zoom Dutch marine services and dredging company Boskalis is planning to lay off 20 crew members and replace them with a cheaper workforce, Dutch union Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw said.The Dutch workers are employed with Fairmount Marine, a subsidiary of Boskalis, and have been deployed on five separate vessels.The move was first announced in 2016 as part of Boskalis’ fleet rationalization plans, however, the decision was postponed following the action from the Dutch union.In the meantime, a review of Fairmount Marine’s operations was carried out in anticipation of an improvement in financial performance, which would have prevented the action, according to Boskalis.Nevertheless, the company’s board of directors has now decided to continue with the reorganization move, the union said.“Boskalis told us that between now and mid 2019 its Dutch Fairmount crew will be replaced by crew from cheap labour countries, employed by employment agency Anglo Eastern. If Boskalis continues to pursue these plans we will contemplate taking them to court, along with possible industrial action,” Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw national secretary Marcel van Dam explained.The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) said it was standing ready to support its Dutch affiliate Nautilus NL/FNV Waterbouw as it resists plans by Boskalis “to ditch and replace 20 crew members on five vessels.”“We are appalled to see Boskalis turn back the clock and recycle plans that were so effectively challenged last time around. The company’s profits – projected to reach EUR 150 million for 2017 – have been built with the help of its many crews around the world, and it is scandalous to see crew members being threatened with job losses in return. It is difficult not to see this as a case of simple social dumping, and the use of potentially lower skilled, cheaper and less protected workers in safety-critical roles. The ITF is ready to support our colleagues in the Netherlands in resisting this,” ITF inland navigation section chair Nick Bramley added.Fairmount operates a fleet of 17 specialized, long-distance oceangoing anchor handling tugs (AHTs).
Teachers gathered in Dartmouth today, Aug. 26, for an Options and Opportunities (O2) workshop and to launch a new promotional video. The video, produced by the Department of Education’s Learning Resources and Technology Division, shows how the O2 program connects high school students with employers and offers them meaningful hands-on learning in schools and in the community. “The great thing about Options and Opportunities is that students can see the paths that lead to a range of careers,” said acting Education Minister John MacDonell. “This program helps government further its commitment to help prepare young Nova Scotians for good jobs that grow the economy. “The O2 program would not be possible without the great work of our dedicated teachers.” O2 gives students opportunities to gain experience in a workplace and focus on career development. The program is ideal for students interested in building a career in arts, culture, recreation, business, health, human services, hospitality and tourism, information technology, trades and technologies. High school students who participate in the program get hands-on experience in a career academy and increased opportunities for community-based learning such as co-op credits and short-term work placements. In addition to learning in high school, O2 graduates are secured admission to the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC), if that is the post-secondary option they choose. “O2 has helped me in many ways. Not only has being in the program helped me find the right career path, it has also taught me valuable life skills,” said Jessica Albert, an O2 graduate who is entering the culinary arts program at NSCC this fall. “By being part of O2 I was able to learn about my career choice and have different experiences that would help me in my future. “The teachers were always there to encourage me to take another step forward.” Enrolment to the O2 program has quadrupled since the program was introduced in 2006–07. Forty-six schools offered the O2 program to 1,620 students across the province in 2009-2010, and enrolment is expected to increase in the new school year. The Department of Education provides support for O2 teachers and administrators, including professional learning opportunities, resources, and mentor services. The new Options and Opportunities video is available at www.ednet.ns.ca/O2 .
LONDON — It’s crunch time for Brexit, and investors will be on high alert in the run-up to Christmas.British lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the European Union. All indications are that she will suffer a major defeat, opening up a dizzying array of consequences that could increase volatility in global financial markets, especially for the British pound.Defeat of May’s deal could suggest that Britain is one step closer to dropping out of the EU in March with no deal, a worst case scenario that most economic commentators, including the Bank of England, say would lead to a savage recession.But it could also lead to scenarios under which the country remains close to — or even stays in — the EU.Pan Pylas, The Associated Press
An Indian national was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with 20 KG of gold.The gold was valued at over Rs 130 million and was hidden in his clothed, the Finance Ministry said. As a result of this discussion, from last week CID and Customs officials have been deployed in mufti at all entry ports to detect contraband goods. The arrest follows a discussion held by the Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera with the DIG of the CID and Customs DG to map out ways and means to detect contraband being brought to the country resulting in loss of revenue to the State. The detection of Gold after the particular passenger came out of the Customs clearance of the BIA, Colombo is the result of making such arrangements, the Finance Ministry said.(Colombo Gazette)
Testifying at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is not something Robyn Bourgeois ever imagined she would do.In fact, feeling past conversations had led to no change, the assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies had previously stated emphatically that she did not want to participate.But when she was approached this fall about testifying, she felt it was her responsibility not only as an academic, but also as a survivor, to push forward.Bourgeois’ doctoral thesis research and upcoming book focus on previous inquiries that have been held at various levels of government since 1980.“We have spoken to the government about the violence we’ve experienced numerous times,” says Bourgeois, a Cree woman from Syilx and Splats’in territories of British Columbia. “We’ve given them literally thousands of hours of our lives, we’ve given them recommendations on exactly how to fix things.”Despite those conversations, little has been done over time to improve the lives of Indigenous women in Canada, she says.Bourgeois was approached about testifying in September because of her research on sexual and human trafficking, and because of her personal history as a survivor.Initially, she hesitated because she wanted to give the time to the families of the women and girls at the heart of the national inquiry. But, as someone who had experienced this violence first-hand, she also saw this as an “opportunity to speak for other trafficked and exploited women.”“I realized that this was my shot to potentially impact an important, high-level, governmental conversation,” she says, “and I would never forgive myself for not taking this shot.”Bourgeois was initially set to testify in St. John’s, N.L., but weather forced her to instead participate remotely from her office on the Brock campus. Still, it was a gruelling experience.The nine-hour day in mid-October began with a direct examination by the inquiry’s attorney, followed by cross-examination from the lawyers representing 18 groups with standing. Bourgeois had planned to limit her testimony to her academic expertise, linking sexual violence to structural and sociological phenomena in Canadian society. However, when she was asked for an Indigenous feminist response to the tragic stories of women who killed themselves because of sexual exploitation, an academic answer seemed inadequate. Instead, her lived experience informed her response.“I just snapped,” she says.For many years, Bourgeois was a suicide risk. In moments of weakness, she says, survivors like her often blame themselves and “believe the hype that their victimizers tell them — that they are worthless and undeserving.”Although she has shared her story before, reliving her trauma on a national stage was itself traumatizing.“Even in the rawness, I knew I did the right thing,” Bourgeois says. “And I know I have to keep doing this, even though it’s hard. And it is really hard.”Part of why Bourgeois speaks out, despite the pain, is to ensure people “know they can go through hard things, that it’s OK to not be OK,” she says.Bourgeois’ story could have ended quite differently; DNA of one of her friends from Vancouver’s downtown east side was discovered on serial killer Robert Pickton’s boots. For years, Bourgeois wondered how she survived a situation that claimed the lives of so many other women but, perhaps the bigger question is why.“I’ve always believed that I survived for a reason. I got a second chance,” she says. “I have to do everything I can every single day of my life to make things different.“That’s why, even though I’m not convinced that inquiry is going to change anything, I had to go and try,” she says. “Because if I didn’t, I would always wonder if I could have said something that would have made a difference.”Bourgeois describes the problems that have plagued the inquiry as a manifestation of the country’s larger conflict between “two ways of knowing: colonial and Indigenous.”Despite those challenges, she remains hopeful — a crucial lesson she learned during her own ordeal.“If I had lost hope, I would have died,” she says. “I have hope for my daughters and my son.”Her three children are the reason she persists.“I owe it to myself, to my kids, to every Indigenous woman and girl across this country.”
However, they have a 3 for 2 deal on some courgettes online.It appears to be hitting many supermarkets across the UK Credit:Sainsbury’s Some Waitrose branches appear out of stock Credit:Lily Dickinson/Supplied First #Brexit, then #Trump, and now what appears to be a national courgette shortage! What is this waking nightmare? #nothinglefttolivefor pic.twitter.com/HhvWvpscMD— Rob Rhys Hughes (@RobRhysHughes) January 16, 2017 @iantendo feeling lucky 🥒 #MarksandSpencer #Brussels #courgette #brexit #conspiracy pic.twitter.com/0Rskqy2X1E— Ana Cronista (@ana_cronista) January 18, 2017 The struggle is real, folks. #courgettecrisis in @sainsburys pic.twitter.com/9rf4Xld3fv— Harry Wallop (@hwallop) January 18, 2017 Just back from large Supermarket and no Broccoli. No Courgettes. Oh dear. No delivery it seems. Half veggie rack empty.— Debbie (@debbiejallan) January 16, 2017 And in a Tesco in York Credit:Lily Dickinson/Supplied to the Telegraph What’s with the Great @waitrose Courgette Shortage? They’ve been out of stock since Xmas… Chap’s gotta make his Polpo zucchini salad :(— Sam Cookney (@Sam_Cookney) July 23, 2016 Sainsbury’s online has courgetti and courgette lasagne sheets, but not the whole vegetable Britain is currently in the grip of a courgette crisis and many, after reading reports in the media, have gone hunting for the green vegetable to see if it is scarce in supermarkets.Shockingly, it appears the vegetable has been absent from shelves.While some may blame the rise of courgetti, suppliers have blamed a cold winter.Speaking to the Guardian, Jordi Vorderman, the UK distributor at Dutch vegetable supplier Valstar Holland, said courgette prices have almost quadrupled since the summer: “The main issue is that supplies are low because of cold nights in Spain and Italy. The cold affects courgettes a lot.” Many Brits feel dejected that the popular vegetable is harder to come by Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Telegraph has contacted Waitrose, M&S and Tesco for comment. It appears out of stock in Sainsbury’s, tooA Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “There has been severe weather in Southern Europe but we are working with our suppliers to maintain supply for our customers.” Credit:Sainsbury’s However, some branches appear to have a deal on! Student Lily Dickinson found that three supermarkets in the York city centre had completely run out of courgettes.Shoppers are out of luck online, too, unless they want courgetti Courgettes are out of stockCredit:Tesco He added: “Prices are very high – they are above £20 for a 5kg box. So what retailers are probably doing is that they are not buying at these prices and would rather go empty in the stores than buy at these silly levels. During the summer prices are between £4 and £6.”Supermarkets have released statements assuring readers that it is merely a supply issue and the shelves will soon be heaving with the popular narrow squash plant.However, until then, Twitter will be full of images of empty supermarket shelves.M&S appeared out of courgettes and courgetti M&S out of courgettes AND courgetti. Aldi deputising mushrooms in the courgette section #courgettecrisis pic.twitter.com/AHxPzfk1il— Bryan Roberts (@BryanRoberts72) January 17, 2017
FERRY SAILINGS HAVE been cancelled as high winds are forecast again today.Met Éireann has upped an earlier orange alert to a red alert this morning for Wexford, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Kerry and Waterford.It will become very stormy this evening with gale force southeast winds veering southwest early tonight.Severe and damaging gusts of 120 to 140km per hour are expected, with winds reaching 150km per hour in exposed coastal areas.Very high seas are also forecast with significant danger of coastal flooding also.Met Éireann says that the warning will be in effect until 3pm tomorrow.Irish Ferries have cancelled all of their Swift sailings for tomorrow.Motorists are being urged to slow down as black ice appears on some roads, particularly on the Dublin to Cork road between junction 6 Thurles and junction 16 Rathcormac.Roads in Cork City are also icy.Airports are reporting no major delays, but passengers on all transport should check with their travel provider prior to departure.Read: Enjoy it while it lasts.. A fresh ‘orange alert’ storm warning’s just been issuedPictures: Ireland celebrates Christmas (& clear skies) with icy dips, strolls on the strand
For some, form and function are both important – it’s not about one or the other, and for those people, the Hercules XPS101 2.1 Speaker System may be of interest. Hercules is already well known for their digital audio systems and Webcams, and the company’s newest line of PC speakers feature a pair of curved, black speakers for your desk surface and a shiny black subwoofer to go under your desk. All of the components come in piano black with a lacquered finish. Also included with the system is a wired remote that allows you to tweak volume, bass, treble, and other speaker settings. Hercules promises that the XPS101 delivers high-end sound to match the attractive design, and the speakers feature an auxiliary jack so you can connect a digital music player or game console as a secondary audio source, and a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can connect headphones for more private listening. The XPS101 will be available later this month, retailing for $249.99.
‘High time’ people stop thinking others should pay, judge warns about personal injury awards Judge Michael Coghlan’s comment during a sitting of Dublin District Civil Court today. Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article File photo File photo Image: Shutterstock/tommaso79 Apr 11th 2019, 4:32 PM https://jrnl.ie/4587929 No Comments Image: Shutterstock/tommaso79 21,115 Views IT IS “high time” people stopped thinking others should be expected to pay after a bad experience, a judge has said.Judge Michael Coghlan’s comment during a sitting of Dublin District Civil Court today when teenage boy was awarded €2,000 for two-weeks’ anxiety suffered following a minor road traffic accident.“The figure in ordinary circumstances is very small but in this instance the level of injury is very small. It is high time people got the idea, if they had a bad experience, expect money from a third-party, has to stop,” Judge Coghlan said.“One day someone is going to get a sharp lesson; they will find a judge refusing to rule it notwithstanding an offer,” he said. By Tom Tuite Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 4:32 PM Share12 Tweet Email2 I hear insurance companies moan at the excessive cost of litigation and I look at a case of this kind and wonder why they have problem.The remark came as he approved a settlement in the case of a teenage boy whose mother sued on the child’s behalf following a minor accident on 1 November 2017 when he was the rear seat passenger a car.The following day the boy attended his GP.A medical report drafted later stated the teen had “anxiety, mainly concerned with the idea of travelling in a car”.He fully recovered in two weeks, the judge noted.Other incidentAnother case on the same list today involved an eight-year-old claiming damages from a minor car accident on 6 July 2008, at junction the Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin.The court was told she suffered neck pain symptoms and was taken to A&E. She did not suffer any bone fractures or loss of consciousness but had soft tissue damage for which she was prescribed Nurofen and fully recovered.Her barrister said the injuries board assessment of the case was for €10,000.Judge Coghlan approved the award, however, he noted a medical report stated there was no interference with recreation.“If she is scampering around the place there is very little wrong,” he said.He noted she had a personal injury but remarked that this was “slightly out of kilter” with the report or the child being able to engage in sport and recreational games.Judge Coghlan said he has got to a stage where he has seen some claims have grown at such an exponential level.A distinction could be drawn between this case and the previous one because there was evidence of some level of stress, he said.However, he added, the figures thrown at these matters by insurance companies was without adequate regard of complexity of the case or the medical evidence.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A reinforced Greek team is to resume tough negotiations with representatives of the country’s international creditors in Brussels on Thursday, with some new proposals from the Greek side expected to be discussed, in a bid to make some progress toward a deal.According to a senior Finance Ministry official, the Greek delegation to Brussels involves 18 people, ranging from government negotiators to technocrats expected to provide eurozone officials with some of the accounting data they have struggled to obtain to date. The talks are expected to continue until Sunday as time is running short for Greece to conclude an agreement with its creditors before state cash reserves run out.Meanwhile in Athens, the Cabinet is on Thursday set to discuss the proposed provisions of a multi-bill being drafted by a new “political negotiating team” and which is expected to recommend changes to Greece’s public sector and tax administration but not to tackle key areas of contention such as pensions and the labour market. A government official indicated that the government’s “red lines” would remain in place, noting however that the provisions have not been “written in stone.”The thorny issues of pension and labour sector reforms, along with privatizations and the size of this year’s primary surplus target, are expected to dominate talks in Brussels, however, as creditors are keen for progress in some of these areas.Greek officials are hoping that an extraordinary Eurogroup could be called before the one scheduled to take place on May 11. A eurozone official told Kathimerini that an agreement at the May 11 meeting was unlikely while stressing that Greece has “days, not weeks” to conclude a pending review. A possible scenario, he said, is that eurozone officials could issue a positive statement. This might encourage the European Central Bank to allow Greek banks to increase their exposure to T-bills.While Deputy Prime Minister Yiannis Dragasakis insisted that an agreement with lenders could be reached at the beginning of May, other SYRIZA ministers appeared more skeptical on Wednesday. In an op-ed published in Crash magazine, Energy Minister Panayiotis Lafazanis cast doubt on whether Greece and its lenders could reach an “honorable compromise.” Alternate Minister for Social Security Dimitris Stratoulis said there was no way the government would accept “painful compromises.”A poll by GPO for Mega TV on Wednesday indicated that 78.1 per cent of Greeks want there to be an agreement, rather than a rift, with lenders. A similar percentage wants Greece to stay in the euro “at all costs.” The idea that the government should hold a referendum or snap elections if it has to cross its “red lines” to reach a deal is supported only by a minority, according to the survey. Only 32 per cent of respondents say there should be a referendum and just 26.3 per cent back the idea of early polls.Source: Kathimerini
PULLMAN — Washington State University has issued a statement in support of international students and staff in light of the recent executive order banning entry into the U.S. by citizens of seven countries.The statement issued Monday was signed by school President Kirk Schulz and Asif Chaudhry, a vice president of international programs at the Pullman-based university.The statement says Washington State University shares the concerns expressed nationwide about President Donald Trump’s executive order that restricts the ability of individuals from certain countries to enter the United States.The statement says the school welcomes all members of the Washington State community, regardless of the country they call home.The school says it is advising non-U.S. citizens and their families from the impacted countries to refrain from traveling outside the United States.
A Battle Ground man who rear-ended a motorcyclist, throwing him from his bike, and then fled on state Highway 500 was sentenced Wednesday in Clark County Superior Court to the prison-based drug offender sentencing alternative, known as DOSA.Trevon X. Christensen, 24, was sentenced to 56 1/2 months in prison, but DOSA allows offenders to spend half their sentence in prison and the other on community custody.Offenders undergo substance abuse treatment while in custody and continue treatment when released. They must refrain from drug use. If they violate their community custody, they may be ordered to serve the remainder of their sentence in prison.Christensen asked Judge Robert Lewis to give him a chance to prove himself.Lewis, though seemingly reluctant, granted the defense’s request for the program, in spite of the prosecution’s arguments that it’s unknown if drugs played a factor in the July 30 crash.Christensen pleaded guilty in December to vehicular assault while disregarding the safety of others and hit-and-run injury accident.Daniel Rowe was riding his motorcycle west in the left lane of the highway, east of Andresen Road, about 9:30 p.m. when a car in the right lane later identified as a 2003 Mitsubishi Galant swerved toward him. Rowe swerved to avoid being struck, he said, and then sped up to get way from the car, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed the intention of Manchester United to extend the contract of shot-stopper David de Gea.This means that all uncertainty hovering over De Gea’s future will be cleared if United goes ahead to extend his contract with the club.The Spain international has been heavily linked transfers to other clubs for a number of years including Real Madrid who has offered to secure the services of the international star.“He likes it here, we love him, we want him to stay, he wants to stay, so when a player is not in the market the value is zero.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“A goalkeeper is a player and sometimes people forget that. A goalkeeper wins points and wins titles, so he is as important as another player.”Mourinho added on rising valuations of players across the board: “The old story of ‘I’d pay that for a striker, but I wouldn’t pay it for a goalkeeper‘ is old fashioned. The market now understands that and I am happy for the keepers.
Burton manager Nigel Clough has elicited humor after his side suffered a humiliating 9-0 defeat to Manchester City.He admits he hoped Pep Guardiola had “more than one glass” of wine on offer for the post-match drink.Although Burtons hope of reaching the finals has been dashed by this heavy defeat, Clough is still in high spirits for reaching this stage of the competition and when asked what Guardiola told him at the end of the Match, Clough was full of nice words.Burton boss wants to make history Manuel R. Medina – January 22, 2019 For Nigel Clough, a single goal against Manchester City would suffice to make his team very happy after losing 9-0 in the first leg…“He said: ‘Come in for a glass of wine.’ I hope he’s got more than a glass,” said the visiting manager via The Guardian “Do I wish we hadn’t played? Not at all, we have made history in getting this far. It wasn’t about tonight it was about the achievement of getting here. We kept going right to the end, they were shouting: ‘We want 10’. And we stopped them, that’s a positive for us.“I told them that front five, if they reach the Champions League semi-final, will give Real Madrid or whoever they play a problem.”
The American Soybean Association joined other agriculture groups and members of the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance (USBCA) in a letter urging the EU Commission to complete import authorization of eight new biotech events, including four soybean products, which have already received positive safety assessments from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).“We urge the European Commission to respect the EU’s obligations under the WTO to make timely regulatory decisions on new biotechnology applications. The time required for EU decisions on new biotech crops has only lengthened in recent years and no authorizations have been issued since November 2013. Several of the eight products have been before the European Commission since the end of 2013, and were submitted to EFSA more than five years ago,” the groups stated in the letter.The letter emphasized that the delays could cause feed shortages and price increases, which would affect European producers, traders, livestock industry and consumers.“In addition, some of these products are already being grown in exporting countries under stewardship programs. Timely action now by the Commission to provide final authorization will ensure that there is no risk of disruption to the essential supply of feedstocks needed by the EU’s livestock and feed industries,” the letter states, “Any disruption would have a serious impact on the livestock and poultry industries and feed processors in Europe, which are 70 percent dependent on imports of protein, as well as to consumers in the form of higher prices.”
Nothing like a little spring rain to bring new life, colorful flowers, green leafy plants and, well, a brand new generation of mosquitoes to Southwest Washington.The disease-spreading blood-suckers are in prime form right now, looking for good breeding spots in sources of standing water to grow their numbers. Clark County Public Health — which obviously doesn’t believe in free mosquito love — is warning people to get ahead of the problem by checking areas around the home and removing breeding spots.Mosquitoes can carry West Nile Virus and other diseases, so it’s best to err on the side of caution, said Don Strick, a spokesman for the agency.“This is more about prevention,” Strick said. “We’re trying to get people used to doing this every month around the house.”The agency suggests draining standing water from old tires, flower pots, plastic tarps, wheelbarrows and other items. Water should be changed in bird baths, ponds and pet bowls at least twice a week.“Culex mosquitoes become active in the warm summer months, so this is a good time to get rid of any areas of standing water,” said Steve Kessler, operations manager for the Mosquito Control District. “Mosquitoes need only a few teaspoons of water to reproduce, so inspect your property carefully.”
Editor-in-chief, Cheryl Brown, suggests the magazine is hitting the mark with readers because of its dynamic feedback loop. “We’ve been listening to the Allrecipes food community all along, tweaking and updating based on their feedback, and we want to keep that dialogue going as we continue to grow.” The latest hike for the bimonthly magazine marks a growth of 120 percent after only eight issues. Publisher Steve Grune refers to the growth as “robust” and in a release says that besides readers, “Marketers are also taking notice of the brand’s multi-platoform reach.” Meredith’s digital-to-print experiment has proven to be a success for Allrecipes, which launched its first print edition to an audience of 500,000 in November 2013. After just one month, the company increased its rate base by 150,000 copies and then raised it again in September 2014 by another 250,000, bringing the total to 900,000. Tuesday, the magazine announced it will send out an additional 200,000 copies of its Feb./March issue, effectively raising its rate base to 1.1 million. To be fair, the brand also has a huge leg up with its digital marketing arms. Globally, Allrecipes.com reaches more than 1 billion visitors; its YouTube channel has more than 1.4 million subscribers and its main brand accounts reach nearly 1 million followers on Facebook and Twitter combined.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioNew bill seeks to insure families of deceased law enforcement and firefightersAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauWhen law enforcement officers and firefighters die in the line of duty, their survivors may be left without health insurance. Three families of state troopers who died in the past three years have been covered under orders issued by Governors Sean Parnell and Bill Walker. But a future administration could change this. The families are looking for a permanent solution that will cover themselves and other survivors in the future. But there’s a debate over how that should happen.Alaska House approves restrictions on sex ed in schoolsHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamAfter being voted down three times in the state House, an education bill that puts restrictions on sexual education in Alaska schools was approved by lawmakers.Walrus hauling out at new Bristol Bay spot north of UgashikDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamA fairly large number of Pacific Walrus have been spotted hauling out a new spot in Bristol Bay.Two marine mammal specialists conduct Kodiak’s first whale survey of 2016Kayla Desroches, KMXT – KodiakLast summer, a mass die-off of at least 40 whales under unknown circumstances caused NOAA to declare an “unusual mortality event.” Many of those whales, the majority of which were fin or humpback whales, were spotted on or around the Kodiak Archipelago.US will not support ban on international trade of polar bear productsEmily Russell, KNOM – NomeThe United States recently announced it will not support an international ban on the trade of polar bear products at an upcoming meeting on endangered species.Challenges and joys of crafting a Yu’pik ballot Anne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s Division of Elections is required to translate ballots and create an elections glossary in six dialects of Yu’pik and also Gwich’in. Those are the terms of a lawsuit settled last year by Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott. That process isn’t easy.Tarmac meet & greet for Saab 2000Greta Mart, KUCB – UnalaskaFriday was a day of speeches, fanfare and cockpit tours at the Dutch Harbor Airport. Peninsula Airlines – or PenAir – flew in its new Saab 2000 plane for a tarmac meet-and-greet with the community. At last a bigger, faster plane will be running daily flights to the island halfway through the Aleutian chain.Fishermen’s Memorial seeks new homeJennifer Canfield, KTOO – JuneauMore than a hundred people gathered Saturday at the Alaska Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial Saturday for the Blessing of the Fleet and to pay tribute to the people whose names are engraved on the memorial.
Prudhoe Bay at night. Gov. Bill Walker’s team hopes state leadership will mean North Slope gas can someday make it to market. (Photo by J Weston/Flickr Creative Commons)At a meeting of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation board on Nov. 11, corporation vice-President Frank Richards said staff are winding up the project’s first phase, which includes early design and engineering work — called preliminary front-end engineering and design, or pre-FEED. The project is not immediately moving into the next phase, and Richards said the corporation is disbanding the existing project team and approximately 120 people will move on.Listen Now “The project management team is demobilizing, so they will be sent back to their parent companies,” Richards said.Those companies include ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips, who had been partnering with the state. The companies indicated earlier this year they would not move forward with the gas line as originally planned, and Governor Bill Walker decided the state would take over the project. The state is marketing the project to potential gas buyers overseas but hasn’t yet determined whether it will be able to move into the next phase.Richards said the companies did good work to get the project this far. Now the state will bring on contractors to navigate the next step: getting the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.“They’ve achieved the work – an excellent quality of work and so now we will take that work and advance it into the FERC process,” said Richards.Also at the board meeting, corporation president Keith Meyer said negotiations with the North Slope producers over the transition are taking longer than he had hoped. The state aimed to reach an agreement with the companies in October. But Meyer added he felt negotiations are “going well” and that he doesn’t “detect anything that’s going to stop the process.”Natalie Lowman, a spokeswoman for ConocoPhillips, said in an email the companies aim to complete the handover by the end of the year.
Justice TahiraThe chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court has appointed the first woman chief justice to Baluchistan province’s highest court.Saqib Nisar announced Monday the appointment of prominent judge Tahira Safdar effective from 1 September when she replaces outgoing provincial chief justice Mohammad Noor Muskanzai, who retires on 31 August.The legal community Tuesday hailed the appointment of Safar, who has heard many high-profile cases.Safdar was on a three-judge panel that has yet to conclude the trial of former dictator Pervez Musharraf on treason charges.Musharraf, who seized power in 1999, was declared a fugitive in 2013 and since then has been living in self-exile in Dubai to avoid arrest on criminal charges.