The defense sector, including military and veterans-related activity, was responsible for 247,000 jobs and $36.6 billion in total economic output in Colorado in 2017, a significantly greater impact on the state than previously believed, according to a recent study. A 2015 study found that the military was responsible for 170,000 jobs and $27 billion in total economic output in the state. The updated study also shows that the defense sector is responsible for 7.3 percent of state tax revenue, up from 5.5 percent. The higher results reflect the expanded scope of the new report, which added impacts from Veterans Affairs Department expenditures, veterans and military retirees, and the chemical weapons demilitarization mission at Pueblo Chemical Depot.The new study — sponsored by the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and Military Affairs Council, Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Defense Council, and PuebloPlex — also revealed that military and veterans-related activity is more broadly distributed throughout the state than previously known. To be sure, DOD’s impact remains concentrated in Colorado’s Front Range, home to eight major installations. But many smaller counties throughout the state that recorded fewer than 100 jobs related to the defense sector in 2015 now have between 100 and 500 jobs, with that figure exceeding 500 in several counties, due to the addition of VA and veterans activity.Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The GRAMMY winner has held a low profile for the last couple of years, coming off his hugely successful debut album, 2014’s In The Lonely Hour. But judging from a new note Smith’s shared with fans, it seems he is poised to make his presence known again soon.”To all my beautiful fans, first of all I want to say thank you,” wrote Smith. “Thank you for being so patient and for letting me have the past year to really escape into my mind & write music so freely. I feel so rejuvenated and have so many stories I can’t wait to tell you. … The wait is so nearly over.” Sam Smith: “The Wait Is So Nearly Over” stay-him-new-sam-smith-music-coming-very-very-soon https://twitter.com/samsmithworld/status/903271570709381120 The Londoner’s debut spawned GRAMMYs for Best Pop Vocal Album and Record and Song Of The Year (“Stay With Me”) at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. He also took home the coveted Best New Artist award.Feature: Kacy Hill, Melissa Manchester On Building A Village Of Fans Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 8, 2015 – 10:52 pm Sam Smith Wins Record Of The Year Stay With Him: New Sam Smith Music Coming “Very, Very Soon” News Twitter GRAMMY winner says he’s “rejuvenated” — does this mean new music is on the way?Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 31, 2017 – 3:33 pm Between new albums from the likes of Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters, Beck, Miley Cyrus, and Demi Lovato, just to name a few, the schedule for new music in fall 2017 already looks pretty exciting. And now it’s looking like Sam Smith could be adding his name to the mix as well.
Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflix Tags That guy is a dead ringer for Han Solo. Lucasfilm Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we host a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.A lot of big name movies came to the Netflix catalog with the new year. As you probably could tell with the title of this post, the Indiana Jones tetralogy is streaming right now. There are also A-list titles like Pan’s Labyrinth and Pulp Fiction joining Indy on the streaming service. Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: Netflix sneakily released a Black Mirror movie called Bandersnatch. It’s an interactive experiment where you can make decisions that will change the outcome of the story. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Mutt Williams, eh? Share your voice Comments For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) TV and Movies Home Entertainment 3 Your browser does not support the audio element.
.An accused of a rape case was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Kurushkul area of Sadar upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Tuesday, reports news agency UNB.The deceased was identified as Selim, 22.He was accused in several cases including a rape case filed in connection with a violating 3-year-old girl in the upazila on 23 August.Major Ruhul Amin, commanding officer of RAB-7, said that a team of RAB arrested Selim from Natun Fishery Ghat area adjacent to airport on Monday evening.Later, the team conducted a drive along with Selim in Kurushkul area around 2:00 am to arrest his associates and recover arms.When the team reached the spot, his associates opened fire on the elite force, prompting them to retaliate that triggered a gun fight.At one stage, Selim was caught in the line of fire and died on the spot while his associates managed to flee the scene.The law enforcers recovered a foreign pistol and a one-shooter gun.
US President Donald Trump departs from Andrews Air Force base in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, DC, US. Photo: AFPPresident Donald Trump hit back at critics within his own party Wednesday, painting them as outliers in what is otherwise a “love fest” between him and Republican lawmakers.A day after Republican senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker described Trump as having a “flagrant disregard” for truth and decency and of “debasing” the nation, the combative president shot back.Trying to forestall a broader party backlash, Trump tweeted that Flake and Corker were resigning because they had “zero chance of being elected,” and insisted his meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill a day earlier had been a resounding success.“The meeting with Republican Senators yesterday, outside of Flake and Corker, was a love fest with standing ovations and great ideas for USA!” he continued.Trump’s allies cheered Flake’s departure as an unbridled victory for their effort to take over the party and a “monumental win for the entire Trump movement.”It “should serve as another warning shot to the failed Republican establishment that backed Flake and others like them that their time is up,” said Andy Surabian, a former Trump White House advisor.Still, while the departure of the two senators may ultimately play to Trump’s advantage, both will remain in Congress for more than a year and will be less likely to fall in line behind the White House on key votes.No room for defectionsTrump had already faced a difficult task of mustering 51 votes to pass tax cuts, an effort that appears to be the glue holding the party together.There are currently 52 Republican senators, so more than one defection would hamper reform efforts, unless Democrats can be brought on board.It is also far from clear that more hardline Republican candidates can beat Democrats in places like Flake’s native Arizona, where Trump campaigned hard in 2016 yet won by less than four percentage points.Many Republicans see Trump’s presidency as the best way to enact long-standing goals like tax reform and cutting the size of government, and the White House has worked hard to keep the rank and file focused on those targets amid rolling scandals and failed attempts to pass legislation.“Working hard on the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Great support from so many sides. Big winners will be the middle class, business & JOBS,” Trump also tweeted Wednesday.“I’ll tell you what, honestly, the Republicans are very, very well united,” he said.The White House points to the president’s solid approval ratings among Republican voters as evidence that his brand of politics should dominate the party.According to an Economist/YouGov Poll, 84 percent of Republican voters approve of the way Trump is handling his job as president.‘Not a watershed’Against that backdrop many Republicans privately express grave misgivings about Trump’s behavior in office, but remain publicly supportive.“Parties always have their disagreements. Look no further than Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party. That’s just part of party politics,” Senator Steve Daines told AFP.Political science professor Larry Sabato said Flake’s attack on Trump was a “beating” for the president, but is “not going to be a watershed.”“I always tell people JFK’s book ‘Profiles in Courage’ was a very slim volume.”Yet there is no doubt that Flake and Corker’s comments have exposed a simmering battle for the soul of the Republican party.Establishment conservatives—who have managed since 2007 to co-opt waves of populist and nationalist party insurgents—have struggled to retain control since Trump’s election.Senator Marco Rubio admitted the party “is going through a moment of realignment internally.”He cited “an internal debate about what the party is going to be about, what it’s going to represent in the years to come. So is the Democratic Party. And by the way, so is every institution in America.”