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first_img December 8, 2016 The Royal Australian Navy’s mine warfare and clearance diving task group spent two weeks testing its mine warfare capabilities during the Australian Navy’s large-scale exercise Ocean Raider.During the drills, the group coordinated the location and disposal of simulated sea mines from Broken Bay, New South Wales, and in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia.The headquarters team used minehunters, HMA Ships Gascoyne and Huon, and specialised diving unit clearance diving team four to achieve the mission.Their ability to clear and secure access points allowed notional waiting forces to enter by sea and evacuate citizens affected by the conflict.Director of the maritime evaluation team, Commander Max Muller, said the test demonstrated the headquarters and its forces could carry out complex maritime advance force operations in a real time environment.“Live exercise training allows the Navy to test combat effectiveness in a warfighting environment,” Commander Muller said.“This certification confirms Navy’s capability to shape the area of operations and enable successful amphibious operations.”Held from November 14 to December 4, Ocean Raider, involved warships, submarines, aircraft and more than 1,500 Defence personnel, is designed to develop and certify fleets units in task-group-level joint sea combat and is held in locations around Australia. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian mine warfare specialists tested during exercise Ocean Raider View post tag: Ocean Raider View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: MCM Australian mine warfare specialists tested during exercise Ocean Raider Share this articlelast_img read more


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first_imgDefinitionUnder direct to minimum supervision of the head of the Division,Department, or Program, the non-academic, non-classified short-termsupport employee will provide services to the department to supportand assist regular employees by performing a variety of neededtemporary tasks.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District, and are not benefits eligible. Short-termemployment shall not result in the displacement of Classifiedpersonnel.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees perform servicesand tasks, which once completed, will not be extended or needed ona continuing basis. Short-term non-classified employees performservices that are not re-occurring and are not a permanentcomponent of the District’s operations. Short-term employees may beemployed to perform work at a one-time event that occurs on anirregular basis.Short-term non classified employees may not exceed 160 workingdays within a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and may not exceed 19working hours per week and may only occupy one primary assignmentwithin the District.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:On a temporary basis, provide clerical support and assistance to adepartment or program. Requires some practical knowledge, skills,training, and/or experience in a related setting. Supervisor willprovide direction.Provide support and assistance to regular employees in theDivision, Department or Program.Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Perform related tasks and duties, as required. Qualifications and Physical DemandsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education and Experience:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Or, any combination of education an experience that wouldprovide the required equivalent qualifications. LICENSES OR OTHER REQUIREMENTS :Some job assignments may require a valid California driver’slicense and/or possession of a license and/or certificate ofcompletion from an accredited college or agency relative to theassigned area. Continuing education, training or certification maybe required.Knowledge of:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Ability to:Dependent on the specific Division, Department or Program jobassignment.Conditions of EmploymentUnder direct to minimum supervision of the head of the Division,Department, or Program, the non-academic, non-classified short-termsupport employee will provide services to the department to supportand assist regular employees by performing a variety of neededtemporary tasks.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees are notpart of classified service. Non-academic, non-classified short-termemployees are at-will employees, have no entitlement rights to anyposition in the District, and are not benefits eligible. Short-termemployment shall not result in the displacement of Classifiedpersonnel.Non-academic, non-classified short-term employees perform servicesand tasks, which once completed, will not be extended or needed ona continuing basis. Short-term non-classified employees performservices that are not re-occurring and are not a permanentcomponent of the District’s operations. Short-term employees may beemployed to perform work at a one-time event that occurs on anirregular basis.Short-term non classified employees may not exceed 160 workingdays within a fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) and may not exceed 19working hours per week and may only occupy one primary assignmentwithin the District.* Retired CalPERS Annuitants: may not exceed 960 hours in afiscal year (July 1 through June 30)*Employment is contingent upon verification of employment history,background verification as governed under Education Coderequirements, eligibility to work in the United States, andapproval by the CCCD Board of Trustees. Short term/temporaryassignments do not offer fringe benefits or pay for holidays ortime not worked but are entitled to sick leave per Labor Code2810.5. However, CalPERS retired annuitants are not entitled tothis benefit. The hours of work and effective date of employmentwill be arranged with the supervisor.Regular attendance is considered an essential job function; theinability to meet attendance requirements may preclude the employeefrom retaining employment.The person holding this position is considered a mandatedreporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Actand is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CoastCommunity College District policies, procedures, and Title IX.(Reference: BP/AP 5910)The Coast Community College District celebrates all forms ofdiversity and is deeply committed to fostering an inclusiveenvironment within which students, staff, administrators, andfaculty thrive. Individual’s interested in advancing the District’sstrategic diversity goals are strongly encouraged to apply.Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicantswith disabilities who self-disclose.Application materials must be electronically submitted on-lineat http://www.cccd.edu/employment . Incomplete applications and applicationmaterials submitted by mail will not be considered.Additional InformationAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTSTo be considered for employment you must submit a completeapplication packet. A complete application packet includes:Online Employment ApplicationAnswers to all of the supplemental questions.Candidates will also be responsible for all travel expenses ifselected for an interview, the Coast Community College Districtdoes not reimburse for candidate travel expenses.Disability AccommodationsIf you require accommodations in the Application or ExaminationProcess, please notify Human Resources by calling (714)438-4714.PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENTcenter_img The physical demands are representative of those that must bemet by an employee to successfully perform the essential functionsof this job.The work environment characteristics are representative ofthose an employee encounters while performing the essentialfunctions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individualswith disabilities to perform the essential functions.A detailed list of physical demands and work environment is onfile and will be provided upon request.The Coast Community College District is a multi-college districtthat includes Coastline Community College , Golden WestCollege , and Orange Coast College . The three colleges offerprograms in transfer, general education, occupational/technicaleducation, community services and student support services.Coastline, Golden West and Orange Coast Colleges enroll more than60,000 students each year in more than 300 degree and certificateprograms.Since it’s founding in 1947, the Coast Community College Districthas enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading community collegedistricts in the United States. Governed by a locally elected Boardof Trustees, the Coast Community College District plays animportant role in the community by responding to needs of achanging and increasingly diverse population.This direct link 2020 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (ASFSR) is the 2020Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for Coast Colleges. Thecrime statistics for calendar years 2017, 2018, and 2019 weresubmitted to the U.S. Department of Education as required under theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus CrimeStatistics Act. A hardcopy can be provided from one of the CampusSafety Offices. Please contact any of the Campus Safety Offices forany questions regarding the report.Coast Community College District is an Equal OpportunityEmployerThe Coast Community College District is committed to employingqualified administrators/managers, faculty, and staff members whoare dedicated to student learning and success. The Board recognizesthat diversity in the academic environment fosters awareness,promotes mutual understanding and respect, and provides suitablerole models for all students. The Board is committed to hiring andstaff development processes that support the goals of equalopportunity and diversity, and provide equal consideration for allqualified candidates. The District does not discriminate unlawfullyin providing educational or employment opportunities to any personon the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, genderexpression, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sexualorientation, marital status, medical condition, physical or mentaldisability, military or veteran status, or geneticinformation.APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:http://www.cccd.edu1370 Adams AvenueCosta Mesa, CA [email protected]last_img read more


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first_imgIN SUPPORT OF DRAG QUEEN READING HOURBY WALLACE PAYNTERThe Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library is joining other libraries around the nation, creating new and innovative programs that encourage reading.The newest upcoming program, Drag Queen Reading Hour, is being created to promote diversity and to encourage student reading. The program is not a mandatory program that students have to attend. It is a program at a library where parents can choose to bring their kids.There are many other reading programs which have adults dressed in costume, most recently the Santa reading hour.As I read the details of the opposition’s petition, it focuses on sex and sexuality. It misses the mark … children’s story hour doesn’t discuss sex and sexuality. It’s a performer reading a book and doing crafts or activities … and letting the kids know that we are all different in some way and that’s okay.I believe City Council member Justin Elpers has important issues to work on that impact city government. This isn’t one of them. Parents who support this program will take their kids to it. The publicity he has given this event will have the reverse effect …. I believe the event will be standing room only because of the publicity he has given the event.My thanks to the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library for promoting diverse events that promote reading.Click on this link to sign the petition in support of this program: https://www.change.org/p/evansville-vanderburgh-public-library-we-support-drag-queen-story-hour-at-evpl-d5d8c91b-a77c-40dd-a5e2-6cf8899f5766Wally Paynter, PresidentTri-State AllianceTSAGL.orgFacebook.com/TriStateAllianceFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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first_img IS IT TRUE last week Vectren Corp hosted the Evansville Brownsfield Corp. meeting at their Corporate Headquarters in which there was no recognition of the presence of citizens attending the meeting by the board? …it was equally insulting that no agendas were available to those individuals attending this meeting? … that NO opportunities were giving to ask questions or make comments were afforded to those present? …we are disappointed that former Vanderburgh County Sheriff, Congressman and current President of Vectren Energy Delivery- South, Brad Ellsworth sit by quietly and allow interested citizens attending this meeting to be snubbed by a Board he serves on?  …if he doesn’t watch himself Evansville Brownfields Corp will become an embarrassment not only to him but also to Vectren alike?IS IT TRUE if you feel that Evansville Brownfield Corp. meetings should be opened to the public please contact the following individuals in charge of ruining this fully funded taxpayer funded program? …attached are their e-mail addresses so you can tell them how you feel? …they are: Carolyn [mailto:[email protected]] Brad Ellsworth ; Connie Robinson ; Coures, Kelley ; Joshua Armstrong ([email protected]) ; Kevin Axsom ([email protected]) ; [email protected]; Nick Cirignano ([email protected]) ; [email protected]?IS IT TRUE we hope that someone attending the next Evansville Brownfieds Corp public meeting will ask board members to explain their property purchasing strategies?  …we would like to know why did they paid $40,000 for an extremely dilapidated house on Jefferson and how much did they pay someone to tear down the house?IS IT TRUE if Evansville Brownfields Corp is a land bank we wonder who cleared the snow off the sidewalks in front of the properties they own during the last two snows?IS IT TRUE  we hope that the Special Agents of the Investigations Division of the Office of the Special Inspector General For The Troubled Asset Relief Program aren’t conducting an Investigation of misconduct, influence peddling or conflict of interest concerning any locally elected or appointed officials?IS IT TRUE if City officials were up on the investigation presently being conducted by Special Agents of the Investigations Division of the Office of the Special Inspector General For The Troubled Asset Relief Program pertaining to the spending of TARP FUNDS why did they call a former City Councilman to get their names and Washington, D C  phone numbers?IS IT TRUE we are expecting the results of the State Board Of Accounts annual audit of the City of Evansville to be made public any day now? …we can’t wait to see if past City Council President and Finance Chairmen John Friend CPA was correct that the City had around a $6 plus million dollar deficit at the end of the year?Todays “Readers Poll” question is “Do You Believe DMD Director Kelley Coures Assertions That The Feds Are Not Doing An Investigation But An Audit of TARP Funds”?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


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first_imgChad and Kristin Gallagher pictured with Michele and Jay Gillian. Ocean City finally has its own custom framing shop.Salt Works Studio recently opened at 844 Central Avenue, near the intersection of 9th and Central, offering something Ocean City never had before.“We aim to offer incredible quality, and great design consultation, at a price that is affordable—without leaving the island,” said proprietor Kristin Gallagher.Family, friends, and the chamber turned out for the ribbon cutting.In addition to custom framing, the store has retail offerings and strives to support local artists by displaying some of their work.The business officially opened recently with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian and wife Michele, the Executive Director of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce.“Custom framing has been a longtime hobby of mine,” Gallagher said. “I’m excited to be here to help people create their own timeless pieces of art.”She said the availability of the space for the new shop, and timing was right for her to go “all in” on the new shop. She said Ocean City is a natural for people to capture artistic images.  Her mission is to allow them to be mounted on walls and enjoyed by all.In the past, people wanting custom framing needed to go to a chain crafts store, where the options are somewhat limited and the prices can be on the high end. Salt Works Studio offers a wider range of options without breaking the bank.  In fact, a unique framing piece can often cost less than standard framing, she said.“We can do everything from traditional framing for fine art, to things that are really different and creative,” Gallagher said. Examples include driftwood frames, frames made from reclaimed barn wood, odd sized frames, odd-shaped frames and the like.Kristen said she recently created unique framing for a client who had a group of vintage Ocean City business logos which she accentuated with “beachy” matting. She hopes to offer the same type of one-on-one consultation with customers in order to create unique, one of a kind art pieces.Some of the memories she can help preserve are family beach portraits, pet portraits, “which make great gifts,” she says, and watercolor house portraits by Katie Waters. These are popular with people who want to hang up a reminder of their beach house at their primary residence, she said, “or even realtors looking for a special client gift after settlement.”She encourages folks to make appointments by emailing [email protected] or by calling 609-814-2250.  She can also be contacted on social media via Instagram, @saltworksstudio.Another unique aspect of the shop is a service she calls “Gallery Moments,” in which the business can take a cell phone picture and turn it into a unique art piece.“We can take your favorite cell phone picture, capture it and reproduce it on acrylic, metal or canvas, and even have the image painted,” to transform it from a digital photo to an original painting,With so many options available at affordable prices, Sand Works Studio should soon become an Ocean City home decorating staple.last_img read more


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first_imgSandwich chain O’Briens says sales have risen by 14% across 50 stores, which have been redesigned in the past two months.The store makeovers include a reworking of in-store signage and images, with soft seating, lighting and café tables introduced.The franchise chain now plans to roll out the new look across all 100 of its stores in the UK and its 120 in Ireland, as well as across its total of 300 stores worldwide.”The redesign has helped differentiate O’Briens from other high-street sandwich bars. The fact that we are owner-operated also brings an independent feel that consumers seem to trust and feel comfortable with,” said Fiacra Nagle, CEO of O’Briens Sandwich Bars.last_img


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first_imgWhile the proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has expanded learning opportunities for individuals around the world, the digital classroom is also subject to many of the same issues as the traditional one — such as cheating.In a new working paper, researchers at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have identified a new method of cheating specific to open online courses, and have recommended a number of strategies that are proving effective in preventing it.The working paper, “Detecting and Preventing ‘Multiple-Account’ Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses,” was published today on arXiv.org, an online repository for electronic preprints.Isaac Chuang, a professor of electrical engineering and physics, senior associate dean of digital learning at MIT, and one of the authors of the working paper, explained that he and his colleagues were inspired to examine the problem in an effort to better understand all the opportunities that online courses provide, in both learning and cheating.“If learners in some online courses are circumventing the learning process and obtaining certification without going through the traditional routes of assessment and feedback, then the certification does not necessarily imply that they learned anything. This could seriously devalue MOOC certification,” Chuang said. “This is a well-known issue in academics, and it’s happening in new ways in online settings. We want to understand and address this issue as online education continues to grow.”Andrew Ho, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, chair of the HarvardX research committee, and an author of the working paper, added that the paper describes “a new cheating technique that is particular to MOOCs. It is enabled by specific design features, including the ability to create multiple accounts for free. This is a method of cheating that allows you to acquire a certification for a course in an hour, which is not possible through conventional cheating approaches. This is cheating of a different kind.”CAMEO usersWhile analyzing data gathered from learners using the edX online learning platform, the researchers noticed that certain users were answering assessment questions “faster than is humanly possible,” according to Chuang. Upon further examination, the researchers realized that a number of learners appeared to be employing a cheating strategy they refer to as “copying answers using multiple existences online” (CAMEO).In this method of cheating, a user creates multiple accounts, one of which is the primary account that will ultimately earn a certificate. The other accounts are used to find or “harvest” the correct answers to assessment questions for the master account.To determine the amount of cheating occurring in classes where learners can obtain certification for passing the course, the researchers developed an algorithm that can identify CAMEO users. The algorithm searches for pairs of related accounts in which one account responds to most of the answers incorrectly and the other provides mostly correct answers on the first attempt. Activity time stamps are then reviewed to see when the account suspected of harvesting answers solved a particular problem just after the master account did. The algorithm also looks to see whether related accounts might share IP addresses across multiple courses.The researchers examined data gathered from 1.9 million course participants in 115 MOOCs offered by HarvardX and MITx from the fall of 2012 through the spring of 2015. They discovered that in 69 courses where users were found to have been employing the CAMEO strategy, 1.3 percent of the certificates earned (1,237 certificates) appeared to have been obtained through such cheating. Additionally, the researchers found that among earners of 20 or more certificates, 25 percent appeared to have used the CAMEO strategy. In some courses CAMEO users may account for as many as 5 percent of certificates earned.Although these percentages are lower than the prevalence of reported cheating, which by some accounts is greater than 50 percent, the authors argue that these percentages are nonetheless significant. “This is not an isolated incident of copying on part of one assignment,” Ho says. “This is the wholesale falsification of a certificate.”CAMEO use was found to be higher among young, less-educated males outside the United States. The rate among U.S. users was particularly low, at 0.4 percent of certificates earned. The authors observed that these rates may correlate with the perceived value of the certificate across different countries.The prevalence of CAMEO use was highest in government, health, and social science courses, where 1.3 percent of certificates were earned by employing the cheating strategy, and lowest in computer science courses, where just 0.1 percent of certificates were obtained using the technique.Prevention techniquesThe authors outlined a number of strategies to prevent cheating in online courses, including restricting solutions to assessments until after assignments are due, and randomizing questions so that each learner receives a customized set of problems.However, some of these strategies are costly or may limit learning opportunities. “We may face a tradeoff between enabling learning and preventing cheating,” Chuang noted.The researchers found that in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses where such techniques may have been employed, CAMEO use accounted for just 0.1 percent of certificates earned, as opposed to 1.2 percent of certificates earned in courses that did not use any prevention strategies.While techniques including randomization are easy to employ in STEM courses, Chuang noted that they are more challenging to implement in humanities courses, where multiple-choice questions are commonly used as part of the assessment process. Nonetheless, the researchers hope that their findings will inspire course content creators to implement some of the prevention strategies they have outlined and that this research will inspire further evaluation of cheating in MOOCs.“One of the most interesting lessons from the paper is that there are ways to mitigate cheating that are straightforward and implementable by the teams creating online course content,” Chuang said. “We also expect platform improvements, such as virtual proctoring, to help reduce cheating.”“This paper addresses a growing challenge as higher education digitizes: ensuring that the work that students do is their work,” said George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, who was not involved in the research.“MOOCs, and in the case of this paper, the development of multiple online identities, present a new set of challenges for academics,” Siemens said. “The stakes in learning can be high, since academic performance can influence job opportunities. Ensuring that work is done by the student proclaiming to have done it will continue to be a challenge online and in classrooms.”last_img read more


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first_imgFreestyle Double CrossWintergreen, Va., January 26, February 9 & 22 To celebrate the winter season, Wintergreen hosts three competitions on its slopes, which culminate in one overall winner. The races are open to both skiers and snowboarders as well as all ages and skill levels. Each competition has multiple heats of four participants who cruise through the terrain park at lightning speed. freestyleonlinenews.comCupp Run ChallengeSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 3 Designed by Olympic gold medalist Jean Claude Killy in 1973, the short yet stout Cupp Run gives skiers a run for their money every year. The Cupp Runn Challenge has been one of the East’s most trying races since its inaugural year. The giant slalom course plunges 1,500 vertical feet downhill in just under a mile and a half. snowshoemtn.comRichard T. Trundy Memorial Sugar Cup CompetitionSugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., March 9The event is a giant slalom competition, intended for racers with at least intermediate or above ability levels. Competitors can feel good about racing for this event, as 100 percent of all entry fees go to the American Cancer Society. Activities like the Great Bear Race, a magic show, and of course the cake and ice cream make this a great way to hit the slopes with the family one last time before spring settles in. skisugar.comBanked Slalom RaceBeech Mountain Resort, N.C., February 22Berms, hips, slash walls, doubles. You name it, chances are the Banked Slalom course at Beech has it. Although not nearly as big of a crowd-drawer as freestyle wintersport events, banked slalom races in particular are starting to gain in popularity. An added incentive for competitors is access to a discounted lift ticket for the day. beechmountainresort.comCat Cage Rail JamCataloochee Ski Area, N.C., DecemberHead south to Cataloochee’s Cat Cage Rail Jam, a fun, community-based event that sees some pretty talented athletes busting out some pretty sweet tricks. With a season pass raffle, giveaways, food, and drinks, the best part of this rail jam party is in its inclusive atmosphere. The free entry makes getting out there to try something new a more approachable idea for first-timers. iskinc.comBest of the RestBiff-vitationalRoundtop Mountain Resort, Penn., January 4 • iraceforbiff.orgSeptuagenarian PartySugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., January 7 • skisugar.comK2 Pop This!Appalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., January 10 • appskimtn.comWinter Fest Rail JamBeech Mountain Resort, N.C., January 11 • beechmountainresort.comBlackstrap Friday Night Rail JamWisp Resort, Md., January 17, February 21, March 14 • wispresort.comAppalachian Snowboard SeriesBryce Resort, Va., February 8-9 • srrclub.orgPatrick Shire Memorial Giant SlalomLiberty Mountain Resort, Penn., February 9 • paracing.orgWest Virginia OpenSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., February 22 • snowshoemtn.comSpring Fling 2014Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, Tenn., March 9 • obergatlinburg.comSnowy Luau FestivalTimberline Resort, W. Va., March 14-15• timberlineresort.comMeltdown GamesAppalachian Ski Mountain, N.C., March 22 • appskimtn.comMotown ThrowdownMorgantown, W. Va., November • pathfinderwv.comJack Frost CelebrationWhite Grass Touring Center, W. Va., December 6-7 • whitegrass.comSugar FestSugar Mountain Ski Resort, N.C., December 12-14 • skisugar.comPicnic in the Park Rail JamSnowshoe Mountain Ski Resort, W.Va., December • snowshoemtn.com _______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsportslast_img read more


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first_imgA pristine tract of land that has been the subject of a hotly contested debate for decades will soon be added to the 500,000-acre Nantahala National Forest of western North Carolina.The 50-acre Fires Creek parcel, which sits on the border of Cherokee and Clay Counties in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest, has long been prized for its wildernesslike nature and outstanding water quality.The parcel was one of the few inholdings left when the Nantahala was established in the early 1900s. An inholding is a piece of land within a national forest that remained in private hands even after the forest was initially protected.In 2006, the absentee owners of the Fires Creek parcel, which will soon provide public trout fishing, hiking and other recreational opportunities, sold the land to four locals in the area. According to the Asheville Citizen Times, these locals had dreams of building remote cabins on the property and ultimately turning it into a personal grouse hunting getaway.But access to the remote parcel became a major issue when a proposed road threatened the water quality of the highly sensitive Fires Creek creating a maelstrom of opposition from locals and environmental groups alike.“Most of us grew up in this area, and as little kids we dreamed of owning the only private property in Fires Creek,” Michael Anderson, owner of Lot 3 of the Fires Creek property, said in a statement provided to the Citizen Times.“Our intent was to have a place to grouse hunt and make memories with our families. The parcel was privately owned long before the Forest Service obtained the land around it and could have been sold to anyone. We never wanted that property to be anything but a place for us to get away.”Though the Forest Service did grant the special use permit necessary for the construction of the access road in 2013, the project never came to fruition, and on November 20, 2017, the group of four Fires Creek landowners decided to sell the property to the nonprofit Mainspring Conservation Trust.The sale ensures that the 50-acre piece of property will remain in its natural state. It will also return a popular hiking trail known as the Fires Creek Rim Trail, a 26-mile loop trail, to its original route. This trail was rerouted off of the rim of Fires Creek by the Forest Service in 2013 when the special use permit needed for the proposed access road was granted.The purchase has also been heralded by the local Trout Unlimited chapter, who’s chairman, John Kies, called the Fires Creek parcel “a beautiful, wonderful place.”last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo July 26, 2010 Peru and Chile agreed to relaunch cooperation mechanisms in order to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and also agreed to inform one another about their military expenditures, the Peruvian foreign ministry announced. The agreement was reached during the visit to Lima by the Chilean deputy secretary of foreign relations, Fernando Schmidt, for the Ninth Meeting of the Peruvian-Chilean Consultation and Political Coordination Mechanism with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio. Both officials highlighted the upcoming technical meeting between officials from the two countries’ defense and foreign ministries, “with a view to reviving the coordination mechanisms aimed at validating common standards for measuring military expenditures, to be held in Lima on 26 July.” Schmidt and Popolizio also affirmed the importance of continuing work on demining in the border region, a statement by the foreign ministry indicated. The document indicated the need to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and its serious consequences. For this reason, the two officials agreed that the Sixth Meeting of the Mixed Commission on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances should be held this year, at the same time that they reaffirmed their desire to collaborate on closing their borders to drug trafficking. The deputy foreign ministers made reference to the importance of continuing to develop bilateral trade, which has reached a value of three billion dollars. They also agreed on the importance of coordinating their participation in the regional and multilateral forums of which both countries are members, such as APEC and the Latin American Pacific Rim Forum. Peru and Chile continue to pursue a dispute over maritime borders in the Pacific Ocean, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in consequence of a suit filed by Peru in 2008. Santiago maintains that the borders have been determined, and Lima does not consider this to be the case. The two presidents, Alan García of Peru and Sebastián Piñera of Chile, met in May at the Euro-Latin American summit in Madrid, where they announced progress in “thawing” their relations.last_img read more


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