Knopp The Sole Kenai Peninsula Representative In Juneau

first_imgThey remain in Wasilla with Governor Mike Dunleavy. Thursday’s vote was the second failed attempt by lawmakers in Juneau to override the governor’s line item vetoes. Knopp: “We asked for reconsideration of our vote that took place on Wednesday, on Thursday in hopes that members of the House Minority would show up in Juneau and support us.”  The deadline for overturning vetoes, which is more than $400 million from the state operating budget, is Friday night. Knopp: “The capital is in Juneau, and we are trying to get this done. We really need them here. It requires a majority vote for  these overrides and they need to be involved in this process.”  Governor Dunleavy called for the special session to be in Wasilla. Representatives Sarah Vance and Ben Carpenter remain in Wasilla with the governor while Senator Peter Micciche remains on the Kenai Peninsula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Representative Gary Knopp (R-K-Pen) is the sole Kenai Peninsula Legislator in Juneau for the second special session. Minority members of the Alaska House of Representatives and a handful of state senators on Thursday again refused to join colleagues, such as Knopp, at a special session in Juneau.last_img read more

Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago

first_img See All SUVs Luxury cars Feb 8 • 2019 Chicago Auto Show recap: Big debuts from Mazda, Toyota, Subaru and more Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate can open like French doors Review • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Style, but not enough substance More about 2019 Cadillac XT4 Chicago Auto Show 2019 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Feb 9 • 2019 Ram 2500 HD gets accessorized with Mopar goodies 72 Photos Enlarge ImageBorrowing a little bit of the Escalade’s fancy chrome isn’t a bad idea. Cadillac Despite being relatively new, the Cadillac XT5 already has two newer crossover siblings, the XT4 and the forthcoming XT6. So to keep up appearances, Cadillac has introduced a new limited-edition aesthetic package for its midsize SUV.Cadillac unveiled the 2019 XT5 Sport Package upgrade at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Established as an optional package on top of either the Luxury or Premium Luxury trims, the XT5 Sport Package gives the SUV a little extra edge without breaking the bank.The most obvious change on the XT5 Sport Package is its grille, which is clad in gloss black and surrounded by Galvano chrome, a special kind of chrome with a unique luster that was first seen on the current-gen Escalade. The exterior changes are capped off with LED headlights, clear taillight lenses, side steps and 20-inch aluminum wheels in a gray finish.Buyers will choose from two interior color schemes — black with aluminum trim, or white and black two-tone with the same aluminum trim. There’s also a set of sport pedals on offer. Otherwise, it’s the same ol’ interior, including Cadillac’s 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Under the hood is the 310-horsepower V6 that powers every XT5.The XT5 Sport Package is a $2,995 upgrade on the $49,490 Luxury trim, which includes standard equipment such as leather seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging and a bevy of safety systems. Move up to the $55,190 Premium Luxury trim, and the package costs $1,995. Standard kit on the Premium Luxury trim includes a 14-speaker Bose sound system, embedded navigation, ventilated front seats and interior accent lighting. 2020 Cadillac XT6: Caddy’s new three-row crossover is heavy on tech •center_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Chicago Auto Show 2019 Cadillac Share your voice 0 More From Roadshow reading • Cadillac XT5 Sport Package gets dark for a limited time in Chicago Preview • 2019 Cadillac XT4: Late to the party, but worth your attention Feb 8 • Ram’s Multifunction Tailgate adds a 60-40 split Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tagslast_img read more

CPA seeks urgent global action to resolve Rohingya crisis

first_imgRohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox`s Bazar. ReutersThe Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on Tuesday urged the international community to come up with urgent actions to resolve the humanitarian crisis of Rohingya people, reports UNB.The CPA made the call in a statement unanimously adopted by its 63rd general assembly in Dhaka.It called on all commonwealth parliaments and parliamentarians to condemn the atrocities, oppression, ethnic cleansing, displacement and all the gross violation of human rights, including the loss of innocent lives in Rakhine, Myanmar.The CPA annual conference also urged Myanmar to stop the violence and practice of ethnic cleansing in Rakhine immediately, unconditionally and indefinitely, and ensure the sustainable return of all the forcibly displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh and other countries to their home in Myanmar.It also called upon the Myanmar to implement the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State immediately, unconditionally, and completely.The general assembly also urged the Commonwealth member states to request Myanmar to take urgent measures to ensure the sustainable return of forcibly displaced Rohingyas and internationally and externally displaced Rohingyas to their homeland in safety, security, dignity and with guaranteed livelihoods.In the statement, it appreciated the efforts of Bangladesh government, particularly prime minister Sheikh Hasina, for her decision to open the country’s borders to Rohingyas and help some one million distressed Rohingyas with shelter, food, sanitation, water and medical attention.Following requests from commonwealth MPs at the Bangladesh foreign minister’s briefing on Sunday last, the CPA placed the statement in the general assembly of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.Bangladesh urged the CPA members to persuade their respective governments to cosponsor and support the 3rd committee resolution which is expected to be voted in the United Nations on 14 November next.Rohingyas wait to receive humanitarian aid at Balu Khali refugee camp near Cox`s Bazar on 27 October, 2017. Photo: ReutersCPA secretary general Akbar Khan read out the statement and some delegates made their remarks before the adoption by vote in the general assembly.Despite proposals from many commonwealth lawmakers, the CPA could not place a resolution on Rohingya issue in the general assembly due to legal obligation and time constraint.During the briefing of Bangladesh foreign minister AHM Mahmood Ali, the Malta speaker first proposed focusing on the Rohingya issue in the general assembly.Taking floor in the general assembly, Malaysian MP Mohd Hatta Md Ramli thanked the assembly for the adoption of a strong statement on Rohingya issue.He proposed that a CPA delegation, led by its new chair, should be sent to Myanmar, and convey the assembly’s message to the Myanmar government.He also suggested a CPA team visit Cox’s Bazar to see the actual scenario of Rohingyas who fled persecution in Myanmar.Belize National Assembly speaker Laura Tucker-Longworth Obe said there was absolute support in favour of the statement in the assembly.Besides, the general assembly agreed on 24 agenda on different issues.With the general assembly, the main round of the eight-day Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference concluded. Though the conference is scheduled to end on Wednesday, there is no programme scheduled for the day except departure and optional tours of the delegates.last_img

16 December observed in Japan

first_imgThe 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh observes in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday, 16 December 2018. Photo: UNBThe 48th glorious Victory Day of Bangladesh was observed in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday with due respect and festivity.Different activities were organised by the Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan, said a press release.The day’s program began with hoisting of the National Flag with the National Anthem at the Embassy premises in the morning.Ambassador Rabab Fatima hoisted the flag while all the officials and representatives of Bangladesh community were present. Later one-minute silence of respect followed by special prayer (dua) was offered in the memory of the martyrs who dedicated their lives in the historic war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.During delivering her massage, the ambassador solemnly recalled and paid tribute to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family members who died on 15 August 1975.A colorful cultural program including patriotic songs, Rabindra sangeet and recitation of poem was staged. The program ended with singing the national anthem by all.Later Bangladeshi foods were offered to the guests.last_img read more

Texas Lyceum Polls Texans On Immigration Voter ID

first_img 00:00 /01:18 X commons.wikimedia.orgThe 287 (g) program enables the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to transfer custody of certain undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).The non-profit Texas Lyceum is a non-partisan group that focuses on identifying the next generation of top Texas leaders.A part of  their 10th Annual Poll was released today and  another part  will be released tomorrow.Dave Shaw is with the group: “And we convene quarterly to discuss in a real civil discourse forum the pressing issues facing our state.”  One of those issues is immigration.Dr. Josh Blank with UT Austin says results vary according to political affiliation and ethnicity. “And what we found was that, you know, among Texas adults, 54 percent say that it helps more than it hurts. Having said that, 67 percent of Texas Republicans favor the idea of building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico border. But, you know, it’s opposed by 85 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of black respondents, 75 percent of Hispanic respondents”, Blank said. The poll also looks at the Texas voter I.D. law. Blank says 74 percent of Texans think voters should have to present some type of I.D. when voting. “You know, 81 percent of white, 64 percent of black and 70 percent of Hispanic respondents all agree that, you know, presenting an I.D. to vote is not a bad idea. Now, obviously we’re not getting into what form of I.D.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Poll results are being released in stages. On Thursday, The Texas Lyceum looks at the presidential election.center_img Listen Sharelast_img read more

Mixed Feelings Follow ExelonPepco Merger

first_imgOn March 23, the Public Service Commission voted 2-1 in favor of the Exelon-Pepco merger, creating the largest utility company in the country. Chairman Betty Ann Kane cast the lone dissenting vote. The $6.8 billion transaction is official, with Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the U.S. Justice Department supporting it. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D), who previously blocked the merger in an effort to negotiate more favorable terms, issued a terse statement, after the vote. “It appears the Public Service Commission favors government and commercial ratepayers over D.C. residents,” she said. “Instead of a three-year rate increase reprieve we negotiated, it appears that D.C. residents will be hit with a rate increase as soon as this summer.”While members of the D.C. Council declined to vote on the merger, members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) voiced their opposition to the merger on Twitter.Sandra Mattavous-Frye, the District’s People’s Counsel, said the merger “appears to be a blow to District residents and the parties to the original settlement agreement.” The first settlement agreement, negotiated by Exelon and Pepco officials with the Bowser administration, included amenities like a one-time $50 credit on the utility bills, relocating some of Exelon headquarters to the District, no rate increase until 2019, and 100 union jobs in the city.However, earlier this year the commission rejected the settlement agreement. Nevertheless, Matavous-Frye said she will do her job and protect District consumers. “Despite the commission’s perplexing approval of a proposal that [our office] and most of the other settling parties rejected, the Office of the People’s Counsel is fully prepared to continue to aggressively advocate for ratepayers and fight to ensure that rates remain affordable for consumers, particularly for our most economically vulnerable residents,” she said.Power DC, an umbrella organization of progressive environmental, civil rights and citizen rights groups, has been a major opponent of the merger and said “the fight is not over.”“Our organizations and the citizens we represent will fight Exelon every step of the way to ensure that D.C and the region do not suffer the same fate as Exelon’s other customers,” a statement on Power DC’s web site said.Power DC has consistently pointed to Exelon’s acquisition of Baltimore Gas and Electric as an example. When Exelon acquired the Baltimore power company, residents in that city noticed an immediate rise in rates despite promises by Exelon not to do so immediately.“We join together as one company to play a vital role as a leader in our industry and the mid-Atlantic region,” Chris Crane, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based Exelon, said. “We’ve made a number of commitments to customers in all of the Pepco Holding utilities’ jurisdictions-the District, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey, and we look forward to getting to work to deliver those benefits to our customers.”Those benefits include a $72.8 million Customer Investment Fund, including $25.6 million in rate based credits; $11.25 million in funds for energy efficiency and energy conservation program especially for low-income residents, and $21.55 million to promote the District’s sustainability agenda through pilot projects to modernize the electric grid to accommodate more distributed energy resources.Chris Stukes is a political activist in Ward 8 and is nervous about the merger. He told the AFRO while the merged company will provide some benefits for residents in his ward; it may not be beneficial for the middle class. “I think that the merger means more rate hikes for citizens and people cannot afford that,” Stukes said. “There is already displacement taking place in this ward and the rate hikes will just turn people away from the city.”However, others embraced the deal wholly. “We’re happy with the commission’s decision for both residents and employers in D.C.,” said former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, executive director of the Federal City Council, a pro-District business advocacy group. “The merger is a win for reliability, financial integrity, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. Lifting the uncertainty around this agreement will benefit the economy and allow us to move forward with a stronger utility partner.”last_img read more

Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names

first_img As technology improves, scientists often find themselves faced with addressing overlooked classification issues—scientific naming is no exception. As researchers develop new methods of bringing back extinct species or improving old techniques, the resultant organisms are very nearly copies of their extinct ancestors. Currently, there are three main resurrection methods. The first is back breeding, in which a species is bred over time to resemble a bygone species. Another is cloning, in which ancient reproductive material is placed in the uterus of a living close relative. Finally, there is genomic engineering, in which information that is missing from samples of a target species is filled in using DNA from a close modern relative. None of the techniques result in creation of a creature that is an exact copy of the original species, and that is at least partly why the authors suggest adding a tag to their names.The authors give examples of how the new tag could be used, changing Mammuthus columbi to Mammuthus recr. columbi, for example. In some cases, if the new species is not a close copy of the original, the group suggests that a new species name be given, such as Mammuthus recr. Americanus.The idea of changing the name of resurrected species is not new. The International Union for Conservation of Nature published guidelines three years ago offering possible ways to classify resurrected species. The authors with the new effort suggest a more standardized format. They suggest that not only will it make things less confusing for scientists, it will help environmentalists develop specific guidelines for preventing the species from going extinct again.If the international community agrees with the suggestion and governing bodies move forward with the idea, there are still likely to be some issues that will be difficult to resolve. For instance, researchers want to determine how much extinct DNA in a living animal’s genome qualifies for tagging. Also, some may not agree with the tag chosen because, as some in the field have already pointed out, current resurrections are not actually copies of ancient species—they are hybrids. Citation: Group suggests adding tag to resurrected extinct animal names (2017, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-group-adding-tag-resurrected-extinct.html (Phys.org)—A group of scientists from several institutions in Germany has suggested that extinct animals that are resurrected through scientific means be given a tag on their name to indicate their origins. In a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science, the group suggests adding the tag “recr” to scientific names given to resurrected creatures to make sure they are not confused with the original. More information: De-extinction, nomenclature, and the law Science  09 Jun 2017: Vol. 356, Issue 6342, pp. 1016-1017 DOI: 10.1126/science.aal4012 , http://science.sciencemag.org/content/356/6342/1016SummaryThe concept of de-extinction, aimed at restoration of extinct species, is controversial (1). Improvements in de-extinction techniques (back-breeding, cloning, and genomic engineering) now provide the opportunity to attempt to resurrect extinct species (2, 3). Up to 25 extinct animal species have been proposed as candidates for de-extinction (4) on the basis of their high public profiles, availability of well-preserved DNA, existence of closely related species who may serve as host or surrogate parents, and availability of suitable habitat in the case of planned reintroductions (1). From a legal point of view, it will be crucial to clarify how de-extinct species will be classified, in particular, in relation to their potential conservation status under national and international law. We discuss implications for conservation laws, which largely depend on nomenclature, and laws regarding the release of genetically engineered species, which do not, and argue for unique naming of de-extinct species. Journal information: Science A mammoth task—how do we decide which species to resurrect?center_img Explore further © 2017 Phys.org The Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi). Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Veteran Bengali theatre personality dies

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali theatre personality Biplab Ketan Chakraborty died after prolonged illness early Friday. Chakraborty, who was suffering from liver diseases for a long time, died at his Dhakuria residence in South Kolkata at around 4 am, his family said. He was 72 and is survived by dancer wife Dipali Chakraborty and actress daughters Sudipta Chakraborty, Bidipta Chakraborty and dancer Bidisha Chakraborty. Earlier, he was treated in a private hospital. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life A prominent face in group theatre movement, Chakraborty had been involved with the ‘Chetana’ theatre group from the 70s till early 90s and essayed a pivotal role in ‘Marich Sangbad’, a popular production in Bengali theatre. Later he founded ‘Theatrewala’ group which had staged a widely acclaimed production ‘Kancher Dewal’. He was a popular face too on small screen earning acclaim in mega-serials like ‘Janmabhoomi.’ Chakraborty had also acted in Bengali films ‘Chander Bari’ and ‘Bhalobasar Anek Naam’.last_img read more