Cameras roll on Wynonna Earp Season 2

first_img Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Supernatural western Wynonna Earp returns to Alberta this week and filming kicks off for the show’s second season. “In our business, there’s a lot of times you’re doing a show you love and it never gets a chance to go to a second season, and this one would have been absolutely heartbreaking if we couldn’t do another season,” said Jordy Randall, executive producer with Seven24 Films. “To do a second season is a real gift, and I think it’s the first step to many more seasons frankly.” Twitterlast_img

UNICEF boosts funding to help ensure proper nutrition for Kyrgyz children

17 October 2008The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide $270,000 in additional funds to help develop a national nutrition strategy in Kyrgyzstan, where more than half of babies and infants are anaemic and many young children suffer from stunted growth as a result of nutrient deficiencies. “Giving a child a solid nutritional start in life is critical to physical, mental and social development,” stressed UNICEF chief Ann Veneman during her visit to the Central Asian nation, the first-ever by an Executive Director of the agency. While in the capital, Bishkek, Ms. Veneman also visited the Rehabilitation Centre for Street Children, which provides shelter for some 70 children who have been exposed to violence, exploitation or abuse. “Many of the children at the Centre are from homes where domestic violence was a daily event, or where alcoholism and social and economic problems left families unable to cope or to care properly for their children,” she said. “These children have been robbed of their childhood by the people who are meant to love them the most.”The Executive Director held talks with Prime Minister Igor Chudinov on a range of issues, including the implementation of legislation to protect the country’s children, as well as the recent establishment of the new government department to coordinate children’s issues.More than half of the population in Kyrgyzstan – the second poorest country in Eastern Europe and Central Asia – lives in poverty and more than one quarter in extreme poverty, affecting more than 60 per cent of children under the age of 14.Statistics show that at least 50 per cent of Kyrgyz babies aged between six and 24 months are anaemic and nearly 14 per cent of children under five suffer from stunted growth.UNICEF has been supporting activities in the country since 1994 in areas such as health and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, as well as the rights of marginalized children, children in poverty and children facing discrimination. read more

Southwest still negotiating compensation from Boeing

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines continues to negotiate with Boeing over damage caused by the grounding of the 737 Max.Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly said Monday in a note to employees that the airline is considering ways to share the compensation with workers.Kelly isn’t giving details about negotiations with Boeing.Southwest has 34 Max jets and more on order. It has taken the planes out of its schedule through Jan. 5 — longer than American and United.Max jets have been grounded since March, after two deadly accidents. Boeing hopes to get them flying again later this year.Boeing took a $4.9 billion after-tax charge in the second quarter to cover Max-related compensation to airlines. Boeing delivered nearly 400 of the planes before they were grounded.The Associated Press

Côte dIvoire Annan hails reconciliation meeting urges spirit of compromise

“This initiative is crucial to the future of your country,” the Secretary-General said in a message delivered on his behalf by a senior UN official to the Forum for National Reconciliation. “I strongly urge you to conduct your meeting in a spirit of openness, tolerance and compromise.” Mr. Annan congratulated the country’s political, social, cultural and religious elements for organizing the meeting, the goal of which is to restore peace, political stability and national cohesion to achieve sustainable development. “If you are to succeed in laying the bases for a future of peace and stability for present and future generations, it is essential that you demonstrate a political will marked by the seal of brotherhood and renewed national unity,” he said.The Secretary-General also urged the participants to pursue their efforts beyond today’s meeting, on the basis of conclusions reached at the forum. “Genuine national reconciliation cannot be achieved in a day,” he said, pledging that the UN was prepared to support “any commitment that has the backing of all the men and women of Côte d’Ivoire.” read more

300 Rise of an Empire conquers box office with 45 million debut

‘300: Rise of an Empire’ conquers box office with $45 million debut AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Graphic shows U.S. box office sales for the past weekend; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm; by The Associated Press Posted Mar 10, 2014 7:24 pm MDT With their abs aglow, the fighters of “300: Rise of an Empire” dominated the box office with $45 million in the movie’s opening weekend.Warner Bros.’ 3-D bloodbath bested 20th Century Fox’s animated “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” based on a cartoon about the time-travelling adventures of a boy and his brilliant dog. That film opened in second with $32.2 million.The Universal Pictures thriller “Non-Stop” — which stars Liam Neeson and features Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o in her first role since “12 Years a Slave” — landed in third place in its second weekend after dominating the charts last week.Still building on its stellar release, Warner Bros.’ “The Lego Movie” earned $10.9 million in its fifth week. Its domestic total is now an impressive $224.9 million.___The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theatres Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theatre locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak, are:1. “300: Rise Of An Empire,” Warner Bros., $45,038,460, 3,470 locations, $12,979 average, $45,038,460, 1 week.2. “Mr. Peabody And Sherman,” 20th Century Fox, $32,207,057, 3,934 locations, $8,187 average, $32,207,057, 1 week.3. “Non-Stop,” Universal, $15,829,605, 3,113 locations, $5,085 average, $52,568,530, 2 weeks.4. “The Lego Movie,” Warner Bros., $10,911,385, 3,290 locations, $3,317 average, $224,877,997, 5 weeks.5. “Son of God,” 20th Century Fox, $10,379,335, 3,271 locations, $3,173 average, $41,874,230, 2 weeks.6. “Monuments Men,” Sony, $3,074,647, 2,001 locations, $1,537 average, $70,576,290, 5 weeks.7. “3 Days To Kill,” Relativity Media, $3,009,910, 2,348 locations, $1,282 average, $25,504,127, 3 weeks.8. “Frozen,” Disney, $2,954,554, 1,660 locations, $1,780 average, $392,994,668, 16 weeks.9. “12 Years a Slave,” Fox Searchlight, $2,110,812, 1,065 locations, $1,982 average, $53,042,847, 21 week.10. “Ride Along,” Universal, $2,024,190, 1,323 locations, $1,530 average, $129,988,270, 8 weeks.11. “RoboCop,” Sony, $2,018,697, 1,714 locations, $1,178 average, $54,764,805, 4 weeks.12. “About Last Night,” Sony, $1,653,487, 1,074 locations, $1,540 average, $46,501,877, 4 weeks.13. “Pompeii,” Sony, $1,593,629, 1,658 locations, $961 average, $21,061,657, 3 weeks.14. “American Hustle,” Sony, $1,053,257, 605 locations, $1,741 average, $148,384,165, 13 weeks.15. “Gravity,” Warner Bros., $902,190, 384 locations, $2,349 average, $271,814,796, 23 weeks.16. “Wind Rises,” Disney, $901,555, 496 locations, $1,818 average, $3,346,735, 3 weeks.17. “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” Fox Searchlight, $811,166, 4 locations, $202,792 average, $811,166, 1 week.18. “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Paramount, $688,751, 359 locations, $1,919 average, $115,691,608, 11 week.19. “Philomena,” The Weinstein Company, $683,630, 670 locations, $1,020 average, $35,907,377, 16 weeks.20. “Dallas Buyers Club,” Focus Features, $618,939, 312 locations, $1,984 average, $26,188,546, 19 weeks.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

UN agency begins distributing winter aid in Afghanistan as temperatures begin to

“Winter temperatures in Afghanistan can fall to around -26°C and for this reason it is important that people are protected from the cold,” a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Melissa Fleming, told a news conference in Geneva. The agency has primary responsibility for delivering winter assistance to returnees and vulnerable displaced people in rural areas of Afghanistan – a joint effort coordinated by the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, the National Disaster Management Authority and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Ms. Fleming said that the recipients of the winter aid are recent returnees from Pakistan and Iran, internally displaced persons (IDPs) – including people displaced by conflict – and others at risk in the cold weather. “The relief items going out around the country include tents, blankets, plastic sheets, fuel, sleeping mats, lanterns, jerry cans, kitchen sets, soap and warm clothes,” she stated. “This year, 30,000 of those who will receive winter assistance will be people living in Kabul’s informal settlements.” Nearly 460,000 people have been displaced by conflict in Afghanistan, with some 137,000 persons displaced in the south, 121,527 in the west and 95,134 in the east, according to UNHCR. “Returned refugees and internally displaced people often live in extremely bad conditions in isolated communities – communities rarely seen by the general public and where access is very difficult. Those receiving our aid include really destitute returnees and IDP groups, families headed by women, or elderly or disabled, and children,” Ms. Fleming said. Since 2001, UNHCR has helped around 4.7 million Afghan refugees voluntarily return home. However, nearly three million registered Afghan refugees are still living in exile in Pakistan and Iran. During a visit to the country this week, OCHA’s Director of Operations, John Ging, called on the international community to step up its humanitarian support for Afghanistan so it can sustain the progress made so far. “It is clear that the Government is making progress; the candid and professional approach being taken is certainly impressive, but given the scale of the challenge, international funding support will also be key to success,” he stated. “The figures speak for themselves,” Mr. Ging added. “More than nine million people in Afghanistan – one third of the population – are food insecure; an average of 165 children under the age of five die every day; and an Afghan woman dies every two hours due to pregnancy-related causes.” According to OCHA, the 2012 consolidated humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan remains less than 50 per cent funded, with a shortfall of $234 million at the end of November – making it one of the worst funded appeals in the world. read more

Nintendo Wii Game We Dare Is Pulled From UK

first_imgNintendo has pulled a Ubisoft Wii game called We Dare from the UK market, due to risqué commercials within the title. The commercials hit the Internet a few days ago, showing spanking, and other acts deemed more mature than the game’s PEGI 12 rated audience. Once the videos circled to UK, the local Government demanded it be pulled due to the inconsistent rating given by PEGI. The commercials have since been banned in the US, but are still on Ubisoft YouTube channel being listed as private. No word on if other European countries will allow We Dare to be released. Via Ars Techicalast_img

The US could unleash microdrones that move in swarms

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 34 Comments Image: Department of Defense The US could unleash micro-drones that move in swarms A recent test included 103 micro-drones being used in California. 15,147 Views Defense Secretary Ash Carter — a technophile and former Harvard professor — created the SCO when he was deputy defense secretary in 2012.In an information leaflet, the Department of Defense said that the Perdix were first air-dropped in September 2014 at Edwards Air Force Base. In September 2015, they were also flown during an exercise in Alaska, taking part in ground and maritime surveillance missions.As for what’s next, it said:As SCO works transition to the Services,  it  is  also  partnering  with  the  Defense  Industrial  Unit‐Experimental  (DIUx)  to  find  companies  capable  of  rapidly  building  1,000  units  this  year.  SCO  is  also  working  on  the  “Gen  7”  design, which will likely include more advanced  autonomy.The department is tasked with accelerating the integration of technological innovations into the US weaponry.It particularly strives to marry already existing commercial technology — in this case micro-drones and artificial intelligence software — in the design of new weapons.Originally created by engineering students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013 and continuously improved since, Perdix drones draw “inspiration from the commercial smartphone industry,” the Pentagon said.- © AFP, 2016 – additional reporting Aoife BarryRead: Did you get a drone for Christmas? Don’t fly it straight away>Read: Hackers to start hijacking drones used for deliveries and policing> Sunday 15 Jan 2017, 7:45 AMcenter_img Short URL THE PENTAGON MAY soon be unleashing a 21st-century version of locusts on its adversaries after officials said this week it had successfully tested a swarm of 103 micro-drones.The important step in the development of new autonomous weapon systems was made possible by improvements in artificial intelligence, holding open the possibility that groups of small robots could act together under human direction.Military strategists have high hopes for such drone swarms that would be cheap to produce and able to overwhelm opponents’ defences with their great numbers.The test of the world’s largest micro-drone swarm in California in October included 103 Perdix micro-drones measuring around six inches launched from three F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets, the Pentagon said in a statement.“The micro-drones demonstrated advanced swarm behaviours such as collective decision-making, adaptive formation flying and self-healing,” it said.“Perdix are not pre-programmed synchronised individuals, they are a collective organism, sharing one distributed brain for decision-making and adapting to each other like swarms in nature,” said William Roper, director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office.Because every Perdix communicates and collaborates with every other Perdix, the swarm has no leader and can gracefully adapt to drones entering or exiting the team. Image: Department of Defense Share Tweet Email1 By AFP Jan 15th 2017, 7:45 AM last_img read more

Bayley vs Carmella on tonights 210 WWE NXT

first_img The following is scheduled for tonight’s 2/10 WWE NXT on the WWE Network:* NXT Women’s Title: Bayley (c) vs. Carmella* Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano* Cameron vs. Alexa Bliss* Elias Samson vs. Jessy Sorensen* The Hype Bros. in action.Check back later this week for a recap of NXT on Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Will Be In The Royal Rumble Google+ Alexa Bliss Trish Stratus Carmella speaks out on a recent health scare has caused her to miss time from WWE Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Nikki Bella Pinterest WhatsApp Alexa Bliss Injury Update Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolutioncenter_img WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Videos Articles Facebook Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Twitter WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomenlast_img read more

TCI delegation attends Gaming Summit in Jamaica

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, June 22, 2017 – Montego Bay – The Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture & Gaming, senior official, Michelle Fulford Gardiner along with Wayne Higgs and Damion Seymour, staff members from the Gaming Inspectorate Department, returned to the TCI last weekend after attending the 7th Caribbean Annual Gaming Show & Summit, 14th – 15th June, 2017,   and held in Montego Bay, Jamaica at the Convention Centre.The event was hosted by the Betting Gaming & Lotteries Commission of Jamaica, with international sponsors such as Aristocrat, Spin Inc., Golden Race and Signature Gaming.  Participants hailed from 12 countries representing regulatory agencies, gaming operations, and technologies laboratories.  The Summit comprised of formal presentations, plenary sessions dealing with trending issues within the region.  Topics included:De-RiskingAnti- Money LaunderingSecurity & FraudEsports/IGamingResponsible GamingCasino Protection and SurveillanceThe highlight of the summit was a break-out session – “The Caribbean Regulators Forum”, which brought together regulators from the region in a common forum, focusing on core issues, related to constraints and challenges experienced by regulatory agencies.The timeliness of this Summit cannot be understated as it is a precursor to the Turks & Caicos Islands Government plans to implement legislation and policy for the establishments of a Gaming Commission.Minister of Gaming, Hon. Ralph Higgs stated; “The ministry in its preparatory phase to usher in a new Gaming Commission with increased compliance and monitoring of the sector, ensuring that the Commission is well resourced to deal with issues of non-compliance and illegal gaming. The sector, no doubt, has emerged into an area providing business investment and employment opportunities for locals, however, equally important is our efforts to incorporate “responsible gaming” as a critical aspect of the industry.”The event also provided an elaborate exhibit space, where participants got first hand exposure to new games & technology, whilst networking with supplier and distributors.  The TCI delegates agreed that the summit underscores the research, growth and development in this industry and such exposure will go a long way in efforts being made to provide the TCI Gaming industry.Press Release: TCIGlast_img read more

Playn GO granted Philippines authorization by PAGCOR

first_img 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet RelatedPosts Online games developer Play’n GO has been authorized by gaming regulator PAGCOR to provide software to the Philippines market.In an announcement on Wednesday, Play’n GO said the authorization establishes it as a supplier of choice in regulated markets, giving the company greater reach. Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling Load More Johan Törnqvist, CEO of Play’n GO, said the positive result highlighted the company’s commitment as a leading supplier.“We have a strong presence in regulated markets and that continues to grow as we expand in both size and standing in the industry,” Törnqvist said.“This authorization opens up a wealth of new opportunities for us in the region and fits perfectly with the strategy that we plan to implement in the coming future.”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Meuse Prinzivalli Robertson Talk OPIOID EPIDEMIC

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — In recent sit-down interviews at Wilmington Community Television’s studios, the three candidates running in the 19th Middlesex State Representative Race were asked what they will do to help with the opioid epidemic in the district and state-wide.“After reviewing the Governor’s Opioid Addiction Working Group’s Action Plan, a lot has been done, but a lot more still needs to be done,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “The prevention, intervention and treatment initiatives — there are still a lot pending or not in progress, such as reviewing GIC Insurance Plans and removing fail first policies and prior authorization protocols that impede access to treatment. They need to be completed… We need to look at other states and countries to see what they’ve tried and what has worked, such as Casey’s Law in Kentucky…”“I believe in early education, having proper education and prevention programs, and properly funding treatment facilities and recovery facilities,” responded Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “As I’ve been door-knocking, I’ve been hearing the same things from residents. And they’d also like to see tougher punishments on the drug dealers.”“I worked with Representative Miceli to help an organization open up a new sobriety model that seeks to be non-profit, so we’re not gauging $3,000-$4,000 a month out of some of these families and health insurance companies, that is looking to alleviate maximum state caps eventually, and has some other really great ideas. I believe that model is something the state government can discuss…,” answered Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “…Last cycle, the legislature expanded the number of beds, provided government funding to increase the number of public beds, and expanded Mass Health… to help the victims of [this epidemic] get back up on their feet.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Candidates Debate How To Respond To The Opioid EpidemicIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Patricia Meuse Reveals The Top 3 Issues She’d Focus On If ElectedIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Meuse, Prinzivalli & Robertson Talk TRAFFICIn “Government”last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Fold will reportedly come out on Sept 6

first_img Tags Comment Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge 60 Photos Share your voice Foldable Phones Now playing: Watch this: 1 Galaxy Fold set for September relaunch (The Daily Charge,… 8:07 We got a look at a render of the redesigned Fold last month — it showed that the screen, internal structure and hinge area have been reinforced.Huawei’s rival foldable, the $2,600 Mate X, was originally due to arrive in September as well, but the company reportedly said we’re unlikely to see it before November.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.First published at 5:11 a.m. PT.Updated at 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold may see the light of day next Friday. Angela Lang/CNET We’ve known for a while that Samsung plans to release its redesigned Galaxy Fold in September, but Korean news agency Yonhap may have revealed the exact date: Sept. 6. The company has talked to three telecoms about that date, Yonhap reported. Tt happens to be the first day of the IFA 2019 trade show in Berlin, which would give Samsung a platform for an announcement.The $1,980 foldable phone was originally meant to go on sale on April 26, and preorders sold out on the first day. But four days before that date, Samsung delayed the release of the phone after reviewers reported screen breakages, flickering and bulging.  Samsunglast_img read more

Money management at Mental Health Trust raises concerns

first_imgWilliam Foster holds some of the ornaments he helped make at Bean’s Cafe as part of a project funded by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)Congress set up the Alaska Mental Health Trust in 1956 to make sure the state could provide mental health care programs to its residents far into the future. But the Trust has had a tumultuous history, and now, some state leaders fear it could be in danger once more. Legislators are considering a special audit of the Trust and how the trustees are investing its money.Listen NowWilliam Foster stood in Bean’s Cafe late last week sifting through a pile of ceramic ornaments he helped design, then pulled one out of his pocket. It was an image of a raven pressed into clay and painted a deep grey. He carries it with him everywhere, he said, because it reminds him of his late mother.Foster was participating in the Healing Faces Project, a program focused on art and healing circles for clients of Bean’s that was funded in part by the Alaska Mental Health Trust.“It calms us down. Relaxes us,” Foster said of the project. “Keeps our mind off a lot of stuff.”Healing Faces is just one of hundreds of projects made possible by the Trust. Programs range from job training for young people with disabilities to detox centers to criminal justice reform. There are tens of thousands of people in Alaska who rely on Trust funds.Now, some of the people involved in creating the public entity think the Trust may be at risk.Alaska statute reads “the mental health trust fund shall be managed by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.” Phillip Volland, one of the lawyers who helped create the Trust, said that law is really straightforward.“That’s where you put the money. It’s just, that’s what it says. It says all the money goes there,” Volland said in a phone interview.But since October 2008, that is not where the money has gone. For eight years, members of the Board of Trustees have voted to suspend transfers of the principal to the Permanent Fund and instead are investing and managing it themselves. That includes buying $39 million worth of real estate.Trust Authority CFO Kevin Buckland said $17 million was spent on an office building in Washington state in 2014. Another $9 million went to property in Texas this past summer. The board also passed a resolution to spend $2 million to try to develop a mine at Icy Cape, near Yakutat in Southeast Alaska.A list of the Trust Authority’s current LLCs as provided by John Morrison, executive director of the Trust Land Office.Volland said that’s exactly what he and other state leaders were trying to prevent.The Mental Health Trust has a complicated history. When it was first established in 1956 by Congress, one million acres were set aside to be used by the Alaska Legislature to fund a comprehensive mental health care system. But by 1982, most of that land trust was whittled away – given to municipalities and individuals – and little money was being spent on mental health. So a group of people sued the state. Volland represented one of the plaintiffs.“The original rulings by the state Superior Court declared that the state had mismanaged and destroyed the Trust and had to go about re-establishing it,” Volland said.It took more than a decade for the plaintiffs and the state to agree on how to do that. Volland said the plaintiffs wanted two main things: “Sufficient funds to provide for mental health programs” as well as “all kinds of assurances to make sure that there wouldn’t be another dissipation of the Trust in the future.”In the 1994 settlement, the state re-constituted the original one million acres with mostly new land and added $200 million to re-establish the Trust. They installed a board of trustees to oversee it. The cash principal was invested by the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. The land was managed by the Trust Land Office at the Department of Natural Resources.Money generated by the investments and the land went into two different pots – some to be used for mental health programs, and the rest to be added to the principal and re-invested by the Permanent Fund.Volland said splitting the responsibilities and asset management was intentional “to prevent any sort of rogue action by the Trustees. It was just, what I would say was a prophylactic measure.”Greg Jones is the new CEO of the Mental Health Trust Authority and a former executive director of the Trust Land Office. He said the Trust Land Office is “more nimble” than the Permanent Fund and can bring in more money for the Trust.“We believe that we can add to what the Permanent Fund does and diversify and perhaps add a little more with a carefully managed real estate program,” Jones said.The way the Trust is laid out in state code, revenues from things like mineral sales goes to the principal, but rent money – that all goes toward programs that help people.“What we’ve done with the real estate program is create an investment that creates income,” Jones explained. “That pays millions of dollars in income that goes straight to programs.”Jones and Board chair Russ Webb both said they are legally allowed to use the principal to buy land and invest it as they choose. However, they would not provide copies of written legal counsel explaining their authority, could not cite specific statutes or regulations and would not allow their attorney to speak on the matter.Volland is not the only person concerned about the legality of the Trust’s investments. Bruce Botelho was the Attorney General back in 1994 and was sitting on the opposite side of the table from Volland, looking out for the state’s interests.Botelho said they purposely separated the Trust’s money management from their land management during the settlement, in part because the Permanent Fund was already managing money and doing it well. “And we saw little reason to duplicate that effort,” he said.Botelho would not comment on how well the Trust is managing its assets, and he said that’s the point.“We saw a check and balance in trying to separate those functions out,” Botelho said. “And to me, that is the underlying concern.”Botelho, Volland and others want a special legislative audit of the Trust Authority, the Land Office and the Board of Trustees. They say it’s up to legislature to decide if the Board’s actions are legal.Representative Mike Hawker is requesting an audit, and the Legislative Budget and Audit Committee will make a decision at its December 13 meeting. If lawmakers act, auditors will look into everything from the legality of the Trust’s financial management, to potential open meetings act violations.last_img read more

KCR begins tour of Kaleswaram

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has started from Begumpet Airport by helicopter to take an aerial view of Godavari river. The Chief Minister will also visit Medigadda barrage and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Dharmapuri. KCR is accompanied by senior officials and irrigation engineers.last_img

Russian pilot says landing in corn field was his only chance

first_imgMOSCOW: A Russian pilot who managed to smoothly land his disabled plane in a cornfield after birds hit both engines says a quick landing was his only chance and he was not afraid of handling it. Damir Yusupov, 41 said when one of the plane’s engines shut down he hoped to circle the airport and land normally, but then the second engine cut off moments later, leaving him no choice. He landed his A321 so smoothly that just one of the 233 people on board was hospitalized. Yusupov’s feat Thursday drew comparisons to the 2009 “miracle on the Hudson,” when Capt. Chesley Sullenberger safely ditched his plane in New York’s Hudson River after a bird strike disabled its engines. Yusupov told reporters Friday he “saw a cornfield ahead and hoped to make a reasonably soft landing.”last_img read more

Is India in the midst of an economic slowdown Can it get

first_imgHazy future? Auto sector’s sharp decline in sales is indicative of the general economic slowdown. Business houses have sought a generous stimulus package.Twitter/ANIIndia has slipped into an economic slowdown by the admission of many in the government and as revealed by some key economic indicators. The marked drop in automobile sales for several successive months is only one of the indicators, according to experts. There are many others though the information technology remains the only sector that is bucking the trend. However, Bimal Jalan, a former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor, has said the current slump is only cyclical and that the economy could revive in the short term.Jalan’s optimism goes against a nagging fear that the country could slip into a recession if the global factors take a turn for the worse. A recession is defined as an economic contraction for three successive quarters. If the decline in growth rate continues at the current rate, global factors could hasten the slide into a recessionary territory, according to some experts. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate has been slowing for several successive quarters. As the economic activity has contracted, the GDP growth from January to March 2019 slowed to 5.8 percent. It is estimated to have further contracted in the April-June 2019 quarter also.The equity markets have also been affected by the negative vibes with National Stock Exchange (NSE) benchmark Nifty languishing in the bearish territory after scaling the record high of 12,103 points on June 3. It closed on Tuesday at 10,925 points. The market slide seems to have been hastened by the flight of foreign portfolio investors (FPI) that were jolted by the tax surcharge on the super-rich and a 10 percent increase in public holding of shares to 35 percent announced in the maiden Union Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Job data has been disappointing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, which rode a landslide victory in the April-May general election 2019 to power for the second successive tenure. Estimates show unemployment has surged to the highest in many decades. Bumpy ride? Automakers including Maruti Suzuki have reported that auto sales have slumped through successive months, affecting the health of many upstream and downstream segments of the economy. The economy is in a slowdown and global factors could dictate its course.@Maruti_Corp / twitterThe RBI cut the repo rates for the fourth successive time in its last Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting earlier this month in an attempt to infuse more liquidity into the economy. However, the banking sector that has been facing a huge backlog because of rising non-performing assets (NPA) has been slow to transfer the benefits of lower rates to the end customers. RBI governor Shaktikanta Das has not achieved much headway on the matter despite several meetings with bankers.NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said at a recent program that too many reforms in a short time have sapped the economy of growth momentum. He cites Goods and Services Tax (GST), Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), and Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) among the reforms, even as he leaves out one of the most debilitating measures, which was currency demonetization. He has advocated a focus on structural reforms to improve ease of doing business and global competitiveness. On her part, Nirmala Sitharaman has been meeting the industry stakeholders after the Union Budget 2019 to find a way to stimulate economic growth. Finance Ministry sources indicate that the government may soon give a booster dose of incentives to the economy to stimulate growth. Consumption, which is the most important metric of India’s economic growth as it forms about three-fifths of the economic activity in the country, has contracted, according to a report on the Livemint website. Domestic car sales during the April to June 2019 quarter fell by 23.3 percent year on year. This is the biggest contraction in quarterly sales since 2004, according to the report. A slowdown in car sales hits upstream and downstream sectors. Vehicle loans growth has slipped 5.1 percent, the slowest in about five years. Two-wheeler sales also have been affected, though not to the extent of car sales, contracting by 11.7 percent during the June 2019 quarter. Still, it is the biggest fall since the third quarter of 2008 financial year, when two-wheeler sales had contracted by 14.8 percent, at the beginning of the financial crisis. Real Estate sector has not looked up for several years now as realtors struggle with skewed supply metrics. Attempts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to infuse liquidity into the economy are not showing results despite Reserve Bank of India’s four successive interest rate cuts.Tractor sales also fell in the April to June 2019 quarter by 14.1 percent, marking the worst fall in nearly four years, the report says. Housing sales have also slowed with the number of unsold units in India’s top 30 cities rising to 12.8 lakh from 12 lakh during the year ending by March 2019. The supply metric is skewed by the rise in housing loan disbursal, showing that second- or third-time sales of units are thriving while more new units keep flooding the market. The stagnation in real estate prices is an indication that people, in general, feel they have less disposable wealth. Economy observers also suggest that the 5.3 percent fall in non-oil, non-gold, and non-silver imports during the June quarter is a good indicator of a decline in consumer demand. This is reckoned the biggest contraction in three years despite a 6.3 percent rise during the same period last year. A fall in commercial vehicle sales and rail freight growth also point to the slowdown, according to the report. Despite the government’s Make in India push, the value of new projects announced during April to June 2019 fell by 79.5 percent year-on-year, marking the biggest fall since September 2004. The value of new investment projects during the quarter was estimated at Rs 71,337 crore, the lowest since September 2004. The slowing growth in new projects is believed to be an indicator of the declining faith of businesses in the short-to-medium term economic future. Coupled with the 48 percent drop in projects completed during the period in comparison to the same period last year, makes the picture clearer.The country’s slowdown, experts suggest, is happening in a comparatively benign global environment with the oil prices within manageable limits. However, if US President Donal Trump does push for upping the ante in the Middle East over Iran’s nuclear disarmament defiance, the oil could hit $100 a barrel, pushing up the country’s import bill and the revenue account deficit. If Chinese President Xi Jinping opts to intensify China’s trade war with the US, the global economy could be hit, more seriously, dragging down the Indian economy.last_img read more

Venezuelas Guaido says military helped him defy travel ban

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures during the `Venezuela Aid Live` concert, organised to raise money for the Venezuelan relief effort, at the head of the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on 22 February 2019. Photo: AFPVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of president Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries.Maduro is trying to prevent food and medicines, mainly from the US, from entering the country as tensions over access to the supplies turned deadly elsewhere.Humanitarian aid has become a key focus of the power struggle between Maduro and Guaido, who has been recognised as interim leader by more than 50 countries.Guaido delivered a blow to Maduro as he turned up unexpectedly at the concert in the Colombian border town of Cucuta, claiming “the armed forces participated in this process” to help him flout his travel ban.The powerful military’s backing is crucial to the viability of the socialist leader, with defections strengthening Guaido’s hand.The 35-year-old leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly declared himself interim president last month and is calling for fresh polls, branding Maduro a “usurper” and accusing him of rigging his re-election last May.’Soldiers started shooting’The tense standoff over aid meanwhile claimed its first casualties Friday as two indigenous people were killed trying to prevent troops from sealing unofficial pathways across the Brazilian border.”An indigenous woman and her husband were killed and at least 15 other members of the Pemon indigenous community were injured,” said a local human rights group, Kape Kape.The violence occurred in southeastern Bolivar state close to the border with Brazil, which Maduro ordered closed on Thursday.Guaido called on the military to arrest those responsible for the killings, “or you will be responsible.””It wasn’t a clash, it was an attack,” said Salomon Perez, who accompanied a brother and two nieces suffering from gunshot wounds by ambulance to a hospital in Brazil.”People were in their community, calm. The soldiers came and started shooting at the indigenous people,” he said from Roraima state in northern Brazil.United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a stern statement, warning Venezuelan authorities “not to use lethal force against demonstrators.”Fleeing shortagesThe “Venezuela Aid Live” concert in Cucuta was organised by British entrepreneur Richard Branson in support of Guaido’s humanitarian aid relief plan.Guaido appeared alongside Colombian president Ivan Duque, Chile’s Sebastian Pinera and Mario Abdo of Paraguay as crowds cheered.A rival pro-Maduro concert was taking place a few hundred yards away on the Venezuelan side of the border in Urena.Guaido has set a Saturday deadline for the entry of humanitarian aid, saying as many as 300,000 Venezuelans are in dire need of food and medicines after years of shortages and malnutrition.Some 2.7 million people have fled Venezuela since 2015 amid a devastating political and economic crisis, according to UN figures released Friday.Maduro, who retains the support of allies China and Russia, has blocked the entry of aid and accused the United States of plotting a military intervention.US special representative Elliott Abrams kept up the foreign pressure on Maduro on Friday, joining a Cucuta-bound plane carrying medical supplies and food.”The humanitarian and the social-economic situation in Venezuela is very bad, there’s a terrible need for food, for supplies, and the international community is responding,” Abrams said.Moscow has blasted Washington for using aid as a “convenient pretext for conducting military action.”‘Freedom’Hundreds chanted “freedom” and “the government is going to fall” while they waited for the Cucuta concert to begin under a hot sun, with the barricaded border crossing visible nearby.”We must break the impasse, end the humanitarian crisis,” billionaire Branson told the crowd shortly before veteran Venezuelan crooner Jose Luis Rodriguez began his set.Branson said he hopes to raise $100 million for humanitarian aid over the next 60 days via internet donations, though meanwhile aid is being stockpiled in Colombia, Brazil and the Caribbean island of Curacao because of Maduro’s ban.The line-up included Latin American giants Carlos Vives and Juanes of Colombia, Juan Luis Guerra of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico’s Luis Fonsi.”The concert is an immense help because this type of initiative was necessary to open our eyes and pressure the Venezuelan government,” said Wendy Villamizar, a 32-year-old Venezuelan woman wearing a cap with her country’s yellow, blue and red tricolour.Maduro’s rival concert, decidedly smaller and featuring Venezuelan and Cuban artists, began hours later.Performers took to the stage against a giant backdrop emblazoned with the words “#Trump Hands off Venezuela,” with around 2,500 people in attendance.”We don’t want to be interfered with, we don’t want to be invaded,” said Johana Suarez.last_img

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Halima Aden first to wear hijab burkini

first_imgAden revealed the shoot was emotional on Monday’s “Good Morning America.”“We definitely had a lot of moments where everybody was, like, breaking down crying because it’s a huge moment,” she recalled.“Sports Illustrated is proving that a girl that’s wearing a bikini can be right alongside a girl that’s wearing a burkini, and as women,” she added, “we can come alongside each other and be each other’s biggest cheerleaders celebrating the diversity of women.”.@JanaiNorman sits down with @Kinglimaa, the first model to ever wear a burkini in @SI_Swimsuit: “I want to continue to show girls….you’re a queen. Yes you can.”— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 29, 2019MJ Day, SI Swimsuit editor, promised an issue with “a wide range of age and race and levels of modesty that really is a first for us” during the “GMA” segment.The move provided a special memory for Aden.“I’ve never gotten to shoot in the ocean, wearing a swimsuit. I felt like I was Beyoncé in that water, sis,” she said during the interview for ABC’s morning program. “I was like living my best life. It was incredible.”Contributing: Maeve McDermott By: Erin Jensen We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,ADL study: Violence against Jews doubled last year Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Erin Jensen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,Model Halima Aden attends Sherri Hill NYFW Fall 2019 Fashion Show on Feb. 8, 2019, in New York City. (Diego Corredor/MediaPunch /IPX)(USA Today) — This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue is going to feature trailblazer Halima Aden.Aden will be the first woman to sport a hijab and burkini in the magazine, which hits newsstands on May 8, SI revealed Monday.In a photo shared to the official Instagram page for the issue, Aden, 21, smiles while submerged in the water.For her shoot, Aden returned to her home country of Kenya. She was born and remained at the Kakuma Refugee Camp until heading for the U.S. at the age of 7, SI reports.In the states, Aden found success and broke barriers. She signed to IMG Models after making headlines for competing in hijab at her state’s Miss USA pageant in 2016. She became the first woman to wear her traditional Muslim headpiece for the entire competition, also opting to wear a burkini for the swimsuit round. News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 By: Erin Jensen Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Tagsburkini Halima Aden homepage featured Islam Kenya refugees Sports Illustrated swimsuits,You may also like Erin Jensen,Add Comment Click here to post a comment By: Erin Jensen Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! Opinion Share This! Pew study finds continued support in Western Europe for paying church taxes Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faithlast_img read more

Bengal best state in prevention of parenttochild HIV transmission

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has been recently certified as number one in preventing parent-to-child transmission of HIV.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted in this connection on Friday: “Today is HIV Vaccine Awareness Day. I am proud to say that the Central Govt agency NACO has recently certified Bengal as Number 1 in preventing parent-to-child transmission of HIV.”It may be mentioned that after becoming successful in e-governance, ease of doing business and MSME sector, Bengal has once again topped in the country, this time in the health sector, by preventing 16.5 lakh cases of parent-to-child transmission of HIV. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter the change of guard in the state, Bengal has witnessed a major development in the health sector, with several multi-superspeciality hospitals being set up and free treatment being provided in state-run hospitals. Free treatment is also being provided to people suffering from HIV.In a bid to take stock on the situation at present and to discuss different issues related to the state’s health sector, the Chief Minister will be holding a meeting in Nabanna Sabhaghar on May 22. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSources said that top brass of the state Health department will be present in the meeting. At the same time, senior officials of all the medical colleges and hospitals have been directed to be present in the meeting. Heads of all the departments also have to attend the meeting.Sources said that representatives of Rogi Kalyan Samities will also be present in the meeting. According to the sources in Nabanna, there will be a turnout of around 425 officials in the meeting.It may be mentioned that Banerjee had held such a meeting soon after coming to power in 2011, in which block medical officers were also present. The meeting was held in Town Hall.last_img read more