Iraq Makes First Payment for 18 F-16 Fighters

first_img The Iraqi government has transferred its first payment for 18 F-16C fighter aircraft, bringing Iraq closer to independently securing its airspace, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. “These aircraft will help provide air sovereignty for Iraq to protect its own territory, and deter or counter regional threats,” Little said. The fighter aircraft, he added, “are also a symbol of the commitment to a long-term strategic partnership between the United States and Iraq.” The fighters are the block 50/52 variant of the aircraft – the current production version of the F-16 Fighting Falcon. The sale is valued at about $3 billion, Little said. The United States conducts foreign military sales with Iraq, he added, “and fully supports Iraq’s efforts to purchase military equipment in line with its domestic spending priorities and in accordance with its budget laws and procedures.” Such foreign military sales will be a cornerstone of future cooperation and support the development of a long-term cooperative security relationship with Iraq, Little said. “Foreign military sales around the world, such as this purchase of F-16 aircraft,” the press secretary said, “strengthen our diplomatic and military relationships with our allies and supports American industry and jobs at home.” By Dialogo September 30, 2011last_img read more

Reg. reform for credit unions, small banks a priority: Neugebauer in PoliticoPro

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Citing the unintended consequences after the U.S. Congress “threw this big blanket over the entire financial market,” Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) says regulatory reform is among his top priorities for the 114th Congress. Neugebauer, chair of the House subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit, made those remarks in a wide-ranging interview with PoliticoPro published Tuesday.“One of our priorities is going to be looking at some regulatory reform for our Main Street lending institutions,” he said, adding that credit unions and community banks are the institutions he has in mind.Neugebauer said his committee is currently prioritizing a list of proposals to enact some form of regulatory relief, and said they first intend to focus on bills that passed committee with strong bipartisan support.While Neugebauer didn’t name any specific bills, CUNA-supported bills that passed the full House Financial Services committee last year include: The Portfolio Lending and Mortgage Act, Financial Regulatory Clarity Act and Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act. continue reading »last_img read more

Travel advisory in effect for Alaska Highway north of Wonowon

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New documentary ‘A Stranded Nation’ to have double screening this Thursday at The Lido Theatre

first_imgThe two special screenings of ‘A Stranded Nation’ is taking place June 27 at The Lido Theatre, with a screening at 11:30 a.m. and the next at 6:00 p.m.Tickets for each screening is $25.00 per person.For tickets and information, you can call The Lido at 250-785-3011. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This Thursday, June 27, there will be two special screenings of a new documentary at The Lido Theatre.Produced by Heidi McKillop, ‘A Stranded Nation’ is a documentary that addresses the key issues around Canadian oil and gas development and explores the interconnections between oil and gas and everyday life.The documentary features interviews with prominent industry leaders and supporters of the Canadian Natural Resource sector.- Advertisement -McKillop says the goal of the documentary is for people across Canada, particularly young people, to be better informed about oil and gas.She also says Alberta’s concerns should be heard and that the country needs to work together.“Our overall message is that Canada is not an environmental laggard, it’s not dirty oil, that Alberta’s concerns should be heard and that we need to start working together cross-provincially.”Advertisementlast_img read more