The wildfire located in the Klua Lakes basin is at 700 hectares in size, and is currently being battled by the Wildlife Management Branch. A spokesperson with the Prince George Fire Centre said air tankers and ground crews were on scene yesterday and will be again today.The fire is 14 kilometres east of Prophet River and 80 kilometres south of Fort Nelson. It was reported yesterday afternoon and it’s suspected it may have been caused by a lightning strike.In response to the blaze the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality issued an evacuation alert in the Prophet River area. The map of the evacuation alert is in the photo above.- Advertisement –
SANTA CLARITA – The Castaic and West Ranch town councils are fuming after the city of Santa Clarita moved to charge nonresidents more to participate in city-run sports and recreation programs, stirring talk of shopping boycotts against city-based businesses. Paul Ash, president of the West Ranch Town Council, said all options are open and the issue will be discussed at their monthly meeting. “In the past, when these issues were brought up with the differential park fees, we have discussed responding by asking our citizens not to shop in the city or not to shop on auto row,” said Ash, whose panel represents nearly 10,000 residents in Stevenson Ranch and Westridge. “I’m sure there’re options that are still out there.” The policy approved in last week’s 4-1 City Council vote intends to end what officials have called a “subsidy” for residents outside city limits – some 30,000 including those from Castaic and Stevenson Ranch. Officials have argued they should pay more because they don’t directly pay taxes to the city, yet have enjoyed the same programs as city residents at facilities built with city funds. The new policy championed by City Councilman Frank Ferry, who will face re-election April 11, could nearly double the price of a $45 swim class, or add an extra $160 to the costs of forming a soccer team. But Ash and Lloyd Carder II, president of the Castaic Town Council, called the move unfair and divisive. County residents have contributed to city coffers through sales tax – Santa Clarita is home to the region’s only shopping mall and auto mall – and they often volunteer time for recreation programs, Carder said. “The whole thing is just downright ludicrous,” said Carder, who added that his daughter has taken swim lessons offered by the city. “You go to a lot of these programs, and the coaches put in mass amounts of time, and they’re clearly not just city residents. “Depending on where you live in the unincorporated area, some people do all their shopping in Santa Clarita. Galpin’s starting to sound very good to me,” he said, referring to the San Fernando Valley-based auto dealer. Sales tax from Santa Clarita auto sales are a key source of city income. “I think what Ferry and them have done is they’ve declared war on the unincorporated areas. The city should be making friends and not enemies.” While the heads of the two panels charged with advising 5th District county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich are on the warpath, the supervisor’s office has called for compromise. “We’re looking close at the measure the City Council passed,” said Tony Bell, an Antonovich spokesman. “We want to work closely with the parks department of the city so that we have a rate structure that’s fair to the residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.” Yet, Carder also blamed the county for failing to keep up with the recreation needs in the unincorporated areas. The city has said some 49 percent of the 350,000 recreation program registrants since 2001 hail from outside Santa Clarita. Three community parks serve Stevenson Ranch, and Castaic has its own sports complex, though the nearest community pool is in Val Verde. In contrast, Santa Clarita has invested in dozens of neighborhood parks, a sports complex and an aquatics center. A listing for county activities fills about a dozen pages, compared with the 68-page catalog the city compiles each quarter. In 2003, officials began offering priority registration for city residents applying for popular programs or those that take place at city-developed parks. “My daughter does the swimming program because, simply, we don’t have anything here,” Carder said. “Most of the stuff that the kids of the unincorporated areas do in the city are things that don’t exist in the county. “Maybe we should get the county to complete the sports complex so we can have pools and tennis. I’m telling you, it’s a great reason for incorporation.” Bell said the county aims to partner – rather than compete – with the city. “Our parks department works with the city’s parks department to balance programs and create recreation activities that complement one another,” he said. “Instead of competing with them, we want to complement one another.” City parks and recreation officials aim to implement tiered rates in late 2006. Ash, who has coached local flag football, hoped money won’t be a factor dividing the greater Santa Clarita Valley from taking to the same fields. “We all live in the same geographically-defined area in the valley,” he said. “We’re all neighbors.” [email protected] (661)257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mark your calendars for our upcoming MFLN Military Caregiving professional development webinar on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Time: 11:00 a.m. EasternDate: Wednesday, December 9, 2015Event Location: Financial Planning for Military CaregiversWorries about finances may be a source of great stress for caregivers and their families. For military family caregivers, finances may have a big impact on their ability to manage day-to-day and, eventually, retire. As the holidays approach we begin to take an especially hard look at our budget and financial responsibilities and challenges. In this webinar military helping professionals will learn about practical resources to help caregivers better manage their finances, ensuring families and service members live more comfortably while planning for the future.Our presenter for this webinar is Nancy Granovsky, a professor and extension family economics specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. We are honored to have her present on the topic of Financial Planning for Military Caregivers.Registration is required to join the webinar, but can be completed on the day of the event. Also, we will be offering Certificates of Completion for those that may be interested in receiving training hours for attending the event.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join the webinar, simply click on Financial Planning for Military Caregivers. The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense Connect System (DCS), but is open to the public. It is strongly suggested that when using the DCS system to open the webinar on Google Chrome for both PC and MAC connections. If this is not an option, Internet Explorer may be used if connecting via PC. Safari and Firefox are not compatible with this DCS platform.For those who cannot connect to the DCS site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on Ustream.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on November 27, 2015.
P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Coach always knows that I’m ready to play at this level and I’m willing to do anything to help my team win,” said Belo as the Elite improved to a 2-6 record but still stayed at the 11th spot of the standings.“We struggled in the past games, especially myself, so I always find ways to recover and that’s because of the help I got from my coaches and teammates.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald Anderson impressive in Chooks 3×3 debut Blackwater’s Mac Belo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Mac Belo was ready when Blackwater needed him the most.Belo averaged just 8.6 points in the Elite’s first seven games of the PBA Philippine Cup, but that became an afterthought after Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Needing a win to break their four-game skid, the Elite found a hero in Belo who dropped a season-high 22 points with eight rebounds to help them get the 106-100 win over the Dyip.Belo, ever the consummate professional, shared the glory of his scoring outburst to his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I thank my teammates because we executed our plays well so I got open looks and I was able to get into my off-ball offense better,” said Belo in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Belo said he just kept himself ready and when Elite head coach Bong Ramos called his number, he knew he was prepared to play at an exceptional level. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments
UNICEF and the Global Goals campaign have launched the World’s Largest Lesson, an initiative to teach children in more than 100 countries about the new Sustainable Development Goals that will be adopted by the UN General Assembly later this month.Serena Williams joins UNICEF and the Global Goals campaign to launch the World’s Largest LessonThe Global Goals campaign was launched last week at UN Headquarters, and aims to reach the 7 billion people on earth to make the world body’s new development targets “famous.”“The World’s Largest Lesson will do more than teach children about the global goals,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “It will engage them in the effort to achieve those goals – educating them about the challenges that are shaping their futures and encouraging them to drive change in their own communities.”“Young people can help achieve the global goals by holding their leaders accountable for the promises they are making – and by holding themselves accountable for building a better future for everyone,” he added.UNICEF announced that the initiative has already attracted support from influential leaders and public figures including Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram, tennis star Serena Williams and the Brazilian footballer Neymar. In addition, Government leaders from a number of countries will be teaching and participating in lessons.The UN estimates that a potential 500 million girls and boys between the ages of 8 and 14 will have the chance to learn about the Global Goals. These range from ending extreme poverty, to tackling climate change, and giving all children the opportunity to gain a quality education.“By making the Global Goals famous we can give them the best chance of working around the world – and help make us the first generation to end extreme poverty, the most determined generation in history to end injustice and inequality, and the last generation to be threatened by climate change,” explained Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of the Global Goals campaign.The World’s Largest Lesson will be held in classrooms on every continent during the week of 28 September. As part of the campaign specially created lesson materials include an animated film by Aardman and author and education expert Sir Ken Robinson that introduces the Global Goals, and a downloadable comic book by Josh Elder, Karl Kesel and Grace Allison.
OTTAWA – Canada’s share of the fastest growing industry in the world has been shrinking over the last decade — and a new report says it’s time to step it up or miss out on a trillion-dollar opportunity.The Ottawa-based Smart Prosperity Institute report — to be released today in Vancouver at the Globe Forum Leadership Summit for Sustainable Business — says clean technology will be a $2.2-trillion industry worldwide by 2022, with an estimated $3.6 trillion of investment up for grabs globally between now and 2030.However, Canada’s market share in the global clean tech industry has fallen 12 per cent in the last decade, and will continue to contract without a solid, long-term commitment to growing the industry, said institute co-chair Stewart Elgie, a professor of law and economics at the University of Ottawa.“Clean innovation is the big global economic prize in the next decade that leading nations are pursuing around the world,” Elgie said. “If Canada wants to win that race, we’ve got to raise our game.”However, the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change lays out a number of policies that will compel more clean tech innovation in Canada, he said, including a price on pollution with a carbon price, to be in place across Canada by the start of next year, as well as a promised national clean fuels strategy, better energy efficiency standards and limits on greenhouse gases like methane.There also needs to be significant government funding available to help get good Canadian ideas through the development stage and to market. Canada does well at coming up with ideas and making them work, Elgie said, but it’s not so good at commercializing those ideas and scaling up production, often because of a lack of available capital.The private sector is often still leery about clean technology, because it’s all very new.“The truth of it is every major commercial technology of the last century has involved significant public investment and public support,” Elgie said. “Every one — even the oilsands, which has had billions of dollars in public investment before it ultimately became commercially viable and the private sector ran with it.”Last year, Canada jumped three spots to number four on the Global Clean Tech Innovation Index, a measure of where the best clean technology ideas are expected to come from in the next decade. But if Canada can’t provide the financial help to get those good ideas out, it will miss out on huge opportunities, he warned.Of course, not everybody sees the Liberal government’s policies — particularly the carbon price — as helpful.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, new Ontario counterpart Doug Ford and Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservatives, have all promised to cancel or roll back carbon pricing if elected. They call carbon pricing a tax that will make Canada uncompetitive, particularly up against a U.S. that doesn’t have a similar burden.Kenney, for one, has called it a “massive tax on everything” and “a massive wealth distribution scheme requiring a massive bureaucracy to administer.”The report says encouraging clean innovation requires government both pushing and pulling industry along. That means setting standards that encourage the new technologies, such as a promised renewable fuels standard, aimed at encouraging ways to ensure fuel consumers like cars and furnaces produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions.— follow @mrabson on Twitter
Toronto’s main stock index plummeted more than 100 points before the long weekend as Canada and the U.S. failed to reach a trade agreement by President Donald Trump’s self-imposed deadline Friday.The two countries met this week for a new round of NAFTA negotiations, hoping to strike a deal by the end of the week, but now it appears talks will continue after the Labour Day long weekend.“With the events that we’re having with NAFTA, certainly having some pressure on the market,” said Sid Mokhtari, with CIBC Capital Markets.The S&P/TSX composite index shed 108.67 points to 16,262.88.“It’s certainly has a lot to do with the politics, and I don’t think it’s primarily anything fundamental at this point,” he said, referencing off-the-record comments made by Trump to Bloomberg News that were leaked to the Toronto Star newspaper and published Friday morning.Trump, who has since confirmed the comments in a tweet, said that any deal with Canada would be “totally on our terms.”Investors may assume the pending deal will not be a good one for Canada or not quite what the country is looking for, said Mokhtari.Both countries have remained stubborn on certain issues and negotiations are expected to continue next week, starting Wednesday. Trump notified Congress that his administration intends to sign a trade agreement in 90 days with Mexico and Canada, should it be willing to do so.The health care and information technology sectors were the only two on the TSX to close in the green and offset some of the losses on the index. Cannabis companies Aphria Inc. and Canopy Growth Corp. led the health care sector where shares gained 6.06 per cent and 2.4 per cent respectively.The rhetoric also pushed down the Canadian dollar. The loonie closed lower at 76.60 cents US compared with an average of 77.04 cents US on Thursday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 22.10 points to 25,964.82. The S&P 500 index gained 0.39 points to 2,901.52, while the Nasdaq composite advanced 21.17 points to 8,109.54.The October crude contract retreated 45 cents to US$69.80 per barrel and the October natural gas contract gained four cents to roughly US$2.92 per mmBTU.The December gold contract rose US$1.70 to US$1,206.70 an ounce and the December copper contract declined about five cents to US$2.68 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
Gurugram: As many as 802 booths have been identified as sensitive. These booths are present in Sohna, Badshapur and even the Gurugram city. Under the 802 polling booths, 368 are 368 sensitive areas and 434 hypersensitive areas. The maximum number of sensitive booths have been identified in Sohna which s then followed by Badshapur and even parts of Gurugram urban area.According to officials, there is a possibility that in the booths that have been identified as sensitive there can be violence which can be initiated by the rival groups. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesIn Sohna, there are 78 sensitive booths and 114 hypersensitive booths. In Pataudi, there are 44 sensitive booths and 45 hypersensitive booths while in Badhahpur there are 77 hypersensitive booths. At 13 there are also a substantial number of hypersensitive booths in Gurugram urban area. Gurugram deputy commissioner Amit Khatri said additional forces will be deployed in such polling stations to maintain law and order and ensure peaceful polling. A polling station is deemed normal, sensitive or hypersensitive after being ranked by the level of its vulnerability to violence based on criteria such as violent incidents in the past, if 75 per cent or more votes went to a single candidate, among other factors.
New Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia’s first woman Vice-Chancellor Najma Akhtar has urged varsity staff to ensure that they pass no comments on students’ clothing, complexion, race or religion. Addressing the members of the teaching and the non-teaching fraternity Monday, Professor Akhtar underlined the need for updating the existing courses, overhauling outdated ones and opening new courses in sync with contemporary demands. “Growth and development of an institution has two dimensions consolidation and expansion. We must try to consolidate what we already have, update and tone up programmes that have been running and overhaul those that are outdated and lagging behind,” she said. Akhtar said JMI is a gender-sensitive institution and right from its inception, it has embraced the idea of co-education and healthy mixing and growth of both genders. “Let us do nothing or make no such utterances that can be even remotely be interpreted as disrespectful or derogatory to women,” she cautioned. Staff members should not make any comments on a student’s clothing, complexion, race, place of origin or religion, Akhtar said. “Women empowerment will be a special focus of the current administration,” the vice-chancellor said, adding, “let us all cultivate common virtues of humanity and cosmopolitanism.”
Kolkata: Kolkata Police have made elaborate arrangements for the last phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Keeping the recent cases of huge amount of cash seizure in mind, several wings of the Kolkata Police have been instructed to keep a strict vigil across the city apart from general security arrangement.According to Kolkata Police officials, there are 4,755 booths in 1,576 polling premises, which fall under the Kolkata Police jurisdiction. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTo ensure the rights of the voters and prevent untoward incidents, it has been decided that there will be two Quick Response Team (QRT) in each police station’s jurisdiction. These teams will be in place at strategic points in the area so that in case of emergency they can reach the spot in minimum time. Also 274 sector mobile teams will ply across the city. To deal with any kind of clash and other problems, 53 Flying Squad Team and 60 Static Squad Team (SST) will be there to assist the other two groups. Apart from patrolling teams, there will be 180 police picket and 80 naka-checking points which will be made static throughout Sunday. There will also be a special Mobile Striking Force which would be led by Divisional Deputy Commissioners. According to sources, normal security arrangements will be in place. Apart from general Heavy Radio Flying Squad (HRFS), Striking Force (SF) and River Patrol and Divisional Mobiles will be deployed usual. Sensitive areas will be kept under strict vigil. Central Forces will reach the designated polling booths by Saturday afternoon.