On demande aux Néo-Écossais d’être attentifs à la prolifération d’algues bleues qui peut se produire dans les rivières et les lacs de la province en période de temps chaud. Également appelée « écume d’étang », l’algue bleue se reconnaît par sa couleur bleu-vert. Elle donne à la surface de l’eau un aspect marécageux et herbeux, et elle peut aussi libérer une odeur distincte. Bien que de nombreuses formes d’algues bleues soient inoffensives, certaines produisent des toxines qui peuvent présenter un risque pour la santé des humains et des animaux. Il faut éviter de nager dans l’eau, de boire l’eau ou de manger des poissons provenant de l’eau où l’algue bleue est présente. L’eau contaminée par les algues bleues ne doit pas non plus être utilisée pour la cuisson. Les toxines ne sont pas éliminées en faisant bouillir l’eau. La prolifération d’algues bleues peut se produire naturellement dans les conditions idéales ou peut être causée par des activités humaines qui ajoutent des nutriments aux lacs et aux rivières. « Le risque pour la santé est plutôt faible, mais si vous présentez des symptômes qui durent, consultez un médecin », a dit le Dr Richard Gould, médecin-hygiéniste. Les symptômes liés à la consommation d’eau contenant des algues bleues incluent des douleurs abdominales, la diarrhée, les vomissements et la nausée. Le contact direct avec l’eau contaminée peut causer une irritation de la peau, du nez, de la gorge ou des yeux. Les Néo-Écossais qui constatent une prolifération d’algues peuvent le signaler au ministère de l’Environnement de la province. Pour obtenir plus d’information, consultez le site Web du ministère de l’Environnement et le site Web du ministère de la Santé et du Mieux-être aux adresses suivantes : www.gov.ns.ca/nse/water/docs/BlueGreenAlgae.pdf et www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/environmental (en anglais seulement).
The trade war between US and China seemed like a distant conflict to most Indians. As the two largest economies in the world dished out threats and counter-threats of tariff hikes, India was largely a disinterested bystander with the only consequential fear of slower global trade. However, over the course of the last few weeks, the US reservations with global trade have expanded across the Asian continent and specifically onto India. Over the years, the Indian economy has seen a recurrent mention in Trump’s speeches on trade highlighting India’s high tariffs. But matters rose to a crescendo when a few weeks ago the US terminated India’s designation as a beneficiary developing country under the General System of Preferences (GSP) Programme. This came as a setback to the newly elected Modi government, which had made tireless efforts to make inroads into the Trump administration in its first term. Also Read – A special kind of bondThe GSP Programme, established by the Trade Act of 1974, is one of the oldest and largest trade preferential tariff systems of the US, which provides a duty-free treatment for over 3,500 products from a wide range of designated beneficiary countries inclusive of least-developed nations. It aims at enabling these countries to climb out of poverty and boost their economic growth. GSP promotes sustainable economic development by eliminating duties on thousands of products when imported from one of 120 designated beneficiary countries and territories result in an increased and diversified trade with the US. Also Read – Insider threat managementAs per the Congressional Research Service report, in the year 2018, the programme exempted Indian goods worth more than $6 billion from import duties. As a result, India exported goods worth around $54 billion to the United States in the same year and bought $33 billion worth of American goods. There might have been significant benefits from the programme in the past but India’s reliance on it has been reducing substantially over the years. The US decision to withdraw the GSP has come after the country’s repeated demands for greater market access for a range of products, which India has been postponing. However, it is interesting to note that the US trade deficit with India has been following a downward trend since 2016. With each passing year the deficits are falling (USD 21.3 billion 2018 from USD 22.9 billion in 2017 and USD 24.4 billion in 2016). This couldn’t have been possible if India wasn’t providing reasonable market access to its largest trading partner. In the past, India has often been accommodative of US trade tariffs and embargos, raising the hopes for a negotiated settlement. In contrast, this time India has decided to retaliate by imposing duties on about 29 goods of US origin worth $200 million. But, it is in the interest of both economies that the situation does not escalate into a series of retaliatory bouts. The Trump administration, which is bent upon fixing its trade equation with China needs allies in the developing world. In the on-going trade war with China, India can prove to be a useful ally. It is extremely short-sighted to alienate India; especially when India’s trade surplus with the US is merely $23 billion against China’s $323 billion. Meanwhile, the stakes for the Indian economy are also too high to get involved in an unnecessary trade war. A large number of export items to the US from India, including gems, jewellery and textiles, are labour-intensive products. An economy which is actively looking to push employment levels upwards cannot afford to lose out on this front. Moreover, in the first five years of the Modi government, India received record levels of foreign investment, which are beginning to taper off. The growth rate for the economy has also slumped to a five-year low. So, the first task on the new foreign minister, Jaishankar’s list would be to iron out these issues through bilateral trade discussions without compromising India’s national interests. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s visit to India this month will be a useful opportunity to resolve these differences through negotiations. It would be a win-win for both countries to make amends. While US firms looking to relocate out of China due to rising manufacturing costs there would benefit from less strained trade relations with India. More FDI by such large firms is the need of the hour for India as an influx by such big companies has shown a boost in the economic activity by stimulating employment and improving the establishment of intermediate firms – especially in the small and medium sector – leading to an expansion in exports over time. Only time will tell how this diplomatic situation shapes up. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Tanya Joshi, senior researcher at this Institute, has contributed to the article. Views expressed are strictly personal)
OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau and U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are betting on the NBA Finals, with the prime minister putting bagels and beer up against wine and chocolate.The Toronto Raptors lead the Golden State Warriors in the best-of-seven championship series 3-1 with a chance to close out the franchise’s first NBA title tonight at home in Toronto.Ahead of the game, Pelosi, who is from San Francisco and an ardent Warriors fan, says she’ll send Ghirardelli chocolate, California wine and a smattering of almonds and walnuts from her home state should Golden State fail to win yet another title.Trudeau says in a statement that the chocolate and a glass of California wine will “pair nicely with the Raptors’ first NBA title.”But maybe Pelosi knows something the prime minister doesn’t by placing the bet with Golden State deep in a hole: Does the speaker have inside intelligence on whether Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is healthy after a leg injury and ready to make his series debut?If the Warriors come back to win their third title in as many years, and fourth in five, Trudeau will have to send smoked Atlantic salmon, Peace by Chocolates chocolates, St-Viateur Bagels, Pansawan dry bison meat, Nanaimo bars, and Ontario craft beer.Nowhere in the bet is the fate of the new North American free-trade agreement that requires Congressional approval, the timeline of which Pelosi dictates as speaker of the House of Representatives.The Canadian Press
Toronto – Operation Flintlock 2017 is underway in Tifnit. It represents the tenth year that US Military Information Support Operations (MISO) members have gathered with their Moroccan counterparts for important information and communications training.According to the United States Africa Command website, the intent of these yearly training sessions is to build bridges between allies in the fight to counter violent extremism and other regional threats. Its all about allied countries sharing the management responsibilities for conflicts around the world. Each year’s training offers tailor-made security solutions to suit each region’s specific threats.Communication is seen as a valuable tool in managing and avoiding possible conflict. In previous training, MISO from Special Operations Command Forward Northwest Africa, instructed Moroccan special forces operators in the use of the Next Generation Loudspeaker System. Providing for the relaying of audible messages at a range of up to 1500 meters, the system is a critical tool for foot and vehicle mounted operations. It can be used in an existing combat situation or, very effectively, in diffusing a potentially volatile situation before it ignites. It can also be a vital piece of life-saving equipment during a natural disaster or civic disruption.This year’s training is intended to build on what was achieved last year by teaching the Moroccan operators how to clearly understand the people on the ground they would be trying to communicate with in any given situation.Avoiding armed conflict is the first, best solution. According to the MISO element leader, “Yeah, we’re trying to battle violent extremist organizations and most of the time it’s kinetic, but that might not be the best answer and may just cause more problems.”The element leader explained further that to make this communication work, each operator must go into each situation thoroughly prepared and up-to-date on its current events, history, culture and socio-political reality. After that, communication becomes easier. “The resources that they need to conduct information operations (IO) or MISO, they already have them. All you really need is a computer and printer so you can print out leaflets and handbills, and you can make posters.”Getting back to the loudspeaker system training, the MISO element leader explained it’s potential uses in a volatile situation. “You can use it to provide information to the population like ‘Hey, this is where you need to go for food. This is where certain health facilities are at,’ and you can provide general updates throughout the operation.”MISO instructors have been duly impressed with the quality of the Moroccan operators they have been tasked with training. According to one instructor, “The [Moroccan operators] have been very intelligent; they are able to pick up things very quickly and repeat the same classes to each other. Hopefully they’ll be able to implement them in the future.”This year’s edition of Operation Flintlock began March 8 and is scheduled to continue for two more weeks. It is sponsored by the United States Africa Command.
LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May is cross-crossing Europe in search of a Brexit delay. In London, government ministers are meeting their political opponents in search of a European Union divorce deal. Meanwhile, Britain is scheduled to leave the EU in three days.With almost everything about Brexit engulfed in uncertainty, a look at what could happen next:DELAY EXIT DAYFor two years, Britain was scheduled to leave the EU on March 29, 2019. But after Parliament three times rejected the divorce deal agreed between the U.K. government and the bloc, May admitted defeat and asked for more time.Last month, the EU gave Britain until April 12 — this Friday — to pass a deal, come up with a new plan and seek a further extension, or leave without an agreement or a transition period to smooth the way.Now May wants a bit more time. She has asked the EU to delay Brexit until June 30, in hope that’ll be enough time to secure, approve and implement a deal.The 27 other leaders of the bloc will consider the request at an emergency Brexit summit in Brussels on Wednesday. Few favour the June 30 date. Some want a longer extension, to avoid repeated crises every few weeks.European Council President Donald Tusk has proposed a “flextension:” a delay of up to a year, but with flexibility to let Britain leave earlier if it approves an agreement.But an extension is not guaranteed. French President Emmanuel Macron has hinted at opposition to any further delay, saying the bloc can’t be held “hostage” to Britain’s political crisis.___NO DEALAs it stands, Britain is due to leave the EU on Friday — deal or no deal.Most politicians, economists and business groups think leaving the world’s largest trading bloc without an agreement would be damaging for the EU and disastrous for the U.K. It could lead to tariffs imposed on trade between Britain and the EU and customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports and shortages of essential goods.A hard core of pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s Conservative Party dismiss such warnings as fear-mongering. But most are opposed to leaving without a deal. Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit, and even passed a law that forces the government to ask for a delay to Britain’s exit rather than crash out.But a no-deal Brexit is still the legal default position, and could happen if the EU refuses to grant another extension. If that happens the only way to stop Britain crashing out would be for the government to choose the “nuclear option” and revoke the decision to leave.___CROSS-PARTY COMPROMISETo secure a new Brexit delay, May must convince EU leaders that she has a plan to break the deadlock that grips Britain’s political process almost three years after the country voted to leave the EU.After attempts to win push through her Brexit deal with support from Conservatives along, May last week began seeking a compromise with her Labour opponents.Labour favours a softer Brexit than the government has proposed and seeks a close economic relationship with the bloc through a customs union. That’s anathema to many in May’s Conservative Party, who say it would not leave Britain free to strike its own trade deals around the world.Several days of talks have failed to produce a breakthrough, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn saying “the government doesn’t seem to be moving off its original red lines.” Still, negotiations between senior politicians from the two sides are continuing.If they reach agreement around a “soft Brexit,” it could quite likely get through Parliament, and would be welcomed by the EU, allowing Britain an orderly departure in the coming months.But it could also blast open rifts within both Conservatives and Labour. Pro-Brexit government ministers could resign or pressure May to quit. Corbyn would face rebellion from a large number of Labour lawmakers who want a new referendum on Britain’s EU exit.That instability increases the chance of an early British election, which could rearrange Parliament and break the deadlock — or result in still more stalemate.___NO BREXITAmong pro-EU Britons, there is rising hope that Brexit can be stopped.With one Brexit day come and gone and another likely to follow, the government has lost control of the timetable.This week the government started preparing to take part in elections for the European Parliament in late May — acknowledgement that Britain likely won’t have left the bloc by then, and may not leave anytime soon.Support is growing for the idea that any Brexit deal agreed by Parliament should be put to public vote in a “confirmatory referendum,” with the pother option being to stay in the EU. The proposal is backed by Labour and other opposition parties, plus some of May’s Conservatives.The government has ruled out holding another referendum, saying voters in 2016 made their decision to leave. But with divisions in both Parliament and in May’s Cabinet, handing the decision back to the people in a new plebiscite could be seen as the only way forward.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Press
“They have committed a serious act by using my name,” the former President said. Rajapaksa said that he is in the process of obtaining legal advice in order to take the Finance Ministry and Central Bank to court. (Colombo Gazette) The former President told reporters today he was not the President or Finance Minister when the gazette was printed to issue Central Bank bonds. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he is to take Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake and the Central Bank to court.Rajapaksa said that his name has been fraudulently included in a gazette notification dated Jan 1, 2015 issued pertaining to the issuance of Central Bank bonds.
Douglas Kneale, centre, chats with John Snowling, past president of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines and chair of the club’s major grants committee, and John Crossingham, club president, at the future home of the Walker School.The Rotary Club of St. Catharines has donated the largest single gift in its 91-year history to Brock University.The $100,000 donation will benefit the effort to move the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts to downtown St. Catharines. The announcement came at a ceremony in the vacant textile mill that will be extensively renovated and expanded to house the new school.Rotary Club President John Crossingham said his colleagues realize the Brock downtown project is a critical opportunity to invest in the city’s future.“Our members come from all across the community,” said Crossingham. “We’re here today to show that Brock’s project is something the community can get behind, and we hope Rotary’s decision prompts others to step up and help make this opportunity a reality.”Gifts like this are possible because of the support Rotary receives for fundraising efforts such as Ribfest or the annual Rotary TV Auction, which takes place this year Nov. 24 to 26, Crossingham said.The donation is “a historic one, and an emotional one,” said Douglas Kneale, Dean of Humanities and a member of the team overseeing the project.“I can tell you that Brock is ecstatic today,” he said. “This shows the power of partnership. We recognize that this is a huge commitment for Rotary to make, and we are thrilled they are helping to make this project come true for the benefit of the entire community.”Due to open in 2014, the Brock project will relocate more than 500 students and faculty to the city centre. It is half of a major collaboration that will see the Walker School situated adjacent to a public Performing Arts Centre being built by the City of St. Catharines.Alongside other support, the Brock project is made possible because of $26.2 million provided by the Ontario government’s Open Ontario program to create new jobs and growth.
THE RESULTS OF an autopsy could determine whether two teenage girls are hit with serious charges after one of them was found carrying a dead foetus in a bag while shopping at a Victoria’s Secret store in Manhattan.Police were called to the store yesterday after a security guard on the lookout for shoplifters searched the 17-year-old girls, discovered a strong odour coming from one of their bags and found the foetus.The girls were arrested on charges of petty larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.The teenager thought to have given birth was hospitalised, and the other was questioned by police.One of the girls told detectives she was carrying the remains because she had delivered a day earlier and didn’t know what to do, authorities said. It wasn’t clear whether the foetus was alive or dead when delivered, or how far along the girl was in her pregnancy.The medical examiner’s office was performing an autopsy on the remains, and more charges could follow depending on the results.A person who answered the phone at the home of the girl believed to have given birth had no comment. No phone number was available at the address provided by police for the second teenager.Read: Gardaí say discovery in Clondalkin was not a foetus
Attorney General Eric Holder said the raid showed “our nation’s memory is long and our reach is far.”There were no civilian casualties in the action and the suspect was in US custody at a “secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said.All US troops and personnel taking part in the operation have “safely departed Libya,” he added.Top US diplomat John Kerry called the raid a “bold action” that served as reminder that there was no “impunity” for militants trying to harm America.The hours-long assault on US facilities in Benghazi in 2012, which also targeted a CIA outpost, killed the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans.The attack shocked Washington and became a highly-charged political issue, raising questions about security at US missions. Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton faced hostile questioning before lawmakers over the issue.- © AFP, 2014Bill Clinton: Hillary was right on Benghazi and is NOT brain damaged > US commandos have captured the suspected ringleader of the deadly 2012 attack on an American compound in Benghazi, in a raid hailed by the White House as a triumph for “justice.”Special forces, working with FBI agents, carried out Sunday’s operation and the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, was en route to the United States, where he will face criminal charges, officials said today.The raid represented a victory for President Barack Obama who has faced intense criticism over his administration’s handling of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi assault and its aftermath.“The United States has an unwavering commitment to bring to justice those responsible for harming Americans,” Obama said. Since the deadly attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, I have made it a priority to find and bring to justice those responsible for the deaths of four brave Americans.
EXTENDED FORECAST: (FOR THE NEXT TWO DAYS) THAT SURFACE TROUGH AND LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO SLOWLY DRIFT EAST TO OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS THROUGH THURSDAY Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS A PUBLIC FORECAST FOR TODAY AND TONIGHT TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY AT 6AMGENERAL SITUATION: A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ALONG WITH A BROAD LOW TO MID LEVEL TROUGH EXTENDING FROM CUBA TO ACROSS THE CENTRAL BAHAMAS CONTINUES TO STREAM DEEP TROPICAL MOISTURE INTO THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS THROUGH TONIGHT AND THE TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS.SPECIAL WARNINGS: MARINERS AND BEACHGOERS SHOULD EXERCISE CAUTION DUE TO HIGH RISK OF DANGEROUS RIP CURRENTS AND ROUGH SURF ALONG NORTHERN AND EASTERN SHORELINES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp FORECASTER: S. MATHER /C.G.Photo: Turks and Caicos Islands SUNRISE: 6:26 AM SUNSET: 5:22 PMMOONSET: 3:19 PM MOONRISE: 3:49AM WEDLOW TIDE: 10:50 AM & 11:06PMHIGH TIDE: 4:49 PM & 5:22AM WED TROPICAL WEATHER OUTLOOK: Showers and thunderstorms have increased a little during the past several hours in association with a low pressure system located about 400 miles south-southwest of the Azores. Additional development of this system is Possible, and it could become a subtropical cyclone during the next couple of days before upper-level winds become unfavorable. Regardless of development, this low is expected to produce winds to near gale force during the next day or two while it moves slowly northeastward. Formation chance through 5 days is medium 50 percent. This does not pose a threat to our area. ALL AREASWEATHER: VARIABLE CLOUDY AND BREEZY WITH PASSING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND POSSIBLE ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS …..MOSTLY CLOUDY TO OVERCAST SKIES WITH WIDELY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS, SOME OF WHICH MAY BECOME HEAVY TO SEVERE AT TIMES IN THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS THROUGH TONIGHT.ADVISORY: SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND SMALL CRAFT CAUTION IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. WINDS GUSTY AT TIMES OVER ALL AREAS.SEAS:5 TO 8 FEET OVER THE OCEAN IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS…..LIGHT TO MODERATE NORTHEASTERLY TO EASTERLY SWELLS OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC WATERS. FORECAST FOR THURSDAYWEATHER: PARTLY CLOUDY AND WARM WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS OVER THE EXTREME NORTHWEST AND SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS INCLUDING THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.WINDS: NORTHEAST TO EAST 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS.SEAS: 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS, 2 TO 4 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE 85 °F 29 °COVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURE 72 °F 22 °C FORECAST FOR WEDNESDAYWEATHER: VARIABLY CLOUDY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS MAINLY OVER THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDSWINDS: NORTHEASTERLY 15 TO 25 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND SOUTHWESTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS BUT OCCASIONALLY FALLING TO LIGHT IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDSSEAS: 5 TO 8 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS Related Items:
Wilna Oldewage-Theron Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Texas Tech University (shown center preparing soyfoods at WISHH’s 2016 USDA Cochran training) champions soyfoods as an important and economical source of nutrition for developing country diets.The American Soybean Associaton’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) recognized April as Soyfoods Month by electronically sharing an expert’s insights into the importance of soy in nutrition for developing countries.Representatives of international food companies, development organizations and government agencies received WISHH’s message featuring a guest column by Wilna Oldewage-Theron, Ph.D., professor of nutrition at Texas Tech University and a registered dietitian from South Africa.Oldewage-Theron wrote about the “double burden” challenge of developing countries simultaneously facing both malnutrition as well as obesity.“The benefits associated with the regular consumption of soy, in combination with other healthy foods, have been scientifically proven and are becoming more relevant to prevent or address the negative consequences of the double burden of disease,” she wrote. “To conclude, soy has been identified as an economical and versatile food item that will not only provide essential nutrients for under-nutrition, but also additional and unique health benefits addressing the increasing prevalence of over-nutrition in developing countries.”Oldewage-Theron participated in WISHH’s USDA-supported 2014 Cochran Fellowship Program training and then returned to serve as a trainer to WISHH’s 2016 Cochran training on school feeding nutrition.
Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., will be the first operational home of the B-21 Raider bomber and its training unit when they are ready in “the mid-2020s,” the Air Force announced in a news release. Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., and Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, will eventually receive B-21s, too….The Air Force is considering Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., as the new home of the F-22 Raptor training unit, Military Times reported. The unit was based at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., and is now temporarily housed at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla….The state of New Jersey is suing five chemical companies to help with PFAS contamination cleanup. “They decided to put profit above the safety of New Jersey’s residents, and we won’t stand for it,” Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said at a news conference, according to Philly.com. “We’re holding polluters accountable for decades of misconduct.”Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson ADC AUTHOR
Associated Press Legislators defy Dunleavy, announce Juneau as special session location Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Legislative leaders say the floor sessions would be held at the Capitol in Juneau, while most of the meetings would be in Anchorage at the Legislative Information Office. Tongass forest supporters rally in favor of roadless rule Abbey Collins, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage Nina Sparling, KCAW – Sitka Meet Sovereign Bill, the voice behind Molly of Denali Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNews Matt Miller, KTOO – Juneau Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov paid a visit to Sitka last week, one of several Alaska stops on a history and culture tour. Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – Juneau An incident management team has been assigned to wildfire response north of Fairbanks. The Alaska based group is assuming management of the 600 acre shovel Creek Fire 25 miles northwest of Fairbanks in the Murphy Dome area. Molly is voiced by 14-year-old Indigenous actress Sovereign Bill of Auburn, Washington. Bill is of Tlingit and Muckleshoot descent. Associated Press Passengers in fatal Kenai airplane crash were from Michigan Alaska State Troopers have released the names of two Michigan residents killed in a weekend small airplane crash on the Kenai Peninsula. Kirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage About 150 people turned out in Juneau for a rally opposing expanded development in the Tongass National Forest. Alaska considers $10 million loan fund to prop up Ketchikan’s shipyard Hydroelectric reservoirs in Southeast Alaska are rising this month with the last of the remaining snow melt and some significant rainfall. However, hydro operators caution those lakes are still a long way from full. State officials have extended an air quality advisory for Southcentral Alaska as smoke from the Swan Lake Fire continues to linger over the area. With the future of Alaska’s ferry system in question, the state may offer short-term financing to incentivize work at Ketchikan’s shipyard. Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks Jökulhlaup raises Taku River levels; Suicide Basin release likely in next few weeks Joe Viechnicki, KFSK – Petersburg Team assigned to Creek Fire northwest of Fairbanks The Swan Lake fire has grown to 32,300 acres. The fire has been burning since early June in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. This weekend, winds spread the fire within two miles of the Sterling Highway. Hydro lakes rebounding, but a long way from full State extends air quality advisory amid Swan Lake Fire Swan Lake fire grows, moving closer to Sterling Highway Russian ambassador seeks conversation, friendship in first visit to Sitka Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO – Juneau The rising water level will bring more debris and much colder water. “So, if you were to perhaps fall in the river, there would be more risk of hypothermia,” said Nicole Ferrin of the National Weather Service.
The Andhra Pradesh grama sachivayalam hall tickets for the category II have been released today at gramasachivalayam.ap.gov.in. The category II posts include VRO, the village agriculture secretary, village horticulture secretary, survey assistant, ANM/ward health secretary. While the written examination for VRO, survey assistant and ANM/ward posts is scheduled to be held on September 3, 2019, the exam for village agriculture secretary and village horticulture secretary is on September 4, 2019. Meanwhile, the hall tickets for the exam, scheduled on September 6, 7 and 8, 2019 will be released on September 30, 2019. The AP grama sachivalayam had released the hall tickets for category 1 and category III (Digital Assistant) posts on August 24, 2019.
Cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines has reduced its flight schedule and has decided to curtail overseas operations.Its chairman Vijay Mallya will meet the pilots, who have stayed away from work over non-payment of their salaries, Thursday.The airlines authorities said that they had returned wide body Airbus A 330-200 aircraft to its lessor in the UK. They added that they were curtailing the overseas operations due to heavy loss.In spite of the pilots’ agitation, Kingfisher operated 101 flights Tuesday though it was supposed to operate 140 flights daily.The airlines has tendered apology to the pilots for the delay in the payment of their salaries due to freezing of its bank accounts by the Tax department. Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya will meet the pilot fraternity in Delhi Thursday to sort out the problem.Kingfisher Airlines cancelled over 40 flights Monday after the pilots stayed away from work over non-payment of their salaries.Pilots of the cash-strapped airlines have been complaining on the management’s indifferent attitude and delay in the payment of their salaries for over three months.
Grand Theft Auto games on PC have been a hotbed of mod activity for years. The improvements made to the base game, especially in the graphics department, are amazing and this was especially apparent in GTA IV. Some mods are gameplay related, though, with the latest being this wonderful Incredible Hulk mod for GTA V you can see in action below.The basic Hulk moves are in place, including the thunder clap, huge jumps, and ability to use parts of the scenery as giant, destructive weapons. If it wasn’t for the clear “this is just a mod” limitations you’d think this was a great demo for a game in development. And why not? Wouldn’t this make for a great open world Incredible Hulk experience?The last Hulk game we got was back in 2008 when The Incredible Hulk was released for PC, PS3, PS2, and Xbox 360. That was a free roaming, destructible world game, but it was not that well received and clearly quite limited by the hardware. Here’s some gameplay footage:A new Hulk game using GTA V’s engine and world size? Yes, I’d be very interested in that if they got the gameplay right. It would also be a fairly quick project turnaround if you consider how good the mod above looks a;ready. Rockstar, if you’re listening, make a few calls will you?This GTA V Incredible Hulk mod is freely available to download and use. Just download the Hulk script and ensure you have the latest version of ScripthookVDotNet, ScripthookV, and ASI loader installed. All are linked to on the Hulk script download page.
6 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. June 20, 2018 When it comes to our collective sense of internet privacy, 2018 is definitely the year of awareness. It’s funny that it took Facebook’s unholy partnership with a little-known data-mining consulting firm named Cambridge Analytica to raise the alarm. After all, there were already abundant examples of how our information was being used by unidentified forces on the web. It really took nothing more than writing the words “Cabo San Lucas” as part of a throwaway line in some personal email to a friend to initiate a slew of Cabo resort ads and Sammy Hagar’s face plastering the perimeters of our social media feeds.In 2018, it’s never been more clear that when we embrace technological developments, all of which make our lives easier, we are truly taking hold of a double-edged sword. But has our awakening come a little too late? As a society, are we already so hooked on the conveniences internet-enabled technologies provide us that we’re hard-pressed making the claim that we want the control of our personal data back?Related: 3 Social Media Data Lessons in the Wake of Cambridge AnalyticaIt’s an interesting question. Our digital marketing firm recently conducted a survey to better understand how people feel about internet privacy issues and the new movement to re-establish control over what app providers and social networks do with our personal information.Given the current media environment and scary headlines regarding online security breaches, the poll results, at least on the surface, were fairly predictable. According to our study, web users overwhelmingly object to how our information is being shared with and used by third-party vendors. No surprise here, a whopping 90 percent of those polled were very concerned about internet privacy. In a classic example of “Oh, how the mighty have fallen,” Facebook and Google have suddenly landed in the ranks of the companies we trust the least, with only 3 percent and 4 percent of us, respectively, claiming to have any faith in how they handled our information.Despite consumers’ apparent concern about online security, the survey results also revealed participants do very little to safeguard their information online, especially if doing so comes at the cost of convenience and time. In fact, 60 percent of them download apps without reading terms and conditions and close to one in five (17 percent) report that they’ll keep an app they like, even if it does breach their privacy by tracking their whereabouts.Related: Tougher Data Privacy Rules Are a Scammer’s Nightmare, but Ethical Marketers Can Stay CalmWhile the survey reveals only 18 percent say they are “very confident” when it comes to trusting retails sites with their personal information, the sector is still on track to exceed a $410 billion ecommerce spend this year. This, despite more than half (54 percent) reporting they feel less secure purchasing from online retailers after reading about online breach after online breach.What’s become apparent from our survey is that while people are clearly dissatisfied with the state of internet privacy, they feel uninspired or simply ill-equipped to do anything about it. It appears many are hooked on the conveniences online living affords them and resigned to the loss of privacy if that’s what it costs to play.The findings are not unique to our survey. In a recent Harvard Business School study, people who were told the ads appearing in their social media timelines had been selected specifically based on their internet search histories showed far less engagement with the ads, compared to a control group who didn’t know how they’d been targeted. The study revealed that the actual act of company transparency, coming clean about the marketing tactics employed, dissuaded user response in the end.As is the case with innocent schoolchildren, the world is a far better place when we believe there is an omniscient Santa Claus who magically knows our secret desires, instead of it being a crafty gift exchange rigged by the parents who clearly know the contents of our wish list. We say we want safeguards and privacy. We say we want transparency. But when it comes to a World Wide Web, where all the cookies have been deleted and our social media timeline knows nothing about us, the user experience becomes less fluid.Related: Apple Will Let All Users Download Their Collected Personal DataThe irony is, almost two-thirds (63 percent) of those polled in our survey don’t believe that companies having access to our personal information leads to a better, more personalized, online experience at all, which is the chief reason companies like Facebook state for wanting our personal information in the first place. And yet, when an app we’ve installed doesn’t let us tag our location to a post or inform us when a friend has tagged us in a photo or alerted us that the widget we were searching for is on sale this week, we feel slighted by our brave new world.With the introduction of GDPR regulations this summer, the European Union has taken, collectively, the important first steps toward regaining some of the online privacy that we, as individuals, have been unable to take. GDPR casts the first stone at the Goliath that’s had free rein leveraging our personal information against us. By doling out harsh penalties and fines for those who abuse our private stats — or at least those who aren’t abundantly transparent as to how they intend to use those stats — the EU, and by extension, those countries conducting online business with them, has finally initiated a movement to curtail the hitherto laissez-faire practices of commercial internet enterprises. For this cyberspace Wild West, there’s finally a new sheriff in town.I imagine that our survey takers applaud this action, although only about 25 percent were even aware of GDPR. At least on paper, the legislation has given us back some control over the privacy rights we’ve been letting slip away since we first signed up for a MySpace account. Will this new regulation affect our user experience on the internet? More than half of our respondents don’t think so, and perhaps, for now, we are on the way toward a balancing point between the information that makes us easier to market to and the information that’s been being used for any purpose under the sun. It’s time to leverage this important first step, and stay vigilant of its effectiveness with a goal of gaining back even more privacy while online. Enroll Now for Free
Share in Technology October 17, 2013 454 Views MISMO Releases Reference Model Version 3.3, Seeks Public Comments Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bankers Association Service Providers 2013-10-17 Emily Ellis The “”Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization””:http://www.mismo.org/default.htm (MISMO) announced Wednesday the release of its Residential Reference Model Version 3.3 for public comment. The organization’s press release stresses the significance of the updates given recent changes in regulatory and reporting requirements in the industry.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]This iteration, developed by experts industrywide, “”provides the mortgage finance industry with the standards needed in today’s rapidly changing regulatory and compliance environment,”” noted Mike Fratantoni, president of MISMO. Specifically, Version 3.3 reflects changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) integrated closing disclosures, high-cost loans under the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), the Uniform Mortgage Servicing Dataset (UMSD) used within GSEs, the Federal Housing Administration’s (FHA) TOTAL Scorecard, and Ginnie Mae’s Pool Data Delivery dataset.Also among the enhancements is an updated Logical Data Dictionary (LDD). Further details of the enhancement can be found in the Version 3.3 Release Notes and in the organization’s latest Residential Specifications. MISMO welcomes comments from the public regarding errors and omissions until December 16, 2013. Comments on Version 3.3 may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Auction.com Co-Founder Honored as ‘Internet Person of the Year’ Auction.com Company News 2014-11-03 Tory Barringer Share November 3, 2014 488 Views Auction.com’s Rob Friedman has a new award for the mantle: The Internet Marketing Association (IMA) named the real estate marketplace’s chairman and co-founder Internet Person of the Year.According to an announcement, IMA awarded Friedman the honor based on his hands-on approach to create a marketplace where homebuyers and sellers can benefit from a transparent, efficient process.”Rob Friedman utterly embodies the total vision of the internet entrepreneur—the drive, the vision, the innovation, the risk taking,” said Sinan Kanatsiz, chairman and founder of IMA. “Combine that with his commitment to his community, employees and the development of the highest professional standards for the internet marketing industry, and the selection of Rob as ‘Internet Person of the Year’ was a decision that was impossible not to make.”With this recognition, Friedman and Auction.com join the ranks of some of the most prominent Internet entrepreneurs of the last decade, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Nativo founder Justin Choi, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh.”To receive this award is such an honor—and a testament to Auction.com’s success in providing Internet users with the most seamless process possible for transacting real estate,” Friedman said. “With more than $26 billion in residential and commercial properties sold through our platform, Auction.com is indeed ‘where real estate is moving now and into the future.'” in Headlines, News, Technology
Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Wells can come off the list at any point during trainingcamp. “I’m going to take my time,” he said. “I’m going todefinitely take my time. I don’t think anybody wants tosee a 75-percent Beanie Wells. Everybody wants to see a100-percent Beanie Wells and that’s what I want to give.”Wells was less than 100-percent for much of last seasonyet still managed to rush for over 1,000 yards.“It’s one of those things that, it takes time,” he said ofhis recovery. “(The knee) is getting better each day.”Wells missed all of mini-camp and every one of the team’sOTAs in the offseason. He now has missed the team’s firstpractice of camp.How much more time he’ll miss is unknown. He didsound confident, however, that it won’t be much longer.“I know for a fact that there’s no question whether I’llbe ready for September 9th or not,” he said of theCardinals opener against Seattle six weeks away. “It’sjust a matter of letting things calm down and not puttingso much wear and tear.“I’ll be out there back before you know it.” – / 35 0 Comments Share FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — For many, it was a surprise whenthe Cardinals announced Tuesday that running back BeanieWells had been placed on the active/physically unable toperform list, meaning he is unable to practice.Wells, however, was not.“I knew what we were going to do from the beginning,” hesaid Wednesday, six months after undergoing what he calleda “scope” on his right knee. (He did not provide anyfurther details.) What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’