New Fund to Replace Tax Credit

first_imgFinance and Treasury Board Minister Diana Whalen announced a new film and television industry fund that will replace a film tax credit, after a meeting with the film and television industry today, April 23. The proposed Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund is modelled after a successful program in Alberta. “We have said all along that we value this industry and want to see it remain in Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Whalen. “I am pleased we have been able to work together to find common ground that respects the fiscal challenges facing Nova Scotia and also supports the film and television production industry in the province. The proposed arrangement stays within the fiscal plan announced on budget day.” The new program would fund 25 per cent of eligible Nova Scotia costs. Meeting certain conditions could raise that to 30 per cent. The new fund would be transparent and competitive with the rest of Canada. Government will also establish a Creative Economy Fund to support the publishing and music and sound-recording sectors. Fund criteria will be designed in consultation with the sectors. The Nova Scotia Film and Television Production Incentive Fund will be effective July 1 and administered by Nova Scotia Business Inc. Talks with the animation industry continue. For more information, visit .last_img read more

PNB discusses ideas to help economy reach 5 trillion target with its

first_imgNew Delhi: Punjab National Bank’s central Delhi circle organised a branch level conclave at its zonal training centre, Rajendra Place, to stimulate ideas aimed at alignment on the banking sector to help Indian economy reach $5 trillion scales in next 5 years. The ideas and suggestions received during the conclave from the branch heads will be recommended to a higher level to prepare a road map for optimum growth of the economy. Along with the 70 branch heads of central Delhi circle, the seminar was attended by the Bank’s C&MD Sunil Mehta, Zonal Manager Ram Kumar, and Circle Head Bibhu Mahapatra. In his address, Ram Kumar encouraged the participants to give ideas which are possible, practical and profitable for the society. Sunil Mehta asked the assembled house to come out with all kinds of ideas, however, small they may seem, and deliberate on the same with an open mind. The participants deliberated on the 20 topics outlined by the ministry and gave numerous ideas to align the banking sector with the national priorities.last_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The Break by Katherena Vermette (House of Anansi Press)Company Town by Madeline Ashby (TOR)The Elephants in My Backyard by Rajiv Surendra (Random House Canada)even this page is white by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp Press)Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis (Coach House Books)I Am Woman by Lee Maracle (Press Gang)The Just City by Jo Walton (TOR)Knucklehead by Matt Lennox (Harper Collins)Nostalgia by M.G. Vassanji (Doubleday Canada)One Hour in Paris by Karyn L. Freedman (Freehand Books)Quantum Night by Robert J. Sawyer (Viking)The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Penguin Canada)Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)Today I Learned It Was You by Edward Riche (House of Anansi Press)Waiting for First Light by Roméo Dallaire, with Jessica Dee Humphreys (Random House Canada)The Canada Reads panel and the final five books will be announced on January 31, 2017. Each year,   the shortlisted Canada Reads books see a significant rise in sales, and the winning book stays on bestseller lists for months. For the past two years, all five shortlisted titles appeared on Canadian bestseller lists in the weeks leading up to the debates.Notable past winners include Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, which went on to become the top-selling Canadian book of the year in 2014; The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis, which began as a self-published book and won Canada Reads in 2011; The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, the 2009 winner, which was broadcast as a mini-series on CBC-TV in early 2015; and both 2007’s winner Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill, and Ru by Kim Thúy — debut novels that became international bestsellers.CBC Books is pleased to announce that Indigo is returning for a third year as a sponsor of Canada Reads.The Canada Reads debates will take place in front of live audiences over four days from March 27-30, 2017, and will be broadcast on CBC Radio One, CBC TV and online at  Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panellists, until a winner is voted the must-read book for Canadians in 2017. Olympian and humanitarian Clara Hughes was the winning panellist for Canada Reads 2016, defending  The Illegal by Lawrence Hill.For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram  @CBCbooks #CanadaReads.-30-About Ali HassanAli Hassan is an Actor, Stand-Up Comedian and host of CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud. CBC television viewers may remember him from his season as the lead comedy panelist on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight. He can currently be seen in his recurring roles on Man Seeking Woman (FXX), Odd Squad (PBS Kids) and Cardinal (CTV). Ali recently returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where he did a month long-run of his solo show Muslim Interrupted.About CBC BooksHome to Canada Reads, Writers & Company with Eleanor Wachtel, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers, Canada Writes and the CBC Literary Prizes, CBC Books connects Canadians with books, encouraging a shared love of reading and writing. For book news, writing challenges, reading lists, book recommendations and more, visit CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada. CBC Books today announced the Canada Reads 2017 longlist of 15 books. Debating the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?” Canada Reads 2017 is looking at stories that help us explore the diverse perspectives that make this nation what it is today, and to reflect on where we’re heading. Hosted by CBC Laugh Out Loud’s Ali Hassan, CBC’s annual battle of the books, now in its 16th year, will take place March 27-30, 2017.“I’m thrilled to be the host of Canada Reads for 2017,” said Hassan. “In my eyes, it’s the most important literary endeavour in the country, bringing together people to celebrate these diverse Canadian authors. My father, an English professor of 40 years, will also posthumously be pleased.”From science fiction to nonfiction, futuristic to fable, the longlisted books are: Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

PM Harper not happy with Attawapiskat situation

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper said his government was “not very happy” with the situation in Attawapiskat, the Ontario First Nations community in the grip of a severe housing crisis.Harper said during question period Tuesday that government officials were looking into the situation in Attawapiskat and that his government would be “taking action,” but it was not clear what that could be.“Obviously we are not very happy that the results do not seem to have been achieved for that,” said Harper. “We are concerned about that. We have officials looking into it and taking action.”Harper said the community has received 90 million dollars since 2006.He said that works out to be about 50 thousand dollars per person in the 2-thousand member community.The housing crisis in Attawapiskat, where several families are living in tents and many others live in shacks with no running water, has garnered international attention and even prompted the Canadian Red Cross to intervene.Liberal leader Bob Rae accused Harper of blaming Attawapiskat for its own troubles.“That response is a disgraceful response from the government of Canada,” said Rae. “When will the government start taking responsibility for this deplorable situation, which is an embarrassment to the reputation of the entire country?”Rae said the $90 million total included also included funding for education, not just housing.The money Attawapiskat receives also includes funding for the services the band delivers to its residents.The money was also used by the community to evacuate 100 residents two years ago after a sewage back-up made their homes uninhabitable.Attawapiskat has received an outpouring of support from Canadians across the country. NDP MP Charlie Angus, whose riding of Timmins-James Bay includes the community, has been a vocal advocate from the community.The community was visited by Angus and NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel on Tuesday.And late this afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Harper will be meeting with Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo.APTN National News correspondent Ossie Michelin is in the community and will have his first story Wednesday night.last_img read more

CM holds roadshow in North West Delhi for Gugan Singh

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held roadshow at the North West Delhi constituency for party candidate Gugan Singh, and the party also released Manifesto for West Delhi, North East and New Delhi. This was the last roadshow by the AAP chief in Delhi for this Lok Sabha election. The road gained support at every point with hundreds of people standing at the road greeting the Chief Minister with garlands and flowers. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe voice everywhere throughout the roadshow was for the full-statehood and the works for the Delhi government. The leaders stood in a Gipsy and the volunteers walked the street. After this roadshow, opposition leaders like Mamata Banerjee might join the campaign in support of the AAP. In the roadshow at some points, the Chief Minister addressed the people. “Do not let your vote to get divided therefore do not vote for the Congress party,” said the CM. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile, AAP released its Manifesto for West-Delhi parliamentary constituency. “Manifesto for West-Delhi is compiled after discussion with people of Urban and Rural population, youngsters, women, environment lovers, people from Delhi-Dehaat and taking inputs from voters of unauthorized colonies, though we have common manifesto, Aam Aadmi Party is committed to working for local people, so our candidates are going to people with a vision for them,” said AAP’s chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj. Balbir Singh Jakhar, Party Candidate from West Delhi, said that we have set an area specific program for working on issues which are vital for West Delhi raised by people during election campaign which include, “setting up of New Institutions to ease admission for school pass-outs students, development of skill Centers to impart job oriented training to youngsters, development of multi-level parking lots to decongest west-Delhi roads, Elevated Road on Najafgarh Drain from Kakrola up to Meera Bagh to reduce traffic.”last_img read more

Two men seriously hurt in headon snowmobile crash

Ontario Provincial Police is investigating after three motorized snow vehicles collided in Singhampton, Ont. Police were called to an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trail around 10:45 a.m. on Mar. 9. Police say two men, aged 58 and 31, suffered serious injuries and were transported to hospital. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured. Grey County officers, with assistance from OPP Technical Traffic Collision investigators, continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the collision.Anyone with information is asked to contact 1-888-310-1122.

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Sept. 21-27 by The Associated Press Posted Sep 29, 2015 3:27 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 21-27. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: Denver at Detroit, NBC, 22.07 million.2. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 18.2 million.3. “NCIS,” CBS, 18.19 million.4. NFL Football: Washington at N.Y. Giants, CBS, 16.88 million.5. “Empire,” Fox, 16.18 million.6. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 15.62 million.7. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 15.04 million.8. “NFL Post-Game,” CBS, 13.03 million.9. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 12.62 million.10. NFL Football: N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis, ESPN, 12.48 million.11. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 12.37 million.12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.35 million.13. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.22 million.14. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.91 million.15. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 11.46 million.16. “Life in Pieces,” CBS, 11.28 million.17. “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.09 million.18. “NFL Pregame Show,” CBS, 10.61 million.19. “Blindspot,” NBC, 10.61 million.20. “Scandal,” ABC, 10.25 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. read more

The Brock News launches podcast

The Brock News is now in your ear, thanks to our new podcast.Produced by University Marketing and Communications staff, it takes Brock News content to a new audio platform to help the Brock community stay up-to-date on current developments and upcoming events.The Brock News is one of several podcasts that showcase interesting people, research and news at the University.Consider This, a show focusing on researchers at Brock, will launch its second season in the coming weeks. The Goodman School of Business is also poised to hit the airwaves with a show this fall.The expanded media initiatives are possible because of a new digital media and broadcast facility funded and housed by the Goodman School of Business.“Opening the studio will revolutionize what we can produce in terms of podcasts, or having Brock faculty do TV interviews with broadcasters who are in Toronto or anywhere else,” said Kevin Cavanagh, Brock’s Director of Communications and Media Relations.He said as staff continues to expand their expertise with the equipment, the communications team can develop high-quality programming to take news about Brock to far greater audiences, on campus or frankly anywhere in the world.“In the case of these podcasts by Dan Dakin and Erica Bajer, this technology not only gets campus news out to a huge audience, but it’s giving the Brock community a far greater benefit from having veteran journalists working here at Brock.”Show Notes1:40 – Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts3:54 – Opening of Artificial Turf Field, named Alumni Field7:47 – Homecoming Weekend8:42 – Red Dinner9:44 – Fairtrade Canada names Brock Campus of the Year11:37 – Cyclist and student at world championships in U.S.14:25 – Lookahead at Grande Parade and exhibition basketball games16:11 – Podcast plans revealedGuernsey Market – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA read more

Wouldbe VIP Wimbledon spectators left thousands of pounds out of pocket after

Wimbledon A Vision4Sport spokesman said: “We bought around 100 tickets from what we believed to be a legitimate source.“We have managed to buy debenture tickets for some of our clients affected and the rest will be refunded. We are unable to comment further at this time.”Mark Hessel, of 360 Law Services Limited on behalf of TPT, said it had been “wholly misled” but an unidentified figure within UK Tennis.“TPT was originally approached about whether they wished to secure tickets to sell to persons wishing to attend Wimbledon.” he said. “This senior figure had said that they would require from TPT the names and addresses of those persons they could sell tickets to be provided to that senior figure.  “They in turn would then organise the transfer of the tickets to those persons officially with the AELTC.“This, TPT was lead to believe, was all with the full knowledge and approval of the AELTC. It now transpires that the AELTC had not approved such transfers and that TPT have been wholly misled by that senior figure.”He said all clients had been given either a refund or upgraded debenture tickets, at no additional cost to them.An AELTC spokesperson said: “The AELTC takes active steps to monitor and police the unauthorised sale of non-debenture (and therefore, non-transferable) tickets.  Andy Murray  Wimbledon’s strict rules clearly state that the only tickets allowed to be freely traded are debenture tickets, which are currently being sold on secondary ticketing sites for more £7830 a pair for the men’s final.  Credit:Shaun Brooks “When we find businesses selling non-transferable tickets in breach of the AELTC’s Conditions of Sale, at very substantial mark ups, the AELTC will take legal action to prevent this and it has obtained injunctions against many such sellers in the past. “In addition, we work alongside the Police in the implementation of anti-tout measures in the area surrounding Wimbledon . “We can confirm that legal action has been taken by the AELTC against a number of unauthorised sellers this year, but as legal action is continuing we are unable to go into further detail about those actions at the moment.” Kerman &  Co, the AELTC’s solicitors, have written to those affected confirming it has launched legal action against those involved in the “unauthorised sale of non-debenture tickets to this year’s Championships”. Andy Murray Credit: CARL RECINE Others can only be purchased via the public ballot, Ticketmaster or authorised agents including the LTA, which can sell tickets to its own members. Beyond that, fans are at the mercy of the famous queue.In a bid to help those left disappointed, the AELTC has been working with official hospitality partner Keith Prowse to offer replacement options but said it could not offer refunds.One victim, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, told the Telegraph he had purchased two tickets for the men’s final, including accommodation, transport and hospitality, for £8,000.“I bought them at a charity auction and then received a letter from Superstars thanking me for supporting junior tennis,” he told the Telegraph.“It was a bucket list thing. Obviously my wife and I were hugely disappointed to hear just two weeks before the event that our tickets were void.“I paid for the tickets via direct debit rather than credit card so had no protection in terms of a refund.“The auction was in aid of a charity local to us in the north east called Ladies Who Rock and we had assumed the money I paid was going to them but it seems that was not the case.” Hundreds of would-be VIP Wimbledon spectators have been left thousands of pounds out of pocket after unwittingly buying unauthorised tickets from third party sellers, prompting legal action from tennis bosses. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has won a High Court injunction preventing multiple companies from trading non-debenture tickets and access to highly sought after hospitality areas.At least 200 tennis fans are thought to have purchased tickets before being told the sale was in breach of the club’s strict rules and that they were therefore void.Both TPT Ltd, a Buckinghamshire-based events company trading as Superstars, and events company Vision4Sport, insisted they had purchased the tickets “in good faith” from a third party they believed was authorised to sell tickets for this year’s Championships.However, they were contacted by lawyers acting for the AELTC just days before the tournament began and informed the tickets were non transferable, and therefore void.They were told hospitality bookings made for the prestigious LTA Presidents Suite were also invalid.TPT Ltd claimed it had been supplied the tickets by a local branch of the Lawn Tennis Association and believed it was an authorised transaction. Vision4Sport then purchased from TPT on the same understanding. 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. read more

Zarko Markovic left FA Goppingen

← Previous Story World Games 2013 Cali (beach handball): Brasil and Russia for the gold! Next Story → New world record – 10.304 fans watched beach handball final at World Games 2013! Frisch Auf GoppingenZarko Markovic According to Montenegrian, Frisch Auf Goppingen right back Zarko Markovic (27) has left the German team by mutual agreement. Markovic spent only one season in German team and now is ready to accept some other chalenge in his career. He played before for RK Metalurg, MKB Veszprem, VfL Gummersbach, RK Buducnost Podgorica, Jugovic Kac, RK Cepelin…

Eamon Gilmore to face two noconfidence motions

first_imgIt is signed by Labour TDs Ciara Conway, Dominic Hannigan, Michael McNamara, Gerald Nash, Derek Nolan, Aodhan O’Riordan and Arthur Spring and Senator John Gilroy.The eight want the motion discussed at this Wednesday’s meeting after the party’s “shellacking” in the local and European elections over the weekend.The party has seen support slip from 14 per cent in 2009′s elections to just over half that this time around.After picking up 231 seats in 2009, the party looks set to pick up around 60.Party members are believed to be dissatisfied with what they see as Labour’s deference to Fine Gael in government, their abandoning of Labour principles and a growing disconnect between the party’s leadership and grass roots.Read: Labour senator: I’m tired of being bullied by Gilmore’s henchmenRead: Election 2014 Liveblog: Monday’s European and local counts (and recounts) as they happen The Parliamentary Labour Party does not retain confidence in the Labour Party leader. LABOUR LEADER EAMON Gilmore is to face two no-confidence motions in the coming weeks.Motions will be tabled by both the party’s central council and parliamentary party. The parliamentary party will meet this Wednesday, while the central council will meet in the coming weeks.The motion from the parliamentary party reads:last_img read more

Kearney Reid and the other athletes to look out for at the

first_imgIRISH OLYMPIAN AILEEN Reid is the big name to look out for today as Northern Ireland’s athletes begin their 2014 Commonwealth Games. Source: Fiona Goodall/ Reid will be joined by Eimear Mullen and Emma Sharkey and will be hoping to upset England’s Jodie Stimpson, ranked second in the world, from 11am.The men will hit the pontoon at 15.00, with Conor Murphy, Harry Speers and Russell White representing Northern Ireland against the dominant Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee.In Judo, Lisa Kearney will enter the 52 kg division at the quarter-final stage at 12.10. South African,  Sinothando Mva will be aiming to block her progress – medal contests begin at 18.40. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOThere’s a busy day in store in the pool, with seven Northern Irish swimmers on the blocks in individual events and the women’s 4 x 100 freestyle heats under the gun at 12.45.Before that, Sycerika McMahon will lead the squad out in heat one of the 200m freestyle heats from 11.10. She will be joined in that competition by Rachel Bethel and 14-year-old Danielle Hill. Gemma Kane will race in the 50m backstroke heats at noon.Northern Ireland’s men will be led by Conor Munn and Curtis Coulter, both racing in the 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly heats (from 11.28 and 11.45 respectively). Scotland’s big hope Michael Jamieson, celebrates Olympic silver in 2012. Source: PA Archive/Press Association ImagesThe Northern Irish netballers face Malawi in their Pool A match at 11.30 and Michael Craig competes in squash at 12.30.The main event for the hosts will also be in the pool, with Olympic silver medal-winning Scot Michael Jamieson on the blocks in the 200m breaststroke from 12.30.English medal hopes on the day will be pinned on Bradley Wiggins as he takes part in the track cycling team pursuit with heats underway from noon in the Chris Hoy Velodrome.Hogg heads list of union stars for Commonwealth Games Sevens250 kilometres in under 24 hours, Ireland’s toughest race is backlast_img read more

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS PRESS RELEASE – Preliminary Results — Labour Force Survey

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 14, 2017 – Nassau – Unemployment rate in the Bahamas declines 1.7%.  Since November 2016, the unemployment rate declined from 11.6% to 9.9% due to an increase (7,770) of employed persons and a decrease (3,485) of unemployed persons. The three most populated islands that were surveyed experienced decreases in their unemployment rates. At the time of the survey (April 24 – 30, 2017) the rate in New Providence was 10.4%; in Grand Bahama, 12.4%, and Abaco 7.8%.Among the employed labour force, there were more men than women. However, in all the islands surveyed except Abaco, men were fewer in numbers among the unemployed labour force. In May 2017, vulnerable employment was 8.2% of total employment. During the period 2012 to 2017, the share of workers in vulnerable employment was fairly stable and ranged between 7.0% and 9.2% of the employed labour force.The percentage of men in this category was higher, although the percentage points differences between men and women were fairly small. These workers as defined by ILO are less likely to have formal work arrangements, and more likely to lack decent working conditions and are often characterized by inadequate earnings and benefits.The private sector absorbed most of the new jobs since November 2016. However, when examined by industry, the “Community, Social and Personal Service” industry which includes the civil service, police service and the domestic services posted a 29.1% increase in employment; hotels and restaurants posted 26.2% increase and construction posted 20.0% increase.Unemployment among youths (15-24 years) in the country continued to be considerably higher than any other age group which is common to most countries. However, there was a slight decline in the rate from 25.1% recorded in November 2016 to 24.1%.Discouraged workers in the country declined by 8.8% over the six month period. New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco experienced declines in the number of discouraged workers – 11.3%, 8.1% and 14.6%, respectively. These persons, according to the standard definition of the International Labour Organization (ILO), ‘’did not look for work because they believed no jobs were available for them’’.The Department of Statistics is the Government Agency in The Bahamas mandated by law to collect, process, analyze and disseminate statistics. Its mandate is to deliver timely official statistics. Please contact the Department of Statistics @ 242-604- 4000 for questions and enquiries. This release, with accompanying tables, will be immediately available on the Department’s website, Further details will be available by September 2017. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

House Budget Chair Ryan Proposes 2013 Budget ASA Reacts

first_imgHouse Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled the House Republican budget proposal for FY2013 today during a speech before the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. Chairman Ryan’s proposal calls for $33.2 billion in cuts to agricultural programs, focusing primarily on direct payments and crop insurance. These cuts, Rep. Ryan proposes, would be reconciled by the House Agriculture Committee. Additionally, the chairman’s budget includes a dramatic transformation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the food stamp program, which would cut $123 billion from the program and shift it to a state-run block grant program. American Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Danny Murphy, a soybean farmer from Canton, Miss., had this to say about Chairman Ryan’s budget proposal:”ASA is pleased to see a proposal that, through the reconciliation process, may lead to a faster consideration of a potential Farm Bill in the coming months. The cuts that Chairman Ryan proposes, however, are significantly higher than those agreed upon by House and Senate Agriculture Committee leadership during the Supercommittee process last fall, and that concerns us. Especially worrisome is the Chairman’s emphasis on the federal crop insurance program as an area for reduction. Crop insurance serves as the main safety net for America’s farmers, and its integrity must be protected.”Chairman Ryan does call for increased development of domestic energy sources, and mentions the potential for nuclear, wind and solar power. ASA applauds this effort and would remind the Chairman of the sustained success of the American biodiesel industry, one that created 50,000 jobs and saw a record production of 1.1 billion gallons last year, and remains the only advanced biofuel currently produced on a commercial scale across the U.S. The biodiesel industry creates jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and bolsters our energy security, all while displacing imported diesel with clean, American-made fuel.”As an industry, we have long maintained that we are ready and willing to accept our share of cuts, provided that those cuts are proportionate to other industries. We will continue that cooperative spirit in the interest of getting our nation’s fiscal house in order, however we encourage Chairman Ryan to remember that the record farm productivity that he cites in his budget is a direct result of policies that help those farms to grow.”last_img read more

Search underway in Lauderdale Lakes for missing elderly woman

first_imgHelp #BSO Missing Persons Det. find Macula Oristel, 87, last seen approx. 1pm in LauderdaleLakes. Only speaks Creole. Suffers from dementia.— Gina Carter (@bso_gina) November 14, 2016If you have any information about her whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. LAUDERDALE LAKES, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives are seeking the public’s help in locating an elderly woman who went missing in Lauderdale Lakes, Sunday afternoon.According to investigators, 87-year-old Macula Oristel was at a relative’s home, along the 3500 block of Northwest 33rd Street, before she disappeared.Oristel stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a red, long-sleeve top, floral skirt and black shoes.Detectives said Oristel suffers from dementia and only speaks Creole. She has no identification with her. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Trump Inks Huge Increase In Military Appropriations

first_imgSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “For that reason, our strategic location, and our strong support from the communities, we’re getting a lot of military construction dollars headed towards our great state.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With the signing of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act into law on Tuesday, President Donald Trump set into motion a robust military expansion in Alaska. It also authorizes an early Christmas present: news that all military members will receive 2.4% pay raises. Senator Dan Sullivan R-AKSenator Dan Sullivan R-AK: “Part of the funding is 28 additional interceptors at Fort Greely, so a whole new field.  It has $200M military construction authorization for just that portion.  That is going to be good for country’s missile defence, but it’s also going to be good for Alaska’s economy.” Sullivan says that the bill includes funding for advancing key missile defense technologies and for beginning to build a space-based sensor layer. Sullivan thinks that the numbers add up to a lot of construction jobs in Alaska, in 2018.  He says that over the last three military authorizations, over a billion dollars in construction has been invested in Alaska. It also authorizes funding needed to procure an additional 20 missile interceptors required to operationalize the field.center_img As the hub for air combat power for the Asia-Pacific and the Arctic, Sullivan says that Alaska will be home to more than 100 fifth generation fighter aircraft – probably more than any other place in the world. The Act includes authorization of $12.3B for the Missile Defense Agency. Additionally, it authorizes $168.9 million pointed at supporting the beddown of two squadrons of F-35As at Eielson AFB. Other initiatives include authorization to build a new heavy-class polar icebreaker, a U.S Navy study on ice-hardening its ships, and provisions aimed at improving and increasing the Alaska Guard’s combat search and rescue capabilities. Story as aired: read more

MatSu school district searching for Paramos replacement

first_imgDownload AudioMatanuska-Susitna Borough school district officials say they will miss Dr. Deena Paramo’s enthusiasm and attention to students, now that Anchorage has hired her.Susan Pougher, President of the Mat-Su school board, says Paramo served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent before she became MSSD superintendent in 2011“We’ll miss her greatly. She helped us become the best school district in Alaska,” Pougher said. “But I think Dr. Paramo will become a success in any school district she chooses.”Dr. Paramo started her tenure in Mat-Su in 1993. The Borough’s school district has grown by about 400 students a year for the past decade. It grew by 708 students this school year alone. In 2011, Borough voters passed a school bond package to foot the costs of six new or expanded school projects.Pougher says when Dr. Paramo was selected as one of two finalists for the Anchorage position, the school board started looking ahead.“Well we directed the staff to prepare a series of succession plans when Deena was selected as a finalist. We are prepared to make the best decision for Mat-Su,” she said. “We are fortunate enough to have many dedicated employees in high performing schools. So I am confident we will continue to offer the best education for our students.”Dr. Paramo leaves the Mat Su School District at a time when the Borough’s education operating budget is expected to be more than $249 million. That figure represents an annual 3% increase in funding for the district, but not the 6% increase the school district had requested.last_img read more

Fairbanks discusses changing the name of an elementary school

first_imgSchool district officials held a public meeting Monday night at a North Pole elementary school to discuss changing the schools name. Badger Road Elementary is named after Badger Road, which was named for area pioneer, farmer, politician and pedophile Harry M. Badger, who was convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl a century ago.Listen Now Badger Road Elementary School(Photo by Robyne, KUAC – Fairbanks)About 20 people sat in a cozy conversation pit to discuss a potential name change with the three school board members and district superintendent who came. School Board member Mike O’Brien told the group it is never too late to do the right thing in removing a criminal’s name from the school.But resident Cheri Renson said the community identifies itself through the road.“We want the name of the geographic area to remain intact with the school,” Renson said.In the 70s, elementary student numbers boomed all over the borough during and after construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.500 children from homes along Badger Road were shuffled into the old McKinley Jr. High building on Fort Wainwright. It was called the elementary school for Badger Road kids…  so the words “Badger Road elementary school,” were more a description than a title. It wasn’t formally named until a new building was finished in the early 80s.For about a month in the summer of 1982, the school was named the Harry M. Badger school. After approving that name, the school board immediately rescinded it at their next meeting, and the school continued to be called after the area where the students reside.“Badger Road was named after Harry Pedophile,” Renson said. “And maybe it’s because he had the money. He built the road. We built the school. We all live here. But the problem is we identify with Badger Road. We don’t identify with the bad man that grew strawberries.”The district has posted on its website articles about Badger’s crime, his guilty plea, his rape conviction, and community outrage at the lenient sentence he received. The district has also posted minutes for those 1982 naming meetings on its website.There is a policy that schools not be named for criminals, so School Board member O’Brien was asked where he would draw the line. For example if Barnett school, named after early Fairbanks mayor … and scoundrel … E.T. Barnett would also be granted a name change.“I think there is a line there somewhere,” O’Brien said. “My personal belief is that a pedophile is on the other side of that line for an elementary school.The school board has had a lot of input through email comments, but this was the first community meeting. Board president Heidi Haas said it will be on the board’s agenda in November.last_img read more

US threatens India of serious implications over buying S400 missile defence system

first_imgS-400 Triumf air defence system transporter erector launcher.Wikimedia CommonsThe United States has warned India over its decision to buy S-400 missile defence from its long-time ally Russia. One of the senior officials of the State Department said that the S-400 deal between India and Russia is significant as it poses a threat to US national security. The official rebuked the claims that if the US might not be impacted with the deal as long as India continues to buy arms and ammunition from it. The official added that “I disagree. The S-400 is significant because of CAATSA sanctions. It’s also significant because of what it precludes, in terms of future high-tech cooperation.”The Print reported that the official warned that the deal could prompt the US administration slapping sanction under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia. Further, he also added that the deal could also give serious effect on the Indo-US defence ties which has increased significantly in recent times.    The S-400 air defence system launches a missile during the International Army Games 2016 at the Ashuluk military polygon outside Astrakhan, RussiaReutersAsserting on the fact that the US doesn’t share its highest technology systems even indirectly with Russia, he said “We don’t commingle highest technology systems. There are threats posed by the purchase of an S-400. So that conversation you’re seeing played out in Turkey right now.” Moreover, he also warned India of sanctions similar to Turkey which has been engaging with Russia for military ties. The S-400 missile defence system is the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system manufactured by Russia. India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement on the sale of five S-400 units of worth USD 5 billion during 17th India-Russia summit in October 2016 in Goa in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.S-400 missile is regarded as the most reliable against a larger array of aerial attacks, particularly fighter the US made aircrafts such as F-18s and F-35s.  Interestingly, S-400 has the capability of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 unit consists of tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles. The first missile system is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.last_img read more

Chandina road crash kills 2 women

first_imgRoad Accident logoTwo women were killed as a pick-up van hit an auto-rickshaw at Chandina upazila of Dhaka-Chattagram highway on Thursday morning, reports UNB. The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately. Witnesses said the auto-rickshaw suddenly came in front of the pick-up van as it was trying to escape from the patrolling police in the area.Additional policemen were patrolling on the road as road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader was scheduled to visit Cumilla today.The accident left one dead on the spot and another seriously injured.The injured woman succumbed to her injuries after being rushed to Chandina Upazila Health Complex.After the incident, agitated locals blocked the road near Palki Cinema Hall of Chandina of the Dhaka- Chattogram highway for an hour around 12 noon.Superintendent of police (SP) of Cumilla, Shah Md Abid Hossain confirmed the matter and said, “The three-wheeler was completely forbidden on the highway.”He also said action will be taken against those who blocked the highways.last_img read more