Moroccan Navy Rescues 19 Moroccans off Casablanca

Rabat – The Moroccan navy has rescued 19 Moroccan people, including a woman and a child, in the Atlantic Ocean off Casablanca.The migrants were in a weak wooden boat and had been abandoned by their smuggler in the middle of the ocean, according to a statement by the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) general staff.The royal navy sent a rescue team after they located the migrants 32 kilometers off Casablanca at around 8 p.m. The statement said that the navy brought the rescued people back safely to the port of Casablanca.The makeshift boat, according to the statement, sank at the end of the rescue.Every year, hundreds of migrants, including sub-Saharans and Moroccans, take the hazardous journey across the Atlantic Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea in an attempt to reach the Eldorado.In June, the Royal Marine rescued 472 undocumented migrants, including 28 women and 27 teenagers.The migrants also included 3 children. Most of the migrants were men.The 472 passengers are among the latest in a growing number of men, women, and children making the risky sea journey in hopes of reaching Europe.Earlier this month, at least 35 migrants, including Moroccans, were killed after a boat capsized off Tunisia’s southern coast.The precarious sea voyage claimed the lives of 90 migrants in February after a migrant boat capsized off the Libyan coast near the city of Zuara. read more

Ban opens UN forum with call for enhanced global cooperation against terrorism

“What I see here today is a recognition that we are all in this fight together,” Mr. Ban said at the start of the Symposium on International Counter-terrorism Cooperation, the first in a series of high-level events being convened this week on the margins of the 66th General Assembly. “What I see here today is the start of a new era in counter-terrorism cooperation. States recognize that they cannot go it alone,” he added. “Let us, together, explore how to deepen our engagement. “Let us chart a course that reflects our determination to defeat terrorism and build a safer, more just and peaceful world for all.” Mr. Ban highlighted the resolve shown by countries five years ago in adopting the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy, while also stressing the need to reinvigorate efforts to conclude the Comprehensive Convention against Terrorism. The strategy, he noted, recognizes that terrorism cannot be combated only through security-related or law enforcement means. “Effective counter-terrorism requires a combination of social, educational, economic and political tools that target those factors that make the terrorist option appear attractive. “The strategy also recognizes that human rights are an intrinsic part of the fight against terror, not an acceptable casualty of war,” he added. The Secretary-General also announced that the world body has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia on the creation of a UN Centre for Counter Terrorism (UNCCT). Saudi Arabia will contribute $10 million over the next three years to set up the centre, which will be based in New York and support the implementation of the strategy, as well as foster international cooperation, strengthen individual countries’ capacity-building efforts and build up a database of best practices to counter terrorism. “The centre will go a long way in countering terrorism around the world,” said Mr. Ban at a signing ceremony this morning with Prince Saud Al-Faisal Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister. General Assembly President Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser told the forum that today’s event comes at an opportune time, serving as a reminder that terrorism can only be defeated when nations work together and act on the collective commitment to implement the Global Strategy. “We must take joint initiatives, share information, participate in collective threat assessments and provide much-needed assistance wherever required, to enable our nations to stand strong and united,” he said. Mr. Al-Nasser added that, as the global legitimate decision-making body, the Assembly is well positioned to take action on this issue. “The General Assembly is also a very important venue for helping to establish partnerships between relevant stakeholders, share knowledge and of course develop international norms on counter-terrorism,” he added. 19 September 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today kicked off a counter-terrorism forum with a call for strengthening the collective resolve to defeat a menace that affects all nations and to build a safer world for all. read more

TSX closes above 14000 for first time since August on rising oil

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock market has closed at its highest level in more than nine months, fuelled by gains in energy and bank stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index in Toronto racked up 100.89 points to settle at 14,053.74.The last time it closed above the 14,000 mark was on Aug. 19, 2015.The Canadian dollar also found strength, adding 0.72 of a cent to end the day at 76.79 cents US.The uptick came after the Bank of Canada announced it was holding its key interest rate steady and a report that showed a decrease in U.S. oil stockpiles, which helped lift crude prices.The July crude contract was up 94 cents at US$49.56 a barrel, while July natural gas gained four cents at US$2.18 per mmBTU.The June gold contract fell $5.40 to US$1,223.80 an ounce and July copper contracts rose four cents to US$2.10 a pound.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average soared 145.46 points at 17,851.51, the broader S&P 500 composite index advanced 14.48 points to 2,090.54 and the Nasdaq composite gained 33.83 points to 4,894.89. read more

Hong Kong Umbrella Movement leader released on bail

HONG KONG — A top Hong Kong opposition leader imprisoned on public disorder charges has been released on bail as the territory’s government attempts to quell a protest movement that has paralyzed parts of the island, including its international airport, and led to hundreds of arrests.Benny Taiwan was sentenced to 16 months as one of nine leaders of a 2014 drive for universal suffrage known as the Umbrella Movement. He was allowed to return home Thursday on $12,755 cash bail but barred from leaving Hong Kong.The 2014 movement fizzled out, its demands unmet and leaders arrested. It laid the groundwork for the new protest movement that began in June with mass opposition to extradition legislation but has since encompassed more sweeping democratic demands.The Associated Press

Canadian steel not a national security threat on its own US commerce

OTTAWA — U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says Canada is not a national security threat to the United States and that a revitalized NAFTA could make the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum go away.Ross also acknowledged Wednesday that the U.S. doesn’t have a trade deficit on steel with Canada. In fact, he said it has a surplus with its northern neighbour in terms of dollar value.Ross made the comments in Washington to a U.S. Senate committee that’s examining tariffs imposed by Trump on some of that country’s closest partners, including Canada. The duties are based on the premise the countries are threats to American national security under the controversial Section 232 of U.S. trade law.The remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump’s point person on tariffs provided some encouragement for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.Freeland said later Wednesday that officials have been trying to convey the message to Washington that the trade balance on steel isn’t tilted in Canada’s favour and that it poses no national security threat to the U.S.“We think that is self-evident, and that is what we have been saying from the beginning,” Freeland said of the security issue before applauding Ross’ observation on the trade balance.“(It was) good to hear all of those comments from him.”Under a grilling by Republicans and Democrats, Ross heard concerns that looming retaliatory tariffs by allies, including Canada, Mexico and the European Union, would kill American jobs and drive up prices for consumers.In one key exchange, Ross played down Trump’s national security rationale, and instead linked the tariffs to the unresolved renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.“The Canadian steel industry is not being accused of directly and individually being a security threat,” Ross testified.“The national security implication is in the aggregate, all of the steel.”Ross said Canada and Mexico were initially exempted from the national security tariffs “pending negotiations of NAFTA overall.”“Unfortunately, those talks were not able to come to a conclusion,” he said.“Our objective is to have a revitalized NAFTA, a NAFTA that helps America and, as part of that, the 232s would logically go away, both as it relates to Canada and as to Mexico.”The Trudeau government for the most part maintains there is no connection between the tariffs and NAFTA, but when asked Wednesday about a possible link, Freeland said such a question is best put to the U.S. administration.Freeland reiterated her position that the tariffs, and Canada’s response to them, are entirely separate from the NAFTA talks.In a recent interview, however, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the NAFTA renegotiation can’t continue “under the threat of tariffs” from the U.S. or Canada’s own planned retaliation.For his part, Ross said U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer is optimistic NAFTA talks “could pick up steam” after Mexico’s July 1 presidential election.A Republican lawmaker from Pennsylvania was critical of Lighthizer’s insistence on inserting a five-year sunset clause into NAFTA, a position long decried as a non-starter for the Trudeau Liberals.“I’m very deeply concerned that the very provisions that Trade Representative Lighthizer is seeking would make NAFTA a much lesser agreement. It would weaken NAFTA. One of them is to have a sunset provision,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, who added it would lead to a “departure of investment from the United States, which would be harmful.”Toomey said Trump’s use of Section 232 was “wholly inappropriate” and he renewed a plea to fellow lawmakers to support the bill he has co-sponsored with fellow Republican Sen. Bob Corker that would give Congress — not the president — the authority to implement that national security provision.“I wish we would stop invoking national security because that’s not what this is about. This is about economic nationalism and an economic policy of managing trade.”Throughout Ross’s testimony Wednesday, committee members criticized Trump’s tariffs.Democratic Sen. Michael Bennett challenged Ross to say whether the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada on steel.“We don’t have a trade deficit of note (on steel),” Ross replied. “We have a surplus in dollars; we do not have a surplus in physical value.”Bennett also asked Ross to explain “the national security rationale for putting a tariff on the Canadian steel industry, with whom we have a trade surplus?”Ross described the tariffs as a tool to persuade allies to reduce the amount of Chinese steel that passes through their countries and into the U.S. market.Some partners, including Canada and the E.U., have already taken positive steps in that effort, he said.“The only way we’re going to solve the global steel overproduction and overcapacity is by getting all the other countries to play ball with us,” Ross said of U.S. allies slapped with the tariffs.“And while they’re complaining bitterly about the tariffs, the fact is they’re starting to take the kind of action, which — if they had taken (it) sooner — would have prevented this crisis.”Freeland argued that Canada introduced stronger safeguards on steel well before the U.S. imposed the tariffs.She said the measures were put in place not only to ensure Canada is a good trading partner, but primarily to protect Canada’s own national interest by keeping Chinese steel and aluminum from being dumped into the market. read more

There is no point sending your children to Eton because education is

“But if you correct for what the schools selected on, there’s no difference in GCSE scores. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you select the very best kids academically, yes they go on and do well. But have you added value? The answer is no. ‘So why send your kids to Eton? Don’t. If all you’re doing it for is educational achievement. Schools matter, kids have got to learn all this stuff. But do they make a difference? The answer is no.”Eton currently costs more than £40,000-a-year and 19 of Britain’s Prime Ministers were educated at the school. Prof Plomin accepted that parents may want to send there children to fee-paying schools to mix with the ‘right sort of people’ but said they shouldn’t expect the institutions to improve their grades.Private schools may also instil confidence, leadership skills or connections which improve job prospects in later life, he conceded. Although just seven per cent of children in Britain attended public school, over a third of MPs, half of medical consultants and two thirds of high court judges had a private education. But he added: “Differences in GCSE results for selective and non selective schools are not an index for the quality of education the schools provide.  Speaking at The Hay Festival, he said: “Do differences in the quality of school make a difference in outcomes like GCSE scores or getting into universities? “There’s a correlation there – kids who go to selective schools have a GCSE score that is one full grade higher than kids who go to comprehensive schools. Professor Robert Plomin Professor Robert Plomin Sending children to private schools like Eton is a waste of time because academic success is written in the genes meaning youngsters would do just as well at the local comprehensive, a leading scientist has claimed.Robert Plomin, Professor of Behavioural Genetic at King’s College London, said he and his team had spent decades trying to unpick how much of achievement in education was down to nature or nurture.He concluded that 50 per cent of academic success is due to genes, but they are yet to discover what accounts for the other half. What they do now know, however, is it is not due to schooling or upbringing.Studies have shown that adopted twins with the same genetics do just as well academically even if they have had vastly different education or parents. Although selective schools like Eton achieve higher grades, it is the selection process itself which accounts for the difference, and that same cohort would achieve the same marks if sent to a state school, Prof Plomin argues. “Even though schools have little effect on individual differences in school achievement, some parents will still decide to pay huge amounts of money to send their children to private schools in order to give their children whatever alight advantage such schools provide.“I hope it will help parents who cannot afford to pay for private schooling or move house to know that it doesn’t make much of a difference in children’s school achievement.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

How close is Amazon to next day shipping

first_imgAmazon Prime customers routinely sing the praises of the service. More often than not, I find users who will only buy an item on Amazon if it is eleigible for Prime shipping, just so they can get the item in one or two days. It’s an incredible convenience, and has provided Amazon with a powerful tool to wield against online and physical retailers for a while now. In a crunch, though, there’s still no replacement for being able to pick the item up that very same day. With a fleet of new shipping facilities under construction, it looks like Amazon is trying to close the gap between order and shipping times to offer an even better service.During the Kindle presentation last week Jeff Bezos ordered something from his tablet and then pulled the item out from his podium. He chuckled and said “okay, so we’re not that fast yet” and went back to his presentation. While we’re certainly not going to see Amazon Prime Instant any time soon, some recent distribution center deployments from Amazon show that they are trying to shorten the shipping time in some major cities.Areas including South Carolina, Indiana, Tennessee, New Jersey, and Virginia are all seeing centers go up that could grant Amazon the ability to deliver next day shipping in those areas. Right now in the US the fastest Amazon can offer is 1 day shipping in many areas, and closing the gap to next day would give them a considerable advantage.More people are using Amazon all the time, and while there’s a concern that brick and mortar stores will struggle to compete with the online retailer, it doesn’t seem like Amazon has any plans to slow down. Some states have started forcing Amazon to charge the state sales tax on items sold to individuals who live in those states, and it is expected that those laws will spread across the country.Next day shipping is an incredibly difficult feat to accomplish, but as long as Amazon keeps funneling money into the project it seems like it is only a matter of time before this becomes a reality.via New York Timeslast_img read more

Namco Bandai asks us to choose a new look for PacMan

first_imgPac-Man will forver remain an icon of video games, but in recent years Pac-Man hasn’t been doing so great in terms of the quality of games that use his name. In fact, I can’t think of a decent 3D Pac-Man game ever having been released unless you were a fan of the controls in Pac-Man World (and that was technically a 2D side-scrolelr anyway).For me, and I suspect many fans of the character and games, Pac-Man remains a distinctly 2D character best seen in his original form. And the best update to those 2D graphics in recent years has to be for Pac-Man Championship Edition and the DX version of that game.Now, Namco-Bandai wants to give Pac-Man a brand new look and they are turning to fans to help them decide which look to choose. The problem is, there’s only four being considered and none of them look great.Here’s the choices:You can choose your preferred look on Facebook, but I’m really not understanding where Namco Bandai intends to go with this. Choice A looks decidedly PacMan World, B and C look very 80’s cartoony, and I’m not sure what they were thinking with D, it’s a bit too stylized, but will probably find favor with some.Unfortunately, there’s no option E: submit your own design. I think such a thing would get some pretty fantastic designs submitted once the Reddit and deviantArt communities found out about it, and it would almost certainly drum up interest in any new Pac-Man game/s that used the chosen new look.Vote (or don’t) for the new look Pac-Man on Facebook.last_img read more

Android 43 Jelly Bean officially announced

first_imgThere’s usually a lot to learn about the newest version of Android when it’s finally announced, but this time Android 4.3 was thoroughly leaked ahead of time. Google still managed to hold back a few relevant details, but all that is now in the open. Let’s take a look at the new face of Android.Version 4.3 is still in the Jelly Bean family, which should tell you something about the similarity to 4.2. This marks the first time Google has used the same codename for three updates in a row. Previously, Mountain View reused Eclair for 2.0 and 2.1. The UI in 4.3 looks almost identical to 4.2. The menus, home screen, and most Google apps are identical.You really have to dig in to spot the differences. For example, the dialer now supports dialing shortcuts. You can start spelling out a contact name, and it autocompletes. Handy, but not groundbreaking. The camera app has also been tweaked with improved controls and more responsive UI rotation.An update to multi-user is going to be of great interest to parents that like to let their young ones use a tablet. Restricted user profiles allow you to set up a constrained set of apps and services that are available in an account. For example, you can block the browser, or prevent in-app purchases. This could also make retail kiosks using Android much easier to implement.On a deeper level, Android 4.3 finally brings support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE (sometimes called Bluetooth Smart). This is a low-power connection standard that could be of use with wearable devices like smart watches and Google Glass. Battery life in general is said to be vastly improved thanks to better standby time. This should be a nice boost to all those devices with non-removable batteries.OpenGL ES 3.0 is also built into Android 4.3, which is the first mobile platform to support it. This will offer better graphics and crisper textures in games. Some new demos of OpenGl ES 3.0 will be added to the Play Store to show off what the new Android can do. Developers can also use the new notification access to interact with the notification shade directly, and even send notifications to a Bluetooth device.A new DRM API has been added as well, which is basically a necessary evil. Video content providers will be able to get more video on to the device with Android 4.3. Netflix has been working with Google to get going on this. As such, the new Netflix app streams to Android 4.3 in 1080p. That’ll really take advantage of the new Nexus 7 display.The 4.3 update is rolling out now to the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, Galaxy Nexus (GSM), and the old Nexus 7. The new Nexus 7 ships with 4.3.last_img read more

Skydiving without the sky at iFLY Fort Lauderdale

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – A new indoor skydiving facility in Davie is providing people with a chance to conquer their fears and cross off another item on their bucket lists.iFLY Fort Lauderdale is South Florida’s first and only indoor skydiving facility. iFLY General Manager Jim Braun said, “iFLY is somewhere we can deliver the dream of flight. We can get anyone from 3 to 103, and they can experience that superhero feeling that they’ve always dreamed about.”Braun said there are some parallels to real skydiving. “It’s the fear of the unknown, right? They’re not really sure,” he said. “The cool thing here is, again, it is very similar in the transition from skydiving to indoor skydiving, but there’s not that fear of death.”The practice was originally created to train military personnel using powerful fans to keep “skydivers” airborne.iFLY instructor Justing Hope said he encounters many people who have a fear of flying. “I have so many people who say they have fear of heights,” said Hope. “That’s our job, to be able to talk ’em down from the ledge, you know, and get ’em in there and get ’em flying and feel comfortable with us so when they get in there, they are having a good time.”“At first, it was a little nerve-racking, but once you’re in there, it’s pretty fun,” said iFLY sky diver Sarah Henry.Cheerice Eccles, an iFLY skydiver, said she’s always wanted this experience. “I’ve always wanted to go skydiving but always been a little scared. I was told this was a safer alternative,” she said. The popularity of the activity has grown to where over 200 indoor skydivers from around the world competed in the indoor skydiving Wind Games in Spain.“Right now, our world championship indoor skydivers are 9 and 11 years old,” Braun said. “Anyone at all can do this.”iFLY is open seven days a week, with extended hours on weekends. The company now has 64 locations worldwide.Flights start at $69 per person.FOR MORE INFORMATION:iFLY Fort Lauderdale11690 West State Road 84Davie, 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Google Magazine Project a NoCost Digital Archive So Far

first_imgIn early December, Google announced it had expanded its Google Books project to include magazines. Several publishers, including Bonnier, were already on board in a partnership that, at least for the short term, is an easy and cheap way to digitally archive decades of back issues—digitizing the magazines are at Google’s expense.But to get a glimpse of the potential of the archive project, it helps to see what Google has planned for books. Compared to Google Books, the magazine project is following a much more agreeable path. The search giant ran into a snag when it digitized books that were still in copyright, without permission and without any partnerships. Google contended that scanning and indexing the complete text, but only showing snippets in the search results, was fair use. Publishers disagreed, and ultimately won a $125 million settlement.  Now, however, as part of that settlement, Google is free to move ahead with its original plans. “Under that settlement, Google will do all the things it wants to,” said Mark Sableman, partner with Thompson Coburn, American Business Media’s legal counsel. “Plus, it will be able to make full-text available to cooperating universities by a system-wide license and it will be able to offer individual viewing subscriptions to individuals and other buyers who want to view the full text. Google will set the pricing and the revenue will be split 37 percent to Google, 63 percent to the authors and publishers.”Bonnier’s PopSci Gets Google Treatment The specific deal that magazine publishers are getting is still unclear. “They’re already doing a lot of public domain magazines,” Sableman said. “As for the in-copyright stuff, the little that I can see is they’re focusing much more on a partner program.” Bonnier’s Popular Science is one of the titles Google has scanned and indexed. According to Bob Cohn, Bonnier’s consumer marketing director, the partnership, at face value, is initially a cheap (read: no-cost) way to build an instant archive and maybe make some money off it in the process. “The deal is that we provide the material which was sitting around in a closet gathering dust,” said Cohn. “We talked about digitizing it for years, but could never justify the expense. For our benefit, we have this complete archive and Google underwent the expense. To the degree that revenue is generated through Google, we get a percentage of it.” Copyright issues, particularly with freelance content, seem to be protected since Google is essentially making a “photographic” copy of the magazine in its original context. “I don’t think there are any issues because we’re not taking an author’s output and repurposing it because it’s a photograph of the magazine, which is our product,” Cohn said. There is also a link to the magazine’s standard subscription form, but so far Cohn’s not expecting much impact on his P&L. “I’m not holding my breath to wait and see how many people take that path, but if we sell a couple more subscriptions we’re happy to do it.”last_img read more

Bloomberg Launches App for RNC DNC Convention Attendees

first_imgThe app allows for the distribution and exchange of tickets. Conventionplanners can distribute tickets to official convention events, andprivate event planners can distrubte tickets which attendees can thenswap or share. Bloomberg Government will reach out directly to event planners ahead of the conventions to alert them the free app exists to help them with their ticketing needs. Through this single platform, event planners can sell tickets, distribute tickets for an individual only, distribute a block of tickets to a sponsor (who can then redistribute them), or allocate tickets for named individuals.With the app, event planners can also develop a custom branded registration system for guests, track RSVPs in real time, issue invitations electronically and check-in guests. A calendar of events—those that happen outside of the convention as well as convention related events—comes standard with the app, and attendees can manage their own personal event calendar and transfer extra private event tickets to friends and colleagues.“What Bloomberg is going to do around the convention from both a news and multi-media standpoint, as well as Bloomberg Government, we’ll have unique content that we think will be second to none,” says Baptiste. “Bloomberg is the second largest news organization in the world and it’s leveraging that entire news team to provide a robust and comprehensive set of data. Bloomberg Government brings a different set with a deep analysis of government actions and business implications, which gives a unique hook to the Event Farm application.”A news feed is integrated in the app that will allow individuals to read news and information about the convention and the race for the presidency from Bloomberg’s network of journalists. Yelp reviews are also integrated into the application so attendees can get information about host cities—everything from late night restaurants to taxis.“It will make the event planning process much easier for the host,” says Baptiste. “Finding something new and unique to do isn’t always easy and I think we’ve done that here. I’m proud of the application and I’m really looking forward to seeing how it’s used at the conventions.” Bloomberg Government, a division of Bloomberg L.P. that provides a subscription-based, online tool that collects data and provides reporting from the company’s team of analysts worldwide, has produced an app in conjunction with Event Farm for attendees of the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.The free apps—my2012Tampa and my2012Charlotte—provide a variety of functions for both convention attendees and event planners. The app, which will be available the last week of July, is compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android and BlackBerry devices and can be downloaded from the iTunes, Android and BlackBerry App stores. Bloomberg Government is supplying the app as a way to heighten its exposure and presence at the convention for all parties in attendance.“There’s going to be a bunch of mobile apps available at the convention, there’s no doubt about that,” says Don Baptiste, head of Bloomberg Government. “We were trying to find a way to cut through the clutter and make what we did standout.”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday June 29 2018

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 and on Twitter @aprnListen nowCorrections seeks alternatives to halfway housesAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauOne approach could be based on Haven House, which serves women in Juneau, and My House, which serves homeless teens in Wasilla.Oil tanker dented after ‘hard landing’ with new tugboat in ValdezElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Coast Guard is characterizing the incident as “minor;” no oil was spilled and no injuries were reported.Ferry Columbia evacuated after docking in BellinghamJoe Viechnicki, KFSK – PetersburgThe Alaska state ferry Columbia was evacuated Friday morning, June 29 after crew noticed smoke onboard after the ship had docked in Bellingham, Washington. Black smoke was discovered but no flames in the bow thruster room.King salmon appear to surge through lower river just as Kuskokwim opens to gillnetsAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe lower Kuskokwim River is opening to gillnets on Friday, June 29 just as a surge of king salmon appear to be swimming by. The timing could result in a high harvest of kings during a year when conservation was the intent.State plans distribution of 2016 pink salmon season disaster relief fundsKayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakThe state is working on distributing roughly $56 million in relief funds to those affected by the 2016 Gulf of Alaska pink salmon season disaster.Norovirus on a cruise ship? Juneau would like a call.Jacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauThere’s been another norovirus outbreak on a cruise ship docking in Juneau. Health and tourist officials say next time they’d appreciate a courtesy call before the an infected ship arrives.AK: Two runners, an Alaskan and a Spaniard, run for bone marrow donation awarenessErin McKinstry, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageSometimes all it takes is a cotton swab to save someone’s life. For a little over 30 years, the National Marrow Donor Program through the Be the Match registry, has been collecting cheek swabs from potential donors. But the registry still lacks diversity and numbers and many of the patients who require a transplant, never receive it.49 Voices: Apayo Moore of AleknagikKrysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk – BethelThis week we’re hearing from Apayo Moore from Aleknagik. Moore is an artist who recently painted an 80-foot mural at the Yukon Kuskokwim Fitness Center in Bethel.last_img read more

Alaska senators sometimes split on recent votes

first_imgThe US Senate took some big votes last week, and Alaska’s senators sometimes split over them.Alaska Public Media Washington D.C. correspondent Liz Ruskin talked to Alaska News Nightly host Casey Grove.Grove: Liz first of all how unusual is it that Alaska’s two Republican senators split their votes?Ruskin: It’s not crazy unusual for the vast majority of votes. They do vote the same but Sen. Murkowski, Lisa Murkowski, votes against her party more than the average Republican, and Senator Dan Sullivan, who votes more closely to that party line. So you do see disagreements and last week we saw three of them.Grove: Three of them? I understand one was on the farm bill?Ruskin: Right the [Agriculture] Bill. Sullivan voted for it, Murkowski against.Grove: It doesn’t seem like an Alaska senator would have a big stake in the farm bill.Ruskin: Yes, but it also covers the Forest Service, and Murkowski was disappointed the bill didn’t include an exemption to the roadless rule for Alaska. So she voted no.Grove: OK, well, how about the resolution that called for the U.S. to stop helping the Saudis in Yemen did the Alaska Senators vote in unison there?Ruskin: They did, they both voted against withdrawing U.S. support for the Saudi war in Yemen. But on the way to that vote, Casey, the two senators voted opposite each other in the run-up votes. Murkowski was one of the 60 senators who voted to advance the measure, getting it over that first procedural hurdle, and Murkowski voted to specify that this would end U.S. refueling of Saudi aircraft. Sullivan voted the opposite.Grove: So she voted to bring the resolution of the floor and she voted to make it stronger. But then, in the end, she and Sullivan voted against?Ruskin: Yes, Sullivan said a U.S. withdrawal wouldn’t end the war or the humanitarian crisis, and he said stepping away from the Saudis would only make Iran stronger in the region. Here’s what he said on the senate floor last week:Sullivan (file tape): Nobody’s talking about the Real Enemy of the United States.  It’s the Iranians, who are watching this debate and smiling because no one’s talking about them.Grove: And what about Murkowski? Why did she end up voting against it?Ruskin: She says the Saudis should be on notice that they can’t kill journalist. But she says a diplomatic solution is the way to go.Grove: And Liz if this wasn’t enough already this week, we learned that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is out.Ruskin: Right, the president announced [Zinke] will leave at the end of the year.Grove: So what does that mean for Alaska?Ruskin: Well Secretary Zinke did a lot to advance Arctic oil development and the King Cove Road, but his second-in-command, David Bernhardt, will likely be the acting secretary at least for some period. He’s the driving force behind a lot of President Trump’s energy policy and Bernhardt has even more detailed knowledge about the needs and wants of Alaska’s oil industry. He’s a former industry lobbyist, and also we’ve got former [Alaska] Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash at Interior in an important role, so I don’t see a lot changing there, not soon anyway.Grove: Well, thanks for unpacking all of that for us, Liz. I appreciate it and thanks for being here.Ruskin: Sure thing, Casey. Talk to you later.last_img read more

Supreme Court Rejects Kingfisher Airlines Plea for Legal Representation

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday disapproved a plea from debt-hit Kingfisher Airlines to be allowed legal representation before the grievance redressal committee set up by United Bank of India, after the bank declared it as wilful defaulter on Monday.The company defended itself by stating that the bank took the step though the airline’s leave petition against the Calcutta High Court order is still pending in the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court replied that the plea is fructuous now.”Now that you have been declared a defaulter, you can challenge it in any court. Move a high court for an appropriate order. Your grievance has been, that Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) should not decide the matter but they had already decided it, therefore your plea is in fructuous”,” said a bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave, while declining to admit KFA’s petition.Kingfisher Airlines claimed that UBI had rapidly declared it as a wilful defaulter, without following norms of justice, reported the Financial Express.Along with Vijay Mallya, the Kolkata-based bank has also tagged three other directors of Kingfisher Airlines – AK Ganguly, Subhash R Gupte and R Nedungadi – on the list.The Grievance Redressal Committee (GRC) meeting was planned on Monday, after the Calcutta High Court allowed the bank to initiate the process of declaring the company as wilful defaulter last week. The GRC order forced the company to attend the meeting but no one was present from the company. This forced the bank to take this step.Instead of attending the meeting, KFA sent a letter through their lawyer, stating that the company had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Supreme Court.UBI has become the first bank to declare Mallya as wilful defaulter.Following the decisions by United Bank of India, other lenders such as the State Bank of India, IDBI bank and Punjab National Bank have also started the process of tagging KFA and Mallya’s group as wilful defaulter.last_img read more

Bangladesh fifth largest wheat importer

first_imgProthom Alo File PhotoBangladesh has emerged as the fifth largest wheat importer in the world, with its import of the grain increasing by 36 per cent over the past five years, according to a report of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).Among the fastest growing importing countries, Bangladesh imported 5.5 million tonnes of wheat in the last fiscal. FAO predicts this is likely to increase to 6 million tonnes in the current fiscal year.Even just five years ago, Bangladesh was not among the top 10 wheat importing countries of the world.Changing in food habits and increased health awareness has made people to turn more to wheat, consequently raising the demand of the grain, said former director of the Institute of Nutrition and Food Science Nazma Shahin told Prothom Alo.“People nowadays eat less rice as wheat contains more protein and provides more energy. On the other hand, rice contains starch that may cause diabetes. Also, wheat is cheaper than rice,” Shahin explained.The top four countries ahead of Bangladesh in importing wheat are Egypt, Indonesia, Algeria and Brazil. These countries imported 507 million tonnes wheat in the previous fiscal year.The top exporting countries are the United States, Russia, Canada, Australia and Ukraine.According to the FAO report, overall wheat production increased by 20 per cent over the past five years.The production increased from 900,000 tonnes to 1.2 million tonnes in 10 years.Usually the wheat available in the local market is mixed with corn. Corn production has also increased to 39 million tonnes last year. Most of the corn is mixed with wheat to prepare poultry and fish feed.Meanwhile, government statistics show, the risk of diabetes is increasing among the adults of the country. The government’s 2006 survey on non-communicable diseases (Steps 2006) showed about 5.5 per cent of adults were suffering from diabetes while another similar survey (steps 2018) showed 6.4 per cent of adults suffer from this disease in Bangladesh. That means more than 7.6 million people are suffering from diabetes.Physicians advise eating roti (flat bread) instead of rice to control blood sugar levels. Apart from this, many people eat rice once a day and bread in the two meals other meals, out of health awareness. There is thus an increased consumption of roti, bread and wheat products in the country.With growing urbanisation and increased per capita income, the consumption of roti, fish, meat and dairy products will increase, says country representative Akhter Ahmed of Bangladesh Policy Research and Strategy Support Program (IFPRI).“A large number of working people eat out nowadays in Bangladesh. This is positive, but the quality of food in the outside eateries should be ensured,” he added.*This piece originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Farjana Liakatlast_img read more

Galveston Declares Itself A Welcoming City Due To Concern Over Some Of

first_imgListen Share Courtesy of the City of GalvestonGalveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough addresses residents at the 2016 State of the City meeting at Galveston College in June of 2016. He is an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.Galveston has declared itself a “Welcoming City” in response to the concerns of part of its population over the actions taken by President Donald Trump.At an event held on Monday afternoon, Mayor Jim Yarbrough declared Galveston Welcome Day and underscored the importance of immigrants in Galveston’s history, with the first European settlers coming to the island in the early 19th century.The mayor said one reason for the rally is people are afraid of the potential loss of their civil liberties and added: “We need comprehensive immigration reform, not just a political splash to make a quick splash to somebody’s political base.”City leaders and community activists say Galveston is a community that wants to remain free of “prejudice and bigotry,” as noted in a Proclamation redacted by the city.Courtesy of Mindy Lakin, Indivisible GalvestonThe event where Mayor Yarbrough read a proclamation declaring Galveston a “Welcoming City” took place at the local Islamic Center.Mindy Lakin, a member of Indivisible Galveston, one of the groups that participated in the event noted that declaring themselves a welcoming city is a first step.“We have a coalition of religious leaders that will be opening their churches, mosques and synagogues to members of the community and give them, you know, both emotional and spiritual support that they need,” Lakin said.Mark Jones, a professor of Political Science at Rice University, explains that “we’ve seen this as a wave across the United States where, after the election of President Trump, many states, as well as localities, are asserting their independence or at least their opposition to the President’s policies.”Jones thinks Galveston could risk losing public funding if the federal and state governments deem the city is interfering with the enforcement of immigration laws. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:08last_img read more

Houston Saw Record Number Of Visitors In 2016

first_imgMarissa CummingsJorge Franz is senior vice president of tourism at Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors BureauA record number of people – 20.5 million – visited Greater Houston last year.That’s the finding of a just-released report from Houston First and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.While many think of Houston as more of a business city than a tourist town, the numbers tell a different story: 75 percent of domestic visitors came for leisure.To discuss that, we sat down with Jorge Franz, senior vice president of tourism at the agencies for this week’s Bauer Business Focus.Click on the play button above to listen to the interview. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:23last_img read more

Indias Jio to Absorb Music Streamer Saavn

first_img Popular on Variety Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has integrated global music OTT platform Saavn with its own digital music service JioMusic. The combined entity is valued at some $1 billion.Reliance is acquiring a partial stake from the existing shareholders of Saavn, including Tiger Global Management, Liberty Media and Bertelsmann, for $104 million. In addition, Reliance will invest $100 million in Saavn’s expansion.Saavn co-founders Rishi Malhotra, Paramdeep Singh and Vinodh Bhat will continue to lead the company.“The investment and combination of our music assets with Saavn underlines our commitment to further boost the digital ecosystem and provide unlimited digital entertainment services to consumers over a strong uninterrupted network,” said Akash Ambani, director, Reliance Jio. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The deal marks Reliance Industries’ inexorable expansion in the Indian entertainment space. It owns a controlling stake in broadcaster and studio Viacom 18, a 5% stake in Bollywood studio Eros International and 25% of content creator Balaji Telefilms. The company’s Jio mobile telephony service has 168 million subscribers with access to low cost Internet, a market base for Reliance’s upcoming content bouquet.last_img read more

Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Ishaq, believed to be either 55 or 56, operated freely for years in Pakistan as the country’s intelligence services helped nurture Islamic militant groups in the 1980s and 1990s to maintain influence in Afghanistan and counter archrival India.Ishaq had been detained by police two days earlier on suspicion of being involved in the slaying of two Shiites, police officer Bakhtiar Ahmed said.Early Wednesday, as officers tried to transfer Ishaq from a prison in the eastern city of Multan, gunmen ambushed the convoy in an attempt to free him, Ahmed said. The ensuing gunbattle killed Ishaq and at least 13 of his associates, including two of his sons and his deputy, Ghulam Rasool, Ahmed said.In a later statement, police said “14 or 15 unidentified armed terrorists” attacked police vehicles to free Ishaq when officers were returning from an area in nearby Muzaffargarh after seizing weapons, explosives and detonators on information provided by Ishaq and his associates.It said Ishaq and five other detained militants were killed during the shootout by those who ambushed the convoy. They said eight of the attackers were killed in the gunbattle.No other witnesses to the shooting could be immediately located. Ishaq’s family members could not immediately be reached for comment. Pakistani police have been accused of extrajudicial slayings in the past, including through staged ambushes. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Shuja Khanzada, the provincial home minister in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, where the fighting took place, said the shooting wounded six police officers who “demonstrated extreme bravery.”“Malik Ishaq was behind many acts of terrorism and he was freed by courts in the past due to lack of evidence,” Khanzada told The Associated Press, calling him a “symbol of terror.”He said “many terrorists involved in heinous crimes often go unpunished because prosecutors don’t have enough evidence against them. Malik Ishaq was one of such examples.”Imtiaz Gul, head of the Islamabad-based Center for Research and Security Studies, said the killing of Ishaq was a “very strong message to all those militants who were still pursuing the strategy of violence. Today’s killing of 14 militants shows that the government will be very tough” in dealing with militant and sectarian groups.Fearing violence in Punjab, long the home of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, police mounted a heavy security presence around the province and the morgue in Muzaffargarh, where Ishaq’s body and those of his associates were brought after the shootout. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Comments   Share   Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan (AP) — One of Pakistan’s most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday.Malik Ishaq, who directed the operations of the Taliban- and al-Qaida-linked Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group, was so feared in Pakistan that frightened judges hid their faces from him and even offered him tea and cookies in court. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ishaq helped found Laskhar-e-Jhangvi in the 1990s, and the group later allied itself with al-Qaida and the Taliban. His group is blamed for scores of attacks on Shiites — considered infidels by Sunni extremists — and on Pakistani and U.S. interests. They’ve also been accused of carrying out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan. The U.S. State Department designated Ishaq as a terrorist in February 2014, ordering any U.S. assets he held frozen.Ishaq was arrested in 1997 and accused in more than 200 criminal cases, including the killings of 70 Shiites. But the state could never make the charges stick — in large part because of the intimidation of witnesses, judges and prosecutors.Frightened judges treated him honorably in court and gave him tea and cookies, said Anis Haider Naqvi, a prosecution witness in two cases against Ishaq who spoke to The Associated Press in 2011. One judge attempted to hide his face with his hands, but Ishaq made clear he knew his identity in a chilling way: He read out the names of his children, and the judge abandoned the trial, Naqvi said at the time.Despite the lack of convictions, Ishaq remained in prison for 14 years as prosecutors slowly moved from one case to the next. Ishaq proved his usefulness to the army in 2009, when he was flown from jail to negotiate with militants who had stormed part of the military headquarters in Rawalpindi and were holding hostages. A behind-the-scenes effort by the government to co-opt the leaders of militant outfits and bring them into mainstream political life, or at least draw them away from attacking the state, helped Ishaq secure his release in 2011. He had been in and out of police custody since.Sunni-majority Pakistan has a Shiite minority that makes up about 15 percent of the population. Most Sunnis and Shiites live together peacefully in Pakistan, though tensions have existed for decades.Pakistan has intensified its campaign against militant groups since December, when a Taliban attack on a military school in the northwestern city of Peshawar killed 150 people, mostly children.The school attack also prompted the Pakistani government to lift its moratorium on the death penalty. It has executed scores of militants and other men charged in murder cases since then.___This story has been corrected throughout to reflect police statement that Ishaq was killed by those who attacked the convoy and not by police.___Ahmed reported from Islamabad.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top holiday drink recipeslast_img read more