Alberta pulling out of federal climate plan after pipeline decision

first_imgAlberta’s Opposition Leader Jason Kenney said the federal judges who overturned approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion are out of touch with the real world.He said Notley has not helped matters by prematurely celebrating the construction of the pipeline while imposing a carbon tax in the mistaken belief it would provide so-called “social licence” that would persuade environmental opponents to stand down.The Trans Mountain line has dominated Alberta politics in the last year and it, along with everything it represents – including Alberta’s carbon tax – is expected to overshadow all other issues in a spring election.Notley has said Alberta’s commitment to environmental stewardship – expressed through its carbon tax and commitment to phase out coal-fired electricity along with other green initiatives – allowed Trudeau’s government to follow through on its commitment to get the pipeline built.To that end, the federal government bought the project for $4.5 billion when owner Kinder Morgan Canada wavered this spring.The pipeline is also a financial lifeline for Notley’s government, which has been running multibillion-dollar deficits while avoiding introducing a sales tax or making significant cuts to the budget.The province has budgeted for increased pipeline access to drive non-renewable resource revenue to more than double to $10.4 billion by 2024 to balance the budget. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s pulling the province out of the federal climate change plan.The move comes after the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would have doubled the line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast and tripled the amount of oil shipped to fetch a better price on overseas markets.The panel of three judges cited a lack of consultation with Indigenous groups and a failure to address the impact of increased tanker traffic on the endangered southern resident killer whale population off the coast of B.C.“This ruling is bad for working families and it is bad for the security of our country, the economic security of our country,” Notley told a news conference Thursday.“It is a crisis.”Notley called on the federal government to immediately appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada. She said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must also call an emergency session of Parliament to fix the process so that the pipeline can be built.Until that happens, Notley said the province will remain outside the federal climate plan.“Let’s be clear, without Alberta, that plan isn’t worth the paper it’s written on,” she said.The federal government has said it is reviewing the court decision and plans on pushing forward with the project.Watch the full video of Premier Rachel Notley’s response to the Federal Court of Appeal rulinglast_img read more

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British sailors sexual assault trial hears from police investigators

first_imgHALIFAX – The trial of a British sailor accused in a gang rape at a Halifax-area military base heard Tuesday from the police officers who investigated the case.Under cross-examination by defence lawyer Ian Hutchison, military police Sgt. Tyler Bruce-Hayes confirmed that sailor Darren Smalley was arrested and charged before police interviewed other members of the Royal Navy hockey team.Hutchison also asked Bruce-Hayes if a hockey player had approached investigators with information “highly relevant to the police investigation.”“Do you recall (the team member) sharing information with the investigation team that he walked into room 1704 and a female was lying on the bed, saying words to the effect of ‘You’re just jealous you’re not getting laid?’” Hutchison asked.“Yes, that sounds familiar,” said Bruce-Hayes, testifying by video link from an overseas deployment.A young woman says she was sexually assaulted by at least three men in the barracks of 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.Bruce-Hayes agreed the comment the witness says he heard was within the time frame of the alleged sexual assault, and said the witness was not interviewed until after Smalley was arrested.The British men were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament.Bruce-Hayes also testified that he did not share information about the investigation to the complainant in the case, nor did another military officer who interviewed her for a second time.The woman had earlier testified that a military police officer called to inform her about the results of toxicology and DNA reports, and told her that her story was consistent other people interviewed as part of the investigation.Bruce-Hayes had begun his testimony at the trial in September, but it was not completed because Smalley’s co-accused Simon Radford was admitted to hospital with a serious infection, delaying proceedings.The charges against Radford have been stayed, but can be reinstituted within a year.Smalley is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people.The trial also heard Tuesday from Det. Const. James Wasson, a member of the Halifax Regional Police’s forensic identification section who photographed the scene in the barracks.He took the court through a number of photos of the barracks room where the alleged sexual assault happened, including one of what appeared to be semen stains on a bed.Daniel Corneau, a civilian employee of the Defence Department who was a sergeant in the military police at the time of the alleged incident, testified that he performed extractions on cell phones in connection with the case.Corneau said it appeared two images were deleted from one of the phones he examined. He was not able to recover the deleted images because he didn’t have the software at the time to do that.The court was not shown the photos that were extracted as part of the investigation, but images of people sitting inside a barracks room at the military base were shown earlier in the trial.Two more witnesses are expected to testify Wednesday before the Crown concludes its case.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors have been dropped.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more

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From music to news EU moves to protect online copyright

first_imgBRUSSELS – The European Union wants to shake up the way internet companies handle media, e-books, digital music, news articles and other content posted online by better protecting the rights of the authors and creators.EU lawmakers voted to back a report that has proved controversial and seen celebrities weigh in. Beatles member Paul McCartney recently wrote an open letter to the lawmakers to encourage them to back the new rules, while former Fugees frontman Wyclef Jean has publicly opposed it.Among other things, the report calls for automatic filters of uploaded content that would identify copyrighted material. To give the new system teeth, it would also make online publishing platforms liable for copyright infringement.German lawmaker Axel Voss, who chaperoned the report through the assembly, said the vote “is a good sign for the creative industries in Europe.” The changes must still be endorsed by EU member states.Media companies and publishers say the changes would help them get paid for their work. But opponents say they are too hard to put into effect, and might lead to filtering or even greater control over the internet.They also fear that the new rules would effectively ban parodies and viral internet “memes” that are often based on or inspired by existing songs or movies or other content.Voss said the text contains provisions to ensure that copyright law can be respected without limiting freedom of expression. Wikipedia and open source software platforms would not be affected.“We have addressed concerns raised about innovation by excluding small and micro platforms or aggregators from the scope,” Voss said. “I am convinced that once the dust has settled, the internet will be as free as it is today, creators and journalists will be earning a fairer share of the revenues generated by their works, and we will be wondering what all the fuss was about.”The European Magazine Media Association praised the move as “a great day for the independent press and for democracy,” saying it would modernize the rules without stifling online competition.But the Computer and Communications Industry Association said it would “undermine free expression online and access to information.”McCartney and many other musicians had backed the proposals, saying it would help them earn revenue that otherwise would have gone to the dominant tech companies.But others like Jean have rejected it, saying that working with internet platforms is a bigger financial opportunity than threat for musical artists. World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales have said the changes would lead to automated surveillance and control of internet users.Some also worry about the cost and reliability of automated filters. Google has spent more than $100 million on Content ID, its copyright management system for YouTube, which has more than 400 hours of content uploaded every minute. But many users complain that the system is inaccurate.___Chan reported from London.last_img read more

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On eve of World Cup final Annan extols footballs universal language

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in Berlin to attend the World Cup final, today compared the state of world football with the state of the world at large, and the most popular sport on Earth came out on top, with its equality, level playing field and transparency affording a shining example.Giving just some of the reasons why the World Cup “makes us in the UN green with envy,” he cited the sport’s “universal language,” its multifaceted role in bridging ethnic, social, cultural and religious divides, promoting teamwork and fair play and empowering girls.“As the pinnacle of the only truly global game, played in every country by every race and every religion, it is one of the few phenomena as universal as the United Nations,” he said at a ceremony at the unveiling of the emblem of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) for the 2010 World Cup, to be held in South Africa.“You could even say it’s more universal. FIFA has 207 members; we have a mere 192. The World Cup is an event in which everybody knows where their team stands, and what it did to get there. Everybody loves talking about what their team did right, and what it could have done differently. “I wish we had more of that sort of competition and conversation in the family of nations. Countries openly vying for the best standing in the table of respect for human rights, and trying to outdo one another in reducing the number of new HIV infections. States parading their performance for all the world to see. Governments being held accountable for what actions led them to that result. Citizens consumed by the topic of how their country could do better,” he added. “With that kind of public scrutiny, good governance would not be an option; it would be a necessity. And with that sense of public ownership, countries would better ensure that their own resources are used in a way that benefits their own daughters and sons.”Citing more reasons to be envious, he noted that the World Cup takes place on a level playing field, where every country has a chance to participate on equal terms and only two commodities matter: talent and team work.“I wish we had more levellers like that in the global arena. Free and fair exchanges without the interference of subsidies, barriers or tariffs. Every country getting a real chance to field its strengths on the world stage,” Mr. Annan declared.The World Cup illustrates the benefits of “cross-pollination” between peoples and countries, with more and more national teams welcoming coaches from other countries and more and more players represent clubs away from home between the Cups.“They all bring new ways of thinking and playing. Everybody wins by that cross-pollination,” he said. “I wish it were equally plain for all to see that human migration in general can create triple wins – for migrants, for their countries of origin, and for the societies that receive them.” He, for one, would be migrating briefly to South Africa in July 2010 to see the next Cup, he concluded. read more

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SMMT statement on the revision of BS EN590 to allow B7 diesel

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) supports and promotes the interests of the UK automotive sector at home and abroad. Working closely with member companies, SMMT acts as the voice of the motor industry, providing expert advice to customers and external organisations. One of the largest and most influential trade associations operating in the UK, SMMT’s resources, reputation and unrivalled automotive data places it at the heart of the UK automotive industry.Following the recent revision of BS EN 590:2009, the British standard for road diesel, to increase the possible bio-content in road diesel fuel to 7%, the SMMT and its members would like to reassure customers that vehicles are unlikely to encounter problems with the new fuel. The previous edition of BS EN 590 allowed the use of up to 5% bio-content and many suppliers have taken advantage of the full allocation since 2008 with no ill effects reported. In addition, several fuel injection equipment manufacturers have published a joint statement supporting the use of the new fuel standard (attached below). The increase to 7% will be phased in and it is very unlikely customers will notice any difference.Background:Since the introduction of the European Biofuels Directive (2003/30/EC) in 2003, member states have had an obligation to ensure that a minimum level of biofuels is used. In the UK the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation was introduced to implement this, and as a result, much of the diesel fuel supplied for road use since 2008 has had up to 5% bio-content, which was the maximum permitted.The introduction of the European Renewable Energy Directive and the Fuels Quality Directive means that the proportion of biofuel for road transport use must increase over the coming years. To ensure that fuels available for road transport are fit for purpose, the EN 590 diesel standard was developed by CEN, the European Standards Committee. CEN has recently updated this standard to allow the use of up to 7% bio-diesel blended into the fuel, compared to the 5% previously allowed, to reflect the latest views of vehicle and fuel industries on the compatibility of vehicles with this fuel.Labelling:The European Biofuels Directive (2003/30/EC) states, that any petrol or diesel fuel containing more than 5% bio-content must be labelled to inform customers at the point of sale. In UK regulations the required label reads, ‘Not suitable for all vehicles: consult vehicle manufacturer before use’. Until the recent revisions to EN590 this requirement was consistent with the limit for bio-content in the fuel standard and consequently EN590 compliant fuels did not need to be labelled. However, now EN590 compliant road fuel may require labelling under the current UK regulations. This requirement of the directive will be repealed in April 2010, but until then fuel suppliers offering B7 diesel will have to label the pumps. The UK labelling regulations for such fuels are being amended and the required label will say: “Contains up to 7% biodiesel”.Customers should not be alarmed by this labelling but are encouraged to ensure that they are aware of which fuel they are using. Higher biofuel blends such as B30 and E85, which are not compatible with all vehicles, will continue to display the current warnings ‘Not suitable for all vehicles: consult manufacturer before use.Further Information:If customers have concerns about issues relating to fuels, they are encouraged to contact their manufacturer.DOWNLOAD REPORTClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Ohio State womens golf takes 2nd out west at Branch Law FirmDick

The Ohio State women’s golf team started its fall season in full swing tying University of Nevada-Las Vegas for second out of 17 teams at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. The Buckeyes started off with a score of 293 strokes for the first round, and shot a pair of 297s for rounds two and three. Senior Rachel Rohanna, who was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Wednesday, led the Buckeyes, placing second individually with scores of 71, 72 and 73 to finish the tournament. Rohanna credits her success at the tournament to her strength and her mental game. “My biggest strength is my strength on the course,” Rohanna said. “I think I have a little more of an advantage over most of the golfers out here with my distance off the tee and especially my irons and my mental game.” Fellow seniors Amy Meier and Susana Benavides followed Rohanna. Meier tied for 13th place with a final score of 221, and Benavides tied for 19th place with a final score of 222. Meier attributed her success at the tournament to her ball striking and ability to hit greens. “I hit a lot of greens and even if I didn’t make that many putts, I knew that hitting the greens would give me more opportunities,” Meier said. The three seniors were included on the 2012-13 Big Ten Players to Watch List at the beginning of the season. Coach Therese Hession said she is proud of the seniors’ work at the tournament. “I think our seniors did a fantastic job,” Hession said. “They all had a good tournament and it sure is fun to get out of the gate that way.” The rest of the Buckeyes followed with sophomore Claudia Lim tied for 35th place with a final score of 228, junior Allison Harper tied for 55th place with a final score of 233 and sophomore Jan Chanpalangsri tied for 69th place with a final score of 236. Hession is pleased with the overall results from the tournament and hopes the team can keep it up throughout the season. “I think we had a solid tournament,” Hession said. “We were in the hunt around the top of the leader board the whole time, which we always love being there, and unfortunately we came off one shot short.” The Buckeyes will travel to Chicago, Ill., to contend in the Windy City Collegiate on Oct. 1-2. read more

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Buckeye Brief Urban Meyer addresses locker rooms NFL religion in offfield issues

Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAlong with several topics pertaining to the on-field performance of Ohio State’s football team, head coach Urban Meyer also addressed several off-field topics and locker room issues that are important to his team during Monday’s press conference. Here are our takeaways.Big Ten away locker roomsFootball teams know when traveling for away games that the accommodations in the locker room will not quite live up to the standards set by those at home. However, teams expect not only at least respectable locker rooms, but also believe they should be met with air conditioning and proper care when it comes to medical treatment.During Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference Monday, the outspoken coach said his team was met with poor facilities at Purdue and that the poor conditions tend to be more of a reflection on the rest of the conference rather than just the Boilermakers.“We had to open the doors to get ventilation going in a small area and people are walking by watching you dress. The number of urinals or bathrooms for the players and staff, I think there was two,” Harbaugh said. “Injured players can’t get an X-ray. Taken to a student health care center in a van. We needed a brace for a player and there wasn’t one at the facility we were taken to. A lot of things need to be addressed.”Harbaugh is not the only coach to express displeasure with away locker rooms in the conference. Meyer said he has had a “couple” of difficulties with the locker rooms in opposing stadiums and said that he has expressed his opinions to the commissioner, Jim Delaney.“All due respect, this is the Big Ten Conference,” Meyer said. “I’ve shared it with our athletic director and the commissioner should handle that.”Kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFLFollowing tweets from President Donald Trump condemning the actions of players in the NFL who knelt during the national anthem, athletes from around the league demonstrated a large display of solidarity Sunday, kneeling during the anthem in large groups or remaining in the locker room. As the players did this, debates raged between those who viewed the demonstration as players expressing their First Amendment rights to protest racial injustice in the United States and others who viewed it as a protest against the country as a whole and as disrespectful to military members.Topics such as this have divided the nation, but Meyer said the mutual respect teammates show for one another has helped maintain decorum in Ohio State’s locker room.“It’s the ‘r-word,’ the respect. Respect all,” Meyer said. “I personally have very strong beliefs and thoughts about things like that. And I share them with my friends and obviously very close with my family about our thoughts.”Religion in sportsThe “r-word” appeared again in Meyer’s vocabulary when the head coach was asked about religion. He talked about how important it is for the players in the locker room to all have mutual respect for everyone as many of the players have different views on religion as well. Meyer said the players are all allowed to hold their own views on religion, and that in the Ohio State locker room, all views are not only welcome, but also encouraged given how important religion is in Meyer’s life.“Our players, you look at their schedules, so we want everything to be user-friendly,” Meyer said, “Whether it be nutrition, whether it be real-life Wednesdays, those type of things, and also your spiritual life, so we have everything available to them. And I’m proud to say we have multi religious players, denominational people in our program.” read more

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Cuban couple jailed for forging Canadian Permanent Resident Card

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIndian nationals fined for forging Canadian visasFebruary 26, 2018In “Court”Three Cubans remanded to prison for allegedly forging US VisaMay 8, 2018In “Court”Chinese couple enters Guyana with forged visas – to be deported back to ChinaSeptember 14, 2016In “latest news” A Cuban couple who found themselves in hot water after a Caribbean Airline customer service representative realised that they were using a forged permanent Canadian Resident Card, were earlier today (Tuesday) jailed for the said crime.Tahemiah Batista, 28 and Josiah Rodriguez, 29 were slapped with the charge by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.They admitted that on January 20 2018, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) with intent to defraud, they uttered to a Caribbean Airlines customer service representative one forged Canadian Resident Card in favour of themselves saying that it was issued by the Guyana Government.According to the facts presented by Assistant Superintendent of Police Steven Telford, the defendants were outgoing passengers on a Canada-bound flight when the card given to the customer service representative was examined.It was found to be fake. When questioned, Batista told Officers that her boyfriend gave her the card which he purchased online for US $2000. She further explained that she was unaware that it was fake.Rodriguez also explained that he was unaware that the card that he purchased online was not authentic.They were both jailed for 9 months and are expected to be deported after serving their prison sentences. read more

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Handy Potter allows anyone to create complicated 3D objects with their hands

first_imgCreating 3D objects on a computer is a pain, after all you have to learn how to use a program and then you need to construct the object using your software, keeping all three dimensions in mind. It you want to make something that’s even slightly complex it’s a long process but Handy Potter hopes to change this, making the process of creating 3D objects much simpler.Using a Kinect as a starting point, Purdue University has developed a system that allows users to create 3D objects simply by moving their hands in front of a sensor. The computer registers the hand movements to create 3D shapes instantly and accurately. It’s perfect for interior design — designers can make pottery, lamps and furniture all by waving their hands in the motion of what they want the outlining shape to look like, the computer fills in the rest.Handy Potter allows people to create 3D objects 100 times faster than current CAD systems which, on top of taking up time, require training to use. The framework is also easy to set up and is low cost, especially as they’ve used a Kinect camera to keep costs down. Handy Potter also allows users to modify and manipulate 3D objects, not just create.The system is impressive because it’s easy to use, doesn’t cost much, and allows anyone to create complex shapes with no previous training. Even so, it is currently limited to creating symmetric objects so it’s far from a complete solution. There’s no reason to believe it couldn’t be developed further though, allowing it to create non-symmetrical 3D objects and bringing in other popular features from software in the field.View the PDF (Google Docs) via i-programmerlast_img read more

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Sans astronaute à bord la Nasa craint de perdre lISS

first_imgSans astronaute à bord, la Nasa craint de perdre l’ISSLa Nasa a peur de perdre le contrôle de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) si celle-ci est évacuée. La chose serait possible si aucun Soyouz russe ne se rend vers la station orbitale d’ici fin novembre.La semaine dernière, le lancement d’un vaisseau cargo Progress en direction de l’ISS a échoué. Emportant à son bord 2,9 tonnes de vivres et de carburant, le Progress a été victime d’une défaillance du dernier étage du lanceur. Et c’est justement cet étage qui est employé pour lancer les fusées Soyouz, ce qui a poussé les Russes à décaler le prochain vol habité à destination de l’ISS afin de déterminer les causes de cette défaillance.Mais pour l’Agence spatiale américaine, il est indispensable qu’un équipage reste constamment à bord de la station. Mike Suffredini, responsable de l’ISS à la Nasa, explique ainsi : “il y a un risque plus grand de perdre l’ISS s’il n’y a pas d’astronaute à bord et l’accroissement de ce risque n’est pas négligeable”. Il rajoute néanmoins que “si les systèmes essentiels ne connaissent pas de défaillance, on peut la contrôler depuis le sol et la maintenir indéfiniment sur orbite” mais cette situation n’est pas souhaitable “pendant une période prolongée”.Protéger la Station et son équipage La conférence au cours de laquelle s’est exprimé le responsable a eu lieu lundi, après que les Russes ont annoncé avoir reporté leur prochain lancement à fin octobre au plus tôt. “Nous allons faire ce qui est le plus sûr pour l’équipage et la Station, qui représente un très gros investissement pour nos gouvernements respectifs” (100 milliards de dollars en tout), a-t-il souligné. “Notre mission est de protéger cet investissement”, a insisté Mike Suffredini.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESABaptisé “Expedition”, l’équipage de l’ISS est composé de six membres, actuellement trois Russes, deux Américains et un Japonais, qui effectuent des rotations de six mois. Ainsi, une évacuation temporaire plus ou moins longue de l’ISS affecterait aussi nombre d’expériences scientifiques menées dans l’avant-poste orbital qui requièrent la présence des astronautes, rapporte Sciences et Avenir. Toutefois, du matériel tel que “l’Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer”, un détecteur de particules traqueur d’antimatière et de matière noire invisible, pourra continuer à fonctionner en étant contrôlé depuis le sol.Un planning très exigeant Pour le moment, la Nasa reste optimiste sur les chances des Russes de déterminer les causes de la défaillance du lanceur et d’envoyer un Soyouz avec trois nouveaux membres d’équipage juste à temps pour éviter une évacuation de l’ISS. La mi-novembre est également considérée comme la limite pour faire revenir un Soyouz au Kazakhstan, où il fait nuit plus longtemps au delà de cette période. De plus, les Agences américaine et russe ne veulent pas prendre le risque de maintenir des astronautes à bord de l’avant poste orbital au-delà des six mois réglementaires, en raison des risques que représente l’exposition prolongée aux radiations de l’espace. Enfin, les deux Soyouz de secours ne peuvent pas rester amarrés à l’ISS plus de 200 jours, le peroxyde d’hydrogène, un carburant pour leurs moteurs orbitaux, commençant alors à se dégrader. Autant de raisons qui poussent la Nasa et Roskosmos à espérer que le prochain décollage est lieu comme prévu à la mi-octobre.  Le 31 août 2011 à 11:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Fatal Fallbrookarea motorcycle crash

first_imgFatal Fallbrook-area motorcycle crash Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, FALLBROOK (KUSI) – A motorcyclist was killed late Monday afternoon in a freeway accident in Fallbrook.The 46-year-old Temecula man was “splitting lanes,” or riding between slower-moving vehicles, when he crashed his two-wheeler on northbound Interstate 15 near East Mission Road shortly after 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.After tumbling onto the pavement, the rider was run over by a box truck, CHP public affairs Officer Mark Latulippe said.The victim died at the scene of the accident. His name was withheld pending family notification. November 19, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: November 19, 2018last_img read more

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Bethel nonprofits will no longer get a pass on sales taxes

first_imgStarting Aug. 1 the city of Bethel will begin enforcing sales taxes on nonprofits unless the nonprofit gets an exemption. But no one can get an exemption, because one of the legal requirements is impossible to fulfill.Download Audio(Photo illustration by Flickr user photosteve10)By city law, nonprofits were supposed to be paying sales taxes since 2001. But the trend didn’t catch on for everyone, and the city didn’t enforce the change. Until now.“Just because we’ve done something wrong for 20 years does not mean we should continue to be doing it wrong,” Bethel City Manager Ann Capela said.This month the city sent a letter to all Bethel businesses telling them nonprofits are not exempt from city sales taxes. And any business not paying taxes will be held liable starting Aug. 1.LaTesia Guinn is the executive director of the nonprofit Bethel Family Clinic. She said instead of collecting, the taxes the city council should change the law and look elsewhere for revenue.“It’s not a right way for people, when they’re looking for extra funds to pay bills and to meet the budget of the city, to be focusing on nonprofits,” Guinn said.Eileen Arnold is the executive director of the nonprofit Tundra Women’s Coalition, a shelter and resource center for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Arnold said the tax would cost the nonprofit between $15,000 and $16,000 a year and affect services.“That would make us have to chose between fixing something in our building versus providing travel for somebody to leave a domestic violence situation or food for the pantry,” Arnold said. “We’d have to make really difficult decisions.”Under city law, nonprofits can be exempt from city sales taxes if they meet three criteria:be a 501(c) with the IRS,use what it purchases for its organization, andreceive Alaska Revenue Sharing.That last part — about having to receive Alaska Revenue Sharing — that bars all nonprofits from exemption because Alaska Revenue Sharing, by that name, doesn’t exist.Danielle Lindoff is with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. In an email, she said that the state has had many revenue sharing programs, but none by the name Alaska Revenue Sharing. And even if the program did exist, Lindoff said Bethel nonprofits don’t qualify for state revenue sharing.City Manager Capela said even if the city’s law doesn’t make sense, her job is to enforce it as written.“Whether this is outdated or there are different intentions or meaning, I don’t know,” Calepla said. “But so far we’ve determined legally and factually that indeed in order to be exempt there are three conditions that must be present. And it doesn’t state one of the conditions or two of the conditions must be present. It states all the conditions must be present.”Capela said the city has no estimates on how much revenue it expects to collect from nonprofit sales taxes. Several nonprofits have asked Bethel City Council to amend the law before enforcement begins.last_img read more

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Young Clinton fan totes her support

first_imgAs election day approaches, we’re checking in with voters around the state — asking what matters most to them and who they’re supporting.Darrian Traw, a 19-year-old Hillary Clinton supporter from Anchorage (Photo courtesy of Darrian Traw)Tonight, we hear from 19-year-old Darrian Traw, a college student in Anchorage who literally wears her politics.KSKA’s Zachariah Hughes spoke to her in at UAA in the room where her film club meets. By her side was a tote-bag with a giant letter H.Listen Now You can find our other interviews with Alaska voters here:In Anchorage, a Trump supporter keeps the faithIn St. Paul, this Alaskan vows ‘Never Trump’Young Clinton fan ‘totes’ her supportFor this Anchorage Republican, Johnson trumps TrumpFor Trump supporter, Clinton presidency raises fears of ‘last days’last_img read more

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Sheriff Shooter Had Mental Illness but Legally Owned Gun

first_imgBy David McFadded and Michael Kunzelmam, The Associated PressThe woman who killed three people and wounded others before shooting herself to death at a Maryland drugstore warehouse had been diagnosed with a mental illness and used a legally purchased gun in the rampage, a law enforcement official said Sept. 21.Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told news reporters Sept. 21 that the suspect, 26-year-old Snochia Moseley of Baltimore County, had been diagnosed with a mental illness in 2016.Snochia Moseley (Facebook Photo)“That’s as far as I’ll go with it,” he said, declining to give any more details about the illness.He said Moseley had become increasingly agitated in recent weeks, and relatives had been concerned for her well-being.Gahler said she used a handgun that she legally purchased in March to fire a total of 13 rounds early Sept. 20 and died after shooting herself in the head.Gahler identified the three people Moseley fatally shot as Sunday Aguda, a 45-year-old man from Baltimore County; Hayleen Reyes, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore; and Brindra Giri, a 41-year-old woman from Baltimore County.A family friend said Giri was a mother of two and recent immigrant from Nepal whose relatives were devastated. Attempts to reach family members of the other victims were not immediately successful.The sheriff identified the wounded survivors as Hassan Mitchell, a 19-year-old man from Harford County; Wilfredo Villegas, a 45-year-old man from Montgomery County; and Acharya Purna, a 45-year-old man from New York.He also gave more details about how the violence unfolded.Moseley had been hired for the holiday season and had been working there for less than two weeks. She entered the building at 6:30 a.m. As people lined up to come in the building, Gahler said she cut in line and words were exchanged, but it was a “little incident.” She left around 7:21 a.m. Moseley, who had worked security jobs in the past, drove to her White Marsh home and got a handgun, pepper spray and handcuffs. She arrived back at the parking lot around 8:35 a.m. and entered the front door around 8:52 a.m.He says she pulled a hooded shirt over her head and began shooting, striking and killing Aguda outside the building. Inside, where there were about 65 people, she fatally shot Giri and Reyes and also shot Mitchell, Villegas and Purna, who survived. She shot herself twice before police arrived, he said — once with a grazing wound and then with the fatal shot. She was already down when officers arrived and an officer moved her from the scene, not knowing that she was the shooter, he said.When asked how Moseley could legally buy a gun after being diagnosed with a mental illness, officials said it had not been determined that she had a “propensity for violence to self or others.”The sheriff said the motive is still a mystery and may remain so.“There’s just no way to make sense of something so senseless,” he said. “There’s still a lot of questions that we don’t know.”The shooting sent survivors screaming and running in all directions from the Rite Aid distribution center in northeastern Maryland. Others nearby helped the wounded, and one person tied blood-soaked jeans around an injured man’s leg trying to stanch the bleeding.Giri had joined her husband in the U.S. in April, bringing her son and daughter and thinking the children would do well here, said Harry Bhandari, a community leader and candidate for Maryland state delegate who said he has known her family for about 10 years.“It’s terrible,” he said.Giri was an energetic hard worker who saw the job at the distribution center as a “stepping stone,” said Bhandari, who was at a funeral home with her relatives Friday afternoon as they made arrangements.Speaking through Bhandari, Giri’s husband said they had married young and were happy together and that there was not a bad thing to say about her.The attack came nearly three months after a man with a shotgun attacked a newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing five staff members. Authorities accused Jarrod W. Ramos of attacking The Capital Gazette because of a longstanding grudge against the paper. It came less than a year after a fatal workplace shooting less than 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the warehouse, in which five were shot, three fatally.Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said that, unfortunately, shooting like this are “becoming a too-often occurrence” in the nation.___Associated Press writers Sarah Rankin Richmond, Virginia, and Sarah Brumfield in Washington contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that Acharya Purna is a man based on new information from authorities.last_img read more

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first_imgThe boom in India’s economic growth has resulted in mass urbanisation on a scale rarely witnessed in the history of mankind. The population of several Tier I and II cities has grown exponentially in the last two decades as millions of people seek better economic opportunities. However, this economic growth has come at a tremendous cost to the quality of human life as unplanned urban developments have mushroomed, giving rise to pollution, congestion, and diseases that give rise to living conditions that would be termed “miserable” by western standards. Thus, it comes as no surprise that Indian cities figure at the bottom of the list of any quality of life survey done at the international level. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceThe prime reason for this dismal state of affairs is visible everywhere—illegal construction. Developers blatantly violate development control regulations that stipulate mandatory open spaces, recreation grounds, parking, and fire safety. Unscrupulous municipal officials look the other way and consequently, the right to life of citizens gets compromised. To make matters worse, enforcement of development control regulations was considered a municipal matter and not as one falling within the scope of the term “environment”. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeOn September 3 this year, the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) at New Delhi passed a landmark judgment that, for the first time, brought important principles of town planning within the scope and jurisdiction of the NGT. In its judgment in the matter of Sunil Kumar Chugh v/s Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi, Appeal No. 66 of 2014, the NGT held that open spaces, recreational grounds and adequate parking facilities in buildings had an important bearing on the right to life of people. The appellants, Sunil Kumar Chugh and Ravinder Khosla, were residents of the slum redevelopment project being carried on by the developer, M/s Priyali Builders at Antop Hill, Mumbai. They filed an appeal challenging the Environmental Clearance (EC) issued to the developer on March 25, 2014, as illegal and prayed that the same be quashed.In their appeal, the appellants stated that the builder had violated the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification, 2006 by starting construction without EC, way back in 2009. For five years, the developer continued construction without EC. The State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) of Maharashtra ignored this blatant violation and blindly granted EC to the builder.It was further averred by the appellants that the developer did not provide any recreation ground to the residents. Further, he did not provide any parking spaces for the residents of the rehabilitation tenements, as a result of which, they were forced to park on the street. This severely prejudiced their right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.The case was heard by the principal bench at New Delhi, comprising Justices Swatanter Kumar and U D Salvi, along with expert members D K Agrawal and M A Yusuf. In its judgment, the bench held that the developer had violated the EIA Notification, 2006 and the Environment Protection Act, 1986 by commencing construction without prior EC. Further, by not providing adequate recreation grounds, the developer had severely prejudiced the right to life of the appellants. Consequently, the bench held the developer liable for violating the law and imposed a fine of Rs. 3 crore to be paid into the environmental relief fund maintained under the Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991. Further, taking note of the fact that the developer had provided deficient recreation grounds to the residents, the court directed that a further sum of Rs. 32, 63,600 be paid to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) for the deficient recreational area in the building. The approved plan of the building was quashed and the builder was directed to submit a fresh plan that would contain adequate parking for all residents of the building and address the shortfalls.During the court proceedings, the developer had claimed that prior EC was not required as the “FSI Area” (Floor Space Index or Floor Area Ratio) of the project was less than 20,000 square metres, the prescribed statutory limit. He claimed that the lift lobby and staircase area were exempt from the computation of built-up area under the EIA Notification. The NGT strongly rejected this argument, stating that the term “built-up area” includes the entire construction area, saleable and non-saleable. It further held that the 2011 amendment to the EIA Notification that clarified the term “built-up area” was clarificatory in nature and would have a retrospective effect from 2006 itself.The booming construction industry in Mumbai has resulted in repeated violations of environmental norms that severely prejudice the right to life of the residents. Innumerable projects commence construction without prior EC. Ex-post-facto clearances have been granted arbitrarily, without imposing any penalty on the developer. The landmark judgment of the NGT in the case of Sunil Kumar Chugh v/s Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi & Others (Appeal No. 66 of 2014) will set a strong precedent in penalising violators and quashing the illegal permissions granted to them. Further, builders will not be able to segregate FSI areas from non-FSI areas and pass off the same as built-up area. This ruling is indeed an important step forward in the effort to save India’s cities from the degrading effects of illegal construction and haphazard urbanisation, which have so far continued unabated. DOWN TO EARTH(The author is a practising lawyer at the Bombay High Court and the National Green Tribunal. He had appeared for the appellants in the above matter before the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal at New Delhi. Views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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