first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, June 12, 2018 – With the votes cast, SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, is pleased to announce the three finalists as chosen by Canadians from coast-to-cost for the inaugural SiriusXM Top of the Country competition, in partnership with the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA). Each artist is competing to be crowned Canada’s next big country star, in addition to winning $25,000, a SOCAN songwriting camp in Pender Island, BC and more.Whittled down from nine semi-finalists, the three 2018 SiriusXM Top of the Country finalists are:Western CanadaLeaving Thomas (Hometown—Calgary, AB) Central CanadaAndrew Hyatt (Hometown—Sudbury, ON)Eastern CanadaJason Benoit (Hometown—Fox Island River, NL)“We are so excited about the finalists for the first ever SiriusXM Top of the Country competition,” said Jeff Leake, Director of Music Programming for SiriusXM. “Everyone who participated was incredibly talented and to now have the top three ready to move on to huge live performances, a mentorship session with some of the biggest names in the industry and more is amazing.”“This has been a fun few months,” said Tracy Martin, President, CCMA. “The talent in the first phase of Top of The Country was exceptional, it’s hard to believe that we are down to 3. Our finalists now have the opportunity to spotlight their talent on some very big stages this summer. We can’t wait to see them perform at the finale during Country Music Week.”This summer, the three Top of the Country finalists will participate in a week-long SOCAN songwriting trip to Nashville, TN, plus a two-day mentorship session in Toronto with major industry professionals, including Nashville-based hit songwriter J.T. Harding, who has written for such stars as Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and more.In addition to the valuable mentorship sessions, each finalist will get to perform at one of Canada’s three biggest country music festivals Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB), Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Cavendish, PEI) or a SiriusXM-sponsored major festival in Ontario.Finalists will compete on stage this September in an epic music performance battle before a headlining artist (to be announced) at the SiriusXM CCMA Top of the Country Finale, taking place during Country Music Week in Hamilton, ONand airing live on SiriusXM’s CBC Country. A judging panel of music industry professionals along with audience votes will determine the Grand Prize winner.SiriusXM’s Top of the Country in partnership with CCMA is part of SiriusXM’s ongoing tradition of promoting and elevating the best in Canadian music. SiriusXM continues to offer a leading platform for Canadian artists through its significant financial contributions and North American-wide reach of over 55 million listeners.To watch the finalist videos, please visit: SiriusXM CanadaSirius XM Canada Holdings Inc., operating as SiriusXM Canada, is the country’s leading entertainment company. SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; and exclusive talk and entertainment. SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at SiriusXM Canada on Facebook at, on Twitter at @siriusxmcanada, on Instagram at @siriusxmcanada and on YouTube at radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM. In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of Country Music Week and the 2018 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, Radio Starmaker Fund, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, City of Hamilton, Tourism Hamilton and the Hamilton, Halton and Brant Regional Tourism Organization. Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Work camps north of Fort McMurray evacuated due to growing wildfire

first_img(Non-essential workers are leaving oil camps north of Fort McMurray while others are staying to fight fires. Photo Courtesy: John Marasse)The Canadian PressFort McMurray, ALTA. — A precautionary evacuation is clearing out employees at work camps north of Fort McMurray due to the threat of a quickly spreading wildfire.Non-essential personnel are leaving while others are staying to conduct work on the plant and engage in firefighting.There are about 4,000 workers at 12 camps in the area, including many at Suncor and Syncrude.Officials say another 500 to 600 people in four small camps along Aostra Road are under a mandatory evacuation.Scott Long of the Alberta Management Agency says there is no panic and the evacuations are being done in an orderly manner.Officials say thick smoke is also posing a hazard.The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo says the fire is moving 30 to 40 metres per minute and is expected to burn six kilometres in two hours.“This controlled, precautionary evacuation is an example why it is note safe to be in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo at this time,” the municipality said late Monday afternoon in a news release.Syncrude Canada tweeted that buses are transporting workers to a safe location as part of its emergency plan.Sneh Seetal, a spokesman for Suncor Energy, called it a “precautionary measure.”“The facilities are not at risk,” she said. “However, we felt it was important to take these steps in the interest of putting people first.”Eric Kraus, a spokesman for Clean Harbours, which runs the Ruth Lake camp, also called the move “precautionary.”“The fire we believe is about 35 kilometres away,” he said. “There is a significant amount of smoke.”The entire population of Fort McMurray, more than 80,000 residents, are now entering their third week away from home. Many of the work camps were used to house evacuated residents who fled north when fire broke through into the city the afternoon of May 3.Those residents were taken to points south, including Edmonton and Calgary, several days ago and workers were moved back in to begin ramping up oilsands production again.About 2,400 structures were destroyed in Fort McMurray, but essential infrastructure, including the hospital, water treatment plant and the airport, remain intact.Crews continued to battle hot spots on the edge of the city Monday while the first still raged out of control deeper in the forest. Hot, dry conditions were not helping firefighters.Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was dangerously poor.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.Notley said the conditions were hampering efforts to get residents back to their homes.“Alberta Health Services has recommended that members of the public who had been previously arranging to return to the area under various requests not return until those conditions improve,” Notley said. “This is something that could potentially delay recovery work and a return to the community.”Karen Grimsrud, Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, said they expect the air quality readings to remain in the extreme range for the next couple of days.She said workers in the area should be wearing respirators.last_img read more

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil backs African antipolio efforts

30 April 2010The Egyptian actor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil has helped launch an anti-polio campaign in Western and Central Africa where UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to eradicate the virus. The Egyptian actor and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Goodwill Ambassador Mahmoud Kabil has helped launch an anti-polio campaign in Western and Central Africa where UNICEF and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) are working with governments and partners to eradicate the virus.“It is unacceptable that children are still suffering from a preventable disease, especially since Mauritania was close to eradicating the virus,” said Mr. Kabil as he concluded a four-day visit to the West African country yesterday.More than 10 per cent of Mauritanian children die before the age of five and at least 25 per cent of children below the age of one are not vaccinated against polio.“All should understand the polio vaccine is perfectly safe, easy to deliver and potentially life-saving,” Mr. Kabil added about the latest anti-polio campaign covering 16 countries.Mr. Kabil, who was named as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa in 2003, met with Mauritanian Health Minister Sheikh Ould Horma Ould Babana and a number of other national and local officials to support the campaign.“This unprecedented mobilization to fight polio would not be possible without UNICEF’s and WHO’s technical and financial assistance and the regional Goodwill Ambassador’s contribution,” said Christian Koog, UNICEF’s Representative in Mauritania.In addition to supporting the polio vaccination campaign, Mr. Kabil advocated for child rights while visiting Mauritania.He visited national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UNICEF partners working on projects against female genital mutilation/cutting and met with children formerly involved in camel racing, part of a rehabilitation project spearheaded by the United Arab Emirates and UNICEF. read more

Mohan Peiris appointed the new CJ

Mohan Peiris, a former Attorney General who had also represented the government at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, was today appointed as the new Chief Justice.He took oaths before President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Peiris was nominated by the President and approved by a parliament council to replace former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. The President removed Bandaranayake on Sunday after parliament had voted in favour of her impeachment over various allegations raised against her. The Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) today filed a petition in court challenging the appointment of Mohan Peiris as the new Chief Justice. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, in a statement on Sunday, expressed deep disappointment at the dismissal of the Chief Justice.He said that he will consider further Commonwealth initiatives on Sri Lanka, a member of the Commonwealth, and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles. The US State Department meanwhile warned on Monday that the removal of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake could impact on Sri Lanka’s ability to attract foreign investment. read more

May 2018 new car preregistration figures

SMMT released figures for May pre-registrations in the UK new car market. The data shows the number of cars disposed of by vehicle manufacturers in August 2018 that were defined as pre-registrations.The Supply of New Cars Order 2000 requires motor manufacturers to publish the number of pre-registered cars supplied and the gross income received by suppliers from selling those pre-registered cars. This information is published on a monthly basis.Download the May 2018 releaseClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Leading piano competitions ban teachers from jury over rigging fears

“All the members of the jury – one or two of them may have come across one or two of the competitors in a masterclass but that’s a different ball game to having someone who is a regular pupil,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Our rules – which have been set for 50 years – are very clear about that. If there is a conflict of interest that jury member is not allowed to vote for anybody that is a pupil.”He added that the Leeds competition has “always had a very good reputation for its artistic integrity”. “I would not feel comfortable sitting in a jury – which has happened to me in the past – with people performing whose teachers are on the jury. Even if those jury members are absolutely completely honourable, it is saying something to the outside world which I feel uncomfortable with. “It may well be that that person who wins is the best person but it is open to misinterpretation and that is what we want to avoid.”He added that the competition was looking at making the judging entirely transparent by making it clear who voted for who.  The Leeds International Piano Competition Piano competitions might not be an obvious hotbed of corruption. But the industry has been dogged by rumours that teachers are fixing contests by voting for their own pupils. Now one of the UK’s leading events is so concerned about the issue that they have barred teachers from their jury.The Leeds International Piano Competition is pushing for transparency amid concerns that the music competitions, which can launch a young artist’s career, are widely seen as rigged in favour of competitors whose mentor is on the jury. One of its new directors said he has in the past judged a prize alongside teachers whose proteges were among the hopefuls.  Adam Gatehouse, a former BBC radio boss, said the experience made him feel “uncomfortable”, and has prompted a decision alongside his co-director, leading pianist Paul Lewis to limit its judging panel to renowned performers. “There’s no international performer worth their salt who doesn’t also give masterclasses or come into contact with young artists but that is different from actually being a teacher who spends all their time actually just teaching. “That’s an area which I personally also felt a little uncomfortable about purely because inevitably there would be conflicts of interest.  The Leeds International Piano Competition has  ‘always had a very good reputation for its artistic integrity’ 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. Mr Gatehouse, a main conductor for the Ballet Rambert before becoming live music editor for BBC Radio 3, became artistic director of the competition in 2015, alongside classical pianist Paul Lewis. Mr Lewis has previously said that the Leeds competition under his supervision will be “as transparent as humanly possible”. “Our jury, rather than consisting principally of full-time teachers, will be performer-led,” he said in a 2016 blog post. He added that the competition aimed to take the “long-term wellbeing” of the young winners into consideration, amid concerns that they might struggle to cope with their newfound fame. The competition, set to be held in September this year, will offer prizes including concerts and recording opportunities with Radio 3 and a partnership with arts management company Askonas Holt. The pair took over from the competition’s founder Dame Fanny Waterman, who stepped down at the age of 95 having founded it in 1961.  Juries will be made up of performers Juries will be made up of performers read more

Un carburant fait deau et de lumière

first_imgUn carburant fait d’eau et de lumièreLe défi du 21e siècle serait-il sur le point d’être relevé ? Le professeur Demetri Psaltis, un chercheur scientifique lausannois pense pouvoir produire de l’énergie à grande échelle avec l’addition à l’échelle microscopique d’eau et de lumière du Soleil.Le professeur Demetri Psaltis pense que la lumière du Soleil peut transformer un mélange de dioxyde de carbone et d’eau en méthane. Ce gaz pourrait alors servir de combustible. Cette réaction chimique ne se fait qu’à petite échelle mais Demetri Psaltis propose d’utiliser un dispositif optofluidique afin d’en augmenter le rendement. “En dirigeant la lumière tout en la concentrant à l’endroit où elle sera le mieux utilisée, nous pourrions améliorer de façon significative l’efficacité de systèmes de production d’énergie déjà existants ou à inventer”, explique le chercheur lausannois. À lire aussiRétention d’eau : symptômes, remèdes, causes, que faire en cas d’oedème ?Un couplage de systèmes optiques de l’optofluidiques créerait en fait deux prismes dont l’un, liquide, permettrait de suivre la course du Soleil afin d’en modifier l’angle de réfraction sur l’eau et d‘en contenir la lumière. Une lentille (de Fresnel) est ensuite utilisée pour garantir la bonne concentration de lumière. Enfin, l’ajout d’une puce micro fluidique permettrait une diffusion de la lumière plus efficace. Le problème est que le développement de ce genre de système à grande échelle coûterait très cher. “Les dispositifs expérimentés actuellement sont tous artisanaux et il serait inimaginable de produire beaucoup plus à partir de ces systèmes, reconnaît Demetri Psaltis cité par le Courrier International.Il ajoute : “Il existe bien quelques industriels qui vendent des puces microfluidiques, mais on est loin du compte. Pour être compétitif, il faudrait que le prix à l’unité de ces dispositifs ne soit que de quelques francs suisses. Après tout, les cellules solaires ont bien réussi cette performance en une vingtaine d’années, alors pourquoi pas les puces microfluidiques ?”Le 1 janvier 2012 à 10:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Un curieux hybride pêché dans un lac dAngleterre

first_imgUn curieux hybride pêché dans un lac d’AngleterreSelon le DailyMail, un pêcheur à la ligne britannique a remonté d’un lac de Cambridge, début mai, un curieux poisson ‘composite’, avec des caractéristiques de plusieurs espèces. Selon un expert, ce pourrait être un hybride de carpe et de poisson rouge. “J’ai pris des milliers et des milliers de poissons [dans ma vie,] mais je n’ai jamais rien vu de tel auparavant”, a confié Mark Sawyer. Ce pêcheur à la ligne de 53 ans a en effet attrapé un curieux spécimen dans le lac Magpie, à Cambridge. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Il s’agit d’une vraie bizarrerie. La tête ressemble plutôt à celle d’un gardon, bien que ses lèvres ne soient pas tout à fait conformes. Il a le corps d’un poisson rouge normal, sa nageoire anale ressemble à celle d’une brème et la caudale est celle d’un poisson rouge à queue en éventail”, explique ce connaisseur, rédacteur en chef de la revue Angling Times, bien connue des passionnés de pêche à la ligne et qui a pensé à prendre des photos du poisson.Probablement introduit dans le lac à partir d’un aquarium privé, le spécimen a toutefois rapidement été remis à l’eau avant que le pêcheur ne soumette les clichés à l’examen d’experts qui ont confirmé l’étrangeté de l’animal. “Les poissons rouges et les carpes étant de la même famille, il ne serait pas extraordinaire qu’ils se reproduisent entre eux. Ce qui est très rare, cependant, pour un pêcheur, c’est d’attraper un de leurs rejetons… “, a déclaré le Dr Paul Garner, écologiste spécialiste de la pêche cité par le Daily Mail.Le 3 juin 2012 à 11:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Ex-superintendent expected to plead guilty to child sex case

first_imgKENNWICK — A former Kennewick school superintendent accused of arranging to have sex with two teen girls at a Richland motel is expected to plead guilty next week.The lawyer for 76-year-old Paul Rosier tells the Tri-City Herald that a plea agreement has been reached with federal prosecutors. Defense lawyer Scott Johnson says Rosier will plead guilty to a new count of attempt child sex trafficking, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.Rosier was arrested in April 2017. The complaint alleges Rosier exchanged text messages with a 16-year-old girl, who was actually an undercover detective. Rosier was told the teen had a 13-year-old friend who could meet him in the Tri-Cities. Rosier allegedly planned to pay the 13-year-old for sex and the older teen for setting it up.Rosier worked as executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators until 2014.last_img read more

Herrera Beutler bill calls for $35 million for midwife education

first_imgRep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, has crossed party lines to join seven Democratic colleagues in introducing a bill that would designate $35 million for midwife education programs.The Midwives for Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services Act — or the Midwives for MOMS Act — would establish two grant programs for midwifery education: $15 million through the Title VII Health Professions Training Programs and another $20 million through the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development Programs.“America’s maternity care is at a crisis level with high rates of maternal and infant mortality, preterm births, and a staggering lack of prenatal care for moms,” Herrera Beutler said in a media release.“We must prioritize quality care for moms and babies in this country no matter where they live or their economic status. Midwives play a critical role in giving many moms access to high-quality maternity care. As parents and leaders in Congress, let’s rally around this legislative solution to increase the number of qualified midwives and improve health outcomes for moms and babies.”The bill, H.R. 3849, was introduced Thursday by Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., and co-sponsored by six Democrats and Herrera Beutler.last_img read more

Staff contribute an average of £15818 a month into sharesave schemes

first_imgThe average employee contribution to sharesave (SAYE) schemes was £158.18 a month in 2016, according to research by employee share ownership membership organisation Proshare.Its annual SAYE and Sip survey, which is based on analysis of share plan data from 426 organisations who run Sip schemes and 423 organisations who run SAYE schemes, also found that employees invested an average of £89 a month into share incentive plans (Sips) in 2016.The research also found:There are a total of 1.4 million employee sharesave accounts.More than a third (35%) of employees take up partnership and matching shares through a Sip.The average Sip holding value per employee was £12,925.82 at the end of 2016.The weighted average participation rate for sharesave schemes is 35%.Gabbi Stopp (pictured), head of Proshare, said: “[Sharesave] and Sip make a positive difference to all employees’ sense of financial wellbeing, and can generate significant profits for their participants. [Sharesave] has been around now for 37 years, and Sip, for 17 years. It is clear that neither of these plans would have lasted as long as they have if millions of employees, and their employers, didn’t find them to be effective vehicles for saving and investing, and for improving the distribution of financial gains across the workforce.”last_img read more

TPR issues guidance on DB superfunds ahead of government legislation

first_imgEmployers will need to apply to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) for clearance if they wish to transfer their defined benefit (DB) pension scheme into a superfund, according to guidance published by TPR today (Friday 7 December 2018).While the government consults on the consolidation of DB pension schemes, TPR has issued guidance for pension scheme trustees, employers and DB superfunds that intend to operate prior to an authorisation regime being implemented.Under this advice, TPR expects employers to voluntarily seek a clearance statement, which assures organisations that, based on the information provided, TPR would not consider it reasonable to use its anti-avoidance powers to issue a contribution notice or a financial support direction against the applicants in relation to a DB transfer.This clearance process will further assess whether any detriment to the scheme has been adequately mitigated and ensure that the scheme in question could not achieve a better outcome through other means. Pension scheme trustees are expected to consider all possible sources of value for the scheme.Superfunds refer to DB pension schemes that are established to accept bulk transfers of assets and liabilities from other DB schemes.David Fairs, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice at TPR, said: “We believe DB superfunds are potentially a force for good and can provide a secure and safe place for pension saving and help drive up standards.“However, as these schemes come to market, we need to give savers confidence now that these schemes are well-governed, run by fit and proper people and are backed by adequate capital. That’s why we have issued guidance making it clear we will supervise superfunds. They will need to seek our authorisation in due course once legislation has come into effect.“By coming to us now, superfunds can show us how they plan to meet the standards we and the government expect, and prevent possible regulatory action further down the line.”TPR’s guidance additionally states that employers should ensure trustees have all that they need, including resources and information, to consider a transfer into a DB superfund. This could also involve paying for professional advice.The guidance documents make clear that DB superfunds looking to enter the market will be scrutinised by TPR to ensure any risks are identified, assessed and mitigated. This will include studying whether the superfund has a viable business model, is financially sustainable, is well governed and has a high probability of being able to pay members’ benefits as they fall due.Steve Webb, director of policy at Royal London, added: “The UK is unusual in having large numbers of small [organisation] pension funds, some of which may struggle to meet their pension promises. Combining schemes into a much smaller number of superfunds could make the process much more efficient and improve the chance that pensions will actually be paid. [While] the government needs to make sure that such schemes are well run and well overseen, they offer a game-changing opportunity to improve the security of people’s pensions and should be encouraged.”Lorraine Harper, vice-president at the Pensions Management Institute (PMI), said: “As superfunds start to grow in number and popularity, it is critical that the framework by which they are managed and governed [is] robust.“In this regard, the appointment of professional trustees with expertise in managing pension investments, employers transferring eligible schemes to superfunds having to provide a cash injection, and third party investors needing to supply an additional capital buffer in exchange for a share of any profits, are all welcome measures.“With a clear framework in place, employers should feel more confident about the security of their employees’ pension benefits through their access to economies of scale and significant expertise helping to maximise investment performance and good governance.”last_img read more

Terminator Dark Fates first trailer brings Linda Hamilton back as Sarah Connor

first_img 77 Photos Reyes, Davis and Hamilton will see you now. Paramount Pictures The Terminator is back. For the sixth time.The latest in the series, Terminator: Dark Fate, teased us Wednesday with a sunset-drenched poster focused on Linda Hamilton, the mother of cool mothers, as Sarah Connor. Then came the trailer on Thursday, placing her front and center with a moment inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gunslinging coolness. Tags 2:28 Dark Fate is a direct sequel to James Cameron’s Judgement Day, ignoring everything that happened in 2015’s widely panned Genisys, as well as Rise of The Machines and Salvation. The poster promises the sequel’s events will take place “the day after Judgment Day,” with Sarah Connor as the future leader of the Resistance in the war against Skynet, another AI humans can’t seem to get along with.Terminator newcomer Mackenzie Davis, who Black Mirror fans will know from the episode San Junipero, plays a super-soldier sent from the future to protect Natalia Reyes’ Dani Ramos from a new Terminator. Saving a minor who’s important for reasons that’ll become clear in the future? Sounds like the franchise is returning to its jam.Notably, behind-the-scenes an exciting story played out, with Cameron returning to the franchise as a producer after regaining the film rights this year. Deadpool director Tim Miller will take charge, so we can hope there’ll be moments of comedy among the many big fights.Terminator: Dark Fate will storm into theatres Nov. 1. Now playing: Watch this: Commentscenter_img Terminator: Dark Fate’s first trailer reveals a battle-ready… 2019 movies to geek out over Share your voice 7 TV and Movieslast_img read more

Funding for opioid overdose kits offers hope for Alaskas drug epidemic

first_imgThe Yukon Kuskokwim Ayagnirvik Healing Center in Bethel offers alcohol and opioid addiction treatment. (Photo: Dean Swope / KYUK)The state government is gearing up for a major battle against the opioid epidemic sweeping through Alaska.Listen nowAndy Jones, the Section Chief for the state Department of Health and Social Services, is heading up a new statewide program to get the drug Naloxone, also known by its commercial name Narcan, into the hands of heroin users, no matter where they live, be it the cities or the bush.Alaska recently received a $4.2 million grant for a five-year “Project Hope” program from the federal government’s Department of Health and Human Services.“What that equates to is about 5,000 of these lifesaving kits every year,” Jones said.Jones said it was a fight just getting the funds, because the opioid epidemic is not only here, but also in the lower 48, where the number of deaths far exceeds those dying from heroin overdoses in Alaska.“If you look at one or two or three deaths, people in the Lower 48 look at that as that’s not significant, but that’s not true,” Jones said. “That’s really significant to that community because they have a smaller population and they know each other. Those are their loved ones. And so we won that battle, which is exciting.Since getting the money two and a half months ago, Jones’s team has developed kits with education and training materials and a simple drug delivery system to keep people alive when they are overdosing.“You know if you ever have an allergy and you squirt up some sort of anti-allergy up your nose, we’re all familiar with that, right? It’s very easy, the same concept. I actually taught my 3-year-old daughter how to use it. And when I did that, it was like…’This is it,’” said Jones.This system, provided free through Project Hope, is not cheap. Buying it at a pharmacy costs $150 per dose. The same drug delivered through a needle costs a lot less: $20 to $30 per dose.“It’s horrible, outrageous. Unfortunately it’s the pharmaceutical community,” Jones said.If Project Hope had been operating last summer, the overdose death in Quinhagak might have been avoided.  Jones wants to work with health organizations, community groups, tribes, or anyone willing to help get the medicine to heroin drug users when they need it.But keeping users alive is only the first step toward getting them into a recovery program.  Here, Alaska has a long way to go.  There are nowhere near enough detox programs.  The waiting list for those that exist is long.  Most would have to leave the state for that service, and that’s only the beginning. Because once off the drug, users need counseling and community support to help keep them on the road to recovery.  That is a much larger community challenge that has just begun in Alaska and has not reached the bush yet in any significant way.Public health nurses meeting in Anchorage this week were looking at community programs in Juneau and the Matanuska Susitna Borough, along with a web-based support system called “Rockstar” out of Ohio, where former heroin users help others get clean and stay clean.last_img read more

Both major candidates for Alaska governor want higher PFDs What would it

first_imgRepublican Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democrat Mark Begich are the two main candidates for governor. (Photos by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Three weeks ago, Alaskan voters had the option to pick between gubernatorial candidates who want to cap the Permanent Fund Dividend and those who don’t.Now, the two front-runners — former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, R-Wasilla, and former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, both want to raise PFDs.Listen nowThey don’t agree on much, but both the Republican and Democratic front-runners in Alaska’s governor’s race have a few things in common when it comes to the Permanent Fund and the dividend checks that Alaskans get every year.They’ve both proposed raising the amount of the PFD. They both support putting the PFD program in the state’s constitution. And they both say they want to ask voters if — and how — the PFD program should be changed.But, that’s where the similarities end.Last year, lawmakers adopted a plan that used money from the Permanent Fund to pay for state government and dividends. But those dividend checks have been in flux since Gov. Bill Walker and state legislators started capping them in 2016.Dunleavy has said throughout his campaign that he wants to undo all that.  He said he wants to pay full dividends under the formula the state has been using since 1982. That would have been a roughly $2,900 PFD this year.“The Permanent Fund and the Permanent Fund Dividend worked well for decades,” Dunleavy said during a recent debate at Anchorage’s CBS-affiliate KTVA. “Nobody ever complained about whether the Permanent Fund dividend was $700 one year, or $900 one year or $1,000 or $600. The people of Alaska had no issue of that. The people of Alaska got upset, Joe, when politicians stuck their fingers in that process without any consultation or any vote on the part of the people of Alaska.”Dunleavy said he wants to pay Alaskans back for the three years of capped dividends. Add all that up, and it comes out to about $3,500 per person.Meanwhile, Begich said he’d go along with the idea of drawing on Permanent Fund earnings to fund state government. But, he doesn’t want lawmakers to decide how much the PFD will be each year. Instead, he wants to take a percent of the Permanent Fund’s market value every year and divide it. Half would go toward funding dividends and the other half towards education.“I want it to go to education where it is constitutionally protected, so every year educators around the state, families and parents and others and kids know their education is going to be funded and make sure teachers aren’t given pink slips every year and the threat of being laid off,” he said.His proposal would bump up the dividend amount too. It would have resulted in $2,100 checks this year.Both candidates have said they could streamline government to help pay for their proposals. In the past, Dunleavy has proposed cuts to Medicaid. He’s also said the state could save money by not filling some open positions. But he didn’t get into specifics on what he would cut — and his campaign would not make him available for an interview and did not answer emailed questions.During a recent interview in Juneau, Begich didn’t get into detail on which parts of state government he would cut either. He said it depends on the price of oil and how big the state’s deficit ended up being. But somewhere in that mix, he said the state will need new revenue.That’s code for taxes.“I can tell you it won’t be a wage tax and it will not be a gas tax. Gas tax hurts rural Alaska and is a regressive tax on the poor. A wage tax only affects people who are working,” Begich said. “But, whatever form that we come up with for a revenue stream, may it be income tax, sales tax, corporate or a combination, we do have to go after this $2 billion of wages we pay to workers who don’t live here.”During a recent debate in Fairbanks, Dunleavy said he does not support new taxes.But higher dividends have a direct impact on the state’s budget. Legislative finance director David Teal said higher dividends now mean higher deficits.A deficit is not necessarily a problem. At least, Teal said, it’s not a problem when the state has billions in savings to cover the shortfall.“There was a time when we could have had no oil revenue whatsoever and coasted for three years, which, in any other state was amazing — it’s amazing here too,” Teal said.But Alaska has been chewing through savings to cover billion-dollar budget gaps for three years now and it just doesn’t have that kind of money in savings anymore.So, how does the PFD factor into the state’s budget problems?Well, the Permanent Fund Dividends are paid out of one big account that the Legislature hasn’t drained. That’s the earnings reserve account of the Permanent Fund.At last count, it had more than $18 billion in it. Currently, the legislature has a plan in place to draw money from that account — based on the total value of the Permanent Fund. That money would be used to fund dividends and state government — but that means that a higher dividend leaves less money to cover the gap between what the state spends and what it makes. So the higher the dividend, the higher the deficit.Still, one that both candidates could suggest to pay for their higher PFD proposals is draw billions from that earnings reserve account. Teal said there’s enough money to cover either proposal. They could draw several billion dollars out of that account and spend that money on state government or education or send it directly to Alaskans.Teal said technically the earnings reserve could handle that right now.“It becomes a problem only if we have big losses in the stock market. And we have if we have another 2008-2009 type of year, that can vanish very quickly.”There’s one other, slower type of loss: Any money that gets pulled from that account reduces future dividends because it reduces the value of the fund — so there’s less money, to earn money, to pay them.But, while Alaska’s next governor might want to change the PFD — it’s the Legislature that will have to decide to do it.last_img read more

Judge Separated Families Must Be Reunited Within 30 Days

first_imgA judge in California on Tuesday ordered U.S. border authorities to reunite separated families within 30 days, setting a hard deadline in a process that has so far yielded uncertainty about when children might again see their parents.If children are younger than 5, they must be reunified within 14 days of the order issued Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw in San Diego. Sabraw, an appointee of President George W. Bush, also issued a nationwide injunction on future family separations, unless the parent is deemed unfit or doesn’t want to be with the child. He also requires the government provide phone contact between parents and their children within 10 days.More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters — hundreds of miles away, in some cases — under a now-abandoned policy toward families caught illegally entering the U.S.Amid an international outcry, Trump last week issued an executive order to stop the separation of families and said parents and children will instead be detained together. A Department of Homeland Security statement over the weekend on reuniting families only seemed to sow more confusion.“The facts set forth before the Court portray reactive governance_responses to address a chaotic circumstance of the Government’s own making,” Sabraw wrote. “They belie measured and ordered governance, which is central to the concept of due process enshrined in our Constitution.”The ruling was a win for the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit in March involving a 7-year-old girl who was separated from her Congolese mother and a 14-year-old boy who was separated from his Brazilian mother.“Tears will be flowing in detention centers across the country when the families learn they will be reunited,” said ACLU attorney Lee Gelernt.The Justice and Homeland Security Departments did not immediately respond to requests for comment late Tuesday.It’s not clear how border authorities will meet the deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar told Congress on Tuesday that his department still has custody of 2,047 immigrant children separated from their parents at the border. That is only six fewer children than the number in HHS custody as of last Wednesday. Democratic senators said that wasn’t nearly enough progress.Under questioning, Azar refused to be pinned down on how long it will take to reunite families. He said his department does extensive vetting of parents to make sure they are not traffickers masquerading as parents.Also challenging will be the requirement the judge set on phone contact.At a Texas detention facility, immigrant advocates complained that parents have gotten busy signals or no answers from a 1-800 number provided by federal authorities to get information about their children.Attorneys have spoken to about 200 immigrants at the Port Isabel detention facility near Los Fresnos, Texas, since last week, and only a few knew where their children were being held, said Simon Sandoval-Moshenberg of the Legal Aid Justice Center in Virginia.“The U.S. government never had any plan to reunite these families that were separated,” Sandoval-Moshenberg said, and now it is “scrambling to undo this terrible thing that they have done.”A message left for HHS, which runs the hotline, was not immediately returned.Many children in shelters in southern Texas have not had contact with their parents, though some have reported being allowed to speak with them in recent days, said Meghan Johnson Perez, director of the Children’s Project for the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project, which provides free legal services to minors.“Things might be changing now. The agencies are trying to coordinate better,” she said. “But the kids we have been seeing have not been in contact with the parents. They don’t know where the parent is. They’re just distraught. Their urgent need is just trying to figure out, ‘Where is my parent?’”The decision comes as 17 states, including New York and California, sued the Trump administration Tuesday to force it to reunite children and parents. The states, all led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit in federal court in Seattle, arguing that they are being forced to shoulder increased child welfare, education and social services costs. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the multistate lawsuit.“The administration’s practice of separating families is cruel, plain and simple,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said in a statement. “Every day, it seems like the administration is issuing new, contradictory policies and relying on new, contradictory justifications. But we can’t forget: The lives of real people hang in the balance.”In a speech before the conservative Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in Los Angeles, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the administration for taking a hardline stand on illegal immigration and said the voters elected President Donald Trump to do just that.“This is the Trump era,” he said. “We are enforcing our laws again. We know whose side we are on — so does this group — and we’re on the side of police, and we’re on the side of the public safety of the American people.”After expressing reluctance in May to get too deeply involved in immigration enforcement decisions, the judge who issued Tuesday’s ruling was clearly influenced by Trump’s reversal last week and the Homeland Security Department’s statement on its family reunification plan Saturday night, which, he said, left many questions unanswered.“This situation has reached a crisis level. The news media is saturated with stories of immigrant families being separated at the border. People are protesting. Elected officials are weighing in. Congress is threatening action,” he wrote.Outraged by the family separations, immigrant supporters have led protests in recent days in states such as Florida and Texas. In Los Angeles, police arrested 25 demonstrators at rally Tuesday ahead of Sessions’ address.Outside the U.S. attorney’s office, protesters carried signs reading, “Free the children!” and “Stop caging families.” Clergy members blocked the street by forming a human chain. Police handcuffed them and led them away.Later, protesters gathered outside the hotel where Sessions gave his speech. As the attorney general’s motorcade arrived, the crowd chanted, “Nazi, go home.” Sharelast_img read more

Dr Arup Roy Choudhury pens another book

first_imgDelhi’s  New Moti Bagh book  authored by Dr Arup Roy Choudhury was released by Venkaiah Naidu, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs in the national Capital.The book published by Amaryllis, gives an insight into the making of New Moti Bagh which is now a prime residential locality in South Delhi, comprising impressive bungalows  and comfortable flats which retain elements of classical architecture based on Lutyens’ Delhi style.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book makes an interesting reading with historical perspective of Delhi’s landscape, planning and raising resources for the colony with natural typography and ecosystem.Printed in Coffee Table style the book Delhi’s  New Moti Bagh   takes the reader on a journey from concept of this prestigious colony which has now turned a first preference among civil servants on moving to Delhi for being green, safe and modern.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe project was cleared by cabinet on December 29 and completed during Dr Roy Choudhury’s tenure as CMD, NBCC.Dr Arup Roy Choudhury, a doctorate from IIT-Delhi has illustrious career of over 36 years includes over 14 years as a CEO. In April, 2001 he became the youngest CEO of a central public sector enterprise in India – the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd. (NBCC), at the age of 44 years from year April 2001 to August 2010.  He is credited for turning around  NBCC from a loss making company unable to pay salaries and earmarked for sale, into a ‘Miniratna’ profit-generating unit enabled to pay dividends to the Government. Eventually, NBCC became a ‘Navratna’ company. During his 5 year tenure in NTPC from September 2010 – August 2015,  NTPC became a Maharatna and achieved many prestigious milestones.He was associated with many iconic projects all over India, including the General Pool Residential Accommodation at New Moti Bagh Complex, CBI Headquarters building, Civil Services Officers’ Institute (CSOI), National Media Centre for Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, in New Delhi and many more in other parts of the country  during his stint in NBCC. He gives credit for the accomplishment to his former bosses from Ministry of Urban Affairs and his team of NBCC. In the acknowledgments author has expressed gratefulness to Piyush Goyal, Minister for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy for encouraging him to write this book.Dr Roy Choudhury’s emphasis on sustainable aspects of housing contains lessons for everyone who is concerned about eco-friendly development. His first book Management by Idiots was published by McGraw-Hill Education India has been very well received.last_img read more

Price Increases Slow as Housing Market Heads Into Fall

first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies CoreLogic Demand Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2013-10-01 Tory Barringer October 1, 2013 463 Views Home prices improved year-over-year for the 18th straight month in August, though the arrival of housing’s usual “”off-season”” brought negligible monthly growth, “”CoreLogic””: reported Tuesday.[IMAGE]According to the company’s monthly Home Price Index (HPI) report, house prices nationwide (including distressed sales) increased 12.4 percent on a yearly basis in August. [COLUMN_BREAK]No states reported year-over-year depreciation, and only one of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) posted a decline: Akron, Ohio (-0.3 percent).On a monthly basis, prices were up only 0.9 percent.Excluding distressed sales, home prices increased 11.2 percent over August 2012 and 1.0 percent over July 2013. Again, no states experienced depreciation.””After a strong run, the rate of home price appreciation slowed in August. In addition to normal seasonality, the recent sharp rise in mortgage rates off their historic lows was a clear driver behind the slowdown,”” said Anand Nallathambi, CoreLogic’s president and CEO.For September, the company’s Pending HPI indicates prices (including distressed sales) will gain 12.7 percent on a yearly basis and 0.2 percent on a monthly basis, continuing the slowing trend. Removing distressed sales, home prices are poised to rise 12.2 percent year-over-year and 0.7 percent month-over-month. Price Increases Slow as Housing Market Heads Into Fallcenter_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

NEW YORK — The Whos Pete Townshend the man who h

first_img NEW YORK — The Who’s Pete Townshend, the man who helped invent the rock opera, has now written a rock novel.Hachette Books announced Tuesday that the British composer-guitarist’s “The Age of Anxiety” was scheduled for Nov. 5. Set in London, the novel takes on the torments of creativity and the music business and “deals with mythic and operatic themes including a maze, divine madness, and long-lost children.”In a statement issued through his publisher, Townshend said he hopes to expand the story into an opera and art installation.“Ten years ago I decided to create a magnum opus that would combine opera, art installation and novel,” he said. “Suddenly here I am with a completed novel ready to publish. I am an avid reader and have really enjoyed writing it. I am also happy to say the majority of the music is composed, ready to be polished up for release and performance. It’s tremendously exciting.”No dates have been set for the music’s release or for the art installation.Townshend, 73, has long been known for such ambitious musical projects as “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia.” He also has longstanding connections to the literary world. He has worked as an editor at the publishing house Faber & Faber, which in 1985 published his story collection “Horse’s Neck.” In the 1990s, he adapted poet Ted Hughes’ children’s book “Iron Man” for a rock musical.Townshend, who also published the memoir “Who I Am,” isn’t the first rock star to write fiction. Others include Ray Davies, Morrissey and Nick Cave.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Mar 5, 2019 3:07 am PDTcenter_img Pete Townshend novel, ‘The Age of Anxiety,’ out in Novemberlast_img read more

US working to strengthen security and energy ties with Cyprus

first_imgThe US is working to strengthen security and energy cooperation with Cyprus, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wes Mitchell told Congress’ Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday.He noted that Washington is constructing a long-term strategy to bolster their presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.“We are cultivating Greece as an anchor of stability in the Mediterranean and Western Balkans and working to systematically strengthen security and energy cooperation with Cyprus,” Mitchell said.Regarding Turkey, Mitchell noted three main issues the US is dealing with in its relationship with Ankara. “Our immediate concerns are to secure the release of Pastor Andrew Brunson and other unjustly detained US citizens and local embassy staff; to prevent Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 system; and to develop modus vivendi for our respective forces and local partners in the stabilising northern Syria and preventing ISIS’ return,” he said.Mitchell added that the US has called on Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to implement a recent pledge to lift the state of emergency in Turkey, to represent diverse views, and to strengthen Ankara’s democracy.He also noted that in conjunction with counterterrorism efforts and efforts to project stability in North Africa and the Middle East, the US is constructing a long-term strategy to bolster is presence in the area.US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil together with Qatar Petroleum (QP) acquired an exploration concession for block 10 in Cyprus’ EEZ as part of the third licensing round in April 2017. ExxonMobil is planning to drill in the fourth quarter of 2018.You May Likethedelite.comRestaurants Closing Locations: Some Near You?thedelite.comUndoNewRetirementThe Number 1 Reason Banks Don’t Recommend Reverse MortgagesNewRetirementUndoFood PreventEat 2 Bananas A Day And This Might HappenFood PreventUndo Films and food at RialtoUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more