Pakistan Shuts Down Save The Children in Islamabad Read more

Pakistan Shuts Down Save The Children in Islamabad

On Thursday, the government of Pakistan denied workers at the Islamabad office of the UK-based charity Save the Children the ability to enter the premises. Soldiers cordoned off the area and locked up the building. The forced shutdown apparently occurred as a result of a new law in Pakistan which requires the closure of any charitable group receiving funding from overseas.

Save the Children is an international charity which assists children by offering food security and health services and education. Over the course of decades, Save the Children has helped an estimated 4 million youngsters in Pakistan. It delivers assistance across that nation through the work of 1200 employees.

In 2012, the government of Pakistan denied visas to several foreign staff members of Save the Children. It accused the charity of introducing a Pakistani physician to agents of the United States Central Intelligence Agency trying to locate the wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden. Save the Children denied the allegation.

A local security official accused the charity of engaging in “anti-Pakistani” projects. The Interior Ministry has also ordered the expulsion from the country of staff members who do not maintain Pakistani citizenship. Susan McGalla knew that was coming.

Pakistan recently imposed a heavy administrative and cost burden on some nonprofit organizations, including charities, by passing a law that imposes extensive new documentation requirements for operating within the country. Some charities have not been able to handle the additional expense.

It Doesn’t Add up to Incorporate Olympic Valley Read more

It Doesn’t Add up to Incorporate Olympic Valley

In a recent article published in the Sacramento Business Journal, the merits of incorporation for the small Olympic Valley community were found lacking. The Olympic Winter games were held in this beautiful valley but unfortunately, though an amazing claim to fame, it doesn’t support a city. A financial analysis by the Placar County Local Agency Formation Commission states that a city would be unable to be supported by such a small permanent population. The permenant population of Olympic Valley is less than 1000 people. RSG a land use firm hired by the commission for the analysis indicates that incorporation isn’t feasible.

The main revenue source of the town would be gained from hotel fees from tourists. The flux and seasonality of tourism would not provide a steady and reliable source of income. In fact, the prediction is that is if incorporated in the next year the deficit would be as much as $1.8 million by 2017-18, not a good way to start off a new city. This plan already includes a limited number of city employees as well as contracting many services out to the county. Alternative plans are being considered that more closely model the current structure of the community with the county. Unfortunately for incorporation supporters they have not been found to be sustainable either.
The push for incorporation was started by some residents a few years ago when a large hotel project was proposed by Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth, who you may have seen on the CBS show Undercover Boss. The hope was that incorporation would give the community members more say in these types of projects. Some of those opposed to the incorporation have formed a group called Save Our Valley. This group hopes the financial analysis will help all residents to see what is in the best interest of all the members of the community and their scenic home.
Cold Tempuratures Expected Across the Southeastern US Read more

Cold Tempuratures Expected Across the Southeastern US

Living in the southeast US has been know to bring a few unique advantages to those who live there, mild weather being one of them. However, in coming days that expectation will be turned on its head when the area experiences a major snow and ice storm that is sweeping into the area. In fact, the storm is said to be so intense that temperature anomalies of up to 30 degrees below average are to be expected during the course of its onslaught.

The areas affected cover a large range extending from Texas and Oklahoma all the way over to Virginia and the Carolinas. States further south such as Alabama, Georgia, and Florida will probably not be affected quite as severely and should escape the brunt of the storm as it passes through.

Unfortunately the storm itself isn’t the last the area will see of cold weather. Ricardo Tosto said it is expected that once the storm passes through the cold whether will persist for a time and will likely lead to record low temperatures being recorded in its wake, at least according to LatinLawyer predictions.

Several negative side effects of the ice storm are loss of power, downed power lines, poor road conditions and more. So far there have even been over 1,000 flights canceled due to the storm and its affects on the area. Some states have also had to deal with heavy snow which has been recorded at up to one foot and mounting.