Low prices LNG uncertainty add to frustration levels for natural gas producers

first_imgFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Painted Pony Energy Ltd. reported recently it was using some of its own natural gas to replace higher-priced diesel fuel in some well-completion operations, a move it says could save $100,000 per well.Meanwhile, Perpetual Energy Inc. reported shutting down wells producing two per cent of its total output because it was more profitable to buy cheap gas on the market to satisfy its supply contracts.In Western Canada, “dry” gas has become an unloved byproduct as producers continue to drill wells seeking the light petroleum liquids produced with the gas, especially in the Montney formation that underlies the northern Alberta-B.C. border, said Ian Archer, associate director of North American natural gas with IHS Markit.One product in particular, condensate, commands prices in line with U.S. benchmark crude oil because it is needed to dilute oilsands bitumen to allow it to flow in a pipeline. Canada produced 417,000 barrels per day of condensate in March, up from just under 150,000 bpd in March 2013. Meanwhile, it still imports condensate from the U.S.“They’re drilling for condensate and sometimes the volume of condensate is only, say, 20 or 30 per cent of the well (volume), but it’s going to be 40 or 50 per cent of the revenue,” said Archer.“Then they have that 70 per cent gas volume they have to deal with.”There have been more than 20 proposals to build LNG projects on Canada’s West Coast but construction has only begun on one, LNG Canada, and it’s not expected to open until 2023 or 2024.It would take in up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas but most or all of it is expected to come from northern B.C. wells owned by partners in the project.That’s not good enough for the long-suffering members of the Rockies LNG group, said Kist.“If you look back over the history of LNG projects worldwide and certainly in Canada, they’re pretty much controlled by major international entities. Those entities tend to look after their own opportunities, not necessarily the opportunities for the producer groups.” But that hasn’t happened. In March 2013, Canada produced about 14 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Six year later, the National Energy Board reports production had increased by 16 per cent to 16.2 billion cf/d, despite no rise in pricing trends.Meanwhile, Canada’s largest gas customer, the U.S., is experiencing a shale gas boom that led to domestic production reaching 109 billion cf/d in March, up 35 per cent compared with 81 billion in the same month in 2013. Near-term prices in the U.S. have recently dropped to three-year lows on a glut of gas.In mid-July, a group of nine Alberta producers — unrelated to Rockies LNG but with some common membership — released an open letter demanding the province support a plan under which royalty credits would be issued to producers who voluntarily cut production to boost low gas prices when supply overwhelms pipeline capacity.Complaints about poor gas prices and interruptions in gas sales due to pipeline outages are common as Calgary-based natural gas producers roll out second-quarter results. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BIR, TSX:PONY, TSX:PMT)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presscenter_img CALGARY — Greg Kist admits he was burned out when he resigned as president of Pacific NorthWest LNG at the end of 2014, as the Vancouver-based venture led by Malaysian energy giant Petronas advanced its ill-fated mission to build a liquefied natural gas project in B.C.“I needed to decompress,” the 57-year-old gas industry veteran says of his decision to return to his home and family in Alberta.Once hailed as a voracious new consumer of western Canadian natural gas, the nascent LNG industry was staggered by project delays and all but halted by declining global price trends, leading to Petronas cancelling its project in 2017. Meanwhile, Kist went into retirement mode and avoided the natural gas business for the next couple of years.So it’s surprising that Kist now finds himself back in the thick of things as president and CEO of Rockies LNG Partners, a consortium of nine natural gas producers who invited him back with a promise to try again to jumpstart an LNG export project.The hope is that the former college basketball players’ experience in LNG and the natural gas business will help them to move their gas from the oversupplied and underpriced markets of North America to the promised land in Asia.“I think the next six months are critical for us,” Kist said in an interview in the downtown Calgary offices of Birchcliff Energy Ltd., one of the consortium members.The gas producers want to attract partners to build and operate what could be a 12-million-tonne-per-year LNG project to open by 2026, when forecasts suggest LNG demand will exceed supply. That means an investment decision must be made by the end of 2021.Gas industry insiders used to say the solution to low prices is low prices — when prices go down, less is produced and scarcity makes prices go up again.last_img read more

NS call centre rehires nearly 500 with added benefits plans to grow

SYDNEY, N.S. — A Cape Breton call centre that abruptly closed last month has hired back more than 90 per cent of its workforce, offering enhanced benefits and increasing entry-level wages.The Sydney Call Centre Inc. is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to thank the community and celebrate its official reboot — and the company’s first pay day.  Owner Anthony Marlowe says about 480 workers have returned to the operation after being laid off by the previous owner of the facility just before Christmas. It reopened Jan. 2. He says the company now provides workers with free medical and dental benefits as well as life insurance, which he calls a small investment in the health and well-being of the loyal and dedicated workforce.Marlowe says he was met with applause today after workers cashed their first pay cheques in several weeks.Tanya Wilneff, a director at the call centre, says the company has received a “solid flow of resumes,” a stack which now sits at around 400, and plans to grow the workforce.Marlowe says the call centre may add training capacity to accelerate the addition of new workers, with plans to add 50 full-time equivalent positions by spring.The Canadian Press read more

NYPD Allows Muslim and Sikh Police Officers to Grow Beards

By Ayesha UlhaqRabat – New York Authorities Have Confirmed New Rules Allowing Sikh Police Officers to Wear Turbans and Grow Beards.The New York Police Department has changed its policy to permit Sikh and Muslim officers to grow beards of 1.27cm long and wear turbans for religious purposes with the aim of recruiting more minorities. The New York Police Department has stated that the turbans must be naval-force blue and have the NYPD symbol attached.Under the new rules, religious individuals on the police force are also allowed to grow beards up to half an inch long for religious reasons.Prior to this, Sikh officers have worn turbans under their police hats and beards have not been permitted.New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill declared the new rule on Wednesday after a graduation ceremony for new police recruits. Mr. O’Neill said the change was to encourage the recruitment of religious individuals from the community to apply.He told the New York Times, “We’re making this change to make sure that we allow everybody in New York City that wants to apply and have the opportunity to work in the greatest police department in the nation, to make sure we give them that opportunity.”Of the 557 volunteers who graduated at the ceremony, 33 are Muslims and two are Sikhs, the Times reported.The Sikh Officers Association, an advocacy group in the U.S. that works to protect the religious freedom, expressed gratitude to Mr. O’Neill in a tweet, including that it was a “proud moment” for the Sikh community. They also commented that they are “optimistic about what this announcement represents in the way of progress.”There was a similar change in the U.S. Army earlier this year. In May, a Sikh soldier who was forced to shave off his hair and beard in order to join the US Army won the right to wear a black or camouflage turban and grow his facial hair. read more

Chinese man arrested at BIA with Wallapatta

A Chinese man was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning with 23.6 kgs of Wallapatta, also known as Gyrinops walla.The 44 year old man was detained by staff of the Airport Authority and Civil Aviation officials. The Customs Department said that the Wallapatta was valued at Rs 472,000.00 and was concealed in the baggage of the Chinese man.He was about to leave for Bangkok when he was detained. Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

UN official calls for Bangladeshs next elections to be peaceful inclusive and

The UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, made the comments in the South Asian nation on Sunday, at the end of four-day visit conducted at the request of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.While in the capital, Dhaka, according to the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Mr. Fernandez-Taranco met with top government and political party leaders – including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister – as well as with national electoral officials, in order to exchange views on the political situation in the country and ongoing UN electoral assistance. He also met with representatives of civil society, the media and the diplomatic community, to exchange views.In a news release, DPA noted that Mr. Fernandez-Taranco stressed to all interlocutors that the next parliamentary elections should be “peaceful, inclusive and credible to give voters a real choice at the polls.” “He said that from the UN perspective, free, fair and credible elections would present an opportunity for the nation to further consolidate its democracy and that a credible election and strengthened democracy would contribute to inclusive economic growth and social achievements as well,” the Department said.Mr. Fernandez-Taranco underlined that a conducive environment for free elections must be promoted by national actors through political dialogue and supported by the people,” DPA added. “In this context, he regretted the violence that erupted during the road blockade on 9 December 2012 which resulted in death of several people and the injury of many others.”To create such a conducive environment, the UN official encouraged all electoral stakeholders, in particular political parties, to work together and engage in constructive dialogue in order to achieve inclusive and successful parliamentary polls. “He also called on political parties, civil society and media to engage constructively with the Bangladesh Election Commission to ensure a suitable and enabling environment in which it can effectively operate and fulfil its mandate,” DPA noted, adding that Mr. Fernandez-Taranco said that the UN will continue to work in support of the people of Bangladesh, including through technical assistance to the Bangladesh Election Commission. read more

Chinas biggest coal mine goes diesel with Bucyrus CL10C compact loaders

first_imgBucyrus has delivered five CL10C compact loaders to China Shenhua Energy Co for operation in the longwall mines managed by Shenhua Shenfu-Dongsheng Coal Co. The 10 t capacity loaders are the first electronically controlled diesel vehicles supplied to the Chinese underground coal mining industry. They are designed to raise loads to a height of 1 m directly onto the cookie plate via the hydraulic winch, and can be used in a wide range of applications including general mine transportation and maintenance work, longwall installations and relocations, cabling and piping installation and stone dusting. Bucyrus says its record of successful delivery, commissioning and reliability supported Shenhua’s decision to purchase Bucyrus diesel vehicles to continue to meet its production targets. The CL10C continues the modular concept behind the Compact Loader platform, allowing flexible configuration that is not possible with a unibody frame design. Bucyrus can offer multiple variants, with direct pin-on cookie plate attachments and buckets and forks for dedicated application and Bucyrus Rapid Attach System attachments for utility vehicle tasks. Engine package options, automatic and manual transmission systems along with pilot hydraulic control or full electronic control systems are also available.Tyres are kept in constant contact with the roadway by means of 45o articulation and 8o oscillation via an articulation joint between the tractor and cookie plate sections. This allows the vehicle to follow surface contours safely and remain stable. The diesel powered CL10C has permanent four-wheel drive through automatic transmission, resulting in smooth gear shift and optimum gear selection and control over various gradients with different loads.Power is supplied by a 173 kW EPA Tier III Caterpillar C7 six-cylinder diesel engine, delivering controlled power and torque. This low-emission engine combined with Bucyrus wet-exhaust package and the option of particulate filters, gives power and performance, while minimising emissions.Horizontally mounted radiators and fans allow clean air to be drawn in at the top of the machine eliminating fan blade damage and increasing operational flexibility. This layout also gives the operator good visibility.The Bucyrus Diesel Control System, integrated with the Engine Control Module, continuously monitors the operation of the CL10C from pre start-up vehicle integrity check to observing data to ensure safe operation. The system continuously assesses environmental conditions such as methane levels along with equipment and machine integrity. If a hazardous situation occurs, it first provides a condition warning via the display followed by controlled automatic shutdown.The instrument cluster offers full monitoring of all vehicle systems via a 150 mm colour LCD display. The cookie plate lift and winch are joystick controlled, with all displays and controls highly visible and within easy reach. An air-suspension seat and restraint system minimise operator fatigue.last_img read more

Petar Misovski new HC Metalurg goalkeeper

HC Metalurgpetar misovskirakomet ← Previous Story Metalurg suspends players that are boycotting Next Story → “Great” idea WHC Vardar: Make a bet, and get free tickets?! The current crisis that has hit HC Metalurg and the players boycotting the team has prompted the team from “Avtokomanda” to look for some replacements. The first one that has arrived is the goalkeeper Petar Misovski. He has already worn the Metalurg shirt for two times before, and said that he’s delighted to be back in the club with which he has only good memories. The previous number one, Darko Stanic, has already left the club few weeks ago and joined SSG Bietigheim from the Bundesliga read more

Canadian Research Ship Retrofitted As Hybrid Electric

first_imgThe B.C. government and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation are pledging $17.8 million to outfit a research ship with a new hybrid electric engine. The ship, called the Tsekoa II, will have a brand new propulsion system, powered by a series of batteries, fuel cells, and diesel generators.The ship will be used by researchers from the University of Victoria, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Island University and the University of Alberta, who will be looking into the changing ecosystem along the B.C. coast. Not only will the new engine be better for the environment, but it will also be helpful for research purposes. The quieter electric engine will have less of an effect on the marine animals.AdChoices广告Work will begin on the Tsekoa II over the next few months, and it’s expected to take to the seas once again later this year. However, it will be doing so under a new, as of yet unannounced, name.Via the CBClast_img read more

Woman who broke tooth on Centra ciabatta roll awarded €17470 damages

first_img Share Tweet Email2 Short URL No Comments http://jrnl.ie/3285182 A 58-YEAR-OLD woman who broke a tooth after biting into what she described as a rock-hard ciabatta roll has been awarded €17,470 damages in the Circuit Civil Court against a Dublin store.Bernadette Moore told the court that on August 4, 2015, she bought the roll at Centra, Fairview, Dublin, having chosen it from a basket above the delicatessen counter and having asked a store assistant to put fillings in it.Moore said that after leaving the store she went to her car and started driving while eating her sandwich. She had felt a crack in her upper left pre-molar after the first bite on the “rock-hard” roll.She told her barrister, Conor Kearney, that she then went back to the shop to inform staff about what had happened.She claimed a store manager had been very apologetic and offered her a bottle of water and painkillers.Mr Kearney, who appeared with Tracey Solicitors, said Ms Moore, of Belclare Park, Poppintree, Dublin, had later attended her dentist. She discovered she had suffered a fracture in her tooth.Counsel said the tooth could not be preserved and would need to be extracted and replaced by an implant.He said the estimated cost of the dental procedure was €2,470.PainkillersMoore told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that she had not been able to afford to have the work done and now needs to take painkillers on a daily basis. She also had difficulty eating.She sued Fairview Retail Investments Ltd, which trades as Centra Fairview, of Annesley Bridge Road, Fairview, for negligence.She claimed the bread had not been suitable for consumption.Moore alleged the roll had hardened after it had been left under a light on the deli counter for an excessive period of time.The store had delivered a full defence to Moore’s claim, denying all her allegations. It claimed she had not paid proper attention to what she was doing, as she had been driving.Judge Groarke said that suggesting a customer had an obligation to examine their food to see if it was edible or to ensure that there was nothing wrong would be pushing the matter a bit too far.He said that a report form from the incident filled by the store staff had gone missing, “as did the deli assistant and the store manager who were not in court to give evidence today”.Hearing that a full recovery was expected after the dental procedure had taken place, he awarded Moore €15,000 damages for her pain and suffering and €2,470 for the future dental work, a total of €17,470.Read: Centra shops criticised for ‘disgraceful’ Children’s Allowance Day beer offers >Read: Man killed after horrific collision on slopes of French Alpine resort > Woman who broke tooth on Centra ciabatta roll awarded €17,470 damages The court heard that the woman could not afford to have dental work done and needed painkillers daily. Monday 13 Mar 2017, 3:56 PM Mar 13th 2017, 3:56 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 25,803 Views Image: Shutterstock By Saurya Cherfi Image: Shutterstocklast_img read more

First Tesla 3 road accident outside US takes place in Greece

first_imgThe Tesla Model 3 has had its first road accident outside of the United States in northern Greece.The car, driven by You You Xue, was in Autopilot at 120 km/h when it hit a road barrier located just outside of Florina on Friday.Driving along the E65 Central Greece Motorway southwest to Kozani, Mr Xue said that the electric car suddenly took a sharp turn. Veering towards the right, he claims he attempted to take control of the car and get it back on course, but was unable to do so, going on to hit the barrier on one of the highway’s exits, resulting in one of the front wheels being ripped off.“The software, as I learned the hard way, is very capable of swerving the car which I think is abnormal,” Mr Xue told ABC7 via Skype.Tesla stepped in to defend its product, claiming that as the autopilot feature is only available in North America, that Tesla does not have “connectivity or service available for vehicles” in Greece or other parts of Europe.“Although we haven’t been able to retrieve any data from the vehicle given that the accident occurred in an unsupported area, Tesla has always been clear that the driver must remain responsible for the car at all times when using Autopilot,” said Tesla in an official statement.“We’re sorry to hear that this accident occurred, and we’re glad You You is safe.”Mr Xue is said to be one of the first owners of the Tesla Model 3 in the world.He was on a worldwide road trip, driving through the US, Canada and Europe to promote the electric car and up until the accident had covered 25 countries, driving over 39,000 km.The driver kept his fans informed about his whereabouts through a self-managed Facebook page ‘Tesla Model 3 Road Trip‘, with almost 12,000 followers, to whom he also announced the abrupt end to the road trip.“… guys this is it. The road trip is over. I’m sorry,” he wrote.“Vehicle was engaged on Autopilot at 120 km/h. Car suddenly veered right without warning and crashed into the centre median (edit: divider at the exit fork). Both wheels (edit: one wheel) completely shattered, my door wouldn’t even open correctly. I’m unharmed.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

More on reports of Jeremy Borash departing Impact Wrestling and signing with

first_img Now Playing Up Next WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns ♬ Giant Pianist ♬ Now Playing Up Next This is rather interesting. Curious to see how they use him on NXT on the assumption Mauro Renalo stays. Not sure about those two both on commentary but it’d be cool to see Borash in a backstage interview Kevin Kelly-esque role. No offence to the women doing the backstage interviews these days but they get treated pretty interchangeably; it’d be nice to have someone with a bit of age, acting ability and experience doing it. Videos Articles Bobby Lashley Twitter As covered earlier today, longtime TNA/Impact Wrestling personality Jeremy Borash has signed with WWE according to a report by PWInsider.com.While neither Borash or WWE have publicly confirmed the signing as of this evening, more details have started to emerge about possible plans for Borash in the company.According to new reports by both PWInsider.com and The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online, Borash will reportedly be taking on some kind of role with NXT. The same report by PWInsider indicated that the hiring of Borash was a call made by Triple H.It isn’t known when Borash will officially start with WWE, but the belief is that he has fulfilled all of his prior obligations with Impact Wrestling and would be available to begin with the company at the NXT TV tapings this Thursday night in Atlanta.It should be noted that when Impact announced it was creating a new 24/7 channel on Twitch, Borash was slated to host a new weekly video podcast by reviving the popular Live Audio Wrestling show that was previously part of the Fight Network. Those plans are now clearly off despite the launch of the channel only a few weeks ago.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:29 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 January 31, 2018 at 2:57 am Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Facebook Now Playing Up Next 1 COMMENT Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Videos Articles 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Paul Heyman Comments are closed. Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WhatsApplast_img read more

Shooting victim to be airlifted older man stabbed in face in Provo

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – An update on that shooting reveals the man shot outside his home on Aquamarine Street in Millennium Heights subdivision in Wheeland will be airlifted today for further medical care, he was last listed in critical condition. The man, described as a Bahamian is believed to have been followed by his attackers who fired several shots at him in a drive by attempt, likely on his life. The man managed to duck into his home, but not before being struck and it is unclear how many times at this point. It was said the police could be looking for a silver colored vehicle. We are also receiving a report of a stabbing; a 65 year old Jamaican man, long-time resident of these islands had emergency surgery as he too was listed in critical condition after being attacked as he was walking; our report is that he was stabbed about the body, even in the face. We have no news on where the incident happened or how many assailants there were at this time, but we can tell you that he was robbed. The man will also be transferred out of country for further treatment. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Police involved shooting in Lewis Yard, details scant Manhunt on for Kim’s Crescent killer, Bahamas police report two other shootings TCI Police Investigate shooting in Providenciales; two escape injury Related Items:millenium heights, shooting, wheelandlast_img read more

Vancouvers Map Man remembered at service

first_imgThe Map Foundation is dedicated to supporting education about maps, geography and cartographic arts, as well as community development, including parks, open space and community gardens in Vancouver. Donations may be made to sent to: The Map Foundation/PARC Fund, c/o 723 Eastside St. N.E., Olympia, WA, 98506.The “Map Man” of Vancouver was eulogized Sunday, April 1, for his work, his love of community and his quirkiness.More than 100 people watched projected photos that showed Phil Arnold at work as the recorded voice of the man described chapters in his life.At one point, Phil, recorded at age 94, recounted how he decided to make a map in 1933. He said his first was printed in 1950, and he had a good laugh on himself.Arnold died Jan. 14. He was 96.Arnold’s maps were known by tens of thousands and he did his intricate work in the upstairs of his Hough neighborhood home.He said he would traipse up and down the stairs often each day. “That’s one way I keep limbered up,” he said on the audio recording played for the service.The memorial had sentimental touches, including his grandchildren reading from sayings that Arnold had on his walls. One is a New England maxim: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do or do without.” Fourteen quotes were in a booklet titled a “Compass for Life.”last_img read more

Ambition holds annual wellbeing week for UK staff

first_imgGlobal recruitment organisation Ambition held its annual wellbeing week this month, to promote wellness in the workplace for its 35 UK-based employees.The wellbeing week, which ran between Monday 18 June and Friday 22 June 2018, was designed to incorporate various wellness elements, such as fitness, mental health, eating well and general wellbeing.The wellbeing week included a lunchtime yoga class led by a professional yoga and meditation teacher, which was attended by 18 employees, an hour-long bootcamp class featuring sprints, push-ups and squats that 15 staff members participated in and a DIY rice paper roll bar, where staff could make their own rice paper rolls using vegetables and dipping sauces. All employees attended this session.All of Ambition’s UK employees were also able to have a private massage, which was performed by a professional masseuse in one of the organisation’s meeting rooms. Around 14 employees took part in an after-work game of football, and 30 staff attended an early-finish day on Friday 22 June, where employees headed to Hyde Park for a game of rounders.Ambition also provided a breakfast bar for the whole week, which allowed employees to choose from healthy foods such as cereals, fruits, yoghurts and eggs on toast.The wellbeing week was communicated to staff using internal emails. The organisation also placed a specific wellbeing week board in its kitchen to enable employees to sign up for the available activities and see pictures of the various planned events.Nicky Acuna Ocana, managing director at Ambition UK, said: “It is fantastic to see what a success our annual wellbeing week has been once again. At Ambition, we take employee wellbeing very seriously and hope this will encourage our staff to continue to make positive changes [while] having fun.”last_img read more

Brothers Café Granted Rate Reduction Due To Construction

first_imgThe resolution allows Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander to reduce the percentage of gross receipts paid to the City be reduced from 10% to 5% for the months of February, March, April, and May 2019. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai City Council approved a resolution at their meeting on Wednesday to reduce the rate paid by Brother’s Cafe to the City of Kenai amid ongoing construction. The request was submitted by Hamilton on February 13 and stated that customer dissatisfaction with noise, parking, and terminal navigation, is impacting the business. Navarre: “When you’re disrupted in business, when you pay 5% of your gross sales, that doesn’t mean you make money when there is all this disruption and everything going on.” center_img The resolution was introduced by Vice Mayor Tim Navarre following a request from Jim Hamilton, owner of Brothers’ Café, requesting a temporary rate reduction in the percentage of gross receipts paid to the City due to loss of business since the terminal construction project started in October 2018. Construction is scheduled to wrap up December 1.last_img read more

Cooper Landing Sterling Alert Levels Reduced

first_imgEffective at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday, the following alert levels will change:– Level 2 SET to Level 1 READY for all areas of Cooper Landing.– Level 1 READY alert status for the Feuding and Adkins areas of Sterling will be removed. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Great Basin Incident Management Team 1 managing the Swan Lake Fire, in coordination with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, has changed the alert levels in Cooper Landing and Sterling. These changes are reflective of the hard work of fire crews and the recent change in weather. The wetter conditions and cooler temperatures projected through mid-September, support this decision.center_img Cooper Landing and Sterling residents should remain aware and prepared however, until a fire-season ending weather transition occurs. Fire managers say several inches of rain across all areas of the Swan Lake Fire are needed before the fire will be identified as “controlled”.last_img read more

Mix of legislators and veterans compete to be Republican lieutenant governor candidate

first_imgThere are six candidates seeking the Republican primary nomination to be Alaska’s lieutenant governor. From left to right, top to bottom: Lynn Gattis, Sharon Jackson, Kevin Meyer, Edie Grunwald and Gary Stevens. Not pictured: Stephen Wright. (Photos by Skip Gray/360 North, Leila Kheiry/KRBD and Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Six Alaskans are running to be the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor. Half are current or former state legislators, the other half are military veterans.The lieutenant governor has limited duties under the state constitution: to succeed the governor if necessary, and to oversee initiatives and referendums. State law has given the lieutenant governor a few more responsibilities. They include administering elections and serving as guardian of the state seal.Wasilla resident Lynn Gattis is a former state representative. She said she’s most excited about the process of approving initiatives and referendums, and communicating to the public what the proposed laws mean.“I think that is so very important, that Alaskans understand both sides,” Gattis said. “And that would be my job, as the lieutenant governor, to make sure that folks get the real story on both sides.”Gattis was defeated two years ago by David Wilson in the Republican primary to serve in the state Senate.Some of the other candidates pointed to issues other than the lieutenant governor’s duties set by law, in citing why they’re running for office.Edie Grunwald is a Palmer resident and retired Air Force colonel.“We have a resource-royalty state,” Grunwald said. “We have historic unemployment right now. And we’re one of two states in recession and crime is skyrocketing. Over the last several years, what Alaskans have suffered through under our leadership right now is just unacceptable.”Grunwald has been particularly vocal in calling for the repeal of the criminal justice overhaul passed in 2016. Her 16-year-old son David Grunwald was murdered that year.Sharon Jackson also served in the military, and her position with the U.S. Army brought her to Alaska. She also has worked for the National Federation of Independent Business and in constituent relations for U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan. She said her energy and determination will serve Alaskans. She also has ideas about how to administer elections.“We need to clean up the voter registration list,” Jackson said. “We need to make sure that everyone on the list are here living in Alaska, and living.”Jackson said she received a ballot at her home in the Anchorage municipal election for someone who moved away 15 years ago and died five years ago.Sen. Kevin Meyer has been a legislator for nearly 18 years. He said he’d be able to help the governor improve on what he sees as an unproductive relationship between the current administration and the Legislature. Meyer also works as an investment recovery coordinator for ConocoPhillips.“I think that’s where I can be a real asset to whoever’s running for governor, is having the years of experience that I have, both in elected office in the Legislature and in the private sector as well, to help the governor sell his ideas to the Legislature and ultimately to the public,” Meyer said.Meyer emphasized that the primary won’t be a vote-by-mail election, like the recent Anchorage municipal and special elections. So voters will have to go to the polls or request an absentee ballot to vote.State Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, was the only candidate who said his main reason for running was to focus on administering elections.“One of the things – few things – the lieutenant governor is absolutely responsible for is the elections issue,” Stevens said. “And we’re facing some serious problems. We have equipment that’s aging, and the most important thing, I think, for the voters is to make sure that their vote counts.”Stevens hasn’t been actively campaigning, and said that voters who know his record will either vote for him, or will choose someone else.The sixth candidate is Wasilla resident Stephen Wright, who served in the Air Force. He’s emphasized restoring the full permanent fund dividend under the formula used before 2016. He didn’t respond to requests for an interview last week.The primary is Aug. 21. The only other lieutenant governor candidate on the primary ballot is Democrat Debra Call, who’s running unopposed. Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott is also a Democrat. But he’s filed to be on the general election ballot, on a ticket with independent Gov. Bill Walker.last_img read more

Feud between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard escalates as he claims new

first_imgThe war of legal suits continues between Johnny Depp and estranged wife Amber Heard as things have taken an ugly turn. Now, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has submitted a new declaration claiming that his ex-wife used tricks to fool the jury.In a defamation lawsuit, as obtained by E! News, Depp alleges that Amber “painted on bruises” and instead was the one who caused him “serious bodily injury.” Further in his declaration, Depp has claimed that the violent incident occurred when Amber was under the influence of “prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol.” His claims also state that the abuse took place on multiple occasions and that Heard used a variety of weapons including soda cans and paint cans to attack.The document further adds that Depp suffered from physical as well as emotional abuse. One of the incidents mentioned in the defamation suit claims that Amber and one of her friends allegedly “defecated” in his bed as part of “some sort of a sick prank.” Apparently, this is what pushed him off the edge and he opted to divorce her. “As a result of the years of domestic abuse I had suffered at the hands of Ms. Heard—most recently the April 21 physical attack and defecation on my bed sometime before she and her friends left the next morning—I resolved to divorce Ms. Heard,” Depp explained in his document. Amber Heard and Johnny DeppTwitterThe new allegations by Depp contradicts his previous court filing which actually requested a dismissal of the lawsuit based on the claims made by her against him. The documents submitted by Heard to support her claim were pictures of her sporting bruises, property damage that she blamed on Depp and screenshots of text messages which describe the abuse and incidents faced. In a statement shared by her lawyer, it says, “It is regrettable that it will take a judge to finally end the persistent harassment of Ms. Heard by Mr. Depp, but Ms. Heard will take whatever action is necessary to vindicate the truth.” Amber Heard’s Instagram postInstagramAlthough Amber Heard and Johnny Depp dissolved their vehement marriage back in August 2016, they continue to wash their dirty linen n public. There are constant claims and new allegations made by both of them to make each other look like the horrible person in the relationship. Amber has received a $7 million dollar settlement from the actor.last_img read more

Economy markets Asian stocks tread water ahead of Fed decision

first_imgReuters FileAsian shares were little changed on Wednesday after four straight days of losses amidst caution ahead of a key Federal Reserve policy meeting.Stocks have come under pressure recently on worries over a global trade war and a Facebook Inc data breach after it released the personal data of 50 million users to an analytics firm that helped elect U.S. President Donald Trump.Investors are also worried Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports could escalate into a full-blown trade war if China and other countries retaliate with similar or harsher measures.The focus now turns to Jerome Powell’s first Federal Reserve Market Committee meeting. Strengthening labor market and a steady increase in price pressures could pave the way for the central bank to raise interest rates in the upcoming meeting.The CME FedWatch tool currently places the likelihood of a 25 basis point hike at 91.6 percent, one fully worked in for the markets.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was barely changed in the morning trading. Japan’s Nikkei was closed for a local holiday.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones index rose 0.5 percent while the S&P 500 lifted by 0.2 percent.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a flat start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex rose 73 points or 0.22 percent to close at 32,996 on Tuesday.The partially convertible rupee ended at 65.20 on Tuesday, down 0.02 percent from its previous close of 65.18.So far this year, the rupee weakened 1.8 percent, while foreign investors have bought $1.4 billion in equity and $317 million in debt market.Policy meetings: The Bank of England will meet on Thursday, where it’s expected to keep interest rates and its asset-purchase program unchanged. New Zealand also has a monetary policy decision on the same day.Crude check: Brent crude, the benchmark for more than half the world’s oil, rose 0.44 percent at $67.72 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude gained 0.46 percent at $63.83 a barrel, on Wednesday morning.last_img read more

Comcast Boys Girls Clubs Create TechSavvy Seal for Youth

first_imgClub youth explore the newly-renovated technology center at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Richard England Clubhouse.For children coming of age in the 21st century, online platforms have shaped the lives of these young people more than any other generation. These children are no strangers to using smartphones, electronic tablets and computers as tools for learning and communicating. Google is the cure for this generation’s inquisitiveness,  and sharing thoughts, photos and ideas through social media is like second nature.On Nov. 13, Comcast partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington to introduce the “My Future,” initiative, which wasdesigned for youth at the Richard England Clubhouse in Northeast, D.C.  The clubhouse is located in Ward 7 and is historically known as having one of the highest African-American populations and most under-served residents in the city.Comcast provided the non-profit organization with $100,000 to fund the clubhouse’s fully renovated technology center.“We are worried about students starting out behind and not being able to catch up,” said Charisse Lillie, vice president of community investment at Comcast and president of the Comcast Foundation, in an interview with the AFRO.Boys and Girls Club staffers, community leaders, Comcast execs and media personalities celebrate the launch of Comcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s new technology initiative.The initiative, which is part of a five-year partnership between the two entities, reaches nearly 4 million youth in over 4,100 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. Out of the 12 clubhouses in the D.C. metro area, only one was chosen as an anchor for the project.“We have need here, why shouldn’t we do it here,” said Pandit F. Wright, president and CEO at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.She said she hopes that the new technology can entice more young people to visit the clubhouse on a more consistent basis.District youth now get personalized, hands-on experiences in the digital realm through the initiative. This program encourages safe and productive online interactions with over 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including exploring the web, communicating with others and building media. Children are also encouraged to tap into interests that could potentially lead to careers in robotics, coding, game design and online journalism.“When they walked into the computer lab, the smiles on their faces is what mattered most,” said Dr. Damon Williams, senior vice president and chief educational and youth development officer at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.last_img read more