New York – Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets

NY- Giving Pedestrians a Head Start Crossing Streets Pakistan Press  Club –  New York Even when she has a walk signal, Jane Pachuta has been cut off by cars making left turns and barreling through the crosswalk near her home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. “Numerous times, I’ve felt in danger,” said Ms. Pachuta, the owner of an advertising and graphic design business who has lived in the neighborhood for more than two decades. “I walk relatively quickly, but it doesn’t matter when they’re turning and getting so close to you.”But now Ms. Pachuta has a head start. The walk signal at the crosswalk on Third Avenue and East 70th Street was recently re-timed to come on seven seconds before drivers get a green light — instead of at the same time — so pedestrians can get well across Third Avenue before the cars can move. On New York’s increasingly crowded streets, so-called “pedestrian head starts” have become a key tactic used by city officials to reduce dangers at busy intersections by making pedestrians more visible and reinforcing their right of way. While the concept is not new, the pedestrian measure has quietly multiplied across New York City as part of an ambitious campaign — known as Vision Zero — by Mayor Bill de Blasio that aims to eliminate traffic deaths by 2024. Pedestrians are now given a head start at 2,381 intersections, or seven times more than the 329 intersections in 2014 when the Vision Zero campaign began. The city’s Transportation Department is adding the measure to about 800 intersections a year, or nearly [...]
Russia , US

Russia – US Relations ! Flynn Signals Cooperation With Russia Investigators

“Russia – US Relations ! Flynn Signals Cooperation With Russia Investigators” A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller Pakistan Press Club – WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case — an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal. Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether anyone around Mr. Trump was involved in Russian efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. That agreement has been terminated, the four people said. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.The notification alone does not prove that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with Mr. Mueller. Some lawyers withdraw from information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. And such negotiations sometimes fall apart. Still, the notification led Mr. Trump’s lawyers to believe that Mr. Flynn — who, along with his son, is seen as having significant criminal exposure — has, at the least, begun discussions [...]
‘India-US Relations, Pakistan

‘India-US Relations’: India reluctant to open up army communications to Washington because of Pakistan

India reluctant to open up military communications to Washington because of Pakistan   (Pakistan Press  Club) NEW DELHI: Military officials in New Delhi said that India is reluctant to sign Communication and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA) with the United States because of its concern that Washington can listen in on military operations where both countries’ interests may not coincide— such as against arch-rival Pakistan.   The agreement is part of the Trump administration’s new policy towards India which called for a “free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific”.   Describing the Indian and Pacific Oceans as a “single strategic arena”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described India and the United States as regional “bookends”.   Captain Gurpreet Khurana, executive director at the government-funded National Maritime Foundation, told Reuters that India’s underlying concern was having its autonomy constrained by binding its military into US codes and operating procedures.Once, the Americans proposed a portable “suitcase” communications system called the CENTRIXS which could transmit full situational awareness data to Indian ships while the two navies practised together. India refused to allow it to be plugged in for the duration of the exercise, citing operational security, according to an Indian source briefed on the planning of the exercises.   Even the joint air exercises that the two countries are conducting as a follow-on to Malabar are severely restricted, the source said.   India sends its Russian-acquired [...]
Federal Reserve

Fed policymakers say rate increase likely warranted soon

 Federal Reserve policymakers say rate increase likely warranted soon WASHINGTON, (Pakistan Press  Club) Many Federal Reserve policymakers expect that interest rates will have to be raised in the “near term,” according to the minutes of the U.S. central bank’s last policy meeting released on Wednesday.   The readout from the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 meeting, at which the Fed kept rates unchanged, also showed policymakers generally, agreed the economy was poised for strong growth. Several Fed officials also saw improved chances that the U.S. Congress would pass significant tax cuts that would boost business investment.   While some policymakers said they still needed to see more data before deciding the timing of a rate hike, many of the officials said the jobless rate appeared to be too low for inflation to remain at its current weak level.  “Participants expected solid growth in consumer spending in the near term, supported by ongoing strength in the labor market,” the Fed said in the minutes. “Many participants thought that another increase in the target range for the federal funds rate was likely to be warranted in the near term.”   The central bank has increased rates four times in a tightening cycle that began in late 2015. The Fed currently predicts one more rate rise this year and three more hikes in 2018.   The meeting marked one of the last policy reviews to be attended by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who announced on Monday she would resign from her seat on the Fed’s Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace [...]