Dan Cohen AUTHOR After increasing by more than 65 percent from fiscal 2000 to 2010, defense spending is expected to decline by 28 percent from FY 2011 to 2019 in real terms, according to a report from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) examining defense spending at the state and local levels in FY 2014.On Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the agency will hold a webinar on the report, featuring Christine Chmura, CEO, chief economist and principal at Chmura Economics and Analytics, which prepared the report. To register for the event, visit the OEA website.The report highlights factors, such as the regional expenditures from military bases or private contractors, which can be used by state and local officials to assess their region’s vulnerability to projected declines in defense spending. The impact of DOD spending cuts has been uneven across states, as it depends in part on the number of personnel and the amount of contract revenue in each state, according to the report.Overall, defense spending is accounting for a smaller portion of state economies as the military draws down from two overseas conflicts and the 2011 Budget Control Act imposes stringent spending caps.For further information about the webinar, contact Elizabeth Chimienti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Khaleda ZiaThe head of a pro-Awami League organisation has lodged a complaint of sedition charge against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia with a Dhaka court on Wednesday.Bangabandhu Foundation executive chairman Mashiur Rahman allegedly that Khaleda had held a secret meeting with an official of Pakistani intelligence agency ISI in the United Kingdom.The court of chief metropolitan magistrate Abdullah Al Masud that received the complant in the morning is set to pass an order later in the day.In his complaint, Mashiur claimed that during her stay in London, Khaleda met ISI official Junaid at Taj Hotel on 18 and 19 July last.He alleged that the meeting was held to instigate anarchy in the country, and deteriorate the Bangladesh-India relation and take it towards war.He came to know about the meeting through different media reports and investigation conducted by Bangabandhu Foundation’s London unit, Mashiur said.Mashiur filed another sedition case against the BNP chief on 25 January which is still under trial.
Photo: Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce via Twitter (@HispanicHouston)From left to right: Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia; New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Laura Murillo during the 2018 edition of the Women’s Leadership Conference, held in Houston on March 15, 2018.The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) held its annual Women’s Leadership Conference Thursday and the event highlighted the strides Hispanic women are making in education.The conference included several sessions were data about the growth of the Hispanic female population in the United States and the gains in terms of educational attainment were discussed.According to a study that the data analytics company Nielsen released last year, the Hispanic female population in the U.S. grew 37 percent between 2005 and 2015, compared to 2 percent in the same time period for their non-Hispanic Anglo counterparts, and 11 percent for total women in the U.S.As of 2015, 41 percent of Hispanic women 25 and older had completed some college or had obtained an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate Degree, also according to Nielsen’s study.Additionally, while the total number of female majority-owned firms grew 27 percent during the last five years, Hispanic female majority-owned firms grew in number by more than 682,000, or 87 percent, during the same period.For Laura Murillo, president and CEO of the HHCC, the progress made in the field of education is good news, but there are still areas in which minority women need to continue making gains, such as wage parity.This year’s conference and expo congregated more than 700 attendees and Murillo underscored the growth the event has experienced since it started four years ago with about 150 attendees.“We are really embracing diversity, we embrace women and they know it, so they keep coming back and they’re bringing people with them,” said the HHCC president and CEO.Photo: Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce via Twitter (@HispanicHouston)The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) held its annual Women’s Leadership Conference Thursday and the event highlighted the strides Hispanic women are making in education.During the event –which included an expo featuring HHCC’s partners, as well as small businesses and regional service providers— Lisa Shumate, associate vice president and general manager at Houston Public Media (HPM), was recognized with the ‘Outstanding Service & Leadership’ award for housing the staff and operations of KHOU-Channel 11, Houston’s CBS affiliate, at HPM after Hurricane Harvey flooded the television station in the summer of 2017.Special award to @HoustonPubMedia’s Lisa Shumate from @KHOU on behalf of @HispanicHouston today. #hispanichouston #womeninbiz #hhcc pic.twitter.com/LgQs8sfiP5— Hispanic Houston (@HispanicHouston) March 15, 2018The event also featured Murillo interviewing Susana Martinez, who is the Governor of New Mexico and is the first Hispanic woman to hold a governorship in the United States. Share