Spring Sting

first_imgPeople flock outdoors in the spring to plant gardens, clean up, grill out or just spend time with friends. All are prime times and places for insect attacks, says a University of Georgia bug expert. “Insect encounters don’t usually result in human injury, and most insects should be left alone,” said Elmer Gray, a UGA Cooperative Extension entomologist. “Eliminating areas where insects develop and hide near your home and properly applying pesticides if necessary will keep most stinging and biting pests away.”That stings!Social insects, such as bees, wasps, hornets and ants, develop colonies, which could house as few as a dozen to thousands of individuals. “The social bees, wasps and hornets are a greater stinging threat than the solitary pests because they will attack in large numbers if they perceive the nest is in danger,” he said.Gray said while most individuals are non-aggressive, all can sting if disturbed or handled.Bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants and scorpions inject venom from the tip of their abdomen. For most people, a single sting will cause pain, swelling and stiffness of the joint, which can last a few minutes or for one or more days. However, some people can develop more dramatic reactions where swelling may involve an entire arm or leg, last several days or require hospital treatment.Because of the benefits social insects have on the environment, such as pollination and preying on pest insects, most should not be controlled unless they create a hazard to humans. If you find a nest around your home, Gray said to apply an insecticide in the evening when the insects are at rest. “With the wind at your back and an escape route selected, aim the insecticide at nest openings in trees, bushes, under eaves, ground cracks and crevices in and around nest openings,” he said. “If possible, destroy the nest or seal the nest opening. Honey bees nesting in buildings will require professional hive removal.” Treat fire ant mounds right after rain. “Gently pour an insecticidal drench over a mound so that the mixture will break the surface. Do not stir the mound,” he said. “Use 1 to 2 gallons for an average (12- to 14-inch diameter) mound. Granular and bait formulations are also available.”Shoo Fly!Some think house flies are gross. But, their winged cousins like deer flies, horse flies, black flies and biting midges are more than annoying. They bite.“Deer and horse flies are strong fliers and a serious nuisance of warm-blooded animals and people,” Gray said. “The puncture from the large bladelike mouth parts and the saliva used in feeding can cause pain, swelling and itching.”Biting midges, also called no-se-ums, punkies or sand flies, are very small. Some are small enough to fit through screens. Often their bite is felt, and they are not even seen. Welts and lesions from the bite may last for days. Biting midges are more of a problem around creek beds and swamps, Gray said. The larvae breed in damp or wet soils. Homeowners in residential areas without water present are less likely to be bitten. Black flies, or buffalo gnats, develop in fast-flowing sections of rivers and streams. They are most prevalent in the piedmont and mountainous areas. The saliva they inject while feeding causes swelling and soreness. Female flies use mouthparts to painfully puncture the skin and dine on a blood meal. Because of the widespread breeding sites and long flight range of biting midges and black flies, homeowner control is not always practical, he said. “The most effective way to control exposure to flies is to treat skin with repellent,” Gray said. He said to look for a repellent containing DEET. “Concentrations of DEET up to 30 percent are approved for use on children and infants older than two months of age,” Gray said. “Concentrations of 10 percent will typically be sufficient to protect children under most circumstances unless extreme pest populations are encountered.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has approved picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus and IR3535 as alternatives to DEET, but they are not approved for children under three. Clothing can be treated with permethrin, found in Permanone, to deter fly bites. Remember, too, that light-colored clothing may be less attractive than dark clothing to most biting insects.last_img read more

Nature Deficit Disorder

first_imgIt’s been 10 years since author Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe children who are developmentally behind because they spend so much time inside. In the decade since Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods,” was published, parents seem to have become more aware of the amount of time their children spend inside with gadgets. However, it also seems that kids’ attachment to their devices has grown stronger, said Nick Fuhrman, an outdoor educator and professor of environmental education in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Known to many as “Ranger Nick,” Fuhrman agrees that nature deficit disorder is a growing problem for young kids and young adults. Even students in classes focused on wildlife education can’t seem to deny the draw of constantly checking their phones, always looking down, and being completely removed from listening to and looking at their environment. “I am worried that, eventually, people are not going to see the value of being outside,” Fuhrman said. “Awareness is OK, but we have to get to action, which will eventually lead to a sustained behavior change. That is the ultimate goal of environmental education.”More kids have access to smartphones. Fuhrman believes that the best approach to remedying nature deficit disorder is not to remove the technology, but to use it as a gateway to the outdoors.Several apps, like iNaturalist, which Furhman recommends, enable parents and children to become citizen scientists. Through their phones, they can observe and photograph unique plants, animals and other organisms, then share them with a network of other peers as well as research teams. These apps can help identify unknown creatures and help users learn about nature.Fuhrman also added that the biggest benefit to using the smartphone to connect with nature is that it helps the parents to be more comfortable with the scenario as well. “Parents have to set the model for their children,” he said. “This helps them to be outside with a meaningful purpose.”To that end, the U.S. Forest Service launched a web campaign at www.discovertheforest.org that provides parents with practical tips for introducing their children to the woods, including lots of mobile-optimized games and activities for families with young children to help them make the leap outside.Eventually, Fuhrman hopes that individuals will ease out of depending on their phones for entertainment and start leaving them in their pockets or even at home when they are outdoors.For more on Fuhrman and his Friday Fly-day live series, follow Ranger Nick on Facebook. To see the entire Ranger Nick video series originally aired on the “Georgia Farm Monitor” TV show, please visit www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE2nUQSFKhZh4QpKhjBLzvJFvCBiJ8AwI.last_img read more

Sovernet announces network infrastructure and equipment upgrades

first_imgSovernet Communications, a leading provider of telecommunication services in Northern New England, announced several network infrastructure and equipment upgrades designed to better serve their customers.  The changes will enhance both reliability and operational efficiencies, as well as bring new next-generation services to additional markets.“As part of our continuing commitment to add functionality, redundancy, and capacity to our network , we are pleased to announce the addition of  Barre, Middlebury, and Stowe to our fiber network, with speeds to OC 48.  In addition, our Essex Junction facility has been upgraded to a fully redundant OC 192 node, to meet the capacity needs of our growing customer base, ” says Rich Kendall, Sovernet’s President.  Additionally, Sovernet has also made an infrastructure investment in the Rutland market,  with the deployment of next-gen Adtran gear, enabling delivery of the latest service advancements including symmetric, enterprise level, broadband at DS3 speeds for a fraction of typical DS3 cost.About Sovernet Communications: Celebrating its 15th birthday, Sovernet Communications provides reliable Internet and telecommunication services to residential and business customers throughout Northern New England. The Vermont company is headquartered in Bellows Falls, with facilities in Burlington and Winooski. Sovernet is committed to delivering superior customer care and total customer satisfaction, while actively supporting its local communities.  For more information, please visit www.sover.net(link is external) .Source: BELLOWS FALLS, VT. (March 8, 2010) — Sovernet Communicationslast_img read more

Twenty Years After Operation Colombia Against Casa Verde

first_imgBy Dialogo December 23, 2010 Outstanding writing. It is something that is a part of the history of the Colombian Army in the fight against nacro-terrorism, and it is yet another piece of evidence that the war against the Farc criminals did not begin during the Uribe era as they have wanted to tell us, but it has always been there. The Colombian forces are the best I Latin America for a reason. I knew many officials and sub-official that participated in the Colombian Operation against Farc in Casa Verde. What is written here is very accurate and gives you a very complete idea as to how things happened. Colonel Villamarin could write a spectacular book regarding this topic. I have read all of the books written by Colonel Villamarin, they are excellent. To all of the readers of this magazine I recommend they read both editions of El Cartel de las Farc (The Farc Cartel), la Selva Roja (the Red Jungle), Narcoterrorismo la guerra del nuevo siglo(Narcoterrorism, the war of the new century), Conexión al Qaeda (Al Qaeda Connection), Operación Jaque (Operation Checkmate), La Silla Vacía (The Empty Chair), El Eln por dentro(the ELN from within), Drama-Pesadilla y Espectáculo (Drama-Nightmare and Spectacle), and Complot contra Colombia (Complot versus Colombia). They are works filled with literary vitality and very serious content to analyze and it describes the chronic war communistic terrorism against Colombian society. The strategy for Operation Colombia was quietly designed by the officials of the armed and aerial forces to forcibly occupy the areas of the zone. The operation was postponed because there was no political backing to allow the army to occupy Casa Verde as this site afforded logistical and military support to the 15 FARC frontlines in the eastern plains. The halt sent advice to the government and obtained authorization to occupy Casa Verde. When the patrols arrived at the abandoned apartments, not a single rebel leader was captured as they had escaped in time and had left a rearguard of its special forces which confronted the army and took down 24 and brought down a helicopter. FARC had been alerted and this impeded complete success of the operation. The response by FARC for the capture of Casa Verde was violent: In one month they murdered 64 soldiers and police, they destroyed the oil line Limon Pipeline and many bridges. Behind the subversive attack, there was a seed of possible dialogue planted with the spokesperson of the Simon Bolivar force coordinator in Caracas, Venezuela where it was impossible to come to an agreement. The story of Col. Villamarin is successful and talks about the accounts in a clear manner with his witty writer’s pen and operations specialist of counter-guerrillas, military intelligence, combining the arms race and writing. Miami, Dec. 24, 2010 CP)r.) Guillermo Vanegas Of course without acknowledging the bravery and the efforts made by the soldiers in that Operation Colombia and the knowledge about future deeds, I ask myself how would Colombia have been if in reality all of those wrongfully named Colombian fighters had been captured or killed in that big battle, of course there had to be some miserable infiltrator that alert about possible scrimmages and that is seen even today, twenty years later. It is good for us private citizens to know about operations and plans but I always say it is the means of communication and the lack of control of the superiors in the military forces, who ruin everything, there needs to be a major vigilance and discipline in order to avoid these things from happening. Even still, I say it is our forces through their great effort and sacrifice to protect our country and our citizenry. I wrote a comment about the excellent article by Colonel Villamarin, after 20 years since Operation Colombia, I am very surprised to find out that it wasn’t published, the Comments are very important, the articles are assessed, you need to pay closer attention to the comments, all of the magazines nowadays have a comments page, this helps you to know the quality and quantity of readers. Attention editors and managers of the magazine, this is an oversight that should not exist in a military magazine! It is sad to see how the military is degraded by the chiefs of State and the general population, if they are the heroes of the country who have achieved and allow all to enjoy in the security of the country, but it is absurd to have troops subjected to continuous battles without winning the war, due to the interests of many that need to have continuous warfare, without caring if many innocent military lose their heads while they fight to keep order in the country. Now, in this case it is obvious to see the infiltration by freedom fighters in the government and from there the strategy for the plan of action for much of the urban and rural population in order to obtain their misdeeds as they have the majority of the population which many times is ignorant about the mundane and literacy and as such it is easy to fall into fundamentally poor political ideologies. Now bringing up said argument is the case of Santo Domingo where they accuse the Colombian Army of looting homes and public establishments and launching a bomb at the civil population, how is it possible for those of this jurisdiction to know for certain that is was the military troops that looted when it’s human nature to save their lives, and moreover in the midst of fire and fighting. And who can say for certain that the people that were killed by the bomb (the majority of which were children) weren’t freedom fighters, when we know that they recruit minors in their ranks, and many are their shields and many of us know that the cannon fodder in the middle combat, it is very difficult to know with the hypotheses from the human rights organizations’ requests when the world is full corrupt and bought-off witnesses in favor of the armed forces and not for those responsible. Everything that helps to reveal FARC and its accomplices is positive and welcome. Even though it was one of the operations that broke the myth that the guerrilla force could not be attacked in its hideouts and more so in this one, which was the most important hideout, those of us heroes who participated in this complex operation have been forgotten, my name is Juan Carlos Moreno during that time period I participated as a volunteer soldier in the exclusive battalion of counter-guerrilla forces No. 07 HEROES DE ARAUCA. Our direct target was Casa Verde or the cadre school. I only hope that a small acknowledgment is made to the relatives of those who were wounded and those who died in this operation, today I am a non-commissioned officer in retirement with the rank of sergeant from the first extraordinary class of lance corporals. Colonel: Today’s post should be read in schools and universities in order to prevent many dupes that fall into disinformation generated by farc press offices. Plus, the information from the computers of Reyes is generating in Europe an understanding of the defamation of the Colombian Government carried out by these offices. Yesterday, El País ran a feature story called *Eta’s embassies * arc where it is revealed that, just like the the farc embassies,eta has a network of offices and NGO’s that attack the Spanish Government saying that human rights have not been respected every time a blow is given to the terrorist group. The people here are beginning to understand the similarities and they can see their internal communications (e.g. the plot to blame the Government for the murder of 11 representatives). This is generating an empathy with the democratically elected Government that had not never been seen before. today we see with great surprise that nobody wants to know anything; the small-minded newspapers are not even trying to highlight the courage of these true heroes of the country. This writing is notable and very true. I live in Rego Park, New York. I am a Colombian architect and I have resent it to all my contacts, even in other countries so they can read it, be informed and broadcast to the world the reality of the evil those communists are causing us with and without weapons. On 9 December 1990, troops of the Seventh Brigade of the Colombian Army, commanded by Gen. Luis Humberto Correa, carried out the first great air and land operation against a narco-terrorist complex that served as the headquarters of the FARC Secretariat, known by the mythic name Casa Verde [Green House], in the Uribe-Meta rural area, in the southeastern foothills of the Páramo del Sumapaz. In the words of Jacobo Arenas, the terrorist group’s founding ideologue, “Casa Verde was the symbol of the construction of a revolutionary movement providing guidance to communist guerrillas, as a stimulus to subversion in order to take power.” Striking the FARC Secretariat at its headquarters was a matter of the greatest strategic importance for the National Army and of particular political significance for the country. In accordance with this line of thought, Operation Colombia was planned in detail, on the basis of testimony from FARC deserters, aerial photographs taken by the Air Force, meteorological analysis, and the selection of assault troops, land blockades, aerial tactical fire, and maneuvers directed at concrete objectives. The air and land assault, following aerial tactical fire aimed at softening up the enemy’s position, was led by the Special Forces. The commandos descended on the chief objectives: Tirofijo’s house, Jacobo’s house, the lecture halls, the Cadre School, and the logistical stores. The valor and gallantry of the Colombian soldiers were put to the test in this phase of combat, since they waged the most dramatic part of the battle against the detachments left in contact by the guerrilla chiefs, who, alerted by agents infiltrated into the national government, had warned them of Operation Colombia’s imminence. Over the course of thirty years, the communist guerrillas of Juan de la Cruz Varela and then Tirofijo’s FARC had constructed an intricate system of trenches, observation posts, deployment points, and anti-aircraft machine gun and mortar nests, which naturally slowed the advance of the first wave of assault troops and made it necessary to request additional aerial support. Once the fierce communist resistance of the first phase of the attack had been overcome, more infantry soldiers descended on predetermined secondary objectives and destroyed other components of the subversive complex hidden in the folds of the eastern mountain range, in sites of difficult access protected by sharpshooters. The armed encounters and skirmishes lasted for fifteen days, until with very few casualties, whether dead, wounded, or evacuated for other reasons, the troops took complete control of the area. In addition to capturing and killing or wounding a number of terrorists, the troops seized abundant war matériel, headquarters communications, and copious documents of high value for Colombian military intelligence and law enforcement. Once an inventory of the finds had been made, the documents seized by the troops revealed the majority of the FARC’s secrets at the time, summarized in guerrilla lectures, plenums, assistantship meetings, the terrorist group’s programmatic documents, and its strategic plan. On the basis of the information obtained, the National Army realized the strategic importance of the Páramo del Sumapaz, and the departments of Meta, Guaviare, and Caquetá in the FARC’s thrust toward the capital of the republic, as well as the FARC’s growing financial dependence on drug trafficking. As a result of these conclusions, the National Army created the first two mobile brigades with jurisdiction throughout the national territory, staffed by officers and non-commissioned officers with experience in rural counterterrorism operations, in order to engage in operations involving objectives of high strategic value related to narco-terrorism. Also, the institutions of the Colombian state refocused the search for intelligence on the FARC’s urban and rural structures, acquired experience in deciphering messages encoded using numeric systems and alphanumeric keys previously unknown, different from those traditionally used by the ELN, generally using previously agreed pages of books, magazines, or other documents, or written with invisible ink on sheets of blank paper. Specialists in technical intelligence acquired firsthand knowledge of tricks involving changing channels of communication, altering frequencies, flexible schedules, sending false counterintelligence messages, and internal radio communication systems used by the Secretariat and each platoon throughout the national territory. The rural combat units learned more details about the logistical procedures, the systems of porters and the peasant liaisons for supplying the platoons in the areas of operations. As a consequence, the pressure against the fronts in each region increased. The Colombian Army’s psychological operations units showed the importance of rapprochement with the civilian population, called “political education of the peasant base” by the terrorists, since it was the root of the structural strength of the Clandestine Communist Party and the Bolivarian militias integrated into its strategic plan. In synthesis, Operation Colombia against the FARC Secretariat at Casa Verde was a watershed in the history of the war against communist terrorism in Colombia and resulted in significant strategic lessons about the use of special forces, field artillery, combat engineers, helicopter-borne operations, aerial tactical fire, combat intelligence, technical intelligence, document analysis, and psychological and logistical action in irregular operations. The ongoing presence of Gen. Correa at the head of the troops in the combat area elevated the soldiers’ morale and their desire to fight and increased the efficiency of the frontline units. The complete logistical support from Bogotá by Gen. Manuel Murillo, the commander of the Army, reinforced the action and forced the FARC to abort the plans they had been secretly preparing at Casa Verde for the launch of a final offensive against Bogotá. This and much more was the fruit of the military incursion against the FARC’s chief stronghold on 9 December 1990.last_img read more

Operation Unlimited Security Improves Public Safety in Brazil’s Eastern Amazon Region

first_imgDuring the initiative, police officers obtained more than 20 arrest warrants, captured 10 people suspected of various offenses, and seized drugs and firearms. In Para, naval patrol forces boarded and inspected 179 boats. Brazilian law enforcement and naval authorities effectively cracked down on organized crime in the eastern Amazon region in November through Operation Unlimited Security. Brazilian law enforcement and naval authorities effectively cracked down on organized crime in the eastern Amazon region in November through Operation Unlimited Security. “Under GDM’s coordination, operational planning and strategies were discussed starting in July by the Mid-North Public Safety Council (COMEN), currently chaired by the Amapa Secretary of Justice and Public Safety, Nixon Kennedy Monteiro,” said Farias. The operation was planned months in advance. Between November 10 and 16, more than 1,000 federal and state police agents patrolled six municipalities and one archipelago in the region. While police provided additional security on land, 23 ships from the Brazilian Navy patrolled the waters of the Amazon, looking for suspicious vessels. Organized crime groups sometimes use boats and semi-submersibles to transport drugs, guns, ammunition, and other illegal items. The operation was planned months in advance. “Under GDM’s coordination, operational planning and strategies were discussed starting in July by the Mid-North Public Safety Council (COMEN), currently chaired by the Amapa Secretary of Justice and Public Safety, Nixon Kennedy Monteiro,” said Farias. “It is certainly the largest operation ever conducted in the eastern Amazon or anywhere in the Amazon and was not limited to police action,” said Antônio Cláudio Farias from the Special Diagnostics and Monitoring Group (GDM) with the state of Para Secretariat for Public Safety (Segup). “Activities were structured to contain schedules and daily tasks to facilitate the execution, coordination, and control of actions to be carried out.” A ‘bold’ operation Security forces flooded the region to combat a wide array of organized crime enterprises; in addition to trafficking drugs and weapons, criminal groups in the area engage in human trafficking, illegal logging, robbery, and extortion. Meanwhile, as part of the operation, social service officials provided assistance to the civilian population by providing 391 medical examinations and dental care to 192 people. Social service workers also distributed more than 13,000 medications and arranged for 469 medical procedures. Their efforts weren’t limited to patrols. As part of the initiative, officials with the Amazon Protection System’s Operational and Management Center (Censipam) built fixed bases in Afua, Almerim, Belem, and Macapa, to allow managers to monitor operational data in real time. The bases also allowed police authorities and naval officials to communicate via videoconference. “It is certainly the largest operation ever conducted in the eastern Amazon or anywhere in the Amazon and was not limited to police action,” said Antônio Cláudio Farias from the Special Diagnostics and Monitoring Group (GDM) with the state of Para Secretariat for Public Safety (Segup). “Activities were structured to contain schedules and daily tasks to facilitate the execution, coordination, and control of actions to be carried out.” “This was a mega-operation and a bold proposal for the states of Para and Amapa to strengthen public safety activities in an area of 50,000 square kilometers,” said Monteiro. “As of now, we can repeat this kind of activity at least once a year, as well as create smaller operations due to interaction between the two states thanks to these activities.” center_img Their efforts weren’t limited to patrols. As part of the initiative, officials with the Amazon Protection System’s Operational and Management Center (Censipam) built fixed bases in Afua, Almerim, Belem, and Macapa, to allow managers to monitor operational data in real time. The bases also allowed police authorities and naval officials to communicate via videoconference. “This was a mega-operation and a bold proposal for the states of Para and Amapa to strengthen public safety activities in an area of 50,000 square kilometers,” said Monteiro. “As of now, we can repeat this kind of activity at least once a year, as well as create smaller operations due to interaction between the two states thanks to these activities.” Security forces flooded the region to combat a wide array of organized crime enterprises; in addition to trafficking drugs and weapons, criminal groups in the area engage in human trafficking, illegal logging, robbery, and extortion. The security initiative was so successful that law enforcement officials plan on repeating it and conducting similar operations. By Dialogo December 03, 2014 Meanwhile, as part of the operation, social service officials provided assistance to the civilian population by providing 391 medical examinations and dental care to 192 people. Social service workers also distributed more than 13,000 medications and arranged for 469 medical procedures. Federal and state police officials and naval authorities held four large planning meetings. The authorities decided to launch the security operation in the municipalities of Almerim, in the Monte Dourado district; Afua and Chaves in Para state; and Laranjal do Jari, Macapa, Vitoria do Jari, and the Bailique Archipelago in Amapa state. A ‘bold’ operation During the initiative, police officers obtained more than 20 arrest warrants, captured 10 people suspected of various offenses, and seized drugs and firearms. In Para, naval patrol forces boarded and inspected 179 boats. Federal and state police officials and naval authorities held four large planning meetings. The authorities decided to launch the security operation in the municipalities of Almerim, in the Monte Dourado district; Afua and Chaves in Para state; and Laranjal do Jari, Macapa, Vitoria do Jari, and the Bailique Archipelago in Amapa state. Between November 10 and 16, more than 1,000 federal and state police agents patrolled six municipalities and one archipelago in the region. While police provided additional security on land, 23 ships from the Brazilian Navy patrolled the waters of the Amazon, looking for suspicious vessels. Organized crime groups sometimes use boats and semi-submersibles to transport drugs, guns, ammunition, and other illegal items. The security initiative was so successful that law enforcement officials plan on repeating it and conducting similar operations. I am very concerned with the deforestation of the Amazon because it is causing a monumental drought in the southeast, and the hydropower plants are not functioning because of lack of water. I am appealing to you to accept this saving mission on Brazilian territory.last_img read more

Trump recalls EU ambassador who testified at his impeachment: US media

first_imgVindman was escorted out of the White House, with his lawyer calling the move an act of revenge by the president.”Vindman was asked to leave for telling the truth,” lawyer David Pressman said.Hours earlier, Trump had said he wanted Vindman gone.”I’m not happy with him,” Trump, who was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday of charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, told reporters.”You think I’m supposed to be happy with him?” Trump said. “I’m not.”Vindman, who served as director of European affairs on the National Security Council, was present during the July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.Sondland had testified that Trump sought a quid pro quo from Ukraine, the intended recipient of nearly $400 million in military assistance that the White House had put on hold.Topics : President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed a second government official who had testified in his impeachment probe, recalling ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, US media reported.”I was advised today that the president intends to recall me effective immediately as United States Ambassador to the European Union,” Sondland said in a statement obtained by The New York Times.His ouster came hours after Trump pushed out Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from his White House job on the National Security Council.last_img read more

First coronavirus death recorded in Canada

first_imgThe person is currently in self-quarantine at home.Montreal MP Anthony Housefather told CTV he had also self-quarantined after learning that an attendee at a conference he went to in Washington had tested positive for the virus.Housefather added that he felt fine.The virus has killed more than 4,000 people and infected over 110,000 worldwide since it emerged late last year.  Topics : Canada has recorded its first death from the new coronavirus, health officials in the westernmost province of British Columbia announced Monday.The victim, a man living at an elderly care facility, “was infected with COVID-19 [and] passed away last night,” the province’s health officer Bonnie Henry told reporters.Officials have not released the victim’s age. center_img Henry said he had been a resident of the Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver. Two other residents and two caregivers had also tested positive for the disease.The facility is designed to house around 200 elderly people.Canada has recorded more than 70 confirmed coronavirus infections, nearly all of which are in British Columbia or Ontario, the most populated province.The Quebec government confirmed two new cases Monday, including one person who was exposed to the virus during a trip to France.last_img read more

Sporadic violence flares in latest US protests over Floyd death

first_imgTens of thousands of people defied curfews to take to the streets of US cities on Tuesday for an eighth night of protests over the death of a black man in police custody, as National Guard troops lined the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.Clashes between protesters and police and looting of some stores in New York City gave way to relative quiet by night’s end. In Los Angeles, numerous demonstrators who stayed out after the city’s curfew were arrested. But by late evening, conditions were quiet enough that local television stations switched from wall-to-wall coverage back to regular programming.Large marches and rallies also took place in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Denver and Seattle. In Portland, Oregon, crowds seemed to swell before 11 p.m. local time. Police used stun grenades and tear gas on the crowd, calling it an “Unlawful assembly.” The scattering crowd shouted “Peaceful protest,” back at police.Although rallies on behalf of Floyd and other victims of police brutality have been largely peaceful during the day, after dark each night crowds have turned to rioting, vandalism, arson and looting. On Monday night, five police officers were hit by gunfire in two cities.Outside the US Capitol building on Tuesday afternoon a throng took to one knee, chanting “silence is violence” and “no justice, no peace,” as officers faced them just before the government-imposed curfew.The crowd remained after dark, despite the curfew and vows by President Donald Trump to crack down on what he has called lawlessness by “hoodlums” and “thugs,” using National Guard or even the US military if necessary. Some protesters briefly pushed and rocked a chainlink fence, but were encouraged other protesters to stop. Local news media reported that the crowds dwindled by midnight.Protests coast to coastIn New York City, thousands of chanting protesters ignored an 8 p.m. curfew to march from the Barclays Center in Flatbush toward the Brooklyn Bridge as police helicopters whirred overheard.The crowd, halted at an entrance to the Manhattan Bridge roadway, chanted at riot police: “Walk with us! Walk with us.”On Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, hundreds of people filled the street, marching past famous landmarks of the film center. Others gathered outside Los Angeles Police Department headquarters downtown, in some cases hugging and shaking hands with a line of officers outside.Los Angeles was the scene of violent riots in 1992, following the acquittal of four policemen charged in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, that saw more than 60 people killed and an estimated $1 billion in damage.A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday found a majority of Americans sympathize with the protests.The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found 64% of American adults were “sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,” while 27% said they were not and 9% were unsure.More than 55% of Americans said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the protests, including 40% who “strongly” disapproved, while just one-third said they approved – lower than his overall job approval of 39%, the poll showed.In Minneapolis, Roxie Washington, mother of Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, told a news conference he was a good man. “I want everybody to know that this is what those officers took from me….,” she said, sobbing. “Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate.”Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans five months before the November presidential election.The officer who knelt on Floyd, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers involved were fired but not yet charged.’America is not a battleground’Trump has threatened to use the military to battle the violence and has derided local authorities, including state governors, for their response to the disturbances.The head of the US National Guard said on Tuesday 18,000 Guard members were assisting local law enforcement in 29 states.The Pentagon said it has moved about 1,600 US Army troops into the Washington, D.C., region.Trump’s rhetoric and the growing role of the US armed forces has alarmed some current and former officials.”America is not a battleground. Our fellow citizens are not the enemy,” Martin Dempsey, a retired four-star general who served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote on Twitter.The protests come on the heels of lockdowns to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus which hit African Americans disproportionately with high numbers of cases and job losses.Some of those who have gathered at the site of Floyd’s killing have invoked the non-violent message of the late US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., assassinated in 1968, as the only way forward.”He would be truly appalled by the violence because he gave his life for this stuff,” said Al Clark, 62, a black man who drove to the Minneapolis memorial with one of King’s speeches blaring from his truck.”But I can understand the frustration and anger.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

These are the suburbs where buyers parked their money in 2017

first_imgKrystal and Josue Lopez outside their Camp Hill Home with children Jemima 6 and Ezekiel 5. Picture: Lachie Millard.MORE home buyers chose to park their money in Camp Hill than in any other suburb in Brisbane in 2017, new data reveals.Property analyst CoreLogic’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ report shows more than $231 million was spent buying houses in the inner southeast Brisbane suburb this year — nearly $20 million more than last year. More money was spent buying houses in Camp Hill in 2017 than any other Brisbane suburb. Picture: Patria Jannides.The outer northern suburbs of North Lakes, Narangba and Caboolture were also big hits with buyers, followed by Redland Bay, Cleveland and Thornlands.But when it comes to units, more money was splashed in Surfers Paradise in 2017 than anywhere else in the country, except for Melbourne, which saw more than $817 million worth of apartments change hands.Buyers splurged more than $696 million on apartments in Surfers Paradise, followed by Hope Island. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher. Picture: David Clark.Looking at values in suburbs with at least 10 sales in the 12 months to September 2017, the report shows Brisbane’s inner north remains home to the most valuable suburbs in Queensland for houses.Teneriffe had the highest median house value at more than $1.7 million, ahead of Ascot with a median value of more than $1.5 million and New Farm at $1.485 million.Tennyson tops the list when it comes to the most valuable suburb for units, with a median apartment value of nearly $1.1 million. The central Queensland town of Dysart, hit hard by the mining downturn, was the least valuable for houses, with a median value of $98,187. HOW MUCH? £3000 HOME SELLS FOR $4M PLUS Mr Kusher said Camp Hill was not a suburb you’d expect to see among the highest number of sales, but it had experienced a high turnover of stock this year.“It’s not the kind of suburb you’d typically think would be at the top of the list because it’s not an area where you’ve seen a lot of new housing,” he said.“But it’s quite close to the city and has been relatively affordable.”Josue Lopez, and his wife Krystal, are not surprised home buyers have poured so much money into property in Camp Hill this year.They saw the potential in the suburb eight years ago when they bought their Queenslander at 49 Boundary Road, which has just gone under contract after receiving six offers. This home at 49 Boundary Road, Camp Hill, has just gone under contract.Place Coorparoo agent Robyn Tait, who marketed the Lopez’s house, said Camp Hill had enjoyed a strong 12 months of sales.“The suburb has gone from strength to strength,” she said.“People are investing a great deal more in renovations than ever before. “Five years ago, we used to see $50,000 renovations. Now it’s not uncommon to see $500,000 renovations.”Ms Tait said character homes were in “enormous demand” because of their timeless appeal and renovation potential.She said street and suburb records were regularly broken in the past year, including a home she just sold for $1.029 million at 3 Halland Terrace, which set a new record for a three-bedroom Queenslander on a block size under 800 sqm in Camp Hill. TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR HIGHEST VALUE OF HOUSE SALES IN BRISBANE 2017Suburb Median value Total value of salesCamp Hill $844,015 $231,322,801 North Lakes $483,504 $223,910,630Narangba $467,084 $214,444,127Redland Bay $533,506 $212,195,253Ashgrove $948,559 $201,893,350Cleveland $564,096 $196,666,558Carindale $829,798 $196,631,200Forest Lake $441,361 $194,014,771 Thornlands $565,138 $193,995,197Caboolture $331,278 $179,426,674(Source: CoreLogic)TOP 10 SUBURBS FOR HIGHEST MEDIAN VALUE IN BRISBANE IN 2017Suburb Median value Teneriffe $1.705m Ascot $1.5mNew Farm $1.486m Chandler $1.334mHamilton $1.294mHawthorne $1.227m Bulimba $1.224mSt Lucia $1.184mChelmer $1.139mClayfield $1.12m (Source: CoreLogic)center_img The kitchen in the home at 49 Boundary Road, Camp Hill.“We were encouraged by Camp Hill at the time because of its proximity to the city, cafe culture and character homes,” Mr Lopez said.“The schools are also fantastic.“I think we made a savvy decision to buy here when we did.”They spent more than $100,000 restoring the house to its former glory, while keeping original features such as ornate ceilings and picture rails.“I think the results speak for themselves,” Mr Lopez said.“We contemplated doing a more modest renovation, but you just don’t get the same finish.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours ago MORTGAGE INTEREST RATE SHOCK Buyers splashed more than $696m on units in Surfers Paradise in 2017. Pic Jono Searle.The end-of-year report reveals Queensland’s best performing suburbs across 10 categories.When it comes to capital growth in the past 12 months, the top gong for houses goes to Yeronga, which saw houses grow in value by more than 25 per cent.CoreLogic head of Australian research Cameron Kusher said it was interesting to see other riverside suburbs such as Yeerongpilly, Indooroopilly and Fig Tree Pocket also recorded strong growth during the year, despite being impacted by the 2011 floods. “People do tend to have a short memory and this data’s showing that they do,” Mr Kusher said.last_img read more

Determined Kay runs away with Independence Deery

first_imgINDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 8) – Justin Kay came to Independence Motor Speedway with a chip on his shoulder Wednesday night.He left town with his fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win of the season, a check for $3,000 and sole possession of first place in point standings for the IMCA Late Model tour.“I was a little disappointed after last night,” understated Kay, clearly on a mission after running an oh-so-close second to Brian Harris in the Tuesday Deery feature at West Liberty. “I pushed as hard as I could. When you have Jeff Aikey and Ryan Dolan behind you, you have to do that.”Aikey was the runner-up, two lapped cars and half a straightaway off Kay’s torrid pace. Dolan led most of the first half of the 40-lapper before ending in third, while Rick Wendling and Scott Fitzpatrick completed the top five.Brian Hunter drew the pole start and led the first three laps. Dolan was scored just ahead at the line the next time around.Meanwhile, Kay had raced from outside row four to second by lap six. He chased Dolan into lapped traffic before midway and led by a car length on lap 21.A three-car tangle brought out the only caution of the night on lap 22 and proved to be the only thing that could slow down Kay. He pulled away from Aikey and Co. to win handily.Independence was the site of Kay’s first Deery win, in 2013. The defending series champion now owns 13 career tour victories.“It never gets old winning anywhere. It’s neat to be able to do it again at Independence,” he said. “We had a great track tonight. I could run top, bottom, middle, wherever I wanted.”Andy Nezworski came into the night tied for the point lead. He qualified through his “B” feature and finished seventh.Todd Malmstrom was 20th after going above and beyond just to get to the track: Involved in a traffic accident in Moline, Ill., while en route that sent crewman Jim Irwin to the hospital and totaled his tow vehicle, Malmstrom borrowed a pickup from a friend to complete the trip to Indee and, despite bumps and bruises, qualified as the hard charger.Joe Zrostlik won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.Other feature winners at Indee were J.D. Auringer in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Tony Olson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Quinton Miller in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.The 11th of 18 events on the 2015 Deery schedule is this Sunday, July 12 at Dubuque Speedway.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.Feature results – 1. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 2. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 3. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 4. Rick Wendling, Hazleton; 5. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 6. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 7. Tyler Droste, Waterloo; 8. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 9. Brunson Behning, Davenport; 10. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 11. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 12. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 13. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 14. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo; 16. Jon Merfeld, Dubuque; 17. Jeremy Grady, Story City; 18. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 19. Jon Passick, Waterloo; 20. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill.; 21. Sean Johnson, Independence; 22. Curt Martin, Independence; 23. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 24. Brian Hunter, Independence.1st heat (top three) – 1. Dolan; 2. Kay; 3. Behning; 4. Jon Merfeld; 5. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 6. Scott Welsh, Cedar Rapids; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 8. Tanner Allen, Springville; 9. Grady.2nd heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Bruening; 3. Sean Johnson; 4. Passick; 5. Jay Johnson; 6. Hinrichs; 7. Ben Seemann, Waterloo; 8. Malmstrom; 9. Russell Hesse, Waterloo.3rd heat – 1. Hunter; 2. Hansen; 3. Moss; 4. Martin; 5. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 6. Droste; 7. Emerson; 8. Greg Kastli, Waterloo; 9. Jason Rauen, Farley.4th heat – 1. Wendling; 2. Zrostlik; 3. Fitzpatrick; 4. Gustin; 5. Charlie McKenna, Clear Lake; 6. Nezworski; 7. Eckrich; 8. Luke Merfeld, Dubuque; 9. Robbie Jorgensen, Elkhorn, Neb.1st “B” feature (top four) – 1. Jay Johnson; 2. Hinrichs; 3. Jon Merfeld; 4. Passick; 5. Holladay; 6. Malmstrom; 7. Seemann; 8. Welsh; 9. Grady; 10. DeFrance; 11. Allen; 12. Hesse.2nd “B” feature – 1. Gustin; 2. Droste; 3. Martin; 4. Nezworski; 5. Eckrich; 6. Emerson; 7. Goedert; 8. McKenna; 9. Rauen; 10. Kastli; 11. Jorgensen; 12. Luke Merfeld.last_img read more