Washington: India will not hold talks with Pakistan until it gives up its state policy of supporting terrorism, the country’s Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reelected in a general election fought on strong nationalistic sentiments.Ties between India and Pakistan hit a new low after the Pulwama terror attack. Tensions flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCAmid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India. Shringla said the onus of the peace talks to improve the relationship between the two south Asian neighbours lies on Pakistan. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsAs long as a particular country uses terrorism as an instrument of state policy and India continues to be at the receiving end of that policy, no Indian government will get a mandate from the people to reach out to that country, he told a group of American reporters as results of the general elections were declared in New Delhi in which Modi was voted back to power with a strong mandate. Responding to a question on the future of the India-Pak relationship, Shringla said the day Pakistan adjourns terrorism as a means of achieving its end, “I think the government will be within its mandate” to start a better relationship with its western neighbour. “I think it is the desire of every Indian to have good relations with Pakistan. You see our relations with Bangladesh, you see our relations with Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan. We have excellent relationships,” he said. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday congratulated Modi on his electoral triumph and expressed desire to work with him for peace and prosperity in the region. Shringla said it is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inclusive effort Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas to be part of their development. His policy is development for all, including India’s neighbours, the top diplomat said.
TABER, Alta. – Police in a small southern Alberta town are treating the burning of a rainbow Pride flag as an arson case.Taber Police Chief Graham Abela says someone used fuel to light a flag pole on fire Saturday and the flames spread to the flag.Organizers of Taber’s first Pride event plan to raise a third rainbow flag.The first flag raised earlier this month was stolen.Abela says police have spoken with the Taber Equality Alliance about what happened and have offered victim services supports.He says police are looking for tips from the public to help the investigation.“This act of arson is a public safety concern and is not taken lightly by the Taber Police,” Abela said in a release Monday.“This type of activity is not in keeping with the values of the community and we denounce this crime.”Earlier this month, vandals in nearby Lethbridge defaced a rainbow crosswalk twice in four days that was put in place to make the city’s Pride festival.
HALIFAX – Close to a quarter of solitary confinements in Nova Scotia’s jails are due to medical issues or protection from other inmates, according to recent figures offering a glimpse of why offenders in the province spend weeks buried in virtual isolation.Experts say the statistics are worrying, especially when isolation is used for non-disciplinary reasons.“You’re denied access to human interaction, you have very limited access to the outside world. … It’s a very austere form of confinement,” says Howard Sapers, who recently prepared recommendations for reforms on the use of segregation in Ontario.“Segregation is not therapeutic,” said the former Correctional Investigator of Canada.The list of “closed confinement” cases from February to June this year show about 80 confinements out of 600, or about 13 per cent, are for medical reasons. In addition, more than one in 10 cases of the solitary confinements were for “protection of the offender,” which often means an offender risks violent attacks by other prisoners.The province defines closed confinement as “a restriction imposed on an offender to a cell or isolated area … that limits interaction with other offenders,” with guards only required to give offenders 30 minutes of fresh air exercise daily.Medical confinement includes prisoners “recovering from a surgical procedure,” and “illness,” which officials say includes mental health diagnoses.Sean Heywood, 29, has frightening memories of being in closed confinement in the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility’s health unit.He said 90 days in a windowless, segregated cell with a bed and toilet meant brief, bi-weekly interactions with a psychiatrist, deepening despair and a lack of preparation for a transfer to a federal jail’s general population.“I was put in an isolation cell and there’s not access to anything. I think I got outside twice in the 90 days I was in there,” he said of his experience in 2013.“I went from borderline personality disorder to ideas of suicide.”Sean Kelly, director of corrections in the province, said in an interview efforts are being made to reduce solitary for non-disciplinary reasons, with prisoners permitted to continue in programs and more flexibility in the amount of time spent with other inmates.Kelly said “the majority” of 43 medical confinements at the Halifax jail and 15 in Pictou County were in the prison’s health unit cells, rather than solitary confinement units used for punishment.However, he said there aren’t health-unit cells available for the 18 cases in the provincial jail in Sydney and three in Yarmouth’s facility.A committee is looking at alternatives, he said.“Rather than thinking of reasons why they (inmates in medical confinement) need to stay there, we need to think of reasons why they can move out into the general population,” said the administrator.Kelly said the 600 segregation cases recorded last year — up from 484 cases in 2014 — reflect a decision to include medical and other non-disciplinary isolation in the statistics.The figures provided to The Canadian Press through freedom-of-information legislation include multiple cases of the same offender being in solitary, he said.Rob Clark, a former federal deputy warden who recently authored the book “Down Inside,” said the data suggests Nova Scotia should be doing more to avoid solitary confinement.He said in an interview that over three decades he observed prisoners in solitary slipping into lethargy and sleeping 16 hours daily. Mental illnesses often deepened, he said.Clark says keeping prisoners in solitary because they’re unwell or because they face threats from other offenders is a “Band-Aid on a tumour.”Inmates isolated for protection are seen as weak and picked on by other inmates when they emerge, he said.“As soon as they go in, they’re labelled for life,” he said.The inmates should be moved into another area of the general population where they won’t be attacked, he said.In the province’s recently opened Northeast Nova Scotia Correctional Facility in New Glasgow, a prisoner was kept in solitary for 35 straight days for “protection” between late March and early May, and in a similar case, a prisoner was put in solitary for 41 straight days.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has repeatedly criticized these kinds of lengthy stays.“It should be the responsibility of the prison to house inmates in a separate place in the general population, rather than creating these situations where someone is put in solitary allegedly for their own protection,” said Brenda McPhail, a spokeswoman at the CCLA.Justin MacLean, the president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, said lack of space and programs is an underlying issue.“A lot of time you get stuck with putting people in a holding cell or isolation because they’ve told you they’re not compatible with another person,” said the former corrections officer.Meanwhile, Heywood said warehousing mentally ill or threatened offenders isn’t making the public any safer.He said he only stopped cutting himself, exited solitary and started to prepare for life outside prison when he had access to specialized psychological counselling at federal prison in 2015.“That completely changed the route forward,” he said.Follow (at) mtuttoncporg on Twitter.
OTTAWA – A scorching heat wave has kept crowds on Parliament Hill smaller than usual for Canada Day festivities in the nation’s capital.Paramedics in Ottawa have been busy responding to holiday revellers in distress, mainly due to the heat. Temperatures were above 34 C with a humidex that reached 47 C in the afternoon.By 2 p.m., paramedics had attended to 54 patients at Canada Day events. Seven people were taken to hospital with heat illnesses or heart problems.“Most of what we’re seeing is mostly due to heat,” said Marc-Antoine Deschamps, a spokesperson for the Ottawa Paramedic Services.“People have been pretty good to follow our advice … so it has kept our call volume fairly low, but it’s still busier than usual.”Both Ottawa police and the parliamentary police force report that there have been no security incidents on or around Parliament Hill.But officials do say they’ve noticed a drop in the number of participants this year, which they attribute mainly to the heat.“We’ve noticed there’s a smaller crowd out there and probably the biggest logic behind it is the heat itself,” said Const. Chuck Benoit of the Ottawa Police.Police officers themselves were also affected by the heat, and took shorter shifts to hydrate and seek air-conditioning relief throughout the day.Canadian Heritage said only 6,000 people attended the noon-hour show on Parliament Hill, which is thousands less than last year.Later in the day, a spokeswoman for the department said more than 19,000 people had attended the day’s festivities.However, Natalie Huneault said the numbers couldn’t be directly compared to previous years because of the use of a new security system that tracks entrance numbers.Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.
MONTREAL – Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust is replacing its chief executive as Quebec’s largest commercial property owner repositions its operations to focus on its key markets in Quebec and the Ottawa region.Sylvain Cossette, president and chief operating officer since joining the firm in 2013, will take over on Jan. 1 from Michel Dallaire, who has held the position since 2005.Cossette said Cominar’s (TSX:CUF.UN) plan to reduce its debt, improve its occupancy rate and focus its activities on the Quebec market are key to driving the fund’s organic growth and financial health.The trust announced in August plans to unload about 100 properties following a ratings downgrade. It expects to allocate more than $1.2 billion in expected proceeds primarily to reduce its debt. The remaining $325 million will be used to repurchase units and for acquisitions in core markets.Alban D’Amours, the lead independent trustee, thanked Dallaire for his contribution, calling him “a true builder and visionary who propelled Cominar to become one of Quebec’s most respected real estate businesses.”Dallaire said his family remains one of Cominar’s largest unitholders and is committed to the Quebec City-based business’ success.Dallaire will remain chairman and executive vice-president operations (office and industrial) and asset management.Michael Markidis of Desjardins Capital Markets said the changes should not have an impact on the strategic direction of the REIT. However, he said separating the roles of chairman and CEO, along with the removal of a Dallaire family member from the board, may be perceived as an improvement.Cominar is Canada’s third-largest diversified real estate investment trust, with 523 office, retail, industrial and mixed-use properties across Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic Provinces and Western Canada.It will release third-quarter results on Nov. 10.
By Ghita El HafidiRabat – Marrakesh, also called “Red City,”continues to fascinate many superstars and icons from around the world, according to a video published by Saudi Channel Al Arabiya.In the two-minute video, Al Arabiya explains how Marrakesh mesmerizes international tourists and celebrities, showing the glamour and beauty of the city and the secrets that attract them to buy residences in the city. Marrakesh is now considered to be a playground for the world’s rich and famous, such as football players David Bekham and Cristiano Ronaldo, former French president Sarkozy, and American pop star Beyoncé.The channel said that Marrakesh is now dubbed the “yacht-less Saint-Tropez,” after the southeastern French coastal town that also attracts rich people and remains known for its beaches and nightlife.With mazelike alleys where thriving souks sell traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelry, its superstitious and unusual atmosphere both represent the exceptional symbols of the city, the channel Moro most popular travel dadded.Located at the peak of North Africa, Marrakesh is one of the most important of kingdom’s four former imperial cities built by Berber dynasties. The surrounding are acharacterized by mountainous interior, large tracts of desert, and a lengthy coastline along the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.Marrakesh is also major economic center and home to mosques, palaces, and gardens. The medina is a densely packed, walled medieval city dating to the Berber Empire. It is well-known for its prestigious hotels.The Mandarin Oriental Marrakesh was voted most beautiful new luxury hotel in the world in 2015, according to American digital magazine “Luxury Travel Intelligence” (LTI). In 2016, American luxury-lifestyle magazine “Robb Report” ranked the city in its top 10 list of the world’s 21 most popular luxury destinations.Marrakesh also provides the opportunity to taste gourmet dishes in local restaurants, with the US travel company Thrillist ranking the city as the sixth best gastronomic cities in the world out of 18 total.Marrakesh is an oasis of sprawling desserts, sacred ruins, luxurious spas, and challenging golf courses that make of it the perfect hotspot for the wealthy community.
Sri Lanka believes that the momentum gathered at the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Right to Development should be sustained and built upon, to develop a stronger political will and consensus at the international level as an effective way forward to translate commitments towards concrete action in realizing this intrinsic right. (Colombo Gazette) At a global level, Sri Lanka believes that international cooperation is indispensable for addressing obstacles to development that are beyond the national capacity of States to tackle, such as extreme poverty, adverse effects of climate change, financial crises and unequal trade relations. In this regard, Sri Lanka believes that revitalizing global partnerships for sustainable development could play a significant role in creating an environment conducive for realizing the Right to Development. The developing countries too could contribute to this process by making efforts to strengthen South-South cooperation. Sri Lanka also acknowledged the progress achieved so far, by the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Right to Development, in concluding the second reading of the criteria and sub-criteria for realizing the Right to Development during its last Session.“We appreciate the efforts undertaken by the Chairperson of the Working Group presenting a “Set of standards” for the implementation of the Right to Development, pursuant to the HRC resolution 30/28, which could be considered as a useful basis for further deliberations on the implementation and realization of the Right to Development. We highlight the importance of successfully accomplishing the mandate of this Working Group andmoving forward in the elaboration of a coherent set of standards on the Right to Development, which could frame the basis for a legally binding instrument,” the Sri Lankan delegation told the Council. Sri Lanka says it remains committed to ensure the Right to Development through its National development policies.In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council during its ongoing 32nd session, the Sri Lankan delegation said that owing to Sri Lanka’s long history of consistent investments in health, education and poverty alleviation programmes, the country has succeeded in achieving some targets in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), ahead of schedule.
A “firm, clear, unequivocal and unambiguous” message should be sent out by Indian government to Sri Lanka to ensure that these arrests are stopped and “the livelihood of the poor and innocent fishermen from Tamil Nadu who are engaged in fishing in their traditional waters is protected,” she said. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his personal intervention for release of four Indian fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy, besides release of 103 boats, the Press Trust of India reported.In the latest incident, four fishermen in a mechanised fishing boat, who had set sail from Jegathapattinam fishing base in Pudukkottai district, had been arrested by the Lankan Navy on Monday, the Chief Minister said in her letter dated August 9, which was released yesterday. This recent act of the Sri Lankan Navy has again created anxiety and unrest in the minds of the fishermen, she said. Colombo’s strategy of not releasing the boats was causing “great frustration amongst” the fishermen of Tamil Nadu, she added.“Without their livelihood base, these fishermen are in a state of despondency. I urge you to take this up with the highest authorities of the Sri Lankan government and ensure the immediate release of the precariously berthed boats which continue to suffer great damage,” she said. The Indian Government “must take necessary steps to ensure the safety and security of our fishermen. I request your personal intervention to secure the release of the fishermen and 103 fishing boats currently in Sri Lankan custody at the earliest,” Ms Jayalalithaa said.The chief Minister reiterated that retrieving Katchatheevu islet from Sri Lanka and abrogation of the 1974 and 1976 agreements alone could restore the traditional fishing grounds of the Palk Bay to the state’s fishermen.Ms Jayalalithaa also reminded the Prime Minister of her demand for a deep sea fishing and infrastructure package of Rs. 1,520 crore.
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She said: “It is a dangerous road. Mrs Stannah was coming from a side road to cross that road. Clearly extra care should be made.”Stannah’s lawyer, Alex Stein, told the court: “Obviously [Mrs Stannah] is extremely traumatised by these events.”It’s caused terrible damage to Mr Rayner’s family as well, and she is extremely remorseful.”She had to be pulled away from Mr Rayner because she was trying to assist where possible.”Sentencing Stannah to eight weeks in jail suspended for 12 months and ordering her to pay £200, District Judge Timothy Pattinson said: “All cases of causing death by careless driving are tragic.”This case is particularly tragic, involving the death of a family man with wife and children. The court extends its deepest sympathy to the family of Mr Rayner.”Mr Rayner’s wife Marie, from Sparsholt, near Winchester, Hants, said: “Losing Steve in the tragic accident was devastating for the girls and I and our lives will never be the same again.”We recognise the effects of such a tragedy are far reaching and touch everyone involved in the accident.”Speaking after the sentencing, PC Kelly Hargreaves said: “This case shows how devastating just a few moments of inattention can be when behind the wheel. Stannah attended court with her husband Nicholas, the managing director of Stannah StairliftsCredit:BNPS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The wife of Stannah Stairlifts’ managing director killed a motorcyclist after hitting him with her Land Rover during the school run, a court heard as she was spared jail and fined £200.Andrea Stannah, 45, was returning home to Ovington, Hants, after dropping her children off when she failed to spot Steven Rayner and struck him as she pulled across a dual carriageway.Mr Rayner, a 53-year-old civil engineer, was declared dead at the scene after the impact sent him careering into a tree and a fence, Basingstoke Magistrates Court heard.The court heard Stannah, who is married to Nicholas Stannah, managing director of Stannah Stairlifts Ltd, had to be “dragged away” from Mr Rayner’s prone body as she desperately tried to assist him.Stannah, who attended court with her husband, admitted a charge of causing death by driving without due care and attention, and was also banned from driving for one year. “Had Stannah taken a few extra moments to look properly and check the road again, she would have seen Mr Rayner’s motorbike and his family wouldn’t be facing the rest of their lives without him.”Stannah Stairlifts, which dates back to the 1860s and remains a family business, has an annual turnover of £210m. The company was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise four times since 1984 and Prince Charles visited its factory in Andover, Hants, in 2011 to mark its 500,000th stairlift. It has now sold over 700,000. It was claimed Mr Rayner’s death was due to the 45-year-old’s “inattention” at the junction on the A31, less than a mile from her home.Prosecutor Kerry Richardson told Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court that witnesses driving on the carriageway in July last year braked to avoid Stannah’s green 4×4 as it pulled out into the road, and saw the bike collide with its front near-side wing.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWest Indies’ Ronsford Beaton cleared to bowl againAugust 28, 2018In “latest news”Beaton could be an asset to WI Test squad, says Coach DanielsMarch 1, 2017In “latest news”CPL 2018: USA’s Ali Khan joins TKRJuly 16, 2018In “Sports” Suspended Ronsford Beaton will join the CWI bowling camp following to work on his flawed bowling actionRonsford Beaton, who has been banned from bowling in international cricket after failing an independent assessment of his bowling action, has been included in Cricket West Indies’ fast-bowling camp now on in Antigua. “In accordance with the regulations, Beaton’s international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Cricket West Indies, Beaton may be able to play in domestic cricket events played in the Caribbean under the auspices of the CWI,” the ICC said in a statement Tuesday.The response from CWI was almost immediate.“Cricket West Indies wishes to acknowledge a report from the International Cricket Council (ICC) regarding the suspension of fast bowler, Ronsford Beaton. The ICC is reporting that Beaton has failed an independent assessment and will not be permitted to bowl in international cricket,” a statement from CWI said.“Beaton will, therefore, join the fast bowling camp now on in Antigua as part of his remedial program, following which he will undergo a reassessment process, which if successful, he will be allowed to participate at the international level.”Director of Cricket, Jimmy Adams says CWI is fully committed to working with Beaton during this period of remedial work which will hopefully accelerate his successful re-admission to the professional game.Beaton was reported for suspect action during the second ODI against New Zealand last December. The ICC noted that the international suspension will also be recognized and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdictions; but with the consent of CWI, Beaton may be able to play in domestic events in the Caribbean. (SportsMax)
Spain 0Chile 2DEFENDING CHAMPIONS SPAIN slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chile and crashed out of the World Cup after their second defeat in five days.Chile’s victory — through goals from Eduardo Vargas and Charles Arranguiz — made the South Americans and the Netherlands the first teams to go through to the second round.After a golden era that saw them win the European Championships in 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup in 2010, Spain have suffered a dramatic fall from grace. They equalled Italy’s unwanted record in 1950 of being booted out of the World Cup after just two games.It was Chile’s first win over the Spanish in 11 meetings.Spain’s confidence seemed to have evaporated after their 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their first Group B game on Friday.Coach Vicente del Bosque dropped established stars Gerard Pique and Xavi Hernandez but it had no impact in the charged atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez skips a challenge from Spain’s Javi Martinez. Source: EMPICS SportChile pressed forward from the start. Vargas’ shot in the second minute was narrowly deflected wide of the goal by a defender.Spain also pushed up, but errors soon proved costly.Xabi Alonso gave the ball away in the 20th minute and the ball reached Arranguiz in the penalty area who slipped it inside to Vargas who smashed the ball past Spain’s captain Iker Casillas, making a Spanish record 17th appearance in a World Cup finals match.Spain’s defence was in disarray.The game carried on at a furious pace as the defending champions sought a way back into the game.But in the 43rd minute, Casillas clumsily punched away a free kick by Barcelona star Alexis Sanchez. The ball went straight to Arranguiz who struck it into the net.https://vine.co/v/MTzVhAaj657Casilllas seemed shell-shocked as he walked off at half-time. Defender Sergio Ramos and other Spanish players also shook their heads in disbelief.Spain’s pitiful state seemed to be epitomized by misses in the second half. Diego Costa had a shot deflected wide and in the 53rd minute Sergio Busquets’s was clear in front of goal but a seemingly simple tap in went wide. Chile’s Eduardo Vargas celebrates his goal with team-mates. Source: EMPICS SportChile’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pulled off a brilliant reflex save to stop an Andres Iniesta shot in the 84th minute.The historic Maracana stadium erupted into a riot of red and blue as Chilean supporters started noisy celebrations. Thousands crossed the Andes in special convoys to watch Chile’s games.Chile play Netherlands to decide top place in Group B on June 23. Spain play their final game against Australia on the same day.- © AFP, 2014When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994Snapshot: 10-year-old Dubliner Ciarán Duffy winks at the world from the Maracanã pitch
https://jrnl.ie/4597576 DISCOVERED IN THE 1930s, these ancient texts might be the earliest Christian written records, dating back to the 2nd century AD.Written in Greek and said to have been found on the Nile, these papyrus sheets depict scenes from the old and new testaments, including a passage from Matthew detailing an exchange between Jesus and Judas from the Last Supper.Currently on display at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin as part of the Gift of a Lifetime exhibition, the texts will be going back into storage at the end of April for preservation.We spoke to Emeritus Professor of Greek at Trinity, Brian McGing, about their significance and how exactly they might have survived over nearly 2,000 years of history to find their way to Dublin.Watch the video for our full report. By Andrew Roberts Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube 16,088 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 6 Comments Apr 21st 2019, 10:01 AM Share Tweet Email Subscribe for more videos These writings in Dublin might be the oldest surviving records of early Christian texts Showing early forms of the Gospels, the texts are on display at the Chester Beatty Library until the end of April. Short URL Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM
Vancouver’s warmest summer on record has brought good news to local farmers.Temperatures have found a sweet spot — warm, but not too warm, producing good yields for fruits and vegetables grown in Clark County.“Virtually everything we have has been doing really well this year,” said Bill Zimmerman, co-owner of Bi-Zi Farms in the Glenwood area north of Vancouver.That’s because while temperatures have been consistently high, they haven’t reached extremes. Vancouver has recorded 15 days above 90 degrees so far this year, but none above 100, according to the National Weather Service. Conditions have often landed in an ideal range for many crops, Zimmerman and other growers say.“This 85-degree, 90-degree kind of weather is just about perfect,” Zimmerman said.This year’s yields were also boosted by a favorable spring, said Charles Brun, horticulture adviser with Washington State University’s Clark County Extension. Warm conditions and near-average precipitation helped keep many crops on track early in the season, he said.Too much rain in May, for example, can delay planting or introduce mold and other problems, Brun said. That’s been a big challenge for Northwest growers in past years. But not this year.“If you have a really good month of May, that sets the stage for the rest of the year,” Brun said. “And we had a really good May.”
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowBP works to contain a leaking production wellRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageBP is working to contain an out-of-control production well at Prudhoe Bay on the North Slope. The well is currently venting natural gas and has released at least some crude oil into the environment.Department of Revenue foresees a 12 percent drop in oil revenue for the yearRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauAlaska’s Department of Revenue faced criticism during a Senate Finance committee meeting today after it put out its spring forecast. It predicts an unprecedented 12 percent drop in oil production next year.End of legislative session unclear as lawmakers remain dividedAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe news about oil revenue comes out two days before the Legislature was scheduled to end its session. But with much work left to do, lawmakers will continue to work in Juneau next week. To talk about this, Alaska Public Media’s Lori Townsend spoke with Alaska Public Media and KTOO’s Andrew Kitchenman.Hilcorp completes repairs on Cook Inlet gas line leakRachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageA natural gas leak in Cook Inlet has finally been repaired, more than three months after it began.EPA climate advisor for Alaska’s district leaves department over new agency headZoe Sobel. Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaFor most people, the last day on the job before retiring is a celebration. But Michael Cox capped off his career at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a scathing letter to agency head Scott Pruitt.In light of unexpected cuts, UA Board of Regents discusses likely cutsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksCuts would be accelerated across the University of Alaska system if a State Senate proposed budget is finalized by the legislature. The UA Board of Regent met yesterday to discuss contingency measures in light of Senate passed funding for UA that’s $22 million less than the amount supported by the House and Governor.New Pretrial office emerges to cut costs and crimeDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA new state office aims to reduce crime and save money. The Pretrial Division stipulated by the criminal justice reform bill passed last year by the Alaska legislature, will assist people who are jailed but have yet to go to trial.AK: Yukon cowboy shares love of old country songs at folk festivalEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauArt Johns has been playing at the Alaska Folk Festival since 1995. But his musical roots go way back — almost 80 years.49 Voices: Cherry Blossom Princess Caitlin SweeneyLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.This week on 49 Voices we’re going to Washington D.C. Caitlin Sweeney was there last week to be Alaska’s “princess” in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.
Barack ObamaUS president Barack Obama on Sunday admitted that he “underestimated” the impact misinformation and hacking can have on democracies, a remark that follows an intelligence report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election.In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Obama also warned his Republican successor Donald Trump, who takes office in less than two weeks, about the difference between governing and campaigning, saying the president-elect won’t be able to run his presidency “the way you would manage a family business.”The interview, which was taped Friday, took place the same day that US intelligence agencies released an unprecedented report saying Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of hacking, leaking, and media manipulation aimed at undermining the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boosting Trump.Although Obama said he was not taken in by Russian hostility to the United States, “I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation for cyber hacking and so forth to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that I think are accelerating.”Obama ordered the intelligence report, released to the public Friday, partly “to make sure that we understand this is something that Putin has been doing for quite some time in Europe, initially in the former satellite states where there are a lot of Russian speakers, but increasingly in Western democracies.”“We have to pay attention,” he said of upcoming elections in European ally nations, warning of possible interference.Russia initially aimed its unprecedented cyber campaign at damaging a potential Clinton presidency, and then turned to supporting Trump after a victory by the real estate billionaire appeared possible, the report from the Director of National Intelligence said.Trump, who met the country’s leading intelligence agency chiefs to hear the full report, has accepted the possibility of Moscow’s involvement in hacking US targets, including the Democratic National Committee, but rejected the conclusion that Russia interfered in the election.He has also ridiculed US intelligence agencies over their findings and promised he would establish closer ties to Moscow.Obama urged him “to develop a strong relationship with the intelligence community.”“If we’re not vigilant foreign countries can have an impact on the political debate in the United States in ways that might not have been true 10, 20, 30 years ago in part because of the way news is transmitted and in part because so many people are skeptical of mainstream news organizations,” he said.“In that kind of environment, where there’s so much skepticism about information that’s coming in, we’re going to have to spend a lot more time thinking about how do we protect our democratic process.”Obama also emphasized focusing “a lot more” on cyber security.‘Cordial’ talks with Trump -Obama described his talks with the incoming president as “cordial.”“He has been open to suggestions,” he added, describing Trump as “very engaging and gregarious.”“I’ve enjoyed the conversations that we’ve had. He is somebody who I think is not lacking in confidence,” which is “probably a prerequisite for the job.”However, Obama believes Trump “has not spent a lot of time sweating the details” of policies, something he said could be “both a strength and a weakness.”“If it gives him fresh eyes, then that can be valuable. But it also requires you knowing what you don’t know and putting in place people who do have the kinds of experience and background and knowledge that can inform good decision making,” he said.Obama also weighed in on Trump’s constant use of Twitter.“Clearly this worked for him, and it gives him a direct connection to a lot of the people that voted for him,” he said.But when Trump becomes president, he cautioned, “there are world capitals and financial markets and people all around the world who take really seriously what he says, and in a way that’s just not true before you’re actually sworn in as president.”
By Tiffany C. Ginyard, AFRO Managing EditorIn a one-on-one conversation with AFRO Publisher and CEO the Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper on Wednesday, May 1, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh said she will resign as mayor of Baltimore City effective May 2.“She said, ‘I’m going to resign,’ Draper recalled, after leaving the Mayor’s home close to 9 p.m. last night.“‘I asked, ‘Are you sure”? And she said, ‘Yes.’”“She said, ‘they’re trying to take everything from me,’” Draper continued of her brief sit-down with Pugh. “And I told her, ‘they can’t take your life.’”The meeting between them was not on Draper’s agenda. She was at the mayor’s home responding to an invitation to a pop-up prayer vigil hosted by a few of Baltimore’s praying “sistas.” Draper is the pastor of Freedom Temple AME Zion Church in South Baltimore. She was asked by her peers to lead an interfaith circle of prayer among the women gathered at the corner of Ellamont and Dorchester roads to answer the call to “return to love.”In this Dec. 6, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh delivers an address during her inauguration ceremony inside the War Memorial Building in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)In a random order, prayers poured from the lips of the women– carrying the vibrations of the 23rd Psalm. Some belted original prayers from the depths of their souls. And some stood still…knowing. Holding onto the infinite idea that “all things work together for the good of those who love God” (Romans 8:28).In the spirit of sisterly love, Black women gathered to show love and compassion for a friend. A neighbor. Someone “sick and shut in.” A sister in faith. A tax-paying, city resident. An elected official. A former state senator. The mayor of Baltimore City. A human being.A half hour passed, and a new wind of people, including men, popped up and prayed.The people who gathered yesterday evening had no demands. No stones to throw. They were not there for politics. These were people who genuinely wanted to connect with the mayor, people who want to see her “make it through” the legal and physical challenges she’s facing–alive.The Women of Baltimore gathered outside Mayor Catherine Pugh’s home this evening and held a prayer vigil to show their support. (Photo Credit: Jabray Franklin)While thirsty media outlets scrambled back to newsrooms to publish alluring headlines hinting of an official statement of resignation to be released by the mayor’s legal team later today, the AFRO stayed behind talk to prayer warriors and passersby alike.“I am here…because I believe in God. And I believe God is a healer. I am hear to call out the name of God to heal our city and to heal our mayor,” Salima Marriott Gibbs, former long-time state delegate told the AFRO. “We gathered, as like-minded citizens, with no particular agenda in mind.“What I believed happened today is that our prayers lifted our mayor. That is essential because it is important that she be lifted up. I think we accomplished that,” said Gibbs before walking off with an air of peace.The Women of Baltimore gathered outside Mayor Catherine Pugh’s home this evening and held a prayer vigil to show their support. (Photo Credit: Jabray Franklin)The mayor, touched by the sentiments expressed by her constituents, was moved to break her silence– even if only to release a few words. Her statement to the AFRO last night was not for courtroom, or for the media really; it was for the people. And not just those gathered, but for the citizens who have chosen to withhold judgment until the judicial process unfolds.Dr. Tonya Phillips, a loyal daughter of Baltimore, said she showed up to stand in solidarity with the prayer warriors and to call her community to action.“I have been in Baltimore my entire life, and I’m just wondering, what happened to the worth and human dignity of all mankind? ” Phillips, a licensed mental health professional, said in a Facebook Live post from the vigil.“I showed up today for several reasons. I got excited, actually when I found out this was happening, because… I thought, ‘Wait a minute…we haven’t heard anything about how she’s doing? Where are the prayer warriors? Where is the city? I do not come defending, or protecting, or minimizing. I come simply to ask Baltimore: Where is your love?”The Women of Baltimore gathered outside Mayor Catherine Pugh’s home this evening and held a prayer vigil to show their support. (Photo Credit: Jabray Franklin)Draper said the AFRO’s presence yesterday was about more than scooping the news, but about being true to the role and responsibility of the Black press and its coverage of Black leaders, Black people, and the Black experience in general. Loosely likening the media business and politics to America’s favorite pastime, football, Draper cited that the AFRO‘s nearly 127-year legacy was not built on “piling on,” a phrase used in football to describe the action of one or more players jumping on top of a player, or group of players, after a tackle has been made.“In football, we’d be fined for that,” said Draper. ” We’re not about kicking people while they are down. I’m not excusing any of the allegations. I think that’s what people misunderstand about why we are here. Whatever she is accused of she will have to answer to, but that’s not why we’re here.”From where Draper sits, the AFRO represents a diverse constituency of Black folk in Baltimore, and is partly responsible for providing a platform for courageous community conversations about what it will take to lift our city, and her residents, out of the culture of corruption and disorder. It is from this perspective, Draper says, the publication as an institution is not interested in joining the media “pile on;” Baltimore is too fragile for that right now.“In football, piling on is illegal because it slows up the game, can cause injuries and is unnecessary,” Draper said, reading from a sports source she’d searched on her smartphone to make her reference plain. “‘It says here it’s illegal at most every level of competition…Although players wear lots of padding during a game, piling on can cause injuries because of the sheer weight of the players on the pile.’”Sound familiar?
The PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is arguably one of the best gaming controllers on the market. However, if you wanted to use it to play games on Steam, you needed to run a third party program in order to do so. Those days will soon come to an end as Valve is going to be adding full DualShock 4 configurability to Steam in an upcoming update.At Steam Dev Days, Valve’s Jeff Bellinghausen and Level Up Labs’ Lars Doucet revealed that Valve will be releasing a Steam update “that adds full configurability to controllers other than the Steam controller.” The first controller to get full configurability will be the DualShock 4. The controller can be used through Steam’s API which is “exactly the same as a Steam Controller,” according to them. “You make the exact same API calls, you only get actions, not inputs, and the Steam API takes care of everything.” Steam communicates directly with the DualShock 4, which means everything should work as intended.As PlayStation 4 owners already know, the DualShock 4 is more than just a standard controller thanks to its built-in gyro and touchpad. The Steam controller shares similar features which will make it easier for Steam to have these features work on games that support them.This is certainly great news for folks who prefer the DualShock 4 over the Xbox One controller. There’s no hassle when using Microsoft’s controller on Steam, but some just prefer the feel and symmetry of the DualShock 4. However, Xbox controller enthusiasts shouldn’t feel left out of the party as a future update will add configurablity to the Elite Xbox controller. That controller has, even more, unique features than the DualShock 4 so it will be interesting to see how Steam can handle it.For a more detailed technical breakdown of how this all works, make sure to follow this link. Stay on target Valve Steam Link App Brings Your PC Games to Mobile‘We. The Revolution’ Is ‘Ace Attorney’ With More…
New Delhi Players is excited to bring their newest production, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House in Hindi as Gudiya Ghar at Akshara Theater. It’s designed and directed by the celebrated director Basab Bhattacharya whose last production Sandhya Chhaya was warmly received by critics and the audience.It’s a play that is perfectly timed for today as it has been in any time that it has been performed in since 1879. In the century and more since, the play and the role of Nora have taken on iconic status; UNESCO’s Memory of the World register calls Nora ‘a symbol throughout the world, for women fighting for liberation and equality’. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The play’s director, Bhattacharya, works with a Government organisation and has directed many plays such as Kissa Hakeem Sahib Ka, Khubsoorat Bahu, Sandhya Chhaya and many more! He has a knack for giving a lot of new comers a chance and let them grow and learn with his free style of directing. He also has an uncanny sense of aesthetics with a minimal approach while designing plays. He has also been an actor in some of the very successful plays such as Mahim Junction, Death of a Salesman and began with acting workshops with Yatrik in the 90s. Before going for the play, you’d want to know about the actors and others! Animesh Singhal is the asst. director of the play who has been a loved actor with most of NDP’s productions and is also the President of the group. He makes is directorial debut with Gudiya Ghar. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixPriyanka Sharma is A spontaneous actor and performer who loves the fact that she gets to be so many people and live varied emotions through Theater. She is a professional with the largest media house in the country and has played almost all characters that a woman can be imagined in, on stage. Sahil Mittal is a young entrepreneur who is part of theater for the love of acting. Started with Ramleela at Lal Quila, went on to attend a workshop with Sahitya Kala Parishad for 2 years, has been a part of Dinesh Thakur’s Ank in Mumbai. Sunil Rohtagi is an entrepreneur and an actor with a natural comic timing. He attended acting workshop with Yatrik in 2008 and has been acting in plays such as Devdas, Jaati Na Poocho Sadhu Ki, Sandhya Chhaya, Beganey Deewaney. Suman is a young actor, has done few plays and emerging as an actor to look forward to. When: 4-5 JulyTIMING: 3.30 pm and 7.30 PMWhere: Akshara Theater
Comments Share Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Votes for Charlotte surged after the British princess was named Monday and topped the ballot in the last three days of voting, which ran from March 27 to May 6.Many critics said giving the princess’ name to a monkey was disrespectful to British royals. According to zoo official Akira Asano, some said the Japanese people would feel offended if a monkey were named after Japanese princesses.The complaints originated in Japan. Asano said he was not aware of any complaints from British citizens. He said the zoo has also received support for Charlotte, and the views are now largely divided.“We deeply apologize for causing trouble to many people over the naming of the first baby (monkey),” said a statement posted on the zoo’s website. “We take these opinions seriously.”Officials at the zoo and the city were still discussing what to do with the monkey’s name. The zoo now plans to seek advice from the British Embassy before making a final decision, Kyodo News agency reported.The embassy declined to comment, and Japan’s Foreign Ministry said it was not involved with the issue.___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at twitter.com/mariyamaguchi Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese zoo has apologized after being criticized for naming a baby monkey Charlotte, the name of the newborn British princess.The Takasakiyama Natural Zoological Garden said Thursday it was considering renaming the macaque. It was flooded with angry calls and emails Wednesday after announcing the name for its first monkey born this year, a tradition at the zoo run by the southern city of Oita.Charlotte was the favorite in a public ballot, receiving 59 out of 853 votes in the counting, conducted after the female monkey was born Wednesday. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Check your body, save your life Top Stories Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to help