EU ready to give UK more guarantees Irish backstop is temporary

first_img whatsapp Tags: Brexit People Theresa May The European Union is prepared to offer more guarantees to the UK that the Irish border backstop is only intended to be temporary with less than two weeks until parliament vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal.The bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has labelled the backstop as an “insurance” but has moved to try and ease fears by reiterating that it would not be permanent.  Michael Searles Read more: Trump asks China to lift tariffs on US agricultural exports“We know that there are misgivings in Britain that the backstop could keep Britain forever connected to the EU,” Michel Barnier said in an interview with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper.“This is not the case. And we are ready to give further guarantees, assurances and clarifications that the backstop should only be temporary.”The backstop is a contentious issue in the proposed deal and a number of MPs have called for the temporary nature of it to be legally binding. Last month, foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt said that outlining the temporary nature of the Irish backstop more precisely would be the difference between getting the deal through parliament or not.  Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruUndoPost FunRare Photos Show Us Who Meghan Markle Really IsPost FunUndoParenting FactorLily From The AT&T Ads Is Causing A Stir For One ReasonParenting FactorUndobonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterUndo More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comcenter_img EU ready to give UK more guarantees Irish backstop is temporary whatsapp “The question that the EU27 will ask is: What (is it) for? The answer cannot be that Britain wants to postpone a problem. One would want to solve it,” he said.He added that the extension would have to be unanimously approved at a summit on March 21. Saturday 2 March 2019 9:48 am Share “We will not reverse the backstop,” Barnier added. “It’s an insurance. We don’t want to make use of it. And this is also the case when you insure your house. It’s only intended for the worst-case scenario.”Barnier also said that the EU’s guarantees over the backstop could come as part of a wider political agreement outlining what Britain’s relationship with the bloc looks like post-Brexit.May has said that if her withdrawal agreement is rejected for a second time, with the vote due to take place by March 12, then there will be a vote on whether to request the EU delay Brexit.Read more: A lesson in resigning etiquette from the newly formed Independent GroupBarnier added that an extension would likely be granted if it was to solve a specific impasse with there little risk of opposition from the remaining the 27 EU leaders.last_img read more

Ocado lifts full-year profit forecast following home delivery boom

first_img Ocado lifts full-year profit forecast following home delivery boom during pandemic Poppy Wood Show Comments ▼ Shares fell 3.2 per cent to 2,251p at market open despite the news, though analysts noted the group’s share price would likely “push higher throughout the day”. Ocado has raised its full-year profit forecast after the online supermarket saw grocery sales boom during England’s second national lockdown. “Increased social-distancing restrictions, in place nationally since early November, contributed to continued strong trading performance at Ocado Retail,” the company said. Tim Steiner, chairman at Ocado Retail, thanked the group’s front line staff who he said “have worked relentlessly to help feed the nation”, adding that 2020 “has been an exceptionally difficult year for everyone in the country and indeed around the world”. Thursday 10 December 2020 8:44 am Ocado said the spike in sales was driven by online buyers shopping throughout the week during England’s month-long lockdown, and greater seasonal spending in the run-up to Christmas. Also Read: Ocado lifts full-year profit forecast following home delivery boom during pandemic The group is expected to open three new warehouses in 2021, which are set to boost capacity by around 40 per cent. Sharecenter_img “While there are indicative figures to suggest customer demand and volumes are beginning to normalise, the direction of travel remains positive and there is a lot of evidence that the shopping habits people have taken on in lockdown will endure beyond it,” said John Moore, senior investment manager at Brewin Dolphin. Revenue at Ocado Retail, the company’s joint venture with Marks & Spencer, surged 35 per cent in the three months to 29 November to almost £580m. The average order spend across the 13-week period was £133, with M&S’ essential and fresh ranges proving most popular. Tags: Coronavirus Ocado Group whatsapp The group said full-year earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the business will be more than £70m — up from its previous forecast of £60m almost double last year’s earnings. whatsapp “The addition of extra capacity will help Ocado support its growth and, with a strong balance sheet and buoyed by the super-accelerated shift towards e-commerce… the company remains in a great position going into the key Christmas trading period.” Also Read: Ocado lifts full-year profit forecast following home delivery boom during pandemic last_img read more

Brexit trade talks enter 48-hour crunch time

first_imgYesterday the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said there were just “hours” left to seal a Brexit deal.  whatsapp Also Read: Johnson urges EU to ‘see sense’ as Brexit trade talks enter 48-hour crunch time Johnson urges EU to ‘see sense’ as Brexit trade talks enter 48-hour crunch time “Our door is open, we’ll keep talking but I have to say things are looking difficult,” said Johnson. “We hope that our EU friends will see sense and come to the table with something themselves – because that’s really where we are.” whatsapp Brussels is concerned the UK is trying to have its cake and eat it, wanting preferential access to EU markets but with the advantage of setting its own rules. The continuation of talks comes after Michael Gove earlier this week said the UK is not prepared to sign a trade deal with the EU unless British fishermen have “sole rights” to fishing waters around the isle. Johnson said Britain would keep talking but that he would not compromise on taking back control of its laws and its fishing waters, which has become a major point of contention between the two sides.  Saturday 19 December 2020 9:30 am Also Read: Johnson urges EU to ‘see sense’ as Brexit trade talks enter 48-hour crunch time center_img The transition period ends at 11pm on the evening of 31 December. If a deal is not secured between the two sides by then, the UK will automatically revert to WTO trading rules, meaning tariffs would be applied to goods and services moving between the UK and EU. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com The two sides remain stuck on issues that have plagued them for months, including fisheries, so-called level playing field arrangements and state aid. Hannah Godfrey Trade talks between the UK and EU will continue this weekend, marking another critical 48 hours for the negotiations as the end of the transition period looms closer.  Speaking at a meeting on the future relationship with the EU, Gove said it is the UK’s “intention” that British fishermen will have exclusive access to fish in waters located six to 12 nautical miles from Britain’s coastline post-Brexit. “It’s the moment of truth,” Barnier told the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday. “There is a chance of getting an agreement but the path to such an agreement is very narrow.” Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: Brexitlast_img read more

Episode 2: For boys with Duchenne, and two drug companies, a moment of shared hope

first_img Molly Ferguson for STAT Max, left, 13, and Austin Leclaire, 16, outside of their apartment in Pembroke, Mass.. Both boys have Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and are taking an experimental drug. Kayana Szymczak for STATBut given the amount of suffering these little boys go through, should the FDA approve them, anyway? How much evidence is enough? And as companies start to tackle drugs for rare diseases, is this is a dilemma the FDA is going to be seeing more of?Subscribe to Signal on iTunes or Stitcher.The Signal podcast is produced by Katie Hiler.Music:Time to Move and Motivate, by The InsiderSnowing, by Peter RudenkoOur Ego [feat. Different Visitor], by Broke For FreeGloci, by Graham BoleElefly, by Eino Toivanen UPDATE (Nov. 25):An FDA panel reviewed a drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy called drisaperson on Tuesday. What it found is not encouraging. The Signal podcast takes a look at what happened and where things go from here._______________________________________In this episode we turn the spotlight on a rare but debilitating disease affecting young boys, Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne boys have a genetic mutation that affects their ability to produce a protein called dystrophin, which is essential for normal muscle function. By their pre-teen years, boys with Duchenne are almost always confined to wheelchairs. They are only expected to live into their 20s. And despite decades of research and telethon fundraising, there is still no cure.advertisement Signal PodcastEpisode 2: For boys with Duchenne, and two drug companies, a moment of shared hope Meg Tirrell About the Authors Reprints Into this hopelessness step two companies: Sarepta Therapeutics and BioMarin Pharmaceutical. Both have developed drugs to treat Duchenne and are currently racing to get them approved by the Food and Drug Administration. But the path to get there hasn’t been easy — each has had their own corporate saga. Company bigwigs were ousted, stocks soared and tanked, partnerships were created and dissolved. What once looked like promising data has dwindled to a questionable body of evidence for both these drugs. As these dramas play out, parents of boys with Duchenne are waiting. And their kids are only getting worse. But the wait, and the drama, may be over soon. On Nov. 24, an outside panel of FDA advisors is meeting to discuss whether BioMarin’s drug should be approved. It’s unclear if the drug will meet the rigorous standards set by the FDA to balance safety concerns against the potential benefit of a drug.advertisement Co-host “The Readout LOUD,” CNBC senior health and science reporter By Meg Tirrell and Luke Timmerman Nov. 19, 2015 Reprints @megtirrell Tags duchenne muscular dystrophyexperimental drugsFDAlast_img read more

TSX falls as commodity prices pull down industrial, metals

The Toronto stock market ended another losing session on Thursday as weaker commodities weighed heavy on the industrial and metals sectors. The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 26.91 points to 12,409.25 while the TSX Venture Exchange slid 8.63 points to 1,334.89. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Keywords Marketwatch Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Canadian dollar fell 0.21 of a cent to 102.41 cents US. TSX energy stocks were up 0.4% while the price of crude inched lower for the October contract, falling 11 cents to US$91.87 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The November contract, which traded in higher volume, gained 12 cents to $92.42. Copper slid 5.5 cents to US$3.76 a pound while gold bullion fell $1.50 to end the session at US$1,770.20 an ounce. Shares of Canadian railroad companies fell after U.S. competitor Norfolk Southern Corp. warned that its earnings will be weaker than anticipated. Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) dropped 2.2%, or $2.17. to $80.75, while Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) pulled back 4.2%, or $4.15, to $87.44. The TSX Industrials sector fell 2.1%. Among the sobering news for investors was a survey pointing to a deepening recession in Europe, figures from Japan that showed the country’s powerhouse export sector was continuing to suffer and a private survey of manufacturers in China that showed activity fell again in September, though at a slightly slower pace than in August. The weakness in China has caused a particular concern over whether the world’s second-largest economy may impact the demand for commodities. Prices for soybeans, platinum and palladium also dropped. In the U.S., the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell only slightly last week, suggesting that the hiring level remains weak. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications declined by 3,000 from the previous week, to a seasonally adjusted 382,000. The Dow Jones industrial average was ahead 18.97 points to 13,596.93, the Nasdaq composite index fell 6.66 points to 3,175.96 and the S&P 500 index backed off 0.79 of a point to 1,460.26. “Over the last few days there’s been a hangover,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities. “This week you’re seeing … a lack of a catalyst to take the market higher. We’re at a bit of a pause here. “There’s so much lack of news that people are already looking to the jobs numbers which come out in a couple weeks,” he added. The latest U.S. employment numbers are due on Oct. 5. The tug-of-war between bull and bearish sentiment is likely to continue for some time, suggested CMC Markets Canada senior market analyst Colin Cieszynski in a note. “For the next two months until earnings season ends in mid-November, we could see a tug of war between the positive effect of increased money supply and the negative effect of a slow global economy and the risk of more earnings disappointments,” he wrote. In corporate developments, shareholders of Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY) have approved a proposed $15.1-billion Chinese takeover of the company by China National Offshore Oil Company. The transaction still requires approval by the Canadian government under the Investment Canada Act. Nexen shares were up five cents to $24.72. Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) shares held steady at $1.23 as the company announced plans to hire 900 new employees for the main carrier, and another 200 for its new low-cost carrier, set to launch next year. An Ontario judge has certified a $1-billion class-action lawsuit launched last May against SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) on behalf of investors who saw the value of their shares plummet on revelations about payments in North Africa. Shares of the company were down 64 cents to $38.16. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector David Friend Related news read more

Energy sector boosts TSX

first_img Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Ross MarowitsCanadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Marketwatch Canada’s main stock index rallied Tuesday as energy stocks rose on production curtailment by OPEC and optimism was stoked on two geopolitical fronts.Market sentiment was helped by a deal to avert another U.S. government shutdown and U.S. President Donald Trump signalling he could extend the March 1 deadline to impose higher Chinese tariffs if progress is made when talks resume this week, said Natalie Taylor, portfolio manager for CIBC Asset Management. stock market pricing abstract leungchopan/123RF Related news TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March “Obviously, we’re still in the midst of an earnings season that’s been more positive than not so I’m sure that’s helping sentiment as well,” she said in an interview.She said the market was worried about the economy and peak earnings.“Companies are proving that the economy’s doing okay and that the results are better than expectations so yes the bar was lower but we’ve handily been able to beat those lowered expectations.”Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday he doesn’t feel the probability of a recession in the U.S. “is at all elevated” as the country continues to see solid economic growth.On trade, Taylor said investors want to see progress but will are willing to give negotiators some slack.“If it’s pushed out a little bit that’s all right. If it’s another 90 days or even longer than that then I think it starts to get a little more long in the tooth.”The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 73.25 points at 15,642.10 after hitting an intraday high of 15,654.82.The gains were led by the energy sector, which rose 1.5% as several companies saw their share prices increase. Crescent Point Energy was up 5.8%, followed by Cenovus Energy. However, Enbridge Inc. lost 2.2% on an up day on the back of a decision by the Minnesota governor to side with environmentalists by continuing to pursue a regulatory appeal of the replacement of the Line 3 crude oil pipeline.The March crude contract was up US69¢ at US$53.10 per barrel and the March natural gas contract was up US4.6¢ at US$2.69 per mmBTU.That pushed the Canadian dollar higher. It traded at an average of US75.48¢, up from US75.22¢ Monday.The health-care sector was up 1.1% as Aurora Cannabis’ strong quarterly results late Monday gave a lift to much of the sector even though the company’s shares fell a little, said Taylor.The key financial sector was also higher but materials were weaker despite a higher gold price.The April gold contract was up US$2.10 at US$1,314 an ounce and the March copper contract was down US1.8¢ at US$2.77 a pound.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 372.65 points at 25,425.76. The S&P 500 index was up 34.93 points at 2,744.73, while the Nasdaq composite was up 106.71 points at 7,414.62. S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

StatsCan launches tool to track effects of Covid-19

first_img Keywords Pandemics,  Economic indicatorsCompanies Statistics Canada With the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak now dominating the Canadian economy, Statistics Canada is launching a new data tool that aims to capture the effects of the outbreak on key metrics.The national statistical agency released a new dashboard that includes 16 indicators, such as real GDP, consumer prices, the employment rate, merchandise exports and imports, retail sales, hours worked, manufacturing sales, air and railway transportation and travel. Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Related news Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan A deadly first wave, followed by a tsunami of excess deaths James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media man with calculator 123RF The new tool is intended to “help monitor the impact of the pandemic on economic activity in Canada,” StatsCan said.Each indicator is measured from January 2019 to the current month, and expressed in both month-over-month and year-over-year terms.Additionally, an index for each indicator aims to “more easily track and compare the relative impacts” of the outbreak.“Data are not expected to reflect the full economic impacts of Covid-19 for some time,” StatsCan said.“For instance, some indicators for January, such as aviation statistics, were not significantly affected. Others, such as international trade — which showed a 7.8% decrease in exports to China and a 12.1% drop in imports from China — already reflect the effects of the outbreak,” StatsCan noted.The dashboard will be updated as new data and analysis become available, and more indicators may be added to provide “a more comprehensive picture of the rapidly evolving situation,” StatsCan said. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Governor General Commends Work on Dolphin Head Trust

first_imgRelatedGovernor General Commends Work on Dolphin Head Trust Governor General Commends Work on Dolphin Head Trust UncategorizedJuly 25, 2006 RelatedGovernor General Commends Work on Dolphin Head Trust FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, has lauded the activities of the Dolphin Head Trust, which has been established to ensure the protection and conservation of the Dolphin Head Mountains located in the parish of Hanover.Guided by the vision of preserving rich biodiversity, while creating prosperous communities, the Trust seeks to educate, involve and employ local community members in all areas of operations, as it regards proper land use recommendations and resource utilization, so that all activities will be in harmony with nature.Speaking at the organization’s awards ceremony and official launch of the Bliss Bamboo product line at the Tryall Golf and Country Club in Hanover on July 24, the Governor General said that the Trust was providing hope for the parish of Hanover and helping to shape a new vision for its development.“The establishment of the Dolphin Head Trust seeks to provide an alternative that will together, with other planned initiatives, provide hope and opportunities for Hanoverians. The significance of the Trust goes well beyond its primary purpose . for by the use of volunteers and its programmes for sustainable use of natural resources, environmental awareness and the development of alternative livelihoods, the Trust is in fact providing hope for Hanover and helping to shape a new vision for the parish’s development”, Professor Hall noted.Commenting on the Bliss Bamboo product line, which comprises furniture and craft made from bamboo, the Governor General observed that the successful implementation of the project was an indication that Jamaicans took seriously, “the ideals of sustainable development that recognizes the interdependence of environmental, social and economic systems and promotes equality and justice, through people empowerment and a sense of global citizenship”.“The Trust must be commended, not only for using the local resources, but also for focusing on community-based projects such as the Dolphin Head bamboo facility. The facility provides employment as well as training in bamboo craft techniques. The critical success factor though, is the extent to which these products are going to be successful in penetrating the local tourism and furniture markets and hopefully the international markets as well, in the case of the French Islands and beyond”, Professor Hall pointed out.Her Excellency, the Most Hon. Mrs. Rheima Hall unveiled the new Bliss Bamboo product line, which was a set of beautifully crafted dining and living room furniture, created from locally grown bamboo.center_img RelatedGovernor General Commends Work on Dolphin Head Trust Advertisementslast_img read more

Bill Signing: H.R. 1799

first_imgBill Signing: H.R. 1799 The White HouseOn Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the President signed into law:H.R. 1799, the “PPP Extension Act of 2021,” which extends the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) application deadline to May 31, 2021; and extends the PPP authorization through June 30, 2021 to provide the Small Business Administration additional time to process applications received by the application deadline. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, Government, law, President, Small Business, United States, White Houselast_img read more

Area residents warned against ignoring warnings about water toxicity at Lacamas, Round lakes

first_imgArea residents warned against ignoring warnings about water toxicity at Lacamas, Round lakesPosted by Ken Vance, EditorDate: Friday, August 28, 2020in: Healthshare 0 Clark County Public Health officials are warning area residents against swimming or recreating in either lakeAs the end of summer nears, Clark County residents can still be viewed enjoying some mild, comfortable seasonal weather that is seemingly perfect for outdoor recreation. Couple the pleasant weather conditions with the fact that many area residents are dying to get out of their homes after months of COVID-19 restrictions and you have a strong urgency for folks to flock to area lakes for a dip in the water. Clark County Public Health officials are warning area residents against swimming or recreating at Lacamas Lake (shown here) or Round Lake. Photo courtesy of John LeyClark County Public Health officials are warning area residents against swimming or recreating at Lacamas Lake (shown here) or Round Lake. Photo courtesy of John LeyHowever, Clark County Public Health officials remind area residents that toxicity levels at Lacamas and Round Lakes in East County are still at the point where they are recommending no swimming or recreating in either lake. However, the county health department has extremely limited enforcement capacity, so those who choose to ignore the warnings and cautions likely won’t face any repercussions, even though they will expose themselves to health risks.“If I had my way, I would be out there with a blow horn,’’ said Brian Schlottmann, program manager for Clark County Public Health. “The more we can get the message out the better.’’Schlottmann understands the dynamic that is creating the actions of so many area residents, who are ignoring the county’s warnings.“I think what is happening is we have been posting so many signs so often and so frequently, people are having sign fatigue,’’ Schlottmann said. “People have been isolated and told to stay home and stay away from people they want to be outside and recreate. It’s really hard times.’’ Throughout the summer, results from water samples taken from Lacamas Lake and Round Lake have revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Danger signs continue to be posted at public access points to the lakes. Public Health is advising against all recreating in the lake, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing and water skiing.Blooms of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are currently present at both lakes. Blue-green algae can pose a significant health risk if the cyanobacteria or toxins are ingested, inhaled or come into contact with skin. Inhaled bacteria or toxins can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. Skin contact can lead to rash, itching, blisters and eye irritation.If water with cyanotoxins is accidentally swallowed, symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and numbness of the lips, tingling in fingers and toes, and dizziness. The toxins can be fatal to pets that drink the water.Public Health has been monitoring cyanobacteria blooms at Lacamas Lake and Round Lake since April and will continue to monitor the lake. As long as blooms are present, Public Health will take weekly water samples to test toxin levels. Signs will be updated as conditions change.Currently, the situation is considerably worse at Lacamas Lake than Round Lake. Toxicity levels, literally, change day by day, hour by hour according to Schlottmann. But, levels at Round Lake have been under the acceptable threshold for the past two weeks. Still, those recreating should avoid algae-based foam present in the water. At Lacamas Lake, about 70 percent of samples taken this summer have exceeded the acceptable threshold, sometimes at a level of 10 times the limit. “When in doubt, stay out,’’ Schlottman said. “We want people to avoid the water at all contact.’’Lacamas Lake has been on advisory for 20 weeks, almost the whole summer. “It doesn’t paint a pretty picture,’’ he said. Schlottmann reported that the dangers are even greater for dogs, who can’t differentiate between clean water and contaminated water. In addition, dogs have a smaller body mask, which makes them at a greater risk.Schlottmann said there are other swimming and recreational areas in Clark County where area residents can enjoy the water without the same dangers of toxicity, including Battle Ground Lake, Vancouver Lake and Klineline Pond. He also added that areas with moving waters are far less susceptible to algae, but obviously those include other safety risks.“But, there are a number of access points where people can get to to cool off,’’ he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Evergreen Public Schools reaches deal with teachers for online instruction Next : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Friday, August 28, 2020AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more