FN chiefs not surprised by government surveillance

first_imgAPTN National NewsDocuments provided to APTN National News show RCMP and Indian Affairs keep a constant eye on potential First Nations “hotspots” across Canada.The documents, obtained by the First Nations Strategic Bulletin, point to potential areas for protest or occupation and they show the RCMP are especially concerned with so-called “splinter groups.”APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has more.last_img

France Condemns Death of Moroccan Soldier in Central African Republic

Rabat – The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned an attack on Moroccan Blue Helmets in Bangassou a southeastern city in the Central African Republic (CAR) on Sunday, which killed one and injured three others, and said the perpetrators would face justice.The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs affirmed their support for Morocco in a speech read by spokeswoman Agnès Romatet-Espagne on Monday, expressing both sympathy and support to the kingdom’s ongoing peacekeeping operations.“We present our condolences to the family of the victim and the Moroccan authorities,” said Romatet-Espagne. The death of the Moroccan United Nations (UN) peacekeeper, who was part of Morocco’s Royal Armed Forces contingent of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA), was the result of an ambush by the predominantly Christian militia Anti-Balaka on July 23, revealed the MINUSCA.Three other peacekeepers were injured when the militia opened fire on the group of Moroccan soldiers,upon their return from a humanitarian mission escorting trucks filled with water to increase the water levels of the nearby Mbomouriver.“This attack recalls the need to progress quickly in the effective implementation of disarmament of armed groups,” said Romatet-Espagne, who continued by highlighting local and international efforts to improve the situation in the CAR.“France supports the efforts of Central African authorities, the African Union, and the countries and regional organizations in the context of the joint journey for peace and reconciliation in the CAR, adopted on July 17 in Libreville.”In a statement shared on July 24, the UN mission also denounced the ambush and expressed condolences to the families of the victims.Morocco’s ambassador to the UN, Omar Hilale, praised the Moroccan members of MINUSCA during a visit to Bangassou, on July 14. Hilale shared appreciation on behalf of himself and all UN members to those who work to restore peace, protect civilians and undertake actions benefiting the local society where they are stationed.Since it was established in 2014, MINUSCA has deployed over 12,000 troops to the country to protect civilians, following concerns of the CAR’s “security, humanitarian, human rights, and political crisis.” Six Moroccan MINUSCA peacekeepers have been killed in CAR since 2015. read more

Top UN AIDS official urges India not to waver in fight against

Making his first visit to the world’s second most populous country in his official capacity, Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Michel Sidibé met with Indians ministers and other officials, congratulating the Government for the progress made in its response to HIV.He praised the results achieved by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) in expanding access to treatment beyond targets and implementing programmes which are having a positive impact on HIV transmission rates in the a country where an estimated 2.4 million people are living with HIV. Mr. Sidibé urged Dinesh Trivedi, India’s Minister of State for Health, to guard against complacency towards HIV in the face of other emerging challenges such as H1N1 flu and climate change-related health issues. He appealed for India to strengthen its role in the UNAIDS programmes and become a donor to UNAIDS in view of the country’s increased political and economic status in the world community.For every 100 people living with HIV in India, 61 are men and 39 women and prevalence is high in the 15-49 age group. As in most of Asia, the epidemic is concentrated among key populations at higher risk of HIV, such as sex workers, drug injectors and homosexuals. Mr. Sidibé expressed his support for the recent decision of a Delhi court to annul Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexuality, a breakthrough for rights groups that strengthens the NACO’s efforts to reach out to people at higher risk of HIV, such as men who have sex with men and trans-gendered people.The Commission on AIDS in Asia, an independent body, has noted that India has significantly increased domestic spending on HIV in recent years, accounting for nearly 50 per cent of the country’s total AIDS budget. 8 October 2009The role of India’s political leadership is vital to ensure that the country with the highest number of HIV-infected people in Asia achieves its goals of universal access to prevention, care and treatment by 2010, according to a top United Nations AIDS official. read more

Central Asian nations can benefit from stronger trade ties UN official says

3 May 2011The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today called for boosting trade ties among Central Asian nations, saying they could have a particularly beneficial effect on food security for countries in the region. Director-General Jacques Diouf told an economic forum in Astana, Kazakhstan, that concern about food security in Central Asia is particularly acute for the region’s countries that are net importers of food.Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan depend heavily on grain supplies from the exporting countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including Kazakhstan, which is why they would benefit from stronger trade ties. “There is an immediate need to examine the possibility of a regional cooperation on trade arrangements among the countries of the region to enhance the free flow of food and agricultural commodities,” Mr. Diouf told the meeting, which brings together some 3,500 participants from 80 countries. He also called on Central Asian nations to set up joint monitoring systems on weather and climate change to predict sharp declines in crop production, improve climate disaster preparedness and avoid sudden price spikes. “Regional information sharing on agricultural and food production, including stocks, could help farmers and traders to deal effectively with potential food shortages,” FAO noted in a news release.Mr. Diouf also stressed the need for governments to avoid “inappropriate ‘panic’ policies” such as the trade restrictions and price controls imposed by some countries in response to rising food prices during the 2007-08 crisis that actually exacerbated the situation.In his message to the 4th Astana Economic Forum, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that policy responses in one part of the world continue to have an effect on prospects for economic recovery in others. “Mutual progress, the theme of this forum, depends on arriving at a shared understanding of how our actions depend on one another,” he stated in the message, which was delivered at the forum by Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).“We need to share ideas on how to address our common problems, how to avoid the damaging effects of volatile capital flows and gyrating food and energy prices, and how to steer all the world’s economies towards more stable and sustainable development for all,” he said. read more

Starstudded ads coming in support of Keystone

Ahead of an expected decision from the White House on the much delayed Keystone XL pipeline project, the American Petroleum Institute is launching a new campaign.Television, print and online ads are going to be placed in several states in August, in the hopes of getting the massive energy project, which would ship oilsands crude to the U.S. gulf coast, approved.The API’s Cindy Shield broke down some of the high-profile people in the pro-Keystone ads.“Ranging from former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, public figures including Warren Buffett and editorial boards such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today,” she said.Shield said the campaign is a continuation of their ongoing message that America needs Keystone.“Encourage support and maintain support and let the president know the importance of this project to consumers, what it means for energy security, national security, so it’s consistent with the efforts we’ve been making in our grass roots and outreach all along,” she said.Shield is also confident the project can meet the challenge issued by the president, that its development not increase the net emissions of greenhouse gases. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Star-studded ads coming in support of Keystone by News Staff Posted Jul 9, 2013 12:16 pm MDT read more

Quick gets 50th shutout in Kings 20 win over Hurricanes

LOS ANGELES — Alec Martinez scored with 2:13 left, Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for his 50th career shutout and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 2-0 on Sunday night.Martinez tipped Jake Muzzin’s pass past goalie Petr Mrazek to help the Kings a two-game skid. Kyle Clifford added an empty-net goal at 19:07 of the third period.Quick earned his first shutout this season. Mrazek made 33 saves for the Hurricanes, who earned at least one point in five of their previous six games.The game was a goaltending duel until the Kings got a late offensive zone faceoff. Anze Kopitar won the draw against Lucas Wallmark, and Muzzin was able to get the puck to Martinez for his second goal of the season.Los Angeles had to kill off 1:31 of 5-on-3 play in the third period, with Quick making saves on shots by Jordan Staal and Sebastian Aho.The Kings outshot the Hurricanes 13-12 in the first period and forced Mrazek to stop several strong scoring chances. He turned aside a one-timer by Jeff Carter during an early power play and denied Tyler Toffoli on a breakaway midway through the period.Quick’s key save in the first came in the final 10 seconds when he recovered to make a pad stop on Wallmark’s shot that was headed toward an open net.The Kings continued to pile on the pressure in the second without finding a way to beat Mrazek. The Hurricanes had to kill three penalties, with Mrazek able to save a dangerous tipped shot by Dustin Brown late in the period for one of five attempts by Los Angeles on the power play.NOTES: Kings C Adrian Kempe did not play because of an upper-body injury and is day to day. Los Angeles used 11 forwards and seven defencemen. … The Kings claimed forward Nikita Scherbak off waivers from Montreal. Scherbak, a first-round draft pick in 2014, has five goals and two assists in 29 career games.UP NEXTHurricanes: Visit the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.Kings: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Greenspan, The Associated Press read more

ABB commissions first gearless mill drives project in Canada

first_imgCommissioning and start-up of Canada’s first gearless mill drive (GMD) system has been completed at Osisko Mining Corp’s Malarctic project and will increase production capacity at the mine. The system was commissioned by ABB, a leading power and automation technology group. The GMD powers a 38′ (SAG) mill at the Canadian Malartic gold mine. Engineering, delivery and commissioning of the complete 19 MW GMD system are worth more than $20 million. Ronald Bougie, General Construction Manager at Osisko said: “We are very satisfied with ABB’s performance throughout the whole project. The equipment that was recently commissioned brings us on the level of the latest technology available on the market. It fulfills our requirements for flexibility and adjustability of the process, enabling maximum control over the grinding process.” The gold deposit is located in the heart of Quebec’s prolific Abitibi Gold Belt, immediately south of the town of Malartic. ABB’s delivery will help the mine increase its overall production capacity, provide maximum control over the ore grinding process, as well as improve overall equipment reliability and energy efficiency.The contract for the system, consisting of ring motor, transformers and E-house including the new powerful ABB cycloconverter controller AC 800PEC, was awarded in June 2007. AC 800PEC is a high-performance and high-speed control system that is fully integrated into ABB’s 800xA system and provides extensive communication options with other control devices. Also included in the scope was a power factor correction (PFC) and harmonic filter (HF) system to improve the overall plant power factor and reduce harmonic distortions. Acceptance tests and following start-up were successfully completed in Q1, commercial production started in Q2 of 2011.Osisko Mining holds a 100% interest in the Canadian Malartic gold deposit in Quebec. Canadian Malartic is one of the world’s largest known undeveloped resources wholly owned by a junior explorer, and is located in a mining district near extensive existing infrastructure. The mine life is estimated at 16 years, based on a 55,000 t/d) milling rate that will increase to 60,000 t/d in mid 2012. The mine’s daily production rate, including waste, is being estimated at an average of 194,000 t/d, an increase of 24,000 t/d. Total gold production over life-of-mine is currently estimated at 9.18 Moz gold, at an average production rate of 574,000 oz/y. The first full five years of production would account for 3.13 Moz of production at an average rate of 625,100 oz/y.last_img read more

Final weekend on Mauritius start with knock out stage

Beach handball ← Previous Story NEW ERA IN RUSSIA: Koksharov coach, Samsonenko manager Next Story → Fantastic day finished with total European triumph in both competition! Main round ended on Friday and now are known pairs of QF. Teams of Netherlands and Portugal (girls) and Spain and Russia (boys) ended this that phase of competition as best ranked. Saturday morning will bring most interesting matches to the program on the courts on the Flic&Flac beach  on Mauritius. Starting from 9:30h (local time which is GMT+4) boys knock-out 1/4F phase will start with matches RUS – POR (Central court) and VEN – ITA (Court2) and then at 10:20h program will continue with two new matches: TPE – ESP (CC) and THA – ARG (C2).Girls will enter on the big stage at 11:10h with first two quarter finals NED – THN (CC) and ARG – CHN (C2). Two last 1/4F will start at noon: TPE – POR (CC) and HUN – ESP (C2).Afternoon session will culminate at 16:30 (GMT + 4) when will start semi finals in both boys and girls competition. All matches of 1/2F will be played on Central court.  X.QPhoto credit: Stephane Pillaud/IHF read more

ASA Urges Enactment of 2008 Food Farm Bill

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is urging Congress to pass, and President George W. Bush to sign, the “Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008.” The new Food & Farm Bill will provide a basic safety net for farmers, support for energy and conservation programs, and funding for nutrition programs that provides food assistance for the poor, through 2012. Congress is expected to vote on the bill later this week.In reviewing the various titles of the Farm Bill, ASA President John Hoffman, a soybean farmer from Waterloo, Iowa, pointed out that “over two-thirds of the funding in the legislation is devoted to the food stamp program and other nutrition initiatives, while 9% is reserved for conservation, 14% to provide a safety net for farmers, with the remaining 10% spent on energy initiatives, rural development, research, trade promotion, international food assistance, crop insurance, and other priorities. So this legislation really is a Food, Conservation, and Energy bill.”ASA is pleased that the bill addresses many of the priorities advanced by ASA, including providing a more equitable safety net for soybean producers, funding a biodiesel production incentive program, authorizing cost-sharing for the production of soybeans with improved oil traits, reauthorizing and funding a biodiesel education program, providing increased funding for conservation stewardship on working lands, and allowing some non-environmentally sensitive land that is in the Conservation Reserve Program to return to production to meet food, feed, and fuel needs.”We applaud the decision by Congress to increase the soybean target price from $5.80 per bushel to $6.00 per bushel,” Hoffman stated. “Raising the soybean target price to a more equitable level has been a top ASA priority for the 2008 Farm Bill. If soybean prices remain high, as they are now, we may never need this safety net, but farmers will have this reassurance in the event prices fall in the future.”Among its many provisions, the Farm Bill reauthorizes the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) Bioenergy Program, a key legislative priority for the U.S. soybean industry. The $300 million provided for the CCC Bioenergy Program will make domestic biodiesel more competitive with petroleum diesel and imported biodiesel. The Program will bring some stability to the industry so that domestically-produced biodiesel can continue to add to the nation’s fuel supply.The Food & Farm Bill also authorizes a Quality Incentive Program to promote increased production of high-stability soybeans and other oilseeds to replace trans fats in food products. This initiative has also been an ASA priority in the Farm Bill debate.”In addition to these provisions, ASA looks forward to implementation of the ‘Average Crop Revenue Election’ (ACRE) program,” Hoffman stated. “This alternative to the traditional farm program would compensate producers when both state and farm income fall below recent average revenue levels. Soybean farmers welcome the option of enrolling under this new program.”last_img read more

Kenai Looks At Support Funding For KPC

first_imgUniversity of Alaska system President Jim Johnsen said the system faces a cut of more than $130 million, which could force layoffs of up to 1,300 people and the elimination of programs. The resolution was introduced by Vice Mayor Tim Navarre, “Over the past three years, the Kenai Peninsula College has continued to work more efficiently with reductions in staff and increasing revenue by adding additional non-credit workforce development classes for professionals and educational summer camps for middle and high school students.” Governor Mike Dunleavy released an amended FY20 budget. The budget proposes a significant reduction to education funding throughout the state. It’s unknown at this time how those cuts would impact the Kenai Peninsula campus. “The impact of a potential closure of the Kenai River Campus goes beyond displacing students, faculty and staff. The economic impacts are difficult to measure, but the community would lose the availability of quality educational opportunities.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council will look at a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday asking for the state to fully fund Kenai Peninsula College. If passed, the resolution would request that the State of Alaska continue to fund the Kenai Peninsula College and all Kenai Peninsula campus locations at the current funding level. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a similar resolution in March. The resolution will be introduced at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 3.last_img read more

Senate Finance Committee Taking Public Testimony Thursday Friday

first_imgTRANSPORTATION: Talking PointsASK: Support funding for TRANSPORTATION efforts that assist seniors and people with disabilities get to medical appointments, jobs, social engagements, and other components of independent living.Reverse reduction of: Coordinated Transportation and Vehicles (-$1 million). Funds support vehicles and other transportation support for seniors and people with disabilities. Transportation is consistently identified as a top priority in senior surveys. While the House and Senate have their own versions of the budget, this week’s testimony is focused on the Governor’s version. Below are times and locations, followed by talking points on items impacting Trust beneficiaries. DISABILITY JUSTICE: Talking PointsASK: Please support funding that serves JUSTICE-INVOLVED INDIVIDUALS who have mental illness, substance use disorders, and cognitive impairments at risk of incarceration and victimization.Maintain support for: Pretrial Services, Substance Abuse Programs (in prisons and in communities), Reentry Transition Services, Therapeutic Courts, Training for Mental Health Staff, and renovation of the mental health unit at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center. SENIOR PROGRAMS: Talking PointsASK: Protect funding for SENIOR programs that support elder Alaskans with limited incomes in living safely and independently in their homes and communities.Reverse elimination of: Senior Benefits Program (-$20 million). This program provides financial assistance to seniors and elders to help meet basic needs, such as food, shelter, fuel, prescription medications, and transportation.Maintain support for: Senior and Disabilities Community-Based Grants, Medicaid Optional Services, and AHFC Senior Citizen Housing Development Fund. PUBLIC TESTIMONY BY COMMUNITY: BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: Talking PointsASK: Please maintain grant funding for BEHAVIORAL HEALTH programs that serve Alaskans with mental illness and substance use disorders.Maintain support for: Behavioral Health Grants for Treatment and Recovery, Prevention and Early Intervention, Public Guardians, and Court Appointed Special Advocates for children and youth affected by opioid addiction. SAFETY NET SERVICES: Talking PointsASK:  Protect funding for programs that provide “safety net” services to low-income, disabled, and senior Alaskans. These programs help keep vulnerable Alaskans safe at home and out of expensive institutional care.Reverse reduction to: Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) Hold Harmless (-$17.7 million). This provision allows Medicaid recipients to remain qualified for public assistance if they receive a permanent fund dividend (PFD) check. This reduction will affect many Alaskans with disabilities in remaining qualified for public assistance.Reverse reduction to: Adult Public Assistance (-$14.7 million). This program provides financial assistance to elderly, blind, and disabled Alaskans to cover basic living expenses, food, rent, transportation, and basic needs.Reverse reduction to: Alaska Civil Legal Services Fund (-$450,000). Funds support legal services to low-income and indigent Alaskans, including families, children, veterans, seniors, ill or disabled people, and victims of domestic violence. Funding is managed by the non-profit law firm Alaska Civil Legal Services Corporation.Reverse elimination of: Assistive Technology (-$500,000). Funds support daily living assistive devices that help seniors and Alaskans with disabilities live independently. Statewide (not Anchorage or Juneau): 844-586-9085Anchorage only: 907-563-9085Juneau only: 907-586-9085 HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS: Talking PointsASK:  Support community programs that provide TEMPORARY, SUPPORTIVE and/or PERMANENT HOUSING to low-income, disabled, and senior Alaskans. Please REVERSE recommendations that reduce resources to homeless and housing programs, shelters, and food banks statewide.Reverse reduction to: Homeless Assistance Program (HAP) (-$7.2 million). This program supports access to homeless prevention supports, rental/utility emergency assistance, emergency shelter options, and rapid rehousing options in communities across the state.Reverse reduction to: Special Needs Housing Grant (SNHG) (-$3.5 million). SNHG operating dollars and housing vouchers provide long-term rental assistance for seventeen successful housing programs targeting the most vulnerable homeless population.Reverse elimination of: Human Services Community Matching Grant (-$1.4 million). Funds support grants to municipalities for programs that provide food, shelter, and domestic violence services to homeless citizens in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Mat-Su.Reverse elimination of: Community Initiative Matching Grants (-$862,000). These grants support homeless shelters and food banks in communities outside of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Mat-Su, and represent one of the only funding sources for these community providers.Reverse reduction to: Home Modification and Upgrades to Retain Housing (-$750,000). Funds support home accessibly improvements for Alaskans with disabilities.Reverse reduction to: Accessibility Improvements/Deferred Maintenance (-$250,000). Funds support non-profit organizations in serving Trust beneficiaries for accessibility improvements, renovations, repairs, and upgrades. MEDICAID: Talking PointsASK:  Support adequate funding for Alaska’s MEDICAID program that provides health coverage to eligible low-income, disabled, and senior Alaskans. Also, please support funding for Medicaid Adult Preventative Dental services. Medicaid provides health coverage to eligible Alaskans, including children, pregnant mothers, elderly, or people with a disabling condition. Medicaid reimburses local community providers and supports the work of hospitals, behavioral health clinics, assisted living, and other direct care service agencies in providing physical and mental health care to Alaskans in need. Any reductions to Medicaid funding can restrict beneficiary access to necessary primary and behavioral healthcare.Reverse reduction to: Medicaid (-$675 million). Medicaid provides health care and other supports for Alaskans with mental illness and substance use disorders. The Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) is in the process of determining final proposed reductions to the Medicaid program and how they will be implemented if cuts are imposed.Reverse reduction to: Medicaid Adult Preventative Dental (-$27 million). Funds support Medicaid reimbursement for preventative dental services for low-income and indigent Alaskans. Preventative services decrease the use of more expensive emergency services later on, usually at state cost. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate Finance Committee will hear public testimony on the Governor’s proposed FY20 operating and mental health budgets (SB 20/SB 21) on April 11 and 12. Friday, April 12, 2019 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Kenai, Kodiak, & Dillingham 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM – Glennallen, Seward, & Homer 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Ketchikan, Wrangell, & Petersburg 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Utqiagvik, Tok, & Delta Junction 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Sitka, Cordova, & Valdez 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Offnet (for people calling in from outlying areas)EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS to Senate Finance Committee members: senate.finance@akleg.gov. Thursday, April 11 9:00 AM – Mat-Su, Fairbanks 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM – Juneau 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM – Nome, Bethel, Kotzebue, & Unalaska 2:45 PM – 4:45 PM – Anchorage YOUTH and EARLY INTERVENTION: Talking PointsASK: Please support YOUTH and EARLY INTERVENTION efforts that promote healthy development, early recognition and intervention for disabilities and behavioral health disorders, and prevention of serious problems later in life.Reverse elimination of: Head Start Grants (-$6.7 million).Reverse elimination of: Early Childhood Grants (-$1.2 million).Reverse elimination of: Best Beginnings (-$320,000).Reverse elimination of: Parents As Teachers Grants (-$475,000).Reverse elimination of: Pre-Kindergarten Grants (-$8 million). ATTEND IN PERSON at the Capitol or in your community at a Legislative Information Office (LIO).CALL-IN if you do not live near an LIO, or if it is a hardship for you to get to one, you may call in during the time for your community or during the OFFNET times:last_img read more

NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgYour Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community” TEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (January 21-January 28):Tewksbury Police Lay The Smackdown On Three Alleged Heroin PeddlersTewksbury Police Arrest Two For Alleged Fentanyl TraffickingThe Victim In Friday’s Fatal Crash On I-495 In Tewksbury IdentifiedDebt Exclusion For New School, Non-Binding Marijuana Referendums Added To April Election BallotWalk-through Of Site For Proposed Hotel/Retail Development On Dascomb Road Scheduled For FridayOlu, Morris Named TMHS Hats Off Winners For JanuaryNominations Open For Annual Ginsburg Family AwardAt Your Library: WZLX’s Carter Alan; Backyard Chickenslast_img read more

Alaska LNG Export Project Hits A Couple of Bumps in DC

first_imgDownload AudioGov. Bill Walker on Tuesday  announced an agreement that could help sell Alaska liquefied natural gas in Japan, but the effort to build a trans-Alaska gas pipeline  is meeting some resistance in Washington, D.C. Lack of political support there is forcing the federal coordinator for the Alaska gas pipeline to close up shop. Also, opponents of gas exports are raising their voice, and their targets include the pipeline Walker and many Alaskans pin their economic hopes on.Larry Persily, the federal coordinator for the Alaska gas line, figures they’ll close the doors on their offices in Washington and Anchorage at the end of February. Until then, Persily says, they’ll be organizing files and archiving material.“We have some leftover funds from previous appropriations that we haven’t spent, and we will be using those savings for an orderly shutdown,” he said.Persily says the 2004 law creating the federal coordinator’s office was intended to expedite permitting for a different pipeline, one that would take North Slope gas through Canada and into the Midwest.“Back in 2004 the idea was if you don’t get Alaska North Slope gas into the North American grid, if you don’t get Alaska gas to the Lower 48, the Lower 48 could go cold, you could run out of gas for generating plants for electricity,” he said.Then came the fracking boom and suddenly the Lower 48 has more gas than anyone could’ve imagined. So proponents of the Alaska project revised the plan. Now, the state of Alaska and the producers intend to build an 800-pipeline to Nikiski and export LNG by ship. Officially, though, the Office of the Federal Coordinator is still supposed to be working on a pipeline to the Lower 48, and Persily says only Congress can change that.“The House and Senate when they passed the 2015 budget did not include any funding in there for the gas line office. The law wasn’t changed. So the combination is, we close down,” he said.A spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she’s committed to ensuring someone is responsible for coordination. Robert Dillon says Murkowski tried last year to update the authorizing law for the coordinator’s office but then learned the producers don’t find the office necessary. He says the senator wasn’t able to get the appropriation this year. Dillon points out the budget request President Obama sent to Congress had no money for the office, either.Under Persily, a former journalist, the coordinator’s office has primarily been an information agency.His staff has produced white papers and maintained a website with news about permitting, the LNG market and competing efforts. Persily acknowledges the loss of his office doesn’t derail the pipeline.“Certainly other pipelines, refineries have been built. Oil and gas production facilities. There are a couple of LNG export projects under construction. They were all done without such a coordinating office,” he said.  “But they were much smaller projects than this.”The main barrier for the pipeline remains that no one has committed enough capital. Altogether, it’s expected to cost as much as $65 billion.Meanwhile, though, the Alaska project is being swept up in the national opposition to LNG exports. More than 100 advocacy groups sent a letter this week to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz urging him to withhold support from bills that would expedite federal permits for gas exports around the country. Groups ranging from the Sierra Club and United Methodist Women to the National Nurses Union signed the letter.“Responsible climate and energy policy is to keep natural gas underground and refuse to export it to other countries,” the letter says in part. “Otherwise, we will sink hundreds of billions of dollars in decades-lasting infrastructure, diverting investment from renewable technologies, such as wind and solar.”One of the groups that signed the letter was the Center for Biological Diversity. Its Alaska director, Rebecca Noblin, says that, though the letter mentions gas from fracking, their opposition extends to North Slope LNG exports, too.“The Alaska project, like any other LNG export project, just poses too great a risk to the climate to go through a fast track permitting process,” she said. “When you look at the state of the climate right now, we really should be putting the brakes on fossil fuel development, not greasing the wheels.”Natural gas has a mixed reputation in environmental circles. One the one hand, when burned to create electricity, it emits far less carbon dioxide than coal. But when natural gas leaks into the atmosphere unburned, scientists say it becomes an especially powerful greenhouse gas. Opponents say liquefying the fuel also adds to the impact. The industry says it’s drastically reduced natural gas leaks from its operations.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday Sep 7 2017

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowFive kids dead in Butte trailer home fireCasey Grove, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageFive children died in a fire that gutted a trailer home in Butte this morning off the Old Glenn Highway near Palmer. The girls ranged in age from three to 12.Alaskan says he’ll build consensus in Interior postLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Former DNR commissioner Joe Balash has been nominated for assistant Interior secretary, overseeing the BLM and other offices. Balash says his perspective on resource extraction formed early, and was shaped by his love of salmon.Sheldon Fisher selected as state Department of Revenue CommissionerAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauGovernor Bill Walker today announced he’s appointed Sheldon Fisher to be Alaska’s Department of Revenue Commissioner. Fisher will move from his current position as commissioner of the Department of Administration.Alaska hatches plan for vast road network across the ArcticElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAlaska’s capital budget this year includes $7.3 million to plan the construction of an Arctic road system.Alaskan firefighters dispatched to battle blazes in MontanaDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksOver 500 Alaskans are working wildfires in the Lower 48. According to state and federal wildfire response agencies, a sixth jet load of emergency firefighters from Alaska deployed this week to Montana.Community members and archaeologists race against time at NunalleqTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelIt’s been eight years since a small team began excavating an ancient village outside of Quinhagak. Now archaeologists and tribal leaders are saving what they can before the site washes away.Building community fish harvest monitors to create “change on the Kusko”Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelIncreased control over natural resources, like fish, is a top priority for Kuskokwim tribes. One way to move in that direction is through collecting harvest data during fishing season, which helps with the difficult job of in-season management.Ask a Climatologist: Fairbanks records early first freezeAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk- AnchorageFairbanks gets the first freeze of the season about a week ahead of normal.last_img read more

Foolproof arrangements for secretariat exams Collector

first_imgChittoor: As many as 1,88,639 candidates would appear for written exam to be held for village secretariat jobs from September 1 to 8, according to District Collector N Bharath Gupta. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the Collector said foolproof arrangements have been made for smooth conduct of exams. All the MPDOs, municipal commissioners, Tahsildars, MEOs and other staff have been drafted to supervise the exams, he stated. Gupta mentioned exams are being conducted for 9,777 village secretariat posts in the district. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Instructions were given to APSRTC to run special services from 41 mandal headquarters in the district during the exams, the Collector said. He directed officials concerned to ensure availability of drinking water, furniture for hassle free writing exams and continuous power supply to exam centres. Candidates are advised to download their hall tickets on or before Sunday (August 25). Joint Collector D Markandeyulu, Joint Collector-2 Chandramouli and other officials were present.last_img read more

Railway Budget AP Telangana Hope to Get New Trains Lines Bangalore May

first_imgAndhra Pradesh and Telangana are hoping for several new railway lines, introduction of new trains between densely populated cities like Hyderabad and Tirupati, completion of several pending rail projects and new railway zones from the Union Railway Budget to be announced by the Union Railway Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday, 8 July.Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu recently urged Gowda to introduce several new trains from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana to Delhi and other far off places in the country. There has been a long pending demand of introducing two express trains to Delhi from Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada.Naidu has also urged Gowda to introduce trains between Vijayawada and Bangalore and Balaji Express between Delhi and Tirupati to meet the daily demand of devotees visiting the Tirumala deity from North India.Currently Andhra Pradesh Express runs from Secunderabad to Delhi. There is a possibility of changing the name of the express train into Telangana Express. Naidu has also demanded the Centre to introduce another AP express train between Vijayawada and Delhi.Additionally, Andhra Pradesh has been demanding for a new railway zone for Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam. Due to the huge demand for more connectivity between Hyderabad and Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Shirdi, Bengaluru as well as Jammu (via Delhi), introduction of more trains on these routes is needed, Deccan Chronicle reported.In both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, there are many incomplete railway line projects, which are waiting for funds from the Centre. There is about 1,200km rail line sanctioned in Telangana and nearly 1,600km line sanctioned in Andhra Pradesh region, which are said to be pending for the last 10 years. Double lining and electrification projects with an estimated cost of ₹295 crore are pending in Telangana.In Andhra Pradesh, a total of 1,297km new line projects are in pending, which were sanctioned at a cost of ₹8,860 crore and line doubling projects sanctioned at a cost of ₹1,504 crore are pending.Following are the pending railway line projects with the sanctioned year in bracket:Telangana: Mellacheruvu-Janpahad (2006-07), Peddapalli-Karimnagar-Nizambad (1993-94), Munirabad-Mahboonagar-Deverakadra-Krishna (1997-98), Manoharabad-Kottapalli (2006-07), Bhadrachalam Road-Sattupalli (2011-12), Akkanapet-Medak (2012-13), Kondapalli-Kothagudem (2013-14), Manuguru-Ramagundam (2013-14)Andhra Pradesh: Nandyal-Yerraguntla (1996-97), Kadapa-Bangarpet (2008-09), Kotipalli-Narsapur (2000-01), Macherla-Nalgonda (1997-98), Kakinada-Pithapuram (1999-2000), Guduru-Durgarajapatnam (2011-12), Bhadrachalam Road-Kovvur (2012-13), Obulavaripalli-Krishnapatnam/RVNL (2005-06) and Cumbum-Proddatur (2013-14).Meanwhile, Gowda has said that he will constitute a team of experts, comprising of former Managing Director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E Sreedharan, to guide him in running Indian Railways. Sreedharan has become “Metro Man” of India for his services.Gowda also said that his priority is introducing a commuter train service for Bangalore city and modernizing Bangalore railway stations.last_img read more

Budget 2017 CII wants drastic reduction in personal corporate tax rates

first_imgThe Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has come out with its wish-list for Budget 2017, seeking changes in personal tax rates, exemption limits, corporate taxes and goods and services tax (GST). This comes a few days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hinted at a CII event that the government would like to avoid populism in rail fares.In its recommendations to the Narendra Modi government, the CII has said that corporate tax rates should be aligned to those prevailing in other Asian countries.”In the other Asian countries, the prevailing maximum tax rate in case of companies ranges from 16-25 percent. Also, average effective corporate tax rate across industry sectors in India is about 22-23 percent. It is suggested that the corporate tax rate should be brought down to 18 percent (all inclusive),” the Hindu quoted from the CII’s document submitted to the finance ministry.As for income tax for individuals, the CII wants the exemption limit to be raised from the current Rs 2.50 lakh per annum annual income to Rs 3 lakh. The subsequent slabs of 10 percent, 20 percent and 30 percent should be applicable to annual income range of above Rs 3 lakh and up to Rs 10 lakh, above Rs 10 lakh and up to Rs 20 lakh and above Rs 20 lakh, respectively, according to the daily.How far the suggestions would be acceptable is anybody’s guess in the context of the government dismissing earlier reports of similar moves being reportedly contemplated. In a related report, the government said on Thursday that it has identified millions of individuals who have done high-value transactions but did not file their income tax returns in FY 2014-15.Also, at a CII event on Indian Railways, Jaitley had said that the government would prefer the other “P” than populism. “Rather than populist measures, performance-oriented practice is the way forward for Indian Railways,” he said while delivering a lecture at a conference on ‘Accounting Reforms in Indian Railways – A Strategic Mission for Sustainable Growth’, organised by the Ministry of Railways in partnership with the CII in New Delhi on Tuesday (December 20).last_img read more

Riverdale Might Be One of 2017s Best Surprises

first_imgStay on target When The CW first started talking about Riverdale, it was easy to be skeptical. A dark, modern adaptation of Archie comics? Really? Yes, the network has a fantastic track record with comic book shows, but Archie isn’t a superhero. He’s a normal teenage boy. Would Riverdale turn into just another teen soap opera? Well, thanks to a unique look, an intriguing mystery, and well-written characters, it became a lot more.Right away, Riverdale lets you know exactly what kind of show this is going to be. A noir-style narrator, who we learn to be Jughead, tells us that if you look closely at the idyllic small town, you’ll see the shadows. Here, Jughead sets up what will most likely be the main mystery of the first season. Cheryl Blossom’s brother Jason mysteriously died while the twins were on a boat in the river early Fourth of July morning. Cheryl says he fell into the water trying to rescue her glove and drowned. The police can’t find a body and accept her story.The Twin Peaks influence is heavy on this opening scene. The haunting music, the breathless way the Blossom twins speak to each other, the unsettling camera angles, all of it immediately makes Riverdale feel like Archie Meets David Lynch. The show jumps forward to the night before the first day of school, and it starts to feel more like a typical teenage soap. Archie has returned from a summer of working construction and is meeting up with Betty at Pop’s Chock’lit Shop. Betty’s friend Kevin is helping her pick an outfit and encouraging her to tell Archie she likes him. His arguments grow more emphatic when they spy a shirtless Archie through his bedroom window. He got buff over the summer.KJ Apa as Archie, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Lili Reinhart as Betty. (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)The would-be date doesn’t go exactly the way Betty plans, though. Just as she’s about to confess her feelings to Archie, a new girl walks in. It’s Veronica, who used to be a rich girl in New York, but her family recently lost everything, and she was forced to move back to her mom’s small hometown. Archie immediately tunes out Betty and starts drooling over Veronica. Yeah, he can be kind of an ass.Veronica’s character turned out to be one of the better surprises of the show. It would have been easy to cast her as the snobby rich girl. As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that that was who she used to be. Her recent experiences have humbled her, and she is a genuinely nice person. Instead of a bitter rival, she instantly becomes one of Betty’s best friends and strongest supporters. She encourages Betty to go after Archie despite her own feelings for him. She forces Cheryl Blossom, who actually is Riverdale’s resident stuck up rich girl, to accept Betty onto the cheerleading team. It was an unexpected and refreshing take on the character.Archie himself turns out to have a pretty conflicted life. His dad wants him to work construction and eventually take over his business. His coach wants him to play varsity football. He just wants to make music. While working construction, he wrote lyrics in his head and recorded some songs despite having no musical training. Everyone he plays them for agrees that he’s some kind of musical genius, but could really use some training. He asks Josie and the Pussycats, but they’re too busy developing their brand. We do get to hear one of their songs briefly, and I can’t wait to hear more. Their story will likely be one of the most fun to follow. (And who knows? Maybe they’ll get a spin-off show. The Archie-verse starts here.) At any rate, their song is better than what Archie has been playing for people.Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)As Archie approaches Miss Grundy, the music teacher for lessons, we learn that they have an awkward (and illegal) past. During the summer, she saw Archie walking down the street while driving and couldn’t stop staring at his abs. She offered him a ride home and, well, you can guess where this is going. Now, she wants no contact with Archie, but she’s the only one who can teach him music. Then we learn he wants to talk about something else. They were together near the river on the morning of July Fourth, when Jason Blossom supposedly drowned. They heard a gunshot. But, fearing having to explain why they were together so early in the morning, they had to keep it a secret. After promising that music is all he’s interested in, Miss Grundy agrees to tutor Archie.The rest of the episode carries on in typical teen soap fashion. There’s a dance followed by an afterparty where Archie and Veronica are made to spend seven minutes in a closet, much to Betty’s dismay. Archie runs to her house and tells her that she’s “perfect,” but he doesn’t have romantic feelings for her. She storms into her house, and Archie runs to Pop’s where he runs into Jughead. They used to be friends, but aren’t any more for some reason. That’s all we get because the teen soap is interrupted by the mystery portion of the show. Jason Blossom’s body has turned up in the river. He has a gunshot wound in his head.Cole Sprouse as Jughead (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Riverdale is absolutely a teen soap opera, but it’s one of the most enjoyable ones I’ve ever seen. The characters are interesting and complex to the point where I want to see where the season takes them. The Betty/Veronica friendship is one of the show’s best elements. Lili Reinhart (Betty) and Camila Mendes (Veronica) have a natural chemistry together, which makes you root for them more than anyone else. Like in the comics, Archie is the least interesting character in his own show, which is why I hope we see more of the ensemble as the season goes on. The mystery is intriguing, but Riverdale has enough unrelated secrets to keep things interesting even while we try to figure out whodunit. If this show takes off, I’m on board for an expanded Archie-verse. While crossing it over with Greg Berlanti’s other CW shows might be too much, here’s hoping they can make a deal with Marvel and get us a live action Archie Meets The Punisher.I love the art direction and cinematography of Riverdale. The lighting is sparse, which makes the bright colors, like the Pop’s neon sign or Archie’s hair, stand out. It has the effect of making every frame look like a comic panel. Hell, the show looks more like a comic book than any of The CW’s superhero fare. The framing, editing and subtle music helps give the show a Lynchian feel. Yes, this show is borrowing heavily from Twin Peaks, but by combining that with a compelling teen soap story and its own weirdness, Riverdale turns into something all its own. Besides, there are certainly worse shows it could emulate. 11 Groundbreaking Female Comic Book ArtistsGifts for the ‘Archie’ Comics Fan in Your Life last_img read more

Capturing the never returning moments

first_imgSimply magic, isn’t it? Photographer Sooni Taraporevala feels the same. Her on-going exhibition titled Through a Lens, By a Mirror: The Parsis (1977 – 2013) displays 36 years of her clicking the Parsi community.She has photographed people as they go about their daily lives, successfully narrating emotions of her subjects as they make conversation, at home or in the streets of Mumbai. Taraporevala’s photographs explore the myriad perspectives of her own family and the community. The photographs speak unabatedly  of the charming persona of the Parsis, their eloquent and warm disposition and their passion for life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’About her photographs, the artiste says, “For me, Photographs freeze time and survive death. My grandmother died, so did my grandfather and granduncle and a host of aunts and uncles. But not before I had captured them on celluloid. Their photographs still give me some measure of, perhaps, childish comfort.”The exhibition is organised by National Gallery of Modern Art and  Ministry of Culture.When: Till 3 November 10 am onwardsWhere: National Modern Art Gallerylast_img read more

VIDEO A seal jumped out of the water and slapped the hell

first_imgWhen you’re in the ocean, you’re only a visitor. A kayaker in New Zealand paid the price for stepping onto the turf of a territorial seal while out on the water off Kaikoura on New Zealand’s South Island when the seal jumped out of the water and slapped the hell out of the guy with an octopus. You read that right.As Dave Chappelle playing Rick James would say, “What did the eight tentacles say to the face?”Slap.last_img