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first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding Available for Volunteer Fire Companies Battling Wildfires Across the State SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety,  Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced applications are being accepted for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped, and unprotected areas.“The value of these grants is accentuated when we look back at the tragedy of Tennessee’s wildfires late last year, and Pennsylvania’s wildfire last April that burned for almost two weeks across more than 8,000 acres on the Pike-Monroe county line,” Governor Wolf said. “Well-trained, well-equipped volunteers in rural areas often are the front line of defense in these types of wildfires. These men and women deserve the very best training and equipment, and these grants help them obtain both.”In 2016, $571,202 was awarded to 142 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common. The grant program, offered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12 million since it began in 1982.Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.“In reviewing applications, DCNR will place priority on those requests seeking funds for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing and gear,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “These are the items the smaller fire companies often need most.”Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work and training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant that will be considered from any fire company in 2017 is $7,500.Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s grant website by 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. To expedite application and decision-making processes, DCNR is accepting only online applications. Applicants should visit www.dcnr.pa.gov and click on “Grants.”For more information, contact the bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection at (717) 787-2925; email to [email protected]; or visit www.dcnr.pa.gov (click on “Forestry,” then “Wildland Fire”).center_img March 13, 2017last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s largest real-estate trust says it’s planning to sell about $2 billion worth of properties — primarily open-air malls or power centres — in secondary markets across the country.RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:REI.UN) expects to net about $1.5 billion after expenses from the sale of about 100 properties by late 2018 or 2019, with exact details yet to be revealed.About half of the net proceeds will be used to repurchase RioCan trust units from the open market.RioCan also plans to invest $300 million to $400 million per year on property development in the six major markets that already account for about 75 per cent of its annual rental revenue.RioCan chief executive Edward Sonshine told analysts that its properties in secondary markets generally have less growth potential than its holdings in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.“We have always known that the best assets, from a growth perspective, are located where there’s population growth,” Sonshine said Monday during a conference call with analysts.“In Canada, that population growth is essentially in the six major markets of this country.”Although Sonshine said RioCan won’t be revealing the exact list of properties until individual deals are reached, he said that many of them will be in Ontario and Quebec, with a smaller number in Atlantic Canada, Alberta and British Columbia.Among the communities he identified as potential markets for sales were London, Ont., and smaller Ontario communities such as Collingwood, Renfrew, and Leamington.He also said that Orillia, Ont., is home to a RioCan property with a vacant space formerly occupied by Target.However, Sonshine said RioCan is flexible about what it sells and will keep some of its secondary market properties, including one in Barrie, Ont., that is part of a joint venture with Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC).The B.C. capital of Victoria also has a property that RioCan will likely hold onto because of its potential for growth, he said.As for the plan to buy back some of RioCan’s equity, Sonshine said it made sense because of the relatively low market value of its units.RioCan units were at $24.10 at mid-day on the Toronto Stock Exchange, little changed since Friday and well off their 2017 closing high of $27.08 on Jan. 6.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce set the tone for banks’ earnings season with a dividend hike and better-than-expected first-quarter net income, helped by a boost in earnings in its U.S. division as it looks to expand south of the border amidst slowing mortgage growth at home.Canada’s fifth-largest lender said Thursday it continues to see benefits from the purchase of Chicago-based The PrivateBank, which CIBC acquired in June 2017 and rebranded in September as CIBC Bank USA. As part of its strategy to ramp up its U.S. presence, it also purchased Chicago-based wealth management firm Geneva Advisors for roughly US$200 million last year.“With a second full quarter’s contribution from CIBC Bank USA, we continue to perform well and deliver against our commitment to build client relationships north and south of the border,” CIBC chief executive Victor Dodig told analysts on a conference call.In the latest quarter, CIBC’s U.S. commercial banking and wealth management division reported net income of $134 million in the latest quarter, up $105 million from the same period in 2017, contributing to a more than 22 per cent increase in adjusted net income year-over-year despite slowing mortgage growth.It’s a welcome sign for the bank, which has a larger domestic exposure than its peers and mortgages — demand for which is expected to slow under new tighter rules — also represent a bigger chunk of its loan book, said Shannon Stemm, an analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“They’re working to try to diversify themselves away from their domestic banking, and seeing some good early results with growth in the U.S. business that they recently acquired. … It’s going to take some time before the U.S. is going to be a meaningful offset to potential slowdown in Canada,” she said.CIBC was the first of Canada’s big lenders to report results for the quarter ended Jan. 31, kicking off the season by raising its quarterly payment to common shareholders by three cents to $1.33 per share — even as it reported a decline in profit attributable to shareholders, which amounted to nearly $1.31 billion, down from $1.39 billion a year ago.However on an adjusted basis, the bank said it earned a record $1.41 billion or $3.18 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.15 billion or $2.89 per share a year earlier. Analysts had expected an adjusted profit of $2.83 per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Industry watchers were also eyeing CIBC’s results for early signs of the impact of recent changes to the banking landscape, such as stricter rules surrounding uninsured mortgages as of Jan. 1. Canada’s biggest banks have cautioned that the federal financial services regulator’s revised qualifying rules — requiring would-be homebuyers with a down payment larger than 20 per cent to prove they can continue to service their mortgage if interest rates rise — could present a headwind to loan originations.Demand for mortgages in December saw an uptick, with national sales up 4.5 per cent according to the Canadian Real Estate Association, as buyers scrambled to snap up homes before Jan. 1.CIBC’s mortgage balances for the fiscal first quarter were $203 billion, up 9.1 per cent from $186 billion a year earlier. In comparison, the bank saw a more than 12 per cent jump in mortgage growth from $166 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Originations of Canadian uninsured residential mortgages for the quarter were $9 billion, down from $12 billion a year ago.Christina Kramer, CIBC’s group head of personal and small business banking for Canada, said it is too early to gauge the extent of the impact of the mortgage underwriting rules, as well as the January interest rate hike.“We saw some pull forward in November and December, so January itself is not a good indication alone,” she told analysts. “So early days, we’re not seeing any big change to customer behaviour.”The lender’s Canadian personal and small banking arm reported net income of $656 million for the period, down $149 million or 19 per cent compared with a year ago. However, on an adjusted basis, net income was $658 million, up $97 million or 17 per cent from a year ago.Net income for the domestic commercial banking and wealth management division was $314 million, up 14 per cent compared with a year earlier. Its capital markets net income was $322 million for the quarter, down $25 million or seven per cent from a year earlier.Dodig has estimated that CIBC’s U.S. business will account for 17 per cent of its earnings by 2020, up from nine per cent for the four-month period it owned PrivateBancorp in fiscal 2017. The bank’s results included charges totalling 23 cents per share, including an $88-million net tax adjustment due to a cut to the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 21 per cent that took effect this year.Several of Canada’s biggest lenders have indicated they expect to record a write down to reduce the value of deferred tax assets already held on company balance sheets as a result of tax changes under U.S. President Donald Trump, but expect a lift to earnings in the long term.CIBC was also the first of the Canadian banks to report its earnings after the introduction of a new accounting standard known as IFRS 9 that puts more emphasis over expected losses over the life of a loan compared to previous guidelines. In turn, provisions for credit losses, or the amount of money set aside for bad loans, may be more volatile — and will also make it difficult to make year-over-year comparisons in this and coming quarters, analysts say.John Aiken, an analyst with Barclays in Toronto, said the new standard helped CIBC in the latest quarter, with provisions for credit losses dropping to $153 million from $212 million a year ago.“(This volatility) was evidenced with the first bank out of the gates, but actually benefited CIBC with recoveries reported in the quarter,” Aiken wrote in a note to clients.last_img read more

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first_imgCALGARY – A financial analyst says prices being paid for Western Canadian oilsands bitumen have fallen so far that many producers are losing money on every barrel sold into the spot market.Analyst Matt Murphy of Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. says recent headlines have been focused on the falling value of the Western Canada Select price, but that measure is for a blend of heavy, sticky bitumen and light oil needed to dilute it so it can flow in a pipeline.The price of WCS fell to about US$19 per barrel on Thursday, about US$52 per barrel below the benchmark U.S. West Texas Intermediate price.“Those are the headlines but the reality is actually quite a bit worse than what those headline WCS differentials would suggest,” said Murphy.“It’s not the actual realizations these producers are getting … you’re losing money before you even produce that barrel at current differential levels.”Condensate, a type of light oil often used to dilute bitumen, was selling for about US$63 per barrel in Edmonton on Thursday, which means the bitumen part of a WCS barrel composed of 30 to 40 per cent diluent was actually fetching between negative 11 cents US and negative 28 cents US per barrel, he said.It’s the first time that has happened, Murphy said, adding bitumen prices have always previously been in positive territory. In early 2016, when U.S. oil prices fell below US$30 per barrel, bitumen was still worth about US$8 per barrel, he said.The negative pricing is expected to be short-lived, however. Demand for heavy oil will increase when U.S. refineries complete fall maintenance programs, he said, and growing crude-by-rail capacity will help bring barrels to market that can’t fit into Canada’s full pipelines.Murphy said he expects railway exports of crude to climb to about 300,000 barrels per day by year-end from recent record levels of more than 200,000 bpd.Cenovus Energy Inc., which slowed bitumen production earlier this year because of poor prices, recently signed contracts with Canada’s two major railways to move 100,000 bpd of heavy crude oil from northern Alberta to various destinations on the U.S. Gulf Coast.“There’s no question that these differentials are challenging and that they underscore the critical need for immediate action on market access,” said Cenovus spokesman Brett Harris in an email. He declined to comment specifically on the company’s price netbacks.Different types of bitumen require differing amounts of diluent to flow in a pipeline.The newest mining projects such as Suncor Energy Inc.’s Fort Hills mine need 20 to 25 per cent diluent but steam-driven projects that produce from wells need 30 to 40 per cent diluent, Murphy said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE)last_img read more

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first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Fire Department attended a fire on Sunday, February 3rd, 2019. With a quick response, no one was injured and the fire was contained to the garage.The call was received at 1 pm by the DC Fire Department, one apparatus, three support vehicles and 9 Firefighters were dispatched to the fire that took place on the 1200 block of 117th Avenue, Fire Chief Shorty Smith shared.The fire was contained and the homeowners did have insurance, the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time and remains under investigation. As the temperatures were very cold, Chief Smith shares that fires can burn a little slower when they meet open air yet the test is keeping the fire hoses from freezing.This was a successful event as the fire was confined to the garage and no damage was done to the home.last_img read more

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first_imgMumbai: National award-winning actor Kalki Koechlin, who has observed a behavioural change among men after the prominence of #MeToo movement in India, says workshops ahead of performing any intimate scene is important. “Intimacy workshops were important because like every dance and action sequences are previously choreographed and each actor knows every movement of the performance, an intimate scene is also choreographed. It is not improvised on the spot,” she added. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knotThe #MeToo movement has changed the film industry Kalki said. “Of course, there is a change. I would say, consciousness has been created.” Citing an example, she said: “Right after the #MeToo movement took off, I was doing a play where my director was a male, and he sent two pages write-up on how we all should behave at the rehearsal space.” She had an “intimacy rehearsal” where she interacted with her co-actors and asked for permission on “how we will touch each other in an intimate scene. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversaryKalki has earlier addressed drug addiction and drug mafia in Candyflip, a film and ‘Smoke’, a web series. Talking about her experience, she said: “It happened to one of the friends of our director of the film. That fellow took a lot of drugs and then his mind just flipped, it lost control. It was quite a moving story and it shows the sea of confusion…” How does she look at the situation of youngsters’ addiction? “I do not think only youngsters are suffering from addiction, I have seen middle-aged people also going through the addiction of alcohol and other things. The concept of addiction is when an individual gets into a loop of a habit that he/she cannot come out of,” she said. “Empathy and re-telling the story from our perspective might just change people’s mindset towards those (drug addict) who are suffering. “They are no different from an individual who is addicted to work… it is only wise to humanise the person who is suffering instead of humiliating. That is the way we change our society,” said Kalki.last_img read more

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first_img“Don’t count the days; make the days count.” Said by Muhammad Ali, Heavyweight Boxer, Greatest World Champion. The quotation has highly motivated Amjad Khan, International Boxing Promoter and Founder of Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation. The international sport Boxing is becoming the 2nd most popular game in India now which is the world’s richest Game. Before Super Boxing League Season I, there wasn’t any platform in India that has given an International stage to Indian Pro Boxers to showcase their skills to the world. Being associated as Talent Partners in Super Boxing League, Amjad Khan has given platform to a many talented players to prove themselves in professional boxing. UK based, World Boxing Champion and Olympic Medallist Amir Khan inspired Amjad Khan to lead boxers in India and help them in building career in professional boxing. Amjad Khan Boxing Foundation is coming up with it’s 5th AKBF Pro-Fight Event to be held at Marwah Studio on 30th March 2019 in Patronship of Mr. Sandeep Marwah (Founder, Noida Film City). The AKBF Pro-Fight Event will be supported by Indian Boxing Council which affiliates professional boxing events in India for the record fight. GUEST OF HONOURSAHIL PEERZADAOne of the biggest Entrepreneur of India. Very humble person and ground to the earth. He is very close to Amjad Khan and supporting his 5th AKBF PRO-FIGHT at Marwah studios, Noida film City on 30th March,2018. AKBTC COACHESChandan Singh Naseem Ahmed The AKBF Pro Fight Event will feature total 8 bouts including 6 Men bouts and 2 female bouts. The competition between the players will be in 6 different weight categories with bouts of 3 rounds of three minutes each. This competition amongst Pro-Boxers is an opportunity to participate and showcase their skills to the world.last_img read more

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first_imgFood plays a definitive role in shaping a community’s culture and tradition and Easter is one such festival where food inspires and influences family and children, bringing back childhood memories of Easter bunnies, egg painting and egg hunting sessions.At The Imperial, New Delhi, indulge your children with yummy Easter goodies like Chocolate bunnies, Egg baskets and Easter cakes at La Baguette, for all the grown – ups, it lays out global varieties of Lamb, meats, salads and sea food featuring specialties like Roasted beer chicken, Minced lamb pie, Spinach and Salmon strudel, Fennel and orange braised pork belly, Cinnamon and honey roast pork loin and many more delectable recipes for an elaborate Easter brunch buffet, making a fun Sunday for you and your family. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Chef at The Imperial, talking about the menu says, “Part of the menu for the Easter Brunch is distinct every year but we always continue to offer traditional and the most loved specialties. The flavours are mostly classic and rustic with a twist to some dishes, for an exclusive fair. Coming to selecting the recipes, I always work towards curating an experience featuring rural traditional cuisine rather than a typical urban spread. I strongly believe that the original taste and authenticity lie in country side food.” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Also for special orders, we have some exclusive carving stations with hot roasts and grills while for children we have a variety of ice-creams and sorbets, chocolate desserts to choose from the buffet along with veg and non veg dim sums.” Easter Brunch Buffet at 1911 Restaurant on April 21, at INR4000 + taxes per person without alcohol INR 2000 + taxes per child below 12 years of age (Timings: 12:00 pm to 3:30pm) La Baguette: Easter goodies from INR 300 + taxes onwards until April 21 (Timings: 10am to 10pm)last_img read more

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