President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly refused to give nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Parliament elections.According to reports, the President has said that Rajapaksa will however be able to enter Parliament on the National List of the United People’s Freedom Alliance. Meanwhile Mahinda Rajapaksa is to brief the media on Wednesday about his plans for the Parliament elections. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted May 27, 2014 5:29 pm MDT PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. – The federal government will set up a major projects management office in British Columbia to try to woo West Coast First Nations for the myriad of energy projects proposed in the province.Tuesday’s announcement was the third in as many weeks from the federal government as it prepares to make a decision on the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline proposal through B.C.Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said Ottawa will also establish a forum with the provincial government and First Nations to work toward aboriginal participation in energy developments.“This is an important time and it’s an important opportunity for Canada and its natural resource sector, a time that potentially means hundreds of thousands of jobs for Canadian families, jobs in every sector of our economy and every corner of our country,” Rickford said in Prince Rupert, on the north coast.He said energy developments proposed in B.C. could generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues throughout Canada.“There’s no denying there’s a lot at stake here.”Though Rickford said the measures are not related to any specific project, opponents of the Northern Gateway said the minister is clearly paving the way for approval.Over the past few weeks, Ottawa has also announced improvements to marine and pipeline safety.“It’s all lining up for approval,” said Art Sterritt, executive director of Coastal First Nations, which represents nine bands along the proposed Northern Gateway tanker route.“If they were going to reject it, they wouldn’t waste so bloody much time on process here. They wouldn’t be opening new offices in B.C. for the sake of a project that wasn’t going ahead. They wouldn’t be announcing world-class cleanup for oil if there was no oil.”The two measures were among the recommendations last fall by Douglas Eyford, appointed by the federal government to consult First Nations as the Northern Gateway proposal foundered.Indeed, Sterritt said the major projects office — which will be located in Vancouver — and the forum are good ideas that go beyond the northern pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) and the proposed expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain line to Metro Vancouver.“But they’re going to have to get in the room and do some hard work,” said Sterritt. “It hasn’t been done well, the interaction with First Nations.”Prior to the start of federal review hearings for the $6.5-billion pipeline, internal government memos obtained by The Canadian Press contained statements about the federal government being adamant in not consulting First Nations outside of that review process.In the face of protests, petitions and lawsuits by B.C. aboriginal groups that have the potential to derail $650 billion in oil and gas developments, that has changed.Rickford inherited a quagmire when he took the helm of Natural Resources in March. He has taken a much more conciliatory approach than his predecessor, Joe Oliver, who began the Northern Gateway debate by branding opponents as radicals funded by foreign special interests.He was joined Tuesday by B.C. Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad, who welcomed the measures, as well as Mayor Garry Reece of the Lax Kw’alaams and Chief Harold Leighton of the Metlakatla, both members of Coastal First Nations.Reece called the forum and the office a “stepping stone” toward co-operation on energy developments — but not all of them.“My people have stood up against oil. They don’t support that,” he said. “They’re not satisfied with the information that there’s going to be protection and to this day they haven’t changed from that.“We don’t support that right now.”Rickford was not dissuaded.“I think the key phrase is ‘right now.’ This is a confidence- and trust-building exercise.”– By Dene Moore in Vancouver. Follow @ByDeneMoore on Twitter. Ottawa to open office in B.C. to woo B.C. First Nations on energy projects AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
After months of work, three high school technology teams will be presenting their entries for the 2018 Brock Maker Challenge next week.The Brock Maker Challenge is a form of Active Project-Based Learning that challenges broad-based technology (BBT) high school class teams to tackle a real-world challenge with a focus on research, design, cooperation, creativity, and resourcefulness.Brock’s Faculty of Education first ran the Maker Challenge last year with teams designing a product or device to help individuals with disabilities overcome the barriers to everyday living. Lakeshore Catholic High School’s design for a fully accessible cafeteria table took the top prize.This year, the Faculty of Education, Goodman School of Business’ BioLinc and the Confucius Institute at Brock University (CIBU) invited teams to design a parade float prototype model to represent CIBU in the 2018 Niagara Grape and Wine Festival parade.The three schools participating in this year’s showcase — Central Peel Secondary School, Lakeshore Catholic High School and DSBN Academy — will present their designs at the Maker Challenge design showcase Monday, Feb. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scotiabank Atrium of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.Each of the schools are using the theme of friendship between China and Canada along with the twinning of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival with the Chinese Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival, which both take place in the fall.The designs will be judged by Dorian Anderson, Executive Director of the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival; Jennifer (Jingyyu) Li, Director of CIBU; and Richard (Hongfu) Chen, Chinese Director of CIBU. The winning team, which will be announced at 1 p.m., will receive $1,500 for their school and the opportunity to build their design for use in the parade.
La victoire de Sea Shepherd sur les baleiniers japonaisL’Agence des pêches japonaise indique que le baleinier Nisshin Maru a mis fin à sa mission en raison des pressions de Sea Shepherd, l’association qui se bat contre la chasse à la baleine dans l’Antarctique.Greenpeace indique que le Japon a décidé de suspendre sa chasse à la baleine depuis le 10 février. Si l’association Sea Shepherd y est peut-être pour quelque chose (elle traque et poursuit les baleiniers japonais pour les empêcher de chasser), Greenpeace précise que cette décision tient au fait que le Japon a déjà accumulé de très importants stocks de chair de baleine.À lire aussiDes scientifiques demandent l’arrêt des sonars militaires pour sauver les baleines de CuvierLe Japon fait de son côté savoir que “le (bateau) Nisshin Maru, qui est poursuivi par Sea Shepherd, a suspendu ses activités depuis le 10 février pour des raisons de sécurité”, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Il semblerait, quoi qu’il en soit, que l’objectif japonais de capture de 1.000 baleines ne puisse être concrètement atteint étant donné la capacité de stockage insuffisante de l’énorme bateau qu’est pourtant le Nisshin Maru.En s’abritant derrière des prétextes de recherches scientifiques, les bateaux japonais tuent chaque année des centaines et des centaines de cétacés dans l’Antarctique. Comme la chasse est interdite depuis 1986, les besoins scientifiques offrent une couverture au Japon qui poursuit tranquillement ses activités. Par ailleurs, les Japonais clament que cette pêche fait partie intégrante de la culture du pays.L’Australie a toutefois réagi en faisant appel, en juin, à la Cour internationale de justice pour forcer le Japon à mettre fin à son programme de pêche puisqu’il violait ses “obligations internationales”.Le 19 février 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
What makes a mammal a mammal?According to Wikipedia, vertebrates within the class Mammalia are distinguished from reptiles and birds by the possession of a neocortex (region of the brain), hair, three middle ear bones, and mammary glands.But new research, led by Harvard University’s Stephanie Pierce and Katrina Jones, suggests there’s a simpler answer: our spine.“The spine is basically like a series of beads on a string, with each bead representing a single bone—a vertebra,” Pierce, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Harvard, said in a statement. “In most four-legged animals, like lizards, the vertebrae all look and function the same.Phylogenetic tree showing mammal backbone evolution: Edaphosaurus, Thrinaxodon, today’s mouse (via Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology)“But mammal backbones are different. The different sections or regions of the spine—like the neck, thorax, and lower back—take on very different shapes,” she continued. “They function separately and so can adapt to different ways of life, like running, flying, digging, and climbing.”In an effort to better understand the transition from a “lizard-like” ancestor to a mammal, scientists must examine the fossil record for our extinct forerunners, the non-mammalian synapsids.Fossils aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, though; finding long-gone animals with all 25-plus vertebrae in place “is incredibly rare,” lead study author Jones said.With some monetary help from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the researchers combed museum collections around the world, looking for the best-preserved fossils of creatures that lived some 320 million years ago.A fossil specimen of Thrinaxodon, on display in the Harvard Museum of Natural History (via Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology)“Looking into the ancient past, an early change in mammals’ spinal columns was an important first step in their evolution,” Dena Smith, a program director in NSF’s Division of Earth Sciences. “Changes in the spine over time allowed mammals to develop into the myriad species we know today.”Pierce and Jones, along with co-author Ken Angielczyk of the Field Museum in Chicago, examined dozens of fossils, as well as more than 1,000 vertebrae of living animals, to determine whether mammal vertebral regions were as ancient as previously thought.It turns out mammals “were doing something unique.”A modern-day opossum shows the addition of a fifth region in the backbone, the lumbar region (via Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology)When the team compared the positioning and shape of the vertebrae, they found the spine had gained new regions during mammal evolution: Some 250 million years ago, a new region evolved near the shoulders and front legs, later, a region emerged near the pelvis. Changes also appeared in the forelimbs of non-mammalian therapsids.These developments, scientists believe, likely occurred in conjunction with changes in how critters walked and ran.“We’ve been able to make connections among changes in the skeletons of extinct animals and ideas in modern developmental biology and genetics,” Jones said. “This combined approach is helping us understand what makes a mammal a mammal.”A paper describing the research was published this week in the journal Science.Despite centuries of animal evolution—allowing lemurs to smell weakness in injured mates and songbirds to use brute force to kill larger prey—human interference is affecting wildlife in lasting ways. Read more about animals here. Stay on target Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
More than 100 patients at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California can now ask Alexa to control their TVs and call their nurses.The hospital this week announced a pilot program using virtual health assistant Aiva for hands-free communication.Using the Amazon Echo devices installed in their rooms, patients can make verbal commands like, “Alexa, change the channel to ESPN” or, more crucially, “Alexa, tell my nurse I need to get up to use the restroom.”Requests are routed to the mobile phone of the appropriate caregiver. An appeal for pain medicine, for instance, would be dispatched to a registered nurse; a clinical partner, meanwhile, can handle bathroom demands.If a call is not answered in a “timely manner,” Aiva sends it up the chain of command.The hope is that by automating certain tasks, the hospital can free up employees for more important duties.“Whereas previously nurses were frequently asked to help with the in-room television, Alexa does that job for us, allowing nurses to focus on providing the highest level of patient care,” Golda Morales, assistant nurse manager of General Surgery, said in a statement.Amazon’s Alexa also serves as a companion and window to the outside world, providing direct access to music, weather, sports, and games.“It rocks,” abdominal surgery patient and early Alexa adopter Adrienne Edwards said. “I was lonely in the hospital and I said, ‘Alexa, would you be my friend?’ The device responded, ‘Of course we could be friends. You seem very nice.’”Led by Peachy Hain, Cedars-Sinai’s executive director of Medical and Surgical Services, the pilot aims to move patient interaction into the 21st century, when intelligence and convenience are not only prevalent but expected.“Patients young and old are now used to voice-activated devices in their homes Since it’s familiar to them, it helps enhance their hospital experience,” Hain said. “In the hospital, patients have little to distract them from pain or loneliness.”Alexa and Aiva join existing programs like the MyChart Bedside app and Cedars-Sinai’s iPad project; more than 250 tablets are available to hospitalized patients, to track lab results and see names and photos of their care team.More on Geek.com:Amazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own AdventureAmazon Updates Alexa With ‘Newscaster’ VoiceThis Smart Toilet Adds Alexa to Your Bathroom Routine Geek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your WallsGeek Pick: Amazon Echo Show 5 Is a Nightstand Alexa Display Stay on target
Videos Articles Twitter WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins During tonight’s Smackdown Live, Paige had the women of Smackdown Live come down to the ring followed by Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.Earlier in the show, it was announced that Lynch was being pulled from Survivor Series this Sunday citing a “broken face and severe concussion” after RAW.Lynch revealed should would be picking a replacement to face RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey this Sunday. She looked at each of the women and decided to go with Charlotte Flair. Lynch told Charlotte to beat Ronda the way she was going to.“You make her tap out, the way I was going to tap her out”.Lynch dropped the microphone, shook Charlotte’s hand and hugged her.Flair replacing Lynch this Sunday means she will no longer be part of the Women’s 5-on-5 Traditional Survivor Series Elimination match. A replacement should be set by tonight.Wrestleview.com will have live coverage of WWE’s Survivor Series this Sunday night, along with a live review on YouTube immediately following the show.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between BrandsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Becky Lynch Announces Replacement to Face Ronda Rousey Pinterest Charlotte Flair WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands Facebook Becky Lynch Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Paul Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlotte Flair And Becky Lynch Involved In Brawl At An Unlikely Location Google+ Now Playing Up Next Cricket Wireless to host Live Twitter Q and A with Ric and Charlotte Flair September 17 FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 WWE Smackdown Results – 9/10/19 (The Undertaker returns, Clash of Champions build)
Individual news 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 AudioControversial Permitting Bill Back For Consideration Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauAfter sitting in limbo for nearly a year, a controversial permitting bill is on the move in the legislature again.HB 77: Gauging Public SentimentAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLast year, HB77 stalled in part because its opponents were vocal. People packed townhall meetings to tell their legislators to fight it, and tribes across the state passed resolutions asking for a “no” vote. But how widespread was that opposition? The Hays Group released a poll this week the gauges public sentiment on the bill.DEC Commissioner Says Future Sulfolane Spill Liability Shouldn’t Preclude Sale Of Flint Hills’ Refinery Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says the issue of liability for future sulfolane spills should not preclude Flint Hills from selling its North Pole refinery.Buser In The Lead As Racers Approach NulatoEmily Schwing, KUAC – FairbanksBig Lake musher Martin Buser is leading the Iditarod. After choosing an unconventional checkpoint for his 24 hour layover early in the race, he charged to the front of the race today. He’s now nearing the Nulato checkpoint with Sonny Lindner, Aliy Zirkle and Jeff King in pursuit.Iditarod Mushers and their dog teams passed in and out of the Yukon River community of Galena on various schedules throughout the afternoon.GCI Recieves $41 Million To Build 3G, 4G In Rural Alaska Ben Matheson, KYUK – Bethel48 communities in rural Alaska, including 26 in the YK Delta will receive 3G or 4G data service, thanks to an FCC grant of $41 million that GCI secured.Petersburg Sweeps Education Technology AwardsAngela Denning, KFSK – PetersburgPetersburg School District won three statewide awards for technology in education. The district- and the community -have made computer learning a priority.Bill Stoltze Announces Run For New Senate SeatEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageRepresentative Bill Stoltze, a Republican from Chugiak, announced a new political path at the Mat Su Senior Center in downtown Palmer on Friday.Stoltze told the audience that his heart has always been in Palmer, and now he’d like to represent that city in a new state Senate district. He said he’d done “a lot of soul-searching” before making the announcement.AK: Wave EnergyEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauOcean waves do more than knock your boat around and carry trash to shore. The same force can power devices that generate electricity. Yakutat is gearing up for a wave-energy experiment that could help it – and other coastal cities – lower power costs.300 Villages: TokThis week, we’re heading to Tok, where the community is coming together to rebuild a home for a family that lost everything in a recent fire. John Rusyniak is President of the Tok Chamber of Commerce.
Budget cuts are creating stress for communities trying to keep their citizens safe with fewer dollars for law enforcement. In a state with staggering statistics for violence and sexual assault, how can municipalities, cities, and villages keep the peace amid jail closures, fewer troopers and local police.Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUEST:James Cockrell, director, Alaska State TroopersEthan Berkowitz, mayor, Municipality of AnchorageCaptain Andrew Merrill, Alaska State TroopersPARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE
Reactions from selected world leaders to US President Donald Trumps’ plans for Jerusalem. AFPDonald Trump’s decision Wednesday to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has drawn sharp criticism, with the significant exception of Israel.Here are key reactions from around the world:Israel salutes ‘historic’ dayIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Trump’s recognition as “historic” and a “courageous and just decision”.Netanyahu also pledged no change to the status quo at Jerusalem’s highly sensitive holy sites in the city, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.‘Undermining peace’Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said the US could no longer play the role of peace broker after Trump’s decision.“These deplorable and unacceptable measures deliberately undermine all peace efforts,” Abbas said in a speech.‘Destroys two-state solution’The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation said Trump had destroyed any hopes for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.“He destroyed the two-state solution,” Saeb Erekat, who long served as the Palestinians’ top negotiator, told journalists.‘Open gates of hell’Hamas said Trump’s decision would “open the gates of hell” on US interests in the region.“This decision will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region,” Ismail Radwan, an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, told journalists.‘Unjustified and irresponsible’Saudi Arabia slammed Trump’s move as “unjustified and irresponsible” and said the decision goes against the “historical and permanent rights of the Palestinian people”.“The kingdom has already warned of the serious consequences of such an unjustified and irresponsible move,” said a Saudi royal court statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.‘New intifada’Iran condemned the US move, saying it threatened a “new intifada”, or uprising, against Israel.“The provocative and unwise decision by the US… will provoke Muslims and inflame a new intifada and an escalation of radical, angry and violent behaviour,” the foreign ministry said on its website.UN against ‘unilateral measures’UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres implicitly criticised Trump’s announcement, warning that Jerusalem’s status must be resolved through direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.“From day one as secretary general of the United Nations, I have consistently spoken out against any unilateral measures that would jeopardise the prospect of peace for Israelis and Palestinians,” Guterres said.‘Palestinian cause’The office of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed Trump’s move, saying in a statement it would not dim the “Palestinian cause”.“The future of Jerusalem is not set by a state or a president, but by its history, will, and the determination of those loyal to the Palestinian cause which will stay alive in the conscience of the Arab homeland until the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,” it said.‘Rejected by Arab world’Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri vowed his country’s “highest degrees of solidarity with the Palestinian people and its right to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital”.“The American decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move the embassy there is a step that is rejected by the Arab world and risks spilling dangers over into the region,” he said.‘Violation of international law’Jordan condemned Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as amounting to a violation of international law and the UN charter.“The decision of the American president to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the transfer of the US embassy to this city constitutes a violation of decisions of international law and the United Nations charter,” said government spokesman Mohammed Momani.‘Irresponsible, illegal’Turkey slammed Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.“We condemn the irresponsible statement of the US administration… the decision is against international law and relevant UN resolutions,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu wrote on Twitter.‘Unhelpful for peace’Prime Minister Theresa May said the British government disagreed with Trump’s decision, saying it was “unhelpful” for peace efforts.“We disagree with the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital,” she said in a statement. “We believe it is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”.‘Avoid violence’French President Emmanuel Macron branded Trump’s stance as “regrettable” and called for efforts to “avoid violence at all costs”.Macron affirmed “the attachment of France and Europe to the two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security within internationally recognised borders, with Jerusalem as the capital of the two states.”Merkel ‘does not support’German Chancellor Angela Merkel said through her spokesman that she “does not support” Trump’s reversal of decades of US policy.“The status of Jerusalem can only be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution,” spokesman Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.‘Serious concern’The European Union’s chief diplomat Federica Mogherini voiced “serious concern” at Trump’s new stance on Jerusalem.“The aspirations of both parties must be fulfilled and a way must be found through negotiations to resolve the status of Jerusalem as the future capital of both states,” Mogherini said, referring to Israelis and Palestinians.
Tamir KalifaStudents on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.After subtracting student fees and paying for insurance, doctoral student Tom Millay takes home about $15,000 per year from a Baylor University stipend. But soon he could be taxed as though he earns three times more.Millay, who is studying religion and works as graduate assistant at Baylor, is one of thousands of doctoral students in Texas and beyond watching nervously as Congressional Republicans iron out the details of their tax cut bill. In exchange for his teaching duties, Millay receives free tuition — a $30,000 savings — and an annual stipend of $20,000. If lawmakers approve the House version of the bill, tuition waivers like his would be marked as taxable income, causing a major financial hit for him and thousands of graduate students like him.The Senate’s version of a tax reform measure does not include the same tax on tuition waivers. The two chambers must reconcile their differences before sending a final version of the bill to President Donald Trump, who has publicly pushed to sign a tax bill by the end of the year.“In terms of net income, [the House proposal] would put most Baylor graduate students right on the poverty line,” said Millay, who acknowledged that his spouse’s income would soften the blow for him. “When your net income at the start is only $15,000, losing additional thousands of dollars each year in taxes is a huge difference.”Universities across Texas and the nation have tried to rally against the proposal. A&M officials said they have “made clear” to lawmakers that the change would have “negative consequences.” Baylor University President Linda Livingstone gently suggested to students and staff that they express their “individual concerns” about the bill. And Rice University president David Leebron called the idea “odious” in a Houston Chronicle op-ed.If the House version of the bill is approved, taxes for some graduate students will increase by as much as 400 percent, according to estimates. Leebron says some of his students could see their tax bills go up five times their current amount. Experts also say the bill may lead to institutions seeing a decline in the number of graduate applicants, which could be devastating to major Texas research schools like Rice and the University of Texas at Austin.“This really affects me because I’m a full-time graduate student,” said Charity Embley, a doctoral student at Texas Tech University. “We’re not independently wealthy.”House tax bill hits higher educationThousands of masters and doctoral students across the country receive tuition waivers in exchange for teaching classes or conducting research. Under current law, those waivers aren’t counted as income. Only the students’ additional stipends, which are usually paltry compared to most full-time jobs, are currently taxed.House lawmakers have said they have moved to eliminate some individual tax breaks like the one for tuition waivers in order to offset the $1.5 trillion tax cuts elsewhere in the bill. But the change would mean that graduate students would be paying taxes on money they never pocket, critics say, and those additional taxes could make earning a graduate degree nearly impossible for some students. “From what I have been hearing as a representative for other graduate students, many live in a precarious financial position,” said Jeff Strietzel, president of the Baylor Graduate Student Association.Strietzel is a third-year doctoral student, a husband and father of four children. In addition to his studies, he works 20-hour weeks and helps run a student organization — all while living under the federal poverty line.“I know that higher education is not the route that every American will take to pursue their version of the ‘American dream,’ but I hope that my representatives have students like me in mind as they consider any reforms to tax policy that makes pursuing higher education in America more difficult,” he said.“We don’t know where we stand”While most expect some form of a tax bill to make its way to Trump soon, it’s still unclear whether the tax on tuition waivers will be included.In recent weeks, several university groups have staged walkouts in response to the House bill. And last week, 31 House Republicans — including six Texans —led by U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, wrote a letter urging House and Senate leaders to leave the tuition waiver language out of the final version of the bill.“A tax on graduate tuition waivers would be unfair, would undermine our competitive position, and would inhibit the economic growth that tax reform promises,” the lawmakers wrote. “Repeal of the income exclusion for graduate tuition waivers would subject thousands of graduate students to a major tax increase at a time in their lives when they likely lack the ability to pay.”Nationwide groups representing some of the top research universities in Texas — including Rice, UT-Austin, the University of Houston and Texas A&M University — have come out in opposition of the bill.“As our counterparts and competitors abroad aim to vastly increase the number of skilled workers in highly technical fields, we can’t afford to roll back incentives that have long helped make the American workforce the envy of the world,” said Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.Meanwhile, students who would be affected are anxiously watching. “We don’t know where we stand,” said Embley, the Texas Tech graduate student. 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By The Associated PressFacing the possibility of prison at 81, Bill Cosby arrived at a suburban Philadelphia courthouse Tuesday to learn his punishment for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman over a decade ago in what became the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era.Prosecutors on September 24 asked a judge to give the comedian five to 10 years behind bars, while his lawyers asked for house arrest, saying the legally blind Cosby is too old and helpless to do time in prison.Bill Cosby will learn today what his punishment will be after being convicted of sexual assault. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the former TV star planned to remain silent when given the opportunity to address the court. Cosby did not testify at either of his two trials.The once-beloved entertainer dubbed America’s Dad for his role as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-ranked, 1980s-era “Cosby Show” faced anywhere from probation to 10 years in prison for violating Temple University women’s basketball administrator Andrea Constand at his estate near Philadelphia in 2004. She went to police a year later, only to have a prosecutor turn down the case.In the years since Constand first went to police in 2005, more than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, though none of those claims have led to criminal charges.Cosby became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be convicted.Tuesday’s sentencing was a reckoning accusers and prosecutors said was decades in the making.“The victims cannot be un-raped. Unfortunately, all we can do is hold the perpetrator accountable,” said Gianna Constand, the victim’s mother, who testified Monday that her daughter’s buoyant personality was forever changed after the attack.The hearing was set to conclude Tuesday after testimony from a defense psychologist who says Cosby is no longer a danger, given his age, and should not be branded a “sexually violent predator.”Defense lawyer Joseph Green Jr. urged the judge ignore the protests and activism surrounding the case, and send Cosby home on house arrest.“The suggestion that Mr. Cosby is dangerous is not supported by anything other than the frenzy,” Green said as demonstrators gathered outside the courthouse.Being labeled a sexually violent predator would make him subject to mandatory lifetime counseling and community notification of his whereabouts.On Monday, Kristen Dudley, a psychologist for the state of Pennsylvania, testified that Cosby fits the criteria for a sexually violent predator, showing signs of a mental disorder that involves an uncontrollable urge to have nonconsensual sex with young women.Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby would no doubt commit similar crimes if given the chance, warning that the former TV star seemingly gets a sexual thrill out of slipping women drugs and assaulting them.“To say that he’s too old to do that — to say that he should get a pass, because it’s taken this long to catch up to what he’s done?” Steele said, his voice rising. “What they’re asking for is a ‘get out of jail free’ card.”Cosby, he said, has shown repeatedly that he feels no remorse over his actions. And he said the sentence should send a message.“Despite bullying tactics, despite PR teams and other folks trying to change the optics, as one lawyer for the defense put it, the bottom line is that nobody’s above the law. Nobody,” the district attorney said.After testifying for several hours at two trials, the first of which ended in a hung jury, Constand spoke in court Monday for just two minutes.“The jury heard me. Mr. Cosby heard me. Now all I am asking for is justice as the court sees fit,” said Andrea Constand, who submitted a much longer victim-impact statement that wasn’t read in court.The AP does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they come forward publicly, which Constand and other accusers have done.Cosby’s side didn’t call any character witnesses, and his wife of 54 years, Camille, was not in court.Cosby became the first Black actor to star in a prime-time TV show, “I Spy,” in 1965. He remained a Hollywood A-lister for much of the next half-century.Monday’s proceedings took place as another extraordinary #MeToo drama continued to unfold on Capitol Hill, where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh faces allegations of sexual misconduct from more than three decades ago.
During a tour of Europe in 2011, President Barack Obama received a copy of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Collector’s Edition from Polish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk. Though the American President was honored to receive this gift, he has never gotten around to actually playing the game himself. Given how his time in office is coming to an end and he’ll no longer be tasked with defending freedom and democracy across the world, he may now have the time to dive into the world of The Witcher. This is something a group of people want to see happen.Over on Change.org, a petition has been posted that is asking Obama to play his copy of The Witcher 2. Here is what was posted:To: President ObamaMr. President, thank you for the almost eight years of service you have rendered to our nation. With that in mind, I have a request that would give you a well deserved, if brief, break.In May of 2011, you visited Poland and met with the then Prime Minister, Donald Tusk. As is customary, the Prime Minister presented you with several gifts of friendship on behalf of the Polish people. One of these gifts was a copy of the Video Game “The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings”.Obviously, you’ve had more important tasks to attend to in the intervening years, but as your term in office approaches its end, would it be possible for you to play at least a portion of the game and perhaps share some of your thoughts on it or the Video Game industry in general? Could Obama be persuaded to play his copy of The Witcher 2 based on a petition? It’s possible. He admitted that he isn’t very good at video games, and given how this title is a particularly challenging one, hey may want to start on easier games and then work his way up to Witcher 2. Who knows, maybe he’ll become a gamer once his term in office is over. Maybe he’ll get really into hard, low fantasy. Maybe he’ll move onto The Witcher 3 and become a Gwent champion.
Siliguri: Rabindra Manch is soon going to host bright and colourful cultural programmes. “The renovation work of the stage had been encouraged by the Chief Minister and thus the responsibility has been handed over to the Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Association,” said the Chairman of SJDA Sourav Chakraborty, during his visit to the newly inaugurated building at Shaktigarh in Siliguri.The North Bengal Development department has spent an amount of Rs 1,49,48,886 on the renovation of the building. The construction of the stage had commenced many days ago, but the NBDD had decided to take the responsibility of its completion due to some flaws that had erupted during the construction work.Rabindra Manch had been inaugurated by North Bengal Development minister Rabindranath Ghosh and Tourism minister Goutam Deb on October 4, 2017.
Bayer faces second U.S. trial over alleged Roundup … The global blueberry industry gathering in British … California-based The Wonderful Company has announced its intention to use 100% renewable electricity in its U.S. operations by 2025, following a path that began in 2007 with a ground-mounted solar installation.At the time that installation was the the largest privately held single-site solar plant in the U.S., generating nearly 15% of the required energy at its processing facility for almonds and pistachios.The grower-marketer has come a long way since then. In 2013, Wonderful quadrupled its investment in renewable energy, installing rooftop solar panels at its JUSTIN Wines, Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds, and Halos facilities.The Halos project became the largest privately owned single-site solar rooftop in the U.S.As part of today’s commitment The Wonderful Company is joining RE100, a collaborative global initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, uniting more than 160 influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity.”As a responsible steward of the environment, we’ve invested more than $300 million in sustainability research and innovations, clean energy and prudent use of natural resources,” The Wonderful Company chairman and president Stewart Resnick. March 26 , 2019 U.S.: PMA, United Fresh welcome stricter ag water … Chilean clementine season sees greater volumes of … “This is the natural progression of our sustainability efforts and the right thing for us to do as leaders in the agriculture industry.”The company also plans to achieve the feat globally by 2040. The move follows on from Wonderful’s signing of its first large-scale power purchase agreement in January, in partnership with NextEra Energy to build a 23-megawatt solar project, more than five times the size of previousinstallations on 157 acres of fallow farmland at company facilities in California’s Central Valley.Once completed, the project will generate enough clean electricity each year to grow nearly half of the company’s pistachio, almond, and pomegranate crops and bring the company’s global renewable electricity use to approximately 25%.Building on the success of these past renewable energy projects, The Wonderful Company will seek to source the remaining 75% of its electricity from renewable energy projects sited primarily on company land in the Central Valley.Combined with additional off-site renewable energy projects that will maximize emissions savings, and continued investments in energy efficiency, “The agricultural sector is one of the global industries most immediately impacted by the effects of climate change,” said The Climate Group executive director for North America, Amy Davidsen.”As the largest agriculture business to join RE100 to date, we’re delighted to see The Wonderful Company tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by committing to 100 percent renewable electricity, and we encourage all of their peers to join them.” You might also be interested in
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano visited the Expo and shared her thoughts on the importance of renewable and sustainable energy in a lively, positive Q&A session. [Photo & Text: sa] Part of the Arcosanti booth crew. [from left around the table] Workshopper Yoshimi Kato, Construction and Utilities manager Scott Riley, Archive intern Yuki Yanagimoto, Construction crew leader Brandon Scott, workshoppers Craig Moore and Charlie Provine, construction staff Jacob Schwartz and construction volunteer Mika Kawai. [Photo & Text: sa] August 12, 2004The annual The annual The Expo offered many examples of solar and wind power, thoughtful approaches to lots of different aspects of sustainability. [left] This solar powered shuttle was built for the 2000 Olympic in Sydney, Australia. [right] San Francisco Peaks in the background. [Photo & Text: sa]
By Evie AndreouMPs on Thursday called on the state legal services to speed up procedures concerning a bill proposal regulating the operation of tattoo and body piercing studios, which has been pending since 2012, arguing that the current situation as regards these businesses was uncontrollable.The issue was discussed at the House health committee, where MPs heard that currently a very large number of tattoo and body piercing parlours operate in Cyprus, many without the necessary permits.According to committee member, Stella Kyriakides, it was the Tattoo and Piercing Artist Cyprus Association that asked for the issue to be discussed in parliament, as the group worry of the uncontrollable opening of new workshops which do not first obtain any permits and without any control from state services.MPs heard that there are 200 licenced tattoo and body piercing studios in London, while there are 300 in Cyprus.Regulating the operation of these workshops, she said, is a matter of public health safety. She added that, contrary to EU regulations that provide that only persons over 18 can have tattoos or body piercing, in Cyprus, the age threshold is 16 but a written consent of parents or guardians is required.She added that there are no sufficient checks to make sure that younger children do not get tattoos or body piercing and there is no study on possible health risks for minors.The issue, Kyriakides said, was initially discussed 12 years ago and in 2012 the health ministry prepared a bill which was sent to the legal services for vetting. No progress has been recorded since.“There is no doubt that legal regulation in order to protect both members of the public and of professionals,” Kyriakides said.She said that the committee decided to ask the legal services in writing to send to them the bill the soonest possible.As the bill has been with the legal services for six years, she said, amendments to update some provisions may be in order.Kyriakides expressed hope that the whole issue would be sorted out within the next few months.You May LikeHealth & Human ResearchWhat Happens When You Eat One Avocado A DayHealth & Human ResearchUndoFood PreventThis Happens To Your Body When You Eat Oatmeal Every Day – Food PreventFood PreventUndoCollegebook15 Best Public Colleges In U.S.CollegebookUndo LED-lighting the way by 2020UndoVerstappen wins crazy German Grand PrixUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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