Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsAnger greeted news Wednesday that hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs brokered a peaceful end to a potentially violent pipeline standoff in northern B.C.Leader Freda Huson stormed out of a closed-door meeting at the Unist’ot’en camp south of Houston, B.C., and slammed the door.She just learned chiefs promised the RCMP she and her partner Warner Naziel would abide by rules of an interim court injunction in exchange for calling off a police raid.Chiefs wanted to prevent a repeat of Monday when heavily RCMP officers stormed a checkpoint on sister clan Gidimt’en territory and arrested 14 people.The homemade barricades blocking pipeline company Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of Trans-Canada, from crossing the Morice River bridge were next before chiefs stepped in.“CGL will receive soft access,” Chief Na’Moks told reporters, who were allowed into the room to hear details of the agreement after about two hours.“I don’t have any respect for them,” Nam’oks added of the Calgary-based company.“If I seem upset, you better believe we are.”(Trucks parked on the road leading to the Unist’ot’en healing centre to block access. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)In a tentative agreement worked out between the RCMP and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs Wednesday evening, the nation made three demands to Brenda Butterworth-Carr, deputy commissioner of the RCMP in B.C. who is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Han Nation, Yukon.In part, that the RCMP immediately remove the exclusion area to allow access for media and others, confirm that RCMP officers will not interfere with any Wet’suwet’en members accessing their territory for trapping or other traditional practices, confirm that officers will not enter the healing centre and will engage with the Wet’suwet’en Nation to work on a protocol for access to the healing centre that will protect members from pro-pipeline protestors and Coastal GasLink employees.The meeting then heard the RCMP’s reply.“I commit to you that the RCMP will remain respectful of the healing centre,” said the response from the RCMP. “Our officers will not enter the healing centre unless invited and we will work with you to ensure that others are respectful of your centre.“Further, the RCMP will not interfere with your members access to the territory for the purposes of trapping and or traditional practices. I will also restate our commitment to the respect the right of peaceful, lawful and safe protest.”The tentative agreement would have the Unist’oten camp remove the barrier and allow workers from Coastal GasLink through the site by 2 p.m. on Thursday. Talks Thursday may go past that time.Huson didn’t return to the meeting in the centre’s dining room that stretched into the late afternoon.(The healing centre at the Unist’ot’en camp. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)The windows in the room were covered with sheets and blankets to prevent police from being able to see or shoot inside, said Brenda Michell, a Wet’suwet’en woman staying at the camp and niece of Unistot’en hereditary Chief Knedabeas.She said the peace agreement was a surprise and didn’t know how to react, except to say opening the gate to contract workers worried her.She asked the chiefs, who spent Tuesday night and Wednesday morning negotiating with RCMP, to amend the agreement at a meeting scheduled with police Thursday, to keep the gate locked and opened only when CGL workers arrived.“The gate is protecting us from the outside,” she said. “I can sleep at night knowing it’s there.”Michell and others at the camp looked exhausted.They were girding for a police raid when Knedabeas arrived instead with three members of an RCMP liaison team and news reporters, including a two-person team from APTN News.It was the second surprise in as many nights.Michell said they were stunned Tuesday when people who “escaped” the Gidimt’en raid pounded on the door.“We were all in shock when they managed to come back here,” she said, not revealing how many there were.“We were relieved and happy to see them.”(A convoy on the Morice River road includes hereditary chiefs, media and RCMP. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Reporters were told escapees were in bad shape mentally but there were trained people at the healing centre to help them.Na’Moks said avoiding any further trauma to more people is why chiefs made the deal.“We want media here to witness our agreement with the RCMP,” he said.But the camp refused to divulge its wifi password, preventing most media outlets, including APTN from reporting what was happening until returning to Houston later.It was another of the hurdles media faced in covering the story that generated headlines around the world.On Monday, RCMP barred reporters from gaining access to the Gidimt’en checkpoint by erecting a roadblock about 20 kilometres away. Media who were already behind the lines were allowed to stay.The roadblock opened briefly Wednesday to allow the chiefs’ convoy through to camp, although Mounties stopped each vehicle to record the names of people inside and their licence numbers.The roadblock was at a site without cellular phone service, so reporters couldn’t relay information to their newsrooms or post on social media.Supporters of the roadblock and camp built a fire and shelter outside the roadblock that quickly became a meeting place.That’s where chiefs initially planned to announce the peace agreement Wednesday morning before deciding to make the hour-long drive to the healing centre that saw one media outlet end up in the ditch and miss the news conference.When the convoy reached Gidimt’en checkpoint it was reporters’ first opportunity to see the aftermath of Monday’s raid.There were felled trees pushed off the road – scattered branches, a jacket and backpacks left behind, and the red plywood gate some protesters reportedly tied themselves to was thrown in the ditch.(The Gidimt’en sign at the checkpoint on January 9. Photo: Simon Charland/APTN)The Gidimt’en signs were still up and shelters remained standing, which followed the judge’s instructions in the interim injunction granted Dec. 14, 2018.A canvas cook tent that caught fire was still there, showing char marks on one wall.Gidimt’en supporters said everyone arrested Tuesday was released from custody by Wednesday night.Upon reaching the camp, Na’Moks appeared overcome with emotion as he stopped in the snow to survey the narrow bridge over the Morice River.A large, vertical sign declaring ‘Unist’ot’en’ in black and white caught his attention, as did three vehicles, including a dump truck, parked on the bridge to stop police.Knedabeas was visibly angry and quizzed people operating the gate.“Why are these here?” he said of the vehicles.“That wasn’t the plan.”firstname.lastname@example.org@katmarte
Say Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably NotSay Goodbye To The Old NBA Draft Lottery — But Probably Not
The new lottery will definitely change teams’ incentives in the right direction. It makes having a bottom-five record less valuable and improves the fortunes of teams in the rest of the lottery (particularly the Nos. 8 and 9 picks, which gain the most value under the new system). But it’s worth wondering if a change of about two-thirds of a win per season will really be enough to make a big dent in teams’ willingness to tank.In fairness, the effect appears larger when you consider the outsize potential of top picks to become stars. Using WORP as a guide, there was about a 34 percent chance of landing an All Star-level player2Defined as a player who produced at least 30 WORP in his first five NBA seasons. if a team had the worst record going into the 2018 lottery; those odds will fall to 27 percent under next year’s system. Seven percentage points doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but the NBA is so star-driven that any reduction in the probability of getting a franchise-altering player hurts. With the ability to get those kinds of players also increasing for teams who finish with, say, the league’s eighth-worst record, it should eventually help the anti-tanking effort by funneling more big stars to teams who don’t completely throw their seasons away.So congratulations, Phoenix: You’re the last team who’ll take advantage of the old odds to help grab a potential star. The league’s changes might not be extreme enough to fully discourage teams from engaging in Sixers-style tear downs, but they’re a start. And after the race to the bottom that played out down the stretch of the 2017-18 season, such changes are more than welcome.Check out our latest NBA predictions. As I wrote last year:Early in the draft, the curve is steep. The average No. 2 pick is worth only about 80 percent as many VORP in his first five seasons as the average No. 1, and players only get less valuable from there.This is part of why teams spend so much time and energy gunning for the worst record — and (until next year) the highest odds of picking No. 1. The chances of getting an impact player from the top pick are much better than at any other slot in the draft. But they’re not perfect; there’s a lot of luck involved in picking the player who’ll have the best career. Add in the extra randomness of getting the lottery balls to bounce your way, and the difference between the expected value of having the NBA’s worst record under the old system and next year’s new one is just 3.4 total wins over the first five years of a player’s career. When the pingpong balls came to a rest after Tuesday night’s NBA draft lottery, it was the end of an era for the league. Starting next season, the lottery’s distribution of odds based on team records will change — the first tweak to the system in 25 years. The jackpot-winning Phoenix Suns came out on top in this season’s historic tankfest, but from this moment on, the already-long odds of burning a franchise to the ground and building it back up will only get longer.At least, that’s the effect the league is hoping the new lottery rules will have. How much of a difference will the changes to the lottery system really make, though? And will it be enough to discourage teams from tanking?To work out some of the new math facing NBA teams, let’s turn to our draft-value chart, which measures the expected value over replacement player (VORP) that teams can expect out of a given draft pick in his first five pro seasons. (We’ll convert our chart from last summer to wins over replacement1Multiplying VORP by 2.7. to better position the differences in a real-world context.)
Two tax rulings started the €13bn Apple row Ireland has issued hundredsTwo tax rulings started the €13bn Apple row Ireland has issued hundreds
Jan 22nd 2017, 1:42 PM 52 Comments Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: Short URL By Fora Staff 21,596 Views TWO REVENUE RULINGS are at the heart of the EU’s investigation into Apple’s tax affairs – and it has now emerged that Irish officials issued more than 300 tax rulings to other companies in one three-year period.In late August, the EU said that Ireland gave Apple illegal state aid worth up to €13 billion over a period of more than a decade and ordered the government to recover the funds from the California firm.At the time, the European Commission said that two tax rulings issued by Ireland to Apple “substantially and artificially” lowered the taxes the company paid in the Republic since 1991.The two key Irish companies at the heart of the controversy are Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe.The EU said the rulings allowed Apple to structure its business affairs in a way that resulted in “an effective corporate tax rate that declined from 1% in 2003 to 0.005% in 2014″ on the profits of Apple Sales International.Fora has now learned that Revenue made 335 rulings between 2010 and 2012. It has likely issued many more, however figures for other years are not available as they have not been compiled by Irish officials. Apple CEO Tim Cook Source: AP/Press Association ImagesThe two Apple rulings related to the allocation of profits to Irish branches of non-resident companies, decisions which the EU says allowed the iPhone maker to slash its tax bill from billions in sales from Europe and other territories to virtually nothing.QuestionsThe EU said in its 130-page decision that Revenue issued these specific rulings – relating to the allocation of profits to Irish branches of non-resident companies – in nine cases.However, the news that Revenue has issued at least 335 tax rulings is likely to raise questions as to what other types of tax structures officials agreed with companies and whether they also resulted in single-digit, or lower, tax rates for businesses.Revenue sometimes issues what it calls ‘non-binding opinions’ on how tax law should be applied in specific transactions or situations. These were repeatedly referred to as ‘rulings’ by the EU, although Revenue does not view them as binding decisions. Revenue Offices in Dublin Castle Source: RollingNews.ieIf a company with a large or complicated business is using a tax structure outside the norm, the firm may ask Revenue for an opinion that what it is doing is compliant with tax law.Non-binding opinionsRevenue said that opinions are only issued “where the matter is complex or where there is genuine uncertainty around the applicable tax rules”. Share Tweet Email2 Two tax rulings started the €13bn Apple row. Ireland has issued hundreds more The EU says the Revenue rulings resulted in the US multinational paying a tiny amount of tax. Take me to Fora http://jrnl.ie/3199492 “In providing an opinion, Revenue’s role is to interpret and apply the tax law correctly and consistently so that taxpayers can understand and comply with their obligations under the law,” it said.Revenue said that, while not binding, it will generally follow the structures suggested in a non-binding opinion once it can be shown that “the transaction as implemented did not diverge from that which was outlined in the information provided”.A spokeswoman for Revenue added: “It is open to Revenue officials to review the position when a transaction has been completed and all the facts are known”.The organisation’s guidelines specifically state that opinions “will not be given where the case manager is of the view that the proposed transaction is part of a scheme or arrangement of which one of the purposes of which is the avoidance of tax”.It said that it issued 99 non-binding opinions in 2010, 128 in 2011, and 108 in 2012, a total of 335 for the period.However, Revenue has likely issued many more in both earlier and later years. The organisation said it could not provide information on how many rulings it made in other periods as the statistics had not been assembled. Source: Niall Carson/PA Wire“Statistics are compiled on the basis of business need, in response to demand, or where their provision is in the public interest. Prior to the recent European Commission decision, this data did not meet the above criteria,” a Revenue spokeswoman said.The data for 2010, 2011 and 2012 was compiled specifically for the EU investigation. Revenue said that from 2016 onwards it will be publishing the number of opinions issued every year in its annual report.AlarmingIt is not known what is contained in these rulings, as a spokeswoman for Revenue said the organisation “does not publish opinions issued to specific taxpayers”.Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy said at the time of the publication of the full EU ruling in December, that the revelation that Revenue had issued at least nine more tax rulings was “the most alarming revelation” contained in the 130-page document. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Richard Drew/Press Association Images Sunday 22 Jan 2017, 1:42 PM Image: Richard Drew/Press Association Images “How many of these rulings involve companies with subsidiaries in Bermuda or other tax havens? How many billions in tax in addition to Apple’s €13 billion has been avoided as a result of Revenue’s sweetheart deals?,” he said.Revenue’s rulings were criticised by the EU during its Apple tax investigation, with the EU saying that the organisation’s “profit-allocation ruling practice is too inconsistent”. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager Source: Virginia Mayo/Press Association ImagesThe EU also raised several questions about Revenue’s Apple rulings dating back to 1990, when the tech company was trying to work out the share of its profits that were liable for tax in Ireland.At the time, Apple officials said that Apple Computers Ltd – later renamed Apple Operations Europe – made its money from three sources: technology, marketing and manufacturing. They claimed only the manufacturing element related to the Irish branch.Revenue officials agreed that all profits attributable to the manufacturing activity would be subject to a ceiling of between $30 million $40 million.According to notes from a 1990 meeting with the Irish tax authority, cited by the EU, an Apple adviser “confessed there was no scientific basis for the figure”.“However the figure was of such magnitude that he hoped it would be seen to be a bona-fide proposal,” the notes said.Written by Paul O’Donoghue and posted on Fora.ie
Cryosat2 un satellite pour étudier lévolution des glacesCryosat2 un satellite pour étudier lévolution des glaces
Cryosat-2 : un satellite pour étudier l’évolution des glacesCinq ans après l’échec d’une première mission glaciaire, l’Agence spatiale européenne (Esa) s’apprête à lancer le satellite Cryosat-2. Sa mission : survoler les régions polaires et étudier l’évolution des glaces de terre et de mer.C’est le 25 février prochain qu’est prévu le lancement du satellite Cryosat-2, cinq ans après la mission Cryosat, qui n’avait pas pu aboutir en raison d’une défaillance du lanceur.À lire aussiLes images d’un incroyable phénomène sous-marin aperçu sous l’Antarctique (Vidéo)Le satellite a été entièrement repensé et amélioré, et c’est de Baïkonour, au Kazakhstan, qu’il doit décoller à bord d’un lanceur Dnepr. Cryosat-2, en orbite polaire, aura pour mission de suivre pendant trois ans l’évolution des banquises polaires et des calottes glaciaires du Groenland et de l’Antarctique.Équipé d’un altimètre-radar de haute précision, le satellite mesurera la hauteur des glaces de l’Antarctique, de l’Arctique comme celle des banquises et des glaciers de montagnes. Cryosat-2 transmettra chaque jour des données qui permettront aux scientifiques d’étudier les variations de hauteur des glaces au fil des saisons et des années.La précision de ces mesures sera assurée par le système Doris qui “donne le positionnement précis du satellite sur son orbite, au centimètre près. En combinant cette altitude et la mesure altimétrique, qui donne la distance entre le satellite et la surface de la glace, on en déduit l’épaisseur des calottes glaciaires” explique Albert Auriol, responsable Doris au Cnes. Ce système permettra par ailleurs de mesurer en temps réel l’altitude de Cryosat-2 et ainsi de l’aider à maintenir sa position. “Une première sur un satellite”, se félicite Albert Auriol.Le 12 février 2010 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrin
Manchester City are back at the top of the Premier League after beating Everton 3-1 after a Gabriel Jesus braceAfter suffering their first league defeat of the 2018/19 campaign last weekend at Chelsea, Manchester City have bounced back to reclaim top spot from Liverpool in the standings.Things got off to a slow start at the Etihad Stadium with Richarlison coming closest to opening the scoring for Everton after volleying over Lucas Digne’s cross.The visitors nearly scored an own goal when defender Michael Keane almost put Ilkay Gundogan’s cross past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.However, Everton soon conceded when summer recruit Yerry Mina gave the ball away while attempting a back pass that enabled Leroy Sane to set-up Jesus for City’s opener.The pair teamed up again for City’s second with Sane’s cross enabling Jesus to head the ball past Pickford just five minutes after the break.Pochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.In the 65th-minute, Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton by heading in Digne’s cross.But Raheem Sterling, who was named the Premier League’s Player of the Month for November, sealed the win with City’s third of the game just moments after coming on.The victory moves City back into first-place in the Premier League for the time being with Liverpool to play Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.Team Line-UpMan City (4-3-3): Ederson, Walker, Otamendi, Lapotre, Delph, Bernardo, Gundogan, Fernandinho, Mahrez (De Bruyne 75′), Sane (Sterling 66′), Jesus.Everton (5-4-1): Pickford, Coleman (Walcott 57′), Keane, Zouma, Mina, Digne, Gomes, Sigurdsson (Davies 81′), Bernard (Lookman 57′), Calvert-Lewin, Richarlison
MIAMI (WSVN) – One of four teens accused of bringing a gun to Miami Norland Senior High appeared in court on Thursday.Police arrested him and three other students after officers found a gun in a car parked on the school’s Miami Gardens campus.A judge found probable cause to charge all four students.Their next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 28.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Samir Husni to Launch Magazine Innovation Center in AugustSamir Husni to Launch Magazine Innovation Center in August
One of the center’s first goals, he said, would be to come up with new ways for magazine distribution.Since posting a note about the idea for the innovation center on his blog last week, Husni said he has received 120 e-mails from people who “are very interested” in participating. The post—entitled “Once again the American publishing model proves to be DEAD”—was born out of frustration over the shuttering of Hallmark magazine, despite showing significant growth in advertising and circulation.“I saw that, and said ‘This is it, it’s time to do this,’” he said.Husni is seeking $1 million to jump-start the center, and said he has already spoken to many CEOs interested in the project.While Husni has yet to seek the assistance of associations like the Magazine Publishers of America, he would welcome their help. “Would they rather spend $4.7 million on an advertising campaign that got them nothing, or $250,000 on the Magazine Innovation Center?” Samir Husni, the University of Mississippi professor known as “Mr. Magazine,” is relinquishing his duties as chairman of the journalism department at the school on June 30, and will not seek the role of dean.Instead, Husni is launching the Magazine Innovation Center, a non-profit think tank of sorts, and says he will devote the remaining years of his professional career to furthering the future of print.The center, which will be housed at the University of Mississippi, will launch in August, Husni said.“As an industry, we’re so cocooned in what we are doing,” Husni told FOLIO:. “We’re going to use this as a base, a think tank, where we’ll bring in people from publishing, advertising, and printing from all over the world—away from the daily grind of New York or other major cities—to spend three or four days here working on a specific problem.”
Lawsuit Dismissed Against Rolling Stone Over Campus Rape CoverageLawsuit Dismissed Against Rolling Stone Over Campus Rape Coverage
Rolling Stone won in court Tuesday as a judge dismissed a defamation suit regarding a since-retracted campus rape story. The lawsuit alleged that defendants Rolling Stone, Wenner Media, and reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely published information that could reasonably match the plaintiffs to the alleged rapists in the now-infamous story. Reuters reported that U.S. District Judge Kevin Castel in Manhattan dismissed the case because the details in the story were “too vague and remote” to point to plaintiffs George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler. The story quickly brought criticism upon the Rolling Stone brand following reports that discredited the key source in the article. The Washington Post published an investigation on facts in the article, and in place of the original article, Rollingstone.com now features The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report on how Rolling Stone errored during the reporting, editing, and fact-checking processes. This isn’t the first time that Rolling Stone content has invited controversy. In 2013, the magazine featured Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Earlier this year, it published an interview with known drug-cartel leader El Chapo, a contentious move that was seen by some as an attempt to regain credibility following the campus rape article. The article in question, “A Rape on Campus,” was published in print and online in December 2014. The original story attracted more than 2.7 million views online, according to the lawsuit. Rolling Stone was founded by Jann Wenner in 1967. Wenner Media, a private company, also publishes Us Weekly and Men’s Journal.
3000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight States Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife3000 Pounds of Auctioned Antlers Highlight States Role Managing Trafficked Wildlife
Handsome antlers sold for around $175 a pair. Auction buyers often sell raw antlers to artists to use as raw material. Smaller pieces that were cut up for easier transport were kept in plastic totes and auctioned by the pound. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)The Alaska Department of Fish and Game held its annual “Hide and Horn” auction Sunday, selling off all the leftover animal products the state comes to possess while managing Alaska’s wildlife. The auction is not only a Fur Rondy tradition, but part of how the state manages its wildlife resources.Download AudioThis year, an unprecedented number of caribou antlers went to bid, the result of a trafficking case stretching from Juneau to the Northwest Arctic community of Selawik.Just past the fairgrounds in downtown Anchorage, crowds of people strolled between dozens of bear hides, sheep capes, and bundles of caribou antlers duck-taped together, resembling thigh-high tumbleweeds. On stage, helpers hoisted spindly, branch-like antlers high overhead while the auctioneer coaxed patrons towards $150 or $175 a set.“I’m owner of Knight’s Taxidermy here in Anchorage, Alaska,” said Russell Knight, “and I’m down here to buy bear hides, horns and antlers, and anything else I can get.”Lots of 10 antlers fetched as much as $750. Size, quality, and age all played a role in bidding. Not all the antlers came from the same harvest season. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Knight and many of the more aggressively bidders are professional buyers, loading up on supplies for taxidermy, handicrafts, and fine arts at relatively low prices. This is the state’s largest auction of wildlife products, and is part of Anchorage’s annual Fur Rondy celebration.Richard Person is the head of the Southcentral Chapter of the Alaska Trappers Association, and explained the origins of Fur Rondy—short for ‘fur rendezvous.’ “Traditionally a rendezvous would be where the hunters and trappers would come together, drink a lot of whiskey, and sell their pelts.”The Trappers Association has won the contract to put on the auction for the state the last few years, and Person believes it is one of the few ways the state is able to share some of its rarest resources with residents.“It gives a chance for regular folks who don’t have an opportunity maybe to take one of these animals in a hunting situation to come and still participate and own a piece of Alaska…that is unique,” Person said.This year’s auction is especially unique. The state had 3,000 pounds of caribou antlers for sale, about five times the usual.Most are from just one criminal case.Nome-based Wildlife Trooper Brian Miller was stationed flew to Kotzebue in 2011 to investigate reports of an outside buyer shipping huge quantities of antlers to the road system on a commercial freight plane.“It had been sent from the village of Selawik,” Miller recalled. “Prior to the shipping from the village it had been wrapped up on pallets. Stacks of antlers wrapped in plastic, probably about four to five feet high.”It is illegal to buy or sell raw antlers that were not naturally shed in the Northwest Arctic Borough, where caribou are a key subsistence stock. That regulation came after pressure from antler merchants in the ‘80s and ‘90s led to a troubling wave of wanton waste cases along the banks of the Kobuk and Noatak rivers.In the 2011 case, the state brought 22 misdemeanor charges against Harbor Stanton of Copper Center, whose trip, according to charging documents, was financed for $10,5000 by Ivory Jack’s Trading company in Juneau.“I’ve not come across that before or since,” said Miller of the several pallets recovered both in Kotzebue and Selawik. Many of the antlers had been split into pieces by a band-saw to make them easier to transport.Stanton settled the case in July of 2014. He was fined $500 dollars and forfeited the antlers.Which begs the question: what is the state to do when it suddenly acquires 2,000 pounds of illegal caribou antlers?Since they do not need to be fleshed or sealed like hides, they head straight to a warehouse until they find a new home.Approximately 50 bear hides were sold, along with pelts from beavers, wolves, dall sheep, and even a musk ox hide. At least two musk oxen were destroyed in Defense of Life and Property this year, with more taken as part of an expanded hunt to deal with a nuisance population near Nome. ADF&G permitted out those musk oxen mounts to facilities in Ketchican and Homer. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKA)Wildlife Technician Jim Holmes is with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. It is his job to wrangle the full force of the state’s bureaucracy when it comes to sharing wildlife resources–even the ones obtained in unfortunate circumstances.“Typically, throughout the year I get requests from schools, museums, educational facilities, visitor centers–places like that–who are requesting these items for educational purposes,” Holmes said, sitting in his office near to the many mounts and skulls decorating the ADF&G building in Anchorage.Holmes estimates the annual auction is just one percent of his total workload. Most of the time he arranges for road-kill, animals taken out of season, or in Defense of Life and Property, to be taxidermied or tanned, then redistributed to public areas where residents can view them.The auction usually brings between $40,000 and $60,000 in revenue, which covers the costs of handling all the horns and hides the department manages in the course of a year.
Strive to meet peoples expectations RTC staff told DharmanaStrive to meet peoples expectations RTC staff told Dharmana
Srikakulam: To compete with private travels and transport vehicles, the APSRTC should make efforts to improve its services in rural areas and other important routes, said Roads and Buildings Minister Dharmana Krishna Das. Launching ‘ultra-technology Telugu-Velugu’ bus services along with Legislative Assembly Speaker T Sitaram from Srikakulam to Pathapatnam at Bobbili in Srikakulam bus complex on Saturday, he said at present, three buses were allotted for Pathapatnam and two buses for Bobbili. Also Read – 20L construction workers lost livelihood in AP: TDP Advertise With Us The Minister said that RTC should work to meet the expectations of people and needs to improve its frequency of services in important routes to improve occupancy rate and to get public image. Stating that the government is keen on RTC development, he said the RTC officials and staff needs to work with commitment to compete on par with private travels and transport operators. Government is looking to improve RTC services in rural and remote areas where transport facilities are less, minister reiterated.
Here are some of the best queer prom pictures from 2018Here are some of the best queer prom pictures from 2018
4.Best thing that’s ever been mine #Prom2018 pic.twitter.com/W3hgqNITRV— ℬ (@bxpxjz_) April 17, 2018Those dresses slay.5.Ladies loving ladies | Photo: Instagram @bos_lezcouples20186.Queer prom is the best | Photo: Instagram @jude.de.dudeSome people also attended queer proms, which are becoming increasingly popular.7.The Pose | Photo: Instagram @lil.red.boyAlways gotta do The Pose.8.Lookin’ good | Photo: Instagram @dustreaper9.Power couple | Photo: Instagram @burritofemmeQueer power couples, indeed.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Forget all your bad dances: this inclusive Brighton prom is beautiful and queer AFLesbian couple told they can now attend Alabama school prom togetherWhat happened when a group of bros in New Jersey yelled at this gay couple?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/best-queer-prom-pictures-2018/ A couple posing for prom photos | Photo: Twitter @macydanley22 It is spring once again and that means one thing — it’s prom season. GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… As high schools across the United States start wrapping up their years, with students impatiently waiting for summer, seniors are attending the night they’ve been waiting for.Prom is a Big Deal (something Hollywood has repeatedly told us). It’s a night for high school seniors to dress to the nines, dance their hearts out, and celebrate the end of one chapter and beginning of another.It all starts with the elaborate proposals, which can sometimes have consequences for LGBTQ students, and leads up to the big night.This year, students really did dress to impress.Here are some of the flashiest and great queer prom photos from this year.1.The swimmer and the football star | Photo: Instagram @jake.bainJake Bain and Hunter Sigmund are graduating seniors at John Burroughs High School in Missouri.Bain is a football player and Sigmund is a swimmer. Don’t they make the cutest couple?2.my better half , my saving grace #prom2018 pic.twitter.com/5Tn1dcsvkv— mace (@macydanley22) April 14, 2018‘My better half, my saving grace.’Talk about swoon-worthy.3.She suits me #Prom2018 pic.twitter.com/d0NvGEVxfg— Marin (@haigoodmarin) April 16, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Marlon Michael is a personal trainer / bodybuilder who likes nothing more than to help people transform their physique and ultimately achieve the body of their dreams.Born and raised in Ladysmith, Marlon moved to Durban 10 years ago and that was where his love for bodybuilding and personal training began. The muscular personal trainer began working out at Virgin Active, Durban, where he claims he got all the experience he has acquired.“When I initially started training, my goal was not to lose weight, but actually to gain it,” smiles Marlon. Now back in Ladysmith, the enthusiastic personal instructor has his own gym called ‘Ultimate Fitness Club’, where he trains people and also advises those who seek personal training for faster and efficient results. Marlon’s inspiration for bodybuilding comes from the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) superstar Goldberg. He even has a poster of Goldberg stuck on his office wall.“My greatest pleasure in the gym is when a client walks out with overwhelming satisfaction about the transformation of their body when they reach their ultimate goal,” explains Marlon.Ultimate Fitness Club has been operational for almost five years now, and keeps growing as more and more people join in search of physical perfection.“Training is good for people, as it promotes a healthy lifestyle. It is also good for the mind, as you get to release stress. For anybody who wishes to start training, I would like to urge them to do so entirely with a passion and enthusiasm to work hard.”He concludes that training is not fun and games; it gets really hard, so people should be aware of the work that needs to be put in.
Australia trying to verify death of citizen fighting in IraqAustralia trying to verify death of citizen fighting in Iraq
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Reports that an Australian, notorious for holding up the severed heads of Syrian victims, has been killed fighting in Iraq have raised the potential for his young family to be repatriated from the Middle East, Australia’s foreign minister said on Tuesday.Australian intelligence agencies were attempting to verify the recent deaths of Australians Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar in the Islamic State-held city of Mosul in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said. Both men were seen in photographs posted on social media holding heads of Syrians. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Parents, stop beating yourself up Nettleton’s father, Peter Nettleton, said his son-in-law’s reported death filled him with joy.“I was ecstatic when I heard he was dead. It’s great news.” Peter Nettleton told The Daily Telegraph newspaper.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Top Stories The difference between men and women when it comes to pain New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The law would automatically strip the citizenship of dual nationals convicted of terrorism offenses or suspected of serious terrorism-related offenses.Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the government was considering making the law retroactive so that terrorists already convicted could be deported on release from prison. The law could apply in future to Australians who were not dual nationals but could apply for citizenship from a parent’s homeland.The government estimates that up to half of about 120 Australians who have traveled to Iraq and Syria to fight for the Islamic State movement are dual citizens.The government has also passed contentious new laws that make it a criminal offense to even visit Mosul or the Islamic State movement’s Syrian stronghold of al-Raqqa province, where the Sharrouf family was thought to be based.Sharrouf was among nine Muslim men accused in 2007 of stockpiling bomb-making materials and plotting terrorist attacks in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities. He pleaded guilty to terrorism offenses in 2009 and served less than four years in prison.Sharrouf slipped out of Australia in late 2013 using his brother’s passport because his own had been canceled. Nettleton later took their children to Syria to reunite with her husband. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments Share Fairfax Media newspapers reported last month that the Australian family of Sharrouf’s Muslim-convert wife, Tara Nettleton, was trying to help her bring her three young boys and two teenage daughters from Syria home to Sydney.Sharrouf’s 7-year-old son horrified the world a year ago when he was photographed holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier by the hair.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described it as “one of the most disturbing, stomach-turning, grotesque photographs ever displayed.”Bishop said the Sharrouf’s death would have to be verified before Australia considers repatriating the family.“We understand that there are family members in Syria or Iraq and should these reports be verified, then we will try to be in contact with them,” Bishop told Australian Broadcasting Corp.But the government will not guarantee that the family can return.“It would depend very much on the circumstances and the advice that we receive from our intelligence agencies at the time,” Bishop told ABC.Sydney-born Sharrouf, who was also a Lebanese national, was a prime target of legislation to be introduced to Parliament on Wednesday that would allow terrorists who are dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. Check your body, save your life
Go back to the enewsletterDevelopers of the new, low-speed Airlander vehicle believe Australia is a prime candidate for the airborne luxury expeditionary tourism sector. Last month Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), in partnership with Design Q, revealed details of the passenger cabin of its 18-guest floating aircraft, dubbed Airlander 10.Speaking exclusively with LATTE, Hybrid Air Vehicles’ Media and Communications Manager Rebecca Zeitlin says that for a number of reasons, Airlander and Australia seem to be a “great fit”.From their office in the UK, Zeitlin explained: “Australia has two really big challenges in tourism. First, there are amazing places to explore, but a lot of them are very hard to reach and far away from existing travel infrastructure. Additionally, tourism is under increasing pressure not to damage the environment, particularly in sensitive places like the Great Barrier Reef.”“Airlander’s capabilities directly address both of these challenges. Because Airlander is not reliant on traditional infrastructure and can take off and land from virtually any flat surface, the aircraft is capable of reaching those far-flung destinations.”“The aircraft’s ability to stay airborne for days also makes it ideally suited to expedition-style trips,” Zeitlin commented.“Airlander is also a much greener way to travel compared to traditional aircraft, particularly helicopters. When we think about flying Airlander from one end of the Great Barrier Reef to the other – which we can do in one trip – while having minimal environmental impact…that’s pretty powerful.”© Hybrid Air VehiclesZeitlin said that the interior of the Airlander 10, which was previewed at the Farnborough International Airshow recently, demonstrates that “all of this can be done in incredible style and comfort. It really brings to life what we mean when we say ‘Re-think the Skies’.”The first vehicle to have type-certified aircraft in service with customers is slated for the early 2020s. “When we reach our full production capacity, we aim to produce 10 to 12 aircraft per year,” she said.Quizzed by LATTE to determine whether Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited had any prospective customers in Australia, Zeitlin said that due to confidentiality she was unable to offer any details on potential customers.“Those potential customers represent a variety of sectors from defence to tourism, as well as several nationalities. We expect that tourism customers will use Airlander 10 to reach destinations all over the globe,” she concluded.© Hybrid Air VehiclesHAV previously flagged plans to bring their aircraft concept to the luxury travel and adventure sector, saying “the wide-ranging and unique capabilities of Airlander mean the company can provide a brand new option forhigh-end, luxury tourism.”“The ability to stay aloft for days at a time, in virtual silence, with floor-to-ceiling windows and fresh air make Airlander perfect for cruising in exceptional locations. Using innovative technology, Airlander 10 is the first in a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft. Though potentially capable of staying in the air for weeks at a time, it is her ability to land anywhere that truly sets her apart from traditional aircraft,” HAV said late last year.© Airlander campaign imageryAll images used with permission. Lead image, Airlander campaign imagery.Go back to the enewsletter
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