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Haines man mauled by bear while backcountry snowboarding

Haines man mauled by bear while backcountry snowboarding

first_imgOutdoors | Search & Rescue | Southeast | WildlifeHaines man mauled by bear while backcountry snowboardingFebruary 8, 2021 by Henry Leasia, KHNS – Haines Share:Screen grab from a video of a U.S. Coast Guard rescue of a man mauled by a bear in the mountains near Haines on Saturday, February 6, 2021. (USCG)A Haines man was mauled by a bear while backcountry snowboarding near Chilkoot Lake over the weekend. State troopers said he was attacked after encountering a bear den while backcountry snowboarding with two others.The bear attacked Haines resident Bartek Pieciul on Saturday afternoon while he was climbing a mountainside with a group of friends about 10 miles northwest of Haines. Troopers said the group unknowingly came upon a den occupied by a brown bear sow and possibly some cubs about 1,600 feet above Chilkoot Lake.Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Carl Koch said it can be very difficult to spot a bear den, particularly in the middle of winter. Although bears are less active during the winter, they aren’t asleep the whole time.“They are very lethargic, their body temperature does drop, but they are absolutely capable of being disturbed in a den site,” Koch said. “It’s not like they’re in this immobile state.”The sow exited the den and mauled Pieciul before leaving the area. The attack left him unable to walk back downhill. The other skiers in the group used a satellite communication device to call for help.Due to the remoteness of the area and the steep terrain, state troopers requested assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard. A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka responded to transport the man to a hospital.The skiers provided GPS coordinates and used brightly colored fabric to signal the helicopter as it approached. The air crew successfully hoisted Pieciul into the helicopter and provided medical care while in transit.According to Koch, it is unlikely that Fish and Game will try to find the bear that mauled Pieciul because it was acting defensively, not aggressively.“It would be very tricky to get to logistically and since it’s not an aggressive bear we’re going to let it well enough alone and probably a good idea for folks to stay out of the area,” Koch said.Troopers said Piecieul is being treated at a hospital in Juneau. He suffered a broken arm, puncture wounds and other injuries. Sources close to him said he is now stable and may be discharged as early as Tuesday.A GoFundMe page has been created to support Pieciul’s recovery.Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information. Correction: A previous version of this story stated Piecieul is being treated at a hospital in Anchorage. He is being treated in Juneau.Share this story:last_img read more

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump suspension

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump suspension

first_imgAdvertisement RELATEDTOPICS SAN FRANCISCO [AP] – Former President Donald Trump will not be allowed to returned to Facebook — at least for now. The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to continue his ban from the platform, which was suspended four months ago in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. While uploading the suspension, the board faulted Facebook for the way it made the decision.“It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension,” it said. Trump banned from Facebook and Instagram until 2023 June 7, 2021 Facebook plans to end rule exemptions for politicians June 6, 2021 AdvertisementThe board agreed with Facebook that that two of Trump’s Jan. 6 posts “severely violated” the content standards of both Facebook and Instagram.“We love you. You’re very special,” he said in the first post, and “great patriots” and “remember this day forever” in the second. Those violated Facebook’s rules against praising or supporting people engaged in violence, the board said.Facebook has six months to review the “arbitrary penalty” it issued on Jan. 7, the board said. The platform also has time to decide on another penalty that reflects the “gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm.” Half a billion Facebook users’ information posted on hacking website April 6, 2021 The new penalty must be “clear, necessary and proportionate” and consistent with Facebook’s rules for severe violations, according to the board. The board said if Trump’s accounts are ever restored, the company must find a way to more quickly handle any further violations. Trump has also been permanently banned from Twitter. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: FacebookTrump Instagram to let users filter out abusive messages April 22, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 21, 2019

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 21, 2019

first_img GAA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Thomas (Sonny) DunneDrummond, Rosenallis, LaoisThomas (Sonny) Dunne Drummond, Rosenallis, Co.Laois. Retired E.S.B. In his 95th year Died unexpectedly on April 19th in his daughter Mary’s home 19 Meadow Brook Rosenallis. Predeceased by his wife Mary, son John and grandsons Darragh and Dillon. Deeply regretted by his daughters Patricia and her partner Val, Mary and her husband Paul and Carmel, Grandchildren Shannen,Devin,and Mason,neighbours relatives and friends.Reposing in Mary and Paul’s home on Sunday from 5pm. Recital of the Rosary at 8pm. Funeral arriving St.Brigids Church Rosenallis on Monday for 11 am Requiem Mass. Burial after in St. Brigid’s Cemetery. House private on Monday morning please.James (Jim)) WallWoodbrook, Mountrath, LaoisJames (Jim) Wall, Woodbrook, Mountrath, Co.Laois. Died 19th April 2019 at the Midlands Regional Hosptal Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing family, relatives, neighbours, and friends.Reposing at Burke’s Funeral Home Mountrath on Holy Saturday evening from 7 o’clock, with Rosary at 8 o’clock. Removal on Easter Sunday morning to St. Fintan’s Church Mountrath, for Mass of the Resurrection at 11.30 o’clock, followed by burial in St. Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath.Mary Burke (née Healy)Green Road, Carlow Town, Carlow / Ballybrittas, LaoisMary Burke (née Healy) of Green Road, Carlow and formerly of Ballintogher, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on April 17th, 2019 at Signature Care Nursing Home, Killerig, Co Carlow.Beloved wife of the late Michael and much loved mother of Margaret and Mary. She will be sadly missed by her loving daughters, son-in-law Pat, grandchildren Robert, Chiara and Patrick, brother John, sister Brigid, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.Reposing at Carpenter Bros Funeral Home, Barrack St., Carlow, from 3pm on Monday with removal at 6.45pm to the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, arriving at 7pm.Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 10am followed by burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carlow.Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Diabetes Ireland. House Private, please.Ritchie ConnorPortlaoise, Laois / Raheny, DublinConnor. Ritchie, Drominin Nursing Home, Stradbally and late of Raheny, Dublin. 18th April 2019. Peacefully surrounded by his loving family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Evelyn, daughters Lyndsey and Stacey, son Richard, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, nephew, nieces, grandchildren Abbie, Lucy, Jessica and Dylan, relatives and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home, Portlaoise from 6.30 pm on Friday with rosary at 8 pm. Removal on Saturday morning to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise for 11 am Funeral Prayer Service. Interment will follow in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise.William (Billy) KeyesCuan Bhríde, Rathdowney, LaoisWilliam (Billy) Keyes, 17 Cuan Bhríde, Rathdowney and formerly Borohan Errill, Co. Laois. Peacefully surrounded by his loving family in the kind and dedicated care of the staff of Medical 1 Tullamore General Hospital. Predeceased by his beloved wife Georgina. He will be very sadly missed by his sister Mary (Sr. Canice) Keyes, John of God Sister Kilkenny, Teresa and Martin Flanagan, nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Teresa and Martin Flanagan’s home, Tullacommon, Donaghmore (Eircode R32NP70) on Saturday from 2pm with rosary at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Easter Sunday Morning at 11am in The Church of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney followed by burial in Belady Cemetery, Rathdowney. House private on Sunday morning please.John LawlerBallymun, Dublin / LaoisLawler (Ballymun and late of Raheen, Co. Laois) on 18th April 2019, peacefully, John (Sean) beloved husband of Teresa (Detty) and loving father of Geraldine, Anne, Sean, Bernard (Ben), Noel, Teresa and Alan, predeceased by his sister Nora. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brother Gerard, sister Julie, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sister-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.Reposing at home on Tuesday evening from 5pm to 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Sillogue Road, Ballymun, for Requiem Mass at 10am, followed by burial in Dardistown Cemetery.Family flowers only, please. Donations, in lieu, if desired, to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland.Margaret (Madge) Quigley (née Rigney)Yewston Estate & late of Sarsfield Street, Nenagh, Tipperary / Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisFormerly of Sarsfield Street, Nenagh & Ballaghmore, Borris-in-Ossary. Predeceased by her beloved husbamd Joe & son Joseph. Deeply regretted by her loving sons Paul and Fergus sister Bernie (Fitzpatrick), grandchildren Katie, Laura, Emily and Claire, daughters-in-law Anne & Elaine, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing in Ryans funeral home Nenagh this Friday from 4 o’c with removal at 5.30 o’c to arrive to St. Marys of the Rosary Church, Nenagh, at 6 o’c. Prayer service on Saturday at 12 o’c followed by burial in Lisboney New Cemetery. Donations in lieu of flowers if desired to the Irish Cancer SocietySEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, April 20, 2019 GAA TAGSDeaths in Laois Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 21, 2019 Deaths Previous articleInternationally renowned American actor visits LaoisNext articleLaois shop wins Best High Convenience Store of the Year award Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Siun Lennon – 21st April 2019 GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Twitter Deaths in Laois – Sunday, April 21, 2019last_img read more

Sales practices investigation spurs CEO change at Sentry

Sales practices investigation spurs CEO change at Sentry

first_img Borden Ladner Gervais acquires AUM Law The asset manager initially announced on Jan. 16 that Phil Yuzpe would replace Sean Driscoll in the role of CEO but made no reference to the OSC’s investigation or sales practice issues. The investigation surrounds the asset manager’s compliance with National Instrument 81-105, which details permitted and non-permitted forms of compensation between a mutual fund company and a mutual fund dealer. Sentry has taken “a number of actions” to begin correcting these sales practice issues, according to the firm’s announcement. This includes naming Phil Yuzpe as president and CEO and ultimate designated person and the resignation of Sean Driscoll from the roles of CEO and ultimate designated person. Sentry also created a special committee of the board of directors of Sentry Investments Corp., Sentry’s parent company, in September 2016 to examine compliance issues relating to sales practices. “Under the supervision of the special committee, an external compliance consultant is being retained to review and recommend improvements to Sentry’s internal policies, procedures and practices, and internal controls,” the announcement states. “The consultant’s findings will be reported to the OSC and Sentry has committed to implementing all of their recommendations for changes or improvements.” Photo copyright: olegdudko/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Tessie Sanci New IAFP program lets CFAs fast-track to planner designation OSFI proposes revisions to capital rules for life insurers olegdudko/123RF Keywords ComplianceCompanies Sentry Investments Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Ontario regulator explains cuts to red tape Related news Toronto-based Sentry Investments Inc. acknowledged on Friday that the recent turnover of its CEOs follows the commencement of an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) into the firm’s mutual fund sales practices. last_img read more

Unitholders approve changes to IG product lineup

Unitholders approve changes to IG product lineup

first_img Keywords Fund mergers,  Mutual fundsCompanies IG Wealth Management IG Wealth amends product shelf Details on these changes can be found at Investors Group simplifies mutual fund offering with investment objective changes and mergers. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fundcenter_img IE Staff Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Unitholders approved several changes to streamline IG Wealth Management’s mutual fund lineup and introduce portfolio efficiencies at meetings held on Dec. 4, the Winnipeg-based Investors Group announced Wednesday.IG expects the fund mergers to take effect on or about Feb. 8, 2019, and the changes to the investment objectives of 10 products to take effect in February. last_img read more

Cloudnine Hospital, Vashi teaches APMC police officials basic life support skills

Cloudnine Hospital, Vashi teaches APMC police officials basic life support skills

first_imgCloudnine Hospital, Vashi teaches APMC police officials basic life support skills Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Related Posts MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story News Add Comment By EH News Bureau on January 31, 2020 basic life support skillsCloudnine Hospital center_img The training aimed at raising awareness and standard of care for handling all types of adult, infant, gynaec and cardiac emergencies WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Share Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, in collaboration with APMC Police station, Navi Mumbai recently organised a basic life support training for the police officials. The training, coordinated by Dr Manish Ramteke, Consultant — Pediatrics and Neonatology, and instructed by Winsy Joseph, Assistant Manager – Nursing, Cloudnine Hospital, Vashi, aimed at raising awareness and standard of care for handling all types of adult, infant, gynaec and cardiac emergencies.More than 40 participants received training in “Basic Life Support and First Aid” with support from Cloudnine doctors and para medical staff. The training in APMC, police station was conducted by a team of Life-Support Instructors from the Department of Emergency Medicine at Cloudnine Hospital, Vashi. Follow-up health check-up was conducted at the sidelines of the training comprising of random blood sugar, ECG evaluation, blood pressure check and consultations with doctorsDr Manish Ramteke, Consultant, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Vashi, said, “In an emergency, situation, be it for adults or infants, it is our duty to provide first-aid and quickly get the victim to the hospital. If anyone hesitates or delays the transportation, then it can prove fatal with life-threatening circumstances. Every family should have at one person trained in Basic Life Support and First-Aid skills.” Adding further, Dr Ramteke said, “Training officials with life support skills will help stabilise patients till medical aid is provided, thereby significantly improving the medical outcomes when the patient finally arrives at the hospital.” Comments (0) Read Articlelast_img read more

LegalFuel Technology Workshop Day set for June 17

LegalFuel Technology Workshop Day set for June 17

first_img As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the world and forces more remote work and activities — including having The Florida Bar Annual Convention switch from an in-person to a virtual event — what could be a better time to get the latest information on technology for the legal world.The Bar’s LegalFuel practice management assistance service will be sponsoring the Technology Workshop Day June 17 as part of the convention. It will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and garners up to seven hours of CLE credit, including two hours of ethics credit and five hours of technology credit.Jack Newton, founder of Clio and one of the speakers at the seminar, said consumers accustomed to the ease of using services like Netflix, Airbnb, and Uber, expect the same from law firms.“Technology is critical for helping law firms become more client-centered — and a client-centered approach is absolutely crucial not only to business success, but to a law firm’s survival,” Newton said. “Today’s consumer has much more choice than they’ve had in the past when it comes to how they solve their legal issues; alternative legal service providers are on the rise, and, according to the 2018 Legal Trends Report, 35% of those with a legal issue in the past two years did not hire a lawyer at all.”Lawyers, he said, can use technology to capture those clients. Another survey in 2018 showed that 77% of those responding did not turn to a lawyer or other third party to solve a legal issue.“We’ll be discussing how by leveraging tech, lawyers can put their firms in a position to capture these clients with actionable strategies to become client-centered,” Newton said. “We’re at an inflection point in the legal industry, and across all businesses. The most successful law firms will commit to using technology to deliver client experiences that lead to happier clients, positive reviews, more referrals, and more new business.”The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is only accelerating those trends, he said.“The legal industry has changed more over the past few months than it has in the last 30 years. We’re seeing the first trials conducted via Zoom, the normalization of e-filings and e-signatures, an increase in telephone hearings, and countless other innovative approaches to providing access to the legal system. This widespread adoption of technology to improve access to legal services was debated for years and is long overdue,” Newton said.Topics at the seminar run from marketing to artificial intelligence to maintaining a client centered practice in a technological world.Specific sessions and speakers, which are subject to change, are: Become a More Effective Practitioner with Mindfulness and Technology with Nefra MacDonald of Clio; The Malpractice of Hunches: Professional Responsibility, AI, and Data Analytics with Ed Walters of Fastcase; Client Intake and Relationship Management in 2020 — What Your Firm Needs to know with Maddy Martin of Smith AI; The Client Centered Law Firm with Newton and which is the keynote presentation; Leveraging Freelance Attorneys and Tech to Next-Level Your Practice with Kristin Tyler of LAWCLERK; The Top 5 Online Marketing Myths That May Be Hurting Your Law Firm + Marketing Ethics with Mark Homer of GNGF; and Next Generation Legal Re-search: Your Obligation and Your Business’s Edge with Thomas Hamilton, Julian D’Angelo, and Maya Bielinski of ROSS Intelligence.Aside from the June 17 seminar, Newton is also having a “fireside chat” — also sponsored by LegalFuel — on technology and the legal profession on June 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. The event offers one hour of general and one hour of technology CLE credit.For information or to register for either event, go to the Bar’s convention page on the Bar’s website and clink the link to “CLE Opportunities.” That leads to a day-by-day schedule of all CLE events, with outline information and a registration button by each course. LegalFuel Technology Workshop Day set for June 17 Jun 08, 2020 By Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Top Storieslast_img read more

New pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scooters

New pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scooters

first_imgTags :Birddocklesse-scooterLimeLimeBikescootershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSpecialized firefighters responded to dangling car rescue with ropes, saws and trainingIT’S MAKE MUSIC DAY NEXT THURSYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours ago HomeNewsNew pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scooters Jun. 13, 2018 at 10:22 amNewsNew pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scootersadmin3 years agoBirddocklesse-scooterLimeLimeBikescooter Electric scooter companies showed strength in numbers Tuesday, calling on their fleet of independent contractors and tech enthusiasts to argue against a cap on the number of dockless electric devices in Santa Monica city limits. During a five-hour debate over a new pilot program to govern the disruptive companies, the City Council declined to set finite limits the number of devices zipping around town.“Cities like Santa Monica haven’t seen so much disruption on our streets since Henry Ford flooded them with Model Ts and scared the horses,” said Councilmember Kevin McKeown.Under the new ordinance, the city will select up to four vendors to operate during a 16-month program. Vendors will be required to meet utilization targets to ensure efficient use of both bikes and scooters. City staff had recommended capping the number of devices around 1,500 – roughly the amount of Birds already strewn on city sidewalks on any given day. However, representatives for Bird, Lime and Ofo Bikes argued the scooters’ ubiquitous nature is crucial to their success, allowing the convenience of a cheap electric ride on any street corner. “The market will, in the end, establish the number of devices…none of these companies have the incentive either financially or operationally to have more devices on the streets than are really being used,” said Philip Recht, a lobbyist for Beijing-based Ofo Bikes, which is currently valued at $3 billion, with 10 million yellow bicycles deployed in 20 countries.According to City Hall, the pilot program willSet a dynamic device cap based on utilization.Require vendors to create interactive safety education for users and increase the availability of helmets for riders at the time of use.Require operators to share real-time utilization data with the City.Allow up to four operators to be selected to participate made up of at least two electric scooter and two electric bike options.Ensure equitable distribution throughout the City.Require operators to develop systems that will remedy improper parking, including pick up/drop off zones and incentives.Enhance operator customer service and responsiveness to resident and user complaints, including a 24-hour hotline.Set forth a broader list of recommended program components through which partners could be evaluated during the pilot term.Several cities across the globe have experienced escalating levels of dockless device clutter as companies race to capture market share in a brand new business.  In Dallas, for example, various companies littered streets with as many as 20,000 bikes in their quest to attract loyal riders with convenience. Nine months after their debut, Bird’s chief legal officer pivoted from disruption to cooperation. In February, the start-up settled a lawsuit from the city arguing the company operated without the proper business licences, agreeing to pay $300,000 in fines. The E-scooter company has now expanded into cities across the United States and is reportedly worth $1 billion.“We are so far from perfect,” lawyer David Estrada said, while offering a menu of solutions to appease Councilmembers’ concerns about public safety. City leaders said they received more than 1,000 duplicate emails from Bird riders supporting the controversial company. Several speakers complained Bird has refused to cooperate with the Santa Monica Police Department and the public to punish users who violate the vehicle laws or carelessly dump scooters on driveways and wheelchair ramps.Bird will be just one of several companies competing for the right to operate in the city. Applicants will have to suggest interactive safety solutions to rampant user violations, as thousands of users illegally ride without helmets and on city sidewalks. The Council also suggested a program to distribute helmets more quickly to first time users, such as a partnership with hotels to provide helmets to tourists. The Council heard from more than fifty public speakers on the issue, including longtime residents who complained careless users run down pedestrians and leave the electric scooters strewn across the public right-of-way. “Basically pedestrians have become the bowling pins of Santa Monica. We are an endangered species. We cannot walk safely down the street,”  said resident Bill Davids.Under the pilot program, electric bike and scooter companies will work with the city to establish pick up and drop off zones.  Councilmember Terry O’Day urged planning staff to consider leasing street parking spaces to the companies move the devices off sidewalks. 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Loupe leads as Deere Round 1 suspended

Loupe leads as Deere Round 1 suspended

first_imgSILVIS, Ill. – Zach Johnson made himself right at home in the John Deere Classic – again. From just up the road in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the two-time major champion shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Andrew Loupe in the suspended first round. ”I don’t know what it is, but I love the golf course,” said Johnson, the 2012 winner at TPC Deere Run. ”I love the putting surfaces. I do know the moment I feel like I can take this place down is the moment it can bite me, so I’ve still got to stay focused and keep the pedal down.” Loupe topped the leaderboard at 8 under when play was suspended because of darkness. The tournament was delayed for 3 1/2 hours by a storm that dropped just over an inch of rain. The round resumed at 3:08 p.m., with none of the afternoon starters able to finish. Loupe will resume play Friday with a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 15th hole. The 27-year-old former LSU player had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine and added birdies on 11, 13 and 14. Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Moore were in at 65 with Johnson, and Tom Gillis also was 6 under with two holes left. Johnson had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the bogey-free round that he started on the 10th tee. The 12-time PGA Tour winner capped the run on the par-5 second and also birdied the par-4 sixth. John Deere Classic: Articles, photos and videos ”As far as the start and stop, we’re used to that,” Johnson said. ”That’s not any secret. It happens all the time. There’s days where there’s a 30-minute delay, there’s days where, shoot, it takes 30-some odd hours to play 18 holes. I’m used to it. Relaxed a little bit, ate something, worked out a little bit, that kind of thing, just to stay loose, and then went back at it.” Rodgers birdied the final hole for a back-nine 31. ”Today was a really solid day for me,” said Rodgers, the former Stanford star from Indiana. ”I felt like I was very consistent tee to green and gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdies. My only bogey was a three-putt. My only missed green was in the fringe, so I played really solid golf. There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities to make mistakes.” Moore eagled the par-5 17th in his opening nine, and finished with a 30-foot par save on No. 9. ”I was playing well and you hate to drop a shot on the last hole,” the four-time tour winner said. ”I didn’t play the hole well by any means. I didn’t hit any good golf shots. But a good putt can save just about anything, and that’s what happened.” Jordan Spieth chose not to defend his title because he didn’t think it would be appropriate in light of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics. Scott Pinckney and Scott Brown shot 66, and Geoff Ogilvy and Morgan Hoffman also were 5 under. Ogilvy completed 12 holes, and Hoffman 14. Pinckney made five straight birdies and six in a seven-hole stretch on his final nine. ”Honestly, I played good on both sides, but the putts started to drop, and I put it a little bit closer on the back side,” Pinckney said. ”So, it wasn’t like all of a sudden I’m hitting it good.” Three-time champion Steve Stricker had a 70. The 49-year-old Stricker, a former University of Illinois player from Wisconsin, won the event in 2009, 2010 and 2011. ”Even after the rain, the inch of rain we got, the conditions were pretty good,” Stricker said. ”I just didn’t play that sharply.” Wesley Bryan has 2 under with eight holes left. He won his third Web.com Tour title of the season last week in Kansas to earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion. NCAA champion Aaron Wise was 1 under after seven holes in his PGA Tour debut as a pro. The former Oregon player won a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event two weeks ago in Edmonton, Alberta.last_img read more

Report: Valley-Wide Cost of Living Below National Average

Report: Valley-Wide Cost of Living Below National Average

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The overall cost of living in the Flathead Valley last year was slightly lower than the nationwide average, according to local data analyzed by the Council for Community and Economic Research.A survey conducted by the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and evaluated by CCER determined the cost of consumer goods and services in local communities was 2.6 percent below the composite average among 307 American cities.The cost of living index measures regional differences in costs for professional and managerial households in the higher income quintile, or top 20 percentile. The index is based on more than 90,000 prices covering 60 different items. Analysts review the categories of housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care and miscellaneous goods and services. The index percentages do not correlate with absolute priced value. They gauge category items relative to the total data submitted from cities across the country.The average cost of housing in Kalispell, Whitefish, Bigfork and Columbia Falls ranked nearly 12 percent below the nationwide average, according to CCER. Local housing costs were almost 8 percent lower than average in 2012 compared to 2011.The cost of utilities, such as gas and electric, rose more than 8 percent last year but remains almost 7 percent below nationwide prices. Health care prices rose 1.3 percent and rank almost nine percent higher than the U.S. average.The cost of grocery items dropped 2.4 percent but remain more than 7 percent higher than average.In comparison, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), organized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed a nationwide increase of 1.7 percent in 2012 after a 3 percent rise in 2011, the third smallest hike in a decade. The average increase over the last 10 years has been 2.4 percent. The CPI measures price changes in the economy.The Flathead Valley has consistently ranked either 5 percent above or below the average national cost of living index, according to Chamber of Commerce President Joe Unterreiner. Since 2009, the overall trend has been dropping favorably, according to eight years of data compiled by the local chamber.“We know we’re doing well for cost of living so we’d like to continue to direct our efforts to improve revenues and family incomes,” Unterreiner said.With job growth sitting atop the chamber’s agenda for this year, a local manufacturing alliance has been organized to keep expanding the industry, Unterreiner said. “(Manufacturing) is a real strength in our economy right now,” he said.Unterreiner said the chamber is also focused on advancing “pro-growth” legislation and regulatory reform, such as eliminating high regulation fees that “drive up the costs of job creators and make it harder to higher new employees.”Expanding trade, tourism and transportation opportunities also rank high in this year’s chamber agenda. Three signature events are scheduled for summer — the multi-day Montana Dragon Boat Festival and United States Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show and the Montana Spartan Race, which has already attracted roughly 2,200 registered participants.Along with encouraging further development of the Highway 93 Alternate Route, Unterreiner said efforts are underway to attract nonstop flights to Los Angeles from Glacier International Airport using a $200,000 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration. To view the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce’s year-end report and 2013 agenda, visit www.kalispellchamber.com.last_img read more