Ghanshyam Tiwari resigns from BJP

first_imgRebel BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari on Monday resigned from the party, accusing Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of indulging in “corruption, favouritism and autocratic behaviour”. Mr. Tiwari announced that he would contest the upcoming State Assembly elections on his newly-floated Bharat Vahini Party ticket.Show-cause noticeMr. Tiwari, a five-time MLA and former Education Minister, has been at loggerheads with the Vasundhara Raje-government on several issues, including farmers’ plight, reservation for higher castes and political appointments. BJP’s national disciplinary committee had issued a show-cause notice to him in 2017.Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Tiwari said he had sent his resignation to party president Amit Shah and brought to his notice the “humiliation” faced by Rajasthan despite the huge mandate given by the people in elections enabling the BJP to come to power at the Centre and in the State. “The BJP government has looted Rajasthan through a syndicate of Ministers and bureaucrats,” he said.“There is an undeclared emergency in the country for the last four years. It is more dangerous than the actual emergency and I am ready to fight it,” said the 71-year-old leader, who described himself as a committed worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Party floated by sonThe Bharat Vahini Party, founded by his son Akhilesh Tiwari and registered by the Election Commission as a political party, will field candidates in all the 200 Assembly constituencies of the State. The party will organise its first convention in Jaipur on July 3, to which 10 representatives from each Assembly seat have been invited. ‘Shah surrendered’Mr. Tiwari also accused Mr. Shah of first having compromised with corruption in Rajasthan and later surrendering before it, and not acting on his repeated complaints.Reacting to Mr. Tiwari’s resignation, acting State BJP president Ashok Parnami said it would not make any impact on the party. “Since the BJP kept patience, Mr. Tiwari resigned on his own. It has sent across a good message to the cadres that there is no place in the party for indisciplined leaders,” he said.Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said Mr. Tiwari’s resignation had proved that corruption had taken an “institutional shape” in BJP and any party leader, howsoever senior he might be, would be shown the door if he opposed it.Mr. Tiwari, a sitting MLA from Sanganer Assembly constituency, had won the 2013 Assembly election by the highest margin of 60,000 votes. He was Education Minister during Ms. Raje’s previous tenure in 2003 to 2008.last_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray reach Monte Carlo Masters quarters

first_imgRafael Nadal was prepared for pain. Roger Federer hoped to avoid pain.They got what they wished for and reached the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday.Eight-time champion Nadal saved 15 of 17 break points, scampering all over the clay to retrieve big forehands from Dominic Thiem and beat the Austrian 7-5, 6-3.Thiem beat Nadal in the semifinals in Buenos Aires en route to the title, the first of two on clay in February. Thiem has the second-most wins on the tour this year, after Novak Djokovic. He made Nadal run and run.”I never gave up in all these tough moments,” Nadal said. “You need matches like this. You need to suffer on court.”Federer was equally pleased to feel no pain in his left knee, two months after arthroscopic surgery for torn cartilage. In his second match since, Federer was unscathed in easing past Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2, 6-4 for a fifth straight time.”I’m happy how the body is, that I was able to play two matches already here, and get a chance to play a third,” Federer said. “I’m getting closer to the peak in the sense of maximum movement.”Federer next faces Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the last eight, leading the Frenchman 11-5 in head-to-heads.”I like his game. I like his power, his capacity to move forward with his forehand,” Federer said of Tsonga. “I’ve seen wonderful matches of him against the best players, and also against me.”Elsewhere, Andy Murray rallied from a set and 3-0 down to advance along with Stan Wawrinka, the only other former champion left in the field beside Nadal.advertisementNadal faced 16 of the 17 break points against Thiem in the first set.At 4-4, and with each player having dropped serve once, Thiem missed six chances to break Nadal. On the last one, Thiem let a lob go thinking it was going out, and watched it land in.The Spaniard clenched his fist after holding that tough game, and then broke Thiem when the Austrian double-faulted on set point.”Some of the break points he played very well so I didn’t have a chance, but there were also some where I really had some easy shots,” said Thiem, who converted only one of 16 chances on Djokovic’s serve in the third round of the Miami Masters two weeks ago. “Of course, it’s very frustrating.”After Thiem broke Nadal to love in the third game of the second set for a 2-1 lead, Nadal quickly regained momentum and broke Thiem twice more to set up a quarterfinal against Wawrinka, the 2014 champion.”If you look at the past year, we can see his level has slightly decreased,” Wawrinka, the French Open champion, said of 14-time Grand Slam winner Nadal. “But a champion like him is still able to win big titles.”Murray was relieved to scrape past an erratic Benoit Paire of France 2-6, 7-5, 7-5.”To win when you’re not playing particularly well, it’s a great effort,” Murray said. “It would have been easy to lose today and get down on myself. But I kept fighting.”Paire had 47 winners among a number of eye-catching shots, but the Frenchman also made 52 unforced errors. He had eight aces and seven double-faults.Paire also lost his composure at key moments, double-faulting when serving for the match and again on match point.”He played a bad game at 3-0 in the second to give me one of the breaks back,” Murray said. “I felt like I was in with a chance then.”Murray next plays Milos Raonic of Canada, who had 12 aces in beating 99th-ranked Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (5).Wawrinka advanced by routing Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-2, breaking the Frenchman’s serve five times.Since losing his first 12 matches against Nadal, Wawrinka has won three of their past five encounters, including the final of the 2014 Australian Open, his first major.The day after stunning Djokovic in the second round, 55th-ranked Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic lost to Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-2.Monfils next plays Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who upset David Goffin of Belgium 7-6 (1), 6-4, while Tsonga downed countryman Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4.last_img read more

Oregon 4-Star Running Back Announces He’s Transferring

first_imgOregon hosts Washington at Autzen Stadium.EUGENE, OR – AUGUST 30: A general view taken during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)It seems like it’s going to be the week of the transfer in college football, as several major players have announced their intentions to move on.This is a result of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule, which allows players to get a full redshirt season if they play four games or less. We’re now four games into the season, so a lot of decisions are being made.We’ve had a couple of major transfers today and we have another one.A former four-star running back recruit has confirmed his transfer from Oregon.Thankful for all the support and positivity i have recieved from the fan base here, but I’m going to open up other options from here. #Thanks— Taj Griffin (@taj_griffin) September 23, 2018Cristobal confirms that Taj Griffin intends to transfer. “It’s playing time oriented. Any time a student-athlete has a decision to make that’s in the best interest of himself, we support it 100 percent.” #GoDucks— Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) September 24, 2018Stay tuned. More transfers are likely to come.last_img read more

Twitter notifies users of bug allowing developers to receive direct messages

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Twitter is notifying users that a bug may have sent direct messages and protected tweets to developers who were not authorized to receive them.In notifications sent to users, Twitter says the bug has been around since May 2017, but it was only discovered on Sept. 10.The U.S.-based social media giant says in a blog post that less than one per cent of its users were impacted by the bug, but does not say how many Canadian users were affected.The company is apologizing for the error, which it says only affects direct messages users sent companies using Twitter for “things like customer service.”Twitter has launched an investigation into the matter, but says it has no reason to believe any of the data sent to unauthorized developers was misused.Users who may be impacted by the breach are receiving notifications when they log into the platform, but the company says the users aren’t being required to take further action to secure their accounts.last_img read more

Bangladesh garment workers continue protest for higher wages

first_imgDHAKA, Bangladesh — Thousands of garment workers have staged demonstrations to demand better wages for the fourth straight day, shutting down factories on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.Police dispersed protesters with water cannons and batons on Wednesday. Security was beefed up around Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and other areas of the city.Bangladesh has the second-largest garment-export industry in the world after China and makes clothes for big-name retailers including Zara, H&M and Uniqlo.For months workers have been demanding higher minimum pay than what the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proposed.Protester Shefali Begum says workers want at least 16,000 taka per month, or about $191.Hasina’s ruling Awami League-led coalition swept general elections Dec. 28 amid complaints by the opposition of voter intimidation and vote-rigging.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sri Lanka will never forget Pakistans support during war

The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Sarfraz Ahmed Khan Sipra read out the message of the President of Pakistan. In his message, President Mamnoon Hussain stressed to imbibe the spirit of September 6 as the country is confronting with the challenges of extremism and terrorism. The President said that no nation in the world has paid a heavy price in terms of property and precious lives as the people of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.President Mamnoon Hussain emphasized that the Government of Pakistan, with the support of entire political spectrum and people, has launched National Action Plan under which the armed forces and law enforcement agencies are successfully rooting out the menace of terrorism and extremism from the country. Later, the Chief Guest along with Commanders of Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Acting High Commissioner and Defense Advisor cut the cake on the occasion.The day is observed on 6th September every year nationally and abroad with great fervour to pay homage to the martyrs and their families who gave supreme sacrifices for the defense of their motherland during the Pakistan-India War in 1965.The event was attended by a large gathering including Sri Lankan Government Ministers, Commanders of Sri Lanka Army and Navy, High Commissioners/Ambassadors, senior most officers of Armed Forces of Sri Lanka, Government officials, Pakistani community and important personalities from different walks of life. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka says it will never forget Pakistan’s unconditional support during the war against the LTTE.To commemorate the ultimate sacrifices rendered by valiant Pakistan’s Armed Forces during the 1965 war, the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka celebrated Pakistan’s 52nd Defence Day in Colombo. Ruwan Wijewardene said that Pakistan paid a very high cost in eliminating terrorism from its soil since one and half decade. Sri Lanka is firmly standing with Pakistani brethren and wish that any remaining problems faced by them are eliminated as soon as possible. The Defence Advisor of Pakistan, Col. Sajjad Ali in his welcome address highlighted the role of Armed forces in largely eliminating the scourge of extremism and terrorism from the soil of Pakistan and bringing peace and stability in the country. National anthems of both brotherly countries were played by a decorated Sri Lanka Navy band. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Operation Ruddul Fassad, an extension of operation Zarb-e-Azb is progressing successfully and will continue till the last terrorist is eliminated, he added. The President declared resolve to revive the spirit of unity of September 6 in meeting new challenges and make Pakistan one of the greatest nations of the world.After reading out the message of the President of Pakistan, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra expressed his gratitude to the guests who had spared time to express their solidarity with Pakistan through their presence.The Chief Guest, State Minister of Defence, Ruwan Wijewardene, in his remarks, said that the relations between the two countries, over a period of time, have gained strength in all spheres and domains. History of relationship and friendship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is as long as their inception. Sri Lanka can never forget Pakistan’s continuous and unconditional support during war against LTTE, he underscored. read more

UN health agency expresses concern over disease outbreaks in besieged city of

“The health situation inside and around Fallujah is deeply worrying,” said Ala Alwan, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean of the World Health Organization (WHO) on his visit to Baghdad. “We are concerned about the low immunity status of children as no immunization services have been possible for the past two years,” he explained.Additionally, it is estimated that hundreds of pregnant women are trapped in Fallujah and are in urgent need of reproductive health services, Dr. Alwan noted.To detect and respond to any potential disease outbreaks, WHO is operating 13 early warning sites in Al-Anbar governorate and has provided health care providers with training on disease reporting and tablets to document and report possible outbreaks.Given the projected increase in humanitarian health needs in and around Fallujah, the challenge is immense, said Dr. Alwan.He met with high-level Iraqi officials to discuss the health needs of displaced persons, as well as those who remain trapped inside Fallujah, 60 km west of Baghdad.“The situation is extremely difficult and complex. Additional resources are required to provide urgent health assistance to thousands of families. WHO is disappointed by the inadequate levels of funding for the health sector, which is a major impediment to the response,” Dr. Alwan concluded.WHO has established a new primary health care centre with a local partner in Amiriyat Al Fallujah to serve the internally displaced population, including the nearly 3,250 families, or 19 500 persons, living in five camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and five informal settlements around the Bzibiz area.WHO has also supported the Ministry of Health and partners in distributing 15 tonnes of medicines, medical supplies and emergency kits to the civilians moving out of Fallujah to IDP camps in Ramadi, Khalidiya, and Amiriyat Al Fallujah areas. These shipments include a wide range of life-saving medicines for acute and chronic diseases, trauma kits and surgical supplies.WHO also continues to operate eight mobile medical clinics to provide urgently needed health services in Al-Anbar governorate; three of which were deployed to provide these services in Al Fallujah IDP camps. read more

Tewatia Mohit keep Kings XI alive

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, MohaliA sensational display of end-overs bowling from Mohit Sharma and strangulation by legspin from Rahul Tewatia, playing his first game this season, helped apply the choke on Kolkata Knight Riders. By securing one of three wins they needed, Kings XI lived to fight another day.Kings XI Punjab’s Rahul Tewatia celebrates after dismissing Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match. (AFP)In what was an engaging last five overs off which Knight Riders needed just 50, Mohit brought out all his slower variations – the knuckleball, back-of-the-hand slower deliveries and offcutters – and delivered them with precision to deny Chris Lynn, who wiped out half of Knight Riders’ 168-run target off just 52 balls, and Manish Pandey. The pair’s dismissal off successive deliveries off the 18th over helped close out a tight game, with the Sharmas – Mohit and Sandeep – defending 29 off the 12 deliveries to ensure three Playoff spots were still up for grabs.Knight Riders’ productive first sixKings XI made four changes, two of those being forced. One of them – Hashim Amla – had just smashed a 60-ball 104, his second century of the season, in the previous game. Even so, the rest of the batsmen stuttered as they finished with just 189 when they should’ve posted 210. Now, without Amla, who along with David Miller was unavailable because of national duty, Kings XI needed a robust beginning from the openers. Manan Vohra, who had earlier in the tournament shunted up and down the order to accommodate both Shaun Marsh and Martin Guptill, sparkled briefly, but his dismissal brought about a restrained approach. The first six overs fetched just 41 for the loss of the openers. Knight Riders had begun well.Maxwell, Saha keep the innings aliveOn a surface where the ball was deviating just about enough to keep the medium-pacers interested, Chris Woakes and Colin de Grandhomme bowled six overs in tandem, conceding just 22 off the first four immediately after the Powerplay. Kings XI limped to 63 for 3 in the first half. They went 17 deliveries without a boundary after Shaun Marsh’s dismissal in the ninth over, before Maxwell cut loose – hitting de Grandhomme for two successive sixes off legitimate deliveries to trigger a surge. Maxwell’s picking of lengths was impressive as he played the pull effectively against the pacers. Wriddhiman Saha, on 10 off 17 at one stage, pinched crucial boundaries to move to a run-a-ball 26. At 115 for 3 with five to play, Kings XI needed big back five overs. But they were denied.Kuldeep Yadav, returning in place of Piyush Chawla, was rewarded for his willingness to flight the ball as he had Maxwell caught at wide long-off in an attempt to hit him for a third successive six. In his next over, he had Saha stumped after being biffed across the line one ball earlier. A cameo from Rahul Tewatia lifted them to 167, not underwhelming but not match-winning either.Narine tees off, Lynn consolidatesTwo quiet men, who don’t believe in intimidating opponents with words, let their blades talk. Sunil Narine’s no-frills approach fetched him a four fours in a 10-ball 18. Lynn, playing in only his second game after returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out for three weeks, didn’t show signs of “not being a 100 percent” as he revealed during a flash interview. Time and again, he was tested against the short ball, only for the deep midwicket and wide long-on boundaries to be peppered with regularity.The best shot of his knock – a flat-batted swat off Matt Henry which he fetched from outside off – showed how brutally effective he can be even if not at full tilt. Yet, this wasn’t as brutal a knock as the one against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yet, by bringing up a half-century off just 29 deliveries, Lynn ensured Gautam Gambhir’s struggle against spin – he scratched around 17 deliveries for 8 before mistiming a slog to deep midwicket – didn’t deeply disturb the asking rate.Tewatia spins a webOne ball after sending back Gambhir, Rahul Tewatia, playing his first game this season, saw off Robin Uthappa, but to not give any credit to Axar Patel would be doing injustice to his efforts. Running around from straight deep midwicket, he covered quick ground before putting in a dive to catch the dipping slog sweep inches from the ground near deep square leg. Now, the choke was on. Axar followed it up by conceding just three in his next over. The spinners – Tewatia along with Axar Patel and Swapnil Singh – at that stage had combined figures of 2 for 30 off six overs. Knight Riders needed 86 off 54 balls.Maxwell’s punt on Mohit pays offBy leaving two overs of Mohit in the last five, Maxwell gambled. Considering the form Lynn was in, it was a tough proposition. But the pressure applied by the spinners left Knight Riders with a steep task against a bowler, who justified the INR 6.5 crore investment, at a crunch moment when the game was on the line and Kings XI’s chances of staying alive was hanging by a thread. That he bowled just three overs may have been a decision Kings XI could have rued, but on the night, it was his experience that prevailed. (ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIPL 2017: Kings XI barely defend 230 to stay aliveMay 11, 2017In “Sports”IPL 2017: Kings XI sent in to bat in must-win gameMay 9, 2017In “Sports”IPL: Gayle announces Kings XI arrival in brutal styleApril 16, 2018In “Sports” read more

Every parents worst nightmare Three teenagers die after reports of crush at

first_img By Sean Murray Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Updated Mar 18th 2019, 8:51 AM ACC Mark Hamilton extends condolences to the families of the three teenagers who died at a St. Patrick’s Day event in Cookstown. A major investigation is now underway.— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 18, 2019 Monday 18 Mar 2019, 8:51 AM ‘Every parent’s worst nightmare’: Three teenagers die after reports of crush at Tyrone hotel disco The incident took place at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown. Share1323 Tweet Email1 Mar 18th 2019, 7:10 AM However, another teenager died from their injuries this morning.Police confirmed that a 17-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy have died.In a further statement this morning, Hamilton said: “Our investigation is at an early stage, and while the exact cause of the incident is still unknown, there are reports of a crush at the scene and initial enquiries indicate that a large group of young people were waiting to enter a disco. We also have reports of some fighting after the incident commenced and at least one person has reported that they were assaulted.”Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, local SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone – who attended the scene last night – described the situation as “every parent’s worst nightmare”. “Their kids have gone to a teenage disco, and some are not returning home,” he said. “All you can do is express your sympathies to the parents.”He added that the reports he’s heard from police is that there was a “crush” after a “surge forward” but said that was subjective at this stage and police are investigating. Local DUP MLA Keith Buchanan said in a statement his thoughts are with the families “receiving such devastating news” today.“Cookstown is a tightly knit community and the loss of life will be felt right across the entire area,” he said.The full details surrounding the incident are yet to emerge but it is absolutely devastating that a night out over a bank holiday weekend has ended in such tragic circumstances. 160,176 Views 39 Comments THREE TEENAGERS HAVE died and three people are receiving treatment in hospital, after an incident at a hotel in Tyrone yesterday evening.The PSNI has said it is still working to determine the cause of the incident, but it has said there are reports of a crush at the scene.The incident took place at the Greenvale Hotel in Cookstown and emergency services were called to attend at around 9.30pm last night.The hotel was playing host to a party with a number of young people in attendance, with the PSNI issuing an appeal for parents to contact their children and collect them immediately.Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton said last night: “I can confirm there are two fatalities at this stage and a small number of other casualties. Parents are asked to collect children from Family and Friends reception at Glenavon Hotel.At this stage the cause of the incident is unknown however police have commenced a full investigation into the circumstances. While the exact cause of the incident is still unknown, there are reports of a crush at the scene.last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Monday

first_img Image: KANOWA/Shutterstock Jun 25th 2018, 7:47 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 11,365 Views EVERY MORNING, brings you all the news you need to know as you start the day.1. #TURKEY: Recep Tayyip Erdogan swept to victory in the Turkey presidential election and said the country had taught the world a “lesson in democracy”.2. #FEELIN’ HOT HOT HOT: We’re set for an absolute scorcher this week with Met Éireann broadcaster Harm Luijkx telling RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that the good weather will persist indefinitely.3. #HOMELESSNESS: spent one night out in Dublin city with five different soup runs. Here’s what happened4. #HYDRATION STATION: Water stations are being set up for homeless people around Dublin today as temperatures are expected to hit the high 20s and above this week.5. #BREAK IT DOWN: The Department of Social Protection is to train staff in the use of plain English.6. #SOCIAL PROTECTION: The government is providing an extra €2 million for the school clothing scheme.7. #VIOLENT ACTS: France arrested 10 far-right suspects over an alleged plot to attack Muslims.8. #STRONGMAN: Trump has called for “these people” to be deported “without courts or judges”.9. #TASMANIA: There’s been outrage after a man who beat six endangered penguins to death received community service in Australia. The 9 at 9: Monday Here’s all the news you need to know this morning. Share1 Tweet Email Monday 25 Jun 2018, 8:52 AM Image: KANOWA/Shutterstock No Comments Short URL By Sean Murraylast_img read more

FC Tokyo confirm interest in Arjen Robben

first_imgThe future of Arjen Robben has been handed another twist with FC Tokyo being the latest club to announce their interest in the Dutch winger.Robben announced in December that he will be ending his decade-long stay at Bayern Munich come to the end of this season and is yet to announce his future plans.The 35-year-old has since been linked with a return to the Netherlands with old clubs PSV Eindhoven and Groningen in the Eredivisie along with many other sides.Now a surprise contender in Japanese club FC Tokyo have come forward in their interest in making Robben the J-League’s latest star recruit following the arrivals of Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres and David Villa at Vissel Kobe.“I can’t say that he’s on the table yet, but we’re gathering information,” An FC Tokyo executive told Japan Times.“There won’t be any clubs that aren’t interested.”FC Tokyo finished in sixth-place in the J-League and 19 points behind winners Kawasaki Frontale.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).Since arriving in Germany in 2009, Robben has managed an impressive 143 goals and 101 assists in 305 appearances across all competitions for Bayern.The former Netherlands international has won seven Bundesliga titles, five DFL-Supercups, four DFB-Pokals, a Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup at Bayern.Robben spoke out on his future plans earlier this month and revealed his main focus is on returning to full fitness for Bayern after sustaining a thigh injury in November.“On the contrary, I want to wait and concentrate on getting back into shape with Bayern,” said Robben.“I do not know when but I have to make a decision. I will not wait until the end of the season,”“I have a family and I have to plan. I repeat. I am privileged and I thank the clubs that are following me.”Robben’s team-mate Sandro Wanger left the Bavarians today in favour of a switch to Chinese club Tianjin Teda.last_img read more

First Kiwi bird in Florida hatched at Zoo Miami

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The first North Island Kiwi Bird in Florida has hatched at Zoo Miami.The little bird arrived in a fertilized egg from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in March.The kiwi birds cannot fly and do not have a tail.Kiwis are considered a national treasure in New Zealand, so every kiwi found outside of the country remains the property of New Zealand.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Get Your Content Right and the Rest Will Follow

first_imgUnfortunately, we are in a world where we are easily distracted, and most readers are barraged by noise and sound bites masking as real editorial. As a result, editors need to focus on their customer, understand what differentiates their content from competitors, and be able to articulate their own value proposition. From there, social media and other platforms can kick it up a notch and take reader engagement to a new level.In fact, b-to-b has a greater opportunity with these platforms than it did with just online and print. Apps allow your readers to become very sticky and access content anywhere, at any time. Social media allows your engaged readers to share content with networks that may not be in your database. If the content is spot-on, those friends of friends will visit your site, increasing activity and traffic. Your job is to reach them where they want to consume the data.More Choices, More ChallengesBut multiple platforms also offer multiple problems. The first is burdensome segmentation. A Facebook friend may be looking for some of your best content of the day, a discussion forum or photos from industry events. A LinkedIn group may be looking for thought leadership and more philosophical discussions. And a user of your app may just want the content on the weekend or when there are a few minutes before another appointment. Through trial and error you need to figure out the opportunities for each platform.The second problem is in identifying your audience. Who is really reading your content on those platforms?  Editors lose some detailed analytics when they publish their content in the Apple store, for instance. And while you can monitor how much traffic Twitter, Facebook and mobile platforms are bringing back to your site, it is difficult to get very granular data if your content is passed on. The third problem is in measuring your return on investment. While you may be able to get a sense of the clicks to your site or the Likes or Fans of your page, how does this translate into editorial ROI and investments? Today’s tools make this difficult to measure.But these challenges are very typical in a nascent market, and the opportunities far outweigh the obstacles. Online analytics and technical glitches will get ironed out as the market matures. But the onus is on editors to get the content right so it is worth sharing. Kelley Damore is vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel and CRN.More on this topic Content Is King, Once Again The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Others Collaborate on Environmental Editorial Project New Thinking for Online Edit Survey: Interactive Ads “Highly Engaging” Community First: The New B2B Model? Managing Editorial Content, Brands That Sizzle Among Highlights of SNAP ConferenceJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered by Ten years ago business-to-business editors were grappling with how to transition from a print model to one that combined both print and online. While that challenge seems easier than the one we have today—striking the right balance of print, online, social media and even tablet apps—the goal is the same: Getting closer to the audience.Whether b-to-b content is accessed on an iPad or iPhone app, a LinkedIn group, a Twitter feed or a Facebook page, the fact still remains that it is uniquely targeted to a specific audience. And attracting and retaining that audience still comes down to the basics: Good editorial eventually translates into strong readership, regardless of the platform.Loading slide shows, writing sensational headlines or trying to game the system in Google News are all shortsighted tricks that may yield a site some quick gains at first. But the real traffic drivers are about good old-fashioned reporting, knowing readers’ wants and needs and, from there, offering up the right content on a variety of platforms. Good editorial always aims to deliver a kernel of truth, even if that truth is encased in a particular point of view, a distinct voice or blatant advocacy.A Focus on the Customerlast_img read more

Wilmington High School Announces First Quarter Honor Roll

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School has released its Quarter 1 Honor Roll for the 2018-2019 school year.High Honors (All A’s in all subjects)Emir AbdullaGregory AdamekChikaodili AmakorSavannah AndersenAlison AntinarelliBeverly BanksSofia BarlettaSophia BonaccorsiGabriella BondLarissa BonneyShaun BradfordTaylor BreenSarah BroderickAlyson BroussardAmanda BroussardMarisa BryanEvelyn BurtonRyan ButlerLeah CamaraMatthew CarpenitoAkash ChatterjiJake ChirichielloAngelyn CiampaBrittany CimagliaCassidy CollinsHailey CollinsMeghan ConsortiNathan CurdoSophia D’AmicoSarah D’EntremontStephen DaleyAshley DankeseJamie DavisSadie DeAmbroseJoseph DeMouraZoe DeRoseAlaina DeSantisBenjamin DeSantisGabrielle DeVerbigierNicholas DiNataleJesse DingKaitlyn DohertyWill DoucetteConlin DuffyMindy DugganBrian DunfeyRyan DunnJake DwyerRhiannon DymentJoseph DynanOlivia ErlerJake EstradaKhrystyna FedynyakAshlyn FinnAlex FitzlerDanielle FlahertyCorinn FlanaganAmber FlynnAllison FoleyRyan ForcinaEmersyn ForesythAlyssa FriciaMorgan GaffeyJulia GalvinAnay GandhiRebecca GanleyEmma GarrityEmily GearAlyssa GibbonsLauren GiulianaBianca GiustoBrent GoodmanMadison GraceAlyssa GranaraJessica HaydukJustin HealeyBrendan HoParker HowlettMarisa JacksonAnja JensenAllison JordanSamuel JuergensAnnabelle KaneHayden KaneJason KanihanAlexa KelleyCelia KulisKaili LambDuncan LangoneAndy LeeJessica LeeHolly LemayAngelica LoshakDaniel MaienzaMaeve MartinsSamantha MarziJoseph MaselliSophia MaynardPatrick McCarthyKelly McClymerTayla McDonaldChristopher McElligottKatherine McLaughlinBrighid McNeilEvelyn Miller-NuzzoGianna MisuracaGabriella MonteforteAllison MoodyTrinity MtileniJessica MurrayMiriam NelsonAlexa NobleJacob NuzzoloMeghan O’MahonyRyan PackerMedha PalHannah ParrJuliana PatroneLillian PerrielloNicolas PiazzaAlexandra PitziQuinn ProulxIsabelle PuccioJoshua RainonePrathik RameshMatthew RasphoumyEdward RicuperoAnna RideoutJohanna RobinsonOlivia RogersCarolyn RoneyCassidy RossCarissa RubinAmie RussellAnthony SavageKelli SchulerAlyssa SchuurmanEvan ShackelfordCory ShinoharaSukethram SivakumarChloe SmithStephen SmolinskyAmanda SolariGianna SpadaOlivia SpizuocoPetya StoevaChristopher StokesElizabeth StokesWilliam StuartKaitlyn SullivanTimothy SunOwen SuretteJenna SweeneyFaith Thacker-BenoitManav ThakkarMansi ThakkarLaura TranJessica WargoEmily WatsonGrace WatsonZachary WeinsteinKari WellsGrace Wiberg-PichettiAlexa WilliamsJoseph WilsonCara WongEmily WrightPatrick XavierEthan YuenAngelina ZaykovskayaHonors (All A’s and B’s in all subjects)Adam AboukalJoseph AccardiSalvatore AccardiMileyna AcevedoJessica AhernGarrett AlbertiAmeer AlhadyFaraz AliKali AlmeidaDonalissa AlphonseThais AlvesChase AndersenJohn AndersenAlex AndoniStella AndradeDomenic ArdizzoniJake ArsenaultJoanne ArulrajEric AyvazianSara BabcockRyan BaileyRyan BarrettJulia BarryConnor BenoitJared BenoitJacob BernardEmily BernardoAlyssa BernazaniChristopher BernazaniAdam BishopIda BishopAlexia BittarelliKayla BlonigenAlexander BoehmChristian BolanosTaylor BooskaMatthew BotteMaggie BourgeoisKacie BourrellKayla BourrellNicole BoyajianNokomis BramantecohenKyle BreenIsabella BrownGianna BrunettoEmily BurkeMarco BuzzangaMaeve CadoganBrodie CaizziAbigail CallahanRebecca CallahanJulia CampbellMeghan CanaleIsabella CapozziMargaret CarrollColleen CarterMichael ChampouxSarah CheneyBrandon ChengMatthew ChisholmVictoria CiampaDylan ClericoAidan CoakleyAlanah ColantuoniAlyson ColantuoniElizabeth ConnellyPatrick ConnorsJillian CornellJillian Cosman-CyrusMakayla CostaKaitlyn CramptonAshley CrawfordJustin CrowleyLiam CrowleyAudrey CurdoJessica D’ArcoJenna DanieliJessica DaniliukBrian DankeseMatthew DawsonAndrew DaysTatiana De OliveiraMacayla DeAmelioJayden DeFrancescoMia DeMarcoOlivia DennettBrian DeOliveiraJoseph DeSarioMatthew DeSarioHannah DevlinPeter DiAdamoDelaney DiazLandrick DiazMadison DicksonTristan DiMecoAlexandria DiRienzoKylie DuCharmeMaxwell DuongLiam DwyerNicole EkstromAva ElliottJacob FebboRobert FernandesBrianna FerreiraNoah FerrerAlexander FiorenzaMichael FiorenzaKylie FlanaganGrace FoleyMolly FoleyRowan FortierEmily FothergillNatalie FoxPayton FullerKaitlin GallezzoAndrew GallucciDerek GallucciJoseph GanleyCharles GardnerBrian GarganColin GatesVictoria GemellaroAnna GermanoKyle GlinnerSean GoodwinThomas GoodwinZachary GoodwinNatalie GosselinZoe GrassiaSarah GrayThomas GreccoJacob HaererJoseph HartzellEmily HassellMelanie HaydenJared HomolaNathaniel HowlettLauren HutchisonDaniel IngsDavid IngsSamantha JareoJoel KachappillyCharlotte KaneGabriela KarneskyNolan KennedyIsabella KieranEthan KoesterLexi KossJames KourkoutasLia KourkoutasAdam KulisAnne LagunillaAshley LamonicaColby LaquidaraHannah LaVitaSarah LaVitaDevin LawrenceNaomi LayonThomas LeadenJordan LeBlancKaitlin LeBlancElise LentiniPaige LohrmanEmily LongJoseph LydonAshley MacGilvrayKaitlyn MaguireErica MalfaMichael ManginiCelia MarchesePeter MarinoJason MarquardMaryjane MartinAva MasielloGinamarie MastrorilliPatrick McAndrewJames McCarronChloe McCauleyKathleen McConologueAlexandria McDonough-PaddenMatthew McElligottDevin McGowanAidan McGrathEmily McHughJulia McLaughlinChristopher MedeirosOlivia MeierAmanda MercierMark MessingerSean MessingerAlexis MezaRebecca MiaskiewiczKristopher MillerMadison MolloyMichael MoodyJenna MooreAllyson MoranChase MoreauJenna MorettoAlyssa MorrisonMadison MulasKyle MunroAidan MurphyCassidy MurphyShannon MurphyAshley MurrayJenna MurrayKiara NadeauDean NallyRachel NallyLeah NelsonAnkur NeogiBenjamin NguyenSophia NovakPaul O’ConnellPatrick O’MahonyOlivia OrlowskaBenjamin PackerTaylor PadulskyNicholas PalermoJocelyn PalmerKevin PalmerinoKali PattersonShane PenneyMeagan PennieRebecca PetersonJohn PhamAlessia PuccioAlyssa RagoMarisa ReardonAllison RebeiroNathaniel RebinskasEmma RhindJohn RhindDenizio RicuperoTroy RiekstinsDianna RileySean RileyBrady RobbinsShane RobertsRita RocheDavid RodermanMark RogomentichCaroline RooneyJack RooneyGabriella RosaLilly RubinAndrew RuffEmma RyanKarl SaiedMichael SantiniMegan SantryRocco ScalfaniJoseph ScioliAngela ScolasticoVidhi ShahVictoria SheehanAbigail SilveiraBailey SmithKaitlyn SmithKayla SmithSophie SmithZachary SmithKevin SouzaHolly SpencerKailyn St JeanLeah StalkerSean StanfordSabreena StrongEliza StuartRichard StuartMaura SullivanNicholas SullivanTayla SurprenantNicholas TanguayCaterina TassoneJenna TavaneseAmelia TeaboTyler ThomasJack ToomeyNicholas TothAmanda TranVu Uyen My TranAlexandra ValeJames ValenteKyle ValleeAmy VicenteGabriela VillaltaJonathan VillaltaAedan VitaleAlexander VlamisRyann WalshIrene WangJohn WareKatelyn WarrenBaylee WebsterMikayla WebsterJoshua WilliamsHaeleigh WilsonSamuel WilsonAnne WingateEvan WitaliszChristopher WongTyler WoodErik WoodlandMadison WrightMax WrightGianna ZaccagniniMackenzie Zaya(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington High School.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”Wilmington High School Announces Third Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”Wilmington Middle School Announces Fourth Quarter Honor RollIn “Education”last_img read more

BUSINESS BRIEF Wilmingtons LEDVANCE Be The Light Campaign Launch Who Lights Up

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Holding the elevator for a stranger. Buying a coffee for the next person in line. Cheering up a friend who is down. Giving a warm smile while working the drive-thru window. These are just some of the small ways people make the world a brighter place. LEDVANCE, the makers of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, and the non-profit Be the Light Campaign are announcing the “Who Lights Up Your World?” Contest to find, recognize and reward people who give off positive energy, joy and light.“Be the Light is focused on the importance of hope. We believe that mental health is just as important as physical health, and that small moments of kindness can alter the course of someone’s day. These can have a rippling effect that positively impacts more and more people over time,” said Melissa Syler, founder of Be the Light Campaign. “Working with the makers of SYLVANIA general lighting, we invite the nation to be an agent of change. Be a part of something larger than yourself. Be the Light.”Starting today through July 31, 2019, you can nominate anyone who exemplifies what it means to “Be the Light” at to thank that special person who lights up your world. Examples could include a person who exudes positivity, is always willing to help when needed, or is an inspirational role model. You could nominate a friend, family member, co-worker, or anyone you know. Out of the nominations, 25 people in the United States who best embody the “Be the Light” concept will receive a Thank You Gift that includes a $50 Gift Card and SYLVANIA LED lighting products. If your nominee is selected, we will reward you with a $20 Gift Card and SYLVANIA lighting products too! These selected stories of light-hearted people will be shared online with the hope they will ignite a movement toward positivity and help inspire others to Be the Light.SYLVANIA LED light bulbs can last up to 22 years and save up to 85 percent on electricity.“SYLVANIA lighting products have been illuminating homes and businesses for over a century, providing light where you need it. It’s heartwarming to know that people across the nation are also providing light when others need it through simple acts of kindness,” said Wolfgang Mailaender, Head of Marketing for U.S. and Canada, LEDVANCE.Billboard Artist to Watch Jessie Chris is a brand ambassador for the joint campaign between the makers of SYLVANIA light bulbs and Be the Light Campaign. Growing up in Massachusetts where being a country music fan wasn’t popular in school, Jessie was constantly bullied by her peers. She didn’t let that stop her from following her dreams of performing. Now she is a recognized country music artist, performing at concerts, walking red carpets and releasing music with other top musicians.“I feel it’s important to me to Be the Light for others, like how my parents were for me when I was going through dark times,” said Chris. “This is why I have been traveling to over 100 elementary schools across the nation to share my story of overcoming adversity to help students that are dealing with being bullied. That’s also why I am so excited to be a part of this initiative to recognize those that spread light.”About Be The Light CampaignBe the Light Campaign is a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on the importance of hope. From simple, random acts of kindness towards the homeless, to hosting community events, the mission of Be the Light Campaign is to spread hope and compassion to all.Be the Light Campaign was created from founder Melissa Syler’s personal journey with depression and anxiety. Through this hardship she realized the importance of having a strong support system. Be the Light Campaign strives to be a positive support system for those in need. Since its start in 2015, BTLC volunteers have written over 1,200 hand written letters of encouragement; collected coats, blankets, personal items, writing tablets and pens to fill over 300 bags for their “Hope for the Homeless” events across the country; and placed Be The Light Campaign stickers on five continents. They are continually adding programs to spread light to more people.For more information, please visit LEDVANCE With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world’s leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers. In North America, LEDVANCE LLC offers a wide range of SYLVANIA LED luminaires for various applications, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, and traditional light sources. In fiscal year 2017, LEDVANCE achieved a turnover of around 1.9 billion Euro. The SYLVANIA brand leadership is a result of over 100 years of lighting experience and paves the way for future success. Further information can be found at The above press release is from LEDVANCE via BusinessWire.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s SYLVANIA Spreading Light Across The Nation With ‘Be The Light Campaign’In “Business”Wilmington’s LEDVANCE Wins Awards for SYLVANIA Products, Employees and InitiativesIn “Business”Wilmington’s LEDVANCE Honored At Fourth Annual LEDS Magazine Sapphire Awards GalaIn “Business”last_img read more

iPad 2019 rumors Price specs features and everything else we know

first_imgEditor’s note, March 18: Apple has announced two new iPads. Starting at $499 (£479, AU$779) for the 64GB model, the new iPad Air features a 10.5-inch Retina display, an A12 Bionic processor and support for the Apple Pencil. It replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from 2017, which is no longer sold. The new iPad Mini, starting at $399 (£399, AU$599) for the 64GB version, also has the A12 chip and Pencil support, but is otherwise nearly identical to the iPad Mini 4 it replaces. The previous version of this story from March 13 follows.On Monday, Apple invited members of the media to a “special event” on March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater on its Cupertino campus. It’s expected that the company will use the occasion to unveil its rumored video service and, perhaps, a news subscription service. But there’s a chance that Apple will also introduce some hardware — including new iPads. The precedent is there. At last year’s March event, Apple delivered a new $329 iPad (plus a bunch of education-friendly software initiatives) that went on to earn a CNET Editors’ Choice. This year, a legion of leakers, supply chain moles and analysts are predicting that we’ll see at least one, and possibly more, new iPads at an Apple event before the end of Q3.  Rumor: iPhone and Mac apps coming to the iPad (but not until 2021) Starting in 2020, Apple will cease using Intel processors to power its Macs, switching to its own custom ARM-based processors. This will let developers create a single version of their apps that’ll work across Apple’s various operating systems on the iPhone, iPad and Mac. The change will take place sometime in 2021, according to both Bloomberg and Axios.  88 Photos In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPads in WiFi & Cellular variants (perhaps mini, and 9.7″?), all without Face ID, and a (seventh-gen?) iPod touch with no Touch ID nor Face ID— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019 Both iPad 7 (10.2”) and the “new” iPad (10.5”, non-Pro) are coming. But not at the same time.— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) March 13, 2019 Rumor: Apple will unveil a new entry-level iPadApple is also expected to retool its flagship iPad, updating the $329 9.7-inch model it introduced in Chicago last year, according to multiple sources. Twitter leaker CoinX has suggested that Apple will release two new models — a 10.2-inch iPad to replace the current 9.7-inch model and a “new” non-Pro version with a 10.5-inch display — but “not at the same time.” See the new iPad from every angle Tablets reading • iPad 2019 rumors: Price, specs, features and everything else we know Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Previously, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the company would give the new version a slightly larger, 10.2-inch display. Mac Otakara has suggested that the device will keep the same basic design — and that it will stick with both Touch ID and a headphone jack.Rumor: New iPad Pros coming later in 2019Kuo also suggests that Apple will introduce two new iPad Pros in 2019. If that happens, it probably won’t be until later in the year, possibly the fall, given that the company just released two iPad Pros last October. iPad Pro 2018: Feast your eyes on Apple’s big iPad update But there’s plenty of time between March 25 and the end of Q3. And there’s no guarantee that we’ll see new iPads or any other new Apple hardware before the end of this month. Of course, Apple hasn’t announced anything officially yet. (The company did not respond to a request for comment.) For now, we’ll continue to collect the best and most interesting 2019 iPad rumors below. Have a look.Confirmed: Apple launch event on March 25The fifth-generation iPad Mini may look similar to the previous model, but have a faster processor.  Josh Miller/CNET On March 11, Apple sent an email featuring an animation of the classic, flickering countdown numbers of a film leader, ending with Apple’s logo and “It’s showtime” in white. Underneath, the company included a simple invitation to join Apple for a “special event” at its Steve Jobs Theater. It’s expected that the company will use the event to unveil its long-rumored video streaming service, in which it has already said to have invested $1 billion, producing original shows such as dramas, comedies, docuseries and kids’ programming. That reporting has since been bolstered by Bloomberg’s report that the event will be heavy with Hollywood stars. Though there had been alternative theories circulating — Greek blog iPhonehellas predicted a hardware-focused event on March 27 and Applesfera has picked March 29 — those now seem far-fetched in the extreme. March 25 is the date. What remains unknown is exactly what Apple will announced. apple-airpowerAirPower: Apple’s wireless charging mat has yet to materialize.  Apple If the new iPads don’t show up in March, the next most likely opportunity would be in June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. That event is currently rumored to kick off on June 3, though Apple has not yet announced it officially.Rumor: Multiple new iPads coming soon07-ipad-2018-education Sarah Tew/CNET We know that Apple recently registered seven new iPad models with the Eurasian Economic Commission and two with the Bureau of Indian Standards, as reported by MySmartPrice — moves that often precede a launch. In addition, previously unknown iPads are mentioned in the latest iOS 12 beta release, as described by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Twitter.  Apple We still don’t yet know exactly which iPads are referenced in the code or the government filings. But they contain some clues about what Apple may have up its sleeve. Rumor: Apple will finally release a new iPad Miniipad-mini-4-01.jpg Sarah Tew/CNET Of all of the iPad-related rumors currently circulating, one of the most logical is that Apple will finally refresh the iPad Mini. Presumably, the new model would replace the iPad Mini 4 — a device that hasn’t been updated in more than four years and which, starting at $399 for 128GB, doesn’t stack up particularly well with the best tablets on the market today. Of course, it’s worth noting that previous reports had suggested that Apple would discontinue the iPad Mini line altogether.Rumor: iPad Mini 5 will look a lot like the Mini 4A report from Mac Otakara suggests that Apple has given the iPad Mini 5 — or whatever it’s called — only the most modest of makeovers. The article says that the new model has the same exact 7.9-inch design as the iPad Mini 4. Ostensibly, that means no Face ID, no slim bezels and no USB-C ports.The site 91Mobiles (as spotted by MacRumors) published an image of a case — ostensibly designed for the new iPad Mini — that seems to support the modest refresh story. As such, it’s quite possible that the new model’s most significant upgrade is an updated processor. The iPad Mini 4 uses the same A8 chip that was featured in the iPhone 6, which was introduced in 2014. procesador-a8-iphone6.jpg Apple On the upside, the iPad Mini 5 might be one of the last Apple tablets to come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and Lightning port — two popular features Apple omitted from last year’s batch of iPad Pros. The China Business Times suggests that the new iPad Mini will arrive by mid-2019. Share your voice Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Now playing: Watch this: 88 Photos 66 Photos 6:18 Apple’s next launch events: Everything we know See All Comments 2 • iPad Pro 2018: Feast your eyes on Apple’s big iPad update Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Rumors Applelast_img read more

BOEM collecting comments on proposed OCS lease sale in Arctic Cook Inlet

first_imgAlaska’s proposed lease sale areas — boemoceaninfo.comThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held an open house in Anchorage Monday seeking comments on the proposed off-shore lease sales for 2017 to 2022. The draft includes sales in northern Cook Inlet, the Beaufort and the Chukchi Seas.03 BOEM OPEN HOUSEThe three lease sales in Alaska are planned for the end of the five-year period, in 2020 to 2022. Regional BOEM director James Kendall says the scheduling is intentional.“We want to make sure we get as much relevant scientific information as we can, as much socioeconomic information as we can. There’s also traditional knowledge. So it gives us more time to plan and focus what we’re really considering.”The agency is currently collecting public comments for a draft environmental impact statement. They’re looking for substantive input like maps of important areas or new studies.The current proposal already excludes some areas from the potential sale to protect wildlife habitat and subsistence uses in the Chukchi Sea and a small area for whaling in the Beaufort Sea.Kendall says the final proposal won’t be completed until 2017, and the lease sales are not definite.“Even if they’re in the final program, that doesn’t mean they’re going to happen. They could be canceled at any time,” Kendall explains. “We want people to understand that this is a very iterative process, and it intentionally takes a long time so that decision are made very thoughtfully with the best information available…The way the process is set up, we can cancel any of these lease sales right up to the very end based on new information, if necessary.”Environmental groups and some northern Alaskan residents are hoping the Arctic lease sales will not go forward, in part because there’s no infrastructure in place to clean up a major spill. BOEM’s environmental analysis for Chukchi Lease Sale 193 says there’s a 75% chance for one or more large oil spills to occur in the region if there’s drilling.Kotzebue resident John Chase spoke during a press conference hosted by the Wilderness Society before the open house. He says his family relies almost entirely on subsistence foods and drilling in the Arctic is not a risk he wants to take.“You can’t give me enough money to take seal oil away from my home, to feed my children.”Pro-industry groups say development in the Arctic is necessary for the state and national economies. According to a 2011 study by ISER and Northern Economics, development in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas could bring the state $19 billion over a 50-year period. It could create an annual average of nearly 55 thousand direct and indirect jobs nationwide.Alaska AFL-CIO President Vince Beltrami spoke during the Consumer Energy Alliance’s press conference.“I got two little grandsons and I’m looking at them, hoping that when they’re old enough to get into the workforce that OCS is going to be cranking along and that we’re going to be having jobs to put them to work, to earn money, to raise their families.”Kim Kovol is the owner of Midnight Sun Environmental which does permitting and mitigation work throughout the state. She attended the open house to submit comments. She says there needs to be a balance between development and conservation.“We want to see jobs, we want to see industry flourish in our state. we want to see it done responsibly, and I underscore responsibly. Capitalize it, 96 font, and hot pink it. We want to see a really good balance is what we’re looking for.”BOEM is collecting comments until March 30. Lease sales are also proposed in the Gulf of Mexico and the mid- and southern Atlantic regions.last_img read more

Heating system fire caused last years Ice Alaska fire

first_imgAn investigation has concluded that a fire that destroyed the main building at Ice Alaska late last year, originated in a heating system.Listen nowAlaska State Troopers report that the state Division of Fire and Life Safety said the December 16th blaze began in the chimney for an oil fired boiler. The fire resulted in total loss of the building, which served as the administrative center for Ice Alaska, as well as a public food service and warming area. It was valued at $1.5 million. Ice Alaska has carried on this season with reconfigured on site structures and tents.last_img read more

Next election may delay plan to fund state government

first_imgSen. Kevin Meyer, R-Anchorage, talks with an aide and Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, before a Senate floor session in May 2016 in Juneau. Meyer blames Gov. Bill Walker for early candidate filings, after Walker called a special session. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The next statewide election is more than a year away, but electoral politics may already be affecting the chances for lawmakers to agree on a lasting solution to the state’s dire financial situation.Listen nowCandidates have been announcing plans for governor, lieutenant governor and the Legislature since July.And they’re taking positions that could make a budget deal more difficult.Almost two-thirds of legislators have already indicated they’ll run in next year’s election, by registering or filing a letter of intent with either the Alaska Public Offices Commission or Division of Elections, through Thursday, Sept. 28.Anchorage Republican Sen. Kevin Meyer is one of three lawmakers who’ve filed for statewide office. He wants to be lieutenant governor.Rep. Mike Chenault and Sen. Mike Dunleavy have filed for governor, although Dunleavy suspended his campaign.Meyer said Gov. Bill Walker’s call for a special session on Oct. 23 has led candidates to file early.“I’m going to blame the governor on that, because when we’re in session — whether it’s special session or regular session — we can’t raise money,” Meyer said. “We are forced to get an earlier start, like now, to make our announcement, do our paperwork, and start doing the fundraising. … We are in the campaign mode, whether you’re running for a House seat, or a Senate seat, or statewide office. That will have an impact on the success of this special session.”Walker has called for the Legislature to consider a 1.5 percent tax on wages and self employment income. It would raise $320 million, roughly one in eight dollars needed to close a $2.4 billion gap between what the state spends each year and what it raises in revenue.Walker spokeswoman Grace Jang said the special session was needed.The independent governor also has put a bill related to criminal sentencing on the session agenda.“Gov. Walker called the special session to fix the economy and address public safety, because neither of those things can wait,” Jang said.Meyer said Walker’s tax proposal is similar to an income tax the Senate has already voted against. He noted the Senate majority caucus is asking Walker to make more cuts to spending before asking for new revenue.It’s been nearly two years since Walker proposed a plan to balance the budget. If lawmakers can’t reach a compromise before the election, it could take at least another year and a half to settle on a plan.Anchorage Democratic Rep. Les Gara said a delay will hurt the economy.“I’m always hopeful for compromise,” Gara said. “Politics right now, with a growing recession, losing 14,000 jobs in the last two years, you’re always in danger that politicians will sell fake sound bites and destroy the economy and get elected.”Gara said the Senate majority plan to cut the size of government further will lower employment.“You’re killing jobs by sound-biting your way into a bigger recession,” Gara said.It’s not just sitting lawmakers who are dissecting potential plans to balance the budget.Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Hawkins said he supports parts of a plan to draw money from permanent fund earnings to pay for government. But he opposes the size of the cut the Legislature made to permanent fund dividends.“I supported certain elements of it,” Hawkins said. “The fatal mistake it made was arbitrarily setting the value of the dividend. And setting it at a lower level than it really needs to be.”The lack of agreement on a long-term plan disturbs Gunnar Knapp, a retired professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage.“It’s frustrating to see us go year after year after and not be able to come to a resolution about our fiscal situation, and now to hear that, well, we’ve got an election coming up, and so expect another year to go by without anything real happening,” Knapp said.Knapp said the uncertainty is hurting the economy.“Who’s going to move to Alaska to take a job here and start a new career if they don’t know what kind of public services we’re going to have, what kind of taxes there are going to be, what kind of future we are looking at,” Knapp said.The October special session will be the ninth of Walker’s three years in office.last_img read more

Ad hawks wings clipped Realty firms must clear projects with RERA before

first_imgReuters fileTo clear the air on real estate developers issuing advertisements for their projects, the government has said that no ongoing or future projects can be advertised without registering them first with the new Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) regulator.Realtors’ body National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) had submitted a representation to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation seeking clarity on advertisement and sale of the ongoing projects amid conflicting reports and interpretations on the issue.”Section 3 (1) of the Act prohibits advertisements for all projects (ongoing/future) without registration with the real estate regulator. This provision has come into effect from May 1, 2017,” the ministry said, in response to Naredco’s letter.Reacting to the housing ministry’s reply, NAREDCO President Parveen Jain said the prohibition on advertisements and sale in the ongoing projects will hit the industry, comprising over 76,000 companies.The rules stipulate that each advertisement showcasing a project has to display the RERA registration number.The ministry’s clarification is likely to further dampen an already subdued real estate market that has seen no real appreciation in value of property or sales growth during the last few years. The implementation of RERA on May 1, 2017, has had a negative impact on the marketing budgets of real estate firms in a huge way.As per the Act, Section 3 (1) specifies that “no promoter shall advertise, market, book, sell or offer for sale, or invite persons to purchase in any manner any plot, apartment or building…, in any real estate project or part of it, in any planning area, without registering the real estate project with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority established under this Act.”The section stipulates that a promoter should apply to the regulatory authorities for registration of the project within three months ending July — the time of commencement of the Act. All 92 Sections of the Act effect have come into effect, following the real estate law coming into effect on May 1.In the first case of penalty being imposed under RERA, a Mumbai-based real estate consultant firm was recently fined Rs 1.2 lakh for a misleading advertisement of an ongoing construction project.According to media advertising and marketing website, this has further cast a negative spell on the fraternity who do not want to take any risk before reworking their marketing strategy.last_img read more