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first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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6 June 2007The United Nations Security Council today urged justice for the victims of Iraq’s 1990 invasion and subsequent occupation of Kuwait. Council members strongly condemned the execution of Kuwaitis and others by the previous Iraqi regime, said Ambassador Johan Verbeke of Belgium, which holds the presidency of the 15-member body, in a statement to the press.“Security Council members agreed that those responsible for these horrendous crimes should be brought to justice,” he said.The statement noted the recent positive identification of further human remains and the repatriation of others from Kuwait to Iraq.A total of 233 mortal remains have so far been identified, according to the Secretary-General’s latest report on the issue. Council members welcomed the work of the Tripartite Commission, which includes Iraq, Kuwait and the United States, and is dealing with the issue, “including provision of mutual assistance among them.” Security Council members issued the press statement following a closed-door briefing by Ambassador Yuri Vorontsov, the Secretary-General’s High-level Coordinator on Kuwaiti persons and others as well as property harmed during the invasion.Ambassador Verbeke said the members were “confident that all parties, in particular Iraq and Kuwait, could work towards constructive arrangements to enable a satisfactory solution to all of the outstanding humanitarian aspects covered by Ambassador Vorontsov’s mandate.” read more

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7 September 2007Thousands of people recovering from last month’s devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) require immediate and continued food aid, including nutritional support for children and other vulnerable people, and more donations are needed, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today. Thousands of people recovering from last month’s devastating floods in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) require immediate and continued food aid, including nutritional support for children and other vulnerable people, and more donations are needed, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.”Hundreds of thousands have taken a big hit from these floods,” WFP Asia Director Tony Banbury said of his agency’s latest food security assessment report. “They need our help now just to get by, and they will need our help in the future to recover lost livelihoods.” Immediately after the floods, the Government gave WFP extensive access and cooperation to assess the disaster’s impact and international agency staff undertook rapid assessments between 17-26 August in six provinces. WFP and the Government agreed last month on food distributions to 215,000 people over three months.The latest findings confirmed that villagers and farmers suffered extensive losses of food stocks, livestock and private kitchen gardens — all critical sources of food in the upcoming winter months.”WFP is providing emergency food assistance in 37 of the hardest hit counties, but we are also concerned that children and pregnant mothers are able to receive adequate food as these areas struggle to recover,” WFP Country Director Jean-Pierre DeMargerie said. “We will work closely with the government in monitoring the nutritional status of vulnerable persons and we will seek to increase food supplements for children who live in these areas,” he added.The floods caused severe damage to agricultural areas, with the greatest impact on the so-called “Cereal Bowl” lowlands of North and South Phyongan, and North Hwanghae and South Hwanghae provinces, representing 76 percent of the DPRK’s total arable land.Estimates by the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that the damage to arable land cultivated with rice, maize, soybean and other crops totals 223,381 hectares — 16 per cent of total arable land.”WFP is committed to helping them as long as the Government provides the conditions we need to do our job,” Mr. DeMargerie said. The Government has indicated acceptance of WFP conditions allowing for ongoing visits and assessments by agency staff of food distribution at district and community levels.An existing WFP operation provides nutritional aid to 1.9 million especially vulnerable people across 50 counties, including many now hit by the floods, with vitamin- and mineral-enriched foods processed at local factories for young children and pregnant and nursing women. With stocks now being drawn down for flood relief, more donor aid will be needed to ensure continuation of the broader aid programme. The emergency flood response alone will cost $5-6 million, according to preliminary estimates. read more

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A teen committed suicide in Ududumbara yesterday over a love affair, the police media unit said today.The police said that the 15 year old girl had set herself on fire inside her house over the affair. Her parents had advised her on her affair with a boy and she had then committed suicide, the police said.The body of the teen was taken to the Kandy hospital. Further investigations are underway.

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NEW YORK — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos have completed their divorce and are divvying up their stake in Amazon, leaving both with a piece of the online shopping giant worth billions.In government filings late Wednesday, Amazon disclosed that Jeff Bezos’ stake in the company was cut to about 12%, from 16% after completing his divorce and selling nearly $2 billion worth of stock. His current stake is worth nearly $110 billion. He remains the company’s largest shareholder.MacKenzie Bezos now has a 4% stake in Amazon worth more than $37 billion. She announced in May that she planned to give away at least half her fortune to charity.Amazon.com Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press

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MADRID — A day after seeing its rivals falter, Sevilla took care of business.Sevilla moved past Atletico Madrid and Barcelona to go top of the Spanish league by beating Valladolid 1-0 on Sunday.Atletico and Barcelona had played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, opening the way for Sevilla to take the lead with a home win.Sevilla also benefited from setbacks by other teams near the top of the standings. Alaves had a chance to go top on Friday but lost 1-0 at Leganes, while Real Madrid is sixth after a shock 3-0 defeat at Eibar on Saturday. That result ended the team’s perfect run under coach Santiago Solari and left the Spanish powerhouse six points off the lead.Sevilla, which had already led the league after the eighth round, has 26 points from 13 matches, one point more than Barcelona and two more than Atletico. Fourth-place Alaves is three points back.Looking to avoid its own setback, Sevilla controlled the match from the start at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. It didn’t create many significant scoring chances but was always closest to scoring.Andre Silva got the winner with a 30th-minute header after a well-placed cross by Pablo Sarabia, giving Sevilla its seventh straight home win in all competitions. It was the eighth league goal for the Portuguese forward who hadn’t scored for Sevilla in five matches.Valladolid had a 74th-minute goal disallowed for offside, and its biggest chance was a stoppage-time shot by substitute Enes Unal that forced a difficult save by Sevilla goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.The team owned by former Brazil striker Ronaldo hasn’t won in two matches and dropped to 12th.ATHLETIC’S WOESAthletic Bilbao’s struggles continued with a 1-1 home draw against midtable Getafe, extending its winless streak to 12 matches.The result left Athletic with 11 points from 13 matches, just inside the relegation zone.The Basque Country club hasn’t won since the league’s first round in August, enduring eight draws and four losses since then.It opened the scoring with a goal by defender Peru Nolaskoain in the 67th, but Jaime Mata equalized for the visitors in the 77th.It could have been worse for Athletic if Getafe had been awarded a penalty kick late in stoppage time after Mata was held by a defender inside the area, but the referee ended the match before a video review.Getafe, winless in three matches, sits 11th in the standings.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniTales Azzoni, The Associated Press read more

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OSU freshman Emily Clark (20) during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State-Michigan rivalry continued this weekend, but this time, the Wolverines came out on top. The OSU softball team (25-11-1, 9-4-1) suffered its first sweep of the year at the hands No. 2 Michigan (33-4, 11-2), with three lopsided games in Ann Arbor, Michigan.OSU junior Shelby Hursh pitched 11 innings with 10 strikeouts over the three games, taking her record to 13-5. For the Wolverines, junior Megan Betsa dominated in the circle with two complete games and 25 strikeouts.At the plate, freshman Emily Clark continued her confident approach, hitting .500, and senior Cammi Prantl hit .333 with a double in the final game, which brought her within three of tying the program’s all-time record.Game 1The Buckeyes opened their tough weekend with an equally tough loss, an 8-0 shutout in six innings.Clark went 2-for-2 and redshirt senior shortstop Maddy McIntyre went 2-for-3. The pair were the only batters to record hits, as OSU struggled against Michigan junior Megan Betsa, who struck out 13.McIntyre started the game with a single through the left side and a stolen base, but the Buckeyes left her stranded. In the bottom of the first, Michigan earned two bases after Hursh hit two batters, but she recorded two strikeouts to keep the game even.The game remained this way until the bottom of the fourth, when the Wolverines grabbed a one-run lead after junior Abby Ramirez singled to left field to bring in junior outfielder Kelly Christner, who had reached first base on a throwing error. Despite loading the bases on Clark’s single and two walks in the next inning, OSU could not tie the game.Michigan stretched its lead to four on sophomore Aidan Falk’s three-run shot to center field in the bottom of the fifth and pushed the margin to 5-0 on a deep triple by senior Kelsey Susalla in the following inning. The Wolverines continued to dominate at the plate with leadoff hits from sophomore Tera Blanco and junior Lindsay Montemarano and a walkoff single by Falk to end the game after six innings.Game 2In Saturday’s matchup, the Buckeyes were able to score their first run of the weekend, but once again were overwhelmed by the home team in a 5-1 loss.OSU left six runners stranded throughout the game, and Michigan took control of the fifth inning to score three runs with two outs. However, for the first time this season, no Buckeye struck out at the plate, which is somewhat of silver lining amid a tough three-game sweep. Both redshirt junior Alex Bayne and sophomore Taylor White went 2-for-3 with pairs of singles, and sophomore Becca Gavin earned an RBI on a single through the left side. OSU junior Lena Springer and sophomore Shelby McCombs managed to strike out only one batter and gave up seven hits.Like Friday’s game, Michigan scored first on a solo home run by Christner in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines took their lead to two on Susalla’s outfield single to bring in Romero.The Buckeyes briefly responded on Gavin’s hit but could not stop Michigan’s bats from adding three more runs to the scoreboard. Freshman Faith Canfield, on her second homer of the year, senior Sierra Lawrence and senior slugger Sierra Romero recorded big hits to maintain the Wolverines’ hold on the game.The final three innings were unsuccessful for both dugouts, especially for OSU, as its last nine batters of the game went down in order.Game 3Michigan, once again, scored first on a throwing error from behind the plate by Gavin. In the bottom of the third inning, a sacrifice fly to right field by Blanco brought in Lawrence to make the game a 2-0 battle.While OSU got runners aboard, it could not send them around the bases to score. Through the first three innings, the Buckeyes left four stranded with only one hit. White brought the Wolverines’ lead to one with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the fourth inning, but Gavin, junior Anna Kirk and Leonard went down in order to stifle the rally.The Buckeyes took their first lead of the weekend on Prantl’s double up the middle to bring in freshman Bri Betschel and Bayne in the fifth inning. This lead did not last long, though, after Michigan’s Blanco sent a booming three-run homer over the center-field fence.Heading into the final two innings behind two runs, OSU could not jumpstart a late rally, handing Michigan a 3-0 weekend and another notch in the rivalry history.Up nextOSU is scheduled to take on the Ohio Bobcats in another midweek, intrastate doubleheader Tuesday before returning home for a series with Purdue from Friday to Sunday. The first game against the Bobcats is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, Ohio. read more

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first_imgComputer parts manufacturer NoFan plans to release a copper version of its huge CR-95C CPU cooler. It’ll weight 1020g, be made of pure copper, and be able to cool processors with up to 100W TDP (including Ivy Bridge‘s 77W). This monster will be 180mm wide and 148mm tall, meaning you better make sure that the heatsinks on your memory aren’t too large. And while the silent operation it promises is ideal, it probably won’t fit into your HTPC’s case.We won’t blame you if you don’t remember the NoFan CR-95C Nickel IcePipe. It was a behemoth of a CPU cooler, that was made available towards the end of 2011. It was regarded, by some, as the largest CPU cooler ever. While I’m not sure if that’s the case, it was by no means small. The cooler weighed in at a motherboard-destroying 730g and came wrapped in a handsome nickel coating. It was designed to handle CPUs up to 95TDP, was compatible with Intel LGA1155/1156/775 and AMD FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2 sockets, and sold for about $130 (though it seems to have mostly been available overseas). Reviews were generally positive, but often remarked on the price, huge size, and weight of the cooler. No one seemed to take issue with its cooling power though — the cooler’s incredible 217,036 mm² of dissipation area might have had something to do with it!The copper version, known as the Copper IcePipe, looks much classier, and it’s a good deal heavier than the original. Both require motherboard removal for installation and use a backplate behind the CPU socket in order to support the cooler. If you use a unit like this you might enjoy the low decibel levels of your system, but you really don’t want to move the computer around if you can avoid it (though placing the case motherboard-side down will help).No price has been announced yet for the copper version of the CR-95C, but you can bet it will be expensive. Copper isn’t particularly cheap these days and this cooler has a lot of it. Plus it’s clearly an intricate design, complete with heatpipes and some very nice skiving work. The cooler should be available some time in June.Fanlesstech, via EngadgetA review of the original CR-95C…last_img read more

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first_img Satellite image showing Wales and Ireland Image: Shutterstock/MarcelClemens Ireland looking to the stars with new plans to fund jobs in space sector Minister John Halligan announced a new strategy this week but it has been criticised for “supporting the arms industry”. The impact of the Government’s investment in ESA is not always evident to the general public, but the figures speak for themselves: the number of Irish companies active in the space related activities has doubled from 30 to 60 in the period 2010 to 2016. Satellite image showing Wales and Ireland Sunday 25 Feb 2018, 8:30 AM https://jrnl.ie/3861944 By Sean Murray Image: Shutterstock/MarcelClemens IRELAND’S SPACE SECTOR is growing, and the government says it wants to provide funding to create more jobs in the sector.Last week, the government published its Project Ireland 2040 plan, setting out a 23-year vision for the country and which projects will be prioritised in capital spending plans.The project involves €116 billion of spending and, although the government has said where the money will come from, the public has been warned not to get its hope up.One aspect of the 2040 plan is “strategic investment” of €9.4 billion in the next nine years , with a “new space technologies programme” included as one of the projects under this heading.This week, it was announced that the government is currently drafting a Space Strategy for Enterprise to try to support Irish businesses and jobs involved in developing tools for space exploration.While Ireland of course has no space programme to speak of, there are quite a number of companies in operation in the country that operate under contracts from the European Space Agency (ESA).Enterprise Ireland says that over 60 Irish companies currently benefit from partnerships with the ESA, with 2,000 people employed in these companies in 2014 and that figure expected to double in the future.The Project 2040 plan wants to “strengthen international science, technology and innovation collaboration to intensify Ireland’s participation internationally, using a wide range of initiatives such as the ESA programmes, to support increasing strengths in aerospace and aeronautics in, for example, the east, midlands and mid-west”.It adds that it will join international organisations to provide Irish access to all markets.In a statement to TheJournal.ie, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation said that its new enterprise plan would aim to ”identify and explore new opportunities and potential synergies with other sectors, as well as providing appropriate support for companies already active in the sector to expand”.Irish companies in the sector are involved in things such as satellite technology, human spaceflight and satellite applications.CriticismThis aim to provide support in this sector is not without criticism, however.This week, Halligan announced the new space strategy at the headquarters of Innalabs, a company that had just received a €2.6 contract from the ESA.This contract will see the company design, develop, build and test a radiation-hardened three-axis gyroscope – a spinning device used for measuring or maintaining orientation and angular velocity.The Minister said: “Through our continued investment in the European Space Agency and with the support of my Department and Enterprise Ireland, Ireland’s space sector will continue to go from strength to strength.”While producing products to be used in space technologies, Innalabs also manufactures high-spec equipment which can be used for military purposes. On its website, for example, the company says it provides “high-performing, reliable, and efficient sensors that support the operational needs of civil and military aviation, helicopters, and unmanned vehicles”.Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has criticised Irish investment in the space industry as also constituting support for the arms industry.“While announcing the space strategy Halligan praised several companies which are involved in the production of navigational systems and other components, used in drones, missiles, and other weapons systems,” she said.Boylan said it was important that any support the Irish government offers to companies involved in space technologies does not go towards military use.“Before announcing any space strategy the Minister needs to ensure that no company profiting of war and death receives public funding,” she said.Coming soonBefore the Space Strategy for Enterprise is finalised, however, a consultation process will seek views from interested parties on how Ireland can best exploit the opportunities in the space sector.In John Halligan, there is a minister who certainly has great interest in the sector.Speaking to TheJournal.ie last year, the Waterford TD explained his passion for the topic.He said: “I have a life-long interest in space exploration and science, particularly the Irish research community’s role in this, from the manned Apollo 16 and 17 missions to the moon to the high-profile international space missions that Irish scientists have been involved with since then.center_img Share81 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 8,886 Views 18 Comments This generates significant economic impact, particularly in terms of jobs, exports and new company formation.With reporting from Paul HosfordRead: ‘There’s a lack of respect for the sector’: Trucking firms need more foreign drivers to fill staff gapsRead: ‘I’m learning every day’: Apprenticeships in Ireland are making a comeback Short URL Feb 25th 2018, 8:30 AM last_img read more

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Disasters such as hurricanes can have serious mental health consequences which can take the form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Acute Stress, Grief or Depression.   First Responders in particular, typically operate on the front lines and often work under severely stressful conditions during disasters.To assist the country in providing mental health support to affected communities, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MHAHS) along with the Department of Mental Health and Substance Dependence, welcomes Dr Claudina Cayetano, Mental Health Regional Advisor of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC.   Dr. Cayetano has extensive experience assisting countries in developing strategies to improve national emergency responses and will be conducting Psychological First Aid training with first responders and other health professionals starting today October 25th – 26th.This training is designed to increase competence and skills necessary to improve the mental health of adults and children who may be struggling to cope after a natural disaster.   Participants of this training include Emergency Health Responders, Mental Health Department, Primary Health Care, TCI Red Cross and 911 Call Centre.The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services is grateful to PAHO for its offer to assist, and sees this as a great opportunity to support and further strengthen TCI’s mental health services within the national emergency response. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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first_imgThe inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA & Walton Family Foundation, met with USDA NRCS during their training in D.C.A small group of conservation-minded growers met this week in D.C. to explore ways to amplify understanding and awareness of farmers’ roles in stewardship of the soil, water and air.This inaugural team of Conservation Champions, sponsored by ASA and the Walton Family Foundation, attended a two-day training and networking session, discussing how to develop advocacy plans and speak to policy-makers about the voluntary ag conservation practices adopted by growers across the country.During the training, participants had the opportunity to visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and also hear from an industry panel on conservation and environmental regulation, sponsored by Bayer Crop Science.This team of champions will advocate with elected officials, tell their stories through publications or social media, and share their experience with different conservation practices with other farmers. They will help highlight how today’s growers are using modern agriculture tools and stewardship effective conservation practices to enhance the sustainability and environmental friendliness of their operations.last_img read more

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first_imgClark County Auditor Greg Kimsey offered recommendations Wednesday on improving the management of the county’s fleet of nearly 400 vehicles.Specifically, Kimsey said the process for deciding when to replace a vehicle is “incomplete and ineffective,” resulting in vehicles being retired as soon as six years too early.The county’s fleet, as of the end of 2011, includes 147 vehicles for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and 140 vehicles for the Department of Public Works.The audit findings were shared Wednesday with the county commissioners, who were receptive to Kimsey’s suggestions.“We’ve (also) got great cooperation from fleet management and the public works director,” Kimsey said.The county fleet includes 203 sedans and SUVs, 80 light pickup trucks, 52 heavy pickup trucks and 56 vans, according to Kimsey’s report. The county has a five-step decision process managers use before deciding to replace a vehicle, but Kimsey said the process should be clarified.For example, the county’s current policy identifies the end of the “useful” life of a general light vehicle (such as a sedan for the assessor’s office) as 15 years and 150,000 miles. However, Kimsey said in a report that the policy doesn’t clarify that both age and mileage standards need to be met.As a result, the county has been retiring light vehicles at either 15 years or 150,000 miles, and sometimes without hitting either mark, according to the report.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Jurassic World franchise has been one of NBCUniversal’s biggest blockbusters.  Universal NBCUniversal — the Comcast media giant behind the Jurassic World franchise and TV networks like NBC, Bravo and Syfy — reportedly plans to launch a streaming service next year.The service will include original content, licensed programming and titles from the company’s archives, according to Variety, which cited two unnamed people familiar with the matter. It will reportedly be available free with advertising for people who already pay for TV through Comcast or Sky, the company’s European satellite provider. But people who aren’t Comcast customers can still access it with a paid subscription, and NBCU will offer an ad-free version for an extra fee too, the report said.  0 Share your voice TV and Movies Digital Media Tags Now playing: Watch this: Disney Comcastcenter_img It makes NBCUniversal the latest gigantic company jumping on the streaming-video bandwagon. Just this year, streaming services are expected from Apple, which has been reportedly investing $1 billion in programming for its as-yet-unconfirmed service; Disney, which will be the exclusive place to stream all its blockbuster Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars films; and WarnerMedia, the AT&T unit that owns HBO and movies like Harry Potter and Wonder Woman.  It will mark the coming year as one of major renovation for traditional Hollywood giants, which are all grappling for ways to take on deep-pocketed tech companies pouring money into original shows and movies, like Netflix and Amazon. NBCUniversal didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment. NBCU has long had a streaming operation through Hulu, the service jointly owned by Comcast, Disney, Fox and Warner. Pending Disney’s takeover of Fox, however, Hulu is expected to come Disney’s majority control later this year. What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Post a comment 5:17 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom combines cutting-edge…last_img read more

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first_imgStories 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 @aprnDownload AudioWasilla High Principal Says Congressman Young Offended Grieving SchoolLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe principal of Wasilla High School says her students are shaken after a visit from Congressman Don Young on Tuesday. Young, known for brash talk throughout his four decades in office, spoke to students about suicide and gay marriage in a way the principal describes as hurtful.Tanana 4H Members Follow Up On Emotional PresentationJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauThe Tanana 4-H club returned to the Elders and Youth Conference yesterday, following up on their emotional presentation at last year’s conference.Begich, Walker/Mallot Are the Early Frontrunners for AFN Endorsement Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauAlaska’s largest Native organization will vote on candidate endorsements Saturday morning. The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors has drafted two resolutions that will be heard on the final day of the AFN convention in Anchorage.Debris Lobe Threatens Dalton Highway Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksGeology and climate are interacting in the Brooks Range, sending masses of debris down mountains toward the Dalton Highway. One of the moving debris lobes has prompted a plan to relocate the road.High Energy Prices Driving Builders, Homebuyers to More Efficient Housing Tim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaskan engineers and builders are pushing the envelope in the quest to build ever-more energy-efficient houses. Some of those innovations are making their way into residential construction.Senate F Race Pits Valley Educator Against Seasoned Legislator Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA new District – Senate F – was created with last year’s state redistricting plan, and now two candidates with solid ties to the the area want to represent it in Juneau.  Educator and Democrat Pat Chesbro,  is challenging long – time  Republican House representative Bill Stoltze  for the seat.Alaska Writer Presents Simple Philosophy On Wildlife Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageBill Sherwonit knows a thing or two about Alaska wildlife. The Anchorage based writer has spent decades traipsing through swamps, forging rivers and hiking mountains studying and writing about Alaska’s critters. From the superstars like grizzly bears, moose and caribou to the lowly wood frog. Even shrews and spiders have been given respectful literary treatment.Sherwonit has a simple philosophy about his relationship with wild animals.last_img read more

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first_imgA team travels on the Iditarod trail to Tanana. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)Iditarod mushers reached the Yukon River last night at Tanana. Teams are ready to launch their race plans as the 8-hour and 24-hour rest periods come into view. But first, they must run the longest stretch of the race between checkpoints and make it through the early race with their teams intact.As the sun went down Tuesday, Nicolas Petit staked his claim as the first musher to the Yukon River. He receives $3,500 in ones and a five-course meal prepared by chefs at the Lakefront Hotel. But first, he needed to find a guest. Martin Buser, the musher who arrived 36 minutes after him wasn’t up for it.“The Yukon River dinner? I might? Otherwise, I may have to find someone else,” Buser said. “I have to go to sleep; I don’t like all of that hoopla.”Nicolas Petit and Tanana resident Blanche Edwin enjoy the five-course meal Petit won for being the first musher to the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)Tanana Mayor Donna Folger presented him with gifts from the community and, ultimately, found him a date.“You guys arm wrestle for it? Blanche, will you eat with him for me? Yes, Blanche!” Folger said.Tanana resident Blanche Edwin joined Petit for the gourmet meal as cameras clicked. Andrew Adlesperger, Food and Beverage Director at the Lakefront Hotel, described the salad course.“Our sun-dried cranberry pear and gorgonzola salad on fresh springs, and it’s topped with a raspberry lime dressing that Bobby made in house.”Petit’s team, however ate a less leafy meal in the dog yard at 25 below.“Chicken fat and chicken skins and beef tripe and kibble,” Petit said. “No rib eye steaks. I’ve done that before, and it backfired.”Nicolas Petit was the first musher to reach the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)While Petit ate, several teams pulled into Tanana. Jason Mackey arrived fourth, right behind Mitch Seavey.“I had no idea there were only three teams here in front of me,” Mackey said. “I had no clue. Well, I did see a bunch of teams parked.”Dozens of teams Tuesday afternoon pulled off to the side of the trail and rested in the midday sun before Tanana.While the forecast is for mellower temperatures, Iditarod Chief Veterinarian Stuart Nelson and his volunteers are playing close attention to the athletes’ body condition over the course of another frigid interior Alaska night.“Very few dropped dogs, very low numbers. Overall, the dogs are healthy; we want to really monitor the hydration and body weights. But they’re pretty perky and peppy.”Upon reaching the Yukon, mushers’ mandatory rest strategies are on the horizon: teams can now take their 8-hour rest at checkpoints between here and Kaltag in addition to their 24-hour layover. Mackey wants to get hundreds of more miles behind him before taking the big rest.“I’m set up in my 24 starting in Galena, and Huslia, Koyukuk and Nulato,” Mackey said. “If I can get all the way to Nulato, that would be the best, I think. The further you can go for the 24, the better off. There is a slew of teams that are thinking the same way. I can hear them pulling in now; man, they’re screaming.”Before many take the 8-hour break, teams will head west on the Yukon to Ruby: the longest stretch between checkpoints at close to 120 miles. Petit’s plan is to have options with the gear and supplies he packs.“I plan on loading up my sled with anything I might need,” Petit said. “You see I still have straw? I still have a bunch of food. I don’t make a plan because I don’t know what the trail is going to do, and I don’t know what the weather is going to do, and I don’t know what my dogs are going to do. I just leave equipped for anything.”The checkpoint of Tanana is the first stop on the Yukon River. (Photo: Ben Matheson, KNOM)For Wade Marrs, the fifth musher into the checkpoint, the next couple runs to Ruby will determine how quickly he needs to bank his big rest.“If the dog team does really good coming across here, then we’ll take an eight and keep on going,” Marrs said. “If they don’t, we’ll take a 24 when we get to the end of this run and go from there.”25 minutes behind Marrs was Bethel musher Pete Kaiser.“I prefer to take my 24 first; we’ll see how it goes,” Kaiser said. “It all depends on what the dogs need at any given time. It’s nice to have the option for either from now on. But I don’t think we’ll need either of them, here.”Mushers will drive their teams west early Wednesday, with both options at hand and hard choices to make.last_img read more

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first_imgThe past 12 months have changed drastically for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces multiple headwinds as his BJP-led NDA government gears up to present the two budgets – Railway Budget on Feb.25 and Union Budget on Feb.29 â€“ for FY2017. A DBS Bank economist feels that the contrast between last year’s budget session and this year’s can’t be more stark. “Same time last year, optimism was running high. Indian equity markets were near record highs, the rupee was outperforming its regional peers and a collapse in oil prices (Jan15’s USD 48/bbl from Jun14’s USD 116/bbl) provided a huge windfall for the fiscal balances,” Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, said in a Wednesday note.Rao, however, added that this year the situation is worrisome for the government.”Fast forward to the present and some of those positives have faded, not helped by the unfavourable external environment. Indian equity markets are down over 10% so far this year, with the rupee within striking distance of a record low, against the dollar. Bond yields have hardened, with the benefit from low oil prices largely spent and narrow room for further rate cuts. Despite global central banks maintaining an easy policy bias, foreign investors have trimmed their exposure in Jan and Feb.”The situation is tricky for the government, a case of damn-if-you-do and damn-if-you-don’t, she said.”…a possible miss in the FY16/17 deficit targets appears largely priced in. We expect the budget to be focused on three main areas: rural development, addressing banking sector’s woes and maintaining capex needs, while absorbing the bigger public sector wage/pension bill. To that extent, a modest overshoot in targets should not surprise. On the other hand, an overshoot beyond 3.8% to 3.9% of GDP will derail consolidation efforts in the past two-three years, drawing the ire of the rating agencies and investor community,” the economist said.With negative sentiments prevailing globally, along with receding hopes of the government’s ability to pass reform-oriented legislation, like the GST Bill, has led to foreign investors (FIIs/FPIs) pulling out about $2.5 billion this year from the Indian equity markets, about 20 percent of calendar year 2015’s total flows. On the political front, filibuster is here to stay, with the Opposition in no mood to let the Modi government go off the hook over the two controversial issues – the slapping of sedition charges on New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students Umar Khalid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Anirban Bhattarcharya, and the unfortunate suicide of a Dalit student at the University of Hyderabad last month.The three students allegedly raised anti-India slogans at an event organised at the JNU while observing hanged terrorist Afzal Guru’s death anniversary early this month. The three students surrendered to the Delhi police on Tuesday night, according to the Hindu. The prime minister said on Tuesday that he hoped the Budget Session of Parliament will be “fruitful,” but it is likely to remain just that: a hope.”The Opposition also made it clear that it will not allow passage of any key Bills in the first half of the session,” the BusinessLine reported. On the second day, BSP leader Mayawati accused the BJP’s paterfamilias – the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – of “suppressing Dalit voices,” according to an ANI report.”On Hyderabad University issue, our party holds the administration, students, two ministers at the Centre and their RSS organisation responsible for it,” she told reporters outside Parliament on Wednesday. The furore over the controversial suicide of Rohit Vemula resulted in repeated adjournments of the Rajya Sabha. Vemula was reportedly forced to take the extreme step due to alleged “discrimination” against Dalit students resulting from a letter written by Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya, following his letter to the Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.last_img read more

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first_imgThe universitys programmes of the day include hoisting of black flags at the university’s vice-chancellor (VC) Bhaban and other main buildings at 6.15am, assemblage of students, teachers, officials and employees at the foot of the Aparajeya Bangla at 6.30 am and placing wreaths at the graveyard on the premises of university’s central mosque, Jagannath Hall premises Smritisoudha, mausoleums at different residential areas at 6.35.A discussion will be held at the Teacher-Student Centre at 11am with the university’s VC in the chair while special prayers will be offered at the Central Mosque and at other mosques and places of worship in residential halls seeking peace of the souls of martyred.Different political, professional, social and cultural organizations, including Jatiya Press Club, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Bangabandhu Gabeshana Parishad, Jatiya Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Bangla Academy, National Museum, Bangabandhu Parishad, Sammilito Sangskritik Jote, Sector Commander’s Forum and Liberation War Museum, also have chalked out elaborate programmes to observe the day. President Abdul Hamid paying tribute to the martyred intellectuals placing wreaths at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Mausoleum at Mirpur. Prothom Alo file photoThe Martyred Intellectual’s Day is being observed today (Thursday) in a befitting manner.President Abdul Hamid placed wreath at the Mirpur Martyred Intellectual graveyard in the morning, to pay tributes to those who lost lives days before Bangladesh’s victory in liberation war in 1971.On this day 46 years ago, the marauding Pakistan army in collusion with their local quislings – the Al-Badr, Al-Shams and Razakars – killed the most prominent intellectuals of the country in a bid to cripple the newly emerging Bangladesh, reports BSS.The memorial erected in memory of the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur in the capital has been readied as national leaders and people from all walks of life are set to offer tributes by placing wreaths there.The Pakistani troops and their Bengali-speaking collaborators belonging to Razakar or other auxiliary forces killed a number of intelligentsia throughout the nine-month long liberation war.But they visibly engaged the infamous Gestapo like Al-Badr and Al-Shams forces on 14 December 1971, just two days ahead of the final victory, to carry out a systematic campaign to murder the most regarded academics and professionals like doctors, engineers and journalists visibly to expose the newborn nation to a state of intellectual bankruptcy.The then Bangladesh government and victorious freedom fighters, however, came to know about their last brutal massacre only after the 16 December 1971 surrender by the Pakistani troops when their top accomplices mostly belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing went into hiding to resurface years later.Those who were exposed to the killers’ wrath on 14 December 1971 included Alim Chowdhury and Fazle Rabbi, journalists Shahidullah Kaisar, Sirajudddin Hossain, Nizamuddin Ahmed, SA Mannan and Selina Parveen and litterateur Monier Chowdhury.Most of the 14 December victims were picked up from their houses blindfolded and killed between 10 and 14 December in 1971.Al-Badr chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and his second in command Ali Ahsan Mujaheed, who subsequently became Jamaat’s ameer and secretary general and ministers in the past BNP-led four-party coalition government, were hanged after trial as major war criminals.President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day paying glowing homage to the martyred intellectuals.Dhaka University (DU) authorities have taken an elaborate programme to observe the Martyred Intellectuals Day in a befitting manner.last_img read more

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first_imgHasan Uddin SarkarLeaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) believe their candidate in the Gazipur City Corporation elections holds an edge over his fellow contestants including ruling Awami League’s nominee.They are convinced that Hasan Uddin Sarkar is competent for the post of the mayor and they hope jailing of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, repression of the BNP men and the price-hike of essentials will all make the voters tilted to their candidate.However, the BNP leaders are concerned over some ‘unknown enemies’, apprehending that the election might not be a fair one.Local BNP leaders say the party’s symbol will carry more weight than the profile of a candidate in this election, although it is a local government polls. They also feel their candidate has a better profile, as well.Hasan Sarkar was the founder chairman of Gazipur municipality besides being the chairman of Gazipur Zila Parishad and a two-time Member of Parliament (MP). He has founded educational institutes such as Tongi Govt College and Safiuddin Sarkar Academy and College.Sarkar’s controbution to development of the locality, BNP leaders believe, will be taken into consideration when the voters make up their mind.Sarkar is from Tongi, an industrial area closer to Dhaka. If the city corporation is split in Tongi and Gazipur, the former will boast greater number of voters, which is an advantage for Hasan Sarkar.He was a top leader of Jatiya Party (JaPa) once, which is also believed to act in his favour.JaPa, led by military ruler HM Ershad, has not named any candidate this time, offering their support to its alliance partner Awami League’s candidate Jahangir Alam.Locals say JaPa has no prominent leader in Gazipur since the passing away of Mahmudul Hasan, a former brigadier general. Former health secretary Niaz Uddin Ahmed had joined JaPa with a hope to get a ticket to contest the mayoral polls, but his dreams did not come true. Hasan, being an old JaPa leader, has good connections with the party men.Mohammad Islam Baburchi, who lives at Ershadnagar, a place that was named after Ershad, said to Prothom Alo, “Our family supports JaPa. If there is a fair election, the BNP will win, because they have a big vote bank in Block 3.”Rubel Mia, another resident of the area, said, “You will see people of Jahangir more because Awami League is the ruling party. We do not know who actually supports whom. Last time Mr Mannan (former mayor MA Mannan) was the winner.”Some locals say Jahangir will get more votes in Gazipur. Shahidul Islam, a shopkeeper in Gazipur, said, “Jahangir belongs to us. They say this election will not change the government, so let him be the mayor. It will ensure development of this area. However, you do not know who will vote for whom.”BNP leaders and activists allege some ‘enemies’ are after them. These unidentified people ask them ‘to be careful’, sometimes in person, sometimes on the phone. This has become a headache for them, BNP men admit.Around 8:30pm on Sunday, when Syed Shamsuzzaman was returning home, someone intercepted him and asked what he had in his pocket. When he replied that he had stickers of paddy sheaf the stranger asked, “Campaigning ends at 8:00pm. Why do you still roam around with these stickers?” Shamsuzzaman now said he was returning home after canvassing. By this time two more people joined the stranger who said, “Be careful. Enemies are after you.”Shamsuzzaman is a member of Gazipur district BNP and joint convenor of the BNP’s electioneering committee in Ward 23.Professor MNH Arif, a resident of Konabari area, received a call a few days back. When he was asked by a stranger at which polling station he would cast his vote, Arif disconnected the call immediately. “I am close to Hasan Bhai, so it was probably done to weaken me,” Arif told Prothom Alo.Rezaul Karim, a BNP activist, received a call on 24 April and the caller, claiming himself to be a police officer, cursed him and asked him not to canvass for Hasan. When he went to the police station to file a general diary, they did not let him do it.Local BNP leaders say they feel threatened by such incidents, also alleging that pro-AL people and policemen loyal to the ruling party are behind this.However, Gazipur superintendent of police Mohammad Harun Ar Rashid denied the allegations. “We have not received any such complaints. Rather, more than 30 teams of the BNP are working in the field. If the situation was so bad, they could not work,” he said.Meanwhile, mayoral candidate Hasan Sarkar’s canvassing in Kashimpur was interrupted by the policemen on Wednesday, his personal assistant MA Faisal alleged. The police had arrested Hasibur Rahman, a central member of Swecchasebak Dal, in presence of Hasan Sarkar on Sunday. Hasan demanded his immediate release, saying he would not leave that place otherwise. Later, the police released Hasibur.BNP leaders say they are very concerned about the role of the law enforcement in the Gazipur City Corporation election. They have already written to the election commission asking police super Harun Ar Rashid be withdrawn.The Gazipur police chief, however, denied making any comments. “It is up to the election commission. I say fair elections have previously been held in Gazipur and this time will be no different,” he told Prothom Alo.On Wednesday night, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar told Prothom Alo, “The returning officer wants a fair election. But will it be possible at all? They only act as per the order. The parliamentary election is around the corner. If the government plays foul in the elections, they will have to pay a hefty price.”**This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassanlast_img read more

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first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Writer Richard Rhodes says it takes about a hundred years for a society to transition from one energy source to another.“And we don’t have a hundred years,” he said, referring to our changing climate.For his latest book, Energy: A Human History, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, went digging through history to find examples of other times humans had to change their sources of fuel for various reasons.Along the way he learned a lot about what factors influenced those changes and how long they took – all in hopes of learning some lessons that might apply to our current situation.In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty about some of those examples and what might be learned from them. 00:00 /08:32center_img X Listen LARRY D. MOORE/FLICKR (CC BY-SA 3.0)Texas’ largest generator of coal-powered energy, Luminant..last_img read more

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first_img CREDIT: Courtesy of Positron The film was written by Andrew Disney and Bradley Jackson and directed by Andrew Disney. It’s being jointly produced by Positron and Ralph Smyth Entertainment. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic is making his virtual reality (VR) debut in a new comedic short film called “Shady Friend” that is being produced exclusively for the Positron Voyager VR motion chair and that sounds even trippier than most of Yankovic’s vast catalog of oddball hits.Case in point: The resulting short film will include not only motion, but also scents and haptic elements — which should make for an interesting experience, given the topic. “Shady Friend” is all about a heartbroken hero who accidentally takes some psychedelic drugs his less-than reputable buddy has brought over to his apartment.Principal photography for “Shady Friend,” which also stars former SNL writer Nick Kocher, Nick Rutherford (“Brigsby Bear”) and Minka Kelly (“The Roommate,” “Friday Night Lights”) has concluded, but there’s no word on a release date yet. The Voyager Motion Chair in action.This is the first time a VR film has been produced exclusively for Voyager motion chairs, which are so far only available in select theaters and VR centers. Positron raised a seed round of funding at Sundance 2018, and is currently in the process of raising a Series A that the company wants to use to both expand its footprint as well as produce additional original content for its motion chair.“What I love most about the Voyager platform is that it allows filmmakers to curate VR experiences in a cinematic way,” said the film’s director Andrew Disney. “Positron has created quite an amazing tool for immersive storytelling.”last_img read more

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