A 1,200 dwt general cargo vessel San Cristobal sank around 25 nautical miles off Santa Elena Peninsula, Ecuador, in the morning hours of November 16, the Ecuadorian Navy reports.At the time of the accident the ship was carrying some 1,000 tonnes of general merchandise to the Galapagos Islands, mostly food and construction materials.According to the local media, a fishing vessel rescued all 13 San Cristobal’s crew members. At the time of the accident, the ship was reportedly carrying 7 containers, one of which was recovered, one washed up on the beach, and one was wrecked on the rocks. The four remaining containers are unaccounted for.The Galapagos Cargo of Ecuador-owned ship was on one of its four monthly trips from Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands when it reportedly listed 15 degrees, before completely capsizing and quickly sinking.So far there have been no reports of pollution or injuries.World Maritime News Staff
Routine troop movements have been noticed on both sides, a spokesman for the UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) told correspondents on Thursday. The two countries fought a bitter war between 1998 and 2000 over a border dispute which remains unresolved to this day. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in a recent report to the Security Council, offered a number of options for coping with the current stalemate, ranging from redeployment to total withdrawal of UNMEE.Eritrea’s ban on UNMEE helicopters, which the Council and Secretary-General have vehemently opposed, remains in place, the spokesman said, while UNMEE patrols face restrictions on their movements in certain areas and at night.Nonetheless, monitoring of the TSZ and adjacent areas continues and UNMEE carried out 753 ground patrols in the past week. In addition, peacekeepers are still providing medical help and supplies of bulk water to the local population in and around the TSZ.
“The Secretary-General takes note of Malawi’s first tripartite elections, to be held on 20 May 2014,” said a statement issued late yesterday by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson in New York, which added an appeal to the candidates, parties and State institutions to adhere to the Lilongwe Peace Declaration of 10 May to ensure that the elections are free from violence. “The Secretary-General is convinced that a successful process of presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections will be instrumental for the consolidation of democracy in Malawi,” the statement continued, adding that the UN chief commends the work of the Malawi Electoral Commission and all national actors, as well as international partners, for their support to the electoral process.
Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NassauDumpFire, #noarrestforlandfillfire We March not going to PMs home Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Dump fire burning, deliberate act says Minister Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 4, 2017 – Nassau – Officials say the country may never be able to hold anyone responsible for the cost and extreme inconvenience of the still burning New Providence Landfill fire despite investigations revealing that the fire, set on March 5th was caused by arson.Minister of Environment and Housing, Kenred Dorsett said, “[Regarding] the fire at the dump, we have found the material right in the back of epic Battery where it is clear that men were trying to light wires to get to copper. That’s how the fire started in the bush, which then spread to the forest and jumped to the dump.”This news comes almost a month after residents of Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding areas were asked to evacuate their homes due to the fumes of smoke that covered parts of New Providence, and even landed some residents in the emergency room. Dorsett is unsure if anyone will ever be charged for the matter because “it would be difficult to prove their identities”, but assures that it will be investigated.As the fire fight continues, heavy smoke still rests around the homes of some residents in Jubilee Gardens and other surrounding areas.#MagneticMediaNews#noarrestforlandfillfire#Nassaudumpfire Air quality diminished, Acquinas monitoring
BISCAYNE BAY, Fla. (WSVN) – Biscayne National Park has issued a water warning after a kayaker discovered a large snake in Biscayne Bay.The kayaker took pictures of the 9-foot Burmese python curled up on a platform and posted it to Facebook.The pictures were taken in November in Biscayne Bay.The snake was later captured and removed, but park rangers said that visitors should still keep an eye out in case a snake is nearby.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives. NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. Share your voice Post a comment 2:45 Google Doodle Artificial intelligence (AI) Google Now playing: Watch this: 0 Tags Google welcomes Year of the Pig with shadow puppetry. Google Tuesday is the first day of the new lunar calendar, a holiday also known as the Chinese New Year that’s celebrated throughout Asia and around the world.Referred to as the Spring Festival in China, the holiday is traditionally a time to honor deities and ancestors. Fireworks are exploded to ward off evil monsters and bad luck. The festivities last two weeks and begin with a nighttime parade featuring floats, dragons, dancers and musicians.Chinese families often gather for the annual reunion dinner. After homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away old ill fortune to make room for coming good luck, they’re decorated with paper cuttings and Chinese poetry couplets.This year, the celebration marks the transition from the Year of the Dog to that of the Pig, which symbolizes luck, good fortune and general prosperity in the Asian culture. In honor of the new lunar year, Google created a Doodle that celebrates the ancient storytelling art of shadow puppetry.Shadow Art in action. Google Google is also joining in the celebration with the creation of a browser-based game called Shadow Art. With the help of your device’s camera and the game’s artificial intelligence system, players use hand gestures to try to form one of the 12 animals from the Chinese zodiac. Shadow Art will then play a short clip matching the shadow puppet that’s been created.The goal is to go through the full lunar cycle as fast as possible, but you only have 20 seconds to form each animal. The game is available in 11 languages, including English, Chinese, Thai, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Japanese, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. Shadow Art was built with TensorFlow, the artificial intelligence engine the Web giant uses to add capabilities such as speech- and object-recognition to its products. Its machine-learning algorithms deliver search results, help translate languages and identify objects in photos. Google wants to solve big problems with AI Online
City officials are hoping to address Juneau’s longstanding housing shortage by opening more public land to development.The Juneau Planning Commission recently recommended about 150 acres of city-owned land on Pederson Hill be rezoned to allow a residential neighborhood to be built. The idea is to copy the early 20th century-style subdivisions of downtown Juneau and Douglas. But not everybody is happy about the proposal.Download Audio
The White House has issued a report laying out the costs of not expanding Medicaid.Alaska is one of 24 states that rejected federal dollars to increase access to Medicaid, preferring instead to study how those who would have qualified are currently receiving care. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez joins us to talk about how the study judges Alaska.Download AudioLori Townsend: So, what’s in this report? Alexandra Gutierrez: The report looks at two big things: The economic costs of denying Medicaid access and the health costs.There are 26,000 Alaskans who currently make too much money to get Medicaid coverage, but not enough to qualify for subsidized health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The White House Council of Economic Advisors says that if Alaska had taken federal money for expansion, the state would have increased its economic output by $250 million over the next three years. Doctor visits would have gone up by 70,000, and hundreds of jobs would be added to the state’s economy. It also goes beyond the macro picture by looking at how many of those people who fall into the Medicaid gap would avoid catastrophic hospital bills and how many wouldn’t have to borrow money to pay for their care.Now as far as public health is concerned, the Council of Economic Advisors projects that a lot more routine screenings would be performed on lower-income Alaskans. They estimate that 900 more mammograms would be done every year, along with 3,800 cholesterol screenings, if the people who fall into the Medicaid gap were to get coverage.LT: How is the Parnell administration reacting to this information?AG: It doesn’t sound like they’re quite buying some of these claims. I spoke with Bill Streur, who is the commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services, and here’s a piece from our interview:STREUR: It reads more like a marketing brochure than it reads like a deep analysis.”He sees the report as a political weapon, meant to put pressure on state governments that have chosen not to expand Medicaid. The way Medicaid expansion would have worked in Alaska is that the state would pay a small amount of the cost with the federal government taking on the lion’s share. And one of the things the White House’s numbers suggests is that Medicaid expansion pays for itself through the ripple effect to the state’s economy.Streur’s skeptical of that, and he’s relying on the state’s own Medicaid Reform Advisory Group to figure out what role Medicaid plays in the state’s economy, how the program can be improved, and how to address people falling into the gap. That advisory group will finish its report this fall, and Streur says if Parnell is going to revisit the question of expanding Medicaid, it’ll be after they release their conclusions.LT: Last year, a lot of different groups, like the Alaska Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and the NAACP, were pushing Gov. Sean Parnell to go ahead with Medicaid expansion. Is this going to come up as a campaign issue?Parnell’s two biggest challengers have both criticized him for rejecting the federal Medicaid money, and have said that accepting it would be one of their first acts as governor if elected.Independent candidate Bill Walker lists it as one of his top priorities on his website, and it seems like every other week that Democrat Byron Mallott is now sending a press release mentioning the governor’s Medicaid decision. And as a Senate Democrat running for reelection, Mark Begich has also gotten in on the act, calling on Parnell to change his mind.Now, whether Parnell will, there’s no indication of that. It hasn’t been his prerogative at this point.
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 @aprnListen nowLegislative leaders aims for session end in days, not weeksAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska legislative session could be coming to an end.Doctors, hospitals may soon see delays from state in paying Medicaid billsAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauHow much to spend on Medicaid has been controversial throughout the session.Oil prices are up, but how long will it last?Rashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe current price of oil is several dollars higher than state economists predicted, but it doesn’t quite fill the hole in the state’s budget — and, it doesn’t mean oil prices are going to stay up.Donlin Gold final environmental impact statement releasedAnna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its final environmental impact statement on the proposed Donlin Gold project.Former state senator appointed interim Denali Commission headLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Former state senator John Torgerson has been appointed to run the Denali Commission while a search is underway for the organization’s next leader.Northwest Arctic Borough Village Improvement Fund projects being determinedGabe Colombo, KNOM – NomeThe Northwest Arctic Borough’s Village Improvement Fund could start distributing money for local projects this year.Making a better “hot dog of the sea”Elizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauTyre Lanier visited Alaska a few decades ago to encourage fisheries to make an in-demand seafood product. Now he’s back with a way to improve it.AK: Haines students prepare to display puppets, sets at first FridayDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesSome young artists will be showing their work at a local art gallery during a First Friday event in Haines next week. The show will consist of handmade puppets and sets and is the culmination of a several-months-long collaboration between students and a local puppet group.49 Voices: Carol Waldo of HainesDaysha Eaton, KHNS – HainesThis week we’re hearing from Carol Waldo in Haines. Waldo owns Glacier Bay Farms, which is set to become one of the first pot businesses in the city. 70 years ago she left Iowa with her family, and drove up the Alaska Highway.
Nellore: District Collector M V Seshagiri Babu stated that they had proposed to set up a Desalination Plant in Chillakur mandal for converting saline water into potable water. He addressed at theZP General Body meet here on Sunday and gave replies to the queries of the legislators. They had requested the State Government to enhance water transportation charges, he said, Also Read – Goldsmith steals gold by polishing jewelry in Bhimavaram Advertise With Us Zilla Parishad Chairman Bommireddy Raghavendra Reddy presided over the meeting and said that they had distributed 1 lakh books to the students, fishing nets to the fishermen, sewing machines to women with ZP funds during his tenure. Members of the Zilla Parishad appealed to the authorities to provide drinking water to all habitations considering severe scarcity in the areas. They also demanded to enhance transportation charges for tankers that supply water to the habitations. Also Read – Permission mandatory for Ganesh pandals: SP Advertise With Us Nellore MP Adala Prabhakar Reddy asked the District Collector Seshagiri Babu to resolve drinking water issues in the district on war foot basis. Tirupati MP Balli Druga Prasad Rao also said that there is a need to supply water with tankers to all habitations. Nellore rural MLA Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy said that industries located in the district should provide employment to the local unemployed youth. Collector Seshagiri Babu said that they had sent proposals to the state government for converting sea water for drinking purposes and the unit is proposed to be set up in Chillakur mandal. Collector also said that MPTCs and ZPTCs can bring any issues being faced by the local people in their respective areas on drinking water woes. Udayagiri MLA Mekapati Chandra Sekhar Reddy, Gudur MLA V Varaprasad and others were present.