New website showcases joint activities of UN labour and agriculture agencies

6 June 2008Two United Nations agencies dealing with labour and agriculture today launched a new website designed to highlight the many areas in which they work together, including youth employment, safety and health and crisis management. The website: “Food, Agriculture and Decent Work” (www.fao-ilo.org) describes the cooperation and activities of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 10 major fields and provides links to related information sources. The site showcases work related to decent employment, child labour, youth employment, cooperatives, small and medium enterprises, rural workers, safety and health, crisis management, crops, fisheries and forestry, and labour statistics. The ILO seeks to promote opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. The goal of FAO is to help reduce hunger and rural poverty through the sustainable development of agriculture, rural areas and their natural resources.“Both organizations share a commitment to support people-centred, sustainable development and fair and inclusive globalization,” according to a news release issued by ILO. “A coordinated strategy is a critical option in order to complement and enhance the work currently being carried out by each organisation, respectively, on labour and agriculture and rural development and promote rural work,” the agency added. read more

Governance tops UNbacked talks between Cypriot leaders

Speaking to the press after the meeting in Nicosia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Tayé-Brook Zerihoun said Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat also discussed other aspects related to governance.“The atmosphere was good. They will continue their discussions tomorrow and hopefully move ahead on these issues,” said Mr. Zerihoun, who also heads the UN peacekeeping force, known as UNFICYP, which has been deployed since 1964 to prevent inter-communal fighting on the island.He added that tomorrow the “much awaited” planting of olive trees will take place, as well as an event featuring civil society representatives from both communities who will be expressing their solidarity and support for the talks. In May last year, Mr. Christofias and Mr. Talat committed themselves to working towards “a bicommunal, bizonal federation with political equality, as defined by relevant Security Council resolutions.”The partnership would comprise a Federal Government with a single international personality, along with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, which would be of equal status. 14 October 2009Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met today to continue discussions on governance, focusing on the executive, as part of ongoing United Nations-backed talks to unify the Mediterranean island, the world body said today. read more

Only PSC can decide on constitution

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that only a Parliament Select Committee (PSC) can decide on any constitutional changes.Petroleum Resources Minister Anura Priyadharshana Yapa said this at a media briefing in Colombo today. The Minister also said that the government has not been importing crude oil from Iran since mid last year after the US government imposed sanctions on Iran, the government information department said.

Urban Meyer focuses on optimism moving forward in opening sessions at Big

Caitlin Essig – Managing editor for contentCHICAGO — “Ohio State” and “Urban Meyer” were names rolling off just about everyone’s tongues in the opening sessions at Big Ten Media Days Wednesday.Buckeyes coach Meyer wasn’t the only one swimming in questions about OSU players recently involved in legal issues. Coaches from Michigan, Purdue, Wisconsin and others fielded questions as well.Meyer looking ahead with optimismDespite the football program being shone in a negative light lately due to legal trouble involving some of Meyer’s players, including running back Carlos Hyde and cornerback Bradley Roby, Meyer had a message of optimism for the team’s potential.“It’s been a great year,” Meyer said in his opening statement Wednesday. “Tough couple of days. But I’m going to focus on the positives, positives created by tremendous momentum from last year’s team to an excellent recruiting class, positive spring practice and one of the best academic performances in recent history at Ohio State.”He said while speculation surrounds the legal trouble of this players, he tries not to get involved in what people are saying.“I think people need to get facts before they start just making accusations and those type of things,” Meyer said. “I’m human and I think that is something that I’m constantly evaluating and making sure we are doing the right thing.”Meyer said he’s looking to move on, as the negative attention tends to overshadow positive things happening in his current and previous programs.“I’ve had incredible coaches, incredible players,” Meyer said. “And I think the focus a lot of times when it gets taken away from those great players who are great people and great coaches on my staff, it just bothers you a little bit. But you have to move on, and we certainly have.”Meyer has dealt with several players facing unrelated legal issues this summer.Hyde was named a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar Saturday, according to a Columbus Division of Police report. Hyde has since been suspended from all football team activities pending the outcome of the student code of conduct and criminal investigations.Roby was scheduled to attend Media Days, but senior safety Christian Bryant was tacked on as a replacement after it came to light that Roby was arrested Sunday in Bloomington, Ind., and charged with misdemeanor battery.Bryant said he wasn’t surprised to be called on to replace Roby at the conference.“I actually knew I was probably (going to) be here maybe like a week and a half now,” Bryant said. “Last Monday I knew I was coming.”“I initially thought all four of us (were coming),” he said, but since each team brings three players, he added, “So I guess in place of Roby last Monday.”Meyer said Roby’s lack of attendance was originally related to academics.Meyer said his goal moving forward is to work on just doing everything he can to push his players in the right direction.“Our coaching staff is on a mission through things like job fairs and Real Life Wednesdays and these other workshops, leadership workshops to make sure that with all the powerful and resource — all the powerful people and resources at universities, that these kids should be getting as much education, as much direction as possible,” Meyer said.“Real Life Wednesdays” were instituted by Meyer to help his players adjust to life after football. In spring semester, speakers were brought in to talk to the team each week about a variety of issues that players will have to deal with in their lives after college football.Players ready to lead, dominateMeyer wasn’t the only one focusing on staying optimistic for the 2013 season.Senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said he’s looking forward to being a leader on the team and is working to look past negative attention the Buckeyes have been receiving.“It’s hard to let this stuff slow you down when there’s so much positive stuff going on,” Mewhort said.He added that being detail-oriented will be crucial for the team.“Obviously we can’t let complacency set in, we do a good job of reminding everybody that it’s no longer 2012, it’s a completely different team,” Mewhort said. “I think that’ll be our biggest struggle is just taking everything game by game and not looking down the road because that, when you get ahead of yourselves that’s when details slip.”Quarterback Braxton Miller, who is entering his junior year, said his personal goals include being a strong leader on the team. He added that remaining focused, “working hard and striving for the best” is key.Meyer stressed the importance of leadership from players like Mewhort and Miller in his opening remarks.“This year’s team has high expectations, riding off the coattails of what those kids did last year, and it’s very simple that if we get tremendous leadership from our coaching staff, but most importantly our players, then we’ll have a success,” he said.Miller added that the team has a different approach to the season.“It’s a different mentality,” he said. “I feel like everybody knows what they’re doing (to win).”Mewhort said the team’s goals have changed for the upcoming season.“Last year we had important goals but you know it’s the same thing but our focus kind of shifts a little bit to playing after the regular season. I think the guys are looking forward to that.” read more

UK weather Bank Holiday weekend heatwave with highs of 30C double the

Areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of yearCredit:PA Last month, the country experienced the hottest April day for nearly 70 years, with the mercury soaring to 29.1C (84F) in St James’ Park in London. In Birmingham the heat will build from 18C (64F) on Friday to 26 (78.8F) on bank holiday Monday, while in Newcastle they will start around 14 degrees (57F), rising to 20 (68F). Britain is set to bake again this Bank Holiday weekend with temperatures rocketing to 30C (86F).Meteorologists at the Met Office say areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year, with the mercury hitting near-record levels on Bank Holiday Monday.”The average temperature for this time of year is 15C (59F),” said a Met Office spokesman.”Currently, temperatures are averaging 20C (68F) and are only going to get warmer this weekend,” they added.The Met Office spokesman said: “The maximum temperature ever for the end of May bank holiday is 32.8C (91F), which came in Horsham, Sussex, on May 29 1944.” They added the record was not likely to be beaten this weekend.On Saturday, temperatures in the south will be in the mid 20s, with London expecting to be around 25C (77F), while across the rest of the country it’ll be slightly cooler, in the low 20s.With wind coming from the North East, Scotland is set to sit around the 18C at the start of the weekend. Forecasters said the mercury hit 25.1C (77.1F) in Gosport, on the south coast, beating the previous record of 23.6C in 1999.Weather map for Wednesday – and week ahead Plenty of #sunshine around today, but that also brings high or very high #UV levels; take care if you’re out in the sun pic.twitter.com/ecVipwEFQK— Met Office (@metoffice) May 23, 2018 There is a risk of thunderstorms in the build up to bank holiday Monday, with the south east and south west most likely to be hit. The effect would be lower temperatures later on over the weekend.The warm weather comes after Britons enjoyed the hottest early May Bank Holiday Monday ever recorded. It’s not just the UK which is warming up for the #BankHolidayWeekend. It’s hotting up over Europe too… pic.twitter.com/YbTFOLBFQL— Met Office (@metoffice) May 22, 2018 Areas in the south east of England could be double the usual temperature for this time of year Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Number of new homeless people rises by at least 7 a day

first_imgTHE IRISH GOVERNMENT needs to ‘put people first’ in its Budget for 2014, and avoid forcing more households into homelessness, Focus Ireland has said.In its pre-Budget 2014 submission, it said that there has been a rise of over 23 per cent in the number of people seeking Focus Ireland’s support since 2010.Last year, more than 8,000 people turned to the charity for help.Budget solutionsFocus Ireland is now calling on the Government to invest €400 million to help deliver 3,000 homes and boost the economy by creating up to 3,200 jobs in construction and supply.It said that seven new people are becoming homeless in Dublin every day, while the number of families becoming homeless in the capital has doubled from 8 to 16.In addition, it says that it is becoming harder for people to move out of homelessness due to severe unemployment, funding cuts to services and a growing shortage of affordable housing.It pointed out that there are currently over 100,00 households on the social housing waiting list.According to Focus Ireland, it is vital that Budget 2014:kick starts a process of reform which will implement policies and deliver services to prevent people from losing their homes and help others to escape from homelessness.It also calls for no further cuts to homeless services in the coming Budget.ActionsThe report outlines a number of specific actions for the government to take in Budget 2014, including:Delivering a €400m boost to capital funding to build social housing in Dublin in Budget 2013, as part of the stimulus package to create jobs and meet social needs.No further cuts in Department of Environment or HSE funding for homeless services.Maintain social welfare payment for people of working age.Ensure that family and child income supports are not reduced for low income families, including those in low paid employment and dependent upon Family Income Supplement.The proposals will be presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance tomorrow at 11.30am.Read: Homeless charity served 57,000 meals to over 3,500 people last year>last_img read more

Googlebranded tablet set for July launch

first_imgIt looks as though Google is, in fact, still planning on putting out a Nexus tablet this year. Initially thought to be launching in May after production was set to kick off in April, Now sources have told The Verge that it won’t go on sale until July.That lines up nicely with my suspicions that Google would take the wraps off their co-branded tablet at I/O 2012, which takes places from June 27th through the 29th.The reason for the delay? It’s not because they’re waiting on Android 5.0 Jelly Bean. Apparently Google and Asus are trying to figure out how to tweak the hardware in order to drive the price of the tablet down a bit more. It was previously thought that the first big-screen Nexus device would hit the streets at $249, though there’s been no official confirmation of that — or any — figure.The Kindle Fire is still selling like gangbusters, though, at $199. Amazon and Google are on even footing as far as brand recognition goes, so the $50 difference in price might not be enough to win customers over — even though the Google tablet reportedly packs a quad-core processor. If Google and Asus can come up with a hardware combination that allows them to reduce the price by $20 to $50, things could get very interesting in the tablet world.And don’t forget about those rumors of an iPad mini that continue to surface. There’s now talk that Apple is playing with a 7.85-inch prototype in Cupertino. Depending on what price point they’ve got in mind for the mini tablet, getting the Nexus tablet on sale for a price below $249 could be even more critical to its success.More at The Vergelast_img read more

Heres Everything Coming to Hulu in May 2019

first_imgStay on target Watch: Bill Gates Reveals His Worst Fear in Netflix Docuseries TrailerPlex Enters The Streaming Service Wars With Cable-Style Bundle It’s the month we say goodbye to Game of Thrones, but May is bringing a plethora of movies and series to your streaming devices to help soothe the pain, courtesy of Hulu.One to watch: Hulu’s original Catch-22, directed by and starring George Clooney, the first full TV series based on the Joseph Heller novel. Opposite Clooney, Christopher Abbott stars as the protagonist bombardier Yossarian, who tries to avoid being stuck in the crosshairs of World War II, and Kyle Chandler as the power-hungry Colonel Cathcart.If you’re looking for futuristic/sci-fi sports thrills, it’s a good time to watch Rollerball. Both the 1975 version (directed by Norman Jewison and starring James Caan) and the 2002 remake (directed by John McTiernam) are coming to Hulu this month.Here’s everything coming to Hulu in May 2019.May 1Anger ManagementBait ShopBillboard DadThe Big KahunaThe BirdcageBlack RainBorat: Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation KazakhstanBreakdownBullyThe BurrowersCatacombsCecil B. DementedCenter StageChocolatChuck & BuckClerksDazed and ConfusedDeuce Bigalow: Male GigoloEl PantraThe English PatientFair GameFatal AttractionFlashdanceThe Green MileGround ControlHappy EndingsHappy-Go-LuckyHardwareHarsh TimesHoodlumHunt for the SkinwalkerImagine Me and YouJulie & JuliaKazaamThe KraysKygo: Stole the ShowLaddie: The Man Behind the MoviesLarger than LifeThe LandingThe Last AnimalsLe DivorceThe Lucky OnesMadeMajor LeagueMan of the HouseMermaidsMy Five WivesNew GuyNick of TimeThe Night We Never MetPassport to Paris PossumsThe Pursuit of D.B. CooperRepo! The Genetic OperaRollerball (1975)Rollerball (2002)Shaolin SoccerShow of ForceThe SicilianSlow BurnSpiritStar KidSteak this MovieSwitching GoalsThe Time MachineThe ToyboxThings You Can Tell Just by Looking at HerThirteenTwelve MonkeysTwice Upon a YesterdayUnder Siege WargamesWelcome to MercyZombielandMay 2Dies Irae (Complete Season 1)May 3Into The Dark: All That We Destroy (Episode 8 Premiere) Hulu Original SeriesDon’t Believe the Hype (Complete Season 1)Everything’s For Sale (Complete Season 1)Jobs Unlisted (Complete Season 1)Price the Hype (Complete Season 1)The Yellow HandkerchiefMay 4Drunk History (Complete Season 6)PainkillersThe Clovehitch KillerMay 6CrashUnicornMay 7My Hero Academia (Complete Season 3)May 8HillbillyMay 9Action PointMay 10Dinosaur 13May 11Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 6 Premiere)Above MajesticDriver XFunny CowOne Million American DreamsSwimming With MenMay 12Claws (Complete Season 2)May 13Angels of Death (Complete Season 1)May 14The Bachelorette (Season 15 Premiere)The RomanticsMay 15Big Bad BBQ Brawl (Complete Season 2)Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction (Complete Season 4)Burgers, Brews & ‘Que (Complete Seasons 1-3)Cash Cab (Complete Season 13)Counting On (Complete Seasons 2-3)Diesel Brothers (Complete Seasons 3-4)Eat, Sleep, BBQ (Complete Season 1)Four Weddings (Complete Seasons 7-8)I Found the Gown (Complete Seasons 2-3)La Promesa (Complete Season 1)Love It or List It (Complete Season 12)The Little Couple (Complete Seasons 11-12)A Breath AwayAstralBeautiful Girls EggGetting GraceIris Little VoiceMay 16MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown (Special Part 1)Knocked UpMay 17Catch-22: Complete Series Premiere Hulu Original SeriesPunisher: War ZoneThe PunisherMay 18Thanks for SharingThe Riot and the Dance: EarthMay 20Federal HillMay 21Preacher (Complete Season 3)Bernie the DolphinJesus’ SonMay 22TracersMay 23Baywatch (Complete Series)MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown (Special Part 2)BacktraceLulu on the BridgeMay 26Morning GloryMay 27Broad City (Complete Season 5)The Frozen GroundMay 28Against the ClockMay 29America’s Got Talent (Season 14 Premiere)Songland (Series Premiere)The Terror (Complete Season 1)May 30American Ninja Warrior (Season 11 Premiere)Angie Tribeca (Complete Season 4)More on Geek.com:Here Are the Most Binge-Watched Shows in Every StateHere’s What It Would Really Take for People to Leave NetflixWhat to Stream on Hulu This Weekendlast_img read more

Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency on Friday, overruling Congress to protect the emergency declaration he’d used to circumvent lawmakers to build his border wall.Flanked by law enforcement officials as well as the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, Trump maintained that he is not through fighting for his signature campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term.“Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution,” Trump said, “and I have the duty to veto it.”A dozen defecting Republicans joined Senate Democrats in approving the joint resolution on Thursday, which capped a week of confrontation with the White House as both parties in Congress strained to exert their power in new ways. It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump’s veto, though House Democrats will try nonetheless.Despite the sharp rebuke from Congress, Friday’s event had the victory lap feel of a bill-signing ceremony. Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by supporters who offered profuse thanks and frequent applause. After many had spoken, Trump dramatically signed his veto message and then held the document up for the cameras to capture.He then distributed pens as mementos of the occasion.Trump wants to use the emergency order to divert billions of federal dollars earmarked for defense spending toward the southern border wall. It still faces several legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general and environmental groups who argue the emergency declaration was unconstitutional.last_img read more

Murder overnight two more couples shot – one pair in critical condition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RBPF, murder Bahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – The murders are not stopping, even in the face of a potentially deadly storm and when Bahamians and residents ought to be focused on preparing and helping each other to prepare, killers are killing and shooting men, women and last week, a child.  Police say an investigation is on now for yet another spree of shootings and one man is dead.  Around 9pm last night, a man and woman were sitting in their yard on Abner Street in Fox Hill when a dark coloured car rolled up, fired shots, struck both of them and they are now recuperating in stable condition at hospital.  An hour later, 10pm a man and a woman were about to make a deposit at a local bank on Madeira Street when they were approached by two men with handguns who shot and robbed them of that deposit bag, they sped off in a dark coloured vehicle.  The man was killed on the spot, the woman is in critical condition.  One hour after that, a man had just gotten home on Croton Street in Pinewood Gardens when a dark coloured vehicle pulled up, the occupants of it shot him and then sped off.  The man is now in critical condition.  The police reports reveal that three couples – man and woman – were shot in less than 24 hours in Nassau.  Police do not say if these incidents on Monday night, all involving a dark coloured vehicle, are linked. By Deandrea Hamilton Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019last_img read more

Preholiday gift guide with Sima Cohen

first_img Posted: November 3, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Sima Cohen joined us October 27th on Good Morning San Diego. KUSI Newsroom, November 3, 2018 Pre-holiday gift guide, with Sima Cohen Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

GE Announces Plan To Offload Its Stake In Baker Hughes

first_imgGE made the announcement on Tuesday, June 26, for the companies plan to unload its 62.5 percent  stake in the Baker Hughes business over the next two to three years. GE owned 62.5% of the company with the rest owned by Baker Hughes’ shareholders.  According to a report from the company, GE’s stake in Baker Hughes was at about $23 billion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享General Electric announced its plan to move out of the oil services businesses, by offloading its stake in oil services giant Baker Hughes. On October 31, 2016, GE announced that it has agreed to combine GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes to create a “world-leading oilfield technology provider”.center_img The decision to get out of the oilfield services business represents an about-face from less than two years ago, when GE announced the combination of its oil business with Baker Hughes in 2016. Calls for comment from Baker Hughes on the impact this announcement will have to the locations on the Kenai Peninsula and in Alaska were not returned by deadline.last_img read more

SpaceX Starlink launch called off to maximize mission success

first_img 3 13 Photos Standing down to update satellite software and triple-check everything again. Always want to do everything we can on the ground to maximize mission success, next launch opportunity in about a week.— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 17, 2019 The Starlink mission is set to deliver those first 60 internet satellites to orbit when it finally launches. Provided everything goes as planned, the launch will pave the way for a satellite megaconstellation that will eventually contain over 12,000 of the miniature internet-providing boxes of future tech.As is par for the course for SpaceX now, the company will attempt to land the Falcon 9 booster on a droneship known as “Of Course I Still Love You,” floating along in the Atlantic Ocean. Around an hour into the mission, the satellites will be deployed.If you’re the kind of person who loves a spaceship and wants to watch along, SpaceX will provide a livestream at the webcast homepage. SpaceX generally starts streaming around 15 minutes prior to launch.The first 60 satellites will be dropped off at an altitude of approximately 270 miles (440 kilometers) above the Earth, if everything runs smoothly, and then they will gently propel themselves out to an orbit of about 340 miles (550 kilometers).This will be the third time this particular Falcon 9 booster has ascended to space, according to SpaceX, with two previous flights coming in September 2018 and January 2019. SpaceX Meet the SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket Share your voice Musk has tried to temper expectations of this first, historic deployment of satellites, saying that “much will likely go wrong” and these first 60 satellites are a test, providing a demonstration of Starlink’s future capabilities. Another six launches will be required before even “minor” coverage is offered.You can read all about the Starlink plan for space internet domination in CNET’s handy explainer.center_img The booster supporting this mission previously flew in support of the Telstar 18 VANTAGE and Iridium-8 missions pic.twitter.com/Uz8uWx6ojw— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 15, 2019 Falcon 9 sits ready on the launchpad for the final Iridium NEXT mission. SpaceX SpaceX CEO Elon Musk wants to bring speedy broadband to the world, providing a megaconstellation of satellites that swarm around the Earth like a flock of internet-capable pigeons looking for some bread.OK, bad analogy, but for Musk to achieve his lofty goal, SpaceX will need to successfully launch 60 satellites currently tucked neatly away inside a Falcon 9 payload bay. After high winds delayed the mission Wednesday, SpaceX has again decided to stand down to “update satellite software and triple-check everything again.” The next launch opportunity will be in “about a week.” Comments Originally published May 15, 3:06 p.m. PT.Updates, 5:45 p.m. PT: Adds SpaceX says weather conditions are favorable; 7:50 p.m.: Adds SpaceX has scrubbed Wednesday’s launch; 3:28 p.m., May 16: Adds launch details, links to webcast; 6:45 p.m.: Adds SpaceX scrubs again. Sci-Tech Tagslast_img read more

Managers May Close Kuskokwim to King Salmon Fishing Earlier than Planned

first_imgThe waters of Kuskokwim River are free of ice and at the moment open to subsistence king salmon fishing, but that could quickly change, depending on how many fisherman are targeting and catching king salmon in a year that managers believe is crucial for viability of the run.Brian McCaffery, the Acting Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge Manager and the Federal In-Season Manager, says the early season plan had the federal Kuskokwim waters closing to gillnets larger than 4 inches as of a week from Tuesday.Ice passes by Bethel, AK on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Photo by Daysha Eaton, KYUK – Bethel)“Right now the game plan is for the 20th, but if it turns out that a lot of people are out there targeting and successfully harvesting kings, we may need to make that date earlier to protect those fish that are trying to get upriver that are trying to get to the spawning grounds further up,” McCaffery said.He says that there are concerns that the run might be building earlier as it has in other early break up years, but he doesn’t know with any certainty when the run will come in.That said, Bethel resident Fritz Charles called into KYUK’s Friday Talk Line show and told listeners that the closures are not yet in place, and that it’s “a free for all.”McCaffery says words like that are disappointing.“We were hoping that given the widespread information that’s been disseminated across the year about the threats to the king salmon, that folks would use some individual restraint and not target the king salmon at this time and focus on some of the other fish species,” McCaffery said.Later Friday, Charles explained that on one side, he is for conservation and making sure his grandchildren enjoy king salmon, but on the hand…“Of course everyone one wants the fresh taste of fish,” Charles said. “And now is the time to do it, before any regulations or anything sets in place – that’s my personal opinion.”Charles says he’s not hearing of any kings being caught as of Friday afternoon. This year if McCaffery sees large scale preseason king salmon harvest, he says in addition to closing the gillnet harvest earlier, he may also have to reduce or eliminate what was hoped to be a small cultural and social king salmon harvest of around 1,000 kings. He also may have to change or cancel the 6” gillnet openings penciled in for the last week of June.2013 brought the lowest Kuskokwim king salmon run on record of around 94,000 kings, with only about 47,000 escaping to spawn, well below the bottom of the escapement goal. All of the weirs saw the lowest passage on record.Whatever early harvest takes place this year could disproportionally affect the fish that head hundreds of miles upriver, says McCaffery.“We suspect that many of these salmon that are headed up to the farthest reaches of the headwaters are among those that come in early,” McCaffery said. “The folks upriver have made it very clear that they want and need those stocks to be protected.”McCaffery says his crews may be travel this weekend to see how many fishermen are out. Enforcement crews were planning on beginning around May 20th, but they may arrive earlier if necessary.“We’re really hoping that with some very conservative actions which we realize will take sacrifice and will cause some hardship for people that we that may be able to have a better chance at having healthy populations down the road, not just for this generation but for generations still to come,” McCaffery said.Click here to view the early season regulation outlook and a letter from McCaffery explaining the consequences of the early season harvest.last_img read more

Court rules against Klukwan conservation groups in permitting lawsuit

first_imgThe Canadian company Constantine Metal Resources is conducting mineral exploration at a site known as the Palmer Project, about 17 miles west of Klukwan and 35 miles north of Haines. At the moment, Constantine is assessing the site’s potential for mine development.In 2016, BLM approved Constantine’s plan to expand exploration operations at the site. The agency conducted an environmental assessment and received public comments. It found potential environmental impacts from exploration activity to be insignificant and gave Constantine the go-ahead.The Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Lynn Canal Conservation and Rivers Without Borders responded with a lawsuit.The plaintiffs argued that BLM violated the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, by failing to consider the impacts of potential future mine development when it approved the operation plan.Judge Timothy M. Burgess ruled that BLM is not required to review potential future impacts from mine development before approving exploration activities.The ruling hinged on whether mineral exploration and mine development are inextricably linked. The court found that they are not because mineral exploration does not always lead to mine development.The Palmer Project has been contentious for residents of the Chilkat Valley. The site is located upstream of several rivers that provide habitat for spawning salmon. Some worry that mine development could contaminate the environment and wild food sources for surrounding communities.Representatives from the parties involved in the lawsuit were unavailable for comment by broadcast time. A drill site at the Palmer Project north of Haines. (Photo courtesy of Constantine Metal Resources)On Friday, a federal court ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not have to consider future impacts of mine development before approving activities for mineral exploration in the Chilkat Valley.last_img read more

EC to decide on DNCC mayoral poll in a day or two

first_imgDNCC logoThe election commission is going to decide on the by-polls for the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation in a day or two.EC’s acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Sunday told newsmen the commission is scrutinising electoral laws to see if it will hold the by-polls  incorporating 18 new city corporation wards, or keep the wards outside the DNCC polls jurisdiction for the time being.Read more: AL sees risk in DNCC by-polls“The commission will take a decision in this regard in a day or two,” said the acting EC secretary.Asked if there is any legal bar to holding the by-polls, he said, “It doesn’t seem so, because the local government minister has already asked the commission to hold the polls including the 18 new wards. There is no bar to holding the polls.”Following the death of DNCC mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November, the government has declared vacant the mayoral post from 1 December as per Article 15(E) of the Local Government (City Corporation) Act 2009.According to the electoral laws, the election commission will now have to hold by-polls to fill the vacant post by electing a new people’s representative for the remainder of the DNCC tenure,last_img read more

Man sentenced to life in prison for raping teen

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA Kurigram tribunal on Monday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for raping a teenage girl after abduction from Noleya village in Bhurungamari upazila in 2008.The convict is Badshah Mia, son of Mozam Ali of the village.Judge of the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal Amlan Kusum Zisnu also sentenced him to 14 years’ imprisonment on another count.The convict was fined Tk 3,000 and Tk 50,000 respectively on the two counts and he will have to serve three and five months more in prison in case of failure to pay the penalty.As per the prosecution, Badshah abducted the victim on 6 June, 2008 and took her to Dhaldanga village where he raped her.The victim’s father filed a case with a court on 12 June, 2008.last_img

Christmas in Ole Baltimore

first_imgHecht’s(Updated 12/23/2014) Once upon a Christmas in a time and place far far away there were four grand department stores Hutzler’s, Hecht’s, Hochschild’s and Stewart’s. For more than one hundred years these stores were for the loyal White shoppers of Ye ‘ole Baltimore.Hochschild’sThey were the crown jewels of an era of the great family-owned department stores on the Lexington and Howard streets in downtown Baltimore. Classy White ladies hurrying from store to store dressed in furs, hats and gloves carrying various size shopping bags labeled with the hallmark of Howard Street Stores.Even though the stores’ had policies of segregation which was not unusual because race was an intensively contentious issue in Baltimore, it was segregated from cradle to grave. Hospitals were segregated, so were cemeteries. Mama (Elizabeth Murphy Oliver) and I would ride the streetcar from the Afro-American building on Eutaw Street down Howard Street to window shop. We could go in these magnificent dream lands, to look, admire and definitely not to touch. Needless to say we could buy but could not try on anything. If a purchase was made the receipt was stamped “final sale, no return”.Brager-Gutman Building (Epstein’s)After leaving the exclusive Howard Street “fantasy” department stores, we would walk to Brager-Gutman located at Eutaw and Saratoga Streets just to ride the escalators. Brager-Gutman with the same discrimination policies was not one of the high-end, classy department stores.As the Christmas season approached, every child in the city wanted to view the Department Store windows decorated for Christmas. Each Christmas the windows were more elaborate than the last. What didn’t change from year to year was the Laughing Santa Claus. He was a giant mechanized Santa who would lean forward in his chair, booming “Ho! Ho! Ho!” through speakers to shoppers on Howard Street. As a child, I was terrified of this big red man laughing in the window.The Hochschild-Kohn Toytown Parade was an annual Baltimore event for years. The well-known Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York started in 1924, and Baltimore’s Toytown parade sponsored by Hochschild, Kohn & Co. began in November 1936.Toytown Parade 1959 – Posts by Paul McCardell- The Baltimore City Sun Darkroom.The parade was made up of assorted floats, a jumble of balloons, bands and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The children, especially me, stood along the Thanksgiving Toytown parade route, and would bring letters to Santa Claus to be collected in giant mail boxes.As I now look back to those early days, it seems profoundly absurd of me to have Black parents working day and night while thinking some White man would actually deliver toys to a Black house. But I did believe. I honestly deeply did believe.The irony of irony was in the City of Baltimore with signs posted “No Jews, Blacks or Dogs allowed” The colossal nerve center of the Baltimore’s consumer culture was owned by four Jewish families. In a time when Jews were being victimized and persecuted all over the world, they nevertheless set the standard for segregation in all stores in Baltimore.From 1930’s – 1960’s major protests against these policies were led by the NAACP, Lillie Mae Jackson and The Afro-American Newspapers. Lillie Mae Jackson created a slogan “Don’t buy where you can’t work”. In the 1940’s Madeline Murphy wrote a continuous string of letters to every Department Store owner and manager. Ella Baker, CORE and the Urban League as well as hundreds of other community members both Black and White joined the campaign to desegregate.Hutzler’sMy mother of course, was knee deep in the thick of the fight. She was one of those women who would take no prisoners. It helped to have her brother, John Oliver, Sr. and Uncle Carl Murphy and the Afro-American newspapers family also in the fight.The flagship Hutzler’s department store on Howard Street, as seen in the 1970s. (Courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library Legacy Web.)One Christmas season after having been harassed by Mama, as only she could, for more years than one can count, the Hub Store manager agreed to give in an inch. The Hub store which was owned by the Hecht Company had just opened a furniture store in an area away from Howard Street so his White patron would not know. Thinking he was doing something grand and at my mother’s insistence, he set up a Christmas party in the store. Christmas trees, decorations and goodies for all of the Black children in the neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore.Dressed in my navy blue coat with white bunny fur collar and a white bunny fur muff, we boarded the streetcar to the party. I was so excited. I was going to see the real Santa Claus. The party was going well. The store manager, staff and Mama were happy. And then Santa Claus arrived. Just one look and my heart sank. In response to my reaction to seeing Santa Clause, Mama was mortified and the store manager was heartbroken. He had tried so hard to please. The store manager had hired a Black Man to be Santa. A NEVER BEFORE SEEN OR IMAGINED BLACK SANTA CLAUSE!!! . I cried and cried and cried, “He is not the real Santa Claus”. I told you, I believed.Not until 1960 did Hochschild’s serve 120 student demonstrators in the downtown store restaurant, becoming the first of Baltimore’s department stores to integrate and eventually change their strict policies of not allowing African-Americans to either try on or return clothing.Merry Christmas!last_img read more

Brave ITS officer takes on molesters gets shot at

first_imgGoons opened fire on an Indian Telecom Servers (ITS) officer, who tried to save the girls they were harassing and molesting on the road side on Saturday night in Noida’s Sector 62. The officer posted in Delhi, was travelling with his family in a car, when he saw two girls being molested by three men. He intervened to save them.The molesters fired around half a dozen of bullets, most of which hit his car, save one that gashed his cheek. The official sustained injuries and was admitted to the Fortis hospital, while his wife and son, who were also in the car when the incident took place, escaped unhurt. The police have registered a case, but no one has been arrested yet. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe incident was reported late in the evening on Saturday, when DGM Sushil Kumar, with his son, Kunal and wife, were on the way from their Telephone Exchange’s residence to Shipra mall in Ghazaiabad in a Swift Dzire car. When their vehicle was somewhere between NRI and the Model town police post, Kumar saw two girls being molested by three youths. He stopped his car and warned them to let go of the girls. On being opposed, the molesters fired shots with the motive of killing them. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedKumar suffered an injury on his face as one of the bullets hit him. Four other bullets hit the car door before they escaped from the spot. The passers-by made a PCR call, after which Kumar was admitted to the hospital. “They tried to kill us for trying to stop them from molesting women! Although we chased the assailants, they managed to flee,” said Kunal. The girls also preferred to go home after witnessing scuffle and firing.The police immediately cordoned off the area, but failed to catch the accused persons. A case has been registered against the unidentified youths under various Sections of the IPC at the Sector 58 police station. “We have been scanning the CCTV footages of the area so as to identify the accused persons. We are also taking the help of surveillance to carry forward our investigation. Although the girls did not register a complaint, we have slapped molestation charges on them,” said Anoop Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Noida).last_img read more

Delightful kebab

first_imgDilliwallas most cherished food fantasy comes alive as Paatra -The Indian cuisine restaurant at Jaypee Sidharth as it announces special Kebab and scotch promotion from April 24 to May 23. Spike up your summer evenings with Scotch served with succulent and mouthwatering kebab dishes, at Paatra. Relish unlimited quantities of six vegetarian and six non vegetarian kebabs along with Saundha gosht, dal, breads and desserts accompanied by scotch at just Rs 2199 plus taxes . Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The fare is a culinary delight for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. A selection of delicious Dakshini tali macchli, Shammi kebab , Ambi mahi tikka  Shikampuri, Tawa marua macchli, Tofu ke pasandey, Jaitooni paneer tikka , Haaq ki shaami, Aloo aur akhrot ki seekh etc combined with sparkling scotch. Come cheer your favourite teams during the IPL matches with your family and friends while enjoying this gastronomic feast. Where: Paatra, Jaypee Siddharth, When: April 24 to May 3, Price: RS 1499 onwardslast_img read more