Sealing semis spot at my home ground a career high Wood

first_imgChester-le-Street: England fast bowler Mark Wood believes his side’s crucial 119-run win over New Zealand on his home ground in Durham is one of the proudest days of his career. On Wednesday, Wood took 3/34 as England booked a place in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 1992. The 29-year-old hails from the north-eastern village of Ashington around 50km north of the Riverside. “It was a pretty special day. Apart from maybe my debut, that was the proudest game I’ve had,” Wood was quoted as saying by the ICC. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together “Singing the national anthem with my whole family in the crowd was pretty special. The ground looked great and the result was even better.” Wood, who will make his 50th ODI appearance if selected in the semi-final, praised the team’s comeback from back-to-back defeats to beat India and New Zealand, saying: “It’s taken a lot of courage from the team to maintain our values even when we’ve had our backs up against the wall. “Now we’re going on to another huge game but one we’ll be pretty confident about. Maybe at the end of the World Cup if everything goes to plan we might look back at the Sri Lanka and Australia games and say they built the character of the team,” he added.last_img read more

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Picard Coon Come and Vivane Michel to lead off Québecs relationship with

first_imgAPTN National NewsGhislain Picard, Matthew Coon Come and Viviane Michel will be the lead witnesses in Québec’s inquiry into the province’s relationship with Indigenous peoples.The inquiry was called after news surfaced of alleged abuse of Indigenous women at the hands of the province’s police force, the Sûreté du Québec.The hearings will start June 5, according to a schedule released by the commission.Picard, the regional Quebec chief for the Assembly of First Nations, has been pushing for the inquiry after the allegations were uncovered.Coon Come is the grand chief of the grand council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Michel is president of the Quebec Native Women’s Association.The hearings will begin in Val D’Or.The complete calendar of hearings for the month of June is as follows:Monday June 5: Opening ceremony, Commissioner’s declaration of opening and Viviane Michel, President (Quebec Native Women)Tuesday June 6: Chief Ghislain Picard (AFNQL) and Grand Chief Verna Polson (Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council)Wednesday June 7: Chief Adrienne Jérôme (Anishinabe Nation of Lac Simon)Thursday June 8: Édith Cloutier, Executive Director (Centre d’amitié Autochtone de Val-d’Or) and Tanya Sirois, Executive Director (Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec)Monday June 12: Widia Larivière, Education and Cooperation Officer (Quebec Human Rights and Youth Rights Commission) and Daniel Salée (Concordia University)Tuesday June 13: Representatives from Quebec Public ServicesWednesday June 14: Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come (Grand Council of the Crees Eeyou Istchee) and representatives from Quebec Public ServicesThursday June 15: Pierre Lepage (Anthropologist), Me Marie-Chantale Brassard and Me Patrick Michel (Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions)Monday June 19: Grand Chief Constant Awashish (Conseil de la Nation Atikamekw) and Carole Lévesque (Institut national de la recherche scientifique)Tuesday June 20: Me Maryse Picard (Expert witness), Pierre Corbeil (Mayor of Val-d’Or) and Paul-Antoine Martel (City of Val-d’Or)Anyone wishing to participate in the inquiry by clicking here – or calling toll free 1 844 580-0113.news@aptn.calast_img read more

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Amnesty International honours Indigenous movers and shakers in Montreal

first_imgTom FennarioAPTN National NewsAmnesty International handed out its Ambassador of Conscience Award in Montreal Saturday night.It was a night of celebration to honour human rights.It recognized the Indigenous rights movement in Canada – and one of the world’s most celebrated singers.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Pipeline company to pay 122K for environmental violations

first_imgCHARLESTON, W.Va. — A company building a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia has agreed to pay $122,350 for environmental violations.The Charleston Gazette-Mail cited a consent order made public Monday in reporting that Columbia Gas Transmission agreed to pay the amount to the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for 16 violations while building the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline.Columbia Gas Transmission is a subsidiary of TransCanada and will operate the Mountaineer Xpress Pipeline when it’s completed.TransCanada spokesman Scott Castleman said the company implemented measures to address each environmental issue as it arose and has accepted the draft consent order.The pipeline is one of many being built in the region and would run 170 miles (274 kilometres) from Marshall County to Wayne County.___Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Singlewindow system for edu loans if voted to power Rahul

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi Sunday said if voted to power, his party will introduce a single-window system for education loans and bring a law that will “list the rights and duties of students”.In a Facebook post, Gandhi asserted that a Congress government will ensure free education to all students from Class 1 to 12 in government schools in the country. He said the Congress will restore the independence and autonomy of colleges and universities and will open new state-run varsities in backward areas of the country to ensure the expansion of the education sector. “The Congress will restore the independence and autonomy of colleges and universities and will open new state-run varsities in backward areas of the country to ensure expansion of education. “The Congress will also bring ‘Student Rights Law’ that will list the rights and duties of students,” he said in a Facebook post. “We feel that education empowers a child and it should be made available to all children. “The Congress promises to ensure free and compulsory education to all in government schools from Class 1 to 12. We will raise the budget on education to 6 per cent of GDP,” he said in another post. Gandhi said a Congress government will waive outstanding interest on old education loans prior to March 31, 2019. “We will also introduce a single-window system for grant of education loans. The banks will not charge any interest on loans till the time the student gets a job and starts earning or becomes self-employed,” he added.last_img read more

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US Presidents Wishes Muslims Happy Eid al Fitr

Rabat – U.S President, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, extended their Eid al Fitr greetings on Thursday to the Muslim community in the U.S and all around the world. Eid al Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.The U.S President offered his “warm wishes” to all Muslims in a statement released on Thursday, wishing them “joy, prosperity and well-being [in the year to come]. Eid Mubarak.”“The American people join Michelle and me as we extend our best wishes to you and the people of your country as you celebrate Eid al Fitr,” Obama added. On this occasion, Obama hailed New York City’s decision to add Eid al Fitr and Eid al-Adha as official public school holidays. Reminding his citizens of the importance of Ramadan to Muslims all over the world, the President said that “it has also been a time during which the rituals of fasting and prayer remind us of the values we all share and of our common humanity.”The following is Obama’s full Eid message:“Michelle and I would like to extend our warmest wishes to Muslims in the United States and around the world celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr. As Muslims mark the end of the month, they are reminded that Ramadan is a time to reflect spiritually, build communally, and aid those in need. While Eid marks the end of Ramadan, it marks a new beginning for each individual – a reason to celebrate and express gratitude on this holiday.For millions of Muslims, the morning of Eid is marked with the call to prayer echoing through cities and towns across the globe. Millions of people head to local mosques for special Eid prayers followed by festive gatherings, gift exchanges, and feasts among friends, neighbors and families. The diversity of traditions paint the vibrant images we see from around the world capturing the spirit and excitement of Eid – colorful dresses or white garments decorating the masses of people standing in lines for prayer, lanterns and ornaments lighting up bazaars and neighborhoods, intricate henna designs painted on hands of young girls and women, and an abundance of delectable foods and aromatic cuisines.As Muslim Americans celebrate Eid across America, the holiday is a reminder to every American of the importance of respecting those of all faiths and beliefs. This past year New York City Public Schools announced adding Eid to their official school calendars alongside Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays – an acknowledgement of the great diversity and inclusiveness that adds to the richness of our nation. During this year’s White House Iftar, I had the opportunity to meet inspiring young Muslim Americans who are leading efforts for greater understanding and unity across diverse communities. Following the Iftar, one of the young attendees helped spearhead an effort that raised more than $75,000 for the churches burned in the wake of the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina.Americans of all faiths and beliefs must stand together to protect our democracy and strengthen our country as a whole.Michelle and I hope today brings joy to all of your homes, both here in the U.S. and around the world. From my family to yours, Eid Mubarak!”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

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Kosovo UN official stresses broad international support for status proposal

The senior United Nations official in Kosovo, which the world body has administered since NATO forces responded to ethnic strife there in 1999, today stressed the broad international support enjoyed by a UN status proposal, saying it comes “at an ideal moment in history.”UN Special Representative Joachim Rücker urged participants at a townhall meeting in Klinë/Klina municipality to remain open to proposals put forward by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the status process, Martti Ahtisaari.“Even if some things don’t feel ideal to you, I would appeal to you to have a positive attitude towards the status package,” Mr. Rücker said. “Now we have the green light also from the European Union for Mr. Ahtisaari to go ahead to the next step,” he added.The Special Representative called on those wishing to express their opinion through demonstrations to do so peacefully. “At this point in time, we should not make any mistakes,” he said. “It would be very detrimental if developments in Kosovo would come in the way of the status process.” Earlier this month, Mr. Ahtisaari presented a provisional plan under which Kosovo would have the right to govern itself and conclude international agreements, including membership in international bodies, with an international civilian and military presence supervising the new arrangements and helping to ensure peace and stability.But the plan, which was presented to Serbia and to the ethnic Albanian Kosovo authorities, does not specifically mention independence for the province, which the UN has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid brutal ethnic fighting.Serbia rejects independence, a goal sought by many of Kosovo’s ethnic Albanians, who outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1. 17 February 2007The senior United Nations official in Kosovo, which the world body has administered since NATO forces responded to ethnic strife there in 1999, today stressed the broad international support enjoyed by a UN status proposal, saying it comes “at an ideal moment in history.” read more

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UN agency calls on Iran to halt work on recentlydisclosed facility

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called on Iran to immediately suspend the construction of a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility, and cooperate more fully to resolve all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme.In a resolution adopted today in Vienna by the Agency’s Board of Governors, the IAEA also urged Iran to clarify the purpose of the enrichment plant at Qom. UN inspectors visited the plant late last month after Iran disclosed its existence in September. In addition, the IAEA “calls on Iran to confirm, as requested by the Agency, that Iran has not taken a decision to construct, or authorize construction of, any other nuclear facility which has as yet not been declared to the Agency.” The resolution comes a day after the Agency’s outgoing Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, told the 35-member policymaking body that the IAEA had reached a “dead end” with Iran, noting that there had been no movement in over a year in resolving outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme. While Iran has stated that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes, some countries contend it is driven by military ambitions. The Agency today urged Iran to engage with it on the resolution of all outstanding issues concerning the country’s nuclear programme and to cooperate fully in terms of providing access and information requested by the IAEA. 27 November 2009The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today called on Iran to immediately suspend the construction of a recently-disclosed uranium enrichment facility, and cooperate more fully to resolve all outstanding issues related to its nuclear programme. read more

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More needs to be done quickly to achieve Millennium Goals UN official

While the international community has taken important steps to increase its official development assistance, much more needs to be done, and done quickly, to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a senior United Nations official said today.The Goals are a set of eight, time-bound targets that seek to restructure the world’s social fabric, from slashing extreme poverty and hunger to curbing infant mortality and major diseases to improving access to education and health care for all – all by 2015.Speaking at the annual meeting of the Bretton Woods institutions in Washington, D.C., Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, also called for “a bold and innovative approach to…improving the voice and representation of developing countries in the governance structures of the multilateral financial institutions.”Mr. Ocampo’s remarks came at the meeting of the Group of 24 (G-24), a chapter of the G-77 coalition established in 1971 to coordinate the positions of developing countries on international monetary and development finance issues and to ensure that their interests are adequately represented in negotiations on international monetary matters.The Washington-based Bretton Woods institutions, founded in July 1944 at the UN Monetary and Financial Conference held in the New Hampshire town for which they are named, comprise the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.Mr. Ocampo is scheduled to address the Development Committee tomorrow. read more

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Michael Jordan Hires Unknown Mike Dunlap To Coach Bobcats

Mike Dunlap, a little known but highly respected assistant coach with St. John’s, was hired Monday by Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats,   the school said in a statement released early Tuesday morning.Dunlap is a surprise hire because he has spent most of his career at the collegiate level, and was not mentioned as one of the leading candidates by Bobcat executives, who said the search was narrowed down to Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, Indiana assistant Brian Shaw and Lakers assistant Quin Snyder.After initial interviews with Charlotte executives Rod Higgins and Rich Cho, Shaw and Snyder were brought in last week to interview with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan.Sloan pulled himself out of the running last week, and after meeting with Shaw and Snyder, Jordan decided to re-open the field and brought Dunlap back in for an interview on Monday, sources say. Impressed, Jordan offered Dunlap the job.Cho told ESPN.com’s Andy Katz on Monday night that “a strong emphasis in player development was extremely high on our priority list,” in response to the Dunlap hire. Dunlap is known as a teacher of the game amid his peers in college and in the NBA.Dunlap, who is known to favor an up-tempo style of play, will replace Paul Silas, whose contract was not renewed after Charlotte finished with the worst winning percentage in NBA history this past season. The Bobcats were 7-59. read more

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Peter Vaughan star of Game of Thrones and Porridge dies aged 93

first_imgPeter Vaughan died today aged 93, his agent said Peter Vaughan in London in May, 2016Credit:Mike Webster/REX/Shutterstock He also appeared in 1967 spy thriller The Naked Runner, starring Frank Sinatra.”The great thing about Frank was that you had to stand up to him very quickly. If you did that, he respected you, otherwise he’d walk all over you,” Vaughan said.His watch endedBut recently it was starring in Game Of Thrones, which made him famous to millions around the world.The actor was partially sighted and portrayed the blind character for five years.Vaughan was born Peter Ohm on April 4 1923 in Shropshire. He was married to actress Billie Whitelaw for 12 years.Vaughan later wed actress Lillias Walker, whom he met in his repertory days.GoT fans react with sadness “Everybody’s frightened to death of him, so they talked about him a lot and so it was a huge character but I didn’t have to be there,” he previously told the Sunday Post.Vaughan’s other rolesVaughan was also known for 1970s TV series Citizen Smith and later, Our Friends In The North, playing Felix Hutchinson, Christopher Eccleston’s character’s father.He played “a hard nut with Alzheimer’s” and said afterwards: “It was the first time that had been done.” ”He was the blood of the Dragon… but now his fire has gone out. And now his Watch is ended.” RIP Peter VaughanRIP Maester Aemon pic.twitter.com/xrdpDVSOr0— JustMayMay (@JustMayMay16) December 6, 2016 Peter Vaughan died today aged 93, his agent saidCredit:PA Grouty in PorridgeDespite being in only three episodes of Porridge alongside Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale, Vaughan made his mark as villain Harry “Grouty” Grout.He was appearing in a play when he was asked to take on the role. Peter Vaughan, best known for his roles in Porridge and Game Of Thrones, with Joanna Lumley “I still get people saying ‘Let you out, have they, Grouty?” the actor said more than 40 years later.”I was in just three episodes and, of course, the feature film, so I have to thank the writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais for the fact I’m one of the characters people always remember when they talk about Porridge because Grouty is so prominent – even though I’m not there. Peter Vaughan with Ronnie Barker in Porridgecenter_img Peter Vaughan in London in May, 2016 Peter Vaughan, best known for his roles in Porridge and Game Of Thrones, with Joanna LumleyCredit:PA A statement from Sally Long-Innes, his agent, said: “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning.”He died peacefully with his family around him.” 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. Peter Vaughan with Ronnie Barker in PorridgeCredit:Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock Rest in Peace to our own Maester Aemon, Peter Vaughan, who passed away this morning at age 93. Truly an honor to have known him.— Bryan Cogman (@b_cogman) December 6, 2016 Game Of Thrones actor Peter Vaughan has died at the age of 93, his agent said.The star was best known for his role as Maester Aemon in the TV hit, while he also appeared in the sitcom Porridge. Sad to see that Peter Vaughan has died at 93. A superb actor who could be menacing and funny and often both at the same time #RIP— Phil Ford (@philfordesq) December 6, 2016last_img read more

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WWF introduces new PDF format to save the world by denying you

first_imgThe WWF — the World Wide Fun for Nature, not the confederacy of spandex-glad roid monsters — wears its green cred on its sleeves: they’re out to safe the world. How are they going to do that? By inconveniencing you with DRM, it seems: the WWF has just announced a new variant of PDF that can’t be printed out.The WWF describes their new PDF technology like this:AdChoices广告The WWF format is a PDF that cannot be printed out. It’s a simple way to avoid unnecessary printing. So here’s your chance to save trees and help the environment. Decide for yourself which documents don’t need printing out – then simply save them as WWF. SAVE AS WWF, SAVE A TREE. There’s a million reasons why this is a weird, weird announcement. For one, the entire point of PDFs is to preserve formatting so that you can print it out: it’s a format dedicated to maintaining fonts, alignments and allowing robust image placement, so that the document you send to someone is printed out in a predictable way on the other end.And is DRM the right way to go about saving the world? Sure, hacking a WWF file is probably trivial, but still, it’s the principle of the thing.Perhaps we’re overthinking it, though. Since the file format shares its creators acronym, we suspect this is just a promotional announcement. Still, time to add *.WWF attachments to my email blacklist.Read more at WWFlast_img read more

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Un casque de ski à énergie solaire bientôt en vente

first_imgUn casque de ski à énergie solaire bientôt en vente ?Un capteur solaire 3D est sur le point d’équiper des casques de ski. Il pourrait alors servir d’alimentation pour des des écouteurs ou un microphone.Un casque de ski doté d’un capteur solaire 3D peut alimenter des écouteurs ou un microphone. Ils peuvent être reliés à un smartphone via une connexion Bluetooth par exemple.Le capteur solaire performant et tridimensionnel, mis au point par l’Institut Fraunhofer de fiabilité et de micro intégration (IZM), affiche un rendement supérieur à 20%. L’IZM a mis au point une nouvelle technologie de construction et d’encapsulement du module.Ce capteur est également l’oeuvre du travail en commun de l’Université technique de Berlin (TU) et de l’entreprise TEXSYS. Grâce à l’utilisation de silicium monocristallin, le module a été adapté à la forme tridimensionnelle du casque. Le casque solaire est une technologie robuste, adaptée aux conditions sportives en extérieur et au froid. Enfin, la batterie peut servir de recharge pour mobile. Alors qu’il doit passer de nombreux tests lors des prochains mois, le casque pourrait être commercialisé fin 2012 au tarif de 300 euros.Le 10 mars 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Weather Eye Spring seems to be around the corner but expect more

first_img At this point in time, it doesn’t appear February is going to give us much of a break in the winter weather pattern. Quiet often we get 3-5 days straight with sunshine and above average temperatures. Not this year. More rain today and President’s Day. There will be good snows in the mountains down to the passes and below.The storm Monday could bring some high winds again to the coast. Residents there have become accustomed to wind storms every week it seems. The good news is we will be on the north side of the jet stream this week, which means precipitation amounts will be lighter. The down side is it will be cooler.It is a wet month so far. Vancouver has seen 8.20 inches in the rain bucket as of Saturday afternoon. That is an amazing 5.50 inches above average! Vancouver’s rainfall for February is greater than many areas along the Washington coast.If you take a drive up state Highway 14 in the Gorge, the snow is melting and it sure looks like spring is right around the corner. Just watch out for the potholes. Despite the rain and cooler temperatures, nature is defying Old Man Winter. Yes, the frogs are in full chorus. Early spring bulbs are blooming. Oh how we long for spring and blue skies.I’m saving this weather news for last: Forecasts show a cold air mass swinging down from Alaska late this week through the end of the month. Snow levels will be low. Just how low? Good question,but at least 1,000 feet maybe 500 feet. Snow here at city levels? Anything is possible this winter. Maybe we have one more round of snow. Stay tuned.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com.last_img read more

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McMaster out Bolton in as Trumps national security adviser

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, injecting a hawkish foreign policy voice into his administration ahead of key decisions on Iran and North Korea.Trump tweeted Thursday that McMaster has done “an outstanding job & will always remain my friend.” He said Bolton will take over April 9.Bolton will be Trump’s third national security adviser. Trump has clashed with McMaster, a respected three-star general, and talk that McMaster would soon leave the administration had picked up in recent weeks.His departure follows Trump’s dramatic ouster of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week. It also comes after someone at the White House leaked that Trump was urged in briefing documents not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin about his recent re-election win. Trump did it anyway.In a statement released by the White House, McMaster said he would be requesting retirement from the U.S. Army effective this summer, adding that afterward he “will leave public service.”The White House said McMaster’s exit had been under discussion for some time and stressed it was not due to any one incident.last_img read more

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County offering extra leaf disposal chances

first_imgClark County is offering coupons good for free disposal of up to 5 cubic yards of leaves through the end of 2018, according to a county news release.The program is offered by the county and the city of Vancouver. Coupons can be downloaded from the county’s website, www.clark.wa.gov/public-works/leaf-disposal, and used at four locations:• H & H Wood Recyclers, 8401 N.E. 117th Ave., 360-892-2805. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.• McFarlane’s Bark, 8806 N.E. 117th Ave., 360-892-6125. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in November; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in December (closed Sunday in December).• Triangle Resources, 612 S.E. Union St., Camas, 360-834-7253. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Closed Saturday and Sunday.• West Van Materials Recovery Center, 6601 N.W. Old Lower River Road, 360-737-1727. 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.last_img read more

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Golden Valley Electric Loses Biggest Customer

first_imgDownload AudioGolden Valley Electric Association is scheduled to lose one of its biggest customers this week – the Flint Hills Resources refinery in North Pole. But GVEA is working on plans to hook up another industrial customer next year that will buy nearly as much electricity as the refinery.last_img

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Kenai Peninsula Borough sends wish list to legislature

first_imgThe Kenai Peninsula Borough released its state funding priorities Tuesday (1/19) for the current legislative session.Borough Mayor Mike Navarre isn’t optimistic the legislature will appropriate funds for the borough’s wish list, but he says it’s still important to ask.“We don’t expect many of these projects to get funded in this year’s capital budget given the state’s fiscal situation but we wanted to identify them anyway so that when and if we come [to] some point in the future where capital funding becomes more available, the projects will have been identified,” said Navarre.Navarre says the borough chose four capital projects for the legislature to consider. The borough is asking for $350,000 for renovations to the 9-1-1 Dispatch Operations Center in Soldotna and $1 million for flood mitigation efforts in the Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area.There are two lower priority capital projects. The borough wants $1 million for wildfire mitigation and it is asking for more than $6.7 million to replace the heating, air conditioning and ventilation system in the Borough’s administration building. That request is more than a decade old.“That’s something that’s been on the list for probably 10 – 15 years and its something that is going to have to be done,” said Navarre.The borough will also lobby for the state to continue helping local peninsula government fund public services. Navarre estimates the borough gets about $2 million a year from the state’s revenue sharing program. The state reduced its contribution to that program last year and Navarre expects a reduction this year, but still hopes to see some level of funding. And he says the borough also needs the state to keep contributing to the Public Employment Retirement and Teacher’s Retirement systems.“We want them to continue that because otherwise that’s a huge shift on an annual basis, millions of dollars that could be shifted to local governments. [It] would simply remove a state obligation and put it on the backs of local taxpayers,” said Navarre.Other funding priorities included in the list were legislative priorities for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, peninsula road projects, and funding needs in borough service areas, cities and unincorporated communities.Navarre says the borough will be watching the legislature’s decisions closely during this session.last_img read more

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Jahangir serves Ofazs sentence

first_imgJahangir Alam, Ofaz UddinIn the film ‘Aynabaji’, the protagonist takes a convict’s place in jail in exchange of money. And now life imitates art in Gazipur.A man named Jahangir Alam went to jail in place of a convict, Ofaz Uddin, two months ago in Kaliakair upazila of Gazipur. Ofaz Uddin was accused of illegally taking over land belonging to the forest department and was accordingly sentenced to two years in jail last year.According to the forest department officials, Ofaz Uddin had been living in Bishwaspara for long. He built a house on the forest department’s land and was accused of selling government land as well.The forest department filed a case against him in 2006 and the court sentenced him to two years impriosnment on 7 July 2018. Ofaz went into hiding after the verdict. Local people said Ofaz convinced Jahangir to surrender in his stead for Tk 300,000. He also promised Jahagir to arrange bail.Jahangir, 30, was a driver and drug addict. He lived in Kholapara village in Kaliakair upazila. He is now in Kashimpur High Security Prison. The Prothom Alo Correspondent went to find Ofaz Uddin at the jail on Sunday when Jahangir revealed his actual identity.Jahangir later explained the incident to the correspondent.Ofaz Uddin told him to surrender in court as Ofaz and seek bail three months ago, Jahangir said.The court sent him to jail rejecting the bail plea, he added.Ofaz Uddin’s mobile phone is switched off. His son told the correspondent that his father was on the run since the court verdict.The inspector of Gazipur court said, Ofaz was now accused of fraudulence with the court.Jahangir’s mother said her son hadn’t come home for two months.The family came to know that Jahangir was in jail, though they did not know the reason, she added.The public prosecutor in the case, Rezaul Karim, told Prothom Alo, Jahangir would be released if the relevant documents proved his innocence in the court.last_img read more

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