APTN National NewsManitobans re-elected the NDP government in Tuesday’s provincial election.The party brought in four Aboriginal candidates. One of them was elected in Winnipeg’s north-end riding of Point Douglas which is an area that is heavily Aboriginal.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson visited the riding ahead of the vote and found a community beginning to wake up politically.Wilson visited the community again, for post-election reaction.
In its update report, however, it says the provincial economy appears to have started growing again in recent weeks, based on rising oil exports by pipe and rail, stronger wholesale and manufacturing shipments and a jump in small business confidence.It also cites an improvement in the jobless rate and positive population growth, along with more upbeat trends in Alberta’s stalled retail sales and housing sectors.The economists stop short of an immediate upgrade in their forecast, however, noting the volatility of regional statistics and the newly elected provincial government’s likely move to restrain spending.“All in all, recent encouraging data have added credence to the view that economic growth in Alberta is gaining some traction,” the report says.“While a continuation in this momentum would set the stage for a forecast upgrade, we remain cautious for now.” CALGARY — Economists at TD Bank say they are looking at upgrading their Alberta growth expectations for 2019 as signs point to a more robust than expected recovery from the effects of extreme heavy oil price weakness in late 2018.The bank suggested in a forecast in June that the province’s economy would grow by a “paltry” 0.5 percent this year and a slightly better 2.1 percent next year.It said the province’s mandated oil production curtailments had worked to strengthen heavy oil prices in early 2019 but business and household spending remained hampered by concerns around medium-term energy investment. The Canadian Press
Rabat – The 16th Summit of Heads of State and Government of Francophonie, which wrapped up Sunday in Antananarivo, called on Palestinians and Israelis to resume direct negotiations.“We call on the Palestinian and Israeli parties to resume direct negotiations to reach a two-state solution, Israel and a viable and geographically contiguous Palestinian State,” said the final declaration of the Summit, held on November 26-27 under the theme “Shared Growth and Responsible Development: Conditions for Stability Around the World and within the Francophone.”In this respect, the Heads of State and Government welcomed the forthcoming organization by France of an international conference on the peace process in the Middle East, expressing their support for the international efforts that contribute in seeking a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. This process should allow the existence of two States, Palestine and Israel, living side by side in peace and security, within secure and internationally recognized borders, the same source added.According to the document, the solution should be based on Security Council resolutions 242, 338, 1397 and 1515, the terms of the Madrid Conference, the Quartet Roadmap and the Arab Peace Initiative as adopted in the Beirut Summit.
___Boeing to make safety feature standard on troubled Max jetsBoeing will make standard on its troubled new airliner a safety feature that might have helped the crew of a jet that crashed shortly after takeoff last year in Indonesia. The equipment alerts pilots of faulty information from key sensors. It will now be included on every 737 Max as part of safety improvements. That’s according to a person familiar with the changes. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Boeing and federal regulators are still discussing details of the upgrade.___Consumers should soon see benefit of Fed’s patience on ratesNEW YORK (AP) — It was only a few months ago that interest rates were marching higher and bearing down on everyone from home buyers to stock investors. But rates began easing early this year after the Federal Reserve opened the door to a slower pace of rate increases. On Wednesday, the Fed surprised the market when it said it may not raise rates at all during 2019. The impact should soon filter out to consumers across the economy, and the effects will likely reverberate for a while.___Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employeesSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook acknowledges that it stored millions of user passwords for years in a readable format that its employees could access. The social media company disclosed that it didn’t encrypt the passwords after a security researcher posted about the issue online. Facebook says there is no evidence its employees abused access to the data. The company says the passwords were stored on internal company servers and no outsiders could access them.___Top US general to meet with Google on China security worriesWASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer plans to meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the U.S. Gen. Joseph Dunford says efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take advantage of U.S.-developed technology.___One more time: Levi Strauss goes public againNEW YORK (AP) — Levi Strauss & Co., which gave America its first pair of blue jeans, has gone public for the second time. The stock is listed under the ticker “LEVI” and opened for trading on Thursday up 31 per cent. The 166-year-old company previously went public in 1971, but the namesake founder’s descendants took it private again in 1985. The latest IPO comes as the iconic brand is staging a comeback under its CEO Chip Bergh even as it faces increasing competition and a changing retail landscape.___Grudgingly, Europe says Brexit delay is still possibleBRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are grudgingly leaning toward giving the United Kingdom even more time to ease itself out of the bloc. But they warn that if Britain’s Parliament spurns the offer, a chaotic exit from the bloc is just over a week away.___US average mortgage rates fall; 30-year at 4.28 per centWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, giving an incentive to potential buyers as the spring homebuying season opens. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage declined to 4.28 per cent from 4.31 per cent the previous week.___MillerCoors sues Anheuser-Busch over corn syrup adsMILWAUKEE (AP) — MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against Anheuser-Busch, saying its St. Louis-based rival wants to “frighten” people away from Miller Lite and Coors Light by claiming those beers have corn syrup. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Wisconsin federal court but the feud between the country’s two largest brewers began when Anheuser-Busch aired commercials making the corn syrup claim during this year’s Super Bowl. Corn syrup is a fermentation aid used by several brewers.___You dumped cable? Comcast hopes to reel you back inNEW YORK (AP0 — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month. The new service, “Flex,” brings together apps customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon’s Prime video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets them search for TV shows and movies across the different services. All these apps are already available through a Roku or other platforms. Comcast hopes customers will pay for its version, which comes with a 4K HDR box and a voice remote.___S&P 500 ends 2-day losing streak as tech leads stocks higherNEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies powered a broad rally for U.S. stocks Thursday, snapping the market’s two-day losing streak. Apple and chipmakers led the wave of buying, helping to drive the technology sector to an overall gain of 2.5 per cent. Retailers and industrial companies also notched solid gains, offsetting losses in banks. Levi Strauss soared as the jeans maker went public for the second time. The latest gains come a day after the Fed said no longer expects to raise interest rates this year.___The S&P 500 index rose 30.65 points, or 1.1 per cent, to 2,854.88. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 216.84 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 25,962.51. The Nasdaq composite, which his heavily weighted with technology stocks, climbed 109.99 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,838.96. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 19.25 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 1,562.41.The Associated Press
Dissanayake also said the SLFP is prepared to contest a Local Government (LG) election.He said that the division in the SLFP will not affect the party and that all SLFP supporters who are backing former President Mahinda Rajapaksa will vote for the SLFP at an election. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says some executive powers of the President must remain.SLFP Treasurer S.B. Dissanayake said that the SLFP feels that the executive powers the President has under the 19th Amendment must remain. Dissanayake said that while there is a move to devolve powers to the provinces, there is a feeling that by the President having some executive powers the unitary status of the country will be protected. He also said the SLFP and the United National Party (UNP) do not have a mandate to go for any Constitutional amendments which require a referendum.
“The small headquarters at the UNIKOM logistics base in Kuwait City will undertake liaison duties and provide valuable support to other United Nations activities, as the need arises,” Mr. Annan says in his latest report to the Security Council on the operations of the UN Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM).”I recommend that this residual peacekeeping presence be maintained at an appropriate level for a further three months, until 6 July 2003, subject to any further decisions the Council may take regarding the UNIKOM mandate.”Mr. Annan withdrew all UNIKOM personnel from the border region on the eve of hostilities in Iraq but maintained a small headquarters consisting of 12 military officers, 20 essential civilian staff and some local personnel in Kuwait City.In his report, the Secretary-General says UNIKOM’s full staff has only been dispersed temporarily and the timing of its return to its assignments will be decided in consultation with the Council.UNIKOM was set up in 1991 after the war that followed Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait to monitor the demilitarized zone between the two countries.
UN forecasts slow global growth in 2013; austerity hurts Europe, US spending cuts a risk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Peter James Spielmann, The Associated Press Posted May 23, 2013 12:04 am MDT Global economic growth is projected to gain slow momentum for the rest of the year, a United Nations economic forecast said Thursday.The U.N.’s Development Policy and Analysis Division released a mid-year update forecasting world gross product growth at 2.3 per cent in 2013, “a subdued pace” characterized by sub-par expansion and weak employment prospects. The U.N. forecast improving growth in 2014 at 3.1 per cent.“In the United States, the avoidance of the fiscal cliff and the expansion of monetary easing, along with a continued recovery in the housing sector, have improved growth prospects,” the forecast said, but “the automatic spending cuts and uncertainties associated with budget issues will continue to weigh on aggregate demand.” U.S. growth was forecast at 1.9 per cent in 2013, down from last year’s 2.2 per cent. The report forecast U.S. growth to rise to 2.6 per cent in 2014.In Europe, the forecast said, “the real economy is held back by austerity programs, weak bank lending and continued uncertainty, and only a very gradual recovery is expected as these factors diminish.”“In Japan, the bold expansionary policy actions adopted by the monetary and fiscal authorities are expected to provide some support for economic activity in the short run. They may, however, create heightened medium-term uncertainties regarding the sustainability of public debt,” the report said.Developing countries are showing much stronger growth than the developed world, it said. “The pick-up in growth will, however, be slower than previously estimated as many large economies in the group, including Brazil, China, India and Russia, face significant structural challenges,” it said. It forecast 5 per cent growth in 2013.The least-developed countries will see faster growth, but with commodity demand moderating and official economic aid falling, the pace of expansion will be “notably slower” than in 2004-2008, the report said. It forecast 2013 growth at 5.8 per cent.
Business Secretary, Vince Cable, visited Group Lotus in Hethel, Norfolk today as part of a visit to East Anglia, highlighting the breadth and depth of engineering and manufacturing expertise in the area.As well as seeing the car production facilities and meeting apprentices, Mr Cable also had a ride in the zero emission fuel cell taxi. Lotus Engineering has been closely involved in the development of the project with LTi and TRW Conekt, packaging the propulsion technology and designing controls to optimise performance of both the fuel cells and electric drive systems.“Lotus is a great example of a UK niche vehicle manufacturer with a wow factor that is in demand across the world,” said Vince Cable. “Through its cars, motorsport and engineering divisions Lotus makes a key contribution to the UK automotive sector and the wider economy through the exports of its iconic cars and its world-class design engineering consultancy.”The Business Secretary also visited Hethel Engineering Centre, which supports high performance engineering companies and the wider manufacturing sector in the region.The fuel cell taxi project was a runner-up in the 2010 SMMT Award for Automotive Innovation. You can find out more about the Award, the 2010 winner and how to enter this year at www.smmt.co.uk/aai.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
This September, Brock students have the chance to study Hip-Hop and the Urban Working Class, a new course, unique in Canada, being offered by the Centre for Labour Studies.As Professor Simon Black explains, the course isn’t entirely new, but a “remix” of a course he offered before he came to Brock — one that was named by Spacing magazine as one of “10 Amazing Urbanism Classes to Take at University.”Professor Simon Black.The course explores the lives of urban, working-class youth in global cities through hip-hop’s four primary elements: rapping, DJing, graffiti art, and b-girling/b-boying or breakdancing.Students will learn about and listen to the music of a range of artists, including indigenous rappers such as Drezus and Eekwol, and African-American emcees such as Kendrick Lamar and Nicki Minaj.Topics will include the criminalization of racialized youth and the re-emergence of rap music — and its sonic cousins, like grime in the U.K. — as protest music since the global economic crisis in 2008 and the rise of the social movements such as Black Lives Matter and Idle No More.“As a voice of working class black and Latinx (a gender-neutral alternative to Latino) youth in late 1970s New York City, hip-hop spoke — and continues to speak — to the forces that shape their lives, such as white supremacy and institutionalized racism, neoliberal globalization and deindustrialization, labour market precarity, police violence, and criminalization and mass incarceration,” Black said.“Yet as primarily an artistic movement and expressive culture, hip-hop can both make clear and distort urban social and economic realities faced by working class youth.”Black’s relationship with hip hop stretches back to his own youth, though it wasn’t until he was a graduate student that he encountered it in the classroom.“I audited a course at Columbia University (in New York) taught by Robin Kelley, a preeminent scholar of African-American history and black popular culture,” Black recalled. He was soon reading as much of the scholarly literature on hip-hop as he could find, from hip-hop feminists such as Joan Morgan and Tricia Rose, and Canadian scholars such as Rinaldo Walcott and Mark V. Campbell.Now, Black will engage with his own students in LABR 2P91 on what he describes as “a black cultural form that has emerged as a universal language of urban working class youth from the ghettos and ’hoods of North America to the favelas of Brazil, from the Occupied Palestinian Territories to the council estates of the U.K.“The course springs from both my love of hip-hop culture and my intellectual engagement with hip-hop as a social scientist.”
You were to trade on this brief acquaintanceship putting it around that you and he were going to open a pub in NorfolkJudge John Pini QC Porter, who had a criminal record for dishonesty going back 40 years, has been jailed for five years and four months after admitting six charges of fraud amounting more than £270,000 over a period from 2011 to 2013.The charges include the missing stock and money owed to a string of creditors as well as an electrical export scam.Martin Hurst, prosecuting, told the court how even when his new shop was raided Porter of Corby, Northants, simply refused to accept his true identity forcing police to prove it with identity parades.“Those who consigned their goods to him did so because they trusted him because he was running what looked like a smart shop on the High Street,” he said.“These were principally elderly people in possession of property they had owned for many years. Show more Stuart Porter set up his antiques centre in the historic Georgian market town of Stamford, LincolnshireCredit:Dave Porter /Alamy Antiques worth more than £120,000 went missing from Stuart Porter Antiques in Stamford Police eventually tracked him down a month later in the North Yorkshire town of Yarm where he was using the name Alan Johnson and had started a new business called “Lovejoy Antiques”.The name carries echoes of the television series which ran in the 1980s and early 1990s in which Ian McShane played a charming but unscrupulous antiques dealer.Among his stock were items the Stamford shop. “The sad reality is that a very large number of people were persuaded by the attractive way in which the shop was displayed.“It appeared to be above board and proper. He was able to play the role of the knowledgeable antiques dealer.“He always had plenty of cash, generally drove nice cars and was living in nice houses but didn’t pay the rent.“He sent his children to private schools but didn’t pay the fees. He was someone living beyond his means at everyone else’s expense.”Mr Hurst said that almost £60,000 worth of antiques taken from the Stamford store were eventually recovered and returned to their owners.The court was told that Porter was first convicted of dishonesty back in 1974. In the early 1980s he received an 18 month jail sentence for theft and deception and was sent to prison again in1991 for similar mattersJudge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him: “You are a plausible and engaging conman.“You have brought about very widespread distress to a great many people.“This was a sustained abuse of trust with many people losing treasured items. I accept entirely that you started this business legitimately but when things started to go wrong you reverted to type.”Lee Masters, defending, said that Porter had problems in the past with alcohol as well as various personal difficulties. A crooked antiques dealer disappeared with £126,000 worth of his customers’ valuables to open a new shop 150 miles away named after his roguish television counterpart Lovejoy, a court has heard. Stuart Porter, 57, an electrical engineer who reinvented himself as an antiques expert, played on an acquaintance with the chef Marco Pierre White to bolster his claim to celebrity connections, Lincoln Crown Court aws told.He invited the Michelin-starred restaurateur to cut the ribbon when he opened an upmarket antiques shop in Stamford, Lincs, in 2012 and later claimed the pair were about to go into business running a gastro-pub in Norfolk.When his business began to unravel the following year – facing mounting debts including unpaid rent and school fees for his children – he disappeared overnight, clearing out the stock and leaving a sign saying simply: “Sorry for the inconvenience but we are closed today.” 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.
GOVERNMENT JOB PROMISES can only be delivered by improving the business environment for smaller enterprises, the Small Firms Association has told Jobs Minister Richard Bruton and junior minister Damien English.Speaking after the meeting, Small Firms Association director Patricia Callan said that there is a need “to encourage more people to take the risk and become self-employed and set up new businesses”.She argued that Irish labour costs are now 30.8% more than in the UK and 16% higher than the EU average.“This is putting us at a distinct competitive disadvantage, and is a particular problem for SMEs in the services sector where the cost of employing an individual accounts for over 80% of location sensitive business costs.”Minimum wageSetting out its stall in advance of the October Budget, the SFA said that there was no room for a higher minimum wage, which it argued would force more employers out of business.“We are opposed to any increase in the statutory minimum wage and mandatory sick pay or pension provision, which would have a devastating impact on the fragile recovery that is taking place in small firm employment.”The SFA is also calling for a further three-year extension to the lower rate of employer PRSI on wages of €356 or less per week, which ran at 4.25% rather than the usual 8.5% from 2011 to 2013.“It is now hitting payroll costs and affecting employment decisions and should be reversed in Budget 2015.”She concluded: The small business sector has consistently demonstrated that given the right economic conditions, small business owner-managers will, with confidence, continue to invest, create and grow new business.Read: Call for more scrutiny on bank lending to SMEs>Read: Government urged to take the lead on ‘bond market for SMEs’>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The seventieth anniversary of the Greek ‘no’ to the Italians and its victory over Italian forces in Albania was marked with commemorations and parades across Greece on Thursday.Ohi Day on October 28 is a national holiday in Greece, marking the anniversary of the country’s refusal of a 1940 ultimatum made by Italy’s Fascist leader Benito Mussolini to allow his forces to enter and occupy Greek territory. The action marked the start of Greece’s military participation in WWII.This year the national holiday was celebrated without tanks and jets as the Greek state scaled back the annual military parade because of the country’s acute financial crisis. “We have the historic duty to secure for the young generation the right to a dignified life,” President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias said in a message on the anniversary. The President of the Republic, who traditionally inspects the military parade in Thessaloniki on Ohi Day, was absent this year due to a viral infection that forced him to cancel his visit.In his message, Papoulias noted that Greece “is at a critical turning point”, and “crossing over is our duty to today’s 18-year-olds who are beginning their journey with the weight of the debt on their shoulders and are called on to pay a bill for which they have no blame”.“The faster we rid ourselves of this burden, the faster the collective conscience will ease,” he added.In his message on the anniversary, Prime Minister George Papandreou drew a comparison between Greece’s “resounding ‘NO’” to subjugation to the Axis forces, which led to the war with “today when Greece is once again waging a difficult battle”, stressing that “we are already starting to win this battle, with hard work, sacrifices and great difficulties”.Papandreou expressed his conviction that “as in every critical time in our history, we will succeed today as well.”Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras, in his own message, said that “in this difficult period of economic crisis, we are inspired by the example” of the events being commemorated. “We can take the country out of today’s gloom and ensure a new prospect of recovery and hope,” Samaras concluded.The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) said that 70 years after the historic Ohi, “the modern-day content of patriotism identifies with the organisation and battle of the working class and popular strata for the bankruptcy of the plutocracy, and not the people, for the popular alliance, in order to pave the way for popular authority.”The Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza said that every era requires its own “Ohi”. “Today, we say Ohi to every kind of intervention, to the dissolution of the social state, to the razing of labor relations, to the Memorandum of social and economic bankruptcy, to racism and xenophobia, to the ecological destruction of the planet.”Defence minister Evangelos Venizelos, who represented the government at the Thessaloniki parade, said that the crisis is an opportunity and that, “through political stability, social cohesion and national unity, we will succeed and we will win the wager”.“Today, we honour and celebrate the Greece that deserves to be proud, the Greece that has proven historically that it knows what national sovereignty and national dignity is,” he said, adding that such anniversaries “also teach us, the present-day Greeks, and demand of us to be united, responsible and forward-looking.”Popular Orthodox Rally (Laos) MP Kyriakos Velopoulos, speaking after the parade, expressed conviction that “today, united, we can win this different ‘war’.”Source: Athens News
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2016 – RBC Royal Bank executives said the interest in RBC EZ Pay is astounding coming out of the Capital Grand Turk and today, that is where the team is headed to offer the new payment system. The Windmills Plaza is the venue and RBC Bank Manager, Sanfra Foster said they will be in GT for meetings from 9am to 4pm today.EZ Pay is a cashless system of getting paid on the go using mobile devices; like your cell phone. Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Related Items:ez pay, grand turk, rbc, royal bank of canada Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Roll Out of EZ Pay in TCI today
An alcohol-tinged road rage incident triggered the partial closure of the Interstate 205 Glenn Jackson Bridge overnight after it left a semi-truck and trailers sprawled across the southbound lanes. The bridge was reopened to all traffic about 5:45 a.m.Portland police officers believe a road rage incident at about 2:30 a.m. involving a 1998 Honda Civic and a red Pontiac Grand Am caused a collision with the semi-truck, according to a press release. The truck, which was hauling two trailers, was not a party in the highway scuffle, police say. According to witnesses, the Honda and the Pontiac drove side by side, recklessly, beginning in Washington. Soon after they crossed the border into Oregon, the Honda struck the semi-truck’s left rear axel, causing the driver of the truck to lose control and drive over the Honda, nearly flattening it.The truck tilted up on its right wheels until it hit the center divider and fell to its side. The second trailer dislodged and came to rest in the middle of the bridge, police said. The Pontiac avoided the crash that spanned about 700 feet, according to police.Ilya Anikin, 21, was driving the Honda. He and his passenger climbed from the wrecked vehicle and ran to the northbound lanes where they attempted to flag down passing cars. Unable to get any drivers to stop, the pair returned to the car and waited for emergency personnel.
In the second scandal to surface from Skyview High School in two days, sheriff’s detectives on Thursday arrested a teacher who also works as a boys track and football coach on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a girl who graduated in 2008.Nathan J. “Nate” Botnen, 33, of Vancouver was booked at the jail late Thursday afternoon on suspicion of 30 counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor, according to Sgt. Kevin Allais with the Major Crimes Unit of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Botnen is to make a first court appearance Friday morning.He was voted by his fellow coaches as the 4A Greater St. Helens League boys track coach of the year this spring. He also has served as an assistant football coach for the Storm.Allais said detectives contacted Botnen at Skyview on Thursday, and he agreed to come to the unit’s office to be interviewed. Botnen then admitted to having sex with a girl many times, beginning when she was 17, during the 2007-2008 school year, Allais said.The girl graduated in 2008 and the relationship ended in August 2008, Allais said.Suspicions arose Wednesday when school administrators learned of inappropriate text messages between Botnen and the girl, revealing an alleged sexual relationship, and notified the Sheriff’s Office.
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 @aprnDownload AudioAlaska Public Media, Alaska Dispatch News Take State To Court Over National Guard DocumentsAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageAlaska Public Media and Alaska Dispatch News are taking the State to court because the state government has failed to provide documents regarding the National Guard Scandal.The two media outlets sued the state on Oct. 8 after being denied public records requests filed last spring. The Attorney General’s office agreed to provide emails, documents, and document logs related to the scandal to avoid going to court. To this date, they have only provided a few emails.The media outlets are asking the courts to expedite the process and hear the suit as soon as possible. They want the Governor’s Office to provide the documents before next week’s election.In the request to the court, the media outlets say they believe the Attorney General’s office is trying to get the documents but they are reaching a bottleneck at the Governor’s Office.The judge will hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow afternoon.Medicaid Reform Group Hears Passionate Testimony On Proposed Cuts Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe State’s Medicaid Reform Advisory Group has met for the last six months in relative obscurity. That changed today (Wednesday) when more than 200 parents, doctors and therapists showed up to testify about a list of proposed “innovations” the group hopes will help curtail the growing cost of the program. The message the group heard was that the reforms would have huge impacts on the people who rely on Medicaid for health services.DOJ May Intervene In Alaska Supreme Court CaseJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauThe U.S. Department of Justice may intervene in an Alaska Supreme Court case concerning a non-Native couple’s adoption of an Alaska Native child. In September, the Native Village of Tununak lost its appeal against the State of Alaska and the adoptive couple.GOP’s U.S. Senate , House Hopefuls Try To Tie Democratic Foes To Obama, Reid et al. Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksCandidates for Alaska’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate squared off at a forum in Fairbanks Tuesday.Wrangell Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn ChargesMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauA jury trial is set for early January for a Wrangell doctor accused of distributing and viewing child pornography.Property Crime Victims Often Given The Back SeatQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerNikiski residents are frustrated by a recent rash of property crimes and are dissatisfied with law enforcement’s response. A state agency set up to help crime victims claims there is a larger trend of disenfranchisement among property crime victims across Alaska.Unalaska Holds On As America’s Top Fishing PortLauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaThe port of Dutch Harbor will hang onto its title as the nation’s busiest fishing port for another year.Alaska Ranks Among Nation’s Least Energy-Efficient StatesTim Ellis, KUAC – FairbanksAlaska rates near the bottom in a nationwide survey on how states are improving energy-efficiency programs. A state energy official says the survey may not be giving Alaska enough credit for the programs it has put in place in recent years.New Geologic Materials Center Opens In AnchorageAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe State has a new library – for rocks. The new Geologic Materials Center opened in Anchorage Wednesday in what used to be the old Sam’s Club. The facility is aimed at giving industry members, academics and the public access to the wealth of data kept in core samples from around the state.
Gold prices touched a nine-week high of $1,102.80 an ounce on Thursday in international markets in response to the sharp fall suffered by stock markets globally, with the Chinese stock exchanges being forced to suspend trading for the day after the over-7% crash.But prices came down to $1,098 per ounce later in the day.Gold prices have been rising in India too, with the yellow metal gaining for the third consecutive day on Wednesday to close at Rs 25,900. It gained Rs 430 on Thursday and closed at Rs 26,330.The spurt in gold prices also led to an increase in the values of gold exchange traded funds (ETFs), with Religare Gold ETF rising sharply by 2.57%. Other gold ETFs such as IDBI Gold ETF, Axis Gold ETF and Reliance Gold ETF were also trading with gains on the NSE.The Chinese stock markets crashed over 7% within less than an hour of trading, leading to the circuit breaker being triggered. As a consequence, both the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets closed for the rest of the day, reported Reuters.Meanwhile, crude oil prices plunged to a 11-year low on Wednesday, losing more than 5% to fall below $35 per barrel on concerns of a Chinese slowdown and rising geopolitical tensions in West Asia between Saudi Arabia and Iran following the execution of an Iranian shiite cleric and the subsequent violent protests.
X 00:00 /06:26 The new trade agreement between the US, Canada and Mexico is a win for Texas, Tony Payan, the head of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute, told Houston Matters.“This is a good day for Texas,” Payan said. He said Texas is involved in about two thirds of all trade between Mexico and the US.“It originates in Texas, it ends in Texas or it comes through Texas,” Payan said. “Texas will certainly benefit because of the need for logistics, for infrastructure and trade itself will be a great opportunity.”President Trump signed the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico in Buenos Aires today. Called the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), it replaces NAFTA.In 2017, Texas exports to Mexico hit $97.7 billion, with computer and electronic products and petroleum and coal products accounting for the biggest chunk of exports. Two-way trade between Houston and Mexico, meanwhile, hit $20.1 billion in 2017, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.Payan said unlike NAFTA, the new agreement includes a chapter on energy, which could further benefit Texas.“It does commit Mexico to respecting foreign investment and to opening its sector at least to some basic market principles, even though the details are very vague,” Payan said. “In some ways I think it represents greater opportunities for the energy sector. It was already growing in terms of electricity anyway, [but] we’re talking about oil. So for Houston and for Texas that is an accomplishment.”But the deal isn’t necessarily done yet. All three countries’ legislatures still need to ratify the agreement before it goes into effect, though Payan said it is likely to get approved.“Overall, I think this is an agreement that will pass in all three [countries], and I think most states, including Texas, are good advocates of this agreement,” he said. “I think the Texas delegation will be lobbying very hard in Washington for this agreement.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Martin Mejia/APPresident Donald Trump, center, reaches out to Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they prepare to sign a new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that is replacing the NAFTA trade deal, during a ceremony at a hotel before the start of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Share
Ayanna DallasHoward University’s Ayanna Dallas is one of the rising stars of her generation. As the winner of the Kennedy Foundation’s 2014 Miss Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant, and the recipient of over $27,000 in scholarship funds, Dallas has shown that hard work and persistence pay off.Born and raised in Upper Marlboro, Md., Dallas credits her parents for her strong values and drive for excellence. “Both of my parents were in the military,” she said. “At times they were strict, but they were always fair and they were always involved in our school activities. They taught my brother and me to always respect ourselves and others.”As an advocate for women’s health and child education, Dallas has dedicated much of her young life to helping others within her community. “I volunteered in the Pediatrics Department at Howard University Hospital and I would read to the young patients, answer phone calls, and file paperwork, Dallas said. “I have always wanted to help out and give back to community.”During her freshman year at Norfolk State University, Dallas learned of an amazing opportunity to participate in a scholarship pageant. “My neighbor told me about the Miss Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant in Washington, D.C. through her sorority’s newsletter,” she said. “She told my mother and me about it and I decided to participate.”But participating meant having to leave Norfolk State and enroll at Howard University. “At first I didn’t want to leave [Norfolk]. I loved the school and loved my friends there, but I realized that it was an amazing opportunity and I had to make a decision.” To participate, Dallas withdrew from Norfolk the day before the pageant and enrolled at Howard University the day of the pageant.The Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant is hosted by the Kennedy Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing academic scholarships to young adults enrolled in higher learning institutions. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships to young men and women through their duel pageant programs: ‘Miss Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant’ and the ‘All the King’s Men Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant’. Participants must showcase their academic knowledge and talents by promoting awareness to both the Kennedy Foundation’s domestic violence awareness platform and a platform of their own choosing. “I have always been interested in women’s health and I have always loved being around children, so that was the platform I chose”, Dallas said.Having lost female family members to health issues, she felt especially close to her topic and embarked on a steadfast mission to bring hope and awareness to the cause. To promote her cause, Dallas participated in radio interviews, on campus interviews amongst her peers, and Howard University’s annual Homecoming parade. Her hard work paid off; during her first year at Howard, Dallas placed second in the pageant, winning $12,000 in scholarship funds.“I remember being so nervous standing on stage – it was my first pageant,” she said. “I didn’t know what to expect, but in the end, I did it.”A year later, Dallas would go on to win first place and earned a $15,000 scholarship. “It was a wonderful experience and I want to thank so many people for helping me achieve this dream: My wonderful parents; my neighbor, Ms. Johnson, for introducing me to the pageant; the president of the Kennedy Foundation, Stephanie Kennedy; the winner of the 2013 Miss Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant; Ms. Leona Nicholas, for all her advice and wisdom; and all of my friends and family members for their support.”With her charismatic personality, positive spirit and motivation to succeed, Dallas has shown that hard work, perseverance and faith are the keys to reaching your dreams. Dallas is scheduled to graduate from Howard University in 2016 and plans to enroll in John Hopkins Medical School to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Genecology. “Participating in this pageant taught me a lot about having confidence in myself,” she said. “Confidence is key.”For more information and free registration for the Miss Collegiate DMV Scholarship Pageant And the All the King’s Men Scholarship Program, please visit www.kennedyfoundation.net. The Foundation will award $84,000 in scholarships for Howard University during the fall of 2015. The deadline is Feb. 27.
Photographer Don Baker speaks to students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Photo by Christina Sturdivant)Native Washingtonian, Don Baker came from very humble beginnings. He graduated from Anacostia High School in Southeast and lost both his parents by age 19. By 21, Baker and his brother garnered a passion for photography and decided to pursue it professionally, “We always wanted to make our parents proud,” he told a classroom of students at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Sept. 25.Baker is one of 59 Blacks from the District who participated in the 6th Annual Back to School with the HistoryMakers program. The program is designed to put Black Leaders (HistoryMakers) in direct contact with young people all across the nation.Based in Chicago, The HistoryMakers is a nonprofit that houses the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive. This year, the annual program put HistoryMakers in contact with more than 25,000 students in 200 schools across the nation to inspire them with life’s stories and encourage thoughtfulness and intellectual curiosity.“Sometimes when we live in isolated ways and in silos,” Duke instructor Nekisha Durrett told the AFRO, “we think that everyone’s doing what we’re doing, but it’s important [for students] to see that people from their very same communities are doing really aspirational things that they want to do.”In his presentation, Baker walked students through over four decades of photos – some he developed in dark rooms, others he manipulated with computer software. After just 4 years as professionals, Baker and his brother were the only photographers asked to shoot the Jackson Five while performing on stage. “People knew that we were being photographers and not being star struck,” said Baker, who showed images of the group as well as Michael Jackson during his solo career.As a native Washingtonian, Marta Reid Stewart, Duke’s department chair of museum studies was pleased with the students’ interactions. “I think it encourages them to live their dreams when they see someone else living theirs – especially since he’s from Anacostia,” she said. “I went to Anacostia and I had an art teacher who encouraged all of us.”As students continue to meet professionals, Stewart hopes that they not only learn from them, but build with them. “When we send kids out to different functions, they meet people who really want to give them a hand and help them come along,” said Stewart. “So it’s really a great time to be in this field.”Dr. Jayfus T. Doswell spoke with students at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute in hopes of motivating them to pursue their dreams after graduating high school.Doswell was brought in by Josh Headley, the department head of history at Polytechnic, as part of his efforts to excite students’ thoughts about their futures.“There are people out there that these students need to hear their voices,” Headley said. “They need to go outside in an area where it is a safe environment, where it is okay to be smart, where they’re not going to be ridiculed for trying to achieve. They can see people from their own community, from their own backgrounds who have made it.”Doswell, an entrepreneur from Baltimore, Maryland, spoke to students about how he accomplished his success. He also encouraged the teenagers to work towards becoming entrepreneurs.“There were many problems that I saw in health care in the way that health was administered traditionally and then how trauma care, specifically, was administered in a hospital environment,” Doswell said. “That’s why I created Juxtopia, to improve human performance with innovated interventions that can improve health care more effectively and more efficiently.”