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Trump reveals why he is ‘not a fan’ of bitcoin

first_img Trump dismisses bitcoin, saying cryptocurrencies aren’t money Friday 12 July 2019 10:06 am Sebastian McCarthy whatsapp But last night the President used his Twitter account to aim his sights at a rather different target: bitcoin and Facebook’s new proposed currency, libra. In a post on Twitter, Trump wrote: “I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionUnderstand Solar$0 Down Solar in Scottsdale. How Much Can You Save? Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver Health The UK ambassador, the chair of the Federal Reserve and even the star player on the US women’s soccer team have all fallen victim to Donald Trump’s ire in recent weeks. Tags: Bitcoin and blockchain “If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National and International.” Read more: We need a man in Washington who can walk the Trump tightrope Read more: UK ambassador quits in wake of leaked emailscenter_img Libra, set to be launched in 2020, aims to let people make payments via Facebook’s apps and WhatsApp, but has met opposition from lawmakers in the US. The comments follow on from Fed chair Powell’s warning yesterday that libra could not progress unless the social media group resolved “serious concerns” over “privacy, money laundering, consumer protection and financial stability”. I am not a fan of Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrencies, which are not money, and whose value is highly volatile and based on thin air. Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019 Trump added: “We have only one real currency in the USA, and it is stronger than ever, both dependable and reliable. It is by far the most dominant currency anywhere in the World, and it will always stay that way. It is called the United States Dollar!” In a typically bombastic tweet, the Republican leader hit out at both bitcoin and Facebook’s libra coin, warning the tech giant that it may face a swathe of banking regulations. More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, has urged the project to be delayed until the US Congress examined it. Share whatsapplast_img read more

Amalga Harbor hatchery chum run opened to seiners

first_imgFisheries | Juneau | Southeast | SyndicatedAmalga Harbor hatchery chum run opened to seinersJuly 5, 2017 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Commercial fishermen pull up a net full of salmon at Juneau’s Amalga Harbor in 2013. Commercial hatchery chum openings begin Thursday and may continue later this month. (Photo courtesy of Dave Harris/Alaska Department of Fish and Game)Southeast seiners will have a shot at a large run of hatchery chums for six hours Thursday.The opening is at Amalga Harbor, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Juneau.The salmon started out at Douglas Island Pink and Chum, a private, nonprofit hatchery known as DIPAC.“We’ve been doing quite well in recent times and the returns have been strong. We don’t need as many of the fish that come back to the cost recovery area as we used to. So we’re opening up the Amalga special harvest area to the seine fleet,” said Eric Prestegard, the hatchery’s executive director.About 45 boats were on site by Wednesday afternoon.Prestegard said there could be as many as 75. He expects them to catch between 1 million and 2 million pounds during the opening.Cost-recovery harvests, which pay for hatchery operations, have brought in up to 2.2 million pounds since June 28. Those will resume after the commercial opening.The harvest area is relatively small and can become crowded.But Prestegard said there have been no major problems in recent years.“It seems like everybody is able to figure it out and make it work,” he said. “The last couple years have been real good and they’ve done well and no trouble, no accidents or anything like that.”He said the Amalga Harbor area will reopen to seiners the next three Thursdays if strong chum runs continue.The Amalga fishery includes ocean waters from Eagle River to the Shrine of Saint Thérèse.Some of the action is visible from shore.Share this story:last_img read more

Village of Igiugig one step closer to replacing diesel electricity with hydrokinetic system

first_imgAlaska Native Government & Policy | Alaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | Environment | Federal Government | Science & Tech | SouthwestVillage of Igiugig one step closer to replacing diesel electricity with hydrokinetic systemJune 18, 2019 by Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:The RivGen operating in the Kvichak River in 2015. (Photo courtesy Ocean Renewable Power Company)In the southwestern village of Igiugig, a renewable energy project recently got one step closer to helping the village move off expensive diesel-generated electricity.The experimental device is placed in a river and uses the current to create electricity.In late May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the project a key approval that will allow them to install and test the technology for up to 10 years. After that, they could apply for a commercial licence.AlexAnna Salmon is the president of Igiugig Village Council.“It’s a hope for our village to achieve the sustainability we’re looking for,” she said. “It’s environmentally friendly. And we’ve just come a long ways in developing it.”The council has been collaborating on the project with the Ocean Renewable Power Company of Maine since 2009.The federal approval will allow them to conduct their first year-round test of the system in Igiugig. Among other things, they will be closely monitoring how the technology interacts with local fish as well as river ice.“One year from now, we’ll know whether the community would like to own this device,” said Salmon. “If it really is going to prove itself to be an effective option for providing power.”She said that, in the best case scenario, the village could be completely off diesel electricity by 2021.If the project pans out, she added, it can provide a useful blueprint for many villages in rural Alaska looking to move toward renewable energy.Share this story:last_img read more

Skier survives avalanche in the crater of Mt. Edgecumbe near Sitka

first_imgOutdoors | Public Safety | Search & Rescue | SoutheastSkier survives avalanche in the crater of Mt. Edgecumbe near SitkaApril 2, 2021 by Erin McKinstry, KCAW – Sitka Share:The group of six skiers climbed to the top of Mt. Edgecumbe at around 3 p.m. on March 28. One of the skiers triggered an avalanche after skiing into the crater. The slide was around 300 feet across and 400 to 500 feet in length (Photo provided by the Coastal Alaska Avalanche Center)A skier was rescued unharmed after getting buried by an avalanche in the crater of Mount Edgecumbe on March 28.The man triggered the slide during his descent, according to a report to the Coastal Alaska Avalanche Center. Two other skiers in his group used avalanche transceivers to locate him. They saw his boot sticking out of the snow, dug him out and cleared his airway. The man was buried between five and eight minutes but sustained no injuries. All six members of the group exited the mountain safely.Sitka Mountain Rescue technical team leader Eric Matthes said his team didn’t respond to the incident. But the group called in to report the avalanche and to let the someone know that they’d left a ski and two poles behind.Mount Edgecumbe rises 3,200 feet from the ocean near Sitka. (Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)“Their primary reason for getting in touch with us is that if somebody reported finding that gear in avalanche debris, that we would not be unnecessarily called out,” Matthes said.The group didn’t want to be identified, but he said they were “pretty shaken up.” If they’d had to wait for the local search and rescue team to arrive on scene, the man probably would’ve died.“These people had training and equipment, and they still had a pretty serious incident that might’ve gotten a lot worse,” he said.Matthes said he hopes the incident can serve as a cautionary tale. There’s high avalanche danger in the mountains around Sitka right now, even in places people may not expect — like Blue Lake Road, Green Lake Road and some of the ravines near Herring Cove Trail. Not everyone who ventures into the mountains is adequately prepared, he said.“A snow pack looks like just a pile of snow, but it’s actually made up of a bunch of different layers. And those layers are affected by temperature, by moisture content, by wind and a number of other factors,” Matthes said. “And so if you, if you don’t have the correct training and experience, it’s basically impossible to assess that stability accurately.”The report said the group could’ve avoided the incident with better communication and more time spent assessing the conditions.Local information about snow and avalanche conditions can be found in the Sitka Snow Report Facebook group. Additional avalanche resources or training opportunities can be found at alaskaavalanche.org.Share this story:last_img read more

IGas share price plunges over fears of fracking ban

first_img Show Comments ▼ Monday 26 January 2015 9:09 pm Express KCS More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.com The threat of a moratorium on fracking, which was debated in parliament yesterday, pushed shares in UK-based oil and gas explorer IGas Energy down by 28 per cent amid fears that the UK’s shale gas industry was about to be put on hold once again.After the market closed, MPs voted against the moratorium – meaning that the shares could bounce back this morning. The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), which includes Green MP Caroline Lucas, former Conservative environment minister Caroline Spelman, and green campaigning Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, as well as Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs, published a report at the weekend in which it called for all fracking activity to be halted.  The EAC stated:  “A moratorium on the extraction of unconventional gas through fracking is needed to avoid both the inconsistency with our climate change obligations and to allow the uncertainty surrounding environmental risks to be fully resolved.” The proposal was made as part of a series of suggested amendments to the Infrastructure Bill, and was not passed after Labour MPs abstained.  However, even the prospect of a moratorium hit Igas hard, with stockbroker Westhouse Securities moving to downgrade the company from a buy recommendation to a neutral rating. IGas has been eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to begin fracking for shale gas for several years now. Mark Henderson, analyst at Westhouse, said the decision to downgrade also stemmed from the decision last week by Lancashire county council planners to recommend that Cuadrilla be denied planning permission for two wells in the region, which was seen by many as another setback for the UK’s fledgling shale industry. “Combining the decision of Lancashire County Council and the EAC’s recommendation creates a major headwind for IGas, whose valuation upside is contingent on shale gas development progressing,” said Henderson. IGas declined to comment. WHO WANTED THE FRACKING MORATORIUM?Caroline SpelmanThe former environment secretary doesn’t usually appear on a list of rebels, but as  member of the Environmental Audit Committee she came out strongly against her former colleagues in government, giving weight to the committee’s concerns over the consequences of fracking. Julian HuppertHuppert proposed the amendment that would have put a moratorium on fracking. The MP for Cambridge is normally known for campaigning on civil liberties issues, tweeted his last minute attempts to persuade Labour MPs to vote for the pause from the corridors of the Commons. Joan WalleyWalley chairs the Committee, whose report into fracking was released just hours before the crunch debate. She faced complaints from across the House for how little time the committee to investigate, but held firm, and highlighted environmental fears.  Tags: Shale gas frackingcenter_img whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoGive It LoveRemember These Rare Sisters? 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Montana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids

first_img Corin Cates-Carney — Montana Public Radio Snook says though he might seem desperate like someone who is addicted to pain killers, he’s not. He’s not craving a quick fix. He leaves his home for treatment because he has no confidence in the doctors in Montana and he wants to be healed.“I believe pain control is a fundamental human right, or at least an attempt at pain control,” he said. “To deny someone with a horrible disease like me access to pain medications is the worst form of cruelty.”It was dark outside when Snook, his wife and the two other pain patients got off the plane in Los Angeles. They wheeled their suitcases to a rented SUV. When they got to the hotel, they smiled and greeted the lobby clerk by name.The trip has become routine. Every 90 days, they come here to see a doctor who gives them the care and prescriptions they say they can’t get at home.Fear among Montana doctorsMontana is a tough state to find many options for any medical care. Because much of the state is rural, residents often travel long distances, including out of state, for specialty care.In the past several years, the Montana Board of Medical Examiners has taken on several high-profile cases of doctors it suspects of overprescribing opioids. At least two Montana doctors have had their licenses suspended since 2014.Executive Officer Ian Marquand said his organization doesn’t play favorites. “The board does not encourage particular kinds of doctors, it does not discourage particular kinds of doctors. The door is open in Montana for any qualified, competent physician to come in and practice.”But Marc Mentel acknowledged that there’s fear around prescription painkillers in Montana’s medical community. He chairs the Montana Medical Association’s committee on prescription drug abuse, and he said he does hear of doctors being more wary. Related: For some chronic pain patients, ‘without opioids, life would be torture’ HealthMontana’s ‘pain refugees’ leave state to get prescribed opioids About the Author Reprints APStock Please enter a valid email address. By Corin Cates-Carney — Montana Public Radio July 22, 2016 Reprints To manage chronic pain, use the whole toolkit, not just opioids center_img “My pain, it’s all from my waist down,” he said. “It’s like being boiled in oil 24 hours a day.” Snook has been taking opioids since he had spine surgery for a ruptured disk 14 years ago. After the operation, he says he was in so much pain he couldn’t work. He’s tried all kinds of things to get better.“I got a surgery, epidural steroid injections, acupuncture, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, pool exercises,” he said. “I’ve tried anything that anyone has ever suggested me to try. Unfortunately what I do right now is the only thing that works.”advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Pharmalot Your daily update on the drug industry. Federal authorities say about 78 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. In Montana, health care officials report that abuse there is worse than the national average. But the casualties of the opioid epidemic are not all drug abusers.On a recent night, three Montana residents, who call themselves pain refugees, boarded an airplane from Missoula to Los Angeles. They say that finding doctors willing to treat chronic pain in Montana is almost impossible, and the only way they can get relief is to fly out of state.Before Gary Snook dropped into his seat, he paused in the aisle, pressing his fingertips into his upper thigh. He bent his knees slightly and moved his hips side to side. He was getting in one final stretch before takeoff.advertisement Tags chronic painopioids Leave this field empty if you’re human: But opioids can also help people, Tennant said. Because of that, he said, the drugs shouldn’t be stigmatized, but used responsibly.“They are the last resort, when there is no other option. You don’t use them until everything else has failed,” he said.Tennant is lobbying for a Montana bill to guarantee more access to opioids for pain patients, so people like Snook don’t need to travel so far for a prescription.“Had I stayed in Montana, I would have killed myself,” said Snook. “I just want humanitarian care, and I get that in California.”This story, originally published by Kaiser Health News, is part of a reporting partnership with NPR, Montana Public Radio and Kaiser Health News. Related: Privacy Policy Mentel, who started practicing medicine in the 1990s, said that when he was training, medical education didn’t include treating long-term pain.“The perfect tool, the perfect medicine that would take away a person’s pain and allow them to function normally does not yet exist,” he said. “So we are trying to use any tool, any means we can to help lessen the severity of their pain.”Mentel said opioids do help some patients, but he hopes his generation of doctors will learn more about pain and understand ways to treat it beyond opioids.In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published long-awaited guidelines that said opioids should be the treatment of last resort for pain, and if used, should be combined with other treatments such as exercise therapy.“Patients are in pain,” Mentel said. “We don’t have great tools for them and we need to recognize that this is going to be a chronic-disease state. They may be in pain for the rest of their lives. So … how do we treat them without actually harming them?” he said.The California solutionFor Snook, relief is found at a small strip-mall clinic in suburban Los Angeles run by Dr. Forest Tennant, a former Army physician who says he has consulted for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Football League and NASCAR.He has about 150 patients, half of them from out of state.Tennant says there are legitimate reasons to be concerned about opioids, and that’s why doctors need to specialize in pain management.To an untrained physician, Tennant said, addicts and pain patients can look similar. “Doctors can get conned,” he said. “I think that it is true that we’ve had a lot of opioids that get out on the street, and people get them … whether it is heroin or a prescription opioid.”last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, June 4, 2020

first_imgHome Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, June 4, 2020 Deaths Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCoronavirus Daily Noticeboard – Wednesday, June 3, 2020Next articleCar sales in Laois down 75% in May according to latest industry figures LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th June 2020 Twitter Deaths in Laois – Thursday, June 4, 2020 TAGSDeaths in Laois Facebook Pinterest Facebook News WhatsApp Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Donal WalshDrimaterrill, Ballinakill, LaoisDonal died at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Alice, sons Donie, Colin and Emmet, daughters Lorraine and Eveleen, brothers Paddy, Tony, John, Seamus and Ger, sisters Susan and Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives and friends.Rest in Peace.Due to Government directives a Private Family Funeral will take place. The Family would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time.Margaret (Maggie) HannonPortlaoise, Laois / Westport, MayoMargaret (Maggie) Hannon, Portlaoise & Westport, Co. Mayo. 31/5/2020 Predeceased by her mother Margaret. Sadly missed by her partner Tommy (Fisher), daughters Maura & Vikki, son Mathew, grand-daughter Grace, sisters Rose, Marian, Suzanne & Patricia, brother James and father James.May her gentle soul rest in peace.A private funeral will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Westport, Co. Mayo on Friday June 5th with private burial afterwards in Ballycroy Cemetery.James (Jim) DelaneyDerrynaserra, Coolrain, LaoisJames (Jim) Delaney, Derrynaserra, Coolrain, Portlaoise, Co.Laois. Died 1st June 2020 (unexpected) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin. Sadly missed by his loving wife Vivienne (Viv), and father of Stephen, Gemma, James and Paula, grandchildren, brothers Pauric, Sean and Tommy, sister Sheila (Dollard), nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.May Jim Rest In PeaceIn accordance with government and HSE recommendations regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place for the family only.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, June 3, 2020 WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Intelligence Suggests North Korea Suffering FMD

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarKim So Yeol News Intelligence Suggests North Korea Suffering FMD News Evidence has emerged that foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) may have broken out in North Korea. Therefore, the question of whether the South Korean government might provide aid to combat any proven outbreak of the disease has arisen. An official inside the South Korean administration said today, “Intelligence exists to suggest that FMD broke out late last year in North Korea. We are currently working out the exact damage,” while another official added, “I heard from a Japanese citizen who visited the North that FMD has occurred in the country.” The second official also said, “We are aware that the North Korean authorities have been mobilizing military bases to disinfect cow and pig farms nationwide.” Due to an outbreak of FMD in the vicinity of Pyongyang, the authorities have apparently also set up temporary checkpoints in order to control unnecessary internal migration, intelligence suggests. However, North Korea has not released anything about FMD officially, and has apparently not asked international organizations for aid. Thus, an official with the Ministry of Unification cautioned today, “There are difficulties in terms of finding out the facts officially,” and added, “It is not a situation where we can talk about aid before judging the real situation. Considering that the South suspended flood relief aid, which is ostensibly humanitarian, following the Yeonpyeong attack, it will not be easy to say yes to any aid request. However, since the South’s basic principle on North Korea is to divide humanitarian issues from political issues, if North Korea calls for aid it will also be hard to ignore, and FMD could equally come to undermine the South’s principled stance. In the past the North has gone through a formulaic procedure in order to get aid: Pyongyang reported the reality to international organizations; the South expressed its willingness to give aid; the North released the scale of the real damage; and then the South decided to give aid. However, reporting the situation to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and simultaneously calling on the South to give aid would be somewhat different. With public opinion on urgent humanitarian aid generally positive, North Korea could in this way use the situation in order to engender domestic conflict in South Korea and put pressure on the government in Seoul to open wider contacts with the North Korean regime. In 2007 when the South Korean administration found out about the outbreak of FMD in North Korea through international organizations, it provided 22 kinds of preventive medicines and equipment worth approximately $2.4 million in total.center_img SHARE By Kim So Yeol – 2011.01.18 6:28pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News Newslast_img read more

President Lee Sounds Note of Optimism

first_imgNews President Lee Sounds Note of Optimism North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China “Just because inter-Korean relations are tough doesn’t mean there is no way forward, and even when they are really tough, I believe there is a way,” President Lee Myung Bak told unification advisors in a meeting at the Blue House this afternoon.“I think that perhaps when things are hard we can open the door more than when things are good,” he continued.“Some people may hear this and misunderstand it as meaning, ‘Ah, so nowadays something is going on’,” the President also noted, but quickly moved to state that that is not the case, noting instead that he meant that when things are hardest, the most progress is often made. SHARE There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest AvatarKim Tae Hong By Kim Tae Hong – 2011.08.12 5:39pm center_img News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak last_img read more

North Ramps Up Revolutionary Statue Guard

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2012.07.26 10:42pm SHARE News NewsEconomy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter North Ramps Up Revolutionary Statue Guard North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img As they continue to criticize South Korea for its alleged role in the recent ‘Statue Demolition Society’ incident, the North Korean authorities have moved to step up patrols around Kim Il Sung statues and other key ‘revolutionary historical sites’, nominally in order to try and foil any possible attack. A North Hamkyung Province source told Daily NK on the 23rd, “Last week the Saturday morning lecture in factories, enterprises and in people’s units denounced the vandalism of the ‘Statue Demolition Society’.” “The lecturers emphasized that there needs to be guard duty around statues, revolutionary research institutes and other historical sites in all districts, and that the guards need to be ready to give their lives for the defense of the sites,” the source added.Reportedly, city and county Party committees have issued orders in the name of the Party Central Committee Secretariat instructing reservists including the Youth Red Guards, Worker and Peasant Red Guards and other societal organizations to set up special patrols in key areas around historical sites.The orders instruct that the patrols must focus on Kim Il Sung Statues, Kim Il Sung Revolutionary History Museums, the Towers of Eternal Life that exist in every neighborhood and Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il Revolutionary Ideology Research Institutes. It commands that patrol frequency be doubled, that one-man patrols become two-man, and that night patrols be extended through the day. It adds that towers and study rooms in factory enterprises should be guarded from 7PM to 7AM.The aim of the exercise, as the weight of recent propaganda across all North Korea’s domestic media reflects, is to enhance the feeling of being under attack, and through that to generate internal solidarity.However, a great many people are reportedly skeptical about the entire endeavour nevertheless, and not just because, as the source said, “In this heat wave who would want to stand in guard at the statue, unable to go and eat?”In a connected story, there is a rumor circulating that Jeon Young Chul, the man who stands accused of re-entering North Korea after defection so as to commit the so-called ‘statue terrorism’, is to be executed.The rumor, which is moving not just between the people but also among members of the security forces, is that the execution will be public. News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News AvatarChoi Song Min last_img read more

N. Korean authorities check to ensure livestock farms are following veterinary…

first_img News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Facebook Twitter SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) North Korean authorities are reportedly conducting an audit to check and register whether livestock farms, livestock units, and households around the country are raising animals and following the appropriate veterinary quarantine measures. A source in South Hamgyong Province told Daily NK on Apr. 21 that “Starting on Apr. 2, [the authorities] started a nationwide livestock registration process through the Central Veterinary Quarantine Center. They are registering each livestock farm, livestock unit, and household in the country as either raising or not raising livestock. The Ministry of Agriculture is creating statistics based on this data.”According to the source, in the past the Central Veterinary Quarantine simply surveyed the state of quarantine measures and the number of animals being raised in institutions and businesses, along with those raised by individuals.This time, however, if officers from the center deem the implementation of quarantine measures at a particular livestock facility to be poor, the livestock must all be culled even if there is no evidence that the animals are carrying disease.The North Korean authorities reportedly explained the logic behind the creation of the new rule by saying that unless they put in place stronger measures, it would be difficult for the government to create policies to handle a breakout of livestock disease if one did occur. The authorities reportedly said that these difficulties could cause major negative consequences and that the new rule was necessary to prevent such events from happening. “The government ordered that all institutions, business, and individuals engaged in raising livestock obey the Central Veterinary Quarantine Center’s instructions without exception as they are based on the Party’s veterinary quarantine orders,” the source said. Taedong pigs african swine feverPigs at North Korea’s Daedong Pig Farm. / Image: DPRK Today’s Pinterest FeedNorth Korean authorities reportedly placed particular emphasis on measures that people could use to prevent or cope with the emergence of livestock diseases as the seasons change. The authorities handed down directives regarding veterinary quarantine measures which included orders to “always boil the [livestock’s] food,” “spray and sterilize [the livestock] with quicklime,” and “isolate well-quarantined animals [from sick ones] so that there are no further problems”. The authorities also emphasized that if the country’s supply of veterinary medicine were to run low, those in the livestock sector would have to fend for themselves.“The government seized 35% of the ducks at the Chongpyong County Gwangpo duck ranch and the same percentage of pigs at the Hamju County pig ranch because of quarantine problems,” the source said. “[The government officials] took the livestock away in large trucks. The people who worked at the livestock farms that failed to meet the new quarantine standards were angry that the government took their livestock and killed them without offering any kind of compensation.“The government also slaughtered pigs, rabbits, and goats raised by families without paying them,” the source added. “People are asking ‘is this the Party’s new livestock policy?’ and expressing their anger at the new quarantine rules.”The source further explained that to respond to the complaints, “government [officials] said that infectious diseases like COVID-19 can be spread among livestock as well as people, and that these diseases ultimately end up hurting people” and that “they say that [they are putting these new rules in place because] the lives of North Korean citizens are the priority.”*Translated by S & JPlease direct any comments or questions about this article to [email protected] in Koreancenter_img News AvatarJong So YongJong So Yong is one of Daily NK’s freelance reporters. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55%last_img read more

U.S. LIBOR may live a little longer

first_imgstock exchange 123RF James Langton CSA adopts benchmark oversight regime Final bell tolls for LIBOR Related news Keywords Financial benchmarksCompanies Federal Reserve Board, Canadian Securities Administrators Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The regulators’ statement coincided with an announcement from LIBOR administrator ICE Benchmark Administration Ltd. that it is proposing to cease the publication of one-week and two-month USD LIBORs by the end of 2021, and to stop publishing all U.S. LIBOR settings on June 30, 2023.The firm is planning to launch a consultation on those proposals, which will run until the end of January 2021. Sometime after that it will make a final decision on U.S. LIBOR publication.Previously, ICE said it would stop publishing all other LIBORs — including the British pound, the euro, Swiss franc, and Japanese yen — at the end of 2021.Despite the fact that U.S. LIBOR may hang around until mid-2023, the U.S. regulators said that stopping new contracts is necessary to ensure a smooth transition away from LIBOR.“Given consumer protection, litigation, and reputation risks, the agencies believe entering into new contracts that use USD LIBOR as a reference rate after December 31, 2021, would create safety and soundness risks,” their statement said.Commenting on the developments, the chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, issued a statement, saying the steps “establish a pragmatic, market-oriented path for managing the transition away from LIBOR.”“We encourage registrants to proactively transition to market-based reference rates and stand ready to assist market participants,” he added.Last week, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a staff notice calling on Canadian firms to prepare for reforms to both Canadian and various foreign financial benchmarks.Around the world, LIBOR is being replaced by alternative rates in a variety of markets following a series of market manipulation scandals. U.S. bank regulators are calling on financial institutions to stop using a common interest rate benchmark in derivatives contracts by the end of next year, although the benchmark may live on until mid-2023.The governors of the Federal Reserve System issued a joint statement along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency that said banks should stop entering into new contracts that use the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) as a reference rate “as soon as practicable” and by the end of 2021 at the latest. Crunch time for benchmark reform, CSA warnslast_img read more

Health Ministry on Top of Malaria Situation

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedHealth Ministry on Top of Malaria Situation RelatedHealth Ministry on Top of Malaria Situation RelatedHealth Ministry on Top of Malaria Situationcenter_img Health Ministry on Top of Malaria Situation UncategorizedDecember 11, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health is assuring the nation that it is on top of the malaria situation, with Health Minister, Horace Dalley, stating on (Dec. 8) that there was no need for panic.“We are handling this situation in a very clinical and scientific manner. The nation can be assured that we are going to succeed in halting the chain of transmission of this disease, so there is no need to panic”, he stated.Minister Dalley, who was addressing a press briefing held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, stressed that the disease was not spreading and the increase in the number of reported infections was expected.“It is necessary that the Ministry clarifies that the infection is not spreading. The disease remains confined to the four specific communities. The fact that the number of confirmed cases continues to grow is expected as the Ministry of Health is actively seeking these persons, who may be infected for prompt treatment,” he explained.According to the Health Minister, most of the 49 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the Kingston 12, 13 and 14 sections of the corporate area. The main communities that are affected are Denham Town, Delacree Park, Trench Town and Tivoli Gardens.“Approximately half of those definitively diagnosed (23 persons) have been treated and sent home and 22 other persons are still in the hospitals being treated,” Mr. Dalley said.He noted that the incubation period for the infection was seven to 14 days, which meant that infected persons would not begin to show symptoms of the disease until seven to 14 days after being bitten by the infected female anopheles mosquito.“Some persons in the affected areas may not yet begin to show signs of the disease if already infected. The Ministry of Health is therefore expecting to uncover more confirmed cases in the ensuring days despite the various mosquito control activities implemented,” Mr. Dalley said.He informed that the Ministry of Health’s environmental health surveillance teams have been doing detailed combing of the affected communities, in an effort to identify and destroy the breeding sites of the anopheles mosquito.Seven teams of health workers, totaling approximately 50 persons, have been dispatched to the affected communities to do the necessary vector control work. To date, the team has found and treated more than 400 mosquito breeding sites and these areas include the Marcus Garvey thoroughfare, Industrial Terrace, May Pen cemetery, and the Hartlands and Whitewater areas of St. Catherine.In addition, the Minister informed, local specialists accompanied by a Pan American Health Organisation expert in entomology, did an aerial reconnaissance of the communities. “The purpose of the exercise was to identify those breeding sites difficult to find from ground level. The result is now being analyzed,” he told journalists.In the meantime, the Minister announced that the National Public Health Laboratory has been strengthened to cope with the workload and to provide results of smear tests within 24 hours.“Four new microscopes have been procured for the lab and other infrastructural changes made. Staff have been re-deployed from other institutions such as the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Cornwall Regional Hospital,” Mr. Dalley said.He further assured that adequate supplies of the medication needed to treat persons infected with the disease were available in the island. “We have in stock adequate supplies of drugs for all the expected cases. We will be increasing this amount by procuring additional stock with funds recently approved by Cabinet, and our international partners such as the Pan American Health Organisation and through the kind assistance of our CARICOM partners, Haiti, Guyana, Suriname and the Bahamas,” he said.Meanwhile, members of the public are being urged to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from becoming infected. These measures include the use of insect repellents on exposed areas of the body; wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and socks when out at nights; no dark clothing at nights because this colour attracts mosquitoes; closing windows and doors before dark and sleeping under mosquito nets.To increase public awareness and encourage informed action for the prevention and control of malaria, the Ministry of Health has implemented a comprehensive public education programme.“Over 2000 households in the infected communities have been empowered with information and medical response,” Mr. Dalley informed, noting that, “radio advertisements are being aired and additional educational literature is being distributed in the electronic and print media.” last_img read more

Shoppers Urged to be Vigilant When Purchasing Toys

first_imgRelatedShoppers Urged to be Vigilant When Purchasing Toys RelatedShoppers Urged to be Vigilant When Purchasing Toys Shoppers Urged to be Vigilant When Purchasing Toys UncategorizedDecember 16, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising shoppers to be vigilant when purchasing toys, especially with recent recalls of several Chinese-made products. Speaking with JIS News, Communication Specialist at the CAC, Dorothy Campbell, informed that more than 20 million toys have been recalled by Fisher-Price, Mattel, and Marvel, because of high lead content in paint used in the manufacturing process. Toys included on the 20-million recall list are popular cartoon characters like Elmo, Ernie, Big Bird and all the other Sesame Street characters; Dora the Explorer; musical toys; keys boards and shakers. Miss Campbell noted that “even though the Bureau of Standards has not reported any of these toys being in the island, we know that informally, these toys can get here.” “We are very nomadic and when we travel, we tend to pick up the latest items .so although the Bureau of Standards does its formal checks at the ports, the CAC is also aware that a parent, aunt, godmother or whomever, might be carrying one of these items in their suitcases and unwittingly offers it to a child,” the Communication Specialist pointed out.In highlighting the harmful effects of lead, she pointed out that “the danger to the child is not just simply that he’s going to have a little episode of lead poisoning and you take him to the doctor and he gets a bottle of medicine and he is fine, but it can cause developmental problems in your child.”She informed that learning disabilities, signs of aggression, intolerance to food and weight loss, are all associated with lead poisoning.In light of these harmful health effects, Miss Campbell advised that: “When you pick up an item and you are unsure, call the CAC and we will check to find out if these items have been recalled.”“We would rather you call us to say I am about to buy this toy and I want to know if it has been recalled rather than you call us to say ‘my child is ill and in the hospital, how do I get redress from the person I bought this toy’. We would want you to call us from the point of purchase rather than from the point of tragedy,” she stated.In addition to the risk of lead poisoning, Miss Campbell informed that some toys have been recalled because they are unsafe, in that “they are too loud, have small parts or sharp edges or those that do not allow the child to manipulate at the appropriate age.” She advised parents to “purchase toys that are educational. Look for toys with less ‘bling’.the more a toy is painted with multi-colours and has little magnet studs, the more danger.” Continuing on the matter of safety, the Communication Specialist also advised parents to take extreme caution when purchasing bicycles. “We want to ensure that you choose one that is safe, so it is advisable to take the child to the store, make sure they feel comfortable sitting on it and they can reach the bars comfortably without stretching,” she advised.She also emphasized the importance of including a helmet, noting that this is a protective gear that prevents head injuries.center_img RelatedShoppers Urged to be Vigilant When Purchasing Toys Advertisementslast_img read more

Something For Everyone!

first_imgHomeNewsSomething For Everyone! Oct. 03, 2019 at 1:00 pmNewsSomething For Everyone!Charles Andrews2 years agoChick CoreaDudamelLa BohemeMilesVan MorrisonVan is The Man Adieu Placido Domingo, what a tragic waste of talent and reputation, leaving all that wreckage in his wake, those shattered lives and careers of those he abused. I’m glad I got to see and hear him perform before we knew all this. I’ll always have that memory, though now tainted. LA Opera remains a precious gem for our city.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:TONIGHT! — CHICK COREA, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, BRIAN BLADE (yes, for those of you paying attention, I did bump this up to HIGHLY from last week’s RECOMMENDED because, well, what was I thinking? hear the 2013 three-disc hit world tour live recording by these three music giants come to life and you don’t even have to go to Slovenia, I fell in love with McBride’s playing years ago when he played a free concert at SMC, opined Allmusic, “the three have an uncanny connection, filling space with gorgeous and subtle phrasings, gliding through all manner of styles with a seemingly effortless elegance, grace, and freshness”), Thurs 8 p.m., Royce Hall, UCLA, $15-$140.TONIGHT! — JAKE SHIMABUKURO (I’ve seen him a couple of times, yes he is a ukulele player, let me just say this dude will blow your mind with what he can do on that little four-stringed thing and you will be itching to jump to your feet to give him the standing O he deserves), Thurs 7:30 p.m., The Broad Theater, SM, $60-$90.LA OPERA — LA BOHEME (LAST PERFORMANCE!) (I’m not a Boheme expert, saw it just once before, at LA Opera in ‘93, boy have a lot of fat ladies sung since then, for me and them, it’s a chestnut but you’ll want to see this one, it’s gotten a boost from Berlin’s star stager Barrie Kosky, nothing too radical, not set in the Kremlin or underwater, but with some appealing modern touches, the big rotating stage for the Cafe Momus scenes is so packed with frantic characters you can’t take it all in, the singing is outstanding, especially the four main actors and the characters are so endearing and strong, especially the women, that you won’t need your handkerchief unless you want to wave it in the air, huzzah! ), Sun 2 p.m., Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, DTLA, $24-$354.RECOMMENDED:TONIGHT! — SOUNDWAVES presents MICHAEL VINCENT WALLER (post-minimalist composer Waller’s work will be performed by R. Andrew Lee on piano and William Winant, percussion), Thurs 7:30 p.m., Main Library, DTSM, free.TONIGHT! (ONLY) — MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL film (musical giant, cultural icon Miles Davis, visionary, innovator, originator who embodied the word cool but was fiercely independent, featuring never-before-seen archival footage, studio outtakes, rare photos, the story of a singular talent unpacks the man behind the horn, I learned a lot, it is so well done), Thurs, Monica Film Center, DTSM.TONIGHT! — LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (this great doc will perhaps open your eyes with more respect for a woman who blazed early trails in male-dominated rock, 11 platinum albums, first artist ever to simultaneously top the Pop, Country, and R&B charts, 26 Grammy noms, 10 wins, always advocated for human rights, shared a mattress on the floor of the Governor’s Mansion with Jerry Brown, lived life and her art on her own terms and succeeded wildly, and as Dolly Parton declares, “that girl could sing ANYthing!”), Thurs – ?, Monica Film Center DTSM, Landmark Theater, Westwood.LA PHIL – DUDAMEL CONDUCTS GERSHWIN AND COPLAND (and Barber and Previn, launching their season with masterworks by beloved American composers), Thurs, Fri, Sat 8 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Walt Disney Concert Hall, DTLA, $72-$222.VAN MORRISON, Melody Gardot (a legend for sure but also legendary for the unpredictability of his performances, he could blow through a jaw-dropping two hours or he could give up after three songs and coast or some combination thereof but he’s worth the gamble and how many artists are still putting out really good new albums 55 years later, and don’t miss opener jazz singer Melody Gardot, a good pairing because I’ve been trying to tell people since the ‘60s that Van is really a jazz singer, I hope they duet some), Sun 7 p.m., Hollywood Bowl, $40-$808.JAZZ BAKERY Monster weekend, just take your sleeping bag Fri night for acclaimed Brazilian singer-pianist ELIANE ELIAS, go get some coffee and come back Sat night for one of my faves, JOEY DEFRANCESCO, student-who-learned-very-well of the late great jazz organist Jimmy Smith, then come back from church and reach the heavens with legendary jazz and classical double bassist, big bandleader, and Gerald’s dad JOHN CLAYTON and his BASS MONSTERS Sun, eight great local bassists in myriad combinations, you don’t want to miss any of these, really!) Fri ($45-$60), Sat 8 p.m., Sun 5 p.m., Jazz Bakery, SM $25-$40.ROGER WATERS (film) US + THEM (ONE NIGHT ONLY!) (Pink Floyd co-founder Waters’ legendary live performances are knnown for immersive sensory experiences featuring state-of-the-art audio visuals and unprecedented quad sound, the US + THEM 2017-18 world tour took audiences on a musical journey of “human rights, liberty and love”), Sun, Laemmle Monica Film Center, SM, Landmark Theater, Westwood.LEO KOTTKE (Leo Kottke’s still alive?! so is Peter Lang but the other two ‘60s Takoma American primitive acoustic guitar wizards John Fahey and Robbie Basho are not, so what am I tellin’ you, get on out to Pepperdine and bask in the singular wonder of how a guitar can be played like you may never have heard, I’m sure he’s picking and sliding as well or better than ever), next Thurs 8 p.m., Smothers Theatre, Malibu, $23-$45.LITTLE MISS NASTY (not everyone’s cuppa whiskey but they have a regular residency in Vegas and tour the area and boys and girls, young and old turn out, what it is is burlesque to loud rockandroll on Harvelle’s very good sound system, excellent choice of songs, mostly, that’s what I enjoyed but the four women are pretty sexy, not wearing a lot, bumping and grinding all night like a champion gymnast couldn’t keep up with, worth a look), next Thurs 9:30 p.m., $20-$35, Harvelle’s, DTSM.COMING ATTRACTIONS: NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALL STARS 10/11, CACHE VALLEY DRIFTERS, Crary, Evans, & Barnick 10/20, McCabe’s, SM; PHAROAH SANDERS 10/12-13, Jazz Bakery, SM; LAEMMLE LIVE presents Elemental Music 10/13, Monic Film Center, DTSM; LIBRARY GIRL 10th Ann. Show + Party 10/13, Ruskin Group Theater, SMO; TINARIWEN 10/13, The Mayan, DTLA; Ace 20 Year Celebration with RYUICHI SAKAMOTO, Serpentwithfeet, Zola Jesus 10/18, Theater at the Ace Hotel, DTLA; LA PHIL – SALONEN conducts TCHAIKOVSKY and BARTOK 10/18-19, Centennial Birthday Celebration Concert & Gala with DUDAMEL and SALONEN conducting 10/24, MEHTA’S MAHLER 10/25, SALONEN & SIBELIUS 10/26, DUDAMEL conducts BEETHOVEN’S 9TH 10/27, Walt Disney Hall, DTLA; TY WOODWARD 10/20, Jacaranda, First Presbyterian Church, DTSM; PHIL NORMAN TENTET 10/20, Smothers Theatre, Malibu; TOOL 10/20, Staples Center, DTLA..BODACIOUS BIRTHDAYS: EDDIE COCHRAN (1938), STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN (1954), STEVE REICH – minimalist composer (1936), KEB’ MO’ (1967), LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM – Fleetwood Mac (1950), THOMAS WOLFE – author (1950), AL SHARPTON – minister, Civil Rights activist (1954), ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC – Swedish soccer star, now on LA Galaxy (1982).Charles Andrews has listened to a lot of music of all kinds, including more than 2,000 live shows. He has lived in Santa Monica for 33 years and wouldn’t live anywhere else in the world. Really. Send love and/or rebuke to him at [email protected] :Chick CoreaDudamelLa BohemeMilesVan Morrisonshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAmazon series “Goliath” finds the old-school Santa Monica at retro hotel$500 a month for free: Data shows how people spent the moneyYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

Seven Lake County Officers Could Lose Law Certification

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Seven current and former law enforcement officers spread out across four departments in Lake County could lose their law certification as the result of multiple state investigations into allegedly illegal and unethical behavior throughout the county’s law enforcement community. Meanwhile, the legislative Law and Justice Interim Committee is holding a hearing in Helena on Friday to look into the Lake County investigations, though the committee’s chairman, Sen. Jim Shockley, said two of the investigating state agencies invited to attend the hearing – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Department of Justice – have indicated they won’t participate, a decision he believes is improper and makes him “suspicious that we stumbled on something big.” Five members of three Lake County law enforcement departments recently received law certification revocation notices from the Montana Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council (POST). The officers were Polson Police Chief Wade Nash and Officer Cory Anderson; Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Officer Jason Nash; former Lake County Undersheriff Karey Reynolds and Sheriff’s Lieutenant Mike Sargeant. On Monday, Nash, the Polson chief of police, said he is accused of failing to speak with FWP during an investigation and tampering with a witness. He said the notice informed him that his law certification could be suspended or revoked but didn’t give a hearing date. Nash said he has 30 days to respond, which he will do. He plans to get an attorney. The nature of the allegations against the other four officers is unknown. “I’m looking forward to a hearing,” Nash said. “I would welcome it.” The revocation notices were first reported by the Missoula Independent and then confirmed by an officer earlier this week. Emails and phone calls to officials at POST were not returned before the Beacon went to press on Monday. The five current and former officers are now expected to face hearings before the POST council to decide if they will be reprimanded. The council could suspend or permanently revoke the officers’ certification, or dismiss the cases and take no action at all. They join Sergeant Dan Duryee of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Ronan Police Chief Dan Wadsworth, who were previously served notices and also face revocation hearings. Clay Coker, a POST compliance officer, confirmed their hearings in a December Beacon story. The seven revocation notices are the result of investigations conducted by POST, the quasi-judicial state board that essentially polices the police in Montana. In the last two years, POST has opened no fewer than a dozen investigations into allegedly improper behavior by various Lake County officers, according to past interviews with POST officials. In December, both the executive director and a longtime board member of POST said they had never seen such a high number of allegations of wrongdoing lodged against a single county’s law enforcement community. The Law and Justice Interim Committee’s April 20 hearing stems from a December meeting when Shockley said he wanted to discuss the Lake County situation after seeing news reports of investigations by POST, FWP and the Department of Justice into complaints of illegal and unethical behavior by officers there. The investigations have raised allegations of years of poaching among officers in multiple Lake County law agencies; one officer gaining unwarranted positions of power based on a false military record; a cover-up pertaining to a boating death; assault on fellow officers and other accusations. Currently, FWP’s poaching investigation is ongoing, as are two investigations by the Department of Justice into Lake County Sheriff Jay Doyle and Reynolds, the former undersheriff, for obstruction of justice and perjury, respectively. Reynolds resigned in January but said the decision was due to a “restructuring” of the sheriff’s office and not the investigation. Previous investigations by the state Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives have been closed. Shockley said since the Law and Justice Interim Committee monitors law and justice issues in Montana, it has an interest in the investigations – specifically the role of the Department of Justice, over which the committee has oversight. Shockley said earlier this week his interest isn’t in Lake County law enforcement or the allegations, but rather the justice department’s handling of its investigations and possible accompanying policy issues that could be addressed through the Legislature. The committee, which consists of six senators and six representatives, asked officials from the justice department, FWP and POST to attend the April 20 hearing. Invitations were extended to Lake County law officials as well. As of earlier this week, only POST officials had indicated they would attend. Given the committee’s oversight authority and the relationship between the Legislature and state agencies, Shockley said FWP and the justice department “have a responsibility to come” to the hearing and is dismayed that they’re not attending. He said their response leads him to believe the investigations “might be a lot bigger than I thought.” “By not being transparent they make me suspicious that we stumbled on something big,” Shockley, who is running as a Republican for attorney general, said. “In my experience, I’ve never had an agency not appear when asked by the Legislature. I’ve never seen it. I’ve never heard of it.” Department of Justice spokesperson John Doran said on Monday that the department would be submitting a written letter describing its position to the interim legislative committee. An FWP spokesperson wasn’t familiar with the hearing and couldn’t comment on Monday. In another related matter, five current and former sheriff’s office members have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court accusing four other members of running a “criminal enterprise” and retaliating against them for their efforts to expose corruption within the department. last_img read more