Atlantic Premiers Develop New Action Plan

first_img To grow a competitive regional economy, the plan focuses on: The plan is the second the council has developed since it was created in 2000. Building on Progress continues and expands some of the initiatives launched under the council’s first action plan, Working Together for Atlantic Canada 2001-03. These initiatives included the creation of an Atlantic Ministers’ Forum on Energy and the development of a harmonized trucking strategy. A copy of Building on Progress is available on the Council of Atlantic Premiers’ website at www.cap-cpma.ca/images/pdf/eng/CAPActionPlanEnglish.pdf . IMMIGRATION In recognition of the benefits of increased immigration and its role in addressing demographic and labour-market challenges in the Atlantic provinces, the premiers agreed to collaborate on initiatives designed to recruit and retain increased numbers of immigrants to the region. While the four Atlantic provinces compete for immigrants, there are opportunities for co-operation especially in building awareness of the region and sharing best practices. Economies of scale can be achieved by co-operating. Considering the views of stakeholders in the Atlantic provinces and the increasing interest of municipalities in immigration, the premiers agreed to direct ministers responsible for immigration to explore with the federal government ways to foster increased immigration to the region through proactive measures such as joint promotion of the region and increased settlement funding to address the lack of infrastructure in smaller centres. AGRIFOOD ACTION PLAN The premiers continue to support a procurement strategy to promote consumption of locally produced food products in the region. The premiers directed Atlantic ministers responsible for the food sector, along with industry stakeholders in the food wholesale, retail and food service industries, to look at current issues and identify opportunities. INLAND FISHERIES MANAGEMENT Premiers reviewed the negative implications of reduced federal funding for inland fisheries management. These include increased poaching and the decline of inland fish stocks. They agreed that part of the solution to the problem is increased federal funding of inland fisheries science, enforcement, conservation, habitat protection and stocking enhancement. The premiers emphasized that inland fisheries management is constitutionally a federal responsibility. They committed to develop a common position and a strategy to present to the federal government to seek increased support for inland fisheries management. CANADA SOCIAL TRANSFER AND POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION Post-secondary education in Atlantic Canada serves as an important catalyst in building a vibrant and competitive economic base. In 1995-96, when federal support for health, post-secondary education and social programs was merged, there was significant reduction in support for these programs. Atlantic premiers strongly believe that base funding for the Canada Social Transfer must be substantially increased and that funding must be predictable, stable and adequate to ensure affordable high-quality education and social services. The premiers agreed to take a common position to the August meeting of the Council of the Federation. They will focus on increased funding for post-secondary education through increased base funding in the Canada Social Transfer, with an adequate growth escalator. Regionally, the premiers will continue to engage the federal government on funding arrangements for the renewal of post-secondary education infrastructure. FISCAL IMBALANCE The premiers noted that various panels have been struck to examine the vertical and horizontal fiscal imbalance in Canada. These include the House of Commons Finance Sub-committee on Fiscal Imbalance, the Federal Expert Panel on Equalization, and the Council of the Federation Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance. The Atlantic premiers continue to be concerned that the federal government will abandon the principle of equalizing fiscal capacities across provinces and that the principle of equalizing fiscal capacity is being eroded. They remain convinced that a 10-province standard and comprehensive revenue coverage would be significant improvements to the existing equalization formula. The premiers agreed to continue advocating this position to the federal government. The Atlantic premiers feel strongly that it is important that consideration be given to finding long-term durable solutions that work for the provinces in this region. ABORIGINAL PEOPLE The premiers discussed the upcoming First Ministers’ Meeting on Aboriginal Issues and agreed that important issues involving aboriginal people in each jurisdiction include the necessity to improve service delivery in areas such as housing, health, and education. The premiers noted the ongoing discussions on these topics between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and national aboriginal organizations. The premiers agreed that any partnership between both orders of government and the aboriginal people must respect the constitutional and fiduciary obligation of Canada to aboriginal people and should be based on adequate and sustainable funding. CANADA/U.S. RELATIONS The Canada-U.S. trade relationship is critically important for Atlantic Canada. Exports from the four Atlantic provinces to the United States totalled $20.5 billion in 2004. The region wants a border that is open to the free flow of people, goods and services, and closed to terrorists. On April 5 the United States federal government announced its intention to publish an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. This will require all travellers entering and leaving the United States to have a valid passport by Dec. 31, 2007. The premiers appreciate that American officials are seeking to strengthen border security while at the same time continuing to expedite entry into the United States. However, they would prefer to see any measures adopted implemented in a way that strengthens security without drastically complicating the daily lives of those individuals who live in border communities and other legitimate frequent travellers. The proposed requirement for provision of passenger manifests for Canadian aircraft flying in U.S. airspace to points in Canada or elsewhere is a matter of particular concern. The premiers agreed to raise this issue with the federal government and work with it toward a satisfactory resolution. Atlantic Canada must work with its New England neighbours to find alternative solutions to the proposed passport and passenger manifest measures. The strong working relationship with New England counterparts is of key importance when attempting to influence the American Congress or Administration. The premiers will work together to develop a regional response, and will raise the issue with their New England colleagues at the next meeting of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. ATLANTIC PROSPERITY PARTNERSHIP FRAMEWORK At their last meeting, the premiers agreed to join forces and develop a regional economic development strategy for the Atlantic region. This strategy, when completed, will assist and guide them in their approach with the federal government. Federal and provincial officials have been meeting to discuss an Atlantic Prosperity Partnership Framework, which will provide strength to and diversification of Atlantic Canada’s regional economy by focusing on policies and programs in the priority areas of human capital development, innovation and productivity, tourism promotion, and stronger infrastructure for economic growth. The framework calls for bilateral contribution agreements to be negotiated by each province with the federal government. These bilateral contributions will be used to invest in priority initiatives that respond to provincial needs and opportunities within the broader context of the framework. The Atlantic premiers agreed to communicate to the federal government that Atlantic Canada is seeking a true partnership, and that any and all federal investments must be consistent with provincial plans and objectives. To this end, the Atlantic premiers are inviting Prime Minister Paul Martin to meet with them early this fall to pursue implementation of the Atlantic Prosperity Partnership Framework, and will include in the discussions the Atlantic Canada Tourism Partnership, Atlantic Trade Missions, and the relationship of ACOA with Atlantic governments. MARINE ATLANTIC INC. The premiers discussed the report of the Advisory Committee on Marine Atlantic Inc., which was publicly released by federal Transport Minister Jean Lapierre on May 6. The premiers agreed that Marine Atlantic provides an essential transportation link, vital to the regional economy. They noted that, under the Terms of Union between Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador, the federal government has a constitutional obligation to provide a continuous ferry service in accordance with traffic offering, and agreed that this must be a high-quality service offered at a reasonable cost. The premiers agreed with Newfoundland and Labrador’s position that the federal government must commit to this standard. -30- New Brunswick Premier Bernard Lord hosted the 11th Council of Atlantic Premiers today, June 15, in Saint John, N.B. Premiers Pat Binns and John Hamm were joined by Tom Marshall, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs. The Atlantic premiers agreed to continue their co-operative approach to advancing Atlantic Canada’s economy and a renewed relationship with the federal government to address regional priorities. BUILDING ON PROGRESS: ATLANTIC ACTION PLAN 2005-08 The Atlantic premiers released their new action plan, Building on Progress, which outlines how the provinces will work together to enhance the provision of quality and efficient public services, as well as to foster a more competitive regional economy. Action steps to improve public services over the next three years include: working to improve public health research creating a Council of Atlantic Ministers of Environment exploring more opportunities for joint procurement working together on cross-border policing legislation in all four provinces. addressing the renewal of post-secondary education infrastructure to meet the needs of universities and community colleges strengthening skills and labour-market programs and investing in research and development working to jointly promote the Atlantic provinces to potential immigrants increasing economic growth through infrastructure improvement and seamless trade corridors across the region establishing an Atlantic Forestry Committee developing and implementing an energy efficiency awareness campaign. last_img read more

Railway parcel thefts After new directive probe process gets simpler

first_imgNew Delhi: After getting the authority to investigate the offences of theft from the leased parcel, lug-gage and brake vans, the Railway Protection Force (RPF) have heightened their security to stop such type of crime.The security forces said that the investigations in theft cases will now be smoother after the implementation of the directive. Senior Divisional Security Commissioner (Coordination) Dr A N Jha said that they have not received any theft complaint after getting the directive. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarAccording to another RPF official, “If theft case related to lease will be registered with RPF, we will be able to easily trace the train journey to know the place where the consignment seal was opened. We can also coordinate with RPF stations in different states without any jurisdiction issues. It will save time.” During the investigation, we can scan the registers of the stations from where the train has crossed to know the consignment condition, added RPF official. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceEarlier, Government Railway Police (GRP) used to register the cases against such kind of thefts. The directive was issued in April this year by DG (RPF) Arun Kumar. He stated that the consignment booked and loaded in leased SLRs/VPUs for the purpose of transportation shall be treated as “Railway Property” as per section 2(d) of the RP (UP) Act, 1966. “All efforts for prevention, registration, and detection of these crimes are to be ensured by RPF,” reads the directive. It further mentions that the GRP, owing to its limitation of jurisdiction and heavy workload of prevention, detection, and investigation of the heinous crime, was not in a position to take effective action in matters of theft from leased SLRs/VPUs. “The incidents of thefts/pilferages from leased Parcel/Luggage/Brake vans attached to Mail/Express/Passengers trains have been causing considerable anxiety. The lease holders are often raise the issue of non-registration of FIRs by GRP in case of criminal interference with leased consignments,” added directive. In view of the seriousness of the problem, the “Comprehensive Parcel Leasing Policy” needed to be revised besides reinforcing and strengthening the measures to prevent and detect thefts/pilferages from leased SLRs/VPUs. The matter has been examined by Railway Board in consultation with the Commercial Directorate and it has been decided to consider the consignment booked and loaded in leased SLRs/VPUs for the purpose of transportation as under possession of the railway.last_img read more

Cracking the 1991 myth

first_imgExploding the myth that 1991’s big-ticket economic reforms were thrust on India by the International Monetary Fund, renowned economist C Rangarajan, one of the architects of the liberalisation process in India said, “The decision that we took to introduce reforms was entirely our own.” Assigning responsibility for initiating change to the Indian leadership of that time, C Rangarajan, former governor of RBI and chairman at the Prime Minister’s economic advisory council, lent credit to then Prime Minister Late P V Narasimha Rao for his strategical thinking in couching reforms in a language that would appeal to the old guards of the Congress party by using an expression like the “middle-path”. Also Read – A staunch allyGoing deep into the genesis of reforms to answer some of the questions prevailing in the air, he said that the 1991 reforms were a continuation of the process that had already been put into motion in the 1980s. But it was a break from the past as the enormity of the economic crisis at that time was such that business as usual could not have determined the course of future action. “We had to move fast to make fundamental changes in our economic policy,” he added. Also Read – Cuban pathosAs India approached the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan to avert its balance of payment crisis, Rangarajan said that the multilateral institution was “very impressed” with the speed with which reforms had been undertaken. The IMF recognised India’s intellectual prowess in macroeconomics as being very stable and credit-worthy. There were several decisions, including dismantling industrial licensing, that were not a part of the IMF programme. IMF was, however, in favour of promoting free trade and India too was keen to lift import restrictions prevalent at that time as they were not helping the economy in achieving greater numbers. Thereafter, the steps taken on exchange rates were “very bold”. Rangarajan’s assertions are contained in a detailed book on India’s relations with the International Monetary Fund, written by a senior civil servant V Srinivas, who has highlighted the growing relevance of China in the process of IMF’s decision-making in recent years. An IAS officer and additional secretary, Srinivas was the former advisor to India’s executive director at IMF. He said that India’s relations with IMF during 1991-2016 had provided robust insight into India’s role as a founding member, apart from making a comprehensive study of how IMF has influenced the process of shaping the global economy. Rangarajan said that the great merit of the Indian reform programme of the 1990s was that it was done without unnecessary disruptions. “We made a break with the past and followed it up with the gradualism.” India’s economic performance clocking over 7 per cent growth on a sustainable basis has vindicated that economic reforms undertaken by India in 1991 were indeed on the right track, Rangarajan said. He also said that the policymakers of the 1950s and 1960s in India cannot be blamed for the slow rate of growth at that point of time as there was no clear model available at their disposal to provide pointers on accelerating growth in developing countries. Only by the 1970s, it became clear that the model of state intervention on an extensive scale was not delivering as envisaged and, consequently, required a nudge. Our policymakers in the 1970s refused to recognise this even as China was preparing itself for a big change. The 1991 policy objective was simple – to improve the efficiency of the system while emphasising upon making the economy truly competitive. Yashwant Sinha and Gurupadaswamy of Janata Dal were among those who were critical of India’s economic reforms in the Parliament in the early-1990s. Sinha, who became Finance Minister in the Vajpayee government, subsequently and vigorously pursued reforms and accused Narasimha Rao of unshackling controls on industries. He repeatedly said that Rao is “turning the clock back and undermining the very bedrock of economic development, which we have built-up”. The prime architect of reforms, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, while responding to the accusation during the budget discussion in 1991 which said that his reform budget would destroy the sovereignty of the nation and had been prepared at the behest of IMF, had said that the only way to protect the country’s economic sovereignty was to deal with the causes that had brought us to this virtual state of bankruptcy. Repudiating to the charge that the budget had been prepared at the behest of anybody outside India, the then finance minister said that “the budget has been prepared by us, it is our response to the situation that the people of India face and if we had not taken strong corrective measures to correct this fiscal distortion, I think we would be reneging in our responsibility as an effective government and I think that would be something which future generations of this country would never have forgiven us for”. Another renowned economist and former RBI governor, I G Patel, in a scathing criticism of the fiscal policy that had led to the balance of payment crisis, had said that it was the gravest economic crisis faced by India since independence and it was because successive governments in the 1980s chose to abdicate their responsibility to the nation for the sake of short-term partisan political gains and indeed out of cynicism. In as early as 1986, warning bells were sounded that India was heading towards a debt trap. As the Modi government presents its first budget in July after a thumping victory in the general elections, the Indian economy is at crossroads. There are major economic challenges like unemployment, farm distress, growing bad debts of banks and a slowing economy. Bold initiatives are needed like those of 1991. Srinivas, in his book, said that IMF has pointed out that the Indian financial sector is facing considerable challenges of high non-performing assets. India’s key banks appeared resilient but the stress tests showed a group of public sector banks being highly vulnerable to further declines in their asset quality with higher provisioning needs. The 2016 Insolvency and Bankruptcy code introduced a modern framework to deliver progress in the process of NPA resolution, Srinivas said, adding that the government has announced a recapitalisation plan for public sector banks and also sought consolidation across several PSBs. The fund has supported Indian policy initiatives on recapitalisation and bankruptcy code but, at the same time, it felt that there should be greater regulatory autonomy to Reserve Bank. It is clear that there are some warning bells in the economy as was the case in the 1980s and one only hopes that corrective measures are taken by the incumbent government in the upcoming budget to ensure that the economy is not driven to the wall as it was in 1991. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Shooting for horrorcomedy film RoohiAfza begins

first_imgMumbai: The shooting of Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor starrer “RoohiAfza” has commenced. A post from the official Twitter account of Maddock Films read: “Karne aa rahe hai attention ko kabza, aaj se shuru hoti hai ‘RoohiAfza’! (Coming to grab all the attention. ‘RoohiAfza’ begins today)”) Rajkummar shared a photograph of the film’s clapboard and wrote the same caption. This will be the first time Rajkummar will be seen sharing screen space with Janhvi. The film, produced by Dinesh Vijan and Mrighdeep Singh Lamba and directed by debutant Hardik Mehta, also stars Varun Sharma. It is slated to release on March 20, 2020. This will be Rajkummar’s third collaboration with Dinesh Vijan after “Stree” and “Made in China”.last_img read more

12YEAROLD VANCOUVER FAN WHO WOWED PINK AT CONCERT SAYS NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE

first_img“I sang it right in front of her face,” said 12-year-old Victoria Anthony. “It was absolutely crazy.” (Twitter/@vicanthonymusic) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement It’s not ever day you can see your idol perform, but to sing their song to them — in front of a crowd of more than 20,000 people — is even more special.That’s exactly what 12-year-old singer Victoria Anthony from Vancouver got to do on Saturday at Pink’s Roger’s Arena concert.The moment was the culmination of a two-week social media campaign Anthony started with the help of her mom, Christina.It happened! #VicAndPink #BeautifulTraumaTour thank you @Pink for making me feel I can do anything. @RogersArena @LiveNation pic.twitter.com/8hkfS4KlDt— Victoria Anthony (@vicanthonymusic) May 13, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img “Well, I’ve always loved Pink … I knew Pink was coming and I was joking around like what if I sang with her,” Anthony said.They created a video showcasing Anthony’s singing and set up social media accounts with the hashtag #vicandpink and started to share it with friends and family. The campaign took off, and even got a shout-out on Twitter from Vancouver songstress Sarah McLachlan.On the day of the concert, Anthony was close to the stage and she thought the 38-year-old singer missed her on her way to a set change, but she came back and asked if Vic was the one who was part of the social media campaign. Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Punting NAFTA talks into 2019 would cost Canada 02 per cent of

first_imgWASHINGTON – Extending NAFTA negotiations into 2019 would prolong uncertainty for the Canadian economy and trim anticipated growth over the next year, says a forecast released Friday.Scotiabank estimates that the lingering doubts would shave 0.2 percentage points off Canada’s potential GDP, while the bank projects the country would still see modest economic growth of 2.3 per cent on the year.The timing question is increasingly relevant. With serious negotiating on the hardest issues just barely begun, and national elections in Mexico and the U.S. later this year, conversations are turning to what might happen when the current schedule of talks concludes in March.One scenario involves the talks slowing down, then picking up again after the American congressional elections and after a new Mexican president has taken office in December, setting the stage for a final push for a deal in 2019.“The ongoing efforts to ‘renegotiate and modernize’ NAFTA look set to extend beyond the current end-March 2018 deadline,” said the Scotiabank forecast.“Difficult issues remain unsettled and the remainder of 2018 features a packed political calendar that could delay further talks.”The forecast said the U.S. will not experience any significant investment chill. But it says the lack of clarity could be felt more in Canada, and in Mexico.It echoed roughly identical findings from the Bank of Canada.In its recent Monetary Policy Report, the central bank detected a slight slowdown in foreign companies building operations in Canada. It projected the slowdown in so-called greenfield investments would wind up being two per cent through next year, amounting to a decline in overall GDP of about 0.2 per cent.That investment “has declined since mid-2016, especially from Europe but also from the United States,” said the central bank report.It’s “a possible sign of the effects of the uncertainty around trade policy. Trade-policy uncertainty is expected to reduce the level of investment.”The Canadian government has also cited concerns about a lingering cloud over investment as one reason to want an agreement soon. The cabinet member leading the negotiations made the point Friday.“We would like to get this deal done as quickly as possible,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in Mexico during a meeting with her North American counterparts.“Uncertainty is never good for business confidence.”That being said, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added Friday that the country must be prepared to walk away from negotiations if it is offered a bad deal.last_img read more

Province appoints four new Northern Lights College governors

first_imgFox-McGuire is a senior probation officer at Community Corrections in Fort St. John and the vice president for the social, information, and health component at the BC Government Employees Union. She is an alumna of Northern Lights College and has been a sessional instructor in criminology and sociology at NLC. Her schooling includes a Bachelor of Arts in criminology from Simon Fraser University.Gilbert is a regional development officer for the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. He is a former executive director for the Fort Nelson First Nation. Gilbert has worked in K-12 and post-secondary education for over 35 years, including a number of roles at NLC. He is the First Nations reconciliation representative of Hillcrest United Church and a charter member of the Fort Nelson Refugee Committee. He holds bachelor’s degrees in arts and education, and a Master of Education from Brock University.Mason-Bennett is the executive director of the Northern Environmental Action Team and co-owner of Cool Beans Cafe. She is also the chair of the North Peace Cultural Society, vice-chair of the Child Development Centre, and a director at the Recycling Council of British Columbia. She has a bachelor’s degree in comparative development studies and anthropology, and a Master of Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo.Also during the meeting, Tyler Holte was elected as the board’s chair while Andy Ackerman was named vice chair. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The provincial government appointed four new members to the Northern Lights College board of governors on August 22nd.The four new members include Lorraine Archibald, Judy Fox-McGuire, Michael Gilbert and Karen Mason-Bennett.Archibald is the CEO of Lake View Credit Union. She is a past president of the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta and former treasurer for the Festival of Trees at the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation. She holds a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.last_img read more

Mens Hockey Ohio State depth led by Dakota Joshua finding success filling

Ohio State forwards Dakota Joshua and John Wiitala fight for a loose puck during the first period of Ohio State’s victory over Denver in the NCAA Tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | Lantern photographerWhen senior forward Matthew Weis fell to injury just before the Big Ten tournament championship against Notre Dame, it was a devastating blow to the Ohio State men’s hockey team. The loss was felt not just on, but off the ice.Weis was a key cog for the Buckeyes this season, putting up 37 points in 37 games. His leadership isn’t gone — he has still traveled with the team — but his absence has forced other players to step up in key situations, while serving as a rallying cry for a team with big aspirations.“It was a tough bounce to lose Matt. He’s one of the leaders on our team. He’s still right there with us and we are doing it for him almost, essentially,” junior forward Dakota Joshua said. “It’s just next man up on this team and obviously, I got the call and it feels good.”Joshua has moved up in the lineup, assuming more responsibility with both crucial faceoffs and goal scoring, and has flourished as a physical presence for a Buckeye team lacking size.   In games where puck possession has been decided along the boards, it doesn’t hurt to have a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame get involved and pry pucks loose. But Joshua said he’s more than just a big body. “I’d like to think that I can play any time of game and any style. Given a tight game, it really doesn’t make a difference,” Joshua said. “You know they are all going to be tight at this point, and at the end of the year. I like playing in tight games, for sure.”Joshua has elevated his game to fill the void left by Weis, and many of the other Buckeyes have done the same. Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik has preached all year about a next-man-up mentality, and time after time, the depth of his team has risen to the occasion. “The game of hockey, you are going to have injuries. [It’s] next man up and we’re going to continue to think that way,” Rohlik said. “We’re excited, we’re pretty humbled, but at the same time, we look forward to the new challenge.”Ohio State hasn’t just got by in the NCAA tournament. It’s proved that it belongs, shutting down a red-hot Princeton offense, while also beating last years’ national champion Denver by a resounding score of 5-1. In a tournament where many penciled the Buckeyes to fall in the Midwest region, Joshua said the underdog mentality fueled the team to prove the experts wrong.“It helps us almost feed into our game, having a chip on our shoulder, I’d love to see your guys’ brackets and who you guys picked,” Joshua said. “Not a lot of people had us coming out of this side [of the bracket] so, it just feeds into our game and helps us play better for sure, but hopefully people know who we are now.” read more

University tuition fees should be capped at £7500 not £9250 Government review

University tuition fees should be cut to £7,500 to give the taxpayer better value for money, an official review recommends today.The current cap is £9,250, which means students are paying “too much” for their degrees, and the report recommends axing the “punitive” interest payments that students face while they are still at university.To ensure that a greater proportion of student loans are paid back, they should be written off after 40 rather than 30 years, the report says, meaning many will be paying off student debt into their 60s.Graduates should start paying back their loans once they earn £23,000, rather than the current repayment threshold of £25,000, it adds.The student loan system is “poorly understood” and should be renamed the “student contribution system”, the review says.It says means-tested maintenance grants should be reintroduced, with the poorest students handed £9,000 over the course of their degree.The Prime Minister ordered the review of post-18 education last February, after coming under pressure following Jeremy Corbyn’s general election pledge to abolish tuition fees.In a speech today, Mrs May will endorse the reintroduction of maintenance grants, arguing that “removing [them] from the least well-off students has not worked, and I believe it is time to bring them back”.   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. The review recommends an injection of £1 billion capital investment in further education colleges Around 50 per cent of 18-year-olds now take places at university, but the vast majority fail to pay back loans in full, leading to mounting concern about the cost to the public purse. She will say: “There is much to be said for the panel’s proposal to cut fees and top up the money from government, protecting the sector’s income overall but focusing more of that investment on high-quality and high-value courses.” Jeremy Corbyn promised to abolish tuition fees in the last general election “Generous and undirected funding has led to an oversupply of some courses at great cost to the taxpayer and a corresponding undersupply of graduates in strategically important sectors,” the review said. “Our recommendations would restore more control over taxpayer support and reduce what universities may charge each student.”  The maximum amount universities can charge for tuition fees should be capped at £7,500, the review says, with additional funding for subjects that offer good value.Mr Augar said that the post-18 study is a “story of both care and neglect”, with universities enjoying huge amounts of public funding while vocational and technical education has been subjected to a “steep, steady decline” in cash.He recommends an injection of £1 billion capital investment in further education colleges, as well as the introduction of a “lifelong learning loan allowance” for higher technical or degree level qualifications.Alistair Jarvis, chief executive of Universities UK, said that unless the Government gives a “cast-iron guarantee” on full replacement funding, the cut in tuition fees “could prove to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing”.He said that while he welcomes some of the proposals, a cut in fees will “hurt students” and “damage universities”, as well as decrease the number of highly-skilled employees that business needs and reduce the UK’s international competitiveness. Jeremy Corbyn promised to abolish tuition fees in the last general election Last night the report threatened to turn into a costs row.A Cabinet source said: “The cost of the measures outlined by the Prime Minister tomorrow come at £6 billion a year to the taxpayer. A future leader would have to think about the choices ahead of them and where best to spend the money.” The publication of the review, more than a year after it was commissioned, will be seen as part of Mrs May’s attempt to stitch together a domestic legacy before she steps down in July.The report’s findings are likely to be adopted by whoever wins the race to succeed Mrs May, as winning younger voters has been earmarked as a priority for all leadership candidates.Led by Philip Augar, the former  equities broker, the review is the first one since 1963 that the Government has ordered into higher and further education.The “generous” and “undirected” funding that has been pumped into universities has come at “great cost to the taxpayer”, the report into post-18 education found.The current higher education fee structure leads to “disappointment” for a “small but significant minority” of students, the review says.The lifting of student number controls in England in 2015 gave universities free rein to recruit as many undergraduates as they see fit. But it has led to accusations they now act like businesses, seeking to maximise revenue by recruiting as many students as possible on to poor quality courses. The review recommends an injection of £1 billion capital investment in further education colleges read more

Increasing wheel loader dump clearance with Cats Extended High Lift linkage

first_imgCaterpillar has released a new Extended High Lift (EHL) option for its 994F wheel loader that enables the machine to load Cat® 793 and similar size mining trucks more efficiently. The EHL linkage provides 1,075 mm more dump clearance compared to the previous High Lift linkage. For faster cycle times, the operator can back the 994F away from the truck without racking back the bucket. The additional lift also enables the operator to dump the last pass without pushing material. Centring the load for reduced truck wear, better handling and less spillage is easier, too.The EHL linkage is designed to reduce operator fatigue, decrease loading time and improve daily production when loading 226-t size trucks. In a 793 loading test with the new linkage, cycle time decreased 5.5%, which resulted in a 5% increase in production. The 994F equipped with EHL linkage is rated at 32 t and can fill the 793 in seven passes.The EHL option consists of new lift arms, lift and tilt cylinders, tilt links and counterweight material, which is added to the interior of the rear bumper. An extended high lift kit for retrofitting 994F wheel loaders already in the field will be available. New 994F wheel loaders also feature structural changes to both front and rear frames for extended durability.The 994F is equipped with Cat 3516B HD EUI engine and delivers 1,176 kW gross power (1,092 kW net). The engine delivers high torque rise for fast response and fuel efficiency while maintaining long engine life. The 994F retains the Steering and Transmission Integrated Control (STIC) system that enables the operator to use small movements of a single hand to steer and to make direction and gear changes. STIC enables smooth operation with minimum effort.To minimise operator effort while improving productivity, the Rimpull Control System enables the operator to set rimpull below 100% for optimum traction in unstable conditions. The operator can reduce rimpull and ground speed by using the impeller clutch pedal, which is fully modulating for smooth control when digging and loading.The 994F also features designs to reduce maintenance time and make maintenance tasks easier and safer. The standard automatic lubrication system reduces maintenance time by automatically lubricating bearings requiring the most frequent attention. At the ground level service center, a maintenance technician can fill or drain fluid reservoirs and tanks.For more information go to www.cat.com/equipment/wheel-loaders/large-wheel-loaderslast_img read more

Komatsu creates autonomous haulage Center of Excellence

first_imgBringing together product, technology and service experts from across the company, Komatsu announces the launch of its global Center of Excellence (CoE) for Autonomous Haulage Systems (AHS).The Tucson, Arizona-based CoE team will be responsible for AHS strategy, planning, marketing, sales support and training; enabling Komatsu to respond faster to customers’ needs in the rapidly expanding autonomous environment.“This is a major step forward for Komatsu’s unified approach to mining,” said Jim Nishiura, VP Global Mining Business Division, Komatsu. “Our diversified FrontRunner AHS team is united by common goals, workflows and strategies to deliver maximum value to our customers as well as our customer-facing teams and distributors.” Shingo Hori, formerly AHS Group Manager for KLTD, and Anthony Cook, formerly VP AHS and Communications for Modular Mining, have been appointed as co-GMs of the CoE.These organisational changes are focused on Komatsu’s business strategy to continually improve company performance and deliver increased value to customers. Since its commercial release 11 years ago, Komatsu’s AHS has achieved the unprecedented milestone of more than two billion tons of surface material moved autonomously – more than all other commercial mining autonomous haulage systems combined.last_img read more

Domestic violence workshops organised for November

first_imgThe Australian Greek Welfare Society (AGWS), supported by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, has organised two Greek workshops on Domestic Violence in Clayton and Brunswick this month. Both presentations are free of charge and will consider topics centring on what constitutes domestic violence, its forms, cycles, responses, support services, safety plans and how children are affected.The first event was held at the Clayton Community centre at 8-15 Cooke Street, Clayton on 11 November between 10:30 am – 12:30pm.Whilst the second workshop will be held at the AGWS Head Office on 7 Union Street, Brunswick, between the hours 12:30pm – 2:30pm, on 26 November. RSVPs to this event are due a day earlier on 25 November by calling 9388 9998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

IBM abandonne son projet de supercalculateur

first_imgIBM abandonne son projet de supercalculateurLancé en 2008 par IBM et le Centre national pour les applications de calcul intensif (NCSA) de l’Université de l’Illinois, aux Etats-Unis, le projet de supercalculateur Blue Waters a été abandonné par la firme américaine. Avec un coût de développement estimé à 308 millions de dollars, cette machine était censée devenir la plus puissante du monde.IBM a décidé de mettre fin au projet qui le liait au Centre national pour les applications de calcul intensif (NCSA). Le géant de l’informatique travaillait depuis 2008 sur le développement d’un supercalculateur censé devenir le plus puissant du monde. Mais comme il l’annonce dans un communiqué rapporté par silicon.fr, IBM a rompu son contrat avec le NCSA, mettant le projet Blue Waters entre parenthèses pour une durée indéterminée.À lire aussiJ’ai mal aux reins : quelles peuvent être les causes ?Le supercalculateur devait être achevé d’ici à 2012, et dépasser la barre du petaflop, c’est-à-dire le seuil du million de milliards de calculs par seconde. Mais le projet, estimé à quelque 308 millions de dollars, s’est avéré trop coûteux, en terme d’argent comme de ressources humaines. “La technologie innovante qu’IBM a finalement développée était plus complexe et nécessitait une hausse significative du budget augmenté et un soutien technique par IBM supérieure aux attentes initiales” explique en effet IBM. “NCSA et IBM ont collaboré étroitement sur diverses propositions afin de conserver la participation d’IBM dans le projet mais ne sont parvenus à aucun accord mutuel concernant la voie à suivre” déplore la firme américaine qui devra alors rembourser au NCSA les sommes déjà engagées dans le projet.Un objectif loin d’être abandonné Mais alors que le supercalculateur devait être basé sur un processeur Power 7, lancé en avril par IBM, le NCSA assure rester “confiant dans le fait que son objectif de construire un supercalculateur à l’échelle péta-flopique reste réalisable dans un temps opportun”. C’est aux côtés de la National Science Foundation que le projet sera achevé, annonce le Centre, qui ne donne toutefois aucune précision quant à la date à laquelle Blue Waters pourrait être achevé. Le K Computer, supercalculateur japonais atteignant une capacité de 8162 pétaflop, devrait donc garder sa place de numéro un mondial plus longtemps que prévu.Le 10 août 2011 à 19:46 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Une enquête sur le rachat dInstagram par Facebook

first_imgUne enquête sur le rachat d’Instagram par FacebookLa Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a ouvert une enquête de routine sur l’acquisition de l’application de photo par le réseau social.Facebook espérait sans doute boucler au plus vite le dossier Instagram, acheté pour un milliard de dollars. C’est raté… La Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a annoncé avoir lancé une enquête sur cette acquisition. C’est une procédure de routine pour les opérations de plus de 66 millions de dollars, explique Zdnet. La FTC veut notamment savoir si ce rapprochement est susceptible d’altérer la concurrence et compte auditionner les concurrents du réseau social, comme Google ou Twitter. Une enquête qui devrait ainsi prendre entre 6 mois et un an mais qui se révèle donc normale. Rappelons que si la FTC venait à s’opposer à cette acquisition, Facebook devrait verser 200 millions de dollars à Instagram pour dédommagements. Autant dire que chez Mark Zuckerberg et ses amis, on croise les doigts… Le 15 mai 2012 à 12:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Team of students created unofficial Pokemon Go back in 2014

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> Pokemon Go… you’re probably sick of hearing about it right now, right? Well imagine how you’d feel if you invented the game almost two years ago. University of Waterloo students created a strikingly similar augmented reality game based on the popular Nintendo franchise. They created the game for Hack the North, a school event.The team, known as the Elite Four, a reference to the original Pokemon Game Boy games, called their project Open Pokemon. Edward yang, John Liu, Kevin Nguyen, and Jack Gao worked for over 36 hours straight to create a game that was actually more advanced than the Pokemon Go we see today.“The main difference is that in our game we had another couple of features,” Gao said. The group programmed voice control for Pokemon, for example. But their game also only worked in 2D, whereas Pokemon Go is fully 3D. That adds a “whole new layer” of complications, they said.These sorts of projects are common at hack-a-thons, events where creative programmers push the limits of systems and software, but this example is unique specifically because it’s an instance where students leap-frogged multi-billion dollar companies like Google and Nintendo in a matter of hours.As anyone (and by that I mean almost everyone) playing Pokemon Go can attest, the game’s still got quite a few problems. It disconnects frequently, lags all the time, and is feature poor. But still, there’s something magical about being able to walk around in the real world and work together with friends and strangers to catch wild Pokemon. The fact that an inspired group of students and massive companies converged on this singular idea, and that it’s become such a runaway success, should come as no surprise, then.last_img read more

WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus confirmed for WWE Smackdown premiere on

first_imgFacebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles Roman Reigns is in Remission Trish Stratus Google+ Videos Articles Nikki Bella Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TrishStratus.com has confirmed that the WWE Hall of Famer will be in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on October 4 when WWE Smackdown moves to FOX.The WWE Smackdown premiere on FOX will be a 20th Anniversary show.Previously announced for the show is Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, Jerry Lawler, Mark Henry, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, and Sting.You can read the full announcement below:Trish Stratus returning for SmackDown’s 20th anniversaryTRISHSTRATUS.COM can confirm that Trish Stratus will be in LA on October 4th when SmackDown Live moves to Fox.Not only does this usher in a move to a new home, it is also the blue brand’s 20th anniversary.“SmackDown has been delivering action-packed, family-friendly programming for two decades, and we look forward to entertaining generations to come as we begin this next chapter on FOX,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO.And of course, you can’t celebrate without some Stratusfaction and a few friends!WWE Superstars past and present will be on hand at STAPLES Center to celebrate the occasion, including WWE Hall of Famers Kurt Angle, Lita, Mick Foley, Booker T, Hulk Hogan, Goldberg, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Mark Henry, Ric Flair and Sting. Now Playing Up Next Twitter Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution Alexa Bliss Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At EvolutionVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27last_img read more

NEARLY 500 JOBS OFFERED ACCEPTED AS SANDALS MOVES TOWARD FILLING 600 POSTS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, September 26, 2016 – Excitement builds as hundreds of Bahamians begin orientation to prepare for positions when Sandals Royal Bahamian re-opens next month following a multi-million-dollar restoration.  Letters are still going out to prospective employees as the company seeks to fill 600 jobs at the historic property on Cable Beach.  As Construction continues at an expedited pace to open in time for the confirmed bookings, with jack hammers and back hoes in the distance, hundreds piled into a former ballroom at Sandals Royal Bahamian last week to begin orientation, preparing for new jobs as the iconic hotel is being prepped for a grand re-opening following a multi-million-dollar makeover.“We are on target for a mid-October soft opening,” said Jeremy Jones, Director Corporate Services, SRI, which operates 14 Sandals resorts in the Caribbean including three in The Bahamas. “When you are doing extensive repairs in an historic property like the Royal Bahamian you learn to expect the unexpected. Despite extra work that had to be undertaken, construction crews and sub-contractors have brought their best game and have hit schedules remarkably well and we really thank them for that.”Hardly a square foot of the property has escaped repair.  Boilers and chillers were being replaced, two large pool decks completely removed and replaced, ballrooms renovated, guest rooms re-done, several villas gutted and rebuilt, pathways and common areas reworked, original wooden floors sanded and refinished, air conditioning replaced, a new dining option created, and more.More than a dozen Bahamian companies were engaged to work on repairs that were so extensive the hotel had no option but to close, according to an engineer’s report.  Hotel sources were caught somewhat off-guard, knowing repairs were imminent, but not fully aware the hotel would have to close to make way for the work.  The closure came in August as the Cable Beach luxury-included all-inclusive was enjoying nearly 100% occupancy and was facing a nearly fully-booked property for the next several months.That closure resulted in the forced termination of some 600 staff members who received severance packages, with some senior members walking away with more than $34,000.  Sixty employees were transferred to Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma to help accommodate the extra bookings from transferring guests who had reservations for Nassau.  Those guests were also treated to extra complementary days and the company covered the cost of airfare to the new destination.At the same time, Sandals said there would be no overall job loss, pledging that the fully refurbished Sandals Royal Bahamian would employ the same number of people that it had on staff prior to the closing.  And days after the closure, it took steps to fulfill that promise, hosting a four-day job fair with the first two days reserved for former employees.  “Only about two-thirds of those employed before turned out for the job fair though everyone was invited,” said Jones.  “While we were a bit disappointed in the numbers, we were not totally surprised. The severance packages made it possible for people who had been working hard to take some time off.  Others may have chosen to go back to school or develop skills for a different position or career. For many, the unexpected closure and immediate pay-out opened up opportunities.”As of September 25, nearly 180 of those former staff members who applied have begun orientation and there are still more positions to be filled.  “We continue to aim for a mid-October soft opening and we want to make sure all posts are filled with a six-month training cycle so there is little time to spare,” said Jones.  “Fortunately, everyone is showing tremendous enthusiasm and there is a real spirit of rejuvenation, a pride in being part of something historic and something new all at once.” Related Items:hundreds of Bahamians begin orientation in preparation for the opening of Sandals Royal Bahamian, nearly 500 jobs offered to fill positions at Sandals Royal Bahamian, Sandals Royal Bahamian opens next month Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Body of machine operator found in gravel pit pond

first_imgSearch and rescue crews Friday afternoon recovered the body of the front-end loader operator who went missing in the pond of a gravel pit north of Battle Ground on Thursday evening.The operator was identified as Paul Ritola, 74, a longtime county resident who lived near the Tebo gravel pit, which is at 24810 N.E. 92nd Ave.There were apparently no witnesses to the accident.When Ritola did not return home for dinner Thursday, family members went to the nearby pit, where he had been working, and discovered the accident scene with disturbed gravel, pulled-down trees and broken pipes leading down to the water.Divers and technical rescue team members responded at 8:45 p.m. Thursday and found the loader on its side in 6 to 8 feet of murky water. It had rolled down a steep, 30-foot embankment into the pit.Crews were on scene Thursday night and Friday to search for Ritola. Multiple agencies, including the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Clark County Fire & Rescue, Clark County Search and Rescue, Clark County Dive Team, Southwest Washington Organization of Rescue Divers (SWORD), and Department of Ecology, were on hand.last_img read more

2020 Maserati Quattroporte Levante Zegna special editions graced with lush wovenleather interiors

first_img 2019 Lamborghini Urus review: Part SUV, part supercar 0 Luxury cars SUVs Sedans Enlarge Image Maserati Maserati is classing things up for the 2020 Quattroporte sedan and Levante SUV. The plush Italian rides are set to each receive Zegna special-edition models that sport Pelletessuta woven-leather interiors. Maserati and fashion brand Ermenegildo Zegna, which both hail from Italy, have worked together for decades, and these fine interiors are their latest creations. The Italian automaker revealed both vehicles on Wednesday and announced that those attending this month’s Monterey Car Week will have the opportunity to reserve one of the 50 Quattroporte models or one of the 50 Levante special editions. So that’s a limited run of 100 vehicles total with the extra-soft and lightweight leather interiors. What makes that Pelletessuta leather so special? Zegna worked to devise a process to replace fabric yarns for stitching leather. Instead, Zegna uses thin strips of leather to weave the fabric that’s plentiful in the cabin. The final form looks mighty good. 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: Take the fast way home The Quattroporte sedans with the Pelletessuta interiors will be based on the S Q4 GranLusso trim. Aside from the typical appointments the six-figure sedan includes, the special-edition model features a Blu Sofisticato exterior color over the dark brown Pelletessuta leather interior. Maserati paints the brake calipers a matching blue, tosses in sport seats and naturally badges the interior with a Zegna plate to signify that this isn’t a pedestrian Quattroporte. The Levante Zegna follows much the same formula. The special-edition SUV starts life as an S GranSport model and dons a Bronzo tri-coat exterior color. Inside, the leather is dipped black. In addition to black brake calipers, the company also swaps in a set of 21-inch wheels and fits the interior with Radica wood trim. For some reason, Maserati didn’t supply a photo of the Levante Zegna’s interior. Those not making the trip to Monterey will still have the chance to secure their own Quattroporte or Levante Zegna special edition. The company said each will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and those interested can stop by a local Maserati dealership to reserve one. Once Zegna and Maserati are finished with the special models, they’ll be set for delivery in spring 2020. 2019 Levante Trofeo is Maserati’s fastest SUV yet 1:23center_img Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 9 Photos More From Roadshow Maserati reveals Quattroporte, Levante special editions for Monterey Car Week Monterey Car Week 2019 Maserati Tags Maseratilast_img read more

Indian Country Todays new editor Mark Trahant on the future of Native

first_imgMark Trahant (left) and videographer Jacqueline Cleveland (right) reporting for FNX on the Dental Health Aide Therapist program housed at Yuut Elitnaurviat in Bethel. May 3, 2018. (Christine Trudeau / KYUK)Last week KYUK got a visit from Indian Country Today’s new managing editor, Mark Trahant.No stranger to reporting in Alaska, Trahant, a longtime independent journalist, has been coming to the state for decades, serving for two years as the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Atwood Chair of Journalism. Trahant is a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Idaho, and first reported in Alaska during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 while working for the Arizona Republic. Since then, he has returned every few years. 2011 found Trahant reporting for PBS’s “Frontline” on childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests in St. Michael, in an episode titled “The Silence”. Trahant is back in the Y-K Delta for a new show coming to First Nations Experience, or FNX TV, called “Wassaja.”“Wassaja is a really storied name in Native journalism. It was originally a newspaper by Carlos Montezuma in the 1920s, and later again became a national newspaper in the 1970s published in San Francisco,” Trahant said.The name was chosen to bring the indigenous journalistic legacy to the forefront; a 10 episode season is slated to premiere on May 31. The first episode, titled “She Represents,” focuses on Native American women running for public office.“This year could be the big year. Since 1790, the first year there was a congress, there are just over 11,000 men and women who have been elected to Congress. It’s interesting, one third of all the women who’ve ever been elected to Congress serve now,” Trahant said. “And of course in that time there has never ever been a Native American woman; we’re still talking about the first.”But the story Trahant came to Bethel for is not about Alaska Native women running for Congress, something both Georgianna Lincoln and Diane Benson have done in past years. This year, Trahant’s Y-K Delta story will focus on the success of the Dental Health Aide Therapist program. It will be episode seven.Trahant has also now taken on the role of editor for Indian Country Today, formerly Indian Country Today Media, and once the Lakota Times. Trahant will re-launch the national online news site under the ownership of the National Congress of American Indians, or NCAI.“This is really exciting, I think,” Trahant said. “Because it’s a chance to take a legacy, a name of Indian Country Today, and say ‘how can we do journalism different and do it for the 21st century?’”Trahant says that using the name will tap an enormous built-in following of Indigenous peoples across North America.Videographer Jacqueline Cleveland (left) filming the Kuskokwim river with Mark Trahant (right) as they report on the Dental Health Aide Therapist Program in Bethel on May 3, 2018.(Christine Trudeau / KYUK)“It’s funny, it’s one of those names that we probably would not use if we were starting up from scratch, but it’s such a strong brand name that we can’t mess around with it. But in the subhead of the new logo we’ve created, it talks about digital indigenous news, and they really are the three things that we’re going to concentrate on,” Trahant said.With a team of two that will soon expand to four, Trahant will begin producing daily online reports on Indian Country news, including, of course, Alaska.Trahant says that the workforce of Native American journalists has changed throughout the years. At one time, he saw Alaska in the forefront.“When I first started coming up here, kinda the network of Howard Rock was still alive. There was people who worked at the Daily News, there was a member at the editorial board at the Daily News,” Trahant said. “There were Native[s] on television, there were Natives in radio across the state, not just in pockets.”But with the decline of newspapers, Native journalism in Alaska fragmented, Trahant says. Now, though, he sees a national groundswell from the younger generation.“What’s different from, perhaps, my generation is when I was president of NAJA, the Native American Journalists Association, many, many years ago, is most of the people coming up wanted to work for mainstream media and to actually get the big paychecks and to do the stuff in the limelight,” Trahant said. “Now people want to serve Native communities and they want to figure out ways to have a career, do good journalism and serve Native readers and listeners and I think that’s really cool.”But it could be that many of the biggest stories emerging for Indian Country will actually be taking place on a national stage as a conservative administration and Congress seek to cut back funding for social programs without always recognizing that Native Americans are not just another racial minority in this country.“Whether it’s the Indian Health Service, or Medicaid, or them working together, or the Veterans Administration, all of that is the United States fulfilling its treaty obligation,” Trahant said. “And I think that’s one thing that we as journalists can do is to hold accountable, that is, ‘the United States promises, what are you doing about it?’”last_img read more