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Métis premier Bob McLeod of NWT looks back on 8 years in

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsBob McLeod has a few remaining weeks governing the Northwest Territories.The Métis man from Zhahti Koe, Fort Providence was the first person to be re-elected premier of the N.W.T.But now he’s decided to retire.“I felt that I didn’t want to be committed for another four years and I didn’t really want to be in politics when I’m 70 years old,” McLeod said.He noted his leadership style as inclusive and cited his success on “letting the managers manage” in office.“Our first get together our cabinet said is that one of the things we should all aspire to is not to lose any ministers. I’m really proud that we had eight years of good government and didn’t lose a single minister.“We didn’t lose any motions on non confidence,” he said.During his time as premier there were several significant infrastructure projects including the $350-million hospital in Yellowknife, the $300-million Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk Highway and the $202-million Deh Cho Bridge, the last major river to be bridged.McLeod said there are still some pages left unturned as he gets ready to call it quits.“The one that everyone always talks about of course is land claims and self government. We made some progress not as much progress as we wanted to but some of the claims have been negotiated going on thirty years.“It’s disappointing to me that I’ll have to join the list of Premiers that weren’t able to,” Mcleod said.Unlike its neighbours Nunavut and the Yukon, the N.W.T. never fully recovered from the 2008 recession.“It’s worrisome especially because exploration is down. Even with that we have mining projects, Mackenzie valley natural gas pipeline was approved and yet it never got built,” he said.In 2017, the Premier made headlines as he issued his “red alert.” He suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had acted out of colonialism after a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas development was announced in 2016.“Over a period of time we hadn’t produced a single molecule of oil and gas in a territory that historically has been producing oil and gas since the 1930s.“We had an immediate response from the federal government the next morning and I think our relationship has improved significantly,” McLeod said.The 19th Legislative Assembly will be elected on Oct. 1, 2019.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.ca@aptncharlottelast_img read more

Afghanistan UN experts urge steppedup supervision of US security contractors

19 October 2010A United Nations group of independent human rights experts today called for stronger supervision of United States private security contractors working in Afghanistan and elsewhere, welcoming a recent US report into the role and oversight of these companies. A United Nations group of independent human rights experts today called for stronger supervision of United States private security contractors working in Afghanistan and elsewhere, welcoming a recent US report into the role and oversight of these companies.The findings of the report by the US Senate Committee on Armed Services are consistent with that of the experts following their visit to Afghanistan last April, said Alexander Nikitin, the chairperson of the UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries.He noted that the US study revealed the many problems raised by the absence of adequate oversight over the private military and security companies contracted by the US Government in Afghanistan.“Because of the lack of effective vetting procedures, in particular, some of these companies employed individuals who may have been involved in human rights abuses in the past and continued to be involved in human rights violations while employed by these companies,” Mr. Nikitin said.The Working Group noted during its visit to Afghanistan that former armed elements, whether considered to be warlords or anti-government elements, were not effectively prevented from registering as employees of officially licensed private security companies.Given the lack of systematic and effective vetting and training procedures, and the absence of adequate sanctions in case of violations, the UN expert body had recommended that governments contracting private security companies in Afghanistan establish adequate oversight and accountability mechanisms.During the Group’s visit to the US in July last year, it also recommended that the Government establish a more vigorous vetting procedure before awarding contracts. “The problems faced in Afghanistan illustrate once again the importance of and the pressing need for a strong system of regulation and oversight of private military and security companies,” said Mr. Nikitin.“The matters discussed in the United States Senate report are too important to be left to self-regulation of companies,” he stressed. “While voluntary codes of conduct for private contractors are welcome, they are not sufficient to ensure that States regulate and monitor the activities of the companies they contract to carry out State functions, and establish accountability mechanisms to address human rights violations,” he added.Last month, the Group presented a draft text for a new convention on the regulation of private military and security companies to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.“The self-regulatory codes of conduct of the security industry have failed in the past 10 years to establish effective accountability,” said Mr. Nikitin. “In this regard, we hope that all States, including the United States where many private military and security companies are established, will seriously consider participating in the process initiated by the Human Rights Council aimed at setting up an international regulatory framework for private military and security companies.”The Working Group was established in 2005 and comprises five independent experts serving in their personal capacities. They are: Alexander Nikitin, Amada Benavides de Pérez, José Luis Gómez del Prado, Najat al-Hajjaji and Faiza Patel. read more

In Assembly address Russian President stresses national sovereignty within context of UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe “We consider the attempts to undermine the authority and legitimacy of the United Nations as extremely dangerous,” he told the General Debate on the opening day of the high-level segment of the Assembly’s 70th annual session, citing United States sanctions against Russia over Ukraine and calling for full support for the Syrian Government in its war against terrorism. In a wide-ranging speech in which he also proposed the formation in accordance with the UN Charter of a broad international coalition against terrorism and the harmonization of regional economic projects, Mr. Putin emphasized the diversity of models among UN Member States and the vital importance of respecting State sovereignty.“Ensuring peace and regional and global stability remains the key objective of the international community, with the UN at its helm,” Mr. Putin declared. “We believe this means creating a space of equal and indivisible security which is not for the select few, but for everyone.”Turning to specific issues, he said aggressive foreign interference that in the Middle East and North Africa has resulted in a flagrant destruction of national institutions rather than bringing about reforms, opening the way for tens of thousands of terrorists and extremists to fill the vacuum under the banner of the so-called Islamic State. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shares a toast with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as US President Barack Obama (left) looks on. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama share a toast at a luncheon hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in honour of world leaders attending the general debate of the General Assembly. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets with President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe ‹ › “We think it is an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the Syrian Government and its Armed Forces, who are valiantly fighting terrorism face-to-face,” he said, noting the danger posed by foreign Islamic State recruits from Europe and Russia if they returned to their homelands.“We should finally acknowledge that no one but President (Bashar al-) Assad’s Armed Forces and Kurd militia are truly fighting the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations in Syria.”As current President of the Security Council, Russia will convene a ministerial meeting to propose agreement on a resolution to coordinate the actions of all the forces against the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations based on the principles of the UN Charter, he added.Closer to home, Mr. Putin denounced United States sanctions on Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the fighting in eastern Ukraine as unilateral and circumventing the UN Charter, charging some “colleagues” with “thinking of the times of the cold war and the desire to explore new geopolitical areas.”Hence they expanded NATO’s military infrastructure, offering post-Soviet countries a false choice – either to be with the West, or with the East.“Sooner or later this logic of confrontation was bound to spark off a grave geopolitical crisis,” he said. “This is exactly what happened in Ukraine where the discontent of population with the current authorities was used and a military coup was orchestrated from outside that triggered a civil war as a result.”He called for genuine consideration for the interests and rights of the people in eastern Ukraine to guarantee that the country will develop as an essential link in building a common space of security and economic cooperation both in Europe and in Eurasia.Mr. Putin also stressed the importance of ensuring that UN Climate Change Conference in December in Paris is a success, noting that Russia plans to reduce by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions to 70-75 per cent of the 1990 level, and offering to co­sponsor a special forum under the UN auspices on depletion of natural resources, destruction of habitat and climate change.“Russia believes in the huge potential of the United Nations which should help us avoid a new global confrontation and engage in strategic cooperation,” he concluded. “Together with other countries, we will consistently work towards strengthening the central coordinating role of the UN.” read more

Baseball Leaving pitching behind Murray hopes to impact 2017 Buckeyes with change

OSU redshirt senior Shea Murray is switching positions from pitcher to outfield for the 2017 season. Credit: Courtesy of OSUChanging positions in baseball is often just part of the game. But it is rare a position change occurs in a player’s final year of eligibility. It is even more rare still that the change is from the mound to the outfield.But that is the transition coming for redshirt senior outfielder Shea Murray ahead of the 2017 season. The former pitcher will be taking his talents to the outfield where he hopes to compete for a starting spot in his final season with the Ohio State baseball team.The decision to make such a drastic position change came toward the end of the 2016 season. The coaching staff sat down with Murray and discussed a way for the 23-year-old player to have an impact on the team after three years of limited playing time.“My mechanics were not great — I couldn’t locate the ball like I at one time could and basically coming into my fifth year, I just wanted to have an opportunity to get on the field any way that I could,” Murray said. “And we lost a lot of the lineup from last year: two of the outfielders (Ronnie Dawson and Troy Montgomery) and a lot of the hitters. I felt like if there was any opportunity to make that transition, it was this year.”The decision to join OSU as a pitcher initially was not his alone. After graduating from Defiance High School, Murray spoke with baseball coach Tom Held who recommended he try to walk on as a pitcher due to his size and projectability.“He’s just a guy who’s got a lot of God-given ability, that I always knew if we convinced him that he could throw 90 miles per hour as a pitcher, he could walk on,” Held said. “I said, ‘you throw 90 at 6-foot-5 the way you are, they’ll keep you as a walk-on and that’s what he did.”Held – who has sent four pitchers to professional baseball, including Jon Niese and Chad Billingsley, as well as five pitchers to Division I college baseball – believed if there was ever a player who could make this transition, it was Murray.“We have a little idea to compare Shea with all those guys,” Held said. “Shea’s more athletic than any of them. That doesn’t mean he’s a better pitcher, but he’s more athletic.”Murray opted to redshirt his true-freshman season. That year he appeared in five games with little success, posting a 30.38 ERA across 2.2 innings. The following year, he made six appearances, but again failed to find much success as he produced a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings of work.Despite the struggles, Murray attracted big-league attention. After the 2015 season, Murray was drafted by the Texas Rangers when they selected him in the 39th round of the draft, 1158th overall.Some might find it strange to draft someone with only 10.1 innings of collegiate experience, but former Chicago Cubs scout and Cincinnati Reds’ interim general manager Brad Kullman said that is a typical pick for teams late in drafts given the upside that comes with Murray’s profile.“There is an old saying in baseball that you can teach a kid off-speed pitches, and you can work with his mechanics (to improve control), but can’t teach arm strength,” Kullman said. “The Rangers scout must have had a theory that they could work with his mechanics and try to harness his power. If he truly has not just a good arm, but two-plus pitches for a 39th rounder, it’s not an unreasonable gamble to try to catch lightning in a bottle.”Despite the offer to play professionally, Murray opted to return to OSU to prove to himself he could improve his value and still contribute to the team’s success.“I felt I could up my draft stock coming back and playing for another year,” Murray said. “I felt like I had unfinished business here at Ohio State, that was before we had won the Big Ten Championship. That was before I really had very much playing time and also, I hadn’t finished my degree yet, so it was a combination of things that was why I wanted to come back.”The 2016 campaign yielded better results for Murray as he logged 2.0 innings in two appearances and a 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts. The season also saw him log an inning in center field and register his first at-bat as a college player.After the season ended, OSU baseball coach Greg Beals saw practice in the outfield as a chance for Murray to reset his mechanics and get back to basics. But Beals was impressed enough by what he saw in Murray’s defensive ability and potential offensive upside that he now believes Murray might have a chance to stick in the outfield as a starter this season.“Shea’s a great athlete, I mean (he) can really run and throw; he’s a big, physical kid with great tools to play outfield defense,” Beals said. “He’s taken to playing the outfield extremely well and we’ve left him in that position, because we think he’s got a significant opportunity to contribute to our ball club this year.”For Murray, this transition has required spending many hours in the batting cages and shagging fly balls out in the field. His summer was spent improving his swing and defensive ability in the field with coach Beals and former MLB outfielder Matt Angle.Held believes Murray’s dedication to the baseball following a high-school career as a three-sport athlete has helped him make this transition by providing him with confidence in his ability and a strong work ethic.“He went to work that day (he made the position change) and has continued to put himself in a position maybe to put himself on the field and I couldn’t be more proud of him,” Held said. “Most guys wouldn’t do that. They wouldn’t even take on that challenge.” read more

Jack Shepherd writes note to victims family as Britain officially makes extradition

Shepherd failed to attend his trial at the Old Bailey in July and was convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence in his absence and sentenced to six years in prison. Jack Shepherd, the speedboat killer, has written a note to his victim’s family saying he wants to meet them and “explain everything that happened that tragic evening”.The fugitive reportedly scribbled a handwritten message to the grieving relatives of Charlotte Brown, who died on a date with him, while he was in a Georgian jail.It came as Britain made an official request to extradite Shepherd from the country he fled to ahead of his trial, with local prosecutors expressing confidence the move would succeed.The note, obtained by The Sun, said: “I want more than anything to talk to Charlotte’s family.“I wish that I had ignored the police and lawyers and spoken to you three years ago. To look you in the eye and explain everything that happened that tragic evening.“From TV I have learned that you suspect it was something else than an accident. I cannot imagine how it feels to have that suspicion.“I hope that from our meeting you will be able to understand better how your daughter lost her life.” Charlotte Brown died in the speedboat crash Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The fugitive spent months on the run after disappearing ahead of his trial for the manslaughter by gross negligence of Ms Brown.The 31-year-old is currently being held at a prison in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.Irakli Chilingarashvili, the head of the International Department of the Prosecutors Office of Georgia, told the BBC he was “very confident” extradition will go ahead.It was reported that the extradition request had been received in the last few days and it will now be up to a judge to decide the fugitive’s fate.Mr Chilingarashvili said: “We will do our best to finalise this case successfully and to give the possibility to our UK colleagues to bring this person before justice in the United Kingdom.”Shepherd handed himself in to police after 10 months in hiding, when it became apparent that the net was closing in around him.He has previously vowed to fight extradition, claiming that his life would be in danger if he was forced to serve the six year jail sentence handed down in his absence in a UK jail.Ms Brown, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, died in December 2015 when Shepherd’s boat flipped into the wintry waters of the River Thames in London after they shared a Champagne-fuelled first date. But his reported attempts to arrange a meeting was spurned by the father of 24-year-old Ms Brown.Graham Brown told the newspaper: “We don’t intend to dignify Shepherd’s comments with a response until the extradition process has been completed.” Charlotte Brown died in the speedboat crashCredit:PA read more

Charlie Haughey drama trilogy gets major chunk of €45m BAI funding

first_imgA THREE-PART DRAMA “charting the emergence of modern Ireland through the mesmeric figure of Charles J Haughey” has been awarded almost one-quarter of the total funding of the latest Sound and Vision Scheme.The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland released the list of projects to be funded yesterday – while a total of 64 radio and 15 TV projects will be supported by the fund this time, €1m of the €4.5m total will go to the production of Citizen Charlie. The drama will be shown on RTÉ One and will be produced by Element Pictures and English company Touchpaper.RTÉ Commissioning Editor Jane Gogan told TheJournal.ie:We are very pleased that the BAI has agreed to finance the project with RTÉ. Charles J Haughey is a figure in Irish life which everyone has a point of view, but this drama will be as much about Ireland as it is about one man. The series is being written by Colin Teevan (Vera, Single-Handed) and goes into production next year.Another big winner in the funding stakes is a drama for TG4, Corp + Anam, which was awarded €775,000 for its second series, produced by Magamedia Teo. Maria Doyle Kennedy and Diarmuid de Faoite starred in the first series, about a TV crime correspondent (de Faoite) who is “too busy to notice that the world of crime is coming closer to home every day”.Read the full list of who got what funding in this document>Several other series/programmes are being supported to the tune of over a quarter of a million euro. RTÉjr, RTÉ’s children’s channel, is getting €400,000 to produce a bilingual animation series called Inis Spraoi (produced by Magpie 6). An educational series, In Your Shoes, by Yellow Asylum for RTÉ2′s children’s programming is getting €250,000 while Sideline Productions were awarded €350,000 to produce Tales of Irish Castles, a documentary for TV3. Mind the Gap Films were awarded €260,000 to produce Glaoch an Cheoil music programmes for TG4.Most of the other programmes funded under this round are aimed at local and community radio stations (as well as State broadcasters and bigger commercial players like Newstalk). Some interesting projects include a documentary on the sinking of the Lusitania, the diagnosis of dyslexia in adulthood, faith healers in Ireland, science programmes, an exploration of working as Santa Claus, the Kennedy family’s ‘Irish mafia’ and an intriguingly-titled project subtitled, ‘Tipperary’s Most Hated Family’.Read: BAI upholds complaints against TV3 ‘psychic’ service>Read: Tommy Bowe and Titanic docs to receive BAI funding>last_img read more

UK marine who was jailed for killing injured Taliban fighter is freed

first_img By Daragh Brophy Share Tweet Email I’m at Erlestoke Prison where Royal Marine Sgt Alexander Blackman was released at 12.18am. He was driven away in an unmarked police car pic.twitter.com/3LkdL9MH1Y— Claire Hayhurst (@clairehayhurst) April 27, 2017 Friday 28 Apr 2017, 8:14 AM 14,275 Views 93 Comments Apr 28th 2017, 8:14 AM UK marine who was jailed for killing injured Taliban fighter is freed A court cut Alexander Blackman’s sentence to seven years after his murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter. center_img Source: Claire Hayhurst/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3362880 A MARINE JAILED for killing an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been freed from prison overnight in the UK.Multiple UK media outlets report that Alexander Blackman was released shortly after midnight.He had been serving his sentence at Erlestoke Prison in Wiltshire, South West England.A reporter for the Press Association tweeted that he had been released at 12.18am and driven away in an unmarked police car. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article A court cut his sentence to seven years last month after his murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.His supporters hugged and waved flags after that verdict at the Royal Courts of Justice in London, and it was expected he could be released within weeks.Blackman was sentenced in 2013 for shooting the fighter at close range in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province on September 15, 2011, after the man was seriously injured by fire from an Apache helicopter.“There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil… It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us,” Blackman was heard saying, paraphrasing William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in footage captured by a camera on another soldier’s helmet.“Obviously this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention,” he said to his fellow Royal Marines, a reference to international laws governing the treatment of prisoners of war.Blackman was originally sentenced to life in prison with a 10-year minimum although this was later reduced to eight years to account for the fact he was suffering from combat stress disorder.That was the same reason given by judges last month for downgrading his conviction to manslaughter.“As with any person sentenced to a determinate term, his release will ordinarily be at the half-way point of the sentence,” judge Robert Thomas said last month. Source: PA Wire/PA ImagesApart from army veterans, the campaign to free Blackman also had the support of the Daily Mail newspaper and best-selling author Frederick Forsyth.The case marked the first time since World War II that a British soldier was convicted of a murder carried out on the battlefield.“You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood,” judge Jeff Blackett told Blackman at his court-martial in 2013.“By doing so you have betrayed your corps and all British service personnel who have served in Afghanistan, and you have tarnished their reputation,” Blackett said.The conviction was supported by Britain’s chief of the defence staff at the time, Nicholas Houghton, who said: “Murder is murder, this is a heinous crime.”But last month, judges said Blackman was suffering from a “combination of stressors” that impaired his ability to make rational decisions.They said it was “clear that a consequence was that he had developed a hatred for the Taliban and a desire for revenge”.- With reporting from AFP Read: ‘Major, major conflict with North Korea’ possible, Trump says >Read: Politicians attacked after Macedonia’s parliament stormed by 100 protesters >last_img read more

Round 3 Googles AlphaGo To Take On Go World Champ

first_img Not satisfied with AlphaGo steamrolling Go world champ Lee Sedol four games to one, Google will pit its artificial intelligence program against China’s top players and leading AI experts in a five-day festival next month.Developed by Google’s DeepMind, the software in 2015 became the first computer Go program to beat a human professional. It made history again last year, when it pummeled Sedol.But despite fears that AI may diminish the ancient Chinese game, artificial intelligence has actually made human players stronger and more creative, according to DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis.“It’s humbling to see how pros and amateurs alike, who have pored over every detail of AlphaGo’s innovative gameplay, have actually learned new knowledge and strategies about perhaps the most studied and contemplated game in history,” he wrote in a blog post.Invented in China more than 2,500 years ago, and played by more than 40 million people worldwide, Go requires players to place black or white stones on a board in an effort to capture the opponent’s pieces or surround empty spaces to build territories.The deceivingly difficult game features more possible moves than there are atoms in the universe, eliminating traditional “brute force” AI methods that search for all conceivable sequences of moves.“AlphaGo’s play makes us feel free, that no move is impossible,” Go pro Zhou Ruiyang said in a video (above). “Now everyone is trying to play in a style that hasn’t been tried before.”New styles will be tested further at the “Future of Go Summit,” scheduled for May 23-27 in Wuzhen, China, where AlphaGo and top Chinese players are invited to “explore the mysteries of the game together.”A variety of formats include “Pair Go” (where two human competitors are paired with AlphaGo) and “Team Go” (where AlphaGo takes on a team of five people). The event highlight, meanwhile, is a classic one-on-one match of three games between the AI and the world’s No. 1 player, Ke Jie (pictured below).Go world champ Ke Jie (far right) with Google CEO Sundar Pichai (second from left) (DeepMind)Visitors can also learn more about AlphaGo and machine learning methods—also used to reduce energy use and for medical research—in a Google forum on the “Future of AI.”“We’re excited to see what insights this next round of games and discussion will bring, and the challenges this will help us solve together—both on and off the Go board,” Hassabis said. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

Some of Samsungs Newest TVs Are Trying Hard To Camouflage Themselves

first_img Samsung has been hard at work over the last few years making televisions that not only look gorgeous and crisp when you’re watching your favorite shows, but attractive pieces for your living room as well. It’s difficult to make something as large as a QLED TV look classy and sharp, but it looks like the manufacturer may have made something that actually accomplishes something interesting: The TV appears to be camouflaged, even “disappearing” when not in use. It may sound like magic, but it definitely involves some clever trickery to make the effect happen.Samsung’s latest QLED TV lineup comes with a feature called Ambient Mode, which allows the TV to use the same kind of texture on the wall behind it so that it “disappears” out of sight. Think of it like Harry Potter’s cloak that turns him invisible while he’s underneath it, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect here.Ambient Mode uses a special app that lets you take a picture of the wall around it, so it’s not a chameleon that can just sense what the designs around it look like. The TV will then project the image with the same pattern that was sent with it, taking into account the lighting effects with the photo taken, of course. You’ll definitely need a high-quality image if you want the effect to work as expected, but the fact that it even works at all is mindblowing.So what you end up with is a huge TV that essentially melts into the background when your favorite show or video game isn’t taking up the screen. It looks pretty strange, and could probably take a while to get used to, but it also goes a long way as far as keeping your living space minimalistic.In addition to Ambient Mode’s “disappearance,” the TVs also come with newspaper headline features, the time, weather, and more. The new TVs also come with support for Samsung’s Bixby assistant, as well as energy-saving features that can help turn off the TV if it doesn’t sense a smartphone or a human nearby. Startlingly, they also use about 40 to 50 percent as much energy in Ambient Mode as they do with regular TV or other programming. TV tech is getting ridiculous, isn’t it? Stay on target Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Olson Withdraws From WriteIn Campaign For Borough Assembly

first_imgOriginal Story: Brian Olson announced he will be running a write-in campaign for the upcoming municipal election on October 2. Olson: “After further consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a write-in candidacy is not feasible at this time.  Therefore, I will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for Borough Assembly.” Hibbert, owner of Alaska Cab, is running for his second term on the borough assembly. Hibbert declined to comment on the upcoming election. The local municipal election Day is October 2. Absentee voting is open in the borough and begins on September 17 in the cities. Olson: “The reason I chose to do a write-in campaign is because of the annexation vote on the resolution  that took place on Tuesday nights borough assembly meeting. My representative, Brent Hibbert, did not support the Mayor and Mr. Blakeley’s resolution. Mr. Hibbert has one of the largest districts affected by annexation and he’s out of touch with the people out here.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on September 9th, 2018 at 08:34 amUpdate on Sunday, September 9: Brian Olson has announced he will no longer be pursuing a write-in campaign for District 1, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Olson will take on incumbent Brent Hibbert who is running for reelection in District 1, which includes Kalifornsky Beach Road and part of Kenai.last_img read more

White House Announces Intent to Nominate Esper for Defense Secretary Two Other

first_imgThe White House announced Friday President Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper for Secretary of Defense, Under Secretary of Defense David Norquist as Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Army Under Secretary Ryan McCarthy as Secretary of the Army.Earlier in the week Trump had named Esper as acting defense secretary after on Monday he announced that former Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan would not continue to pursue his nomination for the Pentagon chief due to personal reasons.The announcement of the three nominations allowed the administration to informally authorize the officials into their new positions so that they would be in place this week, Military.com reported Friday.However, if Esper does not quickly receive a formal defense secretary nomination following Trump’s intent announcement, he would be unable to step into the role due to the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, according to the report. The law generally does not allow a secretary nominee to fill the roll in acting capacity, which would trigger a line of succession placing Navy Secretary Richard Spencer as acting defense secretary if Trump does not name another formal nominee.With the Senate’s July schedule a major factor prior to its annual August recess, the Pentagon confirmed it has not yet received Esper’s formal nomination paperwork, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman.“As of right now, we don’t have anything official that he’s been nominated yet,” Jessica Maxwell told Military.com. “We’ll have just have to wait for an official nomination to come through,” she said.Esper has served as Army secretary since 2017 and as a former Army infantry officer during the Iraq War he earned the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.Photo by Lisa Ferdinando ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

Ferry fares rise for third time in a year

first_imgThe ferry Taku sails into the Wrangell Narrows on its way south in 2013. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Download AudioBeginning in May, it will cost 14 percent more to take the ferry to and from the Lower 48.The fare boost is part of another round of Alaska Marine Highway System tariff increases. Officials said they’ll increase income and help equalize rates across all routes.Transportation Department spokesman Jeremy Woodrow said Bellingham, Washington, sailings are in high demand.“Those routes always sell out during the summertime. And by putting on that premium, that will generate additional revenue, which will allow the marine highway system to provide ferry service in other parts of the system,” he said.A passenger traveling one way from Juneau to Bellingham without a vehicle or stateroom now pays about $410, a $50 increase.That’s about 14 percent more. Woodrow said it’s part of the effort to equalize all ticket prices.“A 50-mile trip in Southeast Alaska will cost the same as a 50-mile trip in Southwest Alaska. Right now, that’s not necessarily the case. We have a lot of imbalances across the entire system,” Woodrow said.The rate hike is the third in the past year. Two previous increases raised fares a total of about 10 percent, across the board.Woodrow said the fare equalization effort will take about five years. But you can’t find the latest rates without making – or trying to make – a reservation online or on the phone.“We have thousands of different route combinations. Before it was easier to say which ones were not being increased, compared to now. Now, almost every single route is being affected, because … we’re applying a formula to those routes,” he said.That formula comes from a 2015 tariff analysis.last_img read more

BJR Nagar park turns dump yard

first_imgJammigadda: The condition of the GHMC Park in BJR Nagar Colony in Jammigadda has turned from bad to worse due to the lack of proper maintenance. As there are no parks in the area, residents, especially children and retired employees, are the most affected.The GHMC Park is filled with concrete bricks, wild growth of plants and garbage. The stench emitting from the garbage in the park is also causing lot of inconvenience to the primary health centre of the Kapra Circle, which is close to the park. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us Speaking to The Hans India here on Sunday, Saritha V, a local said, “This is the only park in this area. More than a park, it has become a dump yard. This is resulting in the breeding of mosquitoes.” Kishore R, owner of Jai Ambe Kirana Stores, said, “People are helpless as the authorities are not taking action. The absence of street lights too is causing lot of inconvenience. The park has become a haven for rodents.”last_img read more

Baahubali Thenandal Films Acquire Tamil Rights from Studio Green

first_img“Baahubali – The Beginning” first look posterTwitter/ Karan JoharThe magnum opus movie, “Baahubali”, has been making headlines for several reasons. The latest update on the movie is about its business and reports suggest that the Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the film has been acquired by Thenandal films from studio Green.However, the reason for the change of hands in the movie’s business has not been revealed as yet. With this, Thenandal films has acquired the rights of two big movies, including Anushka Shetty starrer “Rudhramadevi”.Earlier reports had quoted that Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green and UV Creations had got the theatrical rights of “Baahubali” for a whopping ₹27 Crores.#Baahubali Tamil Nadu theatrical rights taken over by @ThenandalFilms from @StudioGreen2. Release July 10. pic.twitter.com/Rmglq7LcHj— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) May 9, 2015The Hindi rights of the movie are acquired by Karan Johar for a large sum. Similarly, the Karnataka and Ceded (Rayalaseema) region’s distribution rights were sold to a prominent distributor for ₹23 crore. The Kerala distribution rights have been acquired by Global United Media, which is again said to be sold for a huge amount.The movie has reportedly been made with a huge budget of ₹175 crore and the pre-release business, as per some reports, has already surpassed ₹100 crore. In terms of pre- release business, it’s Rajinikanth’s “Robo” that stands at top with ₹ 140 crore and whether “Baahubali” will reach this mark or not is something the industry is waiting to see.Meanwhile, the posters of the “Baahubali” – which introduces the lead characters of the movie – are being released by the director on every alternate day since 1 May. Each poster has received overwhelming response from audience and critics alike.The movie has a highly impressive star cast comprising Prabhas, Rana Duggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sudeep, Satyaraj, Ramya Krishnan, Adivi Shesh, Nassar, Tanikella Bharani, and Subburaj.The big budget movie is being produced by Prasad Devineni, K Raghavendra Rao, and Shobu Yarlagadda.last_img read more

Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote meddling

first_imgUS president Donald Trump and Russia`s president Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump refused to confront Russian president Vladimir Putin over meddling in the US election at their first face to face summit, publicly challenging the findings of the US intelligence community and triggering bipartisan outrage at home.The US and Russian presidents came out of their meeting in Helsinki Monday expressing desire for a fresh start between the world’s leading nuclear powers and more talk on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.There were indications of an arrangement to work together and with Israel to support a ceasefire in southern Syria, suggesting that the US administration is backing off its demand that Moscow’s ally Bashar al-Assad step down.If that is anathema to many in Washington, Trump’s apparent concessions to Putin over the election controversy drew stinging condemnation from across the political divide.Standing alongside the Kremlin boss at a joint news conference, Trump acknowledged that his intelligence chiefs believe Russia hacked and leaked Democrats’ emails containing politically damaging information about his rival Hillary Clinton in 2016.But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the wealthy property tycoon said: “I have president Putin, he just said it is not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”Friday’s US indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents exploded with embarrassing timing for Trump as he prepared to meet Putin. On Monday, officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence US politics.But the US leader insisted that his counterpart had delivered a “powerful” denial of any Russian manipulation, and that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller was proving a “disaster” for the United States.Never interferedTrump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: “The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA’s internal affairs.”As criticism mounted, Trump tweeted from Air Force One on his way home from Finland that he had “GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people”.“However, I also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past – as the world’s two largest nuclear powers, we must get along.”Angry criticism of his disavowal of his own intelligence agencies came even from within Trump’s Republican Party.Senior Republican senator John McCain was particularly scathing, saying: “Coming close on the heels of President Trump’s bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today’s press conference marks a recent low point in the history of the American presidency.”Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats distanced himself from his boss, issuing a statement saying the US intelligence community’s judgment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election was “clear”.But the top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, tweeted that many Americans can only wonder if “the only possible explanation for this dangerous behaviour is the possibility that president Putin holds damaging information over president Trump.”And former CIA director John Brennan said Trump’s behaviour at the news conference “rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanours.’ It was nothing short of treasonous.”Putin denied the notion that Russian spy bosses may hold compromising information on Trump, who in his previous business career oversaw the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.“Please get this rubbish out of your heads,” the Russian leader said.In a post-summit interview with Fox News, Putin said US-Russia relations should not be held “hostage” to “internal political games,” referring to the Mueller probe.The two leaders appeared relaxed at the Helsinki news conference, smiling on occasion, in contrast to their sombre demeanour at the start of the day.Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the “stupidity” of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.His manner towards Putin was also a contrast to the anger Trump flashed at NATO allies at a combative summit of the alliance in Brussels last week, which critics said would only hearten Putin.Only the beginningA post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America’s partner in a “special relationship”, was riddled with controversy as well.In Helsinki, however, Trump was determined to accentuate the positive, as was Putin.The two leaders met one-on-one for more than two hours, with just their interpreters present, before they were joined by their national security teams.Many in Washington were agog at Trump’s decision to sit alone with Putin, worried about what he might give away to the former KGB spymaster, after previously cosying up to the autocratic leaders of China and North Korea.But Trump, convinced his unique brand of diplomacy can win over Putin, pressed ahead and looked forward to “having an extraordinary relationship” as the pair sat down to discuss global hotspots.Foolishness and stupidityTrump began the day by firing a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the election investigation.“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted.Russia’s foreign ministry tweeted in response: “We agree.”In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russia remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.last_img

Sen Al Franken Hit With Second Groping Allegation

first_img Share Carolyn Kaster/APSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Nov. 15. He’s facing a second allegation of groping a woman without her consent.Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is facing a second allegation that he groped a woman without consent while her husband took a photo of her with the senator at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010.Franken “pulled me in really close, like awkward close, and as my husband took the picture, he put his hand full-fledged on my rear,” said Lindsay Menz, who told her story to CNN. “It wasn’t around my waist. It wasn’t around my hip or side. It was definitely on my butt,” she said.CNN confirmed the account with Menz’s husband, mother and father who she told of the interaction at the time. CNN reports Menz also posted the photo on Facebook at the time and commented to her sister: “Dude — Al Franken TOTALLY molested me! Creeper!”“I take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and I certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” Franken told CNN in a statement. “I feel badly that Ms. Menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”Menz told CNN that she came forward following broadcaster Leeann Tweeden’s account of a 2006 interaction with Franken in which she alleges he forcibly kissed her and took a photo in which he appears to touch her chest while she is asleep.“I don’t want to paint my story in the same light as hers,” Menz told CNN, saying she believes Tweeden’s account is worse than what happened to her, but “the reason I want to say something is if someone sees that I said something, maybe it would give them the courage to say something, too.”Franken issued an apology to Tweeden last week and called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the matter. Tweeden’s account occurred before Franken was a senator, which cast some doubt on how the ethics panel would conduct an inquiry. However, Menz’s 2010 account occurred while Franken was a first-term senator and clearly falls within the committee’s jurisdiction to investigate.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have echoed the call for an ethics investigation. While an inquiry seems likely, the panel has not commented on the Franken matter, yet.A Franken spokesperson told the Minnesota Star Tribune over the weekend that Franken has no plans to resign and that he is spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Washington, D.C., with his family, “and he’s doing a lot of reflecting.”The allegations against Franken come as the Republican Party is grappling with allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct against Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, ahead of a Dec. 12 special election. Moore is accused of a range of predatory behavior towards teenage girls as young as 14, including one allegation of sexual assault. Top Senate Republicans, including McConnell and long-time Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby have called on Moore to get out of the race. Moore remains defiant, and the state GOP largely stands behind him. The Alabama Republican Party remains supportive as does GOP Gov. Kay Ivey.If Moore wins, he will face similar calls for a Senate ethics investigation. One GOP senator, Colorado’s Cory Gardner, has said the Senate should expel him if he wins, but it’s unclear whether senators would ultimately be willing to overturn the results of an otherwise free election.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer Less But Better

first_img The Jupiter Mouse rests comfortably in your hand and operates in a free-style fashion which directs the cursor by tilting the wooden ball in the direction and velocity a user desires. The Jupiter in operation with its smooth wood grain exterior creates an aesthetic desk accessory and navigation tool. (PhysOrg.com) — Actbrise Electronics embraces form and function in creating the Jupiter Mouse. The round wooden mouse is made from Chinese Flowering Ash located in the countryside of Gunma Prefecture in Japan. The accelerometer wooden mouse has natural color wooden swirls which resemble the planet Jupiter. The click button resembles the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. Early Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese star-gazers referred to Jupiter as the “Wood Star” representing one of the ancient Five Elements. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The Jupiter Mouse has a tactile soothing feature that lends itself to being used as a stress reduction device. Rolling the Jupiter Mouse in your hand produces a relaxing experience. The standard ergonomically designed mouse while greatly improved in the past five-years doesn´t compare with the earthy-feel of the Jupiter Mouse. A light weight round wooden ball poised to navigate in all directions with a twirl and a right click, left click and click-on button along the swirling rings of Jupiter. When the Jupiter Mouse is not in use it rests on a Zen inspired square wooden block. The Jupiter Mouse with a single inconspicuous cable uses the USB 2.0 port as a connection to your PC desktop or laptop. Minimalism design captures the essence of “less is more.” Inspired by traditional Japanese design, minimalism transcends geography as represented by the German Pavilion in Barcelona. Minimalism is characterized by subtle use of color and natural textures with clean and fine finishes. The inherent beauty of the object is the focal point. Actbrise Electronic´s design team has created a functional piece of art which might be described as “Less, but better” a motto of industrial designer Dieter Rams. Japan Trend Shop´s on-line store offers the Jupiter Ball for $227. Handmade does not come cheap in any marketplace. For a glimpse of the Jupiter Mouse in action, check out the Jupiter Mouse YouTube video. © 2008 PhysOrg.comcenter_img Jupiter Mouse. Image: Actbrice Electronics. Citation: New Jupiter Mouse Accelerometer: Less, But Better (2008, November 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-jupiter-mouse-accelerometer.htmllast_img read more

KG Dass contribution to a healthy discourse on cinema

first_imgThere is the rare example in world cinema of a group of film critics belonging to the Cahiers du Cinema, dividing their time between exploring the intellectual content of films in their writings and actually making films. The publication had been launched by Andre Bazin in the early 1950s and it paved the way for aspiring directors like Godard, Truffaut, Chabrol and Rohmer to express their views – somewhat radically.Stalwarts from Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Girish Kasaravalli in the South to Shyam Benegal in Mumbai have been associated with academic projects in film institutes but have been unable to record their impressions in print. However, in Bengal, Satyajit Ray expressed his views on a wide range of issues in a stream of articles published despite a hectic career – spanning more than 35 features films. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSimilarly, compilations have been made of essays written by Mrinal Sen which were spontaneous personal expressions. Ritwik Ghatak, on the other hand, had written not only essays but also plays that embraced his personal anguish over the partition. With KG Das’s arrival, documentaries and a few feature films seemed to follow suit. Associated with Films Division for nearly four decades till his retirement a few years ago, he contributed to journals that had helped sustain a lively discourse on cinema. These contributions are now in a book called ‘Chalachitrer Nepathya Katha’ (Hidden Stories on the Cinema) which is subjective. The book published by Orient Book Company was launched at Nandan in the presence of director Gautam Ghose who chose the occasion to emphasise the need for healthy debates on the cinema. These debates had been a part of critical experience but have now been diluted in the market era. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThis was something KG Das stressed about at the book launch. It was his way of recalling a lively climate that has all but disappeared. In one of his essays, he recalls the works of directors who had carved out a place for themselves while Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen and Ritwik Ghatak had become role models of film fraternity across the country. How can anyone disregard directors like Ajoy Kar, Tapan Sinha, Tarun Majumdar, Arabinda Mukherjee, Bijoy Bose, Saroj Dey, and Dilip Mukherjee, to ame a few? All of them desired a healthy culture for popular cinema in Bengal relying on the star system and the overwhelming influence of screen idols like Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. KG Das, on his part, was primarily restricted to documentaries on account of association with Films Division. But he had not shied away from creative possibilities that had resulted in award winning documentaries like ‘Dreams of Rabindranath’ and ‘Mangrove of Sunderbans’. However, it was the feature ‘Dukhira’ that invoked satisfaction in him and on the occasion of the book launch, he platformed his anguish against the cruelty of the system that had led to the helplessness – and final protest – of the common man. It was the story of a young man trying desperately to make the best use of the success he had achieved in his studies in the remote corner of rural Bengal and then confronting massive hurdles from the local administration. The protest comes through in ‘Dukhiram’, which leaves a strong impression. One of the films that he had made was on the last journey of Satyajit Ray after his death. While the documentation on celluloid was invaluable, his mind was disturbed when body of the legend was brought to house from the hospital. There was a stream of visitors wanting to pay their last respects. Their entry was closely monitored. Among those who were stopped at the gate was Dulal Dutta who had edited all of Ray’s films since Pather Panchali. A soft-spoken, low-profile technician never been in the spotlight although he had made one of the most vital contributions to Ray’s films. Why didn’t anyone recognize him till a close acquaintance escorted him to the room to have a last look at his mentor? The book provides a platform where he can make candid confessions about expressing himself in spirit of freedom. Whether or not he made it to the ranks of Films Division stalwarts like Jagat Murari, Santi P. Chowdhury, Sukhdev, Harisadhan Dasgupta and Yash Chowdhury can be a matter of another debate. But what he has done is to contribute meaningfully to a healthy discourse.last_img read more

VIDEO Moto GP rider sparks outrage by pulling rivals brake at 140

first_imgMoto GP is dangerous as hell, with riders racing at speeds well over 100 MPH without any real protection, which is why 22-year-old Moto 2 racer Romano Fenati attempting to sabotage a rival by pulling his brake while the two were cruising at around 140 MPH has sparked outrage across the sport.Fenati was suspended two races for the stunt, but it may not matter because he was just dropped by his team and may have trouble finding another ride. Luckily, the brake pullee was able to regain control of his bike and was unharmed. It’s one thing to trip someone on a basketball court or football field, but this could have gotten someone killed . What a chump.last_img

2 arrests after shootout in Smartiesville

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there? Two arrests have been made after a shoot-out between police and armed suspects in Smartiesville last night (Thursday).One suspect was initially arrested and the other was shot, but managed to run away. He was found hiding this morning and also placed under arrest.This story will be updated once we have more information. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img