Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend The championships will begin on July 11.National player Aby Maraño anchored F2 Logistics’ fast-paced game, gliding her way to 10 points, including a running attack and a solo block for the match’s last two points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We really, really wanted to win this game not just because we want to get back at Cignal which beat us in the preliminaries, but also because we want to make the championships,” said the flamboyant middle-blocker.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus commended Maraño’s game, saying “it looks like she wanted to eat our opponents alive.” “At the start of the game we really want to focus and remove all the doubts in our hearts,” Maraño added.Looking confident, the Cargo Movers executed their plays at breakneck speed with Maraño, Ara Galang, Desiree Cheng and Majoy Baron taking turns in attacks.But they also held their ground in defense, muting Cignal’s top scorers Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga who are more at home with high-low plays and combination attacks.“We were very successful in our service that made it difficult for them to establish defense,” added Maraño.Baron typified F2’s “fully loaded serves,” hammering four straight aces that triggered five straight points for the Cargo Movers as the HD Spikers struggled in receives.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Aby Marano of F2 Logistics saves the ball. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron trounced Foton even as F2 Logistics routed Cignal Thursday night to arrange a best-of-three title fight in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.The Blaze Spikers hacked out a 25-21, 22-25, 25-9, 26-16 win over the Tornadoes, while the defending champion Cargo Movers zoomed past the flustered HD Spikers, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Sofia: Bulgarian authorities on Thursday urged UEFA to stop “tensions” after England player Tammy Abraham said his team was prepared to defy rules and walk off the pitch if they face abuse during Euro 2020 qualifiers.Gareth Southgate’s team travel to the Czech Republic and Bulgaria for back-to-back matches on Friday and Monday. The second game, in Sofia, will be closely watched as the hosts will be playing in the Vasil Levski National Stadium, partially closed as a sanction following previous incidents of racism.Borislav Mihaylov, president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), said his association had taken “extreme efforts and measures… to ensure a fair and safe environment” since the 2011 incidents.”I strongly suggest that the UEFA administration take measures against the build-up of unnecessary tension,” he said in a letter to UEFA published online.He added Bulgarian fans were being made “subject of public reprimand and scrutiny”, demanding for it to stop.”The Bulgarian public has in no way committed any recent infringements that deserve it to be stereotyped as ‘racist’ or ‘hostile,'” he said.Last month, the BFU already responded with outrage to suggestions by Southgate that his players anticipated racist abuse when they visit Sofia in Euro 2020 qualifying.The game will be England’s first visit to Bulgaria since September 2011, when Ashley Young was subject to monkey chants as the visitors won 3-0.The BFU was fined 40,000 euros ($44,000) by UEFA for “discriminatory” chanting and because fans threw fireworks.Bulgaria were also punished by UEFA for “racist behaviour” when they lost away to the Czech Republic on June 7 and at home to Kosovo three days later in Euro qualifying.For the England visit, UEFA has ordered the BFU to close at least 5,000 seats at the Vasil Levski National Stadium and display a banner that reads: “#EqualGame”. BulgariaEnglangEuro 2020 Qualifiersfootball First Published: October 11, 2019, 8:20 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has denied that it tried to ban Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova for four years.After the ruling of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which reduced the sanction of the Russian player to 15 months, the ITF on Thursday said that it did not “try to ban Sharapova for four years, as has been suggested”, reports Efe.The ITF said in a statement that “it was the responsibility of the Independent Tribunal – and subsequently the CAS Panel – to determine what the appropriate sanction should be”.The federation defended the independence of the members of that court after Sharapova cast doubt on its neutrality.”Sharapova’s legal team was given the opportunity to object to the appointment of any member of that Tribunal in advance of the hearing, and they agreed in writing that they had no such objection,” the note added.
India’s challenger at the New Zealand Grand Prix Gold ended with both HS Prannoy and Sourabh Verma bowing out after going down against their opponents in the men’s singles quarter-finals on Friday.HS Prannoy fought hard against the 11th seed Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei but lost out 10-21, 22-20, 23-21.After losing the first game by a big margin, fourth-seed Prannoy rebounded strongly to win the next game before once again going down against Yu Hsien in an exhilarating clash that lasted more than an hour.Seventh-seeded Sourabh Verma also got knocked out of the tournament after slumping to a 16-21, 19-21 defeat against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu in his last-eight clash that lasted 42 minutes.(With inputs from ANI)
Real Madrid v Barcelona El Clasico team news: Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid against Barcelona Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 18:52 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Real Madrid Barcelona A calf problem had spread doubt over the Portuguese’s ability to play, but he has been selected as the home side’s spearhead Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will lead Real Madrid’s attack in El Clasico, while Gareth Bale is overlooked.The Portugal international had been considered a doubt for the clash due to a calf problem, but Zinedine Zidane confirmed on Friday that the attacker would be fit and has placed him in his starting XI for a vital encounter.He will not, however, be joined in the starting XI by Bale, who has played only 12 times this season and has featured only as a substitute since returning from a calf problem, with a couple of brief outings in the successful push for the Club World Cup earlier this month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Madrid lie 11 points behind Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s fixture, albeit with a game in hand, and though Zidane denied that the league would be over for Los Blancos if they were to lose, the gap would leave no further room for error.Barcelona, meanwhile, have named a predictable starting XI for this clash, with Thomas Vermaelen replacing the injured Samuel Umtiti in the heart of the defence. Lionel Messi will lead the attack with Luis Suarez, with the Argentine, who famously scored a 92nd-minute winner when these sides played in this fixture last term, chasing his 25th goal against Madrid.Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modric; Kovacic, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen; S. Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suarez.
TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS/HEALTH PROMOTION -Road Safety Is NoAccident Road Safety Is No Accident is the theme of World Health Day 2004,Wednesday, April 7, and it’s a message supported by road safetyadvocates across Nova Scotia. “Although road collisions are reported as accidents, most arepreventable,” said Ron Russell, Minister of Transportation andPublic Works. “Impaired driving is a factor in one of every fourroad users killed in Nova Scotia, and the non-use of seatbelts isa factor in an equal number of deaths. Clearly, nothing is moreimportant than individual choices when it comes to road safety.” Raising awareness of the economic costs and health and socialimpacts of road traffic injuries is a specific objective of WorldHealth Day 2004, and Mr. Russell said costs are higher than mostpeople think. “We’ve had some success in reducing the number of collisions, butthe long-term costs are enormous for both the victims and theirfamilies, and for our health-care services,” he said. “Last year,70 Nova Scotians died on our roadways. That’s 70 too many.” The minister cited a report titled the Economic Burden ofUnintentional Injury in Atlantic Canada, released by the AtlanticNetwork for Injury Prevention last year, that found unintendedinjuries cost Nova Scotians $372 million in 1999. Motor vehiclecrashes accounted for $74 million. The economic toll is huge, but even bigger is the toll injuriestake on peoples’ lives. “The reality of road collisions is that it’s a matter of life anddeath,” said Dr. John Tallon, emergency physician and medicaldirector for both the Nova Scotia Trauma Program and the QEIITrauma Service. “Each day I see patients come into the emergencyroom with injuries from motor vehicle crashes that could havebeen prevented had people made different choices — drivenslower, worn a seatbelt, not had that drink.” The recently developed provincial injury prevention strategy willreduce injury in Nova Scotia by addressing three main causes – motor vehicle collisions, falls and self-inflicted injury.Implementation of the strategy is being led by the Office ofHealth Promotion in conjunction with other government departments– including Transportation and Public Works — and many non-government organizations. “Improving the health of Nova Scotians includes protecting themfrom injury — at home, at work and on the roads,” said HealthPromotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “We’re the only provincewith an injury prevention strategy that will improvecollaboration on initiatives to reduce injury across Nova Scotiaand ultimately, save lives.” The World Health Organization says a key to a successful roadsafety program is to engage government and private sector groupsin co-ordinated programs of road safety research, development andimplementation. Nova Scotia’s own Road Safety Advisory Committeeincludes members of non-profit organizations, government,industry, policing and others, and leads the way to improvingroad safety in this province. The committee is guided by RoadSafety Vision 2010, a national plan that aims to reduce thenumber of road users killed and seriously injured across Canadaby 30 per cent by 2010. Alcohol countermeasures, occupantrestraint, driver behaviour, and pedestrian, bicycle andmotorcycle safety are its main areas of concern. “We’ve taken a number of steps over the years to reduce trafficinjury, including strong messages about driver choices, policeenforcement, improved vehicle safety standards, and highwaydesign. Government programs, such as mandatory seat belts andgraduated licensing contribute to safety, but there are still fartoo many preventable injuries,” said Mr. Russell. This is the first time in its 56 years that the World HealthOrganization (WHO) has selected road safety as the focus of WorldHealth Day. WHO has reported that 1.2 million people are killedannually in road collisions — 3,000 people around the worldevery day with an additional 140,000 injured. In Canada, as in Nova Scotia, traffic fatalities peaked in theearly 1970s. WHO has reported that since that time, Canada’spopulation has grown by 40 per cent, and the number of vehicleshas increased by 80 per cent. Despite this increased mobility,the number of traffic fatalities has been cut by more than half.
NEW YORK — A prominent Hong Kong businessman has been sentenced to three years in prison after he was convicted of paying bribes to the presidents of two African countries in a United Nations-linked case.U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska sentenced Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho, once Hong Kong’s home affairs secretary, on Monday.Ho was convicted in December of paying bribes to the presidents of Chad and Uganda in a scheme to secure oil rights for an energy conglomerate.Lawyers for Ho insisted at trial that payments to the presidents were legitimate charitable donations. The payments included $2 million in gift boxes delivered to Chad’s president in 2014.Prosecutors had recommended Ho serve five years.Defence lawyers said his 16 months behind bars as a model inmate were enough.The Associated Press
She said that the US had made clear, including when senior Sri Lankans had visited Washington, that if they didn’t take steps that they could then they would see this kind of a resolution coming forward.“Again, we want to see the Sri Lankans take their own decisions. As we’ve said before, if those are not forthcoming, the international community will look at whether there are other steps we can take,” she said. She was referring to the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which the US sponsored resolution calls for the full implementation. The United States has warned that international action maybe initiated on Sri Lanka if the island fails to implement the latest resolution adopted at the UN Human Rights Council.US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Sri Lanka should listen to the words of the international community and implement the plan that they have never implemented. Asked what those “other” steps are and if it means another resolution next year, Nuland said “We have talked in the past about whether there ought to be an international effort on this front rather than a Sri Lankan-led effort.”Earlier the White House had said the United States wants the Sri Lankan government to develop a comprehensive action plan for implementing steps on reconciliation and accountability, as called for in the resolution, and to work with UN experts and its partners in the international community to take meaningful action to achieve these important goals, which will be a critical part of Sri Lanka’s efforts to provide a bright, peaceful, and stable future for all of its people.“We stand ready to partner with Sri Lanka in this important effort,” the statement added. “As you know, we welcome the passage of this new resolution; 24 other countries also voted for it. We call on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfill its obligations to its own people. The resolution very clearly expresses the support of the international community for Sri Lanka, addressing its outstanding issues related to reconciliation and for meeting its obligations for accountability, which it has not yet done,” she said at a State Department press briefing.
OTTAWA — The federal government is warning the new government in Alberta not to scrap the province’s legal limit on total emissions from oilsands of 100 million tonnes a year.Ottawa has issued a proposed list of projects that will be subjected to a controversial new environmental-impact assessment process, including major interprovincial pipelines, large hydro dams and offshore wind farms.The list indicates new in situ oilsands projects won’t have to go through the new review as long the hard cap imposed by former Premier Rachel Notley stays in place. Rest of Canada thinks it can live without Alberta oil — Jason Kenney needs to prove them wrong Terence Corcoran: Pro-oil vs. anti-oil forces clash as Canada’s two new solitudes HSBC defends itself after months of jabs from Jason Kenney over its oilsands lending policy Premier Jason Kenney, sworn into office just yesterday, has criticized the cap but says today that there’s enough room for the oilsands to operate that it’s not an immediate concern.The project list was a big piece missing from Ottawa’s long-promised overhaul of how major new energy projects are assessed for their environmental, health, social and economic impacts.Several provinces and oil-industry lobbyists have many criticisms of the proposed process, but not knowing what types of projects were going to be included in it prevented them from getting a full understanding of what the new law will do.
by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2014 7:06 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada’s troubled factory sector continued on the road to recovery, with a post-recession high of $50.9 billion in seasonally adjusted sales in March that built on an unusually strong result the previous month.Economists had expected a slight decline after February’s robust 1.4 per cent expansion, which was revised a tick higher.But sales rose 0.4 per cent in value terms and an even healthier 0.5 per cent in volumes in March, with food, machinery, and plastics and rubber product industries leading the way.Still, economists note that the recent expansion — the sixth in seven months — only partly makes up for previous downturns in terms of volumes of output, which is directly tied to economic growth.The recent rebound is unlikely to add significantly to gross domestic growth in the first quarter, which ended March 31, economists said.“The persistent underlying weakness in manufacturing sales volumes still suggests that hopes for a pick-up in overall economic growth remain overly optimistic,” explained David Madani, chief economist with Capital Economics.“Given the high export-intensity of the manufacturing sector, it still seems that the export-led recovery is a long way off.”That pessimistic view is not shared by all analysts, or the Bank of Canada, which is counting on the building momentum in the U.S. economy, along with the lower loonie, to increase demand for Canadian products south of the border.Still, as far as the first quarter is concerned, March’s modest gain does not change the overall picture of a 1.5 to 2.0 per cent growth rate to the start of 2014 that has been held back by more severe than usual winter conditions in Canada and especially the U.S.TD Bank economist Jonathan Bendiner said Canada’s manufacturing sector can expect to benefit from the U.S. recovery going forward, although not as much as it might have in past recoveries.“Competitive challenges do remain for the sector,” he pointed out in a note to clients. “The recent Bank of Canada Monetary Policy Report highlighted how a loss of U.S. market share by non-commodity Canadian exporters has contributed to the recent disconnect between rising foreign demand and non-commodity export performance. The bank’s base case projections continue to assume that ‘non-commodity exports will grow at a somewhat slower pace than foreign demand.’ “There was more cautionary news in the Statistics Canada report. While actual sales rose, the pipeline going forward appeared to have run out of steam.Unfilled orders fell 0.8 per cent, and new orders plummeted 19.9 per cent, although both were coming off massive increases the month before.Statistics Canada said the new orders generally “returned to normal levels after a jump in February.”Overall, sales were up in 11 of 21 industries, representing approximately two-thirds of the manufacturing sector.Increases were largely offset by declines in the paper and petroleum and coal products industries. Canadian factories beat expectations, continue to rebound from harsh winter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Compensation to Bombardier senior executives rose nearly 50 per cent last year by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 29, 2017 12:47 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 30, 2017 at 4:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier’s senior executives saw their compensation rise by nearly 50 per cent last year at a time when it laid off thousands of workers, sought government aid and saw the first CSeries passenger jet take flight.Total compensation for the Montreal-based company’s top five executives and board chairman Pierre Beaudoin was US$32.6 million in 2016, up from US$21.9 million the year before, according to a proxy circular ahead of its May 11 annual meeting.CEO Alain Bellemare received US$9.5 million, up from US$6.4 million in 2015, including US$5.2 million in share and option-based awards and a US$1 million salary. His annual bonus almost doubled to US$2.36 million.Beaudoin’s compensation increased to US$5.25 million from US$3.85 million a year earlier.The chief financial officer and heads of business and commercial aircraft each received more than US$4 million, while the head of the railway division’s compensation increased 93 per cent to US$4.7 million. All of the men were hired at various times in 2015 as part of a corporate renewal Bellemare put in place after he started in February of that year.In the regulatory filing, Bombardier attributed the higher compensation to a number of factors, including achieving profit and cash flow targets, securing CSeries orders and completing the first flight of the Global 7000 business jet.Bellemare was also credited with achieving earnings at the high end of the company’s guidance, exceeding profit margin targets in all business segments and making significant progress on achieving the company’s plan to revive its fortunes.Company spokesman Simon Letendre added that a large portion of the compensation is not guaranteed.“For instance, 85 per cent of the compensation of the president and CEO is at risk and 28 per cent is comprised of stock options whose value depends on the appreciation of the Bombardier stock, something that would of course benefit all shareholders,” he wrote in an email.Bombardier is in the midst of a five-year turnaround plan that has involved mass layoffs as it tries to regain its financial footing. It is eliminating 14,500 jobs around the world by the end of next year.Shares of Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) last year increased 61 per cent to $2.16 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. They gained three cents at $2.11 in Wednesday afternoon trading.The company cut its loss to US$981 million last year, down from US$5.34 billion in 2015 despite lower revenues.The federal government announced in February a $372.5-million loan for the CSeries and Global 7000 programs to be repaid over 15 years.Last year, Bombardier received a US$1-billion investment for the CSeries program from the Quebec government in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake. The company also sold a 30 per cent stake in its railway division to pension fund manager Caisse de depot for US$1.5 billion.Bombardier also revealed Wednesday that former Quebec premier Daniel Johnson and ex-Bell and Nortel CEO Jean Monty are stepping down from its board of directors. They will be replaced by Camso CEO Pierre Marcouiller and Antony Tyler, former CEO of Cathay Pacific Airways and the International Air Transport Association.Follow @RossMarowits on Twitter.
In a statement issued by his office, Mr. Guterres said that the UN “stands in solidarity with the Government of India and is ready to support the response.”The deadly storm made landfall in India’s eastern Andhra Pradesh state, on 11 October, and continued north into the state of Odisha, disrupting road, telecommunications and power networks.The damage was particularly extensive in Odisha’s districts of Ganjam, Gajapati, and Rayagada, where millions have been affected. Thousands of homes are also reported to have been damaged in Andhra Pradesh.According to media reports, at least 25 people have been killed, many more injured, and over 300,000 people evacuated to safer places.In the statement, the UN chief also extended his condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
Updated: 16.45Over 100,000 TABLETS and capsules worth over €297,557 were seized in one week in Ireland as part of Interpol’s Operation Pangea VII.The Irish Medicines Board (IMB), Revenue’s Customs Service and the gardaí confirmed the seizure today.They said the operation, which involved 200 enforcement agencies across 110 countries, targeted online pharmacies that are part of criminal networks.MedicinesThe medicines detained included prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction, steroids, tranquilizers and slimming tablets.In total over 90,666 individual tablets, 1,800 capsules and 8,155 liquids were detained by the authorities.Over the course of the week-long operation 85 individual packages of medicines were detained by Customs at its mail hubs across the country.A total of ten search warrants were executed by the IMB, the gardaí and the Revenue’s Customs Service leading to two arrests being carried out.Four Irish controlled websites were investigated and subsequently closed down during this week.Illegal websitesThe Interpol coordinated initiative took place between 13-20 May and resulted in 239 arrests worldwide with some 10,600 illegal websites.Under Irish law, the sale of prescription only medicines by mail order is prohibitedThe main countries of origin of these counterfeit or illegal products detained in Ireland were China, Pakistan and India.John Lynch, Director of Compliance of the Irish Medicines Board said their goal is “to stem the flow of medicines from illegal pharmacy websites which present themselves to the general public as perfectly legitimate, but, in reality are not and many have been shown to be controlled by criminal networks”.He said that buying from these websites the public are placing their health “in very real danger”.Lynch said that some of these medicines have been shown to contain too little or too much of the active ingredient while others contain the wrong active ingredient altogether.On an international scale packages inspected throughout the world in the week long operation resulted in the detention of 19,618 packages containing illegal and counterfeit medicines.The total value of illicit medicines seized and detained during Operation Pangea VII is valued at $36,000,000 approximately.Originally published 15.08
Two-fifths (44%) of employee respondents are most interested to receive between 22 and 35 days of paid annual leave as an employee benefit, according to research by insurance organisation Aviva.Its survey of 2,011 UK employees and 502 managers with recruitment responsibilities further found that other workplace benefits staff are most interested in include a pension scheme (41%), flexible working opportunities (39%), paid sick leave or critical illness cover (38%) and bonuses or profit and share schemes (25%).Colin Williams (pictured), managing director of workplace benefits at Aviva, said: “Workplace benefits have really come under the spotlight in recent years as employers and employees realise that while salary is important, there’s more that can be offered.“But, while we hear of [organisations] across the world experimenting with a range of benefits, some more unusual than others, it’s encouraging to see that employees still value the more traditional benefits.”More than four in 10 (43%) of employee respondents cite that they are least interested in being able to have dogs in the office as a workplace benefit; this compares to 35% who are disinterested in entertainment at work, such as films, video games and table football, and 31% who do not value childcare vouchers or on-site childcare.Around a quarter (26%) are not interested in social events, for example parties and away days, as a workplace benefit, while a further 26% are not interested in free or subsidised gym memberships.Despite 85% of employees revealing that they would choose a salary increase over an improvement to their workplace benefits, 38% of employer respondents would prefer to improve their benefits package rather than raise salaries.Williams added: “Offering holiday, a decent pension and access to flexible working are clearly important to employees. These types of benefits can help create the foundations of a resilient workforce and a resilient business.”
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Cook Inlet oil platforms are visible from shore near Kenai, Alaska. The dominant oil and gas producer in Cook Inlet has struggled with aging infrastructure and reported three pipeline failures this year. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)The federal agency charged with regulating pipelines and hazardous materials is looking into another natural gas leak on a Hilcorp platform in Cook Inlet.Listen nowPatricia Klinger, a spokesperson for the the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, wrote in an email that the agency is aware of the leak and investigating it.It is the third report this year of equipment failure on Hilcorp-owned infrastructure in the inlet, including another ongoing gas leak and an oil leak.In an emailed statement, company spokesperson Lori Nelson said Hilcorp started an audit of its pipelines in the region in response to its other gas leak. During an inspection, the company discovered that a pipeline on its Steelhead Platform was measuring more gas leaving the platform than what was arriving on shore.Nelson called this a “metering discrepancy,” but she said the company took the line out of service on April 1, as a precaution. Nelson wrote that the company flew over the area several times, but did not find evidence of a gas leak.The company was also responding to an oil leak from its nearby Anna platform on April 1 and has shut down two other oil platforms in Cook Inlet to deal with a natural gas leak that has been visibly bubbling to the surface of Cook Inlet since February. Icy and winter weather conditions have complicated repair of both lines.The line from the Steelhead platform has been emptied of natural gas and filled with seawater since April 3.The state agencies involved in the other spills in Cook Inlet acknowledged that they are aware of the situation on the Steelhead Platform, but would not comment on record about the situation.Lois Epstein is an engineer and the Arctic Program Director for the Wilderness Society. She joined calls from other environmental groups in Cook Inlet for an audit of Hilcorp’s aging infrastructure.“They are very open about their business plan, which is to take over old fields and make them profitable for the company,” Epstein said. “We need to see whether they’re cutting corners. We need to ask a lot of hard questions about their operations.”Epstein said the company should not be allowed to expand its operations in Alaska without addressing concerns about its safety record.
Milken Education Award winner Valerie Baalerud (center) holds a check with (left to right) Eagle River High principal Marty Lang, Baalerud’s daughter and her husband. (Photo by Wesley Early , Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)Eagle River High School teacher Valerie Baalerud was sitting near her students in an assembly waiting to hear a talk from state Education Commissioner Micahel Johnson. Then the topic of the Milken Educator Award came up.Listen nowThe prestigious award comes with a $25,000 check from the foundation.“I was totally shocked,” Baalerud said. “I was talking with some students about who it might be. We were all sort of making our bets and then at least one of those students said, ‘I think it could be you, Mrs. Ballerud.’ And I laughed and said I could always find a way to spend that money or something. And then they said my name and I was like, ‘Oh no!’ And she goes, ‘I knew it!’”Baalerud grew up in small-town Pennsylvania. She says her hometown of Granville Summit has a population of about 60. She jokes there are more cows than people. She says she’s always been a history nerd and picked up teaching as a career because her first husband was in the military, and wherever the family moved, teaching jobs were available.Members of Eagle River High’s JROTC program present the amount of the Milken Award to the assembly. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)She ended up settling in Eagle River with her family and has been at Eagle River High School for eight years. Eagle River High principal Marty Lang says Baalerud earned the award.“She is whip smart. Her energy is so infectious that when she’s in front of a classroom, kids just can’t help but love what she’s doing and love history,” Lang said. “She brings that every day to every class. It doesn’t matter at what level, she’s just such a dynamic teacher and a great ambassador for education that she’s more than deserving.”The real purpose of the assembly was a surprise to almost everyone at the school. Lang was among a very small group of people who knew about the award.“That’s the hardest part,” Lang said. “I found out sometime, I think, in mid-December and so for two months I’ve had to hold onto this secret that’s so much fun.”Baalerud employs some creative teaching techniques. In an economics class today she incorporated a concept from the TV program Stranger Things to explain price floors and price ceilings. She also has her AP World History students describe their favorite historical events for their final exams. She also has her students create 1920s style radio shows. Baalerud’s dedication goes way beyond the classroom.Valerie Baalerud talks to the assembly after receiving her award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“I’ve done everything here at the school itself,” Baalerud said. “I’ve taught flag football; I was head coach for a while. I coached DDF — Drama Debate and Forensics. I’ve coached track and field. I’ve done a little bit of everything, and I think that’s really important as a teacher, to get to know your students outside of the classroom as well as in, and I’ve really enjoyed doing that.”Baalerud says she plans to spend the award money on an upcoming family trip this summer.“It’s really nice to have a cash prize with it. I’ve never won anything before… I won a bike when I was I was in second grade. This is way better,” Baalerud laughed.Baalerud is one of 44 recipients of the Milken Educator award this year, and the sole Alaska award winner.
The City of Utqiagvik is a member of Voice of the Arctic Inupiat, which recently wrote a letter to the Interior Department about the draft offshore drilling proposal. (Creative Commons photo)Some of the oil industry’s biggest supporters got a lot more than they asked for in the Trump administration’s latest offshore drilling proposal. In early January, the Interior Department proposed opening up the vast majority of Alaska’s offshore areas to oil leasing. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Governor Bill Walker and others are already asking Interior to scale back, limiting oil lease sales to the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and Cook Inlet.Listen nowNow, Voice of the Arctic Inupiat (VOICE), an advocacy group of Inupiat leadership organizations across the North Slope, including tribal councils, municipal governments, Alaska Native Corporations and others, is also weighing in.To be clear, VOICE isn’t against oil development. Last year, the group made a big push to allow drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. When it comes to offshore oil development in the Arctic, VOICE doesn’t yet have an official position.But it does have a position on how Interior went about its latest proposal.In a recent letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, VOICE wrote, “with respect to the Arctic [Outer Continental Shelf] announcement on the [Draft Proposed Program], we feel the concerns of local organizations were ignored and that deeply disturbs us.”VOICE chairman and Arctic Slope Regional Corporation president Rex Rock Sr. said, ”we expressed our concerns and we felt that we were being ignored, such as the Barrow and Kaktovik whaling areas and the 25-mile Chukchi Sea buffer.”In the letter, VOICE writes those particular areas are “critical to Northern Alaska food security” — they’re used by local communities for whaling and other subsistence hunting.Interior’s draft proposal would allow oil drilling in these waters, although the proposal states that excluding the Barrow and Kaktovik whaling areas and the 25-mile Chukchi Sea coastal buffer “may warrant further analysis.”Rock said North Slope leaders had already made it clear to the federal government that those areas should stay off limits.“We had already worked this with the past administration and said, ‘here are the areas that we ask that you stay away from,’” Rock said.Rock added, “we’ve always said that for us consultation is huge, you need to come in and talk to the people that are here.”VOICE’s letter concludes that Interior decisions affecting the North Slope “must be based on consultation, coordination and engagement with Alaska Natives.”The Interior Department has not yet responded to a request for comment on the letter. However, Interior has stressed the plan is not final; it’s still possible to remove many of the areas where offshore drilling is currently proposed.A public hearing on Interior’s draft offshore drilling plan proposal is set to take place in Anchorage on February 21.Reporter Ravenna Koenig contributed to this story.