In the last 24 hours, since the launch of a grievance cell number by Mamata Banerjee, the cell has received more than one lakh calls, a statement from Trinamool Congress (TMC) noted. It effectively means that the platform Didi Ke Bolo or Tell Didi (Ms. Banerjee) is receiving more than 170 calls a minute. The press note said that more than 250 people are working to attend the calls and the party is planning to ramp up “resources” to handle responses. However, many said the number is not easy to get through. The platform, with a phone number and website to communicate directly with Ms. Banerjee, was launched on Monday.
A Madhya Pradesh municipality, which runs a daycare centre for senior citizens, an NGO in Kerala that has sensitised thousands to the need for taking care of elders and the State of Tamil Nadu, which has established maintenance tribunals in each sub-division, are among those to be honoured on Thursday for their service to senior citizens, government sources said.Vayoshreshtha Samman, the annual national award of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, will be given away to 15 individuals and organisations by President Ram Nath Kovind. The award distribution is one of the Ministry’s events to mark the International Day of Older Persons, which fell on Tuesday.Tamil Nadu is expected to be given the award for the best State in implementing the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007, and providing services to senior citizens. According to the citation, the State has set up maintenance tribunals under the Act in each sub-division, but half of the cases are resolved through conciliation.The municipal council of Unhel, in Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh, will receive the award for the best urban local body. It provides medical services, income generation schemes and pension to seniors. It has also opened a daycare centre, Anand Ghar, fitted with recreation facilities.Gandhibhavan International Trust, a non-profit in Kollam, Kerala, is set to be honoured for providing care to 1,400 needy people, including 350 senior citizens, and for conducting awareness programmes for the youth. So far, 60,000 people have attended the programme.Among the individuals are Hardev Singh, a senior citizen sportsperson, Ishwarchandra Chintamani, a 93-year-old Kannada writer, freedom fighter Chhaju Ram Sharma, 87, and Padma Shri awardee Eli Ahmed.
Gujarat Lions edged out a spirited Delhi Daredevils by one run in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) clash that went right down to the last ball at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on Wednesday. (This is how Gujarat registered a 1-run victory over Delhi)Chris Morris produced a superb all-round performance for Delhi and almost snatched victory for the hosts before falling short in an exciting last over.Chasing a competitive target of 173 runs, Delhi seemed to be in trouble after losing early wickets before Morris and his South Africa teammate J.P. Duminy produced a superb comeback.Morris smashed an unbeaten 82 runs off just 32 balls, entertaining the home crowd with four hits to the ropes and eight towering sixes. The South African all-rounder was effective with the ball as well, returning fairly economical figures of 2/35.Duminy played a patient knock of 48 runs off 43 balls, hitting three boundaries and a six along the way. He was unlucky to miss out on a half-century and was caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo after offering an uncharacteristacally poor shot.Wednesday’s victory took the lions to the top of the IPL table with 10 points. The IPL debutants have five wins from the six matches they have played so far. The Daredevils, who suffered their second defeat in five matches, are at the third spot with six points. (Photo Gallery)Delhi had a rocky start as Dhawal Kulkarni struck the crucial early blows, removing the top three Delhi batsmen in his first two overs. The Mumbai-born pacer eventually finished with figures of 3/19 in his four overs. James Faulkner (1/23) and Dwayne Bravo (1/40) were the other wicket-takers for the Lions.advertisementDelhi opener Sanju Samson made a hash of what should have been an easy flick off his pads to a poor delivery on his legstump by Dhawal Kulkarni. What he did manage was to offer the leading egde to Faulkner at mid-on.Kulkarni then removed Quinton de Kock and Karun Nair in his next over to leave the Daredevils struggling at 3/16 after four overs.Duminy and Morris then came together to smash the Delhi bowlers all around the ground. But Duminy’s dismissal was the turning point. The young Pawan Negi – the most expensive Indian player at the IPL auction – was unable to provide the necessary support to Morris with the hosts needing 29 runs off 17 balls when he came in to bat. But an undaunted Morris continued to produce the big hits.With the Daredevils needing four runs off the last ball, Bravo came up with an accurate delivery into Morris’ blockhole. Morris’ swing only carried the ball to Ravindra Jadeja at long-on and the batsmen could only complete two runs much to the disappointment of the home crowd.Earlier, put into bat by Delhi, Gujarat Lions rode on quick-fire half-centuries from Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith to post 172/6 in their 20 overs.McCullum plundered 60 runs off a mere 36 balls while Smith raced to 53 off 30 as the duo put together an opening partnership of 112 runs off just 63 deliveries to give the Lions’ innings a flying start.At one stage, the Lions seemed to be heading for a total of around 200 runs. But a remarkable batting collapse that saw Gujarat lose six wickets in the space of just 30 runs broke the scoring momentum.Leg-spinner Imran Tahir played a crucial role in the Delhi bowlers’ fightback with excellent figures of 3/24 in his four overs. South Africa pacer Chris Morris returned a fairly economical 2/35 while his compatriot Jean-Paul Duminy (1/4) bagged a wicket in the only over he bowled.Smith was finally dismissed when he was trapped leg before by Imran Tahir with one that kept straight after pitching. The West Indies batsman played for the turn, only to see the ball hit him on the pads right on middle and leg.McCullum followed his opening partner back to the pavilion in the very next over thanks to some strange shot selection. Faced with a slowish full toss from Chris Morris that kept slightly high, the Kiwi veteran attempted a wild cross-batted swing that was neither accurate nor well timed only to lose his stumps.Morris struck another crucial blow off the last ball of the same over when he got Gujarat captain Suresh Raina with a well directed short pitched delivery. Ravindra Jadeja then fell to Duminy when he misjudged the bounce of one that was slightly wide of off-stump.Tahir then dismissed Ishan Kishan and Dinesh Karthik off successive deliveries to plunge Gujarat into further trouble. James Faulkner attempted a late fight back with a 13-ball 22 to help the visitors to a competitive total.advertisementBrief scores:Gujarat Lions 172/6 in 20 overs (Brendon McCullum 60, Dwayne Smith 53; Imran Tahir 3/24, Chris Morris 2/35) vs Delhi Daredevils 171/5 in 20 overs (Chris Morris 82 n.o., J.P. Duminy 48; Dhawal Kulkarni 19/3).
New Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The following are the highlightsNew Delhi, Nov 23 (PTI) The following are the highlights of the northern region at 1730 HRSDES 19 UP-LD AYODHYA-MULAYAM-FIRLucknow: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) asks the Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government to lodge an FIR against Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav for ordering the police to fire on karsewaks in Ayodhya in 1990 when he was the chief minister.DES 13 JK-ANTHEM-DISRESPECTJammu: An FIR is registered against two students of Badshah University in Jammu and Kashmirs Rajouri district for allegedly disrespecting the national anthemDES 7 JK-DHONISrinagar: Cricketer M S Dhoni pays a surprise visit to Army Public School here and emphasises the importance of education and sports during his interaction with the students.DES 6 AVI-FLIGHT-DEATHNew Delhi: A 65-year-old man dies onboard a Varanasi- Mumbai flight after he reportedly suffered a heart attack.DES 8 JK-COLDSrinagar: The cold wave in Kashmir division maintains its grip as Leh, Kargil and Srinagar registers their respective coldest nights so far this winter.NRG 13 DL-MAKEN-EDUCATIONNew Delhi: Congress challenges Aam Aadmi Party governments claims of achievements in education sector, saying it was a “myth” as not only children were leaving Delhi government schools but also less number of them were passing out.DES 18 PB-FIRE-MISSINGLudhiana: Days after a massive fire incident in a multi- storey plastic factory left 13 people dead, there is no information yet about three firefighters still trapped under the rubble, an official says. PTI ANB
Arsenal Lacazette at 10 for Arsenal? Bould backs striker to overcome recent struggles Chris Burton 03:18 4/1/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Arsenal Premier League The France international has endured form and fitness issues during a debut campaign in England, but has seen his value hailed by a supportive coach Alexandre Lacazette is capable of playing a No. 10 role for Arsenal, says Steve Bould, with the struggling striker needing only to look at Dennis Bergkamp for inspiration.The France international arrived at Emirates Stadium from Lyon in the summer of 2017 as a £46 million addition expected to lead the Gunners’ goal charge.A bright start to his time in England bode well, but form and fitness issues have crept in. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Lacazette has netted just once in his last 13 appearances and faces added competition for places from record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Assistant manager Bould has, however, suggested that a change of position could be on the cards, telling reporters: “He’s actually a very, very, very good football player. He could play at number 10 – he’s really good.“He’s not just a goalscorer, he’s not an out-and-out striker, he can play.“The physical element has surprised him and caught up with him, which it does to many players who come from abroad. We’re hoping he comes back sharp.”Lacazette has been sidelined since a derby defeat to Tottenham on February 10 with a knee complaint, but is ready to return and is being backed to come good.Bould formed part of an Arsenal side back in the 1990s which included the iconic figure of Bergkamp, and he sees similarities between the struggles the Dutch maestro endured after arriving in the Premier League and those currently troubling a marquee signing.The former Gunners defender added: “This little break might have done him the world of good actually.“The Premier League is absolutely different compared to the French league.“I think he’s found it physically tougher. It might be a blessing in disguise having that month off and coming back fighting.“Dennis Bergkamp went through [struggles]. Lots of the great players go through these times. It’s not a worry.”
The Government of Jamaica’s National Plan of Action 2018-2021 for combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP), has been approved by Cabinet. The Government of Jamaica’s National Plan of Action 2018-2021 for combatting Trafficking in Persons (TIP), has been approved by Cabinet.This is contained in a Ministry Paper on Cabinet agenda issues, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently.According to the document, the National Action Plan provides the strategic framework for Jamaica’s response to human trafficking over a four-year period.It sets out the work being done, identifies gaps, maps the direction of future priorities and sets out plans to enhance transparency and accountability in the fight against human trafficking.“The National Action Plan reflects recommendations from the United States’ Department of State 2018 report on TIP,” the document said.Cabinet has also given approval for the Ministry of Health to enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Department of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), concerning a bilateral nurse exchange partnership.“The proposal for the partnership resulted from the chronic shortage of nurses, particularly specialist and critical care nurses in the Jamaican public sector,” the Ministry Paper said.Under the MOU, nurses will spend seven months training in Jamaica and five months in the UK at the Leeds Teaching Hospital.They will return to Jamaica after the training to work for at least two years. Story Highlights According to the document, the National Action Plan provides the strategic framework for Jamaica’s response to human trafficking over a four-year period. This is contained in a Ministry Paper on Cabinet agenda issues, which was tabled in the House of Representatives recently.
VANCOUVER – Health-food eatery chain Freshii Inc.’s stock shed about a third of its worth Tuesday after the company scaled back its aggressive expansion plans.“Today’s announcement is extremely disappointing to me,” said founder and CEO Matthew Corrin during a conference call with investors Monday evening.After markets closed Monday, Freshii (TSX:FRII) announced its growth has been slower than expected, resulting in some store closures and a reduced target for net openings this year.The Toronto-based company’s shares fell $3.11 or about 35 per cent to $5.75 on Tuesday.Freshii’s revised outlook anticipates between 90 and 95 net new store openings in its 2017 financial year, down from 150 to 160 locations.The company also scaled back its longer-term expansion targets, saying it now plans to open between 730 and 760 stores by the end of its 2019 financial year, rather than the 810 to 840 stores previously anticipated.Robert Carter, executive director of food service at NPD Group, amounted the news to “growing pains” as the relatively young chain adjusts to “such dramatic growth.”In its 2017 financial year, roughly 60 fewer restaurants will be opened partly because Freshii and department store Target ended their relationship, the company said.It closed 17 of its eateries located in Target stores in the third quarter, ending Sept. 24. One additional Freshii Target store will close by the end of this year.Corrin attempted to reassure investors that the closures don’t signal an end to such partnerships in the future.Freshii launched an extensive review of its Target partnership and learned it can make future relationships more successful by, for example, offering fewer menu items to reduce prep work and improve labour efficiency, he said.The company remains excited about similar partnerships being a pillar of growth for Freshii in the future, Corrin said.Carter pointed to an announcement earlier this month that a selection of the company’s food will be served on hundreds of Air Canada flights daily starting next month as an example of the many opportunities Freshii will have for strategic partnerships.Freshii also said its expansion in the United Kingdom and several U.S. states has been slower than expected because its multi-unit franchisees have been more conservative in their real estate selection than anticipated.The company also faced delays facilitating “a far greater number” of store openings this year than last, which led to further challenges. Freshii has hired additional people and engaged a global project management firm to help with the logistics.Carter said the company is making the right moves to address these issues and once the stores are opened, Freshii will continue to experience growth.“This is a brand that’s here for the long term,” he said of the fast-casual restaurant that serves salads, wraps, bowls, burritos and other meals to health-conscious consumers.The company’s stock began trading publicly in January at $12 after a $125-million initial public offering of its stock.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
“Considering the current situation in the country, we have reviewed the visas system and took a decision to tighten visa restrictions for religious teachers,” Abeywardena said. Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local terrorist group, a minister said on Sunday (May 5).Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after the attacks were found to have overstayed their visas, for which fines were imposed and they were expelled from the island. “Out of those who were sent out, about 200 were Islamic preachers.” The Easter Sunday bombings that killed 257 people and wounded nearly 500 were led by a local cleric who is known to have travelled to neighbouring India and had made contact with jihadists there.The minister did not give the nationalities of those who have been expelled, but police have said many foreigners who have overstayed their visas since the Easter attacks were from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan. “There are religious institutions which have been getting down foreign preachers for decades,” Abeywardena said.“We have no issues with them, but there are some which mushroomed recently. We will pay more attention to them.”The minister said the government was overhauling the country’s visa policy following fears that foreign clerics could radicalise locals for a repeat of the April 21 suicide bombings, which targeted three Christian churches and three luxury hotels. (Courtesy AFP)
WASHINGTON — The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese imports Sept. 1, extending the import taxes on just about everything China ships to the United States in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive trade policies.But the agency says it would delay the tariffs to Dec. 15 tariffs on some goods, including cellphones, laptop computers, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing. And it’s removing other items from the list based “on health, safety, national security and other factors.”Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press
The BMA said repeated real terms cuts to doctors’ pay had taken a “substantial toll” on incomes and did nothing to address the ongoing recruitment and retention difficulties for all grades of doctor, while a nurses’ leader said there had been a real terms fall in nursing pay of around 14 percent since 2010.Dr Peter Bennie, chairman of BMA Scotland, added: “The announcement that yet again the pay of doctors in Scotland will go up by just one per cent while the rate of inflation is at 2.3 per cent means that once again doctors pay will decline in real terms.”Repeated years of real terms cuts to doctors’ pay have taken a substantial toll on incomes and do nothing to address the significant recruitment and retention difficulties across all grades of doctor. “At a time when doctors’ workloads are increasing like never before, there will be widespread disappointment and anger at the decision to continue this approach.”Simon Barker, chairman of the association’s consultants’ committee, said it had learned with “great disappointment” that ministers had decided to “ignore the recommendation of its independent pay review body to recognise and value the hard work of NHS consultants for the second year running”.He said the announcement also came at a time when the most recent figures confirmed a worsening situation for consultants north of the border, with almost seven per cent of posts unfilled, and nearly half of those empty for more than six month.He warned: “We will never recruit and retain the specialists that our health service needs if we fail to recognise and reward their efforts.”Nurses also condemned the decision to cap pay rises at one per cent for those earning over pounds22,000.Norman Provan, associate director of the Royal College of Nursing, said the Scottish Government had missed an opportunity to close the gap between nurses’ pay and inflation and the sector would continue to “bear the brunt of austerity measures in the NHS in Scotland”.Meanwhile, it was reported that at least 14 GP practices have shut since the start of 2016. Five practices have closed in the NHS Lothian area, three in Ayrshire and Arran, three in Highland, two in Fife and one in Tayside.Claire Walker, a GP for 14 years at Strathesk Medical Practice in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, said: “A lot of days we are only providing an emergency service because we do not have enough doctors. I am extremely concerned about the state of primary care in the NHS.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. On Tayside, The Courier reported that whistle-blowing nurses claimed it was a matter of time before staff shortages at Perth Royal Infirmary led to a death – a claim denied by management.Shona Robison, the health minister, said NHS employees were valued “enormously” and claimed pay restraint had to be seen in the context of cuts to Scotland’s budget in recent years.She added: “All directly employed NHS Scotland staff will receive at least a one per cent uplift in pay. We will also continue to guarantee a living wage for all NHS staff, and maintain our commitment to no compulsory redundancies.” Shona Robison said NHS staff are highly valuedCredit:PA Angry doctors have warned that Scotland’s already over-stretched and under-resourced NHS workforce will come under even more pressure after the Scottish Government capped pay increases at one per cent.Doctors and nurses said the announcement would do nothing to tackle recruitment problems and send the wrong message to staff who were being asked to deliver more every year from an “already inadequate budget”.With the latest figures showing inflation at 2.3 per cent, both groups raised concerns about the growing gap between wages and the cost of living.The pay cap was announced as it emerged that one GP surgery is closing every month due to staff shortages, and amid warnings from whistle blowers that it is only a matter of time before staff shortages at one busy infirmary result in a death.
Weekend Dog Mountain hiking permits are now available online from the U.S. Forest Service through recreation.gov.The permits are required as part of a partnership between the Washington State Department of Transportation, Skamania County and the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, and started last year following growing safety concerns regarding congestion and vehicle crashes near the trailhead, according to the U.S. Forest Service.The permits will be required this year for visitors to the Dog Mountain trail system on Saturdays and Sundays through peak wildflower season, April 20 to June 16.Hikers can get permits in two ways:• Shuttle riders who take the Skamania County West End Transit bus from the Skamania Fairgrounds in Stevenson receive a free permit on arrival at the trailhead. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, for $1 per person per trip, or $2 round-trip. Each permit is good for one person the day issued. The shuttle runs every half-hour from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends through the season.• Those parking at the trailhead will need to reserve one permit for each person through the recreation.gov site and pay the $1 per person fee, in addition to paying the recreation site fee of $5 per car. Valid Northwest Forest or interagency federal passes are accepted (state parks passes are not) as a form of payment for the recreation fee but are not a substitute for per-person permits.
Former Arsenal midfielder and Nice manager Patrick Vieira has expressed his feelings over the attitude of striker Mario Balotelli.Patrick Vieira has had a reasonable start to life as Nice manager and the Italian has been a key member of his squad although he has struggled to find the back of the net this term.Vieira was appointed the manager of the French side in the summer and they are currently seventh place in Ligue 1 table, four points outside the Champions League places.In an interview with l’Equipe, as quoted in Football London, Vieira gave an astonishing response to questions about Balotelli and why he wished he was still a player.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.He said: “When it comes to Mario, I want to answer back, or just slam him up against the wall or leave him hanging by his collar on the coat rack, but I can’t, as I’m no longer a player.“I have to think twice before I say anything, because it can have an impact and I risk losing a great player. I don’t want to say something I’ll regret.“I am trying to be constructive in my comments to him.”
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for celebrating his side’s late winner against Leicester City on the pitch.The Portuguese gaffer was sent to the stands by referee Chris Kavanagh after running into the field of play to celebrate Diogo Jota’s winner with his players at Molineux.The Wolves boss is now facing a possible touchline ban for his actions and the FA has given him until Thursday to respond to the charge.A statement from the governing body read: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct relating to his behaviour in the 93rd minute of the game between Wolves and Leicester on Saturday.”“I had to hug him, because he came back from injury and he’s worked very hard.”Nuno talks about his appreciation for @DiogoJota18’s effort, his dismissal and an unbelievable spectacle at Molineux. #WOLLEI🐺💬https://t.co/oKcaum7nQ6Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.— Wolves (@Wolves) January 19, 2019Nuno accepted the referee’s decision to banish him to the stand in Saturday’s 4-3 win, with Jota’s hat-trick-goal coming just six minutes after Wes Morgan had equalised for Leicester.“The referee explained everything. He was clear. It was a good decision. What can I say,” Nuno said after the match.“He said, ‘You are not allowed to go out of your technical area even to celebrate a goal, and you cannot go on the pitch’.”Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct for a similar incident last month for celebrating Origi’s winner against the Toffees.
Vehicle fire on 7 mile bridge may cause extensive slow downs in the area. Please be patient. Thanks to FHP for photos. pic.twitter.com/O8P42VPkNN— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) June 14, 2017Authorities redirected traffic while the bridge was inspected for damage. MARATHON, FLA. (WSVN) – A fiery multi-vehicle crash temporarily closed down the Seven Mile Bridge near Marathon, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.MCSO, Monroe County Fire Rescue and Florida Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of the crash that resulted in a car fire at around 6:15 p.m., Wednesday. No injuries were reported, and the bridge was later reopened. Roadway open on the 7 Mile Bridge.— Florida Keys Sheriff (@mcsonews) June 14, 2017Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Sunday, January 13, 2019:#1) Open Skate At Ristuccia ArenaRistuccia Memorial Arena (190 Main Street) is hosting an Open Skate from 11am to 1pm. All are welcome. Admission is $5. Rental skates are available for $5.#2) WHS Boys JV Hockey & Swimming Teams In ActionThe WHS Varsity Swimming Team battles Ipswich at the Ipswich YMCA at 6:15pm. The WHS Boys JV Hockey Team takes on Burlington High at the Burlington Ice Palace at 4:30m.#3) Middlesex Canal Museum The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm. Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.#4) Food ShoppingFood shopping in town this week? In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.#5) Outdoor Ice Skating Rink ReopensThe outdoor ice skating rink at Rotary Park has reportedly been repaired and recently reopened. The rink is open daily, weather permitting (cold temperatures), from 8am to 9pm.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 4, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, August 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”
Fallout from Governor Walker’s veto pen is hitting the Matanuska Susitna Borough hard. Borough officials are now grappling with a budget shortfall caused by millions of dollars in reduced state funding.Listen nowMat-Su Borough LogoThe news came on June 29, after tax bills had been mailed and far to late to rework the Mat-Su Borough’s budget for this fiscal year. At a special Borough Assembly meeting on Wednesday, Borough manager John Moosey laid out the bare facts. He said the governor has vetoed some of the money that directly affects municipalities.. such as debt reimbursement and base student allocations and school transportation funding.“The Mat-Su seemed to get hit particularly hard,” Moosey said. “My view is trying to take immediate view of how this impacts our current operating budget. Five point 7 million dollars we expected to receive for debt reimbursement from the state was lost. We were informed of that on June 29. It gave us no time really to react. 2017 started on July 1.”Walker’s vetoes took 25% out of the state’s bond debt reimbursement to municipalities and placed the financial burden back on local governments.New Mat-Su school district superintendent Gene Stone said the Mat-Su school district is looking at an additional $2.2 million in reduced state allocations due to Walker vetoes.“The total $2.2 million dollars was $1.356 million dollars in pupil transportation and a little over $800,000 in the base student allocation or the foundation formula,” Stone said. “And so that equaled 2.2. That’s what specifically impacts us. Obviously, we are concerned about the bond debt reimbursement from the Borough, because we are a growing district and we rely on the community to support the bonds.”Stone said the reduction in the state debt service ratio is likely to discourage new school construction.The Borough Assembly at this point will urge legislators for a veto override at the next legislativespecial session on July 11. But Borough lobbyist John Harris said that will take a three quarters vote from the entire legislature“It’s a big hurdle, and in my opinion, a very unlikely one,” Harris said.Harris said the legislature must approve an override during the first five days of the special legislative session, or Walker’s vetoes stand.Harris suggested the Borough could urge legislators to consider submitting at the special session a funding bill which would pay for bond reimbursement and school funding out of the Permanent Fund earnings. Right now the two are being funded from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.At this point, the Borough is instituting a hiring freeze and a no overtime policy for staff in reaction to the new deficit. The Borough Assembly will meet again in two weeks to consider further action on the issue.
Uncle Herb’s (Photo by Aaron Bolton/KBBI)Homer’s first marijuana retail shop is set to open Thursday. Uncle Herb’s was approved by the state Marijuana Control Board back in September, and the shop will open its doors just in time for the busy summer season.Listen nowStore manager Aaron Stiassny will run the shop in Homer for his father Loyd. Stiassny currently manages the family’s shop in Anchorage under the same name.The display cases in Homer were empty Wednesday evening, but Stiassny said the shop will be stocked and ready to go.“I mean we’re just really excited to be the first cannabis shop in Homer. I know there’s a lot of residents eagerly awaiting the first cannabis shop,” Stiassny said as he stood behind the counter. “It’s a great opportunity to bring this business down here. This is going to provide good sales tax revenue for the community. We really want to be good citizens.”Stiassny said the shop will offer about 15 to 20 marijuana strains to start. He adds that Uncle Herb’s will purchase a large portion of its marijuana products from cultivators on the Kenai Peninsula, but it will also feature strains grown by cultivators in and near Homer.Stiassny explains that the shop will also offer strains high in CBD content, which are said to provide pain relief, in the future.“Flower and pre-rolls will be the two main staples for our opening, and we have deliveries of concentrates and cartages and edibles,” Stiassny explained. “I don’t know if they are going to make the opening on Thursday, but we will definitely be stocked up sometime next week.”Uncle Herb’s has hired eight part-time employees so far. Stiassny said that could change depending on business during the summer, and he said the shop’s hours will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.“Those may change over the course of the summer depending on traffic. Opening day, we’re going to delay that, 2 [p.m.] to 10 [p.m.], just to give us some time to set up in the morning and get ready for the excitement,” Stiassny said.Stiassny hopes to capitalize on Homer’s busy tourism season, but he said the shop will stay open year round.Uncle Herb’s joins the roughly 30 marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. It’s the first retail shop to open on the southern Kenai Peninsula.
ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has signed a lease on Bethel’s 3rd Ave. where he hopes to open the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta’s first cannabis shop in January 2019. (Photo by Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK)The ink is drying on a lease that could house Bethel’s first cannabis shop. The owner of an Anchorage marijuana store wants to expand his business to Bethel and bring Alaska’s booming cannabis industry to the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Listen nowFor more than a year, ALASKAbuds owner Nick Miller has been getting the same question: “When are you coming to rural Alaska?”Now, the Anchorage businessman has a tentative answer: January 2019. The location will be in Central Bethel, on 3rd Avenue in the brown building that houses Stan’s Barber Shop and the Bethel Family Dental Clinic. Miller says that customers can expect an experience similar to what they would find at ALASKAbuds’ Anchorage location.“There will be normal sales top glass counters, and there will be pre-packaged marijuana in at least one of those counters,” Miller explained. “And there will be other things like pipes and vape pens and just different things that go with marijuana.”Miller signed the Bethel lease last week. He sees a high demand in the region. Many of his customers already come from the Yukon-Kuksokwim Delta, and Miller has gotten to know the area well after working construction around the region for a decade.“And I really like it here,” Miller said. “So I thought, if you’re going to go to rural Alaska, why not some place you’re familiar with?”The lease comes after months of preparation. He’s talked extensively with Bethel community members, scouted a location that meets the state and municipal requirements, and found a landlord who’s comfortable with his business: John Nicholson of the neighboring Nicholson’s Auto.Miller has gained a broad perspective on the cannabis industry in Alaska. In addition to his Anchorage shop, he runs a limited marijuana cultivation operation in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and serves on the Alaska Marijuana Control Board as the industry representative. The biggest lesson that he’s learned is that success in the state’s cannabis business largely depends on how you treat your neighbors and your community. Miller thinks that he’s helped improve both where he’s already opened shop.“Number one, we cleaned up some buildings that may not have been in the best shape. We have video surveillance, and we have good outdoor lights,” Miller said. “My wife is now on the community council board, so we participate at any chance we can.”Miller also encourages his employees to take part in community events like cleanups and heart runs. His shop buys the tickets and serves as a sponsor. Miller plans to continue this outreach in Bethel.“Even though we don’t live here,” Miller said, “you can count on that we’ll be involved in the community at every opportunity.”Miller is looking to hire six to eight employees in Bethel. A sales background is helpful, but other skills matter more.“We’re looking for folks with, obviously, knowledge of marijuana, and they just have to be very outgoing and very helpful,” Miller explained. “You would be surprised at the amount of questions people have when they come in.”Miller applied for his state license and plans to apply for a city conditional use permit. If he receives both, ALASKAbuds in Bethel will open in six months.“We’re actually pretty excited,” Miller said, smiling. “It’ll be nice to tell folks when they come in and ask, ‘When are you coming?’ [And respond] ‘Well, we’re on our way.’”
X Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share A proposal from the state transportation department could lead to taller billboards in Texas, and some worry it’s an unintentional effect of a new state law passed this year.Billboards in Texas aren’t allowed to be taller than 42.5 feet. But earlier this year, the legislature passed a law that gave a pass to more than 100 billboards currently over the limit. The idea was to settle lawsuits over the signs – in essence, to grandfather them in.The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed a rule change to comply with the law, but the wording could give advertisers who want bigger signs a loophole.Angus Lupton, Chief of Staff for Senator Robert Nichols, spoke on Nichols’ behalf about the issue at a recent Texas Transportation Commission meeting.“In no way did we intend TxDOT to authorize thousands of signs to be built or rebuilt up to 85 feet in height or more,” Lupton said. Sen. Nichols authored the new law.TxDOT’s rule, as written, would allow any sign built before March 1st to grow up to 85 feet. Lupton told the commission that was not the goal.“We are concerned about the marring of the scenic beauty of our state,” said Margaret Lloyd with Scenic Texas, a group opposing the rule change.She argued that rural, tourism-dependent towns could be harmed by the taller signs.TxDOT said the commission will take public comment on the proposed rule change, and will consider what it calls the “unintended consequences” of the new law. Nichols has asked the commission to reject the new rule, if it’s not rewritten. Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/26161021/Billboards-0001_01.mp400:0000:0000:58Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 00:00 /01:10