Forest service plans large sale of Alaskan old growth timber

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Forest Service is planning the largest sale of Alaskan old growth timber in years.The Prince of Wales Island Landscape Level Analysis project will harvest as much as 225 million board feet (about 53,094 cubic meters) of old growth lumber from Prince of Wales Island in Tongass National Forest, KTOO reported Saturday.The service said the process will be gradual because it will not allow more than 100 acres (40 hectares) of clear cutting at one time from the southeastern Alaska region.Owen Graham, executive director of the logging industry group Alaska Forest Association, said young growth timber might employ seasonal lumberjacks but it’s the older trees that will keep remaining mills open.“The old growth portion will provide mill jobs and the young growth portion will almost exclusively end up getting shipped overseas,” Graham said. “But it’s providing jobs, those are good jobs.”Critics have said the deal is a retreat from the forest service’s 2016 announcement it would largely phase out old growth timber sales in Tongass National Forest over 15 years.“If the forest service really wants to be responsive to people in southeast Alaska, it’s going to have to figure out a way to stick to its plan to transition away from large scale old growth logging and get into more sustainable forest management,” said Austin Williams, Trout Unlimited in Alaska policy and legal director.The Alaska Department of Fish and Game raised own concerns over losses to deer and wolf habitats, which were not addressed in the plan.___Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.orgThe Associated Press read more

UN human rights chief urges all parties in Gaza and Israel to

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, “is following the unfolding situation in Gaza and southern Israel with considerable alarm,” her spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told reporters in Geneva. “She is appalled that once again civilians are losing their lives, including three Israeli citizens killed in their apartment by one of the hundreds of rockets fired over the past week as well as several Palestinian children, including a baby, and also a pregnant woman and some other civilians killed in Gaza,” he said. The new wave of violence in Gaza and southern Israel – which includes rocket attacks against Israel from Gaza, and Israeli airstrikes on Gaza – has resulted in several people being killed or wounded on both sides. “The High Commissioner has repeatedly and unequivocally condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, and is deeply concerned both by the recent major upsurge in the number of rocket attacks, and that they are now being aimed at a major city, such as Tel Aviv,” Mr. Colville said. “She is also extremely concerned by the sharp increase in aerial attacks by Israeli forces on the heavily populated Gaza Strip in the past two days and urges both sides to pull back from an increasingly dangerous confrontation,” he added. Ms. Pillay’s comments echo those of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who, earlier this week, called to both sides to take serious steps to avoid further escalation and ensure the protection of civilians. On Monday, Mr. Ban called for an immediate cessation of indiscriminate rocket attacks by Palestinian militants targeting Israel. Two days later, he expressed his concern about the deteriorating situation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and noted his expectation that Israeli reactions are measured so as not to provoke a new cycle of bloodshed that could cause additional civilian casualties and have dangerous spill-over effects in the region. read more

DPR Korea UN expert calls for justice reconciliation based on human rights

“The people who are suffering from gross human rights violations in DPRK require immediate attention,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the DPRK, Marzuki Darusman, during a press conference in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK).He noted that the Commission of Inquiry, established by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate alleged systematic, widespread and grave violations of human rights in DPRK, represents a more concerted approach towards improving human rights in the country.The three-member Commission, on which Mr. Darusman also served as a member, has been documenting a wide range of rights violations since March, seeking to determine whether they would constitute crimes against humanity and who or which institutions should be held accountable. “But the question is what we will do with the Commission’s findings. It is clear that the primary responsibility to protect the human rights of the North Koreans lies with the DPRK Government, which has so far refused to cooperate with my mandate. We must continue to address this.”He added that there are other factors such as security concerns, inter-Korean relations, and regional dynamics that also affect the considerations and the severely rights-restrictive policies of the DPRK leadership.“Unless these factors are taken into account, there will be no meaningful steps towards a gradual settlement of the Korean question, which has a direct bearing on the human rights of the people on the Korean peninsula,” Mr. Darusman said.Since his appointment in August 2010, the Special Rapporteur has made several requests to visit DPRK; however, access has so far not been granted. Mr. Darusman has used a three-day fact-finding mission to Seoul to better understand any aspects or factors that may impact on inter-Korean relations. During his visit, he met with Government officials, representatives of civil society and other stakeholders. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work. read more

Samsung Starts Building 22inch Translucent LCD Displays

first_img[via OLED-Display]AdChoices广告 Remember that video about how everything in the future would be covered with interactive glass? Samsung doesn’t seem to think it’s too off base: they’ve begun mass production of 22-inch translucent AMOLED LCD displays in both monochrome and color models. The new displays aren’t completely clear, but they’re translucent enough for a viewer to be able to make out objects and people on the other side of the display while there’s an image on the screen. Samsung sees the technology as useful for shop windows, billboards, or show floors and showcases where companies want a way to demonstrate their product without obscuring the view past it, or that just want to show off. The displays aren’t too bad by traditional LCD standards either: they offer 500:1 contrast ratios and run at a native resolution of 1680-pixels x 1050-pixels. Add this to the fact that it doesn’t use a backlight and you have an energy efficient, very futuristic LCD panel. There’s no word on exactly how much the translucent LCDs will cost, or who will really buy them: it will almost definitely be a while before they make their way into homes and businesses. Still, it’s clear that they’re coming, at least for some applications. Check out a video of the new panels in action behind the jump.last_img read more

Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of serial killer Mark Desmond

first_img Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Eamonn Farrell Three potential shooters being investigated over murder of ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond The career criminal was executed on Friday. Share182 Tweet Email 11 Comments Image: Eamonn Farrell Dec 6th 2016, 6:04 AM Tuesday 6 Dec 2016, 6:04 AM GARDAÍ HAVE DRAWN up a list of potential shooters they believe could be behind the execution of suspected ‘serial killer’ Mark Desmond.Desmond was murdered in a Lucan park on Friday evening after being chased a short distance.He was shot at least three times with a revolver handgun – once to the head, once to the body and at least one shot into his groin. The precision of the execution has decreased the number of potential suspects who are capable of carrying out that type of murder.The body of the 41-year-old was found with gunshot wounds at Griffeen Valley Park in Lucan, west Dublin shortly after 8pm on Friday.SuspectsA blue Mazda car was found burned out close to the scene. A gun was found inside the car on Haydens Lane.Security sources have told that while Desmond’s murder came as no surprise, there are a number of warring factions who would have had a motive to kill him. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieHis links to dissident republicans and the drug trade in west Dublin has been well established. He presided over his own mini cocaine and heroin empire and was known to criminals and gardaí for his brutish nature and aggression.Whether he fell foul of some lingering elements within the republican movement is a distinct possibility but sources said they have not ruled out a personal motive for the crime.NotoriousDesmond had recently set up his drug business in Sligo with the help of two brothers from the area who are notorious for their aggressive and violent loan-shark activities. There had been threats to his life in recent months. However, this would have been business as usual for Desmond, who served eight years in prison for firearms offences.He was also charged with the canal murders of Patrick Murray, 19, and Darren Carey, 20, in 1999. However, these charges were dropped days before he was due to go on trial.The two men were shot before being dumped into the Royal Canal.Gardaí are investigating whether Desmond’s murder could be payback for killing the two young men. While he was not convicted of any murders, sources believe Desmond was behind at least four killings and the rape of a child. Gardaí examine murder scene of Patrick Murray and Darren Carey whose bodies were dumped into the Grand Canal in Kildare after being shot in 1999. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieDesmond was known for his proclivity for escorts, both male and female, and had been a person of interest in the rape of a man at the turn of the millennium. He was also accused of raping a male escort in the UK.Desmond survived previous attempts on his life including a drive-by shooting in July 2006, an attack he believed was orchestrated by Anthony Cannon, who himself was executed in 2009.Gardaí have renewed their appeal for witnesses and are interested in hearing from anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Griffeen Park between 7pm and 9pm on Friday night.They are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who may have been using the park at the time such as walkers or joggers.In addition, anyone who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious in or around Hayden’s Lane in Lucan where a burned out car was found is asked to contact them at Lucan garda station 01 666 7300, the garda confidential telephone line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.Read: ‘Daddy bit Mummy’s face – I was scared’: Report gives voice to kids in abusive homes >Read: ‘They were crying on the bus home’: Students upset after being cut from TV3 Toy Show > 23,937 Views last_img read more

The Cork inventor of the perfect pillow is about to launch his

first_img Feb 11th 2017, 5:00 PM By Fora Staff Noel O’Connor Source: Reflex PillowNew marketsBefore the next crowdfunding push, O’Connor said the product will be tweaked to allow customers to adjust the pillow’s height. He plans to employ a consultancy firm in the US that specialises in crowdfunding projects to manage the next Kickstarter campaign.“The first campaign wasn’t easy and it was quite stressful. In some ways we got the wrong people involved and they really didn’t know what they were doing.“We got over the line, but we could have made more. A lot of sales are still coming through Kickstarter with people finding it on that website, and then coming to ours to make an order.”Although the US is the main target, the company also has a deal with Dubai-based teleshopping network Citruss TV, which gives it the potential to reach millions of consumers in the Middle Eastern and North African markets.The company also has a contract with the US distributor GBK Productions, a company that specialises in generating publicity for businesses through celebrity endorsements. Reflex Pillow design Source: Reflex PillowLong processO’Connor said the pillow had taken 15 years and cost €100,000 to develop, although it may never have made it to sale if not for a partnership with Limerick-based supply chain company Dutec.“There are a lot of people out there with great inventions and have no way of getting it to the marketplace. I was one of those people and I very nearly gave up because there was no way I was going to succeed without backing.“They called me in one day and asked would I like to partner up with them … they had the expertise in terms of distribution, so it was a good deal to make.”The partnership involved Dutec taking a 49% stake in the company in return for assuming €60,000 of debts built up during product development, O’Connor said.“Each process was very slow. The patent process alone took three and a half years, the design phase took two and a half years and it took seven years to find the right materials.” Source: Reflex PillowWhile O’Connor said he has more ideas for inventions, the time it took to get a product to market was a deterrent to repeating the process.“I have ideas in my head about a back support for the car, but that would probably take 25 years to develop.“I can’t see myself in the immediate future starting a new project because what I’m really trying to do is make this a success as a business project. That’s what I’m focusing on.”Written by Killian Woods and posted on Image: Shutterstock The Cork inventor of the ‘perfect pillow’ is about to launch his product Stateside Reflex Pillow raised over €80,000 on Kickstarter late last year. 15 Comments Short URL 28,796 Views Image: Shutterstockcenter_img AN IRISH INVENTOR who raised over €80,000 for the “perfect pillow” plans to take his product global through a series of crowdfunding campaigns and deals with international distributors.Noel O’Connor, a back and neck pain specialist who owns a clinic in Cork, has developed the Reflex Pillow, which provides people with extra neck support when they sleep.Late last year, he launched the product on Kickstarter to help fund his invention. The project reached nearly double its goal of €45,000, one of the best results for an Irish project to date, and generated over 1,100 orders.O’Connor told Fora that the company has also signed a deal with Amazon to sell the pillow on the US and UK versions of the website following the campaign.Further distribution arrangements have also been made with a teleshopping network and international distributors to sell the product, while normally sells for €89.However, O’Connor said the company is focused on the US market next and he plans to break into that region through another crowdfunding programme.“We’re hoping to introduce it to the US this year and we’ll do that through a new Kickstarter,” he said.“Based on the other similar pillow products that we saw at the time on Kickstarter, if we did the same programme we did from Ireland in the US, we would have made €3 million no problem.” Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email3 Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 5:00 PM Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Take me to Foralast_img read more

Rape conviction quashed over ruling that prevented girl 15 being asked about

first_img By Ruaidhrí Giblin No Comments Share29 Tweet Email Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 3:35 PM 29,201 Views Jun 21st 2018, 3:35 PM Short URL Dublin’s Central Criminal Courtcenter_img Dublin’s Central Criminal Court Image: Google Maps A CO LOUTH man has had his conviction for raping a 15-year-old family friend quashed over a ruling which prevented his lawyers from questioning the girl, who asserted that she was a virgin before their encounter, as to why she was on the contraceptive pill at the time.The now 25-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had pleaded not guilty to rape and defilement of the girl at his home between 4 and 5 October 2014 when he was 21 and the girl aged 15.A Central Criminal Court jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment by Justice Patrick McCarthy on 29 July 2016.After the jury verdict, the man’s barrister, Giollaíosa O’Lideadha SC, said his client continued to maintain his innocence.The Court of Appeal quashed the man’s conviction today over a ruling which prevented the defence from asking questions of the complainant as to why she was on the contraceptive pill, and remained on it despite some adverse medical reactions, at the time.Sexual historyIt was the defence case that all sexual activity was consensual and that the complainant had been involved in sexual activity, including intercourse, with another male shortly before his encounter with her.It was the prosecution’s case, based on statements provided by the complainant, that, although she had boyfriends, she had not previously been sexually active and was a virgin prior to her encounter with the man.During the trial, the defence had sought to question the complainant on previous sexual history, particularly in respect of messages on her phone which carried sexual innuendo and at least one photo of a male penis. The purpose was to establish that she had been sexually active and had probably engaged in intercourse immediately prior to the alleged rape.The defence also sought to introduce evidence that would assist in establishing that the complainant was taking the pill not just for medical reasons but at least partly for contraceptive purposes in contemplation of such activity.In his ruling, the trial judge had said the texts and other communications did not “stretch” to admissions of having close sexual relations and that it would be “degrading” to the complainant to cross-examine her on those.The trial judge said the defence had put forward a “bald proposition” that the girl was on the pill because she was sexually active. However, medical material showed the girl was on the contraceptive pill for medical reasons “quite unrelated to the purpose of inhibiting” pregnancy, the trial judge had said.Giving judgment in the Court of Appeal, Justice Alan Mahon said these were difficult and complex issues for the trial judge to balance between protecting the rights of the accused and excluding evidence which was irrelevant and prejudicial.The Court of Appeal found no fault with the judge’s rulings in relation to material on her mobile phone.ConcernsThe court did, however, have a concern in relation to the ruling preventing any questions being raised as to the reasons why the complainant was on the contraceptive pill or remained on it despite some adverse medical reaction to the medication.There was, at least, a possibility that the jury might be persuaded that a primary or secondary motivation for taking the pill, and remaining on it, was to facilitate sexual intercourse and that such sexual activity has occurred in the course of her confrontation with the man “was not the first occasion on which she had engaged in sexual intercourse”.It was “an important credibility issue,” Justice Mahon said.“That issue ought to have remained open to greater clarification aided by cross-examination. It is a matter which ought properly to have been left to the jury for consideration.”Accordingly, Justice Mahon, who sat with President of the Court of Appeal Justice George Birmingham and Justice John Hedigan, allowed the appeal on this ground, set aside the man’s conviction and ordered a retrial.The man was admitted to bail to appear before the Central Criminal Court on the next list to fix dates. Image: Google Maps Rape conviction quashed over ruling that prevented girl (15) being asked about contraceptive pill The man was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on 29 July 2016. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

WWDC 2012 Le tant attendu iOS 6 enfin révélé

first_imgWWDC 2012 : Le tant attendu iOS 6 enfin révéléLors de la keynote d’Apple, les dirigeants de la firme à la pomme ont annoncé pas moins de 200 nouvelles fonctionnalités sur iOS 6 par rapport à son prédécesseur. Voici la liste de celles qui ont été présentées en détail.La conférence des développeurs d’Apple a été l’occasion pour la marque à la pomme de dévoiler enfin sa prochaine version de son système d’exploitation pour mobile, iOS 6. Apple en a même profité pour rappeler certains chiffres qui agacerait Google. Alors sque 80% des utilisateurs iOS utilisent iOS 5, seul 7% des utilisateurs d’Android sont sur sa dernière version, Android 4.0 pourtant lancé en même temps que la version 5 de iOS. Le dernier système d’exploitation d’Apple apporte quelque 200 nouvelles fonctionnalités selon la marque. Voici la liste de celles qui ont été présentées :-Siri a été amélioré. On pourra désormais chercher les bonnes adresses de restaurants ou de boutique, réserver une place de cinéma etc. Siri vous donne même les horaires de séances, les scores des matchs et peut faire une comparaison des statistiques de certains joueurs. Apple a même conclu un partenariat avec des constructeurs automobiles dont BMW, GM, Mercedes, Audi Toyota, Honda, afin d’inclure un bouton permettant d’activer Siri depuis le volant de votre voiture. Et comme évoqué dans plusieurs rumeurs, Siri sera bien disponible pour iPad.-Intégration de Facebook. Le réseau social sera intégré comme l’est déjà Twitter. On pourra alors poster les photos depuis l’appareil, partager des sites, via Safari ou des adresses depuis Maps. Sur l’AppStore, il sera désormais possible de liker/partager des applications. -Amélioration de la gestion des appels. Sur l’iPhone de nouvelles options font leur apparition. Il sera possible de répondre par un message, répondre plus tard, et même un mode “Ne pas déranger” paramétrable selon une plage horaire.-Facetime via la 3G. Plus besoin de Wi-Fi pour réaliser une vidéo conférence. Il est possible d’utiliser Facetime grâce au réseau cellulaire.-Partage des photos. Avec la fonctionnalité Photostream, on pourra partager des photos à ses amis qui recevront des notifications. L’application Mail se personnalise aussi avec une nouvelle fonction : “VIP”. Elle vous permet d’accéder plus intuitivement aux courriels de vos amis proches, avec une simplification de l’insertion de photos et vidéosÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?-Carte de fidélité tout en un. Passbook réunit toutes vos cartes de fidélité en une seule, ainsi que vos cartes d’embarquement, vos places de cinéma etc.-Au revoir Google Maps. La rumeur est bien confirmée, Google Maps laisse place à l’appli made in Apple, Maps. Elle permet un affichage du trafic en temps réel, avec un guidage vocal à l’aide de Siri. Elle propose aussi des information de trafic “crowd sourcées”. Maps propose même une vue en 3D calculée en temps réel. L’iOS 6 sera disponible d’ici l’automne à partir des iPhone 3GS , iPod Touch 4 et iPad 2, ainsi que le nouvel iPad.  Le 11 juin 2012 à 23:56 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Two suspects wanted to credit card and identify theft in Santee

first_imgTwo suspects wanted to credit card and identify theft in Santee KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SANTEE (KUSI) — Investigators with the Santee Sheriff’s Station asked the public Monday to help in identifying and locating two suspects wanted in connection with using stolen credit cards and identity theft.On Jan. 20, the victim either lost her wallet or had her wallet stolen at the Vons located in the 9600 block of Mission Gorge Road in Santee. The victim’s credit cards were immediately used by four suspects at several stores in the area, including Sketchers, Ross, Buffalo Wild Wings, Walmart and Home Depot. In all, the suspects made around $1,300 in fraudulent purchases.Two of the four suspects have already been identified and arrested. The search continues for the two suspects seen in the surveillance photos included in this bulletin.Suspect #1: is described as a 40 to 50-year-old man standing 6′ tall with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a yellow and black plaid jacket and blue jeans.Suspect #2: is a 40-year-old woman standing 5’6″ tall and weighing 230 pounds. She has burgundy/purple short hair and wears glasses. The woman was last seen wearing a black biker jacket with a design similar to a shark fin on the back, a black shirt and black leggings with black mid-calf combat boots.If you have any information on these suspects, call the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Information on how to send anonymous emails and mobile app tips can be found on our website: Posted: March 12, 2018 March 12, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Police investigate after video shows Miami Gardens officer throwing teen on ground

first_img“It’s really still heartbreaking, and I want to see that he gets some kind of counseling, something in his file, because it is totally unacceptable what he did to her that day. Totally unacceptable. I just can’t forget it,” the victim’s grandmother said.It remains unknown what charges the teenager faces or if the charges were dropped.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “I don’t know if some words were said, his skin was thin, but you don’t do that to a child,” the victim’s grandmother said.Meanwhile, police are pushing for patience from the public until they can gather all of the facts.“Don’t rush to judgment,” Noel-Pratt said. “Let it run its course. Let the process run its course, and let us investigate this matter appropriately.”This is not the only video catching attention of tough actions by officers this week.It happened the same day two Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were caught on a viral video pepper-spraying and punching 15-year-old Delucca Rolle.Body camera footage recently released caught a BSO deputy punching a suspect who was handcuffed to a hospital bed.In Miami Gardens, the victim’s frustrated family is demanding answers and accountability. MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami Gardens Police Department is conducting an investigation after a video surfaced showing one of their officers throwing a teenage girl on the ground.The takedown took place near Northwest 191st Street and 37th Avenue on April 18 where some students had gathered for a fight before the officer took down the teenager and arrested her.Broward Social Network, a youth mentoring service, posted the video on Facebook where the Miami Gardens officer could be seen pushing the teenager against a chain-linked fence before aggressively taking her down to the ground.“Wow! You know? Is this for real,” the victim’s grandmother said. “That was excessive force, and ‘Bam!’ Three-hundred pounds more than she is I’m sure ’cause he’s a big guy. He’s three times bigger than she is! That was most disturbing that you would do that even to a child. She didn’t resist. She wasn’t even the fighter. She was just observing.”Miami Gardens Police Chief Delma Noel-Pratt released a statement following the incident.“The actions depicted in the video occurred on April 18, 2019. The matter is currently under investigation. The investigation will include a review of all actions, to include those of the officer and the individual, who was arrested. We are asking that the public not rush to judgment, as these incidents must be fully investigated to ensure fairness to everyone involved.”The victim’s grandmother admits she doesn’t know if her granddaughter said anything to provoke the officer, but she said it wouldn’t warrant the reaction. last_img read more

Zinke signs land trade to allow road for King Cove

first_imgInterior Sec. Ryan Zinke, announcing the King Cove road deal. Behind him is Della Trumble of King Cove, flanked by Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski. Photo: Liz RuskinAlaska’s congressional delegation ticked another item off its decades-old to-do list Monday: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke signed a land swap agreement to allow a road in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge for King Cove. It’s a major turning point in the dispute over a roughly 12-mile road that would be mostly, or entirely, built on what’s now a federally protected wilderness.Listen nowKing Cove Corporation’s Della Trumble has been fighting for the road for more than 35 years. Now, she’s clutching a blue portfolio holding the land trade agreement.“I’ve always maintained I’m not going to believe it until the papers are signed. So they’re signed,” Trumble said with a small laugh.Conservation groups are dismayed. Some are threatening legal challenges. Audubon says the Izembek is one of the most important bird habitats in the world, critical to migrating waterfowl.Audubon Alaska policy director Susan Culliney said, among things, they’re concerned about transparency in the Trump administration’s management of Alaska’s federal land and water. She said the Obama administration had an extensive public process when it considered the road.“But this time it’s very limited in its public input,” Cullney said.Proponents say the road will save lives, by allowing people from King Cove access to the all-weather airport in Cold Bay.At a press conference after the signing, Sen. Lisa Murkowski displayed two unfancy souvenirs of her fight for the road.One was a legal pad, with a note Murkowski had written to herself four years ago, after then-Interior Secretary Sally Jewell killed a previous King Cove road deal. Murkowski said her staff conveyed a message to her that she found galling.“I wrote it down in this binder that I carry with me everywhere I go,” Murkowski said. “And I put it on the first page. And it said, quote, ‘I need to move past the Izembek thing and get over it.’”Murkowski saw it as Washington’s callousness toward the safety of King Cove residents. She kept the note on the top sheet of her pad for four years.“I’m officially ripping it out,” Murkowski said, crushing the paper into a ball. An array of officials behind her – local, state and federal – cheered.President Trump sent Sen. Murkowski a note on a copy of the Washington Post. (Photo: Liz Ruskin)Murkowski also brought the Oct. 16 front page of the Washington Post, featuring a story about the road and a note scrawled in black marker.“And the scribble at the top says, ‘Lisa, we will get it done. Best, Donald Trump,’” Murkowski said. “So, Mr. President, thank you for helping us get it done.”Trump wasn’t at the press conference, but King Cove Mayor Henry Mack was. He said everyone in his town has had a loved one suffer a frightening medevac, or taken flights from King Cove in fierce winds.“Most of the time it’s 25-to-40, and the planes fly because we need to get here, there for business, to medical,” Mack said. “It’s terrifying for even seasoned fishermen, seasoned elders. We just don’t like to do it. And it’s stressful. It really is.”Mack said once the road is built, King Cove residents who travel won’t have to wait out bad weather to get home, paying for expensive hotel rooms in Anchorage and wondering how long it will take.“This way here, we can land in Cold Bay, one of our kids can come pick us up in a car. We can go home,” Mack said.The land swap calls for an even exchange between the refuge and the village corporation. Nearly even: Sec. Zinke said the government will gain one acre.In years past, King Cove and the state offered the Interior Department 50,000 acres or more, in exchange for the road corridor. The federal government would have received some 300 acres for every one acre of refuge land. Zinke said he wasn’t interested in driving that sort of bargain.“It was unfair, very frankly,” Zinke said.Gov. Bill Walker said those lopsided offers were a sign of how desperate Alaskans were for the road.“And I was glad that didn’t go through,” Walker said. “Because that set a terrible precedent, that federal land was worth more than Alaska land.”Della Trumble said the next step is to conduct land appraisals.Walker said the state might build the road using its federal transportation dollars. With legal challenges likely, Walker said it’s not clear when road construction can begin.last_img read more

Wadia Group shares nosedive 17 after Ness Wadia gets 2year prison term

first_imgNess Wadia is the son and heir of Nusli Wadia’s 283-year-old business empire, the Wadia Group.TwitterFollowing reports about Ness Wadia prison term for two years for possession of drugs in Japan, the shares of Wadia Group companies plunged up to 17 percent. The shares of Bombay Dyeing suffered strong losses, falling up to 17.4 per cent to Rs 103 per share on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while National Peroxide slipped 5.3 percent to Rs 2,660. Bombay Burmah fell 6 per cent to Rs 1,193.Bombay Dyeing traded at Rs 111.55, down 10.62 percent, while Bombay Burmah had slipped over 2 percent at Rs 1245 at 11:33 am. National Peroxide also slipped over 4 percent to Rs 2,687.70. In contrast, the S&P BSE Sensex was trading at 38,912, down 155 points, or 0.40 percent.Business tycoon and co-owner of Kings XI Punjab IPL team, Ness Wadia, has been sentenced to a two-year jail term in Japan for drugs possession while on holiday. According to a report in the Financial Times, Ness Wadia possessed 25 grams of cannabis resin and was arrested in early March at New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.Ness Wadia is the son and heir of Nusli Wadia’s 283-year-old business empire, the Wadia Group.According to a brief report carried by a local Hokkaido station of state broadcaster NHK, customs officials at New Chitose were alerted to Wadia by sniffer dogs and a search revealed that he had about 25g of what appeared to be cannabis resin in his trouser pocket.The Wadia empire has many units, which include Bombay Dyeing, Bombay Burman Trading, biscuit giant Britannia Industries to budget airline GoAir and a share in IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab with the total market valuation of its listed entities standing at $13.1 billion.A court official in Sapporo said that Wadia admitted to possession, arguing that the drug was for his personal use.Japan’s narcotics laws are strict and are currently being applied especially tightly. Ness Wadia.TwitterWadia spent a period in detention before his indictment on March 20 and an undisclosed period of detention before a court hearing.The Sapporo District Court handed him a two-year prison sentence, which was suspended for five years.last_img read more

N Korea tests hydrogen bomb

first_imgNorth Korea locating a nuclear test conducted Sunday. Photo: AFPNorth Korea detonated a hydrogen bomb with “perfect success”, its state media said Sunday, adding that the device was capable of being loaded onto its long-range missiles.Hours after the North’s sixth nuclear detonation, an announcer on its official Korean Central Television declared: “The hydrogen bomb test was a perfect success.”last_img

Cardinals Wrap Up Second Day Action with Six Wins

first_imgThe Cardinals placed first in both the men’s and women’s long jump. Alexis Gibbons jumped a meet record 6.13m/20-01.50 for her first win of the season. Newcomer Anthony McRoberts  a season best jump of 7.27m/23-10.25 for his first win of the season as well.  Men’s 1000m (Heptathlon)2. Philip Frank -2:47.146. Clay Moss – 2:58.81 In his first showing in the heptathlon this season, Philip Frank led the Cardinals with a fourth-place finish of 4,934 points. Men’s Shot Put5. Christian Buckley – 17.34m/56-10.757. Cade Richeson – 17.04m/55-11 Men’s 60m3. Sterling Warner – 6.85 Women’s Weight Throw (Invitational)2. Makenli Forrest – 21.62m/70-11.25 In the running events, Brooke Raglin surpassed the meet record in the women’s 60m dash, crossing the finish line in 7.41 seconds and finishing in second place. It was the second straight personal best performance for Raglin.  Donald McClinton finished claimed the men’s 200m with a season-best time of 21.49. Men’s Pole Vault6. Lucas Weaver – 4.63m/15-02.25 The Cardinals will return to competition next weekend at the Hoosier Hills Invitational on Feb. 8 and Iowa State Classic Feb. 8-9. Women’s 800m26. Lindsey Fanz – 2:19.27 Men’s Heptathlon (Final)4. Philip Frank – 4,943 points7. Clay Moss – 3,709 points Women’s High Jump1. Alivia Ash – 1.72m/5-07.75 Women’s Shot Put6. Rashida Harris – 15.11m/49-0714. Victoria Farley – 13.62m/44-08.25 Men’s 60m Hurdles (Heptathlon)4. Aaron Johnson – 8.538. Philip Frank – 8.859. Clay Moss – 9.27 Men’s Pole Vault (Heptathlon)5. Philip Frank – 3.55m/11-07.756. Clay Moss – 3.25m/10-088. Dominic McClinton – 2.85m/9-04.25 Women’s Long Jump1. Alexis Gibbons – 6.13m/20-01.502. Renate van Tonder – 6.04m/19-09.7510. Nika Karpenko – 5.26m/17-03.25 Women’s Triple Jump1. Renate van Tonder – 12.62m/41-056. Nika Karpenko – 11.76m/38-07 Women’s 3000m11. Aurilla Wilson – 9:50.15 Print Friendly Version Men’s Weight Throw10. Spencer Harris – 18.01m/59-01.2512. Mitchell Kessler – 17.51m/57-05.50 Men’s High Jump3. Anthony McRoberts – 2.03m/6-084. Luke Nichols – 2.03m/6-0810. Skyler VanMeter – 1.93m/6-04.00 Women’s 200m7. Angel Amadi – 25.0518. Jo Bond – 25.81 Men’s 200m1. Donald McClinton – 21.492. Noah McBride – 21.52 Women’s Pole Vault1. Gabriela Leon – 4.30m/14-01.254. Morgan Zacharias – 4.15m/13-07.258. Aliyah Welter – 3.85m/12-07.50 Women’s 60m Hurdles (Finals)3. Kayla Alexander – 8.675. Sydney Hill – 8.72 Renate van Tonder rounded out the field event wins for Louisville in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 12.62m/41-05. Men’s 60m Hurdles (Finals)5. Martice Moore – 8.11 Final Results ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Louisville track and field team picked up six wins, six second place finishes and set three meet records on the final day of the Power Five Invitational. The Cardinals finished the meet with a total of eight wins. From the field, Gabriela Leon set a meet record with a 4.30m/14-01.25 pole vault to take the top spot of the competition. Alivia Ash won the women’s high jump for the first time this season clearing 1.72m/5-07.75. Men’s Mile6. Albert Kosgei – 4:13.6219. Ryan Johnston – 4:21.21 Men’s 400m14. Anthony Crandon – 50.02 Story Links Men’s 800m19. Alex Lynch – 1:57.09 Women’s 60m 2. Brooke Raglin – 7.41 Women’s 400m19. Sharnae Alston – 1:01.86 Men’s Long Jump1. Anthony McRoberts – 7.27m/23-10.252. Marcus Jegede – 7.23m/23-08.756. Donald McClinton – 6.54m/21-05.50 Power Five Invitational Feb. 2, 2019 | U-M Indoor Tracklast_img read more

Opening doorways to art

first_imgThe Capital will get a rare chance to peek into the mind of National Award winning sculptor K S Radhakrishnan. His solo exhibition titled In the Open will feature around 30 large scale outdoor sculptures over the last three decades.A first of its kind, this exhibition will showcase an exclusive pictorial documentation of Radhakrishnan’s site specific works installed in various government and private enterprises.Radhakrishnan’s bronze sculptures have catered to art enthusiasts, who not only have a keen eye for detail but value an artistee’s creativity. Radhakrishnan’s sculptures are mostly seen indoors in galleries and museums, but he has created many sculptures keeping open air as their real living space. According to the artiste, sculptures need breathing space and could breathe well only in an open air. Radhakrishnan further explains, ‘An open air sculpture could be public and private at the same time. My works, irrespective of their size, are always conceived as independent aesthetic entities that demand open air for their existence.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘As a city, Delhi has not yet warmed up to the idea of open air sculptures, though we have few public sculptures around the capital. K S Radhakrishnan’s works are not decorative pieces.They are contemporary works of art with a strong sense of asthetic individuality expressed in the enduring medium of bronze. I am very keen to showcase this internationally recognised artiste’s sculptural narratives with all its mythical, folklore and contemporary vigour,’ said Anubhav Nath, curator of the show. The exhibition will also feature a book written by critic Johny ML focussing on Radhakrishnan’s open air sculptures.WHEN: 15 November onwardsWHERE: OJAS ARTlast_img read more

Room tariff of guest houses in Visva Bharati to go up from

first_imgKolkata: Come July 1 and the tourists at the guest houses under Visva Bharati University in Santiniketan will have to shell out more for lodging. The university has decided to increase the tariff of all six guest houses under its aegis, on the premises of the varsity campus.According to university sources, Purba Palli, Ratan Kuthi, Sail International, Sri Niketan and Rathindra Atithi Griha are the major ones among the six guest houses. The President, Prime Minister or foreign guests who visit the university, stay at Rathindra Atithi Griha, which is known for its state-of-the-art facilities. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRatan Kuthi is one of the oldest guest houses, which was set up in 1923, according to the model of the architecture of the university itself.According to a source, the tariff of AC double bed room of Rathindra Atithi Griha will be raised from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000, while that of a suite will increase from Rs 2,000 to Rs 3,000. The rates for rooms at Ratan Kuthi will be increased from Rs 900 to Rs 1,400 for AC double bed rooms and from Rs 950 to Rs 1,100 for rooms at the annex building. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe rate for Sail Guest House will be hiked to Rs 1,000 from Rs 800 for double bed rooms and Rs 600 from Rs 500 for single bed rooms. Purba Palli Guest House’s tariff will also go up from Rs 850 to Rs 1,000 for double bed rooms and the rates for international dormitory will be raised from Rs 100 to Rs 150. According to rules, a person lodging at these guest houses has to be an employee of the varsity or of the state or central government.A spokesperson in the varsity said that hotels with the same facilities in Santiniketan have a much higher tariff in comparison to the guest houses.last_img read more

OneDrives Protect your important files feature rolls out

first_imgOneDrive’s Protect your important files feature rolls out by Martin Brinkmann on August 15, 2018 in Windows – 12 commentsMicrosoft is in the process of rolling out an update to the company’s OneDrive application for Windows 10 that unlocks the Protect your important files feature in the client for home users.The feature has been available since June 2018 for Business users and is now being rolled out to all other users of OneDrive provided that they use the OneDrive client on Windows 10 (may also be available on previous Windows versions).Tip: if you don’t use OneDrive, find out how to block the set up OneDrive prompt or uninstall OneDrive right away.OneDrive Protect your important filesProtect your important files is a simple feature that gives OneDrive users options to automatically sync files on the Desktop and in the Pictures and Documents folders with OneDrive.OneDrive up until now synced only the files and folders that users put into the OneDrive folder on systems that ran the software or using the web interface of the service.The new functionality extends the reach of OneDrive by giving users options to sync these three folders with the cloud and their account automatically.The usefulness of the feature depends on use of at least one of the three folders on the system.Protect your important files is not enabled by default. Windows 10 users who run the latest version of the OneDrive application can enable it in the following way:Open the OneDrive Settings with a left-click on the OneDrive icon in the system tray, and selection of More > Settings from the interface.Switch to the Auto Save tab in the Settings window.Select “Update Folders” under Protect your important files.Select at least one of the listed folders in the new window that is displayed and activate “start protection” afterward. OneDrive displays the size of each folder and the available space on OneDrive.Reopen the configuration window to start or stop the syncing for each of the supported folders individually.Most file types get synced but Microsoft notes that some won’t be synced automatically even if they are placed in one of the supported locations.Outlook database files (.pst) and OneNote files that aren’t already stored in OneDrive (.one, .onepkg, .onetoc, .onetoc2).Other limitations that users need to be aware of:A file can have a maximum size of 20 Gigabytes.File names may not start with a space or include the following characters: \ : / * ? < > ” |The file path needs to have fewer than 520 characters on Windows 10 and fewer than 260 characters on Windows 7.OneDrive needs to be set up on the same volume as the folders.Junction point and symbolic links are ignored.Auto Save displays two other options that may be of interest to OneDrive users. The first saves photos and videos automatically to OneDrive when smartphones, digital cameras and other devices with media are connected to the Windows PC.The second saves any captured screenshot to OneDrive automatically. Both features are disabled by default and can be enabled under Auto Save in the OneDrive settings.Sync other folders with OneDrive?You can only sync the three mentioned folders that are outside of the OneDrive folder with OneDrive using the new feature. That’s very limiting and is of little use to you if you store important files elsewhere.While you could move these files inside the OneDrive structure to have them synced with online storage and other devices automatically, it is not something that is always possible.The only option right now to work around the issue is to use symbolic links for that. You can use a program like Linkmaker for that but any other program that supports symbolic links should do as well.Closing WordsThe synchronization of files that reside on the desktop or in the Pictures or Documents folder is a welcome addition to OneDrive. OneDrive users can enable the functionality to sync files placed in these folders automatically with OneDrive to have them backed up regularly.It functions as a backup of sorts then and functionality like OneDrive’s version history may prove useful in the context as well.I wish Microsoft would have added an option to add custom folders to OneDrive’s sync list as the current functionality leaves users who don’t use these three folders or only some of them out in the rain.While there are workarounds, it would be great if Microsoft would implement the missing functionality at a later point in time.Now You: do you use OneDrive or another sync service?SummaryArticle NameOneDrive’s Protect your important files feature rolls outDescriptionProtect your important files is a new feature of OneDrive to sync files stored on the Desktop and in the Pictures and Documents folders automatically.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Doltone House Takes Home Two National Industry Awards

first_imgSource = Doltone House Renowned NSW venue and catering collection, Doltone House takes out the NATIONAL 2011 Meetings & Events Industry Award (Specialty Meeting Venue) category as well as NATIONAL 2011 Cause Related Event of The Year for the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation event. After being announced NSW state winner for both categories in the Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Awards in early March 2012, Doltone House has been announced as NATIONAL WINNER of the 2011 Meetings and Events Industry Award for the Specialty Meeting Venue category and 2011 Cause Related Event of The Year, where the partnership between Doltone House and the Biaggio Signorelli Foundation found success.  The prestigious night of nights was hosted by the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre with the who’s who of the National events industry in attendance.  The Gala Dinner was the closing event of the 25th  anniversary of the MEA National Annual Conference held from 21-24 April 2012.  Awards were accepted by Anna Cesarano, Director and owner of Doltone House.  Both acceptance speeches were stand outs as she related back to the guest speakers that presented at the conference…”better to be helicopter people than vending machine people…it’s great being a pilot in the business, but even greater when staff too can sit in the hot seat.”She later too expressed her heartfelt thanks in accepting an award close to heart, honouring her late father and founder of Doltone House venue and catering collection, with the 2011 Biaggio Signorelli Foundation Gala Dinner taking home best MEA Cause Related Event in Australia.  She broke out in song to the Pointer Sisters band chaser, “I’m so excited” as she stepped to the stage, “and I just can’t hide it…I’m about to lose control and I think I like it”. Doltone House is renowned in Sydney for providing multi award-winning, iconic venues for conferences and events. The Doltone property portfolio, which includes the iconic flagship property Jones Bay Wharf, Sylvania Waters, and the latest addition, the 6-star green-star Darling Island Wharf – has seen Doltone House establish a reputation as one of Australia’s premier event providers and honoured by the most recent accolades. last_img read more

British Airways celebrates 15 years of premium economy in Hong Kong

first_imgBritish Airways celebrates 15 years of premium economy in Hong KongThis year, British Airways marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of its World Traveller Plus premium economy cabin. In the year 2000, British Airways was the first global airline to introduce a fourth cabin, premium economy, on its aircraft.Earlier this month, British Airways was named the Best Premium Economy Class at the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards. Travellers from Hong Kong can now take advantage of these special fares to experience the award-winning premium economy cabin from just HK$13,180 to a city in one of 41 countries in Europe with no stopover in London, or from HK$14,180 to include London and one other destination in the UK or Europe. Tickets must be booked by 23 October 2015 and are valid for departures from Hong Kong between 5 October 2015 and 31 March 2016.Travelling in World Traveller Plus premium economy, customers can enjoy 30 per cent more legroom than in World Traveller economy class. The seat features a footrest, increased recline position, hammock headrest and a cocktail table whilst the extra legroom allows travellers to stretch out and relax. Customers can also choose from the Club World business class entrée menu and enjoy a premium dining experience in the air. A full bar service is also available with a wide selection of beverages. Travellers in premium economy can also enjoy a double baggage allowance of two pieces of checked baggage weighing 23kg each.Noella Ferns, British Airways’ regional general manager for Greater China and the Philippines said, “Each year, over 1.2 million customers travel in our World Traveller Plus premium economy. It’s a great option for cost-conscious business travellers and discerning leisure passengers looking for greater comfort, space and privacy at an affordable price.We are very pleased to be awarded the Best Premium Economy Class at the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards, this is a great recognition from our customers and we invite travellers from Hong Kong to try out our award-winning premium economy cabin the next time when they travel to the UK or Europe.”British Airways operates two daily non-stop flights between Hong Kong and London. It is the only airline to operate the popular Airbus A380 superjumbo on the route. The A380, dubbed “the quietest cabin in the sky”, offers customers the very latest in aircraft technology as well as more spacious and comfortable cabins. British AirwaysSource = British Airwayslast_img read more