Trudeau seeks support from allies at G20 amid ChinaCanada dispute

first_imgOSAKA, Japan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 leaders’ summit, where he will look to raise the issue of two Canadians held in China at “every opportunity.”Trudeau does not expect a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping during the summit but U.S. President Donald Trump committed last week to raising the issue during his own meeting with Xi.On Friday, Trudeau is to meet with European partners to discuss a range of issues, likely including the diplomatic dispute with China.The arrests of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor are widely viewed as retaliation for the December arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver.Wanzhou awaits extradition to the U.S. to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.On Wednesday, China renewed its demand for her release a day after announcing a suspension of all imports of Canadian meat products. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

RCMP charge Brazeau Harb with fraud and breach of trust

first_imgAPTN National NewsSuspended senator Patrick Brazeau has been charged with breach of trust and fraud on allegations he bilked Canadian taxpayers of thousands of dollars in illegal living and travel expense filings.The RCMP charged the Algonquin senator, along with former liberal senator Mac Harb, now retired.“These investigations involved careful consideration and examination of evidence. Investigators interviewed dozens of individuals and witnesses,” said RCMP assistant commissioner Gilles Michaud.Brazeau is alleged to have filed over $40,000 in illegal housing expenses, while Harb’s total is well over $200,000.Both men claimed their primary residence was more than 100 km from Ottawa, allowing them to claim travel and housing expenses. Harb repaid his expense money and retired after the allegations surfaced.In Brazeau’s case, he said he was living with his father at the Kitigan Zibi First Nation near Maniwaki, Que., but had to rent a townhouse in Gatineau during the week.A former girlfriend of Brazeau’s said they rarely went to his father’s house during much of the time period in question according to court documents filed by the RCMP during their “detailed” investigation that began in March 2013.That same woman alleges Brazeau assaulted her, physically and sexually last February. It was around that time Prime Minister Stephen Harper booted Brazeau from the Conservative caucus.That case is expected to go to trial Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.An audit also determined Brazeau and Harb filed inappropriate expense claims.Both have denied any wrongdoing.APTN could not reach Brazeau for comment.Michaud said thousands of documents, including financial statements, bank records and expense claims dating back to 2003, were analyzed.Both are expected to appear in court at a later date the RCMP said.The RCMP didn’t mention their investigation into former Conservative senators Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy but did say: “All cases are unique and the time it takes to complete them is based on many factors. We are continuing our work on other significant files.”NDP ethics critic MP Charlie Angus called the charges a “sobering” day for politics in Canada and raises questions of the “political” judgement of Harper who appointed Brazeau, and Liberal leader MP Justin Trudeau who once said Harb made an honest mistake.“I think Canadians are fed up and Canadians want action,” said Angus who says the Senate needs to be abolished.Canada’s auditor general is currently reviewing the expenses filed by all senators.“Are there more that will be caught up in this net?” said Angus.last_img read more

4th after USA Russia China to enter space super league

first_imgNEW DELHI: After shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with its indigenously developed Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) weapon, India is now a reckoning space power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation.On March 27, at 11:16 am, India successfully launched its A-SAT weapon that targetted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting an LEO at a height of 300 km from Earth’s surface. DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor, a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme, was deployed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis ‘technological mission’ was carried out by DRDO from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The team of scientists was able to accomplish the task of locating, destroying and confirming the destruction of said satellite within three minutes. Mission Shakti deserves celebration as this is the first time that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. Rightly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is ‘a proud moment’ for Indians. A-SAT weapons play a crucial role in locating, intercepting and destroying incoming satellite that may threaten national security. However, the sphere of space weapons is contentious. Strict guidelines are enforced under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which India is a signatory. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe treaty strongly prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction in space. However, with its A-SAT weapon, India has been careful to not overstep any points of the treaty. India has also expressed support to the substantive consideration of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on Disarmament, where it has been on agenda since 1982. Clearly, India’s intent is less offensive and more a defensive tool of strengthening national security and propelling the development of greater space technology. Earlier, China’s test in 2007 received widespread criticism from the global community, which iterated that the Dragon’s attempt to launch A-SAT weapons had “serious consequences of engaging in the militarisation of space”.last_img read more

Paul Georges Legacy Could Be Dr Js … Or Danny Grangers

NBA’s free agency period begins on July 1, and some big names might switch teams, whether by choosing to sign elsewhere or getting traded. In the video above, Nate Silver looks at FiveThirtyEight’s player projections for three players — Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin — who might be on the move.

Commentary Ohio States Jared Sullinger isnt what we thought

Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground. read more

MASH 2019 39 events and activities planned for regions across Guyana

The Department of Culture Youth and Sport, has announced details of its Mashramani activities and events planned for the 49th annual celebration, which it says will be taken to regions across Guyana.In its bid to rebrand the Mashramani activities, these national events will be held in all ten administrative regions in the country.This year, 39 activities have been scheduled over the next 6 weeks to observe the celebrations. Coordinator of this year’s event, Andrew Tyndall said: “We have a total of 39 activities on the Mashramani Calendar of Events, which would cover six weeks, from the 12th January to the 9th March and that will include activities such as the song competitions, which will be the Calypso Monarch, the Chutney Monarch and the Soca Monarch. We have the steel band competition, the masquerade jamboree, we have all-star concerts being held in the regions so that persons in the regions could have a summary of the mash events”, Mr. Tyndall said.He noted that some $70M will be expended this year and is somewhat the same figure when compared to last year.Meanwhile, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton said: “Mash is on and there will be Mashramani”. He said that the Government will be giving its full support to ensure that the activities planned are successful.With regards to security, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been engaged and will increase its safety precautions.For persons who might be interested in participating in the events, application forms are available online on the Guyana Mashramani Facebook page.Following the passage of the no-confidence motion which resulted in the toppling of the APNU/AFC Government, elections are expected to be held within 90 days (from the passage of the motion), bringing the date for the polls just after Mashramani celebrations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMash 2019 exceeded expectations – Culture Director March 16, 2019In “latest news”Carib Soca Monarch competition back on Mash calendar -$1.5M in cash and prizes to be wonJanuary 16, 2018In “Entertainment”Culture Ministry geared for Mashramani activitiesJanuary 17, 2015In “Business” read more

19044 referrals about child abuse concerns were received in 2012

first_imgRead: ‘Scant evidence’ that Mayo/Sligo diocese told gardaí about child abuse> IN 2012, THERE 19,044 received refferals received to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs where there was a concern of child abuse.In a response to a parliamentary question from Fine Gael’s Bernard Durkan about the extent to which instances of child mental, physical or sex abuse or child prostitution are reported to her Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that in 2011 there were 15,808 referrals where there was a concern of child abuse and in 2012 there were 19,044 received.Categories She said that child abuse referrals are broken down into four categories: sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect and although child prostitution is recorded as sexual abuse, it is not broken down according to the type of sexual abuse reported.Figures to date for 2013 indicate that the level of referrals will be similar to the number of reports made to Social Work Services in 2012.The minister said that the HSE was ultimately responsible for the delivery of child welfare and protection services but said occasionally her department received calls from individuals concerned.ReferralsShe added that the HSE have advised that all referrals received an initial assessment to determine what further action is required in accordance with Children First Guidance (2011).She added:Any immediate protective action which may be required is taken in accordance with the HSE’s statutory duty under the Child Care Act 1991.Intervention is provided as appropriate ensuring at all times that  it is proportionate and in accordance with an assessment of the child’s needs.Where it is not possible to deal immediately with a referral of abuse, those which are assessed as highest priority are dealt with in the first instance by social work teams.All referrals received are reviewed and responses monitored. Read: Teen girls’ rapist and killer freed under rights ruling>last_img read more

Bord Gáis Energy named as new sponsor of the AllIreland Senior Hurling

first_img FOLLOWING EIGHT YEARS as the title sponsor of the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship, Bord Gáis Energy were today announced as a new sponsor of the senior version.The company joins Centra and Littlewoods — who came on board before Christmas — as the GAA’s featured hurling sponsors.Etihad Airways and Liberty Insurance will not be involved in 2017, with the pair ending nine and five-year deals with Croke Park respectively.Bord Gáis Energy are already involved in a number of other sponsorship deals including the naming rights to the former Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin and the Irish Book Awards.Last year, BGE announced they would continue their sponsorship of the U21 hurling championship until the end of the 2020 season, the same year their new deal with the senior championship runs out.Speaking at today’s announcement, Dave Kirwan of Bord Gáis Energy said:“This is a very proud day for everyone at Bord Gáis Energy and I would like to express my sincere thanks to all at the GAA and on the Bord Gáis Energy team who made today’s announcement possible. It really is a landmark day for our company.“This work will go hand in hand with our sponsorship of the U21 Championship and the Legends Tour series and we’re very excited about having that link to hurling at all stages in the life-cycle of players.”While the president of the GAA, Aogán Ó Fearghaill added:“Bord Gáis Energy have been a loyal and committed sponsor to the GAA for many years and we now welcome them on board as a sponsor of our showpiece hurling competition, the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship.““We’ve seen the transformative effect Bord Gáis Energy has had as sponsor of the U21 Championship.“From attendances at games to live television coverage, from all they do on match-day to add to the supporters’ experience to the introduction of the Team of the Year, we have seen fresh ideas, innovation and dedication and we’re excited about now seeing how that will transfer to the senior grade.”French adventure – Michael Murphy swapping life with Donegal for ClermontLimerick recover from mauling by Cork with late Nash goal key to success over Clare Short URL Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 11:39 AM Share7 Tweet Email Jan 19th 2017, 11:39 AM 8 Comments Bord Gáis Energy are now on board as sponsors of senior inter-county hurling. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHOcenter_img 9,582 Views Bord Gáis Energy named as new sponsor of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship The company was already the title sponsor of the U21 competition. http://the42.ie/3194133 By Steve O’Rourke Bord Gáis Energy are now on board as sponsors of senior inter-county hurling. Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Road to Recovery Begins with Serious Determination

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Southern Bahamas – The road to recovery for residents of those Bahamian islands negatively impacted by Hurricane Irma began with “serious determination,” Monday (September 11, 2017).Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and a team of senior Administration officials took the first, critical steps on the road to recovery from Hurricane Irma Monday, visiting the three islands in the Southern Bahamas that were most impacted by the very dangerous Category 4 storm, September 8, 2017.They were there to get on-the-ground briefings from Damage Assessment Teams that traveled as part of the Prime Minister’s delegation, and to speak with residents – some of whom decided to “ride out” the dangerous storm.Dr. Minnis was also briefed by Initial Damage Assessment Teams – particularly officers of the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces and Local Government officials — who would have gone into the affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the storm.The work of the Initial Damage Assessment Teams and the Damage Assessment Teams is critical in Disaster Management, as their assessments will be used to help provide Government planners with a road map towards determining the appropriate course of action to be taken on the path to recovery.Prime Minister Minnis was scheduled to visit the islands on Sunday (September 10, 2017) after the ‘All Clear’ was given for the Southern Bahamas, but severe headwinds in New Providence forced aviators to push back Dr. Minnis’ visit to Monday.The Prime Minister was accompanied by Minister of Works, the Hon. Desmond Bannister; Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Renward Wells; Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Duane Sands; Minister of Transport and Local Government, the Hon. Frankie Campbell; Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar; Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield; Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, and Minister of Labour, Senator, the Hon. Dion Foulkes.The delegation also comprised Opposition Leader, the Hon. Philip Davis, and administrative, technical and logistics experts from the Office of the Prime Minister; the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA); Ministry of Works (including those from the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Bahamas Power and Light); and the Ministry of Transport and Local Government; Tourism and Aviation and Agriculture and Fisheries, among others.The delegation’s first stop was Salina Point, which bore the brunt of Irma’s wrath in Acklins.  Homes and small businesses were either destroyed or received some form of damage, while storm surge created by Hurricane Irma brought seawater from the surrounding beach onshore for an estimated several hundred feet in some areas.   The Homecoming site also received damage, as did the cemetery.   While there were downed power lines, there was no major damage to poles.Mr. Mario Virgil, Chief Councilor for Acklins, said the majority of the 234 residents of Salina Point, either evacuated the area or sought shelter elsewhere on the island. Five persons were said to have remained behind to “ride out the storm.” All five have been accounted for and are safe and sound.Chief Councilor Virgil said the island’s much valued cascarilla bark farming industry was not impacted by the storm, as the majority of the trees are grown in Central Acklins. Cascarilla bark farming and the fishing industry are the two major revenue generators for Acklins.The island’s crop farming industry– watermelons, peas, honeydews, potatoes, sour limes – also fared well according to Chief Councilor Virgil. High winds did impact the corn crop, however.   The delegation’s next stop was Crooked Island, which sustained little damage to infrastructure.  Administrator Leonard Dames said cell and land phone service, electricity and water were “fully functional.”Early reports indicate that the Clinic and Dock at Landrail Point also sustained some damage. The school in Colonel Hill was “slightly damaged.” A number of seawalls that were under construction were also impacted by the storm.The final leg of the journey took the delegation to Ragged Island. It was clear to see from the air upon approach, that the island-community, had been ravaged by Hurricane Irma.   Downed power lines and poles snapped in half by hurricane-force winds still littered the community Monday as the Prime Minister and his delegation toured the island to assess and evaluate the damage brought on by Hurricane Irma.Government buildings (school, police station, clinic, post office), homes and businesses were either flattened by the storm or severely damaged. Many of those that were left standing were only a shell, having had doors and concrete walls torn out; roofs torn off, and windows blown out.Communications are also out due to the extensive damage caused to the island’s infrastructure.Navigating the community on foot and in the few vehicles that survived Irma’s wrath, proved a bit tricky as assessment teams and members of the delegation had to manoeuvre around large electricity poles and wires that blocked pathways.   The stench from the rotting carcasses of dead animals was also evident.Prime Minister Minnis told residents that he was ordering a second round of evacuation for the 17 persons who “rode out the storm,” in their best interest.    evacuations are set to begin Wednesday, September 13, 2017, for those willing to evacuate.Story by: Matt Maura (BIS)PHOTO CAPTIONSouthern Island devastation in the wake of Hurricane Irma early September 2017.(Photos/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) — Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful Freelance

first_imgThe lyrics are a playful take on creativity and fitting in (or not) with pop culture. “I can’t tell if I’m hip or getting old./I can’t hear you, maybe you could change your tone./People tend to listen when they see your soul,” Bear sings. He explains the song’s meaning in a press release, via Pitchfork: “This record is a response to how disposable culture has become and how it affects creativity. While listening, you might pay attention or ignore—either way that’s ok, this is music for a creative mind.”We have heard different sides of Bear as he explores his sound across his albums, and in this song and video it feels as if we are getting a glimpse into his mind, an authentic, perhaps artistically-curated look at who he is a person and, of course, as an artist. He is confidently telling the world who he is, playfully mocking his disregard for being cool and preference to simply be himself, no matter what other people are doing or trying to do.  “In this post-Instagram world, when we’re not really sure where the subculture is, everyone is [trying] to be ‘normal,’ though I feel like it’s just sort of aligned with where I’ve always been,” Bear explained to Vogue. The artist says of his latest release, which is the lead single from the upcoming Outer Peace, “now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative”Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 23, 2018 – 2:18 pm Chaz Bear, best known for his indie electro-pop outfit, Toro Y Moi, is a creative at heart and he continues to show it on his latest release on Oct. 23, “Freelance.” The upbeat electro-funk track is the lead single on his newly announced sixth Toro Y Moi album, Outer Peace, out on Jan. 18.The song’s playful lyrics and music video, complete with an aesthetically-pleasing color palate, highlight the artist’s creativity—and is a nod to his fans’ creative sides as well. He has released five studio albums as Toro Y Moi since his debut LP, Causers Of This, in 2010, exploring and redefining his sound with each new body of work, including on his other side projects and collaborative albums.”I feel like I’ve found who I’m talking to with my music,” the artist told Vogue. “For the longest time, I thought I was talking to music lovers or even a specific age group. But now I feel like I’m talking to anyone who is creative.”We see this shine through in simple-yet-artsy music video, directed by Harry Israelson, which shows Bear making music at a (perfectly organized) work-from-home desk setup, complete with an exercise ball as a chair, then dancing in a not-so-chic camo-print sweatshirt and Teva sandals during a photo shoot, singing “No more shoes and socks, I only rock sandals.” Twitter Email Toro Y Moi Nods To Fellow Creatives With Playful “Freelance” Toro Y Moi Is Speaking To Fellow Creatives toro-y-moi-nods-fellow-creatives-playful-freelancecenter_img News Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 25, 2015 – 11:36 am Toro Y Moi Likes Catching Listeners Off-Guard Back in 2015 the Recording Academy sat down with Bear for a telling interview, where he explained his love for music and intentional efforts to not get pigeon-holed in a specific genre or sound. He shares, “Music’s always going to be fun for me…I’m go to try my hardest to not get tired of it. I’m going to always change.”The world will have to wait until January 2019 to see exactly what this new flavor of Toro Y Moi sounds and looks like fully-fleshed out in album,. Until then, let’s jam out to his many currently-released sounds while contemplating who we are in the world, perhaps even catching him on tour.Beirut Share Story Behind “Gallipoli” From Upcoming Album, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing game lineup revealed

first_imgThe Xbox Game Pass for PC will launch at a $1 introductory monthly price. Microsoft Microsoft revealed the pricing and initial game release for its Xbox Game Pass for PC ahead of its Xbox press conference at E3 on Sunday. Gamers can join the beta for the subscription-based service gaming for $5 per month for a limited time. Members will receive a 30-day notice before this introductory period ends and Xbox Game Pass for PC reverts to its standard price of $9.99 per month.The service will include access to at least 10 games during its beta phase, including Halo: The Master Chef Collection and Gears 5, each of which is listed as “coming soon.”Microsoft has slowly been making Xbox more integrated with Windows, and support for Game Pass on PC is yet another example. Microsoft is expected to discuss a wide range of new games and initiatives during its Xbox press conference at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at 1 p.m. PT (4 p.m. ET). But perhaps the most anticipated news will be about Microsoft’s next upcoming Xbox — codenamed Scarlett according to a report from 2018 — of which the company’s offered few details so far.Other games listed on the page include Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2, We Happy Few, Ark Survival Evolved and Ori and the Will of Wisps, which is listed as coming soon. Share your voice Post a comment Microsoft Xbox’s next-gen console ahead, two Uber execs depart See All Tags • 1:22 16 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Now playing: Watch this: Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Microsoft shows off Xbox trailers, hardware, services at E3 reading • Xbox Game Pass for PC pricing, game lineup revealed E3 2019 0 Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Gaming E3 2019last_img read more

Senate passes bill drawing from Permanent Fund

first_imgSen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, on the Senate Floor during debate about a bill that would draw money from the Permanent Fund. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would draw money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for the state government’s budget. The bill also would limit Permanent Fund dividends, as well as overall amount the state can spend.Listen nowTwelve senators voted for Senate Bill 26, while eight voted against the measure, introduced by Governor Bill Walker. It’s similar to legislation the Senate passed last year. But that bill died in the House.Eleven Republicans and one Democrat supported the bill, while three Republicans and five Democrats opposed it. Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote from favoring the bill to opposing it after the initial vote.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said it’s a challenge to close the state’s budget gap in a way that receives support from both legislative chambers and Walker. She said she would like to cut state government further before making changes to the Permanent Fund. But she said the state is limited in how much more it can cut.“The services in Alaska are more expensive than most places in the U.S. certainly, but even in other parts of the world,” MacKinnon said.The bill would draw 5.25 percent annually from the fund, with a quarter of that money going to dividends.Dividends would be set at $1,000 for the next three years – similar to their amount last year, after Walker vetoed half of dividend funding.Under the bill, dividends are projected to go up slightly after the first three years.Bill supporters say it’s necessary to help close the $2.7 billion gap between the amount the state spends and the amount it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.Kodiak Republican Sen. Gary Stevens noted the original ballot question that created the Permanent Fund said that after oil could no longer pay for government, the Permanent Fund would.“No one relishes making tough decisions that are also unpopular with many, many people in Alaska,” Stevens said. “But it is time to vote for what we as individuals, as elected responsible representatives believe is best for our districts and for Alaska. It’s time to support the governor’s bill.”Eleven Republicans and two Democrats supported the bill, while three Republicans and four Democrats opposed it.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, during a Senate Minority Press Availability, March 15, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Anchorage Democrat Sen. Bill Wielechowski opposed the bill. He said the Alaskans’ ownership of the state’s natural resources under the Statehood Act means the Legislature shouldn’t cut PFDs.“We have a unique constitution in that regard, and a unique obligation to ensure that that money is disbursed fairly and equitably to all Alaskans,” Wielechowski said.Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy said he’d like to see deeper cuts to government and that the Permanent Fund draw in the bill is too large.“In the end, who do we want to win here: government or the people?” Dunleavy asked.It’s not clear whether the House and Senate will agree on changes to the Permanent Fund.Unlike last year, the House has been debating its own Permanent Fund bill. But the House bill includes an income tax, which many senators oppose.In a separate bill as part of the annual state budget, the House has proposed drawing more than $4 billion from the Permanent Fund this year – much more than the Senate bill would draw.This would allow the House majority to avoid negotiating concessions with the House minority over drawing money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.The House Finance Committee is scheduled to debate its Permanent Fund bill, House Bill 115, on Friday.Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote of support for the bill to a vote against it.last_img read more

Vajpayee statue to be unveiled in Lucknow on Dec 25

first_imgLucknow, Aug 16: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday announced that a statue of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will be unveiled here on December 25. Adityanath made the announcement at a function here where he also paid tributes to the former leader on his first death anniversary. He said that the 25-feet-tall statue would be installed at the Lok Bhawan on Vajpayee’s birth anniversary on December 25. Also Read – Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, drones in focus of Modi govt for better e-governance Advertise With Us Addressing a function, Adityanath said that Vajpayee pursued the politics of values for more than six decades and has remained an inspiration for millions of people. “Whenever the need arose, he did not hesitate to take tough decisions in national interest. He was a sensitive poet and expressed his feelings through poetry,” the Chief Minister said, adding that Vajpayee’s oratory skills won him admiration even from opposition leaders. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us Several senior Cabinet Ministers also paid tributes to Vajpayee at the function and said that he was a parliamentarian par excellence. Vajpayee, a senior BJP leader and one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), died on this day in 2018 at the AIIMS in the national capital after prolonged illness.last_img read more

Team NGOs Sports Club launched

first_imgNampally: With the objective of inculcating sporting spirit amongst youth, Team NGOs Sports Club was launched by Mir Mohtesham Ali Khan, the first bodybuilder from State to win medals at international level.This club was launched at an event organised to falicitate different NGOs serving across the country at different levels as part of recognition for their services at conference hall of Haj House on Saturday. Speaking to The Hans India on Monday, Team NGOs – India, chairman Ilyas Shamshi, said that the Team NGOs was not only encouraging people to take up social service as profession, but also encouraging youth to bring laurels by representing India at International level not only in cricket, but also in other global sports. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Hence, they have decided to come up with sports club so that youth remain not only fit but can gear up for international sporting events. “Youngsters should come forward, as India still remains under-represented at international sports events. Besides cricket, youth should take up sports seriously so that we can held our heads high at International arenas of various sports,” he noted. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us The event was attended by representatives of NGOs coming from different cities across India, voluntary organisations serving in different areas like health, legal, environment and various other areas were felicitated. The event also witnessed the launch of ‘social business network’ towards helping various voluntary groups coordinate in generating some revenue. “We have come up with this kind of model to help volunteers engaged in social generate some revenue through business opportunity. As volunteers continue to work selflessly without bothering about the next meal, the network will help them generate some funds,” he said. Advertise With Us Earlier, the dignitaries including, TS Haj Committee, chairman, Md Masiullah Khan, TS Minority Finance Corporation, chairman, Syed Akbar Hussain and TS Wakf Board, chairman, Md Saleem handed over ‘social heroes awards’ to 70 NGOs. Zai ur Rahman Khan convener Team NGOS India, Mohammed Faheem, Saber Yamani, Md Naimuddin and others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

Economy in focus as PM Modi begins second term without key aide

first_imgPM Modi won a massive mandate in the general election that ended this month after focusing his campaign on national security.ReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and finance minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government.The swearing-in ceremony at the forecourt of the colonial-era presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhawan will be attended by thousands of guests including Bollywood stars and leaders of neighbours including Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.PM Modi won a massive mandate in the general election that ended this month after focusing his campaign on national security, as tension with old rival Pakistan shot up over a deadly militant attack on security forces in the disputed region of Kashmir.Pakistan was not invited to the inauguration.India is proud of all those brave men and women martyred in the line of duty, PM Modi said after visiting a war memorial near parliament on Thursday. Our government will leave no stone unturned to safeguard India’s unity and integrity. National security is our priority.Many ministers who are also senior members of the ruling alliance are expected to keep their place in the government. But changes in their departments are likely, especially after Arun Jaitley wrote to PM Modi on Wednesday asking to be kept out due to health reasons.Narendra Modi and the chief of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Amit Shah, could also promote many fresh faces to reward good electoral performance, mainly in the east of the country where they have traditionally been weak.Amit Shah himself is tipped to take up a role in the government, though some political analysts say he could stay on as BJP president to steer the party towards a majority in the upper house of parliament after dominating the lower house.Nearly 8,000 people, including leaders of the decimated opposition bloc, are expected to attend the ceremony that will fete the incredible rise of 68-year-old Modi, the son of a tea seller.The BJP now controls 303 of the 545 seats in the lower house of parliament, paving the way for Modi to possibly attempt controversial land and labour reforms amid concerns that Asia’s third-largest economy is faltering.This week, two major industrial bodies called on the new government to urgently take steps to bolster the economy, which grew 6.6 per cent in the three months to December — the slowest pace in five quarters.PM Modi pushed through important reforms such as a unified goods and services tax and bankruptcy law in his first five years in power but faced flak for failing to create enough jobs for millions of people seeking employment, rising farm distress and lacklustre economic growth. India’s main opposition Congress party, meanwhile, is fighting to stay relevant after being overwhelmed in two straight general elections.Its president, Rahul Gandhi, has offered to resign and on Thursday, the party said it would not send its spokespeople on television debates for a month as it analyses its latest defeat.last_img read more

Did Meera Mitun groom Nerkonda Paarvai actress Abhirami Venkatachalam Here is the

first_imgMeera Mitun and Abhirami Venkatachalam.PR HandoutMeera Mitun, who was eliminated from Bigg Boss Tamil 3 recently, has spoken about the issue pertaining to grooming Abhirami Venkatachalam in the modelling field. The former reiterated that she helped the latter, while wondering why the actress and her co-contestant in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 is refusing to admit it in public.In an interview, Abhirami said, “You will realise the truth if you do a search on Abhirami in YouTube where you will find a video in which she is seen making confession about me introducing her. In the history of 15 years of Miss South India 2016, I was the first Tamil girl to win the pageant,””Every title winner takes up a social cause. So, I decided to groom talents from Tamil Nadu as I want only girls from to the state to win from thereon. I used to handpick contestants and help them out. I was there to get them right opportunities. After I won, girls from Tamil Nadu won the title for the next 2-3 years,” she added.”There is no issue between us, but not sure why she refused to admit that I helped her,” she claims on why Abhirami refused to admit about getting help from Meera.Abhirami had raised objection to Meera’s claim during a conversation in the Bigg Boss Tamil a few weeks ago. However, a video on YouTube has gone viral in which the Nerkonda Paarvai actress is seen thanking the latter for her support in a press meet.”I am so happy that someone from the same field is trying to push the other person ahead… It is a great thing….thanks for that meera…[sic]” Abhirami is seen telling in the clip. The video can be seen below:last_img read more

Padma Bridges 2 km visible

first_imgPadma BridgeThe 14th span of the much-hyped Padma Bridge was installed on Saturday afternoon making 2,100 metres of the mega structure visible, reports UNB.The ‘3-C’ span was set up on pillars 15 and 16, said an engineer of Padma Bridge Project.Earlier, the 150-meter long span, weighing 3,140 tonnes, was taken near the pillar by a floating yard from Mawa Kumarbhog Contruction Yard on Thursday but it could not be installed due to inclement weather.The 13thn span of the bridge was installed on 25 May on pillars number 14 and 15.Work on the country’s largest bridge till date started in December 2015. The structure started becoming visible with the installation of 150-metre span on pillars 37 and 38 on 30 October 2017.The 6.15-kilometre bridge will have 41 spans, each 150 metres long.last_img read more

Mini Gradiometer Could Map Other Planets Gravity Fields

first_img Recently, Jaap Flokstra and colleagues from the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, have designed a miniature gravity gradiometer that can map a planet’s gravity field. The device is a much smaller version of a gravity gradiometer called GOCE (Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer), which is a European Space Agency satellite that is currently orbiting and measuring Earth’s gravity field. While GOCE has a mass of several hundred kilograms, the new mini gradiometer weighs just one kilogram. As the scientists explain, the mini gravity gradiometer is made of a single wafer of silicon. The design consists of two masses, each hanging on a spring a few centimeters part (compared with half a meter in GOCE). Whichever mass is slightly closer to a planet’s surface will feel a stronger pull on its spring compared to the other mass, allowing researchers to determine the gravity gradient. In the new design, the position of the masses is measured to within 1 picometer by a device whose capacitance changes as the masses move up and down. Flokstra and his colleagues hope that the new lightweight design would be more practical and cheaper to send into outer space for investigating the gravity fields of other planets in our solar system. For instance, such a device could search for the subterranean ocean suspected to exist near the South Pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. The researchers calculate that the device could have a high sensitivity, with the ability to sense changes in a planet’s gravity field due to geological features of about 200 kilometers across or more. The researchers plan to build and demonstrate the device to use on Earth in the next few months.via: New Scientist© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Mini Gradiometer Could Map Other Planets’ Gravity Fields (2009, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-mini-gradiometer-planets-gravity-fields.html (PhysOrg.com) — Although it may seem like gravity is the same everywhere on the Earth, it actually varies a small amount from place to place. Factors such as mountains, ocean trenches, and interior density variations can all cause gravity differences. By measuring the gravity field of Earth or another planet, scientists can gain insight into that planet’s otherwise hidden geological features. GOCE’s ‘heart’ starts beating Explore further A mini gravity gradiometer could search for the subterranean ocean suspected to exist near the South Pole of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Image credit: NASA.last_img read more

WorldVentures debuts novel DreamTrips travel app

first_imgWorldVentures, the leading international direct seller of vacation club memberships, has launched its highly anticipated DreamTrips app for members and Independent Representatives. DreamTrips are exclusively priced, curate group vacations to some of the most coveted destinations in the world. They are the signature product of WorldVentures which, in its 10th year, is emerging as a technology trendsetter in the direct-selling sector. From trip planning to social media sharing, the DreamTrips app is designed for greater ease, functionality and efficiency.“The DreamTrips app is among ongoing efforts to enhance customer experiences and, coupled with our March acquisition of a world-class software platform allowing for centralised reservation management, is tangible evidence of our strides toward tailored technology,” said WorldVentures Holdings President Eddie Head. “We hope members and Representatives find that travelling with and sharing their adventures within the DreamTrips app elevates their travel experiences to new heights.”Currently available for download through the App Store or Google Play, the DreamTrips app is compatible with the later versions of iPhone and iPad as well as Android. Users can log on with their DreamTrips Membership credentials then browse and book vacation packages. For Independent Representatives, the app has utility as a business tool for enrolling new members, exchanging success stories and viewing training videos allowing them to conduct business from anywhere in the world.last_img read more