Nirmohi Akhara moves SC opposes Centres plea to return acquired land around

first_imgNew Delhi: Nirmohi Akhara, one of the litigants in the Ayodhya case, Tuesday moved the Supreme Court opposing the Centre’s plea seeking return of 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site to original owners. The Allahabad High Court in 2010 had decided that 2.77-acre disputed land at Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site would be divided into three equal parts and will be handed over to — Nirmohi Akhara, Sunni Waqf Board, and Ram Lalla. The Nirmohi Akhara, in its fresh plea, has opposed the Centre’s application by which it had sought modification of the Supreme Court’s 2003 order to allow it to return to original owners the 67.390 acre of “non-disputed” acquired land around the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. The application has said that the Centre has proposed returning of acquired land to Ram Janambhoomi Nyas and that there are many temples on the acquired land and their rights would be affected if the land is returned to one party. The apex court had recently appointed mediators to find an amicable solution to the vexatious land dispute.last_img read more

Fez Festival Moroccan Musician Badr Rami Gives Insight into His Life

Fez – Badr Rami, a Moroccan-Syrian musical artist, performed at the Fez Festival for the fifth time and held a press conference to discuss his work afterwards. According to his father, Rami has been talented since a very young age. His family was always passionate abut music and art and at just three years old, he was able to play the Derbouka (a Moroccan drum).While growing up in Casablanca, he performed and participated in celebrations and parties, though he didn’t partake in singing contests. His father is a maestro of a band and his mother is a famous doctor. After he graduated high school, Rami performed in the Festival of Arab Music and then went on to receive a degree in marketing and administrative management. The musician says he looks up to other artists such as Sabah Fakhri and Oum Kalthoum. He believes Morocco is a fertile land for artists to flourish and he is very passionate and proud of the culture and history of his country.Despite his upbringing and fan base, he also has an audience outside of the Arab world. Rami has performed in places such at the Lillie Opera House in France as well as the United States.Rami plans to release a new album by the end of this year.Photo credit: Zoubir Ali read more

Faced with insecurity and drugs Afghanistan needs beefed up help UN officials

“Further deployment of international security elements, of a reasonable size and able to project credible strength, are needed to provide the security environment and confidence for the Bonn process to move forward to its natural conclusion,” the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, told the Security Council in reference to the Afghan peace agreements reached in Bonn, Germany, in 2001.”The security situation is a serious impediment to progress and is a major risk to the entire process,” Mr. Guéhenno said in open session, noting that the technical and logistical dimensions for moving onto the next stage – approval of a new constitution and elections – were being put in place “but the necessary environment is not.”He listed the recent fatal attacks on international peacekeepers in the capital, Kabul, factional fighting in the north, clashes between suspected ousted Taliban and coalition forces and assaults on mine clearance teams in the south. To that he added a host of other problems, including the lack of regional and ethnic balance in the northern-controlled defence ministry and woefully inadequate funding for the salaries of the new Afghan army, although he also noted some progress in administrative matters and in establishing the central government’s authority.”So much has been invested in the progress made to date in Afghanistan. The process has entered into its most critical and most sensitive stage – the constitutional and electoral processes – but prevailing insecurity poses a serious risk of derailing it,” Mr. Guéhenno declared. “I encourage the Afghan authorities and the international community to demonstrate a shared commitment to provide the necessary conditions for the peace process to move forward.”Briefing the Council on the drug problem, Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), called on the international community to help Afghanistan eliminate cultivation of the opium poppy, which feeds terrorism and for which it will continue to be the world’s largest producer in the coming years.”The Afghan drug economy can be reconverted to peace and growth if the government is assisted to address the roots of the matter,” Mr. Costa said. In particular, the international community could develop under UN auspices a comprehensive approach to help the government in its own drug control strategy, promote concerted measures in Afghanistan and its neighbours against drug trafficking, and foster alternative development in opium-growing areas in partnership with specialized UN agencies.He emphasized that Afghan drugs provided resources for crime and terrorism – with dealers, including remnants of the previous Taliban regime and the Al-Qaida terrorist network, recycling huge profits “in violence and death,” influencing politics, fomenting regional strife and feeding armed conflict to destabilize the government.With “the old Silk Road now turned into an opium-paved road,” neighbouring countries, through which drugs are exported, and Europe and Russia, where heroin use feeds opium cultivation and efforts to reduce demand should be intensified, need to make convergent efforts, he said.”UNODC will contribute to the largest possible extent, stretching our work beyond Afghanistan’s borders,” Mr. Costa declared. read more

CCJ Environmental tax case Govt ordered to refund Trinidadbased beverage company

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that Guyana refund Trinidad-based beverage company, SM Jaleel (SMJ) and its subsidiary Guyana Beverages Inc (GBI), over the Environmental Tax imposed, in breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, between 2011 and 2015 which can amount to millions of dollars.CCJ President, Sir Dennis Byron on Tuesday, ruled that the taxes levied during this period are in violation of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Single Market and Economy rules.CCJ is Headquartered in TrinidadIn handing down the ruling, Sir Byron stated that Guyana has been clearly unjustly “enriched” at the expense of SMJ and GBI, having collected an unlawful tax directly from them in clear breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. While CCJ did not specify the amount to be paid, it was outlined that Guyana will have to pay an aggregate sum of the amount paid by the company to the Government in Environmental Tax from March 7, 2011 to August 7, 2015 together with interest at four per cent per annum from the date of judgement.According to Sir Byron, the Environmental Tax did not promote cross-border trade but tended to frustrate free movement of goods, distorted competition and discriminated against the companies which should have been protected as belonging to the Community.Moreover, Guyana will have to pay 70 per cent of the cost of the court proceedings.The company had sought to have a refund calculated from January 1, 2006 but a five-year limitation period for settlement of cases was pointed out in the ruling.“The court holds that a five-year limitation period is appropriate and will protect States from stale claims in respect of which there would be inherent difficulties in trying to produce documentary or oral evidence.It will, above all, encourage claimants to file suit in a timely fashion,” Sir Byron said in handing down the ruling.Guyana’s legal team was headed by incumbent Attorney General Basil Williams, SC, while SM Jaleel was represented by Attorney Hans Lim-A-Po of Suriname.This action comes in light of the CCJ ruling in a similar lawsuit filed by Surinamese company Rudisa Beverages, which was awarded US $6 million in compensation by the Court in 2015.Former President Donald Ramotar under whose governance the tax was imposed, had said that the Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) is to be blamed for the recent lawsuit against Government for environmental taxes.Referencing the Rudisa Beverage claim, Ramotar had said that prior to taking Guyana to Court an agreement was reached between Rudisa and all the parties, including local companies, to cut the tax by half and apply it to all the companies operating in Guyana and a Bill to that effect was placed in the National Assembly that was at the time controlled by the then Opposition APNU/AFC which held a 1 seat majority. “We thought that the Opposition would find no difficulty in supporting this, that the Opposition would realise the cost to Guyana’s taxpayers and support the amendment to the law. Unfortunately, the Opposition saw this as another tool to damage the PPP/C Government,” he stated, adding that despite forceful and convincing arguments by his Ministers of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Legal Affairs, the then APNU and AFC Opposition parties used their combined majority to vote against the relevant bill.This, Ramotar outlined, resulted in the case going before the CCJ, which ultimately ruled in favour of the beverage company incurring a billion-dollar bill for the Guyana Government to honour the award.The former President had said further that “the PPP/C had also warned that this would not be the end of the matter. It was pointed out then that some companies from Trinidad and Tobago could also take us to court because the case with Rudisa was the same. APNU and AFC seemed delighted to hear this, seeing that it would hurt the PPP/C Government. That seemed to spur them even more to vote against the amendment. As things turned out, it is those parties that are in Government now and had to pay the US $6 Million which they so delighted in imposing on the Guyanese taxpayers,” he remarked.The former President had posited that this situation was totally unnecessary and completely avoidable; however, APNU and the AFC had displayed a strong unpatriotic stance.“These are the parties that now wield power in our country. The level of vindictiveness and hatred is unprecedented. The cost of such an attitude is great. The bill is climbing,” Ramotar had commented. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t blames Opposition for CCJ Ruling on beverage company refund –May 16, 2014In “Politics”Nandlall disputes AG’s claims of debts owed to TCL, Rudisa BeveragesJune 28, 2015In “Politics”Gov’t to negotiate smaller payments to Rudisa, TCLJuly 1, 2015In “Business” read more

I cried almost every night for the first six months and worried

first_img‘I cried almost every night for the first six months and worried about what I was missing back in Dublin’ Dubliner Craig Mahon, whose family has a rich history in professional football, on his time at Wigan Athletic and how he ended up with Chester. Share Tweet Email 33,048 Views Andy Reid, pictured alongside Brazilian legend Cafu, is Mahon’s cousin. Source: INPHO“I spoke to both Alan and Andy about the situation and they were both really positive.“Alan had always encouraged me to have an education alongside football, and he told me to make use of the coaching badges I had got at Wigan.”After leaving Wigan, Mahon embarked on four season stint across the fringes of the English league system, with spells at Salford City, Burscough and Vauxhall Motors.The demands of non-league football meant Mahon kept his youth coaching role with the Wigan Athletic Community Trust, as he looked to balance football, work and travelling across England’s north west.“There was a lot on, of course, and physically it involved a lot of driving.But I kept positive, as for me I was doing two jobs that I loved and kept me playing football.”For a player that had already experienced his own football sliding doors moment, he found himself in the right place at the right time in the final weeks of the 2012-13 season.“Towards the end of the season, Vauxhall played against Chester and I had really good game.“Then at the end of the season, I got a phone call from manager Neil Young asking if I’d be interested in joining and I jumped at the chance, as it meant playing Conference again.”Mahon has gone on to be an indispensable member of the Chester side, through some difficult times at the club, including a reformation in 2010, after the previous club Chester City went under.With over 200 appearances under his belt, the 29-year-old has come full circle and is relishing the chance to pass on his experience to the club’s younger players — these days playing in the National League North (the sixth tier of English football).“I have been through the lot at Chester. Going from part-time to full-time, to hybrid and back to part-time.“I try to use that experience to help the younger lads. To show them how professional football is dog eat dog and it requires mental strength and a willingness to work your nuts off every day.“There are not many industries that you can be told from one day to the next that you are not wanted, but that’s football.”Despite being intertwined with his time at Wigan, Mahon fondly remembers playing for Ireland at underage level in the 2007-08 season, alongside future internationals Harry Arter and Cillian Sheridan. Representing Ireland at U19 level in 2007. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO“To pull on that shirt and represent Ireland at any level is brilliant,” he says. “I remember my first game, at U18, at St Pat’s in Inchicore it was even more special. Being from Drimnagh and representing Ireland – with all my family there – just across the canal, was something else.My caps went home with my mam and dad and they’ve stayed up on the wall ever since.With cousin Andy taking over the reins as Ireland U18 boss earlier this year, Mahon is confident he can provide the same advice to Irish future stars as he did to him.“I always keep an eye on Ireland, and with Andy in charge, even more so,” he adds. “Playing for Ireland is such a proud moment and he will make them well aware of that.“As for me, I will be watching on, as I always do. It is something I always have done, whether it’s X Factor or the Olympics, if there is any Irish person in it, I am right behind them.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 10 Comments Subscribe Image: PA Archive/PA Images Mahon (centre) facing Hartlepool United during his time at Vauxhall Motors. Image: PA Archive/PA Images I suppose it was a bit of sliding doors moment very early in my career.”The news rocked Mahon, who had signed his first professional contract at the start of the season, and trained with the first team, either side of a loan spell at League Two side Accrington Stanley.“I got so much from working and training in that environment, alongside the likes of Antonio Valencia, Emile Heskey and Chris Kirkland.“The Irish lads in the side were always great as well. Kevin Kilbane and Graham Kavanagh would chat to me a lot, see how I was getting on, and offer advice.” Antonio Valencia and Kevin Kilbane at Wigan. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesMahon was faced with a decision that has faced hundreds of Irish players released from English league sides – to return to, or stick it out in England, as he had planned?“It had been a hard few years of work at Wigan.“I had found it very hard at first, and cried almost every night for the first six months in my digs and worried about what I was missing back in Dublin.“I knew I had to make a decision, and quick, so I decided to give it another year. Bruce had said I could make a career in England, and I wanted to stick with it.”However the initial shock was something that the 19-year-old struggled with, finding it difficult to tell his family what had happened.I was embarrassed to ring home and tell them that I’d been let go.“Everyone had been so proud of me going over to England and that first phone call to my parents was very difficult.”The Mahon family is one with football running through it, with Craig’s uncle Alan Mahon and cousin Andy Reid – then at Sunderland – offering advice on the next stage. By Feargal Brennan Mahon (centre) facing Hartlepool United during his time at Vauxhall Motors. TIMING IS KEY in any professional football career, and the door to the Premier League never stays open for long for any young player.It is a cruel world and the margins between ‘making it’, and not, can be as thin as a matter of weeks.Three weeks at the back-end of the 2008-09 season were to define the career of Dubliner Craig Mahon, as he was released from Wigan Athletic by manager Steve Bruce.The former Lourdes Celtic man signed for the Latics on a YTS contract in 2006, but after three years at the club, the Manchester United legend decided he was surplus to requirements.“Bruce and reserve team boss Keith Berchin called me in and told me I wasn’t being kept on,” Mahon tells The42.“They both said I had enough to make a career as a professional, but they were looking to go in a difference direction.“I think with the situation Wigan were in then, as a Premier League side, they could look to buy a winger if they needed to. Maybe the youth set up wasn’t as much of a priority.“But a few weeks later, Bruce was gone and Roberto Martinez came in and that is always something I think about. Would he have given me a chance?“When I look at the way Martinez’s teams play, I would have suited that.“There are moments in football where you think about what ifs, but that’s the big one for me. If I could have stayed on, and been given a chance by Martinez, things could have been very different. Sunday 28 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM Apr 28th 2019, 8:00 AM Short URLlast_img read more

Bahamas to Host Meetings of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers from Africa Caribbean

first_img ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 14th, 2017 – Nassau – It’s official, the 5th Meeting of ACP Ministers in Charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture will be held in the Bahamas this year. The new Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources recently made the announcement. From September 18 – 22nd 2017, Bahamas will host 40 international delegates who will meet for consensus on policy and strategic options for marine resources, in the development of a five-year action plan for member states.Magnetic Media understands that the meeting will focus on building resilient and productive marine ecosystems, ensuring effective fisheries management, ensuring sustainable utilization and trade of fisheries products, and promoting investments and innovations in the fisheries sector to improve socio-economic development.Last Tuesday, Head of Conference Service, Angela Mitchell, representing the African, Caribbean and Pacific group, met with Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Marina Resources, Rena Glinton to discuss the upcoming event. The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States will partner with the Bahamas in hosting the international meeting.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

Council approves resolution opposing federal transgender military ban

first_img July 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Council approves resolution opposing federal transgender military ban Updated: 9:16 AMcenter_img Posted: July 9, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday in favor of a resolution affirming the city’s opposition to the federal government’s exclusion of transgender people from joining the U.S. military.President Donald Trump first announced the exclusionary policy in July 2017, reversing a 2016 Obama administration policy that allowed transgender people to serve in the military and receive gender reassignment surgery. Trump argued transgender soldiers are a distraction and his policy would allow the military to focus on its primary operations.“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” Trump wrote in a pair of 2017 Twitter posts.The policy, which went into effect in April after a lengthy court battle waged by transgender military personnel and LGBTQ advocates, allows currently serving transgender personnel to remain in the military, receive hormone therapy and gender reassignment surgery. However, transgender people who are taking hormones or have received gender-affirming surgery will not be allowed to enlist in any branch of the military.The resolution received support from Rep. Susan Davis, D-San Diego, who accused the Trump administration of using the same justification that kept the military segregated and barred gays and lesbians from serving.“Trans Americans are courageous, they are brave, they are strong,” said Zach Bunshaft, a spokesman for Davis. “They are exactly who we want fighting for our country.”City Councilman Scott Sherman, who cast the lone vote against the resolution, said he supported the efforts of transgender people to gain the right to enlist and serve in the military but could not vote in favor because he never supports resolutions regarding state and federal matters.“Unfortunately, these resolutions — very well-meaning and very well- intended — usually end up in a circular file under a bureaucrat’s desk somewhere and that’s about as far as they go,” Sherman said, adding that the city’s state and federal lobbying efforts include fighting discrimination of any kind.City Council members Chris Ward, Barbara Bry and Monica Montgomery voted in favor of the resolution Tuesday, as well as on June 6 when it went before the council’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Council members Jennifer Campbell, Mark Kersey, Georgette Gomez and Vivian Moreno also voted in favor. Council member Chris Cate was absent for the vote.Campbell and Ward, two of the three LGBTQ members on the council, noted the significance of the resolution’s timing, being considered during San Diego Pride Week and just over a week after the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 1969.“Nowadays, we’re out and we are proud,” Campbell said. “We are who we are born to be and we are living in truth … I find this resolution especially important as we honor and act on the activism that has paved the way for us today.” Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

ASA Testifies Before Congress on Need for ProBiodiesel Policy

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) presented testimony to Congress today that proposed a two-pronged approach to support biodiesel. ASA is asking that as much as 2 percent of all motor fuels sold in the United States be required to include either biodiesel or ethanol, and proposing a tax exemption that would make biodiesel more price competitive.“Our initiative would provide the United States with more homegrown energy and help our nation’s farmers by fostering markets for our surplus commodities, such as vegetable oil,” said ASA Executive Committee Member Ron Heck of Perry, Iowa, who gave the testimony before the House Agriculture Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research Subcommittee. “ASA’s two-part plan supports cleaner-burning fuels for everyone, reduces dependence on foreign energy sources and provides a much-needed boost to farm prices and rural economies.”Biodiesel is commonly produced from soybean oil, which is currently in surplus and depresses the price of soybeans and other oilseeds. It contains no petroleum, but it can be blended easily with diesel to offer environmental, energy security and economic development benefits. Biodiesel is popular in Europe where motorists use 250 million gallons annually. According to the National Biodiesel Board, U.S. biodiesel producers are expected to manufacture 20 million gallons in fiscal year 2001, a four-fold increase from last year.Strong public support is essential to develop the biodiesel market since U.S. culture and policies are focused on petroleum products. Therefore, ASA and the National Corn Growers Association are proposing that renewable fuels, such as biodiesel and ethanol, should constitute as much as 2 percent of the U.S. motor fuel market over the next 10 years. The policy would be part of a flexible and user-friendly national fuels program that would gradually increase federal renewable fuel content requirements.ASA’s recommendation for a biodiesel tax incentive would provide a partial exemption to the diesel fuel excise tax similar to the partial tax exemption for ethanol. The amount of the exemption would be 3 cents for diesel fuel that contains 2 percent biodiesel. This approach is similar to the partial tax exemption for ethanol, which provides a 5.4 percent exemption for gasoline that contains 10 percent ethanol. (Biodiesel and ethanol are complementary renewable fuels since they are sold in separate fuel markets.)The proposal would boost farm prices and save taxpayer dollars. Every 100 million gallons of biodiesel requires 760 million pounds of a feedstock, such as vegetable oils, recycled grease or animal fats. If soybean oil were the only feedstock used, 100 million gallons of biodiesel would reduce by one-third the current surplus of 2.1 billion pounds of soy oil. Reducing soy oil supplies by this amount would increase the U.S. soy oil price by an estimated 1.5 cents per pound. With 11 pounds of soy oil in a bushel of soybeans, this would raise U.S. soybean prices by as much as 16.5 cents per bushel.The proposal would save taxpayer dollars because ASA is proposing to reimburse the Federal Highway Trust Fund through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The cost to the CCC would be offset, at least initially, by the savings from increased biodiesel sales that would reduce government expenditures under the soybean marketing loan program.For example, if 100 million gallons of biodiesel were used under this program, it would be blended at 2 percent per gallon into five billion gallons of diesel fuel. At a cost of 3 cents per gallon, the cost of the program would be $150 million. Reduced soybean oil surpluses will result in higher soybean prices, and raising soybean prices in the marketplace would reduce CCC outlays under the soybean marketing loan program. Using a conservative 13 cents per bushel impact on price, the cost savings on this year’s estimated 3.0 billion bushel soybean crop would be $390 million. As a result, the proposal will save more than two dollars for each dollar it costs.Furthermore, biodiesel users and the public would benefit from the fuel’s many operational and environmental benefits. In particular, biodiesel can increase the lubricity of diesel, which is of particular benefit when the sulfur content of diesel is reduced. Independent studies also show that the use of biodiesel in conventional diesel engines results in a substantial reduction of pollutants, including carbon dioxide. Additional information on the attributes of biodiesel is available at read more

Hatchery Supplementation Proposed To Increase Chinook Salmon In Kasilof River

first_imgAll Chinook salmon stocked into Crooked Creek will be marked with an adipose fin clip, thermal otolith mark and coded wire tag. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released a plan for a program to enhance the chinook salmon run for the Kasilof River, and Crooked Creek. According to the DF&G, the overall goal of this research program is to reconstruct naturally- and hatchery-produced returns of chinook salmon so that a biological escapement goal can eventually be formulated. According to the notice released by the DF&G, many Northern Cook Inlet (NCI) streams have populations of wild Chinook salmon that are too small to sustain a recreational fishery, while others have been impacted by urbanization and only produce small numbers of fish. The Department of Fish and Game will be taking public comment on the plan until June 30th. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Chinook-for-Kasilof.mp3VmJennifer-on-Chinook-for-Kasilof.mp300:00RPd Approximately 140,500 Chinook salmon smolt will be released at the Crooked Creek Facility in June, 2018. The enhancement project includes collecting eggs from adult chinook salmon returning to the Crooked Creek Facility and transferred to William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery where they are reared to the smolt stage. The objective of the program is to provide additional early-run chinook salmon fishing opportunities on an annual basis in the Kasilof River via hatchery supplementation.last_img read more

House Urges The Federal Government To Respect Marijuana Legalization In Alaska

first_imgRep. Guttenberg: “The U.S. Attorney General, working under the authority of President Trump, seems to think he knows better than the people of Alaska, the Alaska Legislature, and the Alaska Governor about what is best for our state. Passage of this resolution sends a strong statement that we will not tolerate this new form of federal overreach.” Other schedule one controlled substances include heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Representative Don Young have all expressed opposition to this shift in federal policy. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to respect states’ rights and the will of the Alaskan people regarding marijuana policy. Under President Obama, a document called the “Cole Memo” advised federal prosecutors not to prosecute marijuana offenses in states where it was legalized by the voters, including Alaska. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-house-pot-vote.mp3VmJennifer-on-house-pot-vote.mp300:00RPdcenter_img Earlier this year, the U.S. Attorney General rescinded a previous federal policy that allowed the voters in states that legalized medical or recreational marijuana use. House Joint Resolution 21, sponsored by Rep. David Guttenberg (D-Fairbanks), also urges the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a schedule one controlled substance. House Joint Resolution 21 passed the Alaska House of Representatives today by a vote of 38-0. The resolution will now be sent to the Alaska State Senate for consideration. In 2014 the people of Alaska voted to fully legalize marijuana, allowing it to be grown and sold recreationally.last_img read more

Anderson Paak Drops Lead Single Track List For Upcoming Ventura

first_img Twitter Email Facebook .Paak spoke to Billboard about Ventura on Feb. 27, the same day he announced the album and his upcoming tour: “Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth.”He added: “The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to Ventura.”Oxnard, his third studio album, was the third installment of .Paak’s “beach trilogy,” an idea he envisioned back in high school in Oxnard, Calif. His first LP was titled Venice and released in October 2014. All three names are nods to cities near Los Angeles, Calif.Earlier this year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, he earned his first GRAMMY win for Best Rap Performance for “Bubblin,” a non-album single he dropped in May 2018. He was first nominated at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best New Artist and for Best Urban Contemporary Album for his sophomore effort, Malibu.Following the release of Ventura, .Paak will be embarking on the Best Teef In The Game Tour, with dates across Europe and Northern America. The North American leg kicks off on May 17 in Nashville, Tenn. after several U.S. festival appearances, including Coachella.Philadelphia Declares March 15–17 Meek Mill WeekendRead more Anderson .Paak Drops Lead Single For ‘Ventura’ anderson-paak-drops-lead-single-track-list-upcoming-ventura News Anderson .Paak Drops Lead Single, Track List For Upcoming ‘Ventura’ The recent first-time GRAMMY winner’s fourth studio album is rife with features, including fellow GRAMMY winners Smokey Robinson, Brandy and André 3000Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 15, 2019 – 1:42 pm Just over a month since taking home his first GRAMMY for “Bubblin,” Southern California-bred hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak is ready to give the world some fresh jams. Early this morning, March 15, he shared the upbeat, celebratory lead single, “King James,” from his upcoming fourth studio album Ventura, due out April 12.”King James” is classic .Paak, beginning with horns and a slow, bouncing beat that sets the tone as he opens, “We’ve been through it all, thought it could be worse.” The song, as the name implies, offers a nod to NBA champ LeBron James, who opened a public school in his hometown last fall, as well as to activist and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.”Now I’m not much for games / But I play for keeps / And we salute King James for using his change / to create some equal opportunities,” .Paak raps.It is the seventh song on the 11-song album, whose track list (check it out below) he revealed on Twitter yesterday. It is rife with hot features across generations and styles; GRAMMY winners André 3000, Smokey Robinson, Lalah Hathaway and Brandy all make appearances. Rising songwriter/rapper/singer Sonyae Elise, who worked with .Paak on 2016’s “Room In Here,” also has a feature, as well as GRAMMY nominees Jazmine Sullivan and Nate Dogg, who appears posthumously.last_img read more

Anchorage community members protest education budget cuts

first_imgProtestors gather outside of the Legislative Information Office in downtown Anchorage. Hillman/KSKACommunity members gathered outside of the Legislative Information Office in Anchorage Wednesday evening to protest proposed cuts to education funding.Download audioA group of about 60 people, ranging from grade schoolers to grandparents, chanted, “Enough is enough! Enough is enough!”“Think about our education!” added in third grader Violet Bernoski, who attends Winterberry Charter School.Violet said she was there to support her teacher. Her classmate, Hatcher Mesknes, chimed in saying “She helps us learn and be able to go to college.”West High 11th grader Charlie Lowell stood at the back of the crowd with a group of teenagers, surrounded by signs saying “You’ve gone too far” and “Keep your promise.”Protestors asking for fewer cuts to education funding. Hillman/KSKA“Mostly I’m just really disappointed with the legislature is right now with it’s stance toward education funding. A lot of legislators that Great Alaska Schools and a lot of students were really banking on promised a lot to their constituents and the students and to education in general in the state. And right now what we’re seeing is nothing of the sort that they promised.”The Senate is currently proposing to cut a variety of programs focused on early learning and literacy. That includes state funding for Parents as Teachers, which prepares first time parents to help get their students ready for school. The Senate is also including cuts to the one-time grant funding promised in last year’s HB 278.Great Alaska School’s Alyse Galvin helped organize the event.“We worked hard last year to get that bill, 278. And now we know the governor made some suggestions that that get cut down. And then the legislature took that and ran out of town with it. And frankly, we’re not liking it.”The Senate plans to vote on the budget at the end of this week. They’re trying to close a $3.5 billion dollar budget gap.last_img read more

Mosquito awareness programme held

first_imgUppal: An awareness programme on mosquito prevention and seasonal fevers was held at Mekala Bharathi Function Hall on Wednesday. MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy was the chief guest. He directed people to keep their surroundings clean.He directed officials concerned to sensitise people on cleanliness and to take necessary steps to prevent mosquito breeding due to water stagnation. Habsiguda Corporator Bethi Swapna Reddy, Uppal PO Rama Devi, residents of various colonies took part.last_img

Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath denies any link to terror group behind Sri

first_imgExplosion at St. Anthony’s Church at KochchikadeTwitter [Representational Image]Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ), a non-political Islamic organisation based in the state, has denied that it is linked to the terror group blamed for the bombings in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Sri Lanka has blamed National Towheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) for the blasts which killed at least 290 people and injured over 500.According to The Times of India, TNTJ general secretary E Mohammed said that they are an apolitical Islamic institution that has no connection with National Thowheeth Jama’ath.Mohammed said that they had earlier collaborated with Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamaat (SLTJ) for several social campaigns to make people understand the meaning of Thowheeth or monotheism (the belief that there is only one God) and the preachings of Islam.Abdul Gaffar Hisham, the president of SLTJ, also confirmed that they have worked with TNTJ over several social causes and have always campaigned against terror, adds the report.According to Hisham, their organisation was linked with the attack for having a common name. He said that there are several groups in the nation that bear similar names including Ceylon Thowheeth Jamaat.The leaders of both the organisations have denied any link with the now named terror group NTJ, stating that their basic ideologies are different from that of the terror groups. TNTJ said that their organisation only conducts peaceful protests against problems faced by Muslims in Tamil Nadu.Before becoming the prime suspect in the recent blasts in Sri Lanka, NTJ was not that popular for an Islamic extremist group. They were earlier blamed for vandalising a Buddhist statue on the island nation, an act that had outraged the majority community.Sri Lankan officials also believe that a small radical group cannot plan such a well-executed attack without proper backing from major terror groups.last_img read more

Gingers Cupcake Swan Among Proposed Emojis for 2018

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Unicode on Monday announced the beta version of next year’s emoji release.The list—which Unicode made very clear “is not final”—features 130 possible new faces, people, body parts, clothes, animals, foods, household items … and a pirate flag.Some notable candidates include hot and cold faces; superheroes and supervillains; a llama, a hippopotamus, a peacock, and a parrot; a mango; a compass; and an infinity symbol.Rejoice, ginger, greying, curly-haired, and bald people, for the new year may finally bring emojis representative of your mane (or lack thereof).The Unicode Consortium, meanwhile, is putting an emphasis on Asian culture, with proposed emojis for mooncake—a Chinese baked good traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival; red envelope, which typically signifies a monetary gift given during the holidays or special occasions; and the Nazar eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye.There is also a distinct nod to science and math, with icons for a lab coat, microbe, test tube, petri dish, DNA, and an abacus (fingers crossed this makes the final cut).Earlier possibilities like frowning pile of poo and grinning face with letters ‘OK’ as eyes have (thankfully) been dumped.Emoji 11.0 (previously referred to as Emoji 6.0, but don’t let that confuse you) is still a work in progress. A final list is expected in March, with a rollout in the second half of 2018. It will then be up to individual companies to integrate the images into their software.Users may be able to change emoji direction in 2018 (via Apple/Emojipedia)There is also talk of fulfilling a long-time request that users be able to change emoji direction.According to Emojipedia, the feature would affect only those emoticons that would “benefit from it most,” like the train, runner, and gun. (Or, for a less cringe-worthy example, the walker, dancer, swimmer, any form of transportation, and pair of eyes.)“Emoji with glyphs that face to the right or left may face either direction, according to vendor preference,” the update said. “However, that can cause a definite change in meaning when exchanging text across platforms. The following ZWJ mechanism can be used to pick an explicit direction.”Frankly, it’s in the vendors’ hands, now.last_img read more

GPS System Could Start Failing by Next Year

first_img( — A federal watchdog agency has warned the U.S. Congress that the GPS system could start failing in 2010 and beyond. Due to delays in launching replacement satellites and other circumstances, the GPS systems risk the possibility of blackouts and failures starting next year. As old satellites start to fail in 2010, the overall GPS constellation will fall below the number of satellites required to provide the level of GPS service that the U.S. government commits to. This will come to reality if the Air Force does not meet their schedule for the deployment of GPS IIIA satellites.The latest GPS satellite program is already $870 million over budget and there are significant technical problems that could still threaten its delivery schedule. There are about 30 GPS satellites that are in orbit now. The new satellites in the IIF block are three years late, and the first of them won’t be launched until November at the earliest. Other factors such as the lack of a single authority responsible for GPS, have contributed also to the delays. A GAO (Government Accountability Office) report recommends that the Department of Defense appoint a single authority to direct all development of GPS systems on the ground and in space. As we all know the GPS is widely used by business and consumers in many modern automobiles that show or even tell drivers where they are and remind them when and where to turn to get where they’re going. Owners of the Apple 3G iPhone use the GPS service to call up a map on the screen and see exactly where they are.The Global Positioning System (GPS) is reliable, and free to the public and is taken for granted, but don’t throw away those maps from the glove compartment just yet, since it’s uncertain for how long the U.S. government can continue to deliver.© 2009 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. First Modernized GPS Satellite Built By Lockheed Martin Launchedcenter_img Citation: GPS System Could Start Failing by Next Year (2009, May 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Update Loadshedding schedule for Ladysmith

first_imgRES 6; E T SWITCH HOUSE 02Sl Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, UmbulwaneS3 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya,S5 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya,S7 Steadville, Tsakane, Shayamoya, UmbulwaneRES 1 FAIRCLOUGH SWITCH HOUSESl Hillview Street, Phillip Frame, Observation HillS2 Hyde Park, Loius Botha, Caldene, WillemseSIO Hyde Park, Jan Smuts, Shepstone, Mkhamba Gardens Sl 1 Observation Hill, WillemseGroup 3RES 2 PORT NATAL SWITCH HOUSES3 Modelkl00f S9 Limit HillRES 3 JANTHASl Acaciavale- Nemesia to Rose TerraceS 7 Acacaivale Calendula to Rose Terrace, Ntombi’s Camp S9 MarulaSIO Kandahar Avenue, Aloe Park, Microwave Tower, Rose ParkChisty Area S 12 MarulaRES CONVENTS2 Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n Pay S4 Convent, Farquhar, Francis, Harrismith, Old Golf Course SIO Egerton, Cochrane, Shearer, Reservoir, Cove Cres. S2 Hospital Park, Van Riebeeck Park, Farquhar Road, Pick ‘n PayGroup 1 is empty (no load-shedding), Group 2 starts load-shedding at 00h00 to 03h00 (12am to 3am), then Group 3 from 03h00 to 06h00. Group 1 takes over at 06h00 until 09h00, Group 2 gets a second turn from 09h00 to 12h00, Group 3 12h00 to 15h00, Group 1 again 15h00 to 18h00, Group 2 18h00 to 21h00 and lastly, Group 3 with 21hoo to 24hoo.Right now, you have a rough idea what group you are in and you can start planning around the schedule and make your life easier!So, if you are in Group 1, this would have been how you would have lived through day 1:06h00 to 09h00 – power off15h00 to 18h00 – power offClick to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Alfred Duma Local Municipality received a notification from Eskom informing them that the power system remains constrained, with the risk of stage 1 and stage 2 load-shedding remaining high for the evening peak (5pm to 9pm) due to shortage of capacity.The municipality has been managing the load requested by Eskom by requesting industrial customers to contribute to the required load so that load-shedding could be avoided during the evenings.Initial story: Possible load-shedding on the cards for LadysmithA schedule of the load-shedding has been given and community members are urged to plan, as load-shedding is planned to start on July 1.First of all, you need to know what ‘group’ you are in…Group 1COM 1 CONVENT SWITCH HOUSESl — Murchison, Residency, Read, Wright, DiamanaMurchison, Newcastle, Alfred , Illing , WillisS9 — Egerton , Albert , Keate Street, MurchisonSl i — Aloe Gardens, Lancashire, DiamanaS13 Willis, Illing Road, Newcastle , CementryCOM 2 LYELL STREETSl — Riga’s, Plaza, Forbes, King S6 — Queen LyellCOM 6 NAMBITHI SWITCH HOUSES2 – LeonardsvileS3 — Nambithi Industrial, Main, Willis, BurmaS4 — Nambithi, Industrial, CircleS8 — Leanardvile/ Nambithi, IndustrialCOM 5 JANTHAS8 — Nambithi, Industrial, Burger, Progress, Agra,Rose ParkSi l AloePark, Hilllview, Rose ParkGroup 2COM 3 LIBRARYSIO — Oval ComplexSl I — Oval Complex Sl — Murchison, AlexandraS2 – Fnb, 0k, NBS, AbsaS9 — Legal and General, Murchison, Standard Bank, CrawshawCOM 4 KEATE STREETS2 — Kleinman, Motels, RTI, Pillay/Watson/Mimosa FarmsS3— Settlers Drive, Princess Street, Buckingham StreetS9 84 Arcade, Game, Princess Street, Lyell StreetSl Cannon Road, Carbiner Road, Hospital Parklast_img read more

Chevron Corp signs longsought deal to invest 124 billion with YPF in

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Qatar Airways launches most spectacular global promotion yet

first_imgQatar Airways Launches Most Spectacular Global Promotion YetQatar Airways Launches Most Spectacular Global Promotion YetQatar Airways is pleased to announce the launch of its ‘Global Travel Boutique’ promotion, offering passengers from around the world amazing fares on flights in both Economy and Business Class.Valid from September 12th to 19th, the promotion will offer discounts of up to 40 per cent on fares in both Economy and Business Class, as well as special companion fares and discounted group bookings.Qatar Airways Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Ehab Amin, said: “We are delighted to offer this spectacular promotion – our biggest commercial promotion to date – following the success of our previous Travel Festival campaigns. Our passengers now have the chance to choose from a variety of incredible packages and discounts on fares in both Economy and Business Class, in addition to the chance to win incredible prizes.”Daily prizes will include up to 100,000 Qmiles in Business Class and 50,000 in Economy class; free hotel stays in premium hotels in Doha; and complimentary lounge access at Hamad International Airport.Passengers can now book flights to the most popular global travel destinations, with Economy Class fares starting at: $660 from Dallas Forth-Worth to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; $670 from Los Angeles to Chiang Mai, Thailand; and $700 from Boston to Hanoi, Vietnam. Business Class return fares are starting at $2410 from Atlanta to Mumbai, India, and $3560 from Chicago to Colombo,Sri Lanka. These exclusive offers are valid for travel between September 15th, 2017, and May 31st, 2018.As part of the promotion, Qatar Airways is also offering special companion fares allowing two passengers travelling together on board First and Business Class to receive further discounts. Exclusive discounts are also being offered on group bookings of between three and seven passengers booking together.To take advantage of this offer, passengers can visit our dedicated page on or any Qatar Airways sales office or contact your nearest travel agent.Qatar Airways will add flights to many more exciting destinations in its network in 2017 and 2018, including Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Accra, Ghana; Canberra, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Utapao, Thailand; Chittagong, Bangladesh and Mombasa, Kenya, to name a few.The national carrier of the State of Qatar is one of the fastest-growing airlines operating one of the youngest fleets in the world. Now in its twentieth year of operations, Qatar Airways has a modern fleet of 200 aircraft flying to business and leisure destinations across six continents.The award-winning airline has received a number of accolades this year, including Airline of the Year by the prestigious 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards, which was held at the Paris Air Show. This is the fourth time that Qatar Airways has been given this global recognition. Qatar’s national carrier also won a raft of other major awards at the ceremony, including Best Airline in the MiddleEast, World’s Best Business Class and World’s Best First Class Airline Lounge.Source = Qatar Airwayslast_img read more

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