By deferring the H4 decision, Trump has only confused Indian techies further

first_imgLast week, the Donald Trump administration delivered some good news for holders of the H4 dependent visa, but Indian techies aren’t rejoicing yet.On March 03, the department of homeland security (DHS) deferred issuing the draft proposal to restrict work permits for holders of H4 visas—dependents of the H-1B visa-holders—from February to June 2018, The Times of India newspaper reported.This lengthy period of limbo has a huge impact on India. For Indians are the largest beneficiaries of H-4 visas, holding nearly 80% of the 125,000 issued in 2015 alone, and women account for 90% of all H-4 visas.Read it at Quartz Related Itemslast_img read more

Gareth Bale set to miss Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid with calf injury

first_imgGareth Bale’s run of injury misery continued on Tuesday as Real Madrid said their record signing had picked up a calf injury that rules him out for up to four league games and their Champions League semi-final tie with Atletico Madrid.Bale was forced off injured in the 35th minute of Sunday’s 3-2 defeat to arch rivals Barcelona that blew the La Liga title race wide open and took the champions ahead of Madrid in the standings due to their superior head-to-head record.Real released a statement on Tuesday saying Bale had a grade two muscle tear in his left calf, without specifying how long the Welsh international would spend on the sidelines.Radio station Cadena Cope said he would be out for three weeks, therefore missing league fixtures against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia, Granada and Sevilla in addition to both games against Atletico.Bale has won two Champions Leagues with Real since his then world record move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, but his fourth season in Spain has been blighted by injuries.He was forced to spend over two months out after rupturing ligaments in his right ankle in November and was forced off during his side’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Bayern Munich with an injury to his right calf.Coach Zinedine Zidane was heavily criticised in the Spanish media for fielding Bale against Barcelona 11 days after sustaining the injury, although on Tuesday the Frenchman defended his decision.”He trained normally three times before the game without any problems and things like this can’t be prevented,” Zidane told a news conference.advertisement”It’s an injury but overall it’s a small thing and we hope he’ll be back with us soon.”Real visit Deportivo on Wednesday aiming to stay level on points with Barcelona and sustain their push for a first league title since 2012. But they will also be without Sergio Ramos due to suspension after the captain was sent off against Barca for a two-footed lunge on Lionel Messi.The 32-times Liga champions have been boosted, however, by the return of France defender Raphael Varane from a hamstring problem.last_img read more

Man Utd team news & likely line-up

first_imgManchester United Man Utd Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Stoke City Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:50 9/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United Leicester City Premier League Getty Manchester United Premier League Stoke City v Manchester United Stoke City Everything you need to know ahead of the Premier League clash at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday evening Jose Mourinho has reiterated a number of times during Manchester United’s positive start to this season that his side also started last term like a house on fire. Just as 12 months ago United have three wins from three under their belts so far, and the Portuguese will be keen for the Red Devils not to replicate the three successive losses which followed.United head for Stoke on Saturday a very different team to the one which lost to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford a year ago though, with the increased pace, power and organisation added to the squad this year having contributed to three convincing victories thus far. And with Marcus Rashford having stood out for England in midweek too, Mourinho has plenty of reasons to be hopeful of continued good form in the weeks to come.United 6/1 to beat Stoke 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The game at the bet365 Stadium presents a crucial league fixture just three days before United return to Champions League action for the first time in almost two years against Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday.MAN UTD INJURIESLuke Shaw has made two appearance for United’s under-23 side in recent weeks as he returns from a foot ligament injury. Following a 58-minute appearance in a 1-1 draw with Swansea in Leigh, he turned in a full 90-minute showing against Tottenham at Stevenage which saw United’s second string lose 3-1.Ashley Young also played in the first of those games, and he is another player who could add to Jose Mourinho’s stocks as United look to use the full depth of their squad with games coming up thick and fast.Marcos Rojo is due out until the end of the year with an ACL knee injury, although he is now back in light training alongside the first team so could step up his rehabilitation in the coming weeks, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic is another who could be out for a period of some months still despite having been named in United’s Champions League group stage squad.Luke Shaw Manchester United 2017MAN UTD SUSPENSIONS United will not have anyone suspended for this league encounter, with the European bans to be served by Phil Jones and Eric Bailly in midweek their only pending concerns.Stoke City Manchester United oddsMAN UTD POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPJose Mourinho has made only one change so far this season, with Anthony Martial replacing Marcus Rashford for the 2-0 win over Leicester City last time out. Rashford could well receive a recall for the trip to Stoke after starring in England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley on Monday, but there could also be other minor changes made by the United boss.With the Champions League visit of Basel three days away, Mourinho could revert to type by making subtle alterations to his team in order to save the legs of some of those he has in mind for a starting berth on Tuesday.There will be no changes at the heart of defence though, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones starting against Mark Hughes’ side ahead of their enforced lay-offs in midweek. Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have already been slated to start against Basel and will sit out this game in preparation.Man Utd poss XISTOKE CITY TEAM NEWS Stoke have had the ultimate mixed start to the Premier League season, with their opening-day loss to Everton at Goodison Park having been followed up with a narrow victory against Arsenal thanks to Jese Rodriguez’s debut goal. Last time out they ended West Brom’s 100 per cent start with a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.Jese’s impact has been one of the high points of the Potters’ campaign so far, while the form of former United midfielder Darren Fletcher following his move from West Brom has also given them a huge boost. However, the Scot was forced to withdraw from his national side’s fixtures against Lithuania and Malta due to a knee injury last week. He is back in training with Stoke but could be touch-and-go to return on Saturday.Summer signing Eric Choupo-Moting is expected to be fit enough to at least take a place on the bench after missing Cameroon’s World Cup qualifiers this week with a hamstring problem.Darren Fletcher HDBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Stoke are unbeaten in their last four home Premier League games against Manchester United (W2 D2) since losing four of their first five between 2008-09 and 2012-13. Under Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United’s win percentage in the Premier League against Stoke was 90% (won nine out of 10) – since he left in May 2013, they’ve won three out of eight; a win ratio of 37.5%. Coming in to this matchday, Manchester United will have ended 27 days at the top of the Premier League table this season – more than the total of the previous four seasons combined (16 days). The Red Devils have scored four goals from substitutes so far this season; more than any other Premier League team (Martial x2, Rashford and Fellaini). In 2016-17, they only scored six goals through subs in 38 games. Mourinho has lost his fourth league match of the season in four of the last five seasons (W1), with his first defeat as Manchester United boss coming on the fourth Premier League matchday against Man City last season. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has provided five assists in his first three Premier League games this season. Only two players have provided six assists in their first four Premier League apps of the season – Thierry Henry in 2004-05 and Cesc Fabregas in 2014-15. Saido Berahino hasn’t scored a Premier League goal since 27th February 2016, with his current drought extending to 1823 minutes (over 30 hours of action). TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME The match is being televised live on BT Sport 1 in the UK and kicks off at 17:30BST, with TV coverage beginning 30 minutes prior. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Champions League 2018 final: Everything you need to know

first_imgUEFA Champions League Champions League 2018 final: Where is it, how to buy tickets, TV channels & live streams Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:45 5/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Cristiano Ronaldo Champions League trophy Getty Images UEFA Champions League The curtain will fall on the elite European club scene when the best two teams face off in May and Goal brings you all you need to know The 2017-18 Champions League comes to a conclusion next month and Europe’s best team will be crowned after 11 months of action in the continent’s top tournament.Having kicked off its qualifying stage last June, then transitioning to the final 32 in September, UEFA’s flagship club competition has now been whittled down to the final four.Those teams will now look to book their place in the final, which will serve to drop the curtain on the majority of European club seasons ahead of the 2018 World Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now With just under a month to go, Goal brings you everything you need to know about the Champions League final, including where it is, ticket information, how to watch and more.When and where is the Champions League final? The 2018 Champions League final will be played at the NSC Olimpiyskiy (also known as the Olympic Stadium) in Kiev, Ukraine.The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 26 and is set to kick off at 19:45 BST (14:45 ET).Home of Dynamo Kiev and the Ukraine national team, the Olympic Stadium previously hosted the final of Euro 2012 between Spain and Italy, which La Roja won 4-0.It has a capacity of 70,000 – reduced to 63,000 for football – and is considered a Category 4 stadium by UEFA.NSC Olimpiyskiy Olympic Stadium Kiev general view 2013What teams are in the Champions League final? Real Madrid are chasing their 13th title having defeated Bayern Munich in the semi-final and they are in familiar territory having won three of the last four Champions League finals.Liverpool, meanwhile, are on course for a sixth title, but they must defeat Serie A side Roma to secure passage into the final. Team Agg. Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Bayern Munich 3-4 Real Madrid 1-2 2-2 Liverpool – Roma 5-2 May 2 How to buy Champions League final ticketsLiverpool fansWhile the Olympic Stadium has a capacity of 63,000 for the final, just 40,700 tickets have been made available to fans and the general public.Each finalist will be allocated 17,000 tickets to distribute among their fans and a further 6,700 tickets were available via UEFA’s ticket portal. The application window to purchase tickets from UEFA has now closed, having run from March 16 to March 22.Applicants were able to apply for a maximum of two tickets per person and successful applicants should expect to receive their tickets by mid May.There are four price categories for tickets being sold to the general public: Category 1 tickets are the most expensive at €450, Category 2 tickets cost €320, Category 3 tickets are priced at €160 and Category 4 tickets are €70. Category 1 seats are located centrally, on either side of the pitch, while Category 2 seats are mainly on the sides of the main and opposite stands. Category 3 seats are behind the goals and Category 4 seats are also behind the goals, but in the upper and lower tiers. Type Price Category 1 €450 Category 2 €320 Category 3 €160 Category 4 €70 Accessibility package €70 Youth package €140 As well as the four categories, UEFA also offers an ‘accessibility package’, which is designed for wheelchair and easy access. This is priced at €70 and includes a free companion ticket.A ‘youth package’ is also available for one adult and one child under the age of 14. The package includes two Category 2 tickets (which are normally priced at €320 each) and costs €140.According to UEFA, the remaining 22,300 tickets will be distributed among the local organising committee, commercial partners and broadcasters, as well as UEFA and national associations.Champions League final TV channel & live streamIn the United Kingdom (UK) the Champions League final is set to be shown live on TV on one of BT Sport’s dedicated channels, with the specific channel to be confirmed.It will also be available to stream live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport BT Sport app Fox Sports has the rights to the Champions League in the United States (US) so the final will be broadcast live on one of the network’s channels, which will be confirmed closer to May 26.Fox Sports’ online services Fox Sports Go and Fox Soccer Match Pass, as well as WatchESPN, should facilitate live streaming of the game. 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College Football Head Coach Shares Heartbreaking Personal News

first_imgA generic picture of three footballs next to a pylonBlake Anderson, the head football coach at Arkansas State, shared some heartbreaking personal news at the conclusion of the 2018 regular season.The wife of the Arkansas State head coach has seen her cancer return.Wendy Anderson had battled cancer over the past couple of years and saw it return at the end of November.Football Scoop had more of the heartbreaking details:Unfortunately, earlier this week after not feeling well Wendy got a chest X-ray and some CT scans and the results were not good. Cancer is back and has spread into multiple parts of her body.Wendy is fighting; but she could also use our prayers. The power of prayer is infinite. Together we can change the world. Thank you and may God continue to shine down on Wendy and the Anderson family.Anderson, 49, has been the school’s head coach since 2014. He previously coached at North Carolina and Southern Miss.Way more important than a game. Here’s @CoachJdbs message about the wife of @CHbanderson, @2day4fun Wendy. Big-time Prayers for Ms. Wendy and all the Anderson family. pic.twitter.com/rYBs8THljA— AStateNation (@AStateNation) November 24, 2018Our thoughts are with the Anderson family at this tough time.last_img read more

Quebec teachers religious groups denounce governments secularism bill

first_imgMONTREAL — Advocacy organizations and citizens are denouncing the Quebec government’s secularism legislation, saying it turns religious minorities into second-class citizens.The bill tabled today would ban the wearing of religious symbols for many public sector employees, including teachers, prosecutors, judges and police officers.Amrit Kaur, a teaching student who wears a Sikh turban, says the bill could ruin her chances of teaching in Quebec’s public school system and force her to look for work in a private school.She says the proposed legislation sends the message that people who wear religious symbols are second-class citizens and that teaching isn’t an inclusive profession in Quebec.Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith and the National Council of Canadian Muslims have also spoken out against the bill, saying it targets religious minorities and runs counter to fundamental Quebec and Canadian values.The English Montreal School Board has already said it will refuse to comply with any legislation restricting the wearing of religious symbols.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mealshare Road to One Million

by 660 NEWS Staff Posted Nov 15, 2015 8:23 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This Thursday, November 19th, Mealshare will provide their 500,000th meal to someone in need through their buy one, give one program.Mealshare is partnered with the Calgary Drop-In Centre, as well as Save the Children.The organization’s Breanne Sich explains how the system works:“If you were to go to any one of our partner restaurants and have a look at their menu, you would see our Mealshare logo beside a couple of their menu items. As a guest, if you were to order that Mealshare-branded menu item, you would get your meal just as normal, you don’t have to pay anything extra, butnow, somebody else either through the Drop-In Centre or Save the Children Canada, is going to be receiving a meal just by you ordering that item,” she said.Eight Canadian celebrities are supporting the fight against hunger and are teaming up with Mealshare.If you want to join a celebrity team and provide a meal to someone in need, log onto mealshare.ca. Mealshare: Road to One Million Stock Photo read more

Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller Kenny Guiton against Penn State Were going

No. 9 Ohio State travels to Penn State this weekend for a battle between the conference’s two teams ineligible for postseason play. OSU coach Urban Meyer and PSU coach Bill O’Brien weighed in on the status of Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller at the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. Preparing for Miller Time Miller was injured in the third quarter of last Saturday’s overtime win against Purdue, and Meyer said that the sophomore quarterback is still nursing a very sore neck. Meyer confirmed that Miller has been cleared to practice, but said backup redshirt junior Kenny Guiton will be prepared to play. “We’re going to have two ready,” said Meyer of his quarterbacks. Nonetheless, O’Brien said his team is preparing for OSU’s typical offense, in which Miller is the team’s leading passer and rusher. “Obviously, we’re preparing for Braxton Miller,” O’Brien said. “He’s one of the top players in the country, at the end of the day that’s the guy that we have to prepare for.” High Praise for Heuerman Buckeye fans might be celebrating Jeff Heuerman for his receiving skills right now – the sophomore tight end caught the game-tying two-point conversion last Saturday – but Meyer has been impressed with a different aspect of Heuerman’s skill set. “He might be the best blocking tight end that I’ve ever had in my head coaching career,” Meyer said. Heuerman’s contributions might not jump off a stat sheet, he has six receptions this year for one touchdown, but Meyer said that Heuerman’s blocking has been extremely important this season. “He’s giving us a component that we’ve never really had at that spot,” Meyer said. “He’s a point guy that can really block a defensive had. That’s really great to have.” Better left unsaid? Michigan has not won a Big Ten title since 2004, and coach Brady Hoke said that he uses the program’s conference championship drought to motivate his players everyday. “Let’s face it,” said the second-year Michigan coach. “Besides graduating and honoring your name, the expectations are to win Big Ten Championships. We embrace it and we are not going to shy away from it.” Hoke’s approach is fundamentally different than that of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who said he just tries to keep his team focused on getting better every day. “I don’t talk about (winning the conference) daily,” Pelini said. “Our players understand what’s out there and what the challenges are.” Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) and Nebraska (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) meet this weekend, and whether the coaches want to talk about it or not, the game has major implications on the conference championship picture. To maintain its undefeated conference record, Michigan will have to do what it’s failed to do twice this season – win a night game away from home. The Wolverines were handled, 41-14, on a neutral field against Alabama on Sept. 1, and fell to Notre Dame three weeks later. “We haven’t played our best football,” Hoke said. “We are going to need to this week.” read more

Quiz How well do you remember Ken Dohertys World Snooker Championship success

first_img Share Tweet Email3 2 Tweet How old was Doherty when he lifted the trophy in 1997? Doherty defeated Alain Robidoux to reach the final but where is his 1997 semi-final opponent from? Share your result: THE SNOOKER WORLD Championship finishes up this weekend, marking 20 years since Ken Doherty’s Crucible triumph that captured the attention of the nation.With that in mind we’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane and see how well you remember the Dubliner’s success in 1997.********** The questions just didn’t suit you this time. 29 Short URL Share your result: 18-15 11th 15th 27 World Billiards Championship 14 Comments Bronze You scored out of ! You scored out of ! Wales By Alan Waldron Not too bad at all. If you’d paid a little more attention you could have won the gold. Croke Park Apr 30th 2017, 5:59 PM 4 The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 6 Belgium Follow us: the42.ie True Gold 31 Tweet Share your result: How many centuries did Doherty make in the final? 33 France Share Sunday 30 Apr 2017, 5:59 PM 1 John Higgins James Wattana 3 Well now. There’s not much we can say about that. Do you even like snooker? You scored out of ! Top of the pile, you really were paying attention. 5 Which of the following players did Doherty NOT beat en route to winning the World Championship? Share Share your result: Share And finally, what famous sporting venue did Doherty parade his silverware around six days after clinching glory? Serena pressed ‘wrong button’ to reveal pregnancyLowry finds the right balance between family and golf after a ‘whirlwind’ two years Victory saw Doherty complete an unprecedented career hat-trick, the World Championship, World Amateur Championship, and what other title? Lansdowne Road Old Trafford 18-14 7th You scored out of ! Silver Steve Davis Tweet True or false, Doherty was the only Irishman in the main draw in 1997? Mark Davis World Pool Championship http://the42.ie/3359063 Wooden spoon Share False World Nine-Ball Championship 18-12 What seed was Doherty for the 1997 World Championship? 0 In beating Hendry at the Crucible, Doherty denied the Scot how many World Championships in a row? Anfield Tweet Quiz: How well do you remember Ken Doherty’s World Snooker Championship success? Cast your mind back 20 years to that famous night at the Crucible. 3rd 21,766 Views World Junior Championship Canada 18-16 Answer all the questions to see your result! 7 What was the scoreline from Doherty’s final victory against Stephen Hendry? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Amtrak will pay derailment costs, governor says

first_imgGov. Jay Inslee released a statement Wednesday confirming that Amtrak has agreed to pay derailment costs following Monday’s tragic event in DuPont that killed three passengers.“The swift response to this tragedy has been the result of cooperation from all the involved jurisdictions,” Inslee said in the release. “The priority has been on taking care of those on board the train and restoring access to I-5 as soon as safely possible.“This response, however, does not come without financial costs.”Inslee spoke with Amtrak president and co-CEO Richard Anderson about the matter Wednesday.He said in the release the corporation will pay for costs including medical and incidental expenses for injured passengers and their families, road clean-up and repairs, and restoration of rail service.He also said Amtrak committed to make Positive Train Control (PTC) operational on trains in Washington as soon as possible, and before the federal deadline on Dec. 31, 2018.“I want to be clear there are still many unanswered questions about how and why this incident occurred,” Inslee said. “I have confidence the NTSB’s investigation will provide those answers.“Crews have made commendable progress on restoring I-5 and I ask that travelers continue to be patient as they complete opening of the lanes.”last_img read more

United target WanBissaka as Valencias replacement

first_imgManchester United are reportedly interested in Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a potential replacement for Antonio Valencia.It is claimed by Mirror Football that the Red Devils alongside Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested in the England U21 international, who has impressed for Roy Hodgson’s side since making his first-team debut 11 months ago.The report suggests Wan-Bissaka is expected to provide competition for Diogo Dalot, with Valencia expected to leave United when his contract expires at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Celtic are interested in signing Scott McTominay on loan, according to reports in the English press.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.It is claimed that the Hoops are currently in talks with United over a move for the Scotland international midfielder.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wouldn’t comment on the McTominay speculation in his press conference on Thursday but did say, according to SkySports:“He’s a very good young player. When he broke into the team at Manchester United, I think he showed that. He’s a fantastic talent, but there’s nothing more to say.”last_img read more

Leicester defender open to United move

first_imgLeicester City defender Harry Maguire has opened the door to a move to Manchester United by revealing it would be hard to down a move to club participating in the UEFA Champions League.Maguire has been a transfer target for United during the summer transfer window after an impressive 2018 World Cup with England, but Leicester’s refusal to let him leave ultimately meant he had to commit his immediate future to the club.The former Hull City defensive stalwart signed a new five-year deal with Leicester last month, but United are still said to be interested in the England international, who has refused to rule out a move to a Champions League outfit.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Yes, definitely it would be a difficult one (to reject a move to a ‘giant’ club). I’m an ambitious player. If you’re not an ambitious footballer, you’re in the wrong game really,” Maguire told BBC Sport.“Everyone wants to play at the top level, everyone wants to play in the biggest tournaments in the world, so obviously the Champions League is one.”Maguire joined the Foxes from Hull City in 2017 and has featured 52 times in all competitions for the Foxes.last_img read more

Multi Agency Drills Prepare Local Responders For Wildfire Season

first_imgHans Rinke with the Division of Forestry Soldotna Office says residents should always implement the practices of burn permit guidelines: “Which require you to have water while you’re burning, have hand tools while you’re burning and be present on site while you’re burning.” Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker: “It’s a good way for us to practice and train together. This is something we don’t normally have the opportunity to do, and it’s better to know them before we have to go on a real incident and have these worked out.”  Residents with burn permits need to contact their local Division of Forestry office any day they are planning to burn to make sure there are no burn suspensions in place in their area. They can also go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn to see if burning is allowed and to learn about safe burning practices. To date, there have been 120 wildfires reported that have burned approximately 15,925 acres. String diagrams were used on the bay floor to simulate roads and lakes. Models were used to represent engines and other equipment.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai and Nikiski Fire Departments participated with State Division of Forestry in a large “table top” drill involving a small wildfire on Friday afternoon that rapidly grows. Alaska experienced one of its earliest and warmest springs on record this year, melting away the snowpack earlier than normal and resulting in a vigorous start to the wildfire season. Burn permits are required for all controlled and debris burning on the Kenai Peninsula from April 1 through August 31. Anyone burning debris or using a burn barrel is responsible for maintaining control of the fire and can be held accountable if the fire escapes.last_img read more

Eielson AFB commander says F35s will usher new era of combat power

first_imgThe basing of 54 F-35 fighter jets at the Eielson Air Force Base will usher in a new era at the Interior Alaska installation. Base commander Colonel Ben Bishop talked about Eielson’s new mission during an update to the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce this week.”We are actually adding a combat mission with two combat F-35 squadrons, so we will deploy and project air power,” Bishop said.Eielson was spared from closure in 2005, and instead re-aligned with a narrow scope of operations.”We’ve had the training at Eielson Air Force Base with the 354th Fighter wing, in conjunction with the 168th wing of the Air National Guard,” Bishop said. “But what’s different is we’re bringing F-35s, which actually have that combat projection.”Colonel Bishop says Eielson will continue to host regular Red Flag exercises, bringing together U.S. and ally air forces to train in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex against mock enemies.”Adversary support squadron and adversary aggressor squadrons at Eielson Air Force Base. And then we have two squadrons of F-22s down the road at the Anchorage Air Force base,” Bishop said. “That ability to have that environment in that range complex with those threats provides an opportunity to provide for a fifth generation center of excellence. So I really see tactics and our ability to project combat power is really gonna grow up in the skies of Alaska.”Bishop says he envisions Alaska becoming a mecca for F-35 training. The jets will be based at Eielson, with the first round scheduled to arrive in spring 2020. A half-billion dollars in new construction to accommodate 3,500 active duty and civilian support staff associated with the F-35 basing, is underway at Eielson.last_img read more

Australia Adani coal mine faces legal challenge

first_imgIndian conglomerate Adani Enterprises is facing possible further delays in constructing a giant coal mine in Australia after an environmental group lodged a fresh legal challenge on the grounds the project would harm the Great Barrier Reef and contribute to climate change.Australia’s Environment Minister on 15 October re-issued an environmental permit for construction of the mine, costing an estimated $7 billion, after clearing concerns raised in an earlier legal challenge over two rare outback species that set the project back by several months.On Monday, lawyers for the Environmental Defenders Office acting for the Australian Conservation Foundation launched a review of that approval.”This case is about whether the minister correctly applied the law when considering the impacts of the project on the Great Barrier Reef and endangered Black-throated finch,” said Sean Ryan, the principal EDO solicitor for the foundation.Adani, which originally aimed to ship 40 million tonnes of coal a year in the mine’s first phase starting in late 2017, could not be reached for immediate comment.”Our question is–has the Environment Minister properly applied this legal obligation when considering the impacts of burning coal from this mine on the Great Barrier Reef?” Ryan said.The grounds for the review included one in relation to the Black-throated finch and three concerning climate change and the Great Barrier Reef, according to Ryan.Environmentalists are fighting the mine on numerous fronts, lobbying banks not to provide loans and urging The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to designate the Great Barrier Reef “in-danger”, citing potential damage from port dredging, shipping and climate change stoked by coal from the mine.Adani has battled environmental opposition since work on the project started five years ago. Progress on the mine was blocked in August after a claim, Adani failed to take into account the welfare of the yakka skink and ornamental snake.While a push in India to rely more on solar and wind power and domestic sources of coal has raised questions over the viability of the project, Adani has said the majority of Carmichael production had been pre-sold, guaranteeing revenue.last_img read more

WATCH Merkels LowKey Visit With Trump Focuses On Trade Foreign Policy

first_imgUpdated at 2:50 p.m. ETPresident Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House Friday, calling her “a very extraordinary woman.” At a photo op before a working lunch, Trump said the two leaders “will be working on a lot of different subjects,” including trade and NATO.In a joint press conference, Trump and Merkel took questions from reporters after their discussions.Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House on Friday.Merkel’s visit does not include much of the fanfare that accompanied French President Emmanuel Macron’s trip to Washington, D.C., earlier this week.While there will be no fancy state dinner, Merkel was expected to echo many of the concerns that were raised by Macron about U.S. positions on trade and foreign policy during her Oval Office meeting and working lunch with Trump.Germany and France both want the United States to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. The Trump administration has until May 12 to renew sanctions relief for Iran, as the deal requires. The president has repeatedly slammed the agreement, calling it one of the worst deals ever made.Merkel was also expected press the United States to grant the European Union a permanent exemption from U.S. import tariffs on steel and aluminum. Those duties are slated to go into effect on May 1.Macron talked about the need for free and fair trade, but Merkel was expected spend more time attempting to convince Trump to step back from a potential trade war.The Germans “are worried that a dispute between the European Union and United States on trade and tariffs could spiral … to include autos, and there the Germans have a lot more to lose than the French,” said Peter Rough, a fellow at the Hudson Institute.Evan Vucci/APPresident Donald Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House Friday.Merkel and Trump do not have the close personal bond that Trump shares with Macron. One reason for the frosty relations is that Germany has a larger trade deficit with the United States. Trump has made clear he considers such deficits a loss for the United States.Germany has also not gotten close to spending 2 percent of its GDP on the military, a goal set by NATO members and repeatedly stressed by Trump. Trump has accused NATO members of not paying their fair share.But analysts say Merkel’s ability to charm Trump should not be underestimated.“She’s a cool and rational person, and has a wicked sense of humor,” said Constanze Stelzenmuller, of the Brookings Institution. “She does have this natural warmth and she does display that in private conversation. For all we know, she might be able to win him over.” Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Del McCray Meets With Residents in Series of Dialogues

first_imgDel. Cory McCray and Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Job Opportunities Task Force (standing) address questions from residents of the 45th district in Baltimore City.(AFRO/Photo by Roberto Alejandro)In a bid to make the representation of his district a dialogue between himself and his constituents, Maryland House of Delegate member Del. Cory McCray (D-Baltimore City) launched a series of monthly events to update residents in the 45th district about events directly affecting them.Among the topics are legislation making its way through the General Assembly which could impact his district, other issues and efforts related to Baltimore City, and gauging the temperature of those who sent him to Annapolis on his work as their representative.“On this journey that I’m on, I learn so much information,” McCray said during the opening minutes of his last event, titled “Conversations with Cory,” on Feb. 28. “So much information in reference to housing, so much information in reference to jobs, so much information in reference to [public] safety, but that information is useless if I keep it to myself.”In addition to discussing the two bills he is currently sponsoring in the General Assembly—one on apprenticeships and another that would expand voting rights for former felons—McCray welcomed Dr. Leana Wen, commissioner of the Baltimore City Health Department, to speak about her priorities for the agency, which she said were focused on addressing health disparities in Baltimore City.“Neighborhoods right next to each other have life expectancy differences of 20 years,” Wen told a crowd that had filled all the available seating and then some. “How is that possible, right, that if you just happen to live three streets over, that you can expect to live…20 years shorter?”Jason Perkins-Cohen of the Job Opportunities Task Force also spoke at the event, focusing on the current iteration of the Second Chance Act wending its way through the General Assembly. That act would shield the records of non-violent misdemeanors in the hopes of making it easier for those with such convictions to enter the labor force.Perkins-Cohen also said that the task force is fighting cuts to adult education in Gov. Hogan’s proposed budget, especially as 25 percent of adults in Baltimore do not have a high school diploma or GED, 50 percent have only a high school diploma or GED, and many jobs require some level of college education.“In Maryland, we are, by any measure, in the top five wealthiest states in the nation…but we do not invest in our population, in our people like we are a wealthy state,” said Perkins-Cohen. “And adult education is a really good example: 47th in the nation in adult education investment.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Tuesday March 15

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll have a report on the death of 28 year old Prince George’s County police officer Jacai Colson, allegedly by a fellow police officer during a shoot out. We’ll talk to former Prince George’s County Delegate Aisha Braveboy, as well as former Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey. Plus, more reporting on the controversial Port Covington development deal with Baltimore City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl Stokes.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more