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Ants may seem expendable, especially when colonies swarm with thousands of individuals. But Africa’s Matabele ants (Megaponera analis) go out of their way to save nest-mates injured on the field of battle. The sub-Saharan ants have a strict termite-only diet, and some of their ranks sustain injuries when they conduct raids to capture and kill the insects. Last year, a study found that after each raid, Matabele ants carry comrades with nonfatal injuries back to the nest. Now, a new study shows that their heroism extends even further. Scientists excavated six Matabele ant colonies and brought them back to the lab. Some ants were experimentally wounded by pulling off two of their legs, which triggered healthy nest-mates to haul those individuals back to the colony’s artificial nest. Once there, healthy ants cleaned the open wound with their mouth for up to 4 minutes at a time, the team reports today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Most of the treated ants—90%—survived for 24 hours, but only 20% survived if researchers prevented them from being groomed by nest-mates. It’s not clear what the grooming does exactly, but the researchers think the ants clear away dirt and apply antimicrobial chemicals to the wounds to guard against infection.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Katie LanginFeb. 13, 2018 , 7:01 PM Watch these African ants treat comrades injured on the field of battle
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Transfers The Covert Agent: Newcastle Jets close to signing Argentinian star as injury replacement The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 04:05 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Newcastle Jets AEK Athens A-League Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the Jets will imminently seal a deal for the South American, who nearly joined the club in the off-season Newcastle Jets are closing in on the signing of Argentinian playmaker Patricio Rodriguez as an injury replacement player to cover the losses of stars Roy O’Donovan and Ronald Vargas.The Covert Agent can reveal Newcastle are deep in discussions with the 27-year-old’s representatives and are expected to come to terms shortly.Rodriguez has only made two league appearances for Greek side AEK Athens this season and is expected to be allowed to leave when the January transfer window opens, according to reports from Greece. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An injury crisis has struck the Hunter Valley club this campaign with both Vargas (broken ankle) and O’Donovan (groin tear) unlikely to return until the latter stages of the season.It’s believed the new South American signing will be designated as an injury replacement for either Vargas or O’Donovan – but not take up the Jets’ two remaining visa positions at this stage.Despite mounting injuries to key players, Newcastle sit in second spot on the A-League ladder, five points behind Sydney FC but four ahead of Melbourne City.Rodriguez is an attacking midfielder, who played two seasons with PSG superstar Neymar at Brazil’s Santos and also spent four years at Argentine powerhouse Independiente.He was set to join Newcastle as a marquee in September but was overlooked at the last moment with Vargas preferred by coach Ernie Merrick.The Jets have already bolstered their injury-hit squad on Tuesday with the loan signing of former Adelaide United midfielder Riley McGree from Belgium’s Club Brugge.Newcastle host the Western Sydney Wanderers at McDonald-Jones Stadium on Friday night – hoping to reduce Sydney FC’s lead to two points before the Sky Blues travel to Wellington on Saturday.
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Pakistan ready to challenge other teams in World Test Championship: Sarfaraz AhmedPakistan, who are gearing up to host Sri Lanka in limited-overs series at home, will begin their World Test Championship campaign in Australia in November. advertisement Next Press Trust of India KarachiSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 20:39 IST Pakistan will tour Australia for a 2-match Test series in November (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan will open their World Test Championship campaign against Australia in NovemberSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan have the firepower to do well in World Test ChampionshipSarfaraz hopes Pakistan can improve their bowling to make up for absence of Amir and WahabPakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed is confident that his team is ready to make an impact in the ICC World Test Championship after struggling for form in this format in the last two years.”After in-and-out performances in the last two years since the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, I think we are now ready to challenge other teams in the World Test Championship,” he said.Pakistan’s first challenge will be a tour to Australia in November where they play two Tests followed by home Test series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Pakistan is presently placed 7th among 12 Test teams in the ICC World Rankings and Sarfaraz admitted his team had neither been consistent nor convincing in the longer format for a while now.”We have struggled after losing Misbah and Younis and we are in a rebuilding process. But now I think our batsmen are ready to fill the gaps and take responsibility,” he said.”We have Shaan Masood, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail and Babar Azam who have now gone through the grind and can do well at the Test level. There is also a lot of experience now behind Azhar and Asad.”Sarfaraz said that Pakistan needed to find one or two Test class spinners to support Yasir Shah and a couple of fast bowlers to step up since Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir have now stopped playing Test cricket.”We need to work on our bowling now and we have a couple of exciting pacers to look at and find some spinners. I think we are now in a position to do well in the test format which now has more meaning and purpose and every match is important,” he added.advertisementSarfaraz as captain has seen his team lose home Test series to Sri Lanka and New Zealand while being outclassed in South Africa.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Test ChampionshipFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Misbah ul-HaqFollow Younis KhanFollow Mohammad Amir
The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) is advising its customers and stakeholders that it will be facilitating the clearance of containers at the Port of Kingston, for as long as the Kingston Freezone Terminal Limited (KFTL) remains opened for business.This facilitation is in keeping with efforts to clear the back log of containers, which occurred as a result of recent strikes by haulage contractors and operators, who have since resumed duties at the Terminal.The Jamaica Customs Agency is assuring its stakeholders that it is collaborating and working with the KFTL, its partners, and border agencies to effectively reduce and ultimately clear the back log of containers at the Port.
zoom Responding to the latest cyber security queries, Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk reassured that no data had been lost due to the cyber attack.“While our operations and communications have been significantly affected by this virus attack, no data breach or data loss to third-parties is known to have occurred as of this date,” Maersk said in an update.Furthermore, the transport major added that customer systems connected to Maersk were not at risk of infection, as confirmed by cyber crime analysts and agencies. As informed, the virus spreads rapidly within a company’s network, but does not spread between networks or across the internet.Speaking of the virus in question, Maersk added that the virus attack was a previously unseen type of malware, and updates and patches applied to both the Microsoft systems and its antivirus “were not an effective protection in this particular case.”“Once our service has returned to more normal conditions, we will conduct a full post-mortem,” the update reads.Maersk continues to work toward full recovery, following the cyber attack on June 27, which resulted in the shutdown of the group’s business units, including APM Terminals.The fully automated Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam had to suspend vessel operations completely for a full week, with vessels having to reroute to other terminal facilities.World Maritime News Staff
WEYBURN, Canada — A Saskatchewan city council that voted against building a group home for disabled adults in an upscale neighbourhood is reconsidering the application.A statement from Weyburn’s city council says councillors met Monday with provincial government representatives and those involved with the project.Council says those with the project want to see the home built in the same neighbourhood and council plans to take another look at the application.The council rejected a proposal last week to have the group home built on a lot in The Creeks.A spokeswoman says council has not signalled whether it will reconsider the same location that was rejected last time.Council is set to have its next regular meeting Monday.Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy has said council did not intend to cause any harm, but residents in the neighbourhood had voiced concerns about the proposed group home.Letters sent to council ahead of last week’s vote show residents were worried about safety and a potential impact on property values.Coun. Brad Wheeler said during a debate on the vote that people who bought $700,000 homes in The Creeks might have changed their plans if they knew a group home was moving in. He said group homes carried a “stigma.”He later apologized for his remarks. City council also apologized for insensitive language used at the meeting. The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsA top witness for the Canadian government has testified First Nations child welfare agencies struggle under the amount of money they receive.The comments were made recently at a Canadian Human Rights Tribunal hearing where a complaint that Canada short changes First Nation child welfare agencies is being heard.Canada has argued against the claim and, in fact, has tried to squash the complaint to no avail.The tribunal is in its final months of testimony before the three commissioners decide if the complaint is legitimate.APTN’s Annette Francis reports.
The Security Council today established a United Nations political mission in Nepal to oversee the peace process in the tiny Himalayan country, following an historic agreement reached last November by the Maoists and Government aimed at ending 10 years of bloody civil war that killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.By a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council decided that the UN political mission in Nepal (UNMIN), to be headed by a Special Representative of the Secretary-General, will have 12-month mandate which could be terminated or extended depending on a request from the Government.The Council also took note of the Secretary-General’s expectation that the operation “will be a focussed mission of limited duration.”The resolution outlined main tasks for the mission, which will manage arms and armed personnel from both the Government and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), in line with the provisions of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, and support this year’s planned elections.As part of its work, the UNMIN will “provide technical support for the planning, preparation and conduct of the election of a Constituent Assembly in a free and fair atmosphere, in consultation with the parties” and “provide a small team of electoral monitors to review all technical aspects of the electoral process, and report on the conduct of the election.”The Council noted that both sides had asked for UN assistance in implementing key aspects of the peace deal, and also recognized the “strong desire of the Nepalese people for peace and the restoration of democracy.” The 15-member body further highlighted the need to pay “special attention” to the needs of women, children and traditionally marginalized groups in the peace process.An advance team of 35 UN monitors is already in Nepal and has begun registering and storing weapons of the former combatants. 23 January 2007The Security Council today established a United Nations political mission in Nepal to oversee the peace process in the tiny Himalayan country, following an historic agreement reached last November by the Maoists and Government aimed at ending 10 years of bloody civil war that killed around 15,000 people and displaced over 100,000 others.
Mr. Guterres went on to express the total support of the UN to the Iraqi Government’s efforts in humanitarian aid to the populations that have been affected by terrorism. At the same time, he appealed to the international community to support Iraq both in relation to the relief to the victims but also in relation to the stabilization, reconstruction and build-up of national institutions. As for his talks with the Prime Minister, the Secretary-General said the two felt it was important that the Da’esh is held accountable for the crimes committed by the terrorist group. “Those crimes need to be well known, need to be punished,” he said, stressing that it is important that the international community is fully of the terrible sacrifices of all the populations of Iraq –Sunni and Shia, Muslims and Christians ¬– that were victims of the cruelty of Da’esh. “This is something that needs to be known and that needs to find the adequate mechanism of effective accountability.”The UN chief said the world’s young people must understand that “terrorism is not the way to express their anger […] even if in some moments they might be angry or anxious in relation to the events that take place.” Indeed, the fight against terrorism must be accompanied by the fight to tackle its root causes, and by making it very clear the horrendous nature of the crimes committed by organizations like Da’esh. Finally, the Secretary-General expressed to the Prime Minister, his “total solidarity, and our total commitment to work together with your Government.” Iraq’s leaders have a very important task ahead with the full liberation of the country and with the full reconciliation of Iraqis “for a future of democracy and prosperity.” While in Baghdad, he also met with the Iraqi President, Foreign Minister and Speaker of the Parliament, before heading later in the day to Erbil. Mr. Guterres has been in the region since Monday, when he began his visit in Jordan. Yesterday, he addressed the Summit of the League of Arab States. Secretary-General António Guterres receives a bouquet of flowers on his arrival in Erbil, Iraq. UN Photo “This is a visit of solidarity with the Iraqi people; solidarity with Iraqi Government and institutions; solidarity in what I believe is an historic moment for Iraq,” the Secretary-General said during a press encounter in Baghdad, with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Noting that Iraq is in the final stages of its fight against terrorism, Mr. Guterres said the UN is “strongly hopeful” that the liberation of Mosul form the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/D’aesh) will soon be complete. “At the same time, I was extremely encouraged by the commitment expressed by the Prime Minister, both in relation to the protection of civilians, in the conduct of the operations and the full respect of international humanitarian law,” said the UN chief.He said he was also encouraged by the Iraqi leader’s commitment to a national dialogue and an effective process of reconciliation. This, he said, would allow after the liberation of Mosul for Iraq to progressively create the conditions for, “a normal life of a State; a State in which all communities can feel they belong; a State in which all communities respect each other and reconciliation becomes something natural.”
The 500,000th MINI has come off the production line at BMW Group Plant in Oxford, three years since the car first went on sale.MINI has revised its target to make 100,000 cars a year and 2004 is expected to be another record year. In the first seven months, 111,142 cars have been built, and the plant is now on schedule to top the 174,000 cars produced last year. Dr Anton Heiss, Managing Director of BMW Group Plant Oxford, attributed its success to the ‘commitment and flexibility of the 4,500 employees at the plant’. Rt. Hon. Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East and Secretary of State for Department of Work and Pensions was at the MINI plant to see the landmark car roll off the production line. He added that it was a ‘great moment for the workforce and the British manufacturing industry’. While the UK remains the MINI’s number one market, over 75 per cent of the cars built have been exported to 73 different markets worldwide. This reflects the trend towards exports across all car makers, with 69.7 per cent of total output in 2003 going abroad, up from less than 50 per cent in 1995 and just 31 per cent in 1990. MINI is now the fifth largest car manufacturer in the UK.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Additional to the Hepburn Engineering news in the article, the company recently secured the order for a new 1,865 kW twin AC induction motor service hoist with Unity Power Factor. This follows the successful installation and commissioning of the production hoist supplied to the same mine in Papua, Indonesia in 2008.The double drum modified Blair hoist will be used to transport up to 250 people at a time. The design will include HEPBURN Compensating head sheaves and a sheave compensation control system. The hoist will be fully assembled in Canada to minimise assembly problems in the remote mine location.Hepburn selected two Unity Power Factor medium voltage AC induction motors and drives rated for 932 kW at 3,000 m elevation from TMEIC (Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp) to drive a conservatively sized fully enclosed gear set.The hoist uses a heavy gear type clutch with a full-complement internal gear mating with a full-complement external gear. The drum design is based on a heavy shell design that does not require additional stiffeners. The hoist is designed with a design line-pull of 82,000 kg and 4.83 m/s hoisting speed. The service hoist will be fully automated, allowing an elevator-style of control from shaft operation boxes positioned at each level.
Macedoniamarta lopezSpainworld championship ← Previous Story Jan Sobol stays in Polish Azoty Pulawy Next Story → Carlos Perez ends career with farewell match on Sunday Spain-Macedonia was the only game played on Friday from the World Championship qualifiers, with the other games scheduled for this weekend. Hosts Spain already won in Skopje with 27-21, and now all they needed was just another such performance. Jorge Duenas said that he will not let the girls relax and take the game unseriously, which was obviously seen the final score. The game ended with dominant 27:16 (16:8) victory for Spain. Marta Lopez was the top scorer of the game with 5 goals.
By Órla Ryan Police still trying to confirm number of victims after ‘ferocious’ house fire The PSNI said the fire in Fermanagh has led to a “very complex crime scene”. Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 1:18 PM DETECTIVES FROM THE PSNI’s Serious Crime branch are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding a fatal fire in Co Fermanagh.At least three people were killed in the fire, which broke out at a house in the Molly Road area of Derrylin yesterday morning.Police believe the fire was started deliberately and a 27-year-old man was arrested at the scene. He remains in hospital under police guard.Speaking today, Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with [the victims] and their relatives.“I believe the fire was started deliberately. It was ferocious and has left a very complex crime scene. However, we have specialist Search and Rescue teams working hard to try and identify those who died.I am aware of local information about a family living in this property and reports of a fourth victim. At this stage we are still working intensively to establish how many victims were involved in this appalling incident. “This will take a number of days due to the structural damage caused by the fire which is further compounded by the severe weather that is forecast.”‘Dignified manner’ McKenna said the specialist officers will “ensure that the bodies of all persons identified are recovered in a dignified manner”.“Post-mortem examinations will then follow and this will assist me in confirming the identity of the victims,” he added.McKenna thanked the public for their assistance so far and appealed for “anyone who knew of or has any knowledge of the residents of 57 Molly Road Doon, Derrylin to make contact with police”.He also called for anyone who was in the area of Molly Road between the hours of midnight on Monday to 7.20am yesterday to contact detectives in Enniskillen on 101 or to anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Police believe house fire that killed three people was started deliberately 1 Comment 13,167 Views Share Tweet Email1 Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Emergency services at the house in Derrylin, Fermanagh Image: Brian Lawless/PA Wire/PA Images Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3876812 Feb 28th 2018, 1:18 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The tall, lean, rich man’s son could have spent his life lounging about Saudi Arabia in luxury. Instead, Osama bin Laden chose to kill.As a young man, he shot at Soviet invaders in Afghanistan. In middle age, he turned his wrath and far-reaching resources against the United States — the superpower he saw as spoiler of his homeland’s sacred cities.By the time of his death, his was the face of terrorism.President Barack Obama announced from the White House late Sunday that bin Laden had been killed by a special operation in Pakistan. His body is in the custody of U.S. officials.In the mind of the American public, bin Laden was often seen as the person whose sinister creativity resulted in atrocities committed in the name of Islamic fanaticism. In truth, experts said he served more as idol and motivator to militant Muslims who were convinced that America’s support of Israel and its presence in Saudi Arabia — home to the holy places of Medina and Mecca — demanded bloodshed.Bin Laden’s charismatic ways, his fortune and his ability to extract money from other wealthy Islamic extremists gave sophistication and firepower to a terrorism campaign that had been lurching from one haphazard car bombing to the next.
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Association and Wilmington Recreation Department held their annual Police Beach Day on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Town Beach.While the lake was closed for swimming, a great deal of fun was still had, including volleyball, tug-of-war, sand castle contests, and a DJ. Wilmington’s finest served beachgoers a BBQ lunch.Below is a 6-minute video from Wilmington Community Television, showing highlights from the event and interviews with Wilmington Recreation’s Brett Sawin, Wilmington Police Association President Charlie Fiore, WPD Chief Joe Desmond and Officer Stavro, and some of the kids.—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/884fdf36-a5e3-467b-8204-684d07ba0c17/video.original.mp400:0000:0005:57Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALERT: Town Beach Is CLOSED For Swimming Due To High Bacteria CountIn “Government”Residents Invited To Wilmington Police Beach Day On Thursday, August 1In “Community”VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Wilmington Police Department’s National Night OutIn “Videos”
Anchorage is struggling with how to address serious and expensive problems stemming from chronic homelessness. Today, the new mayor’s administration announced a dramatic plan to more than double the city’s capacity for housing the most severely affected population living on the streets. The sudden move isn’t without controversy.Download AudioMelinda Freemon is the director for the Department of Health and Social Services, and she says the addition of 56 housing units fits within Anchorage’s Comprehensive Plan for addressing homelessness.“DHSS is supportive of this model because it is considered the nationwide best practice: permanent supportive housing actually does end chronic homelessness for high users of safety centers across the nation,” Freemon says.The plan also funds “intensive case management,” the official term for the comprehensive help clients receive to regain control over their lives.“They provide assistance with accessing medical care for the tenants, they provide them with shopping opportunities, employment opportunities,” Freemon says. “They would facilitate substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and all of the services that go along with helping people retain their housing.”Providing shelter and help is not cheap, but advocates and city officials are quick to point out the cost of treating symptoms instead of the causes of homelessness is even more expensive. the municipality has spent millions of dollars on studies proving how costly it is just managing the most high-cost users of emergency services.That’s partly why news from the mayor’s office was such a surprise: the Administration is chipping in just $200,000, but the funding is essential for accessing a much larger pool of grant funds $3.5 million ($3,595,717 to be exact) for a multi-year budget paying for the treatment. Originally that money was dropped into the city’s budget by the Sullivan Administration for a controversial pilot program that would have sent 10 people for a short-term course of aversion therapy in Seattle. Now, the funds are helping renovate the Safe Harbor facility by 4th Avenue and Sitka Street to accomodate long-term tenants.“All the units needed upgrading–so just new flooring, new paint on the wall, but in order to make it serve a special needs population or a highly disabled population, like many people who are long-term homeless, we’ve had to make some safety improvements.”Corrine O’Neill is a housing director at RurAL CAP, which is administering the project. The statewide nonprofit bought the Safety Harbor facility last winter [November 2014], but had struggled to find funds to keep it up and running.“And Rural CAP felt it was really important to save this housing and that it would exacerbate the homeless problem in Anchorage if we didn’t save these assets. But we also inherited some of the same struggles they had in terms of operational costs.”Long-term residents are expected to start moving in by September. The funding will also make vouchers available for subsidized housing spread across different parts of the city. The project will end up similar to Karluk Manor, a wet-housing facility that’s just a few blocks away–a factor that’s hardly insignificant for critics of the plan.Christopher Constant is president of the Fairview Community Council, and says the neighborhood wasn’t consulted ahead of the decision to support more long-term supportive housing–an issue with a contentious history in the area.“We take on more as a community than any other neighborhood in this town–between Mountain View and Fairview, ya know, we are the city’s social service epicenter,” Constant says.Constant says it’s not only unfair to residents, but it makes for bad treatment policy, keeping those people in the middle of treatment within the same geography and social circles they may be struggling to get away from.A spokesman for the Berkowitz administration says the president of Mountain View Community Council was contacted about the plan, along with the chair and vice-chair of the Anchorage Assembly.
The Northwest Arctic Borough’s largest private employer and source of revenue is suing the borough over a recent hike in taxes. Teck Alaska, the operator of Red Dog Mine, filed the legal complaint last Friday, noting the tax increase could put jobs and economic activity in the region at risk.Download AudioThe Delong Mountain Transportation System, financed by AIDEA, was opened in 1990 to serve the Red Dog Mine. It includes this 52-mile gravel industrial haul road from the mine to the port facility. (Photo: AIDEA)Red Dog is the world’s second largest producer of zinc, situated 80 miles north of Kotzebue and 50 miles inland from the Chukchi Sea.Teck has been the mine’s operator since it opened in 1989, and Wayne Hall, the mine’s Manager of Community and Public Relations, said it’s been profitable, not just for the mine but for the borough as well.“It’s truly an Alaskan success story,” Hall explained. “The mine has created enormous benefit for the region, including hundreds of millions in funding for schools and other services, as well over 700 well-paying jobs.”The hundreds of millions that have helped fund schools and other services for the borough have come from what’s called a Payment in Lieu of Taxes, or PILT agreement. Teck has negotiated a PILT agreement with the Northwest Arctic Borough for the past 25 years.“However, this year,” Hall explained, “the borough has abandoned that collaborative process and instead levied what’s referred to as a severance tax, which effectively triples Red Dog’s annual tax payments.”The last time a new PILT was negotiated was five years ago, when the borough doubled it, resulting in an average annual payment from Teck of $11.5 million. The new severance tax could nearly triple that, putting Teck on the line for an estimated $30-40 million each year. Hall said that could put the mine and the borough in jeopardy.“The fact is this tax increase will make Red Dog less competitive and create uncertainty around the longevity of the mine,” Hall warned, “potentially affecting the jobs and the economic opportunity it creates.”According to the mine’s website, Red Dog has historically provided the Northwest Arctic Borough with up to 80 percent of its revenue. It also directly employs over 600 people onsite, with an annual payroll of $75 million.Along with direct impacts, Hall also warned that the tax hike could have a ripple effect in the region.Hall used the example of the air carrier services that bring in employees from all 11 communities in the region, on at least three flights each week.Those air carrier services, along with other mine-related services, create more than 100 additional jobs for the region. So with so much at stake for the both the mine and the borough, why the sudden surge in taxes imposed by the borough?“We don’t know,” Hall said, “and we actually asked why, and they refused to tell us.”Calls to the Northwest Arctic Borough mayor’s office were not returned as of Monday afternoon, though the borough’s regional corporation was willing to comment.NANA owns the land the mine operates on, and many of its shareholders work at Red Dog. Liz Cravalho is NANA’s director of community and government affairs, and she says what they’re most concerned about are their shareholders, including their jobs, their dividends, and future exploration in the region.Cravalho says NANA is working to bring both parties to the table to renegotiate a payment agreement, something Hall would like to see as well.“We’ve really initiated this legal complaint very reluctantly,” Hall explained. He said it wasn’t something Teck wanted to do.“Unfortunately, by refusing to engage in good faith negotiations to achieve a reasonable payment agreement, the borough has left us with few options,” Hall said, “and our goal of this action is to get the borough to come to the table and work with us to negotiate a new and reasonable payment agreement.”Through the legal complaint, Teck is seeking an injunction of the severance tax and meeting with the Northwest Arctic Borough.