Catherine Neilan Thursday 6 September 2018 9:25 am whatsapp whatsapp “Does the so-called “Senior Administration Official” really exist, or is it just the Failing New York Times with another phony source?,” he said. “If the GUTLESS anonymous person does indeed exist, the Times must, for National Security purposes, turn him/her over to government at once!”This was followed up some hours later with: “I’m draining the Swamp, and the Swamp is trying to fight back. Don’t worry, we will win!”The NYT has said it knows the identity of the official but is not making that information public. “Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations,” the author wrote. “We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.” Treason? Trump demands NYT hand over author of critical article US President Donald Trump has demanded the New York Times turn over an anonymous White House official who penned an article claiming staffers were behind a “quiet resistance” to his “detrimental” actions. In a series of late-night tweets the President blasted the “failing” newspaper, accused it of “treason” and called for the individual to be handed over.  The official claimed that there had been “whispers” among Cabinet members of invoking the 25th amendment to replace the president but “no one wanted a constitutional crisis . . . so we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction”.The 25th amendment allows for the removal of the President on the ground of incapacity.“Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office,” the author added, saying the root cause was “the president’s amorality”.  “It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognise what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.”Yesterday Trump and his closest staff fought off claims in a new book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, which details an incident in which an official took documents off the president’s desk “to protect national security”. Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersWTFactsHe Used To Be Handsome In 81s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimWTFactsTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeCleverstTattoo Fails : No One Makes It Past No. 6 Without LaughingCleverst read more

first_imgFisheries | Food | Southeast | SubsistenceTribe’s Herring Committee drafts proposals to protect subsistenceFebruary 28, 2017 by Emily Russell, KCAW-Sitka Share:Herring caught during the 2014 Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. A recent study suggests that managers should take a longer view when managing fisheries like this one. (Photo by Rachel Waldholz/KCAW)The Sitka Tribe of Alaska wants to see more protection for subsistence harvesters when herring season begins next month.The Tribe’s Herring Committee is recommending a pair of proposals to reserve more areas for subsistence and to cut the commercial harvest by half. Audio Playerhttp://media.aprn.org/2017/ann-20170227-07.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Share this story:center_img Just a few weeks from now Sitka Sound will flood with commercial seiners and subsistence users all in search of one small fish – herring.Commercial seiners harvest herring whole and strip the valuable sac roe from the females.At the same time, subsistence users submerge hemlock branches in the water, which become coated with eggs as the fish spawn.But Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Director of Resource Protection Jeff Feldpausch said success rates for subsistence users are down.“We’re seeing a change in the herring– how they spawn, where they spawn– and it’s making it much more difficult for subsistence harvesters to meet the ANS, or the amount necessary for subsistence,” Feldpausch said.Feldpausch was speaking at the tribe’s most recent Herring Committee meeting.He said subsistence needs have only been met half the time in recent years, with 2016 considered one of the poorest subsistence harvests in memory.From what he’s heard, Feldpausch said it wasn’t always this hard to fill your freezer.“Back in the ’80s, or earlier in the fishery, there wasn’t really an issue getting your eggs,” Feldpausch said.  “As this biomass as grown you would think it would be even easier, but it’s becoming more and more difficult.”The biomass, or how much herring are in the water, has fluctuated a lot since the 1980s.Estimates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game show spawning biomass ranging between 18,000 tons and 103,000 tons in the last couple of decades.Fish and Game forecasts a total biomass of 73,000 tons for 2017.Tribal citizen Tom Gamble said Fish and Game’s forecast model is outdated, that they’re just guessing.“The 2017 biomass that has been forecast has no scientific proof,” Gamble said.Gamble told members of the Herring Committee that he’s worried that if the spawn biomass is overestimated, subsistence users will lose out.But Eric Coonradt, a Fish and Game area management biologist for Sitka, is confident in the forecast model.“There are going to be skeptics out there, but the data is solid. The methods are solid,” Coonradt said.The fishery is managed based on a detailed model that accounts for the distribution, size, and age of the herring — and on the success of the annual spawn.Calculations on the size of the 2017 biomass began last year.Daily aerial surveys get the length of the spawn and dive surveys get the depth of the spawn.“We have a total area of spawn,” Coonradt said. “From that, we can calculate how many females would have been able to lay those eggs and you double that to account for males.”But subsistence users don’t find this data reassuring when they’re pulling up empty hemlock branches.So, the Tribe’s Herring Committee is drafting two proposals to the Board of Fish.The first would close off certain areas to commercial fishing, including Katlian Bay, Aleutkina Bay and Nakwasina Sound.Jeff Feldpausch said the board accepted a similar proposal in the past.“In 2012 the Board of Fish did grant us a commercial closure zone, or the subsistence zone as we call it,” Feldpausch said. “We got about half of what we asked for. This is basically going in and asking for the whole thing we asked for originally.”The second proposal asks the Board of Fish to reduce the guideline harvest level – or how much commercial seiners are allowed to catch – to 10 percent of the total spawning biomass, compared to the typical 20 percent.The Tribe’s Herring Committee plans to review these draft proposals at its next meeting March 6.last_img read more

first_imgFederal Government | Oceans | Science & Tech | SoutheastNOAA awards contract for Ketchikan facility, paving way for research vessel to tie up at home portApril 8, 2021 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:The NOAA Ship Fairweather regularly conducts reconnaissance missions to help NOAA prioritize its efforts to update navigational charts in the Arctic. NOAA and other private companies in Alaska are participating in the global Seabed 2030 project which aims to map the seafloor. (Photo courtesy the National Ocean Service Image Gallery)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says work will begin soon on a new office building and pier in Ketchikan. The agency says the project will allow it to bring the research ship Fairweather to its official home port in the southern panhandle.While the Fairweather spends much of its time at sea mapping the seafloor, studying fisheries and searching for shipwrecks in Alaska, the research vessel hasn’t had a home in the state since at least 2008.Alaska’s junior Republican senator, Dan Sullivan, says he has been pushing to base the Fairweather in Ketchikan for years.“It’s good to finally get an important win. It’s going to be important for science, important for our economy, research. But also, I think (it) signifies more opportunities for Coast Guard, Navy and other research vessels to come to Southeast and make an impact for our state and our country,” Sullivan said in a phone interview.Sullivan says moving the Fairweather to Ketchikan would bring about 50 jobs to the area, though a NOAA spokesman says it’s too soon to know for sure. The project includes a new NOAA office, a floating pier and upgrades to power and water systems for visiting ships.A conceptual drawing shows the design for a new NOAA office building in Ketchikan. (Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies via NOAA)The late Sen. Ted Stevens inserted language in a 2002 bill that moved the Fairweather’s official home port to Ketchikan. But the ship hasn’t had an Alaska home since 2008, when NOAA’s Stedman Street dock was condemned as unsafe. It’s spent the intervening years based out of the Lower 48 with occasional calls at Ketchikan’s Coast Guard base.“Most of its research missions are in Alaska, about Alaska, whether it’s the oceans, environment, fisheries, surveys, and to me, it just makes complete sense,” Sullivan said. “That’s where the mission is. And that’s where the ship should be homeported.”Sullivan says he pressed Biden administration Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, whose agency includes NOAA, to keep a promise Sullivan extracted from the Trump administration in 2019 to bring the Fairweather to Ketchikan.“This was the No. 1 issue I raised with Secretary Raimondo when she was going through her confirmation process — the No. 1 issue. And you know, I also let her know that her predecessor, Wilbur Ross, made this commitment,” he said.Raimondo said in a statement that the project “will enable the agency to support safe navigation and commerce in Alaska and the region more effectively than ever.”Sullivan credits Sitka state Sen. Bert Stedman for  coming up with a novel approach to fund the project. Alaska pitched in about $7 million for the federal facility through a grant to Ketchikan’s borough, which was later transferred to NOAA.Stedman says he’d like to see more resources moved to Alaska — like an expansion of the naval test facility on Back Island just north of Ketchikan.“There’s no reason for Alaska to be treated like a territory or a third-world country and everything based out of Washington State. Ships and facilities should be in Alaska, where they belong,” Stedman said.Ketchikan Borough Mayor Rodney Dial calls it an “amazing win” for Ketchikan.“This represents hundreds of thousands, if not millions, into our economy every year for many different sectors,” Dial said. “A vessel this size requires expensive maintenance — we’re going to argue that that should be done at our shipyard. There’ll be fuel that will be sold, supplies, employee payroll, and all of that will circulate through our economy.”He says he hopes the federal spending will help the area reduce its reliance on tourism as an economic driver.Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy thanked NOAA for its commitment and said moving the survey ship to Ketchikan would enhance U.S. national security amid rising tension in the Arctic. He said the move was “long overdue.”The $18.7 million construction contract was awarded to a subsidiary of Ahtna, the Alaska Native regional corporation based in Glennallen. The company will start by removing the existing pier.NOAA expects to finish the project by December of 2022.Share this story:last_img read more

first_img Investors seek signs of rate hike from Fed – New York Report whatsapp Sunday 23 August 2015 10:52 pm Tags: NULL Share Show Comments ▼ ALL EYES will be on Jackson Hole, Wyoming, this week, as the Federal Reserve begins its annual meeting. Investors will be looking for any signs that the central bank is increasingly worried about global issues or whether it is going ahead with what had been a widely-expected interest rate hike in September.The Fed has said its decision to raise rates will depend on data such as an improving jobs market and housing market. Should the Fed signal that it plans to raise rates, investor sentiment towards the United States and emerging markets may further diverge.Minutes released last Wednesday of the Fed’s most recent meeting revealed its officials were concerned about “recent decreases in oil prices and the possibility of adverse spillovers from slower economic growth in China”, a detail which helped spark the selling.At the same time, North Korea put its troops on war footing Friday after South Korea rejected an ultimatum to halt anti-Pyongyang broadcasts. The prospect of war, or signs of more global worries, could further dampen US stocks in the week ahead.Gina Martin Adams, equity strategist at Wells Fargo, estimates the S&P 500 will reach 2,222 over the next 12 months, an 11 per cent gain from the 1,997 the index reached last Friday, after commodity prices bottom and earnings improve.“The direction of the market is ultimately higher,” she said. Express KCS Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapplast_img read more

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Monday 14 September 2015 4:29 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Jeremy Corbyn faces first test as Labour leader in Trade Union Bill debate Share whatsapp Catherine Neilan Show Comments ▼ Today marks the first official test of newly-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as he takes part in his first parliamentary showdown from the frontbench. On the agenda: the Trade Union Bill, a package of proposals put forward by the government that would change the rules surrounding strike ballots. Business secretary Sajid Javid, who is opening the debate for the government, has said that the new law will “stop the ‘endless’ threat of strike action hanging over hardworking people”. But Corbyn has called the bill “pernicious”, saying it amounts to little more than an attack on the unions. Writing in the Observer yesterday the new Labour leader slammed the TUB, saying it would “make it harder for workers to get a fair deal at work, to fight for fair pay and for a better work-life balance”.  “Trade unions are a force for good – a force for a more equal society,” he added. “United, Labour will vote against this anti-democratic attack on trade union members.” And union bosses – many of whom have openly supported Corbyn in his successful bid to become the leader of the opposition – have threatened to “topple the government” if the government reforms go ahead. Among the reforms the government is suggesting: a 50 per cent threshold for ballot turn-out in all industrial action votes, and an additional 40 per cent threshold of support to take industrial action in protected sectors like health, education, fire, transport and border security. last_img read more

first_img Betsie Bay in Frankfort, Mich., on the shore of Lake Michigan. Mackenna Kelly for STAT Privacy Policy BENZONIA, Mich. — Tucked away on the northern shore of Lake Michigan, the residents of Benzie County spent the final days of winter and the early weeks of spring confident they were safe, but agitated about what was coming.Like other lightly populated U.S. counties, this hard-to-reach vacation destination found itself largely isolated from the Covid-19 pandemic that tore through metropolises and then smaller cities and towns earlier this year. Now, as Michigan reopens, residents here fear they could find themselves on the frontlines.Benzie, a one-stoplight county at the end of the road, is suddenly a microcosm of the frustration and resignation that seems to be encompassing the entire country as businesses start to reopen.advertisement After retractions of two Covid-19 papers, scientists ask what went wrong Another reason for the low number of Covid-19 cases is the extensive public health and medical infrastructure that swung into action in March. Leaders of the two-county Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department convened regular meetings with county authorities, emergency medical crews, the local hospital, the regional Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, school administrators, and Northwest Michigan Health Services, which operates a medical and dental clinic in Benzonia. The primary topics were communications and coordination to establish safety measures for residents and employees, response to the governor’s executive orders, acquisition of personal protective equipment, conducting testing, and making results known to the public.“We were ready,” said Michelle Klein, the Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department’s director of personal health. “We’ve been preparing for a biological outbreak since 9/11. The background infrastructure had already been created. We’ve done many training exercises over the years.”The two-county health district traced the contacts associated with the handful of infections in its jurisdiction and confirmed that no other cases developed. Contact tracing will occur with any new cases, said Klein.And testing has been fairly extensive across the region. Northwest Michigan Health Services tested 700 people in its Traverse City office. There were 11 positive results that resulted in 14-day quarantines, said Gwen Williams, the agency’s chief of development. Munson Healthcare, owner and manager of nine hospitals in Northern Michigan, reports that of the 5,740 patients it tested, 303 people were positive.The county’s four long-term care and assisted living facilities responded quickly to protect residents. Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital shut down its long-term care facility to visitors on March 11; 12 days later they closed off visitation in the hospital.“We’ve evaluated nearly every practice, from visitors entering the building, to the way we clean our facility,” said Mark Langlois, Paul Oliver’s medical director of long-term care. “It’s been a challenging few months with a lot of hard work. But we have been successful in keeping Covid-19 out of our facility.”The Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital in Frankfort, Mich. Mackenna Kelly for STATThe professional medical and health response to the virus also was assisted by projects developed spontaneously in the county’s private sector. Josh Stoltz, director of Grow Benzie, a nonprofit community center, organized a group to sew face masks. He worked with Benzie Bus, the county’s transit agency, to distribute 1,500 masks around the county and region during the pandemic’s first six weeks.Aubrey Ann Parker, co-owner and editor of the Betsie Current, a local newspaper, worked with three colleagues to prepare and publish the Benzie County Resource Guide, an 18-page directory of public and private agencies, professionals, and services for people who either needed help or wanted to help in the early spring. She distributed the directory online and in 6,000 printed copies. “Everyone was sharing stuff on social media — different resources that people could use. It was all getting buried,” she said. “We wanted to put all that information in one place and have it categorized and up to date to make it easy to find what you were looking for.”Parker and Soltz said they will revive both projects if there is demand.The largest Covid-19 outbreak to date in northern Michigan occurred in much larger Grand Traverse County, 20 miles east, where 35 cases were confirmed and five people died. But the 12 newest infections, a 52% increase, were reported after Memorial Day, according to the county health department. On June 6 Benzie County confirmed its fifth case, the first since mid-April. Those details, attracting headlines and attention from regional radio, television, and Facebook pages, stirred anxiety.“Everyone is concerned,” said Mitch Deisch, Benzie County administrator. “This is not anything like we’ve seen before. We have family. We have friends. We also have an obligation to provide services to 17,500 residents. And we take that obligation seriously.”Within the county leadership, though, a schism developed over the definition of obligation and service. On April 15 — the same day the first Covid case was reported — Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel issued a formal notice that shocked many residents. Schendel announced that he’d allied himself with three other sheriffs in neighboring counties to voice opposition to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders shuttering operations in the state.“As a result,” he added, “we will not have strict enforcement of these orders.” “Not too much to worry about,” said Shaun Johnson, a retired teacher raised here, describing the only four cases Benzie has seen so far. “People wore masks. People were pretty comfortable.Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. “Now,” he added, “stores are reopening. They hire more younger people. Customers are showing up without masks.”advertisement About the Author Reprints Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. A scenic region of thick forests, clean lakes, and tiny villages, Benzie County lies 80 miles from the closest thruway and 220 miles northwest of Detroit. Its scenery and remote rural character form the alluring foundation of a sizable summer tourist economy that starts every May.The county’s health and medical professionals predict that the number of Covid-19 infections will rise. How much? Nobody can project because the summer population is transient. More than 1,000 second-home owners are arriving from southern Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and elsewhere across the country. Tens of thousands more will spend a few days, a few weeks, and leave. Various studies have found that during a typical July day, more than 30,000 people reside in the county and thousands more are day visitors.“We do not yet know what impact the gradual reopening of the state’s economies will have on cases,” said Kristi Johnson, chief nursing officer at Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital, a unit of Munson Healthcare in Frankfort, the county’s largest town. “Until then, we are staying the course and continue to be diligent in our hand hygiene, social distancing, and other safety measures.”If cases mount, the hospital and health agencies insist they are prepared. Business owners, too, are taking precautions.Gina Viviano, a Stormcloud employee, changes out her gloves at Stormcloud Brewery in Frankfort. Customers are required to wear a mask until being seated at a table due to Covid-19. Mackenna Kelly for STATStormcloud, a popular brewpub in Frankfort, prepared a 20-page plan for opening a week after Memorial Day that included requiring the 50 employees, many of them students, to wear masks and gloves. “We heard from three sets of parents who wanted to know what the plan was for keeping their people safe,” said co-owner Rick Schmitt. “We have a plan. And we want to make sure we don’t slip.”Employees nervously returned to work. “Honestly, I have been living very, very carefully,” said Mary Pitcher, one of 341 residents of Beulah, the county seat, who works in a restaurant in Frankfort. “I’m going to have to go back to work. My customers aren’t wearing a mask. I’m in front of their face. I’m right there. The world is starting up again. I have to participate whether I’m comfortable or not.”The county’s seclusion, say health authorities, is one reason for the low number of Covid-19 cases. So far.It is also clear that social distancing — the Benzie way of life in winter — and business closures were factors in keeping infections low. Consider that during the 1918 flu pandemic, when the county population was half what it is today, deaths from all causes, including the flu, reached 23 in December 1918, according to historic records. That was more than double the number of deaths in a typical month at that time. HealthPostcard from the edge: A rural getaway, protected from Covid-19, fears it may be swallowed into the pandemic Leave this field empty if you’re human: A self-described “constitutional” officer, the notice coincided with “Operation Gridlock,” held that same day, when supporters of President Trump blocked streets in Lansing, the Michigan state capital, to oppose Whitmer’s orders that kept businesses closed, which were seen as a violation of their rights.Schendel embraced that view. “Allowing those without paychecks back to work is imperative to the economic success and well-being of our community,” he said. “Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the U.S. Constitution, and to ensure that your God-given rights are not violated. We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”The sheriff’s notice floored some senior county officials, who declined to comment on it for this article. It also rattled many residents.“It was a political stunt,” said Timothy Young, a resident of Honor, Mich., and founder of Food For Thought, a specialty food company there. “At a time like this we should be coming together as a community. We look to law enforcement to be a glue for our society at times of crisis. It was unbecoming for law enforcement officers.”Most significantly, the sheriff’s attack on the governor’s safeguards was a rebuke to the elaborate safety measures, many recommended by the governor, that his own department was taking to protect its officers, staff members, people they arrested, and inmates in the county jail.In an interview, Undersheriff Kyle Rosa explained that since mid-March officers wore gloves, goggles, and face masks as needed during their patrols.Arrest practices were altered to reduce the number of people incarcerated. Intoxicated people, and only those who were dangerous to themselves or others, were arrested. Following arrest, they were monitored for fever and asked screening questions, like where they had recently traveled.With court oversight, several inmates in the county’s 49-bed jail were freed to make space to quarantine new inmates for 14 days. The average number of people incarcerated fell to 11 a day, down from 25 before the pandemic. The department halted visits from families.Seven inmates agreed to voluntary Covid-19 tests. None was positive. And until Memorial Day, the department closed its lobby. “We have services available for the public. Fingerprints for jobs and concealed pistol permits,” Rosa said. “You can’t do somebody’s prints without being in their space. We felt that would be a harm.”In the weeks before the sheriff’s provocative notice, and continuing through May and June, Benzie residents patiently observed guidelines and protective measures issued by local and state health authorities. They wore masks and kept safe distance in public spaces — grocery and convenience stores and post offices at first. Restaurants and stores, bars and churches after closure measures were lifted.Residents and business owners say they are committed to convincing summer residents to do the same. By Keith Schneider June 15, 2020 Reprints Keith Schneider [email protected] Tags Coronaviruslast_img read more

first_imgHome We Are Laois Leaving Cert Series: The young man from Portlaoise CBS preparing for the… We Are Laois Leaving Cert Series: The young man from Portlaoise CBS preparing for the big exams By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th April 2018 Facebook Twitter Pinterest Council Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Previous articleRemember the Game: A Portlaoise last-gasp try clinches 2003 Town’s Cup final spotNext articlePotholes, the Dubs and forgotten Laois – it’s our Tweets of the Week LaoisToday Reporter He took time out of his busy schedule to speak about his experience so far throughout the Leaving Cert as a student in Portlaoise CBS and his hopes and plans after school.As the Leaving Cert approaches, how are you feeling?I’m feeling a little bit nervous. I don’t think it would be normal if I wasn’t nervous for the Leaving Cert.What exam are you most nervous for? To tell the truth mainly higher-level Irish as there is a lot of material to be learned.What has been your favourite subject?I quite like biology as it deals with the stuff that occurs in our bodies and ecosystems on a daily basis.What do you hope to do after the Leaving Cert?I hope to do a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism in Dublin Institute of Technology.How many points are you aiming for? I need 367 points for the course so I’d be looking for about 375 points if all goes well.What has been the toughest part about Leaving Cert?I found the mocks were tough as it gave me an indication of where you are in terms of each subject. I can’t forget the 20 Sraith Pictures needed to be known for the Irish Oral Examination.Have you found the year stressful?Not to the date but when it hits May that’s when it’s sweaty palm time and that’s when I’ll start to feel the heat.Are you sad to see your school days coming to an end?In a way I’ll miss it. Like having the craic with the lads but I’m glad they’re over so that I can go out into the world with the hopes of obtaining a well-paid job.What subjects do you need for your college course?I need to obtain a minimum of 60% in higher level English or H4.If you don’t get your first choice, what course would you like to do? Media and Public Relations in the Carlow Institute of Technology.Is this a career you have always wanted to pursue?Yes. I have always had a very strong interest in journalism, mainly sports journalism.What teacher has played the biggest influence to you, and why?To be honest I’d say every teacher has played their role in trying to get the best grades from me and each and every student.What has been the most helpful study tip you have found useful?I find that if you can try get rid of all distractions it makes studying a lot easier. For the orals, I recorded myself talking in order to get the material into my head and I found it was a great help.What is your typical study routine?Usually, I come home from school and get my dinner. I then proceed to doing my homework from about 6 to half 7, that time varies depending on the amount of homework I get.From the time I complete my homework, I do about 2 hours of study. I usually study by writing short notes or practicing exam questions.Have you any unusual study habits?To be honest , I don’t really have any but from time I’d eat a pot noodle or drink a cup of tea while studying.If you are a student also studying for Leaving Cert, or know of anyone who is. Be sure to get in touch with us here in LaoisToday to feature on our weekly Leaving Cert Series. SEE ALSO –  This is what I’m studying: Raheen student talks about her college life in UCD WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Leaving Cert – the two words sure to send shivers down anyone’s spine.It can be one of the most stressful and anxious time for any student.But there are so many students in Laois currently in the one boat. Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Community TAGSGavin CooperLeaving CertLeaving Cert SeriesPortlaoise CBS Facebook Rugby So here at LaoisToday we decided to meet with students currently getting ready for what will be the biggest exams they have ever taken.Kicking off our series this week is 17-year-old Gavin Cooper from Portlaoise. WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgNews North Waits for Something New Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE AvatarPark Seong Guk There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News In expectation of a more succession-friendly government being elected, North Korea will not push for relation improvements with the present Lee Myung Bak administration, analysts say. Scott Snyder, conservative expert on Korean peninsula issues from Council on Foreign Relations (CRF), predicted in a report on January 21st, “this year, inter-Korean relations will be focused on the shift consequent of the presidential election”. In fact, North Korea recently announced that, during this new Kim Jong Eun era, they will not deal with the current Lee administration. Snyder further said that “North Korea applies tough measures to South Korea and at the same time resumes direct talks with the US and Japan” and “this is intended to come between South Korea and the U.S.’s relationship.” This analysis is derived from North Korea’s recent behavior, trying for a third round of North Korean-US diplomatic talks and hopes of making better the abductees issue with Japan. The U.S. and North Korea, while discussing denuclearization as well as the US food assistance, is weighing out the pros and cons of resuming the Six-Party Talks.Snyder made positive remarks regarding the recent South Korea-U.S.-Japan consultation, “We agreed that there is still hope in resuming talks” and predicted, of North Korea’s recent behavior, “resumption of the Six-Party Talks will not be an easy one”.Regarding the demands of the U.S, to North Korea, to follow up a third round of U.S.-North Korea talks and resume Six-Party Talks he explained, “In 2010 the US disclosed via Doctor Siegfried Hacker that North Korea should suspend the Uranium Enrichment Program in Yongbyeon, while postponing the nuclear missile tests and stabilizing North-South relations.” By Park Seong Guk – 2012.01.25 6:12pm News News last_img read more

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first_imgCommunity sport scores with $150 million Centre Of Excellence Fund The Centre of Excellence Fund is a key sporting initiative of the Budget, aimed at improving talent pathways and community engagement for sporting codes.NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the Fund would give the construction industry a boost and foster community participation in sporting codes at a grassroots level as well as supporting the professional development of local athletes.“The Centre of Excellence Fund will provide communities across the State with the ability to fund and build modern sporting facilities supporting thousands of additional construction jobs and helping to recharge our economy as we bounce back from the pandemic,” Mr Perrottet said.“The two-year Centre of Excellence Fund is a key initiative of our State-wide sports infrastructure plan which is creating a sports facility construction boom across NSW.”NSW Minister for Sport Natalie Ward said the fund would help sporting codes develop community centres that will include integrated high-performance training and administration facilities to assist talent identification and development opportunities.“While improving talent development pathways is a key component, each Centre of Excellence will include multi-purpose facilities, enabling sports to expand community programs and bridge the gap between elite sport and the general community,” Mrs Ward said.“The NSW Government is absolutely committed to breaking down barriers in women’s sport and all Centres of Excellence will feature dedicated female programs and facilities to improve pathways for women and girls.Funding will be made available through a competitive grants process, which will require a co-contribution and applicants will need to demonstrate improved community participation outcomes. /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:athletes, Australia, community, community engagement, construction industry, Economy, Government, industry, infrastructure, jobs, Minister, NSW, nswpol, outcomes, pandemic, professional development, sports, Wardlast_img read more