Haines, Yukon forecasters work together to build weather station in Haines Pass

first_imgOutdoors | Southeast | WeatherHaines, Yukon forecasters work together to build weather station in Haines PassJune 28, 2018 by Henry Leasia, KHNS-Haines Share:A Haines skier heads out into the back country. (Photo by Abbey Collins/KHNS)A new weather station is being developed to collect data for the Haines Pass.The Yukon Avalanche Association recently secured funding from the Yukon Government for the project and will partner with the Haines Avalanche Center to install the equipment by fall.Audio Playerhttps://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/27weatherstation.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Erik Stevens and Jeff Moskowitz founded the Haines Avalanche Center in 2010.The goal was to establish a local avalanche forecast for the public and a platform for people to share data and weather observations.Since then, Stevens and Moskowitz have been venturing out into the mountains around Haines to collect data on snow conditions for their website’s forecast.Weather data for this region is sparse.When they first started there were hardly any resources for forecasting, Stevens said.“Since then, it has grown quite a bit,” Stevens said. “We now have a SNOTEL station up on Flower Mountain. We have our own weather station that Haines Avalanche Center installed on Mount Ripinsky. There’s a couple of other new stations that have gone online that provide mountain weather data. And that’s so crucial for us is having that real time weather data from high altitudes, not just the valley floors.”Many skiers and snowboarders are eager in the winter to ride the slopes in the Haines Pass.They face numerous risks — from avalanches to rapidly changing conditions — while riding in this region.This popular winter recreation area lacks a weather station where Accurate forecasts are crucial.Stevens said that the Haines Avalanche Center wanted to install a station there, but focused their efforts on Mount Ripinsky because the pass is located on Canadian land.Haines locals are not the only ones trying to scope out the conditions for that region.Many Yukoners need weather data from the pass as well, said Kylie Campbell, interagency director for Yukon Avalanche Association.“We want to try to make sure there is as much information for the public, and particularly in such a remote, data-sparse region like Haines Pass,” Campbell said. “For our community Haines Junction, this weather station is going to be vital whether or not you are even driving on the highway, let alone using the mountains that are accessible from the highway.”Recently the Yukon Avalanche Association secured funding for a weather station in Haines Pass.The Yukon government awarded the group $20,000 in Tier 1 Community Development funding, which will cover the cost of materials, installation and maintenance training for volunteers.Campbell has been working with the British Columbia government on land-use issues because the pass is located in B.C.The Haines Avalanche Center and Haines Junction residents also have also been working as partners on the project.“It’s kind of an exciting project because it’s incorporating for us interprovincial and international relations for weather information that has never really existed from this region,” Campbell said.The Haines Avalanche Center will help choose the location, install the equipment and maintain it over time.The station itself is a 10- to 15 foot-tall tower with instruments to collect data for temperature, humidity, wind, rainfall and snow depth.Stevens said finding a site with the right conditions can be tricky.“In terms of siting, we’re looking for a nice balance between exposure to the wind so we get good wind data, but not too exposed because then all the snow blows away. We’re trying to find a sheltered spot that’s kind of partially sheltered but still exposed to the wind, and that’s pretty hard to find.”They are looking at a spot near Glade Peak, also known as Three Guardsman. Once installed, information from the station will be available to the public online in real time.Share this story:last_img read more

A different kind of house call: Teams bring addiction care to patients, wherever they are

first_img These programs aim to help patients who can’t or won’t jump through the hoops of health care bureaucracy — appointments, referrals, paperwork, even obtaining a photo ID. It is one of the rare policy ideas that is giving health officials hope for reducing overdose deaths, even as Congress nibbles around the edges of the crisis and the Trump administration grows increasingly hostile to some harm-reduction initiatives.“The outreach that we do, to say, ‘We saved your life last night,’ grabs people and gets people in treatment who would never get involved in outpatient treatment otherwise,” said Dr. James Langabeer, a professor of emergency medicine at UTHealth in Houston. “You don’t have to just wait and see who shows up at a psychiatrist’s office for care — we’re grabbing patients and getting them into treatment.”Dr. Barry Zevin treats homeless patients at the Tom Waddell Health Center. Eric Kayne for STATOn a recent Monday, the San Francisco public health department clinic where Ducharme works in the Tenderloin was buzzing with activity, as patients filtered through exam rooms.San Francisco’s program, like others in Boston and across Texas, employs the unusual tactic of sending physicians and other health professionals who have waivers to prescribe buprenorphine to approach patients in vulnerable settings — in homeless shelters, at syringe exchange sites, at homeless encampments.Mindful that many such individuals are fundamentally mistrustful of the health system and law enforcement, making initial approaches can be a delicate exercise. The program’s lead physician, Dr. Barry Zevin, prefers to travel without company when he makes his rounds on the city sidewalks.But the strategy seem to be working. Half of the 300 patients initially prescribed the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine during a pilot phase are still in contact with the system, Zevin said.A more limited sample at a separate program in Boston, according to Dr. Elsie Taveras, one of the program’s coordinators, has seen retention as high as 70 percent. Each performance so far exceeds typical success rates for addiction treatment, especially for such vulnerable populations. SAN FRANCISCO — Shannon Ducharme was among her friend’s few lifelines: He was homeless and living in Golden Gate Park. Like many here, he was a drug user without access to basic health care services, a vulnerable young man in need but unlikely to seek out care miles away.But when she ventured into the park to find him, Ducharme was surprised to find she’d been beaten to the punch.A homeless outreach team here was not only checking in on her friend, but also scores of others among the city’s thousands-strong homeless population, many who had mental illnesses or who had exhibited risky drug use behavior.advertisement The San Francisco program, run by the city’s public health department, is one of a handful of novel programs around the country that are taking the unusual step of delivering comprehensive treatment to people with addiction — wherever they are. Emile Hebert (right) visits the Tom Waddell Health Center in San Francisco while health worker Shannon Ducharme (far left) talks with nurse Gina Limón. Eric Kayne for STAT Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. Tags addictionopioidspolicy Related: “I was there to help my friend, and to take his dog to the vet,” Ducharme said. “And these people are here, doing what I’m doing, but with way more resources and getting paid for it.”Ducharme went home and downloaded a job application. Three years later, she is an integral part of a team in San Francisco that bounces between rounds at a clinic in the Tenderloin neighborhood and on the streets. The goal: to present options for care to people who are unlikely to walk into the clinic on their own.advertisement In several Texas counties, public health officials are leveraging built-in mobility they have realized was underused in addiction treatment. In some counties, the state health department has essentially deputized emergency medical technicians to assist in addiction care, using first responders who receive overdose-related 911 calls to record data and make initial inquiries about an individual’s interest in addiction treatment.EMS personnel can drive them to a prescribing physician for a prescription, then to a medication-assisted treatment provider to begin treatment. As in San Francisco and Boston, individuals who’ve experienced a non-fatal overdose are often able to begin buprenorphine treatment within a day.In Houston, where Langabeer helped initiate a program that sends paramedics to see overdose survivors the day after their hospital discharge, it’s too early for conclusive results. But early retention rates, Langabeer said, are far better than is typical.And in Austin, overdose events trigger an alert to a team run by Mike Sasser, a community health paramedic whose unit is often able to meet patients as they recover in the hospital the same day, or at their home the morning after.From there, Sasser is able to initiate a conversation about treatment options, and whether buprenorphine, a methadone clinic, or inpatient addiction facility might be best.Since buprenorphine treatment must begin when a patient is experiencing some withdrawal symptoms, Sasser prides himself on offering patients rides when the morning comes.“That’s the hardest part of the process — getting up while in withdrawal,” Sasser said. “So often I’m able to give a ride to a courtesy appointment where someone can be induced on buprenorphine.” Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprints In Boston, a pilot program uses a mobile van and near real-time data to engage populations viewed as at high risk for overdose. The van sets up shop at a time convenient to the community — typically mornings — and physicians who have waivers to prescribe buprenorphine see patients and, for those who’ve expressed interest, walk them through recovery options.Those wishing to begin treatment often receive a prescription the same day. Health workers then walk or drive them to a nearby pharmacy, and the patients begin using the addiction medication under physician supervision.Many of the programs also help distribute the overdose-reversal drug naloxone as part of their services. But each of the mobile programs — from Zevin’s walking patrols to mobile vans or even refurbished ambulances in Boston and Texas — has given health workers a chance to go a step further.“We wanted to be very precise about what it was we’d do to add value in this space,” Taveras said. “We realized very quickly we needed staff who could prescribe addiction treatment outside brick-and-mortar facilities. We needed to be able to be a little more flexible in where our program was located.” Related: Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. “That’s the hardest part of the process — getting up while in withdrawal. So often I’m able to give a ride to a courtesy appointment where someone can be induced on buprenorphine.” Mike Sasser, a community health paramedic in Austin @levfacher Lev Facher Her office is Skid Row: A doctor tends to the staggering needs of the homeless The federal government has long been hostile to such efforts; the Trump administration has reiterated that stance amid escalating overdose numbers and as more local health officials seek to lower death rates by any means necessary.Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, referred to the sites as city-sponsored “centers where drug users can abuse dangerous illegal drugs with government help” in a recent op-ed. The Justice Department has also promised “swift and aggressive action” against local governments that open sites despite their prohibition.Even in California, a bill passed by the legislature that would permit such facilities has sat unsigned on for two weeks on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown (D), even while lawmakers and mayors who advocate better harm-reduction measures pressure him publicly to sign it. Please enter a valid email address. By Lev Facher Sept. 17, 2018 Reprints HealthA different kind of house call: Teams bring addiction care to patients, wherever they are Privacy Policy Hey, doctors: Why aren’t you stepping up to treat people with opioid addiction? Those programs, however, often only go halfway to achieving the outcomes city officials might envision if they were not encumbered by federal law.Some advocates would like to see the mobile programs paired with supervised injection facilities, where drug users are encouraged to consume in an environment staffed by medical professionals.Public health advocates say it’s safer than the alternative — drug use away from emergency response, or fentanyl testing, or access to clean needles that can prevent the transmission of infectious disease. And just as importantly, many stress, supervised use sites can provide a gateway to treatment that results in ending risky drug use altogether. Trending Now: [email protected] STAT+: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Similarly, since buprenorphine is a controlled substance regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, some programs view the inability to provide the drug on the spot as inhibiting their efforts to provide on-demand addiction care.Neither Boston’s van nor Zevin’s street patrols can give out the addiction medicine, due in part to concerns about the drugs being diverted for illicit use. But, Zevin and others have said, most buprenorphine diversion doesn’t take place among individuals seeking opioids for euphoric effects.Numerous patients in the San Francisco clinic told similar stories of friends, mistrustful of the health care system, who nonetheless sought buprenorphine on the black market not for the euphoric effects associated with opioids but for the drug’s intended use: mitigating withdrawal symptoms.Zevin visits with Jon “Monkey” Debella. Eric Kayne for STATWith the federal government not yielding on supervised injection or how it regulates addiction drugs, health departments are left to operate within existing regulations.And across the country, many say they are nonetheless seeing progress.Before 9 on a recent morning in San Francisco, a man sitting steps from a crowded subway entrance made no effort to conceal that he was preparing to inject heroin. A block away, in Zevin’s examination room, patients old and new filtered in and out of the clinic near the Tenderloin.Clinicians were proud to introduce Jon Debella, known as “Monkey,” who began treatment years ago at the San Francisco County Jail. An outreach worker asked then if he was interested in buprenorphine — he recalls responding “hell yeah” — and Debella has been seeing Zevin for over a year, often with his dog, Peaches, in tow.The same afternoon, he was encouraging Zevin to write him a prescription for a two-week supply instead of one. Zevin wasn’t sold — but he allowed himself to smile at his patient’s reasoning.“Then I don’t have to see you as much just to tell you the same shit,” Debella said. “I never run short. I’m always right on schedule.”last_img read more

New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick

first_img A new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick, it has been confirmed.Laois TD and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan confirmed today that the centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association.“I am delighted to announce that a new Family Resource Centre is to be established in Mountmellick Development Association.“This is excellent news and will provide the staff of the MDA and the Mountmellick Youth Development Centre with the resources to sustain and develop the existing range of services currently being provided.“The primary purpose of a Family Resource Centre is to combat disadvantage and improve the working of the family unit. They offer core services including support to people facing unemployment, addiction and bereavement.“I wish to commend and pay tribute to the board members and staff of the MDA and MYDC who work tirelessly, on tight budgets, to create a safe environment for young people and deliver services to disadvantaged families in the area,” Minister Flanagan said.“The primary purpose of a Family Resource Centre is to combat disadvantage and improve the working of the family unit. They offer core services including support to people facing unemployment, addiction and bereavement,” he said.The number of Family Resource Centres in Ireland will increase from 109 to 120, with the addition of 11 new centres this year.Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, and Tusla’s Chief Operations Officer, Jim Gibson, announced the locations of 11 new centres during a visit to the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in Dublin on Monday.Jim Gibson said “We’re delighted to announce the 11 new Family Resource Centres today. The expansion of our Family Resource Centre Programme will see 11 more communities supported through a range of community services including family support work, counselling, education and training courses, and youth groups.Need“Family Resource Centres are rooted in and part of local communities and as a result they can identify need in families and communities early and offer appropriate interventions and supports. Tusla’s Family Resource Centre Programme is an important part of our work to prioritise early intervention across our services,” he said.The announcement is part of a range of initiatives announced for Family Resource Centres as part of Budget 2018. Tusla is investing a total of €16.37 million into the Family Resource Centre Programme in 2018, an increase of 21% compared to 2017.SEE ALSO – Laois manager Sugrue calls on his team to become more clinical Pinterest Community Rugby Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Council By David Power – 12th March 2018 Home News Community New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick NewsCommunity Previous articleTownscape art exhibition on Laois houses to openNext articleLaois football captain Stephen Attride delighted to be back after injury lay off David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Facebookcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining New Family Resource Centre confirmed for Mountmellick Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

‘Onwards and upwards,’ Laois intermediate camogie manager Franks gives his review of the year

first_img GAA ‘Onwards and upwards,’ Laois intermediate camogie manager Franks gives his review of the year By Siun Lennon – 27th March 2019 Home GAA Camogie ‘Onwards and upwards,’ Laois intermediate camogie manager Franks gives his review of… GAACamogieSport Twitter Twitter WhatsApp GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donal Franks, Pat Collier and Mary Dunne on the Laois sideline The Laois intermediate camogie side finished their league on a high in Durrow last weekend, defeating Antrim to assure their status in division two.Offaly man Donal Franks took over the head role as manager in November last year, and spoke about his first league term in charge of Laois after the game.“The league went very well. We went down for the first game against Kilkenny, they won the All-Ireland a couple of years ago and we gave them a good game there when we where short a good few girls.”Following losses to Kilkenny and Derry, Laois pulled through two dazzling performances against Dublin and Antrim, which Franks praised.“We’re after finishing strong in the league for the last two games – it’s onwards and upwards now.”He emphasized the importance of retaining their division 2 status to keep playing at a high level.Speaking on the match, Franks praised the aptitude and intensity of his side.“Very good now I thought the girls worked very hard, the attitude was good and the intensity they brought to it was good. They worked hard all over the field.”One aspect of the game Franks does hope to diminish is the amount of frees given. Antrim only scored one of their nine points from play.While Franks appreciated his team limiting scores from play, he said that conceding frees would be something to look at.Camross man Pat Collier, who is a selector with the Laois camogie minor team, has continued as selector with the senior team.It was hoped that a bridge the link between minor players and intermediate players would be forged and this appears to be working.“We had a few girls who were playing minor yesterday, they were a bit tired so we brought them off and put on another few girls. Everyone worked well – from 1 to 20.”Laois intermediates now have over a two month gap before they’re out again in the championship on June 15.“We’ve a good bit of work to do before then but the girls are working hard at the minute so we’re happy.”The Laois intermediate camogie group fixtures are as follows:Saturday June 15Derry v Laois (A)Saturday June 22Down v Laois (A)Saturday July 6Laois (H) v TipperarySaturday July 20Laois (H) v WexfordSaturday August 3Carlow v Laois (A)SEE ALSO – Tributes paid to legendary Laois hurler following sad passing Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest GAA Previous articleElection Diary: Clock changes, traffic calming measures and cost disparities between Laois and CarlowNext articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest Facebook Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Facebook TAGSDonal FranksLaois CamogieLaois camogie team 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Older Generation Living in Fear of War

first_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Whenever a defector in Yangcheon-gu, Seoul calls her mother in North Hamkyung Province, her mother asks, “It is true that South Chosun is preparing for war?” The defector explains that this is because the North Korean authorities pledge themselves to an “all-out attack on South Chosun” daily via television and third broadcasting. She adds, “At dawn on the 12th, I called my mother. I hear North Korean old men are currently very nervous about the possibility of war.” The defector says she tries to persuade her mother that the claims are false, saying, “It will not happen. It is only for purposes of regulation over the people by the authorities,” but says her mother does not listen to her. Her mother is now in her 70s and works in the jangmadang. There are many older people among the sellers in the jangmadang who experienced the Korean War, she says. Therefore, the North Korean authorities’ hard-line attitude is making them feel anxious. The defector explains, “Since my mother witnessed the misery of the Korean War, her generation has a totally different idea about war from that of the younger generation, who say, ‘I would rather a war break out rather than keep living in this dire situation.’” “However, some of the older generations also criticize the authorities, wondering how they propose to deal with a war without any food, fuel or reserve materials,” she adds. Another defector who came to the South in 2009 agrees. “Whenever I call my family,” he says, “they ask me whether or not the South really wants to start a war. The authorities are always claiming that since the South is acting ruthlessly towards them, they cannot stand it anymore.” Older Yangkang Province people tend to feel that they cannot take another war during their lifetimes, he says. NewsEconomy Older Generation Living in Fear of War By Yoo Gwan Hee – 2010.06.14 8:57pm News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img SHARE AvatarYoo Gwan Hee News News Facebook Twitter US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

U.S. President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

first_imgU.S. President Trump Announces Presidential Delegation to Attend Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo The White HousePresident Donald J. Trump today announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to attend the second Inauguration of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, on Thursday, January 7, 2021, in Accra, Ghana.The Honorable Dr. J. Peter Pham, Ambassador, United States Special Envoy for the Sahel Region of Africa, will lead the delegation.Member of the Presidential Delegation:The Honorable Stephanie S. Sullivan, United States Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana /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:Accra, Africa, Ambassador, envoy, Ghana, Government, President, Trump, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Community Key In Plan For Portland And Great South Coast

first_imgCommunity Key In Plan For Portland And Great South Coast VIC PremierThe community will be at the heart of the Andrews Labor Government’s major new drive to create jobs and provide the conditions for businesses to thrive in the Great South Coast.The $17.4 million Portland Economic Diversification Plan includes upgrades to key local freight roads, funding for crucial foundation infrastructure to help attract new businesses, and a fund for local projects to grow the economy.The plan includes $2.5 million for stage two of the Henty Employment Precinct, which will deliver important infrastructure to help attract private-sector investment and is due to start later this year. Works at the precinct will include the provision of gas infrastructure and improved NBN.The new investment builds on a previous $1.5 million grant provided through the Regional Infrastructure Fund for stage one of the precinct, which included drainage works to prepare the site. The precinct’s development is being delivered by the Glenelg Shire, and works have so far created around 59 jobs in construction.Stage two also includes the development of service roads to improve access to a proposed truck service centre and retail outlet next to the site. The service centre will enable heavy-vehicle servicing and retail facilities, providing 30 jobs across retail, mechanical repairs and other support industries.Nearly $5 million will upgrade important freight roads across Glenelg Shire to improve access to the Port of Portland and export opportunities, including Mumbannar-Wanwin Road, Wilsons Road and Heathfield Lindsay Road.Key infrastructure projects will be backed by the $7.5 million Portland Diversification Fund. The Government will respond to priorities identified by council, businesses, industry, the Great South Coast Regional Partnership and the local community to support job creation across a range of industries.Regional Development Victoria (RDV) will establish a new office in Portland to work closely with all local people and organisations to identify suitable projects based on local priorities and opportunities.RDV will help identify initiatives the Fund could support over the next six months, including skills training for growth industries, housing for workers, culturally inclusive industry opportunities and investment grants.Investment grants will be facilitated by RDV working with the council, businesses and industry to identify opportunities that will act as drivers for economic development.This new plan comes on top of a funding agreement announced earlier this year to help secure the future of Alcoa’s Portland Smelter, securing more Victorian jobs and protecting the local economy.As stated by Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas“We are working with the Portland community to maximise jobs growth and support the region’s innovative business operators. It’s about building on existing strengths and investigating new opportunities for growth.”As stated by Minister for Ports and Freight Melissa Horne“The upgrades to key freight roads will allow better access to the Port of Portland, creating new export opportunities and supporting jobs – bringing a much-needed boost to the local economy.”As stated by Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney“The payoff for these important initiatives will come in the form of new jobs across Glenelg Shire and a strong, thriving community. We’re working to make the region an even better place to live, work and invest.” /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:agreement, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, business, community, Economic Development, employment, Government, Henty, industry, infrastructure, Investment, Minister, NBN, Portland, regional development, Victorialast_img read more

Upgrades to Canal Rocks boat ramp complete

first_imgUpgrades to Canal Rocks boat ramp complete Boat ramp and jetty now open to the public The ramp provides access to the Ngari Capes Marine Park, located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, four kilometres south of YallingupLocal fishermen, divers and tourism operators can now benefit from a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup, after the McGowan Government today announced that the popular site is open to the public.The $1.6 million project included the removal of the old boat ramp, with the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty providing a safer alignment for the launching and retrieving of vessels within the Ngari Capes Marine Park in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.The construction of the boat ramp and jetty was supported by the Department of Transport with $750,000 awarded through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant, with additional funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).Traditional owners were engaged during the design and construction phases of this project, ensuring cultural and heritage protection for the site.Perth-based company Advanteering Civil Engineers was awarded the tender in October 2020 for the construction of the new boat ramp and jetty, which is wheelchair accessible.Local Bunbury group, WML Engineering Consultants was engaged to undertake and provide engineering solutions to this complex site which is subject to large swells and associated surges within the boat ramp area.Additional funding was provided by DBCA to increase car parking facilities at the site and to reseal and re-mark the deteriorated car park surface.As stated by Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:“Canal Rocks is an important facility for both recreational users and tourism operators and these upgrades allow people to enjoy the site with greater safety.“It’s wonderful to see Western Australian businesses carrying out these important works, which contributed to generating local jobs and boosted the local economy.“These upgrades address safety concerns previously raised by emergency services and other users of the old facility.”As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:“Our Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia’s boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme.“Given the popularity of the Canal Rocks site with locals and tourists alike, I’m pleased we have been able to support the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty. “These upgrades will allow for safer landings and departures, and provide the local Volunteer Marine Rescue with a safer option to carry out rescues in an isolated area.”Environment Minister’s office – 6552 5900 /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, Australian, biodiversity, Bunbury, community, conservation, Emergency, Emergency Services, Engineering, environment, Government, infrastructure, National Park, Transport, Western Australia, Yallinguplast_img read more

COVID-19 campus updates: March 11 edition

first_img Published: March 11, 2021 Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Through the spring semester, campus officials are providing weekly updates through CU Boulder Today and weekly Campus Q&As.Boulder County remains in Level Yellow: ConcernBoulder County shifted to Level Yellow: Concern on the COVID-19 state dial on Saturday, Feb. 6. At this level, a personal gathering is limited to a maximum of 10 people from no more than two households. Learn more about what Level Yellow: Concern means for your campus experience.Find your study spotVisit the Find Your Study Spot webpage to see more about spaces available to reserve for studying or eating. Bookable rooms also have posters outside the door with links directly to the CU Boulder Room Scheduling tool.Campus affiliates can sign in with their IdentiKey and password and no longer have to wait for account approval. Get detailed instructions for scheduling a space with the room scheduling tool.Travel approval requirement continues Domestic and international travel for university-related business continues to be restricted. Exceptions must be approved by a unit’s respective dean or associate vice chancellor and the provost or chief operating officer. All new trips being planned will be subject to enhanced review and approval before they can be booked via Concur.Procurement Service Center travel informationCU Boulder COVID-19 updates – TravelCampus protocols in severe weatherIn the event that severe weather impacts campus operations, a delayed opening or closure would affect in-person and remote classes. Read more about campus protocols and notifications during severe weather.COVID-19 vaccinesSign-up formStudents, faculty and staff interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine through CU Boulder can sign up using the CU Boulder COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form. The form must be completed to be added to the campus vaccine eligibility list. Read more in the campus announcement about the form.As of noon on March 10, 17,687 CU affiliates have completed the sign-up form.Appointment availability, processWhen a vaccine shipment is received, eligible CU Boulder faculty, staff and students will be notified through their colorado.edu email account. Vaccine appointments at CU Boulder are limited and are on a first-come, first-served basis.If you are contacted about appointment availability and see “No appointments found on this date,” when you try to make an appointment, that means there are no more appointments available. Those who are unable to make an appointment during the allotted time frame or who miss/cancel their appointment will need to wait for the next vaccine availability. You will be automatically notified each time vaccines arrive at CU Boulder until you receive a vaccine or you opt out of being notified about vaccines in the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility and Status Update Form.State phases of eligibilitySee the full COVID-19 vaccine distribution table from the state for information about the state phases. Phase 1B.3 began Friday, March 5. Phase 1B.4 is expected to begin in late March. The university will work with the state to support the distribution of the vaccine according to the updated distribution table.Student-facing designation: The state phase of 1B.4, estimated to begin in late March, includes student-facing employees in higher education. Read more on the COVID-19 Vaccination Options webpage to understand what it means to be a student-facing employee. There is an option on the COVID-19 sign-up form to indicate you are a student-facing employee. Completion of the form is based on self-disclosure and includes a self-attestation where you certify that the information you provide is true and correct.New vaccine education webpageLearn more about why you should get vaccinated, get vaccine safety information and more from Medical Services’ vaccine education webpage.Monitoring testing hours and locationsThe monitoring testing sites at Kittredge Central, the Sustainability Energy & Environment Community (SEEC), Village Center, University Memorial Center (UMC) and Rec Center are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.Village Center and Community CommonsKittredge Central (Room S163)University Memorial Center (UMC)Rec CenterSustainability, Energy & Environment Community (SEEC) Mobile testing site opensIn addition to the sites across campus, students, staff and faculty with a Buff OneCard can complete their COVID-19 monitoring test at a mobile testing unit that began operations this week.March 10-March 19: The mobile site will be set up at the Pleasant Street location (on Pleasant Street just east of Broadway and between Hale Science and the Koenig Alumni Center), Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 onward for the spring 2021 semester:Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Pleasant Street. Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Athens North, 1855 Athens St., in parking lot 131.Severe weather conditions may require temporary delays or closures of the mobile testing site.Mobile testing site temporarily offers community testingIn response to concerns about the spread of COVID-19 following the March 6 riot on University Hill, CU Boulder is offering COVID-19 monitoring tests to members of the community. The free community testing will be available at the mobile testing site through Friday, March 19. While open to anybody, the testing option is intended for anyone who lives in the University Hill area, was present during the large gathering or feels at risk of getting COVID-19 due to what occurred. The mobile site can accommodate up to 375 tests per day for community members.March 10-March 19: The mobile site will be set up at the Pleasant Street location (on Pleasant Street just east of Broadway and between Hale Science and the Koenig Alumni Center), Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monitoring testing requirement continues for students in residence hallsOn-campus residents continue to be required to complete a monitoring test weekly.If an on-campus resident does not complete their required weekly test, they will begin to receive notifications regarding potential consequences.Events and Activities Policy updated, approval process publishedA campus event approval process has been established in support of the updated campus Events and Activities Policy. All approved in-person, on-campus activities, events and gatherings will be held in accordance with applicable public health guidelines with the goal of providing safe and meaningful experiences for members of the university community.Campus Q&AsThe Campus Q&As are held at noon each Tuesday and continue throughout the spring semester. On March 9, the session will focus on questions from faculty and staff.Reminders:Buff Pass Anyone coming to campus must complete the CU Buff Pass Daily form each day before coming to campus. The Buff Pass replaces the daily health questionnaire used during the fall 2020 semester.Answers to frequently asked questions and contact information for support are available on the Buff Pass Information and FAQ webpage.Interviews continue virtuallyJob interviews and other recruitment activities should continue to be conducted virtually until further notice. COVID-19 hiring guidance is provided by Human Resources.Building accessCU students, faculty and staff Buff OneCard holders have access to most buildings with scheduled in-person classes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, as of Monday, Feb. 15. The University Libraries, Recreation Center and UMC publish their respective hours on their websites. Get building access information and see FAQs.State COVID-19 resourcesExposure notification service: The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment launched its statewide COVID-19 exposure notification system in partnership with Google and Apple.Contact informationAvailable from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, contact Buff Info via email or by phone: 303-492-INFO (4636).  View prior updateslast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, June 13

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