first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA _ A rich marine harvest ground for a First Nation near British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest remains closed to shellfishing one year after a tug ran aground, resulting in a 100,000-litre fuel spill into Seaforth Channel.Chief Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk First Nation in the small community of Bella Bella said Thursday that the sinking on Oct. 13 last year of the 30-metre tug Nathan E. Stewart has had devastating social, cultural and economic impacts on her people.She said her First Nation wants answers about the long-term effects of the fuel spill but are getting little assistance from the B.C. and federal governments and the tug boat company, Texas-based Kirby Corp.Slett said when the tug was pulled from the water about a month after it sank and the fuel spill was contained, government environment officials and company salvage crews left.“Largely, since everything has sort of packed up … dealing with the post spill and long-term effects, (it) has been largely radio silence,” she said. “We are on our own.”Slett said both levels of government don’t appear interested in conducting reviews of long-term health, social and economic impacts of the spill. The Heiltsuk are preparing to do their own study, which she said could cost up to $500,000.“We rely on healthy resources and we rely on being able to harvest from the sea for our way of life, for our economy,” Slett said.B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman was not available for an interview, but in a statement he said improvements in spill responses and recovery are needed and First Nations must be included in the process.The government is seeking Heiltsuk input into plans to recover from the spill, he added.“While funding for ship-source spills is a federal responsibility we are open to working with the (Heiltsuk) and the federal government on additional federal and provincial regulatory provisions to address all aspects of response and recovery,” Heyman said.The federal government and Kirby Corp. were not available for comment on Thursday.A final situation report signed last November by the Heiltsuk, the federal and B.C. governments found the Nathan E. Stewart was loaded with 237,262 litres of diesel and towing an empty fuel barge when it ran aground.More than 107,000 litres of diesel and 2,240 litres of lubricants, including gear, hydraulic and lube oils, were released into the ocean, creating an oily purple and yellow sheen on the water and beaches around the spill site.Slett said the tug ran aground about 12 kilometres west of Bella Bella near the mouth of Gale Creek, a prime seafood harvesting and fishing area for the Heiltsuk. The area has been closed since Oct. 14, 2016.A separate report released by the Heiltsuk last April criticized Canada’s emergency response measures in the hours after the grounding of the tug. The federal government did not respond to the criticism at the time but said it would meet with the Heiltsuk to review what they’ve collectively learned from the incident.The report says Gale Creek is a rich ecosystem where the Heiltsuk take up to 25 food species, including a lucrative manila clam harvest and red sea urchin, sea cucumber and salmon.“We hold dear our whole territory, but this area is known as our bread basket and people go there and harvest multitudes of different species throughout the year, so the impact has been felt greatly throughout the community,” said Slett.She said up to 50 people depend on the Manila clam harvest for much of their livelihoods and those people face a second season of unemployment due to the closure.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a $1.5 billion ocean protection plan last November that included plans to improve spill response capabilities along Canada’s coasts before Ottawa approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is expected to increase tanker traffic off B.C.last_img read more

The absence of the Russians in a Winter Games definitely benefits certain countries more than others — mainly because the Russians are good at many things but not everything. Here are some takeaways from our reimagined Sochi Games:USA takes top spot. The United States leads the medal table now, which is none too surprising considering the U.S. leads the table after the 11 medals were stripped, too.Latvia makes history. Latvia earns the first two gold medals at a Winter Games in its country’s history. The Latvians, like the Russians, are good at the sliding sports, so without the Russians, they nab two golds in men’s skeleton and four-man bobsled — which they deserve anyway because those two Russian medals were among those stripped away.Gracie Bronze. The U.S. women have been left off the podium in the past two Winter Games in the premier event of single figure skating. Aptronymic American hopeful Gracie Gold finished in a disappointing fourth in Sochi, but she sneaks onto the podium now.China improves its haul. The 2022 hosts specialize in short-track speed skating, a series of events that the Russian men dominated in Sochi. In the adjusted table, the Chinese add five medals, making them the biggest mover in the medal standings.The alpine events go untouched. The Russians are seldom a factor on the slopes, and the 2014 skiing results stay the same. So if there are any countries where the Russian ban means the least in terms of medal haul, it’s the alpine powers of Switzerland and Austria. Likewise, Canada and the U.S., which traditionally rule the snowboarding events, will see a lesser effect because the Russians are not particularly notable at that either, despite collecting some hardware in Sochi.Thanks to the speedy work done by The New York Times, we can start to put together a picture of the implications of winning medals in Pyeongchang, which will host the games that are due to start in just 65 days. Of the 102 events at next year’s games, Russian athletes would have been likely medal contenders in 32 of them, based on their performances at the most recent world championship-level event for each sport. In particular, Russia seemed primed for a big showing in cross-country skiing: Russian athletes had finished within the top five positions in eight of the sport’s 12 events during their latest world championship-level contests.Russia has long been a power player at the Winter Games, with dominating performances in certain events over the years, particularly at Sochi. If the Russian athletes are not in South Korea in two months, it will be the other Winter Olympic mainstays that could receive a boosted chance of medal glory. The International Olympic Committee’s suspension of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping leaves us in uncharted territory. Previous Olympics have been held without a Russian presence,1The Soviet Union didn’t participate in the Olympics until 1952 and boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. but there’s never been a doping ban of this magnitude in Olympic history, and Russia (or the Soviet Union) has been at every Winter Games since 1956.To get a sense of how this ban may affect the other countries, we recalculated the Sochi results to see what the medal table would look like without the Russians. Eleven Russian medals have already been stripped in the doping fallout, but those lost golds, silvers and bronzes were never backfilled and remain vacant. Of course, it’s very possible that many of the Russian athletes, including some of Sochi’s medalists, will still compete in Pyeongchang under the IOC banner.2Individual Russian athletes are permitted to participate in the games as long as they meet certain criteria and are deemed “clean,” though they cannot compete under the Russian name and flag. But for this experiment, we will show the effects of the Winter Games losing all Russian competitors.In our exercise, we simply bumped up anyone who finished behind a Russian at Sochi. If the Russians swept the podium, like they did in men’s 50-kilometer mass start cross-country skiing, we awarded medals to those who finished fourth through sixth. read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 7, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox will launch a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.Fletcher and Cox will hold a news conference to launch the County Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air for All” campaign, which will allow businesses, nonprofits and government organizations to replace their high- emission vehicles with more climate friendly options.Officials with the California Air Resources Board will also present the county with roughly $28.5 million in state grants to fund the program. Earlier this year, the CARB also awarded $2.5 million to the Air Pollution Control District to monitor air quality in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and parts of National City.The news conference and check presentation will be held at the County Administration Center at 1600 Pacific Highway. The launch event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter County to Launch High-Emission Vehicle Replacement Campaign August 7, 2019last_img read more

first_img Facebook News NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Exclusive: Tank Talks Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B Email Twitter The soulful singer/songwriter discusses the importance of putting passion behind the musicAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Aug 21, 2018 – 3:13 pm GRAMMY-nominated R&B singer-songwriter Tank has been crafting hits since 2001, so he definitely knows a thing or two about putting heart and soul into music. His most recent hit, and most popular song to date, “When We,” has spent the last year on the charts, proving that the R&B sound is ever-evolving. Tank On Bringing The Feeling Back Into R&B exclusive-tank-talks-bringing-feeling-back-rb We caught up with the artist backstage at Essence Festival 2018 in New Orleans to hear him share how he and others are changing the game by making “R&B music that feels like something.” Despite the almost two decades he has spent contributing to the R&B scene, he knows he has more to accomplish.”As long as you’re putting in the work, at some point…there will be a harvest,” Tank says, sharing his advice for younger artists.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”last_img read more

first_imgHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. File PhotoHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said those involved in the murder of Rangamati’s Naniarchar upazila parishad chairman Shaktiman Chakma will be brought to book soon, reports UNB.“I have ordered the authorities concerned to strictly handle the terrorists who were trying to destroy peace in the hill districts,” the minister said at a programme organised by Krishak League in the capital’s Tejgaon area in the evening.A terrorist group has been trying to destroy the peace in the hills for the last few days, the minister said adding that “Instructions have been issued to identify them immediately and bring them to book.”Earlier in the day, five people were gunned down and eight others shot as unknown assailants ambushed a microbus heading to the funeral of slain Naniarchar chairman Shaktiman Chakma.The Naniarchar upazila chairman was also shot to death by unidentified miscreants in front of the upazila parishad complex on Thursday morning.Murdered chairman advocate Shaktiman Chakma, 55, was also a leader of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma faction).last_img read more

first_imgDonald TrumpDonald Trump hurtled through his first week in power, punching out at critics, dishing up “alternative facts,” polarizing public opinion and making good on an electoral promise to shake up Washington.One week into the Trump era and there is a serious case of political whiplash in America’s capital.Just a week ago, an outsider who never before held elected office rode into town. Seven days later, norms and doctrine that have guided the United States for decades are being re-examined.Trump’s down-to-the-studs gut job began with a feisty inaugural address: a call to arms that tested old distinctions between left and right.”Today, we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another or from one party to another,” he said.”We are transferring power from Washington, DC, and giving it back to you, the people.”The establishment “elites” in big cities, in politics and the media were no longer the technocrats in charge of the world’s only superpower, they were the enemy.The new president also put the rest of the world on notice.For the last 75 years, America had been what Barack Obama described as the “indispensable nation” — the glue that bound the global order.The era of Trump would be the era of “America first,” he said, of naked self-interest and zero-sum diplomacy. Old alliances would be reassessed, new alliances would be explored.Before his inauguration, many asked if the presidency would change Donald Trump, or whether Donald Trump would change the presidency.Barely 20 minutes into his four-year term, anyone who was listening had their answer.Rolling thunderBefore arriving to the Oval Office, Trump’s strategists had decided to use the first few weeks to unleash a daily wave of executive orders.The aim was to unbalance opponents, define Trump as a man of action and slake his supporters’ thirst for change.For much of middle America, globalization, automation and the Great Recession had been apocalyptic.Politics had passed them over and worse, they felt steamrollered by “coastal elites” in America’s “culture wars” over abortion, gay rights, immigration, global warming and religion.Trump had won the election by promising to be their champion, and he was going to — as Ronald Reagan said — “dance with the one that brung ya.”For the most part, the CEO-in-chief put forward actions that could have come from any Republican in the country: defunding abortion, preening the military and approving oil pipelines.But it was coated with a thick veneer of nationalist and populist rhetoric, and accompanying policies championed by top aide Steve Bannon.Trump ripped up a trans-Pacific trade deal designed to counterbalance China’s regional economic power, imposed a ban on refugees from Syria and migrants from seven other Muslim countries.He ordered planning to begin to build a wall on Mexico’s southern border and picked a very public fight with Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto, who cancelled a trip to Washington.The United States, a nation founded by migrants, was now willing to shut its doors.Not since Obama’s election or perhaps the Iraq War has America’s image around the world changed so dramatically and so quickly.But Trump supporters saw an outsider sticking up for them and sticking it to the elites.”Get used to it,” said Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, boasting that Trump had delivered a “shock to the system.””And he’s just getting started,” she said.Rocky startBut it was not all positive for Trump. The White House is far from purring. Key positions have yet to be filled and the decision making process is haphazard.Trump aides were forced to publicly row back suggestions of a 20 percent border tax on Mexican goods and defend a chaotic rollout of the refugee and migrant ban.Throughout the week, Trump engaged in intemperate outbursts about the size of his inaugural crowd, alleged election fraud and perceived media persecution.Privately, in call after call, he complained to top aides about press coverage. The impression was of a man focused on his image more than running the country.Trump also seemed like a man for whom becoming US president was not adulation enough.Spokesman Sean Spicer — between tirades and missteps — offered a window onto the soul of the White House.”There’s this constant theme to undercut the enormous support he has,” Spicer said.”It’s unbelievably frustrating when you’re continually told it’s not big enough; it’s not good enough. You can’t win.”According to a Quinnipiac poll, Trump’s approval rating at the end of his first week stood at 36 per cent.But critics saw a more sinister motive for the outbursts, particularly Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that three million people voted illegally in the election.Brian Klaas, an expert on global democracy at the London School of Economics, sees Trump “casting aspersions (without evidence) on electoral integrity is a key way to restrict voting rights and erode confidence in elections.””Attacking the media and blurring the lines of truth with state narratives not grounded in fact is important to sowing public doubt,” he said.Mindy Finn, who ran as an independent vice presidential candidate, summed up Trump’s strategy as “sow chaos, deepen division and consolidate power.”For his harshest critics, the question is now whether Donald Trump breaks the presidency, or whether the presidency breaks Donald Trump.last_img read more

first_img Share Creative Commons ImagesA Federal Court has ordered the IRS to repay Texas for an ACA tax on State Medicaid programs.A U.S. District Court decision has ordered the Internal Revenue Service to repay Texas and five other states more than $839 million because of an unlawful Affordable Care Act (ACA) tax on state Medicaid programs, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Tuesday. A news release from Paxton’s office detailed that Texas stands to be repaid $304 million.In October 2015, Paxton led a multi-state lawsuit against the federal government over the Obama-era regulation that threatened to curtail Medicaid funds unless Texas taxpayers paid a portion of the Health Insurance Providers Fee to help fund the ACA. The court’s decision also means that Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin also stand to be repaid ACA fees by the IRS.Texas and Wisconsin will argue at a hearing on September 5 that the ACA, as amended by the recent tax bill, is unconstitutional in its entirety.last_img read more

first_imgRyan Poppe/Texas Public RadioU.S. Senator Ted Cruz.Senator Ted Cruz is once again charging his Democratic opponent, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, with opposing tax relief for victims of Harvey.The legislation, which Cruz co-authored, allowed people to deduct the cost of Harvey-related home damage from their taxes. It also allowed homeowners to dip into their retirement savings, without incurring a tax penalty, in order to pay for storm-related repairs.Cruz told Houston Matters the measure enjoyed bipartisan support from most of the Texas delegation. “Among those four Democrats who voted no, unfortunately, was the congressman from El Paso – my opponent in this race, Congressman Beto O’Rourke – who voted no on emergency tax relief for Harvey because, according to his public statements, he wanted to hold that tax relief for Harvey hostage for other unrelated policy goals.”The measure passed as part of a bill extending authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. O’Rourke says he voted against it because the bill did not include reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was about to expire. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:48last_img read more

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comA man, now identified as 23-year-old Jerome Robinson of Southeast, D.C., was shot several times on the Suitland Parkway on the morning of Oct. 23 and later died at a hospital just after 10 a.m.According to WTOP, police responded to the area of Suitland Parkway and Silver Hill Road after a reported shooting around 9:30 a.m.Jerome Robinson, 23, was killed on the Suitland Parkway on Oct. 23.NBC4 Washington reported that witnesses heard about 20 gunshots.  One source said the weapon used to shoot the victim was an AK-47 assault rifle.“I seen some guy shooting,” an unnamed woman told News4. “They were in the car. He was sitting in the passenger’s window and he was just shooting a machine gun.”Another source said that Robinson himself had a gun.U.S. Park Police Sgt. James Dingledien said it’s possible the shooting might have begun with an incident that involved people in two separate vehicles, NBC4 Washington reported.Police said Robinson got out of his car and ran across the Suitland Parkway, where he was ultimately shot from the other vehicle.Other cars were also hit during the shooting; no one else was hurt.last_img read more

first_img Popular on Variety Spotify is giving some of its members an early holiday gift: The company is gifting subscribers to its $14.99 family plan a free Google Home Mini speaker, it announced Wednesday morning.The music service is using the offer to tout its close integration with Google’s voice assistant, which allows Google Home owners to request songs, albums and playlists as well as issue playback controls with voice commands.Google Home speakers can also be personalized to individually recognize the voice of up to six household members, which can be used to access individual Spotify family plan profiles.The Google Home Mini offer is available for new as well as existing Spotify family plan subscribers, and has to be redeemed between November 1 and December 31. It’s also limited to subscribers in the U.S., and there is another caveat: Subscribers have to pay Spotify directly, and not via a third party like an app store or a telco. The latter also explains why the offer may be a good deal for Spotify: Moving family plan subscribers who signed up through third-party payment providers over to direct billing relationships can save the company up to $4.50 per month. Over the life of a paid subscription, this more than makes up for the one-time expense of a relatively inexpensive piece of hardware.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more