Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is fair in love and war.After San Beda’s 76-71 win over San Sebastian in their stepladder semifinals clash on Tuesday, Red Lions coach Boyet Fernandez took the time to hug Golden Stags mentor Egay Macaraya and call it a truce.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I said what I’ve said before, and if San Sebastian was hurt with that, I think if you look at the end result of that, if you look at Calisaan, he played as a normal player after that and he’s been playing well,” he said. “I just say what I have to say because I also have to protect my players. But my players know. They saw the tapes, everything, they saw it, because as you all know, we always scout, and we got it. We just want to protect players, we don’t want to destroy them.”Fernandez also would like to think that it helped Calisaan be a better player, as evidenced by his performance in the homestretch to lead the Golden Stags to where they got in NCAA Season 93.“I do respect what they’re saying, and if that’s the way they appreciate what Calisaan is doing, then that’s their system, that’s their program, and I do respect that,” he said.“I really admire Calisaan and the way he’s playing. I even hugged Coach Egay today and told him you did a good job with San Sebastian.”ADVERTISEMENT “It’s really a hard fought game today, and as I’ve always said, it’s only one team who will prevail, and we’re happy we won it. But I will not take away anything from San Sebastian,” he said.Fernandez accused Calisaan of being a “dirty player” after their second round clash, which led to Macaraya coming to the defense of his senior forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat triggered an uneasy feeling between the two squads going into the much anticipated duel on Tuesday.But after 40 minutes of hard fought basketball, Fernandez stands by his actions as he believes that the criticisms he hurled towards San Sebastian made both sides better. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Kingad pressured, excited for ‘biggest fight’ of his career
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust – if Lille don’t get you, Thommo mustFor cricket lovers across generations, these words are immortal. This was a war cry for hundreds of thousands of Australian cricket fans, baying for English blood on the cricket field. These words resonated loud enough for England to hear and tremble with fear. Cricket rivalry has never been fiercer than the one that exists between these two proud nations.This rivalry, the Ashes, was born 135 years ago on August 29, 1882. “Demon” Fred Spofforth and Harry Boyle bowled Australia to their first Test victory over England at The Oval in nine matches. Chasing 84 for victory, England were blown away for a mere 77.The Sporting Times, lamenting the humiliating defeat, published the following lines.In Affectionate Remembrance of ENGLISH CRICKET, which died at the Oval on 29th AUGUST 1882, Deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing friends and acquaintancesR.I.P.N.B.-The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia.135 years ago today, Australia beat England at The Oval and The Ashes were born!What is your favourite moment from an Ashes Test? pic.twitter.com/l6J0IQ9d1q- ICC (@ICC) August 29, 2017The Ashes themselves took shape in due time. Following England’s victory in a Test in Australia the following year, a cricket bail was burned in memory of the Ashes and put in an 11-inch terracota urn. A few Melbourne ladies then proceeded to give the urn to Ivo Bligh, the legendary England captain.advertisementThere has been some controversy surrounding the urn in the decades that followed. Australia, on account of their domination, demanded the urn be given to them but the MCC has continued to refuse. England claim it is their property and the teams really only play for a replica.But that has not stopped generations of players from ethcing out some of the greatest performances in the history of cricket. Donald Bradman is by far the leading run-scorer in the Ashes with 5028 runs in 37 matches at an average of 89.78.Jack Hobbs, the venerable English batsman is second in the list with 3636 runs in 41 Tests.Australian batsmen once again dominated in the 1980s and 1990s with Allan Border accumulating 3222 runs and Steve Waugh rattling up 3173.Not surprisingly, another Australian legend, Shane Warne is right on top of the list for highest wicket-takers with 195 scalps. Compatriot Glenn McGrath is next with 157 wickets.England had won the last Ashes in 2015 and the teams will soon vie for glory again later this year Down Under in Australia.
Jacqueline Fernandez has been approached by the makers of the remake of the 1982 classic Arth, which was directed by Mahesh Bhatt. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the actress has been approached to play the role played by Smita Patil in the original.In an earlier interview to the daily, Jacqueline had admitted to taking acting classes at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles as she wants to get experimental with her roles. The actress said that while she did not want to get away entirely from commercial cinema, as an actress, she did want to discover herself, do things a little differently. She said, “Now, it’s all about balancing the two.” She also said that since the last couple of years, she has been looking for scripts that will take her out of her comfort zone.In 2017, Sharat Chandra announced the remake of Arth with South actress Revathi playing one of the leads. Interestingly, Revathi also played the lead in the film’s 1993 Tamil remake, Marupadiyum, directed by the late Balu Mahendra. Revathi played the role of the estranged wife in the Tamil remake which was played by Shabana Azmi in the 1982 film. Shabana Azmi went on to win the National Award and Filmfare Best Actress award. The actress received four nominations for different roles in the Best Actress category that year.A source close to the development told the daily that Revathi has been working on the script for a while and is preparing for the film before starting on the casting. The source added, “Now, with that in place, the makers reached out to Jacqueline recently and she really liked both, the concept and her role. She is really excited to be a part of the remake of an iconic film like Arth and has given her verbal consent to the part but is yet to sign on the dotted line.”advertisementArth is a story about Pooja (Shabana Azmi) whose haert breaks when she gets to know about her husband Inder (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) has fallen in love with another woman Kavita (Smita Patil). The film was ahead of its time as it showed that a woman doesn’t need a man or marriage to feel secure and complete.Watch Tum Itna Jo Muskura Rahe Ho song from Arth here:ALSO READ | Jacqueline Fernandez looks radiant as she flaunts post-workout glow in sports bra and yoga pantsALSO READ | Jacqueline Fernandez reveals why she gave up on her acting dreams for a whileALSO WATCH | Jacqueline Fernandez gets candid about Indian clothing and her love for diamond jewellery
Transfers Kolasinac and Mustafi court Draxler for Arsenal Iain Strachan 19:26 1/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Arsenal PSG Ligue 1 AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal Nantes v PSG Premier League The Paris Saint-Germain forward had to play it cool during a visit to an NBA match in London as a pair of Gunners tried to lure him to the Emirates Sead Kolasinac and Shkodran Mustafi tried to tempt Julian Draxler to Arsenal during an NBA match in London on Thursday, but the Paris Saint-Germain player gave little away regarding his uncertain future.Draxler impressed upon joining PSG from Wolfsburg 12 months ago, but has found himself battling with new arrivals Kylian Mbappe and Neymar for a place in the starting XI this season.The former Schalke playmaker attended the Philadelphia 76ers’ match against the Boston Celtics at the O2 Arena along with several Gunners players – including international colleague Mustafi and ex-Schalke team-mate Kolasinac. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Asked if he wanted Draxler to join him at Emirates Stadium, Mustafi joked: “That’s the reason why he came here.”Kolasinac added: “Julian is a very good friend of mine and a good football player.”Nevertheless, he has to decide on his own where his way will go to. Maybe he stays in Paris, maybe not. He has to decide that on his own. Then we’ll see what’s going to happen.”Asked if he liked London, Draxler said: “Yes, but mostly because of my best friend Sead and of course because of my [Germany] team-mate Musti [Mustafi]. “The main reason why I came here is NBA and not really much besides that.”
World Cup Kane and Unable: England must improve finishing to avoid further World Cup woe Tom Maston in Volgograd Last updated 1 year ago 04:12 6/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images World Cup Tunisia v England Tunisia England Opinion The Three Lions may have secured a late victory over Tunisia in their World Cup opener, but their talisman needs more support going forward in Russia Buzzing around where you least expect them, swarming to create more problems and causing havoc to those who oppose them. No, not the plague of flies that have taken over Volgograd in recent days but, somewhat remarkably, the England football team. Gareth Southgate has long promised a brave new dawn of exciting, aggressive, possession-based football from the Three Lions, and throughout his tenure the signs have certainly been there that he might just come good on his word. But this is a major tournament. England never produce in a major tournament. Certainly not since the turn of the millennium. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Here they were, though, at times during the first 35 minutes of their World Cup opener, tearing through the Tunisia defence with ease. That was, until, they realised they were, in fact, England. Though the penalty conceded by Kyle Walker was soft if not incorrectly awarded and Harry Kane twice should have earned his side a spot-kick having been unceremoniously wrestled to the floor while challenging from set-pieces, their performance was, in large parts, England in a nutshell. Wasteful in front of goal, nervy at the back and lacking any cutting edge once they had conceded – as opening games at a tournament go this iteration of the Three Lions had it almost down to a tee.Again, though, they managed to come up with something very un-England – a stoppage-time winner. But as ‘Three Lions’ kicked in over the tannoy at full-time it was difficult to shake the feeling that they had got away with it somewhat.No England team since those likely lads in 1966 had managed more than the six shots on target England mustered up in the first half here. Unfortunately, it was the numerous efforts from close range that they failed to hit the target with that almost cost them. Jesse Lingard, John Stones and Dele Alli were all guilty of missing the target when presented with opportunities from inside 10 yards. Raheem Sterling had an offside flag to thank for perhaps the worst miss of the lot; not that certain corners of the English media will likely let him forget it.This was an England team that very much felt like one with only 25 international goals between them prior to the tournament. Ashley Young’s contribution of seven only highlights the issue this young but improving team has in front of goal.They do, though, have Kane, who remains clinical. Though he may not have netted the hat-trick he joked he wanted to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo in the early running for the Golden Boot, his two goals were just as priceless.England must now ensure that, unlike Portugal and Ronaldo, they do not become dependent on their captain to dig them out when others are lacking the same bite of the winged pests that were here to greet them in their numbers over the past two days.Southgate now has five days to prepare his team for Panama on Sunday, with finishing practice set to be very high on the agenda in Repino after what was – on the 22nd anniversary of England’s uber-clinical 4-1 win over the Netherlands at Euro ’96 – very much a tale England supporters have been told far too often.Fortunately for them, this one had a twist ending they’d not seen before.
Story Highlights Approximately 150,000 square feet of space will be reserved for business process outsourcing (BPO), which will provide opportunities for investment and employment. “The Prime Minister, in what can only be considered as a game-changing vision, has set his sights on the renewal and development of rural towns to reflect social order, security, investment and job creation,” he said, while addressing the 2018 Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 14. Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the country’s rural and coastal towns are being targeted as Government moves to boost economic and social opportunities for citizens. Chairman of the Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ), Lyttleton Shirley, says the country’s rural and coastal towns are being targeted as Government moves to boost economic and social opportunities for citizens.He said that Port Antonio, Falmouth, Port Maria, Lucea, Savanna-la-Mar and Morant Bay are some of the towns that have been earmarked for development.“The Prime Minister, in what can only be considered as a game-changing vision, has set his sights on the renewal and development of rural towns to reflect social order, security, investment and job creation,” he said, while addressing the 2018 Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on June 14.He noted that Morant Bay has been selected as the pilot “for this renaissance”, through the proposed $4-billion Morant Bay Urban Centre.The new urban centre will be established just outside the existing town on the 25-acre property where the old Goodyear factory is located.It will be developed as an integrated business complex providing financial, medical and educational services, and commercial and industrial spaces for small and medium-sized entities.Included will be key public-sector services such as the parish courthouse, the tax office, the municipal corporation and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD).“There will also be a heritage park and a museum to highlight the rich history of St. Thomas,” Mr. Shirley said.Approximately 150,000 square feet of space will be reserved for business process outsourcing (BPO), which will provide opportunities for investment and employment.“The Morant Bay Urban Centre and the new (southern coastal) highway project will definitely provide the catalyst for new investment in St. Thomas, which, further, can include the development of Bowden Wharf, Cow Bay, general housing developments and, most importantly, the establishment of a vibrant tourist destination, utilising some of Jamaica’s most beautiful beachfront,” Mr. Shirley said.
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the U.S. economy should keep expanding at a solid, though somewhat slower pace this year. But he warns of growing risks, including a global slowdown, volatile financial markets and uncertainty about U.S. trade policy.In delivering the Fed’s semiannual monetary report to Congress, Powell says the Fed will be “patient” in determining when to boost its benchmark policy rate in light of the various “crosscurrents and conflicting signals.” He says the Fed’s rate decisions will be “data dependent” as the economic outlook evolves.The Fed in December indicated it could hike rates two times this year. But many private economists believe the Fed will keep rates unchanged until late this year and may not hike at all.Powell said that the economy grew at a strong pace last year, with employment and inflation remaining close to the Fed’s goals. He said it appeared that overall growth was slightly below 3 per cent in 2018. The Fed expects 2019 growth to slow somewhat.He said that while the 35-day partial government shutdown “created significant hardship for government workers and many others, the negative effects on the economy are expected to be fairly modest and to largely unwind over the next several months.”Powell cited a number of factors that could slow growth have emerged in recent months.“Financial markets became more volatile toward year-end, and financial conditions are now less supportive of growth than they were earlier last year,” Powell said.He noted that growth has slowed in major foreign economies, including China and Europe, and “uncertainty is elevated” around major policy issues such as Brexit, Britain’s proposed exit from the European Union, and ongoing U.S. trade negotiations with various countries.Powell’s testimony Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee will be followed by testimony on Wednesday before the House Financial Services Committee.Some private analysts are forecasting that the Fed’s next move could be a rate cut in 2020 as the central bank confronts a slowing economy.At its last meeting in January, the Fed left rates unchanged at a level of 2.25 per cent to 2.5 per cent and signalled a major pivot away from steadily raising rates by declaring that it intended to be “patient” in determining when to move rates again.The Fed’s decision triggered a big rally in stock prices as investors grew less concerned that the Fed could over-do its tightening cycle and push the country into a recession.The Fed raised rates four times in 2018. Its December rate hike, along with a forecast of two more hikes in 2019, sent the market down sharply as investors worried that the central bank was in danger of over-doing its credit tightening and could end up sending the country into a recession.As the stock market began tumbling last October, President Donald Trump increased his attacks on the central bank, calling the Fed’s rate hikes his biggest threat and saying that the central bank should not be raising rates at all because there was no threat of inflation.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
Lawsuit: Ed Sheeran copied R&B classic ‘Let’s Get It On’ FILE – In this May 17, 2015, file photo, Ed Sheeran arrives at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Sheeran was sued by the family of co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” on August 9, 2016. The family claims the British singer-songwriter’s hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” sounds too much like the soul classic. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Aug 10, 2016 6:45 am MDT Last Updated Aug 10, 2016 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The family of a co-writer of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” is suing Ed Sheeran, claiming the British singer-songwriter’s hit, “Thinking Out Loud,” sounds too much like the soul classic.The lawsuit filed by the family of Ed Townsend claims Sheeran copied the “heart” of “Let’s Get It On” and repeated it continuously throughout “Thinking Out Loud.” It says Sheeran continued to perform the song even after he was notified of the copyright infringement claim last year.The family is demanding a jury trial and compensation for damages.The suit also names “Thinking Out Loud” co-writer Amy Wadge, producer Jake Gosling, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Atlantic Records, Warner Bros. and others.Sheeran’s representatives didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 10, 2017 2:27 am MDT Last Updated Jan 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Valeant to trim debt from US$2.1 billion sale of skincare and cancer treatments MONTREAL – Valeant Pharmaceuticals will pay down some of its debt after agreeing to sell off parts of the company for US$2.1 billion in two separate transactions.The Laval, Que.-based pharmaceutical company said Tuesday it will sell three skincare brands — CeraVe, AcneFree and AMBI — to Paris-based L’Oreal for US$1.3 billion in cash.Valeant (TSX:VRX) is also selling its interest in Dendreon Pharmaceuticals to a privately owned Chinese conglomerate, Sanpower Group, for US$819.9 million.The company said the products included in the L’Oreal deal have annualized revenue of about US$168 million while Dendreon’s only commercialized product is called Provenge, a vaccine for prostate cancer treatment.The deals, which are expected to close in the first half of 2017, are part of Valeant’s effort to streamline its businesses and reduce debt.“We are pleased to announce the progress we are making in reshaping our product portfolio and driving value for our shareholders,” Valeant CEO Joseph Papa said.“Our remaining consumer products business is well positioned for continued advancement within Valeant’s portfolio.”Vicki Bryan, an analyst with corporate bond research company Gimme Credit, said Valeant got good prices for the assets but will only modestly reduce its massive US$30-billion debt.Analyst Douglas Miehm of RBC Capital Markets said the sales are positive for the company, but he said the assets being sold are core for the company, even though Valeant has said it planned to sell non-core assets.“This calls into question whether or not there is any product group or business that is truly viewed as core to management,” he wrote in a report.He said the sales will reduce Valeant’s 2017 revenues by 3.1 per cent to US$9.2 billion and its adjusted earnings by 5.8 per cent to US$4.78 per share.Valeant’s shares, which have lost 90 per cent of their value over the past year or so, closed up 7.5 per cent or $1.53 to $21.82 in Tuesday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
NEW YORK — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that catcher Brian McCann has agreed to return to the Atlanta Braves for a $2 million, one-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not yet been announced.McCann, who turns 35 in February, is from Duluth, Georgia, and was a seven-time All-Star with the Braves from 2005-13. He left to sign an $85 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees and was traded to Houston after the 2016 season following the emergence of Gary Sanchez.McCann helped the Astros win their first World Series title in 2017. He hit .212 with seven homers and 23 RBIs in 63 games this year, missing 53 games because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in July.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsRonald Blum, The Associated Press
Wes Morgan has no longer been the most important defender in Leicester City’s squad but Claude Puel insisted that they want to extend his contract anyway it is going to expire in 2019.Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragović have played more this season than Wes Morgan but Claude Puel believes that this experienced centre-back is still a valuable part of the squad and it will be great if he would decide to stay.The French coach spoke about his side’s defender as he said, according to Leicester Mercury:“Wes is our captain and a valuable player for us.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has a contract for next season and then we will see.”“I cannot say he can have six or seven years more of contract but I am happy with Wes, he’s a good professional with a good relationship with his team-mates.”“He is a valuable player for us and for the team. He’s very important and I am happy with him with everything.”
A fire that’s burned more than 1,600 acres near White Salmon and cost an estimated $2.7 million to fight is expected to be 100 percent contained by the end of the day.Firefighters have the fire 85 percent contained this morning, according to a press release from the Washington Department of Natural Resources. The blaze has charred 1,644 acres east of Highway 141, between White Salmon and Husum. About 600 responders worked the fire Monday, including 13 water tenders, one helicopter and numerous wildland engines.Crews expect to move to a much smaller response on Wednesday.The estimated cost of fighting the fire as of Monday night was $2.7 million, spokesman Chuck Turley said. That cost will increase, he said in an e-mail.The fire has been burning since Sept. 5.
MIAMI (WSVN) – A high school in Miami was placed on lockdown, Thursday morning.According to Miami-Dade Police, South Miami High School was on lockdown after a phone threat was made at around 9 a.m.School board units responded, but said they found nothing dangerous.School officials said these threats tend to come in more often during testing.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
“In a special message to readers last Sunday, we told how we are investing in areas like watchdog reporting, local news and digital publishing,” Kern wrote. “We are able to do this by making clear choices in our priorities and shifting resources to activities that readers and advertisers value most. These changes are part of this effort.”The Chicago Tribune said its paid Sunday circulation average for the six months ending in March was 858,256 copies, putting it behind the New York Times (1.451 million), Los Angeles Times (1.019 million) and Washington Post (868,965). The Chicago Tribune said late last week that it will fold its 55-year-old weekly Sunday magazine on July 5.Instead, the paper will replace the 850,000-circulation Chicago Tribune Magazine with Sunday, a new newspaper section that will include some of the former magazine’s features.”Declining advertising and high costs made weekly publication unsustainable,” Gerould Kern, the Chicago Tribune’s editor, wrote in a memo to staffers.
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 @aprnListen nowClosed process on capital budget draws criticismAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauIn five and a half hours on July 27, the two chambers met, formed a conference committee and passed the $1.4 billion capital budget.GoFundMe campaigns created to help cruise ship murder victim’s familyTripp Crouse, KTOO – JuneauA family friend and neighbor of the Utah woman who was killed aboard a cruise ship off Alaska’s coast last week is raising money for her three daughters.Nunapitchuk VPO shot in NapaskiakJohanna Eurich, KYUK – BethelAlcohol appears to be at the center of the shooting death of an off-duty Nunapitchuk Village Police Officer (VPO) in Napaskiak.Alaska police training facility nears completionAssociated PressAfter more than ten years of planning, construction at a training facility for Alaska police is nearing completion, and project managers say it should open this fall.Mat-Su sales tax ordinance postponed indefinitelyPhillip Manning, KTNA – TalkeetnaAfter hearing from more than forty people in a packed chamber, the Mat-Su Borough Assembly has indefinitely postponed an ordinance to place a two-percent sales tax before borough voters.Cruise-ship tourism will expand next summerEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauMore tourists will come to Alaska next summer on cruise ships.Gelvin’s air strip being restored with tons of gravelDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA hundred tons of gravel have restored a remote runway in Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve. The Gelvin’s 700-foot-long air strip along the Charley River was damaged by a 2012 flood.Water restored to all New Stuyahok homesAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamHomes in New Stuyahok were plagued with low or no water pressure from mid-June to mid-July. At the peak of the problem, more than 30 homes were affected. Now the city water system is back online.Tsunami zone update gets pushback from Oregon Coast legislatorsTom Banse, Northwest News Network – OregonSooner or later, the Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest and impacting parts of Alaska. When that day comes, you hope that coastal schools, fire and police stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don’t get washed away when you most need them to be there.Ask a Climatologist: August is Alaska’s rainiest monthAnnie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAugust is the rainiest month in Alaska. But how rainy? That depends on where you live.
A bull moose. (Photo by Mike Taras/ADF&G)It’s a promising fall season for moose hunters. That’s according to Neil Barten, area wildlife management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Dillingham.Listen now“They’re really healthy animals, very large, a lot of fat on them,” Barten said. “And then when you look at the productivity, the pregnancy rates are really high. The twinning rates are really high. And the first age of reproduction is at two-year-old moose in a lot of cases. That means the moose are really doing well on the landscape out there, and the habitat conditions are providing good nutrition for them.”This year has seen lower calf survival rates due to predation, likely by bears. In general, the population in 17B and 17C has declined slightly but remained relatively stable. That’s not the case for 17A.“Going west, the moose population has been increasing fairly steadily for 20-some years,” Barten said. In 17A we’re far above our population objectives, meaning we believe we have too many moose on the habitat to where they may overutilize the resource. So, we want to take more moose.”The season for 17A was extended by five days at a Board of Game meeting in February. Fish and Game also implemented a fall antlerless season, which runs from August 25 through September 25, and which would allow someone in 17A to harvest a cow moose this fall.In 17B and C, RM583 permits for bull moose hunting will be issued through August 31. Permits must be turned in within five days of harvest, and all hunters must turn in harvest reports at the end of the season regardless of whether or not they hunted. The hunt ends September 15 for GMUs 17B and C. It ends September 25 for 17A.
Jharasangam: Social Equality Forum classes commenced at Sri Dattagiri Maharaj Ashram in Bardipur on Sunday. Ashram’s seer-designate Siddeshwar Swamy, SC Reservation Parirakshana Samithi state secretary Mohan, RSS district Sangachalak Surender Reddy, District Pracharapramukh Srinivas attended the event . The speakers opined that caste and untouchability were not mentioned in Vedas. They called upon everyone to maintain brotherhood.
Tags: Florida, Miami Sweltering heatwave in Miami just in time for holidays Devin Kinasz Share Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> MIAMI — It’s not feeling a lot like Christmas across South Florida. In fact, it’s sunny, hot and humid.Miami shattered a record Monday with a high temperature of 86 degrees. University of Miami tropical weather expert Brian McNoldy tells the Miami Herald a confluence of unlucky weather is to blame. Cold fronts that typically cool off the area are fizzling before they arrive. And, to the south, a high pressure ridge keeps pushing along warm air from the tropics.It is the second toasty December for South Florida. Or, as McNoldy says, the area has “gotten gypped out of two nice Decembers in a row.McNoldy says last year’s heat — accompanied by record rainfall — was part of an intense El Nino. But this year’s heat is much more localized.
Natural Habitat Adventures debuts African Riverboat Safari in BotswanaThe world’s premier nature travel company, Natural Habitat Adventures, introduces an exclusive new safari adventure aboard a privately chartered deluxe riverboat cruising the Chobe and Zambezi rivers beginning in June 2016.The Great African River Safari features an intimate cruise aboard the Chobe Princess followed by an overland safari through private reserves, a combination that offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Botswana while also touching into Zambia and Namibia. Guests spend three nights aboard the Chobe Princess, plying the broad channels and backwaters of the Chobe River and its confluence with the Zambezi River, and five nights at small luxury camps exclusively for Nat Hab guests and deep within Botswana’s premier private game reserves.The 10-day itinerary begins in Livingstone, Zambia, near Victoria Falls. Days 2, 3 and 4 are aboard Chobe Princess. Guests then transfer by air from Namibia into Botswana to commence the land portion of the trip, which includes immersive safaris in the Selinda and Moremi game reserves. The adventure ends in Maun, Botswana. Departures begin in June 2016 and are scheduled through October 2017.“Animals absolutely abound here, and our guests will encounter them in exceptional seclusion on this private adventure,” said Nat Hab founder and president, Ben Bressler. Hundreds of hippos, enormous elephant herds (70,000 live in Chobe National Park on the Botswana side of the river alone), great numbers of buffalo and antelope, rafts of crocodiles, a multitude of water birds and more are on display from the boat’s outdoor decks, and in air-conditioned comfort through the panoramic windows. Excursions by small skiffs up narrow channels provide even closer eye-level sightings.Each departure is limited to just seven guests to ensure the most personalized safari experience possible in the quiet, remote areas visited. On wildlife drives, each traveler gets a window seat for optimal viewing and photography.The adventure also includes Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. Nat Hab guests will have a guided tour of the national park on the rim, exploring different viewpoints over the falls via a network of walkways before heading upriver to secluded Toka Leya camp, located on the banks of the Zambezi. A sunset cruise is included, where guests are sure to see plentiful hippos.Source = Natural Habitat Adventures