Crews working to extinguish forest fire near the Site C Dam

first_imgThe smoke covering Fort St. John is coming from the fire that is currently uncontrolled.If the current fire suppression doesn’t work, more crews will be brought in to fight the fire Thursday.There is another fire northwest of Fort St. John, that is approximately 100 hectares in size.  The fire isn’t creating a lot of smoke today and crews are working to put out that fire.If you have any information about forest fires in our region, email  You can also send along any pictures or video as well. UPDATE as of 5:45 p.m. – B.C. Hydro has confirmed the fire is located approximately 3.5km upstream from the Site C Dam project.  At this time there is no concern for the workers on site or the worker accommodation.  Hydro and the B.C. Wildfire Service are monitoring the situation and their first priority is the safety of workers on site and the public.  Hydro was burning waste wood debris on Friday and Saturday near Tea Island.  The cause of Wednesday’s fire is unknown at this time.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Crews from the Forest Fire Service and B.C. Hydro are working to contain a fire near the Site C Dam.The fire broke out on Wednesday and is approximately 4 hectares in size.  Crews from the Forest Service and B.C. Hydro are working to contain the fire and B.C. Hydro has hired a helicopter to help with the suppression efforts.last_img read more

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In highstate of preparedness to deal with threat from Pak

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian Air Force on Thursday said it was in a high state of preparedness to pro-actively engage any perceived threat from Pakistan, in clear indication that underlying tension between the two countries remained.Citing a document of Pakistan’s civil aviation authority, the IAF said the neighbouring country has opened its airspace with Oman, Iran, Afghanistan and China only and the 11 entry and exit points located along Indo-Pak airspace were still closed. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!”The Indian Air Force is in a high state of preparedness, to pro-actively engage any perceived threat in the present security scenario,” the IAF said in a statement. It said a strict vigil in the skies to detect and thwart any act of aggression from Pakistan Air Force is being maintained. Officials said all the frontline IAF bases along India’s western border have been kept on maximum alert. Tensions between the two countries escalated after Indian fighters bombed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s biggest training camp near Balakot deep inside Pakistan on February 26. Pakistan retaliated by attempting to target Indian military installations on February 27. However, the IAF thwarted their plans. The Indian strike on the JeM camp came 12 days after the terror outfit claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir, killing 40 soldiers.last_img read more

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UN Chiefs Western Sahara Report a Breath of Fresh Air for

Washington D.C. – United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, released the advanced copy of his much-anticipated annual report on the situation in the Western Sahara, which was obtained by Morocco World News. The report, the basis for the Security Council’s upcoming decision whether or not to renew the mandate of the UN mission in the territory, known as MINURSO, includes a number of points that will certainly be welcomed by Morocco.The Western Sahara Question is a UN Prerogative Prior to the publication of the report and in light of the meetings that the UNSG personal envoy, Horst Kohler, held with representatives of the African Union and the European Union, many in Morocco feared that these meetings heralded a new approach by the UN to involve other parties in the negotiating process.  Moroccan observers feared that the UNSG was paving the way for the African Union to become a full-fledged stakeholder in the UN-led political process, a position that Morocco has fiercely opposed for years. With the publication of the new annual report, the UNSG leaves no doubt that the United Nations is the only international organization that has the legitimacy and credibility to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable political solution.In paragraph 26 of the draft report, Guterres noted that all the African Union and European Union officials who met with Personal Envoy, Horst Kohler, in recent months, reiterated their support for the Personal Envoy and acknowledged the leadership of the United Nations in the political process.“In these discussions, the interlocutors pledged support for my Personal Envoy’s efforts and acknowledged the lead of the United Nations in the process,” Guterres said.As in previous reports, the UNSG report steered away from mentioning the European Court of Justice rulings on the EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement. This omission is an apparent setback for the Polisario and Algeria, which have redoubled their efforts in recent years to persuade the United Nations to politicize the issue of the alleged exploitation of natural resources in the territory.UN Concerned about Buffer ZonesThe situation in the buffer zone of Guerguerat also features prominently in Guterres’ annual report. Polisario members have been violating the UN 1991 ceasefire agreement through their illegal armed maneuvers in the region.Guterres reiterated the firm position of the United Nations against the presence of the Polisario in the Guerguerat area. In paragraph 8, the UNSG reaffirmed his appeal of January 6, 2018 for the Polisario to withdraw, such that the flow of commercial and civil traffic is not hindered and such that no action taken could constitute a change in status of the buffer zone.“On 6 January, I expressed deep concern about recent increased tensions in Guerguerat, calling on the parties to exercise maximum restraint and to avoid escalating tensions. I also called for regular civilian and commercial traffic not to be obstructed and for no action to be taken that may constitute a change to the status quo of the buffer strip. In a letter addressed to Mr. Ghali and dated 5 January, I requested that the parties refrain from actions that could undermine the efforts of my Personal Envoy to relaunch the political process, while also reiterating my commitment to the peaceful resolution of the conflict,” he said.While recognizing Morocco’s efforts to avoid escalation in the buffer zone, Guterres expressed in paragraph 80 of his report concerns about “the renewed Frente Polisario presence in Guerguerat, and the challenges such actions by either party may bring to the ceasefire.” He, therefore, called on the Polisario to “withdraw from the buffer strip as they did in April 2017.”Two Details of Great Significance to Morocco In any report of the Secretary General, what matters most is the chapter on “observations and recommendations.” This year’s annual report contains two details that are of great significance.The first detail is the emphasis on Guterres’ call on Algeria to contribute to and increase its engagement in the political process. In paragraph 78 of the draft report, the UNSG stresses the importance that Algeria, along with Mauritania, contribute effectively to the UN-led political process aimed at helping the parties to reach a mutually agreed political solution.“I would like to reiterate the Security Council’s call on neighboring States, Algeria and Mauritania, to make important contributions to the political process and to increase their engagement in the negotiating process,” he said.This year’s language concerning Algeria’s involvement in the process is stronger than previous years when the UNSG limited himself to pointing out that “Algeria and Mauritania, as neighboring countries, can and should make important contributions to this process.”The significance of this year’s language is that it stresses the need for Algeria to be involved in the political process, thus echoing Morocco’s diplomatic position, which has long emphasized that Algeria is a major party in the conflict and should therefore be involved in the UN-led political process.The second detail relates to the concept of self-determination. In paragraph 78 of the report, the UNSG insists that the parties to the conflict should show a spirit of compromise in reaching a political solution, in accordance with the resolutions adopted since 2007. In this paragraph, the UNSG makes no mention of the concept of self-determination, whereas all previous reports referred to this concept when talking about the need to conduct “direct negotiations between the parties, which are to occur without preconditions, in good faith.”“In its resolutions since the beginning of 2007, the Security Council has directed me to facilitate direct negotiations between the parties, which are to occur without preconditions, in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, while working with realism and a spirit of compromise,” Guterres said.This paragraph contrasts starkly with the second paragraph of the “observations and recommendations” of last year’s report in which the UNSG mentioned the concept of self-determination.“In a series of resolutions beginning in 2007, the Security Council has directed the Secretary-General to facilitate direct negotiations between the parties to reach a “mutually acceptable political solution, which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.” Over the years, the Council has provided ample guidance that the negotiations are to occur without preconditions, in good faith, taking into account the efforts made since 2006 and subsequent developments, and working with realism and a spirit of compromise,” Guterres said in his report published in April 2017.In addition, the report raises serious concerns of the United Nations with regard to the security situation in the buffer zone. It is very significant that these concerns appear immediately after the paragraph where the UNSG expressed his concerns about the Polisario’s repeated maneuvers in Guerguerat.“Further, I remain deeply concerned about security in Western Sahara, in particular in the vast and empty desert expanse east of the berm, where unarmed military observers of MINURSO remain vulnerable to threats by criminal and terrorist groups,” the UNSG said.This statement echoes the efforts that Morocco has made in recent years to draw the attention of the international community to the possibility that the Tindouf camps and the vast areas of the buffer zone may become safe havens for terrorist and criminal organizations.The report, however, falls short of calling for conducting a census in the Tindouf camps to determine the exact number of people living there. For the past several years, Morocco has called on the United Nations to conduct a census in the territory and to shed light on the systematic embezzlement of the humanitarian assistance destined to the population living in the camps.A Need for CautionHowever positive the language of the UN report might appear, Moroccans should not assume that the dynamics of the conflict are in their favor. Moroccan diplomacy has yet to convince the Security Council of the validity of its approach to putting an end to the conflict. What matters most is the resolution that the Security Council will decide on April 30. It remains to be seen whether it will reflect the same language regarding Algeria and Mauritania’s involvement or whether it will settle for using the same language as last year’s resolution.With the appointment of John Bolton, a hawkish American politician known for his sympathy towards the Polisario, as the new National Security Adviser for President Donald Trump, Moroccans would better be served to show some caution. At this juncture, with Bolton scheduled to start his new job on April 9, it would be hard to predict the outcome of UN Security Council deliberations next month about the conflict.Will the UN finally depart from its fixation on the concept of self-determination as necessarily leading to independence? Will it explore other avenues to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable political solution? Will its members admit that a solution to this complex conflict cannot be found based on the same principles of the 1960s and the 1970s? Or will Bolton, known for his support for a referendum on self-determination, weigh in on the deliberations of the Security Council prior to the adoption of the new annual resolution? Will his appointment usher in a new chapter in the UN-led political process?The language of the resolution that will be adopted at the end April will demonstrate to what extent the UN is ready to bring about a political solution to the conflict. read more

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CID to question Editor over assault on Poddala Jayantha

The former secretary of the Sri Lanka Working Journalists’ Association (SLWJA) had told reporters then that he was not satisfied with the investigations into the assault in 2009. A newspaper Editor has been summoned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to record a statement related to the assault on journalist Poddala Jayantha.The Editor of the Sinhalese language newspaper has been asked to appear before the CID tomorrow to record the statement. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda Poddala Jayantha fled the country in 2010 but returned last year to file a complaint with the CID as he wanted justice.He had said there was suspicion the suspects arrested earlier over the assault on journalist Keith Noyhar may have been involved in the assault on him. (Colombo Gazette) Former media activist Poddala Jayantha appeared before the CID in June last year to file a complaint over the ongoing investigations into an assault on him. read more

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Mine Buildings

first_imgSummit Structures’ recent new product, the Meridian Building Series, is a hybrid between the TITAN and Legend building designs – two of the products that Summit Structures is know for. The exterior shape of the building follows a traditional building shape with a one-piece outer fabric-membrane. The outer straight-leg design gives a higher straight wall for improved interior useable space. The building’s steel trusses are constructed of rectangular steel tubing using round structural webbing to brace the inner and outer chords providing a strong building that meets all North American building codes.  “This design brings the best attributes of our leading buildings together, creating clean exterior lines and maximum useable interior floor space, while still boasting the attributes that make all our buildings so popular like natural light, clear-span space and fast installation,” says Wayne Gursky, General Manager of Summit Structures. Summit’s full product line is available in widths up to 90 m and can be constructed to any length. The company is North America’s largest manufacturer of clear-span tension membrane buildings and offers complete design-build and professional construction services.www.summitstructures.comlast_img read more

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New Doosan equipment at Bauma 2013

first_imgDoosan Construction Equipment will be showing a wide range of new excavators, wheel loaders, articulated dump trucks and attachments for the first time at Bauma 2013 in Munich, Germany from 15-21 April 2013.  Among the new products on the stand are the DX140W-3 and DX160W-3 wheeled excavators, the DX380LC-3 large crawler excavator and the DL200-3, DL250-3 and DL550-3 wheel loaders. The company states: “Going well beyond meeting the latest emission requirements, all new Doosan Stage IIIB compliant excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks have been designed to exceed customer requirements for quality, productivity, controllability, comfort, reliability and durability, with greatly reduced overall costs and optimal fuel efficiency.” The new DX140W-3 and DX160W-3 excavators are both powered by the reliable Doosan DL06KB 6-cylinder ‘common rail’ turbocharged diesel engine providing a 2% increase in power to 102 kW at 2,000 rpm and a 12% increase in engine torque.  The new DX380LC-3 excavator is powered by the larger Doosan DL08K diesel engine delivering an 8% increase in torque and 5% more power (213 kW) at a 6% lower rpm of 1,800. In all three models, the engines meet Stage IIIB engine emission regulations through the use of EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) after-treatment technologies. The new wheeled excavators offer a substantial boost in performance compared to the previous generation machines:Main pump flow has increased by 8% and system pressure has risen to 350-370 kg/cm2Bucket forces increased by 16% and arm forces by 6-16%Lifting capacities increased from 3-12% over the front of the excavatorsA 10% increase in traction forceUp to 9% reduction in fuel consumptionIn-cab noise levels reduced by 5 dBA Similarly, the new DX380LC-3 large crawler excavator offers “outstanding performance levels and exceptional fuel efficiency” compared to other machines in the 34 to 42 t market segment, states Doosan.  A new joggle/shuttle control is an exclusive feature on new generation Doosan excavators.  Other highlights include: Up to 22% increase in productivity (m3) to fuel consumption (l) ratio23% more pump flow40 t plus class size undercarriage for optimum stabilityA 15% increase in drawbar pullA 15% increase in front lifting capacity As well as offering more standard features than other excavators of its size on the market, there is a greatly expanded choice of options for the DX380LC-3, including a new narrow (3 m) undercarriage which will be shown at Bauma 2013 and a new two-mode floating boom system.On the new wheel loaders, the company states: “With bucket capacities of 2.0, 2.5 and 5.4 m3, respectively, the new DL200-3, DL250-3 and DL550-3 wheel loaders are intended to meet a wide range of material-handling needs from loading and transporting granular material to industrial, mining and quarrying applications.  These new generation models combine high engine power with a number of new features to minimise fuel consumption and provide better operator comfort, exceptional performance, ease of handling, easier serviceability and extended durability.”last_img read more

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Croatia wins Balkan derby

Croatia beat Montenegro 27:22 (13:12) in the Round 2 of the Group D at the Men’s EHF EURO 2014 in Copenhagen. From the very beginning team of Slavko Goluza took the leading role, even Montenegro had 5:4 after ten minutes. Cupic was best scorer with 6 goals, while Mirko Alilovic had 16 saves.In defeated team Vasko Sevaljevic scored 9…STATISTICS ← Previous Story SURPRISE IN ARHUS: Russia beat Serbia! Next Story → 27:28 for Les Experts in a heart-stopping finish balkan derbycroatiaEHF EURO 2014euro 2014

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Un gouffre spectaculaire apparaît en pleine ville après le passage de la

first_imgUn gouffre spectaculaire apparaît en pleine ville après le passage de la tempête Agatha, en imagesAmérique centrale – Au moins 115 personnes seraient mortes après le passage de la tempête tropicale Agatha qui a durement frappé le Guatemala, le Honduras et le Salvador le week-end dernier. Dans la ville de Guatemala, les pluies torrentielles ont provoqué un effondrement de terrain spectaculaire, qui a englouti un immeuble de trois étages et une maison. Le Guatemala est le pays le plus touché avec un bilan s’élevant pour l’instant à au moins 120 morts, près de 100 disparus et plusieurs dizaines de blessés, selon les secours. Près de 112.000 personnes ont été évacuées et on dénombre des dizaines de milliers de sans-abri.  Dans la capitale Guatemala, les coulées de boue meurtrières et dévastatrices ont englouti des quartiers entiers. Au moins neuf rivières auraient atteint un niveau critique, tandis que treize ponts se sont effondrés, compliquant le travail des équipes de secours dépêchées sur le terrain. À lire aussiTrypophobie, l’étrange peur des petits trousAu nord de la ville, les pluies torrentielles ont engendré un spectaculaire effondrement de terrain, donnant naissance à un gigantesque trou : les témoins de la scène ont expliqué qu’un immeuble de trois étages et une maison ont littéralement disparu au fond de ce gouffre apparu en pleine ville. On dénombre également dix-sept victimes au Honduras et dix au Salvador, tandis que ces deux pays ont dû évacuer respectivement 110.000 et 11.000 personnes. La tempête Agatha, responsable au total d’environ 150 décès, s’est dissipée dimanche.Découvrir les images d’un autre effondrement de terrain spectaculaire survenu à Guatemala en 2007 : 1 juin 2010 à 15:47 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Theres a Hidden Message Inside of the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

first_imgStay on target The Nintendo Switch comes bundled with the (now iconic) Joy-con controllers. For the most part, these controllers get the job done. However, traditional gamers will no doubt want to pick up a Switch Pro controller in order to play on Nintendo’s latest console/handheld. The Pro controller is a bit on the pricey side, but it does have a fun message hidden on it that will make buyers feel appreciated.The Pro controller has translucent plastic, meaning that you can see some of its innards. Despite being transparent, Nintendo managed to hide a message on the controller. This message was discovered by Reddit user Tropiux who posted pictures of what he found under the controller’s right analog stick (thanks, Kotaku). The message reads as: “thnx2 allgamefans” (Thanks to all game fans).switchのproコンの右スティック周りの透明な部分から見える奥の方に「thx2 allgamefans!」(すべてのゲームファンに感謝!)て書いてある…#nintendoswitch— じお@ゴードン・フリーマン (@geo_stream) March 3, 2017I have a Pro controller myself and can verify that it has the same message on it. Considering how I dropped $70 for this bad boy, this (literal) small gesture is most definitely appreciated. Though I knew exactly where to look, it was still hard to find the message. Even if you have good lighting in your room or are using a flashlight, you have to move the controller around a little bit before you can read the message clearly. Or maybe I just need glasses. Who knows?This isn’t the first time Nintendo has done something like this. The NES Classic Mini also has a hidden message that was discovered by hackers. It says: “This is the Hanafuda Captain speaking. Launching emulation in 3…2…1. Many efforts, tears and countless hours have been put into this jewel. So, please keep this place tidied up and don’t break everything! Cheers, the Hanafuda Captain.” The Hanafuda name is an homage to the hanafuda cards that Nintendo used to sell before becoming a video game company.Thanks, Nintendo! ‘Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President last_img read more

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Veterans Assistance Center collects gifts for children of needy veterans

first_imgAt least 144 families across Clark County will have a brighter holiday this year thanks to the efforts of the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, where volunteers are working to collect gifts for the children of needy veterans.The center was full to bursting Monday afternoon, where packages for kids from infants to high schoolers took up most of the upstairs floor space. And they’re not done yet.“We’re getting another delivery tomorrow,” said Sharon Tyre, administrative assistant at the center. “The delivery we’re getting tomorrow comes from the county, comes from Toys for Tots.”Last week, center president Judy Russell told the Veterans Advisory Board that CCVAC was working with several veterans support groups like 40 et 8, the Community Military Action Committee and Sunshine Division to collect enough food and gifts to ensure that no local veteran families would go without for the holiday season.Downstairs, boxes upon boxes of food crowded the center hallway. In the freezer are around 15 frozen turkey dinners — dozens of others went to CCVAC visitors and Kleen Street Recovery Cafe, said center volunteer Nick Herber.last_img read more

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Benfica boss confident of victory against Ajax

first_imgBenfica coach Rui Vitória believes their last encounter against Ajax proved that they can defeat the Dutch side tonight in the Champions LeagueA late goal from Noussair Mazraoui handed Ajax a narrow 1-0 win over Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena last time out in Group E.The result left Benfica down in third and avoiding defeat tonight is a must with second-place Bayern Munich favourites to beat AEK Athens in the other group game.But Vitória feels that three points are most definitely possible given Benfica’s strong display at Ajax a fortnight ago.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“The game in Amsterdam was decided by just the tiniest of details, Vitória told reporters on Twitter.“But it showed that Benfica can beat Ajax. I can sense that the team really believe in themselves.”“We have a good chance to win the game and that is the focus for tomorrow. The Ajax team also plays almost always with the same players. We have other options.”The Group E game in Lisbon will begin at 21:00 (CEST).last_img read more

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Sandwell Council to pay living wage to 800 employees

first_imgSandwell Council will enhance pay to the voluntary living wage rate for 150 council employees and 650 school staff.The pay increase, which will be effective from April 2018 and apply to staff currently on pay band A and the lower increments of pay band B, will see cleaners, learning support assistants, playworkers, nursery staff and school crossing wardens receive a pay rise of between 6% and 8%.Sandwell Council, which confirmed the pay rise on 18 October 2017, predicts the pay increase will cost approximately £1 million over three years.The living wage is an independently set hourly rate of pay that is calculated according to the basic costs of living. Employers pay the living wage on a voluntary basis, and the rate is updated annually. The living wage is currently set at £8.45 an hour for employees working across the UK, and at £9.75 an hour for staff based in London. The higher London living wage reflects the increased living costs associated with residing in the capital.The voluntary living wage is distinct from the statutory national minimum wage, which is paid to employees aged 25 and over. The national minimum wage rate is currently set at £7.50 an hour.Councillor Steve Trow, cabinet member for core council services at Sandwell Council, said: “This is going to make a significant difference to many people. With the cost of living rising, it’s people on the lowest wages who feel the pinch the hardest. By committing to paying the living wage, we’ll be directly improving the standard of living for hundreds of people working for the council and in our schools.”A spokesperson at trade union Unite added: “This will put money in the pockets of low paid [employees] making a real difference to the lives of hundred of [employees] and their families. The council should be commended for taking this important step towards full living wage accreditation.”last_img read more

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Public Hearing On Hospital Boundary In Homer This Evening

first_imgBagley:“since hospital service area boundaries should reflect the usage of the communities they serve, it makes sense to examine them periodically to allow for changes.” Residents of Ninilchik tend to use CPH more often than SPH, and so shouldn’t have to pay the higher mill rate for the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area, according to the ordinance. The common boundary between the two hospital service areas has, since their inception, crossed the Sterling Highway at the Clam Gulch Tower, which is about 14.5 miles closer to Central Peninsula Hospital (“CPH”) than the roadway midpoint. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be holding a special session this evening, in Homer, on a proposal to move the boundary between Central Peninsula Hospital and South Peninsula Hospital.center_img The ordinance was introduced by Assembly member Dale Bagley: “It can be safely assumed that the vast majority of the people living in the Ninilchik area and north to the current boundary routinely use CPH instead of SPH. In my view, those people should not pay taxes for the SKPHSA which are much higher than taxes paid for the CKPHSA. I believe this is an issue of fairness. The line between the CKPHSA and the SKPHSA should be moved to the south side of Ninilchik.” Central Peninsula residents can call in to testify during the meeting in Homer this evening, at 6pm, by calling 714-2169.last_img read more

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More snow means moose move to roads

first_img(Photo via U.S. Fish and Wildlife)Recent heavy snow accumulation is pushing moose onto Alaska roads. That’s increasing collision danger.When snow piles up, you’re more likely to encounter moose on roads.Alaska Moose Federation Director Don Dyer said, ”along the Parks Highway from Big Lake to Talkeetna I counted 40 moose.” He saw the animals while driving the 50-mile stretch of highway last week. He said deep snow has moose moving to where the going is easier.”It’s tough for them to walk in the forest and the other areas, so they resort to walking on the roads,” Dyer said.Dyer said about 400 moose are killed by vehicles on Alaska roads every winter, most in the Kenai and Matanuska-Susitna areas but some in Fairbanks as well. The nonprofit Moose Federation salvages road kill moose and provides the meat to charities. Dyer said road kills have tracked a little under normal this winter, but numbers are increasing with the snowpack.”There’s been more activity in Fairbanks,” Dyer said. “Not as much as Mat-Su, but it’s definitely been an uptick in moose collisions.”Dyer said the situation could get worse if a crust forms on the snow, making it even more difficult for moose to get around.last_img read more

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Crisis At The Border ShakeUp At Homeland Security Trump Visits Texas And

first_imgPresident Donald Trump is tightening his grip on immigration by proposing big policy changes, including cutting aid to Central America and a more aggressive stance against people seeking asylum. How will the Administration respond after a federal judge blocked his asylum proposal earlier this week?Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security and the politics of immigration policy. National topics2020 Presidential roundup: Eric Swalwell, Tim Ryan, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders… and are we still waiting on Joe Biden?Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors?Tax Day is around the corner – but will we ever see the president’s taxes?Trump cancels baseball deal with CubaTexas topicsPresident Trump visits Texas to announce executive orders to boost energy sectorDennis Bonnen’s home menaced by pro-gun activist; Texas House Speaker abandons “constitutional carry” billGovernor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and Speaker Bonnen propose 1 percent sales tax increase to cut property taxesTed Cruz jinxes Texas Tech?You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email Party Politics is produced by Sophie Moll, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz. This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Jacquelyn Martin/APPresident Donald Trump speaks as he visits a new section of the border wall with Mexico in Calexico, Calif., Friday April 5, 2019. Listen 00:00 /29:11last_img read more

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Ophthalmic Laser Market Report Industry Outlook – Latest Development Trends

first_imgOphthalmic Laser  Market 2019 report focuses on the major drivers and restraints for the Global key players. It also provides analysis of the market share, segmentation, revenue forecasts and geographic regions of the market. The report spread across 130 pages with tables and figures in it.The Global Ophthalmic Laser Market Outlook 2018-2023 offers detailed coverage of ophthalmic laser industry and presents main market trends. The market research gives historical and forecast market size, demand, end-use details, price trends, and company shares of the leading ophthalmic laser producers to provide exhaustive coverage of the market for ophthalmic laser. The report segments the market and forecasts its size, by volume and value, on the basis of application, by products, and by geography.The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from key industry participants. The global ophthalmic laser market has been segmented into five major regions, namely, North America (U.S., Canada, and others), Europe (U.K., France, Germany, Russia, and others), Asia-Pacific (China, Japan, India, Australia, and others), South America (Brazil, Argentina, and others), and Middle East & Africa (South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and others). Furthermore, the report also includes an in-depth competitive analysis of the key vendors operating in this market.Download for a sample copy of this report @ RegionsNorth AmericaEuropeAsia PacificMiddle East & AfricaSouth AmericaKey VendorsAlcon, Inc.Bausch & Lomb IncorporatedCarl Zeiss Meditec AGEllex Medical Lasers Ltd.Iridex CorporationLumenis Ltd.Nidek Co., Ltd.Topcon Medical Systems, Inc.Ziemer Ophthalmic Systems AGrequest free sample to get a complete list of companiesKey Questions Answered in This ReportAnalysis of the ophthalmic laser market including revenues, future growth, market outlookHistorical data and forecastRegional analysis including growth estimatesAnalyzes the end user markets including growth estimates.Profiles on ophthalmic laser vendors including products, sales/revenues, SWOT, and market position, recent developments.Market structure, market drivers and restraints.Avail the Discount on this Report @ Us:Big Market Research has a range of research reports of various domains  across the world. Our database of reports of various market categories and sub-categories would help to find the exact report you may be looking for.Contact Us:Mr. Abhishek PaliwalBig Market Research5933 NE Win Sivers Drive, #205, Portland,OR 97220 United StatesDirect: +1-971-202-1575Toll Free: +1-800-910-6452E-mail Brisbane downtown skyscrapers cityscape Australialast_img read more

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Change in calculation of monthly deductions confuses Cajas insurance holders

first_imgRelated posts:Public hospitals begin offering online appointments this week Project provides prosthetic limbs, new hope for Costa Ricans Giving birth through Costa Rica’s public health care system Hundreds of gay couples sign up for expanded health insurance coverage in Costa Rica An increase in the amounts deducted by the Costa Rican Social Security System (Caja) this month surprised many who wonder about the origin of the increase they saw in their social security slip.“Those who saw a variation in the amounts collected this month were the ones who own a voluntary insurance plan and self-employed workers,” explained the Caja’s temporary director of inspections, Doris Valerio Bogantes.“There was not an increase in the insurance collection amount, but in the way we calculate the person’s monthly contribution,” she added.Traditionally people who hold voluntary insurance policies and self-employed workers paid monthly insurance fees according to the income they report to the Caja. The government adds an extra amount for both health insurance and for the person’s retirement plan.But the Caja’s Board of Directors last November approved a change in the deductions calculation that finance officials proposed to improve the agency’s financial situation. The move is part of a list of recommendations made by a blue-ribbon commission appointed in 2011 to evaluate the Caja’s deficit.Valerio said that one of the findings of the commission was precisely that “there were many people paying very low insurance fees mostly because they reported lower income than what they actually made.”For that reason, a group of the Caja’s finance officers recommended setting the reference figure to calculate a person’s insurance fee based on the minimum wage of a “Non-Specialized Worker” so that no one could report a lower income. That monthly salary last year, according to the Labor Ministry, was ₡257,000 ($514).But on Jan. 1, an increase in the minimum wage took effect and that salary is now ₡266,942.69 ($533), which for some voluntary policyholders and self-employed workers implied an adjustment in the percentage shown as their monthly collection from the Caja.“It was not set up specifically for retirees or foreign residents,” Valerio said, referring to some complaints made by expats who also have claimed they recently were asked to file new income statements before the Immigration Administration.“If Immigration requested that some of these people file income reports or any other documentation, it was probably to assess their legal status in the country. It had nothing to do with any request from the Caja,” she stated.Previously the law required that the monthly insurance fee for voluntary insurance plan holders and self-employed workers be calculated as 57 percent of the reported monthly income.Deductions for each person corresponded to 8.25 percent: 4 percent for health insurance (SEM) and 4.25 for their retirement plan (IVM), while the government added 8 percent for SEM and 3 percent to their IVM funds.“Some people have been taking advantage of this system,” Valerio stated.Now the measure approved by the Caja’s Board of Directors stipulates that starting Oct. 1, the income percentage used to calculate deductions for these insurance holders will increase. Also deduction percentages will be adjusted as the government subsidy is gradually decreased.Deductions will be calculated as 64.75 percent of monthly income, and that base amount will increase yearly until Oct. 1, 2019, when the monthly fee will be calculated based on 100 percent of the reported income and each person will pay it in its entirety.“Current law allows us to enforce the new calculation method immediately, but we decided to implement it gradually over a five-year period to reduce its effect on holders of these types of insurance,” Valerio told The Tico Times.A blue-ribbon commission composed of four independent experts studied the Caja’s financial and management situation over a period of six months in 2011.Financial reports at the time described the Caja’s situation as “near bankruptcy,” a situation that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) confirmed that same year in a report on Costa Rica’s health care system.The commission included economists Fernando Naranjo and Pablo Sauma, entrepreneur Rafael Carrillo and sociologist Juliana Martínez. They presented an analysis report and a list of recommendations on three different aspects: income, expenses and general management.In their analysis, the experts agreed with most of the PAHO’s findings including conclusions stating that the Caja’s bad decisions regarding salary increase policies and unjustified increases in staff were responsible for losses that might range from ₡118 billion in 2012 to ₡300 billion in 2015.Last October they delivered their final report to Caja authorities and a special Legislative Assembly commission, including a list of 81 recommendations to improve the agency’s financial situation.Ever since, the Caja’s board has been applying measures in response to those recommendations, with an emphasis on those aimed at cutting the agency’s spending, Valerio said.However, the agency’s financial situation is still far from recovering. Last November Caja officials were forced to take funds from the agency’s pension system to pay Christmas bonuses, or “aguinaldos,” to retirees.Also, a projection made by the agency that oversees pension funds (SUPEN) last year stated that the sustainability of the Caja’s pension system will only last until 2023 if no substantial changes are made.SUPEN Director Édgar Robles last month said that their expectations in 2014 are for the Caja to outline a plan that will allow the agency to achieve all improvements required for the long-term sustainability of the pension fund program.“The first indicator of the Caja’s situation is that personal income today is not sufficient to pay pensions already granted. The system requires strong adjustments,” Robles stated in an interview last month. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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