Trump says to be ‘no politics’ in Alaska mine project review

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said there would be “no politics” in the review process of Alaska’s Pebble Mine project which has previously been opposed by prominent Republicans and environmentalists who say it would damage wetlands and popular fishing sites.

“Don’t worry, wonderful & beautiful Alaska, there will be NO POLITICS in the Pebble Mine Review Process. I will do what is right for Alaska and our great Country!!!,” Trump said in a tweet late on Wednesday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the federal agency that regulates the development and dredging of wetlands, had last month placed an additional hurdle in front of the project to mine copper and gold, giving developers 90 days to explain how they would offset concerns about the environment.

Pebble Limited Partnership, the project’s owner, at that time said it would satisfy the request for additional mitigation and that it would submit a

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The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better

Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected the carnage of Covid, deep-seated inequalities and, most of all, racism. They recreated the murder of George Floyd, then took the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Unusual fare for Saturday prime-time, yet the audience lapped it up, whooping in the studio and enthusing on social media. And then the media regulator, Ofcom, was deluged with complaints – well over 20,000 by the start of this week, objecting to its political nature. That in turn provoked a petition supporting Diversity.



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In this small story lies much that makes people despair of the state of UK democracy: deeply tribalistic, talking past rather than to each other, and

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Watch now: Bloomington recreational cannabis dispensary could open by end of the year | Politics



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Remnants of the former Slim Chickens, 118 Keaton Place in Bloomington, were still on site as of Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. City Council approved a permit for Jushi Holdings Inc. to open Beyond/Hello, a cannabis dispensary, in the building that has been vacant since March.




The Beyond/Hello location in Normal was broken into in July. Police released a video with the timestamp of 3:09 a.m. on July 1 that shows a glass door being broken and three people inside the Beyond/Hello, 501 Northtown Road.

Wang said if their construction schedule goes as planned, they could open the new location by the end of the year.


Watch now: Police release video inside Normal cannabis business that was broken in to

The dispensary, formerly known as The Green Solution, was acquired by Jushi in January. A spokesperson for the company said they currently operate 10 locations nationwide.The Normal

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Normal town leaders to discuss local motor fuel tax | Politics

Normal was awarded a $500,000 grand through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in 2013 for a few projects to extend Constitution Trail, including the Eagle’s Landing trail. 

Funding for the trail extension projects was delayed until late 2014 due to changes within the state’s administration, placing the funding on hold, Reece said. 

The town then contracted to have design plans and specifications completed by Farnsworth Group and Normal’s Engineering Department.

The grant was suspended indefinitely in June 2015 and council rejected the original project bid.

A portion of the original grant allocation of $125,000 and additional capital funds were used to complete the Underwood Park parking lot and trail connection project in 2019. 

The DCEO grant was reinstated in June, and the town is seeking to use the funds to complete the Eagle’s Landing Trail project.

Other council business

In other business Tuesday, council is set to

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The Complex Politics Behind Bad Translations on VisitMexico.com

The gibberish that recently popped up on Mexico’s flagship tourism website was so bizarre that it might as well have been concocted by a competitor.



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Earlier this month, viewers browsing the English-language entries on VisitMexico.com spotted that many geographical names had been translated literally. The Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, named after a hero of Mexican independence, was rendered as “Warrior.” The northern city of Saltillo became “Little Jump”—both translations as robotically correct as they were embarrassing.

There were more curiosities. The website offered a link to “Mexico Hyper” and declared that the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende was founded in the “XNUMXth” century. And to Twitter’s delight, Ciudad Madero became quite simply “Log,” rolling over the tribute to the slain President Francisco I. Madero.

Not all the translations were literal. Tulum, the Mayan

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Human Service board votes in favor of Osadchuk despite hostile work environment allegations | Government, Politics and Elections

When she began her job as social services director in 2013, Osadchuk said, supervisors felt powerless because they had previously not been able to enforce policy with employees.

“We had policies,” Osadchuk said. “I just said we’re going to enforce them, and the board wanted me to do that.”

Osadchuk also decried social media harassment she said she has received, and what she said was a “harassing” email sent to a county commissioner earlier Wednesday.

“We’re all better than this,” Osadchuk said.

Differing opinions

Osadchuk suggested implementing a countywide workplace environment survey and creating an employee group to discuss department morale. 

Several board members, along with Osadchuk, said they had concerns about how the investigation was conducted. Osadchuk said most current employees don’t have complaints and they weren’t interviewed. Some zone board members said the investigation did not tell them definitively if a hostile work environment existed.

“To me, an

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