Nova Scotia band looks at options to deal with polluted harbour

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Nova Scotial First Nation wants the toxic waste water in it’s backyard cleaned up. The Pictou Landing band is trying to figure out the best way to make it happen through either negotiation, relocation or a lawsuit.As APTN’s Trina Roache explains, there are no easy answers.last_img

SNC Lavalin affair keeps brewing on Parliament Hill

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsAnother day means another development in the SNC Lavalin scandal.On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s closest advisor quit.Former Principal Secretary Gerald Butts denied he pressured former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to intervene in the company’s prosecution.last_img

Liberia UNbacked antirape campaign reaches countrys north

16 April 2008A United Nations-backed campaign to stamp out rape in Liberia, the highest reported crime in the West African country as it recovers from a devastating civil war, has been extended to the north with a senior UN official calling for full implementation of the law. Families of rape victims must not compromise to reach private settlements with rapists or their families, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Rule of Law Henrietta Mensa-Bonsu said at the launch of the nation-wide campaign in northern Lofa County, the fourth of the country’s 15 regions that it has so far reached.“Such a rapist would go on to rape other children and women,” she added. “Compromising rape amounts to betrayal of the victim and endangering other girls as well… the law must be allowed to take its course when this crime is committed.” She called for individuals and communities to expose all rapists to allow the law to deal with them, urging Liberians to seek a clear understanding of what the rape law is about because explaining and publicizing the law cannot be left to the Government alone.“Passing the rape law was a very progressive move by the Liberian Government, but passing the law does not stop a crime if the law is not enforced,” Mr. Mensa-Bonsu declared.The UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), with some 14,000 uniformed personnel on the ground as of January, was set up in September 2003 to help implement a ceasefire ending years of civil war.With the democratic election of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in November 2005, the Missions has focused on civil and social issues and in a report earlier this month called for legal prohibitions of all forms of violence against children, more resources for rural education and better human rights training for national police.A drawdown plan for UNMIL’s military and police components to be carried out in several stages allows for 9,750 peacekeepers on the ground by the end of 2010. One of the benchmarks for the drawdown is the creation of a 500-person quick reaction force in the country’s National Police, set to be established by July 2009. read more

NDPs Mulcair says Alberta is rigging oil sands review to silence critics

EDMONTON — Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair says a judge’s finding that Alberta’s Environment Department has been covertly working to silence oil sands critics reinforces widespread cynicism that the province’s approval process for projects is rigged.[np_storybar title=”Dirty politics unfairly singles out Canada’s oil sands” link=”″%5DMuch like the Keystone XL debacle in Washington, the EU’s proposed Fuel Quality Directive illustrates the hypocrisy of climate change politics — tough to sell at home, the pain of reducing greenhouse gas emissions is pushed abroad to feign the appearance of progress.Read more [/np_storybar]“It’s a very damning analysis of what’s been going on here,” Mulcair told reporters Thursday after meetings at the University of Alberta.“To have a judge come out so clearly and to say that there’s an absolute breach of the fundamental rules of natural justice in the process simply reinforces the perception of a lot of Canadians in general — and a lot of Albertans in particular — that the dice have been loaded.”On Tuesday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Richard Marceau said Environment Department bureaucrats contravened their own laws by enacting a shadow policy in 2009 to stop the Oil Sands Environmental Coalition from speaking to reviews of proposed oil sands operations.Marceau, in his ruling, pointed to a 2009 briefing note to the top bureaucrat in the department at the time, Jim Ellis.The note said that while the coalition had been given standing in previous oil sands hearings, that should stop.It said the coalition was no longer assisting the government on environmental initiatives and that one member of the coalition in particular, the Pembina Institute think-tank, was publishing “negative media on the oil sands.”The note urged the coalition should be barred on the grounds it is not directly affected by the oil sands operations.In June 2012, the department’s northern region director rejected the coalition’s application for standing on a Southern Pacific Resource Corp. oil sands in situ drilling operation south of Fort MacKay.As per the briefing note, the director ruled the coalition did not have standing because it was not directly affected even though it has a “recreational lease” in an area downstream of the project.Two members of the coalition, Pembina and the Fort McMurray Environmental Association, appealed the decision, leading to Marceau’s decision this week to quash the government’s rejection of the coalition.In his ruling, Marceau noted that nowhere in Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act does it say the government can exclude from reviews “those persons or groups who voice negative statements about proposed oil sands development.”The government has yet to decide if it will appeal.Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute has said they don’t reject the oil sands operations outright, but want to see the industry developed in an environmentally responsible way.Environment Minister Diana McQueen was expected to issue a statement on the ruling later Thursday.McQueen is in Europe this week trying to convince European Union leaders to not place a sanction on oil sands crude based on research showing it is more harmful to the environment than conventional oil.Mulcair said the issue demands immediate action.“The minister responsible should come back and tell people how it is that a process is put in place that simply doesn’t respect the basic principles of natural justice,” he said.“People have a right to know that the environment is being protected. (When) laws are enacted, they have to be enforced and respected, and the government has to be first among them in terms of respecting laws.”The provincial NDP has called for the resignation of Ellis, who is now the CEO of the Alberta Energy Regulator, which oversees the regulation of all energy projects in the province.Ellis could not be immediately reached for comment Thursday.Mulcair said the cynicism that results from issues like Marceau’s ruling has far-reaching consequences for government and industries seeking to build public support for other controversial, big-ticket projects, such as pipelines.“You can’t get to yes on any of these projects unless there’s social buy-in. You can enforce the rules, and change them in such a way that you get the regulatory licence even faster, (but) in absence of a social licence they’re not going to be built,” he said.One such big-ticket project is the Keystone XL pipeline, which has become a political lightning rod in the United States.Premier Alison Redford has made numerous trips to Washington in recent months to rally support for Keystone, which would take oil sands bitumen across North America to refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas.U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to rule on Keystone later this year or in 2014.Alberta has also met fierce resistance from environmental protesters who fear the consequences of a pipeline spill from the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, which would take crude from the oil sands across B.C.’s wilderness to tankers on the coast.Redford has said Alberta has a first-rate regulatory system and is a leader in environmental initiatives to limit the impact of the oil sands on air, land, and water.The Canadian Press read more

Mervyn Silvas Peoples Party to contest LG elections

Former Minister Mervyn Silva today announced that his political party, the ‘Peoples Party’ will contest the Local Government (LG) elections.Silva told reporters that his party will not support any other political party but will contest alone. He also said that anyone can join his political party if they accept the policies of the party. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Indika Sri Aravinda

Israel withdraws from more areas in south Lebanon – UN

“I welcome the further withdrawal of the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) from South Lebanon in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1701,” said Major-General Alain Pellegrini, Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), referring to the text which ended the 34-day conflict.“This shows that the process is working and that regular contacts between the UNIFIL, the LAF (Lebanese Armed Forces) and the IDF seed results,” he added. Today, the IDF withdrew from the general area of Al Bayyadah, Tayr Harfa, Shinin, Al Jibbayn, Bustan, Yarin and Al Duhayrah.UNIFIL set up checkpoints and deployed patrols in the areas left by the Israeli army to ensure no IDF troops remained, the Force said in a press release, adding that it expects Lebanese forces to take control of these areas in the next 24 hours.Following Israel’s decision to lift its blockade of Lebanon at 6 p.m. Beirut local time today, UNIFIL officers met with Israeli army and navy officials to map out plans for patrolling the waters off the country, the UN said.The UNIFIL group was led by navy Captain Francesco Sollitto of the Italian navy, and Lieutenant Colonel John Molloy of Ireland, head of UNIFIL’s Liaison group. The Italian vessels, which are already off the Lebanese coast, will monitor shipping in the area, pending the arrival of ships from Germany. The Israeli side was led by Colonel Assaf Orion, head of the Middle Eastern Policy and Liaison Department of the IDF.On the humanitarian front, UNIFIL continued its efforts to counter the chronic water shortage in the south, with the Indian and Ghanaian battalions distributing over 90,000 litres of water to several villages in the past 24 hours. The Indian and Chinese battalions and the UNFIL Hospital also continued to provide medical assistance to local people. read more

IMF cuts forecasts says slowdowns in Europe Japan BRICS outweigh boost from

International Monetary Fund’s Research Department Director Olivier Blanchard speaks during a press briefing at a hotel in Beijing, China Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The IMF lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices. The IMF’s report was released as China reported its slowest growth in 24 years. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) TOKYO – The International Monetary Fund lowered its forecasts for global growth over the next two years, warning Tuesday that weakness in most major economies will trump gains from lower oil prices. The IMF’s report was released as China reported its slowest growth in 24 years.The IMF downgraded projections it issued in October by 0.3 percentage point each, predicting global growth at 3.5 per cent this year and 3.7 per cent in 2016.But even with those reductions, the world economy will be growing faster than in 2014, when the IMF estimates it expanded 3.3 per cent. Much of the momentum is coming from an accelerating recovery in the U.S., the world’s largest economy.China reported Tuesday that its economic growth slowed to 7.4 per cent last year, the weakest expansion since 1990, compounding the challenges for the country’s communist leaders as they try to overhaul the economy.Europe, Japan and Russia are also logging slower growth, while the U.S. is a rare bright spot.“The recovery in the U.S. is quite strong and therefore it will continue, despite the appreciation of the dollar,” Olivier Blanchard, the IMF’s director of research, told reporters in Beijing in a briefing broadcast online.The advanced economies are forecast to expand by 2.4 per cent in 2015, a smidgen higher than earlier thought, and at the same rate in 2016. Growth in developing economies is forecast to slip to 4.3 per cent from an estimated 4.4 per cent in 2014, but then recover to 4.7 per cent in 2016.The IMF forecast Canadian growth for 2015 at 2.3 per cent, down 0.1 per cent from its October 2014 prediction. Canadian economic growth in 2016 is pegged at 2.1 per cent by the IMF, down 0.3 per cent from last October.“New factors supporting growth — lower oil prices, but also depreciation of the euro and yen — are more than offset by persistent negative forces, including the lingering legacies of the crisis and lower potential growth in many countries,” Blanchard said.Diminished expectations for many economies are discouraging investment, which in turn is undermining potential future growth, the report said. Blanchard described Russia’s outlook as “quite bleak” and said the slower growth in China would hurt nations it imports from, especially in Asia.“The most obvious risks involve stagnation in the eurozone, or Japan, or both,” Blanchard said.Massive monetary and fiscal stimulus have yet to trigger strong corporate spending in Japan, where companies are pessimistic about a rebound in consumer demand because of the country’s shrinking and aging population.Still, the 55 per cent plunge in oil prices in U.S. dollar terms since September is raising the purchasing power of consumers and businesses in Japan and many countries, while also raising demand among oil importers. It also reduces pressure on central banks to raise interest rates to cool inflation.That presents a “complicated mosaic” of implications, Blanchard said, with some countries reaping windfalls in energy savings while others face smaller tax and export revenue.Overall, weaker prices for oil and other commodities are sapping growth prospects for countries in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa — especially Nigeria and South Africa — and Latin America. China’s slowdown will stunt growth throughout developing Asia.Among the key trends and possibilities it outlines:—World trade will accelerate in advanced economies, growing 3.7 per cent in 2015 and 4.8 per cent in 2016, up from 3.0 per cent last year. But growth in trade volume will fall this year in emerging markets such as China before rebounding to expand 6.1 per cent in 2016.— Weaker oil prices will drag on inflation, with consumer prices rising only 1.0 per cent in the advanced economies and 5.7 per cent in emerging markets.— Volatility in prices for oil and other resources has raised risks in global financial markets, with a potential for destabilizing outflows of money from emerging markets.— Geopolitical risks such as turmoil in the Middle East and war in Ukraine remain high, though ample supplies have reduced the likelihood of serious supply disruptions.— Lower oil prices could give both producing and consuming countries the leeway to enact energy reforms. Eliminating subsidies may free up resources for helping the poor or building needed infrastructure. IMF cuts forecasts, says slowdowns in Europe, Japan, BRICS outweigh boost from cheap oil AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press Posted Jan 19, 2015 8:07 pm MDT read more

Saturdays Games

Saturday’s GamesNHLEdmonton 2 Vegas 1Ottawa 6 San Jose 2Dallas 2 Vancouver 1Montreal 5 N.Y. Rangers 2Toronto 5 Minnesota 3Winnipeg 4 New Jersey 3 (OT)N.Y. Islanders 3 Columbus 2Tampa Bay 5 Florida 4 (OT)Philadelphia 4 Pittsburgh 2Detroit 4 Boston 2Arizona 6 St. Louis 1Nashville 5 Chicago 2—AHLSyracuse 5 Cleveland 3Utica 5 Laval 4Toronto 7 WB/Scranton 4Grand Rapids 6 Texas 3Hartford 5 Charlotte 3Lehigh Valley 4 Belleville 2Milwaukee 3 Rockford 0Providence 2 Bridgeport 1 (OT)Springfield 4 Hershey 2Binghamton 3 Rochester 0San Antonio 5 Chicago 3San Jose 6 Stockton 4Iowa 3 Colorado 2 (SO)Bakersfield 4 Manitoba 0—NBAToronto 106 Cleveland 95New York 136 Milwaukee 134 (OT)Detroit 111 Golden State 102Washington 102 Brooklyn 88Boston 118 Minnesota 109Houston 121 Chicago 105Sacramento 111 Indiana 110—The Canadian Press read more

The Most Imbalanced Teams In MLB Trade Deadline Edition

Teams farther above the dotted league-average line have received more WAR from pitchers than would be expected from their overall WAR total; they could conceivably use a bat to offset how pitcher-reliant they are. Conversely, teams below the dotted line have more WAR from position players than we’d expect from their overall WAR and would theoretically target pitchers at the deadline.Some of the moves already made make sense within this context. Each of the top three available pitchers on the trade block — David Price, Cole Hamels and Johnny Cueto — went to teams that were hitter-heavy according to WAR this season. Then again, two of the top hitters (Troy Tulowitzki and Ben Zobrist) also went to teams who’ve received more WAR from position players than expected, so it will be interesting to see which types of teams make moves to address their weaknesses — or bolster their strengths — as the deadline looms. Baseball’s (nonwaiver) trade deadline is today at 4 p.m. EDT, and with it ends the last real chance for contending teams to load up on talent and address their weaknesses before the season’s stretch run. To get a sense of which teams are particularly imbalanced — and therefore need to target either pitchers or position players to shore up a roster deficiency — we plotted the wins above replacement (WAR) generated by position players so far this season against the WAR generated by pitchers.1Including WAR produced by pitchers while batting. read more

African mining lessons to learn from South Africa – good and bad

first_imgAt this week’s Mining Indaba in Cape Town, SRK Consulting partner and principal consultant, Andrew Van Zyl, commented on the mining lessons that other African countries present can learn from South Africa.Signs of hope – visible in some commodity prices and increased exploration drilling – have lent a more upbeat tone to the buzzing Investing in African Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town this week; but South Africa has some sobering lessons for those African countries present which have yet to fully launch their mining sectors. Van Zyl highlighted the importance of constructive dialogue and engagement between mining companies and key stakeholders like government and communities – warning that South Africa had still to improve its performance on this score.“Many African countries are at this event to leverage their mineral resources as a catalyst for broader economic development,” said Van Zyl. “To do that effectively needs a strong relationship between the public and private sector – to build trust that will endure through the demanding but inevitable commodity cycles.”He said the discussions at the Indaba about South Africa were often quite different to those about the mining future of most other African states.“While South Africa is concerned mainly with sustaining an ageing industry – with its attendant challenges of productivity, viability and competitiveness – most of the continent must address issues like infrastructure, logistics and developing mining codes,” he said. “In either context, though, good leadership among stakeholders is vital to a successful outcome.”A clear and shared vision, he said, gives stakeholders the comfort of knowing what their sacrifices and compromises are going to achieve; the prize must be worth what each stakeholder is prepared to give up.“Mining today is more of a cooperative venture than ever before, requiring commitment from mines to engage broadly about their impacts and requirements,” said Van Zyl. “While, in the past, it was usually simpler for new operations to build their own infrastructure in remote areas, this process now demands a more inclusive approach that is sensitive to the wider social and natural environment.”An area where Indaba delegates are already discussing these kinds of opportunities is in innovative financing solutions for energy generation in the African mining sector. Renewables form part of the conversation about how to finance in-house power generation without the traditional long-term power purchase agreements.“It is heartening to see signs of revived interest in prospects for mining in various parts of Africa,” he said. “These prospects will be well served by acknowledgements in both the private and public sectors that mines are complex undertakings that rely on real collaboration and partnerships.”SRK Consulting provides independent technical advice and services through over 45 offices in 20 countries, on six continents. With an African presence in Cameroon, and practices in the DRC, Ghana and South Africa, the global group employs more than 1,400 professionals internationally in a range of engineering, scientific, environmental and social disciplines.last_img read more

Un trou noir supermassif mangeur dastéroïdes

first_imgUn trou noir supermassif mangeur d’astéroïdesLe trou noir supermassif de la Voie lactée, Sagittarius A* (ou Sgr A*), pourrait littéralement vaporiser et dévorer les astéroïdes qui passent à sa portée. Ceci pourrait expliquer les différentes lueurs observées, d’après les astronomes de la NASA.Depuis plusieurs années déjà, le télescope Chandra de la NASA (tout comme le VLT de l’ESO d’ailleurs) détectait des rayons X émettant de faibles lueurs. Celles-ci survenaient environ une fois par jour, émanant du trou noir supermassif situé au centre de la Voie lactée : Sagittarius A*. Ces lueurs disparaissaient quelques heures après, non sans avoir émis une luminosité presque équivalente à 100 fois celle que les trous noirs ont pour habitude de laisser échapper.À lire aussiDes chercheurs auraient découvert l’origine de la mystérieuse lumière verte observée par la NASA”Les gens avaient des doutes sur le fait que des astéroïdes puissent se former dans l’environnement rude qui existe à proximité des trous noirs supermassifs”, explique Kastytis Zubovas de l’université britannique de Leicester et auteur principal de l’étude parue dans les Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (l’Académie des sciences anglaise). Mais selon les recherches que ce chercheur et ses collègues ont effectué, il y aurait en fait un véritable nuage de plusieurs milliards d’astéroïdes et de comètes autour de Sgr A*. Et ces objets participeraient aux émissions de lumière observées par Chandra, rapporte un communiqué de la NASA.  En effet, d’après les scientifiques, lorsque les astéroïdes passent ne serait-ce qu’à 1,5 milliard de km du trou noir, ils sont littéralement pulvérisés par les forces qui s’échappent du trou noir. Ce sont alors les fragments pulvérisés qui, par effet de friction, lorsqu’ils s’échauffent, émettent la lueur qui est perceptible (un peu comme une étoile filante). Cette lueur apparaît avant d’être engloutie par le trou noir. Il faut toutefois que l’astéroïde est une taille suffisante, c’est à dire d’au moins 9 kilomètres de rayon pour qu’il puisse être perçu par Chandra. Ce qui sous-entend donc que Sgr A* dévore un nombre colossal de petits astéroïdes qui ne peuvent être observés.Le 11 février 2012 à 14:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Scot Peterson posts bond leaves Broward County Jail

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Former Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy Scot Peterson, who has been charged with child neglect, among other charges associated to his response during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, has posted bond and left the Broward County Jail.As he walked out of jail, Thursday, at around 3 p.m., he didn’t answer questions from reporters as he walked down the stairs into a waiting car.Peterson appeared before a judge earlier in the day and had his original $102,000 bond reduced to $39,000.His case was reassigned to Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who is also presiding over the case of confessed Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooter Nikolas Cruz.Peterson was charged with 11 counts, including seven felony offenses, three misdemeanor offenses and one count of perjury.Charges also include child neglect and culpable negligence.Prosecutors said Peterson falls under the category of a “caretaker.” He was granted access to return to his home in North Carolina to get his passport without a GPS monitor. The monitor was an original condition in his arrest.However, Peterson is not allowed to own a firearm while he is out on bond and is not allowed to be employed around minors.He was ordered to turn in his passport within 48 hours of the court hearing. Once his passport is turned in to the Broward Clerk of Courts, he will be granted access to head home.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Attorney Joseph DiRuzzo, who represents Peterson, said the charges are a stretch.“They’re over-reaching that these definitions don’t apply to my client, and they have no case,” he said.He is accused of failing to investigate the source of gunshots, fleeing approximately 75 feet from the building and remaining there.Peterson claims he thought at the time the gunfire was firecrackers.According to DiRuzzo, his arrest came as a surprise to the disgraced former deputy who was in town for a hearing.“Unbeknownst to us, as soon as the hearing we had was completed, they proceeded to take him into custody instead of allowing him the courtesy to self surrender and not have to be booked into jail,” DiRuzzo said.Peterson is said to receive around $9,000 per month because of his retirement pension. last_img read more

Delta school district turns to feds to demolish old school

first_imgThe Delta Greely School District wants to get rid of an old, unused schoolhouse on Fort Greely. But it can’t afford to demolish the structure, and the Army and state government have turned down requests by the district to pay those costs.Listen nowFt. Greely School, built in 1954, was closed in 2015. (Photo: courtesy: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District)So, district officials took their case to Congress.Money is tight in the Delta Greely School District. And it could get much tighter if talks that’ve been going on for two years now between district, federal and state officials fail to resolve the issue of who should pay to demolish the old Fort Greely School.“Nobody really seems to have a solution, because of course nobody wants to foot the bill,” Delta School District Superintendent Laural Jackson said.Jackson said the district can’t afford the project, because it would require a hazardous-waste cleanup that would cost far more than the district could afford.“Our estimates are anywhere from $4.2 million to $7.5 million to demolish it – with the big unknown of how much asbestos is in there,” Jackson said.Army officials have been insisting the district should pay to raze the 63-year-old structure, which the district closed two years ago because of high energy costs, a persistently leaky roof and the availability of space to relocate students in the two main schools in Delta.“We do not have that kind of money around for demolishing the building,” Jackson said.Jackson said either the federal or state government should pay for the demolition — the feds: because the U.S. Education Department gave the building to the district in the early 1990s after offering it to the state, which declined.“They came to the district and we had a building full of students. We couldn’t say, ‘No, we don’t want it,’ because we had to have a place for all these kids,” She said.But district enrollment plunged in the late 1990s as Fort Greely was shutting down, and began to rebound a decade later after the post was reopened as mainly a missile-defense base. The district used impact funds that came with the reopening to build a new elementary school in Delta and later used it and the high school in town to place students moved from the Greely school. Jackson said the school’s demolition is a state problem.Jackson said because the Delta-Greely School District is a Regional Educational Attendance Area in an unorganized borough, the state should pay for demolition, as it’s required to do for all REAA schools’ capital costs. But after state officials declined, the district turned to Sen. Lisa Murkowski.“We understand that the Army wants the district to demolish the building and remediate environmental contamination that existed prior to its occupancy,” Senator Murkowski said.Murkowski raised the issue at a Senate subcommittee hearing with Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, an Army assistant chief of staff and a witness at the hearing.“The school district is really not in a financial position to do that,” Murkowski said. “And we’ve been trying to engage the Army on a solution here that does not bankrupt the school district.”Bingham assured the senator that Army officials are aware of the problem.“We have begun conversations with the school district, and what we aim to do is find an amicable solution where we can have a win-win,” Bingham said.Jackson says Bingham’s comments make her hopeful that a solution will emerge in the near future.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Thursday March 8 2018

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 and on Twitter @aprnListen nowTrump official says Interior aims to move ‘pretty quickly’ on Arctic Refuge oil developmentElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageBernhardt said in the next few weeks, the agency will kick off the regulatory process required before the administration can hold an oil lease sale in the refuge.Sweeney Interior nomination in limboLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.President Trump nominated Tara Sweeney for high office at the Interior Department. But Alaska’s U.S. senators say the nomination seems to be held up over her ownership of stock in an Alaska Native corporation.State, hospitals seek funds to prevent payment emergencyAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWhether the state pays health care providers on time for Medicaid recipients is in question. The state has requested that lawmakers include money for it in a bill making its way through the Legislature. But concerns over the amount the state has spent on Medicaid this year led to the funding not being included, so far.Trump administration sued over Pacific walrusElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe Center for Biological Diversity filed the lawsuit because the Pacific walrus wasn’t granted an Endangered Species Act listing.For this expat mom, raising healthy girls means going to prisonRobert Woolsey, KCAW – SitkaAfter fleeing an abusive relationship with her two girls, a Sitka woman is in prison, pending extradition to the United Kingdom, to face charges that she abducted her children to the United States.Rep. Guttenberg taken to hospital for ‘unknown medical emergency’Aidan Ling, 360 North – JuneauA spokesman says Guttenberg was conscious, talking and in “good spirits” before he was taken away.As Iditarod has changed, so has its relationship with its Native roots, mushers sayDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeLess than ten mushers out of the 67 competing in this year’s Iditarod are Alaska Native. And the only Inupiat musher to win the Iditarod, John Baker of Kotzebue, is not racing this year.last_img read more

Sarpanches in Telangana upset over inaccessible funds

first_imgAround 12,721 sarpanches in Telangana vented out their frustration over funds during the Telangana State Sarpanches Forum meeting. The sarpanches met before the forum irrespective of their party affiliations and decided to approach the government to allow them to draw funds. The sarpanches have not given the access yet to draw the funds even five months after the elections. It is learned that the bank accounts were frozen before the elections. However, the procedure to draw funds for the development of villages is not yet started. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us Though the sarpanch and Upa sarpanch were given the joint cheque power, it has not come into reality. Unable to fulfil the needs of gram panchayat, Phani Shashank Palavajala, sarpanch of Donthi of Shivampet mandal in Medak tweeted to the TRS working president KTR expressing his angst. Phani who won independently is also the spokesperson of Telangana State Sarpanches Forum. He said that he has been paying the salaries of the staff for the last five months from his own resources. “Once the funds are made available, I can claim the money back, but the situation is bad in other gram panchayats,” said Phani, a degree holder in civil engineering.last_img read more

Students take part in kitchen gardening at Roots College of

first_imgHyderabad: Roots College of Hotel Management and culinary arts, somajiguda celebrated organic farming at its campus on Sunday. Chef Farming- to understand the art of growth and survival through plantation was promoted by Chef Raghuveer , Senior faculty ,Food production who motivated the young students to take up Kitchen gardening. He describes Chef Farming is the first step towards a healthy kitchen. Also Read – Students to rate performance of teachers Advertise With Us Students were encouraged to teach and promote kitchen garden techniques. Special programmes were planned to reach out to house-holds. Chef Navin Rao, Principal, Roots College of Hotel Management emphasised on the active role of students in this mission. He also encouraged students to create social media groups to spread such positive information. BP Padala, Chairman, Roots spoke in length about the importance of culturally significant food and the evolution of food over last few decades.last_img read more

Student of the Year 2 actress Ananya Panday becomes face of Only

first_imgAnanya PandayPR HandoutAnanya Panday, who got a lot of appreciation for her performance in her debut film Student of The Year 2, has signed to endorse European brand ‘Only’.Ananya has been hailed across quarters for her performance in the film, and hence, it can definitely deduced that ‘Only’ chose the best student out of the lot.The petite actress has been signed by the brand as a result of her power-packed performance in the film.Ananya’s splendid fashion sense, confidence and her sartorial choices makes her perfect face for the brand.It is very rare that a debutant is smeared with so much love and appreciation from the critics as well as from the audience, which Ananya had managed to get with her debut performance.Ananya happens to be the youngest celebrity endorser of Lakme India. Owing to the humongous fanbase, the B-Town newbies are already creating a rage in the entertainment industry.Ananya is one of the most talked about celebrities on social media, and has been creating a storm with her appearances.On the work front, Ananya will next be seen opposite Kartik Aaryan in the remake of the film, Pati Patni Aur Woh.last_img read more

YouTuber Alfie Deyes dragged for this pic of him posing on Brighton

first_img‘It’s not a perch’Taking to Twitter to call out the star, one user said: ‘So for anyone not local to brighton.‘unless i’m mistaken, that’s the fucking Aids memorial statue. that’s where we gathered as a community after pulse to mourn the lost, where we meet every year for world aids day.’so for anyone not local to brighton.unless i’m mistaken, that’s the fucking Aids memorial statue. that’s where we gathered as a community after pulse to mourn the lost, where we meet every year for world aids day. It’s not a perch, it’s where we leave candles and messages. GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Zoella‘s boyfriend shared the image along with the caption ”#LOVEISLOVE’. — lorc (@OccamsRockstar) August 5, 2018They furthermore added: It’s not a perch, it’s where we leave candles and messages.’Gay Star News has approached a representative for Alfie, who lives in Brighton, for comment.‘I find it funny when gay men spit’Last year, Alfie’s girlfriend Zoella was criticized when past homophobic tweets of hers resurfaced.She said in 2010: ‘I find it funny when gay men spit… it’s like they’re trying to be a bit macho but never works.’‘She also replied to a tweet in 2011 to fellow beauty vlogger Tanya Burr. She wrote: ‘Are they honestly letting a tranny in a policeman hat speak to them like that? How odd! Haha.’Apologizing for her remarks, she furthermore added: ‘I’m only human!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img YouTuber Alfie Deyes has been criticized for sharing a photo of himself sitting on an a monument to AIDS victims in Brighton.The social media star shared the picture while in the seaside city for Pride over the weekend. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… This Spanish gay guy worries his LGBTI-friendly country is going backwardsWould Paddy Power have had better luck trying to find bisexual football players?Everyday moments of gay history captured on new websiteRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : read more

Zubin Karkaria appointed as CEO of Kuoni Group

first_imgZubin Karkaria, CEO of VFS Global, has been appointed as the CEO of Kuoni Group – VFS Global’s parent company and one of the world’s leading travel services provider – effective November 5, 2015. He is the first Indian to be appointed as the head of the 109 year old travel services company, and will concurrently continue in his function as the CEO of VFS Global. He will continue to be based in Dubai, UAE.Kuoni is in the midst of implementing a strategic directional shift whereby it has exited from its traditional tour operating business and is increasing its focus on three core activities – global travel distribution, destination services and visa services – in all of which it holds leading positions. After exiting the tour operating business, Kuoni is aiming to accelerate the implementation of its new corporate strategy, and that will be one of Karkaria’s key priorities in his new role.Zubin Karkaria, 47, founded VFS Global in 2001 and expanded the company successfully as global leader in visa services for governments worldwide. Within the Kuoni Group the VFS Global Division has shown the strongest growth and profitability.Heinz Karrer, Chairman – Kuoni Group said, “The Kuoni Group has been transformed from a broad-based travel company pursuing a wide range of very different activities into a focussed global service provider for the professional travel industry and governments. The Board of Directors has decided to accelerate the implementation of this new strategic direction, and we have great confidence in Zubin Karkaria, who has so successfully developed VFS Global into a global leader, to lead the Kuoni Group forward.”last_img read more