FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Westrek Geotechnical says some residents of the Old Fort could return home once the road into the community is finished.In a posting to the Peace River Regional District website late Friday, the PRRD said Westrek says things are looking favourable to possibly allow some residents to return home when road standards are met.The message goes onto say “The PRRD is working with MOTI to ensure 24/7 operation of a semi-permanent access road capable of supporting emergency vehicles, school buses, other service vehicles, and all resident motor vehicles. 50% legal axle loading restrictions will remain.”- Advertisement -The final geotechnical report on the slide should be completed by the middle of next week. The report was supposed to be finished this week, but a large amount of new data from the Province was given to Westrek on Wednesday.Once the PRRD receives the geotechnical report, the report will then be sent for a peer and legal reviews. From there, the PRRD will determine the next steps for residents of the Old Fort.The Regional District has not yet released a timeline for when the report will be released to the public.Advertisement
Brooke Burke-Charvet is supporting Operation Smile, and has announced a fantastic fundraising initiative.“On September 27th, I will be hosting Operation Smile’s 2013 Smile Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and I would be honored if you joined me in supporting this incredible children’s charity,” she wrote on her fundraising page. “Operation Smile is a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery and related medical care for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.“Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft. One in 10 of those children will die before their first birthday. The children who survive are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places, they are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can’t afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a productive life.“That’s where Operation Smile comes in as the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 3.5 million comprehensive patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with facial deformities.“After supporting Operation Smile for four years, my family and I had the honor of joining their volunteer team on a medical mission in Guadalajara, Mexico this summer, and what we witnessed was a miracle… We felt the power of selflessness in the presence of the Operation Smile team. You cannot imagine what community service is like until you live it, but it changed my life forever and opened my heart in a whole new way. I feel a moral obligation to give back and do something important, but I had no idea how much I would get back from the experience.“For as little as $240, one cleft lip surgery can change a child’s life forever. My family and I are personally committed to matching the first 10 surgeries raised on this page. With your help, how many lives can we change tomorrow?”
Related Items:avoid, bugs, defend, drain, dress, health, mosquitos, rains, summer, Tci Recommended for you The Health Promotion & Advocacy Unit gave the three Ds: drain, dress and defend. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp A notice said while the country remains Zika Virus free, there is Chikungunya Virus and Dengue Fever recorded in the islands; all three as you know are mosquito borne viruses. You can look to Magnetic Media on your favorite social media or our website for the full list of advice, but we can tell you that in the advisement we are all asked – in the first D for Drain – to drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers, empty water collected around your yard, clear roof gutters of debris and tip over those pet dishes. In the D for Defend, the Health Advocacy Unit says we should use mosquito repellant, which has been approved for safety and ensure windows and doors have proper screening. Again get the full ‘Three Ds’ list at MagneticMediaTV.com. When it comes to the second D for Dress, we are cautioned to wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing; the 174 mosquito species are more attracted to dark clothes. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe rains of last week are beginning to churn out mosquitoes now, and with more wet conditions in the forecast residents are reminded to help in reducing breeding sites and to take care of themselves. Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Hurricane Irma hits TCI
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 25, 2018 – Nassau –The Government of The Bahamas wishes to advise the public that the ‘Alert Bahamas’ pilot period expired in December 2017. The pilot solution was provided by Unified Messaging Systems Americas (UMS) on a pro-bono basis as part of the Sustainable Nassau initiative, and led by the Office of The Prime Minister with technical assistance from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The solution was first introduced to the public in September 2017, and provided the opportunity for NEMA, Bahamas Information Services, the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Department of Meteorology to disseminate critical information to the public via multiple communication channels (SMS messages, email, and Facebook), comprising a national alert messaging system. The Government of The Bahamas extends its gratitude to its partners (UMS, IDB, BTC and Aliv) for their generous participation in making this pilot possible. On 12th December 2017, during a mission of the Sustainable Nassau IDB team, representatives of the participating agencies and project partners met to discuss the lessons learned from the project. There was consensus that the experience will enable the Government to be in a better position when developing appropriate terms of reference for a longer-term solution. The pilot implementation also provided insight into the enabling structures and frameworks that would be necessary to facilitate the effective implementation of a national alert messaging system. The Government also thanks the public for its tremendous support and for the feedback provided over various platforms. Over three thousand persons registered on the citizen portal at www.alertbahamas.com to participate in the pilot and received messages from all four participating agencies. The wider national community and visitors would have also received hurricane and tropical storm warnings from NEMA.A satisfaction survey targeted at persons registered on the portal was conducted, and revealed that registrants were generally happy about the opportunity to participate in such an initiative, and were very encouraging of a longer term solution. A number of useful recommendations were also provided that will be taken into consideration by the Government as it explores options for procuring a permanent solution. The results of the satisfaction survey are available on the Alert Bahamas web portal (www.alertbahamas.com). It should be noted that login and registration capabilities have been deactivated on the web portal, and all personal information registered during the pilot period has been securely discarded in accordance with the UMS privacy and data protection policy and data protection requirements of The Bahamas.On behalf of the Government, the Office of the Prime Minister again thanks all stakeholders and participants. Release: BISPhoto caption: Representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Office of the Prime Minister, Unified Messaging Systems, Bahamas Telecommunications Company, Be Aliv Limited, National Emergency Management Agency, the Bahamas Information Service, Royal Bahamas Police Force, and the Department of Meteorology during a mission of the Sustainable Nassau IDB team (held on 12th December 2017) to discuss the lessons learned from the Alert Messaging Pilot project. Not pictured: Data Protection Commissioner.
Posted: July 24, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — More than 1,800 units of blood were collected during the four days of Comic-Con International, the San Diego Blood Bank announced Monday.The total is the highest in the 41 years of a blood drive that’s named for science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein. According to the blood bank, the previous record was 1,498 pints collected in 2013.Blood bank officials said the results will help the regional supply situation because donations have otherwise dropped recently.At the blood drive, donors received a “Guardians of the Galaxy” T-shirt and goody bag, and were entered into daily drawings for prizes. Leftover shirts will be given to donors through the end of this month at San Diego Blood Bank facilities while supplies last.Donors must be at least 17 years old — 16 year olds can donate with parental consent — weigh at least 114 pounds and be in general good health July 24, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jessica Ranck Comic-Con annual blood drive collects highest amount of blood in years Jessica Ranck,
ReutersIndia has been investigating how Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, funds local non-profit groups for anti-tobacco lobbying, government documents show, making it the latest foreign non-government organisation to come under scrutiny.Since 2014, thousands of foreign-funded charities’ licences have been cancelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for misreporting donations.Critics, however, say the government has used the foreign funding law as a tool to silence non-profit groups which have raised concerns about the social costs of India’s rapid economic development.The intelligence wing of India’s home ministry last year drafted a note on Bloomberg Philanthropies, raising concerns that the foundation was running a campaign to “target” Indian tobacco businesses and “aggressively” lobby against the sector.Though the three-page note, reviewed by Reuters, said the Bloomberg initiative’s “claimed intention to free India of tobacco cannot be faulted” given the known risks from tobacco, it highlighted the sector’s importance, noting it brings in nearly $5 billion in annual revenue for governments, and provides a livelihood for millions of people.”Foreign interests making foreign contributions … for purposes of lobbying against an established economic activity raises multiple concerns,” the note said, including, it said, an “adverse economic impact” on 35 million people.The June 3, 2016 note, marked “SECRET” and circulated to top government officials, including in Modi’s office, has not previously been reported. The probe continued until at least April this year, another government document showed.Rebecca Carriero, a spokeswoman for Michael Bloomberg and New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies, declined to comment as they were unaware of any investigation.A home ministry spokesman said “queries which relate to security agencies cannot be answered.” Modi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment.The ministry’s note was one of the factors behind the rejection of a foreign funding licence renewal of at least one Bloomberg-funded India charity last October, said a senior government official aware of the investigation.Michael Bloomberg, one of the world’s richest people and a former New York City Mayor, has committed nearly $1 billion to support global tobacco control efforts. One of his focus countries is India, where tobacco kills 900,000 people a year.Other than funding Indian NGOs, Bloomberg’s charity has in the past worked on improving road safety and supported federal tobacco-control efforts. In 2015, Modi called Michael Bloomberg a “friend”, and the two agreed on working together on India’s ambitious plan to build so-called smart cities.
Two suspected robbers were killed in a lynch-mob attack at Hariabaha village of Kasba upazila of Brahmanbaria on Monday night, reports news agency UNB.The deceased could not be identified yet.A group of bandits was taking preparations to commit robbery at the village when a night guard spotted them around 11:00pm, said Kasba police station officer-in-charge Mohammad Mohiuddin.As the guard raised an alarm, several hundred residents of the village came out of their houses and chased the robbers, he said.They managed to catch two of the hoodlums while they rest managed to flee.Later, the angry mob gave the duo a good beating, killing them on the spot.On information, police rushed to the spot, the OC said.
The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee. UN PhotoMyanmar may be seeking to “expel” all ethnic Rohingya from its territory, a UN rights expert said Monday, pushing for a high-level inquiry into abuses against the Muslim minority community.The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said a full purge could be the ultimate goal of the institutional persecution and horrific violence being perpetrated against the Rohingya.The evidence “indicates the government may be trying to expel the Rohingya population from the country altogether,” Lee told the UN rights council.The army launched a bloody crackdown against the Rohingya in October in the northern Rakhine state following attacks by militants on several border posts.UN investigators say that during the military operation women were gang-raped by soldiers and Rohingya babies were slaughtered.Lee wants the rights council to establish the UN’s highest-level probe, a Commission of Inquiry (COI), to investigate that crackdown as well as violent episodes in 2012 and 2014.The council could set up the commission before its session ends later this month, but key players including the European Union have not yet backed Lee’s call because of concern that a damning UN investigation might threaten the country’s fragile democracy drive.Speaking to reporters after her council appearance, Lee said she believed support for a Commission of Inquiry was tepid, including within the EU.Countries “won’t say they are not going to support your call, but I do hear … (countries) say that maybe Aung San Suu Kyi needs more time,” Lee said, referring to the Nobel peace laureate who leads Myanmar’s civilian government.Suu Kyi’s government, which took charge last year after decades of oppressive military rule, has rejected Lee’s bid to set up a Commission of Inquiry and insisted its own national probe can uncover the facts in Rakhine.Lee conceded to reporters that a full international probe “could have a destabilising affect” in that it may implicate the military in crimes against humanity, but she insisted it was in the government’s interest to get the facts out.She also told the council that the government’s internal probe had already been proved inadequate.Representatives from the EU, The Netherlands and Britain all avoided the question of a Commission of Inquiry during Monday’s discussion.Britain’s envoy to the council, Julian Braithwaite, said the international community needed to “engage (Myanmar) without damaging the delicate civilian/military balance”.
Photo by: Jonnu Singleton, SWA GroupBuffalo Bayou Park offers a wide variety of leisure activities such as cycling, jogging, paddling, as well as a nature playground that features a boulder rock scramble, a rolling lawn, a stream and waterfall, climbing logs and stones, and 33-foot slide.The Urban Land Institute has selected Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park as one of the 13 winners of its 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership announced Tuesday.The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research organization that supports the responsible use and development of land.The Awards for Excellence also include winners from other parts of the United States, such as Chicago’s Riverwalk, and the rest of the world, such as the Oasia Hotel in Singapore (Singapore) and the Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao (Spain).The award recognizes the impact of a project, including leadership, contribution to the community, and environmental protection, as well as response to societal needs and financial viability.Buffalo Bayou Park stretches over 2.3 miles and offers Houston residents and visitors more than 15 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, including four pedestrian bridges, and also a nature playground.The park is maintained and operated by the Buffalo Bayou Partnership. Share