CEDA acquires Dawson Creekbased Breakthrough Oilfield Services

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Calgary-based CEDA announced today that it has acquired Breakthrough Oilfield Services Ltd., which is based in Dawson Creek.Before the acquisition, Breakthrough was owned and operated by Derek Loomis. The acquisition is the second such merger involving a Dawson Creek-based company by CEDA in the past year. Last November, the company bought Joe Loomis Trucking which was founded by Joe Loomis in 2006.“The addition of Breakthrough Oilfield Services ties in well with our existing operations in the prolific Montney region and complements our core service offerings,” said Kevin Fleury, President and Chief Executive Officer of CEDA. “This acquisition strategically aligns with our vision for continued growth and expands our presence in this region,” Mr. Fleury added. CEDA said that Loomis and the rest of Breakthrough’s workforce will be joining the the company, which will also be adding Breakthrough’s pressure trucks, hot oilers, fluid haulers, tank trucks, hydro vacuum and combination vacuum units to its fleet.“We’re excited to join a successful and a growth oriented organization that can provide complementary service offerings to our existing client base,” said Derek Loomis. “The sale also provides our employees development opportunities within a larger organization.”last_img read more

Summer fashion picks for office wear

first_imgFrom relaxed casuals to strictly corporate, dress codes for office vary widely in today’s time with changing work cultures. Ensure you have some right essentials. Here are few suggestions from experts: Frolic Formal: If you are someone who regularly meet executives, you might be asked to come dressed in business formals. A tailored suit in a solid, neutral colour like black, gray or navy can be paired with a white collared button-up shirt – a classic pairing for men. Women can pair-up their well-cut pantsuit or skirt suit in a conservative neutral colour such as black, navy or brown with a collared white button-up. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainSmart semi-formal: Wearing casual to work is an art of adding personality to the workwear without looking unprofessional. Separates like skirt or trouser with a cardigan can be one choice for women. Pair it with solid coloured or muted patterns like checks or striped shirt. Men can pick a collared button-up in any colour to pair it with black dress pant or pressed khakis in the summer. Classic casual: For the ones allowed to wear casuals to work, remember not to go over the top with your dress-up. Casual dressing also leaves room for individuality and slight experiments. Men can pair up collared polos with casual slacks or dark denims. Choose muted patterned polos over novelty designs to be able to mix in while making a subtle statement. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardNicely fitted tops and blouses with cotton slacks or denims can be the option for women to wear to office. Dresses and skirts also add to the variety. Some tips on what footwear to wear and bags to carry to office: Footwear: Footwear adds the final touch to the outfit. For women, flats are more comfortable and functional than heels, while at work. Platform heels work the best for working women as they are stylish yet comfortable at the same time. Also, wedges look chic and glamorous without being over the top. For men, Oxford, derby shoes and loafers are formal, classy and high on the style quotient. A brown shoe catches more attention and adds another layer to your outfit. Dark brown shoes are easier to pull off than light brown ones. However, a pair of classic black shoes goes with primarily everything that you wear and has been never out of vogue. Bag Options: Work bags often pull double duty – they need to be attractive and useful with enough space to carry all the things you need during the day. For women, the classic tote bags are large enough to get you through a work day as they tend to swallow half your stuff. It can have a neoprene water bottle sleeve, a phone pocket, pen holder, padded laptop sleeve, notebook or tablet sleeve with magnetic closure, and interior side pocket. For men, the classic backpack has the convenience of the open pocket design, such as the carryall, generally with a smaller outer pocket. It is multi-functional and serves the purpose, whether in the office or heading out for a meeting. Also, these days the market is full of stylish options for men’s laptop bags crafted from leather, in different colours and designs.last_img read more

Liberals promise billions for dairy chicken farmers affected by trade deals

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is promising billions of dollars to compensate dairy, egg and poultry farmers hurt by Canada’s recent free-trade agreements — industries concentrated in vote-rich Quebec and Ontario.The $3.65 billion the government is setting aside includes $2.15 billion to help farmers who lose income because of trade deals with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim, both of which make it easier for foreign egg, dairy and poultry producers to enter the Canadian market.That is in addition to a $250-million, five-year fund established in 2016 to compensate dairy farmers for the European Union deal.The budget earmarks $1.5 billion for farmers who lose money when they sell their production rights in the supply-management system, which limits egg, poultry and dairy production in Canada. To gain the right to sell supply-managed products, farmers have to buy “quota,” often from existing producers who want to leave the industry.The system also limits foreign products by slapping steep tariffs on imports beyond a certain level, which raises their price at the grocery store and makes them less attractive to consumers. Allowing more foreign-produced food into the Canadian market will increase competition for products from Canadian farmers.“To ensure that Canada’s dairy, poultry and egg farmers can continue to provide Canadians with high-quality products in a world of freer trade, we will make available an income protection program for supply-managed farmers, along with a measure to protect the value of quota investments these farmers have already made,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said in his prepared budget speech.The budget does not provide details on how or when the money will be distributed to farmers and producers, who have long railed against any move that would expand foreign involvement in those sectors.But the government appears to be hoping the promise of compensation will provide a salve to supply-managed farmers, many of whom are clumped in key ridings in Quebec and Ontario and angry that the deals have weakened their grip on the market.That could prove important for the Liberals, who will likely need a strong showing in the two provinces in this year’s federal election to have a hope of retaining power.The budget also indicates more money could be forthcoming as the government works with industry “to address the impacts on processing, as well as potential future impacts of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.”The North American deal, which will succeed NAFTA, has yet to be ratified and come into effect. That deal is the third free-trade agreement in which Canada agreed to open its supply-managed sectors, which emerged last year as a favourite target of U.S. President Donald Trump, particularly the dairy sector.Supply management has long been hotly debated in Canada.Proponents say the system keeps the market from getting saturated, which keeps prices stable and ensures steady incomes for farmers while protecting food safety, ensuring higher-quality products and eliminating the need for direct subsidies.Critics say it drives up the cost of dairy, eggs and chicken for consumers, which has a disproportionate impact on low-income families. The system has been a frequent target in — and barrier to — past free-trade negotiations.Successive federal governments for decades nonetheless resisted opening Canada to more tariff-free imports from other countries, in part because of the political implications.But when Stephen Harper was prime minister, the Conservatives opened the door to change when they agreed to ease restrictions on European cheese imports through the Canada-European Union trade deal, which was signed and came into force under the Trudeau Liberals.Ottawa then agreed, in the 11-country Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, to give participants more access to Canada’s dairy, egg and poultry markets.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press read more

With deadlock broken Ban calls for swift formation of Iraqi government

“He commends all political parties and their leaders for reaching a compromise that will serve the collective interest of the Iraqi people,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement.“The Secretary-General calls on Iraqi leaders to continue demonstrating the same spirit of partnership in moving swiftly to conclude the formation of a new government,” the statement added.Mr. Ban called the agreement, which follows eight months of deadlock, a “major step forward in the country’s democratic process.” He congratulated President Jalal Talabani on his re-election, and welcomed the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speakers of the Parliament, known as the Council of Representatives, and the nomination of the Prime Minister-designate, Nuri al-Maliki.The Security Council, in a press statement, welcomed the “inclusive political process and representative outcome” and encouraged Iraq’s leaders to rededicate themselves to the pursuit of national reconciliation.Negotiations on the formation of the government have been going on since the holding of parliamentary elections in March. At least 12 million people cast their votes and more than 6,000 candidates took part in the polls, in which the party headed by Iyad Allawi, a former prime minister, received more votes than the coalition led by Mr. al-Maliki in the 325-member Council of Representatives. 12 November 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the “major step forward” taken with the agreement reached after months of deadlock on the formation of a new Iraqi government, and called on the country’s leaders to swiftly conclude the process. read more

Credit counselling in high demand in Alberta as oilpatch downturn hits home

The Racette family is on a cash-only diet for the next four years.[np_storybar title=”Fort McMurray’s boom falters: As oil plunge wreaks havoc, visions of what’s next diverge” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/fort-mcmurrays-boom-falters-this-isnt-a-ghost-town-and-its-not-doom-and-gloom/?__lsa=7910-9b87″%5D Energy companies are tightening their belts in the oilsands, slashing budgets, scrubbing and delaying projects, and laying off scores of contract workers.With oil hovering around US$50 a barrel, the bounce is suddenly missing from Fort McMurray’s stepRead more [/np_storybar]Dale Racette, a truck driver, and his wife, a school bus driver, are trying to dig themselves out of a $45,000 hole.It wasn’t any one thing. The day-to-day costs of raising two children just piled up over 14 years, Dale Racette said from Red Deer, Alta.Two months ago, the Racettes sought the help of a credit counsellor to work out a debt repayment plan. The first step was to shred their six credit cards.Racette says he’s optimistic his job at a distribution company is safe, but he’s lived through enough economic ups and downs in Alberta to know he can’t take anything for granted.“I think I’m pretty secure. I wouldn’t bet a whole lot of money I don’t have, mind you,” he said.We’re seeing people in the oil and gas industry who aren’t necessarily getting laid off, but they haven’t got their annual bonusAccording to Statistics Canada, Alberta lost 14,000 net jobs in February — 7,000 of those in the natural resources sector. Suncor Energy Inc., Cenovus Energy Inc., Nexen ULC and ConocoPhillips Canada are among the big oil companies to have cut jobs as they grapple with low oil prices.The pain is being felt in the public sector, too. In announcing a grim budget with a record $5-billion deficit last week, the Alberta government said it would be shedding 2,016 jobs.Most of those cuts will be through attrition, but around 370 layoffs are expected.And there’s another layer of hardship that doesn’t grab headlines, said credit counsellor Nadia Graham.Alberta budget paints new, sobering reality of ‘dangers of relying on energy revenue’Alberta to bleed 31,800 jobs by end of year in oil price carnageOilsands producers’ harsh reality: No one to save them this time“We’re seeing people in the oil and gas industry who aren’t necessarily getting laid off, but they haven’t got their annual bonus . . . (and) they aren’t getting the overtime they normally get.”“It’s putting a pinch on peoples’ finances,” Graham said. “The debt problems that we’re seeing are not debt problems that have been created in the last, say, four months or so, but they’re issues that have come to a head.”Jeff Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counselling Services of Canada, said he saw a 38% year-over-year increase in clientele from Alberta in February. Nationwide, there was also an increase — but in the order of 10 to 15%.Schwartz said he’s not surprised by the numbers. A report by credit monitoring agency Equifax earlier this month said Calgarians had the highest non-mortgage debt loads in the country — an average of $28,263 in the last three months of 2014. Edmonton wasn’t far behind, with average debt at $26,305.“Albertans are in the deepest debt,” said Schwartz. “They’re used to earning big. When a boom cycle comes through, they do very well and that’s a good thing. But as part of that, they also live big.”There was a 58.7% increase in consumer proposals in Alberta between December 2013 and December 2014, according to Ottawa’s latest insolvency statistics.Bruce Alger, a licensed trustee at personal insolvency firm Grant Thornton in Calgary, said more than half the work he’s doing these days is on consumer proposals — a legal process where debtors can pay some amounts owed to a creditor, without having to resort to bankruptcy.Alger said he’s already seen a bit of an uptick in clients asking him for help, but he’s expecting to see an “influx” come summer or fall.“As a lot, Albertans are typically young and optimistic and credit is readily available,” said Alger. “It’s been generally so good here for so long that if you survived 2008-2009 unscathed, you think ’wow, I can handle just about anything.”’The Canadian Press read more

Rodman Hall wins again

Rodman HallRodman Hall has once again received an Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) award, this time for a book that documents a slowly changing exhibit at its St. Paul Crescent site.The Brock-owned St. Catharines gallery received a design award for the book Micah Lexier: A Week at a Glance. Designed by Lexier and Tom Koken, the book documents Lexier’s exhibit where ephemera (temporary everyday objects) is slowly rotated in and out of the display.“This is a special project for us because Micah created it specifically for that space,” she said. “The changes (to the display) are subtle, but overtime there’s definitely an aesthetic change.”A Week at a Glance runs from January 2011 until January 2012. Material used includes stationery, printed and cut cardboard, books, games, puzzles, teaching tools, printed envelopes, scribbled notes, and various items found on the street.The award was presented at the 34th annual OAAG Awards in Toronto on Sept. 30. There were 33 galleries nominated. Eighteen received awards.The OAAG Awards are juried. Rodman Hall was awarded last year for design and installation and publication of the year.Related story:• Rodman Hall celebrates provincial awards read more

Top ECB official resigns after questioning stimulus

FRANKFURT — A member of the European Central Bank’s top leadership has resigned after publicly questioning the need for the bank’s latest stimulus efforts.The ECB said in a statement on Wednesday that Sabine Lautenschlaeger would leave her post on the bank’s six-member executive board at the end of the month, more than two years before the end of her eight-year term.The statement did not say why she was resigning.Lautenschlaeger had questioned the need for more bond-purchase stimulus before a Sept. 12 meeting. The bank decided to launch such a program at the meeting.Lautenschlaeger is from Germany, where the ECB’s stimulus policies have been criticized for propping up less financially solid governments and depriving savers of interest earnings.The ECB sets monetary policy for the 19 countries that use the euro currency.The Associated Press read more

Blue Jackets end 5game skid with shootout win over Red Wings

Fueled by a sellout crowd and need for a victory, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 3-2, Friday at Nationwide Arena. Following three periods of aggressive hockey, the Jackets and Red Wings were forced into overtime and a game-deciding shootout. After both teams’ first three shooters failed to break the stalemate, Antoine Vermette took the ice. Moving side to side, Vermette slipped the puck past goalie Joey MacDonald to break the gridlock. When Red Wings center Johan Franzen failed to score on the returning shot, the entire Jackets team took the ice to celebrate its 3-2 victory. Vermette watched as Rick Nash, Kyle Wilson and Kristian Huselius failed to make their shots, and knew he needed to try something new. “I tried a different approach, maybe try to go side to side, try to deke him, and that’s what I did,” Vermette said. “I’m glad it worked out.” Jakub Voracek and Grant Clitsome scored for the Jackets against goalie Jimmy Howard, who left the game with 7:07 left in the first period. After taking over in goal, MacDonald held the Jackets scoreless for the remainder of regulation. “I thought Joey did a good job. Obviously we were down; he did a good job,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. In the second period, Drew Miller scored the Red Wings’ first goal of the night, sparking life into the team. Less than three minutes later, Jiri Hudler tied the game at two. The goals marked the second consecutive game in which the Jackets lost a two-point lead. In their previous game against the Phoenix Coyotes, the Jackets twice had two-point leads only to lose the game, 4-3. “Going into the third period, I knew I had to shut the door,” goalie Steve Mason said after the game. “Obviously, to give up two in the second period was tough for the team considering the first period we had. I think the guys were pretty disappointed in the way we came out in the second.” In the third, the Jackets regained their aggressive play and sent the game into overtime. “Coming into the third period the guys got back to playing like we did in the first, and we put the pressure on them and got the win in the shootout,” Mason said. The Jackets failed to capitalize on a power play that carried over from the third period, however, allowing for the game to go into a shootout. “It very easily could have gone the other way, but we kept hanging in there and we persevered at the end,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said. The win halted a five-game losing streak for the Jackets. “We wanted to stop the bleeding. We had lost a number of games and had to find a way to get back into the win column,” Arniel said. The victory was crucial for the Jackets as they look to stay in the playoff hunt. With the win, they gained two points in the Western Conference, putting them two points behind the San Jose Sharks. “That was big, finding a way to get that extra point and we certainly needed it more than they do,” Arniel said. More important than points, the team gained confidence and momentum it desperately needed. “It’s a huge win. Obviously, when you look at the standings are very important, but as far as our team trying to gain confidence and gain some momentum, this is exactly the game you want to play,” Vermette said. The Jackets will look to capitalize on the victory as they head north to face off once again with the Red Wings on Saturday. “I’d really be more impressed if we could get both games out and get four points out of it,” Arniel said. “We’ll enjoy (the win) for a few minutes and be better tomorrow.” For the players, the quick turnaround will be welcomed. “When you have a tough time like this, a couple games when you didn’t get the win, you get a good game and finally get those two points, you want to be back as soon as possible,” Vermette said. read more

Baseball UNCW walks off Ohio State to end Buckeyes NCAA tournament run

Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell (42) attempts to throw out a runner at second in the fourth inning of the game against Ohio University in April 10. Ohio State won 4-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Ohio State baseball team did not want to relive its opening loss in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes took a late lead when sophomore shortstop Noah West hit an RBI single past the third baseman in the top of the 11th inning to giving No. 3 Ohio State the 3-2 lead. However, in senior reliever Seth Kinker’s second inning of work to try and close the door in the bottom half of the 11th, he allowed the Seahawks to tie the game with four straight base-hits.After a significant rain delay, UNC Wilmington right fielder Kep Brown singled through to the right side with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th to eliminate Ohio State in a 4-3 loss Saturday.The game could have been over in the bottom of the 11th, but freshman center fielder Dillon Dingler threw the go-ahead run out at home, keeping the game tied. It was the second Seahawk base runner thrown out at the plate. Coming in with a 4.62 ERA and a career-low .275 batting average against after 16 appearances, including 15 starts, junior right-handed pitcher Ryan Feltner kept the Buckeyes in the game, allowing two runs in six innings of work. However, it was not easy for the junior right-hander. He allowed seven runs and three walks, stranding eight runners on base. While Feltner limited the damage from the Seahawk offense, the Ohio State bats did not provide much help. The Buckeyes recorded two runs on three hits through seven innings, with junior catcher Jacob Barnwell hitting his second home run of the season on the fourth inning. Redshirt senior pitcher Austin Woodby brought Ohio State into extra innings, throwing 3.1 shutout innings while giving up five hits and a walk. With a runner on first and one out, Kinker recorded the remaining two outs, getting the Buckeyes through the 10th inning. After the loss to the Seahawks, Ohio State falls to 43-43 in its 21st appearance in the NCAA tournament in school history. read more

Killer who boasted of perfect crime convicted of 1998 murder of waiter

first_imgRonnie Coulter Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The street in Overtown, Wishaw, where Mr Chhokar was murderedCredit:PA A man who boasted he had committed the “perfect murder” has finally been brought to justice for killing the waiter Surjit Singh Chhokar nearly 18 years ago after being tried for a second time following the abolition of double jeopardy laws.Ronnie Coulter, 48, faces a mandatory life sentence after being convicted by a majority verdict of stabbing the 32-year-old through the heart as he returned home from work in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, on November 4, 1998.The jury took around 10 hours over three days to convict Coulter after a landmark four-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow. He was only the second person to be tried again for the same crime following changes to double jeopardy laws in Scotland which previously prevented someone facing the same charges more than once.Several members of the Chhokar family sobbed as the guilty verdict was announced. Aamer Anwar, the lawyer who led the campaign for justice, hugged the victim’s 73-year-old mother Gurdev Kaur Chhokar as the killer was found guilty.Judge Lord Matthews told Coulter he would be jailed for life when he returns to court for sentencing later this month.Throughout the trial Coulter claimed  he was innocent and blamed his nephew, Andrew Coulter, and another man, David Montgomery. The pair admitted being present at the scene of the murder but denied being involved.A string of further charges, including an accusation that Coulter forged Mr Chhokar’s signature on a stolen £100 giro cheque on the day of his death, were dropped during the trial.Coulter’s sister Margaret Chisholm told the court that her brother claimed to her had got away with the perfect murder.He was previously acquitted when he stood trial in 1999, while Andrew Coulter and Mr Montgomery were acquitted of the same murder the following year.center_img Overtown Two official inquiries were ordered after the original trials which were critical of the way the cases were handled, with one finding evidence of “institutional racism” in the police and the prosecution service.A report by Sir Anthony Campbell QC in 2001 into the way prosecution decisions were made said all three men should have been charged together, and recommended a review of Crown Office procedures.Another report in the same year by the lawyer Dr Raj Jandoo found evidence of institutional racism and said police failed to appreciate the impact the crime had on members of a vulnerable minority community.Following the publication of the reports, the then Lord Advocate, Colin Boyd QC, said the Chhokar family had been failed by the police and prosecution services.In his last interview before his death in November 2015, Mr Chhokar’s father Sarsham said his only wish was that those responsible for his son’s death “face justice”.Mr Anwar, who began campaigning for the Chhokar family when he was a final year law student at Strathclyde University, said: “I never thought in my wildest imaginings though it would take nearly 18 years to get justice for the family.“We can be proud of what the campaign achieved. I would hope that now no family, black or white, would ever again be treated like the Chhokar family were at the first trial of Ronnie Coulter. Revolutionary changes took place as a direct result of our campaign.”Speaking outside the court he said in a statement from the family that the verdict was not a cause for celebration, but was a source of relief that “finally justice has been done”.He added: “For any parent the loss of a child shatters the soul, but no one can imagine the devastating toll on a family having to campaign for justice for nearly 18 years, but did Surjit’s killers really think his life was so cheap that his family would just walk away.“At the end of the second trial in 2000, I stood on the steps of this court accusing our justice system of acting like a ‘gentleman’s colonial club’” of being “arrogant, unaccountable and institutionally racist’. But today the Chhokar family want to thank the prosecutors, Crown Office and Police Scotland for their unwavering commitment to justice. They have shown themselves at their finest.”Mr Chhokar’s mother, his sister Manjit Sangha, and her children, were in court every day for the trial.The 800-year-old double jeopardy law was reformed in Scotland in 2011 after Kenny MacAskill, the then justice minister, said the move would make Scots law “fit for the 21st century”. He insisted the overhaul would only affect the “worst and most sickening” cases. Ronnie Coulter was convicted of a murder dating to 1998Credit:SWNSlast_img read more

WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – PLAYMAKER

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How does the iPhone 4S camera compare to a dSLR

first_imgWe know that the camera in the iPhone 4S is something special. Unless you’re a professional photographer, it could probably replace any camera you already own. But how does it stack up next to a $2,500 dSLR? We have some side-by-side pictures for you to decide for yourself.The dSLR in these samples is a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. It packs a whopping 21.1 MP, and is a top choice for professional photographers. The $2,500 price tag we mentioned is for the body alone, and lenses will cost hundreds more.It sounds ridiculous to even think of comparing a smartphone camera to such a piece of equipment, but the 4S’ shooter is strong enough that it’s worth looking into. The photographer of these samples used the iPhone 4S with the Camera+ app, which uses software filtering to adjust color and exposure (no additional post-processing was done though).Macro (iPhone 4S)Macro (dSLR)Looking at those two shots, I’d say that the 4S image isn’t too far off, believe it or not. Both shots have beautiful colors and rich detail. As I haven’t seen the actual set of keys, I don’t know which captured the colors more accurately.The dSLR is better able to blur the background. Sometimes known as Bokeh, blurring a background is an effective technique to draw attention to a subject. That’s one area where the 4S can’t keep up, though some Photoshopping could ultimately achieve a similar effect in post-processing.The 4S also picks up a somewhat distracting glare from the key’s reflection, while the dSLR has that coming off as much more subtle.Skyline (iPhone 4S)dSLR (skyline)Again, while the shots have key differences, the one taken by the iPhone isn’t exactly looking bad.The colors in the iPhone 4S image actually look deeper, and there may be a little more contrast. The iPhone’s biggest drawback is that the shadows lose some detail, and the dSLR shot has a more natural overall look to it.Can the iPhone 4S replace a dSLR? If you’re a pro and know how to use the full capabilities of a camera like this one from Canon, then of course you aren’t going to trade it in for an iPhone. But for everyone else, it’s amazing how close the iPhone 4S comes to being a professional-quality camera.Finally, you should definitely check out the link below. Not only does it show off the 4S camera, it also gives comparisons to all previous iPhones. You may be quite surprised to see just how bad the original iPhone camera was.via Camera+last_img read more

More interstate closures in July August

first_imgPortland – More around-the-clock ramp closures will take place at Interstate 84 and Interstate 5 throughout July and August along with directional closures of I-5 between the Fremont and Marquam bridges.They are scheduled as follows:10 p.m. July 25 to 5 a.m. Aug. 6: I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound is closed.10 p.m. July 27 to 5 a.m. Aug. 2: In addition to the I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound ramp closure, the center lane of I-84 westbound near Lloyd Boulevard will close. Only the left lane on I-84 westbound will be open.10 p.m. July 27 to 5 a.m. July 30: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont bridges.10 p.m. Aug. 3 to 5 a.m. Aug. 6: I-5 northbound will close between the Marquam and Fremont bridges.10 p.m. Aug. 17 to 5 a.m. Aug. 27: I-84 westbound to I-5 southbound will close. Thus only one lane, the right lane, of I-84 will be open.During westbound ramp and lane closures, ODOT expects it could take up to three hours to travel between I-205 and I-5 along I-84.last_img read more

New Civilian Trauma Centers in San Antonio Would Threaten Army Hospital Officials

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials at Brooke Army Medical Center are concerned about the prospect that one or more San Antonio-area hospitals will develop a new trauma center, a move likely to cut into patient loads at Brooke’s emergency room and hamper its medical training mission. Brooke, located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, serves as a training hub for combat physicians. Its emergency room logs 80,000 visits a year — 80 percent of them civilians, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Last week, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Johnson, Brooke’s commanding general, told the San Antonio City Council that plans by two local hospitals to build trauma centers would threaten medical readiness and the quality of care at Brooke.“I think how I would describe the risk is our ability, as the [DOD’s] only Level I trauma center, it is the jewel for where trauma training can take place,” Johnson said. “There is no other place in the DOD that can do it. So, if we were to lose the ability to train trauma, and sustain medical skills inside of trauma, our providers, our health professionals, would no longer be able to, on Day One, be able to meet our nation’s needs in a deployed setting.”A top executive with University Health System, which operates the only other Level 1 trauma center in San Antonio, echoed Johnson’s concerns. “We should not underestimate this warning,” Dr. Bryan Alsip, University’s executive vice president and chief medical officer, told the council. “If our community cannot provide the commitment necessary to defend BAMC’s ability to maintain their mission readiness, our nation’s leaders will not hesitate to find another location that will be happy to welcome our military medical infrastructure.”On Thursday, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other council members expressed concern that the threat to trauma care at Brooke could jeopardize the medical training mission in San Antonio in a future BRAC round. They said they opposed expansion of trauma facilities by other hospitals, and the council approved a resolution supporting Brooke’s mission.last_img read more

CLASS Names Alfred Fugoli As President  CEO

first_img(NOTE: CLASS has a location in Wilmington at 50-T Concord Street.)LAWRENCE, MA — CLASS, a nonprofit in Lawrence that provides services to people with disabilities, recently announced that Alfred J. Frugoli has been appointed president and chief executive officer of the organization.Frugoli, who joined CLASS three years ago as chief operations officer, succeeds Robert Harris, who retired after 38 years with CLASS, having served as president and CEO since 1990.“This is the perfect time for Al Frugoli to become CLASS’s next chief executive officer,” said board chair Timothy Allen. “We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when CLASS is in a very strong position. Our next president and CEO needs to be capable of accelerating what already is working very well for CLASS, and recognizing what needs to change in order to respond to present economic conditions.“As CLASS’s chief operations officer for two years, Al capably translated mission and vision to programming and services, staff training, and team building to drive results. He is a champion of the CLASS culture and has an incredible ability to inspire, energize, and connect with individuals in CLASS programs, employees, partners and collaborators, and local businesses.”Frugoli helped lead and execute the organization’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan, including expansion of a program that supports adults with dual diagnoses of mental health challenges and an intellectual or developmental disability. He also is a key architect of the company’s strategy for employment services, which supports adults with disabilities on job searches, job matching, and continuing career services.“The future that lies ahead for CLASS is enormous, and the opportunity to lead this next chapter is incredibly exhilarating. At a time when nonprofits are facing more disruption and financial challenges than we’ve ever encountered, I couldn’t be more confident in our ability to persevere, or more honored to lead CLASS into the future,” said Frugoli.Before joining CLASS Frugoli was the site manager for Element Care in Methuen, where he led a team of managers and staff through the state and federal approval process for a new PACE center and integrated operations of an existing adult day health center acquired by Element Care to become a blended ADH/PACE Center.Frugoli began his career in 1995 at Seven Hills Family Services in Worcester County, where he held progressively responsible positions leading up to area director, managing programs of family and respite supports, shared living, self advocacy, and other supports.Frugoli holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services from Springfield College and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Worcester State University.During his tenure, Harris expanded CLASS from an organization with $100,000 in annual revenue to its current $12 million, employing 170, and originally serving 14 people to its current enrollment of more than 450 families from the Merrimack Valley and northeastern Massachusetts.In 2003, Harris established CLASS as an affiliate of The Arc, as the Arc of Greater Lawrence, to strengthen the agency’s advocacy for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.Founded in 1976 as the Citizen’s League for Adult Special Services, CLASS today provides employment, autism services support, day habilitation, community based day services, family resources and advocacy, adult family care, clinical & case management support, and transportation services.(NOTE: The above press release is from CLASS, Inc. via Mass Non-Profit News.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s CLASS Inc. Receives $200,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”BUSINESS BRIEF: Lowell Five Bank Pledges $30,000 To Strongwater FarmIn “Business”5 QUICK QUESTIONS with Wilmington’s New Police Chief Joe Desmond (PART 1)In “5 Quick Questions”last_img read more

Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 25 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 25, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Donivee (Lopresti) Vincent, 76William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75Previously Lived In Wilmington:Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84Patricia (Patti) Ann Griffin, 66Raymond E. Piretti, Jr. 81Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Joyce Aldrich Bartolotta, 75 Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Joyce Aldrich Bartolotta, 75In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Reverend Paul W. Berube, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Bethel passes antidiscrimination law

first_imgBethel City Council has passed laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for city employees and contracted workers.Download AudioThe ordinances passed quickly and unanimously on Tuesday without resistance during council discussion and public comment.Council member Chuck Herman introduced the measures.“It’s a needed protection,” Herman said. “It’s something that is very important both symbolically and for the well being of our employees.”The ordinances add sexual orientation and gender identity in the city’s protected class alongside others like national origin, age, and religion.These protections do not extend to the private sector.last_img read more

Anchorage aims to rebrand troubled transit center

first_imgJames Dougherty with the firm RIM Architects showing the ACDA board mockups of potential changes to the Transit Center at 6th Ave and G Street. Photo: Zachariah Hughes.Officials in Anchorage are planning a major overhaul of the city’s downtown Transit Center. The early plan offers a preliminary vision of a revitalized downtown, but few specifics about what happens to many of the people there now.Download AudioThe Anchorage Community Development Authority, which is in charge of the space, loses $485,000 a year just maintaining it. That’s way too much, considering what a dangerous place it is according ACDA’s Executive Director Andrew Halcro.He and members of his staff did more than 60 interviews at the Transit Center to hear about its problems (in the process they learned that after English the most common languages spoken are Spanish and Yupik). They also pored over hundreds of hours of surveillance videos.“You can see how quickly this escalates,” Halcro said, showing me one day’s worth of footage from November 7th, slowing down as two of the facility’s three security guards check on a woman slumped over on a bench.  “Our security officers are trying to take care of the woman on the bench and now you’ve got a crowd gathering around. Meanwhile, who knows what’s going on on the other side of the facility?”Handling people who are drunk, high, or passed out is a huge share of the security officers’ work, according to figures collected by ACDA. So far this year there have been 1,700 calls to the Community Service Patrol, and that figure doesn’t include trips where multiple people are picked up.“Two weeks ago during that cold snap they had four in their office at once,” Halcro said, referring to the security staff.But that is just one part of the illegality and crime suggested in the footage. Halcro points out a man in a yellow jacket who repeatedly disappears outside with people after quick verbal exchanges. He’s there all day, everyday an alleged drug dealer who is one of about four people Halcro said come every day for hours and hours. Security staff call the 33-year-old “The Father,” because he heads up a group of teens nicknamed the Downtown Family.There are serious issues with human trafficking at the Transit Center, but like suspicions about drug dealing, the security guards on staff do not have full police powers to investigate. They cannot, for example, look inside a backpack or make arrests.The facility is also outdated, built in 1985 under a very different philosophy about public space. Heating is expensive. Too many corners block sight-lines.And, as Halcro points out, the bathrooms tucked away by the sides invite more trouble than janitors can keep up with.“Some of the things happening in the bathroom,” Halcro started, “I can get as graphic as you want: People defecating on the floor, people throwing it against the wall, prostitution in the bathroom.”“We have security briefings at this table every Monday morning,” Halcro continued, “and every Monday I leave those meetings and I think ‘my god, it can’t get any worse,’ and then the next week it gets worse.”Halcro and his team heard during interviews that the problems dissuade ridership on city buses, which remains low. According to Census figures from 2014, just 2,932 or Anchorage’s 156,149 daily commuters use public transportation–less than two percent.The problems are also a missed business opportunity in what Halcro believes is a prime location. The plan that premiered during Thursday’s ACDA board meeting calls for less public space within a design that moves riders along instead of allowing them to linger indoors. ACDA is also looking for an anchor tenant to re-mold the space around — one that can fill a hole they see in basic amenities available downtown.“I think Walgreens is perfect,” Halcro said during an interview ahead of presenting the idea to the board.At this point, everything is preliminary, including financing figures and timelines. But one thing that was not addressed in the design unveiling is what will happen to existing tenants, either the food vendors downstairs or the social service providers renting spaces on the second level.“We’re aware of discussions ongoing, but we’re not involved in the planning,” said Jennifer Smerud, who directs communications for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, which includes Alaska Youth Advocates, the organization in charge of the Power Teen Center on the second floor. Smerud said nobody from the organization had been approached by ACDA or the Administration about the redesign.But she agrees the Transit Center is a rough space with a lot of tough issues. That, however, is exactly why they have a teen center there.“Wherever you’re going to have low-income folks and vulnerable people congregating you’re going to have predators, and so the transit center has its share of unpleasant individuals,” Smerud said by phone. “We do what we can to make sure that the space we’re providing is safe.”It’s an issue that keeps coming up: What to do with city residents who have nowhere else to go. Since taking office, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz has announced similar redesign plans for nearby Town Square Park, also identified as a trouble-spot by the business community. Berkowitz sees both are pieces in a broader strategy to revitalize downtown.“We do have a problem with homelessness in this community, we have a problem with public safety. Addressing the homelessness issue, addressing the public safety issue will help make the Transit Center a more attractive place for everybody to use,” Berkowitz said during an earlier interview. “Downtown should belong to all people who come through Anchorage, not just those who find refuge there because it’s cold.”ACDA will take plans back up during its meeting in January.last_img read more