Curbs on coal mining fuel Meghalaya’s campaign

first_imgAbout 30% of the 374 candidates in the Meghalaya Assembly elections scheduled for February 27 are either owners of mines or have stakes in the largely unregulated coal mining and transportation industry.That explains why the ban on rat-hole mining by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in April 2014 and restrictions on limestone extraction — are major poll issues in four of Meghalaya’s 11 districts.The campaign in the State and Nagaland ended on Sunday.16 crucial seatsThe coal and limestone belts in these four districts and a part of a fifth account for 16 of the State’s 60 seats. The ban has affected the local economy and the lives of some 2.5 lakh people dependent on the sector, though green activists claim coal and limestone are being mined and transported clandestinely.The BJP, in a bid to capitalise on the “resentment” against the Congress-led coalition government for “not doing enough” to combat the ban, has promised a permanent solution within 180 days of forming the next government in the State.“The Mukul Sangma government not only failed to address the issue but also took three years to submit a mining policy, underscoring a lack of commitment,” Nalin Kohli, BJP’s in-charge for Meghalaya, said.Mr. Sangma’s pet constituency, Ampati, is in the coal mining district of South Garo Hills. His wife Dikkanchi D Shira, seeking to retain the Mahendraganj seat for the Congress, owns a coal mine.‘Cong. has abdicated’The contention of the BJP as well as the National People’s Party (NPP), a major regional force, is that Mr. Sangma’s Congress could have used Meghalaya’s status as a Sixth Schedule State to get the NGT ban lifted.“People of Meghalaya largely depend on coal but the State government under Mr. Sangma’s leadership failed to let mining resume,” NPP chief Conrad Sangma has said at rallies in Chokpot and Mawshynrut, two coal-rich constituencies.The anger is most apparent in the East Jaintia Hills where most of the candidates are coal mine owners or are backed by them. The district, bordering Bangladesh, has two constituencies — Khliehriat, arguably the hub of mining activities in Meghalaya, and Sutnga-Saipung.“In Meghalaya, people own land, not the government for imposition of bans. But the Mukul government could invoked Para 12 A(b) of the Sixth Schedule that would enable the President of India to exempt Meghalaya from the provisions of central mining laws,” Justine Dkhar, the BJP’s candidate for the Khliehriat seat, said.Mr Dkhar had won the seat as an independent in 2013, but joined the BJP after being assured of a lenient coal mining policy> the industry was worth ₹400 crore annually at its peak.In the adjoining Sutnga-Saipung constituency, the top three contenders — the NPP’s Hopeful Bamon, who had won the seat in 2013 as an independent, BJP’s Hambertus Nongtdu and Shitlang Pale of Congress — all have stakes in coal mining.The Congress meanwhile has accused rivals of distorting facts. “NGT had banned illegal coal mining in view of its effect on environment and health, not coal mining as a whole,” Mukul Sangma had said earlier.The State’s Lok Sabha member and lead Congress campaigner, Vincent Pala said it would be wrong to say his party was blind towards the hardship faced by those associated with coal and limestone mining. “The Congress is no less concerned than the others,” he said.last_img read more

AAP to contest all seats in Rajasthan

first_imgThe Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday announced its first list of 63 candidates for the Assembly election in Rajasthan, while inviting suggestions from the public on its draft manifesto, which would also be released shortly. The party would contest from all the 200 seats in the State.AAP State coordinator Devendra Shastri said here that three of the declared candidates would shortly be changed for various reasons. The lists comprising the rest of the candidates would be released after the meetings of the party’s campaign committee to be held during the next few days.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would address a public rally at Ramlila Maidan here on October 28 amid indications that several disgruntled leaders of the both the BJP and Congress might join the AAP at the event. Mr. Shastri said the rally would be a significant occasion for spelling out the party’s vision and policies for Rajasthan.Mr. Shastri said the Jaipur Municipal Corporation had “deliberately delayed” the allotment of venue for the rally on the pretext of seeking permission from the Election Commission. “The municipal officers, under pressure from the BJP government, harassed the AAP functionaries for more than a week. There is no provision for getting the EC’s permission for allotment of a place for a public meeting,” he said.The AAP State unit was in a confident mood after the BJP leader and Kisan Mahapanchayat founder, Rampal Jat, joined the party earlier this week. Mr. Jat, a former BJP general secretary, said the ruling party had failed to keep its promises made to the farmers and had “completely ignored” the rural populace facing difficulties in all spheres of life.The 63 candidates declared by AAP so far include farmers’ ideologue Giriraj Singh Khangarot (Malpura), National Council member Sunil Agiwal (Bhilwara), chartered accountant M.P. Choyal (Ladpura), medico Bharat Gupta (Malviya Nagar, Jaipur) and activist Ashok Jain (Anta). Mr. Shastri, a former journalist, will contest the polls from Civil Lines constituency in Jaipur.last_img read more

Glamour and Ire

first_imgA 500-m, Rs 8-crore artificial reef installed six months ago off Kovalam beach is making waves. It is meant to help protect the eroded beach, enhance fish stocks and boost tourism, but some of its geo-textile bags have been washing ashore, prompting fish workers and environmentalists to demand an inquiry.,A 500-m, Rs 8-crore artificial reef installed six months ago off Kovalam beach is making waves. It is meant to help protect the eroded beach, enhance fish stocks and boost tourism, but some of its geo-textile bags have been washing ashore, prompting fish workers and environmentalists to demand an inquiry. Kerala Tourism, however, is undaunted. It has launched the global campaign for the coming season in style. A Rs 1.5-crore promotional film, Your Moment is Waiting, made by Prakash Varma (of the Vodafone Zoozoo ads fame) will be screened at Saatchi Gallery, London and will be later shown along with the Julia Roberts starrer Eat Pray Love, which was shot in Kerala, at theatres all over the UK; it also features international model Miriam Ilora. In March this year, Kerala Tourism’s innovative campaign in the UK using cabs plying in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham sporting exotic images from God’s Own Country like elephants and snake boats was noticed widely. “The UK being our biggest overseas market, it makes sense to launch our global campaign here,” says V. Venu, secretary, Kerala Tourism.last_img read more

Wimbledon: Nick Kyrgios must avoid physical battle against Andy Murray, says Lleyton Hewitt

first_imgNick Kyrgios has the weapons to beat Andy Murray in their Wimbledon fourth-round clash on Monday but must play the match on his own terms, according to former champion Lleyton Hewitt.Fiery Australian 15th seed Kyrgios has been in sparkling form so far, largely letting his racket do the talking, and his match-up against second seed Murray is the pick of the last 16.The 21-year-old has fired down 79 aces and wins the majority of points inside four shots.Keen boxing fan Murray leads the statistics on return of serve, landing 84 percent of them back in court, enjoying soaking up blows before launching devastating counter-attacks.’NICK CAN HIT ANYONE OFF THE COURT’ No surprise then that Hewitt, speaking to a small group of reporters, said of his compatriot: “Nick will have to use all his weapons and firepower. Andy will try to turn it into a physical battle.”Nick plays pretty short points and it’s hard to turn points into a physical battle against him.”Andy backs himself against anyone when it gets physical, especially over five sets and I’m sure that’s what he’s going to try and do again.”It’s how many balls Andy keeps getting back. Can he keep making Nick play the extra ball? But Nick on his day can hit anyone off the court.”‘LOT OF EYES ON HIM’ Hewitt, who mentors Kyrgios in his role as Australia Davis Cup captain, has now retired as a singles player having won two grand slam titles. He was involved in a bad-tempered doubles win with young compatriot Jordan Thompson against Spain’s Nicolas Almagro and David Marrero on Saturday.advertisementWhile he clearly still has the fire in his belly, he is acting as a calming influence on Kyrgios who has had several high-profile run-ins with authority in his short career.”When he is playing I’ve not seen him do too much wrong here,” Hewitt said. “He knows I’ve got his back and we talk at different times. It’s about focussing on what he needs to do.”It’s tough, there are a lot of eyes on him. But in a playing sense he likes being the centre of attention and likes the pressure that comes with that.”Being the shot-maker that he is everyone worries that he can beat them.”last_img read more

TCU Still Looking for First Win in State of Oklahoma

first_img“We just got our butts kicked. There’s really not anything else I can say,” Gundy said at the time. “We gave up two big plays in the first quarter. Offensively, we couldn’t make plays. … We never could get out of a jam after we got behind.”No. 12 TCU bounces back in impressive fashion from crushing loss to Baylor, dominates No. 15 Oklahoma State, 42-9. pic.twitter.com/EbPG9BwhQI— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 18, 2014Much has changed since then. TCU won a Big 12 title and cemented itself as a perennial player in the Big 12 title race. Meanwhile, OSU found its answer at quarterback and in doing so, reassured a wavering T. Boone Pickens and reinvigorated a hopeful fan base.As conference play opens in 2017, a rejuvenated TCU defense hopes to make the Cowboys play “more than a half” in the highest ranked matchup in Week 4 of the young college football season. Led by second year starter Kenny Hill, TCU will attempt to muster more than 6 points after its 31-6 shellacking last year in Ft. Worth.TCU (3-0, No. 16) now enters Boone Pickens Stadium seeking something it still hasn’t accomplished since joining the conference, a win in the state of Oklahoma. The Horned Frogs since joining the Big 12 have won in every Big 12 venue except Norman and Stillwater, where they haven’t won since 1991 as a member of the Southwestern Conference.They are 0-5 in that span against the Pokes and Sooners on the road with a 30-29 loss in Norman in 2015 the closest they came to a win.But Gary Patterson’s TCU program has never been intimidated by tough road environments. During his tenure, they’ve silenced Arkansas in Fayetteville in front of 80,000 fans, they’ve conquered an upset-hungry Mountaineer team on a cold and windy evening on the national stage with playoff hopes on the line, and they’ve annihilated an Ole Miss Rebel team in essentially a New Year’s Eve road game.The question now, is can Patterson and the Horned Frogs finally conquer the house of horrors that is Boone Pickens Stadium and its sea of orange? A Heisman Trophy candidate, a packed house of OSU faithful, and a squadron of paddle-wielding defenders stand directly in their path.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Daxx Garman. That’s the name of OSU’s quarterback the only time the Horned Frogs have defeated the Cowboys since being invited to join the Big 12 Conference in the summer of 2012.Things were different back then. A mullet-less Mike Gundy was forced to move onto quarterback No. 2 after J.W. Walsh’s injury. And future heir of Stillwater, Mason Rudolph, was redshirting* the 2014 campaign.Meanwhile, TCU was two weeks removed from its capstone Big 12 win over No. 4 Oklahoma and one week removed from the heartbreaking 61-58 epic loss to Baylor. Emerging Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin threw for a career high 415 yards while the TCU defense held OSU without a touchdown for the first time since 2009.Mike Gundy had this to say following the game.[USATSI]last_img read more

Chelsea v Liverpool: match preview

first_imgLiverpool will arrive on a high with thoughts already fixed on the Champions League final later this month, but Chelsea could technically draw level on points with the team currently third should they win their next two fixtures. Antonio Conte’s side are clinging to the remote possibility of a top four finish, though the Italian did say Sunday’s game “could be a good opportunity to keep the hope alive”. They have belatedly found some form of sorts, with four wins in a row in all competitions. Liverpool can ill afford to be distracted. Dominic FifieldSunday 4.30pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Stamford BridgeLast season Chelsea 1 Liverpool 2Referee Anthony TaylorThis season G25 Y85 R1 3.44 cards/gameOdds H 6-5 A 9-4 D 5-2CHELSEASubs from Caballero, Eduardo, Emerson, Christensen, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Pedro, Zappacosta, Barkley, Sterling, Hudson-Odoi, MorataDoubtful Barkley (match fitness), Drinkwater (groin)Injured David Luiz (knee, May), Ampadu (ankle, Aug)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y38 R4Form WLDWWWLeading scorer Hazard 12LIVERPOOLSubs from Mignolet, Masterson, Moreno, Lovren, Solanke, Mané, Gomez, Ward, Jones, Woodburn, Milner,Doubtful Gomez (ankle)Injured Can (back, 13 May), Lallana (hamstring, 13 May), Matip (thigh, Jul), Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y42 R1Form WWDWDDLeading scorer Salah 31 Share via Email Share on Facebook Liverpool Chelsea Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Topics Premier League Match previews Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp resources Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Teck Resources lowers Q1 coal sales guidance works to complete Elkview repairs

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. lowered its guidance for steelmaking coal sales for the first quarter as it worked to finish repairs to its coal drying complex in B.C. that was damaged earlier this year.The company says steelmaking coal sales volumes for the quarter are now expected to be about six million tonnes compared with earlier guidance for 6.3 million to 6.5 million tonnes.The coal dryer at Teck’s Elkview operations was damaged in January in what a union executive described as an explosion.Teck says the coal dryer has been recommissioned after a “pressure event” and full commercial production is expected to resume early next week.Production lost due to the incident was estimated to be about 200,000 tonnes of clean coal and repairs were estimated at less than $10 million, in line with earlier estimates.Teck says coal sales continued to be hurt by logistics issues during the quarter, particularly ongoing poor performance at Westshore Terminals.Companies in this story: (TSX:TECK.B)last_img read more

16Yearold Hind Jamili Canoeing Champion to Represent Morocco in Rio de

Rabat – Canoeing gold medalist Hind Jamili will represent Morocco at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.The 16-year-old female athlete will be the youngest competitor in the canoeing category at Rio 2016, according to Telquel news website.Hind Jamili qualified to the Olympics after her performance at the 2015 African Canoe Slalom Championships in Nairobi last November. She won gold and silver medals at the African Championship in Kenya, which qualified her after finishing 3.27 seconds ahead of her compatriot Celia Jodar, the Olympic Qualifiers website noted.“I saw my coach coming toward me and he jumped in my arms and he said ‘we succeeded’ (…) I called my parents and I knew I was going to the Olympics,” Jamili revealed during a televised interview on 2M.Hind was born in Oyonnax in the Rhône-Alpes region in France. Her mother is from Tangier and her father, from the Kabyle region, in Algeria.“Morocco is my country, I am proud to wear its colors, red and green,” the young athlete said.According to the same source, her coach, David Ikra expressed his joy to coach the Moroccan champion, and praised all the support she receives from everyone.“I am happy to accompany her on this adventure, everyone follows her, her parents, her family, her school, her country; all this is perfect,” Ikra said.Preparing for the Olympics is a unique opportunity for any athlete, yet challenging when combined with a full-time school schedule. Hind is still studying in high school and she will not be able to pass her baccalaureate in 2016, the same source noted.Jamili’s school principal has created a special school-year calendar for her, which will give her more time and allow her to take two years instead of one to finish high school.The canoeing champion will reportedly train for the Olympic Games in France, before going to Rio de Janeiro for final intensive training ahead of the competition.Jamili’s 17th birthday will be an unforgettable day for the Moroccan teenager, for it will coincide with Rio 2016’s opening day on August 5. read more

India warns will fine Lankan fishermen

The BJP had meanwhile already ruled out an alliance with the DMK in the ensuing Assembly elections in the State, he said. (Colombo Gazette) India has warned it may need to consider imposing a fine on Sri Lankan fishermen who poach in Indian waters if Sri Lanka decides to do the same with Indian fishermen.Union Minister of State for Shipping and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pon. Radhakrishnan on Monday met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi and extended an invitation for a family wedding. Speaking to reporters after his meeting with the DMK leader, Radhakrishnan said that if reports of the Sri Lankan government wanting to heavily fine Indian fishermen who transgressed into its territorial waters were true, the Indian government too may have to take similar measure, The Hindu newspaper reported. read more

Pace picks up for signing of UNmanaged nuclear inspection protocol

“On the whole, 2005 has been a good year in terms of States concluding comprehensive safeguards agreements and additional protocols,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said.”However, it is important that we continue and accelerate this trend.” The additional protocol must become the universal standard for verifying nuclear non-proliferation commitments, Dr. ElBaradei recently reaffirmed, noting that the expanded access provided by the additional protocol “had proven its worth”.The Model Additional Protocol was agreed upon in 1997 to strengthen the IAEA safeguards system, based on the wake-up call caused by the discovery of Iraq’s pre-1991 nuclear weapons programme.Once in force, such protocols provide IAEA inspectors with better tools to ensure that States have no undeclared nuclear material or activities that should have been reported to the Agency. read more

Greek Australians ready for a Glendi filled weekend

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Lonsdale Street (Antipodes) Festival, one of the most prestigious events for the Greek community, is set to transform Melbourne into a huge and free street party on Saturday 14 and Sunday 14 February.International performers Dimitris Basis and Zoi Konstandopoulou will take the stage on Valentine’s Day, sharing their songs with hundreds of thousands of people, alongside local and other acclaimed international performers. “I’m excited to be travelling to Melbourne to perform at the 2015 Lonsdale Street Festival. To see such a large celebration of Greek culture so far away from Greece is a testament to the strength of the Greek community in sharing our culture with the rest of Australia,” said Dimitris Basis. It is a great success for the festival to be hosting these two renowned Greek singers, who have collaborated with Christos Nikolopoulos and Lavrentis Machairitsas, as well as with some of Greece’s premium musicians.The festival’s main stage will also feature performances by Melbourne’s Ravaisi band, an outfit made up of young Australians playing traditional tunes from all over Greece. Local bands Meraklides Group, Nea Vradia, Mojo Sisters, The Apocalypse Boys, Santa Tarabta, along with singer Anthea Sidiropoulos and Melbourne-born singer/songwriter Stelios Antoniou, will perform some of their popular hits as well. For those who wish to prove themselves on stage, Greek karaoke will be waiting at the Delphi Bank Stage.The Lonsdale Street Festival is not only about the music but is bound to offer some of the most delectable mouth-watering Greek delicacies to its attendees with many food stalls spanning across the festival space this weekend, not to mention a great range of imported Greek beverages. Leading Greek chefs and cooks the likes of Phil Vakos, Kathy Tsaples, Angie Giannakodakis, Greek twins Helena and Vikki, and non-Greek contestants from My Kitchen Rules will meet at the Flavours of Greece Stage.Nitrogen-based instant ice-cream, which is creamier and natural without any added colours, stabilisers or preservatives, and Greek-style frappe and freddo coffees will be waiting next to 100 per cent natural, hand-made gelato pops, kaimaki, gourmet fairy floss and a variety of frozen Greek yoghurt on wheels. It doesn’t end there. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free, decadent fast food from a solar-powered food truck will compete with tasty seafood and traditional lamb, pork, chicken, even beef souvlakia, kalamakia and spit rotisseries. Since in Greece there is always room for dessert, a modern spin of traditional loukoumades and waffles will also be there to blow the minds of even the most eclectic visitors. Moreover, Lonsdale Street Festival has plenty of activities to keep the little ones entertained, such as face painting, balloon sculpting and storytelling at the Kids Corner, whilst classic carnival rides and giant inflatables offer an adrenaline fix for the festival’s hyper young fans. Last but not least, this jubilant congregation offers a chance to dance your way to Greece and receive a return economy flight to a Greek island with the courtesy of Qatar Airways and Touchdown Tours, if you ‘Zorba ’til You Drop’, on the Delphi Bank Stage on Saturday 14 February.last_img read more

Samesex marriage photos Please share

first_imgThe first same-sex marriages in Washington happened Dec. 9, 2012 — nearly five years ago. As part of a story detailing this anniversary, reporter Patty Hastings is seeking engagement and/or wedding photos from same-gender couples living in Clark County. The photos will go in an online gallery. Email photos to patty.hastings@columbian.com and include a caption that explains what’s happening and identifies who is in the photos. She is also interested in interviewing local married couples who have started families.last_img

After FLL shooting Florida senator supports concealed guns in airports

first_imgSARASOTA, Fla. (WSVN) — In the wake of Friday’s deadly shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, a Florida lawmaker said more guns are the answer.The politician from Sarasota told CNN, he thinks responsible gun owners with a conceal-carry permit should be allowed to tote guns in places where they’re not currently allowed.State Senator Greg Steube is working on a bill to allow guns in airports. He said legally owned and concealed guns are needed now more than ever. “What my bill does is allow for people that have a conceal carry permit in the state of Florida to on the non-secure side of that airport, which is where the shooting occurred, to carry their firearm just like they carry in other parts of our state,” he said.Steube believes law-abiding firearm carriers could be better protected and even stop somebody from committing mass murder. “The Pulse nightclub, where other shootings have occurred have been in gun-free zones,” he said. “In that airport, no conceal permit carry holder was legally able to carry at that airport because currently they’re restricted from carrying.”When asked if he thought the tragedy could have been minimized had people in that area of the airport had guns with them, Steube said, “Certainly could have. I as a conceal carry holder have the right to defend myself.”The Senator, however, never addressed the chaos, confusion and fear that came well after the terminal shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale. “No licensed, conceal carry permit holder legally could carry in that airport, and that didn’t stop an individual from coming and shooting and killing individuals,” he said. “So why would repealing that, giving law abiding citizens like myself and others, who have the training and ability to protect themselves, why wouldn’t we want to give them that ability just like we have in any other places in our state.”Senator Steube also wants to change Florida law to repeal gun-free zones on college campuses. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Blind Spot Beyond NoMans Land

first_imgAt the low end, prevention measures costs the State of Alaska $9 per point of contact. Intensive substance abuse treatment costs $49,502 per person on average. Chart courtesy of the Division of Behavioral Health, DHSS.In spite of the alarmingly high rates of substance abuse among teens in Anchorage, many officials say there are reasons for optimism.All this week, as part of our series “The Blind Spot,” we’ve been exploring holes in the safety net for teens struggling with drugs and alcohol. Now, we look toward solutions.Download AudioState officials and non-profit workers told us policy measures are dove-tailing with new evidence that perceptions about drinking are starkly different from realities on the ground.Under the umbrella of the Department of Health and Human Services, the state is currently trying to shift the paradigm on community health in Alaska, developing new tools to measure what’s working. Diane Casto is the Prevention Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health, and is part of finding new means of assessment, ““Just doing a walk-around, and looking at your community.”The division’s focus has zoomed out, examining health at the social rather than individual level. “What’s the density of alcohol outlets in your community?” Casto asks, “What are the policies and procedures and practices in your community related to alcohol and drug issues?”Casto has been doing prevention-related work since 1978, and has seen a wide range of approaches pursued in Alaska. The current trend is away from reactive intervention, and towards prevention.“The more we work on the front-end, and prevent these issues from becoming catastrophic, the better we will be,” Casto said. A part of the Division’s interest is simple economics: when it comes to substance abuse, preventative measures are significantly less expensive than providing treatment, residential care, and continuing assistance. It is a “reap what you sow” approach.It costs Casto’s Division about $9 per person to put on a promotional event like a health fair. That is a bargain compared to the $49,502 it costs to provide long-term care to an individual working through acute psychiatric care and recovery. That doesn’t mean every person who stops by a health fair will “just say no” for their whole life. Nor are the expenditures perfect analogues: DBH  measures prevention measures as points of contact, where as hospitalization could be days or weeks of intensive management. But on balance, Casto sees prevention as sounder policy.The Alaska Wellness Coalition has a similar aim. The group is trying to prevent underage drinking by changing community-wide perceptions. The Center for Disease Control’s most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey says that three-quarters of youth reported not drinking in the past month. The Coalition is using that data to show teens that drinking is actually not the norm.“What this campaign intends to do is start the conversation,” said campaign coordinator Hope Finkelstein. “Even if people don’t believe that 78%of the kids don’t drink, that’s fine. That is okay, because people will start questioning.”The Coalition finds youth around the state want to talk about alcohol but haven’t been able to.  A similar campaign was launched in Homer a few years ago, when data showed that people there didn’t drink nearly as much as was commonly thought. When the data were released people didn’t believe it. However, it got them talking about it.There is also an effort to get kids in trouble better. Or, at the very least, to develop an improved system from the Minor Consuming Alcohol charges currently on the books. At the state level, Senate Bill 99 this session attempts to amend Title 4, the state’s alcohol code. The legislation did not advance far, but supporters like Cynthia Franklin, Director of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board, believe its introduction sets the wheels in motion for meaningful reforms next session.Professor Marny Rivera at University of Alaska Anchorage’s Justice Center works on the issue, and wants the MCA citation to be replaced with a ticket–like the kinds issued for speeding or parking. Rivera has spent the last few years examining state statutes on alcohol, talking with experts, as well as prosecutors and employees within the Division of Juvenile Justice.“What we realized is that MCA’s are almost like a gap, or a no-man’s land,” Rivera explained in her office, “DJJ doesn’t deal with these youth until they’ve already come to the attention of the criminal justice system three times.”Though it may sound counter-intuitive, Rivera wants to help at-risk kids by increasing the number of times they get in trouble, and to ensure the sanctions are meaningful rather than arbitrary.Police and lawyers know what a long, drawn-out process it can be to see an MCA go through the courts, Rivera said. And they have hearts: they know an MCA makes your name pop up in CourtView, which can jeopardize a young person’s future. Prosecutors across the state regularly decline trying MCA cases, explained the ABC Board’s Franklin, herself a former prosecutor. As a result, kids get slapped on the wrist without an official citation ever being issued. And that is exactly the kind of space where addictive behaviors have room to intensify.“There’re very few cases where you actually see a habitual status offender or a third time Minor Consuming,” Rivera said. She believes that if underage drinking is a simpler offense it will become easier for officers to write those tickets. And the kids getting ticketed all the time will appear on the justice system’s radar, raising the possibility of early detection and treatment that could have significant impact.But as the many experts told us, there is no silver bullet. Even if the MCA system is improved, some kids will still end up back where this series started: At the McLaughlin Youth Center.Ross Blocker stands inside one of the aging treatment cottages on the McLaughlin campus, his fingers interwoven like a nest. Originally from southern Georgia, he’s been in charge of McLaughlin’s Transitional Services Unit for a decade. His goal is making sure kids leave the youth center with the skills they need to survive in the chaotic world.“You just can’t do all that work then pat ’em on the back, put ’em out the door, and say ‘have a nice day,’” Blocker said. He and his team take the initial treatment plan developed for a new resident at McLaughlin, and draft yet another blue-print to address that kid’s risks and goals. Then, they figure out how to support those elements once the youth has left McLaughlin for the outside.“Medical needs, mental health, counseling needs, substance abuse needs,” Blocker rattles off, “if they’ve gone through intensive substance abuse here, it just makes sense that they need some kind of support system there.”Blocker’s treatment unit works with partners in Anchorage like the school district and the Mental Health Trust, and tries to check in on everyone who went through recovery so that they don’t leave 24-hour-a-day structure and enter a total vacuum. They try to give the youth the support they need to keep them out of the statistics.The Blind Spot: Spaces Between StatisticsThe Blind Spot: A System of Order Over ChaosThe Blind Spot: Harm Reduction at the Transit CenterThe Blind Spot: Quitting Meth Alone, Together Anne Hillman and Zachariah Hughes received Alaska Press Club data journalism fellowships, which helped them produce this story. This coverage is supported by the Recover Alaska Journalism Project fund at the Alaska Community Foundation. Contributors to the fund are Alaska Children’s Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Providence Health & Services Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation and Wells Fargo. More information can be found at www.recoveralaska.org.last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS only gets 35 hours per charge unless you turn 3D

first_imgIt’s been suspected for a while now that the Nintendo 3DS was going to have some pretty short battery life. The first indication came way back in October, when Nintendo went around advising everyone to put the 3DS back in its charging cradle the second they got home. That raised some eyebrows. Then, a couple weeks ago, we heard that the Nintendo 3DS’s battery life was only three to five hours long. That can’t be right, can it?Unfortunately, it is. At Nintendo’s North American presser yesterday, they confirmed the abysmal battery life with Kotaku, saying that the 3DS would last between three to five hours a charge, and take approximately 3.5 hours to recharge. That’s pretty terrible, but there’s good news: that’s only with 3D turned on. Nintendo says that if you turn 3D off, you’ll get as much as eight hours battery life per charge, which is roughly the same as you can expect from the DS Lite.So, ironically, it seems that the 3DS’s battery life is both as bad and significantly better than feared. One thing’s for sure, though: if you can live without the 3D, you’ll be able to game for significantly longer.Read more at Kotakulast_img read more

Crysis 3 runs best on a Core i7 and 8GB RAM

first_img“Can it run Crysis?” has become a very well known phrase/meme among gamers. So with the launch of Crysis 3 in February next year, everyone is eager to see what kind of PC you will need to run the latest in this series of FPS. And developer Crytek has just delivered by revealing the minimum, recommended, and high performance specification.In order to run the game you will need at least the following:Dual-core CPU (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz or Athlon64 X2 2.7GHz)2GB RAM (3GB for Windows Vista)Nvidia GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD5770If that’s your rig, then expect to turn off a load of graphical niceties and turn down the resolution, but still have an enjoyable experience. However, if you want to play the game as intended, you’ll need to be hitting the recommended spec, which is some combination of the following:Quad-core CPU (Core i3-530 or Phenom II X2 565)4GB RAMNvidia GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD5870Of course, Crytek also cater to those gamers who have high-end components and want to experience everything a DirectX 11 game can throw at them. So there’s also a high performance PC recommendation to see the game in all its glory:Quad-core CPU (Core i7-2600K or Bulldozer FX4150)8GB RAMNvidia GTX 680 or AMD Radeon HD7970In all cases you need a DirectX 11-capable machine and have a choice of running Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.Don’t forget, if you are going to pick up Crysis 3 on launch day then it’s worth considering pre-ordering. EA is offering a free download copy of Crysis if you pre-order Crysis 3 Hunter Edition. If you opt for the more expensive Crysis 3 Digital Deluxe Edition though, you get a free copy of Crysis 2 as well.via Crysislast_img read more

Student killed one injured in bike mishap

first_imgKolkata: A Class 12 student was killed and his friend seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road on the Vidyasagar Setu here, police said on Sunday. Laloo Sahani (18) died and his friend Amit Balmiki (19) riding pillion received injuries after the bike hit the divider on the bridge and veered off the track on Saturday, a police officer said. Balmiki is undergoing treatment at the S S K M Hospital. The two, without wearing helmets, were coming from the Princep Ghat side at high speeds, he said, adding, Sahani was seen performing some stunts before the accident took place. Police is examining CCTV footage to ascertain the exact cause of the mishap.last_img

South Bengal to experience light to moderate rain in next 24 hours

first_imgKolkata: Light to moderate rainfall that hit several parts of South Bengal on Friday brought temporary relief to the people from the sweltering heat.According to the prediction of the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore, more rain is expected in various South Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. The coastal districts may receive heavy rainfall until Saturday, the prediction said. A weather official added that there may be heavy showers accompanied with lightning in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, West Midnapore and East Midnapore districts in the next 24 hours. Districts including Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia, Murshidabad, Bankura, Purulia and Kolkata will receive moderate rainfall. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe weather office has issued an alert to the fishermen in the coastal districts asking them not to venture into the sea for the next couple of days as it may remain turbulent following the formation of a low-pressure trough over the Bay of Bengal. Those fishermen who had earlier ventured into the sea have been asked to return to shore due to bad weather conditions. The city also received light to moderate rainfall on Friday morning. Kolkata mostly remained cloudy from the morning and the humidity level also dropped by few notches providing some relief to the city dwellers from the persistent discomfort. Rain, however, did not last for long. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe weather office said that the city and the adjoining areas may also receive some more rainfall in the next 24 hours pushing down the mercury a bit. In the evening hours, there was light drizzle. It may be mentioned here that a deficit in rainfall has been recorded in entire South Bengal in June and the current month which is worrying the farmers. They are looking for some more Monsoon showers during the rest of the month so that they can recover the damage caused by the scarcity in rainfall.last_img read more

Here are some of the best Pride photos from Mike Pences hometown

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Over the weekend, Columbus, Indiana held its very first Pride. The place also happens to be the hometown of one Vice President Mike Pence, known for his anti-LGBTQ politics. Mike Pence says he’s ‘proud’ that his hometown is hosting it’s first PrideThe best photos from Ohio’s ‘Big LGBTQ Dance Party’ greeting Mike PenceWinter Olympics 2018: Fox News pulls column complaining about gay and black athletesRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pride-photos-mike-pence-hometown/ #ColumbusInPrideSpread the word…young activists organizing first Pride festival in @VP hometown #ColumbusIn https://t.co/LFi1xknDN2— Beth Hardesty (@bahardesty) April 7, 2018 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… “More fornication, less hate”! #ColumbusINPride #LoveIsLove pic.twitter.com/tYzA20NeEy— Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) April 14, 2018Organizer Erin Bailey also took to Twitter, thanking everyone for turning out.I just want to give a huge thanks to everyone who came out to Columbus Pride Festival yesterday to celebrate love!! #ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/hTUtoflO91— Erin Bailey (@erindigsplants) April 15, 2018 Pence said he was ‘proud’ of his hometown.Alyssa Farah, a representative for Pence, said: ‘Vice President Pence commends Erin Bailey [organizer of Columbus Pride] for her activism and engagement in the civic process.‘As a proud Hoosier and Columbus native, [Pence] is heartened to see young people from his hometown getting involved in the political process.’The power to summon an army of queersThough Pence said he supported the event, he didn’t attend and there was still plenty of references to the Veep throughout the day.One of the most visibile was Mike ‘Hot’ Pence himself making an appearance!Just look at those legs | Photo: Instagram @mikehotpenceHe came out with his trademark outfit — a suit sans pants and a rainbow tie. He also carried around a jar taking donations for LGBTQ youth.Mike Hot-Pence is here collecting money for Indiana Youth Group at #ColumbusINpride. Lots of people stopping for photos. pic.twitter.com/qJF1eGAfpg— Barbara Brosher (@BabsofBtown) April 14, 2018Plenty of people walked around taking pictures with him too.Mike Hot Pence with attendees | Photo: Instagram @emma.the.teal.tigerEveryone else also brought out their best for the day.It was a rousing success and a huge win for the town of 46,850 people.Drag performer August Celestial showed up and had a grand time.August Celestial in Columbus | Photo: Instagram @august.celestial‘This weekend Columbus Indiana held their first ever pride ever and they tore it UP!!!’ Celestial wrote on Instagram. ‘I am so incredibly proud of @erinlikesplants who started this whole thing! Girl you now have the power to summon an army of queers!!’People during the parade | Photo: Instagram @tony.vasquez_ Organizer Erin Bailey at Pride | Photo: Twitter @erindigsplants Under a rainbow arch | Photo: Instagram @_.wade_hall._‘I’m lucky to be living in a time where love is ok to love,’ one user, Wade Hall, wrote.‘Love comes in colors, shapes, sizes, that’s what so great about it. We all seem to be caught up in it. Though it seems to be as if this world doesn’t have enough. No matter the age, we should be taught to love. Love will make our home a better place.’@VP you should feel extra proud of your hometown today.#ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/QVNsvprb0m— megan (@meganfurber) April 14, 2018There was still criticism of Pence, though.Bartholomew County Democrats. #ColumbusINPride pic.twitter.com/YuiCiUpgdG— Christopher Stroop (@C_Stroop) April 14, 2018last_img read more