By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chief of Canada’s highest oil producing First Nation has requested an audience with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries during the oil-cartel’s meeting in Austria next month.Onion Lake Cree Nation Chief Wallace Fox has written the Abdalla Salem El-Badri Badri, the secretary general of the OPEC Secretariat asking First Nations chiefs be allowed to make a presentation before the member countries.Onion Lake, which sits in Saskatchewan, produces 20,000 barrels of oil a day on its territory.“The chiefs will provide information that oil from Canada and sold to the United States is not conflict free. The environmental devastation in the tar sands encompasses an area the size of France. The environmental devastation is a violation of the human rights of Indigenous peoples,” wrote Fox, in the letter dated Nov. 17. “All oil sold by Canada to the United States is without payment to the Indigenous peoples.”Canada sends about 2.5 million barrels of oil a day to the U.S.The next OPEC meeting is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Vienna, Austria. There are currently 12 member nations of OPEC and the cartel exerts considerable influence over the price of oil in its decisions to increase or decrease oil production.OPEC member countries include Saudi Arabia, Iran, Kuwait, Iraq, Venezuela, Qatar, Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Libya, the United Arab Emirates and Ecuador.Fox said other First Nations with oil on their territory have also indicated an interest in attending the Vienna meeting and are waiting to see if Onion Lake gets a positive response before fully committing to attend.Fox said Onion Lake is a “sovereign entity” seeking to attract political support and investment from OPEC-member countries and sever all dependency on Ottawa.“OPEC countries have a lot of wealth,” said Fox. “Onion Lake has always thought outside the box.”Fox said his Onion Lake have already developed ties to Asia and Europe.“We are exploring all avenues for creating additional investment,” he said.The bid by First Nations chiefs to address the OPEC nation already has the backing of Iran, according to former Manitoba chief Terry Nelson who recently travelled to Tehran.The Iranian government also mentioned OPEC in a statement jointly issued with Nelson at the close of his trip.“We call upon the government of Canada to consider the experiences of other countries regarding fair distribution of the natural resources’ income,” said the statement. “The OPEC nations have had a similar history in dealing with colonial powers.”firstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO – The industrials and technology sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Thursday, while U.S. stock markets moved lower.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. climbed along with aviation and other rail companies after the company showed strong results in its earnings after markets Wednesday.The industrial sector index, which closed up 1.14 per cent, looks to be benefiting from a strong economy across North America, said Allan Small, a senior investment advisor at HollisWealth.“When you have an economy in North America firing on if not all cylinders then pretty close, you can extrapolate to the rails, they’re the ones that carry the goods all around.”A boost to the utilities, consumer staples and other sectors also helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 65.61 points at 16,543.01.U.S. stocks were hit by concerns about trade tension as congressional hearings on auto tariffs got underway, said Small.“I think more talk overnight and early this morning about auto tariffs, etc. I think that took down U.S. markets.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 134.79 points at 25,064.50. The S&P 500 index was down 11.13 points at 2,804.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 29.14 points at 7,825.30.Trade tension could have also played a role in pushing down the Canadian dollar, which averaged 75.44 cents US for a dip of 0.29 of a US cent Thursday.“All these trade talks, trade wars, the idea that the U.S. President could put tariffs on automobile parts and automobiles in general. There’s been more talk of that recently, so I think trade worries brought down our dollar,” said Small.He said confidence that the U.S. federal reserve will continue to steadily increase rates has also strengthened the U.S. dollar against other currencies.The September crude contract closed up 49 cents at US$68.24 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.77 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended down $3.90 at US$1,224 an ounce and the September copper contract was down six cents at US$2.70 a pound.Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. closed up 7.5 cents, or 46.88 per cent, at 23.5 cents after De Beers Canada Inc. signed a deal to acquire the company in an offer valued at $107 million. Under the deal, De Beers will pay 24 cents per share for the company, which owns the Chidliak diamond project located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit.
Eight Indian crew members of a detained Iranian ship are learnt to have landed in troubled waters off the coast of Sri Lanka and are allegedly facing the wrath of their 16 fellow Iranian crew members for their refusal to sail back with the ship and the rest of the crew till their documents, which were seized by Sri Lankan authorities, were not returned.The beleaguered Indian crew members, who are understood to have been trapped inside the ship MV Amina for the past two weeks in international waters close to Sri Lanka, includes Vizagite Nalla Anand, who is the third engineer on board the ship. One of the Indian crew members, Bosun Jesuraj has been reportedly suffering from high blood pressure and severe chest pain for the past three days but was not being sent to the hospital by the ship’s captain who was allegedly treating him on the ship despite his worsening condition, Anand informed TOI through SMS. “All 8 Indians in tension and badly waiting for sign off because of the situation prevailing here,” Anand said in the message. The Lankan authorities had reportedly, acting on behalf of a German bank, detained the Iranian ship as the shipping company IRISL of Iran had taken a loan of Euro 250 million from the bank to buy the ship but had changed the name of the ship MV Shere to MV Amina without making the necessary payments and let it sail in international waters, the sources said. The matter has already been brought to the attention of Union shipping minister GK Vasan and other top officials by family members of Nalla Anand, who are now waiting for necessary action from the Indian authorities. (Times of India) V Rajasekhar, a relative of Nalla Anand told TOI that he tried to take the help of one of his friends, Gunasekharan, in Sri Lanka after he his brother Anand informed him about the incident. “With the help of Gunasekharan, the matter was presented before the Indian embassy in Lanka as well as the Lankan authorities,” Rajasekhar said.Pointing out that his brother and other Indian crew members were in no way connected to the dispute between the owners of the vessel and the German bank, Rajasekhar said that they were only contracted to help in sailing the ship through a Mumbai-based N Deep Sea Shipping and Manning Services.According to Rajasekhar, a Sri Lankan court had ordered the ship to be brought closer Galle port but the captain of the ship allegedly pretended that the vessel had developed engine problems. The court is now slated to hear the case on January 10, 2013. The ship set sail from China on November 18 and reached Sri Lankan waters on December 6 with 24 crew members on board. The anchor position of the ship was shifted twice before it finally anchored near Galle Port on December 14 where the Lankan authorities confiscated the ship’s documents, including the passports and other documents of the Indian crew members, sources said.According to sources, the ship was forcibly docked on December 24 after it made attempts to move out of Lankan waters despite severe opposition from the Indian crew, who were ready to get off board as they did not have the requisite documents to travel to Iran.
NEW YORK — School lunch menus already have Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays. Now some may get Trade Mitigation Thursdays.This fall, U.S. school cafeterias are expecting shipments of free food courtesy of President Donald Trump’s trade disputes. The products are coming from the Department of Agriculture, which is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations.A Maryland district is awaiting a truckload of canned kidney beans — one of several “trade mitigation” items schools were offered.“We make our own chili soup, so we knew we had a use for that,” said Barbara Harral, a nutrition official for Montgomery County Public Schools.All told, she said the district is getting $70,000 worth of free products for the fall, including apples and oranges. Harral, who has been with the district for 22 years, doesn’t recall the USDA offering trade mitigation foods before.The USDA has long purchased and distributed agricultural products to help farmers, who can face swings in supply and demand in any given year. But the agency is buying even more as a result of Trump’s trade fight, which prompted other countries to take retaliatory actions that curb imports of American farm products.That’s resulting in an unusual bounty for the groups that get government foods, showing one way federal policies influence what people eat.According to the USDA, most food purchased as part of trade-relief efforts is going to programs that help the needy. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, for instance, says it’s getting roughly twice as much government food as normal, including rarely donated items like pistachios. Though they may struggle to handle the sudden deluge, food banks say they’re generally happy for the bounty.The USDA says schools are only getting a tiny slice of trade mitigation foods, accounting for a majority of the $27 million of products ordered for child nutrition programs. But at a national convention for school cafeteria employees this summer, agency officials noted the program is expected to continue with additional items.Already, schools are entitled to annual allotments of USDA foods based on how many students they serve through the national school lunch program. But cafeteria officials who operate on tight budgets say they have always welcomed the “bonus” foods the agency offered in the past, even if the market forces that make the products available isn’t always clear.One year, they recall there was bonus almond butter, long before it was popular. Another year, there were frozen catfish pieces.“At the time, we didn’t have a way to use them,” Harral of Montgomery County said of the catfish.In the last couple years, the USDA said it hasn’t really offered bonus foods to schools, instead diverting them to programs for the needy. That’s making the trade mitigation items that much more of a treat for school food officials.“The room lights up when everyone knows we’ve got new items that are coming,” said Scott Clements, director of child nutrition at the Mississippi education department, which ordered two truckloads of trade mitigation pulled pork and four loads of kidney beans.Still, putting bonus foods to use can be tricky for schools, which plan menus far in advance and have to consider factors like procurement contracts and warehouse capacities. Such limitations are likely why schools didn’t take full advantage of the $100 million in trade mitigation foods they were offered for the fall, according to the USDA.In Alaska, officials only ordered a half truck of free kidney beans.“There’s only so many ways you can use them,” said Sue Lampert, a school food official for the state.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Candice Choi, The Associated Press
Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, an ardent campaigner for a girl’s right to an education, and India’s Kailash Satyarthi, an activist fighting child labour, are the joint recipients of this year’s prize. Announcing the decision in Oslo, Norway, the Nobel judges cited the winners’ “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”In a statement released today, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised Ms. Yousafzai’s resilience in confronting extremists who sought to keep young girls out of school with “courage and determination,” adding that “Malala” had shown what terrorists fear most – “a girl with a book.” “Malala is a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher,” the Secretary-General said. “The United Nations will continue to stand with her against extremism and for the right of girls everywhere to be free of violence, to go to school and to enjoy their right to an education.”Ms. Yousafzai has become a regular presence at the United Nations since she was nearly killed in a targeted attack for lobbying for a girl’s right to an education. In 2013, the Secretary-General dubbed 12 July – Ms. Yousafzai’s birthday – as “Malala Day.” Mr. Ban reserved similar accolades for Mr. Satyarthi, whose “heroic work” had pushed the world away from denial about abusive child labour to “acknowledgement, awareness and action,” raising public awareness, mobilizing opinion leaders, and galvanizing society.“Kailash Satyarthi has been at the forefront of a worldwide movement for justice, global education and a better life for millions of children trapped in exploitative child labour,” he stated, citing Mr. Satyarthi’s tireless “leadership, commitment and personal sacrifice over many decades.” “He has successfully brought together the key elements for success in the fight against the worst forms of child labour – moral outrage, personal commitment, and societal engagement,” concluded Mr. Ban. In a separate statement, the UN Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) applauded the “well-deserved honour” for the two activists and observed that the timing could not be more appropriate as 2014 also marked the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. “This award will be an inspiration to all the millions of unnamed and unknown children around the world who battle silently in their own lives for the right to an education and the right to be heard and protected,” the agency added.Also today, among the other UN officials applauding the winners, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) congratulated Mr. Satyarthi and Ms. Yousafzai on their win, saying: “They are the true fighters for children’s rights”.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh McCown were limited at practice for the second straight day, leaving it uncertain who will start Sunday at Tennessee.Coach Todd Bowles says Thursday that Darnold, McCown and Davis Webb all took snaps during drills and the team will continue to monitor them before making a final decision on who will be under centre against the Titans.Darnold has missed the past two games with a strain in his right foot. He showed progress Wednesday by participating in team drills for the first time since being injured against Miami on Nov. 4. Bowles said Darnold had no soreness in the foot Thursday.McCown is dealing with a sore hand and back. His right hand was cut when he banged it on a helmet during the Jets’ loss last Sunday to New England.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLDennis Waszak Jr., The Associated Press
The lowest rated player in the Buckeyes’ seven-player class, Shaw is the 660th-best overall player and the 53rd-ranked safety in the country, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He plays football for The Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland, which is where redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins and redshirt sophomore linebacker Keandre Jones played. Shaw is the No. 13-ranked player in Maryland.Along with his football prowess, Shaw is a top-ranked high-school lacrosse recruit. He committed to Maryland to play the sport as a freshman. Ohio State added the seventh commitment to its 2019 recruiting class when three-star safety Bryson Shaw announced his pledge to the Buckeyes Saturday night.Shaw had been committed to Wisconsin since Jan. 27, but the Buckeyes managed to flip him. He is the first player in his to slip to Ohio State. Shaw cited the need to be closer to his family as a reason for him switching his commitment to the Buckeyes.Please respect my decision. My recruitment is now closed. Go Buckeyes! pic.twitter.com/QBY5f2p9Jh— Bryson shaw (@bshaw272727) April 28, 2018
Royal sources said that trend would continue in 2017 as they help to lighten the workload for the Queen, who will be 91 in April, and the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 96 in June.“They want to be in a position that when they are asked to do more, they are in a position to say yes,” said one insider. An added factor is that the Duke’s two-year piloting contract comes to an end in March, and he will have to decide before then whether he is able to sign on for another lengthy period.One likely scenario is that he will continue working for East Anglian Air Ambulance until the summer, even though his contract with Bond Air Services expires in March.The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry have carried out more engagements this year than in 2015. Since they became parents three years ago, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have turned Anmer Hall in Norfolk into their perfect family home, offering a “normal” childhood for Prince George and Princess Charlotte away from prying eyes.In 2017, however, they are expected to leave it behind after deciding Prince George should be schooled in London and that Kensington Palace should be their full-time base.The Duke and Duchess are also ready to step up their royal duties, with the Duke contemplating giving up his career as a helicopter pilot to take up a full-time public role.Sources close to the couple have said they are committed to expanding their own Royal Foundation charity by giving more time to pet causes including mental health.They have told friends they expect 2017 to be a milestone year, in which they settle into roles that will last until they become king and queen. 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. “The Prince of Wales wants a slimmed-down monarchy and that will also have an effect in terms of the number of duties carried out by each of the core members.“Also their ambition for their charitable side is increasing. The impact of the Heads Together mental health campaign, in particular, is making them want to be more active on the issues they care most about.”Before Christmas the Queen passed on her patronages of 25 organisations to members of the Royal family including the Duke and Duchess.The Duchess has become patron of the All England Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon and the Duke is patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, among other groups. A source said: “The Duke, in particular, has a lot of thinking to do over the Christmas and New Year period.“He has his job as an Air Ambulance pilot, which he enjoys very much, but he also wants to take on more royal duties, as does the Duchess. “Decisions about schooling and nurseries are all part of that.” The Duke and Duchess are understood to have put Prince George’s name down for £6,500-a-term Wetherby School in London, the pre-prep school attended by the young Princes William and Harry.Officially, they have made no final decision on schooling, but the Duchess is said to be privately resigned to moving back to London. They want to be in a position that when they are asked to do more, they are able to say yes Anmer Hall in NorfolkCredit:Rex
An anonymous note left on a vending machine at a cancer hospital offering free treats to patients and staff has gone viral.The note was found on the machine at The Christie hospital in Manchester, revealing the snacks had already been paid for. Lauren Hunstone, health care assistant at The Christie, who was one of the first to discover the contents of the vending machine, said “it left everyone buzzing”. “The bottom of the vending machine was absolutely full of chocolate, crisps, cereal bars and snacks. It really perked up everyone’s day to realise that someone had randomly done something so lovely and kind out of the goodness of their heart and not wanting to take any thanks.“It made all the nurses on our ward feel so happy and we were all beaming for the rest of the day. To whoever did this amazing random act of kindness, I’d like to say a huge thank you.”Meanwhile, last year a mother left this unexpected note for thieves who broke into her car.And this pub wrote the perfect sign to noisy regulars about waking the neighbours. Lauren Hunstone, health care assistant at The ChristieCredit:Provided 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. The note in full Credit:Provided “Please find a variety of snacks in the bottom of this machine that have been paid for,” it said. “I simply wanted to perform some random act of kindness to try and brighten up someone’s day.“Hopefully there will be something in there for you to enjoy.“Finally, if you can, try and spread the kindness.”
Donaldson, a leading, worldwide manufacturer of filtration systems and parts, marks the 10th anniversary of the commercialisation of PowerCore® filtration technology and the sale of its 10 millionth filter. PowerCore’s media technology revolutionised air filtration for the heavy-duty off-road equipment markets, and today continues to deliver to first-fit and aftermarket users worldwide. “Our customers’ need for greater filtration performance in a smaller package drove the demand for Donaldson’s new air filtration technology a decade ago,” said Andrew Dahlgren, General Manager of the Engine Air Business Unit at Donaldson. “As years passed, we continued to improve the technology, culminating in the release of PowerCore G2. Today, we celebrate the advancements PowerCore has made in air filtration. This anniversary also coincides with the sale of more than ten million PowerCore filters worldwide.” Introduced as an alternative to conventional, larger-sized filters, PowerCore’s straight-through airflow design and high-density filtration system reduces system restriction, extends filter life and reduces overall maintenance costs. The compact, metal-free, cartridge-style design traps contaminants inside its structure for cleaner and easier servicing. “Larger, conventional filters have a hollow center to allow air to exit to the engine and need more clearance under the hood for proper air flow,” continued Dahlgren. “PowerCore’s compact design – 40 to 50% smaller than competitive brands – helps our customers deal with the need to package more and more equipment in the engine compartment. Additionally, PowerCore’s distinctive appearance, variety of shapes and different mounting options differentiate it from conventional filters. OEMs can now choose from an array of configurations to meet their design specifications.”Complementary to this innovative air filtration solution is the incorporation of Ultra-Web® nanofibre filter media. Manufactured using a proprietary electrospinning process, Ultra-Web causes submicron contaminants such as dust and soot to load on the surface rather than disperse throughout the depth of the filter media where pores can quickly clog. Extensive lab testing has shown that Ultra-Web enhances the efficiency of high-quality filter media to nearly 100 percent, while extending filter service intervals. Not resting on its technology laurels, Donaldson improved the design further with the introduction of PowerCore’s second generation – PowerCore G2 – in 2008. PowerCore G2 offers the same straight-through airflow and high-density filtration system advantages as “the original” – with a footprint that’s 30% smaller than the original PowerCore design.”“PowerCore G2 took it to the next level,” concluded Dahlgren. “Today, Donaldson delivers the biggest air filtration performance using the smallest footprint. Our second generation solution offers a host of performance advantages to our customers, including smaller size, lower pressure drop and longer filter life. But we’re not finished yet. As under-hood space and performance requirements continue to change, we are committed to designing and manufacturing innovative air filtration technologies that will support our customers’ applications.”
Short URL ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES are now being charged fees to use rural transport schemes to get to HSE day services.The issue was first raised by Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth in the Dáil last month, when she highlighted that services users attending Drumlin House in Cootehill Co Cavan were “stunned” to receive a letter from the HSE informing them that their transport service which is provided with the Local Link would now cost €4 daily return.“That’s a total charge of €960 per annum for a person with a disability,” she said. The travel pass is not accepted on these private services.“If they can’t afford it – and they most likely can’t afford it – they will be left at home,” Smyth said.This week Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said a number of affected families in Cavan and Monaghan had also contacted him about the fees, which were implemented from 1 April.He said those in receipt of disability allowance, and who are solely reliant on the service will be particularly hard hit, calling it “a further attack on the most vulnerable in society”. Carthy called on the government to arrange for service users to use their travel passes on these journeys.“There is a genuine fear now in families that their loved ones may not be able to avail of services simply because of the cost. I am aware that in the case of one family, the cost annually would be €2,000,” he said.The HSE told TheJournal.ie that this issue impacts on service users in five counties – Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan and Sligo – that make up Community Health Care Organisation Area 1, or CHO1. It said the recent change was due to increasing transport costs. “The provision of transport for clients accessing HSE Day Services across Older Persons, Disability and Mental Health Services is a particular challenge across the five counties where public transport is limited.The HSE does not have a statutory requirement to provide transport, however it is recognised that many people could not access services without HSE support.The HSE said it currently contributes 90% of the total transport operating costs to enable clients to access day services across CHO1, with the remainder being paid by passengers.“Due to increasing transport costs and to enable the continued delivery of these essential services it is necessary to introduce a standard €4 daily charge for all CHO 1 service users from 1 April 2019.This charge will contribute to overall improvements in service delivery including increased number of routes, shorter journey times and improvement in overall quality of vehicles used.The HSE said maximum cost to any individual is €20 per week, and “only then on the basis that they access the day services, every day of the year that the service is operating”. Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions 48,243 Views By Michelle Hennessy ‘An attack on the most vulnerable’: HSE introduces fees for transport to disability day services One family told their local MEP they were facing a €2,000 annual bill. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Syda Productions Tuesday 23 Apr 2019, 6:00 AM 42 Comments Of the many HSE Centres affected in my own constituency, Cranog Resource Centre in Castleblayney is one. The majority of users here receive fixed weekly allowances, such as Disability Allowance, where €4.00 a day represents a significant amount of money out of their weekly budget, especially for those attending a centre on multiple days. https://jrnl.ie/4598107 Share Tweet Email3 Apr 23rd 2019, 6:00 AM
Déchets : les collectivités écrivent une lettre ouverte à Jean-Louis BorlooFrance – Vendredi dernier, à quelques heures d’un vote sur le financement de la filière Emballages, l’Association des collectivités locales et des professionnels pour la gestion des déchets (Amorce) et le Cercle national du recyclage envoyaient une lettre ouverte au ministre de l’Environnement Jean-Louis Borloo. Un courrier dans lequel ils lui rappelaient le coût d’une gestion optimisée des déchets.”A quelques heures du vote définitif de l’enveloppe financière de la filière Emballages pour les 6 prochaines années (…) nous tenons à vous assurer de la totale détermination des collectivités pour obtenir une juste application de la loi Grenelle qui a été votée à l’unanimité des parlementaires” lit-on dans cette lettre.À lire aussiUn geyser de Yellowstone jaillit et éjecte des déchets jetés par des touristes il y a plus de 80 ansLa loi Grenelle prévoit que la couverture des services de collecte et de tri optimisé via l’écocontribution des producteurs d’emballages soit portée à 80%. Une mesure visant à financer l’objectif de 75% de recyclage fixé pour 2012, mais qui est loin de faire l’unanimité, opposant depuis plusieurs mois les producteurs d’emballages et les collectivités. Ces dernières s’inquiètent de la faiblesse du montant retenu par l’État pour le financement de cet engagement. Le gouvernement a proposé la somme de 630 à 640 millions d’euros quand les collectivités estiment qu’une fourchette comprise entre 742 millions et un milliard d’euros est nécessaire.Avec “un coût actuel de la gestion des emballages évalué à plus d’un milliard d’euros, qu’il faudra certes optimiser, mais qui devra également être augmenté de nouveaux investissements afin d’atteindre l’objectif du grenelle de 75% de recyclage des emballages”, la proposition du gouvernement ne peut “décemment pas correspondre à l’engagement du Grenelle” déplore l’Amorce. Pour l’association, ce trop faible financement aurait “pour conséquence de laisser à la charge des collectivités et des contribuables locaux le coût de la gestion de ces déchets d’emballages qui remplissent nos poubelles quotidiennement”.Le 25 octobre 2010 à 09:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
President Signs Executive Order Promoting Rural Broadband AccessComcast says privacy is a premium feature you should pay for As if debt, climate change, and poor healthcare weren’t enough, rural communities are often excluded from access to high-speed Internet.Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to change that.In a lengthy Medium post, the Massachusetts senator laid out plans to invest in rural America—including a public option for broadband.“In the 21st century, every home should have access to [reliable, high-speed Internet]—but we’re not even close to that today,” Warren lamented.In 2017, 26.4 percent of people in provincial areas (and 32.1 percent of those occupying tribal lands) did not have access to minimum-speed broadband (25 Mbps/3 Mbps), compared to 1.7 percent in metropolitan areas, the FCC reported.And while urban areas are more likely to have access to fiber broadband, many residents still can’t afford to connect to it.“This ends when I’m president,” Warren promised. “I will make sure every home in America has a fiber broadband connection at a price families can afford. That means publicly owned and operated networks—and no giant ISPs running away with taxpayer dollars.”Her complex proposal features various moving parts. But perhaps most ambitious of all is an $85 billion federal grant program to expand broadband access across the country.The federal government will pay 90 cents on the dollar for construction; in exchange, applicants must offer high-speed public broadband directly to every home in their area.Claimants are obliged to offer at least one plan with 100 Mbps/100 Mbps speeds and one discount Internet plan for low-income customers, with a prepaid feature or low monthly rate.Of the total funds, $5 billion will be earmarked for 100 percent federal grants to tribal nations, in an effort to expand broadband access on Native American lands.Warren also pledged to return broadband rights to local governments, appoint net neutrality advocates to the FCC, improve the accuracy of broadband maps, and invest $2.5 billion over 10 years to ensure everyone has the skills to participate in our digital economy.The candidate’s proposal comes a day after Comcast announced the largest-ever expansion of its Internet Essentials program.The comprehensive broadband adoption program now includes all qualified low-income households in its service area—an estimated 3 million additional units across America.Applicants simply need to show they are participating in one of more than a dozen government assistance programs (Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP], Supplemental Security Income [SSI], etc.).Comcast already accepts folks who have a student eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program, live in public housing or receive HUD Housing Assistance (including Section 8 vouchers), or participate in the Veterans Pension Program, as well as low-income seniors and community college students in select pilot markets.More on Geek.com:Amazon Will Launch 3,236 Satellites to Offer Broadband Internet From SpacePresident Signs Executive Order Promoting Rural Broadband AccessNASA Brings Broadband to the Moon Stay on target
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Theresa Kyte San Diego law enforcement, employers and other stakeholders are holding an event to discuss causes of workers’ compensation fraud and its impacts on employers and injured workers. The event will also provide information on recently-enacted laws to help prosecute fraudsters.California has the highest workers’ compensation costs in the nation.The Chief Deputy District Attorney will discuss a 50% drop in claimant fraud in the county and his call for employers and attorneys to work with law enforcement to report fraudulent acts.The Chief Deputy District Attorney will also provide an update on Operation Backlash. The program was launched to crack down on the largest workers’ comp provider fraud kickback scheme ever uncovered in San Diego County.To date, charges have been filed against 55 defendants, 32 of which has been convicted.The event is set for Friday, June 15 at The Butcher Shop Steakhouse. San Diego County to combat workers’ compensation fraud June 14, 2018 Updated: 11:19 AM Theresa Kyte, Posted: June 14, 2018
B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters’ questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of an abandoned tunnel east of Juneau.Mines Minister Bill Bennett got an up-close look at what’s left of B.C.’sTulsequah Chief Mine on Monday. It’s leaking acidic water into a river on the Canadian side of the border that flows into the salmon-rich Taku River. That waterway empties into the ocean near the capital city.Bennett says scientists say the discharge is not harmful to fish. But he’s not proud of what he saw.“I think B.C. is going to have to find a way to rectify it sooner than later and I think it is a most legitimate criticism of us by those folks in Alaska who don’t like it,” he says.The zinc, copper and gold mine last operated in the 1950s. Current owner Chieftain Metals Corp. has permits, but not full financing.The mine was part of a Monday helicopter tour of the Taku River with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton.Bennett is taking a conciliatory tone as he meets with regulators, policymakers and critics of transboundary mining this week in Juneau and Ketchikan.He says he’ll work toward agreements during such talks. But it won’t be easy.“There are many, many things that have been said that are not correct that we’re going to need to correct before we can have a rational discussion, and even a rational debate, about what needs to happen,” Bennett says.That includes a recent reportrecommending methods for storing waste rock from mining and ore processing.He says it includes underwater storage behind dams. Environmental groups say it requires dry storage, which they say poses less risk to the environment.Bennett’s tour includes Admiralty Island’s Greens Creek Mine, which uses dry tailings storage.
Share Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Shannon Harrison/Houston Public MediaImmigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has confirmed dozens of cases of mumps in at least 16 detention facilities across the state.More than 100 new mumps cases have been identified in Texas immigrant holding facilities in the last five weeks, according to data obtained by News 88.7.The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed 436 total cases of mumps since the outbreak started in October 2018. The count of mumps cases includes all federal facilities that hold immigrants, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and shelters that hold unaccompanied migrant children, according to state officials. Immigration lawyer Jodi Goodwin said some of her clients detained in the Rio Grande Valley have been quarantined because of the outbreak. “I had a number of clients that were basically stuck at El Valle [ICE facility], because nobody would interview them, nobody would take them to court, I couldn’t go see them, due to this mumps outbreak,” said Goodwin. ICE data requested by News 88.7 through the Freedom of Information Act confirmed mumps cases in at least 16 different detention facilities. In an essay published by the Migrant Center for Human Rights, one immigrant detained near San Antonio said, “I’ve already missed two court dates because of the previous quarantines I was in. I’ve been here five months and I’ve only had one court hearing. There’s one man who’s been here eight months and for six of those months he’s been in quarantine so he’s also only had one court hearing.” The immigrant’s identity remained anonymous to protect confidentiality, according to the Migrant Center for Human Rights. “To have this many cases concentrated in this relatively small population is distinctly unusual in the United States,” said Dr. Jody Rich, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Brown University and a volunteer with Physicians for Human Rights.Rich said he thinks immigration authorities should be vaccinating immigrants to stop the spread of mumps, which is highly contagious. “We should be vaccinating all at-risk people as early as possible, particularly if we are about to confine them in a closed space with a bunch of other unvaccinated people in the setting of an outbreak,” said Rich. In a written statement, ICE said they quarantine people exposed to mumps but declined to say outright whether or not vaccines are being administered to detainees in affected Texas facilities.Rich said containing mumps and vaccinating detainees is crucial to public health, especially since the same vaccine (MMR) that protects against mumps, is also what prevents measles.“You have a large population at risk for developing measles in a congregate housing setting where transmission will spread like wild fire,” he said. 00:00 /00:50 X
Microsoft is taking a stand against climate devastation by hiking its internal carbon tax in a new sustainability drive. On Tuesday, the company announced that it nearly doubling its internal carbon fee to $15 per metric ton on all carbon emissions. The company introduced the internal carbon tax back in 2012. The fee is charged based on energy use from the company’s data centers, offices, and factories, and emissions from its employees’ business air travel. Now, the funds from this higher fee will maintain Microsoft’s carbon neutrality and help meet their sustainability goals. Microsoft is aiming to use 70% renewable energy to power its data centers by 2023. For comparison, Google reached 100% renewable energy for its global operations — including both their data centers and offices in 2017. In April, this year Apple announced that its global facilities are powered with 100 percent clean energy. This achievement includes retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities in 43 countries. Amazon has been the slow one in this race. Although, Amazon announced that it would power data centers with 100 percent renewable energy; since 2018 Amazon has reportedly slowed down its efforts to use renewable energy using only 50 percent. Microsoft has started the construction of 17 new buildings at their Washington headquarters. These buildings will run on 100 percent carbon-free electricity. Also, the amount of carbon associated with the construction materials of these buildings will be reduced by at least 15 percent, with a goal of reaching 30 percent. This would be monitored through Embodied Carbon Calculator for Construction (EC3), a new tool to track the carbon emissions of raw building materials. What is missing from this plan, is a complete transition off of fossil fuels rather than relying on carbon offsets. Microsoft is also joining the Climate Leadership Council (CLC). CLC is an international policy institute which promotes a national carbon pricing approach. “In addition to our internal carbon tax”, Microsoft says, “we supported the recent Washington state ballot measure on pricing carbon and believe it’s time for a robust national discussion on carbon pricing to lower emissions in an economically sound way.” Microsoft is also aggregating and hosting the environmental data sets on its cloud platform, Azure, and make them publicly available. These data sets, Microsoft notes, “are large government datasets contain satellite. and aerial imagery, among other things, and require petabytes of storage. By making them available in our cloud, we will advance and accelerate the work of grantees and researchers around the world.” Finally, the company will also scale up the work it does with other nonprofits and companies tackling environmental issues through their own data and Artificial Intelligence expertise. Responsible tech leadership or climate washing? Although, Microsoft plans to address quite a number of climate change and sustainability issues, what is missing are commitments for structural and business goal level changes or commitments. A report by Gizmodo highlights the lengths that Google, Microsoft, Amazon and other tech companies are going to help the oil industry accelerate the climate crisis—and there continued profits from this process. Per Gizmodo, Bill Gates heads a $1 billion climate action fund and has published his own point-by-point plan for fighting climate change. Notably absent from that plan is “Empowering Oil & Gas with AI”. Microsoft is also two years into a seven-year deal—rumored to be worth over a billion dollars—to help Chevron, one of the world’s largest oil companies, better extract and distribute oil. Microsoft Azure has also partnered with Equinor, a multinational energy company to provide data services in a deal worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Microsoft has also partnered with ExxonMobil to help it triple oil production in Texas and New Mexico. Microsoft also has a 7-year, multibillion-dollar deal with Chevron. Instead of making profits from these deals Microsoft could be prioritizing climate impacts in business decisions, including ending partnerships with fossil fuel companies that accelerate oil and gas exploration and extraction. Last week, Over 4,520 Amazon employees signed an open letter addressed to Jeff Bezos and Amazon board of directors asking for a company-wide action plan to address climate change and an end to the company’s reliance on dirty energy resources. Their demands: “define public goals and timelines to reduce emissions; complete ban from using fossil fuels; ending partnerships with fossil fuel companies; reducing harm caused by a company’s operations to vulnerable communities first; advocacy for local, federal, and international policies to reduce carbon emissions and fair treatment of all employees during extreme weather events linked to climate change.” Microsoft Workers 4 good who created their own petition for Microsoft to do better, endorsed the stand taken by Amazon employees and called for all employees to encourage their employers to take actions for climate change. Microsoft’s closed employee only petition was launched in February where Microsoft employees were asking the company to help them align employee’s retirement investments with Microsoft’s sustainability mission. 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Auction.com Existing-Home Sales Real Estate Nowcast 2015-09-01 Seth Welborn in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Market Studies, News September 1, 2015 487 Views Existing-Home Sales Solid, But Expected to Slow Down While existing-home sales have seen solid gains in 2015, reaching levels not seen since before the crisis seven years ago, the rate of increase may be slowing down, according to data released by Auction.com on Tuesday.Auction.com’s August 2015 Real Estate Nowcast predicted that seasonally adjusted existing-home sales for August will fall between the rates of 5.46 and 5.86 million annual sales, with a targeted number of 5.64 million. Though that would be a 12.9 percent year-over year hike from August 2014 – the largest year-over-year gain for existing-home sales in two years – it would be an increase of only 1 percent from July.“We may be looking at the beginning of a shift in existing home sales activity,” Auction.com EVP Rick Sharga said. “The volume of sales, while continuing to increase, appears to be slowing down. And home prices, which have consistently appreciated over the past few years, may finally be leveling off.”“We may be looking at the beginning of a shift in existing-home sales activity.”The National Association of Realtors (NAR) existing-home sales data for July released on August 20 indicated that existing homes were selling at an annual rate of 5.59 million units, which was a 10.3 percent increase year-over-year and was right in line with the Nowcast prediction for July, which was 5.57 million. The first-time buyer share was at its lowest point since January, however, due to low inventory and rising prices.“Limited inventory of homes for sale – especially entry level homes for first-time home buyers – will make it hard for the market to reach higher numbers in 2015,” Sharga said. “This is true for both existing home sales and new home sales, where inventory is improving, but still near a 40-year low.”Auction.com’s Nowcast suggests that the median existing-home price for August will fall between $219,132 and $242,199 with a targeted price of $230,666. That number represents a year-over-year increase of 5.6 percent but a month-over-month decline of 1.4 percent. NAR reported that the median existing-home price rose by 5.6 percent year-over-year in July up to $234,000, which was only 5.1 percent lower than their peak and 36 percent higher than the trough. July’s median existing-home sales price of $234,000 was in line with the Nowcast predicted range of between $227,170 and $251,082 for the month.The Auction.com Real Estate Nowcast predicts markets trends as they are occurring weeks ahead of the findings of other benchmark studies by combining industry data, proprietary company transactional data, and Google search activity.Click here to view Auction.com’s 2015 Real Estate Nowcast. Share
Federal Reserve Freddie Mac Mortgage Rates Rate Hike 2016-01-14 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Government, News, Technology January 14, 2016 689 Views In December, during their final meeting of the year, the Federal Open Market Committee decided to raise the federal funds rate. Since then, the mortgage industry has been anticipating the effect this will have on the housing market, but so far, that effect has been little to none.Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) showed that mortgage rates again moved down, as the 30-year fixed-rate fell for the second week in a row.The survey results found that for the week ending January 14, 2016, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.92 percent with an average 0.6 point. Last week, the 30-year rate averaged 3.97 percent and a year ago, the rate was 3.66 percent.Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti blames Treasury yields and global markets crisis for the declining mortgage rates.”Long-term Treasury yields continue to drop, dragging mortgage rates down with them,” Becketti explained. “Turbulence in overseas financial markets is generating a flight-to-quality which benefits U.S. Treasury securities. In addition, sagging oil prices are capping inflation expectations. The net effect on the 30-year mortgage rate was a 5 basis point drop to 3.92 percent.”The 15-year FRM averaged 3.19 percent this week with an average 0.5 point, down further from last week’s average of 3.26 percent. A year ago, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.98 percent.The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 3.01 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, down from last week when it averaged 3.09 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.90 percent.LERETA, LLC CEO John Walsh feels that the rise in interest rates will not completely shake up the mortgage industry right away, but the real concern will surface over the next year.”Our view is that a rate increase this week should have little impact on the mortgage market. An increase has been anticipated for some time and most recently the markets have been assuming that an increase is now imminent. An increase has already been built into mortgage prices so although there may be a short-term additional bump, our view is that mortgage rates should remain relatively flat for the next several months,” Walsh explained to MReport.”The real question is how fast the Fed will increase rates this year and what the Fed chooses to communicate about 2016 in this week’s announcement,” Walsh said. “Lenders are clearly concerned that rapidly increasing rates could curtail refinance volume, although there is a strong argument that cash-out refinances could become a more important part of origination volume as more of the country sees continued home appreciation. Regardless, almost all lenders believe that the purchase market will be the primary focus. The challenge will be the distribution of a slowly recovering purchase market as almost all lenders focus on the channel.” Share Why are Mortgage Rates Still Falling Post-Rate Hike?
January 19, 2011Alumnus Russel Ferguson is visiting with a few of his students. Russel teaches at KCAI Kansas City Art Institute. The group’s project is a path behind the SOD Unit, right next to the heat-duct tunnel.This is very steep terrain. The students are building staircases and walls with the natural rocks found right in the area.With Russel are printing seniors Andy Davis and Matthew Gladson, sculpture junior Sal Tellini and printmaker John Warnick.Russel and studetns in the Soleri Archives.