John Holm has been appointed chair of the Waterfront Development Corporation board of directors the province announced today, Nov. 24. “Mr. Holm brings the right skills and experience gained as a member of the WDCL board to the chair position,” said Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris. “He is committed to redeveloping and revitalizing land surrounding the Halifax Harbour, and in Lunenburg — the two most visited destinations in the province.” Mr. Holm is a former educator and MLA who retired from public office in 2003 after 19 years that included serving on most committees of the House of Assembly. He currently volunteers at a Dartmouth food bank and sits on the boards of the Dartmouth Non-Profit Housing Society and the Dartmouth Work Activity Society. “Nova Scotians want to see the potential of our unique waterfront resources maximized,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development Corporation Limited. “Mr. Holm shares WDCL’s vision to create memorable spaces and experiences on our waterfronts that enrich Nova Scotia’s cultural and economic opportunities, year-round.” Mr. Holm’s term as chair begins Dec. 1 and extends through March 1, 2014. He is replacing George Archibald, whose term expires on Nov. 30, after serving as chair and a director since 2006. Waterfront Development Corporation Ltd. is a provincial Crown corporation that manages provincially owned land along the waterfronts from Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford and Lunenburg. WDCL recently launched a 4-stream public spaces recycling project, created a free wireless for internet users, and supports Car ShareHFX, an alternative transportation company.
The Export Achievement Awards celebrate Nova Scotia companies and are presented by Nova Scotia Business Inc. and its sponsors. “The Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards let us recognize the hard work and dedication of companies that are driving exports from our province,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. “As an organization working for positive economic outcomes for Nova Scotians, NSBI is pleased to host these awards, and work alongside Nova Scotia businesses every day as they grow their exports.” For more information about the awards, visit https://www.novascotiabusiness.com/export-achievement-awards. D.B. Kenney Fisheries Limited, Westport, Digby Co. DSM Nutritional Products, Mulgrave, Guysborough Co. Gillis Seafood, North Sydney Global Courseware Inc., New Glasgow Nautel, Hackett’s Cove, Halifax Regional Municipality North River Fish Farms, Truro Riverside Lobster International Inc., Meteghan Centre, Digby Co. Sea Star Seafoods Ltd., Clark’s Harbour, Shelburne Co. Terra Beata Farms, Lunenburg Tony’s Meats, Antigonish Hutchinson’s Maple Products took home the award for 2017 Nova Scotia Exporter of the Year at the 33rd annual Nova Scotia Export Achievement Awards. The awards were given out today, June 14, at Pier 21 in Halifax. “Congratulations to Hutchinson’s Maple Products, 2017 Exporter of Year, and to all of the nominee companies recognized today,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “These companies exemplify export success, contributing to economic growth in communities across the province, creating jobs and making Nova Scotia stronger.” Hutchinson’s Maple Products, based in Lake Paul, Kings Co., was one of 11 Nova Scotia businesses nominated by their regional chambers of commerce and honoured at today’s awards. The other 10 companies were:
New Delhi: Bollywoods ‘King Khan’ Shah Rukh Khan will be bringing the life of King Mufasa alive with his voice in the Hindi version of Jon Favreaus re-imagination of Disneys classic The Lion King. It shows how Hollywood franchises are adding a Bollywood twist to get it going in India. Shah Rukh is dubbing for the film along with his son Aryan, who is lending voice to the character of Simba, in the upcoming live-action movie. It is important to note that Hollywood films are scripting a success story in India. Now, the studios have started to add diverse and more relatable chapters to appeal to a bigger audience. The trend is shining bright with more star power. While Bollywood’s Ranveer Singh lent his voice to Ryan Reynold’s avatar as an adult superhero with a twisted sense of humour in the Hindi version of Deadpool 2, actor Tiger Shroff took on the duty to infuse his own touch in the Hindi version of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Kolkata: The Ministry of Home Affairs has turned down a plea of Mamata Banerjee government to retain 35 companies of central forces posted in once Maoist-dominated Jangalmahal region in south Bengal, a senior state government official said Sunday. The state government has then written to the ministry to reconsider the decision stating that the move might re-ignite Maoist problems in the region, he said. The forested areas of West Midnapore, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia districts in the southern part of the state forms Jangalmahal. The areas which share border with Jharkhand were once affected by Maoist insurgency. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “A second letter has been sent to the Home Ministry a couple of days ago requesting it to retain the forces in Jangalmahal. A special mention has been made in the letter that withdrawal of the forces may re-ignite the Maoist problem in the area which has borders with Jharkhand. We are waiting for a reply from the ministry,” the IAS officer said. The ministry, about a fortnight ago, had informed the state government of its decision to pull out the 35 companies of central forces and deploy them on election duty in other parts of West Bengal. “We had written to the home ministry opposing the decision citing intelligence reports on the Maoists trying to regroup in the Jangalmahal area. We also have cited reports about visits of Maoist leaders from Jharkhand,” he said.
by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Nov 9, 2016 3:16 am MDT Last Updated Nov 9, 2016 at 8:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prospect of Trump presidency unnerves companies, economists The prospect of a Donald Trump presidency unnerves businesspeople and economists who see him as a reckless novice who might disrupt trade and a struggling global economy.Financial markets sank Wednesday as Trump declared victory following a campaign marked by fiery anti-foreign rhetoric and promises to tear up trade deals, restrict immigration and lock up political rivals.Trump’s shifting and radical positions on key issues and lack of details such as who might be appointed to Cabinet posts heightened jitters by leaving many uncertain about the direction of the world’s biggest economy and market.“We simply can’t know what type of President Trump will be,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, in a report.“Will he be the demagogue from the campaign trail, who threatened to lock up his political opponents, punish the media, build border walls and start a global trade war?” said Ashford. “Or is he capable of becoming a statesmanlike figure who leads in a more measured manner?”Due to such uncertainty, risks to global growth will rise as companies wait to see what Washington does, said South Korea’s finance minister, Yoo Il-ho, according to a government statement.In a victory speech, Trump was conciliatory but pledged to put U.S. interests first. He gave no additional details about his plans.“I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America’s interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone. With everyone. All people and all other nations,” Trump said. “We will seek common ground, not hostility. Partnership, not conflict.”Trump’s campaign tapped frustration among American workers who feel hurt by globalization and the loss of well-paid manufacturing jobs.The celebrity businessman threatened to penalize U.S. firms that shift jobs abroad. Proposals including building a wall along the Mexican border to block immigration resonated with working class voters who felt abandoned by traditional leaders.Trump’s success reflects an economic anxiety that governments of many nations need to heed, said James Zimmerman, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He said similar strains led to Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the Arab Spring movement and other jarring political changes.“These are concerns that global leadership must be aware of,” said Zimmerman.Trump’s victory was likely to lead to a shift in U.S. Federal Reserve policy.The Fed had been thought all but certain to hike interest rates at its next meeting in mid-December, reflecting a strengthened U.S. economy. But the uncertainty generated by a Trump victory could prompt the Fed to wait.An analysis in June by Moody’s Analytics said fully adopting Trump’s proposals on taxes, trade, immigration and government spending would slash U.S. economic output and eliminate 3.5 million jobs. It said the U.S. economy would be “isolated and diminished.”Other countries also will suffer similar losses if Trump makes good on promises of a more aggressive approach toward China, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other trading partners, economists said.In Germany, 1.5 million jobs depend on exports to the United States, the country’s biggest trading partner, said Clemens Fuest, president of the Ifo economic institute in Munich.“If Trump can enact the trade limits that he has announced, the damage would be great,” said Fuest.Trump cannot tear up existing trade deals, but concluding new ones “will be significantly more difficult,” said Fuest.U.S. import barriers could hit economies such as China and South Korea especially hard as they struggle with sluggish growth. China’s exports in the first 10 months of this year fell by 7.7 per cent from the same period of 2015 while its latest quarter economic growth of 6.7 per cent is the lowest quarterly level since the 2008 global crisis.Initiatives such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated by the Obama administration with Asian governments are “as good as stillborn,” said Eugene Tan, a professor at Singapore Management University.“Based on his campaign rhetoric and promises, he is off to a bad start in terms of engendering trust and confidence of U.S. allies and partners in the region,” Tan said.Trump offered so few details during the campaign that he left the impression the White House would run on instinct. That has made many uneasy about the direction of the world’s largest economy and market.“Trump appears to have only a passing grasp of policy, so it is important that he appoints people with experience,” said Ashford. “This is where Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, could prove to be pivotal.”Others looked for a bright side to Trump’s proposed immigration curbs.South Korean tech firms might be able to lure foreign workers away from Silicon Valley if a Trump administration makes it harder to get visas, said Marcello Ahn, a fund manager for Quad Investment Management in Seoul.“Those engineers could come to us,” said Ahn.___AP Business Writers Youkyung Lee in Seoul and David McHugh in Berlin and AP Writer Annabelle Liang in Singapore contributed.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General also noted Mr. Netanyahu’s affirmation that Israel does not intend to divide the holy sites, and that it “respects the importance of the special role of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as reflected in the 1994 peace treaty between Jordan and Israel, and the historical role of King Abdullah II.” The Secretary-General also said in the statement that strengthened security arrangements between Israel and the Jordanian Waqf would help ensure visitors demonstrate restraint and respect for the sanctity of the holy site. Mr. Ban, who visited the region last week, said he hoped the renewed commitment will “put an end to the provocative rhetoric that has added to the tensions and violence over the past weeks.” “Only by restoring calm will all parties be able to refocus their efforts on renewing confidence and creating conditions on the ground, in the region and internationally for meaningful negotiations towards a two-state solution and to put an end to the occupation that began in 1967,” he added. He also expressed his appreciation for the discussions which led to the renewed commitment, which were held by United States Secretary of State John Kerry with Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan.
“The situation is getting desperate,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a news release on the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) for 2017, a funding appeal launched in January that calls for $4.63 billion in vital assistance for refugees and host communities. To date, only $433 million, or just 9 per cent, of the amount requested has been received. “We recognise and applaud the donations made so far, but the simple truth is that funding isn’t keeping up with needs,” added Mr. Grandi.In its seventh year, the conflict in Syria remains the largest humanitarian challenge in the world – with 13.5 million men, women and children inside Syria in need of urgent assistance. There are now more than 5 million Syrian refugees living in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, and many more have made the dangerous journey to Europe and farther afield.The Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region, being held today and tomorrow, aims to rev up funding support. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) are extremely concerned by the current low funding levels.Without additional funding, all areas of assistance will be curtailed this year. Food and cash assistance will be reduced or cut by mid-year, challenging stability and security in the region. With the majority of Syrian refugees falling below national poverty lines, families will face the impossible choice of taking their children out of school, adding to the half a million children already missing out on education. Support for livelihoods and job creation programmes will be slowed – at a time when unemployment is on the rise for refugees and host communities alike. “The story is the same throughout the region – water and sanitation services, employment and housing markets are all under strain,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “UNDP and its 3RP partners are on the ground expanding infrastructure, boosting livelihoods, and fostering community development in response – but the needs are massive and we need more support.”Speaking at a thematic session of the Brussels conference, Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien stressed the need to convert huge cash to an effective, immediate, coordinated, collective, collaborative humanitarian programme.“Multilateral action together does create the greater impact for affected people who are suffering and need our relief action, converting huge cash to an effective, immediate, coordinated, collective, collaborative programme to save lives… and to help build a practical and hopeful future,” he told the session titled ‘Humanitarian situation inside Syria: Needs, challenges and way forward.”“Always know that it is peace that is the best antidote to suffering,” he added.The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs also underscored the need to ensure that food insecurity across Syria is kept in check and that effective food assistance can be provided in a way to eventually transition those in need from dependency to self-sufficiency.Response plans must span the humanitarian-development nexus and provide a bridge towards longer-term recovery even as the most critical life-saving and protection needs are being addressed, he said.
THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN has appointed an interim leader following the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike, as the country’s government mulled its next move after slamming the US for killing the militant chief.Islamabad has said it will review “every aspect” of relations with Washington in the wake of the attack strike that killed Mehsud on Friday and which the interior minister described as the “murder of peace”.Representatives of the government had been due to meet the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with a view to initiating peace talks when Mehsud was killed in the North Waziristan tribal area near the Afghan border.Shahidullah Shahid, the main TTP spokesman, said a permanent replacement had not yet been chosen: “Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani, the head of the supreme shura, has been appointed as temporary head of the TTP.”Significant blowMehsud’s death represents a significant blow for the TTP, which is blamed for killing thousands of soldiers, police and civilians in its six-year campaign against the Pakistani state.But it prompted a furious response from the Pakistani government, with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar accusing Washington of “scuttling” the peace process, although no talks had actually begun.Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to chair a meeting of his top security advisers on Monday to discuss the next steps.Opposition parties led by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party have demanded the government close Pakistan’s roads to convoys supplying NATO forces in Afghanistan.PTI has said it will block NATO convoys in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where it is in power, which would cut off one of the main crossing points into Afghanistan.Pakistan blocked NATO convoys previously for seven months in 2012 after a botched US air raid killed 24 troops.With NATO withdrawing 87,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year after 12 years of war, the ground supply lines through Pakistan are of vital importance.Next moveSharif and his government must weigh their response to the Mehsud drone strike carefully, given that relations with Washington have been on the mend in recent months.Last month US President Barack Obama welcomed Sharif to the White House and the State Department announced the release of $1.6 billion in aid, including $1.38 billion for the country’s powerful military.The money had been frozen as relations plummeted amid a series of crises in 2011 and 2012 including the US raid to kill Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan — carried out without Pakistani knowledge.Pakistan’s press voiced surprise at Nisar’s strongly-worded outburst, with several newspapers urging the government to seize the chance to strike the TTP while they are leaderless.The pro-establishment daily Dawn doubted the claim that the drone strike necessarily meant the end of the peace process.Peace talks derailed“If peace talks were not derailed by repeated militant attacks in recent months, why must an attack on the TTP leadership necessarily scuttle the possibility of talks?” it said in an editorial.A State Department official said the issue of whether to negotiate with the TTP was an internal matter for Pakistan but Washington and Islamabad had “a vital, shared strategic interest in ending extremist violence”.Pakistan’s foreign ministry summoned US ambassador Richard Olson on Saturday to protest over the drone strike that killed Mehsud, and another that struck a day earlier.A ministry statement also stressed that despite the drone strike the government was “determined to continue with efforts to engage the TTP”.Violation of sovereigntyIslamabad routinely condemns drone strikes as a violation of sovereignty, and Sharif urged Obama to end them during their White House talks.Mehsud’s death is the third major blow against the TTP by the US this year, following the killing of number two Waliur Rehman in a drone strike in May and the capture of another senior lieutenant in Afghanistan revealed last month.The TTP also claimed the 2010 Times Square bomb plot after training Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad.- © AFP 2013Read: US drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban >Watch: Malala Yousafzai on pacifism leaves Jon Stewart speechless
Image: Shutterstock/Nata789 Yes – Regularly (2672) THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE will be returning to normal today after last week’s Cheltenham horse racing festival.Punters will be counting their winnings or mourning their losses as they take stock of the week that was.Gambling is a big part of Irish society: From trips to the casino, to online poker, to even buying scratch cards or playing the lottery.As well as this, gambling addiction rates are increasingly a cause for concern. Addiction counsellors recently spoke to TheJournal.ie about their concerns that there may be a surge in women gamblers dealing with addiction.Today we’re asking: Do you gamble? Share5 Tweet Email 25,095 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Yes – Occasionally (3210) Yes – RegularlyYes – OccasionallyYes – Very rarelyNo – NeverVote By Cormac Fitzgerald Poll Results: Poll: Do you gamble? From horse racing to playing the lottery – gambling permeates Irish society. Mar 20th 2017, 9:38 AM No – Never (5302) Image: Shutterstock/Nata789 https://jrnl.ie/3296404 Monday 20 Mar 2017, 9:38 AM 60 Comments Yes – Very rarely (5868)
Les pays scandinaves réclament des précisions à FacebookLes autorités informatiques de la Norvège, la Suède, la Finlande et du Danemark ont demandé à Facebook des précisions sur l’utilisation des données personnelles de ses utilisateurs.Les pays scandinaves ont beau entretenir “un bon dialogue avec la direction de Facebook”, selon les mots du directeur de l’Autorité informatique norvégienne, Bjoern Erik Thon, cela ne les empêche pas de demander un peu plus d’informations sur la façon dont le réseau social gère les données personnelles de ses membres. En effet, l’AFP révèle que les autorités informatiques norvégienne, suédoise, danoise et finlandaise ont compilé une batterie de 45 questions auxquelles Facebook est prié de répondre “le plus précisément possible” avant la fin août.À lire aussiAprès le “Hygge”, voici la nouvelle tendance anti-stress venue du Danemark : le PytIl y est notamment demandé de préciser quelles informations d’un compte sont partagées avec d’autres entreprises, notamment celles qui permettent d’identifier directement le nom ou l’adresse de l’utilisateur. L’utilisation par une tierce partie des publications sur le mur, des photos, des renseignements religieux ou des préférences sexuelles, fonctionnement exact du bouton “J’aime”, possibilité pour des opérateurs d’application de changer les paramètres de confidentialité des utilisateurs, voilà des exemples de question adressées à Facebook. La firme créée par Mark Zuckerberg a intérêt à bien y répondre, les données personnelles de ses utilisateurs étant sa principale source de revenus… mais aussi de polémiques avec de nombreuses poursuites judiciaires à la clé.Le 13 juillet 2011 à 16:41 • Maxime Lambert
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The head of Puerto Rico’s power company said Sunday the agency is cancelling its $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy Holdings amid scrutiny of the tiny Montana company’s role in restoring the island’s power system.The announcement by Ricardo Ramos came hours after Gov. Ricardo Rossello urged the utility to scrap the deal for Whitefish’s help in rebuilding the electrical system from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria.“It’s an enormous distraction,” Ramos said of the controversy over the contract. “This was negatively impacting the work we’re already doing.”The current work by Whitefish teams will not be affected by the cancellation and that work will be completed in November, Ramos said. He said the cancellation will delay pending work by 10 to 12 weeks if no alternatives are found.Ramos said he had not talked with Whitefish executives about his announcement. “A lawsuit could be forthcoming,” he warned.Whitefish spokesman Chris Chiames told The Associated Press that the company was “very disappointed” in the governor’s decision, and said it would only delay efforts to restore power.He said Whitefish brought 350 workers to Puerto Rico in less than a month and it expected to have 500 more by this week. Chiames said the company completed critical work, including a project that will soon lead to a half million people in San Juan getting power.
Eusebio Di Francesco rued Roma’s inexperience to pick the right ball after finding their rhythm in the 1-0 loss to JuventusEusebio’s men were beaten in Turin by a Mario Mandzukic header courtesy of a Mattia De Sciglio’s cross. But the Italian manager claimed his men were nervous in the encounter“We were too nervous and insecure in the first half, but in the second we accepted the duels and took control of the ball,” the Coach told Football Italia via DAZN.“We had some good forward moves and just lacked the final ball. The difference between us and them is that Juve had shots on goal. I remain happy with the reaction that the team showed.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I wanted to create more density in the midfield, giving Aleksandar Kolarov the chance to start moves from the back. We wanted a stronger physical impact, but we did well in some moments and less well in others.“The positives we take from this match are the attitude and the desire to play one-against-one all over the pitch. We just didn’t finish off our chances, but keeping Juve pinned back in their own half is no mean feat. Unfortunately, we lack the nous and experience to pick the right ball.”Patrik Schick was again utterly ineffective in attack, failing to make any real impact.“We all expect more. It was not easy for him today, but we do expect him to have more shots on goal. In some situations, he could’ve attacked the space better.”
Mazda hasn’t revealed much about what this 30th Anniversary Edition MX-5 Miata will look like, other than to show the blurry teaser image above, which suggests it will wear a classic red paint job — a much brighter red than the crimson-tinged Soul Red paint that’s presently available. (It’s also possible that it’ll be orange, although that would be a break with tradition). The photo depicts a Miata RF, the retractable folding hardtop model, though that doesn’t meant the model won’t also be offered in a traditional soft top. Whatever it is, it also figures to be a limited edition, judging by a second photo of a serialized dash plaque displaying four digits. The last major special edition Mazda, 2015’s 25th Anniversary Edition, saw just 100 of them offered to the US — the model sold out in 10 minutes. Throughout this timeless convertible’s life, Mazda has serially released special-edition variants, and in truth, many of them have amounted to little more than unique paint. Yes, some have featured different seats, wheels, and interior trims, but in terms of powertrain, nearly all have hewn very closely to the standard car. We’ll have to wait and see if the 30th Anniversary Edition is more than skin deep, but considering the 2019 MX-5 Miata just received an updated 2.0-liter engine with a boost to 181 horsepower (+26 hp), we wouldn’t expect a lot more on the performance front. That’s alright, though: the Mazda MX-5 Miata is already one of our very favorite automobiles. Stay tuned. Roadshow’s auto show crew will be on the ground in Chicago when the sheet is pulled on this new Miata. Look for it on Thursday, February 7. • Post a comment Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Convertibles Sports Cars Mazda 0 Yes, the 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is better 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous reading • Mazda MX-5 Miata 30th Anniversary Edition headed to Chicago Share your voice Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies More about 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata See All More From Roadshow Enlarge Image30 years of Mazda’s iconic roadster have gone by in a blur. Mazda Has it really been that long? Mazda has just announced plans to reveal a special 30th Anniversary Edition of its 2019 MX-5 Miata roadster at next month’s Chicago Auto Show. The venue couldn’t be more appropriate, as the now-iconic two-seat sports car debuted in the City of Big Shoulders three decades ago. Perhaps more than any other car from a mainstream automaker, the Mazda MX-5 Miata has remained immune to changing tastes, fads and the ravages of time. Indeed, its current fourth-gen model, the ND, is essentially the exact same package size and weight as the original that bowed in Chicago, a model that came on the scene the same year that the Berlin Wall came down and Driving Miss Daisy won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Since that time, Mazda has sold well over a million of its little smile machines globally. Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Tags Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Chicago Auto Show 2019 Mazda 35 Photos Review • 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Review
Individual news stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download AudioAnchorage Police Arraign 2 In 2003 Sexual Assault CaseAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe Anchorage Police Department arraigned two suspects on Thursday in a sexual assault case from 2003. They say they re-opened the case after a DNA sample from one of the suspects matched the sample taken from the victim nearly 11 years ago.Funny River Fire Tops 67,000 AcresJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Funny River fire on the Kenai Peninsula has topped 67,000 acres. And the combination of Memorial Day weekend and extreme fire conditions have firefighters concerned.Tyonek Fire Holds Steady At 1,800 AcresJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Tyonek fire on the western side of Cook Inlet is holding steady at just over 1,800 acres.Ousted GOP Leader Plans Run For Governor The Associated PressRuss Millette, who was ousted as leader of the state Republican Party following a contentious election, plans to run for governor.Union Leader Files Complaint Against Anchorage Mayor SullivanAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauThe head of the state’s biggest labor union has filed a complaint against Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, who is running for lieutenant governor.Pebble Partnership Files Suit To Stop EPA’s Halt On DevelopmentMike Mason, KDLG – DillinghamThe Pebble Limited Partnership filed suit Wednesday in Federal Court seeking to halt to the process underway by the EPA to stop development of the proposed Pebble Mine.Discretionary Voting Before Sealaska ShareholdersEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA measure before Sealaska shareholders could alter the way board elections are held. And that could bring leadership changes.The measure comes as 13 shareholders compete for four board seats in the Southeast Alaska regional Native corporation’s annual election.Kito: Will There Be Enough Return On Juneau Access To Justify Investment?Rosemarie Alexander, KTOO – JuneauThe draft supplemental environmental impact statement for a road out of Juneau is now under review by the Federal Highway Administration. That’s the last step in the process before federal highways names a preferred route and issues a Record of Decision.AK: Scavenger HuntAnnie Ropeik, KUCB – UnalaskaSmall towns like Unalaska can be pretty close-knit. Grown-ups take care of kids who aren’t their own, and teenagers have adults to turn to when they need them.One local high schooler wanted to make those relationships stronger. So she planned something special: She put students and adults into teams, and sent them on a town-wide scavenger hunt.300 Villages: KobukThis week, we’re heading to Kobuk in northwest Alaska. The village of about 200 people is steadily growing, nearly doubling in size since 2000. A resident says that’s in part due to reliable seasonal work and efforts to mesh traditional lifestyles with modern ones. Beatrice Barr is a tribal clerk in Kobuk.
A pair of crested auklets nests on Buldir Island in 2012. (Photo courtesy Ian Jones)Every summer, thousands of tiny auklets flock to the Aleutian Islands to nest. But scientists don’t know where the seabirds go in the winter.Listen now:That’s about to change, thanks to a group of researchers who’ve just returned from Buldir Island, east of Attu, and Gareloi, near Adak. They’ve been camped on the uninhabited islands since late May, outfitting crested and parakeet auklets with tracking tags for the first time.Steve Delehanty is the director of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.“Technology has just come into existence within the last couple of years, that little tiny tags on the birds — geolocators — are light enough now, and small enough, to safely put on these rather small birds,” he says.Delehanty boarded the refuge ship Tiglax in Unalaska a little over a week ago and went to pick up the auklet researchers, about 700 miles down the chain in the Western Aleutians.He says the new geotags will record where the auklets go over the next year. Then, the researchers will go back and check on them.“The birds are very faithful not only to the island where they nest, but even to the same rock crevasse,” he says. So the researchers “will go and capture these same birds next year.”This was also part of an annual trip for Delehanty — he takes the Tiglax every year to visit different parts of his uniquely far-flung refuge. And he says the Aleutians never disappoint.“You’re looking out and you’re seeing tens of thousands of auklets — swarming around the colony and on the water and in the air, big ribbons, strings of thousands of auklets and puffins and murres and kittiwakes and so many other species,” he says. “It’s just a really special thing to be able to see that.”And it happens, he says, because the Aleutians are a rich ecosystem without many native predators. Buldir is one of the only islands in the chain where rats and foxes were never introduced — which is why the auklets come back, year after year.
Youtube screengrabThe IIT-JEE has always been a source of nightmare for a majority of Indian students studying in classes 11 and 12. The intimidation they face as well as the pressure makes the teenagers want to run the other way.Clearing the JEE is the first step to get into the Indian Institute of Technology, which the most prestigious university in India.Surprisingly, Australian professors who took a look at the JEE question papers also called the questions “tricky and intimidating”.A video of Australian professors reacting to the questions went viral on social media, with the professors talking about how intimidating the questions were and that the test was literally a race against time. Six Australian professors, including two of Indian origin, were interviewed for the video, posted by a YouTuber, ‘Tibees’.In the video, a Chemistry professor, Dr James Hutchison, said that he will be surprised if a school going student will not find the questions intimidating since he found them slightly so. “I’d probably, you know, leave the exam room crying if I was in year 12 and I had to do this. Yeah, good luck, good luck,” he said.He added that the topics discussed in the examination are usually taught at the university level.Professor Barry Hughes, a mathematician, pointed out how answering the questions was a race against time. He also spoke about access to training for these types of examinations.”We all know that in any educational system if you go to a good school, well resourced, with the best teachers and so on like that, you expect a better outcome… But with these race-against-the-clock-style examinations, there’s a trade-off between the student’s ability in the subject, natural intelligence, and their having been trained to deal with examinations of this type,” he said. Other professors interviewed in the video said that most of the questions here depend on memorizing facts instead of applying concepts. They added that passing the test doesn’t necessarily mean they will turn out to be good engineers.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Twitter/Cricket World CupFormer Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is quite well-known for his heroic performances that have given India many trophies in the last decade. The 38-year-old has achieved all the accolades a cricketer can dream of in his career. He has given India a World Cup after 28 years and is arguably the best-ever skipper to lead the Men in Blue. The hard-hitter is known for the way he finishes of matches keeping his head cool. But, he has recently been spotted playing a different sport in a video posted by his fan club on Twitter.Is Dhoni planning to play a new sport?The reality is that Dhoni, who is a Lieutenant Colonel (Honorary) of the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army is currently doing his two-month training with his battalion (106 Para TA battalion) in the Kashmir Valley. He has taken a two-month break from the Indian team. The wicket-keeper batsman joined his unit on July 31 and will be there doing his duties of patrolling, guard and post duty till August 15.Lt. Colonel Mahendra Singh Dhoni spotted playing volleyball with his Para Territorial Battalion!Video Courtesy : DB Creation #IndianArmy #MSDhoni #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/H6LwyC4ALb— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) August 4, 2019As a part of his training, he was seen playing volley-ball in a video by one of his fan clubs on Twitter. The cricketer was seen serving the ball to the opponents. The video has gone viral on social media.Dhoni became a qualified paratrooper in 2015 after he successfully completed five parachute training jumps from an army aircraft at the Agra training camp. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rishabh Pant.Twitter/BCCIPost India’s exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 the former skipper was criticised by cricket fans and former cricketers. They argued that the 38-year-old cricketer has become old and is batting at a very slow pace. Speculations about Dhoni’s retirement were also doing the rounds.When Dhoni opted out of the West Indies series, the speculations started to gain ground. But Indian chief selector MSK Prasad clarified that Dhoni will be back in the team as the second-choice keeper since Rishabh Pant will become India’s first-choice keeper in the future. The ageing cricketer will help in the grooming process of the youngster Pant. As reported by NDTV, Dhoni is expected to return for India in T20 internationals against New Zealand and South Africa in February 2020.
Shahjahan KhanA cabinet member on Saturday said ruling Awami League must wrest election victory from the BNP-Jamaat alliance next time.”We’ve to swear allegiance anew to snatch victory in the next elections, defeating the BNP-Jamaat alliance,” shipping minister Shahjahan Khan said at a programme in observance of Victory Day in his hometown of Madaripur.Shahjahan Khan, executive president of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation. said prime minister Sheikh Hasina-led government would return to power once again.”We’ve to be united and work towards that end. The Awami League will not lose to those who support war criminals and militancy,” he insisted.”Rather, the Awami League will break into gleeful celebration winning the next general elections.”The minister made the observations at the AL office in Madaripur after placing werath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.Member of parliament from Madaripur-3 AFM Bahauddin Nasim, district council chairman Miazuddin Khan, district AL president Shahabuddin Mollah and mayor of local pourasava Khalid Hossain were present.
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Stay on target Justice for the Central Park wood duck, who has been overshadowed by the Central Park Mandarin duck!!! pic.twitter.com/zNPM7q8EF6— Jeva Lange (@Jee_vuh) November 2, 2018 The beauty of nature is everywhere, but a pretty mandarin duck is the latest bird to become an internet celebrity overnight.On Oct. 10, Manhattan Bird Alert posted a video of the duck on Twitter, prompting New York City’s bird-watching community to visit Central Park and catch a glimpse of this gorgeous animal. Manhattan Bird Alert indicated that they had no idea how the bird got there and admired its vibrant appearance.The Central Park Pond’s newly-arrived male Mandarin Duck (we still do not know how it got here) unseated the Wood Duck as prettiest duck in the park. Gus Keri brings us close-up video pic.twitter.com/cauqVt4kSK— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) October 11, 2018AdChoices广告The video was taken by Gus Keri, a local bird photographer who spotted the duck in the park. It shows the bird leisurely floating in pond water, as if this beautiful creature was in some sort of museum painting. Unlike other average ducks, mandarin male ducks are known for their colorful feathers that come in purple, blue, and red shades. According to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), mandarin ducks were introduced to the U.K. by China, and today, these birds are appreciated by people worldwide. The Central Park Mandarin Duck has the other ducks shook! pic.twitter.com/ozTWHlP11f— Chadwick (@ohchadwick) November 1, 2018More on Geek.com:Adorable Cat Crashes Fashion Show, Goes ViralDogs Can Sense Malaria By Sniffing Your ClothesWatch: Cockroach Delivers Karate Kick to Avoid Becoming a Zombie A few weeks later, this mandarin duck is still taking over people’s social media feeds. The Twitter community had some hilarious reactions to this bird’s impromptu visit and they’re still trying to locate the duck in Central Park’s waters. Weather forecasts have actually turned into “mandarin duck forecasts,” as Twitter accounts keep updating the duck’s location for admirers everywhere. Where will he go next? You’ll have to “flock” to your Twitter feed to find out.MANDARIN DUCK is at a NEW location today: Turtle Pond, just north of the 79th Street underpass, mid-park, and SW of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. @EdwardGaillard re-found it. pic.twitter.com/8VaW3auDIy— Manhattan Bird Alert (@BirdCentralPark) November 2, 2018Bird alert: The mandarin duck made an appearance today at Turtle Pond in Central Park.@briggl44 here’s a gift for you: it’s the Mandarin Duck that is hanging out in Central Park. New York’s most famous bird of the moment. Move over Pale Male pic.twitter.com/Fn0nGPKNRJ— Wendy Jacobson (@whazittoya) November 2, 2018 Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall