5 great charity April Fools 2016

first_img Who doesn’t love an April Fools’ gag? This year saw some great fundraising ideas across a range of media from a number of charities, which largely aimed to grab people’s attention, and then redirect it towards a real issue or challenge. Here are five that caught our eye, raising awareness of everything from events to health matters, and animal conservation.1) WWF UKWWF launched an April 1st campaign, asking people to adopt a unicorn, stating that demand for their beautiful horns and loss of their rainbow-spangled habitat has led to a catastrophic fall in unicorn numbers, to the point where unicorns now exist only in our imaginations. When that grabbed people’s attention, the charity pointed out that the real animals with horns that need protecting are rhinos, and asked people to adopt one of them instead. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 5) Macmillian Cancer SupportWith its pretend launch of #FlamingoFriday, Macmillan managed to get a lot of people standing on one leg for April Fool’s Day by challenging them to tweet a photo of themselves standing on one leg for the chance to be the face of a new challenge event. Quite a lot of people seemed to fall for it too.  245 total views,  1 views today 5 great charity April Fools 2016 4) CoppafeelCoppafeel rather entertainingly told everyone that it had received planning permission to build a giant boob on the roof of its headquarters, and then encouraged people who fell for their April Fool to remember to check their own boobs regularly.  246 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22center_img 3) NSPCCThe NSPCC added a twist to its real Gherkin Challenge, which takes place on 19th June and challenges people to walk or run the 38 floors to the top, by asking people to time how fast they could eat a jar of gherkins. How many people fell for that, then? Tagged with: April Fools Fundraising ideas Humour AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis22 2) British Heart FoundationThe British Heart Foundation really has teamed up with Jaffa oranges but it tricked us all by announcing that to celebrate the new partnership, Jaffa had developed the new All-Red orange, which was, well, red, and was selling it in Tesco stores. Melanie May | 1 April 2016 | Newslast_img read more

REO Inventory Rising Again

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / REO Inventory Rising Again The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago REO Inventory Rising Again in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News, REO Related Articles The number of REO properties increased to 430,000 as of March 2014, according to a new blog post by CoreLogic’s Sam Khater. March’s figure reflects an increase of 15 percent from the low point of REO inventory in August 2013, when properties totaled 375,000.REO inventory rose across the nation in 46 states, with Idaho leading from a near doubling of their available inventory as REO. Maryland came in second, which saw a 78 percent increase, followed by Nevada (70 percent), Oregon (47 percent), and North Dakota (42 percent).”As lenders began to accelerate the foreclosure process in early 2012, investor demand for REO properties began to rapidly increase. Investor demand more than offset the acceleration of foreclosure resolutions and led to a rapid decline in the number of REO properties,” Khater said.He continued, “However, investor demand began to drop off last September partly in response the twin impact of rapid price increases and the rise in mortgage rates.”Furthermore, the “robo-signing” scandal in the fall of 2010 caused services to pushback foreclosure proceedings, increasing the timeline for a foreclosure to work its way through the entirety of the foreclosure process. After going public in September of that year, foreclosures immediately fell by one-third.The trend continued until 2011 and early 2012, when REO inventory numbers began rising again.”Not surprisingly, the rise in the number of REO inventory coincided with the National Mortgage Settlement, which was signed in February 2012 and provided more clarity and standards on foreclosure resolutions which led to the rise in REO properties,” Khater said.Khater concludes that while the current level is lower than during the peak of the financial crisis, the increase of REO properties signals a shift to a new phase of the housing market. CoreLogic Foreclosure REO 2014-05-19 Colin Robins Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Colin Robins is the online editor for DSNews.com. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. About Author: Colin Robins The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img May 19, 2014 984 Views Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Foreclosure REO The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Experts Undecided on Cause of Affordability Concerns Next: Small Banks Coping with Population Loss Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

The Front Page Recoups Broadway Investment

first_imgJohn Slattery & Nathan Lane in ‘The Front Page'(Photo: Julieta Cervantes) Related Shows The star-packed revival of The Front Page has recouped its $4.9 million investment, making it the first production of the 2016-17 to reach this milestone. The classic Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy, this time led by Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman, is set to play its final performance at the Broadhurst Theatre on January 29.In addition to Lane, Slattery and Goodman, the Jack O’Brien-helmed staging features Tony winner Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Christopher McDonald, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse, Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock and Clarke Thorell.The Front Page follows tabloid newspaper reporters on the police beat. When reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) discover a runaway convict in the midst of a buzzing press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, they conspire to hide him—and keep the delicious scoop for themselves. The Front Pagecenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 29, 2017last_img read more

Bundesliga stars get coronavirus tests results same-day

first_img Loading… Several Bundesliga players are being tested daily and receiving same day results after coronavirus cases were discovered in their squad. Cologne have ramped up their player checks following the three positive tests revealed on Friday, a development that will alert the Premier League as they monitor how Germany are attempting to resume football amid the coronavirus pandemic. Cologne have announced that three members of their staff have tested positive for Covid-19 The trio of players were put in a 14-day quarantine though training was able to continue. The remaining members of the training group the infected players were part of are currently being checked every 24 hours. Testing every three days remains in place for the rest of the squad. None of the players in the affected group have returned positive results since Friday along with the rest of Markus Gisdol’s squad, who were working in groups of eight or nine. But the news casts fresh doubts over hopes that the Bundesliga will restart later this month German clubs have been back in training since last month with restrictions ahead of a planned return to full training this week and then games this month. May 16 and May 23 are the two resumption dates under consideration. Though those comeback hopes may be hit by confirmation yesterday from the DFL, organisers of the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, that a further 10 positive cases have been discovered from a total of 1724 carried out on players and staff from cubs in the two divisions. A second wave of tests will now take place this week. Cologne, 10th in the Bundesliga, have been able to fast-track results of those in the daily testing group by effectively pushing players’ to the front of the queue to get their tests checked at a laboratory in the city. Clubs across the Bundesliga will be able to replicate a similar process at their local labs should they need to though whether footballers should be given that privilege has split opinion in Germany. Jordan Torunarigha from Hertha BSC is seen taking a coronavirus test while at his club Read Also: Ronaldo enters 14-day quarantine after returning to Juventus That will form a central part of the discussions when Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 regional state premiers meet on Wednesday to discuss Germany’s lockdown measures. The outcome of the talks, which football authorities here will be keeping a close eye on with Germany ahead of England in the process, will be decisive in whether football is given the go-ahead to return or not. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooUse Your Zodiac Signs To Find A Perfect JobThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daylast_img read more

District attorney’s runoff offers two schools of thought

first_imgThe long road for the Los Angeles County District Attorney position is winding down for candidates Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson. The two contenders have been campaigning since last year and made it through their primary races and are now days away from facing off in the Nov. 6 election.Each candidate brings a different background and set of experiences to the position, as Jackson has spent the majority of his career as a prosecutor while Lacey has spent over a decade working on the managerial side of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office.As a gang prosecutor, Jackson worked in the DA’s office for 17 years and prosecuted more than 60 felony cases. According to his campaign website, Jackson aims to cut down on violent crime by targeting gangs and other violent offenders, stop public corruption by prosecuting public officials who “break the law and abuse the public trust” and reduce crime through education. He also highlights the need to modernize the DA’s office by utilizing new technologies.“Let’s put a prosecutor in the prosecutor’s office, not a politician,” Jackson said in an interview with KRLA’s Heidi Harris. “We can’t handcuff our way out of the crime problem. We have to have an understanding that there’s more that we can do in the prosecutor’s office … to try and stop crime before it starts.”Endorsements for Jackson largely come from different law enforcement agencies, including the Inglewood Police Association and the Pasadena Police Officers’ Association, but also include the Los Angeles Daily News, former Mayor Richard Riordan and Supervisor Don Knabe, among others.Lacey, on the other hand, comes with managerial experience in addition to her experience as a prosecutor. She is the current chief deputy district attorney in the DA’s office and has worked on the office’s managerial team for over a decade; on the team, she has reviewed evidence in death penalty cases and has overseen cases involving public corruption and police misconduct, among other crimes. Lacey said she plans to draw on her experience as a prosecutor and administrator if elected.“I’ve prosecuted everything from code enforcement cases to drug cases to murder cases to child molestation cases,” Lacey said in a campaign video. “The experience[s] I’ve had … have given me a unique experience, if you will, and have really prepared me to assume the role of district attorney.”If Lacey wins the election, she will not only be the first black woman, but the first woman to serve as district attorney in Los Angeles. She is endorsed by current District Attorney Steve Cooley, L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca, the L.A. County Democratic Party, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly and the Los Angeles Times, among others.Olu Orange, an adjunct associate professor of political science and the head coach of USC’s mock trial team, said each candidate needs to have a basic understanding that the role of the DA is to rehabilitate — not punish — criminals. Orange said he doesn’t think either candidate understands this role at this point in the election.“One of the reasons that criminal justice system is so heavily burdened is that the focus is not on rehabilitating and integrating [criminals] back into society and the tax base, but has been refocused on punishment,” Orange said. “I’m looking to see if the DA candidates understand that the reason so many people are locked up is because their office wants to lock them up, sometimes unnecessarily.”The two candidates are vying for the spot being vacated by Cooley, who has spent three consecutive terms in office since 2000. This year’s race is the first in 48 years without an incumbent running, according to ABC 7 news.The job of the district attorney is to prosecute alleged criminals in the L.A. district court system on behalf of the people, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s website. The Los Angeles DA prosecutes crimes from Antelope Valley to Long Beach and from Pomona to Malibu.Los Angeles has the largest local prosecutor’s office in the country — in a typical year, the DA’s office prosecutes 60,000 felonies and 130,000 misdemeanors, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s website.Nov. 6 won’t be the first time Jackson and Lacey have gone head to head. The candidates already faced each other for the DA position in California’s preliminary election on June 5. Since none of the six candidates received at least 50 percent of the popular vote in the primary, Lacey and Jackson — the top two candidates — are set to square off again in the November election.The two beat out John Breault, Bobby Grace, Danette Meyers and Carmen Trutanich for the position in the runoff. Lacey received 31.95 percent of the popular vote and Jackson received 23.69 percent.Prior to the election, the candidates squared off in multiple debates. The May 29 debate before the primary featured five of the six candidates running at the time, while the August and September debates only featured Jackson and Lacey.The August debate revealed a major difference between the two candidates in regards to their experience relevant to the DA position. Jackson argued that Lacey has assumed too much of an administrative role to work as the DA — she hasn’t worked in the courtroom for approximately a decade. Lacey countered that her role in management has given her a unique perspective that she would bring to the courtroom.Aside from their differing backgrounds, the two candidates also clash on some of the major issues in the upcoming election. A primary source of contention is Proposition 36, or the three strikes reform act. California currently allows a life sentence in prison after a defendant gets “three strikes,” or is arrested three times. If passed, Prop. 36 would limit the potential for a life sentence to only serious or violent offenses. Lacey supports the measure, while Jackson opposes it.The candidates agree on some issues, though: Both oppose banning the death penalty, and both also say they will continue to prosecute marijuana dispensaries even if the city’s ban on the clinics is reversed.Though the position isn’t as prominent an election as other offices, Orange said that it is just as important for students to pay attention to what is happening in the district attorney’s office, as it will affect how crimes on campus are prosecuted.“Anytime a student is accused of a crime, depending on what level of crime, there’s likelihood of involvement from someone from the DA’s office,” Orange explained. “This determines how aggressively these crimes are prosecuted on campus [and] to an extent, may determine how often crimes are committed.”Chelsea Stone contributed to this report.last_img read more

NASCAR at Michigan: Results, highlights from Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400

first_img🟢 Round 2 at @MISpeedway is GREEN! 🟢We’re underway on NBCSN and streaming at https://t.co/BHXvTwrLoC pic.twitter.com/NOLh7HUtQB— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 9, 20204:47 p.m. ET: Austin Dillon gets hit with a pass-through penalty for an unapproved adjustment on pit road before the race.4:39 p.m. ET: Engines fired for the Consumers Energy 400.12:15 p.m. ET: Chris Buescher (first), Tyler Reddick (third) and Aric Almirola (fifth) are among those giving up their starting positions by moving to backup cars for Sunday’s race, as they will need to start from the back of the pack. This makes Clint Bowyer the new pole-sitter.Cars going to the rear for the second Michigan Cup race:Engine change – 15Transmission change – 7Backup Cars – 3, 6, 17, 34, 8, 10, 37, 38, 41Driver change – 7— Matt Weaver (@MattWeaverAW) August 9, 2020 Three wins at @MISpeedway in a row. Four out of the last five.What a run for @StewartHaasRcng’s @KevinHarvick. Hear from the driver of the No. 4 after his sixth win of 2020. pic.twitter.com/oMZDlfR70G— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 2020Denny Hamlin, whose five wins this season are now one fewer than Harvick’s six, almost caught Harvick in the closing laps, but he ran out of time.Sporting News tracked live race updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Michigan. Below are the results.MORE: Watch all NASCAR races live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)NASCAR at Michigan resultsHarvick finished ahead of a trio of Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, but only Hamlin had the speed to even contend with the No. 4 car. Joey Logano rounded out the top five after his two Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney crashed together toward the beginning of Stage 3.Below are the complete results from Sunday’s race at Michigan.Pos.Driver1.Kevin Harvick2.Denny Hamlin3.Martin Truex Jr.4.Kyle Busch5.Joey Logano6.Aric Almirola7.Matt DiBenedetto8.Austin Dillon9.Chase Elliott10.Kurt Busch11.Jimmie Johnson12.William Byron13.Ryan Newman14.Clint Bowyer15.Matt Kenseth16.Ryan Preece17.Christopher Bell18.Ty Dillon19.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.20.Chris Buescher21.Bubba Wallace22.Corey LaJoie23.John Hunter Nemechek24.Tyler Reddick25.Cole Custer26.Daniel Suarez27.Erik Jones28.Michael McDowell29.JJ Yeley30.Brennan Poole31.Reed Sorenson32.Quin Houff33.Josh Bilicki34.Garrett Smithley35.Timmy Hill36.Alex Bowman37.James Davison38.Ryan Blaney39.Brad KeselowskiNASCAR at Michigan highlights from Consumers Energy 4006:58 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins. What a race with Denny Hamlin in the closing lap. Harvick sweeps the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader at [email protected] holds off @DennyHamlin to WIN at @MISpeedway! pic.twitter.com/Ly5hADw4nq— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 20206:54 p.m. ET: With six laps to go, Kevin Harvick’s lead over Denny Hamlin is shrinking to a few car lengths and less than half a second.6:48 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 15 laps to go. Kevin Harvick takes the lead, and he’ll be tough to catch.6:41 p.m. ET: Caution for debris from Alex Bowman’s shredded tire. This should make things interesting with 19 laps to go.Oh no, man, Bowman.Less than 20 laps remain at @MISpeedway on NBCSN! #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/bujQ7Oi8S1— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 20206:40 p.m. ET: With 20 laps to go, Kevin Harvick still has a strong lead over Martin Truex Jr. and Denny Hamlin.6:28 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick runs down Aric Almirola and takes the lead with 40 laps to go.6:23 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 47 laps to go. Kevin Harvick gets back to the lead, but Aric Almirola takes it from him a lap into the run.6:16 p.m. ET: Caution. Christopher Bell spins in Turns 1 and 2 thanks to a flat right rear tire, but he keeps it out of the wall. Clint Bowyer gets the free pass right after pitting for a flat tire.6:14 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart with 55 laps to go. Kevin Harvick pushes Denny Hamlin to the front and then takes the lead.6:04 p.m. ET: Caution. Penkse-on-Penkse crime. Brad Keselowski goes low to try to take the lead from teammate Ryan Blaney in Turn 2, but he gets loose, slides up the track and collects Blaney. They both crash into the wall and are out for the rest of the race.WOW.Team Penske teammates Ryan @Blaney and Brad @Keselowski crash battling for the lead! TV: NBCSN Stream: https://t.co/CAYgs2g5vY pic.twitter.com/zHqa3wMMYx— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 2020″I feel terrible for everyone at @Team_Penske, and especially Ryan @Blaney.”Hear from Brad @Keselowski after a crash ended both of their days at @MISpeedway. #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/Iiogpd8OQv— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 2020″It’s unfortunate but it’s not going to carry over. Mistakes happen.”Class from Ryan @Blaney, who got taken out in the accident with his @Team_Penske teammate Brad @Keselowski. pic.twitter.com/MclahAAozL— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 9, 2020From battling for the lead … to disaster for @Team_Penske.Take another look at what happened between @keselowski and @Blaney. pic.twitter.com/pE69Xb2ZSJ— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 9, 20206 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart to begin Stage 3 on Lap 92. Ryan Blaney shoves Denny Hamlin to the front and then takes the lead from him. Hamlin is stuck battling with Kevin Harvick for second.5:56 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins the race off pit road ahead of Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski.5:51 p.m. ET: Kevin Harvick wins Stage 2 with ease by roughly four seconds over Brad Keselowski. Both of the first two stages play out caution-free. Michael McDowell gets the free pass under caution.Kevin Harvick wins Stage 2, his fifth stage win of the year. He also takes the lead in playoff points with 30 (eight of them so far this weekend).Also getting stage points:2. Keselowski3. KyBusch4. Bell5. Bowyer6. Hamlin7. Jones8. Almirola9. Logano10. Blaney— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 9, 20205:38 p.m. ET: Halfway through Stage 2, Kevin Harvick has a two-second lead over Brad Keselowski with Kyle Busch in third. The race is still caution-free.5:27 p.m. ET: Green flag. Restart to begin Stage 2 on Lap 48. Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick, who both take the top lane, shoot out to the front. Harvick eventually takes the lead.Feel like we’ve seen this movie before …@KevinHarvick goes to the lead at @MISpeedway! pic.twitter.com/6MQP01d1sX— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 9, 20205:20 p.m. ET: Kyle Busch wins the race off pit road with a blazing stop, and Kevin Harvick comes out second ahead of Clint Bowyer.5:14 p.m. ET: Clint Bowyer wins Stage 1 after leading the entire segment, which goes green the entire way. Track position proves key, as Bowyer was never challenged for the lead after driving away from the start. Daniel Suarez gets the free pass under caution.He’s a man of his word! @ClintBowyer backs up his guarantee and takes Stage 1 of the #ConsumersEnergy400 at @MISpeedway! pic.twitter.com/H4gzAKbbXL— NASCAR (@NASCAR) August 9, 2020Clint Bowyer leads every lap and wins Stage 1. It’s his third stage win of the year, so he has three playoff points.10 key stage points for him. Also getting stage points:2. Bell3. KyBusch4. DiBenedetto5. Jones6. Byron7. Blaney8. Harvick9. KuBusch10. Logano— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) August 9, 20205:02 p.m. ET: Halfway through Stage 1, Clint Bowyer has a comfortable lead over Christopher Bell with Matt DiBenedetto in third. Race favorite Kevin Harvick has worked his way up to ninth after starting 20th.4:48 p.m. ET: Green flag. The Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway is underway. Clint Bowyer eventually pulls ahead of William Byron to take the lead. Because the starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan featured an inversion of the top 20 finishers from Saturday’s first leg of the doubleheader, Kevin Harvick was stuck in 20th to start the second leg. And yet the NASCAR Cup Series points leader was still the favorite to win Sunday’s race at Michigan.And with good reason. Harvick’s No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Mustang was that much better than other cars throughout both races in the Saturday-Sunday twinbill. Harvick earned another win Sunday to complete the weekend sweep at Michigan.last_img read more

Lizzie wins in record style in USA

first_img9 Mar 2016 Lizzie wins in record style in USA England’s Lizzie Prior has won her first tournament on the US women’s college circuit with a 15-under par score for 54 holes. Prior, from Burhill in Surrey, took the honours in the Battle at Boulder Creek II where she had rounds of 64, 69 and 68. Her first round of eight-under par was a record at her college, the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The 18-year-old won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2015 and was in England’s winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals – helping to win the title for the eighth consecutive time. During the season – her last in junior golf – Prior won the girls’ title at the Fairhaven Trophy and was runner-up three times, in the English girls’ championship and the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters, as well as tying for second place in the English women’s amateur. She won the Critchley Salver at Sunningdale, helped by a course record of eight-under 67 on the New course. She also set a six-under record at Lindfield in Sussex, where she played college golf before taking up her scholarship in the USA. Prior is a member of the England Golf women’s squad (image © Leaderboard Photography)last_img read more

Thurston County Traffic: Labor Day Weekend Means More Travelers, Extra Travel…

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationThe last holiday weekend of the summer typically brings additional traffic, so planning ahead and allowing extra travel time is even more critical as Labor Day approaches.Travelers can consult the Washington State Department of Transportation’s holiday-weekend traffic volume charts to help plan the best times to travel on key routes. If possible, altering travel to less busy times can improve individual trips and help keep all traffic flowing more freely. Those venturing out on land or sea can also use several WSDOT tools to keep updated throughout the trip.Know before you goCheck WSDOT’s mobile app, Facebook page, multiple Twitter accounts and online tools for traffic information and ferry schedules. (When driving, have a passenger check online updates or pull over to safe place before using electronic devices).Call the 511 travel information  For out-of-state callers, it’s 1-800-695-ROAD (7623).Pre-program vehicle radios to 530 AM and 1610 AM for highway advisory radio alerts.Carry extra water, snacks and other supplies in case you’re delayed along the way.Statewide construction halted, but expect holiday travel delays — especially on passes To ease congestion statewide, WSDOT suspends most state highway construction work during the holiday weekend, starting Friday, Aug. 30, through Monday, Sept. 2. This includes Interstate 90 from North Bend to Vantage, but some construction zone detours will remain in place. Traffic is always heavy over Snoqualmie Pass on summer weekends – especially Labor Day – so travelers should allow extra travel time or consider traveling during non-peak times, typically early in the day or later in the evening.TollingIn the Puget Sound, weekend toll rates will be in effect on Monday, Sept. 2, on the State Route 520 bridge. The Interstate 405 express toll lanes will be free and open to all drivers on the Monday holiday. Travelers can learn about toll roads and rental car tips on the Good to Go! visitors page.Ferry travelWashington State Ferries passengers should expect heavier traffic during the holiday weekend and reservations are strongly recommended for the Anacortes/San Juan Islands; Anacortes/Sidney, British Columbia; and Port Townsend/Coupeville ferry routes.Reservations can be made onlineor by calling 888-808-7977.Visit the schedules and best travel timeswebsite for more details.Other travel considerationsTravelers planning to avoid highway congestion by traveling via train, personal aircraft or transit also should factor the holiday into their plans:Amtrak Cascades passengers are encouraged to purchase tickets early and should plan to arrive at the station one hour before departure. Book nowor call 800–USA–RAIL for details.Check the status of state-operated airports online or by calling 800-552-0666.Most public transit systems will follow a holiday schedule, and some transit systems will not operate fixed-route or Dial-A-Ride service on holidays. For details, check with the local transit system.last_img read more

Sea Bright Taxes To Rise By Two Cents

first_imgSEA BRIGHT – Borough residents will be facing a more than two-cent increase in the municipal portion of their tax bill.The Borough Council on Tuesday voted 5-0 to adopt its 2012 municipal which contains a 2.6 cent increase for every $100 of assessed property value, with the municipal tax rate going to .765 cents.For the average $300,000 home in the borough, that translates to a $78 annual increase in the tax bill, according to Michael Bascomb, the borough’s chief financial officer.The largest expenses associated with the approximately $3.9 million budget, are police salaries and pensions, debt service for substantial capital projects and employee health insurance costs. Bascomb said.“We’re working to stay within our range,” of expenses, with the budget coming in under the state mandated 2 percent levy cap, he said.The borough utilized $520,000 of its approximately $793,000 surplus to help offset costs, he said.Officials were forced to enact an $11,000 emergency expenditure last year to address damage to the borough’s beaches from Hurri cane Irene. But the beach utility, which operates the borough resource, is self-sustaining, Bascomb said.When the budget was introduced on March 20, Councilman and Finance Committee Chairman William Keeler blamed the loss of state aid for contributing to the tax hike, saying the borough stood to lose $135,000 this year.Much of that money, Bascomb explained, is the loss from the state’s administering the energy tax.Municipalities are complaining that the energy tax was established to provide some local property tax relief, Bascomb said. However, he continued, the state does the collecting and hasn’t provided all that was promised, in essence, shortchanging the towns.The borough tax rate is actually about $1,000 less than the state average, he said.last_img read more

Garda changes promise to bring more front-line officers across Donegal

first_imgAn Garda Síochána has today announced improvements to its structures, processes, services and governance.Garda management are hoping the changes will increase the number of front-line Gardaí, deliver a more localised service to communities, and maximise the organisation’s operational impact.It includes restructuring at national, regional and local levels to provide a greater focus on community policing based on local needs. Garda top brass say this means more Gardaí working on the frontline, greater supervision, better resources, less paperwork, and more career opportunities for members and staff.It will make best use of an expanding workforce and investment in ICT.There will be a reduction in administrative structures, the introduction of community policing teams dedicated to working with communities to identify and tackle problem crimes in their area, a greater range of specialised services such as economic crime and cyber-crime being delivered locally, and enhanced local investigation of serious crimes and crimes against the vulnerable such as sexual crime.It will mean increased numbers of Gardaí working on the frontline, they say. From 2017 to 2019, 2,090 Gardaí have been recruited to date and a further 478 have been re-deployed to the front-line.It is expected that from now until the end of 2021 that a further 1,500 Garda members will be recruited and an additional 1,000 Gardaí re-assigned to the front-line.In addition, from 2017 to 2019, 1,070 Garda staff have been recruited and a further 1,265 are expected to recruited by end of 2021.Commissioner Drew Harris said, “These improvements will allow us to increase the number of Gardaí at the front-line and enhance community policing. Reduced bureaucracy and ICT initiatives combined with an increase in Garda members and Garda staff will increase Garda visibility in communities. It will mean Gardaí at all ranks will have more time to engage with local communities and stakeholders to help keep people safe.“These changes will deliver a more visible, localised and responsive policing service. What won’t change though is the strong connection we have with local communities.” Under this model, decision making for policing delivery will be devolved from the centre to the regions and divisions.Divisions will increase in size, will be operationally autonomous, and will be the key to policing delivery.A Division will be typically made up of around 600 to 800 personnel. This will ensure each Division has the resources and skills to deliver a wider range of community policing and specialist services based on the demand in their area.Regions and divisions will have greater control over how policing is delivered, while working to a corporate framework and oversight from the centre. The focus of the centre will be on supporting regions and divisions. This model has been recommended by both the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland and the Garda Inspectorate, and echoes the views of our personnel gathered through extensive consultation. The restructure reflects international policing best practice as well as the realities of modern-day policing in Ireland, the changing nature of crime, and population trends.This process has already started as part of the implementation of A Policing Service for the Future with the introduction of the new local policing model in four Divisions – Kevin Street, Cork city, Galway and Mayo.It will continue on Monday (August 26 2019) with the new regional structure of four regions.The reduction in Divisions from 28 to 19 will now commence on a phased basis. The new structure will be implemented throughout 2020.Garda changes promise to bring more front-line officers across Donegal was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)Tags:donegalfront-lineGardailast_img read more