Four senators on Friday asked Army Secretary Mark Esper to outline steps the service is taking to keep military families safe, in the wake of a Reuters investigation that linked numerous cases of elevated blood-lead levels in young children to the presence of lead-based paint in family housing at five Army installations. “We ask that you provide our offices with a detailed briefing as soon as possible outlining the immediate and long-term mitigation strategy to keep military families safe, provide medical treatment for those potentially or previously affected, make long-lasting repairs, and finally, provide legislative proposals or guidance on legislation needed to hold maintenance contractors accountable,” wrote Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). … Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command’s (SPAWAR) Old Town Complex headquarters on Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego suffers from environmental hazards, including pest infestation, along with other facility issues, such as leaking roofs and inefficient heating and cooling systems, according to a report by the Naval Inspector General. SPAWAR spent $26 million on facility problems from 2013 to 2016, but it did not to correct the deficiencies, reported Navy Times. The building’s open-air, saw-tooth design contributed to the problems. “The large, open buildings provide shelter to numerous pests,” the report states. “Bird droppings and feathers accumulate throughout.” … Wichita State University, Kan., received a $2.5 million grant from the Office of Economic Adjustment to support initiatives that strengthen and diversify the regional advanced manufacturing supply chain, increase the quality and scope of defense technologies, and increase the competitiveness and sustainability of defense-impacted businesses, according to a press release. The award will provide funding for programs at the National Institute for Aviation Research, including work on automated fiber placement in composites manufacturing, cold spray technologies for the restoration of aircraft parts, the 3D printing of new tooling systems and feasibility studies related to hypersonic aircraft.Navy photo by Steven Davis Dan Cohen AUTHOR
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy taken to a Dhaka court in a prison van on 31 January. Photo: Sajid HossainA Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to jail in a case filed with the Ramna police station.The court also put 55 other BNP leaders and activists on remand in four separate cases filed in connection with an attack on a prison van.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order.Read more: BNP leader Azizul Bari Helal ‘detained’ Gayeshwar Chandra Roy’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia alleged that Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was arrested only for his political statements.A group of BNP activists broke open prison van and snatched away two of their fellows in front of the High Court Mazar gate on Tuesday.The incident took place when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was returning after appearing at a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Police detained 69 BNP men in connection with Tuesday’s incident.
Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned stretches of the M6 will be closed for 10 nights while work is carried out to support a major upgrade. Highways England will set up an 11-mile contraflow in an effort to enable a larger construction area to be created and allow drivers to travel by the side of it. Such a system was put in place between Junction 15 and Junction 13 where the Smart Motorway project has been running. The contraflow system is currently running on the northbound carriageway from Yarnfield to Junction 15 but from next month will be extended to run all the way between junctions 14 and 15 – a total of 11 miles. Its creation means that from tonight there will be overnight closures from 9pm until 6am. The Southbound carriageway will be closed for five nights from Monday followed by the Northbound carriageway for five nights. Motorway driving tips Watch again Click to playTap to play Works on the M6 in North Staffordshire “The use of the contraflow has improved productivity, safety and disruption to residents living close by and also reduced the amount of full overnight motorway closures due to having the availability for one lane of traffic to travel in the contraflow lane.” Drivers say problems arise when there are break-downs in the contraflow areas. Barry Proctor, owner of Talke-based Barry Proctor services, said: “It is a long distance and the last contraflow was not too bad. Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in Click for Sound How the contraflow will work (Image: Highways England) Highways England say that feedback from M6 drivers has revealed ‘many like the contraflow lane as it is wider and they don’t have the issue of HGVs being in close proximity.’ The body also says the contraflow has made no change to journey times through roadworks. Read MoreWhy are there so many accidents on the M6 in Staffordshire? (…now Highways England have had their say) Peter Smith, Highways England Smart Motorway Project Sponsor, said: “The contraflow gives us more space when we’re working in the verge, making it safer for our workers and helping us complete the scheme quicker. “Because there is more room in the verge, we can carry out most of the disruptive activities during the day, reducing the amount of full overnight motorway closures which benefits local communities. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “Highways England is always exploring new ways to maximise efficiency and this is another important achievement in our work which will ultimately improve journeys by adding extra capacity and technology to the motorway.” Highways England has also been working with Staffordshire County Council to organise diversions. Helen Fisher, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport said: “The introduction of the Smart Motorway on this section is key for keeping traffic on the move on the busy M6. “We have worked closely with Highways England to ensure that the impact on local routes such as those through Stafford and along the A34 is minimised while this vital scheme is completed. Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Driver named following fatal collision The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Watch Next We pay for stories! Send your videos to firstname.lastname@example.org “I don’t like anything like this on the motorway and when they were doing 17 to 19 people found it difficult to concentrate and to have these narrow contraflow lanes for that length of time now will make it difficult with breakdowns and accidents. “The shorter the better with these things for me but I imagine it is about keeping costs down. “If someone breaks down in this then it will be difficult to get to them and they will be an obstruction – I’m totally against it and it should be done in small sections.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Share this video Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. 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