• Home
  • Archive by category "udyjoxni"

Kodiak Coast Guard gets new and improved aircraft

first_imgPublic Safety | Southwest | TransportationKodiak Coast Guard gets new and improved aircraftAugust 23, 2018 by Kayla Desroches, KMXT-Kodiak Share:A new HC130-J will replace the HC-130H at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The fixed-wing aircraft will help drop survival gear and other duties. (Photo by Kayla Desroches/KMXT) Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak just received the first of five newer, more technologically advanced aircraft.The HC-130J replaces the HC-130H that the Coast Guard base Kodiak has been operating since the 1980s.Each model J costs $85 million dollars, and the fixed-wing aircraft assists in dropping survival equipment and enforcing maritime law, among its other duties.A crowd of air station members – some with their families – have gathered to watch a welcoming ceremony.The new model J taxis down to Hangar 1 through streams of water from two fire engines on either side of the runway.Air Station Commanding Officer Capt. Brian Daley said pilots will transition between flying the older model and the J.“The pilots can fly one, can’t fly the other. It’s totally different when you walk inside. And Alaska’s a very unforgiving environment,” Daley said. “Teaching the guys to fly up here is a challenge, and so for this next year, we’re focusing on getting our pilot and aircrew proficient in the aircraft.”The new model J looks pretty similar to its predecessor, the model H. But it’s apparently a lot quieter.Lt. Cmdr. Hunter Atherton is stationed in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and one of the pilots to fly the J into Kodiak.“Some people really like the roar of the H model and this one doesn’t quite have that, but it is a lot more efficient overall.. they’re both good. I’ll definitely miss flying Hs now that I’m flying Js.”Atherton said the model J may look the same as the model H from the outside, but it comes with a few improvements: a more powerful engine, more automation and a better navigation system.He said the plane’s extra features could help cut through challenges pilots face landing in Alaska.“Having access to a plane that’s gonna have GPS based approaches in the near future, which the J model will have hopefully in the next couple of years. That’s huge. That’ll be huge for Kodiak to be able to have access to airplanes with that capability.”Atherton said Kodiak is the only other station where the J is being used. According to the Coast Guard, Kodiak’s four other aircraft should arrive by fall 2019 and the program aims to have 22 nationwide.Share this story:last_img read more

Friends and family wait for answers in disappearance of Nome woman

first_imgNorthwest | Public SafetyFriends and family wait for answers in disappearance of Nome womanSeptember 23, 2020 by Emily Hofstaedter, KNOM – Nome Share:Florence Okpealuk of Nome. (Nome Police Department, used with permission)Her name is Florence, but friends call her Flo. It’s hard for Lucille Weyapuk to pick just three words to describe her friend.“Humorous, you know … sophisticated, encouraging, loving, friendly, gosh! You name it!“Weyapuk and Okpealuk grew up in Wales as close friends, and they’re distant cousins. But Weyapuk gets a bit lost figuring out the family tree.“We’re pretty close because she’s named after my mom. Ever since she was a little girl, she’s always baked goodies for my dad and for all of us siblings. She probably started doing that when she was five or six.”Lucille Weyapuk lives in Anchorage now, where the two women last visited in March. When Okpealuk came through town for medical treatment, she would always give Weyapuk a call.Flo’s older sister Madeleine Blaire Okpealuk, who goes by Blaire, has a different perspective.“Growing up she was stubborn, but she was always organized and responsible.”Flo is the second youngest of seven siblings. Blaire says they’ve had their share of tragedy as a family, too.“We lost our Dad in 1998. It seems as though we were almost forced to grow up fast.”Flo is the mother of a six-year-old girl. On social media, she posted dozens of pictures with her daughter. Flo wears square-rimmed glasses, and her face is framed by long black hair. The mother and daughter sport matching smiles and sometimes even t-shirts.At the time she was last seen, Blaire believes Flo was living in an apartment with her boyfriend. She says Flo was struggling with alcoholism and had some recent criminal charges, her first serious legal trouble. Blaire says that was something that gave her sister anxiety.Throughout those challenges, Flo kept her focus on her little girl, her sister says. And she continued to share childcare with her daughter’s father.“She was pretty active with her daughter,” Blaire said. “She brought her daughter to community events or participated in activities for her daughter.”It was a big red flag when Flo dropped out of sight. She always kept in touch with family. When Blaire got a call from Flo’s boyfriend, she immediately went looking.“I started at all of the bars, in town, people.”A dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers says Okpealuk was last seen Aug. 30 on Nome’s West Beach, about 1-2 miles out of town, leaving a tent. She reportedly left a jacket and shoes outside. Tents are a normal sight on Nome’s West Beach during the summer, as miners and other temporary residents set up short-term spaces.Searchers go out every day to look for Okpealuk, and the community held a prayer vigil Sept. 12th at Old St. Joseph’s park. It offered some relief for Blaire.“I think it was hopeful and it was reassuring,” she said.Law enforcement has not said they have any leads in the investigation. Meanwhile, friends and family around the state wait for answers.Anyone with any information about the disappearance or possible whereabouts of Florence Okpealuk can call Nome Police Department at 443-5262. Callers can remain anonymous.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Authorities launch clampdown on fake ‘Made in Vietnam’ labels on exports to US

first_imgID 103783357 © Natalia Ivanova | Dreamstime.com While Vietnam is consistently cited as a major beneficiary of the US-China trade war, its forwarders are aware that the dispute may prove a double-edged sword.This month, Hanoi announced it was cracking down on the illegal practice of Chinese firms shipping goods to Vietnam to obtain a certificate of origin and ‘Made in Vietnam’ labels, avoiding the escalating tariffs on its exports to the US.According to Vietnam’s General Statistics Office, the country’s US exports jumped 28% year on year between January and May, to US$22.6bn.The US is Vietnam’s largest export market, followed by China, where exports fell 2.6% to $13.4bn for the same period.Drewry noted in its latest commentary that the rise in Chinese exports of intermediate goods to Vietnam – and elsewhere in South-east Asia – supports the allegations of ‘tariff gaming’.“This illegal practice offers shipping lines some welcome, if illicit, extra business. But it does not suggest that places like Vietnam are anywhere close to being a ready-made export destination replacement,” Drewry said.Walter Binh, operations manager at T&M Forwarding in Haiphong, one of the country’s oldest privately owned freight forwarders, said local authorities and logistics players were very aware of, and concerned about, the tariff dodging.He told The Loadstar: “If the business community is not careful, only a few businesses will benefit. Many other industries will be subject to trade retaliation by numerous countries, which could limit exports of Vietnamese goods such as steel and aluminium, for example.”The widely held concern in Vietnam, Mr Binh added, is that the country’s rising brand recognition would be tainted by the rogue companies facilitating ‘Made in Vietnam’ fakes.“The US-China trade war is both an opportunity and a challenge for Vietnamese enterprises and logistics providers,” he explained. “Vietnamese freight forwarders are ready to not support Chinese enterprises to export completed products to Vietnam, then simply re-process or re-label to re-export to the US.”He said the government was strengthening factory inspections and tightening the supply of the Vietnam certificate of origin.Shawn Chen, commercial director for Asia at CH Robinson, warned shippers to be extra vigilant with regards= to trade compliance, noting that in the past ‘Made in China’, ‘Made in Taiwan’ and ‘Made in Pakistan’ labels have all been used to similar ends.“This is where having a trusted advisor works to your advantage. CH Robinson’s local experts in offices around the globe ensure products are declared properly and do not engage in activities that do not comply with international trade regulations.”Despite the tariff challenges, T&M’s Mr Binh believes there is a significant number of Chinese businesses setting up factories in Vietnam to legally produce and assemble goods, and pointed out the record levels of foreign direct investment (FDI) from China.“Since this trade war broke out, Vietnam has attracted a lot of capital, with four of the six biggest FDI projects this year from mainland China and Hong Kong.”FDI reached $16.74bn for the first five months of 2019, up 70% year on year, with manufacturing representing 70% of all deals. Hong Kong was the biggest source of the investment funds, accounting for $5bn.Ocean freight exports to the US are T&M’s core business, it regularly handles commodities such as bricks, washing powder, resins and artificial stone. The company’s US trade is currently growing at 30% a year, said Mr Binh. By Sam Whelan, Asia correspondent 26/06/2019last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 11, 2018

first_img Council Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Kay Walsh (née O’Rourke)Athlone Road, Ferbane, Offaly / Mountrath, LaoisKay Died on December 9th 2018, peacefully with her family. She is predeceased by her beloved husband Paddy and is a native of Mountrath, Laois. Kay will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her loving sons John and Colm, daughter Catherine, grandchildren, Jasmine, Alex and Jimmy, sisters, brothers, daughter-in-law Stacey, son-in-law Martin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Ferbane Nursing Home on Monday (Dec. 10th) from 3pm to 6pm. Arriving St. Mary’s Church, Ferbane at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday (Dec. 11th) at 11am. Interment afterwards in Kilrehan Cemetery.Elizabeth (Beth) Miller (née Delaney)Vicarstown House “The Grove”, Vicarstown, Laois/Stradbally, LaoisElizabeth (Beth) Miller (nee Delaney), Vicarstown House “The Grove” Vicarstown, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Suddenly and Peacefully on 6th December 2018 at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by her husband Chris, daughters Paula and Mary Emily, sons Roibeard and Christopher, son-in-law Paul. Grandchildren Jack, Aoife and Aaron, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, relatives, extended family and friends. Reposing at her home from 2pm on Saturday 8th December with prayers at 8pm Saturday evening. Removal from her home on Sunday to arrive at The Church of The Assumption, Vicarstown for 1pm Funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Moyanna Cemetery.Mary Kate Sheehan (née Bowe)11 O’Moore Place, Portlaoise, LaoisFormerly of 68 O’Moore place. Beloved wife of the late James (Jim) and much loved mother of Kathleen, Shelia, Pauline, Philomena, Christine, Brigid and John.Deeply regretted by her loving family, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephew, extended family, relatives and friends. Reposing at 11 O’Moore Place on Saturday and Sunday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm with rosary recital on both evenings at 8:00pm. Removal on Monday morning at 9:00am to arrive at SS Peter & Paul’s Church for 10:00am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Ss Peter & Paul’s Cemetery.Gussie McGlynnBay Road, Mountmellick, LaoisDied December 5th 2018 in the loving care of The Staff of Kilminchy Lodge, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his neices and nephews Geraldine, Catherine, Breda, James, Robert and John, grandneices and nephews, sister-in-law Eileen, cousins, relatives and many friends.Reposing at Moloney’s Funeral Home, Mountmellick on Thursday from 7pm. Recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Reposing on Friday from 4pm untill Removal at 5.50pm to St. Joseph’s Church arriving at 6pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am Burial after in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.John Joe ReddyPoplars, Newbridge, Kildare/Ballylinan, LaoisPeacefully, at Naas General Hospital after a long illness. Deeply regretted by his loving sisters Mary and Kathleen, brother Liam, brother-in-law Frank, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at Rigney’s Funeral Home, Athy from 6pm on Friday evening. Removal at 8.15pm on Friday evening, to arrive at St. Anne’s Church, Ballylinan for 8.30pm. Requiem Mass at 11.3 am on Saturday morning followed by burial in Ballylinan Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Diabetes Ireland.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Sunday, December 9, 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By Sarah Cullen – 11th December 2018 Twitter TAGSDeaths Previous articleUPDATED: Laois hurling championship formats to remain unchanged but seeding will applyNext articleFormer Dublin manager Lyons recalls famous 2003 loss to Laois in new book Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Community Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Contracts extended for Community Employment and TÚS scheme participants in Laois

first_img Twitter Home News Community Contracts extended for Community Employment and TÚS scheme participants in Laois NewsCommunity Electric Picnic WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Pinterest Participants of Community Employment and TÚS schemes in Laois whose contracts were due to finish over the period since last October will now benefit from a further extension up to July 2.So says Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan who spoke about the vital work that these people do across the county.Deputy Flanagan said: “The work that CE and TÚS workers carry out is absolutely vital to local communities right across Laois.“It is this Government’s priority is to ensure that there’s continuity and certainty for CE and TÚS schemes throughout the current restrictions.“I absolutely value the contribution that CE and TÚS schemes make on a daily basis in our towns, villages and parishes throughout Laois.“Community Employment needs to be viewed not just as an important employment and development support but also as an integral community service particularly in rural areas.“The changes announced today by my Fine Gael colleague, Minister Heather Humphreys and her Department colleague Minister of State Joe O’Brien, are an important first step.“I am confident that through increased engagement with stakeholders, we can ensure that the important work carried out by CE and TUS schemes deliver maximum benefits both for workers and communities.”The Fine Gael TD explained how an extra 3,000 places had been secured on both schemes last year.He said: “Under the Government’s July Stimulus Programme last year, approval was secured for 3,000 additional places to support CE and TÚS schemes.“These additional places underline the Government’s commitment to CE and TUS and will provide opportunities for new schemes as well as facilitating more people on the existing schemes.“Filling these additional places, as well as those arising from existing vacancies will be an absolute priority for Government, once the economy and society begins to move beyond Covid and public health restrictions ease.“It is intended to significantly scale up the numbers of referrals from local Intreo offices to CE and Tus once the country begins to reopen.“All of these measures will provide further certainty to CE schemes, participants and the important community services they provide, while supporting long term unemployed people during this challenging Covid environment.“I would also like to re-assure participants of CE and TÚS projects that contracts due to end post 2nd July 2021, will be done on a planned and phased basis.”SEE ALSO – Laois Abroad: From The Heath to the Cayman Islands – life by the beach, GAA and missing a decent pint TAGSCharlie FlanaganCommunity Employment SchemeTUS Council By Alan Hartnett – 3rd March 2021 Facebook Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, March 3, 2021Next articleRemember the Game: A Whitely Cup clash between Clonaslee and Highfield in 2000 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Contracts extended for Community Employment and TÚS scheme participants in Laois Facebook Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Planning permission approved for new playground in Laois village

first_img WhatsApp Planning permission approved for new playground in Laois village By Alan Hartnett – 26th April 2021 TAGSBorris-in-Ossory playgroundConor BerginJames KellyJohn Joe FennellyJohn King Facebook Electric Picnic Council Electric Picnic Twitter Previous articleWarm welcomes and ‘big boots to fill’ as Laois’s newest Councillor officially takes officeNext articleCoronavirus: One further death and 437 new cases as NPHET to make recommendation on Wednesday Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Site for proposed Borris-In-Ossory playground Planning permission to build a brand new playground in Borris-In-Ossory has been approved.The matter came before members of Laois County Council this afternoon and, following proposal by Cllr Conor Bergin and seconding by Cllr John King, it was approved by their fellow Councillors.After a long campaign and combined efforts by community and voluntary groups in Borris-in-Ossory for many years, a new playground is finally on its way to the village as a result.The construction of a new children’s playground will include playground equipment, safety surfacing, perimeter fencing, seating and associated site works.It will also involve the construction of a new multipurpose sports court and perimeter fencing.The development will also involve the construction of a service and pedestrian entrance from the existing carpark.Cllr Bergin said: “There are a number of people who have to be recognised for their role in getting this project to this stage.“These include the late Jack Fahy, Rhoda Brogan, Canice Sheeran, Angela Kirwan, David Fitzpatrick, Grainne Grey and Angela Kirwan. Also former Cllr Mick Lalor who was a real driving force.“The landowner is Mr Nicholas Bergin from Roscrea was very generous in granting the land for use and he needs to be recognised too.“Borris-In-Ossory is a growing area and it is one of the last villages in Laois to have their own playground.”Cllr King said: “This is great news and now the hard working committee can go forward and apply to varying bodies for funding.“There are a lot of new houses in BorrisIn-Ossory – with more on the way – and this is very welcome.”Cllr James Kelly said it was important that the playground be equipped to cater for those with additional needs.Cllr John Joe Fennelly recognised the work of the Sports Department in Laois County Council but also asked them to consider a similar project in Ballyroan.He said: “This is further great work by our Sports Department and I would ask them to consider Ballyroan in the future too.”SEE ALSO – Gardai forced to shut road to Laois tourist attraction as parking issues persist Pinterest Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Home News Council Planning permission approved for new playground in Laois village NewsCouncil Pinterestlast_img read more

Business group urges feds to give Canadians a GST holiday

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Taxes,  Economy,  Coronavirus Cartoon businessman running away from tax collector. Vector illustration on tax evasion concept. 123RF The proposal was one of 30 recommendations made by the business lobby group in a release on Tuesday. The proposals are based on the work of a panel of tax experts the chamber assembled in July to examine broad-based tax reform.The chamber’s recommendations represent “short-term actionable reforms” that the Canadian government can make now to help businesses and individuals during the pandemic, Gill said.A GST/HST holiday would spur spending, helping local small- and medium-sized enterprises in particular, Gill said. Eliminating the GST/HST for one calendar quarter would cost the federal government about $9-$10 billion in forgone tax revenue, Gill estimated, “but the economic multiplier effect could be very impactful.”Alternatively, the government could target a GST/HST holiday for the sectors most in need, such as tourism, retail and restaurants, he said.In addition to a temporary GST/HST holiday, the chamber called on the feds to help Canadian businesses by allowing 100% deductibility on capital expenditures in the year incurred; simplifying the tax-on-split-income (TOSI) rules; increasing the lifetime capital gains exemption limit; and making childcare an eligible business deduction, among other recommendations.The chamber also called on the government to help individual Canadians by introducing automated tax filing; eliminating non-refundable tax credits in favour of boosting the basic personal tax credit; and enhancing the deduction for childcare expenses.The chamber’s tax panel, which consists of eight business and academic experts, conducted a series of roundtable consultations between August and November with over 450 participants. The panel plans to publish a comprehensive report early next year, which will set out ideas for long-term structural reform of Canada’s tax regime.“Reforming Canada’s tax system can help the economy recover, and our tax panel experts have provided some initial steps that can be taken right now,” said Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in a release. “Canadians and the businesses employing them need our government to build a competitive and growth-focused tax system, because any true recovery must, and inevitably will, be led by business.” Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Rudy Mezzetta Economy grew at 5.6% annual rate in first quarter of year, Statistics Canada says Related news The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is calling on the federal government to provide Canadians with a temporary GST/HST holiday to help lead the economy out of the Covid-19 pandemic.“We think it’s a very interesting policy carrot to potentially mobilize private capital for economic recovery and local business stabilization as well,” said Patrick Gill, senior director of tax and financial policy with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in an interview. Gill noted that Germany, France and the U.K. instituted temporary value-added tax holidays in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talkslast_img read more

Crops near Chernobyl still contaminated

first_imgCrops near Chernobyl still contaminated The research team taking wood core samples in the Ivankiv district to analyse for radioactive strontium. Credit Denis Sinyakov – GreenpeaceCrops grown near Chernobyl are still contaminated due to the 1986 nuclear accident, new research shows.Scientists analysed grains including wheat, rye, oats and barley and found concentrations of radioactive isotopes – strontium 90 and/or caesium 137 – above Ukraine’s official safe limits in almost half of samples.The researchers also examined wood samples and found three quarters contained strontium 90 concentrations above Ukrainian limits for firewood.The study was carried out by the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter and the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology.“We focussed on strontium 90 because it is known to be currently present in soil mostly in bioavailable form, meaning it can be taken up by plants,” said lead author Dr Iryna Labunska, of the Greenpeace Research Laboratories at the University of Exeter.“Ukrainian government monitoring of goods containing strontium 90 ended in 2013, but our study clearly shows this needs to continue.“People need to be aware of the ongoing contamination of soil and plants, and they need to be advised on the safest agricultural and remediation methods.“We found very high levels of strontium 90 in wood ash – yet many people still use ash from their fires as a crop fertiliser.”Dr David Santillo, also of the Greenpeace Research Laboratories, added: “Our findings point to ongoing contamination and human exposure, compounded by lack of official routine monitoring.“This research also highlights the potential for Chernobyl-derived radiation to be spread more widely again as more and more wood is used for power generation in the region.”The study analysed 116 grain samples collected during 2011-19 from fields in 13 settlements in the Ivankiv district of Ukraine – about 50km south of the power plant and outside its “exclusion zone”.Wood samples – mostly pine – were collected from 12 locations in the same district during 2015-19.The study found:– 45% of grain samples from the north-east part of the Ivankiv district contained strontium 90 at above permissible levels for human consumption. This situation will likely persist for at least another decade.– Taking both strontium 90 and caesium 137 into account, combined activity concentrations of these isotopes were above permissible levels in 48% of grain samples.– Nevertheless, modelled data show that the greater part of the Ivankiv district could produce grains containing strontium 90 below corresponding Ukrainian permissible levels.– In the case of wood, it is estimated that levels of strontium 90 could exceed permissible levels for firewood in forest woods from vast areas in the north-east of the Ivankiv district.– Wood from these territories may still contain strontium 90 above permissible levels by the end of this century.– In one sample of ash from a domestic wood-burning oven, strontium 90 was found at a level 25 times higher than in the most contaminated wood sample collected in this study.The authors recommend:– Reinstating environmental and food monitoring programmes, and ensuring these are properly financed into the future.– Government-led agricultural policies such as liming and using organic fertilisers, which could reduce strontium 90 concentrations by about half.– Decreasing or eliminating the use of radioactively contaminated wood in fires.– Establishing a programme to monitor radioactive contamination of ash in both households and at the local thermal power plant (TPP).– Providing the population with information on safe handling of radioactively contaminated ash, and establishing a centralised disposal service for such ash.Professor Valery Kashparov, Director of the Ukrainian Institute of Agricultural Radiology, added: “Contamination of grain and wood grown in the Ivankiv district remains of major concern and deserves further urgent investigation.“Similarly, further research is urgently needed to assess the effects of the Ivankiv TPP on the environment and local residents, which still remain mostly unknown.”In a previous study, the researchers found that milk in parts of Ukraine had radioactivity levels up to five times over the country’s official safe limit.The new study was supported by the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, and the Science Unit of Greenpeace International.The paper, published in the journal Environment International, is entitled: “Current radiological situation in areas of Ukraine contaminated by the Chornobyl accident: Part 2. Strontium-90 transfer to culinary grains and forest woods from soils of Ivankiv district.” /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:accident, contamination, education, environment, Exeter, Government, investigation, power plant, Professor, Radiation, Radioactive, radiology, research, Scientists, university, University of Exeterlast_img read more

Statement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on February 8, 2021

first_imgStatement from Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on February 8, 2021 From: Public Health Agency of CanadaOn February 8, 2021, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.February 8, 2021 | Ottawa, ON |Public Health Agency of CanadaAs COVID-19 activity continues in Canada, we are tracking a range of epidemiological indicators to monitor where the disease is most active, where it is spreading and how it is impacting the health of Canadians and public health, laboratory and healthcare capacity. The following is the latest summary on national numbers and trends, and the actions we all need to be taking to maintain COVID-19 at manageable levels across the country. Due to reduced reporting over the weekend, national seven-day averages have not been updated in today’s statement. These data are still being collected and analysed. I will provide the latest numbers during my remarks tomorrow.Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 804,260 cases of COVID-19, including 20,767 deaths reported in Canada; these cumulative numbers tell us about the overall burden of COVID-19 illness to date. Though many areas continue to experience high infection rates, it is important to remember that the vast majority of Canadians remain susceptible to COVID-19. This is why it is important for everyone to continue with individual precautions to protect ourselves, our families and our communities.From routine national surveillance data, we continue to observe hopeful signs of declining COVID-19 activity. At this time, there are 44,727 active cases across the country. Likewise, the latest national-level data indicate a continued downward trend in daily case counts, with a 7-day average of 3,947 new cases daily (Jan 29-Feb 4) and 107,609 tests daily, with 4.2% positive for COVID-19 (Jan 24-30). While these surveillance data and modelling forecasts suggest that community-based measures are having an effect, it is crucial that strong measures are kept in place in order to maintain a steady downward trend. With still elevated daily case counts and high rates of infection across all age groups, the risk remains that trends could reverse quickly, particularly in areas of the country that are reporting increased, unchanged or only modest declines in COVID-19 disease activity. Likewise, outbreaks continue to occur in high-risk populations and communities, including hospitals and long term care homes, correctional facilities, congregate living settings, Indigenous communities, and more remote areas of the country. These factors underscore the importance of sustaining public health measures and individual practices and not easing restrictions too fast or too soon. This is particularly important in light of the emergence of new virus variants of concern that could rapidly accelerate transmission of COVID-19 in Canada.Following the recent decrease in COVID-19 activity, we remain on a gradual decline in severe outcomes as expected with these lagging indicators. Provincial and territorial data indicate that an average of 3,633 people with COVID-19 were being treated in Canadian hospitals each day during the most recent 7-day period (Jan 29-Feb 4), including 736 of whom were being treated in intensive care units. During the same period, there were an average of 121 COVID-19-related deaths reported daily. Despite this recent decline, this situation continues to burden local healthcare resources, particularly in areas where infection rates are highest.Across Canada, vaccines are continuing to roll-out to protect those at highest risk of severe outcomes or exposure. To date, 1,068,690 of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, with 52% of prioritised healthcare workers, 27% of the adults the territories and 11% of elderly adults over 80 years of age having received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Canada has a robust vaccine safety surveillance program to monitor, investigate and report on COVID-19 vaccine safety. As of January 29th, there have been 480 reports of adverse events following immunization to date; these include any medical event that occurs following immunization, but is not necessarily caused by the vaccine. Sixty-eight of these reports – about 1 in 14,000 doses administered – were considered serious, such as a severe allergic reaction. All serious events undergo a detailed investigation and to date, no unexpected vaccine safety issues have been identified.While we continue to prepare the way for widespread and lasting control of COVID-19 through safe and effective vaccines, a range of public health measures and restrictions are in place across Canada to interrupt the spread of the virus. Canadians are urged to continue following local public health advice and to consistently maintain individual practices that keep us and our families safer: stay home/self-isolate if you have any symptoms, think about the risks and reduce non-essential activities and outings to a minimum, avoid all non-essential travel, and maintain individual protective practices of physical distancing, hand, cough and surface hygiene and wearing a face mask as appropriate (including in shared indoor spaces with people from outside your immediate household).Canadians can also go the extra mile by sharing credible information on COVID-19 risks and prevention practices and measures to reduce COVID-19 in communities and by downloading the COVID Alert app to break the cycle of infection and help limit the spread of COVID-19. Read my backgrounder to access more COVID-19 Information and Resources on ways to reduce the risks and protect yourself and others, including information on COVID-19 vaccination. /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:Canada, Government, health, healthcare, Indigenous, infection, intensive care, intensive care unit, investigation, Ottawa, outcomes, prevention, public health, resources, surveillance, vaccination, Vaccineslast_img read more

McLaren’s Speedtail teased and set for October 26 debut

first_img ‹ Previous Next › Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” McLaren has confirmed the silks will drop from its first-ever Hyper-GT on October 26, and that said three-seater bruiser has been christened the ‘Speedtail.’Alongside the announcement, McLaren has also released the latest teaser image of the Speedtail, which shows the elongated rear portion from which the hypercar gets its name.This officially puts to bed the BP23 codename under which the latest addition to McLaren’s Ultimate Series was developed. That wad of $100 bills burning several holes in your pocket could yet find a home, though, as the Speedtail is one of 18 new cars or derivatives to be announced under McLaren’s Track25 business plan. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A teaser image of the McLaren Speedtail  Handout / McLaren Trending Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada So, how excited should we really be for this unveil? Short answer, “very,” given that Woking’s favourite carmaker, whilst steering maddeningly clear of specific performance figures, has confirmed that the Speedtail will eclipse the legendary F1’s 243-mph (390-ish-km/h) top speed, making it the fastest production McLaren in history.Said toupee-rippling pace emanates from a “petrol-electric hybrid powertrain delivering more than 1000PS”, and it’s safe to assume that the 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 at the heart of the road-legal track-focused Senna will play an incremental part of that package.Unlike the track-weapon named in honour of the late three-time World Champion, however, the Speedtail is said to focus more on road-going comfort and civility rather than tire-blistering, retina-scorching lap times. And with McLaren Special Operations (MSO) also personalising each interior to each owner’s specific taste, we can expect the curb weight to leapfrog the Senna’s 1,198 kg as well.And before you ask, yes, the price tag for the Speedtail is almost hilariously ruinous at $3 million a-piece, and much like the Senna, all examples have already been assigned to customers. advertisement RELATED TAGSMcLarenLuxuryLuxury CarsNewslast_img read more