Amaravati (AP): The Opposition YSR Congress seems to be heading for a landslide victory with the party leading in 142 seats, leaving the ruling TDP way behind in the assembly elections, according to the latest trends. Of the data available for 173 seats of the total 175, the Telugu Desam Party is leading in 29 seats with Pawan Kumar’s Jan Kalyan in two. TDP supremo and Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy are leading over the respective rival candidates. Naidu initially trailed by 67 votes but bounced back to secure a lead over his nearest YSRC rival.
OTTAWA – Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr defended on Tuesday his government’s ability to get major resource projects moving, saying the government has approved a number of proposals and it’s up to their proponents to get them built.Carr was speaking at the end of a meeting of federal and provincial energy ministers in New Brunswick, where TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline project was an unofficial topic of discussion.It has been almost a year since the first round of National Energy Board hearings on Energy East collapsed after protesters shut down Montreal hearings and accused the panellists of bias in favour of the oil industry.In January the board started the whole review process from scratch and appointed a new, three-member panel to conduct the hearings. New hearings haven’t yet been scheduled as the NEB is still designing how the new hearing process will work.Energy East is a 4,500-km pipeline to carry 1.1 million barrels of oil a day from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in Montreal and New Brunswick. The project includes converting an existing natural gas pipeline to carry crude and building new segments of pipeline to complete the route.Carr said the government has now provided certainty to the review process.“We’ve given the NEB the resources it needs. We have appointed new commissioners. They’re in their midst now, we’ll wait until they make their recommendations. That’s restoring confidence among Canadians that the process is working.”He denied that the government’s requirement to balance the economics of oil and gas development with environmental protections and indigenous consultation was grinding things to a halt.He listed five projects the Liberal government approved or has supported since taking office, including the Pacific Northwest Liquefied Natural Gas pipeline and terminal in B.C., Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and B.C., Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement, expanding TransCanada’s Nova Gas Transmission gathering system in Alberta and the Keystone pipeline proposal awaiting approval in the U.S.He said the government believes all of them are “good for Canada.”“We believe we made those decisions in the balance of interests for Canada,” he said. “We stand by those decisions. It’s now up to the proponents to determine the timing of construction and eventually what will flow through the infrastructure.”However three of the five projects he listed have either fallen apart or face significant hurdles.Earlier this summer, Malaysian energy giant Petronas pulled up stakes on its planned liquefied natural gas pipeline and terminal in British Columbia, citing poor market conditions.Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline expansion between Alberta and British Columbia was given the green light in the fall of 2016 and was supposed to start construction next month. However the new NDP government in B.C. moved last week to join legal challenges against the pipeline, after campaigning on a pledge to do whatever it took to stop the project.Nebraska is currently holding hearings to determine if it will allow Keystone to proceed across its territory.Battles over pipelines in Canada are largely at the provincial level. B.C. and Alberta are on opposite sides when it comes to the TransMountain project. Ontario and Quebec don’t support the Energy East pipeline, which is backed by Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick.New Brunswick Energy Minister Rick Doucet said Energy East was on his mind at the meeting and he raised it with a number of his provincial colleagues.“This is a nation-builder. This pipeline is an opportunity for all of Canada and we all understand the importance of this project,” said Doucet.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — After a snowy start to Spring in the Peace Region, the return of warm temperatures and sunny skies means good news for area farmers.Kelly Kassian, manager of Viterra in Fort St. John, says that though some areas are still quite muddy, if the forecast holds out for the next week, some farmers might be able to start plowing their fields as early as a week from now. Kassian explained that there is still a decent amount of snow in the bush, and farmers will have to contend with muddy field edges and standing water in low spots. But, he said some farmers in the river valleys might even be able to start seeding just after this coming weekend.Kassian said that nearly all farmers were able to get all of last season’s harvest off the fields, despite the late start to the season. He said that the only issues with last season’s harvest revolved around the delays in getting grain from Northeast B.C. to port. Kassian added that though January and February were slow, rail traffic has greatly increased in Fort St. John, meaning a large amount of the backlog has been taken care of. Kassian said that as long as things don’t get too wet or too dry, this season is shaping up so far to be pretty decent.
The two nations lost a bid last year to secure a court injunction that would have stopped work on the dam project because the judge said if the First Nations lost the challenge, the project would be needlessly put in disarray.The latest figure on the cost of the dam is $10.7 billion and when complete on the Peace River in northeast B.C. it would power the equivalent of 450,000 homes a year.The release says the parties will continue trial preparations while talks proceed. VICTORIA, B.C. – The British Columbia government, BC Hydro and two First Nations have entered talks to avoid court action over the massive Site C hydroelectric dam.The parties were in B.C. Supreme Court on Tuesday to set a 120-day trial that was expected to start in 2022.However, a government news release says the West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation have agreed to enter into confidential discussions to find alternatives to legal action.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA and SpaceX have approved a test flight next week of the new commercial Dragon capsule designed for crew.No one will be aboard. But the capsule will still fly to the International Space Station, following its planned March 2 liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida.Officials gave the green light Friday after conducting a safety review.Space X has been making space station shipments since 2012. The private company had to overhaul its cargo capsule for astronauts. If the upcoming demo goes well, two NASA astronauts could strap in for the next test flight this summer.It would be the first launch of U.S. astronauts from U.S. soil in eight years.Boeing is also in the commercial race to transport space station astronauts. Its first Starliner demo is in April.Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press
The last time her birth family saw Lee Deneka she was a one-year-old in diapers. Her Auntie Phyllis told her this week in a phone call that everyone called her “DDD”, her initials.Then Deneka’s mother died in a house fire, and like many Indigenous children of the 1960s, Deneka was apprehended by the government and adopted out. For years Deneka’s family searched for her, while Deneka followed false trails trying to find them.Now in her 50s, Deneka will reunite with extended family on Sunday in Nipawin, the meeting place chosen between her home in Yorkton, and her new-found family members on Shoal Lake First Nation.It’s all thanks to Facebook and the persistence of Deneka’s friend Becky Musqua.“I have so much to say about Becky, so many good things I wouldn’t know where to begin,” said Deneka. “She’s now family, let’s put it that way.”Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Deneka and Musqua met through Deneka’s adult daughter about five years ago. Deneka’s daughter was co-workers with Musqua and confided to her that her mom thought she might be a Sixties Scoop survivor and hadn’t been able to track down her birth family.Musqua started reaching out to her friends and family and phoned the government to initiate document searches — a process that took years.In early August, as a result of inquiries by Musqua, Deneka received a letter from the federal government saying she was a full-registered status Indian from Shoal Lake Cree First Nation. It was a big surprise to her, because her adoptive parents had believed she was from Mistawasis First Nation and she had based her previous searches off that information.“I absolutely was blindsided, happy for her she has an answer in life, she knows where she comes from, but after a couple hours I didn’t feel at peace any more, I needed to phone around,” Musqua recalls. She sent Facebook messages to dozens of members of Shoal Lake First Nation, seeking a way to reunite Deneka with lost family members.Bonita Cook, a member of Shoal Lake First Nation who received the message, thought of her co-worker, Annel Bear, who had previously mentioned she’d spent years looking for a cousin.“She had went everywhere to try and find her, had no luck and thought she was never going to find her and so I told her there’s a lady out there who’s 50-years-plus and looking for her family. She just started getting excited.”From there, Bear connected with Musqua, then Deneka.“I was so excited. I was just in tears,” Bear said. “We were always searching for her. She had changed her name totally, that’s why we couldn’t find her. It means a lot to me because … we’ve been searching for her my whole lifetime.”Bear is also a Sixties Scoop survivor who was taken at age 12 and remembers her mother talking about her lost cousin. She describes the Scoop experience as isolating.“It’s a lot of loneliness, missing your own community, trying to escape and get back home, missing relatives and friends, not fitting in the white world, just totally shut out,” said Bear. “I recall in the yearbook they labelled me as ‘the silent one.’ ”Bear says social media has made reunification possible for so many and encourages other Scoop survivors to look to social media platforms to find lost relatives.As for Musqua, she says her grandparents taught her to always help others in need.“I knew how to reach out to elders and talk to the band office and I know that it can be really long and hard,” said Musqua. “My advice for other Sixties Scoop kids would be just to never give up no matter how frustrating it feels.”Deneka says the government should provide researchers like Musqua to all of the thousands of survivors because it’s an uphill battle to find information, although things are slowly improving. The day she connected with Bear, she received a letter from the government with her birth mother’s name, her original name and date of birth, and other details. She says she feels 95 per cent complete, but on Sunday she will be 100 per cent whole.“My heart is full. After five decades I’ve finally made contact with blood family,” Deneka said.“I’ve learned things I’ve never known before and I’m going to know more Sunday. I’m so excited to meet them all.”
Dato’ Param Cumaraswamy, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, was reacting to charges lodged against the President of the Law Society, Sternford Moyo, and its Executive Secretary, Wilbert Mapombere. The two are being held for alleged possession of “subversive” documents relating to a mass action allegedly planned by the Movement for Democratic Change.In a statement released in Geneva, the Rapporteur said that none of these alleged documents were found during police searches of the suspects’ homes. “Both the President and the Executive Secretary are charged under the draconian Public Order and Security Act for an offence which provides for a maximum 20 years imprisonment,” he noted.Based on information he has received, Mr. Cumaraswamy voiced his conviction that both Law Society leaders “have been arrested, detained and charged for expressing their association’s concerns over the deterioration of the rule of law in Zimbabwe.”The Special Rapporteur, who has previously expressed concern over the acceleration of “governmental lawlessness” in Zimbabwe, said today this latest incident “further reflects the continuation of the systematic attacks on the independence of judges and lawyers by the Government and its agencies.” He called on the Government to comply with its international obligations, respect the role of lawyers, release the two leaders of the Law Society, and unconditionally withdraw all charges against them.
Then-junior outfielder Tre’ Gantt is greeted by teammates outside the dugout after scoring a run over the weekend in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise, Arizona. Credit: Courtesy of Press Pros MagazineOhio State (15-21, 4-8) has been on the road for a while.It’s had some midweek home games mixed in there, but the past two weekend series have been on the road for the Buckeyes.Now OSU is getting a chance to enjoy some home cooking with its second nine-game homestand of the season, which will kick off on Wednesday with a matchup against the Northern Kentucky Norse (12-22, 6-6 Horizon League).The Buckeyes found little success the last time they played nine consecutive home games, amassing a 4-5 record and a 1-4 record in conference games. Scouting Northern KentuckyThe Norse have had a rough time getting things going this season, compiling a 12-22 record that includes an abysmal 6-19 road record. The one thing that has gone well for the Norse this year has been their ability to produce at the plate. As a team, they are batting .275 with 36 home runs so far this season, including a pair of hitters with eight home runs and four regulars batting above .300. The team has scored a total of 211 runs, averaging 6.21 runs per game. Its star bat this season has been junior first baseman and pitcher Trey Ganns. Ganns has eight home runs, while his .310 batting average is sitting as the team’s second-highest among starters. Ganns, the team’s cleanup hitter, has demonstrated an acute ability to clean up the bases, leading the Norse with 32 RBIs this season.Scoring runs has not been an issue for the team. Rather, the issue has been keeping the opponents from scoring runs of their own. Across 287.2 innings the season, the Norse have posted a team ERA of 6.41, which ranks 260th out of 295 Division I programs. Pitchers have struggled to limit contact, having surrendered 364 hits this season (.370 opponents’ average). Finding More Consistency in the OffenseThe Buckeyes’ inability to keep the bats going for extended periods of time has been cited by coach Greg Beals as the chief issue for the team.After the team took two of three against Penn State with a combined 16 runs over the final two games of that series, the OSU offense mustered just two combined runs against a pair of midweek opponents in Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan, and was shut out by Michigan State in its first of the three games in the past weekend’s series. “We’ve been working really hard just with our offensive approach,” Beals said in a press conference last Thursday. “The two midweek games, we didn’t score enough runs to win the game, especially Wednesday night’s game, we pitched the ball really, really well.”Though his team has shown a lot of signs of struggle, Beals said he believes the talent is there for his team to start putting it all together, and he hopes his bats can click in opportune moments.“Each of the guys in our offensive lineup have shown signs of greatness, and we’ve got to find a way to get that out more consistently, and it’s an approach thing that we’ve got to do,” Beals said. “We’ve got to make sure that we are locked in on the pitches we are going to get and be consistent in that approach throughout an at-bat and be able to string some quality at bats together to produce some runs.”The Buckeyes hope to get that offense going again when they take on Northern Kentucky on Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Two days after missing out on the opportunity to earn a share of the Big Ten title, Purdue senior forward JaJuan Johnson learned he won’t walk away from this season empty-handed, as he was named the Big Ten Player of the Year for the 2010–11 season. Johnson beat out Ohio State freshman forward Jared Sullinger, who appeared to have a lock on the award for the first three months of the season before seeing stat lines decline in February. Sullinger won four Big Ten Player of the Week awards this season. Johnson finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leader in scoring and blocks, with averages of 20.5 points and 2.4 blocks per game. He was also the conference’s No. 4 leader in rebounds, pulling down 8.1 per game. A native of Indianapolis, Johnson’s top scoring performance — 31 points — came in Purdue’s Dec. 18 win against Indiana State; however, his best all-around performance came in the Boilermakers’ Feb. 27 win against Michigan State, when he scored 20 points and posted season highs in rebounding and blocks, with 17 and seven, respectively. In winning the award, which has been given out annually since the 1984–85 season, Johnson became the third Boilermaker to be named the Big Ten’s top player, joining Steve Scheffler (1989–90) and Glenn Robinson (1993–94). Besides winning the Big Ten Player of the Year award, Johnson was an All-Big Ten first-team selection, and was named the Big Ten’s Player of the Week on Feb. 28. Johnson wasn’t the only Boilermaker to beat out a Buckeye for an award, as Purdue coach Matt Painter was chosen as the Big Ten’s Coach of the Year. The Buckeyes, however, didn’t walk away empty-handed, as Sullinger was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, and freshman point guard Aaron Craft was named the Big Ten’s Sixth Man of the Year. Craft downplayed the individual significance of the award. “I am fortunate to play on a team full of incredibly talented players,” Craft said in a press release. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute this season.” Sullinger echoed the humbleness of his classmate’s reaction. “I was honestly surprised to hear I was named Freshman of the Year,” Sullinger said in the press release. “There are a lot of talented freshmen in the Big Ten.” Besides their individual awards, Sullinger was named to the All-Big Ten first team, and Craft was named to the All-Defensive team. Both freshmen were also named to the All-Freshman team. Other Buckeyes honored Monday include fifth-year senior forward David Lighty, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team and All-Defensive team; junior guard William Buford, who was selected to the All-Big Ten second team; senior guard Jon Diebler, who was named to the All-Big Ten third team; and senior center Dallas Lauderdale, who was named the Buckeyes’ Big Ten Sportsmanship award honoree. “We are fortunate to play in a tremendous league with outstanding players,” Matta said in the press release. “To have five of our top six players recognized with postseason honors is a tribute to their hard work.” Big Ten action resumes Thursday with the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
Shelby Lum / Photo editorJunior setter Taylor Sherwin serves the ball during a match against Dabrowa Sept. 4, at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-2.The beat rolls on for the No. 23 Ohio State women’s volleyball team.The Buckeyes picked up three wins at the Four Points By Sheraton Seminole Invitational over the weekend to win the tournament, pushing their record to 6-0.OSU earned a five set victory against No. 16 Western Kentucky and then beat No. 15 Florida State 3-1 on Friday before sweeping unranked Florida Gulf Coast Saturday. It’s the first time the Buckeyes have started 6-0 since 2006.Coach Geoff Carlston said OSU “showed a lot of toughness” to beat Western Kentucky and that he was happy with how his offense performed on Florida State’s home court.“(I’m) just really happy with how our offense played against Florida State in a hostile environment,” Carlston said.The Buckeyes were led by outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary against the Hilltoppers, as the senior recorded her second double-double of the season with 20 kills and 10 digs.Freshman middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe and classmate Kylie Randall, an outside hitter, added 15 and 11 kills respectively. Another freshman, defensive specialist Valeria León, played in four of the five sets.Randall said in an email it was a huge accomplishment for her and her classmates to play a role as freshmen.“It was a huge accomplishment for all of us,” Randall said. “It felt really good to contribute and make an impact on and off the court.”Junior setter Taylor Sherwin tallied 47 assists and senior libero Davionna DiSalvatore added 16 digs.Against the Seminoles, Leary picked up a career high 27 kills while Sandbothe and Randall tied for second on the team with 11 kills apiece. Sherwin added 55 assists and senior defensive specialist Julianne Mandolfo had a team best 18 digs.Even though OSU won in straight sets, Florida Gulf Coast kept the second and third sets in question until the very end. The Buckeyes finished with 25-15, 28-26 and 26-24 set victories.Carlston said the match showed his team is able to keep up a high quality of play in tight situations.“We were down 24-21 in the third set and won the next five points straight,” Carlston said. “We are able to play well under pressure.”Leary again led the match with 19 kills and Randall completed 10 of her 16 attacks with two errors for a .500 attacking percentage.Sherwin continued her strong play with 34 assists to finish the tournament at a total of 136 after being named the tournament MVP and Big Ten setter of the week at the NIU Invitational to open the season.Carlston said Sherwin showed great decision making ability throughout the tournament.“Taylor Sherwin’s choices this weekend were as good as they’ve been since she’s been here,” he said.Junior setter Gigi Meyer, the daughter of OSU football coach Urban Meyer, had 30 assists and three service aces for Florida Gulf Coast.The Buckeyes return to Columbus this weekend for the Sports Imports DC Koehl Classic. They are scheduled to play Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis Friday at 7 p.m. before matches on Saturday against Southeast Missouri at 12:30 p.m. and Xavier at 7 p.m.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis addressed the inaugural session of the Eastern Partnership Summit, organised by the Czech European Union Presidency in Prague on Thursday.Karamanlis stressed the importance of energy interdependence between the European Union and its partners in eastern Europe, as well as the need for the creation of a legally binding framework guaranteeing the security of investments and market deregulation.Karamanlis reminded that last January the EU had faced the most serious crisis in its history concerning the supply and transfer of natural gas, and stressed that the EU’s current summit with its eastern partners is coming at the most suitable moment for an improvement in energy cooperation and the strengthening of energy security.The prime minister pointed out that energy security constitutes one of the main challenges of our times and that, regardless of the varying importance that the issue has in each country, joint perception and consensus exists among Europeans.The demand for natural gas is not expected to decrease in the coming years according to Karamanlis and for this reason he expressed clear support for promoting investments in infrastructures with the aim of achieving better diversification of energy sources in Europe. The importance of developing regional electric power markets was underlined by the Greek Prime Minister, stressing at the same time that the deepening of the EU’s energy cooperation with its eastern partners is of fundamental significance.“This is also the reason why Greece supports the creation of a targeted regional Action Plan for Energy Infrastructures,” pointing to the need for widening liquefied natural gas imports in the EU.Lastly, Karamanlis stressed that the importance of the EU’s strategy for the Eastern Partnership Summit lies in the possibilities that this strategy provides for strengthening the regional stability, the relations of good neighbourliness, and the economic progress of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine.Addressing reporters on the sidelines of the Summit the Greek prime minister stressed the special importance of maintaining good relations between the European Union’s member-states and its eastern partners.Karamanlis said that Greece desires special relations with the eastern partners, stressing the need for the promotion of political and economic reforms in these six countries, namely Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, Georgia and Armenia.
Première : grande opération de vaccination anti-méningite à LilleLille, France – Après que plusieurs cas de méningites se sont déclarés sur le campus, une grande opération de vaccination contre la méningite C a été organisée auprès des étudiants de l’Université Catholique de Lille. 22.000 jeunes sont concernés. Face au nombre de jeunes à vacciner, l’Agence régionale de santé (ARS), explique a l’AFP que la campagne de vaccination ayant lieu a Lille est la plus grande jamais organisée pour les étudiants. Cette vaste campagne anti-méningite C a été décidée après que quatre cas d’infection invasive à méningocoques ont été diagnostiqués en moins d’un mois, dont trois chez des étudiants de la Catho. Et l’Agence France Presse de préciser que dès les premiers cas identifiés, une enquête a été menée afin de déterminer quels étaient les autres étudiants susceptibles d’avoir également contracté la méningite. Environ 450 étudiants se sont d’ores et déjà fait vacciner au Centre polyvalent de santé universitaire, depuis le mercredi 27 octobre.Le 29 octobre 2010 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrin
It appears Radja Nainggolan former club captain Edin Dzeko and now new club captain Mauro Icardi have similar characteristics in managing their respective teams.But when asked if he can form a similar relationship with the Beneamata captain, Nainggolan said via Football Italia:“For me they’re two great strikers, with different characteristics. Icardi is more about scoring, whereas Dzeko has a different makeup and works more for the team.“I got on really well with Edin, and I hope it’ll be the same with Mauro.“I’ve already spoken to him, I told him I was fired-up and he told me he was equally fired-up.“Who am I looking forward to playing with? Mauro goes without saying, and there are a lot of quality players here.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“When [Ivan] Perisic is on form he can make the difference, and there are many others. I’ll do my best to help them achieve results.”The Ninja rejected moves away from Roma in the past, and was asked what went wrong between him and the club.“I don’t want to talk about it too much, I want to look at the present,” Nainggolan said.“It could have ended differently but I don’t want to say anything more. During the negotiations I called everyone, and it’s very important to feel trusted.“I hope to repay Inter on the pitch.”Nainggolan will wear the number 14 shirt, as his usual number 4 has been retired in tribute to Javier Zanetti.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The President of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association also stressed, “Fox Hill is still together. We are still one,” despite the negative media attention that Fox Hill has been receiving.By: Sydnei IsaacsPhoto Caption: Shonel Ferguson, MP for Fox Hill (centre), leads discussion on plans for this year’s October 9th ‘National Heroes Day.’(BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 7, 2017 – Nassau – Announcing plans for National Heroes Day, members of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association at the Fox Hill Community Center, Wednesday afternoon, relayed that the Seventh Annual National Heroes Day Celebration will commence on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Baptist Church.There will be a church service to commemorate selected “quiet heroes” from Fox Hill who contributed greatly to different aspects of society.Living heroes who will be honored at the service are Rev. Dr. Julia Bain, Mrs. Eugenia Thurston, Mr. Derrel Moss, Mr. Garth and Mary Ferguson, Mrs. Sylvia Rolle, Mrs. Agnes Cash- Greene, Ms. Florinda Francis, and Mr. Harry Knowles. The guest speaker at the service will be Father Hugh Bartlett.This service will be followed by a trek to St. Anne’s Anglican Church Cemetery to lay a wreath to honor fallen heroes, Mrs. Ena Morrison-Bailey, former teacher at Sandilands Primary School, and her husband Nathaniel Bailey. There will be refreshments after the “march” as the general public is invited to attend and celebrate.Present at the press conference were, Treasurer of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association, Barbara Higgs; Member of Parliament for Fox Hill and member of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association, Shonel Ferguson; President of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association and Retired Nurse at the Princess Margaret Hospital, Sandra Ferguson-Rolle; and Member of the Old Fox Hill Scholars Association and one of the only living students of the former Sandilands All Age School, Elizabeth Butler.Shonel Ferguson highlighted the many special aspects of Fox Hill’s rich heritage and massive contribution both nationally and internationally. She remarked, “Communities are able to survive through so many hard-working and decent people. These are the community builders and we (Fox Hillians) know how to say, thank you.” She added that Fox Hill has been central in national recognition holidays like Emancipation Day, Fox Hill Day and, now, National Heroes Day; and that, like communities such as Gambier and Adelaide, many residents of Fox Hill can directly trace their ancestry back to slavery.
FORT KENT, Maine — A Maine judge has rejected a bid by state health officials to restrict the movement of nurse Kaci Hickox, who defied a quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere ruled Friday that she should continue daily monitoring and coordinate travel with state officials so monitoring can continue. But, because she’s not showing symptoms, the judge says she’s not infectious.The state went to court Thursday to impose restrictions until the 21-day incubation period for Ebola ends on Nov. 10.Hickox, who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, contended confinement at her home in northern Maine violated her rights. She also contended it’s not necessary because she poses no risk. She defied the state’s voluntary quarantine by holding a news conference and going for a bike ride. Maine health officials had obtained a 24-hour court order restricting Hickox’s movement after the nurse repeatedly defied the state’s quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients.
New Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott says part of the Juneau-based regional Native corporation’s strategy for reversing recent losses will be to do business closer to home.Download Audio:Mallott told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that Sealaska wants to provide economic opportunities and jobs for its nearly 22,000 shareholders. Most live in Southeast and the Pacific Northwest.The corporation has sold some of its business interests in areas like Florida, Mexico and Alabama. Mallott says it now has a $100 million investment fund and a $65 million fund for acquisitions.While jobs for shareholders will be important, Mallott says the number one priority will be to invest in profitable enterprises. In 2013, Sealaska businesses lost about $57 million. That shrunk to $35 million due to revenue from investments and natural resource earnings shared by all Native corporations.Mallott believes Congress is poised to pass legislation completing Sealaska’s land entitlement under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. The long-awaited measure would transfer up to 80,000 acres of the Tongass National Forest to the corporation, providing a boon to Sealaska’s timber businesses.Mallott took over as CEO at Sealaska’s annual meeting in June. He had previously served as treasurer and chief investment officer. He replaced longtime CEO Chris McNeil Jr., who retired. Mallott is the son of Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Sealaska board member Byron Mallott.
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 @aprn.Download AudioMurkowski Concludes Obama Aims to Kill Alaska’s Pipeline Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCPresident Barack Obama has stopped in Alaska to refuel, but he plans to make his first real trip to the state in August. Or so says U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski. She let it slip during her annual address to the Alaska Legislature today. The speech was aimed primarily at fighting the administration’s moves to shield parts of the Arctic from oil development.Crowd Rallies Attention Toward Climate ChangeCasey Kelly, KTOO – JuneauSen. Lisa Murkowski barely talked about climate change in her annual speech to the Alaska Legislature Wednesday. And outside the Capitol, a small group rallied to bring attention to climate change and to demand more action on the issue from Murkowski.Port Officials Call For “Tweaks” to Shell Moorage Plan Lauren Rosenthal, KUCB – UnalaskaAs Shell tries to chart a course back to the Arctic this summer, the company is looking for space to store its drill rigs in Unalaska.Army Using Alaska To Prep For Cold Weather CombatZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe U.S. Army in Alaska held its first ever international conference last week on cold weather combat. Elite specialists in mountaineering, skiing, and Arctic survival came to the Northern Warfare Training Center near Fairbanks to learn new techniques for fighting in terrain that can itself be a weapon against troops. The conference comes as the Army is putting its focus on the Pacific and the Arctic.Alaska’s Healthcare.gov Enrollment Jumps To Nearly 21K Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageAlmost 21,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance on healthcare.gov during the open enrollment period that closed February 15th.With Budget Changes, Walker Boosts Ferry, Community Jails Funding Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauGov. Bill Walker has sent his final amendments to the capital and operating budget to the Legislature.Gov. Walker’s New Adviser To Focus On Rural Economy, Local Governments Jennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauGov. Bill Walker named his new rural affairs advisor today at the Alaska Federation of Natives winter retreat in Kotzebue. Gerad Godfrey’s full title is Senior Advisor on Rural Business and Intergovernmental Affairs — a title that Godfrey says is meant to communicate that his work will focus on economic development in villages and consulting with tribes.Anchorage YWCA Works for Gender Pay Equity Lori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageThe Anchorage YWCA has taken on the topic of pay inequity for women. Nationally women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes, but in Alaska, the rate is 67 cents, placing Alaska at 48th for women’s pay in the nation.Fairbanks Mountaineer Nearing Seven Summit Feat Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks man is nearing completion of a mountaineering feat. Bill Cole has climbed the highest peaks on 6 of the world’s 7 continents.
A fall count of Denali National Park wolves indicates a slight rebound of the predator’s depressed population in the park. The overall population remains near a 30-year low, and fewer visitors report seeing the animals.Download AudioA wolf carrying a caribou leg. (File photo: NPS)Sixty-two wolves were counted in Denali National Park this fall, a tally up from last spring’s 52, a change park biologist Bridget Borg says reflects positive and negative trends among Denali’s 11 wolf packs.“It seems like we’ve had some packs that’ve shown better recruitment, meaning they have more pups survive until the fall this year. But then we’ve had some larger packs — like, say the East Fork Pack — that have decreased in size.”Borg says the long-studied and once popularly viewed East Fork Pack did not appear to den this year, contributing to its continued decline. She notes some increase in wolf sightings along the first portion of the park road.“Because there was a pack there that had five pups and denning not far from the road. But farther along the park road where most of our visitors travel, we didn’t really see a change this year… although some of that has to do with where the packs are denning.”Denali’s overall wolf population remains far below a 2007 peak of 147 animals, and wolf protection advocate Rick Steiner says that’s reflected in fewer park visitors seeing the iconic predators.“The visitor viewing success rate actually declined further this year. Over 2014 it went down another percent. So this year only 5 percent of the 530,000 visitors to the park were able to see wolves.”Steiner partially blames the decline on the Board of Game’s 2010 elimination of a wolf buffer zone. The area of state land along the park’s northeast boundary aimed to limit the annual public harvest of several Denali wolves as they roam outside the park. Steiner is pushing for a new larger protective area, but park resources team leader Dave Schirokauer contends it wouldn’t solve the broader Denali wolf decline.“Harvest levels may affect particular packs and influence viewing opportunities, but for the population as a whole, other things are probably bigger drivers.Schirokauer says those include moose and caribou numbers and location and wolves’ ability to take down the animals which is tougher in low snow-cover years.
Enstar Natural Gas has identified the problem leading to gas explosions that destroyed two houses, and a fire that claimed two more, on Lilac Lane in Kenai following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in January.According to an incident report filed Feb. 24 with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a main line separated at a weld joint and released 406,000 cubic feet of natural gas. The report doesn’t cite any corrosion or preexisting problem with the line.“But for the earthquake, there wouldn’t have been any damage to the line at all,” said Lindsay Hobson, a spokeswoman for the company. “So the earthquake moved the line and we had the resulting release of gas.”The 1.25-inch-diamater steel main line was installed in 1969. Hobson said that isn’t an unusual age for pipeline in Enstar’s system.“We have newer portions of our line, especially down in Homer,” Hobson said. “But we are routinely monitoring our lines, checking for corrosion, checking for leaks and performing maintenance on our line to make sure that we continue to deliver safe and reliable service to our customers.”The initial report of a gas explosion and fire came in at 2:25 a.m. Jan. 24, in front of 1213 Lilac Lane, following the quake that rattled Southcentral Alaska at 1:30 a.m. The report states that an Enstar crew was on site in 13 minutes. Hobson said there’s a crew standing by 24 hours at day, seven days a week at the Enstar office in Soldotna.“The quick response by Enstar, and all first responders, was greatly appreciated, and they put forth a great effort, worked diligently, 24 hours a day for the first several days following the earthquake,” said Hobson.It took until 2 p.m., though, to shut gas off in the area — nearly 12 hours after the call came in. In that time, 80 residents in the area were evacuated, and a second gas explosion destroyed the house next door, at 1215 Lilac. The resulting fire destroyed the two homes on either side, at 1211 and 1217 Lilac, as well. There were no injuries or fatalities to residents or emergency workers.The report lists $550,000 in damage to the properties. Enstar estimates its own costs at $125,000 in property damage, repairs and personnel time.Hobson said several factors contributed to the delay in shutting off the gas. Usually, when Enstar is called out on a leak, it’s because someone damaged a line while excavating during a construction project.“And, so, when we arrive the ground is already exposed, we know exactly where the leak is and it’s already been excavated,” Hobson said. “And it’s very easy in those circumstances to shut off a flow of gas in order to make the needed repair.”But in this case, Enstar first had to find the leak from above ground, then do its own utility locates to make sure their crew wasn’t going to hit any water lines or cables, then dig down 8 feet to the gas main.“And, of course, this is January, and the soil is frozen and so we had to dig through that frozen earth to get to that line,” Hobson said.The report states that gas to the main was shut off at three tie-in points from the street. The leak in the main was repaired and service restored to non-affected homes by 6 p.m.Following the quake, Enstar did a system-wide leak survey. One was found in the Mountain View neighborhood of Anchorage, and it was repaired the same day. Enstar also got an uptick in calls from people reporting possible gas leaks, which Hobson said was likely due to increased awareness.“We did have a number of calls come in the following weeks, but I think it’s pretty safe to say few, if any, of those were actually caused by the earthquake,” said Hobson. “It was just the public awareness about, ‘These are the signs of natural gas leaks and please call us if you see any damage to your appliances or smell gas or hear a hissing sound.’ It really was a good reminder for people to do that safety check, and the great news is that we have that many fewer leaks right now.”She said Enstar is continuing to monitor the Lilac Lane area to make sure gas concentration levels stay at zero.“Safety is the No. 1 priority for Enstar, and our response and our diligence leading up to and following the earthquake is certainly reflective of that value,” Hobson said. If anyone suspects a gas leak, call the 24-hour report line at 1-844-SMELL-GAS.
Jatiya Oikya Front. File PhotoSeventy-four 74 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates have filed election petitions with the High Court seeking its directives to hold a fresh election after cancelling the results of the 30 December polls, citing vote-rigging, vote robbery, casting fake votes and driving agents out of polling stations.They filed the petitions in three days from Tuesday, reports UNB.On Saturday, the candidates decided to file district-wise election petitions with the High Court against irregularities in the election.Eight Supreme Court lawyers were assigned on Sunday to conduct the cases.One of the lawyers, Ruhul Quddus Kazal said he filed petitions on behalf of 12 candidates.It was mentioned in the petitions that even dead persons cast their votes in the general election, he said. “Fake votes were cast and in some centres, 97-98 per cent votes were cast.”Bringing allegations of other anomalies, the petitions said it was not an election at all and demanded cancelling the election results.Kazal said the petitions will be placed before the HC bench concerned next week for hearing.