Russia report: Russian influence in UK politics is ‘new normal’

first_imgThe report said that the UK harboured many “Russians with very close links to Putin who are well integrated into the UK business, political and social scene”. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 21 July 2020 10:45 am The committee said the government should have made an assessment of potential threats after seeing 2014 cyber attacks on the Democratic party in the US. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference call with Mikhail Degtyarev, an LDPR party lawmaker, in Kerch, Crimea, on July 20, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) The report also concluded that there could have been attempts by the Kremlin to influence the 2016 Brexit referendum and 2014 Scottish independence referendum, but that the “actual impact of such attempts on the result itself would be difficult”. Other media outlets have also speculated that it was held up as Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings did not want to give Grieve – a prominent Remainer – a platform last year. Russian influence in UK politics has been described as the “new normal” in Westminster’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC)’s long-awaited Russia report. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference call with Mikhail Degtyarev, an LDPR party lawmaker, in Kerch, Crimea, on July 20, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Russia report: Russian influence in UK politics is ‘new normal’ Share The report added that the government “was slow to recognise the existence of the threat” and “the government did not take action to protect the UK’s process in 2016” before the EU referendum. whatsapp It’s release comes less than a week after Julian Lewis launched a mini-coup to win the chair of the committee from Boris Johnson’s handpicked candidate Chris Grayling. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data The statement read: “We have seen no evidence of successful interference in the EU referendum. The ISC called for there to be an inquiry into potential interference in the Brexit referendum, which the government rejected in a response to the report. It added: “It is not just the oligarchs either – the arrival of Russian money has resulted in a growth industry of ‘enablers’: lawyers, accountants and estate agents have all played a role, wittingly or unwittingly, and formed a ‘buffer’ of Westerners who are de facto agents of the Russian state.” The new report was compiled by former ISC chair Dominic Grieve last year and was given to Downing Street in October to approve. The report comes after it was revealed by foreign secretary Dominic Raab on Thursday that “Russian actors” tried to influence the 2019 General Election by “amplifying” a leaked confidential trade document later released by Jeremy Corbyn during the campaign. Speculation has been widespread that Boris Johnson delayed the release, because of potentially damaging claims about Russian Tory donors. “The intelligence and security agencies produce and contribute to regular assessments of the threat posed by hostile state activity, including around potential interference in UK democratic processes.” It was also revealed on the same day that the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is “95 per cent certain” Kremlin-backed hackers have been trying to steal secrets from Covid-19 vaccine trials across the world. Russia report: Russian influence in UK politics is ‘new normal’ Stefan Boscia The report said that successive governments “welcomed the oligarchs and their money with open arms, providing them with a means of recycling illicit finance through the London ‘laundromat’” and “connections at the highest levels with access to UK companies and political figures”.  Lewis promptly had the Tory party whip removed for colluding with Labour and SNP MPs to win the position. Labour MP Kevan Jones said at a press briefing that the committee was not able to get evidence of Russian interference in the referendum, because the government did not carry out assessments at the time. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a video conference call with Mikhail Degtyarev, an LDPR party lawmaker, in Kerch, Crimea, on July 20, 2020. (Photo by Alexey DRUZHININ / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo by ALEXEY DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Russia report: Russian influence in UK politics is ‘new normal’ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USABeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Alaska banks can’t keep up with demand for coronavirus relief money

first_imgCoronavirus | National NewsAlaska banks can’t keep up with demand for coronavirus relief moneyApril 12, 2020 by Liz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media Share:Demand is so high for Paycheck Protection loans to help businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that some banks are suspending new applications. (Photo courtesy Hannah Lies/Alaska Public Media.)Demand is so high for Paycheck Protection loans and grants that some banks are calling a time out.Both First National Bank of Alaska and Northrim Bank say they’re already inundated and have suspended accepting new PPP applications. AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union is limiting applications to members only.The bottleneck is becoming evident just as the PPP opens to a wider swath of the population: Self-employed Americans and independent contractors are allowed to turn in their applications starting April 10, assuming they can find a lender willing to accept them.Congress created the $350 billion Paycheck Protect Program last month to help keep small businesses afloat during the COVID-19 economic shutdown. The government-guaranteed loans and grants are a centerpiece of the $2.2 trillion CARES Act.But the coronavirus relief funds are not flowing freely. At a telephonic town hall Thursday, Alaska’s U.S. senators heard from several business owners who said they’ve been unable to get financial help from CARES Act programs.A commercial fisherman told them the state turned him down for unemployment benefits, even though Congress specifically expanded eligibility to include fishermen.Sen. Lisa Murkowski said it will take time for lenders and government agencies to retool so they can disburse the money Congress appropriated. And, she said, Congress needs to do more.“The need is unprecedented,” she said. “We’re trying to be as responsive as we can. But we know that there are gaps. We know we have undershot in certain areas … where we know we have not anticipated the need appropriately and we need to put more resources in.”Both she and Sen. Dan Sullivan say Alaskans who are having trouble accessing CARES Act programs should contact their offices.Share this story:last_img read more

Rock Your Way Into the New Year

first_imgDanceMusicNightlifeRock Your Way Into the New YearBang your head or burn away your soles. We’ve got your New Year’s Eve concert schedule right hereBy Theis Duelund – December 30, 2014455ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItNew Year’s Eve is a big deal in L.A. but the extravagant prix fixe deals at some of our many restaurants, hotels, and nightclubs aren’t for everyone. Sometimes the best way to ring in the New Year is on the dance floor or in the mosh pit at a concert. Even though, most venues take a well-earned holiday break between Christmas and New Year’s, there are still a few stalwarts offering you an alternative to standing around waiting for the ball to drop at midnight.Here is a list of the New Year’s Eve concerts we look forward to the most. Fancy attire is definitely optional.Dub Club feat. Sister NancyEarlier this year we profiled L.A. dub king Tom Chasteen, who told us about his love of toasting (a reggae tradition stemming from Jamaica, which is basically a freestyle rap session over pre-recorded tunes). This New Year’s Eve, Chasteen and his fellow Jedi master of the turntable Boss Harmony, will be manning the vinyl mill as singer and Jamaican transplant Sister “Bam Bam” Nancy along with Tippa Lee man the mics. For one night only, Dub Club will take over both the Echo and Echoplex to take you into 2015 in the most laid back way possible.Where: The Echo/EchoplexWhen: 9 p.m.Appetite 4 DestructionIf you want a retro rocking New Year’s Eve with less glitter and more power ballads, this is the ticket for you. L.A.’s premier Guns N’ Roses cover band Appetite 4 Destruction is headlining this bill, which also features Ozzmania (an Ozzy Osbourne tribute band) and Stoned Temple Pilots (you guessed it, a Stone Temple Pilots cover band). General admission is twenty-five bucks, but for eighty you can get a pre-fixe dinner at the Crossroads Restaurant, too. Bring your own bandana.Where: House of Blues, West HollywoodWhen: 8 p.m.KROQ presents BushBritish 90’s alternative rock giants Bush were responsible for hits like “Everything Zen,” ”Glycerine,” and “Little Things.” Frontman Gavin Rossdale, who went on to marry No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani, has been doing more screen work of late (Hawaii Five-0, The Bling Ring, Constantine), but in October the band released their first album in three years, Man on the Run. This is sure to be an evening of nostalgic reverie.Where: The WilternWhen: 7 p.m.Low End Theory New Year’s Eve SpecialLow End Theory has been supplying the greater Los Angeles area with cutting edge experimental hip hop and rap since 2006. Many of the city’s master rhyme smiths have been or are involved with the scene around LET, including founder Daddy Kev, Nobody, and Nocando, the latter of whom found his album Jimmy the Burnout on our list of best L.A. releases in 2014. On New Year’s Eve, Low End Theory presents all of the aforementioned artists as well as Open Mike Eagle, Speak, MDSGN, Radius, and a couple of surprise acts. You’re not going to want to miss this one.Where: The AirlinerWhen: 9:30 p.m.Blasterjaxx with D.O.D.Dutch DJs Thom Jongkind and Idir Makhlaf a.k.a. Blasterjaxx are electronic music masters on the Dutch house scene, but this New Year’s Eve they’re bringing the Amsterdam party to the Avalon in Hollywood. Bring your glow sticks and be sure to stay hydrated for this Euro-tinged fun fest.Where: The AvalonWhen: 9 p.m. TAGSAppetite 4 DestructionBlasterjaxxBushDaddy KevDub ClubHouse of BluesLow End TheoryNobodyNocandoThe AirlinerThe AvalonThe EchoThe WilternTom ChasteenPrevious articleLe Comptoir by the NumbersNext articleBest of Essential T, 2014Theis Duelund RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR5 Must-Catch Acts at Low End Theory FestivalThe Rundown: L.A.’s Experimental Hip Hop SceneThe Rundown: Tom Chasteen’s Reggae Renaissancelast_img read more

FT publisher Pearson reports £720m in profit

first_img FINANCIAL Times owner Pearson announced yesterday that it expected to report 2014 results in line with its previous guidance, anticipating an adjusted operating profit of £720m.Pearson said it had faced tough market conditions last year as its North America and UK education businesses were hit by cyclical and policy-related pressures, and smaller school textbook adoption in South Africa hit its growth business.In its fourth quarter, the world’s largest education business saw market conditions “consistent” with the rest of the year, seeing a solid performance from Penguin Random House, good growth in its online services and improving profitability in the Financial Times Group.“Despite continuing challenging market conditions, overall we had a good competitive performance in 2014 and expect to report results in line with the guidance we gave at the start of the year,” said chief executive John Fallon in a statement. “We enter 2015 a simpler, leaner, more cash-generative business, well set for long-term growth and success, helping more people around the world make progress in their lives through learning.” Express KCS FT publisher Pearson reports £720m in profit Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Tags: NULL Wednesday 21 January 2015 8:34 pm whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

Harry Chapin offers drive-thru food distribution

first_imgNo Content Available AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Harry Chapin is offering several drive-thru food distribution sites the week of December 28.Volunteers will be handing out fresh produce and shelf-stable foods to families in need.Here is the week’s schedule:Monday, December 28, 2020 Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementBonita Old Library – 10 a.m. to Noon26876 Pine Ave, Bonita Springs, FL 34135Fleamasters Flea Market – 10 a.m. to Noon4135 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33916Tuesday, December 29, 2020 AdvertisementTags: Harry Chapin RELATEDTOPICS Boys and Girls Club, Immokalee – 10 a.m. to Noon1155 Roberts Ave W, Immokalee, FL 34142Copperhead Golf Club – 10 a.m. to Noon20910 Copperhead Dr, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936Wednesday, December 30, 2020Golden Gate Community Center – 10 a.m. to Noon4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples, FL 34116Forrey Drive – 10 a.m. to NoonForrey Dr, LaBelle, FL 33935Thursday, December 31, 2020Sacred Heart Church – 10 a.m. to Noon211 W Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950If you would like to volunteer to help hand out food kits, click here.last_img read more

Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport Basketball Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops… SportBasketball Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 10, 2020Next articleIn Pictures: Stradbally Tractor and Truck Run in aid of local school sees huge turnout Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Aedín Dunne – 10th January 2020 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest It’s a big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as they have four teams heading to Cork to compete in the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals.This is the second year in a row that the club will have four teams in this stage of the competition, a true sign of the work and talent within the club.Players such as Sarah Fleming, Jasmine Burke and Ciara Byrne will play in three grades over the three days.center_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role GAA GAA The U-18 women, U-20 women, U-20 men and the senior women’s team will all take to the court in the hopes of booking a spot in their respective finals.All four teams have had brilliant seasons so far so it will be a weekend of very entertaining games.The games will take place between Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall.FRIDAYPortlaoise Panthers v Waterford Wildcats (8pm)Hula Hoops U-20 Women’s National CupThe U-20 women are first up to represent Panthers on Friday night.They’ll take on Waterford Wildcats in Neptune Stadium and given their strong season, they’ll be hoping to book their place in the final.Although they are just U-20, this team have much experience at club and international level with players such as Ciara Byrne, Jasmine Burke and Sarah Fleming all playing on the international stage this year.This team is close to the same set of players the the U-18 girls with around six of the players also playing senior National League.They beat Leixslip Amenities Liffey Celtics and Pyrobel Killester to advance to this weekend’s showdown.SATURDAY Portlaoise Panthers v Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s (2pm)Hula Hoops Women’s Division One National CupThis will be a good one! The senior women have a strong team and have only had two losses in the National League so far this season.They beat Limerick Celtics in Round 1 by 19 points and had a huge win over Tipperary Knights in the quarter-final and now they head to Parochial Hall to take on Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s.Portlaoise have played twice in the Division 1 National League and come away with one loss and one win, so this is anyone’s game on the day.Panthers will be looking up to players who have been great leaders this season such as Trudy Walker, Sarah Fleming, Ciara Byrne and Deirdre Tomlinson, to name a few.This team have given Panthers’ fans a brilliant season so far and have showed massive character from the beginning under the watchful eye of coach, Peter O’Sullivan.SUNDAYPortlaoise Panthers v UCD Marian (3pm)Hula Hoops U-20 Men’s National CupThese men are on a winning streak so lets hope it continues this weekend in Parochial Hall.In the National Cup they beat Limerick Celtics in Round 1 and overcame Waterford Vikings in the quarter-final.They have been unbeaten in the National League so far.In their last round of the National League, they traveled away with just five fit players, James Phelan, Rian O’Connell, Gary Morrissey, Trevor Swayne, Tom Gbenola, and still maintained their 100% record.They are a team of talents with most playing senior Division 1 National League with Panthers and the experience from the senior grade is clearly standing to them.Vikings will not be the easiest task but if anyone is going to beat them, it’s these guys.Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton Supervalu Brunell (1pm)Hula Hoops U-18 Women‘s National CupThe U-18 team and U-20 team are made up of many of the same group of players minus a few.They beat UU Tigers to contest this weekend’s semi-final in Parochial Hall.With six senior players, this team are a strong outfit with some of the girls contesting the U-18, U-20 and senior cup quarter finals over three days.This is the last of their games so it will be tough on the bodies but they are a team of natural leaders and great character.Nonetheless, the have a strong panel and will no doubt be expecting to advance to the final.Best of luck to all four teams!SEE ALSO – Laois swimmer nominated for Young Athlete of the Year and she needs your votes  TAGSHula Hoops National CupNeptune StadiumParochial HallPortlaoise Panthers Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

Don’t underestimate U.S. economic resilience, says National Bank CEO

Ross Marowits Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies National Bank of Canada “(So) you can’t underestimate the American entrepreneurial culture and I think in the near- and medium-term it will be constructive.” National Bank’s (TSX:NA) CEO told the International Finance Club of Montreal that he foresee moderate economic growth in the United States over the next two years. He said the U.S. banking system has strongly recapitalized and the housing market has stabilized and is improving, which will boost Canada’s lumber industry. “I think the American economy in the second half of 2013 will give a good help to the Quebec and Ontario economies, where most of the manufacturing sector is based.” Vachon said he was not worried about the recent slowdown in the Canadian housing market brought on, in part, by tighter lending rules pushed by the federal government. Instead, the key to growth is investing to expand manufacturing production, he said. And while emerging countries are replacing the United States as the engine of global economic growth, he said large development projects that rely on these countries, including Quebec’s Plan Nord, should anticipate intense volatility. “Emerging countries for all kinds of reasons, whether they be social, demographic or other, are more volatile than the United States,” he said. As for Europe, the head of Canada’s sixth-largest bank said the Continent is doing much better because of a “tsunami of liquidity” by the European Central Bank that is also hiding some structural weaknesses. He said the long-term solution for Europe is to select a consistent political model and rewrite its social compact because the ratio of workers to retirees has plummeted by more than half. Meanwhile, Vachon said the bank has initiated a pilot project to transition its own older employees to retirement because many leave before they may be ready. In fact, about one-third of the 660 employees who have retired over the past four years continue to work. In the face of a shortage of skilled workers, the bank seeks to retain experienced older workers while they transfer their knowledge to younger workers by lightening their schedules through part-time hours. About 20 people are currently enrolled in the trial effort, which is slated for expansion. On the Toronto Stock Exchange, National Bank shares closed down nine cents at $79.29 in Thursday trading. Don’t underestimate the resilience of the U.S. entrepreneurial culture and its ability to propel an economic recovery that will benefit Canada’s manufacturing sector, the head of the National Bank of Canada said Thursday. “Essentially, all the products that have changed our lives over the last 10 to 20 years are American,” Louis Vachon said, citing Apple, Google and Twitter. read more

Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump

first_imgPlan sponsors relied on equities to achieve narrowly positive results amid negative fixed-income returns.The median plan posted a quarterly return of 7.70% for equities, the report said, while fixed-income returns of -5.18% dragged on managers. The S&P/TSX composite index returned 8.05% in Q1, while the return for the FTSE Canada Universe Bond index in the first quarter was -5.04%.“Canadian plans have continued to be resilient, and despite depressed fixed-income returns, the equities segment has continued to achieve solid performance in all major markets,” said Catherine Thrasher, head of strategic client solutions and global risk solutions, CIBC Mellon and BNY Mellon, in a statement.Private equity investments delivered a quarterly median return of 4.06%, the report said, while real estate returned 1.65% and hedge funds 1.55%.Among the plans examined, Canadian foundations and endowments performed best, with median performance of 2.56%, followed by universities at 2.18%. stock market down iStock / samxmeg Keywords Pensions,  Fund performance Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan earned total fund net return of 8.6% in 2020 Related news Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff Canadian investment plans squeaked out a positive first quarter, with rising equities offsetting a challenging bond environment, a report from CIBC Mellon says.The BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe, which tracks 87 Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans managing $291 billion in assets, saw a median return of 0.6% in Q1. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019last_img read more

SMAC meeting discusses EPA results from Yacolt Mountain and new members’ issues from Livingston Mountain

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Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel SMAC meeting discusses EPA results from Yacolt Mountain and new members’ issues from Livingston MountainPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Friday, December 20, 2019in: Newsshare 0 The committee conversed with Public Works and Community Development on issues new and old with new members joining from Livingston VANCOUVER — This month’s meeting of the Surface Mining Advisory Committee centered around reviewing EPA test results from the Yacolt Mountain Quarry, hearing from the new code enforcement officer and addressing new members concerns regarding the Livingston Mountain Quarry. Yacolt Mountain neighbor Richard Dyrland (right) speaks to the committee during the SMAC meeting on Dec. 19. Photo by Jacob GrannemanYacolt Mountain neighbor Richard Dyrland (right) speaks to the committee during the SMAC meeting on Dec. 19. Photo by Jacob Granneman Last month, the federal agency released reconnaissance sampling results which were conducted at the request of the committee earlier this year. Testing was centered on identifying the presence of two minerals similar to naturally occurring asbestos. Neither mineral was detected in the 12 test sites serviced by the EPA. Community Development Director for the county, Mitch Nickolds (who is soon to transition to Code Administration Director), addressed the absence of a EPA representative at the Dec. 19 meeting, explaining they could not attend due to lack of funding at this time of year. By and large, community, operator and industry response has been one of relief. Several neighbors told in November that they still had concerns even after the report was released. They were asked to share their thoughts during the meeting.“So if there are differing opinions, I’m just kind of curious. What is your interpretation of this report?” Nickolds asked at the start. “What does it do for you does this satisfy the concerns that people have raised about those elements and those minerals and the potential problems that come along with it?”The responses were in part questioning, and cited a 2013 independent analysis done around the mine which suggested findings contrary to those of the EPA.“My concern is what is the difference between those tests?” said neighbor Richard Dyrland. “Because they were all done by highly qualified groups. Reading the reports I saw some differences in some of the techniques, the protocols and possibly the equipment, but I’m not an expert.”Public Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi addresses neighbors questions on EPA testing done at Yacolt Mountain Quarry. Photo by Jacob GrannemanPublic Works Director Ahmad Qayoumi addresses neighbors questions on EPA testing done at Yacolt Mountain Quarry. Photo by Jacob GrannemanAhmad Qayoumi, the director of Public Works, who holds the current CUP for the Mountain Top mine, responded explaining that they still intend to bring in a representative from EPA and further the discussion.“They set standards that you have to abide by,” Qayoumi said. “So I think the analysis and a lot of times if there’s any kind of disagreement or questions or want for further discussion, the county could help to kind of facilitate bringing EPA and studies you might have, so we have some discussion.”Others expressed confidence in the results of the EPA and voiced their theories as to possible discrepancies. “I would just add my view of the report from EPA; It looks solid,” said neighbor and ecologist Charlie Crisfulli. “I think the science looks good. Again, I don’t work in metrology or geochemistry, but everything that I can see about the report, I am not skeptical about these results.”Crisfulli went on to explain that one of his theories for the presence of the minerals in 2013 and the lack of their presence in 2019 could be because they are not present throughout the entirety of the volcanic rock formation that is Yacolt Mountain. The original elevation of the mountain is approximately 1,800 feet, while the current pit floor sits around 1,650 feet. There still, however, exists shelves of rock that reach the original elevation.  “Samples could be performed at 1,800 elevation, and 1,650,” said operator Bo Storedahl. “And you can see how the formation has changed. Very little at the top, but it’s pretty sinuous as you go down.” Yacolt Mountain neighbor and ecologist Charlie Crisafulli speaks to the SMAC group during Thursday night’s forum meeting. Photo by Jacob GrannemanYacolt Mountain neighbor and ecologist Charlie Crisafulli speaks to the SMAC group during Thursday night’s forum meeting. Photo by Jacob GrannemanMoving on in the night’s discussion, committee members had the opportunity to hear from Mike Boyer, the recently appointed code enforcement officer for the two mines.Boyer described the current situations, and how his workload is currently centered out in the field. He explained the largest number of complaints were received with regard to blasting at both Yacolt Mountain and Livingston Mountain. “Honestly, I have not had a great deal of complaints,” Boyer said. “We’ve had some concerns in regards to driving. Those complaints are definitely discussed with the operator and those that complain I certainly encourage you to contact the county Sheriff’s Office, they have jurisdiction for driving.”Blasts at both locations were explained in more detail by the operator, as to the potential cause for larger-felt blasts as opposed to the majority which are nearly unnoticeable. At present, several shots at both Mountain Top and Livingston were lit off on, or near a rim or edge at the pits. This often causes a more robust shock wave and air blast, Storedahl and Boyer explained, citing event reports containing decibel and seismic readouts. Such blasts are rare, but will be more common at Livingston as it is in the last year of it’s pit life before reclamation, they said.Storedahl said there is a possibility that in the current blast notifications that are sent out for both mines, additional information as to the likelihood of a larger-felt blast could be added based on shot location.  Boyer also explained that one of the blasts being explained occured at Mountain Top on Nov. 11. Since then, the county has clarified that Veteran’s Day is not a permitted holiday for blasting, he said.Clark County Code Enforcement Officer Mike Boyer (center left) receives questions during the Dec. 19 SMAC meeting in the Public Service Center council chambers. Photo by Jacob GrannemanClark County Code Enforcement Officer Mike Boyer (center left) receives questions during the Dec. 19 SMAC meeting in the Public Service Center council chambers. Photo by Jacob GrannemanBoth Boyer and Nickolds explained that a new matrix document in spreadsheet form is in the works to outline what responsibilities fall to whom and which CUP guidelines are enforced via code enforcement.  Towards the conclusion of the evening, neighbors from the other side of the county in the area surrounding Livingston Mountain Quarry spoke up. Not previously included in the SMAC forums, they requested some time to speak to the issues specific to their mine. Among other topics, the most prevalent issue from the Livingston Mountain  seemed to be frustration at the lack of clarity on CUPs and reclamation permit holders. Neighbors allege large changes in conditions have occured since the issuance of the permits, and such permits have not been properly updated.  “As we’ve talked about before, there are no sunset provisions, much less any revision provisions in there,” said Livingston area neighbor Gregory Shaw. “We have two CUPs which are at odds with each other over every fundamental issue, from operating hours to what the purpose was. Livingston Mountain Quarry was permitted at 16 trips a day and was increased only to allow for the installation of a crusher on that parcel. There’s never been an operational crusher on Livingston Mountain Quarry that was used as the justification to increase the truckload and 95.”Livingston Mountain Quarry neighbor Gregory Shaw expresses his concerns unique to Livingston Mountain during the Dec. 19 SMAC meeting, which will now include Livingston issues. Photo by Jacob GrannemanLivingston Mountain Quarry neighbor Gregory Shaw expresses his concerns unique to Livingston Mountain during the Dec. 19 SMAC meeting, which will now include Livingston issues. Photo by Jacob GrannemanThe Livingston discussion was short lived for the December meeting, but Nickolds, who even with his new position will remain with the SMAC group, said the following meeting will have agenda time written in for Livingston specific issues.The next meeting of the Surface Mining Advisory Committee is set for the evening of Feb. 20 at the county’s Public Service Center. More details will be published on as they are made available.The full audio recording of this meeting will be posted on the county website in the next several days. 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Hero who saved people from fire gifted new Toyota truck

first_imgTrending in Canada Toyota is gifting a man in Paradise City, California a brand-new Tundra after he risked his life to save people from a hospital on fire—and that’s just about the best advertising Toyota could ask for.Allyn Pierce, a.k.a. the_pandra, posted a photo on Instagram of his Toyota Tundra with both sides burnt to a crisp and the headlights melted.The caption read “thanks to the firefighters, law enforcement, and fellow healthcare workers for the work we all did getting the hospital evacuated and our patients to safety.” The hero used his pickup to shuttle patients from the burning-down hospital to safety—twice. The Tundra looks like a marshmallow, as Pierce says in his post, but it kept the people inside from being roasted.At one point he got caught in gridlock and thought he was going to die, so he put “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel on the radio and recorded a goodbye message to his family. Luckily, it didn’t have to be sent. is experiencing one of the worst fires in its history, with 42 people confirmed dead in Paradise alone, and another 200 missing. The fires are blazing right through city centres and creating apocalyptic scenes. They’re being made worse by the extensive drought in the area this year, combined with seasonal Santa Ana winds that have spread the flames even further. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS 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” 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 | Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Toyota gives new truck to man who saved hospital patients RELATED TAGSToyotaTundraNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury advertisement See More Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more