Barcelona director Guillermo Amor has suggested that the club haven’t given up on signing Paul Pogba.The World Cup winner has hit the headlines throughout the summer due to his apparently strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho, despite being named captain for the Red Devils’ opening league match of the season – a 2-1 victory over Leicester.After that game, the France star told reporters that he could not say what he really felt about the situation for fear of being fined , sparking further suggestions that he could depart for Barca. Mourinho, though, has denied such reports as “lies” . Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Camp Nou side have typically distanced themselves from an immediate move for the former Juventus man in recent days, and Goal understands United are unwilling to sell the midfielder this summer .Amor took an alternate stance, however, refusing to rule out the prospect of the 25-year-old arriving before the close of the transfer window on August 31.When asked specifically about Pogba following the 3-0 win over Alaves he told reporters: “We have a good squad now in order to face our objectives, we don’t know what will happen but we have a strong squad.”The debutants have been positive, they have performed to their ability, they are good footballers.”Alaves worked a lot, maybe more defensively and they were well positioned. They didn’t want to score and that the minutes went by and it needed to be Leo with a set-play to get the breakthrough.”Lionel Messi scored twice in that clash, bouncing back impressively after a disappointing World Cup, in which Argentina crashed out in the last-16 stage in a thrilling 4-3 defeat to France.He will not feature for his country in the forthcoming international matches, but Amor does not see it as a big positive for Ernesto Valverde’s squad.”If you look at it like that then maybe but we’ve never had problems that Messi plays for Argentina,” he said.”Messi’s level has not dropped after returning from Argentina. Leo has been here since he was 13 and knows our style of play, he is happy, enjoying himself and surrounded by quality.”Barca have made an encouraging start to their title defence and also won the Spanish Super Copa thanks to a 2-1 victory over Sevilla in Tangiers. They have completed four signings this summer, having swooped for Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal and a pair of Brazilians in the form of Arthur Melo and Malcom, who have arrived from Gremio and Bordeaux respectively. Clement Lenget joined up from Sevilla, and it still seems the door remains ajar for Pogba to arrive if the opportunity arises.
Warriors’ Green Faces Flagrant Foul Tender Kick FineWarriors’ Green Faces Flagrant Foul Tender Kick Fine
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder aren’t sure whether Draymond Green intentionally targeted Steven Adams’ groin area on May 22.They just know they don’t appreciate it.Green said he was just gathering himself after a foul by Adams when he kicked Oklahoma City’s center in the groin, and he feels the Flagrant 1 foul he was called for in Game 3 should be rescinded.Perhaps the play wouldn’t have drawn so much attention if Green hadn’t kneed Adams in the same area in Game 2.“It happened before, mate,” Adams, a 7-foot center from New Zealand, said. “He is pretty accurate, that guy.”Adams and the Thunder beat Golden State 133-105 to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals, and the now-reeling Warriors could enter Game 4 on May 24 in Oklahoma City without their All-Star forward if the NBA deems the play worthy of a suspension after a review May 23.Green said doing something like that intentionally is not his style.“I followed through on a shot,” he said. “I’m not trying to kick somebody in the midsection. Somebody wants to have kids someday. I’m not trying to end that on the basketball court.”The play was part of an ongoing battle between Green, an undersized but rugged 6-foot-7 power forward, and Adams, who has asserted himself with physical play and is one of the main reasons the Thunder lead the series.“Honestly, I think it’s intentional,” Thunder All-Star Russell Westbrook said. “That’s two times in the last two games. I don’t think you can keep (hitting) somebody in their private areas.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr disagreed.“Stuff like that happens all the time,” Kerr said. “There’s contact, people’s arms, legs flailing. If they think it’s on purpose, play the game, you know. This stuff happens all the time. Westbrook kicks out his feet on every 3 and there is contact. I mean, that’s just part of the game. So I don’t understand how that can be deemed a Flagrant 1. I think it should be rescinded.”Green was called for the flagrant with 5:57 left in the second quarter, and the Oklahoma City crowd chanted, “Kick him out! Kick him out!”Adams wasn’t aware of the crowd’s response.“Straight to the drawers, you don’t think about any of that stuff,” he said. “It was rough.”Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he was proud of Adams for not retaliating.“He takes a physical pounding and he’s a tough kid,” Donovan said. “He’s got a great pain threshold, and, again, he doesn’t retaliate. He just tries to keep playing.”The Thunder handled the situation well, outscoring the Warriors 24-7 the rest of the first half to take a 72-47 lead.“It takes a little pain off my mind since then, I guess it kick-started us,” Adams said. “I guess you could say that.”(CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Bangladesh vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 9: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sBangladesh vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 9: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s
Bangladesh take on a balanced New Zealand team at the Kennington Oval in the second day-night match of World Cup 2019 on Wednesday.The Blackcaps will bank on their pace brigade spearheaded by Trent Boult to pull off a coup and dismantle another Asian team. Also, the presence of Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro, make them a strong batting unit.Whereas Bangladesh led by Mashrafe Mortaza, will rely on their experienced players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah, to guide them to another memorable triumph.Recent formBangladesh pulled off a historic win over South Africa cricket team to kick off their World Cup campaign on a positive not. They have won the recent tri-series in Ireland by remaining unbeaten in the tournament. They had also reached the final of last year’s Asia Cup where they lost to India. They made it to the quater-finals in the last edition of the torunament and will look to better their run this year.New Zealand bowled out Sri Lanka for just 136 and then went on to register 10-wicket win in their opening match of World Cup 2019. During the warm-up matches, they had produced a top-class bowling performance against India but in their next warm-up against West Indies, the Kiwi bowlers were hammered for 421 runs giving them a stern reminder of days to come.Pitch ReportThe Kennington Oval has witnessed totals in excess of 300 in both the games and same will be expected when New Zealand take on Bangladesh.advertisementThe pitch report highly indicates that it will be flat and true, very good for batting.Pacers should get the desired help early on while the batters look to provide a fast start on what should be a good wicket to bat on.Match predictionBangladesh have never won any world cup match against New Zealand. They have faced New Zealand 4 times in the World Cup, losing everytime.The match will depend on how New Zealand’s aggressive pacers perform against a stable top order of Bangladesh.Playing XINew Zealand and Bangladesh will not like to disturb the winning squad. So, they will stick to the same team for this match.Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Mustafizur RahmanNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent BoultAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Watch:
Pochettino delighted with Tottenham youngsters’ characterPochettino delighted with Tottenham youngsters’ character
Mauricio Pochettino thinks the experience of beating Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the Audi Cup was a valuable one for the youngest members of his Tottenham squad.Spurs lifted the pre-season trophy after a penalty shoot-out win over the Bundesliga champions following a 2-2 draw, having beaten Real Madrid 1-0 earlier in the week.One final friendly with Inter follows before the Premier League season kicks off against Aston Villa, and Pochettino thinks his side are looking in good nick. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “It was a very positive experience,” he told the club’s website. “I am so happy with the performance and behaviour of the players.”We are learning a lot and improving a lot every day. I am so happy and we keep going.”When you play a team like Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, always to have this sort of experience is an amazing thing for the players – for the young players and of course for the senior players to build their fitness and be stronger every day.“We are having a very tough pre-season but we are competing very well and if we create this habit to compete really well, of course it’s going to help us in the season to try to fight for big things.”Pochettino has given game time to plenty of Spurs’ young guns over the course of pre-season. Jack Roles, Oliver Skipp and Japhet Tanganga stepped up against Bayern to score the last three penalties in a 6-5 win.He has been impressed with what he has seen so far, noting that they have shown their character as much as their talent.”No doubt about that,” Pochettino added.“They showed great character in Singapore and in China playing against Juventus and Manchester United and now against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.“It’s clear that we have young players, maybe with not too much experience, but with great character and personality and that is a very important thing.”Spurs may have to turn to their youth players after an injury to stand-in right-back Juan Foyth provided the sole disappointment against Bayern.The Argentina international was stretchered off after twisting his ankle in the second half, after himself coming on as a substitute.Following Kieran Trippier’s move to Atletico Madrid and an injury to Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters is currently the most senior right-back in the squad. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
zoom d’Amico Tankers Limited (Ireland) has agreed with d’Amico Shipping Italia S.p.A. to buy the second-hand product tanker Cielo di Milano.The 40,081 dwt 2003-built ship was priced at USD 14 million to be paid by cash on delivery.“The purchase need arises from the characteristics of the features of this ship suited to a specific route in which it will be immediately engaged,” the company said.”This purchase adds to our fleet a unit that we know very well, and that allows us to engage it on a specific trade route that meets perfectly with its technical features,” Marco Fiori, Chief Executive Officer of d’Amico International Shipping, added.The company, however; did not disclose details on the ship’s trade route or delivery date.Following this acquisition, d’Amico Tankers Limited owns 50.8 product tankers, of which 40.8 are Medium Range (MR) and the remaining are Handysize product tankers, of which 27.3 are owned vessels and 23.5 chartered-in vessels.
zoom Turkey-based cruise port operator Global Ports Holding (GPH) has acquired two large stakes in cruise port Venezia Terminal Passeggeri made via Venezia Investimenti S.r.l., which is jointly owned in equal shares by GPH and cruise companies Costa Crociere, MSC Cruises SA and Royal Caribbean.Namely, the operator purchased a 48% stake in APVS S.r.l., which owns a majority stake of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, from Veneto Sviluppo S.p.A.GPH also bought an 85.85% stake in Finpax S.r.l., which owns over 22.1% of Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, from certain Venice port operators.The remaining stakes in Venezia Terminal Passegeri are held by SAVE SpA, which has over 22.1% in the port, and the Chamber of Commerce of Venice, Rovigo and the Delta Lagoon with a stake of 2.64%.Venezia Terminal Passeggeri, founded in 1997 by the Port Authority of Venice, manages ten multi-functional terminals and seven docks in the Marittima, San Basilio and Riva dei Sette Martiri areas.
Mises en candidatures invitées pour la Médaille de la bravoureMises en candidatures invitées pour la Médaille de la bravoure
Les mises en candidature sont invitées pour la nouvelle Médaille de la bravoure de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La médaille sera décernée à des personnes qui ont risqué leur bien-être pour protéger la vie ou les biens d’une autre personne. « Ce prix reconnaît les personnes qui se sont retrouvées dans des situations extraordinaires et qui ont réagi avec grand courage, » a dit le premier ministre Rodney MacDonald. « Elle rendra hommage aux personnes qui, face au danger, ont choisi d’agir. » Tout Néo-Écossais peut être mis en candidature pour le prix; il n’est pas limité aux personnes des secteurs du maintien de l’ordre et de la sécurité publique. Les formulaires de mise en candidature sont disponibles aux centres Accès Nouvelle-Écosse de la province. Ils sont également disponibles à Province House, aux bureaux des membres de l’Assemblée législative et en ligne sur le site Web de la Médaille de la bravoure à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 30 juin. Les récipiendaires de la médaille seront choisis par un comité consultatif présidé par Constance Glube, ancienne juge en chef de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le comité est formé du sous-ministre de la Justice, du commissaire des incendies de la province, du président de l’Association des chefs de police de la Nouvelle-Écosse, du directeur général du Bureau de gestion des urgences, du commandant des Forces maritimes de l’Atlantique, de l’ancien membre de l’Assemblée législative Wayne Adams, et de M. John Cody. Pour plus d’information, communiquez avec Sharon Mitchell au ministère de la Justice au 424-0094 ou par courriel à l’adresse email@example.com. Vous pouvez aussi consulter le www.gov.ns.ca/bravery. Les formulaires de mise en candidature remplis doivent être envoyés au :Secrétaire provincial, Médaille de la bravoureMinistère de la Justice4e étage, 5151 chemin TerminalHalifax (N.-É.) B3J 2L6
Mermen calendar targets toxic masculinity raises big money for charitiesMermen calendar targets toxic masculinity raises big money for charities
— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.The Canadian Press ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — What started as a dare for a burly Newfoundland man to pose in mermaid flippers has turned into a globally known effort to combat gender stereotypes — and raised more than a half million dollars for charity.This past weekend, the Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL.That’s the proceeds from the 2019 Merb’ys calendar, which draws its name from ‘mermaid’ and the Newfoundland moniker for ‘buddy.’The calendar features photos of husky, bearded Newfoundland men posed on the province’s rugged shoreline — wearing just their merman fins and their smiles.Hasan Hai, the leader of the club, said it all started with a dare in 2017.“A friend of mine on Facebook had shared a picture of a big bearded fellow dressed as a mermaid. I was kind of known in my friends’ circle as a guy who didn’t shy away from dares or doing fun things that would further community projects and goals,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram) Hai said Violence Prevention NL will develop programming in communities and also get it translated into the various Indigenous languages found across the province.But he said with the calendar being sold in 37 countries around the world, the message is reaching many more people.“The main theme, even without reading the back and understanding the charity we’re supporting, is that people see men being displayed in these positive ways — body positivity, men showing affection and emotion, and just having fun. Emotionally I think people connect with it, and even without telling them what the message is, they get it,” he said.Hai isn’t sure there will be a 2020 version of the calendar. He said the first two calendars have taken 15 months of work and everyone needs a rest.However, he said that doesn’t mean they are hanging up their fins for good.“Stay tuned,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram) “Initially the idea was to maybe get a bunch of people together and maybe take a bunch of pictures poking holes at traditional gender stereotypes and what a ‘real man’ was supposed to look like.”A month later, they had the 2018 version of the calendar and a demand from around the world that raised more than $300,000 for a local mental health organization.Hai said they decided to do it again for 2019 and put the call out to charitable organizations, and about 40 applied.He said they decided to go with Violence Prevention Newfoundland and Labrador because its mandate is much the same as the club in fighting gender stereotypes and “toxic masculinity,” and showing men there’s a healthier way to live their life moving forward.“Their project was deconstructing masculinity and engaging men in violence prevention, and it kind of checked all the boxes for us. It’s not criticizing men for being men, but breaking down those harmful bits of it and building up the positive ones,” he said. The Newfoundland and Labrador Moustache and Beard Club has made a merman calendar targeting toxic masculinity. (CREDIT: @NLMBC on Instagram)
The Loans Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firmThe Loans Residential school students say theyve been hurt by law firm
APTN National NewsPosters were put up in Honour Walk offices and in strategic locations around the towns where form fillers were working, advertising a five per cent discount on computers for “members of the residential school healing society.” A toll free number was listed on the poster as well as a Web site link: www.nationalcomputersdirect.com.That Web link is now defunct and there is no trace anywhere online of any company called National Computers Direct. But a corporate search reveals that the company is listed as “active” as of Nov. 29. The registered owner of the company is David Hamm.That toll free phone number yields another very interesting connection to one of the healing society corporate officers. The number, which used to reach National Computers Direct, now reaches a Calgary-based company called Thermablade Hockey. A quick Google search of Thermablade Hockey reveals that David Hamm is the company’s CEO.On the Web site, Hamm claims that $15 million has been invested in the company already and it owns $2 million worth of equipment. The company makes skates with heated blades and claims those blades allow tighter turns and more rapid acceleration than conventional skates. A number of former NHL players endorse the product on the Web site.As we reviewed the files of IAP claimants on the Blood Reserve last summer, we noticed many loan agreements with two companies that were charging very high interest rates. The companies, Funds Now and Settlement Lenders, were lending money to former students against their IAP payments. We saw loan agreements charging interest rates as high as 29.9 per cent.Several of the former students allege that right after they signed the Honour Walk papers and became Blott and Company clients, the law firm would arrange loans for them that were to be repaid when the client received the eventual compensation settlement. Frequently the lender would also sell the claimants big-screen TVs, laptop computers and other electronics.One of the companies that lent money to former students was Funds Now, Inc. That company has two directors who are also the only two voting shareholders. Their names: Laura Hamm and David Hamm.The high interest rates can quickly erode even a six-figure settlement. At 30 per cent, the interest will come close to equaling the entire amount of the loan within three years. After the first year, you’re paying 30 per cent interest on the interest that accrued during the first year. If no payments are made over a three year period, you will end up payment more than 100 per cent of the loan in interest, plus the original balance.And some IAP claimants represented by Blott and company were waiting a long time to get their hearing. The Oversight Committee minutes rarely name names. But the minutes of the IAP Oversight Committee from a meeting held January 26, 2010 in Ottawa, show that the committee was concerned about a backlog of cases at Blott and Company.“Decision: Counsel David Blott will be asked for a file summary of how the firm will be moving forward on the approximately 1,000 outstanding claims he holds,” the minutes state.Jon Faulds said he tried to talk his clients out of borrowing at high interest rates.“Any time we get any indication that one of our clients is contemplating taking out such a loan, we try to discourage them from doing it because the interest rates and charges are just so high. I think we have had some success with our clients in making them aware of just how expensive those loans are,” he said. “Part of the difficulty is that many of the claimants in the residential school process are people who have little or limited access to banking support and whose ability to borrow money is not great. So when you find someone who is willing to lend you money, on the face of it, it appears attractive to get you through a difficult time while you’re waiting for your settlement to come in.”He reminded us that “there have been ongoing class actions against a number of these kinds of lenders, not in the residential school context necessarily but in the payday loan context, over the legitimacy and validity of their interest rates.”
Finance committee at House of Advisors rejects finance bill 2014Finance committee at House of Advisors rejects finance bill 2014
Rabat – The Committee of Finance, Equipment, Planning and Regional Development qt the House of Advisors rejected the finance bill 2014 after a no vote by the opposition groups. Fifteen Advisors voted against the bill, while six voted for it. It was submitted to the general meeting for approval after the remarks by the various groups and the government’s response.Speaking at the committee meeting, the opposition groups said the government which “has not honored the commitments made during the review of the finance bill 2013,” was unable to explain such a fact with clear and precise answers.”Parliament has not been associated with the development of this bill that it is now called upon to vote for, they said, questioning the way Parliament could contribute to the achievement of financial balance in accordance with Article 77 of the Constitution while it has not been requested to assist in the development process of the draft budget law.
CRA says social insurance numbers of about 900 Canadians stolen in HeartbleedCRA says social insurance numbers of about 900 Canadians stolen in Heartbleed
OTTAWA — The federal tax agency says the social insurance numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by the so-called Heartbleed bug.[np_storybar title=”Lessons from Heartbleed: 5 ways to protect your money” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2014/04/12/lessons-from-heartbleed-5-ways-to-protect-your-money/”%5DThe software security flaw exposed last week has frightened us all into taking a second look at our data online. Here’s how to be vigilant on a regular basis. [/np_storybar]The Canada Revenue Agency blocked public access to its online services for several days last week until it addressed the security risk, but said Monday there was nonetheless a data breach over a six-hour period.It said it is analyzing other fragments of data that have been removed from its systems, while putting measures in place to protect those affected by the breach.“I share the concern and dismay of those individuals whose privacy has been impacted by this malicious act,” CRA commissioner Andrew Treusch said in a statement.“CRA online services are safe and secure. The CRA responded aggressively to successfully protect our systems. We have augmented our monitoring and surveillance measures, so that the security of the CRA site continues to meet the highest standards.”Everyone affected will receive a registered letter. Treusch said the agency will not be notifying individuals over the phone or by email as it wants to ensure communications “are secure and cannot be exploited by fraudsters through phishing schemes.”Special 1-800 # has been activated for those who receive registered letter from CRA. http://t.co/Lsz3u6OdHS 4/5 — Andrew Treusch (@AndrewTreusch) April 14, 2014The Heartbleed bug is caused by a flaw in OpenSSL software, which is commonly used on the Internet to provide security and privacy.The bug is affecting many global IT systems in both private and public sector organizations and has the potential to expose private data.Service was restored Sunday to all publicly accessible Government of Canada websites as well the tax-filing systems E-file and Netfile.The CRA has apologized to Canadians for the delay and inconvenience, but added it was necessary to ensure the agency’s online services were safe and secure.It said it will not apply interest or penalties to individual taxpayers filing their 2013 tax returns after April 30 for a period equal to the length of last week’s service interruption.That means 2013 tax returns filed by May 5 will not incur interest or penalties.
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 Denies Request To Move Special Session To AnchorageAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauFor days, the executive and legislative branches have been stuck on education funding, Medicaid, and the fundamental responsibility of paying for government. Now, they are disagreeing on where they want to disagree.As PAC Money Pours Into Runoff, Some Numbers Still MissingZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageCandidate Ethan Berkowitz has an overwhelming lead in terms of donors and funds, but with no polling data released by either campaign, the results are difficult to predict.EPA Head: Alaska ‘Uniqueness’ Could Mean Immunity From CO2 RuleLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe White House is reviewing a highly controversial EPA rule on streams and wetlands. Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed the EPA boss on it, saying it has Alaskans from all sectors worried.Bethel City Council Votes To Deny Liquor LicensesBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelIt’s been four decades since Bethel had a liquor store, and for now, that status will continue. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday to protest two liquor store license applications.A Moving Target: Postal Inspectors Root Out Liquor By MailBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelA small team of federal law enforcement agents with the United States Postal Inspection Service is working to keep alcohol out of the mail. It’s one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the country, a group with a unique mission that chases after each suspicious package.Kick The Bucket: Lack Of Funding Hampers Development Of Modern Sanitation In Rural AlaskaJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageMost of us have never lived with without running water at home. Today, we’ll learn about some people who are just getting used to it, and others who would like to get used to having running water.Anchorage Men Arrested For Stabbing Moose To DeathEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageThree Anchorage men are under arrest and charged with cruelty to animals, wanton waste and tampering with evidence in a bizarre moose killing in a city park‘Story Map’ Reveals Hidden Lives Of Anchorage BearsLori Townsend, APRN – AnchorageA new map from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a bear’s eye view of Anchorage. The “story map” draws on data and video collected from nine bears- six black and three brown- who wore cameras on special collars
ADEC approves waste management permit for tunnel excavation at the Palmer ProjectADEC approves waste management permit for tunnel excavation at the Palmer Project
“Agencies in the state of Alaska are very permissive when it comes to mine development, so this is what we expected. However, it does represent a step toward a very real hazard in our watershed,” Plachta said. “There were some minor tweaks to some different monitoring levels and some flows and things, but in general it’s mostly the same as what was initially drafted and allows us to do all of the work we were initially planning to do,” Cornejo said. Constantine developed a plan to treat and discharge the wastewater using a diffuser system. Cornejo estimates once they have secured the funding it will take about a year to construct the tunnel. It’s unclear how long the tunnel would stay in place, but she says that if a mine were developed in the future, the tunnel could be used as a secondary access point. Jessica Plachta is the Executive Director of Lynn Canal Conservation, one of the groups involved in the lawsuit. She says the permit decision is disappointing but not surprising. A few years ago, Constantine’s permits for mineral exploration at the Palmer Project faced a lawsuit filed by the Chilkat Indian Village of Klukwan and several conservation groups. The plaintiffs say that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) did not take into account the environmental impact of future mine development when it approved permits for the first phase of exploration. A federal court upheld BLM’s decision, but an appeal has been filed since then. “This is a major investment in the property and it’s going to require a lot of capital,” Cornejo said. “So we’ll be working toward putting that plan together, the budget and the contractors and the financing for that to hopefully get started next spring.” A Constantine employee examines an area of the AG zone. (Photo courtesy of Constantine Metal Resources) “With excavating a tunnel, you’re taking rock out of the mountain and then there is water that will flow through the cracks and come out of the mountain as well,” Cornejo said. “This permit allows us to have a plan in place that is pre-approved as a contingency plan if we do encounter potential acid generating rocks.” The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has approved a waste management permit for a controversial mineral exploration project near the communities of Klukwan and Haines. Constantine Metal Resources plans to excavate a mile-long underground ramp at the Palmer Project in order to carry out more exploratory drilling. Others raised concerns about water quality testing and the risk of avalanches dismantling the diffuser system in the winter. Constantine’s Vice President of External Affairs, Liz Cornejo, says that a waste management permit was required in order to move on to the next phase of exploration at the Palmer Project. Shannon Donahue is the Chilkat Watershed Organizer for Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. She is worried about where the water coming out of the tunnel would ultimately end up once discharged through the diffuser system. Although Constantine has secured a waste management permit, there are a few more steps before excavation can begin. The Alaska Mental Health Trust owns the land where the proposed tunnel’s entrance is located and will need to approve a final plan of operations. But Cornejo says that the biggest missing piece is funding. “There was no dye testing or anything done to determine whether the surface water and the groundwater are connected,” Donahue said. “When you are looking at discharging wastewater into the ground through the diffusers, we don’t know whether that’s going to wind up in the surface water or not.” ADEC did issue the waste management permit in the end. The agency altered the final permit based on some of the comments received, but Cornejo says that the changes are minimal and won’t affect the company’s plans. The public had 45 days to review the plan and submit comments to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) before the agency made a final decision on the waste management permit.
TRAI Issues Guidelines to Stop Misleading Tariff AdvertisementsTRAI Issues Guidelines to Stop Misleading Tariff Advertisements
Do you think your telecom service provider has been playing an unfair game with you? Have you fallen prey to its exiting advertisements and opted to a plan that you never want to? It might have happened to many but henceforth, this might not happen again.In a bid to prevent the customers from being misled by the advertisements and subscribed to a wrong tariff, Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) has issued certain guidelines to the telecom operators in this regards.After holding a series of meetings with the stakeholders and engaging cross country open house discussions, TRAI has chalked out certain parameters that will help in deciding whether the advertizement of any service providers is sending a wrong message to its customers.Now, telecom operators have been directed that advertisements provided by them should be transparent, non-misleading and unambiguous; should disclose all material information in an unambiguous manner; contain the website address and customer care number of the telecom access service provider; and the advertisements issued in vernacular languages should contain all the mandatory disclosures in the same vernacular language.Meanwhile, the TRAI has mandated to maintain an advertisement register which should include a specimen of every tariff related advertisements by the telecom access providers. To ensure that the operators follow the guidelines, they have been instructed to carry out an internal audit and compliance to the Authority on half-yearly basis.According to the latest regulations issued by the TRAI, any advertisement that induces the consumer to subscribe to a tariff plan, which he would not have otherwise subscribed to, or if it contains an untrue statement or omits a material fact having bearing on the subscriber’s decision or fails to disclose attached limitations and restrictions, that would be considered as misleading of subscribers.