Missing Ketchikan Plane Found on Cliff

first_imgThe Ketchikan-based sightseeing company was reported overdue to the Coast Guard around 2:15 pm Thursday. The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed the eight out of state tourists and the pilot died.A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman says the DeHavill and DHC-3 Otter crashed Thursday afternoon under unknown circumstances. Thursday Original Story:  A Ketchikan sightseeing plane has been found against a granite rock face after being reported overdue earlier today. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Friday Update: Authorities say all nine people aboard a sightseeing airplane died when it crashed Thursday in southeast Alaska.Clint Johnson, head of the National Transportation Safety Board’s Alaska office, confirmed weather is preventing the recovery of bodies Thursday evening off a cliff about 20 miles northeast of Ketchikan.Attempts to recover the bodies will resume Friday.The plane was carrying eight cruise ship passengers and a pilot. It went missing Thursday afternoon and was crashed against the granite rock face of a southeast Alaska cliff. The Alaska State Troopers said the an emergency locator transmitter activated near Misty Fjords National Monument, and a helicopter pilot spotted the downed aircraft above Ella Lake, about 800 miles southeast of Anchorage.last_img read more

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CASA Information Meeting Has Highest Number Of Participants

first_imgPetrie: “I was blown away, this is amazing to see this many community members come out and support the children that in our community are the most vulnerable. To see them give so much support. I’ve been involved in the program for 5 years, and this by far the biggest group I’ve ever seen.”  After attending the informational meeting the potential volunteers will move through a screening process, and background check in order to determine whether they are a good fit. Once you’ve made it through the initial screening process, you attend an in-person interview before you complete the 40 hour training process. Duties and responsibilities for an advocate include; Conducting an ongoing independent investigation to gather information about the case and obtain first-hand a clear understanding of the child’s needs and situation, facilitate the progress of the case through the court system, identify and advocate for the child’s best interest, monitor the progress of the case through the system, and keep all case records accurate and up to date. Joy Petrie with CASA…center_img CASA is a partnership between Kenaitze Indian Tribe & the Office of Public Advocacy. CASA provides an advocate for children as they make their way through the Alaska court system. The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program spoke with a group last night who were interested in volunteering for the program. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula CASA hosted an informational meeting last night (March 14th) for the community members interested in becoming a volunteer. This was the largest number of volunteers the program has received for an information meeting. CASA is a Court Appointed Special Advocate working with abused and neglected children in need of aid during court proceedings.last_img read more

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Marshalltown postpones Bill Davis Memorial

first_img“Due to cold temperatures and the amount of rain we have received, it will make it impossible to get the track ready,” explained promoter Toby Kruse. “It’s always hard to cancel an event but we want to make sure our fans and racers have the best experience when they come to Marshalltown.”  The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season opener will be pushed back a week to Friday, April 19.  On the card next week at IMCA’s longest sanctioned track will be IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods.center_img MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Marshalltown Speedway’s inaugural Bill Davis Memorial, scheduled for tonight (Thursday) at the famed High Banks has been postponed to July 11 during the Central Iowa Fair. last_img

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Hurricane Maria ‘probably the single biggest hurricane catastrophe in the history of the US,’ Puerto Rico governor says

first_img Related Milenius/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said Wednesday that Hurricane Maria is “probably the single biggest hurricane catastrophe in the history of the U.S.”Maria battered the island after it made landfall as a powerful category 4 storm last week, leaving residents there with dwindling supplies of drinking water and without power and cellphone service.Rosselló continued his calls for action from Congress in the wake of the hurricane while speaking from Camp Santiago on the Puerto Rico National Guard base in the hard-hit town of Salinas Wednesday afternoon, adding that funds from the Puerto Rican government are running low.“This is without a doubt a catastrophe, and it needs to be treated as such,” he said.Rosselló insisted that Puerto Rico’s government is doing everything it can to spread the food, fuel and supplies it has received. The biggest challenge on the ground has been logistics, he said, adding that the government needs to ensure that resources are being delivered to those who need it.After arriving on the base in a Black Hawk military helicopter, Rosselló delivered a satellite phone to Salinas Mayor Karilyn Bonilla. Maria decimated the town, destroying about 80 percent of wooden structures.Only four percent of the island currently has electricity, most of which is concentrated around hospitals, said the executive director of the Electrical Energy Authority.About 80 percent of telecommunications are still down, and just over half of the island has potable water, Rosselló said.Rosselló said that the economy on the island will be “stale” for the next month.“We need to assume there is no economy in Puerto Rico right now,” he said.A temporary improvement has been made to the Guajataca Dam, which was in danger of collapsing, after two engineers inspected the dam, Rosselló said.For the first time in a disaster relief situation, the Red Cross has set up a mobile command center on the island that contains a public hotspot people can use to contact try and contact their families. The Red Cross set up a satellite dish and charging stations in the town of Vega Alta, and satellite phones are being provided to those who have trouble connecting.The mobile hotspot will be traveling all over the island until the Red Cross feels it is no longer needed.“I want to let those family members know that we will not stop until we can have you communicate with your family on the mainland,” Rosselló said when asked by ABC News what he would tell to Puerto Ricans who have not heard from their families in more than a week.Rosselló said he can relate to the anxiety felt by those residents after he himself was not able to talk to his family in Puerto Rico for two days after the storm hit.“Believe me … the government, the mayors, our whole government is working tirelessly so that we can make sure your loved ones are safe.By Thursday, FEMA and government emergency workers will have reached every town in Puerto Rico, Rosselló said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Una rises to the top- Una Cafra reflects on a life well-lived with a…

first_imgPAKENHAM’S Una Cafra celebrated a remarkable milestone yesterday – her 104th birthday. Una and her family have lived near Garfield,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Plan for all seasons

first_imgPlanning is the key and the time to start is now, do not procrastinate, remember a plan needs to be…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Three Medals For Galway Athletes At National Indoor Championships

first_imgGalway athletes secured three medals at the National Senior Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at the fantastic new National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown last weekend. Alanna Lally, now with UCD AC, and a graduate of GCH’s juvenile programme, took silver in the Ladies 800m in an exciting finish, just being pipped by Fiona Kehoe of Kilmore AC, who took victory in 2.08.17, with Lally clocking 2.08.37. There was a well-earned bronze for Maeve Curley of Craughwell in the 3k walk, behind winner; former World youth champion Kate Veale of West Waterford AC. Solange Diogo of GCH who is having a great season, leapt 11.24 metres to secure bronze in the Triple Jump. There were also great performances from Veronica Burke of Ballinasloe, who placed 4th in the walk, and Michael Breathnach of GCH with 4th place in the Shot Putt with a new personal best throw of 14.28 m. Brendan Staunton of GCH was sixth in the Shot despite injury, with 12.41m.On the track, Aisling Joyce of NUIG ran 10 minutes’ dead in a hugely competitive Ladies 3000m for tenth place, won by Ciara Mageean – one of three Rio Olympians in the field-  while Kathryn Casserly of GCH ran 10.16 for 13thspot.NUIG’s Damien Landers placed a fine 7th in the Men’s 1500m final, while GCH’s Niamh Hennelly made it to the Ladies 1500m final and was 12th overall, in a race won by Olympian Kerry O Flaherty.Oisin Lyons of Craughwell placed second in his heat in 54.27 but missed out on a final spot which was decided solely on times ran. FixturesConnacht Indoor Championships 25/26 Feb 2017The Connacht Indoor Track and Field Championships takes place at the Athlone IT Arena next weekend, and will be held over two days. Day, while day two is Sunday 26th and has the U14s through to Seniors on the programmeEvents will commence at 10 am on Saturday and 9.45 am on Sunday. At Senior level highlight, will include the Ladies 1500m which will feature Aisling Joyce of NUIG and Claremorris , Eimear O Brien of Sligo and Kathryn Casserly of GCH. The Men’s 3000m will see GCH athlete Brian O Connor looking to add Connacht gold to his Galway Indoor victory, but he will face a stiff challenge from the likes of Stephen Casserly of Castlegar , Adrian Smith of Roscommon Harriers and Ian Egan of Tuam . The Men’s 1500m will see Eamon Hornibrook and Jim Phelan of GCH both compete, but returning Peter O Sullivan of Craughwell AC could be the man to watch over the metric mile.At Juvenile level, James Frizzell and Eanna Folan will look to secure honours over 1500 and 3000m.center_img Kilconieron 5 Mile Charity Road Race 2017The annual Kilconieron 5 mile road race takes place Sunday 26 February 2017 at 12 Noon.Race HQ is at the Gate Lodge Carrabane.Entry is – Runners €15/Walkers €10.All proceeds go direct to Athenry Cancer Care and Carrabane Community Hall. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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Bayern’s Coman out for rest of 2016

first_img0Shares0000Kingsley Coman celebrates his goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SV Darmstadt 98 and FC Bayern Munich in Darmstadt, Germany, 19 September 2015. PHOTO/AFPBerlin, Germany, Nov 11- German league leaders Bayern Munich on Friday confirmed Kingsley Coman will miss the rest of 2016 after injuring his knee and ankle on duty with France.The 20-year-old was injured at the French training camp in Clairfontaine while preparing for Friday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at Paris’ Stade de France against Sweden. Bayern say a medical examination in Munich on Thursday revealed Coman has torn the cruciate ligament in his knee and ruptured the ankle capsule in his left leg.He is expected to be out for two months.Coman will miss Bayern’s six remaining league games, plus their Champions League clashes at Russia’s Rostov on November 23 and at home to Atletico Madrid on December 6, a match likely to decide the winner of Group D.After missing the first two league games this season with an ankle injury, the French winger has struggled for form and has so far yet to play a full  Bundesliga match.He has managed only 25 minutes of Bayern’s four Champions League games this season.Bayern play rivals Borussia Dortmund away on November 19, their first match after the winter break.Carlo Ancelotti’s league leaders are set to welcome back Spain defender Javi Martinez.The 28-year-old has missed the last few weeks with a leg injury and will return to training on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Practitioner’s Corner: Proposed IRS Rules on Opportunity Zones Provide Clarity; Gaps Remain

first_imgLast year’s tax reform created a new Opportunity Zone program, which offers qualifying investors certain tax incentives aimed to spur investment in economically distressed areas. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has predicted that the Opportunity Zone program will create $100 billion in private capital that will be invested in designated opportunity zones.The IRS released the much anticipated proposed regulations, REG-115420-18, for tax reform’s Opportunity Zone program earlier this month. The proposed rules provide “clarity and some good news for taxpayers,” Micheal Bernier, partner at Ernst & Young’s (EY) National Tax practice, told Wolters Kluwer in an emailed statement.Opportunity ZonesThe Opportunity Zone program was created under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L. 115-97) enacted last December. The TCJA added Code Sections 1400Z-1 and 1400Z-2, which include procedural rules for designating opportunity zones and provisions allowing qualifying taxpayers to elect certain income tax benefits. Although not a single Democrat voted for the TCJA, the Opportunity Zone program was based on a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and Cory Booker, D-N.J. The program “creates tax incentives to help stimulate the flow of capital into communities that need opportunity the most,” Cory Booker said in an October 29 tweet.Generally, the proposed rules have been considered on Capitol Hill as leaning favorably toward taxpayers. However, stakeholders and practitioners are reporting that many questions remain. To that end, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), housed under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), has announced that a second package of regulations is expected to be completed by the end of this year.Qualified Opportunity FundsThe TCJA’s Opportunity Zone program generally established the following investor tax benefits:– a temporary tax deferral for capital gains realized on the sale of appreciated assets and reinvested within 180 days in a qualified opportunity fund (QOF);– the elimination of up to 10 or 15 percent of the tax on the capital gain that is invested in the QOF and held between five and seven years; and– the permanent exclusion of tax when exiting a qualified opportunity fund investment held for at least 10 years.“Most importantly, taxpayers can use the fund as collateral. This was a surprise and is important,” Bernier told Wolters Kluwer. “The type of investments made by Opportunity Funds do have some strings attached, which are designed to make sure the investments are creating economic activity in the Opportunity Zones, not just buying and holding existing assets,” he added. “Under an Opportunity Zone structure, if you refinance the property and take cash out of the Opportunity Zone fund, that would be a disposition and would trigger the gain, thus reducing the amount of investment that is eligible for the 10-year deferral.”Real Estate InvestorsAdditionally, real estate investors stand to receive significant tax advantages through the Opportunity Zone program, according to Bernier. “As collateral, it is possible to borrow against the Opportunity Zone fund, a very important option for real estate investors,” he said. “There are a few extra hurdles to using that strategy, but it’s valuable in the real estate world and would be the rough equivalent of a cash-out refinancing.”Additionally, Bernier noted the generous latitude that Treasury and the IRS used in defining certain statutory terms. For example, “‘substantially all’ of owned or leased assets was defined as 70 percent [in the proposed regulations]; this could have been as high as 90 percent or more,” Bernier said. Further, “the time allowance for working capital is set at 30 months to deal with cash. This helps in getting the development done,” he added.Too Flexible?The proposed regulations for the Opportunity Zone program may be too flexible, according to an October article released by the liberal-leaning Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center (TPC). “Neither the statute nor the guidance ensure that the investments will benefit low- and moderate-income residents of these communities,” the TPC article noted. “The investment flexibility makes it very difficult to evaluate the success of Opportunity Zones.”Additionally, TPC researchers noted the need for proper reporting under the Opportunity Zone program. “The next round of IRS regulations and tax forms is expected to detail those reporting requirements,”the TPC article said. “It will be vital that this disclosure provide the public with the answers to a series of basic questions: Who is investing in Opportunity Zones? How much is being invested? How is the money being used?”Likewise, the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation noted in an October 23 article that the proposed regulations do nothing to ensure the program’s success. “The benefits given to investors through opportunity funds are remarkably generous, and many of these regulations only increase and widen those benefits without regard to the results,” the article said. Further, stakeholders testifying before the Senate Small Business Committee earlier this month also emphasized the importance of establishing proper reporting metrics for the program.Questions Remain Although stakeholder feedback has been largely positive, stakeholders and practitioners have noted several areas where additional IRS guidance is needed. Particularly, uncertainties surrounding the application of the QOF penalty, tax treatment of the sale of a QOF asset, and clarity on the definition of qualified opportunity zone business property are reportedly among items circulating the tax community as needing further guidance.After the IRS released the proposed regulations, Sen. Scott praised the guidance while also noting that it is incomplete. “The first set of rules released by the Treasury Department today reinforce that this will not be another bureaucratic process burdened by red tape, but rather a streamlined, efficient process that allows for investments to truly help communities in need,” Scott said.Additionally, Bernier told Wolters Kluwer that future regulations are needed to “fill in gaps.” The next package of proposed regulations is “anticipated in November and December,” he added.To that end, the House’s top tax writer has urged stakeholders in a recent statement to provide feedback on the proposed regulations. Moreover, those comments should include “identifying any areas where additional technical guidance would be valuable in providing certainty to potential investors and project managers,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., said.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

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Prime Minister Calls for Increase in Productivity

first_img The Prime Minister defined productivity as “a practical pathway by which this country can accelerate and sustain growth in gross domestic product (GDP). The week is being observed under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth: Getting From 2013-2030’ Story Highlights Mrs. Simpson Miller said that attacking the problem of low productivity is critical for economic growth in the short to medium term. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, is calling for an increase in the level of productivity, to ensure economic growth and a better standard of living for all Jamaicans.Mrs. Simpson Miller said that attacking the problem of low productivity is critical for accelerating economic growth in the short to medium term and this is clearly articulated in Vision 2030, the country’s roadmap for development.“To move from our current level of productivity in 2013 to an improved level in 2030, every Jamaican has a critical role to play. It will be our united effort that will yield economic rewards that will benefit not only the country, but each individual,” the Prime Minister said, as she addressed the opening ceremony of National Productivity Awareness Week on October 7, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston.The week is being observed under the theme: ‘Productivity – Pathway to Competitiveness and Growth: Getting From 2013-2030’, which Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out is well aligned to the government’s economic growth agenda.“As the economy grows, we want the social development indicators to improve. My government will never leave any of our people behind. Our mission is to find ways and means of achieving higher levels of economic growth, whilst ensuring that our programmes of social inclusion will stem poverty and hopelessness in our society,” she said.The Prime Minister defined productivity as “a practical pathway by which this country can accelerate and sustain growth in gross domestic product (GDP); enhance growth in the standard of living of our people, thereby enhancing their human dignity; reduce inflationary pressures and ensure price stability; raise profits and profitability of businesses; generate employment and decent jobs; and attract high value added foreign investments with the commensurate technology and innovation.”She pointed out that declining productivity means that Jamaican output is becoming less competitive, relative to that of other countries. “This means that our ability to compete on the domestic and overseas markets is being retarded. This in turn restricts the ability of our economy to absorb additional workers and pay them a decent wage. This is why this government sought to place emphasis on improving productivity,” the Prime Minister emphasized.Mrs. Simpson Miller  noted that one of the first things that discerning foreign investors look for is the level of economic activity and productivity by local investors. “It is with this in mind that the Government is placing strong emphasis on encouraging our local investors and exporters to lift their productivity levels. We are also encouraging and supporting efforts for business expansion, reinvestments and job creation,” she added.She cautioned however, that investor confidence cannot be built overnight and global competitiveness, perceived or practically achieved, is a moving target.“The one constant is the excellence that resides within the Jamaican productive sector and a dynamic business support network,” she said, adding that partnership is the key to “our collective success.”She urged the Jamaica Productivity Centre, the organization hosting the week of activities, to step up its support of the national effort to improve Jamaica’s global competitiveness.The Prime Minister  also called for a programme of public education, “to ensure that all Jamaicans understand what productivity is and what increasing productivity means to our survival as a nation.”Mrs. Simpson Miller urged participants in the week of activities to think outside the box during their deliberations. “Be bold, be imaginative, debate, discuss and select the options that can help the transformation of our economic agents and public agencies to become more competitive, in order for us to gain high economic status and social transformation.”last_img read more

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