Flood watch issued for the Pine River

first_imgUPDATE as of July 22 at 11:30 a.m. – The flood watch for the Pine River has ended.  The Pine River and tributaries have peaked at the 5 to 20 year return period flows. The Peace River and tributaries have peaked yesterday or are peaking today at about the 2 year return period flows. The rainfall is easing and the river levels are receding now or expected to recede later today. No major flood risks are expected in this region recently though small rises of river levels are still possible.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Heavy rainfall in the B.C. Peace has caused river levels to increase.The River Forecast Centre has upgraded the forecast for the Pine River and it’s tributaries to a flood watch.  Based on the current modelling, the Pine River and tributaries are expected to peak at the 10 to 20 year return period flows Saturday night or Sunday morning, similar to peak levels reached in June 2016.  The Peace River is also expected to see moderate increases in water levels. The public is cautioned to stay clear from rivers and the unstable riverbanks during this high water period.Real-Time Hydrometric Data that shows the increase in the river flow of the Pine River at East Pine.The River Forecast Centre is also maintaining a high streamflow advisory for the Peace Region, including the Kiskatinaw, Pouce Coupe and Dawson Creek rivers and their tributaries.The River Forecast Centre will continue to monitor conditions and update this advisory as conditions warrant.For more on flooding in Chetwynd, click here.  Caribou Road Services is also working to contain flooding in the South Peace.  Click here for details about that.last_img read more

US official: Much work remains to reach US-China trade deal

WASHINGTON — A U.S.-China trade agreement is far from being completed and will require much more work, particularly on enforcement, the U.S. official negotiating the pact told a House panel.“Much still needs to be done before an agreement can be reached,” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Wednesday. “If we can complete this effort, and again I say if, and if we can reach a resolution on the issue of enforceability, we might have an agreement that enables us to turn the corner in our relationship with China.”Lighthizer also said that his agency is aware that China has not kept many of its past promises.Members of Congress from both parties expressed support for the Trump administration’s confrontational approach and urged Lighthizer to reach a far-reaching agreement.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Over 750000 uprooted Pakistanis return home UN reports

Some 1.2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) are still living with host communities, while over 160,000 others are sheltering in 21 camps, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).As a result of the pace of returns, nine camps have closed, it added.But ongoing military operations in the Upper Dir district have forced others into camps. With schools in Lower Dir having re-opened, IDPs must take refuge elsewhere, and district authorities asking the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to build three camps to house up to 20,000 people.Meanwhile, new outbreaks of fighting in Buner district have sent 35,000 people fleeing their homes.The UN is continuing to assist returning IDPs, with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will rehabilitate schools.The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNHCR will identify potential sites for humanitarian hubs to distribute food and other items to returnees.For its part, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has found that the conflict has impeded food production, with nearly two-thirds of the vegetable crop having been ruined.OCHA today reported that only 44 per cent of the $542 million requested by the revised Pakistan Humanitarian Response Plan has been funded. 10 August 2009Out of the more than 2 million people uprooted by clashes between Government forces and militants in north-western Pakistan, some 765,000 have now returned to their homes, but continued fighting is causing a fresh round of displacement, the United Nations humanitarian arm said today. read more

Businessman shot dead in Mulleriyawa

A businessman was shot dead in Mulleriyawa by unidentified gunmen.The Police said that the shooting took place last night and was carried out by gunmen on two motorcycles. The businessman was identifed as 38 year old Wasana Suranga.

David Guetta donates love new single one voice to UN relief efforts

“Music is a powerful way to connect and to bring people together,” said Mr. Guetta. Together with the UN and international aid organizations, he is launching tonight in New York a specially-produced video for his new track ‘One Voice’ in support of “The World Needs More___” campaign.“If we can make a change just by saying what the world needs now and raise money to help the UN – wow. That’s incredible,” Mr. Guetta noted.Launched on World Humanitarian Day, marked on 19 August, the campaign allows leading brands and individuals to sponsor a word. Tonight, the music video will be projected onto the exterior of the world body’s iconic New York Headquarters building at a special event that will feature UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Mr. Guetta. Mr. Ban, who started this week with a visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, and who sees the divisions, atrocities and wars of the world, is expected to thank Mr. Guetta for his “courage to change and create a new future for us all.”The new video for ‘One Voice’ will be streamed live on both Mr. Guetta’s Facebook page and the campaign website, where the video will be featured exclusively.Following the broadcast of the music video, the building will be used as the backdrop for an interactive Twitter wall, becoming the canvas for tweets from around the globe. “When I play, people are as one on the dance floor. I want the same for the world. No matter how busy you are or where you are, we all share this planet and help each other. We should be as one.”The French musician has already sponsored ‘#love’ and each time the word is shared on Twitter or through the campaign website www.theworldneedsmore.org, it unlocks a dollar towards aid efforts in the world’s most underfunded crises – literally turning words of support into financial support.The campaign is a collaborative effort between the UN Foundation, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), and advertising agency Leo Burnett New York.Tweets about “#theworldneedsmore#yourword”By supporting a sponsored word through the double hashtag #theworldneedsmore #yourword, $1 will be donated to the efforts. In the United States only, individuals also have the options to contribute $10 by texting ‘ONEVOICE’ to 90999.Mr. Guetta said he hopes his fans – some 47 million followers on Facebook and 16 million on Twitter – can help raise the millions needed in the Philippines, “I created the video especially for this campaign, and use it to reach out to fans.”“I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how, so I went to the people that do,” he said about producing the to-be-released music video for his new song. “Working with the UN, with the people who really are in charge, has been an inspiring and humbling experience. read more

Ban praises small islands commitment to address climate change

“Because you are on the front lines, you know that we are at a pivotal moment and that more needs to be done. You know that the world’s appetite for energy continues to grow, and the global thermostat continues to rise,” Mr. Ban said in his message to the Pacific launch of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, which took place in Fiji.While Mr. Ban noted that small island nations face special challenges, such as rising sea levels, restricted markets and high energy prices due to their remote location, he also highlighted successful initiatives that are helping these countries achieve sustainable development.“The Pacific Islands are demonstrating real global leadership in our shared efforts to make a much-needed transition to a new era in energy use and production,” he said. “Tokelau has become the first territory in the world to generate 100 per cent of its power from renewable energy, while our host, the government of Fiji, is demonstrating its commitment to support sustainable energy for all through concrete actions. These and other efforts are helping to point the way to a sustainable future.”The period from 2014 to 2024 has been declared by the UN General Assembly as the Decade for Sustainable Energy for All and two years ago, Mr. Ban launched his Sustainable Energy for All initiative, which seeks to achieve three inter-linked goals by 2030: universal access to modern energy, doubling energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy, thus providing services such as lighting, clean cooking and mechanical power in developing countries, as well as improved energy efficiency, especially in the world’s highest-energy consuming countries.“There are climate solutions with a demonstrated track record of success. They are feasible, affordable and they can bring economic opportunity that supports our sustainable development goals,” the UN chief said in his message, delivered by the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Gyan Chandra Acharya.“I therefore urge your Governments to continue to be ambitious as we move forward with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change process. Member States must deliver a global and legally binding agreement by 2015. Sustainable energy is also a central issue in discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.”Mr. Ban stressed that the leadership of small island developing states will be crucial to advance on this issue and urged these nations to ensure that their voices are heard “loudly and clearly” at the Sustainable Energy for All Forum in June and at the climate summit in September. read more

Ohio State womens volleyball splits Big Ten road trip

Freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe (10) lines up in front of her teammates during a match against Michigan Sept. 27 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Mark Batke / Lantern photographerThe No. 12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns from its first road trip of Big Ten play with one win and one more loss.The Buckeyes (14-2) still sit at .500 in conference play after their win over Indiana in Bloomington Saturday. The Hoosiers kept it close all the way as it took OSU five sets and a few extra points to come out on top.OSU won the first set before splitting the next two. Indiana jumped on the Buckeyes for a 25-17 set win in the fourth before OSU finished off an extended fifth set 17-15.Senior outside hitter Kaitlyn Leary led all players with 22 kills in the match while also notching 11 digs, marking her eighth double-double of the season. Junior setter Taylor Sherwin also filled up the stat sheet, finishing with 45 assists and 10 digs of her own.Sophomore middle blocker Andrea Kacsits added 10 kills and a .364 attack percentage while freshman right side hitter Taylor Sandbothe tallied 11 kills and eight errors.Two more Buckeyes finished with double digit digs. Senior defensive specialist Julianna Mandolfo led the team with 15 while freshman defensive specialist Valeria León had 10.For the Hoosiers, sophomore middle blocker Awele Nwaeze led the way with 15 kills. Freshman setter Megan Tallman and senior defensive specialist Caitlin Hansen posted match highs for Indiana with 48 assists and 24 digs respectively.Before the match against Indiana, the Buckeyes dropped two straight in conference play, including one at No. 24 Purdue Friday.The Boilermakers came out with a victory in set one and never looked back as they swept OSU in three straight sets (25-23, 25-15, 25-21).The Buckeyes have lost two of their last three matches after starting the season on a 13 game-winning streak.For OSU, Leary had a match high 15 kills but the next best for the Buckeyes was six in a tie between Sandbothe and sophomore outside hitter Katie Mitchell.Sherwin finished with 26 assists and Mandolfo led the team with 11 digs.For Purdue, junior Val Nichol had 10 kills, 15 assists, seven digs and five block assists. Redshirt-senior Rachel Davis added 22 assists and redshirt-senior Carly Cramer tallied a match high 14 digs.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the Columbus court this weekend for matches against No. 23 Wisconsin Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 8 Minnesota at the same time Saturday. read more

LeBron James My Jersey Was Too Damn Small

During a Nike-sponsored event in Manila, NBA superstar Lebron James visited the Philippines for the first time. Lebron participated in an exhibition scrimmage between Gilas Pilipinas, The Philippines national basketball team. The four-time NBA most valuable player came off the bench wearing a jersey to ball with the Filipino players. James sunk a couple of deep 3’s, laid down a monster jam and assisted many other shots. But in the last moments of the game, James missed the game-tying lay-up causing his team to lose.James’ excuse for missing that point blank lay-up, his “jersey was too damn small.”“The reason I missed those last two shots is because my jersey is too damn small, so forgive me,” said James, who also thrilled the crowd by throwing signed basketballs into the stands. read more

Mens Basketball No 16 Ohio State overcomes slow start to trounce Rutgers

Ohio State redshirt senior guard Kam Williams (15) celebrates after making a 3-pointer in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn Ohio State’s last home game of the season seniors Kam Williams and Jae’Sean Tate led the Buckeyes to a win on their senior night, for their last game in the Scarlet and Gray at the Schottenstein Center.No. 16 Ohio State (22-7, 14-3 Big Ten) got off to a slow start but dominated Rutgers (13-16, 3-14 Big Ten) 79-52 on Tuesday night to get back on track after losing their last two games on the road to Penn State and Michigan.“That was part of the perfect storm,” redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop said. “Part of just because we came off a couple losses, but then it being senior night, we obviously wanted to get the win against a good Rutgers team and kind of send everybody off.” Williams finished the game with 13 points, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, while Tate finished with nine points and 10 rebounds. Bates-Diop was held quiet, scoring a season-low six points with eight rebounds. Rutgers closed out the first half on a 16-2 run to bring the score to 32-27. The run by the Scarlet Knights held the Buckeyes to no points in the last 2:19 minutes of the half. However, the Buckeyes started the second half on an 18-2 run and were able to provide some separation from the Scarlet Knights.“They got some offensive rebounds, got in transition a little bit and we just weren’t executing. It happened so fast, they went on a 16-2 run to end the half and that was huge. We knew that they’ve come back on teams and made it a really competitive game,” redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich said. “For us to get that start in the second half was crucial and C.J. Jackson got us going.”Jackson led all players with 18 points and was 8-for-12 from the field. Junior guard Corey Sanders led Rutgers with 12 points and was 6-for-12 from the field.“I thought our guys made some good plays in transition. C.J. obviously had a couple of really nice floaters. He’s got to continue to drive and look to score,” coach Holtmann said. “We have to play tougher and with more force across the board. When teams are trying to big boy us and being really physical you gotta make them pay by getting paint touches and using your dribble in.”Just under two minutes into the game the Buckeyes started a 10-0 run highlighted by back to back 3-pointers by Williams.After Ohio State’s run early in the first half, Rutgers junior guard Corey Sanders slammed a dunk to bring it to a five-point game but the Buckeyes responded with another 6-1 run to pull ahead 10 points.The Scarlet Knights hit their first 3 of the night with just 5:04 remaining in the first half. Rutgers finished the game shooting just 17 percent from 3 compared to 39 percent from the Buckeyes. Rutgers was 2-for-12 from behind the arc while Ohio State attempted almost double the amount of 3s and finished 9-for-23.Overall, the Buckeyes shot 59 percent from the field compared to the Scarlet Knights 41 percent. However, the major divide came in the second half when Rutgers shot only 39 percent from the field and Ohio State made 66 percent of its shots. read more

Michelin signs threeyear contract with China Coal Pingshuo

first_imgMichelin and China Coal Pingshuo, China’s largest surface coal mine, have signed a three-year renewable contract for the provision of a new kind of service. It has contracted Michelin to provide and maintain 53/80R63 tyres for the Komatsu 930E trucks in the mine. The leader in the Chinese market for giant 63-in tyres, Michelin had previously signed a tyre supply contract with Pingshuo in May 2007. In May 2008, the same customer chose Michelin as its 2007 Supplier of the Year from a list of 186 companies. China Coal Pingshuo is the leading producer of coal from open-pit mines (73 Mtin 2007). The services, which Michelin will begin to provide with immediate effect, will help to extend tyre life, thereby keeping the mine’s vehicles operational for longer periods. This in turn will help to reduce operating costs and increase productivity, while maintaining the highest safety standards.The goal of the service contract is to optimise conditions of use for the 63-in tyres fitted on vehicles operated in the mine. To achieve this goal, specialist Michelin technicians, in co-operation with teams from China Coal Pingshuo, will manage the service shop, where tyres will be fitted, removed and repaired. Tyre pressures will be checked and maintained at the right levels, and other operations will be carried out to ensure that tyres are used in the best possible conditions.last_img read more

Positively fake budget iPhone video proves its rumor season

first_imgAs new iPhone day gets closer every year, we see a series of well-crafted — but still fake — leaks attempting to grab some of the tremendous attention Apple curiosity generates. A video made by a company who claims to have modeled their new Android phone off of a leaked budget iPhone they they got their hands on is by far the most capitalist approach to this annual spectacle we’ve seen so far.Techdy has made a name for itself recently by producing inexpensive versions of popular phones that, at a distance, could easily be mistaken for the original. The Bear Pro is the spitting image of the HTC One, with the only obvious difference on the front being the paw print where the HTC logo should be. The company has a new phone coming out soon that they have dubbed the Basic Bear, with the claim that they got the design from time that they spent with the oft-rumored budget iPhone that is expected (by some) to land later this year.After you watch the video of the hands-on they did with the totally real and not at all computer generated budget iPhone, you can see a few photos on their website. What you’ll see is an “iPhone” that is never seen with the screen on in the hands of people who very clearly know how to make phone cases.If you don’t want to wait for Apple’s budget phone — which may or may not be a real thing — you can pre-order the Basic Bear for just $199. You’ll get a 4-inch phone with a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM, which truth be told is nothing to sneeze at.Outside of the Ultrapixel camera, 802.11ac radio, and LTE support (which are pretty key features), it looks like they Techdy crammed a 16GB HTC One into the iPhone-alike. It also seems like they already have 5,000 pre-orders, if the website is to be believed.All this really shows us is that the iPhone season is now in full swing. The leaks for the next iteration from Apple will likely come in at a steady trickle, just like last year. We may not get so many leaks that someone will piece together their own iPhone 5S out of parts, but from now until the announcement day, you can expect “leaks” like this from every direction.last_img read more

Drake Maverick on his Rockstar Spud past YouTube star Lilly Singh introduces

first_img Impact Results – 9/13/19 (Kiera Hogan vs. Tenille Dashwood, Street Fight Main Event) A YouTuber Takes Over Late Night Entertainment Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Impact Wrestling announces move to AXS TV following Bound for Glory on October 20 Now Playing Up Next Chrissy Teigen turned down chat show Chrissy Teigen Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipChrissy Teigen turned down chat showVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:53/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 62.16%0:03Remaining Time -0:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next Google+ Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next YouTuber Lilly Singh to Replace Carson Daly With New NBC Late Night Show Drake Maverick on his Rockstar Spud pastWWE has posted the full interview with 205 Live GM Drake Maverick where he talks about his Rockstar Spud past with Impact Wrestling and his goals at the new general manager of the brand going forward including the Cruiserweight Title tournament.You can check out the full interview below.YouTube star Lilly Singh introduces MahalWWE posted a clip of YouTube star Lilly Singh stepping in to do the introduction for Jinder Mahal (along with Sunil Singh) at Smackdown Live in Los Angeles this week. Lilly Singh to Replace Carson Dalys Late-Night Show Lilly Singh RETURNS To Youtube With 12 Collabs Of Christmas! Pinterest 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event last_img read more

Doctor who cleared Daniel Bryan said he shows no definite evidence of

first_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT RAW Preview: Strowman vs. Lashley in a Falls Count Anywhere Match, Live Post-Show tonight Google+ WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE And WrestleMania 34 Bring New Orleans A Big Paydaycenter_img Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Newsweek.com is featuring a lengthy article on Daniel Bryan and the news that broke this week that Bryan had been medically cleared to make a return to the ring for WWE for the first time in over two years.The article features comments from neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Cantu, a leading expert in concussions who consults with the NFL, NBA and NHL. Dr. Cantu also runs his own concussion treatment center in Massachusetts.Dr. Cantu talked in detail about reviewing Bryan back in February.“I evaluated Bryan for a neurological opinion on return to WWE on February 26, 2018. Included in his medical records were multiple evaluations by renowned concussion clinicians. I determined that Bryan is currently asymptomatic, has a normal detailed neurological and cognitive neuropsychological examination, normal EEG, and an MRI that showed no definite evidence of a prior brain injury. It is my medical opinion that there is no absolute contraindication to his return to in-ring action in WWE.”Bryan’s path to getting medically cleared reportedly went all the way up to this past Monday (March 19) when Bryan flew back to the United States following a media tour in Abu Dhabi. Bryan flew to Pittsburg to meet with Dr. Maroon and after more testing, Maroon reversed his previously long-held position that Bryan should retire from in-ring action.According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, word did start to travel around at the RAW taping on Monday night in Dallas that Bryan may have been cleared. Bryan flew to Dallas the next day and when he arrived, was told he would be cleared and would be taking part in a physical angle with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.The same report by Meltzer stated that unlike any other talent on the roster, Bryan has an agreement that he must visit with WWE doctors backstage after every match and undergo Impact testing and a neuropsychological evaluation. The impression was that Bryan would continue to undergo this process until the company feels more comfortable.Triple H told USA Today that this is like a “second lease on life” for Bryan.“It’s been an amazing process. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do is tell talent that they can’t do this anymore. That you can’t live your dream. And for somebody like Daniel, man, it was soul-crushing. He went through *a lot* to try to get back to where he was, without any guarantee that it would ever work. But you take the advice of the doctors, the same doctors that told you he couldn’t, tell you he can… man, it’s like a second lease on life for him. Really excited, really happy for him. Watching him on TV the other night, just sitting at the monitor watching was unbelievable.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Triple H Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Brian Cage vs. Michael Elgin for the Impact World Title headlines tonight’s Slammiversary XVII WWE RAW Results – 7/1/19 (Extreme Rules build continues, Falls Count Anywhere match) When Does WrestleMania 35 Start?last_img read more

There will not be a Bundesliga official match in the US

first_imgThe German competition does not want to follow the steps set forward by Spain’s La Liga, and managing director Christian Seifert has ruled out a similar moveAfter Spain’s La Liga tournament announced they will play at least one official match in the United States, most people expected other leagues to come thru.The English Premier League once toyed with this idea, but so far there has not been anything official.But one league has firmly said no.German Bundesliga managing director Christian Seifert talked to Die Zeit as reported by Goal.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We will never play a league game outside of Germany. That’s a limit we will not cross,” he said.“An official league game, which is about points that decide promotion, relegation or participation in the international competition, abroad, is, in my view, a lack of respect for their fans, the players and in the end also Major League Soccer.”“You do not need help from overseas to promote football in this way,” Seifert added.“You can rule out that there are as many kick-off times as there are games, as is the case in Spain.”last_img read more

Californias gas tax will lead to fourfigure costofliving increases for working families

first_img Categories: California News, Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018, Gas Tax FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom California’s gas tax will lead to four-figure cost-of-living increases for working families Posted: September 20, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – California’s gas tax will lead to four-figure cost- of-living increases for working families, according to a new report released Thursday by a conservative think tank and the campaign to repeal the gas tax.The report says a two-car family will pay at least $1,500 annually in taxes if the gas tax remains law. A family of four could see annual tax increases of up to $800. It is with this in mind that former San Diego City Councilman and Yes on 6 Chairman Carl DeMaio will present the report at a news conference at 10 a.m. Thursday morning.“This report shows that the latest gas and car tax hikes are a crushing blow to working families and makes the strongest case for a Yes vote on Prop 6 to repeal the car and gas tax hikes,” DeMaio said.California Policy Center, the think tank that compiled the report, is generally active in efforts to reform pensions and education. The CPC noted that the tax increase almost negates the $935.58 that the average family spends on Christmas presents each year, according to the National Retail Federation.“Sacramento politicians are deceptively downplaying the true cost-of- living impact of their car and gas tax hikes, and this study shows just how painful those new taxes will be for working families,” said CPC President Will Swaim.State officials say the 12-cent tax on unleaded fuel — which rises to 19.5 cents per gallon in 2020 — and a 20-cent tax on diesel fuel will raise roughly $5 billion per year for transportation infrastructure improvements and repairs. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the gas tax bill into law in April 2017; the law went into effect in November 2017.On Monday, a group of San Diego public safety officers and local leaders rallied to oppose Proposition 6, which would repeal the taxes.“Here in San Diego, Prop 6 would eliminate more than $1.5 billion over the next 10 years in funds desperately needed to improve bridge and road safety, to relieve traffic congestion and fix potholes,” said Michael Quigley, executive director of the California Alliance for Jobs. “Prop 6 isn’t just bad for our bridges and roads — it threatens incomes for working families and small businesses, in San Diego and across California.”Recent data from a USC Dorsife/Los Angeles Times poll and an internal poll by the Yes on 6 campaign showed that 51 percent of registered voters want to repeal the gas tax but only 26 percent would vote yes on Proposition 6 strictly based off its title, “Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding.” KUSI Newsroom, September 20, 2018last_img read more

Unemployment Rate for Youngest Veterans Reached SevenYear Low in 2015

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans reached an all-time low in 2015, as the economy improved and the federal government and private sector continued their focus on the issue.The 5.8 percent annual unemployment rate in 2015 for the latest generation of veterans marked a significant improvement over the 7.4 percent rate recorded the previous year and was only modestly higher than the 5.2 percent rate for non-veterans.Unemployment for post-9/11 veterans reached its high point at 12.0 percent in 2011, reported Military Times.“Some of the improvement in the unemployment rate for veterans across the board has happened somewhat in parallel with the overall reduction in our nation’s unemployment numbers over the last five to six years,” said Jack Norton, spokesman for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes program.“At the same time, though, through much of our effort, businesses of all sizes have been reminded of the value of veterans as employees and have strengthened their veteran hiring programs as a result,” Norton added.Improvements in DOD’s transition assistance program also have played a role, said Ryan Gallucci, Veterans of Foreign Wars’ deputy director for national veterans service.But DOD needs to expand its support for transitioning service members, Gallucci said. The curriculum should be easily accessible to veterans after they separate and the department needs to better track how veterans fare in the job market, according to the story.“It needs to be a sustained mission of the military, the way that recruitment and retention is a sustained mission of the military,” he said.last_img read more

Anchorage to get crowdsourced fiveyear economic plan

first_imgOn Tuesday, an economic development group in Anchorage launched a new survey to crowdsource how residents think the local economy should grow in the next five years.Listen nowThe survey is the first step in what’s known as a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, or CEDS, according to Pamela Kauveiyakul, the Business and Economic Development Director for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation.“We’re asking people very directly, ‘What do you think makes Anchorage’s economy strong or weak?’ Or ‘What do you think the opportunities and threats are?’” Kauveiyakul explained. “And that could be very different from different people’s perspectives. This may be in alignment with what conventional thinking is. But it may also be something new that we haven’t seen or heard of before, and we would love to see that, too. We would love to see things that maybe we hadn’t thought of.”The survey closes February 3rd, and as it begins analyzing results, AEDC will also start a process of soliciting input from community and industry groups. The private non-profit entity hopes that after revisions, a final document will be ready in August or September.The CEDS plan is non-binding, but meant as a guiding document for stakeholders, including the municipality and partners in the private sector. It will mirror another economic push in Anchorage, the “Live. Work. Play” initiative.“‘Live. Work. Play’ is a means of figuring out… initiatives that will attract people here to Anchorage. And CEDS is what they do when they get here,” Kauveiyakul said, citing “workforce development opportunities” and potential “growth sectors” as the kind of information the organization hopes to source in the drafting process.In addition to reaching out to familiar partners on conversations about economic development, AEDC is also making a push to target “economically distressed” areas. The designation comes from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which uses Census information to identify neighborhoods that have high unemployment and low average incomes. In Anchorage that includes Fairview, Spenard, and Mountain View. AEDC will go through conventional methods for getting input like consulting community councils, but is in the process of making an outreach plan in order to get better results.“We will also be reaching out to leaders in those areas, or other areas that work closely in those neighborhoods who might have a better idea of how we can reach more of an audience there than maybe traditionally we had before,” Kauveiyakul said.The CEDS survey is available to Anchorage residents online through February 3rd.last_img read more

UN chief calls on Myanmar to end violence

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary General Guterres speaks at a news conference ahead of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York. Photo: ReutersUN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called on authorities in Myanmar to end violence against the majority-Buddhist country’s Rohingya Muslims and acknowledged the situation there is best described as ethnic cleansing.The humanitarian situation in Myanmar was “catastrophic,” Guterres said, and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.“I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country,” Guterres said at a news conference.Pressure has been mounting on Myanmar to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.Asked if the situation could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres replied: “Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?”The secretary-general also said he has spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s national leader, several times.“This is a dramatic tragedy. People are dying and suffering at horrible numbers and we need to stop it. That is my main concern,” he said.Suu Kyi canceled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.The UN Security Council is to meet on Wednesday behind closed doors for the second time since the crisis erupted. British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said he hoped there would be a public statement agreed by the council.The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on Aug. 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.The government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting, the latest in the western state.The UN’s top human rights official earlier this week denounced Myanmar for conducting a “cruel military operation” against the Rohingya, branding it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”last_img read more

India to bring supplies to Kashmir Pakistan to go to UN

first_imgSheikh Saaliq TagsBJP Hindutva homepage featured India Islam Kashmir Top Story,You may also like Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities enforcing a strict curfew in Indian-administered Kashmir will bring in trucks of essential supplies for an Islamic festival next week, as the divided Himalayan region remained in a lockdown Saturday following India’s decision to strip it of its constitutional autonomy.Pakistan said that with the support of China, it will take up India’s unilateral actions in Kashmir with the U.N. Security Council and may approach the U.N. Human Rights Commission over what it says is the “genocide” of the Kashmiri people.Kashmir is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan and is divided between the archrivals. Rebels have been fighting New Delhi’s rule for decades in the Indian-controlled portion, and most Kashmiri residents want either independence or a merger with Pakistan.The indefinite 24-hour curfew was briefly eased on Friday for weekly Muslim prayers in some parts of Srinagar, the region’s main city, but thousands of residents are still forced to stay indoors with shops and most health clinics closed. All communications and the internet remain cut off.On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as the state is known, that normalcy would gradually return and that the government was ensuring that the current restrictions do not dampen the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha on Monday.New Delhi rushed tens of thousands of additional soldiers to one of the world’s most militarized regions to prevent unrest and protests after Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government said Monday that it was revoking Kashmir’s special constitutional status and downgrading its statehood. Modi said the move was necessary to free the region of “terrorism and separatism.”The relaxing of the curfew in Srinagar was temporary, officials said. Friday prayers began at 12:37 p.m. and lasted for about 20 minutes, followed by protests in some parts of the city. Police used tear gas and pellets to fight back the protesters who gathered in their largest numbers since authorities clamped down and detained more than 500 political and separatist leaders.Other stone-throwing incidents were reported from the northern and southern parts of Kashmir.Authorities were closely watching for any anti-India protests, which will determine a further easing of restrictions for the Eid holiday.The region’s top administrative official, Baseer Khan, said that essential commodities including food, grains and meat will be delivered to different parts of the region by Sunday.In the meantime, most residents have been waking up before dawn to get food and other supplies stockpiled by neighborhood shopkeepers and pharmacists inside their homes. Shortly after dawn, police and paramilitary soldiers swiftly occupy the roads and streets as part of the restrictions on movement.While some easing on the movement and opening of shops is expected around Eid, officials still held reservations about restoring mobile and internet services. Some relaxation of curbs on landline communication, however, could be considered, they said.Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with his Chinese counterpart and other top officials in Beijing on Saturday. He said that China fully supports Pakistan in taking the Kashmir issue to the U.N. Security Council.He also said Pakistan is considering going to the U.N. Human Rights Commission over the situation.“When a demographic change is made through force, it’s called genocide, and you are moving toward genocide,” he told reporters in Islamabad after returning from Beijing.With India moving to erase the constitutional provision that prohibited outsiders from buying property in Jammu and Kashmir state, Indians from the rest of the country can now purchase property and apply for government jobs there. Some fear this may lead to a demographic and cultural change in the Muslim-majority region.Qureshi said that India’s moves have increased the threat to regional peace and raised fears of bloodshed in Kashmir.He also said that while Pakistan is not planning to take any military action, it is ready to counter any potential aggression by India.Also Saturday, a regional political party from Kashmir petitioned the Supreme Court to strike down the government’s move to scrap the region’s special status and divide the state into two federal territories. The National Conference in its plea claimed the move was illegal. An opposition Congress party activist has already filed a petition challenging the communications blockade and the detentions of Kashmiri leaders.Hundreds of migrant laborers from other Indian states also have fled in fear of unrest. Meanwhile, thousands of villagers living along the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan have migrated to safer places in fear of artillery fire exchanges between the rivals.The United States on Friday said that there has been no change in its policy on Kashmir, as Washington continues to regard it as a territory disputed between India and Pakistan.State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus described Kashmir as “certainly an incredibly important issue” that the United States continued to “follow closely.”In Islamabad on Friday, about 8,000 supporters of the Pakistani Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami marched toward the Indian Embassy to denounce New Delhi’s action on Kashmir. Hundreds of activists held similar peaceful rallies across Pakistan.Pakistan says it is considering a proposal to approach the International Court of Justice over India’s action. It also has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi, expelled the Indian ambassador and suspended trade, train and bus services with India.India’s External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar asked Pakistan to reconsider its decision, but he also said it should accept the reality and “stop interfering in internal affairs of other countries.”___Associated Press writer Zarar Khan in Islamabad contributed to this report. Share This! Catholicism As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! News • Photos of the Week By: Sheikh Saaliq Share This! By: Sheikh Saaliq Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Sheikh Saaliq Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Share This! 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Happy 100th Birthday to Velma B Scofield

first_imgVelma B. ScofieldVelma B. Scofield, turned 100 years old on October 29th. She was born in St. Michaels, Maryland and moved to Baltimore as a young girl. She was married to James I. Scofield Sr. for more than 65 years. He passed from this life in 2005. Mrs. Scofield has two sons, James Jr. and Kevin.Her daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Waters-Scofield, is a permanent presence in her life as is Jean Jefferson her grandson’s mother.Mrs. Scofield has been a Walbrook Junction resident since the summer of 1951 and still resides there. She has seen tremendous change in Baltimore, the nation and the world over her many years. She’s looking forward to seeing and hearing even more.Jacqueline Waters-Scofield          Jean Jefferson          James I. Scofield, Jr.          Kevin Scofieldlast_img read more