first_imgSt. Michael’s Cathedral (Robert Woolsey – KCAW)Though it was short, with no new business and only four items of unfinished business on the agenda, Tuesday’s  Sitka Assembly meeting was still eventful, with assembly members continuing to debate if they should allocate funds for renovations to St. Michael’s Cathedral.Listen nowAfter deliberation that spanned several meetings, St. Michael’s Cathedral will not receive $5,000 dollars from the city for exterior work. At a short meeting on Tuesday, the Sitka Assembly voted 4-3 against donating the money for renovations to the historic building. The ordinance, originally presented to the assembly on November 7, continued to stir up debate over the separation of church and state. Assembly member Bob Potrzuski, who co-sponsored the ordinance with assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz, voiced his support.“It certainly does not promote any religious activity,” Potrzuski said. “There’s not any reason except to continue to have an iconic building that draws visitors by the  thousands to our downtown to our community as a whole.”St. Michael’s is a replica of the Orthodox cathedral built by the Russians in the 19th Century. It has major structural problems like a leaking roof and a basement prone to flooding. The money would have come from the visitor’s enhancement fund and would only be used to help fund renovations to the exterior of the building. Assembly member Kevin Knox said he felt like it was a worthy cause.“You can’t pick up a piece of literature that supports our visitor industry and not see that picture, the face of that church,” Knox said.Mayor Matthew Hunter also voiced his support, and said that the visitor enhancement fund exists to fund such projects and the religious connection is immaterial.“We need this structure so that people can continue to come to Sitka and live the history that brings so many people here,” Hunter said.Assembly member Aaron Bean, who spoke against the measure when it was introduced on November 7, said even if the money was specifically allocated for exterior renovations, it still indirectly helps the church further its mission.“It’s pretty clear that by doing this you will be advancing the church’s goal,” Bean said. “Any money that they wouldn’t have to otherwise pay a contractor to do the work that they’ve been neglecting for years is going to end up furthering their agenda.”City Attorney Brian Hanson said while Bean’s argument made sense, it was a common one made in past cases that set legal precedent for separation of church and state, and doesn’t hold up in a court of law.Though Hunter voiced his support, he said he was concerned the city could be sued if they moved ahead.“I did have an interaction with a gentleman on the street who was very passionate about the issue and said ‘I will sue you if you support this,” Hunter said.Hanson said that though he believes the donation wouldn’t violate the first amendment and the city would be on solid legal ground, they may still be at risk of a lawsuit, which could be costly.“This is only a $5,000 donation. I would suggest if a lawsuit is filed, it’s no longer economically viable to do this, no matter if you win or not,”  Hanson said.Ultimately, the measure failed 4-3, with Ben Miyasato, Bob Potrzuski and Richard Wein voting in favor, and Aaron Bean, Steven Eisenbeisz, Kevin Knox and Mayor Matt Hunter voting against.In other business, the assembly voted on second reading,  to update the electronic health records system for Sitka Community Hospital. They also approved, on second reading, several requests from Gary Paxton Industrial Park.last_img

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first_imgThe more daring among us commute by motorcycle. Granted, riding a motorcycle is a great deal of fun, and a whole lot windier. Yet, as Lit Motors CEO Dan Kim notes, there hasn’t been much progress in terms of safety with the production of motorcycles. Thrill and safety have an inverse relationship, and with that in mind, he has set out to reinvent the motorcycle with the fully enclosed C1.It seems as if the C1 rode straight out of a science fiction film. The two-wheeler exists somewhere between motorcycle and car with the small form factor of a motorcycle and the safety of a car. Yet, with the design, one may wonder how it doesn’t tip over. That problem is dealt with by a gyroscopes that provides over 1,300lb/ft of torque. As demonstrated in the video’s animation, the C1 will manage to stay upright in the event of a collision.The C1 is fully electric. Two 40-kilowatt electric motors give the vehicle a top speed of 120mph. One full charge can yield about 200 miles. With progress in mind, the C1 is connected in nearly every way, offering H2V, H2C, V2l, and V2V connectivity, traffic, construction, and weather information will be sent to the C1 so that the driver is always up to date.Granted, traditional motorcycle enthusiasts may take issue with the C1’s design. It’s not open air, and you’re sitting inside rather than on the vehicle. One may argue that the C1 has much less bravado, but that isn’t the point of the C1. Dan Kim’s concept bike combines mobility, flexibility, and safety. Motorcycle accidents are gruesome, and riding one begs the question, “Is it really worth the risk?” The C1 decreases that risk while providing the same essential functions with a semi-futuristic design.The expected price of a C1 is $16,000, and Lit Motors is aiming for a 2013 release date. For a safer motorcycle, that doesn’t seem all that expensive.More at Lit Motors via SmartPlanetlast_img

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP TWITTER CHIEF JACK Dorsey’s account was hacked this evening, with a series of offensive messages posted from his account. Twitter said this evening that the account of chief executive Dorsey had been “compromised”.The tweets containing racial slurs and suggestions about a bomb showed up around 8pm on the @jack account of the founder of the social media site.“We’re aware that @jack was compromised and investigating what happened,” a Twitter spokesperson said.Some of the tweets contained the hashtag #ChucklingSquad which was believed to indicate the identity of the hacker group.The news comes with Dorsey and Twitter moving aggressively to clean up offensive and inappropriate content as part of a focus on “safety”.© – AFP 2019 Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, had his account hacked this evening. Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Images 7 Comments Image: Rolf Vennenbernd/DPA/PA Imagescenter_img 17,852 Views Aug 30th 2019, 10:20 PM Friday 30 Aug 2019, 10:20 PM Twitter chief Jack Dorsey has account hacked The hack happened earlier this evening. Short URL Share5 Tweet Email last_img

first_imgAmerican Soybean Association (ASA) First Vice President Mike Yost said today, “The projected record 1998 U.S. soybean crop sends a strong message to Washington that U.S. farmers must have aggressive trade and export policies to ensure agriculture’s future profitability.” According to Yost, “There are important international issues facing the Administration and Congress right now, and their resolution will be critical in determining the viability of our market-based farm program.”Yost’s remarks followed release this week of USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, projecting soybean plantings at 72.0 million acres, 2 percent above last year’s level. If realized, this would be the largest planted area for soybeans on record.”Congress must reconsider the Administration’s request for broad-based Fast Track trade negotiating authority as soon as possible. Without Fast Track, the U.S. is being left out of numerous trade deals between our competitors and our customers,” Yost added. “More than half the value of our $18 billion crop is exported annually and that contributes positively to the United States’ balance of trade. ASA also is urging that funding for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Cooperator Program be maintained at the current year level of $32 million.” ASA invests FMD funds and producer checkoff dollars collected from farmers to promote U.S. soybean exports in nearly 100 countries worldwide.”In addition, congress and the Administration must continue to insist that regulations governing trade in biotech crops and products be based on sound science. Any import restrictions or labeling requirements based on the process rather than product characteristics can lead to crop segregation, and segregation would disrupt the U.S. and world commodity marketing system,” Yost said. Industry sources estimate that 40 percent of the soybean seedstock planted in the U.S. this year will be derived through biotechnology.”Congress should immediately approve the Administration’s request for $18.0 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund. This amount includes $14.5 billion to increase the IMF’s quota and $3.5 billion to stabilize Asian economies,” Yost said. Asian countries are major importers of U.S. soybeans and soybean products, and it is important to restore the buying power of their currencies.”ASA is also asking the Administration to continue to insist that China comply with basic World Trade Agreement requirements regarding state trading and transparency in the current accession negotiations. These talks offer U.S. producers and processors a one-time opportunity to increase access to the largest potential world market for soybeans and products. We are also recommending that China’s Most Favored Nation trading status should be renewed again in 1998,” Yost added.On top of the large projected U.S. crop are projections that South America’s soybean crop, which is being harvested right now, will reach a record 51.6 million metric tons (1,896 million bushels). That represents an increase of 11.3 mmt (415 mil. bu.) or 28 percent above last year’s South American crop of 40.3 mmt (1,481 mil. bu.). This increased level of South American production represents an amount that is greater than the total amount of whole soybeans exported last year by the U.S. to the European Union, the United States’ number one market area for whole soybean exports.Soybeans were planted on 26 percent of all U.S. crop acres in 1997. USDA estimates that the value of 1997 U.S. soybean and soybean product exports will exceed $11 billion, the highest value of any agricultural product category, accounting for nearly 19 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports that are projected to reach $58.5 billion. ASA is a national, not-for-profit, grassroots membership organization with 31,500 members, affiliate offices in 26 states, and overseas marketing offices in 13 countries. The Association develops and implements policies to increase the profitability of its members and the entire soybean industry.last_img

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