Donegal businesses voice concerns over Capital Plan for 2040

first_imgBusinesses in the North-West have voiced their concerns over the slow pace of progress with significant capital projects and called for accelerated delivery of the National Development Plan.The groups voiced their concerns at a meeting with local public representatives.The meeting was held at the Pramerica Offices in Letterkenny. Businesses say they need to support balanced growth and job creation across the entire country.In particular, they are calling for the recent corporate tax windfall to be directed towards much-needed infrastructure to position the regional economy to grow.Ibec North West Regional President Cormac Kearns said: “Businesses are anxious to see progress in the delivery of Project Ireland 2040 as challenges around peripherality and connectivity intensify. The delivery of strategic road infrastructure will help improve inter-urban and inter-regional connectivity and offer greater accessibility that will drive growth.“Investment in education and skills should also be viewed as a key infrastructure priority that will help support continued business growth in the region. “The country is currently enjoying windfall corporate tax revenue and there is an opportunity to invest in much-needed infrastructure, improve overall quality of life and position the regional economy to grow.  Delays on infrastructure have significant costs and pose a real threat to economic growth and damage competitiveness. Unless we deliver the infrastructure, the region will continue to develop at a slower pace.”Mr Kearns added: “With a disorderly Brexit looking increasingly likely and with regions being most vulnerable in this scenario, fast-tracking infrastructure investment is more vital than ever. We must invest ambitiously and deliver on committed projects as urgently as possible.”Donegal businesses voice concerns over Capital Plan for 2040 was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Avoiding compaction

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Heavy farm machinery compacts the soil, both on tilled ground and no-tilled ground. Compaction induced by agricultural machinery often affects soil properties and crop production. Axle load is the first factor that has to be considered in soil compaction, according to Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Emeriti and Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Soil Specialist.Axle load is the total load supported by one axle, usually expressed in tons or pounds. Farm equipment with high axle loads on wet soil will cause compaction in the topsoil and subsoil, whereas low axle loads will cause compaction in the topsoil and the upper part of the subsoil only.Deep subsoil compaction can only partially be alleviated with subsoilers, and at considerable cost. Freezing/thawing and drying/wetting cycles have been shown not to remediate soil compaction at this depth.Finally, biological activity (such as cover crops) is concentrated in the topsoil except deep root crops (e.g. radish or annual ryegrass) and therefore also contributes little to alleviation of deep subsoil compaction. Therefore, avoiding deep subsoil compaction is critical. The key to eliminating deep subsoil compaction is to keep axle load low.Research has shown that a 10-ton axle load almost always causes deep subsoil compaction (more than 20 inches deep) under wet to moist field conditions. If the soil is dry, deep subsoil compaction is less likely, even with high axle loads.Contact pressure is the pressure that is exerted by a tire or track on the soil surface, expressed in pounds per square inch (psi). Reducing contact pressures will cause less topsoil compaction. In completely flexible tires, surface contact pressure is similar to tire pressure. Tires run at 35 psi caused higher stresses at 14 inches depth and created ruts that were more than twice as deep as tires run at 12 psi tire pressure. However, at 22 inches, no difference was noted in measured stress between both tires because the tire load was the same.Deep subsoil compaction is permanent and should be avoided at all costs. This can be done by keeping axle loads below 10 tons, and preferably below 6 tons. Compaction in the topsoil can be avoided by reducing tire pressure, using flotation tires, doubles, radial tires, or tracks, and by employing large-diameter tires. Reducing the number of trips over the field and reducing the total area per acre actually traveled are recommended. Driving on soil that is wetter than the plastic limit (soil crumbles, ideal for tillage) should be avoided at all times.More information can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/avoiding-soil-compaction.last_img read more

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Teams Race to Panama City on Tonights Episode of CTVs THE AMAZING

first_imgAdvertisement TORONTO, Aug. 23, 2017 – Following tonight’s non-elimination leg in Panama City, Panama, all five teams will race to Regina, Sask. in next week’s all-new episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, airing Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. After contemplating giving up during the Roadblock, Karen and Bert were the last to arrive at the Pit Stop in Panama City, but were elated to find out last night’s leg of the Race was a non-elimination leg.In last night’s (Aug. 22) episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, all five teams raced to Panama City. Once they arrived, teams made their way to Biomuso, designed by the Canadian Architect, Frank Gehry. They then searched the museum for a white wolf to locate their next clue.After making their way to Paseo Esteban Huertas, teams were faced with a Roadblock, where one team member had to select one of six Molas – an elaborate embroidered panel of a Kuna woman’s traditional blouse – and memorize the design. Then, Racers searched the Casco Viejo neighbourhood, and the many women wearing similar Molas, to find their match. Once they had correctly identified their match, they received their next clue. Karen struggled to locate the women and debated taking a penalty, but after reading her clue more carefully, she realized she needed to go into the centre of town, where she found her matching Mola and received her next clue. Twitter Facebook Teams then had to select one of two Detours – “Up For a Drink” or “Down For the Count.” In “Up For a Drink,” teams tasted five specifically flavoured local craft beers, and chose from a selection of flavour labeled coasters that matched their beer. Once they successfully matched the correct flavours, Racers received their next clue. “Down For the Count” required teams to learn a series of six different boxing combinations. Once they each knocked out the six combinations perfectly, they received their next clue. Sam and Paul, Kenneth and Ryan, and Adam and Andrea, all rushed to the “Up For a Drink” Detour, but couldn’t distinguish the flavours of each beer, and all switched Detours. Korey and Ivana found their confidence while boxing, and left the Detour first.Teams then made their way to the Sport Complex, where they joined the Banda de musica Virgilio Escala del Colegio Pedro Pablo Sanchez, a high school marching band. Teams had to observe the drum Marjoette’s routine, and when they felt ready, they joined her in leading the band. Once the Bandmaster was satisfied with their task, teams received their next clue. Sam and Paul successfully led the band on their first attempt, and were the first to leave, closely followed by Korey and Ivana. Meanwhile, Adam and Andrea couldn’t find their rhythm and were the last to leave.Racers were then given a photograph of one of two matching colourful Panama signs. Teams used this photo to find Host Jon Montgomery at the Pit Stop. Korey and Ivana ended up at the wrong sign and lost out on a first place finish on this leg. After arriving to the correct sign first, dating couple Sam and Paul won this leg of the Race and earned a trip for two to New Orleans. Karen and Bert made the same mistake as Korey and Ivana and ended up at the wrong sign, putting them in last place to arrive at the mat before Jon informed them it was a non-elimination leg and they were safe.Last night’s (Aug. 22) episode encores Saturday, Aug. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO. Visit CTV.ca to check local listings. Previous seasons are also available for streaming now on CraveTV.On the next episode of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA (Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO), the Race touches down in Regina, Sask., where a Detour has teams working against the grain, while others struggle to sell and entertain. For some, the odds are stacked against them with a spot in the final four on the line, and a Double U-Turn ahead.The five remaining teams competing on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA are:Adam and Andrea – Brother and Sister – Montréal, Que.Korey and Ivana – Best Friends – Toronto, Ont.Sam and Paul – Dating Couple – Toronto, Ont.Karen and Bert – Married Couple – Edmonton, Alta.Kenneth and Ryan – Best Friends – Collingwood, Ont.Viewers can play along with THE AMAZING RACE CANADA‘snew in-show game RACE PLAY. The game integrates race action from the broadcast into in-show polls and trivia, prompting viewers in real-time to answer on their second screens during all original broadcasts across the country. For more on THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, fans can visit CTV.ca/TheAmazingRaceCanada for exclusive content, including team videos, bios, full episodes, sneak peeks, and extras including the immersive VR360 experiences that take fans inside some of the toughest challenges of the season.Season 5 of THE AMAZING RACE CANADA welcomes back returning partner Chevrolet, which has been with the series for all five seasons, and BMO, which enters its third consecutive season as a partner. New partners this year are Sinorama, Canadian Tire’s Woods brand, and Campbell’s.SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@[email protected][email protected]#AmazingRaceCanadaFacebook:Facebook.com/ctvFacebook.com/AmazingRaceCDAInstagram:@[email protected][email protected] Social Media Accounts:Adam – Instagram: @cavy13Andrea – Twitter: @drecavaleri| Instagram: @drecavaleriKorey – Twitter: @koachkore | Instagram: @koachkoreIvana – Twitter: @ivana_krunic | Instagram: @ivanaBodyFiTiKSam –Twitter: @slamchop1 | Instagram: @slamchopPaul – Twitter: @pmitskop | Instagram: @paulmitsKaren – Twitter: @teamrichardss| Instagram: @teamrichardss  Bert – Twitter: @teamrichardss| Instagram: @teamrichardss  Kenneth – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @kenneth.mcalpineRyan – Twitter: @team_giver | Instagram: @teamgiver & @ryangiverAbout CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementlast_img read more

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Rob Gronkowski Is The Randy Moss Of Tight Ends

VIDEO: Ohio State’s chances are better than mostCheck out our latest NFL predictions. With news that New England tight end Rob Gronkowski probably is out for the rest of the season, it’s tempting to say the 9-2 Patriots will remain dominant over their remaining regular-season games and into the playoffs. After all, they did just fine without superstar 39-year-old quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of this season. Surely they can do without one seam-runner, right?Honestly, I’m not sure. While keeping in mind that football is an enigma, and that anyone who says they can tell you exactly how much any player is worth is either foolish or selling something, there’s a fairly strong case that “Gronk” is incredibly valuable to Brady and the Pats — more so than we might guess at first blush.Let’s step back for a second. From 2001 to 2006, Brady averaged 25 touchdowns per season (with a high of 28) and averaged 13 interceptions (with a low of 12).1To go with his 0.5 yearly Super Bowl wins, naturally. In 2007, he basically doubled his production by throwing 50 TDs, with just eight INTs. While those numbers were MVP-caliber gaudiness, they were fairly easy to ascribe to the arrival of one Randy Gene Moss, who had already demonstrated his otherworldly capacity to make QBs look amazing with the likes of Jeff George, Randall Cunningham and Daunte Culpepper.But the most shocking and mysterious period of Brady’s career may have begun in 2010, when — after Moss was bizarrely shipped to the Vikings with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a third-round pick after four games — Brady threw 27 TDs and just 2 INTs over the back 12. At the time, much of the credit for that was given to Wes Welker, the other star receiver brought to New England for that 2007 season. But that impressive stretch by Brady also included eight TDs (after two in the first four weeks) thrown to 6-foot-6-inch then-rookie tight end Gronkowski. And after that Moss trade cost Brady the ability to throw to what may have been one of the best, if not the best, wide receivers of all time, Brady has continued to flourish in the Patriots’ wide-open offense — in which Gronk has been heavily featured.Maybe Brady’s remarkably strong performance sans Moss isn’t so remarkable: Maybe Gronk is just so good that he has taken Moss’s place as the quarterback-maker du jour. To get a sense of Gronkowski’s impact, I did a little “with or without you”-style analysis of pairings between QBs and wide receivers or tight ends since 2006. This looks at how a pass-catcher being in the lineup or not affected his QB’s performance in both yards per attempt (which corresponds roughly to how explosive an offense is) and points above replacement (meaning how efficient the QB’s offense is relative to expectations for all the situations it finds itself in). So, Gronk is at the top of the pack in terms of observed impact. Note — and I can’t stress this enough — that these are incredibly high-variance comparisons and shouldn’t be taken as definitive about any player. (Moss had a fairly similar observed impact with eight different quarterbacks — and we still kept our conclusions at least a little tentative.) But coupled with Gronkowski’s production on paper, his effect on Brady’s stats makes a strong case that the Patriots aren’t just using Gronkowski, they’re relying on him. While he may never have as convincing a data set as Moss did (having so much impact over so many stints with so many quarterbacks is unique in NFL history), he appears to be on that track. Which is unfortunate news for Patriots fans, at least for now. But in the long run, any evidence that the Patriots’ stellar passing game isn’t going to retire anytime soon should be welcome. read more

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BengalsRavens — On A Thursday Night — Is The Most Important Game

SEA40.311.8CHI14.67.219.1 8New England3825,4785 PHI65PHI57PHI 18, ATL 12-9.6– LAC56LAC55KC 38, LAC 28-0.6– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total Change ATL51.114.1CAR52.413.928.1 BAL59.0%+/-15.1CIN39.6%+/-14.829.9 NYJ39.013.3MIA30.312.926.2 LAC33.312.4BUF21.89.822.2 Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 3Pittsburgh4118,7546 JAX64.310.8NE81.88.819.6 GB29.013.5MIN73.712.926.3 DEN30.010.5OAK14.37.918.4 The Ravens come into the matchup off of a 44-point demolition of the Buffalo Bills, which propelled Baltimore from 12th to eighth in our Elo rankings. With the Bills starting the comically ineffective Nathan Peterman at QB, it’s difficult to judge how much we really learned about the Ravens in the blowout. But it had to be encouraging for Baltimore fans to see Joe Flacco play well, regardless of the opponent. At home against Buffalo, Flacco generated 119 more adjusted net yards than a generic backup-level quarterback would have (aka yards above backup QB, or YABQ), which ranked sixth among all signal-callers in Week 1 — behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Drew Brees, Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.In terms of YABQ, this game also represented the third-best that Flacco has enjoyed since Week 3 of the 2015 season, which helps underscore how bad Flacco has been in recent years. For instance, last season the Ravens had the third-worst quarterbacking production of any team in the league, with Flacco’s individual metrics in a three-year tailspin. For a team that featured one of the NFL’s best defenses last season, any spark that Flacco and the offense can provide could go a long way toward sending Baltimore back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. And in their first test against the overmatched Bills, Flacco and the revamped Ravens receiving corps passed with flying colors.A somewhat similar narrative is unfolding in Cincinnati. With much-maligned QB Andy Dalton embarking on his eighth season as the Bengals’ starter (and coach Marvin Lewis back for an astonishing 16th year on the team’s sidelines), Cincy went into Indianapolis and beat Andrew Luck and the Colts thanks to solid passing and rushing, plus timely defensive plays late in the game. Aside from maybe Flacco, few quarterbacks in the league needed to start the season on the right foot more than Dalton, who infamously has never won a playoff game during his time in the Queen City.A win over Baltimore on Thursday won’t change that — perhaps surprisingly, Dalton has beaten the Ravens more often than not anyway — but it would help quiet the doubts that Dalton’s best days are behind him. Since he finished third in the league in YABQ in 2015 (despite suffering a season-ending injury that December), he slipped to 11th in 2016 and 21st in 2017, and the Bengals didn’t make the playoffs either year. With a defense that projects to be mediocre at best, Cincinnati needs Dalton to reverse that slide in order to have any shot at the postseason — and probably to have any chance at salvaging the Dalton/Lewis era.The great irony of the Bengals is that their quarterbacking has always been just good enough to come up short. While the Ravens have won two Super Bowls behind a couple of QBs (Flacco and Trent Dilfer) who were below-average passers for their careers, Cincinnati has consistently had average-to-good passing over the years, aside from a few notable exceptions. Just look back at the Bengals’ history of primary quarterbacks: 40 of their 47 seasons since 1972 have been led by five quarterbacks — Ken Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Jeff Blake, Carson Palmer and Dalton. Although none is in the Hall of Fame (Anderson’s case is a point of contentious debate), each rates as average or better in his career according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index.That’s why, from the 1970 AFL-NFL merger until the present day, no team has gotten more seasons of “competent” (above-backup level) quarterbacking than the Bengals have: PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET points OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION DAL33.58.1NYG6.44.112.2 3Miami4125,4802 8Philadelphia3816,0041 PIT53.812.1KC74.89.922.0 JAX58JAX62JAX 20, NYG 15+0.7– SEA54SEA52DEN 27, SEA 24+0.0 ARI61ARI55WSH 24, ARI 6+4.8– MIN76MIN71MIN 24, SF 16-5.3– *Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com PIT79PIT76PIT 21, CLE 21+0.0 OAK50%LAR68%LAR 33, OAK 13+11.7– WSH39.17.9IND9.94.112.0 6Minnesota4023,1180 Bengals-Ravens could help make or break their seasonsWeek 2 games with the most total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo predictions MIA53TEN55MIA 27, TEN 20-10.3– 7Denver3922,6483 TEN30.49.7HOU15.28.117.9 NE86NE77NE 27, HOU 20-6.3– And yet, even though the teams around them on that list have won multiple Super Bowls, Cincinnati has yet to break through with even one win of its own.History says that’s unlikely to change this season. But it is fair to say that Dalton’s duel with Flacco this week has taken on unexpected importance for an early season game. The winner will ensure itself a quick boost in playoff chances — and an extra helping of redemption after the way both teams have played the past few seasons.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersLast week, we relaunched our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which you can use to track every team in the league in the race for the Super Bowl. Along with it, we also brought back a popular feature from last season — a prediction game that lets you test your football smarts against our model (and thousands of fellow readers). Here were Elo’s best and worst picks against the field in Week 1: IND50IND50CIN 34, IND 23-1.9– FranchiseSeasons above backup level since 1970Total YABQSuper Bowls LAR58.110.9ARI14.17.918.8 8San Francisco3831,0285 DET19.18.7SF22.28.417.1 3Dallas4128,3835 BAL64BAL72BAL 47, BUF 3+2.9– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 1Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 1 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Just one week into the NFL season, it’s hard to know exactly which teams will be contenders and which will be focused on their spot in the draft next spring. So it probably seems too early to be discussing playoff implications — a conversation that’s usually on hold until Thanksgiving. But in a 16-game schedule, the margins are small, and each game has a big effect on the postseason picture. Week 2 is no different — after all, the season will be 12.5 percent over after Monday night.Thursday’s AFC North tilt between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens is one of those early season contests that could end up having real postseason consequences. In fact, our NFL Elo prediction model considers it the most important game of Week 2. (Remember when Thursday Night Football was a place to stash the NFL’s unwanted matchups?) With a win, each team’s chances of making the playoffs would jump by about 15 percentage points, while the loser would see a commensurate decline. Especially after the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers stumbled out of the gate without star RB Le’Veon Bell, the chance to jump out to a 2-0 start is a big opportunity for both Baltimore and Cincy. The Bengals always get competent QB play — but no ringsMost seasons with positive yards above backup quarterback (YABQ) for NFL franchises, 1970-2017 The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. GB63GB71GB 24, CHI 23+3.3– NO74NO82TB 48, NO 40-13.5– DET71DET71NYJ 48, DET 17-2.4– NO27.84.2CLE2.41.25.4 1Cincinnati4223,1280 TB35.611.6PHI82.98.420.0 Playoff %Playoff % 1Washington4223,6423 CAR60CAR60CAR 16, DAL 8-1.8– Overall, it was a pretty impressive opening week for Elo — in fact, our model cleaned up nicely, beating readers by 28.3 total points on average. This is especially surprising because Week 1 would seem to be the moment of the season when human pickers have the greatest edge on the algorithm. In our NFL preview, I noted that Elo can get caught a little flat-footed early in the season because it doesn’t know about all the roster and coaching moves that transpired over the summer. Theoretically, that should have made it as unprepared for Week 1 as Matt Patricia’s Detroit Lions … but unlike the Lions, Elo proved the naysayers (i.e., me) wrong.Elo’s biggest win was in not dismissing the Buccaneers completely. While our readers gave the home Saints a better than 80 percent chance of winning, the model was more cautious, and it ended up paying off when Tampa (and backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick) dropped 48 points on New Orleans. Elo also picked up credit for calling the Dolphins’ protracted win over the Titans and for once again showing faith in the Eagles (just like in last year’s playoffs).If the readers did have a crowning moment in Week 1, though, it was for calling the Rams’ big win over the Raiders in Oakland on Monday night. Elo thought the game was a pick ’em, but the readers knew better, giving L.A. a 68 percent chance of spoiling Jon Gruden’s return to the sidelines.Thanks to everyone who played on opening week, and remember that it’s not too late to start, even if you missed Week 1. So be sure to get your picks in now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

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The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired forward Antawn Jamsion from the Washington Wizards as part of a three-team deal that sends center Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a first-round draft pick to Washington. The Los Angeles Clippers, the third team in the trade, send point guard Sebastian Telfair to Cleveland and forward Al Thornton to Washington. Forward Drew Gooden, traded to the Wizards last weekend, moves on to the Clippers. The Cavs were in discussions about a deal involving Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire earlier in the day, but those talks fell through and the team quickly turned its attention to Washington’s 33-year-old forward. Under NBA rule, there can be no discussion of buying out a player involved in a trade before the deal is complete. However, it has widely been speculated that Ilgauskas would be bought out by his new team and would return to the Cavs after the league’s mandatory 30-day grace period. Jamison is averaging 20.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.After three months of hibernation, Tiger Woods will speak to the public Friday. His agent said that Woods will not take questions from the media when he speaks at 11 a.m. from the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Woods put his golf career on hold after a series of events and revelations surrounding the 14-time Major winner and his wife, Elin that started on Thanksgiving.Oregon running back LaMichael James, who torched Ohio State for 70 yards in the Rose Bowl before bowing out with a shoulder injury, was arrested on an alleged domestic violence charge. According to a report, James’ girlfriend said he grabbed her neck during an argument and shoved her to the ground. James, coming off a stellar freshman season in which he filled in for suspended running back LeGarrette Blount, is facing misdemeanor charges of menacing, strangulation and assault.The Cleveland Browns released running back Jamal Lewis on Wednesday, the team announced. Lewis played in nine games last season before being placed on injured reserve after sustaining a concussion. Lewis had stated his intentions to retire throughout the season. There is no clear indication on whether or not he will follow through with that claim. read more

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Abused foreign spouses to get rights to remain in TCI

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:abused spouse, immigration bill Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – The House of Assembly will soon have the opportunity to consider an amendment to the Immigration Bill which should protect abused spouses of Turks and Caicos Islanders. It has long been an issue that these multi-national marriages, which end in chaos, can lead to alleged unfair treatment of the foreign partner. It seems the PNP Administration is moving to level the playing field with a change that would make it perfectly legally for a foreign partner to remain in the country. Those Cabinet minutes explained: “The effect of this Bill is to amend the definition of “gainful occupation” and to make provision for the foreign spouses of TCI Status-holders to continue to work in the Islands in circumstances where they are no longer living together with their spouse because said spouse have treated them cruelly, causing them hardships.” Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations More pathways to Citizenship in TCI to enlarge franchise Immigration Bill passes through Houselast_img read more

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Water Levels Are Down Now Its Time To Clean Up The River

first_imgWater levels are down in most of the rivers on the Kenai Peninsula, and that means it’s time to make the extra effort in your days on the river to clean up as much as you can while you can. Anyone can volunteer with Stream Watch. Main: “The more the merrier, no matter whether it’s part of our organization or not. Folks can keep an eye out for one of our events, or one of our coordinators.”  Stream Watch volunteers are hoping that people spend more time thinking about how critically important the river is to the community. Alice Main from Stream Watch: “It’s always good to mitigate our impacts where we can, and clean up where we can.” Stream Watch Started in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens and the Chugach National Forest, this volunteer driven program has grown from a grassroots collective of 10 to a volunteer movement of 180+ volunteers who are making a difference for rivers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. For any questions call (907) 260-5449 x 1205. Photo courtesy of Stream Watchlast_img read more

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