first_img– unlicensed gun, ammo found An unlicensed firearm with matching ammunition along with a spent shell was unearthed by law enforcement officers following a high-speed chase between them and two men who were in a white Toyota Premio motorcar in the streets of Georgetown on Friday afternoon.One of the two suspects is a known felon, Police said.During the high-speed chase, ranks noticed that a gun was thrown from the car in which the men were in at the corners of Smyth and Hadfield Street, Georgetown.Reports are at about 14:30h, a police patrol unit noticed the known felon in the car acting in a suspicious manner and approached the vehicle. Realising that the police vehicle was approaching, the two suspects tried to escape by driving away.As a result of this, the ranks in pursuit called for backup and another police patrol vehicle arrived to render assistance and the chase commenced.The men were eventually cornered and the two live rounds and a spent shell were found inside of the car. The police subsequently picked up the gun which the men had thrown out and found it to be a .32 revolver.According to the police, the two men are in custody pending charges and are also being questioned in relation to several other offences including armed robberies.last_img read more

first_img There are now about 4,900 acres leased for oil and gas development in the Los Padres National Forest, and under a decision this summer by Los Padres Supervisor Gloria Brown an additional 52,000 acres of the forest would be open to oil and gas development. But the new surface drilling, power lines and roads would be limited to 4,000 acres, and the remaining 48,000 would be open only for underground directional or slant drilling. Even if all the new acres are leased, only about 21 acres would be disturbed through the construction of well pads, drills, access roads and pipelines, Forest Service officials said. “I reached this decision after a great deal of thought and careful consideration of public input,” Brown said. “I feel that it provides for the protection of ecological values that are so important to the American public, while still offering a portion of our oil and gas potential to the nation.” She said the disturbance would decrease over time and the land would be rehabilitated when the oil and gas activities cease. But environmentalists are skeptical and oppose new oil and gas development, particularly near the sanctuary areas for the endangered California condor. The new areas open to oil and gas leasing are primarily hills to the north of the Santa Clara River Valley and in the Sierra Madre foothills south of Cuyama, where the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary was once used as a site for releasing the birds back into the wild. Defenders of Wildlife, Los Padres ForestWatch of Santa Barbara, and the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the appeal. They say forest officials relied on outdated reports to assess the potential harm to the environment from more oil development. The three conservation groups said forest drilling would threaten pristine creeks, spoil scenic vistas and harm wildlife. “The agency’s plan requires a vast network of roads, pipelines and transmission wires that will cut through the heart of some of the most sensitive areas of the forest, including key habitat for the critically endangered California condor,” said Defenders of Wildlife spokeswoman Kim Delfino. Good said the Los Padres National Forest, extending from the Big Sur coast down to the Los Angeles County line, contains about 1.76 million acres. She said Forest Service officials would not endanger the California condor with any of their new plans, which stress the endangered bird’s protection and protection of urban areas from wildfires. “Protecting the condors is very, very high on our list of priorities, and we work very closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make sure the condors and other endangered species are protected,” she said. The plan recommends that many areas be restricted from motorized access, but officials also want to maintain their options for accessing parts of the forest to prevent catastrophic wildfires, they said. “We may need to have road access, but the emphasis would be on temporary access. We don’t anticipate any aggressive road building in any of the forests,” Good said. Jeff Kuyper, executive director of Los Padres Forest Watch, said the new Forest Service plan does not provide for enough new wilderness areas. “We see the Forest Service using public fear surrounding fire as a scapegoat instead of providing true wilderness protection,” Kuyper said. “I think it is important for people concerned about our forest to attend these open houses. We were hoping that with the new plan the forests would have been better protected, but it appears the Forest Service is going in the opposite direction.” The group’s biggest criticism is it sees the new forest plans as vague, failing to set clear guidelines. Members believe it will be difficult for the Forest Service to follow the plan and difficult for the public to determine whether the agency is following it. “We were hoping the new plan would provide more protection for the condor,” Kuyper said. “It remains to be seen how the new plan will affect the condor, but the agency fell far short of our expectations. Protection of the condor habitat should be the utmost priority. Instead it’s taking the back seat to oil drilling and other activities.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 [email protected] IF YOU GO Open houses to provide information on the new long-range plan for the Los Padres National Forest are scheduled at the following locations: Ventura: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. Goleta: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Padres National Forest headquarters conference room, 6755 Hollister Ave., Raytheon Building, Suite 150. Frazier Park: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 300 Park Drive. The plan can be viewed at 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Environmental groups and political leaders, including members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, have voiced opposition recently to Forest Service plans to expand oil drilling in the Los Padres area, and a lawsuit was filed this month to block wilderness road construction nationwide. Although the oil drilling proposal and lawsuit over road building are separate from the new Los Padres plan, they all relate to the same issues regarding how the forest will be used. Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for the Los Padres forest said new plans for all Southern California forests have been under development since 2001 and the open houses this month will give the public a chance to learn about and discuss the conclusions. “These are the final plans. These plans will provide for over-arching strategic guidance for the next 10 to 15 years,” Good said. “The oil and gas study was a separate study. It began about 10 yers ago and concluded this year. The oil and gas decision is an amendment to our existing forest plan and it will be rolled over into the new forest plan.” VENTURA – Facing controversy over oil drilling, roads in wilderness areas and heightened brush fire concerns, the U.S. Forest Service is revising plans for the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Because the Los Padres is home to the California condor, the plans are of particular interest to environmentalists who say protecting the endangered bird should be a top priority. Some say they are concerned that Forest Service officials are using growing fears about brush fires in Southern California as an excuse for building roads in what should be wilderness areas. Forest Service officials scheduled an open house for Monday in Ventura to help people learn about their recently completed land management plan for the Los Padres area, including ideas for protecting housing developments near the forest from catastrophic wildfires. last_img read more

first_imgHAMILTON — The federal NDP says if it is elected this fall it will expand Canada’s health-care system, starting with fast-tracking a universal drug plan to ensure a late 2020 start date.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says if his party forms government after the October federal election, it will inject $10 billion annually into a national pharmacare program.The NDP proposal would see the pharmacare program start sooner than an expert panel recently recommended.The panel said a national list of prescription drugs for pharmacare should be established by Jan. 1, 2022, and be expanded no later than Jan. 1, 2027.The NDP policy comes in a new “commitments document” — dubbed A New Deal for People — unveiled today at the Ontario NDP convention in Hamilton.In remarks provided to the media in advance of his convention speech Sunday morning, Singh says the plan would save families who already have insurance coverage $550 a year.“For the first time, every single Canadian can count on this,” he said. “If you need medication, if someone you love needs medication, you can get it — period. Paid for with your health card, not your credit card.”Singh said the NDP plan would also eventually expand universal coverage to dental, vision and hearing care as well.The 109-page document also contains promises to create 500,000 more affordable housing units, expand grant programs for post-secondary education and address the cost of cellphone service and high-speed broadband.The party is pledging to spend a billion dollars in 2020 to enhance child care across the country.The document also promises to restore door-to-door mail delivery to all communities that have lost it — which would cost $100 million — and to establish a gasoline-price watchdog to monitor fuel prices and prevent “gouging.”The party says it would raise government revenues to pay for its policies through a number of measures including increasing corporate taxes and by creating a so-called “wealth tax.”Taxes on the richest Canadians — those with net worth of $20 million or more — would jump by one per cent, generating several billion dollars annually in revenue.“The Liberals and Conservatives have been working for the people at the very top instead of working for you,” Singh said. “We are going to change that.”The party would roll back corporate tax cuts provided by previous governments to 2010 levels, an increase from the current 15 to 18 per cent, generating billions more for government coffers a year.Singh said the party would also institute a 15 per cent foreign buyers tax on residential purchases to prevent housing markets from overheating.The NDP does not make a specific promise to balance the federal budget.“In all cases, we will manage debt and deficits responsibly, borrowing when required to defend the services that Canadians and their families rely on, and moving to balance when prudent,” the document says.Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_img Sandals Foundation to the rescue for Dominica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Aug 2015 – Danny is dead. No trace of the storm which last week was at its worst, a category three hurricane and which yesterday was a Tropical Storm. Two systems are being monitored in the Atlantic; one late last night evolved to being Erika, a fast moving Tropical Storm moving west at 20 mph… the other still at a low chance for developing. Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen Hurricane Joaquin damaging and costly to TCI Recommended for you Related Items:danny, erika, tropical stormlast_img read more

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The National Guard plans to stand up 13 new cyber units across 23 states by the end of fiscal 2019 as part of the ongoing growth of cyber forces throughout DOD, officials announced last week.“Working with the Army and Air Force our cyber squadrons and teams will provide trained and ready soldiers and airmen to support requirements established by the services and U.S. Cyber Command,” Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said in a press release.Seven new Army Guard cyber protection teams will be activated across 18 states. They will join four previously announced Army Guard cyber teams spread across six other states.In partnership with the Air Force, the Air Guard will activate four new cyber operations squadrons in Idaho, Michigan, Texas and Virginia. In addition, a cyber information surveillance reconnaissance (ISR) squadron will stand up in California and a cyber ISR group in Massachusetts.The Guard’s new cyber units will establish a foundation for future cyber forces to be activated.“This is the beginning,” said Air Force Col. Kelly Hughes, chief of the Space and Cyber Warfare Operations Division at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. “This is a massive amount of force structure the Guard has laid into this mission, but this is just the first layer,” Hughes said.The latest rollout of cyber units allows the Guard to fulfill Army and Air Force cyber missions while positioning cyber protection units in each of the 10 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response regions, according to the bureau.“The focus is to get that presence in as many states as possible and especially making sure we have all the FEMA regions covered,” Hughes said.Ensuring each FEMA region has coverage ties into the Guard’s mission to respond to large-scale emergencies and disasters at home, said Air Force Col. Timothy Lunderman, director of joint cyber operations at the National Guard Bureau.Cyber teams and squadrons, Lunderman added, are another asset governors can use at the state level should they be needed.last_img read more