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Major shareholder lambasts AA takeover approach

first_imgSunday 9 August 2020 2:05 pm whatsapp Share Drew Dickson of Albert Bridge Capital, which owns a 12 per cent stake in the business, told the Sunday Telegraph he was “surprised” at the AA’s ­response to the approaches. The AA’s largest shareholder has criticised the firm’s approach as it enters into takeover talks, saying it had “jeopardised” its own leverage position by being downcast about its situation. Also Read: Major shareholder lambasts AA takeover approach Also Read: Major shareholder lambasts AA takeover approach whatsapp He said the company had “jeopardised negotiating leverage” by stressing its “dire circumstances” during the takeover talks. The AA declined to comment. center_img Dickson told the newspaper that he wondered whether “the five-paragraph soliloquy about their purportedly dire ­circumstances… was intended to compel existing shareholders to acquiesce”. Major shareholder lambasts AA takeover approach “But we believe the AA is under no duress, is cash flow positive, and is wholly capable of refinancing its debt right now,” he added. Despite jumping more than 40 per cent on reports of a takeover deal, AA shares remain just under 33p. Dickson called a reported 40p per share price for the firm “very opportunistic”, and argued “the stock is worth much more than where it trades to today”. Show Comments ▼ The roadside assistance firm said last week it has opened talks with two parties about a potential deal: Centerbridge Partners and TowerBrook Capital on one side, and Platinum and Warburg Pincus on the other. At the end of the last financial year the group had approximately £2.65bn of total net debt, with £913m scheduled to fall due for repayment within the next two years, making debt reduction a “key priority”.  Emily Nicolle last_img read more

Even before leading John McPhee down the Salmon River, Pat Pourchot had his dream job

first_imgAlaska’s Energy DeskEven before leading John McPhee down the Salmon River, Pat Pourchot had his dream jobJanuary 24, 2017 by Annie Feidt, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:Pat Pourchot rafting an Alaskan river in the 1970s. (Photo courtesy: Pat Pourchot)John McPhee’s book Coming into the Country starts with a river trip: six men, nine days- floating nearly the entire length of the Salmon river in northwest Alaska. The 26 year old leading the trip was Pat Pourchot, a recent Alaska transplant who had the job of a lifetime with the Interior Department.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2017/01/24pourchot-country.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As Pourchot tells it, fresh out of college, he lucked into one of the best jobs in the world. In 1972, he was working for the now long gone federal Bureau of Outdoor Recreation in Colorado. His boss needed five people willing to relocate to Alaska. The job? Floating and researching rivers across the state to see if they would qualify for wild and scenic status in the national park system.“I had wanted to go to Alaska since I was a little kid and I couldn’t raise my hand fast enough and got off the plane here in the spring of 1972 and basically never left,” he said.The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act had passed the year before as part of the effort in Congress to make way for the Trans Alaska Pipeline. Besides establishing 12 Alaska Native Regional Corporations, the law called for studying wilderness areas in the state for national designation as refuges and parks.That’s where Pourchot came in. He had almost no experience in a kayak or canoe. But he was part of the team charged with “inspecting” more than two dozen remote rivers across the state.“And we were looking for…I think the words were ‘remarkably outstanding values’.”By 1975, when John McPhee showed up in Alaska, Pourchot was a skilled paddler, with three summers of river running experience behind him. McPhee had a good friend, John Kauffman, who was a colleague of Pourchot’s at the Interior Department and he convinced the writer to come to Alaska for a story. Pourchot had never heard of the New Yorker magazine and didn’t have any idea who John McPhee was.John McPhee with chum salmon on the Salmon River in Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Pat Pourchot, U.S. Dept. of Interior)But on the trip, McPhee quickly gained Pourchot’s respect. Pourchot says he asked intricate questions about the landscape and animals and probed the men for their opinions on wilderness and conservation.Pourchot says McPhee was continually, but not furiously, taking notes on their answers, “Especially in the evening around the campfire he’d be taking notes, lunch breaks he’d be taking notes.”When The New Yorker article was published in May 1977, Pourchot marveled at the way McPhee unraveled the story of their nine day adventure. The trip started near the headwaters of the Salmon, where the river was barely more than a foot deep.McPhee writes, “I was not disappointed the Salmon was low. In a lifetime of descending rivers, this was the clearest and the wildest river. Walking it in places made it come slow, and that was a dividend in itself.”In one especially vivid section, McPhee describes an epic battle between Pourchot and a giant chum salmon. Pourchot says reading the story now brings him back to that day on the river, “I think John McPhee’s accuracy is impeccable. I think he just really captures things so entertainingly and accurately.”When Coming into the Country was published in December, 1977, it quickly became a bestseller. Pourchot says McPhee’s book doesn’t explicitly make the case for conservation. But it brought the remote wilds of Alaska into focus for readers.“What it did was raise a nation’s consciousness about Alaska and the stakes,” he said. “And what should the role of conservation be on our public lands in Alaska. I think that’s where undoubtedly it had an effect.”In 1980, the Salmon River was included in the national wild and scenic river system, along with two dozen other rivers Pourchot’s team floated.After his brush with McPhee, Pourchot worked as a congressional staffer, state lawmaker and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, to name a few of his many public service jobs.He’s now retired, but he hasn’t stopped exploring. Pourchot says he leads a small group of “aging buddies” on river trips in Alaska every summer.“It’s been kind of a pleasant surprise that most of the places I’ve revisited are largely the same,” he said. “You can go out to Gates of the Arctic or Beaver Creek in Yukon flats Wildlife Refuge and have an experience that’s very similar to the experience we had in the 70s.”And when he’s off the river he still hears from people who’ve just read Coming into the Country and want to know if he’s the same Pat Pourchot who led John McPhee on the Salmon more than 40 years ago.Share this story:last_img read more

‘Likely that we’re out of business’: Rock slide severely damages Ketchikan grocery store

first_imgPublic Safety | Southeast‘Likely that we’re out of business’: Rock slide severely damages Ketchikan grocery storeFebruary 27, 2020 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Products are strewn across the parking lot as Ketchikan Fire Marshal Andrea Buchanan walks toward Tatsuda’s IGA to inspect the building’s interior Thursday. (Eric Stone/KRBD)An early-morning rock slide Thursday, Feb. 27, may put a Ketchikan grocery store out of business. No one was hurt in the rockfall.Owners say Tatsuda’s IGA may be closed for good after a rock slide fell in the early morning hours.“The building inspector and fire marshal just went in and took pictures,” said co-owner Bill Tatsuda. “And it’s really bad — we’re not going to be open for quite a while, if at all ever.”Ketchikan Fire Marshal Andrea Buchanan says the grocery store’s fire alarm went off just before 1 a.m.“What we had was a significant rock slide,” she said at the scene. “The rocks impacted the west wall of the building, pushing the wall in and affecting the structural membranes and components that give stability to the building.”To make matters worse, Buchanan says the slide broke pipes and activated the store’s sprinkler system. She says that likely caused water damage beyond the slide itself.The grocery store’s cliff-side wall took the brunt of the damage from Thursday’s slide. (Eric Stone/KRBD)By 9 a.m. firefighters were still surveying the damage from above with a ladder truck. Trees that had fallen from the cliffs above were sticking out of the building’s roof. Exposed, pink insulation sat next to grocery-store items strewn all around the parking lot — unopened soda boxes, packages of bread and bags of chips.At this point, officials say they don’t know what caused the slide. But U.S. Forest Service soil scientist Dennis Landwehr says landslides like this one are common all over Southeast Alaska for a couple reasons.“Well, we have an abundance of rainfall. So, rainfall tends to drive landslides,” he said. “We also have an abundance of steep slopes.”Landwehr says he’s also not sure what caused this morning’s slide. But he says he suspects freezing and thawing water ate away at the bedrock that supported the trees and soil on the cliff above the grocery store.Tatsuda says he’s never seen anything like it in the store’s nearly 46 years on Ketchikan’s Stedman Street.“Nothing to this scale. We’ve had smaller rock slides that didn’t really damage the building much at all,” he said. “But this one here is major, major structural and equipment damage.”Fire Marshal Buchanan later said that she and building officials were able to inspect the grocery store in the morning.“We’ve come up with a plan to be able to brace and shore portions of the building up that safely will allow Tatsuda’s staff to go in and remove commodities for salvage,” she said.Tatsuda says this may be the end of his more than 100-year-old family business.“Well, I personally think it’s very likely that we’re out of business, simply because 5 years ago, we did a major remodel, and we still owe a lot of money on that,” he said.He says he’s not sure whether insurance will cover the damage. But he’s upbeat. He says he’s glad the store was closed and nobody was inside when the rocks fell.“So, no injuries, which is good,” he said. “A person can always start over if you’re still alive.”It’s not the first time the Tatsuda family has had to start over. In the century since his grandparents started the business, it’s survived two structure fires and WWII when thousands of Americans of Japanese descent — including the Tatsudas — were interned for the duration of the war.Officials say they aren’t sure when salvage efforts will get underway. And in the meantime, residents in this part of town will likely have to travel nearly 2 miles to the nearest supermarket for groceries.This story has been updated.Share this story:last_img read more

Democrats interrupted Trump’s State of the Union to chant about their drug pricing bill

first_img What’s included? Politics President Trump delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Patrick Semansky/AP Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Lev Facher and Nicholas Florko Feb. 4, 2020 Reprints Log In | Learn More Lev Facher GET STARTED Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Democrats interrupted Trump’s State of the Union to chant about their drug pricing bill center_img About the Authors Reprints What is it? Tags CongressDonald Trumpdrug pricingWhite House [email protected] Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Nicholas Florko @levfacher [email protected] @NicholasFlorko WASHINGTON — President Trump’s brief remarks on drug pricing during Tuesday’s State of the Union address appeared uncontroversial: Congress, he said, should pass a bipartisan drug pricing bill.Democrats, however, came armed with a surprisingly strong response: From the back of the House chamber, dozens of lawmakers stood, held up three fingers, and unleashed a three-syllable chant: “H.R. 3.”last_img read more

Inner City Communities Benefiting From ICBSP

first_imgRelatedInner City Communities Benefiting From ICBSP FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government and the World Bank have joined together to pursue strategies to effectively address challenges faced by residents of some inner city communities, through the Inner City Basic Services Project (ICBSP).A five-year project, which began in 2006, the ICBSP is jointly funded by the World Bank and Jamaican Government at a cost of US$32.8 million. The World Bank has provided a loan of US$29.3 million, while the remaining US$3.5 million is a provision from government.The ICBSP is a two-pronged initiative, focusing on the physical and social infrastructure of communities targeted for assistance. The project is intended to: strengthen human and social capital; enhance public safety; and provide access to micro financing as well as basic infrastructure. Focus is also placed on other areas such as land tenure, public safety, and youth recreational and educational activities.It is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) – a limited liability company, incorporated under the Company’s Act of Jamaica in 1996 – as a key component in the Government’s national poverty alleviation strategy.Communities targetted are: Jones Town, Federal Gardens, Passmore Town/Brown’s Town, and Whitfield Town in Kingston and St. Andrew, with a population of 43,034 in 8,606 households; Tawes Meadows, Lauriston, Shelter Rock, Africa, Central Village (inclusive of Big Lane and Detroit, Little Lane, and Andrews Lane), and Knollis in St. Catherine with a target population of 15,140 in 3,035 households; Bucknor in Clarendon, with a population of 1,150 in 230 households, and Flankers in St. James, with a target population of 7,148 in 1,430 households.The selections were based on the level of poverty in the communities; access to household water connections; crime and violence characteristics (levels and ability to intervene); strength of community-based organizations, and tenure considerations associated with the settlement.The selection process was administered by the Ministry of National Security, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and Social Development Commission (SDC), along with JSIF.The JSIF’s Social Services Co-ordinator, Grace-Ann Scarlett tells JIS News that the ICBSP links into targets 10 and 11 of the United Nations (UN), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to improve the lives of urban dwellers.Ms. Scarlett says significant work has been undertaken in the areas of public safety, with specific focus on mediation and conflict resolution. Particular attention, she adds, has been placed on children in the communities, and the most appropriate intervention initiatives applicable, which can assist them in dealing with the challenges that obtain.One such initiative is art, and earlier this year JSIF co-ordinated a poster competition for children, ages six to 12 years. The youngsters were invited to express themselves creatively on the theme: ‘How Does Crime and Violence Affect Me.’Entries from over 20 children were received and judged, and various prizes and trophies were presented at an awards ceremony and exhibition at the Devonshire Restaurant, Devon House, in Kingston on Wednesday, June 18.Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director of JSIF, Scarlette Gillings, described the displays as reminders of the challenges society faces, in particular persons and organizations involved in the implementation of programmes aimed at assisting socially-challenged communities. She further said the pieces supported arguments of the negative impact crime and violence have on the psyche of young people, and stressed the need for far-reaching interventions in their communities.“These testimonials are clear indications that our efforts to reduce levels of absolute poverty will be severely affected if there are not structured and targeted corrective programmes in these volatile communities,” Mrs. Gillings stressed.She noted that during JSIF’s 11-year involvement in providing interventions in a number of the challenged communities, they have seen “real changes,” in the attitudes of community members to their own development.“We are proud of these achievements in building levels of social capital, and have seen, first hand, the determination of many of these communities to ‘do it themselves’,” the JSIF head pointed out.Mrs. Gillings highlighted JSIF’s readiness to take on the challenges associated with the communities, adding that the organization has been carrying out groundwork upwards of the last 12 months, in the ICBSP-targetted communities.“Already, as part of our strategy, we have increased the capacity of the 12 communities in conflict resolution and mediation through our partnership with the Dispute Resolution Foundation (DRF). Over 180 mediators have been trained and are certified to undertake the massive work of conflict resolution in the communities,” she outlined.Additionally, she said that with the help of the Social Development Commission (SDC), over 300 residents in 17 community-based organizations have been trained in leadership skills, and are now members of their various community committees.Mrs. Gillings disclosed that over the last 10 months, JSIF undertook work to strengthen supervision of homework classes and assist with extra tutoring for Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) students in the communities. She pointed out that the GSAT programme provides additional teaching assistance to students, whose parents or guardians are unable to afford private lessons, and/or who are performing below grade standards, adding that over 1,200 students are registered.Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, Senator Warren Newby, who also spoke at the ceremony, noted that children from the upper and lower strata of society were basically born with similar abilities. He, however, lamented that those at society’s lower rung were being prevented from attaining achievements because of “stress” placed on the communities by both the “system” and others who have been “deprived by the system.” He added that the rest of society needs to be mindful of the need to arrest these challenges.“This (ICBSP) is the path that gives me hope (to this end). Because, if agencies like JSIF continue to play their part, (then) these children are determined to make a break with what has been considered normal in these communities,” Senator Newby argued.Other significant initiatives which Ms. Scarlett says are being undertaken include the construction of multi-purpose buildings in Flankers, Central Village, Lauriston, Bucknor, Federal Gardens and Knollis, as well as rehabilitation of an existing structure in Tawes Meadows. This undertaking, she explained, was out of recognition of the need for communities to have social spaces, where residents would have opportunities to interact on matters pertaining to development.Also to be undertaken are rehabilitation, expansion and extension of water supplies and networks, and rehabilitation of water tanks; reinstatement of roadways; regularization of electricity connections, and rehabilitation of boundaries, which will entail the replacement of zinc fences to improve the physical state of communities.Ms. Scarlett tells JIS News that the ICBSP also has a solid waste component which will complement the work of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). This programme, she explains, will have a strong social marketing component, which will focus on efforts at recycling, as well as proper disposal of waste.The micro-financing component, she adds, aims to give persons the opportunity to gain access to small lending agencies that can help them become “architects of their own lives.” Another component, land tenure regularization, is to be undertaken in some of the communities, she discloses, pointing out that it is designed to support Government’s squatter management and upgrading programme.The JSIF Social Services Co-ordinator advises that a special multi-agency project steering committee has been established to effect proper monitoring and evaluation of the activities.Ms. Scarlett stresses that sustainability of the activities is key when the ICBSP ends in 2012. To this end, she says that as part of JSIF’s exit strategy, significant investment is being made on building capacity at the community level. 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Exporting animal welfare to Vietnam

first_imgExporting animal welfare to Vietnam Participants in a recent workshop in Vietnam to discuss the development of local animal welfare laws included Australia’s Agricultural Counsellor Tony Harman, Tien Nguyen from the Livestock Export Program, and members of Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Animal welfare laws consistent with Australian expectations for the treatment of cattle exported overseas will be enshrined in Vietnam, with the help of Australia’s livestock export industry.The new animal health laws being developed by the government of Vietnam will apply to all cattle in the country, regardless of their origin, covering animal husbandry and handling, disease prevention, transport, traceability, slaughter, and food safety.Advice and assistance is being provided by the in-market team from the Livestock Export Program (LEP), a partnership between research and marketing bodies LiveCorp and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), via a three-year agreement.A workshop with several government departments recently provided an opportunity for Australia’s Agricultural Counsellor to Vietnam, Tony Harman, to explain the regulations for exported Australian cattle; while the LEP’s Tien Nguyen talked about the practical benefits of stunning, traceability and other animal welfare measures.The LEP’s Manager Livestock Services – Asia Pacific, Michael Patching, says Vietnam is an important and growing market for Australia’s live cattle exports, and the project will help to ensure our cattle are treated appropriately.“The regulations imposed by Australia have had significant benefits for the welfare of Australian livestock overseas, especially the use of stunning. However, there are almost a million local cattle a year processed in Vietnam that don’t come under those standards, and this creates risks for the Australian industry,” Dr Patching said.“Being invited by the government in Vietnam to work with them on the development of the laws helps to ensure they are aligned to the international standards which have to be met for Australian cattle, so that local authorities are providing the same level of regulatory oversight.“Even more important is the opportunity to support an important trading partner in a meaningful way that will have lasting impact. We know the treatment of livestock in our destination markets is a concern for the Australian community, and this minimises the risk of poor welfare – not only for our cattle, but for all cattle in Vietnam.”One of the key components of the project is to have stunning officially recognised as a supportive tool to ensure good animal welfare outcomes at the point of slaughter. Although stunning is already widely used, this would see the Vietnamese government officially promoting it as best practice.Information campaigns and training resources for the local cattle industry will also be developed by the Vietnamese government about the various components of the new laws.The project is being funded, in part, by a $135,000 grant from the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment through the Agricultural Trade and Market Access Cooperation (ATMAC) program.“The ATMAC program aims to build stronger, mutually beneficial relationships with trading partners, and we are pleased to have this initiative in Vietnam recognised for doing exactly that,” Dr Patching said.“The livestock export industry works with all of its trading partners to help them achieve their objectives, and to continually improve animal health and welfare, meeting and surpassing the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) standards to which most are signatories.“We look forward to seeing the benefits for all livestock in Vietnam as the new laws are rolled out over the next three years.”Latest news Hear from Olympic athlete and country girl Jess Stenson 27 November 2020 Benchmarking delivers key insights 27 November 2020 Study validates on-farm parasite test 27 November 2020 Producers sought to test visual assessment app 27 November 2020 SEE ALL NEWS /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:agreement, Agriculture, animal welfare, Australia, Australian, Australian industry, Australian meat, community, environment, Government, industry, livestock, Meat & Livestock Australia, outcomes, project, research, resources, securitylast_img read more

Council declares short-term key-worker accommodation crisis

first_imgCouncil declares short-term key-worker accommodation crisis Council last night declared a short-term key-worker accommodation crisis in the Surf Coast Shire, following a motion of intent by Cr Gary Allen on 5 May 2021.The tourist hotspot of Lorne was used as a case study for the region, showcasing the effects of a high turnover of staff, a lack of international backpacker and student workforce (95% of Lorne’s seasonal workforce) and lack of suitable accommodation as drivers of the crisis.“Businesses are being forced to reduce their hours of trading, and in one case a business had to close over a weekend, due to a lack of staff, which is affecting the reputation of Lorne,” said Cr Allen. “It’s a location known for fine dining, but this is in jeopardy as experienced chefs can’t find accommodation.”One business in Lorne said the nearest accommodation option for staff is in Armstrong Creek, which also has high demand and prices. It’s not viewed as a long-term option given the late hours in hospitality and the long commute time.Cr Allen called for a coordinated approach involving the Council, local community, the G21, Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and the Victorian Government in order to explore short-term solutions. He called on the Victorian Government to be on the front foot and to use the Surf Coast Shire as a pilot project to develop a mid to long-term strategy to addresses what he sees as a nation-wide problem.Following the declaration, Councillors will now develop an action plan to support the response and recovery activities for Lorne businesses, as well as others across Surf Coast Shire that have been adversely affected by the lack of key-worker accommodation.“If this is the situation today, imagine the problem over the summer period,” said Cr Allen. “I thank my fellow Councillors for their support and I look forward to working through the possible response from Council.” /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:armstrong, backpacker, business, community, council, crisis, Government, local council, Lorne, ocean, pilot, project, Student, study, Surf Coast, Surf Coast Shire, Victoria, workforcelast_img read more

Clark County TODAY • Episode 13 • January 28, 2020

first_imgJackie St. Louis stepping down as Vancouver’s homeless resource manager Posted by Chris Brown|Friday, January 24, 2020 |in : NewsJackie St. Louis stepping down as Vancouver’s homeless resource manager Homeschooling on the rise in Clark County Battle Ground City Council members hear update on YMCA efforts Efforts to build a YMCA in Battle Ground could be picking up steam with a new CEO on board for YMCA of Columbia-Willamette.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Clark County duo helps U.S. Selective Service System earn high scores Next : North county neighbors form East Fork Alliance Neighborhood AssociationAdvertisementThis is placeholder text The city of Vancouver is looking for a new homeless resource manager after just six months. Jackie St. Louis says he has had trouble relocating his family here from the P…Read more center_img Home-based education is the fastest growing form of education in the United States, according to a recent report​ ​from the US Department of Education, and Clark County i…Read more Clark County TODAY • Episode 13 • January 28, 2020Posted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, January 28, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Chris Brown highlights the top stories from ClarkCountyToday.com. Jackie St. Louis stepping down as Vancouver’s homeless resource manager; East Fork Alliance Neighborhood Association formed; Homeschooling on the rise in Clark County; Battle Ground City Council members hear update on YMCA efforts. Posted by ClarkCountyToday.com|Friday, January 24, 2020 |in : YouthHomeschooling on the rise in Clark County Posted by Chris Brown|Monday, January 27, 2020 |in : NewsBattle Ground City Council members hear update on YMCA efforts last_img read more

Recent CU-Boulder Graduate Offers Advice After Bout Of West Nile Virus

first_imgAt first she thought it was the flu.Just a week earlier, Shannon Cox Baker had gone on a white-water rafting trip on the Colorado River near the Colorado-Utah border. She was celebrating her recent graduation from the MBA program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the start of a new career as a green-building consultant.Now, on July 25, she felt nauseous, had no appetite and her body ached all over. In the shower, she flinched as the water hit her skin. When her husband tried to give her a bear hug, she pulled away.”I just felt really bad,” said the 29-year-old Atlanta native and Boulder entrepreneur. “I was completely exhausted and very sore. You know when you’ve got an infection, when something is making you not feel good.”A few days later she broke out in a rash that covered her entire body except for her face, and Cox Baker knew something was going on. A friend who works for Boulder’s parks and open space office advised her to see a doctor about a possible West Nile virus infection after hearing of her symptoms.Health care providers at CU-Boulder’s Wardenburg Health Center confirmed what her friend had suspected: Cox Baker had become another confirmed case of West Nile virus in Boulder County and the only CU-Boulder student to contract the disease so far this year. Now she is sharing her story in hopes of helping other students and area residents avoid the mosquito-borne virus.”If my friend hadn’t told me, I don’t think the thought would have occurred to me,” Cox Baker said.A self-described “Boulder girl” who runs around in sandals and shorts, Cox Baker said she and her husband have enjoyed the Colorado outdoors this summer and long evenings with friends on the couple’s shady backyard patio. A ditch runs past the house in central Boulder, and Cox Baker said it’s more likely a West Nile-carrying mosquito bit her at home than during the rafting trip.”Nobody else on the rafting trip got sick,” she said. None of the couple’s friends have fallen sick following the couple’s backyard get-togethers.So far this year, 55 people have come down with West Nile virus in Boulder County and two elderly men have died. A total of 255 cases have been reported statewide, including four deaths, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.For Cox Baker, the good news is her body has become immune to West Nile virus and she likely will not suffer another bout. Now she advises acquaintances to heed the warnings of health experts who warn people to avoid contact with mosquitoes at dawn and dusk through the end of September. People also are advised to eliminate standing water and to cover up and use insect repellants with DEET when outdoors.”If you think you have the flu, and it feels like it strikes out of nowhere, just take the precaution and go to the doctor,” she said. “I would just be aware of the symptoms for sure. If you get a rash, that’s definitely an indicator.”For more information about West Nile, call the Colorado Health Emergency Line at 1 (877) 462-2911 or visit http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/zoonosis/wnv/. Published: Sept. 4, 2007 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

From the Dean of Students: Supporting ourselves and others during stressful times

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Dean of Students Sandy JonesBalancing studies with extracurricular activities, relationships and other responsibilities can become overwhelming the further we move into a new academic year. Most students experience some levels of stress during midterms, and during times of stress, making choices that lead to a good balance in our lives can make a big difference.There are many different coping methods to help relieve and manage stress, and some are more effective than others. You may not notice that you are stressed, but find yourself indulging in too much junk food, binging on a new Netflix show at the cost of a good night’s sleep, or using alcohol and other drugs. When we try to curtail these habits, we sometimes find ourselves unsuccessful because we aren’t dealing with the core issue: stress.Taking care of your emotional and physical well-being helps immensely as we head toward the end of the semester. Being mindful about our actions throughout the day, and, in particular, how we choose to spend our free time can set us up for success for the rest of the semester.This next week offers some opportunities to take a break and attend free events and celebrations around Homecoming and Halloween. If you choose to celebrate at non-university sponsored events, I encourage you to do so responsibly. If you plan to celebrate by dressing up in a costume, consider the impact your decision might have on others. Be respectful and avoid carrying fake weapons, as they can appear real to law enforcement and others.A scary number of student events leading up to HalloweenFrom the Stampede Homecoming parade and pep rally to a special Will Vill Halloween celebration, CU Boulder students are invited to attend a scary number of free events celebrating Homecoming and Halloween, Oct. 25–31.And as you go out into your communities, please look out for your fellow Buffs:If you are concerned about your safety or someone else’s, keep an eye on the situation and don’t hesitate to call for help.Review more information about how you can be an effective bystander and look out for other members of the community.You can also review the Amnesty Policy to learn more about what to do if you need to call for help in an alcohol- or drug-related emergency.Try to take safety precautions when you can, like using the buddy system and getting home safely by using CU NightRide or Late Night Transit.Remember, you’re a Buff wherever you are—be aware, be considerate and be responsible.Sandy Jones Dean of StudentsCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Community Published: Oct. 24, 2018 last_img read more