zoom Kuwait Oil Tanker Company (KOTC) has opened a shipyard pre-qualification process for the design, construction and delivery of up to eight vessels.Namely, the company, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, said that the pre-qualification process is for three Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC), one Very large Crude Carrier (VLCC) and four Medium Range (MR) tankers.KOTC informed that the VLCGs should have a volume of 82,000 to 84,000 m3 and a maximum length of 230 meters. The VLCC is to feature around 317,000 dwt, while the MRs should feature some 50,000 dwt.Shipyards interested in taking part in the process have been invited to register by filling in the applications and forms for the pre-qualification process, according to KOTC.Yards have until December 20 to submit their applications.
Young men will be asked to give drinking and driving a sober second thought the next time they go to a movie theatre or bar in Nova Scotia. A new road safety campaign was launched today, Feb. 27, with an emphasis on educating young men about the dangers of this behaviour. Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works, said male drivers aged 20 to 25 account for a disproportionately high percentage of drinking and driving casualties in Nova Scotia. “The campaign is aimed at saving lives and preventing injuries due to drinking and driving,” said Mr. MacIsaac. “It will play a part in a larger strategy to make our province a better place.” Movie theatre advertising was selected because about 75 per cent of men aged 20 to 25 attend a movie at least once per month. The campaign will also reach the target audience in bars anduniversities. The campaign is funded by the departments of Transportation and Public Works and Health Promotion and Protection. “Drinking and driving is dangerous and irresponsible,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. “It is my hope that this campaign will help young men make the right decision when it comes to drinking and driving and decrease the suffering caused by fatalities and preventable injuries.” Murray Scott, Minister of Justice, said police made a major contribution to the campaign by providing time and resources to its development. “Law enforcement officers are on the front lines in the fight to stop impaired driving,” said Mr. Scott. “I’d like to thank representatives from the law enforcement community for their important contribution to the development of this campaign.” The ads were developed by Halifax-based Extreme Group. A 37-second ad will play before movies on 55 movie screens across the province over the next five weeks. The ad will be shown on nine video screens at Nova Scotia universities during the same time period. A poster advertisement will be placed on 125 mini boards in bars across the province. Mr. MacIsaac said this is the first phase of a campaign to create increased awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, and other important road safety issues. The campaign ads can be seen on the Department of Transportation and Public Works website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran .
For the first time, Nova Scotia Immigration staff will join the Nova Scotia Health Authority at an international job fair to help recruit physicians to work and live in Nova Scotia. The health authority’s recruitment team will attend the British Medical Journal (BMJ) Careers Fair Oct. 20-21 in London, England, and has asked Nova Scotia Immigration and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia for their help and expertise. “Nova Scotia Immigration is pleased to support the Nova Scotia Health Authority in attracting more health-care professionals to Nova Scotia,” said Lena Metlege Diab, Minister of Immigration. “Immigration is one option we can use to recruit more skilled workers, including physicians, to Nova Scotia. Our role will be to provide potential recruits with information on the immigration process.” Dr. Simon Bonnington, a family physician originally from the United Kingdom who now practices in Annapolis Royal and who immigrated here in 2010, will also join the recruitment team. The trip is part of the health authority’s ongoing recruitment work, as well as its effort to increase its focus on the United Kingdom. “We’ve had success with recruitment and retention of physicians from the UK,” said health authority vice president of medicine and integrated health Dr. Lynne Harrigan. “Nova Scotia has a lot to offer doctors- the opportunity to practice medicine on collaborative teams, enjoy the balanced pace of the East Coast, and be a key part of their community.” This will also be the first opportunity to showcase some of the health authority’s new recruitment materials, which highlight the many opportunities that come with living and working in the province. “This is part of the health authority’s continued efforts to recruit physicians to work in Nova Scotia, which is so important to our health-care system,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Sharing our combined health-care and immigration expertise will help us promote Nova Scotia as a great place to live and work to doctors abroad.” The BMJ Careers Fair is one of Europe’s most prominent recruitment fairs, and promises access to more than 1,800 physicians.
Sihanoukville (Cambodia): Victims of the Cambodia building collapse were buried alive as they slept, a survivor said on Sunday, as the death toll at the Chinese-owned site rose to 18 and increasingly desperate rescuers picked through the compacted rubble for any further signs of life. There are fears many more workers may be buried as rescuers had scoured barely half of the debris of twisted metal, glass and large concrete slabs after the seven-storey building collapsed on Saturday in the beach resort of Sihanoukville. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London”I’m so lucky to be alive,” survivor Phat Sophal, 37, told AFP over the telephone. In an ordeal that began before dawn while workers slept, Phat Sophal said he spent around six hours trapped in the debris, before being pulled out by rescuers on Saturday morning. “At around 4am there was a loud ‘bang’… my floor trembled, suddenly the building went down. I was crushed by debris from my waist down,” he said. “My nephew and brother-in-law were also sleeping near me. Everyone was screaming and crying for help. A bit later I stopped hearing them. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador”I don’t think they have survived.” Around 70 workers were sleeping on the second, third and fourth floors of the seven-storey building, he said, adding Chinese electricians were resting on the upper floors. The former fishing village of Sihanoukville has seen a Chinese construction boom buoyed by tourists to its dozens of casinos in recent years, with questions raised on the speed of development in a nation notorious for lax safety standards. Three Chinese nationals and a Cambodian landowner have been held for questioning over the building collapse, which Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen blamed on “carelessness” by the construction company. Local authorities on Sunday raised the death toll to 18 — including at least three women — with 24 injured. At least 1,000 rescue workers, soldiers, police, medics and Chinese construction experts have been deployed to the site. Some wore hard hats and oxygen tanks and used pneumatic drills to chip through concrete blocks, while the relatives of the injured waited at nearby hospitals for news. One person was pulled alive from the rubble late Saturday — the last survivor to be extracted as of Sunday afternoon. A provincial official said “teams have searched about 40 per cent of the debris”, prompting concerns the toll will rise. “We fear more bodies are trapped in the debris because the search has not reached the bottom of the building yet,” the official said, requesting anonymity. It is not clear how many people were at the site at the time of the collapse. There are an estimated 200,000 construction workers in Cambodia — about 11 per cent of the informal work sector — most who are unskilled, paid day wages and are not protected by union rules, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, has announced it is joining forces with former Miami Heat player and soon to be inducted NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and naming him its newest Ambassador.As an Ambassador, Mourning will be able to build upon the great work he has done within the sport for development sector in Miami and bring this passion to a worldwide audience. Mourning joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.Mourning was in Miami last week at the Overtown Youth Center to announce his induction into the growing Laureus family; he hosted a Community Day of Health and Wellness, celebrating the impact of sport for development. The Overtown Youth Center is a special place for Mourning, as he co-founded it in 2003 and has contributed to its growth and success since its conception. The Overtown Youth Center, celebrating its 10th Anniversary, is an educational and social enrichment center – a safe haven for underprivileged kids in Overtown, Miami. The Center uniquely blends in- school services, project based learning after school services, enrichment programs, parent support, health and wellness support, and post-high school support (up to age 25) for the 400 students it supports.Laureus USA, along with Mercedes Benz USA (MBUSA), have been collaborating for three years to help improve the lives of Miami’s youth. The pair have teamed up to support the growth of a sport for development coaching force in the community, impacting the lives of hundreds of youth in Miami.“I’m proud to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of Overtown Youth Center, an organization that has been impacting thousands of youngster’s lives in Miami. OYC inspires, empowers and enriches the lives of youth and families through enrichment services. I’ve been dedicated to this center and have seen its impact grow. I’m joining the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA as an Ambassador to bring the success we’ve seen in sport for development in Miami to other communities around the globe. I believe in the power of sport to change communities,” says Alonzo Mourning.The Laureus Ambassadors, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The organization’s mission is to utilize the power of sport to address social problems through a global program of sports-related community development initiatives. Laureus USA works with numerous organizations around the country to help support initiatives that affect youth such as access to quality coaches and mentors, furthering education, and increasing physical activity and health awareness.“It is my great pleasure to welcome fellow philanthropist and NBA Legend Alonzo Mourning to the Laureus family,” said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. “We are looking forward to working with Alonzo with a joint mission of helping to drive the positive power of sports across the country. Working with the Overtown Youth Center is just the beginning of the difference we would like to make together.”For more information about Laureus USA, please visit www.laureususa.com.
APTN National NewsAlex Decoteau became Canada’s first Indigenous police officer in 1911.He was also an outstanding Olympic athlete until his untimely death in the First World War.But as APTN’s Keith Laboucan explain, Decoteau’s legacy continues to live on through a new comic book commemorating his many achievements.
Rabat – Tangier Free Zone was ranked Africa’s best free zone in 2015 by fDi Intelligence, an English-language bi-monthly news and foreign direct investment publication, which provides an up-to-date review of global investment activity.This annual ranking compared more than 80 free zones according to international benchmarks. Ranking measures took into account the free zones’ competitiveness to meet international investors’ needs.Tangier free zone ranked Overall Winner for the region of Africa along with Santiago’s free zone in Latin America and Caribbean, DMCC Free Zone of United Arab Emirates, Subic Bay Freeport Zone in the Philippines, and Katowice Special Economic Zone in Poland, according to the Magazine. Tangier free zone’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) tenancy rates increased by 36.4% between 2013 and 2014, creating 12,000 jobs in the zone, according to the publication.The zone’s export turnover increased from €2.6bn to €4bn, with the main target markets being the US, Europe and Africa.The zone was also praised for its skills and training. Provision of a skilled labor force in the zone is ensured through the opening of two new training centers, focusing on automotive and offshoring industries, the magazine highlighted.fDi’s Global Free Zones celebrates those zones that are best at providing good services for investors and improving their offering through reinvestments, expansions or upgrades.
Rabat – Owners of passenger vehicles valued at less than MAD 160,000 will have to pay MAD 12,000 instead of MAD 4,500 to have comprehensive insurance.The price increase is due to the compensation the client receives from insurance, reported daily newspaper Assabah in its Wednesday edition.Despite offsets, insurance company profits remain high and do not stop increasing each year. The insurance sector recorded a net profit of MAD 4.33 billion in 2017 and is expected to rise by the end of 2018. The insurance market recorded in 2018 a turnover that exceeds MAD 6.29 billion, up by 5.8 percent compared to 2017.The assurance fee in Morocco is calculated based on tax horsepower, the type of the engine (gasoline or diesel), and the age of the vehicle, among other things.Salaries stagnate, living costs riseAssabah, which first reported the news, noted that the insurance companies’ move is “unwarranted and controversial.” The newspaper suggested that the move is likely to raise eyebrows in various Moroccan sectors, especially given the country’s extremely low minimum wages for employed Moroccans. But another eyebrow-raising element to the move may be consumers’ feeling that their recent demonstrations against relentless commodity price fluctuations and rising costs of living have not been taken seriously by both the country’s authorities and leading businesses.Earlier this year, a nationwide boycott movement manifested Moroccans’ accumulated grievances towards a system which many demonstrators said favors rich business owners over Moroccan consumers. While there were promises that prices would go down, things have remained virtually the same.Read Also: Morocco’s Unions Urge Govt. to Provide Health Insurance for CraftsmenMeanwhile, demands to raise the country’s minimum wages have been met unfavorably by the government. Last month, chief of government El Othmani’s meeting with trade unions’ representatives ended in a stalemate. In France, by comparison, only three weeks of general strike resulted in the French government bending to most of the protesters’ demands. France’s Yellow Vests’ demands were similar to the series of complaints Morocco’s boycott campaign had raised: an aloof and pro-rich government elite, as well as an exponential rise in living costs.The contrast, however, is that France’s popular uprising compelled authorities to–even temporarily–forsake their ivory tower and listen to disaffected and impoverished citizens.“I know I have hurt some of you and I take full responsibility,” President Macron said in a speech earlier this week, as he announced tax cuts and wage raises. While the French President’s late-minute surrender has not fully placated the protesting, many observers have suggested that his move means that at least the government has taken heed of the people’s struggles to make ends meet.In Morocco, however, wages are significantly low and stagnant while taxes and insurance fees are exponentially rising. Moreover, Assabah noted, income deduction to pay for taxes or insurances fees should be based on a given customer’s socio-economic status, or the price of the purchased good. But in Morocco, “insurance fees rise when insurance companies feel like it.”
The agreement – the result of Government-led consultations, supported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) – includes a list of 170 successful projects that can be scaled up and expanded throughout the region, including growing trees, rehabilitating land, and digging water wells and irrigation systems. It caps off months of planning and two days of talks in Nairobi that ended today between officials from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda, along with the UN, regional bodies, donors, international financial institutions, research organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). “The hard work starts now,” said Kjell Magne Bondevik, UN Special Humanitarian Envoy to the Horn of Africa. “We have identified what works best and where. The biggest challenge is to scale up successes to extinguish hunger in the Horn rather than just fighting fires each time one breaks out.” More than 70 million people – 45 per cent of the total population – in the Horn live in abject poverty and face food shortages. In the past six years, four major droughts hit the region. “The Horn is hit by some of the world’s most severe food crises and they are coming faster and more furious because of climate change, environmental degradation, political and armed conflicts and a host of other factors,” he said. “We all now need to show the commitment to end this cycle of despair and disaster, which if not stopped could next see over 20 million people in need of assistance.” “In the Horn of Africa to end this scourge, we need to protect and rebuild the livelihoods of the food insecure and enhance their long-term resilience to shocks such as droughts. This is what we hope to do in this comprehensive partnership,” said FAO Assistant Director-General Tesfai Tecle. 26 June 2007The United Nations agencies at the forefront of the battle against hunger announced today that six African Governments and the UN have agreed on a road map to tackle the root causes of rising hunger across the drought-plagued Horn of Africa, warning that the next major crisis could force more than 20 million people into needing emergency assistance.
Union Minister Radhakrishnan said India will soon start deep-sea fishing. (Colombo Gazette) “We have asked Swaraj to initiate legal action against Sri Lankan government as the Navy of that country killed him. We want justice for Bridgo’s family,” said Arulanandam, who led the six-member delegation. She also reiterated the government’s commitment for early implementation of the Rs 1,500 crore package to develop deep sea fishing capacities for fishermen in Tamil Nadu and informed that initial financial allotment in his regard had been made.In the meeting, the fishermen apprised Swaraj about the difficulties they face in fishing in waters between India and Sri Lanka.The delegation also demanded the Centre’s intervention to curb attacks on fishermen and also asked for ensuring release of 139 fishing boats from the custody of Sri Lankan Navy. Swaraj told the fisherman that the Sri Lankan government is conducting a thorough investigation into the killing of the Indian fisherman, official sources said.She assured them that the Centre would closely engage with the Sri Lankan government to secure the release of all Indian fishermen in custody of that country. Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have alleged that he was killed by the Navy/8434″ target=_blank>Sri Lanka Navy. “While carving out a permanent solution for fishermen, we have also asked the government to allow us to take up fishing activities in areas somwhere between Rameshwaram and Nagapattinam to provide livelihood of fishermen,” Arulanandam said. India should initiate legal proceedings against Sri Lanka in connection with the alleged killing of an Indian fisherman in that country, a delegation of Tamil Nadu fishermen demanded today during a meeting with External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, Outlook India reported.Accompanied by Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan, the delegation also urged Swaraj to extend financial assistance to the family of deceased fisherman Bridgo who was allegedly shot dead on March 6 while fishing in a mechanised boat off Katchatheevu islet.
According to press reports, Ukraine and Russia, backed by representatives of United States and the European Union, agreed today to a series of steps to de-escalate tensions in eastern Ukraine that reportedly include demobilizing militias and vacating seized Government buildings.In a statement from his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said he was “encouraged” that all parties were able to agree on a number of concrete and urgent steps aimed at de-escalating the situation and finding a peaceful resolution to this crisis. “He expects all sides, moving forward, to show their serious intention to continue to engage, in a good-faith effort, and to implement the steps laid out in the Geneva Statement, which will contribute to a lasting solution to this crisis,” according to the statement.Mr. Ban “has consistently underscored that constructive and results-oriented dialogue between all concerned will be the only way to achieve a peaceful solution,” his spokesperson said.Briefing the Security Council yesterday, a senior United Nations human rights official urged steps to counter misinformation and bring to an end all incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence.Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic, who briefed on his two missions to the crisis-torn country in March, emphasized the strong links between chronic human rights violations in Ukraine, the Maidan protests and the tensions in the eastern part of the country.This past weekend, tensions flared in eastern Ukraine as Lugansk, Kharkiv and Donetsk and at least 5 other cities in the region were targeted by uprisings and the seizure of Government buildings.
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. @roadpoliceBCH @HertsPolRural We guess the drivers idea to camouflage their vehicle didn’t quite work because you spotted them. 😉😊 #NiceWork 👍— Notts Rural Police (@NottsRuralCops) May 9, 2017 @roadpoliceBCH Bet @WYP_RPU haven’t had a whole tree to arrest before!— SEN Books (@SENBooks) May 10, 2017 The incident on Tuesday prompted a flurry of jokes on social media, with some asking if “special branch” was involved in the investigation. @roadpoliceBCH Is that van undercover?— James (@jamesisatweeter) May 9, 2017 A learner motorist was pulled over by police for driving with a tree almost completely covering his van.The man’s vehicle could barely be seen beneath the piles of branches on the roof and sticking out of the rear doors.But he was spotted by an eagle-eyed officer who, social media observers quipped, might now be hoping for a promotion to the “special branch”.Officers from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing unit tweeted a picture of the offending blue van: Overweight, in a dangerous condition and not right licence? we will take it off you. Hatfield 412822 412760 pic.twitter.com/ZRuePMR28b— BCH Road Policing (@roadpoliceBCH) May 9, 2017 Hertfordshire Police said the driver only had a provisional licence and was alone and unsupervised.The vehicle was seized in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, and the driver was reported to the Criminal Justice Department for driving other than in accordance with a licence, and having an overweight and dangerous load.
Six-year-old Alfie Dingley, his parents Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon and actor Sir Patrick StewartCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire A number of other high-profile figures have backed the campaign, including Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson. Sir Patrick Stewart has given his support to the campaign for a young boy to be given medicinal cannabis to treat his epilepsy.Alfie Dingley, aged six, suffers from a rare condition and can have up to 150 potentially life-threatening seizures a month.He has been in hospital three times since returning from Holland four weeks ago, where his symptoms improved after he was treated with cannabis oil.His parents, Drew Dingley and Hannah Deacon, want the Government to let him use the medication, a banned substance in the UK.Sir Patrick, who uses medicinal cannabis to treat his arthritis while living in California, met Alfie and his family and gave his support to the campaign.He said: “How could one not support Alfie? “Hearing what his life has been and the benefits given to him by being able to use medicinal marijuana.”There has never been a stronger case for the legalisation of medical marijuana.”I have been registered for medical marijuana in California for over three years and have found it immensely beneficial for my arthritis.”I had to have eight steroid injections in my fingers and knuckles, which was about as painful as anything one could imagine, because medicinal cannabis is not available here.” Alfie Dingley with supporters in Westminster, LondonCredit:Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Alfie and his parents, from Kenilworth in Warwickshire, will hand the 380,000-strong petition to Number 10 Downing Street on Tuesday.Mr Dingley said: “Alfie’s condition is worsening, which is obviously a worry.”The steroids have side effects, they make people more aggressive and we’ve seen a change in his behaviour.”We just want our little boy back, our happy little six-year-old playing with his sister.” 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. He added: “This is our six-year-old son, we’re not going to put something into him that’s in any way illegal.”What we’re asking for is a medical grade product, made under laboratory conditions, which is bottled and prescribed in the way any pain killer is.”It’s amazing the support we’ve had, Richard Branson came out of the blue and all the support has been amazing from people.”Hopefully things are starting to move in the right direction.”Ms Deacon said: “Alfie is really struggling and really suffering.”The longer this goes on the longer he will suffer and it has to stop.”She added: “It’s really important that the Government understands the importance of feeling in the public domain, we have a lot of public support.”We’re hoping to get some reassurance and clarity on what the Government will do to help us.”
Cork City 1 Dundalk 2BRIAN GARTLAND’S 85TH-MINUTE goal gave Dundalk victory and broke Cork City hearts at Turner’s Cross tonight.The home side had only just drawn level through Darren Dennehy when a free kick wasn’t cleared properly and defender Gartland poked home his sixth league goal of the season.The result — City’s first home league defeat since June 2013 — means that the Lilywhites now hold a six-point lead on Cork and St Patrick’s Athletic and the prospect of a first league title since 1995 is becoming ever more realistic.This was a victory based on doing the simple things well rather than anything spectacular, as Dundalk weathered Cork’s early storm and then protected what they had after Towell struck, finishing smartly after Daryl Horgan’s attempted through ball had taken a couple of ricochets.Too often in the first half, Cork were full of endeavour but not always composure and it was not until the closing stages of it that they looked like scoring, Colin Healy firing over from 25 yards and then Mark O’Sullivan unlucky when failing to control Garry Buckley’s cross.Towell, hard-working all through, almost made it 2-0 for Dundalk in the 45th minute, but the outset of the second half saw them still dictating the terms, with too much of Cork’s possession in non-threatening areas.Centre-forwards John O’Flynn and Danny Morrissey were brought off the bench as home manager John Caulfield sought an equaliser, and it finally came on 83 when Darren Dennehy headed home his brother Billy’s free kick. They were not level for long, however.CORK CITY: McNulty; Dunleavy, D Dennehy, Murray, Gaynor (D Morrissey 73); G Morrissey (Kearney 80), Healy; O’Shea (O’Flynn 58), Buckley, B Dennehy; O’Sullivan.DUNDALK: Cherrie; Gannon, Gartland, Boyle, Massey; Towell, Shields; Meenan (Mountney 71), Byrne (Higgins 60), Horgan (McDermott 77); Hoban.Referee: P Sutton (Clare).Aitricity League results in full:Cork City 1 – 2 DundalkBray 1 – 1 Athlone TownDerry 4 – 0 BohsDrogheda 4 – 0 UCDLimerick 4 – 1 Shamrock RoversSt Patrick’s Athletic 1 – 0 SligoPique: Van Gaal said I wasn’t ‘tough enough’ to be a centre back>Ronald Koeman stands firm and says Schneiderlin’s not going anywhere>
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has raised more than $1.1 billion in its funding-raising campaign.The university says it passed its $1 billion goal nearly a year early, and the campaign will continue the rest of this year.The Oregonian reports the money will create scholarships and fellowships for students, endow faculty positions, and renovate dozens of campus buildings.More than 100,000 people have contributed to the campaign so far. And, 177 donors gave $1 million or more.
“It won’t be a fully wooden construction project, but it will be an amazing facility that has not been seen elsewhere in the world. We do not want to sell the gaudiness of Las Vegas or Macau, but we want to create a more European-style IR that will suit a regional city. We are making our preparations,” Hayashi said.Casinos Austria International is, as its name suggests, 34% owned by the government. Prime Minister Sebastian Kurtz sent a video letter played at the event, stating it would be a great honor to be a part of Nagasaki’s IR.Founded in 1934, the company has business interests in 13 countries. Further, the Austrian capital of Vienna is considered to be a world capital of music and data indicates that it is second in the number of international conferences held in a city, after the French city of Paris.“We know that MICE business is key to a Japanese IR and we bring that know-how to the table,” Hayashi emphasized. He also stated that part of the proposal will be functions such as a long-term stay spa, with a special emphasis on state-of-the-art medical treatment.Taking advantage of its musical tradition, Casinos Austria has also proposed a Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra as a permanent shown in a Nagasaki IR. European operator Casinos Austria International has announced that it will be looking to build an IR facility, which is thoroughly Japanese, if a Nagasaki IR bid is successful.These were the words of Casinos Austria International Japan’s managing director Akio Hayashi, who spoke at the Kyushu Nagasaki Integrated Resort (IR) Business-Connect Seminar held in Nagasaki’s Sasebo city on Thursday. Kengo Kuma, known for his design work on the new national stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. would be in charge of design and architecture. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move RelatedPosts Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions Load More
Alaska lawmakers are grappling with an exploding prison population that has grown by 27 percent over the last decade. Since May, lawmakers have been working with the Pew Charitable Trust on Justice system reforms and have tasked a Criminal Justice Commission with bringing recommendations forward by December.Download AudioThe $240 million Goose Creek prison has only been in operation for three years, but today on APRN’s statewide call in program Talk of Alaska, Sen. John Coghill, R-Fairbanks, said the Department of Corrections budget last year was $327 million and DOC is running out of inmate space.“And we know that if we keep this trajectory, we’re gonna have to build a new prison. It should be on the drawing board right now, so we’re in a little bit of a time crunch on looking for the best practices. One of the reasons we invited Pew Foundation up here and it’s a bipartisan effort.”Pew has been working on justice reforms across the nation for decades. They require a bipartisan approach from all three branches of state government. Zoe Towns, the Alaska Program Manager for Pew says after years of incarceration increases, states that are reforming their criminal justice systems are seeing plateaus or decreases in their prison populations.For example, Pew has worked with the state of Texas for a decade. Towns says Texas was looking at adding another 17,000 prison beds in the next ten years, but they decided instead to try a new approach and invested in policy reforms.“And also make a pretty unprecedented investment into mental health programs, drug treatment programs, alternatives that judges and the parole board could use to sanction offenders and hold offenders accountable that didn’t necessarily mean long prison terms and what we’ve seen now in the intervening years is Texas’s prison population has actually stopped growing and began to decline.”She says Texas has closed three prisons and has seen a decrease in crime rates.Jeff Jessee is the CEO of the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority. The organization advocates for improving public policy. He says the authority grants about $20 million per year to try to improve service for mental health, substance abuse disorders and traumatic brain injuries.“Sixty percent of the inmates in the Department of Corrections are trust beneficiaries. They not only tend to serve longer sentences but they recidivate at a higher rate. So we’re very excited about working with both Senator Coghill and the Pew Charitable Trust program because we are also a data driven organization that’s looking to turn the curve on these problems.”Jesse says people re-entering society need three things: safe, affordable housing; good employment; and support for recovery from substance abuse or help addressing mental health concerns.Senator Coghill says tribal courts can also do more. He says he’ll work in the next session to allow tribal courts to handle more problems in their communities.“One of the other things they can do, they can do restorative justice in a way that we have a hard time doing in other courts. Many magistrates have been able to work, up here in the interior, the Tanana Chiefs have worked well with the court system here on tribal diversions. We’re going to try to codify that so that these things actually can help change the way we’re doing things in both our communities and in our jail system.”Sen. Coghill sponsored Senate Bill 91, an omnibus justice reform bill. The recommendations of the Criminal Justice Commission will help shape the legislation in the 2016 legislative session.
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 nowCrude oil leak in Cook Inlet halted successfully; spill volume still unknownElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageState regulators on Monday said a leak from a crude oil pipeline in Cook Inlet was halted successfully.Per-student funding cuts and online teaching on the table in LegislatureAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauAlaska schools would see a $69 million dollar cut in the amount of money the state provides based on the number of students each school district serves, called the Base Student Allocation, under the budget proposed by the Senate Finance Committee. The Base Student Allocation would drop roughly 300 dollars per student, from the current level just below 6000 dollars.Child hospitalized after snow slides off roof and buries herDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA child is hospitalized after being buried by snow sliding off a roof in North Pole. Alaska State Troopers report that the 4-year-old girl’s grandmother called Troopers after 1 p.m. Saturday saying the family was searching for the child after a large amount of snow broke free from a metal roof at the their residence.How should Alaska evaluate Tier 3 water protection nominations?Emily Files, KHNS – HainesPeople in four Alaska communities are trying to get the highest level of protection available under federal law for water bodies important to them. Outstanding National Resource Water protection, also known as Tier 3, shields waterways from any significant pollutants. But what happens with pending Tier 3 nominations is an open question.Police say doctor’s death ‘suspicious,’ theft charges filed against friendLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe death of Ketchikan doctor Eric Garcia earlier this week is now considered suspicious after police learned the friend who reported Garcia missing on March 27 had allegedly stolen money and valuable items from Garcia’s home.Fourth man charged in Anchorage fatal shooting deathsAssociated PressA fourth person has been charged in a December shooting that killed two Anchorage residents.Smokejumpers prepare for wildfire season with practice jumpsDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksPreparation for wildfire season is underway. Alaska Fire Service spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said smokejumpers have been training and will commence practice jumps this week in the Fairbanks North Pole area, something she said will go on despite this year’s hefty snowpack.Alaskan skiers complete stellar race week in FairbanksDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA week of high-level cross country ski racing wrapped up in Fairbanks yesterday (April 2) with women’s and men’s marathons. The races, including three National Championship events, showcased the nation’s top Nordic skiers, including numerous Alaskans.Sitka’s electric rates to change seasonallyEmily Kwong, KCAW – SitkaThe City of Sitka is facing a tough balancing act, between meeting their debt service on the Blue Lake Dam project and keeping rates reasonable for low-income Sitkans. Some are struggling to pay their electric bill. To address this, the Sitka Assembly decided to implement a seasonal rate structure.
Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali. File PhotoForeign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday said prime minister Sheikh Hasina will put emphasis on implementing the recommendations of the Annan Commission to resolve the persisting Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.She will make the proposal while addressing the upcoming 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly.The minister was talking to journalists in the afternoon.“Bangladesh is facing a huge problem regarding the Rohingya refugee crisis. The prime minister will place emphasis on the Rohingya issue while addressing the UN General Assembly against the backdrop of an influx of the Rohingya people,” Mahmood Ali said.“Around 400,000 Rohingya people, mostly women, children and the elderly, have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last three weeks,” he added.The minister further said most of the Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh earlier, have been staying in Cox’s Bazar.“Besides proposing implementation of the recommendations of the Annan Commission, she will talk about repatriation of Rohingyas into Myanmar,” he added.In response to questions about how Bangladesh evaluates the UN Security Council’s statement about the Rohingya crisis, the foreign minister said, “We consider this statement as timely and strong.”He also declined to comment on media reports, which said Myanmar rejected Bangladesh’s proposal for creating a safe zone for the civilians of Rakhine state impacted by violence.He, however, said a minister of Suu Kyi’s office wanted to meet him in New York. “I shall meet him as Bangladesh wants to solve the matter [Rohingya crisis].”Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to reach New York on 17 September to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.