The Rajasthan Cabinet on Monday decided to conduct indirect election for the post of mayor and chairperson in corporations and municipalities in the State.“The Cabinet today (Monday) took a decision for indirect election of mayor and chairperson. Ward councillors will now elect them,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal told reporters after the meeting. First direct elections of mayor and chairperson were conducted in the State in 2009.“A mayor or chairperson elected by public usually ignores councillors and development works get affected. When a directly elected mayor or chairperson is from one party and the majority in the corporation or municipality is of the other party, it also stalls development,” he said. BJP blamedAccusing the BJP of creating an atmosphere of hate and violence, Mr. Dhariwal said that it was necessary to return to the old mode of indirect elections of mayors and chairpersons to counter the divisive policies of the BJP.
13Sep Hughes’ e-bike legislation rolls through committee Tags: e-bikes, outdoor recreation, Tourism Categories: Hughes News Bill sponsor gears up for floor voteLegislation sponsored by state Rep. Holly Hughes, of Montague, to provide a regulatory framework for electric bicycle (e-bike) use was approved today by the House Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.E-bikes differ from regular bikes in that they utilize an electrically powered motor for propulsion. They must be pedaled by the rider and therefore are not considered motorcycles.Hughes’ bills are part of a greater package intended to allow for and encourage the use of e-bikes on Michigan’s many bike trails.“I’d love to see more e-bikes out on Michigan’s trails – not only are they a great alternative for people with physical limitations, they’re also just plain fun!” said Hughes, who chairs the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee. “I’m thrilled to see this legislation cruise through committee.”Hughes’ legislation also defines the term “e-bike” in statute while another bill in the package states that e-bikes will not be subject to Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance system since they are powered by the cyclist.House Bills 4781-4783 now move to the House floor for consideration.###
Discovery Communications is reportedly in merger talks with Scripps Networks Interactive.According to a Reuters report, Scripps is looking for a buyer and has also held discussions with Viacom.The Discovery negotiations come more than three years after Scripps was first linked to firm.Variety reported in December 2013 that Discovery was considering making a bid for Scripps.That same year Discovery bought SBS’s business in Scandinavia for US$1.7 billion (€1.25 billion) and paid €170 million to buy into TF1 channels Eurosport, Histoire, TV Breizh, Ushuaïa TV and StyliaIn January 2014, however, the Wall Street Journal reported that Discovery and Scripps had abandoned merger talks without getting beyond an “early, exploratory stage.”US-based Scripps owns TV brands including HGTV, Food Channel, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, as well as Poland’s TVN.A deal with Discovery would bring these assets together with Discovery’s networks – which include Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, and OWN in the US – and a number of European brands, such as Eurosport.Scripps’ share price was up more than 14% in after-hours trading, while Discovery’s was up more than 7%. Neither company has commented on the speculation.
Comedian Harry Hill presents the Times Educational Supplement award for most sustainable school to staff from St Colm’s High School, DraperstownA CO Derry post-primary has been named the UK’s most sustainable school.St Colm’s High School in Draperstown won the sustainable school prize at the 2019 Times Educational Supplement (TES) awards. Teachers from the 450-pupil school were presented with the prize at a ceremony in London.Judges said they had improved pupils’ health and well-being through their environmental work.“Regular eco-activities include litter blitzes, bird-feed workshops, painting fences, hedge planting, seasonal planting and making new objects from recycled materials,” the TES judges said.Pupils regularly go into Draperstown to pick up litter and do other jobs to improve the town. ShareTweet The school has also created a trail where local people can plant a tree in memory of deceased loved ones.Over 250 trees have been planted as a result and the trail is used by pupils and the local community.“Our grounds are always open to the public as a result,” said school principal Roisin McKenna.Ms McKenna also told BBC News NI that the school ran a regular programme of exercise classes outside for both pupils and staff to improve their physical and mental health.“Mental health problems are not just associated with adults but with children,” she said.“In school we run a regular programme called exercise in the great outdoors.“Pupils and teachers go out after school for half an hour to 45 minutes to exercise together, which is a bit of craic but also brings many benefits.”Ms McKenna said that many of the schemes had been organised by the school’s eco co-ordinator Clare Devlin with the support of pupils and staff.So, what is the school planning next following its UK-wide recognition?“We’re hoping to go plastic free in September,” Ms McKenna said.“So no plastic bottles will be brought into school.“We’re hoping to give each pupil a reusable flask so they can drink their water.”St Colm’s High is UK’s ‘most sustainable school’ was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: CO DERRYdraperstowneco co-ordinator Clare DevlinRoisin McKennaschool principalSt Colm’s Hih is UK’s ‘most sustainable school’Times Education Supplement