West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said she would have shared Teesta water with Bangladesh had there been enough water available. “Bangladesh has stopped giving us Hilsa. This is because we could not give them Teesta water. We would have given if we had surplus water,” Ms. Banerjee said on the floor of the State Legislative Assembly.The sharing of Teesta water is a major bilateral issue between India and Bangladesh. Ms. Banerjee has said that entire north Bengal will run dry if the water was shared with Bangladesh. Instead, she has proposed sharing the waters of other north Bengal rivers such as Torsa, Manshai, Sankosh and Dhansai.
[photos: Chihiro Saito] February 25, 2011We continue our report from 2/18/11, about the new SPACE FRAME Special Assembly, designed by Paolo Soleri and produced here at Arcosanti by sculptor Brent Scott.Here we see Brent in the final stages of finishing the sculpture. The piece is wrapped for transport to Cosanti.Brent fabricated bronze rods from which bells will be suspended.He fabricated a large tube of bronze to use as a guide for bending the circle right next to it. The circle will be the pull to put the sculpture in motion.There will be one more report on this, on Monday, February 28. 2011, about the installation of the sculpture at Cosanti.
Categories: Kelly News,News Michigan’s local public schools would get $100 more per student for the 2017-18 academic year, raising funding to a record level through legislation approved today by the state House’s budget committee.The bill advanced today by the House Appropriations Committee also contains budgets for Michigan’s public universities and community colleges as work toward completing the next budget plan continues.“Our classrooms are the key to building a better future for Michigan, and that is why we are investing in schools with this budget,” said Rep. Tim Kelly of Saginaw Township, sponsor of the education funding bill and chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on School Aid. “We are focused on giving students the education they need to succeed and helping Michigan prosper for decades to come.”Highlights of the bill:Michigan’s K-12 public schools would get record funding at $14.3 billion, with a priority on keeping more money in the classroom to benefit students. School districts across the state would get $100 more per student at each grade level, equating to a $143 million increase.Early childhood literacy is emphasized with $25.4 million dedicated to help K-3 students improve their reading skills.An additional $129 million is dedicated to help “at-risk” students, with the definition expanded to include students who are homeless, migrant and in foster care.Funding for career and technical training would increase through competitive grants for equipment upgrades and for intermediate school districts to hire counselors. The programs are designed to help prepare Michigan students for jobs of the future.The higher education budget supporting Michigan’s 15 public universities would get a 2.3 percent funding increase, including an average of 1.9 percent more for university operations. Funding for tuition incentive programs and a competitive scholarship program would increase.The education budget bill advances to the House floor for further consideration.###The legislation: House Bill 4313 25Apr Rep. Kelly, Michigan House budget panel OK record funding for public schools