Trent Tucker To Host Rescheduled Celebrity Bowling Event

first_imgNBA Champion and former NY Knicks guard, Trent Tucker will host a Celebrity Bowling event during NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at Frames located at 550 Ninth Ave in NYC benefiting JDRF.Red Carpet is from 1:00pm – 2:00pm and games will begin at 2:30pm.The event will include a VIP meet & greet lounge, a live auction, great music, cocktails, a delicious array of food, treats provided by Oscar William Gourmet Cotton Candy and a candy buffet by Treat Me Sweet. Top sponsors will enjoy an exclusive celebrity meet & greet prior to the event and have the opportunity to bowl with Trent Tucker and other sports stars in attendance.Invited guests include ESPN TV Analyst Adam Schefter, NBA stars Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, John Starks, Scottie Pippen, NY Giants Super Bowl Champions Michael Strahan, Eli Manning, Steve Weatherford and Howard Cross.“I’m looking forward to coming to NY and hosting my All-Star Celebrity Bowling Event which will benefit JDRF,” said Trent Tucker. “With diabetes on the rise affecting both children and adults, more people inflicted with the disease are facing life threatening challenges. With the help of all the generous celebrities, supporters and participants, we are hoping to Strike Out Type One.”“JDRF is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the Trent Tucker All-Star Celebrity Bowling Event,” said chapter executive director, Kristin DiFoglio. “In the United States more than 3 million children and adults diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) struggle with this life threatening disease, and the numbers are growing. They face a lifetime of potentially fatal complications from this disease, a disease that never sleeps. Thanks to the generosity of people like Tucker and all those expected to participate in this event, JDRF leads the world in funding type 1 diabetes research. We are confident that together, we will reach our goal and ultimately Turn Type One into Type None.”For tickets and more info, click here.last_img read more

Lotto millionaire funds major hockey tourney

first_imgAPTN National NewsWith a number of Aboriginal sporting events facing cancellation from lack of funds, one man is putting his own millions behind a hockey tournament.Manitoba lottery winner Kirby Fontaine is helping fund a big tournament in Winnipeg this weekend.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has more on this story about a man who found fortune and continues to share it.last_img

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending November 11, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi7. NBA 2K19, 2K8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. PlantSnap Plant Identification, PlantSnap, Inc.Top Free iPhone Apps:1. Fire Balls 3D,Voodoo2. Swing Star,Good Job Games3. Stickman Hook, MADBOX4. TikTok – Real Short Videos, Inc.5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.7. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.8. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited9. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.10. Find Differences: Detective,Fastone GamesTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate. Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Life: Neighborhood, Toca Boca AB4. Notability, Ginger Labs5. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited6. XtraMath, XtraMath7. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations10. NBA 2K19, 2KTop Free iPad Apps:1. Swing Star, Good Job Games2. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited3. 2, Voodoo4. Fire Balls 3D, Voodoo5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.7. Helix Jump, Voodoo8., Good Job Games9. Happy Glass, Lion Studios10. Flip Trickster, Lion Studios__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Two labourers die while laying sewer pipeline in Noida

first_imgNoida: Two contractual labourers died after drowning in water while pursuing a pipeline laying work at a sewer in Salarpur area of Noida on late Thursday night.Following the incident, the Noida authority has terminated a junior engineer for dereliction of duty and filed an FIR against the labour contractor for negligence. The incident occurred around 9 pm when the two deceased workers, identified as Aslam (39) and Hamid (20), were putting up a sewer line under the Dadri Surajpur Chhalera (DSC) road. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAs per reports, the workers were working in a 12 feet deep ditch when the adjacent drain leaked and they were drowned. Both of them got stuck between the pipe and wall while the mud collapsed over them with the water flow and both of them got buried underneath. Cops said that they reached the spot around 10 pm and a crane was arranged to begin with the rescue operation. “Police teams began the rescue operation around 10 pm but were unable to trace the victims. We immediately called the NDRF team who reached the spot around midnight and a much intensified rescue operation was again started around 3 am. Both the bodies were recovered on early Friday morning around 6:30 am and 7 am respectively,” said Prashant Kapil, Station House officer of sector 39 police station. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile a few other labourers working at the site said that none of the labourers were provided with the safety kit and other equipments which are necessary to be given to the workers before they enter any such sewerage. Also, they alleged that the contractor started the work late in evening and continued till night. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Noida authority told Millennium Post that the authority has terminated junior engineer Pawan Kumar for dereliction of duty while the authority has also registered an FIR against the contractor Hariom Singh who violated the norm by engaging workers at night. “It’s very unfortunate for such a incident to happen and we will ensure strict actions against those responsible for this. The JE has been dismissed while a police complaint has been made against the contractor,” said Singh. The officer further said that the matter of compensation to the family of deceased is also under consideration. Earlier in 2017 also, three sanitation workers died of suffocation while cleaning a sewer line at BDS market in sector 110, Noida. The lack of safety measures and negligence from the contractor was also highlighted in the incident. However, the Noida authority announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each for the family of deceased persons.last_img read more

UNESCO chief deplores murder of three more Iraqi journalists

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the latest killings of journalists in Iraq – two staff members of a Baghdad television network and an employee of a newspaper in the northern city of Mosul.The body of Sarmad Hamdi Al-Hassani, 43, was found on 28 June, a day after the employee of Baghdad TV was abducted in the Al-Jami’a quarter of the Iraqi capital. His colleague, Mohammed Hilal Karji, was abducted and killed earlier last month. In April, the Deputy Director of the same television network and one of his assistants were killed after a truck laden with explosives was driven at the network’s building and gunmen then opened fire.“This determination says a lot about the deliberate will of the criminals to eliminate all the voices which upset them and to finish with freedom of expression,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement issued at the agency’s headquarters in Paris. In a separate attack, the body of Louaï Souleimane, who worked for the newspaper Nineveh, which is published by a Christian association, was found riddled with bullets in the city of Mosul on 28 June.Mr. Matsuura reiterated his previous calls for more measures to protect media professionals in Iraq, which has become the most dangerous place in the world for journalists.According to Reporters without Borders, at least 191 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq since United States-led forces invaded in March 2003 and two others remain missing. Some 35 people have died since the start of this year.UNESCO is the only UN agency mandated to defend the freedom of the press and freedom of expression. 6 July 2007The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the latest killings of journalists in Iraq – two staff members of a Baghdad television network and an employee of a newspaper in the northern city of Mosul. read more

Hasen Ali slams shabby treatment by SLMC leadership

Ali told Express that as the “sole surviving founder-member of the SLMC”, he could not be treated so shabbily.He recalled that it was with great difficulty that Ashraf and he formed the party and fought the first ever election to the newly formed North Eastern Provincial Council in the late 1980s in the face of threats to their lives from the LTTE. The present leaders of the SLMC were not there at that time. Ali (70) was conspicuous by his absence at the SLMC’s 19 th. Grand Convention at Palamunai in Ampara district on Saturday in which the chief guest was President Maithripala Sirisena. The senior-most leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Hasen Ali, has slammed what he says is shabby treatment given to him by the SLMC leadership.Hasen Ali has rebelled against the party complaining of a consistent bid by the party Establishment to engineer his exit by stripping him of powers due to him as party General Secretary, the New Indian Express reported. Regretting that the party leadership had not given him a chance to enter parliament through an election, Ali said that the last time he contested for the Eastern Provincial Council, he had got the single largest number of preferential votes in Amparai district.“Despite my capabilities they would always make me a National List MP ( which is by nomination and not election) because they can get rid of my at any time,” Ali alleged.He further said that he had been stripped of his powers to make party Leader Rauff Hakeem supreme. According to Ali, the present leader of the SLMC does not feel for the Eastern Muslims as he is from Kandy. His stand on the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces will be tailored to suit his ambitious in national politics, Ali said.Ali’s stand is that if the North and East are merged to form a single Tamil-speaking province, as per the demand of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), then the Muslims should be given a separate but non-contiguous autonomous unit comprising the Muslim areas of the East and North West, on the pattern of Puduchery in India. (Colombo Gazette) “My colleagues and I raised objections to this. Talks were held and I was promised that my powers will be restored before the party convention. But the promise was not kept. That is why I stayed away from the convention,” Ali said. Asked if he would now leave the party and join Rishad Bathiyutheen’s All Ceylon Makkal Congress, which is the other Muslim power center, Ali said that he would never leave the SLMC.“I will not leave a party of which I am a founder-member, the sole surviving one at that. Negotiations are still on and I am hopeful that my powers will be restored,” he said.SLMC was formed primarily to safeguard the interest of the Muslims against aggressive encroachments by the Tamil militants and Sinhalese colonists in East Sri Lanka. Ali’s boycott caught the media’s attention almost as much as President Sirisena’s speech in which he ridiculed rival Mahinda Rajapaksa’s demand that power be handed back to him. read more

Markets Right Now Stocks end broadly lower on Wall Street

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4:00 p.m.Stocks are ending broadly lower on Wall Street with some of the biggest losses going to automakers and parts suppliers following disappointing sales figures for March.Fiat Chrysler gave up 4.8 per cent Monday and General Motors fell 3.4 per cent.Electric car maker Tesla bucked the trend and jumped 7.3 per cent after reporting sharply higher deliveries in the first quarter.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 5 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,357.The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 13 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 20,650. The Nasdaq composite fell 17 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,894.Small-company stocks fell far more than the rest of the market.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 per cent.___11:45 a.m.Stocks are getting off to a weak start in the second quarter as banks and energy companies slump.Automakers also had big losses Monday after reporting disappointing sales figures for March.General Motors fell 4 per cent and Fiat Chrysler gave up 5.7 per cent.Electric car maker Tesla bucked the trend and jumped 5 per cent after reporting sharply higher deliveries in the first quarter.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 13 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,348.The Dow Jones industrial average gave up 100 points, or 0.5 per cent, to 20,558. The Nasdaq composite was down 32 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 5,879.Small-company stocks fell more than the rest of the market.Bond prices rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 per cent.___9:35 a.m.Stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street with the biggest gains going to materials and industrial companies.The early gains Monday follow a solid first quarter for U.S. stocks.Steelmaker Nucor rose 1.3 per cent in early trading. Electric car maker Tesla rose 2.7 per cent after reporting a big jump in deliveries for the first quarter.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 1 point, less than 0.1 per cent, to 2,363.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 15 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 20,678. The Nasdaq composite increased 11 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 5,923.Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange. Markets Right Now: Stocks end broadly lower on Wall Street by The Associated Press Posted Apr 3, 2017 7:42 am MDT Last Updated Apr 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Security Council extends mandates of UN peace operations in Libya Colombia through

Adopting resolution 2434 (2018) the Security Council extended, until 15 September 2019, UNSMIL’s mandate as an integrated special political mission to support an inclusive political process, taking into account economic development and improvements in national security, within the framework of the Libyan Political Agreement and the UN Action Plan for the country.The 15-member Council also decided that UNSMIL should undertake a range of other tasks, including supporting key national institutions, monitoring and reporting on human rights, coordinating international assistance and providing advice and assistance to the Government of National Accord (GNA) in its efforts to stabilize post‑conflict zones – including those liberated from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh).Adopting a separate resolution 2435 (2018), the Security Council also extended by a year, the mandate of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia.In the resolution, the Council reaffirmed its “full commitment” to the peace process in Colombia and expressed its willingness to work with the Government to further extend the mandate of the Verification Mission, with the assent of all the parties involved.The UN Verification Mission was established in July last year, to verify the reintegration of former FARC-EP rebels into civilian life, as well as the security guarantees for former rebels, their families and wider community. read more

Phil Hogan I dont think the British are in a very coherent

first_img 58 Comments Wednesday 20 Jun 2018, 6:01 AM Phil Hogan: ‘I don’t think the British are in a very coherent position at the moment’ Ireland’s EU commissioner said that the Irish government’s patience is wearing thin. European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan. Jun 20th 2018, 6:02 AM 10,937 Views The big problem that the European Union has is we don’t know what the UK wants, and it takes two in any negotiation to reach an agreement. We’re waiting a long time to find out what exactly they want from negotiations.He added: “Time is getting shorter and patience is wearing out.” Share46 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article We’re waiting patiently. We’ll keep trying until October, if the UK continues the way they have been for the past couple of months, without coming forward with proposals as promised, well then you’re facing a difficult situation of a ‘no deal’.Just months before the EU parliament and UK House of Commons are scheduled to vote on the final Brexit deal, EU negotiators aren’t as advanced in negotiations as they would like to be.The UK officially leaves the EU in March 2019, two years after Article 50 was triggered.It’ll then enter the two-year transition phase of negotiations where trade will be debated (as of now, a new trade arrangement cannot be discussed as the UK is still technically an EU member state).But despite this limited timeline left to hammer home a deal, the UK and EU haven’t been able to agree to workable proposal for the Irish border issue. On the 28 and 29 June the EU member states are gathering for their third major Brexit meeting.This week also marks the two year anniversary since the Brexit referendum vote.EU agriculture commissioner and former Fine Gael minister Hogan said “I don’t think that the British are in a very coherent position at the moment in terms of what they want”.center_img Gráinne Ní Aodha reports from Brussels:AHEAD OF THE summit between EU member states and the UK on the issue of Brexit, there isn’t much optimism that the UK will put forward a solution to the Irish border issue.Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan told journalists yesterday that the EU and Irish government “were waiting patiently” for a solution, or a suggestion, but that “time and patience” was wearing out.“Everybody signed up to the backstop in December, everybody wants a frictionless border, it’s just we don’t know how the UK proposals are going to meet those objectives,” he said. Image: PA Archive/PA Images By Gráinne Ní Aodha We do have understanding of Mrs May’s problems within her government and within her party and we’re watching this week to see if there’s any new changes made arising from parliamentary votes. It’s a rollercoaster from the point of view of the Irish government.Hogan also added that “I have never seen such solidarity on any issue” the way EU member states are towards Ireland on Brexit.Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly said that he didn’t believe that the EU would leave Ireland behind at the last minute, saying that EU leaders “would lose face” if they threw a small country like Ireland under the bus over an issue as sensitive as the Irish border.London MEP Charles Tannock agreed with this assessment.“There was shock in the UK to the solidarity expressed in Europe on the Irish issue.”He said that there could easily be a special solution for Northern Ireland to allow them to work inside the EU customs union, a suggestion that the DUP have vehemently rejected.“The DUP are very inconsistent,” Tannock said, citing its call for different VAT rates for the North to make it more competitive with Dublin, and its different social policies such as abortion and gay marriage.“If the DUP were sensible and smart on this issue they would embrace having an alignment along the lines of the backstop… which would make them a magnet for investment and less reliant on Westminster and the United Kingdom as a whole for handouts.”An ardent and prominent Tory ‘Remainer’, Tannock said “you couldn’t put cigarette paper” between his views and Labour MEP Seb Dance’s views on “the shambles and the tragedy of Brexit”.“I think Brexit is a selfish and destructive act untangling 45 years of building a project together and done on a slim majority where on other issues you need a constitutional majority to make it binding.”He was particularly harsh on members of his own party and their view on what a possible solution to the Irish issue could look like. Brexiteers want what I call the ‘Empire II’ agenda, so we can reestablish these links which frankly is for the birds. Some of them even think that the Republic of Ireland really should be a vassal state somehow taking orders and it would be reintegrated not into the UK but certainly in some cosy relationship out of the European Union which is completely ridiculous and unacceptable.“But I have heard that mentioned quite loudly by members of my own party I’m afraid to say.”BackgroundThe UK government has so far put forward two suggestions for how to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland – both of which have been dismissed by the EU as unworkable.Plan A involves a new customs union arrangement between the UK and the EU, which is unworkable because the EU must treat all ‘third countries’ equally.Plan B would see technology monitor the movement of goods across the border, but the EU has said that the technology to do this hasn’t been invented yet.The Plan C option is the backstop – basically if there is no agreement on what to do on the island of Ireland in terms of trade and customs, that there would be “regulatory alignment” on the island of Ireland.The backstop is part of the Withdrawal Bill between the EU and the UK, so if there is no deal, there is no backstop and a hard border would automatically go up between the Republic and the North.There have been reports that British officials have been briefing EU member states’ governments in an attempt to convince them that the Irish border question isn’t a red line issue.Around three quarters of the total number of issues that pertain to Brexit have been agreed upon; the problems that remain, however, are some of the most difficult.Once a final deal is agreed, members of the European Parliament will vote whether to approve it in October; members of the UK House of Commons will do the same.Although there’s been talk of pushing the deadline for this vote back to November or even December, the European Parliament needs three months to debate, vote on and ratify the deal, and it needs to be done before March 2019, when the UK leaves the EU.This leaves very little time to push back the crucial, and possibly final, Brexit vote. Short URL European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan. Image: PA Archive/PA Images As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox:last_img read more

BSO investigate suspicious death of man after duplex fire in Wilton Manors

first_imgWILTON MANORS, FLA. (WSVN) – – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating a death they said is suspicious after a man was found dead by rescue crews inside a Wilton Manors duplex that had caught fire.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews were called to the scene along the 200 block of Northwest 25th Street, just before 8 p.m., Thursday.According to officials, when firefighters arrived, they said they saw some smoke coming from one of the units of a duplex.“There’s a resident inside the apartment complex that had called it in,” said Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan. “They said when they saw smoke barely coming out of the apartment, when they went up to the apartment, the door and windows felt hot. They immediately went back to their apartment, and they called 911 at that time.”When firefighters entered the apartment, they found one man deceased.“They found light fire but moderate smoke through the entire apartment and located the individual inside the apartment,” Gollan said.The man was later identified as 40-year-old John Craig Young. As for Young’s mother, she said she believes she knows who’s behind her son’s death.“It was someone he tried to help that is, I think, emotionally unstable and doesn’t see reality as it really is,” she said.For now, Young’s mother and the rest of his family continue to grapple with his sudden passing.“He was a good son. We loved him, of course, and we’ll miss him,” she said. “I can’t even imagine right now how much.”Loved ones hope a shelter or rescue will take Lucky and Young’s other dog, named Diva.The cause of the fire and Young’s death both remain under investigation.If you have any information on this investigation, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Friday afternoon, the victim’s mother, Barbara Young, spoke to 7News on the phone from her home in Ohio. She said she was devastated to watch news footage of the scene.“[He was] lying on the ground, and I could just see his shoe,” she said, “and that just, I don’t know, it made it so real.”The mother said police officers arrived at her home to inform her that her son was dead.“I couldn’t talk for just a long time. We didn’t believe it,” she said.Back at the scene of the blaze, Mike Mayberry, Young’s next-door neighbor, recorded cellphone video of first responders.“We had thought everyone had gotten out OK,” said Mayberry, “and then like 10, 15 minutes later, the firemen brought the person out. With smoke you’re somewhat lucid. You get up, you get out real quick, and so the fact that he was in there and passed away was totally shocking to all of us in the neighborhood.”Firefighters were able to put out the flames. Rescue crews also saved a dog that was in the backyard. “He had two dogs, and he would walk them every morning and afternoon, so you’d see him all the time. It was just very tragic for all of us in the neighborhood,” said Mayberry.Wilton Manors Police, Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies and FLFR crews remained at the scene for hours.Officials believe the fire started at the back of the property.Loved ones said Young’s other dog, Lucky, had been taken to a veterinarian just before the fire broke out. However, they do not know which vet, so they hope that vet’s office realizes what happened and reaches out to BSO.Barbara Young said she remembers her son as a caring man who had helped people turn their lives around.“He didn’t give up on people. He thought that there was good in people, and he would try to help them,” she said.BSO detectives are investigating the case. They said they have reason to believe the scene is suspicious. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TV Guide Prez ASME Guidelines Should Be Blown Up

first_imgUPDATE: ASME Responds Much of the talk at the DeSilva & Phillips 2009 Dealmakers Summit on Thursday revolved around weaning publishers off ad dollars toward other revenue streams, including paid content. But TV Guide president and CEO Scott Crystal blasted the magazine industry for lagging behind other media when it comes to creative branding opportunities for advertisers-including featuring ads on the cover of magazines.”The ASME guidelines need to be blown up,” Crystal said. “I have no problem with ads on the cover of a magazine. I’m not advocating someone else put an ad on their cover but if I want to do it, it should be up to me, my editors and the research we’ve done on our readers, not some panel.” While the February issue of Esquire is causing a stir for featuring an ad behind a peel-back flap on its cover, Crystal said it doesn’t go far enough. “Ads on the flap is a cop-out,” he said. “What signal would an ad on the cover send to a consumer that’s so egregious? I can understand why editors aren’t jumping up and down about it but if I can monetize this and invest it back into the product, what’s the problem?”Clinging to these church-state rules is holding back the industry, according to Crystal. “I don’t take this lightly and I don’t mean to sound arrogant about it. But we’re the only medium not bucking the conventional wisdom.”last_img read more

Senate majority not pleased with prospect of income tax as public testimony

first_imgSenate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, talks to reporters at a Senate Majority press availability. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Senators gave the proposed income tax a cool reception earlier today.Listen nowAnchorage Republican Senator Kevin Meyer said his constituents oppose creating a new bureaucracy to collect an income tax when the Permanent Fund continues to pay dividends.“I think that’s the part that — I think that’s the hardest for people to accept,” Meyer said. “It’s just the inefficiencies of giving money to people and then taking it back via the income tax.”The House passed the income tax on April 15th. The House would require the income tax and an oil and gas tax increase if the state lowers Permanent Fund dividends and draws from Permanent Fund earnings to pay for state government.The Constitution bars the Legislature from dedicating money for future spending, but House members say the tax should be designated to fund schools.It’s expected the income tax would raise about a quarter of the money needed to close the $2.6 billion gap between what the state spends and what it raises in taxes, fees and oil royalties.State Tax Division chief Ken Alper said it’s important to bring the state budget into balance. Alper said if a there’s a gap in the budget like the Senate majority has proposed, then the state risks making unplanned draws from Permanent Fund earnings.“And that’s where the biggest danger lies,” Alper said. “Because we have a Permanent Fund with very strict rules around it. Everyone knows what those rules are: We pay dividends. We generally do inflation-proofing. We fund it’s internal operations. And that’s it. If we’re going to change the way we manage the Permanent Fund, that is a generationally significant decision for Alaskans.”The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee was scheduled to begin hearing public testimony at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Alaska House reverses itself on full dividend

first_imgRep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage, comments on a state operating budget amendment during a House floor session in the Alaska Capitol on Friday. The House reversed itself on passing a $2,700 permanent fund dividend. Instead, it passed a $1,600 PFD. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Four days after passing a full Alaska Permanent Fund dividend of roughly $2,700, the House today voted to take back the action, and passed a $1,600 PFD instead.Listen nowThe House had been stalled since Monday, when the majority split over the size of the PFD. Six members of the majority today reversed their position.Dillingham Democratic House Speaker Bryce Edgmon was one of those members. He said there weren’t enough votes in either the House or the Senate to pass the state budget with the full dividend amount under a formula set by state law. And he said the lower amount is still higher than last year’s.“It became pretty clear to me that if I had the opportunity to get my constituents a $500 increase in the dividend — from last year’s $1,100 dividend to $1,600 this year — that that’s where my vote was going to go,” Edgmon said.Edgmon said there are enough votes in the House majority to pass the budget. If no minority caucus members vote for the budget, all but one member of the 22-member majority must vote for it to pass the 40-member House. That vote could come as soon as Monday.The PFD reversal drew criticism from those members of the House minority caucus who supported the full dividend.North Pole Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson opposed the reversal and the vote to set the PFD at $1,600.“I’m going to stay consistent,” Wilson said, addressing Edgmon. “And my consistency, Mr. Speaker, is $1,600 is still wrong.”Anchorage Democratic Rep. Geran Tarr had been in favor of the full PFD. But she ultimately voted for setting it at $1,600. She said lower-income Alaskans rely on the PFD to pay for basic necessities.“At some point … I hope that this Legislature can do the right thing, and do something that’s fair to all Alaskans, instead of asking the biggest commitment from the ones that have the least among us,” Tarr said. “And cutting the PFD is what that does.”Last year, the House majority proposed higher taxes on oil and gas companies and reinstating an income tax. The Senate majority opposes those tax changes.The budget amendment the House passed today also set how much the House would draw from permanent fund earnings to pay for the budget. The dividend draw would be $2.7 billion, which is slightly less than 5.25 percent of the fund’s market value.last_img read more

Schoolchildren among 20 killed in Jordan floods

first_imgA man looks for survivors after rain storms unleashed flash floods, near the Dead Sea, Jordan on 26 October 2018. REUTERSRescuers combed the shores of Jordan’s Dead Sea resort area early on Friday to find survivors after rain storms unleashed flash floods that killed at least 20 people, most of them school children on a school outing.Thirty seven people were rescued in a major operation involving helicopters and army and divers searching for survivors of the floods which swept through valleys to the shores of the area, the lowest point on earth, civil defence sources said.Police chief brigadier general Farid al Sharaa told state television the torrential rains swept away a bus carrying 44 children and teachers who were on a school trip picnicking in the popular destination.The national flag was lowered to half mast in mourning as public opinion and politicians began raising questions in local media outlets about the preparedness of national emergencies services to cope with such a disaster.Prime minister Omar Razzaz said it appeared the school had broken regulations by going ahead with the trip which had been banned in the Dead Sea area because of bad weather.An unknown number of people were still missing, hospital sources said.A bridge on one of the cliffs of the Dead Sea had collapsed under the force of the rains, the first such after the end of the summer season.Families of victims were searching the rugged area after search teams suspended operations overnight for a few hours, a witness said.Neighbouring Israel sent search-and-rescue helicopters to assist, an Israeli military statement said, adding the team dispatched at Amman’s request was operating on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.last_img read more

Flowers HS Principal Remains on Leave During Investigation

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comCharles H. Flowers High School Principal Gorman Brown remains on administrative leave as Prince George’s County Police Continue their investigation into an incident that was caught on cellphone video involving he and a disruptive student on February 6.According to County Police around 1:20 p.m. Principal Brown was summoned to locate a 17 year-old student who had just left a classroom after reportedly being disruptive in class. Brown is believed to have encountered the student in a hallway while a Prince George’s County Police School Resource Officer (SRO) was present. The resource officer apparently witnessed the entire incident between the principal and student, which had begun prior to the start of the cellphone video recording.Charles H. Flowers High School Principal Gorman Brown was involved in a scuffle with a 17-year-old student last week, which was caught on cellphone video and broadcast on social media and WJLA TV. This photo is a screenshot of “Wake Up Flowers” featured on YouTube. (Courtesy Photo)“We are aware of the incident at Charles Herbert Flowers High School,” Prince George’s County Public Schools Communications Officer Raven Hill said in a statement. “The matter is under investigation. The principal is on leave.”The entire interaction between Brown and the student remains at the center of the Police Department’s investigation.  According to a statement from the Department’s communications office, the SRO witnessed the student assault the principal several times before intervening by using a foam pepper spray on the student.  The officer was then able to take the student into custody and was then immediately taken to the nurse’s office where his face was washed. He was later released.  Foam pepper spray is used because it does not disperse in the air and affect others in its vicinity.The cell phone video shows the moment when Brown is accused of scuffling with a student.  During the video a man is seen appearing to swing at a student while the resource officer tries to separate them.Since the student has been charged as a juvenile, no further information regarding charges can be shared.  However, the Department’s investigation is continuing as they hope to secure any other amateur video that may have other angles or more of the entire incident.However, the video, which is the core of the investigation, was posted on social media before it was broadcast by WJLA-TV in D.C. last week.  While the Prince George’s County Public School System hasn’t condoned Brown’s alleged behavior, they haven’t admonished it yet either pending the ultimate findings of the investigation.Area 3 Associate Superintendent Dr. Carletta T. Marrow authored a letter to parents of Flowers students following the incident.“The safety of our students and staff is our top priority,” Marrow wrote. “Today’s incident is not in line with our school mission and values. Please discuss with your child acceptable behaviors that support a positive school climate.”This incident is the latest in a series of events that has left Flowers in an embattled state of affairs.  Last September a group of school employees sued the PGCPS after a secret camera was found in the principal’s office.  Several employees, including the principal, may have been videotaped during private meetings or while changing clothes before late evening afterschool events.The lawsuit that was filed in Maryland federal court sought damages against the school system and its security division, claiming the hidden video camera placed in the office without a warrant violated their constitutional rights “to be free from government intrusion and invasion” into their “private and personal space.”  Brown and school secretary Donna Bussey were two of of three plaintiffs named in the lawsuit after a hidden surveillance camera was found, which had been running in the principal’s suite for almost two years.  They sought monetary damages in the case, saying the discovery of the camera left them paranoid and emotionally distraught.last_img read more

2019 Tech Trends Worth Getting Hyped About

first_imgStay on target You Can Finally Buy A Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarThe World’s First Foldable Smartphone Transforms Into a Tablet Hot on the heels of CES 2019, we’ve just seen what tech companies hope will be the major shakers for this year. But, which of these trends are just that, and what is worth investing in? Remember when tech companies reaaaaally thought this was the time that 3D would take hold? Yeah, it sucks to dump cash into stuff that doesn’t pan out. So what new tech is worth the cost?Definitely Not 8KTCL QLED 8K televisions on display during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2019. (photo Credit: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)Well, for starters, this was ostensibly going to be the year of the 8K television. And, true, there’s loads of exceptional TVs to be found, they’re still on the far side of a mainstream purchase — a solid 8K TV will run north of $4,500, eating up almost 10 percent of the average American’s income. And that’s before we even touch the dearth of content. The reality is that 4K is only now gaining major adoption — with half of households likely to have a 4K display by the end of this year. Higher-res screens are definitely available, but it’ll be a couple years yet. When we begin seeing major adoption from content providers and console manufacturers, there’ll be cause and support for this kind of purchase.Flexible Screens This is still on the edge of what consumers can afford, but this trend is likely to evolve and gain prominence very, very quickly. Because let’s face it, this really is one of the holy grails of tech. Flexible screens will be far more resistant, if not completely immune to traditional breaking. Portability, modification, and plasticity in a variety of use cases, not to mention the potential return of phone-mounted keyboards make this one a feature to watch for.So far, there’s just one major phone offering from Chinese manufacturer Royole. The developer model is a hefty $1300, but given that the latest iPhones now weigh in at around $1000, this isn’t actually too bad — and bodes well for near-term adoption from other companies.LG’s foldable, rollable OLED, too, was a stunner. But that one’s likely to come in much, much higher on the price front. Much like 8K screens, don’t expect these to hit consumer hands any time soon. But even these basic applications are incredible teases at the world to come. 5G Is (Almost) Here!Samsung 5G prototype smartphone on display at CES 2019 on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo Credit: Andrej Sokolow/picture alliance via Getty Images)The next big wireless standard is, of course, 5G. These shifts are comparatively infrequent, with the iPhone’s entire 11-year lifespan just barely covering the last three major wireless generations. That said, 4G LTE has been the primary high-speed mobile network used by telecoms for just shy of ten years. So there’s a good chance that this next step will last a bit longer. Especially because the potential maximum throughput is more than twenty times that of 4G.It’s also coming down the pike really quickly. AT&T and other mobile operators are expecting dozens of U.S. cities by the end of the year, with at least Samsung known to be planning the rollout of their next line of phones and 5G integration later this year. Increasing Smart Home IntegrationKohel unveiled its Numi 2.0 Intelligent Toilet, with voice control technology, at CES 2019 (Photo Credit: Kohler)In the same way that the bee’s knees of the early 2010s was the 2-in-1 laptop-tablet combo, now all eyes are smart home integration. Alexa, Google Now, etc. have made massive inroads into creating massive categories for recognized commands, much stronger and more complex integration with apps and software. That’s not to mention the bevy of spendy but attainable tech like smart locks, doorbells, and lighting that middle class families may want to splurge on to help streamline one bit of their life. The fully automated home of yesteryear’s speculative fiction is still a ways off for all but the hyper-wealthy or supremely dedicated, but the cost of these systems is right for some people to start seriously begin adopting at least some smart IoT devices in their homes.Legit Flying (and Walking) Cars… We HopeFuturistic means of transportation are some of the easiest things to get excited about. I mean, for the love of all that is silicon, how long has humanity been waiting for flying cars? So, it’s easy to get pumped about the new offering from Uber partner-in-transit Bell. The fact that it has some big backing helps believability a bit. Allegedly, they’ll be rolling out by 2020, but it’s hard to say and harder to believe after decades upon decades of let-downs thus far. So time will tell.Also on the horizon, though, is the Hyundai Elevate, a walking car intended for use as a versatile rescue and support vehicle. It’s only a concept for now, but if it works as intended, it could herald a totally new way to move humans around. Modulating the size of the core tech — four legs with six functional joints as well as a similarly flexible power train — either up or down could mark a transportation revolution. Maximally accessible public transit could navigate end some dense urban environments as well as electric wheelchairs that can easily climb stairs. But again… how many times have we all been hyped for that big next step in transportation. It won’t be here until it’s here, and when it is, it’ll probably be amazing. But, as with the 8K displays, the rollout of revolutionary tech is often slow. So there’ll likely be a wait yet. But, our sincere hope is that some major player in the automotive/tech space has a fully functional consumer-class model ready to spring on us in the next year. We’ve waited long enough for flying cars, dammit. Read more coverage from CES 2019.More on Can Finally Buy a Terabyte SD Card Thanks to LexarLearn From Others’ “Mythtakes,” Don’t Microwave Your PhoneThis Smart Mirror Gives You More Time to Admire Yourselflast_img read more