Financial Assistance After a Service Member Dies: What The Military Provides

first_imgMilitary.com. (n.d.) Transitioning from Military Service. Retrieved from http://www.military.com/money/retirement/military-retirement/transitioning-out-of-military-service.html MyArmyBenefits. (2016). Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Retrieved from https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Benefit-Library/Federal-Benefits/Survivor-Benefit-Plan-(SBP)?serv=126 Department of Defense. (2017). A survivor’s guide to benefits. Retrieved from http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/ResourceGuides/A-Survivors-Guide-To-Benefits.pdf By Carol ChurchThe loss of a service member to military-related causes is always a tragedy. No one ever wants to need the information in this blog.However, families who are coping with the devastation that accompany such a loss do need concrete facts. It’s reassuring to know that the military has programs in place to help spouses, children, and other family members regain their financial footing. Taken all together, the value of these benefits is very likely to exceed $500,000. This is the least that can be done for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Ken Wolter/PhotospinFollowing is a listing of benefits available to families of service members whose deaths are a result of military service. Typically, these benefits are offered to families of those service members who die during active duty, including as a result of training. This also includes deaths that occur while a service member was traveling to the place of duty. Some benefits are also extended to the families of veterans who die as a result of service-related injury or disease, or who die of non-service-related issues after being disabled by service-related issues.Death Gratuity payment This is a $100,000 benefit paid within 72 hours of the death of an active duty service member that is a result of service. Its purpose is to assist family with immediate concerns. The service member will have filled out a form designating who will receive this payment. This sum is not taxed.Funeral and burial costs payment When a member dies on active duty, the amount paid towards preparation, burial, and interment will vary from $1000-$8700, depending on whether the military handles arrangements or the family chooses a private cemetery. Travel costs for immediate family will also be paid. Veterans whose death was service-related receive up to $2000 in funeral and burial benefits and are also eligible for free burial in a VA cemetery. More information on funeral and burial benefits is available in this post.Back pay and unpaid leave Of course, survivors will receive all back pay owed, as well as payment owed for any leave that has not been taken.Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance payment All service members are automatically insured in this program to the maximum $400,000 benefit, unless they have cancelled it or reduced its benefits in writing. Benefits will either be paid out in 36 installments or in one lump sum (this decision will have been made by the service member at time of enrollment).Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) DIC is paid out to survivors of any service member who dies on active duty or in training as a result of service-related diseases, injury, or condition, as well as to survivors of veterans whose deaths were service-related. DIC is also paid out to survivors of some veterans who were totally disabled by military service at the time of their deaths. Under DIC, the spouse and each child receive COLA-adjusted flat rate payments. Payments to children extend to age 21, or 23 if enrolled in college. Payments to spouses continue for life, or until the spouse remarries (payments continue if the spouse remarried after age 57). It is important to note that if spouses are also eligible for Survivors’ Benefit Plan (SBP) benefits, these will be reduced by the amount paid out in DIC.Survivor Benefit Plan The SBP provides a COLA-adjusted monthly income to survivors of service members killed in the line of duty, based on a percentage of their pay. As noted above, it’s important to understand that spousal SBP payments will be reduced by the amount paid out in DIC. For this reason, some spouses choose to opt out of SBP for themselves and to have the whole benefit go to children, whose benefit is not affected by DIC. This decision cannot be reversed.Medical Care For the first 3 years after the death of an active duty service member, surviving spouses and dependents are eligible for full-active duty health benefits at no cost. After three years, children remain eligible for full benefits, while spouses will transition to Tricare.Housing assistance Surviving spouses and family members retain the right to their service member’s BAH or military housing for one year after the date of death. Families also have the right to have one move paid for by the military in the 3 years following the death of the active duty member.Tax liability forgiveness Income taxes already paid may be forgiven or may not have to be paid for the person who has died in the year after the death of an active duty service member. Family members can get help with their tax situation at their closest military installation, or consult IRS guidelines.VA Home loan assistance Surviving spouses are eligible to apply for VA loans. Though this is not technically a monetary benefit, it may still be very useful to surviving spouses due to the unique benefits of this product. To learn more about VA loans, visit Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on this program.Educational benefits Surviving spouses and children are eligible for a number of important educational benefits, including transfer of GI Bill benefits and programs and scholarships that may pay up to 100% of costs. For more information, visit A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits.Commissary and exchange privileges Surviving spouse and dependents retain the right to shop at commissaries and exchanges. Spouses retain this right unless they remarry, and children retain it until age 21. Sorting out and understanding all these different benefits and programs can feel extremely overwhelming at a time of grief and sorrow. Fortunately, the military assigns each bereaved family a Casualty Assistance Officer who assists families in sorting out these matters. However, it is still important to remember that many of these benefits must be applied for.There is nothing that can ever replace the loss of a family member, but the military works hard to help families facing this grief. Knowing that these programs are there to assist with financial needs may be a comfort to families.References:Department of Defense. (n.d.) Military compensation: Death gratuity. Retrieved from http://militarypay.defense.gov/Benefits/Death-Gratuity/ We’ll be talking about Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs on Tuesday, August 15 at 11 a.m. ET. For more information about joining this 90-minute webinar, visit the event page.last_img read more

A tale of two States: the differing politics of rural Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan

first_imgA girl fetches water drawn from a hand pump on the outskirts of Harsoli village, in Rajasthan — a task she does thrice a day.  Economist Utsa Patnaik says that the coming together of farmers across classes — the poor and the rich — was long overdue. She says: “There has been a concerted attack on agriculture over the last few decades under the influence of neoliberal policies. There has been a mistaken belief that we should displace farmers and promote industrialisation, and the displaced will be absorbed by industry. The experience of Europe was different. Rather than being absorbed in industry there, the displaced were exported to North America, Australia and South Africa, and they captured the resources there after subduing indigenous people. We don’t have that option.”She adds: “The open trade policies have exposed farmers to the highs and lows of global prices, which they cannot withstand. The meaning of priority sector has also changed under the influence of neoliberal policies, and farmers are unable to access low-interest loans. They have to borrow from private lenders at high interest rates and end up in a debt trap. It is only now that people have begun to notice the farm unrest that was waiting to burst forth.”Other sources of incomeFew farmers can be seen at the Ajmer wholesale vegetable market after 11 a.m. They come here at 3 a.m. and leave after selling their produce — in return for cash payments — by 9-10 a.m. The mandi lacks the scale of operations or the frenzied activity of, say, the Surat wholesale market or even Azadpur Mandi in Delhi.The reason is not hard to find. This correspondent’s journey through Rajasthan, across 2,100 km, covering Jaipur, Tonk, Ajmer, Sawai Madhopur, Nagaur, Pali and Jodhpur districts, showed farm activity present only in the villages close to Tonk.Rasoolpuri village, which has high Gujjar and Meena populations, has farmland where mustard is grown. Here, farmers complain about rising diesel and fertilizer prices and the limited supply of water, which is available only from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. The produce, they say, sells at ₹3,200 a quintal, much below the MSP of ₹4,200.  Farmers at a tea stall just outside the village say they will vote for the Congress as they are fed up of having their concerns brushed aside.But most of rural Rajasthan is a very different world. Villages, even around Jaipur, for miles on end have hardly any farm activity. The better off among villagers have diversified into non-farm activities such as dairy and poultry, while the poor are into animal grazing or work as labourers in construction activities and other sectors.A 40-minute drive on the Jodhpur-Jaisalmer highway leads to the Balesar-Shergarh belt, an arid, sparsely populated area dotted with Rajput-dominated villages. A detour from the highway down a narrow, broken road reveals what substitutes for farming in this region: stone-mining for the construction sector is in full swing on both sides of the road.Meghlasia is a village with Meghwal (Scheduled Caste) and Rajpurohit families. The latter, who describe themselves as ‘gurus of Rajputs’, are Brahmins by caste.Stone-mining is a key source of income for the villagers. In addition, they also sow bajra (millet) after the first rains in June-July, but the yield is subject to the vagaries of the monsoon rains.Caste is the markerLike many other Rajputs who have opened restaurants or dhabas because there is not enough water for farming, Chhatar Singh Rathore of the Rajput-dominated Tena village too runs one on the road towards Jodhpur.Says Rathore, “Many people in my village run restaurants on the highway. The richer Rajputs also own restaurants in Jodhpur. There are 10 restaurants in the city run by people from my village.”He tries to summarise his village’s sources of income: “Our previous generation saw many people join the Indian Army. You will find many ex-servicemen here. This generation has taken to the restaurant-catering sector in a major way. That apart, many from the village have migrated to Surat to join the cloth industry where they specialise in designing and packing. Some even race horses in Dubai.”The Rajput community in the State has gravitated towards the hospitality sector, with heritage hotels and havelis dotting the State. Many are owned by richer Rajput families. They have a traditional feel and visible ‘Rajput markers’ such as photographs of men in traditional attire holding a sword or rifle. A lot of them try to attract foreign tourists.This non-farm rural world is in sharp contrast to that of M.P., where an occupational identity centred on farming is being forged. In Shergarh tehsil of Jodhpur, caste remains the prominent identity marker, with cultural issues occupying centrestage.Rathore is unhappy with the Rajasthan government for not standing behind Rajputs on the film Padmaavat. He complains that Vasundhara Raje got the entrance to the Raj Mahal Palace in Jaipur sealed to target former royal Diya Kumari, and also humiliated the family of BJP veteran Jaswant Singh.In Tibna village, about 90 km from Jodhpur, water supply poses an acute problem. Sarpanch Bhawani Singh Rathore points to a dry hand pump which is wrapped in a sack cloth. The village has houses placed wide apart, and is populated longitudinally, one house after another for a few kilometres. It has just 300 families, says the sarpanch, of which 150 are Rajput. Other than water, villagers also complain about the lack of school teachers in the local government school. However, despite their various frustrations, they do not think of themselves as aggrieved farmers. Caste remains the key marker of identity and status.“You find three types of scenarios,” says political analyst and author Sajjan Kumar. “The first is Madhya Pradesh, where agriculture is linked to the market, with cash crops such as soyabean and cotton. Here, farming is under stress because of a fall in market prices and the impact of demonetisation. The second is seen in agrarian States such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (excluding western U.P.). Their agriculture is not linked to the market, with mainly food crops such as rice and wheat being produced. An arid State such as Rajasthan presents a third scenario, where agriculture is not central to rural life.”He explains the significance of these diverse realities: “An occupational identity, where people identify as farmers, is emerging in States of the first kind, such as M.P., Maharashtra and Gujarat. In States such as U.P. and Bihar, while agriculture is central to rural life, caste and religion remain dominant identity markers in the absence of strong market linkages of agriculture. In Rajasthan, in the near absence of agriculture as a key rural vocation, identity markers are still tied to caste.”Rathore’s sentiments lend credence to this hypothesis. “I have no problem with [Prime Minister] Narendra Modi. He says we should sell pakodas if we can and I have been doing so at my restaurant,” he says. “My problem is with Vasundhara Raje. Rajputs will try to ensure a victory for Manvendra Singh at Jhalrapatan. What is a Rajput without self-respect?”  He predicts that the BJP will lose votes in villages around Pipliya Mandi this time. Dilip Patidar, a farm activist who also runs a shop selling various agricultural goods, says the GST has made things difficult for farmers. He says, “The GST on pesticide is 28% now. These were taxed at 0-4% earlier. Look at the motor that pumps water to fields. It was taxed at 6% earlier but attracts 12% GST now. The pipe to connect the motor to the fields attracted no tax earlier but attracts 12-18% GST now.”All this has made farm inputs dearer. Of the entire area under soyabean cultivation in India, about half is in Madhya Pradesh, the soyabean State of India. The Malwa region, of which Mandsaur is a part, accounts for more than half of M.P.’s cultivation of the kharif crop. Fields are prepared by tractor in the summer months. Renting is the norm for small and medium farmers and tractors are rented out for ₹700 per hour, up from ₹500 because of diesel price hikes. The cost of soyabean seeds, Dilip Patidar says, is ₹5,400 per quintal. Labour charges for sowing as well as harvesting have gone up, he adds.Electricity bills too have shot up. While it is possible to run a diesel engine instead of an electric motor to pump water into the fields, with diesel prices going up, it is becoming an expensive proposition now as with diesel becoming more expensive, with costs are ₹200 per hour.The soyabean produce is transported to the mandis (wholesale markets) in Pipliya Mandi, Mandsaur and Neemuch. Here again, transportation is more expensive because of the rise in diesel prices. The present minimum support price (MSP) for soyabean is ₹3,399 per quintal, but it sells in mandis at ₹2,800-3,100 per quintal.“In 2013-14, the mandi prices had gone up to ₹4,500-5,000 per quintal,” says Mukesh Patidar. He blames “faulty” export-import policies for the fall in prices.Mandi prices keep fluctuating on a demand-and-supply basis, and vary each day. Says a wholesale trader at the Mandsaur Mandi who refuses to be identified, “These are like the stock market. It is partly the luck of the farmer and partly his ability to read trends that determine the price he gets for his produce.”“Look at onions. When prices begin to rise, they import these and the prices fall again,” says Dilip Patidar.Indeed, the interests of farmers and consumers are at odds. When the prices of farm produce rise, the commissions of wholesale traders and other intermediaries in the supply chain push up the retail prices of farm produce. When prices fall, food price inflation ceases to be a problem but farmers face losses, rendering agriculture unprofitable as an occupation.For example, at the Ajmer vegetable wholesale market, tomatoes were selling at ₹8 a kg. On the previous two days, 1 kg was was selling at ₹10 and ₹12, respectively. Just 2 km away at the retail market, it was selling at ₹20.The dip in farm fortunes is visibly impacting the politics of Madhya Pradesh, a traditional BJP stronghold, with the Congress clawing back in the villages. The troubles of increased documentation, paperwork and bank payments, — seen by many as a part of the formalisation of the sector and cleaning up of the system — have also annoyed farmers.The M.P. government has put in place a subsidy scheme called Bhavantar Bhugtan Yojana (BBY), under which the government promises to plug the gap between market prices and the minimum support price (MSP). But to avail it, a farmer has to register himself at an authorised office and produce the required documents at the grain and vegetable market when he goes to sell his produce.Says Sunil Solanki, a farmer: “Our soyabean crop gets a subsidy of ₹500 a quintal. But for this we have to submit a copy of our documents to the mandi merchant, who submits our farmer code numbers to the official market committee and then credits the money to our accounts, a process which takes between 10 and 15 days.” The government subsidy under the BBY, he adds, takes two to three months to get credited to a farmer’s bank account. Unlike farmers elsewhere, farmers in M.P. are not paid in cash as everything is digitised.In other words, say several farmers, they pay in cash for labour, for renting tractors, and to transport the produce, but get paid by bank transfer. The time lag results in a cash crunch. They complain of long queues at markets and banks. Sensing this as an opportunity, Congress leaders have begun to promise cash payments to farmers if voted to power, according to local residents.center_img | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy A few farmers sit huddled near a statue of Sardar Patel at Balaguda village in Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh pouring out their woes over steaming cups of tea. The statue marks the entry point to the Patidar-dominated village.One of them, Manoj Patidar, who has just returned from the Mandsaur wholesale market, says that the goods and services tax (GST) and rising prices of diesel have made agriculture a loss-making activity. “If the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government stays for another five years, we will have to sell our lands,” says the tall farmer, his wry smile deepening the lines on his weather-worn face.In another place and State — in Rajasthan — separated by distance as well as priorities, Chhatar Singh Rathore of Tena village in Shergarh tehsil in Jodhpur district has a very different concern.He runs a roadside dhaba on National Highway 114, which connects Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. His main complaint concerns what he believes to be the wilful disregard of Rajput sentiment. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who is seeking a second consecutive term in office, he says, has humiliated Rajputs by not backing their opposition to the film Padmaavat, and also marginalising Manvendra Singh, son of former Union Minister Jaswant Singh, who is a Rajput.With not much farming visible in the entire region, caste is the primary marker of social identity, unlike in Madhya Pradesh, where locals display a clear sense of identity as farmers. The contrast between Mandsaur and Shergarh points to the differences between two worlds. While both are rural, one is agrarian and the other is dominated by an array of non-farm activities.On November 30, all eyes were on New Delhi where there was a massive protest by farmers who had gathered from all over the country in the thousands. Opposition leaders such as Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury spoke. This event came in the wake of another landmark protest held more than a year ago.In the middle of last year, farmers’ organisations had taken out a rally that touched Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan, among other places. The participants also visited Mandsaur, where, a month earlier, five farmers had been killed in police firing. Weighed down by debts, the agitating farmers were demanding loan waivers.As politics heats up in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the Opposition sees farmer anger as having the potential to dent the prospects of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has performed well in most State elections held since it came to power in 2014. The reading is not far off the mark. The BJP scraped through in its stronghold of Gujarat in the 2017 Assembly elections, as a result of urban votes. The Congress, on the other hand, did well in rural Gujarat.However, one was able to get an idea of the situation while travelling through Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan over the last month. In a complex picture, the rural cannot always be conflated with the agrarian.Long list of woesMadhya Pradesh today presents a picture of rural discontent that is cementing an amorphous farmers’ identity — a sort of occupational consciousness — that the ruling BJP will have to be wary of in the future. But the same does not hold true in Rajasthan, where the rural sector is involved in an array of occupations — from stone mining and animal husbandry to forays into the hospitality sector through highway and city restaurants. There is nothing like a farmer’s identity across the vast, parched, swathes of India’s largest State by land area.It takes half an hour to reach Pipliya Mandi, the epicentre of last year’s farm unrest, on the road from Mandsaur to Neemuch town in Madhya Pradesh. Mukesh Patidar, a soyabean farmer in his mid-30s, has come to the mandi (wholesale market) to buy agricultural implements. “My village, Chilot Pipliya, which is about 17-18 kilometres from here, saw one farmer become a shaheed (martyr) last year,” he says. He adds that soybean farmers are a distressed lot, with a long list of grievances.If the fertilizer DAP (Diammonium Phosphate) cost ₹800-900 per 50 kg in 2013-14, it is now priced at ₹1,440 for 45 kg, he says. Potash, which was priced at ₹450 per 50 kg one-two years ago, now costs ₹900 kg, he adds.“We use tractors to prepare our fields for the crop. They run on diesel, which has gone up from ₹50 a litre to around ₹70 a litre,” Patidar says. “And labour charges have also gone up from ₹150-200 to ₹300 a day now. Why will they work for less? They are getting grain at ₹1-2 a kg.”last_img read more

Shane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outage

first_imgShane Watson’s sensational BBL hundred overshadowed by Brisbane power outageBBL 2019: Shane Watson of Sydney Thunder scored the first hundred of the Big Bash League this year before a power failure in Brisbane robbed Sydney Thunder of what looked like a certain victory.advertisement India Today Web Desk BrisbaneJanuary 17, 2019UPDATED: January 17, 2019 18:01 IST Shane Watson scored his century off 62 balls but the BBL 08 match between the Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder was called off due to floodlight failure (@BBL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Watson scored the first hundred of the 2019 Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder on ThursdayA power outage forced the umpires to call off the match with Sydney Thunder on top vs Brisbane HeatSydney Thunder had offered to bowl only spinners but Heat decided it wasn’t safe to continue battingShane Watson scored the first hundred of the 2019 Big Bash League but a power failure in Brisbane meant the match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder had to be called off on Thursday. Watson’s 100 had earlier helped Thunder post 186 for 4 at the Gabba before a bizarre situation forced play to be called off.It could have been a memorable match for Sydney Thunder. Shane Watson’s 100 had set them up perfectly before Brisbane Heat were reduced to 10 for 2 following the dismissals of the Bash brothers – Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn.However, the play was stalled when, after the third over, two floodlights and several overhead lights on one head of the ground went out.”There has been a power outage occur which has interrupted play,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said. “This is being looked into as a priority. Further updates will be provided in due course.”Watson left frustrated after floodlight failureSydney skipper Shane Watson and coach Shane Bond were eager to continue and even offered to bowl only spinners for the sake of safety. The crowd, meanwhile, flashed their torch lights on their mobile phones to try and help.It’s all over. Floodlight failure at the Gabba as prevented a finish #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/B7lKkqJ3y1KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019Time and time again we’ve told The Gabba to switch to @alintaenergy… #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/c1yP3Z4Uc7KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019However, the Heat were adamant they did not want to play. With Sydney Thunder in cruise control, Watson and Bond had every reason to feel frustrated.advertisement”We think it’s safe enough to play,” Bond told Fox Cricket.”We said we’d bowl our spinners because we want a game of cricket – obviously we’re in a stronger position (than the Heat).”The umpires have said we think its unsafe.”The whole city of Brisbane it seems was suffering from a power outage.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Rishabh Pant posts photo with girlfriend Isha Negi. Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | Watch: David Warner bats right-handed in BPL 2019, smashes Chris Gayle for a sixAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Brisbane Heat vs Sydney ThunderFollow Shane WatsonFollow Big Bash LeagueFollow BBL 08Follow Gabba stadiumFollow Gabba power cutlast_img read more

PM Cites Clarendon as Catalyst for Expansion of Sugar Cane Sub-Sector

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says Clarendon has the greatest potential to serve as a catalyst for the expansion of Jamaica’s sugar cane sub-sector, particularly among small farmers. Addressing Wednesday’s, February 6, contract signing and ground-breaking ceremony for the Springfield Sugar Barracks Relocation Project in the parish, the Prime Minister pointed out that Clarendon has over 2,000 acres of “idle” cane lands, owned by small farmers, which are ready to be “engaged” in cultivation. Mrs. Simpson Miller said $300 million has been earmarked for cane road improvement in the parish, pointing out that the tender process is currently being prepared with a view to the undertaking being completed and implemented during 2013/14 fiscal year Additionally, she advised that two agro parks are being developed at Ebony Park and Spring Plains at a cost of approximately $114 million and $145 million, respectively. “The agro parks development, initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, is a key element of my Government’s Growth Inducement Strategy in the medium term. This (agro parks) initiative seeks to elevate agricultural production, diversify our agricultural outputs, and address every single facet of the agriculture value chain, from production to market, and (provide) support for our food security programme,” she outlined. Noting that sugar cultivation provides “seasonal” employment for farmers and other small stakeholders, Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out that there was very little “meaningful” activity outside of this engagement during the “out of crop” season. This situation, she said, poses challenges for families dependent on the crop for their livelihood.“In response, the Government is also working towards economic transformation of southern Clarendon through other strategic investments in agriculture. In the Vernamfield area, we are investing $65 million to rehabilitate the irrigation system to expose our farmers to modern drip irrigation technology,” she stated, while disclosing that the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA)-managed Cane Expansion Fund, another resource option, currently stands at $1.5 billion.The Prime Minister noted that concerns have been raised about the sector’s overall viability and sustainability, with arguments being advanced that the administration should “abandon” the industry.In response, Mrs. Simpson Miller said the Government embarked on a transformation programme that sought to address social, economic and environmental imperatives “in a comprehensive way”.“Among the initiatives are: our focus on maximizing sugar cane production, particularly among small farmers. Under the Sugar Adaptation Strategy, which became operational in 2005, we began the privatization of the sugar estates. This is now complete. The government provided some 1,300 grants valuing some $156 million in this area to help dislocated sugar workers cope with the fall-out from the divestment,” she said.Additionally, the Prime Minister said the European Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development has voiced support for an extension of the current quota provision for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar exporters to 2020.“We, therefore, have every opportunity to put this industry on a sustainable path. We have to grow ourselves out of our economic difficulties. There are available markets, available lands, and available hands. You have it within you, we have it within ourselves to do it; let’s do it together,” she urged. Approximately 209 sugar workers residing in sugar estate barracks in Springfield, Clarendon, will benefit from 88 houses earmarked for development at a cost of just over $160 million under the Government’s Sugar Barracks Relocation Project.The project, to be executed over eight months by the firm, Seal Construction Company Limited, is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Sugar Transformation Unit (STU), under the Sugar Area Development Programme (SADP). Funding is provided under the European Union (EU) Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP).last_img read more

CMA CGM Takes Second Guyanamax Boxship

first_imgzoom French container line CMA CGM took delivery of the CMA CGM Marseille, the second container ship in its three-vessel Guyanamax series, from South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo Dockyard on July 29.This 2,100 TEU vessel is 190 meters long, 30 meters wide, and will sail under the flag of the United Kingdom.The CMA CGM Marseille will be positioned on the North Europe-French Guiana-North Brazil (NEFGUI) line. This 42-day rotation joins directly North of Europe, the Caribbean, French Guyana and North Brazil each week.The vessel will call: Algeciras, Rotterdam, Tillbury, Rouen, Le Havre, Philipsburg, Port of Spain, Degrad des Cannes, Belem, Fortaleza, Natal and Algeciras.The Guyanamax series is composed of the CMA CGM Cayenne, delivered on July 21, the CMA CGM Marseille, and the CMA CGM Saint Laurent, scheduled for delivery in September.All three vessels will be positioned on the NEFGUI line, increasing its capacity by 18%.last_img read more

UN delivers new shipment of emergency reproductive health supplies to Iraq

In an effort to restore reproductive health services in Iraq, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has delivered a new shipment of emergency reproductive health supplies to key maternity hospitals and primary healthcare centres in Baghdad.The shipment included much needed emergency obstetric care supplies, clean delivery equipment, contraceptives, syringes, essential drugs and other medical supplies sent by the UNFPA office in Iran, the agency said in a press release. The supplies were distributed among healthcare centres by UNFPA and the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Priority was given to healthcare facilities serving densely populated areas, those that were directly affected by the war, and others located in areas in need of immediate support.Additional UNFPA shipments of reproductive health supplies are expected to arrive in Baghdad soon. read more

Survey German investor sentiment plummets over eurozone crisis concerns

Survey: German investor sentiment plummets over eurozone crisis concerns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – Concerns about Europe’s heavily indebted economies sent a closely-watched survey of German investor confidence plummeting in June.The ZEW institute reported Tuesday that its monthly confidence index dropped by 27.7 points to a level of minus 16.9 points — its strongest decline since October 1998.ZEW president Wolfgang Franz says the financial market experts who were surveyed are clearly warning against an over-optimistic assessment of Germany’s economic prospects this year. Germany’s export-oriented economy ships a lot of its goods to countries where the crisis is weighing on the economy.“The risks of a pronounced decline in economic activity in countries with close trade ties to Germany are very clear,” Franz said.The experts’ assessment of the current economic situation for Germany dropped by 10.9 points to 33.2 points.Germany’s economy grew by 0.5 per cent in the first quarter and the country’s government finances are in good shape compared to other members of the 17-country single-currency union. Countries such as Greece, Spain and Italy are seeing their economies shrink and unemployment rise as they try to cut their budget deficits by reducing spending and raising taxes. That removes the stimulus of government spending from the economy. by News Staff Posted Jun 19, 2012 6:57 am MDT read more

Ottawa to review Boeing military bids in Canada after battle with Bombardier

A Bombardier CS300 is shown during a ceremony to mark the first delivery of the commercial jetliner to Air Baltic in Mirabel, Que., Monday, November 28, 2016. The next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute is unfolding today in a Washington, D.C., courtroom.A U.S. aeronautics powerhouse is at a hearing arguing for duties on Bombardier aircraft. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes by Ross Marowits and Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted May 18, 2017 8:31 am MDT Last Updated May 18, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The federal government hinted Thursday that Boeing should not take future military contracts with Canada for granted, a veiled threat that coincided with a spat between the aerospace giant and rival Bombardier.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland’s comment that it’s “reviewing current military procurement that relates to Boeing” appeared to be a not-so-subtle hint that the government would revisit its purchase of Super Hornets.The government has said it plans to sole-source 18 Super Hornets as a stop-gap measure before running a full competition to replace its aging CF-18 fleet.The Liberals say the Super Hornets, which internal estimates suggest could cost as much as $2 billion, are urgently needed.Military officials and defence industry representatives contacted by The Canadian Press on Thursday were united in assuming that Freeland’s warning related to the planned Super Hornet purchase.Freeland’s comments came as the next potential Canada-U.S. trade dispute unfolded Thursday with the aerospace giants clashing at a Washington hearing.“The U.S. market is the most open in the world, but we must take action if our rules are being broken,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement after the hearing began into Boeing’s claim that Bombardier received subsidies allowing it to sell its CSeries planes at below-market prices.Aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group said the Canadian government’s move was inevitable, putting into question Boeing’s strategy in taking on Bombardier.“If Boeing is smart it’ll press the do-over button and walk away,” he said in an interview, adding the aeronautics powerhouse has much more to risk from losing military contracts than the tiny gain from a successful trade complaint.“Boeing values Canada as a customer and supplier-partner for both our commercial and defence businesses,” said company spokesman Dan Curran.“Two of Canada’s most recent acquisitions of Boeing military products, the C-17 Globemaster and CH-47 Chinook, were delivered on-time and/or ahead of schedule.”In an emailed statement Boeing also pointed out that it places substantial amounts of commercial and defence work in Canada and has a supply chain that “leverages the breadth and depth of the Canadian aerospace industry.”Lobbyists, lawyers and aerospace executives crowded a room in Washington for a little battle playing out in the broader context of the day’s larger trade news: the U.S. announcement that NAFTA renegotiations will start in the next 90 days.Bombardier has made it clear that its true goal is to grab half the international market share for 100-to-150-seat aircraft, according to Boeing, which argues its rival has received an unfair head start from Canadian taxpayers.Boeing vice-president Raymond Conner said the sale of cheap, subsidized planes to Delta Air Lines helped build momentum for Bombardier to enter a new market. If Bombardier reaches its stated goal, he said, it would squeeze Boeing from that market and cost the company US$330 million a year in annual sales.“Today we are at a critical moment,” Conner told the seven-member U.S. International Trade Commission. “If you don’t fix it now, it will be too late to do anything about it later.”Boeing has petitioned the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate subsidies of Bombardier’s CSeries aircraft that it says have allowed the company to export planes at well below cost. A preliminary determination on the petition is expected by June 12.If the ITC determines there is a threat of injury to the U.S. industry, preliminary countervailing duties could be announced in July, followed in October by preliminary anti-dumping duties, unless the deadlines are extended. Final determinations are scheduled for October and December.Boeing is calling for countervailing duties of 79.41 per cent and anti-dumping charges of 79.82 per cent.It complains that Bombardier has received more than US$3 billion in government subsidies so far that have allowed it to engage in “predatory pricing.”Lawyers for the U.S. aerospace giant argued Thursday that Bombardier’s own words prove it was rescued financially by multibillion-dollar assistance from the Quebec government, which last year invested US$1 billion in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake in the CSeries. The company also shored up its finances by selling a 30 per cent stake in its railway division to pension fund manager Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.Bombardier representatives countered that their planes never competed with Boeing in a sale to Delta — which the American rival describes as a seminal moment.Bombardier lawyer Peter Lichtenbaum said the plaintiff is a global powerhouse that hasn’t lost any sales as a result of Bombardier, has an enviable order backlog and doesn’t even compete with Bombardier in the sales campaigns it has complained about because the CSeries is smaller than Boeing’s 737-800 and Max 8 planes.“Boeing’s petition in this case is unprecedented in its overreach,” he said. “If this is a case of David vs. Goliath, Boeing has cast itself in the wrong role.”Boeing’s annual sales were US$94.6 billion last year. That means the US$330 million Conner expressed concern about amounts to one-third of one per cent of its annual sales. Bombardier revenues last year were US$16.3 billion, including US$9.9 billion from aerospace activities. Ottawa to review Boeing military bids in Canada after battle with Bombardier read more

Ahead of GuineaBissau polls UN chief urges high turnout peaceful vote

“The Secretary-General continues to follow closely the situation on the eve of the 18 May, run off election…which is expected to bring the transition period to an end,” said a statement issued last evening by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York. “He commends all national stakeholders for their efforts to ensure a credible electoral process, and the two presidential candidates for having conducted a peaceful and orderly electoral campaign,” it continued, adding that the Secretary-General lauds the generous support of international partners in the electoral process.“In casting their votes on 18 May, Bissau-Guineans will take another step towards stability,” said the statement, noting that Mr. Ban urges voters to show the same sense of civic duty exhibited in mid-April during the first round of presidential and legislative elections. In phone calls yesterday with Nuno Gomes Nabiam and José Mario Vaz, the Secretary-General urged both presidential candidates to respect the official results and follow existing legal procedures to resolve any electoral disputes. “He trusts that both candidates will be guided by the best interest of the country, independently of the results,” said the statement, underscoring that the UN will continue to support the people of Guinea-Bissau as they conclude the transition, and begin the process of working towards re-building the State and promoting stability and sustainable development. read more

Madagascar Ban urges respect of democratic institutions as former president returns

In a statement delivered by UN spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, the Secretary-General noted the former President’s 13 October return to Madagascar from South Africa, where he had been living since 2009, and stressed the “imperative of respecting the legitimacy of the democratically-elected Government and the rule of law.” In a press conference upon his return to his native country, Mr. Ravalomanana had, in fact, called into question the institutions born of Madagascar’s recent elections.Mr. Ravalomanana’s exile was prompted by a long-standing feud with his political rival, former President Andry Rajoelina, resulting in a 2009 coup which ended with Mr. Ravalomanana’s ouster. In 2011, the Indian Ocean nation’s political parties signed a political roadmap in an agreement brokered by mediators from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and which allowed for Mr. Ravalomanana’s eventual unconditional return from exile.A previous power-sharing deal reached by Madagascar’s main political groups in late 2009 foundered before it could be implemented.In his statement, the Secretary-General called on all political actors and stakeholders “to continue working together towards an inclusive national reconciliation process, the full implementation of the SADC [Southern African Development Community] Roadmap, the deepening of democratic governance and economic recovery for the good of all Malagasies.” read more

Tate Britain displays art of Khadija Saye in memory of Grenfell Tower

first_imgIn memory of Khadija Saye and all who lost their lives at #Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017. Sothiou, 2017. Now on display at @Tate Britain. pic.twitter.com/640pzG0VYi— Tate Collectives (@TateCollectives) June 20, 2017 A sign at the Tate says “Sothiou is from a group of works by Khadija Saye under the title Dwelling: In This Space We Breathe, which is included in the Disapora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale until 26 November 2017.”A fund will be set up in Khadija’s name and for more information or if you would like to make a donation please go to justgiving.com/khadija-saye-memorial-fund”. 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 work of promising young artist Khadija Saye, who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze, is being displayed at the Tate Britain.Ms Saye had just produced her first major body of work, and it is so impressive that, according to her friend David Lammy MP, she had just met with a prestigious gallery owner the day before her death.She was on the cusp of recognition before she perished along with her mother Mary Mendy in the blaze which raged in the tower block.Her work is currently on display at the Venice Biennale, and now at the Tate Britain. It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant! pic.twitter.com/FkH4cjLjYa— Khadija Saye (@Saye_Photo) May 10, 2017 When her work was displayed in Venice, Khadija Saye, who worked out of her and her mother’s 20th floor flat, jubilantly tweeted: “It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant!” The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak had tweeted Maria Balshaw, who is the new director of the Tate  suggest the art gallery display her work.She replied:  “Our thoughts are with everyone who knew her.”We will be marking her creativity by showing one of her works at Tate Britain next week.” last_img read more

DBT opens new office in Czech Republic

first_imgOctober 17 saw the official opening of the DBT offices in Ostrava, permanently representing the company in the Czech Republic. DBT mining technology is already well known in the mines of that country. DBT has supplied Czech coal mines with longwall technology since the 1970s. The new office has the goal of further strengthening DBT’s co-operation with Czech customers. Its establishment also reflects the importance that DBT attaches to this key east European market. Both the Czech mining industry and that of neighboring Poland offer DBT good sales prospects in the area of longwall technology. All the large mines of mining company OKD in the Czech coal district – the CSA, CSM, Lazy, Darkov and Paskov mines – are now DBT customers. Plows, longwall conveyors, shields and other longwall equipment are in use. Guests at the opening ceremony included numerous representatives of OKD, the directors and senior managers of the individual mines and representatives of partner companies. Representatives of the “Svatá Barbora” (Saint Barbara) foundation – an organization that looks after the families of Czech miners who have lost their lives in mining accidents – were also invited. DBT Executive Vice President Jürgen Krekeler presented a DBT donation of some €1,500.last_img read more

The computer virus celebrates its 40th anniversary

first_imgIf you’ve ever gotten hit with a computer virus, you know how awful they can be. You might be surprised to know that this year marks the 40th anniversary of Creeper, the world’s first computer virus. According to Help Net Security, the last four decades saw malware numbers go from 1,300 in 1990, to 50,000 in 2000. And how about 2010? Last year saw 200 million instances of malware.Though there are far too many to name, Net Security listed some of the most significant computer viruses in the last 40 years, and we picked out some of the most interesting.1971: CreeperAnd so it begins. The first real computer virus was released in a lab by an employee of a company working on building ARPANET, the Internet’s predecessor. It gained access via the ARPANET and copied itself into the remote system, displaying the message, “I’m the creeper, catch me if you can!” It would start to print a file, stop, and find another system. It would then pick itself up and transfer to another machine, and then start running on the new machine while displaying the message. It rarely, if ever, replicated itself; instead, it just jumped from system to system.1982: Elk ClonerWritten by a 15-year-old high school student, Elk Cloner is one of the first known microcomputer viruses that spread outside the lab in which it was written. The virus was written by Rich Skrenta for Apple II systems. It spread via floppy disks. Infected machines showed a harmless, humorous poem after every 50th boot. It wasn’t meant to actually cause harm, but Apple DOS disks without a standard image had their reserved tracks overwritten.1999: MelissaNamed in honor of a stripper the author met in Florida, Melissa shut down Internet mail systems that got clogged with infected e-mails propagating from the virus. The virus spread via infected Microsoft Word documents and mailed itself to Outlook contacts of the contaminated users. Like the Elk Cloner, it wasn’t intended to do harm, but it overloaded servers and caused problems. Author David L. Smith was caught and went to jail for 20 months with a $5,000 fine.Someone made a variant of the virus that encrypted the infected files and demanded a ransom of $100 for the decryption. Of course, this person was found. However, this is the first case in which someone had used viruses to make a profit. We wouldn’t see this again for another six years with MyTob.2005: MyTobMyTob was the turning point for viruses, which marked the beginning of an era of cybercrime. MyTob, also known as Zotob, was one of the first worms to combine the features of a Bot and a mass-mailer. It exploited security vulnerabilities in Microsoft operating systems like Window 2000. The revenue generated from these botnets quickly grew into billions of dollars per year, and is still growing today. It cost an average of $97,000 as well as 80 hours of cleanup per company that was affected.This is only four of the hundreds of thousands of viruses since the first one appeared 40 years ago. As we reminisce down virus memory lane, feel free to share your virus stories in the comments below.Read more at Help Net Securitylast_img read more

Violence mars peaceful protest

first_imgFollowing three weeks of peaceful protests in the capital, Athenians on Wednesday witnessed the familiar scene of demonstrators clashing with police in Syntagma Square amid a major security operation to stop those who wanted to prevent MPs from entering Parliament. Some 4,000 police officers lined the central square and the streets around it in an attempt to thwart protesters’ plans to form a human chain around Parliament. The so-called Indignant, who have been peacefully occupying the area in front of the House every evening for the last three weeks, had wanted to prevent MPs from entering Parliament to discuss the medium-term fiscal plan, which introduces new austerity measures. The protest coincided with a general strike and rallies by the private and public sector unions GSEE and ADEDY. It also appeared to give license to more extreme anti-establishment elements, who have been absent from protests for the last few weeks, to join the crowds. This led to scuffles outside of Parliament, where police had erected a mobile fence to obstruct demonstrators, and at other points in the city centre, including near the Finance Ministry. Kathimerini and Skai TV journalist Tasos Telloglou was among 43 people injured during disturbances. Of those taken to the hospital, 33 were suffering from breathing problems or light injuries. Riot police made extensive use of tear gas in a bid to disperse crowds. In unprecedented scenes, there were clashes between protesters as well as with police. People aligned with the peaceful ‘indignant’ movement attempted to stop both extreme right and left-wing groups from disrupting the demonstrations. This led to fighting between those taking part in the protest. Some also threw missiles at the police. Telloglou was punched as he was walking along a street near Syntagma. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for bruising and shock. Later in the day, thousands of peaceful protesters had returned to Syntagma Square, where a number of musicians were holding a free concert. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Multicultural grants are open

first_imgThe Multicultural Grants program is designed to provide support to South Australia’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities, especially new and emerging communities, to develop and sustain local community organisations and programs. The initiative belongs to the South Australian government, which remains devoted to helping ethnic communities celebrate and preserve the nation’s collective nature.The funds are disbursed in October, December, March, May and July while applications are assessed five times per year. The deadline for the next round comes to a close on Friday 30 January 2015. Applicants must be aware that food and drink, as well as any retrospective support for function or services shall not be funded. Excluded from the grants are also petrol expenses and volunteer honorariums, including social club activities and members’ subscriptions.Amongst the list of activities that will not receive funds are costs of newsletters, radio stations, newspapers as well as any kind of project which duplicates existing services already available to the community’s members. Participation in interstate events, political or religious activities; competitions and prizes are also excluded. Salaries won’t be covered either, with the exception of an up to 50 per cent support for those associated with major projects and events or a major community development grant.For more information regarding funding guidelines, visit the MSA website at www.Multicultural.sa.gov.au_data/assets/pdf_file/0019/12882/DSCI-616-MSA… or contact 1300 239 468 Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Egg Scramble Kids enjoy annual hunt on Easter Sunday in Camas

first_imgCAMAS — It took dozens of people hours to stuff and place the Easter eggs around Camas’ Crown Park, along with weeks of prep work ahead of time.And how long does it take the hundreds of children at the city’s annual Easter egg hunt to pick the park clean?“Less than five minutes,” said Cassidy Hines of the Camas Parks and Recreation Department, one of the organizers.A couple of thousand people showed up at the park Sunday afternoon. The hunt, in its 28th year, requires a few days to set up, not including the preparation earlier in the year.Local Boy Scouts and students at the Washington State School for the Blind stuffed more than 10,000 eggs in a couple of hours. There were more than more than 14,000 eggs set out at the park, Hines said, all split by age group into different search areas.If you’ve ever seen insects swarm, watching the kids descend on the eggs is kind of like that, she said.“The kids seem to love it. … I think the parents just think it’s hilarious,” she said. “Once we say ‘Go,’ it’s pretty crazy.”Chris and Erica Herington came with their 9-year-old, Jack, and 6-year-old, Molly.It was the family’s first year at the annual hunt, and the two kids said they had a good haul.Erica Herington said she’d been working in Camas for some time, but the family only moved there in June. They brought the kids to a public Easter egg event, one in Sun River, Ore., two years ago, but it’s dwarfed by Camas’ event, Erica said.last_img read more

Shawsheen Tech Announces 2018 Sports Awards Winners LIST

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Shawsheen Tech announced its 2018 Sports Awards Winners on Thursday, June 14, 2018:2018 Female Student Athlete of the Year Award WinnerSarah Constantino of Tewksbury (Soccer, Hockey & Lacrosse)2018 Female Athlete of the Year Award WinnerAshlyn Troisi of Billerica (Volleyball, Basketball & Lacrosse)2018 Male Student Athlete of the Year Award WinnerTom Strow of Wilmington (Cross Counrty, Wrestling & Track)2018 Male Athlete of the Year Award WinnerMatt Irwin of Billerica (Golf, Hockey & Baseball)2018 Distinguished Service to Shawsheen Athletics Award WinnerCoach Dan Sirmard (Coach of Girls Hockey and Softball)2018 Shawsheen Athetics Appreciation AwardMrs. Sandy Companeschi of Wilmington (Parent)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Welcomes 11 New Staff MembersIn “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”Wilmington’s Harper Named Senior Of The Month At Shawsheen TechIn “Education”last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Tuesday July 21 2015

first_imgGeneral Says Decision on JBER Cuts Not Final Without An Arctic PlanLiz Ruskin, APRN – AnchorageThe general nominated to be the Army’s Chief of Staff suggested this morning that the plan to cut 2,600 soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson isn’t final yet. It’s hard to say whether the Army really plans to reconsider, or whether the general merely agreed to follow a procedure to reach a pre-determined end.Government Attorneys Seek Dismissal In Guards Records CaseAssociated PressThe U.S. attorney’s office is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by four National Guard members who allege investigative and other records pertaining to them were improperly leaked to reporters and state officials.Bush Carriers Keep A Close Eye on Aviation SafetyEllen Lockyer, KSKA – AnchorageTwo fatal light plane crashes in Southeast Alaska in recent weeks have highlighted  safety concerns for commuter airlines.  Hageland Aviation, part of Ravn Air Group, has established an innovative control system that monitors all flights in an effort to ensure safe travel.City Puts Its Chips On Providing Housing For Those Most In NeedZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageAnchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. Today, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s capacity for housing the most severely affected population living on the streets.Explosion Shakes Aleutians’ Cleveland VolcanoJohn Ryan, KUCB – UnalaskaAn explosion shook Cleveland Volcano in the east-central Aleutian Islands at 8:17 a.m. local time Tuesday. It’s the volcano’s first explosion since November.Fairbanks Police Launch Website to Crowdsource Tips On Cold CasesDan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe city of Fairbanks has launched a new web page to share and generate information about unsolved murder cases.UAF Removes Mississippi FlagAssociated PressThe University of Alaska Fairbanks has removed a Mississippi flag from a five-state display, citing the ongoing national discussion about Confederate imagery.State Funding Advances St. Mary’s Wind Farm PlanTim Bodony, KIYU – GalenaThe Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is moving ahead with its plans to build a wind farm for St. Mary’s and Pitkas Point, after receiving the necessary funding through the Fiscal Year 2016 state capital budget.Marine Debris Barge to Skip SoutheastEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauThe Alaska Village Electric Cooperative is moving ahead with its plans to build a wind farm for St. Mary’s and Pitkas Point, after receiving the necessary funding through the Fiscal Year 2016 state capital budget.No Second King Opening for Southeast TrollersRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaAfter just eight days in early July, the summer king salmon season for Southeast trollers is over. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game announced Friday that there will be no second king opening in August. It will be only the third summer in 15 years without an August opening.King Salmon Sees a Unique, And Invasive, Visitor From AfarHannah Colton, KDLG – DillinghamAn invasive species of dove was spotted in King Salmon last week. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audiolast_img read more