Saab contracts Polish yard for Swedish Navy SIGINT vessel

first_img Authorities Saab contracts Polish yard for Swedish Navy SIGINT vessel work View post tag: Swedish Navy View post tag: Nauta Shiprepair Yard April 26, 2017 View post tag: SIGINTcenter_img Polish Nauta Shiprepair Yard, a part of the Polish Armaments Group (PGZ), will build the ship platform for the Swedish Navy’s special purpose Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) vessel.Earlier this month, Saab announced a SEK730 million (approx. $80.6M) contract with the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for design, construction and delivery of a special purpose ship.The Swedish company now announced that the ship platform will be constructed, launched and tested at the Polish shipyard Nauta in Gdynia. The ship will then sail to Saab’s shipyard in Karlskrona, Sweden for fitting of the signal intelligence equipment and final sea acceptance test (SAT).Saab added that the contract is a result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Saab and Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the biggest Polish defence company, which was signed in October 2016.“I am very pleased how we have turned the initial intentions in the MoU into a tangible business with PGZ. Special purpose ships of this kind require both high availability and reliability. In Nauta we have found a partner who can contribute in delivering a modern solution to our customer,” said Gunnar Wieslander, head of Saab business area Kockums.“For the Nauta Shiprepair Yard participation in construction of this ship will represent an opportunity for further dynamic growth by increasing our shipbuilding portfolio, not only on the domestic arena. As Nauta we have access to a skilled workforce, needed infrastructure and have accumulated long term experience in maritime projects,” Slawomir Latos, the chairman of the Nauta Shiprepair Yard, commented. Back to overview,Home naval-today Saab contracts Polish yard for Swedish Navy SIGINT vessel work View post tag: Saab Share this articlelast_img read more

Polish court ruling may halt planned 1GW Ostroleka C coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Climate Home News:Poland’s “last coal-fired plant” may never go ahead, after a district court struck down the company resolution authorising construction on Thursday. The ruling dealt a blow to the 1GW Ostrołęka C project, a joint venture between utilities Enea and Energa backed by the government.It is a major win for Client Earth. The environmental law firm had bought shares in Enea and filed a lawsuit against the project on the grounds it posed an “unacceptable” financial risk to investors.Revived in 2016, the €1.2 billion project was part of the government’s plan to ensure the country’s energy security. It was presented as a necessary supplement for renewable energies that will partly replace a number of old coal power plants due to be taken offline by 2020.With a controlling stake in Enea, the Polish government pushed through company approval despite concerns raised about the project’s economic viability. In September 2018, 22% of non-government shareholders voted against starting construction and 58% abstained. At project partner Energa, with 37% opposed the project.Client Earth claimed its case against Enea was a world first, in the way it forced the company to reckon with climate risk. As carbon-cutting regulations kick in and clean energy sources become competitive on price, it argued, coal generation is an increasingly bad bet.“Pursuing this project puts an unnecessary burden on the state and taxpayers and is in no way necessary for national energy security,” said Marcin Stoczkiewicz, head of Client Earth Poland. “Enea and Energa need to look at what the future of energy is in Poland. There is vast employment potential in cheaper, domestic renewables.”More: Court blocks Polish coal plant, in win for climate campaigners Polish court ruling may halt planned 1GW Ostroleka C coal plantlast_img read more

Race Ahead: NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic

first_imgNoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike EpicA Mountain Bike Stage Race and Enduro on May 25-31, 2014 near State College, Pa. Start times vary so visit outdoorexperience.org for all details!sponsored-eventAccording to organizers, this is Singletrack Summer Camp — between three and seven days of mountain bike bliss. This year’s TSEpic continues the tradition of a week of incredible riding, beautiful scenery and unequaled camaraderie. A summer camp like setting makes the week about more than just the hundreds of miles of fantastic trails criss crossing the ridges and valleys of central Pa., but also about forming new friendships and being immersed in the experience with a few hundred people as passionate about the sport as you are. Solo, duo, Epic Team and Experience options mean opportunities for everyone from enthusiasts to professionals to take part.TSElogoHQAs the seven-day-long event enters its fifth year they’re also launching a three-day version of this event over the first three stages (May 25-27) and including the endure day.If enduro racing is more your style, the Trans-Sylvania Epic serves up 2-5 daily enduro segments and one entire stage that is all enduro all the time – no other mtb stage race in the country inegrates enduro so completely.Race Contact: Mike [email protected]last_img read more

Navies of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru Join Forces to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgPhase two will take place from July 31 to August 5 with the departure from the city of Iquitos down the Amazon River, arriving at the Tri-Border point, where naval participants will conduct a trilateral river-based enforcement exercise. Officials from the three navies met to plan the operation at the Amazon Coast Guard Command in the port city of Leticia, Colombia. The operational chiefs of the Colombian Navy’s Southern Naval Force, the Brazilian Navy’s Ninth District, and the Peruvian Navy’s Amazon Region and Fifth Naval Zone General Operations Command participated in the gathering. “The naval operation is aimed at developing interoperability through joint tactical exercises and at increasing the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy, the Colombian National Navy, and the Peruvian Navy in the fight against criminal organizations in the Amazon region,” said Peruvian Navy retired Rear Admiral Juan Rodríguez Kelley. Bracolper encourages international Military cooperation “The Amazonian Trapezoid is an ideal area for drug traffickers working with criminal gangs or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),” Rodríguez Kelley said. Bracolper will have three phases In this regard, the Bracolper operations “acquire significance, not only in terms of security cooperation, but also in sharing and exchanging blueprints for contributing to sustainable development in the region,” Rodríguez Kelley said. Organized crime groups engage in other criminal enterprises in the region, such as illegal mining, smuggling flora and fauna, and unauthorized logging. Organized crime groups engage in other criminal enterprises in the region, such as illegal mining, smuggling flora and fauna, and unauthorized logging. Drug trafficking complicates border situation In the last few decades, drug traffickers have increased their activities in the Tri-Border Area, often by transporting drugs through neighboring countries. The Bracolper exercises are scheduled to begin on July 24 in Leticia, after a series of ceremonial events to help the ships’ crews learn about the cultures and customs of each participating country. “Bracolper is unique among operations because it takes place in an Amazonian environment; the largest benefit falls to the three navies, it is cooperation, and the high degree of mutual trust the three navies have achieved,” Rodríguez Kelley said. Following the ceremonial activities, Bracolper will proceed in three distinct phases, involving exercises involving river gunboats, barges, rapid interdiction boats, helicopters, and Marine battalions, Rodríguez Kelley said. Officials from the three navies met to plan the operation at the Amazon Coast Guard Command in the port city of Leticia, Colombia. The operational chiefs of the Colombian Navy’s Southern Naval Force, the Brazilian Navy’s Ninth District, and the Peruvian Navy’s Amazon Region and Fifth Naval Zone General Operations Command participated in the gathering. In this regard, the Bracolper operations “acquire significance, not only in terms of security cooperation, but also in sharing and exchanging blueprints for contributing to sustainable development in the region,” Rodríguez Kelley said. “These dynamics in violation of the constitutional framework of each country are a general threat, keeping in mind the close relationship between the local populations and the consequences of these offenses,” Rodríguez Kelley explained. Fighting drug trafficking and other illegal enterprises helps protect the environment of the Amazonian Tri-Border area, which encompasses the largest water basin in the world, covers over a third of the Southern hemisphere’s land mass, and is home to Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, species, and gene pools. The area is also a repository for significant hydroelectric, petroleum, and mineral resources. From September 9-15 the Bracolper Naval Operation will depart Manaus, and travel up the Rio Negro and the Amazon River until arriving at the Tri-Border point. “Bracolper is designed to be a significant naval operation that strengthens the bonds of brotherhood among neighboring countries working in the river areas under their responsibility with the common goal of closing off spaces from drug trafficking,” according to the Colombian Navy on a video from July 2014. International drug trafficking groups operate in the Tri-Border Area between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, a region which is also known as the Amazonian Trapezoid. International drug trafficking groups operate in the Tri-Border Area between Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, a region which is also known as the Amazonian Trapezoid. “The yearly increase in the complexity of these operations clearly shows the high degree of professionalism and commitment each Navy has towards executing the naval exercised.” Phase three will unfold in two stages: from August 26 to September 5, where naval forces will meet at the Tri-Border point, then travel down the Amazon River until they reach the Rio Negro, culminating in their arrival at the Rio Negro Naval Station in the city of Manaus, Brazil. Bracolper encourages international Military cooperation By Dialogo May 29, 2015 Bracolper will have three phases Outside the framework of the Bracolper operations, bilateral operations between Peru and Brazil on the Yavarí River as well as bilateral operations between Colombia and Peru on the Putumayo River “contribute effectively and continually to the fight against new threats.” These operations include humanitarian aid, medical Brigades, maintenance work, and improvements to public infrastructure. Bracolper aims to fight these illegal activities by encouraging the navies to cooperate in the fight against organized crime in the Tri-Border Area. The operation will strengthen “the friendly ties between the institutions responsible for protecting and safeguarding the network of water ways in the Amazonian Trapezoid,” the Colombian Navy said in a statement after the 2015 Naval Operation planning meeting. “The naval operation is aimed at developing interoperability through joint tactical exercises and at increasing the capabilities of the Brazilian Navy, the Colombian National Navy, and the Peruvian Navy in the fight against criminal organizations in the Amazon region,” said Peruvian Navy retired Rear Admiral Juan Rodríguez Kelley. Fighting drug trafficking and other illegal enterprises helps protect the environment of the Amazonian Tri-Border area, which encompasses the largest water basin in the world, covers over a third of the Southern hemisphere’s land mass, and is home to Earth’s most diverse ecosystems, species, and gene pools. The area is also a repository for significant hydroelectric, petroleum, and mineral resources. The first phase will take place from July 24-27, in the Tri-Border Area, traveling up the Amazon River toward Iquitos. Phase two will take place from July 31 to August 5 with the departure from the city of Iquitos down the Amazon River, arriving at the Tri-Border point, where naval participants will conduct a trilateral river-based enforcement exercise. Following the ceremonial activities, Bracolper will proceed in three distinct phases, involving exercises involving river gunboats, barges, rapid interdiction boats, helicopters, and Marine battalions, Rodríguez Kelley said. “These dynamics in violation of the constitutional framework of each country are a general threat, keeping in mind the close relationship between the local populations and the consequences of these offenses,” Rodríguez Kelley explained. The first phase will take place from July 24-27, in the Tri-Border Area, traveling up the Amazon River toward Iquitos. Bracolper aims to fight these illegal activities by encouraging the navies to cooperate in the fight against organized crime in the Tri-Border Area. The operation will strengthen “the friendly ties between the institutions responsible for protecting and safeguarding the network of water ways in the Amazonian Trapezoid,” the Colombian Navy said in a statement after the 2015 Naval Operation planning meeting. The navies of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru will join efforts in Bracolper Naval 2015, a military operation to combat transnational criminal activities in the Amazon region shared by the three countries. The navies of Brazil, Colombia, and Peru will join efforts in Bracolper Naval 2015, a military operation to combat transnational criminal activities in the Amazon region shared by the three countries. International drug trafficking organizations operate in the the Amazonian Trapezoid to try to take advantage of two large rivers, the Putumayo and the Marañón, which flow from coca-producing valleys in Colombia and Peru to the Atlantic Ocean. Drug trafficking organizations use fishing boats and other vessels to transport drugs on these rivers. “The yearly increase in the complexity of these operations clearly shows the high degree of professionalism and commitment each Navy has towards executing the naval exercised.” This initiative began in 1974 as a result of a sense of brotherhood and fraternity among Brazil, Colombia, and Peru; it began with the ceremonial visit of Brazilian river vessels to the city of Iquitos in Peru, and later to Leticia. This initiative began in 1974 as a result of a sense of brotherhood and fraternity among Brazil, Colombia, and Peru; it began with the ceremonial visit of Brazilian river vessels to the city of Iquitos in Peru, and later to Leticia. Drug trafficking complicates border situation During these voyages, the ships will conduct practical exercises in communications, formations, semaphore (sending signals by holding flags in certain positions), light cargo transfers, and rapid response, among other exercises that will help bolster the ships’ operational abilities. “Bracolper is unique among operations because it takes place in an Amazonian environment; the largest benefit falls to the three navies, it is cooperation, and the high degree of mutual trust the three navies have achieved,” Rodríguez Kelley said. International drug trafficking organizations operate in the the Amazonian Trapezoid to try to take advantage of two large rivers, the Putumayo and the Marañón, which flow from coca-producing valleys in Colombia and Peru to the Atlantic Ocean. Drug trafficking organizations use fishing boats and other vessels to transport drugs on these rivers. Outside the framework of the Bracolper operations, bilateral operations between Peru and Brazil on the Yavarí River as well as bilateral operations between Colombia and Peru on the Putumayo River “contribute effectively and continually to the fight against new threats.” These operations include humanitarian aid, medical Brigades, maintenance work, and improvements to public infrastructure. The only strategy is to block drug trafficking in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and this can be done only with the participation of Central American countries. Drugs are the blood of the drug traffickers and the FARC. Without this element, their financial support drowns. Behind them are the weapons traffickers, who live off of violence. Mexico from one day to the next inundated with AK 47 rifles. The Bracolper exercises are scheduled to begin on July 24 in Leticia, after a series of ceremonial events to help the ships’ crews learn about the cultures and customs of each participating country. Phase three will unfold in two stages: from August 26 to September 5, where naval forces will meet at the Tri-Border point, then travel down the Amazon River until they reach the Rio Negro, culminating in their arrival at the Rio Negro Naval Station in the city of Manaus, Brazil. In the last few decades, drug traffickers have increased their activities in the Tri-Border Area, often by transporting drugs through neighboring countries. “Bracolper is designed to be a significant naval operation that strengthens the bonds of brotherhood among neighboring countries working in the river areas under their responsibility with the common goal of closing off spaces from drug trafficking,” according to the Colombian Navy on a video from July 2014. “The Amazonian Trapezoid is an ideal area for drug traffickers working with criminal gangs or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC),” Rodríguez Kelley said. From September 9-15 the Bracolper Naval Operation will depart Manaus, and travel up the Rio Negro and the Amazon River until arriving at the Tri-Border point. During these voyages, the ships will conduct practical exercises in communications, formations, semaphore (sending signals by holding flags in certain positions), light cargo transfers, and rapid response, among other exercises that will help bolster the ships’ operational abilities. last_img read more

Colombia Blocks Maritime Routes to Narcotrafficking

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo May 08, 2019 In late March, the Colombian Armed Forces dealt another significant blow to narcotrafficking in three operations, resulting in the seizure of more than 3 tons of cocaine, a semisubmersible, and the arrest of three criminals. The Colombian Navy, with the support of the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), the National Police, and the Office of the Attorney General, led combined operations in Nariño department, in the Colombian Pacific coast, as well as in Sucre and Bolívar departments, on the Caribbean coast. According to the Navy, the drugs seized would be valued at $50 million in the international market. Authorities also estimated that criminal groups invest around $1 million to build a semisubmersible, which represents a considerable loss for narcotrafficking. Semisubmersible in the Pacific Navy intelligence work and information from sources, which reported a semisubmersible carrying drugs that had departed from Nariño, led to the first operation conducted March 23. Units of the Pacific Naval Force and an FAC surveillance platform located the vessel after a six-hour search. “We were really close but couldn’t see it, because that equipment is difficult to detect,” Colombian Navy Lieutenant Commander Juan Camilo Ocaña, commander of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “At 60 miles west of Sanquilanga Natural Park, and thanks to cutting-edge technology equipment, we located a semisubmersible with three people aboard, on its way to Central America.” Upon seeing the security units, the semisubmersible crew tried to sink the vessel by opening valves. Their efforts, however, failed. “There was a depth of more than 350 meters at their location. It would have been very difficult and expensive to bring it [the semisubmersible] afloat,” Lt. Cdr. Ocaña said. Aboard the semisubmersible, the Navy seized 1,562 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride and arrested the crew: two Colombians and one Ecuadorean. Naval units then took the vessel to the Tumaco Coast Guard Station dock so it could be searched while they brought detainees and drugs before the Office of the Attorney General. “They were prosecuted for two crimes: navigating in an unauthorized naval artifact, and producing and trafficking drugs,” said Lt. Cdr. Ocaña. “The capture was made legal […]. At this time, they are being held locally until their situation is defined.” According to the Navy, the operation surpassed all drug seizures carried out so far in 2019 in the Colombian Pacific coast. By mid-April, naval units had seized 19 tons. The vessel is the ninth the Pacific Naval Force seized in 2019. Clan del Golfo’s cache During an operation conducted March 28 in Cartagena Port, Bolívar, Navy units found 42 packages of cocaine in a container coming from Bogotá. Antinarcotics personnel, coast guard units, and dog-handler teams seized 1 ton of cocaine. “This operation was conducted with intelligence from the Navy that identified a container at [port terminal] Contecar,” Colombian Navy Commander Jorge Enrique Uricoechea, commander of the Cartagena Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo. “During the road trip, the Clan del Golfo contaminated it.” Local patrol and surveillance operations near Berrugas Beach in Sucre the next day, led the Marine Corps First Brigade’s 13th Battalion to find 42 packages of drugs. The illicit substance was hidden in the swamp, within a wooded area. “Criminals take advantage of these areas to hide drugs. These can be special hideouts, abandoned houses, or any kind of place,” Cmdr. Uricoechea said. “They hire security, two or three armed subjects, who wait there while drugs are gathered to be taken by speedboat.” Naval units collected the packages and confirmed they contained 1,127 kg of cocaine. According to the Navy, the drug likely belonged to the Clan del Golfo, as it was labeled with logos similar to those from the Cartagena Port containers. Between January and mid-April 2019, the Caribbean Naval Force seized more than 12 tons of cocaine. “We have intelligence agents with special networks throughout the Colombian Navy’s jurisdiction to anticipate these events, these new ways of smuggling drugs, storing, loading, and shipping toward Central America and the United States,” said Cmdr. Uricoechea. “We try to evolve, to be one step ahead of those criminals.”last_img read more

The five most important threats to your financial life

first_imgWhen an individual makes a plan for their future, they know there is a possibility that something might go wrong. Some obstacles are obvious while others are undetectable. Whatever the case, the result is the same: the failure to meet the goal. In this article, we will reveal the five most important financial risks and explain what you can do to reduce them.Before we get into the specifics, we should have a common understanding of a couple terms. The terms are uncertainty and risk. Uncertainty is defined as, “Something unknown may happen, good or bad.” Risk is defined as, “The possibility of an undesirable outcome.” In addition, the five risks we will discuss may not apply to every person; however, they will apply to a majority. Therefore, it is important to understand each and create a strategy to avoid them. Here are the five risks:#1) Live Too LongThe issue here is evident. Will you have enough money to support your desired standard of living for the remainder of your life? I have heard that the best plan is to write your last check on the day you die and have it bounce. In other words, you would have spent your last dime. However, if you do this before you expire; your remaining years may not be very enjoyable. Therefore, in planning with clients, unless there are reasons to the contrary, it is best to assume you will live to age 100. Why 100? If your nest egg will support you to age 100, you can make it to 90 or 80, etc. In short, it is better to have too much capital than too little. continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Brendan Rodgers sends ‘clear’ message to Arsenal about replacing Unai Emery

first_imgBrendan Rodgers sends ‘clear’ message to Arsenal about replacing Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 12:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link533Shares Comment Brendan Rodgers has responded to links with the Arsenal job (Getty Images)Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he has no intention of leaving Leicester City and insists his message to Arsenal is ‘clear’.The Leicester City manager is one of the candidates to replace Unai Emery following Arsenal’s decision to sack the Spaniard last week.Freddie Ljungberg has been brought in by the Gunners as an interim manager, while speculation has linked Rodgers with a move away from Leicester before the end of the season.But the 46-year-old is adamant that he will not be ditching Leicester any time soon.ADVERTISEMENT‘Yeah, the message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here,’ said Rodgers. Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager (AFP via Getty Images)‘I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential.‘Why would I want to move from that?More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘OK, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking: ‘Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that’.‘But it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here. My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Issue ‘Stay at Home’ Orders to 7 Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

first_imgGovernor Wolf and Health Secretary Issue ‘Stay at Home’ Orders to 7 Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 March 23, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Order Effective at 8:00 PM in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia countiesGovernor Wolf’s OrderSecretary of Health’s OrderStay at Home GuidanceGovernor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6, 2020.“I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians’ health and safety remains our highest priority.”“The number of cases continues to grow and so we must take further steps to stop the spread of this contagious and dangerous novel virus to protect the public’s health and mitigate the risk to our hospital system,” Dr. Levine said. “There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe.”Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court order.Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthThe following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders.News mediaLaw enforcementThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Audubon Society Hosts Trip to Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

first_imgOCEANVILLE – The Monmouth County Audubon Society will host a trip to Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Atlantic County on Sept. 21.The refuge, known as “Brig” (short for Brigantine) to local birders, is one of the most active flyways for migratory water birds in North America. The refuge contains fresh and saltwater habitats, which attract shorebirds and waterfowl that spend the winter months here.The trip will be led by Rob and Lisa Ann Fanning, as well as other volunteer leaders.“Brigantine is one of my favorite places for birding,” says Lisa Ann Fanning, “because of the great diversity of habitats. You can see quite a variety of birds there, and you stand a good chance for spotting some of the rarer species. If the tide is right you can get fairly close to the birds.” Because of the variety of habitats the bird life is varied as well: shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, gulls, terns and land birds can all be found here.Anyone interested in observing the birds of Forsythe can meet in the parking lot of the refuge at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. Forsythe is located off Exit 48 of the Garden State Parkway (Port Republic exit). Pack a lunch, as neither food nor beverages are available inside the refuge. The event should end around noon.The trip is open to both members and nonmembers of the Monmouth County Audubon Society; participation is free, but there is a $4 per car admission fee to the refuge. Advance registration is not required. Participants should bring binoculars and field guides and should dress appropriately for the weather, including clothing suitable for rain if necessary. Pets are not permitted.The Monmouth County Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, is dedicated to the enjoyment and study of nature, wildlife conservation, habitat protection and education. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month September through May at Church of the Nativity, 180 Ridge Road, Fair Haven; guest speakers address a wide variety of nature-related topics, and refreshments are provided. In addition, the group sponsors at least one field trip per month, and members receive The Osprey, the club’s bi-monthly newsletter.For more information visit www.monmouthaudubon.org, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Bantam Wildcats finish in the middle of the pack during Kelowna female hockey tournament

first_imgThe West Kootenay Bantam Wildcats finished in the middle of the pack during a female hockey tournament this past weekend in Kelowna.The Cats, consisting of players from Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Rossland and Trail, were 1-2-1 during the weekend tilt against competition from throughout the province.The Cats opened the tourney bowing to Kelowna 3-1 with Merissa Dawson scoring the only goal. West Kootenay then rebounded with an impressive performance, defeating Abbotsford 6-4 behind the three-goal of Nelson’s Emma Hare.Molly Benbow and Paige Gattafoni also scored for West Kootenay. West Kootenay then came up against a powerhouse in the form of Tri-Cities, losing 10-4. Tri-Cities jumped all over the Cats in the first period, building a 6-0 lead.Hare once again led the West Kootenay scoring with three goals. Team captain Stephanie McAuley added the other marker for West Kootenay.The Cats then tied Terrace 4-4 on the Sunday.Jesse Cooper of Nelson scored twice and Gattafoni and Hare added singles for West Kootenay.Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for all games.The Cats opened the season by grabbing three of four points in a two-game set against Cranbrook.West Kootenay opened with a 3-2 win in Castlegar. The teams tied 1-1 in Rossland.Hare scored twice in the win with Cooper adding the single.In the Rossland game, McAuley scored the only goal for West [email protected]last_img read more