first_imgThe province will continue to act as the regulator and set fuel prices under the Petroleum Products Pricing Act until an independent review of the policy is completed, Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said today, Oct. 30. “We’ve promised an independent review of the policy and, separate from that, are carefully weighing the recent report of the Utility and Review Board (UARB) on gasoline regulation,” said Mr. Muir. “Once the policy review is done then we have context for the UARB report.” The Utility and Review Board was originally slated to assume responsibility for setting the price of gasoline and diesel fuel in Nova Scotia on Nov. 1. The government’s overall policy review is due to begin early next year. “Certainly it doesn’t seem to make sense to ask the UARB to assume the duties as regulator until we know if, and under what conditions the policy is going to continue,” the minister said. “If the review suggests ways to improve the system then we want to look at them before making the final transfer, if any, to the UARB.” Mr. Muir said that regulation is a policy that is designed to work over the long term and any credible review probably requires the system to be in operation for six months before any analysis can determine if it is delivering benefits. Regulation of gasoline in Nova Scotia was initiated on July 1. A request for proposals for an independent review of the policy will be issued in November with a starting date of Jan. 1, 2007. All four Atlantic provinces now regulate gasoline and diesel fuel prices available to the general motoring public. Each province varies in how and on what day prices are prices are set.last_img read more

first_imgCancel the carbon taxRepeal Bill C-69, the “no more pipelines” billEnd the ban on tanker traffic in B.C.Establish clear timelines for regulatory approvalsEliminate foreign interference in the approvals processAssert federal jurisdiction when necessary Scheer also vowed to work towards a seventh promise: a dedicated coast-to-coast right of way for energy infrastructure projects — a “single corridor” which he says will minimize environmental impacts.In addition, Scheer pledges to make Canada energy efficient by 2030 and maintains he will not touch the Canada Child Benefit, seniors benefits or transfers to provinces. He also promises to bring the $256 million of Canadian taxpayers money in China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank back to this country and to eliminate the Liberals Canada Infrastructure.This line will probably be repeated many times in the next months:“If we are heading into an economic storm, do we really want Justin Trudeau to be the captain of our ship? I would argue not on your life.” Conservative leader Andrew Scheer spoke before the Economic Club in Toronto on Thursday and outlined his economic plan — what he called his “positive vision” for Canada.The speech hinted at how he will fight Justin Trudeau in the upcoming election and was reminiscent of Doug Ford’s successful election campaign that saw him rise to power and decimate the Provincial Liberals.Scheer took aim at Trudeau’s “idealogical mentors” Kathleen Wynne and Dalton McGuinty.The federal PC Leader set the stage by telling the audience how Canadians are barely getting by, noting almost half of all Canadian households report being less than $200 a month away from insolvency.Scheer added: “More than 80 per cent of middle-income families are paying $800 more in taxes every year since [Trudeau] came to power,” citing numbers come from a 2017 Fraser Institute paper.He also slammed the Prime Minister for a broken election promise.“Remember the 2015 election when Trudeau looked the country straight in the eye and said he would balance the budget by 2019? Well, it’s 2019,” Scheer said.The promises Scheer made to the audience provide strong indications of how he will battle the Federal Liberals on the economic front:last_img read more

first_imgOctober is Cyber Security Month, and Calgary Police are hoping to help small businesses protect themselves.The service is holding a Cyber Security Session for small business owners and employees Tuesday night.The session will include details about how their companies may be vulnerable, and what can be done to protect them.The force says small businesses have been a favourite target of cyber-attacks recently, with malware even locking out important files until a ransom is paid.The session takes place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at police headquarters in the northeast.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a big bang election promise, Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday announced that 20 per cent families belonging to the poorest category will be given Rs 72,000 each annually as minimum income if his party comes to power. Making the announcement at a press conference here, Gandhi said five crore families and 25 crore will directly benefit from the scheme. “Final assault on poverty has begun. We will wipe out poverty from the country,” he said Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Gandhi said the Congress has studied the fiscal implications of the scheme and consulted renowned economists and experts before finalising the scheme. “It is an extremely powerful, ground-breaking and well-thought through idea. We have consulted many economists on the scheme,” he said. “People have suffered in the last five years and we are going to give justice to them,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgThe ‘Shubho Akshay-Tritiya’, this year’s edition of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers annual festive offer for the season, comes with many draws and attractions. Assured gift with every purchase, 20% discount on MC of gold jewellery, 50% discount on MC of diamond jewellery, 15% discount on gems and precious stones, and daily lucky draw of the gold coin are few of the major highlights. Additionally, there is a mega draw of a diamond necklace. Altogether, a lot of shine awaiting for the customers in a special ‘Akshay-Tritiya’ package. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe special press preview, timed just after the advent of the Bengali New Year, had all the elements of Bangaliana with much song and dance about the season, presentation of festive glitter and glow and felicitation of Manik Debnath, master weaver of traditional ‘Gamchas’. “I am really touched”, said Manik Debnath, the 64-year-old master weaver from ‘Oitijya Haat Tant’, “…and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers for this honour and wish all Shuva Nabobarsho.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We are really happy to felicitate unsung hero Manik Debnath because he is truly a master weaver and deserves to be celebrated for keeping the traditional craft alive and this felicitation comes with fond wishes for his mastery to remain ‘Akshay'”, said Rupak Saha, Director, Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers. “Akshay-Tritiya is all about retention of shine in fate and fortune and that is why it is considered to be a very auspicious occasion for people to buy jewellery and pray for its reflection in their lives,” he added. The offer will be on from May 1- 8 at all showrooms of Shyam Sundar Co Jewellers in Kolkata – Rashbehari Avenue, Behala and Barasat and Tripura.last_img read more

first_imgMADRID – President Mario Ray says he will not work for differences, but for solidarity.Spain intensively discusses the referandum to be held on November 9 next year for the separation of autonomous Catalonia.Ruling Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CIU) has declared the coalition by compromising with the seperatist parties in Catalonia saying “Spain can not hinder the plebiscite”, nevertheless Spain’s ruling People Party (PP) and main opposition Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE) argues that referandum will not be implemented under any circumstances. President Mariano Roy said, “I obviously expressed my idea regarding this issue. I will work to emphasize connective factors, not the differences. Spain’s sovereignty can be decided by all Spanish people. Any prime minister, political party or parliament can not decide what Spain is.”Spanish Prime Minister commented on the plebiscite by saying, “Spain is one of the oldest nations of Europe and it is one of the leading countries which provided its union.”Chief of PSOE Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba also criticized the developments. He said, they are not in favor of “self-determination of future” which was mostly used by autonomous Catalonia, stressing that a probable seperation of Catalonia would not be for the good of Spain and Europe.The referandum will include the “Do you want Catalonia to be a state?” question, and “Do you want this state [Catalonia] to be independent?” which will be asked to voters saying “Yes” to the first question, and its pre-agreement is expected to be voted and confirmed in Catalan Parliament on January 15, 2013. Then the Catalan government is expected to submit the results of the plebiscite and ask for a general referandum in Spain.last_img read more

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura announced the designations in Kingston, the Jamaican capital, where he was attending the opening of the International Congress on Sport for Development and Peace.“The two champions are being named in recognition of their commitment to the values of peace and tolerance, as well as equity and equality between men and women in sport,” according to a press release issued by the UN agency.In Beijing, Mr. Bolt won the gold medal in the 100 metres, the 200 metres and as part of the Jamaican 4×100 metres relay team. In all three events, the world record was broken. Ms. Campbell-Brown won the 200 metres, defending the title she won at the Athens Olympics four years ago.UNESCO selects outstanding sports personalities to be its Champions for Sport, including the seven-time Formula One world champion driver Michael Schumacher, the former number one tennis player and seven-time Grand Slam victor Justine Henin, and the Brazilian soccer player known as Pelé, who was a member of three World Cup-winning teams.Champions for Sport are expected to spread the message of UNESCO around the world, especially the values of physical education and sports and how they can help build a better future for younger generations. 13 September 2008Two of the brightest stars from the Beijing Olympics, the gold medal-winning Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Veronica Campbell-Brown, were today named as Champions for Sport by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

Minister of Finance and Media Mangala Samaraweera held bilateral discussions with the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance of the Republic of Korea, Kim Dong-yeon, today.Minister Samaraweera and Minister Kim Dong-yeon discussed issues of mutual interest and underscored the importance of closer bilateral relations between the two countries. Minister Samaraweera is currently taking part in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Annual Meeting in Jeju Islands, South Korea. read more

INDIANAPOLIS — Anthem topped second quarter expectations and raised its 2019 forecast again, as growth from one of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer’s more profitable coverage lines continued to boost revenue.The health insurer also said Wednesday that the start of its new pharmacy benefit manager is going better than expected, and that contributed to its forecast increase.Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, run prescription coverage for employers, insurers and other big clients. Anthem decided to start one called IngenioRx, with help from CVS Health Corp., after splitting with Express Scripts, which used to run prescription benefits for the insurer. The insurer began moving customers over to the new company on May 1 and has said it expects more of an earnings boost from that later this year.Anthem now expects full-year earnings adjusted for one-time items to exceed $19.30 per share after raising its forecast to greater than $19.20 per share in April.Analysts expect, on average, earnings of $19.29 per share, according to FactSet.All the major health insurers now run their own PBMs too as part of a broader push to control health care costs. Businesses that manage prescription drug coverage can give the insurers more data on their customers and help them better manage their care.Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. covers more than 40 million people and runs insurance plans in several states, including big markets like California and New York.Net income in the second quarter climbed 8% to $1.14 billion, and adjusted earnings per share totalled $4.64.Operating revenue, which excludes investment gains, climbed 11% to $25.18 billion.All of that topped Wall Street forecasts. Analysts there were expecting, on average, earnings of $4.61 per share on $24.7 billion in revenue.But Jefferies analyst David Windley said in a research note that Anthem narrowly beat earnings expectations thanks to better-than-expected control of selling, general and administrative expenses, which fell 4% in the quarter.The insurer’s results also were helped by nearly 8% growth in its fully insured business, which now covers 15.4 million people.Fully insured coverage includes plans sold to small businesses. It is generally more profitable for insurers than the coverage that accounts for most of Anthem’s enrolment: plans for large employers who pay their own claims and leave the insurer to administer the plan.Rising costs from the company’s Medicaid business contributed to a 15% jump in benefit expenses, which climbed to about $20.4 billion in the quarter. Company leaders told analysts the insurer faces challenges to that business in “a handful” of states.Shares fell more than 2% to $295 in pre-market trading Wednesday.The stock had increased 15% since the beginning of 2019 and climbed past $300 to reach new all-time highs earlier in the year._____Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights ( using data from Zacks Investment Research. Access a Zacks stock report on ANTM at Murphy, The Associated Press read more

Speaking to reporters before the Quartet’s meeting in Washington, D.C., with US President George W. Bush, the Secretary-General said that the group believes the roadmap “can help bring about the vision of two States, Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side.”A joint statement issued after the meeting said President Bush expressed his “strong support” for the group’s efforts as well as his firm commitment to its roadmap, “which would realize his vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side-by-side in peace and security.”In addition to Mr. Annan, Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller of Denmark, which currently holds the EU’s presidency, High Representative for European Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and European Commissioner for External Affairs Chris Patten attended the meeting with President Bush and US Secretary of State Powell.According to the statement, the Quartet agreed to further intensive work to develop a credible and effective monitoring mechanism. “In the meantime, the Quartet calls on the parties to carry out as rapidly as possible their responsibilities to restore calm, pursue reforms, and improve the humanitarian situation – steps that will lead to a political process culminating in Palestinian statehood,” it said.Specifically, the Quartet called for an immediate, comprehensive, ceasefire. “All Palestinian individuals and groups must end all acts of terror against Israelis, in any location,” the statement said, noting that such a ceasefire should be accompanied by supportive measures undertaken by the Government of Israel. “As calm is established, Israeli forces should withdraw from Palestinian areas and the pre-Intifada status quo on the ground should be restored.”The Quartet also expressed concern at the deepening humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the West Bank and called for increased effort by the Government of Israel to ease the humanitarian situation in those places. “The Quartet reiterates the importance of immediate Israeli measures, consistent with legitimate security concerns, to improve the lives of Palestinians, including allowing the resumption of normal economic activity, facilitating the movement of goods, people, and essential services and lifting curfew and closures,” the statement said. “The Quartet calls on Israel to avoid actions that undermine trust and create further hardship for innocent Palestinian civilians, including demolition of houses and civil infrastructure.”During a press encounter after the White House meeting, Mr. Annan said the Quartet is determined to finalize its plan as quickly as possible, and release it to the parties. “We all agree that that is the only solution,” he stressed. “Our challenge now is to work with them to get there in the next couple of years. And we are very pleased to also hear the President’s strong support for the work of the Quartet and the achievement of his vision.” read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Sergio Vieira de Mello is scheduled to meet with President José Eduardo dos Santos and other senior officials in Angola on a three-day visit highlighted by discussions on the current peace process. Mr. Vieira de Mello will also draw attention to the importance of human rights in achieving national reconciliation.Earlier this week, Mr. Vieira de Mello was in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where he met yesterday with President Joseph Kabila and expressed his concern about the fate of 30 people recently sentenced to death by a military court on charges that they were involved in the assassination of the previous President, Laurent-Desiré Kabila.The High Commissioner’s concerns were echoed yesterday by two experts from the Commission on Human Rights. In a joint statement, UN Special Rapporteurs Asma Jahangir, who deals with summary or arbitrary execution, and Iulia Antoanella Motoc, who deals with the DRC, expressed their “serious concern” that the trials conducted by the military tribunal that handed down the sentences were “seriously flawed and unfair.” They were also concerned by reports that 15 people had been executed recently following a military tribunal judgment.Both Rapporteurs said they have received information that the judges on the tribunals had little training in international human rights law. There were also reports that the defendants did not have sufficient time to prepare their trials and had been denied appeals.The experts urged the Government of the DRC, and in particular President Kabila, to make certain international safeguards and restrictions on capitol punishment are in place, and to reinstate the country’s moratorium on executions, which was lifted on 23 September 2002. read more

Jack Shepherd, 31, fled the UK last March and spent ten months dating women, allegedly learning to ski and living the high life in Tbilisi, despite claiming to be “suicidally depressed.” But when he appeared in court last week after finally handing himself into the authorities, prosecutor Ketevan Gurashuili described him as a “clever man” who “had contacts” to help him escape. She suggested there was evidence that he “had plans to flee to Thailand or Indonesia”. Police are investigating the network of family and friends who may have helped a convicted killer remain on the run in Georgia. A Metropolitan Police spokesman vowed to leave no stone unturned as it investigates how Shepherd managed to… read more

first_imgTo say that not all Android devices are created equally is a nightmarish understatement. While it is very cool that there’s a shape and size of handset to suit everyone’s needs, it does create confusion. To make things even more confusing, when you go to use Android on any of these different devices, you run the risk of it looking and feeling different to what you’re used to.As it turns out, there are several different distributions of Android that are available, depending on which manufacturer you go with. Each of these distributions still run your apps in very much the same way, but there are some basic navigation differences that can be jarring at first.Stock AndroidThe Stock Android Experience is what Google releases when they make a new version of the mobile operating system. Google lays out some pretty basic rules to make sure that your apps run the same way, but lets the manufacturers take this as an example and allows them to run with it. Unless you are purchasing one of the Nexus devices, you won’t see many new phones running the stock Google experience. Currently, there are very few non-Nexus devices out there running stock. In fact, of the 900,000 Android devices being activated daily, it is expected that less than 10% of them are Stock Android.The Stock UI for Android 4.0 was a big change from the previous versions. For the first time, users had control over what icons could be on both sides of the launcher. Those icons could even be folders, which had also changed dramatically. Folders can be created just by dropping on icon on top of another, and you can have up to 16 icons in any given folder. All of the graphics and color schemes across the UI were changed to simple colors and thin lines. The lockscreen is still only customizable when you want to add personal contact information, but you now also have access to the camera from the lock screen.With Stock Android you get a few default Google apps, and access to Google Play in order to do the rest. For a technical user that enjoys deep customization without anyone getting in the way, the Stock experience is a glorious tabula rasa. If you are new to the Android ecosystem, or not all that sure about which apps are the best for what, you have to rely on search results in Google Play or recommendations from friends to get you more.The Motorola ExperienceIn the early days of Android, the Motorola branded experience was called Motoblur. Unfortunately the experience was widely disliked, mostly because the software often got in the way of the user. Steps were added on every level of the OS that made accomplishing even the simplest of tasks take longer. Fortunately, the team at Motorola have done away with Motoblur and replaced it with an all new approach to the Android experience.In many ways, the Motorola experience closely resembles Stock Android. The navigation, folders, and launcher are all nearly identical. The colors and icons for the Motorola experience are all different. Motorola focuses on flat, sharp colors and custom icons for apps like the camera and the phone functions. The lock screen has four icons, allowing you to open the phone, the SMS manager, or just the camera. The settings menu is laid out in nearly the same way as Stock, but with different icons and slightly different spacing.What really sets the Motorola experience apart from the rest is the WebTop. I’m no stranger to calling my phone a tiny computer, but Motorola phones can literally be connected to a monitor and used as a proper computer. With a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, or one of Motorola’s Lapdocks, you gain access to a UI that works on a larger screen and a desktop version of the Mozilla Firefox browser.Samsung TouchWizWith their Galaxy line of phones, which include the S2, S3, and Note, Samsung quickly became one of the top Android manufacturers in the world. Their devices are usually top of the line hardware, which is wrapped up in Samsung’s completely customized version of Android. From the ground up, Samsung TouchWiz offers a completely unique approach to the Android phone.TouchWiz 4.0 is designed for deep personalization. You can choose what apps are on the lockscreen, or a different wallpaper for the lockscreen and the homescreen. The lockscreen in particular can have four different apps to launch from, as well as live weather information. On top of these, there are dozens of settings that are off by default. These features can be activated to further personalize your device. Visually, TouchWiz is setup in its own unique way as well. The app drawer for the launcher is on the right hand side of the device instead of the center. The settings menu is laid out in the same basic way as Stock, but the volume of additional features causes the placement of some settings to be displaced.Some things in TouchWiz aren’t quite as simple as they are in stock. Creating folders, for example, requires you to first create a folder and then populate it with the icons you wish. Additionally, you can’t place icons from the launcher straight onto the launcher panel. Taking a screenshot does not use the default key combination of the volume down and power, which is currently the only version of Android 4.0 or higher that doesn’t follow that key combination.HTC Sense UILong before Android, HTC was making smartphones. Their line of Windows Mobile devices pre-Android had a custom theme that was called HTC Sense. Over the last few years HTC has implemented deep integration with Android that allows them to brand their Android devices with a unique Sense experience that can’t be gotten anywhere else. HTC has accomplished this by partnering with many other companies to offer exclusive software options. Currently, HTC’s partnership with (and controlling stake in) Beats by Dre allows them to offer a custom audio experience that is exclusive to the HTC Sense platform.Sense UI works almost exactly like Stock Android, but looks wildly different. The lockscreen, launcher, and settings all function in very much the same way. HTC has visually changed the way the folders work, but not the way they behave. The lockscreen is a slide up instead of a slide right or left, and you pull icons to the ring to launch them. The launcher lacks the Play Store shortcut, and many of the system apps have custom Sense icons.  The icons for the settings area are all different, and the menus include HTC’s theme engine, which allows you to change the visual aspects of the entire OS based on a selection provided by HTC.Rather than allow you to set you own icons for the lockscreen, Sense UI pulls whatever apps are on your launcher. This works great, unless you have folders on your launcher. If you do, the launch action on the lockscreen just opens the folder. HTC’s photo gallery app is setup completely differently from Stock, placing the order of operations for things like sharing multiple items in a different order. Additionally, if you take a screenshot on a Sense device, you have to go to the Gallery to share it, instead of just sharing from the notification.Final ThoughtsAll of the examples here are from Android 4.0. This is because none of the OEM’s have managed an Android 4.1 update since the latest version was released, but also because it is not anticipated that the manufacturers will need to change their existing design and implementation for such a small update. The next batch of devices from these manufacturers are expected to look and work like we’ve seen here, with only minor differences if there are any at all.Despite the visual and functional chaos of Android, apps run the same on all of the smartphones because of the way Android works. HTC, Motorola, Samsung, and many other manufacturers are free to create an experience that encourages users to stick with them when the user is ready for their next phone. Each OEM brings something to the table that the other companies aren’t offering right now, but together they make the Android ecosystem grow exponentially every day.last_img read more

first_img Videos Articles Videos Articles Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Gave Roman Reigns Advice After Cancer Diagnosis WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next Triple H Adam Stephen Kelly of Rolling Stone is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer “Stone Cold” Steve Austin asking what he would like to see in today’s WWE product.“People go into that arena and they know the fix is in. They know what pro wrestling or sports entertainment is. That being said, they want it executed to the highest level so that they can suspend their disbelief and buy in, and so in a world of make believe you make people believe in you. It’s as real as it can be. It’s not about trying to relive the Attitude Era, it’s not about putting up middle fingers or using four-letter words, it’s about creating a character that people can buy into and believe. Someone they either love or hate, but they’re emotionally invested in. That’s what I would like to see.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.Rolling Stone: ‘Stone Cold’ Says So: Steve Austin on Vince McMahon, the WWE and Hulk HoganRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:34 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Stone Cold Steve Austincenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RAW Preview: Steve Austin to moderate contract signing, KOTR Semi-Final Triple Threat Facebook Linda McMahon To Leave SBA Job To Head Trump Super PAC Fundraising Remember The XFL? No? Well, It Might Be Making A Comeback Steve Austin Shares Praise and Criticism of SummerSlam Hulk Hogan Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Twitter Becky Lynch to appear on this Monday’s episode of “Straight Up Steve Austin”last_img read more

first_img(Skip Gray/KTOO Public Media)With Alaska facing a multi-billion-dollar budget shortfall, Gov. Bill Walker is proposing 5 percent cuts to agency funding. He described his fiscal plan in his State of the Budget address on Thursday night — a speech that has not been given since 2006. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Download AudioThere was no mention of Alaskan Brewery beer or Mat-Su carrots — no applause lines or jokes. Compared to Wednesday’s State of the State speech delivered, Gov. Bill Walker’s State of the Budget address was a sober event.“Alaska’s state government funding has two drivers: oil price and oil production,” said Walker. “Unfortunately, neither is going in our favor right now.”For half an hour, Walker described the budget he planned to submit. He has until February 18 to turn in his own budget, and he’s been using former Gov. Sean Parnell’s plan as a placeholder in the meantime.Walker said cuts would be spread across the board. He intends to shrink agency expenditures that are not dictated by formulas by 5 percent from the draft he was given by Parnell. Walker said that amount would be doubled for his own office. By the end of his term, agency budgets could be reduced by as much as 25 percent.Walker also said that even the sacred cows of the Alaska budget would not be off limits.“In my endorsed budget, the K-12 formula funding remains intact, but I’ve eliminated the one-time funding added last year,” said Walker. “This equates to a 2.5 percent funding reduction.”Walker noted that the school funding formula would be reviewed over the next year, and that education would be forward funded at 90 percent instead of in its entirety.Community revenue sharing — the money the state provides to municipalities to bolster their own budgets — was described as vulnerable and at risk of being phased out, though Walker plans to keep the program mostly intact this year.“Municipalities will receive $57 million dollars in revenue sharing. That is $3 million less than last year,” said Walker.While cuts were the general rule, Walker mentioned a few additions to his budget. He bumped his capital request up to $150 million in state spending to include some projects that are currently under construction, but not yet complete. And he again asked for the Legislature’s support in seeking $450 million in Medicaid funding from the federal government.“Investing in the health of Alaskans is sound, prudent fiscal policy,” said Walker. “We all want Alaskans to be as productive as possible, but people cannot work, hunt or fish unless they are healthy.”Walker said that with a leaner budget, the state should be able to deal with a shortfall so long as oil prices bounce back next year. But if they do not, Walker suggested that the state may have to look at finding new forms of revenue next year, which could mean taxes or repeals of credits and subsidies.“If prices stay low next legislative session, we will need to discuss more traditional revenue options,” said Walker.At the end of his speech, Walker’s staff distributed a slim budget handout to legislators. With his official operating and capital budgets still outstanding, the packet gave agency spending totals with itemizing how the money was being used.It showed that the Departments of Labor, Commerce, and Law face the deepest cuts, while the Departments of Natural Resources and Public Safety as well as the university system survive mostly intact.The budget summary also showed that even after all the reductions Walker described, Alaska was still facing a deficit in excess of $3 billion. And while every agency but one was seeing its funding cut, Walker’s budget was still technically larger than the one than Parnell handed to him because Walker does not plan to use bonds to cover a $257 million appropriation to the state’s pension fund.After skimming the freshly released budget documents, legislators responded mostly favorably to Walker’s State of the Budget address.Sen. Anna MacKinnon, an Eagle River Republican who co-chairs the finance committee, said she was encouraged by Walker’s direction.“I think the governor took a courageous first step in putting things on the table that are going to be hard to talk about,” said MacKinnon.Senate President Kevin Meyer, of Anchorage, said he was “lockstep” with the governor in trying to address the state’s shortfall, but was disappointed to hear that education cuts were possible.“We’ll certainly look at that, and talk to our local school districts, and just see what kind of impact that will have to our schools,” said Meyer.In addressing Walker’s budget speech, House Finance Co-Chair Steve Thompson noted that the state may have to consider taxes as well as cuts to address the deficit.“We’re going to have to realize that even with this reduction and probably another reduction next year that we’re still going to run out of money here in a very short time,” said Thompson. “I think we need to start the discussion about reducing the budget. We’re doing our side of the job, but that’s not going to complete the job. We’re going to have to look at other revenues.”Meanwhile, Democrats responded positively toward the speech, but acknowledged the way education and labor spending were treated gives them pause.“We applaud that he wants to stay focused on the long game,” said Senate Minority Leader Berta Gardner, of Anchorage. “That’s what we have to do, and one of the problems with the legislative process is we get bogged down and we have to plan for tomorrow, and not overreact today.”While lawmakers do not yet have Walker’s budget before them, the Legislature finance committees are already meeting to do work on the document.last_img read more

first_img.New French president Emmanuel Macron, in his inaugural address, pledged on Sunday to work to overcome divisions in society which had been shown by the presidential election campaign and seek to build a strong France that was sure of itself in the world”The division and fractures in our society must be overcome,” said the 39-year-old centrist who was elected on 7 May after beating the far right leader Marine Le Pen following a bitter campaign that was dominated by France’s role in Europe and which blew apart the traditional party structure in France.”The world and Europe need more than ever France, and a strong France, which speaks out loudly for freedom and solidarity,” Macron declared.He said under his administration the labor market would be made more flexible, business-friendly conditions would be created to help companies function and “innovation” would be at the heart of his action as president.last_img read more

first_imgAP Memorial candles outside the Swedish Embassy in Helsinki on Friday evening April 7, 2017. The driver of a hijacked beer truck is wanted by police after the truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, leaving dead and injured in its wake. (MARKKU ULANDER / Lehtikuva via AP)A hijacked beer truck plowed into pedestrians at a central Stockholm department store Friday, killing four people, injuring 15 and sending screaming shoppers scattering in panic in what Sweden’s prime minister called a terrorist attack.A nationwide manhunt was launched and one person was arrested following the latest use of a vehicle as a weapon in Europe.Nearby buildings were locked down for hours in the heart of the capital and the main train station was evacuated.“Sweden has been attacked,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in a nationally televised press conference. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”He added: “The country is in a state of shock.”The truck traveled for more than 500 yards (meters) along a promenade known as the Drottninggatan and smashed into a crowd outside the Ahlens department store about 3 p.m. It came to rest in the entrance to the building. TV footage showed smoke coming out of the store after the crash.“People were screaming and running in all directions,” said Brandon Sekitto, who was in his car nearby.He added that the truck “drove straight into the Ahlens entrance.”“I saw the driver, a man in black who was light around the face area,” Brandon told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. “I heard how some women were screaming, ‘Run, run!’”Although there was confusion throughout the day on the number of victims, the Stockholm City Council said in the evening that four had been killed and 15 were wounded, nine seriously.Authorities evacuated the nearby Central Station, a hub for regional trains and the subway system. All trains to and from the main station were halted and several large shopping malls in Stockholm were shut down. Sweden’s national theater, Dramaten, canceled three performances Friday evening.Sweden’s prime minister calls Stockholm attack a “terrible act of terror”— Bloomberg (@business) April 7, 2017Police arrested a man in Marsta, a northern Stockholm suburb close to the international airport.“We have arrested one in whom we are particularly interested,” Jan Evensson of the Stockholm police told a news conference.He said the person looked like the man depicted wearing a greenish hood in a surveillance camera photo the police released earlier.“We continue to investigate at full force,” Evensson said, urging people not to go to central Stockholm.Stefan Hector of Sweden’s national police said the working hypothesis was that “this is an act of terror.”The Swedish brewery Spendrups said one of its trucks had been hijacked a few blocks from the scene earlier in the day.“It is one of our delivery trucks. In connection with a delivery to a restaurant called Caliente, someone jumped into the truck and drove it away while the driver was unloading his delivery,” Spendrups spokesman Marten Luth told the Swedish news agency TT.The beer company’s truck driver was not injured, he said.The truck crash appeared to be the latest attack in Europe using a vehicle.In an attack last month claimed by the Islamic State group, a man drove into a crowd on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing three people and injuring many others before stabbing a policeman to death. He was shot and killed by police. A fourth person, a woman thrown into the Thames by the force of the car attack, died Thursday.The IS group also claimed responsibility for a truck attack that killed 86 people in Nice, France, in July 2016 during a Bastille Day festival, as well as another truck attack that killed 12 people at a Christmas market in Berlin.Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf cut short a visit to Brazil on Friday to return home and sent the royal family’s condolences to the families of the victims.Condolences poured into Sweden. In neighboring Finland, President Sauli Niinisto said he was shocked by the “maniac act of terror,” adding “every terror attack is to be equally condemned. But it touches us deeply when such an attack takes place in our Nordic neighborhood.”Danish Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen called the attack a cowardly attempt “to subdue us and the peaceful way we live in Scandinavia.”Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said the Eiffel Tower’s lights will be turned off from midnight Friday in homage. She expressed her “strong emotion” over “this new terrorist attack of immense cowardice.”EU Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet that “my heart is in Stockholm this afternoon. My thoughts are with the victims and their families and friends of today’s terrible attack.”European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said “one of Europe’s most vibrant and colorful cities appears to have been struck by those wishing it — and our very way of life — harm.”Juncker also said “an attack on any of our (EU) member states is an attack on us all” and that Sweden can count on EU help.In February, U.S. President Donald Trump suggested that Sweden could be the next European country to suffer the kind of extremist attacks that have devastated France, Belgium and Germany. Two days after his remarks, a riot broke out in predominantly immigrant suburb of Stockholm where police opened fire on rioters, a surprise to many Swedes who aren’t used to officers using guns.Friday’s crash was near the site of a December 2010 attack in Stockholm in which Taimour Abdulwahab, a Swedish citizen who lived in Britain, detonated a suicide bomb, killing himself and injuring two others.Abdulwahab had rigged a car with explosives in the hope the blast would drive people to Drottninggatan — the street hit Friday — where he would set off devices strapped to his chest and back. The car bomb never went off, and Abdulwahab died when one of his devices exploded among panicked Christmas shoppers. Sharelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target T-Shirt Tuesday: Best Twin Peaks ShirtsTwin Peaks Returned With a David Lynch Horror Movie We’re supposed to get the third season of Twin Peaks in 2017, but besides a full cast list, we have no idea what’s going to happen.Adding more mystery to the already mysterious… mystery is a new teaser video released on Friday that showcases the famous theme music and a cryptic image familiar to fans of the original series.Angelo Badalamenti, who composed the original theme, is depicted in the video playing the classic theme, his image overlaid with a slow pan through the trees.This goes on for a few seconds before we spot an iconic picture: Laura Palmer’s senior photo.So far we haven’t seen much of anything about the newest season: just a few more vague teasers that show off atmosphere or location.The cast list only serves to confuse us more. Many series regulars are coming back (such as Kyle Maclachlan as Agent Cooper,  David Duchovny, and Harry Dean Stanton), but also a number of new actors, including Michael Cera, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, and so many more.Here’s hoping that the next teaser is as cryptic as this one. We almost don’t want to know what’s going to happen.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The School Education & Literacy department under the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) is coming up with pre-school educational units across the country, with National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) preparing a curriculum for the same.”There is preparatory work to be done before a child enters Class I. We are studying how pre-school will work in the government domain and what approach needs to be taken – whether we should train anganwadi workers or train teachers of Classes I and II,” Union secretary of School Education & Literacy Anil Swarup said on the sidelines of a session on pre-school policy organised by ASSOCHAM. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe informed that the HRD ministry will come out with a guideline by June 30, which will have a plan on how financial assistance can be provided to various state governments for setting up such pre-schools, relating to the Central government’s financial assistance to the proposed pre-school units to be set up by the School Education department.”Right now, barring a few states, there are hardly any pre-schools in the government level. However, there are some private pre-schools that are doing good work. So, we feel the private sector can be of great help in developing the curriculum for pre-school. Personally, I believe that good work can be done in both private and public domains,” Swarup said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedResponding to a poser on Samagra Siksha Abhijan launched by the Centre last month, he said, “With ‘Samagra Shiksha’ coming into effect, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan will cease to exist separately and merge with it.”The ‘Samagra Shiksha’ programme launched recently plans to impart holistic education, without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class XII.On a question about corporal punishment, he said, “Handling a child should be different from handling an adult.”last_img read more

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals “If I’ve never directly worked with you or if you’ve never directly worked for me, don’t bother sending me a connection request on LinkedIn. It’s not gonna happen. I’ll just click ‘Ignore.’”Those are the wise words of a friend of mine who works in New York City as a top executive at one of the Big Four broadcast TV networks.At first, I thought she was being harsh. But as more and more LinkedIn connection requests trickled, then poured in for me from people I didn’t know any better than a random passerby on the street, I changed my mind.Related: LinkedIn Tips: 10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your NetworkI stopped accepting connection requests from total strangers. And I stopped sending them to people I haven’t met or haven’t actually worked with, too.If I don’t know you, have never directly done business with you, and we don’t even work in a remotely similar industry and have zero connections in common, please don’t ask me to connect with you on LinkedIn. Like my friend said, it’s not gonna happen. Not anymore.Your good name is on the line on LinkedIn. It’s not like Facebook or Instagram. The difference: it’s for professionals only. Well, it’s supposed to be.Connection requests are nothing like friend requests. I think they’re much more serious and that the professionals I align myself with on LinkedIn should reflect nothing less than positively on me and I on them. That’s not something I take lightly. If you want to keep your professional reputation intact, you probably shouldn’t either.Here are three reasons to shoot down LinkedIn Connection requests (hopefully politely, not like Kelly Blazek):1. You don’t know the requester from Adam.  Connecting with someone on LinkedIn isn’t like introducing yourself and handing them your business card at an in-person networking event. It’s more like you’re both vouching for each other’s professional experience and skills. You’re entering into a mutual circle of professional trust. That said, if you don’t know someone at all and have zero connections in common, it’s probably best to ignore their request.Even LinkedIn says you should only “connect with those you know and trust.” I can’t think of any strangers I know and trust. Can you?”To be a connection on LinkedIn, I would wait until you have some kind of rapport,” Lizzie Post, co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette (William Morrow, 2011), recently told the Washington Post.Related: 3 Ways You Might Be Screwing Up Your LinkedIn Profile and How to Avoid ThemIf you don’t recognize the requester’s name at all, you obviously haven’t established rapport with them and you probably have no idea what the individual’s professional reputation is.It’s best to steer clear and skip the connection. If you do accept them (instead of clicking “Ignore” or “I Don’t Know [Name]”), beware: know that you’re granting a complete stranger carte blanche to your trusted professional network, which they’ll be able to freely snoop around in. They might even contact your connections to ask about you.2. The requester was lazy and didn’t customize his or her connection request.LinkedIn’s standard (and drab) connection verbiage, “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn,” is basically code for “I couldn’t be bothered to personalize my connection request, so please ignore it now.”Not customizing an invite is like leaving a voicemail or sending a text or email that simply says, “My name is Kim. Bye.” It’s not enough by a longshot. Go the extra mile and briefly explain how you already know — not merely know of  — the person, because, again, as LinkedIn cautions (via a link posted directly below the connection invitation personal note box), “Connecting to someone on LinkedIn implies that you know them well.”Related: 17 Must-Have Features on Your LinkedIn Profile (Infographic)Take the time to mention where and how you worked together before or how you are otherwise directly well acquainted. If that doesn’t jog the person’s memory, you probably shouldn’t have tried to connect in the first place.3. The requester looks and feels like a spammer.If you receive a connection request from someone you don’t know who is advertising goods or services, it might not be a person at all. It could be a spam bot. Or, yes, a real (sales!) person with spammy intentions. Both are equally lame and both deserve LinkedIn “Report as Spam” as option.Spammers trolling LinkedIn often don’t have a profile picture. Follow this simple formula to avoid falling into their trap: No face = no connection. Another red flag: the perpetrator might also be from a far off country that you’ve never visited.Reporting a suspicious connection invite that stinks of spam automatically archives the invitation and tips off LinkedIn so it can investigate. You could also just click “Ignore,” but it won’t do much to stop the spammer from bugging other LinkedIn users. Whatever you do, don’t open any attachments or click on any links within a suspect connection request.Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Creating Your LinkedIn Company Page April 17, 2014 5 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more