Lucknow: BSP president Mayawati Tuesday attacked the Union government for resorting to “half-baked” demonetisation in 2016 and asked if the BJP would apologise for its “economic emergency” which compelled “rural masses to work as labourers”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016, had banned the old Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination notes with immediate effect. In a tweet, Mayawati said “Capitalists & super-rich may not have (been) affected much from the economic emergency of half-baked ‘notebandi’ but rural masses which is real India had (been) affected by it worst. People were forced to return to their villages and work as daily wagers for survival. Will the BJP apologise?” Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details In an earlier tweet, she blamed both the Congress and BJP governments for the poverty and unemployment in the country. “The curse of poverty and unemployment prevalent all around in the country is the result of wrong policies of the Congress and BJP governments. This problem can be resolved only by giving work to each hand as per the BSP policy and firm resolve which was given shape by extending employment to lakhs among the sarv samaj by my governments in UP,” she said.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — A New Jersey judge refused to block the Miss America Organization from carrying out changes to some of its state pageant leadership groups, even as he called on both sides to try to work out their differences.Superior Court Michael Blee on Friday urged four state pageant groups that had their licenses terminated to try to reach an agreement with the parent group.But he also determined that the state groups did not demonstrate that they have a significant chance of prevailing at a trial. That was a central reason he did not issue an order the state groups had sought preventing the parent group from replacing some of them.The Miss America Organization called the ruling “complete and total victory,” adding it has the “green light” to move forward with its management of the group.“We are pleased that the new licensees in these states can continue their work unencumbered by these meritless legal challenges,” the statement said.Numerous state groups have been battling national Miss America leadership over the way the organization is being run.Last year, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Georgia filed a lawsuit seeking restoration of the situation that existed before Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and CEO Regina Hopper assumed leadership of the group.On Friday, Blee urged both sides to try mediation before deciding whether a trial might be scheduled.“Try to reach a possible amicable solution,” the judge said after a nearly three hour hearing in Atlantic City, not far from where the pageant is held every September. “I strongly suggest you think about that.”Blee made his suggestion after denying a request from the four state organizations for an order that would have barred the Miss America Organization from terminating their licenses or soliciting new state leaders until the court case has been completed. The judge noted that his ruling was a preliminary one, and that the case would continue.New Jersey and Florida had their licenses restored after appeals to the national group.The lawsuit, filed last December, asserted “an illegal and bad-faith takeover” of the pageant by current national leaders.“We’re not fighting over money,” said Paul Perkins, an attorney for the state groups and for Jennifer Vaden Barth, a former board member. “We’re fighting for the survival of an institution.”Tim Davis, an attorney for the Miss America Organization, said the group is within its rights to license — or not license — state groups. He said many opponents cannot accept that the pageant, under Carlson and Hopper, eliminated the swimsuit competition last year.“There’s a vocal minority that is unwilling to accept change,” he said. “The change that the new leadership is trying to bring about is moving it away from a competition in which a young woman is judged on her looks and physical appearance. People don’t like change; that’s what this is all about.”Perkins disputed characterization of the opponents as a minority, saying that 46 out of 50 state organizations eventually called for new national leadership of the Miss America Organization.___Follow Wayne Parry at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACWayne Parry, The Associated Press
SAINT JOHN, N.B. — Irving Oil says a “major incident” happened at its oil refinery in Saint John, N.B., this morning.The company did not provide details, but numerous photos and videos posted to social media show fire and a thick plume of black smoke coming from the refinery.One Facebook user living nearby reported feeling a “bed-shaking explosion” at around 10:15 a.m.Irving says on Twitter that they are “actively assessing the situation” and they will share more information when it becomes available.Saint John Police tweeted that they were responding to the incident, and asked people to stay away from the area.The Canadian Press
‘Kong’ outmuscles ‘Logan’ to become king of the box office This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from, “Kong: Skull Island.” (Warner Bros. Pictures via AP) LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It was a battle of the beasts at the box office this weekend, and King Kong emerged as the definitive victor over Wolverine.According to studio estimates Sunday, “Kong: Skull Island” amassed $61 million in its first weekend in theatres, surpassing expectations and easily beating out “Logan,” which is now in its second weekend.Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s the second in the planned “monster universe” following the latest “Godzilla,” which grossed $529.1 million worldwide in 2014.Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.’ head of domestic distribution, said the weekend “far exceeded everyone’s expectations,” and he predicts Monday actuals might come in higher than the estimated $61 million. The film, which earned a B CinemaScore overall, was graded stronger by younger audiences, many of whom will have extra days off soon for spring break.“The world of mouth is really kicking in,” Goldstein said.Costing a reported $185 million to produce, “Kong” still has work to be done, however, to reach profitability, and much of that will depend on international earnings. This weekend it topped international charts as well with $81.6 million from 66 territories.“They had a solid weekend. But they’re going to be looking for a half-billion worldwide to make it a certifiable hit,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box office tracker comScore.Fox’s “Logan” took second place, down around 58 per cent from its first weekend with $37.9 million. The R-rated pic, which sees Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the X-Men character Wolverine, has earned $152.7 million in total.In third place, “Get Out,” the buzzy horror film directed by Jordan Peele, added $21.1 million, pushing its sum to $111 million in just three weeks.With a price tag of only $4.5 million, the movie is a certifiable hit for Blumhouse and Universal and continues to remain prominently in the conversation up against films with much larger production and marketing budgets behind them.Rounding out the top five were the faith-based movie “The Shack,” with $10.1 million, and “The Lego Batman Movie” with $7.8 million.The strong weekend nudged the year to date out of the red, too, and even at this early date, Dergarabedian thinks the box office might be headed for yet another record year based on the number of releases.Next week shows no sign of slowing, either, with Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” poised to earn well over $100 million out of the gate.“It’s a March of beasts for sure,” said Dergarabedian.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday1.”Kong: Skull Island,” $61 million ($81.6 million international).2.”Logan,” $37.9 million ($70 million international).3.”Get Out,” $21.1 million.4.”The Shack,” $10.1 million.5.”The Lego Batman Movie,” $7.8 million ($5.1 million international).6.”Before I Fall,” $3.1 million ($265,000 international).7.”Hidden Figures,” $2.8 million ($5.1 million international).8.”John Wick: Chapter Two,” $2.7 million ($2.5 million international).9.”MET Opera: La Traviata,” $1.8 million ($1.8 million international).10.”La La Land,” $1.8 million ($6.8 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Kong: Skull Island,” $81.6 million.2. “Logan,” $70 million.3. “A Dog’s Purpose,” $22.4 million.4. “Badrinath Ki Dulhania,” $9.6 million.5. “Moana,” $7 million.6. “La La Land,” $6.8 million.7. “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter,” $6.5 million.8. “Sing,” $5.7 million.9. “Fifty Shades Darker,” $5.2 million.10. “Hidden Figures,” $5.1 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahr by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 12, 2017 1:27 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A fresco from a chapel in northern Italy depicts the ‘Judas kiss’Credit:AP Photo Shrugging off the “sackcloth and ashes” image of clergy’s puritan forebears, it argues that – despite criticism of the industry over size zero models and cases of sweatshop factories – fashion and design are ultimately an expression of God-given creativity.In one extract, the Church’s de-facto catwalk chaplain says fashion designers have told him that they draw inspiration from church interiors, stained glass windows and even Jesus’s cloaks. The Rev Peterson Feital, the Diocese of London’s “Missioner to the Creative Industries”, said many had been drawn to the “beautiful clothes” Jesus is often depicted wearing.“Designers ask me about fashion,” said the Brazilian-born Rev Feital, who also runs “Haven+” a charity working with people in the fashion and entertainment industries. Admittedly, his face has adorned more religious imagery than any other in history.But now Jesus is being put forward as an icon of an entirely different sort – in the world of fashion.The Church of England has given its blessing to London Fashion Week with an official video making the Biblical case for the clothing industry. The Rev Peterson Feital Stained glass church windows have inspired fashion designersCredit:Duncan Lomax/Ravage Productions Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “They are all so interested when they walk into a church building or a cathedral and they see the stained glass windows and what they see there are beautiful figures and Jesus wearing beautiful clothes – a cloak and all that kind of stuff.“So right there in the centre of our worship there are so many elements in which fashion belongs in that conversation between church and culture.” Simon Ward, a former chief operating officer of the British Fashion Council, said that despite questions about how aspects of the industry operate and the “image it conveys”, he was convinced fashion itself is divinely inspired.“He’s a God of creativity, and fashion is just one of those areas that really focuses on creativity,” he said.“And what did He do first? He created the seasons, so the idea that fashion changes a lot again I think reflects God’s heart. “All the way through the Bible clothing and fashion imagery jump out of the pages at us. In the New Testament the first Christian in Europe was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth … The image we get of Jesus in heaven is what he’s wearing, with a gold sash around his chest, and then the New Jerusalem comes down; what are we told about it? – ‘dressed as a bride’.“So I think God and fashion really are closely linked and if we think that they’re not we’re getting it wrong.” A stained glass window at Rochester Cathedral depicts the resurrection of JesusCredit:Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Named after Africa’s most deadly snake, the world’s first female anti-poaching unit have won international acclaim for their work protecting rhinos. This is perhaps no mistake, given that the team was chosen not only to change attitudes towards poaching but also to the role of women. … But what is not known is that behind the scenes there is a team of British women who are quietly dedicating their lives and their expertise to make sure that they South Africa’s Black Mambas are a success. Everything from the tactical training, the finances, and running the operations room which co-ordinates the Mambas movements on the ground – all traditionally male roles – are being run by women from the UK.
Jerome Boateng may not have it easy to get back into the Germany team under Joachim Low, reckons Lothar MatthausThe Bayern Munich defender was left out of Germany’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures with Russia on Thursday and Netherlands four days later.Amid struggles for form and fitness this season, Boateng explained that the need for a break was behind his omission from the German squad.But Matthaus, who captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup title, suggests that Boateng’s days with the national side could be over.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“It could well be that this is a very long break for Jerome Boateng in the German national team, as long as Low is in charge there,” Matthaus told Sky.“I think that’s because of several factors. First, of course, the sporting achievements of the last few months.“I can well imagine that the national coach did not like that, that Jerome left injured after the 3-0 defeat in Holland last month, and then completed a full training session at FC Bayern on the day of the France match a few days later.”Boateng has made 11 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season.
Almost all (92%) of respondents believe that it was a good idea for the government to introduce auto-enrolment, according to research by Hargreaves Lansdown.Its survey of 635 employees, which marks almost three years since auto-enrolment’s initial implementation in October 2012, also found that just 30% of respondents are aware of their retirement options.The study also found:70% feel their understanding of pensions has improved since being auto-enrolled into a pension for the first time.83% of respondents are aware of how much they are contributing to their pension, yet 61% do not feel this is sufficient for a comfortable retirement.75% of respondents do not know when they will retire.55% of respondents do not know where their pension pot is invested.Nathan Long, head of corporate pensions research at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “Auto-enrolment has not simply dumped more people into pensions; it has also improved the understanding of employees about saving for retirement.“While it is good news that people are not kidding themselves that auto-enrolment alone will be sufficient, there are clearly reasons why these people do not feel able to save more which the government should look to address.”
More than three quarters (88%) of respondents who have experienced mental health problems in the last five years have been through times where they felt distressed at work, according to research by Unum and the Mental Health Foundation.The survey of 1,000 people who have experienced mental health problems and 1,000 line managers, also found that 49% of respondents who have had a mental health problem in the last five years have come to work while experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.The research also found:39% of line manager respondents with no history of mental health problems have felt distressed in the workplace.5% of line manager respondents who have not experienced a mental health problem have gone to work with suicidal thoughts or feelings.85% of line manager respondents with lived experience of mental health problems have gone to work while feeling stressed, upset or depressed.Liz Walker (pictured), HR director at Unum UK, said: “Many employees don’t feel comfortable discussing mental health in the workplace, and employers often wait for awareness days like Blue Monday before openly discussing mental wellbeing. Line management plays a critical role in this by educating, supporting and communicating the support available for those who may be in need.“Employers should support mental health all year round, and communicate to their staff the care available via their employee benefits packages.”Jenny Edwards, CBE, chief executive officer at the Mental Health Foundation, added: “Blue Monday is a bit of an exaggeration, let’s remember that any day might be a blue day for our staff. Distress at work is not limited to those with diagnosed mental health problems. This is why businesses need to take a whole [organisation] approach to addressing mental health within the workplace.”
Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: TV and Movies Digital Media Catastrophe returns to Amazon for its fourth season March 15. Amazon March is practically here, so you know what that means? (Easter? Nope. That’s not till April. I just checked.) A new month means new movies and shows coming to Amazon Prime. And I have to admit, unless you’re a die-hard Little House on the Prairie fan, the offerings are a bit underwhelming. However, one premiere has me so excited I’m practically jumping up and down. The fourth season of Catastrophe hits Amazon on March 15! It’s been nearly two years since the last season was released. Yes, I know good things are worth the wait. But the wait is finally over!If you’re looking for a good laugh, I recommend checking out the original 2007 Death at a Funeral. Or there’s the mediocre, but always enjoyable, Ashley Judd thriller Double Jeopardy. And on March 22 you can catch Cold War, which is nominated for three Academy Awards. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch it before the Oscar ceremony on Sunday. Post a comment What’s new to stream in March 2019 Netpicks Tags Available on Amazon Prime, March 2019March TBDMade in HeavenMarch 1Boston Legal, Seasons 1-5Little House on the Prairie, Seasons 1-9The Practice, Seasons 1-9The Unit, Seasons 1-4The Widow, Season 1A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (E per tetto un cielo di stelle) (1968)A Woman Possessed (1958)Abduction (2017)Amelia’s 25th (2013)American Beauty (1999)Baba Yaga (1973)Basic Instinct 2 (2006)Big Night (1996)Black Cat (Gatto nero) (1981)Black Sheep (1996)Boomerang (1992)Carpool (1996)City of the Living Dead (Paura nella città dei morti viventi) (1980)Death at a Funeral (2007)Deep Red (Profondo rosso) (1975)Double Jeopardy (1999)Dude, Where’s My Dog?! (2014)Enter the Invincible Hero (Heugpyobigaeg) (1977)From Beneath (2012)Jig (2011)Karl Rove, I Love You (2007)La clave (2008)Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (No profanar el sueño de los muertos) (1974)Lone and Angry Man (Una bara per lo sceriffo) (1965)Chinese Hercules (Ma tou da jue dou) (1973)Major Payne (1995)A Man Called Blade (Mannaja) (1977)Mary Loss of Soul (2014)Murimgori (1982)Nacho Libre (2006)Overkill (1987)P.O.E.: Project of Evil (2012)Prison Girls (1972)Rambo III (1988)Ride Out for Revenge (1957)Setup (2011)So Young So Bad (1950)Still Waiting… (2009)Tapeheads (1988)The American (2010)The Apple (1980)The Bank Job (2008)The Chumscrubber (2005)The Crazies (1973)The Dead and the Damned (2011)The Four of the Apocalypse (I quattro dell’apocalisse) (1975)The Invincible Armour (Ying zhao tie bu shan) (1977)The Mighty Quinn (1989)The New York Ripper (Lo squartatore di New York) (1982)UFO (2018)Us and the Game Industry (2014)Valerie (1957)Vice Squad (1982)Waiting… (2005)Woman Avenger (Shi mei chu ma) (1980)Xue lian huan (1977)Yin yang xie di zi (1977)You Did This to Me (2016)March 8Costume Quest, Season 1Tin Star, Season 2I Can Only Imagine (2018)March 10Middle Men (2009)March 11The Royals, Season 4March 12Acrimony (2018)Colette (2018)March 15Catastrophe, Season 4March 16Speed Kills (2018)March 22The Stinky & Dirty Show, Season 2Cold War (2018)Leng zhan (2000)March 29Hanna, Season 1The Domestics (2018)American Renegades (2017)March 30Outlaws (2019)For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to CNET sister site TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming.Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Amazon Prime Amazon 0 2:09
Elephant caught on video mysteriously ‘breathing smoke’ Ancient mammoth DNA could help save threatened elephants #Canada! In recognition of #WorldElephantDay join us in asking #Ottawa to ban the legal trade in #elephant #ivory See our op-ed in today’s @globeandmail https://t.co/ns75sVGR09 #WorldElephantDay2019 #IvoryFreeCanada @cathmckenna @JustinTrudeau pic.twitter.com/ZclJvvQ15h— Jane Goodall 🇨🇦 (@JaneGoodallCAN) August 12, 2019 Share your voice Splish, splash, baby elephants takin’ a bath! 💦💦Happy #WorldElephantDay! 🌏🐘😍 pic.twitter.com/Wl2c3jGTua— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) August 12, 2019 These three African elephants live in a zoo in Germany, but their wild counterparts are in danger from the ivory trade. Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert/picture alliance via Getty Images August 12 is a day for big ideas about big animals. World Elephant Day stomped onto the scene in 2012 as a way to raise awareness about conservation efforts for Asian and African elephants. Anthropologist Jane Goodall, known for her work with chimpanzees, is using this day to call on the government of Canada to ban the country’s legal trade in elephant ivory. Today is #WorldElephantDay! Help @WildlifeSOS spread the word that riding elephants on vacation supports abuse. #RefusetoRide. https://t.co/3KqmdRCA8i— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) August 12, 2019 The elephant conservation efforts are serious and challenging, but there’s also a lot of love for the intelligent giants. So please enjoy this tweet from UK wildlife charity Chester Zoo showing baby elephants taking a bath. William Shatner of Star Trek fame put his voice behind Goodall’s Canadian ivory ban efforts. Comments Online A spider’s erection, and other cool things trapped in amber The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List of threatened animals lists the African elephant as vulnerable and the Asian elephant as endangered.Celebrities are taking to Twitter to share the news about World Elephant Day. Actor Ricky Gervais tweeted about Refuse to Ride, an organization seeking to end the tourist practice of riding elephants. 2 The elephant ivory trade is still legal within Canada! Tell the government to stop contributing to the decimation of this keystone species. Please S&S the https://t.co/Zt1maTH3la petition today to get 500,000 signatures by #WorldElephantDay #PPT pic.twitter.com/icoyNUZUDr— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) August 12, 2019 Elephant matters 20 Photos Tags “Since 1980, the number of elephants in Africa has fallen from 1.3 million to just over 400,000. Currently an estimated 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory,” says the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada. Goodall is asking for signatures for a petition to ban the sale of ivory in Canada. It’s currently up to nearly 450,000 supporters with a goal of 500,000.
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 @aprn.Download AudioWalker Aims To Ramp Up Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline ProjectAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauWhen Gov. Bill Walker was elected, there were questions about the fate of the Alaska Stand Alone Pipeline project. The proposed $10 billion state-owned gasline was viewed as a backup plan to the large line currently being pursued alongside the North Slope producers, but Walker had criticized the project as being redundant.Now, Walker not only plans to keep the ASAP project alive – he wants to scale up.New Alaska Branch of Americans For Prosperity Campaigns Against Medicaid Expansion Annie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageThe conservative group Americans For Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, recently opened an office in Anchorage. They’re working to convince elected officials to support their vision of smaller government. And one of their main priorities this legislative session is defeating Medicaid expansion.Tlingit Masks On ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Draw Questions From Southeast Alaska Margaret Friedenauer, KHNS – HainesA recent episode of the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow” caught the attention of some Southeast residents when a couple of 200-year-old Tlingit masks from Haines appeared on-screen. It sparked the interests of regional Natives and historians and raised questions about how the items ended up in the Midwest.Alaska Tops Gallup’s Index of Well-Being Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCGallup today released its annual Index of Well-Being, and for the first time, Alaska tops the list. The researchers who produce the Gallup-Healthways report say Alaska residents had the highest well-being in the nation in 2014. The Gallup report doesn’t mention that the state has among the highest rates of suicide, sexual assault and other violence. Nonetheless, Alaskans working in the social services trenches were inclined to greet news of the report with open arms.Seward Highway Reopened After Rock Slide Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageA rockslide closed the Seward Highway in both directions for about two hours Thursday morning.Tanaina Supporters Appeal To UA Board of Regents Josh Edge, APRN – AnchorageSupporters of the Tanaina Child Development Center appealed on Thursday to the University of Alaska Board of Regents …urging the board to help save the day care center. Tanaina was informed it would need to find a new home late last month, when UAA opted to end an agreement which allowed the childcare facility space on campus.YKEDC Gets Grant to Improve Economy, Housing Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelThe State of Alaska has awarded a grant to the Yukon Kuskokwim Economic Development Council, or YKEDC, for a truss-manufacturing project. If the plan goes forward, local workers would use the region’s wood resources to build frames for highly energy efficient housing.
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 NowMan indicted for January Point Woronzof murdersWesley Early, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAn Anchorage grand jury has indicted a 21-year-old year old man in a double homicide at Anchorage’s Point Woronzof in January of this year.Lake Clark search-and-recovery for missing plane stalled by ice fogDave Bendinger, KDLG – DillinghamBoat operations have been suspended and aircraft grounded by bad weather with no more signs of a single-engine plane presumed to have crashed in southwest Alaska.New Fairbanks program looks to speed up international travelDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksInterior Alaska residents have easier access to a federal program that expedites international travel. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has opened a Global Entry Enrollment Office at Fairbanks International Airport.Anchorage pushing for port, more flexible finances from LegislatureZachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageIn a departure from big wish lists of the past, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz’s legislative request has only one capital budget project. Berkowitz submitted his legislative program to the city’s Assembly on Friday. It’s a wish-list to state law-makers of things the municipality hopes to see in the upcoming session. The administration’s request, also contains a number of law changes designed to give local governments more financial flexibility.UAA volleyball claims second in NCAA Division II national tournamentJosh Edge, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThe women’s volleyball team from the University of Alaska Anchorage had its best-ever finish over the weekend. The Seawolves claimed second place in the NCAA Division 2 National Tournament.Where does the soot come from that peppers Juneau Icefield?Matt Miller, KTOO – JuneauScientists this year started sampling the snow and ice above Southeast Alaska’s glaciers for the particles left from over from forest fires, diesel engines and industrial activity. The particles of black carbon can accelerate warming of glaciers and the atmosphere. The big question is: where does this carbon come from?Beth Kerttula returns to Juneau with message: Time to plan for ocean’s futureAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauFormer Juneau state Rep. Beth Kerttula returned to Alaska this summer after two years serving the White House as director of the National Ocean Council.Funding for new Craig harbor will have to waitEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauA bill on its way to the president’s desk authorizes most of the money needed to build a new boat harbor in Craig. But the funding itself will wait for future congressional action.Few changes made in final Tongass forest plan decisionAaron Bolton, KSTK – WrangellThe Tongass Land Management Plan amendment, a 16-year transition toward young-growth logging, was finalized Friday. Tongass Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart signed the record of decision after considering objections from environmental and industry groups. Some have applauded the decision and others are unsatisfied. But regardless of sides, not much has changed in the Forest Service’s move away from old-growth timber.
“Rakhi has married Ritesh, who is an NRI. She is currently enjoying her honeymoon,” said a message with few pictures of Rakhi Sawant wearing a bridal attire. It has quickly sparked speculations of the diva tying the knot but Rakhi has brushed them aside saying the pictures were for an ad shoot.In an interview with Spotboye, Rakhi said, “Main darr gayi thi, haan maine shaadi kar li hai. I am confirming the news with you today. His name is Ritesh and he is in the UK. In fact, he has already left.””My visa is underway and I will join him. Of course, I shall continue to work whatever I get in India, so will shuttle for that. I always wanted to produce TV shows and I think my long-standing dream will now be fulfilled. I thank Jesus for giving me such a wonderful husband,” she added.She further said, “He was my fan ever since he first saw my first interview with Prabhu Chawla. He whatsapped me. Messaging and then talking to him, we became friends with the passage of time. This happened about a year-and-half back. After knowing him, I prayed very hard to Jesus that I must become his wife. Woh khawish toh poori ho gayi (That dream is now fulfilled). God has been kind to me so far.” Rakhi has shared several pictures from what appears to be her hotel room and restaurant wearing the traditional chooda and vermillion. We congratulate Rakhi Sawant and Ritesh and wish them a happy married life ahead.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Monday that in the year 2018-2019, the state’s performance of credit linkage of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in the Cooperative Sector is the highest in India.”I am very happy to share with all of you that during 2018-2019, West Bengal’s performance of credit linkage of Self-Help Groups in the Cooperative Sector is highest in the country. “As per report of NABARD, West Bengal provided credit to 97, 535 Self Help Groups in the Cooperative Sector, leading to huge creation of employment and income generation, mostly among women,” Banerjee posted on her Facebook page. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister has recently announced a yearly aid of Rs 5,000 for the empowerment of the SHGs in the state. The SHGs registered for a period of one year or more will be entitled to the benefit. The government will spend Rs 500 crore for this purpose. “We are committed to empower and make the poor womenfolk self-reliant both in the urban and rural areas,” a senior official of the SHG department said. It may be mentioned that the bank loan disbursed for the SHGs in the state have gone up noticeably during the Trinamool Congress government. The loan amount that was Rs 553 crore in 2010-11 that went up to Rs 7,000 crore in 2018-19. The state government is also providing a subsidy so that the SHGs have to pay only 2 percent of their bank loan. The number of SHGs which was 4.72 lakh in 2010-11 has more than doubled with an emphasis from the Mamata Banerjee government.
Alan Joyce, the openly gay CEO of Australian airline company Qantas has just been announced as the co-patron of national LGBTI workplace inclusion program, Pride in Diversity. Pride in DiversityPride in Diversity is an employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion. It publishes the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI), the country’s national benchmarking instrument for LGBTI workplace inclusion. The AWEI helps determine who the Top Employers are for LGBTI people.‘Companies have so much to gain when employees bring their whole selves to their job, but I’ve heard too many stories from people who feel they have to devote a lot of energy to hiding a big part of their identity,’ Joyce said.‘The marriage equality result shows us that Australia really does believe in a fair go for all, so we need to take that message to more parts of the community.’Joyce recently topped a list of global LGBTI executives for his role in aviation, but also for being a vocal advocate for marriage equality during Australia’s postal survey on the issue.During the postal survey Joyce donated AU$1 million (US$802,298) of his own money to the ‘Yes’ campaign.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Despite homophobic attacks, airline chief doubles down on equal marriageTennis legend Margaret Court boycotts Qantas Airlines because CEO supports gay marriageUN Human Rights on the Agenda at IGLTA 2018 Convention in TorontoRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/qantas-ceo-alan-joyce-announced-patron-workplace-diversity-program/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Joyce was announced today as co-patron of the program. He will share the role with the Chief Executive of the Business Council of Australia, Jennifer Westacott.Joyce will replace the founding patron of the program former High Court Justice, the Honourable Michael Kirby. He announced he would step down after eight years in the role.The not for profit program is run by LGBTI organization, ACON.Its president, Justin Koonin said Joyce would bring a wealth of experience from the corporate sector into the role.‘Even with the successful passage of marriage equality legislation in 2017, there is still a tremendous amount of work to do, and it is important that in all aspects of Australian life we have outstanding leaders, advocates and allies – including of course within Australia’s major business, governmental and educational institutions,’ Koonin said. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. | Photo: Supplied GAYSTARNEWS-
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