AGDC Selects Two Possible Reroutes For The Kenai Spur Highway

first_imgThe AGDC in April 2017 provided the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) with a site map of the LNG plant in Nikiski, showing locations for the three liquefaction trains, two LNG storage tanks, material offloading facility and north and south plant entrances. Story as aired:  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has said they’ll need to move the Kenai Spur Highway around the natural gas liquefaction and export terminal that the state plans to build in Nikiski. Download ADGC’s Spur Highway reroute filing Both of these options run roughly a quarter mile east of Bernice Lake and route back to the Kenai Spur Highway around Mile 25. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Kenai Peninsula Borough have been engaged in the process and both are on hand as well to speak with the community.center_img The AGDC is planning to schedule a public meeting in Nikiski around February to give additional details to the community. Would veer from the existing highway around Mile 19 and pass through the inside of Miller Loop RoadWould leave the highway intact around Mile 18 and run outside Miller Loop to the east. Following the site map, the AGDC filed a map of eight possible alternatives for relocating the Kenai Spur Highway around the LNG plant site to FERC. In December, the AGDC narrowed those possibilities down to the final two. Audio PlayerJennifer-on-AGDC-road-plans.mp3VmJennifer-on-AGDC-road-plans.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

RGV urges Jr NTR to take over TDP and save it if

first_imgRam Gopal Varma and Junior NTRCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookRam Gopal Varma says that only Junior NTR can be the saviour of the Telugu Desam Party and should save it if he has any respect for his late grandfather NT Rama Rao.Ram Gopal Varma has been vehemently criticising TDP chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu ever since he launched Lakshmi’s NTR, which is a biopic based on the last days of late legendary actor-turned-politician NT Rama Rao. He intensified his attack on the former CM of Andhra Pradesh after the latter stalled the release of his film in the state. He was the happiest man when the TDP failed badly in the elections.Ever since the election results were out, Ram Gopal Varma has consistently been mocking Chandrababu Naidu. But he seemed to cross all the limits on Friday when he made a series of tweets urging Junior NTR to take the horns of the party, which is also the wish of many fans of the Nandamuri family.RGV wrote, “If Tarak takes over TDP, all people will immediately forget TDP’s disastrous failure..NTR’s grandson can be the only saviour and if he has any respect for his grandfather he should immoderately save TDP Jai NTR Jai TARAK Hey @tarak9999 if u have any respect for ur grandfather, u should save the TDP party NTR founded from the man who backstabbed him then and his son who’s front stabbing it now ..Jai NTR (sic).”Ram Gopal Varma also conducted a Twitter survey – “TDP party will be much greater with its leader as TARAK? @tarak9999.” In 17 hours, his poll got 33,822 votes 79 percent of which agreed with his opinion on Junior, while 21 percent people felt he is wrong. He tweeted, “Oho? 79% aa? Abbaa? Does this mean even TDP party people also want @tarak9999 only? Or are they just 21%? ..Just asking.”Meanwhile, Ram Gopal Varma cautioned Junior NTR not join hands with Chandrababu Naidu, like his uncle Balakrishna. The filmmaker tweeted, “I request u @tarak9999 just as an NTR fan, not to join the backstabber of ur grandfather, like the way ur babai did ..What ur babai did is a bigger vennupotu than what the alludu did.”Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP had won 117 Assembly seats in the 2014 elections, while YSRSCP got victory in 70 constituencies. But this year, the TDP has managed to win only 23 seats, while the Jagan Mohan Reddy’s party emerged victorious with 151 seats. After seeing this humiliating defeat, many followers of the TDP felt that Junior NTR should be brought to the party to save it.last_img read more

14party to face 16th amendment verdict legally politically Nasim

first_imgLeaders of the Awami League-led 14-party alliance on Sunday vowed to legally and politically face the Supreme Court verdict scrapping the 16th amendment to the constitution. Speaking at a press conference after a meeting at the AL chiefs Dhanmondi political office, they termed it irrelevant, unacceptable and motivated. He also said the chief justice gave a scope to the BNP-Jamaat clique so that they could engage in conspiracies. As part of it, were demanding that the verdict be scrapped and it has to be scrapped. Well face it legally and politically. Jatiya Party (Manju) secretary general Sheikh Shahidul Islam said not only the 14-party, but also the entire country is aggrieved with this verdict. So, this verdict should be abolished. Coordinator of the 14-party combine and also health minister Mohammad Nasim said they are rejecting the apex court observations on a legal parliament, Liberation War and Bangabandhu. About SK Sinhas call for not doing politics over the apex court verdict, Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha said, …its decent to overlook the words stated in this verdict regarding the most important matter of the country– Liberation War. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president and information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said after any verdict of the apex court, it becomes the property of people. There could be criticism over that property and this not the defamation of the court, he said. He also demanded review of the verdict. Samyabadi Dal general secretary and former industries minister Dilip Barua said parliament was defamed through the verdict.I dont know where the chief justice was during the Liberation War. Mainly, he dared to show this as he knows nothing about the Liberation War. He said people know about the great Liberation War and Bangabandhu very well. Its a universal truth that Bangabandhu led the Liberation War. People wont accept what was said in the verdict. They wont pardon it, too, he said, adding that that is why the review of the verdict is a must. He said the role of Bangabandhu was undermined through the verdict. Its motivated, out of the context and irreverent. It came to undermine the Liberation War and peoples power. Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said peoples rights were snatched through the verdict. In the constitution, it was stated that people will be the owner of everything. All power will be in the hand of public representatives, and this is a natural thing. You can say that this verdict is against the constitution, he said.last_img read more

Karaoke bar blaze kills 15 in central Myanmar

first_imgAt least 15 people have died after a fire ripped through a karaoke bar in central Myanmar, trapping revellers inside singing rooms filled with poisonous smoke.Eleven men and four women died when the blaze consumed the top floor of the Shwe Myat Min Thamee KTV bar in the town of Magway, northwest of the capital Naypyidaw, on Sunday night.A local fire official said the electrical system had apparently overheated and set fire to the sound-proof lining inside the singing rooms.”All those killed were inside KTV rooms at the time … It seems the wires became hot and started burning the foam,” Magway region fire department director Aung Win Sein told AFP on Monday.The four women who were killed were all said to be workers at the bar.Police have opened two cases against the bar owner for negligence.Karaoke bars are popular in Myanmar, where many also serve as fronts for illegal brothels.last_img read more

Residents Support Bowser Transition Efforts

first_imgIn this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Washington Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser speaks during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington. Bowser won on the strength of the Black vote.The District’s mayor-elect recently announced her transition team that will aid her move toward power. Residents seem pleased by what they see thus far.Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) appointed former D.C. Superior Court Judge Mary Terrell, Brookings Institute and public financing expert Alice Rivlin, retired Pepco executive Beverly Perry, Mary’s Center leader Maria Gomez and union leader John Boardman as the co-chairs of her transition team on Nov. 7. Bowser also appointed four former mayors of the city, Sharon Pratt Kelly, Anthony Williams, Adrian Fenty and Marion Barry, who now is the Ward 8 council member, as co-chairs of the committee.“We have just 56 days to work on our transition,” Bowser said. “We all are committed with a sense of urgency.”She said that she will make further appointments in the form of working committees specializing in areas such as criminal justice, employment and economic development.Bowser will take the reins of the District’s government in early January 2015.Lorenzo Green, who serves as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Ward 8, is impressed with Bowser’s selections.“I feel that she is moving in the right direction,” Green said. “She has selected people from the city’s past and present, and they should serve her well.”Green was also pleased that Bowser opted to make her transition announcement in Ward 8 at an office building under construction in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. While Green is pleased with Bowser’s efforts, Martin Moulton, a Libertarian and resident of Ward 6, has some reservations.“It seems like to me that we are getting the same old people running things,” Moulton said. “I like Miss Bowser, but seem like to me that corporate money is dictating things. Corporate money buys politicians and matters like housing, jobs and schools are being ignored.”He continued, “We have qualified people in the city who can help her run it. We have a diverse population and there are people with top talent who live here already. We need competition for those jobs that Bowser is offering, not just the same old faces.”Rivlin served on the transition team of D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (D) in 2010 and is a well-known economist and has served on the Federal Reserve Board as a governor and vice chair. She has worked as the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and founding director of the Congressional Budget Office. She has also served as the chairman of the District’s financial control board from 1998-2001, which was the agency that helped the city get out of its perilous fiscal state during that time.Terrell is known locally for her efforts to support young people through her term on the Superior Court bench from 1997-2008.  She is also the founder of the High Tea Society, an organization that encourages Black girls to learn and practice social graces and etiquette.Gomez is the president and CEO of Mary’s Center, headquartered in Ward 4. Mary’s Center provides social and health care services primarily to Latino residents in Washington, D.C.Perry is the former senior vice president for governmental affairs for Pepco and has raised money on behalf of the African American Civil War Memorial. Boardman is the head of UNITE HERE Local 25, a hotel union that backed Bowser in her mayoral bid.The Rev. Anthony Motley is impressed by Bowser’s selections but said that a key element is missing.“I don’t think there is someone from Ward 8 or Ward 7 on her transition team other than Mr. Barry,” Moulton said. “She made a pledge to pay attention to the concerns of residents east of the [Anacostia] and she said that she will have a deputy mayor dedicated to east Washington. I think she could have selected someone other than Barry.”Barry’s presence on the transition team is a relief to Debora Rowe, the executive director of Returning Citizens United Inc.“We know that Barry will watch out for our interests because he has been a returning citizen,” Rowe said, referencing the six months Barry served in federal prison in the early 1990s for drug charges.last_img read more

The Problem With Polls Isnt the Lies Respondents May Tell

first_imgJune 14, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. On June 23, the people of Britain will decide whether the United Kingdom should withdraw from the European Union. It’s a question that hasn’t been up for debate since 1975, when voters considerd a similar issue.Related: Why Market Research MattersHow will they decide this time? If you were to consult online polling data, you’d think the referendum was a dead heat. Back in late May, prominent U.K. pollster ICM showed that voters were evenly divided, with the percentages of those wanting “out” and those wanting “in” practically tied, at 45 percent.YouGov also shows the yeas and nays practically tied — and playing tug-of-war over just 1 percentage point.But phone polls and statement by pundits reveal a far different forecast. Judging by those sources, the likelihood of Britain’s leaving the Union is mighty slim, with “remain” commanding a double-digit lead in multiple phone polls from the past month.That discrepancy might lead some people to toss out polling data altogether. If that U.K. data can’t provide a true picture of public sentiment, why even bother gathering it? But the actual situation is quite different: Because, when it comes to polling, the important thing isn’t the data itself but how you capture and interpret it.Surveys: startup marvel or mirage?Consider the startup space, for example. Startups crash for all sorts of reasons, but an alarming percentage of startup failures can be tied to founders who didn’t do their research. Smart startups, on the other hand, conduct research that informs product development, prevents product-market fit problems and measures brand sentiments.Such market research, by surveys, isn’t common among geopolitical organizations. But, what startups have in common with those geopolitical organizations is their need to pay close attention to how their surveys are gathered and interpreted.The problem? Raw data is always up for interpretation, so entrepreneurs conducting surveys must think critically about the methods, questions and biases behind their results.Related: 5 Ways Customer Data Can Up Your Customer-Experience GameTo truly take the temperature of your particular entrepreneurial market niche, be sure to put controls in place that promote accurate collection and assessment of data. Here are some recommended strategies:1. Shut out biases at every turn.Like dye tossed into a washing machine, biases can quickly taint every data point a survey turns up. One of the greatest sources of bias can come from a study’s moderator: Everything from this person’s facial expression, to tone, to manner of dress, can adversely color results.To guard against this problem, conduct surveys anonymously, asking only for information central to the survey. Use mobile or in-app surveys to capture data conveniently. Customers are clamoring to interact with brands online, which is why it’s so surprising that just 17 percent of researchers leverage mobile surveys.2. Make ‘opt-in’ the standard.Customers want to respond to surveys on their terms, so let them opt-in on their own schedules. That’s where an in-app survey comes in handy: It doesn’t force itself upon users, so it prevents skewed results from people who just click through absentmindedly.Try rewarding respondents with fewer ads, which most people would rather avoid entirely. A recent study found that 83 percent of people surveyed said they preferred surveys to comparatively intrusive mobile ads.3. Screen users at the start.When structured properly, a screening question can significantly boost a survey sample’s relevance. Filter respondents by their answers to questions about attitudes, behaviors, opinions or prior experiences.For example, if you manufacture watches and want to know about consumers’ favorite time pieces, you might ask, “When’s the last time you wore a watch?” Use the results to screen out bare-wristed users irrelevant to your study.4. Keep it brief.Let’s face it: Nobody’s going to spend half an hour answering questions out of the goodness of his or her heart. So, considering that 52 percent of people won’t spend even three minutes on a survey, limit your questions to 10 or fewer.Start by determining the survey’s objective: What do you want to glean from the findings? Then, work through the questions and answers, sticking to 140 characters or fewer for each. Eighty percent of people abandon surveys halfway through, so prioritize your questions to focus on what you really need to know; and chop it off after 10.Yes, ten is tough, but it’s do-able, with a focused survey. After Uber changed its logo, we wanted to determine whether that was a wise branding move. It took just five questions and 2,000 respondents to arrive at an answer: 44 percent of respondents didn’t know what the logo represented.Related: 5 Steps to Creating Effective Customer SurveysIn the end, polls and surveys can’t tell the future, but they can tell you what consumers are thinking. So, take survey data for what it’s worth, but never take it at face value. As with most things in life, it’s always up to interpretation. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more