Smithsonian Institute installs NoDAPL marker

first_imgDennis WardAPTN NewsA pole that sat near the banks of the Cannonball River in North Dakota and was at the epicentre of the battle between water protectors, and the government approved Dakota Access pipeline is now on display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.The 3-metre tall mile-marker stood as a symbol of how people had come from near and far to demonstrate against the pipeline. On January 29, as law enforcement and government continued to threaten to clear out the main camp, the marker was strapped to the top of a car and driven by a group of water protectors from North Dakota to Washington.“It was important to get the mile marker pole out of the camp so that it would not be destroyed by DAPL bulldozers” said Bryanna Patinka.Patinka, who is from upstate New York, was one of those who drove the marker to Washington D.C. to hand over to the Smithsonian Institute.“We wanted to make sure that it was preserved for future generations.”Konwenni Jacobs was also worried about the marker.“The rumours about the camp being raided were floating around and I believe the museum showed an interest in having the mile marker pole to preserve it for the future,” she said.Jacobs, drove from her home in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, and met the rest of the pole removal crew in Onondaga.From there, they drove straight to Standing Rock, rotating drivers.“It took hours to dig the pole out of the frozen ground,” she said. “A cradle was made to support the pole on top of the truck. The pole was wrapped up good for the drive and we again drove straight to DC.“It was a very intense, fast paced trip.”The pole was installed installed at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in an exhibit called Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.Patinka said the drive to D.C was “nerve-wracking” worried that it would fall off the top of the vehicle it was tied too.“When we dropped off the pole it was bittersweet,” she said. “I was happy the pole was being preserved but worried that it would never be displayed.“I’m pleased that the marking pole is being taken care of and is now part of an exhibit.According to Kevin Grover, director of the museum, there were issues at hand in North Dakota that couldn’t be ignored.“When more than 12,000 activists and hundreds of Native Nations assembled in North Dakota during 2016 to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, treaties were at the heart of the issue” Grover said in a news release.“As the largest gathering of Native Americans in protest, it was truly a historic event and one that should be address in the National Museum of the American Indian.”The museum acknowledged that hundreds of hand-made signs nailed to the post point toward the water protector’s city, state, American Indian Nation, or foreign country and indicate its distance in miles or meters.Points of origin include the small city of Fort Buffalo 50 yards away, the closest, to Sápmi in the Arctic, home of the Sami indigenous peoples, 3,913 miles away.”The mile-marker will be on view until the exhibition closes in 2021.Contact Dennis here: dward@aptn.calast_img read more

EU official calls on Kosovo to revoke tariff on Serb goods

first_imgPRISTINA, Kosovo — European Union’s enlargement commissioner is visiting Kosovo to try to push authorities to revoke a recent decision to impose a 100-per cent tariff on goods from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.Johannes Hahn met with Kosovo’s top officials Monday after earlier visiting Belgrade, where he held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and called on Kosovo “to unblock regional co-operation and trade.”Last month, Kosovo’s government imposed the tariff on Serbian imports saying it would stay in place until Serbia recognizes Kosovo’s independence and stops preventing it from joining international organizations.Kosovo failed to join Interpol following Serbia’s campaign.Kosovo unilaterally declared independence from Serbia in 2008. The EU has said that normalized ties between the two are a condition for the countries to become members.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pedestrian killed on Highway 97 between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd

first_imgWhile the investigation remains active and ongoing, alcohol is not believed to be a contributing factor.The Highway was closed for several hours for the initial stages of the RCMP investigation. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd RCMP along with Peace River Traffic Services are investigating a collision on Highway 97 that claimed the life of a Dawson Creek man.The collision happened at around 5:30 p.m. Friday between Dawson Creek and Chetwynd on Highway 97.  According to Peace FM, the initial investigation leads police to believe that the pedestrian was struck by a northbound pickup truck while attempting to cross Highway 97 from the southbound lane, where he had been dropped off.The pedestrian, a 76-year-old from Dawson Creek, was transported to a local area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.last_img read more

Reading Week Whats open and closed

Reading week is so close, you can almost feel the sand between your toes.For those sticking around campus to whittle away assignments, here’s a list of what’s open and closed.James A. Gibson Library and Matheson Learning CommonsSaturday, Feb. 16 and 23: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 17 and 24: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Monday (Family Day): closedTuesday: 1 to 5 p.m.Wednesday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Walker ComplexThe Walker Complex is closed Monday, Feb. 18 for Family Day. Otherwise, it’s open regular hours for the remainder of the week.Dining ServicesLowenberger and Decew dining halls will be closed from Feb. 16-24.Guernsey Market is closed Feb. 16-19. It opens Feb. 20-22 from 8:30 to 4 p.m., is closed Feb. 23 and re-opens again Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.The Walker food court is open Saturday, Feb. 16 and 23 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 17-19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Feb. 20-22, and closed Feb. 24.The Cairns food court is closed.The main Tim Hortons is closed Feb. 16-19, open Feb. 20-22 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed Feb. 23 and 24.Tim Hortons in Thistle Complex is closed.For more information, visit Dining Services online. read more

Nuke plants rescue jolts conservatives environmentalists

TOLEDO, Ohio — A financial rescue for Ohio’s nuclear plants and two coal-fired plants that will force the state’s residents and businesses to fork over roughly $1.5 billion is galvanizing environmentalists and some conservatives.Advocacy groups and investors, incensed by what they call a bailout and how it will diminish the state’s natural gas and green energy options, are looking at mounting a campaign to overturn it and targeting Republicans who backed it. Organizations representing the state’s seniors and manufacturing plants are upset, too.The upheaval comes as the Trump administration continues with its pledge to boost the nuclear and coal industries by easing regulations and guaranteeing loans for two new commercial reactors. But the fallout in Ohio shows how attempting to influence the market can be risky and alienate a wide swath of voters.“We’re getting involved in an area where the government has no business sticking their nose,” said state Rep. Craig Riedel, a conservative from northwestern Ohio. “What we did with this bill is we absolutely tipped the scales to the nuclear plants.”Five states, including New York, Illinois and New Jersey, within the past three years have approved nuclear bailouts totalling at least $13 billion, funded by new charges on electricity customers. But Ohio is the first under Republican control to do so. Unlike the other states, its plan also cuts away at incentives for wind and solar projects.That’s why so many groups came away upset.The plan signed into law last week by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine calls for giving the state’s two nuclear plants $150 million a year through 2026.The money will come from monthly surcharges of 85 cents for residential customers and up to $2,400 for major industrial plants. Another statewide fee will be added for the two coal plants.Those behind it say it will save several thousand jobs and protect the nuclear plants that account for nearly all of Ohio’s clean energy.“From an environmental point of view we need to keep them; from an economic point of view and a jobs point of view, we need to keep them,” DeWine said this week.Although a majority of the Republican-controlled Legislature backed the proposal, plenty of conservatives felt it went too far, picking winners and losers in the free market.The monthslong debate divided Republicans to where it’s likely to be a significant campaign issue in the primary elections next year, Riedel said.“I don’t think this is going away,” he said.At least one conservative group that fought to kill the plan has said it will consider going after lawmakers who voted for it.Opponents flooded hearings on the legislation, including the Ohio Manufacturers Association and consumer groups like AARP, which has spoken out against bailouts in other states.Another Republican, state Sen. Joe Uecker, said that he was against the auto industry bailout in 2008 under President Barack Obama and that he’s against this one, too. He noted that the state didn’t come to the aid of two coal plants that closed in the area of southern Ohio he represents.Handing the nuclear plants a bailout, he said, will cost the state future investments in wind and solar and hurt the coal plants that aren’t part of the bailout.“All we’re doing is hastening the demise of the existing coal plants,” he said. “Are we going to bail them out also, or just the ones that are operated by politically connected corporations?”Akron-based FirstEnergy Solutions, which is going through bankruptcy reorganization, spent millions on lobbying and campaign contributions while it was trying to persuade federal and state officials to give the nuclear plants a lifeline.Its team of lobbyists includes a well-connected GOP fundraiser who dined with Trump last year as the company sought a bailout worth billions of dollars. Although it’s not clear how much influence that meeting carried, the president later directed his administration to take steps to help coal and nuclear plants struggling to keep up with cheaper energy sources, calling it a matter of national and economic security.An analysis from the Energy and Policy Institute, a utility watchdog that promotes renewable energy, found FirstEnergy Solutions spent $3.75 million since March 2018 on lobbying, public relations and advertising in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where it also was seeking subsidies for its nuclear plants.A year ago, the push for a bailout seemed to have no chance as then-Gov. John Kasich and legislative leaders blocked the idea. But that changed with the election of new state leadership in 2018.Dark money groups — some with ties to FirstEnergy Corp. — poured money into those races and months later lawmakers introduced their proposal to prop up the plants and stop them from closing.Some of those same groups also spent millions on television ads backing the bailout. And a Trump campaign adviser made calls to state lawmakers, asking them to support the plan.But whether the subsidies for the nuclear plants stay around might not be known until next year as opponents already are collecting signatures in hopes of overturning the legislation in a statewide referendum.___Associated Press writer Andrew Welsh-Huggins in Columbus contributed to this report.John Seewer, The Associated Press read more

UN Security Council condemns recruitment of child soldiers

The 15-member Council, by a unanimous vote, said it would take appropriate action to curb linkages between armed conflict, its prolongation and the smuggling of natural and other resources, trafficking in small arms and light weapons and cross-border abduction, all of which intensify the negative impact of war on children. It asked Mr. Annan to propose effective measures to control such illicit trade and trafficking.All governments should note the commitments they have made to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other UN entities involved with ensuring the well-being of children and cooperate fully with these bodies in implementing their pledges.On a case-by-case basis, the Council would make sure that child protection advisers (CPAs) were included in peacekeeping missions and “requests the Secretary-General to ensure that the need for and the number and roles of CPAs are systematically assessed during the preparation of each United Nations peacekeeping operation.”It called on States and the United Nations system “to recognize the important role of education in conflict areas in halting and preventing recruitment and re-recruitment of children contrary to the obligations of parties to conflict.” read more

Ohio State baseball reaches 40 wins in victory over Michigan at Big

OSU redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoFriday’s deflating loss to Iowa put the No. 4 seed Ohio State Buckeyes on the brink of elimination, and just hours later, the Buckeyes squared off against the fifth-seeded Michigan Wolverines. Another loss in the Big Ten tournament would have sent the Buckeyes home and would have created tension on Selection Monday hoping to receive an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament. At first, it appeared the pitching woes rolled over from the Iowa game as right-handed redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer ran into some early trouble, surrendering two earned runs on a hit and two hit batsmen in his first inning of work. However, the Buckeye offense came out in the bottom of the first and scored five runs on six hits to chase the Michigan starter, right-handed sophomore Ryan Nutof, out of the game after only one out in the first. This offensive onslaught was helped by the middle of the order when junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson, second baseman Troy Kuhn and center fielder Troy Montgomery recorded three consecutive RBI singles to score the first three runs. Senior co-captain Jalen Washington brought in the next two runners on a single through the right side to give the Buckeyes a 5-2 lead. Thunderstorms rolled into TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, forcing the Buckeyes and Wolverines to continue play on Saturday. Niemeyer was relieved by freshman right-hander Ryan Feltner because of the weather delay. On Saturday, Feltner got into some trouble in the top half of the fifth. Three straight Wolverines reached base off of a walk, a single and an error which loaded the bases with no outs.After striking out Michigan sophomore Jake Bivens for the first out, Feltner gave up an RBI single to freshman second baseman Ako Thomas to cut the Buckeyes lead to three. Michigan centerfielder Cody Bruder then reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring freshman left fielder Jonathan Englemann, making the score 6-4 Buckeyes after five.As the Buckeyes did in the bottom half of the first, they put any momentum on Michigan’s side into submission after a Dawson RBI single and Kuhn’s two-RBI single to extend the lead to 9-4 in OSU’s favor. The single by Kuhn was initially called foul by the first base umpire, but that was overturned when the OSU coach Greg Beals asked for the umpires to review the call. In the bottom of the seventh, Nennig scored on an RBI double by Kuhn, who was then brought in by Montgomery’s RBI single and cruise to an 11-4 victory.To say that the Buckeyes were hot offensively is an understatement. OSU recorded 18 hits and were 9-for-19 with runners in scoring position. Each Buckeye hitter recorded a hit in the game.This offense helped the freshman, Feltner, have a career day in relief. In his 6.1 innings of work, Feltner gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and three walks. He also struck out a career high 10 batters on 114 pitches.The Buckeyes will face the No. 7 seed Michigan State Spartans later Saturday. If the Spartans win, they will face the No. 8 seed Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Championship. If the Buckeyes win, they will have to face the Spartans again tomorrow morning to decide who goes to the Big Ten Championship. read more

Chinese Ambassador calls on President

President David Granger was, today (Friday), paid a courtesy call by China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Cui Jianchun and his Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Yang Chenqi.President David Granger and China’s Ambassador to Guyana, Mr. Cui JianchunAccording to the Ministry of the Presidency, during their discussions at State House, the two sides discussed several areas of cooperation. This follows a meeting that was held between the Head of State and the Ambassador in March earlier this year. (More details later) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt receives from China US$2.6M worth of vehicles, equipment to boost the Police ForceNovember 6, 2017In “Crime”Chinese businesses in Guyana not being profiled, Security Minister assures as envoy raises robbery concernsSeptember 15, 2018In “Crime”New Thriving Restaurant’s Providence branch opensFebruary 11, 2017In “Business” read more

Trendnet unveils 13Gbps wireless router using 80211ac spec

first_imgUntil last week the fastest wireless routers on the market conformed to the 802.11n specification, and offered speeds anywhere up to 300Mbps. But over the coming months even that is going to start to look slow as routers appear that conform to the brand new 802.11ac specification.Trendnet looks to be the first out the gates with an 802.11ac wireless router and bridge. Both are capable of hitting speeds of 1.3Gbps while remaining backwards compatible with 802.11n devices as long as they use the same 5GHz band. Older, single band wireless-n gear therefore needs to be replaced.Trendnet’s 1300Mbps Dual Band Wireless AC Router (TEW-811DR) offers both a 450Mbps wireless-n band and the new 1300Mbps band. It also takes advantage of “Beam Forming” technology allowing a signal to transmit around objects such as walls, therefore extending the range or quality of the signal. You’ll also get access to gigabit ports for any devices sitting near the router e.g. a NAS.If you don’t need the router, Trendnet is also releasing a 1300Mbps Wireless AC Media Bridge (TEW-800MB) that allows up to four compatible media devices to connect using the 1300Mbps band. On the back there’s also four gigabit ports to take advantage of.For both the router and the bridge Trendnet has included video and audio packet prioritization, meaning if you’re streaming a HD movie or listening to music stored on your home’s NAS, you shouldn’t suffer any interruptions or a drop in quality.Unfortunately it looks like we’ll have to wait to get our hands on this 802.11ac kit. Trendnet has stated they won’t be coming to market until late this year. Read more at Trendnetlast_img read more

Canon unveils 849 Rebel T4i DSLR with multitouch

first_imgToday, almost as if responding to this week’s rumors, Canon officially announced the Rebel T4i digital SLR and the 40mm f/2.8 “pancake” lens. The new, standout features on the T4i body include Canon’s first use of a multitouch screen, a new hybrid CMOS sensor, and the Movie Servo AF, which offers quiet continuous autofocus while taking video.The camera’s vitals include an 18 megapixel sensor, DIGIC 5 image processor, up to ISO 25600 sensitivity (extended, 12800 otherwise), 5 frames per second shooting, a 3-inch display, and 1080p30 video (as well as 25p, 24p, and 720p60/50p.The changes from Canon’s highly regarded T3i are not tremendous, but they are more considerable than the past few updates. The effect of the new hybrid CMOS sensor remains to be seen and only testing will let users know how they feel about the touchscreen but, past those, the important back-of-the-box changes are limited to one stop higher ISO and 5 fps shooting over 3.7 fps. So, ultimately, the notable upgrades on this body won’t be able to be sussed out from the specs alone.With the T4i expected to be available for purchase at the end of June, the release comes about at year and a half after the February 2007 unveiling of the Rebel T3i and a little over a year after its April release date. That turn around time is pretty much standard in the cutthroat consumer digicam market.Along with the new body Canon announced their new line of STM (stepping motor) lenses. These are quiet lenses optimized for use with continuous autofocus systems — so that the sound of the lens adjusting itself is not picked up by the microphone and the focusing is as smooth as possible (unlike your 50mm f/1.8).The lenses include the  EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM  and the 40mm f/2.8 STM. The latter is the more exciting of the two, as it’s Canon’s first pancake-style lens. The two will sell for $549 and $199 and also be available at the end of June.last_img read more

Camas woman remembered as loving mother hardworking cook

first_imgGuillermo Juarez Police are continuing their search for a man wanted in the death of a Camas woman as her friends mourn her death and the community rallies to help her children.A family member arrived at a home in the 2100 block of Northeast Everett Street around 1:30 p.m. Sunday and found the body of Luz Guitron, 35, said Camas Police Department Officer Debra Riedl.The Camas police identified Guillermo Juarez, 38, as a suspect. Juarez and Guitron have been dating for several years and have a child in common, according to police. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office reported Wednesday that it ruled Guitron’s cause of death a homicide, and the manner of her death was multiple sharp force injuries.Acquaintances of Guitron said the mother of three — two boys and a teenage daughter — was loving and hardworking.Guitron prepared cold dishes in the kitchen at Moda Center, said former co-worker Nicole Wells. The two worked together during the previous basketball season, and Wells said Guitron seemed appreciative of the job and fit in well as a team player.“She was an exceptional cook,” Wells said.According to the co-worker and a story previously published in The Columbian, Guitron owned and operated a food stand at the Vancouver Farmers Market where she sold fish tacos inspired by her upbringing in Mexico. She was also known for selling Mexican dishes and elephant ears at festivals in Camas.last_img read more

79 offer flexible working as a benefit

first_imgMore than three-quarters (79%) of organisations offer flexible-working opportunities as an employee benefit, according to research by insurer Unum.Its ‘The Future of Employee Benefits’ report, which surveyed 13 organisations, also found that just over half (53%) of respondents’ benefits packages are influenced by employee requests.The research also found:65% of the sandwich generation are struggling to balance their care needs with work responsibilities.When it comes to the structure of an employee benefits package, 36% are influenced by what competitors offer, and the HR and benefits press, while 60% are influenced by their organisation’s board. Marco Forato, senior vice president, global growth strategy at Unum, said: “A lot has changed in UK workplaces over the last 30 years. Industries that the UK was previously famous for have slowed, disappeared, been rebuilt or transformed. New sectors have emerged, without traditional geographic and technological boundaries.“Being an employer of choice in this quickly evolving environment is key to providing a clear competitive advantage. Building an employee benefits package that supports employees both now and in the future is one of the most important ways an employer can demonstrate it understands this need. “A balanced and comprehensive benefits package will be as, if not more, important in the future to fuel loyalty and improve staff retention to help a business thrive.”Giving staff a financial back-up plan if they fall ill and can’t work is often overlooked, but income protection can complement and support an organisation’s wellbeing programme allowing businesses to show their employees they care.”last_img read more

Neil Portnow Talks 60th GRAMMY Awards Return To New York

first_imgNews RihannaPhoto: Steve Granitz/Getty Images Watch GRAMMY Rap Performances On Apple Music KhalidPhoto: Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images Uber Partners With Best New Artist Nominees Watch GRAMMY Jazz Performances On Apple Music Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List In a new interview with Melinda Newman for Billboard, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow discussed several factors involved with the GRAMMY telecast’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 15 years on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.”From the time [the 45th GRAMMY Awards ended in 2003, I was always thinking about when would it be good and appropriate for us to go back to New York,” said Portnow. “Not only because that’s what we’d done [before], but if you think of half of the Academy’s membership being east of the Mississippi, it always made sense that we’d figure out how to go back.”Though the Academy’s membership includes representation in Chapter cities such as New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami, taking the GRAMMY Awards telecast back east has financial implications, not only relating to the telecast but the Academy’s slate of GRAMMY Week events.”The reality is that it’s a major undertaking in many respects,” said Portnow. “One is that we’re West Coast-based so it means moving essentially a majority or good portion [of the staff] back east. No. 2 is the weather. No. 3 is reinventing not just the GRAMMY telecast, but the whole week we’ve developed. … It’s way more expensive to do anything in New York.”The Academy President/CEO also detailed the role New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his office played in the show’s return to the Big Apple, including Julie Menin, the commissioner of the mayor’s office of media and entertainment.”When we got into exploring doing this in reality … different people [assisted] and Julie had been appointed to this newly created position having to do with the arts and bringing culture to New York, so we have conversations about how they might be helpful in dealing with issues and concerns and challenges for us so that we could cross the finish line,” he said. “They pulled together some folks they identified as potentially helpful. We had several meetings to discuss some of the ideas and so on and so forth. They also play another role, which is logistically to pull all of this off there are a variety of things that have to happen in the city that are beyond what have to happen in L.A. …”Though the GRAMMY Awards are slated to return to Los Angeles in 2019, Portnow says that the organization’s focus is the milestone 60th telecast.”Even as we speak there are things that are left to be done, ironed out, figured out,” said Portnow. “In terms of going back [to Los Angeles], I think that’s a topic for the other side of this adventure. …” More 60th GRAMMY Awards News 60th GRAMMYs: Full Performer List Soprano Isabel LeonardPhoto: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) Class Of 2018 Special Merit Awards Recipients Despite the financial implications, Recording Academy President/CEO explains why the GRAMMY telecast going back to New York in 2018 “made sense”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 18, 2017 – 11:16 am With first-round voting in progress and nominations for the 60th GRAMMY Awards just weeks away, the excitement surrounding Music’s Biggest Night is beginning to build. 60th GRAMMYs: Who Are The First Performers? 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At Anchorage library pilot program connects patrons to social services

first_img“Good afternoon Loussac Library!” she said. “If you are looking to move out, get your own place, leave shelter or change your housing for any reason, come join us at Housing Lab. Work one-on-one or independently in our weekly workspace, until 5 p.m. in the Salmon Room.”Information about local housing, employment, food and health resources on display at Anchorage’s Loussac Library on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)The housing lab — a free public workshop held Mondays from 2-5 p.m. — is part of an ongoing library pilot program seeking to connect library patrons in need with local housing, food, employment, health care and other resources. Barker said it’s built around the central role libraries play in their communities.“People come to the libraries with all kinds of questions,” she said. “Some of those questions aren’t really answerable in the stacks, like ‘Where am I going to stay next week?’ or ‘How do I get into treatment?’ or ‘What do I do? My cousin’s disability check was denied and we’re hungry.’”Barker — the first full-time social worker to work at the library — tries to help answer those questions.She said the idea for the program took root in Anchorage several years ago after an in-person survey of library patrons revealed a quarter of respondents reported experiencing homelessness. Another quarter reported experiencing mental illness, addiction and other conditions. So, through a grant-funded partnership between the Anchorage Health Department and public library, Barker went to work full time at the library last fall. The pilot program is scheduled to run through December 2020.The program is based on a model pioneered in San Francisco and eventually expanded to dozens of libraries around the country, Barker said. A decade after the program began in San Francisco, advocates call it a success. In Anchorage, where the program is less than a year old, the results are harder to measure.Data collection is a challenge, according to the community resource coordinator. The Anchorage program doesn’t currently offer case management, which means there’s no formal follow-up with the library patrons Barker serves. But here’s what she does know: over the past seven months, she’s worked with more than 200 people. She’s helped library patrons fill out applications for treatment and apartments. She’s helped at least three people successfully avoided eviction. And one patron, a veteran who’d been living in his car, who was successfully housed within 72 hours.“That’s the ideal; that’s the success story that we want to model and repeat, and it’s all about just getting connections with the right agencies to the people who are already here,” Barker said.When it comes to long-term success, social workers say community connections are key. Leah Esguerra, a licensed therapist, began working at the San Francisco Public Library 10 years ago. Working with other local agencies and providers, she said, the library’s social work program has helped find permanent housing for more than 200 library patrons since then.“I always say that the success of this program is actually the partnerships that we have made with community organizations,” Esguerra said. “So when other libraries say, ‘Oh, we’re a small town, we don’t have those resources, we don’t have those partnerships,’ I say, ‘No, that’s not necessarily true.”There are differences between the programs in San Francisco and Anchorage. In San Francisco, Esguerra provides full clinical assessments, while in Anchorage, Barker offers basic information and assistance. But both programs are built through partnerships with nonprofits and community groups doing the same kind of work. In Anchorage, the library has partnered with more than 10 local organizations, from the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness to Cook Inlet Housing Association, Access Alaska, the Mental Health Consumer Web and others.It makes sense, Barker said.“Libraries are already community centers; they’re already places people go to feel connection in a safe place,” she said. “So if we can bring community resources and make them accessible — that’s the dream.” On a sunny spring afternoon at the Loussac Library: people sip drinks in the cafe, rummage through the stacks on the second and third floors and lounge in chairs next to big picture windows. Then a voice comes over the intercom: Rebecca Barker, the library’s new full-time community resource coordinator.last_img read more

Abbott Announces School Safety Plan And Proposed Changes To Gun Laws After

first_imgLess than two weeks after 10 people were killed in a southeast Texas school shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott laid out a 40-page, 40-strategy plan for preventing future school shootings, and left the door open to calling lawmakers back to Austin  to pass some of those priorities.“If there is consensus on some laws that could be passed, I am open to calling [a special session],” Abbott said. A special session would be a dramatic move during an election year in which he, all top state officials and a majority of lawmakers are seeking new terms. It’s even more rare given how emotionally charged — and politically divisive — issues of school safety and gun control are. Some lawmakers have demanded that Abbott, who has the sole authority to call and set agendas for special sessions, take such action. Most Texans responding to a poll taken before the Santa Fe shooting said they support stricter gun control laws. Much of the plan Abbott laid out Wednesday would require approval from the Texas Legislature, which will not reconvene until January 2019 unless Abbott intervenes.Suspected shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, has been in custody in Galveston County since the attack at Santa Fe High School. Abbott’s announcement, made at the Dallas school district’s headquarters Wednesday, came one day after Santa Fe students returned to class for the first time following the deadly shootings. Thirteen people were also injured in the attack.Abbott proposed expanding a mental health screening program already operated through Texas Tech University. He said he hopes to “eventually” make that program — currently operational in 10 school districts — a statewide system, and said he recommends Texas fund it with $20 million.The Telemedicine Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral Project at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, which aims to identify junior high and high school students at risk of committing school violence and intervene before tragedy occurs, has already had 25 students removed from school, 44 placed in alternative schools and 38 sent to a hospital. Abbott had praised that program just hours after the shooting, tweeting that “we want to use it across the state.”Abbott also raised narrow, gun-related proposals, including the tightening of Texas’ safe gun storage and laws. Current Texas law holds parents accountable when their minor children — under the age of 17 — access their loaded weapons. Because Pagourtzis was 17, his family won’t be liable under that law, though they are being sued under other, more general liability statutes. Abbott proposed raising that age to include 17-year-olds, a measure that would bring Texas in line with dozens of other states that have stricter child-access prevention laws.Read Governor Abbott’s School and Firearm Safety Action Plan Sharelast_img read more

Two arrested with 32 kg heroin

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force have arrested two persons from the city and recovered crude heroin weighing around 3.2 kg from the city.Acting on a tip-off, the STF officials on Saturday evening intercepted a private vehicle on Munsi Prem Chand Sarani under Hastings police station. During a search, the police found the heroin kept inside the car. These materials were kept concealed inside the door in such a manner that they would avoid the eyes of the people who would open the door from outside. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe police recovered about 3.208 kg (approx) of crude heroin and the accused were held for interrogation. After an interrogation the police arrested the duo — Dipak Roy (46) and Kumar Chetri (34). Roy is a resident of Anlong in Assam while Chetri hails from Tezpur area of the same district. According to the police, the approximate cost of narcotics may be between Rs 3 crore to Rs 12 crore. Police are trying to know if the accused are a part of any interstate narcotic smuggling racket. They are interrogating the duo to know the names of other accused, who might have been involved in the incident.last_img read more

Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite fails after launch

first_img 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center Comments   Share   KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch — the latest mishap to hit Russia’s troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures.The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, said a problem involving steering engines occurred in the rocket’s third stage about eight minutes into its flight, 161 kilometers (97 miles) above the Earth. The agency said the rocket and Boeing-constructed satellite did not reach their planned orbit and almost all of the debris from the two burned up in the atmosphere. A search for possible debris was conducted in the Zabaikalsky region of eastern Siberia bordering Mongolia and China after people there reported hearing loud claps at the time of the launch. The federal agency leading the search said no debris had yet been found.The last failed launch of a Proton-M occurred exactly a year ago, also caused by a problem in the rocket’s third stage. Since then, there have been six successful flights.The Interfax news agency quoted industry sources saying the failure could result in the suspension of all upcoming Proton-M launches, including the next one in June for a British satellite.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered a commission be set up to determine the cause of the rocket failure.Mexico’s secretary of communications, Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, stressed that the satellite was completely insured and that the country would not suffer any financial losses. Another launch would be planned, this time from Cape Canaveral in Florida, to send up a telecommunications satellite that would provide the same services as the one lost.In a separate space failure Saturday, Roscosmos also reported that a Progress spaceship attached to the International Space Station failed to ignite its engine, thus failing to adjust the orbit of the space station. The agency said it was looking into why that happened, but added that the space station’s crew was not in any danger from the incident. Russia’s space program has seen a string of launch failures in recent years. Space experts say the program has been hampered by a brain drain and a steady erosion of engineering and quality standards.“It seems that the Russian space industry is disintegrating with cosmic speed,” Yuri Karash, a leading space scientist and member of the Russian Academy of Space Science, told the Interfax news agency. Due to low pay and a lack of new projects, those working in the space industry are “far from the best specialists and have no interest in cobbling together cosmic stools such as rockets developed a half-century ago.”In April, an unmanned Russian cargo ship carrying 3 tons of supplies failed to dock with the International Space Station after it went into an uncontrollable spin after the launch.That failure prompted Roscosmos to delay both the landing of some of the space station’s crew and the launch of their successors. Roscosmos space agency chief Igor Komarov said the April 28 launch failure was caused by a leak of fuel tanks in the Soyuz rocket’s third stage. Left in low orbit, the Progress cargo spaceship fell to Earth over the Pacific on May 8. Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvementcenter_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 treatments for adult scoliosis Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Due to that failure, a Russian official said three of the orbiting space station’s six-person crew, who had been scheduled to return to Earth in early May, were asked to stay in orbit until early June and the launch of their replacement crew was pushed back from late May to late July.___Lynn Berry contributed from Moscow.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

Israel Ministry of Tourism enhances its focus on India through roadshows and

first_imgLooking to boost tourist traffic from Indian cities, Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT) conducted their first roadshow series of 2017 in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. The roadshows were conducted in a networking workshop format with two DMCs from Israel and was attended by over 100 travel agents in each city.Hassan Madah, Director- India, Israel Ministry of Tourism, said, “Israel is an emerging destination for the Indian traveller and tourist arrivals have been growing from India to Israel over the last couple of years. We wanted to tap new markets, so we decided to conduct roadshows in Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad this year. The response we received in all three cities has been encouraging and promising. We are working towards increasing our leisure and MICE travellers while continuing our focus on existing segments using different mediums, including investing in advertising campaigns, and continuing to build and strengthen our travel trade relationships in the Indian market.”Israel achieved a growth of 13% in 2016 over the previous year creating a new record with 44,672 Indian tourists visiting the destination. The Ministry is hoping to maintain its double-digit growth figures in 2017 as well.In a move to streamline communication with the Indian market, IMOT has recently appointed Blue Square Consultants (BSC) as its new Public Relation (PR) partner in India. BSC will be responsible for all aspects of Israel tourism’s communication strategy, consumer PR, brand management across its key target markets.Confirming the appointment, Madah, said, “We’re pleased to be working with Blue Square Consultants to drive all our communication strategies in India. India is one of the key emerging markets for us and with this new association we hope to further strengthen our presence in India and witness an increase in tourist arrivals.”Lubaina Sheerazi, COO, Blue Square Consultants, stated, “We are delighted to be assigned the PR responsibilities of Israel Ministry of Tourism in India. The appointment is a reaffirmation of our strong expertise in the communications domain within the tourism and hospitality sector. We are confident of helping Israel reach its goals and create its own identity as a leisure destination among Indian travellers.”last_img read more

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internal discussion" about the president’s budget prior to its publication. R-Tenn. chairman of the Senate education committee referred to Alexander’s response in March to the release of Trump’s budget outline That statement emphasized that while the president may suggest a budget "under the Constitution Congress passes appropriations bills"Under the administration’s budget two of the department’s largest expenditures in K-12 education special education and Title I funds to help poor children would remain unchanged compared to federal funding levels in the first half of fiscal 2017 However high-poverty schools are likely to receive fewer dollars than in the past because of a new law that allows states to use up to 7 percent of Title I money for school improvement before distributing it to districtsThe cuts would come from eliminating at least 22 programs some of which Trump outlined in March Gone for example would be $12 billion for after-school programs that serve 16 million children most of whom are poor and $21 billion for teacher training and class-size reductionThe documents obtained by The Post – dated May 23 the day the president’s budget is expected to be released – outline the rest of the cuts including a $15 million program that provides child care for low-income parents in college; a $27 million arts education program; two programs targeting Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students totaling $65 million; two international education and foreign language programs $72 million; a $12 million program for gifted students; and $12 million for Special Olympics education programsOther programs would not be eliminated entirely but would be cut significantly Those include grants to states for career and technical education which would lose $168 million down 15 percent compared to current funding; adult basic literacy instruction which would lose $96 million (down 16 percent); and Promise Neighborhoods an Obama-era initiative meant to built networks of support for children in needy communities which would lose $13 million (down 18 percent)The Trump administration would dedicate no money to a fund for student support and academic enrichment that is meant to help schools pay for among other things mental-health services anti-bullying initiatives physical education Advanced Placement courses and science and engineering instruction Congress created the fund which totals $400 million this fiscal year by rolling together several smaller programs Lawmakers authorized as much as $165 billion but the administration’s budget for it in the next fiscal year is zeroThe cuts would make space for investments in choice including $500 million for charter schools up 50 percent over current funding The administration also wants to spend $250 million on "Education Innovation and Research Grants" which would pay for expanding and studying the impacts of vouchers for private and religious schools It’s not clear how much would be spent on research versus on the vouchers themselvesThere is currently only one federally funded voucher program in the District of Columbia A recent Education Department analysis of that program found that after a year in private school voucher recipients performed worse on standardized tests than their counterparts who remained in public schoolThe administration would devote $1 billion in Title I dollars meant for poor children to a new grant program (called Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success or FOCUS) for school districts that agree to allow students to choose which public school they attend – and take their federal state and local dollars with themThe goal is to do away with neighborhood attendance zones that the administration says trap needy kids in struggling schools The documents cite Minneapolis (where parents can choose which city school their children attend) and Hartford Connecticut (where students can cross city-suburban lines to attend school) as examplesBut the notion of allowing Title I dollars to follow the student – known as "portability" – is a controversial idea that the Republican-led Senate rejected in 2015 Many Democrats argue that it is a first step toward private-school vouchers and would siphon dollars from schools with high poverty to those in more affluent neighborhoodsLeaders of historically black colleges and universities had sought an increase in federal funding for their institutions The administration’s budget proposal would hold funding flat compared to spending levels over the first half of fiscal 2017The administration is also seeking to overhaul key elements of federal financial aid The spending proposal would maintain funding for Pell Grants for students in financial need but it would eliminate more than $700 million in Perkins loans for disadvantaged students; nearly halve the work-study program that helps students work their way through school cutting $490 million; take a first step toward ending subsidized loans for which the government pays interest while the borrower is in school; and end loan forgiveness for public servantsThe loan forgiveness program enacted in 2007 was designed to encourage college graduates to pursue careers as social workers teachers public defenders or doctors in rural areas There are at least 552931 people on track to receive the benefit with the first wave of forgiveness set for October It’s unclear how the proposed elimination would affect those borrowersThe administration also wants to replace five income-driven student loan repayment plans with a single planThat change would likely benefit many undergraduate borrowers who currently can have the balance of their loan forgiven after paying 10 percent of their income for 20 years Trump’s proposal – which makes good on a campaign promise – would raise the maximum payment to 125 percent of income but shorten the payment period to 15 yearsThe proposal is less sweet for borrowers who take out loans to earn advanced degrees They currently pay monthly bills capped at 10 percent of income for 25 years Under the new plan they’d pay more (125 percent of income) for longer (30 years)There were no estimates on how much the government would save by eliminating public-service loan forgiveness overhauling the income-based repayment plans and ending subsidized loansThe spending plan supports year-round Pell Grants which allow low-income students to use the money for three semesters of college instead of two That way students can take a full load of courses year-round and earn a degree faster The administration also would increase available funds for year-round Pell by $163 billion over 10 yearsStill the maximum annual award would remain flat at $5920 And without any directive to index the award to inflation that ceiling might remain in place for the foreseeable futureTrump is seeking an additional $158 million for salaries and expenses in the Education Department up 7 percent money that according to the budget documents would go toward loan-servicing costs improved information-technology security auditing and investigations and additional security costs for the secretary DeVos has contracted with the US Marshals Service to provide security rather than using the in-house security team that guarded previous secretariesDespite that increase the agency workforce would decline by about 150 positions or 4 percentThe staffing decline at the department’s Office for Civil Rights – which is dealing with a large increase in discrimination complaints – would be steeperTrump is seeking $1068 million for the civil rights office unchanged from the funding level over the first half of fiscal 2017 But – thanks to a recent bump from Congress – the proposed total is $17 million less than the office is now receiving The spending proposal would result in the loss of more than 40 of roughly 570 positions (Reuters) – The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to a sweeping trade deal that pressures Canada to accept new terms on autos trade dispute settlement and agriculture to keep the trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the White House was ready to notify the US Congress by Friday of President Donald Trump’s intent to sign the bilateral document but that it was open to Canada joining the pact The 24-year-old NAFTA is a trilateral deal between the United States Canada and Mexico that underpins $12 trillion in North American Trade Here are some of the main issues at the heart of the negotiations: AUTOS DOMINATE The new deal requires 75 percent of the value of a vehicle to be produced in the United States or Mexico up from the NAFTA threshold of 625 percent The higher threshold is aimed at keeping more parts from Asia out boosting North American automotive manufacturing and jobs Even if more plants are built in Mexico jobs will grow in the United States due to high levels of integration with studies showing that US parts make up 40 percent of the value of every Mexican-built car exported to the United States The pact also requires greater use of US and Mexican steel aluminium glass and plastics The provision started out as a US demand for 85 percent regional content with 50 percent coming from US factories That plan was vehemently opposed by Mexico Canada and the auto industry It later morphed into the US-Mexico deal’s requirement of 40 to 45 percent of a vehicle’s value to be made in high wage areas paying at least $16 an hour requiring significant automotive production in the United States Although full automotive details have not yet been released auto industry officials say it will allow Trump the ability to impose higher national security tariffs on vehicles that do not comply with the new thresholds Most Mexican auto exports are in a position to comply with the new limits the country’s economy minister said NO SUNSET Trump backed off from an initial US demand for a "sunset" clause that would kill the pact unless it was renegotiated every five years and which businesses said would stymie long term investment in the region Canada and Mexico were strictly opposed to the clause Instead the United States and Mexico agreed to a 16-year lifespan for NAFTA with a review every six years that can extend the pact for 16 years more providing more business certainty DISPUTE SETTLEMENT Mexico agreed to eliminate a settlement system for anti-dumping disputes NAFTA’s Chapter 19 The move sought by the United States puts Canada in a difficult position because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had insisted on maintaining Chapter 19 as a way to fight US duties on softwood lumber paper and other products that it views as unfair Ottawa now has less than a week to decide to accept a deal without that provision A settlement system for disputes between investors and states was scaled back now only for expropriation favouritism for local firms and state-dominated sectors such as oil power and infrastructure AGRICULTURE LABOUR The new deal will keep tariffs on agricultural products traded between the United States and Mexico at zero and seeks to support biotech and other innovations in agriculture It lacks a previous US demand to erect trade barriers to protect seasonal US fruit and vegetable growers from Mexican competition It contains enforceable labour provisions that require Mexico to adhere to International Labor Organization labour rights standards in an effort to drive Mexican wages higher NOW CANADA The US-Mexico NAFTA deal opens the door for Canada to immediately rejoin the talks and is a major step forward in updating the accord Canada which sat out the last leg of discussions while the United States and Mexico ironed out their bilateral differences is now pressured to agree to the new terms on auto trade and other issues to remain part of the three-nation pact Trump has presented this as a bilateral deal and threatened Canada with car tariffs Some lawmakers have said that a bilateral deal would face a higher vote threshold in Congress because the NAFTA fast-track negotiating authority law calls for a trilateral agreement (Compiled by Anthony Esposito in Mexico City and David Lawder in Washington; Editing by Sandra Maler and Rosalba O’Brien) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Paris: Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery is confident his side have what it takes to get the better of title holders Real Madrid after the teams were drawn together in the Champions League on Monday The sides will meet in the last 16 surely not the tie PSG would have wanted after winning their group ahead of Bayern Munich File image of Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery during a press conference Reuters Real the two-time defending European champions and 12-time winners overall came second behind Tottenham Hotspur in their group and will host PSG in the Spanish capital in the first leg on 14 February "I don’t think it’s the worst draw possible I think we are of a level where we can play against Real Madrid" said Emery "If you want to do something big in the Champions League you have to play against the best sides" "I think these matches will be the centre of the footballing world when they come around" Bayern were rewarded for finishing behind PSG with a tie against Besiktas the Turkish champions while the French club will once again have to overcome one of the Spanish giants Last season Paris faced Barcelona in the last 16 and were eliminated in extraordinary fashion winning 4-0 at home in the first leg only to lose 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou In that match Barcelona needed to score three times from the 88th minute onwards and did so But since then PSG have strengthened signing Neymar for a world record 222 million ($264 million) from Barca and beating Madrid to the signature of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco The tie will be the first meeting of the sides since the 2015-16 group stage when Madrid won 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu after a 0-0 draw in Paris "I have lots of friends in Madrid I know Real Madrid well too having watched a lot of their matches I know what the atmosphere is like there" said Spaniard Emery "It is a wonderful opportunity for us I am sure the team will be in perfect shape when the tie comes around" Meanwhile Emery admitted that he has allowed Neymar to return to his native Brazil to deal with a family matter The 25-year-old was suspended for Saturday’s 3-1 win over Lille in Ligue 1 anyway and now looks likely to miss Wednesday’s League Cup tie at Strasbourg where Paris lost 2-1 only 10 days ago "Neymar called me on Saturday He said to me he had a family issue and wanted to know if the club and I would allow him to go to Brazil to deal with the problem" said Emery "The person comes first then the footballer We gave him permission to make the trip I hope he’ll be back in three or four days but I don’t know if he’ll be back for Wednesday’s match" cda/as/lp Yes,Q. and those countries who are easing the pressure on Pakistan. domestic politics. 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