GRAMMY Camp—Weekends Music Career Training Coming To Ft Lauderdale

first_img https://twitter.com/GRAMMYMuseum/status/1020447025643565056 GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Training In Ft. Lauderdale grammy-camp%E2%80%94weekends-music-career-training-coming-ft-lauderdale Facebook GRAMMY Camp—Weekend’s Music Career Training Coming To Ft. Lauderdale Local Florida students will receive specialized guidance to help turn their dedication and talent into music industry careersPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2018 – 5:08 pm A special GRAMMY Camp—Weekend will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Saturday, Dec. 1, offering students from the area in-depth advice and instruction for three career tracks: electronic music production, video production and vocal performance. A career-minded introduction to the music industry, the program is conducted in partnership between the GRAMMY Museum and HANDY, the Broward County youth development organization helping more than 1,200 local-area kids annually with the transition to becoming self-sufficient and educated adults.The day’s program begins with all the students together before they divide into the three dedicated tracks to work with GRAMMY Camp’s guest professionals, who blend straight talk and reliable advice to show these high school students how they too can make progress for their own careers.A collaborative session including everybody then shows how the different pieces of the music industry puzzle fit together, with an emphasis on how students can maximize their own potential to fit into the industry ecosystem. Students will explore career strategies they can use to turn their passion and talent for music into livelihoods.The professionals participating in the all-day event are each exemplars of their respective crafts. The electronic music production track is led by Rick Schmunk, chair of USC Thornton School of Music’s music technology program, where he is an associate professor. Besides his published research Schmunk has assisted many online to express themselves creatively with production software such as Ableton.The video production track will be led by independent filmmaker Michelle Ehlen who proves that writing, directing, acting and more can all exist in one capable professional. Her unique comedy takes on society satirize and warp gender conventions, while she also is in-demand producing, directing and editing many projects.The vocal performance track is led by folk singer/songwriter Anne Heaton, an honest voice and expert pianist. Many albums followed her impressive 2003 debut Black Notebook and her taste in strong musical choices has always stood out. As an instructor, Heaton’s guidance has uniquely enriched the next generation both face-to-face and online. Email Twitter News This weekend edition is affiliated with the five-day immersive GRAMMY Camp held by the GRAMMY Museum from July 23 through July 27 in Los Angeles, for which applications are now open. The community of music creators show that careers in the music industry can be established when talent and dedication come together. GRAMMY Camp programs are unique mentoring experiences, helping the next generation of music industry professionals to grow.GRAMMY Camp—Weekend Brings Music Career Training To PittsburghRead morelast_img read more

How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform

first_img Email How Young Musicians Are Using Instagram As A Music Platform Twitter How Musicians Use Instagram As A Music Platform how-young-musicians-are-using-instagram-music-platform Indie music distributor AWAL, or as they call themselves, a “unique alternative to the traditional music label,” recently wrote blogged about this new phenomena of the new generation of musicians releasing music on Instagram. They point to 23-year-old Whack who released her entire debut album Whack World on her Instagram earlier this year. She made a video for each song, all of which were just one-minute-long, and uploaded all of them to the social platform the day the album dropped.She also released the album on music streaming services, including Spotify and SoundCloud, and while views and listens of her music on her social don’t provide a direct revenue stream as they would on Spotify and Apple Music, social media (and SoundCloud) allows artists like her to take distribution into their own hands. Her approach makes a lot of sense when you take into consideration the fact that Spotify’s algorithms tend to favor male artists and its popular hip-hop centric playlists primarily feature male rappers.It is vital for younger and emerging artists to find exposure in creative ways to reach new fans. As AWAL points out; “The opportunity cost of a ‘free’ project, sans ad revenue, on Instagram is somewhat marginal, because if a would-be fan enjoys the sample they spent 15 to 60 seconds with enough, they’ll likely generate the bulk of their repeat spins somewhere else.” News A new generation of artists is taking to social media to show the world their art and perhaps changing the confines of the platform as a picture-focused serviceAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Nov 8, 2018 – 6:29 pm The way music fans consume music has radically changed over the past decade or so, and as younger artists enter the music world, they continue to shift the playing field, finding new and innovative ways to spread their sound and reach new fans. Recently we’ve seen a new generation of musicians, like young hip-hop artists Jaden Smith and Tierra Whack, turn to Instagram as a new way to expose more people to their music. Facebook Smith also used his Instagram to release music this year, a remix version of 2017’s Syre. Unlike Whack’s Whack World, his Syre: The Electric Album, is not available on Spotify, but can be streamed on SoundCloud, although only with a premium listener account. Visiting either artists’ Instagram page and seeing the video thumbnails form the album cover is intriguing enough to click to listen—in this day and age, with more content from more sources and quicker scrolling from consumers, it feels important to find new ways to catch the attention of peoples’ eyes and ears.As AWAL quotes MusicAlly; “The existing subscription streaming giants are primarily platforms for distribution, after all, not interaction – and from an artist’s perspective, distribution by third-party corporations is not neatly aligned with the control afforded by social media.”You can catch both Smith and Whack performing at Camp Flog Gnaw in Los Angeles this weekend, which will be livestreamed.How Music Streaming Algorithms Hinder Female ArtistsRead morelast_img read more

Blink182 Goldfinger The Used To Perform At Back To The Beach Festival

first_img Twitter Blink-182, Goldfinger, The Used To Perform At Back To The Beach Festival Blink-182 Lead Bill For Back To The Beach Festival blink-182-goldfinger-used-perform-back-beach-festival Facebook News The two-day festival in Southern California’s Huntington State Beach returns for its second yearNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 22, 2019 – 2:12 pm Back To The Beach Festival, the joint effort of Los Angeles rock radion station KROQ, Blink-182’s Travis Barker and Goldfinger’s John Feldmann, will return for its second year April 27-28 in Huntington State Beach. The stacked lineup include Barker and Feldmann’s respective bands as well as The Used, Reel Big Fish, The English Beat, Save Ferris, The Aquabats and more.”Back To The Beach has been one of the funnest things I’ve ever been part of. What could be better than a mostly ska festival??” said Feldmann in a release. “I grew up on ska music and I had the best time of my life last year at the show… This year may even be better! Travis and I are so excited to do the show yet again… I cannot wait!”The festival’s ska, punk and reggae lineup comes with extras, as Back To The Beach boasts a carnival midway with tons of family-friendly activities and accommodations and even a Lil’ Punk Kid Zone for children 10 and under to play, according to Billboard.Last year’s inaugural edition of the festival featured performances by 311, Sublime With Rome, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and more.Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. PST via the festival website.Official Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival Location & Date ConfirmedRead more Email last_img read more

Dolly Parton To Perform With Katy Perry More In 2019 GRAMMYs Tribute

first_img Dolly Parton & Katy Perry To Play 2019 GRAMMYs dolly-parton-perform-katy-perry-more-2019-grammys-tribute Facebook Dolly Parton To Perform With Katy Perry & More In 2019 GRAMMYs Tribute News Email Twitter Additional performers include J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Ricky Martin and Young Thug, who are set to join Camila Cabello on the GRAMMYs stageRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 5, 2019 – 6:00 am The Recording Academy has expanded its lineup for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards with a special tribute to eight-time GRAMMY winner and 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Dolly Parton.Making her return to the GRAMMY stage for the first time since 2001, Parton will perform new music from her hit album Dumplin’ (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). Dolly’s special tribute segment will also feature her classic hits sung by Little Big Town Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry.Additionally, current GRAMMY nominees J Balvin and Young Thug, and GRAMMY winners Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval, will join Camila Cabello for an explosive show opener. They join previously announced performers Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Diana Ross.Three-time GRAMMY winners Little Big Town are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“When Someone Stops Loving You”). Maren Morris, Little Big Town & Ricky Martin Added To 2019 GRAMMYs Performer LineupMorris is nominated for Record Of The Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (“The Middle”), Best Country Solo Performance (“Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters”), and Best Country Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song (“Dear Hate”). Parton is being recognized as the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year for her considerable creative accomplishments and her longtime support of a number of causes through her Dollywood Foundation, including the Imagination Library, which, since 1996, has provided more than 100 million books to children from birth to 5 years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the U.K.Three-time Latin GRAMMY winner J Balvin is up for Record Of The Year (“I Like It” by Cardi B, J Balvin, and Bad Bunny).Young Thug is nominated for Song Of The Year (“This Is America” with Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson).Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe & More To Perform At The 2019 GRAMMYsRead morelast_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is another recent Wilmington Little League game summary:Rookie League: Braves vs. Astros, May 16, 2018It was a cool spring evening when the Astros and Braves met at the North. The ball was flying off the bats and thankfully the defense was just as sharp. For the Astros, Andrew Poyant hit the ball well and Chris Gattineri played solid defense behind the plate. The Braves were led by some timely hits by Vinny Demirev while Tommy Roofe and Benji Hebert provided the power with extra base hits that cleared the bases. In the field, David Collins stopped everything hit his way, and his teammates Sean Witalisz and Thomas McGagh did their best to prevent the Astros from getting on base. (NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

SELECTMEN NEWS 5 Things That Happened At Mondays Meeting

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are five things that happened at Monday night’s Board of Selectmen meeting:#1) SELECTMEN BACK VEERMAN: At the beginning of the meeting, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira announced that the Selectmen declined to enter into an Executive Session to discuss complaints brought against Board of Appeals Chair Dan Veerman. According to the Lowell Sun, Selectmen Michael McCoy & Greg Bendel voted in favor of entering Executive Session, with Selectmen Kevin Caira & Ed Loud voted against. Selectman Jonathan Eaton rescued himself from the vote due to a previous professional dealings with Veerman. The complaints were submitted by members of the Concerned Citizens of Wilmington, a group opposed to the location of a proposed detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue. The complaints were submitted after Veerman voted in favor of a special permit to allow a detox facility at 362 Middlesex Avenue. The motion to enter Executive Session failed for lack of a majority, according to Caira, who said no further action would be taken on the matter.#2) HULL BACKS BOARD OF APPEALS: Town Manager Jeff Hull read a brief letter he had sent to members of the Board of Appeals:“At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on January 28, 2019, a member of the public raised allegations of conflict of interest involving the proposed development at 362 Middlesex Avenue. No specific circumstances were provided so no conclusion may be drawn from those allegations.The Town has full confidence in its volunteer boards and commissions and appreciates the services provided by all individuals serving on those boards and commissions. Each member is responsible for taking the State Ethics Commission conflict of interest exam in order to demonstrate understanding of the Conflict of Interest Law. Compliance with that law is a personal obligation for each member and is of paramount importance when decisions are being made that impact the Town. The Town is confident that all members adhere to the legal requirements applicable to their service.Your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated as is your service to the Town of Wilmington.”Later in the meeting, Selectman Chair Kevin Caira noted that Town Counsel will be offering a training to members of the town’s commissions, committees and boards on the state’s conflict of interest law.#3) SAVE THE DATE: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of the Wilmington Recreation Commission to use the Town Common to conduct the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11am.#4) SAVE THE DATE PART 2: Selectmen unanimously approved the request of Wilmington Elderly Services Director Terri Marciello to use the Town Common to host a World Tai Chi Day celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 8:30am to 12:30pm.#5) THANK YOU, ED: Selectman Ed Loud submitted his letter of resignation, effective February 12. He’s taking his “dream job” in Baltimore. (And he won’t become a Orioles, Ravens, Redskins, Capitals, or Wizards fan.) Loud promises to still be around, however, as he’ll continue to own his home in Wilmington and keep his residency there. He plans on traveling back for certain Wilmington events, including Annual Town Meeting. Loud thanked his wife, children, mother-in-law, friends, supporters, and colleagues on the board. “This board is very special to me… It was a lot of fun. The decision to take this job was hard… I do love this town. I always will.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedDETOX NEWS: 10 New Developments Heading Into Tonight’s Board Of Appeals MeetingIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: McCoy Calls For Special Town Meeting In Response To Detox Center Zoning ConcernsIn “Government”SELECTMEN RACE Q&A: Candidates Discuss The Detox Facility Proposal At 362 Middlesex AveIn “Government”last_img read more

COMING TO THE SHRINERS Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association is holding its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019, from 10am to 2pm, at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) in Wilmington.The parade will start at Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and travel through North Reading and Wilmington ending at the Shriners Auditorium. Flea market vendors will be setup inside along with hand drawn apparatus and model builders.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Antique Fire Engine Parade Held In WilmingtonIn “Fire Apparatus Parade”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

OBITUARY Reverend Paul W Berube 84

first_imgLOWELL, MA — Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at D’Youville Senior Care in Lowell following a brief illness.Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Rene G. and Cecile A. (Levesque) Berube.Father Paul was a graduate of Joliet College and St. John Seminary Class of 1960 and was ordained priest on February 2, 1960. During his 55 years as a priest he served at the following Parishes: Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas of Villanova in Wilmington, Parochial Vicar, St. Matthew in Dorchester, Director of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for Archdiocese of Boston, Parochial Vicar St. Mary in Chelmsford, Team Ministry Moderator, St. John Chrysostom in West Roxbury, Pastor, Sacred Heart in Amesbury, Administrator, St. Ann and Pastor, St. Zepherin both in Wayland, Parochial Vicar, St. Mary in Chelmsford. He retired in 2003 and was Senior Priest in residence at Immaculate Conception in Newburyport before moving to the SAAB Residence in Lowell.He is survived by his brother, Raymond Berube, his sister, Gloria Brabrook and her husband Robert , two nephews, Mark and Paul and a niece, Kristen.There will be a visitation on Thursday, September 5, 2019 in Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem, MA from 10 to 11:15 a.m, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to, St. Boniface Haiti Foundation, 3834 Elliott Street, Newton, MA 02458.For guestbook and additional information, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.Reverend Paul W. Berube(NOTE: The above obituary is from Levesque Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Reverend Paul R. Franz, 80In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Uber whistleblower The world completely changed

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Mar 15 • Men can now breastfeed reading • Uber whistleblower: ‘I wanted to speak up, share my story and get back to work’ Tags Her blog post spurred Uber to launch an investigation into the claims, which led to the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as 20 other executives. It also put her on the cover of Time Magazine, along with other women who spoke out in the #MeToo movement. In July, Fowler joined the New York Times’ Op-Ed section as technology editor. 2 Mar 20 • Us review: Jordan Peele’s horror flick holds up a dark mirror to Get Out See All SXSW 2019 Comments Share your voice During her talk, she spoke about the lessons she’s learn, one of them being how diversity and inclusion programs aren’t enough. She said Uber checked all the boxes, offering things like employee resource groups  and training on unconscious bias — a buffet of the kinds of programs and initiatives that would signal a company invested in the issue. However, Fowler said, there were foundational issues and systemic problems undermining all those efforts.  “It was like trying to put a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” she said.Nevertheless, Fowler focused on how her life experiences and the wide breadth of other people’s stories and philosophical works she’s read shaped her and equipped her to write the blog post and deal with everything that came next. “Live your story, whatever it is, and make it a good one,” she said. center_img Culture At SXSW 2019, Susan Fowler said a “group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” Rita Quinn / Getty Images In the two years since Susan Fowler published a blog post chronicling sexual harassment and discrimination at Uber, she’s chosen to say as little as possible about her experience.But Sunday, at SXSW during a session called The Power of a Story, Fowler said she was finally ready to talk. “The world completely changed, and for the most part, it completely changed for the better,” Fowler told the crowd, alluding to the #metoo movement against sexual harassment that swept through industries like media and tech in 2017. “It changed because a group of people all over the world decided to take their story back.” In a roughly hour-long session, Fowler stood at the podium and delivered an optimistic and encouraging view on the power of stories. She described Silicon Valley in 2017 as “Rome at the height of its decadence and decay,” with a whisper network of information about the companies and managers to avoid that wasn’t accessible to junior engineers like she’d been. • SXSW 2019 More from SXSW Bill Nye crashes AOC’s session SXSW 2019 embraces #MeToo Amazon’s apocalypse is a party Good Omens brings the End Times to SXSW 1:13 Mar 19 • AOC, Bill Nye and the apocalypse: The insanity of SXSW 2019 Mar 15 • LG ‘Snow White’ makes ice cream from capsuleslast_img read more

New respite program helps homeless people heal

first_imgBrother Francis Shelter Respite program manager Robin Dempsey sits in the new respite area. (Hillman/Alaska Public Media)A new community partnership is freeing up hospital resources by proving people without homes a place to heal. Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage is working with the area’s three main hospitals to provide respite care for sick or injured people who are homeless.Listen nowDuring her 26 years as a home health care provider, nurse Deb Seidl has treated people living in homeless camps and out of campers–anywhere she could consistently find them. But she said healing on the streets is hard.“To be sick or to be just not well – maybe it’s an injury – to be on the streets is scary,” Seidl said. “It’s difficult to heal. There’s so much to try to pull together.”Wounds are more easily infected without running water, and overcoming an illness is harder without some place to sleep all day. This causes people to go in and out of the hospital taking up beds and using emergency department services. They need one basic thing.“For healing, housing is often that first prescription,” Seidl said.So a couple of years ago, a team at Providence began looking for a community partner that could provide short-term respite housing for people who are homeless. They found it with Catholic Social Services.“Here we are in the Brother Francis Shelter Medical Respite Area,” BFS Program Director Lisa Caldeira said as she walked into a quiet hallway at the back of the largest emergency shelter in Anchorage. The area has five double occupancy bedrooms, a small common room with large plastic rocking chairs, a kitchen, and an office for a case manager.“It is meant to be a space for peace and calm and healing,” Caldeira explained. Some people stay there for a week, others for months.The pilot respite program started with just two beds in October 2016 then quickly grew to four. Some of the 18 patient-guests who stayed there received in-home health services, like nurses who changed bandages on wounds or physical therapists. Others just had a space to rest while getting over pneumonia or a broken bone.Caldeira said during the pilot phase, Providence donated care to patients, giving the partners time to figure out details like visiting protocols and compliance with Medicare requirements.“We were able to practice and make mistakes and figure out how medical respite could work here at the shelter and for Anchorage,” Caldeira said.Now the respite area is officially open and has space for 10 patient-guests, like Ed McLaughlin. He joined the respite program because of a broken knee.“If it wasn’t for back there,” McLaughlin said, pointing to the respite area, “my only other options would be sprawl out on the floor out here like the general population does that’s staying here, or be out on the streets.”McLaughlin said because he’s had time and space to heal, he may not need surgery. He hoped to be back doing seasonal jobs soon and not returning to the shelter.For Vicki Hannah, the new respite program offers hope. She moved to Anchorage from Seward to seek medical care but can’t afford housing. Without housing, she can’t get the surgery she needs.“The doctors don’t like to do surgery for people who are homeless,” Hannah said, echoing the sentiments of some of the medical providers. “So I was going to have to wait until Alaska Housing put me in a place, but now I might be able to have it done sooner.”But Hannah can’t pre-book a room in the respite area. Patients are connected to the program through the hospitals who contact the shelter and together they see if the program is a good fit. The patient-guests have to be able to care for themselves and be willing to share space. For people who stay longer than a week or so, the case manager will connect them to longer-term services and rapid re-housing. 14 of the 18 patient-guests who participated in the pilot respite program did not return to homelessness.The program is based on similar models at homeless shelters in Washington and California.“Probably doing this has been the highlight of my career,” Seidl said. “Part of it is to be in the room with community leaders and hospital leaders that have a common goal and all have the community and community members’ best interest at heart.”Seidl and others say this is the first time they can remember Providence Hospital, Alaska Regional Hospital and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium collaborating on a project. Construction companies and architects volunteered time to re-do the space at the shelter. They are also opening a clinic at Brother Francis.Seidl said anecdotal evidence shows that emergency department visits are down since starting the program, but they don’t have hard data. However, she has heard one concrete response from participants: “It is so good to feel safe.”last_img read more

State proposes fine for safety violations at Ahtnaowned gas exploration well

first_imgExploration well Tolsona No. 1, located about 11 miles West of Glennallen, Alaska (Photo by Elizabeth Harball. alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)The state is proposing a $380,000 fine for Alaska Native corporation Ahtna, Inc., for safety violations at a gas well near Glennallen.Listen nowThe Native corporation started drilling the exploration well last September, hoping to find natural gas to use as cheaper fuel for interior Alaska communities.The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission stated the violations posed a “serious and significant risk to public health and the environment.”In an order sent May 24, the commission charged that an oil and gas exploration company owned by Ahtna, Tolsona Oil and Gas Exploration, didn’t install proper safety equipment.The commission also said the company “stonewalled” the agency’s attempts to address the issues.Ahtna is challenging the fine. In a statement released yesterday, the corporation disputed parts of the commission’s account. The company said it took “immediate action” to comply with the state’s order, installing the required equipment this week.Ahtna added the project has an “outstanding safety record,” but also stated that it lacks the “decades of experience that Alaska’s major oil and gas producers do.”last_img read more

Governor floats idea of head tax to end legislative stalemate

first_imgAfter an entire regular session and more than half a special session gone with no deal on a state budget, Governor Bill Walker met with legislative leaders on Monday (June 5) to roll out a compromise package.Alaska Gov. Bill Walker talks about the state’s budget on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 during a press conference in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney, KTOO – Juneau)Under the governor’s proposal, people who work in Alaska would pay a set amount each year based on their income.Listen nowBut the House majority coalition met the package with a cool response. Dillingham Democrat House Speaker Bryce Edgmon says it doesn’t go far enough this year to solve the budget crisis.“What we saw today being offered really is a scenario that finds the Legislature in an election year back in Juneau fighting intractable budget battles and having to make really tough choices,” Edgmon said. “So, what our coalition has been saying all along is: ‘We need to make those tough choices this year.’”The governor’s tax concept, known as a “head tax” is based on a proposal by Fairbanks Republican Senator Click Bishop. But Walker wants to raise twice as much as Bishop proposed. Under Bishop’s proposal, the tax would range from 50 dollars for people who earn less than 20,000 dollars to 500 dollars for those paid more than a half million bucks.Governor Walker also called on lawmakers to pass the Senate version of an overhaul to the state’s oil tax credit system – with one change. Under that change – known as ring fencing — oil and gas companies would no longer be able reduce their taxes due on revenue from one field by their costs to develop another.Walker also endorsed the Senate version of a bill to draw money from the Permanent Fund to pay for the state government. It would set dividend checks  at $1,000.But Walker supported the House version of the state budget.The governor’s compromise package would reduce the gap between what the state spends and what it raises by nearly 90 percent [from $2.5 billion to $300 million].The state government will shut down on July 1, if lawmakers can’t reach a compromise.last_img read more

Top four gubernatorial candidates voice support for Donlin mine

first_imgThe site of the proposed Donlin gold mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world (KYUK photo)Gov. Bill Walker made headlines this past weekend after he requested that the Army Corps of Engineers suspend the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Pebble mine in Bristol Bay.Listen nowBut Walker, who is running for re-election as an independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Walker says Donlin so far appears to be following the rules of regulatory process.“I have to have a pretty strong reason to not support something and so I’m still looking at that, but what I know of it I’m comfortable with,” Walker said.Walker’s competitors tout other benefits of the Donlin mine. Former Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell is running as a Republican. Treadwell praises Donlin’s promise to bring more jobs to the Y-K Delta.“There are mines around the state that employ a lot of people and it’s one of the most important things we can do for regional development,” Treadwell said.The project also proposes a 315-mile-long gas pipeline from Cook Inlet to fuel the mine’s operations and power demands. Former state Senator Mike Dunleavy, who is running as a Republican and will face Treadwell in the GOP primary in August, says that pipeline is a huge energy opportunity for the Y-K Delta and the state.“A lot of spin-off industries will benefit from it in the Y-K Delta and Southcentral Alaska so I think it’s a huge opportunity for Alaska,” Dunleavy said.Former United States Senator Mark Begich, who is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary, has voiced support for Donlin for years and believes the project on Native Corporation land can co-exist with the subsistence lifestyle in Western Alaska.“They’ve understood the value of fishing and they understand the importance of it to subsistence lifestyle,” Begich said.The Donlin mine would increase barge traffic on the Kuskokwim River, the food source for many residents in the Y-K Delta.It will require large treatment facilities for mercury and cyanide coming from the mine’s operations. Donlin has already received a water permit from the state to discharge wastewater into Crooked Creek, which drains into the Kuskokwim River.People living the Y-K Delta are also worried about what will happen after the mine stops producing. The site would have to be monitored forever, once it ceases operations.Gov. Walker says he doesn’t see the state relaxing monitoring enforcement, even with the budget crunch the last couple of years. He’s confident the state can adequately regulate the mine.“We certainly we have laws in place,” Walker said. “I believe if we need to strengthen those laws, then let’s strengthen those laws.”Treadwell and Dunleavy will battle each other in the August primary for the Republican nomination. On the Democratic side, Begich is unopposed, and the winners will face Governor Walker in November.last_img read more

Every household in TS will have KCR photo KT Rama Rao

first_imgSircilla: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is striving hard to turn the entire Telangana State into fertile land. Every person in Telangana will keep KCR’s photo in their house for solving water problem of both drinking and irrigation needs, said TRS working president KT Rama Rao.He visited Rajanna Sircilla district on Monday and laid foundation stone for the construction of TRS party office here. Also Read – Thimmapur villagers pledge to go plastice-free Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, KTR said that the TRS is the saviour of Telangana and KCR is the only Chief Minister, who can get water from Krishna and Godavari rivers if people wishes for it. Since, the CM is leading the State towards development, people are electing the pink party by giving bumper majority in every election. People are happy by getting benefited with various types of welfare schemes that were introduced under the leadership of KCR, he said. Also Read – Opposition leaders exhort farmers to step up agitation Advertise With Us Nobody imagined that the TRS will emerge so powerful in the State. As many as 32 party offices are going to be constructed in every district present across the State, KTR said. Party working president KT Rama Rao directed the TRS activists and leaders to act like a bridge between the government and people. They must strive hard to strengthen the party from booth-level to village, mandal to district-level. He told the activists and leaders to enrol maximum number of people during the enrolment drive, which will be held from June 27. After the conclusion of membership drive, training classes will be conducted for the party activists and leaders, he said.last_img read more

500yearold gurdwara in Pakistan opens doors for Indian Sikh

first_imgLAHORE: A 500-year-old gurdwara in Sialkot in Pakistan’s Punjab province has now opened its doors for Indian Sikh pilgrims, a media report said Monday. Earlier, Indians were not allowed to visit the Babe-de-Ber gurdwara which is situated in Sialkot city, about 140 kms from here, The Express Tribune reported. Several religious sites in Punjab are frequented by Sikhs from several countries including India. Pilgrims from Pakistan, Europe, Canada and the US were allowed to visit the gurdwara. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar directed the province’s Auqaf department to include Sikh pilgrims from India to the list, so they can visit the Sialkot gurdwara, the report said. Every year, thousands of Indian Sikh devotees visit Pakistan on the birth and death anniversaries of Guru Nanak — the founder of Sikhism and the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus — the martyrdom of Guruwar Jin Devji and the Besakhi festival and the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us According to the Sikh tradition, when Guru Nanak arrived in Sialkot from Kashmir in the 16th century, he stayed under the tree of Beri. Sardar Natha Singh then built a gurdwara in his remembrance at the site, the report added. In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Guru Nanak – to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. Advertise With Us The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib — a small town in Narowal, four kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border will be constructed by India.last_img read more

BJP will win majority seats in civic polls

first_imgTandur: BJP state secretary Chinta Samba Murthy said the party was working with an aim to offer membership to 40 lakh people in the ongoing drive. He also said that BJP would win majority seats in upcoming municipal elections. While addressing a press conference here on Monday, he criticised that Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao pushed the state into valley of debts. He also alleged that the government was not committed to the reservation of adivasis in Adilabad. He criticised that the government was defeating the spirit of Swachh Bharat, though receiving a huge funds from center. Local BJP leaders Balreddy, Narsimhulu, Shivakumar, Narender Goud, Krishna, Balraj were also present.last_img read more

Collector tells girls to available of government schemes

first_imgKakinada: East Godavari Collector D Muralidhar Reddy said that extension of support to girl children, particularly for those from poor families, is much laudable. Participating in the distribution of notebooks by Durga Somu Prasad Charitable Trust to students of Pydah Satti Raju Municipal Corporation Girls High School at Salipeta here on Tuesday, the Collector complimented the services of the trust in different fields not only in East Godavari but also in neighbouring West Godavari. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us In this connection, the Collector suggested the girl students to study with commitment to achieve the expected goals not only in education but also in life.The Collector suggested them to avail the educational benefits available through various schemes. The proposed scheme of Amma Vodi is a boon to promote education among the poor and needy. Somu Prasad, chairman of Durga Somu Prasad Charitable Trust said that they have been extending support to poor in the fields of health and education.last_img read more

Opposition leaders hand over Rs 1 lakh cheque to family of

first_imgOpposition leaders Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy, Chada Venkat Reddy and Kondandaram handed over Rs 1 lakh cheque to the family of intermediate student Anamika, who committed suicide after failing in an exam. The leaders further demanded compensation to all the families of deceased inter students who committed suicide following the alleged goof-up of inter results. They also said that they will hand over the cheques to families of three other deceased students next week.”The government neither provided compensation to the families nor allowing them to help,” said the leaders.last_img read more

Yeddyurappa to be CM for 4th time Congress says he doesnt have

first_imgBengaluru: Karnataka BJP President B S Yeddyurappa will be sworn in as Chief Minister for the fourth time on Friday evening, two days after the collapse of H D Kumaraswamy-led Congress-JD(S) government. In a sudden development, Yeddyurappa met Governor Vajubhai Vala to stake the claim and requested him to administer the oath of office and secrecy Friday itself, following which Vala invited him to form the government. Also Read – INX Media case: P Chidambaram’s CBI custody extended for three days till September 2 Advertise With Us “I have requested Governor to administer me oath between 6-6:15 pm as the Chief Minister. The Governor has agreed and given me a letter,” Yeddyurappa told reporters after meeting Vala at Raj Bhavan. He said, “who all are to be inducted (in the ministry), I will discuss it with our national president and inform.” Yeddyurappa said as he is already Leader of the Opposition, there is no need to call a Legislature Party meeting to elect him the leader. This will be the fourth stint for Yeddyurappa as the Chief Minister– the last one was after the May 2018 Assembly polls. He had to resign just three days after being sworn in, unable to muster majority after staking claim to form the government on the grounds that his party had emerged as the single largest one with 104 seats in the 225-member Assembly. Also Read – Pakistan ISI agents copy most hi-tech feature of Rs 2,000 notes Advertise With Us Inviting MLAs of all political parties for the swearing in, Yeddyurappa said, he would also be sending a letter of invitation to outgoing chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah. “I will also try to contact Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah over phone, to invite them personally,” he added. Yeddyurappa’s claim for government formation comes a day after the Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar disqualified three rebel Congress MLAs while keeping his decision pending on the remaining 14 lawmakers. The state BJP leadership was awaiting “instructions” from party’s central leadership to stake the claim for forming the government. A group of Karnataka BJP leaders, including Jagdish Shettar, Arvind Limbavali, J C Madhuswamy, Basavaraj Bommai and Yeddyurappa’s son Vijayendra Thursday had met party chief Amit Shah in New Delhi and reportedly discussed the government formation. Advertise With Us The 14-month-old Congress-JD(S) coalition government collapsed on Tuesday after losing the vote of confidence in the Assembly in a climax to the three-week long intense power struggle. In his letter to the Governor, Yeddyurappa noted that the Kumaraswamy government had lost the vote of confidence in the Assembly and the chief minister had resigned and he was asked to continue till alternative arrangements were made. “I submit that I am the leader of BJP Legislature Party and also the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. At present, the strength of the BJP is 105 and the single largest party in the Assembly,” he said. “Therefore, I request your Excellency, I may be invited to form alternate government today itself and I will take oath as chief minister of Karnataka at Raj Bhavan between 6 pm to 6.15 pm,” the letter said. The Congress slammed the move for government formation, saying that since the BJP did not have the numerical strength, it could not stake claim nor take the oath for any reason. “Corruption Icon and Former Jail Bird Shri @BSYBJP has used his excellent Horse Trading skills to subvert democracy and come to power,” the state Congress tweeted. “People of Karnataka remember his disastrous tenure as CM between 2008-2011, which ended with BSY in Jail,” the tweet added. Condemning the BJP’s move, former Congress chief minister Siddarmaiah said Karnataka has become an experimental lab of the BJP. He tweeted, “Karnataka Assembly has become an experimental lab for Karnataka BJP and the BJP backed governor to try unconstitutional ways to form government. In what article of the constitution is the governor allowed to permit the party to form govt that doesn’t have majority? It is shame!!” He said the BJP has the strength of 105 which is way less than the half way mark. “In no way BJP can form the government if constitution is followed,” he said adding, this only proved that BJP has no belief in the democratic values. The JD(S) tweeted, “The strength of the house is 222 (after disqualification of three MLAs) and the half-way mark is 112. However, BS Yeddyurappa approached the governor saying that he has 105 MLAs with him.” The party said the Governor’s decision to permit Yeddyurappa to take oath without raising any doubt was anti-democratic. Proving majority in the assembly, winning the by-elections to seats vacated by the resignation of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs, and ministry formation will be an immediate challenge for Yeddyurappa, according to senior BJP leaders. Yeddyurappa has to play a balancing act by ensuring that those within the party are not sidelined, while also accommodating the rebel Congress-JD(S) legislators, whose resignation led to the collapse of the coalition government and helped the BJP to come to power, sources added.last_img read more