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The Ministry of External Affairs has requested authorities in Hong Kong to arrest businessman Nirav Modi, who is wanted in connection with a Rs 12,703-crore Punjab National Bank loan fraud, PTI reported on Thursday.“The ministry has sought the provisional arrest of Nirav Deepak Modi by the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of China, for which a request has been submitted to them on March 23, 2018,” Minister of State VK Singh told the Rajya Sabha in a written response to a question. The minister was asked if the government knew anything about the whereabouts of Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, who is also an accused in the case.Read it at Scroll Related Items
England’s Liam Plunkett smashed the last ball of the match for a six to earn his team a dramatic tie with Sri Lanka in the first One-Day International (ODI) in Nottingham on Tuesday. (Scorecard)The hosts, chasing 287 for victory, collapsed to 82 for six before Jos Buttler made 93 and Chris Woakes 95 not out to give England a chance of winning the game at Trent Bridge.They needed 10 off the last two balls and Woakes scrambled three before Plunkett launched Nuwan Pradeep over long-off to tie the match.”It was nice to get that one out. Woakesey and Jos put us in a great position and we were backing ourselves to take it as deep as possible,” Plunkett told the BBC.”It just shows the depth we have got. It’s good for the team – you know you can carry on all the way through an innings.”Sri Lanka, put into bat, were indebted to a good innings of 73 by their captain Angelo Mathews as they posted a decent total of 286 for nine.Seekkuge Prasanna also struck a quickfire 59 off 28 deliveries, including four sixes and eight fours.England collapsed at the start of their reply, losing Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow with only 30 runs on the board.Captain Eoin Morgan steadied the ship with 43 but his team were still in deep trouble when Woakes and Buttler came together.They added 138 for the seventh wicket and Plunkett’s unbeaten 22 off 11 deliveries carried England to only their eighth tie in 665 one-day internationals.advertisement”I thought we had the game in the bag for most of the overs. Unfortunately the yorker fell just off line and went for a six,” Sri Lanka captain Mathews said.”We fell short by 15, 20 runs. It was a brilliant wicket to bat on but we had to be satisfied with 286. We just kept losing wickets at crucial times.”England won the recent test series between the teams 2-0. The next game in the five-match one-day series is in Birmingham on Friday.
THESSALONIKI — Greek club PAOK has replaced Angelos Anastasiadis as coach after losing ground to leader Olympiacos.The northern club says Anastasiadis has been replaced by former player Giorgos Giorgiadis until the end of the season.PAOK led Greece’s 18-team league before the new year, but a run of bad results saw it slip to third place, with a 0-0 draw at home with Atromitos widening the gap with Olympiacos to 10 points.The 62-year-old Anastasiadis had spent much for his career as a player and coach at the club. Olympiacos currently leads with 61 points, level with Panathinaikos but with a game in hand.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share on WhatsApp Born in Sardinia in 1949, Calzaghe set up a training camp in a shed in Newbridge, south Wales, from which the family’s extraordinary boxing odyssey began. Calzaghe’s success was recognised when he won the prestigious ‘Ring’ Magazine trainer of the year award in 2007, and three years later he received the MBE.Calzaghe was in his son’s corner throughout his 10-year reign as world middleweight champion, and when he successfully moved up in weight to dethrone light-heavyweight king Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas in 2008.Tony Bellew was among the first current champions to pay tribute to Calzaghe, tweeting: “What a man! My thoughts are with RealJoeCalzaghe and his family right now, Your Dad was a master coach who created a style that you both made unbeatable. Salute the legendary Enzo.” The champion boxing trainer Enzo Calzaghe has died at the age of 69, his family have announced. Calzaghe coached his son Joe to world titles at two weights in an undefeated 46-fight career.Calzaghe, who had no prior experience in the sport, masterminded his son’s rise to the top and also experienced world-title success with Welsh fighters Gavin Rees and Enzo Maccarinelli.His family said in a statement: “The family are devastated to have to announce the death of our beloved Enzo. Joe and all of the Calzaghe family would like to thank the public for their well wishes and kind thoughts, especially the outpouring of support from within the boxing community.“Enzo led an incredible life both inside and outside of the boxing gym and his loss is a devastating one for the entire Calzaghe family. We please ask that people respect our privacy at this difficult time.” Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Joe Calzaghe Share on Facebook Boxing Share on Messenger news Share on Twitter Share via Email Topics Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing)CALZAGHE TRIBUTE We look back to 2014 when @RealJoeCalzaghe was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and dedicated the achievement to his father Enzo.For more:https://t.co/MWWdiV9jws https://t.co/g6nCDkvhKYSeptember 17, 2018 Share on Pinterest
PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 09: UCLA Bruins cheerleaders entertain the crowd during the game against the Hawaii Warriors at the Rose Bowl on September 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)With the Oakland Raiders set to relocate to Las Vegas in a couple of years, Sin City is about to play host to some major football contests. One of these contests is going to be a major college football bowl game.The Las Vegas Bowl, which has typically pitted a Mountain West team against a Pac-12 squad, is set to get some bigger teams involved.College football insider Brett McMurphy reports that the bowl game is going to end its 19-year relationship with the Mountain West Conference. Replacing the MWC team will be an SEC squad.“Las Vegas Bowl will pit Pac-12 vs. another Power 5 league (SEC most intriguing possibility) in 2020 in Vegas’ new NFL stadium. This will end the bowl’s 19-year relationship w/Mountain West. In 2020, MWC could send its champ to Arizona Bowl,” McMurphy tweeted.Sources: Las Vegas Bowl will pit Pac-12 vs. another Power 5 league (SEC most intriguing possibility) in 2020 in Vegas’ new NFL stadium. This will end the bowl’s 19-year relationship w/Mountain West. In 2020, MWC could send its champ to Arizona Bowl https://t.co/fcxi8GKyeI— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 7, 2018Watching an SEC fan base take over Las Vegas for a bowl game would be a lot of fun.Last year’s Las Vegas Bowl had Boise State taking on Oregon. The Broncos won that game, 38-28.An official announcement on the bowl change could be coming soon.
World Cup 2019: Pakistan and Chris Woakes set ODI records at Trent BridgePakistan got bowled out for 105 in their first match against West Indies and today, playing against hosts England, they have posted their second-best total in a World Cup match.advertisement Saurabh Kumar NottinghamJune 3, 2019UPDATED: June 3, 2019 19:42 IST Chris Woakes celebrates catching out Imam-ul-Haq. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSChris Woakes became the first England fielder to take four catches in an ODIWoakes became fourth outfielder to 4 catches in World Cup matchPakistan posted their 2nd highest World Cup totalEngland’s Chris Woakes took his fourth catch of the match when he removed Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, equalling the World Cup record for most catches for an outfielder, in Nottingham on Monday. Earlier, only India’s Mohammad Kaif, Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar and Pakistan’s Umar Akmal had achieved this feat.Woakes also became the first fielder to take four catches in an ODI for England. He took the catches of top 4 scorers of Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez(84), Babar Azam (63), Sarfaraz Ahmed(55) and Imam-ul-Haq (44), thus helping England to stop Pakistan from posting 350 plus total. Later, Woakes also snapped up the wickets of Shoab Malik, Wahab Riaz and Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.His first catch was a diving stunner at the cover boundary to send back Imam ul Haq, who was on course to his first World Cup half century. Woakes chased the ball from long off to grab on to Imam-ul-Haq’s inside out shot against Moeen Ali.Later, Pakistan posted 348/8, which is now the highest total in World Cup without an individual century. Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Sarfaraz Ahmed scored solid half-centuries but none of them reached the century mark, thanks to agile fielding effort by Chris Woakes. Moeen Ali was the hero for England dismissing Azam after snaring both the Pakistani openers in an excellent display of off-spin bowling.If England manages to win this match, they will break another World Cup record. England will register their name as the team with highest successful chase in a World Cup match. Surprisingly, as of now, Ireland holds this record as they hunted down 329 to upset England during World Cup 2011 in India.advertisementAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni, KL Rahul in full flow at nets ahead of India’s World Cup 2019 openerAlso 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 bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England vs PakistanFollow Chris Woakes
Star supporters of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s TigerTime Campaign came together this autumn to help raise almost US$30,000 for tiger conservation in Assam.As a partner of Animal Planet’s annual matched giving campaign ‘ROAR’ the charity urged supporters to donate during September to receive matched giving on their donations and, with bonus prizes for the most unique visitors to the site and the loudest ROAR generating $10,000 each it was an amazing international effort.“Our social media and celebrity reach created a huge buzz for our tiger project in Assam driving traffic to the site and reaching out to almost 15 million people,” says TigerTime campaign manager, Vicky Flynn. “It’s great to see the power of social media transformed into real, conservation benefit for the tiger.”With as few as 3,000 tigers left in the wild the TigerTime Campaign is working hard to fund conservation, education, anti-poaching, community outreach and undercover investigations in India, Thailand and Russia through a growing global social media supporter base. You can find out more at: www.tigertime.info and see the full list of celebrity supporters at here. You can find out more about the project by clicking here.Star tweeters who ROARed for the tiger this autumn included: Actor and blogger Stephen Fry; actor, director Ricky Gervais; singer songwriter Melanie C; best-selling novelist Jane Fallon; business woman Deborah Meaden; footballer and artist Jody Craddock; actor Ayden Callagher; tv broadcaster Kirsty Gallacher; model and actress Lucy Pinder; actor Brian Blessed and Australian media personality Darryn Lyons
APTN National NewsTwo Aboriginal women are competing against each other for a provincial seat in the British Columbia legislature.APTN’s Tina House reports they’re about to make history.
Madrid – Four people suspected of spreading pro-jihad propaganda and recruiting followers were arrested in the Madrid area, Spain’s Interior Ministry said Tuesday.Civil Guard police arrested two Moroccans in the town of Pinto and one Moroccan and a Spaniard in the town of Ciempozuelos, south of the Spanish capital, the source added in a statement.The statement said the four formed part of an organized group that worked intensely to spread extremist material on the Internet.
The principal of a school in Matara has been arrested for accepting a bribe, the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption said.A Commission spokesman said that the principal of the Thelijjawila Royal College had been arrested for accepting a Rs. 10,000 bribe to admit a child to grade 3. The principal had accepted the bribe through a third party. The principal was arrested at the school premises.Further investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)
Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell races to the end zone for a touchdown that was called back due to a holding penalty during the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Army. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorA week after its first loss of the season, No. 8 Ohio State (2-1, 1-0) bounced back with a solid, yet unspectacular performance, defeating Army 38-7 Saturday evening at Ohio Stadium. Both teams took advantage of extended drives, but Army (2-1) dominated the time of possession, despite being outgained 586-278 yards by Ohio State. The Black Knights controlled the ball for 36:57, while the Buckeyes maintained possession for 18:27. The Buckeyes’ offense relied heavily on short throws designed to get playmakers in space to used their superior athleticism. Redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett finished the game 25-of-33 for 270 yards and two touchdowns. He set the record for most career touchdowns accounted for in Big Ten history, surpassing former Purdue quarterback Drew Brees with 107 touchdowns.“I’ve known about the Big Ten Conference for probably 40-some years, and of all the great players that have played here, to say you’re the number one touchdown maker in the history of the Big Ten Conference, that’s awesome,” coach Urban Meyer said. “That’s something that — that’s going to be a hard one to break.”As has been the case since the latter portion of last season, Barrett struggled to connect with receivers on deep passes as the redshirt senior completed three passes for at least 20 yards. After the 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, Meyer and co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said the offense needed to establish a flow. The Buckeyes did not have a single three-and-out. Ohio State only punted twice and scored on long drives of 13, 12 and eight plays.J.K. Dobbins spurred the Buckeye offense. He had 172 rushing yards on 13 carries in his third career start. On the fifth play of the game’s opening drive, Dobbins took a handoff 36 yards to spark an offense that spread the ball around to its receivers. Barrett finished Ohio State’s first drive with a touchdown, but Dobbins scored a 2-yard touchdown on the next drive.“He’s a perfect tailback,” Meyer said of the freshman. “He’s a space player that we need.”Redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber entered the game on the second drive and had four rushes for 13 yards against Army. Weber, who has dealt a hamstring injury, did not play until the second quarter last week.After a punt by Drue Chrisman pinned Army at the 1-yard line with 1:02 remaining in the opening quarter, the Black Knights used an 18-play, 99-yard drive to score their first touchdown of the game. The prolonged drive took 9:37 and took Ohio State’s momentum it had accumulated after scoring in two of its first three drives.Three players on Army, which rushed for at least 50 yards. Running back Darnell Woolfolk led the Black Knights in rushing with 74 yards on 15 carries. Army quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw attempted seven passes, but only completed two for 19 yards.In the second quarter, Bradshaw slightly underthrew his target, which allowed redshirt senior safety Erick Smith to lay out and deflect a pass, preventing a touchdown. Smith also saved the Buckeyes from allowing a kick return for touchdown and nearly picked off an errant pass in the third quarter.Redshirt junior wideout Johnnie Dixon did not play for the Buckeyes. He has dealt with multiple injuries during his career, but entered the game second on the team with 77 receiving yards. Redshirt senior middle linebacker Chris Worley exited the game in the first half and was replaced by redshirt freshman Tuf Borland, who led the team with 12 tackles.“Coach told [Borland] earlier in the week, ‘Get ready to play a lot more this week’ because he’s been doing so well in practice,” redshirt junior defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “He’s an instinctive player and he got his opportunity, and he made the most of it.”In an added offensive wrinkle, H-back Parris Campbell lined up at running back, a position he primarily played in high school. Though his biggest carry, a 59-yard rush late in the second quarter, was called back due to a holding penalty, Campbell rushed twice times for 26 yards. He also caught six passes for 54 yards.“It’s a shame Parris had the [59-yard touchdown run] called back; it was a lightning bolt too,” Meyer said.Ohio State will look to win its second game in a row when the Buckeyes welcome UNLV into Ohio Stadium next Saturday at noon.
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 National Trust is asking beach-goers to post pictures on Instagram to help monitor coastal erosion.A photo stand has been erected at Studland Bay in Dorset, inviting passersby to stick their smartphones into a slot and snap photos.The sign then asks them to post the images on social media using the hashtag #NTshiftingshores.There is just one rule: no zooming or filters.They will then be swept up from social media by the charity and made into a timelapse film showing how the shoreline has changed over time.The National Trust, which manages more than 780 miles of coastlines across Britain, aims to use the data to help plan ahead to protect wildlife, flora, fauna and buildings.Hundreds of people have already posted pictures online, showering praise on the charity for its innovative idea and calling for it to be rolled out across all beaches.One Twitter user captioned their coastal photo: “For anyone who thought the Instagram generation needed to take a break from #social on their days out, why not embrace it and use it to your advantage?! #ntshiftingshores”.Another wrote: “Doing my bit for the National Trust project at Studland Bay #ntshiftingshores”.More than 400 people have published their photos on Instagram, with tourists from America and Thailand among those joining in. Pictures date back as far as June 2016.The National Trust says: “By understanding what is happening to the natural environment around our coast we can make well-informed choices about whether and where to continue maintaining hard sea defences, or to adapt and work with nature rather than against it.”Working with other land owners, communities, beach users and with local government we can create more joined up and better managed stretches of coastline.”The coming years will be critical to the future wellbeing of our coast and we will play our part.”The UK has one of the longest national coastline in Europe, stretching for more than 8,000 miles.Studland Bay is four miles long and has views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight.Erosion is when rocks along the coastline are worn away. This can happen when powerful waves smash against them, or pebbles carried by the sea grind down rocks like sandpaper. High winds, rain and flooding can also contribute.This can cause degradation of land and damage to infrastructure, as well as disrupt wildlife habitats.Storms and high tides battered UK coastlines in 2013 and 2014, causing “considerable damage” and levels of erosion that experts would normally see every five to 15 years, according to the National Trust.
THE STATE is to lodge a Supreme Court appeal against a landmark ruling which allowed a biological mother to have her name included on her child’s birth certificate, even though the child was carried and delivered by a surrogate mother.The Department of Social Protection has confirmed that the Registrar General, against whom the original case was taken, will appeal the ruling.The purpose of the appeal is “to clarify a number of points of law of exceptional public importance”, the Department said.In a ruling in April, the High Court’s Justice Henry Abbott ruled that the genetic mother of twins who were born to a surrogate mother could be listed as the mother on each of the children’s birth certificates.The case came after the Registrar General required the children’s birth mother – in this case, the genetic mother’s sister – to be stated as the mother.“The judgement raises important questions about how motherhood may be determined under Irish law and has potentially very serious consequences which could, by linking motherhood exclusively to genetic connection, affect a potentially large number of families,” the Department said.The Department argued that the ruling could also limit the Oireachtas’s ability to legislate, in future, for the complex areas of surrogacy and assisted human reproduction. Legislation in this area was being planned for later this year, it said.“The appeal is therefore considered necessary both to bring certainty to this vital area of law and to ensure that the legislature’s scope to legislate is absolutely clear.”
If you own a Motorola Xoom tablet then congratulations, Google and Motorola are rolling out Android 3.2 to you first it seems.The main feature update that makes getting 3.2 worthwhile is a new screen compatibility mode. This mode tries to solve the problem of running apps that are not optimized for the larger tablet displays, and were only designed with smartphones in mind.Developers can set their apps to take advantage of the compatiblity mode with a couple of settings changes, or they can work on their app some more and put in larger display support. The second is the nicer of the two options for end users, but some developers won’t want to revisit older apps so Google decided a workaround was necessary.If you don’t own a Xoom there are some other features that may be desirable that make the upgrade to 3.2 worthwhile. The first is improved support for 7-inch tablets with the second being Qualcomm processor support that now includes chips other than those by Nvidia.With the Xoom now getting Android 3.2 it shouldn’t be long before it is rolled out to other tablets. But for the moment, it looks like Xoom owners are the lucky ones. It’s also a tablet that got a little more attractive recently to prospective buyers due to a price drop bringing it inline with the iPad. Motorola should certainly be seeing a sales spike this week because of it.Read more at CNET and Android Developers
La peur peut-elle se transmettre de génération en génération ?Selon une étude menée par des chercheurs américains, des souris conditionnées à craindre une odeur transmettent cette peur aux générations suivantes.Si vous cherchez à expliquer certaines de vos craintes et en particulier celles liées aux odeurs, commencez par interroger vos parents ou vos grands-parents. Une nouvelle étude menée par des chercheurs de la faculté de médecine de l’Université Emory, à Atlanta, suggère que les sensations provoquées par une odeur, en particulier la peur sont transmises de génération en génération. Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, l’équipe de recherche dirigée par Brian Dias et Kerry Ressler a mené une série d’expériences sur des souris mâles. Le protocole a consisté à faire émaner un effluve de parfum (à base d’acétophénone) identique à celui de la fleur de cerisier tout en infligeant aux rongeurs une décharge électrique. De cette manière, les scientifiques sont parvenus à conditionner leurs sujets à craindre cette odeur. Le sperme des souris traumatisées a ensuite été utilisé pour féconder des souris femelles et produire une première génération, puis une seconde dont le comportement a soigneusement été étudié. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Nature Neuroscience vont dans le sens d’une transmission du traumatisme aux deux générations suivantes.Une peur inscrite dans l’organisme Les descendants montrent en effet des réactions de peur liées à l’odeur des fleurs de cerisier bien que ceux-ci n’aient jamais eu l’occasion de la sentir auparavant. Étrangement, cette sensibilité au parfum s’est accrue chez les générations suivantes. La transmission a été observée à la fois quand c’était la mère qui avait été conditionnée et quand c’était le père des rongeurs.Pour expliquer cela, les chercheurs ont observé le cerveau et l’ADN des souris et de leurs descendants. Ils ont constaté que l’encéphale de ces derniers présentait des modifications structurelles dans une zone cérébrale particulièrement régissant l’olfaction. Plus précisément, ils ont montré une augmentation des neurones qui produisent le récepteur connu pour détecter l’odeur. Mais l’ADN des sujets a également semblé présenter des transformations sur le gène responsable de la détection des odeurs. Une transmission similaire chez l’homme ?À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour l’heure, ces résultats sont seulement applicables au modèle rongeur. Davantage d’études sont nécessaires avant que l’on puisse parler de transmission héréditaire des peurs chez l’homme et comprendre davantage les phobies, anxiétés ou troubles post-traumatiques. Toutefois, la découverte a d’ores et déjà provoqué l’enthousiasme des chercheurs qui considèrent qu’il s’agit là d’une nouvelle preuve d’un “héritage épigénétique transgénérationnel”. En d’autres termes, l’environnement pourrait donc modifier la génétique d’un individu, qui pourrait à son tour la transmettre à sa descendance.De leur côté, les chercheurs projettent de poursuivre leurs travaux afin de déterminer notamment si la transmission se prolonge sur les générations suivantes et comment cette réponse peut être éliminée. Le 5 décembre 2013 à 10:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Homer man has been arrested and charged with nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor, involving three teenage girls, according to the Alaska State Troopers. An arrest warrant was issued for Koch out of the Homer Court. Bail for the warrant was set at $10,000 and court approved third party. On March 6, Troopers in Anchor Point received a report that a 14 year old female had sexual relations with a 22 year old male. The girls mother reported finding out about the relationship and confronting the girl who admitted to the sexual relationship. The male was identified as Ethan Koch, 22 of Homer, according to an online Trooper dispatch posted on April 2. Troopers identified a total of 3 females ages 14-15 that Koch had engaged in sexual relations with. On April 1, Seward Troopers located Koch and arrested him on the outstanding warrant. Koch was remanded into the Seward Jail on five counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the 2nd and four counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the 3rd.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRep. Miceli, Senator Tarr Advocate For Butters Row Bridge Replacement, Route 38 ImprovementsIn “Government”MassDOT Offers Advice To Those Traveling Over Labor Day WeekendIn “Government”State Rep. Ken Gordon Announces He’s Running For Re-ElectionIn “Government” Dear Editor,I have lived in Wilmington for 54 years now.When I moved to Wilmington and bought my home, Route 93 was not built yet. In fact, they took some of my property to build Route 93.Now the master bedroom on my home almost sits on Route 93 and the noise from that highway is just about unbearable.I have been contacting for many years MassDOT in Boston for sound barriers and I think they forgot Wilmington, as I see them going up all over.There are a lot of homes in Wilmington along Route 93 and they are having the same problem as I have talked with many of them.Route 93 can even be heard from residents on Salem St.I cannot see why they could not put sound barriers from Route 125 to Route 62, as it sure would serve a lot of people in Wilmington.Thank you in advance,Ron DeveauLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Audio: Walker Hires Mediator to Help Lawmakers Pass A BudgetAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchorageGovernor Bill Walker has hired a mediator to help lawmakers reach a deal on the budget.Permanent Fund CEO Abruptly RetiresMatt Miller, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation has announced the abrupt retirement of its chief executive officer Mike Burns.Premera Alaska Files For Another Large Rate IncreaseAnnie Feidt, APRN – AnchoragePremera Alaska is asking the federal government to approve an average rate increase of 39 percent for its Affordable Care Act health insurance plans in the state for 2016. That follows a 37 percent increase the federal government approved for 2015.Rep. Young’s Fisheries Bill Passes the HouseLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.A bill to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Act passed the U.S. House this evening, largely on party lines.North Pacific Council to Vote on Halibut Bycatch LimitsRachel Waldholz, KCAW – SitkaOf the thirty million pounds of halibut caught last year by commercial fishermen statewide, nearly a third was thrown back into the ocean, dead. It were netted accidentally by boats targeting other fish.U.S. House Votes to Sell Midtown Lot to MuniLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington, D.C.The U.S. House today voted to sell a 9-acre lot in Anchorage to the Municipality, at fair market value. The property at 40th and Denali Street is one of the largest undeveloped lots in Midtown.City Holds Job Fair for Marijuana IndustryZachariah Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageThe state’s first ever job fair for careers in commercial cannabis was held in Anchorage over the weekend.Medicaid Denials May Boot Some Seniors From Assisted LivingQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerMany of Alaska’s seniors are in danger of losing their only means of paying for disability services. The state and the federal government partner in funding in-home and assisted living services for the seniors who qualify. Caregivers say the problem is individuals who met the state’s criteria for years are now being let go from the system.