Houthis holding 41 journalists hostage inside Yemeni TV station

first_img News December 7, 2017 – Updated on December 15, 2017 Houthis holding 41 journalists hostage inside Yemeni TV station YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceHostages News January 6, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of 41 journalists who have been held hostage by Houthi rebels inside the headquarters of the Yemen Al Youm TV channel in Sanaa for the past three days. RSF meanwhile holds the Houthis responsible for their safety. February 11, 2021 Find out more United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF News Follow the news on Yemen Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ViolenceHostages News Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Houthi forces fired on the TV channel’s building with rocket grenades before taking complete control of it on 2 December. According to the sources consultes by RSF, three guards were injured during the attack.Yemen Al Youm TV is affiliated to the General People’s Congress, the party of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was killed on 4 December.“We condemn the violent actions towards journalists by the Houthis, which constitute serious violations of the Geneva Conventions,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“This hostage-taking is typical of the climate of hostility in Yemen towards journalists, who are often targeted in this conflict. We call on the Houthi rebels to immediately release the TV channel’s journalists and employees, as well as the 11 other media professionals and workers they are currently holding in their prisons.”The journalists held hostage inside Yemen Al Youm TV are being denied any contact with the outside world and RSF has no information about the conditions in which they are being held.RSF’s sources say the journalists were forced to surrender the TV channel’s access codes, thereby enabling the Houthis to broadcast their own content, including a speech by their leader, until broadcasting was stopped again.The websites of other media outlets that support former President Saleh’s rival rebel faction, such as Al Methaq, have been blocked. Al Methaq’s mobile service is also blocked.The Houthis are now holding the largest number of journalists hostage in Yemen. Yahya Abdelraqib al-Jubaihi, a journalist who was abducted from his home in September 2016, was sentenced to death by a Houthi-controlled court in April 2017 before being released this past September.At least 12 other journalists and media workers are currently held hostage in Yemen by armed groups, including the Houthis and Al-Qaeda. Yemen is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation last_img read more

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Let’s Get Green

first_img Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Bars & Clubs Let’s Get Green Matt Denny’s does the St. Patrick’s Day bash thing From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, March 10, 2014 | 2:06 pm Business News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Community News It’s St. Patrick’s Day next week, and that means that of course, that not only is everyone Irish, but everyone is green. It’s a thing. Matt Denny’s will be especially green that day as they lead all the snakes away from Arcadia. It’s their 15th St. Paddy’s Day Celebration. They seem to be getting the hang of it.In fact, manager Vince Agura let us in some of the plans the other day.“We’ll have a special menu on Saint Patty’s Day,” he said. “Actually Friday to Monday, there will be a special menu, with corned beef with cabbage being the primary thing.”And to continue the corned beef continuum, they’ll also be featuring a corned beef quesadilla, along with the usual corned beef sandwiches.Did someone say Irish music? The Nackers will be getting jig with it from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m, along with an opening band.It sounds like a lot of March Madness going on there, and hey, what a coincidence. There is a game on Tuesday, if you want to get a head start on the actual NCAA Tourney which whittles down to 64 next Thursday.But let’s focus now. St. Patrick’s Day. Next week, March 17th. Matt Denny’s. Corned Beef Quesadillas. You have your agenda.Matt Denny’s Ale House is at 145 East Huntington Drive, Arcadia. (626) 462-0250. www.mattdennys.com.center_img Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

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Shumlin kicks off long-term Irene recovery effort

first_img1 SUPPORT VERMONTERS AFFECTED BY IRENE: Through a networkof federal, state, local, non-profit, philanthropic and volunteerorganizations, Vermont will provide ongoing assistance to individualsand families affected by Irene. Our efforts will assist Vermonters withboth short and long-term challenges, helping them to rebuild their lives,and find safe and affordable homes.â ¢ Action: Ensure a robust case-management network to aid survivorsâ ¢ Action: Launch ‘Vermont Strong’ fundraising and recovery eff ortâ ¢ Action: Continue crisis counseling in affected communitiesâ ¢ Action: Keep hunger awareness highâ ¢ Action: Provide a range of options to affected homeowners and rentersâ ¢ Action: Encourage relocation of housing at risk to future floodingâ ¢ Action: Push National Flood Insurance Program to process remainingIrene claimsâ ¢ Action: Develop a mechanism for collecting housing-needs dataâ ¢ Policy: Irene increased need for affordable housingâ ¢ Policy: Review recovery issues unique to mobile homes2 ENSURE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY: Ourlong-term recovery depends on the development of strong and robustlocal economies. Vermont will support businesses and farmswith targeted assistance to aid recovery.â ¢ Action: Support continuation of small business assistance through VEDAâ ¢ Innovation: Establish small business champions teamâ ¢ Action: Expand small business toolbox and increase downtown tax creditsâ ¢ Action: Implement aggressive post-Irene tourism marketing planâ ¢ Action: Monitor farm viability for spring 2012 and possibly beyondâ ¢ Innovation: Expand interaction among agriculture partnersâ ¢ Innovation: Utilize a case-management system at the Agency of Agriculture,Food and Marketsâ ¢ Action: Enhance emergency preparedness and continuity of operationsplanning for businesses and farmers3 FOSTER COMMUNITY RECOVERY: Vermont will champion localrecovery by partnering with towns and cities in their ongoingeff orts to rebuild infrastructure, restore services and assist residentsand businesses.â ¢ Action: Expand fi nancial support to severely affected townsâ ¢ Action: Maximize Public Assistance 406 hazard mitigation fundsâ ¢ Action: Prioritize disaster funding for community recoveryâ ¢ Action: Continue State support for strong local recoveryâ ¢ Action: Encourage community service to aid recoveryâ ¢ Action: Memorialize Irene’s impact4 REBUILD OUR ROADS, BRIDGES AND RAILS: Vermont willcontinue its strong work at a state and local level to rebuild and repairroads, bridges, culverts and rails damaged by Irene without losingsight of the overall infrastructure needs.â ¢ Action: Continue repairs and monitor for new hazardsâ ¢ Action: Enhance traveler-information servicesâ ¢ Action: Qualify State Snowmobile Trail System for FEMA PAâ ¢ Action: Expand inter-agency collaboration and coordinationâ ¢ Innovation: Convene transportation innovation working groupâ ¢ Innovation: Create rapid bridge deployment pilotâ ¢ Policy: Consider hazard mitigation and flood resiliency in project designand prioritizationâ ¢ Policy: Sustain focus on statewide transportation program5 MANAGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Vermont will continueto honor its strong environmental ethic through the ongoing responseand recovery. Our efforts will apply river and flood-plainmanagement that protects our communities and our environment in partnershipwith local government, small businesses, farmers and propertyowners.â ¢ Action: Continue ongoing remediation of debris and siltâ ¢ Action: Establish rapid response team to monitor river actionâ ¢ Action: Maximize federal funds for channel stabilization and debris removalâ ¢ Action: Update bridge and culvert hydraulic design manuals in Vermontâ ¢ Innovation: Expand best practices education for river managementâ ¢ Action: Coordinate efforts to protect farmlandâ ¢ Action: Coordination with federal partnersâ ¢ Policy: Review flood-plain management policiesâ ¢ Policy: Evaluate hazardous waste storageâ ¢ Policy: Evaluate emergency response powers for environmental hazards6 PREPARE FOR FUTURE DISASTERS: To better prepare for futuredisasters, Vermont will apply lessons learned from Irene for planning,emergency response and recovery.â ¢ Action: Increase training on Incident Command Systemâ ¢ Action: Update State Emergency Operations Plan and State Hazard Mitigationplanâ ¢ Action: Encourage towns to update and/or develop emergency operationsplansâ ¢ Action: Develop community communication systemâ ¢ Action: Develop a goods-management strategyâ ¢ Action: Improve volunteer management capabilitiesâ ¢ Innovation: Establish Higher Education Volunteer Council. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin presented the Irene Recovery Report January 8 and launched the Community Recovery Partnership.Shumlin said the Community Recovery Partnership will target affected towns and regions with facilitated local and regional conversations and cross-agency state support, as well as supporting collaboration in long-term planning and implementation of recovery efforts.‘We know that all recovery is local and the best role for the State is to support the towns. The first step is to talk with communities about both their current needs and their future plans, in order to better gauge the additional assistance they will need going forward,’ the governor said. ‘We need to harness the incredible community energy of the past two months and direct it toward rebuilding Vermont into a stronger, smarter and safer state.’Shumlin said the recovery needs vary from town to town and region to region. To best understand these needs, the state will ask town residents to share their views and ideas.‘True recovery is a community-powered process and we are eager to have local leaders who emerged during the Irene response be active participants,’ said Neale Lunderville, Vermont’s first Irene Recovery Officer. “These conversations will inform the state’s long-term recovery plan and help set the direction for the future.”The first round of conversations will begin next week and occur over the next few months. The State of Vermont will not provide direct financial assistance to towns, it can provide time and expertise to help craft a plan for the future. All visits will include a team from the Agencies of Commerce & Community Development, Transportation, Human Services and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from the Regional Planning Commissions and Regional Development Corporations. Through a combination of public hearings and meetings with stakeholder groups, communities and regions will outline their long-range recovery vision and capacity on issues like housing, transportation and economic development. This, in turn, will enable the Shumlin administration to match needs with existing services in the short term, but also create a long-term state recovery plan that leaves Vermont in better shape than before Tropical Storm Irene hit.‘Our goal is to support communities as they make the hard decisions about recovery,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development, who will spearhead this initiative through her department. ‘Having cross-agency teams is critical as we help towns identify gaps in capacity and need, as well as trends worth pursuing.’The governor will personally lead the first several workshops. The first conversation will be held in the Mad River Valley (details TBA). Towns that are interested in having a community conversation with the State should contact Faith Ingulsrud @ [email protected](link sends e-mail) or by calling 802-828-5228. Route 125 in Ripton under repair August 29, the day after Irene struck Vermont. Photo by Ed Barna. IRENE RECOVERY REPORTThe Irene Recovery Report (www.vtstrong.vermont.gov/(link is external)) details different stages of the recovery. One is the ongoing recovery effort for people and places. Those places include homes, businesses, nonprofits, infrastructure and government. Large portions of several communities, including Wilmington in the far south and Waterbury in the north-central part of the state were severely damaged and require extensive rebuilding. Vermont state government was among those entities which were shut down temporarily by the August 28 tropical storm. Many homes, businesses and government places were destroyed and will not be rebuilt because they were either too badly damaged or are in a location too prone to future flooding.Another  aspect of the report is environmental remediation. While much of the damage was beyond the scope of reasonable human endeavor to prepare for, the design of roadbeds, bridges and especially culverts are seen as weaknesses in the system that can be successfully addressed. The rapid repair of the infrastructure in some cases will have to be redressed to restore the ecological damage done by both the storm itself and the need to repair the infrastructure quickly.And of course the state must prepare for the next storm, as much as that is possible, from emergency management to infrastructure design.The 72-page report was prepared by former Irene Recovery Officer Neale Lunderville and sent to the governor on January 3, 2012. Lunderville then returned to Green Mountain Power and Governor Shumlin appointed Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter to fill the post.The report outlines key recovery strategies that fall into three principal categories:ACTION: These are recovery actions that are either currently underway or are planned in the coming months. These activities are essential to continuing the progress of Irene recovery, as well as to enhance policies and procedures that improve disaster response.POLICY: From improving traveler information to flood-plain management, Irene raised policy questions both small and large. Where possible, this report offers a recommendation on resolving those questions.If the scope of the policy is too broad, this report offers either guidance or a framework to make decisions in collaboration with the Legislature and other partners.INNOVATION: These recovery strategies are recommendations on how Vermont can take innovations discovered during Irene response and recovery, and apply them to the ongoing business of government. http://www.vtstrong.vermont.gov/Portals/0/Documents/Irene_Recovery_Repor…(link is external)last_img read more

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Jury Convicts Man of Killing NYPD Cop from LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lamont PrideA North Carolina man has been convicted of killing a New York City Police officer from West Babylon after the cop killer tried to rob a drug dealer during a Brooklyn home invasion in December 2011.A Brooklyn jury found Lamont Pride guilty Monday of second-degree murder, burglary and manslaughter, but found him not guilty of the more serious charge of first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison.Prosecutors said the 28-year-old gunman fatally shot NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, a 47-year-old divorced father of four, when police interrupted Pride and four others during the robbery try.Pride’s defense attorney reportedly argued that his client accidentally shot the officer in the face while trying to flee the scene.Figoski’s partner apprehended Pride shortly later.Michael Velez, Pride’s 22-year-old co-defendant, was tried before the same judge but a separate jury will begin deliberating his case Monday.Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, both of Queens, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.A fifth man involved in the robbery, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada of Queens, had pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others in exchange for a lighter sentence.last_img read more

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BeIN Sports blocks Serie A broadcasts over Saudi dispute

first_imgThe group holds the rights to Serie A until 2021 in 35 areas including France, Turkey, 24 Middle East and North African countries, Indonesia and the Philippines, and claims to generate over half of the league’s international revenues.Last week the World Trade Organization largely agreed with BeIN, saying in a report the Saudi authorities had done nothing to prevent, nor punish the piracy.The rights dispute is also part of a broader conflict between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, who cut diplomatic ties with and imposed an economic blockade on Doha over claims the country was to close to Iran. The blue screens that were presented to disappointed fans also come as BeIN and Serie A prepare to negotiate broadcast rights for upcoming seasons. “It would not be appropriate to comment further, other than to say our legal and public position has been consistent and well documented for three years.”Viewers were also unable to tune in to league leaders Juventus’ clash with Bologna on Monday. “For legal reasons, BeIN has had to take the unfortunate decision to not broadcast Serie A matches,” the broadcaster tweeted.The comments refer to a long-standing dispute with Saudi Arabia, which it claims is behind a pirate system, named BeoutQ, that shows its images via satellite.BeIN’s president Yousef al-Obaidly has criticised both Serie A and the Spanish football authorities for their relationships with Saudi Arabia despite the allegedly state-sponsored pirating of one of its key international broadcasters. Fans of Serie A around the world were deprived of the chance to watch the league’s return from the coronavirus shutdown after BeIN Sports pulled its coverage from the air over a dispute with the league, the broadcaster confirmed on Monday.Subscribers to the Qatar-owned network who tuned in to watch Saturday’s comeback match between Torino and Parma were greeted with blue screens and that continued for Sunday’s more high-profile matches featuring Atalanta and Inter Milan.”No Serie A matches are being broadcast on BeIN Sports’ entire global network,” a spokesperson told AFP.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal stars visit Granit Xhaka at his home after midfielder told supporters to ‘f**k off’

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal stars visit Granit Xhaka at his home after midfielder told supporters to ‘f**k off’ Comment Torreira was pictured in tears at the incident (Picture: Getty)Bellerin broke ranks today to send a message to supporters and players alike to maintain unity at this difficult time and the Athletic report that three senior members of Emery’s squad visited Xhaka after the draw to speak to him.They were concerned about the Swiss’ wellbeing and considered his actions to be out of character.Xhaka’s partner has recently given birth and the players feel they can take some of the strain away from being captain.Emery suggested after the game that he could strip Xhaka of the captaincy and it remains to be seen whether he will feature against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday at Anfield.MORE: Jurgen Klopp was ‘satisfied’ with Liverpool stars at half-time against Tottenham Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Granit Xhaka was booed and jeered by Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)A trio of senior Arsenal players visited Granit Xhaka at his home after Sunday’s game against Crystal Palace.The Switzerland international told supporters to ‘f**k off’ after he was jeered as he left the field during a 2-2 draw against the Eagles at the Emirates.The midfielder was named as club captain last month ahead of the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Hector Bellerin.Xhaka has taken large amounts of criticism from supporters in the past but until now he had kept a lid on a response.ADVERTISEMENTXhaka being subbed off pic.twitter.com/VIQsnhFBoC— Matt (@MGH) October 27, 2019The former Borussia Monchengladbach star is a popular figure with his team-mates and Unai Emery was pleased with the squad when they elected him as skipper.AdvertisementAdvertisementLucas Torreira was clearly emotional at the incident and was pictured in tears as Xhaka left the field, due to the abuse he was subjected to.last_img read more

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Rushville Steroid Bust Part Of Much Larger Operation, Police Say

first_imgEvidence allegedly collected Tuesday at the Rush County home.RUSHVILLE – Authorities raided a Rushville home Tuesday and discovered what federal agents call the largest anabolic steroid lab in Indiana history.David Starkey, 39, and his wife Holly Starkey, 34, were charged with dealing a controlled substance along with four additional charges.In newly filed court documents, David Starkey admitted to distributing steroids across the United States after a friend in North Carolina connected him with a guy named “Z” in Poland in 2013.Z would pay him $10 per package of vile’s that he distributed and $5 per package of pills he would distribute for Z in the U.S, Starkey said. The Rush County man admitted that he later began manufacturing steroids and distributing them.Starkey told police he figured it was illegal but with no money and no job, he had to “do what he had to do.”Rushville Police, U.S. Postal Service Inspectors and the DEA worked together during the Starkey investigation. Court documents reveal they set up a controlled delivery Tuesday morning at the residence on E S.R. 44 in Rush County.An undercover officer conducted a package delivery at the home. A minute after the delivery was made authorities served a search warrant at the house. Investigators say it led them to finding an active lab in the bedroom. Police said they found $9,058 at the home, which Starkey said some of the money is from drug proceeds but not the entire amount.While David Starkey was at the Rushville Police Department his wife Holly, arrived and was later interviewed by investigators. According to court documents, she first denied there was an active lab in the bedroom and said she was unaware her husband’s involvement with illegal drugs.She referenced the family may have had financial trouble and told investigators “she knew David was up to no good.”Detectives say the Rushville suspects may be part of a much larger international operation with several moving parts and participants.last_img read more

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‘I used to be a Bayern Munich fan’ – Christopher Nimley trolls Chelsea after UCL exit

first_imgGhanaian football coach and sports pundit, Christopher Nimley, once again lit up the Citi TV studios with laughter, during last Sunday’s episode of Scorecard.The popular Manchester United fan appeared on Citi TV’s Scorecard show with a Bayern Munich jersey – a subtle dig at Chelsea fans after the Blues 7-1 aggregate defeat against the German champions in the UEFA Champions League.When questioned about his choice of shirt by the host of the show Fentuo Tahiru, Nimley went on to provide the most hilarious and sarcastic response.”I used to be a Bayern Munich fan back in Junior High School, but I forgot.”It was an old friend who reminded me prior to the Bayern vs Chelsea game, that’s why I’m in a Bayern Munich fan,” he said.”I’ve been a Bayern Munich fan for a long time,“ he added.Scorecard, on CITI TV, airs every Sunday at 9pm.last_img read more

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Commissioners Approve Big Changes to 2017 Gopher Review Process

first_imgFacebook100Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersLast week, Thurston County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the 2017 gopher review process for permit applicants. This year’s process is different from previous years in several significant ways. In order to meet Federal Requirements associated with the Endangered Species Act, this process is the result of a collaborative effort between the Commissioners and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), with the objective of benefiting Thurston County residents by streamlining the review process.These significant updates include:Reducing the maximum number of on-property visits from three to two. In past years, projects on habitat more likely to sustain gophers were subject to three visits.Adding more flexibility to the timing of visits. In previous years, final visits were required in September or October. This year, the final visit can occur as early as August, and in some cases even sooner.Expanding the list of project types and site conditions that may no longer be subject to multiple site visits. The County considers these conditions to be less likely to impact gopher habitat.Adding more biologists to conduct on-site reviews. USFWS agreed to send more of their biologists to help the County keep up with demand and reduce the backlog.Eliminating the third site-visit. Instead, if there is no evidence of gophers, applicants on more-preferred soils will be asked to sign an affidavit before the County issues an approval. Landowners will also be responsible for informing USFWS if they find the federally protected species prior to or during project construction. This will be required because the County’s site review process has changed but federal Endangered Species Act regulations have not.Other changes include prioritizing project-related permit applications over non-project reviews when scheduling site visits. In 2015, the County began offering low-cost gopher-only reviews of full properties to curious land owners, even if they did not apply for a building permit. The County will no longer offer that option, but County officials say anyone with a non-project application already in the queue can convert to a project application by Friday, June 30, 2017.County officials also noted that land-owners who want to know if they have gophers on their property can hire private biologists for a review. However, reviews by private consultants do not meet USFWS requirements.The rest of the 2017 process is similar to last year’s with site visits from County staff and USFWS biologists between June 1 and October 31. The County is asking permit applicants scheduled for gopher reviews to mow Scotch broom and heavy grasses right away, or immediately after they submit an application that is flagged for gopher review. Overgrowth slows review teams and creates a need for additional visits.The Gopher Review Process is only for those who submit an application to Thurston County’s Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The County does not perform gopher reviews on properties that do not have an active application or that are not on mapped gopher habitat.The purpose of County gopher reviewThe County conducts on-site reviews of properties before issuing building permits to help residents comply with state and federal endangered species laws, and to protect the County and its permit holders from liability under those laws. The Mazama pocket gopher – a species found in parts of Thurston County, was listed under the federal Endangered Species Act in 2014.Only about 10 percent of permit applicants get gopher reviewsGopher reviews are only required for projects proposed within mapped gopher soils. That means the County only reviews a fraction of the roughly 4,000 construction permit applications received in a typical year. Most applications for projects like interior remodels and projects outside of the mapped gopher soil areas do not require review. You can check your Thurston County property on a County soils map online to see if your property is within mapped gopher soils.Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)County officials say the seasonal gopher review could be a thing of the past if the County adopts a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would lead to an Incidental Take Permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. With an HCP, the County could issue permits year round without requiring gopher reviews. Implementing such a plan could speed up the permit process and help permit applicants comply with state and federal species protection laws.The plan isn’t final yet, but County Commissioners are working closely with federal officials to negotiate the best options for the community. A draft of the plan could be available for public review early next year.To learn more, visit the Thurston County website and select ‘Gopher Review Process, ’Habitat Conservation Plan’, or subscribe to the County’s Long Range Planning department email list.last_img read more

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Man held for Facebook posts against Modi

first_imgMeerut police arrested a man on Thursday for allegedly posting inflammatory content on social media against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.According to the police, Fayyaz Ahmed, who hails from Incholi village, was booked under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 124A (sedition) of Indian Penal Code.“Fayyaz has a criminal history. Despite a lot of counselling, he indulged in a number of nefarious activities which could be detrimental to law and order. When many local organisations objected to his Facebook posts against the Prime Minister, we registered a case,” Avinash Pandey, SP (Rural) Meerut, told The Hindu over phone. “As we can take action under 124A only after approval of the government, we have sent a report to the concerned authorities,” he added.last_img read more

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