HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s community services minister has been asked to apologize to a young woman who was apparently left traumatized after two of her children were allegedly taken away mistakenly by Child Protective Services for four weeks.The woman’s case was raised in the provincial legislature Friday by Progressive Conservative critic Barbara Adams, who did not name the woman or her children.“As you can imagine, this family was incredibly traumatized by this experience,” Adams said during question period.Adams said the two children — an infant and a seven-year-old — were apprehended after police raided the family home in July, acting on a report from the department that the woman had tested positive for illicit drug use.To ensure the children’s welfare, the woman had to submit to random drug testing because she had a previous history of illicit drug use, Adams said.The Community Services Department called the woman a week later to confirm there had been a mix-up, she said.“The positive test belonged to someone else,” Adams said.However, it took another three weeks before the children were returned home.“When the province removes children from a family, they have to have more than bad data,” she said. “(The department) has yet to issue an apology to the family, and have not reimbursed the family for their legal fees.”Glenn Friel of the Community Services Department suggested in an email late Friday that other factors were involved in the decision.“Drug testing would be only one of many sources of information that would be considered in making a decision to bring a child in to care. There is never a reliance on only one piece of information,” he said.He said all efforts are made to keep “the integrity of the family” before children are taken into care.In the legislature earlier in the day, Adams asked if Community Services Minister Kelly Regan would apologize to the family for the mix-up.Regan said she could not speak about individual cases, but she assured Adams that her department would look into the case.Outside the legislature, Adams said the children weren’t returned to the woman until after the politician called the department to determine what was going on.She said she wants the department to adopt policies to ensure this kind of mistake doesn’t happen again.“This is somebody who has her life together and is moving forward with the support of her family — and they were invaded like a SWAT team,” Adams said. “It left a horrible fear in them that this could happen to others.”
Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement AS A CHILD, DID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR OR DID IT FALL INTO PLACE THROUGH OTHER ACTIVITIES?I think that I demonstrated a flair for dramatics at a pretty young age haha. I loved telling stories. I trained as a competitive figure skater for 10 years and that was my main extra-curricular as a kid. But I was always singing around the house – to the extreme annoyance of my family. I remember being obsessed with the 2007 movie musical “Hairspray” and dressing up as Penny Pingleton for Halloween that year. Although, it wasn’t until high school that I got involved in the performing arts through Shakespeare plays, musicals and show choir in my hometown of Waterloo, Ontario.WHO INSPIRED YOU TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM TO PURSUE ACTING?There’s a commencement speech that Jim Carrey gave in 2014 about chasing your dreams. In the midst of my own mid-youth crisis, his words really woke me up. I realized that the choices I had been making about my future, were made as he put it, “out of fear, disguised as practicality”. He said that “you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” It hit me like a lightning bolt and I realized all at once that I wasn’t going to be truly happy pursuing a career that was not creative.WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY? WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE?Auditioning was a huge challenge for me after acting school when I was first starting out. It became clear to me early on that I needed to hone my audition technique and learn how to combat my nerves. So I worked hard at it and took a couple on camera auditioning classes. Auditioning gets easier and easier every time, especially if you’re returning to a casting director who has already seen you before for another project. I’ve learned to enjoy the process (because you really have nothing to lose), and to approach every audition as an opportunity to grow as an actor, regardless of the outcome.I’m fortunate to have had many rewarding experiences performing, but some of my favourite memories have been on set. There is something electric about building a world around you that convinces even the crew members of your character’s reality while you’re filming. It’s so rewarding to collaborate with other artists and work together towards a common goal of bringing a script to life.WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF CHARACTER TO PLAY?I love playing characters that are relatable and a little dorky. No matter what the genre, I’m always looking for ways to bring comedic, human quirks to a character. And on the more dramatic side of things, I love playing characters that have fight in them, even in the most tragic circumstances. Those stories are so important to tell, and it is so fulfilling as an actor to get to delve into those characters. Most of the roles I go out for are in the teen/young adult age range, and I LOVE playing there. Teenagers are often extremely emotionally charged and have a lot going on, so it’s really fun to access that as an actor in my 20’s. I embrace all challenges.WHAT MARKET DO YOU CURRENTLY WORK IN? ARE THERE OTHER AREAS YOU WOULD LIKE TO WORK?Right now I’m focusing my energy into film and television acting, and I’m based in Toronto. The film industry is growing rapidly here, especially with festivals like TIFF giving Canadian content the exposure it deserves. I’m also very interested in the prospect of creating my own content. I’m currently in the process of writing a screenplay for a feature film that I’m hoping to star in and direct.WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TRYING TO MAKE IT IN THE ACTING INDUSTRY?Let go of perfection. I’m a huge perfectionist in real life, and one of the biggest things I struggled with in acting school was always trying to execute the “perfect” performance that I pictured in my head. It’s okay to have high expectations of yourself as an artist but it will hinder your performance if you are so self-aware and critical of yourself that you miss out on what’s happening in the moment. Never forfeit the opportunity to work off of your scene partner. Life is messy and so are people, so your characters are allowed to be too. Don’t be afraid to give yourself the freedom to fail and know that you are never a finished product. Your craft is always a work in progress and the training never stops.WHAT FUELS YOUR PASSION?What drives me is the power to impact people. I think it’s probably the most powerful thing in the world; our ability to make someone else (especially a stranger) feel something. What I love about film is that it sort of puts a microscope on the world, and forces us to reflect on ourselves and on society as a whole. Film is more than just entertainment for the masses, it’s a catalyst for positive change. If I can spend my life being a part of that in any capacity, I will be happy.WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD NEVER GUESS?I could probably eat more than my own body weight in popcorn.WHO ARE YOU CURRENTLY REPRESENTED BY?I’m represented by Tovah Small of Meridian Artists. She’s an absolute gem to work with.WHERE HAVE YOU TRAINED?I trained intensively in screen acting for two years in the Acting for Film & Television program at Humber College. Since graduating last year, I have trained at The Lighthouse Acting Studio and do private audition coaching sessions when time allows. I’m looking to train at Second City next!IF YOU WERE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, WOULD YOU DO THINGS EXACTLY THE SAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY REGRETS? SUCCESSES THAT MAKE YOU PROUD? I regret not starting earlier. I regret not taking singing lessons/dance lessons/acting lessons when I was a kid. But on the other hand, I had to work harder than some of my peers to sort of “catch up” and it showed me how badly I want this for myself. Work ethic is not always something that can be taught and it is one of my most valuable traits. Talent is wasted on laziness. What makes me most proud of myself is my consistent personal and artistic growth. That’s how I measure my success as an actor. This past pilot season I’ve had the opportunity to audition for so many amazing projects, many of them Netflix series, that I never would have dreamt of a year ago when I was graduating from college. Getting in the room is an accomplishment all on its own, regardless of whether or not you get the part.AGENT: Tovah Small of Meridian Artists FOLLOW CLARICE ON SOCIAL MEDIA:FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/clarice.goetzINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/clarice.goetz/WEBSITE: https://www.claricegoetz.com/CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL INTERVIEWS IN OUR ASPIRING TALENT SERIESIf you are an aspiring talent and would like to be featured in our Aspiring Talent SeriesContact Darlene via email at firstname.lastname@example.orgOpen to all (e.g. Actors, Models, Singers, Dancers, Producers, Directors, etc.) Twitter Advertisement As part of the eBoss Canada aspiring talent series, we had the opportunity to speak with Clarice Goetz.Clarice is an actress based out of Toronto working towards her dream. We had the opportunity to discuss her career with her recently. Clarice Goetz – Photo by Hilary Gauld Commercial Photography Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment
Marrakech – Morocco has very important economic assets mainly its institutional and economic stability, said, Saturday in Marrakech, World Bank Managing Director for Finance and Chief Financial Officer Bertrand Badré.Morocco showed great institutional and economic stability amid the turmoil that has been going on over the past few year regionally, with what is called the Arab Spring, and internationally with the global slowdown, he told MAP on the sidelines of the 3rd “The Atlantic Dialogues” on Oct. 24-26.Besides its macroeconomic, institutional and economic stability, Morocco has an asset of location in the crossroads of sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, in addition to openness on the Atlantic. He also highlighted the construction of infrastructure and the advanced urbanization taking place in Morocco which are “very important” for the World Bank, calling for the diversification of national economy to include more stakeholders in formal economy.He went on to say that the Morocco-WB partnership, which is creative, is meant to benefit also Morocco’s neighboring countries as well as sub-Saharan African ones.
Taroudant – In its leading role in the fight against religious extremism that has emerged in Africa, Morocco has established a religious center in the capital of Rabat to train imams in the teachings of tolerant Islam.A group of Malian Imams arrived recently in Rabat on to study tolerant Islam. In addition to Quranic studies, the Malian imams will learn about the life of the prophet Mohammad, study Arabic grammar, as well as Communications and Computer Sciences.Speaking in a promotional video aired by TV5monde, AbdelIslam Lazaar, Director of Training for the Malians imams, said, “The purpose of this training is to help the imams exercise their functions properly in their home countries . . . and be able to recognize ideas that are harmful to Islam.” With respect to training imams on tolerant Islam, Idrissa Traoré, a Malian student, said “I don’t know about other countries, but at home it is a way to fight against terrorism because whenever a religious man speaks, everybody listen.”With an investment of 3 million euros, the kingdom provides for the training of these imams for a period of two years with full room and board at the training center.The training center has made available for imams a multimedia room equipped with computers and internet. The center also gives courses on computer studies.One of the imams revealed to the TV5monde’s reporter that it is the first time he has seen a computer.Speaking about the main purpose behind teaching Malian imams computer science and internet, Sanae Benmenana, a computer trainer, said, “We want the imams to leave a good impression of themselves on the internet.”Being a model in the whole region for moderate Islam under the Sunni Maliki School of thought, the kingdom of Morocco has received applications from several countries to train their imams including Nigeria, Gabon, Maldives, Chechnya, and France.According to the same source, the Union of French mosques will send 50 imams to the religious center of Rabat in January, 2015.Edited by Elisabeth Myers
Just over two years since the fall of the Taliban regime, which severely restricted women’s education rights, girls comprise 30 per cent of all students and the number of girls attending class has leapt by more than 30 per cent.But more than 1 million Afghan girls aged between seven and 13 still do not go to school, according to UNICEF and more than 85 per cent of teachers do not have professional qualifications.The UN agency said it expects 5.5 million children to attend school this year, up from 4 million last year. There has been a four-fold rise in the number of schoolchildren since the Taliban lost power.Tomorrow UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Karin Sham Poo begins a seven-day tour of Afghanistan, where she will tour schools and hold talks with senior government officials.In a statement yesterday UNICEF said key barriers to education in Afghanistan include the distance between schools and children’s homes, the poor water and sanitation at schools and the perceived poor quality of teachers.The agency has launched several programmes this year, many aimed at increasing girls’ attendance. They include the establishment of 10,000 new classrooms, the provision of school supplies for 4.8 million children and 80,000 teachers, and the completion of textbooks for Grades 1 to 4.UNICEF will also improve training for 50,000 primary school teachers.
The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from March 19 to 23.All are open for the University community to attend.Marketing thesis defenceMarketing student Ali Anwar will defend his Master of Science thesis, “Drivers and barriers of mobile commerce: The role of consumers’ personal innovativeness,” Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. in PL 600F.The examination committee includes Paul Hamilton, Associate Professor of Political Science (Chair); Narongsak (Tek) Thongpapanl, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs and Professor of Marketing and Product Innovation (Supervisor); Carman Cullen, Associate Professor of Marketing; Abdul Ashraf, Assistant Professor of Marketing, Goodman School of Business; and Barry J. Babin, Professor and Department Head, Marketing and Analysis, Louisiana Tech University (External Examiner).
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. Fair reward for artistic endeavour has long been raised by those on the wrong end of the equationRob Reiner It took nearly $5million at the box office and became one of the most culturally significant films of the period. But yet the stars of This Is Spinal Tap, who are now try to share in the film’s success, have been handed just £143. Rob Reiner, Christopher Guest and Michael McKean are suing Vivendi and its subsidiary StudioCanal over money they say are owed for creating the hit “mockumentary”.The trio joined the lawsuit filed by comedian Harry Shearer on October 17 last year, which claims the studio withheld profits from the film, its music and its merchandise. From the 1984 film, This Is Spinal TapCredit:Everett Collection / Rex Features “Defendant Vivendi and its agents, including StudioCanal executive Ron Halpern, have engaged in anti-competitive business practices by manipulating the accounting between Vivendi film and music subsidiaries and have engaged in fraud to deprive the Spinal Tap creators of a fair return for their work.”Shearer said the addition of his co-stars to the lawsuit, which was filed in California, will only help the claim. He added: “Their participation will help demonstrate the opaque and misleading conduct at the heart of this case. We’re even louder now.”Reiner, who also directed The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men, said: “Fair reward for artistic endeavour has long been raised by those on the wrong end of the equation.”What makes this case so egregious is the prolonged and deliberate concealment of profit and the purposeful manipulation of revenue allocation between various Vivendi subsidiaries – to the detriment of the creative talent behind the band and film.”Such anti-competitive practices need to be exposed. I am hoping this lawsuit goes to 11.”McKean said: “This Is Spinal Tap was the result of four very stubborn guys working very hard to create something new under the sun.”The movie’s influence on the last three decades of film comedy is something we are very proud of. But the buck always stopped somewhere short of Rob, Harry, Chris and myself. It’s time for a reckoning. It’s only right.”A spokesman for Vivendi said the company did not comment on ongoing litigations. It says the company engaged in anti-competitive and unfair business practices, as well as fraudulent accounting, directly related to its management of This Is Spinal Tap.Reiner directed and narrated the 1984 spoof documentary about the British rock band. Guest played Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, McKean played lead singer David St Hubbins and Shearer was bassist Derek Smalls.The stars are seeking the 400 million dollars in compensatory and punitive damages from Vivendi, up from the 125 million US dollars (£100 million) originally claimed by Shearer’s company Century of Progress Productions.The lawsuit says the creators have been told that global music sales from the soundtrack album total just 98 US dollars (£78) and they are only entitled to share 81 US dollars (£65) between them from global merchandising sales.It says: “This Is Spinal Tap and its music, which Shearer, Guest, McKean and Reiner co-wrote, including such songs as Sex Farm and Stonehenge, have remained popular for more than 30 years, and have earned considerable sums for the French conglomerate Vivendi S.A. But not for the creators.
– one recapturedA section of the NOC facilityThree juveniles who were serving time at the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) located at Onderneeming village in Region Two have escaped lawful custody on July, 24.Information revealed that the escapees assaulted one of the guards attached to the institution, escaped from the compound and made their way into several communities within the Region.Efforts by the police from G Division has led to the re-arrest of one teenager. Two others are on the run and police from the Division are currently combing several areas.According to information reaching this publication several residents were robbed including the home of Region Two Member of Parliament (MP) Haimraj Rajkumar.The robbers, believed to be the escapees, broke into his office at his Johanna Cecelia residence and stole, among other things, his clothes, laptop and fragrances. Another resident from Suddie reported that clothing hung out on her lines went missing.Inews understand that one of the juveniles is currently before the court for a capital offence.Residents have expressed fear that the escapees might pose a serious threat to their lives.It was only in February of this year that two other juveniles from the institution escaped.Over the years UNICEF has helped in upgrading the compound by, among other things, building large fences in a bid to enhance the security at the facility. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related2 NOC escapees jailed for 3 yearsAugust 26, 2017In “Court”NOC teen escapees recaptured following prison breakFebruary 20, 2017In “latest news”Social Protection Ministry awaits report before acting on NOC breakoutMarch 19, 2019In “latest news”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRomichelle Brumell crowned Miss Cultured GuyanaOctober 22, 2017In “Entertainment”Robbery suspects slapped with 10 charges …one was recently pardoned by PresidentMay 14, 2016In “Court”Two remanded on armed robbery charges – following spate of robberies in CorentyneMay 12, 2016In “Crime” An 18-year-old aspiring entrepreneur has won the inaugural ‘I am a big Deal’ Miss Berbice pageant. Farah Valentina Bates copped the title from eleven other contestants on Sunday morning at the Albion Sports Complex. Bates, a Rose Hall Town Corentyne resident who is pursuing a diploma in Public Management at the University of Guyana Berbice Campus, competed under the platform ‘suicide awareness and prevention’.The queen, Farah BatesThe contest saw the delegates competing in four categories: talent, costume, beach wear and evening wear, with the top five having to answer a question based on their platform in the intelligence segment, to decide the winner and positions the others will occupy.The first runner-up is 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster of Rose Hall Town, who competed under the platform ‘climate change and its impact on Guyana’. Lancaster, who was a crowd favourite throughout the competition, is also a university student pursuing an associate degree in Social Work.Pre-contest favourite Lottoya Williamson, a 30-year-old English major at the University of Guyana, copped the third place spot, as she represented her platform, ‘violence against women’, an issue which has affected members of her close family.Lottoya Williamson receiving the People’s Choice award from promoter Royston DrakesThe fourth spot went to Atasha Pantlitz, 17, of Princetown, Corriverton, after she sought to bring awareness about HIV/AIDS. Pantlitz attends the Upper Corentyne Industrial Training Centre.Shaquilla Sharpe, a 22-year-old from Limlair Village, Corentyne, placed fifth.Meanwhile, Bates also won the best gown prize. Her gown was designed by Randy Madray. She also won best smile and best talent. The People’s Choice award was given to Latoya Williamson, while 19-year-old Kelisha Ramoutar, who chose domestic violence as her platform, was judged Miss Photogenic.The top five contestants in the pageantThe person with the best walk throughout the pageant was 17-year-old Tatiana Lancaster, who performed under the platform of ‘global warming awareness’.The “I’m a Big Deal/Miss Berbice Beauty” pageant was promoted by RD Productions.Promoter Royston Drakes says the event will be an annual one. According to him, the concept is to “empower young women” in every aspects of their lives. The pageant focused on education, empowerment, discipline, talent, and building self-confidence and leadership qualities. The pageant is also aimed at encouraging women to take up roles as leaders in society. (Andrew Carmichael)
Dewatering pump group Grindex has launched a new Grindex Toolbox app, allowing mining and other industrial customers to select pumps and spare parts on their handheld devices such as iPhones and iPads. The company states: “Grindex Toolbox, for hand held devices, provides a range of features to support a quick and easy selection of Grindex pumps as well as identification of Grindex original spares. With this app you get a very convenient access to the wide range of Grindex offerings.”The application offers several powerful and easy to use functions. With regard to pump selection, users can search products from a defined duty point (flow and head); do a quick search from a product denomination; access detailed product data, like impeller material, motor rating and outlet size; and access product performance graphs and dimensional drawings. In spare parts, users can find spare parts from a serial number and access exploded views showing all product parts. A cart function means selected items can be stored in a list and sent from the app as an email. Finally, it includes the well known Grindex Pumps School, which is a collection of technical articles to help users with common dewatering issues.The Grindex Toolbox can be customised with units and frequency settings according to each user’s individual preference. The dialogue in the app is adapted to the language setting in the phone. All major languages are supported, including Russian and Chinese.
Argentina are in need of a new manager, after the departure of Jorge Sampaoli, and Carlos Tevez has named the man he would like to see in charge of the former World ChampionsArgentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that they had parted ways with Sampaoli following the national side’s disappointing World Cup campaign that had seen them barely manage to scrape through the group stages of the competition before falling to eventual champions France in the Round of 16 with a 4-3 defeat.While much of the attention has been on the uncertain future of their all-time record goalscorer Lionel Messi, there is still the matter of appointing a new head coach – which could have a decisive impact on the Barcelona star’s final decision.The AFA released a statement on Twitter on Wednesday confirming that the decision process for a new coach will not be decided until July 31.#Comunicado Tras la salida de Jorge Sampaoli, la AFA informa que al día de la fecha no se ha iniciado ningún tipo de gestión ni se ha dialogado con ningún entrenador. El próximo 31 de julio, en reunión de Comité Ejecutivo, la dirigencia evaluará los pasos a seguir. pic.twitter.com/qo492V2BWv— AFA (@afa) July 18, 2018Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…But Tevez already knows who he wants in charge at Argentina and has named Columbia boss Jose Pekerman as the man for the job.The 68-year-old previously guided Argentina to the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup and Tevez believes that he is the best candidate for the position.He told ESPN: “I think that the closest we were of winning a World Cup was with Jose [Pekerman],”“When I felt closest to winning the World Cup was with Jose. If we had beaten Germany [in the 2006 quarter-finals], we knew we were going to be champions and we lost on penalties.“Jose’s era has taught me a lot from when I was a kid, I am very grateful to him, to Hugo Tocalli, to professor [Gerardo] Salorio to [Eduardo Julio] Ortasun… because today I am what I am because they put a grain of sand in what I was. I will always be grateful to them because they taught me a lot.“They taught me to be a professional at 14 years old and today I continue at 34. It is essential to start as a child. From my personal experience, I think Jose is the man who can do it [be Argentina coach] quietly because he knows what is being talked about.”Former Peru manager Ricardo Gareca has also been linked with the vacant post.
Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj’s “The Light Is Coming” Arrives Facebook https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/1009289088283930624 Listen: Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj’s New Single ariana-grande-nicki-minajs-light-coming-arrives Email “The Light Is Coming” also follows Grande’s first single from Sweetener, “No Tears Left To Cry,” which has fought its way into contention for song of the summer and has climbed its way to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.Sweetener is due out Aug. 17 an available for pre-order now via Grande’s website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Twitter News The new Pharrell-produced single from Grande’s upcoming album ‘Sweetener’ is her latest in a string of collaborations with Minaj Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jun 20, 2018 – 7:37 am Just one day after Ariana Grande revealed the full artwork for her upcoming album Sweetener, the pop superstar drops her new single, “The Light Is Coming,” featuring Nicki Minaj.Produced by none other than Pharrell Williams, the song’s frantic beat, quirky effects and stair-step melody are right in line with the producer’s signature style. Minaj bursts out of the gate, delivering her bars up front before Grande enters with the promising chorus, singing “the light is coming to give back everything the darkness stole.”The latest Grande/Minaj collaboration follows “Bed,” which dropped on June 14 and showed a more sultry side of both artists. “Bed” is set to be included on Minaj’s new album, Queen, out Aug. 10. Grande and Minaj have joined forces several times in the past, teaming up for “Side To Side” on Grande’s 2016 album Dangerous Woman, “Band Bang” with Jessie J from her 2014 album Sweet Talker, and “Get On Your Knees” from Minaj’s 2014 LP The Pinkprint.
After a week of lots of gridlock and little accomplished, the Alaska State Legislature lurched into some fits of action on the budget this weekend. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.Here’s what lawmakers did over the past two days: They passed a bill advancing an interior energy project, and another dealing with worker’s comp. They also held a late-night meeting that appeared to move the Republican majorities in the House and Senate closer to a budget deal.Here’s what they did not do: Gavel out.SEN. KEVIN MEYER:Mr. Majority Leader?SEN. JOHN COGHILL: Mr. President, I move that the Senate adjourn until Monday the 27th at 10am.Despite speculation that the Legislature could wrap up this weekend, the hopes of many Capitol workers were dashed on Sunday afternoon when Senate President Kevin Meyer told his side to be back to work the next day — the 98th day of the 90 day legislative session.A sense of anticipation had set in, after a conference committee had met at 9pm on Saturday night to resolve the points of disagreement between the House and Senate budgets.Their agreement uses various pots of money to cover the state’s multi-billion-dollar deficit, instead of tapping the state’s Constitutional Budget Reserve. Legislators need a three-quarter vote to access that $10 billion rainy day account, and the House’s Democratic Minority has made their support conditional on increased education funding and Medicaid expansion.Sen. Anna MacKinnon, an Eagle River Republican, said at the meeting that the House and Senate majorities were now seriously considering moving ahead without attempting to access the budget reserve.“We’re waiting to hear from the administration on what happens if there’s no three-quarter vote,” said MacKinnon. “So, as I understand it, the majority has made an attempt to get a three-quarter vote and not been successful to date. And so, we’ve left it to the administration to define to the Legislature, specifically Senate Finance’s request to understand how they will access those funds in what manner, and in what order.”Their budget plugs the revenue shortfall by stopping the forward funding of education, a one-time fix that frees up more than $1 billion for the next fiscal year. Sen. Pete Kelly, a Fairbanks Republican, suggested that forward-funding process could come back for schools if House Democrats reconsidered their position on the budget reserve vote.“One of the reasons we couldn’t get the money is because we don’t have a three-quarter vote,” said Kelly. “That might be something on the list of the three-quarter vote to the minority so that we could forward fund education.”Their plan also claws back $157 million that had been designated for work on a natural gas megaproject — money that would otherwise be available to the governor for his studies of an alternative gasline.Some of the conference committee changes made on Saturday night were in line with House Democrats’ requests — some funding for public broadcasting was restored, and a nearly $50 million cut to classroom formula funding made by the Senate was shrunk down to a third of that number.But Rep. Les Gara, an Anchorage Democrat, said the education cuts were still too much.“This $16.4 million reduction on top of the $32 million that’s already been reduced is over a $48 million reduction in funding for our public schools,” said Gara. “I think that’s a devastating amount of funding cuts. And I totally understand that we’re in a fiscal crisis, but there are smarter ways to get around it.”Gara also said he opposed language in the budget meant to prevent Gov. Bill Walker from unilaterally accepting Medicaid expansion.The governor has said he plans to call lawmakers into a special session if they fail to expand Medicaid, and his office has expressed support for passing a fully funded budget.
AT&T is donating $750 thousand dollars to an Anchorage program aimed at helping at-risk and homeless youth graduate high school. “Back on Track” is a collaboration between United Way, the Anchorage School District, and Covenant House Alaska.Listen nowCarlette Mack with the Covenant House said the money will be used to expand three programs that help older youth recover high school credits and graduate. They will begin offering night classes at Covenant House through ASD’s AVAIL High School, create a summer school program, and expand services at North Star Hospital. There’s been an AVAIL classroom during the day at the shelter for about two decades. Mack said Covenant House will also hire two new mobile case managers.“They’ll be spending time in the classroom here at Covenant House, they’ll be going to North Star,” Mack said. “They’ll also be part of the summer school program. And so if a young person just needs some extra support, access to resources, that’s what the staff will do. We have money for transportation, we have money for food. That’s all built into this grant.”Diamond Walters (Photo by Anne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Nineteen-year-old Diamond Walters moved into Covenant House in April because she was having trouble with her family. She said she had dropped out of school because she was always taking care of her relatives and wasn’t motivated to get up in the morning to go to class. But soon after arriving at the youth shelter, she enrolled in a diploma program at NineStar and began working. She said her attitude has changed.“I want to do something with my life,” Walters said. “I wanna work with cars, and I want to work with children. So I was like I’m gonna have to go to college for that so I have to finish school. So now I’m like super motivated to finish school and I’m going to be done by December.”The grant runs for two years and is part of AT&T’s nationwide Aspire program, which aims to support students who are in need –become college and career ready.
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowState Supreme Court hears arguments over Yes for Salmon initiativeElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageThe Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments today, in a case that will decide the fate of one of this year’s most closely-watched ballot initiatives. The Yes for Salmon initiative aims to toughen the permitting process for projects in salmon habitat. But the state of Alaska argues it goes against the state constitution.Senate proposes capital budget, less than Walker’s proposalAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Senate Finance Committee has proposed a capital budget that would be $1.4 billion dollars for the coming year.Ethics committee finds probable cause of violation by TarrAssociated PressA legislative ethics committee has found probable cause that Rep. Geran Tarr violated ethics law by having staff help organize and fundraise for a 2017 street fair.U.N. shipping standards authority moves toward banning heavy fuel oil in the ArcticRavenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk – FairbanksThe United Nations organization that regulates international shipping recently decided to move toward banning the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic. The thick oil could present unique challenges for cleanup in the event of a spill – especially in cold temperatures.Neff says he’ll appeal Quest ban over poor careDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksMusher Hugh Neff is talking back to Yukon Quest organizers who this week banned him from next year’s race for poor dog care. The censure announced Tuesday is based on a necropsy of a Neff dog named Boppy, who died in this year’s race.E. coli outbreak comes to Alaska, first confirmed cases are Nome inmatesDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeAlaska has reported its first cases of a strain of E. coli bacteria related to a national outbreak going on this month.Southeast tribal corporation boosts government contractsEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauAn Alaska Native corporation will soon provide support services for the U.S. Navy in Guantanamo Bay. It’s another step in the growth of the profit-making arm of the state’s largest tribal government.2018 Native Youth Olympics begin in AnchorageEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageMore than 400 high school athletes from across Alaska are in town for the statewide championship, which tests strength, endurance and agility.Trekking in the Chugach: Exploring peaks in Anchorage’s backyardEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageWinter is winding down in Alaska. Most trails in Anchorage are already clear of snow, but the world is still frozen high up in the mountains.
Anil Ambani-led Reliance Power is looking forward to secure Rs. 714 crore as bank guarantees and compensations from 18 procurers of electricity after terminating the 4000 MW Tilaiya Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) in Jharkhand, citing delay in land allotment in April last year, as reported by PTI.The company is set to recover Rs. 600 crore as bank guarantees from the procurers who had agreed to purchase electricity and the rest of Rs. 114 crore as compensation for other expenses borne since the initiation of project in 2009. The report cites that the agreement with the 18 procurers in the last lapse.The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) was cancelled in 2015 by the company since the required land, water pipeline and clearance notice from the ministry of forest and environment were not handed over to the company as per the agreement till 2015.In 2007, the coal ministry had earmarked Kerandari B and C block for the project’s coal requirements. The company had vested a bank guarantee of Rs. 208 crore as security for the coal blocks.The ministry on June 22 issued a notice seeking explanation from the power company as to why the bank guarantee, submitted by the company when securing the coal block, should not be seized for not delivering power, according to a Mint report.”Reliance Power terminated PPA for Tilaiya UMPP entered into with 18 procurers nearly 14 months ago. The PPA termination was due to prolonged delay in fulfilment of the procurers’ development period obligations in respect of land for the power plant and coal mine for more than 5 years. The procurers led by the Lead Procurer, Jharkhand, Urja Vikas Nigam (JUVNL) have already accepted the termination in November 2015,” the company was quoted as saying in response to the ministry’s show-cause notice by the PTI report.The company also added that it had responded to an earlier notice issued by the ministry in January 2014.Earlier this year, the company wanted to close the 4000 MW Krishnapatnam UMPP project in Andhra Pradesh citing increasing coal cost which was imported from Indonesia, among other reasons.Reliance Power registered a 15.8% increase in net profit in the fourth quarter of financial year 2015-2016
Sir Vivian Richards sees Kohli has having the same attitude as himselfTwitterThere is hardly any adjective that hasn’t been used to praise Virat Kohli. Almost every cricket expert who follows the game has described his batting in the most exalted terms. But now, arguably the greatest batsman ever in the history of ODI cricket has come forward to say something about Kohli that the India captain might well regard as among the highest, if not the highest praise directed at him.West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards said during a special event organised by India Today group that he can identify with Virat Kohli’s aggressive attitude and sees the same quality in him that he himself possessed as a batsman. Speaking on the occasion, the former Windies captain explained that what people may construe as arrogance should instead be seen as a sign of supreme confidence.”I love guys like that. People talk about arrogance but it is about believing in yourself. It is like having the keys to your home, Virat has something similar now. I had it in my time, he has it now. It’s not arrogance, he fancies himself against anybody in the world and that I think is the right way to play. Every great player looks forward to being on the biggest stage and every such player wants to come out winning a cup. That’s what Kohli has with him,” the Antiguan stated. Viv Richards is considered by some to the best ever batsmanReutersRichards also expressed his love for Indian style of batting and expressed his belief that the kind of self-confidence possessed by Kohli is an innate quality. “I have always loved Indian batsmanship. The confidence he is blessed with, you can’t get that overnight. Either it’s instilled in you or you are born with it. He is a fighter and defends his teammates more than anyone else,” Sir Viv elaborated.Since Kohli is often compared with Sachin Tendulkar, it can be recalled that Sir Don Bradman, arguably the greatest batsman of all time, had famously described Sachin’s batting style as being like his own. Now, it is Kohli’s turn to receive a similar compliment from a man regarded as only second to the Don in batting greatness and even better by some. Indian fans would be hoping that the India captain does one thing that the great Richards couldn’t – captain his side to a World Cup title.
SS Karthikeya with his mother and father SS RajamouliTwitterAfter staying away for quite some time, SS Rajamouli’s son SS Karthikeya is back on Twitter and he has showered praises on the trailer of Samantha Akkineni’s Oh Baby and the teaser of Prabhas’ Saaho.SS Karthikeya, who has worked as line producer for the Baahubali film series, often shares his review of movies and their promos on Twitter, where he boasts of 364 followers. His views matter a lot of filmmakers as they help their film reach to more number of people. But he had been staying away from the social media for a couple of months due to some unknown reason.This morning, SS Rajamouli’s son took to his Twitter page to say that he is away from it, but he is following every update in the industry. SS Karthikeya tweeted, “Been away from Twitter for while now – but obviously following everything that’s happening. #Saaho Teaser was just mind blowing And films like #AgentSaiSrinivasaAthreya #Mallesham #Brochevaruevarura entertaining our audience. cont… (sic).”In his next post, SS Karthikeya showered praises upon Samantha Akkineni and the trailer of her next film Oh Baby. He tweeted, “So much new talent – feels like we are a very rich industry. And then comes the #Baby trailer. @Samanthaprabhu2 just never fails to amaze us. Keep going Sam! Last but not the least – inkoka telugodu national wide janda pathadu. @imvangasandeep .”SS Karthikeya is currently work in SS Rajamouli’s upcoming movie RRR starring Junior NTR and Ram Charan. He says that its shoot is going on at a brisk pace. The Baahubali line producer tweeted, “Telugu cinema and talent shining bright. Keep it coming guys! And meanwhile #RRR update – Shoot going in full swing. Done with very satisfying sequences. Short break for a week now. Love you all.”
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.Photo provided by Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators with the HCSO and the Texas DPS arrested Pablo Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.“We definitely believe, even from this particular instance, that there seems to be a group of them that are working together to carry out these crimes,” Gonzalez said. He emphasized the HCSO doesn’t require victims of crime to report their immigration status.Information can be provided to the HCSO’s Violent Crime Unit by calling 713-274-9100.
Henry Cavill to Stay Grounded, When the Flash Will Run & More DC Movie NewsBatman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie News Stay on target Even without the makeup, it’s unsettling. Like you know there’s something very wrong underneath that unassuming smile. It’s a much more effective way to establish the character than, say, writing the word “damaged” on his forehead. Then the makeup comes on, and it’s a much more circus-looking than we’re used to seeing from the character, but it works really well. This definitely would be The Joker’s first attempt at the clown gimmick, but it’s creepy and unsettling all the same.I still say we don’t necessarily need a Joker origin movie, but this video at least shows they’re coming from the right place. Joker is set to hit theaters October 4, 2019. Guess we know what everyone’s Halloween costume will be next year.Finally, some more casting news comes at us from Warner Bros.’ new streaming service, DC Universe. Though the first original series to debut on the network is the decidedly dark Titans, it appears not all shows will share that tone. Stargirl is coming to the streaming service to bring some warmth and kindness to the DC Universe. Deadline reports that the series found its lead actor this week. Brec Bassinger, who stars in the Nickelodeon series Bella and the Bulldogs.Stargirl creator Geoff Johns, who executive produces the series, explained why Bassinger is perfect for the role. “Brec’s warmth, strength, humor and positive energy are core to who Courtney Whitmore is. I’m so grateful she’s signed on for the role.”The series will follow Courtney, a high school girl who finds out her new stepdad used to be a superhero sidekick. She finds a strange artifact belonging to a long lost superhero and becomes one herself. Tonally, she’s about as far away from Titans’ Robin as you can get. She’s not brooding, she’s warm and enthusiastic and kind. There’s no release date yet, but it sounds like whenever the first episode, written by Johns, arrives it’ll be exactly what DC Universe needs.For more on DC check out our thoughts on the Aquaman trailer, Cavill’s Superman exit, and Doom Patrol updates. And follow all the news of the DCEU (or whatever they are calling now) right here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. With Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 1984 all on the horizon, DC could have a particularly strong year ahead of it. It’s looking like that could be just the start too. The post-Justice League shake-up led to some genuinely interesting movies on the horizon. One of which is Birds of Prey, which will be centered on the only part of Suicide Squad that really worked: Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. The girl gang superhero movie will feature Harley Quinn, Black Canary, Huntress, Renee Montoya, and Cassandra Cain. What we still don’t know is who will play the rest of the Birds of Prey. Now though, Warner Bros. is getting closer to making a decision.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is close to casting the rest of the main roles. They’ve narrowed it down to some pretty exciting choices too. Gugu Mbatha-Raw of Belle and A Wrinkle in Time is on the shortlist to play Black Canary, along with Jurnee Smolett-Bell and, reportedly, Janelle Monae. All would be amazing choices, and it’s a sign that the studio is looking to change things up for the movie. In the comics, Canary has generally been white, but Warner Bros. is looking to have a diverse cast. Each one of those actors could hold her own in a fight scene, which is what’s most important for Black Canary. Now, I wonder who has the best Canary Cry.Warner Bros. is also reportedly considering Margaret Qualley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Cristin Milioti for Huntress. If they decide to go with Winstead, it would be her second comic book movie role, though she’d likely get to do much more fighting here than she did in Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Justina Machado and Roberta Colindrez are said to have tested for the role of Renee Montoya. From the sounds of things, she’ll still be a Gotham City detective in this movie, rather than quitting the department disgusted with corruption as she does in the comics. She most likely will not have been mentored by The Question yet.Another major difference is the role of Cassandra Cain. Warner Bros. hasn’t gotten quite as far in the casting process for her, but she’ll be very different from her comics counterpart. In the movie, she’ll be a 12-year-old girl who the Birds of Prey will team up to rescue. No word on if anyone’s tested for the role, but the studio reportedly wants to cast an Asian actor.Birds of Prey is definitely a movie you’ll want to keep an eye on. It already has a great director in Cathy Yan, and it’s going to be amazing seeing all these women (whoever they end up casting) on screen together. The effort to hire a diverse cast is admirable too. It ensures that more women and girls than ever will be able to see a superhero who looks like them. That’s a big deal. It’s going to happen soon too. Birds of Prey is set to start filming in early 2019.Birds of Prey isn’t the only upcoming DC movie offering something a little different. One of the studio’s projects we’re most curious about is the Joker origin movie starring Joaquin Phoenix. Another Joker-led movie centered on Jared Leto’s version is apparently still happening, but after this I’m not sure I’d want it to. Joker director Todd Philips shared the first image of Phoenix in full makeup on Instagram. The short video shows Phoenix both as a fairly normal-looking guy and as the supervillain we all fear. It’s a different look for the Clown Prince of Crime than you may be used to, but it’s so much better than the Leto version.