first_imgWonderful turnout from Alaskans at the @IndianCommittee nomination hearing for Tara Sweeney to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior. I’m bursting with pride.— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) May 9, 2018“We need you busting down doors and saying ‘we need to talk,’” Murkowski said.President Trump picked Sweeney for the job in October, but the Office of Government Ethics, in the executive branch, held up the process out of concern over her shares in Alaska Native corporations, including ASRC.Sweeney says the ethics pledge she signed commits her to stay out of all matters involving ASRC.Democratic Sen. Tom Udall pressed her further:“And will you recuse yourself from any matter that may benefit ASRC, including oil and gas development in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge?” Udall asked.“My ethics pledge requires me to recuse myself from all matters pertaining to ASRC and I will adhere to that, yes,” Sweeney responded.There’s no word yet on when the Senate committee will move her confirmation to the full Senate for a vote. Alaskan Tara MacLean Sweeney faced no resistance at a U.S. Senate confirmation hearing today on her nomination to be assistant Interior secretary for Indian Affairs.Listen nowSweeney is now an executive vice president at Arctic Slope Regional Corporation. She would be the first Alaska Native woman to hold the federal position, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and helps manage federal relations with Native American tribes.Sweeney brought her family and lots of Arctic Slope leaders to the Senate Indian Affairs hearing.“You have a room full of Inupiat Eskimos,” Sweeney said at the start of her address to the senators. “And so I appreciate the staff keeping this room nice and cool, because it is very warm for for the rest of us.”Outside, the temperature was approaching 80 degrees.“I can tell you, this Eskimo is melting,” Sweeney said.One of Sweeney’s guests was ASRC founding director Oliver Leavitt, who she says inspired her career choice when she was 12. She remembers Leavitt came to her school in Barrow to talk about the opportunities of the new Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the law that created ASRC and the other Alaska Native regional corporations.“And as he left the building,” Sweeney recalled, “I looked over to my friends, including his son, and said, ‘I want to work there. I want to work for him. I want to do what he is doing for our people.’”Several senators, including Lisa Murkowski, told Sweeney they want her to be tough, to take on problems at the BIA and make demands within the administration to help ease troubles afflicting many indigenous communities, like the high rates of domestic violence, substance abuse and unemployment.last_img

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first_img Short URL Ireland (v Wales):15. Rob Kearney14. Keith Earls13. Garry Ringrose12. Robbie Henshaw11. Simon Zebo10. Johnny Sexton9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Donnacha Ryan5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Niall Scannell17. Cian Healy18. John Ryan19. Iain Henderson20. Peter O’Mahony21. Kieran Marmion22. Paddy Jackson23. Tommy BoweReferee: Wayne Barnes [RFU].Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: iTunes Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 1:33 PM 50 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 8th 2017, 1:33 PM No changes for Ireland as Schmidt keeps faith in Ringrose at 13 There is only one change to Ireland’s 23-man squad, with Tommy Bowe included on the bench. Share19 Tweet Email 20,868 Views Android Senior presence Henshaw ready to ‘man up’ and make the hits against WalesPowerful Blackrock set up mouthwatering Schools Cup decider with Belvo By Murray Kinsella JOE SCHMIDT HAS named an unchanged Ireland team to face Wales in the Six Nations on Friday night at the Principality Stadium [KO 8.05pm]. Garry Ringrose remains at outside centre. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO22-year-old Garry Ringrose has kept his place at outside centre and will win his seventh Ireland cap alongside Robbie Henshaw in the midfield.With Ireland having recorded consecutive wins over Italy and France in the two most recent rounds of the championship, it was always likely that Schmidt would opt for a settled side ahead of the trip to Cardiff.Johnny Sexton and Conor Murray will again lead Ireland around the pitch as the halfbacks, while Simon Zebo, Keith Earls and Rob Kearney – fully recovered from a groin issue – complete the backline.A forward pack of Jack McGrath, captain Rory Best, Tadhg Furlong, Donnacha Ryan, Devin Toner, CJ Stander, Sean O’Brien and Jamie Heaslip has a familiar feel to it.Cian Healy and Peter O’Mahony, who had strong claims to start, have to be content with bench roles again this weekend.The only change to Ireland’s matchday squad from the victory against France is an injury-enforced one, with Tommy Bowe replacing Andrew Trimble in the number 23 shirt after his Ulster team-mate suffered a broken hand during last weekend’s Pro12 action.Bowe had missed out on inclusion in the initial 36-man Ireland squad for the final two rounds of the championship, but leaps ahead of the likes of Craig Gilroy and Andrew Conway after being called up due to Trimble’s injury.last_img

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A destructive wheat disease could threaten global food security, an international team of researchers has warned. CSIRO scientist, Dr Darren Kriticos – who authored a report about how to keep ahead of the disease, recently published in the journal Science – said the wheat industry has been protected so far by developing resistant varieties. Wheat stem rust is a global problem and unless there is a long-term plan, wheat-producing countries – including Australia – will be at risk. “It’s headed for Australia. It’s not a matter of if it gets to Australia, it’s a matter of when,” explained Kriticos. “So it’s imperative for Australia’s wheat production and wheat production security to ensure that we have varieties of wheat that are resistant.”Dr Darren Kriticos wants wheat-producing countries around the world to collectively invest $50 million a year to research new ways to protect crops.“If that investment isn’t made we’re going to run into problems,” he said,Wheat stem rust, also known as UG99, is an aggressive fungus and one of the most destructive wheat diseases. It was first found in Uganda, before spreading through the Middle East, and destroying wheat crops.The international team of researches is now calling for a doubling in funding to develop disease-resistant varieties.Source: ABC Newslast_img

first_imgKourou reporte le tir d’Ariane 5 à cause d’une grèveMardi, le Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes) a annoncé le report du lancement d’Ariane 5 qui devait avoir lieu ce soir depuis le centre spatial de Kourou en Guyane. Une grève s’est déclarée dans la journée au sein de l’entreprise de la base spatiale qui travaille sur les radars.La fusée Ariane 5 ne décollera pas ce soir. C’est ce qu’a annoncé dans l’après-midi, le Centre national d’études spatiales (Cnes) qui devait normalement procéder au tir de l’engin dans la soirée depuis le Centre spatial guyanais de Kourou. Seulement voilà, les conditions n’ont pas permis le décollage de la fusée. Mais contrairement à ce que l’on pourrait supposer ce n’est pas la météo qui a cloué Ariane 5 au sol, c’est une grève déclarée dans plusieurs entreprises qui travaillent à Kourou.En effet, lundi, un mouvement social avait déjà débuté au sein de l’une des entreprises de la base spatiale, Cegelec Space, à l’appel des syndicats FO et UTG (Union des travailleurs guyanais) qui ont déposé mardi un préavis de grève pour une seconde société, la Telespazio. Or, cette dernière a un rôle essentiel dans le lancement des engins spatiaux. “C’est une société travaillant sur les radars, donc des moyens sensibles en période de tir. Et les moyens ne sont pas disponibles. Voilà ce qui justifie le report du tir”, a expliqué le Cnes. “Nous demandons la confirmation des qualifications des salariés (soit une hausse des salaires) et une prime pour le travail le dimanche”, a déclaré à l’AFP Jean Pustay, délégué syndical FO au sein de Cegelec Space avant de préciser : “Des discussions sont en cours avec la direction mais n’avancent pas vite”. Aujourd’hui, la moitié des 150 salariés de Cegelec Space sont en grève. Deux satellites cloués au sol avec Ariane À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESASi la situation semble donc compliquée à Kourou, elle ne parait pas plus avantageuse du côté des opérateurs propriétaires des deux satellites qu’Ariane 5 devait lancer. Pour son cinquième lancement de l’année, Arianespace devait en effet mettre en orbite les satellites ARABSAT 5C pour l’opérateur Arabsat, basé en Arabie Saoudite, et SES-2 pour l’opérateur SES, basé au Luxembourg, rapporte l’AFP. Deux satellites notamment destinés à assurer la diffusion de chaînes de télévision, sur le Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du Nord pour Arabsat, et sur l’Amérique du Nord et les Caraïbes pour SES. Pour l’heure, le Cnes n’a néanmoins pas indiqué quand un nouvel essai de tir aurait lieu.  Le 20 septembre 2011 à 18:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img

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