Kolkata: Academicians and writers in West Bengal on Sunday opposed the draft National Education Policy that recommends making teaching of Hindi compulsory up to class 8, saying efforts to impose any language would meet with all-round protests. Former Rabindra Bharati University Vice-chancellor and renowned linguist Pabitra Sarkar said the K. Kasturirangan Committee’s suggestion with regard to mandatory teaching of Hindi would “put more pressure” on the students of primary classes. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess Durga He said while students of class 6, 7 and 8 could be taught Hindi, it was not be proper to make the language compulsory from class 1. “The present education system already puts too much burden on the students. Let us not increase it,” Sarkar told IANS. He said it was wrong to “impose anything from above”, and pointed out that the southern states had already protested against any such move. Instead, Sarkar suggested that in non-Hindi speaking states, the Hindi speaking people should also learn the main regional language. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers “For instance, in Bengal, the Hindi speaking population should learn Bangla. This will help in the spread of regional languages as well as in national integration by upholding India’s core philosophy of unity in diversity,” he said. Legendary Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay took heart from the Central government’s assurance that there would be no imposition. “This is only a draft. I think if there are protests, they won’t impose this on us. South India is already protesting. There will hopefully be protests in Bengal too. “Imposing anything is not right. What language an individual should learn must be a voluntary decision,” Mukhopadhyay told IANS. The Sahitya Akademi awardee also refused to say if the NEP draft was part of the Centre’s efforts to “saffronise education”. “Efforts to impose Hindi on the country’s non-Hindi speaking people have been going on for a long time. Some sections in the Hindi belt have been doing this. So I don’t think this is saffronisation of education,” said the octogenarian, who has penned nearly 100 books of short stories and novels for the adult readers, and 34 for teenagers — most of them bestsellers. Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das refused to comment, saying he was yet to go through the complete draft. Famed poet and academician Subodh Sarkar had a different take on the controversy. “If they want to make Hindi compulsory upto class 8, I’ll ask why not Bangla? With 25 crore speakers, it is a more international language. In the world ranking of languages, Bangla mostly figures above Hindi,” Sarkar told IANS. Sarkar said any imposition of Hindi would not be acceptable in a country like India. “There are so many other languages like Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam and so on. Why just Hindi? These languages must be given their due importance,” he said. Dividing states into Hindi speaking and non-Hindi speaking, the Kasturirangan Committee recommends teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states in addition to the regional language and English. In the case of Hindi speaking states, the Committee suggests teaching of Hindi, English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India. However, it has not specified what the modern Indian language would be. Tamil has been accorded a classical language status by the Central government.
The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which sent a two-member assessment team to Bam from 5 to14 February to review how to address shelter needs, said the Iranian government is now poised to launch a reconstruction programme on the basis of a revised master plan. Technology for earthquake resistant structures will be integrated through community consultation and training programmes in association with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Islamic Revolutionary Housing Foundation, and in partnership with Bam Municipality, UN-HABITAT added. It is estimated that up to 140 families can be assisted through a pilot phase, which, if successful, would be extended to a larger community. The project, to be implemented by UN-HABITAT, is expected to last six months, starting 1 March and costing $400,000. Bam, about 1,000 kilometres southeast of the capital Tehran with a population of some 93,000, was hit by an earthquake measuring 6.3 points on the Richter scale. The disaster destroyed 45,000 homes, underground irrigation canals, and a large part of the city’s 2,000 year-old citadel, one of the world’s largest mud-brick structures. With aftershocks frequent, the city is covered in rubble, and those families whose houses were not completely destroyed are afraid to return, while others remain too traumatized, according to UN-HABITAT. But with the support of least 75 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international agencies and UN humanitarian organizations, the government has been able to undertake relief operations.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX up, loonie down as BoC leaves rates alone, Bernanke reassures on stimulus by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 17, 2013 8:23 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Wednesday with the focus mainly on central banks, as the Bank of Canada left its key rate unchanged and the Federal Reserve offered reassurances on economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 51.88 points to 12,568.77, with strong support from base metal stocks as investors continued to buy up oversold miners.The Canadian dollar was down 0.45 of a cent to 96.02 cents US as the Bank of Canada kept its key rate unchanged at one per cent and indicated it is in no rush to raise rates.U.S. indexes were slightly higher amid remarks from Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke that the Fed could slow the pace of a key element of economic stimulus later this year if the economy strengthens. But Bernanke cautioned that the Fed wants to see substantial progress in the job market before scaling back its US$85 billion in monthly bond purchases.The Dow Jones industrial gained 18.67 points to 15,470.52, the Nasdaq rose 11.5 points to 3,610 and the S&P 500 index gained 4.65 points to 1,680.91.Bernanke also said in testimony before a congressional committee that the Fed’s timetable for reducing its bond purchases is not on a “preset course”. And he said the Fed could increase or decrease the amount based on how the economy performs.Markets went through weeks of volatility after Bernanke first mentioned in late May that the Fed could start tapering its bond purchases, which have kept interest rates low and fuelled a rally on stock markets, later this year and wind it up by the middle of next year.Since then, the Fed has tried to soothe nerves by stressing that the Fed won’t pull back on its stimulus unless the evidence was clear that the economy and the job market were improving as much as the Fed had forecast.“The Federal Reserve cried wolf a little bit by suggesting several times that tapering was to come and the market interpreted that as tapering is going to come sooner rather than later,” said Kash Pashootan, vice president and portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“And then we reset that by starting to suggest in their wording that it will come but it is not going to be as close as we thought. So the markets rallied off of that but most of that is priced into the market.”Investors also had a number of major U.S. earnings reports to digest.Bank of America earned US$3.6 billion or 32 cents a share in the quarter after payments to preferred shareholders, up 70 per cent from a year ago. The results were seven cents higher than analysts had forecasted and its shares were up 39 cents to $14.31.After the close, Intel posted quarterly earnings of 39 cents a share, which met estimates. Its shares moved down 1.7 per cent in after hours trading in New York.On the economic front, the Fed said in its latest regional survey that it sees the overall economy growing at a modest to moderate pace, although there is also some reluctance to hire full-time workers. The Fed also said six districts reported faster growth in multi-family construction.Other data showed U.S. builders started work on fewer homes and apartments in June. However, the slowdown wasn’t enough to suggest the housing recovery is faltering.Developers began construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 836,000 homes in June, nearly 10 per cent below May’s total of 928,000, which was revised higher.Most TSX segments were positive and financials narrowly led advancers, up 1.05 per cent rose per cent with Royal Bank (TSX:RY) ahead $1.22 to $63.80 while Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gained 91 cents to $58.04.The base metals sector ran up 0.95 per cent even while September copper on the Nymex dipped six cents to US$3.13 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) advanced 37 cents to C$16.15 and Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) ran up 11 cents to $2.30. The segment has been strengthening over the last couple of weeks, up 10.9 per cent from its lows of the year from late last month, despite weak copper prices.The industrials group rose 0.88 per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) gained $1.53 to $133.30.Tech stocks also lifted the TSX as BlackBerry (TSX:BB) improved by 15 cents to $9.64.The energy sector edged up 0.44 per cent while the August crude contract in the New York Mercantile Exchange moved 48 cents higher US$106.48 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was ahead 44 cents to C$33.37.The gold sector lost about 2.65 per cent as August bullion shed early gains to move down $12.90 to US$1,277.50 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) faded 28 cents to C$16.34 and Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) gave back 15 cents to $5.15.
B.C. group launches court challenges against province and feds on Site C dam by Dene Moore, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 29, 2014 4:25 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – A group of landowners in northeastern British Columbia is turning to the courts to quash provincial and federal environmental approvals for the multibillion-dollar Site C dam.The Peace Valley Landowners Association filed an application for judicial review this week in B.C. Supreme Court seeking to overturn an environmental certificate issued by the province. The association plans to file another such application next week in Federal Court targeting the environmental certificate issued in Ottawa.Ken Boon, a rancher in the valley and president of the association, said the environmental certificates should be declared invalid.“Site C is a costly, archaic and destructive project that has been kicked around for almost 40 years and has been turned down twice in that time, and it’s been a wise decision both times not to proceed,” Boon said Wednesday in Vancouver.“We are confident that if truly analysed, this project should have never received an environmental certificate this time around.”The first application — which names the provincial minister of environment and the minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations — asks for an order quashing the environmental assessment certificate and a declaration that the ministers erred in issuing the certificate.It also asks the court for a declaration that the ministers erred by disregarding a joint review panel’s recommendations to refer the project to the B.C. Utilities Commission for detailed examination.BC Hydro declined to comment on a court action which does not name the Crown corporation.B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett said the issue is a highly emotional one for residents who will be affected. The Crown utility has said about 10 of the 30 landowners involved will be displaced from their land.Those valley residents have the right to turn to the courts, he said.“I’m not going to get into the legal issues and debate that,” Bennett said. “But we know we’re going to need some new electricity … and we have to get it from somewhere. Our decision will be based on what is the best way to acquire that new electricity from a rate-payers perspective.”As for the B.C. Utilities Commission, “I guess the judge will have to decide whether the statements made in the joint review panel’s report are legally binding on the province and the federal government or not,” he added.Ninety-two per cent of the land required for the project is already owned by the province or BC Hydro, Bennett said.Boon said the association has been working in tandem with local Treaty 8 First Nations, who are expected to launch their own court actions in the near future.The $7.9-billion dam would be the third on the Peace River, flooding 5,550 hectares of land over an 83-kilometre stretch of valley. It would generate an estimated 1,100 megawatts of capacity, or enough to power the equivalent of 450,000 homes a year.A report by a joint federal-provincial environmental assessment panel in May made no clear recommendation for or against the project.The panel did say the power would be needed one day, but not on the timeline laid out by BC Hydro. It also said it could not come to any conclusion on the accuracy of project cost estimates.Two weeks ago, both the provincial and federal governments issued environmental certificates for the dam, saying the benefits outweigh the impacts.But Maegen Giltrow, lawyer for the association, said there remain too many economic unknowns.“If the project is not economically justified, then the adverse environmental effects are not justified … and the certificate should fail,” she said.Lawyers for the provincial government have three weeks to file a response with the court.Last week, the Crown utility announced that construction could begin in 90 days, should cabinet give final approval.That final investment decision is expected by the end of the year and Bennett said court action will not cause a delay.“We have to maintain a schedule to either decide to build the project or to move on with a different way of acquiring that electricity,” he said.Follow @ByDeneMoore on Twitter
Alberta won’t have trouble handling interest rate bump: economist by Mike Tarasko Posted Jul 12, 2017 6:41 am MDT Wonderland statue stands and looks towards the city in front of the Bow in downtown Calgary. (Photo by Chelsey Harms/660 NEWS) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ATB Financial’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch believes Albertans won’t be affected too badly by the latest Bank of Canada announcement.The key interest rate is expected to go up for the first time in nearly seven years.“That will make it a little more challenging for — especially first time home buyers, maybe ones wanting to get into the market because the mortgage rate is going to be a little bit higher. But for most Albertans one move by the Bank of Canada isn’t going to make a huge amount of a difference,” Hirsch told CityNews.Hirsch said one of the objectives is to slow down hot housing markets, but Calgary isn’t a target.“(The) housing market has remained remarkably resilient and quite balanced, actually, throughout the recession. However, other markets like Toronto and Vancouver, I think that really is the target of what the Bank of Canada is trying to cool down,” he said.Hirsch said he anticipates the overnight lending rate will be bumped up a number of times over the next three years to finally land at about 2.5 per cent.
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also appealed to all sides to exercise restraint, after the “reprehensible” terrorist attacks that led to the loss of life and injuries, including the killing of at least 62 people killed in the capital, Cairo, on Saturday.“I call on all sides to renounce the use of violence,” Ms. Pillay said in a news release. “Security forces have a duty to respect the right to peaceful protest, and it is important that Egyptian authorities comply with their international obligation to ensure that all Egyptians can exercise their rights to free assembly and freedom of expression without fear of violence or arrest.“Demonstrators must also ensure that their protests remain peaceful,” she added. Ms. Pillay stressed that security forces in Egypt must at all times operate in line with international human rights laws and standards on the use of force. At the same time, she condemned the violent attacks against police and security forces.“The people of Egypt have the right to go about their lives without fear of violence,” she said. “I call on the Egyptian authorities to carry out prompt, independent and impartial investigations into the killings, to make the findings public and to bring to justice those responsible in accordance with international human rights standards.” The High Commissioner expressed concern about reports that numerous people have been arrested in connection with protests, stressing that those detained should either be promptly released or charged with a recognizable criminal offence and brought to justice in accordance with international standards. The recent violence comes as Egyptians commemorate the third anniversary of the country’s revolution, when mass protests resulted in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. Last July, renewed protests, in which dozens of people were killed and wounded, led to the military deposing President Mohamed Morsy and the setting up of an interim government. A new constitution was adopted in a referendum earlier this month.
“Mediation is one of the most effective tools of non-violence. It can turn parties away from conflict, towards compromise,” said Miroslav Lajčák, speaking at an event to mark the International Day of Non-Violence. “This means it can avert violence – which only leads to loss – and promote non-violence, resulting in benefits on all sides,” he said. In his remarks, Mr. Lajčák recalled last week’s 72nd annual general debate and noted the calls made by Member States for more support to local, national or regional actors to use non-violent ways to stop or prevent conflicts. He also spoke of Secretary-General Guterres’ prioritization of prevention in his mandate and underscored that the issue would be a main focus throughout the 72nd session of the General Assembly. The President of the General Assembly said the Organization has entered an era of “UN reform,” and in that context urged everyone to remember its common aim: “A UN that is fit for purpose, which can offer non-violence solutions to global challenges.” “The longer it takes to respond to a major development or crisis, the higher the chance of violence being seen as the only answer,” he stated. Concluding his remarks, Mr. Lajčák recalled the words of Mahatma Gandhi, born this day 148 years ago, that “nothing enduring can be built on violence” and said that whether it be called sustainable development, transformative change or a better world to live in, none it is possible through violence. “The United Nations must act as a constant reminder of this. It must not only work through non-violence – but it must inspire others to do so too,” he said. The UN General Assembly, through a resolution in 2007, designated 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence to coincide with the birthday of Gandhi, who led the country’s independence movement and pioneered the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.
Coach Steve Rohlik addresses members of the OSU men’s hockey team during a game against Michigan on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 5-3.Credit: Isabelle Beecy / Lantern photographerAs the Ohio State men’s hockey team got set to take on the Michigan Wolverines for the last time in the regular season, the Buckeyes were looking to improve on the ice with improved preparation.“We practiced a lot better this week then we did last week. Preparation is key,” coach Steve Rohlik said. “You win the game Monday through Thursday, and we didn’t do that last week. If we continue to do well in practice, we have a better chance at success.”The Buckeyes had a bit of success as they split the home-and-home series with the Wolverines. On Sunday, the Buckeyes traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., to play in Yost Arena, where they lost to the Wolverines, 5-2. Sunday was the polar opposite of Friday night as the Buckeyes couldn’t rally against an aggressive Wolverine defense. Sophomore goalie Christian Frey was in the net for OSU both nights and recorded 54 saves total over the weekend. “(Frey) has literally given us a chance this second half (of the season). He looks comfortable, confident, he’s made some great saves for us,” Rohlik said. “He’s given us a chance every game he’s been in, and if we can go out there, chip away and score some goals, I like our chances.” The Buckeyes were unable to gain offensive momentum throughout the game and struggled to finish against Michigan junior goaltender Steve Racine. The Buckeyes rallied in the third with goals from senior captain Tanner Fritz and junior forward Tyler Lundey, but it wasn’t enough to make a comeback. OSU and Michigan were fairly even in shots, but Racine held the advantage with 28 saves. With freshman Dylan Larkin and senior Zach Hyman taking the lead, the Wolverines were able to break down the Buckeye defense. Going into Sunday’s matchup, Michigan looked to improve its defensive effort, after OSU was able to bury five goals in Friday’s game. OSU celebrated a 5-3 victory over the No. 15 Wolverines in the series opener at the Schottenstein Center, giving the Buckeyes their first win over Michigan since 2011. Senior forward Matt Johnson proved be an offensive leader for the Buckeyes, scoring two goals in the first period. Fritz also found the back of the net and recorded his 100th point as a Buckeye.Senior forward Darik Angeli also tallied one for the Buckeyes, scoring off a one-timed slap shot to give OSU the 4-2 lead. In the third period, Michigan pulled its goalie, and sophomore forward Nick Shilkey scored his seventh goal of the season on the empty net. “This was the best win for us all year. When you don’t win as many games as you would like to, it could go one of two directions. I think we had some good talks this week as a team and I think we put in the best week of practice,” Rohlik said. The Buckeyes are looking to gain some momentum as they prepare for a matchup against the second-ranked team in the Big Ten, the Penn State Nittany Lions, on Friday in Columbus.Johnson said Friday’s game was a step in the right direction, but added OSU needs to continue to play that well every night. “Once you start playing that way, it’s kind of contagious,” he said.
Apple has been thwarted in its initial attempt to trademark the iPad mini name. The company filed an application with the USPTO back in November of 2012, but was unsuccessful in securing a mark.This doesn’t mean Apple has been permanently blocked from receiving a TM to put next to the iPad mini name. For now all it means is that the legal eagles in Cupertino need to provide additional documentation that makes a stronger case.According to the Patent Office’s response, there were a couple problems with the original application. The letter sent to Apple first notes that “the applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of applicant’s goods.” It’s not impossible to obtain a new trademark for a phrase that’s nothing more than one already-trademarked word with an adjective attached.Apple has done it before with numerous iPod variations, after all. And curiously, a second reason that the iPad mini application was that the company didn’t submit the same kind of supporting specimen that it did in 2006 for its iPod nano trademark.That time around, Apple included a screenshot from its web store showing the various iPod nano models and their pricing. It also showed where the nano fit inside the iPod range, nestled between the iPod shuffle and the top-end iPod.November’s application for the iPad mini, however, merely included a screenshot of the landing page for Apple’s latest tablet. The USPTO reply notes that Apple needs to show the iPad mini next to the “necessary ordering information,” in its filing imagery next time.Once that’s submitted and Apple’s lawyers include a disclaimer that they’re not trying to Bogart the term “mini” and only want to use it as part of the iPad mini branding, they’ll be good to go.And no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Even with the kind of legal firepower and industry experience that Apple boasts, stuff like this can still slip through the cracks.
RIDGEFIELD — When the much-anticipated Ilani Casino Resort opened in the spring, traffic was backed up for miles with visitors eager to check out the new venue.Months later, the casino doesn’t draw quite the same number of visitors, but people who live nearby have complained that when the venue holds large events, they’ve been denied access to Northwest 319th Street, which they rely on to get home.Although Clark County and the Cowlitz Tribe are working with residents on the issue, residents remain worried that the casino’s plans for a gas station, hotel and other additions will just make the situation even harder to manage.“Our road concerns have significantly increased,” said William Horn, who lives near the casino, during the public comment period at a recent county council meeting.During the meeting, he and other residents complained that when the casino has been particularly busy, sheriff’s deputies have turned them away from using the street. He said that he and other residents have met with casino management who he said have taken their concerns seriously. But he said he remains worried.
Related Items:#crimefightaffectedbyfinances, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 1, 2017 – Nassau – In an interview with reporters following the 2017-2018 Budget Communication in the House of Assembly, Minister of National Security, Marvin Dames said that the country is not in the “healthy financial state” to accommodate all of the government’s anti-crime initiatives and that his ministry will have to tackle crime by using its current resources and implement more cost-effective strategies.Mr. Dames, however, highlighted the administration’s promise to “manage the affairs of this country in a prudent manner and get the desired results that we’re looking for,” referring to number of “short-term measures” his ministry has already started to implement in an attempt to “assist in the reduction of crime to bring down the level of fear throughout our communities.”The “short-term measures”, he says, include increasing police visibility, increased generation and subsequent implementation of various crime fighting operations, and reviewing the existing anti-crime programmes to “see whether they’re yielding the desired results.”Mr. Dames added that the government is seeking to establish more collaboration between the country’s law enforcement agencies to better “extend the reach” of law enforcement and allow the government to better capitalize on the “total resources of law enforcement to assist in the reduction of crime to bring down the level of fear throughout our communities.”During his first budget communication, Minister of Finance, Hon. KP Turnquest said that the country’s fiscal dilemma is “far, far, far more bleak” than the Minnis administration anticipated. The GFS deficit at the end of June is reported at $500m, five times the $100m forecast by the Christie administration.#magneticmedianews#crimefightaffectedbyfinances
A more than two-week-long first-degree attempted murder trial went to the jury Monday, with the defense attorney warning jurors the state has no solid evidence in the case.While a deputy prosecutor said Monday that Jose Gasteazoro-Paniagua “had the motive, means and ability” to shoot his former best friend, a defense attorney dismissed the allegations as entirely speculation.The only shred of evidence against the Vancouver man on trial for first-degree attempted murder, defense attorney Charles Buckley said, is a jailhouse snitch who stands to gain a generous plea bargain in exchange for his potentially damning testimony. The informant, Garold Jacobsen, is being jailed in connection to the Dec. 13 slaying of a Vancouver man.“(Jacobsen) is looking at a life sentence. And he says he’ll do anything to get out,” Buckley said before imploring the jury to not find any of his testimony credible.Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said the evidence points to Gasteazoro-Paniagua, 33, citing such examples as the defendant’s rift with shooting victim Jose Muro, as well as having a gun that closely matched the weapon used in the shooting.
The RV wastewater dump at the northbound Gee Creek Rest Area will be closed most of today.According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the closure will last until about 4:15 p.m. The closure was prompted by some maintenance issues.The dump station is popular with recreational vehicle users.The rest area remains open.Gee Creek Rest Area is at Milepost 11 of Interstate 5, near the Battle Ground exit.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) held a lecture on the Quabbin Reservoir on May 6, 2019. Nancy Huntington, from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, discussed the Reservoir’s history, its construction and how it is managed.Watch the lecture, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/139b8d56-f7d8-4ed0-9006-95a087efb03a/video.original.mp400:0000:0055:35Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Learn About The History Of Silver LakeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Wilmington Residents Share Their Memories Of The Moon LandingIn “Videos”VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Wilmington Rec Department, WCTV Put Out Call For VolunteersIn “Volunteer”
Download AudioA bill that would give tribes greater jurisdiction over substance abuse, domestic violence and other misdemeanors was passed out of the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee last week despite objections from the state.
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 @aprnListen Now Will Obama look north for his legacy?Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.As the months tick down on hisadministration, President Obama has created marine monuments in the Northeast and the South Pacific. Alaska interest groups are working to get his attention, too. Some want him to take bold action in the 49th State before he leaves office, and others are urging him to resist the call.YKHC offering blood tests to patients potentially affected by partially sterilized dental toolsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation is offering blood tests to patients treated at their dental clinic between Sept 13 – 21 after the clinic learned that some instruments were only partially sterilized.Alaska settles complaint over Medicaid payment systemAssociated PressThe state has reached a settlement over its problem-plagued Medicaid payment system, agreeing to pay the vendor hired to implement the system $25.9 million it is owed, provided certain terms are met.Russian Jack shooting victim dies in hospital, fourth suspect turns himself inJosh Edge and Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe victim of last week’s shooting near Anchorage’s Russian Jack Park has died. Four suspects have been charged.Downtown Assembly member kneels for pledgeZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageCiting concerns from constituents over national promises not met, downtown representative Patrick Flynn made a brief symbolic statement during a routine assembly meeting.With assembly approval, Central Council expands plans for 3-acre Immersion ParkLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauThe Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House.Ketchikan volleyball players and coaches raise Title IX concerns to school boardLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanRepresentatives of Ketchikan High School’s volleyball team came to the Ketchikan School Board on Wednesday with a long list of complaints, including gender bias, alleged violations of Title IX, and objectification of the athletes involved in volleyball.How the Blue Lake Dam is costing SitkaEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe city of Sitka is struggling to pay off the Blue Lake Dam in a big way. The project was largely funded through bond proceeds. But due to a major decline in electric usage by Sitka customers, the city doesn’t have enough money to meet the bond payment. This is true not only for this year, but in the coming year as well should electric usage in Sitka plateau and voters fail to approve a ballot question raising the mill rate.
Blake Thornberry via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)Heavier trucks could soon be traveling the roads around Houston.State lawmakers have pushed forward a bill allowing heavier semi trucks on the roads in Houston.Senate Bill 1524 was supported by the oil and gas industry. It creates permits for heavier trucks within 30 miles of the Port of Houston, allowing trucks to carry shipping containers with loads weighing up to 100,000 pounds. That’s generally more than what’s currently allowed, though there are some exceptions.The Texas Oil and Gas Association lobbied for the bill, saying it would make it easier to move refined natural gas products from petrochemical plants to the Houston port.“For our purpose, it’s polyethylene pellets that can be exported internationally to these massive markets,” says Todd Staples, the group’s president.Staples says with this legislation, trucks could carry more of those pellets per load, which, he argues, would make Texas more competitive in the growing petrochemical sector.“The decision of where to put these billions of dollars of projects are really dependent upon if Texas is smart about modernizing our transportation policy,” Staples says.Backers of the bill insist the bigger trucks will be safe because of specialized technology, but not everyone’s buying that.La Porte Mayor Louis Rigby opposed the bill, saying in a Houston Chronicle column that the bigger loads would make roads in industry-heavy communities like his more dangerous.State lawmakers have approved the bill, but the Senate has to approve some amendments before it heads to the governor’s desk. If that doesn’t happen, there’s a chance the bill could still die. Listen Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:17
Kolkata: Four Trinamool Congress leaders among six people were killed when a bus coming from the opposite direction rammed into their SUV.The incident took place near Marishda area in East Midnapore on early Wednesday morning. The victims have been identified as Abdul Haji Kalam Sheikh (52), Haidar Ali (45), Deb Sagar Dey (42), Samar Ghosh (41), Pradip Das (36) and Asit Das (53). The deceased were all the residents of Murshidabad. They were going to Digha along the National Highway 116B. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA senior police officer of the district, Sheikh was in-charge of PWD affairs at Kandi Panchayat Samiti in Murshidabad, whereas Ali used to look after agricultural affairs. Dey and Ghosh were also Trinamool Congress leaders at Purandarpur gram panchayat. They started off from Kandi on Tuesday evening. Police said a bus was coming from the opposite direction when it collided head on with the car. It occurred when the bus tried to overtake a loaded truck. Five of them including the driver died on spot, while the sixth victim Asit Das succumbed after being taken to a hospital in the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAsit Das was a doctor by profession. According to police, some of the passengers travelling in the bus also received injuries in the accident. They were released after primary treatment in a nearby medical centre.Police said the car was at a high speed when it was hit by a Howrah-bound private bus that was returningfrom Digha.Locals told the police that they heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot only to find all the six passengers trapped inside the car. The frontal portion of the car was completely damaged in the accident. Police and locals faced difficulties in removing the bodies of the victims from inside the mangled car. Police cut a portion of the vehicle with a gas cutter and removed the bodies. Five of them died on spot, while one died after being taken to Kanthi Sub-divisional hospital. The frontal portion of the bus was also damagedin the accident.The incident triggered traffic congestion in the area on Wednesday morning. The vehicle was later removed from the place with the help of a crane. The driver of the bus fled the spot immediately after the accident. Police have seized the bus and ill-fated car. Police suspect that as the bus was also at a high speed while overtaking a truck. Dibyendu Adhikari, Trinamool Congress MP visited the hospital.
Amidst the discussions going on around social media websites regulating their content or facing legal actions, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced plans to rethink the core of how Twitter works. In an interview with the Washington Post, Dorsey said, that he is experimenting with features that would promote alternative viewpoints in Twitter’s timeline to address misinformation and reduce echo chambers. “The most important thing that we can do is we look at the incentives that we’re building into our product,” Dorsey said. “Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do — and I don’t think they are correct anymore.” Dorsey’s move is a clear indication of the fact that Silicon Valley leaders are getting serious about improving safety, security, and privacy across their services. In recent months, Twitter has made several moves to combat fake news and other data related scandals. Earlier this month, Apple, Facebook, and Spotify took action against Alex Jones. Initially, Twitter allowed Jones to continue using its service. But on Tuesday, Twitter imposed a seven-day “timeout” on Jones after he encouraged his followers to get their “battle rifles” ready against critics in the “mainstream media” and on the left. Last month, the social media giant allegedly deleted 70 million fake accounts in an attempt to curb fake news. It has been constantly suspending fake accounts which are inauthentic, spammy or created via malicious automated bots. Another solution Twitter is exploring is to surround false tweets with factual context. Dorsey said, that more context about a tweet, including tweets that call it out as obviously fake could help people make judgments for themselves. It is planning to label automated accounts; Legislators and federal lawmakers have already proposed putting such requirements into law. The social media website is also auditing existing accounts for signs of automated sign-up and improving the overall sign-up process. What is left to see now is whether Twitter can actually effectively implement these claims. Or Dorsey’s statements will go down the drain. You can read Dorsey’s entire interview on the Washington Post. Read Next How to stay safe while using Social Media Facebook plans to use Bloomsbury AI to fight fake news YouTube has a $25 million plan to counter fake news and misinformation
Nine top selling agents from Student Flights visited the west coast of the USA with Busabout in the last week of March, venturing to Las Vegas from Los Angeles, with stops along the way on Route 66, The Grand Canyon, Mojave National Park, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Hollywood and Little Tokyo.Four of the nine famil spots were awarded to the top selling store in each region (NSW, VUC/TAS, QLD/NT, WA/SA) with the prerequisite that 10 Europe or USA Hop-on Hop-off passes or Ultra Croatia Sail trips were sold. Five Wild Card spots were also on offer for agents who sold a minimum of 3 x Europe or USA Hop-on Hop-off or Ultra Croatia Sail between the 1 November and 31 December 2018. Busabout will be rewarding more hard-working agents with new and exciting incentives to be announced in the coming months. Agents can stay in the loop with upcoming competitions and incentives on Busabout’s Agent Facebook group Busabout Shoutabout. agentsBusaboutfamilLas VegasLos AngelesStudent FlightsUSAwest coast