northwest, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Jeffersonville.

Like regional cities, the READI program offers a long overdue investment in cities, towns and rural communities. Too many of Indiana’s rocky towns and villages — working-class industrial communities like Terre Haute, Muncie and Kokomo — have seen their urban appeal fade as factories closed. The assets that gave character to these places are also fading. Many of these assets represent the basis for a revitalization of these “rust belt” metros – points of distinction that attract new residents and retain old ones.

Much of Indiana’s growth touted by state officials has been concentrated in affluent areas, such as the donut communities around Indianapolis. READI grants can help cities and towns that really need help. Grants require local matching funds of 2:1 for government entities, 3:1 for nonprofits, and 4:1 for private projects.

The Wabash Valley projects include some amenities established years ago to enhance quality of life – $250,000 for the historic village of Billie Creek in Parke County; $1 million for the Sullivan City Pool; $50,000 for Rea Park in Terre Haute; $150,000 for the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute; $2 million to improve the William Henry Harrison mansion in Knox County; and $150,000 to continue the Turn to the River project connecting downtown Terre Haute to the Wabash River. Others are new, like the hotel and parking lot in downtown Terre Haute, which attracted the biggest $4,300,000.

Perhaps the poster child for an investment in quality of life is the $100,000 READI grant to bring a long-needed clinic and pharmacy to West Terre Haute. This grant will bring the new Valley Professionals Community Health Center closer to a reality for Vigo counties living west of the river.

Venerable Sullivan, a 179-year-old town of 4,126 people in southern Terre Haute, received four grants totaling $4.3 million, representing existing and new efforts. Along with upgrading its swimming pool, Sullivan secured grants for a plaza pavilion for outdoor entertainment and events, a new home development, and a new downtown hotel.

More people will choose to move or stay in the Wabash Valley due to improved waterfront in Terre Haute, clinical care in West Terre Haute, and activities in Sullivan. It is progress.


Herald Anderson’s Bulletin. June 23, 2022.

Editorial: Crime Do Not Assist Fee Could Lead to More Payouts

The Madison County District Attorney’s Office recently traveled coast to coast seeking justice for families whose male head of household has failed to pay child support.

Lawsuits have been filed against men living in California and Maine while also seeking child support payments from men in various towns in Indiana.

This is a commendable courtroom business that has grown slowly over the decades, most notably with the 2021 state law in which anyone who knowingly or intentionally – which does not isn’t that hard to prove – doesn’t provide support commits a level 6 felony known as not supporting a child. . It can carry a prison sentence of six months to 2.5 years.

If that person has a previous conviction for non-support, the felony moves to level 5, which can result in a sentence of one to six years.

These penalties, it is hoped, reinforce the seriousness of the payments.

In addition, a decades-old program has gained momentum.

In 1975, Congress enacted a law that required each state to establish a program to enforce child support obligations. The program was a condition for receiving federal funds. The program is known in prosecutorial circles as Title IV-D because Title IV, Part D of the Social Security Act of 1975 created the child support program.

The federal government reimburses the direct costs of child support enforcement at 66%. Counties also get performance incentives using collections based on metrics such as maternity establishment, maintenance order establishment, paid support, and profitability.

Madison County District Attorney Rodney Cummings knows the formula. In 2002, he was the Title IV-D prosecutor for the county.

These cases can get tricky and time-consuming, especially when it comes to divorce. But parents who are owed child support expect justice for themselves and their children.

That’s why it was wise for Cummings to recently hire two investigators to prosecute those who don’t pay child support; cases of school neglect are also in their domain.

Once the nonpayment exceeds $16,000, Cummings’ office will review felony charges. Cummings also said there were 7,000 child support cases in the county. Some involve arrears of over $80,000.

In the past, such cases had to be tried in civil courts. Now that criminal penalties are in place, families desperate for child support may have more hope of securing the financial means to raise their children.


Pakatan: Government should cut spending, not subsidies, to help Malaysians cope with rising prices Mon, 27 Jun 2022 03:09:03 +0000

Removing subsidies would further expose Malaysians, especially the B40 income class, to rising prices they were already struggling to afford. — Photo by Firdaus Latif

By R. Loheswar

Monday, June 27, 2022 11:08 GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, June 27 – The federal government should put in place immediate cost-cutting measures such as freezing all official overseas travel and suspending mega-projects to free up funds to address the cost crisis life in Malaysia, said a Pakatan Harapan (PH) committee.

The coalition’s cost of living committee has also suggested that the administration of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reduce the number of ministries and lower the salaries of Cabinet members as part of this austerity drive.

He said these measures should have been attempted before revoking subsidies which would further expose Malaysians, especially the B40 income class, to rising prices they were already struggling to pay.

“We take the government’s decision to remove food subsidies very seriously. We find this decision half-baked, irresponsible and hasty, as it will only further burden the already struggling audience.

“We want the government to rethink its strategies and return these subsidies before July 1, because by then the prices of basic necessities will rise,” the committee said in a statement today.

In addition to the reductions he proposed, he also recommended reducing the allowances of ministers and their assistants, in particular those for holidays and trips abroad.

The prime minister should also end the appointment of his special envoys to the Middle East, India, China and the United States, who were each the equivalent of federal ministers and entitled to similar salaries and allowances, said said the committee.

It further recommended a review of salaries and allowances paid to senior executives and directors of state-linked companies and statutory bodies.

The government should further suspend massive infrastructure projects such as MRT3, ECRL and Bandar Malaysia as these would not immediately benefit the country which was facing a cost of living crisis.

“Apart from that, this committee wants price caps for chickens and eggs to be maintained as well as subsidies to farmers so that they do not suffer from supply chain problems.

“The price of RON95 petrol should also be maintained at RM2 per liter and the proposal to increase water and electricity tariffs should be abolished for the benefit of all,” he added.

On June 21, the Minister of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi, said that price cap controls for chicken, chicken eggs and subsidies for bottled palm oil of two, three and five kilograms (kg) will not be maintained. from July 1.

Ismail Sabri later announced increased payments from Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia to between RM50 and RM100 in response.

When the public backlash continued, the Prime Minister then said chicken and egg prices would not be allowed to float after all, but denied it was a U-turn.

Derby County appoint Wayne Rooney as replacement after Man Utd legend leaves crisis club Sun, 26 Jun 2022 15:51:04 +0000

England legend Rooney quit his role as Derby boss on Friday after a turbulent 17 months that saw the club go into administration, endure a long takeover saga and then be relegated to League One.

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Wayne Rooney reacts to Derby relegation in April