After disappointing season, Eaglecrest announces early open

first_imgBusiness | Community | Juneau | Outdoors | Southeast | SportsAfter disappointing season, Eaglecrest announces early openNovember 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share:Black Bear Chairlift at Eaglecrest Ski Area in April 2013. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Eaglecrest Ski Area is opening this year ahead of schedule. Skiers and snowboarders will be able to the ride chair lift up the mountain this weekend.Eaglecrest’s general manager, Matt Lillard, said the snow is about 50″ deep at the summit and 20″ at the base.“It’s certainly still early season conditions. It’s thin in spots and there are some bare areas where water is flowing,” Lillard said. “But overall we’re going to be able to open the hooter and black bear chairlift for skiing … the conditions for skiing are actually really nice and we’re looking forward to a fun opening weekend.”Lillard said last year’s snow was the worst on record. The upper mountain was only open for five days.To celebrate the early start, Eaglecrest is having a season pass sale. It starts Nov. 27 and ends Dec. 6. Unlimited season passes are $519 for adults and $469 for seniors.After this weekend, the ski area opens back up on Dec. 5 with regular business hours.Share this story:last_img read more

‘Everybody’s worst nightmare’: Bering Sea fishermen on edge after COVID-19 closes second plant

first_imgAleutians | Coronavirus | Fisheries | Health‘Everybody’s worst nightmare’: Bering Sea fishermen on edge after COVID-19 closes second plantJanuary 22, 2021 by Hope McKenney, KUCB – Unalaska Share:Crew members Joe Johnson, left, and Derrick Justice work to unload a trawl net full of pollock from on board the fishing vessel Commodore on Thursday, January 24, 2019. (Photo by Nathaniel Herz / Alaska’s Energy Desk)One of North America’s largest fish processing plants is shutting down as a COVID-19 outbreak grows and owner Trident Seafoods struggles to test its 700-person workforce.The plant, on the isolated island of Akutan, is the second in the Aleutians to shut down this year, just as the billion-dollar Bering Sea pollock fishery was set to kick off.Now, fishermen and industry leaders are anxious that they might not have places to offload their catch and that their plants might be the next to close down, said Dan Martin, who manages a fleet of nine pollock trawlers for a company called Evening Star Fisheries.“Any hiccups like this, you really have to reshuffle the deck and try to figure out, ‘Okay, what’s the next step?’” said Martin, a retired skipper. He called the shutdowns “everybody’s worst nightmare.”The winter fishery for Bering Sea pollock, which goes into products like McDonald’s fish sandwiches, officially opened Wednesday. But two of the region’s largest processors are both shut down: the Trident plant in Akutan, and the UniSea plant located 35 miles to the southwest in the Aleutian port town of Unalaska.There were about 700 processing workers at UniSea’s facility over the summer, plus support workers, many of whom are full-time residents of Unalaska, according to Tom Enlow. He said the processing workforce will go up to about 1,000 come “A” season. (Hope McKenney/KUCB)UniSea shut down earlier this month when a number of processing workers tested positive for the virus after a New Year’s Eve gathering on company premises.UniSea and other onshore Aleutian plants fly in hundreds of workers to process pollock each season. Last year, they were largely successful in keeping COVID-19 out of their facilities through strict travel quarantines and other measures.But the upcoming season appears to be posing more of a challenge as companies contend with much higher rates of COVID-19 in Alaska and the Lower 48, where many of their workers come from.In addition to the two outbreaks at UniSea’s and Trident’s plants, the City of Unalaska also announced earlier this week that a large factory trawler, the Ocean Peace, came into port with seven infected members out of its crew of 52.UniSea officials say they hope to have their plant reopened by the end of next week. But Trident announced Thursday that its Akutan plant would close for three full weeks.“We know that COVID-19 is now on the site, and until we test everyone we won’t know how extensive it is,” Stefanie Moreland, a Trident executive, said in a prepared statement. “This is the best way to contain the spread of the virus.”Trident’s outbreak at its huge Akutan plant has been a particularly thorny problem because of its remoteness. The island has an airport but no functional runway, so planes can’t fly there.Instead, workers fly to Unalaska, then either boat directly to Akutan or take a boat or flight to another neighboring island, followed by a helicopter to Trident’s plant.On Thursday, four days after a handful of workers had tested positive for the coronavirus, bad weather meant that Trident was still lacking the supplies it needs to conduct mass testing of its Akutan workforce.The Trident plant in Akutan, which requires either a boat ride or a helicopter ride to get there. (Laura Kraegel/KUCB)“The weather, it is kind of slowing down getting some additional medical personnel and some additional testing resources out there,” Tom Koloski, a state emergency management specialist, said in a briefing with reporters Thursday.He added that Trident has “the situation well in hand,” and said “they’re doing the right things” to isolate infected workers and quarantine their suspected close contacts while awaiting further testing supplies.“We’re in daily meetings with the company, and they have let us in on what their plan is and we fully support it,” Koloski said.In the meantime, many fishermen who normally deliver fish to Trident or Unisea are able to hold off.That’s because the pollock fishery operates as a cooperative, where vessels have a fixed quota of fish they can catch and deliver to a specific plant. And that means that crews that don’t catch their quota now can still catch it later in the season, industry officials say.Short plant closures are manageable, but a longer shutdown would be problematic, said Brent Paine, executive director of United Catcher Boats, a trade group whose members fish for Bering Sea Pollock.“If they can’t get their workforce able to work here in the next month, or the next couple months, that is a problem,” Paine said.UniSea officials say they think their outbreak is controllable. The company is currently waiting on test results after retesting its entire workforce for a second time, according to Tom Enlow, the company’s chief executive.When those results are back from a Washington laboratory, Enlow said UniSea will make a plan to gradually reopen and prepare their plant to take deliveries.“We’re confident that we think that we can get this contained here,” Enlow said. “We’ll know more in the next couple of days as results from the mass testing come back.”While Alaska’s seafood industry has lobbied for early vaccine access for workers, Alaska chose to vaccinate its elders before starting the process for essential workers outside of health care.Martin, the retired skipper, said that it’s unsettling to see the virus get into the Aleutian plants, knowing how seriously his company and others have taken it.“These guys at UniSea and Trident — I know their management, and I know that they were as vigilant as we’ve been,” Martin said. “So it’s almost scarier, because it’s coming down to the luck of the draw.”Share this story:last_img read more

This orthopedic surgery is the world’s most common. But patients rarely benefit, a panel says

first_img This orthopedic surgery is the world’s most common. But patients rarely benefit, a panel says Hospitals Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Casey Ross May 10, 2017 Reprints Christopher Furlong/Getty Images Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Casey Ross What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. [email protected] center_img @caseymross What’s included? National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. About the Author Reprints GET STARTED Log In | Learn More The world’s most common orthopedic procedure — knee arthroscopy — is frequently a waste of time and money and should almost never be performed on patients with degenerative knee disease.That’s the conclusion of an international panel that strongly recommends against arthroscopic surgery in a new guideline published by the BMJ. The panel found that, while performed 2 million times per year worldwide, knee arthroscopy offers minimal benefits to patients with degenerative knee disease, which affects about 25 percent of people older than 50. Tags hospitalsorthopedicsphysicianslast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Saturday, July 07, 2018

first_img Twitter Twitter Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, July 07, 2018 Deaths Facebook Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Facebook By David Power – 7th July 2018 Rugby Pinterest Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Patrick PaisleySt. John`s sq., Portlaoise, LaoisThe death has occurred of Patrick (Paddy) Paisley, St. John’s Sq., Portlaoise and late of Perivale Middlesex, England. Died peacefully on 9th June 2018. Deeply regretted by his brothers Christy and Tony and sister Marie, sisters-in-law, Rose and Sylvia, brother-in-law Sean, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise from 7 pm on Friday with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Saturday morning to SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 10 am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise.James J. O’SullivanThe Villa, Garryhinch, Portarlington, OffalyRetired judge of the District Court. Peacefully at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Pauline, daughter Elsie, son James, siblings Denis, Pamela and George, son-in-law Barry, 5 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.Reposing at his residence on Friday from 3pm with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Saturday at 10:15am St Michael’s Church, Portarlington for Requiem Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s cemetery. House Private on Saturday Morning Please.“Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís”Jacqueline Quigley (née Sheeran)                                                Portmarnock, Dublin / Coolrain, LaoisQuigley (née Sheeran), Jacqueline (Portmarnock and formerly of Coolrain, Co. Laois), 3rd July 2018, (peacefully) at home, beloved wife of Seán (John), very sadly missed by her loving family, daughters Rachel, Sarah and Susan, son Paul, her sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Finn, Oscar, Tara, Annie May, and Rosie, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Rest in PeaceReposing at her home on Thursday from 5pm to 7pm. A Service is being held in Glasnevin Crematorium on Friday at 1.30pm. Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to the St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.Rev Bro Padraig McDonald                                                           Salesian Community, Pallaskenry, Limerick / Ballinakill, LaoisMcDONALD, Rev. Bro. Padraig SDB (Salesian) (Salesian Community, Don Bosco Road, Pallaskenry, Co. Limerick and Moate, Ballinakill, Co. Laois) – July 1, 2018 (suddenly), at his residence, son of the late Paddy; deeply mourned by his mother Margaret, brothers Brendan and Micheál, sister Marguerite, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, the Salesian family and the community at large.Reposing at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy, Limerick tomorrow (Wednesday, July 4) from 2 o’c. to 3.45 o’c., followed by Mass at 4 o’c. Removal directly afterwards to St. Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill, Co. Laois arriving at 8 o’c. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon, with burial afterwards in the Salesian Community Cemetery, Ballinakill, Co. Laois.Leona Cuddy                                                                                   Meelick, Portlaoise, LaoisDied 2nd July 2018, at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, (suddenly), daughter of Martin and Theresa, sister to Shane and Gary, deeply regretted by her heart-broken parents, brothers, grandfather, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.May Leona Rest In Peace.Reposing at her home (Mellick, Portlaoise ) on Wednesday afternoon from 2.0’clock, with Rosary at 9.0’clock. Removal on Thursday afternoon to St. Peter & Paul’s Church Portlaoise for Requiem Mass at 2.0’clock, followed by Burial in St. Peter & Paul’s Cemetary Portlaoise.House Private on Thursday morning please.Oliver DonohueGrattan Street., Portlaoise, LaoisDonohue, Oliver (London and Portlaoise) June 29th, 2018 (peacefully after a long illness) at Charing Cross Hospital, London. R.I.P. Oliver, known as ‘Hammy’, is sadly missed by; his brothers Denis, Joe, Paul, Eugene, and Gerry; his sister Mary O’Brien; his nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, and by many relatives and friends. He is predeceased by his brothers, Finbar, Paschal, Fr. Brendan S.M.A., Fr. Dominic S.M.A., Frank and Raymond, and by his sister, Sr. Deanna O.L.A. He will be missed particularly by friends from the Hammersmith/Fulham Community Law Centre, Hammersmith/Fulham Labour Party, the Trades Council, Trade Unions, Irish cultural and social groups, and groups representing the unemployed, social justice, and Irish unity. Oliver’s funeral mass and cremation will take place in London later in July. His ashes will be placed in the family grave after a mass in St Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise, on a date to be announced.Tom Daly                                                                                          Clonbrook, Crettyard, LaoisSuddenly at Home. Tom will be sadly missed by his sons Adrian and James, sisters Nancy, Margaret, and Betty, sister-in-law Angela, brothers-in-law John and Patrick, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Coady’s Funeral Home, Castlecomer from 6pm on Monday. Vigil Prayers & Rosary on Monday evening at 8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to Saint Abban’s Church, Doonane for Requiem Mass at 11am, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.Catherine Kearney (née Dowling)Mountmellick, Laois / Portlaoise, LaoisCatherine Kearney (nee Dowling), Mountmellick and Portlaoise died 29th of June 2018. Suddenly, after a short illness. Sadly missed by Tommy, sons Paul, Neil and Thomas and daughter Shánnen, brothers Sean and Bernard, sisters, Elizabeth, Caroline and extended family and many friends. Reposing Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaois, on Tuesday evening from 7pm with recital of the rosary at 9pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaois. Cremation will take place at a later date and Catherine’s ashes will be then be interred in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery Portlaoise.Anna-May Dunne (née Keenaghan)Clonkeen, Portlaoise, Laois / Ferbane, OffalyAnna-May died on June 29th 2018, peacefully at Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. She is predeceased by her parents Pat and Annie Keenaghan (Endrim, Ferbane). Anna-May will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her loving sister Irene Hade (Togher, Portlaoise), brothers Oliver (Ferbane) and Kevin (Endrim), brother-in-law Seamus, sisters-in-law Patricia and Kathleen, aunt Beenie Mannion, her beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and a large circle of friends. Reposing at her home in Clonkeen on Sunday (July 1st) from 3pm until Rosary at 8pm. Removal on Monday morning (July 2nd) to St. Mary’s Church, Ferbane, Offaly for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Kilrehan Cemetery.Family flowers only, please. Donations if desired to Oncology Unit, Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, July 6, 2018center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleYour guide to Laois camogie against Carlow in their second championship matchNext articleFr Paddy: A very clever Dog! David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Pinterest WhatsApp Community Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Deaths in Laois – Saturday, July 07, 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img

North Korean Hardline Is Succession Related

first_img [imText1]A professor from the Korean National Defense University has raised the possibility that North Korea’s hardline domestic and international policies since the inauguration of the Lee Myung Bak administration in Seoul were based primarily on the need to firmly establish the succession system.Professor Kim Yeon Su asserted in his speech to a February 22nd expert policy forum, “Outcome of Two Years of the Lee Myung Bak Administration North Korea Policy, and the Way Ahead,” that, “The factor that decided North Korea’s domestic and South Korea policy was the politics of succession.”According to Professor Kim, “North Korea grew concerned by Kim Jong Il’s health problems, and sped up the political process of succession in order to establish the system earlier. As a result, North Korea took a firm political and military stance domestically, and adopted a two-faced policy toward South Korea.”Now, he pointed out, “North Korea’s hardline bases on the domestic and foreign frontiers have become obstacles to the establishment of succession legitimacy. The North Korean authorities are facing a severe ‘crisis of faith’ in both domestic and foreign policy.” Looking forward, Professor Kim predicted, “The successor to Kim Jong Il will continue to pursue the path of ‘nuclear capability-Military-first’ which is praised as Kim Jong Il’s premier accomplishment. The successor will adhere to socialist principles since Kim Jong Il has stated that ‘Reform and opening is the pathway to the country’s ruin.’” “North Korea will strengthen the process of settling public sentiment over the failure of the three generation hereditary succession. Also, they will continue to try and establish the legitimacy of the succession.”On the foreign policy front, he went on, “North Korea will induce fake nuclear negotiations and use conflict between the U.S. and China and also between the members of the Six-Party Talks to try and bring an end to UN sanctions. They will also try and get external economic support, including food supplies and cooperation.” Closer to home, “Based on its confidence in its nuclear capability, North Korea will induce domestic conflict using the security vulnerability of South Korea. It will also attempt to weaken the ability of the South Korean government to hold the high ground in Inter-Korean relations.” In Professor Kim’s conclusion, “The possibility of denuclearization is very low in a situation where Kim Jong Il and his successor continue to exist.” “Three generations of hereditary succession in North Korea is a source of historical shame and an unacceptable fact. However, the South Korean government must maintain a strategic North Korea policy stance, to increase the vulnerability of the succession system’s legitimacy.” SHARE By Kim So Yeol – 2010.02.22 4:41pm AvatarKim So Yeol North Korean Hardline Is Succession Related Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twittercenter_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Economic update promises new spending

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The federal government is dedicating about a third of the expected windfall from Canada’s surprisingly strong economy towards new investments, benefits for families with kids and additional help for the working poor. Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a fall economic statement Tuesday that promised $14.9 billion in fresh spending and tax relief over the next five years — on top of what it had outlined in its March budget. Feds to post deficits $8 billion bigger than expected over next two years: PBO report Andy Blatchford Ottawa to release competitiveness plan in fall economic statementcenter_img Highlights of the federal government’s fall fiscal update Thanks to the unexpectedly robust economy over the last year, the government has received a mid-mandate financial bump that’s expected to trim a total of $46.6 billion from its projected deficits over the same five-year period. The government, which did not set a timeline to return the books to balance, opted to use a portion of the extra cash to enhance social programs aimed at the middle class and low-income Canadians. “As we invest directly in Canadians and their families, we have an immediate impact on the economy,” Morneau said in his speech in the House of Commons. “Our strong fiscal position allows us to do what other countries would like to do, but can’t afford to do.” The remaining funds will be aimed at reducing annual deficits, which are projected to shrink each year starting in 2018-19. But without a plan to eliminate annual shortfalls across the projection horizon, the governing Liberals will press ahead with their deficit-spending approach. Their focus will stay fixed on lowering the debt-to-GDP ratio, a measure of Ottawa’s debt burden. Morneau argued that the government’s child-benefit program has, in fact, helped lift the economy. “Now, with a little more wind in our sails, we’re doubling down on a plan with proven results,” he said in his speech. The government will introduce an enhancement to Canada Child Benefit payments so they start rising with the cost of living two years earlier than initially promised — at a total cost to government of $5.6 billion over five years. The indexation will take effect next July. He will also bolster the working income tax benefit, a refundable credit aimed at providing relief for low-income Canadians who have jobs and encouraging those who don’t to join the workforce. The measure is projected to lower government revenues by $2.1 billion over five years, starting in 2018. The government will provide more details on the design of the enhancement in next year’s budget. As it hits the mid-mandate mark, the Liberal government is in far better fiscal shape than it was in its March budget. The economy has seen an average annualized growth rate of about 3.7% over the last four quarters, which more than doubles the Bank of Canada’s estimate for that period. The government’s survey of private-sector economists predicts growth of 3.1% this year, 2.1% next year and 1.6% in 2019. The government is now expecting to run a shortfall of $18.4 billion in 2017-18, compared with a projection of $25.5 billion outlined in the budget. For 2018-19, Ottawa is predicting a $15.6-billion deficit, compared with the $24.4-billion projection last spring. These projections do not include the government’s adjustments for risk, which was set at $1.5 billion for 2017-18 and $3 billion for each of the subsequent years in the outlook. The opposition Conservatives attacked the government Tuesday for failing to fulfil its 2015 election vows to run a deficit of no more than $10 billion in 2017-18 and to return to balance next year. “Remember that?” Tory MP Pierre Poilievre said in reference to the deficit promise for this year. “Today, we learn that the deficit is double that … and there are no balanced budgets projected by this government — ever.” The Liberals are surely hoping that the good economic news in the update will take some of the public scrutiny off their embattled finance minister. Morneau has been preoccupied of late with fending off conflict-of-interest accusations largely related to his multimillion-dollar corporate holdings. In hopes of quieting accusations linked to how he handled his personal fortune upon entering public office in 2015, Morneau pledged last week to sell at least $21 million worth of stock and place his other assets in a blind trust. Opposition MPs have also called on the former businessman to disclose whether he recused himself from making decisions on pension legislation that they allege will likely benefit his former human resources company, Morneau Shepell. It’s not the only controversy Morneau has wrestled with in recent weeks. He was busy last week promoting the government’s efforts to address widespread complaints about the controversial package of proposed small-business tax reforms. Morneau was forced to tweak and even back off some of the proposals after an angry backlash from doctors, farmers, tax experts and even Liberal backbench MPs. The update accounted for some of these adjustments to its tax proposals, including the fiscal impact of its promised tax cuts for small businesses. However, the framework has yet to account for additional revenues the government is expected to rake in once it moves forward with its proposal to limit the use of passive income investments within private corporations. The reform could eventually provide billions in extra revenue for Ottawa. On the government’s new policies Tuesday, Scotiabank chief economist Jean-Francois Perrault said the spending was “pretty reasonable.” “The fear going into this is that they would spend much more than they’ve ended up doing,” Perrault said. He did note that the relief in the update will put the government on a different path than the Bank of Canada, which has been trying to cool the economy with interest-rate increases. But he said the additional money Ottawa was putting in the economy was small enough that it wouldn’t register on the bank’s “Richter Scale of stimulus measures.” Anita Khanna, national co-ordinator of the anti-poverty group Campaign 2000, said it’s significant the government has “recognized that putting money into people’s pockets not only boosts their life chances and those of their children, but also boosts the economy.” Related news Keywords Ottawa last_img read more

HEART Trust Stages Exposition in Port Antonio

first_imgRelatedHEART Trust Stages Exposition in Port Antonio HEART Trust Stages Exposition in Port Antonio UncategorizedMarch 17, 2006 RelatedHEART Trust Stages Exposition in Port Antonio FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The HEART Trust/NTA staged an exposition in Port Antonio on Wednesday (March 15), aimed at sensitising residents about its various training and certification programmes.The event, held at the Ken Wright Pier, was sponsored by the HEART Trust /NTA’s northern region and attracted hundreds of residents in addition to stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations.Among the matters discussed were the challenges to be presented by the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the need for Jamaica to have a competent work force to compete with its Caribbean partners and to ensure economic viability globally.George Coleman, Regional Manager for the HEART Trust/NTA’s northern region, said that his organization was seeking to partner with business organizations in Eastern Portland to promote its services and to expose more persons to the training opportunities offered by HEART/NTA.Noting that businesses were interested in employing workers, who could bring value to their business enterprises, Mr. Coleman said that if the country failed to produce quality and discipline workers, “it would suffer the consequences of marginalization and social and economic deprivation, in a world that is becoming increasingly more complex because of its focus on excellence”.He invited young people in particular, to make use of the skills training offered by HEART and those who possessed skills, to register with the organization to become certified.center_img RelatedHEART Trust Stages Exposition in Port Antonio Advertisementslast_img read more

Keep your pets safe this cyclone season

first_imgKeep your pets safe this cyclone season Department of Industry, Tourism and TradeWith the annual cyclone season upon us in the Top End, Territorians are reminded to prepare their emergency plan not just for their families, but also their pets and livestock.It’s a timely reminder that anyone with a pet or any animal for that matter, should prepare for the season by including them in your emergency plan and getting your pet emergency kit ready.The plan should include where to shelter, as well as identification and emergency numbers. The kit should include water, food, toys and medication.The festive season is a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family and having a plan in place will help to ensure everyone stays safe.Regardless of your plan, Territorians are asked to ensure that pets and animals are properly identified with a name tag including contact phone number, a micro-chip, or a brand in the case of livestock.As noted by Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Director of Animal Welfare Peter Phillips“Advance planning will help keep your family and animals safe.“Cyclones are stressful for pets as well as people and animals react differently under stress. Even the most trustworthy pets might panic, hide, try to escape, or even bite or scratch.“If your pet is not going with you on holiday, as the owner you must make appropriate arrangements for its care. This may include options such as boarding kennels, house sitters, professional home care, a reliable friend or neighbour, or an agistment service.“It is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act to breach your duty of care for your pets and could result in penalties.Quote from RSPCA Darwin General Manager Peter King“Reports indicate a high chance of cyclone activity across the Top End this wet season.“It’s imperative that animals in the care of owners are considered as part of cyclone planning in the household, or on the property.“Even if a cyclone does not arrive, the usual monsoonal storms can be just as stressful for animals and they need to be secured in the safest way possible to prevent escape and/or injury, or worse.“It’s every animal owners responsibility to ensure animals in their care – be it in a companion, assistance, or agricultural capacity is given the appropriate level of attention to minimise exposure to these very stressful events.“A handy guide for preparing for natural disasters can be found at the following link to RSPCA’s Knowledgebase: from City of Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell“Palmerston pet owners are reminded to register their pets with City of Palmerston and have them microchipped so we can safely return them home if they escape during a storm or cyclone.“We have some great online tips to help you care for your pets. Go to keep up to date with weather-related emergency information, visit and follow Secure NT on Facebook.If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare or suspect or witness cruelty, report it to Animal Welfare on 1300 720 386.Quote from Darwin City Council Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis“Ensuring your pets are safe during the cyclone season is part of being a responsible pet owner.“Pets are part of the family and looking after their health and safety is important.“Please make sure your pets can be easily identified – and micro-chipping is a great option – so they can be quickly and easily returned to you by Council rangers in the event they become lost.”To keep up to date with weather-related emergency information, visit and follow Secure NT on Facebook.If you are concerned about an animal’s welfare or suspect or witness cruelty, report it to Animal Welfare on 1300 720 386. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. 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Eased restrictions to take effect from Friday

first_imgEased restrictions to take effect from Friday Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan has welcomed the eased COVID-19 restrictions that come into effect for regional Victoria from Friday 11 June.“The easing of restrictions in regional Victoria is welcome and appropriate, given there are no confirmed cases here,” Deputy Mayor Sullivan said.“This will give our community a boost, from both an economic and social standpoint, and allow for a host of activity to resume.”Under the changes, the City is preparing to reopen venues, subject to density requirements and visitor caps, including:• Indoor Swim, Sport and Leisure centres;• Recreation facilities;• Community hubs;• National Wool Museum gallery; and• The CarouselAnnouncements about when individual facilities will reopen, and the conditions of their operation, will be made in the coming days.While a range of competitive sport, recreation and community activity can return, authorities will have to manage strict participant and visitor limits.“Community sport plays an important role in the physical and mental health of our community so we’re glad senior competitions can resume from this weekend,” Deputy Sullivan said.With Melbourne residents still not allowed to travel into regional Victoria except for essential reasons, Deputy Mayor Sullivan encouraged locals to back Geelong region businesses.“We continue to urge the Greater Geelong community to support each other by buying locally and enjoying experiences within our own region,” he said.“The absence of Melbourne visitors will hurt our tourism industry, so we’d love other regional Victorians to consider enjoying our attractions over the long weekend.”Visitors are reminded that it is a Government requirement for regional Victoria businesses to check their customers’ IDs, to verify they are not from the Metropolitan Melbourne area.We encourage people to be understanding of the need for this process and also to check in to facilities via the QR code. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:community, covid-19, Effect, Geelong, Geelong City Council, Government, industry, local council, love, Melbourne, mental, mental health, operation, tourism, travel, Victoria, woollast_img read more

News Roundup: The ‘can-opener’ bridge strikes again, Sony unveils a car and more

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Welcome to our weekly round-up of the biggest breaking stories on from this past week. Get caught up and ready to get on with the weekend, because it’s hard keeping pace in a digital traffic jam.Here’s what you missed while you were away.They raised the infamous ‘can-opener’ bridge, but it’s still a truck-killerAt first glance, it appears to be just an ordinary bridge in Durham, North Carolina, but this simple structure has a bigger online following than some celebrities. RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesFlex PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Because, at 12’4” – recently raised from 11’8” – the ‘can-opener’ is always getting run into by trucks that ignore its multiple warning signs. The most recent footage shows a too-tall Penske truck getting a little kiss from the bridge as it passes beneath. Fisker Ocean electric crossover takes aim at Tesla Model YThere’s a new contender in the electric SUV segment: the Fisker Ocean. The American automaker (remember them?) revealed its latest product at the Consumer Electronics Show, making headlines with a new platform that will underpin two other upcoming vehicles; a full-length solar roof good for an additional 1,500 km of driving a year; and a 500-km range. Fisker says the Ocean will start at US$37,499. Ya hear that, Elon? Sony wins CES 2020 with surprise electric concept car 2020 CES in Las Vegas was also host to a big surprise from one of the world’s top tech brands. Just as journalists and fans were about to start filtering out of the Sony press conference, the Sony Vision-S concept sedan rolled onto the stage. The electric car is a combination of Sony tech (cameras, sensors, gesture control, infotainment screens, etc.) and components from automaker partners, like Magna, which provided the platform. Power comes from two electric motors, which Sony says will take the Vision-S from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and top it out at 240 km/h. VW’s Beetle send-off video is a real tearjerkerVolkswagen said goodbye to the Beetle in a short animated video, The Last Mile, featuring a version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be” performed by a youth choir. The bug pun is sappy, but the video, which shows an original Beetle driving through the generations, is actually quite touching. The spot first aired on New Year’s Eve during ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest show.The original autonomous car, Christine, heads to auctionThe 1958 Plymouth Fury from the movie 1983 movie Christine heads to auction today. The titular character from the horror story written by Stephen King and brought to the screen by director John Carpenter is expected to fetch around US$500,000 at the Mecum event in Florida. In the movie, the possessed car wreaks havoc from its assembly plant in Detroit all the way to California. Today, she’s been fully restored with a V8, power steering and brakes, whitewall tires and a rather direct bumper sticker that reads “Watch out for me, I am pure evil, I am Christine.” center_img Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more