Does a singleuse plastics ban make sense Would it work

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, the oceans are clogged with plastics. Our recycling system is broken. Is it time to ban them wherever we can? The Liberal government’s new proposal to ban single-use plastics “as soon as 2021” could make that happen — but there’s an election in the way, not to mention that the proposal doesn’t have overwhelming public support.But as we do on The Big Story, we’ll attempt to explain what this would mean and how it would work for normal humans — the sort of people who have a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags under the sink, or go through a plastic fork and knife with every second workday lunch. Would this proposal actually help? Would it change behaviour? What are the alternatives to these plastic products? And what do the people who spend their lives fighting for cleaner oceans think of it?GUEST: Sarah King, head of Greenpeace Canada’s Oceans and Plastics campaignAudio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06132019_dai.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

Alberta contributes 33M for huge solar farm in remote Fort Chipewyan

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta will work with Indigenous groups in the province’s remote northeast corner on what the government says will be Canada’s largest off-the-grid solar power project.The plan is for 7,500 solar panels to be erected at the power plant near the airport at Fort Chipewyan.It’s expected the solar farm will be operating by next year and replace the equivalent of 800,000 litres of diesel fuel _ about 25 percent of the community’s energy use. “In addition to reducing costs, this project helps make life better for residents by reducing pollution and increasing safety,” Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan said Thursday.The project is expected to make roads safer by reducing tanker-truck traffic.Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam said his First Nation wants to be part of the solution to climate change.“While our regional economy depends on the oil industry, we feel the effects of climate change in our community and see the growing impacts on our delta lands,” he said. Alberta is contributing $3.3 million for the project with local Metis and the Athabasca Chipewyan and Mikisew Cree First Nations.Fort Chipewyan is not connected to Alberta’s electricity grid and must burn diesel fuel for heat and power.The project’s size and storage capacity is required because of the lack of sunlight in the winter at that latitude.Sunlight in the region swings from about six useful hours a day in winter to 18 hours in the summer.The battery capacity will allow excess energy to be stored for use at night and in winter periods.The total cost of the project is $7.8 million.last_img read more

Minister Highlights in Toronto Promising Prospects of Moroccan Mining Sector

Toronto – Energy minister Abdelkader Amara highlighted, on Saturday in Toronto, the large-scale reforms and promising prospects of the Moroccan mining sector which has always been a pivotal component of the national economy.Speaking at a conference on the Moroccan mining sector, held on the sidelines of “Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2015”, Amara underlined that the importance of this vital sector for the Moroccan economy is due to the existence of a favorable geological context which helped develop the mining activity in several regions in the country.During the conference, initiated by the Energy ministry in partnership with the Canadian Mineral Industry Federation, Amara affirmed that the mining sector contributes in the GDP with 10% and its share in national exports is over 22%. He also said that Morocco, which has large reserves of phosphates that make it rank as first exporter and third producer in the world, also has a prominent place at the global and African levels thanks to a number of minerals such as zinc, lead, barite, fluorite, cobalt and silver.However, he said that the mining sector still faces many challenges, mainly the need for discovering new mineral deposits and ensuring their sustainable development, adding that the Morocco adopted a national strategy for development of the mining sector. read more

Pan American Health Organization set to vaccinate 15 million children

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said it organized the Vaccination Week to prevent neonatal tetanus, maintain measles interruption – no cases have been reported in the region for six months – and to give impetus to efforts to end rubella. PAHO also aims to maintain polio eradication, which was officially declared in 1994. “This is a Pan American initiative aimed at achieving equity in vaccination, so that the most disadvantaged get protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. Thus, they will grow up and have the chance to develop to their full potential and enjoy a better life.” PAHO’s Acting Chief of the Immunization Unit Héctor Izurieta said. With the overarching goal of vaccinating 95 per cent of the continent’s children, some 200,000 health workers will travel to border areas, isolated communities, and marginal urban populations to reach those who have never been immunized or who have not completed their series of vaccines, according to PAHO. The workers will focus on vaccinating groups with low immunization rates in areas considered “pockets of susceptibility,” where an imported case of measles could trigger an outbreak, Gina Tambini, PAHO’s Manager of the Family and Community Health Area said. Activities have been planned in each participating country but also in key border areas. Peru, Bolivia and Brazil have scheduled a joint effort in a remote border area in the Amazon and health authorities from all three countries will visit border villages and see health workers off as they embark on boats to vaccinate children. PAHO said it is collaborating with the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support the countries to make the campaign a success. The organizers hope that the Vaccination Week will become an annual Pan American and Ibero-American event. read more

Pfizer Takeda settle Protonix patent case with generic drugmakers for 215 billion

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Two generic drugmakers will pay $2.15 billion to Pfizer and Takeda Pharmaceutical to settle a patent fight over the heartburn treatment Protonix.Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., one of the world’s largest generic drugmakers, will pay $1.6 billion, while India’s Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will pay $550 million for selling their versions of Protonix before the patent protecting the drug expired.Pfizer Inc., based in New York, said Wednesday that it will receive 64 per cent of the settlement proceeds.A jury had decided in 2010 that the patent protecting Protonix was valid, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey then upheld that decision. The companies reached their settlement shortly after the start of a federal trial to determine damages.Its lawsuit aimed to recover some of the money lost after Protonix started competing with cheaper generic drugs. Drugmaker Nycomed had developed Protonix before that company was purchased by Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Nycomed had licensed Protonix to Wyeth, which Pfizer has since purchased.Nycomed had said U.S. sales for the drug reached $1.9 billion in 2007 but tumbled significantly afterward.Teva had started selling its generic version of Protonix in December 2007. Sun then launched its own version in early 2008 before the drug’s U.S. patent expired in 2011.Teva and Sun had used a tactic called an “at-risk launch,” meaning they started selling their versions before the patents on the original expired. They hoped to either get the patents overturned in court or reach a settlement that would allow them to start selling their products before the patents ran out.Teva, based in Israel, said it expects to incur a second-quarter charge of about $930 million tied to the settlement.Shares of Pfizer rose 34 cents to $28.76 in Wednesday morning trading, while U.S.-traded shares of Teva fell 27 cents to $39.56. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2013 8:47 am MDT Pfizer, Takeda settle Protonix patent case with generic drugmakers for $2.15 billion AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

NDP loosening rules for Alberta pubs

by audreywhelan Posted Jun 3, 2016 7:57 am MDT NDP loosening rules for Alberta pubs An announcement is coming Friday that will impact bars and pubs in Alberta.NDP MLA Graham Sucha will highlight policy changes that will provide greater flexibility for drinking establishments around the province.The event starts at 2 p.m. at Dixon’s Public House on Bannister Road in the southeast. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Stock Photo: Pexels.com) read more

Kirk Cousins Is Not Better Than Joe Montana So Lets Fix Passer

Chad Henne2008-181,95975.555.3-20.3 Cam Newton2011-183,89186.466.1-20.3 RatingsRatings In the original conception of passer rating, an average rating was about 67. In 2018, only one qualified passer (Arizona Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen) fell below that threshold, and even then just barely (his rating was 66.7). But what if the standards for what makes a good or bad performance had evolved as leaguewide numbers changed? Pro-Football-Reference.com does a great job of adjusting for era with its Advanced Passing indices, which are centered on an average of 100 with 15 points representing 1 standard deviation in either direction. But I wanted to rescale the building blocks of passer rating itself to see how today’s passing numbers would translate to a rating if the NFL had simply allowed its rating system to change with the times.To do that, I looked at the distribution of stats in each category that goes into passer rating — completion percentage, yards per attempt, touchdown percentage and interception rate — from the sample originally used to craft the formula back in the early 1970s (qualified passers from 1960 to 1970). Specifically, I figured out the spread of values (relative to the league) that, in a given category, led to the minimum number of points (0), the average number of points (1) and the maximum (2.375). Under the hood, passer rating is built around these ranges; it hands out points on that 0-to-2.375 scale in each category, then sums up the four values, divides by 6 and multiplies by 100. (Hence, 67 is supposed to be average — a 1.0 in four categories, divided by 6, times 100.)For any era, we can rescale what performance “should” lead to a given value in each category to keep the relative leaguewide distribution the same as it was when passer rating was first conceived.2Just like with PFR’s advanced passing stats, I calculated these distributions using qualified passers in rolling three-season periods to avoid a strange spread in one season causing overly volatile results. (To qualify, a passer needed at least 14 attempts per team game.) So while, say, Alex Smith’s 62.5 percent completion rate in 2018 was worth 1.0 point, so was Don Meredith’s 49.5 percent mark from 1962. Do this for every category in every season, and you have a stabilized version of passer rating that no longer spirals uncontrollably upward with each innovation in the passing game.Some ultra-high ratings change less than you might expect under this new method. Rodgers’s single-season record of 122.5 from 2011 tumbles all the way down to … 121.1. (He was very good that year.) But other seemingly immortal ratings, such as Kirk Cousins’s 99.7 mark this season, get knocked down quite a bit — in Cousins’s case, he falls to a much more reasonable 81.5 rating. (Anyone who watched a Vikings game this year would surely argue that this is more appropriate.) Similarly, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 100.4 mark this season — yes, that is real, look it up — gets heavily penalized in the interception category (his 4.9 percent INT rate was more than double the league average), taking him down to an adjusted rating of 77.4.Moving further down the list, Joe Flacco’s decent-sounding 84.2 classic rating properly falls to a mediocre 62.8 after our adjustment, while the 30.7 rating of WOAT candidate Nathan Peterman becomes an 11.6 — perilously close to the minimum possible rating of 0.0. (If Peterman had thrown enough passes to qualify, that 11.6 rating would have “surpassed” Ryan Leaf’s 19.1 from 1998 as the lowest-rated season since 1950.)All told, the new ratings are once again grounded in a world where an average quarterback scores about 70 — not exactly 67 because the rolling distribution includes multiple seasons for comparison3Causing 2018 performances to score slightly higher on average, since this year was a better passing season than 2017. — and as a result, the numbers make far more intuitive sense at a glance than the ludicrously inflated official ratings of 2018: According to the NFL’s official passer rating system, the most efficient quarterback in NFL history is Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, with a lifetime mark of 103.1.1Pro football’s passer rating has a possible range from 0 to 158.3. That makes sense: Rodgers is generally regarded as one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. But if you scroll further down the list, the results become much harder to explain. In the world of passer rating, Kirk Cousins is better than Joe Montana; Derek Carr and Matt Schaub top Dan Marino; and, after one season, Broadway Sam Darnold is running circles around Broadway Joe Namath.Passer rating is often criticized as Byzantine (have you seen that formula?), incomplete (it does not include data on rushing plays or sacks) and arbitrary (again, have you looked at the formula?). Yet its biggest shortcoming might be the way it is unmoored from changes in the game itself. Passing has never been more efficient than it was this season, in which the league’s average QB posted a rating of 92.9. That is remarkably high considering that a quarterback who posted a rating of 92.9 would have led all qualified passers in 15 separate seasons from 1950 through 1986. Clearly, the scale needs recalibrating. 28J. FlaccoBAL84.262.8 PlayerTeamOldNew 12S. Jurgensen197482.782.927N. Lomax198882.778.1 26J. WinstonTB90.264.9 14R. FitzpatrickTB100.477.4 * Minimum 14 pass attempts per team gameSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 10K. CousinsMIN99.781.5 Ratings According to the NFL’s official system, there have been 93 qualified quarterback seasons since 1950 with a passer rating of at least 100.0, and nine of those happened in 2018 alone. After our adjustment, though, there have been only 46 such seasons since 1950,4Four QB seasons cracked the 100.0 mark under the new system but didn’t under the classic passer rating. and only one of those happened this year — the 103.3 mark Drew Brees put up with the Saints. It’s still a golden age for passing, as nearly half of those 46 seasons have happened since 2000, but we’ve also filtered out 51 “false 100s” — seasons that cracked 100.0 on the old scale but not the new one — of which 47 have happened since 2000.The result of our passer rating adjustment is a much more reasonable career leaderboard that features qualified quarterbacks from a variety of different eras: Deflating the ratingClassic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* 2018 NFL quarterbacks 8D. Brees201897.785.423J. Unitas197378.378.9 Ryan Fitzpatrick2005-184,28581.160.2-20.9 5P. RiversLAC105.587.3 12D. PrescottDAL96.979.0 Case Keenum2013-181,84484.561.8-22.6 * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 9A. RodgersGB97.683.0 PlayerTeamOldNew 8J. GoffLAR101.183.3 30B. BortlesJAX79.854.5 7C. WentzPHI102.285.1 32J. AllenBUF67.937.1 2P. MahomesKC113.898.5 22R. TannehillMIA92.768.8 23M. StaffordDET89.968.6 PlayerYears PlayedAttemptsOldNewDiff. 6D. WatsonHOU103.185.3 13T. BradyNE97.778.8 A new all-time passer rating hierarchyCareer classic and adjusted passer ratings for qualified* NFL and AFL quarterbacks, 1950-2018 13L. Dawson197582.982.728F. Ryan197078.078.0 29C. KeenumDEN81.256.2 Jameis Winston2015-181,92287.864.0-23.8 4M. RyanATL108.193.4 6R. Staubach197983.486.721J. Garcia200887.579.6 33J. RosenARI66.735.9 Ratings 4T. Brady201897.687.219C. Pennington201090.179.9 * Minimum 1,500 career pass attemptsSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 25A. DaltonCIN89.666.1 PlayerLast YearOldNewPlayerLast YearOldNew 1S. Young199996.794.216F. Tarkenton197880.480.7 18E. ManningNYG92.472.3 31S. DarnoldNYJ77.649.7 21M. MariotaTEN92.370.6 5P. Manning201596.587.120M. Ryan201894.979.8 Ratings The biggest beneficiaries of our changes are 1950s-era passers like Otto Graham, who originally rated in the 70s (discarding his eye-popping pre-1950 numbers, which were compiled in the upstart All-America Football Conference) but leaps up into the mid-80s after judging him in comparison with his peers. San Francisco 49ers legend Steve Young also gets a boost relative to other great QBs from history, reclaiming the No. 1 slot that he’d held in real life before Rodgers and friends came along.At the other end of the spectrum, nobody loses more points of career rating than Blake Bortles, who somehow has an 80.6 mark under the classic system but falls to 55.2 with our adjustments. Here are the biggest losers between the old and new QB ratings: 7R. Wilson2018100.485.422B. R’lisberger201894.379.0 9T. Romo201697.185.024D. Fouts198780.278.4 10O. Graham195578.284.725R. Gannon200484.778.4 Marcus Mariota2015-181,60589.467.5-21.9 2A. Rodgers2018103.192.517B. Starr197180.580.7 3R. WilsonSEA110.996.5 14D. Marino199986.481.429B. Jones198278.578.0 15K. Anderson198681.981.230J. Kelly199684.478.0 Blake Bortles2014-182,63280.655.2-25.4 15B. R’lisbergerPIT96.575.7 Who’s been overrated in traditional passer ratings?For qualified* NFL and AFL passers since 1950, the biggest shortfalls between adjusted and classic passer rating 1D. BreesNO115.7103.3 11A. LuckIND98.779.1 3J. Montana199492.390.018P. Rivers201895.680.5 17M. TrubiskyCHI95.473.2 Ryan Tannehill2012-182,91187.067.2-19.8 11K. Warner200993.783.726B. Griese198077.178.3 24N. MullensSF90.866.3 Mark Sanchez2009-182,32073.352.5-20.8 16D. CarrOAK93.974.0 27A. SmithWSH85.764.5 20B. MayfieldCLE93.771.7 Derek Carr2014-182,80088.868.4-20.4 19C. NewtonCAR94.271.7 A change like this wouldn’t fix the rest of passer rating’s deficiencies, and it wouldn’t include all the fancy bells and whistles you’ll find in a metric like ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating. But passer rating itself has always been a surprisingly decent metric within any self-contained era; the team with the higher passer rating (by any margin) in a game wins about 80 percent of the time. It’s the comparisons across eras that have become distorted as the game has changed over time. But a simple fix tethering modern stats to the standards contained in passer rating’s formula would go a long way toward restoring sanity to the metric you still see in every NFL box score and broadcast. The Blake Bortleses of the world might not like seeing their shiny 80-something ratings get dumped into the 50s, but it’s a change whose time has come.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Softball Ohio State opens season ready to continue previous years success

Ohio State then-junior shortstop Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternKelly Kovach Schoenly has experience in leading Ohio State to victory. Over the past six seasons as the softball head coach, she has accumulated 199 wins, including 13 wins against Top 25 opponents. However, in her tenure with the Buckeyes, she has not had a better season than the one she had last year. Ohio State had a record of 36-16, the program’s highest win total since 2010. The Buckeyes also won 14 of 22 Big Ten games this past season, but winning only two of four games in their NCAA regional.“We represented Ohio State very well. We competed with the very top teams all the way to the end,” Schoenly said. Now, the Buckeyes are preparing to try and not only match, but exceed last season’s successes. “We worked very hard,” sophomore catcher Claire Nicholson said. “I think it’s ended too early for us. I think we have a lot more coming this year.”Ohio State will have six seniors returning for the 2019 season: pitcher Morgan Ray, pitcher Katya Duvall, catcher Emily Clark, shortstop Lilli Piper, outfielder Bri Betschel and outfielder/first baseman Megan Choinacky.Piper was the major contributor for the team a season ago, leading the team with a .404 batting average, which was 48th-best in the country, 20 home runs, tied for eighth-most in the NCAA, and 58 RBI.  The expectations for Piper remained the same heading into 2019, as she was named to the preseason USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year watch list prior to the start of her senior season.With Schoenly saying that the senior class has contributed to where the team is today, Ohio State will still look a bit different than it did last season.The Buckeyes added four freshmen — outfielder Meg Otte, infielder Ashley Prange, outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman and pitcher Jessica Ross — and a transfer in sophomore Lauren Rice, who spent her freshman season at Missouri. Ohio State also added a new assistant coach in the offseason in Jordan Clark, the former volunteer assistant coach at Arkansas. “She has brought in a lot of new ideas,” Nicholson said. “We got to teach her a new culture too. It’s really great to have Jordan with us.”Schoenly said she is excited to develop a new identity this season and is excited to start again. But even with the change, Nicholson said the culture of the team will remain the same. “We have a culture that is just unbelievable,” Nicholson said. “There is definitely a way of life we like to stick to and we have a lot of things very important to us. So we get excited to share that.”Ohio State will begin its season Friday in Orlando, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on George Mason, Ole Miss, North Florida and UCF in the Friends of Jaclyn Tournament. read more

Massive influx of project evaluations in Chile

first_imgChile’s environmental evaluation service SEA received $720 million worth of mining projects for evaluation in December, according to information compiled by BNamericas. “A total of 54 projects were submitted for evaluation last month. The environmental system was flooded with new projects in the run-up to December 24, when new permits rules took effect,” BNamericas said. “Seven of the projects failed to meet the necessary paperwork requirements, while a single project was removed from the evaluation process by its controller. The other 46 projects continue to be under evaluation.“The largest was the $120 million non-metallic project presented by local iodine producer Algorta Norte.” The project involves the expansion of its facilities in northern region II where it extracts nitrate salts.“Next up was the $85 million upgrade of the Puquios open-pit copper project submitted by mining company Cuprum Resources. The project entails changes in the location and design of the heap leaching SX-EW processing plant, among other modifications.“Of the other projects submitted in December, three involve planned investment of over $50 million and eight with planned investment between $10 million and $50 million. The remaining 41 projects have an average investment of $1.7 million.last_img read more

Salmonella detected in Pride Joy raw milk

first_imgThe Washington State Department of Agriculture is warning people not to drink a brand of organic raw milk sold at four Clark County stores after tests detected salmonella.Routine sampling by the department of agriculture found salmonella in bottled organic raw milk collected from the Pride & Joy Dairy in Toppenish. The product has a best-by date of Oct. 4.The company sells its products in pint, quart, half-gallon and gallon plastic containers. The public health notice includes all container sizes.The milk is sold in four local stores: Arnada Naturals, Chuck’s Produce locations in Vancouver and Salmon Creek and Battle Ground Produce.Salmonella can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in humans. Young children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.Currently, there are no reported cases of illness linked to the Pride & Joy Dairy milk, according to the department of agriculture.last_img read more

Man sentenced to 6 months in jail for recording coworkers in restroom

first_imgA 32-year-old man who planted a camera in a unisex restroom at his east Vancouver workplace and recorded his co-workers was sentenced Monday to six months in jail.Kyle S. Andrews pleaded guilty in April to two counts of felony voyeurism. He originally faced 20 counts of the same charge.A plea agreement between parties called for the half-year punishment, but defense attorney Jacy Thayer requested Clark County Superior Court Judge John Fairgrieve allow work release for Andrews as he recently obtained full-time employment.The judge declined to let Andrews leave jail to work.“You have the ability to go out and get a job from what I’ve seen. This conviction will negatively impact you, but it’s important to show that this behavior is not acceptable,” Fairgrieve said.The original counts represented the number of victims police identified in video and audio recordings. There may have been at least 10 other victims, according to a probable cause affidavit.Between May 15 and 18, 2017, Andrews plugged in a spy camera and recorded his co-workers using the restroom. The recording also shows Andrews removing the device on two separate occasions and leaving with it. The camera was later discovered, and the police were called, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Superior Court.last_img read more

Sportsrelated concussions focus of PeaceHealth team

first_imgYou’ve probably heard the stories before.Maybe for football. Maybe for another sport. An athlete sustains a blow to the head. They’re told to shake it off and return to play. After all, they only got their bell rung. Had their clock cleaned.Those stories are becoming less commonplace as concussion awareness rises, and the seriousness in concern around head trauma increases with that awareness.While coaches and athletes change the way they view concussions, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center will also change the way it treats and rehabilitates sports-related concussions when the hospital’s new sports concussion rehabilitation program debuts Aug. 27. The program will be the first of its kind in Clark County.“This program is going to help zero in on the sports-related aspect of concussions,” said Morgan Gilpin-King, an occupational therapist with the concussion rehab team. “The outpatient neuroclinic here at PeaceHealth does already treat concussions, but with a variety of diagnoses, ages, conditions or mechanisms of injury.”Multiple disciplinesSince the program will focus specifically on sport concussions and include doctors working across multiple avenues of therapy, it should be more efficient in rehabbing athletes’ head traumas, officials said.“We’ll be able to treat these patients quicker, and hopefully with higher frequencies, as well as have all the disciplines in one place,” said Melissa Bohnstedt, a speech language pathologist with the team.last_img read more

Application filed for 12 story resort in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you PNP Convention Feb 19 Weekend; South Caicos woman announces at large interest Related Items:12 stories, deserollos group, rufus ewing, Seven Stars, sunset point development company NEW CHAIRMAN, PNP keeps Ewing Coming budget proposes police recruitment and aerial surveillance, says Premier Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Mar 2015 – The Physical Planning Department has finally received that application for a 12 story resort development in Grace Bay. Sunset Point Development Company has submitted its application for the creation of a 250 room hotel/condominium with reception, conference building, spa building, gym, retail stores, three restaurants, two pools, a rooftop patio lounge and parking. Residents in opposition or concerned about this development are now officially invited to make recommendations with the next 25 days as Gazetted by the Planning Department. This notice was published Friday; the same day the Premier and members of his team gave a Post Cabinet update on resort development in the country. The nation was informed that the Deserollos Group will break ground in Providenciales within 2015. Photo by TCI Yellow Pages was created when a 28-story resort was proposed for Provo.last_img read more

Thieves steal 500 from Parkland high school vending machines

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – Surveillance video captured two young men using a drill and hammer to break into six vending machines at a Parkland school.The duo broke into the machines at Stoneman Douglas High School back in November.The crooks took off with almost $500 in cash and caused thousands of dollars in damage.If you have any information on this break-in, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Local Brewers Raise A Toast To The New Tax Bill

first_imgBrewers are finally getting a break, from an unlikey source.  Trump’s newly signed tax bill cuts the excise tax on small brewers in half. With dozens of small brewers in Alaska and growing, this will make a positive impact on not only producers but also consumers. In 2017, Alaska had the seventh highest alcohol tax in the nation, according data compiled by the Tax Foundation. According to the Alaska Tax Division the current alcohol tax amounts to about 10 cents per drink — defined as 1 ounce of spirits, 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine. The federal government lives a different universe than the State of Alaska. Just this last session, Governor Bill Walker introduced Senate Bill 131, which would double the wholesale tax rate of beer, wine and liquor  to raise $40 million a year in revenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It is a difficult thing to run a brewery in Alaska.  The greatest expense is glass, which has to be barged up from stateside, and back again if venturing into deeper market penetration. Hours are so tightly regulated that there is no way to maximize the return of square foot of your operation by using it for events where alcohol isn’t consumed during the time block the State mandates the doors are closed.  No After Hour Escape Rooms or yoga at the Brewery Tasting Room. No happy hours, slow night drink specials, or discounts – even if the proceeds go to charity. Small brewers, which include all Alaska breweries, already have an exemption that allows them to pay 35 cents per gallon, or about 3 cents per beer. Their rate would also double under the proposed bill. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-local-brewers-raise-a-toast-to-the-new-tax-bill.mp3VmDorene-on-local-brewers-raise-a-toast-to-the-new-tax-bill.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

White House budget proposal cuts legal services for lowincome Alaskans

first_imgSome of Alaska Legal Services Corporation’s first attorneys. (Photo courtesy of ALSC.)For the past 50 years, Alaska Legal Services Corporation has offered free legal help to low-income Alaskans. Cases have ranged from private matters, like guardianship designations and protective orders, to statewide issues such as building high schools in rural Alaska. President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint eliminates federal funding for legal services programs nationwide, which would have a direct impact on Alaskans.Listen nowAlaska Legal Services Corporation started offering help with civil legal issues in 1967. Back then, volunteer lawyers fresh out of law school were sent around the state to work on cases like adoptions, divorces, and native land claims. One of the first was Chris Cooke, who arrived in Kotzebue in 1968.“I don’t think there’d ever been a lawyer living in the community before, who was accessible to people,” he said.The community taught him about life in the northwest Arctic, he said, and together they figured out the laws of the new state.Eventually Cooke moved to Bethel to work as a paid staff attorney with the non-profit, and he started looking into issues around schooling. The state didn’t provide high schools in rural communities because of the cost, so students were forced to choose between leaving their families to attend boarding schools or stopping their education.“You know the system made a certain amount of sense from a cost standpoint,” Cooke said. “But from a human standpoint, it didn’t.”He was one of the original lawyers on the Molly Hootch case in 1972, which led to a settlement with the state and the construction of rural high schools.“Sometimes you’re just serving the direct, immediate needs of an individual client that comes into your office,” said about his time with ALSC. “But sometimes serving those needs can also have a broader impact.”The non-profit and its 12 offices around the state serve about 6,000 low-income Alaskans every year. They turn away half of the applicants who seek help because of a lack of funding. Just over a fifth of the organization’s $5 million annual budget comes from the federally-funded Legal Services Corporation.This year’s White House budget proposal cuts funding for the Legal Service Corporation across the nation. The cut is promoted by the Heritage Foundation, a DC-based conservative think tank. Last year, Legal Services Corporation received $385 million. The Congressional Budget Office does not make recommendations about funding programs.ALSC Executive Director Nikole Nelson said the proposed cut could have a significant impact in Alaska. “That’s our backbone core funding and we use it to leverage other funding which are keeping our rural offices open.” They also rely on local contributions and some state funding.Nelson explained that unlike in criminal cases, in civil matters people do not have a constitutional right to legal representation. They have to find it themselves, but many cannot afford to pay an attorney.Nelson said eliminating assistance options is unjust. “The rule of law and the way that a democracy operates is to make sure that the laws are enforced equally for all people, not just people who can afford an attorney.”One of the people who turned to ALSC this past year was Hilda Jacobs, who needed custody of her 12-year-old grandson, Aiden.At her home in east Anchorage, Jacobs walked slowly through her living room, oxygen cord dragging behind her. Her scoliosis reduced her lung capacity. “It’s hard to get around,” she said. “Takes me a hard time to catch my breath.”But she gets by, she said, in part because of her grandson. “I’m very proud of him. He’s my baby,” she said, then laughed. “He doesn’t like to be called that.”Jacobs has raised Aiden on and off since he was little, but without legal custody it was hard to get him to medical appointments or give him permission for activities at school. His mother lives across town and doesn’t have the means to care for him. His father is out of the picture.Jacobs is on disability and couldn’t afford a lawyer on her own, so last May she sought the help of ALSC to get full custody of the boy. The process was finalized this winter. Without ALSC, “I wouldn’t have been able to get custody of him. And that would have broke my heart,” she said.The organization also helps coordinate pro bono services with private attorneys and has AmeriCorps volunteers stationed at native hospitals and clinics around the state.last_img read more

3 killed in Shariatpur road accident

first_imgRoad Accident logoAt least three people were killed and seven others injured when a truck carrying them plunged into a ditch in Basudevpur village in Vedarganj upazila of Shariatpur on Thursday noon, reports UNB.Two of the deceased are Saddam Hossain, 22, and Halim Hossain, 22, of Jamalpur district while the identity of the other could not be known immediately, said Mehedi Hasan, officer-in-charge of Vedarganj police station.The Shariatpur-bound truck carrying construction materials and 10 labourers from Chandpur fell into the ditch in front of Narayanpur Government Primary School around 2:30pm, leaving three dead on the spot, he said.The injured were admitted to Vedarganj Health Complex for treatment, he added.last_img read more

12 arrested over latest London attack

first_imgPolice staff a cordon west of Borough Market in London on June 4, 2017, with descarded medical supplies and first aid equipment left in the street following the June 3 terror attacks in central London. AFPBritish police arrested 12 people Sunday in connection with the attacks in London that left seven people dead, after raiding several addresses in Barking, a suburb to the east of the capital.”The investigation into last night’s horrific attack in London is progressing rapidly as the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) continue to piece together exactly what occurred,” the force said in a statement.It added that “a number of addresses” in Barking were still being searched.Four women wearing Islamic veils over their faces were seen being led away by police by an AFP photographer, although it was not clear whether they were among those arrested.There were several police vehicles outside a block of flats that had been cordoned off.Sky News had previously reported the arrest of four men following a raid by armed police at 7:00 am (0600 GMT), as well as one woman who was then released.Three men rammed a van through crowds of pedestrians on London Bridge on Saturday, before attacking revellers with knives, leaving seven people dead and 48 in hospital.The assailants were shot dead at the scene, although police are still seeking to establish whether they had accomplices.Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick earlier told reporters: “We believe the threat that they posed was neutralised.”Of course it’s a very complex and confused scene, and a confused series of events.”So it’s important that we first of all make sure there is no one else outstanding. We don’t believe there is, but we must make absolutely certain of that.”We have a very large investigation ongoing, and we will be seeking to establish whether anyone else was working with or assisting in any way or helping in the planning of this attack.”last_img read more

Workshop brings importance of waste segregation into focus

first_imgKolkata: Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) organised a meeting-cum-workshop on solid waste management audit in Salt Lake Sector V on Thursday.Apart from senior officials of the industrial township authority, including its chairman Debashis Sen, representatives of various IT companies attended the meeting. The industrial township authority has proposed to segregate waste at source in Salt Lake Sector V. Wet waste include food waste, vegetable, fruit and fish scale, bones from meat and chicken, egg shells and flowers while dry waste include paper and cardboard waste, plastic waste, rubber and wood, glass, compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) lamp, LED lights and CD, foil, thermocol and used medicine Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosestrips. The firms will have to keep two waste bins and urge people to dispose of the waste in respective bins. Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority will collect wet waste from the offices in Sector V regularly while the dry waste will be collected on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dry waste will be stored in AQ block. It was decided that solid waste management audit in big establishments would be held in June to find out whether these organisations follow solid waste management rules. The establishments will be ranked and the zero waste achievers will be awarded with certificates. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe state Urban Development department has taken a decision to implement segregation of garbage at source throughout the state. In some municipalities the new method of collecting garbage has started. The civic bodies are giving two bins to each household where the residents are supposed to put the garbage in the proper bin. The wet waste is cleaned every day while the dry waste is cleared thrice a week. The representatives from WIPRO claimed that they had zero waste in their office. The representatives of another firm said they had zero waste in their Bangalore office and they would implement the same in Sector V soon. It may be mentioned that the Kolkata Municipal Corporation will soon start segregation of garbage at source as a part of the clean city drive. The New Town Kolkata Development Authority has introduced segregation of garbage at source in New Town to make it a green and clean city. The development authority had recently held a workshop for local residents to create awareness about the scheme.last_img read more

Nebraska Punter and former Michigan State Punter killed in car accident

first_imgA large group gathered on outside of Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on Sunday to hold a vigil in remembrance of Foltz.#Huskers leading crowd of several hundred in singing of hymn “How Great is Our God” at Sam Foltz memorial pic.twitter.com/e5x9v6qpEi— Riley Johnson (@LJSRileyJohnson) July 24, 2016 A long shadow will loom over the Big Ten’s Media Day on Monday following the deaths of Sam Foltz and former Michigan State Punter Michael Sadler, who were tragically killed in a car accident late Saturday night.According to the Lincoln Journal Star, citing reports from the Waukesha, Wisconsin PD, Foltz was riding as a passenger in the Mercedes driven by Sadler as they returned from a high school kicking camp in Wisconsin where they were instructors when the accident occurred.Sadler apparently lost control of the vehicle during a heavy rainstorm and ran off the road, striking a tree. Both Sadler and Foltz were pronounced dead at the scene. A third passenger in the vehicle, LSU Senior kicker Colby Delahoussaye, only sustained minor injuries from the accident.LSU PK Colby Delahoussaye suffered minor injuries in car accident that tragically took the lives of Sam Foltz and Mike Sadler Saturday night— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) July 24, 2016 Advertisementcenter_img It’s a sad day for Nebraska, and a sad day for college football as those affected come to grips with the senseless tragedy.last_img read more