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Interior nominee sees ‘clean slate’ on land in trust

first_imgAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I’m excited about having a new slate to start with, if you will, not covered by the legacy of hundreds of years, or a hundred years,” Bernhardt said at his confirmation hearing. Bernhardt worked as the top attorney at Interior during the Bush administration, when the government essentially stopped accepting trust lands. That was in part because of lawsuits alleging the government mismanaged trust assets, Bernhardt said, but those suits have now been settled.“Anything that happened during the Bush administration regarding land into trust and trust responsibility, I don’t think you can look at those things without sharing a perspective of that particular litigation and the burdens that were imposed on the Department of Interior because of it,” Bernhardt said.The Obama administration made land in trust a priority. In January, it approved an application from Alaska: the government accepted one acre in trust from Craig Tribal Association.Bernhardt said at his confirmation hearing Thursday he knows of no plans to change the land-in-trust rules.Between government jobs, Bernhardt worked as a lawyer and lobbyist. Among his clients were oil and gas companies. He also represented the state of Alaska three years ago, when it sued the federal government in a bid to conduct 3-D seismic work in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Share this story: Environment | Federal Government | Nation & WorldInterior nominee sees ‘clean slate’ on land in trustMay 19, 2017 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Tribes that want to place land in federal trust, giving them Indian Country jurisdiction, are still waiting to see how the Trump administration will treat their applications.David Bernhardt, the nominee for deputy Interior secretary, suggests history won’t be any guide.last_img read more

Surgeon general’s wife treated for melanoma recurrence as he highlights risks of tanning

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Andrew Joseph March 28, 2018 Reprints Surgeon general’s wife treated for melanoma recurrence as he highlights risks of tanning About the Author Reprints Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Wednesday said that his wife, Lacey, who was treated for melanoma years ago, had experienced a recurrence and was undergoing surgery for metastatic melanoma. He said he was choosing to highlight their story as a way to raise awareness about the risk factors for the skin cancer.In a Facebook post, Adams outlined how exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds can increase the likelihood of melanoma and described the warning signs. He said Lacey Adams used to tan frequently. What is it? Log In | Learn More Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Health center_img What’s included? Surgeon General Jerome Adams with his wife, Lacey, and daughter, Millie, at his 2017 swearing-in ceremony. Susan Walsh/AP @DrewQJoseph Andrew Joseph Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED [email protected] Tags cancerpolicylast_img read more

‘Very disappointing … but we have so little done’ says Laois boss Quirke after Westmeath loss

first_imgHome Sport GAA ‘Very disappointing … but we have so little done’ says Laois boss… SportGAAGaelic Football News Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois senior football manager Mike Quirke has said that his side’s performance on Saturday when they were beaten by eight points by Westmeath in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League was “very disappointing … but probably wasn’t all that unexpected”.The result essentially ends Laois’s promotion hopes – though it would take a bizarre set of results to keep them in the hunt.Instead they must beat Fermanagh away in their final game next Saturday to stay up and even that may not be enough if other games were to go against them.“Very disappointing,” he said when speaking to the media after the game.“We were hoping for better but it probably wasn’t all that unexpected – the fact we have so little done.“We didn’t play really. We really struggled on our kickouts and that was the platform that they needed.“They were very clinical, they missed very little.”The Kerry native pointed to the fact that Westmeath had more preparation time.  Their county final was played a week before the Laois quarter-finals meaning and according to Quirke had played a number of practise matches in recent weeks. TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois v WestmeathMike Quirke By Steven Miller – 18th October 2020 Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date ‘Very disappointing … but we have so little done’ says Laois boss Quirke after Westmeath loss “They’re after three or four games. We played a challenge last Friday and this was only our fifth time together since lockdown.“We were very much undercooked and you were hoping you were going to give a better performance and better account of ourselves. It was poor absolutely. We kept going (and) there was a few bright spots but the kickouts were a big problem and general cohesion wasn’t there.“I think they only kicked three wides in first half – they were by far better team. A long way better than us.“We’ve a big couple of days now and have to win next Saturday and see where that takes us.”To make a tough build-up even harder, Quirke lost full-back Mark Timmons and centre-back Colm Begley from the team originally named with Begley going down injured in the warm up.“(That was) a killer – lost Mark last night in training and Colm went down in the warm up. He had some leg injury. That didn’t help. Disappointing to lose anyone before throw in never mind your centre-back.“There has been a big turnover. Lads like Alan Farrell and Gareth Dillon weren’t even with us at the start of the year.“It’s a big ask to put all of that together in four or five days. But it is what it is. We knew what it was with Covid. We’re not making excuses. We’re just delighted to be playing.“Didn’t perform today and hopefully we can do something about it next week. Huge game next week – it was always going to be either way. If we won today or lost today, it was going to be a big game.“Westmeath are going to be have a chance to get to nine points in their last game and see would that put them in the mix for promotion.“For us it’s the other end of the table – we’ve got to make sure we win and hopefully we aren’t anywhere near relegation.”Quirke admitted that given the lack of preparation they were going a lot on club form – but the standard there was well off what Westmeath brought to the table in Mullingar.“We played a challenge against Tipperary last Friday and that was our first time playing opposition and having a good idea.“We had guys who were going well we thought and guys who were going well in the club championship and we tried to pick guys on that form.“But obviously club championship is a million miles away from the pace that Westmeath were bringing there.“But to be fair it was the only barometer we have and when you have such a short window that is the way you have to go.“We hope to have one or two guys back (for the Fermanagh game).“Paul Kingston’s sister was getting married today and was unavailable and there’s one or two guys to come back that might strengthen us up.“There’s very little you can do. Just ensure everyone is healthy and fit and hope that this game would bring you on.”SEE ALSO – Seven Talking Points as the Laois footballers suffer defeat against Westmeathcenter_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic Previous articleLaois and Offaly Education and Training Board embrace Instagram to engage with students, staff and parentsNext articleWeekend Read: How a freak sports injury sent Martin Heydon off on his political career Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Electric Picnic WhatsApplast_img read more

Apprenticeship numbers jump in 2020

first_imgApprenticeship numbers jump in 2020 Hon Chris Hipkins The number of apprentices continues to grow, with people from across the community signing up for careers in the trades, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) data> for enrolments in tertiary and vocational study as at December 2020 shows that the number of apprentices increased by 17.6 per cent compared to 2019 (45,155 in 2019 and 57,035 in 2020).“The Government has backed the trades with more than $320 million invested in free trades training (TTAF), and nearly $100 million going to support employers retain apprentices and take on new ones through Apprenticeship Boost,” Chris Hipkins said.“That investment has paid off with double digit growth in apprentice numbers during 2020, despite the impacts of COVID-19. We are seeing people taking the opportunity to becoming apprentices no matter what their age, gender or ethnicity.“Apprenticeships are traditionally seen as something you do out of school, but with free trades training we are seeing a big jump (19.7%) in workers aged 25 to 39 taking the opportunity for a career change, and more than 1,500 additional apprentices aged over 40.“The number of Māori and Pacific apprentices grew almost 30 per cent last year, which will benefit the economic development of their communities for years to come. And the number of women training to be apprentices is growing at nearly twice the rate of male apprentices.“These numbers show we are producing a vibrant and diverse trades workforce that will support New Zealand’s economic growth as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.“And we’re seeing strong signs of continued growth in domestic enrolments at tertiary institutions,” Chris Hipkins said.“Indicative March 2021 data shows the number of domestic students increasing by 12%, compared with around 1% for each of the previous three years, and repeated falls in the full-year enrolment data in years before that.“Again, the growth in 2021 is more pronounced among older people, with building courses and teacher training standing out.“It’s rare to see growth in both on and off the job training and education at the same time, when typically as one is up the other is down, depending on the strength of the economy. Avoiding this boom and bust cycle is one of the central pillars of the Reform of Vocational Education and a pleasing sign.” The December 2020 Enrolment Update is produced by the TEC. It showed that, compared to December 2019, the number of apprentices aged 25 to 39-years-old increased by 3,730 (19.7%) and those 40-years-old and over increased by 1,510 (28.3%). Māori and Pacific apprentice numbers increased by 2,295 (28%) and 965 (29.2%) respectively, compared to 6,355 (16%) for other ethnicities. There was a 29.1 per cent growth rate for women apprentices (1,635) against a 15.9 per cent growth rate for men (6,790). /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:apprenticeship, building, Commission, community, Economic Development, education, free trade, Government, Investment, Minister, New Zealand, older people, pacific, students, vocational education, workforcelast_img read more

Transforming Vandalism Into Art

first_imgWhen Thomas Valencia was a teenager in the 1990s, he and his friends used to paint art on a large, porous rock in Woodland Park as an unofficial memorial for friends who had passed away.“That’s where it all started,” Valencia said. “That’s what we had for an art wall.”Since then, Valencia has used a variety of different mediums over the years. After recently growing a reputation as a mural artist in Kalispell, he was approached by Alisha Shilling of KALICO Art Center and representatives from Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana, a nonprofit group that has paved miles of the Great Northern Historical Trail in and outside of Kalispell.Rails to Trails officials have been working with KALICO on several projects around Kalispell to enhance the old railroad trail, which led them to Valencia.Valencia submitted a sketch to the Flathead County Parks and Recreation to paint a mural along a section of trail on Meridian Road, which approved the mural in early September, and the artist set to work. With two backpacks filled with 50 spray cans, a colorful landscape of joyous people doing cartwheels has brought the cinderblocks underneath the Meridian trestle bridge to life.“This particular part of the tunnel gets hit (with vandalism) all of the time,” Shilling said.“That area that Thomas just finished is an area that kind of went into disrepair,” Kip Smith with Rails to Trails added. “It’s had some vandalism and graffiti over the years, and we decided it was time to fix it up.”Part of Valencia’s mission is to not only add color to Kalispell, but to cover up vandalism.In a separate project, Valencia painted a colorful train on a West Center Street property that had recently been vandalized. After getting permission from the property owner, Valencia climbed the rickety ladder to cover up the vandalized wall above the old grain silos.Valencia is also painting a massive, half-block-long mural on the corner of Center Street and Fifth Avenue West after raising $2,000 to paint a colorful day-to-night scene of a winding river, mountains, fire and the Northern Lights.Valencia typically projects the mural’s outline onto the walls that he’s preparing to paint in order to get it to scale, which he then fills in “freestyle.”With three projects nearly finished, he has his sights set on a giant blank wall on Main Street in Kalispell. But this one, he says, would cost significantly more in supplies and would require scaffolding to reach the top. Valencia is hoping to coordinate a deal with the property owner and raise funds to paint a large-scale mural in the future.Since covering vandalism with art has been a pattern for Valencia, he’s also advocating for an art wall, similar to the makeshift memorial he used when he was in high school.“An art wall would be perfect,” Valencia said. “It would cut down on graffiti, and the analogy is if you give the skaters a skate park, they’re not jumping off the library stairs.”Valencia envisions a 20- to 30-foot long wall somewhere along the Great Northern Historical Trail, similar to art walls in Venice Beach. He’s also hoping to get more mural gigs in the future to bring more color to Kalispell.“He wants to bring public art and positivity to our town,” Shilling said. “It helps everybody trying to do good things and push forward public art.”[email protected] Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Funeral arrangements confirmed for toddler killed in Derry tragedy

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Google+ Funeral arrangements confirmed for toddler killed in Derry tragedy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter By admin – July 19, 2016 center_img Pinterest Previous articleStudents Union President warns against student loan proposalNext articleMore investment needed in schools’ Summer Works Scheme – Cope admin Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for two year old Ronan McGavigan who died in a road traffic collision on the Lone Moor Road in Derry on Sunday.The funeral will be held tomorrow at St Columba’s Long Tower Church, with the funeral procession leaving from the family home.Ronan died following a road traffic collision on the Lone Moor Road in Derry City on Sunday afternoon.A fundraising campaign has been set up online to assist the family with any costs they may be confronted with in the coming weeks.The campaign has already surpassed its target of one thousand pounds with approx. 3,500 being donated so far.You can make a donation by visiting Just.Giving.comThe link is also available on our website @highlandradio.com 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Facebook WhatsApp Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Cladylast_img read more

News / Spot rates stabilise and ocean carriers stay optimistic as contract talks loom

first_img Container spot rates held steady this week, but they will finish 2017 significantly below the levels of a year ago, potentially diminishing carrier hopes of anything other than modest annual contract increases.The Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) was effectively unchanged from a week ago, with spot rates from Asia to North Europe at $800 per teu and at $596 per teu for Mediterranean ports.For the transpacific trade, today’s SCFI reading from Asia to the US west coast was $1,177 per 40ft and $1,972 per 40ft for the east coast.A year ago, the SCFI North Europe component was showing a rate of $1,049 per teu and $963 per teu for Mediterranean destinations. And for the US, west coast rates stood at $1,541 per 40ft and at $2,613 for the east coast. Nevertheless, with the spot rate erosion witnessed since October now stabilised, carriers do not seem overly concerned at the lower market rate base as they enter contract talks, according to the view of one UK line manager.He told The Loadstar this week his feedback “from the field” suggested he would obtain “satisfactory” increases from key Asia clients in the coming weeks.“The rate bar was raised this year,” he said. “We have no intention of lowering it.”Moreover, he anticipated a fresh rate spike ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday factory shut-downs in mid-February.Latterly, there has been less of a connection between spot and contract rates as a two-tier level of short-term rates seems to have emerged.In fact, several forwarders and NVOCCs have told The Loadstar this year that, while they still enjoy “very low” short-term rate deals with a number of carriers, these now run in tandem with what the market terms as ‘VIP’ rate agreements that offer protected space guarantees.Also, The Loadstar understands, some Asia-Europe annual contract rate negotiations could be put on hold pending the completion of the merger of Japanese carriers K Line, MOL and NYK.Indeed, the new entity, ONE (Ocean Network Express), has said it would only “participate in the bidding process” for contract cargo from April, which suggests that current annual contracts with shippers agreed by the Japanese trio will be extended.Meanwhile, a general improvement in backhaul rates has provided a welcome bonus for carriers this year. According to Drewry’s World Container Index (WCI), spot rates from Los Angeles to Shanghai are up 5% year-on-year, with rates from New York ahead by 9%.But the star of the show is North Europe, with the WCI recording a 35% year-on-year hike in Rotterdam to Shanghai spots.Carriers recorded even higher gains earlier in the year, following a capacity crunch in March and April, which resulted from temporary network changes ahead of the realignment of the alliances, and they have managed to hold onto much of the gains even after export schedules were resumed. By Mike Wackett 22/12/2017last_img read more

News / North American intermodal traffic hits the buffers, but some signals are brighter

first_img By Ian Putzger 25/10/2019 That sinking feeling continues: the Association of American Railroads (AAR) is looking back on a bleak year for intermodal traffic, and for the week that ended October 19, the organisation reported a 9.3% downturn in intermodal volumes.The previous week produced a 6.6% drop, and AAR members have now rolled through 42 consecutive weeks of continuing decline in their intermodal business. The tally for the year to date shows a drop of 4.3% in volume.With 1.06 million containers and trailers moved, last month was the lowest September for the AAR since 2016, and July and August were scarcely better. In the third quarter, AAR operators handled 5.1 million units, down 4.6% on a year ago.But for Union Pacific and CSX, intermodal business fell considerably more, the former reporting a drop of 11%, to 1 million units in Q3, with intermodal revenue falling 9%, while at CSX, volume was down 9%, to 673,000 units, and revenue fell 11%. © Wangkun Jia center_img Non-US rail carriers did not fare a lot better: Canadian rail companies saw intermodal volumes decline by 4.6%, while Mexican intermodal traffic dropped 2.5%.And the numbers from the Intermodal Association of North America (IANA) are as equally dismal as those from the AAR. The organisation, which includes other players involved in intermodal business besides rail companies, registered a 3.75 drop in volumes in September, to 1,49 million units. Container traffic slipped by 3.9%, while trailers slumped 19.1%JB Hunt, the largest intermodal marketing company on the scene, reported flat Q3 volumes compared with last year. But revenue per mile and margins were both down. However, this marked an improvement on the second quarter, when volumes dropped 7.6% and operating income sank 7%.Operators that focus on international intermodal traffic have laid the blame squarely on the impact of tariffs on imports, particularly from China.Gene Seroka, executive director of the port of Los Angeles, said “the ill-advised US-China trade war continues to wreak havoc on American exporters and manufacturers”.IANA attributed the weakness in the international segment to slowing global trade, and agreed tariffs had been an issue. For the domestic decline, it pointed to increased available truck capacity, leading to softer prices and more aggressive competition from that side.CSX and Union Pacific top brass have blamed the US economy and a sluggish trucking market for the decline in their intermodal business.However, pundits have commented that neither of these two carriers appeared particularly concerned about their intermodal setbacks. If trucking firms managed to capture some intermodal business, it was arguably as much a result of their pricing approach as of a lack of response from the rail side. Both CSX and Union Pacific seem to be more focused on their transition to ‘precision railroading’ and have, reportedly, largely held the line on their intermodal pricing.According to JB Hunt, CSX’s transition to precision railroading led to the elimination of hundreds of traffic lanes, resulting in the loss of between 50,000 and 70,000 intermodal loads.Another factor for the rail companies’ muted response to the loss of intermodal business was likely an underlying confidence that there are better times ahead. A number of intermodal operators have signalled hopes that business will rebound before long.JB Hunt management expects the fourth quarter to produce higher volumes than in the same period last year. It looks to leverage its JB Hunt 360 portal for quotes and booking of truckload, LTL and intermodal shipments to boost traffic. In addition, it is planning to boost its reefer fleet in order to sustain double-digit growth in intermodal reefer business.Overall, the outlook for the coming decade looks modestly positive, according to the view from the rival perspective. The American Trucking Association’s recently published Freight Transportation Forecast: 2019 to 2030, predicts that trucking and total rail transport will lose market share (despite increases in tonnage and revenues), while intermodal business will show modest growth.last_img read more

Which Bok heavies tamed the Lions most effectively?

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Piedmont Park Expansion Is Not Exactly Sailing Through City Council

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Next week, Atlanta City Council is scheduled to consider expanding Piedmont Park, but the plan may be in for a rough ride.The proposal is to spend $20 million to buy almost three acres of land at the corner of Piedmont and Monroe. Kasim Reed announced the plan at the end of his time as mayor, and now the Parks Department is coming to City Council, to ask for the go-ahead.But council members on the Community Development/Human Resources Committee had a lot of questions earlier this week, as first reported by the Saporta Report. They ended up voting to send the idea to the full council without actually supporting it. That’s not a good thing, said City Council president Felicia Moore, who’s not on the committee.“That means there’ll be a lot of debate on the council floor,” Moore said.The Parks Department would buy land that currently has businesses on it and collect rent for a few years, until it’s ready to build out the park. But there are still a few parcels on that corner – adding up to ¾ of an acre – that aren’t part of the proposed sale.That raised concerns from councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet.“I think it’s OK to take more than one year or a few years for a project to come to its full fruition,” she said at the meeting on Tuesday. “What I don’t want to do is commit to $20 million and be told later now we need to purchase this, and now we need to purchase this, and now we need to purchase this.”Another concern was about equity.At the meeting. councilman Amir Farokhi said $20 million dollars is a lot of money to spend on just under three acres.“There’s a lot of areas in the city that need equal love and equal investment,” he said.A third concern: Where the money is coming from. Some will come from park fees, some from the transportation sales tax and some from a sales tax meant to fund water and sewer infrastructure. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said she wouldn’t vote to use money from that sewer tax for this project.Parks Commissioner Amy Phuong responded to that concern, saying there will be a stormwater control element to the park expansion.Beyond that, she emphasized that the proposed plan is an opportunity to expand the park before real estate prices get so high that it’s no longer possible.“I believe it will be a transformational, consequential project,” she said to the committee.The city is working to raise another $80 million from philanthropic sources to complete the plans, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden is also proposing to expand along Piedmont.“This is going to provide a grand entrance,” Mark Banta, president of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, told the council members. “We have a tremendous impact on the region, and that’s why the investment in this park as a regional park is important.” For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 1:43 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories Sharelast_img read more