Canadian US mayors end objection to Lake Michigan water diversion

first_imgA group of mayors from Canada and the U.S. has dropped its challenge to a decision allowing an American city to draw water from the Great Lakes, saying it has secured an agreement to improve the review of similar applications in the future.The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative said it reached a settlement with the council representing eight states that gave the Wisconsin city of Waukesha the green light last year to divert water from Lake Michigan.The decision from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Compact Council made Waukesha the first exception to an agreement banning diversions of water away from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin.The city of 70,000 had requested the water diversion because its groundwater is contaminated with naturally-occurring radium, a cancer-causing substance. It argued that the decision allowing it to pipe water from Lake Michigan was error-free and protects the environment.Waukesha’s request had created significant concern on both sides of the border, with critics arguing its plan could open the floodgates to other communities seeking Great Lakes access when they face water shortages.The Cities Initiative, which represents more than 100 local governments on both sides of the border, had challenged the approval but said this week that their fight had been settled with an agreement that includes a review of how regulators consider water diversions in future.“It now puts our voice a little bit better heard when it comes to dealing with other applications,” said Randy Hope, the mayor of Chatham-Kent, Ont., who is on the Cities Initiative’s board of directors.Hope noted, however, that Great Lakes communities like his had felt they had been left out of the decision-making process in the Waukesha case.“It just didn’t seem like it consulted wide enough or broad enough,” he said, noting that concerns over the American city’s request included worries that other communities outside the Great Lakes Basin from as far as California could make similar applications in the future.“Once you start drawing too much water out of the system, and it doesn’t have its natural replenishment going on, you’re going to run into problems,” he said.According to Hope, the council is committing to gather opinions from communities both near a diversion and in other parts of the Great Lakes Basin for future requests.John Dickbert, the CEO of Cities Initiative, said regulators would be looking for more input from three broad groups — Great Lakes communities affected by water diversions, the scientific community, and organizations like his own group.“You need to make sure that the communities are part of the conversation from day one,” he said.The Great Lakes support 33 million people, including nine million Canadians and eight of Canada’s 20 largest cities, according to the federal government.last_img read more

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More than 100 patients transferred to newly opened Montreal superhospital

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal’s new French-language superhospital opened its emergency room at exactly 5 a.m. Sunday, at the very same moment that a 109-year-old hospital down the street was closing its doors for good.At 7 a.m., Fatima Radics and her two-day-old baby Ophelia became the first patients to arrive at the hospital as part of a major operation to transfer patients to the newly-built Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal, or CHUM.On Sunday, it took just over three hours to transfer 113 patients from the aging Saint-Luc Hospital.They included five babies, four intensive care patients, and a pregnant woman in labour, according to the hospital’s president.Danielle Fleury said the historic move was made quietly and without celebration.“When we do a transfer it has to be calm, no nervousness, to reassure everyone that (the process) can be trusted,” she told reporters outside.At 12:30 p.m., the first baby was born at the new facility, the hospital announced early Sunday afternoon.Over 600 volunteers and medical professionals were on hand to help with the move. A special passageway was erected between the two institutions to help with the transfer.The effort was co-ordinated by Health Care Relocation, a company that specializes in hospital moves.President Patrick Moriarty said his company has spent about two years preparing the operation, which he said was planned “down to the minute” to ensure it took place with no interruption to patient services.“It was a funny thing, but (the move) was really quiet,” he said. “It’s amazing to see one facility go to sleep and another come awake at the same instant.”Sunday also marked the official closure of Saint-Luc, which was founded in 1908 by a doctor who wanted to treat children in need.It was the first in the city to offer 24-hour emergency services regardless of race, language or religion, according to the CHUM.“I’m sure some people felt a pang (as they left),” Fleury said, adding that some staff members wrote farewell messages on the old hospital’s walls.Saint-Luc is the first of three hospitals to be incorporated into the new hospital.Hotel-Dieu’s transfer is scheduled for Nov. 5 and Notre-Dame’s for Nov. 26.last_img read more

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Wettlaufer killing inquiry 17 groups can take part commissioner rules

first_imgTORONTO – A surviving victim, relatives of murdered seniors, and advocacy and health-care groups are among 17 groups and entities granted permission to take part in a public inquiry sparked by nurse Elizabeth Wettlaufer, who is serving life for killing eight elderly long-term-care residents in Ontario.In her decision released Thursday, Commissioner Eileen Gillese said survivor Beverly Bertram along with victims’ family members and close friends — organized into three separate groups — will have the right to call and question witnesses.“It is self-evident that each of these applicants has a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter of the inquiry,” Gillese wrote in her decision. “Each has suffered, and indeed continues to suffer, as a direct result of the offences.”Given their direct knowledge of the offences and surrounding circumstances, their participation will “further the conduct” of the hearings and contribute to their openness and fairness, Gillese said. To facilitate participation, the commissioner also recommended the government provide them financial aid.The Ontario government set up the Long-Term Care Homes Public Inquiry in August after Wettlaufer, 50, was convicted of eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. Wettlaufer had pleaded guilty in June and was jailed for life without parole eligibility for 25 years.The province, the regulatory body for nurses, and the facilities where Wettlaufer killed her victims all have a strong and direct interest in the proceedings and were also granted full standing, Gillese decided. Most of the killings took place at Caressant Care in Woodstock and one in Meadow Park in London.Also recognized were several organizations that work in the system of Ontario’s long-term-care homes. Among them are the Ontario Long Term Care Association, the largest group of long-term-care home providers in Canada; the non-profit advocacy group AdvantAge Ontario; and the Ontario Association of Residents Councils.Other organizations representing doctors, nurses, registered practical nurses and other clinicians who work in nursing homes will also be allowed to participate fully.“Although these organizations were not directly involved with Elizabeth Wettlaufer or the events in question, each offers a unique, representative perspective,” Gillese wrote. “Each has played, and continues to play, an active role in shaping the policies, procedures and practices.”Three of those entities should receive government funding to defray their legal costs, Gillese ruled.In all, 50 applicants applied for standing. Gillese rejected requests from seven individuals with friends or relatives in nursing homes, and another 10 who have worked in the facilities. Those people are either not closely enough connected to what happened or will see their viewpoints reflected by those who were granted standing, Gillese said, adding they can still make written submissions.The third-party New Democrats said the exclusion of some families and care workers who wanted to testify in person shows the need for a second-phase, broader-based hearing into long-term care in Ontario.“It’s now clearer than ever that families are being let down and the Wettlaufer inquiry alone is inadequate,” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said.Wettlaufer injected her victims with insulin at three long-term care facilities and a private home between 2007 and 2016. She was fired twice during her career – the first time in 1995 – but kept her licence as a registered nurse. She confessed to police to feeling a “red surge” that made her think God was directing her murderous actions.Bertram, who was 68 at the time, has previously described the pain she felt after Wettlaufer gave her a massive overdose of insulin in a failed effort to kill her.“I knew I was dying,” Bertram said. “I was doubled over in pain.”Gillese, a justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, is expected begin hearing from witnesses in June and report by July 31, 2019.last_img read more

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Edmonton doesnt want to be Oil Town anymore

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, can a city change its fortunes by changing the industry its known for? Edmonton, Alberta is trying. Over the past two years, the city has launched a comprehensive strategy to attract medical research talent from around the world, by offering researchers access to data, artificial intelligence and industrial design resources that aim to make breakthroughs faster. It’s called Health City—and every couple months, we hear a new story of one of those breakthroughs, or about an adaptation of existing technology.But can a smallish city in Alberta really transform itself into an international medical research hub? What kinds of headline-grabbing announcements will it take? What can the city expect in terms of cooperation from the provincial and federal governments? And…what’s coming out of these labs next?GUEST: Steven Sandor, editor of Avenue EdmontonAudio Playerhttps://rogers-aod.leanstream.co/rogers/thebigstory_dai/tbs_06112019_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 SpotifyYou can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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Authorities Seize Chicken Droppings In Khenifra

Rabat – Authorities discovered large amounts of poultry droppings used to fatten up herds on a breeding farm near Aguelmous in the Khenifra province.In the fight against the usage of chicken excretions as livestock feed, headed by Morocco’s Minister of Agriculture, authorities seized copious amounts of droppings from a farm located at Aït Saîd Aït Amii, in the commune of Aguelmous in the Khenifra province, reported the Moroccan daily newspaper Al-Massae on April 16.As Aid Al-Adha draws nearer, the question of how to fatten herds has become even more relevant, seeing as after Ramadan, many goats, camels, and sheep will be sacrificed and eaten. According to Al-Massae, the commission that seized the chicken droppings was comprised of the Caid of Aguelmous, representatives of the Royal Gendarmerie, Auxiliary Forces, the Delegation of the Ministry of Health, the Dictorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Chief of Veterinary Services in Khenifra. Together, they searched the farms’ stables and stores. There, they found 50 25-kilogram bags of chicken poop in the same area where the conventional feed was being stored. This was in addition to another 30 bags that were uncovered in other locations around the farm. Al-Massae reported that members of the commission alerted the prosecution, and that a further investigation has been opened. The bags of droppings were seized by the officials, with the prosecution’s express permission.The discovery of the farm’s droppings bags has put the Minister of Health in a tight spot with the National Office for Food Safety (ONSSA). The campaign against the use of “animal waste” for herd nourishment has become very critical in recent years, as it affects the health of those consuming meat. read more

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Ban outlines hopes for disarmament ahead of global review meeting at UN

In an opinion column published days before the start of the periodic review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to be held at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Ban wrote that “the United Nations stands today at a new ground zero – a ‘ground zero’ for global disarmament, no longer a place of dread but of hope.” The actual “ground zero” is the former nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan, which was shut down in 1991 as a step towards abolition of nuclear weapons, and which Mr. Ban visited earlier this month as part of his official tour of Central Asia.“Those who stand with us share the vision of a nuclear-free world. If ever there were a time for the world’s people to demand change, to demand action beyond the cautious half measures of the past, it is now,” he wrote in the International Herald Tribune.Mr. Ban added that the UN “is the world’s sole universally accepted arena for debate and concord” and, along with the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), serves as the forum where the world can come together. The opinion column just days before the Secretary-General is due to address dozens of leaders and other officials at the review meeting for the NPT, which since 1970 has provided a foundation for nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful use.In the article Mr. Ban reiterates his praise for Presidents Barack Obama and Dimitry Medvedev for recently signing a new Treaty on the Limitation and Reduction of Strategic Offensive Arms, or START, calling it a “fresh start on a truly noble aspiration.”Mr. Ban also noted increasing support for disarmament from both governments and civil society, building momentum which could help steer this year’s review following “an acknowledged failure” at the last review five years ago.At that time, Sergio Duarte, the President of the 2005 Review Conference and the current UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, said the gathering accomplished “very little” amid widely diverging views, and wrapped up without any substantive agreement.Mr. Ban today emphasized that at this year’s meeting, Member States cannot afford to lose an opportunity for progress “on disarmament; on compliance with non-proliferation commitments, including the pursuit of a nuclear weapons free-zone in the Middle East; [and] on the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”In addition to the NPT, Mr. Ban will host a conference later this year to review the implementation of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, a ministerial-level meeting to bring the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) into force, and has urged leaders to negotiate for a binding treaty on fissile materials. In October, the General Assembly is expected to consider more than 50 resolutions on various nuclear issues.These UN events build on Mr. Ban’s five-point action plan put forward in 2008 to reinvigorate the international push towards disarmament, which led to a special debate on nuclear disarmament and security at the General Assembly and a Security Council summit last September.The aim, Mr. Ban wrote, is “to take the many small steps, today, that will set the stage for a larger breakthrough tomorrow.” 28 April 2010The Earth’s very future leaves no alternative but to pursue nuclear disarmament, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as he emphasized that the United Nations is destined to lead global efforts on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. read more

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Smarter Not Harder Communications in the NextGen Workplace

See All in Digital Workplace » Workforce Optimization, Looking Ahead Nicolas De Kouchkovsky August 27, 2019 Combining performance, quality, and workforce management, workforce optimization is providing a 360-degree view of agents and their responsibilities. Understanding the Changing Role of Collaboration in IT Irwin Lazar May 30, 2019 As collaboration gets integrated into workflows, IT leaders must rethink how they deliver these services and measure success. The modern workplace is almost unrecognizable when compared to what it was just a decade ago. With advancing technologies, cultural shifts, and increased competition all driving a multitude of industries to become more digital, how people work and get things done has significantly changed, especially with more millennials entering the workforce. This change is set to continue. Businesses are no longer only concerned with getting things done, but they also are placing more emphasis on how tasks are completed. They’re becoming more agile, and working more efficiently, creatively, and collaboratively. As they do so, they’re also pivoting their values and the way they work day to day.In January, LinkedIn released the 2019 Global Talent Trends report, an annual survey of hiring professionals aimed at enabling business leaders to shape their recruitment strategies. The report highlighted the importance of soft skills, including creativity, time management, collaboration, and adaptability, to the modern workplace, as 92% of respondents agreed these skills were more valuable or just as important as hard skills. In particular, 90% of talent professionals surveyed within the U.S. agreed on the importance of soft skills, placing collaboration, creativity, and adaptability as desirable traits to their future workforces.In addition to valuing skills that made employees more agile, LinkedIn found a noticeable focus on flexible working, unsurprisingly, with 72% of professionals surveyed expecting some form of flexibility in their working lives.LinkedIn also found that improving work-life balance (77%), staff retention (54%), and increased productivity (42%) were among the benefits of offering flexible working. Those within the U.S. also agreed on the importance of delivering flexible working, with 75% of respondents from the region saying that work flexibility is very important to future workers. Driving engagement with tools for smart communicationModern business leaders clearly understand the changing values of today’s workforce and notice the impact flexible working, collaboration, creativity, and adaptability has on overall profitability. However, the next step is to equip teams with the right tools to deliver on these values.  Communication is an integral element of the modern workplace which contributes greatly to team productivity, business profitability, and employee engagement. Research highlights that 97% of employees believe communication plays a key part in how tasks are performed every day. What’s more, LinkedIn found that while flexible working was desirable, it also highlighted that collaboration, team bonding, and work oversight were key barriers created as a result of flexible working patterns. Nevertheless, smarter communication tools that work seamlessly on any device can be used as a way to break through these barriers with instant messaging, voice, web, and video conferencing overcoming the challenges of employees working remotely, due to their ability to create the immediacy of communicating face-to-face.As the workplace continues its transformational shift toward a more dynamic and digital future, the impetus is now on business decision-makers to implement smarter communication methods to equip their workforces with the tools and flexibility needed to enable more productive working. One of the most powerful factors of greater communication is its ability to strengthen a business, which can result in objectives being reached and employees being better aligned. There is a myriad of communication tools that can be implemented and combined to strengthen the communications strategy within a workplace. Solutions such as unified communications (UC) are now enabling businesses to combine IM, video, web, and voice conferencing. Additionally, these communication tools enable strong digital engagement strategies, which can be utilized across a range of different departments within a business to ensure an engaged and motivated workforce.Each business will have its own set of individual challenges depending on industry and location. Organizations within the U.S. looking to expand globally and continue their steady growth need to consider what hurdles they face, and how they can overcome them by using the right communication tools. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to implementing smarter communications, assessing a workforce’s specific needs and mastering the identification of communication tools and patterns that work best will help leaders gain a better understanding of how to mobilize their employees successfully and drive their businesses forward.  Tags:News & ViewsDigital WorkplaceAgile Enterprisesmart meetingscollaborative communicationscollaboration toolsModern OfficeDigital WorkplaceOrganization & Management Articles You Might Like Log in or register to post comments Slack Fights Channel, Admin Fatigue Ryan Daily August 14, 2019 More configurability, customization, and automation coming to Slack users through a suite of APIs and posting permission options. Is Cognitive Collaboration in UCC’s Cards? Tom Nolle August 29, 2019 Cisco’s new cognitive collaboration story might be the next evolution of computer-assisted cooperative work. Highlighting the Importance of Work Management Zeus Kerravala May 10, 2019 Work management provider Workfront wants to help users understand the state of projects and processes “at the seams” between business tools. Teamwork.jpg read more

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Call for staff representative for the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences

A staff representative is required to serve on the advisory committee for the appointment/reappointment of the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.To be selected, you must be a permanent staff member working in the Faculty of Social Sciences who does not report to the Dean.If you are interested in serving on this committee, please email Luaine Hathaway at lhathaway@brocku.ca stating your name, department and reason for your willingness to serve. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 14, 2012.

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UNHCR plans to speak to Liberians aboard ship stranded off West Africa

UNHCR said it would interview the passengers once they had completed immigration procedures.Last Friday, officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) informed the UN refugee agency that Nigeria had agreed to accept the ship and its passengers “on humanitarian grounds.” Port authorities in Lagos last night were still trying to find a docking space for the vessel, the Alnar, in the overcrowded port, a UNHCR spokesman told the press today in Geneva.Under the arrangement, UNHCR and the Nigerian Refugee Commission were allowed on board after immigration authorities had spoken to the passengers. The Alnar had been moored off the Nigerian port since Sunday, after nearly four weeks at sea. It had left Monrovia, Liberia, on 1 June, making initial stops in Accra, Ghana, where some Ghanaian and Nigerian passengers were allowed to disembark, but not the Liberians. The ship then headed for Benin, and later Togo, where it was not allowed to approach the coast. During the four-week odyssey, UNHCR made repeated calls for authorities in different West African countries to permit the ship to dock and allow UNHCR staff on board in order to assess the status of the Liberian passengers. The agency also expressed growing concern over the deteriorating conditions of the passengers who were reportedly short of food, water, and medicines. read more

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Instagram apologizes to confused and upset users

first_imgYesterday, Instagram created a storm by releasing updated privacy policy and terms of service documents for review. The anger that followed was due to the language used in those documents suggesting Instagram would, from January 16 next year, have a perpetual license to share and sell user’s photos without their permission.Before the day was over, Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram, had written a response to the photo-sharing community and apologized.Systrom explained that the changes were made in order to allow for more innovative advertising on the service. However, he admits the wording used could easily be misinterpreted and therefore needs to be updated. He also made it clear users retain ownership of their photos and Instagram has no intention of selling them. In fact, it seems like Instagram wants to take a similar approach to Flickr where by if users want to license their photos they can do so through the service.With regards to advertising, the wording that suggested photos could be used and sold to advertisers is going to be removed completely. Instagram has no intention of doing this.It’s a great response, and one that was needed quickly due to the amount of people that seemed to be searching for ways to get their photos off Instagram yesterday. I’m sure someone at Instagram (or parent company Facebook) is taking heat for this, either for writing the new documents or at least green lighting them to go live without a sanity check.So, we should expect new terms of service and privacy policy documents to appear from Instagram very soon. And for the time being at least, you can relax and not worry about your Instagram photos being shared or sold without consent.More at the Instagram Bloglast_img read more

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A rising star of Irish film has just sold his new drama

first_img Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett Short URL A rising star of Irish film has just sold his new drama to Fox Gerard Barrett has won plaudits for his films Pilgrim Hill and Glassland, as well as his TV series Smalltown. Jun 19th 2017, 9:20 PM http://jrnl.ie/3453059 Monday 19 Jun 2017, 9:20 PM Share246 Tweet Email5 By Sean Murray Irish filmmaker Gerard Barrett 20,637 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IRISH FILMMAKER GERARD Barrett has made waves on the national film scene since the release of his debut film in 2013, and is now set to take his latest project Stateside after it was snapped up by FX and Fox.Barrett has sold his hour-long drama Honey to the US network, and the production will join the likes of popular shows such as Fargo and Sons of Anarchy on Fox in the near future.The director won the IFTA’s Rising Star award in 2013 for the film Pilgrim Hill. Made on a shoestring budget, the film gained international attention for the story of Jimmy Walsh (Joe Mullins), a middle-aged farmer in rural Ireland whose life takes a most unexpected turn. Source: Element Pictures Distribution/YouTubeSince then, he has made Glassland, starring Jack Reynor and Toni Collette, and television mini-series Smalltown, starring Pat Shortt.His new project, Honey, is currently in development. The story is being kept largely under wraps for now, but is set against the backdrop of corporate espionage.Barrett will develop the show through his company Blank Page from Los Angeles and Dublin.Commenting on the news, he praised his collaborators at Fox, and said he looked forward to collaborating with their “incredible creative and production teams”.He added: “I’m beyond excited and honoured to work with the most talented and ambitious people in television drama.”Read: Gardaí to the rescue after dog found locked inside car in today’s soaring temperaturesRead: Republic of Ireland player and model granted legal recognition of humanist wedding 2 Comments last_img read more

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Scientific Games announces key executive appointments

first_img Load More RelatedPosts Scientific Games Corporation has promoted three key executives which it says will solidify the company’s leadership team going into 2019.Current Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Lottery, Jim Kennedy, will become Chairman, Lottery; Senior Vice President Global Lottery Systems, Patrick McHugh, has been appointed the Lottery’s new Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive; while Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, Jordan Levin, has been named the new Executive Vice President and Group Chief Executive, Digital. Scientific Games said Levin has extensive experience in interactive, digital gaming and sports betting, having led the acquisition and integration of NYX Gaming Group and previously served as President of SG Interactive. “These globally-respected leaders and longtime members of our SG family are the best people to continue our growth trajectory, deliver operational excellence and inspire our employees,” said Scientific Games President and CEO, Barry Cottle.“Pat will leverage his in-depth Lottery experience and proven success at Scientific Games to provide strong operational leadership and innovation. He will work with Jim to continue to execute our global growth strategies.“For SG Digital, Jordan’s digital experience will prove immensely valuable as he formally takes over our rapidly accelerating digital gaming and sports betting businesses.”McHugh’s new role will see him responsible for the global lottery business. He will work with Kennedy to service existing relationships and grow the lottery business in the US and around the world.According to Scientific Games, McHugh has led many of the company’s strategic industry firsts including expanded distribution channels, cashless payments, sports betting, new network technology, iLottery and other digital platforms.“I’m incredibly proud of what we have built at Scientific Games, which I believe is the number one lottery company in the world,” said Kennedy.“We provide our lottery customers the best games, products and services in the industry. I look forward to continuing to help our customers drive record growth for their states and countries as Chairman of the lottery business. Pat has been an invaluable leader in our lottery team and is respected across our industry.“His years of experience, relentless work ethic and commitment to the highest quality products and services for our customers in the US and around the world will ensure that we continue to execute our growth strategy for our existing lottery customers as well grow in new areas, including iLottery and sports betting. I look forward to working with him, the entire team, and our customers to continue to lead our industry into the future.” Gaming opportunities down but Scientific Games holds steady in 2Q19 on growth in international, online segments Marriage proposal provides unexpected highlight at third Macau After Dark Pacific Online says operators still in dark as government confirms 21,000 Philippines lottery outlets closedlast_img read more

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Alaska News Nightly Thursday May 28 2015

first_imgFed. Jugde Hears Oral Arguments from EPA, Pebble Over Alleged FACA ViolationsJosh Edge, APRN – AnchorageThe Environmental Protection Agency and Pebble Limited Partnership presented oral arguments Thursday over whether or not the EPA violated federal law when it opted to restrict mine waste disposal in Bristol Bay.Coast Guard Adds Response Vessels in Anticipation of Shell’s ArrivalEmily Schwing, KUCB – UnalaskaTwo 25-foot Coast Guard response boats arrived in Dutch Harbor this week. The Coast Guard is preparing for increased marine traffic in the region this summer.Nome Judge Accused of MisconductMatthew Smith, KNOM – NomeNome Superior Court Judge Timothy Dooley is facing a host of allegations from a judicial oversight commission for alleged violations of professional conduct—as well as violating sections of state law that the charges say could call his integrity into question.Alaska LNG Gains Milestone With Export LicenseLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The federal Energy Department announced today it will license Liquified Natural Gas exports from Nikiski, even to countries without a free trade agreement.Federal Officials to Meet With Forty-Mile Gold MinersDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksTop Bureau of Land Management officials are scheduled to meet with Forty Mile area gold miners Friday. The meeting follows recent year’s tensions, highlighted by an August 2013 armed raid of several mining operations, led by the Environmental Protection Agency.Heroin Hits Home: Small Airlines Are The Drug’s InroadDaysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelFederal officials say in 2014 they intercepted nearly ten times as much heroin coming into Alaska than compared to 2013. State law enforcement officials say heroin gets into Bethel mainly on low-security, small airline passenger flights. This is the third and final story in a series about the impacts of heroin in Bethel and how Bethel is fighting it.#StickFigureAK Uses Art To Spark CommunityAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageFrom ancient cave art to bathroom sign indicators, stick figures are everywhere. And so sometimes, we don’t really think about them. But The Arc of Anchorage is trying to change that, and the way we see people who experience intellectual disabilities.Salmon Skin Wallets and Crab Shell Shirts for the MassesElizabeth Jenkins, KTOO – JuneauA small Juneau business launched a Kickstarter this week to crowdsource funds for a unique line of products. The company is hoping it’s onto the next big thing in fashion: clothing and accessories sewn from discarded salmon skin and crab shells.Need to Get Away? Why Not Build An AirplaneAshley Gross, KPLU – SeattleMost of us are firming up our summer plans right about now. For one Seattle family, that means getting their home-built plane ready for their annual trip to the most isolated parts of Alaska. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio:last_img read more

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Rep Foster fights proposed cuts to rural services supports state income tax

first_imgWith Alaska’s budget deficit nearing $4 billion, Representative Neal Foster (D-Nome) says cuts are coming and they’ll have major repercussions for the Bering Strait Region.“It’s going to shape what rural Alaska looks like over the next 10 or 20 years,” said Foster.Foster said he’s fighting proposed cuts to low-income heating assistance, preschool education funding, and broadband internet support — all services near-and-dear to those off the road system.“It concerns me and it frustrates me that I’m seeing a number of cuts targeted toward rural Alaska,” he said. “I think things are shaping up to be a real showdown here. It’s not going to get any prettier from here on out.”Beyond those cuts, Governor Bill Walker’s budget proposal would introduce a state income tax. According to Foster, the tax wouldn’t be too costly for most rural Alaskans.“I think it’s a fairly small amount to ask for,” he said. “If you’re a single person and you make $50,000 a year and you don’t have any kids, that amounts to $341. If you’re married with two kids, your income tax would be $15.”But Walker’s plan would also reduce dividend payouts from the Permanent Fund, which Foster doesn’t support.“If you take $1,000 from somebody’s Permanent Fund [dividend] and that person makes $10,000 a year, that’s 10 percent of their income,” he said.If the state does cut back on PFD checks, Foster said he’ll propose reducing dividends in proportion to income to minimize the impact on rural Alaskans.As state lawmakers debate how to handle the deficit, Foster said he wants to hear more on the issues that matter to his constituents.“I do want to very much encourage everybody in our district — from Shishmaref down to Hooper Bay and from Gambell and Savoonga all the way to Ruby — that if there’s any time that we want to hear from them, it’s now. This really is a history-making moment,” he said.Foster said constituents can contact him by mail, email, and phone as well as through their city and tribal councils.last_img read more

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I hate producing films Abhishek Bachchan

first_imgActor Abhishek Bachchan, who tasted success as a producer with the National Award winning film Paa, says he’s not a huge fan of producing movies. However, he’s okay with the job as long as he isn’t acting in the project as well.‘I hate producing films. It’s just that I got lucky (with Paa). But I hate it,’ Abhishek, who played a reel father to his real father Amitabh Bachchan in the 2009 movie, said.‘During Paa, I had a very difficult time because the producer in me came in the way of the actor in me. I would be more comfortable in producing a film without me acting in it. If I have to produce a film in which I am acting, that would need a lot of preparation and organisation from my part,’ he added. Also Read – A fresh blend of fameAbhishek’s next as a producer is Shamitabh, which again stars his megastar father. ‘Shamitabh is more enjoyable because I am just the producer in that. Production is a very difficult job and it’s a very thankless job,’ said the 38-year-old.Being directed by R. Balakrishnan aka R. Balki, the movie also stars Dhanush and Akshara Haasan.Paa was also directed by R. Balki, and Abhishek says the doors of his home production AB Corp will always remain open for the acclaimed filmmaker. ‘He means a lot to me as a director, and helped me restart my production house with Paa. He made me into a producer by making ‘Paa’,’ he said. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnProduction apart, Abhishek is all excited about his big screen appearance in Farah Khan’s Happy New Year, which releases 24 Oct – just a day after Diwali. Abhishek Bachchan, who has donned a ‘tapori’ look for his role as Nandu Bhide in Happy New Year, says the character had to be created from scratch as he bears no resemblance to the actor’s real self.Talking about his character in the film, he said: ‘I play Nandu Bhide from Sangam Chawl in Mumbai. He enjoys his drink a bit too much and that makes him very entertaining and very outrageous, but a lot of fun.‘Nandu is completely opposite of what I am in real life. There was nothing I could use of myself in Nandu. He is somebody that director Farah Khan and I have literally created from scratch.last_img read more

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Kourtney Kardashian and beau vacation in Mexicos beautiful Punta Mita

first_imgPunta Mita, Nayarit — Kourtney Kardashian and boyfriend took some serious time out at a jungle ecoresort in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit.The pair where seen at the Puerto Vallarta airport Sunday heading to their hideaway at Imanta Resort in Punta Mita. The 38-year-old mom of three and boyfriend, 24-year-old Younes Bendjima, had taken this break just for themselves.Seen without her children, Kourtney shared her Mexico jungle vacation showing off her white bikini and matching sunglasses at a swimming pool in Punta Mita.The looker was toned and tanned as she had one foot in the pool and the other on the border. Other photos of her Mexico trip on Snapchat show her sporting a black bikini while enjoying dinner on the beach with her beau.Their trip was short, leaving their Mexican hideaway Tuesday.During their one year together, they have been spotted on a few trips including NYC, Paris and Egypt.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bishops anticipate message from pope on immigrant detention

first_imgImmigrant activists and religious leaders have raised growing alarms about conditions at immigrant detention centers since the Southern border crisis last summer brought tens of thousands of unaccompanied youths and families to the U.S., primarily fleeing gang violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.Two large new family detention facilities were built in Texas to supplement one in Pennsylvania, and the number of beds exploded from 100 to an expected 3,700.At the facilities, moms and children, often young, are detained with little access to the outside world and scant opportunity to plead their case, the bishops’ report said. Children grow depressed and lose weight, and moms who fled violence in their home countries live in fear and despair.The bishops said these detention centers are being used as a form of deterrent, and said families should not be detained at all and instead the government should invest in alternatives to detention. But such a change would require a major shift in resources from a Republican-led Congress that has focused on enforcement and is unlikely to make such an investment.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies More and more detention facilities are operated by for-profit corporations that perpetuate an immoral system to please shareholders at the expense of taxpayers, the bishops said.They detailed disturbing conditions that are especially traumatic for kids, including sexual abuse and lack of medical treatment and due process, and said the entire system should be dismantled and replaced with alternatives to detention.“From a moral standpoint this is unacceptable,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Migration. “The current practice of family detention must end. As a nation we must do better.”Elizondo and Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn told reporters the issue of immigrants’ rights is of deep importance to Francis and he’s likely to speak to it during his upcoming visit to the U.S. and address to a joint meeting of Congress in September.“All of this is something that is close to his heart and I’m sure he will say something about it,” DiMarzio said.A spokeswoman for the Homeland Security Department did not immediately respond to requests to comment on the bishops’ findings and recommendations. Comments   Share   Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home WASHINGTON (AP) — Catholic bishops called Monday for the federal government’s immigrant detention system to be dismantled, and predicted Pope Francis would address the issue when he visits the U.S. this fall.The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a sobering report that tens of thousands of immigrants are housed in prison-like conditions that cause psychological harm and are inhumane and ineffective. That includes a large number of moms and little kids, because of a growth in family detention after last summer’s spike in migration from Central America. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How do cataracts affect your vision? Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

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Top senator Domestic surveillance needs to be ramped up

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he is shocked at how little information the National Security Agency is collecting through American phone records. He says the American public should be less worried about privacy and should back increased collection as a means of foiling terrorist attacks.Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said Wednesday that “it’s beyond belief how little data is a part of the program.” 5 ways to recognize low testosterone 0 Comments   Share   center_img House leaders have reached a bipartisan compromise on a bill that seeks to codify President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the NSA’s collection of domestic calling records, but it would allow the agency to request certain phone records under a court order.Senate leaders have introduced a bill that would allow the NSA to continue collecting phone records.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The vital role family plays in society Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairylast_img read more

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Etihad airberlin connecting Aussies to Europe

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Connecting more Aussies to Europe, airberlin has announced a new partnership with Etihad Airways on flights to Australia.The new agreement will see Aussie passengers hop on board Etihad codeshare flights with airberlin from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney to Abu Dhabi and then jump onto a connecting daily airberlin service between the UAE to Berlin and Dusseldorf.As well as sharing codes, the airlines will also offer frequent flyers the opportunity to earn status and award miles on flights with both airlines. last_img read more

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