Residents uneasy over mass tire slashing in Douglas and West Juneau

first_imgCrime & Courts | JuneauResidents uneasy over mass tire slashing in Douglas and West JuneauApril 26, 2017 by Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO Share:Car after car parked along Douglas Highway in West Juneau and Douglas had their tires slashed the night of April 25, 2017. Residents say police began investigating early the next morning. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)A gash is visible in one of many cars’ tires someone slashed along Douglas Highway the night before this was taken, Wednesday April 26, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Mike Gardner hands his neighbor’s car keys to tow truck operator Randal Benc on Douglas Highway, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Juneau police said 33 cars tires along the highway had their tires slashed overnight. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Randal Benc of Capital Towing runs the winch pulling a truck onto the flatbed on Douglas Highway in West Juneau, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)1234 read more

How a Juneau subdivision came to be at ‘unacceptable’ risk for a destructive avalanche

first_imgJuneau | Local Government | Public SafetyHow a Juneau subdivision came to be at ‘unacceptable’ risk for a destructive avalancheJune 22, 2021 by Ian Dickson, KTOO Share:The Behrends avalanche path on Mt. Juneau, taken from Glacier Ave. on February 27, 2021. (Jennifer Pemberton/KTOO)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Bonnie Herdlick was asleep when the 1962 avalanche peeled the roof off her house.“It is a fantastic way to wake up at 5:10 with snow and glass in your face and a screeching wind, smothering with snow all over the place,” she wrote in a letter to family.Halfway down the block, F.G. Nottingham thought he was waking up to an earthquake. His house jolted off its foundation, and one of the walls caved in.Across the street, the Wilson family thought they heard an explosion. It was a flying tree trunk piercing their roof like a giant spear.On March 22, the Daily Alaska Empire newspaper called the avalanche “freakish” — a perception that Herdlick shared.“We really have always felt we were quite safe from snow slides at our end of the street,” she wrote. “We have slides all winter from the mountains so haven’t worried about them. We feel this was just a freakish wind.”Behrends Avenue after the 1962 avalanche. (2011 Avalanche mitigation study/WSL Institute for Snowand Avalanche Research SLF)But it wasn’t a freakish wind. It was “a major soft-slab avalanche with considerable powder blast damage,” according to the most complete history of the avalanche path behind Juneau’s Behrends Avenue.The dense part of the slide stopped short of the neighborhood — which was then a new subdivision at the base of the town’s namesake Mt. Juneau — but the powder blast smashed chimneys and hurled chunks of them through roofs a block away. It splintered walls and blew out windows, plastering rooms with packed snow and broken glass.More than 30 homes were damaged — seven of them severely, though somehow only one person was hurt.Fifty-nine years later — in February 2021 — Juneau’s emergency manager, Tom Mattice, went door-to-door at those same houses, advising people to evacuate. Mattice, who is also the city’s urban avalanche forecaster, had for the first time raised the avalanche danger level to “extreme” — the highest.Tents and cots are set up at the city’s evacuation center at Centennial Hall on February 27, 2021, for residents in the path of a potential avalanche. (Photo by Jennifer Pemberton / KTOO)A series of storms had built up a slab of heavy snow on top of what’s called a persistent weak layer — snow that bonds poorly to the snowpack around it, making it more likely that what’s on top will slide. In the backcountry, Mattice had seen the aftermaths of recent avalanches that snapped trees up to 18 inches in diameter.According to his forecast, conditions were right for a slab 4-6 feet deep to break free, potentially across the entire 1,599-foot width of the Behrends path. An avalanche that large could dwarf what happened in 1962, plowing through four rows of houses on its way down to the water in Gastineau Channel.It didn’t happen. The snow eased off, the temperature cooled, and the unstable snowpack held until Mattice lowered the danger level to high.“We may have dodged a bullet for the time being on the big one,” he wrote in his daily report.The 1962 avalanche was what started the series of studies that helped make Mattice’s forecast possible. All of those studies agreed that the path can generate avalanches capable of leveling the neighborhood — and that such avalanches should be expected every few decades.The authors of the most recent study, from 2011, described the risk to life and property as “unacceptable.”“We hardly know — worldwide — of a hazard situation with such a damage potential and where no active protection measures were established,” they wrote.‘Men report no danger’There was no such consensus about the risk back in the 1940s and 1950s, as Juneau expanded out of its compact downtown, and the growing Highlands neighborhood spilled over into the avalanche path.In March 1949, three men — Juneau’s mayor, city engineer and school superintendent — went over to Douglas Island to survey the avalanche path from across Gastineau Channel. The school district needed to build a new elementary school, and they’d selected a site at the very bottom of the avalanche path, where the Breakwater Inn stands today.From across the water, the path would have looked then much as it does now in March: A huge, gradually narrowing vee of white mountainside, stripped bare of the dark spruce trees nearly to the base of Mt. Juneau. The mountainside is laced with slide paths, but the Behrends path is the largest by far. The snowfield at the top, which avalanche experts call the starting zone, covers about 60 acres.An annotated photo of the Behrends path from the 1967 report. (Keith Hart, Report of the Preliminary Evaluation of the Behrends Avenue Avalanche Path)The largest known avalanche on the Behrends path came down in 1890, but we know little about it – not even the date. A manager of the A-J Mine had a photo showing its aftermath. He showed the photo to a U.S. Geological Survey scientist named W.S. Twenhofel, who years later described it to avalanche expert Keith Hart, who wrote the first real hazard study on the Behrends path in 1967.The photo itself is lost, but Twenhofel reported that it showed hundreds of tons of snow piled up on the road — possibly where Glacier Ave. is now — and that the slide had plowed all the way through to the channel.There are also accounts of a smaller slide in 1917 that blocked the road with debris but didn’t make it to the water.Steve Gilbertson worked as a planner for the City and Borough of Juneau from the 1970s until his retirement in the 1990s. He remembers hearing stories about slides that big, before the neighborhood went in.“I do recall talking to some old timers in town when I first got here that can remember, as kids, going to school and going out in the spring to picnics at Norway Point and having to climb over an avalanche,” he said. “So there was a history of slides coming down, you know, to Glacier Ave.”It’s not clear if the men surveying the proposed school site knew those stories, and you can’t judge the destructive potential of an avalanche path by just looking at it. The biggest slides happen infrequently, and over time the forest grows back along the sides and bottom of a path. Unlike other natural hazards, evidence of avalanches often melts away, making it hard to know just how big the worst slides might be or how often to expect them.The city and the school district came to different conclusions about the Behrends path. Eager to get his school built, the superintendent planted a favorable report in the Alaska Daily Empire. It was titled: “Three Inspect School Site; Men Report No Danger.”A 1949 newspaper clipping of a council meeting where the mayor denounced the superintendent’s report.But neither the mayor nor the city engineer had approved it or even seen it before it ran.A few days later, a rebuttal appeared in the Alaska Sunday Press under the headline, “Mayor Hendrickson Disclaims All Responsibility For Report Made On School Site In Waynor Tract.”In it, the mayor said the site should be considered “a possible slide area.” The mayor and engineer felt that it was “unwise to put too much confidence in the holding power” of the forested area at the bottom of the path.The city rejected the school site. Although rudimentary, their inspection was the first hazard study of the Behrends path — and the first time the city sought to regulate construction there.Which sets up a perplexing mystery. Just seven months later, the same city council voted to expand Juneau’s city limits to annex the Highlands, including the spot where the school would have gone and the even more exposed slopes above it. The explosion of residential construction that followed left Juneau with the problem it lives with today: dozens of homes built in even riskier spots than the rejected school site.‘The best we can with what we have’The avalanche danger was not discussed — or at least no such discussion was recorded — when the city council voted on Oct. 14, 1949 to annex the Highlands. The vote was unanimous, and the annexation only rated a short paragraph in the next day’s paper — far less space than a report on water rates.Excerpt from article in Alaska Sunday Press, April 10, 1949.Juneau’s housing stock had not kept up with its population, to the point where minutes from a February 1949 meeting noted that “persons are having to turn away on account of the housing conditions.” The next year, the council officially declared a housing shortage and extended its rent control program.The city tried to keep up partly by encouraging apartment construction and partly by expanding to allow new residential development. In April of 1949, the Alaska Sunday Press noted that “people interested in financing home construction are the most numerous on record” and described 11 homebuilding projects underway in the Highlands, with more lots being cleared.It’s not surprising that people were willing to move into the slide zone. Sara McBride, a disaster researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey, says when there’s conflicting information about a hazard, optimism tends to take over — and factors like Juneau’s housing shortage and even the physical beauty of the Highlands neighborhood may have driven that outlook.“I think one of the things we struggle with a lot is optimism bias,” McBride said. “We all kind of walk around thinking, something might happen to someone else, but it’s not going to happen to me.”Alaska Sunday Press, August 1949.There were also financial interests behind the push to develop the Highlands. The architect Harold Foss, who built many of Alaska’s best known public buildings including Juneau’s city hall, airport and public library, appeared in newspaper articles as an advocate of the expansion and in council minutes as someone directly involved. The Juneau Realty Company and Lemon Creek Sand and Gravel both bought and developed lots prior to the annexation.And the newspaper acted as a cheerleader.“The housing problem is our current chief ‘impossible’,” read an August 1949 column in the Alaska Sunday Press, “and we are solving that too. Much as we would welcome and could use outside help, we are going ahead. As the new building in the Waynor Tract and the Highlands certainly shows, doing the best we can with what we have.”After annexing the Highlands, the city poured resources into developing the neighborhood. In 1950, the city shared the cost of building concrete sidewalks, extended the city bus route and built Parks Street to improve access to Behrends Avenue. Water mains went in along Behrends that summer, and in September the city called for bids to put a sewer line on Highlands Drive.In the late 1940s, there were just a few houses in the avalanche path, on Glacier Ave. But by 1950, the neighborhood was really taking shape. About two-thirds of the homes on the 200 block of Behrends Avenue were built that year. They all lay in the avalanche path.‘At least to Egan Drive’The last house on the block went up in 1959, only to be severely damaged in the avalanche three years later. While residents and the newspaper called the avalanche a freak occurrence, for the city it was a reality check.Gilbertson, the former planner, says the 1962 slide was a turning point for Juneau because it led to the first real study of the path, completed in 1967, which in turn led to safer development.“That was really the first step that gave the planning commission tools to prevent more land from being subdivided in avalanche areas,” he said.More studies followed, each using more sophisticated methods to estimate the magnitude of the hazard and propose what could be done about it.All of the reports agreed that no protective structure could be built that would stop or deflect the largest avalanches — the only way to make the neighborhood truly safe was to remove the houses.The most recent study, prepared in 2011 by the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos, Switzerland, may be the bleakest. The authors’ modeling led them to recommend widening the severe hazard zone and extending it further downhill, “at least to Egan Drive,” which is the highway that runs along the water’s edge.And unlike some of the earlier reports, the 2011 report sees building structures to deflect avalanches or stop them from starting as an unwise use of resources.For example, the 1967 study found that building a system of 20-foot tall barriers and diverting dams would “probably reduce the hazard to tolerable levels.” The 2011 report dismissed the proposed barriers as “far too small.”A 1968 study suggested building a massive, 100-foot-tall catching dam above the neighborhood. The 2011 report found that even that would not protect Behrends Avenue. from powder snow avalanches like the 1962 event.In the end, the 2011 report concludes — as others had before — that the most effective way to address the hazard was to get the houses out of its way. The report’s main recommendation was to seek federal funding for a voluntary buyout program. The report even ranked the homes in the path in the order that they should be bought out, according to their exposure. Such a program would mean people could leave the neighborhood if they wanted to, without selling to someone who was willing to move into it.Proposed priority list for buyout of homes in the Behrends Avenue subdivision. (WSL Institute for Snowand Avalanche Research SLF)‘The single most valuable asset’Juneau’s government never actively pursued a buyout program. And there was little interest from residents.“I don’t think that the consensus of the assembly was for city staff to put time on that,” said Sen. Jesse Kiehl, who represents Juneau in the Alaska Legislature. He was a member of the city assembly at the time. “Juneau’s housing market was, if anything, more pinched than it is today, and there was concern about whether those federal grants or others would help replace the number of units lost.”So Juneau’s perpetual housing shortage, which put the neighborhood there in the first place, helps keep it there decades later. Kiehl sees no easy solutions.“A home is the single most valuable asset most Americans will ever own in their lives,” he said. “It’s a really big deal. You have to balance that against people not dying. But you have to handle it very carefully.”The 200 block of Behrends Avenue, in the avalanche path pictured in 2021 (Rashah McChesney/KTOO)To McBride, the disaster researcher, it’s no surprise that a buyout program never took shape.“Governments take drastic action and move communities,” she said. “However, they tend to happen after tragic events.”Without the will or support to move people out of the avalanche path, Juneau has focused on stopping more people from moving into it.Changes to the city code mean people living in severe avalanche areas can’t build anything that would let more people live on their lot, like a new bedroom or a mother-in-law apartment. The city has also persuaded several landowners to donate or sell unbuilt lots in avalanche paths to the city, to be maintained as open space.In other words, because the problem of the existing neighborhood has proved intractable, most of the effort has gone toward keeping things from getting worse.But Gilbertson says even those basic measures were hard to push through and sometimes failed.“There were discussions about having a hazard disclosure on property records so that somebody buying a house might know that it was an avalanche area,” he said. “But that met a lot of public resistance because of the impact it would have on property values. And as a result, it was up to buyers of property to do their own due diligence.”‘A very different way of looking at land use’Sorrel Goodwin, a librarian at the Alaska State Library, says there were good reasons why the Áak’w Kwáan people chose Auke Bay — about 10 miles up the coast — as the mother village. Auke Bay had beach access, milder weather and a good lookout point.Sorrel Goodwin at the site of the Tlingit mother village in what is now Auke Bay. (Andrés Camacho/KTOO)In the summer, people would go over to the area that’s now downtown Juneau to fish, but in winter they left it alone.Goodwin’s Tlingit name is Yashkanda.ets’. He’s L’eeneidí from Yaxté Hít. He says the people living at Auke Bay would have been perplexed to see newcomers “building in an area that very frequently in the wintertime gets hurricane force winds — we now call them the Taku winds — and is underneath several avalanche chutes as well.”“It’s just a very different way of looking at land use, community planning,” he said. “I think it’s done very differently in an Indigenous context, versus a more industrialized, mechanized Western settler context.”Those earliest planning decisions — made when people were building a mining town, not a capital city — have caused some of the mistakes of the past to seem baked in.When the first report on the Behrends path came out in 1967, the city council kept it under wraps for more than a year. When the borough planning commission finally got their hands on it, they didn’t know what to do, either. It was a new way of thinking about their jobs.One member thought they should condemn the threatened properties and clear the area. Another suggested keeping public buildings out of the runout zone. The problem quickly snowballed in their minds: If they were going to make rules for avalanches, what about rock slides? Tsunamis?The Behrends avalanche path seen from the 100 block of Behrends Avenue, south of where the neighborhood crosses the path. (Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Any action they took in the avalanche path would have implications for Juneau’s other hazards, which are everywhere. The stakes were high — and they remain high for anyone seeking to make policy decisions about Juneau’s avalanche risk today.All the homes damaged by the 1962 slide are still there today. After 50 years of studies, the city’s avalanche forecasting has been the main safety improvement. It’s the difference between possibly having a chance to evacuate rather than waking up, as Bonnie Herdlick did, to the sounds of shattering windows and splintering wood.Paige Sparks and Andrés Camacho contributed reporting to this story. Share this story:last_img read more

PMI: UK manufacturing gets off to a good 2015 as costs drop while orders grow

first_img whatsapp PMI: UK manufacturing gets off to a good 2015 as costs drop while orders grow Catherine Neilan UK manufacturing has had a good start to the year, with output and new orders both shrugging off the slowdown at the end of last year.  Figures out this morning show that the UK’s manufacturing PMI rose to 53 in January, up from 52.7 in December, which was itself revised up from 52.5.  Headline PMI has been above the neutral 50 mark – which demonstrates growth – since April 2013.  Manufacturing output expanded for the 23rd consecutive month, thanks to a further increase in incoming new orders, primarily from the domestic market.  Solid output growth was registered at both intermediate and investment goods producers. However, the rate of growth in the consumer goods output ground to a near standstill pace.  There was also a modest increase in new business from overseas, representing the first meaningful improvement in new export order volumes registered for five months.  Companies reported increased demand from France, Germany, Japan, the Middle East, Poland and the US.  All this means good things for jobs; staffing levels have risen for the 21st successive month, although the rate has eased back to a three-month low.  The rate of purchase price deflation accelerated sharply to its steepest since 2009, with nearly a third of companies reporting a decline in input costs owing to the slump in the oil price.  Rob Dobson, senior economist at Markit, which compiles the survey, said: “The big mover in the latest survey was the input prices index, as the recent slump in oil prices saw manufacturers’ purchasing costs fall at one of the fastest rates seen over the past 16 years.  “Selling prices also fell for only the second time in five years. Waning inflationary pressures will provide the Bank of England with leeway to push back the first rate increase to late-2015 at the earliest.”  David Noble, group chief executive at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply, said: “Manufacturers were picking up the pace a little as the sector reported a marginal increase in activity driven by domestic demand which continued to show signs of life.  “Though the overall index showed a modest increase, it may be enough to allay fears of an overall slowdown in the UK economy as the Eurozone continues to experience problems.” He added: “The world’s eyes will be focused on reactions to Eurozone deflation and a response to the UK’s disinflationary pressures and how all this will be played out for manufacturing in the months ahead.”  Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUltimate Pet NutritionIf Your Dog Eats Dry Food, Do This Every DayUltimate Pet Nutrition Monday 2 February 2015 6:02 am whatsapp Share Tags: Manufacturing sector Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI)last_img read more

Learning Chinese Is Hot in North Korea

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE News [imText1]Learning Chinese is hot amongst North Koreans. Some North Koreans say that speaking Chinese is indispensable to their business because most trades are made with China.20 to 30 private tutors of the Chinese language are in ShinuijuIn late November, a North Korean man under the cover of his pseudonym Kim Suk Joo (41, resident of Shinuiju) said, “Youngsters in the Sinuiju area are eager to learn Chinese, and there are approximately 20 to 30 private tutors of the Chinese language in Shinuiju area these days.”According to Mr. Kim, in a foreign institution in Chaeha town of Shinuiju, it has been found that excellent students tend to choose Chinese over English and Russian. English was the most popular foreign language before, but Chinese is now taking the place of English. A trader in Dandong, Lim Tae Sik (pseudonym, 45, Shinuiju), also said that the department of Chinese at the Pyongyang Foreign Language Institute has attracted many students over the last five years. This also shows that the youth are interested in learning Chinese. The students are learning Chinese because speaking Chinese is advantageous in doing business with China. Moreover, exchange between China and North Korea is rapidly increasing, and is expected to continue to further increase in the future. Even they seem to consider the possibility for North Korea to open itself to the world. People above their late 30s mostly learned Russian. After the collapse of the old Soviet Union, youngsters began to rush to learn Chinese. This is primarily because it was viewed as a rapidly developing country.No Control on Private TutoringMr. Kim said, “It costs 15 thousand won a month to be privately tutored for 2 hours everyday. Teaching materials are beginner’s textbooks used at the Pyongyang Foreign Language Institute and Kim Chaek University of Technology.”“Teaching materials for intermediate and advanced learners are bought from those who return after their study abroad in China. These materials are hard to find, and thus copies made by hand transcription are commonly used. The quality of the educational audio tapes is poor because they have been produced by copying duplicates after duplicates,” said Mr. Kim.According to Mr. Lim, private tutoring is illegal, but it is not controlled because of Kim Jong Il’s instructions that foreign cultures and knowledge must be accepted and used if they are advantageous to the nation and people. News Facebook Twitter AvatarKwon Jeong Hyun North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img Learning Chinese Is Hot in North Korea RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News By Kwon Jeong Hyun – 2005.12.18 11:51am last_img read more

Canadian firms’ refinancing needs are growing

first_img When bond ratings slip, investors shrug Catastrophe bond market gains momentum “The increase in Canadian firms’ refunding needs was driven by a 13% rise in speculative-grade bank and bond maturities between 2017 and 2021, to $57 billion,” says Tiina Siilaberg, vice president and senior analyst at Moody’s, a statement. “In contrast, investment-grade bond maturities fell by 12% during that period, to $35 billion,” adds Anastasija Johnson, a Moody’s analyst in a statement. The report notes that speculative-grade debt now represents more than 60% of total debt due in 2017-21, and it attributes this shift to speculative-grade debt to “the numerous rating downgrades among commodities issuers in the past two years due to the oil price slump.” Moody’s expects the Canadian high-yield market to normalize as the economy and commodities prices continue to improve, with credit risks at energy firms declining and some improvement in their ratings. In the meantime, the credit-rating agency says that near-term refunding risk is low. “Only $6 billion of Canadian companies’ debt comes due this year, as refunding needs have shifted forward to 2018,” the Moody’s report states. “The amount of debt maturing next year now stands at $17 billion, or 18% of the total, and is almost equally split between speculative- and investment-grade.” In a separate report on the U.S., Moody’s says that an all-time record of US$2 trillion in corporate debt will be coming due in the next five years. More than US$1 trillion of that is in speculative-grade corporations. “Five-year speculative-grade refunding needs have reached a new high, breaking the US$1 trillion mark,” says Siilaberg. “U.S. spec-grade non-financial companies have a total of US$1.06 trillion of debt maturing between 2017 and 2021, with US$933 billion, or nearly 90%, of this due in 2019-21.” Of these speculative-grade companies, almost 60% have stable ratings outlooks, 24% have positive outlooks and 16% have negative outlooks, Moody’s reports. At the same time, investment-grade U.S. companies have a record amount of debt (approximately US$944 billion) due over the next five years. Says Siilaberg: “For the majority of U.S. investment-grade companies, refunding risk over the next five years is manageable.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media With bond yields low and rising, what is the price of safety? James Langton center_img Although Canadian companies’ refinancing needs continue to rise, refinancing risk remains low in the short term, says a new report from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. The credit-rating agency reports that Canadian non-financial companies have about $92 billion of rated debt maturing from 2017 to 2021, which is the highest total since 2009, and is up by 2% from the previous five-year period. Moody’s reports that $27 billion of this debt load is rated “speculative grade” and comes due in 2021. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Bond last_img read more

Disaster assistance available for communities in Far North Queensland

first_imgDisaster assistance available for communities in Far North Queensland Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanDisaster assistance is now available in five local government areas in Far North Queensland impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding in April.Financial assistance is available in the Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Douglas, Mareeba and Yarrabah local government areas under the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said the funding will assist with clean-up activities and the restoration of essential public infrastructure after rainfall and flooding caused landslides, damaged roads and left communities isolated.“The Bruce Highway was cut between Cardwell and Ingham as was Gilles Range Road, which is the main link between Atherton and the coast,” Minister Littleproud said.“The region was heavily inundated causing several rivers to burst their banks, with more than half a metre of rain falling at Mount Sophia south of Cairns.“This is the third disaster event to hit the region this year alone, following Tropical Cyclones Imogen and Niran.“The Australian and Queensland Governments will continue to stand by these communities and support their recovery efforts so that they can get back on their feet as quickly as possible.”Queensland Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan said the severe weather system had prompted dozens of calls for assistance to emergency services.“While the weather system did not develop into a tropical cyclone, it dumped tremendous amounts of water over an extended period of time,” Minister Ryan said.“We know that these areas are used to a lot of rain but the levels seen during the event soaked the road base and resulted in significant damage.“This funding will help these local government areas cover the cost of essential repairs to roads and other public infrastructure.“The Australian and Queensland Governments are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of communities impacted by natural disasters in Queensland.”Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at and the Queensland Reconstruction Authority’s website at /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Atherton, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Bruce, Cairns, Cardwell, Emergency Management, Emergency Services, Far North Queensland, Fire and Emergency Services, Government, infrastructure, Ingham, Mareeba, QLD, Queensland, Ryan, Yarrabahlast_img read more

A new Queen’s Speech to build back better from pandemic

first_imgA new Queen’s Speech to build back better from pandemic New laws to ensure the UK builds back better and stronger from the pandemic will be unveiled in next week’s Queen’s Speech.Following the unprecedented, global impact of coronavirus the Government’s new legislative programme will be focussed on supporting the nation’s recovery, backing the NHS, levelling up and spreading opportunity.It will support jobs, businesses and our economy, while delivering the Government’s commitments to create safer streets and neighbourhoods and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, for a cleaner, greener UK.The new measures will build on the progress so far, in spite of the pandemic, following a period which also saw the UK become an independent nation outside the EU.The Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:The impact of the pandemic on people’s lives has been unique in our history.My Government is still focussed on beating this disease, saving lives and livelihoods and rolling out vaccines, but I am also determined that we look forward and get on with fulfilling the promises we have made to the British people.Not only will we address the legacies of the pandemic, we will go further to unite and level up the country, fight crime and create opportunities up and down the country for businesses and families to build brighter futures.The State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday follows the delivery of 44 bills in the last Parliamentary session, including the legal framework to help us strike new trade deals around the world and powers to regain control over our borders.A number of bills will be carried over to complete their passage in the next session. This includes the Environment Bill, which will set legally binding environmental targets, and cement the UK’s leadership on climate change, as we host the international COP26 Summit in Glasgow later this year.Laws to protect the public, support our police and deliver Manifesto commitments to cut crime will also return, with the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill set to overhaul sentencing to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer.The bill will also double the maximum sentence for assaulting people in the emergency services, who have worked night and day to keep us safe during the pandemic, and build confidence in the criminal justice system by speeding up justice, modernising courts and reforming bail to better protect vulnerable victims and witnesses.To tackle knife crime and youth violence, the bill will give the police new powers to stop and search those convicted of knife and offensive weapons offences. Police, local authorities and other agencies will also have a new, legal duty to work together to address the root causes of serious violence and intervene earlier to prevent these crimes from happening in the first place.These changes follow the delivery of the new Counter-Terrorism and Sentencing Act, which ends the prospect of early release for anyone convicted of a serious terror offence, and the Domestic Abuse Act, which will transform our response and provide greater protections from all forms of abuse. Together these serve as examples of the Government’s commitment to deliver on the promises made to the British people before the pandemic.The Government’s agenda, to be set out in next week’s Queen’s Speech, will continue to reflect that ambition to not only fight COVID-19 and recover from its impacts, but to build back better. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Boris Johnson, British, climate change, Counter-terrorism, Courts, criminal justice, Emergency Services, environment, EU, Europe, Government, greenhouse gas emissions, Prime Minister, Queen, UK, UK Government, youth violencelast_img read more

Elon Musk drops more details on Model 3 sedan, Model Y SUV

first_imgMusk also offered the first glimpse of the Model Y, which is planned to hit the road by 2019. Musk didn’t offer additional details on the car’s design, but he said that demand for the Y is exceeding that of the Model 3. Finally, at the end of September, Tesla plans to show off a working prototype of its new semi-trailer truck.“We’ve shown it to a number of organizations that buy heavy-duty trucking and they all love it,” Musk said. “They just want to know how many can they buy and how soon.” He added that customers of heavy-duty semis are giving Tesla feedback on the design, helping to keep the truck tailored to their needs. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Tesla Model 3 ‹ Previous Next › RELATED TAGSTeslaNewsElon Musk “I’d really recommend showing up for the semi truck unveiling,” Musk said, teasing the audience. “Maybe there’s a little more than we are saying here.” 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 | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending Videoscenter_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS At Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting this week, CEO Elon Musk shed new light on the company’s next SUV, the Model Y, while confirming the production schedule for the new Model 3, the company’s entry-level sedan priced at $35,000.Tesla is set to begin production of the Model 3 next month, nearing the day when the first customers will be able to get behind the wheel. Buoyed by the mass market appeal of the Model 3, Tesla hopes to produce half a million electric cars by 2018, vastly ramping up its output over last year at 85,000 vehicles.Early customers of the Model 3 can choose the car’s color and the size of its wheels, Musk said. But as production accelerates later this year and into 2018, additional configurations will open up. Model 3 customers can eventually choose between two different motors – one designed for highway travel and another for stop-and-go traffic, optimizing for acceleration and mileage economy. Demand for the Model 3 isn’t slowing, Musk said. Customers who place reservations now won’t see their vehicle until late next year. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2This is Tesla’s first teaser of its second crossover, the Model Y. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement 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” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

Breathless Wines Earns Rising Wine Stars 2020 “Winery of the Year”

first_imgLinkedin Pinterest Share Home Industry News Releases Breathless Wines Earns Rising Wine Stars 2020 “Winery of the Year”Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessBreathless Wines Earns Rising Wine Stars 2020 “Winery of the Year”By Press Release – September 2, 2020 395 0 Facebook TAGSBreathless WinesLuxeSF AdvertisementHealdsburg-Based, Female-Led Winery Takes Home Top Honors in Annual AwardsHealdsburg, CA, September 1, 2020 – California sparkling wine trendsetter, Breathless Wines, has been named the 2020 “Winery of the Year” by LuxeSF’s annual Rising Wine Star Awards.LuxeSF, formerly The Luxury Marketing Council of San Francisco, assembled a panel of 14 respected industry influentials to make the final selection for this year’s honorees, from a pool of 74 candidates across all five award categories. The recipients were formally named yesterday in a press release.The annual Winery of the Year Award, established in 2017, is given to an up and coming leader in the industry, a brand that is a subject of current industry buzz, generating consumer and trade excitement; one that is innovating and experimenting with new, interesting trends in winemaking and marketing, and is hiring top performers while attracting great wine talent to their roster.“We are humbled by this tremendous recognition,” says Sharon Cohn, co-founder of Breathless Wines. “In what has been a very tumultuous year, we are so grateful for our loyal, inspiriting supporters and are honored to be the recipients of this award. Despite the year’s uncertainty, we remain consistent in our original vision and mission for Breathless: to bring beautiful sparkling wines to wine lovers in California and beyond; and maybe a little levity as well. Being named Winery of the Year is such an honor, and we raise a glass to all who have helped Breathless Wines get to this great moment in time. Cheers to the other incredible wineries who were also recognized!”Founded in 2012, and built by the love of three sisters, and the passion for life that their mother passed down to them, Breathless Wines is truly a family affair. The three sisters, Sharon Cohn, Cynthia Faust, and Rebecca Faust have created a winery which is both a living tribute to their mother, Martha, and a portfolio of stunning wines that celebrate her philosophy — to dream big, live life to the fullest and never take a single breath for granted. The fourth “sister”, winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, brings years of experience and accolades to the operation. All four women, and their extended team, are dedicated to sparkling winemaking in the traditional method, creating refreshing sparkling wines that are hand-crafted from select Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes using the traditional French méthode champenoise — the same process of tirage, riddling, and disgorging that the great Champagne houses have practiced for centuries.In its short operating history, the winery has accumulated a slew of awards and accolades each attesting to the quality of its wines and the mastery of its winemaker. These include the Sweepstakes Award  for Best Sparkling & Specialty Wine at the 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair for the 2012 Brut, 96 points and Best of Class – Gold Medal at the 2019 Sunset International Wine Competition for the 2012 Brut, 94 points and a Double Gold Medal at the 2019 American Fine Wine Competition for the Blanc de Noirs, 92 Points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for the Blanc de Blancs, 95 Points and a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 California State Fair for Blanc de Noirs and the Winemaker of the Year Award from the North Bay Business Journal to winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster for Exceptional Still and Sparkling Winemaking Skills.Breathless Wines works with select vineyards throughout the North Coast of Sonoma County and Mendocino County. Their focus is on sustainability and finding the best grape clones within these choice vineyards.In honor of their mother, the sisters have also taken an active role in the local community, hosting events for multiple philanthropic causes throughout the year and donating to a variety of charities, including the Alpha-1 Foundation, a nonprofit that is committed to finding a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and to improving the lives of people affected by Alpha-1 worldwide; a genetic lung disease that took their mother way before her time.ABOUT BREATHLESS WINESBreathless Wines is a boutique family winery, founded in 2012 in Healdsburg, CA, by the love of three Sonoma County sisters, Sharon Cohn, Rebecca Faust, and Cynthia Faust, and the passion for life that their mother passed down to them. Along with acclaimed Winemaker Penny Gadd-Coster, the honorary 4th sister, this powerful female-led team is dedicated to crafting refreshing method champenoise sparkling wines that pair perfectly with life’s special moments. Breathless is about celebration and rejoicing the occasions that take one’s breath away. The sparkling and lauded venture is in honor of the sisters’ Mother, Martha, who encouraged dreaming big — and to never take a single breath for granted.ABOUT LUXESFLuxeSF, a B2B organization of sales and marketing practitioners, is considered to be the Bay Area leader in the arena of luxury marketing, and the thought leader for the intelligent exploration of best marketing practices and trends in the luxury marketplace. LuxeSF delivers an extensive program of intimately-exclusive events at which experts in the luxury arena present valuable and relevant proprietary research, trend data and best practices. Attendees network with peers in a private and confidential setting that encourages learning, collaboration and the sharing of information and experiences. In addition, LuxeSF annually facilitates marketing alliances, introductions, collaborations and jointly-sponsored marketing programs by virtue of its broad partner network and extensive databank of Bay Area marketing and sales influentials.Advertisement Twitter Email ReddIt Previous articleTastry Offers Testing for Smoke Taint in California Wines – Unique Sensory Technology for Flavor Is Leveraged to Help California WinemakersNext articleOff-Premise Alcohol Gains Not Enough to Make Up for Losses in On-Premise Press Releaselast_img read more

Water System in West Central St. Catherine to be Upgraded

first_imgRelatedWastewater Treatment Plant in Harbour View to be Rehabilitated Advertisements Water System in West Central St. Catherine to be Upgraded Office of the Prime MinisterJune 28, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately $45 million has been committed to upgrade the Goldmine water supply system in West Central St. Catherine.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, made the announcement at the Marlie Hill Primary School in St. Catherine, where she broke ground for the construction of a two-classroom basic school on June 21.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that the money will be spent to ensure that the people from Bartons, Bamboo Ridge, Wood Hall, Brown’s Hall, Marlie Hill, Blue Hole, Macca Tree, Ginger Ridge and surrounding areas will be able to get a proper water supply.“They are going to be working hard to ensure that you do not have a problem with the water supply,” the Prime Minister told the residents.In addition, there will be repairs to the existing entombment to increase the inflows of water going into the treatment plant at Goldmine; rehabilitation of some existing sand filters; installation of pumping equipment and repair of a storage tank.The work will be implemented by the Rural Water Supply Ltd., on behalf of the National Water Commission (NWC).Contact: Andrea Brahamcenter_img RelatedPM Breaks Ground for Basic School in Home Community RelatedPrime Minister Lauds Work of RuJohn Foundationlast_img read more