Camp Daniel Boone Fire 80% Contained, Cals Creek Fire 90% Contained

first_imgThe cause of both fires remains under investigation. We are in spring wildfire season, and fire danger is expected to remain high across Western North Carolina this week. Due to these extended hazardous fire conditions, the North Carolina Forest Service issued a ban on all open burning for 32 Western North Carolina counties. Photo from Getty Images Firefighters continued to make progress containing the Camp Daniel Boone Fire in Haywood County and the Cals Creek Fire in Macon County. Firefighters are monitoring the fires, which are 80% and 90% contained. Unless conditions change, no additional fire activity is expected on either fire. This will be the last update on the Camp Daniel Boone and Cals Creek fires. The Camp Daniel Boone Fire remained at 72 acres and is now 80% contained. The Lake Logan VFD provided 19 volunteers and a variety of firefighting equipment to protect numerous structures for the first 24 hours. The assistance of these dedicated volunteers is critical in the success of US Forest Service firefighting efforts. The Cals Creek Fire remained at 90 acres and is now 90% contained. The fire started on Friday, April 3, and is burning on US Forest Service land in the Nantahala Ranger District of Nantahala National Forest east Otto, NC. 30 firefighters remain on scene. Firefighters are continuing to monitor the fire and are extinguishing any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. Firefighting resources to contain the Cals Creek fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as fire crews from The Nature Conservancy. center_img The northern Art Loeb and Little East Fork trailheads remain closed due to the fire operations but are expected to reopen later in the week. For updates on these closures, contact the Pisgah Ranger District, (828) 877-3265. Firefighting resources to contain the Camp Daniel Boone Fire included federal and state forestry agencies as well as the Lake Logan Volunteer Fire Department (VFD). The burning ban went into effect on April 3, and will remain in effect until further notice. The fire started Friday, April 3 on private property off Little East Fork Rd. and burned into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area on the Pisgah Ranger District of Pisgah National Forest. 10 US Forest Service firefighters remain on scene to monitor the fire and patrol for any remaining hot spots near the fire lines. For more information, visit https://ncforestservice.gov/news_pubs/newsdesk_2020.htm. The US Forest Service urges the public to practice caution as they visit the national forests. Visitors are asked to follow guidance under the burn ban and consider postponing their camping trips. Stay up to date on current national forest closures at: http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/currentclosures.last_img read more

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Paraguay to Host Fuerzas Comando 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 25, 2017 For the second time since its founding, the Paraguayan Armed Forces have hosted the top soldiers from across North and South America, who competed for one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious military trophies: Fuerzas Comando. The special forces of North and South American partner nations have been participating in the military exercise every year since 2004. For 2017, the competition’s slogan was “The Force that Brings Us Together.” From July 17th-26th, around 500 personnel, including military, police, special agents, and civilian personnel from 20 countries gave it their all in tests at various Paraguayan Army units, including the Infantry Training School (in Vista Alegre), the Special Forces Facilities (in the department of Presidente Hayes), and the Artillery Command (in the department of Paraguarí). Paraguay organized Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2006. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and run by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). It promotes relationships between military members, increases interoperability, and improves regional security. “Thanks to the excellent coordination and the joint work of our armed institutions and SOCSOUTH, partner armed forces are participating in a competition involving demanding military skills that strengthen the preparedness of special forces in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and all these crimes that have a connection to each other,” Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Héctor Alfredo Limenza Ríos, the general coordinator of Fuerzas Comando 2017, told Diálogo. “The competition allows the participating teams to obtain recognition as elite forces representing their country,” U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, the deputy director of training and exercises for SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. He is in charge of the U.S. delegation participating in the competition. “Also, they acquire knowledge that benefits all members of the region so they can work in a more integrated manner to address regional security challenges.” On this occasion, commandos from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay “are competing in ground and environmental conditions that they have never dealt with before, including obstacle courses that challenge members of each team with physical and mental tests and tests of teamwork, as well as tests that require a high level of technical skill,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. Brazil rejoined the competition after a two-year hiatus. Each command is composed of four troops of an assault group, two snipers, and an alternate. The combined assault groups compete in physical fitness tests, a confidence course, combat, a march, an aquatic event and an obstacle course. The sniper teams face each other in a series of events including marksmanship and mobility tests, transfers in hostile territory, hostage-rescue simulations, obtaining photos, stress tests, and obtaining distances based on data from the operations center. The most grueling military competition The premier special forces troops are getting ready mentally and physically for different tests established by SOCSOUTH. “The competitor goes to the competition prepared and ready to carry out tasks in events that simulate uncommon and unexpected situations in an unknown, risk-filled environment,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “With the goal of obtaining the best results in our most strenuous military competition, we train in an intensive, progressive manner on techniques and procedures that should be followed in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and guerrilla organizations,” First Lieutenant Joel Velázquez, Paraguayan Army Special Forces Course instructor, told Diálogo. This is his third time participating in the friendly event. The main challenge for the competing elite commandos is to react and obtain the highest level of proficiency, and the highest scores in the tasks assigned to them during events that are, for the most part, unknown to the competitor up until only a few seconds before the test begins. “The most stressful test is the 20-kilometer off-road march with a rucksack of approximately 30 kilograms, along with aquatic exercises, and an obstacle course,” 1st Lt. Velázquez said, vividly recalling experiences from previous competitions. “Because it doesn’t just put the soldiers’ [physical] resistance to the test but also their psychological resistance and spirit; it requires a lot of willpower to finish.” To ensure a fair competition, the assigned tasks are scored and evaluated by judges from each participating country. These judges competed in previous editions and subjected to the same tasks. The series of evaluations will conclude with an airborne operation test, also known as a friendship jump. Goals with a minimum of errors “In any competition, a winner emerges. The country that obtains the Fuerzas Comando trophy not only wins pride and prestige but also the responsibility to redouble their efforts and training for the next competition,” Brig. Gen. Limenza said. Colombia holds the record for having won the hemisphere’s military competitions eight times. “Competition is always healthy, we all win,” 1st Lt. Velázquez stressed. “The tests also allow the participants to identify how to improve their collaboration with each other and to reach their goals in a more effective way and with as few errors as possible, thus developing their internal methods for a more effective performance of their work,” Lt. Col. Martínez added. The force that brings us together While the teams measure their knowledge and skills, senior military commanders and government representatives from the competing countries simultaneously conducted a seminar called the “Distinguished Visitor Program” (DVP) in the capital city of Asunción. The special meeting was geared towards issues concerning how to counteract current transnational and transregional threats in the Americas, according to the website of the Paraguayan Ministry of Defense. The DVP program focused on improving military and political relations and multinational military cooperation. “In addition, and maybe much more valuable, are the relationships that are established and strengthened among participants from across the hemisphere, who share a common goal of being prepared to protect the stability and security of our hemisphere,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “This is the force that brings us together to improve our cooperation, mutual trust, training, our recruitment levels, and the capability that the special forces across the Americas can have, since the crimes that plague us are transnational,” Brig. Gen. Limenza added. “What happens today in Paraguay or in another partner nation also has an influence in other places,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Welcome to your credit union

first_imgMy first financial relationships after graduating from college were with a local bank in the community where I lived and the credit union where I worked. There was great similarity in the operation of the two institutions. Not only did they provide me with the financial services I needed, but the CEOs of both listened to what I told them and responded with sound options. As a result, I developed a long lasting relationship with both and experienced what has now become a lost art.Small financial institutions, both banks and credit unions grew in size and stature because they knew how to treat their customers and members. They took a real interest in every person who walked through their doors because they understood that if they treated that person right, they would be forever loyal to them.  It was important that a bond be created between the person and the financial institution. Every meeting was looked upon as an opportunity to create a strong, lasting relationship that would enable the institution to become the primary financial provider for that person and their family. For an individual, the financial institution that took an interest in them, that listened to their needs, and that provided them with advice was the one in which they would place their confidence. They were comfortable discussing their financial needs as well as their dreams of what they would like to achieve in life. They could talk about a home of their own, a new car, a vacation, money for Christmas, or an education for their children. If times became difficult and they lost their job or took a reduction in salary they knew they could walk through those doors and when they left, things would be better.Times changed, institutions got bigger, CEO’s got busier; the age of computers came upon us and on-line banking and no-teller transactions became the way business was conducted. Personal contact, a one-on-one meeting, listening to what was said, and providing direction slowly faded away and became the exception rather than the rule. And today, in the midst of the worst financial crisis the majority of our citizens have ever experienced, we need the rule back.Credit unions have always championed themselves as being there for their members. They proudly boast about how they began and their dedication to putting members first. People helping people has been their philosophy since day one. Credit unions have experience in dealing with difficult times. When manufacturers closed their facilities the employer sponsored credit union would merge with another so that their members would be taken care of and not lose the services they needed. When tragedy would strike a community, the credit union would step up and provide the help that would make things whole again. When a family had an unexpected event that would change their lives, their credit union was there to help.Now, more than ever, members of credit unions need consideration, counseling, and confidence during these difficult times. Over the next twelve to twenty four months, individuals may experience financial problems that will require individual attention and specific solutions. It is the responsibility of each credit union to uphold the solid reputation they have built of being there when needed. They must bring back the personal touch. When a member walks through the doors, the credit union must make sure they feel and know they have come to the right place. They are in the financial institution where the member always comes first.Credit unions can and must make it happen, again. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

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Humble Guardiola hails Liverpool, vows to learn from mistakes

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola congratulated Liverpool and manager Juergen Klopp on winning their first league title in 30 years, but was left ruing some earlier results that gave the Reds the chance to end their drought.Needing a win to keep their extremely slim chances of retaining the Premier League title alive, Guardiola’s side lost 2-1 away to Chelsea on Thursday despite a superb free-kick goal by Kevin De Bruyne.”Congratulations for Liverpool fans, the manager, the players. Well deserved, good champions,” Guardiola told a news conference at Stamford Bridge. “This season we dropped points at the beginning, some unfairly and some because we made mistakes like today. We’ve got to be more consistent,” the 49-year-old explained as he looked back on the season.”Two seasons ago we were 25 points in front of Liverpool and the next season they recovered. Now we’ve got to recover.”Christian Pulisic had given Chelsea the lead and they secured the win through a Willian penalty after Fernandinho was sent off for handling the ball on the goal-line.”It is not easy to attack Chelsea with their physicality in their team. Unfortunately we conceded mistakes and at this level against this quality it is difficult. We played until the end with a huge personality,” Guardiola said.The Spanish coach added that he was proud of his side, who will host newly-crowned champions Liverpool in their next league game on July 2, and that they would learn from their mistakes.”We can now say the last ten competitions we played, we won eight titles. That’s never happened before in this country. You cannot win all the time,” he said.”We have to take a little bit of perspective, be humble and say we can’t win all the time. We have to learn to avoid this situation again.”  Topics :last_img read more

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COVID-19 task force urges regional poll candidates to campaign online

first_imgThe National COVID-19 task force has urged the election organizers to prohibit direct campaign rallies in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections and turn to online or broadcasted campaigns instead to curb the coronavirus transmission during the elections slated to take place on Dec. 9.Taskforce chief Doni Monardo said the hardest task during the elections was to prevent crowds.[Regional elections] are a celebration of democracy that brings people together. The KPU [General Elections Commission] has limited rallies to a maximum of 100 people, but some candidates have violated this,” he said on Tuesday during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission VIII, which oversees social affairs. “Some of our recommendations to reduce crowds are making the candidates campaign virtually and utilize public television broadcaster TVRI and radio RRI.”In addition to banning campaign rallies, the task force would also recommend voters to use gloves and hand sanitizer on voting day and limit the number of people allowed at each polling station as well as the voting time.Read also: Regional races ‘can’t wait until the pandemic is over’: State Palace says amid criticismDoni, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said the task force would finalize its recommendations and present them to Home Minister Tito Karnavian and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD.He added that the public should be wise in selecting regional candidates by also looking at their compliance with the COVID-19 health protocols, noting the need for unity to protect each other as the pandemic had shown no signs of ending anytime soon.“There’s not an inch of land that is safe in a country where people are still exposed to COVID-19. This ping-pong pattern will occur when there are areas [with infected people]. There’s no territorial boundary for COVID-19. It will definitely spread if we can’t guard ourselves,” he said.The Home Ministry and election organizers on Monday agreed to revise a KPU regulation that allows candidates to hold rallies and concerts during the campaign trail, as it is deemed counterproductive to the country’s efforts to curb COVID-19 transmission. The KPU said it would also increase the number of voting booths and polling stations for December’s regional elections.Topics :last_img read more

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Boskalis Continues Subsea Push as VBMS Stays Busy

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminister is proceeding with a plan set out earlier this year to boost its presence in the subsea services market, after posting solid results in the segment in the third quarter of 2017.In the Corporate Business Plan 2017-2019, Boskalis stated that strengthening its market position in the area of subsea services is an important objective, towards which the company took the first step with the acquisition of subsea survey specialist Gardline mid-August.Additionally, Boskalis recently acquired the diving support vessel DSV Constructor and is currently in negotiations for the purchase of the existing SAT DSV.The company reports that subsea services utilization levels remained stable in Q3, with vessels also being deployed internally on offshore wind farms and unexploded ordnance clearance projects.Regarding the more project-related activities, VBMS and its cable-laying activities can look back on another busy period in which they made a substantial contribution to the division’s results, Boskalis said.At the end of October, VBMS won the Borssele Beta export cables installation contract valued EUR 70 million.Overall, Boskalis said that the company’s offshore energy results in the third quarter of 2017 were in line with expectations.The revenue and the segment results were lower compared to previous quarters, which Boskalis sees as a result of poor conditions in the oil and gas sector.last_img read more

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Antique seeks to extend use of schools as quarantine facilities

first_imgThe Sibalom National High School in Sibalom, Antique is currently being used as a patient care center for Antiqueños who are required to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine. Gov. Rhodora Cadiao requested to the Department of Education to allow local government units extend their use of schools as coronavirus disease 2019 isolation facilities. SIBALOM LGU VIA PNA League of Municipalities in the Philippines-Antique Chapter president and Libertad town mayor Mary Jean Te said the request has been officially made on May 19 through a letter sent by the office of Gov. Rhodora Cadiao to DepEd secretary Leonor Briones. “The request was made due to the fact that there are still Antiqueños who need to undergo mandatory 14-day quarantine after coming home from other places, said Te. “Our school board this year 2020 has only about P500,000 as fund,” Said Te. Meanwhile, Te admitted she feels a bit scared with the proposal of DepEd to start the enrollment already on June 1. Teachers in this province already need to prepare their classrooms prior to the enrollment period. According to Te, there were 578 Antiqueño sugar migrants working in Negros Occidental who arrived in this province on May 19.“There are still more sugar migrants coming home aside from the other Antiqueños who are from Manila and other places,” she said. For her part, DepEd Antique Division superintendent Dr. Felisa Beriong said the initial request for the use of schools as quarantine facilities was from April 23 to May 31 only. “There are 44 DepEd schools right now in this province that were approved as isolation facilities but only until May 31,” said Beriong,The previous request was only approved by the regional director, she added.According to Beriong, Briones will be the one to approve the request made by the provincial government, considering there will already be a month-long enrollment on June 1 to 30. “Some barangays in Libertad already have internet connections, but not all have access yet,” she added. She said the enrollment and the eventual start of classes in August could expose the students to COVID-19.“It would be quite difficult for the pupils to observe safe social distancing, especially when they have classes already,” Te said. Libertad – fifth class municipality with 19 barangays – is the adjacent town of Pandan, which until now has confirmed cases of the virus. Te said DepEd Antique Division’s plan to provide modular session to students, however, would be a good alternative since their Libertad LGU could not afford to provide the students the needed computer sets. SAN JOSE, Antique – The provincial government has requested the Department of Education (DepEd) to allow local government units (LGUs) to continue using the public schools as coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)  isolation facilities for until June 30. Under modular learning, students would be required to go to school two or three times a week only. The rest of the days will be for them to work their activity sheets prepared by the teachers.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Tennis Battle of The Bulldogs Goes To Centerville

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team lost to Centerville 4-1 on Tuesday.#1 Singes- Beau Brown was defeated by Craig Lair 4-6, 2-6#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman was defeated by Nolan Witte 0-6, 1-6#3 Singles- Spenver Rose was defeated by Skyler Benedict 0-6, 1-6#1 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Justyn North & Blake Shook 6-2, 6-3#2 Doubles- Jonathan Kunkel and Will Harmeyer were defeated by Josh Duke and Nathan Cheek 1-6, 0-6In JV action, Batesville won 4-1. Sam Giesting, Cooper Williams, and Lane Westerfeld won in singles. In doubles, Jacob Christie and Mitch Esser were winners.The Varsity is now 2-1 while the JV improves to 3-0. Both teams will play at South Dearborn on Thursday.Courtesy of Batesville Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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Richardson joins Villa

first_imgAston Villa have announced the signing of former Fulham wide man Kieran Richardson. The 29-year-old, who can play on the left side of defence or midfield, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract at Villa Park with a further year’s option. Richardson has won eight senior England caps, scoring two goals, with his last appearance for his country coming in 2006. His brief time as a full international came while he was with Manchester United, the club for whom he made his professional debut in 2002. Richardson’s stint with the Red Devils also saw him spend half the 2004/05 season on loan at Villa’s midlands rivals West Brom. After 81 United appearances over five seasons – in which he scored 11 goals for them – he went on to have a five-year spell with Sunderland between 2007 and 2012, playing 149 games and netting 15 times. He has been with Fulham for the last two campaigns and leaves with a record of 48 appearances and six goals. Villa boss Paul Lambert said on avfc.co.uk: “Kieran will complement many of the players here well with what he brings. “He will add pace, a great deal of experience and he knows the Barclays Premier League. He’s played a lot of games for a lad who has yet to turn 30. “The grounding he gained at Manchester United has stood him in good stead and he knows what it is to compete in this league and to win things and that’s important. “I’m delighted he’s joined us and we’re really looking forward to working with him.” Richardson said: “Villa Park has always been my favourite stadium out of all of the stadiums in which I’ve played in the Premier League. “It’s got great atmosphere, the fans are magnificent and I’m really looking forward to playing here. I know I’m going to love it.” In coming to Villa, Richardson is being reunited with the club’s new assistant boss Roy Keane, who was the manager who brought him to Sunderland and was also his team-mate at United. Richardson said: “Roy is top-drawer, outstanding as a player and excellent at man-management. He tells you how it is, which is good for players, and I’m delighted to be working with him again. “I’m looking forward to working with the manager, too. He wants to play attacking football, he wants the team going forward and that’s great. I haven’t worked with him before, so I’m excited to start working with him now.” He added: “For myself, I’m happy wherever I’m playing on the pitch, whether that’s left-back, left wing or centre midfield, even behind the striker. “I’m happy to play wherever I’m needed. I’ve played in most positions – sometimes that can be a curse, sometimes that can be a good thing, but hopefully I can nail down a position here at the club.” Villa have also added defender Philippe Senderos and midfielder Joe Cole to their playing squad this summer. When Richardson signed for Fulham in 2012 it was on a three-year deal with an additional year’s option, but there was no mention from Villa in their announcement on Friday about a fee. Reports have suggested the player had the final year of his contract with the Cottagers – who were relegated from the Barclays Premier League last season – cancelled by mutual consent. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Walsh reveals Champion dilemma

first_img Press Association Walsh blogged on www.paddypower.com: “If I pick the wrong one it will be a sickener – and that’s my biggest fear at the moment. “I’d sooner be second to The New One (or whoever) than get it wrong between Hurricane Fly and Faugheen. “If I pick the right one and it gets beaten it’ll be disappointing enough. “If you pick the wrong one and finish third and the other finishes second that doesn’t matter – you weren’t going to win anyway. “But it’s that moment when you pass the post and know you could have ridden the winner that is agony. That disappointment in yourself as a professional for getting it wrong. “It happened to me before in 2008 when I was first jockey to Paul Nicholls. Denman beat Kauto Star in an epic Gold Cup tussle. “It wasn’t that I’d lost out on the glory or the prestige of the Gold Cup to Sam Thomas or anything – it was that I’d picked the wrong one (Kauto Star) when I had the choice. “This year’s Champion Hurdle is as close as I’ve come to a decision like that – and I just hope I get it right. “In time, of course, the disappointment passes because you’re part of a team and the stable has won. But for that half hour or so after the result and maybe a little longer – it’s agony. “That’s why I’m leaving my Champion Hurdle decision until as late as possible.” Ruby Walsh is dreading being on the wrong one in the StanJames Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in a fortnight.center_img Walsh is in the envious position of having the choice between dual winner Hurricane Fly or red-hot favourite Faugheen. He was in a similar position seven years ago when faced with the choice of Denman or Kauto Star in the Gold Cup and he called that one wrong. last_img read more

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