By Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTSeeing and hearing about loss can adversely affect those in helping professions. Recognizing the affects and seeking treatment can be difficult, but as Lt. Col. Mary Carlisle, USAF shares, it can make a big difference in maintaining personal wellness. Watch this video from the Real Warriors Campaign YouTube channel detailing her story of developing PTSD after being deployed as a critical care nurse in Balad, Iraq and her journey towards recovery. Visit previous posts to learn more about wellness strategies for military professionals and warning signs of PTSD.Video hyperlinkThis post was written by Kacy Mixon, PhD., LMFT, Social Media Specialist, a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
The seemingly unending group stage of the upcoming World Cup has attracted some criticism from players like England’s Kevin Pietersen. But for Virat Kohli, the format is not a problem as it allows the teams to plan and comeback if there are any reversals.Virat Kohli”I feel the format now is better than before. Anyhow, it shouldn’t be a problem. When you are playing well, the format of a tournament shouldn’t matter. In this World Cup, all teams will have the chance to plan for every match and also stage a comeback if there any setbacks,” Virat said here on Thursday. “We are well prepared for the World Cup. Playing at home, there will be pressure but we will try to avoid all the outside pressures.”The one factor, though, which will weigh heavily on the minds of the players, would be the spate of injuries that has plagued Team India with just two weeks left for the mega event to begin. Virat, however, refused to brand it as a lapse in fitness management and said it was just a case of bad luck.”Injuries don’t happen intentionally. With the amount of cricket being played nowadays, injuries are bound to happen. Unfortunately, it happened to us at a very wrong time. Just unlucky for us. The injury management is not bad,” he said.The entire nation is hoping that luck would be on India’s side, more so for Sachin Tendulkar, who many feel would be playing his last World Cup. For Virat, a win would be a great gift for India and Sachin.advertisement”We need to win it for India and Sachin. What he has done on the field for the country, I don’t think anyone ever has or will ever be able to replicate. So it will be great if we can win not only for our fans but also for Sachin.”Virat will take the form of the ODI series in South Africa, where he was the most consistent Indian batsmen and seemed at ease on the pact wickets, to the World Cup. Even though the conditions would be vastly different, the Delhi batsman felt that he would have to make quick adjustments for the sub-continent wickets.”In South Africa, I just played on the merit of the ball. I didn’t make any special adjustments. It’s just that my upright stance and back-foot play helped me on those wickets. But coming to India, the wickets will be different and I will have to make quick adjustments,” the 22-year-old said.Decision reviewThe Indian team has not been a big fan of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) and captain MS Dhoni categorically said he didn’t have full faith in it. But now that the system has been enforced by the ICC for the World Cup, the Indians will have to adapt to it and Virat is confident that the hosts will not be caught off-guard while dealing with it.”We know how the system works. It is going to be the same for everyone and there is no advantage or disadvantage for anyone. Personally, I have no problem with it.”
India vs Pakistan Final, Champions Trophy 2017: Fakhar Zaman creates history with third consecutive fifty
Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman proved his mettle once again with a sublime half-century against India at the ICC Champions Trophy final.Fakhar made his debut in the ongoing edition of the ICC Champions Trophy against South Africa and has been his captain’s first choice opener alongside Azhar Ali. In his first game at Birmingham, Fakhar scored 31 off 30 balls to keep his place in the remaining matches of the Champions Trophy.High on confidence, the 27-year-old then struck 50 against Sri Lanka in their last league game, then 57 against hosts England in the semi-final and is going strong with another fifty against India in the final.Fakhar Zaman becomes the 1st Pakistani batsman to make three 50s in his first four ODI games!#CT2017final#IndvPak#CT17- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 18, 2017He also became the second Pakistan opener to hit three consecutive fifties after Majid Khan in the ICC events.Fakhar also became the first Pakistan batsman to score three half-centuries in first four One Day Internationals
Continue Reading Previous Syslogic: AI rugged computer with IP67 protection and Nvidia processor platformNext Farnell supports education with discount programme on instrumentation and tools Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente and AP Memory Technology, a Taiwan Stock Exchange listed company and one of the world’s leading suppliers of IoT RAM, Specialty DRAM and AI memory solutions, have entered into a global distribution agreement. The agreement encompasses all of AP Memory’s products and is already in effect. As a result of this distribution partnership, Rutronik is the sole distributor of AP Memory IoT RAM products in the European market.AP Memory’s product range encompasses a wide variety of memory solutions, with a focus on Low Pin Count Ultra Low Power IoT RAM, and long life Support of Standard DRAM. In the IoT and Edge AI markets, Memory is an essential part of system performance and cost. Increased memory in IoT supports richer use cases, such as frame buffering, audio buffering or operating memory for Industrial and Consumer Smart applications. AP Memory’s optimised memory solutions help enable these IoT applications together with the world’s key MCU and SoC platforms.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are great friends. On Thursday, the two added 70 runs for the 6th wicket and set up India’s 125-run win over West Indies to record their 5th win of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.India are now 2nd in the points table with 11 points from 6 matches and almost through to the semi-finals of World Cup 2019. India’s win was scripted by Virat Kohli who was named man-of-the-match for his 72 and Mohammed Shami who finished with 4 for 16.However, MS Dhoni, who had been criticised for his slow strike rate against Afghanistan on Saturday, scored a crucial 56 not out while Hardik Pandya made 46. The two men battled hard on a tricky pitch to help India finish with 268 for 7 off their 50 overs.Hardik made his day even more special after he dismissed Sunil Ambris to trigger a West Indies collapse. MS Dhoni, meanwhile, once again got the backing of his captain Virat Kohli who said Dhoni was very important to the team for several reasons.After the game, Hardik Pandya posted a cool photo with MS Dhoni.We keep going #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/iV3Qxx0p48hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) June 27, 2019Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said Dhoni knows what to do in the middle.”MS Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking.”We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them,” he said.advertisementKohli also praised the partnership between Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni.”Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total.”Also See
Ex-Ajax star Van Halst: Newcastle goalscorer Willems charming, frustratingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax and FC Twente star Jan van Halst has told Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce to take the good with the bad when it comes to Jetro Willems.Willems joined Newcastle United on-loan from Eintracht Frankfurt last month, though made his name in the Eredivisie with PSV Eindhoven, where he spent six years and won his first caps with Holland.And on Saturday, Willems scored the opener on Saturday in the Toon’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool. The goal was spectacular, but wasn’t enough as the Reds eventually steamrolled the visitors.Reviewing the action, Van Halst was delighted for Willems – though warned the Dutchman will always be occasionally loose defensively.Van Halst said on Ziggo Sport via Voetbalzone: “He makes it difficult for a football analyst. Before the game we say that he should play a little more carefully as a left back. It is of course the charm of Willems.”The good thing is too: if he does this for PSV in a home match against RKC, then you say: ‘This is of course not possible in the Premier League’. But it is foolish: he just does it. Charming. A great goal.”Indeed, Van Halst says that’s the ‘charm’ of Willems, who is capable of producing a moment of unexpected magic.He added: “He is playful. It makes you crazy as a football analyst. Of course you have to use him with his speed.”Defensively he just has his vulnerabilities. You have to take this for granted a bit. This is that playfulness of Jetro Willems. He will never get it out completely, because he is already 25.”Willems moved to Newcastle at the beginning of August. The defender has joined the Magpies on a season-long loan with the option to buy.- updated September 16 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Two young women from Sipekne’katik First Nation, Hants County, are part of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations 61st Congress on the Status of Women in New York. Shurenda Michael and Michaela Julian will present a workshop, Wednesday, March 15, on indigenous girls’ leadership. It will feature the story of Nova Scotia’s Peaked Cap Project which is a Mi’kmaq approach to the United Nations Girls’ Roundtable model. “It’s a great opportunity to bring back to young women in my community, to show them there are possibilities for us, and there is a world out there that we are part of,” said Ms. Michael. The presenters will be joined by Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, and their mentors from Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. “The Peaked Cap Project was a great opportunity for the girls to find their voices and to share their ideas,” said Ms. Bernard. “Through the Project we heard about stereotypes, how people define who they are, and how this needs to change. We also heard about possibilities, potential and future paths for themselves and their people. The girls developed tools to define what their future is going to be. “It has been a tremendous experience for them. I’m proud that they’ll be sharing their success at the United Nations Congress on the Status of Women and exchanging ideas about indigenous women’s empowerment on an international stage.” The Peaked Cap Project offered a leadership and discussion opportunity for Mi’kmaq girls based in their community. It involved coming together to discuss and share their unique perspectives, challenges and gifts with one another, and to embrace Mi’kmaq culture. “The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association has been working tirelessly with giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls,” said Cheryl Maloney, association president. “We have shared the pain and tragedy of this legacy with our communities, allies and governments. This is our tragic past that we as Canadians are working to overcome, and this has impacted our girls tremendously. “The Peaked Cap Project and support of Nova Scotia and our community partners has allowed us to give voice and foster leadership and agency within our young women, who are the future of this country.” The girls involved with the Peaked Cap Project from Sipekne’katik First Nation created a video that can be viewed at youtu.be/OcQziFQK7wA.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today warmly congratulated former European Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, a French national, on his formal selection as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).In a statement issued in New York by a UN spokesman, the Secretary-General noted that “Mr. Lamy’s proven track record as Trade Commissioner of the European Union, and his understanding that progress on trade is vital to our work to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), makes him an excellent leader of the WTO at this defining time.”According to the statement, the Secretary-General welcomed Mr. Lamy’s express commitment to completing the Doha trade negotiations, and to ensuring that trade contributes to the development of those countries that need it most.”He wishes Mr. Lamy all the best as he prepares to take up his duties on 1 September, and looks forward to an ever closer partnership between their two Organizations in the years ahead,” the statement said.
TSX higher despite lower crude prices as OPEC meeting fails to end with deal by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2016 5:38 am MDT Last Updated Apr 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – North American stock markets moved higher Monday as traders shrugged off failed efforts on the weekend by major oil-producing countries to limit production.The S&P/TSX composite index extended added 82.62 points to 13,719.82, supported by energy and base metals stocks. Despite a weak finish, the resource-heavy index added more than 200 points last week.Energy companies were positive despite a 58-cent drop in the May contract for benchmark North American crude oil to US$39.78 a barrel. The more heavily traded June contract gave back 52 cents to US$41.19.Oil weakened after Sunday’s talks in Doha, Qatar, failed to end with a consensus on freezing production to support prices. Major producer Saudi Arabia said it wouldn’t back a deal if Iran, which is trying to ramp up output as international sanctions are lifted, wasn’t involved. Iran did not attend the meeting.Relations between the two countries have deteriorated in recent months due to several issues, including their conflicting stances on the wars in Syria and Yemen.Craig Jerusalim, a portfolio manager with CIBC Asset Management, said failure in Doha means some short-term pain for crude but that eventually prices should head higher.“We should begin to see production continue to roll over in North America because $40 is not profitable for producers to continue to produce at levels that they have been,” Jerusalim said.“It certainly is not enough to incentivize any growth in production,” he added, noting that it will result in “a natural stabilization of the supply and demand fundamentals.”OPEC members meet again in June. Oil has fallen in the past two years from above US$100 a barrel to touch 12-year lows under $30 a barrel earlier this year before rebounding in recent weeks.The impact of the Doha talks were also mitigated by news that oil workers in Kuwait are on strike to protest government cutbacks. The work stoppage has temporarily suspended production in that country.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar also gained strength, up 0.24 of a U.S. cent at 78.14 cents US.Elsewhere in commodities, May natural gas gained four cents to US$1.94 per mmBtu, while May copper added a penny to US$2.16 a pound and June gold added 40 cents to $1,235 a troy ounce.New York markets also rose, with the Dow Jones industrial average up 106.70 points at 18,004.16, while the broader S&P 500 moved 13.61 points higher to 2,094.34. The Nasdaq composite advanced 21.80 points to 4,960.02.In corporate news, shares in e-commerce giant Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) rose 1.51 per cent after it introduced a stand-alone video streaming service to rival Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). Its stock gained $9.46 to US$635.35.— With files from The Associated Press.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.
The charity proposes a simple traffic light style labelling of red, amber and green which would tell parents and children which products had the most compulsive or addictive features and also which offered the highest levels of privacy.It wants strict curbs on the social media firms’ ability to collect and use children’s data not only to protect their privacy but also “reduce the incentive” to deploy features that keep children online.Firms would be required to delete all information when a child left a site. “Children should be given repeated and frequent offers to delete the data they have created, including on logging in, logging out and at predetermined intervals,” says the charity.It argues that firms’ use of profiling of children to target products at them should be banned unless it can shown to be in the child’s best interests. Geolocators which are used by the firms to track children but can also give away a child’s location to a potential predator should be switched off by default, and every time they log off.“When a child’s location is being tracked, it must be made obvious to the child,” says 5Rights. The charity also demands a re-write of the firms’ terms and conditions so they can be understood by a child with a reading age of nine, saying it is “cynical” of the firms to expect children to read them when most adults and experts do not. It even suggests the way firms operate in compelling children to read the conditions or be locked out of services may be illegal.“This raises the question of whether consent can be relied upon as a basis for lawful processing of children’s personal data,” says the charity.Last year it was Baroness Kidron’s amendment to the Digital Economy Act, backed by the government, the Tory peer Dido Harding, ex chief executive of TalkTalk, Lord Stevenson, a former adviser to Gordon Brown, and the LibDem Lord Clement Jones, which paved the way for the code. Social media firms face fines of up to £18m if they disturb children with notifications and alerts at night or during the school day under plans being considered by the information commissioner.Elizabeth Denham, the commissioner, is drawing up a new statutory code that will target strategies used by the firms to keep children online such as the timing of notifications and auto-play.Among the proposals is a ban on the social media giants posting messages, notifications or any alerts that disturb children’s sleep at night or distracts them during the school day.The firms could also be forced to set auto-play, notifications, buzzes, read receipts and non-specific alerts to “off” by default every time a child logged on so they would have to be reset them to prevent them becoming addicted to the technology.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The plans have been submitted by 5Rights, a charity founded by filmmaker Baroness Kidron, which has been working with the commissioner and was instrumental in securing the legislation for the new code to prevent children’s personal data being exploited by the social media firms.There could also be automatic timeouts to limit children’s use of social media, save buttons so they are not forced to stay online to complete a task or game and “streak holidays” where they can escape features that require daily attention to keep up with friends. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The commissioner warned the companies that she will be focusing on strategies used by sites and apps to “personalise a child’s experience to encourage them to stay online longer.”“We have to make sure the code is designed with children at its heart,” she said.This is expected to be underlined next week by research for her office that will confirm growing public concern at the impact of online harms from cyber-bullying and violence to the tactics of the social media firms to keep children online.The code, the consultation for which closes on September 19, is designed to ensure firms comply with the Digital Economy Act, which carries fines of up to £18m or 4% of global turnover for breaches.Baroness Kidron, whose films include Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, said one of today’s biggest health issues was the “epidemic of sleeplessness” among children from the compulsive nature of the technology which contributed to increased depression, anxiety and obesity.“If you ask any teacher what is the problem in your class, they will say that the kids are coming to school tired,” she told The Telegraph.“If you ask parents, it’s about pulling the device out of children’s hands in the night.”
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSuspended Beaton to join CWI bowling campMay 2, 2018In “Sports”Narine cleared again, given ‘final warning’May 7, 2015In “Sports”Six players to watch out for in CPL 2017August 3, 2017In “latest news” West Indies fast bowler Ronsford Beaton can resume bowling in international cricket after the ICC approved his remodelled action, ESPNCricinfo has reported.Beaton was suspended from bowling earlier this year after he failed an independent assessment of his bowling action, which had been reported as suspect during an ODI against New Zealand in December 2017.On August 13, his remodelled action was re-assessed at Loughborough University in England, where the amount of elbow extension for all his deliveries was within the 15-degree limit allowed by the ICC. Beaton missed playing the CPL this year to work on his action and was replaced by Ali Khan at Trinbago Knight Riders.However, according to ESPNCricinfo, match officials are still at liberty to report Beaton if they find he is not using his legal action, footage of which will be handed to them in due course.
Finning International’s South American division has received a Letter of Intent (LoI) from Codelco that includes the supply of 20 Caterpillar 797 mining trucks and 15 pieces of support equipment, plus a ten-year maintenance and repair contract. The approximate value of the deal, including the maintenance services, is $400 million. The equipment will be delivered in the first half of 2011 to Codelco’s Ministro Hales copper mine, located in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert, which has estimated reserves of 219 Mt.Mike Waites, President and CEO of Finning International: “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Codelco, one of the world’s leading copper producers. Winning this contract underscores our commitment to our customers and our focus in the mining sector. Mining continues to provide solid growth for Finning and we are proud to have earned the reputation as the leading heavy mining equipment supplier and service partner in the world’s largest copper producing region, Chile.”“Providing unrivalled product support is the cornerstone of our business and we look forward to working with Codelco to maximise their equipment productivity,” stated Juan Carlos Villegas, President, Finning South America. “The investments we have made to expand our facilities and capabilities in recent years have strengthened our mining presence and further enhanced our ability to meet and exceed the expectations and growing needs of our customers.”
Vladimir Putin could become the middle-man in Trump-Kim denuclearisation talks Donald Trump was among the topics discussed by the two leaders during their first one-on-one summit. 35 Comments Friday 26 Apr 2019, 7:55 AM Image: SERGEI ILNITSKY By Associated Press There are no secrets. Russia’s position always has been transparent. There are no plots of any kind.Putin’s remarks reflect Kim’s growing frustration with Washington’s efforts to maintain “maximum pressure” until the North commits to denuclearisation. Source: Alexander ZemlianichenkoBut his characterisation of Kim’s comments also suggests there have been no major changes in North Korea’s basic position.North Korea has all along contended that it needs its nuclear arsenal to defend itself against what it sees as US hostility and wants concrete reassurances of its safety – including the removal of the American nuclear threat as an integral part of the denuclearisation of the entire Korean Peninsula.Trump has made clear that he is eager to work out a deal with North Korea and has already indicated that he thinks he deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.Russia’s involvement in the issue could bolster his confidence, though some analysts think Washington and Moscow are too far estranged.Kim is expected to return to Pyongyang today. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN says he’s willing to share details with the United States about his summit with Kim Jong Un, potentially raising Russia’s influence in the stalemated issue of North Korean denuclearisation.The two leaders’ first one-on-one did not indicate major changes in North Korea’s position: Putin said Kim is willing to give up nuclear weapons, but only if he gets ironclad security guarantees.However, Putin said Kim urged him to explain the nuances of North Korea’s position to President Donald Trump. Such an interlocutor role could be meaningful in light of Trump’s apparent admiration of the Russian leader.Trump has said he “fell in love” with Kim, possibly indicating a proclivity to being swayed toward accommodation with the North Korean leader, although that declaration came before the Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi in February that collapsed over mismatched demands in sanctions relief and disarmament.At yesterday’s summit in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok, about 75 miles from the North Korean border, Kim criticized Washington for taking “unilateral attitude in bad faith” at the Trump-Kim meeting that has caused a diplomatic standstill, North Korea’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said.Kim told Putin that the situation on the Korean Peninsula has reached a “critical point” where it could return to tensions and that peace and security will “entirely depend on the US future attitude,” the agency said. Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un pass honor guards officers during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia. Source: YURI KADOBNOVThe KCNA said Kim and Putin held in-depth discussions to promote “strategic communication and tactical collaboration” over the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and also talked about boosting high-level visits and other exchanges between the countries.The agency said Putin credited Kim’s diplomatic initiatives for stabilizing the situation surrounding the peninsula and accepted Kim’s invitation to visit North Korea at a “convenient time.” It did not report on any specific agreements regarding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and US-led sanctions against the North.After the summit, Putin stressed that Moscow and Washington both want North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons. Image: SERGEI ILNITSKY Source: Alexei NikolskyBut, he said, the security guarantees Kim demands in exchange should be underwritten by multiple countries, hinting at an arrangement like the six-nation talks Russia participated in until their collapse in 2009.Putin later headed for a two-day trip to Beijing, where he said he will inform the Chinese leadership about the summit.“And we will just as openly discuss this issue with the US leadership,” Putin said. 7,509 Views Share Tweet Email Short URL Apr 26th 2019, 7:55 AM https://jrnl.ie/4607568
Brazil legend Ronaldo Nazario expects a “spectacular match” between Barcelona and Real Madrid in tonight’s Copa del Rey encounter.The two Spanish giants will face off against one another for a place in the final of the competition with the first leg to take place tonight at Camp Nou.Real, in particular, are keen to get their revenge on Barcelona following October’s humiliating 5-1 defeat in La Liga last time out in October.As for Barcelona, the chance of winning a fifth consecutive Copa del Rey title is within sight with manager Ernesto Valverde having expressed his enthusiasm in taking on Real over a two-legged tie.And Ronaldo, who played for both clubs during his own playing career, cannot wait for the match to get started.“It’s a spectacular match,” said Ronaldo, according to Marca.“The best Clasico in world football. It’s incredible to play in these games.“The atmosphere is great and let’s hope the footballing gods give us a great game tonight.”La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Ronaldo, who won the Copa del Rey at Barcelona and two La Liga titles with Real, left reporters in no doubts over where his allegiance lies for tonight.“There is no favourite,” said Ronaldo.“It’s an important game. I have a special history with [Real] Madrid and let’s hope Madrid win.“It’s clear that whoever is ahead, I want Valladolid to win, but they are two great clubs.“Madrid are playing very well, they’ve found a great dynamic, have reinvented themselves and have young players. But then you have [Lionel] Messi and company, who are spectacular.”Isco has been included in the Real squad for the game, despite his struggles for opportunities under head coach Santiago Solari this season, while Barcelona academy star Carles Aleña is hoping to get a chance tonight himself.The match at Camp Nou will begin at 9:00 PM (CET).
The most popular option is the proposed seasonal sales tax, council members also considered raising the general sales tax by half a percent, implementing a potential bed tax, using the general fund balance, raising property taxes by 1 mill and reappropriating general fund reserves. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Homer City Council held a work session on March 27 to look at potential scenarios for a bond to help cover the cost of the new police station. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak: “We want to move forward making the right decision, but in order to do that we wanted additional time and opportunity to focus on all of the information we already have.” The 1% seasonal sales tax increase would be in place 6 months out of year. Council members stated that the seasonal sales tax would potentially lessen some of the burden on Homer residents, and shift it more to the seasonal visitors. In a letter to the council from Homer City Manager Katie Koester, selecting a revenue source to make bond payments is a tough subject and may require additional worksessions. In order to put a bond question on the October 2018 ballot, the Council would need to pass an ordinance by the last and only meeting in July. According to the council, the city plans to go out to bond to cover the cost of the new station, estimated at $7.5 million. The city currently has $2.5 million designated to the project. A decision on details for an Ordinance should be hammered out for introduction in June at the latest. The council plans to draft an Ordinance for consideration by Council this summer and a ballot question for the voters in the fall.
Spruce beetle outbreak in the Mat-Su Valley seen during the 2017 aerial detection survey. (U.S. Forest Service photo)Spruce beetles may be native to Alaska, but they can still devastate a spruce forest. Over the last two years, an outbreak concentrated in Southcentral Alaska’s Susitna River drainage and northwest Kenai Peninsula has affected more than 500,000 acres of forest. It’s the worst infestation since the 1990s.Jason Moan of Alaska’s Division of Forestry says a combination of factors causes a population to grow to the level of an outbreak.“Spruce beetle favors large-diameter, slow-growing trees,” Moan said. “If we have wind events or things like that where a large number of trees might be blown over, you know, beetles tend to favor that material. They’re able to build up populations.”Moan said warm summers can also play a role because beetles tend to reproduce faster in warmer weather. It takes one to two years for the beetles to complete their life cycles, and then when the weather warms above 60 degrees, female beetles begin to take flight in search of new host trees, sending out pheromones to attract others when they’ve found a tree. Larger, unhealthy trees are more susceptible to infestations.“Folks can start keeping an eye on the spruce that they do that are not attacked. Keeping those watered if they need it. Avoiding damage to those trees,” Moan said.Signs of an infestation include clumps of sap and sawdust where the beetles have bored holes in the bark as well as pieces of bark scattered at the base of the tree. Discolored needles can also be an indicator but not always. Moan said once a tree is infested, there’s not much that can be done other than to remove it. Pesticides can be effective in preventing beetles before they take flight but not after.“In the current part of the beetle flight period, which usually runs from late May to somewhere into July, you know, we would just suggest avoiding cutting green trees,” Moan said. “Unless you’re going to be processing that soon.”Beetle-killed spruce can be used for firewood and for lumber. Beetles tend to live on the underside of a tree’s bark. Moan said that over time, they’ve served as a natural part of forest ecosystems, making room for healthier younger trees, but many landowners want to manage outbreaks to limit the amount of destruction to their properties. The Division of Forestry and their partners are currently working to develop new tools to help.
Ramanthapur: MLA Bethi Subhash Reddy congratulated Gandhi Nagar president elect Mogili Lingam and his committee members on Monday. He directed the body to develop cordial relations with people and to strive to solve their problems.Leaders Kumara Swamy, Sarva Babu Yadav, Janumapalli Venkateshwars Reddy, Gaddam Ravi, Sridhar, P Mahender Reddy, Gayam Sridhar Reddy and others were present.
The prices of homes in India have recorded the steepest fall among 52 nations, according to a research by International Monetary Fund (IMF).According to the data, there is an overall surge in home prices in the global real estate market but the annual percentage change in property prices in India has slipped by 9.1 percent. No other real estate market has slumped as bad as the Indian real estate sector, reported The Times of India. The IMF report added that India’s fall is even worse than countries struggling with financial crisis in the European Union. Of the 52 nations mentioned, 33 have registered increase in price while the rest have recorded decline in the housing prices. Meanwhile, Global Property Guide have also confirmed the IMF report of India’s slipping real estate prices. It said that high interest rates and slow GDP growth are reasons for declining home prices in India.The Indian National Housing Bank (NHB) Residex index says out of 26 cities, 13 have registered decline and the other half recorded increase in home prices. Moreover, Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2014 says India’s tier-1 cities property market is ranked 40th, while tier-2 and tier-3 markets are ranked 42nd and 50th respectively.