Audio: What underwater sounds can tell us about Indian Ocean humpback dolphins

first_imgLast month, Mongabay’s India bureau published an article with the headline “What underwater sounds tell us about marine life.” Mongabay contributor Sejal Mehta notes in the piece that the world beneath the ocean’s surface is a noisy place, with animals sounding off for a number of purposes, from communicating with fellow members of their social units and attracting a mate to protecting their territory and hunting for food. Now, of course, humanity is interjecting more and more frequently, intruding on the underwater soundscape.As marine biologist Isha Bopardikar tells Mehta in the Mongabay India piece, some of the most prevalent anthropogenic noises in the ocean are from oil and gas exploration, shipping, and other mechanized vessels. In order to understand how marine animals use the underwater space and how human activities affect their behavior, we need hard data, Bopardikar says. That’s where her current work off the west coast of India comes in.Bopardikar is an independent researcher whose work is funded by the Rufford Foundation’s Small Grant For Nature Conservation. She receives additional support and research assistance from the Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, housed at Cornell University in the US. The Bioacoustics Research Program, or BRP, supplied the hydrophone Bopardikar uses to collect acoustic data on Endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphins who frequent a portion of India’s west coast that is busy with shipping traffic and other ocean-borne human endeavors.In this Field Notes segment, Bopardikar plays us some of the recordings of the dolphins that she’s made and explains how these recordings are informing her research, which aims to shed light on humpback dolphins’ social behaviors and determine how disruptive human activities like shipping and fishing are to the animals.Here’s this episode’s top news:EU sued to stop burning trees for energy; it’s not carbon neutral: plaintiffsBrazil to build long-resisted Amazon transmission line on indigenous landBrazil to open indigenous reserves to mining without indigenous consent‘Like seeing a dinosaur’: Scientists locate mystery killer whalesWould you like to hear about the Mongabay team’s long list of snake bites, or learn which huge mammal chased our Program Manager up a tree? 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Or listen to all our episodes via the Mongabay website here on the podcast homepage.Humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) socializing. Photo by Shaunak Modi.Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins swimming/traveling. Photo by Shaunak Modi.Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins breaching. Photo by Shaunak Modi.Follow Mike Gaworecki on Twitter: @mikeg2001FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Animal Behavior, Animals, Bioacoustics, Bioacoustics and conservation, Biofuels, Charismatic Animals, Conservation, Dolphins, Energy, Energy Politics, Environment, Environmental Policy, Interviews, Marine Animals, Marine Mammals, Mining, Podcast, Whales, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored On today’s episode, we speak with marine biologist Isha Bopardikar, an independent researcher who is using bioacoustics to study humpback dolphins off the west coast of India.Last month, Mongabay’s India bureau published an article with the headline “What underwater sounds tell us about marine life.” As Mongabay contributor Sejal Mehta notes in the piece, the world beneath the ocean’s surface is a noisy place, with animals sounding off for a number of purposes. Now, of course, humanity is interjecting more and more frequently, intruding on the underwater soundscape.As Isha Bopardikar tells Mehta in the Mongabay India piece, in order to understand how marine animals use the underwater space and how human activities affect their behavior, we need hard data. That’s where her current work off the west coast of India comes in. In this Fields Notes segment, Bopardikar plays for us some of her dolphin recordings and explains how they are informing her research. On today’s episode, we speak with marine biologist Isha Bopardikar, an independent researcher who is using bioacoustics to study humpback dolphins off the west coast of India.Listen here: Article published by Mike Gaworeckilast_img read more

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Father’s Day

first_imgLike most of the “days” that have now become de rigueur for families to commemorate, “Father’s Day” is another American gift to the world. Not surprisingly then, its commemoration was driven by commercial concerns – in this case, the neck-tie industry. This year, in the US spending on “Dad” is expected to reach an all-time high – exceeding US billion – but while “clothing” as a category is just behind greeting cards as a gift for “father”, the figures on ties have not been disaggregated. In Guyana, while there have not been any surveys done, from anecdotal evidence, Father’s Day is more of a private occasion with, at most, a special meal prepared for “Dad” or adult children possible visiting “the old Man”.Mother’s Day, of course, is much more widely commemorated, and maybe this tells a story that may be unconnected to the American experience where Mother’s Day official recognition in 1914 preceded calls for Father’s Day to be recognised. It was not until 1972, after all that US President Nixon declared the event an “official day”. In the Caribbean with our experience of slavery being the foundational fact of our societal creation, the secondary role of fathers in the family might have something to do his historical peripheralisation.The arrival of the indentured servants after slavery would coincide with the governmental policy to encourage stable families to reduce expenditures on quelling disorders. The nuclear family where “the man was the head of the house” and “father knows best”, was now the official policy even though structural continuities ensured in a wide swathe of African Guyanese families where this was more an ideal than a reality. The father was oftentimes a peripatetic visiting figure, nor very encouraging to acts of filial piety, such as having a special day observed in his honour.But even in an era in which the “patriarchal oppressive” nature of the “traditional” nuclear family has been sharply criticised by feminists, it is generally acknowledged that single-parent families – which generally means a single mother – is not the ideal institution for raising future generations. And this has remained the major function of mothers and fathers in spite of communal proposals from Plato in the 500BCE to Skinner in the 20th century.Rather than throwing out the mother and father with the bathwater, the emphasis in the present has to be placed on both of them playing roles in which family responsibilities are equitably shared. Too often, the “father”, even when present in the Guyanese family, sees his role as to bring home a “pay-packet” and leaving all other responsibilities on the mother. Before commemorating Father’s Day, we must be very clear about what a “father” is supposed to be – apart from the very obvious biological procreative role.He would still remain as a “breadwinner”, even as he accepts that in a supposedly ever-changing world, women are returning to the workplace in as great a percentage as occurred during slavery and indentureship. Many have evidently forgotten that in those historical working relations, very little distinction was made between men and women, save in the type of tasks assigned. The point being that if at one stage of our history we were able to move from equal participation of women in the workforce and then change to the latter’s sequestration in the homes (where their work was given no value), then we can reverse that process. Obviously sufficient thought has to be given so as not to endanger the proper development of the children.As implied earlier, if there are two “breadwinners” in the new world being created within the home, there will have to be a reassignment of roles away from what is now thought to be “women and men’s work”.In the wider society, the State will have to make more accommodations for the welfare of the child during the work day – for instance standardising “creches” at workplaces.Happy Father’s Day!last_img read more

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Bandits invade Corentyne home

first_img– cart off cash, jewellery Four armed gunmen on Saturday morning invaded the home of a Corentyne family, carting off in excess ofThe home the gunmen invaded$500,000 in cash and an undisclosed amount of jewellery.Reports are at about 03:45h, the men entered the house at Hog Style Village Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) after climbing onto a veranda at the back of the house. At the time, Abid Ally and his parents were in the house and preparing for their Ramadan fast.Ally told Guyana Times that as his father opened the veranda door, two men who were waiting immediately pounced on him. The older Ally was gun butted and later had to seek medical attention.According to the son, the men broke a fence in the back yard to gain access and then climbed onto the veranda. He said of the four, one remained under the house as a lookout.The elder Ally is the supervisor at a petrol service station in the village while his 21-year-old son is a student. It is believed that the intruders were after money which it is believed Ally keeps for the gas station.According to the son, after the men entered the house, they ordered his father to lie on the floor and then went into his parents’ bedroom and ransacked it. It was there that they found cash and jewellery along with an iPod.The ordeal lasted between three to five minutes. Ally related that the men all had handkerchiefs on their faces and were unrecognisable.Divisional Commander Ina Amsterdam who visited the scene said the perpetrators were familiar with the area and Ally’s timing. He said two persons are in custody as Police continue to investigate the incident.last_img read more

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Germany crush spirited Scottish dream

first_img0Shares0000German midfielder Thomas Muller (4th R) celebrates with teammate Mesut Ozil (2nd R) after scoring his second goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying Group D match against Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow on September 7, 2015. PHOTO/AFPGLASGOW, September 8- A double by Thomas Mueller ensured world champions Germany kept hold of top spot in Group D and moved to the verge of Euro 2016 qualification with a 3-2 defeat of a spirited Scotland side at Hampden on Monday.Mueller, who grabbed a double in the corresponding fixture in Dortmund last year, opened the scoring in the 18th minute. In full flow the Germans appeared unplayable as Scotland struggled for possession.However, Gordon Strachan’s side grabbed a 27th minute equaliser as the usually reliable Manuel Neuer’s attempted clearance of Shaun Maloney’s free-kick bounced in off defender Mats Hummels.Mueller headed Germany back in front seven minutes later before James McArthur restored parity for a second time with a sensational strike in the 43rd minute.Bayern Munich star Mueller then turned provider for Ilkay Gundogan to put Germany ahead for the third time in the 54th minute.Scotland now face a mammoth task to even claim a play-off place as they trail third-placed Ireland, who defeated Georgia 1-0, by four points with two games remaining.Poland’s 8-1 demolition of Gibraltar kept the Poles two points behind Germany in second.Strachan praised the effort of his players despite the disappointment of having seen their hopes all but extinguished of reaching the finals.“Whatever you think, over the two games, they’ve put in some amount of work,” said Strachan, whose side lost 1-0 to Georgia last Friday.“There is something inside them all that drives them on. They can be proud of their performances.”German coach Joachim Loew felt the win was well deserved.“This match was anything but easy for large stretches of the game but I think we largely controlled it and winning was well-deserved,” the World Cup winning coach said.“I’m proud to say we’ve taken a big step towards France 2016.”At Hampden, Germany’s total dominance of possession paid off when Mueller broke the deadlock.The 25-year-old burst at pace at a terrified Scottish defence, before drilling a low shot that took a deflection off the heels of Russell Martin to leave David Marshall completely wrong-footed as it rolled into the bottom left-hand corner.Scotland surprised the World Cup winners with an unlikely equaliser.After Charlie Mulgrew was fouled by Emre Can on the edge of the box, Maloney whipped in a dangerous free-kick that Neuer failed to deal with as the keeper’s flapped clearance went in off Hummels.However, Scotland weren’t level for long as Mueller restored Germany’s lead.Marshall could only parry Can’s shot and Mueller was alert enough to nod the rebound over the line despite Scotland’s desperate efforts on the line.Things looked ominous when Mario Goetze had the ball in the net for Germany again after collecting a pass on his chest before spinning to send a half-volley past Marshall but the flag was already up for offside.Hampden erupted, however, as McArthur’s sensational strike pegged Germany back for the second time. The Crystal Palace midfielder met Maloney’s corner at the edge of the box to rifle a volley that Neuer got fingertips to.Germany started the second half in menacing fashion and had the ball in the net again when the unmarked Goetze fired a Bastian Schweinsteiger pass past Marshall but the Bayern Munich forward was flagged for offside.The Germans didn’t have to wait long for their next opportunity and Gundogan soon made it 3-2.Mueller turned provider as he cut the ball back from the byline perfectly for the Borussia Dortmund defender to slam home his shot in off the base of the post.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Arsenal fans on who they want to replace Olivier Giroud

first_img Olivier Giroud scored and injured himself against Everton 1 There are fears Olivier Giroud could be out of action for three months.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is waiting to find out the extent of an ankle injury picked up by his striker during the 2-2 draw with Everton.If it is revealed he will be out for a while, then it remains to be seen whether or not Wenger dips into the transfer market and buys a replacement for the Frenchman.On Twitter, some Gooners believe it could be a chance for Lukas Podolski to stay and fight for his place in the team, though there are others calling for Wilfried Bony to leave Swansea and move to north London.Who do you think should replace Olivier Giroud?last_img read more

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Terry ‘still one of England’s best’ and DESERVES Three Lions recall – Cascarino

first_img Could Sam Allardyce draft John Terry into his new-look England team? Tony Cascarino has argued that John Terry SHOULD be given a chance to come out of international retirement and play for England again.New Three Lions boss Sam Allardyce recently refused to rule out a move to bring back the Chelsea skipper, who hasn’t played for his country since 2012.Terry quit England four years ago after 78 caps, after twice being stripped of the captaincy over off-field reasons.England legend Terry Butcher told talkSPORT on Tuesday that it would be a big mistake to bring the defender back into the fold, and urged the Three Lions to move on and look to the future.But former Chelsea star Cascarino believes 35-year-old Terry is still the best defender in England and SHOULD be allowed back, saying it’s ‘ridiculous how England have ignored’ the centre-back for this long.“I couldn’t quite get where Terry Butcher was coming from,” Cascarino told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“John’s 34 and yes, he hasn’t played for England for four/five years, but that’s not because he’s not good enough.“There’s still no question about his level of performance. He’s won a title with Chelsea in that time and he’s probably still their best defender.“I just think it’s been ridiculous how England have ignored John, and the problem between them.“There are lots of players who played with John in 2012 who aren’t there now. People talk about cliques and problems in the dressing room, but I’ve never see anything but a great pro in John on the field“I think he’s been an exceptional player. He’s still a very good defender and I think players like Chris Smalling and John Stones will benefit from playing with him.“He’s also a very good footballer, and you often forget that about John. His heading ability and quality of passing is up there with the very best.“So, why would Sam want him back? Because he still thinks he’s one of the best defenders in England!” 1last_img read more

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College looking for site names

first_img“We’re trying to name them in groups,” Schrage said. “We’re trying not to name every single building.” Two buildings at the school are named after individuals – William G. Bonelli, the late first president of the college’s Board of Trustees, and James Boykin, who taught biology at the college. Both men died when young, said Bruce Fortine, president of the college board. Fortine said he wants new signs to help students and visitors orient themselves. “It’s pretty difficult to find where you’re going,” he said. Last year, college officials hired a consultant for about $65,000 to work on signage and ways to make the college easier to navigate, Schrage said. Officials expect to start renaming buildings by the end of the year. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The idea is to shy away from naming buildings after individuals, at least for now. If college officials later wanted to rename a building to honor a major donor, it would be less of a political fight than if a building was already named after someone. Students and faculty have been asked to submit name ideas. They have come up with a couple: Bouquet Hall and a Cottonwood Building – after the cottonwood tree. School officials seem to believe that any new name scheme would be an improvement. “We have the R building, which is the library – and that doesn’t make sense,” Schrage said. The college has more than 20 buildings. VALENCIA – College of the Canyons is playing the name game. School officials want to rename most of their buildings, now known only by letters of the alphabet. For example, the S building houses Student Services, and music and dance classes are in the MD building. And that just gets boring after a while. “Letters of the alphabet – and we’ve run out of letters,” said Jim Schrage, dean of physical plant and facilities planning. To make the campus easier to navigate and put some local flavor into place names, officials want to name buildings after local canyons or trees native to the area. last_img read more

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Governments face big bills for promises

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsLast month, JP Morgan released what it considers the most comprehensive preliminary estimate. It projects public agencies’ unfunded cost for health care and other nonpension benefits at $600 billion to $1.3 trillion. By comparison, the debt rating agency Standard & Poor’s estimates the country’s total unfunded public pension debt at around $285 billion. “There’s a good chance some government entities are going to go bankrupt,” said California Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills. “But the issue isn’t just bankruptcy. It’s governments dying of a thousand cuts in services. The costs of promises that have been made are going to be astronomical.” Union officials say it’s not their fault city governments put themselves in a hole by promising more than they can deliver. When the new accounting rules take effect in 2008, taxpayers will be able to see for the first time just how much they’re paying to provide benefits to active and retired state and local public employees. “When the numbers are produced, they’re going to be shocking,” said Ronald Snell, director of state services for the National Conference of State Legislatures. “They’ll be in the hundreds of billions, and it’s definitely something that policy makers are going to have to take notice of and act upon. … There are consequences of decisions made in the past.” SAN FRANCISCO – The bill is coming due for years of generous benefits bestowed upon state, county, city and school employees, and it’s a stunner: hundreds of billions of dollars over the next three decades, threatening some local governments with bankruptcy and all but guaranteeing cuts in education, public safety and other services. This staggering burden is coming to light because of new rules issued by the Government Accounting Standards Board. They require public agencies to disclose the future cost of health care and other benefits – such as dental, vision and life insurance – promised in addition to traditional pensions to the nation’s estimated 24.5 million active and retired state and local public employees. Health care costs for retirees from public agencies have been quietly mounting for decades while public officials have passed out generous retirement benefits during labor negotiations, sometimes in lieu of immediately disclosed salary increases. Government negotiators have rarely considered the long-term financial consequences of awarding health perks, according to Brian Whitworth, a specialist with JP Morgan Chase and Co. “A surprising number of public entities didn’t even make informal estimates of long-term costs prior to the new accounting rules,” Whitworth said. The Government Accounting Standards Board, an independent nonprofit organization that establishes accounting standards for public agencies, saw a need to bring public sector disclosure rules in line with those of the private sector. The new rules don’t require governments to come up with the money right away, but to disclose these future costs and estimate the shortfall of money to pay for them. To prepare for these disclosures, public officials across the country already are beginning calculations. So far, California, New York, and Maryland appear to have the biggest burdens, but that could change when estimates begin trickling in from Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Of the country’s 10 most populous states, none has completed a formal estimate of the liabilities, but those that have completed preliminary assessments are reporting astounding numbers. The California Legislative Analyst’s Office estimates $40 billion to $70 billion in retiree health care and related liabilities for the state. With cities and counties included, JP Morgan pegs California’s debt at $70 billion to $200 billion. The state controller is just now beginning a detailed study. New York’s preliminary analysis puts state liabilities between $47 billion and $54 billion. In a recent state budget report, officials acknowledged “these costs are substantial and would significantly reduce or even potentially eliminate” New York’s current $49.1 billion in positive net assets. Maryland has initially estimated its liability at $20 billion. Other states also have reported significant amounts: Alabama estimates $19.8 billion, Massachusetts $13.2 billion, Alaska at least $7.9 billion, and Nevada between $1.62 billion and $4.1 billion. Many local governments also are beginning to acknowledge huge liabilities. San Francisco officials reported that city government’s burden at $4.9 billion. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said the district’s liability is more than $10 billion. New York City has yet to complete its analysis, but is expecting a large shortfall and already has set aside $2 billion to help cover it. At the least, analysts say, the public can expect increased taxes and fees or reduced services as governments adjust their budgets to amortize the debt. Little in the way of concessions is likely from public employee unions, said Suzi Rader, director of district and financial services for the California School Boards Association. Any attempt in future negotiations to limit already-granted benefits will be a contentious issue, she said, so public officials must instead hold the line on granting more perks to future retirees. John Abraham of the American Federation of Teachers said union negotiators have long been aware that future retirement benefits must be paid from shrinking resources. “If they haven’t been looking at the numbers, shame on them,” he said. “Do we recognize there is a cost problem? Absolutely. As costs have gone up, we’ve made accommodations.” Lori Moore, spokeswoman for the International Association of Fire Fighters, said nothing is really changing except the need for cities to reveal how much they’ll owe in nonpension retirement benefits. “The liability has always been there,” she said. “They had to know in the back of their minds that it was there.” State, county and city elected officials, focusing most of their attention on current expenses, typically fund retiree health care on a pay-as-you-go basis with annual appropriations from their general funds. Under the new accounting rules, the liability can be paid over 30 years, just like a home mortgage, but public officials are forced to acknowledge the debt and calculate an annual payment. Governments that don’t handle their liability properly could end up insolvent. Parry Young, director of public finance at Standard & Poor’s, said few governments are prepared for the necessary annual contributions.”It’s been a growing liability that wasn’t being addressed. But now the chickens are coming to roost,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Permits can now be viewed online

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The city’s new ePermit program, unveiled this week, allows the public to track development permits inspection results and other building services online. The system also will allow users to look up permit history on any address within the city or request an inspection online any day or time. The ability to check the status of permits online represents the first step in the city’s plans to create an online permitting system. “Ultimately, the city’s goal is to allow residents and contractors to process permits online and avoid having to make the trip to City Hall,” said Darren Hernandez, Santa Clarita’s administrative services director. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeEventually users will be able to apply for permits, pay, and process permits online. For information, visit www.santa-clarita.com or contact Kevin Tonoian, the city’s technology services manager, at (661) 286-4027. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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St. Louis Blues arena to get state money for renovations

first_img(AP) The Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues have scored another victory – this time, at the Missouri Capitol.Gov. Mike Parson signed legislation Tuesday that authorizes up to $70 million in state subsidies over two decades to help pay for renovations at the arena where the Blues play their home games.The annual state payments for the Enterprise Center would start in the 2022 fiscal year. Supporters say the improvements are essential as St. Louis competes with similar arenas in other cities to attract U.S. Olympic and college sports events.Missouri already provides $3 million of annual subsidies for the stadiums used by the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals. The legislation extends those for 10 more years.last_img read more

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