Queens Lunenburg Counties Traffic Advisories

first_imgQueens County, Eastern Shore Road Eastern Shore road, between Port Medway and West Berlin, Queens Co.; Highway 331, between Risser Beach and Petite Rivere; and Green Bay Road, both in Lunenburg County, are closed because of a fallen tree and downed power lines. Power lines, trees, branches and leaves are down in several parts of the province. People are asked to avoid driving in storm areas and to use extreme caution if driving is unavoidable. -30-last_img

Apex court to hear NCPCR versus WB SCPCR tussle in child trafficking

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday said it would hear on September 17 a matter related to alleged child trafficking from an orphanage in West Bengal so that “tussle” between the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and the WB SCPCR is resolved.The NCPCR and West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WB SCPCR) are at loggerheads over the issue related to powers of NCPCR in initiating inquiry in a matter which is pending before a state commission. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said the apex court would hear and decide the issue so that such tussle does not arise again between the NCPCR and any other state commission. “We must decide this matter otherwise this tussle will go on. Two years ago, stay was given by this court but no orders have been passed by the NCPCR,” the bench said. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for NCPCR, said inquiry by the national commission is going on in the matter. The counsel appearing for West Bengal State Commission for Protection of Child Rights said the top court must decide the issue so that such problem does not arise in other state commissions. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We are not on the merits of the case. We are on the law,” the bench said and posted the matter for hearing on September 17. The top court had on Tuesday expressed anguish over the “fight” between the two statutory bodies and said it was concerned about the children who are there at the orphanage or shelter home. The apex court is hearing an appeal filed by the NCPCR against a Calcutta High Court order staying its proceedings in a case related to alleged gross violation of rights of orphaned children in West Bengal. The NCPCR had alleged that the West Bengal government had illegally formed ad-hoc committees for adoption and given away orphans for adoption in gross violation of law and rules. The apex court had stayed the proceedings and the August 29, 2017 order of the Calcutta High Court. In the high court, the NCPCR and the state commission were at loggerheads over alleged trafficking of 17 children from an orphanage in Jalpaiguri district. The NCPCR had blamed the local administration for the thriving of the trafficking racket but the state government had questioned its jurisdiction in the high court. The high court, in its order, had stayed the proceedings initiated by the NCPCR after taking note of the plea filed by Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), CID, State of West Bengal. It was alleged by the ADGP before the high court that NCPCR had no jurisdiction as WB SCPCR was seized of the matter.last_img read more

After booksbuffaloes Azam now booked for stealing goats

first_imgRampur: After being accused of stealing land, books, statues and buffaloes, now Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan has been booked for stealing goats. An FIR against him has been lodged on a complaint filed in October 2016 by one Naseema Khatoon, 50, a resident of Yateem Khan Sarai Gate, Rampur Public Gate. The complainant has alleged that Azam Khan, along with seven cohorts and some 25 other unidentified people barged into her house on October 15, 2016, vandalised her residence and stole her jewellery and three buffaloes, a cow and four goats. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ She said that she had been living as a bona fide tenant on the Waqf Board property for the past two decades and that Khan and his team members asked her to vacate the premises as the land was required for a school. Prominent among those named in the FIR include Waseem Rizvi, chairman of the Shia Waqf Board, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui, chairman of the Sunni Central Waqf Board and former circle officer, Aaley Hasan. The Rampur Police has also registered an FIR against Azam Khan’ wife Tanzeen Fatima, also a SP MP, for electricity theft. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K With this FIR, Khan, who has been declared a “land mafia” by the state government, now has 82 cases registered against him, 50 of which relate to land grabbing. Another 28 cases have been registered against him on the complaint of farmers of Aliyaganj. His anticipatory bail application has already been rejected by a local court. The Rampur MP has a warrant against him issued by ACJM (I) after he failed to appear before the court in a case registered against him in 2010 under section 171 G, related to giving a false statement during election. Another case in which arrest warrant has been issued includes one in which Khan made derogatory remarks against BJP candidate Jaya Prada during the Lok Sabha elections 2019. The SP MP has been denied anticipatory bail in five other cases earlier.last_img read more

Scientist awarded 100K for work on Arctic contaminants that led to ban

first_imgAn Environment Canada scientist whose work on contaminants in the Arctic environment helped lead to global controls on toxic chemicals is getting an award.Derek Muir has received the $100,000 Weston Family Prize for research that led to groundbreaking international restrictions on persistent organic pollutants. His findings showed those carcinogens were able to move into the Arctic and concentrate in the bodies of animals and people.“It makes me feel that the science we were doing was very worthwhile,” Muir said. “It’s motivation to keep going with more chemical measurements in the Arctic, because the Arctic is a sentinel area.”At one time, Canada’s Inuit carried some of the highest PCB levels in the world, up to 10 times the levels found in southern Canada. The chemical was even found in the breast milk of Inuit mothers.A 2003 study found subtle but statistically significant nervous system and behavioural changes, possibly linked to PCBs, in Inuit babies.The following year, at least partly due to the work of Muir and his colleagues, the Stockholm Convention came into effect. It limited or banned the use of a number of chemicals, including notorious poisons such as DDT.By 2008, PCB levels in beluga, narwhal, walrus and ringed seal had fallen by an average of 43 per cent. Although it varied in different parts of the Arctic, the amount of the chemical Inuvialuit or Inuit people were exposed to dropped an average of 20 per cent over the previous decade.There are now 182 countries that have signed the convention, which regulates 27 chemicals.So-called “legacy contaminants” remain top predators in the North. But now, Muir said, a new generation of chemicals is coming into play.“We’re seeing new contaminants which we know are being used in consumer products and buildings and all sorts of … urban areas, and we see them appearing in the North.”They include stain repellents, flame retardants and pharmaceuticals. A recent paper documented about 150 such compounds.Muir said information on how the chemicals move and what effects they have on their own and in combination is needed.Agreements such as the Stockholm Convention show the world can come together to address environmental problems, he said.“The scientists were able to put results in the hands of people who were really motivated to take a managerial leap.”Muir’s award was announced Wednesday, the day after an American science agency delivered another gloomy report card on the impact of climate change on the Arctic.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concluded surface air temperatures in the Arctic continue to warm twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Air temperatures for the last five years have exceeded all previous records since 1900.More Stockholm Conventions are needed, Muir said.“We have better instrumental capacity and better knowledge than we had in the 1980s when I was starting. We’re in a much better position,” he said. “But I guess science needs to be translated more into action.”Muir credited the Weston Foundation with funding much of the research that goes on today in the Canadian Arctic.“They’ve really had an impact on northern science.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960Bob Weber, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

American demand threatens Canadas drug supply groups warn Ottawa

first_imgTORONTO — Concern over U.S. legislation that allows Americans to import cheaper medicines from Canada has prompted more than a dozen organizations to urge the federal government to safeguard the Canadian drug supply.In a letter this week, the 15 groups representing patients, health professionals, hospitals, and pharmacists warn Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor of the potential for increasing drug shortages.“The Canadian medicine supply is not sufficient to support both Canadian and U.S. consumers,” the letter states. “The supply simply does not, and will not, exist within Canada to meet such demands.”Faced with voter anger over the steep and rising costs of drugs in the U.S., several states — including Florida with the blessing of President Donald Trump — have passed laws allowing residents to import drugs from Canada.In the letter to Petitpas Taylor, the groups say the legislation could exacerbate drug shortages that become an increasingly serious concern in the Canadian health care system in recent years.“Hospital and community pharmacies in Canada are resourced to serve the Canadian public,” they say. “They are not equipped to support to the needs of a country 10 times its size without creating important access or quality issues.”Petitpas Taylor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The issue has recently garnered attention on both sides of the border. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democrat presidential candidate, has announced plans to accompany diabetics this weekend to Canada to buy life-saving insulin, which costs roughly one-10th the price here than in the States.Late last month, another group of Type 1 diabetics from Minnesota crossed the border to buy insulin in London, Ont. One of the organizers said soaring prices south of the border had forced some users to ration their doses with potentially serious health consequences.Drug supplies are already an issue in Canada. In recent years, Canadian drug makers have reported thousands of shortages for various reasons — often because of manufacturing issues but also due to increased demand. U.S. legislative initiatives could make matters much worse, the letter states.According to data from the National Academy for State Health Policy, more than 27 different bills have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures over the past year allowing Americans to buy drugs from Canadian sources.Signatories to the letter, including the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, urge Ottawa to take action to head off Americans’ “draining of Canada’s medicine supply.”“We request that Health Canada provide clarity and assurances to Canadians that U.S. legislation will not inadvertently disrupt Canada’s pharmaceutical supply and negatively impact patient care through greater drug shortages,” the letter states.The Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies Canada said more permissive import legislation in the U.S. could push Canadian and American patients to access drugs through unlicensed websites, putting them at risk for counterfeit or substandard medicines.“Importing drugs from Canada could not only hurt the Canadian supply of medications and impact patient care, but U.S. consumers will be at greater risk to receive unapproved and potentially dangerous drugs,” said Libby Baney with the alliance.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Teen charged with attempted murder

Six Nations police said Wednesday they have charged two Ohsweken men in connection to a shooting June 1 at a home on Fourth Line Road that sent a 23-year-old man to hospital.Police said Sheldon Hill, 18, is charged with attempted murder and Matthew Hill, 22, is charged with being an accessory after the fact.Sheldon Hill is also charged with discharging a firearm with intent, careless use of a firearm, pointing a firearm, possession of weapons dangerous, unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm.Both men are also each charged with being occupants of a motor vehicle with a firearm.Both were held in custody for a bail hearing.Police said their investigation is ongoing.Police said they responded to a report of gunfire at 6:30 a.m. Saturday on Fourth Line Road where a 23-year-old man was shot in the left leg with a hunting rifle.A second man, aged 21, told police he and the victim were standing in a residential laneway when a white Chevy Silverado pickup truck, with a male driver and a male passenger, pulled up. After a short exchange of words, the passenger pulled out a rifle and shot the 23 year old. The truck raced away.Police found the truck at a First Line Road home and seized it for forensic examination. They also found some evidence at the scene of the shooting.Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Six Nations police at 519-445-2811 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. read more

Tuesdays Daily Brief UNESCO ready to help after Notre Dame fire and

In Libya, ongoing violence has now displaced more than 18,000 people in the capital, Tripoli, and humanitarians remain concerned for some 3,600 migrants and refugees held in detention centres there. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), since clashes erupted between the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and the Libyan National Army (LNA) 11 days ago, 174 people have died, including 14 civilians. Several ambulances have also been hit by shrapnel, WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic told journalists in Geneva, in an appeal for the warring sides to respect international humanitarian law. “WHO really urges all parties to exercise restraint and prevent collateral damage to civilians, hospitals …We also obviously call for access and we are concerned that hostilities could impede the movement of medical supplies that are currently in Tripoli sea port to hospitals throughout the city.” According to the UN Migration Agency, IOM, there are 6,900 migrants in Government detention centres in Libya; far more are believed to remain in centres run by non-state armed groups.  After years of violent instability in Libya following the overthrow of President Muammar Gadaffi in 2011, more than 820,000 people need humanitarian assistance urgently. Despite this, the UN’s US$202 million appeal is only six per cent funded. And the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) Fatou Bensouda, said on Tuesday that she was “deeply concerned about the escalation of violence in Libya”, since the advance of the LNA on Tripoli.”I call on all parties and armed groups involved in the fighting to fully respect the rules of international humanitarian law” she said, adding that “this includes taking all necessary measures to protect civilians, and civilian infrastructures, including schools, hospitals and detention centres.  I urge all parties to the conflict not to commit any crimes within the Court’s jurisdiction, and in particular, for commanders to ensure that their subordinates do not do so.”UNOCHAOCHA Libya: Tripoli Clashes That’s what UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director Mechtild Rössler told UN News after visiting the site on Tuesday.  She described seeing people praying outside the stricken symbol of the city and the nation, still trying to take in the scale of the disaster.Read the full story here, and listen to the interview:   Echoing concerns from the UN’s human rights office, OHCHR, and others about the deteriorating situation in the Central American country, UNHCR said that families with young children are now taking extreme measures to cross the border. “The kinds of reasons that people have been giving for fleeing are the fear of losing their lives, being attacked or kidnapped by paramilitary groups,” spokesperson Elizabeth Throssell told journalists in Geneva. Read more here. Libya: WHO appeals for access amid fears that fighting may hamper medical supplies distribution  Doctors, journalists, students and farmers are among more than 60,000 Nicaraguans who have fled the country in fear of their lives since anti-Government demonstrations began last April, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.  UNESCO experts ready to assist reconstruction of iconic Notre Dame, following devastating blaze Two-thirds of the largely medieval roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris have “gone” after the devastating fire in Paris on Monday evening, but UN cultural experts are standing by to offer help where it is needed in rebuilding the iconic structure.  Nicaragua crisis: One year in, more than 60,000 have fled, seeking refuge  More than one million now reached with emergency food aid in cyclone-ravaged Mozambique In the month since Cyclone Idai inundated parts of southeast Africa, the World Food Programme (WFP) announced on Tuesday that it has now reached one million people with food assistance in the worst-hit nation, Mozambique.The agency eventually intends to reach a total of 1.7 million people who need urgent food and nutrition support in the country’s most affected provinces, but WFP is still $130 million short of being able to fully fund its response through to the end of June.In addition, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has begun the distribution of maize, bean and vegetable seeds, together with tools for up to 14,700 farmers.And in Zimbabwe, the UN Children’s Fund says an oral cholera vaccine campaign targeting close to 488,000 people began on Tuesday, in the two districts worst-hit by Idai.An ongoing cholera outbreak, that has so far infected more than 5,000 people, threatens to make conditions worse for those who have lost their harvests to flooding in Mozambique, and WFP is supporting three cholera treatment centers in Beira with food assistance. read more

GWI employee stabbed to death in row over cigarettes

Dead: Roger AllenA Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) employee was last night fatally stabbed on Durban and Chapel Streets, Georgetown reportedly by a Mini Mart employee whom he attacked with a knife.Now dead is 22-year-old Roger Allen of Freeman Street, Georgetown who was killed about around 05:30h.INews understands that Allen visited the Mini Mart where the suspect works and the two had an argument over cigarettes.Following the argument however, Allen left and returned to the Mini Mart at around 05:00h armed with a knife and a piece of wood.He reportedly attacked the suspect who fought with him managing to disarm him of the knife.The man then proceeded to stab Allen to his body but before doing so he was lashed to his body.Both men fell to the ground but were picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where Allen succumbed to his injuries.The suspect is said to be in the custody of the Police assisting with investigations.Donna White, the mother of the deceased however, told this online publication that Allen and the suspect had a rivalry for some time now since her son had disconnected his (suspect’s) water.She explained that she was told that her son and friends would all hang out at Chapel and Durban Streets and further explained this is what he was doing when the incident occurred.White said that it was relayed to her that an argument did indeed ensue over cigarettes when the fight broke out between the two.Her son reportedly succumbed to his injuries at around 04:30h on Friday morning.White said that the doctors told her that an artery of her son was severed which caused him to lose a significant amount of blood and which resulted in his demise.Investigations are ongoing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedYouth accused of murdering colleague in row over cigarettes remandedSeptember 19, 2018In “Court”UPDATE: Sophia man stabbed to death, girlfriend injuredDecember 26, 2017In “Crime”Man dies after throat slit at BuxtonMarch 11, 2018In “Crime” read more

Twitter removes video using Batman score tweeted by Trump after Warner Bros

first_img Apr 10th 2019, 9:34 PM Twitter removes video using Batman score tweeted by Trump after Warner Bros complains Trump’s campaign has claimed it was a supporter’s video, not the campaign’s. Sad to see an ⁦@ATT⁩ owned company pull such a great video made by an every day American in good fun. AT&T now owns ⁦@CNN⁩ and is positioning themselves as a weapon of the left. pic.twitter.com/jP9kM0Rx7p— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 10, 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4586506 Wednesday 10 Apr 2019, 9:34 PM 18 Comments Short URL By Associated Press 13,194 Views center_img Image: Evan Vucci via PA Images Image: Evan Vucci via PA Images Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale tweeted today: “Sad to see an @ATT owned company pull such a great video made by an every day American in good fun. AT&T now owns @CNN and is positioning themselves as a weapon of the left.”Last June, AT&T completed an $81 billion (€71.8 billion) acquisition of Time Warner, which it renamed WarnerMedia, which includes Warner Bros. Source: Brad Parscale/Twitter TWITTER HAS REMOVED a video tweeted by US President Donald Trump after Warner Bros Pictures complained about the use of the score from its 2012 move The Dark Knight Rises. Trump tweeted the video earlier today, which featured images of Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton juxtaposed with images from Trump’s two years in office. The text, set against the movie’s score, read: “First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they call you a racist. Donald J Trump. Your vote. Proved them all wrong.”Trump’s campaign has claimed it was a supporter’s video, not the campaign’s. “We like to share content from diehard supporters, and this is just another example of how hard Trump supporters fight for the President,” the campaign said. Warner Bros said the use of the score from the Batman movie was “unauthorised”. Twitter then replaced the video with a message reading “this media has been disabled in response to a report by the copyright owner”.  Share2 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Inspectors to check taxpayers bank accounts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram After representatives of the country’s creditors published a report blasting the inefficiency of Greece’s tax collection and monitoring mechanisms, the Finance Ministry announced additional measures to combat tax evasion, including accessing the bank accounts of depositors suspected of tax evasion, corruption and money laundering, among other crimes.Within the year, the ministry hopes to be able to have direct access to bank account information without having to go through the banks themselves, reducing delays to a minimum in the processing of demands by the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE) and other monitoring mechanisms, and allowing authorities to open the accounts of those suspected of tax evasion.The legal clause will be submitted in Parliament in the coming months so that the Central Bank Registry can start operating, forcing lenders to respond immediately to inspectors’ demands for the opening and monitoring of the banking transactions of those under investigation.SDOE has already requested access to some 4,000 bank accounts, but lenders have only agreed to half of the demands. A ministry official says that at a later stage the interconnection of SDOE with the banks will be in real time, with transactions monitored as they take place.Two more ministerial decisions will be signed in the next few days. One concerns the criteria according to which the tax cases of enterprises and taxpayers will be chosen for monitoring. The other foresees the activation of a legal clause that will allow for the incomes of taxpayers and enterprises monitored by the authorities to also be determined in other ways, such as through information on bank balances, their cash flow, the value of properties owned, their living expenditure and other annual spending.The ministry responded to criticism from the country’s international creditors through a statement issued on Thursday that gave a full account of its actions against tax evasion. It cited the thousands of checks on taxpayers and enterprises that have taken place and others that will begin within March. Regarding the infamous Lagarde list of Greeks with deposits in a Swiss branch of HSBC, the ministry stated that SDOE had already started examining the data of 1,721 names out of the 2,062 listed.Source: Kathimerini.last_img read more

Camas schools committee created to find solutions for 82 million shortfall

first_imgCAMAS — The Camas School District is looking at an $8.2 million shortfall in the upcoming school year, and Superintendent Jeff Snell has created a budget committee to look at potential solutions, including reductions.The committee is made up of 18 parents, community members and representatives from various employee groups. They started meeting in January.“This gap has developed for many reasons, including increased employee costs, staffing allocations, reduction in local levy capacity and underfunded special education requirements,” Snell said.Camas joins a few other districts in the area facing budget issues in the first year since the McCleary decision reconfigured how schools are funded in the state. Evergreen Public Schools is looking at up to an $18 million budget deficit, while Vancouver Public Schools are facing an expected $14.3 million budget deficit.Camas was one of the few districts in the greater Clark County region to avoid a teacher strike this past summer; the union and school district came to an agreement on a new salary schedule that saw an average 12.5 percent increase in teachers’ total compensation.Snell said the budget committee has spent most of its meeting time so far learning the background on the schools’ finances. At their meeting Tuesday night, they started looking at potential reductions and how those could impact the district financially.last_img read more

Soybean Growers Appreciative of WOTUS Announcement

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is pleased that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers have developed a proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that takes into account comments by ASA and other impacted stakeholders that aim to protect our waterways while offering a workable solution for farmers. Soybean producers appreciate the significance of clean water and strive to be responsible stewards of our water, land and environment. But it is important that any policies be in line with the intent of the law and the rulings of the Supreme Court—to protect our resources through responsible and practical rules and regulations.ASA president and soybean farmer from Clinton, Ky, Davie Stephens said, “We appreciate the work done by the EPA and the Army Corps to provide regulatory certainty to farmers and landowners by clearly outlining the regulated bodies of waters, defining the terms, and remaining within the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act (CWA).”Stephens continued that, “While ASA will review the rule in greater detail before submitting formal comments, we are pleased that it is based on the standard set out by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in Rapanos v. United States that the CWA should apply only to ‘navigable waters’ connected by a surface flow at least part of the year, with other waters to be regulated by the states.”ASA looks forward to commenting on the proposed rule and working toward a policy that protects U.S. waters without going beyond the jurisdiction of the law or placing an undue burden on soybean farmers and private landowners.last_img read more

Clearing a way for Crestline school

first_imgCrestline Elementary SchoolUpcoming public eventso Open house at temporary Crestline Elementary When: 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 Where: Hewlett-Packard/SEH America Building, 18110 S.E. 34th St.o Crestline ground-breaking When: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3Where: Site of the original Crestline Elementary School, 13003 S.E. Seventh St.Crestline timelineo Feb. 3: Crestline Elementary School is destroyed by fire.o Remainder of 2012-13 school year: Crestline students, staff were divided by grade level at various Evergreen district elementary schools.o 2013-14 school year: Crestline Elementary will be housed for one year in the Hewlett-Packard/SEH America facility.o 2014-15 school year: The new Crestline Elementary will open at the site of the original school.The squeal of heavy equipment moving dirt at the Crestline Elementary School site on Friday morning was noisier than a pod of gleeful second-graders at recess.Three track hoes, two dozers, two drilling machines plus one loader and one roller prepared the site for the new Crestline Elementary School being built to replace the school that was destroyed by fire on Feb. 3. The fire displaced about 500 students plus 50 staff.Greg Scott, construction superintendent for Skanska USA Building Inc., stood watching the heavy equipment preparing the site for the new school.“Right now, we’re getting the pad ready to startpouring footings in the next week or so,” Scott said.He explained that the crew of eight will mushroom to about 20 workers in the next couple of weeks, with the addition of an electrician, plumber and a concrete crew.One red drilling machine at the front of the construction site was removing the casing for the old well, which is too close to where the new building will be built.Another drilling machine at the back of the site was digging the school’s new irrigation well. The existing fire water line and potable water line for the building can be used for the new building, Scott said.last_img read more

UA execs abruptly resign after meeting with new pres

first_imgTwo top University of Alaska executives have tendered their resignations. The heads of Statewide finance and human resources have stepped down following meetings with UA’s new president. The resignations come even as the school faces big funding hurdles.Download AudioJim Johnsen at a meet and greet in Juneau, July 7, 2015. Johnsen is a candidate for University of Alaska president. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Monday University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen sent word to UA staff that he had accepted the resignations of Chief Finance Officer Ashok Roy and Chief Human Resources Officer Erik Seastedt.  Johnsen says both men consulted with him before resigning. Johnsen took over as the school’s President in September.  UA Spokeswoman Robbie Graham says shake-ups are not uncommon in organizations with a new boss.“When a new leader comes in, or a new CEO, or a new president, it’s inevitable there’s going to be change. Change is normal, it’s part of the process.”Johnsen takes up the reins at a time when the state is in deficit mode and the school has seen three years of budget cuts by lawmakers. He has vowed to run a more efficient operation, even as the Board of Regents agreed to a roughly 1 billion dollar operation budget. Robbie Graham denies the loss of the two top executives will hamper Johnsen’s ability to sell UA’s budget in Juneau.“President Johnsen clearly understands the university’s needs, the budget considerations and all ideas for how to streamline these positions in both functional areas.”Ashok Roy joined the University in 2012, while Seastedt started in 2013. Both positions are currently being staffed by deputy officers until the positions are filled permanently.last_img read more

New Gmail Feature Allows Strangers to Email Google Users Raises Privacy Concerns

Google is reportedly set to introduce a new feature called ‘Email via Google+’ which allows anyone to send mails to any Google+ user, by simply typing his/her name in Gmail’s ‘To’ field.Search engine giant Google, which is on a quest to improve its online mailing service and its social network Google+, will reportedly start rolling out the new feature in the next few weeks to Gmail and Google+ users. And when it comes live, Google+ will let strangers send emails to anyone, without actually knowing their email address.Google claims the new feature will help those who have their friends in Google+ circle but have not exchanged their email addresses. However, the feature has raised privacy concerns as it makes users’ Gmail addresses public.Announcing the new feature, Gmail product manager David Nachum wrote on Google’s official blog: “Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven’t actually exchanged email addresses?”adding, “You’re in luck, because now it’s easier for people using Gmail and Google+ to connect over email.”However, according to Google, if users do not wish to receive emails from unknown people, they can select the “No one” option from the table. And even if users accept the mails from strangers, their email addresses will not be visible unless they decide to respond or start a conversation with the sender. As per the new feature, if someone in the users’ Google+  circle sends a message, the message will automatically goes to the Primary category, and not the Social tab.”This feature is rolling out over the next couple of days to everyone that uses Gmail and Google+. You’ll get an email with information and a link to the setting when the feature is available,” the blog noted. read more

6 smugglers held with 225kg cocaine in Khulna

first_imgMembers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested six alleged smugglers along with 2.25kilogram cocaine from different areas of Khuna city on Friday night, reports news agency UNB.RAB sources said a team of RAB-6 conducted drives from 10pm and arrested six smugglers from different areas of the city and recovered the cocaine.The details about the arrestees are still awaited.last_img

DC SP phoned me not to hold rally

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Wednesday alleged that the election commission (EC) and police and civil administration are working under the full control of the government, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, he also brought various allegations of violation of election rules by his rival Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader in Noakhali-5 constituency.”The ruling party has established its supremacy everywhere across the country. The reality is that the election commission and police and civil administration have been working completely at the government’s dictate,” the BNP leader said.Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that the government-sponsored ‘terrorists’ with the help of the EC and police are trying to foil the atmosphere of a fair election.”Despite having permission for holding a rally at Kabirhat in my area, the DC and SP phoned me not to go there. So, what kind of election it is! It’s demonstrated that no election is going to be held when a candidate like me has to return home having failed to hold an election rally,” he said.The BNP leader said their candidates are facing the same situation across the country. “The ruling party has the hegemony and the power of police and administration, but they’ve no vote.That’s why they are showing such an attitude.”Moudud said the ruling party is resorting to anarchic acts as they know they will face debacle if the election is held fairly, at least partially. “People are in a serious doubt whether any fair election will be held.”The BNP leader, however, said their party and alliances will be there in the election race till the end braving all repressive acts.”A mass wave has been created in favour of Sheaf of Paddy, and Awami League won’t be able to resist it, no matter how much power they abuse,” he observed.About the election atmosphere in his electoral area, Moudud said his opponent Obaidul Quader has been on campaign enjoying state facilities and protocol. “He moves with a convoy of 7-8 vehicles and over a hundred motorbikes enjoying all the government facilities.”The BNP leader said though he lodged many complaints with the EC and returning officer about the violation of election code of conduct by Quader, no action has so far been taken against him.”Awami League’s Noakhali-4 seat candidate Ekramul Karim Chowdhury on Monday at a rally openly asked the ruling party men not to allow Moudud to enter Kabirhat,” he said.The BNP leader said Awami League leaders and activists foiled his scheduled rally at Kabirhat and attacked his activists on Tuesday, leaving over 100 people injured.Besides, he alleged, the houses of over 100 BNP leaders and activists were vandalised in his constituency over the last nine days by ruling party followers.last_img read more

Displaced Harvey Victims With Suspended Registration Can Still Vote In The 2018

first_img Listen Photo via Twitter @RepKevinBradyMany Houstonians who’ve been forced to live in hotels or an Airbnb since their home was flooded by Hurricane Harvey may find out online that their voter registration has been suspended. But that won’t stop displaced residents from being able to vote in the March primaries.“Absolutely, they can still vote,” said Sue Hastings, Manager of Voter Registration at the Harris County Tax Assessor’s Office.State law requires the county to mail new voter registration cards every two years. But if the post office can’t deliver the card, the registration is automatically suspended.“That is in the Texas Election Code, that a voter registration certificate is not to be forwarded if it can’t be delivered to the address on the certificate,” said Hastings.But Hastings said suspended voters can still cast ballots –they just have to fill out a statement of residency form at the polling station. In early voting, you can cast ballots at any polling station.“Yes sir, if you’re registered in Harris County you can vote at any Harris County early voting location,” said Hastings.Monday, February 5, 2018, is the last day to register to vote for the March 6th primary election. 00:00 /01:04 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more

Japanese Trade Show Introduces Quick Wireless Recharger

first_img 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 Japanese electronic trade show Createc is taking place today and runs until October 6, 2007. A prototype wireless recharger created by the joint efforts of Seiko Epson and Murata Manufacturing LTD will be on display. The product will reduce standard charge time from one to two hours down to ten to 15 minutes. Prototype of Wireless Recharger by Seiko Epson & Murata Mfg. Explore further Project aims to develop environmentally friendly, energy-autonomous wireless microsensors Citation: Japanese Trade Show Introduces Quick Wireless Recharger (2007, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-japanese-quick-wireless-recharger.html The Japanese electronic trade show Createc starts October 2 and runs until October 6. The introduction of a prototype wireless recharger manufactured by Seiko Epson and Murata Manufacturing LTD is featured.Recognizing the increased reliance on mobile devices and the significant amount of charge time utilized by more sophisticated graphic displays and programming, Seiko Epson and Murata Manufacturing joined forced. The focus of the R&D at this time was to develop a product that could decrease the time of one to two hours for recharging mobile devices to a fraction of the current time. The result is the ultra-slim prototype currently on display at the Createc Trade Show in Japan. The yet unnamed prototype is a small compact wireless device that will reduce recharging time of one to two hours, down to 10 to 15 minutes. The additional unique feature is the universal wireless recharging unit that will obviate the need for a dedicated individual recharging unit. As the necessity for more frequent recharging become apparent this device has a quick and easy solution.Both Seiko Epson and Murata Manufacturing have a solid history in the development of compact modules and circuitry that complemented one another. Seiko Epson is working on a lithium ion secondary battery. Its expertise in the development of a compact size module battery and circuitry combined with Murata Manufacturing’s expertise in the development of IC for wireless quick charger battery systems proved to be a good synergy. The release date to the public of this wireless quick recharger device is not available. The name and other details of the device are not available as well. The device will be on display at the Createc Trade Show until October 6, 2007.last_img read more

No shortage of water if farmers opt for planned irrigation Minister

first_imgKolkata: Urging farmers not to panic due to unusual rainfall in 10 districts of Bengal, the state Irrigation and Waterways minister Soumen Mahapatra assured that there will be no shortage of water for the purpose of agriculture if farmers go for planned irrigation.In reply to a question in the state Assembly, Mahapatra said there was less rainfall in West Midnapore, Hooghly, Birbhum, Murshidabad, Malda, Cooch Behar, East and West Burdwan and North and South Dinajpur. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe unusual rainfall in the monsoon led to less water reserve compared to that of the same last year. Giving a detailed data on water reserve in different reservoirs, the minister said it is around 5,13,000 acre feet this year at Panchet and Maithon dams. It may be mentioned that the same was 889000 acre feet in 2017-18. In Kangshabati, it was 433000 acre feet in 2017-18 while it is 180000 acre feet this year. Similarly, in Mayurakhi, it was 568000 acre feet last year and it is 99000 acre feet this year. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMahapatra said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had given directions to take necessary steps so that farmers do not face any problem due to unusual rainfall. She also stressed on better water management. A committee has also been formed in this regard and at the same time, all sorts of steps have been taken to tackle the situation. The minister further added that the task of “identifying critical areas” in this regard has been undertaken and farmers are also urged to change both the irrigation and cultivation pattern that will ensure better water management. The minister further said that farmers have been urged to use the variety of seeds that require less water for cultivation. He also suggested alternate farming like cultivation of pulses and oilseeds that need less water. He further maintained: “It was found in many places that farmers go for “flood irrigation”. In a bid to ensure proper utilisation of water, farmers are urged to avoid the same.” Mahapatra said: “Farmers should not panic. If they go for proper and planned irrigation, then there will be no shortage of water for the purpose of agriculture.” He further added that the Block Development Officers are also holding awareness campaigns at different places to extend all sorts of support to farmers. It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has taken a series of steps in the past seven years which has ensured a massive development in the growth of the agriculture sector in Bengal. In such a situation, the state government is taking all necessary steps so that farmers do not face any problem due to unusual rainfall.last_img read more