NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s office says the Democrat’s wife has died years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. According to a news release, 66-year-old Martha Cooper passed away Thursday surrounded by her husband and children at their Nashville home. The longtime Nashville congressman had been married to Martha Cooper for nearly 36 years. The couple had three children together and one grandchild. More than 5 million people in the United States and millions more worldwide have Alzheimer’s.
In a key step toward creating a comprehensive regional aviation system, Lydia H. Kennard has been tapped to head Los Angeles World Airports by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Kennard – who left as LAWA’s executive director in November 2003 as former Mayor James Hahn was pressing ahead with an $11 billion massive modernization plan for Los Angeles International Airport – said Tuesday that she believes there now is an opportunity to create a regional aviation network for Southern California that would include LAX, Ontario International, Van Nuys and Palmdale Regional airports. “This mayor has the vision, charisma, diplomacy skills and the local, state and federal relationships to bring about a meaningful discussion in this regard,” said Kennard, 51. Under Hahn, Kennard in April 2002 urged a modified version of what came to be known as “Alternate D,” which would have eliminated some of the most controversial and expensive elements of the LAX modernization plan – including a remote passenger terminal east of the airport and an automated people-mover system that was criticized as inefficient and difficult to secure. Kennard said one of her first tasks will be to oversee the “reformulation of the LAX masterplan,” which is the outgrowth of more than a decade of work at a cost of more than $120 million, and whose environmental studies are now the subject of legal challenges. She said some of the LAX planning done so far may be salvageable – including some runway and improvements that are necessary, but that it doesn’t lock LAWA into proceeding with all the elements, adding some “parts and pieces” won’t be built. “The airport may have spent $120 million, but I’d much rather do the right thing than go forward with a plan that doesn’t make sense post-9-11.” Kennard has never publicly discussed strains with the Hahn administration. But in urging a more regional approach – as a LAWA deputy beginning in 1994 she oversaw the development of Ontario International – and in other managerial matters she at times was at odds with then-airport commission president Ted Stein, an Encino attorney. Stein resigned in April 2004 amid “pay-to-play” contracting allegations, which he denied. Kennard, who saw LAX through the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, including its financial recovery, said the airports’ security will remain a top priority, including obtaining additional federal funding. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 With little support for the plan, Kennard stepped down two years ago and was replaced as executive director by Kim Day, a proponent of Hahn’s plan who announced her resignation last week. Villaraigosa, who made a regional approach to aviation service a central part of his mayoral campaign, called Kennard, “an outstanding and experienced leader who brings instant credibility and a steady hand to the management of (LAWA).” Kennard, he said, shares his goals of “increasing public safety at our airports and creating a regional plan for future growth in passenger travel and cargo.” Denny Schneider, airport chair for the Westchester Neighbors Association – one of the groups that has opposed expansion of LAX in favor of regionalization – said Kennard’s appointment is a positive move. “I think she has the capability of really mustering up the plans to create a better airport, rather than a bigger airport (at LAX),” Schneider said. “She has a lot more scope of knowledge than almost anyone does have.”
The Uttar Pradesh Police is on constant alert mode “as long as required” and also keeping an eye on various social media platforms to quell rumours and fake messages in the wake of the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, DGP O.P. Singh said on Tuesday.He added that 70 people have been arrested for rumour-mongering in the State and more than 270 social media accounts reported for further action.The top cop of the State said despite the verdict coming out last week every district is on a “high state of preparedness” and no untoward incident has been reported so far.Also read: Ayodhya verdict: All you need to know“The eight police zones are working at macro-strategic levels. Additional DGs are effectively coordinating action among zonal districts along with CAPFs and other departments in their jurisdictions,” he said.“At the district level, each district has been divided into zones and sectors for focused response. We shall be on alert mode for as long as would be required,” Mr. Singh told PTI in an interview.The Director General of Police (DGP) said a special team has been tasked to check messages and contents being published on various social media platforms in order to quell rumours and counter them with facts.“We have a social media cell at the headquarters (in state capital Lucknow) which is headed by a Superintendent of Police-rank officer. This cell coordinates with district social media cells. They take cognisance of messages tagged to them, or even otherwise, and get the objectionable content removed and follow up with necessary legal action,” he said.All major platforms, Mr. Singh said, are being monitored.“Fake news is quickly verified and a rebuttal issued, often by district SPs. Advisories against spreading rumours have been issued from the highest level. We have arrested more than 70 persons and reported more than 270 accounts,” he added.In addition, he said, about 3-lakh digital volunteers have been roped in to report fake news and to disseminate the factual version.A dedicated number— 8874327341— has been publicised where people can report motivated or fake posts, he said.Despite the Supreme Court verdict of paving way for creation of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and grant of a 5-acre land for a mosque coming last week on November 9, the security monitoring drills are still being conducted round-the-clock, he said.“Every day, we review confidence building and law and order situation from the headquarters through reports, video conferences and direct contact. Our objective is to have enough show of force to act as a deterrent and to work through specific intelligence, of course, with the cooperation of members of the public,” the DGP said.Counter-measuresMr. Singh also talked about some other measures deployed to counter any nefarious or mischievous activity.“We have activated the zonal sector scheme and asked all officers and men to be continuously mobile and keep checking various sensitive areas. Quick Response Teams have been activated.”“Social media teams are working round-the-clock to ensure monitoring and removal of objectionable content and also to disseminate timely information. Close watch is being kept on identified potential troublemakers.”“I have also directed them to keep communicating with all stakeholders and to address their concerns, if any. Contingency schemes are also in place, ” the DGP said.Police strength“We have deployed 228 companies of PAC (provincial armed constabulary) and 40 companies of CAPFs along with civil police and home guards in the State,” he said.Asked about the strength of police booths in Ayodhya district, he said 21 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, 40 companies of PAC, anti-terror squad (ATS) and bomb detection and disposal teams have been deployed in addition to the civil force.A CAPF or PAC company has an operational strength of about 100 personnel.Preventive measuresMr. Singh, who has been heading the UP Police force since January last year, said the police had taken pro-active and preventive measures in the state in anticipation of the Ayodhya verdict from the apex court.“During this month alone, 326 illegal arms were seized and 2 arms factories busted. To prevent misuses of licenced arms, 1,72,610 licensed arms have been checked so far and 57 arms licences suspended.”“This has sent a stern message to anti-social elements.Similarly, preventive action has been taken against more than 65 thousand potential troublemakers,” Mr. Singh said.Asked if there are some specific directions to the police force to ensure law and order is maintained, he said he has given some explicit directives.“No procession or victory celebration are to be allowed. Rumours should be quickly quashed and the concerned brought to book. We will not tolerate any attempt to breach public order. We are appealing to everybody to respect the verdict of the honourable Supreme Court,” he said.The DGP said they were using technology to making “effective and efficient decisions” on the ground.“We have also used past data to identify hotspots and design patrolling routes for our PRVs (police response vehicles).“An integrated control room in every district, where police and magistracy will co-ordinate response, has also been set up,” he said.
zoom US-based cruise operator Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) and Finnish technology group Wärtsilä have signed a renewal of their existing performance-based service agreement.The renewed service agreement, signed in May 2017 and relevant to the maintenance of 45 Wärtsilä engines installed on ten NCLH vessels, extends from scheduled maintenance and spare parts to training programs and from annual audits to monthly key performance indicator reviews, which measure the performance of Wärtsilä against the jointly set targets.The agreement spans over two years, with a renewal option for three additional years, according to Wärtsilä.As informed, the contract provides Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Maintenance Planning (DMP), so that engine maintenance can be carried out according to actual needs, enabling optimal availability and minimal risk of disruptions. Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) optimizes the availability, reliability and performance of Wärtsilä engines on NCLH vessels through the diagnostics of key parameters and on-time decision support.“We are happy to continue the improvement of operational reliability and availability of NCLH vessels. Our shared commitment to ship efficiency, highest maintenance standards and safety of the ships enables Wärtsilä to fulfill the needs and expectations of NCLH,” Walter Reggente, Vice President, Wärtsilä Services, Americas, commented.The contract covers a broad scope of services, including maintenance planning, periodic technical surveys, dedicated technical support and expertise for major overhauls, spare parts supply and workshop services. In addition, Wärtsilä offers NCLH performance guarantees, such as Response Time Guarantee and Quality Guarantee, which ensure that the contractual performance targets are met.Wärtsilä said it continues to provide training to the NCLH crew. The training ensures that the vessels’ engines are maintained to the highest standards, and the crew is able to work in full coordination with Wärtsilä’s technical team.“Overall, the partnership is focused on safe operation of the vessels,” Wärtsilä explained.