August 24

Teaching positions are on the chopping block in Kodiak

first_imgEducation | SouthwestTeaching positions are on the chopping block in KodiakMarch 3, 2018 by Mitch Borden, KMXT-Kodiak Share:Over the last few years, the Kodiak Island Borough School District has had to cut about 18 teaching positions to balance its budget.Kodiak’s Board of Education president Bob Foy pointed out that’s a big deal at a public forum focused on the district’s finances.“The bottom line is that’s a pretty substantial cut when you think about a district our size and you just think about all the teachers and think about 18 positions not being there.”Even though it’s been making a lot of hard decisions, the district expects to have a $1.5 million deficit next year. The only way the district can balance its budget is by asking for an increase in funding from the Kodiak Island Borough, Foy said.Foy said even if the borough meets its request, more teachers will still see their jobs disappear next year.The thing that’s up in the air is how many.“We’re going to reduce by five more teachers, no matter what. Even if we get the maximum amount we think we need.”If the district doesn’t get the funds it’s requesting from the borough it’ll have to cut about 14 teaching positions, instead of just five. Foy said these kinds of cuts are painful and will affect the education students receive.“These aren’t easy decisions. We are down to counting pencils. There’s not slop that’s hidden in different places. We’re down to what really affects kids in the classroom.”Foy believes the borough needs to adopt a multiyear funding plan to help the district better balance its budget and show that it’s prioritizing education.Share this story:last_img read more

July 4

People / Virgin Atlantic Cargo appoints new head of digital and distribution

first_img Virgin Atlantic Cargo has strengthened its team with the appointment of Suzy Wardle to head digital and distribution.Ms Wardle, who moves to cargo for the first time after five years on the passenger side, will be responsible for delivering the carrier’s “far-reaching” digitisation programme, which hopes to boost partnership integration and drive simplification.“Suzy is joining us at a very exciting time for our growing cargo business,” said Dominic Kennedy, managing director of Virgin Atlantic Cargo. “Our priorities are focused on being easier to do business with, embracing digitisation using new technologies, and leveraging our partnerships to drive benefits for our customers.“As we modernise, there is a clear linkage between simplicity and digitisation and our goal of enabling customers to interact with us in a different way, such as through the development of a self-service platform. Ultimately, we want our customers to have the option of being able to do everything they do today through telephone and email via a digital platform, so we are delighted to welcome Suzy to our cargo team to lead us into this exciting new era.” By Alex Lennane 08/10/2018 Ms Wardle was most recently chief product owner for all passenger-facing digital channels, having started at the carrier as senior digital product manager. She had responsibility for revenue, customer satisfaction, continuous improvement and largescale digital transformation projects, including the integration of a new passenger service system – experience which will no doubt help the cargo division modernise. Before joining Virgin, she worked in marketing in the travel and luxury hotels business.last_img read more

June 23

Galectin Therapeutics buries bad news in the hype of a combination cancer drug trial

first_img What is it? Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Melanoma cells NIH [email protected] Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Adam Feuerstein Galectin Therapeutics buries bad news in the hype of a combination cancer drug trial Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. @adamfeuerstein Log In | Learn More center_img Adam’s Take STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. GET STARTED By Adam Feuerstein Sept. 21, 2018 Reprints About the Author Reprints Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) says new clinical trial data disclosed Thursday suggest its experimental cancer drug improves the efficacy of Merck’s blockbuster immunotherapy therapy Keytruda when the two drugs are used together to treat patients with advanced melanoma.No, the new Galectin data — what little there are — show no such thing. It’s more reasonable to conclude these new data show Galectin’s drug to be a placebo. What’s included? Tags biotechnologycancerdrug developmentSTAT+last_img read more

June 21

Two local football players invited to Freshman All-American Bowl

first_imgBoth Bouzi and Stone will be playing against and with some of the best ninth graders from across the country.“I’m looking forward to representing and showing what Dunbar has made, showing the product of Dunbar,” said Stone. “I want to show everyone what Fort Myers is made of.”  Meanwhile, Quinn said 50 percent of the athletes that play in this game go on to play division one college football.  “To me that just shows that I made it somewhere. This is just the beginning,” said Bouzi. So while freshmen may be under-appreciated from time to time, Bouzi and Stone know it’s their time to shine.“I’m ready to go,” said Bouzi. “If they have me on the field, I’m going to show out. I’m going to show what I can do and what I’m made of.”The FBU Freshman All-American Bowl takes place on December 21 at the Paradise Coast Sports Complex in Naples.  Everblades sign Naples native for playoff run May 24, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS NCAA recruiting dead period expires June 7, 2021 NAPLES, Fla. – Freshmen often are under-appreciated and undervalued on the football field simply because of the grade they are in. Dunbar defensive lineman Adrian Stone is not one of those freshmen. “This is to show the entire country what freshmen can do,” said Stone. Naples defensive back Ebenezer Bouzi isn’t one those freshmen either.  Inaugural Zach Martin memorial game held at Dunbar June 1, 2021 AdvertisementTags: footballhigh school sportssports Advertisement “I think both these kids have every opportunity to fall right into that realm of being the next great crop of kids that are coming out of Southwest Florida,” said FBU President Steve Quinn. Both Bouzi and Stone were selected to represent their schools and Southwest Florida in this year’s Football University Freshman All-American Bowl as the only local products to crack the list that numbers just 70. “We took over thousands and thousands of nominations,” said Quinn. “This is a great opportunity for these kids to shine on the biggest stage of an underclassmen All-American game.” AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Gov. DeSantis signs bill barring transgender females from women’s sports June 2, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

June 19

Chaos Reigns after Currency “Trick”

first_img Changchun, China — Following the withdrawal and replacement of the old North Korean currency with redenominated bills on the morning of November 30, North Korean society reportedly plunged into confusion. According to The Daily NK’s sources inside the country, the People’s Safety Agency (PSA) was ordered to control residents, and the National Security Agency, Defense Security Command of the People’s Army and army bases were all placed on standby. The exchange rate for old and new bills is 100:1, and the ceiling for any given household was 100,000 of the old currency, 1,000 won in new denominations. If one has more than 100,000 won, the rest is not able to be exchanged. This has rendered the savings of jangmadang traders and the middle classes worthless, especially for those without foreign currency in their possession. North Hamkyung ProvinceOn the 30th, meetings of Primary Party Committee secretaries and cadres in each city and county in North Hamkyung Province were convened at around 8:30 A.M., whereupon officials received a decree on exchanging currency. From 11 A.M., the PSA and community watch guards started monitoring residents on the streets more strictly, and at 12 P.M. military bases were placed on standby to cope with possible emergency situations. In morning People’s Unit meetings and lectures in factories and other organizations, a notice was handed down enforcing a curfew which read as follows; “After 10 P.M., all movements are prohibited. Offenders must be strictly regulated.” According to a source inside North Hamkyung Province, rumors had been circulating about possible currency reform but residents had not paid them much heed because they had heard similar things so many times before. The source was also surprised at the news, “We’ve heard that before, but didn’t imagine that they would carry it out in such a rapid and aggressive way.” He was not able to hide his agitation, pointing out that, at the time, “With 100,000 won, we can now buy just half a kilogram of rice. Property we have sweated blood for has turned to nothing.”The source also told The Daily NK that one couple in their 60s had committed suicide following the news of the currency exchange, and that PSA officials are apparently extremely tense and concerned about the situation expanding into civil unrest.Hyesan, Yangkang ProvinceIn Hyesan, Yangkang Province, an emergency cadres meeting was summoned at 8 A.M., the time at which work begins in the North. Thereafter, instructions for currency exchange were delivered to cadres and secretaries of the Primary Committee of the Party at 9 A.M. under the security escort of the PSA. The Chief-Secretary of the Party in Hyesan gave a one-hour long lecture on dealing with possible instability and confusion among residents during the process of exchanging currency. The source reported, “The Chief-Secretary’s impression did not look very cheerful, and the atmosphere in the lecture was so depressed. Some women cadres in the lecture shed tears at the news.” After that, cadres held meetings with factory or other workers to forward the instructions of the Chief-Secretary, during which they were required to note and then report the responses of workers back to the Party, so, as the source put it, “you had to be especially careful of your words and behavior.” Around the same time, in a meeting of the Hyesan People’s Committee, neighborhood office chiefs and chairpersons of People’s Units gathered to receive the news from a People’s Committee cadre.From approximately 11 A.M., PSA and NSA agents and community watch guards from several factories and organizations started patrolling the city. Around noon, trucks of soldiers were noticed downtown. It was around 10:15 A.M. when the news about currency reform was first heard in the Hyesan jangmadang. A woman in her early 20s rushed among street-stands of necessities informing traders that at 11 A.M. the exchange of old bills into new bills would start and that the maximum amount for exchange was 100,000 won per household. Upon hearing the last piece of news, traders became upset. Then, at around 10:40 A.M., the manager of the jangmadang came out and delivered an official decree, “Go back to your factories and People’s Units and follow instructions from the upper; there will be a currency exchange.”The source said, “Upon releasing the news, some woman in the jangmadang fell unconscious.”He added, “While traders in other goods use Yuan, rice traders generally use our currency. Therefore, they must have suffered a more serious shock.”The authorities also warned people not to damage the old bills, reminding them, “Spoiling money on which Great Leader’s portrait is printed is treated as treason.” A source from Shinuiju reported, “Loud sounds of weeping in every house have not ceased since the news was released. Weeping and fighting between couples has not stopped anywhere. The atmosphere of the city is terrible now.”He added, “This currency reform is a horrifying trick. It is the first time people have cried on the streets since the Great Leader’s death.” There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Lee Sung Jin – 2009.12.01 3:28pm Chaos Reigns after Currency “Trick” US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again Facebook Twitter News AvatarLee Sung Jin center_img SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEconomy North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News News last_img read more

June 19

North Korean defectors in Britain cite communication issues as biggest hurdle

first_img News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store North Korean defectors in Britain cite communication issues as biggest hurdle Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] News center_img SHARE Facing life in a country completely foreignand full of strangers, how do North Korean defectors get by in Britain? Having visited London for the 2ndanniversary international conference on the Commission of Inquiry’s [COI]report on North Korea, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on NorthKorea and the International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in NorthKorea, this reporter, a North Korean defector herself, was able to get a firsthand account of what life is likefor them. It was evident that they were struggling with the most basic elementssuch as communication, but they were also full of hope. Most defectors in Britain live in thesouth-west London suburb of New Malden, also known as the hub for other Koreanresidents. The existing Korean community there is one of the largest reasonswhy defectors choose to settle down in New Malden. Without speaking Englishwell, they find it much easier to land jobs at Korean companies in this area. Park Ji Hyun is the North Korean Outreachand Project Officer at the European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea.She told me although there are no concrete data on the employment conditionsof the defector community, it is believed that out of ten people, only two orthree have jobs. “They mostly work in the service sector at restaurants orbakeries, but even then, they cannot communicate so their employment status iswobbly at best,” she said. This is why Park, who also escaped from theNorth, is debating whether to run a free English academy for defectors.“They’ve made it all the way over here from the North, so I think as long asthey’re willing to learn, they’ll no doubt be able to overcome the languagebarrier,” Park said. “We’ll work to build a good system so that defectors in Britaincan more easily settle down.”Kang Su Hui, who came to Britain from SouthKorea after escaping the North said, “I was prepared to deal with thecommunication problem, but it’s a lot harder than I expected, so sometimes I dothink about going back to the South.” She explained that because of her limitsin communicating, there are not many options when it comes to jobs, making itharder to get by. “I hope there will be more opportunitiesfor defectors here to overcome their struggles and settle down,” Kang said.“I’m also determined to not lose hope about my dreams of quickly putting myroots down here, and I’m going to try my best and not just rely on aid andsupport from others.” Another defector, who asked not to benamed, explained they had come to the UK because of the difficulties they facedin the job market in South Korea. “The struggles back there were nothing,” theperson said they often find themselves thinking. The defector added,regardless, they are doing the best they can to settle down and get by.  By Kang Mi Jin – 2016.02.29 2:49pm News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only)last_img read more

June 18

New online tool gives users a ‘snapshot’ of their financial well-being

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “Light planning” could expand access to financial advice Winnipeg-based IG Wealth Management has introduced a new online tool designed to give users a snapshot of their financial well-being in less than 15 minutes, the firm said in a release on Tuesday. The IG Living Plan Snapshot uses a combination of advanced artificial intelligence and data algorithms to assess individuals on five criteria related to their household’s financial life and assign them a score of 0-100. FSRA updates title reg proposal Keywords Financial planningCompanies IG Wealth Management FP Canada, IQPF update projection assumption guidelines amid pandemic According to the release, users are evaluated on:managing cash flow and daily spending;planning for major expenditures such as real estate;preparing for the unexpected with insurance and emergency funds;optimizing retirement savings; andsharing one’s wealth through a charitable giving strategy and estate planning.“Financial well-being is about more than just investing and returns,” Jeff Carney, president and CEO of IG Wealth Management, said in a statement. “What makes the IG Living Plan Snapshot truly unique is that it provides a holistic and comprehensive measurement of all aspects of a household’s ability to realize its financial goals.”In September, MoneyGaps —  an online tool that allows independent financial advisors to offer prospective clients a “lighter financial planning experience” — was launched by wealth management consultant Preet Banerjee.The IG Living Plan Snapshot is intended for users who do not yet have a comprehensive financial plan or don’t think their current plan encompasses all aspects of their financial life. Maddie Johnson Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Portrait of smiling woman in office with tablet Mark Bowden / 123RFlast_img read more

June 16

Secretary of State outlines way forward in Pat Finucane case

first_imgSecretary of State outlines way forward in Pat Finucane case With permission, Mr Speaker, I would like to make a statement.INTRODUCTIONThe murder of Patrick Finucane on 12 February 1989 in front of his family was an appalling crime that has caused tremendous suffering. It occurred during a difficult and dark period of this nation’s history which brought untold pain to many families across the United Kingdom and Ireland.Northern Ireland has made massive strides since the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement to create a vibrant, inclusive and forward-looking future. However, the legacy of the Troubles still hangs like a shadow over society. This Government is determined to work hand in hand with the people of Northern Ireland, from all communities, with victims and survivors, and with our Irish partners. We want to find a way to bring truth and reconciliation where there is currently hurt, and where too many people continue to suffer due to the absence of information into the circumstances of the deaths of their loved ones.Mr Speaker, it is plain that the levels of collusion in the Finucane case, made clear by previous investigations, are totally unacceptable. Former Prime Minister, David Cameron, rightly apologised publicly in 2012. I unreservedly reiterate that apology today. I also acknowledge an apology can not undo history, nor can it alleviate the years of pain that the Finucane family have felt. But it is nonetheless right that this Government acknowledges that, at the height of the Troubles, actions were taken that fell far short of what can and should be expected.Mr Speaker, the murder of Patrick Finucane has been the subject of a considerable number of investigations and reviews, including the ‘Stevens 3’ investigation and the de Silva review. These investigations led to the conviction of Ken Barrett, a loyalist terrorist who pleaded guilty to the murder.In February 2019, the Supreme Court made a declaration that the State had not discharged its obligation to conduct an Article 2 compliant investigation into the death of Mr Finucane. That judgment specifically set out that – ‘It is for the state to decide….what form of investigation, if indeed any is now feasible, is required in order to meet that requirement”.It did not order a public inquiry. But in considering all the options open to me to meet the State’s obligations under Article 2, I have considered whether a public inquiry is the most appropriate step to address the specific findings of the Court at this time.DECISIONMr Speaker, I have today spoken to the Finucane family. I advised them of my decision not to establish a public inquiry at this time. Our public statement, published this afternoon, sets out the considered rationale for this decision, which I will now explain directly to the House.Mr Speaker, in reaching its conclusion, the Supreme Court identified a number of issues with previous investigations in this case:Firstly – there was no identification of the officers within the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Security Service and Secret Intelligence Service who failed to warn Patrick Finucane of known threats to his life in 1981 and 1985, together with the circumstances in which these failures occurred;Secondly – there was no identification of the RUC officers who, as Desmond De Silva said, “probably did propose” Mr Finucane as a target for loyalist terrorists in December 1988; andThirdly – there was no identification of the police source who provided intelligence about Patrick Finucane to Ken Barrett.The Supreme Court identified these shortcomings and other failures of process. But it did not render the previous reviews and investigations – which resulted in significant findings and information being released into the public domain – as null and void.The work conducted by, and the findings of, those previous independent investigations and reviews remain valid. The State’s Article 2 obligations can be met through a series of processes – taken by independent authorities on the initiative of the State – which cumulatively can establish the facts, identify the perpetrators and hold them to account where sufficient evidence exists.In June 2019, an independent review of previous investigations was commissioned by my Rt Hon Friend, the member for Staffordshire Moorlands. The first purpose of this review was to gain a clear understanding of what investigative steps had already been taken to identify all individuals of concern. Its second purpose was to understand the actions taken as part of previous investigations in respect of these individuals.INFORMATION IN PUBLIC DOMAINThe review was conducted by independent counsel from Northern Ireland. It highlighted that steps had in fact been taken during previous investigations which had not been considered by the Supreme Court – but which were relevant to the issues it identified. For example, it found that a number of officers from the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Army’s Force Research Unit had been interviewed as part of the Stevens’ investigation and that Stevens accepted that there was no direct breach of policy by any individual officer at the time.As my Rt Hon friend for North Shropshire stated in 2011, accepting that collusion occurred is not sufficient in itself. The UK Government recognises the need to ensure sufficient levels of public scrutiny of criminal investigations and their results.I am today publishing further information that was considered by the independent counsel in their review since the Supreme Court judgment, some of which has not previously been released into the public domain. This includes information pertaining to a Police Service of Northern Ireland review conducted in 2015.PSNI REVIEW PROCESS AND OPONI INVESTIGATIONMr Speaker, as set out in the 2015 police review, a number of issues were referred to the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland in 2016 and remain subject to investigation.In addition, the Legacy Investigation Branch of the PSNI informed my Department on 2 November 2020 that Patrick Finucane’s case is shortly due to undergo a process of review, in accordance with the priorities set out in their Case Sequencing Model. The Chief Constable confirmed that this is expected to begin early in the New Year.To be clear – this is a purely operational police matter. The UK Government rightly has no role whatsoever in determining how or when the police deal with its outstanding legacy caseload. However, the fact that a decision on a police review is due shortly is an important development and was a factor in determining the next steps in this case. Critically, a review would consider whether further investigative steps could be taken in this case and whether the PSNI should do so. These were key elements of the Supreme Court judgment.It is, quite properly, for the Chief Constable of the PSNI to determine the precise scope and format of any review in accordance with their own priorities and review procedures. And the police have indicated that they expect that any review would need to be conducted independently of the PSNI.Such a process, in addition to the ongoing investigations being conducted by the Police Ombudsman, could play an important role in addressing the issues identified by the Supreme Court.FUTURE INQUIRYMr Speaker – I want to be clear. I am not taking the possibility of a public inquiry off the table at this stage. It is important that we allow the PSNI and Police Ombudsman processes to move forward, and that we avoid the risk of prejudicing any emerging conclusions from that work.I will consider all options available to me to meet the Government’s obligations.CONCLUSIONMr Speaker, I assure the House that this decision has been taken following careful consideration of the facts, the findings of the Supreme Court judgment, the outcome of the independent counsel review, and the United Kingdom’s obligations under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.Mr Speaker, this Government has demonstrated that, when the public interest requires it, we will establish public inquiries to look at potential failings by Government or state bodies. As we have done in the case of the Manchester bombing.In this instance, I believe it is in the public interest to allow the police and Ombudsman processes to proceed, before taking a decision on whether the State’s Article 2 obligations have been discharged, or whether further steps are required.Mr Speaker, this case is sadly just one example of the violence and tragedy experienced by so many individuals and families across Northern Ireland, the rest of the United Kingdom, and Ireland during the Troubles. That is why this Government remains committed to dealing with the legacy of the past in its entirety.We are determined to get this right, working closely with communities. This is vital so that society in Northern Ireland can look beyond its divisive past and towards a shared future.I commend this statement to the House. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. 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June 16

Renewables drive regional power prices down again

first_imgRenewables drive regional power prices down again Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen and Minister for Public Works and Procurement The Honourable Mick de BrenniRegional Queenslanders will save even more on their electricity accounts from July with renewables driving the biggest drop in power prices in more than 16 years.The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) has confirmed the savings in its Regulated retail electricity prices for 2021-22 report, released today.Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government’s plan to deliver cheaper, cleaner energy was in action.“An affordable, reliable energy supply underpins our economic recovery, and today is further proof renewables is playing a central role,” Mr de Brenni said.“For the fourth year in a row, Queensland’s renewable revolution is driving power prices down across the state.“That means even more savings in regional Queenslanders’ hip pockets from July 1.“Households will save an average $101, while small businesses will pocket an extra $79 – an annual fall of up to 3.7 per cent.”Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland’s Amanda Rohan welcomed the projected decrease in electricity prices for regional businesses.“We know how important affordable electricity prices are for Queensland’s small business community post-pandemic, so any decrease in cost is welcome,” she said.“CCIQ continues to work with the Queensland Government to deliver the CCIQ ecoBiz program that helps businesses to reduce their energy, water and waste costs.”Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government’s $2 billion Queensland Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Jobs Fund would support government-owned businesses to expand ownership of renewable energy generation and storage.“By owning our power assets and ensuring we maintain a majority ownership share of generation, we will ensure that returns come back to Queenslanders,” he said.“In fact, more returns are set to come for households with another $50 Asset Ownership Dividend to be delivered right into the pockets of Queenslanders in the second half of this year.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, business, Chamber of Commerce, commerce, community, electricity, energy, Government, hydrogen, industry, Minister, Palaszczuk, QLD, Queensland, renewable energy, Renewables, Small Business, the Pocketlast_img read more

June 15

Clark County Prayer Connect asks area residents to join in prayer for students

first_img guestLabel I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Website guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). center_img Clark County Prayer Connect asks area residents to join in prayer for studentsPosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Tuesday, August 13, 2019in: Newsshare 0 Annual event to expand this year to include middle schools and high schoolsVANCOUVER — For the fifth consecutive year, Clark County Prayer Connect and the National Network of Youth Ministries are inviting area residents to join in an hour of prayer for students returning to public schools. This year, for the first time, the event will focus on students entering middle schools and high schools.Clark County Prayer Connect asks area residents to join in prayer for students For the fifth consecutive year, Clark County Prayer Connect is inviting area residents to join in an hour of prayer for students returning to public schools. This year, for the first time, the event will focus on students entering middle schools and high schools. Shown here are the participants of last year’s event at Hockinson High School. Photo courtesy of Clark County Prayer Connect“Grades 6 through 8, or 9 depending on the school, are really some of the most critical ages of development in a person’s life,’’ said Dennis Fuqua, executive director of the Vancouver-based Clark County Prayer Connect. “That’s when they a moving away from being children to being adults. That’s when their bodies are changing and that’s when their minds are changing.“As important as it is to pray for high school students, it’s even more important to pray for middle school students because of the stage of life that they’re in moving from children to adults,’’ Fuqua said. “We just want to be able to include as much prayer for middle school students as possible.’’This year’s event will take place on Sun., Aug. 18 through Wed., Aug. 21.  The schedule for each event (at each school) will be to gather at the flagpole at 7 p.m. (except for Firm Foundation Christian School, which will begin at 1:30 p.m.) for introductions, to talk through the brochure and pray together. Small groups of two or three will then scatter to walk and pray at various locations around the school. All participants will then gather again at the flagpole to debrief and share stories of what led them to pray.Clark County Prayer Connect asks area residents to join in prayer for studentsFor the fifth consecutive year, Clark County Prayer Connect is inviting area residents to join in an hour of prayer for students returning to public schools. Shown here is a group of volunteers at last year’s event at Evergreen High School. Photo courtesy of Clark County Prayer ConnectFor a complete list of the schedule for all the schools where area residents will offer prayer events, go to:http://ccpc.prayersummits.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/1-HOUR-Schedule-190813.pdfClark County Prayer Connect members encourage the following:• Use some of these words as you pray for students. Pray they would experience: health, safety, prosperity, wholeness, contentment, welfare, completeness, friendship, happiness and restoration.• Pray that their lives would flourish; that nothing would be missing or broken in their lives.• Pray for students who are already believers in Jesus, that they would fully possess these traits and demonstrate them to their classmates.• Pray for students who are not yet followers of Jesus, that they would see these traits in others and find their peace in Jesus.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Challengers say they’re about more than gun rights in Battle Ground race Next : Volunteers needed for annual trail counts Sept. 10-16AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more