OTTAWA – New research shows Export Development Canada provides 12 times as much financial backing to oil and gas companies as it did to clean technology companies over the last five years.The findings by lobby group Oil Change International show that the federal government’s export financing agency provided $62 billion to oil and gas companies between 2012 and 2017, compared to the $5 billion offered to the cleantech sector.Patrick Derochie, climate and energy program manager at Environmental Defence, says Canada cannot claim to be a climate leader when it is funnelling billions of dollars to keep spewing carbon and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The United Nations World Meteorological Association says the amount of carbon and other climate-changing gases trapped in the earth’s atmosphere hit new records in 2017.The federal Liberals repeatedly say clean technology is a $26-trillion opportunity that Canada is taking advantage of but environment groups believe Canada is working against itself by spending more money to encourage pumping oil out of the ground.The report comes the day after Ottawa extended new tax credits to companies who invest in new equipment and machinery, including clean tech equipment, all while admitting that some of that investment will encourage the production of more emissions.
Last month, the City received an application for “Starbuds,” a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence, that will be located in the Dawson Mall.Anyone wishing to voice their concerns is asked to write to:Cindy Fisher, Deputy Corporate OfficerCity of Dawson CreekP.O. Box 150, 10105 12A StreetDawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4 DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has received an application for a non-medical cannabis retail store.In a release, the City says a store under the proposed establishment name of “Northern Cannabis” has made an application for a Non-Medical Cannabis Retail Store Licence. The location of the proposed store is at 10112 10th Street, in Dawson Creek.The City says anyone who feels that they may be affected by this application is asked to submit their written comments no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 7, 2018.
“Non-state actors targeting logistics and infrastructure sector will become a nightmare in the future. Complexities of maritime security require navies to rethink their role,” the Prime Minister said during his address at the leadership section of the annual counter-terror conference by the India Foundation. Citing the importance of the waterways around Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday argued for a greater naval role for safety of civilian traffic, The Hindu newspaper reported.Addressing a counter-terror conference in New Delhi over video link from Colombo, Wickremesinghe said more terror attacks were likely to target the maritime sector in the future. Indicating at Sri Lanka’s role in ensuring global maritime security, Wickremesinghe said the Indian Ocean region was the connector between the energy sources of the Gulf region and energy consumers of Asia. In this context, he lauded the March 5-7 conference of the Indian Ocean Region in Jakarta where the Ministers also adopted the “IORA Declaration on Preventing and Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism.” (Colombo Gazette)
Members of the Security Council issued a press statement condemning the fatal attack in the “strongest possible terms” and demanding that the hostages be “treated humanely and released immediately.” The Council members also reaffirmed “their support for the Iraqi people, their condemnation of terrorist attacks in Iraq, and their determination to combat all forms of terrorism.” Mr. Annan, in a statement released by his spokesman, also condemned the attack and called for the “immediate and unconditional release” of all those kidnapped. “The Secretary-General deplores this attack and calls for the cessation of all such acts of violence,” the spokesman said. “He also calls on the Iraqi government and the Multinational Force (MNF) to take all necessary measures to counter the present wave of violence.”
by Patrick Whittle, The Associated Press Posted Feb 15, 2016 11:13 am MDT Last Updated Feb 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SACO, Maine – America’s lobster industry is sending less of its catch to Canada as processing grows in New England, and the growth could have widespread ramifications for consumers who are demanding more lobster products every year.U.S. lobstermen, clustered in the coastal New England states, have long sent a large amount of their catch to Canada’s Maritime Provinces, where some two dozen companies process millions of pounds of lobster meat every year into everything from vacuum-sealed lobster meat packages to lobster pate. The processed lobster ends up in products like lobster ravioli and lobster pot pie that are growing in popularity with consumers.But the dynamics of the processing industry are slowly changing. America exported about 69 million pounds of lobster to Canada in 2014, and the 2015 figure was less than 67 million, federal data show.The trend comes as the lobster catch is booming, enabling the growth in processed lobster products. American fishermen set a record for lobster catch in 2012 and nearly topped it the following two years.More processing plants in Maine are providing a way for fishermen to sell their lobsters locally rather than export, and Massachusetts lawmakers might change laws to allow more processing in their state. The processing growth could ultimately democratize the notoriously expensive lobster by making lobster products more available and affordable.“Processors are creating more markets; more markets create greater opportunity for additional channels for lobster products to be sold,” said Luke Holden, president of Luke’s Lobster and owner of Cape Seafood, a processor in Saco, Maine.Maine’s lobster meat processing industry barely existed 25 years ago, slowly grew to five companies in 2010 and now includes 15 firms that processed about 20 million pounds of meat in 2013. Voters agreed to help pay for more growth through a 2014 referendum to dedicate $7 million in public money to Maine seafood and lobster processing.In Massachusetts, where the lobster industry and some state leaders see the possibility of creating a bigger lobster-processing sector, the state Senate approved a bill in January that updates state laws to permit processing, sales and transportation of cooked and frozen in-shell lobster parts.New England’s processing industry remains dwarfed by Canada’s. Companies in provinces including New Brunswick and Nova Scotia processed about 150 million pounds of lobster in 2013.But leaders in Canada’s industry have noticed the U.S. growth. Jerry Amirault, president of the Lobster Processors Association of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, said he anticipates more competition between the U.S. and Canada for lobsters to process.“We believe with the growth in the U.S. industry, increased demand takes place,” he said. “There’s going to be a competition for that resource.”The slight drop in lobster exports to Canada can be attributed to more factors than just processing growth, such as the supply of lobsters and the weak Canadian dollar, said John Sackton, an industry analyst and publisher of Seafood.com.But domestic processing growth is important because it reduces shipping costs, which are eventually borne by the consumer, lobstermen have said. Processing growth is also important because of the trend toward processed lobster products and the importance of branding them as local to New England, some said.“Restaurants are adding lobster in many ways. Lobster mashed potatoes, lobster mac and cheese,” Sackton said. “The growth in the industry is going to be very much in that direction.” FILE – In this June 20, 2014, file photo, lobsters are processed at the Sea Hag Seafood plant in Tenants Harbor, Maine. America’s lobster industry is sending less of its catch to Canada as processing grows in New England, and the growth could have widespread ramifications for consumers who are demanding more lobster products every year. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) Americans sending less lobster north of the border as processing grows
In this Feb. 14, 2017, photo, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of N.Y, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Beneath the capital’s radar looms a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion. It could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) by Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2017 9:08 am MDT Last Updated Feb 21, 2017 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In Trump’s future looms a familiar shutdown threat WASHINGTON – Add a potential government shutdown to President Donald Trump’s growing roster of headaches.Beneath the capital’s radar looms a vexing problem — a catchall spending package that’s likely to top $1 trillion and could get embroiled in the politics of building Trump’s wall at the U.S.-Mexico border and a budget-busting Pentagon request.While a shutdown deadline has a few weeks to go, the huge measure looms as an unpleasant reality check for Trump and Republicans controlling Congress.Despite the big power shift in Washington, the path to success — and averting a shuttering of the government — goes directly through Senate Democrats, whose votes are required to pass the measure. And any measure that satisfies Democrats and their new leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, is sure to alienate tea party Republicans. Trump’s determination to build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border faces a fight with Democrats, too.For now, the new Democratic leader is cautious.“We’ll have to wait and see what happens,” Schumer said. “I hope they won’t jam up the supplemental (spending bill) with poison pills.”At issue is the annual must-do legislation funding government agencies and departments. The path for the huge spending measure — by Republicans’ own choice a piece of leftover business from last year — would be difficult and complicated in a smoothly running Washington. But partisanship has engulfed the city, and the upcoming measure is made even more challenging once upcoming Trump requests for $18 billion or more for the Pentagon and money for his contentious border wall are added to the mix.For years, Republicans needed President Barack Obama’s signoff and relied on Democratic votes to pass the measures and balance out opposition from tea partiers.Trump’s election has shifted the balance of power in Washington, but the GOP’s grip on the Senate — where 60 votes are needed for most legislation — is actually weaker. Some House conservatives are demanding a round of budget cuts to “offset” new spending on the Pentagon and Trump’s wall.“If all of a sudden we’re not worried about pay-fors for our spending, then we have been hypocrites,” said tea party Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. “I’m not going to vote for anything that just increases spending without looking for a way to pay for that in the future.”That’s far easier said than done, especially with the budget year nearly half over. Democrats might accept the Pentagon funding — aimed at reversing what Pentagon hawks see as a slide in the military’s ability to prepare against new threats — even though it would unravel a hard-won 2015 budget pact. But they won’t stand for cuts to domestic programs to pay for it, and neither will more pragmatic Republicans.“I don’t think we’d be able to jam anything through that didn’t have some significant buy-in by Democrats,” Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said.Lawmakers face an April 28 deadline, which seems like plenty of time. The administration, however, is off to a slow start, just last Wednesday winning Senate confirmation of its budget director, Mick Mulvaney, who has his hands full with Trump’s broader budget submission for the upcoming year as well as plans for the supplemental Pentagon spending or the border wallIt’s all complicated by the tumult surrounding Trump’s presidency, including his low approval ratings and vehement opposition from rank-and-file Democrats still stinging from Trump’s upset victory and his provocative travel ban.GOP leaders like House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are eager to avert any shutdown. The most recent one, caused by House Republicans, came as tea party lawmakers insisted on a failed strategy of using shutdown threats as leverage to try to block implementation of Obama’s health care law.An end-of-April shutdown still seems unlikely. Neither Republicans nor Democrats want that. But a stumble is possible if Senate Democrats filibuster the measure over budget additions like the border wall with Mexico.And in the House, dysfunction is always possible, especially if conservatives shun the measure as they have with previous bipartisan versions of spending bills. That led top leaders like then-Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to turn to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, hat in hand, to get enough votes. Now, with Trump in the White House, House Democrats can’t be counted upon to help.“If they need Democratic votes, because some of their people will vote for nothing, as you well know, then we’ll have to talk,” Pelosi said. “But I fear that if they don’t need Democratic votes, the product would be something very horrible for the American people.”And there’s still the Senate, where Republicans hold a 52-48 edge, short of filibuster-proof 60.“So it doesn’t mean just because (Republicans) have a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate and now the White House that we can do anything we want,” Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, said.
“For Syria’s children, the past three years have been the longest of their lives. Must they endure another year of suffering?” asked UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, calling for an immediate end to the violence and increased support for those affected. The UNICEF chief’s comments come as the agency releases a new report, Under Siege: the devastating impact on children of three years of conflict in Syria, which estimates that a total of 5.5 million children have had their lives devastated by the war, and calls on the international community to take action. The report shares individual stories of children living in Syria or living as refugees in neighbouring countries, and highlights the profound traumas many have experienced. Children such as four-year-old Adnan, who fled with his family to Lebanon, suffered facial scarring when his home was bombed and still suffers from emotional distress. “He cries all night,” his mother is quoted as saying. “He is scared of everything and is afraid when we leave him, even for a second.”UNICEF estimates that there are 2 million children like Adnan in need of psychological support or treatment. Among the hardest hit are up to a million children who are trapped in under siege and hard-to-reach areas. Cut off from aid, living in rubble and struggling to find food, many Syrian children have been left without protection, medical care or psychological support, and have little or no access to education. In the very worst cases children and pregnant women have been deliberately wounded or killed by snipers. In host countries, 1.2 million Syrian children are now refugees living in camps and overwhelmed host communities, and have limited access to clean water and nutritious food. UNICEF’s report goes on to say that in the past three years, Syrian children have been forced to grow up faster than any child should, and indicates 1 in 10 refugee children is now working and 1 in every 5 Syrian girls in Jordan is forced into early marriage.“This war has to end so that children can return to their homes to rebuild their lives in safety with their family and friends. This third devastating year for Syrian children must be the last,” insisted Mr. Lake.The report appeals to the international community to take action in six steps: end the violence in Syria now, grant immediate access to the under-reached 1 million children inside Syria, protect them from exploitation and harm, invest in their education, provide them with psychological care, and support host communities and governments to mitigate the social and economic impact of the conflict on families.Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) also deplored the difficult access to certain areas in Syria where people are in desperate need of nutrition, in a news release published earlier today. Though some locally-negotiated ceasefires allowed WFP to reach some previously inaccessible areas like Al-Houle in rural Homs or Ar-Raqqa Governorate, delivering food to people in desperate need remains a challenge. Worsening security conditions is creating setbacks in several areas such as the Northeast governorate of Deir-Ezzor. “One-off convoys into besieged areas can provide temporary relief, but WFP still needs proper and sustained access to people to provide life-saving assistance and also to assess the scale of the needs,” said Amir Abdulla, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, in Geneva. In February, WFP assisted 3.7 million people in Syria and more than 1.5 million refugees in neighbouring countries. The UN food agency aims to reach as many as 4.25 million people inside Syria every month, but insecurity is leaving half a million people without food assistance.
Ohio State’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will have the chance to find their conference footing in the Big Ten Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday in Geneva, Ohio. For some members of the teams, it’s also an opportunity to test their worth in a conference with two ranked women’s teams and five ranked men’s teams. The top eight athletes in each track and field event are given points toward their team totals. “If you’re not in the top eight, you’re worth almost nothing in the Big Ten,” said redshirt senior mile runner Chris Fallon. “(That) basically is what it comes down to.” The chance to compete on such a stage might be a long time coming. While each meet holds its own significance, the Big Ten Championships hold a particular importance. “The whole season is basically (working up to) it,” Fallon said. “If you’re sitting in the top 10 going into a conference meet, you’re kind of expected to do something pretty special. So the whole year, you’re kind of gearing up to get a mark or throw a distance that is in the top 10.” In theory, track and field athletes get a total of eight championships in their collegiate career: one indoor and one outdoor a year for four years. “Once you’ve gotten to your eight, that’s it and you don’t get to redo them,” said men’s coach Ed Beathea. “We put a large emphasis on the importance of the conference championship for that reason.” In the championships, officials score the top eight individuals with 10 points for first place, eight for second, six for third, continuing in descending order through eighth place. OSU men’s track and field has not won the Big Ten conference championship since 1993. Beathea said success this weekend could be imperative to the men’s team’s belief in itself. “When you get more guys placing top three, I think you can be a little more confident,” Beathea said. “We still have work to do so we need to keep our head down and keep chugging away.” Conversely, OSU women’s track and field won the Big Ten in 2011. Sophomore long and triple jumper Abie Ehimwenman said that hasn’t made the Buckeyes complacent, though. “You’re never satisfied,” Ehimwenman said. “You’re always going to want more, especially if you know you’re good and you always want to be great, so why not reach for the top?” The Big Ten championships start Friday at 10 a.m.
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. Drinking full-fat milk could lead to a longer life by protecting against strokes, scientists have suggested. While conventional diet advice has for decades dictated that skimmed and semi-skimmed milk is much healthier for us than full-fat milk, a study suggests that the opposite may be true. Researchers found no significant link between dairy fats and heart disease and stroke, two of the biggest killers associated with a diet high in saturated fat. In fact, certain types of dairy fat might actually help guard against having a severe stroke, researchers reported. It will be welcome news to people who prefer full-fat varieties of milk, butter, cheese and yogurt to those with lower quantities of…
Alyssa Healy with Cricket Australia’s Women’s ODI Player of the Year Award (Getty Images)The Australian Cricket Awards took place in Melbourne on Monday night with two main honours being the Allan Border Medal and Belinda Clark Award. Here is a full list of the winnersMale ODI player of the year Marcus Stoinis (13 matches, 376 runs at 28.92; 13 wickets at 36.77) – Voting period: January 9, 2018 to January 7, 2019Female ODI player of the year Alyssa Healy (6 matches, 329 runs at 54.83) – Voting period: January 9, 2018 to January 7, 2019Betty Wilson young cricketer of the year Georgia Wareham (Voting period: December 9, 2017 to November 12, 2018)Bradman young cricketer of the year Will Pucovski (Voting period: December 8, 2017 to December, 11 2018)Test player of the year Nathan Lyon (10 matches, 49 wickets at 34.80) – Voting period: January 9, 2018 to January 7, 2019Community Champion award Moises HenriquesFemale domestic player of the year Heather Graham (Voting period: December 9, 2017 to November 12, 2018)Male domestic player of the year Matthew Wade (Voting period: December 8, 2017 to December, 11 2018)Female T20I player of the year Alyssa Healy (17 matches, 578 runs at 41.29) – Voting period: January 9, 2018 to January 7, 2019Male T20I player of the year Glenn Maxwell (19 matches, 506 runs at 36.14; 9 wickets at 14.33)(ESPNCricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedKohli, Smith win big at ICC awardsJanuary 18, 2018In “latest news”CWI 2019 Awards: Guyana’s Keemo Paul among big winnersAugust 20, 2019In “latest news”ICC awards: Virat Kohli wins big three after fantastic 2018January 22, 2019In “Sports”
Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien insists Ruben Loftus-Cheek should remain and fight for his future at the clubThe 22-year-old’s impressive loan spell at Crystal Palace last season earned him a call-up to the England World Cup squad.Loftus-Cheek then embarked on a superb campaign at Russia, where he featured prominently as the England squad reached the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1990.Back at Stamford Bridge, however, Loftus-Cheek has fallen further down the pecking order under new coach Maurizio Sarri.New signings Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic along with the in-form Ross Barkley have all been favoured over Loftus-Cheek this season at Chelsea, who has made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.But Essien believes that now is not the time for Loftus-Cheek to give up on his Chelsea career.“He has to stay,” Essien told the Evening Standard. “When you play for a club like Chelsea, you know the competition will always be there and you have to work hard to win your position.“They have many midfielders but it’s all down to him. He’s such a good boy and he works hard.“Maybe he might want to play more first-team football and games, but he has to stay and work hard. And you never know – football changes very quickly and he might get his chance.”Although former England boss Sam Allardyce believes Loftus-Cheek must seek a permanent move away from Chelsea in January.
Manchester City winger Leroy Sane has no doubts over Fernandinho’s importance to them following their 2-1 win over LiverpoolThe Brazilian midfielder played his second game since returning from a two-week layoff and put in another outstanding performance as City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to four points.Fernandinho’s absence coincided with City’s back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month with pundit Paul Merson believing the 33-year-old is key to their title hopes.Sane, who scored the match-winner at the Etihad Stadium to inflict a first league defeat to Liverpool, held out special praise for Fernandinho.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Everyone knows Fernandinho is important for us,” Sane told CityTV.“He has to defend the ball, win the ball, pass the ball!“He had an amazing game and I’m so pleased he is back for us.”Pep Guardiola’s side will next face Rotherham on Sunday in the FA Cup before taking on Burton in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final clash next week.
A pair of U.K.-based media industry executives have launched TheMediaBriefing.com, a one-stop-shop for curated media industry stories from all over the Web. “We recognize that information sources in all industries have fragmented,” explains Rory Brown, a former divisional managing director for Incisive Media who co-founded the site with Neil Thackray, who previously served as CEO of Quantum Business Media and Nexus Media Communications. “The media industry is no different and it is no longer possible to rely on a couple of trade magazines or Web sites to keep you informed and shape strategic decisions.”Brown and Thackray set out to find a way to research content from hundreds of sources that are relevant to media. In addition to curating news, TheMediaBriefing.com features commissioned long form pieces and expert analysis. The site also offers free weekly newsletters in each its topic verticals: newspapers, magazines, b-to-b, TV and film, agencies, digital media, radio and finance.To pull all this together, Brown and Thackray worked with personalized publishing platform idio. “Our technology platform has a central algorithm that bolts together multiple semantic engines to interrogate text,” says Brown. “It then classifies that text to determine its meaning. The information is stored under an evolving taxonomy—which is hand-curated—to provide ways for users to track stories or topics. It also presents possible related topics around that content.”See below for a video of Brown and Thackray introducing TheMediaBriefing.com:Briefing Media from studio .fu on Vimeo.
Sen. Dennis Egan uses a display cabinet in the Capitol for support Feb. 8, 2018, while chatting with KTVA reporter Steve Quinn, left, and camera operator Ken Kulovany, after doing an interview. Egan suffers from multiple sclerosis and severe vertigo, to which he attributed his decision not to run for re-election following the end of his term. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)For decades, Dennis Egan’s voice has been one of the most recognizable in Southeast Alaska.“I can handle Juneau fairly well,” Egan said Sunday afternoon while sitting in his office in the Alaska State Capitol. “I just got a permanent handicap sticker, so that helps.”But Egan’s career and legacy has been far more varied than just politics.Long before he was appointed to the state Senate or elected Juneau’s mayor, Egan was a regular fixture on KINY’s airwaves. He and his partner sold the station in 2008.Now, the Egan era of Alaska politics is ending, too.Alaska Sen. Dennis Egan announced his retirement earlier this month. He represented Juneau, Haines and Skagway for nearly 10 years in the state Legislature.“But it’s the little things. You don’t know how much you miss them,” Egan said. “And friends I’ve made, it’s really tough. Really tough … It’s the end of a couple of eras.”Doctors diagnosed Egan with multiple sclerosis in 1982.Now 70, Egan said complications have caught up. He has severe vertigo, which makes it difficult to travel by boat or plane — something necessary to get around his Southeast district.“My brain is still functioning fine. Well, a few of my staff doesn’t think so,” Egan said, joking. “That’s working, but it’s my health that’s just driving me crazy.”Egan is not endorsing a successor right now. He said there are plenty of people in the region who can represent his constituents as well or better.“As long as they remember, no matter if you are an R or a D — doesn’t matter,” Egan said. “You’ve gotta be a people person. You have to get along. You have to listen to the other side. You may hate it. You may not like it, but you have to give folks the courtesy of listening.”Advice that comes right out of the family playbook.His father was Bill Egan, a longtime member of the Alaska Territorial Legislature and the first state governor.Growing up in the Alaska Governor’s Mansion, Dennis Egan would get into all sorts of trouble, resulting in well-earned comparisons to Dennis the Menace.But those early years were also formative. Egan learned at the feet of his father and other legends of Alaska history.“In two sentences, you know where he stands on something,” Christopher Clark said. Clark is a longtime legislative aide and former reporter who first met Egan while working at KINY.Clark later worked for Egan in the Capitol.“That directness is what people find endearing, as well as the way he talks,” Clark said. “You know, that old, salty, gruff Alaska stuff.”Sen. Dennis Egan, D-Juneau, listens to testimony in the Senate Resources Committee in the Capitol on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Egan’s directness and humor are what make him an effective leader, Clark said.“If he’s polite to you, run like hell. If he’s yelling, cussing at you, then you’re in. It’s OK,” Clark said. “That’s kind of like ‘Old Alaska.’ It’s that old affability.”Egan’s career in the Legislature began in 2009.Juneau Sen. Kim Elton, a Democrat, had resigned to accept a position in the U.S. Department of the Interior.Republican Gov. Sarah Palin and the Democratic legislators initially couldn’t agree on a replacement.Egan was the compromise.Former Alaska Public Radio Network reporter Dave Donaldson retired in 2012 after covering the Alaska Legislature for more than 20 years. He said Egan’s appointment really came down to one thing.“The fact is that people like Dennis Egan,” Donaldson said. “They always have liked him and still do.”Donaldson chalks part of that up to Egan’s former life as a radio disc jockey. The man loves to talk and is good at it.But Donaldson said Egan also grew up in a forgotten era of Alaska politics.“Dennis Egan is probably as close as any to the old-school dealmaker. And that’s just because of his personality,” Donaldson said. “He knew how to talk to people. The problem is … there are so few people now who are willing to listen. And that’s really the sad part of Alaska politics right now.”Egan will tell you that’s one thing he won’t miss, along with the long hours and marathon legislative meetings.He worries that the days of political compromise are ending.Egan said reaching across the aisle was a regular part of the process, not just a tactic.That’s how he pulled off one of his proudest accomplishments, securing full funding for the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library, Archives and Museum that opened in 2016.“I really respect the other side. And because of that, the other side respects me,” Egan said. “I’m a lifelong Democrat but I vote with the Republicans every now and then and Republicans help me. But it’s got to work that way or nothing gets done.”Egan believes his colleagues have Alaska’s best interests at heart. They just need to find a way to work together.“Everybody in this building is trying to do their constituents better. Senate averages about 35,000 constituents. House members average, what 17,500 or something like that,” Egan said. “But everybody is trying to do what they think is best for their constituents.”Egan said he’ll stay involved post-retirement. He serves on numerous volunteer boards and will remain active in the Juneau community Beyond that, his priorities are clear. He’s not going anywhere.“I’m gonna croak here,” Egan said. “I’ve got a lot of Alaska Airlines mileage so my grandbabies can come see me!”
Share Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas TribuneProtesters rally in favor of transgender rights at the Texas Capitol, on July 21, 2017.Despite it serving, in part, as the reason lawmakers are back in Austin for legislative overtime, the Texas Legislature could very well gavel out next week without passing a “bathroom bill.”With just days left in the 30-day special legislative session, controversial proposals to regulate bathroom use for transgender Texans appear to have no clear path to the governor’s desk. As was the case during the regular legislative session that concluded in May, efforts to pass any sort of bathroom bill — a divisive issue pitting Republicans against business leaders, LGBT advocates, law enforcement and even fellow Republicans — have stalled in the Texas House.And it’s unlikely that will change in the coming days.“I’d say the chances are definitely getting smaller,” Republican state Rep. Ron Simmons of Carrollton, who filed two bathroom bills during the special session, said earlier this week.The push to keep transgender Texans out of bathrooms that match their gender identity — a move opponents said was discriminatory and could endanger transgender individuals — largely dominated the regular legislative session between protests, lobbying days, two overnight hearings, legislative bickering among Republican leaders over proposed bathroom bills and, eventually, a forced special session.Restricting bathroom use in public facilities was deemed a legislative priority by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. But House Speaker Joe Straus, with the increased backing of the business community, emerged as his most prominent foil on the issue.Gov. Greg Abbott — who for months during the regular session was reticent to voice his support for a bathroom bill — eventually took the lieutenant governor’s side and added the issue to his 20-item agenda for a special session that Patrick forced him to call by holding hostage legislation needed to keep open the doors at a handful of state agencies.But amid concerns for the safety of an already vulnerable population and statewide economic fallout, those efforts did little to sway the speaker.When lawmakers returned to Austin in July, the Senate quickly passed its latest version of the bill to regulate bathroom use in public schools and local government buildings based on the gender listed on a birth certificate or Texas ID. It would also nix parts of local nondiscrimination ordinances meant to ensure transgender Texans can use public bathrooms that match their gender identity.Just like during the regular session, Straus has refused to refer that bill to a House committee — the first step in the legislative process.With the passage of a bathroom bill seeming improbable, Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst — the author of the Senate legislation — on Friday suggested lawmakers could be left to address the issue in the future.“Men do not belong in female locker rooms, showers and restrooms and no amount of monetary threats, corporate logos, New Yorker articles or Hollywood hypocrisy will ever change that,” Kolkhorst said in a prepared statement. “Many Texans are alarmed at the effort by some to erode all gender barriers in our schools and public spaces and at the end of the day, there will be future legislative sessions and elections to continue the conversation.”Simmons’ proposals in the House, which are focused on prohibiting municipalities and school districts from enacting trans-inclusive bathroom policies, were referred to the House State Affairs Committee. But that committee’s chairman, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, has indicated it’s not likely the committee will hold a hearing to consider the legislation.And with the clock running out on the special session – both chambers must adjourn by Wednesday – the demise of those proposals is looking more and more certain.“I mean realistically, if the chairman says he’s not going to give a hearing then I can’t force him to,” Simmons said.It’s unclear whether bathroom bill proponents will orchestrate an 11th-hour attempt to attach the restrictions to another piece of legislation. Similar efforts were unsuccessful during the regular session.Simmons — who earlier this week hadn’t completely given up on his bills — speculated whether they could be rewritten to add to one of the pending education bills. But he was unsure whether he could craft an amendment in such a way that it would survive a likely parliamentary challenge by opponents who could argue that Simmons’ amendment was not germane to the bill under debate.Asked whether she was considering ways to amend the language to other legislation, Kolkhorst’s office did not address the issue.Even the head of the House Freedom Caucus — a group of the chamber’s most conservative members who previously tried to attach bathroom restrictions to other pieces of legislation — appeared resigned to not getting a vote on a bathroom bill.“The speaker is very clearly involved in blocking this issue,” state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, said on Thursday. “He’s made many public comments on it and the buck stops with Joe Straus on this.”Despite the governor’s insistence that the Legislature should go “20 for 20” on his special session agenda, it’s clear that won’t be the case come next week. But it remains unclear where a loss on the bathroom bill will fall on Abbott’s list of grievances.Since the start of the special session, Abbott in interviews and fundraising emails has emphasized other priorities on his agenda over the bathroom bill. Last week, he told the Austin American-Statesman that it was “way premature” to assume Simmons’ proposals wouldn’t get a vote in the House.His office did not respond to a request for comment for this story.
Pokémon X and Y have been released for almost two months, but have so far only had one event Pokémon. Torchic only takes minimal effort to receive — simply log on to the internet and tap a couple of menus in X or Y, and you’ll receive the special critter; you still have until January 15, 2014 to do so. Now, though, a rare promotion at Walmart offers two event Pokémon.The rarity and exclusivity of the Pokémon so far remains to be seen, as they are pocket monsters that you can obtain in-game, Garchomp and Scizor. You can obtain a Garchomp in-game by capturing a Gible (which appears on Route 13 in both X and Y), and evolving it. You can grab a Scizor in-game by capturing a Scyther (which appears on Route 21 in both X and Y), and evolving it. Both Pokémon have mega forms, Mega Garchomp and Mega Scizor.These event Pokémon aren’t too special or rare: the only unique aspect appears to be that they come in a Cherish ball, which is something you can pull off in-game if you wish. However, the promotion itself is the rarity.Unlike GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon, Walmart doesn’t include in-game content as a store purchase bonus. Furthermore, Nintendo doesn’t usually make event Pokémon tied to a purchase from a specific store. Though these critters don’t seem too special, if you haven’t already purchased the game, there’s no reason not to buy your copy from Walmart now.You can find an unlock code for Garchomp in X, and a code for Scizor in Y. The promotion ends on June 30, 2014.
Kolkata: State agriculture department has decided to impart training to the farmers of Malda district, where the department is planning to produce Tulaipanji and other aromatic rice in large scale.A team of research wing at Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will soon visit Malda district not only to carry out a detailed survey but also to encourage the farmers to cultivate Tulaipanji and other scented rice.The step is a part of the overall initiative of the state Agriculture department to increase the production of aromatic rice. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya will identify the places where these rice could be grown on a large scale. They will encourage the farmers into new ventures and training would be given to them.The department will provide seeds to the farmers in the district at a cheaper rate so that more number of farmers show their interest.The state government will extend all possible benefits to the farmers to make the attempt a success, sources in the department said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAgriculture department will carry out a detailed study, examine the nature of the land where Tulaipamji and other aromatic rice could be grown in North Bengal.State agriculture minister recently held a high-level meeting with the researchers of Uttar BangaKrishi Vishwavidyalaya and other senior officials of the department, chalking out an elaborate plan on how to increase the production of aromatic rice.It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her recent visit to the North Bengal, asked the senior government officials to take necessary steps so that Tulaipanji, Gobindobhog and other aromatic rice can be produced on a large scale. The main purpose of the move is to ensure that the people get these rice at a lesser price.Proded by the Chief Minister, the agriculture department is also leaving no stone unturned to make it possible. It may be mentioned here that state Agriculture department has already been taking help from the research fellows of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya who will provide assistance to the department in this regard. The main purpose is to increase the production of fragrant rice in the state.Asish Banerjee, state Agriculture minister said his department has set a target to increase the production of various aromatic rice including Tulaipanji and Gobindabhog in various districts.A research wing of Uttar Banga Krishi Vishwavidyalaya has chosen Malda district where Tulaipanji could be grown on a large scale. A team will soon visit the district to identify the areas.
Go back to the enewsletterVirtuoso has given a sneak peek of the hottest upscale hotels debuting worldwide over the next few months. From Asia to Africa to Europe and beyond, these properties will dazzle with scenic settings, stunning design and impeccable service. Beachside escapes, historic properties, modern stunners and nature retreats are awaiting travellers, who will return home with the greatest souvenir: a transformational experience courtesy of these hotels that are raising the bar.Anantara Quy Nhon Villas, Vietnam – Opened 15 November 2018Nestled on a bay with an exclusive beach, this all-villa hideaway is set amid tropical gardens. The 26 villas feature infinity pools, cellars with premium wines and designated butlers. 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The US has made clear to Ankara that it considers Turkey’s announced intentions to begin drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean provocative and has encouraged Turkey to stop, US Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Matthew Palmer, has told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA).Palmer, who has held a series of meetings in Cyprus this week, said that the US strongly supported the right of Cyprus to exploit and develop its hydrocarbon resources.“We believe that the proceeds from those resources should be shared equitably amongst all the people of the island within a framework of a negotiated settlement,” he said. “There is a lot on the bilateral agenda as well. I discussed those issues at length in my meetings including with the president, the foreign minister.”Asked what will the US concretely do in case Turkey insists on drilling in the Eastern Mediterranean, Palmer said: “I don’t want to get into hypotheticals, but what I can tell you is that we’ve made clear to Turkey that we consider the actions that it has undertaken in terms of its announced intentions to begin drilling as provocative and we’ve encouraged Turkey to stop those actions.”Asked about the way the Statement of Intent on security cooperation that was signed last year between the US and Cyprus is being implemented, Palmer said that there had been a number of developments consistent with the goals and objectives of the statement.He mentioned the recent the 3+1 meeting in Jerusalem in which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo participated along with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the participation of the US in the Argonaut Multinational Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) Exercise that took place recently in Cyprus.“We continue to discuss ways that we can deepen and strengthen the partnership. The Republic of Cyprus recently sent its first ever defence attaché to the embassy in Washington, so we are working together to ensure that the Statement of Intent is operationalised and practised,” he added.Asked if he thought it was anachronistic that there is still an US arms embargo on Cyprus, he said that “Cyprus is a strategic partner, an important partner for the United States and we are in the process of taking a look at what may be possible in that area. There is a number of different bills that are circulating on Capitol Hill,” he added, noting that “we’ll see what happens on the Hill.”In 1987, the US placed restrictions on the transfer of arms and defensive material to Cyprus in an attempt to encourage reunification efforts and avoid an arms race on the island. The government has been trying for many years to see the embargo lifted.Palmer was on the island to discuss bilateral relations with President Nicos Anastasiades, among them, a bill tabled by US Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio providing among other things lifting the US arms embargo on Cyprus. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoIcePopMan Notices A Strange Hole In This Lake, So He Gets A Drone, Flies It Inside And Captures ThisIcePopUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Three arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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