About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield winger Elias Kachunga: Positives gained from Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town winger Elias Kachunga insists there’s positives to come from defeat at Manchester United.Kachunga made his first start since the September defeat at Leicester.”I think we played a good game and had our chances to go 1-0 up and even 1-1. We have to take the positives out of this game and move on,” said the winger.”Everyone has to work on putting the ball in the net and to have a good feeling on the pitch. It could’ve been a different game if we went 1-0 up.“We create the chances, now we just have to finish them.”Kachunga added: “I am happy that I am back and that I played against Manchester United, and I hope I can help the team with my fighting spirit and everything that I have.”
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Le plan donne corps au mandat du ministère des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine, qui consiste à contribuer au bien-être et à la prospérité des communautés hétérogènes et créatives de la Nouvelle-Écosse par la promotion, le développement, la préservation et la célébration de la culture, du patrimoine, de l’identité et des langues de la province. « La culture favorise les économies et les collectivités à l’échelle mondiale, affirme Pamela Scott-Crace, présidente du Conseil de leadership pour la création en Nouvelle-Écosse. À l’échelle de la province, nous avons une abondance de ressources culturelles, et ce plan est une merveilleuse première étape permettant à notre travail avec le gouvernement de mettre au premier plan le dynamisme culturel au profit de tous les Néo-Écossais. » « Les Mi’kmaq ont une culture très riche et distincte; nous formons la culture fondatrice de ce qui est aujourd’hui la Nouvelle-Écosse, déclare le chef Wilbert Marshall, chef responsable de la culture, du patrimoine et de l’archéologie pour l’Assemblée des chefs mi’kmaw de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Il était important pour nous de participer pleinement au développement des éléments mi’kmaw de ce plan. » La mise en œuvre des mesures prévues dans le plan dépendra de la coopération, de l’engagement et du soutien mutuel des ministères gouvernementaux, des intervenants et des Néo-Écossais. Certaines mesures sont déjà en cours alors que d’autres débuteront cette année ou l’année prochaine, et se poursuivront pendant des années à venir. « Le gouvernement reconnaît qu’une culture dynamique offre ses propres récompenses dans la vie de tous, déclare Tony Ince, ministre des Communautés, de la Culture et du Patrimoine. La culture peut jouer un rôle encore plus important dans la croissance économique et dans la prospérité, à l’échelle de la province. » Dans le cadre du processus de consultation en vue de la rédaction du plan, le gouvernement a communiqué avec des milliers de Néo-Écossais et avec 188 organismes culturels à l’échelle de la province. La culture contribue à l’économie de la Nouvelle-Écosse à hauteur de 949 millions de dollars et emploie près de 14 000 personnes, ce qui représente 2,7 % du produit intérieur brut provincial et trois pour cent de tous les emplois en Nouvelle-Écosse. Pour obtenir plus d’information et pour consulter le plan intégral, consultez le www.novascotia.ca/culture/fr. Promotion de la culture mi’kmaw Promotion de la créativité et de l’innovation Renforcement de l’éducation, des partenariats et de la compréhension Promotion de la diversité culturelle Excellence de l’intendance culturelle Sensibilisation au secteur de la culture et à sa croissance économique Le gouvernement mettra l’accent sur le secteur culturel, l’économie de la création et les communautés diverses de la province dans le cadre du Plan d’action pour la culture de la Nouvelle-Écosse : Créativité et communauté, lancé aujourd’hui 22 février. Le Plan d’action pour la culture, premier plan complet pour la culture en Nouvelle-Écosse, met l’accent sur six thèmes qui offrent au gouvernement des mesures spécifiques, des priorités stratégiques et des critères visant à guider la prise de décisions. « Notre culture est ce qui rend notre province unique. Il s’agit d’un avantage concurrentiel qui doit être célébré, faire l’objet d’investissements, être élargi et être exporté, souligne le premier ministre Stephen McNeil. La culture nous relie en tant que peuple, nous rend plus forts et nous aide à bâtir une province où tout le monde a l’occasion d’atteindre son plein potentiel. » Les thèmes sont les suivants :
REGINA – Relatives of a woman who died in her Regina home say they were forced to hold a backyard funeral for her because they couldn’t get help from the Saskatchewan government.Crystal Machiskinic received support under the province’s assured income for the disabled.It covered basic funeral costs for people on social assistance, but that funding was cut in the March budget.It was partially restored starting July 1, but the new flat rate of $2,100 is almost $1,800 less than it used to be.The family says that because Machiskinic died the Friday before the July 1 long weekend, they couldn’t reach anyone in the Ministry of Social Services to confirm that some expenses would be covered.Jeff Reddekop, with the ministry, says he can’t comment on the case due to privacy rules.The service was delayed until this past Friday — contrary to First Nations culture in which funeral rites need to be completed within four days.“We couldn’t arrange to have the funeral in a facility because we can’t afford it,” Carrie Stonechild, Machiskinic’s sister, said last week.“All they had to do was pick up that phone, make that call and tell us, yes, they were going to cover expenses.“In our culture, we have certain ceremonies that we do in those four days to send our loved ones into the spirit world. And not being able to do that, we’re very upset and hurt … We should have had her rested and done our ceremonies within those four days.”Stonechild said there were other factors which contributed to the delay, but her frustration mounted when she finally reached someone from Social Services.“A manager told … Crystal’s daughter to ‘get in line’ on the call centre phone. Another manager offered no condolences whatsoever … and they said it’s not their fault. It was the long weekend.“It was just a very rude tone in their voices.”Reddekop said in instances such as this, the department contacts a family the next business day, which in this case was a Tuesday.“We understand how challenging it can be to make decisions on behalf of the family when a loved one has passed,” he said. “We very much understand what this family is experiencing, and would like to offer our sincere condolences to this family for their loss.”Reddekop added the ministry has not received any other complaints about their practices interfering with a family’s ability to make funeral arrangements while respecting cultural or religious practices.“I know it was the long weekend but at times like that, they should have backup people,” said Stonechild, who was planning to write a letter of complaint to the government with the help of the Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry.“Is this what it takes for somebody to wake up and respect our way? I don’t want this to happen to anybody else in the future.”(CTV Regina)
TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – With just five days to go until voters head to the polls in Ontario, Liberal leader — and incumbent premier — Kathleen Wynne has announced she is conceding.BREAKING: an emotional @Kathleen_Wynne concedes she will no longer be premier after Thursday. #onpoli #OnElxn pic.twitter.com/2objiG5aJD— Brandon Rowe (@CityNewsBrandon) June 2, 2018The Liberals have been trailing the NDP and PCs in the polls, and Wynne admits her party cannot win the June 7th vote. At a news conference today in Toronto, Wynne admitted the polls show Ontarions want change.But she says that change cannot be a majority government for Conservative Doug Ford or the NDP’s Andrea Horwath. Therefore, she says people should vote Liberal to ensure the other parties cannot win anything except a minority.“The more Liberal MPPs that we send to Queen’s Park on June 7th, the less likely it becomes that either Doug Ford or the NDP will be able to form a majority government.”Wynne says the people do not trust A Doug Ford majority. Says people would rather him be on a “short leash” #Onpoli #OnElxn #CityVote— Brandon Rowe (@CityNewsBrandon) June 2, 2018“With a majority government Doug Ford would have too free a hand for the comfort of most people — they don’t trust his judgment,” Wynne says in a statement. “They don’t trust the choices he would make.”She says she will keep campaigning up until Thursday and won’t say if she will stay on a Liberal leader after the election.“We will fight for our values, for a practical approach and for a government that will be kept from extremes and forced toward a better balance for the people of this province. We have a terrific team of local candidates, they deserve your support. They will fight for your votes. And I will fight for them.”Meantime, Horwath is urging people not to vote for the Liberals, saying it won’t lead to a minority government but rather will lead to a Progressive Conservative majority.Ford had little to say about the announcement, noting only that the election is about change and people are fed up.Asked if he was surprised by Wynne’s decision, Ford says his team is focused and has been focused on getting its message out.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Fort St. John City Council has voted against adopting a proposed Coats of Arms, and has decided to abandon the process altogether.Councillors were set to vote on whether to adopt a second draft of the proposed Coat of Arms after starting the Grant in Arms process with the Canadian Heraldic Authority at a Council meeting over two years ago. After giving feedback on an initial draft last December, a report was brought forth today recommending that Council adopt the latest proposed draft.Mayor Lori Ackerman was the first to express dissatisfaction with the latest proposal, saying that the proposed Coats of Arms did not have enough elements that symbolized the region’s First Nations. The mayor added that after speaking with Blueberry River First Nations Chief Marvin Yahey, she learned that the animal representing the Beaver Peoples of Northeast B.C. is actually a swan, which was not included in the proposed Arms. Councillor Gord Klassen made a recommendation that the report brought forward be received for information, and that Council vote in favour of abandoning the process to obtain a Coat of Arms. Councillors voted unanimously in favour.
5 June 2007A repatriation convoy carrying some 250 Liberians from Sierra Leone is set to bring to over 100,000 the number returning home with United Nations assistance, the world body’s refugee agency said today. “The landmark convoy carrying 258 returning refugees will cross today from Sierra Leone into Liberia at Bo Waterside border crossing,” Jennifer Pagonis, a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told reporters in Geneva.Upon their arrival to Liberia from neighbouring countries and the region, refugees are provided with food and other essential items, as well as with vocational training to secure jobs in their new communities. Set to close by the end of this month, the effort will mark the largest repatriation in the West Africa region, according to Ms. Pagonis, who predicted that “many more Liberians” will return before the cut-off date of 30 June.Following the end of the organized repatriation, UNHCR is preparing, together with the countries still hosting thousands of Liberian refugees, to embark on long-term programmes aiming to achieve their local integration, Ms. Pagonis stated, noting that there are still some 83,000 Liberian refugees in West Africa.“The ultimate goal of these programmes will be to bring the displacement chapter in West Africa to a successful closure,” she stated.Since October, 2004 when the Liberian repatriation operation began, more than 150,000 refugees have returned to Liberia. In addition to 100,000 returns assisted by UNHCR – half of them from neighbouring Guinea – another 50,000 Liberian refugees returned home on their own over the past few years, encouraged by the restoration of peace and the inauguration of the democratically elected president and Government.Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf became the first female head of State in Africa during elections held with support from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) in January, 2006. Her inauguration culminated a peace process begun in 2003. During that period, UNMIL supported national efforts to achieve the transition to democracy by providing a secure environment, disarming more than 100,000 ex-combatants, facilitating the return of tens of thousands of displaced persons and refugees, and helping organize the elections.Civil war in Liberia claimed the lives of almost 150,000 people – mostly civilians – and led to a complete breakdown of law and order. It displaced hundreds of thousands of people, both internally and beyond the borders, resulting in some 850,000 refugees in the neighbouring countries.
WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close MonNov. 497.70 501.20 497.70 499.20 498.40Jan. ’18 505.40 508.10 504.60 506.10 505.40March 510.20 512.90 509.60 510.70 510.10May 512.30 514.90 512.00 512.60 512.30July 512.50 515.80 512.50 513.40 513.10Nov. 493.20 493.30 487.50 488.80 489.70Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 490.50 491.40March 0.00 0.00 0.00 493.20 494.10May 0.00 0.00 0.00 493.20 494.10July 0.00 0.00 0.00 493.20 494.10Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 493.20 494.10Barley (Western): Open High Low Close MonDec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $509.20 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $519.20 (November 2017)
A 45-year-old man has been arrested for attempting to steal the Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral. The alarms at the Wiltshire cathedral were sounded when a man smashed the glass box surrounding the original 1215 document. It is understood the man was a visitor and used a hammer to try break the protective case to get his hands on the historic deed.A witness said she was walking past the cathedral as the alarms went off, which prompted an evacuation. Seconds later, she saw a man get apprehended.She told the Salisbury Journal: “It looked like some men play-fighting but as they got through the gates I saw a hammer drop to the floor and one of the men kicked it into the road whilst another man held on to him.”They then held onto him with hands behind his back whilst they picked up the hammer.”A force spokeswoman told The Telegraph: “A 45-year-old man is in custody this morning arrested on suspicion of attempted theft of the Magna Carta. “Shortly before 5pm yesterday alarms were activated at Salisbury Cathedral after an attempt was made to smash the glass box surrounding the Magna Carta. Staff were alerted and police were called. “A man matching the description given by witnesses was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon and criminal damage, and has been taken to Melksham custody for questioning where he remains. “Housed in our exquisite Chapter House, seeing Magna Carta presented in our family friendly interactive exhibition is a highlight for many visitors. “The responsibility of owning and interpreting Magna Carta is important in shaping Salisbury Cathedral’s future objectives to this day.” “Only four copies of Magna Carta dating from 1215 have survived the ravages of time and Salisbury Cathedral is proud to be home to the best preserved original manuscript. “Elias of Dereham, priest and steward of the archbishop of Canterbury is thought to have brought Salisbury’s copy of to Old Sarum in the days following the events at Runnymede and it has remained in the Cathedral’s care ever since.”Housed in our exquisite Chapter House, seeing Magna Carta presented in our family friendly interactive exhibition is a highlight for many visitors. “The responsibility of owning and interpreting Magna Carta is important in shaping Salisbury Cathedral’s future objectives to this day.” “At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world.”Only four copies of Magna Carta dating from 1215 have survived the ravages of time and Salisbury Cathedral is proud to be home to the best preserved original manuscript. “Elias of Dereham, priest and steward of the archbishop of Canterbury is thought to have brought Salisbury’s copy of to Old Sarum in the days following the events at Runnymede and it has remained in the Cathedral’s care ever since. “The Magna Carta has not been damaged and nobody was injured in the incident.” The document has now been removed from public display after the incident, according to the BBC. Salisbury Cathedral said in a statement: “We can confirm that at the end of the afternoon yesterday, a man attempted to break into the case which houses Magna Carta in the Cathedral’s Chapter House. “He was arrested by police shortly afterwards and taken into custody. “We are very relieved that no one was hurt during the incident and that the Magna Carta itself is undamaged. “We are very grateful to all who dealt with the situation so swiftly and effectively. “We are very sorry that, for the time being, our copy of Magna Carta will not be available to visitors and will have it back on display as soon as we can.” Salisbury Cathedral, which has been central to the Skripal poisoning case this year after Russian agents said they were visiting it’s “world-famous 132m spire”, proudly boasts of the iconic piece of history on its website. It says: “Magna Carta (Latin for “Great Charter”) is one of the most celebrated documents in English history.”At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world. 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.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMinister Norton looking to elevate hinterland athletes through new portfolioAugust 29, 2017In “latest news”Culture Minister should apologise for holiday mix-up – NortonMarch 14, 2017In “Local News”National Cadet Corps officially reintroducedJanuary 19, 2018In “latest news” President David Granger has announced that Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton will, as of September 1, assume responsibility for Culture Youth and Sport, allowing Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry to focus on improving the quality of, and access to education countrywide, according to a government release.Dr. George Norton will assume responsibility for Culture Youth and SportDr. Norton will remain Minister of Social Cohesion at the Ministry of the Presidency, with the new addition to his portfolio. However, his office will now be housed at the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport on Main Street. This forms part of Government’s efforts to ensure the effective delivery of critical public services, the MoTP explained.Ms Nicolette Henry has been confirmed as Education MinisterIn an invited comment, Dr. Norton said that he is thankful for the confidence reposed in him by the President and looks forward to the new portfolio even while he continues to focus on building social cohesion in Guyana.“I am very excited about this. There is no doubt about my interest in Sports and I have been exposed to the various cultures across the country. In my role as Minister of Social Cohesion, I have been privileged to work with all the groups across the country and so I have an understanding of what is needed already. I have always been vocal about youth opportunities and… I certainly see the youth population as being the agents of change, who can make social cohesion a reality in Guyana and so I look forward to doing my best in both worlds,” he said.
OVER €1.5 MILLION has been spent policing protests at the controversial Shell refinery project in north Mayo since February 2012, it has emerged.Justice Minister Alan Shatter informed the Dáil yesterday that the total cost of policing at the site of the Corrib gas pipeline has now reached “in excess of €16 million” not including the cost of basic salaries of garda members deployed to the area.Campaigners from the Shell to Sea organisation have been protesting against the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline for the past seven years.Shatter, who has previously described the protests as “scandalous”, told the Dáil yesterday: “It is deeply regrettable that so much Garda resources have had to be tied up at the north Mayo site.“However, this is absolutely necessary in view of the actions of some of the protestors, many of whom, as I have said previously in respect of the matter, are not from the area and who have engaged in acts of public disorder as well as damage to property.”He said that the gardaí have consistently stated that they are only concerned with the prevention of public order offences despite accusations of facilitating the interests of Shell over the concerns of local residents.Shatter also said that the recent allegations that gardaí were supplied with a large quantity of alcohol by a company working for Shell are being investigated by the Garda Ombudsman and it would not be appropriate for him to comment further.Last August a Glasgow based company OSSL, which procured materials and services for Shell, claimed in The Observer newspaper that it delivered €35,000 worth of alcohol, which came from Northern Ireland, to Belmullet Garda Station in December 2007.In a statement, gardaí said that allegations were made to the district officer at Belmullet in 2011, that alcohol was distribute to officers on behalf of Shell but said that inquiries found “no evidence” of this.Read: Garda Ombudsman to investigate Shell ‘booze bribes’ allegationsPreviously: Over €14.5m spent in policing protests against Corrib gas pipeline
When old meets new, good things can arise. This is the case with the origami phone by designer Chengyuan Wei who used the ancient art of origami with the modern technology we find in telephones to create a very simple paper phone.The phone is both minimal and efficient. You simply pick up the piece of paper to answer and dial, and the phone changes from a flat surface to a tri-dimensional object.Wei said on his website that our attitudes towards things are “often sculpted to adapt [to] systems because there usually isn’t a second choice. ” Wei uses the telephone as his example. And when Wei is talking about the telephone, he’s referring to actual telephones, not the slim body of the iPhone. He said that actual telephones are used less and less, yet there are still thousands of telephones being made each day that all look pretty much the same. There haven’t been a lot of changes to the designs throughout the last few decades.He took apart a telephone set and found that all the working parts actually make up a very small piece of the large handset. So, Wei came up with a concept to design a unique handset that’s light and whose structure is made out of efficient material. In this case, it’s paper.Bitrebels brings up a good point that these phones would be great to use as disposable phones. If you’re traveling in a country for longer than just a quick vacation, you may actually need a phone that works in that country. Instead of buying a brand new cellphone, you could use one of these disposable phones and hypothetically rip it up when you were done so that no one else could use it. Seeing as it’s Earth Month, we hope these phones are recyclable.Read more at Weii Design, via Bit Rebels
The Humble Bundle moved away from its indie roots recently with the introduction of the Humble THQ Bundle. But it turned out to be a huge success, managing to sell 885,361 bundles and raising $5,098,310.30.The only problem with THQ’s selection of bundle games was that none of them ran on Linux. That’s simply because the games were never developed with Linux compatibility in mind when first released, and converting all nine games was too big of a task to even consider attempting.But there is some good that has come out of this THQ Bundle. THQ got so much feedback from people running Linux that the publisher is now considering supporting the alternative operating system for future game releases. If nothing else, offering a Humble Bundle has shown just how many Linux gamers there are — something Valve realized quite a while ago.Supporting Linux is made all the more desirable when you consider Steam is becoming Linux-friendly before the end of 2012. That works for THQ as it means more sales potential through the number one digital distribution games service.Even if THQ decides Linux is worthwhile, it also needs to get developers on board and help pay for the development time required to support an extra platform. But feedback and support should help convince everyone involved it’s worth the effort.There’s the potential for an explosion in Linux on the desktop due to gaming next year. Having a copy of Windows installed on your PC has been necessary to enjoy games for as long as I can remember. Removing that need does make Linux look much more desirable to PC users, and with Windows 8 not getting the best reception, 2013 could be a very good year for Linux.via Polygon
The Port of Ridgefield has received $3.5 million for the Pioneer Street railroad overpass project, the port said Thursday.The money, part of $29.5 million in highway-related federal grants sent to the state, will pay for about 30 percent of the construction of the $12.5 million project, Brent Grening, the port’s executive director, said in a news release. The project will extend Pioneer Street, the main road leading into Ridgefield, over the railroad tracks, and provide direct access to the city’s waterfront and the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.The safety-improvement project, expected to begin construction in the fall of 2012, will close as many as three at-grade railroad crossings.
With another mercurial performance in what has already been an outstanding season, Stephen Curry helped Golden State inch closer to the postseason.Now it’s just a matter of holding court in the Western Conference for the upstart Warriors.Curry scored 39 points and Golden State moved one step closer to ending its five-year playoff drought with a 125-98 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.It’s the 12th time this season Curry has had 30 points or more, and his seven 3-pointers extended his single-season franchise record to 236.“It’s amazing the clinic he’s putting on,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “We are witnessing one of the greatest shooters that’s ever played this game. He’s been great for us all season, but he’s on the floor like he’s the baddest dude in the building.”Curry was definitely that on a night he was paired against Portland’s standout rookie, Damian Lillard.Lillard, who scorched the Warriors for a season-high 37 points in January, scored 16 points and tied Curry’s’ NBA’s single-season rookie record for 3-pointers, but was nowhere as effective as he was in his first trip back home. The Oakland native shot just 4 of 11 from the floor and committed three turnovers.Carl Landry had a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, while David Lee scored 13 points for the Warriors, who maintained their 1 1/2 -game lead over Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference. Golden State lowered its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five.“Our goal is to be playing our best basketball these next eight games to put ourselves in position to make the playoffs and to not just be that team that goes to the playoffs and gets swept,” Curry said. “We have that bigger picture in mind. We’re not looking in the rearview mirror.”
Scientists have been waiting for a decade for a large earthquake in Southcentral to test an array of seismic sensors in Anchorage. What did seismologists learn from the 7.1 temblor that struck Cook Inlet, rattling the Kenai and Alaska’s largest city and how might that inform building codes in the future?Alaska Earthquake Center: Additional graphicsDownload AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Michael West, state seismologist, Geophysical InstituteJohn Thornley, structural engineerDr. John Aho, structural engineerJeremy Zidek, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency ManagementStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.(Via Alaska Earthquake Center)
Rainforest Farms co-owner James Barrett said this parcel containing the pot business’ cash tax payment was rejected by the U.S. Postal Service on April 21, 2017. (Photo courtesy James Barrett)Alaska tax officials have set up a system to tax licensed marijuana businesses.Listen nowDue to Alaska’s geography actually getting the revenue to the state isn’t always easy.Usually sending a payment is straightforward — mail a check, pay online. But take James Barrett. He and his brother own Rainforest Farms, a marijuana shop in downtown Juneau.“We’re able to do banking but we can’t put any of our cash sales into that bank account,” Barrett said.Why not?“Because it’s drug money.”That’s how the federal government views the proceeds from Juneau’s first legal weed outlet.None of the banks in Juneau will accept pot money, so his business can’t write checks.There’s still cash.That’s why Alaska’s revenue department set up a cash drop-off point in downtown Anchorage.Yet for businesses off the road system — like Juneau — driving to Anchorage isn’t an option. So the state set up a special post office box to mail cash to.Alaska taxes marijuana bud at $50 an ounce and Rainforest Farms tax bill is often in the thousands of dollars.In mid-April, Barrett dropped a brick of cash into the mail — with insurance of course.“About an hour or so after I shipped my payment out,” Barrett recalled, “I got a phone call from the post office and they said, ‘Come pick this up. We’re not gonna send it.’”Tacked to the rejected parcel was a print-out reminding him of federal law.“Proceeds from marijuana sales are illegal to send through the mail, and that does include tax payments even though it’s legal in the state of Alaska,” Jeremy Leder of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Seattle said. “From my agency’s perspective we have not seized any of these tax payments and we really have no plans to. It’s just if you’re going to use the United States mail, you’ll have to abide by federal regulations and marijuana businesses in Alaska sort of have to know that.”The feds throwing up roadblocks for state taxpayers isn’t just exasperating for marijuana businesses.“It’s such a weird in-between world world we’re in,” State Tax Director Ken Alper said. “I mean, this is a licensed business these guys have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars and gone through a pretty intense regulatory process. But yet they are operating and they’re prevented from doing just the normal things that a business is supposed to be able to do like use a bank or pay their taxes.”In the end, Barrett bought a plane ticket to Anchorage to pay his taxes in person. He admitted there may be alternatives — he could set up a shell company, hire a courier or invent some other work around. But his point is he shouldn’t have to.“We want to do business like regular businesses do,” Barrett said. “In America, we have a common currency for a reason just so that all these businesses can work together.”Guidance from the Department of Justice or an act of Congress is needed before the postal service can change its policy, Leder said.“I think it can be kind of attributed to, you know, the states are moving a lot faster than the federal government when it comes to marijuana laws,” Leder said by phone. “Until that changes the postal service and the inspection services will have to abide by those laws.”Alaska’s geography means there really isn’t any way in or out of roadless communities without triggering some sort of federal jurisdiction — even though it’s not leaving the state.Alaska’s tax chief said that needs to be addressed.“The issue comes down to … we don’t want a new rule,” Alper said. “We want to interpret what’s being shipped is something other than the proceeds of a drug transaction. In our view, it is tax money.”Clarity in Washington has been in short supply.On one hand, Congress passed a $1 trillion spending bill last week that extends a rule barring the federal government from using funds to block state marijuana laws.But in his signing statement, President Donald Trump said he reserves the right to ignore it.
Pope Francis shared a light moment with First Lady Melania Trump Wednesday during hers and President Donald Trump’s visit to The Vatican.As he he met her, the Pope asked via translator: “What do you give him to eat, potica?” He was referring to a traditional Slovenian dish, though some thought he said “pizza.” Share Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/24120911/Vatican-Pope-Melania-CR.mp400:0000:0001:26Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video: AP
Students at Southeast Washington, D.C.’s Charles Hart Middle School are trying to raise money to visit China this summer. The fundraising campaign will help 25 students from the Ward 8 school travel to and tour the Middle Kingdom from July 5-13.Hart Middle School eighth grade teacher William McMurtrey said a trip to China will let students explore the world. (Courtesy photo)“Taking this trip will not only make the students see the possibilities of seeing the world but the parents get to see [that experience] is possible as well,” said William McMurtrey, an eighth grade U.S. History teacher at Hart who is facilitating the trip. “Less than five of the parents of the students have been out of the country and many of the parents and the students have never even left the DMV [District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area].”He said the trip will be educational and transformative for the students who have a chance to go. Students attend Hart from the sixth through eighth grades and primarily go to Ballou High School.“We are located in Southeast Washington, D.C., where we serve students from 11 to 14 years old,” McMurtrey said in a fundraising letter earlier this year. “We believe students living in a poorer community should have the same opportunities to explore the world as children in more affluent areas and that their status should not prevent them from embracing all that the world has to offer.”Hart’s student demographics are 98 percent Black, two percent Latino and zero percent White. The school is struggling academically, with 55.7 percent of its students in math and 51.5 percent in English/Language Arts not meeting expectations of their grade level on the 2015-2016 Partnership for the Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers exam. Ninety-nine percent of its students qualify for free and reduced price lunches.Nevertheless, the school is beefing up its academic offerings and offers clubs in robotics, chess, drama, and creative writing with a substantive tutoring program. The school is known for its winning athletic programs in football and basketball. Alice Deal Middle School has operated a travel program for years, and the District’s new chancellor, Antwan Wilson, said he is a supporter of student programs in foreign countries.The cost of the trip is approximately $3,500 per student, and McMurtrey notes that Hart’s students are financially challenged. The total cost of the trip is $74,000, but said the community can help raise those funds.“You may host an event or fundraiser where the proceeds will sponsor one or more students,” he said. “You can also give a donation in any amount that fits your budget and resources.”McMurtrey said that contributions for the students’ trip will be accepted until April 14; checks to support the trip are tax-deductible and should be made out to the D.C. Treasury in care of Charles Hart Middle School – China 2017.
A rider’s amusement park experience recently turned scary when their ride stopped working and they became stuck 55 feet above the ground.On June 30, “The Vomatron” ride at an amusement park in Bay County, Florida, suddenly experienced a power failure, Fox News reported. According to a Twitter post, the Bay County Fire Rescue responded to the incident and came to rescue the passenger from the defunct ride, who was trapped in a near horizontal position. Thankfully, the rider was not hurt following the ride failure issue, which is still under investigation.An unusual rescue for #BCFR today! Crews rescued a rider from an amusement ride after the ride lost power. The rider was stuck 55 feet up.Ladder 1 was put to good use by firefighters & we are happy to report the rider, though shaken, is fine. credit: Captain G. Moschella pic.twitter.com/jzevG9fxtc— Bay County FL EM (@BayCountyEM) June 30, 2019“An unusual rescue for #BCFR today! Crews rescued a rider from an amusement ride after the ride lost power,” the Bay County Fire Rescue wrote on Twitter. “The rider was stuck 55 feet up. Ladder 1 was put to good use by firefighters & we are happy to report the rider, though shaken, is fine.”According to Funtime Group, “The Vomatron” is a massive propeller ride with seats on each end that rotates riders at speeds more than 74 mph. The best part? It also spins in reverse and puts 4gs of force onto passengers who want a thrilling amusement experience.More on Geek.com:Muggles Had to Wait 10 Hours to Ride New ‘Harry Potter’ Roller CoasterNew Carnival Cruise Ship Will Have ‘First Roller Coaster at Sea’This Giant Lego Roller Coaster Is Built for Thrill-Seeking Minifigs Stay on target Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterA ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’-Themed Cookbook Is Coming This Fall
Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. February 10, 2016 Over the past few years, Google’s prime focus lies on eliminating spam from their search results, flushing worthless content with their revolutionary algorithm updates. But 2015 was more about Mobilegeddon and RankBrain, two progressively gentler updates whose impacts have been discussed in depth in the following infographic.Related: Meet RankBrain, the New AI Behind Google’s Search ResultsThat said, Mobilegeddon and RankBrain weren’t the only updates Google made last year. There have been a few unnamed and unacknowledged updates as well. For example, there were significant ranking changes in eCommerce sites for branded and heavy-traffic keywords on Feb. 4, 2015.Some mobile-related and usability shifts were also noticed. Soon after this, we saw one of the most talked-about update of the year — Mobilegeddon, although it turned out to be a false alarm, as its impacts were hardly noticeable.There has been certain quality updates as well, which impacted low-quality news snippets, how-to content and clickbait sites. In the later part of the year came another major update from Google — RankBrain.Related: Is Your Site Mobile Ready for Google’s Big Algorithm Change? (Infographic)This artificial intelligence system helped Google to sort through the search results. Although the search giant has been using this machine-learning AI system for a past few months to deliver the most relevant search results for a particular query, Bloomberg first broke the news on Oct. 26, 2015.The last update from Google was again unconfirmed. Nevertheless, Phantom 3 was a significant update with its focus on Panda-like content quality. The good news is that this algo update wasn’t focused on links.While some of these updates were permanently integrated into Google’s search algorithm, the search giant has just rolled back a few of the changes and is planning to roll out some more over an extended duration.Related: Will Google’s Algorithm Update Affect Your Franchise Sales?