New Delhi: Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi got a massive poll mandate in 1984, but did not use it to create an atmosphere of fear, threaten and scare people or destroy institutions, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said on Thursday, in an apparent swipe at the Modi government.Addressing an event marking Rajiv Gandhi’s 75th birth anniversary, she also said the challenges facing the Congress were formidable, but it must continue with its ideological struggle against divisive forces. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”In 1984, he (Rajiv Gandhi) won an unprecedented mandate, but did not use that power to create an atmosphere of fear or threaten and scare,” Sonia Gandhi said. The former prime minister did not use that power to destroy the independence of institutions, trample on divergent views and create dangers for democratic traditions, she said in her first public address after taking over as the Congress’s interim president earlier this month. Her remarks assume significance as they come after senior Congress leader and former Union finance minister P Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI in connection with the INX Media case, with the grand old party accusing the government of using central agencies such as the CBI and the ED as personal “revenge-seeking departments”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”In 1989, the Congress did not get a majority on its own, so he (Rajiv Gandhi) politely accepted the mandate of the people. I want to tell the present generation that despite (Congress) being the biggest political party at the time, he did not lay claim to power. This was because his inner moral force and honesty did not allow him to do so,” Sonia Gandhi said. She asserted that her husband’s 75th birth anniversary was not just a ritual being marked by the Congress, but an occasion to remember him, understand what he stood for and espoused, what he achieved and what he wanted to accomplish, had destiny been “kinder” to him. “It is an occasion for us individually and collectively to reaffirm our resolve to continue to uphold the values that inspired him, to stand up and confront the forces that are determined to destroy those values,” the UPA chairperson said. “Electoral ups and downs are inevitable, the challenges our party confront today are formidable, but what must continue is our ideological struggle against the forces of divisiveness, forces that are out to change the very nature of our society, the very idea of India as enshrined in our Constitution,” she said. She added that standing up for the values that were dear to Rajiv Gandhi would be the best tribute to him on his 75th birth anniversary. Several Congress leaders also spoke at the event held at the KD Jadhav indoor stadium and a cultural programme was also organised to mark the former prime minister’s 75th birth anniversary, which was on August 20.
NANAIMO, B.C. – Claire Surgenor remembers staring at the back wheels of a car crushing her chest, struggling to breathe, and praying. Then she lost consciousness on the rain-soaked sidewalk in Nanaimo, B.C.The next thing she remembered was coming to and asking a stranger where her husband was.“I had no pulse, she told me,” Surgenor said. “I had so much pain in my chest and back. I’m French, so I don’t hold my pain in. I yelled out every time somebody touched me or tried to move me. It was excruciating.”Surgenor, 72, was riding her bike last Saturday when she felt it skid on the sidewalk before easing herself to the ground.“So I’m sitting on the ground ready to get up and this car was ramming at me,” she said, her voice shaking with emotion. “Knocked me over, pulled me under, twisted me and stopped on top of my chest.“I couldn’t breathe and I thought I was going to die. I was really struggling for every breath and I could see the back wheels. I was praying, ‘Oh God, don’t finish me off.’ And then I went out.”Surgenor later learned how a group of people, including two Mounties, lifted the sedan off her and saved her life and that the stranger who found no pulse was a nurse.Nanaimo RCMP said two Mounties happened to be driving by when they were flagged down by several panic-stricken people.The officers and seven other people hoisted the car onto its side, allowing the nurse to pull Surgenor out from under the vehicle before an ambulance was called.“I struggled a bit and regained my breath and was totally conscious,” Surgenor said. “I remember asking for my husband.”She said she suffered a fractured rib, a hole punctured in her lung, and an injury to her liver.“I made it without a broken bone,” she said. “I’ve always been very active. Farm girl, hard work, gardening. I think that paid off.”Surgenor was released from hospital the following day and is recovering at home.She recently spoke with the nurse, and the two plan to meet soon.Surgenor’s husband Ron is thankful for the Mounties who were going by at the right time, as well as the nurse and all the bystanders who helped save his wife’s life.“It was absolutely, in our mind, a miracle this all came together at that moment,” he said.“People will help you when you need them. There’s a lot of real, good, caring people out there.”RCMP said the 32-year-old driver of the car that hit Surgenor likely won’t be charged based on witnesses saying he apparently didn’t see her. (Nanaimo News Now)— With files from Spencer Sterritt
The Canadian Press LANGLEY, B.C. — Police say a deadly shooting around dinnertime in a McDonald’s restaurant in Langley, B.C., was “brazen” and a threat to public safety.The RCMP were called Tuesday evening to multiple reports of a shooting at the restaurant in the Aldergrove suburb.Officers found a man in his 30s with gunshot wounds outside the restaurant where he was pronounced dead.About 30 minutes later, police in the neighbouring city of Abbotsford say they received a report of a black SUV on fire that investigators believe is connected to the shooting death.A statement from the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says the victim, who was known to police, was targeted and the shooting has ties to gang activity.Sgt. Frank Jang said the shooting at a busy restaurant at 8 p.m. was reckless.“It just speaks to brazenness of these people, the recklessness. I’m sure these people, they don’t give a damn about our safety, yours or mine, and that’s concerning to us. So we’re doing our absolute best to find these people and bring them in,” he said on Wednesday.In a statement, Jang said: “This was a brazen shooting in a public space and we are fortunate that no one else was hurt,”RCMP Supt. Murray Power says police would expect “absolute outrage” from the community.“No grievance between two individuals justifies this level of risk to the community,” he said in a news release. “We will provide any and all necessary support to (the homicide team) in their investigation and continue in our collective effort with our many partners to target the ongoing gang conflict.”
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Two Nunavik teenagers are starring in a film about Inuit throat singing, which will be showing at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.The three and a half minute film, Throat Singing in Kangirsuk, features Manon Chamberland, 15, and Eva Kaukai, 18, singing on the tundra outside their home village Kangirsuk.“It’s a huge thing,” said Chamberland. “We had never heard about the Sundance before, but when we did it was so amazing.” Login/Register With: Wapikoni, a production company that makes films about Indigenous youth, shot the video in February 2018. Advertisement Twitter Manon Chamberland, 15, and Eva Kaukai, 18, singing on the tundra outside their home village Kangirsuk. (Wapikoni)
NEW YORK — Small business owners are increasingly feeling the impact of the partial government shutdown that’s in its 17th day. Agencies including the Small Business Administration and the IRS are not providing information and services, although the SBA’s disaster loan operations are at work.A look at what is and isn’t available for businesses:SBA LOANS AND CERTIFICATIONSThe SBA isn’t processing loan applications, which means owners seeking business loans will have to wait until after the government reopens to find out if they’ve been approved. Owners can still apply for loans, as the process begins by contacting a bank that is an SBA lender.SBA certifications are also not being processed. Companies hoping to get certification, for example, as a woman-owned business, can’t apply, and they also can’t find out the status of a previously submitted application. Small businesses use certifications in bidding for government and private contracts and also in marketing themselves.GOVERNMENT CONTRACTINGCompanies that are already working for the government won’t be paid for their work until after the shutdown ends. Companies that have bid on contracts and want to know if they’ve won may have to wait — the outcome will depend on whether the agency and contracting officer is working.In some cases, contractors are not authorized to do government-related work during the shutdown.Agencies that are operating are publishing bidding opportunities. The Defence, Agriculture and Justice Departments were among those posting opportunities on the government’s bidding website, www.fedbizopps.gov on Monday. However, the government employees listed as contacts on a specific opportunity might not be available.CERTIFYING EMPLOYEESEmployers are unable to verify that their new hires are eligible to work in the U.S. The government’s verification website, www.e-verify.gov , is available for information purposes, but is not providing verification services.IRSAll taxpayers including business owners and tax advisers are unable to reach IRS employees to get information or have their questions answered. Phone calls to the IRS, including its phone line for tax professionals, are answered by a recording saying the service is unavailable. The IRS website, www.irs.gov , is operating, and taxpayers can make tax payments and view their account information.DISASTER ASSISTANCEBusinesses and homeowners can apply for disaster assistance through the SBA website, www.sba.gov and www.disasterassistance.gov .___For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: http://discover.ap.org/ssb_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenbergJoyce M. Rosenberg, The Associated Press
The repatriation grant program is the first of its kind in Canada, the Museum said that it is an important part of the ongoing collaboration between the it and Indigenous communities in B.C. to address the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the direction provided by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Royal BC Museum announced today that 21 First Nations communities across B.C., including the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in Northeast B.C., have been granted funding to support repatriation work.The repatriation grants announced by the Museum this morning total $586,160, of which the Treaty 8 Tribal Association will be receiving $21,883. The funding will allow the First Nations to support a host of repatriation activities, ranging from establishing planning committees to facilitating the return of ancestral remains to home communities.“Museums around the world, including the Royal BC Museum, have a moral obligation to support Indigenous communities engaged in repatriation,” said Museum CEO Professor Jack Lohman. “Providing this financial support for repatriation projects across the province is one way for this museum to put its full institutional weight behind reconciliation efforts.”
According to WHO, this year alone, more than 95 per cent of African countries have experienced a humanitarian crisis. This makes it all the more important to strengthen efforts to not only respond to emergencies but to prevent them from happening or be properly prepared when they do.“If we can continue to improve how countries in Africa prepare for and respond to disasters, the health of millions of people will be improved and secured,” said Omar Khatib, African regional adviser for WHO’s Emergency and Humanitarian Action (EHA) programme. Improving how countries prepare for recurrent disasters was a key focus of the annual EHA review that brought together about 50 WHO humanitarian experts from throughout Africa to Zanzibar, Tanzania, beginning on 6 October.“This meeting has identified ways to further strengthen the way national health systems can function during and after a crisis,” Dr. Khatib said. “Our goal as humanitarians is to reduce avoidable suffering and death. “To do so we must keep improving the way in which we work with countries, help countries to strengthen their capacities and build stronger ties with the donor community to ensure they continue their valuable support to alleviating the health problems faced by millions of Africans,” he added.Dr. Khatib emphasized the need to continue working with other WHO units to strengthen Africa’s capacities to be able to meet persistent and future emergencies, such as annual flooding and drought, communicable disease control and malnutrition related to the global food security crisis.Participating in gathering, which WHO considers “the most important meeting for the organization’s health crisis team on the continent,” were experts from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Burundi, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Liberia, Kenya, Niger, Chad, Madagascar, Botswana, Rwanda, Mozambique, Gabon, Burkina Faso, Congo and Algeria.Also attending the weeklong meeting were members of the Health Action in Crises cluster from WHO headquarters in Geneva. 10 October 2008Experts with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) have identified ways to further strengthen the way national health systems in Africa – where most of the world’s humanitarian crises are occurring – function during and after emergencies such as disease outbreaks, flooding and malnutrition.
Waterloo-Wellington Brock Alumni Network EventsThursday, February 21Social at the Huether Hotel (Waterloo)7 to 9 p.m., $15More information here.Thursday, June 6Professional development opportunity (Kitchener)7 to 9 p.m., $15More information to come. The Ottawa, Kingston, Sudbury, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, & Victoria Brock Alumni Networks all have events coming up but details have not been confirmed yet. Make sure to check the Brock Alumni Relations website frequently to stay up-to-date with future events. Burlington Brock Alumni Network EventsThursday, May 9Pub Olympics at Boston Manor (Burlington)7 to 9 p.m., $20More information to come. This past June, the 75,000th graduate walked across the convocation stage, a significant number for Brock Alumni Relations. “Almost everywhere you go, you can identify a Brock graduate,” said Christine Jones, alumni relations director. “This milestone means Brock is being represented out there with alums all over the world.”Despite your physical distance from the University once you graduate, it’s easy to stay connected with Brock and your peers through Alumni Networks!There are multiple Networks throughout Canada, each hosting at least one event a year. Each network has a dedicated group of alumni volunteers that plan, organize and execute these events that connect grads through social, professional development and networking opportunities.Click on an area to see what events are happening near you:NiagaraBurlington/Hamilton/OakvilleWaterloo-WellingtonTorontoOttawaKingstonSudburyCalgaryEdmontonVancouverVictoriaNiagara Brock Alumni Network EventsSaturday, February 23Outdoor skate & wine tasting at Ravine Vineyard (Niagara-on-the-Lake)11 a.m. to 1 p.m., $20More information here.Thursday, March 14IceDogs hockey game & social at Gord’s (St. Catharines)5 to 9:30 p.m., $15More information here. Toronto Brock Alumni Network EventsWednesday, February 27Lululemon yoga & shopping experience (Queen St. location)7:30 to 9:30 p.m., $10More information here.Saturday, March 16Family sugar bush day at Brooks Farm11 a.m. to 2 p.m., $7More information to come.
In addition to promoting the work of the TRC, the new office will discharge a range of activities including training, monitoring and reporting human rights abuses, and raising public awareness on human rights issues and international humanitarians principles. During the opening ceremony on 2 May, addresses are expected to be made by Alan Doss, UN Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Governance and Stabilization, and Rodolfo Mattarollo, the head of the UN Mission’s Human Rights Office.UNAMSIIL was established by the Security Council in October 1999 to cooperate with the Government and the other parties in implementing the Lomé Peace Agreement and to assist in the implementation of the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration plan. The Council revised the Mission’s mandate in February 2000, and expanded its size, which it did again in May 2000 and last March. As part of its mandate, the peace operation is to support the activities of UN civilian officials, including the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and his staff, human rights officers and civil affairs officers.The decision to establish a truth commission in Sierra Leone was made in 1999, to allow victims of human rights abuses to tell their stories.
Slobodan Milosevic, the late President of Yugoslavia and accused architect of genocide in the Balkans, was not the victim of murder at the time of his death from a heart attack in March, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said today, confirming the results of earlier investigations.The court’s findings were contained in the report of an internal inquiry panel concerning the circumstances surrounding Mr. Milosevic’s death in the Tribunal’s Detention facility on 11 March 2006.The inquiry, headed by the Tribunal’s Vice-President, Judge Kevin Parker, was ordered on the same day as Milosevic’s death by Tribunal President, Judge Fausto Pocar. Mr. Milosevic was “alone in the locked cell” when he died, the report says. An autopsy with full pathological and toxicological investigations confirmed that he had died of natural causes from a heart attack. No poison was found in his body, nor did any other chemical substance present in his body contribute to his death. In addition, there were no indications of external violence.“Nothing has been found to support allegations reported in some sections of the media that Mr. Milosevic had been murdered, in particular by poisoning,” the report states. At the time of his death, Mr. Milosevic faced 66 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo between 1991 and 1999. The prosecution put forward a wealth of evidence, including the testimony of 295 witnesses and the presentation of 5,000 exhibits, in arguing its case.
Reggie Bush does not like the New York Jets and they do not like the Miami Dolphins‘ running back, which makes Sunday’s meeting between the AFC East rivals even more intense.Jets coach Rex Ryan said he wants Bushto apologize for his “what-goes-around-comes-around” comment from Week 3. Bush, speaking two days after the Jets’ win in Miami, intimated that cornerback Darrelle Revis deserved his season-ending knee injury.Needless to say, that did not go over well with the Jets.“We want to knock him out, but we’re out to do it legally,” linebacker Aaron Maybin said.In the first meeting, Bush was drilled by Jets safety LaRon Landry. Bush got caught under a pile, with nose tackle Sione Po’uha landing on his knee, knocking Bush out of the game. Landry emerged from the pile, clapping his hands, as if he was celebrating.“Every time he sees me, he will remember that hit,” Landry said. “If I’m in the box or I’m going downhill, he’ll remember that hit.”It turned out to be only a bruise, but Bush was angry. Two days later, he went on a South Florida radio station and suggested Revis’ injury — non-contact — was deserved. This was after Ryan had said his team needed to put “hot sauce” on Bush.“They talked all week about putting hot sauce and this and that, and they ended up losing their best player,” Bush said.Afterward, Ryan said Bush misinterpreted his remarks, and has since apologize. On Wednesday, Ryan was asked if he’s worried about payback.“I’m not worried about that, shoot,” Ryan said. “I apologized for my comments, and I expect him to do the same.”Ryan, however, had a slightly different take when he talked to Miami reporters on a conference call.“For him, I don’t want an apology, and, obviously, I hope he’s taken mine and understands the sincerity,” he said.Bush said Wednesday that he didn’t believe Ryan’s apology was sincere.“I don’t believe that, I don’t believe that at all,” Bush said. “But it is what it is. Like I said, the great thing about divisional games is you get to play them twice.”
Michael Morpurgo said a minority of people ‘do not know or value or love literature’Credit:Andrew Crowley One in five British people cannot name a single author of literature, a survey has revealed, as writers warn there is a section of society that is “shut off” from the benefits of reading.The study, from the Royal Society of Literature, revealed that 15 per cent of those surveyed believe that literature is too difficult to understand. That was despite the fact that 67 per cent of people saying that literature brought comfort in times of stress. It included a publicly-voted chart of literary authors, where almost 2,000 British people were asked to name a writer they considered to be a writer of literature. A substantial minority of the population were found to have little or no knowledge of literature, with 20 per cent saying they could not name a single one. 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. Moreover a quarter of those surveyed said they had not read any literature in the last six months.However, more than half (56 per cent) of those who do not currently read literature said they would like to in the future. Children’s writer and author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, warned against minimising “the significance in our society of the vast numbers, albeit a minority, who do not know or value or love literature.”There seems to be a gulf that shuts off 20 per cent of people from the benefits of literature, a gulf that I know the RSL and others are determined to bridge.”The most commonly named writer was William Shakespeare, while Charles Dickens came a close second. Shakespeare was the most popular name cited as an author of literatureCredit:The Art Archive /Alamy
A spokesman for the National Police Chief’s Council said: “More drivers are attending these courses as an alternative to prosecution. The course aims to educate motorists to improve their knowledge and behaviour whilst on the road, and is designed to contribute to reducing deaths and casualties.“These courses are offered to people who commit low level traffic offences. Police forces do not make money from the courses; they only receive processing costs.”But Hugh Bladon, of the Alliance of British Drivers, disagreed that the police were not receiving income.He said: “Police forces are clearly making money from these courses. There is obviously an incentive for the motorist who does not want to get points, but there is clearly an incentive for the police forces, and that is to make money.”The police are almost acting like judge and jury and it does not seem to me to be correct.” Speed cameras are catching a record number of motorists The number of motorists completing speed awareness courses has soared by a third in the past five years, with police forces now pulling in more than £50 million annually from the schemes, new figures have revealed.Last year around 1.2 million drivers opted to attend a course rather than accept a fine or penalty points on their licence.That was up from just 280,000 a decade ago and means a quarter of all British drivers have now been on a speed awareness course at some point.The four-hour classroom based tutorials cost between £75 and £99, depending where in the country you are, with police forces permitted to claim a maximum of £45 from that figure to cover administration costs.The amount of money the police are allowed to claim was increased in October 2017, and comes at a time when all forces are having to cope with shrinking budgets. In 2011 around 1.5 million drivers were caught speeding with some 19 per cent opting to attend a speed awareness course.But by 2017 that figure had rocketed to 2 million drivers caught with 50 per cent choosing a course over points.It means that last year police forces around the country pulled in approximately £54 million from the schemes. 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. Claire Armstrong of the Safe Speed campaign group also questioned whether the speed awareness courses did anything to improve road safety. Speed awareness courses cost around £90 but the driver avoids a fine and points Forces are not supposed to profit from the schemes, but campaigners claim the huge rise in the number of motorists attending, is evidence of the clear financial incentive for the police to funnel speeders towards them.
ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS Dublin have won six AllStars in the GAA/GPA end-of-season football awards.Stephen Cluxton, Rory O’Carroll, Cian O’Sullivan, Michael Darragh Macauley, Paul Flynn and Bernard Brogan were presented with their awards at a star-studded banquet in Croke Park this evening.Beaten finalists Mayo had four awards with Keith Higgins, Lee Keegan, Colm Boyle and Aidan O’Shea each getting the nod.In total there were seven first time winners with Colin Walshe, James O’Donoghue and Conor McManus joining the O’Carroll, O’Sullivan, Boyle and O’Shea as inaugural AllStar recipients.Colm Cooper’s eighth award now puts him one behind outright leader Pat Spillane in the number of Allstar football awards while Stephen Cluxton and Seán Cavanagh both pick up their fifth. Indeed, the half forward line of Cooper, Cavanagh and Paul Flynn can boast of an incredible combined haul of 16 awards between them.It’s also the first time since 1988 that Monaghan have two AllStars in the one year, in recognition of their season as Ulster champions.2013 GAA GPA Allstars sponsored by OpelGoalkeeper1.Stephen Cluxton (Dublin)Full backs2. Colin Walshe (Monaghan)3. Rory O’Carroll (Dublin)4. Keith Higgins (Mayo)Half backs5. Lee Keegan (Mayo)6. Cian O’Sullivan (Dublin)7. Colm Boyle (Mayo)Midfield8. Michael Darragh Macauley (Dublin)9. Aidan O’Shea (Mayo)Half forwards10. Paul Flynn (Dublin)11. Colm Cooper (Kerry)12. Seán Cavanagh (Tyrone)Full forwards13. James O’Donoghue (Kerry)14. Bernard Brogan (Dublin)15. Conor McManus (Monaghan)More to follow…Dessie Farrell pays tribute to Niall Donoghue at GPA AGMVIDEO: Lar Corbett’s brilliant point from a near impossible angle
After Dennis Wolter was found covered in blood on May 26, 2011, he maintained during a nearly two-hour interrogation at the Camas Police Station that the blood belonged to his injured black Lab dog, Charlie.Meanwhile, at Wolter’s home in Vancouver, police were discovering a harsher reality.The blood belonged to Wolter’s girlfriend, Kori Fredericksen, whom Wolter murdered with a knife to prevent her from testifying against him in a previous domestic violence case, said Clark County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield.In the second day of testimony Thursday in Wolter’s aggravated murder trial, Vancouver police officers described the scene at the home.Vancouver police officers responded to the home around 1:30 a.m. after Camas police requested a welfare check on Fredericksen and her 8-year-old son. They found a trail of blood from the driveway to the house’s entryway.“There were drag marks,” said Vancouver police Officer Jason Beach. “There were pools of blood sporadically along the blood trail.”Halfway along the bloody trail lay a black sweater riddled with holes, Beach said. Blood was smeared on the doorknob, said Officer Gerardo Gutierrez.The officers knocked on the door. After no answer, Gutierrez and Officer Donald Magarian said they kicked down the door.Inside, there was blood on the walls and carpet and a broken knife blade on the living room floor, Beach said. Five bloody knives with bent or broken knives were in the kitchen sink, he said.
In Clark County, Monday’s high was about 15 degrees warmer than the previous Monday’s 63 degrees, and the 0.3 inch of rain that day fueled this week’s explosion of greenery and spring flowers. Mellow weather is expected to dominate the week, with highs in the 80s today, Wednesday and Thursday before falling into the upper 70s Friday as the next Hyde-like spell approaches by the weekend. On a beautiful day illustrative of Clark County’s Jekyll-Hyde spring weather, Joseph Keeton, 23, and Dana Decter, 20, enjoy the swings at Lewisville Park north of Battle Ground. They are on a trip from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska, where Monday’s high was 50 degrees.
Then-candidate Mike Dunleavy talks to a group gathered at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library in September. He was elected governor last month, and his administration proposed a budget with full PFDs Friday. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration introduced a budget for next year with a full Permanent Fund dividend of roughly $3,000 for next year. But the administration also made it clear that it will propose substantial spending cuts in the next two months.The portion of the budget controlled by the legislature is $5.7 billion — slightly higher than the current spending plan. The proposed budget would cover the 12 months starting this upcoming July.The budget would set PFDs using the formula used from 1982 until 2015. The budget doesn’t include funding to pay back residents for the reductions in dividends from the last three years. Dunleavy campaigned on restoring these payments and could propose the money as an amendment or separate legislation.The budget includes a $1.6 billion deficit for next year, on top of a $263 million deficit for this year. Slightly less than half of the deficit — $770 million — is attributable to paying higher dividends than the $1,800 PFD that former Gov. Bill Walker proposed before he left office. The rest of the deficit is the result of Walker’s administration projecting higher oil prices at $75 per barrel, based on their peak levels in October. Dunleavy’s administration projects prices at $64 next year, only slightly higher than current prices near $62.“The Dunleavy administration is all about truth in budgeting,” Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman said in a statement.State budget director Donna Arduin said all state spending is on the table in the coming weeks.“The state must learn to live within its means and we get there by making the tough spending choices,” Arduin said in the statement.The budget will be sent to a legislature that is unsettled. While the Senate has organized with a Republican-led majority, the House has a near-even split between Republicans who want to organize a predominantly Republican majority and those who want either a mostly Democratic majority or a bipartisan coalition.After the legislature passes a budget, Dunleavy will be able to reduce it with line-item vetoes. But he won’t be able to add items to what the legislature passes.Updated revenue figures project a slight increase in North Slope oil production, which would rise slightly more than one percent, to 533,000 barrels per day next year. It would then flatten out to roughly 500,000 over the next decades, with new production offsetting some of the previously projected declines.Permanent fund investment revenue is expected to rise $200 million, which will offset some of the drop in oil prices. This revenue is based on a law enacted this year that draws roughly five percent from the permanent fund each year from fund earnings.
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.Seventeen people in northwest Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have died from Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday, describing the fresh outbreak as a “public health emergency with international impact.””Twenty-one cases of fever with haemorrhagic indications and 17 deaths” have been recorded in Equateur province, it said, citing a notification to the ministry as of 3 May. It is the DRC’s ninth known outbreak of the deadly disease since 1976.