UK mortgage approvals rise but consumer lending slows

first_imgBrexit uncertainty has weighed on house prices in 2019, particularly in London where official figures showed they dropped 4.4 per cent in May year on year, pleasing first-time buyers but upsetting homeowners. Share “The overall slowdown in consumer credit growth has clearly been significantly affected by markedly weaker private car sales as this has reduced demand for car finance,” said Archer. Read more: UK retail sales see biggest drop for 10 years in June whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.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.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and Read more: UK mortgage approvals hit two-year high following Brexit extension “June’s mortgage data tie in with the view that housing market activity got some help from the avoidance of a disruptive Brexit at the end of March, but the overall benefit has been relatively limited,” said Howard Archer, chief economic advisor to the EY Item Club. Consumer spending has been a bright spot in the UK economy in 2019 as trade and business investment have suffered from political uncertainty. However, there are signs it is slowing. Britain’s housing market received a modest lift in June as mortgage approvals increased by more than analysts had expected, Bank of England figures showed today. Monday 29 July 2019 1:52 pm The closely-watched housing survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) for June showed a “very modest” rise in buyer demand. The perceived end of the stamp duty holiday could indicate what’s to come later this year. The number of people taking out mortgages increased by around 800 in June to 66,400 from 65,650 in May. This was the highest number since January and above economists’ expectations of 65,750. Net lending to UK consumers rose by £1bn in June, higher than analysts’ expectations. Yet this was below June 2018’s £1.4bn figure, and annual consumer credit growth slowed to a 5-year low. A CBI survey showed retail sales fell at the fastest pace in over 10 years in June, due in part to the warm weather and football world cup a year earlier. Harry Robertson UK mortgage approvals rise but consumer lending slows whatsapp Annual lending growth to UK consumers slowed from 5.7 per cent in May to 5.5 per cent in June, however, the slowest rate since April 2014.last_img read more

S.C. county sprays for mosquitoes but accidentally takes out millions of bees

first_imgEnvironment | Outdoors | WildlifeS.C. county sprays for mosquitoes but accidentally takes out millions of beesSeptember 5, 2016 by Camila Domonoske, NPR Share:Honeybees are vulnerable to the kind of pesticide sprayed in Dorchester County, but hives — at least those maintained by beekeepers — could have been protected, by the timing of the spraying or by physical barriers. They weren’t, and millions of bees died. (Photo by Keith McDuffee/Flickr)It wasn’t meant for the bees.The pesticide raining down from the sky in Dorchester County, S.C., was meant to kill mosquitoes — for the sake of safety, the county says. Mosquitoes, after all, can carry West Nile and Zika, and four cases of Zika were recently confirmed in the county.But on Sunday morning, from 6:30-8:30 a.m., as the county conducted aerial spraying, the bees fell by the millions.“By Sunday afternoon,” The Post and Courier newspaper reports, “thousands of bee carcasses dotted Andrew Macke’s Spring House Lane property.” The amateur beekeeper — also the fire captain of the town of Summerville — was at work when his wife called.Beekeepers in Dorchester County sound downright apocalyptic when they talk about the impact of the spraying.“We have a mass killing,” Macke’s wife told him.“My bee yard looks like it’s been nuked,” Juanita Stanley, co-owner of Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply, told the Post and Courier. Flowertown lost more than 2 million bees, Stanley says.On Facebook, Flowertown posted photo after photo of piles of dead bees. The bee farm also posted images and videos of the burning of apiaries — which have to be destroyed now that they’ve been contaminated, the owners say.Dorchester County says it provided sufficient notice to local beekeepers, with announcements sent to the local media on Friday morning and Saturday night.But in a petition on seeking to call off the spraying, Dorchester County residents say the notices released Friday didn’t provide any details on the type of pesticide to be used, and that requests for more information from the county weren’t answered.“This is both disturbing and frightening to many that live in the area that is to be covered,” the petition reads. “There are live and privately owned beehives that are in this area and to the best of our knowledge, the chemicals to be used are toxic to honeybees.”Indeed, CNN reports that the county used a product containing naled, which is “highly toxic to bees,” according to the manufacturer of the pesticide used.The product is not supposed to be used “more than two hours after sunrise or two hours before sunset,” a recommendation that Dorchester County Administrator Jason Ward says the county followed.The county normally sprays for mosquito control by truck, not from airplanes. And it generally notifies beekeepers by phone or email — something the county says it also did in this case, CNN reports, although beekeeper Juanita Stanley says she didn’t get such a message. Here’s CNN:” ‘That’s true when they sprayed by trucks; they told me in advance, and we talked about it so I could protect my bees,’ Stanley said. ‘But nobody called me about the aerial spraying; nobody told me at all.’“Stanley said she ‘would have been screaming and pleading on their doorstep if they had.’” ‘ “Do it at night when bees are done foraging,” I would have told them,’ she added, breaking into tears. ‘But they sprayed at 8 a.m. Sunday, and all of my bees were out, doing their work by then.’ “Dorchester County has apologized, the Post and Courier reports.The county says on its website that no more aerial spraying is scheduled — and that if officials do spray again, they will send out notifications three to five days in advance and contact registered beekeepers by phone or email.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit this story:last_img read more

As Wearable Art controversy tips toxic online, community comes together to find way forward

first_imgArts & CultureAs Wearable Art controversy tips toxic online, community comes together to find way forwardFebruary 22, 2018 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board listens to public testimony at its monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. About 100 people turned out to listen and weigh in on the council’s handling of a geisha-themed entry at the weekend’s Wearable Art show. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council held its first board meeting on Wednesday since controversy broke at the one of Juneau’s biggest arts events of the year.About 100 people showed up. The board had invited the public to comment in response to complaints that one piece at the show was racist or culturally insensitive.On social media, the controversy took toxic turns. But in person the discourse went differently.The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council board sat silently and listened as about 20 people spoke about what happened at Wearable Art 2018.“Who gets to tell my story? Who would you like to tell your story if you’re a person of color? Someone who is Caucasian?” said David Abad, addressing the room.Abad attended the show on Saturday night and saw the geisha-themed piece called “Doragon.” He’s Filipino-American and said he felt the need to share his perspective.“Is the culture that is being presented, is it being respected?” he said.The debate blew up on Sunday. The JAHC apologized and pulled the entry from Sunday’s lineup, but judges still awarded it third place.The response on social media was immediate and wide-ranging.Many people argued the piece should never have been allowed in the show. There was outrage that a white artist had been allowed to represent a minority culture without permission, also known as cultural appropriation.Freda Westman wears her Alaska Native Sisterhood hat as she addresses the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Board at its monthly meeting on Wednesday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Westman was one of about 100 people who turned out to listen and weigh in on the council’s handling of a geisha-themed entry at the weekend’s Wearable Art show. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Some felt pulling the design was art censorship and reverse racism. They said the decision to remove the piece was unfair to the model and the artist, who had spent months on the design.In many cases, things got ugly.“I haven’t been on Facebook because I was told by my family and friends not to go there,” said JAHC Executive Director Nancy DeCherney.“I’m not gonna make excuses. I may or may not have made the choices that I would like to make, but I made choices and I did that with other people,” she said.Speakers at the meeting called her out for not properly addressing concerns about the design before and during Saturday’s show, including artist Freda Westman. She had a design in the show inspired by her Alaska Native heritage.She felt the piece was racist when she first saw it at the tech rehearsal and told an event staffer.“Dress rehearsal came and the piece was still in the show and the evening show came and the piece was still in the show,” Westman said. “That’s how it was met.”Among all the speakers in the room, there appeared to be consensus an error was made. Westman said that surprised her. Based on social media, she expected to hear from people balking at political correctness and angry that “Doragon” was pulled from Sunday’s show.“And so I was also very heartened to see that there were many people who were talking about the harmful piece and why it was harmful to them and that the response was also harmful,” Westman said.About 100 people attending a Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Board meeting listen to Lance Twitchell speak during public testimony on Wednesday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The crowd came out to address the council’s handling of a geisha-themed entry at the weekend’s Wearable Art show. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Another person who spoke at the meeting was artist Melissa Griffiths. Griffiths, who is white, said she had personal experience with cultural appropriation after being accused of it herself when she attended an Asian-themed party in 2013.“And I got called out. At first I felt really resistant,” Griffiths said. “It hurt my feelings to be kind of lumped in as participating in racism.”She hadn’t thought about who she was hurting by putting on a costume that represented someone else’s culture. But now, she says they were right.“You know, the tough thing is, a lot of the time when we do something like this, it’s rooted in ignorance. We don’t know that we’re doing something wrong,” she said. “And you don’t know that you’re doing something wrong so you can’t fix that. But once you do know, then you can make different choices.”The JAHC board thanked everyone for coming and moved on to other business.But the conversation is far from over. DeCherney is working with cultural educators to set up a series of discussions and workshops around the topic of cultural representation and respect.“You know I’m a white woman, and an older one at that,” she said. “So I have trouble and I need to be helped with that sort of stuff and I hope that we can all help each other.”She said the first one will be held March 10.UPDATE | Listen to the full public comment audio (57 minutes):Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Scott Burton contributed to this report. KTOO has an underwriting contract with the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council to broadcast the Wearable Art show Thursday at 8 p.m. on 360 North television. “Doragon” was removed from the broadcast. Additionally, KTOO’s assistant general manager for arts and culture is a member of the JAHC board.Share this story:last_img read more

News / IAG Cargo yields creep up as specialist cargoes drive increased revenue

first_img An enticing combination of fidget spinners, pharmaceuticals and e-commerce saw IAG Cargo commercial revenues rise 7.6% to €260m in its second quarter.The first quarter under new CEO Lynne Embleton saw yields creep up 1.1%, with volumes up 6.4% and a rise in capacity of 5.9%.There was, predictably, no mention of the IT disaster that hit British Airways in May, which could cost the company some £150m.The company said regional performance in Asia Pacific and Europe was encouraging, while it also noted that disruption in sea freight had played well for air cargo. By Alex Lennane 28/07/2017 “Demand from Asia Pacific has been strong throughout Q2 2017, with volumes up 8.7% versus 2016,” said Ms Embleton in a statement.“Part of this increase has been driven by the two-way sea freight congestion between China and Europe, although volumes have also been boosted by strong consumer demand for products ranging from high-end electronic tech to the globally trending fidget spinners.“India has also performed well, mainly due to a high demand for express and time-sensitive freight. Our time- and temperature-sensitive offering, Constant Climate, continues to support a burgeoning pharmaceutical industry in India.”IAG Carbo has started to offer its emergency shipment product for Constant Climate shipments – enabling it to handle emergency medical shipments.Ms Embleton also noted that the carrier was integrating its new long-haul, low-cost airline, Level, into its cargo network. Based in Barcelona, it has launched three new routes into the Americas, Los Angeles, Punta Cana and Buenos Aires.She also noted that IAG Cargo’s loyalty programme, designed for SME forwarders, had seen 500 companies join since it launched in May.Ms Embleton did sound a note of warning, however.“While IATA’s revised forecasts for 2017 are positive, we anticipate that the challenges we face as an industry, with increasing competition and capacity coming from road, rail and sea freight, will continue. In this competitive market we’re focused on developing our products, embracing digital innovations and always looking to improve how we deliver for our customers.”center_img © Ricochet69 last_img read more

Two dead in semi-truck rollover crash in Immokalee

first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Two people died in a semi-truck rollover crash on State Road 29 at Johnson Road in Immokalee, officials said.The driver, a 21-year-old man, and the passenger, a 51-year-old man, both died at the scene of the crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol. The semi-truck drove off the road while on SR 29, south of Oquinn Road, trooper said. That’s when the driver overcorrected and overturned onto the southbound lanes of SR 29. There was a complete roadblock on SR 29 south of SR 82, troopers said. Drivers need to use an alternate route. 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 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Florida driving laws set to change to allow hazard lights in heavy rain June 7, 2021 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 I-75 crash in Lee County leaves two injured June 7, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Florida Highway Patrolrollover crash Motorcyclist rushed to the hospital after Fort Myers crash June 7, 2021 Advertisement Advertisement Driver seriously injured after dump truck flips on SR 82 in Collier County June 11, 2021last_img read more

Time to Step Up in Kidnapping Cases

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Time to Step Up in Kidnapping Cases News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest “In 1969, when I was 2 years old, my father on KAL flight YS-11 bound for Gimpo Airport was kidnapped and taken to North Korea. This led to my mother developing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and Paranoid Personality Disorder, after which my mother and I became known as ‘the crazy lady and her son’.”The president of Association for Family Members of the KAL Kidnapping Victims, Hwang In Cheol told the story of the painful childhood he experienced at a forum hosted today by Citizens’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights entitled ‘Trends and Strategies to Internationalize the Issue of Civilian Kidnappings’…“During my childhood, I was always hearing loud fighting sounds outside, and inevitably my mother would be at the root of it,” Hwang said. “Even I was unable to understand my mother. People would stare at her coldly as she went around desperately appealing to people. I wasn’t able to escape the glares, either.The fear my mother felt, her sense of loss gradually turned into an obsession with her son. It meant extremely violent punishment when I failed to live up to her expectations, punishment she said was out of ‘maternal love’, and I ended up in hospital a couple of times as a result.Because of my mother’s obsessions I was never able to learn some of the basic things people should learn growing up. All of the tiny things people take for granted like playing with friends, catching a train, swimming, mountain-climbing, travelling and so forth were too dangerous in my mother’s eyes. She lived in fear that someone was going to snatch me away.”There were 46 passengers and 4 crew on-board Korean Air Flight YS-11 from Gangneung to Seoul when it was hijacked and redirected to North Korea on December 11th, 1969. The international community criticized the kidnapping and demanded the release of all the passengers and crew.In response, North Korea returned 39 people 66 days later, on February 14th, 1970. None of the 11 who remained have ever been returned to South Korea. The South Korean government estimates that there are 517 victims of kidnapping who have not been returned to South Korea since the July 1953 armistice, including the 11 people on-board the KAL flight.The fight to get these people back is being carried on with great dilligence by family members of the victims and civic groups, but efforts at the government level have been repeatedly criticized for their inadequacy. Today’s forum offered a chance for participants to discuss political and legal concepts that could help return the victims alive. Among the constructive proposals offered, Professor Park Jeong Won from Kookmin University’s College of Law talked about a proposal to link the return of kidnapping victims with aid.Professor Park stated, “We need to shake off this passive mentality in which we include kidnapping victims within the scope of separated families, and (merely) promote the inclusion of these people in organized family reunions where all they can do is check that their family members are still alive.”“We need to induce North Korea to take genuine measures regarding the kidnapping victims while still promoting unconditional humanitarian aid,” Park continued, emphasizing also, “Considering that the kidnapping issue cannot possibly be over when the (government’s) Kidnapping Victims Compensation and Support Review Committee winds up, we need to extend the working committee so it can consider other issues.”Park also called for compensation to include persons kidnapped in third countries or who died while being kidnapped or in the process of being returned to South Korea, and said that it would advisable to abolish the three year time limit for victims’ families to apply for support. SHARE Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News News By Mok Yong Jae – 2011.09.19 10:01pm AvatarMok Yong Jae News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

North American markets climb

first_img North American stock markets rallied Monday from last week’s selloff with the technology and consumer discretionary sectors rising on signs of a good start to the holiday shopping season.The bounce is in part due to some exhaustion from last week’s selling, says Craig Fehr, Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones. upclose stock market arrows green and red piren/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter “A good start to the week after a pretty lousy week last week,” he said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 1.92 points at 15,012.65 after hitting a high of 15,127.13.Information technology led the index, rising 2.5% on increases by Shopify Inc. and Blackberry Ltd. It was followed by consumer discretionary, which was helped by Hudson’s Bay Co. and Lululemon Athletica. The cannabis-heavy health-care sector fell more than 3%.Fehr said investors took advantage of deals following last week’s pullback.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 354.29 points to 24,640.24. The S&P 500 index was up 40.89 points at 2,673.45, while the Nasdaq composite gained 142.87 points to 7,081.85A report on preliminary Black Friday shopping numbers pointed to a stronger holiday shopping season with post-U.S. Thanksgiving sales increasing nearly 25% while Cyber Monday was up in the mid-teens.“It’s a reminder that the consumer is still alive,” he said.U.S. consumers are armed with confidence and more money amid low unemployment, wage growth, tax cuts and lower gasoline prices. In Canada, the labour market is good but consumers face a heavier debt burden and the housing market is a bit of a headwind, Fehr said.The trends offset the nervousness investors might be feeling from the market’s recent volatility.“I think that suggests it’s going to be a good holiday shopping season, which fits into our view that the economic expansion is going to continue.”The Canadian dollar traded at an average of US75.59¢ compared with an average of US75.60¢ on Friday.The January crude contract was up US$1.21 at US$51.53 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was down US56¢ at US$4.30 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down US80¢ at US$1,222.40 an ounce and the December copper contract was down US1.1¢ at US$2.75 a pound. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Canadian Press Related news Keywords Marketwatch Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorslast_img read more

Canada continues to strengthen measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales

first_imgCanada continues to strengthen measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales From: Transport CanadaThe Southern Resident killer whale is an icon of Canada’s pacific coast and this endangered species has an important cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia (B.C.). The Government of Canada has taken strong, consistent action to protect and restore its population and will continue to do so.The Southern Resident killer whale is an icon of Canada’s pacific coast and this endangered species has an important cultural significance for Indigenous peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia (B.C.). The Government of Canada has taken strong, consistent action to protect and restore its population and will continue to do so. For the third consecutive year, it will enact measures to further protect these whales in Canadian waters.Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced protective measures for this year and beyond.Measures include:For the second year, vessels will be prohibited from approaching any killer whale within a 400-meter distance in southern B.C. coastal waters between Campbell River and Ucluelet, including Barkley and Howe Sound. This is in effect year-round until May 31, 2022.Re-introducing three interim sanctuary zones off Pender Island, Saturna Island and at Swiftsure Bank, in effect from June 1 to November 30, 2021. No vessel traffic will be permitted in these areas, subject to certain exceptions for emergency situations and Indigenous vessels.Putting fishery closures in place for commercial and recreational salmon in a portion of Swiftsure Bank from July 16 to October 31, 2021, and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from August 1to October 31, 2021. These actions will help protect the whales’ access to Chinook salmon with minimal disturbance in key foraging areas.The introduction of a new pilot closure protocol for commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the southern Gulf Islands, whereby fishery closures are triggered by the first confirmed presence of Southern Resident killer whales in the area. Monitoring will begin in the area on June 1, 2021, and once a Southern Resident killer whale is confirmed, fishery closures will be triggered and will remain in place until October 31, 2021. Continuing to help reduce contaminants in the environment affecting whales and their prey. Long-term actions focus on enhancing regulatory controls, monitoring and research, sharing information and data, and expanding outreach and education.Effectively ensuring the protection and recovery of Southern Resident killer whales requires a long-term, collective effort by the Government of Canada and other partners. These measures once again reflect advice from First Nations, the Southern Resident killer whale Technical Working Groups, the Indigenous and Multi-stakeholder Advisory Group, and from public consultations.Quotes“A healthy biodiversity is essential to our long-term prosperity. That’s why, for the past three years, our government has worked with several partners to help ensure the protection of Southern Resident killer whales. With the recent birth of three new calves, it is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure a quieter, safer environment for this iconic species.”The Honourable Omar AlghabraMinister of Transport“Our Government has made it our legal and moral duty to protect the iconic Southern Resident killer whale. We’re seeing encouraging results from our enhanced measures, but we’re not stopping there. We will continue to build on our success and work in partnership with industry and Indigenous groups to ensure the survival and growth of this species. The Southern Resident killer whale has called our pacific coast home for thousands of years, and we want to see them endure for generations, and return to their former abundance.”The Honourable Bernadette JordanMinister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard“Together, we are protecting the iconic and culturally significant Southern Resident killer whale. Stronger controls and increased monitoring of contaminants is part of the long-term and sustained effort to help these magnificent animals recover and thrive.”The Honourable Jonathan WilkinsonMinister of Environment and Climate Change“Not only are Southern Resident Killer Whales essential to the culture in British Columbia but healthy whales contribute to a healthy ocean which is vital to the economic prosperity of British Columbia’s coastal and Indigenous communities. Through protection measures, investments in research and collaboration the Government of Canada is ensuring that our oceans are environmentally and economically sustainable for the long term. The ongoing work is essential to setting this iconic species on a path towards recovery.”Terry Beech, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Member of Parliament for Burnaby North-SeymourQuick factsThe Minister of Transport will also renew the agreement with the local whale watching and ecotourism industry partners who have committed to once again not offering or promoting tours focused on Southern Resident killer whales.The 2020 measures resulted in more than 155 enforcement actions. This was fewer violations than in previous years, reflecting a successful educational campaign for boaters during the season. These efforts will be increased this year.The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program will also announce measures related to large commercial vessels in the coming weeks.In 2019, the Government of Canada signed a five-year agreement with industry partners which are part of the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation Program. This program sees large commercial vessels operating in Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat voluntarily developing and implementing threat reduction measures to support whale recovery.Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, Whales Initiative and an additional federal investment of $61.5 million are supporting the survival and recovery of Southern Resident killer whales, North Atlantic right whales, and St. Lawrence Estuary belugas by implementing protection measures, increasing research and monitoring activities and by taking action to address key threats. /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:biodiversity, British, Canada, climate change, endangered species, environment, Fisheries, Government, Indigenous, Investment, Jordan, Lawrence, parliament, public consultation, southern, sustainablelast_img read more

Election 2019: Political newcomers highlight Battle Ground City Council, Position 3 race

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Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Websitecenter_img Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Election 2019: Political newcomers highlight Battle Ground City Council, Position 3 racePosted by Chris BrownDate: Friday, October 18, 2019in: Newsshare 0 While Neil Butler and Shauna Walters are new to politics, they both come from very different backgrounds BATTLE GROUND — The race for Battle Ground City Council’s Position 3 seat includes two political newcomers, but that’s largely where the similarities end.The seat was left open when current council member Steve Phelps declined to run for reelection.Neil Butler and Shauna Walters, candidates for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speak at a League of Women Voters Candidate forum in Dollars Corner. Photo by Mike SchultzNeil Butler and Shauna Walters, candidates for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speak at a League of Women Voters Candidate forum in Dollars Corner. Photo by Mike SchultzShauna Walters, a former combat medic who spent over two decades in the healthcare field, is now a full-time student at Washington State University Vancouver, studying management information systems. “I’m changing it up a bit,” she told an audience at the Clark County Fire & Rescue station in Dollars Corner during a League of Women Voters candidate forum.After growing up in Amboy, Walters said she moved to Battle Ground around 10 years ago.She jumped into the race this past March, after members of the Battle Ground City Council declined to adopt an ordinance opposing Initiative 1639, which enacted stricter gun control laws in Washington state and drew the attention of groups like Patriot Prayer, led by Joey Gibson.Shauna Walters, candidate for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speaks at a Clark County League of Women Voters candidate forum. Photo by Mike SchultzShauna Walters, candidate for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speaks at a Clark County League of Women Voters candidate forum. Photo by Mike Schultz“During the past several months, I’ve attended most city council meetings, beginning with my group’s plea for a 1639 sanctuary ordinance back in March,” said Walters. “Those meetings sparked my interest in serving our community in a greater capacity. My top two goals, if elected, are to create a salary commission and to bring back and create new traditions that will bring our community together.”In the August primary, Walters led the field of three candidates with just over 49 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Neil Butler, finished with nearly 33 percent.Butler is a father of five with a background in public administration and finance, with a focus on parks and recreation. He is currently a store manager for Walgreens.“On city council, I seek to help improve the lives of citizens of Battle Ground, and be able to address the issues that actually affect the affordability and livability of our community,” said Butler in his opening statement.The League of Women Voters forum for Walters and Butler focused primarily on handling growth in the city of nearly 21,000 people.On the city’s Community Visioning process, both candidates said prosperity and growth were the most important goals, in their estimation.Butler noted the city currently has a backlog of $66 million in sewer needs, along with $15 million in water supply projects to plan for.Neil Butler, candidate for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speaks at a League of Women Voters candidate forum. Photo by Mike SchultzNeil Butler, candidate for Battle Ground City Council, Position 3, speaks at a League of Women Voters candidate forum. Photo by Mike Schultz“Those current issues really inhibit a lot of the opportunities that we could take advantage of,” said Butler. “As we focus on improving our infrastructure, addressing the water and the sewer and the roads and sidewalks, and all these other parts that really make up a community and facilitate its ability to grow, that will be able to bring jobs and prosperity to our citizens.”Walters said she’s heard from a lot of residents who say they want Battle Ground to avoid bringing in heavy industry in order to facilitate job growth. Instead, they want to support local small businesses and address concerns with traffic congestion.“I would like to do a new traffic study,” she said, “to find a new East-West arterial and alternatives that do not include the use of eminent domain.”Asked whether proposed development along part of the Chelatchie Prairie shortline railroad would be positive for Battle Ground, the candidates diverged somewhat. Butler said the potential for high-paying jobs is a positive for the area, and that existing businesses like Anderson Dairy, which uses the line, need to be supported. But Butler said he believes the issue needs to be approached cautiously.“There are some concerns I have,” said Butler. “One of them is the easement. They’re talking about using eminent domain to be able to address that, and some are talking about a mile easement and that might be too big.”Walters was less nuanced in her response to the question, saying residents along the line in Brush Prairie have made it clear that they would prefer not to see heavy industrial come into the area, along with the increased traffic on both the rail line and the roads.“I would rather see a trail system and tourist attraction built along that line,” said Walters.On the issue of affordable housing, both said they support the recent agreement by the city of Battle Ground to have the Vancouver Housing Authority build a new 80-unit apartment building for low income seniors.Walters said she believes Battle Ground is nearing capacity for new housing and industrial development, without an expansion of the existing urban growth boundary.“Battle Ground is seeing a rash of high density housing developments with only a few feet of space between houses and small yards,” said Walters. “This forces the children out onto the street to play, and creates dangerous situations with cars parked on both sides of streets that are already very narrow.”Butler said the city looks to the state’s Growth Management Act when it comes to determining the mix of residential and commercial or industrial development, and that the focus needs to continue being on bringing living wage jobs to the area.“When you sit on the highway and you watch [our citizens] drive out of town to Portland or Vancouver, they are taking valuable tax dollars with them,” said Butler. “And by focusing on our commercial development and bringing businesses to Battle Ground, we offer our citizens the opportunity to live, work and play, and bring those tax resources back to our city to make the improvements needed to address the needs of our citizens.”In regards to addressing homelessness, Butler and Walters both take the view that the city must work with churches and other charitable organizations to address those needs, and that there are a number of existing programs to do just that.In their closing statements, Butler said he is “focused on doing the mundane.”“It’s addressing zoning, and policing, and roads, and infrastructure, and all those types of things,” he said. “They’re not exciting, but they are essential to the affordability and the livability of our community.”Walters said she’s in the race to “bring a voice to the voiceless,” and to keep Battle Ground “safe, small, and welcoming.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Vancouver Police investigate strong-arm robbery Next : Evergreen beats district-rival Mountain View for first time since 2007AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

News Briefing on CU-Boulder's New Microturbine

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Nov. 15, 2004 MEDIA ADVISORY Officials will showcase a new microturbine Nov. 17 that heats and provides electricity for the swimming pool at the University of Colorado at Boulder Student Recreation Center, while saving the university about $10,000 per year in energy costs. Invited guests and members of the media will gather at 1 p.m. in the main lobby of the Student Recreation Center for an overview of the 30 kilowatt Capstone Microturbine. The event is not open to the public. The microturbine — the first of its kind on the CU-Boulder campus and one of only a few in Colorado — was installed in the summer of 2004, came online in October and is expected to provide 200,000 kilowatt hours of power annually. It uses natural gas to generate electricity for the pool pumps and its 530-degree-Farenheit exhaust is used to heat the water. “Microturbine technology is an efficient, compact, ultra-low-emission way to produce electricity and heat for combined applications,” said CU-Boulder energy conservation officer Moe Tabrizi. “CU is committed to conservation and reducing energy costs campus-wide, and the microturbine helps us accomplish that.” High-pressure natural gas powers the system’s turbine engine. The engine has only one moving part, a shaft with a turbine wheel on one end, a permanent magnet generator on the other and an air compressor wheel in the middle. The microturbine will be used to familiarize engineering students with distributed power generation, according to Tabrizi. CU-Boulder was chosen to receive the microturbine because of the university’s ability to expose students and the public to an emerging energy technology. “The retrofit installation demonstrates the feasibility of how emerging energy technologies like microturbines can work in synchronization with existing systems, while boosting energy efficiency and savings,” Tabrizi said. The electricity and heat provided by the microturbine were previously generated by the university’s Power House, which continues to provide electricity to the Recreation Center and other facilities on campus. The microturbine installation was implemented on campus by CU-Boulder’s Facilities Management department, the University of Colorado Student Union and Recreation Services. The Colorado Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation donated the equipment and helped cover installation costs. Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association Inc. and Capstone Microturbine also supported the project. “As energy costs increase, it is important to utilize the most efficient technologies,” said OEMC executive director Rick Grice. “OEMC is proud to provide Coloradoans an opportunity to see how well these technologies can work in real applications.” For more information about microturbine technology, visit or For more information about the briefing, contact Moe Tabrizi at (303) 492-1425, Megan Castle at (303) 894-2383, or Mike Liguori at the CU-Boulder News Services Office at (303) 492-3117.last_img read more