Regional Fund – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:40:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://ksupradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/cropped-icon-32x32.png Regional Fund – K Sup Radio http://ksupradio.com/ 32 32 Rotary Charities of Traverse City Announces Emerging Needs Grant Recipients https://ksupradio.com/rotary-charities-of-traverse-city-announces-emerging-needs-grant-recipients/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:23:38 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/rotary-charities-of-traverse-city-announces-emerging-needs-grant-recipients/ Ten different projects throughout northern lower Michigan are getting a financial boost. Traverse City Rotary Charities announces that $406,000 in grants will be distributed among ten community initiatives. The money comes from the Emerging Needs Fund, which supports efforts to meet important community needs. Sakura Takano, CEO of Rotary Charities One focus of the grants […]]]>

Ten different projects throughout northern lower Michigan are getting a financial boost.

Traverse City Rotary Charities announces that $406,000 in grants will be distributed among ten community initiatives. The money comes from the Emerging Needs Fund, which supports efforts to meet important community needs.

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Sakura Takano, CEO of Rotary Charities

One focus of the grants is child care, including funding for a community daycare co-op in the Commongrounds development near downtown Traverse City. Sakura Takano, CEO of Rotary Charities, said, “We also have a few grants related to early childhood education. It’s quite exciting. I feel like we’re putting our resources into areas and we’re part of something much bigger, and we’re just happy to be part of it.

Other projects include things like behavioral health, community policing, and housing. “I think one of the exciting things about our Emerging Needs Grant is providing grants to projects that are so close to getting their funding, to be able to put shovels in the ground and provide housing solutions to people in the community,” Takano said.

Emerging Needs Grant Recipients

The Friendship Center – Suttons Bay, MI
Extension of the LIFT program – $41,600
Leelanau Investing for Teens (LIFT) is an after-school mentorship program that aims to empower young people to discover and harness their strengths. In response to community feedback and growing needs, LIFT is partnering with Leelanau County Schools to establish a middle school after-school program at Suttons Bay Public Schools for the 2022-23 school year. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will support the hiring of a program manager at the college.

Goodwill Northern Michigan – Traverse City, MI
North Boardman Community Policing Program – $60,000
Through a collaborative partnership with Goodwill Northern Michigan, the Traverse City Police Department (TCPD) seeks to advance positive homeless and community outcomes, with a focus on the downtown North Boardman neighborhood. town of Traverse City. Funding from the Rotary Charities Grant will provide support for a community police officer to work with a TCPD police social worker and outreach workers from Goodwill and the North West MI Coalition to put ending homelessness to provide effective resources to people experiencing homelessness and/or health emergencies, including mental health crises .

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians – Peshawbestown, MI
Lower Boardman-Ottaway River Cultural Program – $25,000
In conjunction with the Great Lakes Fishery Commission (GLFC) FishPass Outreach and Education Team, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and the Chippewa Indians (GTB) seek to deepen tribal cultural awareness and perspective in local community culture. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will provide support to GTB’s Natural Resources and Culture and Language departments in their efforts to collect, examine and apply traditional ecological knowledge in local community planning efforts around rivers and rivers. watersheds, including the Lower Boardman-Ottaway River.

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Area – Traverse City, MI
New Waves Housing Development – $50,000
Through a collaborative partnership, New Waves United Church of Christ (NWUCC) and Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region (HFHGTR) seek to address the regional shortage of labor and affordable housing by building 14 homes on a plot belonging to the church at the intersection of M-72 and Bugai Road in Leelanau County. Six of the homes will be part of HFHGTR’s home ownership program, one will be church staff housing, and the remaining seven units will be owned and operated by NWUCC under a low-cost rental program. The Rotary Charities grant will cover initial pre-development costs for the site, including infrastructure such as roads, wells and electricity.

HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation – Suttons Bay, MI
Vineyard View Townhouses – $60,000
HomeStretch, in partnership with Leelanau Christian Neighbors, is seeking to alleviate the affordable housing crisis in Leelanau County by developing eight affordable residential apartments in Suttons Bay on a parcel of land donated by the Leelanau County Land Bank Authority. The property’s rezoning terms require a 20-year deed restriction requiring units to be occupied by people whose annual income does not exceed 80% of the area’s median income. The Rotary Charities grant will provide support to fill the funding gap needed to begin building the project.

Kalkaska County Library – Kalkaska, MI
Kalkaska Middle and High School Books Update – $10,000
The Kalkaska County Library seeks to increase the number of Kalkaska middle and high school students and teachers who use school libraries and improve the district’s literacy rate by updating library books and resources school and replacing worn and obsolete titles. Rotary Charities grants will purchase approximately 400 new books for each school.

Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region – 10 County Behavioral Health Initiative Action Team Support – $25,000
The Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR) launched the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) in 2021 in response to the spiraling behavioral health crisis and critical lack of resources in Northern Michigan. Through feedback from hundreds of stakeholders across the region and action at a BHI Summit, 12 BHI Action Teams comprised of cross-sector leaders, staff and local youth were formed and worked towards goals that promote well-being and resilience and seek to improve access to mental health services. Rotary Charities grants will support the implementation of projects developed collaboratively by action teams.

Northern Michigan Health Consortium – Traverse City, MI
Crisis Wellness Clinic Project Director – $50,000
In response to an identified lack of adequate mental health crisis services, a highly collaborative action team from the Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) of the Northern Michigan Community Health Innovation Region (NMCHIR) is working to the creation of a Crisis and Wellness Center in Traverse City, which would provide support and connections to services for people of all ages, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. The clinic will work to calm and stabilize people in mental health crisis and reduce unnecessary visits to the emergency room, inpatient psychiatric units or prison. Rotary Charities grants will enable a project director to move from planning to implementation.

Traverse City Area Public Schools – Traverse City, MI
Peer-to-Peer Program Development – $45,000
In an effort to raise awareness of mental wellness and reduce mental health stigma among students, Traverse City-area public schools are offering the University of Michigan Peer to Peer Program at Traverse City Central High School and West Senior High School. The program will teach students to watch for signs such as social isolation or feelings of hopelessness, and learn to monitor their own emotions and take care of themselves, seeking adult support when they need it. need. The program will also create dedicated sanctuary spaces in both buildings where students can recharge and receive the support they need. Funding from Rotary Charities will provide support to pilot the project during the 2022-23 school year.

United Way of Northwest Michigan – Traverse City, MI
Northern Blooms Montessori Family Center – $40,000
The Northern Blooms Montessori Family Center, a community-based early years program, will provide child care spaces for up to 20 children ages 12 to 36 months. With its facilities located in the Commongrounds Co-op development on Eighth Street, Northern Blooms will offer downtown Traverse City residents and employees a convenient option for quality, affordable child care with a cost services based on a unique equity-focused financial structure. Funding from the Rotary Charities grant will provide support for the construction of two classrooms and furniture.

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Pastor James A. McCaulley | News, Sports, Jobs https://ksupradio.com/pastor-james-a-mccaulley-news-sports-jobs/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 04:36:46 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/pastor-james-a-mccaulley-news-sports-jobs/ Pastor James A. McCaulley, 82, Indiana, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana. The youngest of nine sons of Bertram R. and Mary Elizabeth (Coho) McCaulley, he was born in Frankstown Township, Blair County. He married Donna J. (Mangus) with whom he had enjoyed […]]]>

Pastor James A. McCaulley, 82, Indiana, Pennsylvania, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 23, 2022, from Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana.

The youngest of nine sons of Bertram R. and Mary Elizabeth (Coho) McCaulley, he was born in Frankstown Township, Blair County. He married Donna J. (Mangus) with whom he had enjoyed almost 54 years of marriage when she went to heaven on February 24, 2012.

Pastor McCaulley was a Gold Star father because their son, SFC Randy McCaulley, made the ultimate sacrifice on March 23, 2006 in Iraq. He was so proud of his son’s service and was waiting to meet him in heaven to hear him say, “I love you dad.” He loved spending time with all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his three sons: James McCaulley and his wife, Jackie, of Ringoes, NJ; Indiana’s Daniel McCaulley and Barry McCaulley of Ringoes, NJ; his seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and his dear church family.

After Donna’s death, Pastor McCaulley married the elder Paige Montgomery, who also predeceased him. Her extended family grew to include Paige’s three children: Clara Ross; Laura Pearce and her husband, Earl, and Michael Montgomery and their families.

Last member of his immediate family, he was predeceased by his parents; his wife Donna; his wife Paige; his son Randy; his grandson, Cody McCaulley; and his eight brothers.

Pastor McCaulley was a graduate of Washington Bible College, Lanham, Md., and served in the US Army Reserves. He dedicated his life to the Lord, his faith, his ministry and his family. Since 1974, he has ministered to the Bible Baptist Church at its two sites in the Clymer community. He had great love for his church family. He loved singing and music, especially gospel music. He has recorded four CDs of gospel music highlighting his love of singing as a means of praising God.

An outdoorsman, some of Pastor McCaulley’s favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing. He worked as a caddy on a golf course in his youth and continued to love golf for the rest of his life.

Family and friends will be received from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today June 27, 2022 at the Raiighh

Funeral Home Ltd., Hillsdale. Visitations will also be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at the Biblical Baptist Church located at 6280 Route 286 Hwy. East, near Clymer, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Reverend Dale McCaulley officiating. Interment will be in Alto-Reste Park Cemetery, Altoona.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be forwarded to the Bible Baptist Church Building Fund in memory of Pastor McCaulley, care of Bible Baptist Church, 6280 Route 286 Hwy. East, Indiana, PA 15701.

Visit rairighfh.com to sign Pastor McCaulley’s guestbook and share a message of condolence.

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Maybe a recession isn’t headed our way, says Pantheon https://ksupradio.com/maybe-a-recession-isnt-headed-our-way-says-pantheon/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:02:45 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/maybe-a-recession-isnt-headed-our-way-says-pantheon/ Amid all the economic gloom and a sharp market drop, stock investors are allowing themselves some breathing room, with the S&P 500 rising 0.95% on Thursday. This follows a small drop on Wednesday (0.13%) and a nice rise (2.45%) on Tuesday. Admittedly, this could be a short-lived bearish rally. Yet the rise begs the question: […]]]>

Amid all the economic gloom and a sharp market drop, stock investors are allowing themselves some breathing room, with the S&P 500 rising 0.95% on Thursday. This follows a small drop on Wednesday (0.13%) and a nice rise (2.45%) on Tuesday. Admittedly, this could be a short-lived bearish rally.

Yet the rise begs the question: could there be any real hope that no recession will ruin our existence in the next 12 months?

For Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, a virtuous chain of events is possible, where the Federal Reserve whips inflation now and avoids a recession. In a search RemarkShepherdson argued that squeezed profit margins could be an integral part of this positive progression.

Rapidly rising margins have been a feature of the dynamic pandemic economic growth we have enjoyed until recently. Pantheon estimates that two percentage points from the core Personal consumption expenditure index, the Fed’s preferred gauge of inflation, stems from high margins. The baseline PCE (i.e. without energy or food) was 4.9% recently.

Lately, Shepherdson noted, the core producer price index continues to rise, but its commercial services component (which measures immediate demand) has fallen. Commercial services have “suddenly ceased to rise as the force that propelled them upward – the pandemic inventory crisis – is now over, and retail and wholesale inventories in most sectors are now approaching their level. from before Covid”.

Its expected result: downward pressure on prices as profits plummet. Already, various forecasters are slashing expected corporate earnings for the rest of the year. But ample liquidity on household and business balance sheets should cushion the economic impact of lower profits, the economist said.

The most commonly followed measure of inflation, the Consumer price index, has only climbed, fueling people’s growing unease with the economy. It reached an annual rate of 8.6% in May, against 8.3% the previous month.

The PCE, however, actually fell slightly, to 6.3% in April from 6.6% in March. Core PCE saw a similar small decline, to 4.9% in April from 5.2%. Shepherdson forecast that May’s core PCE, due June 30, will continue to trend lower, at 4.7%. Recent declines in oil prices support this notion.

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DataStax secures $115 million to fund database expansion https://ksupradio.com/datastax-secures-115-million-to-fund-database-expansion/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 01:02:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/datastax-secures-115-million-to-fund-database-expansion/ DataStax has secured $115 million in funding, which it will use to develop and expand its Astra DB multi-cloud database and Astra Streaming service globally. These offerings are part of the company’s open data stack to build and run real-time applications on any cloud, at scale, anywhere in the world, without downtime. Goldman Sachs led […]]]>

DataStax has secured $115 million in funding, which it will use to develop and expand its Astra DB multi-cloud database and Astra Streaming service globally.

These offerings are part of the company’s open data stack to build and run real-time applications on any cloud, at scale, anywhere in the world, without downtime.

Goldman Sachs led the financing, with contributions from several other investors, such as RCM Private Markets fund advised by Rokos Capital Management (US), Singapore-based global investor EDB Investments and existing DataStax investors, including Crosslink Capital, Meritech Capital Partners, OnePrime Capital, as well as other current investors.

“Today’s market leaders run their business with real-time data to create instant intelligence and drive action,” said Holger Staude, CEO of Goldman Sachs.

“That’s exactly what DataStax enables businesses to do, and that’s why we’re excited to support the next generation of digital applications with our investment.”

Based on the open source Apache Cassandra database, the growing popularity of Astra DB has generated strong momentum for the company by facilitating the development of cloud-native applications.

Astra DB also offers pay-as-you-go pricing with the freedom and agility of multi-cloud and open source.

The new funding will see DataStax reaffirm its focus on developing Astra DB with new features such as additional integration with Astra Streaming, making it easier for organizations to enable real-time data.

“We see the transformative power of real-time applications daily across industries and among customers such as Home Depot, Verizon and Capital One,” said DataStax CEO and President Chet Kapoor.

“What is clear is that we are only at the early stages of what is possible with new data-driven experiences that will meet a wide range of human needs, create virtuous cycles between companies and their customers and move markets.

“We appreciate our investors believing in our vision; even in this economy, we were able to raise significant capital at a substantial premium to the round we completed just a year ago.”

The funding comes just over a year after DataStax expanded its presence in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) market with the opening of a new office in Singapore and the appointment of a managing director for the APAC region.

DataStax says the establishment of the regional headquarters in Singapore marked a major global expansion for the company, strengthening its commitment to the region and enabling it to meet growing global demand for its flagship offering, Astra.

DataStax’s entry into APAC is strategically planned for the market opportunity, according to a release.

A report by ResearchandMarkets.com titled Global Cloud Database and DBaaS Market (2020 to 2025) highlights that Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth rate during the forecast period.

DataStax added that since January 2021, the regional headquarters in Singapore had doubled in size and its strategic location would allow easy access to key markets.

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Baxter Regional Medical Center Recognized as Modern Healthcare’s Best Workplaces in Healthcare https://ksupradio.com/baxter-regional-medical-center-recognized-as-modern-healthcares-best-workplaces-in-healthcare/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/baxter-regional-medical-center-recognized-as-modern-healthcares-best-workplaces-in-healthcare/ Category: Highlighted, New Posted on: June 16, 2022 Written by: Becca Bouldin Baxter Regional Medical Center was selected as one of modern health care Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the second consecutive year. The full list of 2022 winners is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslistand a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all winners […]]]>
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Baxter Regional Medical Center was selected as one of modern health care Best Places to Work in Healthcare for the second consecutive year. The full list of 2022 winners is available at ModernHealthcare.com/bestplaceslistand a special supplement featuring a ranked list of all winners will be published with the October 3 issue of Modern healthcare.

This awards program identifies and recognizes outstanding healthcare employers nationwide. Modern healthcare partners with the Best Companies Group for the assessment process, which includes an extensive employee survey.

“After the many stressors placed on healthcare workers during the pandemic, we know that these employees are struggling with burnout, increased workloads and their own physical and mental health issues,” said Modern healthcare Editor Faon Lopez. “Organizations that have dedicated significant resources and energy to supporting their people during these particularly difficult times deserve the loyalty of their teams and the recognition of the entire industry. To Modern healthcarewe are honored to celebrate the Best Places to Work for demonstrating their commitment to their employees and the communities they serve.

“It is an honor to once again be recognized as one of the best places to work in healthcare,” said Ron Peterson, president and CEO of Baxter Regional Medical Center. “We are very fortunate and blessed to have such incredible and committed employees, vendors and volunteers who truly believe in and exemplify our mission to provide high quality, compassionate care beyond measure.”

Specific rankings on the Best Workplaces in Healthcare list will be announced and celebrated at an awards gala on September 29 in Nashville, Tennessee.









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People will now decide the value of the library service funding for Area E https://ksupradio.com/people-will-now-decide-the-value-of-the-library-service-funding-for-area-e/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 09:06:33 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/people-will-now-decide-the-value-of-the-library-service-funding-for-area-e/ People will now decide on the relevance of library services and whether or not to dig deeper and fund them. Residents of Area E in the Regional District of Central Kootenay will enter a public consultation period on integrating the entirety of Electoral Area E into Nelson Public Library service, providing access that supports both […]]]>

People will now decide on the relevance of library services and whether or not to dig deeper and fund them.

Residents of Area E in the Regional District of Central Kootenay will enter a public consultation period on integrating the entirety of Electoral Area E into Nelson Public Library service, providing access that supports both sides .

Central Kootenay Regional District (RDCK) staff have been instructed to prepare a Service Establishment Bylaw for Electoral Area E Library Contribution Service “subject to staff conducting a public consultation process” .

Support for the settlement — which would see Area E help fund the Nelson Public Library — will be assessed through an alternative approval process, RDCK research analyst Tom Dool noted.

The consultation to engage the community of Electoral Area E – which was made possible once the RDCK Board passed the first three readings of the bylaw to establish the service – will ensure people understand the costs and benefits associated with the service.

Currently, Electoral Area F and a defined portion of Electoral Area H have established services for the purpose of providing a financial contribution to the Nelson Public Library. Both services charge a fee for the service based on the assessed value of the land and improvements in the service area.

Maximum contribution levels have been established, with Electoral Zone F having a maximum allowable annual contribution of $101,250, while the defined portion of Electoral Zone H has a maximum allowable annual contribution of $72,500.

These amounts were determined using a formula based on the population at the time the service was established in 2010. Since then, contributions have increased by 2% per year, unlike the population.

It has been estimated that about 37% of residents in Zone E are likely to subscribe to the library if it were tax funded (based on 42% in Zone F and 29% in defined Zone H).

Based on current assessment amounts and a proposed contribution of $106,138 for 2023, the owner of a $500,000 home would expect to pay $38.82 for library services.

A renewed Library Contribution Agreement between Nelson Municipal Library, Area F, defined parts of Area H and Area E is expected to be concluded before the end of 2022 to secure Area E’s participation in the service in 2023 .

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Caribbean aviation is essential. That’s why he has to improve. https://ksupradio.com/caribbean-aviation-is-essential-thats-why-he-has-to-improve/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 17:12:06 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/caribbean-aviation-is-essential-thats-why-he-has-to-improve/ The importance of air transport for the Caribbean is obvious. As a result, many efforts and funds have been directed towards attempts to improve the competitiveness of air transport in the Caribbean. A 2018 CBD working paper on regional air connectivity titled “Competitiveness and connectivity of air transport in the Caribbean’ describes four scenarios likely […]]]>

The importance of air transport for the Caribbean is obvious. As a result, many efforts and funds have been directed towards attempts to improve the competitiveness of air transport in the Caribbean.

  • A 2018 CBD working paper on regional air connectivity titled “Competitiveness and connectivity of air transport in the Caribbean’ describes four scenarios likely to improve intra-regional traffic demand from approximately 1.2 to 5.6 million passengers. It focused on a combination of infrastructure improvements, tax and fee reductions, and the removal of political barriers and redundancies.
  • In 2019, Ralph Blanchard, CEO of Curacao Airport Partners, made a series of strategic suggestions to improve regional connectivity, ranging from the creation of a sinking fund to support essential air services, to the more technical aspects of the harmonization of the region’s airspace into a single flight information. region to create efficiencies in air navigation.
  • In 2020, the World Bank approved a series of “Caribbean Regional Air Transport Connectivity Projects” a total of US$159 million for air transport development work in Saint Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and Haiti. The Bank’s Country Director said: “Tits series of three projects aims to increase the security and overall resilience of key connection points in the Eastern Caribbean”.

The above is only a snapshot of proposed solutions and approaches, but intra-regional transport issues have persisted with commensurate declines in intra-regional travel. Between 2012 and 2017, the CBD study showed that intra-regional travel decreased by 9%, from 3 million to 2.6 million. Demand has been further aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association estimated that intra-regional travel hovered around 30% of pre-pandemic levels in 2021, resulting in losses for the region of $1 billion.

There is no doubt that as citizens of the Caribbean, we need desperate progress to meet the challenges of air transport in the region.

During one of these attempts, between the 14e– 16e June 2022, Caribbean aviation professionals and policy makers will gather in St. Maarten during the CARIBAVIA conference to share ideas and hear presentations from decision makers and opinion leaders inside and outside the Caribbean. The stated aim of the conference is to examine ways to gain ground on a variety of issues facing the region’s airline industry. So there are a variety of topics ranging from strategic approaches for destinations to engage with airlines to avoid route failures, to development pathways for business and private aviation.

Why Attempts to Address Regional Airline Competitiveness Issues Matter to All of Us

Outlets focused on the region’s air transport challenges, such as the CARIBAVIA conference, are important not so much for identifying problems, but rather for taking incremental steps towards new implementations. Conversations with anyone familiar with the region’s air transport environment end almost unanimously with a consensus around the issues. I distinctly remember an interaction with a Barbados-based executive who said it bluntly. In his words “Everyone knows the problems, what we need is someone to take the bull by the horns and put it down.. As the only Caribbean-focused aviation conference, CARIBAVIA thus far provides the only outlet for those interested in the specific challenges surrounding Caribbean aviation to come together to seek solutions – but why such companies are important.

Our reality as a region is that the impact of the shortcomings of our airline industry is neither benign nor theoretical. I believe that for small island developing States like ours, aviation is an essential pillar for the development of the region. Strategic planning and coordination of aviation growth not only supports tourism demand, but at a more global level relates to social development and trade in high-value goods and services both intra- and extra-regionally.

I sought to argue in a previous comment that tourism should be how the region uses its national industries to earn a living in the world. This creates an effective link between our exports and the ability of the global community to experience them.

To this extent, air transport becomes an essential means that supports holistic regional social development gains, as market access becomes a matter of tourism demand and export potential. The role of aviation in trade is considerable. It represents more than 35% of world trade in value.

To that end, Barbados’ efforts to expand its reach into Africa and the Middle East are exciting and highly commendable domestically. But it can also turn out to be beneficial on a larger regional scale, not only for tourism but for all the commercial outlets that tourism and therefore air transport will open up to these new markets.

Achieving these benefits at the regional level requires airlift acceptance, coordination and collaboration where strategically identified regional hubs not only serve the connectivity interests of host nations, but those of other islands. I therefore argue that the “co-opetition” of regional air transport is essential to our development, which makes it all the more necessary to solve the problems of efficiency in the intra-regional transport system.

Air transport undoubtedly has a role to play in our effective ability as a region to trade and also in propelling the socio-cultural integration that ultimately realizes our personal and collective goals and ambitions. To the 39e Meeting of the Heads of Government Conference in Jamaica, Prime Minister Mia Mottley affirmed “The single internal space for hassle-free intra-regional travel must be a starting point if we are serious about the single market and the single economy”.

At 21st globalized society and economy of the last century. Air transport is not a luxury, it is fundamental for the creation of wealth and social development; improving demand for our goods and services in the global community and; to any effort to integrate this region.

Initiatives such as the CARIBAVIA conference provide added impetus to advancing some of the innovative ideas and industry discussions that are ensuring that air travel works to our full advantage. Car at time of writing with base fares from Barbados to Miami on June 20e-24e at US$415, compared to Barbados-Antigua’s US$550, what we need more than ever is the rigorous pursuit of coordinated and strategic regional aviation strategies.

If regional travel is to rebound and if we are then to reverse the previous downward trend, and if aviation is to realize its wider development potential for our region, we need concerted regional action.

So I hope to meet you in Saint-Martin at the CARIBAVIA.

Kareem Yarde is a young greedy promoter of the development potential of tourism and air transport. He can be reached at kareemyarde@gmail.com.

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The stage is set for wildlife upgrades on I-40 https://ksupradio.com/the-stage-is-set-for-wildlife-upgrades-on-i-40/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 09:00:17 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/the-stage-is-set-for-wildlife-upgrades-on-i-40/ If you’ve recently traveled Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville, you know there’s construction not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary. But what exactly is going on? First, for some time the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been preparing to replace five bridges in the Pigeon River Gorge over a period […]]]>

If you’ve recently traveled Interstate 40 between Asheville and Knoxville, you know there’s construction not far from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park boundary. But what exactly is going on?

First, for some time the North Carolina Department of Transportation has been preparing to replace five bridges in the Pigeon River Gorge over a period of approximately five years. At the same time as it was expected, a group of regional organizations began discussing what could be done about the growing wildlife mortality – up to 77 dead bears in 2021 alone – along a stretch 28 miles of road which includes bridges scheduled for replacement.

This group became known as Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project, and the North Carolina and Tennessee Departments of Transportation became active members of the collaboration.

► Protect wildlife:Wildlife crossing under I-40 in Pigeon River Gorge, “great start” for bear and elk safety

Word from the Smokies: Travis Wilson helps provide safe passage for wildlife in North Carolina

Jeff Hunter talks about road ecology - how roads affect both nearby plants and animals - under the Bluffton Bridge on Interstate 40 near Hartford, Tennessee.

An intensive three-year study in the gorge by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and the Wildlands Network involved fitting elk with GPS collars to track their movements and using hundreds of wildlife cameras to determine where to many animal species tried to cross as well as where they were killed in collisions with vehicles. This research showed that these scheduled bridge replacements provided excellent opportunities to incorporate certain improvements to help wildlife cross the highway using structures that have proven effective in reducing wildlife mortality in other parts. of the United States and around the world.

“The new bridge over Cold Spring Creek was opened by the contractor ahead of schedule in mid-May,” said Jeffrey Hunter, facilitator for Safe Passage and senior program manager for NPCA. “NCDOT has advised me that there will be ramp closures due to ongoing drainage work at Harmon Den, but now that the bridge is reopened, wildlife enhancement work can begin.”

Jeff Hunter explained details of the ongoing construction work at the Harmon Den exit on Interstate 40 to students at several universities in late March.

Hunter says these upgrades to the Harmon Den outlet will include benches to create paths parallel to and on both sides of Cold Springs Creek that will allow animals to navigate under the bridge. This is especially important for larger species such as elk and deer, as previously large riprap impeded their passage. Wildlife fences up to 10 feet high will be used to guide animals to safe passage in conjunction with jumps, one-way openings in a wildlife fence that allow animals to exit the highway. Cattle guards will also be employed to prevent ungulates (elk and deer) from walking on the entrance and exit ramps.

Word from the Smokies: Keys to Successful Wildlife Crossing on I-40 in the Pigeon River Gorge

Word from the Smokies: TEDx Asheville speaker defends the Safe Passage project for wildlife

The Safe Passage Fund Coalition recommends replacing small culverts like this one designed to move water under I-40 with larger ones that can allow passage of bear, elk and deer, the focal species of an intensive three-year study in the Pigeon Gorges of the river.

“Our number one priority recommendation is to replace the culverts under the westbound I-40 entrance ramp and the eastbound exit ramp,” Hunter said. “The culverts are currently too small to accommodate elk and replacing them with larger culverts will allow all wildlife to avoid crossing the level on-ramps and exits.”

To enable people to contribute financially to future wildlife crossing works, seven of Safe Passage’s partner organizations have formed the Safe Passage Fund Coalition. But federal and state funding is also needed to support state DOTs.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper met with Safe Passage supporters June 2 at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in Asheville.  From left to right: Hugh Irwin of the Wilderness Society;  Bill Holman of the Conservation Fund;  Brad Stanback of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission;  Christine Laporte of Wildlands Network;  Tanya Prater of faculty at FernLeaf Community Charter School;  Ben Prater of Wildlife Defenders;  Nikki Robinson of the Wildlands Network;  FernLeaf Community Charter School faculty Alexis Hinchliffe;  FernLeaf Community Charter School students Joy Mast, Elsa Rule and Cailee Montague;  Governor Roy Cooper;  Hanni Muerdter of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy;  Liz Hillard of the Wildlands Network;  Jeff Hunter of the National Parks Conservation Association;  Secretary Reid Wilson of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources;  aurora

On June 2, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper met with Safe Passage Fund Coalition partners and other labor supporters at a roundtable discussion on the importance of wildlife crossings in the state. . Hunter started the meeting by introducing the coalition and its mission, then turned the spotlight to the group’s scientists and researchers, who explained how the data collected can be used to inform decisions about future wildlife crossing locations. .

FernLeaf Charter School students Joy Mast, Elsa Rule and Cailee Montague present wildlife advocacy letters to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper during a meeting June 2 in Asheville.

Three students from FernLeaf Community Charter School in Fletcher presented letters written during a learning module on road ecology – how plants and animals are affected by roads. Their classes, hosted by Defenders of Wildlife and the Safe Passage Fund Coalition, included a field trip to the Pigeon River Gorge to see firsthand how Safe Passage is working to make I-40 safer and reading the book of the chapter “A Search for Safe Passage” (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2021).

The group noted that North Carolina could become a leader in wildlife crossing work in the eastern United States, raising the state’s profile nationally by improving traveler safety through science-based crossing structures. The governor expressed his approval.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissioner Brad Stanback speaks with North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper about Safe Passage: The River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project Pigeon I-40 during a June 2 meeting in Asheville.

“It’s wonderful to see Governor Cooper support Safe Passage, and it’s especially exciting to see young people helping bring about the change we all want to see,” Hunter said. “We now have strong bipartisan support to resolve this seemingly intractable problem.”

Word from the Smokies: Book teaches young people about the need for wildlife crossings

Word from the Smokies: Asheville’s Fates performs on video to benefit the Safe Passage Project

Jeff Hunter will speak at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2022, as part of the Science at Sugarlands series hosted by Discover Life in America, a nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Sign up at dlia.org/sas to receive a Zoom link.

While Hunter says the issues with dead bears on I-40 remain – “We’ve had three dead bears in the last 10 days!” — he notes that there are many other wildlife mortality hotspots in the state.

“The cultural change within NCDOT is the big story,” he said. “The agency plans to standardize wildlife conflict resolution in its statewide projects, much as it would address wetlands or other design issues when building roads.”

But Hunter pointed out that both state transportation departments still need committed resources to conduct feasibility studies related to the research-driven recommendations. He said our region needs federal support for transportation infrastructure so that wildlife crossings are not an anomaly but the norm.

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The full Pigeon River Gorge research report will be released within the next two to three months. In the meantime, those interested can learn more about a free virtual talk Hunter will give at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, as part of the Science at Sugarlands series hosted by Discover Life in America, a nonprofit partner of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National. . Register on dlia.org/sas to receive a Zoom link.

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Dillon Ranger District Gets Off-Road Vehicle Funding Approval https://ksupradio.com/dillon-ranger-district-gets-off-road-vehicle-funding-approval/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 23:48:25 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/dillon-ranger-district-gets-off-road-vehicle-funding-approval/ Trail crews with Summit County Off-Road Riders work in the Golden Horseshoe area of ​​Breckenridge. Dillon Ranger District Funding from the US Forest Service receives funds to maintain off-road vehicle trails. Tim Nixon Archive/Summit Daily News The Dillon Ranger District received a grant approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission to continue funding trails and […]]]>
Trail crews with Summit County Off-Road Riders work in the Golden Horseshoe area of ​​Breckenridge. Dillon Ranger District Funding from the US Forest Service receives funds to maintain off-road vehicle trails.
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The Dillon Ranger District received a grant approved by the Parks and Wildlife Commission to continue funding trails and off-road vehicle maintenance.

On Thursday, the commission met to discuss off-road vehicle grant applications for various Colorado state departments, wildlife management groups and local governments.

The Dillon Ranger District has been approved by the commission to receive the full application of just over $111,000 for the Dillon Off-Highway Vehicle Trail Crew in 2023. Currently, an estimated 100 trees are blocking the many miles of trails motorized trails in Summit County, and grant funds will go towards the continued funding of a motorized trail team.



Statewide, Parks and Wildlife has singled out 25 districts as “in good management condition,” including the Dillon Ranger District. If a US Forest Service or other federal entity crew can show excellent results in implementing recreation management plans, they receive this status, which guarantees funding for these districts each year. Fletcher Jacobs, manager of the state’s trails program, said it allows work to be planned years in advance knowing that money will always be there, and it allows for some security when it comes to hire seasonal workers.

“A good management team is something we always like to point out. It’s become a shining example of collaboration here in the state when it comes to managing outdoor recreation,” Jacobs said. “So , this program was launched in 2001 and essentially enables our federal agencies to be able to proactively manage their most heavily used areas.”



The program sells registration and use permits for use on all motorized trails in the state. The price of the permit is $25.25 for the user permit or for registration. Of these funds, 25 cents are allocated to the search and rescue fund.

The commission has also approved a series of competitive grants for groups that do not have good management status, and these grants are scored competitively. In total, the commission approved $2.46 million for stewardship grants and $3.77 for competitive grants for a total of over $7.4 million for off-road vehicle management in the Colorado.

“As we see an increase in recreation, we have seen an increase in requests for this program,” Jacobs said.

Luke Schafer, commission secretary and full member, said the partnerships between agencies to provide the scholarships and trail maintenance are something to be commended. Grant funding for all projects was passed unanimously.

“That’s where a lot of the work that’s done at the regional level that we don’t see at the commission,” Schafer said. “Often the public never sees it. It takes time to some extent, but it is invaluable work.

On June 3, the Dillon Ranger District updated the overview of current conditions for the trails it manages. Off-road vehicles must be registered by the state and users can refer to the Motor Vehicle Summer Use Map for road access and designations.

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US Open 2022 ticket prices at Brookline’s The Country Club https://ksupradio.com/us-open-2022-ticket-prices-at-brooklines-the-country-club/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 09:01:55 +0000 https://ksupradio.com/us-open-2022-ticket-prices-at-brooklines-the-country-club/ If you are looking to go to US Open at Brookline Country Club From June 13 to 19, there are options – some of them inexpensive. It depends on what you want to see; Tournament himself, practice rounds, or both. And it also depends on where on the golf course you want to watch. A […]]]>
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