Daily Archives: October 11, 2017

US shuts down 149 airport control towers

WASHINGTON – The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Transportation Department announced Friday that 149 airport control towers will be closed across the country beginning on April 7 due to the agency’s budget saving implementation plan.”We heard from communities across the country about the importance of their towers and these were very tough decisions,” US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement.”Unfortunately we are faced with a series of difficult choices that we have to make to reach the required cuts under sequestration,” LaHood noted.Roughly 85 billion US dollars of spending cuts started to hit various US governmental departments this year starting on March 1. The spending cuts, the so-called “sequester” or “sequestration” in US government budget language, were included in the August 2011 debt reduction package.The FAA will work with the airports to ensure the procedures are in place to maintain the high level of safety at non-towered airports, said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta.The FAA will begin a four-week phased closure of the 149 air traffic control towers beginning on April 7, part of its efforts to save 637 million dollars spending this year, according to the statement.

Local officials investigated for corruption

BEIJING — Two officials from Jiangsu and Guangdong provinces are being investigated for criminal charges of bribe-taking and embezzlement, China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate said Friday.Both Shao Yi, former director of Jiangsu Nonferrous Metals with East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau, and Ai Qihong, former deputy general manager of Guangdong GW Holdings Group Co, Ltd, were detained for being suspected of accepting bribes and embezzlement, respectively.Guangdong GW Holdings Group Co, Ltd is a large government-owned corporation of Guangdong Province specialized in trade of capital goods and other services such as logistics, e-commerce and commercial real estate.The investigation of the two are ongoing.

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