Residents of western Nova Scotia who have disabilities or otherbarriers to employment will be among the people who benefit froma $2-million enhancement of vocational day training programs,Community Services Minister David Morse announced today, Feb. 15. “This investment will strengthen programs that enable NovaScotians with disabilities or barriers to employment to achievetheir individual goals and improve their quality of life,” saidMr. Morse. About $1 million in one-time grants will go toward infrastructureor capital purchases and improvements for adult service centresacross the province that provide vocational day programs forpeople with intellectual, mental health or physical challenges.In western Nova Scotia, these centres include New Boundaries,Corridor Community Options, Carleton Road Industries, The Ark,Sea Spray, and Conway Workshop. The centres already receive corefunding from the department. Another $1 million will create similar grants for the province’ssix work activity programs. These programs provide support topeople who have barriers to employment. In western Nova Scotia,the programs include South Shore Work Activity Centre andAnnapolis Valley Work Activity Society. The funding is part of the department’s $11-million investment toimprove programs for seniors, low-income earners and people withdisabilities, announced by Mr. Morse in December. COMMUNITY SERVICES–Grants To Help Disabled in Western NovaScotia
Off-highway riders, boaters, fishers and campers across Nova Scotia will be subject to spot checks this holiday weekend to make sure they are playing by the rules. The Department of Natural Resources, RCMP, Halifax Regional Police and Transport Canada’s office of boating safety will launch Operation Aware today, May 17, with a show of helicopters (weather permitting), boats, trucks, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles at DeWolfe Park in Bedford. “This weekend, we will focus on the safe and proper use of off-highway vehicles,” said John Mombourquette, director of enforcement, Department of Natural Resources. ” Failing to wear a helmet, driving on public highways, operating without registration and operating while under the influence of alcohol are some examples of what we will be checking for.” Mr. Mombourquette added that conservation officers will also drop in on remote fishing locations and campsites. Brian Elson, boating safety officer with Transport Canada, said boaters on lakes, rivers and harbours this weekend will be checked to make sure they have mandatory safety equipment, including flotation devices. “As many as nine out of 10 boating deaths could have been prevented if the boater had worn a personal flotation device,” said Mr. Elson. “The office of boating safety will also check for operator competency cards and illegal use of alcohol.” “The RCMP in Nova Scotia are proud to be in this partnership, working together with all enforcement agencies to promote safe homes and safe communities,” said Sgt. Frank Skidmore. “Along with ensuring compliance, we hope to further educate people about laws designed to protect them and the public.” The agencies involved in Operation Aware will continue their practice of working together throughout the year on provincial enforcement issues.
If you are planning on making your home more energy efficient, the province can save you money. The Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program was launched today, Oct. 3, at an event in Dartmouth by Energy Minister Bill Dooks. “We are helping Nova Scotians make their homes energy efficient,” said Mr. Dooks during his remarks to the Nova Scotia Homebuilders Association. “These efforts will help Nova Scotians save money, help the environment and make their homes more comfortable to live in.” Under the new Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, householders can get a grant of up to $2,000 for energy efficient repairs. The amount of the grant is awarded based on the improved energy efficiency rating of the home. This program replaces a similar federal initiative that ended in May. An additional $400 grant is available for single homeowners with net incomes of less than $25,000 and families with net incomes of less than $40,000. Mr. Dooks said programs such as these give Nova Scotians practical advice on how best to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, increase comfort, and save money. “We know that about 25 per cent of Nova Scotians plan on making energy efficient home improvements this year,” said Mr. Dooks. “In a province that has some of the oldest housing stock in the country, our programs make economic and environmental sense.” On average, Nova Scotians saved 30 per cent of their energy costs by making energy efficient upgrades to their home under the former program. Each participant spent about $5,000 in home improvements. The energy improvements paid for themselves through energy savings within two to five years, on average. Judy McMullen, executive director of Clean Nova Scotia, said the province’s actions are ensuring that a valuable program continues to operate. “When the EnerGuide service was cancelled, we heard from hundreds of concerned Nova Scotians. The program is both popular and valuable, since it can address problems such as greenhouse gas emissions and energy poverty for the long term,” said Ms. McMullen. “We hope that this commitment from the province encourages even more Nova Scotians to take advantage of the initiative and rebate.” Terry Watters, president of Sustainable Housing, said Nova Scotia’s efforts mean continued employment for home auditors in the province. “Over the course of the past seven years, providing EnerGuide for Houses energy evaluations, we have developed a pool of highly skilled energy advisors,” said Mr. Watters. “Advisors perform evaluations and provide recommendations to assist homeowners in making energy upgrade decisions that will have the greatest impact on improving home comfort and reducing heating costs.” To participate in the Nova Scotia EnerGuide for Houses program, homeowners must first contact a home energy evaluation group to schedule an energy evaluation. The home evaluation involves determining existing insulation values, a blower door test to identify air leakage points, a report with customized energy upgrade recommendations, and an estimate of potential annual energy savings. A preliminary EnerGuide rating is assigned to the home. There is a $150 fee for the audit. The fee will be rebated for homeowners that qualify for the low- to modest-income EnerGuide grant. Three organizations in Nova Scotia offer the audit service on behalf of the province: A second home energy evaluation should be conducted after the homeowner makes the recommended energy efficiency upgrades to the home. This must be done within 18 months of the first audit. The energy advisor will then determine the new EnerGuide rating. The amount of the rebate from the province will be determined based on the EnerGuide rating increase. Average provincial grants in the previous program were $824. Homeowners do not need to apply for the grant; however, an application is necessary for the additional low-income subsidy. Applications for subsidies for low- to modest-income homeowners are available at all Access Nova Scotia centres, through the energy auditing groups, on the Department of Energy website at www.gov.ns.ca/energy/energuide or by calling 1-800-670-4357. Sustainable Housing,(provincewide, including Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-877-722-2842 Clean Nova Scotia,(Halifax Regional Municipality) 1-800-665-5377 Atlantic Coastal Action Program,(Cape Breton Regional Municipality) 902-567-1628.
Special Olympics has announced that WWE will once again support the Special Olympics mission to change the world through sports by sponsoring the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.Taking place in Seattle, WA July 1- July 6, more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 1,000 coaches, 10,000 family members, 10,000 volunteers and an estimated 50,000 spectators will take part in this premier national sports competition, showcasing the power and joy of sports at the highest levels.WWE will promote the upcoming USA Games through its global media assets including the WWE Network, TV, digital and social media, as well as during upcoming WWE live events held throughout the U.S. To support the road to the USA Games, WWE will be highlighting Special Olympics through the eyes of three athletes: Katie Millar, a Powerlifter from Illinois; C.J. Piantieri, a Powerlifter from Florida; and Joshua Oakley, a Track and Field athlete from Connecticut. Additionally, WWE Superstars will be supporting all Special Olympics athletes at the USA Games by conducting daily autograph signings, medal presentations and attending the Opening Ceremonies.“We’re thrilled to partner with WWE and appreciate their commitment to Special Olympics and to furthering the ideals of inclusion,” said Beth Knox, President and CEO of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. “We know how much our athletes admire WWE Superstars and I know meeting them will be one of the many highlights of their week in Seattle.”“WWE is honored to continue our longstanding partnership with Special Olympics and help spread the message of acceptance and inclusion through our global platforms,” said WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon. “The heart, passion and dedication of Special Olympic athletes is truly inspirational and we look forward to supporting them at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.”WWE’s partnership with Special Olympics started with the 1995 World Games in New Haven, Connecticut, and it has continued through the more recent Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, the 2014 USA Games in New Jersey, and an ongoing corporate partnership with Special Olympics Connecticut.Click here to see the announcement that was made on Monday Night Raw.
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsIt was an election result that surprised no one.Premier Brad Wall’s party was elected to another majority in Saskatchewan Monday.Wall’s party won 51 of 61 seats.The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations congratulated Wall on his victory and Chief Bobby Cameron believes now is a good time to talk about resource development.More so, partnering with First Nation communities.
Rabat – On Monday, Secretary General of the Unified Socialist Party (PSU) Nabila Mounib said that the PSU’s decision to join the opposition coalition means that the FGD will not be with the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and what she calls the other administrative parties that “adopted the position of the faithful politicians.”In an interview with Moroccan news outlet Lakome, Mounib asked, “how did the PAM double its parliamentary seats in comparison with the 2011 election, from 47 to 102 seats?”Mounib said that “PAM’s concern is not to fight corruption or the absence of democracy, [instead] it only opposes the Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has shown a strong cohesion despite efforts to sow division within it.” Mounib affirmed that the PSU “will form an independent and fierce opposition coalition to build democracy and fight corruption outside of the [other] administrative parties.”Mounib also noted that 20 members of the Federation of Democratic Left (FGD), of which PSU is a member, will ”support the members of the parliament who were elected in last Friday’s legislative elections.”Since the beginning of this year’s elections, Mounib has supported the FGD’s stance of being a part of the opposition, rather than the government, in order to “amend the constitution in ways that are critical for Morocco’s political development.”The FGD’s efforts among the opposition will “build toward the next step in Morocco, clearer conditions for democracy, and the FGD will increase pressure until a huge political front for these revisions is formed,” Mounib told CNN last month.
The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.OHCHR, which has had a presence in Angola since 2003, has been asked by the Government to cease its activities in the country by 31 May, according to a news release issued by the Geneva-based Office. This came “after the authorities decided not to proceed any further with negotiations on establishing a formal Memorandum of Understanding similar to those under which OHCHR usually operates in other countries.”UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said she “respected but regretted” the Government’s decision.“We look forward to examining any fresh initiatives the Government may suggest in line with its voluntary pledge to the Human Rights Council to increase its cooperation with my Office,” Ms. Arbour said.Over the past five years, OHCHR has been working to increase awareness of human rights in Angola, which was devastated by a 27-year civil war that finally ended in 2002. In addition to helping to establish a national human rights institution, the Office also assisted the Ministry of Justice in the area of alternative mechanisms of justice, and promoted the inclusion of human rights education in primary and secondary schools.OHCHR was also helping the Government in preparing its national reports to various human rights treaty bodies. 18 April 2008The United Nations announced today that it will close its human rights office in Angola, after authorities in the southern African nation decided not to sign an agreement that would have formally established the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the country.
Following the announcement, the World Food Prize Foundation applauded Ms. Bertini’s contribution in “defeating large-scale famine in our time,” and praised her decade of leadership at WFP, during which she transformed the agency “from primarily a development assistance organization into the largest and most responsive humanitarian relief organization in the world, delivering life-sustaining food aid to over 700 million people.”The $250,000 prize, referred to as the “Nobel Prize for Food and Agriculture,” will be awarded on 16 October, World Food Day, in Des Moines, Iowa. It is the foremost international award inspiring and recognizing breakthrough achievements that increase the quality, quantity and availability of food in the world. Ms. Bertini pioneered the practice of channelling food aid through women, thus ensuring the most widespread and effective distribution of food in crisis situations.Welcoming Ms. Bertini’s selection as the 2003 prize winner from WFP Headquarters in Rome today, the agency’s current Executive Director, James T. Morris said: “Her achievements made the difference between life and death for the millions of hungry people around the world and all of us at WFP welcome this timely recognition.”
“We are proud of our achievement in feeding so many of those in need, but we are acutely aware that they represent only a limited proportion of the world’s hungry, many of them suffering in silence,” WFP Executive Director James T. Morris said today in Rome. At the peak of its operations in Iraq, WFP moved 1,000 tons of food an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, despite enormous obstacles, while at the same time helping to feed 40 million people across Africa, which was enduring one of its worst food disasters in decades. Generous contributions were made towards WFP’s budget of $4.3 billion this year, but there were significant shortfalls in some operations, leaving the agency without food to meet the urgent needs of the hungry, who tend to be mainly women and children.Lack of resources forced WFP to reduce rations to 300,000 people in drought-hit Eritrea and countless others across southern Africa. On the other side of the world, 2.2 million people in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will again be deprived of WFP cereal rations this month, a number expected to rise to 3.8 million early in 2004 unless fresh pledges are made urgently. This year proved conclusively that HIV/AIDS is not only a major cause of hunger, but that hunger accelerates its spread and lethal impact. “The battle against AIDS is a battle against time,” Mr. Morris warned, pledging the agency’s support in that endeavour. In sub-Saharan Africa, with 11 million children orphaned by AIDS, “we are working with governments to integrate AIDS prevention into school feeding programmes because AIDS has turned children into parents,” he added. According to a recent report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO), the global number of chronically hungry has crept back up to almost 800 million people, after decreasing in the early 1990s, and without the political will, chance of achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goal of halving that figure by 2015 is remote.
A man who murdered his brother and attempted to murder his brother’s girlfriend by setting fire to them on New Year’s Day has been jailed for at least 20 years.Blair Logan, a solicitor’s son, poured fuel over his younger brother Cameron, a 23-year-old psychology graduate, and 25-year-old Rebecca Williams, a radio journalist, as they lay in bed.He also endangered the lives of his parents, David and Catherine, who had to be treated for smoke inhalation after the premeditated attack. The family’s dog, Gomez, also died in the fire at the family home in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. She accepted court reports that Logan had “abnormal personality traits” but said there was no suggestion he had a mental disorder and added that he was fully criminally responsible for his actions. Rebecca Williams and Cameron LoganCredit:Universal News The scene of the fire in MilngavieCredit:PA She referred to a letter that his parents had written to the court which said they “find it extremely difficult to reconcile the Blair they know with the Blair who caused Cameron’s death”.Logan previously told detectives he took the petrol from a church garage a month and a half before the fire and stored it in his bedroom.On the night of the fire, his brother and his partner, who lived in Glasgow, had arranged to stay at the family home and Mrs Logan set up an inflatable mattress for them in the living room. They returned from a Hogmanay party at around 4am.At around 7.15am, Mrs Logan was woken by the family dog whining and when she went downstairs she saw a figure in dark clothing standing inside the living room.Miss Williams also saw a man in the room, holding something that was on fire, and she and Cameron both screamed.Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, told the court last month: “Catherine Logan then heard Cameron roar in surprise, shock and fear, before the accused made a jerking motion with his arm as if throwing something.”The accused then ran from the living room and went out the front door. Catherine Logan slammed the door behind him, shouting something like ‘get the hell out of my house’, still not knowing who it was.” Logan pleaded guilty last month when the court heard the two brothers had a “hostile” relationship. He told police they had not spoken since the death of their grandmother in 2013.He admitted pouring petrol over his brother and his partner on January 1 this year “with the intention of maiming or crippling” Cameron, but claimed he did not mean to kill him.The attack was said to be in retaliation for a recent incident at the house when his brother had punched him.Sentencing Logan at the High Court in Edinburgh, the judge Lady Scott said he had “acted with wicked recklessness” and his brother died a “horrible death”. She added: “Cameron was my best friend and partner. He was a caring, respectful and loving man, who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. He had great ambitions to join the police force and was working hard towards building our future together, a future that has now been stolen from us.” A computer seized from Logan’s bedroom showed that from October 2016 he had carried out internet searches on burns victims.The 27-year-old, a Tesco store assistant, admitted killing his brother during a police interview on January 13. He told officers: “It was not my intent to kill him but I did do it.”When charged with the attempted murder of Miss Williams, he said he thought she was out of the room, adding: “I did not wish to murder my parents.” Miss Williams managed to crawl out of the room into the kitchen, and put her head in the fridge in a bid to protect herself from the fire.Logan’s father tried to get into the living room but was beaten back by the flames. After he escaped from the house he and a neighbour rescued Miss Williams. She suffered burns to her hands, arms and face, which has left scarring and has undergone surgery four times. Shelagh McCall QC, defending, said her client had shown genuine remorse and viewed the murder of his brother as “horrific” and unjustifiable. Rebecca Williams looks on as her father Philip reads a statement on her behalfCredit:PA 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. Blair Logan was jailed for at least 20 yearsCredit:PA Both parents were in court, along with Miss Williams and her family, as the sentence was passed. Miss Williams previously described her boyfriend as sensitive, kind and funny and said he wanted to become a detective.In a statement read on her behalf outside court she said she found it almost impossible to “put into words the devastating impact this cowardly act has had upon me and my family”.
In a recent article, entitled Human Rights Considerations & Best Practices for Mining Companies,Viren Mascarenhas and Kayla Green of global law firm King & Spalding point out that international human rights laws and norms are increasingly playing a role in defining and regulating how mining companies conduct their businesses all over the world. “Shareholders increasingly demand compliance with human rights norms; national and regional laws require companies to investigate and report on use of ‘conflict minerals’ (gold, tin, tungsten, and tantalum), companies have to defend themselves from lawsuits brought by human rights activists alleging non-compliance; and NGOs have embarked on public assessments of how companies compare against each other in terms of compliance with human rights. These developments mean that mining companies must undertake systematic human rights due diligence to ensure that they operate within the human rights paradigm.”The article describes the recent trends in human rights law relevant to mining companies, and suggests best practices that companies should be implementing. “In particular, mining companies must (a) develop a human rights policy; (b) create a culture of respect for human rights through systematic trainings and other initiatives; (c) conduct due diligence to identify areas of potential human rights violations given the needs and nature of the business; (d) report on human rights practices (required under various reporting laws); and (e) provide a remediation process, such as a grievance mechanism, to remedy human rights violations.”Mining companies face unique challenges with regard to human rights concerns. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has issued three editions of the OECD Guidance, which provide guidance to mining companies regarding the sourcing of conflict minerals. National Contact Points (NCPs), established in OECD Member States to provide guidance and handle inquiries related to the OECD Guidelines, increasingly are investigating complaints filed by local communities regarding mining operations. “National laws increasingly impose human rights reporting requirements on companies in the extractives industry. For example, EU legislation on regulating conflict minerals on trade in tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold will come into effect in 2021. And recent developments in jurisdictions such as Canada and the United States indicate that parent companies may well be held accountable by their national courts for the actions of their subsidiaries operating overseas that violate human rights norms. All in all, companies operating in the extractives industry will increasingly come under scrutiny by the human rights community, as well as their employees, clients, and their shareholders. It is time to take action.”A more in-depth version of this article was initially published in Law360 and can be accessed at: https://www.law360.com/articles/975358
Tonight, after countless leaks, Lenovo officially revealed the ThinkPad X1. The 13-inch ultraportable will pick up where the X301 left off, as the flagship and the model built to prove that business notebooks can be as sexy as consumer ones. News that there would not be an X302 (or an X310 for that matter) broke back in July when it was noted that the ThinkPad’s star product (aka “executive notebook”) would be the T410s.The ThinkPad X1 rumors from the past weeks were right on target–the system has a 13.3-inch Gorilla Glass display with edge-to-edge glass, weighs 3.7 pounds, and ranges from 17mm – 25mm thick. It might seem a bit hefty for a notebook in this class, but keep in mind that the X1 is a full-powered machine. It will be available with second gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors, solid-state storage (2.5-inch), and Dolby Sound.ThinkPad diehards will have to make some adjustments if they will be considering the X1. It might feature classic ThinkPad styling, but it has the company’s island keyboard, the new clickable trackpad, and a glossy display. There is no matte display option.Lenovo is clearly testing the waters here and dipping their toes into the trend that keeps Lenovo engineers up at night, the “consumerization of IT”. The X1 is a ThinkPad, complete with vPro, TPM, the Roll Cage, and all the other standard accoutrements, but like the X300 before it the X1 is trying out new things that might some day trickle down to the rest of the ThinkPad line. You can bet the company will be watching sales and feedback closely before changes on the X1 get any where near the top-selling T series.In early reviews the X1 has been dinged for its lackluster battery life but Lenovo saw this coming. The X1 packs Lenovo’s RapidCharge battery technology which is able to charge the system back up to 80% in just 30 minutes. You’ll have to keep the charger with you, but if you do you’ll be powered up in no time. Without the optional slice battery Lenovo says the system will be good for 5 hours of battery life, with it the X1 should get up to 10 hours.The X1 will be available on May 17, starting at $1399.Sal’s Thoughts:I haven’t spent a ton of time with the ThinkPad X1, but I can say I’m feeling a bit conflicted about this one. I love to see the ThinkPad line evolving and if that means the island keyboard, a new trackpad, and a sealed battery, I’m more than happy to rethink what I’d consider ThinkPad design basics. Other things make me rather nervous, like the glossy display or that in their press release Lenovo announced that this as “The Crossover PC” (as in between consumer and business). And then there is the use of just two ports on the left side… behind a port cover. There is a good selection of ports on the back, but a port cover? Didn’t companies learn their lesson from the original MacBook Air?While I don’t mind the weight given the power the system has, the short battery life is disappointing. Sure you can charge it up quickly, but that means you have to find an outlet and have a charger with you. The tradeoff of battery life for power/thinness is just something buyers will have to consider. There is always the X220 if you want an extra few hours.Finally, I’m quite thrilled to see that the optical drive is gone and that Lenovo managed to release this for the reasonable price of $1399. That doesn’t make it cheap, but remember, the X300 was released for about twice that a little over three years ago.
While police investigated a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening in east Vancouver, a possible pipe bomb was discovered nearby in the road.The crash was reported at 6:05 p.m. at Northeast 78th Street and Northeast 162nd Avenue. One of the vehicles, after colliding with the other, careered into the backyard of a house, patrol Sgt. Todd Barsness said.A bystander pointed out that something resembling a PVC pipe bomb was lying in the street about 100 feet from the collision. Deputies weren’t sure what was in the pipe, which was capped at both ends, Barsness said. They called out the agency’s explosive disposal unit, which exploded the object with a loud bang.Police blocked the roadway while they investigated both incidents. According to the Washington Department of Transportation, the collision was cleared around 7:30 p.m.
Fairbanks annual Equinox Marathon is Saturday. A hilly, mostly off road course and wet, cool weather make the race a challenge, but a few participants in this year’s event are battling a much tougher foe.Photo: Dan BrossDownload AudioFairbanks runner Caroline Brown’s son has a rare genetic disorder that’s robbing his hearing and sight. Brown is part of a group of runners taking on this year’s Equinox Marathon in support of developing treatments and even a cure for Usher Syndrome.Brown and several other members of the Usher Syndrome Coalition are participating in the Equinox Marathon as part of the first ever Usher Syndrome Awareness Day, and what they’re calling “Own the Equinox”.Marco Steffan is running tomorrow’s marathon, guiding a friend from Boston who has Usher syndrome.Steffan and Brown are taking sponsorships and donations in hope of raising fifty thousand dollars for Usher syndrome research.
Iḷisaġvik College’s main campus on the northern side of Utqiaġvik. The college launched its first bachelor’s program last fall. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)There’s now another way for North Slope residents to get a college degree without leaving home. Iḷisaġvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college, launched its inaugural bachelor’s of business administration this past fall.Listen nowThe main campus for Iḷisaġvik College is located in what’s known as the NARL complex in Utqiaġvik; it’s the spot where the Naval Arctic Research Laboratory used to operate until it was shuttered about 40 years ago. A short drive north of town, it’s a collection of scattered Quonset huts and a boxy blue building lofted up on stilts.The President of the college, Dr. Pearl Brower, says that the vision for higher education on the North Slope began back in the 1970s with the Borough’s first mayor, Eben Hopson Sr.Hopson felt strongly that local education was the key to self-governance, and he made it one of his top priorities.Shirts and hats for sale in the Iḷisaġvik College Bookstore. Iḷisaġvik is currently Alaska’s only federally recognized tribal college. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)“He recognized that that was going to be one of the most important things for the future of the North Slope given the fact that we were playing such a major role in oil and gas development, and the fact that we were on the edge of the Arctic in regards to science and climate change,” Brower said.Over the years, higher education here has gone through several different iterations. But in the 1990s Iḷisaġvik College was established in its current form, offering vocational certificates, associate degrees, and short-term workforce development training. And now, exactly one bachelor’s degree as well.At 5:30 p.m. in one of Iḷisaġvik’s classrooms, professor David Rice is teaching a managerial accounting course to a classroom of five students. The main topic is budgets. How you set them, who within an organization should get a say in how they’re set, and the advantages and disadvantages of different budgeting tactics.Iḷisaġvik professor David Rice, teaching a class in January on managerial accounting. One of the students in this class is in the new bachelor’s degree program. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)Not all of the students in this class are part of the bachelor’s program. But one of them — Roxanna N. Evikana just started the program this semester.Evikana grew up here on the North Slope. She attended some college in Anchorage and Washington State, but now that she’s back on the Slope, she’s excited that she can work towards her degree without leaving behind the things that are important to her.“Me and my family try to live a subsistence lifestyle,” Evikana said. “I believe that’s what’s best for my children growing up… and being home, being able to go to college at the same time is just… that is the best.”Evikana currently works as an accounting manager for Utqiaġvik’s village corporation. She says she joined the bachelor’s program mostly because it was a personal goal of hers. But also because she thinks she may want to open her own business one day.Evikana says there isn’t a ton of entertainment in town, so she’s leaning toward that. “Bowling, movies, you know, something fun,” Evikana said.Roxanna N. Evikana is currently a student in Iḷisaġvik’s new bachelor’s of business administration program. It’s been a longtime goal of hers to get her bachelor’s degree. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)Her professor David Rice says that most of the students in the Bachelor’s program are like Evikana — they’re not taking the course because they don’t have jobs. They’re taking it to open up more opportunities down the road.“They’re just making sure that they’re getting the training so they can move up to upper management,” Rice said. “That keeps the jobs here in the local population. That keeps the money here in the local population. We don’t have to bring anybody up from the lower 48 or even from Anchorage.”President Brower echoes this idea. She hopes the bachelor’s program will give local students the qualifications they need to fill positions that might otherwise go to applicants from elsewhere.“We see this influx of an outside workforce in our state,” Brower said. “We have every ability to… have local control of that. But that takes education. In today’s world — it’s not the world of our ancestors — in today’s world we need that education to go along with our indigenous experiences.”While the bachelor’s in business administration is Iḷisaġvik’s first, Brower says the college hopes to soon have another. They recently started offering courses in elementary education with an indigenous focus, and they hope to grow it to a bachelor’s program in the coming years.In December, Iḷisaġvik College announced that starting this semester, the college will waive tuition for all Alaska Native students, including for the bachelor’s in business administration.Editor’s note: The first line of this story has been changed to reflect that Iḷisaġvik is not the only place to get a bachelor’s degree on the North Slope. There are distance education programs available for enrollment.
Story Links The Joseph Mittel Award: Alina Kendzior, Marcelo Acosta The University of Louisville men’s and women’s swimming and diving team awarded their best and brightest stars at the annual Swimming and Diving Team Awards Banquet held at the Brown Williamson Room at Cardinal Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Perseverance Award: Nikkos Sofianidis, Abel Aulbach, Daniel Fecteau, Molly Fears Print Friendly Version Underclassmen Unity Award: Daniel Pinto, Daniel Sos, Morgan Friesen The following athletes were given the awards at the banquet: Freshmen of the Year: Alena Kraus, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Mitchell Whyte Ralph Wright Most Memorable Performance: Mallory Comerford and the men’s 400 Free Relay team (Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna, Bartosz Pisczcorowicz. The Rick Hill Award: Mallory Comerford, Nick Albiero Cardinal Spirit Award: Lainey Visscher, T.C. Smith, Jarrett Jones The Cardinals made a historical run this season. History was made on the final night of the NCAA Championships as the University of Louisville men’s swimming and diving team had program-record fifth place finish on Saturday evening at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The Cardinals’ 212 points were also the most scored by a Louisville team at an NCAA Championships. Prior to this year’s NCAA Championships, the Louisville men’s top finish occurred in both 2018 and 2012 when the Cardinals placed ninth overall.The men finished second in the ACC Championships. Academic Awards: Women: Clara Baggett, Morgan Friesen, Caitlin Ahern, Rachel Howard, Sophie Cattermole; Men: Nikkos Sofianidis, Daniel Sos, Nick Albiero Most Improved Athlete: Michaela Sliney, Kaylee Wheeler, Maria Sumida, Mihalis Deliyiannis, Mitchell Whyte, Tanner Cummings Igniting Performance Award: Grace Oglesby’s 200 Fly; 800 Free Relay: Zach Harting, Nick Albiero, Bartosz Piszczorowicz, Colton Paulson Relay Award: Women’s 200 Free Relay (Lainey Visscher, Mallory Comerford, Avery Braunecker, Casey Fanz) ; Men’s 400 Medley Relay: Nick Albiero, Zach Harting, Evgenii Somov, Andrej Barna and the 200 Medley Relay: Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Zach Harting, Andrej Barna. The Christine Simatacolos Cardinal Support Award: Zach Brooks The Coaches Award: Grace Oglesby, Zach Harting Following the Louisville women’s fourth place finish the 2019 NCAA Championships, the Cardinals become the first ACC program in history to have both its men’s and women’s teams finish among the top-five in the team standings at NCAAs in the same year. The women’s team finished third in the ACC Championships. The women’s NCAA week was highlighted by a pair of national championships by Mallory Comerford. Photo Gallery
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