New natural gas producer members back 3million gas clean tech program

first_imgCALGARY — An industry-sponsored fund designed to help develop clean technology using Canadian natural gas is launching a $3-million call for project proposals.The Natural Gas Innovation Fund says the call for applications, with a February deadline, is being made possible by the addition of seven western Canadian natural gas producers to a membership previously made up of six natural gas utilities.The new members include the Canadian branches of two partners in the proposed $40-billion West Coast LNG Canada project: Royal Dutch Shell and Petronas; along with Canada’s largest natural gas producer, Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.Fund managing director John Adams says the new program will target projects in the upstream or producing part of the industry, making up to $1 million available per project to cover as much as 25 per cent of its eligible expenses.Adams says the fund, created by the Canadian Gas Association, has over the past two years issued about $9 million to projects focused on energy efficiency.The fund is also announcing a partnership with federal, Alberta and British Columbia governments to collaborate and consider co-funding successful applicants with projects that deliver significant greenhouse gas emission reductions.The upstream fund members were introduced at an event at the Calgary Petroleum Club on Wednesday.“As a producer of natural gas, we’re big believers in the need for affordable, clean energy for all people worldwide,” said CEO Mark Fitzgerald of Petronas Energy Canada Ltd. in a statement.“In an age where technology has become the catalyst for exponential advancements in our industry, we’re excited to be involved in the Natural Gas Innovation Fund which pursues diversity of thought and provides a platform for sharing solutions.” Companies in this article: (TSX:CNQ)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minister Reiterates in Tunis Moroccos Call for New Maghreb Order

Tunis – Minister delegate for foreign affairs Mbarka Bouaida reiterated, on Thursday in Tunis, the call of Morocco to establish a new order within the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), the only bloc that could achieve complementarity and regional integration and strengthen its presence among regional and international groupings.For this end, the Kingdom is ready to examine all means to revive AMU, set priorities and develop working methods given that the Maghreb’s building is a strategic choice, a historical achievement and an unavoidable people’s demand, said Bouaida at the 34th session of the Union’s foreign ministers council.Bouaida urged member countries to transcend the current situation by adopting new mechanisms and approaches in terms of decision-making to ensure efficiency in dealing with the new regional and international situation. Highlighting the Union’s important accomplishments, Bouaida drew attention to obstacles to overcome in order to revive the Maghreb order, recalling the stances by HM King Mohammed VI who reiterated, on several occasions, Morocco’s attachment to Maghreb’s building as a strategic choice and its commitment to help with the emergence of a new order beyond all sources of disagreement.Given the current juncture, in addition to economic, security and development challenges, the official underlined the pressing need for bold initiatives to overcome this situation via a coherent, integrated and participatory approach to turn AMU into an influential grouping.She also insisted on the respect of the principles of good neighborliness, and the preservation of countries’ unity and sovereignty to establish a just and global peace.With MAP read more

Nissan cancels plans to make XTrail SUV in the UK

LONDON — Nissan has cancelled plans to make its X-Trail SUV in the UK — a sharp blow to Brexit supporters, who had fought to have the model built in northern England.The move, first reported on Saturday by Sky News, was confirmed by the company in a letter to workers Sunday. The next generation X-Trail will instead be made in in Japan.Nissan employs about 7,000 workers in the English city of Sunderland.Nissan had previously announced plans to build the model at its plant in Sunderland after the British government sent a letter of undisclosed reassurances in 2016 after the Brexit vote about the company’s ability to compete in the future.Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, but U.K. politicians are divided over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan.The Associated Press read more

UK CV manufacturing down by a quarter in February

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) British commercial vehicle production falls -24.2% in February to 6,019 units.Decline in both home and overseas demand, with output falling -34.7% and -18.5% respectively.Year-to-date CV manufacturing down -21.6% compared with first two months of 2017.UK commercial vehicle (CV) manufacturing fell by almost a quarter (-24.2%) in February, with 6,019 vehicles leaving production lines, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Year-to-date, the market painted a similar picture, down -21.6% on the same period last year.Production for both home and overseas markets fell considerably in the month, with demand down by -34.7% and -18.5% respectively. However, exports still drive UK production volumes, with almost 70% of UK-built vans, trucks, buses and coaches destined for global customers.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,That February marks the sixth consecutive month of decline for commercial vehicle manufacturing is concerning but unsurprising given the economic and political uncertainty that has knocked business confidence. Operators need stability to commit to big fleet investments and it is, therefore, critical that government safeguards the economic conditions needed for this vital sector to thrive. read more

Ebola nurse could be struck off over concealing Pauline Cafferkeys temperature

first_imgPauline Cafferkey worked in Sierra Leone Pauline Kafferkey A nurse travelling back from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone concealed the fact that Pauline Cafferkey had a raised temperature indicating she was infected with the deadly virus, a tribunal has found.Donna Wood returned to the UK with Pauline Cafferkey, who survived the outbreak, and the pair’s group passed through passport control at Heathrow airport before being pulled aside for screening.Wood appeared before an independent panel at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in Stratford, east London, facing three misconduct charges, including recording Ms Cafferkey’s temperature reading dishonestly in order to hide it from public health officials. Donna Wood  Pauline Cafferkey has suffered from EbolaCredit:Lisa Ferguson/Scotland on Sunday Pauline Kafferkey Wood said she recalled seeing Dr Ryan with the thermometer, and that she had held it up to her at least once. She added she could not remember whether she had or had not written on any screening forms herself.The panel could not prove she had written the incorrect temperature on Ms Cafferkey’s forms but said it was satisfied she had dishonestly suggested it be recorded as such.After the group left the screening room and made it to the arrivals hall, Dr Ryan reported Ms Cafferkey’s high temperature to another doctor, who recommended the Scottish medic return to be screened again.Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was checked again three times by a PHE consultant and was found to be a maximum of 37.6C (100F), meaning she was given the all-clear to travel on to Glasgow. Donna Wood faces being struck offCredit:Simon Davis / Dfid /PA Donna Wood leaves the Nursing and Midwifery Council earlier this monthCredit:Yui Mok /PAcenter_img Donna Wood But at some point before getting to arrivals, Ms Cafferkey had taken paracetamol, contributing to the lower readings.The following day, she became “extremely ill” and was admitted to hospital, where she was diagnosed with Ebola.The panel will decide on Thursday whether Wood’s actions amount to misconduct and whether this impairs her current fitness to practise as a nurse.If they decide it does, Wood could face a range of sanctions including being struck off.Ms Cafferkey was cleared at an earlier hearing in September of allowing the incorrect temperature to be recorded.An NMC panel found three charges against her proven by admission but said her fitness to practise was not affected.It ruled her judgment at the airport in December 2014 had been so impaired by the developing illness that she could not be found guilty of misconduct. 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. However Wood then failed to appropriately escalate the 38C+ reading which took place on December 28 2014, the panel ruled.Najrul Khasru, chairman of the panel, said it had fully accepted that Wood’s desire to get out of the area quickly was the “primary motivation” of her dishonesty.He said: “The panel found you made the suggestion to record Ms Cafferkey’s temperature 37.2C with the intention to conceal that Ms Cafferkey had a temperature higher than 38C from PHE screening staff in order to allow yourself and your group to leave the area sooner rather than later, and deal with it later.” The panel found she was aware that Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was above the nationally-set threshold, but suggested that a lower temperature of 37.2C (99F) be recorded on her screening form so that the group could leave the “uncomfortable” and “chaotic” area more quickly.Doctor Hannah Ryan had taken Ms Cafferkey’s temperature twice, with readings of 38.2C and 38.3C (101F).A temperature above 37.5C (100F) required further assessment by doctors at the Public Health England (PHE) screening room. The panel found you made the suggestion to record Ms Cafferkey’s temperature 37.2C with the intention to conceal that Ms Cafferkey had a temperature higher than 38CNajrul Khasru, panel chairman The nurse previously denied this, telling the panel the idea that she would hide someone’s temperature was “preposterous” as she would not put anyone in danger of the virus.Despite the fact that Ms Cafferkey was not a patient but a colleague, the hearing was told Wood, as a registered nurse, had a duty of care to her and should have escalated the raised temperature.All three misconduct charges, which Wood had denied, were proved.The panel heard that in an attempt to help doctors and staff conducting screening at Heathrow airport, the medics decided they would take their own temperatures.last_img read more

EU Brexit representative trolls Theresa May on Twitter over her use of

first_imgOh my… Verhofstadt trolling the PM… #StrongAndStable lol— Max (@MaxyPi) May 1, 2017 Radio Derby to PM: Do you know what a mugwump is?PM: What I recognise is that what we need in this country is strong and stable leadership— Ross Hawkins (@rosschawkins) April 27, 2017 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. “Strong & stable”… top trolling— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) May 2, 2017 Guy Verhofstadt MEP, the EU’s lead on Brexit, has appeared to troll Theresa May on Twitter.Mrs May has been very on-message during the General Election campaign, answering almost any question put to her with “what Britain needs is a strong and stable leadership”.While this is a good way to ensure the public hears your message, journalists and politicians who have had to hear this response day in, day out have mocked it online.center_img This is top trolling from Verhofstadt. Appears EU leaders have better understanding of May’s domestic context than vice versa #Brexit— Scott Lavery (@ScottLavery1) May 1, 2017 This comes after Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, leaked details of a disastrous dinner with the Prime Minister.He said he left it “ten times more sceptical” than he was before, and reportedly called Angela Merkel afterwards to label our Prime Minister “deluded” and “on another galaxy”.  Guy Verhofstadt has seemed to take notice of this, tweeting: “Any #Brexit deal requires a strong & stable understanding of the complex issues involved. The clock is ticking – it’s time to get real.”Many have said he has trolled Theresa May by adopting her phrase:last_img read more

Switzerland looking for a new headcoach – Goran Perkovac at GWD Minden

Swiss Handball will enter a new era with the new head-coach. After five years Goran Perkovac (51) won’t be on the Swiss bench. Bad results in the qualification for the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 forced Swiss management to think about some new solution for the future. Swiss team won only a point from six matches in the Group with Spain, Portugal and Macedonia.That fact didn’t make problem to Croatian coach to find a new job. Perkovac will lead German GWD Minden, team which interim coach Sead Hasanefendic accepted an offer to lead Tunisia once again after tremendeous success in 2005, when African team finished fourth at GWD Minden website ← Previous Story Nikola Kedzo to RK Metalurg Skopje Next Story → Joakim Larsson to VfL Gummersbach Goran PerkovacGWD MindenSwiss handball

Here are the Merrill Lynch reports that underestimated the bank bailout by

first_imgTHIS WEEK, WE reported on the news that Merrill Lynch underestimated the costs of the bank bailout by €47bn in a 2008 report for the then government.The documents (links below), released to Sinn Fein finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty under freedom of information, show a presentation and briefing document prepared for the Department of Finance and the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) in October and November 2008.They show the low estimate itself, as well as various options that were considered to deal with the banking crisis.Read: Merrill Lynch presentation to Department of Finance November 2008>Read: Merrill Lynch presentation to National Treasury Management Agency October 2008>last_img

Planners suggest small fixes for I205

first_imgRegional transportation planners are eyeing a series of small changes they hope will alleviate congestion along the Interstate 205 corridor in the coming years — without the money for big-ticket projects they say will be needed someday.Those larger efforts remain in long-term plans. But an ongoing study of the I-205 corridor aims to identify some ways to buy time and improve conditions until more funding becomes available.“The goal is to complete the study with some recommendations for some short-term, operational fixes,” said Matt Ransom, executive director of the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.Those might include ramp meters to stagger traffic entering the freeway at certain spots. New striping, lane reconfiguration and lengthening merge lanes are also possibilities, Ransom said.At the RTC’s monthly board meeting this week, ramp meters dominated much of the discussion. The devices, which use alternating signals to control the flow of vehicles through an onramp, are common on Portland-area freeways. The Washington State Department of Transportation operates a meter at the ramp funneling traffic from state Highway 14 and downtown Vancouver onto southbound Interstate 5. The meters operate only at certain times of day.last_img read more

Print Magazines Have Never Stopped Selling

first_imgAccording to the UK research body Mintel, this type of “customer publishing” is booming. It estimates that the industry in the UK alone is likely to be worth £1bn by 2013. Between 2008 and 2009 it grew 16 per cent, and by 2013 it is projected to increase by a further 22 per cent – no mean feat when the rest of the glossy magazine world is in the doldrums.What attracts companies is the direct impact on consumers. “Our research has shown that these magazines create an eight per cent uptick in sales,” says Julia Hutchison, chief operating officer of the Association of Publishing Agencies, the representative for the customer publishing industry in the UK. “On average, every customer spends 25 minutes reading these titles. That’s 25 minutes spent with the brand. Lots of companies are redirecting their ad and marketing spends to this avenue.”In the past, some sponsored publications were little more than product promos. But now, savvy marketers are investing in quality writers, photographers, and more objective journalism to attract larger audiences. The FT article continues:”Whereas in-house magazines used to be glorified advertorials, today the branding is much more subtle and there’s a genuine effort to tap top editorial talents and introduce original material; Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, photographic stalwarts of the fashion publications Vogue and Visionaire, shot the latest YSL manifesto.The investment makes sense: it gives depth to a brand in an environment they can control. It pushes product without the obvious “sell”, and in many instances may be cheaper than advertising. Asos’ title, for instance, which is known for its mix of celebrity, shopping and entertainment, is now the second largest women’s fashion title in the UK with an annual circulation of 471,522. Terri Westlake, head of media at, says, “Customers are savvy; they understand that it’s a brand title (and not independent), but they still appreciate a very good free magazine.”Print magazines can provide marketers with a “media marquee” that gives them consistent visibility hard to duplicate in the crowed online world. What Kerry Smith, and a growing number of publishers are taking advantage of is the same benefit marketers using sponsored publications have used for years…print magazines sell! At the just concluded FOLIO: Show, Kerry Smith, Red 7 Media CEO, offered a surprising view of what the future of print publishing might be. Challenged, like all publishing companies, with the decline of print ad revenue, Smith has diversified his organization’s offerings to include marketing services such as research, and consulting. But even as less of his company’s revenue is tied to print he is more committed to it. Why? Because he has found that his magazines are most often the first point of contact leading to the sale of all the other services he is now selling. Today, publishers of all kinds are using the presence they have in their markets to start related businesses. For example:• Premier Guitar, sells sheet music to subscribers• Oil and Gas Journal sells industry data and research• Dwell, a shelter book for the modern home, sells modern prefabricated homesBut this “new” trend where publishers use a magazine presence to sell products and services to readers is not so new. Marketers have used sponsored or branded magazines to do this for years. Despite the migration of ad dollars away from print magazines, the dollars flowing into sponsored magazines are going strong as documented early this year by The Financial Times: last_img read more

University of Alaskas first Rhodes Scholar A voracious reader with deep King

first_imgSamantha Mack, the University of Alaska’s first Rhodes Scholar, in the Alaska Public Media studios. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Mack never expected to be named the first Rhodes Scholar from the University of Alaska.Listen now“Yeah… I cried. I definitely cried, I was so surprised,” Mack laughed. “I still don’t think it has fully set in, you know. I think every couple days, it sorta sinks in a little deeper and I have an ‘Oh my God!’ moment.”The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic awards in the country. The grant funds two to three years of study at Oxford University in the U.K. Among the application requirements for the award, Mack had to write an essay to the Rhodes scholarship foundation. She decided to write about commercial fishing with her father in her hometown of King Cove. She also wrote about how through her college experience, she was able to learn about and connect with her Aleut heritage.Mack says her ties to the King Cove region in the Aleutian Chain are deep.“My dad’s family is the biggest family in King Cove and my mom’s family is the second biggest family in King Cove, so I’ve got quite the extended family mish-mash going on, which is absolutely wonderful,” Mack said.Mack’s father works as a commercial fisherman out of King Cove. When Mack was young, her mother moved to Anchorage so she would have better educational opportunities. Mack describes herself as a voracious reader — some of her favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.Mack says while she wasn’t a bad student in primary school — her grades weren’t of the caliber that out-of-state universities salivated over, and getting financial aid to those colleges was difficult. That was a main reason she attended UAA — where she thrived as a student. She says a big factor was the level of care her professors took with her in her academic development.“You know, encouraging me to apply for internships, for fellowships, for summer programs and different things like that,” Mack said. “Honestly without that kind of prodding, I don’t think I would’ve… I wouldn’t be here.”In college, Mack worked on projects researching early Alaska fish policy, attended the United Nations Forum on Indigenous Issues, and served as an intern for Senator Dan Sullivan in Washington D.C.Mack says learning about her culture as an Alaska Native woman was at the core of her college experience. She notes that while she’s not 100 percent sure, there’s a good chance that she’s the first Alaska Native Rhodes Scholar.“I think I might be,” Mack said. “If so, that’s amazing. I know I’m the first person from my Native Corporation to receive the scholarship, so either way it’s a beyond-incredibly prideful moment for me. I just feel so proud to be representing my people that way.”Mack says that she wants to become a university professor to bring the same representation to other Native students.“To be able to be a Native person, and represent that as an instructor, I think is really important for other Native students coming in from wherever they might be from in the state,” Mack said. “And com[ing] to Anchorage where it’s a very big divorce in lifestyle, it’s not really similar for most people. But to get to see something of themselves in somebody that they’re learning from is really important, I think, and something I didn’t really experience until recently.”Before heading to the U.K. for her scholarship, Mack is finishing up her master’s program in English at UAA. She says she wants to get a Ph.D in Political Science while at Oxford and possibly a doctorate in English down the road.last_img read more

3 workers die after taking chemical in Rajshahi

first_imgMap of RajshahiThree factory workers, who among 10 others fell sick after ‘having poisonous chemical’ on Wednesday night at Dyeingpara village in Godagari upazila, died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) on Thursday, reports UNB.The deceased are Dulal Hossain, 25, son of Sirajul Islam, Bakul, 36, son of Tafizul Islam and Towhid, 23, son of Yusuf, residents of Dyeingpara village. Officer-in-charge of Godagari police station Hipjur Alam Munshi said ten workers, including the three deceased, of ‘Tim Pharmaceuticals’ took some liquid chemical, used to produce medicine, to home on Wednesday night. They had the chemical mixing with beverage and subsequently fell sick several hours later. As their conditions deteriorated, the 10 workers were taken to RMCH on early Thursday when doctors declared Bakul and Towhid dead. Later, Dulal breathed his last around 2:30pm at the hospital, said OC Hipjur.last_img read more

IsraelGaza border shooting kills Palestinian teen

first_imgPalestinians, wounded in previous weeks during mass protests against Israeli forces along the border of the Palestinian enclave, dubbed `The Great March of Return`, await medical check-up at the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) clinic in Gaza City on 25 April 2018. AFPA Palestinian teenager has died of his wounds a day after being shot by Israeli forces in clashes along the Gaza border, the Hamas-controlled territory’s health ministry said Saturday.Azzam Oweida, 15, was hit in the head during protests in southern Gaza on Friday, the ministry said.His death brought to four the number of people killed or fatally wounded during a fifth consecutive Friday of protests in which thousands of Gazans have gathered near the heavily-guarded border.Most protesters were peaceful but some threw stones and burned tyres.Forty-five Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the start of what organisers have dubbed the Great March of Return on 30 March, with more than 1,500 wounded.No Israelis have been reported hurt.The Israeli army said around 10,000 people had taken part in “riots” along the border Friday, saying troops responded with “riot dispersal means”.The army has accused Hamas, the Islamist group that runs Gaza and has fought three wars with Israel since 2008, of seeking to use the protests as cover to carry out attacks.The protesters are calling for Palestinians to be allowed back to their historic homelands seized by Israel in 1948.last_img

Italy says France Malta agreed to host 50 rescued migrants each

first_imgMigrants intercepted aboard three dinghies off the coast in the Strait of Gibraltar, are led by Spanish civil guards after arriving on a rescue boat at the port of Tarifa, southern Spain on 14 July 2018. Photo: ReutersFrance and Malta have agreed to host 50 people each, responding to a request for help sent by Italy after it took part in the rescue of 450 migrants from an overcrowded ship in the Mediterranean, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said.Other European countries will also take some of the asylum seekers, Conte added in a message posted on his official Facebook profile on Saturday.”This is the first important result obtained after a day of phone calls and written exchanges I have had with all 27 European leaders,” Conte said.Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed that his tiny Mediterranean island would accept 50 people. “Malta not only demands but offers solidarity,” he tweeted.French officials could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier on Saturday a ship operated by EU border agency Frontex and a vessel owned by Italy’s tax police picked up some 450 migrants near the Italian island of Linosa and more than 100 nautical miles from Malta. Valletta had rejected pressure from Rome on Friday to rescue them.Conte posted the text of two separate letters he sent to European heads of state and government and to the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.”We have to act together with urgency to face this complex and very sensitive situation,” Conte wrote in one letter.Conte also called for further measures to tackle illegal immigration, including pan-EU rules for private boats rescuing migrants, a strengthening of Frontex and talks with the United Nations on centres for asylum seekers outside Europe.BURDEN SHARINGConte said Italy would take some of the rescued migrants if other countries also agreed to share the burden.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, who is leading a high-profile campaign to exclude humanitarian rescue ships from Italian ports, had insisted earlier on Saturday that the migrants could not land in Italy.Eight of the migrants who needed medical assistance were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa for treatment.Salvini and Conte agreed by phone on Saturday there were three possible options, a source at the premier’s office said.”The migrants could be distributed immediately among European countries, or Italy would contact Libya to send them back to where they came from,” the source said.A third option would be to leave the migrants on the ships temporarily while their asylum requests are considered, the source added.Libyan officials ruled out helping Rome on the matter.”No, we will not accept any illegal migrants after they are rescued by rescue ships…,” the spokesman of Libya’s coastguard, Ayob Qassem, told Reuters.Under international law, refugees cannot be returned to a place where their lives are in danger. Both the United Nations and EU have ruled that Libya is not safe, though Salvini this week asked EU interior ministers to change that status. German, Austrian and French ministers agreed it could be done, Salvini said.last_img read more

Reports Rick Perry Lands Spot In Trumps Cabinet As Energy Secretary

first_imgMarjorie Kamys CoteraGov. Rick Perry addresses media at a press conference following the unveiling of his official portrait at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2016President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary.If confirmed, Perry will oversee American energy policy and its ramifications on the economy, environment and national security.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016CBS News and other outlets reported the news late Monday night, hours after Perry met with the president-elect in New York. It was the second time Perry had made the trip to Trump Tower. Yet Perry has previously supported abolishing the Department of Energy entirely. Famously, during a presidential debate in November 2011, Energy was the third federal agency that Perry couldn’t name while trying to list the three he wanted to eliminate.“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone — Commerce, Education and the, um, what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said, before finally giving up with his now-infamous “oops.”The appointment marks a full repair in Perry’s relationship with Trump. Perry called Trump “a cancer on conservatism” last year while the two men were in a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination. But Perry was one of the first members of the Republican establishment to back Trump, once it became clear in May that the real estate mogul had secured the party’s nomination.Perry’s background as governor of Texas, a state rife with natural resources, is a key qualifying credential for the post. But this Cabinet role can go well beyond oil and natural gas. The outgoing secretary of energy, Ernest Moniz, had a physics background and played a central role in President Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal.If confirmed, Perry will be the third Texan to serve as secretary of energy. Previously, Houstonian Charles Duncan served in this role under President Jimmy Carter, as did Laredo native Frederico Peña in the Clinton administration.Perry will face Senate confirmation once Trump takes office. Republicans control the Senate, making that process all the easier for the president-elect’s nominees. Read related Tribune coverage:Throughout his campaign, Trump cultivated a number of loyal allies in Texas, making for no shortage of options as his transition team looks to staff the incoming administration.Trump passed over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas for U.S. attorney general, opting instead for U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at Sharelast_img read more

Baltimore Public Schools Budget Fight Looms

first_imgBy Deborah Bailey, Special to the AFROThe battle for Baltimore City Public Schools System (BCPSS) is expected to heat up as the 2018-2019 FY budgeting process enters its final phase.  Sonja Santelises, City Schools CEO, will present the estimated 1.3 billion operating budget to the School Board April 24, followed by a series of city-wide information meetings about next year’s budget starting April 25.Parents and education advocates have increasingly expressed concern over a lack of systematic parent and community involvement in procedural and policy-making processes of the City’s public schools this year.Despite concerns expressed by parent and community advocates, the BCPSS board voted to change the city’s fair student funding formula earlier this year. The Board voted to change dollar allocations to traditional public schools based on poverty levels rather than standardized test-scores.School officials said the school funding formula was revised to allot more money to high-poverty schools, but education advocates expressed concern that changes were being pushed through without the community having a voice in how the funding would be used.“Why not wait until we get more input from parents on how to best allocate those new resources?” said Marietta English, Baltimore Teachers Union President.“Why not take more time to look at all of the revenues that contribute to what could, and should, be a well-rounded Fair Student Funding Model,” English asked school board members.For months Khalilah Harris, a BCPSS parent, community advocate and founding co-chair of the Coalition of Black Leaders in Education, has also expressed concern over BPCSS’ lack of process to involve parents and community advocates.“The Coalition of Black Leaders in Education will be monitoring Baltimore City School System’s community engagement process for building a budget that supports high levels of family and community engagement and expands access to opportunity by addressing racial inequity,” Harris said regarding the group’s involvement in this year’s budget process.School officials have conceded that until the Kirwan Commission changes the state funding formula for public schools, Baltimore City Schools still are not operating with enough money.  The State appointed Kirwan Commission provided preliminary guidance for critical changes needed in K-12 education to make Maryland’s education system nationally competitive earlier this year.The Commission deferred specific fiscal recommendations until late 2018. Public policy analysts have offered that the Commission sought to ensure their fiscal recommendations were not politicized in the 2018 state election cycle. The Kirwan Commission is expected to recommend substantive expansion of the current state K-12 education funding formula. Some estimates have indicated that Maryland needs to spend at least $2.9 billion more each year on K-12 education for all students to have access to a high-quality education, with much of that figure coming from the State.The upcoming BCPSS community-budget meetings will include an overview of how BCPSS plans to allocate funding for student transportation, special education services, administrative services and other district-wide expenses.BCPSS School Board will vote on the final 2018-2019 budget at its May 8 meeting. Community budget meeting dates/locations are as follows:April 25Bentalou Recreation Center222 N. Bentalou StreetBaltimore 21223April 26The Y in Waverly900 E. 33rd StreetBaltimore 21218April 30Highlandtown Elementary/Middle School #237231 S. Eaton StreetBaltimore 21224May 1Board Forum at City Schools’ District Office200 E. North AvenueBaltimore 21202May 2Liberty Recreation Center3901 Maine AvenueBaltimore 21207May 3Arundel Elementary/Middle School2400 Round RoadBaltimore 21225last_img read more

NAACP Demands Answers in Hanging Death of Son of BLM Activist

first_imgBy AFRO StaffNational and local chapters of the NAACP continue to call out the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s office over the issue of whether the office will be destroying evidence in the investigation of the death of Danye Jones.Jones, the son Black Lives Matter activist Melissa McKinnes, was found dead, hanging from a tree, nine weeks ago at the McKinnes home.McKinnes believes that her son was murdered, but has not yet received the promised Medical Examiner’s report, a document expected eight weeks ago.Police report the death as a suicide, whereas McKinnes says her son died in a “lynching.”Jones’s death falls within a series of murders and suspicious deaths of prominent Ferguson activists that took to the streets in protest of the killing of Michael Brown.McKinnes claims that she and other activists across the country are being targeted by multiple law enforcement agencies and White supremacist groups who find her work dangerous. Many Federal agencies have already been found to be surveilling other such activists.“We are calling for justice and transparency,” said John Gaskin III, St. Louis County NAACP President.”A lawsuit, filed last year by Color of Change and the Center for Constitutional Rights, remains ongoing. It asks for answers regarding the full extent of law enforcements targeting of agitating within the movement for Black lives.last_img read more

What to Do During the Government Shutdown

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan AFRO, Staff WriterThe devastation of the 24 day old (at this reporting) government shutdown is growing and resources are dwindling for many D.C. residents. Fortune reported that the shutdown is costing the country about $3.7 billion. More than 800,000 people are affected personally with no income coming in to date.And with no funds coming in, it makes finding a little distraction even more crucial to survival. However, one of the the District’s best features was the National Mall and their pletera of free museums and events, which are closed until the shutdown ends.Thankfully there are a few places that offer a temporary, free or low cost respite for Washingtonians looking for an outing.Library Of Congress 101 Independence Ave, S.E.Washington, D.C. 20540-1600Remarkably one of the oldest buildings in D.C. is federal, and is still open to the public. It has a list of events and exhibitions available to the public. For instance, there are hour-long walking tours, and gallery talks like the “Pan-African Congress of 1919” a discussion led from 11 a.m. to noon by Ryan Reft about this unique Congress led by NAACP founder W.E.B Du Bois. There are a ton of online and in person events to keep audiences engaged.DC Public LibrariesSpeaking of Libraries, they are still open and offer up a smorgasbord of events. The AFRO covered the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. events. For more information please go to the libraries website US CapitolYes, we understand the irony of visiting this building. But there is a lot of history, and opportunities to witness democracy at work. There are individual and family tours available where you can write letters to soldiers currently serving in the army and learn about Veterans Day. Also there is a current exhibition about Congress and the separation of powers running through March 2019.United States Botanic Garden100 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20001Thankfully for the public, the US Botanic Gardens are funded for the year so it’s business as usual for the space which is normally open 7 days a week.  If you are looking for something for the kids try the Garden’s Night Adventure at the US Gardens. This event is intended for children between 9-12 years of age. You can take flashlight tours and do science experiments.Politics and ProseThankfully not run by the government, Politics and Prose has a few locations and several events and book signings to keep you and your children occupied. There are some costs associated with the events, however there is no cost to browse.Phillips Collection1600 21st Street NW Washington DCThough it is a private museum this space offers a suggested donation admission Tuesday – Friday. The Museum has a variety of exhibitions on display as well as tours available. Currently on display is Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series. The exhibit is a collection of 60 painting, showcasing the migration of African Americans from the south to Northern states. Lawrence was one of the first Black artists to be displayed in a major gallery in New York.last_img read more

Respawn builds a Thunderdome for banned Titanfall cheaters

first_imgRespawn has made their policy on aimbot users public, as well as the rules surrounding what happens when you’re caught being a cheat in Titanfall. The good news is that you aren’t banned from playing the game. The bad news is that you are banned from playing with people who aren’t also cheating.For as long as there have been first person shooters, there have been ways to cheat in order to artificially do better in the game. What starts out as an innocent “IDDQD” cheat or a casual flick of the router switch to avoid a bad round being added to your account, quickly becomes a slippery slope that leads to expensive aimbot software that auto-targets and eliminates fellow players.This is a problem with few solutions, and almost all of them end in being banned from online play. Now that we’ve got online-only games gaining in popularity, some game creators are looking for alternative solutions to just flat out banning people from a game they paid for. Respawn, for example, has made it so banned players can continue summoning Titans and performing physics-bending parkour maneuvers, but when you do so you’ll be up against nothing but other people who have been banned.If you are guilty of such a heinous crime, the next time you fire up Titanfall you’ll notice “FairFight cheat detected” in your HUD. This is your cursed mark, a branding that lets you know you’ve been removed from the general population and moved to the Thunderdome. You’ll only be allowed to play with other cheaters from here on in, and if you join a party with friends that aren’t cheating you’ll only be dragging them all down to your level. As soon as they kick you from the group, however, they will be able to go back to playing with regular players.If you feel that you’ve been unfairly sentenced to this special little Titanfall hell, Respawn has set up an email address so you can plead your case.This isn’t exactly a unique move, but the public manor in which Respawn is addressing the situation is perfect. They also create a situation where most of the cheaters will continue playing, which in the end is still good for Respawn.last_img read more