Nova Scotia welcomed more than 163,000 visitors in May — the same as May 2006 — while room nights sold were up five per cent. “We’ve done a lot of advertising and promotional events through the spring to bring more visitors to Nova Scotia this year, and we’re continuing through the summer, including more online activity,” said Len Goucher, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We’re encouraged with steady visitor numbers so far this year and we’ll get a better sense of how the whole tourism season is unfolding as we get the numbers for our peak period which runs through the summer and into the fall.” Room nights sold varied in regions in May. There was a 39 per cent increase on the Northumberland Shore, likely due to a number of conferences and sporting events held in the area. There was a one per cent decrease in Halifax/Dartmouth. This region’s accommodations sector has been relatively steady with an average of 120,000 room nights sold for the month of May in each of the past few years. All other regions reported increases. There were 14 per cent fewer American visitors, which represents 2,800 fewer people over May 2006. There were 17 per cent fewer visitors from other countries, which is about 1,000 fewer people. Visitation from Ontario and Western Canada, which have been targeted with recent tourism promotions, increased by 21 and 37 per cent respectively, or about 8,000 more visitors in total. In keeping with recent trends, the number of people traveling to Nova Scotia by road decreased one per cent, while the number arriving by air was up three per cent. Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting tourism statistics includes counting overnight visitors — excluding Nova Scotia residents — at all entry points to the province and gathering the number of room nights sold from all licensed accommodation operators. Detailed tourism statistics can be found on the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage website at www.gov.ns.ca/dtc/pubs/insights . Statistics for June are expected to be released in early August.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The 6th Semi-Annual Gala hosted by the 100 Woman Who Care Dawson Creek Chapter will be held on March 4th, 2019 at the George Dawson Inn.The 100 Woman Who Care, is a group of local woman who has come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the woman come together to listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the woman. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.Each attending woman brings $100 to the event, and casts her vote towards the charity she feels deserves the donation. When you multiply $100 by 100 woman there is a quick infusion of funding for the chosen charity. Since 2016, members have given approximately $85,000 to local charities.To contact the Dawson Creek Chapter, email: email@example.comFB Page; CLICK HEREThe Fort St. John Chapter will be holding their event, March 12, 2019, at the Lido TheatreTo contact the Fort St. John Chapter, email: firstname.lastname@example.orgFB Event Page; CLICK HERE
The Canadian Press Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index was up in late-morning trading, boosted by a broad-based rally led by the energy, financial and industrial sectors, while U.S. stock markets also pushed higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 100.09 points at 16,099.10.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 45.36 points at 25,961.36. The S&P 500 index was up 8.19 points at 2,792.68, while the Nasdaq composite was up 26.86 points at 7,559.39.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.45 cents compared with an average of 75.94 cents US on Thursday.The April crude contract was down 60 cents at US$56.62 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up 3.5 cents at US$2.85 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$8.90 at US$1,307.20 an ounce and the May copper contract was unchanged at US$2.95 a pound.
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by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Aug 8, 2016 11:15 am MDT Last Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 3:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 photo, mementoes hang from a chain link fence that surrounds the site of a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people in West Warwick, R.I. The memorial to mark the site of the nightclub fire in Rhode Island is nearing completion, and organizers say it has raised more than $1.9 million out of the $2 million it needs to build it and maintain it in perpetuity. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith) WEST WARWICK, R.I. – Relatives of 100 people killed in a 2003 Rhode Island nightclub fire and survivors are upset that the site is a stop in “Pokemon Go.”The Associated Press learned of the Pokestop when visiting the site in West Warwick last week. The site is currently surrounded by a chain-link fence while a memorial is built.Some family members and survivors called it outrageous when informed about the stop and called for it to be removed.“You’re kidding me,” said Chris Fontaine, whose 22-year-old son, Mark, was killed. “It’s not a gaming kind of place.”Survivor Victoria Potvin Eagan called it awful and disgusting.“That is just so disrespectful,” she said. “Graveyards and memorial sites especially are meant to honour and respect a certain person or event, not to make light of it.”Robert Bruyere’s stepdaughter, 27-year-old Bonnie Hamelin, was killed.“For them to use a memorial site, that’s just wrong,” he said.Fontaine also was not happy to learn that the description inside the game incorrectly says that the fire killed 200 people, double the actual number killed.“At least have your facts straight,” she said.An email to game developer Niantic was not immediately returned.The Feb. 20, 2003, fire was started when pyrotechnics for the band Great White set fire to flammable foam placed as soundproofing inside The Station nightclub. Many clubgoers were trapped and killed. More than 200 people were injured.Work crews at the site have had to take steps to avoid disturbing human remains that were left behind in the rubble.It’s not clear whether the stop has caused problems, and whether anyone has asked to remove it. The head of the foundation working to build the memorial did not immediately return messages seeking comment.Pokestops have been removed from the atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington and other sites.The nightclub site sits on a busy road on a commercial strip in West Warwick. The stop can be accessed from outside the fence that currently surrounds it. The memorial park is on track to open to the public in October.Not everyone with a connection to the fire is upset. Dave Kane, whose 18-year-old son, Nicholas O’Neill, was the youngest victim, said the Pokestop could help spread the word about what happened.“If it draws people over there when we open, that would be great,” he said. Nightclub fire families upset over ‘Pokemon Go’ stop at site
1.2 2.6 2.1 1.5 If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve heard a scout, general manager or talk-radio yakker call somebody a “five-tool player.” The label promises that a player can do nearly everything — hit for average, hit for power, run, throw and field — better than most. While the tools don’t capture everything about being a good player, the more tools a player possesses, the thinking goes, the more well-rounded his skill set.But in a modern baseball age, the five-tool worldview can seem outdated, and scouting lingo and its 20-80 grading scales for player tools anachronistic. Now that we have a more precise understanding of what makes a baseball player valuable, we know, for example, that it’s more important to be able to hit for power than it is to throw the ball real fast.But after spending a couple of weeks with the data, I found that while certain tools are more valuable than others, estimated toolsiness actually does serve as a leading indicator for sabermetric value. To test this, I selected a representative statistic for each tool. For average, I used projected batting average, blending the ZiPS and Steamer systems. For power, I used projected isolated slugging percentage.1Projections offer a good estimate of a player’s true talent, whereas using historical statistics can leave us vulnerable to issues related to small sample sizes. Also, these numbers were all park-adjusted. For speed, throwing and fielding, I used data from the Fan Scouting Report. For each category, I calculated z-scores, an indicator of distance from the average, for every regular or semi-regular player from 2013. That allowed me to identify the players who were so far above the mean (one standard deviation) in each of the five tools that they can be called baseball’s true five-tool players.Without further ado, they are:Carlos GonzalezTroy TulowitzkiBryce HarperYasiel PuigThere’s no Mike Trout, and there’s no Miguel Cabrera. Just missing inclusion, as well, are Adam Jones and Starling Marte; the former was just shy on fielding, and the latter was just shy on power. Most impressive: Two out of the four players are on the Colorado Rockies.2The Rockies haven’t taken great advantage of this, although it’s worth noting the five tools say nothing about players staying healthy, and both Tulowitzki and Gonzalez have had their share of visits to the disabled list.But if those are MLB’s five-tool players, there’s something to be said for the toolsiest players — the ones who are most above the mean when considering all five tools combined. To measure aggregate toolsiness I just added up all the z-scores in each player’s tool set, and came up with the top 10 below. There’s an unsurprising man atop the list:Mike Trout, 9.1Carlos Gonzalez, 8.5Bryce Harper, 8.5Troy Tulowitzki, 8.3Starling Marte, 7.9Yasiel Puig, 7.8Alex Gordon, 7.6Robinson Cano, 7.3Evan Longoria, 7.2Manny Machado, 7.2While Trout doesn’t count as a five-tool player because of his roughly league-average arm, he’s so good at everything else he makes up for that and then some. He isn’t bad at any one thing, and he’s terrific at several things. See each player’s tool score below: But all tools aren’t created equal. Just adding up a bunch of tool scores assumes that speed is as valuable as slugging which is as valuable as arm strength. We know just from watching the game, though, that this isn’t the case. These days, a player’s value is synonymous with his wins above replacement (WAR) tally.I calculated projected 2014 WAR per 600 plate appearances to balance all the players and estimate their true talent. Unsurprisingly, there is a strong relationship between aggregate toolsiness and projected WAR/600. The correlation coefficient comes out to 0.66, meaning there’s a real relationship there.3An R-value can range only between -1 and 1. It’s evident that the more tools a player has, the more valuable he is.But that correlation is for aggregate toolsiness. Each tool also has its own relationship with WAR, which can tell us how important a given tool is to a player’s value. The table shows the correlation coefficient for each tool against projected WAR/600: Troy Tulowitzki Mike Trout Starling Marte Power 2.1 0.2 2.2 0.8 2.2 1.9 1.4 1.1 Speed 0.1 Power 0.13 1.7 1.5 1.1 2.0 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.1 1.8 1.3 Fielding 0.5 2.2 2.0 0.4 Average Bryce Harper 1.2 2.6 1.1 2.2 Speed 1.0 2.5 Evan Longoria Average 1.6 Robinson Cano Name 1.6 Alex Gordon 0.6 Yasiel Puig Manny Machado 2.2 1.5 1.9 Fielding 1.6 1.5 2.8 2.0 0.53 0.5 Carlos Gonzalez 0.43 2.4 0.53 2.0 Arm 1.3 Arm 2.3 0.9 0.43 0.8 The two most valuable tools are hitting for average and hitting for power, with throwing and fielding close behind. Speed, it appears, is important but not necessary. A player can be successful if he lacks any one tool, but a player who lacks speed is likely to be better than a player who lacks, say, power, if all else was equal.Intuitively, the breakdown makes sense — hitting is the biggest part of the game, for a position player, and while defense is important as well, speed makes only limited contributions to both. A player who only has speed won’t fit anywhere. A player who only has one of the other skills might be able to find a home.Taking a look at projected WAR, you can see how the tools hierarchy manifests. Miguel Cabrera is projected to be one of the best players in baseball this year, but he’s below-average in combined speed, arm and fielding. The same can be said for Joey Votto. Giancarlo Stanton projects well almost entirely because of his power. Yadier Molina and Buster Posey are well below average in speed, but they’re MVP candidates because they can hit while playing an important position.All this makes one wonder more about Billy Hamilton, the young leadoff hitter for the Cincinnati Reds. Hamilton has already broken some base-stealing records, and it’s been said he’s a 90 on the 20-80 scouting scale for foot speed. When it comes to running, there might not be anyone quicker. But Hamilton’s strength is also baseball’s least important tool, and the rest of his skill set is thought to be relatively unimpressive. He doesn’t hit for power, he hasn’t hit for much average, and though he can move around in the outfield, he hasn’t been blessed with a strong arm. Hamilton can make the most of his running, but it’s an open question whether it will allow him to be a quality regular.
CAFÉS IN THE US have started deliberately turning off their WiFi so that people are forced to actually talk to each other.In Ireland, free WiFi in cafés is on the rise but people often complain about their friends or other halves being glued to their phones while they’re sitting down for a meal or having a coffee together.We want to know what you think: Should you put away your phone while in company? Poll Results: YesNoI can’t decideVote Yes (8394) No (626) I can’t decide (366)
Geeks love their geeky sneakers. Ever since Back to the Future II introduced the world to Marty McFly’s futuristic, self-lacing Nikes to the world, geeks have come flocking every time a new sneaker scratching their dorkiest itches has been dreamed up by the lab coat wearing technicians of the world’s most secretive sneaker laboratories. Here at Geek, we’ve talked about a bunch of these dorkier kicks, from replica McFlys to Hans Solo’s own sneakers to WiFi detecting Chucks.AdChoices广告Up for your fashionable perusal today, the newest pair of geeky sneakers, based on everyone’s favorite social networks, Facebook and Twitter. They’re just concepts, unfortunately, and relatively unadventurous ones at that: instead of just painting your feet in the color schemes of a micro-blogging service or social network, why stop there? Why not let your imagination take hold and build in some 3G radios and GPS units, allowing each sneaker to say what it’s doing and where it’s doing it, automatically broadcasting their daily life trawling through the urban jungle on their very own Facebook or Twitter pages?Disappointing, but heck, I don’t care: I’m dorky enough to wear a pair of Adidas even if they just look like Twitter’s homepage.Read more at Geekologie
An Immigration Operation occurred at Dundalk, Co. Louth on the 6th Feb, where 8 persons were found to be in breach of immigration offences. pic.twitter.com/awHUWfzZdP— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) February 10, 2017 94 Comments Saturday 11 Feb 2017, 7:43 AM http://jrnl.ie/3234269 AN IMMIGRATION OPERATION designed to catch people illegally staying in Ireland resulted in eight people being deported.A garda checkpoint was put in place in Dundalk, Louth, near the border with the North where documents of those suspected of being here illegally were checked. The operation was carried out last week.The eight people had travelled from Britain to Northern Ireland and were attempting to come to the Republic. Eight people deported as gardaí mount immigration operation in Louth All eight have been repatriated since the incident last week. 32,441 Views Share309 Tweet Email Gardai confirmed that the incident took place and said the eight people had been repatriated to their country of origin.Read: Elderly man in shock after raiders with screwdrivers break into his home >Read: Swimmers defy shark ban and form human chain to save 200 whales > Feb 11th 2017, 7:43 AM Source: An Garda Síochána/Twitter Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
The government made good on its pledge to push forward with cutbacks in the state sector, publishing a list with the first 21 state organizations from around 250 that are to be merged and abolished as part of a drive to raise much-needed revenue.Most of the bodies on the list either have been deemed to fulfill similar roles — such as the Thessaloniki International Fair, Helexpo and the Organization for the Promotion of Exports (ELKE) — or to have a very limited focus that could be covered more effectively by the central services of the ministries that oversee them.The merging and abolition of the 21 organizations on the list are to be carried out over the next few weeks, once the relevant legislative provisions have been issued, while the second wave of mergers is expected to be announced in the fall. The first phase of changes are to save the state an estimated 40 million euros, a drop in the ocean considering the billions of euros in savings that Greece is under pressure to make, but authorities hope that the political gesture will convince creditors of the country’s good intentions.Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis and Alternate Minister Manousos Voloudakis have stressed that none of the 5,256 employees working in the 21 organizations will lose their jobs but will be transferred to other positions in the state sector.The services that had been provided by the abolished organizations will continue to be offered by the bodies into which they are merged or the ministries overseeing them, officials said. The Organization of Tourism Education and Training (OTEK), for instance, is being abolished but its services will be provided by the Tourism Ministry, while the Hellenic Marine Union is to be incorporated into the Defense Ministry.Of the 21 organizations, two fall under the auspices of the Development Ministry, one under the Education Ministry and two under the Tourism Ministry. Ten are state bodies which operate according to private sector rules. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
HTC Golf : le remplaçant du HTC Explorer ?HTC développerait un nouveau smartphone d’entrée de gamme, le Golf. Il serait pourvu d’Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.Selon des rumeurs tenaces, HTC développerait un nouveau smartphone baptisé Golf. D’après Ubergizmo, ce mobile pourvu du système d’exploitation Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich serait le successeur du HTC Explorer, en restant abordable. Le smartphone Golf d’HTC serait aussi très simple d’accès. Techniquement, il serait doté d’un écran 3.5 pouces HVGA, d’un processeur Qualcomm MSM7225Ainférieur à 1GHz, de 512Mo de mémoire vive, de 4 GB dédiés au stockage interne, d’un slot microSD (pour augmenter sensiblement la capacité de stockage de l’appareil).S’il est confirmé officiellement, cet appareil sera disponible à la fin du deuxième trimestre 2012, dans plusieurs coloris. D’ailleurs le nom du smartphone semble provisoire. Un tel produit d’entrée de gamme bénéficiant tout de même de la dernière version d’Android parviendra-t-ilà trouver son public ? Le tarif public sera déterminant.Le 13 mars 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambert
Autisme : inversion réussie de symptômes similaires au TSA chez la sourisPubliant leurs travaux dans Nature, des chercheurs canadiens ont mis en évidence, chez la souris, un lien entre certains mécanismes cellulaires liés à la production de protéines et des troubles associés à l’autisme. Les troubles du spectre autistique (TSA) peuvent affecter les interactions sociales, la communication, et induire des comportements répétitifs. Ils touchent 1 enfant sur 88, atteignant surtout des garçons (1 individu sur 54, contre 1 sur 252 chez les filles), tous groupes raciaux, ethniques et socio-économiques confondus.Une étude menée par des chercheurs de l’Université McGill et de l’Université de Montréal (toutes deux situées dans cette ville) vient de montrer que, chez la souris, la synthèse anormalement élevée d’un groupe de protéines neuronales appelées neuroligines entrainerait des symptômes similaires à ceux diagnostiqués dans les TSA. Symptômes que ces scientifiques sont parvenus à contrer.”Depuis la découverte, en 2003, de mutations [liées à la] neuroligine chez les individus atteints de TSA, les mécanismes moléculaires précis impliqués restent inconnus. Notre travail est le premier à associer le contrôle (…) des neuroligines à la fonction synaptique altérée et aux comportements autistiques chez la souris”, a expliqué Christos Gkogkas, de l’Université McGill.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”L’essentiel est que nous avons réussi à provoquer une réversion de ces symptômes chez la souris adulte. Tout d’abord, nous avons utilisé des composés qui ont déjà été développés pour le traitement du cancer, pour réduire la synthèse des protéines. Deuxièmement, nous avons utilisé des virus non réplicatifs comme véhicules pour mettre un frein à la synthèse exagérée de neuroligine”, a-t-il précisé.”Mon laboratoire est dédié à élucider le rôle de la dérégulation de la synthèse des protéines dans l’étiologie [ou étude des causes] du cancer. Cependant, notre équipe a été surprise de découvrir que des mécanismes similaires pourraient être impliqués dans le développement des TSA”, a conclu le Pr Nahum Sonenberg, également de l’Université McGill. Le 24 novembre 2012 à 13:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
A suspect in a home intrusion and shooting in Hazel Dell early this morning remains at large. Minnehaha Street near Highway 99 has been reopened after being blocked by the police activity earlier. Law enforcement also responded to a report of an armed robbery several blocks away from the shooting, and the suspect in that armed robbery roughly fit the description of the alleged shooter, Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Fred Neiman said. Deputies responded to a 911 call made by a woman about 1 a.m. and reported that an intruder entered her apartment at 1101 N.E. Minnehaha St. and shot an adult man inside, Neiman said.The wounded man and occupants of the apartment managed to leave, and the gunshot victim was transported to an area hospital, Neiman said. “At this point, SWAT has cleared the area and they are confident the assailant is no longer in the area,” he said. He said the incident did not appear to be a stranger home invasion. “It has all the earmarks of being an incident that involves known associates,” he said. Residents surrounding the area were evacuated, but the shooting suspect has still not been located. Neiman described the suspect as a male between 16 and 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin build and wearing dark clothing.The suspect in an armed robbery that was reported about 5:30 a.m. at a convenience store in the 4500 block of St. Johns Boulevard “roughly fit” the description of the alleged shooter, Neiman said.
FREDRICK, Md. — A Skyview High School teacher and coach accused of child abuse and sex offenses posted $50,000 bail Thursday after he was formally charged following extradition from Vancouver.Frederick police charged Eric Meredith Estes, 41, with third-degree sex offense, attempted second-degree sex offense and child abuse where the accused is a household resident.Estes was arrested this month in Vancouver, where he has been a social studies teacher and coach for the past 14 years. Estes must notify the court if his address changes and have no contact with the alleged victim, according to court documents. He did not return a phone message Friday.Estes was a right-handed pitcher for the Frederick Keys minor league baseball team in 1997. He was 25 when he lived in the home of the alleged victim, a 13-year-old boy, from April through September of that year, according to court documents.During that time, Estes allegedly wrestled with the boy and touched his buttocks and genitals, as well as his own, and asked the boy to perform a sexual act. These events occurred in bedrooms in the home of the alleged victim and in Estes’ vehicle, according to court documents. Eric Estes
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – One of 7News leading ladies helped recognize women of dignity, strength and perseverance, Wednesday.Belkys Nerey was honored to be the mistress of ceremonies at the Fifth Annual United Way of Broward’s Magnolia Luncheon. The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale.Community activist, Allison Cagnetta, received the Magnolia Leadership Award for her impact in her community through hard work and philanthropic efforts.The Corporate Award was presented to Memorial Healthcare System. They were recognized for their high number of female donors, who contribute year in and year out to the United Way.Women United was created back in 2010 to encourage women leaders within the community to pledge a commitment to United Way of Broward County.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) – A bicyclist captured a fierce fight between a python and an alligator as they wrestled in the Everglades.The bicyclist hit record after seeing what was going on. The alligator thrashed in the water as it struggled with the Burmese python.Unfortunately, the alligator was no match for the snake, which was able to coil its muscular body around the large gator. It then squeezed, and the fight was over in a matter of minutes.The snake won, but officials aren’t taking the fight lightly.They said snakes are destroying native animal populations in South Florida. Many were released by pet owners and have since rapidly reproduced in the wild.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for three thieves who, they said, broke into a Southwest Miami-Dade home.Surveillance cameras captured the trio as they pulled into the driveway of a house along Southwest 10th Street and 84th Avenue on Jan. 31.According to police, the subjects robbed the place and fled the scene.If you have any information who these people are, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Newtok residents will eventually relocate to the village of Mertarvik, pictured here on August 9, 2018. The relocation project is well underway with a major increase in construction planned for Summer 2019.(Photo credit Katie Basile / KYUK)It’s taken more than 20 years, but the Newtok relocation effort is going into hyperdrive this summer, according to an update from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium relocation team. A huge construction crew is headed to Mertarvik to build the infrastructure for relocating Newtok, the community threatened by climate change-fueled erosion.The plan for the 2019 construction season includes a long list of projects.The 6,000 square-foot community center built last summer will be outfitted with a couple of bathrooms, a small kitchenette and dividers to set it up to function as a temporary school.Crews also plan to construct a large building to house the electric generators for the relocated community. The building, large enough to hold all generating capacity for the entire population of Newtok when they arrive, will be equipped with smaller modular generators, providing just enough power for those moving to Mertarvik this year. More generators would be added as needed. Electric lines will also be installed from the power station to the community buildings and houses expected to be completed next summer.The eight houses built last summer will be joined by 13 more this year, for a total of 21 residences. A network of roads is also scheduled for construction in 2019, along with a tiny sewer lagoon and piping to the community center and the construction crew’s housing.The construction crews will include 40 people from the National Guard helping to build the new community.The plan is for a section of the roads connecting the various facilities to also function as an emergency landing strip. Bulk fuel tanks are going in this summer, along with distribution pipes to move fuel to community facilities, and a distribution center for residents to tank up for their needs.Modular water systems and decentralized sewage systems will be installed in the 21 new houses that will be completed by the end of summer. There will be no honey buckets. Instead, the solid human waste will be dried, burned, or disposed of in a new landfill, which is also due to be built by the quarry next summer.The plan is to equip Mertarvik to house 100 to 150 people next year. While that is happening, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will also be working with various agencies and funders to organize and plan the next stage of the Newtok relocation effort, with a goal of relocating everyone by 2023. That includes a new school and health clinic in the village.