Stream temperature monitoring could provide insight into important fish populations

first_imgFisheries | Food | Southeast | SubsistenceStream temperature monitoring could provide insight into important fish populationsMay 9, 2017 by Abbey Collins, KHNS-Haines Share:About 20 attendees from Hoonah, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell came to Klukwan to practice stream monitoring. (Photo courtesy Jessica Kayser Forster)The Chilkat River and its nearby waters are a major source of food for subsistence fishermen in Haines and Klukwan.That’s one reason decreased salmon runs are alarming in the Chilkat and other rivers in Southeast.Tribal leaders around the region are trying to get a handle on one factor that may contribute to declining returns.Audio Playerhttp://khns.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/08StreamTempwINTRO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The Chilkat River runs past the village of Klukwan, about 20 miles up the Haines Highway.“Finding our salmon, fishing for salmon, hunting. It’s a way of life and that may disappear if the salmon disappear,” said Kimberly Strong, the Chilkat Indian Village Tribal Council president.The village hosted a stream temperature monitoring training, in partnership with the Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition and Cook Inletkeeper.The training was part of a larger project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.For the Chilkat Indian Village, understanding what’s going on with salmon is a major reason to do this work.The village has seen dwindling returns of several types of salmon, Strong said. That includes alarmingly low Chinook runs in recent years.“If something happens to the salmon, and they don’t return, the ecosystem is thrown,” Strong said. “The wolves won’t be there. The moose may not be there. The goats, all of them are going to have an impact if our salmon are jeopardized by warming of the water, by contamination of the water, by the environmental impacts that we make as humans.”About 20 people, including tribal representatives from Hoonah, Sitka, Skagway and Wrangell came to Klukwan to learn and share information about monitoring local waters.Jessica Kayser Forster, an environmental consultant based in Haines, helped facilitate the training, which also included conversations about climate change and how to adapt to related environmental changes.“Tribes around the country, really around the world, are taking the lead in monitoring and planning for adaptation because of these impacts of climate change,” Forster said.So, why monitor temperature?“The most concern is, is you see throughout the Pacific Northwest, is that streams are warming, they’re getting hotter,” Forster said. “When temps get hotter we see a lot of disease. It effects reproduction. It gets too hot then it becomes lethal.”Sue Mauger, who led much of the training, is the science director at Cook Inletkeeper, a nonprofit organization based in Homer.She’s helped set up temperature monitoring programs in other parts of the state.Mauger explained how to choose sites to deploy data loggers, and how to collect the information they record using a computer program.“The more information we have and the more places we have information, the more we’re going to understand what it might mean for different salmon populations,” Mauger said.There are already monitoring networks in Cook Inlet, Bristol Bay and Kodiak.The Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition wants to get something similar set up in this region.Mauger says it’s challenging to collect data in Alaska, given the amount of time, money and resources that go into traveling to different areas.These networks help with that and the tools they use make the science more available.“It’s really accessible equipment,” Mauger said. “It’s easy to use and it collects really good accurate information.”One challenge is money.Mauger said you need three to five years of data to really understand what’s going on in a particular body of water, which means having a consistent funding source.In Klukwan, Forster said they have the equipment, but they’re still trying to secure funding to set up the monitoring program.For Strong, understanding what’s happening in the river is about a way of life.“I think a lot of people came and want to live in this area because of the abundance of food,” Strong said. “That you can live off the land. And it’s really scary that we can get to the point in the near future that another generations or two generations from now won’t have the opportunity to live the lifestyle that we enjoy.”Strong said they may not be able to control everything that happens in the environment, or management decisions made by state and federal agencies.She hopes having more information can help better inform that decision-making.Share this story:last_img read more

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Wooing the wealthy

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Wealth management,  High net-worth clients TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning The global high net-worth (HNW) market continues to grow at a modest pace, but there is significant untapped wealth that wealth managers could attract to their business, according to the 20th Capgemini World Wealth Report released today. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Top taxfilers see incomes rise Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media In 2015, total HNW assets grew by 4% to US$58.7 trillion globally. Although positive, that was less than the 7.7% average annual growth rate for the period between 2010 and 2014, the report said. The size of Asia-Pacific wealth surpassed North America for the first time, and it has become the region with the most HNW assets, boasting US$17.4 trillion compared with North America’s US$16.6 trillion. Assets expanded by 9.9% in Asia last year, compared with Europe’s 4.8% and North America’s 2.3%. While global growth is still relatively healthy, Capgemini’s survey of 5,200 investors in 23 countries found, only 32% of global HNW wealth is managed by individual wealth managers. This low level represents an opportunity for the industry to garner more assets. (A HNW individual is defined by CapGemini as one having more than US$1 million in investible assets.) A portion of the wealth that remains out of reach is locked up in various illiquid assets, such as real estate and businesses. But more than one-third remains essentially liquid and potentially available to wealth managers, the report said. About 18% is sitting in retail bank accounts, while about 15% is in physical cash. Younger HNW individuals are more inclined to favor bank accounts and cash over the services of wealth managers, the report said. The under-40 HNW individuals place only 27% of their assets with wealth managers, compared with 42% of those over 60 years of age. That is “a trend capable of imperiling the wealth-management industry if it continues,” the report said. Wealth managers need to overcome numerous challenges if they are to retain and win business, the report said. They are under pressure to deliver visible value to their clients, especially with the advent of robo-advisors. “Financial planning expertise that wealth managers provide needs to evolve beyond asset management to encompass holistic financial advice,” said David Wilson, head of the strategic analysis group at Cap Gemini Financial Services International Inc. in the U.S. “Client regard for individual wealth managers did not improve much, and managers are under pressure to provide value to clients.” The report found clients want better digital tools, and more than half of wealth managers said they were dissatisfied with their firms’ digital tools. A significant 39% of wealth managers said they would consider looking for employment elsewhere as a result, putting firms at risk of not only client attrition, but employee attrition as well. About 73% of HNW individuals said digital capabilities are “very or somewhat significant” in their decision to increase assets with a firm. Wilson said investment management firms need to pursue collaborative relationships with fintech firms to ensure success in the fast-evolving digital world, and view them as partners rather than competitors. “Wealth management firms must test, improve and launch new digital initiatives,” he said. Digital capability will only increase in importance as HNW individuals embrace new automated advice platforms and online peer-to-peer investment advice forums, the report said. HNW individuals’ demand for digital capabilities continues to increase in areas in which fintechs are strong. For example, clients wanting automated advisory services shot up to 67% of survey respondents from 49% a year ago. “Looking forward, the industry is ripe for disruption,” said Bill Sullivan, head of global financial services market intelligence at Capgemini. “There are a lot of innovations by new fintech firms. It will be an exciting journey.” Photo copyright: fer737ng/123RF Jade Hemeon last_img read more

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MESSAGE BY ALOUN ASSAMBA MINISTER OF TOURISM, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WORLD TOURISM ORG. JOINT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedMESSAGE BY ALOUN ASSAMBA MINISTER OF TOURISM, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WORLD TOURISM ORG. JOINT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR MESSAGE BY ALOUN ASSAMBA MINISTER OF TOURISM, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WORLD TOURISM ORG. JOINT INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR UncategorizedJuly 11, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Once upon a time, change was the bane of man. Everyone was content within his limited realm of faulty knowledge – simply because there was no one there to challenge his fallacy. This was the perfect world of zero competition – but I am sure you that agree this existence must have been dull, if it ever existed.Change was so annoying because it shifted the focus from the known to unknown and it meant we had to “wheel and come again.”Nowadays, the information age, facilitated by the accessible information superhighway, has availed an unprecedented suite of opportunities to improve as well as explore new things beyond the scope of what we know – and indeed; this makes our reality more interesting.With these positive changes heralded by the information renaissance, developing economies have come to realize that clustering and a ‘common consciousness’ towards survival, is the best way forward. This approach is leading the drive for globalization, regional integration and a culture shared meaning.This era has forced us to expand, and a valuable part of this growth process is training.Therefore, events such as this regional joint World Tourism Organisation/ Caribbean Tourism Organisation Seminar on the Evaluation of Tourism Marketing, will exhibit to the participants that information sharing is one of the best ways of eliminating trial and error, especially since this can be so expensive.As budgets and resources shrink compared to the tasks they must fund, re-thinking our advertising strategy to reach a global markets and get more bang for our buck is something of a catch 22. It is like wanting to have your cake and eat it, all because market visibility on one hand and cost minimization is almost inexorable.However, in the face of changing times and new realities, many destinations are now reassessing their marketing strategies and the investment made to gain visibility in their target markets, and this event of clustering as a region to share information and best practices in destination marketing budgeting, is welcomed and should be highly resourceful for all involved.Indeed, the texture of this event is not new to us in Jamaica, as it is along the course that Jamaica has taken in recent times to maximize productivity for the dollar spend. This was the context within which the Jamaica Cluster Competitive Project (JCCP) was launched in September 2002.The JCCP was a two-year pilot project managed by the Jamaica Exporter’s Association (JEA). The project was funded by Department for International Development (DFID), USAID, the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaica Exporters Association and participating local private firms.The approach has been working. Within two years the JCCP has successfully fostered a formal and high-trust Private/Public sector Dialogue in all three of its targeted sectors of Agribusiness, Tourism and Entertainment.The Private/Public sector Dialogue fostered by the JCCP was the result of a highly structured cluster process that focused on strengthening the linkages between firms, government agencies, and the international market. In effect, the JCCP helped to fill the many “missing links” that existed throughout the economy.It is my hope that the next three days will be as beneficial for the destination represented here.There is no denying the value of tourism to Small Island developing states; we know that for a vast majority of these destinations, it is the goose that lays the golden egg, contributing a percentage of GDP than textile and manufacturing contribute to the economy of developed nations.Travel & Tourism is the world’s largest industry and creator of jobs across national and regional economies.Research show that in 2008, Travel & Tourism will generate, directly and indirectly, 11.7% of GDP and nearly 200 million jobs in the world-wide economy. These figures are forecasted to total 11.7% and 255 million respectively in 2010. Any sector that can supply 55 million jobs in 2 years is one that is growing exponentially.Tourism as the agent of development and equity has been realized throughout the region, with most countries seeking to leverage the growth and delivery of their tourism product for the development of the country.Travel & Tourism is able to contribute to development which is economically, ecologically and socially sustainable, because;It has less impact on natural resources and the environment than most other industriesIt is based on enjoyment and appreciation of local cultures, built heritages, and natural environments, as such that the industry has a direct and powerful motivation to protect these assets;It can play a positive part in increasing consumer commitment to sustainable development principles through its unparalleled consumer distribution channels; andIt provides an economic incentive to conserve natural environments and habitats which might otherwise be allocated to more environmentally damaging land uses, thereby, helping to maintain bio-diversity.This is why the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment & Culture’s 10-year Master Plan for Sustainable Development in Tourism, now in its midterm of implementation has been centred on inclusiveness and community based development with a keen focus on spreading the wealth, knowledge.All of this is good and dandy, but it cannot happen if we do not have money to spend. The Tourism Enhancement Fund as the financial enabler has made the development of tourism in Jamaica more of a balancing rather than a magic act. As a matter of fact, long before other international organisations found it en vogue to include the two single most important special interest groups, as it related to development, youth and women, they have been central to UNWTO agenda.This focus supports development because these are central issues to the realization of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.In fact, the JTB has been youth centric in their public education initiatives with the tourism action club and I am to be interviewed next week by a group of youngsters as part of the UNWTO/CTO World youth Congress.This goes to show that youth are always in CTO programming.This year – Sept 27 – World Tourism Day, the theme will be ‘Tourism opens doors for women,’ a time for the world to focus on the achievements and contributions of women in tourism as well as the opportunities for women in the sector.Ladies and gentlemen, in closing let me thank the UNWTO and CTO for this technical assistance initiative that will help us as a region streamline our marketing initiatives and congratulate them on what I expect to shape up as a stellar partnership in Jamaica as we embark on this enriching experience.One Love!center_img RelatedMESSAGE BY ALOUN ASSAMBA MINISTER OF TOURISM, ENTERTAINMENT & CULTURE AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE WORLD TOURISM ORG. 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Dr. Baugh Explains Senator Malahoo Forte’s Role in his Ministry

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Newly appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte, will be primarily involved with the formulation and implementation of new trade agreements.Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, made the announcement during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday (July 29).Dr. Baugh said that, as State Minister, Senator Malahoo Forte would also play a prominent role in overseeing the implementation of the CARIFORUM/EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as well as free trade agreements. She will also chair the activities of the Jamaica Trade Policy Consultation and Co-ordination Mechanism (JTPCCM).He said that the Jamaica Trade and Adjustment Team (JTAT) will now be transformed into the Jamaica Trade Policy Consultation and Co-ordination Mechanism (JTPCCM), with a mandate that will include direct consultations with companies engaged in foreign trade initiatives, and a regular high level public/private sector consultation.“We want our public/private sector and civil society partners to be direct participants in shaping the trade policies to be pursued. We want them to help drive the negotiating positions that we will adopt and defend,” Dr. Baugh said.He explained that through the trade policy consultation and co-ordination mechanism, the Ministry will engage partners in intensive discussions on making better use of trade agreements and arrangements.“In these exchanges, I will invite all stakeholders to tell us, with specificity, the following: what capacity building support do you need to compete with your identified competitors in the various export markets; what reasonable policies would you wish the Government to adopt to enable you to be more competitive in these markets; and what reasonable measures would you wish us to take in our treaty arrangements to protect your interests in the domestic market?” Dr. Baugh stated.“I know that the private sector may feel that it has said and heard much of this before, but I know that we all recognise that we must deal with the challenges head-on, and we must do so as a matter of urgency,” he added. Dr. Baugh Explains Senator Malahoo Forte’s Role in his Ministry Foreign AffairsJuly 31, 2009 RelatedDr. Baugh Explains Senator Malahoo Forte’s Role in his Ministry RelatedDr. Baugh Explains Senator Malahoo Forte’s Role in his Ministrycenter_img RelatedDr. Baugh Explains Senator Malahoo Forte’s Role in his Ministry Advertisementslast_img read more

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Lamborghini might build a new four-seat Espada

first_imgTrending in Canada And a fourth vehicle like that would nicely round out Lamborghini’s lineup, currently made up of the flagship Aventador, entry-level Huracan and the new Urus super-SUV.A new Espada would be great, and we hope it would draw upon concepts such as the Asterion, and the Estoque. When asked about whether a fully electric 2+2 model might be possible, Domenicali replied “It is, but together with a high-performance plug-in hybrid. Our final decision should combine what Volkswagen Group could offer in terms of available technology with what Lamborghini customers are asking for.”“As of today, we do not hear that Lamborghini customers are asking for a battery-powered model, but maybe in seven to nine years they will be—and we should be ready.” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The model wouldn’t come to market until 2025 or 2027, said Lamborghini, making it an almost perfect match to launch on the 60th anniversary of the Espada. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › A fourth model could be added to Lamborghini’s product lineup, one that combines “high performance with interior space and driving comfort,” Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali recently revealed in an interview with Automotive News.The new vehicle would fit into a segment Lamborghini has “not competed in for over 40 years,” he added.Our mind instantly points toward the Lamborghini Espada, the four-seat grand-touring sister to the Miura supercar. The Espada was first released in 1968 and was in production until 1978, with 1,217 being made. 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” See More 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 Videos RELATED TAGSLamborghiniLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 The 2008 Lamborghini Estoque concept.  Handout / Lamborghini last_img read more

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VW restores woman’s daily-driver Beetle after it hits 350,000 miles

first_img Kathleen Brooks has daily-driven her 1966 Beetle, affectionately nicknamed “Annie,” since new, and after she covered 350,000 miles in the thing, Volkswagen itself decided to restore it back to showroom (but still usable) condition.Kathleen is a three-time breast cancer survivor, and works with patients and survivors to provide comfort and cosmetic care during treatment and recovery.When Volkswagen of North America heard her story, they decided to restore Annie. advertisement Trending in Canada Trending Videos Brooks says “as long as I take as good care of her as I can, she’s going to continue to run.” RELATED TAGSVolkswagenNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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 “We often hear stories of dedicated Volkswagen owners, but there was something special about Kathleen and Annie that we felt we needed to honor,” Derrick Hatami, Executive Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Volkswagen of America said.The restoration took place in Mexico at VW’s Puebla factory and took 11 months. Some 60 employees worked hard to bring Annie back to perfection using new and old parts, while upgrading some of the outdated technology as well.The biggest issues were rust in the floor pan and some electrical bugs, but they were no match for the experts at Puebla. The engine, transmission, and suspension were totally rebuilt, and the whole car repainted to the original colour, as found inside the glovebox.RELATED Someone is asking US url=”/volkswagen/beetle/auto-news/news/someone-is-asking-us1-million-for-this-vw-beetle”… Mazda’s first factory-restored Miata rolls out of the shopThe brakes were upgraded to discs from later Mexican-market Beetles, while the stereo has been swapped out for a period-looking Bluetooth unit. 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” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Kathleen Brooks’ 1967 Beetle, “Annie.”  Volkswagen ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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Spieth, Dunne eyeing history at St. Andrews

first_imgST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth was one shot out of the lead and one round away from the third leg of the Grand Slam. Not since Bobby Jones has an amateur won the Open Championship, and then along came Paul Dunne with a bogey-free performance Sunday at St. Andrews that gave him a share of the lead. When a shootout at St. Andrews ended Sunday, 14 players were separated by three shots. Half of them were major champions. Even for a place packed with centuries of history, this Open offered endless possibilities. Dunne, the 22-year-old from Ireland, was impervious to everything around him and soaked up a day he won’t soon forget in his round of 6-under 66. Louis Oosthuizen, the last player to lift the claret jug on the Old Course in 2010, made three birdies over his last five holes for a 67. Jason Day had a share of the 54-hole lead for the second straight major with a 67, and this time he doesn’t have to worry about vertigo symptoms he dealt with at the U.S. Open. They were at 12-under 204. ”It’s surreal I’m leading the Open, but I can easily believe that I shot the three scores that I shot,” Dunne said. ”If we were playing an amateur event here, I wouldn’t be too surprised by the scores I shot. It’s just lucky that it happens to be in the biggest event in the world. ”Hopefully, I can do it again tomorrow,” he said. ”But whether I do or not, I’ll survive either way.” Such an opportunity might not come around again for Spieth. Only three other players won the first two legs of the Grand Slam since the modern version began in 1960. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods only got one shot at it, and none ever started the final round so close to the lead. And so it was Spieth, a 21-year-old Texan with an uncanny sense of occasion, who brought the gray, old town to life in a mixture of sunshine and rain. After punching his golf bag in frustration at the turn, he ran off three straight birdies on the back nine and kept alive his hopes of becoming the first player to sweep the four professional majors in one year. He finished with a 66. Ben Hogan in 1953 was the only other player to win the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open in the same year. ”I’m going to play to win,” Spieth said. ”I’m not playing for a place. I don’t want to place third tomorrow. I want to win. And so I’m going to play my game – to stay in the mix if it’s not all there at the beginning, and if it is, I’m going to continue to play that way to try and get out in front. It’s going to be hard.” Rarely has the Old Course been as easy as it was Sunday. One day after raging wind off the Eden Estuary caused a 10-hour delay and forced a Monday finish, the flags were soaked from passing showers and limp from no wind. Marc Leishman flirted with a record-tying 63 until he made par on the closing hole. It still got him with two shots of the lead. The leaderboards were loaded with birdies, and seven players had at least a share of the lead at some point in the third round. That’s what made Dustin Johnson’s collapse so shocking. With a one-shot lead after powering his way around St. Andrews for 36 holes, he was the last player in the field to make a birdie, and that wasn’t until the 15th hole. He followed with three straight bogeys for a 75 to fall five shots behind. That might not seem impossible to make up, though having 17 players ahead of him – Spieth included – makes it a tall order. Spieth, the youngest professional in the field, seemed calm despite the historic moment in front of him. His goal at the start of the week was to treat the Open like any other tournament he was trying to win. Even during the long delay on Saturday, he said he hasn’t thought much about the slam. There is no escaping it now, and Spieth doesn’t see that as a problem. ”If I have a chance coming down the stretch, if it creeps in, I’ll embrace it,” he said. ”I’ll embrace the opportunity that presents itself. As far as handling it, I don’t look at it as a negative thing. I look at it almost as an advantage. Why should it add more pressure in a negative way? ”If it adds more pressure, it just makes me feel like this is something that’s a little more special,” he said. ”Let’s go ahead and get the job done.” This will be his toughest challenge. He won the Masters in a runaway. He was part of a four-way tie for the lead at Chambers Bay and outlasted Johnson and Oosthuizen over the final hour. Now he’s starting a race against an extremely crowded field. Padraig Harrington, a three-time major champion, revived his game with a 65 and was two shots behind. The nine players at 9-under 207 included Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, Retief Goosen and Adam Scott, and one other amateur – Jordan Niebrugge of Oklahoma State, who shot a 67.last_img read more

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Judge Blocks Parts of Arizona Immigration Law

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. PHOENIX – A federal judge dealt a serious blow to Arizona’s immigration law on Wednesday when she put most of the crackdown on hold just hours before it was to take effect.The ruling by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton sets up a lengthy legal battle as Arizona fights to enact the nation’s toughtest-in-the-nation law. Republican Gov. Jan Brewer said the state likely appeal the ruling and seek to get the judge’s order overturned.But for now, opponents of the law have prevailed: The provisions that angered opponents will not take effect, including sections that required officers to check a person’s immigration status while enforcing other laws.The judge also delayed parts of the law that required immigrants to carry their papers at all times, and made it illegal for undocumented workers to solicit employment in public places. In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants.“Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton, a Clinton appointee, said in her decision.She said the controversial sections should be put on hold until the courts resolve the issues. Other provisions of the law, many of them procedural and slight revisions to existing Arizona immigration statute, will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.The law was signed by Brewer in April and immediately revived the national debate on immigration, making it a hot-button issue in the midterm elections. The law has inspired similar law elsewhere, prompted a boycott against the state and led an unknown number of illegal immigrants to leave the state.Lawyers for the state contend the law was a constitutionally sound attempt by Arizona to assist federal immigration agents and lessen border woes such as the heavy costs for educating, jailing and providing health care for illegal immigrants. Arizona is the busiest gateway into the country for illegal immigrants, and the border is awash in drugs and smugglers that the state badly wants to stop.“It’s a temporary bump in the road, we will move forward, and I’m sure that after consultation with our counsel we will appeal,” Brewer told the Associated Press. “The bottom line is we’ve known all along that it is the responsibility of the feds and they haven’t done their job so we were going to help them do that.”The ruling came just as police were making last-minute preparations to begin enforcement of the law and protesters were planning large demonstrations to speak out against the measure. At least one group planned to block access to federal offices, daring officers to ask them about their immigration status.In a sign of the international interest in the law, about 100 protesters in Mexico City who had gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy broke into cheers when speakers told them about the federal judge’s ruling. The demonstrators had been monitoring the news on a laptop computer on the stage.The crowed clapped and started chanting, “Migrants, hang on, the people are rising up!”Gisela and Eduardo Diaz went to the Mexican consulate in Phoenix on Wednesday seeking advice because they were worried about what would happen to their 3-year-old granddaughter if they were pulled over by police and taken to a detention center.“I knew the judge would say that part of the law was just not right,” said Diaz, a 50-year-old from Mexico City who came to Arizona on a since-expired tourist visa in 1989. “It’s the part we were worried about. This is a big relief for us.”Opponents argued the law will lead to racial profiling, conflict with federal immigration law and distract local police from fighting more serious crimes. The U.S. Justice Department, civil rights groups and a Phoenix police officer had asked the judge for an injunction to prevent the law from being enforced.“There is a substantial likelihood that officers will wrongfully arrest legal resident aliens under the new (law),” Bolton ruled. She added that a requirement of the law that police determine the immigration status of all arrested people will prompt legal immigrants to be “swept up by this requirement.”Federal authorities who are trying to overturn the law have argued that letting the Arizona law stand would create a patchwork of immigration laws nationwide that would needlessly complicate the foreign relations of the United States. Federal lawyers said the law is disrupting U.S. relations with Mexico and other countries and would burden the agency that responds to immigration-status inquiries.Responding to the ruling, Justice Department spokeswoman Hannah August said that the agency understands the frustration of Arizona residents with the immigration system. She added that a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal immigration enforcement.Brewer’s lawyers said Arizona shouldn’t have to suffer from America’s broken immigration system when it has 15,000 police officers who can arrest illegal immigrants.Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, one of the law’s top supporters, said he was disappointed by the ruling and that he expects it to ultimately end up being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.“I don’t think the judge’s statements in the hearings justify this ruling,” Kavanagh said. “I don’t think the law justified her injunction.”last_img read more

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Council to seek business rates waiver for 2021

first_img Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook Council to seek business rates waiver for 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 20, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleRecord number of Covid-19 deaths reportedNext articleHealth Ministers to meet over international travel concerns News Highland Facebook 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Donegal County Council is to write to the Government seeking a business rates waiver for 2021.A rates wavier was initially introduced in March 2020 as a measure to help businesses following the Covid-19 outbreak.Councillor John O’Donnell believes this should be extended for the entirety of this year.He says it would be a lifeline for many businesses:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/jodrates1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase center_img Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Google+ Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegartylast_img read more

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Valve attempts to block regional pricing VPN exploit on Steam

first_imgValve attempts to block regional pricing VPN exploit on SteamNew settings aim to deter users from using virtual private networks to take advantage of cheaper prices in other marketsJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 30th July 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleValveValve has updated Steam account settings in a way that should block an exploit whereby people can buy games at different prices from their region.Twitter account Steam Database, also known as SteamDB, notes that Steam now requires users buying games in different countries to make their purchases using payment methods from that nation.The marketplace will now monitor which country is specified in a user’s account settings, and only show prices and Steam Wallet funds in that currency. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games If users move to a new country or relocate abroad for an extended period of time, they can only change their country setting after completing a purchase using a payment method from their new location.If they can’t do this, the store will change to their set region.As SteamDB notes, this should prevent users from utilising virtual private networks to pretend they are shopping from a different region, where prices may be cheaper than their home nation.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWolfire Games files antitrust lawsuit against ValveThe developer argues that Valve uses its dominant position on the PC market to “exploit publishers and consumers”By Marie Dealessandri 12 days agoValve blocks Super Seducer 3 from SteamMultiple product reviews left Valve at “an impasse” with seduction game creator Richard LeRuinaBy Matthew Handrahan A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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