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first_imgAnglican Communion directors report on wide range of initiatives Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Anglican Consultative Council Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Anglican Communion, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Posted Apr 13, 2016 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska ACC16, Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Anglican Communion News Service — Lusaka, Zambia] Empowering discipleship and tackling gender inequality; promoting reconciliation and supporting humanitarian work in conflict areas and following disasters – just some of the topics highlighted when Anglican Communion departmental directors reported back on their work to the Anglican Consultative Council this week.Director of mission, John Kafwanka, spoke of the drive to promote good practice, share resources and foster great co-operation. He said the diocesan companion links formed an important bedrock where relationships were mutual and inter-dependent and were a wonderful sign of the “bonds of affection.” Kafwanka also spoke of the new Youth Awards, created to encourage innovation and highlight successful work.“Joining the dots” was the way the Rev. Terrie Robinson, director for women and church in society, described her work. She painted a bleak picture of the world faced by many women and girls – of forced marriage; female genital mutilation; sexual violence in war; trafficking and the threat of so-called honor killing. Robinson said change was hard to achieve but Anglicans were responding – and explained her role was to tell the stories of successful initiatives and lobby at the highest level for change.The positive response by Anglicans in the face of a torrent of humanitarian crises around the world was the theme of the report by the Rev. Flora Winfield, the Anglican Communion’s representative at the United Nations in Geneva. She described her role as “working on behalf of the world’s most disregarded people.”She said the church had provided “outstanding service” often when Anglicans themselves were suffering the consequences of the disaster too. International relief agencies were creaking under the weight of the demands on them, but the communion was providing help on the ground, quickly and with love. Winfield explained her role in educating the church about the institutions of the UN – and raising “faith literacy” within the UN – and her part in ecumenical and interfaith work.ACC members also heard from Director of Continuing Indaba the Rev. Phil Groves about how this initiative was bringing people together in places as diverse as Kenya, New York and India. Groves said the project had now become a process and was being used around the world to build community, energize mission and provide a context to resolve conflict.He explained how indaba had been used by two warring clans in Kenya and had resulted in them rescinding aggressive oaths dating back to the 1960s; how it was being applied in Burundi in the face of conflict; how it had been used by the Diocese of New York to unite an incredibly diverse range of parishes and how indaba had resolved a dispute between dalits and tribal people in Northern India.Andy Bowerman and Rachael Carnegie reported back on the work of the Anglican Alliance and its three pillars of development, relief and advocacy. They conceded that the Alliance was relatively new and still learning how to have an impact – but then listed a wide range of areas and initiatives. One example from Rachael detailed support for a business project in Kenya, while Andy explained how the Alliance helped to energize a vast campaign to lobby the COP21 climate conference in Paris.The session concluded with a short report from the new director for communications, Adrian Butcher, who took up his post just before ACC16. He paid tribute to his predecessor, Jan Butter, and expressed his desire to build on the vision to establish worldwide communication network. Butcher spoke of the need for training and his desire to see positive stories about the work of the communion shared more widely and more effectively among what he described as “this wonderful worldwide family.”The directors are mainly based at the Anglican Communion Office in London. Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

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first_img Loading… “As long as the shoulder stays healthy and my body allows me to, I hope there is a lot of time left for me,” she said. Sharapova won the Brisbane title in 2015 and joins a high-class field for next week’s event spearheaded by Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty and Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka. World number two Karolina Pliskova is also playing as are fellow top 10 stars Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens. “It’s a fresh start after a tough last season,” said Sharapova. “There were a lot of ups and downs, there were times when I was ready but the shoulder wasn’t. Read Also: Nadal: Wimbledon loss to Djokovic was harder than Australia Open “But I have had a fairly good off season and I am motivated to compete. At this point in my career when I have that feeling, it’s a good sign.” The Brisbane International begins on January 6, with Sharapova then scheduled to play the Kooyong Classic exhibition event in Melbourne before the opening grand Slam of the year from January 20. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former world number one Maria Sharapova said Tuesday she still had “a lot of fire” as she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019. The five-time major winner will open her 2020 campaign in Brisbane after being awarded a wildcard by organisers in preparation for the Australian Open later in January. Maria Sharapova will begin to rebuild her career in next week’s Brisbane tournament “To be fair when I was younger I never saw myself playing past 30,” the 32-year-old Russian told reporters in Brisbane. “But I still feel there is a lot in me to give. I still have a lot of fire in me and I am big competitor.” Sharapova has not played since a first-round loss to career-long rival Serena Williams at the US Open in August. She has slipped to 133 in the world rankings after a 2019 season ruined by a shoulder injury which limited her to 15 competitive matches.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Of The Best 90s Shows That Need To Come Back ASAPThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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first_imgArlin Dale Hooker, 84, of Milan, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan, Indiana. Arlin was born May 5, 1935 in Saluda, IN the son Clete and Sophania (Nighbert) Hooker. He was a member of the Saluda High School class of 1953, then attending Hanover College. There, Arlin received a Bachelor’s degree in education and earned his Master’s in education from Indiana University. He married Betty Jean McClure on June 22, 1956, and she survives. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church of Versailles. Arlin started his teaching and coaching career at Austin High School. From there, he spent three years at Paris Crossing. He coached three years at Dillsboro High School, winning the school’s only basketball sectional title in 1961. In 1964, he became principal there and remained until 1978. He was then principal at Aurora Middle School and Aurora Elementary School, until he retired in 1996. Arlin enjoyed farming, camping, boating and fishing. He enjoyed doing these with his family and friends. When he wasn’t working on the farm, his enjoyed several summers at Houghton Lake, MI, Monroe Reservoir, Bloomington, IN. He especially enjoyed a trip to Alaska in 2006.Arlin is survived by is wife of 63 years, Betty, son Steven of Wilmington, NC and son Richard (Gretchen) of Milan, IN. Two grandsons, Adam (Katie) Hooker of Fishers, IN and Alex (Jodie) of Milan, IN. Also, he enjoyed 3 great-grandchildren, Lane, Caroline, Declan, and Laramie due in August. Arlin is also survived by his sister, Betty Ann (Robert) Yunker, Carmel, IN. He was proceeded in death by his parents, his sisters, Erma Brooks and Iona Sachleban, and his brother, Kevin.A service celebrating his life will be held Monday, July 1, at 10:00 am, at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles, IN with Rev. Carter Corby officiating. Burial will follow at the Washington Baptist Cemetery. Family and friends may gather to share and remember him from 4:00 – 7:00 on Sunday, June 30, at the funeral home. Memorials can be given to the Milan Volunteer Fire Department and the Southern Baptist Church of Versailles.last_img read more

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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Lady Tamaraws needed to score just 25 more points and the three-set win would be theirs, but instead of finishing things off, they just choked.Instead, the Lady Eagles pulled off a stunning comeback, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12, for its second win in three games in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We should have a killer instinct,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino Sunday at Filoil Flying V Center. “No one led the team in the crucial moments, no one wanted to get the ball, no one wanted a kill.”“It should be in the character. We also had a few unforced errors and it happened to be crucial points.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief The Lady Tamaraws showed some grit in the fifth set when it went tit-for-tat with the Lady Eagles all the way to a 12-12 stalemate.Then, disaster struck.Kyle Negrito, FEU’s fourth-year setter, first committed an overset to Celine Domingo that gave Ateneo the 13-12 lead.That error, however, was just the first of two when Negrito tossed the ball way over the Lady Eagles’ baseline that put FEU behind 14-12.Kat Tolentino, who entered the third set with just two points, then, finished things off with a booming kill that landed squarely on FEU’s defense for her 19th point.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andray the giant: Returning Blatche comes up big for Fiba World Cup-bound Gilas Pilipinas Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Pascua said that even though his Lady Tamaraws botched the match, he’s still positive and that they will bounce back from their early 1-2 record.“We’re still a positive bunch,” said Pascua. “It’s a long journey, the UAAP is a long tournament. We’re taking it one at a time. We can’t go back, it’s already over, we just have to take a step forward.”“We just have to learn from this, that’s the important thing. Once they learn, things will eventually get easier and the players would be able to know how to handle these types of situations.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University had Ateneo by its throat on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgSeveral residents in Weala Community, Margibi Country, have begun leaving their homes seeking refuge in surrounding communities as a result of the government’s failure to remove alleged dead Ebola victims’ bodies from the community.Speaking to the Daily Observer last Saturday at the administrative headquarters of Weala in Cinta Township, the youth chairman, Chris David, said since August 5, two persons mysteriously died and all efforts to have the corpses removed by the local administration, including health authorities,  have proved fruitless.He identified the two corpses as Ellietta and Boll Tate. He said the two died in separate communities in Weala. He named Peace Community and the only private health center, the “Weala Community Clinic” that caters to residents in the area.Due to the poor sanitary condition, Mr. David stated that the clinic is currently closed and community dwellers in the area, including Peace Island residents, are leaving their homes to seek a safer environment.The situation prompted the residents to set up a roadblock on the Kakata-Gbarnga highway to compel government to remove the two corpses.“We blocked the car road and stopped all plying objects to claim the government’s attention to our plight,” Mr. David explained. “Since four days now, the two dead persons’ bodies have been decomposing, and residents in these communities can no longer bear it. So they have had to move to another area for safety. We don’t know what killed them, whether Ebola or some other disease.  But no one wants to risk his/her life by being exposed to these corpses,” he explained.For her part, the head of the women’s orgaization in Weala, Madam Fatu Coleman, said since the pronouncement of President Sirleaf’s State of Emergency and the forbidding of people burying dead persons, they (residents) have been reluctant to bury anybody. She confirmed that when Ellietta and Boll Tate died, the community had communicated the deaths to local administrations, including the County Health Team of Margibi, expecting them to bury or remove the corpses and have them appropriately handled; but no word from the County Health Team has been received.The Weala Women’s leader noted that the situation is posing a serious problem to women and children in that part of Liberia. Because of the government’s refusal to remove the bodies, the owner of the only community clinic in the area has closed the place down.Madam Coleman, who hailed the government for its decision to declare a state of emergency to fight against the deadliest killer Ebola virus, called upon government put into place a workable framework that will make for the speedy removal of dead persons from communities around the country.Also speaking on the issue, the Commissioner of Cinta Township, William Julye, described the delay of the government’s burial team to remove the decomposing dead bodies in his township as a total embarrassment.Mr. Julye said he had earlier informed his boss, the Margibi Superintendent, about this urgent matter, who gave assurance that a team, including health personnel were going to remove the two dead bodies. That has not happened.As a result, residents of Weala Town on Saturday August 9, 2014 set up a roadblock preventing vehicles from plying the Kakata-Gbarnga route.The residents’ roadblock action, which lasted for over 3 hours . It was later aborted by well armed Police Support Unit (PSU).Commenting on the death of Ellietta and Boll Tate, Commissioner Julye explained that his inquiry proved that the two were relatives, that they got sick in Kakata and had gone for medical treatment in Weala.According to Commissioner Julye, the father of Boll Tate, Mr. Christopher Tate, who also works for the Salala Rubber Corporation (SRC), had told him (Julye) that Mr. Tate’s now deceased son was sick and that he (father) had suggested that his the young man go to Weala for treatment. Upon arrival, Mr. Tate allegedly hired a private nurse to treat his son. Mr. Julye pointed out that after administering several medications without eqrw results, the nurse (name not given) instructed Mr. Tate to take his son back to Kakata for further treatment. Immediately, Mr. Tate hired a Motorcycle rider, including two family members, to transport Boll Tate to Kakata.It was while they were en route to Kakata that Boll Tate died and was later taken back to Weala.Mr. Julye lamented that prior to Boll Tate’s death, he vomited and showed other signs that were symptomatic of Ebola.  The Cinta Township Commissioner’s records show that prior to the deaths of Boll Tate and Ellietta, in the space of less than two months, seven family members have died in similar manner, bringing the total death toll in Weala to nine.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. as the Warriors face their Northern California rivals from Sacramento when the teams meet at Oracle.After spending the previous four games “in the real NBA” while suffering losses, the Warriors returned to where they’ve lived the past four years and thoroughly outplayed a good Portland team on Friday. Golden State got 32 points from Kevin Durant and 31 from Klay Thompson in a 125-97 victory.It also marked the first time in the …last_img read more

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first_imgTags:#enterprise Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… alex williams Related Posts What a week for StatusNet, the open-source, microblogging service that serves as the foundation for identi.ca, one of the first services to emerge as a focal player in the movement around the real-time Web.Last week, the company launched StatusNet Enterprise Network, a microblogging service with a support program for the corporate market. Initial customers include Motorola Corporation and Canonical Ltd.And yesterday, they announced a significant update that demonstrates they will be an open-source alternative to the proprietary microblogging services that cater to the enterprise.StatusNet is an exception in the enterprise market. It’s an open-source software project, started by members of the open source and wiki communities. The enterprise service is priced on an annual basis. It ranges in cost from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Customers get access to different levels of service based on package they choose to purchase. For example, at the $1,000 level package, the service includes access to the forums. It includes email support and response time within one day. A $10,000 package includes six hours of best practice consulting and response within one hour to support requests.Open-source software is proving to be a winner in the enterprise. As we noted earlier this week, a number of enterprise providers have committed developer communities. Alfresco Software is a shining example. According to Matt Asay, the company has grown every quarter since its launch in 2005, “with its last quarter seeing a 30-percent quarter-over-quarter increase on an already large base.”With a committed developer community, an open-source enterprise provider can show significant improvements in its product. Today, StatusNet released StatusNet 0.9.0, the latest version of its software, representing eight month of development by the StatusNet developer community.The feature list scrolls down the page. It includes leading edge support for OStatus, the new distributed status update standard based on PubSubHubbub, Salmon, Webfinger, and Activity Streams.Significant: StatusNet now has no fixed content size. “Notice size is configurable, from 1 to unlimited number of characters. Default is still 140!” This could possibly mean that the service can be similar to Tumblr or Posterous that fits into the enterprise.Other updates include:We expect that StatusNet Enterprise will rise fast as a contender in the enterprise market. It’s extensible, has the features that the enterprise customer wants and it has a strong developer community. That’s a winning combination that makes StatuNet a potential open-source star in the enterprise.Support for location using the Geolocation API.Support for OAuth authentication in the Twitter API.An authentication plugin for LDAP servers.Support for Facebook Connectcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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first_imgStory Highlights Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sangster International Airport, Dr. Rafael Echevarne, says the upgrading of the facility will help to position the airport as a key player in the economy. Dr. Echevarne said expansion of the runway will enable the airport to accommodate larger aircraft. Dr. Echevarne’s company, Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ), which operates Sangster International, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to expand and upgrade the existing runway. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sangster International Airport, Dr. Rafael Echevarne, says the upgrading of the facility will help to position the airport as a key player in the economy.“We see ourselves playing a major role in Jamaica. We want to position ourselves as something that really stands out from being just a mere piece of infrastructure,” he said at a stakeholders’ forum held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on September 20.Dr. Echevarne’s company, Montego Bay Jamaica (MBJ), which operates Sangster International, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ) to expand and upgrade the existing runway.The project, which falls under a major improvement plan for the facility, includes expansion and upgrading of the existing terminal building in addition to the provision of additional parking spaces to the western end of the facility.Dr. Echevarne said expansion of the runway will enable the airport to accommodate larger aircraft.He said the work to be undertaken will reflect the uniqueness of “everything Jamaican”, creating an experience that will give passengers the look and feel of Jamaica, both on arrival and departure.“Jamaica encompasses many things that are unique to Jamaica, and we want to reflect that,” he noted.“We want to… create a new vision for the airport. Also, we want to come up with a new logo and a new image of the airport. Basically, we see the airport as an integral part of Jamaica’s tourism product. It plays a key role as the entry and exit points for most tourists visiting the country, and, as such, contributes to the overall holiday experience,” he added.Dr. Echevarne said MBJ and its stakeholders are of the firm belief that the airport, located in the country’s tourism capital, should provide an “Irie airport experience”.“This word coveys a very positive feeling,” he noted. “By providing the Irie airport experience, we have to provide the facilities and services to facilitate growth in a stress-free environment. That means that not only are the services going to be friendly, but also it has to be stress-free from the point that it has to be expeditious, efficient and so on,” he explained.Meanwhile, Dr. Echevarne said the airport is looking to welcome more than four million passengers this year.He noted that the growth rate over the past five years has been around five per cent, with the facility welcoming 3.95 million passengers in 2016.“There is no doubt in our minds that this year we will exceed that four-million passenger mark,” he said.“In the international context, those numbers are typical, but in the Caribbean context, they are quite high. The Caribbean, on the whole, has grown below three per cent, so Jamaica is doing quite well,” Dr. Echevarne said.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 15, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Chrystal Glinton updated the public from the NEMA office on Wednesday afternoon, September 13, 2017 on the circumstances of Hurricane Irma evacuees from Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana Ragged Island, Inagua, and Bimini.She said some of those persons from Salina Point, Acklins, returned yesterday to help with post-hurricane clean-up.   Today, persons returned to Crooked Island and Mayaguana.   Tomorrow, they will return to Mayaguana and Acklins, and on Friday, persons will return to Acklins and Bimini.Ms. Glinton remarked that it is difficult for evacuees to mentally process the rapidly changing circumstances of a sudden evacuation and so the Psychology Association will assist them by through Disaster Mental Health sessions.In addition, she noted, the Prime Minister has initiated an exigency order so that persons from affected islands may purchase items duty/VAT free locally and abroad.   The order will last for 90 days for some islands, and 100 days for others.The public may contact NEMA at 242-300-0144 or 242-322-6081/5.  NEMA is available for calls until 11 p.m. daily.   Residents may also contact the respective island administrators.Press Release: BISBy: Sydnei Isaacslast_img read more

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first_img Posted: March 22, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Friday to bypass environmental regulations to prepare for the next wildfire season, a move he said was necessary to prevent further loss of life even as it frustrated activists in a state viewed as a national environmental leader.“The increasing wildfire risks we face as a state mean we simply can’t wait until a fire starts in order to start deploying emergency resources,” Newsom said in a statement ahead of declaring a state of emergency.California experienced two of its most destructive and deadly wildfire seasons in 2017 and 2018 and experts say climate change increases the risks. Newsom said clearing dead trees at a quick pace is essential to diminishing future threats. President Donald Trump has blamedCalifornia fires on poor forest management, though experts say climate change caused by people is more of a factor.Newsom is taking recommendations from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, but one environmental group likened it to actions by Trump.“Gov. Newsom should reject the Trump approach of logging and rolling back critical environmental protections,” said Shaye Wolf, climate science director for the Center for Biological Diversity.Newsom also pledged $50 million for fire preparedness in low-income communities and asked the private sector to bring forward innovative proposals.The center and other environmental groups said focusing on retrofitting and creating defensible space around homes is more effective than thinning forests. Sierra Club California said clearing trees might create more danger by loosening soil that could lead to mudslides.Newsom’s order will apply only to 35 projects covering nearly 141 square miles (365 square kilometers) of land, allowing state fire officials to go around multiple state regulations. They include provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act, one of the nation’s strictest state-level regulations. Administration officials would need to give the go ahead to each individual project and it’s unclear exactly which regulations each individual project would forego.Newsom said moving through the normal process would drastically slow down the state’s ability to act.“Some of these projects quite literally, not figuratively, could take two years to get done, or we could get them done in the next two months,” he told an audience in Lake County, the site of several massive wildfires in recent years.The union representing state firefighters praised Newsom’s plan.“These circumstances are unusual, unpredictable, unseen in our lifetime, and courageous decisions that sometimes go against the political winds need to be made,” said Tim Edwards, president of CAL Fire Local 2881.Republican state Sen. Pat Bates also praised Newsom for acting with urgency ahead of the wildfire season.“I stand ready to assist the Governor with any legislative action to eliminate bureaucratic roadblocks that could slow these projects,” she said in a statement.While environmental groups bristled at Newsom’s plan, they still align with him on a wide range of issues. Newsom’s predecessor, fellow Democrat Jerry Brown, was known globally for his fight against climate change but still clashed with environmental groups at home on some issues.California has set a goal, for example, of getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2045, and passed a landmark cap-and-trade law to decrease emissions.“On the whole we see (Newsom) as an ally on environmental issues. I think what we’re disagreeing with here is an approach to a problem that we all recognize,” said Kathryn Phillips, director of Sierra Club California.The state’s environmental laws are designed to protect California’s soil stability, watershed and wildlife habitats, she said, and waiving environmental reviews could have unintended consequences.“For some suspension of oversight now, what’s the consequence going to be later?” she said. “Are we going to end up having huge silt floods and mudslides?”Beyond accelerating tree clearing, Newsom put out a “request for innovative ideas” from the private sector to help fight California fires. He said he wants to tap into Silicon Valley and California’s spirit of creativity to come up with solutions to reduce wildfire threats. AP, KUSI Newsroom Gov Newsome declares state of emergency on wildfires before this season begins March 22, 2019center_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:52 PM Categories: Local San Diego News, Wildfires FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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