Second local lockdown could cost London more than £2bn

first_img Poppy Wood (AFP via Getty Images) It comes as London mayor Sadiq Khan over the weekend warned that the capital is only “two or three days behind” coronavirus hotspots in the north of England. The think tank said that though a full second national lockdown is unlikely, partial lockdowns may eradicate progress in the hospitality sector brought about by chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Leading think tank the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) today warned that 10pm curfews introduced elsewhere in the UK could reverse the country’s economic recovery if slapped on London venues.  (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Second local lockdown could cost London more than £2bn “Whereas the first lockdown was bearable on the assumption that it was temporary, a second lockdown will make many people lose confidence in a recovery in the foreseeable future,” he added. “Tens of thousands of businesses are hanging on by a thread and likely to run out of cash,” he said. The CEBR added that new restrictions could cause GDP to sink between three and five per cent in the final three months of the year compared with the third quarter, when the UK economy plummeted to its deepest recession on record.  Share London could face annual costs of more than £2bn if fresh curfew measures are implemented in the capital, according to a new report. Douglas McWilliams, deputy chairman of the CEBR, said that a second national lockdown could “knock the stuffing out of consumer and business confidence”, causing widespread business collapse and unemployment.  (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Second local lockdown could cost London more than £2bn The scheme, which offered diners half price meals from Monday to Wednesday during August, helped shrink UK inflation to 0.2 per cent after providing more than 100,000 discount meals last month.  More than 10m people across the UK are currently living with tougher restrictions as the government attempts to clamp down on a new bout of infections sweeping the country.  It predicted that new lockdown restrictions would decimate a return to health for Britain’s pubs and restaurants, and would likely dent the British economy by more than £250m a day. whatsapp McWilliams said the winding down of the furlough scheme — which sees the UK government pay a portion of workers’ salaries — may also result in wide scale job losses. whatsapp Before the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter Second local lockdown could cost London more than £2bn Khan said it is “increasingly likely” that lockdown restrictions will soon be introduced in London, adding that it was his “firm view” that action should be taken sooner rather than later.  Monday 21 September 2020 9:41 am Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Atlin dance group reflects cross-border cultural resurgence

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | Celebration | Juneau | Southeast | SyndicatedAtlin dance group reflects cross-border cultural resurgenceJune 16, 2016 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:Taku Kwaan Dance Leader Wayne Carlick, left, and others drum as more than 30 people take the stage during Celebration 2016. The Atlin, British Columbia, group included relatives from Juneau.  (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Southeast Alaska’s Tlingit culture doesn’t stop at the Canadian border. Tribal members also live in British Columbia to the east and the Yukon to the north. An Inland Tlingit group from up the Taku River has strong connections to Alaska.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Dance Leader Wayne Carlick calls more than 30 people to the Celebration 2016 main stage.They’re children, adults and elders clad in button blankets, beaded vests and carved and woven hats. Some wear Chilkat blankets, others wolf hides.Taku Ḵwáan, or Taku People Dancers, came to Celebration from Atlin, British Columbia, about 90 miles northeast of Juneau.Youth Spokesman Matthew Wesley asks the Celebration audience for a Hoo-Ha cheer during the Taku Kwaan performance at Juneau’s Centennial Hall. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Carlick said it started around 10 years ago when young people began asking about their culture. Before this group, there was another, the Children of the Creator.“That dance group actually inspired our parents to join the dance group and eventually we became the Taku Ḵwáan Dancers. Our children were always a part of it and they’re the ones who actually started us getting busy and make our regalia and do all this stuff for our people,” he said.It was a cultural revival, not unlike recent decades’ resurgence on this side of the border.Both share some history. As in Alaska, Canada’s government-funded residential schools practiced what many call “aggressive assimilation.” The aim was to destroy traditions.“Nobody really danced for a long time because we didn’t know about our culture. There were elders who were silent because of the schools that we went to. And to try to break through all that and say, ‘This is who we are. Nothing’s going to get in the way of it, because no matter what they do to us, we are here, now,’” he said.The Taku people have close ties to the Juneau area.Louise Gordon is spokesperson for Taku River Tlingit First Nation.“It happened over a period of time. We actually migrated from the Taku down to Douglas Island, where the food was,” she said.She said some of the Taku Ḵwáan Dancers performing at Celebration are from Douglas or Juneau.“That’s why the wolves are part of our dance group because they were originally … people from the Taku River. But they decided to stay in Juneau and we decided to move inland. So the Celebration gives us an opportunity of reconnecting with our families” she said.Gordon credited Carlick for the dance group’s size and success.The former residential school student was given carving tools by elders in the 1990s. Carlick took those to Vancouver, B.C., where he studied, practiced and became a master carver.“He actually came back into the community and inspired the whole community. He’s actually had something to do with each and every one of our blankets. And I was witness to see him make 40 drums in one month. That’s more than one a day,” she said.Carlick said he did it by involving the community.“It’s the same thing about learning about our regalia, learning about the spiritual part and our connection to it. I think it’s all part of it. The drum is part of it. The shoes we wear, the clothing we wear, all become part of who we are. It’s almost like or second skin,” he said.Taku Kwaan dancers perform June 10 as part of Celebration 2016. The group is from Atlin, British Columbia, and included relatives from Juneau. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)Inland Tlingits have their own regional cultural gathering every other year. The next Hà Kus Teyea will be held in 2017 in Teslin, in the Yukon, another Tlingit population center.Carlick said such events help maintain traditions.“This is our Olympics. This is the biggest of the dances, the biggest of the groups and the best groups in the world are here at Celebration,” he said.Three other Canadian dance groups performed during this month’s Celebration. Two were from Whitehorse, the Yukon’s capital city, and one was from Surrey, near Vancouver.Share this story:last_img read more

News / Fury at carrier demurrage and detention fees – ‘profiting from port congestion’

first_imgBy Mike Wackett in Long Beach 07/03/2019 Transpacific container lines deployed extra vessels to take advantage of front-loading of cargo to beat the proposed US duty hike on Chinese imports and to accommodate the normal pre-lunar new year rush.Spot rates on the route soared as shippers scrambled for space and carriers were able to shore up their balance sheets in the final three months of last year.But the record volume of boxes arriving at the US west coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which handle around 40% of all US imports, put an intolerable strain on infrastructure already creaking from a lack of chassis and an acute shortage of truck drivers.This meant available “free time” on the terminal allowed by carriers was quickly eroded as importers battled to retrieve their boxes.And this seems to have coincided with the shipping lines deciding to “toughen up” on the charging and collection of demurrage and detention fees.Demurrage can best be described as “quay rent” for the period the box overstays the allowed number of days on the terminal, while detention is a charge for extended use of the container.In many other regions of the world, container detention fees are usually waived, unless there is abuse by the shippers, and demurrage is negotiable. But it appears from The Loadstar’s informal poll of BCOs at Long Beach this week that carriers almost universally decided to play hard ball with their customers and maintain the fees, despite protests.One furious major BCO told The Loadstar that often her company would attempt to return a container to a terminal only for the truck driver to be sent away, as the terminal refused to accept the box due to space restrictions.“Then they have the audacity to bill us for more detention,” she raged.Indeed, BCOs are right to say that demurrage and detention fees are “another revenue earner” for the carriers, says Jack Oney, who spent 27 years leading Procter & Gamble’s supply chain division.“For most carriers, detention and demurrage is a profit centre – carriers have come to think of it as the one area where they are gaming the system.”For example, Maersk’s 2018 financial results itemise a figure of around $1bn of revenue from demurrage and detention receipts in its total turnover of $28.4bn last year.It explained this revenue as a “windfall” from the terminal congestion at the LA and LB terminals, after it “toughened up” on its collection policy.Unsurprisingly, Maersk Group chief executive Soren Skou was asked by the audience in his one-on-one conversation session what the carrier could do about the demurrage and detention charges: his response was, “not a lot”.And sitting in on other sessions, specifically looking at the demurrage and detention issue, The Loadstar witnessed considerable anger over the policies of the carriers and their “inflexible” attitude.Moreover, it was noted that carriers are not simply passing on the quay rent charge to the importer – as is the practice in many other parts of the world where shipping lines often enjoy considerable free time by the terminal operators in their contracts – thus in many cases the amount is pure profit.But more anger was reserved for the “administration” charges several carriers have imposed for ‘street turns’  by penalising truck companies for their efficiency by trying to stop the practice of leaving terminals empty.Meanwhile, the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced last week that commissioner Rebecca Dye was commencing “the final phase of her investigation of the detention, demurrage, and free time practices of ocean carriers and marine terminal operators”.The FMC said “innovation teams” of industry experts would hold meetings “no later than mid-April”, but Ms Dye would continue to welcome comments and contributions from stakeholders.“It is an enormous challenge to develop an industry-wide practice for demurrage and detention,” she said. “Our goal is to make focused, significant changes that will emphasise demurrage and detention incentives and boost freight fluidity.”The Loadstar’s coverage of TPM 2019 is sponsored by Kontainers. Shippers and BCOs at the JOC TPM Conference in Long Beach this week are almost unanimously furious that carriers are “profiting at their expense” from port congestion at the San Pedro Bay ports.They are also up in arms about the decision of some shipping lines to penalise truckers for street turns – or roundtrips – which help to ease landside congestion by allowing one truck to exchange boxes at the terminal.“And carriers wonder why we don’t trust their new bunker surcharge formulae, when they take advantage at every opportunity to hit us with unjustified costs like these,” said one BCO on the side lines of TPM.last_img read more

News / DP World to set entry fee for older trucks collecting boxes at Southampton

first_img DP Word Southampton will impose a charge on older trucks calling at the UK container terminal next year.In a letter to customers, DP World UK commercial director Aart Hille Ris Lambers explains that after cancelling a plan for a city-wide clean air zone (CAZ), Southampton City Council “asked DP World Southampton to introduce a scheme that helped them to put an alternative case to government”.It would also help hauliers avoid a much larger – potentially £100 a day – fee for trucks entering the CAZ, said the letter.Mr Ris Lambers said the port operator had agreed a £5 per truck charge through its vehicle booking system (VBS), using the automated number plate recognition  technology at the terminal gates.The purpose of the charge is to encourage hauliers to replace older vehicles with those equipped with Euro VI engines. The £5 charge, from 1 January, will initially be levied on trucks registered in 2008 or before, which are Euro IV standard.A second phase of charges will be introduced in January 2022 on vehicles with Euro V engines, registered up to 2013, and will also be £5 per truck.Mr Ris Lambers said: “Based on analysis of current vehicle arrivals, this approach will only affect a small percentage of trucks; we expect less than 2% o trucks to be Euro IV by 2020. Revenue will therefore be very limited and will be applied to recover the investment in the ANPR system.“It is difficult to predict how fast older trucks will be replaced, but again to limit the impact and give haulage businesses the opportunity to plan ahead, we have consciously chosen an implementation date of 2022 for charging the newer Euro V trucks,” he wrote.The formal tariff announcement is scheduled for next month. By Gavin van Marle 08/05/2019last_img read more

Insurance advisors urged to adopt CRM2 principles

first_img Megan Harman nonwarit/123RF Related news POAs on the radar of regulators Although life insurance agents aren’t subject to the new disclosure requirements under the second phase of the client relationship model (CRM2), they should adopt these principles proactively, according to a panel of experts who spoke at the Independent Financial Brokers of Canada’s spring summit in Toronto on Thursday. With new rules kicking in next month that will require investment dealers to provide clients with reports outlining the fees and performance associated with their accounts, clients are likely to begin expecting this type of information from all of their financial services products, including insurance, said George Aguiar, president and CEO of Mississauga, Ont.-based GP Wealth Management Corp. “Clients want this information,” said Aguiar. “If you’re [offering] both segregated funds and mutual funds and you’re not providing the same level of reporting on the insurance side, you will get clients who are going to ask that question.” In addition to pressure from clients, the insurance industry may soon face pressure from regulators to step up their disclosure practices. The panellists said they expect insurance regulators to implement rules similar to CRM2 eventually. “Where we are on the investment side, the insurance side will eventually get there,” Aguiar said. “I think there’s an appetite for that from the regulators.” Thus, insurance agents and distribution firms should be proactive and extend the CRM2 disclosure principles to the products they sell, such as seg funds, so that there is consistency in the type of information clients are receiving, he said. That’s particularly important for dual-licensed advisors as they may encounter clients who are confused by the differences in reporting on their investments vs their insurance holdings. “We want to make sure that [our advisors] are not on their heels having to explain why one product is reporting in a certain way and other products are not,” Aguiar said. GP Wealth Management, which operates both a mutual fund dealer arm and a managing general agency, has taken steps to harmonize its practices on both sides of the business in order to create a consistent experience for both advisors and clients. “We operate our insurance/seg fund business identical to our mutual fund business from the account opening process right to the reporting process,” Aguiar said. “We see this as a way to make sure investors have the same experience whether they’re on the mutual fund side or in the insurance channel.” This consistent approach is likely to resonate with clients as they get used to the new CRM2 disclosure regime, said Susan Silma, co-founder and partner at CRM2 Navigator. “It’s great that dealers are approaching it this way,” she said. “Because CRM2 is so client-facing, and clients will start seeing this information, I can fully predict that clients will start asking for it if they don’t have it on another set of products.” Insurance agents should prepare for these kinds of questions, Silma said. In addition, she urged insurance agents to begin talking to clients about their value proposition given the possibility that they’ll eventually be forced to provide new disclosure around fees and compensation. “If you’re able to, start all of these conversations a little bit sooner, even if you don’t have to have them,” she said. Photo copyright: nonwarit/123RF center_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Client relationship model Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Advisors could play key role in helping clients prepare for major health riskslast_img read more

Govt. Presents Budget of $489.52 Billion

first_imgRelatedGovt. Presents Budget of $489.52 Billion RelatedGovt. Presents Budget of $489.52 Billion FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has put forward a budget of $489.52 billion, with $304.44 billion earmarked for Recurrent (house-keeping) expenses and $185.08 billion for Capital (development) obligations.Details of these projections are included in the 2008/09 Estimates of Expenditure, which were tabled in the House of Representatives, today (March 27), by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw.When the Second Supplementary Estimates were tabled this month, the 2007/08 budget was revised to show a figure of $405.2 billion, with recurrent expenses at $254.6 billion and capital expenditure at $150.6 billion.In the new fiscal year, which begins on April 1, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service gets the largest sum in the allocations with $164.3 billion for recurrent expenses and $143..9 billion for capital expenditure. Much of the amount will go towards meeting Jamaica’s debt obligations.The Ministry of Education receives the second largest sum with $54 billion for recurrent expenses and $4.35 billion for capital spending.The Ministry of National Security has received $30.1 billion for recurrent expenditure and $7.51 billion for capital, while the Ministry of Health and Environment gets $26.19 billion for recurrent expenses and $1.26 billion for capital projects.For the Ministry of Justice, $2.8 billion has been allocated for recurrent and $492.1 million for capital; Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports, $2.90 billion recurrent, $364.13 million capital; Ministry of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, $2.12 billion recurrent, $3.96 billion capital; and the Ministry of Transport and Works, $1.57 billion recurrent and $8.94 billion capital.Allocations to other Ministries are: Agriculture, $2.97 billion recurrent, $3.67 billion capital; Industry, Investment and Commerce, $2.01 billion recurrent, $228.38 million capital; Water and Housing, $651.89 million recurrent, $2.51 billion capital; Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, $2.58 billion recurrent, $54.24 million capital; Labour and Social Security, $1.67 billion recurrent, $2.71 billion capital; and the Ministry of Tourism, $3.33 billion for recurrent and $56.2 million capital.For the Office of the Prime Minister, $3.52 billion has been allocated for recurrent expenses and $7.73 billion for capital; Office of the Prime Minister (Local Government), $5.05 billion for recurrent and $1.47 billion for capital; Office of the Cabinet, $495.62 million for recurrent and $339.38 million for capital; and the Houses of Parliament, $545.62 million recurrent.The Auditor General has received $232.43 million recurrent; Office of the Services Commissions, $123.33 million recurrent; the Governor-General and Staff, $93.67 million recurrent; Office of the Public Defender, $50.09 million recurrent; Office of the Contractor General, $172.48 million recurrent; and Office of the Children’s Advocate, $34.22 million recurrent.The Standing Finance Committee of the House will consider the Estimates of Expenditure from April 1 to 3, and Mr. Shaw will open the Budget Debate on Thursday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. RelatedGovt. Presents Budget of $489.52 Billioncenter_img Advertisements Govt. Presents Budget of $489.52 Billion UncategorizedMarch 27, 2008last_img read more

Former Mayor of Montego Bay Passes on

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Former Mayor of Montego Bay, Arthur Gilchrist, died yesterday (June 30), in the Cornwall Regional Hospital, after a long illness.The management and staff of the St. James Parish Council have expressed regret at his passing, with the late Mayor being described as an outstanding public servant of extraordinary qualities and distinction.Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair has announced the opening of a Condolence Book in the Mayor’s Lobby on the fourth floor of the Municipal Building at 19a Union Street, where members of the public can pay their respect. The book will be available for signing as of today (July 1), between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.“Mayor Gilchrist, who held the distinction of being Montego Bay’s longest serving Mayor from 1990 to 1998, gave 12 years of distinguished service to the Local Government Political Directorate in St. James, representing the People’s National Party as Councillor for the Spring Mount and Mount Salem Divisions from 1986 to 1998. He was also Deputy Mayor from 1986 to 1990,” Mr. Sinclair said.“Arthur Gilchrist’s tenure as Mayor of Montego Bay and Chairman of the St. James Parish Council was one of the most accomplished in the history of the City, as he was instrumental in the development of the Greater Montego Bay Redevelopment Plan, of which he was a permanent member,” he added. Mr. Gilchrist spearheaded the formation of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), providing assistance to homeless mentally ill persons in St James.“This pioneer who will go down in history as a great Mayor of Montego Bay, is credited with having addressed the perennial problem of illegal street side vending by establishing the People’s Arcade along the Howard Cooke Boulevard. He was also responsible for the establishment of the William Street Fresh Food Market and the Byron Leslie Fish Market,” Mayor Sinclair said in a statement.“During his tenure, Mayor Gilchrist also spearheaded the establishment of the Atlanta/Montego Bay Sister Cities Committee and institutionalized the St. James Junior Council Competition. He also established the Committee for the Protection of Tenants (COMFORT) and also secured 10 acres of land at Piggott and Crawford Streets where he settled persons who were living under unacceptable conditions in tenement yards,” he said.The late Mayor was highly respected by members of staff and the political directorate at the St. James Parish Council and was a staunch advocate for Local Government Reform and the devolution of authority.“He was among the first to call for the establishment of a Municipal Court and the appointment of Municipal Wardens. This genuine lover of people, especially the marginalized, was one committed to service and up to the time of his death was a Board Member of the St. James Peace Management Initiative,” Mayor Sinclair pointed out. “As Mayor of Montego Bay, I extend my sincere condolences to the widow of former Mayor Gilchrist, Fay and children, Art, Patrick, Michael, Barbara, Natalie, Melanie and the rest of the family,” the statement said. RelatedFormer Mayor of Montego Bay Passes on RelatedFormer Mayor of Montego Bay Passes on RelatedFormer Mayor of Montego Bay Passes oncenter_img Former Mayor of Montego Bay Passes on UncategorizedJuly 2, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Toronto photo radar tickets see steep jump, one driver nets 15 fines

first_img We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. January’s data will be released in the coming weeks. The $25-million program is part of the city’s Vision Zero five-year traffic fatality reduction strategy. See More Videos Trending in Canada COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS  In December, the camera on Stanley Ave. — at Elizabeth St., near St. Leo Elementary School — issued  13 per cent of the month’s total number of tickets, issuing 2,888 fines to speeding motorists.That camera was also one of the two cameras that caught that month’s most prolific repeat offender, who racked up 15 fines between that one and the unit on Mimico Ave. west of Station Rd.December’s highest fine — $718 — was issued to a driver travelling 99 km/h in the 50-km/h zone on McCowan Rd., north of Kenhatch Blvd., in Scarborough. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | RELATED TAGSFlexNew VehiclesOntarioToronto & GTAFlexOntarioToronto The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever “The cameras in their new locations are going to see a high number of people getting tickets, when what we saw in the old locations is that each month that passed after the first month the number of tickets got less and less,” he said.What troubles Tory are people like one 15-ticket repeat offender, or the driver nabbed at nearly twice the limit on McCowan Rd. “These are the kinds of irresponsible behaviors we’re trying to stop,” he said.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 An automated speed enforcement camera keeps an unblinking eye on Barrington Ave. near Danforth in East York.  Jack Boland / Toronto Sun advertisement Lorraine Complains/Explains Lorraine Explains: Speed cameras are everywhere, now, so buckle upby Lorraine Sommerfeld | September 9, 2020 First Look: 2022 Lexus NX The sport-cute’s looks have been softened, but its powertrains and infotainment offerings have been sharpened Toronto’s automated speed enforcement cameras saw brisk business in December. Data made public by the city Monday shows 22,180 tickets were issued by the 50 unattended speed traps in December — a sharp increase from the 721 lead-footed motorists photographed the previous month.December’s numbers are just shy of that issued during the program’s inaugural month, which caught 22,301 speeders between July 6 and August 5.Toronto Mayor John Tory attributed December’s jump to the city moving the cameras to new locations in November, part of the program’s mandate to provide service to as many locations in the city as possible. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU Violence Center Announces Statewide Safe Communities-Safe Schools Partnership

first_img Published: Dec. 13, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail A new $1 million initiative called Safe Communities-Safe Schools was announced Dec. 14 by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado at Boulder, The Colorado Trust and Attorney General Ken Salazar. The statewide initiative, unique in the nation, was developed by the Violence Center under the direction of nationally renowned violence-prevention expert Professor Delbert Elliott, and is funded by The Colorado Trust and a consortium of educational associations. It is designed to assist schools and communities in safe school planning. Over the three years of the initiative, which began in October, the Violence Center will provide any of Colorado’s 1,500 schools or their school districts with information, practical planning tools and technical assistance to conduct safe school planning that addresses their community’s unique needs. The Violence Center will serve as an information clearinghouse, providing schools with information it has collected from around the country on which school safety and violence prevention programs are effective and which are not. Schools and communities participating in Safe Communities-Safe Schools also will have access to a network for ongoing learning and information sharing. The other key component of the initiative will be the selection of 20 schools to receive in-depth training and technical assistance to further develop a comprehensive plan for creating a safe and orderly school, individually tailored to each schools’ particular needs. The schools will be selected by the Violence Center through an application process. To obtain application materials or more information contact the Violence Center at (303) 492-1032. Application materials are also available on the Violence Center Web site at Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2000. Training of the selected schools will begin in the spring. “The goal of the initiative is to create and maintain a safe, positive and welcoming school climate that is free of drugs, violence, intimidation and fear — an environment in which teachers can teach and students can learn,” Elliott said. He noted that this climate extends beyond the boundaries of the school into the community. “Schools don’t operate in isolation,” Elliott said. “Instead, they’re part of the fabric of the community and everyone in the community has a role to play in creating a violence-free environment for our youth.” Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar endorsed the Safe Communities-Safe Schools initiative. “This effort is essential to create a model through which schools, youth, parents, law enforcement, clergy, business people and other community members can work together to create safe and healthy schools in which students can thrive and learn,” he said. “Safe and orderly schools was a major component of this summer’s Youth Violence Summit Report,” Salazar said. “This initiative greatly advances that portion of those report recommendations and I personally pledge my time and effort to help make this initiative a success.” “The Colorado Trust is very proud to be a part of this important initiative,” said John Moran, president of The Colorado Trust, a grantmaking foundation serving Colorado. “The Safe Communities-Safe Schools Initiative is an important complement to the Trust’s Colorado Violence Prevention Initiative, which helps communities address violence at the local level through broad-based community involvement.” In addition to The Colorado Trust and Attorney General Salazar, other partners of the initiative include the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado Association of School Boards, the Colorado Association of School Executives, the Colorado Federation of Teachers, the Colorado Education Association, the Metro Denver and Front Range Safe and Drug-free School Coordinators, and the University of Colorado. For more information, or for an application to participate in Safe Communities-Safe Schools contact the CU-Boulder Violence Center at (303) 492-1032.last_img read more

Portions of Arctic Coastline Eroding, No End in Sight, Says New CU-Boulder Study

first_img Published: Dec. 14, 2009 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The northern coastline of Alaska midway between Point Barrow and Prudhoe Bay is eroding by up to one-third the length of a football field annually because of a “triple whammy” of declining sea ice, warming seawater and increased wave activity, according to new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.The conditions have led to the steady retreat of 30 to 45 feet a year of the 12-foot-high bluffs — frozen blocks of silt and peat containing 50 to 80 percent ice — which are toppled into the Beaufort Sea during the summer months by a combination of large waves pounding the shoreline and warm seawater melting the base of the bluffs, said CU-Boulder Associate Professor Robert Anderson, a co-author on the study. Once the blocks have fallen, the coastal seawater melts them in a matter of days, sweeping the silty material out to sea.Anderson, along with collaborators Cameron Wobus of Stratus Consulting and Irina Overeem of CU’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, or INSTAAR, each presented results from components of their study at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco held Dec. 14-18.The problem is caused by several factors, including increased erosion along the Alaskan coastline due to longer ice-free summer conditions and warmer seawater bathing the coast, Anderson said. The third potential factor is that the longer the sea ice is detached from the coastline, the further out to sea the sea-ice edge will be. This open-ocean distance between the sea ice and the shore, known as the “fetch,” increases both the energy of waves crashing into the coast and the height to which warm seawater can come into contact with the frozen bluffs, said Anderson.”What we are seeing now is a triple whammy effect,” said Anderson. “Since the summer Arctic sea ice cover continues to decline and Arctic air and sea temperatures continue to rise, we really don’t see any prospect for this process ending.”In addition to Wobus and Overeem, co-authors on the studies include Gary Clow and Frank Urban of the U.S. Geological Survey in Lakewood, Colo., and Tim Stanton of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.The shoreline bluffs are made up of contiguous, polygon-shaped blocks, primarily made of permafrost and each roughly 70 to 100 feet across, he said. Ice “wedges” created by seeping summer surface water that annually freezes and thaws are driven deeper and deeper into the cracks between individual blocks each year. The blocks closest to the sea are undermined as warm seawater melts their base, and eventually split apart from neighboring blocks and topple during stormy conditions, said Anderson.The researchers used a variety of instruments and methods in the study to examine the dynamic transition between the land and the sea, including time-lapse photography of shoreline erosion, global positioning systems (GPS), meteorological measurements including temperature and wind speed, and sediment analyses of the coastal bluffs. Offshore measurements included sea-ice distribution, ocean floor depth, sea-surface temperatures and wave dynamics, said Anderson, also a fellow at INSTAAR.The time-lapse images were taken with four tripod mounted “game cameras” often used by hunters and wildlife biologists and which were set up parallel to the shoreline. The cameras snapped pictures every six hours during the 24-hour summer daylight months to track the effects of the waves on the coastline, said Anderson.”Once one of these blocks topples, the process continues on to the next block,” Anderson said. “These images are very powerful, because they pick up activity during severe storms when we aren’t there to watch.” The images also illustrate the steady melting along the water’s edge that helps to undermine the bluffs even in the absence of storm activity.The research team also deployed four submerged ocean buoys attached to metal sleds with sensors to measure the wave activity at different depths in the shallow coastal waters, comparing wave power with the shoreline fetch. The team attached temperature sensors to the buoy mooring lines to monitor seawater temperatures, which have been warming in recent summers due to increased solar radiation, he said.When the sea ice is further from the shore, currents from the Beaufort and Chukchi seas transport warmer water to the coastline, said Anderson. While the temperature hovers around 45 degrees during the summer months, the shallow coastal water warmed to as much as 59 degrees during the 2007 field season — the same year the largest loss of summer Arctic sea was recorded, he said.As the ice wedges cut down through the polygon blocks, the surface soil above them — which thaws each summer — is pushed up slightly, forming small ridges that eventually surround each polygon, said Anderson. Small ponds form above individual polygons during the summer months as the surface ice and snow melts, providing habitat for migrating birds that feed and breed along the Beaufort Sea coastline.”This is an important habitat for birds and other wildlife,” said Anderson. “One of the concerns we have is that some larger ponds and lakes located slightly further inland may begin draining into the sea as the shoreline continues to recede.”While there are no towns adjacent to the specific study area, coastal erosion threatens abandoned military and petroleum infrastructure, he said. Coastal erosion occurs at similar sites elsewhere along Alaska’s coastline. Bank stabilization measures using sandbags, for example, have been undertaken at the Alaskan town of Kaktovik on the Beaufort Sea in an attempt to slow the problem.According to a 2009 CU-Boulder study, Arctic sea ice during the annual September minimum is now declining at a rate of 11.2 percent per decade. Only 19 percent of the ice cover was more than two years old — the least ever recorded in the satellite record and far below the 1981-2000 summer average of 48 percent.To view a video featuring Anderson and time-lapse photography of the eroding coastline visit read more