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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USACE Seeking Land Near the Mississippi River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, continues seeking land from willing landowners near the Mississippi River.The Corps is actively seeking land suitable for use as a permanent dredged material placement site.On average, the St. Paul District dredges 1 million cubic yards of material each year. This is roughly enough material to fill up US Bank Stadium or Lambeau Field.In order to ensure the navigation channel remains open for commerce, USACE needs to find permanent placement sites.To keep costs down for the tax payer, the Corps looks for sites that are in close proximity to where they are dredging (to save in transportation costs) and are environmentally suitable, reported USACEThe nearly 600 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the St. Paul District Fiscal Year 2016 $78 million budget, nearly 1,250 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $120 million to the national economy.last_img read more

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The return of ColtonT

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews The return of ColtonT by: – March 19, 2012 Tweet 139 Views   3 comments Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Colton TThe entertainment world is being told to brace itself for the return of “Di Cutest Ting”. Colton “ColtonT Thomas”, who returned home recently from his promotional tour in the United States will on Tuesday officially launch a hot new singe dubbed “Everything N’ More”.The song writer and artists from Goodwill made his first mix tape in 2010 with one of the biggest hits “Why should I”.ColtonT released several other much talked about tracks like “Girl of my Dreams”, “Gangsters fall in Love” and “Whine Gyal”.ColtonT performed at the 2011 Annual Creole in Park, and most recently made appearances at the Purple Lounge and Club Kubuli in New York City just to make a few, also making appearance in Miami and Texas.He recently released a video “Can’t be Friends” that has been rated the best quality ever coming from Dominica has also gained recognition on the local, regional and international markets.Everything N’ More will be officially launched on all radio stations on Tuesday.Press Releaselast_img read more

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David Beckham’s Inter Miami CF: Stadium, MLS debut, players & all you need to know

first_imgThe Miami team is just one of five new expansion teams as Major League Soccer looks to expand to at least 24 teams by 2020.Miami will begin play in the 2020 MLS campaign in a temporary stadium, with their worldwide debut game being against LAFC in Los Angeles on March 1, 2020 to play the 2019 Supporters’ Shield champions Los Angeles FC at 5:30pm ET / 10:30pm GMT.They will host their first home game on March 14 vs the LA Galaxy at the new 19,000 seat Inter Miami CF Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the club’s home for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.Where is Inter Miami FC’s stadium?Inter Miami FC are currently without their own permanent stadium, though a date has been set for the opening of their new home in 2022.The current proposal for an Inter Miami FC stadium is a 25,000-seat venue forming part of Freedom Park , a complex near Miami International Airport.Approval for construction of the ground was granted through a public vote held in November 2018. The newest MLS franchise, now known as Inter Miami, was confirmed as the league’s 25th team at a press conference on January 29, 2018 and are set to make their worldwide debut on March 1, 2020 in Los Angeles vs LAFC.Ahead of the team’s debut in MLS, Goal brings you everything you need to know about Inter Miami, including where they will play and which players will play for them. Related News Who owns the Inter Miami CF team?What is the name of Beckham’s MLS team?When will Inter Miami FC play in MLS?Where is Inter Miami FC’s stadium?Who plays for Inter Miami FC?Can you try out for Inter Miami FC?What is an expansion team?Who owns Inter Miami CF?Beckham is just one owner of Inter Miami, and is part of an ownership group which was initially called Miami Beckham United, but now operates under the name Miami Freedom Park LLC .The group also includes Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, MasTec’s Jorge and Jose Mas and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.Beckham’s group previously included Los Angeles Dodgers owner Todd Boehly, former Toronto Maple Leafs owner Tim Leiweke and American Idol producer Simon Fuller, whose involvement ended in May 2019 when Beckham and his wife Victoria bought him out of their business ventures.When Beckham moved to the LA Galaxy in 2007, he received a purchase option from MLS which would allow him to establish a future franchise for $25 million rather than the usual $150M cost.In 2014, he decided to exercise this option, and has been granted permission by Miami-Dade County to build a new stadium in downtown Miami.What is the name of Beckham’s MLS team? Beckham partner ‘fears’ Miami stadium deal won’t get done Glyn Kirk https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/5/2f/david-beckham_1tm2tqd1y7j341deu8acd38mh9.jpg?t=-166528136&w=500&quality=80 Christopher Hanewinckel https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/e1/9c/nashville-mls_axjyhtfimuml1kiwq5vax8kbz.jpg?t=1981243584&w=500&quality=80 David Beckham spent five seasons in Major League Soccer, playing for the LA Galaxy where he won two MLS Cup trophies. The former England international now intends to return to U.S. soccer once again as part of an ownership group that will bring top-tier soccer back to Miami, Florida.The Miami Fusion were the city’s last MLS team, operating from 1997 to 2001, winning the MLS Supporters’ Shield in their final season. However, since then, there has been no MLS team in the area, with the closest franchise operating in Orlando. It was announced on September 5, 2018 that the team will be called Inter Miami CF, which is short for Club Internacional de Futbol Miami.Previously, the names Miami Vice and Miami Current were used when referring to the franchise in presentations.The name Miami Vice was a reference to the 1980s television crime drama, which was re-made as a Hollywood film in 2006 with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx.It had also been believed that Beckham might pay tribute to his playing career with Manchester United and call the team Miami United, but there was already a semi-professional team in the city with the same name.U.S. website BigSoccer ran a poll in 2016 where fans could vote on the team’s name, with 26 percent choosing International Miami or Inter Miami ahead of other options like Athletic Miami, Athletic Club Miami and AC Miami.It is a name that reflects the multicultural diversity in the city.When will Inter Miami FC play in MLS? Inter Miami https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/6/5b/inter-miami-stadium-concept_60el9c4kq3mj16u641im6lx7l.jpg?t=1869256195&w=500&quality=80center_img Beckham’s Miami team gets MLS approval for additional owners 👀 Sneak peek of our new stadium design for @MiaFreedomPark #bebold #freedomtodream pic.twitter.com/m817yE2CKg— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) April 9, 2019Plans include for the stadium to be built on 131-acre public land, including more than 1,000,000 square feet of combined office, retail and commercial space.There are also plans to expand to the hotel industry, with 750 hotel rooms, 23 acres reserved for public soccer fields and the remaining 58 acres being turned into a public park.Other locations in Miami were also being scouted, such as areas like Dodge Island at PortMiami, the Downtown Miami waterfront at Museum Park, and private sites in Miami’s Overtown.While Miami Freedom Park is being built, Inter Miami will use Lockhart Stadium – previously used by Fort Lauderdale Strikers and Miami Fusion – as their temporary base.Who plays for Inter Miami FC?Beckham himself is now 42, so, unfortunately, he is probably too old to play for his own team. It is also unlikely that he will take up a managerial or coaching role with the team, preferring to stay behind the scenes with the other owners.The club announced their first arrivals in Matias Pellegrini and Julian Carranaza in early August, with their third signing in Venezuelan youth international Christian Makoun on August 6.Christian Makoun: “La Bestia” Venezolana#InterMiamiCF pic.twitter.com/mD2RvnlJMi— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) August 6, 2019″We are happy to add a young player with solid experience both in Europe and South America to Inter Miami’s roster,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said in a statement.“Christian is a grounded player of good character and maturity. He has shown us that he strives to represent himself and his home country at the highest level, and this is the mindset we want to build at Inter Miami.”  Canadian midfielder David Norman joined the club in early September from Vancouver Whitecaps.Miami will also be allowed sign three designated players, whose salaries are not counted towards the MLS salary cap. When LA Galaxy signed him, Beckham was a designated player. They will also be eligible to take part in the MLS SuperDraft ahead of their first season, which sees expansion teams given the first overall pick.Co-owner Jorge Mas explained that the candidates for the head coach role had “international experience”, but a decision is not expected to be revealed until late 2019. A report from the Daily Mirror suggested that Carlo Ancelotti is top of Beckham’s wishlist in regards to a manager, while Zinedine Zidane has also been linked, but both figures now seem unlikely candidates. View this post on Instagram MLS State of the League: Garber on Columbus relocation talks, Beckham’s Miami bid and more Been a great week in Miami with meetings and certain milestones like the first look at our academy kids which was a proud moment …. Exciting times ahead for us as owners , our fans and our city @intermiamicf @jorgemas @marceloclaure ⚽️A post shared by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on Jun 4, 2019 at 8:00am PDTA number of global stars have been rumoured to be on Beckham’s radar and the former Real Madrid player has hinted that he could bring some big names to the club.”I’ve been doing a lot of vetting,” Beckham told reporters in June 2019.“We all know how great Miami is as a place to live with your family, but we don’t want players just coming here at the end of their career thinking, ‘Oh, let’s go have a couple of years in Miami and I’ll play a little bit of soccer.’”That’s not what we want. We want players who are hungry, who have played at the top level but still want to win.”I’m lucky I’ve played in many different teams, many different countries with many different players, and they’re actually calling me daily. It’s a good problem to have.”The likes of World Cup-winning forward Antoine Griezmann has expressed willingness to be a part of Beckham’s project, while Wayne Rooney and James Rodriguez have also been linked.Can you try out for Inter Miami FC?Recruitment of talent is a key part of any sports team and Inter Miami is no different. As well as tryouts, club scouts, coaches and officials will be on the hunt for new players for all age levels up to the senior team.Inter Miami has already assembled a Development Academy Roster, which features players for the age groups of Under-12 to Under-19.Players from local youth soccer club Lauderhill Lions were invited to join the academy in May 2019.“It was really important for us when we got into this process to really focus on the youth players in South Florida,” Inter Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said.“We’ve been going out and scouting since last August and have visited many locations.”We knew there would be some very good players out there that weren’t playing on clubs due to the restriction on finances and we looked at different groups in South Florida.”What is an expansion team?Miami will become Major League Soccer’s 25th team, with the league having expanded multiple times since its foundation in 1996. When it began, MLS had just 10 teams, but had expanded to 12 teams by 1998. Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion both left the league in 2002 due to financial reasons, returning MLS to 10 teams.Following the success of the United States at the 2002 World Cup, MLS began to grow again, with many more teams joining as it expanded multiple times. New teams joined every year between 2007 and 2011, and by 2016, the league comprised of 20 teams. Dale Zanine https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/2b/22/yamil-asad-hector-villalba-atlanta-united-mls_19lapo5egnre013nh6cubxpeq6.jpg?t=-1573777594&w=500&quality=80 By 2020, the additions of Atlanta United, Minnesota United, Los Angeles FC and a new franchise in Nashville will see MLS have 24 teams competing for the title. In December 2017, the Nashville expansion team was announced as part of the next phase, with the aim of growing the league to 28 teams. The 24th team will play at the Nashville Fairgrounds in Tennesse, where there are plans to build a new 27,500-seat stadiu.Miami will be the 25th team and will play their debut season in MLS in 2020. Bids have come from three other cities to complete the remaining teams for the 28-team expansion: Cincinnati, Detroit and Sacramento. There has also been interest from Indianapolis, Charlotte, Raleigh and Phoenix.last_img read more

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Deputies Arrest Suspect in Shooting of 3-Year-Old in Lake Worth Beach

first_imgDetectives have determined that the shooting was not a random act, although details are not available.Destine was arrested Friday and booked into the Palm Beach County jail.His bond was set at $60,000. An 18-year-old man has been arrested, after the shooting of a 3-year-old child in Lake Worth Beach.Jimmy Destine faces multiple charges, including aggravated child abuse and firing a missile into a dwelling or vehicle.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera says the child, who was shot last Friday, was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for treatment.Barbera adds that when deputies arrived, they learned the incident occurred in the 900 block of South A Street.last_img

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Detroit boxing gym offers encouragement for youth

first_imgby Rod BeardDETROIT (AP)—Shanté Higgs spends some of the school day thinking about throwing punches.When school is over, she does her homework and then looks for someone to fight—boy or girl, doesn’t matter. Most of the girls her age are afraid of Higgs, 15, so she normally fights boys. She doesn’t get in trouble because of her fights, though. In fact, it’s encouraged as part of the daily routine at the Downtown Boxing Gym, a small training club near Eastern Market in Detroit. The gym offers a youth program that serves about 30 students ages 8-18, who get valuable after-school academic tutoring and boxing training—all for free. It’s the brainchild of trainer Khali Muhammad and Scott Smith, who work with the students from 4-6:30 p.m. each day.All of the students get homework help based on their needs each session. This includes math and language arts. During the summer, the tutors plan to help with creative writing, public speaking and art, as well as typing, foreign language and ACT test prep to spur the students to excel academically as much as they do in the ring.Some of the youth boxers at Downtown are nationally ranked, but the competition is not the motivation behind getting them interested in boxing. It’s to give them a positive outlet for their frustrations and to get them involved in something constructive.“It keeps them off the streets and gives them something to do,” Muhammad said. “There are life lessons in boxing. If they’re coming here, they have to perform academically.”Youngsters from all over the city—and as far as Taylor—flock to the gym as their sanctuary away from the streets. It’s not just an after-school hangout; parents bring their children and stay to watch them train.The gym, which is open Monday through Saturday, has a white painted exterior and is almost camouflaged by the few houses and open fields surrounding it. The building used to be a car wash and a candy store.Now, the dank gym area is painted gray and has a cramped feel. Muhammad prefers the dreary decor and affectionately refers to the gym as the “Terrordome” for its no-frills ambience—as he believes it should be for boxers.“But when we train, we train hard,” Muhammad said. “You don’t have to be state-of-the-art.”Weights, heavy bags and other training apparatus line the walls, with the boxing ring in the corner. There aren’t any windows, adding to the claustrophobic feel, and the two doors provide most of the light—and a slight breeze—on a spring afternoon. The thick, musty air is broken only by the bell tones every 90 seconds or so, and by Muhammad alternately barking commands and encouragement to the young boxers.The gym provides an emotional refuge for Cortez Todd, 13, an eighth-grader at David Ellis Academy, who said he would consider becoming a pro boxer.“I like it here because I got into a lot of trouble in school and I can get my frustration out through boxing,” said Todd, who has boxed for four years and is ranked second nationally in his class. “The kids don’t mess with me at school now.”For Higgs, a sophomore at Ross Hill Academy, participating in the program is an opportunity to improve academically and athletically.“My parents ask if I’m coming home to do my homework and I tell them it’s done,” Higgs said. “(Tutoring) keeps me on track with what I need to do.”But Higgs has to overcome some challenges, as well: “This is where I come to fix my problems when I’m mad.”Muhammad was an aspiring boxer when he was in his 20s, until his fighting career was cut short when he was shot in his elbow. With that dream doused, he moved to training other young boxers.The idea for the youth program came about through an unusual series of events. Muhammad enjoyed helping train boxers and wanted to work with the students in the program for free, but couldn’t do all the training and also handle the business operations.Muhammad was training professional boxer Rich Powers, who recommended Muhammad’s workouts to some suburban friends. One of those friends was Jessica Hauser, who had experience working in the Birmingham Public Schools and helped establish after-school programs there.Hauser took the idea of the youth program to Smith, who had worked extensively in opening software companies and in the automotive industry. Together, the three wove the framework of the youth program, which officially opened in January.“It relieves the stress of having their parents pay,” Muhammad said. “We get donations from restaurants and other donors. They help where they can.”That connection with the community enables the youth program to remain viable and has helped Muhammad focus on training the students and trusting the business side to business people.“My goal is to solidify things financially so we can keep the gym open and the kids can have a place to come,” Smith said. “We want to take away every excuse the kids could have not to graduate from high school.” WAITING PATIENTLY—Fifteen-year-old Shante Higgs waits for her turn to spar at the Downtown Boxing Club in Detroit. The gym offers a youth program that serves about 30 students ages 8-18, who get valuable after-school academic tutoring and boxing training—all for free. (AP Photo/Detroit News, David Guralnick) last_img read more

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Conrad: new range of data loggers and sensors from Vernier International

first_imgConrad Business Supplies introduces a new range of sensing, measuring and datalogging products from Vernier International. The products are specifically intended for use in the classroom to allow students to explore and learn scientific concepts, especially in the areas of physics, chemistry and biology. All of the products have been developed in cooperation with teaching professionals to ensure their suitability for the learning environment.The use of technology tools for data collection, analysis and visualisation helps students obtain a deeper understanding of scientific concepts and has been shown to improve test scores.Included in the new range are a total of 37 products from Vernier. Highlights include the multi-channel datalogger Labquest 2 with a high-resolution touch screen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, five built-in sensors and the ability to record up to 100,000 samples per second. In addition, a wide range of sensors were introduced, ranging from classic wired probes to the new wireless sensor Go Direct product line, which are easy to handle and are suitable for immediate use in the classroom. The range includes the top-sellers for chemistry (GDX-CON for conductivity), physics (force and acceleration, GDX-FOR) and biology (oxygen gas sensor, classic O2-BTA).The teacher friendly and student centred range offers free software for multiple platforms including Windows, Mac OS, Chromebook, iOS and Android. All of the products offer five years warranty and are backed by unparalleled customer service and technical support from Vernier International and Conrad Business Supplies.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number TenNext VersaLogic: dual Gigabit Ethernet expansion module in Mini PCIe formatlast_img read more

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