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Drewry Boxship Leviathans Changing Lanes

first_imgzoom As carriers’ stock of ready-to-cascade Asia-Europe containerships is almost empty, the second phase of the cascade could be even more difficult for carriers to manage, according to shipping consultancy Drewry.New Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) will force the cascade into a potentially more destructive second phase of bigger ships moving into North-South lanes as these vessels will stretch the ability of ports to handle them and trades’ capacity to absorb them without dumping utilisation.The introduction of these leviathans and the proceeding arms race to catch up that has pushed the ceiling closer to 20,000 TEU, has had huge consequences for the industry, one of the biggest being the huge deployment headaches they have given carriers. With the biggest ships effectively locked into the Asia-Europe trade due to port handling limitations elsewhere carriers have had to be creative in shuffling ships into new trade lanes.The phasing of ex-Asia-Europe ships into new lanes has routinely destabilised the new homes and has been a major contributing factor towards persistently low freight rates. The slowdown in demand that coincided with the arrival of the ULCVs exacerbated the industry’s overcapacity and has meant that for years carriers’ deployment decisions were less than optimal, according to Drewry.“Deciding where to use their biggest assets has most often been based on necessity rather than demand,” Drewry said, adding that the average size of vessel on the Asia-North Europe trade is nearly as big as Maersk Line’s E-class units at 14,600 TEU, introduced 10 years ago. There are now only seven sub-10,000 TEU ships left on the route.While the pressure to cascade ships is intensifying thanks to the new ULCVs, carriers in the Asia-North Europe trade now have less low-hanging fruit they can easily pick off and redeploy elsewhere.Since the first quarter of 2013, the average ship size on the Europe-South Africa trade has grown by 92%, while for Asia-West Africa the growth rate was 79% and for Asia-East Coast South America it was 64%. Some of that will have been through newbuilds going directly into the trade, but most will be down to the cascade, Drewry said.last_img read more

Mark Wahlberg reportedly earned 15 million for All the Money reshoot while

first_img Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Both actors are represented by the William Morris Endeavor agency. Reps for the two did not immediately return requests for comment.All the Money in the World, about the kidnapping of the 16-year-old son of oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, was reshot with Christopher Plummer replacing Spacey after he was accused of sexual assault by multiple men. Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for “All the Money in the World.” (KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES) center_img Michelle Williams reportedly earned about 1 per cent of Mark Wahlberg’s salary during reshoots for All the Money in the World.The actress was paid about $80 per day to reshoot scenes including Kevin Spacey, totalling less than $1,000, according to USA Today.Wahlberg, meanwhile, earned $1.5 million. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:last_img read more

Common issues different stages

first_imgSwitching from a liberal outfit claiming to be devoted to serving people since generations to a right-wing Hindu nationalist party might seem like a startling turn of events (or perhaps not so!) for a politician; but upon a second look, without seeing this through the prism of politics but as a very common phenomenon, this is the plight of another woman fed up with the offending patriarchal method of functioning at her workplace. All India Congress Committee Convenor and National Spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi quit the Grand Old Party, expressing dissatisfaction with the party on Wednesday for reinstating some leader who had misbehaved with her at a press briefing in 2015, and two days later on Friday, she joined Shiv Sena in Mumbai. Not only has Priyanka Chaturvedi been vocal about matters of women empowerment and safety, she makes her mark by standing out with her articulate assertions about what she upholds. And of course, she did pay the price for it from time to time – the way it happens in the advanced, modern world with social media just a click away – trolls and abuse would pour in, her family was publicly threatened, even some party leaders (from Congress) attacked her. Initially suspended by the party, their reinstatement is what made Ms. Chaturvedi feel let down by Congress. “I realised that I will fail several women if I continue”, she said at a press conference. Indeed, this resonates with a lot of women who intend to work sincerely and diligently but preconceived notions pertaining to their womanhood invariably eclipse their capacity and performance. Also Read – A compounding difficultyThe other prominent reason for her to walk out was being denied an election ticket from Mumbai (it went to Bollywood actor Urmila Matondkar) “Yes, I wanted a ticket but I knew it would not lead to bitterness if the decision didn’t come my way. The reason has been that when we talk of women empowerment, we need to live by them.” She is quoted as saying. Some clear dynamics we see here is that irrespective of the stage of performance, the story of a lesser-star employee (particularly if it is a woman) is roughly the same everywhere. Regardless of how effective a person might be in terms of work, they are essentially a means to further some cause of the organisation under the brand of which they perform. A political party is no exception – before being an instrument of democracy, it is an organisation the top priority of which is its own survival, secondarily, its people. Women-centric method of functioning comes with the purpose of marketing an idea for ulterior gains. Not to defeminise, but women need to be treated as individuals based on their competence and set an example of a level playing field. At its root, Priyanka’s walkout is more of a social matter than a political one.last_img read more

WB govts scheme gets UN award

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal government’s ‘Utkarsh Bangla’ scheme, aiming to create a pool of skilled candidates industry ready, on Tuesday was awarded the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) award of the United Nations, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said. “Out of 1062 nominations in 18 categories from all over the world, #UtkarshBangla emerged No 1 in the Capacity Building category to win this prestigious award of @WSISprocess #wsis2019,” she tweeted. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja WSIS Prizes is an international contest to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognise individuals, governments and private bodies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development. The West Bengal government had received another UN award in 2017 for its ‘Kanyashree’ project, a targeted conditional cash transfer scheme aimed at promoting education among girls.last_img read more

Bell proposes 200M in benefits for broadcast industry as part of Astral

by News Staff Posted Jul 10, 2012 12:49 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bell (TSX:BCE) proposed Tuesday tangible benefits valued at $200 million to help support the country’s broadcasting industry in its effort to obtain approval by the CRTC of the company’s acquisition of Astral Media.Approval by the federal broadcast regulator of the Astral acquisition will also require Bell to sell 10 radio stations in five markets: Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa-Gatineau and Winnipeg, the company said.“By increasing funds available for Canadian programming and talent, and ensuring those in the North can access programming on the broadband screens of their choice, Canadians in all parts of the country will gain from this initiative,” said George Cope, president and CEO of BCE and Bell.The payment of tangible benefits is a condition of approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.The proposed benefits package includes $96 million for the development and production of Canadian programming and $61 million to help support, promote and develop Canadian musical talent and to assist community radio and other initiatives.The deal also includes $40 million to help make Canadian programming more widely available in the North through the extension of new broadband services and $3.5 million to help raises money and awareness to help combat mental health issues.Astral Media shareholders voted in May to approve the $3.4-billion acquisition of the TV, radio and billboard company by BCE Inc.BCE has said it expects the deal will be completed in the second half of the year. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Bell proposes $200M in benefits for broadcast industry as part of Astral deal read more

Can The Seahawks Get Back To The Super Bowl

201211811411993Lost divisional round OFFENSE RATINGDEFENSE RATING 2013116101139108Won Super Bowl 2015116117115109— 2014104138122128Lost Super Bowl YEARPASSINGRUSHINGPASSINGRUSHINGPLAYOFFS The Seattle Seahawks came into 2015 as championship favorites, having put up one of the best two-year runs in NFL history, with a bid for back-to-back titles undone by one of the most shocking twist endings in Super Bowl history. But things went downhill in a hurry. Seattle lost four of its first six games; then won two in a row, against the foundering 49ers and Cowboys; and in Week 10 dropped a crucial home game against the Cardinals that effectively killed any chance of a third consecutive NFC West crown. It was mid-November and the Seahawks were unlikely to make the playoffs, let alone win the Super Bowl.You can’t keep a good fish-eating bird of prey down, though. After three straight wins, including an impressive 38-7 dismantling of Minnesota on the road on Sunday, the Seahawks look like they’re rounding back into form — and are nearly back in their familiar perch atop our NFL Elo ratings. Elo even gives Seattle a healthy 83 percent shot at making the playoffs now. But making the playoffs and regaining the preseason championship favorite designation are two very different things, and reasons why the latter will be much more difficult for Seattle can be found both on the field and in the NFL’s playoff format.Russell Wilson is back!First, some good news: Seattle’s offense is showing signs of life. Since Week 11, QB Russell Wilson’s aerial attack has led the NFL by a mile in passing expected points added (EPA) per dropback — the difference between the No. 1 Seahawks and No. 2 Bengals is bigger than the gap between Cincinnati and the No. 19 Titans — after ranking 21st through Week 10. It helps that the three defenses Seattle has played — the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings — have mediocre EPA ratings against the pass, but the ways in which the passing game has improved are also encouraging.One puzzling thing about Seattle’s early-season passing woes is that they came despite the addition of Jimmy Graham — a tight end so productive with New Orleans that he wanted to be called a wide receiver. Graham had led all NFL TEs in receiving yards over the preceding three seasons and was expected to add a new dimension to the Seahawks’ offense.Thing is, Graham wasn’t associated with especially efficient short passing for New Orleans, doing most of his damage on seam routes and other deeper patterns. He was 17th among the league’s 32 qualifying1Minimum 80 targets. tight ends in yards per target on passes of 10 yards or fewer from 2012 to 2014; Saints QB Drew Brees ranked only 16th in Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) when tossing short to TEs.2Compared to his third-place ranking in passes of all yards, to all positions, over the same span. In Seattle this season, the same trends have manifested. The Seahawks have been great when Wilson throws the ball more than 10 yards downfield, but they ranked only 15th in per-dropback EPA on shorter routes during the season’s first 10 weeks, with Wilson also suffering the league’s worst sack rate.3Hence, their 21st overall ranking — they were good at deep passing but mediocre on short targets and allowed sacks at a frequency that would impress even David Carr. Graham ranks 17th once again in yards per target on short passes, and Wilson ranks 23rd in QBR on short passes to TEs.So perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the Seahawks’ short passing attack saw the opposite of adverse effects when Graham was injured for the season against the Steelers in Week 12. Or perhaps football is an incredibly complicated sport with a small sample of games each season, and it’s difficult to filter signal from noise in any individual player’s statistical footprint. Either way, Wilson and the Seahawks have finally found their passing rhythm of late and since Week 11 have had the league’s most efficient passing offense on both short and long routes, with Wilson being sacked 40 percent less often.It’s a good thing that the passing game is picking up. Seattle’s rushing EPA per play is down quite a bit from last year’s ridiculously efficient output, and the team’s defense has been on the downturn from its typical dominant form.Not the same SeahawksWe can trace Seattle’s evolution over the course of the Russell Wilson Era using the team grades I developed here, which place per-play EPA in a given category on a scale where the league average is 100 and one standard deviation in performance is +/- 15 points: Because passing is more important than rushing in today’s NFL, it won’t take much of an aerial improvement for the Seahawks to compensate for their decline in the ground game this season. However, the team’s defensive drop-off is more concerning. In 2013, Seattle defended the pass about as well as any team ever has, but it’s steadily become more mortal over time. The Seahawks now rank 14th — decent but not great — at defending short4Again, defined as pass attempts of 10 or fewer air yards. passes (they ranked second in 2013 and 2014) and a below-average 18th against deep ones (first in 2013 and 2014). Add in a commensurate drop in rush defense (to 10th this year) and the Seahawks — while still better than average on D — are no longer the fearsome defensive leviathan they built a reputation as over the past few seasons.As I mentioned earlier, even given all that, the Seahawks have still mustered nearly the best Elo rating in the league. But Elo also pegs Seattle’s chance of winning the Super Bowl at a mere 6 percent, far below the chances of their peers atop the Elo food chain. Even Denver and Cincinnati, inferior clubs according to Elo, have double-digit Super Bowl probabilities. The reason is simple: The teams ahead of Seattle have either already clinched their division (Carolina) or are overwhelmingly likely to do so.Seattle, meanwhile, almost certainly has a wild card date in its future. That means the Seahawks will need to win one more playoff game than most of their fellow title contenders. (Carolina and New England are practically guaranteed first-round byes; Arizona is highly likely to earn the same; and Denver and Cincinnati are nearly a toss-up to grab the remaining slot.) And as a likely No. 5 or 6 seed, Seattle will have to do it on the road. The reality of an extra single-elimination test slices into Seattle’s Super Bowl probability considerably.Assuming that the Seahawks do make the playoffs, though, they’ll be on everyone’s list of dark-horse Super Bowl candidates — and nobody’s list of preferred postseason opponents. They may not be in their typical role as title favorites, but all it might take to change that are sustained improvements in the passing game and a first-round playoff victory. read more

Teachers graduating without the skills needed to teach P7 maths

first_imgNicola Sturgeon insists education is her top priorityCredit:PA Nicola Sturgeon and her education minister John Swinney are under pressure over educationCredit:Getty Halla Price, a trainee in her final year at Moray House, told MSPs: “In terms of numeracy, we spent a lot of time going over ideas of activities we could do.”However, there wasn’t enough focus on the teachers themselves having the skills to teach numeracy other than a maths audit we completed ourselves in second year, which did very little in all honesty to improve our own knowledge and mathematical understanding.”I do not believe that everyone graduating from Moray House this year has the sufficient skills in numeracy to be able to teach it to 11-year-olds at a reasonable standard.”William MacLeod, who is on a postgraduate course to become a secondary technology teacher, said literacy was dealt with in a single week. sturgeon swinney He added: “I think literacy I would have less of an issue with, because literacy is being worked on throughout when we are doing essays, etc. nicola sturgeoncenter_img 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. “I would have more of an issue with numeracy because there is less chance for the university lecturers to see that we are numerate. Going back to the basics on these would be helpful.”The committee’s evidence session came after almost 700 trainees, teachers and other school staff responded to its questionnaire on recruitment and retention, with issues such as workload, stress levels and morale raised in the responses.The convener James Dornan said the committee had written to the General Teaching Council for Scotland for “urgent assurances” on issues raised by the trainees. They also raised concerns about gaps in training in areas such as additional support needs, behaviour management and online safety.The Scottish Conservatives said the evidence cast more doubt on the effectiveness of Scotland’s teacher training programme.Liz Smith, the party’s education spokesman, added: “The evidence heard this morning has once again laid bare the SNP’s terrible record on education.“With literacy rates plummeting under this SNP Government we now discover that trainee teachers are receiving the bare minimum in training when it comes to improving reading and writing skills.“Trainees also told us that there was virtually no training on additional support needs despite the fact that nearly a quarter of Scottish pupils are requiring that support, and that there has been no support to help children stay safe online.”The Scottish Survey of Literacy and Numeracy (SSLN), released on Tuesday, looked at performance in school years P4, P7 and S2, focusing on literacy in 2016. It found 49 per cent of S2 pupils performed very well or well in writing last year, compared with 55 per cent in 2014 and 64 per cent in 2012. P4 and P7 pupils also saw a drop in performance.The survey focused on numeracy in 2015 and found a drop in performance among P4 pupils, with 66 per cent performing well, compared with 69 per cent in 2013 and 76 per cent in 2011. Trainee primary teachers are graduating without the skills they need to teach maths to primary seven pupils, MSPs were told yesterday.The time devoted to the basics of literacy and numeracy on teacher training courses was among a raft of concerns outlined by trainee teachers to Holyrood’s education committee.One student said only one week of his university course was given over to literacy, while another described a lack of focus on ensuring teachers have the skills to teach numeracy.The Conservatives said the evidence was further proof of the SNP’s “terrible record on education”.The concerns were raised the day after official Scottish Government figures revealed that fewer than half of 13 and 14-year-old Scottish pupils can write well, while the proportion who are functionally illiterate has more than doubled.last_img read more

US coal industry productivity rising again – SNL

first_imgRecent analysis from SNL Energy based on Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA) data for 2014 indicates that productivity across the major coal basins of the USA has not only stabilised, but is improving in many cases. SNL says, “Even in Central Appalachia, where production has fallen, productivity has increased.” Coal miner productivity gains were seen in both underground and surface coal mines over the last two years. Productivity, measured in clean coal tonnage produced per employee hour, peaked nationally in 2000 at 6.99 t/miner hour (N.B. short tons) and has dropped gradually since, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. EIA lists several factors for the decline including technological constraints, stripping ratios, increased regulatory scrutiny, permitting challenges, skilled labour shortages, demographic shifts, longwall saturation and decreasing coal seam thickness.SNL notes that a significant gap exists between coal basins. For example, Central Appalachia’s productivity rate has been around 1.37 t/h recently, while Illinois Basin’s rate was around 4.51 t/h. Rates for the Powder River Basin were above 30 t/h. “Generally, the coal industry has watched its productivity decline as a function of diminishing coal geology or a tendency to mine the cheapest and easiest to reach coal first,” SNL says.last_img read more

Seequent launches Leapfrog EDGE for mineral resource estimation

first_imgSeequent, a world leader in visualisation solutions for earth, environment and energy challenges, today launched mineral resource estimation solution Leapfrog® EDGE. Leapfrog EDGE supports and advances industry practices in mineral resource estimation by applying the highly dynamic, intuitive and visual capabilities that Leapfrog 3D geological modelling solutions are world-renowned for.In a streamlined workflow, Leapfrog EDGE introduces innovative 3D visualisation to resource estimation alongside industry standard tools for estimating, domaining, geostatistical evaluation and reporting.Seequent’s solutions turn complexity to clarity by transforming complex data into clear geological understanding. Leapfrog EDGE was developed in collaboration with industry experts and is available either within the Leapfrog Geo geological modelling solution, or as an individual product.Shaun Maloney, Chief Executive of Seequent (formerly ARANZ Geo), says “Reliable resource estimation is critical to create confidence for all levels of decision makers. The geological model is the foundation of any resource estimate so it was a natural progression to develop a Leapfrog solution for resource estimation. Leapfrog EDGE builds on the success of Leapfrog Geo which allows 3D geological models to be built in a very dynamic and intuitive way.”Using Leapfrog EDGE within Leapfrog Geo creates a fully integrated workflow between the geological model and the resource model, allowing users to stay in the very visual and dynamic Leapfrog environment. Estimates are built from the Leapfrog model, avoiding data corruption and error. A key feature of this integration, is ‘dynamic updating’, where users can add data or revise their interpretations at any stage in the workflow and these changes will automatically flow downstream and update.Seequent Director of Product and Innovation Tim Schurr, says, “This seamless connection increases confidence as the user can give a stronger emphasis to providing a robust geological model to underpin the estimate. Introducing this simple but substantial step delivers major benefits as users can manage change as they continue to interpret the geology and make use of the latest information.”last_img read more

European Union court orders Poms Pay for or return occupied land

first_imgThousands of Britons with holiday and retirement homes in Northern Cyprus could be forced to return their properties to Greek Cypriots or pay compensation after a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice.Linda and David Orams, from Hove in Sussex, lost a long legal battle against Meletios Apostolides, who owns the land their £160,000 holiday home stands on. Thousands of Greek Cypriots were forced out of Northern Cyprus when Turkish troops intervened in 1974 to prevent the island from being united with mainland Greece.The European judges have ruled that British courts must enforce the judicial decisions made in Cyprus which uphold the property rights of Greek Cypriots who were forced out of the northern half of the island.The judgment gives a green light to demolition orders and compensation claims against some 4,000 British property owners in Northern Cyprus. Marian Stokes, the founder of the Northern Cyprus Homebuyers’ pressure group, described the ruling as “absolutely gutting”. She said: “It’s so sad, because people stand to lose so much money. We did not think they would rule this way. We bought our land in good faith. It was usually marketed and sold in the UK, so you presume everything is ok. The implications for land ownership and conflict claims are staggering across Europe.”In 2005 a court on the Greek Cypriot side of the green line in Nicosia, the divided capital, ordered the Orams to tear down their holiday home and return the land to Mr Apostolides, along with damages. His family were forced out during the war 35 years ago.Mr Apostolides went to the Court of Appeal in London in 2006 to have the Cypriot judgment recognised in Britain. British judges then turned for guidance to the European Court of Justice.Lawyers for Mr Apostolides successfully argued that since both Britain and Cyprus are European Union member states, the ruling in Nicosia was enforceable in British courts.“I think people who have got property in the occupied north, which didn’t belong to those who gave it to them, should seek solid legal independent advice,” said Constantis Candounas, the lawyer who represented Mr Apostolides. “It opens the way for the judgment of the Cyprus court to be enforced in the UK. It means that eventually my client will have a means to enforce the decision.”The case now returns to the Court of Appeal and one legal source confirmed that British judges must “recognise and enforce the judgment”, adding: “How they do it is up to them, it could be by compensation”. In theory, the Orams could have their home in Britain seized. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Vancouver man makes Times top photos

first_imgA Vancouver resident knew that a photograph taken of him in 1963 affected the course of the civil rights movement.The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told him so.Now there is another testament to the significance of that photograph of Henry Shambry, an Alabama native who moved to the Northwest in 1968.Time magazine calls it one of the 100 most influential images of all time. It shows Shambry being attacked by a police dog during a civil rights demonstration in Birmingham, Ala. It was one of several images Charles Moore took that day for Life magazine.Shambry died in 2011, but he talked about the circumstances surrounding that photograph with The Columbian in 1995.Shambry wasn’t trying to be a symbol, he told The Columbian back then. He just wanted to show the Birmingham, Ala., cops that he wasn’t afraid of them or their dogs.“I never did get afraid,” Shambry said. “I got mad, and I was thinking, ‘What are these people doing?’ When you get that mad, you get stubborn and just don’t care.”“I made up my mind I wasn’t going to run. I just walked and walked,” he said. “The only time I looked back was when the dog tore my pants.”It might not have been his intention, but that photograph of Shambry did turn into a symbol.In the online gallery of 100 influential photographs, the image of Shambry is accompanied by a quote from historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr.: “The photographs of Bull Connor’s police dogs lunging at the marchers in Birmingham did as much as anything to transform the national mood.”last_img read more

Will The State Give A Report To The National Assembly On

first_imgQUESTION OF THE DAYThe National Development Plan has priority areas. Hence the state needs to give a comprehensive report to the National Assembly on its priority areas and how much is to be spent from the pledges to meet each priority area and when the implementation is to be done.Celebrating and clapping are not the way forward. The way forward is to put the road map in implementing the National Development Plan so that each citizen will know what to expect and when.This is what the New Gambian should demand and this is what the media, both state and non-state, should explain to the Gambian people. The new Gambian must be an informed Gambian not a sentimental one.last_img read more

ASA Presses Vice President Gore for Action on Soy Food Aid

first_imgThe American Soybean Association is requesting personal intervention by U.S. Vice President Albert Gore to move forward a soy food aid program that will assist the most needy countries in the world with much needed food aid while helping to improve prices paid to farmers for their soybeans. ASA’s proposal has been tied up for months in disagreements between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Office of Management and Budget, and other government agencies. ASA has recently learned that this inter-agency dispute cannot be resolved without the involvement of the White House.”This is a tremendous opportunity for Vice President Gore to clearly demonstrate his concern for farmers by using his influence to break through the red tape that is delaying the soy food aid initiative,” said ASA President Marc Curtis, a producer from Leland, Miss. “It would be most appropriate for the Vice President to show his leadership on this issue this week while he is in Iowa, our largest soybean production state.”For the past eight months, soybean producers have been urging USDA to announce an initiative under which up to $1 billion worth of soybeans, soybean oil, and soybean meal would be purchased and donated under food aid programs. ASA has worked with U.S. soybean processors and with private voluntary organizations in developing this soy food aid program to ensure minimal displacement of U.S. or foreign commercial sales.”Soybean farmers are facing the lowest prices in 27 years,” Curtis said. “Unless current heavy surpluses of soybeans and soybean products are reduced, soybean prices and soybean producer income will remain at depressed levels. This food aid program will help improve prices for farmers and it will also help develop new markets for U.S. agricultural products by introducing soy to areas of the world that currently cannot afford to purchase them.”USDA is authorized to carry out the soy food aid initiative under the CCC Charter Act, Section 416(b), and other food aid programs—the same authorities used under President Clinton’s wheat initiative last year.”ASA is asking Vice President Gore to intervene on this issue to assure approval and announcement of this vital initiative,” Curtis said.last_img read more

Alaska LNG Community Meeting

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska LNG Project Team is hosting a community meeting on Wednesday, June 20, at the Nikiski Recreation Center to present the final decision on the Kenai Spur Highway reroute. Jesse Carlstrom Communications Manager with the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation: “The team, at Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, is extremely sensitive to the fact that the Kenai Spur Highway Reroute will impact residents and Alaskans throughout the Kenai and specifically Nikiski area. Nikiski residents will be the very first to know about the selected reroute.”  The AGDC in April 2017 provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a site map of the proposed LNG plant in Nikiski, showing locations for the three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, material offloading facility and north and south plant entrances. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m., with an Open House followed by a presentation at 7:00 p.m.center_img Following the site map, the AGDC filed a map of possible alternatives for relocating the Kenai Spur Highway around the LNG plant site to FERC. According to Carlstrom the AGDC has not submitted the final selected route to FERC: “It’s extremely important to us to let residents be the first to know about the selected reroute. So, that’s why we (AGDC) have not submitted this proposed reroute alternative to regulatory agencies, specifically the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that is overseeing the Alaska LNG project, we will let the public know first.”last_img read more

Hunters Heading Into The Woods Advised To Be Careful With Fire

first_imgBut no fire, even those inside rings or pits, should be left unattended for any length of time. Hunters must completely extinguish campfires before leaving campsites, which means drowning the fire repeatedly with water and stirring it until it is cold to the touch. Hunters who spot a wildfire should call 911 to report it. Two of the prime hunting activities that can lead to wildfires are campfires and the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). While campfires used for warming, cooking and conversation are an integral part of a comfortable hunting camp, they also pose a wildfire threat if not used properly. Campfires should be situated in open areas on mineral soil or gravel bars, not near grass or under trees. Surrounding a campfire with a rock ring will help keep it contained. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享It’s hunting season and the Alaska Division of Forestry is reminding hunters heading out into the woods to use caution with any activity that could spark a wildfire. Currently a burn suspension is in effect for the entire Kenai Peninsula until further notice. Likewise, hunters should ensure that spark arrestors on ATVS, chainsaws and other motorized equipment are in good working order before they’re taken into the field. Operators should watch for grass buildup on engines and mufflers that could fall off and ignite a wildfire. The Peninsula has received little or no rain in the past two weeks and the forecast is calling for continued warm, dry conditions.last_img read more

Walker Files Bill Creating Marijuana Control Board

first_imgJust one day before marijuana possession becomes legal in Alaska, Gov. Bill Walker has filed legislation to create a marijuana control board. Download AudioThe board would handle the regulation and licensing of marijuana retailers. It would be independent of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, but the groups would share the same staff within the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.Advocates for the marijuana industry have asked that the two substances be regulated separately to reduce potential industry conflicts.The governor filed the bill on Monday. Walker has already included $1.5 million in his budget for the cost of regulating marijuana.Marijuana possession becomes legal on February 24, because of an initiative passed by voters in 2014. Under the ballot measure’s implementation timeline, marijuana retailers are not expected have licenses until 2016.last_img read more

A year after Roxanne Smart was killed Chevak still waits for justice

first_imgThe community of Chevak in Southwest Alaska has been breathing a collective sigh of relief after the arrest of a man in July for the murder of Roxanne Smart. The 19-year-old was found stabbed to death in the middle of town last August. But it was a tough year for the tight-knit Cup’ik community as they waited for law enforcement to make an arrest.Smart’s friend Kerri Tall stands by a memorial beside the old Chevak health clinic where her friend was found.“At night, it’s not that busy, at night it’s a different story,” said Tall.Kerri Tall, of Chevak, started the facebook page, ‘Justice for Roxanne Smart’. Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK.Tall explains there’s a midnight curfew for 4-wheelers, the main form of transportation here, so there would have been fewer people around when Roxanne Smart was killed in the middle of the night.A wooden cross bearing her name leans up against the building supports along with a black and brown stuffed animal puppy, a coffee mug covered in forget-me-nots, and personal notes weighted down with rocks.Roxanne Smart’s body was found behind the old Clinic in Chevak on August 27th, 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton/KYUK.Tall says Smart was a quiet woman who loved her new baby and had a soft spot for dogs. And Tall says she can’t think of why anyone would want to hurt her.She was really shy, quiet. She always had a puppy to play with and she didn’t deserve any of what she received,” said Tall.What led up to Smart’s murder isn’t clear, but court documents say she was found naked from the waist down and stabbed multiple times in the neck and chest. Alaska State Troopers reportedly arrived soon after and took DNA samples from several suspects.“To me it was hard on me, I mean she’s my age. I felt like he was out there and I was scared,” said Tall.Tall didn’t want to sit idle and started a facebook page to keep attention on Smart’s case before it went cold. She and two other women from Chevak kept the page updated with images of their friend, calling it ‘Justice for Roxanne Smart’.The town had to live for nearly a year with a killer among them while they waited for the lab samples to come back.Lieutenant Christopher Thompson, the deputy commander of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation who oversees all major crimes investigations, didn’t want to go on tape for this story, but he says investigators went to Chevak three times between August 2014 and July 2015 and identified several people of interest in the case. He says a rape kit was administered. No arrests were made during that time.A memorial to Roxanne Smart who was killed in Chevak, August 27th 2014. Photo by Daysha Eaton.Tall walks past the bustling corporation store to her Auntie’s house which is kitty corner to the old health clinic where Smart’s body was found. Her Auntie, Etta Tall, says Roxanne was a regular at her ‘teen nights’ where she did positive activities with young people.“She was with my youth group in the beginning. She did the fry bread power day, we had fry bread power day, and she was so happy. If I would ever do a program, she would always want to be there to help out. She was that kind of a person,” said Tall.On July 23rd investigators returned to Chevak to interview Samuel Atchak, one of the original people of interest. Investigators say the 19-year-old admitted to placing Smart in a “choke hold” that night with his arms until she blacked out and to raping her. But he denied stabbing or killing Smart. The next day, while he was being arrested and charged for assault and sexual assault, an affidavit says Atchak admitted to stabbing and murdering Smart that night. Tall says that changed the dynamic in Chevak.“I think it’s like a relief and a release. When I first heard about it, it was very thick here, the atmosphere was different. But now I come back I can feel like a relief here in Chevak,” said Tall.Larry Barker is the superintendent of the Kashunamiut school district in Chevak.“My biggest question is why it took 11 months for the DNA testing to take place,” said Barker.He says everyone in the village wonders what took so long.“Because it did leave the village with concerns and lots of questions. You know, no arrests were taking place and the whole village was wondering what was going on and you know, probably a little scared,” said Barker.Troopers say it took 11 months to charge the suspect because they were waiting on DNA samples that were first sent to the state crime lab and then to another out-of-state lab, for further analysis.Senator Berta Gardner has called for an audit of Alaska’s crime lab, citing a huge backlog, specifically of rape kits.Lieutenant Thompson, with the Troopers, says the last lab report came back June 25th, which gave investigators enough evidence to confront the Atchak in July. Troopers say more details will come out in court.Atchak was arraigned in Bethel Superior Court August 4th. He pleaded not guilty. His case will be back in court in October.last_img read more

Mudslide blocks Haines Highway

first_imgThe Haines Highway is blocked by mudslides this evening after a few days of heavy rainfall. According to Highway residents, there are four slides between mile markers 18 and 21 that have made the road impassable.Download AudioThe Alaska State Troopers report the slide at 19-mile is about six feet deep. No damage or injuries have been reported, and troopers don’t know the extent of damage to the road.It was windy and rainy in other parts of Southeast today, as the remnants of a hurricane moved past the region.The storm helped set a new daily record rainfall in Ketchikan yesterday of seven point 2 (7.2) inches of rain.last_img read more

How The US Government Is Underestimating The Global Growth Of Renewable Energy

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTThe federal government is underestimating growth in renewable energy sources like wind power.A lot of what you read in the news boils down to numbers. What’s the unemployment rate? How’s the stock market? What’s the price of a gallon of gas? When those numbers are wrong, the whole story can be wrong. That’s exactly what appears to be happening with some important numbers from the Energy Information Administration.The EIA is a federal agency that releases statistics about energy. It has a pretty solid reputation: KUT uses the agency’s numbers in its reporting; business people consider it when making investments; and academics like Dan Cohan use the EIA in research.“They’re really the trusted go-to source for all things energy,” says Cohan, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University.But, he says, the EIA has always had a blind spot: It “continually underestimated the growth in wind and solar by just huge margins.”So, when the agency released its most recent International Energy Outlook, Cohan decided to look closer. What he found were numbers that seemed wildly inaccurate.For example, the amount of solar power the EIA said Brazil will install over the next six years has already been installed. Another country already has more solar projects planned this year than the EIA projected it would have by 2050.“I just thought – how can they possibly miss 32 years’ worth of growth in solar that could be disproven by a Google search?” he said.A lot of people had the same question after he wrote up his findings in The Hill. But before we get to “how,” let’s talk about why this matters.There are environmental implications. If renewables are growing faster than expected globally, that could affect things like air pollution levels and even climate change.There is also an economic consequence. As the U.S. exports more fossil fuels, a skewed understanding of the growth of renewable energy could lead U.S. business to make bad decisions.“Are we going to be building more pipelines, more mines, more export terminals than we really need if wind and solar start outcompeting natural gas and coal?” Cohan asks.How did the agency get it so wrong?“In the past, our modeling and analysis has been kind of limited,” said Chris Namovicz, an analyst with the EIA.He said it used to be that most wind and solar projects were built to meet national targets for renewable power. Historically those targets were often not met, so the model the EIA uses assumes wind and solar growth will be slower than many countries say it is.“That [forecasting model] sort of developed at a time when most renewables growth was essentially policy-driven,” he said.But now that renewables are becoming competitive with other energy sources – that is, they make economic sense – wind and solar are growing faster than planned. So, the skepticism built into the EIA forecasting is now working against it.Namovicz said the EIA is working on a way to better forecast that growth, but the improved forecasts won’t be ready until 2019.  Sharelast_img read more

Man Suspected of Killing His Children in Pasadena Is Hospitalized after Shooting

first_img Share Wikimedia CommonsAuthorities say a man suspected of fatally stabbing his two children in Pasadena has been hospitalized after police found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car.Authorities say a man suspected of fatally stabbing his two children in Pasadena has been hospitalized after police found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his car.Houston police say 61-year-old Jean Pierre Ndossoka was taken to a hospital in stable condition Sunday after authorities found him in Pasadena, located about 15 miles southeast of Houston.Police say Ndossoka is expected to survive and court records show he is charged with capital murder.Officials began searching for him Saturday, shortly after his estranged wife found their 8-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter dead at a Houston home.Police say the mother dropped off the children for a visitation with their father, but he later called to tell her the children were dead. She found their bodies and called police.last_img read more