US-Canada towns marooned by border closure brace for winter trapped in isolation

first_imgThey are small towns along the Canadian-American border, marooned by geography, whose residents’ lives have already been upended by the border closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.But with winter approaching, residents of Campobello Island in Canada’s Atlantic province of New Brunswick and the small US town of Point Roberts in Washington state are bracing for continued isolation adding to winter blues, exposing how tightly intertwined are communities that straddle an international border.Campobello Island, located off the coast of the US state of Maine, is accessible only by a private ferry service that runs during the summer or by driving through Maine, which connects to the island via a bridge. “We have five gas stations. We don’t have five gas stations for 1,000 people,” said Christopher Carleton, fire chief for Point Roberts, explaining the reliance on Canadians, who cross the border to buy gas that is roughly a third cheaper.Kids and isolationCarleton has been raising the alarm about an impending mental health crisis among residents in Point Roberts as their isolation looks likely to drag on into the winter. His efforts bring more attention to the plight of Point Roberts residents, though pressure on state and federal politicians hasn’t paid off so far.Washington state Governor Jay Inslee wrote to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in August, asking him to address the “unique hardships” faced by Point Roberts residents.Beth Calder, 48, manages Point to Point Parcel, a package receiving business mainly serving Canadians who drive to Point Roberts to collect parcels, dodging expensive or unavailable international shipping.”Without the Canadians coming down and using our service, it’s crippling our company,” Calder said, citing a 90% drop in business as soon as the border closed.She described life in Point Roberts during the pandemic as “eerie.””If we can’t get back to what was the normal, I don’t see how we can survive,” she said.Sandra Procter, 52, another Point Roberts resident, said she has cried every day since she and her husband made the decision to send their 16-year-old son to live with friends on the Canadian side of the border in late August so he can continue attending school in Vancouver, British Columbia. Point Roberts’ school only goes up to Grade 3, after which age children attend schools in Washington or Canada.Although education was considered an essential reason to cross the border in June, when schools in British Columbia reopened, that’s no longer the case.Public Safety Canada said the policy barring Americans from crossing the border for school will remain in place as long as the border closure continues. The US-Canada border is closed for non-essential travel until Sept. 21.The change in policy “came out of the blue,” Procter said. “For the mental health of a 16-year-old, being as isolated as he is here, it’s not healthy.”We’re not asking for the border to be opened up, we’re just asking that our kids’ education is considered essential.” Topics : The lack of easy access to the rest of Canada has long been an issue, but is compounded by the pandemic, said Justin Tinker, 34, a civil engineer whose family has lived on Campobello Island for 10 generations.Residents of the island have to pass through the United States to go to a hospital on the Canadian mainland, but they now could wind up being turned away from the hospital because they’ve been to the US within the last two weeks, Tinker said.”Campobello’s always come together when it needs to, but there’s anxiety,” said Tinker, who blames the province for dragging its feet on the lack of a solution. “Once that ferry stops running we can’t get to Campobello Island within our own province.”Across the continent, Point Roberts, a town of around 1,300 year-round residents in Washington state, sits on the tip of Canada’s Tsawwassen Peninsula. Its proximity to Canada has made the local economy reliant on Canadian visitors, but also means that locals rely on an open border to access healthcare and other facilities.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeships

first_img Economy,  Education,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined local officials, employers and members of Iron Workers Local 3 today to tour ongoing renovations of the Iron Workers Training Center in Pittsburgh and discuss apprenticeships and PAsmart. The Wolf Administration provided $750,000 in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program funding announced in June to help expand the facility and significantly increase the number of apprentices who will be trained.“Western Pennsylvania has more ironworker jobs open than there are skilled workers to fill them,” said Governor Wolf. “I am investing in apprenticeships and job training like this, so we can meet the demand for workers to build the cracker plant, manufacturing facilities, bridges and many other projects that are creating jobs.”The $4.2 million project will upgrade and expand the first floor and add a second floor to the training center, creating more space for hands-on training with modern equipment. The union expects to increase the number of apprentices from approximately 90 last year to more than 300 next year.“Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college, but apprenticeships like this enable workers to earn a good wage while learning at the training center and on the job with an employer,” said Governor Wolf. “These are jobs that can support a family and create a strong workforce that will attract more industry to Pennsylvania.”The starting wage for apprentices in the Iron Worker’s program is $19 per hour, which increases with experience. After the apprenticeship, the starting wage of journeymen is $33 per hour or more, plus benefits.Governor Wolf is expanding apprenticeship opportunities in Pennsylvania. His new and innovative PAsmart initiative will invest $30 million in workforce development. Of that, $7 million will be an increase in apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased by nearly 20 percent from 13,282 registered apprentices to nearly 16,000.PAsmart also includes a $3 million increase in the successful Industry Partnerships program, which connects similar businesses with educational and economic development partners to provide the job training. An additional $20 million will be invested in education for the rapidly growing fields of science, engineering, math and technology (STEM) and computer science.In July, the governor was joined by business and labor leaders to sign an executive order that cuts red tape, improves coordination between several state agencies and more effectively delivers workforce development services to Pennsylvanians.The executive order places the governor’s private sector policy advisor, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Board, in a leading role in coordinating job training strategies across the public and private sectors and will provide recommendations on the distribution of the $30 million in PAsmart funding, which will be driven out through a competitive grants process. August 10, 2018 Governor Wolf Tours Expansion of Iron Workers Training Center, Touts Investments in Apprenticeshipscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Buyers can have the chance to own a slice of Brisbane history

first_imgCheck out the bathroom at 23 Curlew Street, Toowong.Ms Bugler converted the ballroom into a bridal suite, but there are five other bedrooms as well as a granny flat.Many of the original features have been retained over the years.“I’ve done quite a bit of renovation to it, while the woman who owned it before me was from Boston, so the decor is very Bostonian,” Ms Bugler said. 23 Curlew Street, Toowong.Michelle Bugler has used the colonial residence to run a bed and breakfast accommodation business for the past decade.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The Toowong Historical Society said it was built by a Mr Wells, the first manager of the Bank of New South Wales in the city,” Ms Bugler said.“They believe it was built around 1886 and the ballroom was to receive Mr Wells’ guests.” Inside 23 Curlew Street, Toowong. 23 Curlew Street, Toowong.A stately colonial home at Toowong has hit the market for the first time in 12 years.The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home at 23 Curlew St has a rich past dating back to the 1800s when the area was home to elite upper-middle class residents who worked in the city. The kitchen at 23 Curlew Street, Toowong.Agent Dr Paul Howe, of Oxbridge@Realty, is selling the property, which is on a 753sq m hilltop block, via private appointment.last_img read more

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Badgers prepare for heated Golden Eagle rivalry

first_imgFor the first time this year, the University of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to play a highly anticipated matchup at home, when in-state rival Marquette (6-2) visits Madison Saturday afternoon. Indeed, it will not only be the first “big” home game of the season, but for some of Wisconsin’s freshmen, it will be their first hyped-up Kohl Center contest ever.”The fans, they anticipate this game,” junior forward Alando Tucker said. “It seems like the Kohl Center is always a little louder in here when we are playing Marquette.””We know it is going to be a very important game,” sophomore guard Kammron Taylor said. “The game is definitely going to be intense. We just want to go out there and play our game. We don’t want to get caught up in the hype.”The past four games in the annual series have been won by the home team, a trend that bodes well for the Badgers (6-1). The fact that the game is being played on Wisconsin’s home court might be even more important this season however, as Marquette will bring several key freshmen into their first hostile road environment.Freshman guards Dominic James, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews all will probably be in the Golden Eagles’ starting lineup on Saturday, the core of the Marquette youth movement.Although the trio has had their ups and downs so far this year, James has been the most impressive, leading the team in scoring with an average of 15 points per game and also in assists, dishing out 6.4 per contest.”He’s one of those guys who likes to get up and down the floor. He can catch, he can shoot, so we are going to have to contain him,” said Taylor, who will likely be matched up against James at times Saturday.If the games UW has played earlier this year against upstart shooters are any indication, James could be in for a long afternoon. When Wisconsin played Coastal Carolina, they held 2005 Freshman of the Year Jack Leasure to 2-for-16 shooting (1-for-10 from 3-point range). Pepperdine freshman Michael Gerrity only made four of his 13 shots, many of them in the closing minutes, and against UW-Green Bay Wednesday, heralded freshman Ryan Tillema was held scoreless, going 0-for-8 from the field.Although Wisconsin has fared well against inexperienced shooters this year, when going up against seasoned marksmen, the team hasn’t had the same amount of success. UW-GB’s Ryan Evanochko had his way against the UW defense early in the game and kept the Phoenix in the game with 22 points, while Badger fans will need little reminder of what Wake Forest senior Justin Gray did to the Wisconsin defense, tearing it apart for 37 points.The Badgers will look to do a better job against Marquette’s veteran swingman Steve Novak, who is averaging 14.3 points per game.”A Marquette team is always going to be intense. They are going to play hard-nosed, man-to-man defense, and they have some guys that can create,” Tucker said. “They have a good shooter in Novak and a bunch of guys that can create for him.”The Badgers can also expect a very spirited performance from Marquette, which seems to always save its best game for Wisconsin.”We probably bring out the best in them,” Taylor said.”They are going to try to throw some traps and press to try and get us to speed up our game, but we have to control the tempo,” Tucker said of the high-energy style of play he expects from the Golden Eagles. “We are here at home and we have to be able to control the tempo and get to the free-throw line early.”As if covering the talented Golden Eagles wasn’t difficult enough, Wisconsin will also have to battle their own emotions in the annual grudge match.”We can’t get too much of an emotional high out there,” Tucker said. “Guys are going to have to control their emotions.”Although emotions will surely be running high, the Badgers are still very thankful to have the game being played at home, where Wisconsin will look to build on its 61-3 record at the Kohl Center under Ryan.”Last year, you could probably count [exactly] the amount of fans we had at Marquette,” Taylor said. “But coming up this Saturday, we are going to see nothing but red and white out there.”last_img read more

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UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov might not fight again after facing Tony Ferguson at UFC 249

first_img Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is not sure whether he will fight again after going against Tony Ferguson at the main event of UFC 249. The Dagestani Eagle has been hinting at his retirement for quite some time now. It seems that Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to hang up his gloves after fighting ‘El Cucuy’ on April 18, 2020 in New York. A few days back, the UFC champion even advised Cristiano Ronaldo to retire from football at the right time. He feels that people are going to take over (him and Ronaldo) them if they don’t leave at the right time. LIVE TV Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 17:18 IST UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Might Not Fight Again After Facing Tony Ferguson At UFC 249 Khabib Nurmagomedov is really considering his retirement and he might not fight after he is done with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. Read on for more information. FOLLOW US Also Read | Tony Ferguson Fires Warning Shots At Khabib Nurmagomedov, Says The Champion Is ‘nervous’Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov: The Mystery Behind The UFC Star Not Revealing Much About His Wife First Published: 18th December, 2019 17:18 IST Raj Sarkar center_img Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Baffled By Tony Ferguson Ahead Of Much-awaited UFC 249 BoutUFC: Khabib  Nurmagomedov might retire after UFC 249After 28 straight victories, Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to defend his lightweight title for the third time against Tony Ferguson. In his previous two fights, Khabib choked out Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier as he successfully retained his lightweight strap at UFC 229 and UFC 242 respectively. However, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upcoming opponent is currently on a 12-fight winning streak and a lot of veterans claim that Tony Ferguson is going to be the hardest test of Khabib’s career.Khabib Nurmagomedov is confident that he will outclass Tony Ferguson. However, he is unsure about taking his MMA career forward after that. While speaking with RT sport, Khabib said, “I don’t want to think about the future, I still have to live to April, I still have to fight, I need to win. So, I don’t like to look too far ahead. Now we have an opponent, Tony Ferguson, a very serious opponent. And I think it’s necessary to have this fight then we’ll sit down and think about what’s next.”When asked about his plans after UFC 249, the undefeated lightweight champion claimed, “We will consider whether there’s any point in fighting any more. There will always be a reason to fight, money. But will we need it? We’ll think about it.”Also Read | Khabib Nurmagomedov Philosophically Advises Cristiano Ronaldo Over Retirement Plans SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Written Bylast_img read more

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