New Delhi: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has proposed to formulate a national retail policy to support growth of domestic trade, an official said. This proposal is part of the 100-day action plan prepared by the department, under the commerce and industry ministry, for the new government. “A national retail policy will be formulated to support development of the sector that would benefit 65 million small traders,” the official said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsIn February, the subject of domestic or internal trade was shifted to DPIIT from the consumer affairs ministry, which was earlier the nodal agency for regulating the fast-growing sector. The department is already in the process of formulating guidelines on e-commerce and, hence, it would be appropriate for the ministry to come out with norms for retail trade, the official added. Views of all stakeholders, including state governments, would be taken while framing the policy as retail trade is also governed by the Shops and Establishment Act, which is implemented by states. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefDomestic traders’ body Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has time and again requested the government for the policy. It has said these steps will not only strengthen the domestic trade but also improve export performance of the country. According to CAIT, over 6.5 crore small businesses are engaged in the sector across the country. The demand for the policy from domestic traders came after multi-national retail firms entered the Indian markets and started providing huge discounts of goods. According to the action plan, large-scale programme for capacity building of managers of small businesses would be undertaken to improve productivity.
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement A recent film production in front of the ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge. (Contributed) It’s Winning’s 15th movie for Hallmark, eight of which have been Christmas-themed. Advertisement It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least on Canadian movie sets. Especially in Vancouver, where “Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen” was one of five holiday-themed TV-movies — three by Hallmark — shot in B.C. this July alone.Directed by Calgary native David Winning, the family-friendly feature stars Erin Krakow and London, Ont.-born Luke Macfarlane. Krakow, the American-born star of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” (also shot in Vancouver), plays an over-enthusiastic Christmas planner, while Macfarlane co-stars as a Scrooge-like toy company CEO.Before you can say “ho-ho-ho,” they become holiday sweethearts. Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter
OTTAWA – The federal Liberals have promised to build in safeguards to make sure this week’s stunning deal between Bombardier and European rival Airbus helps — and doesn’t hurt — Canada’s aerospace industry.Airbus wants to buy a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries commercial planes, whose future has been in question after U.S. officials proposed a hefty 300 per cent import duty on the jet program.The two plane makers hope that by working together, they can skirt the duties by building CSeries planes for U.S. customers in Alabama instead of outside the U.S.But the proposal, which still needs federal approval, has raised questions about whether it will result in job losses in Quebec, where Bombardier is based, and weaken Canada’s aerospace industry.Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains promised Tuesday that the Trudeau government would require several long-term promises from Airbus before signing off on the deal.Sources say those undertakings were negotiated in advance by the government and Airbus, and include keeping 100 per cent of those employed at Bombardier’s main CSeries assembly plant in Mirabel, Que.Airbus would also keep and even expand production at the Mirabel plant, which is currently running under capacity, while also adding an assembly line in Alabama to meet demand from U.S. customers.Canada will also become the company’s fifth “home base,” and first outside Europe, to allow Canadian industry to tap into the company’s supply chain, while the CSeries headquarters will remain in Quebec.The European company will also take over repayment of the federal government’s $372-million loan to Bombardier for research and development of the 100- to 150-seat commercial planes.“I oversee this process,” Bains said outside the House of Commons, “and I will make sure we get the maximum economic benefit for Canadians.”But one question remains: how long Airbus will be required to maintain employment and production levels under the agreement, and whether Canada will continue to benefit after that period has expired.Bains said the government was looking for “long-term production guarantees in Canada” that would run “at least a minimum of 20 to 25 years,” though an official said that was still to be negotiated.The minister was more guarded about employment levels, though he hoped the deal result in thousands of CSeries planes being ordered and built in Montreal.“We think the potential sales opportunity in this segment is up to 6,000 over the next 20 to 25 years,” he said.“So that means there’ll be stable, predictable production opportunities in the Mirabel facility … and that means more jobs, up to 5,000 jobs in that facility.”Peter Glossop, a foreign investment lawyer with Osler, Hoskin and Harcourt, said most government-imposed undertakings run for three years when a foreign company takes over a Canadian entity.That means the foreign company can basically do whatever it wants once the time period expires, including cut jobs in Canada.But shutting down or slashing production at the Mirabel plant could be difficult given its expertise with the CSeries, he said, which could ensure its sustainability over the long run.“There’s lots of embedded know-how in Canada, so just shutting all that down would be quite difficult,” Glossop said. “These people know how to build them.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter
Hidden city ticketing flight hack can save money, but it’s not without risk by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 20, 2017 8:39 am MDT Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – When Kevin, a Toronto-based entrepreneur, travels to San Francisco for work, he often books a flight to Santa Ana, Calif., instead. Then he disembarks the plane during the stopover in San Francisco and skips the last leg of the flight to southern California.Kevin — who didn’t want his last name used to avoid any repercussions from airlines — says the travel hack, often referred to as hidden city ticketing, has saved him thousands of dollars over the past two years.He says he has found flights to Santa Ana that stop in San Francisco for as little as US$190, compared with US$450 for a regular flight to his destination.“It is somewhat infuriating that if an airline can get you from point A to point B for hundreds of dollars less, it does seem unfair,” Kevin says.Hidden city ticketing is not new, but its popularity has grown thanks to some travel websites that make it easier to find these sorts of flights.But while the savings may be appealing, experts caution that the practice can be risky.First off, the plane could be rerouted and not stop at the desired destination, leaving you scrambling to arrange another flight or mode of transportation.Passengers using hidden city ticketing are also limited to carry-on luggage, as any checked bags will end up at the final destination, says personal finance and travel expert Barry Choi. And airlines will typically cancel return flights for those who are no-shows, he adds.Choi says in some cases it may violate the contract between the airline and the passenger.“Some of them state that you cannot purchase these types of tickets,” he says. “So if you do, buyer beware.”According to Choi, it’s more common to find such deals when flying across the border or within the U.S. than within Canada.The Canadian Transportation Agency says the federal government does not have a stance on hidden city ticketing as the matter is addressed in most airlines’ contracts with their passengers.Air Canada says its terms and conditions require all segments of a trip to be flown as booked.“Should a customer not take one of the flights, it is considered as a ‘no-show,’ and as per standard industry practice described in our tariff rules, the rest of the flights in the itinerary could be cancelled,” spokeswoman Angela Mah said in an email.WestJet says it has no policy regarding hidden city ticketing because it is very rarely used on its flights.“Due to how we price our fares, hidden city ticketing would be a very rare occurrence on WestJet as it would usually cost less to fly to A to B than from A, B, to C,” spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an email.“We would, overall, discourage this as it can cause operational delays and disruption to the second leg of the journey should the guest choose to no-show after checking in.”Russell Hannon, a budget travel expert, says he hasn’t heard of any instances where airlines have taken action against passengers for hidden city ticketing. But if it becomes a major issue for the companies they may do so in the future, he says.Choi says it’s important to keep in mind that skipping a connecting flight can cause delays for other travellers, as the airline will usually try to ensure that all passengers are on board before taking off.He also says the travel hack could end up hurting consumers in the long run. If airlines see their profits eroding, they will likely pass those costs on to customers in the form of higher ticket fees, he says.“That means you may save $200 now, but when airlines realize those losses, they’re going to start charging more.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
The United Nations and the Security Council today condemned the attacks against camps of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the deaths of one UN peacekeeper, a Malian soldier and a member of the Malian gendarmerie, along with six Malian contractors. “The Secretary-General stresses that attacks targeting United Nations peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law,” a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement. Mr. Guterres commended the efforts of Mali and the other countries of the Group of Five for the Sahel – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger – for their efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, and to promote peace and development in the region. Earlier in the day, the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission (MINUSMA) confirmed the attacks, by armed assailants. “Today, around 5:30 am, the MINUSMA camps in Douenza, Mopti region, have been the target of an attack coordinated by unidentified gunmen,” the UN Mission said in a statement in French. “A first group of assailants fired at a MINUSMA camp from an adjacent hill. In reaction, the Malian armed forces, established in the vicinity of the camp, retaliated. A second group walking on foot to the other MINUSMA camp opened fire. The peacekeepers have responded and two assailants have been killed,” the UN Mission added. It noted that MINUSMA condemned in the strongest terms “this revolting terrorist attack.” A MINUSMA camp in the city of Timbuktu was also attacked on Monday afternoon by unidentified armed men. The Mission responded immediately by deploying a rapid reaction force to secure the site as well as attack helicopters to track down potential attackers.The Mission reiterated its determination to continue to fulfill its responsibilities “in support of Mali and its people in order to contribute to the achievement of lasting peace and stability.” In a separate statement, the UN Security Council extended its condolences and sympathy to the relatives of the victims, and urged the Government to quickly investigate the attacks and bring those responsible to justice. The Council reiterated that any terrorist acts are “criminal and unjustifiable” irrespective of their motivation.
THE HEAD OF the National Treasury Management Agency John Corrigan said he has seen a greater diversity of people looking to invest in Ireland, with a lot of interest being shown by European insurance companies.However, he said that Moody’s credit rating agency’s sub-level rating of Ireland is side-lining Asian investors.Speaking on RTE’s This Week radio programme, he said the market is looking for the debt to be stabilised and keeping an eye on the credit rating agencies is a part of that.Moody’sHe said if Moody’s were to move on their rating it would be “very significant”. He said that a shift down in yields would mean Ireland would get a better price for our debt.If grading went up it would mean there are more buyers and investors, meaning a higher demand for Irish bonds and a lower price for our debt, he said.Corrigan said Moody’s concerns have been largely about “systemic issues in Europe,” adding, “they state that it is nothing personal to Ireland”. He said there is evidence that they are softening their Euro-skepticism.Bailout exitWhen asked what role the NTMA had in this week’s bailout process exit, he said they provided feedback to the Minister for Finance about what to expect from the markets.“We in the NTMA are very cautious people as we have to manage big risk,” he said, adding that the NTMA would have engaged with market after it became public about the possibility of an emergency credit line being issued.“We felt it was safe to air issue with the market and the markets take on it was quite relaxed,” said Corrigan.He added that Ireland’s decision not to apply for credit line following the bailout exist doesn’t rule out OMT benefits.Speaking about the markets he said:We are fully funded to the middle of the first quarter of 2015, but we would be engaging with the market in 2014 by way of pre-funding for the following year.The timing is very important in terms of the annual servicing of the debt, he said.Corrigan said there is a need to return to a regular programme of issuance, adding they are looking at a programme options for next year, and “we hope to make announcement on the capital markets in early January,” he said.Column: The real problem to our economic crisis? The eurozone itself is deeply flawed.>Column: We won’t give up the fight for international debt justice>
Apple’s WWDC commences later today at 1PM EST, and it’s expected that iOS 7 is going to be shown off with an all-new flat design.As our sister site ExtremeTech reported a couple of months ago, iOS 7 is expected to dispense with the Apple standard skeuomorphism, which is a technique that makes a design look like a real-life material. For instance, Apple’s address book mimics a real-life address book, rather than simply looking like some kind of sleek, flat interface, while certain iOS and OS X backgrounds look like linen instead of plain black wallpaper. The iOS 7 interface is also expected to be dragged into modern times with a more flat design aesthetic, with icons looking less like tangible buttons and more like something that would appear on a flat screen. Furthermore, the iOS 7’s apps will reportedly have a more unified look, sharing in flat white, grey, black, and silver textures.If you’re having trouble picturing what “flat” may look like, imagine the current iOS navigation buttons and bars without their shadows. 9to5Mac claims to have seen the new iOS 7, and made a mockup of the new design, seen below.Along with a seemingly major redesign of iOS aesthetics, Apple is also rumored to be showing off a revamped Camera app that will introduce Instagram-like photo filters. We hope this will lead to double filters when you upload photos of classy brunch to Instagram. As for when iOS will be released to consumers, the current word on the information superhighway is it’ll drop around September — right around the timeframe new iPhone’s tend to release.Along with iOS 7, Apple is also expected to unveil OS X 10.9, though rumors suggest that the desktop operating system will not follow iOS 7 into the flat future, and will simply co-opt a few more design choices from iOS. As we all know, Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems have been on a crash course for quite a while now, and 10.9 seems like another incremental step in that direction. We might see Apple introduce an iOS-style app-switching bar — when you double-click an iDevice’s Home button — but rather than attempt to replace the trusty Command+Tab, the feature may be to pause background processes in order to conserve power.Apple may also show off new MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros, with both expected to get a Haswell upgrade.Perhaps the biggest bomb (aside from a flat iOS) that might drop while we’re tucked away in our survival shelters is the introduction of a Pandora-like radio service. It’s an Apple product, so it’d be safe to expect a simple name reflective of the service, such as “Radio.” Whereas Pandora knows what to play based on what you previously listened to, Apple’s service might also bolster your playlist based on iTunes purchases you’ve previously made — similar to how Steam will suggest every single MOBA in its catalog if you happened to try Dota 2 once.
Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 2:04 PM http://jrnl.ie/3853556 TEMPLE STREET CHILDREN’S hospital has asked parents not to bring children to its emergency department because of overcrowding.The Dublin hospital said that the department is especially busy today and urged people to use other treatment options such as their local GP or an out of hours GP.The hospital specifically asked the parents of children under the age of five who are suffering from gastrointestinal and respiratory infections to consider these alternatives.There are 14 children on trolleys waiting for a bed in the hospital according to the Irish nurses and Midwives Organisation.“If your child is seriously ill or injured or you are worried that their life may be at risk, please attend our ED and we will assess and treat your child as a priority,” Temple Street said. 18 Comments Short URL Share137 Tweet Email Temple Street asks parents to keep children away from emergency department as 14 left on trolleys The hospital said seriously ill or injured children will still be treated as a priority. Feb 15th 2018, 2:04 PM File photo. By Ceimin Burke Image: Shutterstock/A3pfamily Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article In the meantime Temple Street wishes to apologise to any families who may have an increased wait for their child to be admitted and to families whose children may have to have their scheduled surgery postponed at short notice. The hospital is making every effort to improve the situation.The INMO also said there are three children on trolleys in Our Lady’s hospital in Crumlin and one in the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght.A total of 528 patients are waiting on trolleys and wards in hospitals around the country today. Limerick University Hospital has the highest figures with 55 people waiting for a bed.READ: Numbers continuing to rise in Limerick measles outbreak as doctors urge vaccinations>READ: Simon Harris confirms HSE review of foetal monitors in 11 hospitals> 22,877 Views File photo. Image: Shutterstock/A3pfamily
Dealing with the problem of nonperforming loans constitutes the local credit system’s biggest challenge now that Greek banks have successfully completed the stress tests, confirming their capital health, and the economy has returned to growth.The NPL figures are shocking: From 10 billion euros in 2007, bad loans have now exceeded 77 billion, which means that 35 per cent of all loans are not being serviced properly.The rise of nonperforming loans has been meteoric. They amounted to just 4.5 per cent of all loans in 2007, then doubled to 9 per cent by June 2010, had exceeded 18 per cent by March 2012 and stood at 30 per cent in September 2013.At the end of this last September bad loans had surpassed the 35 per cent mark, according to estimates by bank officials, although their growth rate is now starting to come down on a month-on-month basis.More encouraging is the news that those joining the list of debtors who do not repay their loans are mainly borrowers who had already faced problems in the past and have entered a settlement program, rather than new households or enterprises.It’s true that the amount of 77 billion euros is of huge concern but banks have been adhering to a particularly aggressive policy to increase provisions in recent years. According to nine-month data, between 55 and 60 per cent of bad loans have already been covered by provisions.Bank officials say that Greece is very close to NPLs reaching a peak as a percentage of all loans. They estimate that the bad loan index will reach its highest point by the end of the first half of 2015 before gradually starting to decline. Banks expect to see the ratio drop considerably from 2016, as besides the drastic reduction in bad loans, lenders will have also begun a credit expansion phase that will see the balance of loans grow.The efficient handling of the problem of nonperforming loans is, according to senior bank officials, a priority and one of the necessary conditions for the revival of the country’s economy.As the chief executive officer of Eurobank, Christos Megalou, stressed this week, “the reinstatement of thousands of professionals and small enterprises in the production process may have multiplying benefits for the economy, particularly in reducing unemployment, increasing investments, reverting transaction behaviour to normal, halting market distortions, releasing entrepreneurship and increasing public revenues.”Megalou added that spreading the costs of loan settlement between the banks and the state allows thousands of professionals and small enterprises to benefit and retrun to sustainability. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
RIM donne des conseils pour préserver la batterie de son BlackBerryRIM fait tout ce qu’elle peut pour se faire pardonner de la panne de ses services la semaines dernière. Dernier exemple en date avec cette note de conseils pour augmenter l’autonomie de son BlackBerry.Le problème le plus important rencontré avec les smartphones, quels qu’ils soient, reste la durée de vie de la batterie. Le prix à payer pour un téléphone constamment connecté et au large écran lumineux, c’est une autonomie qui tient difficilement plus de deux journées. Aujourd’hui, le constructeur canadien RIM décide d’aider ses utilisateurs en leur donnant des conseils d’utilisation pour préserver la batterie de son précieux compagnon.À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Le premier coup de pouce donné par le constructeur est de fermes les applications quand vous ne les utilisez plus. En effet, certaines d’entre elles, même si elles n’apparaissent plus à l’écran, continuent de fonctionner en arrière-plan. Également, coupez les puces WiFi et 3G si vous n’en avez pas l’usage, notamment lors d’un déplacement en voiture ou en transport. Le téléphone va continuellement chercher à se connecter à ses réseaux, consommant de l’énergie par la même occasion. Enfin, veillez à réduire le temps de mise en veille automatique et baisser la luminosité de l’écran.Des astuces valables également pour les autres smartphones sur le marché mais mises clairement en avant par RIM. Une manœuvre qui peut passer comme une tentative pour RIM de se racheter vis-à-vis des pannes mondiales des services des BlackBerry, coupant l’accès aux mails et à Internet pour tous ses utilisateurs. Le 18 octobre 2011 à 12:32 • Maxime Lambert
Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s life is expected to be the focus of New Cirque Du Soleil Show.The life of the captain of the Catalan club will be the subject of a new Cirque du Soleil show, which will be performed on a world tour in 2019.This is the first time that Cirque du Soleil has chosen to focus on a sports star despite previously working on famous musical artists like Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Michael Jackson.Messi took to his Instagram account to announce the new act from one of the largest theatrical producers in the world.“I am proud to announce the creation of a new Cirque du Soleil show in 2019 based on the story of my life and passion for football,” said Messi.Messi who had a difficult childhood growing up in Argentina, was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency as a child. But moving to Spain, at the age of 13, to join Barcelona’s academy helped shape his future. And today, he is regarded as one of the greatest to ever play the game of football.During his time at the Catalan club’s famous La Masia academy, he became a part of one of the greatest trio of players along with Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez.Messi has failed to win a major international trophy with the Argentine national team, despite huge success at club level with Barca. He came close to World Cup glory in 2014 but Argentina lost to Germany in the final.Cirque du Soleil revealed on their website that they were thrilled to link-up with Messi.“The show will draw its inspiration from the incredible talent and accomplishments of the football legend, who embodies the unique spirit and values of his sport,” the troupe said.
WASHINGTON — A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to deprive him of sleep.The account, contained in an Aug. 7 report from Newport, R.I., police, adds to the picture that has emerged of an agitated and erratic figure whose behavior and mental state had repeatedly come to authorities’ attention but didn’t seem to affect his security clearance.Alexis, a 34-year-old information technology employee at a defense-related computer company, used a valid pass Monday to get into the Navy Yard and killed 12 people before he was slain by police in a shootout that lasted more than a half-hour.A day after the assault, the motive was still a mystery. U.S. law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that investigators had found no manifesto or other writings suggesting a political or religious motivation.Alexis, a former Navy reservist, had been undergoing mental health treatment from Veterans Affairs since August but was not stripped of his security clearance, according to the law enforcement officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the criminal investigation was still going on.
State wildlife officials were told Wednesday that letting the elk hoof disease outbreak in Southwest Washington just run its course is unacceptable and something must be tried to slow or contain the ailment.However, what’s needed or can be done is the big question, given there’s no answer to what’s causing the affliction.The agency’s Hoof Disease Public Working Group met for the second time in Vancouver. The panel includes county commissioners, academics, timber company representatives, state and federal land managers, businessmen and representatives of sportsmen’s and conservation organizations.Sporadic reports of lame elk or elk with overgrown or missing hooves in the Cowlitz River basin began in the mid-1990s.Since 2008, reports of elk with hoof disease have increased and spread west to Pacific County, north to Lewis County and south to Clark County. Due to the rapid increase in sightings since 2008, scientists believe a new disease may have entered the elk population.The working group agreed Wednesday that a no-action alternative is no good.“WDFW did this with hair loss (syndrome) on deer and they haven’t recovered,” said Daniel Cothren, a Wahkiakum County commissioner. “Are we going that same path with this? It finally kind of ran its course, but the deer population isn’t recovering.”Letting the hoof disease run its course was one of four options the Department of Fish and Wildlife identified. The others include reducing the density of the elk population, trying to contain the disease to its current geographical reach or trying treatments to increase the elk’s immunity and/or improve nutrition.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami Police are searching for a man who used a cement block to break into an ATM and cause thousands of dollars in damage.According to police, the man used a block to shatter the front of the machine, near Northwest Second Avenue and 36th Street on Nov. 12.He caused about $12,000 in damage to the machine.It remains unknown if he got away with any cash.If you have any information on this crime, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-free-college-tuitiion-available-for-alaska-native-students.mp3VmDorene-on-free-college-tuitiion-available-for-alaska-native-students.mp300:00RPd Ilisagvik has one of the highest non-native enrollments among tribal colleges and universities. Slightly more than half of its 700 students are usually natives.The tuition waiver is also meant to encourage more Alaska Native students to complete a bachelor’s program – placing more degreed Alaska Natives in the employment pool.The college offers associate degrees, vocational certificates, and short-term workforce development courses, plus a bachelor’s degree in business administration that just launched this fall. A full course load runs over $3,000 at Ilisagvik College, a stretch for online students who live in rural areas where there aren’t a lot of high-paying jobs. Ilisagvik College president Pearl Brower says the move is expected to boost the college’s native student enrollment to put it more in line with national norms. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting next semester, tuition will be waived for all Alaska Native students at the only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska. The school is planning to cover the cost of the waiver internally, although the price will be underwritten by the Bureau of Indian Education, which gives the Ilisagvik funding for each full course load being taken by Alaska Native or American Indian students.
A number of fishing boats crowded near the mouth of the Kenai River on July 15, 2012 in Kenai, Alaska. A portion of the river, upstream of this one, has been flagged by the state for violating water quality standards for turbidity. (Photo courtesy Brian Henderson)The state’s Department of Environmental Conservation is calling for comments on its newest water quality report.Listen nowThe report is part of the federal Clean Water Act program that requires each state to develop plans to fix water bodies that have been polluted.A new one is supposed to be published every two years, but the state hasn’t put one out for five. Each time the state puts out one of these lists, there’s good news and there’s bad news.If there were a popularity contest for rivers in Alaska, judging by the thousands of people who visit the Kenai River every year — it would win.Anglers zip around in motorboats, looking for the perfect fishing holes. They wriggle into their waders and cast from the shoreline. Or, they just stand in the river mouth holding these long-poled nets, shoulder-to-shoulder by the hundreds.This year, Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation put out a new Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report. It’s a federally mandated list of all of the rivers, lakes and water bodies in the state that have been polluted — and how things have progressed in cleaning them up.“It really is, you know, it’s the report card on the health of Alaska’s water,” Environmental Program Specialist Drew Grant said. He’s been supervising the collection and release of the data in these reports for decades.On this year’s report card, the Kenai River is getting a failing grade. The state is recommending that it be put on a list of polluted waterways. Sometimes, when the state flags a river as polluted, it’s because of oil or trash or industrial pollution. But, in the case of the Kenai, it’s likely the effect of too many people using it too often.Jack Sinclair is the executive director of the Kenai Watershed Forum. As part of the study that got the river listed, he sat at one spot on the river for 12 hours, counting boats.“It was 2,000 boats that passed. That’s not the number of boats that were on the river, but that’s how many passes happened along that stretch,” Sinclair said.Each of those 2,000 passes kicks up a cloud in the water. That’s exactly what the state says is wrong on about 7.5 miles of the Kenai River. It doesn’t meet the state’s water quality standards for turbidity.Turbidity is a measurement of the cloudiness. The simplest way to think of it is like smog in the water. And, a smoggy river is not good for anything living in it. And, it’s not good for people — for drinking, swimming or fishing.The Kenai isn’t the only river in the state having this problem. This year’s report adds the Little Susitna River in the Mat-Su borough to the impaired list, for the same turbidity problem. The Little Su also has a problem with petroleum pollution. The state is also proposing the addition of Lake Lucille in the Mat-Su borough for elevated levels of lead and zinc.Once a river is listed as impaired, it kicks off a process at the state and federal levels that require the water be cleaned, or in this case cleared.“It is a year’s (long) process,” Division of Water Section Manager Cindy Guilder said. “Some of that is driven by ‘how difficult is the problem to solve?’ and what’s the commitment by the community.”There are three levels of pollution standards. The first, and easiest to violate is whether there’s enough pollution to make the water unsafe for people to drink. The second is recreation — is the water safe to be in, clear enough to fish in? The last, and hardest to violate, is the standard for the safety of wildlife and fish.The Kenai River violates drinking water and recreational standards. But should a popular sportfishing river be required to meet drinking water standards?Ricky Gease, executive director of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association, doesn’t think it should. Gease’s association is a non-profit group that advocates for sport and personal use fishermen in the state.“Not too many people for a thirst of clear water would hunker down to the Kenai any place along that section and grab a glass of water to drink,” Gease said, “It’s all cloudy. It’s silty. It probably wouldn’t be very good for you.”While he doesn’t agree with the state’s standards — Gease has several ideas for things that can be done to lower the turbidity on the river. Most all of them involve reducing boat traffic.Right now, fishing guides get their own special times on the river to take clients fishing. That means a lot of boat traffic hits the river at the same time.“They call it a shotgun start,” Gease said. “Maybe doing away with that, getting some other regulations for guide hours so everybody’s not starting at exactly the same time.”Or, Gease says, get people out of their boats and let them fish from shore.State environmental scientists like this. They like it when the who use the river come up with ways to change their habits, for the health of the river.The state’s report is still in draft form, which means some things could change. The state is taking public comments until January 29.
Dia Mirza, Sahil SanghaInstagramDia Mirza’s separation with husband Sahil Sangha had left fans heartbroken. The couple mutually decided to part ways after 5 years of marriage and 11 years of togetherness. They got married in 2014. In a joint statement, the couple had said that they will continue to be friends with each other. So when Sahil was busy celebrating the success of his web series Mind The Malhotras, Dia Mirza didn’t waste any time to join him in the celebration.Sharing the screenshot of Sahil’s celebration picture on Instagram, Dia Mirza tagged Sahil in the post including the cast of Mind The Malhotras – Cyrus Sahukar, Sameer, Mini Mathur and others while congratulating them on the success of the web series. Dia MirzaInstagramSoon after the news of their separation, rumours started doing the rounds of the industry that Bollywood writer Kanika Dhillon was the reason behind Dia and Sahil’s break-up. Coincidentally, Kanika too had announced her separation from husband Prakash Kovelamudi. The two had been living separately for the past few months but have no issues collaborating on different projects.However, Dia was outraged with certain media reports about Kanika and Sahil’s alleged affair. In a series of tweets, Dia slammed the media and said, “As a woman I will not stand for another woman’s name being used so irresponsibly to perpetuate a lie.”
Govt allocates Tk 23b for Rohingya camps in Noakhali at a meeting of the ECNEC with its chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: BSSThe Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Tuesday approved a project, Ashrayan-3, involving Tk 23.12 billion for constructing camps in Noakhali’s Hatia for forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals, Rohingyas, reports BSS.The approval came at a meeting of the ECNEC held at the NEC conference room on Tuesday with its chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Bangladesh navy will implement the project at Bhasan Char of Char Ishwar union in Noakhali’s Hatia where one lakh Rohingyas will be accommodated and after their repatriation, the project will be used to accommodate the poor in the country, said planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal after the meeting.He said the ECNEC decided that this fast-track project will be implemented from December 2017 to December 2019.A total of 14 projects were approved in Tuesday’s ECNEC meeting with an estimated cost of Tk 10,0.99 billion, said the minister.”Of the total project cost, Tk 100.48 billion will come from the national exchequer and Tk 500.88 million from the own fund of organizations concerned,” the minister told reporters.Kamal said Bangladesh-Myanmar has already signed an agreement and repatriation of Rohingyas will begin in the next two or three months.”Rohingyas are in a distressed condition and the government has started taking steps for mitigating their sufferings and I am hopeful that other countries come forward with assistance,” said the planning minister.He said prime minister Sheikh Hasina ordered to repair all roads affected in the floods within the next one year. All old roads will have to be repaired now instead of constructing new roads, Kamal added.While focusing on Ashrayan-3, he said the project will be implemented with government’s own fund and necessary infrastructure will be constructed to ensure the security of the project area.The project includes land development, shore protection work, construction of embankment, construction of 1,440 barrack houses and 120 shelter stations in 120 cluster villages for accommodating 1,03,200 people, construction of a place of worship, construction of infrastructure for water supply and sewerage.Offices and residence houses will be constructed for Bangladesh navy to maintaining security of the area.There will also be helipad, boat landing site, mobile towers, radar station, CCTVs, solar panels and power sub-station.Other approved projects are development of power distribution system in Mymensingh (Tk 15.75 billion), development of rural infrastructures for Madaripur, Sariatpur and Rajbari districts (Tk 15.60 billion), development of important rural infrastructure (2nd phase) (Tk 9.50 billion), development of important rural infrastructure for Sirajganj district (Tk 4.46 billion),Development of small irrigation systems in Noakhali, Feni and Laxmipur (Tk 1.44 billion), construction of multistory residential flats in Azimpur government colony for government officials-employees (Tk 9.90 billion), construction of 288 residential flats in Jigatala for government officials-employees (Tk 3.04 billion),Construction of multistory residential buildings in Motijheel government colony (Tk 2.57 billion), construction of railway overpass at Shasangachha in Comilla town (Tk 940 million), development of Langarpara-Shreebordi road in Sherpur (Tk 820 million), stipend project for higher secondary education (7.98 billion) and construction of Chittagong Muslim Institute Cultural Complex (Tk 2.33 billion).
Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in Howrah’s Bagnan on Monday night. Police have so far arrested two persons in this connection. The incident has triggered tension after local Trinamool Congress activists put up road blocks on the National Highway 6 till late Monday night. Local Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that BJP-backed goons have been behind the incident. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee reacted sharply to the incident and said: “They create much hue and cry over what happens in Purulia. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThey come to Bengal to kill people. They try to establish a suicide incident as murder and suppress what is genuinely a murder incident.”According to the district police, the victim, Mohosin Khan stood in front of his house at Noapara at around 11.30 pm on Monday when some miscreants reached the spot on motorcycles. One of them suddenly took out a gun and shot him from a point-blank range. Khan fell on the ground after receiving two bullets in his head and abdomen. The miscreants fled the spot immediately. The family members of the victim have alleged that this was a preplanned murder. The district TMC leaders also alleged that the BJP-assisted criminals were responsible for it. An irate mob set some portions of nearby houses on fire. The situation turned hostile and senior police officers had to intervene to maintain law and order.
Kolkata: The wait for monsoon is likely to get over soon as the Alipore Regional Meteorological Centre has predicted that South Bengal will experience rain in the next 24 hours.The forecast comes at a time when the South Bengal districts have been reeling under severe heat spell, especially Western districts like Bankura, Purulia, West Midnapore and Jhargram. According to a senior weather official, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to hit the districts like North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, East Midnapore and Kolkata in the next 48 hours. It was learnt that monsoon has currently been situating along the Indo-Bangladesh border and is expected to hit South Bengal any time in the next 24 hours. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAs per the weather experts, monson arrived late as the low pressure troughs were absorbing the vapour from the air. A low pressure trough had formed over Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal triggering thundershowers in various South Bengal districts during the afternoon in the past few days. The coastal districts also witnessed rainfall in the late night hours due to the low pressure. Monsoon had already entered North Bengal districts couple of days ago. As a result, there had been moderate to heavy showers in all the North Bengal districts.