Irving Oil may be next target in New Brunswick antifracking fight

first_imgAPTN National NewsTensions and passions continue on the front-line of a fracking protest in New Brunswick.The situation recently reached a new level after Elsiopogtog Cheif Aaron Sock issued an ultimatum to the company conducting shale gas exploration in the region. Sock told the company to leave.The deadline has come and gone and those manning the barricades are wondering what is happening next.APTN’s Ossie Michelin is on the front lines.last_img

RCMP sifted through 51000 of Bruce Carsons emails for 3 separate investigations

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP have obtained 51,000 of Bruce Carson’s emails which have been used in three separate investigations against the former senior aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to a second recently unsealed RCMP court document obtained by APTN National News.The emails were first uncovered during the RCMP’s initial investigation of Carson for alleged influence peddling that resulted in a charge on July 2012 and is scheduled for trial May 26. In that case, Carson allegedly used his influence to help an Ottawa water filtration company try and land lucrative deals with First Nations suffering from dirty water.Part of the Crown’s case will be based around Carson’s emails written between June 30, 2010 and March 17, 2011, according to a new RCMP search warrant application, otherwise known as an Information to Obtain, unsealed this week at the request of APTN National News.The RCMP is also currently conducting two additional illegal lobbying investigations against Carson.The ITO details how the RCMP seized more than 51,000 of Carson’s emails from the servers at the University of Calgary and the laptop computer he used at the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which was linked to the university.Carson was the head of the CSEE at the time the RCMP launched an investigation of his activities. Once news surfaced of the investigation, the organization immediately transferred Carson’s laptop and his emails to its law firm, McCarthy Tetrault LLP.According to the ITO, filed on Oct. 27, 2011, the RCMP wanted to obtain three separate search warrants all targeting Carson’s electronic correspondence. The warrants targeted the University of Calgary’s servers which held Carson’s emails, the Calgary offices of the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP, which held an electronic copy of Carson’s emails, and Calgary Archives Inc., which held Carson’s laptop in case inside the media vault.The RCMP wanted Carson’s laptop for forensic analysis in case he had tried to delete information.“I believe that the seizure and examination of the laptop computer used by Carson may provide evidence of the offence that may not be available through the email examination,” wrote Sgt. Jody Vale of the commercial crimes unit in Ottawa’s A Division, who filed the ITO.It now turns out when the RCMP seized all of Carson’s emails it also obtained evidence of other alleged crimes.But it would take the Office of Lobbying Commissioner to point them out to the RCMP, according to a separate ITO. The lobbying commissioner sent a letter of complaint to the RCMP on July 2012, as a result of their own investigating into Carson.According to the RCMP, Carson was lobbying illegally for the Energy Policy Institute of Canada and CSEE according to a different RCMP search warrant application. The RCMP is investigating his lobbying activities on behalf of both organizations. Carson co-founded EPIC and was director CSEE prior to March 17, 2011.This past November, the RCMP went to a judge to request a search warrant to seize emails already in the RCMP’s possession in Ottawa, known as A Division as part of their illegal lobbying investigation.“As part of this investigation I executed a search warrant, directed toward the peace officers of the A division integrated technological crime unit in order to gain access to electronic data … seized during a previous investigation in relation to Mr. Carson,” said Const. Marie-Josee Robert in her application for a production order to obtain Carson’s CIBC bank records filed on Nov. 21, 2013. “The execution of the said judicial authorization yielded important evidence supporting the charges listed in this information.”That “previous investigation” was triggered by APTN National News on March 16, 2011. That same day Harper directed his now chief of staff Ray Novak to call in the Mounties to investigate Carson based on information provided to the Prime Minister’s Office by APTN National News reporters.“These materials contain troubling details about recent actions and claims made by Mr. Bruce Carson,” wrote Novak to the RCMP at the time. “The materials we have seen may provide evidence of matters inquiring investigation by the RCMP.”APTN National News told the PMO’s former director of communications Dimitri Soudas earlier that week it had obtained emails written by Carson that showed he was allegedly trying to use his federal government contacts to help an Ottawa water filtration company, H20 Pros, sell First Nation communities  water filtration systems through government contracts. The company had a financial agreement with Carson’s then-fiancee.Carson told APTN during multiple interviews he was only helping the company because his fiancee Michele McPherson worked there. Carson had witnessed a contract where McPherson would receive a cut of the profits, but according to the RCMP she didn’t appear to be involved much in the efforts to obtain contracts on First Nations.McPherson was a former Ottawa escort and the RCMP was told she first met Carson as a “client” around February 2010, according to the ITO used by the RCMP to obtain his emails.Prior to the RCMP executing search warrants, they had received dozens of Carson’s emails from two sources – Nicolas Kaszap, a former owner of H20 Pros and Liz Brant, an employee with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, where the company was trying to sell water filtration systems with the help of Carson.“I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence,” wrote Vale. “I believe that Carson sent and received other emails that did not involve Kaszap and Brant, which will provide evidence of the offence.”Vale said Brian Heidecker, chair of CSEE during Carson’s time there, told her that when APTN’s story came out they transferred all Carson’s emails to the law office of McCarthy Tetrault in Calgary.Vale requested on Oct. 3, 2011, that they preserve all the data until a search warrant was obtained.Carson told APTN National News previously he thought he may be able to slip through a loophole in lobbying laws that allow people to “lobby” if it makes up less than 20 per cent of their work.“I guess my issue in this thing is that I don’t want to look like I’m an unregistered lobbyist in here because I’m not a lobbyist,” he said. “I really don’t want the lobbying commissioner sort of going crazy over my involvement in this.“Yeah, so this would be like one tenth of one per cent of my time so we’re all right,” he read more

Thesis defences — Nov 23

Danielle Sirianni Molnar — PhD in PsychologyDanielle Sirianni Molnar will present her thesis defence on Friday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. in Plaza 600F. The title of her thesis is “The Light and Dark Sides of Perfectionism: Implications for Health and Well-Being.” Examining committee members are: John Novak, chair; Fuschia Sirois, Bishop’s University, external examiner; Stan Sadava, supervisor; Brent Faught, internal examiner; Michael Ashton and Nancy DeCourville, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Amy Bowen — PhD in Biological SciencesAmy Bowen will present her thesis defence on Friday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in WH 305. The thesis title is “Elucidation of Odour-potent Compounds and Sensory Profiles of Vidal blanc and Riesling Icewines from the Niagara Peninsula: Effect of Harvest Date and Crop Level.” Examining committee members are: Joffre Mercier, chair; Terry E. Acree, Cornell University, external examiner; Andrew Reynolds, supervisor; Martin Lemaire, internal examiner; Debbie Inglis and Douglas Bruce, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Frances Chandler — PhD in EducationFrances Chandler will present her thesis defence on Thursday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The thesis title is “Leadership and its Impact on the Success of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Funded Collaborative Research Projects.” Examining committee members are: Marilyn Rose, chair; Ben Levin, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, external examiner; Michael Manley-Casimir, supervisor; Maureen Connolly, internal examiner; Renee Kuchapski and Hope Fennell, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Melissa Page — PhD in Biological SciencesMelissa Page, PhD student in Biological Sciences, will present her thesis defence on Friday, Dec. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in H 313. The thesis title is “Intracellular antioxidant and DNA repair enzymes as correlates of stress resistance and longevity in vertebrates.” Examining committee members are: Joffre Mercier, chair; David Rollo, McMaster University, external examiner; Jeffrey Stuart, supervisor; Brian Roy, internal examiner; Glenn Tattersall and Doug Bruce, committee members. All are welcome to attend.Diane Leon — Master of ArtsDiane Leon, MA student in Political Science, will present her thesis defence on Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Plaza 308. The title of the thesis is “Intellectual Property Rights and the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines: The Advocacy Role Assumed by Médecins Sans Frontières.” The committee members are Hevina Dashwood, advisor; Dan Madar, co-advisor and committee member; Terry Carroll, committee member; Jillian Kohler (University of Toronto), external examiner; (examination committee chair is TBA). All are welcome to attend.Cindy Sprong — Master of EducationCindy Spong will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Investigation of Motivation Strategies Used by School Teachers for Workplace Engagement.” External examiner: Frances Owen, CHYS, Brock University; supervisor: Coral Mitchell; committee members: Denise Armstrong and Xiaobin Li; chair of the examining committee: Susan Sydor. All are welcome to attend.Joel Mrak — MA in Sport ManagementJoel Mrak will defend his thesis on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in WC204B. Thesis Title: Managing volunteers in Canadian Community Sport Organizations. Supervisor: Joanne MacLean; advisory committee: Laura Cousens and Philip Sullivan; external examiner: Shannon Kerwin, University of Florida; chair: Kirsty Spence.Tymur Kirillov — MSc in ManagementMaster of Science in Management thesis defence for Tymur Kirillov, Faculty of Business, Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems, will be Friday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Taro Hall 230. The title of his thesis is “A Stochastic Dynamic Programming Approach for Pricing Options on Stock Index Futures.” His examining committee members are: Zisimos Koustas, chair; Don Chance, external examiner, Louisiana State University; Hatem Ben Ameur, supervisor; Mohamed Ayadi and Bob Welch. All are welcome. read more

UN sends funds and emergency teams to earthquakeravaged Iran

In New York, a spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community to provide immediate backing for efforts to help victims of the massive disaster.“The United Nations Country Team in Tehran has sent two teams to the affected area,” Mr. Annan’s spokesman said. “In addition, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team has been dispatched to help coordinate relief efforts.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is also providing Iran with an initial emergency grant of $90,000.Registering 6.3 on the Richter scale, the quake struck earlier today in and around the town of Bam, in Kerman province. OCHA said the city hospital had collapsed and the injured were being sent to Kerman. Telephone service and water and power supplies have been cut off, while some 60 per cent of the area’s houses were destroyed.The town is famous for its ancient citadel, Arg-e-Bam, which has been registered as a world heritage site by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). read more

A look at declining magazine circulation numbers for Rogers since 2010

A look at declining magazine circulation numbers for Rogers since 2010 by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 30, 2016 2:16 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The days of leafing through magazines in the doctor’s office are increasingly something from a bygone era. As print readership rates have fallen, so has print revenue.Rogers Media announced Friday it is scaling back its magazine business, citing declining subscription numbers and advertising.Here’s a look at the paid circulation figures for Maclean’s, Chatelaine and Today’s Parent, from 2010 until today, according to data provided by the Alliance for Audited Media:Maclean’s:2010: 349,7862011: 335,6322012: 316,7222013: 304,0592014: 282,8152015: 249,020Current: 225,963———Chatelaine:2010: 505,7602011: 540,3672012: 543,5462013: 533,6702014: 489,4962015: 429,616Current: 451,222———Today’s Parent:2010: 132,3302011: 138,5992012: 140,6432013: 141,1262014: 129,0122015: 109,031Current: 94,697 read more

Now is the time for implementation Ban urges session on integrating UN

“Now is the time for implementation,” the UN chief said at the opening of a three-day segment on promoting integration of the three pillars of sustainable development that began today in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at UN Headquarters in New York. “We now have a set of goals and targets that form the basis for a coherent, integrated and indivisible approach to eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development. We must pursue the goals with their complementarity and interlinkages in mind, and with the aim of breaking down silos and avoiding one-size-fits-all solutions,” Mr. Ban said. Noting that today’s meeting was the first such gathering since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development this past year, the Secretary-General said it also follows other landmark conferences and agreements on disaster risk reduction, financing for development, and climate change. “This Integration Segment focuses on the importance of implementation through policy innovation and integration. It is a reminder that we will have to be creative in linking the three dimensions of sustainable development,” Mr. Ban said, referring to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. In particular, the Secretary-General said that the financing requirements to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “enormous,” stressing that mobilizing these resources will be a significant challenge, particularly at a time of continued economic uncertainty and financial constraints. For its part, the inaugural Forum on Financing for Development two weeks ago had sent a clear message that the full realization of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda remains “a matter of urgency,” the UN chief said. “We must strive to continually assess challenges of integration – whether they are policy and institutional questions, capacity or technological gaps or questions in programming and financing,” he said. Mr. Ban also emphasized that the UN system will do its “utmost to fully support” Member States in transitioning to a sustainable development path, including in setting priorities, planning, implementing and assessing progress. “We must ensure that actions at every level are concerted and coherent. In doing so, we have to work with all partners towards common country support objectives. Our aim to ‘deliver as one’ is finding broader translation in the way we work with all partners,” he said. Source: UN in collaboration with Project Everyone In addition, Mr. Ban stressed that it is also necessary to reposition the UN system in the new development setting, noting that the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review can provide relevant guidance in that regard. “The SDGs can only be reached through national ownership and local initiative,” Mr. Ban said. “Let us learn from each other’s experiences and innovations, so we can all grow closer to the dream of a ‘perfect country’, and, indeed, a better world,” he added. Also providing opening remarks today was Sven Jürgenson, ECOSOC Vice-President, who noted that the segment – which will focus on the themes of policy innovation and policy integration – comes at a “crucial” time in which world leaders have to turn the promises of the 2030 Agenda into reality. “In 2030, the people will not judge us by our ambition, but by what we have achieved. Implementation is the process that allows us to move from a promise made to a promise kept,” Mr. Jürgenson said. He also stressed that achieving the SDGs will require innovative solutions and concerted efforts across the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. “The integration segment can give guidance for forming policies that will enable us to turn the ambitious commitments made in the 2030 Agenda into tangible results for all people,” he said. Specifically, he noted that this year’s segment would provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to identify and discuss opportunities and challenges regarding innovative and integrated policy-making; offer policy recommendations to guide the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; and underline the role of ECOSOC to serve as a platform for dialogue and exchange of views on lessons learned in policy innovation and integration at all levels. Every year, ECOSOC convenes an integration segment for three days in May on the main theme of the Council. The outcome is a summary by the ECOSOC Vice-President highlighting the main policy recommendations arising from the discussions and providing guidance on integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development. read more

EHF CL 20142015 Group of Death with Veszprem RNL Vardar Celje and

Here are the groups for the VELUX EHF Champions League Preliminary Round:Group ATHW Kiel (GER)HC Metalurg (MKD)RK Zagreb (CRO)Naturhouse La Rioja (ESP)PSG HB (FRA)winner Qualification Group 1Group BFC Barcelona (ESP)KIF Kolding (DEN)Alingsas HK (SWE)Orlen Wisla Plock (POL)SG Flensburg-Handewitt (GER)winner Qualification Group 3Group CMKB-MVM Veszprem (HUN)RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko (SLO)Chekhovskie Medvedi (RUS)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (GER)HC Vardar (MKD)Montpellier AH (FRA)Group DKS Vive Targi Kielce (POL)Dunkerque Grand Littoral (FRA)Kadetten Schaffhausen (SUI)Pick Szeged (HUN)Aalborg Handbold (DEN)winner Qualification Group 2Semi-final pairings of the VELUX EHF Champions League Qualification groups (6-7 September 2014):Group 1Brest Meshkov (BLR) vs Targos Bevo HC (NED)HC Vojvodina Novi Sad (SRB) vs Tatran Presov (SVK)Group 2HC Motor Zaporozhye (UKR) vs Junior Fasano (ITA)FC Porto (POR) vs Alpla HC Hard (AUT)Group 3HCM Constanta (ROU) vs Hubo Initia Hasselt (BEL)Haslum HK (NOR) vs Besiktas JK (TUR)Order of the right to host tournaments: Row 3*, Row 1, Row 4, Row 2* as Presov hosted the qualification group last year, their right passed automatically to Row 1 (Brest Meshkov)Playing dates of the group phase:Round 1: 24-28 September 2014Round 2: 1-5 October 2014Round 3: 8-12 October 2014Round 4: 15-19 October 2014Round 5: 12-16 November 2014Round 6: 19-23 November 2014Round 7: 26-30 November 2014Round 8: 3-6 December 2014Round 9: 11-15 February 2015Round 10: 18-22 February 2015 Velux EHF Champions League ← Previous Story Mariusz Jurkiewicz stays in Wisla Plock until the end of contract! Next Story → Women’s EHF CL 2014/2015: Lucky Larvik – Gyor with Viborg, Buducnost to face Vardar!! read more

EU blocks Aer Lingus takeover Ryanair says it will appeal

first_imgRYANAIR HAS SAID that it will appeal a decision by the European Commission to block its third proposed takeover of its fellow Irish airline, Aer Lingus, on competition grounds.The Commission ruled this morning that a merger of Ryanair with Aer Lingus would have harmed consumers by creating a monopoly or dominant position on 46 routes where the two airlines currently “compete vigorously” against each other.“This would have reduced choice and, most likely, would have led to price increases for consumers travelling on these routes,” the Commission said in a statement this morning.“During the investigation, Ryanair offered remedies. The Commission assessed them thoroughly and carried out several market tests. However the remedies proposed fell short of addressing the competition concerns raised by the Commission.”Ryanair’s package of what it said were “unprecedented and revolutionary remedies package” included a commitment from the airlines Flybe and International Airways Group (the holding company for British Airways) to takeover 46 crossover routes.But the Commission said that on all 46 routes Ryanair and Aer Lingus combined would have had “high market shares”.It claimed that on 28 routes the proposed merger would have created “an outright monopoly” and on a further 11 routes the only competitive constraint to the merged entity would have come from charter airlines, which it said were a “very different business model”.The Commission also said that its investigation “showed that there was no prospect that any new carrier would enter the Irish market after the merger, in particular by the creation of a base at the relevant Irish airports, and challenge the new entity on a sufficient scale”.‘Pander to the vested interests’The decision had been expected after Ryanair said last week that the Commission had told it that the latest offer and remedies package would be rejected over competition concerns. Ryanair restated its intention to appeal the decision today.In a statement the airline claimed that the blocking of its bid was a “political decision to pander to the vested interests of the Irish government” which is a minority 25 per cent shareholder in Aer Lingus.Ryanair said the decision “is not one that is based on a fair and reasonable application of EU competition rules or precedent airline merger approvals in Europe”.Spokesman Robin Kiely said: “At a time when airlines in Europe and further afield are merging to form bigger competition champions – witness American Airlines’ merger with US Airways last week and Emirates’ recent strategic joint-venture with Qantas – the EU Commission has yet again set back competition and choice in Europe while delaying much-needed consolidation.”This was Ryanair’s third takeover bid for Aer Lingus.It already owns 29.82 per cent of Aer Lingus but has failed in a number of bids to get a controlling share in the Irish airline which has rejected the approaches from one of its competitors.In a statement, Aer Lingus said it was Ryanair’s only significant competitor on the “vast majority of Irish air routes” and welcomed the decision of the European Commission.Chief executive Christoph Muller said in a statement: “Aer Lingus’ position from the outset has been that Ryanair’s offer should never have been made.“The series of inadequate remedy offers presented by Ryanair only underlines the view that Ryanair made its offer without any reasonable belief that it could obtain clearance. ”More: Ryanair loses bid for Aer LingusRead: Ryanair loses ECJ case on reimbursing costs for stranded passengerslast_img read more

Economist Group CEO to Step Down

first_imgThe Economist Group, the London-based publisher of the Economist magazine, announced today that Helen Alexander will step down from her position as CEO at the company’s annual general meeting on July 15.Alexander will be replaced by publisher and managing director Andrew Rashbass. Previously, Rashbass served as Economist Group CIO and managing director of her departure as CEO, Alexander will become an advisor to private equity group Bain Capital, according to the Economist Group. She also will continue as a non-executive director of the Rolls-Royce Group and energy company Centrica. Alexander joined the magazine in 1985 as marketing manager. From there, she moved on to international circulation and then served as managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit until 1997 when she became CEO.last_img read more

Talking Trash Once a bear attractant Yakutats dump now awardwinning

first_imgYakutat’s dump was out of state compliance for decades, attracting bears at all hours. Through new staff, a 1 percent sales tax, and grant money from the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, the city now operates one of the tidiest dumps in the state without barging their trash off-site. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)As far as dump make-overs go, Yakutat has the ultimate Cinderella story.Listen nowThe remote fishing community is hundreds of miles from any other city.Barging trash away is too expensive. So, as the dump filled to the brim, what was Yakutat to do?There was a time when dumping your trash in Yakutat meant dodging bears.Kris Widdows describes it as part of the evening’s entertainment.“You’d come out to the dump at night and watch the bears get in the garbage. It was like going to the movies,” she said, a movie where a burning pit of garbage became a watering hole for bears.Locals and visitors alike would pull their cars up to the edge and toss everything — their plastic bottles and dirty diapers, food scraps and oil — into the same pile.The town bears would feast.Widdows, who helped form Yakutat’s solid waste committee, remembers one encounter in particular.“We were out here watching the bears and had one climb in the back of our pick-up truck looking for garbage,” she said. “That was common.”This is how it was in Yakutat for decades.The Department of Environmental Conservation wasn’t happy, but the city didn’t have the necessary funds to bring the dump into compliance.That started to change in 2006 with federal grant money through the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe.Widdows recalls how tribal environmental officers Maryann Porter and Violet Sensmeier worked with concerned citizens like herself to tidy up the dump.That also meant finding a way to pay for it.“In villages and small towns like this, everybody has a unique challenge. You can’t send it out and you don’t have as many people to help with the cost,” Widdows said.To bring revenue into the solid waste fund, Yakutat now dedicates 1 percent of its sales tax to the solid waste fund.This boost, combined with new staff phasing in safer practices, created the award-winning landfill you can see today.Inside a wide open yard, there’s trucks busily sorting trash into piles: one for washers and dryers, one for refrigerators, one for cars, all squished and neatly stacked like Jenga blocks.Everything is marked with a hand painted sign, as if we are inside a trash museum.Widdows and I are sitting at the bottom of a mountain of giant tires. There are flies circling our heads, but otherwise, it doesn’t smell at all.Into the future, Yakutat will have to contend with scrap metal, e-waste, and tires that continue to accumulate in the landfill. The city recently spent $17,000 to recycle e-waste in Seattle. Alaska Marine Lines shipped it for free. (Photo by Emily Kwong/KCAW)KCAW: “This is quite a dump, but I mean that in a good way!”Widdows: “(Laughs) That could have come out two ways!”KCAW: “How is it not stinky?”Widdows: “It doesn’t sit there where the public has access to it. Half an hour and he takes it away.”The “he” in question is manager Aaron Gray, who drives one of the trucks moving boxes into a trench for burning later that night.Widdows tells me he lights the match when certain weather conditions align, so smoke won’t hang in the air.Wearing a baseball cap and layers of T-shirts, Gray said he’s not a neat-freak person by nature.“I’m just getting paid to do my job and do my work, so that’s what I do,” Gray said. “There’s a lot of little things out here to keep you busy.”When we spoke it was August, with sport fishermen and summertime construction creating more waste for Gray and his team to organize.They have their system down pat: cardboard is burned daily; glass is crushed; and recyclables are sorted in marked shipping containers.Everything is dealt with in-house, except for the occasional shipment.The City and Borough of Yakutat makes money from batteries and aluminum, but Gray says that’s the only trash of value.“The glass and the cans and the plastics and stuff like that, we don’t make a profit,” Gray said. “It’s going to cost us money to send it out.”The city recently paid for a decade’s worth of e-waste, or electronic waste, to be barged out of Yakutat.Alaska Marine Lines shipped it to Seattle for free, but it still cost $17,000 to recycle.“Particularly where we’re located there’s nothing free,” City and Borough Manager John Erickson said.Leaning back in his chair, Erickson lays out the challenges for budgeting solid waste removal into the future.The city will have to dig a new cell for the landfill in five years, a $200,000 cost, he estimates.Yakutat also will run out of space to house old cars.The city used to get its scrap metal picked by for free by the Juneau-based Channel Construction.With the price of scrap metal in decline, they stopped coming. Yakutat is an expensive trip for a barge.“We’re 225 miles from Juneau. 220 miles from Cordova. We’re very remote,” Erickson said, lightly knocking his knuckles against the desk. “We just have to wait. Those cars piling up out there at the dump, they’re going to be there a long time I think.”Yakutat is definitely on the map for Sandra Woods, the state landfill inspector for Southeast.When she first came to Yakutat in 2008, she was afraid to get out of the car for the sheer volume of bears.She gave it a failing grade of 44 percent (080804 inspection).Now, the landfill is close to full compliance with a score of 87 percent (2017 Inspection Report) and has earned two awards from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s solid waste program for its meteoric improvement.Woods said it’s people on the ground like Gray who make all the difference.“I just remember meeting him and knowing that he was the one that put this into place,” Woods said over the phone. “Yakutat has really changed the way they do things without having to really ship their waste out.”last_img read more

AP Government to extend present excise policy for another two

first_imgGuntur : The state government is likely to extend present excise police two or three months and expected to issue orders to this effect soon, it is learnt.The government proposed to introduce the new excise policy from July this year.Meanwhile,the government is planning to reduce 20% of the wine shops in the state to implement the ban on sale of liquor in a phased manner. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Till the preparation of the new excise policy, the excise officials will tour in various states and study the excise policies and submit the proposals to the government. Based on proposals, the government will finalize the new excise policy which will take some more time. Till the finalize of new excise policy, the government will continue present policy and directed the close all the belt shops in the state. At present 4400 wine shops and 800 bars in the state. Over 50,000 belt shops in the state. The government has taken steps to close the belt shops in the state.last_img read more

Riverdales Musical Makes Our Inner Theatre Kids Sing

first_img SDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4Top Movies and TV Panels to Keep on Your Radar for SDCC 2019 At first glance, you wouldn’t think Riverdale as the type of show that would typically work as a musical episode. You don’t see teen dramas willing to do something this weird. But Riverdale isn’t like other teen dramas. It’s willing to go more experimental than most other shows like it. And it’s so theatrical and melodramatic anyway that it almost makes more sense as a musical.The episode sets itself up efficiently, with Kevin asking Jughead to make a behind-the-scenes documentary about his production of Carrie: The Musical. But don’t go thinking this is just going to be a showbiz mockumentary episode. I mean, there is that, but the very next scene lets you know exactly what kind of episode this is going to be. As Betty, Veronica and Archie get ready for their first rehearsal, they sing “In” from the actual Carrie: the Musical. So not only is this a found-footage type episode, it’s a full on musical episode featuring songs from the real musical they’re putting on.Cole Spouse as Jughead (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)The cast introduces themselves, and Cheryl is playing the lead role, which she lets everyone know through song. And Betty’s mom is playing Carrie’s mom, because this whole thing isn’t weird enough. Seriously, how is this the musical that all these kids know and are obsessed with? Speaking as a former theatre kid, it’s an odd choice.Now, it’s been a while since I spent any significant time around a high school, but are kids way into musical adaptations of 1970s horror movies now? Rent, Wicked, Spring Awakening, those were the shows high school kids were obsessed with. Carrie was the kind of show where one person would randomly come across the cast recording and become obsessed with it, weirding out everyone else. (I might have been that person.) Whatever the reason they chose this musical, my inner theatre kid is flipping for joy with every song.As the episode goes on, it becomes clear why this musical in particular was chosen. The characters of the musical line up nicely with those of Riverdale. It really is the perfect musical to give this jukebox treatment to at this point in the story. It lets the characters work out their emotions through song, which I’m a huge fan of. Cheryl is able to express her regret over her former obsession with Josie by comparing herself to Carrie. Later, Betty uses Veronica’s character to call her out and, after a talking to from Archie, the two make up through song. Normally, this out-of-nowhere confrontation and quick resolution would annoy me, but… it’s a musical! That’s what happens. And yeah, maybe I’m being more lenient on this episode than I normally would be, but it’s hitting me right where I live. I’m not ashamed to admit that. Plus, it’s nailing the movie musical aesthetic.Camila Mendes as Veronica (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)There’s even a little bit of Phantom of the Opera going on. When the cast is introducing themselves, a sandbag falls onto the stage. Accompanying it is a note that purports to be from the Black Hood. This would be a weird time to bring that story back, but honestly I was hoping it would. That arc ended in such an unsatisfying way, I’ve been waiting for some reveal, some hint that they caught the wrong guy. This really doesn’t seem like the Black Hood’s M.O., though. Whoever this phantom is, he wants Carrie recast. The threats get more serious as Kevin refuses. Betty thinks Ethel might be behind the threats. She and Jughead try to question her on camera in the most awkward and obvious way possible, and she’s naturally offended. Yeah, she feels she was born to play Carrie (ah the young character actor’s lament), but she’d never hurt someone to get what she wants.The role eventually has to be recast anyway because Penelope Blossom, in true Carrie’s mom form, forbids Cheryl from participating. The role goes to Midge. I love how this high school musical takes over the entire town as one only ever could in Riverdale. This is the town where the school newspaper is the only reliable source of investigative journalism. Of course the adults get way too invested in some kid’s passion project. Even Alice Cooper gets a chance to work through her emotions, using the mother’s song to work through her feelings of abandonment. Her husband left, her daughter left, she kicked her son out, and she’s afraid Betty’s going to leave her too. It’s a rare, genuinely empathetic moment for Alice. The adults on Riverdale rarely get those.KJ Apa as Archie, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Camila Mendes as Veronica and Jordan Calloway as Chuck (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)Even Archie is made better by this musical business. He’s been especially unbearable in recent episodes as he falls further under the Lodges’ control. But after singing a few songs, he’s back to the dopey good-natured boy we can actually sort of root for. Hiram Lodge tries to give Hermione an advantage in the election by driving a wedge between Archie and his dad. Archie doesn’t want his dad to know that Hiram gave him an expensive car, and Hiram finds an excuse to spill the beans. Archie spends a couple of scenes being a whiny teen about it, but at least we can kind of understand where he’s coming from on this. In the end, he makes the right choice. He finally stands up to Hiram, telling him not to try and come between him and his dad. He gives the car back and buys an old junker he and his dad can work on together. It might be the sweetest moment we’ve ever seen from Archie. Who knew all it took was a musical for him to not be a complete dumbass? Maybe he should break out into song every week.Of course, it’s Carrie, so we weren’t getting out of this episode without a little horror. First, from Cheryl. She doesn’t get to rejoin the musical, but she puts on her own Carrie act at home. She approaches her mom, covered in blood. She says (metaphorically, I assume) that it’s Jason’s and her father’s. She demands emancipation, threatening to burn down the house if she doesn’t get it. I know this is pretty typical as far as Riverdale drama goes, but her speech gave me chills.Camila Mendes as Veronica, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl and Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Robert Falconer/The CW)The true horror, though, was saved for the very end. After the cast warms up, Jughead tries to call Ethel for places. He looks in her dressing room, and finds cut up magazine pages. It looks a lot like she’s the Black Hood/Phantom, but she angrily insists it’s for her mood board. Then the show opens. After a fantastic opening number, the backdrop rises, and there’s Midge. She’s been stabbed multiple times, pinned up against the set. Even for Riverdale, it’s a gruesome death. Next to her body is a bloody message from the Black Hood.While I’m sad for Midge, I’m so happy the show is coming back to the Black Hood. It ended so poorly in the first part of the season; I was sure there had to be more. Now we know there is. And though I don’t think Ethel is the actual Black Hood, I’m almost sure she’s involved. Maybe working with him. And not just because she wanted to play Carrie. Remember during Archie’s Red Circle days when Ethel claimed she was being stalked by a truck? Nobody ever saw the truck. That plus the magazine clippings makes me think she’s not as innocent as she claims.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Katie Yu/The CW)We’ll find out more next week, but for now, I’m still coming down from that excellent musical episode. Sure, the dubbing wasn’t great, and the voices didn’t always sound quite right, but… have you ever seen a classic movie musical? Especially one from the 70s? I’m not going to say it was completely intentional, but this episode is far from the only filmed musical with awkward song dubs. It helps that Riverdale completely gets how musicals work. You wouldn’t know it by how they’ve awkwardly shoved musical numbers into episodes before, but they really nailed the song placement here. In a musical, you don’t just burst into song randomly. You do it when your emotions are so heightened; you can’t do anything but sing. Riverdale understands this, and that’s why last night’s songs were so effective. I mean, it basically lives at that level full time. We’ll see if it can finally make good on the Black Hood story next week, but for now, I’m just glad we came back to an episode like this. Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Target Adds AR Furniture Function to Mobile Site

first_img Google Maps’ AR Navigation Rolls Out to More DevicesGrab Your Wand: ‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ Launches June 21 Stay on target Move over, IKEA: My other favorite retail chain this week debuted an augmented reality service that lets customers visualize furniture in their home before making a purchase.Target on Tuesday rolled out See It In Your Space—a new AR feature on its mobile website.Folks shopping the new Project 62 line can now place three-dimensional versions of real home products within photos of actual rooms. Start by choosing a piece—a coffee table, for example.Click “see it in your space,” take photos of said space, then use your finger to move the item around the room. Pinch to scale and tap to rotate and see dimensions.“The process eliminates the hassle of ordering real furniture, only to discover that it doesn’t quite work in your home,” according to a company blog announcement. “And the best part? See It In Your Space doesn’t require any special apps or hardware to use—it’s available right on via any smartphone.”The function is currently applicable to 200 Project 62 home products; additional stock will be added through 2018.Target’s latest AR experiment follows its 360-degree virtual-reality-like experience, launched in May.Users can visit to choose one of the retailer’s “curated living room looks”—modern, farmhouse, mid-century, traditional. Browse 140 products (rugs, sofas, wall hangings, decorative throws, etc.) to visualize size and scale of items, and, if necessary, gather a few styling tips.“We’re constantly searching for new ways to inspire our guests and make shopping at Target an easy and inspiring experience,” Mike McNamara, chief digital officer at Target, said in a statement earlier this year. “There’s a ton of potential to create even richer, engaging digital experiences for our guests.”IKEA, home of flat-packing and meatballs, released a similar program last month, inviting iOS users to take advantage of Apple’s ARKit technology to experiment with interior design in their home.Dubbed IKEA Place, the augmented reality app makes it easy to see what will—or, more importantly, won’t—fit into any given space.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dive into Data Science With These Discounted Courses

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 2 min read Register Now » No matter what industry you’re in, the big data revolution will change the way it operates. Companies have mountains of data to work with, and they’re on the hunt for professionals who can analyze their data and turn it into profit. Whether you’re looking to make a career change and start over at a new company, or if you want to dive into your startup’s data on your own, the 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle can help you become an expert.These six courses demystify data science and machine learning with 130 hours of training. You’ll master SAS, the industry-standard data science software that will help you become an expert in analytics. You might not think of yourself as a coder, but this bundle will teach you how to use the Python programming language to dive deep into data.Machine learning concepts and techniques will be second nature after this bundle’s Machine Learning Certification course. You’ll also discover how to make sense of data with open-source software like Hadoop, and how to visualize your data with Tableau. When you’re all done, you’ll have multiple certificates to show off for each of your new skills.The 2019 Certified Data Scientist Architect Bundle retails at $2,500, but right now it’s marked down to $20 with limited time promo code: WEEKEND60. Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. May 29, 2019 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more