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Truck drivers protest along Okeechobee Road block traffic

first_imgCalderon was charged with resisting with violence and battery on an officer, Tuesday night, after he had been tased twice during a protest that also shut down Okeechobee Road. He told 7News that while he can’t be sure whether or not he hit the officer, he never would’ve done it intentionally.Calderon decided to stay home Wednesday night.Another arrest was made at a trucker rally in Tallahassee. The protest there was organized in hopes of getting law makers involved.Multiple agencies are standing by at Wednesday’s protest to ensure that traffic moves smoothly. There were no visible confrontations with police Wednesday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HIALEAH GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) — Truckers lined up along a busy Hialeah Gardens roadway once again, Wednesday afternoon, to protest what they call unfair business practices.Police were forced to shut down Okeechobee Road in Hialeah Gardens as truckers and their families protested. They said they were upset over pay, high fees and government regulations.“The brokers are staying with most of the money,” said Belcys Lopez. “It’s not fair, we’re asking for the government to make regulations for the payment of the miles.”“We are tired of working for low pay,” said Amarilys Gonzalez, “we’re the one’s who provide your food, your clothes.”RELATED LINKS:Truckers protest unfair labor practices in Hialeah GardensOne trucker, Luis Calderon, was subdued with a Taser and arrested in a protest on the road the night before.“I had to take care of my people and protect what we were doing,” said Calderon through a translator. Calderon went on to say that he didn’t want police to detain another trucker’s wife, so he held on to her. last_img read more

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Yacht catches fire near Bayside Marina

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A yacht caught fire near Bayside Marina, Tuesday, but no one was hurt.Officials believe the fire sparked in the engine room.The passengers evacuated the vessel safely.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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22 arrested and charged following 4monthlong drug operation

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office have concluded a four-month-long drug operation.Operation shot-caller started in March as an effort to reduce crimes by targeting violent offenders distributing narcotics near schools, parks and churches.Over $3,000 was seized along with several firearms and drugs.A total of 22 people were arrested and charged in the operation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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Minimum Wage Set To Increase To 984

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska minimum wage will bump up four cents an hour in two weeks.  The increase represents an annual inflation proofing of the raise that was part of a ballot initiative passed by voters. All actual hours worked in a pay period multiplied by the Alaska minimum wage is the very least an employee can be compensated by an employer. The minimum wage was moved up by a dollar in both 2015 and 2016. The Alaska minimum wage applies to all hours worked in a pay period regardless of whether the employee is paid by time, piece, commission, or otherwise. Tips are not part of the equation. The Anchorage CPI-U increased 0.4 percent in 2016,so the minimum wage will rise from $9.80 to $9.84 effective January 1, 2018.center_img Alaska Statutes require that the minimum wage to be adjusted using the Consumer Price Index for urban consumers in the Anchorage  area for the preceding calendar year. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-minimum-wage-set-to-increase-to-.mp3VmDorene-on-minimum-wage-set-to-increase-to-.mp300:00RPd The State Labor Commissioner said in a written statement that modest annual adjustments ensure low wage workers don’t have to wait for several years to see their wages raised to keep up with inflation.last_img read more

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Interviewers Checklist

first_imgYou can only go so far with online research and e-mail press release-style information. In order to invigorate stories, you have to work the phones and set up interviews with leading players in the field. Here is an overview for quick action.1. Be Cool. Your first task is to put the wary subject at ease with the idea of an interview. A cool, confident, middle-of-the-road approach is best. In a phone call or an e-mail at least three days in advance, explain to the subject what will be covered and how much time you will need.2. Be Early. Punctuality is a job trait that everyone admires, and no amount of explaining or working overtime will ever alleviate the poor impression you make by arriving late for an appointment.3. Be a Navigator. Give your subject a sense of audience at the outset—“Our readers have a high school education, typically”—and then be prepared to intercept any MBA-style answers with, “How can we restate that so our readers get the point?” Use the gentle coaxing of a lamb as the directives of a lion. 4. Be Prepared. School yourself in the subject’s background so that you don’t waste precious interview time asking resume-info questions. Instead, use your research as a springboard for actual discussion of resume-like topics.5. Be a Good Listener. Your job during an interview with a business leader is to listen for two specific things—ideas and key decisions. Everybody wants to know how Mr. or Ms. Big thinks and makes decisions. This means listening for examples of how he works with people, and urging him on in discussions of this nature. Don’t belabor tiny facts, statistics and particulars. Your goal during the interview is to find out what makes the subject tick, not to discover where he buys his ties.6. Be Gracious. When you ask questions, make them sound as though they are the voice of your publication, not a personal curiosity or crusade. No: “The communications staff really works hard and needs weekends to recuperate. Do you see anything like a four-day work week for the future of this company?” Yes: “Some companies are taking a look at the four-day work week, Mr. Slimwhistle. Do you see anything similar in the next decade for Hagedorn Motors?”7. Be Careful. Effective interviewing often means digging out contradictory stories from sources. This can sometimes change the slant of a story. The effective interviewer develops an opinion about the subject—but it must be conveyed through statistical and objective facts, quotes from credible experts, and unassailable logic—not through simple opinionated statements.8. Be Vigilant. Save any topics that are even mildly negative for the latter part of your interview, and approach them with caution. By then you will have established rapport and you will get better answers. You will also have a fuller assessment of the subject’s mood, and you will know how to take advantage of an opportunity to ask a tough question. Money is always a sensitive topic, for instance. So…the phone rings and Mr. Big has to take a call. Afterward he hangs up with a sigh. “It’s that time of the year,” he says. “Budgets.” Now you can seize the opportunity to ask an “impromptu” question about the company’s fiscal health. “Speaking of budgets, Mr. Slimwhistle,” you say gently, “some people have observed that last year was a tough one for the company. Could you compare it with the current year and next year’s projections?”9. Be Thorough. Use a tape recorder so that you can listen to the conversation again for accuracy. Always leave the door open for follow-up.10. Be Professional. Check back with your source for an accuracy review of quotes obtained during the interview, but never give a subject final review and approval of quotes or—horrors—a total manuscript. Your job is to play fair, not to be a rewrite department in the ego division. John Brady is visiting professional at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University. He is a partner at Brady & Paul Communications, a publishing consultancy, and conducts editorial workshops for professionals. For information on his workshop text Magazine Editing: The Practical Approach and his Interviewer’s Handbook: A Guerrilla Guide for Reporters and Writers, his web site is johnbrady.info, or you may e-mail him at Bradybrady@aol.com.last_img read more

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Meredith Revenue Inches Up in FQ1 2014

first_imgThe Meredith Corporation announced fiscal first-quarter 2014 revenue increases, while earnings dipped slightly. The female-centric media and marketing company is relying on growth from its digital side, advertising revenue and the launch of the Allrecipes magazine to propel its full-year outlook.Meredith’s total revenues inched up 1 percent to $356 million from $354 million in the same period last year. Year-over-year earnings per share dipped to $0.53 from $0.55 for the first quarter.Stephen M. Lacy, Meredith chairman and CEO, remained optimistic saying, “We’re off to a strong start in fiscal 2014,” in a statement. Lacy mostly championed record revenue and profit performance of the company’s Local Media Group, which grew total revenues 3 percent to $90 million. Non-political advertising revenues also increased 3 percent to $64 million thanks to strong performances from television stations.“Our record revenue performance—achieved in a non-political quarter—speaks to the fundamental strength of our television broadcasting business,” says Local Media Group President Paul Karpowicz, in a statement.Digital advertising revenues also spurred growth showing a record high 12 percent increase for the quarter.“We continued to successfully execute our Total Shareholder Return (TSR) strategy,” Lacy says. “ Investor response has been strong with our share price more than doubling since we launched our TSR program [two years ago].”Next month, Meredith will launch its first digital brand print extension with Allrecipes magazine. In its first year, the title will publish six issues and have a rate base of 500,000.Digital traffic, overall, averaged a first-quarter record of 47 million unique visitors while digital orders for print magazine subscriptions grew 7 percent to 1.2 million year-over-year.Looking ahead, Meredith projects fiscal second-quarter earnings per share increase in the $0.65 to $0.70 range, while the fiscal full-year earnings outlook is expected to range from $2.60 to $2.95.last_img read more

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Communities Endorse JLUS Recommendations for California Navy Base

first_imgNeighboring communities of Naval Base Ventura County in Southern California have voted to support the recommendations of the installation’s joint land use study (JLUS), which covers actions such as anti-terrorism security measures, a climate change study and municipal ordinances protecting open space.The $225,000 study for the base — formed by the merger of Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme and San Nicolas Island — calls for improving security at the perimeter of Port Hueneme and preparing a climate change assessment focusing on sea level rise, reported the Ventura County Star.In putting the final report together, the policy committee for the study tweaked a proposal in the draft recommending that “Ventura County and the cities should support SOAR [Save Open Space and Agricultural Resources] ordinances for renewal” to help protect the base from further encroachment.The county and most of its cities have SOAR ordinances, which require voter approval to develop farmland and open spaces. Many of the ordinances are set to expire in 2020 and supporters are proposing ballot initiatives that would extend them until 2050, according to the story.The policy committee — which is composed of elected official and others — weakened the recommendation, opting instead to call for the study’s coordination committee to “work together to educate the public on the benefits and role of SOAR in relation to military compatibility.”“Their thinking was that the study shouldn’t advocate a political position, especially as it applies to SOAR,” said Steve DeGeorge, planning and technology director for the Ventura County Transportation Commission and the study’s project manager. “That the study should be fact-based and technically-based, rather than an advocate piece,” DeGeorge said.The commission approved the study’s final report last week, while the Ventura County Board of Supervisors and the Camarillo and Oxnard city councils voted last month to support the recommendations. The Port Hueneme City Council has not yet voted on the study, which was performed by Matrix Design Group.The base, meanwhile, is “very pleased with the study,” DeGeorge said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Amid Flat FY17 Budget Milcon Funding Would Fall

first_imgTopline defense spending would rise $2.4 billion under the Defense Department’s fiscal 2017 budget request to $583 billion, providing a slight increase for operations and maintenance but a moderate cut for military construction.The request includes $524 billion in DOD’s base budget and $59 billion in the department’s overseas contingency operations (OCO) account, matching the spending levels called for in the bipartisan budget deal reached last October.“I think we have done nothing more, nothing less than comply with the budget deal,” DOD Comptroller Mike McCord told reporters. McCord had been asked to respond to an accusation from House Republicans that the request was robbing the base budget by failing to increase the OCO account, which isn’t subject to the statutory spending caps, above $59 billion.The request includes a $6.5 billion increase in operations and maintenance spending to $251 billion, compared to the enacted FY 2016 budget. Military construction would drop by $0.6 billion to $6.3 billion next year under the proposal.For the Army, the FY 2017 proposal calls for one of the smallest milcon budgets in recent years, Maj. Gen. Thomas Horlander, the Army’s budget director, told reporters during the service’s budget briefing on Tuesday. The Army would fund only 29 milcon projects, totaling $805 million, he said.Navy spending on construction would plunge $0.6 billion to $1.3 billion in FY 2017.The Air Force stands out as the one military department recommending an increase for milcon. Its request calls for the account to jump $0.3 billion to $2.0 billion next year.Details are available in DOD’s overview of the FY 2017 request. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 5 Wilmington Students Receive Academic Honors At Southern New Hampshire University

first_imgMANCHESTER, NH — It is with great pleasure that Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) congratulates the following students on being named to the winter 2018 Dean’s List and President’s List.The following Wilmington students made the Dean’s List:Kaitlyn McLarenEmily MonteforteChristina NatolaEligibility for the Dean’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.5-3.699 and earn 12 credits for the semester.The following Wilmington students made the President’s List:Steven LangenfeldJohn MillerEligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade point average (GPA) of 3.7-4.0 and earn 12 credits for the semester.About Southern New Hampshire UniversitySouthern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is a private, nonprofit institution with an 85-year history of educating traditional-aged students and working adults. Now serving more than 100,000 students worldwide, SNHU offers over 200 accredited undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs, available online and on its 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH. Recognized as the “Most Innovative” regional university by U.S. News & World Report and one of the fastest-growing universities in the country, SNHU is committed to expanding access to high quality, affordable pathways that meet the needs of each student. Learn more at www.snhu.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from SNHU via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Southern New Hampshire UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Miller & Paolucci Named To President’s List At Southern New Hampshire UniversityIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List & President’s List At SNHUIn “Education”last_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Rachel Johansson Graduates From Curry College

first_imgMILTON, MA — Curry College is pleased to announce that Rachel Johansson, of Wilmington, received a degree on Sunday May 19, 2019 at Commencement Excercises that took place at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts.Business, civic, and philanthropic leader John Fish, Hon. ’19 served as Commencement speaker. Fish, the chairman and CEO of Suffolk, one of the nation’s leading construction management companies, received an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree.About Curry CollegeFounded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution located on 131 acres in Milton, Mass. Curry extends its educational programs to a continuing education branch campus in Plymouth, Mass. Curry offers 27 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate degrees in business, education, criminal justice, and nursing, with a combined enrollment of over 3,700 students. The student body consists of approximately 2,000 traditional undergraduate students, 1,400 continuing education students, and 300 graduate students. Approximately 1,575 of its students reside on the Curry campus. The largest majors are business management, communication, nursing, criminal justice, and education. The College offers a wide array of extra-curricular activities ranging from 14 NCAA Division III athletic teams to an outstanding theatre program. Visit us on the web at www.curry.edu.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Curry College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 4 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Curry CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel Johansson Inducted Into International Psychology Honor SocietyIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Rachel Johansson Achieves Dean’s List Honors All Four Years At Curry CollegeIn “Education”last_img read more

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5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday August 3 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Saturday, August 3, 2019:#1) Children’s Theatre Of Workshop Presents URINETOWNThe Children’s Theatre Workshop of Wilmington proudly presents Urinetown on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 7pm and Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 2pm in the Wilmington High School Joanne Benton Auditorium. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Urinetown is a a funny, musical satire about capitalism, beauracracy and corportate mis-management. Tickets to the show, which feature high school students, cost $12. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online HERE.#2) Yard Sale In WilmingtonBelow is information on a yard sale happening in Wilmington this weekend:When: Saturday, August 3, 2019, 8am-noonWhere: 8 Apple Tree Lane, WilmingtonDetails: n/a [Source: Facebook]#3) Women’s Roller Derby At Shriners AuditoriumBoston Roller Derby, a Boston-based, female-only roller derby league, returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) on Saturday, August 3, 2019.  Doors open at 2:30pm.  The action begins at 3pm with the Boston Common vs. Monadnock, followed by the Boston B Party vs. Twin State at 5pm. The evening concludes with Boston Massacre vs. Montreal Les Sexpos. Tickets include admission to the triple-header, plus entry into the after party.Tickets are $12 (advance) and $16 (at the door) for adults; $6 (advance) and $8 (at the door) for kids (6-17); and kids under 6 are free. There is a small fee for online purchases. Discounted tickets are available for large groups, as is a VIP Package.  Purchase your tickets HERE. Join the Facebook event HERE.  Learn more about the league HERE.#4) Tech Buddies Drop-In At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a tech buddies drop-in session from 10am to 11am. Need technology help, but Brad isn’t here? Drop in at a Tech Buddies session! Tech Buddies is a new volunteer program connecting teens and members of the Wilmington community in need of assistance navigating their phones, tablets, cameras, and the Cloud.#5) Book Store Next Door OpenThe Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, August 2, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, August 10, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, July 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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NASA Mars 2020 Rover finally has legs to stand on

first_img Share your voice CNET on Mars null NASA also announced selecting three finalists for future mission concepts.The future mission concepts include a robotic mission in 2022 to examine two asteroid systems, a lunar orbiter studying water on the moon and twin spacecraft to study Mars energetic particles.At least of these will become a project, NASA said Thursday. Sci-Tech Culture Roadshow The Mars 2020 rover is set to make its way to the Red Planet in 2020.  NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover finally has set of wheels and legs. NASA engineers this week installed the starboard legs and wheels and a new port suspension system for the 2020 Mars Rover in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.NASA had been monitoring previous Mars Rover Curiosity’s wheel damage for years, as dents became holes and then cracks in the raised treads. In Jan. this year, NASA posted photos of the wheel damage before the heartbreaking death of Curiosity in Feb.For the 2020 model, both legs are made of titanium tubing like that used on bicycles. The current six wheels installed on the rover are for testing purposes only, and will be replaced in 2020. The wheels all have their own motor, and the front two and rear two wheels additionally have steering motors.That way, the rover can turn 360 degrees while standing in one place.The “rocker-bogie” suspension system then allows the rover to drive over rocks and obstacles, and handle 45-degree tilts without falling over.mars-2020-rover-wheelsThe new legs and wheels on the NASA Mars 2020 Rover. NASA/JPL-Caltech “With the suspension on, not only does it look like a rover, but we have almost all our big-ticket items for integration in our rearview mirror — if our rover had one,” David Gruel, the Mars 2020 assembly, test and launch operations manager at JPL, said. “Now that’s a Mars rover.” NASA is next expecting to install the rover’s robotic arm, mast-mounted SuperCam and Sample Caching instrument. The cashing instrument has 17 separate motors that will work on collecting rock and soil samples.NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover will be launched in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and is set to land on Mars in February 2021. 0center_img 41 weird objects seen on Mars, explained 43 Photos Meteors crashing into Mars give rise to mysterious, smoky clouds NASA Mars 2020 rover workers snap the sweetest science selfie NASA reveals Opportunity rover’s final path across Mars Tags Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

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Toyotas APM brings futuristic golfcart looks to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_img 2019 Toyota Camry Review Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageIn 30 years, we’ll all be riding around the links of Del Boca Vista in these bad boys. Toyota Toyota is determined to make the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo look like everybody’s neo-utopian idea of Japan. It’s already promised to bring some interesting vehicles and concepts to the festivities, with a wide variety of helpful purposes. Its latest creation to that end, the Accessible People Mover (APM) seeks to take a simple concept and hit it with some 21st-century changes.Toyota on Thursday unveiled the APM, which was designed explicitly for use during the 2020 Summer Games. Under Toyota’s idea of “Mobility for All,” the automaker took the idea of a general-use golf cart shuttle and figured out how to change it in order to make it even more accessible. It’s not just for athletes and staff, either; Toyota’s fleet of roughly 200 APMs will also help shuttle around the elderly, pregnant and families with small children.There will be two primary variants of the APM, both of which will run at low speeds on electric power. The basic model has a single seat up front for the driver, with seating for three in the second row and two more seats in the third row. There are safety bars to help with ingress and egress. If a person in a wheelchair wants a ride, the second-row seats can be folded up, and the APM carries built-in ramps and anchor plates.toyota-apm-inlineEnlarge ImageThe ramps and anchors are a great extra touch to ensure everybody can ride in the APM safely. Toyota The second APM variant is what Toyota calls the “Relief” model. Instead of focusing on moving people around, this one specifically caters to the injured. Half of the second and third row are removed and replaced with a single stretcher, with two remaining seats for medical staff to ride along. Toyota is determined to make Tokyo look wild in 2020. In 2017, we learned that the automaker will test out a new hybrid-electric boat during the Olympic Games. In 2018, Toyota announced that it would be running two separate mobility concepts — the e-Palette and the Concept-i — for various purposes. Earlier this year, we learned Toyota intends to deploy 16 of its Human Support Robots to help carry items and direct people to their seats. 22 Photos Share your voice Toyota e-Palette is its vision for a multifunctional… More From Roadshow Tags 2020 Toyota 4Runner first drive: Same as it ever was — mostly Toyota 2020 Toyota Corolla review: More emotional, still sensible Car Industry 0 Post a comment Toyota e-Palette concept debuts at CES 2018 3:28 Toyotalast_img read more

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Survey Finds MatSu Residents Want To Maintain Rural Profile

first_imgA survey sponsored by the Nature Conservancy indicates that Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents want to maintain a rural profile a quarter of a century from now. The Institute of Social and Economic Research collected the data used in the survey. The results were released last week.Download Audiolast_img

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Panel Discussion Addresses Effects Of British Columbia Mines

first_imgOver the weekend, the Western Mining Action Network held a panel discussion in Anchorage on the development of large scale mines in British Columbia that could impact the Taku, Stikine and Unuk rivers. All are prolific salmon producers for Alaska.Chris Zimmer is the Alaska Rivers without Borders campaign director. He says there are a number of mines proposed for BC and two of the most concerning are the Tulsequah Chief mine and the much larger Kerr Suphurets Mitchell or KSM prospect which is half the size of the Pebble mine proposal and 50 times larger than Tulsequah.Download AudioWhy are these mining proposals ramping up now?Zimmer – Well part of it is the price of gold. When I started this work 15 years ago, gold was in the 300 to 400 an ounce and now with it well into the thousands, that’s really driving a lot of this. And you also have two big pushes from BC. One a very strong pro mining push from the BC government. Premiere Christy Clark said she wants to see eight or ten mines in eight or ten years. Then you also have over the last couple of years, both Canada at the federal level and BC at the provincial level have, I’d say significantly cut their permitting regulations, significantly weakened some environmental laws. So these mines are going through much faster, in the permitting reviews, they’re not being held to as rigorous a standard, so we really see this as a tremendous mining binge in the BC side of the Southeast Alaska/BC transboundary region here.Describe what the concern is for Alaska.Zimmer – The biggest issue is, we’re downstream from all of this. If the rivers flowed the other way, it would be quite different. So the concern is for our water quality, our fish and the jobs, the livelihoods, the cultures that depend on those. Basically what we have in the headwaters now is a toxic time bomb if these mines are built. You’re going to have millions to billions of tons of acid mine generating rock, constant water flow and in the case of KSM, the company says they’ll have to treat the water for 200 years when most people think they’ll have to treat it forever. So forever is a tough concept, who is going to pay for forever? Who is going to pay to clean this up? So Alaska is going to get no benefit from these mines, the benefits will all flow to Canada and we get nothing but the risk to our downstream fisheries.This is a trans-nation border issue, waters flowing from BC into Alaska, U.S. waters, have you spoken to anyone from the congressional delegation about this?Zimmer – Over the last couple of months, we’ve put together a loose coalition of almost all the stakeholders in these watersheds, from commercial fishermen to tribes to environmentalists and we did send a team back to Washington DC in March. The response there was excellent from federal agencies and from our congressional delegation. They saw the risk, they listened to everybody and the congressional delegation immediately fired off a letter to Secretary John Kerry, saying this is an international issue and we need the State Department to engage directly with the Canadian government, because this isn’t an Alaska/BC this is really the U.S. and Canada and the border creates some problems of jurisdiction, the mines are in another country so the only way we thought we could get some traction and get these issues addressed is to make this a federal government to federal government level. Secretary Kerry does have other things on his plate these days, so we haven’t gotten an answer back yet, but we’ve been working with lower level officials in the State Department to try to engage with Canada. So that type of diplomacy is slow, it’s painful, but its really the only way for Alaska to get satisfaction, to get it’s concerned addressed. Canada is probably going to dig its heels in a bit so this could be a tough battle here.last_img read more

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Chum Salmon Flood Western Alaska Waters as Buyers Struggle to Keep Up

first_imgWestern Alaska is in midst of one of the best salmon runs in decades, and that means both subsistence and commercial fishermen in waters around Norton Sound and Kotzebue are catching record numbers of chum.Download AudioChum salmon leaping near Cold Bay, AK. Photo: K. Mueller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on August 28, 2011.“We’d forecasted a commercial harvest of 70-100,000 [of chum] and we’re going to blow right through that” said Jim Menard, the Arctic Area Manager for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The latest numbers point to Norton Sound passing 120,000 chums, the best harvest since 1986.It’s the sixth season in a row of strong chum runs, but the fishery hasn’t always delivered. 2003 was an especially poor year, when the combined commercial harvest of all salmon species was the second lowest on record.Menard said relief came when the salmon bounced back the next year.“It was some sort of the strangest reaction… I actually got tears in my eyes and I said, ‘God I’m getting emotional here, we’ve got fish!’ It was like, whoa here we go, and that was the greatest pink salmon run in Norton Sound was 2004 and it was just crazy, the line of fishing down the Nome River and everyone catching pink salmon and you, know, we were waving, and just to really see a turnaround starting in 2004.”Despite the salmon surge that year, Fish and Game continued to limit subsistence fishing around Nome, with permits based on a household’s historical dependence on chum. Menard recalls that many fishermen ended up sitting on the beach, but those restrictions were lifted in 2006 as escapement continued to rise.Menard stressed that subsistence is the first priority when it comes to fishing in Norton Sound.“People want fish, people need fish, and it’s definitely something we take very seriously is [that] subsistence comes first. It’s escapement and subsistence, and they need their fish and then we’ll go commercial fishing after that.”The surge of salmon in the waters of western Alaska is also feeding Kotzebue’s fishery. Last year’s commercial chum harvest was the second highest on record—and this year’s harvest could be just as strong.But no matter how strong the runs are, Menard said both Kotzebue and Norton Sound are limited by buyer capacity. “The buyers, you know, they get plugged, and there’s only so much they can do. In Kotzebue we’ve stopped fishing the last few days because the buyer is swamped and, you know, Bristol Bay has come on strong, Prince William Sound, and, they fly those fish out of Kotzebue.”Fish and Game closed the Kotzebue fishery from Thursday July 16 until Monday July 20 due to buyer capacity concerns. While the fishery reopened on that Monday, Kotzebue’s sole buyer, Copper River Seafoods, placed a limit on how much they would buy from each fishermen, urging fishermen to avoid catching more than they can sell.It’s a similar story in Norton Sound, as its lone buyer, Norton Sound Seafood Products, can only process so much. Despite limitations, Menard is optimistic that the coming months will be good fishing—and not just for chums.“The fishing’s going very well for an odd-numbered pink year it’s going very good and the real pleasant surprise was how the sockeye salmon came in. We did not think it was going to be that strong. So now we’re waiting on the silver salmon, and we think the silver salmon run is going to be pretty decent this year.”While the fishing has been strong so far, just how strong won’t be known until the silver run kicks into full swing.last_img read more

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Company eyeing new Cook Inlet oil defends tax credit program

first_imgA small company working to develop Cook Inlet’s first new oil pool in years is urging policymakers to use restraint when considering changes to the state’s controversial oil-tax credit program.The Alaska Dispatch News reports that officials with BlueCrest Energy, a Texas company founded by a former Alaskan, may not be able to develop a gas field west of Anchor Point without the credits. Company officials say if the state pulls support, they will not be able to continue drilling.The plea comes as a state Senate working group has been scrutinizing the program, which paid $628 million last year to companies on the North Slope, in Cook Inlet and other areas.With Alaska facing its second consecutive $3 billion budget deficit, Gov. Bill Walker’s administration says the program should be scaled back.last_img read more

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Sealaska Corp doubles April payout to shareholders

first_imgSealaska directors on Friday approved a spring distribution totaling $23 million. The amount paid to each shareholder depends on the class of their shares. (Graphic courtesy Sealaska Corp.)Sealaska’s spring shareholders’ payout is more than twice the size of the previous year’s.The Southeast regional Native corporation announced Friday it will distribute $23.1 million to tribal members beginning April 13. Last spring’s dividends totaled $10.6 million.The Juneau-headquartered corporation has more than 22,000 shareholders, almost all of Tlingit, Haida or Tsimshian descent. Dividends will range from approximately $236 to $1,586 each, depending on the class of shares and the number owned.In a press release, officials said the corporation is also investing more money into its scholarship endowment. President and CEO Anthony Mallott cited rising costs for secondary education and the need to advance shareholders and their descendants.The corporation’s board will also look into creating a burial-assistance program. Some Sealaska critics have lobbied for the benefit.Officials cited increased business earnings as one reason for the larger payout and scholarship increase.Sealaska began investing in Seattle-area fish-processing businesses in 2016.last_img read more

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When curfew led to library of rare literature

first_imgNew Delhi : On a restive, summer night in 1987, when the Walled City was under curfew following communal violence in Uttar Pradesh, a group of young men snuck out to buy vegetables, milk and other essentials for people in the area. That dark, desperate night was the unlikely origin of the Hazrat Shah Waliullah Public Library, a depository of rare literature, including a 600-year-old Arabic book on logic, a copy of the Bhagvad Gita in Urdu, the Ramayan in Persian, and the entire works of Bahadur Shah Zafar printed in 1885. Also Read – Demanding Scindia as MP Congress chief, supporters threaten mass resignation Advertise With Us The library, housed in Pahari Imli lane, a crowded left turn from the famous Matia Mahal road leading to the Jama Masjid, caters to thousands of people in the locality. The night three decades ago was the turning point, said Muhammed Naeem, who with his 10 friends started the Delhi Youth Welfare Association (DYWA) in a nondescript small room in Pahari Imli three years later. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us “After three-four days of the curfew in 1987, there was no food, or milk. We snuck out to bring essentials. It was a turning point, when this thought occurred that we seriously needed to do something for the people,” Naeem told PTI. Soon, the room, once a bachelors’ pad where young men gathered to play carroms, cards, and cool off after a match or two of cricket, became a library where residents of the area congregated to read books, borrow them or simply browse. Advertise With Us Tucked away from the everyday hubbub, nothing about Pahari Imli stands distinct, at least not the small wooden door that leads to the room housing the Waliullah Public Library. However, what lies within is what author and poet Jorge Luis Borges imagined to be a paradise. “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library,” he had mused. DYWA president Naeem recalled how the crowd-funded library, named after an 18th century Islamic scholar, came to be. In 1990, the 11 young men founded DYWA and started sponsoring widows with Rs 100 a month. Then, looking at low literacy rates and poverty in the area, the group took another step – the library. “Everyone brought in their personal collections. There were a lot of books on sports at first. Then we brought Islamic literature, and everyone spoke about the library in their circle. Some were donated to us, some we bought, and today we don’t have enough space to fit the books,” the 54-year-old businessman said. Managed by members of the DYWA, the library today owns more than 20,000 books in Urdu, Arabic, English, Hindi, and Persian. About 2,500 books are received from rare collections. The collection boasts of rare works of Mughal era poets Mirza Ghalib, Mohammed Ibrahim Zauq, Momin Khan Momin as well as medieval Sufi treaties. The room, shut off from any and all sounds of the outside world, opens for a few hours in the morning till 1 pm. There are a few people in the morning hours but come evenings and a host of regulars march in for reading and discussions till late hours. “We get students and researchers here, but most evenings, people from Old Delhi-based NGOs gather here and then there is no telling when everyone will go home. Politics, history, current affairs, the topics of discussion are anything and everything,” Naeem said. One such researcher that stumbled upon this treasure trove in 2010 was Anand Vivek Taneja, then a Columbia University graduate student and now assistant professor of Religious Studies and Anthropology at the Vanderbilt University in the US. “I was astonished at finding this library…The small one room library had an astonishingly eclectic collection of books in several languages,” Taneja said. In his subsequent return to the city, he would make it a point to visit the library. “I would turn to the high shelf hosting the Urdu antiquarian books on the history of Delhi, such as Bashiruddin Ahamad’s ‘Waqiat e Darulhukumat Dehli’ and read them for a peaceful hour or two, before getting back to the hustle and bustle of Delhi and ethnography. Those books were out of print, and expensive to purchase,” he added. Some like Olivia Biswas, a PhD scholar, found guides and mentors in the members of the library. “The members of the library were the gate keepers for my data search. They took me through the narrow alleys and by lanes of the walled city for my research purposes,” she said. Over the last 25 years, DYWA has faced problems frequently. “Earlier we had wooden racks, and as it goes for wood it was infested with termites. A lot of books were ruined beyond saving. The whole room was renovated, and steel almirahs were installed,” Naeem rued. The self-funded library also faces problems of space and sponsorship. “There isn’t a single MLA, counsellor, MP we have not met in all these years. This is not an ideal space for such rare and priceless books. We can even ignore the sponsoring, but we need space,” he said. “In the last 28 years we have not taken any financial help from the government. Every year, we spend Rs 6-7 lakh from our own pockets. We are planning to digitise these books, then there is cataloguing. These things require funds. The new generation does not know how priceless these books are… But we have great hopes from the young members of DYWA. Some of them are lawyers, two are in Google,” he said.last_img read more

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Lions Club officebearers assume charge

first_imgCharlapally: GHMC Enforcement Director Vishwajeet stated here that real Lionism was about identifying the poor in distress and going to their rescue. Speaking as the chief guest at the installation of the new office-bearers of Lions Club of Hyderabad Industrialists’ Club in Charlapally CIA Auditorium, he stated that free health camps were being organised by Lions clubs for the benefit of the poor to rid them of ailments. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us Vishwajeet appreciated that the Lions Club members were also educating the financially weak students and distributing sewing machines for providing livelihood to poor women, besides arranging basic facilities, including water purification centres in schools. He expressed his happiness over the ‘good’ programmes being taken up by the Lions club.Stating that he was born and brought up in this area, Vishwajeet offered to be in the forefront to help the poor in coordination with local industrialists. He administered the oath of office to the new office-bearers – Ambati Venkateshwar Reddy (president), K Ravi Kumar (general secretary), Doulath (treasurer), G Parasuram (vice-president), P V Ramana Rao (zone chairperson), Ramachandra Reddy (regional chairperson). Later the office-bearers took charge of their posts.last_img read more