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first_img A sum of $703.7 million has been budgeted for 2019/2020 to increase Jamaica’s resilience to climate change, through enhancing adaptive capacity across priority sectors. Details of the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke. Story Highlights The money will be used to begin adaptation measures in the Upper Rio Minho Sub Watershed to include an agro forestry programme, grass nursery establishment, community reforestation programme, and conduct testing of climate-resilient crop varieties. A sum of $703.7 million has been budgeted for 2019/2020 to increase Jamaica’s resilience to climate change, through enhancing adaptive capacity across priority sectors.Details of the project are outlined in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke.The money will be used to begin adaptation measures in the Upper Rio Minho Sub Watershed to include an agro forestry programme, grass nursery establishment, community reforestation programme, and conduct testing of climate-resilient crop varieties.It will also be used to establish a post-harvest storage and processing facility; conduct climate change awareness seminars/training, and continue implementation of climate change public awareness.Also, check dams, rainwater harvesting systems, operating aquaponic systems and green/shade houses will be established.The money will also be used to facilitate the operation, administration and promotion of Adaptation Line of Credit and Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund.The project, entitled, ‘Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience II-Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism’, is being funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).It is slated to end in March 2020 and is being implemented by the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.last_img read more


first_imgzoom After the United States backed out of the Paris Climate Agreement, shipowners have encouraged the EU and China leadership to intensify cooperation in achieving a global climate deal for shipping.The European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) informed that indications of such cooperation materialised during the 19th EU-China Summit held in Brussels last week.EU and Chinese leaders reaffirmed their commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change. They also looked forward to co-hosting, along with Canada, a major ministerial gathering in September to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and accelerate the clean energy transition.“The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement should not jeopardise an ambitious global strategy to reduce the CO2 emissions of shipping,” Patrick Verhoeven, ECSA Secretary General, said.“We are therefore pleased that the EU and China appear to be working towards reinforced co-operation on delivering a climate agreement for shipping at the International Maritime Organization,” Verhoeven added.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Driven by lower time charter equivalent (TCE) rates, chemicals transportation company Navig8 Chemical Tankers suffered a net loss of USD 3.6 million in the second quarter of this year, compared to a net income of USD 9.6 million posted in the same period a year earlier.This is the third consecutive quarter Navig8 Chemical Tankers ended in loss. The company recorded a loss of USD 1.2 million in 1Q 2017 and a loss of USD 3.6 million in 4Q 2016.The company’s revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2017, stood at USD 38.4 million, compared to revenue of USD 39.9 million seen in the same quarter of 2016.Navig8 Chemical Tankers said that TCE rates earned by the A-Class, V-Class, T-Class and S-Class vessels in 2Q 2017, were USD 14,135, USD 14,016, USD 15,406 and USD 16,608 per day, respectively. The company had 31 vessels operating during the three-month period, all of which operate in pools from which they derive TCE revenue.“The chemical tanker market has stabilized since the start of the year, albeit at relatively low levels, after weakening throughout 2016,” Nicolas Busch, Chief Executive Officer of Navig8 Chemical Tankers, commented.“Global fleet growth has outpaced demand growth, although this is expected to change as supply growth for large chemical tankers is forecast to slow significantly over the next 12 months. The demand environment is also positive as forecasted growth is dominated by longer haul trades with strong growth in methanol imports into China,” Busch added.During the quarter, the company expanded its operating fleet with the delivery of two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers, Navig8 Spica and Navig8 Sceptrum.On May 19, the company entered into a second sale and leaseback transaction with SBI for two 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers being built by Japanese Fukuoka Shipbuilding.Additionally, on May 31, Navig8 Chemical Tankers inked sale and leaseback agreements with CMB Financial Leasing for two of the company’s 25,000 dwt stainless steel chemical tankers.Established in 2013 as a joint venture between the Navig8 Group and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, Navig8 Chemical Tankers has taken delivery of 31 chemical carriers and anticipates delivery of its full 32-vessel fleet in the third quarter of 2017.last_img read more


first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – Vale Canada Ltd. says it has completed a billion-dollar project to reduce emissions at its Sudbury, Ont., smelter complex that has made the distinct ‘superstack’ chimney at the site obsolete.The company, a subsidiary of Brazil-based Vale S.A., says the upgrades will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 85 per cent as well as reduce metal particulate emissions by 40 per cent.The modernization, which includes several new stages of filtration, has made the existing chimney that was built to better distribute emissions no longer needed.The chimney, which was featured on a commemorative nickel and at 367 metres is the second tallest in the world, is slated for demolition once two shorter replacement stacks are finished.Vale says the new 137-metre stacks, expected to be completed by 2020, will need far less energy and result in a 40-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the smelter.The emissions project was originally expected to cost $2 billion and finish in 2015 but the company decided to switch to a single furnace at the Copper Cliff smelter, pushing back the timeline and reducing costs.last_img read more


Marrakech  – “We are keen to turn the Moroccan Sahara into a hub for trade and human interaction between Africa and Europe,” King Mohammed VI said in a message to the participants in the 1st African Congress on maintenance, preservation of road assets and technical innovation, which kicked off on Wednesday in Rabat.“We will also build the Great Atlantic Port in Dakhla and consider a railway line from Tangiers to Lagouira in order to connect Morocco to African sister nations,” he added in this message, which was read out by the King’s Advisor Abdellatif Menouni.The monarch recalled the launching of a series of integrated projects to further link the Kingdom’s North with the South as part of the celebrations to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Green March for the recovery of Morocco’s Southern Provinces, noting that these projects include the planned freeway, which complies with international standards and specifications, and which will link Agadir and Dakhla, via Tiznit and Laayun, all the way to the Mauritanian border in the South. In addition to the quantum leap made in the development and modernization of Morocco’s road network, a strategic plan for the next 20 years has been developed in which great importance is attached to road asset preservation, the King pointed out.“Consistent with our integrated vision, this plan gives special importance to strategic connections with West Africa. The Moroccan southern provinces will thus constitute a bridge between Morocco and its African roots. Moreover, the construction of the Maghreb freeway, to the East, will continue in order to facilitate trade with neighboring countries,” the monarch underlined.He went to add that these ambitious plans, together with major infrastructure and solar and wind energy projects, are not designed only for the development of the region. “Through them, we hope to create closer bonds with African sister nations and contribute to their development as well,” he explained.With MAP read more


25 May 2007The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency has launched a new laboratory in Austria to train medical professionals from developing countries to use high-tech technologies to save lives. The Hungarian company Mediso donated gamma camera equipment – used in oncology, cardiology, neurology and orthopaedics, as well as in pharmacology research – to the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Not only are the cameras extremely expensive, but they are also very complex and sensitive. “This state-of-the-art equipment will be used to give specialists from recipient countries the quality assurance they need to run this technology effectively,” said IAEA Deputy Director General for the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications Werner Burkart. “We are not just sending a machine with a manual: we want to make sure that the specialists really understand this technology.” Dr. Burkart anticipates hundreds of doctors and specialized personnel being taught how to use the equipment in month-long sessions at the IAEA facility in Seibersdorf, and he hopes that they will be able to apply what they learn during the training in their home countries. “We take many things for granted, but the task of running a gamma camera in a developing country is hard,” he noted. “Often these machines are used for tens of years in a dusty, sandy and hot environment where people do not have a service company to call up. That’s a considerable task.” The IAEA has a history of involvement in projects to curb the spread of cancer. In 2004, the agency launched the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy to address the developing world’s soaring cancer rates. More recently, the IAEA has put the monetary reward it received upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 towards training cancer therapy specialists in poor nations. read more


Concerned about further delays to the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, the General Assembly’s budget committee has endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals to accelerate the much-needed overhaul. A draft resolution approved today by the main committee dealing with administrative and budgetary matters (or the Fifth Committee) would have the General Assembly approve the changes to the schedule of the refurbishment of the world body’s Headquarters, known as the Capital Master Plan, as proposed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an October report. The Assembly would also appropriate over $992 million for the Plan’s 2008-2009 budget, according to the draft which is expected to receive final approval from the entire UN membership in the coming days. Mr. Ban had proposed accelerating the plan approved last year by the Assembly, known as Strategy IV, to make the renovation “less risky, less expensive and faster” in the long run, citing the need to make up for lost time and avoid further cost escalation. Under “accelerated strategy IV,” the time needed for the renovation would be reduced owing to a decrease in the total number of phases needed to refurbish the Secretariat and Conference Buildings. The new proposals would involve the construction of the temporary Conference Building on the North Lawn as planned in early 2008, while completing the entire renovation by mid-2013 rather than mid-2016 as envisioned under the current strategy. By this timetable, renovation of the Secretariat building would be completed in three years instead of six, starting early in 2009; the General Assembly building in two years instead of two and a half; and the Conference building in two years instead of three. Today’s resolution would also have the Assembly authorize Mr. Ban to enter into an additional swing space arrangement needed for a single-phase renovation of the Secretariat building “as a matter of urgency.” In addition, it would approve the proposed changes in the renovation schedule, subject to the availability of the swing space. The Executive Director of the CMP, Michael Adlerstein, welcomed the Fifth Committee’s approval of the accelerated version of the CMP, which is expected to result in a Headquarters complex that is more energy efficient and safer for staff and visitors. 6 December 2007Concerned about further delays to the renovation of the United Nations Headquarters complex in New York, the General Assembly’s budget committee has endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s proposals to accelerate the much-needed overhaul. read more


From 400,000 to 600,000 rural Azerbaijanis face food shortages and nearly 300,000 of the 1 million people displaced by the conflict with Armenia over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh are likely to continue to rely on food aid for the foreseeable future, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.“In the absence of food assistance, two thirds of this displaced population would become food insecure very quickly,” said WFP’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, Amir Abdulla. A whole generation of children could be affected by malnutrition.The warning comes in the first “Food Security and Nutrition Report” on Azerbaijan, where WFP faces a shortfall of about $4 million out of an appeal for $21 million for a three-year humanitarian operation that started in January 2003.For over a decade, WFP has been assisting people displaced by the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, when Azerbaijanis fled the region to other parts of Azerbaijan, where many still live in sub-standard conditions and have severely limited assets.An overwhelming majority are heavily dependent on the Government’s $6 monthly allowance and nearly 90 per cent purchase food on credit or borrowed money. Despite receiving food aid, the bulk of additional expenditures are on food or medical care and more than half of the families have at least one member suffering from a chronic illness, the report said.The survey found that children in rural area were likely to be born malnourished, with about 1 in 5 described as being “smaller than normal” or “very small” at birth. More than 30 per cent of the rural children under the age of five were stunted.Micronutrient deficiencies are also problematic in rural areas with 25 per cent of the households reporting goitre problems among family members and only two-thirds of the sample households adequately using iodized salt.“It’s critical for these children to have access to better foods otherwise malnutrition could affect a whole generation,” WFP Country Director Rahman Chowdhury said. read more


Observers ‘hopeful’ new rules will put more women on corporate boards by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2014 8:17 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Geologist Tabetha Stirrett still remembers a work dinner she was at nearly two decades ago with other managers from a Canadian oilfields services company.There she was, the only woman at a table with 20 of her colleagues, when the waitress approached her, assuming she was the group’s secretary.“The waitress asked me: ‘Are you here taking notes?’” recalls Stirrett, president of the non-profit group Women in Mining Canada. “That’s the perception — that women should only be in this group taking notes.”Over her career, Stirrett has witnessed gender bias start at the hiring stage, when managers would pass up women for field positions because they assumed they weren’t tough enough, or were unable to leave their families for days or weeks on end.But Stirrett said the same gender bias also exists in the upper ranks of the mining and oil and gas industries, where it is still uncommon to find a female manager, let alone a female board member.The lack of diversity in corporate Canada may be in for some change.Beginning Jan. 1, firms listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange will be required to make public the number of women on their boards and in executive officer positions, as well as policies regarding the representation of women at the director level and director term limits.The move, spearheaded by the Ontario Securities Commission, is supported by seven provinces and two territories. The Yukon, Prince Edward Island, British Columbia and Alberta have not opted in.A recent survey by the Ontario government found that out of 448 Canadian companies, 57 per cent had no women directors, while 53 per cent had women in fewer than 10 per cent of their executive officer positions.Women make up 48 per cent of the workforce, but account for only about 16 per cent of board members at the country’s largest companies, according to a Top 500 list compiled by the Financial Post earlier this year.OSC chair Howard Wetston said the hope is that the mandatory “comply and explain” requirement will give shareholders more information on the composition of executive and corporate ranks at Canadian public companies.“When you have greater transparency, there is a greater likelihood that a greater number of stakeholders will take an interest in what the company is doing and what it is trying to achieve,” he said.It’s expected that companies will divulge online or in documents, such as their spring proxy circulars, targets for the number of women they want on their boards and in executive positions and the actual number of women in those roles.The OSC could take steps against companies that do not reveal this data. It also plans on reviewing the practice in 2017 to assess compliance and decide if more measures or fines are needed.“I’m hopeful that we’re going to see a lot of progress and frankly, from what I can see, and in my discussions with firms and others, we’re already starting to see progress,” he said. “Gender diversity, simply put, is good corporate governance.”The Women’s Executive Network argues that although the new OSC rules are a reasonable first step, the policy does not provide companies with any recommended targets or other guidance.Founder Pamela Jeffery said the worry is that corporate Canada may follow the lead of Australia, which enforced a similar policy on their publicly listed companies in 2011. Although a majority of firms reported they had diversity policies in place at the board level, they refused to provide details on what these policies were or if they were able to meet their targets or say why.The main benefit of having more women on corporate boards is more diversity among the decision-makers at Canadian companies. But some in corporate Canada have long argued that it’s not that they don’t want to hire more women. they say there just isn’t a large enough pool of qualified female candidates to choose from — especially in male dominated industries.It’s an excuse Jeffery doesn’t buy.“We believe that half of the talent pool has often been overlooked. There are many women in this country who are qualified to sit on boards and are simply not being asked,” she said.“We think for boards, (diversity) will lead to better decision-making and … will lead to better financial performance for companies.”Regardless, she’s optimistic that Canadian companies will want to do the right thing without being forced to meet strict quotas.But the British Columbia Securities Commission, one of the regulators that opted out of the initiative, questioned whether securities regulators are overstepping their duties by telling companies how they should be run.“It’s an important issue but we also see it as a corporate governance matter,” said BCSC spokeswoman Pamela McDonald.The BCSC said it declined to involve venture companies, which it oversees, under the new requirement because it has yet to determine whether there would be a cost benefit to do so. B.C.’s largest companies, such as Telus Corp. (TSX:T) and Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B) already fall under the comply and explain policy because they’re listed on the TSX.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter read more


“Yesterday’s gruesome attacks coincided with the start of the Geneva talks. The Secretary-General underlines that the Syrian people expect to see credible negotiations in Geneva. They deserve more than the false choice between extremism and repression,” said a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.The bombings, claimed by Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL], carried out near the Sayidda Zeinab shrine in southern Damascus reportedly left some 60 people dead and may wounded more than100 wounded others.Condemning the “heinous” bombing, the Secretary-General in his statement extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a speedy recovery to the injured and stressed that those responsible for such attacks on civilians must be held accountable.Noting that the attacks occurred as the UN-facilitated intra-Syrian talks got under way in Geneva, Mr. Ban said in the statement that it is essential that that the representatives of the Syrian government and the Syrian opposition agree on immediate improvements to Syria’s dire humanitarian situation, a political transition that meets the aspirations of the Syrian people, and a parallel ceasefire. “These talks must produce an outcome that allows ordinary Syrians to decide on their future,” said the UN chief urging all parties to seize the rare diplomatic opportunity provided by the talks. “It is also incumbent upon the members of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) to follow through on their commitment to push for safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access throughout Syria, in particular to besieged areas; the release of arbitrarily detained persons; and the immediate cessation of any indiscriminate use of weapons, including through shelling and aerial bombardment,” the statement concluded. Meanwhile, the UN human rights chief today stressed that no amnesty should be considered for those suspected of having committed crimes against humanity and war crimes in conflict-torn Syria.“In the case of Syria, [the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights] is there to remind everyone that where allegations reach the threshold of war crimes against humanity, amnesties are not permissible,” said UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, briefing journalists in Geneva.“Clearly when looking most recently at the forced starvation of people in Madaya – and there are 15 other besieged towns and cities – this is not just a war crime but a crime against humanity if proven in court, and these are very serious issues,” he added.Noting that the world’s attention is focused on the peace talks, Mr. Zeid said he hopes they will end five years of horrific human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law. “OHCHR is fully supportive of these talks of course, and we do have a principled position in the United Nations that no amnesties should be considered for those suspected of having committed crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the like.”The High Commissioner further insisted that in the course of the negotiations, he hopes mediators will know that no amnesty should be considered, and will press this point upon the parties to the conflict.On Friday, UN-mediated intra-Syrian talks began Geneva, led by UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, in an effort to end Syria’s five-year war with an agreement on new governance, a new constitution and new elections. The talks stem from an agreement reached in Vienna in November by the ISSG, comprising the Arab League, the European Union, the United Nations, and 17 countries. Mr. de Mistura has said the Geneva meetings will start with proximity talks and are expected to last for six months, with Government and opposition delegations sitting in separate rooms and UN officials shuttling between them, with the immediate priorities being a broad ceasefire, humanitarian aid, and halting the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).The envoy has thus far held “preliminary discussions” with the Syrian Government delegation and a “short informal meeting” with the delegation of the High Negotiations Committee (HNC). read more


first_imgTHE FIRST PRIVATE  sexual and reproductive health centre that provides medical abortions is to open in Belfast. Operated by Marie Stopes International, the clinic will offer medical abortions up to nine weeks gestation, when the life of the pregnant woman is at immediate risk and / or if there is a long term or permanent risk to her physical or mental health.What does this mean for the Irish Republic’s situation? We asked pro-choice campaigner Sinéad Marie Ahern and pro-life campaigner Cora Sherlock to give their viewpoints:Sinéad Marie Ahern of Choice Ireland says: It was with great interest that I heard last night that Marie Stopes in Northern Ireland was to begin offering abortions under the criteria laid out under the 1939 Bourne Judgment.In England in 1938, Dr Alex Bourne performed an abortion on a 14 year old girl who had been raped by a group of soldiers and was extremely distressed. Dr Bourne was prosecuted and was acquitted on the grounds that abortion could be legal if the woman would have become a mental and physical wreck were she to continue the pregnancy. Thus abortion became legal in the North under these very limited circumstances.In England this law was superseded by the 1967 Abortion Act, which allowed abortion to take place in cases where two doctors agreed that continuing the pregnancy would pose a greater risk to the woman’s mental or physical health and Bourne became irrelevant. The ’67 act was never extended to Northern Ireland however.Despite numerous attempts to introduce guidelines however there has been little or no legal clarification around this. This is eerily similar to the situation in the Republic where despite the constitution, two referenda and the Supreme Court providing for abortion where a woman’s life is at risk there are no legislative guidelines so essentially women cannot access their rights.I hope that it will cause legislators here to realise that this is an important issue that affects women’s livesMSI are seeking to give women access in Northern Ireland. Many people have asked me, what does this mean? In practical terms it means that for women both North and South whose health is put in grave danger by continuing a pregnancy, they can now access terminations in the North and do not have to travel to England.Politically the consequences are less clear but I hope that this will spur the Stormont assemblies – who have thus far tried to push the issue under the carpet – to introduce clear guidelines that allow women to exercise their rights. For the South I hope that it will also cause legislators here to realise that this is an important issue that affects women’s lives every day and that legislation is required.In broader terms however, for many of the 12 women a day who leave Irish shores to access abortion in the UK this development does not change anything and they must continue to make that lonely journey at great financial cost. This is a welcome development but it does not address the wider issue of abortion and that is something we need to talk about.Programme director Dawn Purvis at the new Marie Stopes centre in Belfast. (Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Cora Sherlock of the Pro-Life Campaign says:The announcement by Marie Stopes International is entirely inappropriate given that the 1967 Abortion Act has not been extended to Northern Ireland. It amounts to nothing more than an attempt to define the law in this area. Previous attempts to introduce abortion into Northern Ireland were met with huge opposition, and I expect nothing less on this occasion.Marie Stopes’ plans must not be allowed to influence the debate in the Republic. Ireland is a world leader in the area of maternal health. Can Marie Stopes say the same? Let’s not forget that less than 12 months ago, a doctor in London who performed procedures for Marie Stopes was struck off the medical register over a botched abortion. It subsequently came to light that he had been involved in another case where a woman died. These cases should raise serious questions for all those concerned for women’s health and welfare.The Irish people will recognise this move for what it is.Marie Stopes is in no position to set the law in this area. As an organisation, it disregards the humanity of the unborn child completely. It refuses to recognise the negative effects of abortion on many women. It is trying to impose an abortion service in Northern Ireland where one is neither wanted nor needed.The comments from Dawn Purvis make no reference to the fact that abortion is never necessary to save the life of a woman. Doctors in Ireland adhere to the internationally-recognised distinction between medical treatment carried out to save the life of the mother where the baby dies as an unwanted consequence, and abortion, where there is no other intention but to end the life of the unborn.The Irish people will recognise this move for what it is – an attempt to introduce abortion into society without first addressing the negative consequences and serious ethical issues that follow.Read: First private abortion clinic to open in Northern Ireland>More: Yes, No or Ask Again: voting in Ireland’s referendums over the years>last_img read more


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first_imgTACOMA — Officers have arrested an armed man at a Tacoma motel where he reportedly threatened to shoot people Monday morning.Tacoma Police Officer Loretta Cool says officers responded to the motel Monday morning around 9 a.m. after receiving reports that a shot had been fired in a room.A short while later, others reported seeing a man outside a room with a rifle threatening to shoot everyone.The motel was evacuated and nearby schools were placed in lockdown as a precaution.Cool says officers tried to make contact with the man, but were unsuccessful.Police say the man was taken into custody without incident at about 12:30 p.m. Monday.Cool said there were no reported injuries.last_img


first_imgCongressman Don Young is introducing a bill in Washington, D.C. to speed up development in an area of the Seward Peninsula that many are eyeing as one piece of a future Arctic Port.Download AudioRepresentative Don Young speaking in Washington, DC. (Photo: Don Young congressional webpage)House Resolution 4668 would divide about 2,500 acres of federal land among the Coast Guard, the State of Alaska, and the Bering Straits Native Corporation.The idea is to hasten infrastructure development by creating a public-private partnership.“The Coast Guard has no money,” Young said. “The [Army] Corps [of Engineers] has identified this one area as a public-private participation—so any facilities should be, very frankly, financed privately with the public input.”Under the resolution BSNC would take over 2,381 of the land–the overwhelming majority. Matt Ganley works with resources for BSNC, and said by email Tuesday that the corporation has been “discussing the Point Spencer lands with Congressman Young and his staff” since 2010, when the Coast Guard decommissioned it’s facilities in the area.Ganley added that BSNC “fully support[s]” Young’s legislation.The acreage that the Coast Guard and the state will receive are comparatively small, but vital for infrastructure development. The Coast Guard has identified the area from an airstrip to the shoreline as essential to future operations. And while there isn’t yet a draft map accompanying the resolution, Ganley says the legislation aims to anticipate future needs and partition the lands accordingly.Point Spencer is the curved spit closing in the waters West of Teller and Brevig Mission.It’s one of the geographical features that makes up Port Clarence, which, along with the harbor in Nome, will likely be part of a proposed deep draft port.Young believes freeing up land the federal government has failed to so far take advantage of is the first step towards building vital infrastructure.“This has been identified as one of the more likely areas by the Coast Guard and the Corp of Engineers,” Young said. “I’m not going to pick the areas, I’m just trying to provide the areas necessary to have a deep water port—and we need it badly up there because of the arctic participation. And this is the first step.”Ganley wrote that during a meeting last February residents and leadership in Brevig Mission and Teller supported the prospect of jobs and economic opportunity nearby development could bring. Attendees also raised serious concerns about the effects to subsistence resources. Though the resolution has a special provision recognizing archeological and cultural heritage in the region, there is no mention of subsistence anywhere in the legislation.The US Army Corp of Engineers is scheduled to release a report with recommendations for an Arctic deep draft port in the region by the end of the summer.There’s no timeline as yet for how Young’s legislation will advance in the House.last_img read more


first_imgThe chairman of the state’s Marijuana Control Board says the state is on track with its regulatory process work. On Talk of Alaska Dec. 15, Bruce Schulte said the state had to finalize regulations by Nov. 24 and finished a few days before that date. Schulte says the next deadline is Feb. 24, 2016. Download Audio“And that’s the last date by which the state must begin accept applications for the various licenses and we’re on schedule to hit that date as well.”Schulte says there have been some sticking points along the way, one of the bigger ones was residency requirements for potential business owners. The initial idea was to use voter registration rolls but the final decision was to use the same rules that govern eligibility for the permanent fund. Schulte says verifying legal residents is important to meet federal criteria.“Which if met would basically keep the DEA out of our hair. And one of those was that we had an accurate way of vetting who is participating in this industry so by having a solid residency requirement and knowing who is applying that at least is one of those criteria.”One of the challenges for Alaska will be access to mandatory testing facilities for communities off the road system. Marijuana will have to be tested for mold, residual pesticides or fertilizer and to measure potency. Schulte, a commercial pilot, says that will be difficult.“Federal aviation regulations specifically say you can not carry cannabis in a commercial flight, the air crew, the air carrier can not carry cannabis in that fashion, unless it’s legal in that state. So you would think, ‘OK, good, we’re solid right?’ That’s what I thought too, but no, there’s a federal statute that overrides that, that says, ‘OK, all those federal regulations not withstanding, if a pilot or carrier knowingly carries these substances, we’re going to revoke his license and we’re going to pull the carrier’s certificate.’ So it’s a fairly high bar and as a professional pilot, my attitude is yeah, I’m not going to do that, I don’t want to lose my license, but that’s the problem we have right now.”Schulte says there is tacit acceptance in Oregon to allow intrastate travel, but he says Alaska flight standard officials haven’t adopted it yet.He says there’s also remaining problems with banking and IRS rules.“There are bills pending in both the House and Senate on banking and IRS rules and we’ll see, getting that accomplished is like getting an act of Congress, literally.”He says the easiest route to solve these problems would be for the federal government to simply declassify marijuana and remove it from the Schedule 1 Controlled Substance list.Anchorage resident Jane Stinson ran into local stumbling blocks. Stinson is retired and wanted to start a family business in the marijuana trade here, but she says finding retail space has been tough. She found a landlord who was initially willing, but then changed his mind.“He was uncomfortable because he was afraid of what banks in the city might do if he submitted a lease that had marijuana on it, so those are the kinds of concerns and issues that we’re coming up against.”Stinson says she still hasn’t found a willing retail landlord in Anchorage.last_img read more


first_imgGame of ThronesGame of Thrones Official YoutubeGame of Thrones is no stranger to leaks. Hence, the creators of the show took extra care this time to make sure that online malpractitioners do not get hold of the episodes before they are officially aired. However, as per a fan, he has apparently seen the leaked first episode of Game of Thrones season eight and has posted the entire plot online.Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 is going to bring Jon Snow back to Winterfell. In the North, he will be reunited with his youngest sister Arya Stark and their reunion is going to be very touching. She was just a little girl the last time Jon saw her but the last eight years have turned her into the most fearsome assassin in the North. Apart from this, the very first episode will also show Daenerys Targaryen coming face-to-face with Sansa Stark. Even their meeting is going to be legendary.These speculations were made by the fans after seeing the released trailer of Game of Thrones season 8. But as it turned out, the fan who claimed to have seen the leaked first episode of Game of Thrones season eight, has concurred with the fan theories. He has also posted the entire plot online and the episode is surely going to be amazing.Spoiler Warning:As per the Redditor, the very first episode of Game of Thrones season 8 will star from Winterfell and it will show Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys arriving at the dock. It will be the same time when Tyrion will joke about Varys’ genitals. Sansa Stark and Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones season 8Game of Thrones/Facebook”The meeting of Jon and Bran: The king in the north will hug his brother and tell him how much he has grown. Subsequently, there will be presentations where Jon officially presents Sansa (images that we have already seen). Daenerys will try to ingratiate herself with Sansa, something like the beautiful north like you.””Bran in the middle of the presentations will inform about the dragon that the king of the night has and about the threat that supposes, which will lead to a northern assembly. Jon to know this information, send crows to all in order to know these events. In the middle of the northern assembly, Lady Mormont will tell you that they chose Jon as king not Dany. He will answer that they need Daenerys to defeat the king of the night and his army.”We are not sure whether the above leak is from a confirmed episode or just a solid imagination by the fan. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 is going to air on April 14 on HBO. You can read the entire leaked episode here:last_img read more


first_imgA screen shot of Shriya Saran’s dancing video in bikini.InstagramShriya Saran, who considers dancing is a form of meditation, has now set internet on fire with her crazy dance in bikini. A video of the gorgeous actress moving her hips has now gone viral.The Sivaji girl, who has donned a pink bikini with a top, dances as the face of the man in the background photo changes into a monkey. Her husband Andrei Koscheev seems to be recording the clip, while the actress enjoys the crazy dance moves.It looks like the actress, who was recently in London with her friends, has now gone for yet another vacation with her husband. She shared the clip on her Instagram account. The video is now spreading like wildfire and has won the hearts of her fans.Prior to this clip, Shriya Saran gave thumbs up for the trailer of upcoming Telugu film Falaknuma Das, which has Vishwaksen Naidu, Saloni Mishra, Harshita Gaur and Prashanthi Charuolingah playing the leads.”Happy to see a wonderful trailer of @falaknumadas all the best #teammedia9 and @vishwaksen http://m.helo-app.com/s/jrvZNFw. [sic]” she posted.Shriya Saran seems to be having her best moments of her life as she is travelling places one after the other. After her marriage to Russian, Andrei Koscheev in 2018, the actress has apparently bid goodbye to films.However, the actress has two films in her kitty. Karthick Naren’s Naragasooran, which has Arvind Swami in the lead, and Hindi film Tadka are the films in which she has worked. Apart from these projects, she has not given nod to any movies.last_img read more


first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the National Health Service Week and National Nutrition Week 2019 at at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Tuesday. Photo:Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday called for mainstreaming the traditional medicine through a renewed focus on the age-old indigenous healthcare system alongside the conventional drugs as she inaugurated the National Health Service Week and National Nutrition Week 2019.“We can’t neglect the treatment using herbal, ayurvedic, unani, and homeopathy medicines and should give more importance for their development to facilitate the people in getting treatment,” she told the ceremony Tuesday afternoon at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.The premier said by now Bangladesh achieved huge success in producing standard conventional drugs and creating their demands abroad while “traditional medicines has a great value” as well.“The demand of herbal treatment is enormous across the globe,” she said and stressed the need for extensive research for the development of traditional medicine.The prime minister distributed ambulances and jeeps purchased under public fund during 2017-2018 fiscal to facilitate emergency healthcare services to the people at grassroots to mark the first-ever National Health Service Week.She reiterated her government’s commitment to reach healthcare services to peoples doorsteps pointing out the initiatives taken so far for the overall development in health sector.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the inaugural ceremony of the National Health Service Week and National Nutrition Week 2019 at at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Tuesday. Photo:Sheikh Hasina said setting up of community clinics across the country was a part of the commitment to bring all the people under healthcare services.She said around 14,000 such community clinics were currently rendering health care services to mothers and children and providing 30 different crucial medicines to the community free of cost.She simultaneously regretted that such a basic health facility was closed down during the past BNP-Jamaat regime as it was initiated during Awami League’s 1996-2001 tenure in government.The premier said a nationwide training programme was underway to develop skilled midwives to handle delivery cases.She said the government also introduced telemedicine services through call centers called “Sasthyo Batayan” exploiting the ICT.The premier, however, said these initiatives were actually follow up services introduced by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman recalling that his post-independence government had set up 10-bed hospital at union level to reach healthcare services to the people’s doorsteps.Health and family welfare minister Zahid Maleque presided over the function while state minister Murad Hasan spoke on the occasion as the special guest.Health services division secretary Md Asadul Islam gave the welcome address while representatives from World health Organisation (WHO) also spoke at the function.A video documentary on country’s health services was also screened on the occasion.The premier mentioned that Bangabandhu had included health as one of the five basic necessities in the constitution.She said in pursuance of that constitutional policy Awami League government put emphasis on creating skilled manpower such as doctors and nurses through establishing medical universities, medical colleges, and training institutes to facilitate the people standard treatment.Sheikh Hasina said it was her government which set up the first medical university — Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka.She said the government subsequently took a plan to build medical universities in each of the eight divisions while of the facilities three were set up by now in Chattogram, Sylhet and Rajshahi.Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to take measures in appointing nurses of all academic background instead of recruiting alone with science background revising the rules or laws if required.But she stressed the need for special training for nurses to take care of post-operational patients.The premier said the health sector’s development increased the country’s average life expectancy to over 72 years from was 66.8 years and reduced maternal mortality rate from 3.48 to 1.72 (per 1000) and child mortality rate reduced from 41 to 24 per 1000 live birth.Mentioning that the Awami League government is working to ensure universal healthcare services, she said, her government is currently giving financial aid to disabled. “All the disabled including autistics will be given financial aid from the next budget,” she said recalling the contribution of her daughter Saima Wazed Hossain to the welfare of autism victims.The premier, however, asked the countrymen to be cautious against heart diseases, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and kidney diseases in view of widening phenomenon of such diseases.“These diseases are rather preventive than curative,” she said.Stressing the need for creating awareness, she said, “Increasing mass awareness is one of the best solutions to this end. She also called upon all to take nutrient foods as prevention is better than cure.The premier expressed her determination of achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) likewise the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) with making Bangladesh a developed and prosperous country free from poverty and hunger.last_img read more


first_imgKatie Bailey/Texas TribuneSenator Ted Cruz speaks to Texas reporters in Columbia following the South Carolina Republican presidential primary, Saturday night, February 20, 2016.WASHINGTON — With his concession speech behind him and his multimillion-dollar presidential campaign already winding down, Ted Cruz will soon return to the U.S. Capitol and the job he was working so hard to transcend: rank-and-file senator.It will likely be a striking re-entry. At times in recent months, Cruz appeared on track to land the nomination. But soon his campaign apparatus will fade away, as will the buses and traveling press corps. And come next week, he will be back to being just one of one hundred.And when he returns to the Senate with two and a half years left in his freshman term, he will enter hostile territory. There is no way around it: The actions he took over the course of his presidential campaign only further frayed Cruz’s strained relationships with colleagues.This is the chamber where Cruz made a national name for himself by orchestrating a campaign to shut down the government, a campaign that many of his colleagues pleaded with him to abort. This is the chamber where Cruz once called his party’s highest-ranking member, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a liar on the Senate floor. And this is the chamber where Cruz has an unusually disconnected relationship with his home state’s other senator, John Cornyn, who said just last week that Cruz “came here to run for president.”The moment most pregnant with drama will be when Cruz attends his first weekly lunch meeting with his fellow Republican senators. Since the outset of his Senate term, those closed-door gatherings have been the setting of the peak drama involving him.Now the room will be filled with the very people he spent the past year tarring as “the Washington Cartel.” And their leader will continue to be McConnell, a man who, by all appearances, utterly despises Cruz. How will these senators react to his return? “People will applaud because they’re glad [the Cruz presidential campaign] is over,” said a Republican operative with ties to leadership. He spoke in jest, to be sure. But the comment was all the more striking given the panic settling into GOP circles once it was clear Tuesday night that Donald Trump will be the party standard bearer in the fall. Upon his return, Texas’ junior senator could continue his role as the upper chamber’s bomb thrower, or he could adjust his approach to work better with the leadership. It’s a decision that may weigh on Cruz over the next few days: The Senate is currently on a home-state work period and won’t get back to work until next week.So, how does he serve effectively?Several GOP operatives suggested to the Tribune that Cruz ought to zero in on a few specific issues he has long supported — a flat tax, a balanced budget amendment — and thereby make his legislative name in promoting conservative policies. But it is practically impossible to pass anything in the Senate without the support of other senators. Only three senators — Cory Gardner of Colorado, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mike Lee of Utah — endorsed Cruz, even as Trump sent shudders through much of the Republican Party as all other viable contenders dropped off.Many senators remain reluctant to work with Cruz, Senate sources say, because they flat-out do not trust him. Repeatedly, a point of anxiety mentioned is how he handled a Pacific Rim trade deal last year. First, he backed the proposal via a Wall Street Journal op-ed he wrote with future House Speaker Paul Ryan. Two months later, he pulled his support on the morning of the Senate vote.One GOP consultant pointed to another former Republican second-place finisher as an example Cruz could emulate: U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.Back in 2000, McCain was the anti-establishment firebrand in his presidential campaign against then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush. On the outs after losing the party’s nomination to Bush, McCain spent the following years repairing his relationship with the president. Those efforts paid off in 2008 when he won the party’s nomination.  Falling in line with the GOP nominee, however, is not a calculation that will improve Cruz’s relationships in the Senate.Trump’s temperament — and his record of incendiary comments — terrify Republicans across the country.They are left with four options, none of which leave Republicans encouraged: supporting Trump, declining to vote in the presidential election, voting for a third-party candidate or supporting the likely Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, herself a reviled figure within the conservative world. Furthermore, the McCain model is built on the notion that Cruz will run again in 2020 — a notion that every Republican interviewed by the Tribune for this story predicted he will do. Cruz’s political idol, Ronald Reagan, made a failed bid for the presidency in 1976, only to win in 1980. But first, he is up for re-election in 2018.  The conventional wisdom at this point is that Cruz will run for another six-year term.It is hard to see how anyone ousts him in his home state. Texas shows few signs that it will be an opportunity for a Democratic pickup in a general election, and Cruz ran the table in nearly every corner of the state during his party’s presidential primary on March 1.“I’m not worried about him in a primary or the general,” said Texas GOP consultant Brendan Steinhauser. “In terms of political skills and organization and his email and the fundraising lists he’s built nationally, he’s got a powerful machine in Texas going forward.”  A second term could prove appealing to Cruz. Most obviously, it is hard to run for president as an out-of-office candidate. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry struggled to raise money for his second presidential bid without the leverage of the Governor’s Mansion. The Senate also gives Cruz a platform to play a foil to a potential Clinton or Trump presidency. “Maybe he gets another shot,” Steinhauser said. “He needs to focus on being a senator, and he comes back after four years of Hillary or four years of Trump.”This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/05/03/how-does-ted-cruz-return-senate/. Sharelast_img read more