Community | Coronavirus | Health | Local Government | Public Safety | SouthwestNo easy answers after fire destroys Tuluksak’s water supplyJanuary 22, 2021 by Olivia Ebertz, KYUK – Bethel Share:On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washeteria and water plant building, which was their only source of clean, running water. (courtesy Kristy Napoka)On Jan. 16, a fire in Tuluksak destroyed the village’s washateria and water plant building. It was the community’s only source of clean, running water.On Wednesday, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation hosted a meeting for local, state, and federal agencies to discuss how to restore water service to the community.In the short term, the community wants to connect its well to the school. The school is set up for running water, and residents can use it for laundry and hauling water to their homes. But the well pulls up water from the Tuluksak River, which isn’t safe to drink. So that solution raised more questions than answers.Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s John Nichols, who was at the meeting, relayed some questions that came up.“Do we provide individual treatment within each home so folks can treat just the water they’re going to drink, or do we provide a small treatment system at the school itself? And we don’t have an answer to that yet,” Nichols said.Nichols said one of the medium-term plans could be up and running as soon as this summer. That plan relies on a portable water treatment plant that YKHC says they have sitting unused in Bethel. But first, the agencies will have to determine if that plant will even be able to purify the water from the Tuluksak River.“If you were to, say, look at the waters of the Kenai River versus the Copper River versus the Kuskokwim River, you can tell just by looking that the water quality is very, very different in those three rivers, and takes very, very different processes to clean all the impurities out of the different kinds of water,” explained Nichols.If the plant from YKHC can’t purify the waters of the Tuluksak River, they’ll explore procuring a portable purification system from the lower 48. But timing is an issue. The project would have to be completed and delivered before the summer barge season ends.Funds are also a problem.The tribe needs to verify whether the building was insured before any agencies can release funds for the medium-term purification systems. Nichols said that if the purification system is already covered by insurance, they don’t want to double-fund it. But the tribe said that it can’t determine if the building was insured because the person who has that information on their computer is out of the office with COVID-19.Nearly one-third of the entire village is has tested positive for COVID-19.Nichols said that the ruined Tuluksak water plant was on its way out, anyway. He said typically water plants of this type last about 20 years. This one lasted over four decades, and the tribe had already filed a grant application with Indian Health Services for some of the funds to cover a new one. That new plant is their long-term Plan A, but it will be three or four years before a new water plant would be installed and usable.Tuluksak Native Community President Middy Peters said that things are tough right now.“Everybody’s in a kind of a shock mode right now,” said Peters.On top of this water crisis and the high COVID-19 case count, Tuluksak is still trying to recover the body of a snowmachiner who went through the ice earlier this month.In a bit of good news for the village, an organization called Kooteen Creations has raised over $16,000 in relief funds for them. Residents also got their first round of COVID-19 vaccines this week.Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that John Nichols of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium relayed questions at the meeting for local, state, and federal agencies but did not ask those questions on behalf of ANTHC.Share this story:
Thursday 13 August 2015 2:54 pm Share Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ Analysts were incredulous this morning after the Greek economy appeared to shrug off uncertainty surrounding its debt crisis during the second quarter.Figures released today by Greece’s official statistics agency Elstat showed the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.8 per cent in the three months to June, completely smashing economists’ expectations for a 0.5 per cent contraction according to a poll by Bloomberg. Revised data also showed that the Greek economy posted no growth or decline in the first quarter, instead of a previously reported 0.2 per cent shrinkage. This means the country didn’t slide into a technical recession at the start of this year, as previously thought.But the statistics agency cautioned today’s figures are a flash estimate, and could be subject to revisions when more data becomes available.”Users should note that the present flash estimates are expected to be revised when provisional estimates are produced and disseminated on 28th August … on the basis of updated primary data that will have become available at that point,” it said.The Greek government is pushing parliament to approve a bill outlining a three-year bailout programme. If given the green light, the bill, submitted yesterday, will pave the way for the much-needed disbursement of aid.Eurozone finance ministers are due to meet in Brussels tomorrow to sign off the new bailout package.The country hopes to receive some funding as part of the deal in time for a €3.5bn (£2.5bn) payment to the European Central Bank on 20 August. But even if finance ministers agree to the deal, it’ll still require approval by several Eurozone parliaments.Analysts were flabbergasted…https://twitter.com/AngiePerrinFX/status/631754308103630849 whatsapp Greek GDP growth smashes expectations in the second quarter whatsapp More From Our Partners Institutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallUndo Tags: NULL
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Home News Community In Pictures: Laois hurlers take to the water in support of fundraiser… NewsCommunity SEE ALSO – ‘Shock’ and ‘sadness’ following the passing of beloved Stradbally woman WhatsApp Laois hurlers, Ronan Broderick, Willie Dunphy, Mark Hennessy and James Ryan take to the water with Michael G Phelan and Alison Bailey and sponsors for the day Mick and Aoife Dunphy, Dunphy Stone & Agri Ltd. The promotional paddle by the Woodenbridge Paddlers is supporting the Erkina Blueway Project.Picture: Alf Harvey. The Woodenbridge Paddlers Association has recently been granted planning permission by Laois County Council to develop The Erkina Blueway.This will connect the towns of Rathdowney and Durrow over a 14km stretch and is a waterway usable for small boats and canoes with associated walking and cycling trails.Works include river management, installation of information signs, access and egress points and upgrading of parking for cars. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCoronavirus: 10 further deaths and 617 new cases as Intel confirm Covid outbreak at site in LeixlipNext articleJOB VACANCIES: AOCA Engineering Consultants seeking to hire Architectural/Engineering Technicians Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. TAGSBarrow Blueway ProjectRiver ErkinaWoodenbridge Paddlers In Pictures: Laois hurlers take to the water in support of fundraiser for local amenity Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Some funding for this project has been granted by Laois Partnership Company with additional funding from Clar and Laois County Council however the Woodenbridge Paddlers are required to provide 25% of the funding from their own resources.To meet this requirement, they have pursued other avenues of funding – one of which is a novel 30 Day Paddle Challenge throughout the month of April.There is where Michael G Phelan and Alison Bailey are completing a course on the river in all 30 days of April where they are sponsored each day by local businesses.On Sunday, April 18, four members of the Laois Senior Hurling team – James Ryan, Mark Hennessy, Ronan Broderick and Willie Dunphy – whose families all farm beside the Erkina River, came together along with sponsors for the day, Dunphy Stone and Agri Ltd, to hold a promotional paddle to support the Erkina Blueway Project.Some work on the project has already commenced and it is hoped the Blueway will be completed by 2024.A contribution from this fundraiser will also be made to The Irish Wheelchair Association.All Covid 19 Guidelines and Water Safety Guideline will be adhered to throughout the 30 Day Challenge on and off the water.If you wish to donate to the fundraiser, you can do so by clicking below: Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months By Alan Hartnett – 22nd April 2021 Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Facebook Ronan Broderick checking out his cows on the banks of the river Erkina. Local Laois hurlers, Ronan Broderick, Willie Dunphy, Mark Hennessy and James Ryan take to the water with Michael G Phelan and Alison Bailey and sponsors for the day Mick and Aoife Dunphy, Dunphy Stone & Agri Ltd on Sunday 18th April. The promotional paddle by the Woodenbridge Paddlers is supporting the Erkina Blueway Project.Picture: Alf Harvey.
A CFTC order authorizes the firm to provide clearing services for fully collateralized digital currency swaps. Earlier this month, the company was also approved for registration as a swap execution facility (SEF), which allows it to clear Bitcoin options. New York-based LedgerX says traders will be able to obtain and hedge Bitcoin and other digital currencies using exchange-traded and centrally cleared options contracts. Initially, it plans to list one- to six-month options contracts for Bitcoin, with contracts for other digital currencies, such as Ethereum, to come in the future. Registered broker-dealers, banks, futures commission merchants, qualified commodity pool entities and qualified HNW investors will be eligible to participate in its market. “A U.S. federally regulated venue for derivative contracts settling in digital currencies opens the market to a much larger customer base,” said Paul Chou, CEO of LedgerX, in a statement. “We are seeing strong demand from institutions that previously could not participate in the bitcoin market due to compliance restrictions against unregulated venues. In particular, there is a desire for fund managers to hold financial instruments that are not correlated with the broader equity market, and digital currencies meet that need.” The CFTC noted that the decision to grant authorization to provide clearing services for digital currency swaps does not represent an official endorsement of the use of digital currency generally, or Bitcoin specifically. The terms and conditions of the order require, among other things, that LedgerX comply with U.S. derivatives laws, and that it adhere to promises that it has made to the CFTC regarding compliance with CFTC rules and its underlying principles. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Related news Bitcoin should face tough capital rules, Basel Committee says New York attorney general secures receiver for crypto firm How should banks allocate capital for crypto? Keywords Derivatives, CryptoassetsCompanies Commodity Futures Trading Commission U.S. derivatives regulators have approved a digital currency firm, LedgerX LLC, to function as a registered derivatives clearing organization (DCO). This move clears the way for financial firms and high-net worth (HNW) investors to trade in digital currency options. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) voted unanimously to grant LedgerX registration as a DCO in the U.S. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
Companies outperform on digitization, prepare for further growth How remote work is changing the industry and advisors A greater share of Canadians with advisors see value in working with financial professionals, suggests a BMO poll released on Wednesday.The poll, conducted in late November 2020, found that of those who used advisors (70% of respondents), 62% said a professional was “better equipped to provide guidance to achieve their goals,” BMO said in a release. Related news Antonio Guillem/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Advisor value increased more than 1% in 2020: report Keywords Value of advice, RRSPs, SurveysCompanies Bank of Montreal That result represented a 12% increase since 2019, BMO said.The poll also found that the share of those who planned to contribute to their RRSPs (or had already done so) held firm amid the pandemic.Nearly two-thirds (64%) of all respondents said they’d contribute to RRSPs, a percentage consistent with last year’s findings, the release said.Want more immediate, memorable insights? Listen to this Soundbites episode, featuring Todd Mattina, portfolio manager with Mackenzie Investments.BMO also found a decrease in early withdrawals among RRSP holders, with 28% of respondents withdrawing funds in 2020 versus 37% in 2019.Most early withdrawals continued to be for home down payments.Still, 6% of respondents made RRSP withdrawals for pandemic-related expenses, the poll found.Other results also pointed to a need for retirement planning.More than half of respondents (53%) didn’t have a dollar amount estimate for what they needed to retire. The average amount that respondents thought they’d need was $1.4 million — an increase of 6% since 2019.Further, respondents were less sure about their retirement plans relative to 2019.The degree to which respondents were confident they’d have enough money to retire at their desired age decreased 4% (to 54%) compared to 2019, the release said.About the BMO poll: The survey was conducted between Nov. 17 and Nov. 23, 2020 by Pollara Strategic Insights via an online poll of 1,500 adult Canadians. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys can’t be assigned a margin of error because they don’t randomly sample the population. IE Staff
Preliminary Approval granted for approximately 1000 resident lots Toowoomba Regional Council has given preliminary approval for a new master-planned residential community on the New England Highway at Mt Kynoch.Approved at the Special Meeting of Council on 17 February, Planning and Development Committee Chair Cr Megan O’Hara Sullivan said this was a major development which would add to the Region’s stock of approved residential lots.“Over the past 12 months there has been significant interest in the housing market in this Region and as a local government organisation, we’ve been doing everything we can to cater for this increased growth,” Cr O’Hara Sullivan said.“The preliminary approval for this development alone will facilitate the development of approximately 1000 residential lots which equates to about two-three years of residential supply for the Toowoomba Region.“In addition to the homes, the development of 147.02ha includes a new local centre, 4.4ha of public parkland as well as new road, cycle and pedestrian connections.“This comes on the back of a number of smaller applications Council has approved recently, helping to ensure there is sufficient supply of land within the Region.“This will also pave the way for Council to implement plans for the expansion of the Mt Kynoch Water Treatment Plant, providing much-needed water supply security for many years to come.After receiving the development application in December 2017, Planning and Development Committee portfolio lead Cr Bill Cahill said Council had worked extensively and co-operatively with the applicant to ensure granting of the preliminary approval would provide not only new residential land for the continued growth of the Toowoomba Region, but for new infrastructure and open space for the community.“As the site is partly outside of Council’s Priority Infrastructure Area, the cost of providing parks infrastructure rests with the developer,” Cr Cahill said.“Council has imposed an extra payment condition on the preliminary approval to ensure that the provision of this new infrastructure does not come at any additional cost to the ratepayers.”Development of the site is subject to further assessment and approval of future development applications. /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:Australia, community, council, future, Government, infrastructure, market, Pedestrian, planning, security, space, Toowoomba, Toowoomba Regional Council, treatment, Water, water treatment
SIA supports Worshipful Company of Security Professionals COVID-19 crisis fund Launched in January 2021, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust, crisis fund seeks to help those working within the security industry in a front line, security role who have suffered as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes those in private security as well as blue light services and the military.The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals Charitable Trust is offering two types of grants:£250 for applicants who have been hospitalised due to COVID-19£500 to dependents of those who have died because of COVID-19Members of the private security industry who fit the criteria can apply for the grant by downloading the application form here. F /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:covid-19, crisis, Government, industry, military, pandemic, security, UK, UK Government
Caribbean Countries Ready to Address Stagnation – CDB President Finance & Public ServiceOctober 24, 2014Written by: Marlon Tingling RelatedRemember Where We Are Coming From – Dr. Phillips RelatedMore Global Input Needed to Assist Region with Financial Challenges – Dr. Phillips Story HighlightsPresident of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, is expressing optimism that Caribbean countries are ready to address the root causes of the economic and social stagnation.Dr. Smith said his optimism comes on the heels of discussions which took place at the recently held meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, D.C.Dr. Smith told the forum that the issue of the high debt burden being carried by Caribbean countries, must also be tackled. Caribbean Countries Ready to Address Stagnation – CDB PresidentJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedRobust Financial System Vital For Growth – IMF Official FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerPresident of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith (at podium), addresses the opening ceremony of the 2014 High Level Caribbean Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, on October 23. Seated (from left) are: Vice President of the World Bank, Jorge Familiar; Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dr. Min Zhu; Finance Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips and Director of the IMF, Alejandro Werner (both partly hidden). President of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Dr. Warren Smith, is expressing optimism that Caribbean countries are ready to address the root causes of the economic and social stagnation.Addressing the opening of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) 2014 High Level Caribbean Forum at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on October 23, Dr. Smith said his optimism comes on the heels of discussions which took place at the recently held meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, D.C.“I had the privilege of attending the meetings…and came away with a renewed sense of optimism that the Caribbean countries and the development communities are ready to address frontally, the root causes of Caribbean economic and social stagnation,” he said.“One of the root causes is the issue of energy and we need to address it as a fundamental root cause of our uncompetitiveness. We need to move on it with a sense of great urgency. The Caribbean is not energy poor. We might not have an abundance of fossil fuels…but we have enough alternatives to make a reasonable dent in our import bill,” the President argued.Dr. Smith told the forum that the issue of the high debt burden being carried by Caribbean countries, must also be tackled.“Very large debt over-hangs represent a drag on economic growth. High debt and economic growth are not very good bed fellows. Failure to tackle this problem in a substantive way, fairly early in the adjustment process, is likely to heighten the risk of premature abandonment of the adjustment programme. The slow burner approach to whittling down large debt over-hang is fraught with danger and cries out for an early solution,” the President emphasisedDr. Smith said part of the solution to the economic woes of the Caribbean could lie in the creativity of the youth in the region.“Available data suggests that youth unemployment at levels north of 34 per cent in many of our countries needs immediate attention. Our young people are very creative and dynamic…they demonstrate these characteristics across the Caribbean mainly in the fields of the arts, dance and sports…but that’s not all they have a capacity for,” he pointed out.He said that a recent initiative by the World Bank to take advantage of the aptitude of the youth in the field of animation, is only one illustration of the possibilities of unleashing the dynamism of the young people in a sector where they can build small businesses, earn foreign exchange and integrate themselves into the international value chain.The President emphasized that the initiative by the World Bank must not be left to die, but rather it must be the target of sustained focus, as if given the appropriate support, these sectors, in time, can become the dynamic drivers of economic growth. Advertisements
Richard Handford Related A Republican commissioner called for an end to “a wild goose chase” at the Federal Communications Commission.Michael O’Rielly is one of two Republicans on the five-strong Commission, which is chaired by Tom Wheeler.O’Rielly charged the regulator’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau with “inappropriately pressing forward and escalating its investigation of certain providers’ zero-rated video services”.The FCC expressed concern last month that AT&T’s DirecTV mobile video services, which do not carry data access charges, are discriminatory. It has also investigated offerings from AT&T’s rivals.“It would be difficult to come up with a better example of a complex, controversial policy at the current Commission than this attempt to intimidate providers in order to shutdown popular offerings to consumers,” blasted O’Rielly in a statement.His words come as President-elect Trump considers his appointments to the Federal Communications Commission.The new commission will have a built-in 3-2 Republican majority. Republican controlled Commissions have traditionally taken a more hands-off attitude to regulating operators.“Any potential action the Bureau may be considering can be reviewed and potentially reversed within weeks,” pointed out O’Rielly.“To the extent the message to stop work on such items has not filtered down to staff, the chairman should direct the bureau to halt this wild goose chase at once,” he added. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 DEC 2016 Author Home US Commissioner attacks “inappropriate” zero-rating inquiry FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Previous ArticleVodafone/Sky NZ deal decision delayedNext ArticleEU wants to take Wi-Fi to the people FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity FCC Tags Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more